Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Ashes So Far.................

Congratulations to England supporters on their comprehensive victory at the Adelaide in the morning session of December 7th 2010. It was pure humiliation for the Aussies and the media has come out hard against them. Now England only needs to win one of their next 3 Tests in order to successfully defend the precious little urn. So far they have outplayed the woeful Aussies in each and every department. They therefore thoroughly deserved the victory at Adelaide and thankfully for their sake rain didn't intervene quite early enough! Here is a reflection of some memorable moments in the series so far having played 2.

1) Strauss out of the third ball of the series. What drama this was. The English skipper departed early in the piece as Australia drew first blood.

2) Siddle's hattrick on his birthday on the 25th of November 2010 at the good old Gabba. What a special moment for him undoubtedly.

3) The unbeaten record stand of 329* between Trott and Cook in order to ensure the visitors had a comfortable draw having very much so had their backs to the wall earlier on.

4) Australia being 2-3 in the early minutes of the 2nd Test. What a shambolic start for the home side, but what an overwhelming, sensational and dream like start for the Poms. Literally unbelievable.

5) KP dismissing Clarke on the final ball of day 4 at the Adelaide Oval, caught at short leg by the Essex man aka Alastair Cook. He began to walk back to the pavilion reluctantly, but then changed his mind. Later he apologised via twitter for his action but this was symbolic of how emotionally tormented he was by the moment. So near, yet so far.

6) Swann claiming the final wicket of the 2nd Test with a classical off spinners dream ball. Lovely drift and length drawing the lower order batsmen out of his crease, which created a gap known as the gate for the ball to spin back into and dislodge the stumps. This created an air of delightfulness for the Barmy Army as they savoured a remarkable English victory, whereas Australia reflected on their absolute battering, dismally.

Will England be able to wrap up the series in Perth and consolidate on the joyfulness which they are presently experiencing when the 3rd Ashes Test commences on the 16th of December? Who will be the replacement for the injured players? Personally, I am backing England and would like to see Chris Tremlett preferably, however the Yorkshire boys are also more than capable of proving their worth if they get their chance to shine at the Waca. Hopefully, we see many more memorable moments.


Stani Army said...

Let's hope they give Shahzad a chance but it looks like they will go with Tremlet. He will get wickets against a poor batting line up and then Shahzad will be put on the back burner again. Typical

Babar Naveed said...

I dont see the Australians fighting back. They always play their cricket with an agressive attitude and right from the start they try to dominate. However so far in this series their attitude and body language has looked completely contrasting from the usual one. Ponting's personal lack of form is not allowing him to get that fighting spirit in the team.

Babar Naveed said...

Similarly the ex-Aussie players are also not happy with the Australian team formation. Specially the Bowling attack. Former great Jeff Thomson criticized the current Aussie bowling attack by declaring it the "Worst" he has seen in the last 30 years..
The loss to India in India is still in the mind of the Aussies and they look a little reluctant in their approach

Maaaaz @ BBK (Maza786) said...

Australia have named their squad for the following Test Match at Perth:

Squad Shane Watson, Phillip Hughes, Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin (wk), Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Michael Beer, Ben Hilfenhaus.


Should be interesting to see how he goes in this current 3 day match against Victoria which is in progression. Would love to see him get the opportunity in an Ashes Test. Hopefully, he doesn't get discarded as he has a lot of all round potential, especially he is effective with the old ball.


Valid points raised indeed. I haven't seen the Aussies this weak before either. Ponting is under enormous pressure. His captaincy days are numbered as are his career days because in Australia once your removed from captaincy your also removed from the team. Thats the way it works by traditional tendencies.

Every one wants or is calling for the great "Warne" back but it's not going to happen for sure. Australia need a miraculous turn around in order to make the series even competitive at this stage. England are all over them left, right and centre!!! :-)

Stani Army said...

See Maz. How they could have done with his aggressive style. There was no point in choosing Tremlett...or keeping Finn because they are too similar

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