The Ashes 2015 – Fourth Test, Trent Bridge: Call for writers

England 2 – 1 Australia; two to play.

Send us your story of Trent Bridge, Nottingham, England.

In 2013, Trent Bridge hosted the First Test. Darren Lehmann had been appointed coach only weeks earlier. After PJ Hughes and AC Agar’s first innings rescue, IR Bell’s second innings ton helped England set a target of 311 for Australia. PM Siddle fell at 9/231. Then BJ Haddin and JL Pattinson batted. And batted. To within 15 runs of the goal, before JM Anderson controversially took his 10th wicket of the match. A classic.

In 2015, Trent Bridge hosts Day 1 on Thursday.

So much riding on this. So many layers of wondering. What of MJ Clarke? What of England without JM Anderson? What of SCJ Broad on his home ground? What of SPD Smith after a lean match? What of Test cricket? What of player’s ability to play the game of Test cricket?

Whether you’re close by the River Trent (Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood) or whether you’d just like to be, pick a day so between us all we’ll have stories to share.

Day 1, Thursday 6th August: Wayne Ball &

Day 2, Friday 7th August:

Day 3, Saturday 8th August:

Day 4, Sunday 9th August: Smokie & maybe Dips

Day 5, Monday 10th August:

Floaters: Dips, J Butler

About David Wilson

David Wilson is a writer, editor, flood forecaster and former school teacher. He writes under the name “E.regnans” at The Footy Almanac and has stories in several books. One of his stories was judged as a finalist in the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2021. He shares the care of two daughters and a dog, Pip. He finds playing the guitar a little tricky, but seems to have found a kindred instrument with the ukulele. Favourite tree: Eucalyptus regnans.


  1. Wayne Ball says

    I will be watching from the comfort of my lounge room. As there’s no other replies as yet, I’ll take the new ball up the hill and into the wind on day 1.

  2. Excellent – may that breeze offer you plenty of swing and chances, W Ball.
    Great call.

  3. ER – if the winds of opportunity are good to me I’m a chance across the weekend. Day 4 perhaps. But at this stage not certain.

  4. E.regnans says

    No dramas Dips.
    The winds can be tricky.
    Same for anyone else – Happy to hear of floaters.

  5. 1972 is a big memory. Fox Colley showing he was a better batsman than bowler. Snow taking another 5 – how good was he?! Cho Gleeson not taking a wicket in 30 second innings overs :(. Ross Edwards making 170.

    in 77 it was Beefy’s debut and Boycott’s boring hundred on return. the crowd wanting to kill him when he ran out Arkle. Bloody Alan knott sticking the dagger in one more time – how good was he?! McCosker’s career high moment with 50 and 100 a few months after Willism smashed him. and Brearley actually making some runs at the top of the order. The travesty of Richie Robinson in the top 6 :(

    81 was the revelation of Alderman and Lillee on fire. Hughes LB in the dark after appealing for the light a few times, the umps giving it immediately after he missed s straight, dark one. 185 v 179. Us with four seamers. A Dilley slog warning in the first dig. Us struggling to chase 132 – warning…! and learning to love Trevor Chappell.

  6. John Butler says

    E Reg, I’ve submitted something for the prelude.

    If the game lasts more than two days I might have time for more, windiness notwithstanding.


  7. E.regnans says

    Thanks J Butler.
    Hopefully footy gives you nothing this weekend.

  8. Day 1 – A Voges; Day 2 – B Haddin; Day 3 – S Watson; Day 4 – Redundant (barring rain); Day 5 – Golf report

  9. e.r.
    I reckon Sunday will do me. If the Test is still on by then.

  10. E.regnans says

    PB – great call. I see RT Ponting is writing articles these days on Cricinfo. And JN Gillespie is a regular columnist for The Guardian. We all need to keep future career options open…

    Smokie – thanks. Looking forward to it…

    Step right up, step right up…

  11. Michael Crawford says

    Stop press’s. Aust 9/47. Writers no longer needed for Days 3, 4 and 5.

  12. Suggestion for The Oval. Call for writer nominations by session; not by day.

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