And just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse…
What a beating.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this current England side is worse than the shambles we sent out in 2006. History was not kind to them, although the eventual whitewash proved to be somewhat of a last hurrah for the great Aussie side. Read More…
Well, 3-0 up and could have been 4 (all credit to Clarke for the declaration).
Not a lot to say about this test. Marred by a piss poor pitch, which the Oval always is (time to look at not giving it a guaranteed test a year if they can’t improve), and a day lost to rain. Australia were garbage in the second innings, but far better than England in the first. It took an incredible last day marked and made by a target declaration from Clarke, before he shat it and rolled on the time wasting (I’m not complaining. England have been hugely guilty of this) and bowled 11 overs an hour punctuated with moaning at the Umpires.
In a way it was fitting that the final act of the series was the umpires making a stupid and spectator alienating decision on the light. Read More…
And then the English “summer” kicked in.
Old Trafford ended up a draw thanks to the rain, which denied Australia a deserved win that would have kept the series alive. Alas, it was not to be, and the Poms have retained the Ashes. But there’s still two tests to go, and the series can be tied up. This doesn’t mean much in the context of this series, but it would be a huge confidence boost to the Aussies in the return series beginning in November.
And so to Old Trafford.
After the mauling Australia took at Lords, which was genuinely one of the most abject performances that I’ve ever seen from them, I’m feeling strangely confident.
Of course, the curse of the England follower is that even at 2-0 up I am convinced that we’ll find a way to lose the next three.