Saturday 10 August 2013

Mini-session Analysis, 4th Ashes Test, Chester-le-Street, 2013

Here is the mini-session analysis for the fourth test between England and Australia at Riverside Ground, Chester-le-Street, England

A mini-session is (normally) half a session, either between the start of the session and the drinks break or the drinks break and the end of the session. Occasionally a long session will have 3 mini-sessions where it will be broken up with 2 drinks breaks.

1-1aEngland 31/0 off 14England
1-1bEngland 26/1 off 13Australia
1-2aEngland 63/1 off 15England
1-2bEngland 35/2 off 13Australia
1-3aEngland 34/1 off 19England
1-3bEngland 49/4 off 16Australia
2-1aEngland 0/1 off 2England
Australia 35/2 off 10
2-1bAustralia 40/1 off 11England
2-2aAustralia 44/1 off 14Draw
2-2bAustralia 29/0 off 13Australia
2-3aAustralia 57/0 off 19Australia
2-3bAustralia 17/1 off 7.4Draw
3-1aAustralia 36/4 off 12.1England
3-1bAustralia 12/1 off 2.4Australia
England 24/1 off 9
3-2aEngland 61/2 off 13England
3-2bEngland 38/0 off 14England
3-3aEngland 47/1 off 17Draw
3-3bEngland 64/1 off 21England
4-1aEngland 74/3 off 14England
4-1bEngland 22/2 off 7.1Australia
Australia 11/0 off 5
4-2aAustralia 69/0 off 15Australia
4-2bAustralia 40/1 off 13Draw
4-3aAustralia 54/2 off 15England
4-3bAustralia 50/7 off 20.3England

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England win the match by 74 runs and the mini-session count 14 - 10

First drinks, Day 1: England lead the mini-session count 1-0

England have made a slow start, but a safe one. This pair have had a fairly shaky series so far, this is already their second largest partnership. The most interesting thing was the movement that Jackson Bird managed to get. - Mykuhl

Lunch, Day 1: The mini-session count is tied up, 1-1

We have had endless column inches about DRS and Hot Spot in this series. That is missing the point, the biggest problem has been the atrocious standard of umpiring. In this mini session Joe Root propped forward and nicked the ball. There was a clear deflection, a definite noise and a regulation catch by Haddin. To the surprise of no one Umpire Tony Hill said not out. The Australians reviewed and the correct decision was made, this time.

England have lost Root but have made steady progress in the face of some excellent bowling, especially from Shane Watson. Cook and Trott may well be due a big innings each, but for the sake of those seeking entertainment that might not be what they are hoping for. - Peter Miller
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Middle drinks, Day 1: England lead the mini-session count 2-1

Trott and Cook batted with ease for much of the hour, scoring with increasing freedom. The Australian bowlers were tidy but unthreatening and so it came as a shock when Trott got an inside edge onto his pad off Lyon and was caught for 49.

Pietersen marched out and jumped down the pitch to his first ball; for an instant it appeared as though Lyon might have had his second wicket, but the skied drive fell safely. Pietersen promptly swatted Lyon for two more boundaries in the next over - the second of which was not without risk - and drinks were taken with the crowd having seen more action in the preceding ten minutes than in the whole of the rest of the day - Paul Dennett
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Tea, Day 1: The mini-session count is tied up, 2-2

Pietersen continued to bat frenetically and at one point took off for a crazy single that would have seen Cook run out by two metres had Warner hit. Lyon came back on, round the wicket, and Pietersen nicked one that didn't turn, before Cook shouldered arms to a fine inswinger from Bird and was correctly given out LBW for 51. From being in a position of great comfort England are now looking shaky - with Bird starting to get some movement. - Paul Dennett
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Final drinks, Day 1: England lead the mini-session count 3-2

England won that mini session simply because they've now dug in, a bit. Australia are keeping things pretty tidy, but running the Aussie bowlers ragged won't do their confidence much good. - Antoinette Muller

Stumps, Day 1: The mini-session count is tied up, 3-3

Australia have done really well after losing the toss. They've put their feet on England's necks, while England have meekly surrendered these body parts to be throttled. Nathan Lyon has been impressive, too. So impressive that he's probably bowled himself out of contention for the third test. Australia beat England at their own "bowling dry" game today. Advance, Australia. - Antoinette Muller
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First drinks, Day 2: England lead the mini-session count 4-3

After a good start by Australia, England took the mini-session with a double strike by Stuart Broad. The highlight of the day was probably James Anderson getting badged by Jackson Bird. - Mykuhl
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Lunch, Day 2: England lead the mini-session count 5-3

Australia started this session at 2/35 from ten overs. Two wickets down, but moving at 3.5 runs per over; being worked over by Stuart Broad, but having the DRS fall in their favor. It was a cricket fever dream, a surreal sugar high punctuated by the kind of confusion you get whilst trying to pay the man in the kebab bus at five am whilst full as a goog.

The passage from drinks until lunch was more straightforward, in a sense, but still twisted and turned as only test cricket can. Michael Clarke fell to an appalling, irresponsible shot, edging Broad to slip from an wafting cover drive. But Smith and Rogers dug in thereafter, and although the ball continued to seam, they scrapped and fought through to lunch, two ugly cricketers operating in stark contrast to Broad's seaming beauty. And, you know, physical beauty.

This session is England's, because the wicket of Clarke is absolutely pivotal in the context of this game, and their bowling has been consistently tight. Australia trail by 163 with seven wickets in hand; the match is percolating perfectly. - Nick Hancock
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Middle drinks, Day 2: England lead the mini-session count 5.5-3.5

Led by Broad, the English bowlers have been almost unplayable at times - with the ball seaming about alarmingly. Smith was out caught behind off Bresnan just after lunch and Watson and Rogers have batted very well - with a degree of luck - to survive till drinks. If Australia can make it to tea without further loss it will be a quite remarkable achievement. - Paul Dennett
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Tea, Day 2: England lead the mini-session count 5.5-4.5

Shane Watson hasn't gotten a review wrong yet and Chris Rogers is once again batting like he's in a county match. Greaeme Swann has a dodgy finger and Stuart Broad has snapped out of bowling one of "those" Broad spells. It's back to good old school Test cricket again. As the cliche goes, an intriguing prospect beckons and the first hour after tea will be crucial. - Antoinette Muller

Final drinks, Day 2: The mini-session count is tied up, 5.5-5.5

Sessions are often said to be crucial, this one post tea actually is. Going into it England could set up a win with four wickets, Australia could build the start of an imposing lead with 100 runs for the loss of no more than two batsmen. This pitch will only get harder to score on as the game goes on and first innings lead of around 80-100 could be a winning one. Rogers and Watson have shown that this is not a pitch that is hard to bat on, just one that is hard to score runs on. England’s injudicious shots from yesterday have been put into context by this excellent partnership. - Peter Miller

Stumps, Day 2: The mini-session count is tied up, 6-6

Chris Rogers' progress towards his maiden Test century was the main feature of the hour. Rogers' stalled on 96 for a succession of Swann overs. Twice he looped the ball into the legside from a leading edge, but a well judged, meaty sweep shot took him to the century.

At the other end, Watson was continuing to play around his front pad but with the ball not deviating there were few alarms. The Watson-Rogers partnership preserved the advantage that Lyon and co had established on day one. It ended when the former swished at a full legside ball and glanced it to Prior. Not the archetypal Watson dismissal but it added to his tally of half-centuries. In a low scoring game, as this is shaping up to be, he deserves more credit than criticism.  - Chris Smith
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First drinks, Day 3: England lead the mini-session count 7-6

England had a good hour here. Australia manage to get into the lead, but their 16 runs have cost 4 wickets. I'm not sure that this is the sort of pitch were there are likely to be many runs scored by the tail. - Mykuhl
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Lunch, Day 3: The mini-session count is tied up, 7-7

And the game is back to being level again. Harris bowled a stunning ball to dismiss Joe Root. It's the sort of ball that would have probably dismissed Bradman. This is not looking like an easy pitch to bat on. This game could be defined by one moderate partnership. - Mykuhl
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Middle drinks, Day 3: England lead the mini-session count 8-7

England started this session delicately poised at 1/24. Shortly thereafter, Trott slotted Harris through midwicket for four to bring England back in to the lead. 

As Michael says above, this match may be decided by a moderate partnership. England needed that partnership badly. The game was theirs to put out of Australia's grasp.

Alistair Cook played the exact kind of irresponsible shot that his counterpart Clarke played yesterday. Trott was strangled down the leg-side. Australia stubbornly refused to lie down and die, and made like the proverbial cat on the furniture, despite Bell and KP consolidating. - Nick Hancock
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Tea, Day 3: England lead the mini-session count 9-7

A good mini session for England as the game heads into tea on day three.

On a day where Australia had earlier threatened to take control, largely due to some inept batting from the England top order Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen have settled the game down nicely for England.

Australia will feel frustrated with the session, having briefly tried to attack Pietersen with the spin of Lyon, Clarke quickly realised that the plan wasn't working and gave the ball back to Siddle for the final over of the Mini session.

England head into tea with hope, of the back of a 70 partnership, 91 runs ahead. The match very tightly poised, England scoring steady as they head for a target of 250. - Craig Armstrong

Final drinks, Day 3: England lead the mini-session count 9.5-7.5

Australia finally make the breakthrough, and the way it came was quite interesting. Kevin Pietersen had obviously decided that he didn't want to hit against the spin of Nathan Lyon. Lyon kept bowling outside off-stump, and Pietersen kept defending it. He scored a total of one run on the offside against Lyon, and that was a straight rive that almost hit the stumps. Lyon kept up his line of attack, and fianlly Pietersen made a mistake, getting a leading edge while trying to hit across the line. He will probably get criticized for it (because people gets upset about any way KP gets out) but this was poor execution of a careful plan, rather than a reckless shot. - Mykuhl
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Stumps, Day 3: England lead the mini-session count 10.5-7.5

England added 64 to their lead for the loss of Bairstow in this extended mini-session and possibly pushed their noses ahead in the game. The cricket was highly competitive, never more so than when Harris went around the wicket to Bairstow and Bell. He knocked the latter to the ground with one bouncer, but both batsmen responded with driven boundaries.

Lyon also posed a threat and got a ball to bounce against Bairstow who edged behind. Bell reached his 100 shortly before the close. He has made the transition from being an embellishment to this England batting order to its most solid component. Bell became the third Englishman after Maurice Leyland and David Gower to make three centuries in a home Ashes series. His progress through the 90s was less agonised than Rogers' yesterday, but did include an edged lifter past a diving slip fielder and a chipped single to mid-on to reach the milestone.  - Chris Smith
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First drinks, Day 4: England lead the mini-session count 11.5-7.5

This test has been full of hours that have been difficult to decide who has won. There are good arguments for either team having won this hour. In the end I went for England, despite the formula saying that it was a draw. Australia needed wickets a little faster. Australia really needed to dismiss England for less than 300. - Mykuhl
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Final drinks, Day 4: England lead the mini-session count 13-10

Graeme Swann got one to spin sharply in first over after lunch, a sign that he might cause problems to both left-handers at the crease at start of session, David Warner and Usman Khawaja. Eventually he got Khawaja halfway through mini session. Australia was still winning the mini session though until Alastair Cook brought Tim Bresnan on and removed Warner with his fourth ball. Australia's batsmen are getting closer than they were at start of the series to making meaningful contributions, but close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. - Peter Della Penna
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Stumps, Day 4: England win the match by 74 and the mini-session count 14-10

Australia were looking quite good at 147/1, but they managed to find another epic collapse. England were assisted by some more generous umpiring, but the real hero was Stuart Broad who picked up 11 wickets in the match. - Mykuhl
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