Test Cricket: England win the fifth Ashes test to square the series

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Unless England collapse twice today and tomorrow morning this is a draw.
 

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Unless England collapse twice today and tomorrow morning this is a draw.
They've already "collapsed" today.

If they are all out by 2 - which would be great going - they'll be back in tonight. If they're -1 tonight they'd need to turn in their second best performance of the series tomorrow to draw.
 
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24 runs or so required to avoid the follow-on. Buttler knows what to do. :hat



(God, I miss Benaud's commentary)
 
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Bangladesh-Afghanistan suspended, I think for light. Suck my balls and asshole, sun.

The lead is 374. I don't think you can really exaggerate how unexpected and incredible this is. They're 237-8 (Khan didn't last - 24 off 22) so they're going to get the best part of two days to bowl Bangladesh out. The algorthims are absolutely broken, with some of them calling this a near 30% draw :lol: How the fuck can it be a draw?

And that's the thing - Afghanistan know they are huge favourites but that they will win or lose. That's pressure and the side has struggled with pressure as a rule. Bangladesh need a record breaking run chase for this ground but now it's on (or nearly on) i've come over a bit nervous for them.

Afsar Zazai - who's been bloody brilliant - is still at the crease on 36. He's all but out of partners though - reaching a 400 lead would be the target but i'm not convinced they'll make it.
I just asked for odds on Rashid Khan to take
at least 5 wickets in the 4th innings but they wont provide them.

Given there is no outside weather influence, this is done and dusted.
 
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England's only chance is to drag this out til almost tea time while scoring another 70.

If they're batting again tonight they're fucked.
 

McGrain

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England are out for 301 and trail by 196. How many will be enough for Australia? 200? They will be in a rush, anyway. There will be a weird little not really opportunity for England in the first three or four overs which I expect Australia to handle traditionally. England will have an eye on the clock again. Their mission is to avoid batting until tomorrow and it's achievable. Get Leach on sharpish.
 

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Broad owns Warner's soul.

Round the wicket again, Warner climbs all over himself, ball gets across, not even a moment's doubt that this is an LBW.

0-1.
 

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Broad breaks both openers LBW and Australia are 16-2. Broad is devastating early again.

This is not really a worry for Australia - Smith walking on all weird like a weirdo and Lasagne at the crease - but it has brought the game forwards a bit. Another wicket in the next 3 or 4 overs and it's time to start paying attention again. If these two do what they've done, no worries for Australia.

If, if Broad can get that breakthrough...
 

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Lasagne got caught squaring up to a quick one that stayed just low enough and Australia are 24-3.
 
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Barring a complete collapse where Australia dont end up declaring, these wickets are still hugely important for England as they are slowing the rate and reducing the time England will need to survive.

Not batting tonight would be a huge 'win' for England.