Summer of Cricket 2013/14

 
  djf01 Chief Commissioner

8/273 at stumps.   Good recovery by Haddin & Johnson.   The rest gave up their wickets to waving the bat at the ball or not mastering the short pitch ball.   Not a good effort for so called Australia's best.
Donald
I have to agree.  It was a spectacularly poor batting display, even by our recent low standards.

England bowled fairly well it must be said, Swann in particular was very very good, and his spell really turned the game IMHO.  But there were a lot of very disappointing dismissals.  

For a WA boy for Rogers to be out fending the way he was, just unbelievable.  You have to ask some serious questions about their preparation for Rogers to be playing at that ball.

Watson I think played the worst innings of all.  He was plonking onto the front foot, concentrating on hitting straight, and completely unable to score.  Warner got off to a bit of a flyer, but Watson ended up hogging the strike and allowed the English bowlers to find the their length.  England still bowled too short at times, but Watson wasn't able to do anything with that, and they covered his limited front foot play on the field.  But that need not have been a problem had he survived till tea, but he didn't quite make it till lunch.

Clarke's dismissal was terrible, and part of a growing trend for him to be bounced out while he stands and plays with a straight bat balls at his head.  There was a time not long ago he'd swipe those through midwicket.  But even in his prime he did that with no footwork, so I'm a little surprised at how easily he hit bowlers out of bowling bounces at him in the past.  How much his sore back in impacting his ability to play the short ball is anyone's guess, but I've got to say that on recent evidence it's hard to see Clarke having much longer in the game.

Warner's dismissal looked worse that it was, he was caught half way between cutting and driving at a ball which probably held up just a bit.  I don't think it's fair to criticise Warner for playing his shots.  But I think it is fair to criticise him for *another* good start without going on.  Unfortunately the batting around him probably contributed to this a bit.

Smith got a good ball.  And Smith employed the right tactics too: looking to pull the quicks and forcing them to pitch up.  But, being one of 5 front-foot right-handers in the top 7, he was pushing forward in defence and left himself a bit vulnerable.   To me this highlights our ongoing selection problems.  It's taken us a 0-4 & 0-3 in slow spin friendly conditions to weed out all the back foot left handed batters from the middle order.  And that's left us with a team full of RH front foot players who are susceptible to good swing or even hit-the-pitch bowling in fast bouncy conditions.  Anderson beat the bat a lot without taking wickets, and he could easily have rolled Australia with great bowling, even though our inept batting meant he didn't need to.

Bailey's dismissal was also very disappointing.  The thinking behind his innings was spot on: defend as much as possible off the back foot.  But fiddling outside off stump?  Comes from playing too much one-day cricket and not enough "real" cricket in the lead up.

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  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Hm - Aussies with 10-for in Tests. Last one I can remember off the top of the head is Dennis Lillee in the Centenary Test in Melbourne.
  bowralcommuter Chief Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a Manly Ferry
Johnson is bowling just as badly as in 2010/11, this will be a long summer if this is the best 3rd seamer we have!
  djf01 Chief Commissioner

Here are some fun facts.

Since 01 November 2012, Australia's top order has averaged 36 runs per player, per innings. India, on top of the list, averages 51 per player. Australia sits 7th on the list only above Zimbabwe, Pakistan and New Zealand.

...

Now this is where it gets interesting - let's look at the bottom 5 (7 to 11) over the same time. Australia has easily faced more balls (1500 more), faced more balls per player, scored more runs, scored more 50+ scores (16 compared to Banladesh's 10 and England's 7) and averages more runs per player. In fact, the bottom 5 average 25, the top 6 average 36. India's bottom 5 average 17.

Since 01 November 2012, Australia has used 28 different players.
simont141

In that time Australia has played 15 tests, 12 against the other top 4 nations, 7 of those away from home in conditions deliberately prepared to suit the opposition.
  simont141 Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide
Hm - Aussies with 10-for in Tests. Last one I can remember off the top of the head is Dennis Lillee in the Centenary Test in Melbourne.
Valvegear
For the game, I should have added. Not in an innings!
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
For the game, I should have added. Not in an innings!
"simont141"
That was understood - no Australian has ever taken 10 in a Test innings. Laker and Kumble are the only two to have done it. Hadlee went close - he took nine, and held the catch that got the other wicket.
  djf01 Chief Commissioner

Pop quiz - last Australian bowler to take 10-for in a match? Bonus points for when and where. Bonus bonus point to name the only 2 bowlers who have in the last 5 years. No googling!
simont141

I'm not much good at cricket trivia, but I'll have a stab.  It can't have been too recently as it's likely done in a match Australia actually won.  

So P Cummings in Sth Africa?
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
When was the last time we had the Poms at 7/89?

Lyon bowled a crap "hatrick" ball.
  simont141 Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide
Umm ... England, 7/89. Have lost 5/7

The pitch is certainly not the culprit here!
  MC3801 Train Controller

Australia are going fantastic. England have now lost 5/7.
  djf01 Chief Commissioner

WHAT (TF) HAPPENED ????

I left to pick up the kids from school with England at 3-84, get home 30min later and they are 8-94 ????
  bowralcommuter Chief Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a Manly Ferry
We got lucky, that's what happened. Swann's dismissal was a no-ball actually. If Johnson can replicate his performance another 2 times then I'll tip my hat to him.
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
0/224 at stumps!!  

I suppose we can still manage to lose from here?
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

I guess bowralcommuter might be disappointed to hear that the last Australian to take 10 wickets in a test match was Mitchell Johnson, vs New Zealand in Hamilton, March 2010.  He might be even more disappointed to read that the second most recent time an Aussie took ten wickets in a match was Mitchell Johnson, vs South Africa in Perth, in November 2008.  Before that it was Krejza, in his first test from memory, in India, also November 2008.

At least, that's how I remember it...
  bowralcommuter Chief Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a Manly Ferry
I guess bowralcommuter might be disappointed to hear that the last Australian to take 10 wickets in a test match was Mitchell Johnson, vs New Zealand in Hamilton, March 2010.  He might be even more disappointed to read that the second most recent time an Aussie took ten wickets in a match was Mitchell Johnson, vs South Africa in Perth, in November 2008.  Before that it was Krejza, in his first test from memory, in India, also November 2008.

At least, that's how I remember it...
duttonbay
Mitchell Johnson also significantly helped us lose 2 ashes series in 2009 and 2010/2011. He bowled excellently today but he needs to bowl like that more often, not just once a series. Hopefully this will be the start of a more confident and consistent Johnson Why do you think he was out of the side for so long?
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Mitchell Johnson also significantly helped us lose 2 ashes series in 2009 and 2010/2011. He bowled excellently today but he needs to bowl like that more often, not just once a series. Hopefully this will be the start of a more confident and consistent Johnson Why do you think he was out of the side for so long?
"bowralcommuter"

I agree with his lack of consistency, but wonder whether it was due to his coaching. Various coaches tried all sorts of things, when had he been left alone I think his natural talent would have come through. There's no doubt the man has talent.
  djf01 Chief Commissioner

I agree with his lack of consistency, but wonder whether it was due to his coaching. Various coaches tried all sorts of things, when had he been left alone I think his natural talent would have come through. There's no doubt the man has talent.
duttonbay
I think today Clarke handled him brilliantly.  Johnson hardly bowled at anyone in a position to cane his loose rubbish, and when - and only when -  the batters were most vulnerable to a bit of fire and brimstone, he let a fresh Johnson off the leash.  

Australia's quicks were significantly quicker and more threatening than the English quicks.  Batters on neither side have come to terms with the fast bouncy Gabba pitch, but Australia's bowlers - with more pace - took better advantage of it.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Don't forget Lyon.  He bowled very well on a pitch which gave him some bounce.
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Most Unusual for the Gabba to be taking that much spin on day 2 of the Test, Lyon could do some real damage in the 4th Innings

Kind Regards
  bowralcommuter Chief Commissioner

Location: Asleep on a Manly Ferry
Watson getting suffocated again today, its either block or boundary hit. If he could learn to hit the singles and twos he'd be a much better batsman.
  MC3801 Train Controller

Clarke and Warner batting really well now. They are batting with great intent.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Watson getting suffocated again today, its either block or boundary hit. If he could learn to hit the singles and twos he'd be a much better batsman.
"bowralcommuter"
Yeah; and if my aunty was built differently she'd be my uncle.
  djf01 Chief Commissioner

Watson getting suffocated again today, its either block or boundary hit. If he could learn to hit the singles and twos he'd be a much better batsman.
bowralcommuter

I didn't see him bat today, but that was certainly true in the 1st dig.  I think he's plonking onto the front foot every ball, and not staying balanced and able to attack the short stuff.  Bowlers are able to pitch 1m shorter and he's still playing at balls off a good length.  It's not like he can't play back foot shots, but he's just not going to get the opportunity batting the way he does.  And plonking onto the front foot the way he does restrict's his ability to place the ball, hence the lack of singles.

ATM reasonably good accurate bowling can tie him up completely.  This has been the case with Watson for a long time.  I think people really should see his hundred at the oval for what it was: something of a false dawn.  He did his usual job of getting "in" quite well - as he often does, and then the poms brought on their nervous second string débutantes who he smashed all over the place.  No-one has ever doubted Watson's ability to smash bad bowling all over the place.
  djf01 Chief Commissioner

I didn't get to see much of the Aussies batting today, but what I did see of Warner looked really good.  Most of his scoring through the off side with a truly vertical bat, and hitting the ball behind rather than in front of his front pad.  And not a cow shot to be seen!  Even his last scoring shot (six back over Broad's head) looked really good technically: weight5 comming forward, leading with the shoulder, elbow and wrists and that comming through pretty close to dead vertical.  In different circumstances he could have hit that straight along the ground for 4 if he'd wanted to, but six over Broad's head will do nicely.

The highlights of Clarke hooking and pulling also looked really good.

But a word of caution: Broad and Anderson didn't bowl all that much, and even when what little I saw was not really whole hearted, perhaps understandably.    For the poms the game was lost being bowled out for 120, and they were largely going through the motions.  Given last time at the Gabba they passed 500 1 down I'd suggest that might be perhaps a touch defeatist, but understandable none the less.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Big Day 4 coming up, can we take the eight wickets by stumps?

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