It occurred to me that we’re only a day away from the third test and I’ve yet to make any comment about the last one. A thumping England win! Who would have predicted that? Well I did, see below.
There were great performances with the ball from Monty and Swann, along with another century from Cook and an innings of genius from the KPego. Hopefully this will be the beginning of a great run of form for him and who knows we may forgive him yet. As two mornings play fell on my weekend I was able to keep in touch with TMS and watched Monty rip the top order to shreds in the second innings, brilliant stuff! How can England ever even think about leaving him out of a test on the sub continent?
So on to the next match. I expect the team to change very little, Bell will probably return so if Patel isn’t going to bowl it may as well be him miss out. I’d like to see Finn in the side too but I can’t believe they’ll drop Broad. My prediction? Another good performance from England and another win.
Elsewhere in the world, South Africa have retained their No.1 ranking with a 1-0 win in Australia. I didn’t see much of it but from reading the reports the series and matches swung to and fro. The difference in the end being another great innings from Hashim Amla. Can’t argue with South Africa’s top ranking after that. This series also saw the retirement of Ricky Ponting. Without doubt modern day great batsman, if not the most likeable Aussie captain we’ve ever seen. Even though he’s never been a player I’ve enjoyed watching bat for too long I’m honestly disappointed with Ponting’s retirement. I was really hoping he’d be a hole in Australia’s middle order for the next Ashes series.