So the first test of the summer is at an end. Well done England for a victory for what was really a match of men against boys.
Sri Lanka is, te gebruik wat dikwels voorgehou klank-byt, a team in “transition” and boy did it show. Dit moet in gedagte gehou word, however, that they kept a strong England batting line up to a tad under the 300 mark – and half of those runs came from the excellent Jonny Bairstow. Alex Hales did well too with a decent knock and must be kicking himself he didn’t convert it into a ton. Was dit nie vir dié twee is dit dalk 'n nader hardloop ding gewees. We will never know.… Lees die volledige artikel
So die Ashes is aan die gang weer met geen groot verrassings tot dusver. Australië het die loot gewen en gekolf, Engeland het uitgekom met die bal en maak die lewe moeilik vir 'n baie gemiddelde soek Australiese kolflys. Die man van die dag was sonder twyfel Stuart Broad, who should have now silenced all but the most loud-mouthed of his critics.… Lees die volledige artikel
Two days in and Australia certainly have the upper hand. Maar so what. The Ashes are won and won pretty convincingly at that. This is a dead-rubber match and is very reminiscent of Ashes series of old when England used to suddenly pull a decent performance out of the hat when the urn was in the possession of the Aussies. Players who time and time again let the team down would suddenly grab a five-for or score a century and their series average to the historic observer would look half-decent.… Lees die volledige artikel
SJOE!! What a match. Granted the shocking umpiring decisions (wanneer jy sluit 3ST skeidsregters) perhaps made it a little closer than it should have been (Alhoewel beide kante gely) but what a fantastic advert YET AGAIN for test match cricket.
Going into this series it looked like it was going to be hard going for Australia. On paper only three players, op sy beste, would make it into the England starting XI from the Australian squad – Clarke, Watson and Siddle. Few people gave them a chance. But through some heroic displays they proved that, wanneer dit kom by die As ten minste, as a team they are greater than the sum of their individual parts.… Lees die volledige artikel
I was so incensed last night at England’s ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by failing to bowl a debut 19 year old number 11 rabbit out (helped by an appalling umpiring decision) and then their perfect following of the script by losing two cricket wickets in reply (let weer - verskriklike besluit) that I was unable to put keyboard to laptop.
It looked that today might a have been a second day of radio silence but England managed to dig deep and locate some so far as of yet reserves of guts and bottle (Anderson aside). Well played to Cook and to KP for some decent contributions but especially to Ian Bell. I’ve been one of his harshest critics of late – but only because he hasn’t been weighing in with decent scores when they matter. Maar vandag is dit tyd om te stap tot by die plaat en hy het so gedoen, ably assisted by Broad at the other end.… Lees die volledige artikel
All I can say after the first day of this summer’s Ashes is that I’m hugely disappointed. Intriguing test match cricket at its best yes, but a strong marker put down by a dominant England against an average test team, geen.
Bejaardes 33 I am used to England folding against far superior Aussie teams but this time round it was meant to be different.
On paper England should wallop this lot. The bowlers are far superior and the batsmen for the most part better than theirs.… Lees die volledige artikel
so, the biggest sporting event of 2013 is uiteindelik op ons, which means it’s time for me to stick my neck out and predict a result. I’ll start by confidently predicting an England victory. I’m not so confident of the margin of victory but I think it will be at least 2, but as I don’t think England will ever have a better chance I’m going to really risk the “commentators curse” and suggest England could manage a 5 0 whitewash.
I’m not convinced that Australia have an experienced enough bowling attack to exploit the England weaknesses. I am sure the Australian batting line up is going to be given a rough time by the England seamers and the 6 left handers are going to struggle on dry wickets against Graeme Swan. Unless weather or injuries intervene I don’t see how the Aussies can outscore England consistently.
If England can make 350+ in die eerste beurt (having won the toss) Ek verwag dat hulle die eerste toets te wen. Ek sal raai die tellings sal wees oor 400, 350, 300, 200 which will give England a 150 run victory around lunch on day 5. Let’s find out how silly I look by Sunday afternoon…
Na so 'n stadige begin tot die spel van die eerste toets klaar te breek nek spoed vandag - en wat 'n optrede deur Stuart Broad aan die geruite vlag in te samel.
Nie net het hy klub 20 vreemd belangrik lopies (nie uit) as Engeland se kolfbeurt het om 'n vinnige en teleurstellend einde maar het hy dit deur 'n spel van die hoogste vinnig medium boulwerk wat die Nieu-Seelandse orde afgemaai.
Wanneer Broad is on-lied soos wat hy vandag is daar is eenvoudig geen keer aan hom en hy kan feitlik onspeelbaar wees. Die laaste keer dat hy het 'n vertoning soos dit was teen die ou vyand op die Oval in die 2009 Ashes botsing. Ek aangeteken die hoogtepunte van die dag se spel en het hulle vir 'n paar jaar net so kon ek dit weer en weer kyk. Daardie dag het hy 'n 5-vir, beweer die paaltjies van Watson, Ponting, Hussey, Clarke and Haddin – so pretty much the Australian top order.… Lees die volledige artikel
What a topsy turvy match is proving to be! Drie dae weg en dit is nog steeds baie onduidelik wat op die top.
Tot net voor 18:00 was dit baie Engeland se dag. The bowlers stepped up to the plate and managed to eek out a slight lead. And then the young pretender Root hit a steady half century well supported by the even steadier Trott.… Lees die volledige artikel
Of so het die lied gaan.
A review of the second day’s play would always be incomplete with a nod towards shining star James Anderson.
By dismissing Kiwi opener Peter Fulton (his second wicket of the innings) Jimmy became only the fourth member of England’s prestigious 300 klub. Ian Botham, Bob Willis and Fiery Fred Trueman are the only other current custodians.… Lees die volledige artikel