Friday, 3 January 2014

Ashes groundhog day

Up with Sky sports for start of play at the SCG.  England won the toss and will bowl on a green, grassy wicket.  All the experts reckon this is the right choice on this pitch under cloudy skies.  The England team included the three expected debutants but it was Joe Root that missed out.  Probably the correct decision all things considered and I’m glad Carberry will get one more match but he probably needs a hundred to keep his place after this tour.  But for now England have to take wickets…

… And take wickets they did!  Broad bowled Warner with the score on 22 and before I dozed off at lunch Anderson and Stokes had taken wickets and England were on top at 94-4.  I awoke with hope that was short lived, Aus all out for 326 and England were 10-1 in reply.  Once again Smith and Haddin got Australia out of trouble then Johnson struck ensuring Carberry got a duck and really is at last chance saloon.  A spot of brightness, Ben Stokes took 6-99 which is very encouraging but he did go at 5 an over.  This woeful tour has at least unearthed a good all round cricketer to give England much needed balance, Stokes will only get better.

Gary Balance has yet to feature but the other two debutants showed little more on their first day.  Borthwick took the wicket of Johnson but went at 7 an over.  Rankin broke down after 8.2 overs…

So once again tonight I’ll be tuning in Sky TV hoping for something to cheer from the England batsmen.  How long I resist my bed will depend…

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