20 Dec 2010

ENGLISH BATSMEN- FROZEN OUT- IT WASN'T THE WEATHER!

Three and a half days on an old-fashioned WACA wicket has put England on the back foot, and Australia on the way to Boxing Day with a spring in its step.


Yesterday, it was Ryan Harris who provided the heroics, finishing with 6-47 in the second innings


How deflating for the Barmy Army was the unpredictable second day of this match.


At last, England had its foot on the Aussie throat in this harsh, hard-to-win land.


Finally, it seemed, the wheel had turned full circle and the long-time oppressor brought to its knees.
Then yet again, somehow, Australia found a way out of the death-lock.


When the Barmy Army first invaded these shores, in support of Mike Atherton's 1994-95 English tourists, not everyone was impressed. My memory is that it was largely English stuffed-shirts who were affronted. 



Aussies, by and large, love the Barmy Army and the Army has surely by now won the war.
The Army's support for England through years of thick and thin has been inspiring; its humour and spirit in all manner of sporting adversity has been a lesson for us all.
The Aussie team is portrayed in the media as a wild, barely civilised bunch of uncultured, sledging colonials who have the temerity to challenge Englands ownership of the game..
Even the thought of these descendants of the criminal classes actually winning is somehow against the divine order of things. Yet win they did, for many years.

Cricket folklore has it that the home of cricket was called Lords rather than Ladies to prevent it losing its virginity to the Australian test team every four years.

Before an Ashes Series in Australia there is a crescendo of anti-Pom invective.

The Pom team are portrayed as a pathetic, whinging, spineless bunch of toffee-nosed fops, dilettantes and in-bred wankers who wouldn’t know which end to hold a cricket bat even if it was inserted in their rear end.

The English team in recent times has broken the mold, we now have real competition, maybe.

The Aussie team is lauded as invincible, legendary, heroic, brilliantly talented, lovable larrikin Sons of the Southern Cross. They are battling to maintain this mantle.
There is a clear conviction in Australia that while cricket may have been invented in the UK it was perfected in Australia.

To reinforce this conviction Australia needs to win this series convincingly.

Should England draw the series and retain the Ashes, we will know doubt poor scorn on their ability, not to win outright will be seen as second rate.

If England wins(god forbid) Australia's very existence is threatened, our jokes and history may have to be rewritten.
Whoa! I think I may be overdoing it, we will always be superior, it's just a matter of how superior, I really don't think I can seriously contemplate defeat.

If I were English I would be more used to loosing and it wouldn't hurt as much.



IT IS BETTER TO HAVE PLAYED AND LOST
THAN TO HAVE NOT PLAYED AT ALL!
KANGAROO'S ALWAYS HAVE A KICK LEFT!

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