Summer of Cricket 2013/14

 
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
I find it interesting that bowlers don't seem able to think outside the square.  Lyon bowled the last over yesterday; all conventionally directed off-spinners, to which the batsman played forward defensively. The last ball cried out to be a very slow, looping full pitch aimed at middle stump. To a batsman stuck firmly in defensive, play-for-stumps mode, a surprise is what he doesn't want, and it's the type of ball he'll make a mess of. If he hit it for six, so what? If he messes it up, you've got him.

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  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
And Johnson takes 5 to end the match a day early. Australia wins by 381 runs.

Can they keep it up for the rest of the series?
  djf01 Chief Commissioner

And Johnson takes 5 to end the match a day early. Australia wins by 381 runs.

Can they keep it up for the rest of the series?
Graham4405
God, I hope so.

And well played Mitch Johnson, a match winning performance, proving me wrong again.

I thought he was fantastic in this match, but so were Harris and Siddle, who bowled the bulk of the overs and allowed Johnson to be used the way he was.

Johnson was just as wayward as usual, but he had a great plan (knock people's heads off), the right field settings and he was bowled at the right times.  Specifically he hardly got to bowl at any set batters who might take to his loose stuff.  The loose stuff was still there, but more often than not the batter just said "thank Christ" as they let it sail down the leg side.

The main problem with the plan as plan A is if it doesn't work, plan B isn't viable.  If the batting side gets on top and Johnson is forced to bowl his share of overs at set batters, he could just as easily lose us a match in a session as win one.

England's attack has a similar problem of course: it's too thin.  Because Swann isn't the threat he is in England that leaves Broad and Anderson - as good as they are - to do a hell of a lot of bowling.

From what we've seen so far, I think the two sides do look pretty evenly matched.  I know that might sound strange given how much England lost by, but I don't think we can read too much into it really.  I think the Aussies bagged a couple of fairly lucky/soft dismissals at critical times.  Carberry being bowled off the middle of the bat, then between his legs for one.  

Both sides suffered terrible batting collapses.  Both sides have fairly thin bowling attacks, but the Poms are a touch thinner and their tail end batting a touch weaker.  

If the same 11 continue to play each other, I think we're looking at either 3-1 to us, or 2-2.  But I fear it's only going to take one decent English total (and that will only require Johnson to have one of his bad days) to see us forced to change our bowling attack, and we'll lose our relative advantage in bowling depth.

But the best thing is this sets up the series nicely.  It's going to be a cracker!
  bowralcommuter Chief Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a Manly Ferry
The second test historically is the test that England have their comeback/dominate. In 2005, England won by 2 runs after being slaughtered at Lords. In 2006/07, although they lost they got 6-550 and had us in deep trouble when were were 3-65. In 2009 they won at Lords after Australia dominated the first test match, albeit drawing it. In 2010/11 they clobbered us by an innings after drawing the first test, and at Lords this year we were crushed by 347 runs after coming close in the first test.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
It is now reported that Clarke will be charged for what I think is a disgraceful sledge at James Anderson.  Back in earlier times, there used to be an annual match in England called The Gentlemen v The Players. As Frank Tyson wrote, "the gentlemen may not all have been players, but all the players certainly were gentlemen."
Cricket is first and foremost a game. I want to see it played with no quarter asked or given, but played by sportsmen and not thinly disguised thugs. Sledging has now reached appalling proportions, and it's time it stopped. An outright threat to maim another player has no place in the game.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Would be interesting to hear what Anderson said to Bailey that started it all off.   Usual stuff, the retaliator is the one that gets caught and the instigator gets away it.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Fantastic performance yesterday, although I expect the Adelaide test will be much tougher. But bring it on!
  bowralcommuter Chief Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a Manly Ferry
Sledging in cricket happens all the time. As long as it doesn't cross the line into unfair abuse, such as racist comments then I don't mind, nor do most players. Sledging will never be stopped, asking every player to keep every comment 100% related to cricket is not possible, you can only have policies to ensure players that go too far get fined.
  simont141 Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide
Trott has gone home with a stress-related illness. Apparently the words spoken to him/about him during the first test didn't contribute but I'm sure it has pushed him over the edge. Glad he won't be in the team, but not in these circumstances. Hope he recovers as he is a fine player.

Any changes to the Australian XI for Adelaide next week? Unlikely. England will only be weaker on Trott's departure.

There's some interesting things happening in the Sheffield Shield so far this season as well. Marcus North (remember him?) is tearing it up and has already scored 589 runs @ 118 (3 centuries, 2 fifties). Cameron White is second on the run tally with 447 runs. Quiney still making runs as well. There's a few youngsters whose names you might hear thrown around by the end of the summer - Travis Head and Jordan Silk. Silk has scored 2 centuries, 2 fifties in 4 games this season and already 4 and 3 in his 9 first class games. He's only 21. Travis Head is only 19 and this season has scores of 51, 92, 98, 98 and 43.
  djf01 Chief Commissioner

There's some interesting things happening in the Sheffield Shield so far this season as well. Marcus North (remember him?) is tearing it up and has already scored 589 runs @ 118 (3 centuries, 2 fifties).
simont141

Yep.  An one of those North 50s was 90ish not out, where he blocked out the final session (scoring less than 10 personally) to save a draw for WA.  Had he been less unselfish he'd probably have 4 hundreds and 1 fifty.

If the Shield is to count for anything, then North should have been selected ahead of Bailey, and the team announced after game 3 of the shield, not game 2.
  simont141 Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide
Barring injury, Cook and Clarke will both play their 100th test in Perth. First time that both captains have reached 100 in the same match.

Cook will also become the quickest person to reach 100 tests, beating Strauss' record by a few months. Cook will (somewhat amazingly) play his 100th test less than 8 years after debut, at the ripe old age of 28.
  bowralcommuter Chief Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a Manly Ferry
I smell one of our famous collapses about to happen here.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
I smell one of our famous collapses about to happen here.
bowralcommuter
Lucky this was only a small one.   5/273 at stumps.   Clarke heading towards another ton if the tail holds out?
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
I smell one of our famous collapses about to happen here.
bowralcommuter
Must have been a dead rat in the corner. Perhaps you need your sense of smell checked! Currently 313/5, Clarke 76, Haddin 19...
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Hmm, 389/5 at lunch, Clarke 109, Haddin 57.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
2:20pm Clarke caught on 148, Haddin 90, aussies 6/462
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Now Tea: 516/8, Haddin 108, Harris 29
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Clarke declares 9/570
  bowralcommuter Chief Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a Manly Ferry
Must have been a dead rat in the corner. Perhaps you need your sense of smell checked! Currently 313/5, Clarke 76, Haddin 19...
Graham4405
We can all go and thank Carberry for that! Laughing
  djf01 Chief Commissioner

We can all go and thank Carberry for that! Laughing
bowralcommuter
Yep.  If England held their catches - particularly that one, but also the George Bailey C&B - then England would have been batting on this pitch much of day 2 and racking up their own big first innings lead.  

The pitch looks so placid that I'd be surprised if at least one England batter doesn't make a big score at some stage.  England have 19 wickets to bat 2.5 days (about enough time to score 700 runs) which will save them the game, and I'd suggest that's probably odds on.  The real question will be what state is our bowling attack in by Perth?
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Sod this for a game of conkers!
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Aussies are 488 ahead now with 7 wickets left, looks like we'll lead 1-0 or 2-0 going to Perth (unless there's a major miracle).
  bowralcommuter Chief Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a Manly Ferry
What a performance by Mitchell Johnson. Is that the spell that has won us the ashes series for us?
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
What a performance by Mitchell Johnson. Is that the spell that has won us the ashes series for us?
bowralcommuter
The Poms (apart from Bell) were shell shocked after that performance.

The look Johnson gave Anderson was priceless.   Sledging without saying anything?
  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
It's high time Australia learnt how to maximise their test match winning chances. ENFORCE THE DAMN FOLLOW ON! I hope it rains for the remaining days and brings about a draw.

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