Monday, December 18, 2006

Australian Wins the Ashes

I'm trying to be gracious by extending my condolences to my friends and colleagues at the Recusant Cricket Club at the loss of something so close to them - the Ashes. But what a game! Australia and the England bowled out very cheaply in the first two days before Australia put bat to ball on Day 3 with Hussey, Clarke and Hayden making some decent scores before Gilchrist cimply finised them off. Adam Gilchrist, the Australian wicket-keeper scored the second fasted century in Test cricket off only 57 balls!!! Gilchrist hadn't made a decent test score for sometime and needed to regain some form. What a way to do it!

Monty Panesar bowled superbly on a pitch that, unusally for Perth was first a spinners' wicket then flattened to be a batsman's paradise. England's effort in the 4th innings was remarkable too.

And thankgoodness an Australian cricket ground finally let in the trumpeter! Meanwhile debate surrounds the urn remaining in Australia - even the one that Ponting is holding is a replica.

Shane Warne's wicket total now stands at 699, fittingly leaving him to take his 700th wicket in front of his home crowd in Melbourne on Boxing Day.

Prayers and thoughts are with Ashley Giles as he heads back to the UK to be with his sick wife who has just been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

1 comment:

Capt. said...

by all means put this up on the RCC, I haven't got the stomach to even think about it.