The Ashes 2015 – First Test, Day 2: Strong starts, weak finishes.


Who said the Poms had lost their Mojo?

For the second day in a row they were in charge and by the end of the day they had the home side with their backs to the wall.

Started the day talking to a couple of young Croweaters Mark and Michelle Moore who were spending their honeymoon at the cricket. They come from Penola and it was Michelle’s idea to take in some cricket as part of their new married bliss. Ain’t love grand?

Moeen and Broad carried on the good work of the lower order batsmen with Moeen playing some handsome shots. Broad as usual was involved in a controversy when a catch taken by Voges was overruled by the third umpire. There would be four times through the day when time was given to disputed decisions. All told about 15 minutes  was lost.

Broad was the first to go when an injudicious shot off Lyon’s first ball of the day was taken by the hard working Haddin who was already involved in the gymnastics of day one.

Moeen on 77 was well taken by Watson in slip of Starc. He had played a fine knock with some driving to compare with Root’s. The Aussies where giving them too much to hit again.

Anderson was anxious to get at the old enemy and he did not last long. All out 430 in what was a most entertaining innings. Starc finished with 5/114 which was more to good luck than good management. It was indeed a poor effort by the much vaunted Australian attack.

Australia started their innings more like an old fashioned Test match with scoring at a minimum. Mind you the English bowlers where showing their counterparts just what line and length was all about. Warner (17) was first to go when he nicked one to Captain Cook at slip who took a great catch.

The catch exemplified England’s cricket for the remainder of the day where they showed brilliance in the field.

Captain Cook took a hit just below midship and rolled around the ground for some time. Receiving slaps on the back from team mates did not help. I’m sure there was laughter as well. Funny how we react to adversity and in particular when it involves the Plimsoll line. Not funny at all.

Australia was held together by Rogers who continues to bloom but once again impetuosity denied him a century. It’s not the first time this has happened and he should have been more circumspect with his stroke play nearing the ton. Play for the team.

Smith (33), Clarke (38) and Voges (31) should all be horse-whipped such where the shots they played to get out on. The Boof would have been livid. I was told this when sitting next to one of the trio’s mum. They all could have gone on to much larger scores.

England was excellent again and one wonders how much Trevor Bayliss the new Australian English coach has inspired his charges in such a short space of time?

Australia at stumps 5/264 with the much-maligned Watson playing well and it will be up to him to guide his team to a challenging score on day three.

There were plenty of Cornish pasties today but we (the Aussies) gave it a miss. Can’t say I am a lover of Welsh food it’s more slippery than Scott Pendlebury. Yes, we did hear during the day that Collingwood lost.


About Bob Utber

At 80 years of age Citrus Bob is doing what he wanted to do as a 14 year-old living on the farm at Lang Lang. Talking, writing, watching sport. Now into his third book on sports history he lives in Mildura with his very considerate wife (Jenny ) and a groodle named "Chloe On Flinders". How good is that.

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