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Last Updated: Monday, 8 August 2005, 11:17 GMT 12:17 UK
Your reaction to Edgbaston win
Kevin Pietersen and the England team celebrate victory over Australia
England's victory over Australia in the Edgbaston Test was one of the most exciting contests in Ashes history.

The hosts' last-gasp two-run win sparked huge celebrations and leaves the series tantalisingly poised ahead of the third Test at Old Trafford.

Fans have been bombarding the Test Match Special messageboard with their thoughts on the match and its impact on the rest of the series.

Here are a selection of comments on some of the topics raised:


England and Australia fans are naturally a bit biased when it comes to who deserved to win at Edgbaston but no-one is in any doubt that they witnessed a classic match.

One user said it was "one of the best cricket matches (not just Tests) I've ever seen. My fingernails are now non-existent."

Another added: "It was one of the best games I've seen for a long long time if ever... If this is what the rest of the summer is going to be like, whoopee, bring it on - Test cricket is alive and well."


Andrew Flintoff's display at Edgbaston earned him the man-of-the-match award, plenty of plaudits and the inevitable comparisons with Ian Botham.

Botham has his supporters on the board but many believe Flintoff's achievements are more than a match.

Colin Baker says: "Botham's finest hour was in three matches in which he won the match with either bat or ball against an Australian side who turned out to be, well, not very good...

"Flintoff has won a match with both bat and ball against a far superior Australian side, who even without McGrath, would still be called the best in the world."

Lightant adds: "At his best I would have thought he is up there with Botham.

"He is a very good orthodox bat, who when on form is a genuine batsman (like Botham), and he is a genuinely fast bowler, frequently topping 90 mph."

But most fans feel that comparisons are impossible and unjust on both players.

As HOL puts it: "Both Botham and Flintoff are fantastic all-rounders. That's all we need to know."

His comments are echoed by AS: "He doesn't need to prove he's in Botham's class, he is his own player and the sooner we stop trying to compare every decent all-rounder to Botham the better."


The bookmakers still make Australia favourites to win both the Old Trafford Test and the Ashes series - but their odds have drifted.

However, punters on the TMS board are not convinced that England's series-levelling win at Edgbaston means that the hosts can regain the famous urn.

W warns: "While England will be full of confidence, the Aussies will want to put this heart-breaking defeat out of their heads so expect them to come back hard!"

BB adds: "The Aussies aren't there for the taking; they're going to scrap for everything, just like they did today. Glenn McGrath is a key man for them, but they came mighty close to winning without him.

"England have moved on hugely as a unit and must now fancy themselves to do well in the remaining tests, but they'll need to up the ante at Old Trafford."

But Alfred is a bit more optimistic about England's chances, saying: "The side has the confidence and the momentum at the moment. Our bowling is looking in great shape and our batting is gradually improving."

And as ST points out: "The beauty of this series so far is just how very unpredictable it is."


England have announced an unchanged squad for Thursday's Old Trafford Test but some TMS posters believe a bit of tinkering with the order could reap rewards:

One poster believers: "I feel and always will that Vaughan is a perfect opener. He was number one in the world at this position he is comfortable here. Strauss is for me a perfect number three - he can and will steady the ship and also can attack."

But another user says: "I'd name an unchanged eleven. The only change that the selectors will possibly consider is perhaps bringing in Tremlett for Hoggard if the pitch is hard and bouncy.

"But if Australia are batting first, and 300-5 say, I'd much rather see Hoggard bowling to an offside field to have some chance of restricting them to 450 than Tremlett, who looks good, but is an unproven commodity under that kind of pressure. "


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