Saturday 27 November 2010

First Test, Day Three: Yeah, alright then it's the Gabbatoir...

Typical British understatement: 'It was quite satisfying,' - Brad Haddin

Simile of the day: 'Haddin was still as a statue and as patient as a farmer' - Peter Roebuck, SMH

Do the math: 143: Australia's first five wickets; 31: Australia's last five wickets; 481: Australia's total

Build 'em up, knock 'em down: 'If Swann still can't get it right after Adelaide, then playing an additional bowler is something England might have to seriously consider' - Jonathan Agnew, BBC

Par watch: 'We're going to have to be very patient, very disciplined for long periods of time' - Mike Hussey; 'the way we've played our cricket over the last 18 months will stand us in good stead in this dogfight' - Steve Finn; 'Australia murdered us' - Geoffrey Boycott, Telegraph; 'It's only just over a day and a half of batting, our lads will be fine - Andrew Flintoff

'How is he doctor?': 'He's pulling through,' - Steve Finn on Andy Flower

Poor areas: 'Andy said to me that some guys' lips, which can be a problem area, are worse than his' - Dr Shobhan Manoharan, who treated Andy Flower

Michael Vaughan's night: 'Everyone who has a kebab tonight - respect' - via Twitter


Dean @ Cricket Betting Blog said...

What was Flintoff drinking when he wrote that? He was a major part of previous England teams who couldn't even bat for 3 sessions.

I wouldn't write Swann off yet either. Yet again he was let down by the batsmen.

How does Agnew think he would have bowled had England posted a respectable 1st innings total?

If he could have bowled to a more attacking field, who knows?

Anonymous said...

I love Aggers' comment about Swann - because the media has been laying the pressure on him quite thick of late.

I also wouldn't write Swann off yet, though. It's the Gabba where spin often plays second fiddle to quicks. I think you'll see a resurgent Swanny at Adelaide and he's gonna love Sydney.

Bastard :-)