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Another Exhilarating Series of Ultimate Cricket

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

It was more than a life-saver for the test cricket. More than 60 days of grueling series, Ashes 2009 lived up to the hype that loomed much before the start of the series. There would be significant changes in both teams, when they face-off in the next Ashes in 2013. The Englishmen, who‘ve tasted success in the last couple of series in their home soil will cherish the memories for the next four years. The long wait would be hard for the Australians, who will seek payback in the next edition.

After some fascinating test series since 2008, it is hard to believe that test cricket in on the brink of demise. Though there is a shrink in the spectator- turnouts, the overall quality has increased. Several innovative methods are in the reckoning of ICC to improve the quality of test cricket. Creating ‘Elite’ and ‘Plate’ groups is good suggestion, which will avoid the clash of contest between strong and weak teams, that wouldn’t generate any sort of interest among the spectators.

It has been a series to forget for Ricky Ponting, as Australia were stripped off from the helm of Test cricket. They are being placed at the 4th position, which is the worst after the rankings has been introduced. Australia is finding it hard to make the right combinations to form the core of the Australian team. It will be an uphill task for Australia to regain the supremacy they had till 2007 that made them ‘Invincible’.

England will savor this moment for a long time after having a tough season filled with controversies. Andrew Strauss and Andy Flower have done a fantastic job to regroup the team which had been hit by the Pieterson-Moles spat. Amid the euphoria, England should not lose their focus of getting to the top of rankings.  The immediate task will be to find a replacement for Andrew Flintoff, which apparently is a very big ask.

Australia Looks Solid On A Rain Curtailed Day

Friday, July 31st, 2009

There were not many surprises in the Australian team apart from the omission of Phil Hughes and Mitchell Johnson being retained. Shane Watson made a good come back to the test side by scoring an unbeaten 62 on a truncated day at Edgbaston.

Ricky Ponting won the toss for the first time in this series. Australian openers started off the day cautiously but once they got their eye on, the strokes flowed from their willows. Greame Swann came in to break the partnership trapping Simon Katich in front of wicket, but by that time Australia had laid a solid foundation. Ricky Ponting gave good support to Watson despite edging a few deliveries of Flintoff.

England went to the match with Ian Bell as the solitary change as Steve Harmison finds his place in the sidelines. Their bowling looked ordinary and lacked energy compared to the Lord’s Test and Australia dominated the useable 30 overs with a glorious run rate of above 4. As expected, Flintoff struggled against right-handers though few of his deliveries probed Ponting in the last over of the day.

The pitch is absolutely flat and will be a graveyard for the bowlers. If there are any major interventions of rain on day 2, then England will go into the penultimate test match with the 1-0 lead. If Australia want to seal a victory in this test match, then they have to score 450+ runs before tea on Day2.Given the nature of the pitch, it would be very easy. However, if England emulates Australia’s effort, then a draggy draw would be the apparent result.


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