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!
I suspend Mitch watch for a moment to turn my attention to my own team playing with the pink balls in the desert and what does Mitch go and do? He goes and bags a 10 wicket hall against New Zealand.
10 for 132, his second test 10 fer and 41 wickets for 25.90 this season, looks like he has got over the Styris indecent!
And England manages to wreck it without even overbowling it!
Now it’s Plunkett; that’s an England squad bowling injury full house for Durham!
Following on from Mark Davies leaving the England squad with ankle problems and then having an operation on his ankle, and Graham Onions returning home from the squad with back injury; esteemed drinks boy Pudsy has now apparently joined the list.
BBC TMS feed – 0439 – Eng 490-9 (171 overs)
“ And a bit of breaking news on TMS – Liam Plunkett will return home a day early from this tour because of an injury that they want to treat immediately.”
Do England treat their pace bowlers well? What do they do with them? They have not been flogging the overs out of the Durham ones in matches. For the amount of time our bowlers have seen on the competitive field this winter this is not been a good return. Plunkett has seen only one [non EPPs] tour match all winter!
England: keeping our Nigel [the physio] in business!
Red Hot? I knew this picture would come in handy. He ain’t the world’s top ranked bowler for nothing. Dale Steyn*; 8 upper and lower order wickets in a day on an Indian pitch – Dale Steyn we salute you!
* Dale Steyn is South African so this is the outstanding seam bowling bit [he does not play for Durham].