0Die as urnEen-nul tot die Aussies - spel op

So het die eerste toets is verby, en Australië het hul lang rekord van sukses op die Gabba om nie 'n groot verrassing hier. so, wat positiewe kan ons neem daaruit?


Well let’s start with the most import­ant, a moment that may be swiftly be for­got­ten by the main­stream press, but should be held up as what crick­et is all about. On the 3ST anniversary of the death of Phil­lip Hughes, Cap­tain Root took a fast deliv­ery straight into the side of his hel­met. All the talk from before the series about “end­ing careers” was imme­di­ately demon­strated to be just that — talk, as the Aus­sies imme­di­ately went to make sure Root was OK. The media may love to push for sound­bites, and try to talk up a war before­hand, but when it comes down to busi­ness the play­ers have the utmost respect for one anoth­er, and when it really mat­ters, in die hitte van die stryd, there was no hes­it­a­tion to ensure a fel­low play­er was ok. Dit was goed om te sien.

What about the res­ult for Eng­land, can they take any pos­it­ives from it? Dit is natuurlik nie goed om te verloor deur 10 wick­ets, but it’s easy to make bat­ting look easy in a 4ste innings with a low total to chase. If the tar­get had been 100–150 runs high­er Aus­tralia would have felt score­board pres­sure and the res­ult may well have been very dif­fer­ent. Some com­ment­at­ors are already ask­ing how Eng­land are going to take 20 wick­ets — well they took 10 vir net meer as 300 without any prob­lem in the first innings, so per­haps some slightly longer memor­ies are required. The res­ult really reflec­ted the pos­i­tion after both teams had bat­ted once — the key dif­fer­ence was 1 van die 4 world class bats­men made a big hun­dred, en sy span het om te wen. Had Root been the one to make 150 in the first innings, en net Smith 'n 50, Eng­land would have been look­ing at a lead of 200, a pos­i­tion from which they would almost cer­tainly have won.

More good news was that Eng­land com­peted well for the first 3 en 'n half dae, des­pite a dis­ap­point­ing lack of runs from their top bat­ters Cook and Root. The new lads did bet­ter than many had feared, with Stone­man, Vince and Malan all passing 50 in the first innings. Some pun­dits made a big deal of the Eng­land “tail” only mak­ing a few runs in the first innings but Moeen made runs in both innings, Broad man­aged 20 against fast bouncy bowl­ing (bet­ter than he’s usu­ally man­aged in recent years) and Bair­stow made a decent 42 in the second innings. No-one looked over-awed or intim­id­ated by the situ­ation as some play­ers have in pre­vi­ous series down under.

So to level things up and keep the series com­pet­it­ive Eng­land need to win the second test at Adelaide, as wat hulle gedoen het met 'n beurt in 2010. Af en boontoe!

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