I know, I know. The ashes is the Holy Grail, but who even cares about the last test…. As long as we don’t get spanked again, no one should. Hopefully they prepare a nice flat track so our batsmen can get amongst the runs and make their bowlers ineffective….
Tell him he’s dreaming….
So I propose just focusing on some of the other cricket that is going on at the moment.
First up is the Southern Stars. They have completed day two of their test match against the old foe, and it would seem that Jess Jonassen is in line for a call to the men’s team. Jonassen has shown the fortitude the men certainly couldn’t muster.
After a good start from the openers, England hit back removing Lanning and Perry cheaply. Jonassen came to crease with Australia at 5/99 not long after lunch, and combined with a few of the lower order to steady the ship and finish the day at 95*. Unfortunately, Jonassen fell LBW for 99! Must be bitter sweet. I’m sure anyone would take a test 99 on debut, especially under the circumstances, but to be so close to a test 100 on debut must have hurt.
The Southern Stars declared at 9/274, looking to take advantage of a bit of moisture on the wicket from a rain delay at the start of day two. Who else but Perry answers the call. Two wickets in her second over got the Southern Stars off to the start they were looking for and the pressure was relentless from there.
England were bowled out in the last over of the day for 168 handing the Aussies a 108 run lead moving into the third day.
If that doesn’t wet your whistle, have a look at the Youth Ashes. After a draw in the Youth Test, the U/19’s boy’s teams went head to head in the first ODI of the series. I’m very happy to report the Aussie boys got the win(convincingly) by 8 wickets. England were bowled out pretty cheaply for 206, with plenty of the lads getting starts but no half centuries to kick the score along.
Australia’s openers took a good chunk off the total before Jewell was out LBW for 69, leaving Renshaw to finish it out with the usual suspect Doran with 69* and 56* respectively. Only Gauci failed, going for a golden duck, but given his 130 odd in the Youth Test, I’m sure he will be disappointed but not worried about his form.
In Sri Lanka, India have arrived and started the first test match of what is Sangakara’s farewell series. What a player, and what a top bloke. I have never read or heard a bad word about him. Unfortunately India have come out all guns blazing and smoked Sri Lanka for 183 in their first innings. Ashwin being the chief destroyer with 6/46 of 13.4.
Kohli is currently locking down one end with Dhawan at the other, both batsmen closing in on half centuries. I’m looking forward to Kohli’s reign as captain, I like his fire and I’m hoping we see a really strong India team on the road because of it.
Finally back in India is the A Tour Tri-series between India, Australia and South Africa. The Aussies have been dominating the tour so far, progressing without a loss. Tuesday saw them dispose of South Africa with a 108 run defeat. I think we can only take so much from the results, as all teams seem to be experimenting and blooding youth to a higher level of cricket, which is great to see.
Matthew Wade shifted himself up to four in the batting order after being named in the Australian ODI squad to face the English in couple of weeks, and obliged, hitting 130 (106). Burns had a quieter match, but has impressed enough to get called up also, along with Agar, Coulter-Nile, Pattinson and Stoinis in what looks to be a peak into the future.
The selectors have said that with the rule changes and the next World Cup being in England, they are looking at the future and what will be the best formula to defend the One Day title.
I think Khawaja could feel a little hard done by missing out for Burns. While I understand the three forms of cricket are quiet separate these days, it’s probably more a sign that Burns definitely has the nod to come back into the Australian line up for Bangladesh and they want him to join all forms as soon as possible. I can’t imagine Khawaja being very far behind him at all. The selectors just might want him to get some more cricket in his legs after the injury before putting the weight of the nation on him.
So it’s not all bad for the Aussie cricket fans. Time to suck it up and move on, after all there is the ODI series coming up. Unfortunately there is no glory to be had in victory, only tears in defeat.