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Second Test Post-Mortem

It would seem that we have officially entered bizarro world, folks.  England are a Test up after two matches in the series, and bar one injury, have a pretty stable lineup, while Australia have a batting line up which is pretty much made of filo pastry held together with saliva, and a bowling attack likely to change again when the Perth Test starts.

Highlights

  • Shane Watson and Simon Katich’s comedy running which left Katich heading back to the shed without facing.  Neither of them had appeared to call, comical.
  • James Anderson bowling like he can cope with Aussie conditions, on the contrary to what a lot of people suggested.
  • Michael Hussey displaying something which might resemble what you call ‘form’.  Usually he follows up career saving innings with very little, so this was a pleasant surprise.
  • Kevin Pietersen doing a Steve Harmison and getting a well set Michael Clarke out with the last ball of the fourth day.  Clarke was probably too busy thinking about what film he was watching that evening (Sleepless in Seattle).

Lowlights

  • The general vibe about Australia at the moment is doing my nut in.  Yes, they’re not as good as they used to be.  All great teams have this problem when the good players go, get with the times.

England

  • Kevin Pietersen’s revival has been the main story to come from England’s performance in this Test.  He’d been threatening to make a big score for a while, and what better time to finally do it?
  • Graeme Swann looked more at ease with the Australian conditions, taking the crucial wicket of Hussey in the first innings before claiming a five wicket haul to wrap up the game in the second.
  • Now face a trilemma over which of the three reserve seamers is to replace Stuart Broad, now out for the series.
  • A shout out to Alastair Cook, who has transformed into Optimus Prime crossed with Batman, or so it seems.

Australia

  • Ryan Harris bowled better than Mitchell Johnson.
  • No one else was of much use though.
  • It still took England five days to win the Test.
  • Maybe the batsman coming in for a knobbled Simon Katich will be super awesome?
  • Erm, at least things have become so bad now, that anything Australia manage might be better than this shower.  Poor Xavier Doherty, I’m not sure this is how he imagined his career panning out.

So the ghosts of 2006 have been put to rest at the Adelaide Oval, nice going folks.  There’s a bit of a gap between now and Perth, so plenty of time for speculation and other Ashes related crap until then.

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England’s Ashes Squad – Spinners

Really, it’s almost like one offbreak bowler, one left-arm medium bowler were selected for the Ashes.

Srsly, I decided not to post this until I’d seen Panesar bowl for the first time since the Cardiff Test last year.  All I knew about Monty from the time between then and the final warm up game against Australia A in Hobart, was that he’d scored a half century playing club cricket this summer.  Had something about his bowling changed that warranted his selection?

Well that case can remain open for the time being, as he bowled 20 overs unchanged on a fairly green track, keeping things tight until the wagging Aus A tail took to giving him a bit of an occasional tonk.  And he still bowls deliveries which top 4,000,000 mph on the TV speed gun.

As for Graeme Swann, well, what could I say about him that hasn’t already been said?

His record of taking a wicket in the first over of his spell is so good, that batsmen begin to brick it when they see he’s loosening up, and cack handed batsmen cower in fear of his LBW success rate against them.  He can also bat a bit.  Furthermore, look at that chin!

My only real gripe with Swann, is that when his cat got stuck under the floorboards, he had to drive to Asda to get some.  Who doesn’t keep screwdrivers in their house?


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