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The Ashes 2017 schedule

The 2017 Ashes series from down under in Australian has finally started and day one is done and dusted. Before the start I honestly had no idea which way the series will go, I'd also heard the weather hadn't been great in Brisbane either and with that in mine it could help both our bowlers and theirs.     

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Whoever won the toss I thought would bat, and so it proved as Root won it and opted to bat with Smith confirming afterwards he'd have done the same. It was the obvious choice for everyone looking at the pitch, so any captain that chose to bowl will have been open to criticism. Saying that if Root or Smith had lost the toss I don't think they'll have to much to worry about as such.

England don't need to win the first test, but they do need to win one of the first two tests in my opinion to have any chance of success this time around in Australia. Nothing is decided in the first three sessions of a Test Match, but what you actually do in it can set the tone for the rest of the series. England therefore will be looking to get going from the very first ball, if there is any hope in them changing the odds on a bet on cricket by beating the Aussies down under this time around.

Therefore with Alastair Cook getting out in the third over this morning there was even more pressure on relative newbies Stoneman and Vince. The Ashes debutants didn't disappoint either, in fact they both stood up for themselves and didn't look out of place out there in the middle of The Gabba pitch.

Cook's wicket was the only one to go in the first session and Stoneman and Vince saw off all four of Australian's bowlers. The rain then came with over an hour's delay in play so mentally they both had to cope with that too. They did that and Vince in particular played some fantastic cover drives and he scored more quickly than his partner.

Some stats that are mentioned I roll my eyes out. However, when Alison Mitchell in commentary said that Stoneman and Vince's partnership was now higher than any England partnership from our last series out there I was taken back. Apparently Root and Pieterson's 111 at Adelaide was out highest. That to me sums up how poor we were as a team in the 2013/14 series.

Vince and Stoneman both got their first fifties which is a huge confidence boost at this stage but they couldn't go on to get centuries as we finished the day on 196 for 4. Captain Root was the other one to get out, also with a low score like Cook. However, Malan and Ali batted out the day which finished nine ball earlier than planned due to bad light.

Overall then, no team will feel they're on top of the other. It's about 50/50 to me still, so tomorrow morning could be decisive for both teams. The Aussies will want early wickets with England looking to get to 350 plus if they can.

In the meantime there is still plenty of other cricket going on around the globe to keep your addiction to our great sport going through until the Christmas, check out the fixtures below.

NOVEMBER 2017

23 THU Australia v England at Brisbane, 1st Test - day 1

24 FRI Australia v England at Brisbane, 1st Test - day 2
India v Sri Lanka at Nagpur, 2nd Test - day 1

25 SAT Australia v England at Brisbane, 1st Test - day 3
India v Sri Lanka at Nagpur, 2nd Test - day 2

26 SUN Australia v England at Brisbane, 1st Test - day 4
India v Sri Lanka at Nagpur, 2nd Test - day 3

27 MON Australia v England at Brisbane, 1st Test - day 5
India v Sri Lanka at Nagpur, 2nd Test - day 4

28 TUE India v Sri Lanka at Nagpur, 2nd Test - day 5 

DECEMBER 2017

1 FRI New Zealand v West Indies at Wellington, 1st Test - day 1

2 SAT New Zealand v West Indies at Wellington, 1st Test - day 2
Australia v England at Adelaide, 2nd Test - day 1 (day/night)
India v Sri Lanka at Delhi, 3rd Test - day 1

3 SUN New Zealand v West Indies at Wellington, 1st Test - day 3
Australia v England at Adelaide, 2nd Test - day 2 (day/night)
India v Sri Lanka at Delhi, 3rd Test - day 2

4 MON New Zealand v West Indies at Wellington, 1st Test - day 4
Australia v England at Adelaide, 2nd Test - day 3 (day/night)
India v Sri Lanka at Delhi, 3rd Test - day 3

5 TUE New Zealand v West Indies at Wellington, 1st Test - day 5
Australia v England at Adelaide, 2nd Test - day 4 (day/night)
India v Sri Lanka at Delhi, 3rd Test - day 4

6 WED Australia v England at Adelaide, 2nd Test - day 5 (day/night)
India v Sri Lanka at Delhi, 3rd Test - day 5
Hong Kong v Papua New Guinea at ICCA Dubai,

8 FRI Hong Kong v Papua New Guinea at ICCA Dubai,

9 SAT New Zealand v West Indies at Hamilton, 2nd Test - day 1

10 SUN New Zealand v West Indies at Hamilton, 2nd Test - day 2
India v Sri Lanka at Dharamsala, 1st ODI (day/night)

11 MON New Zealand v West Indies at Hamilton, 2nd Test - day 3

12 TUE New Zealand v West Indies at Hamilton, 2nd Test - day 4

13 WED New Zealand v West Indies at Hamilton, 2nd Test - day 5
India v Sri Lanka at Mohali, 2nd ODI (day/night)

14 THU Australia v England at Perth, 3rd Test - day 1

15 FRI Australia v England at Perth, 3rd Test - day 2

16 SAT Australia v England at Perth, 3rd Test - day 3

17 SUN Australia v England at Perth, 3rd Test - day 4
India v Sri Lanka at Visakhapatnam, 3rd ODI (day/night)

18 MON Australia v England at Perth, 3rd Test - day 5

20 WED New Zealand v West Indies at Whangarei, 1st ODI
India v Sri Lanka at Cuttack, 1st T20I (night)

22 FRI India v Sri Lanka at Indore, 2nd T20I (night)

 

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