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The Oval An Eventful Day One

It certainly was an eventful day all round. Featuring:

Selection Strangeness

A drug addled David Bowie, used to pen lyrics by cutting up magazines and sticking the words back together. I think the England selectors took inspiration from the thin white duke, taking the scissors to a Playfair annual and sticking it back together. Two spinners and Woakes at 6!!!! It is squarely against everything England have done for many years and common sense. The result? 23 overs no wickets 105 runs. Woakes gradually got better but Kerrigan got absolutely Bryce’d. A spinner with the yips getting hammered is a horror to watch. I hope he shows what he undoubtedly can do on a spinning pitch later in the match.

Rare Watson Century Spotted in SE London

Shane Watson’s pad has clearly been on the five – two diet. It’s slimmed down to the extent that no England bowler could hit it and as a result he hammered 176 quick, imperious runs before KP took a stunning tumbling catch on the boundary. It was a flat pitch but this was a great innings which has forced England on the back foot. Watson needs a few. more of these before he’s in credit though. He was ably supported by Smith who is learning to build an innings.

Boof’s Diplomatic Incident

Lehmann encourages home supporters to make Broad cry in a radio interview. The only sure way to make Stuart Broad cry is to steal his ‘guyliner’. Br character is such that booing him and giving him verbals will most likely have the reverse effect.

The Usual Please

Broad, Swann and Jimmy all bowled well on a pitch offering less help than a IKEA instruction booklet. Jimmy looked back to himself and went past Willis test wicket record to #2 on the list of all time wicket takers. Can he get past 450 in his career.

Crystal Ball

England need to use the new ball to finish the Aussies off and eek out a long innings to get back to parity. The pitch is set to turn and Australia’s second innings will be tricky, if much of it needs to be on day 4.


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Ashes Tour Memories

My favourite Ashes memory? Sydney Test 2007

Travelling out to Australia, for the final Sydney test and CB ODI series of the 06/07. Flying Xmas day with England 3 – 0 down and the series dead already, feeling like I’d just flushed a couple of grand down the toilet, things got worse as my flight stretched into Boxing Day on Qantas and had to endure the smug ozzies pilot’s commentary, as England were skittled for not very many and Warne bowled Strauss for his 700th wicket. As I spent time in Sydney watching the match slide into the forth defeat, enjoying new year and being told by every old lady, tramp and child how poor the team I had travelled tens of thousands of miles to watch were my expectations were pretty low and to be fair England were pretty dire again, but the supporters were amazing! And that’s the memory. Chanting, drinking and singing like were 4 – 0 up and not outnumbered by 40,000 bemused Australian’s, none of whom understood why were louder, wittier and having a better time than them despite losing miserably. The story was the same in the previous 4 tests.

We then went on to win the ODI’s to salvage something on the field but there was nothing to salvage off it.

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