Posted by: tootingtrumpet | November 25, 2010

First Ashes Test Day One – Final Over of the Day

England's dream for Peter Siddle

The final over of the day focuses on six balls that raise a particular talking point. It is not a summary of the day – plenty of those elsewhere!

12.01am Ball One – What happened to “Never cut before lunch”? Strauss falls to the classic dismissal that can see off many batsmen – a strength is fed and, in his anxiety to be positive early, he plays too expansively before he has the pace of the wicket and he’s gone.

12.24am Ball Two – With very little shape or swing with the new ball, it was less than a smart decision on the part of Punter to use one of his two referrals to a ball that the batsman (who is in a good position to see) played as if it was going down leg. The recent series concluded in India (which did not use the UDRS) showed that the balls that go on to hit the interior of the stumps (needed to overturn a Not Out decision) need to move in the air, otherwise the batsman has usually been hit outside the line or the ball is merely clipping leg.

1.10am Ball Three – At the moment, Drinks is the most dangerous bowler in world cricket – it is taking wickets faster than the young Waqar Younis or Brett Lee. Should batsmen practise re-starting in the nets? Sounds silly, but there’s a trend of such dismissals growing in world cricket and batsmen need to address it.

3.10am Ball Four – Reports were that the ‘Gabba was sold out for the first three days of the Test, but there appear to be thousands of empty seats. With a press that are not fulfilling their usual role as cheerleaders for Cricket Australia, I wonder if the Baggy Greens may feel their belief fading along with their public’s.

3.21am Ball Five – At 117-2, England have moved into favouritism with Sporting Index for the first time in the match. Possibly not because of the scoreboard which is balanced, but the sheer toothlessness of the Australian attack which is offering Punter neither a wicket-taking threat, nor control. (and at the moment I write that, the change brings a wicket for Siddle!!)

4.08am Ball Six – Every time I see him, Peter Siddle reminds me more and more of Craig McDermott. With an Australian press disappointed at the exclusion of Dougie Bollinger, Siddle must have felt a bit of pressure, but it didn’t show as he stuck to a simple game plan and executed it well. There must have been times when Punter wanted him on at both ends.


The Tooting Trumpet, whom you can often find at and on Twitter at @garynaylor999 and @Fakeadil.





  1. Crowd reported at 36,000? l would have thought that was an excellent first day Gabba crowd.

    Excellent start from Australia. But a long march.

    Siddle full and straight. Just like Stuart Clark said Good start from Punter too l thought, some excellent bowling changes that brought about wickets in their first over.

    • Acres of empty seats on the TV coverage after a reported sell out.

      Siddle got it right and deserves huge credit – the others weren’t so good, though Watson bowled cannily again. Punter had to shuffle bowlers, but good faith in Doherty at the end. Not sure about the fields though.

  2. Lucky the Poms had a perfect build-up, otherwise might not have been much of a summer of cricket.

  3. Very early days yet Fred. England were written off after four days of the First Test in 2009.

    Congrats to Siddle, but the rest varied between terrible (MJ) and useful (Watson).

  4. Looks likely that England will lose this Test and Australia will drop MJ; then the series is over, I fear.

    I feel the key moment in the match was the last over of the day; ten runs off his first over won’t help Swann settle, will it?

    • Long way to go in this match yet. Big day tomorrow as day 3 will be comfortable batting on that deck (l reckon). Or at least in relative terms. England got a pretty clear lesson in how to bowl at the Gabba.

      • gg – I expect Swanny won’t be too disappointed to see positive shots off his bowling. He’d swap 3-75 for 0-50.

        Japal – The lesson couldn’t be more clearly demonstrated, but can they do it?

  5. Expect every test to have days like this. (Except Melbourne which wll be washed out) The winner of the series will be the one who is able to get more draws out of these losing positions.

    Utterly fantastic toss to lose. On that pitch, given how most of the wickets fell, Australia would have been skittled for under 200. Here’s hoping the pitch gets a bit firmer and quicker.

    As a Victorian, I do love Siddle, but I have to admit, I never thought he was smart enough to vary his lengths when things were not going well. To my reckoning he’s never shown that ability to think on the field in any of his other test matches. Will have to wait and see if he was given a brain for his birthday or if he just stole Hilfenhaus’s for the day.

    Favourite dismissal was the last one. No big celebration for a second test wicket on debut, just an angry looking bowler who out thought the batsman. Not something I can remember Hauritz doing very often.

    Ponting’s tactics after tea. Were they really just to bore the English stupid for 7 overs (in about 40 minutes of play!) Before unleashing Siddle? It certainly worked on Broad. He looked so untogether it was a surprise to see he’d remembered to put his pants on before running out.

    All in all, just happy it wasn’t a bit disaster. Now it’s over to the batsmen.

    • Jim, the thought behind Siddle’s varying of length to suit the pitch was what amazed me. I never thought he had it in him being a big a ‘bang it in’ merchant as MJ ever has been. Maybe Carlton have knocked some sense into him.

      Doherty looks far more threatening than Hauritz but then who doesn’t?

      • Doherty did well to snare a couple of tailenders, but I felt he was no more than steady on debut. Which is not to say that it was a poor performance on Day One of a Test – indeed Test career.

    • Well Jim, I felt the pitch was pretty blameless for most dismissals. Siddle’s hat-trick was well planned and wonderfully executed, but a leave, a block and a block (to balls that demanded such) would have taken his glory away. The best ball was the one Trott edged to Haddin and nobody appealed!

      • Broad didn’t have a clue about that yorker, tooting. It’s a bit much expecting him to block it. Siddle got Prior out in almost exactly the same way first test Cardiff. Nipped back and cleaned him up through the gate.

  6. First lesson. I cannot operate on 4h sleep. Feel rotten today. England batters have had a problem of not converting starts. Either KP or Cook should’ve gone on to a ton and Bell was perfectly set to do the same. We will not get out of jail this time.
    Well bowled Siddle, the Australian Darren Gough.

    • That’s a good parallel bush, though he reminds me of Craig McDermott.

    • Spot on, I thought of Gough as well. It’s his up and at ‘im attitude. Gough was always one of my favourite Englishmen. I even voted for him on Strictly Come Dancing!

  7. Picking up on ball 2; all four referrals wasted; why bother with them at all?

    • Credit where it is due – All umpiring decisions correct. no need for referrals when that happens.

      • Should have appealed and referred Trott’s edge!

        I watched most of all five Tests in India recently, and the UDRS is needed on days four and five when the umpires start to flag.

        • or the could just rotate the umpires during the games to keep them fresh.

  8. On the subject of Drinks and wickets – Watching a two day Lancs v Yorks Under 17 match in 09 – when the drinks came out on a cool day the buffers on the boundary were SO critical ‘never in my day’ etc, but it is well known even at that level of the game that Mister Break is a partnership breaker.
    Love your image for Siddle. Third Man resorted to a Time Lord puppet this morning.

  9. Ball 4 could be down to the new check-in system at the Gabba…

    I guess they could be worried about someone hijacking the stadium and flying it into a building or sumthin

  10. The selectors have taken a lot of stick in recent months, but it looks to me a brave call to have left Bollinger out and so far it looks like the right call. Siddle could already have bowled the match winning spell.

    With regard to Swann’s 1st over, I’d say he was more than happy to see the basmen take him on, he will thrive on that. I think it will be interesting to see how he goes on Day 2, personally I think Swann will do ok.

    Oz have a great chance of retaining the Ashes if England continue to bat like the 1st innings. It’s been England’s weak point for a long time now.

    Collingwood’s form has been garbage since World T20, and the only talk is about dropping KP. It’s absolute madness.

    • I would give the selectors more credit, but I have a suspicion they figured Siddle and Doug to be about the same, but Doug being a leftie means he, along with Mitch, would increase the footmarks for Swan later in the match. My view is based on the fact that since being burnt for selecting that opener from NSW last Ashes series, the selectors have not made one change with a view to being proactive.

      • Also strongly rumoured that Dougie wasn’t 100%.

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