Aus v Eng - CBA Series - Second Final
From the sublime to the ridiculous. Australia's dominance of this CBA series ended with a thud, in rain affected scenes that reseembled the scenario last time England took a trophy off the Aussies. England fans, singing in the stands, rejoicing the announcement that the game was over, and England have won - Aussies, beware the washout.
Like that fateful Test at the Oval in the darkening September days of 2005, England completely outplayed Australia again in this match - albeit just a 50 over game. Australia fought their way back into the game in the field after a good start by England had made a 300 total possible - and restricted them to a very 'gettable' 246.
From there Australia were never in the hunt. To sum it up quickly, 2 early wickets put pressure on the Australian middle order, that I still believe it is not built to cope with. Hodge was good again, but had no support. Hussey may finally be heading into the downside of the curve everyone has been warning about - although not there yet let's be honest. Gilchrist continued to struggle against the moving ball and while batsman after batsman fell away, England went from strength to strenght, all culminating it what was easily, the catch of the summer, by Dalrymple at backward point - completely airborne, projecting himself metres to his left to snaffle Shane Watson and start tapping that final nail into the coffin.
So, as much as it aches to say it, well played Poms! To pick yourselves up off your collective backsides, after losing Pietersen and Vaughan, and inject the momentum into the camp just prior to the World Cup, is a credit to you - not to mention the joy you will no doubt take, from sticking a little seed of doubt into the Aussie camp, just a month out...
So a few questions - why was Stuart Clarke dropped, and when Cameron White was seen as a luxury in a side that contained Andrew Symonds, why the hell drop him, once Symonds is out.
Aussies will say this was just a warm up to the World Cup, and they were probably quite honestly trying a few combinations, but they have always prided themselves on winning every contest they turn up for - now they haven't, if things don't go according to plan in the Carribean, we may well look back and wonder...
Cross-posted on STUmpcam
Labels: australia, Commonwealth Bank Series, england