Nightwatchman Ashes Blog Post #8
Ashes 2015: We're desperate to send Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers out in style

There is nothing we can do about the past and a great deal we can do about the future.

It’s been a tough couple of weeks with the disappointment of losing the Ashes. We have all felt it deeply.

And the best way we can deal with it is to respond in the last Test, winning for Australia and also sending Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers off in style into their respective retirements..

You don’t need any special motivation to get up when you’re playing for Australia, with 24 million people back home supporting you. Pulling the baggy green cap on is enough. It is the pinnacle. You dream of it as a kid, and love it when you are honoured with it being presented to you. You hope to do it proud every time you play.

With Michael having already announced his retirement and now Chis the same, we want this to be a Test to remember.

It’s going to be a bit different knowing this is the last time we will walk out on the field together. This is an opportunity to enjoy the moment and celebrate a couple of fantastic if very different careers.

Michael with well over 100 Tests for Australia and the fourth highest test run scorer for Australia of all time. What a career! Chris, the late bloomer, who has shown us the great values of persistence, hard work and tenacity can reap rewards at any age.    

While it is always difficult to judge this far out from a Test match, it will be interesting to see if the conditions for the last Test at The Oval will be similar to Edgbaston and Nottingham.

The Oval is traditionally flatter and drier than the last two pitches so hopefully spin will play a role in the Test if that is the case. On the other hand if it is more lively than usual, Shane Warne has always held the theory that if a pitch seams it spins and I agree with him.

Either way we are eagerly looking forward to getting into the Oval Test.

The good thing about cricket is that the sun will come up and our batters will get another chance to go out there and score some big runs.

We were delighted to see that the Southern Stars won their Test against England and are on the verge of regaining the Women’s Ashes.

20th August 2015

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