... as Mo Yousuf puts it (click the Mentor page at the top to listen to this particular interview).
Ashes Test 2 Day 4/5
Well I won't lose many words about this disaster. Basically the scorecard sums it all up.
Katich out is the blow of blows, because I can't think of any guy who is steady enough to open the batting. While there is a reasonable choice of players to replace North, especially CAMERON WHITE, I share the fear uttered by others that North's place is safe once more due to Katich's injury.
It is WRONG.
|Australia's man for all formats|
Watto, magical opener No. 2 (preferably Uzzy but they will go for Hughes), Michael Clarke, Mike Hussey, Cameron White*, Brad Haddin, Steven Smith, Nathan Hauritz, Peter Siddle/Ryan Harris, Ben Hilfenhaus, Dougie Bollinger/Peter George
This week's Shield and England XI matches (NSW v SA, Vic v Eng XI) will determine or at least influence the selection I hope. Gonna talk a bit more about them tomorrow or so. I am also totally clueless about the fast bowlers but I think Bolly might be a good pick.
Well basically the selectors have two choices. Stick with the old crap or try and win the series at the risk of the new players getting mauled. England will bounce their arses off and while Stuart Broad's absence will pain them for a bit it is not like they didn't have any proper replacements to pick from (Tremlett... sigh).
Not sure if the Australians have such bowlers on offer, there are rumours about Trent Copeland, though, which is quite a fascinating idea, but I am not sure if he can live up to the hype; and the difference between the two batting line-ups is obvious.
So the big task is to prevent England from going to 500-1, and then to make it past 300 oneself or clinch a low-scoring thriller if it has to be. I still can't see Oz take 20 wickets, bounce or not. But the wise heads in the ivory towers are sure going to decide well. NO.
On the last two match days, well, if for a draw you rely on rain in the morning, in an area where it only rains after 3 pm on a sunny day, you can basically also shake hands with the opponent and agree on your defeat and give your players an additional day of rest. Clarke deserves to get spanked on the naked butt with stinging nettles. For many many hours.
Horribly distracted by the Kiwi match, therefore proclaiming stumps for today,