30 December 2017

2017 - 2018 Ashes Series between Australia versus England (sponsored by Magellan)

Cricket is a bat and ball game played between two teams of eleven players each on a cricket field, at the centre of which is a rectangular 22-yard-long pitch with a target called the wicket (a set of three wooden stumps upon which two bails sit) at each end. Each phase of play is called an innings during which one team bats, attempting to score as many runs as possible, whilst their opponents field. Depending on the type of match, the teams have one or two innings apiece and, when the first innings ends, the teams swap roles for the next innings. Except in matches which result in a draw, the winning team is the one that scores the most runs, including any extras gained.

The Ashes Series are only played between England and Australia.  My husband went to see day 3 of the Fourth Test in Melbourne.  He said for him the highlights of day 3 were:

- soaking up the atmosphere by being among spectators which were in excess of 61,000 at the MCG
- seeing English batsman Alastair Cook scoring an unbeaten double hundred with 244 not out
- listening to the large repertoire of songs by the Barmy Army https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barmy_Army

Ashes Test Series 2017

Test 1 of 5 at The Gabba in Brisbane, 23 November 2017
England ENG 302 &195/10
Australia AUS 328 & 173/0 
Australia won by 10 wickets 

Test 2 of 5 at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, 2 December 2017
AUS 442/8d & 138/10
ENG 227 & 233/10 
Australia won by 120 runs

Test 3 of 5 at the WACA, in Perth, 14 December 2017
ENG 403 & 218/10
AUS 662/9d 
Australia won by an innings an 41 runs

Test 4 of 5 at the MCG in Melbourne, 26 December 2017
AUS 327 & 263/4d
ENG 491
Match drawn

Upcoming - Test 5 of 5 at the SCG in Sydney, starting on 4 January 2018
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