Pakistan v Australia
Test 1 [scorecard]
Test 2 [scorecard]
|A yellow fate awaits|
North: 36 runs from 4 innings and 6, albeit gloat-inducing, wickets against a line-up of paralysed Pakistani batting bunnies: won't save his arse. Told you 500 years ago, Oz could have given his replacement, aka White, some Test practice, or dare the Khawaja experiment, or even draft Yawn Marsh in. Wasted chance by stubborn donkey selectors.
Watson: 64 runs from 4 innings... and 11 wickets. Better than North in any aspect. NOT GOOD ENOUGH for the Ashes. Needs to find his opening mojo back.
Bolly: Not a lot, 4 wickets so far from 4 Tests. He'll play better when back in Oz. I hope in India he can surprise us like he did during the ODI tour.
Hilfenhaus: Slowly returning, 6 wickets by now. Lovely and adorable with the bat again, 42 runs, thus he could, under the current circumstances, bat as well at 6. Ah Hilf, you've been away for much too long.
Mitch: Ah fark off
Punter: Ditto. I just want him to go away. 98 runs from 4 innings, this includes one 66*, which means he scored 32 runs in 3 innings. Not enough for a guy of his experience and reputation. And his faulty brain will most likely cost Oz the 2nd Test. Furthermore the ICC should ban the pull shot until Punter retires from international cricket.
Clarke: 139, one more or less useful innings per Test.
Timmy Paine: He is the man. Thanks to Haddin's injury he is getting the time he needs to settle in and get accustomed and find his feet. Constantly improving behind the stumps and a very helpful hand in the lower middle order. Just give him a couple more Tests.... 98 runs for him as well, and getting better.
Steven Smith: 100 runs and a threefer for my blindly worshipped favourite kiddie legspinner. All campaigning, all bearing of unbelief, laughter and mockery, has been rewarded royally so far. No complaints. Absolutely deserves his spot, especially compared to the experienced folk around him. Love his unorthodox batting style, like shoving the middlefinger up the bowlers backside. Doesn't care about dancing The Nutcracker at the crease, just gets the bloody runs. Steamroll on, Smithy! The interesting question, which I avoid pondering, is: What's going to happen with Hauritz? He won't come back in the place of North, North will be substituted by a batsman. So once more it is Hauritz v Smith?
Hussey: 69. Ouch. One useful innings (56).
Katich: 187 runs, by far the leading run scorer, in the first Test 80 per innings, in the second Test Aamer's bunny. Doesn't mean anything, the Krab is irreplaceable up there at the top.
Absolutely desolate bowling situation, batting doesn't look a lot better, the former is imho, among other reasons, induced by the permanent line-up changes in the last months due to injury and change of format. Bollinger, Johnson, Harris, Tait, Nannes, McKay, Hazelwood, Hauritz, Smith, O'Keefe, as well as the allrounders Dussey and Hopes. Bizarrely Oz look shot whenever the T20 specialist Tait is not with the team. The batting should fire like it did last year on English soil, but it's only a mere shadow of itself.
I am too annoyed for more now. See you tomorrow,