Ruel’s championship début with the first team, rather a success so far.
In the championship side this year through injury to our frontline seamers, Ruel has got to work. He has recorded 5fers in both of the matches he has played in this season.
That is a good start, dare one hope that he will improve!?
An emotional day in a lot of ways. Not only was Graham Onions back on the competitive field for the first time in 14 months. He took 5 for 53, nice, as he seems to have come back where he left off; taking plenty of wickets.
But it also saw our whole attack looking like the attack of old, the attack of Championship winning form. Demolishing Yorkshire for 149 in 60 overs. After us not getting any bowling points in this fixture this time last year it was just the best to see the attack back to how we know it can be. I wish had been there.
I was one of those who would have liked to have seen Tremlett in our starting line up. Despite being in division 2, he had a fantastic season with Surrey, and has always bowled well for England. So along with his call-up I’m thrilled that he got a 5fer in the Perth match. And 8 for the match, none of those wickets were tail enders. A fine start.
Today was Ryan’s day he ended up with 6 for 47, and 9 wickets in total.
Mitch also took a total of 9 wickets in the match.
Hilf kept it tight.
So did Siddle. And that is what you want from an attack. I rather like this attack.
England did ok, we didn’t bowl too badly. But on todays evidence – the Australian attack is better than ours. Yes the pitch suited the seamers, and they were used well. But our batters were on good form coming in from a triumphal win. The Aus seamers all bowled peerlessly and with control, and that is what you need to win a match. And win they did, by 267 runs, in competitive conditions.
Another venue, another pitch type, and we have Swann, but their seam attack works better than ours. Well it certainly does when it played like it played during this match.
There are times when it does not matter who wins, as long as it has been a competitive exciting hard fought match. A match were the balance between bat and ball is equal. This does not happen as much as it should in Test cricket.
The Third Test at Perth, for a change the bowlers were on top, and I think that is as it should be.
He may have turned up earlier, except I made him captain of my fantasy cricket teams; Mitch, I know, unfair hobbling. I apologise.
The majority of modern day fast bowlers are generally quite mercurial. Something that gets glossed over as the post match stats stack up. Speed and control are found regularly only in the form of the cartoon apparition – machine like, aggressive mean tall mega macho quick. The real life version wangs it to 2nd slip and ends up in rehab faster than a rat up a drain pipe. If not it just wasn’t ‘his’ day! Harmisonesque, a descriptive that sums it up for most.
But we know this, we have been watching and waiting, and duly thrilled with the unplayable spell yielding 4 wickets for 20 runs. And with 6 for 38 against a set of batsmen who up until now looked to be in fine form, a truly sublime performance.
Just a shame he had to do it to England!
Steve Finn has taken the first 5 wicket hall of the season, for Middlesex at New Road. Hurrah!
In the second ODI against India, England women’s top bowler struck with 5 for 22, a career best. This time in a tight 3 run win over India. Jenny Gunn also did well adding 64 runs and 2 wickets at 38.