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School Reporters uncover the Ashes

The School Reporters from The Charter School in Dulwich
Matt, James, Tom and Rufus came to BBC Television Centre to record their interview

After weeks of talking and build-up, the eagerly awaited Ashes series burst into life in Brisbane last week as England stormed back from a difficult position to earn a draw with Australia.

One of international cricket's longest-running and fiercest rivalries, the Ashes - battled for over the course of five intense Test matches - captivate sports fans eager to find out every detail.

Tom Fordyce is covering the entire series in Australia for the BBC Sport website and, fresh off the plane to Adelaide for the second Test, he took time to talk to the School Reporters from The Charter School in Dulwich about his thoughts on the first Test, his predictions for the rest of the series - and what it's like to cover such a huge sporting contest.

By Rufus, Matt and James

Tom Fordyce is one of the BBC's leading cricket correspondents and is following the 2010-11 Ashes series. On 30 November we were privileged enough to go to BBC Television Centre and interview him as part of the School Report project.

When we arrived we were greeted and led - for what seemed like miles - through to a recording studio usually used by BBC Radio 5 live journalists!

Surrounded by complex recording machinery and diligently working journalists, we timidly wormed our way through the office and entered the studio. Keen to get going, we prepared our questions and took a deep breath.

Rufus and James in the BBC studio
School Reporters Rufus and James get to grips with the BBC studio

Each in turn, we stared the big red microphone in its face, introduced ourselves and began to fire our earlier devised questions at him.

His answers were thorough and expansive. He told us about amusing past experiences, personal predictions for the future team and the Ashes in general. He gave us information on his past career in journalism also.

"I joined the BBC about 10 years ago," said Tom. "My first job was at the football magazine Match and then a magazine called Total Sport, and I joined the BBC when the website was starting up in about 2000."

After around 20 minutes we were satisfied with the information we had received and had exhausted all of our ideas.

We thanked him for his time and effort and slowly made our way back through the labyrinth that was the BBC Television Centre; all the corridors were identical!

So things are looking positive for the English lads as we head into the next Test as Fordyce predicts that we will secure a victory over the Aussies - which would be a remarkable achievement that hasn't been achieved in the last 20 years.

"My prediction at the start of the series was 2-1 to England and I'm going to stick with that," Tom told us.

"It's going to be super-tight and probably decided on one or two huge individual performances."



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