July 18, 2013 by dixwah
One Test down. Runs from Agar (and even Hughes) couldn’t get us over the line in Nottingham. BROKEN RECORD ALERT – so what will it take to win at Lord’s? Runs, bloody runs!
First though, a look back at the good and the bad from Trent Bridge:
Last Friday my work output was described as ‘Agarish’. Praise indeed, unless it was due to being unexpected?
Big effort. I was critical of his selection, thinking he still hasn’t done enough at Shield or in tour squads to justify a spot over Nathan Lyon.
The batting was big, but I was actually more impressed by the leftie’s effort with the pill.
Match figures of 2/106 might not look brilliant, but the wickets of Cook and Bell, as well as RPOs of under 2.5, showed there’s something there.
Definitely deserves another shot, but if he doesn’t have 8 wickets after three Tests, it’s time to bring Lyon back.
The walking stuff
Now I hate Stuart Broad as much as the next guy (actually, I hate him way, way more), but this is ridiculous. Want to have a crack?
Take aim at Aleem Dar, arguably the world’s best umpire who missed the biggest edge since Phil Hughes’ first-innings knock (yep, Hughesy again).
Or the Aussie hierarchy, whose wasting of second innings referrals left nothing in the tank when the howler came.
Then there’s Kumara Dharmasena. Sure, he wasn’t involved, but he’s terrible.
Fact: walking left the building a long time ago. It’s probably the only thing I agree with Ian Chappell on. Get over it.
So onto St.John’s Wood, Khawaja and Harris in, Cowan and Starc out. Gideon Haigh will be outraged!
Cowan maybe a bit unlucky, hasn’t done a terrible job, but his inability to covert starts into the much needed big scores makes him dispensable.
If this happens, Australia has a chance. Actually, let me rephrase. If it doesn’t happen, Australia has no chance.
Where are the hundreds? Four Tests and counting, and if don’t include Michael Clarke, we go back to Matthew Wade, Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey (bless). Then Dave Warner.
Someone needs to stand up.