If you only have a few morsels left of the coffee provided by Betfair at the beginning of the current Ashes series then never fear – it will all be worth it in the end. Even if you do develop a dependency for the stuff, you’ll have seen the biggest sports news story of 2010/11 unfold before your very eyes.
Last night’s performance from the touring party’s bowlers has all but assured a 3-1 victory, and that there will be quite the party when the test concludes early on tomorrow.
England eventually made 644 all out in their second innings, the highest score ever by an English side in Australia giving them a lead of almost 400 runs. The star performer with the bat with England today was Matt Prior who made his first Ashes century with 118. It was bowling where England really came into their own.
The reverse swing that James Anderson, Chris Tremlett, and Tim Bresnan garnered from the pitch left the Australians seven wickets down and staring down the barrel of a 3-1 Ashes series loss. This was supposed to be the test where the Aussies saved face after the humiliations of the earlier tests. Instead it’s been the same embarrassing form that has defined their series. Captain Michael Clarke top scored on 41, but for none of your players to make a score over 50 means there’s a big problem.
So if you want to be a very proud Englishman stay up and watch the visitors wrap up the series late tonight. You won’t regret it.