It’s easy, and fun, to slag off Australia in this match.
Instead let’s praise England. It doesn’t come easy or natural for someone of my age, but England were so dominant in this match that it was hard to remember the name of the Australian players.
Swann, Cook, Trott, Jimmy and KP all had moments where they were as good as they could be. When you have five players who are talented playing as good as they can, it means your team is a chance of doing something special.
Winning by an innings at Adelaide is something special. Quite often winning at all in Adelaide is something special.
I’ve said it many times, but England are scarily professional.
They have more support staff than Mariah Carey, and their coaching staff is so much better than any other team’s in the world, it’s like comparing a person in an acid vat to Natalie Portman.
They look relaxed off the field, gel together on it, and someone seems to do the job that is needed when it is needed.
All this doesn’t make Australia any less rubbish, but to beat Australia by an innings with a similar team that they were unbeaten last summer with, is still pretty damn impressive.
This might not be the beginning of anything, they might not even retain the ashes (a meteor could strike before perth, is just one way they won’t win) but England looked like a proper cricket team who had trained, schooled and planned how to win in Australia, then, they won.
I was impressed.
Even through my anger.
They aren’t always the most exciting team, actually, they rarely are, but they are good. Very good.