Rain thwarts a spectacle

It was shaping up to be a real spectacle. Australia threatened, much like the weather, to rain down on England’s bright start to the summer but, thanks to an excellent fightback, an Australian run-blitz was averted (and on a cracking pitch, too). Australia lost their last 5 wickets for 37 runs in 6 overs – yet when Symonds and Hussey were hitting boundaries at will, many were predicting a par score of 270 and suggestions of 300+ were made. Not enough is made of non-English collapses – we are, of course, the past masters of it – so let’s all laugh and point at Australia.

Seriously, though, that was a great effort by England to restrict Australia and a great shame that the weather intervened. Strauss stroked 4 boundaries off McGrath from one over after messyrs Duckworth & Lewis had adjusted the score – but the storm won in the end. From an English perspective, there’s just nothing better than an anglo-antipodean clash – it’s always spicey, and it was red-chilli-hot in parts today! Roll on Saturday, roll on the first Test…

NB: Agnew raises a good point about the opening bowling-partnerships England have, and rightly suggests Harmison and Jones should open. Harmison has looked threatening all this series – few bowlers have Hayden and Gilchrist jumping around, and he must not be hidden to first-change…

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