It's Ready to handle the heat
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 ”
187 cms and not wickets...
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
Pumped Up! Sure he his.
I just cannot wait for tomorrow. what a final day we have in cards but First today, England finally declared and the Aussies started their innings with responsibility with watson scoring yet another half century and departing soon after it.Ponting failed miserably and he’s going to be the bait for the media big fishes this time for sure ,Then the ever confident but out of form Clarke stepped up and Hussey stepped up the ante and we saw some aggressive cricket from both of them and they looked good to save the match with Rain and bad light gaining spot light once again. Then the session restored and the cricket continued and the Partnership grew and when it reached 104 then came poster boy KP with the ball and guess what! he took a wicket and it was the wicket of the good looking Clarke caught @ 80 and Aussie’s @ the end of the day were 238/4 still trailing by 137 runs with 6 wickets in hand and Hussey @ the crease
Let’s Hope “rain does not attend the match tomorrow and have a nail biting finish”
GO BARMY ARMY!!!!!
2nd test,Australia Vs England,Adelaide,Day3
England,England,England all the way.This match could be heading for a result and the result would be a English ‘s victory or a draw courtesy the rain god.
Today, the Aussies faced yet another leather hunt with another batsmen dominating the bowling. Cook left early today and Kp came to the fore with another partnership along with collingwood who had a good time in the middle and guess what! Kp who did not have a century under his belt for 18 months scored a century and converted it as a double ton to Barmy Army’s delight . Collingwood departed and bell joined Kp to keep Oz bowlers @ bay . For,the Aussies Harris was the pick of the bowlers ,Doherty was clueless and definitely not in the fray for the next match .
For,Aussie’s delight at last came some hope in the form of Rain and it is their only hope to save the match now. I suppose England now will declare their innings after some explosive innings from their lower middle order and give their bowlers some time to clean up the Aussie and take lead in the series.@ the end of the day Eng are 551/4 leading by 306 runs as rain halted the day