Tuesday, December 05, 2006

If it's not cricket, what is it?

Adelaide. Second Ashes test, 2006. One of the best ever test wins?

I can't believe it. How can anyone so comprehensively snatch defeat out of the jaws of victory?

Well, the poms can. Imagine declaring at 551, almost too late for a result, only to collapse for 129 in the second innings! Not only that, but they can't even contain a fast chase. They've proven they can bat, but Australia - significantly - does well at both batting and fielding. It's a bit of an ask to expect anyone to consistently match Australia's fielding ability which, on the whole, is in a class of its own.

I wasn't really expecting the poms to win the second test. It was always going to be a draw. But a loss!?

My mate celebrates every victory, no matter how humiliating. Me, I think Australia has been ahead of the game for so long, that it doesn't hurt to allow in a loss every now and then. The Ashes loss last year was never going to be a new spring for English cricket. Its ultimate result was to provide some cricket tragics with the illusion of real competition.

If it's any consolation, I look forward to the day when Warne is out of the picture permanently. Regardless of his cricketing ability, a man of that calibre shouldn't be on the team. And it gives Australia the opportunity to show how strong the side is all round.

Meanwhile, the poms can always beat New Zealand.

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