Australia will think nothing is impossible

Can Australia still win The Oval Test? Well nothing is impossible and at 80 for no wicket they have had the perfect possible start.

But, if you were to look at things dispassionately, there is no way that any side can chase 550 or so in the last innings and in the conditions that apply here.

What I would say is that England did not bowl particularly well in the 20 overs they gave themselves on the third evening after declaring when Jonathan Trott was out.

Both James Anderson and Steve Harmison bowled far too short and Graeme Swann was a little bit flat in the way he bowled his off-spinners. He must slow it down as he did in the first innings and let the pitch do the work.

Stuart Broad was again the most threatening of the quicker bowlers, right at the end of the day, but perhaps he could have come on a bit earlier.

With two days of this game still to go you just feel there must be one more twist left in this Ashes series. Perhaps Katich and Watson will take their opening partnership well beyond 100. What if they put on 200? How would England be feeling if they did that?

In reality, though, I would have to say that England have batted Australia out of it – and great credit to Trott and also to Andrew Strauss for the way they both toughed it out in the first session.

If Australia had taken a couple of early wickets on this third day then there was still a way back into the game for them but Strauss and Trott have both played beautifully.

I have been very impressed with Trott, on his Test debut. He has not been fazed by anything and he will certainly remember the 100 he scored here for the rest of his career.

He batted well in England’s first innings and was slightly unfortunate to be run out by Katich at short leg, but his footwork has been very good throughout the match and he has looked very composed.

He has clearly had a postive mindset and the way he has looked at the crease shows that he has a good temperament.

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