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Friday, September 09, 2005

Cricket: Ashes: 5th Test, 2nd Day's Play

Justin Langer and Matthew Hayden gave a perfect start to Australia's 1st innings with an unbeaten century opening partnership of 112 runs in reply to England's 1st innings score of 373 all out before bad light stopped play on the 2nd day of the 5th Ashes Test being played at The Oval in London. Langer playing his usual attacking game was unbeaten on 75 with Matthew Hayden not out on a cautious 32. Hope the Aussies make a match of it.

There's been one superstar in this Ashes series, and no, it's not Flintoff. My Man of the Series, whatever the outcome of the final test match, is Shane Warne. He has carried the team on his shoulders. The only bowler capable of bowling England out on any pitch. Be it his fighting batting in the earlier tests, his attitude of winning even when Australia was facing a torrid time, and his backing of his teammates coupled with his bowling exploits. Well bowled Shane! All this after a turmoil in his personal life.

Adam Gilchrist has been the biggest disaapointment of the Ashes. Hope Gilly gets going in at least the last two innings of the series.

I've missed the entire Ashes. We don't get ESPN / Star Sports on cable because the cable operator has not paid dues to ESPN and they've stopped beaming the channel for the past so many months.

We pay Rs. 422/- per month for cable TV. For what? - Saas-Bahu crap on TV?

Scores: 5th Test, At stumps on Day 2
England....1st Innings...373 all out
Australia...1st Innings...112 for no loss

- Follow the match on Cricinfo.
- Listen to Live ball-by-ball commentary on BBC Cricket.

Related: Full scorecards - Ashes 2005.

- Fourth Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham - 25 to 28 Aug.
- Third Test, Old Trafford, Manchester - 11 to 15 Aug.
- Second Test, Edgbaston, Birmingham - 4 to 7 Aug.
- First Test, Lord's, London - 21 to 24 July