So Mohammad Yousuf has just become the leading Test run scorer in a calendar year. His innings of 124 in the Test match against the West Indies took him to 1788 runs for the year at an average of 99.33.
Not bad but he wouldn’t get into the Iver Heath team. I have yet to see him throw his bat off the pitch after being given out LBW to a ball that pitched a mile outside leg stump. He’s never once fielded at deep third man drinking a pint of scrumpy and I’ve definitely never heard him call his batting partner a useless bastard for not taking an easy single.
Mohammad Yousuf? You can keep him.
Australia have named an unchanged squad for the 2nd Test so no space for the drinks waiter again.
There’s a lot of talk in the press and on t’internet about what team England will pick for the Test. The feeling is that Monty will make the XI but who gets dropped? Will England go with two spinners? If so I guess Anderson will be the one to take the fall but then you’re reliant on Harmy finding his form and getting Flintoff to bowl way more overs than he should.
If it were me, I’d do a straight swap. Panesar for Giles. KP showed that he could turn the ball so I’d use him as my backup spinner. I’d also be tempted to give Anderson a rest and bring in Mahmood. Now I know that I’ve been less than complimentary about Mahmood previously but I think that Jimmy Anderson was rusty in Brisbane and Mahmood offers more with the bat. I’d also shift KP back up to 4 in the batting order so my team would be:
Strauss, Cook, Bell, Pieterson, Collingwood, Flintoff, Jones, Mahmood, Hoggard, Panesar, Harmison
Michael Vaughan begins the comeback trail tomorrow with a game against a Western Australia XI and it’s suggested that he could be back in time for the Melbourne Test.
So all in all it could be an interesting next couple of days and we wait until the fun starts all over again on Friday. Now is it our Friday or their Friday? Oh I get so confused…
Fair do’s. We were pretty much outplayed for most of the Test. A couple of good sessions but they deserved to win.
Onwards and upwards and all that.
The good thing is it’s 2am so a relatively normal time to finish. A couple of days off before we all start again. I’ll post something more articulate once I’ve recovered from these last few days of sleep deprived nonsense. In the meanwhile I’ll leave the last words to Dave.