Am interested in others thoughts on who was the biggest contributor for the English over the course of the 2nd test. From an Australian point of view it's pretty clear - no-one in the first innings, Clarke then Haddin in the 2nd, and bugger all with the ball.
From an Engligh point of view it's a bit more complex, so I'd like to know who the English supporters think was the biggest contributor to their win:
1. Andrew Strauss. Set the tone on Day 1, batting all day. Really set up the big first innings lead that ultimately won them the test.
2.Andrew Flintoff. First innings didn't do much, taking just the 1 wicket (Hussey, bowled). With the bat he only made 4 runs in the first innings. In the 2nd innings he was 30 N.O. with the bat, then took 5 wickets with the ball, those of Hughes*, Katich*, Haddin, Hauritz and Siddle.
3. Rudi Koertzen. Whilst Rudi cannot bat or bowl or even field, being an umpire, he certainly did have a contribution to the game. Wickets of Australians he adjudicated as being out, when they were in fact not out, were: In the first innings, Hughes and Ponting. In the 2nd innings: Hughes (again), Katich and Hussey. Now, that's 1 less wicket than Flintoff, however, TWO of Flintoff's wickets were actually Koertzen's wickets (the * wickets above), meaning Flintoff only got 3 wickets in the 2nd innings, and 1 in the first, for a total of 4.
Personally, I'd actually go for Strauss with his big score of 161 in the first innings (then a handy enough 32 in the 2nd) as the man with the biggest contribution in the game, but for 2nd I think I'd have to go for Koertzen, just ahead of Flintoff, for the former's efforts when England had the ball. He's been the catalyst for 5 Australian wickets, whereas Flintoff was only the catalyst for 4.