Friday, June 24, 2005


The Australians have managed to win over England. However, in the batting department, there seems no be no fire at the top of the order with Gilchrist unable to make big runs; Hayden can't at the moment score more than 30 odd runs. Ponting is the disappointment who reminds me of his failure against the Indian spin in the past. The return of Symonds has certainly added a new dimension to the batting. But it is the arrival of Brett Lee has given the greatest hope to the Aussies. It is ironical that the same bowler was made to warm the bench till a couple of moths ago. Whether one accepts the bowling action or not, Lee made the difference. The other bowlers were hit by Pietersen in the last match.

I was unable to watch the hiding that Pietersen gave to the Aussies with that 91 not out. My brother told me that it was a truly good knock. That made me sit before the televsion well past the midnight hour. However, there were no heroics this time. Only Flintoff was able to stay at the wicket for a considerable length. The others notably, Trescothick, Strauss and Collingwood-the new England hero were made to look very ordinary by Lee and company.

I hope this win will keep the big English mouths shut.

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