Fourth Ashes Test: England First Innings

Day 3 of the Fourth Ashes Test ended with England at 200 for 5 wickets (link). The task facing England is to have partnerships exceeding 50 runs per wicket and the challenge facing Australia is to keep partnerships below 50.

So far, the partnerships have been: 10, 15, 141, 9, 21. The partnership between Rory Burns and Joe Root (141) lifted England above the rate required. At that stage, England were 16 runs ahead of the required rate.

These data encourage me to think about how teams prepare for games and the scenarios they use to deal with the must (link) part of their roles.

Photo Credit

End of the Day (Coral, Twitter)

Postscript

England scored 301 in their first innings (link).