Ashes First Test – Brisbane
Australia 602-9 dec & 202-1 dec beat England 157 & 370 by 277 runs
I’m sure Olly will do a far more complete review at some point, but here are my thoughts of someone who has only been watching the highlights!
What a first ball. Probably safe to say that Harmison was a little tense! Didn’t get any better after that. Flintoff was the pick for England bowling Langer and Hayden.
Man of the day: Ricky Ponting – for staying still being in at close of play
Moment of the day: That unbelievable first ball from Harmison
Australia kept racking up the score, eventually declaring on 602-9 and putting the tiring England side in for some late batting. It worked – we lost three wickets.
Man of the day: Hussey – his catch to get Strauss for 12 was awesomely brave
Moment of the day: Hoggard bowling Ponting and Gilchrist on consecutive balls
Glen McGrath skittled out the England lower order in time for Australia to rack up 181 runs before the close. Ponting’s decision not to enforce the follow-on seems to reflect their confidence (or should that be arrogance). At least Ian Bell put in a decent performance for a half century.
Man of the day: Glen McGrath
Moment of the day: Flintoff goes to Brett Lee for a duck.
The day began with Australia declaring on 202-1. England came out looking for the draw. Strauss went early, but Cook, Pietersen and Collingwood did well. Flintoff again disappointed.
Man of the day: Paul Collingwood – almost reached a century
Moment of the day: Warne and Pietersen’s little moment of ‘friendly’ rivalry
England drop to defeat with a bit of a whimper. Pietersen goes early leaving Jones to provide the highlight of a very short days play.
Overall then Australia were better in every area of their play and deservedly gave us a thrashing. Seemingly Brisbane was a batting wicket and this handed the initiative to the Aussies from the start with the England top order looking very weak without Tres or Vaughan. If England are going to get anything from the Ashes, Flintoff in particular will need to step forward. But who knows, four tests left and anything could happen. Well almost.