Well, day one…. What can be said?
Certainly not much to be said about Australia’s batting performance. Poor shot selection, and a lack of patience handed the English the final ingredients they needed to capitalise on a good bowling deck.
With Jimmy Anderson finding his line and length for the first time since day two of Cardiff, sadly the Aussie bats decided today was not the day to put up a fight.
Steve Finn was right on song. I have always had more concern with him in the bowling line up as their first change than without him. It’s absolutely incredible that he has been on the scene for so long and no combination of coach, sports psychologist, captain or whatever else contributes to form, has been able to get him bowling consistently. He is only 26 and could still be a serious threat on the world stage for five to six years to come.
Steve Smith didn’t do a thing to squash Stuart Broad’s taunts about playing the swinging duke. Despite getting done by a good length ball that straightened, it will rightly be seen as a clear victory after Smiths flat deck heroics at Lords.
It’s great to see that David Warner has decided to take up Shane Watson position of official DRS Waster. I’m not sure what was said between the two openers, but from where I was sitting, it looked more like pride calling for the review than any form of common sense. He got done by a great ball, probably one of the better wicket taking balls of the innings. Many others were just wasteful.
When looking at the collective batting effort I could be a broken record really, and same for the bowling. England only needed three bowlers.
The constant stop-start with the rain effectively gave the bowlers the chance to rest up and come out firing full steam. Meanwhile the pitch was getting topped up perfectly every hour and half to keep the zip. What more could you want as a bowling unit? (Except of course a batting unit that is happy to throw their wickets away…)
Well done to Jimmy for his six wickets. He bowled perfectly for the conditions and reaped the rewards.
While the rest of the Aussie XI were racing each other back to the pavilion, Chris Rogers joined the top of the table for the most test innings without a duck, 44. That speaks volumes about who he is and what he brings to the team. Bucky never throws his wicket away. He puts such a high value on it that he just flat out refuses to go cheaply or without a fight. What a great role model for any of the young batsmen coming through, actually even for the rest of the top 6.
I’m sure there is plenty more to talk about in the remaining 48 overs while the English build a reply. If they can get through just three, four even five down they will probably already have a lead and be looking to ram home the advantage tomorrow.
Hopefully the Aussie bowlers can take a good swig from whatever bottle Anderson was drinking from and rip through them.