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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, August 6, 2015
predictions had Trent Bridge as the
ground where the Ashes would be
Few, though, guessed it would be
England heading to the fourth Test at
Nottingham starting today with the
famous urn within reach.
An oscillating, unpredictable series
swung back England s way with an
eight-wicket win inside three days at
Edgbaston last week, putting the hosts
2-1 up against Australia. One victory
for the English in the final two matches
will see them regain the Ashes.
The momentum is on England s side
--- although that may not be a reliable
The team s record over the last seven
Tests reads: Win. Loss. Win. Loss. Win.
Loss. Win. No other team in Test his-
tory has registered such a bizarre
"We are consistently the most
inconsistent side," England bowler Stu-
art Broad said. "We have to change
If they succeed in doing so at Trent
Bridge, England will have won a fourth
straight Ashes series on home soil.
That s no mean feat considering the
Australians arrived in Britain in June
as the heavy favourites and still buoyant
from a 5-0 whitewash of their old foes
Down Under 18 months previously.
However, cracks are appearing in
what was initially viewed as a tight
unit. Players are struggling for form
with the bat --- notably captain Michael
Clarke, with just 94 runs in six innings
this series --- and paceman Mitchell
Johnson is carrying the bowling attack.
Australia showed its class in a 405-
run win in the second Test, but was
thrashed in the first and third Tests.
"We need to really improve in this
game," Johnson said Tuesday. "It s like
a grand final for us."
Trent Bridge is known to be a swing
bowler s paradise, which makes the
absence of injured paceman Jimmy
Anderson all the more tough to take
The country s all-time leading wick-
et-taker has a side strain, picked up
during the third Test, that deprives
him of the opportunity of adding to
his record of 53 wickets in eight Tests
in Nottingham --- at an average of less
than 20. Anderson had a 10-wicket
haul here in the 2013 Ashes.
"It s a massive loss for them," John-
Mark Wood is likely to replace
Anderson after having treatment on
an ankle injury that ruled him out of
the Edgbaston Test. Wood practiced
in the nets this week, and England
captain Alastair Cook said the paceman
was fit and in pole position for a recall.
"It looks really good for Woody,"
Cook said yesterday. "He has looked
fit and ready. He is excited to have the
opportunity he has got." (AP)
James Faulkner was banned from
driving for two years and fined
10,000 pounds ($15,600) for drunk
Faulkner s blood-alcohol level was
nearly three times the legal limit when
he chose to drive his car, rather than
walk a mile home in the rain, and
crashed into the back of another car
in West Didsbury, Manchester, on July
2. District Judge Mark Hadfield, in
Manchester Magistrtates Court, said
at sentencing that he ruled out an
unpaid work community order or a
curfew because it was "unworkable"
for Faulkner, who is playing for English
Cricket Australia has already
penalised Faulkner, the player of the
match in the Cricket World Cup final
victory, by banning him from four lim-
ited-overs games on the ongoing Ashes
tour, fining him, and ordering him to
attend alcohol counselling.
COLOMBO---Sri Lanka captain Angelo
Mathews said yesterday his team is
eager to send off the retiring Kumar
Sangakkara by winning the Test series
against India that starts next week.
Sangakkara has announced he will
retire from international cricket after
the second game of the three-Test series.
His last match will be from August 20-
24 at P Sara Oval, Colombo.
"A series win is the best way to send
off a player of Sangakkara s caliber,"
He said his own participation in the
first Test starting in Galle next Wednes-
day is doubtful as he has still not recov-
ered from a wrist sprain.
Though fast bowlers Dushmantha
Chameera and Suranga Lakmal will
miss all three matches due to injuries,
Mathews said he is confident that Sri
Lanka has enough good players to win
Sangakkara, who has played 132 Test
matches so far and scored 12,305 runs
at an average of 58, is close to another
If he scores a double century, he will
equal the record for the highest number
of double centuries in a Test career,
matching Australia great Donald Brad-
man, who scored 12 double hundreds
in only 52 tests.
India has not won a Test series in Sri
Lanka since 1993 under Mohammed
Azharuddin. Captain Virat Kohli said
his team will focus on performing well
rather than worrying about records.
Faulkner banned from
driving for 2 years
Mathews: We want to beat
India for retiring Sangakkara
England on brink of
winning back the Ashes
England captain Alastair Cook, Joe Root, left, and Mark Wood, right, warm up during net practice in
preparation for the fourth Ashes Test cricket match against Australia, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England,
yesterday. AP PHOTO
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