Shamik Das

Thursday, January 04, 2007

"Worst England side ever!"

Comic Book Guy lasering Duncan Fletcher and Andrew Flintoff: that'll teach them to omit Monty and Read!

Sydney, Fifth Test, Third Day: England 291 & 114/5 (Clark 2-29, Lee 2-34) v Australia 393 (Warne 71, Gilchrist 62, Symonds 48; Anderson 3-98)

England allowed the last five Australia wickets to put on more than 200 as they surrendered their early advantage to all but guarantee a 5-0 humiliation at the SCG.

Shane Warne top scored for the Aussies in what looks certain to be his final Test innings - smashing two sixes and nine fours in his 65 ball 71 - falling narrowly short of a memorable farewell century.

Shane Warne en route to his twelfth Test fifty and fourth against England    Shane Warne gets off to a flying start, hitting Monty Panesar for a four and a six off his first two balls

It was not only the weight of runs but the rate at which they were scored that done for England, allied to some shoddy fielding and shocking bowling - Warne surviving an easy run-out chance an over in and being permitted to smash his first two balls for 10 runs.

If that wasn't bad enough England's top order failed again with the bat - losing their opening five wickets for less than 125 runs for the sixth time this series - well below par and one suspects the reason for picking the tail primarily on their batting ability earlier in the campaign.

Andrew Flintoff's stumping - a result of the England captain not knowing where his back foot was; here's a little reminder for Freddie: it has to be IN the crease, the LINE belongs to the field

Andrew Flintoff's stumping just before the close was the nail in the coffin for England, effectively 12 for 5 overnight and just hours away from being declared the "worst England side ever" by the fattest man in Springfield: Comic Book Guy!

Catch the third day's highlights tonight on BBC Two at 11:20, and listen to live coverage of day three on Radio 4 198LW and the
BBC Sport website from 11:10 - 20 minutes early.


Anonymous trotsky said...

Throw them down the well. You will like my new post Sham.

04 January, 2007 22:20

Blogger stonysleep said...

It's a disgrace - i've given up with telling them where they've
Nasser spoke well in interview today telling them that they need to be told to look at themselves and not look to fletcher to solve their problems.

05 January, 2007 20:43

Blogger Sham said...

It really is soul destroying! I'll probably get round to writing up the fourth day some time tomorrow, but at the moment it's just too damn depressing.

Mr Trotsky, some very funny posts! :)

05 January, 2007 21:28


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