Cricket 24x7 - All the cricket

Breaking/Brief news

    January 06, 2007

    The Ashes - what could've been...

    Australia have just completed the much publicised white-wash of the Ashes series. 5 nil! Incredible! Early on, we kept saying how well England were doing, how they performed well and weren't far away. In each Test, save perhaps Brisbane, there were points where things could've been so much different - they were in winning, if not match saving positions each time...

    1st Test - Brisbane - asides from just prior to that infamous first ball being bowled (when scores were equal) England were pretty much behind the 8 ball all the way, though at tea on Day 4, England were 3 for 150, then 5 for 293 at the end of the day - with just one day to go a draw was still an outside chance. (Australia won by 277 runs before lunch on Day 5!)

    2nd Test - Adelaide - What do you say about this one? Australia were 3 for 65 in their first innings chasing 551 (5 declared). The series was about to be level. Brisbane was being put down as an abberation. (Australia won by 6 wickets late on the last day.)

    3rd Test - Perth - England bowled Australia out for 244 in their first innings and still managed to lose by 206 runs! (There went the Ashes)

    4th Test - Melbourne - Australia 5 for 89 (admittedly only chasing 159), went on to score 419 and win by 99 runs.

    5th Test - Sydney - Australia 5 for 190 chasing 291. Australia win by 10 wickets.

    It is staggering to think that England didn't manage at least a draw from one of these scenarios. Not just that, but there wasn't even a close result amongst them. Capitulation!

    Some other interesting points:

    So did England throw it away or did Australia snatch it from them? Was it a combination? Did England simply lack the ability to beat Australia or does Australia just not know how to lose?

    Is there any one definitive factor in Australia's domination - if so what do you think it is? Is it Mental / Physical? Were England playing above themselves in 2005 - were Australia playing below themselves? Let me know what you put this incredible 18 month form reversal down to?...

    Labels: , , ,

    Thus spake Stuart Helwig @ 6:13 AM |
    Did you like the post? [ Subscribe to the blog feed - Blog Feed | | ]

    0 sledge(s):

    We'd prefer if you posted comments with your real name to add more credibility to your opinions. However, the moderators reserve the right to delete comments, especially those containing offensive or unsuitable language. The opinions in the comments are your own views. You are welcome to provide a URL to your own cricket blog, but the moderators reserve the right to delete comments which only reference sites for viewing live streams.

    Post a Comment

    Links to The Ashes - what could've been...



    Blogger search:

    Create a Link

    Links within entries open in a new window. Some of the links may now be broken/not take you to the expected report since the original content providers may have archived/removed the contents. Some of the sites linked may require registration/subscription.
    All opinions expressed are those of the authors alone. The authors' respective employers (past, present or future) are in no way connected to the opinions expressed here.
    All pictures, photographs used are copyrights of the original owners. We do not intend to infringe on any copyright. Pictures and photographs are used here to merely accentuate and enhance the content value to our readers.

    Powered by Blogger Locations of visitors to this page
    RSS Feed - RSS Feed

    Contact us
    cricket24x7 at gmail dot com
    cricket24x7 at yahoo dot com

    How Cricket 24x7 started

    The squad
    Full of farce
    Ashes stat of the day
    Batting with the tail
    Bye bye, Andrew Flintoff?
    Australia vs England - Fifth Test - Day 3
    Cape Town prediction
    Australia vs England - Fifth Test - Day 1 & 2
    Lovely Brit humour
    Connect Virender Sehwag with Viv Richards & Sunil ...
    Deja vu all over again - part VI

    RHS navbar photo source - Tc7

    Partnership between

    Creative Commons License
    Cricket 24x7 - All the cricket by V Ganesh & S Jagadish is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported License.