Australia vs England - First Test - Day Four
Well England finally showed some fight today. After slumping again again to 3 for less than 100 Collingwood and Pietersen got together and showed attack was the best form of defence even when you need 600! Collingwood was solid yet aggressive until bought undone by some school boy tactics, which he will forever be kicking himself for. Warne bought the field up a bit, entice him to go over the top to bring up his hundred, then tossed up an inviting, but pretty much stock standard leg spinner (if you could ever call a Warne delivery standard) and showed us that even at this level players can be sucked in. The ball spun away from the bat to a waiting Gilchrist and Collingwood was strandard out of his crease on 96. It looked like local third grade cricket at that point, but prior to that, it was anything but... Pietersen was awesome, smashing McGrath to the cover boundary three times in two overs and sweeping Warne in front of square repeatedly.
Prior to that Bell had shown he still can't pick Shane Warne - especially the "slider" and Strauss was out hooking again, caught by substitute Ryan "Pratt" Broad - ironically replacing Ricky Ponting.
One doubts England can last a full day with only five wickets in hand, but if do, and Pietersen finds support from Jones and Giles, he'll have scored about 350!
There is a storm on the horizon, and I think the Aussies would like to take a couple in the first hour, just in case...
By the way, does anyone else think it's a bit hypocritical for English fans to be complaining
about music/songs at the cricket?
Labels: ashes, ashes 2006