reply to post by Flavian
I do feel sorry for the Australian bowlers though,........
I've endured Ashes series after Ashes series where Australia destroyed us - they were on a completely different level to us - and not once did they
ever offer even the slightest bit of sympathy or encouragement etc.
And that's how it should be.
Especially in something as important as this - The Ashes are in my opinion possibly the pinnacle in team sport and are exactly what it says - a
of the team, the individuals that comprise that team and even the nation that they represent.
As for the Aussie side - woeful batting.
When they had all the greats playing for them they could be so aggressive, simply because they were so good.
This bunch can't even be described as 'reasonably good', so they need to apply a little bit of grit and steely resolve.
Quite a half-decent bowling side - they must be, they've stopped Cook getting runs.
But I wouldn't be too surprised if they give Jackson Bird a run out soon - I was impressed with him in the two games against Sri Lanka.....and despite
Ashton Agar's efforts in the first test I suspect they may bring Nathan Lyons in to replace him.
Man for man you've got to say that there's only Michael Clarke and possibly Ryan Harris and Shane Watson who would challenge for a place in a combined
England / Australia team at present.
That's how far ahead an under-performing England are at present.
But Aussies have more than just a few things in common with us.....one of them being that they are at their best when their backs are against the wall
- they may just have a sting in their tail yet.
Good to see so many Aussie's over here watching the series - shame they haven't got the biting banter of The Barmy Army.
I have enormous respect and regard for our antipodean cousins - but I hope we humiliate them 5-0 in this series and then bring The Ashes back home,
yet again, when the conflict resumes at the end of the year down in Oz.
Got to say I thought there'd be a few more contributions from the normally vocal Aussies.
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