…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.
Kiwis didn’t post enough in Christchurch and Bairstow played beautifully – that simple. The decider wasn’t as close as some might have hoped. Such a beautiful ground.
As Geoffrey Boycott said at Wimbledon Theatre just a few weeks ago in a night chatting on stage with Aggers, if you’re out after midnight, you’re up to no good. England need Stokes. Having just gone down to NZ by 12 runs, that is a hat-trick of losses down under. There was something to shout out about in the one-dayers, which is a positive.
New Year – New Blog Post.
After losing The Ashes in Perth before Christmas it was a shame that the MCG hosted a dead rubber. There will always be those that insist Cook’s 244* at the ‘G’ was just as important in the scheme of things, but we all know if he had performed in such fine form in any of those first three tests, the contest could still be alive. Still, he has publicly said that is something he is going to have to live with for a very long time, and it will weigh heavy.
The excruciating thing is, this was by no means an invincible Australian team, and the English cricket team came so close on numerous occasions. It just goes to show the importance of stringing together two winning sessions. There are, as ever, a lot of ‘ifs and buts’, and during the Boxing Day test we may have ended up with another result had the rain not played a part.
England go to Sydney knowing that if they can just get the important wicket of Steve Smith early they will be in with a chance.
Happy New Year!