TC Thoughts – Adelaide Test Match
A few things popped through the head of TC people last night watching the engrossing session of cricket last night in Adelaide.
The first of which, is there anything better than James Anderson and a swinging ball? Anderson who hasn’t bowled badly by any measure this series, came alive under lights and had the ball on a string. He’s got over 500 test wickets and could this have awoken the beast and given England that little boost of confidence to turn their so far disappointing tour around? England need Anderson and Broad to be on their game as their 4th seamer (Ball + Overton) and Woakes at times have looked a little bit off the boil.
It then leads us onto the decision not to enforce the follow on. In hindsight it seems that Steve Smith missed a trick, as surely our bowlers would have completely dismantled England in that final session. But this is surely short-sightedness? Australia will probably lead by a minimum of 350 runs at the end of this innings a score which England have not looked like getting near in any innings, so there is no grave danger of losing power.
Secondly despite the image they give off, our bowlers would surely have been running out of gas, with that spell of short bowling to Overton and Woakes being very taxing on the body. Keeping in mind this is a five test series, surely having Starc, Cummins and Hazlewood fit for all five tests is more important than an innings victory?
Steve Smith looks to be purely playing the long game, which could help our feverish dreams of a 5-0 whitewash (again).
Finally, how good is Nathan Lyon. He has made England’s countless left handers seem useless and has allowed Australia to keep the pace trio fresh. His role cannot be undersold. If England were or are able to find a way to score off Lyon it opens up Starc and Co. too 4th and 5th spells which help the English cause in the long run. Plus who else could’ve been nightwatchman!