Monday, 20 July 2009

The Ashes 2009 (2nd Test)

God save your gracious queen...

Those were the words bouncing around Lords on the day the queen came to watch the Ashes. The Barmy Army in full voice. The Aussies Love the English.

England record a historic Ashes test victory at the home of cricket. Not since 1934 had England beaten Australia at Lords. Flintoff rewrites the record books by notching his first 5 wicket haul at Lords. Like an injured warrior he kept bundling in and bowling at 95 miles an hour. What a hero that man.

And what a test match. What a spectacle. Cricket at its best. This is what sport is all about. 5 days of drama. There were more twists and turns than a season of 24. I tell you, Jack Bauer could learn a thing or two from Freddie when it comes to saving a nation with time ticking down...while being mortally wounded. Those last 2 days at Lords were special. It had just about everything. First of all the tension. At the start of that 5th day every outcome was still a possibility . With Clarke and Haddin batting like their lives hung in the balance it looked like they could possibly, miraculously bring the Aussies to within reach of the massive total.
Alas it wasn't to be. Flintoff and Swann the Aussie middle and lower order and England wrapped up the test before Lunch.

So England are 1-0 up in the series with 3 to play. The next test is at Edgbaston on Thursday. Pietersen out of the series and Ian Bell to replace him. England generally do well at the Edgbaston ground so I'm hopeful it will be another rip snorter!

Bring it on.


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