Monday, July 25, 2005

Ashes to ashes

My dream and desire, to watch a competitive Ashes has gone to ashes. Pieterson, Harmison, Vaughan were all the beams of hope for English revival.

After an excellent summer last year, after whitewashing everybody, there was lot of expectations from the English side.

The England and Wales Cricket Board [the, ECB - now, don’t ask where the ‘W’ is, he is sitting across the Atlantic ;)] pumped in new life to the side with a good team selection. Experience playersd like Thorpe had to make way for the young blood, which is a very good sign that the team is aggressive and is high in confidence.

Along with the team, all of us were expecting a nail-biting Ashes. After all, monopolies have been destroyed this year from Schumi to Arsenal/ManU, with the exception of Federer. We thot it is Australia’s turn. That too after their initial losses in the series, infact once to Bangladesh, it appeared obvious that the time has come for the wheel to rotate.

The match started on an overcast Thursday morning, which then turned out to be a very good one for Poms. Harmison taking a 5-for, by abt 2.30 pm, everyone in the office started hunting for tickets. Not long before, Mr.Consistent McGrath showed the if-u-can-do-that-i-can-do-this arrogance, completely gatecrashing into the poms' evening party plans. So much that they started to pray for the rain as early as 3rd day.

Surprisingly the Rain Gods responded, but they must have gone out of stock to continuously flood St. Johns woods for more than 2 days. They held the innings till the 4th day afternoon, and suddenly got All-Out, bowled by Sun. Then, the familiar procession started and it was all over in the fourth day.

Lot of rebuilding, retrospection and thinking needs to be done by both teams before they go into Edgbaston. Ozs thinking of how many records they can break, and Poms, abt where the RainGod prayer Mass should be conducted.


At Mon Jul 25, 12:44:00 PM CDT, Blogger Ganesh said...

with the present situation there, will they play cricket ?!

At Mon Jul 25, 02:49:00 PM CDT, Blogger Kasthuri Srinivasan said...

Seems you are enjoying lots cricket over there....

At Mon Jul 25, 05:58:00 PM CDT, Blogger Saravana Kumar said...

Interesting blog you have ... I'm blogrolling you ... keep checking my blog too.

At Mon Jul 25, 10:09:00 PM CDT, Blogger krishna said...

at least u have some cricketing action...boy...feels like decades since i watched a match last time...:(

At Tue Jul 26, 12:07:00 AM CDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't really comment on this as my interest in sports and games is limited to chess. Anyway, thanks TJ for being a regular visitor to my blog.

At Tue Jul 26, 05:42:00 PM CDT, Blogger ranganathan said...

how can u forget to mention pieterson (good bat/butter hands), warne (too hot to handle), clarke/martyn partnership (that turned the match) and wagging tail (batt(l)ing by Jason/Mcgra with Katich)...

btw, that is australia:-)

At Wed Jul 27, 05:21:00 AM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Ganesh, I doubt cricket is not affected, though a lot of football teams have cancelled their trips.

Kasthuri, yes, one thing being in Aus or in Eng is that we can enjoy cricket. I had been in an country which dint know cricket, last year when India won the Test serie in Pakistan. I used to have the scoreboard ticker and when a Paki wicket fell, my face used to light up. The colleagues will ask
"what happed."
"A pakistani wicket has fallen."
"what does a wicket mean?"
"One player goes in and another comes out!"
"Oh! is it like substitution in football"
"It is like that, but the side which has just 2 players in the field will do this substitution"
"What one team has 2 players and another has 11 players on the field!!!"

I gave up.

Thanks saravana for dropping in, keep visiting.

Dont worry krishna, you are not missing much!

Thanks Anand for visiting, keep dropping by.

Ranganathan, yes pieterson is being crucified by the Tabloid here for the missed catches, but they dont have an option, he seems to be the only person in form. And Australia, they have raised the bar themselves and all the exceptional performances from them have become expected performances. :P


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