Ball One 4.00am – The Hobart Oval looks every bit as beautiful as our esteemed Nestaquin has reported here at 99.94. The quality of the camera work and the willingness of producers to pan round grounds adds much to cricket coverage, with venues close to the sea, like this one and Galle, amongst the most spectacular.
Ball Two 4.45am – A small point, but it’s disappointing to see Matt Prior without a name and number on his shirt. ODI and T20 cricket attracts more casual followers of the game and cricket should reach out to them by providing as much information as possible. If Prior were wearing the wrong sponsor’s logo, you can be sure action would be swift and harsh
Ball Three 6.35am – If ever you wanted an indictment of Australia’s Test selectors this season, the respective innings of Smith and Marsh provide one. Marsh’s innings was skilful, well-judged and spoke of a man confident in his game. And Smith’s innings? Maybe it’s wise to draw a veil over that.
Ball Four 8.20am – With many of the Australian quicks this season looking unsure of where the ball is going and, if truth be told, even where the ball should be going, Brett Lee looked in control of his action and of the ball’s direction. At 34, he may not have the stamina he once had, but the pace is still there – as is the threat. He’ll be a force in the World Cup.
Ball Five 9.45am – Horrible looking injury for the luckless Nathan Hauritz. All cricketers do it, but it’s hard to know why the slide is used for routine stops when there is a clear risk of injury, as evidenced by Michael Yardy taking a divot when fielding in Australia’s innings. Visions of Simon Jones injury at The ‘Gabba in 2002-3, are still fresh in English minds.
Ball Six 11.15am – A rare sight of smiling Australian faces as the men in green and gold dismiss a jaded looking England to claim a well-deserved victory. Neither side played particularly well, but in Shaun Marsh and Dougie Bollinger, Australia had two outstanding performers. Since neither man was an automatic pick, the much-maligned Australian selectors can consider their jobs well done.
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