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    November 30, 2006

    Adelaide was no freak show, Andrew

    Andrew Miller writes in his preview of tomorrow's Ashes test at Adelaide
    It's little wonder Australia are so upbeat. They have just swapped one stronghold at the Gabba for another at Adelaide - a ground where they have won nine of their last 11 Tests, dating back to England's win in the 1994-95 series. In that time there has been just one draw and one freakishly high-scoring defeat, against the Indians in 2003-04.
    Freakish? India's win at Adelaide was freakish?

    What's Andrew rambling about? India competed with Australia in every single game of the series, well most of every single game at least! Yes, Australia were without Warne and McGrath. Yes, Australia were clearly overwhelmed by Steve Waugh's farewell to cricket. But Warne was never going to be a factor. McGrath's absence did hurt. It hurts Australia last year, at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge. It could hurt them at Adelaide.

    So, would I call England's wins at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge, and indeed the Ashes win, freakish? Certainly not. Unfortunate? Yes.

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    What? He clearly said it was freakishly high-scoring, not that the win was freakish. Given that both sides passed 500 first up, I don't think that's an unreasonable comment.

    By Blogger Geoff (30-Nov-2006, 7:36:00 PM)  

    No. This is what he said "freakishly high-scoring defeat". I felt that 'freak' didn't do justice to India's efforts in the game. Remember, that after making 500+, Australia didn't even get 200 in their second innings. I suppose that was freakish too.

    By Blogger Jagadish (30-Nov-2006, 9:10:00 PM)  

    I honestly don't see how you could interpret it that way without a chip on your shoulder. And as it happens, a gap of more than 300 between first and second innings isn't especially common. It's the largest gap for Australia in that list in the last 50 years.

    By Blogger Geoff (30-Nov-2006, 9:59:00 PM)  


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