Aussies unlikely to stop England's march in fifth test

Last Updated: Sun, Aug 18, 2013 11:02 hrs

England are on a roll, and there is precious little Australia can do to stop them. 

It is a scenario pretty much like in India in February-March earlier this year when Australia lost games from positions where it looked like it was going to be a draw. 

The batting collapses have been nothing short of spectacular, and unless at least one batsman gets a big hundred like Michael Clarke got 187 in the drawn third Test, it does look like England will wrap up the fifth Test too.

There are bound to be changes in the batting line up and Usman Khawaja will get the boot for sure. He has got starts, stayed at the wicket for some time, but has hardly looked comfortable at all. Apart from this, even when he was getting the half century at Lord’s, the commentators and the media were talking about him as if he was not an Australian. 

His is definitely an un-Australian name, but there have been many early immigrants from Europe whose kids have gone on to play for Australia and nobody has questioned whether their names sounded Australian or not. 

Be that as it may, unless the Australian batting improves and they give their bowlers a huge cushion of runs, it could be one more four day finish at The Oval.

Tim Bresnan will be missing the action with a stress fracture in the lower back, and that should make a lot of people wonder if modern day training methods with weights is the ideal way to about cricketing fitness. Fast bowling is in any case a very hazardous profession with enormous strain on the body, and while the body needs to be strengthened, whether doing it with weights is the question.

Stuart Broad has also had his share of injuries, but when he is fit and is running in well, then he can be a match turner, and that is exactly what he did when Australia were looking good to chase the total of 299 that England had set them. 

He mixed his deliveries brilliantly with clever use of the short ball, and with the pitch being a bit uneven, the batsmen were always going to be vulnerable to the ball that misbehaved. 

He got his best ever figures in Test cricket with 11 wickets in the match, and once again, Ian Bell, despite another terrific century, his third in four Tests of the series, missed out on the man of the match award. He also misses out again here to Stuart Broad who is the Ceat international cricketer of the week.

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