December 5th, 2006

aggravated

Regarding the shocking 5th day...

To any Englishman (or woman) who happens by this in ignorance, apologies in advance...

but WTF was that performance today!?! To lose after a first innings declaration somehow brings to mind Australia losing after enforcing the follow-on in India a good 5 or so years ago, but to lose from being 97 runs ahead with 9 wickets left in the second innings...I was dumbstruck for duration of the Australian run chase!

I completely agree with Peter English - the Poms simply didn't make enough runs. Don't give me that 'runs dried up on the fifth day wicket' crap - the Aussies showed that the batting track was still pretty damn good, even if psychological factors (which I would say were self-created anyway) came into play. The first innings produced a pretty pathetic total (551/6) when we compare it to what Australia made in 30 fewer overs back in 2002 (552/9). At least 600 probably should have been on the cards...which would have added just that little bit more pressure...probably. This is the current Australia you're playing against - the standard of cricket seen back when Tests could be played over 6 days simply doesn't cut it anymore.

So, dear Englishmen...would you please please PLEASE address this batting problem before you get to the WACA ground?
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