As in the 1st test, I have waited til both sides have batted too judge what is a decent 1st innings effort. It’s already obvious that Australia fell short, even with England’s 1st innings far from over.
In fairness, I think Australia did well to get to where they did from the position of 2 runs for 3 wickets. A lot of other sides would have crumbled for a lot less.
It was good to see Alastair Cook back up his magnificent 1st test performance with another century. I was a bit surprised to hear him say afterwards that he’s not doing anything different to what he ever does.
I’m afraid you are Alastair, you’re not chucking your wicket away with sloppy lazy shots.
Also good to see Kevin Pietersen getting some runs again. Surely the last thing Australia would want to see at the moment is KP back in top form. What a place and time for KP to get back to scoring centuries, should he see it through.
Had to laugh at the sight of Shane Watson chucking his 78MPH pies down at Pietersen, there is a mismatch of Haye V Harrison proportions between an in form Pietersen and Shane Watson’s bowling.
It is amazing though that Watson is Australia’s most economical bowler (just 2.21). He also bowled just one less over than spinner Xavier Doherty yesterday, thought there was a massive reluctance to use the spinner from Ponting.
The Aussie bowling is currently in disarray, none of the replacements have worked as yet. Can understand why they got shot of Mitchell Johnson, but think that Ben Hilfenhaus has been harshly treated.
Day 3 should be interesting, even in the unlikely event of a batting collapse, England should have a lead of at least 150. But in reality it should be a lot more than that. I am also eagerly awaiting the end of the day to see who Ricky Ponting (assuming he’s on the field) walks off having a go at this time.