Lunch on day 5 at the gabba

Who would have thought that England’s best preparation for this test was playing all those matches against Bangladesh?

I had the displeasure of watching England smash a lifeless Bangladesh around for what seemed like 7 consecutive summers, at the time I thought it would do England little good. How wrong I was.

It was this effortless batting that kept them sharp when their batsmen would have to bat for hours on end against an Australian attack that seems to be aspiring to Bangladesh style work.

Imagine if all their warm ups were against Pakistan, England wouldn’t have known how to handle batting for a whole day without losing a wicket, this would totally confuse them.

Australia have just played India, so they are also used to bowling for hours on end without a wicket.

Also, it got them used to playing in front of a hostile crowd, which might come in handy for the rest of the series.

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8 thoughts on “Lunch on day 5 at the gabba

  1. martin says:

    I’m so confused by this turnaround that I am seriously thinking about whether England should look to declare with a lead of 250 in order to try to knock a few aussie wickets. Pressure is an intangible factor and if the ball took the edge of a couple early on and England then crowd the batsmen with Swann bowling who knows what psychological effect it might have on the Aussie batsmen?
    Of course the other side of me thinks we should bat all day, flay the willing yet limited Australian bowling to all parts and revel in the cruelty of it all. Perhaps as a motif Strauss could oversee this from the balcony while stoking a cat and laughing an evil laugh. If this was a school match Cooky would have been hauled off by now in order to give someone else a go. perhaps KP should be given licence to give it the hammer for one session and see where we get to.
    On the other hand, one wicket in four sessions isn’t indicative of an even contest between bat and ball. I dont believe it is wholly down to the paucity of the respective bowling attacks. This match might not reach a conclusion were to the sides to play for a further two days.

  2. golandaaz says:

    How bad is the Aussie bowling unit? As bad as Brad Gilbert, Bruce Reid, Ray Bright, Bob Holland, Greg Mathews, and Steve Waugh.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/63420.html

  3. Stu says:

    What’s going on with Aussie crowds. I was at the MCG for that woeful loss to Sri Lanka and it was like being in Columbo! 18 of the 19 thousand people there had Sri Lankan flags! Now it sounds like we’re playing at Edgbaston!

    How keen is Dougie Bollinger looking bowling at the WACCA today?!

  4. This does not bode well for the England batsmen. The last time they won the urn, they had not a single century amongst them. Now they have 3. In one inning. This run orgy is going to make them even more complacent. And God (and the idiot Aussie selectiors) willing, if Dancing Douggie is picked for the next one…..

  5. Oops, forgot the debut century of J Trott. But still the point remains. Assuming that the Aussie selectors get their heads out of the ground and make some changes.

  6. Sunny says:

    @dhans – shame aust doesn’t have any saffers to pick. unless you call south australians saffers.

  7. Wes ~PFCNFS~ says:

    South Australians are Saussies™

  8. sudeep das says:

    “Australia have just played India, so they are also used to bowling for hours on end without a wicket.

    Also, it got them used to playing in front of a hostile crowd, which might come in handy for the rest of the series.”

    Ha! Ha! absolutely fantastic.
    Seriously though I thought by bowling againnst the Indians the Aussies were much better prepared to take on the English. Problem is Hilfennhaus is unrecognizable and Bollinger is not included.

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