Did anyone believe Ricky Ponting when he said that Australia hadn't ruled out Shaun Tait? I didn't. He'd have needed a smack if they'd picked Tait over Hoggy.
So the fourth test is due to start in roughly nine minutes. How exciting!
Anyway. I found this at cricinfo. According to the feature, England are now mediocre as they were in the 1990s.
To me this implies that there was a period when they were excellent, presumably in the early 2000s. This would suggest that at some point they were perceived as a serious threat. And yes, I know they won the Ashes in 2005, and I'm not making light of that, but even they would have to admit that it wasn't exactly a convincing series win. (Although maybe I've just grown accustomed to 5-0 being a convincing series win). To a very large degree luck was on their side, as right up to the last innings of the fifth test it could have gone either way.
In my humblest of opinions, England need more players like Kevin Pietersen. He's not satisfied with just playing cricket at international level, he wants to be the best. The others seem deficient in ambition and drive. Though it would also be good if KP attempted to seem like he was a bit more interested in being part of the team as well. It's all about balance.
Anyway, despite their Ashes victory, I really cannot recall them ever being perceived as a short term, long term or otherwise serious threat here in Australia. No force to be reckoned with. The statistics may well indicate otherwise, but England have, in my recent recollection, always been "only England" and I can't see that changing in the foreseeable future.
- ► 2009 (51)
- Be nice, children
- Shauny does a Sally
- History of the Ashes
- Gilly's going
- Ohh, we're halfway there...
- Out for 153
- Ranking the evil opponents
- England, England
- Steve Waugh speaks, Australia stops and listens.
- Move over, Keats
- The Windies lose to South Africa
- India sure showed Australia
- The third test
- Not walking is not cheating. And the rest.
- Indian cricketers keen to be labelled hypocrites
- Kumble's claws are out
- K Rudd likes cricket
- Roy the Destroyer
- ▼ January (19)