Yeah - massive kudos to Haddin, Stokes & Smith. Given what folks are saying about what the pitch is expected to do over the next few days, obvs we're toast but we knew that anyway.Clearly Australia's day, a good score on a pitch with plenty and then an early wicket. Stokes a positive again though, bowled some really nice stuff and got well rewarded. Obviously he still bowls some filth but there is something there to keep us excited with both bat and ball. Hopefully he is a 40 with the bat 30 with the ball guy we can build with.
Happy for Borthwick that he got a wicket, but from what I saw he looks like a much worse version of Steve Smith with the ball. Rankin a total disappointment, can't believe how little he was putting into his action.
I was also at the SCG the day Warne made his debut and reckon a major difference between he and Borthwick today was that Shane spun the ball miles, beating the bat a lot in between the crapNothing better than Jan 3 at the SCG. Superb Test match cricket. Great cricket weather, sporting pitch and enough bars to ensure you can get set reasonably quickly so long as you can get n00fers out of his seat right as the last ball of the session is bowled.
Tagged TPC and Rad to ton up at lunch so mighty pissed with Haddin throwing it away again
Smith was glorious. His best test innings by a fair way I thought. And what can you say about Haddin. The only fair result would be joint man of the series with MJ. No way has he been less important to our wins. Can anyone else think of a batsman (not just a no.7 or a keeper, but any batsman) who has scored 50s in the first innings of every test of a 5 test series? Bradman didn't. (closest was the 47/48 series against India where he only missed out in the 2nd test). Simply astounding effort from Haddin. He should retire because he will never be this brilliant again.
Poms bowled to short for mine. The pitch looks like it rewards you for banging it into the pitch with some movement off the seam, but if you're too short it does too much to catch the edge. Especially in the middle session the length was just wrong and allowed Haddin and Smith to pull in front of square which is money for old rope for those two. When Stokes especially got it up a bit more he looked much more dangerous and got the reward. Take care of him England and he could reward you handsomely.
Also thought Borthwick despite getting taken to showed more than enough to persist with. Seems to have a nice enough action and his length problems were more being too full than dragging them down which were magnified by Smith's ability to get down the track. I saw a young blond leggy take 1/150 odd on debut here once but he ended up being pretty handy. Not saying Borthwick is anything like Warne league (although the action wasn't massively dissimilar either) but on older drier tracks I think he could pose some real questions, especially once he gets a bit of an older head on his shoulders. Just a pup at this stage and he'll need to be nurtured, but his first class record indicates he could be a pretty handy allrounder for you lot. Along with Stokes he could offer some real value in the lower middle order.
Cramp on day one after eight overs? & after one ball of his abortive return.
His fitness is either shockingly toilet or he was cracking one out on the physio's table.
It makes sense now as to why he was putting so little into his action, to only get one ball above 88 MPH is shocking. He normally bowls almost MJ length spells for the Bears at hostile pace.Now we know why Bumble saw Rankin bowling early morning while watched by coach, physio and dr. Poor decision to let him play and cramp after 8 overs says a lot about the guys fitness and conditioning. Wasn't exactly steaming in.
Conditioning normally this bad? Just been living it up on tour then while not expecting to play. Which is also a bad approach for a Pro.It makes sense now as to why he was putting so little into his action, to only get one ball above 88 MPH is shocking. He normally bowls almost MJ length spells for the Bears at hostile pace.