The Ashes | England Vs Australia | 4th Test Match-Day 2

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England vs Australia

08/07/2015

England Vs Australia 4th Test Match, Cricket Highlights - 2015 - 7th August. Australia Tour of England, 4th Test Match: England V Australia at Nottingham International Cricket Stadium, Aug 6-10, 2015 Cricket Highlights.

Australia Squad: 1 Michael Clarke(C), 2 Steven Smith, 3 Pat Cummins, 4 Fawad Ahmed, 5 Bradd Haddin, 6 Josh Hazlewood, 7 Mitchell Johnson, 8 Natan Lyon, 9 Mitchell Marsh, 10 Shaun Marsh, 11 Peter Nevill, 12 Chris Rogers, 13 Peter Siddle, 14 Mitchell Stark, 15 Adam Voges, 16, David Warner, 17 Shane Watson, 18 Ryan Harris

England Squad: 1 Alastair Cook(C), 2 Moeen Ali, 3 James Anderson, 4 Jonny Bairstow, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Stuart Board, 7 Jos Buttler, 8 Steven Finn, 9 Adam Lyth, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Joe Root, 12 Ben Stokes, 13 Mark Wood ,.

In Laurence Sterne's The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, the death of the kindly parson Yorick is not described in words. Instead it is depicted through the use of a completely blacked-out page. Sterne's novel was a satirical masterwork of digressions, ironies and multilayered messages, but the simplicity and starkness of that page has lived on in the memories of all who read the tale.

On day one at Trent Bridge, Australia's cricketers set out to write the script of their Ashes salvation. Instead they were the guilty parties in an episode that could comfortably be depicted after the fashion of Sterne. To be bowled out in 18.3 overs, the briefest first innings of all Test matches played, was indeed a black page of the nation's cricketing history. It was so grim as to be unforgettable for all those cricketers involved, all spectators present, and all followers tracking the scores even loosely online.

There can be no escaping the fact that the first morning in Nottingham will serve as a major repudiation of the way Australia approach their cricket in conditions that, while challenging, are no more treacherous than those any opening batsman has a right to expect. It may be argued by the Australians that it was "just one of those days when the ball did just enough", but it never did so much as to be impossible for players showing the necessary know how.

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