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Ashes 2015: England Ahead After First Two Days

Jul 10, 2015 - by Dani
Ashest 2015 Test Stuart Broad England

Stuart Broad celebrates taking the wicket off (Photo: GettyImages)

For the most part of the first two days of the first Test in Ashes 2015, England had the momentum, and they finished day two in a very good position.  

Their top performer was Moeen Ali, who excelled both with bat and ball, scoring 77 and taking out two of the best Australian spinners, Michael Clarke and Steve Smith. Australia veteran, Chris Rogers, who participates in his last Test before retiring, revealed that England were on top indeed. He said that as the wicket would expectedly change in the remaining part of the first test, Australia will have a hard task to work their way back.

The Guardian: Ashes 2015: Moeen puts England in the ascendancy

 

The couple of days of first Test in the Ashes 2015 somehow resembled to the remarkable game from 2009 that was also played in Cardiff. That time England finished the first day with 336 for seven, as keen followers of live sports results might remember, and reached 435 in the second. Now they continued from 343 for seven to stop at 430 at the end of the second day.

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Moeen Ali congratulated by his teammates after being England’s hero on Day 2 of Ashes 2015 test (Photo: AP)

Six years ago Australia replied with 674 for six, but on this year’s second day, they seemed still searching for their rhythm, as England were dominating the match. Anderson contributed with a perfect spell and Moeen Ali was one of England’s stars producing a 77 with the bat and taking out Steve Smith and Michael Clarke with the ball.

Chris Rogers, the experienced opener plays his last Test for Australia before retiring, while the visitors’ best bowler was Mitchell Starc, who took out both Moeen and Jimmy Anderson.

The Telegraph: Ashes 2015: Australia admit the odds are stacked against them in first Test

 

The two sides saw that England dominated the first two days of the first Test of the Ashes 2015, which took them into an excellent position before the teams would return to continue the match. Moeen Ali said that by taking out Adam Voges, England were in pole position.

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Veteran Chris Rogers couldn’t help his team on the Day 2 of the Ashes 2015 test in Cardiff (Photo: Getty Images)

Australia veteran Chris Rogers expressed that he wasn’t totally happy with their performance, gambling news report. He said, “I think they are probably in a happier position at the moment. The wicket is going to deteriorate so it is going to be hard work for us at the back end of the match. We have to get a lot closer to their score and even get a lead.”

He added, “To get out the way a lot of us did does hurt especially as there was an opportunity to make it count today. I got a 90 and there were three thirties. We think we are better than that. But when you are positive and going at it you are going to get out these days.”

The Sydney Morning Herald: Ashes 2015: England seize ascendancy as Australian opener Chris Rogers denied ton

 

Chris Rogers almost reached a century in the first Test of the Ashes 2015 before being dismissed, online gambling news report. Australia needed the services of overly criticized all-rounder Shane Watson after the second they.

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Wood and Lyth celebrate as Rogers walks off dismissed on Day Two of the Ashes 2015 test (Photo: Getty Images)

Rogers spoke about his teammate at the end of day two. He said, “I think we all desperately want to see him do well because we know how much he goes through and how much kind of abuse comes his way.” He added, “He’s pretty good with it – he knows that you’ve got to take the good with the bad. It’s up to him tomorrow to go out and score runs and hopefully do it for the rest of the series.”

Somehow surprising for followers of sports scores, Moeen Ali led underdogs England, batting for 77 and taking out Australia’s two best spinners, Michael Clarke and Steve Smith when bowling. Ali said, “I think we’re ahead. I think that last wicket put us into pole position a bit more”.

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