As I begin typing there’s 42 minutes to go until the first Ashes test at Brisbane. England arrive as favourites and I can’t see them losing to Australia. For that to happen Oz will have to play at the level England reached in 2005 and they just don’t have the players. If England win the first test and play anything like their best then it will be a no contest.
The teams haven’t been announced yet but Carberry looks set to open with Root dropping down to six. Prior is fit so expected to play and Tremlett is likely to be the fourth bowler. Oz look like having Johnson bowling wides and Bailey batting at six.
2330 Australia won the toss and will bat… Sides as expected, the KPego has been presented with his 100th cap. Shame England didn’t win the toss but if England bowl well in the first session it could be massive psychologically….2339 Shane Warne talking bollocks on TV already…2351 players walk out for the anthems, no baggy green on Clarkes head?? 2357 the bowlers are warming up 2359…players taking to the field 0000 here we go….