If Andrew Strauss’s team don’t bounce back and show something different on Thursday, then I believe the series is set up for Australia, who will go on to claim a 4-0 win.
No surprises to read that from Glenn McGrath writing in London’s Evening Standard. A bit more of the rain London had this morning, and we can expect next week’s piece to predict 3-0, and so on…
Not many Englishmen knew that the 5-0 in 2006-7 was a rare result (many would have guessed that scoreline for any series over the last 20 years except 2005) and I suspect that lack of historical knowledge plays a part in many fans’ refusal to recognise the extent of that achievement and give credit to the Captain for his role in leading it.
But is Glenn forgetting his history too? The Trumpet responds to Pidge like this.
I see that you have lost none of your belief that the game is played as much in the mind as on the field – and I believe that you’re right.
0-4 in England is a big prediction – one that will make Straussy think again. It’s a better result than any accomplished by a squad in which you or SK Warne featured, but, hey, it’s only the same result as that achieved by the 1948 Invincibles.
Was that squad as good as Ricky’s? Let’s see. Arthur Morris, Sid Barnes and some bloke called Bradman led the batting, backed up by bowling from Ray Lindwall, Keith Miller and Bill Johnston. So that’s Punter in the Don’s slot, Pup in Morris’ role, MJ as Miller re-incarnated and Siddle in Lindwall’s boots. Yep, I see where you’re coming from – the Baggy Green has such mystical powers, it can transmit genius across the ages.
Then again, it might be a drawn series.
While The Trumpet hopes, nay expects, England to be competitive at Lord’s, we’re launching the first of our Ashes competitions in association with Philosophy Football. Here’s the sknny.
THE ASHES PHILOSOPHY CRICKET COMPETITION – Lord’s
The self-styled ‘sporting outfitters of intellectual distinction’ at Philosophy Football have launched their philosophy cricket range with opening bat CB Fry’s musings on cricket as a cult and philosophy. CB Fry captained both Sussex and England. A gifted footballer too, he played professionally for Southampton and Portsmouth, making his England debut in 1901. For a time he was also holder of the world record for the long jump. A superbly gifted cricket writer and academic off the pitch CB politically managed to combine standing unsuccessfully for Parliament as a Liberal Party candidate with the bizarre idea that if Germany could be persuaded to play England at test cricket WW2 might be avoided. The T-shirt is available from www.philosophyfootball.com. 99.94 has one to be won in our Lord’s Test competition, to enter simply answer the following simple question :
Predict the total number of runs scored by both the captains in the Lord’s Test.
Email your answer with name, address and preferred T-shirt size to firstname.lastname@example.org Entries close at 11.00am British Summer Time 16 July 09, no purchase necessary to enter, so get your predictions in quick!!