Tuesday, December 05, 2006
And I thought it would be centre wicket practice...
Not in my wildest dreams would I would have predicted that what happened today could happen.
England spent two sessions crawling from 1/59 to 129 all out: 30 runs in the pre-lunch, 40 in the post-lunch session would have been dull watching had not wickets kept falling almost a rapidly as those runs were scored.
Australia were set a fourth innings target of 166 in 36 overs. In limited overs cricket this would normally be considered to be achievable, provided too many early wickets weren't lost.
And so it happened today.
England threw the game away with some inept batting and running between wickets. Australia regrouped powerfully, grasping the nettle and the opposition by the throat to ease home comfortably by 6 wickets.
It will be very difficult to keep the series alive now, and England will be glad of a few days' respite before battle is rejoined in Perth.