1. jonathan on #

    now this is cricket!

  2. jonathan on #

    if punter and hayden stay there for ten overs, this game’s done. and if australia go two nil up, i think the summer’s over.

  3. jonathan on #

    ack!! 2 down!

  4. Justine on #

    Steady. Lots of power to come. They’re still bleeding to death.

  5. Justine on #

    And the summer is not over if we win. Please!

  6. jonathan on #

    i know. you may hate punter as captain, but he’s a great bat. i don’t think we can lose this from here, but can we win it? i think we can. i think we will. but cricket is a funny game…

  7. jonathan on #

    you think england could come back from two down to get the ashes?

  8. Justine on #

    Nope. I don’t think England can come back, but that doesn’t mean they won’t and doesn’t mean there won’t still be heaps of entertaining cricket if we win this. Which I’m very optimistic that we will.

    Oh, I don’t have a bad word to say about Ponting as a batter. He’s awesome.

  9. jonathan on #

    i’m hoping they’ll be smart enough to take this slow and easy. they have the right men at the wicket. and, i think there’ll be great cricket this summer. england have, happily, shown they can play in this game. and australia have shown they’re still the best in the world. when i say the summer’ll be over, i mean we’ll be headed towards a whitewash. i don’t think england are mentally tough enough to come back from two down.

  10. Lee Battersby on #

    Aaggh, this is dying the slow death. Ponting and Hussey *should* see them through, but boys! Score some runs!

  11. Justine on #

    Gilly’s padded up to come in next. Wise move, I reckon. I liked Ponting sending in Hussey early and all. Slightly adventurous captaincy. Woo hoo!

    Also what you just said. Except that whitewashes of England make me very very very very happy.

  12. Justine on #

    Premature panic much, Mr Battersby? They’re doing just fine.

  13. jonathan on #

    it is nailbiting, which is great!

  14. Justine on #

    Yes, long nails are revolting. Best be rid of ’em.

  15. niki on #

    wow this is somewhat frustrating – reading text on the internet doesn’t quite do it…USA sux – how can they not televise the cricket

  16. Lee Battersby on #

    Panic is all part of the fun 🙂

    I would have loved to have seen Gilly and hayden open. Send a message of “Send them back, Freddy”.

    This is how it should be though, isn’t it?

  17. Lee Battersby on #

    2 for 58, 12 overs down.

  18. Justine on #

    We is well ahead of the required run rate.

    Yeah the US of A is hell for following the cricket. So good to be home!

    And speaking of dodgy captaincy: England aren’t exactly setting the most attacking fields in the world. I guess he doesn’t trust his fielders enough . . .

  19. Justine on #

    I’d’ve loved him to send in Hayden and Gilly . . .

    That last over was lovely for us!

  20. Lee Battersby on #

    Doesn’t trust his bowlers, I’d say. if he’s playing for a draw he needs to bowl himself and Hoggard to the death and tell harmison he needs to leave the field to get an injury treated so a fielder who deoesn’t resemble a battleship can replace him.

    of course, as soon as I say that, Ponting swats a 4 off Hoggard…

  21. Lee Battersby on #

    10 runs from the over!

  22. Justine on #

    Did I not tell you?

    They need another two strike bowlers. Just Hoggard’s not enough. Maybe they’ll come to their senses and pick Monty Panesar for the next test?

  23. lee battersby on #

    damn, damn, bugger and blast. I have to leave now, and I’m going out to my stepson’s graduation tonight so I’m going to miss the rest of this!

    I don’t think I have ever, before, wanted to *stay* at work. Bloody car trip with no radio, bloody kids….

    have a ball. Let me know the result?

  24. Justine on #

    That’ll learn you to breed, or, you know, not live in Perth . . .

    Have fun!

  25. jonathan on #

    classic test cricket! we’re in the last session of the last day, and the game is still exciting viewing.

  26. Justine on #

    Even moreso if you’re Australian. Do you read the Guardian’s over by over? They are not happy campers. But they’re dead amusing about it. I guess the English have had a lot of practice at that.

  27. jonathan on #

    i do. losing punter’s a bit of a blow. would have been nice if he’d made 50. niki, i think you can get coverage on the internet. i know cheryl morgan bought it somewhere.

  28. Justine on #

    I tried the internet tellie coverage and was underwhelmed.

    And now Martyn’s gone.

    I’m still not worried, but. We’ve got hardly any runs to get and many balls to get ’em off.

  29. jonathan on #

    i’m not seriously worried either, honestly. marto may have blown his career with that shot, though. he and hayden will be under a lot of pressure to keep their spots. i’ll worry when pup, gilly, and huss are back in the pavilion.

  30. Justine on #

    Even then I wouldn’t panic. McGrath’s come a long way with his batting.

    At the moment I don’t think Hayden or Martyn deserve their places. Especially as there are lots of promising NSW batters to replace ’em.

  31. jonathan on #

    heh heh. nsw batters, huh? there are others. i also think they’ll struggle to retain ooh ah and clarke in the same bowling line-up. changes have to come. it is great that pup seems to have found his feet again, though.

  32. jonathan on #

    so, does this english team have the *mental* toughness to win a test in australia?

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  35. jonathan on #

    that’s it. off to bed. they did it. wonderful!

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  37. niki on #

    stupid english – why didn’t they go for the draw ?

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