It’s not the ankle that’s hurting at the moment.
says Flintoff and I’m sure he’s right.
Well what can I say Australia crushed England today in the cricket. Crushed their batsmen and then cruised to victory on a flat deck.
To go 2-0 down after two tests, and particularly one where England must have thought that after two and a bit days they had set up for a potential victory or at worst a draw, is totally crushing. I remember how Australia reacted when India levelled the series after following on, and I suggest that England will be feeling the same way and do something similar.
I will be very surprised if they can bounce back knowing they have to win at least 2 of three games when they haven’t been able to bowl Australia out for less than 500. Hoggard has been bowling great but Anderson was lucky to get McGrath and Harmison just isn’t dangerous. Giles is a joke, never looks like getting a wicket unless someone gifts him one when they don’t quite slog him over the boundary well, except for the wicket he took off Martyn, which brings me to another topic.
What the hell was Damien Martyn doing? Needing less than 4 runs an over, and he’s already slogged Flintoff first ball so he tries to back away and hits it of course straight to slip in a manner reminiscent of catching practice. If Watson is fit and they want him in the side its Martyn that has to go, he’s old, out of form and cracks under pressure.
If you look at the Average in Games Won/ Average in Games Drawn or Lost, as some measure of how someone performs under difficult circumstances, Gilchrist is the only one of the long term batsmen who has a comparably bad ratio but at least he’s doing the keeper’s job as well.
This doesn’t of course measure the one day games where he comes in takes 5 overs to score 2 runs, runs out an set player down the other end and then gets out in single digits.
Martyn must be dumped. We’ve known he was a choker since this game in 1994. Six runs from 59 balls with McDermott cracking fours down the other end and victory 6 runs away and what does he do? Holes out to cover. Twelve years later little has changed. Fortunately Hussey and Clarke have steadier heads.
Update: Perhaps my blog post, convinced him but anyway I should note that Damien Martyn has retired from cricket.