Sport Allan Border makes huge call on second Ashes Test

05:35  05 december  2017
05:35  05 december  2017 Source:   Sporting News

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SHANE Watson must stop bowling like he’s running on egg-shells and be prepared to go down swinging with the bat, says Allan Border . The former Australian captain on Tuesday backed under-fire all-rounder Watson to retain his place for this week’s second Ashes Test at Lord’s but said he

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He's been retired for over 20 years, but Allan Border is still at his confident and swashbuckling best.

The former Aussie captain has boldly predicted that Australia could declare before the start of play on the fourth day of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide and still pick up a win.

Steve Smith has been heavily criticised for not sending England into bat in tricky evening conditions by enforcing the follow on on Monday evening.

Instead, Australia lost four wickets in the last session, ending day three at 53/4, with a lead of 268.

With two more night sessions to go and England not showing anything with the bat so far this series, that score should be enough to win, says Border.

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“We’ve still got the best of the game,” he said on Fox Sports on Tuesday morning.

“We’re talking up England and England’s chances. They’ve got a bit of confidence.

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“But I reckon we’ve got enough now that we could declare now and still win the game.

“It’s been interesting and some of our blokes were put under a lot of pressure last night. It was tough conditions and that’s as good as it gets if you’re a swing bowler.”

Australia declared at 442/8 before bowling England out for 227 in their first innings. Despite facing a tricky night session against a pace attack spearheaded by Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad, Smith went back into bat for the last session on day three.

Backing up Border's comments, Australian bowler Mitchell Starc said there was still a lot of cricket to play.

"Don't look past the fact that there are two full night sessions to go if England really want to win this game," Starc said.

"We had a tough session with the bat to close out the day's play, but there's a lot of cricket to go."

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