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A THUMPING VICTORY
England responded to the battering they took at Lord’s in the best possible way, by storming to a three-day victory at Edgbaston to restore their lead in the series. Australia won by 405 runs at Lords, England by eight wickets here. I reckon this constitutes the most spectacular about turn in fortunes in successive ashes matches since 1965-66 when the teams traded innings victories in the second and third matches of the series.
Particularly welcome was the return to top form of Steven Finn who followed James Anderson’s first innings six-for with six wickets of his own the second. Among the scraps left by these two were enough wickets for Stuart Broad to reach 300 in tests. Ian Bell whose poor form had him in the last chance saloon with the last orders bell being sounded came up with two fifties in the match in front of his home crowd – and given the low scoring nature of the game these were easily worth centuries on a flat one.
An unfortunate injury means that for the fourth match at Trent Bridge England have the unenviable task of attempting to fill an Anderson shaped hole in their squad.
To finish this cricket related section, Surrey are putting on an event to celebrate women’s and girls cricket featuring current England captain Charlotte Edwards, head of ECB women’s cricket Clare Connor and being hosted by Surrey”s Director of women’s cricket Ebony Rainford-Brent…
My first set of links follow on from my last blog post and feature more on…
CECIL THE LION
First up an event that will probably remain unique in the history of aspiblog – a link to an article in the Daily Mail
Next, courtesy of Huffington Post, this piece by wildlife expert and occasional ballroom dancer Steve Backshall
Finally on this particular topic, this from The Age.
Tonight is the second full moon in July – a rare event called a Blue Moon and best know for the cliche “once in a blue moon”. For a detailed account of the phenomenon check out this piece from discovery.com.
Next, courtesy of livescience come two dinosaur related links:
1)A new discovery of a dinosaur with an exceptional sense of smell
2)Photographs of remains of one of the largest animals ever to walk the earth.
Ending this subsection on science, courtesy of bbc.co.uk, this piece about the Earth’s magnetic shield being older than previously thought.
Just two connected pieces here:
1)A post on Patheos about an atheist suffering persecution…
2)The original blog post that triggered the Patheos piece.
Again, just two connected pieces:
1)An update on a change.org petition calling on Lego to positively represent disabled people…
2)And a piece courtesy of themighty that connects to the above petition.
I finish this post with two infographics, one from the Corbyn campaign and one on the subject of NHS pay…