England Ashes Fight Back in Fourth Test
England have been on the wrong end of a trashing during the latest Ashes Series with a 3-0 losing streak to turn around, and prominent players like Jonathan Trott and Graeme Swann walking away from the ailing side for one reason or another couldn't have helped the cause. The top order batsmen aren't making runs and the usual wicket-takers like James Anderson and Stuart Broad haven't been as effective against a largely unchanged side that England dominated in the summer.
England have taken until the second day of the fourth test match to make amends for their poor performances. England players have been tight lipped but they're now addressing the disastrous tour for the first time since they landed on Australian soil. "Days like that have been few and far between on this trip," James Anderson said after the close of play. Anderson took three wickets as England reduced the home side to 164-9 after making 255 runs in the opening innings.
Anderson said that England were "really hungry to get something out of this tour and we showed that." England are now in command of the fourth test after taking six Australian wickets for just 54 runs in the evening session. Anderson praised the fielding. "I thought we fielded pretty well all day. We dived around a lot, we chased everything."
He also praised the under-fire captain. "I thought Alastair Cook set really good fields, we bowled to those fields and it was a really complete performance."
England did so well during the second day's play that one of the team's harshest critics, Geoffrey Boycott said: "It was a wonderful day's cricket from England's point of view - one we have been waiting for all series." He added that in his opinion the tourists are in "prime position" to win the fourth test match. "Barring miracles, we will win this Test match."