Thursday, January 06, 2011

England Will Win Ashes Series Tonight ...


In England we really should be a nation of cricket fans - it's our real national game. For years the Aussies have been the brash, arrogant cousins who lose occasionally in the UK but are unbeatable back in Oz. No more. And England have done it with an Aussie ball, on Aussie pitches.

This article by BBC journo Tom Fordyce nicely puts the whole Ashes into perspective, and reiterates just how incredible are Strauss's men achievements,

It's easy to take moments like this for granted. So many records have been set it's hard to take them all in. Curmudgeons might tell you it's only happening because Australia are so poor; after the thrashings in Adelaide and Melbourne, you might even be feeling a touch blasé.

Don't. These are special times for all England cricket fans. They should be savoured and celebrated, the carping and caveats left for darker days.

Scores are being made that were thought impossible. Wickets are being taken at a pace that shouldn't make logical sense. Scenes are unfolding that those of us lucky enough to witness are likely to be gushing about for years.
England crushed Australia in batting, bowling, fielding, fitness, desire and passion, bowl or field choices, review selection, strategy, psychology - and even fan support. Yes, for five tests the Barmy Army have outshouted and outsung the home-town supporters.



PostScript

England did, of course, go on to win in fine style. !!