18/07/2009

Australia crumbles

Day 2, 2nd Test, Lords, Ashes 2009

The morning session went as I envisioned. The Australian’s ran through the lower order and despite a spirited display by the last pair, they polished them off without wasting time.

The stage was set for what I imagined was a Cardiff like batting display from Australia. However, there was a difference, the ball was swinging and Anderson having nicely warmed up while batting straight away picked up Hughes and Ponting.

Ponting dismissal was controversial to say the least and could well become a topic for dissertation, if Australia loses this Test, which is a possibility.

Hussey, Katich and Haddin were the only batsmen who withstood the onslaught, but they failed to carry on and squandered the opportunity. Anderson and Co. blew the rest away.

Australia at 156/8 is scampering to avoid a follow on. A hint of negativity appears to have set in already into the Australian mindset. Hussey was saying at the close of day press conference that Australia has to replicate England’s rearguard action at Cardiff to save the Test match.

England thanks to Andersons 4/36 are sitting pretty and all they needed to do is to close out the Australian innings as quickly as possible and from there on exert pressure.

Nevertheless knowing the England team’s propensity to crumble and Australia’s grittiness one expects a good contest. Their dire predicament will be motivation enough for Johnson to come swinging.

4 Comments:

Blogger LVISS said...

THREE MORE DAYS TO GO AND ANYTHING MIGHT HAPPEN.HAVE TO SEE WHETHER ENGLAND WOULD ENFORCE FOLLOW ON OR PLAY AGAIN AND LOSE THE PLOT IN THE SECOND INNINGS.

18/07/2009, 07:14  
Blogger straight point said...

coz of their no so penetrative bowling...australia batting is under constant pressure to post big scores...which can't obviously happen match after match...innings after innings...

in a way australia are fast becoming india of 90's when we had to score those extra runs to cover up for the bowling...

18/07/2009, 11:43  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Lviss,

As you said anything can happen. I do not think England will enforce the follow on. They will look to avoid batting on the 5 th day.

18/07/2009, 12:48  
Blogger Ottayan said...

Pan, Australia becoming India of the 90's - I can see the Australians happy and drinking to it. :)

18/07/2009, 12:49  

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