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Wednesday, 29 December 2010


England celebrate winning the Ashes at the MCG, 2010

England wrapped up a crushing innings and 157-run victory over Australia in the fourth Test to retain the Ashes at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday.
Australia's humiliation was complete when Ben Hilfenhaus was the last man out before lunch on the fourth morning, caught behind off Tim Bresnan for a duck after Ryan Harris was unable to bat because of an ankle injury.
There was only going to be one outcome after Australia were routed for a ground record low of 98 on Sunday's opening day after Andrew Strauss won the toss and put the Australians into bat on a greenish wicket.
The English responded with a towering 513 to hold an impregnable 415-run innings lead which Australia found totally beyond them.

All the wildfowl were constrated altogether in a very small opening on a frozen Trench Pool  

  Tean and I was just about to go to Telford Town Center when Latham called to say that he had 2 Waxwings briefly in his garden, but had flown off SW towards Wellington. On the way to the center, we had a quick look at Trench Pool and I found two new species that I not seen on the pool before. A drake Goosander and Shoveler. Also, both the Pochards and the Tufted Ducks had increased to 13 and 11 respectively and there were also 2 Little Grebes present. In the garden there were only 10+Goldfinches and a single Redwing.

Both the drake Shoveler and Goosander could only just be seen through the dense fog at Trench Pool

                         Did someone say that England won the Ashes?!                     

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