November 20, 2013 by dixwah
Is Australia high? Beaten convincingly by the same team a few months ago, no matches in the same format since, two questionable changes to the starting side, and Australia is favourite to beat England in the first Test at the ‘Gabba.
I kid you not.
I’m sorry to always be the cynical guy (the Rabbits can’t win this year etc.). But how is Australia helped by adding an erratic but dangerous fast bowler who we previously dismissed – but now ironically pin our entire hopes on – and a batsman who averaged 18 in a full Shield season last year but is apparently a really good bloke?
Sorry to tell you, fellow Australians, but good blokes do not win Ashes series (case-in-point – Craig McDermott, he’s a prick who won a lot).
George Bailey isn’t a bad selection. He scored runs in the recent ODIs. And he’s a really, really good bloke.
If Shane Watson scores 800 runs in this series, will 94% of male, adult Australians still mutter ‘dick’ whenever they see him on TV? Discuss.
Essentially the keys for me (other than Clarke scoring a hatful), are Rogers and Harris.
I’m pinning our hopes on a colour blind, 52 year-old blocker and an ageing quick who has more massages than a NSW politician (sans happy ending).
Rogers is in form, playing first-class cricket, and maybe, just maybe, is a good player.
Harris gets good batsmen out. They have good batsmen. We need him to get them out.
What do I expect? I think England have us covered in most parts, and Australia will rely on individual bouts of brilliance to be competitive.
I know I say this all the time, but I‘m aiming to podcast daily on the progress of the Tests.
There’ll be all sorts of random people talking to me, and all sorts of chat. To go to the podcast channel, click here…