What a great start to the Ashes. The Aussies came out with all guns blazing, in what seemed more like the start of a T20, as they attempted to take the game to England from the start.
When David Warner pulled Stuart Broad’s first ball for four, the atmosphere in the ground seemed electric, and even from the comfort of my sofa, it told me we could be in for a great series.
After the frenetic start, I thought England bowled well and forced the Aussies into a more defensive mode. England’s so called weak link – the position of third seamer – didn’t prove to be an issue, as Chris Tremlett bowled with plenty of discipline, and backed up Broad and Anderson nicely.
Tremlett never looked like he was going to rip through the Aussie batting line up, but he never looked like he was going to go around the park either. He was picked to do a job, and he did one.
It could have been the lack of easy runs from the third seamer that forced the Aussies to take more risks with Broad, and subsequently helped him pick up his five-for.
Despite England’s apparent position of strength, they have to remember that the Aussies have not lost to England at the Gabba since 1986, so they have to force home their advantage when Day 2 starts.
It’s not often that England’s bowlers don’t do a job for the team. The batsmen on the other hand, can misfire at times.
England now need their batsmen to back up the bowlers on Day 2. Despite having a better batting line up than the Aussies, I’m still a bit worried that with the bad weather that hampered the warm up matches, the batsmen could be a bit undercooked, and they could undue the good work from the bowlers.
If the batsmen do perform to their potential (and the bowlers get rid of the last two wickets cheaply), then England will surely be in a great position to put an end to that 27 record. They did it in India recently, so why not add the Gabba to the list?