A Summer of Cricket – SPOILERS
It can’t get much worse for them at the moment however cricket is a funny game and it would only take a decent knock from a couple of their batsmen to make the next test interesting, it was Root in isolation that made the last test so one sided. Difficult to see them pulling themselves together though as to compound there poor ability the organisation has been disastrous – they have gone about the DRS process like school kids!Posted 4 years agogrumMember
It can’t get much worse for them at the moment however cricket is a funny game and it would only take a decent knock from a couple of their batsmen to make the next test interesting,
This. I think we’re getting a little carried away. Remember how close the first test was. Clarke is capable of big scores (though he needs to man up and promote himself up the order).
England are still comfortably the better team but Australia could nick a result if ‘we’ get complacent. The series is surely beyond them though.Posted 4 years ago
it was Root in isolation that made the last test so one sided
Ian Bell will be delighted that the ton he scored when England were 28-3 was of no value in your eyes.
I think we’re getting a little carried away. Remember how close the first test was.
As i said after the first Test; England’s batters still had improvements to make, and the bowlers more so – in T1 only Anderson really bowled with any prolonged penetration, Broad and Swann misfired and Finn missed completely. In T2, where all 3 quicks bowled well and didn’t release the pressure, and Swann was back to near his best, Aussie had no answers. I could only see it being harder in the rest of the series for Australia, their batters (Clarke aside) don’t have what it takes, and a combined total of 363-20 on a decent batting pitch suggests to me that weather permitting, a whitewash is a distinct possibility.Posted 4 years agogrumMember
Aye I agree with all that, I just think one (pretty much) innings defeat doesn’t necessarily mean as much as some are making out. It is true that you don’t feel England are anywhere near firing on all cylinders yet, especially in top order batting. Cook, Trott and KP (plus Prior) are certainly capable of much bigger totals.
I had tickets for Old Trafford but I’m now meant to be moving house the next day so I don’t think I can go. 🙁Posted 4 years ago
The series so far has been defined by poor batting on both sides. If you look down the scorecards you see mediocrity punctuated by the odd stand out performance and in many cases tail end players contributing significantly above their station. My point is that when there is such inconsistency it does not take much to swing it around.
The bad news for the Aussies is on the bowling front we started ok and looked to be really getting in to stride at Trent bridge where as they started ok but were really made to suffer at Trent bridge and they were knackered at the end of it, literally.Posted 4 years ago
My point is that there is plenty of historical evidence that England’s batters are underperforming compared to their past levels, and will turn that around. I don’t think Australia’s batters are capable.
Interesting view from I think Gower, that Australia have to stick with this bunch for the series now, which is effectively lost, and see if they do have capability. If they chuck them out now, they’ll never know.Posted 4 years ago
Finn and Onions out. Pietersen a fitness doubt. Tremlett, Panesar and Taylor in the squad.
Don’t think Tremlett’s in the frame yet unless someone is injured. Surrey are sitting out this round of county games so it’s a chance for the setup to look at him, I don’t think they’d willingly risk him – I don’t think he’s proved his fitness for a 5d game quite yet.
So for me it’ll be no change barring injuries (KP or a bowler) unless they get to OT and find a raging bunsen in which case Bresnan for Monty.Posted 4 years ago
Any chance of rain? I have some aussies coming over for Dinner on Saturday and wondering if there will be anything to watch.
Warner back so either 100 or a fight I reckon. Could be more interesting or just another self destruct roll over and die despite being given heaps of chances by some bad England play.Posted 4 years ago
First wicket at 76-1 which is a comfortable rate, we’d need to get another before the 100 is up for things to drift towards Englands favour. It’s like Boykers says, stick two wickets on any score and it doesn’t look so good.
I see the miserable Yorkshire man has had a pop at Old Trafford this morning – I wonder if that is his contribution to Yorkshire day?Posted 4 years agoJunkyardMember
yes it may even out but every single test has had some howlers with the DRS so what this means is the same number of appalling decisions to each team
Its not helping when they do stuff like this, the catch that never was , the stumping and not set up for trott
Poor very poorPosted 4 years ago
if this continues we might actually feel sorry for the Aussies 😉
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