Sunday, December 03, 2006

England batsmen pick Warne as Barry Beef picks the right night to stay up

So I managed to get home without hearing any other daft bets, but on the way home I thought it might be a good idea to stay up and listen to the cricket. Sadly, no Sky chez Beef but Radio 5 Sports Extra is a passable alternative, even if too long of Jonathan Agnew commentating does induce certain psychotic trends.
And what a day. KP gets 158 (for the third time) and Paul Collingwood hits 206, the first time England have had a double centurion in Australia in 70 years and the first double century of Colly's test career. Then there was the coup de grace from Ashley Giles and Freddie with Freddie putting the icing on the cake by removing Justin Langer for 4. Obviously, Geraint Jones' 1 was a clear determination that he is the superior batsman to Chris Read. The tit.
And to make it all the sweeter? Those two talismen of years and Ashes gone by, Messrs Warne and McGrath had mares. Warne's 1-167 was his most expensive return in test cricket, the poker-mad Warney will be familiar with the term 'a busted flush'. Warne's impotency neatly coincided with that of Glenn 'I think we'll win 5-0' McGrath who went wicketless and shipped 100 runs for the first time in his test match career. Excellent, couldn't happen to a nicer chap and I look forward keenly to the second occasion.
I didn't stay up for yesterday's action but with Oz finishing on 312-5, with Matthew Hoggard getting all the four wickets to fall, a draw looks the most predictable result. Unless, of course, England produce something majestic. Fingers, toes etc crossed. Come on England

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