Anderson is class. Before this series there was much said and written about how he would possibly struggle in Australia with conditions less friendly to his swing bowling but he has proved he is perhaps now the top fast/fast-medium bowler around. Conditions have been better for him than some thought I think but it's all about the control and he has produced great spells over and over again. And Cook with the bat has had a series beyond the wildest dreams of any batsmen, second only to Wally Hammond in the history of series total runs. Last summer he was close to being dropped and all sorts of questions were being asked about his form and technique so a tremendous example of hanging in there and coming good again, and fairplay to the management and selectors for sticking with him.
I had no success with my punts on this series. People laughed a bit when I told them I backed England 4-0 and 4-1 but wasn't quite such a bad bet ultimately, but still a loser. Well done to those who had 3-1, I think before the start 2-1 either way were the favourite prices and the ones the pundits wee going for.
As for Australia, well they are a poor side and how refreshing it is to be able to say that We've only been waiting twenty years to see it. They still have decent players I think. Some of the shots being played by the batsmen were very odd though. What is really bizarre is the lack of a spinner. When Warne became a superstar seventeen years ago you would have thought every kid in Australia would have wanted to be a spinner and yet here we are a decade and a half later and not one of those kids has grown up to be a top class slow bowler. Oh well, their loss is our gain. Let's hope the next year is a great one for cricket and I look forward to the world cup with interest and hope there will be a few good offers around.