England’s nightmare comes true

November 25, 2010 at 2:55 pm 1 comment


After all the build up and expectation to this year’s Ashes series the last thing England wanted was to lose their captain early.

Sadly, England’s worst fears were realised as Andrew Strauss cut straight to Mike Hussey in the third ball of the match and set the tone for a nightmarish day for the tourists at the GABBA.

Everytime England looked to have recovered from a setback Australia roared back, defying pre-match predictions that this was a side out of form and in decline.

The highlight for the hosts was undoubtedly the hat trick from Peter Siddle that ripped through the heart of England’s middle order.

Those keeping up with the live match score until 172-4 would have gone to bed with England well set for a decent score, but Siddle’s dismissal of Alastair Cook, Matt Prior and Stuart Broad was the decisive moment of the day.

England, winded from the triple blow, limped to a score of 260 that looks well below par on what is a decent pitch in Brisbane. Australia will feel a smug sense of satisfaction so far after the build up was
dominated about their apparent weaknesses and England’s supreme confidence.

England emotions couldn’t have been more different. The opening blows of this contest have left them spinning. The only positive is perhaps this will erase any signs of over confidence and make the players fully aware of the task that lies ahead of them.

Those assessing the latest Ashes scores know that their bowlers need to hit the ground running on day two if they are to have any chance of winning this game. If Australia are allowed to build up a sizeable lead then it is hard to see a way back.

Four years ago Steve Harmison’s wild, wayward opening delivery that went to second slip set the tone for a disastrous series. England fans will be hoping their side’s similarly disastrous start this time round doesn’t mean the same.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Live Cricket Online  |  November 26, 2010 at 10:40 am

    I’m not saying that we must consider the intellect only players in cricket (or sports), but the cricket blog, so obviously take care of him more than any other profession.

    But, of course, intellect decides career choices, right? I’m terrible at math, for example, so I’m not an engineer or an accountant.

    My question differently: for athletes even need intelligence? If yes, what?

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