26 December 2010

Awesome England dominates Australia at Boxing day

It was one of those cricketing days, when one would ask nothing less short of awesomeness. England totally displayed their class and dominated completely Australia on the day 1 of  fourth Ashes test match at the Boxing day. At stumps English team already had a lead of 59 runs with 157 on the board with yet a wicket to lose.Cook and Strauss have passed their half century mark.This partnership also marks their 10th century stand for opening wicket in Tests, which puts them joint fourth in the list of opening pairs with most century stands.

Earlier Australia were bamboozled by some extraordinary pace attack led by Tremlett and Jimmy Anderson and were bundled out at 98.Both the pacers took 4 wickets each.This makes Australia's second lowest total at the MCGAustralia could not get a worse start to the Boxing day, with  Mike Hussey and Watson who were the star at Perth Test which eventually led the Kangaroos to draw the Ashes 1-1 at a critical juncture were unable to reproduce their magic. Hussey who was having a dream Ashes, with 525 runs under his belt and yet to be dismissed in single digits was a complete failure. Matt Prior had the most happy day in the most important calendar year, in which he was a part of six Aussie dismissals. All of them were caught behind. Eight out of ten dismissals came in the slips cordon, it seemed like some practice slip catching session going on. Last time Aussies dismissed under 100 was six months back where they were dismissed at 88 playing with Pakistan in Leeds in July. Summing it up, it has been a torrid time for the batsman this year achieving new lows.

With this frail performance by the Australian batsman, they undoubtedly will be under immense pressure, especially Ponting who has had enough criticism already. All from here to be seem is, they shall be pressed heavily in the coming four days,and Aussies will have to substantial lot to let come out of misery. England on the other hand would be double the happy that they made some decision in making their pace attack, where Tremlett who was called back into the national team after a long sojourn.


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