We in Australia are still waiting for Mitchell Johnson to perform against England
Mitchell Johnson is such an annoying bowler. He sprays it around far too much but tends to get lucky by batmen wafting around off stump. If I had to sum up Johnson in one word it would be inconsistent. He has an unusual low slingy action which is surprising for a tall bowler but makes up for this with his strength. He certainly is no Lillee, Thompson, Alderman, McGrath.
Maybe its the 'tach...
Draw is very likely and last report understates the incredible day that England had yesterday to pull the draw out of the jaws of defeat. Some fantastic batting yesterday by Strauss and Cook, both of whom went on to score centuries (an interesting stat on Sky commentary was that this is only the 2nd time both opening England batsmen have scored a century since 1938!).
I think having back to back test matches could impact Australia more than England as well going into the second test if England can manage to hold the crease as long as possible and bat out the final day. Having the Aussie bowlers pounding up and down all day on the final day can only be a bonus (especially if Australia have to bowl first in the 2nd test), hopefully England can just bat it out, hold for the draw and then gain an advantage in the second test with the Aussie bowlers being worn out with no time to recover. Add to that the question mentioned above re the form of the Aussie bowling line up and you've got a big advantage for England.
Should be a very close test series I think. If England can manage to bat the way they did yesterday then they would definitely take the series I think, but of course they're not the most consistent in bat so that might be hard. But certainly very encouraging to see yesterday's play (although staying up to watch the cricket is killing me to be honest!).
I'm hoping we can stick the Aussies back in for an uncomfortable 30 overs or so in the final session. Of course England have a history of folding like a pack of cards and a couple of early wickets in the first 6 or 7 overs and England will be under huge pressure.
Watching it now and the score is England 343-1, so they're still kicking hard and looks like they'll more than easily make the draw and like you say Eddie maybe even have a chance of putting Aus in for a few overs and making em sweat a bit!
Was funny just now, Botham went around the ground trying to find Aussie supporters and the stands are completely empty apart from England supporters!?!?! Wasn't watching that closely so maybe it was some kind of Beefy wind up ()... but the stands were completely empty... fair weather supporters and all that! pft.
It was like watching a game in the Sub Continent the last 2 days
This game was 260 vrs 5-153 with the bowlers well on top and then it turned into a batting belter
from when Australia was 5/153 it then became 7/952 for the rest of the game
The consensus is that England came off best this game
The next test is a renown batting pitch at Adelaide Oval
However we have a new curator preparing his first pitch
He replaces the well liked Les Burdett a legend here in Adelaide
So the pitch ?
What worrys me about England is how long the 4 bowlers can go in a 5 test series
Ando, Finn, Broad, Swann would love a good 5th bowler to support them
Australia gets a lot of support form Batting allrounder Watson and North with his offbreaks
Australia has 2 fiery enforcer type bowlers resuming from injury in Harris and Bollinger who have been added to the squad
Bollinger a likley in as was pulled out of a Domestic 4 day day game when playing for New South Wales against Western Australia yesterday
Odds for the 2nd Test
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Adelaide is generally a batting paradise for 3 days
The pitch then cracks up and is hard to score quickly on the last 2days, but you can survive on it as a batter
Great stuff yam makes good reading keep the comments/updates/advise coming mate.Any idea of the weather for the 5 days because although as you said the draw is a likely result it does seem short and perhaps not a bad starting point to lay for trading.
At the close of play for the first test the draw was 2.55 on Betfair I think, will be interesting to see what it's at now... bah can't actually do that right now, snow must be playing havoc with my internet...
Anyhoo... wow @ that last day in bat for England, superb effort by Trott and Cook (Cook especially so with a record breaking innings at that ground to overtake the great Don Bradman!).
In fact all round it was a record breaking test match wasn't it, I know some people say 'how can you watch something for 5 days that has the possibility of ending in a draw' but I think this is maybe one of those draws where you can say well actually there was some pretty good cricket played there.
I think my favourite stat was the one that said England's 2nd innings of 517/1 was a world record for the most test runs scored ever per wicket! Totally bonkers because a score of just 1/0 would beat it (since 1 divided by 0 is a bit more than 517 divided by 1!!!).
ALTHOUGH actually I'm not sure if that is my favourite record... I do love the record Cook and Trott set for the highest ever test partnership at the Gabba - mainly because the previous highest partnership record was set just 1 day before by Haddin/Hussey!!!
How gutted would you be if you were Haddin / Hussey? I think they said in commentary something along those lines... those two (Haddin/Hussey) must have had a little drink to celebrate their record partnership thinking 'yeah that'll last for a while'... only for the record to be beaten just 1-2 days later by Cook/Trott!!! Anything you can do we can do better. Superb.
In many respects that was what this draw was about in the end, England getting the maximum humiliation out of Australia. On the final day Australia look incredibly weary, frustrated and at times humiliated.
I think this came through quite memorably when Pontin took a catch but wasn't sure whether he'd got his fingers under the ball fully. At this point (well what other point was there on the last day?!) there was only one wicket down and England had batted for a full day more or less, Australia were looking very down beat, there were literally NO Aussie fans in the stands at all to pick the Aussies up (very VERY bizarre) and you can't help thinking that if that hadn't been the case then when Pontin took that catch he would normally have thrown the ball up in the air anyway and celebrated a bit. However instead he just looked very non-plussed and looked at the umpire to ask if it was a catch or not.
In the end it was given not out because there was some doubt, but if it wasn't for Pontin umming and ahhing about it, the umpires probably might have given it out anyway on another day.
I think for me that was a key moment for England and kind of summed up what that draw was about, giving Australia a psychological beating. The only plus for Australia on the last day I think was when Pontin managed to hold his last wicket for 50+, if he'd gone down cheaply then he would have got slaughtered (even more so) in the home press and that would have put them on a serious downer.
AS it is they at least have a Captain who's gone out on the last day fighting/not surrendering, although they still have massive problems regards team selection (probably been done already, haven't looked but whilst I was watching the last day their were serious questions about the line up).
I will try and help with the gos downunder, but accuracy ?
The Brisbane pitch has been a minefield domestically, and ended up as flat as a tack, everyone expected batting carnage
Preparing his first Adelaide Oval deck
His advice in todays press was to Bat first
""All I try and do is prepare a pitch that has something in it day 1, will flatten out on day 2 +3 and then on day 4+5 you get that variable bounce.""
Hough also added there will be ''Something in it for the spinners on day 4+5""
From our recent International quick, has said this in the media, words to the effect of :
There is a directive form the Cricket Board to prepare pitches that will last 5 days, there4 enabling the Cricket to cash in on the $$$$
Theres a gos enimating in Adealide that the new curator has fallen behind in preparing this pitch, there4 he is going to produce a 'safety first' road pitch
2000/01 to 2006/07 Australian won 6 tests, India won 1, No draws
2007/08 draw v India
2008/09 Aust beat New Zealand
2009/2010 draw v West Indies
Past 10 games = 8 results + 2 draws
But there were extentuating circumstances
B4 2007/2008 the attack mainly consisted of Mcgrath/Lee/Gillespie/Clark/Warne
Hence no draws for 7 years
The Australian batters headed by Hayden/Ponting scored quickly enough as well
The last 3 Tests = 2 draws, and those great bowlers were spectators
Who shall we back ?
Betfairs no draw head to head betting is prob the way to go
It was this a few hours ago
Im going to back England if they bat first, even if I have to take $1-80ish