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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Stuart Broad ~ not to be named; fear in Trott's eyes and Clarke challenges Anderson for a broken arm !!!

Arvinda DeSilva, Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara, Adam Gilchrist, Mahendra Dhoni… you can put some more on that list…….

Aussies now lead the Ashes Series after their win at Gabba ~ Ashes !! – yes, the notional prize in the Test Series between England and Australia.  The term originated in a satirical obituary published in a British newspaper, The Sporting Times, immediately after Australia's 1882 victory at The Oval, their first Test win on English soil. The obituary stated that English cricket had died, and the body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Australia. The mythical ashes immediately became associated with the 1882–83 series played in Australia and the series thereafter.

Today, at Brisbane, after two rain interruptions, including a hail storm that scattered the crowd on day four, Johnson took five wickets as Australia dismissed England for 179 in the second innings late Sunday to claim its first victory in 10 Test matches. For those not following the game – would be too surprised to know that the hero of day 1 was not named at all……… because Aussies hate him and has been given an awful treatment  ~ the man who took 6 wickets in the first innings [5 on day 1] was not named as the local paper was refusing to even print his photograph or include his name in the list of combatants on the first day of the Ashes series.

~ Aussies won and they celebrate – in a no holds barred war of words - David Warner claimed he saw fear in Jonathan Trott's eyes after England's No. 3 completed a wretched first Ashes Test at the Gabba by flicking Mitchell Johnson to deep square leg. Trott made 10 & 9, consumed in both the innings by Johnson….but in every losing match, there are failures……..  The abridged score card reads : Australia 295 (Haddin 94, Johnson 64, Broad 6-81) and 7 for 401 dec (Warner 124, Clarke 113, Haddin 53) beat England 136 (Johnson 4-61, Harris 3-28) and 173 (Cook 65, Johnson 5-42) by 381 runs

That may never reveal the blood spilling … it is reported that every Aussie went for the kill; when  Mitchell Johnson bowled ….  It was  four slips, a fly slip, two leg slips, silly mid off, short leg. Australia needed this win badly. They had not won a Test in 10 attempts and an Ashes Test in eight goes.  ~ and there are reports that Michael Clarke challenged the last man Jimmy Anderson to face Johnson stating ‘get ready for a broken arm’ in a more nastier language… … this is no boxing bout and no. 11 invariably gets out for low scores – anything great in that ?

Statistically, George Bailey's wicket was Graeme Swann's 250th in Tests. He is only the second England spinner, after Derek Underwood, and the seventh England bowler to take 250 or more Test wickets. Swann, who took 105 innings to reach the landmark, is second only to Ian Botham who picked up his 250th wicket in his 94th innings. He took none in the first and in the second took 2 but they came at the cost of 215 runs, ranking third on his list for most runs conceded in an innings in Tests. Swann has returns of 4 for 376 runs in two matches at the Gabba at an average of 94.0 and at a strike rate of 156.

The Australian Press hails the victory stating that it was brutal attack ~ after Clarke’s outrage, Umpires were forced to calm proceedings as the sun set on a brilliant Test for Australia. They call it a brutal victory and mental disintegration of England's key batsmen ~ for a win that comes after 4-0 loss to India and a 3-0 loss to England this year.

It is ‘Courier Mail’ the newspaper which refused to print the name of Stuart Broad who took 6 wickets in the 1st innings – citing the instance of his refusal to walk in the 1st test at Trent Bridge in Aug this year.  The crowd at Brisbane also booed Broad and there were banners criticizing him…. All from Aussies who never believed in walking ~ save Adam Gilchrist.
the way Courier Mail reported the match... 

Ricky Ponting, the Australia captain, in a similar situation against Pakistan when  a caught-behind appeal against him  was turned down – stayed put fully knowing that he had nicked it……… he had done that many a times, so also many  other teammates of his.  They will term it as playing the game the hard way.   In the New Zealand-Sri Lanka game in Mumbai involved a controversial decision when what appeared to be clean, and a brilliantly taken, one-handed catch by Nathan McCullum off Mahela Jayawardene was ruled not out by the third umpire Amish Saheba as replays were possibly inconclusive. Jayawardene, once the catch was claimed, stayed his ground and ultimately got the decision in his favour.

After that Trent bridge test, Stuart Broad admitted that England may well have lost the first Ashes Test in Nottingham had he walked after edging a ball to first slip - but he stands by his decision to stand his ground. In that most controversial moment of the series, which England won 3-0, Broad was caught by Michael Clarke at first slip off left-arm spinner Ashton Agar’s bowling but was given not out by umpire Aleem Dar. Clarke and several of his team-mates pleaded with Dar but were powerless to overturn the decision because they had already burned their two reviews. In that close match England defeated Australia by 14 runs.

~ and we call the game ‘a gentlemen’s game’

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.

24th Nov 2013.
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