The world’s strongest coffee has been brewed to keep English cricket fans awake for the upcoming Ashes series in Australia. With the first Test being 10 hours ahead of GMT the first ball is not due to be bowled until at least midnight tomorrow (Wednesday).
Well, England’s Ashes preparations continue to progress serenely, the latest victory coming against an Australia ‘A’ side that had few answers to some very good cricket played by the tourists.
Before I look at that latest tour match in more detail, I’ll continue scratching my head while trying to fathom out the latest reason for Australia experimenting with another spinner from their ranks and excluding Nathan Hauritz from the squad of 13. I must confess this did come as a surprise, not because Hauritz has impressed enough to be warranted automatic selection, but I thought he was probably deserving of the first shot at the Poms, for the sake of continuity, and I query whether Xavier Doherty is actually that much better than Hauritz or if it is a change for change’s sake.
Victoria Bitter have promised to “shout the nation” with a free can or stubby of VB for everyone of drinking age should Australia win the Ashes.
If Australia do happen to win back the Ashes, vouchers will be printed in the five major national newspapers.
If all 13 million adult Australians took VB up on the offer should Australia take home the Ashes, it would cost the company nearly $20 million at current retail prices.