Originally Posted by Tim de Lisle
Australia did beat England 5-0. McGrath's premonition was just 18 months early.
You do realise that if Australia win at Headingley then Australia is in the box seat to retain the Ashes. Remember, Australia doesnt have to win the series. Or are you still under the impression England are the current holders of the Ashes because you wiped the 2006/07 series from your memory?
What do you expect Clarke to say? Our 2 best bowlers are injured and the other out of form and that we have an opener not ready for an Ashes series and a middle order batsmen way out of form? Did English fans even believe Andy Flower when he said it would be no big deal if Pietersen and Flintoff were both out injured?
Of course I realise England is 1-0 and 2-1 if you had to award wins for the draws, though Australia totally dominated the English bowling on day 5 at Edgbaston. But the series isnt over yet. The English fans and press are talking as if they've already won the Ashes. No one seems to be making the point that all Australia need is 1 win and the pressure is back on England. Unless England win at Headingley Australia can still retain the Ashes.
While England has played the better cricket lets put some things in perspective.
The top wicket taker and top run scorer are Australian.
Australians have scores 6 centuries to England's 1.
Flintoff's bowling average is higher than his batting average which is a very respectable 42.75.
Anderson can only take wickets when the ball is swinging.
Stuart Broad's bowling stats are way worse than Mitchell Johnson's. (he's only averaging 4 more runs with the bat)
Nathan Hauritz has taken 10 wickets@32 runs compared to Swann's 6@57 runs.
Its not like England is dominating the series like Australia from 1989 to 2002/2003 and again in 2006/2007. Not to say that England can't win or don't deserve to win. But the series is still alive.
FFS, learn to laugh once in a while. It keeps you healthy.
Obviously McGrath wants his side to win all the games they play in, and as the vice-captain of the side you don't expect Clarke to say anything else then what he said about his squad.
Though all that is hardly comparable to what a journalist says in the middle of a hard contested series, which still could go either way, because if Australia win the series from here, this same bloke would be going gaga all over them.
That made me smile. slippyslip and pup11 need to develop a sense of humour.
Love Tim de Lisle's cricket writing. Should stick to that and stop spewing pap about music.
Love Tim de Lisle's writings on cricket. He was kind enough to respond to a mail by me a few years back. Have good regards for him.