It was with great trepidation that I turned on my tele this morning at about 7.30, I thought ‘will England have made a mess of this and be 6 or 7 down?’ or ‘will we be in total control?’
Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to see Australia batting again. I couldn’t believe it, I thought ‘bloody England, here we go again’.
I then seen Mitchell Johnson’s devastating spell of bowling. Thank God he dosen’t bowl like that every week, as he would be the best bowler in the world by a mile if he did.
Nevertheless England should not have had a 1st innings deficit of 81, a mixture of some bad bowling and bad batting is clearly to blame for that, no matter how well Johnson did, it dosen’t excuse England losing 10 for 109.
I also thought it was a shame that Ian Bell didn’t get the chance to play a proper innings as he looked in great touch again, his shot to get out was clearly brought about by the match situation.
Bell’s form is in total contrast to Collingwood’s, who yet again showed he has a serious technical deficiency with the swinging ball. I’m sure Collingwood has taken more catches than he has scored test runs this year!
I’m not going to write us off in this test just yet, although we need to make sure Australia don’t get any more than 350 runs ahead, even then that might be too much as this pitch is offering a bit to the bowlers.
Sadly, I’m dreading turning on my tele even more on Saturday morning.