The cricketing trends on social media revolved most around the Ashes between England and Australia that got underway on Thursday. The first Test is being played at the Edgbaston in Birmingham. The visitors elected to bat first after winning the toss and the decision backfired on them as Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes picked up wickets at pretty regular intervals. The quick fall of wickets never allowed the Aussie batters to settle into a rhythm. Only Steve Smith showed a fight and scored a half-century in the post-lunch session of Day 1.
David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, who played their maiden Test after the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town, couldn’t make an impact and fell prey to Broad. During the day’s play, the umpires missed out on quite a few correct decisions and weren’t on their mark by any stretch of the imagination. Former Indian cricketer Bishen Singh Bedi felt that the umpires had a rough day in the office. Michael Vaughan was confused about what between the Aussie batting and umpiring standard was poorer.
Aakash Chopra conducted a poll on Twitter asking people whether the Ashes is an over-rated clash or not. Danielle Wyatt, the England women’s cricketer, wished the Three Lions prior to the Test. On Wednesday, Sri Lanka beat Bangladesh by 122 runs at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Subsequently, they also won the series 3-0.
Angelo Mathews was the Player of the Series and he heaped praises on his teammates for the decent show. Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane believes that peace of mind is an important element for relaxation. Aakash Chopra reviewed Bangladesh’s performance in the World Cup.
1. Ajinkya Rahane relaxing
— Ajinkya Rahane (@ajinkyarahane88) August 1, 2019
2. Bishen Bedi feels the umpires had a bad day
Umpires are having real bad day in office…reflective of the difference between white & red ball..I suppose..!!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) August 1, 2019
3. A confused Michael Vaughan
Not sure what’s worse … The Batting or the Umpiring … !!! #Ashes
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 1, 2019
4. Nick Compton hails Broad and Woakes
Australia’s makeshift batting line up won’t last the campaign… neither will Tim Paine. Great stuff from Broad and Woakes after the Anderson injury!
— Nick Compton (@thecompdog) August 1, 2019
5. Aakash Chopra conducts a poll
Do you feel that #TheAshes is the most overrated series in modern times?
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 1, 2019
6. Ian Bell glad to catch up with legends\
Great to catch up with these legends again today and do a lap on the pitch at lunch! Great battle this morning. Always does a bit early on and boys took full advantage. @englandcricket #2005AshesTeam #TheAshes2019 pic.twitter.com/4uO5aOv4uw
— Ian Bell (@Ian_Bell) August 1, 2019
7. Harbhajan Singh with Joel Garner
Standing tall with Joel Garner famously called ‘The BIG BIRD’ .. thank God I didn’t have to face him during my 18yrs of international cricket.. that era must have been the toughest to bat without helmets n toothpick kind of bats with these big guys bowling at 150km speed 🙈🙈 pic.twitter.com/aHP6fF4GP9
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) August 1, 2019
8. Glenn McGrath feeling special
A post shared by Glenn McGrath (@glennmcgrath11) on Aug 1, 2019 at 5:02am PDT
9. Kusal Mendis praises Sri Lanka cricket’s oldest supporter
— Kusal Mendis (@KusalMendis1) August 1, 2019
10. Danielle Wyatt wishes England for Ashes
— Danielle Wyatt (@Danni_Wyatt) August 1, 2019
11. Angelo Mathews praises Lanka for their victory
Super proud of the boys the way they played the entire series.@KusalJPerera @KusalMendis1 @ava2810 had a brilliant series with all bowlers playing a major part.Well led @IamDimuth thanks to all who were right behind us all the way 👏👏
— Angelo Mathews (@Angelo69Mathews) August 1, 2019
12. Jason Roy ready for Ashes
— Jason Roy (@JasonRoy20) August 1, 2019
13. Kamran Akmal enjoying with kids
— Kamran Akmal (@KamiAkmal23) August 1, 2019
14. A delighted Wayne Parnell
A post shared by Waleed Wayne Parnell (@parnygram) on Aug 1, 2019 at 12:22am PDT
15. Aakash Chopra reviews Bangladesh’s World Cup performance
Has to be Shakib's #CWC19 – what a player he's turned out to be for Bangladesh. Runs, wickets, and leading by example. Some areas to work on though for Bangladesh, and that's what we're talking about in this #AakashVani. What did you make of the Bangla Tigers' performance? pic.twitter.com/xRmA9Xu9z1
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 1, 2019
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