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The first test is done and dusted, and there are more than a few talking points. The selectors will be sitting back smoking a fat cigar with the performances of there chargers. Bancroft showed his metal in the second innings but proved himself ready for test cricket even under a Steve Waugh or Alan border regime with his efforts under the lid. Balls the size his native WA that kid.
Marsh came in at 4 fa ‘potentially stuffed’ and played well, really well. Got the team to stumps, grabbed his half-century in the morning before getting done in. He left the boss with lots of work to do, but he gave us a sniff.
Then there was Paine. Social media was up in arms with the straight forward drop off the GOAT in the first innings, but a sharp stumping and sharper ear to the feather broad gave one on the way through put everyone back in their box (for the moment anyway.)
There is the Bairstow greeting performed a month earlier that conveniently came out while he was at the crease. The media appropriately ran hard at it. It’s the ashes. They are on our turf. Any sniff we get, we should upset their chi. I think deep down the English are happy that has come out. It has overshadowed the disastrous nature of their 10-wicket loss.
Just this morning socials lit up with a picture of an English cricketer at Heathrow. Everyone immediately thought Stokes was on the plane to save the day. Turns out they are still stuffed. He’s just on his way to his homeland of NZ to ‘see his family and practice’! I’d read that as ‘getting over jetlag and prepping for Perth outside of the media in Australia’
So, what does it all mean Basil?
If the English can’t get a win in Adelaide, it could be a long summer but as Aussies as I am, I’m not prepared to write them off. We have more than a few holes that were papered over.
I think Uzzie needs to clear his head of all this spin crap and just play. It’s Moeen Ali for god’s sake, he’s averaging 37 odd with the ball. He doesn’t turn them around corners. He’s a clever bugger, but get your foot the pitch of the ball, and if you can’t, play for the straight one or rock on the back foot. He’s got a great eye, but if he falls consistently in this series to Ali, the selectors will be keen to bump Smith to three and get someone in the middle order. Test career over for Khawaja Bear. I think he’s got too much class to be finished yet.
Handscomb is out of nick, no doubt.
Smith can’t do it every single test, or can he? While I’d like to see Marsh brain ‘em at six for the whole series, when has he ever? You could put some coin down on him getting injured, but last I checked the odds were $1.05. Not exactly value. Enter Maxwell?? Also not Mr Consistent, despite his obvious improvements.
We have enough worries that the English will still have their hopes up. I remember getting ahead of myself after we wiped the floor with them at lords a few years back when Smith made his double. I wrote that we would run away with it from there, and Anderson wouldn’t tour Australia this time around…. Wrong and wrong. I won’t make the same mistake this time.
Do I think we are a better team? Yes. But only better if they don’t have stokes. He brings everything back to square pretty quickly and then for me its only home ground advantage. If we are wielding the willow at the wrong time in Adelaide, Broad and Anderson could run through us. FACT.
I guess most of the talk over the next few days will be the changes to the English team. I think poor Jake ball is gone and Woods will come in.
The Aussies will go unchanged. I’d love to see Sayers get a run, but Starc is a guy that needs to keep playing and the rest of the boys will pull up fine.