I don't recall going into a Test series with quite the sense of foreboding I've had with this one. Okay, I confess a tendency to desert my team at the first sign of trouble (who will forget my panic attack when we nearly lost a Test to Bangladesh). But Australia is truly at a crossroads. The team is bristling with debutants - Phillip Hughes, Marcus North and Ben Hilfenhaus (has Hilfy played a Test yet?).
Phillip Hughes (pictured here in a Joan of Arc like pose) is not only playing his first Test, he'll be facing the opening delivery of the Australian innings. I like his moxie. When I opened the batting in the Under 12's and Under 14's, I always made a point of starting the innings at the bowler's end. Let's hope Hughes' first Test turns out better than Justin Langer's 100th Test which happened to be in South Africa and ended very early in the first morning, hospitalised by an Ntini bouncer.
My biggest disappointment? Bryce McGain being overlooked. Australia needs legspin. World cricket needs legspin. Humanity in general needs legspin. It's cricket's greatest artform, if done well. But Bryce has managed to make a hash of this tour so far. He missed the plane, got hammered in a tour game against a second rate team then came down with a tummy bug. Come on, Bryce, get it together for leggies everywhere!
According to my calculations, the game should start at 6.30pm Brisbane time. I'm not certain ABC Radio are broadcasting but I'm quietly confident :-)
|Posted by JC on Thu 26 Feb||79 comments|
Posted by JC on 2009-02-26 14:15:13
Posted by Moses on 2009-02-26 14:40:09
Posted by JC on 2009-02-26 17:42:12
Posted by JC on 2009-02-26 21:01:50
Posted by JC on 2009-02-26 21:26:52
marcus north will save us, but mcdonald being picked over bollinger really worries me.
i used to love boony but being the toruing selector he has me seriously worried where his mind is at.
Posted by offcutter on 2009-02-27 02:41:33
I wanted him to do well, but when I've seen him bat previously, he tends to slog early. Sure enough first over.
He does tend to make 2nd innings runs so hopefully he can put something together later in the test.
Ponting looked in unbelievable touch. Apart from the drop catch. And never leave a ball from Ntini when he's bowling with such 'swangle' (swing and wide on the crease angle!)!
Clarke looked great as well. Hussey should bat 5 - I think he bats far better there. When did they swap this around? I'm sure Clarke used to bat 4?
North looked very good and it was a shame they went off as he'll have to start again now. Proteas brain trust will be working overnight on how to bowl to him - after having no idea on the first day.
The Ranga in for Bollinger was a big mistake. Ask the Proteas who they'd rather face on that deck, Bollinger bowling big inswingers and cutting away at high 130's or Ranga bowling mid 120's stump to stump. Ronald will make a ton now - and I'll happily eat my words!
McGain left out was the right call. Harris didn't turn one and McGain isn't a bigger spinner of the ball.
By the way, anyone else think that McGain looks like Geoffrey Rush?!
Big day 2 coming up. If we get to 350 we're in the box seat.
Posted by Hewy on 2009-02-27 14:02:59
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