Australia get run over

If you make 245 on the first day of the test, it’s generally under par.

In Adelaide not getting to 500 is generally under par. As bad as some of the batting was, it was the two run outs that made the day.

Watson did what a million kids have done in junior cricket, think they may might be out, and just start running. Katich was never going to make it. His one chance would have been referring the LBW decision. Not that Katich would do that, he just turned and did a military march to the dressing room. If it had been Watson dismissed without facing a ball, he would have at least thought about it.

Then Doherty’s run out. A good piece of fielding followed by a throw to the short leg who never got out the way, with a rugby pass to the keeper. It was a mistake by England, that never really mattered because Austrasia’s mistake was that Doherty just never moved on Haddin’s call. If he moved straight away he would have been safe, but instead it was confusion, madness and another wicket.

It was a bit like the decision to drop Hilfenhaus. He got as many wickets as Broad at the Gabba, has been the most dependable bowler in the side since the Ashes in 09, and was dropped seemingly because they couldn’t just drop Johnson. It was a special kind of panic.

Hilditch’s early morning perambulations around the ground have done nothing to calm him down. That is if Greg Chappell lets him talk in the meetings. He probably just throws pastries at him when he tries to make a point.

Anderson isn’t throwing pastries at the moment. If he did, he would hit the target.

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16 thoughts on “Australia get run over

  1. Homer says:

    Isnt Hilfenhaus nursing a knee injury which he aggravated at the Gabba?

  2. Sunny says:

    is it part of the rotation policy? i figured johnson got canned proper and hilfy is being rested.

  3. steve says:

    Hilfie’s got a hammy. Maybe that ‘s why they won’t let him go home to play for the Tigers tomorrow.

  4. Dustbinner says:

    I get Johnson being dropped for Bolly, that makes sense on many levels, but if you must drop HIlfenhaus (and why, I ask) must we have Harris? There must be 100 bowlers playing in the shield at the moment who are better than Harris. I think my cat is better than Harris.

    And don’t even get me started on North …

  5. Adrian says:

    Anyone know why Ponting was yelling at Strauss?

  6. Howe_zat says:

    Harris has a lot of support over on the CW boards (mostly Aussies). I can see the appeal, he’s much quicker than Hilfy, but we’ll see tomorrow.

    Adrian – Because he was having a strop.

  7. golandaaz says:

    Let’s not underestimate England. A collapse is long overdue….

  8. hi says:

    cant think of a time australia were shot out on the first day in a home test

  9. Chris Newell says:

    Adrian – http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/dec/03/england-jimmy-anderson-brad-haddin – Jimmy Anderson apparantly, although it wouldn’t be a test match if Ponting wasn’t whinging about something or other.

  10. Wes ~PFCNFS~ says:

    Local says such a first innings is not a rarity at the Adelaide Oval. As much as I tend to believe him, crap stays crap.

  11. Adrian says:

    Many thanks, Chris and Howe-zat.

  12. junkax says:

    what exactly happened towards/at end of play. What were Strauss and Ponting arguing about?

  13. warlock says:

    Whatever happened to Peter George?

    Australia will only improve their standing when they don’t have three top-order batsmen struggling to make it to double figures, and have an opener without an aversion to triples.

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  15. Thought it was very harsh on Hilfenhaus. Can understand Johnson going though.

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