As for Adelaide, agreed that Trott stays for the time being. I don't think we have the fire power to win the match, but if we bat first we might stay afloat for a bit longer. If Aus bat first, we're probably ****ed.
I think that's an overreaction. While Bell covered for the other bats, there's still no doubt that we were comfortably better than Australia in the summer. Lets not pretend we're now a massively inferior outfit. We bowled well here in the 1st dig and a 30 minute collapse did for us. Can't fault the bowling too much in the second dig, they were on a hiding to nothing.
The things I would criticise our bowlers for:
- seeming to take the foot of the gas a bit with the Haddin/Johnson partnership - without that, it's a different match
- the bowling at the close of day two. The bowling that we started with today was needed there. If we had, it's what, 10-2 and all of a sudden things look different
We'll be okay. Australia's batting is on the mend which is going to make things tougher - but all of a sudden people are acting like they don't know where a Test win will come from.
This will be a close series.
Agree but my big worry is heading to Perth 1-0 down. What the pitch is like at Adelaide is going to be so important, got to hope it is not a road.
Haha we are always on the opposite side of the fence in that way.
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Hmm, not necessarily. The MCG drop-in has been noticeably bouncier in recent years, and though it's not quick, "slow, a little bouncy and flat" is Adelaide to a T. Obviously suits England more but I'd expect same-old-same-old 'til told otherwise, which generally means four thousand runs for both sides and reliant on scoreboard pressure/a manic rush on the last day to get a result
Last edited by Spark; 23-11-2013 at 08:42 AM.
If Oz win the first test (and there is no way I am putting that in the bank yet), recent history says that we will probably completely **** it up in Adelaide.
We have not become a good side overnight and England has not become a bad one
Aus batting is still pretty fragile imo.
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