The WACA pitch

Good news and bad news. Or rather, terrible news and faint die-hard optimism.

The terrible news is that England were bowled out for just 215, giving Australia a priceless first innings lead. If Australia don't do anything rash, which they didn't in reaching 119-1 at stumps, then the Ashes should be theirs.

Cameron Sutherland, the WACA groundsman, reckoned that days two and three would be the best for batting after the greenness off the first day had worn off, but before any cracks opened up. England put themselves into the perfect position in bowling Australia out on the first day, but have thrown it away.

They could have batted through both of those days. Instead, they have offered Australia use of a good batting wicket before attempting to chase down a potentially large target when it has deteriorated.

The faint die-hard optimism is that the pitch should still be decent for batting on day four and other than the cracks, shouldn't be too bad on day five. But even then, you're nervous about England chasing ANYTHING with Shane Warne about. Pressure's his greatest weapon. Batting to keep the Ashes alive? That won't exacerbate the situation then.

Australia 244 all out and 119-1
England 215 all out

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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

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Blogger EvilMinion said...

Is it wrong that I want Matthew Hayden to get out so that we can maybe score some runs? Surely his days are numbered.

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