Wow. What a game.
Now the dust has settled on DRS let's drop that discussion and focus on the good stuff.
Huge credit to England for coming out on top. Despite generally playing the better cricket as a team, there were a few times when they were really under the pump, and big match players with big match temparaments came through. Bell and Anderson in particular. I can remember times when they'd have folded up.
Huge credit also to Aus for making a fabulous fist of it. Sure, you can't expect to rely on the lower order to make the bulk of your runs as they did in this game, but fantastic fighting spirit. Credit to Clarke for his post match interview, he admits his DRS needs work, and on a different day if he'd had the capability to overturn Broad's call that might have made the difference.
Overall - I think too many English batters got a start and didn't cash in. needs to be addressed by showing the application Bell did, and I think they all will. Australia's batting 'concerns' me; I don't think Broad or Swann bowled as well as they can, and Finn was a disappointment. I think the Aus top order is going to find it harder in the next few weeks than they did here, and if the English bowlers step up, we could yet really expose limitations. But we can't let Jimmy carry too much burden, I know Cookie had to bowl him to near exhaustion yesterday but he needs wrapping in cotton wool now, because without Jimmy as our go-to, the attack loses a chunk of its menace.
Roll on Thursday......