Tomorrow at 10:00 am (midnight today GMT and Zulu) the first Ashes Test will begin at The Gabba in Brissy, just down the track from Boadicea and me. Weather permitting. We’re in one of our rainy years (La Niña), so getting rained off is quite a possibility. Fingers crossed – “she’ll be right!”
As you all will probably remember, I lost interest in Aussie cricket after Sandpapergate. Players, Management and all the hangers-on. I have followed a few games recently – WCT20 was, I have to admit, quite fun – but not to any depth. But time has passed and it is the Ashes after all, so I guess I’ll be watching every ball, as usual.
Tim Paine has gone; jumped just before he was pushed out of a post he should never have held. CA knew and must recognise that they have brought Australia into an even worse position by appointing him. The same goes for Langer, who is still insisting that Paine will be back – not a hope, in my view.
As far as the new Captain is concerned, well, nice lad, good bowler, handy bat, but is he ready for the top job? Time will tell. Smith as vice-captain – totally wrong in many ways. Carey? OK as a reasonable wicky, but others are at least as good. I would have preferred Matty Wade, but there you go . . .
The rest of the squad is sort of OK, but Mitch Starc must be on his ninth life – it’s perform or retire, I reckon. His wife’s much better, of course.
It’s nice to see a few names I recognise in the England team – Joe Root, Broad, Anderson (who will miss the first test ‘cos he’s strained his calf in the nets), all of whom can be match winners all by themselves when the mood takes them. As a group, formidable.
The only other thing I’ve learnt is that, apparently, allegedly, the entire Yorkshire Club is a hotbed of racist, fascist bullies and all three coaches have buggered off. I don’t believe a word of it – it’s hard enough to understand anything a Yorkshireman says, even when he’s sober. And that’s quite rare. 😎
Putting all contentious things to one side, lets hope we enjoy a series of spectacular cricket. Who’s going to win? Haven’t the faintest! Cummins or Root? Well, one of ’em, I’m sure.