It is day 4 at Old Trafford and my English sources tell me that rain is forecast in Manchester from about 1pm today and then all day tomorrow. With that weather around a draw is looking likely it would seem.
That said, weather permitting, these are the keys to victory for Australia on Day 4:
1. The Captain MUST bowl Nathan Lyon for a long spells today and if he cops some tap stick with him. He is a quality spin bowler for mine but needs to be given enough rope to get plans working for each batsman.
2. Ryan Harris is the ace in the pack of Australia’s bowling. Giving him some rest today will be vital. Early wickets this morning should see Australia batting again by the first hour. Australia must then bat for till just after tea to allow their main man some time to recover.
3. A target of 350 is a must for Australia. Obviously the sooner that Australia gets England out the better.
The other thing that we can expect today is that the booing of the Myth will continue. Many have an objection to sports crowds booing players and officials but I don’t have a particular problem with given the vitriol often directed at opponents by Australian crowds.
This will be another intriguing day of cricket.