Ashes cricket Australia vs England live scores: Sydney weather, day 1 updates of the fourth test, Uncle Allen Madden Welcome home

Uncle Allen Madden stole the show on day one of the Sydney New Year’s test with “the best Welcome to Country ever”.

The Sydney test kicks off today and that can only mean one thing: rain in the New South Wales capital.

Wet weather has been forecast for much of Game 4 of this summer’s Ashes Series, but hopefully the clouds will stick around long enough for a result.

After Australian batter Travis Head tested positive for Covid-19, Usman Khawaja was recalled to Test XI for the first time in two years.

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Aaaaa and the rain on my back

The covers are put back on for the umpteenth time as the rain falls on the SCG.

“It’s getting very frustrating,” Triple M commentator Dan Ginnane said.

“It’s two hours since the test was supposed to start and we’ve had 12.3 overs.”

Openers survive the first 10 overs

English setters find plenty of swing and movement on the SCG bridge, but Australian openers David Warner and Marcus Harris weathered the storm.

England bowlers have faced criticism throughout the series for playing too short with the new ball, and in the first eight rounds on Wednesday only four deliveries are said to have hit the stumps.

“It’s already a bit of déjà vu,” former England captain Michael Vaughan said on Fox Cricket.

“It’s too consistently short of a good length.

“It’s really the kind of morning where you just have to give the half end and if you (concede) 20 more runs in the session than if you hadn’t hit that, then great.

“But you could create more chances. You can play the negative or the defensive game later in the day.

The hosts are 0/27 after 10 overs, with Warner undefeated on the 14th and Harris on the other end on the 9th.

The rain is coming back

Bad news – it’s raining in Sydney. The players have rushed in and the covers are in place.

After a frustrating 30-minute delay, play resumed at noon AEDT.

“What a legend”: Gadigal Elder steals the show

Uncle Allen Madden stole the show on day one of the Sydney New Years Test with “The Best Welcome to Country Ever,” filled with daddy jokes and lines.

The Gadigal Elder performed the Welcome to Country at SCG ahead of the fourth Ashes Test between Australia and England, and quickly won over spectators.

Madden began his speech by declaring: “For my first song …”

This elicited a laugh and applause from the Sydney crowd – Australian spinner Nathan Lyon was particularly amused.

Madden later said that there were only three things that were safer than being Aboriginal land: “Come, impose and go”.

He ended with his best joke of the day: “There is an old aboriginal saying, and I think it is quite appropriate for the crowd here today. They say that where there is a will, there are parents.

The SCG crowd and the Australian cricket team remained in hysterics.

Sports reporter Mark Gottlieb tweeted: “This guy is awesome. To like. Just a 5 minute riff standing in the middle of a country welcome. What a legend.

Former Australian hockey player Georgie Parker wrote: “This is the best welcome I have ever heard in this country. I love it.”

Australians win the draw

Pat Cummins won the toss and Australia will strike first at the SCG.

Playing in his 169th test, English designer James Anderson becomes the second most capped cricketer in history, behind only Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar.

Australia XI: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Cameron Green, Alex Carey (week), Pat Cummins (c), Mitch Starc, Scott Boland, Nathan Lyon

England XI: Haseeb Hameed, Zak Crawley, Dawid Malan, Joe Root (c), Ben Stokes, Jonathan Bairstow, Jos Buttler (wk), Mark Wood, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, James Anderson

Cricket boss apologizes for Ashes’ shock in England

England chief executive Ashley Giles said he “absolutely feels” responsible for an Ashes series loss in Australia, but insisted that a massive top management pullout would simply mask the underlying issues.

With England already down 3-0 in the five-game streak leading up to the fourth test, there has been speculation about the future of captain Joe Root and head coach Chris Silverwood.

Giles’ role was also called into question as it was the former England left-arm spinner who was behind the sacking of national manager Ed Smith and who gave Silverwood exclusive power to choose the team. .

England are now at risk of their third series 5-0 in 21st-century Australia, having lost only one campaign outside the Ashes by that score in 1920/21.

“Being here now in this position, I absolutely feel the responsibility for losing this Ashes series,” Giles told BBC Radio. Special Match Test and the traveling English media at Sydney Cricket Ground.

“Absolutely, we all do, and we can only apologize,” added the 48-year-old. “I know there will be a lot of emotion, a lot of anger over how we lost him.”

Tom Harrison, the chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Council (ECB), was already in the sights of the governing body’s response to a racism scandal sparked by the former’s revelations spinner Azeem Rafiq regarding his treatment in Yorkshire.

But Giles said changes at the top of the ECB would not solve the problems that saw world champions England over 50 lose the current streak in just 12 days of play when they broke. collapsed to a measly 68 in Melbourne last week.

“You can change me, change the head coach, change the captain, but we are only preparing future leaders for failure,” insisted Giles amid concerns about the quality of first-class English cricket.

“Four of 15 (test wins in 2021) is not good,” he added of a year which also saw England beaten 3-1 in India.

“In the 90s, it was accepted as normal for the English leaders and they got away with it. We set our standards much higher than that.

Giles said England’s struggles in Australia are simply a reflection of the players available to them as they aspire to be cricket’s number one test team.

“At the moment, do we think we’re a better team than we are? We are a little at our level. The fourth in the world is probably where we are, ”he said.

“We beat the teams below us but under these conditions we don’t beat the teams above us.

“What’s important is that we don’t try to cover up the cracks. We could easily go to the West Indies (in March) and win, then win this summer (English).

“We could do ‘everything is fine, rah, rah, rah’, but I think we still have to really focus on finding a way to compete in Australia and India.”

But former England Test batsman Nick Compton was not impressed by Giles’ remarks, tweeting: “Come on Ash! I’m trying to make this s *** show more pop than you ever did with the ball! “

AFP

Originally posted as Live: The Cricket World Loses It To Gadigal Elder’s Hilarious Ashes Intro

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