Tuesday, December 17, 2013
After a bowling blitz that has England reeling and a batting lineup that has squeezed runs when needed has The Ashes return to our near neighbours.
The batting has often seen early wickets fall but always at least two put their hands up in every innings to get decent totals that had England looking for massive 4th innings totals at The Gabba then Adelaide and today at the WACA.
Failing on the three occasions leaving a total 749 run shortfall.
A massive difference has been catching Warner a screamer from Carberry, Harris on the backward point boundary account for Cook, Johnson pulled in a high one from Bell, Haddon very solid behind the stumps and today Rogers a running catch at midoff all memorable and if they had been England attempts would not have happened.
NZ born Ben Stokes today hit the first 100 for England in the three games, next best Joe Root at Adelaide in a fighting rearguard with 87. That in the face of 7 centuries from Warner x 2, Watson, Smith, Haddon, Clarke x2.
Cook Pietersen and Bell have not fired, Carberry has promise but the Clarke gang have dominated Cooke's men who prevailed after winning 3 zip just a few months ago in England.
Productivity has been seriously disrupted so now we can concentrate on more mundane things such as getting ready for Xmas.
Posted by gravedodger at 10:28 PM