This one's not over yet.
I agree, but we're a very long way behind - a good 7 wickets.
I thought the Aussies bowled really poorly, too short too often, and into Cook's pads too often. I think it's telling that 2 of the 3 wickets fell to Lyon in seam friendly conditions. I think the big difference is the English bowlers had the ball moving both ways, but the Aussies swung it one way for a whole over, or not at all.
I also thought Johnson was pretty ordinary today too. I don't know what he was trying to do, but I think those conditions - and the English batting lineup- he should have been bowling flat out. The pitch had pace and bounce, and enough sideways movement to cause any batter problems against serious speed. As it was I think he tried to bowl a bit within himself to "let the pitch do the work" - or in modern parlance "get the ball in the right areas" and was neither hostile nor containing.
I must say, when I saw P Nevill walk out to bat, I was thinking what we *really* needed was Brad Haddin ... someone who could play a few shots and get the ball wet.
I was also pretty disappointed with M Marsh too. A terrible get-out shot. He wasn't quick enough to threaten the English batting, fair enough. But he didn't swing the ball, and bowled too loosely. I was hoping Marsh might be able to hit the seam and deck the ball about a bit at a reasonable (if not express) pace, but he didn't. Again I was thinking while Watson wouldn't exactly be our saviour, he'd have made better use of the conditions than Marsh. The only thing Marsh did better than Watson would have/could have done was not waste a review when he got out for 0.
I must say I'm very disappointed with the result and the performance from last night, but I'm not entirely surprised. The Aussie middle order is too fragile against the moving ball, and the English attack really good at exploiting bowler friendly conditions when they pull their fingers out. We really need Smith at 4 and Clarke at 5 IMHO.