Tuesday, December 05, 2006

That second cricket test

The final day's cricket in Adelaide saw Australia go to a 2-0 lead in the Ashes series. A historic victory and an Ashes miracle.

England, after declaring at 550 for 6 in their first innings and having had 4 strong days of cricket, were demolished on the final day by an amazing bowling performance, based largely on an outstanding effort by the greatest bowler of modern times Shane Warne who got 4 for 49 off 32 overs. He helped to bowl England out for a total of 129.

Then a riveting batting performance by Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey got the required 168 runs off less than the required 36 overs. Ponting is the most elegant, effortless batsman I can recall and Hussey, along with Gilchrist, among the most innovative. All are a joy to watch.

This was a historic game of cricket. Amazing! Summer! Beer! Swimming! Cricket!


Fuzzflash said...

Yes, Harry, sporting murkles are enough to make a believer out of the most hardened of intellectuals.

hc said...

fuzzflash, I not a 'hardened intellectual' - just a failed junior cricketer whose greatest dream would have been to play for Australia and put in a Ponting-like performance.