I take notes. That will surprise some people. But I do. Often I can’t read them. Yet they sit next to me.
I had a quick look through them during this morning. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular, but I put some of them together.
England are better fielders.
Graeme Swann is a better tweeter than all Australian cricketers combined.
England’s bowlers are better.
Th whole Ashes preparation for England was better.
The English coaches are far better than the Australian coaches.
The Barmy Army are better organized, execute their skillsets and band together far more than Australian fans.
The English batsmen handle almost all kinds of pitches, green tops of brown tops, better than the Australian batsmen.
Lord’s has better food than the MCG.
The white whites of England look better out on the ground than Australia’s creams.
England are better at handling the pressure.
Natalie Portman’s pregnancy announcement on the same day as Ricky Ponting last time batting at the G makes you suddenly realise your youth is dead.
Yes, the word better appears almost as much as the word obviously does in a Peter Siddle press conference.
It appears so much that this isn’t an accident.
The only thing that springs to mind when thinking of something Australia does better is using the referrals, well that and collapsing when they bat.
Even when England shit themselves on the WACA pitch, they looked like a composed side that would bounce back. On the other hand, Australia’s win looked like it was basked on a freak occurrence that couldn’t be replicated, and it wasn’t.
Straight after the loss at the WACA they English back up bowlers were bowling in the middle, they did the same after Adelaide and Brisbane. I doubt that England train more than Australia, they just seem to.
Even if Austalian bowlers were out in the middle after the test ended, I’d just assume England would do it better.
Because they seem to do everything that matters better.
And that is how you in a five test series.
Australia wasn’t just beaten; they were outplayed in every aspect of cricket on and off the ground.
This wasn’t a knockout, but a slow strangulation from England.
They didn’t do it with a brilliant cricket team, they did it with a professionally well drilled and organzied cricket team that were better than there opposition.
In the press conference Ricky Ponting talked about the betterment of the Australian cricket team.
Betterment is a rubbish word.
Andrew Strauss used far better words.