Friday, July 31, 2009

Edgbaston, 2nd morning

Good thing I had a rough morning and woke up early to catch the Ashes action. Plenty of wickets; dodgy Koertzen LBWs (though I feel no sympathy whatsoever for Johnson, who shouldered arms to a straight ball), a good wicketkeeper catch, and a captain's self-destruction (could Ponting have played a worse shot than that awful hook?)

Flintoff's non-reaction to the Prior catch was very interesting. Its almost as if after the dropped catch, he realized that he is having an awful morning and is not being adored any more. And it rankles.

Very good drama all around. Crowds are crackling, and wickets are falling; truly, there is nothing like test cricket.

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Blogger David Mutton said...

It was great to see a new guy (Onions) playing a big role in the game rather than the established stars. Is Stuart Broad the least impressive/most over-rated bowler in test cricket at the moment (I suppose Mitchell Johnson might be ahead of him but at least he had his successes in South Africa).

9:02 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

David: Broad is fast heading for an annointment as the new Mohammed Sami (though he still has 10 runs per wicket to catch up on to get to Sami!).

Really, a very enjoyable session, and yes, enlivened by the fact that Onions was in the thick of it.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Jaunty Quicksand said...

Wait? What? There's a Test match going on? I thought it was dead. The full house fooled me into believing that I was watching a limited overs tamasha.

Seriously though, this is high drama. A pitch that was predicted to be a batsman's paradise, some injudicious shots, corridor bowling, and umpiring boo-boo's later is making this a very interesting game.

The Ashes are turning in some compelling arguments for longer series between more evenly matched teams. Two tiers, 5 Test series..a pipe dream but the way to go, I think.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Vikas Yadav said...

Now Australia's first inning is over and they have made 263 runs and England is trailing by 200 runs with 8 wickets in hand.The boy who made comeback in team after around 4 month i.e. Ian Bail should remain on pitch tomorrow for longer time in order to grab attention of selection committee for next match.

Why in this modern time also we are dependent on a umpire for a correct decision.There are should be efficient use of referal system in order to declare flawless decisions

12:02 PM  

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