What a remarkable two hours of cricket. Australia's batsmen simply threw away the match and the series.
Adolf watched for an hour or so before stumps and offers the following observations.
- The game was over on the first day. This time there will be no come back.
- The Aussie batsmen played like New Zealanders. They flailed at everything off the stumps and paid the price.
- Adolf wondered during the first session whether the Australians realised they were in a Test Match
- The Pommy bowlers, particularly Anderson, were superb.
- The Pommy batsmen (batters are for baseball) let all the high risk balls go through to the keeper. That's why they have lost no wickets.
- Australia's bowlers ranged from mediocre to just plain bloody awful with Johnston and Harris both hurling the ball down yards from the batsmen and the extreme reach of acrobatic keeper Haddin, gifting the Poms with eight runs.
- Ponting's field placings were puzzling. With seam bowlers operating, at one stage early on he had only two slips with men on the boundary. The Poms clearly were not in the mood for hook and pull shots. Ponting thought he was bowling against Australians.
- The umpires are blind. How you could miss an edge that was thicker than a Labour Party blogger is beyond me. And why on earth were those two free boundaries from Johnston and Harris adjudged byes? They were wides by a country mile.
- An hour and a half from stumps, the stands were nearly empty. Earlier in the day they held 84,000 people. It looked as though 80,000 gave up in disgust.
- Boxing Day at Melbourne saw the end of Ricky Ponting's career. Australians will never forgive him for this humiliation. What a sad end to an excellent career.