Shane Warne celebrates his 50th birthday watching Steve Smith score a record 10th consecutive half century from England, but states the hosts are in the”box seat” in the fifth Ashes Test…
Now, I brought up my half century. Fifty years old.
I remember first starting my career, looking at men in the team which were 29, 28 and thinking’geez, they are old’.
But I’m very happy, I’m healthy, and I been ignored with of the messages from people of support and love. So thank you, It’s been excellent, very nice.
I got a message . He said, ‘Get stuffed! Happy Birthday!’ That’s nearly a term of endearment from Nass. Drinks are on him tonight!
I have been very lucky however. I like the broadcasting since I have retired, and that’s still going (touch wood). Igot some business ventures which are currently doing well, my own poker is likely OK and I have got three great children.
Next 13, I am also looking forward to coaching in The Hundred. I am quite happy with the way we’re currently going in the minute.
I wasn’t the only one though, Steve Smith hitting a list half century in a row against precisely the same opposition to reach fifty today.
I can not recall an instance of a batsman being so dominant against a team – 751 runs in the sequence! England have had no answer for him.
Whatever strategies they have come up with, they have not sustained them for long , couldn’t implement them well enough, or Smith has simply been too great.
If I was England captain, I think the secret is currently attempting to get him to hit the covers – play out from his body.
You need to bowl complete at himnot too broad but wide enough that he is currently looking to hit the ball through the offside. Then mix up with the ball that is strange, using a leg slide. That is what I’d be doing.
In addition, I don’t believe there’s been enough great thinner balls to Smith if he has walked out to the center.
England are right from the game particularly after Chris Woakes got Smith out, as this wicket will turn moment. It is going to be difficult to bat.
It’s the reason why I was surprised that Australia won the toss and chose to bowl.
At 2-1 up in the show, they gave away a bit of an advantage, along with also the difference between drawing the string 2-2 and winning 3-1 is enormous. There is still so much to play for.
To possess the urn back and retain the Ashes is fantastic, but it would be big for Australia to win the series outright. They haven’t done that here since 2001.
We played well in 2005, but England were too great, and since after – the 2009, 2013, 2015 excursions – we have been only crushed by England.
I really hope since I believe they deserve to Australia will go on to win the series. They played the best cricket have been the better side.
They will still believe they could. England are in the box seat, however as long as Smith is still at the crease, it’s very hard to say Australia will not create a whole lot of runs, they need to place Australia a decent score as.
It’s the same thing we have been saying every Test match; they have a opportunity if England could get him outside.
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