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Monday, August 10, 2015

Game, series and Ashes to England, then Clarke announces retirement:T4 D3


England 391 def Australia 60 & 253 (72.4ov, Warner 64, Rogers 52, Voges 51*/118/7x4, Stokes 21-8-36-6, Wood 3/69, Broad 1/36) by an inns & 78 runs: T4/5 D3/5. England lead Ashes series 3-1. Player of the match: Stuart Broad.

The end, though not the actual result, came sooner than Australian supporters probably expected, as Ben Stokes and Mark Wood made short work of the Australia tail, leaving Adam Voges unbeaten with by far his highest score of the series.

Enough of that for now.

In the post match Channel 9 interviews Shane Warne sensitively elicited Michael Clarke's retirement from Test cricket announcement. Much as I'd hoped that Clarke would (1) make a big score in this Test  and (2) remain as Australia's captain beyond this series, (1) didn't happen and (2) won't happen. A double pity. 

More anon.
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