November 25, 2013 by dixwah
Australia (295 & 401) beat England (136 & 179) by 381 runs. Australia leads the series 1-0.
Forget what I said earlier. Australia are in this up to their eyeballs. And judging by some of the on, and off-field conversations, both teams are well aware of it as well.
Yeah sure, we’ll start with the sledging. Standard stuff, not pretty, and from my perspective, two overarching reasons for the intensity and animosity.
Firstly – banter really starts to get going when a team that normally loses beats a team that normally wins. Multiply the margin, multiply the barbs.
Australia’s players have copped a fair piece for a fair amount of time now, and when the sun came out they decided to get their own back.
The back-to-back series doesn’t hurt either. Players know each other, they’ve been at each other for a while, and it ain’t going anywhere.
Michael Clarke did what he did. I have no real problem with what he said, but getting caught on the stump mic isn’t great. Pay the fine, move on.
Honestly, I thought Peter Siddle’s reaction to the final wicket was probably more over the top than Clark’e crack. I have no issue with it. Just don’t get caught on the losing end in early January.
What else? I didn’t see much wrong with Dave Warner’s comments about Trott. Trott is a quality player, who got strangled down the leg-side and caught at deep backward square batting to save a Test with stumps on the way. There’s no code of honour, definitely no gentleman’s agreement. The dismissals were weak – Warner said it.
Other dismissals were just as bad. Graeme Swann poking at a ball second up with a thunderstorm approaching was soft. Matt Prior getting strangled twice to balls pitching on leg and spinning further that way was disgusting. You don’t need David Warner – or his brother – to tell you that.
Australia was good. Johnson was fantastic, and for me it was his batting with Haddin on day one that set up the game. Australia were 6-132 – all out for 180 and we have a different game, and probably a different result.
Questions remain. Rogers and Watson were poor – for Watson it was ring field and wait for the explosion – the jury is well and truly out on Bailey. I didn’t actually ask a question there.
Adelaide next. I really hope those disgusting duck helmets get lost in transit.