So we come to it. Crunch time. The moment of truth. The Headingley Test that will decide the Ashes. Well, that is unless Australia win or its a draw or a tie, in which case the Ashes will be decided at the Oval. So there's 25% chance that the Ashes will be decided over the next 5 days.
My prediction? If the ball swings like it did in the first innings at Edgbaston, it'll be an eye gouging, blood letting dog fight that could go either way. If the ball fails to swing like it did in the second innings at Edgbaston, Australia will bat England out of the game. Then the only question will be whether we can take 20 wickets. Hopefully the selectors won't continue to plod along with the same bowling attack as the first 3 Tests. Bring in Clark for Hauritz or Siddle - preferably Hauritz. I'd even bring in Bing but I can't see that happening just yet.
England's chances lie in the reverse swinging hands of James Anderson and Graham Onions. Or as we call him in Australia, Graham Ungyuns. When Anderson swings the ball, he can decimate a batting line-up. When he doesn't move the ball, he looks pretty ordinary. Australians will be hoping for the latter.
UPDATE: Apparently Freddie has been ruled out. One might argue that the fact that England is playing without their two best players, KP and Freddie, might tarnish the result if Australia win the Ashes. From an Australian point of view, let me assure everyone that all Australians are okay with it and won't be knocking back the urn however it comes our way.
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Makes you wonder how things would have been in Clark had been in for Siddle from the start! Clark would have loved Lord's I bet.
Posted by MT on 2009-08-07 22:24:08
Posted by Rich on 2009-08-07 22:37:23
Very much interested to see whether England can bowl as well as the Aussies and how our batsmen will cope. If we lay a platform this afternoon, England is pretty much gone in this Test.
Posted by JC on 2009-08-07 23:29:22
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Posted by JC on 2009-08-07 23:35:52
Ponting gets a good hearty boo as he walks to the wicket. Stick it to the crowd, Punter!
Posted by JC on 2009-08-07 23:41:58
Posted by JC on 2009-08-07 23:45:53
Aggers asks him how many runs he's scored at Headingley. "Zillions!"
Posted by JC on 2009-08-07 23:56:43
Australia's 50 comes up in 38 balls.
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Posted by JC on 2009-08-08 01:32:31
When Eng won the Ashes in 05, it was in the two tests when Pigeon didn't play. And the Pommies celebrated it well.
So yes Aus will celebrate retaining the urn, no matter that KP didn't play. I don't and never will rate AF high. A hyped up bloke who performs once in a while , is no great player. Maybe it says a lot of the English team's credential that a bloke like AF gets a tag like great :-)
Posted by tifosiguy on 2009-08-08 04:41:58
Clark = wickets, that ain't new baby. Selectors surely embarrassed?
Amazingly, the other Clarke managed to regain full fitness to play the test after 'struggling' with another ailment which was actually throwing sickie. He didn't fancy the training and team stuff between Tests. Definately not captaincy material...
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