After the stop of the torrential rain it was the turn of the hurricane in centurion and not 1 hurricane but 2, Yes, M.Morkel & Steyn. Wow! what a piece of seam bowling it was .Quite a sight for fast bowlers it was,the bowling contained nothing special except pace and use of bounce in the pitch . Even though it was embarrassing to see the Indian batsmen get out ,they could do nothing about it ,the deliveries they got out to were absolutely unplayable and the deliveries that got rid of gambhir and dravid by Morkel were scorchers and both batsmen could do very less about it. The Class of the Indian batsmen were visible in parts but what can they do against an exceptional bowling performance from botht he ends. tsotsobe is being made to look like the only weak link because he is the only bowler lacking pace in the S.A attack. I do not have any idea about mentioning about any batsmen here but still i want to give the deserved credit to The Little Master for the way he played . he was pulling, driving and playing good shots when ever he can until the delivery he got from Steyn which made him walk back to the Pavilion.
As i expressed in my previous post this match would definitely produce a result and it would be purely based on second innings performance were the spinners would come into the frame. I Think Sree , Ishanth & udankat would be licking their fingers to have a go in this seaming wicket. Udankat is actually very lucky to make his debut in such conditions. Now @ 10:12 P.M IST ,India are 136/9 .oh! as i was typing this post the lights in the ground are ON and the play is most presumably over and that is the end of the 1st day .
We were expecting a day were runs or wickets would flow but except that Rain alone flowed in the super sports park , centurion. The wait is finally over and the match has started with as usual Dhoni losing yet another toss and this time smith who won the toss has elected to field siting reasons of sloppy conditions and yes smith took the correct decision as any other captain would have done. The pitch was totally covered because of the down pour for the past two days and the heat under the covers would have generated an ample amount of moisture and definitely would help the seamer’s for a long period that too for steyn and morkel . India has definitely lost such a crucial toss but the match eventhough curtailed by rain and further disturbances are also expected ,this match might produce a result and i suspect it is going to be a low scoring affair and going to be a second innings shoot out .
To begin with, I am really puzzled about the match proceedings. I sort of doubt that my cable operator is showing the Adelaide match instead of a live telecast until Aussies crossed that 245 run mark they made in the last match. The story was as similar as it can be . Only difference is the minor shuffle in the batting order of the Aussies but with no effect as Hussey and Haddin again had a good innings to save the innings.
Soon after the lunch Tremlett came and removed Smith who was actually struggling then came the same old partners together Huss & Haddin ,Both restored some pride but how much more can they do possibly?.Then Swann made hussey nick one to prior and was removed with the help of UDRS,Then came johnson who dominated the English bowlers and embarrassed the top order Aussie batsmen by scoring a 50 and incidentally he turned out to be the top scorer of the innings with 62 runs mitch and haddin had a brief partnership which helped the Oz cross the 200 mark and haddin left as Anderson came back strong ,Harris came and went at keast this time he is out not for a duck then siddle had a partnership with Hilfenhaus to frustrate the English but it was short lived as hilffy was removed by Swann forcing him a shot towards short forward. siddle was the lonely batsmen and Australia are yet again bundled out in the first day of a test match for the second consecutive time that too in the ashes the Aussie innings ended @ 268 runs and England are out their batting.
A not so gripping first day is over with England end ‘s the day @ 29/0 and all the Aussie bowlers had a couple of overs and they are back to their hotel rooms hoping to do what England did to them today.
Ashes Urn is slowly but surely slipping from the Aussie hands
Today, The Aussies are having a day where Ponting had nothing to go his way. As i expected Beer was not selected in the playing XI and Aussies are now being criticized for dropping Beer . The Aussies have made huge amount of changes as it seems to me like seeing a new Aussie team.Huges replacing katich,Mitch replacing bolinger,hilfenhaus in place of doherty,smith in for north. Meanwhile,England had just one change of Tremlett in for injured Broad. Even though Aussie’s have a nearly new team but kinda of repeated the Adelaide freakishness here as well.
Today,Ponting lost the toss and was asked to bat in a placid seaming wicket ,Ponting surprisingly accepted that he would also be bowling. Then came Tremlett and Anderson to start their spell and immediately spelt trouble as Hughes who was making a comeback actually soon wentback with the scoreline being 2/1 ,Ponting then came and went without much of a challenge, Clarke followed soon with yet another first innings failure,Watson ass i expected could not score a fifty this time around.Now, Hussey and Smith are trying to save some pride with the score @ 65/4 @ lunch.
About the English bowlers, Tremlett sizzled cleaning up hughes and made Clarke to nick one to the keeper and a due credit has to be given to collingwood for taking one stunner of a catch when ponting nicked one towards the slips of Anderson. Then Finn joined the party with an superb delivery getting watson’s toe in front ,Watson made an referral thinking UDRS would save him again. but finn was too good to hit him exactly in line. The game in Oz point of view is in a sorry state of affairs and in Barmy Army’s view “Just Great”.
Thursday is going to be one hell of a day for cricket fans around the world. First there is The Ashes where World No.3 & No.4 would battle for pride and history and then world No.1 & No.2 would battle for supremacy.OK,lets get down to ashes first.The WACA ,Perth is going to play host for the most crucial third test that too after the Aussies going down 1-0 in the series after the Adelaide debacle. The Perth has gained tremendous expectations all because of the problems in selection and many see this test would ultimately seal the fate of the series and the main reason above all is the craziness revolving around the selection committee and the further more craziness courtesy selection of the rookie spinner . Lets , get down to the bottom of the test now
This test for some reason does not seem one-sided (at least for me!), even though England made the Aussies eat dust the last match with an innings victory the match is still poised because the Aussies are struggling because of two spinners, one they don’t have and another the English have and Perth gives you a seaming wicket were the spinners would be required to turn their finger’s or arm’s or wrist’s to an angle of 360 degree if they want to get some purchase of that thing called pitch. So, the point is the much criticized and much spoke about selection of Beer would all be gone for waste as he poses a minimal chance of playing the test except as a substitute. Mitch and hilfenhaus are in serious contention it seems and the Aussies would be stacking up their depleted bowling attack with 4 seamer’s and for sure Ponting would already be ready and started inquiring about the fine amount for slow over rate Harris would be the fourth bowler along with Siddle and in the part of England the bowling department would not be shuffled at all as Anderson is also back after the birth of his second child . Graeme Swann will definitely be in the scheme of things for the English whether it is Perth or even the highways, Swann has increased his reputation and so as a major strile bowler for the English.
The batting of both the teams would not be that shuffled except for Phil hughes replacing the injured Katich. Let’s see what Phil can do ,watson the other solid batsmen would go on to hit another 50 and not more than that , Ponting if he isn’t the skipper he definitely would not be in the squad,clarke showed some class in his lat innings which went in vein, Huss is the Wizard of Oz saving them,Haddin is their only option and he looks good both behind and beyonf the stumps.
The England batting is in it’s ripest form with all the top 4 batsmen scoring centuries in the last two matches , clooingwood and bell have some ground to cover and prior showed promise in the practice match and their not much of a problem we see here as there are players who can play the pull shot @ will which would be needed for handling the short ones which would be delivereed @ will .
Lets Hope”Barmy Army and Oz fans and cricket lover’s around the world get the real taste of The Ashes ”
Here it is ! The most anticipated test series of the season along woth The Ashes. The clash of the No.1 and the No.2 sides in the world . India touring South Africa and the first test of the series starts from tomorrow.So, lets go check out what’s in store .
The Series starts in the super sports park in Centurion. The opening match is expected to be a cracker , but lets pray i don’t get washed off.
The encounter is so awesome because of the match up of some players @ similar positions .
(Openers – shewag , gambhir Vs Smith ,Peterson) .No prizes for guesses the Indians are top of the charts in this slot with anybody
(No.3 – Amla Vs Dravid) . This is one tough thing to take a shot at,Dravid has been in fine form but Amla is in a purple patch of his lifetime.
(No.4 – Sachin Vs Kallis) . The greatest match up i could imagine , both legends in their own respect,Kallis is sure gonna be the thorn in India’s flesh this series and Sachin as usual will trouble the likes of S.A bowlers. Remember, Sachin has played in S.A more than many of the S.A player’s in the present team.
(No.5 – V.V.S Vs AB) – The prominent and stylish laxman who is in the finest touch after the Aussie series and the next big thing of S.A cricket AB . It’ real tough to match these guyz
(No.6 – Raina Vs Prince) – Raina is the rising star but yet to hit top gear in the 5-day affair and Prince is slightly ahead courtesy of his experience.Both are definitely the only serious weak links in both the sides.
(Keeper – Boucher Vs Dhoni) – the captain marvel is not that great behind the stumps and not trust worthy in batting in the highest level and boucher who can mix with the tail like milk and water and good behind the stumps too. here Boucher edges out but does this position really matters???
(Spinners – Bajji Vs Harris) – Last time around Harris showed soe spark but spinners against India ,it’s just a joke(Warne and Murali would approve that!). Bhajji would exploit the bounce and extract spin along with it and can be a concern for S.A if he hits fine form. but Spinners in S.A are just used to maintain the over rate
(Seamer’s – Zaheer,Ishanth,Sreesanth Vs Steyn,M.Morkel,Mclaren) – here the ingredient were India will miss out is Pace. S.A surely has some serious pace in their armory which India lacks. But take it from me Indian bowlers may not be the best seam bowler’s in the world but in seaming and bowler friendly conditions they are as dangerous as the world expect them too. do not be surprised if they come up with something special…
There you go . the build up is too good to get involved in the series. Keep reading more about the series here on Blindly sports.
While the news of Shane Warne’s much anticipated and supported comeback to the Aussie side for the ashes . The selection of Michael Beer has silently overtaken the news corner undermining Warne’s comeback.Many ask me” what’s the surprise factor in it” . The surprise factor is that it is Australia, which gave Haydos,Huss,Gilchrist,and many other great players their opportunity in only their 30’s and Australian selection is always known for its iron hands and people say in reply”Warner made his debut without even playing a single first class match “. But Warner mad his debut in a T20 match and still yet to play a test match.
The reasons for the raising eyebrows on Beer’s selection is that
He has just played only 5 first class matches and just now being considered as a regular in his first class side
Ashes is no series for any kind of testing the bench strength or can be considered a series for dress rehearsal for the world cup
The next test is being played in Perth and not a perfect start for any spinner in the world.(even Warne would struggle!)
Hauritz is surely better experienced and a proven spinner to be included in the ashes rather than Beer.
Height a criteria for a spinner?
Last of all, Is he really considered for a place in the world cup
If Beer starts in the Perth test ,he would accompany doherty as the second spinner for the Aussies to make a debut this series . This selection of Beer surely exposes the poor condition of Spin in Australia after Warne hung his boots and as all of you know, the “world cup” is played in the sub-continent and spinners would have the final say in the spinner friendly conditions in India, Srilanka & Bangladesh.
Beer after getting selected in the 12 man squad .Now, will get 100,000 $ for the match and as per the Aussie contract will get 210,000 $.
That’s one rich Bloke
Chelsea, what happened to them these days? Chelsea started the season with a bang and rapidly climbed to the top spot virtue both points and goal advantage and @ the point when the league gets stabilized they are getting down and down with all their top players losing form all together not to the liking of Ancelloti .
on super Sunday, tottenham hosted Chelsea and if not for tott’s keeper ,the north london side would have capitalized for a win . tott’s had the early lead in the match and drogba at last fired one in as the goalie played a mess of the ball as it headed towards the goal even after him stopping the ball.
Then ,the game was not that much fought as both sides were defending the goal @will and nothing much could be done by both the sides with Chelsea firing frequent corners but unsuccessfully . the tott’s on the other hand had their first corner of the game only @ 85 mins and could not make a huge impact. Then came the movement when goalie Gomes was awarded a yellow card for his offense inside the box and resulting in a penalty for Chelsea @ 90 mins and Drogba stepped in and shot it unsuccessfully . Gomes became a hero from Zero within a minute and Chelsea could not improve it’s chances with only 3 more minutes remaining and yet again Chelsea finished with a draw and losing the opportunity to top the table for the second time in a row. Now, Arsenal leads the table with 32 points in 16 games , Chelsea in 4th place with 30 pts and a match more than Man. united who are third.
Another exciting match in the offing with Man. united hosting Arsenal
Newzealand has just finished it’s series against India and does not have any fond memories to bring back home. The whole season has been very much disappointing for the kiwis as they could not bring back home a single victory back home including the Bangladesh series . The worst news for the kiwis is that ,looking back @ the stats they have lost 10 consecutive matches and all in the sub-continent and no prizes for guesses as the world cup is going to be played in the Sub-Continent and the distinctly different selection committee of the kiwis which includes The coach and the Captain of the the team as prominent members and sometimes on away tours the vice-captain also has a vote in the selection . The selection worries for the kiwis is adding up pressure on vettori’s captaincy and it also shows on his performance this series where he took just 2 wickets in four matches and scored just 80 runs of that many matches.
The Kiwis with the exception of J.Franklin could not show any character in the series and also does not look fit enough for the world cup squad. Especially Ross Taylor, what happened to the extravagant stroke maker in him? no body could understand.
Definitely, New Zealand does not seem as the unit to look out for in the upcoming world cup . Practically speaking, They are now less favored than Bangladesh in the world cup tournment.
The bottom line is “The cricket in any part down under does not seem good”
The Ashes series down under is really taking it’s toll on the Oz selectors as they are loading and unloading too many players on and off the series. Aussies who are famous for its policy of shuffling players to give them rest and time to rejuvenate but this time around they are not doing for the stated reason . The Aussies famous for it’s strong bench strength is now struggling for players inside the playing XI as the bench strength is exhausted by big retirements that happened all together regretfully for the Aussies. The Aussies are still yet to find a spinner for the world cup and the latest entity in the spinners area is the very very very very less known Michael beer who made his first class debut just two months ago. North,Doherty,Bollinger have all been shown the doors and Aussies are facing a biggest of problems lacking a genuine spearhead and a quality spinner. but one doubt on my part is why upcoming bowlers and future prospects for Aussies such as johnson,bollinger & hilfenhaus have been dropped for a test in Perth. come on! somebody remind the selectors they are playing in Perth and there is no other ground in the world a fast bowler can regain his confidence.
The Aussies are breaking up into pieces and much to the worry, shane warne ! eventhough how much big he is and expectation and capacity as a player and a skipper ,one must remember one thing. He is out of action for quite a long and Ashes is not another amateur series such as IPL and further “he has developed one big beer belly”
Michael Beer or Beer belly warne . media has always had the upper hand when it come to ashes. lets see