Tuesday, November 28, 2006

The Ashes

The first test did ended in defeat, thankfully the final part of the test was a big improvement on the first three days. Despite my scepticism of a few days ago, all is not lost. Back in 2005 we lost the first Ashes test and then went on to reclaim the Ashes. England need to re-group, we should not be giving wickets away with rash shots like in the first innings, some of the dismissals were avoidable. While the batting in the second innings was much stronger, the first innings was appalling and being bowled out for 157 will not win us any test match.

The bowling is worrying, Australia only lost 10 wickets the whole test match, if they had enforced the follow on we would have lost by an innings and the players would no doubt have been demoralised after being bowled out for 157. I hope Monty Panseer plays in Adelaide, he has great potential and could really cause some damage. With Harminson out of sorts, he could help turn the situation around for England.

England hopefully will learn the lessons of Brisbane, Australia are a fantastic side but if England believe in themselves they have a chance, if their heads go down then it will be curtains and a long hard series down under. The Australia are hungry to re-gain the Ashes, we have to be even hungrier!


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