Autograph Signings have taken place throughout the series with particular emphasis on the memorable Lords Test.
The last 5 days have been a lesson for players and fans alike not to become too complacent, things can so quickly go the other way, there is so certainly plenty to do at Chester-le- street starting Friday.
Australia having declared overnight on 172/7 and England needing 232 to win the home side fell to pieces, with the scoreboard showing 35/3 Australia, in my opinion would have had no problem bowling the hosts out with a hefty 72.3 overs remaining. Talk about saved by rain!!!!
Trent Bridge got England off to a cracking start which they followed up by hammering Australia at Lords opening the path to their fastest retention of Ashes since the 1928/29 series when they won the first three matches
England may have retained the Ashes at this dismal show but they now need to win the series, which after yesterday’s display won’t be the 4-0 they are hoping for, with Australia gathering momentum 2-2 is not beyond the bounds of possibility.
The selectors have been quick to act by including Durham fast bpwler Graham Onions and Chris Tremlett in the 13 man squad for the 4th Test.
"While the players should be congratulated on retaining the Ashes there is still a lot of cricket left in this series and it is important that the players recover and refocus ahead of another crucial week of Test cricket," said England national selector Geoff Miller
Sports autographs and Cricket Memorabilia will be available for the series later this month.
Let’s look forward to a spectacular match at Durham on Friday.
Several signings of cricket memorabilia took place which was an unexpected bonus for collectors; we now have available from the series autographed cricket bats, Australian tour paraphernalia, autographs and scorecards.
Australia are 2 down in the series and need a win here at Manchester to have a chance at winning the series, a draw means victory for the hosts.
With rain forecast again tomorrow it is difficult to understand Michael Clarke not using his option to declare earlier every minute counts for the tourists who must take 10 wickets, win the match to avoid a third consecutive Ashes series defeat.
To put things into perspective leading bookies are offering 50/1 on an Australian match win (1/100 draw) and the most England have made to win a match in the 4th test at Manchester is 294, at the moment they need 331, if they weather was ok on Monday would the tourists declare and leave England the chance to get the runs or would England play for the draw and the Ashes. So maybe it better to bet on Kevin Pietesen 7/2 highest scorer 2nd innings!!!
It could have been one of the classic Ashes contests with a full house here at Old Trafford and Sky audiences watching around the world, maybe with a declaration it’s not too late, play starts at the usual time and an extra 8 overs may be added at the end of the day weather permitting and England focusing on the runs not the draw. A draw seems the most likely result but all three outcomes are still a possibility.
Health & Safety seems to have encroached the cricket pitch, these were the reasons for the early finish given by Tony Hill and Marais Erasmus for curtailing the innings, England captain had been given the option to put his spinners on but he declined.
ICC changed the rules in 2010 giving the umpires not the batsman the final word on playing conditions, to quote:
."If at any time the umpires together agree that the conditions of ground, weather or light are so bad that there is obvious and foreseeable risk to the safety of any player or umpire, so that it would be unreasonable or dangerous for play to take place, then they shall immediately suspend play, or not allow play to commence or to restart," the rule reads.
"The decision as to whether conditions are so bad as to warrant such action is one for the umpires alone to make."
If the go slow tactics England used today averaging up to 2 minutes between overs are adopted again on Monday we could be in for tedious final day.
Cricket Collectables will be attending the match again on Monday and hope to secure a plethora of interesting Ashes memorabilia!!!
My name is Tony Selby
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