Sunday, 24 November 2013

Ashes nightmares

Day three

Taking the opportunity to watch a little cricket on Sky, Bumble on fire in the commentary box; “balsa wood & UHU…”  Tremlett gets Watson, this is better, I’ll watch a little more…Broad to Clarke & the Aussie wins round one, great cricket!  Five minutes later it’s raining, players off, bed.  That was as good as it got for England.  Really poor captaincy giving singles and making things easy for Clarke to play himself in.  After that the Skipper & Warner both hit centuries and took the game away from England.

Day four

After listening to the boxing, a little TMS.  Cook and the KPego playing comfortably, can we bat all day?  I believe! Drift off to sleep…
…Awake to carnage.  Johnson and Harris have battered England again and the first test has gone to Australia.  It’s been a few years since we’ve gone behind in an Ashes series.

Once again England’s bowlers can come in for little criticism but with Johnson bowling well we may need to fight fire with fire, pick Finn or Rankin who can ping the ball down a bit.  Maybe they’ll consider chopping a batsman and picking an all rounder to strengthen the bowling?  In the short term I can’t see England doing either and expect them to name an unchanged side, despite two batting collapses.

England can point to previous disastrous test openers, notably in India a year ago.  Are England capable of fighting back to dominate again?  Or is this the beginning of the end for a batting line up that can’t score 400+ ?  However it goes I’m looking forward to the next test.

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