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The Ashes Open Thread: Brisbane Day 5

Yesterday, sadly, England fought back.

In fact, fighting back isn’t very English at all. Starting a fight, yes. But doing what England did yesterday? I’m just not used to it. I don’t think the Australian cricketing public are either.

So here’s where things are in a nutshell:

  • England started the day yesterday 0/19 — 202 runs behind
  • England ended the day yesterday 1/309 — 88 runs ahead
  • Alistair Cook is 132 not out, Andrew Strauss made 110
  • Australia have been made fools of

So who’s to blame? Apparently Mitchell Johnson. He has copped a hiding in the Australian press today.


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Here’s a list of things more useful than Mitchell Johnson:

So what will happen today?

Put it this way — currently at the TAB, the draw is $1.04 favourite.

What England will hope for: A declaration perhaps with 40 or 50 overs and 300 odd runs to chase. There’s probably not enough time for this to happen unless the English go Twenty20 style from the first ball — rubbing salt into Australia’s already open wounds. To then get four or five wickets as Australia try to defend a loss will be the ultimate in psychological chess ahead of the Second Test in Adelaide.

What Australia will hope for: A swag of early wickets allowing Australia the time to chase down England’s lead and win the Test. To do this Australian bowlers need to fire, particularly Mitchell Johnson.

The spork says no.

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  • 1
    Sam Gray
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Is anyone bothering to blog? Pup just dropped a sitter. Feeling deflated. Quick cheer me up!

  • 2
    Leigh Josey
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    Sorry Sam — on deadline! Yeah — Pup… WTF. Unfortunately the Crikey TV is on Vic election wash up — so no cricket vision here. Listening to radio.

    Michael Clarke … Mitch Johnson … hang your heads in shame

  • 3
    Sam Gray
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Permalink

    On deadline?! This is The Ashes! Pfft. :p

    Shall we start discussing Adelaide already? Who should come in and go out of the squad? Johnson?

    Newsflash. It seems the now famous @theashes twitter girl has a twitter mother. @Luvshorses68 is attacking tweeters and having a argument with her daughter.

  • 4
    Leigh Josey
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Permalink

    Out: Johnson
    In: Inanimate carbon rod

  • 5
    Leigh Josey
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    200 run partnership now between Cook and Trott. My eyes! The goggles, they do nothing!

  • 6
    Sam Gray
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    1/402 That is quite a sad sight.

  • 7
    Leigh Josey
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    1/428 is the equal record for highest score for one wicket down in England’s history….

  • 8
    Leigh Josey
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Alistair Cook bring up his double century with a flick behind square. Ironically, Johnson fumbles.

    This is torture.

  • 9
    Leigh Josey
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    Trott scores his century. Only the second time in England’s history that the first three batsmen have scored a hundred.

    Can Australia be humiliated any further?

  • 10
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    This is a dark day in Australian cricket history. England 1/439. Cook a well-made double hundred. It’s not just Ponting’s tactics that are at fault here, the wicket isn’t offering too much assistance. If they’re still one-fa after one and a half days then it must be pretty benign.

  • 11
    Paul Ferraro
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Heads up, folks.

    Tomorrow’s header for the Hun’s back page lead – “Cook-blocked”.

    If it isn’t, the subbies should be executed.

  • 12
    Jane Doe
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I can’t even bring myself to do regular score checks online :S

    Aussies in disarray after such a promising start on Day 1 . . . Hopefully they pull their collective fingers out before Boxing Day.

  • 13
    Leigh Josey
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Bravo Paul

  • 14
    Leigh Josey
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Something like this Paul?

    Cook-Blocked

  • 15
    Paul Ferraro
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Permalink

    Almost perfect, Leigh!
    One minor quibble: not sure that final yellow point paints an accurate ‘word-picture’. Perhaps insert “still” in there somewhere?

    Another one: how about “England’s welcome case of the Trotts”?

  • 16
    Paul Ferraro
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    BTW: apparently the correcet name for a spork is a ‘sporf’.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sporf

  • 17
    Leigh Josey
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    And here you go sir…
    Trott

  • 18
    Paul Ferraro
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Ha – terrific! They’re going straight to the pool room.

    Should probably be doing work, but…

    “Johnson’s triple zero emergency”
    – 1st Innings: 0/66, 0 (19)
    – 2nd Innings: 0/104

  • 19
    Leigh Josey
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    This is fun:
    Richie goes nuts

  • 20
    Paul Ferraro
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    I’m impressed that Richie is sufficiently culturally aware that he self-censors the f-bomb lets the other one slide.

  • 21
    Paul Ferraro
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    …BUT lets the other one slide.

  • 22
    Moose
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Permalink

    I think the Warnie show will get more attention this week than the Aussie‚Äôs efforts in their last innings… Bring back the great man!

  • 23
    Mark Duffett
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    I think was ABC Radio that had a good one yesterday; almost certainly not the first time it’s been used but I hadn’t heard it before: ‘Strauss waltzes to century’

  • 24
    Leigh Josey
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

    Only ABC Radio — with Agnew and company could be that eloquent. Can you imagine Taylor, Healy et al discussing the music of Strauss!

  • 25
    Paul Ferraro
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    1/11? Good grief.

  • 26
    Leigh Josey
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    Oh dear…

  • 27
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    1/30 now. Australia only need 8.61 an over.

    Very do-able.

  • 28
    The Pav
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    I guess the problem is that Australia only took 11 wickets in the match.

    Good to see the Poms don’t have that problem. They’ve taken up to now ( 20 minutes or so after tea) let’s see………….11 wickets Oh!

  • 29
    Paul Ferraro
    Posted November 29, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    Result summary:
    England – 11/777 (229 overs)
    Australia – 11/588 (185 overs)

    Still plenty of excitement left in the series – just don’t hope for consistent and effective bowling from either team.

    NB – feel free to double check the maths!).

  • 30
    oldskool
    Posted November 30, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    All over with a whimper- I do agree the pitch may have played a much larger role in the match than it was originally credited with…

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