Posted by: tootingtrumpet | December 3, 2010

Second Ashes Test Day One – The Final Over of the Day

Swanny - spraying it around a lot less in Adelaide

Ball One 12.25am – Though using the UDRS tactically is somewhat distasteful, Andrew Strauss had to support Jimmy Anderson’s request to review when he hit Shane Watson’s front pad right in front. It wasn’t the kind of obvious error for which the UDRS is intended, but the chance of rocking Australia (11-3 at the time) still further was worth the risk. For the sake of two inches of bounce, Strauss almost had his reward.

Ball Two 12.45am – There is much talk of England bowlers adjusting lengths for the pitches of Australia, the better to deal with their greater bounce and carry. When it comes to the new ball, there is really only one length anywhere in the world – full. Easier to say than to do; as I suggest here.

Ball Three 2.45am – Like England in Brisbane, given first use of a blameless pitch, Australia are giving away top order wickets by being too aggressive too early. Shane Watson, having done so much hard work, went t00 hard too soon after the lunch break and was suckered out by Jimmy Anderson. Alastair Cook will confirm that occupation of the crease is plenty enough to garner runs.

Ball Four 3.20am – There is a thin line between positive footwork and exaggerated movements. Marcus North, possibly feeling some anxiety over his place and the scoreboard, is probably just overdoing the movement. Too many working parts means that there are too many things to go wrong – in batting as much as in bowling.

Ball Five 3.30am – Still only 21, Steven Finn has a great future in Test cricket, but very few men of his age can bowl consistently enough on good wickets to hold down a place in a four man attack across five Tests. So while it may appear foolish to rotate a man out of the side so soon after taking six wickets, if there was one venue to prefer Shahzad to Finn, it’s on Adelaide’s merciless road. The young man has a big job in front of him.

Ball Six 3.40am – Broad is bowling a disciplined line round the wicket just outside off stump to a 7-2 field, frustrating Hussey and North and, crucially, keeping England in the game. It’s not pretty to watch, but the ball won’t swing much and spin will come later, so it’s a smart plan, well executed. Test cricket has a lot of time that needs to be filled – if that time is not spent etching Ws in the scorebook, Ms are not a bad alternative.

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



  1. Ryan Harris got the slightest of touches. So did Pup at the Gabba. Get over it. Could be a similar scoreboard to Brisbane at the end I think.

  2. Bush – This is a 450 wicket, If England get that, I’m sure Aus will be a broken team with one man getting a ton, but the rest falling away. If…

    • Many things have changed, but there is still no such thing as a broken Australian team.

      • I saw one vs SA after Duminy and Steyn batted. And I saw a largely broken team today

        • Oooh, don’t remind me. I still have images in my head of Steyn hitting out. At least Ishant Sharma didn’t smash us in Mohali, he just didn’t get out.

          • Aus is human like any other team, they will of course wilt sometimes if being abused by tail enders. That’s not the same as being broken. Aus doesn’t give up. I’m not flag waving, it’s just the essential nature of Aus cricket.
            Apparently Adelaide Day 5 2006 started with Ponting looking his team in the eye and asking anyone who thought they couldn’t win to put up their hand. Noone did of course, and we saw the result.
            Justin Langer wanting to come out and bat concussed in SA if needed to save the test match.
            The stories go on, but they’re especially Australian.
            I didn’t see yesterdays play, was travelling, so can’t comment, but I’m sure they will play to their best, even if beaten. They can be beaten but are unlikely to give up.
            Bush, yes they’re broken in a technical sense, and indeed they need to fix some things, especially MJ, but I don’t believe they are or will be broken in the sense Tooting implied.

  3. A lot of talk of 2 evenly matched teams. Well now that the roles have been reversed from the end of day 1 in the first test, we will see if this is true.
    Great control by Broad, but if England want him to be the new Glen McGrath then they have got to set fields that attach more. Forget the soft ball rubbish – Glen took plenty of wickets between overs 30 and 80 in Australia at roughly 80mph.

    I have to say I am disappointed by a couple of things, but one in particular – 6 days in and no mention of “the corridor of uncertainly”. I need it to complete my Ashes Bingo card.

    • Siddle will be spending some time in that corridor I feel!

  4. Fred, it might not be broken but it needs fixing.

  5. […] Second Ashes Test Day One – The Final Over of the Day (via 99.94) Ball One 12.25am – Though using the UDRS tactically is somewhat distasteful, Andrew Strauss had to support Jimmy Anderson's request to review when he hit Shane Watson's front pad right in front. It wasn't the kind of obvious error for which the UDRS is intended, but the chance of rocking Australia (11-3 at the time) … Read More […]

  6. Thought Broad bowled well, he’s not had much reward in the wickets column yet though.

    A couple of years ago, England didn’t seem to know whether to use him as a strike bowler or a containing bowler. He seems to now be settling into a line and length routine.

    I agree though, it can be a bit boring to watch at times. But he is creating pressure.

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