TRASH TALKING POMS FIRE UP ASHES CRICKET

THERE'S PLENTY OF FIRE IN THIS ASHES SERIES.

England’s reaction to losing the second successive test in this enthralling current Ashes cricket series takes the spotlight away from why they actually lost both tests

Their care-free Bazball style smash-em-bro approach has played right into Australia’s hands and you give most Aussie sporting teams a chance and they’ll pounce.

Jonny Barstow’s run out by Alex Carey angered the Poms and their supporters but Carey played within the rules and it’s Bairstow who should be lambasted for his sleep walking.

What The ..... ? - Jonny Barstow's too casual.

“I’m not here to make friends, I’m here to win the Ashes.”

That England coach Brendon McCallum came out afterwards saying this was not in the spirit of cricket was a joke because he had twice run players out in similar circumstances during his playing career with New Zealand. Then for him to say England won’t be sharing a beer with the Australians after the series was ridiculous. His former test team-mate Daniel Vettori is Australia’s bowling coach and I bet he laughed all the way back to their hotel along with the rest of this very good close-knit team

"You're meant to stay in your crease in cricket"

England let the first test slip away from a great position to win with the tourists needing nearly 60 runs with two wickets left. However inspirational skipper Pat Cummins and number 10 batsman Nathan Lyon got the job done.

Similar with the second test at Lords, England had everything in their favour. They won the toss and sent Australia in with favourable bowling conditions but they bowled poorly, Steve Smith scored another brilliant century in a very good total of 416. England were in great form chasing at one stage 188-1 but collapsed with their care free approach against a short ball barrage to be all out for 325.

It’s easy to forget that during the second test at Lords there were two very fine innings, Smith’s ton and one of the great Ashes knocks by England skipper Ben Stokes of 155.

There’s not a lot between the sides, Australia having won the first two tests by two wickets then 43 runs. It’s all on this week again at Headingly where the third test begins, Steve Smith’s 100th for Australia and you can guarantee a couple of things. There will be more great cricket, bouncer barrages and controversy.

"England can win a Test, and therefore the Ashes, but they need to be "realistic" about how they played at times in this Test. "They need to get to Leeds and I think they can beat this Australia side at Leeds, they just need to forget about the three games they need to win and just focus on winning at Leeds,"

Interview & Words by John Alexander | Header Image taken by Tony Stretch. Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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