On the 17th December, I went to the WACA to watch my first day of the Ashes in Australia in the current Series. I arrived with England batting at 29 runs scored without the loss of any wickets. When I left, a mere six hours and 30 minutes of play later, Australia were three wickets down… a day for the bowlers.
The WACA is traditionally a bowlers paradise so in hindsight it shouldn’t surprise me that 13 wickets went down, however almost every pundit had predicted that the ‘par’ for the wicket was 330 minimum. Australia were bowled out for a low 268, though it was only low until England capitulated for less than 200. D’oh.
Mitchell Johnson, who had suffered all sorts of media and Cricket Australia Selector abuse in the lead up to this test, is so far the man of the match. He scored over 60 runs in the first Australian innings, and then took six wickets in a superb bowling spell. In truth though, there wasn’t much from the Australian bowling attack yesterday to make England worry about the series, however, they need to make sure that yesterday’s batting performance doesn’t linger around the squad.
It was one of those days. Australia have had plenty of those days already this series and they’re still only 1-0 down. England need to work to plans today and bat like they can on days 3/4/5 and they will still win this game. That might seem remarkable given that Australia are effectively 200-3 at the moment, but if England can get them all out for 300-ish then I really believe England can bat that down in the final innings. Provided they take their time, because they’ll have loads and loads of time.
Anyways, my day at the cricket was enjoyable, even if England failed with the bat. I had a boundary seat and even found out later that I made it on to the Sports Channel here once or twice – including the flag. Happy Days.