It just goes to show. If you are skittled on the first day for under two hundred, odds are, the contest will be one-sided. Pleased the team have finally won a test match.
The excruciating thing about Test Cricket is that there always seems to be a glimmer of hope. It’s like a novel, it’s like love, it’s like anything that is worth putting time and effort into. But the problem, is that with all that optimism can comes the dreaded come down.
On Saturday night, I watched (on TV) Buttler and Bess pull England back into a position where there was just that glimmer. We’d fallen apart on the first day. 184 all out. You rarely win test matches from that position. But with those two taking us into Day 4 on 66 and 55 not out, I just thought perhaps we can give our bowlers something to bowl at.
It was not to be. We were torn to pieces within the first hour of Sunday’s play. The first time we have lost in May since 1921. Agnew blames the football warm-ups, there may be something in that, but it’s a mind-set.
All eyes on Root batting at three. Ed Smith sends out a statement by selecting upon form in the IPL and thoughts are with Strauss as his wife battles Cancer. Roll on the Test.
…and who can blame them. Australia at an all time moral low after the ball-tampering fall out, and India seeking a first Test series win. It will be a good series, but first India host newbies Afghanistan in Bangalore in June. Can’t imagine it will be all that close, but cricket is a funny old game, as I am sure Pakistan will find out when they play Ireland in a few weeks in a suburb north of Dublin.
Ed Smith – ‘wordsmith’ – as he is affectionately called by Geoffrey Boycott (he is a great writer, and also a superb commentator) has the job. Select away Sir!
Interesting to see Sri Lanka and the Windies cricket Boards opted for Talk Sport. Money talks.
It was a shame the English bowlers could not pick up the last three wickets to win the 2nd Test match down in New Zealand. When de Grandhomme holed out for 45, I thought we had a real chance, but we lacked penetration and there were a few essential catches which went down. Oh well. A very long winter without a single test match victory. Hard for a supporter, but that is what being a fan is all about. You take the rough with the smooth!
Philander finished with figures of 6-21 as the Aussies crumbled to South Africa. Given what has been going on, it is not all that surprising. A huge victory margin though – 492 runs!
At 164 – 7, I imagine Root was once again wondering what on earth he signed up for last year. Still, we seem to have got out of jail. With the score now at 290 – 8, no wonder the likes of Agnew are a little upbeat in their words. Not a disaster. Push for 350 tomorrow and we’re still in the game.
Give it a rest Warner! Smithy what are you doing? All that talent as a batsman and you stoop to this? Pas de bon mon bruv. Oh well, at least it takes the spotlight off the disastrous English performance in New Zealand. Not a lot of love lost between the Saffers and the Aussies in this series.
The fact that you can dip in and out of a Test over the course of five days, even if rain has played a massive part, is why I love Test cricket.
ENG bowled out for a miserable 58 on the first day, have lost Root to the last ball of Day 4. He will be seething.
A draw is still possible. Got to love Test Cricket.
Literally one of the greats retires from Cricket. Cricket is a team game but without KP at the Oval in 2005, we would not have had a chance. Brought a positivity to batting that had been lying dormant for years. Bravo.