And it’s all over
Five top order wickets in the last session on day 2 and I thought that spoiled my Sunday.All English fans would have made different plans for the Sunday but Graeme Swann had other ideas.
So day 3 had an option
1. A hopeless cause
2. A route to immortality
And if a kid in the streets of Yorkshire says he played better than Ravi Bopara, I wont be surprised at all.Swann and Broad were the entertainers today and they were the cause for an unbelievable 163 runs in the 24 overs before lunch.The 3rd day crowd at Leeds got much more than what they would have expected.
There was a lot of talk among Warnie, Holding, Nasser, And Bumble about the line ups for the decider.This was Holding’s ‘suggestion’ –
Strauss,Cook,Rob Key,Bopara,Prior,Collingwood,James Foster,Swann,Anderson,Onions,Flintoff/Harmison
Thats the batting order he recommends.Would you believe it?
Bumble wants two spinners for the Oval and is considering both Monty and Adil Rashid.
Warnie wants Rob Key at No.3 as well.And the current squad contains an additional specialist batsman in the name of Jonathan Trott.Thats’ not ideal?Is it?
I can easily call it the weakest middle order among the top 7 test playing nations.You can now gauge the dependence on KP.
Here’s my 11 for the Ashes decider
Monty in case Flintoff’s unfit
Aus – The same top seven,followed by Lee,Clark,Siddle and Hilfy
I absolutely loved the way Atherton interviewed the captains at the post match presentation.
This was how Ponting’s interview ended
Atherton : So Ricky, going for a draw at the Oval to retain the Ashes or a win??
Punter : What do you think? ( with a wide smile)
Atherton : Win… Thank you..and well done