Hi this is the review of the final day of the 1st Ashes 2009 test match that took place in Cardiff..This is a match in which I enjoyed every ball and was happy finally that England Managed for a draw.What a fighback by collingwood having spent 350 minutes in the crease and he held together the English Batting and finally there was a new Hero for England in No:10 and No:11 James Anderson and Monty Panesar.
This was a match that proved the Englishmens’ resistance against the Mighty Australian Attack that was dominating the game from the Beginning having won the toss put up a Good total of 470 odd runs but that was not enough to face the strong and rejuventated Australian team.Ponting scored a valiant knock of 150 and registered his eighth century in The Ashes Tournament and put on a useful partnership with Marcus North who made his second test century which made Australia go past England’s first innings total and -Thanks to katich for his composed knock of 122 which created a good foundation for this Gargantuan total.
The Cardiff Saga:
Coming to the Last day of the test match—Johnson started to fire his deliveries from the River Taff End and just when it seemed that England were doing good Johnson gatecrashed their party mood with a Straighter one which did not have any swing and cook was found Plumb in front and he has to walk away and Hilfenhaus bowled a Superb delivery to get rid of Bopara and the Australian Bowlers likes of Siddles and the Johnsons were too good for the Englishmen and they fell on thier trap and it was collingwood who resisted their attack and faced them with a Challenge and composure–He really is a Great find for the British but he couldn’t complete the Job when he casually tried to send the ball to Third man at a good height Mr.Cricket Pulled off a catch which Broke many British Hearts at that time and task spilled over and was assigned to Monty and Anderson who became the Heros of the Match
When Monty came into the crease he had a huge task assigned to him.Now due to the loss of collingwood James Anderson became the senior partner and he wished to take most of the strike and he played Peter siddle and Nathan Hauritz to a Perfection of a middle Order Batsman and the over which I cannot forget was Peter Siddle was Begging the Umpire to give a Leg Before that was a Unforggettable Scene—‘He was appealing and pleading for 10 seconds continuously with the Umpire eventhough he was saying no :)’and ponting tried his best by giving the ball to Marcus North and he could’t penetrate Monty/James defense and finally england’s resistance paid off and the Moment which many eyes were waiting in the English Dressing room happened “The Handshakes” and then it was finally declared the Match was drawn..I am sure that Pietersen/Strauss would have lost all their nails like what David Lloyd mentioned–I bet you there are no nails left in that finger there is only flesh 🙂
The Unforgettable delivery was the one that Hauritz made to turn Sharp and Anderson didn’t judge it properly decided sweep and then changed his mind and one more delivery which made a sharp turn pitching Outside Off
keys:People who are first seeing the Name Barmy Army Please don’t confuse yourself -We Generally refer to English Cricket Team as Barmy Army(Actually The name was coined by the Supporters).Now let us see how The Barmy army has transmogrified and become a BRAWNY ARMY
I am happy that England won the On-going series Against South Africa Comprehensively- they really deserve it Guys.This was a great comeback by the English team after they were badly struck with Players Getting Injured and players retiring from the International arena due to some Personal Problems.Who is responsible for this revamp?????You tell me Guys you have seen the English team some 8-12 Months Back-I will not say that they didn’t play well or they didn’t win Matches but I can say one thing the SPIRIT was 0 Degrees but all of a Sudden the Mercury Level has rose to the peak in the last one Month…What is new here????Here comes the Freddies,the Harmis and this Guy K.P’s Captaincy-I think most of the revitalization was done by them.
Freddie makes a noteworthy comeback:
Often being hit by Injuries one would have never expected the 05Ashes Author-Andrew Freddie Flintoff to make a Comeback to strengthen the Barmy Army.He proved to be a Utility Player in both his Bowling and Fielding and believe me Guys As I said in My 100th Post this Guy is very hard to play,I have seen turf going in the air when he shares the new Ball and hits the deck Hard to extract that Supernatural pace and Bounce which has Bamboozled even the Greats.He Scored 78 in both the Matches in which he got chance to Play the Important thing is he also bowled some overs and got wickets and Broke Partnerships(for which he is better known to be the THE BREAKER).What is surprising with this Freddie is his Bowling Speed touched 90 miles constantly which is not very easy to do.He is certainly a handy Player and it would haven’t been easy for England to beat the mighty South Africans in a Comprehensive manner in case of Freddie’s Absence.
Harmison Back with a Bang:
As soon as Jayasuriya cashed him heavily Harmison announced that he is retiring from ODI’s and will concentrate only on Test Matches but see now what has happened Harmison with his Exhorbitant Height has started troubling the Batters with the Bounce he extracts from the pitch and the late Movement that makes the Batsman nicky and has brought again to make the scenes of sad walk to the Pavilion for the English Crowd to Cheer can be Often noticed.How can people forget this long man’s spell Against the Carribeans he punished them severely.Now he is Back with a Cannon Bullet that Thrashes the Willow and he also bowls with a decent speed of around 88 to 90 miles
And there were remarkable contribution from the Captain’s side K.P did well with the Bat and Patil and Broad took a Five wicket haul apiece and on the Whole the English Team worked in Harmony and achieved the “Pinnacle of Glory”
This raises the Curiosity inside us and makes me Predict the Outcome of the Ashes Series Going to Take place next Year.Tons of Talent in the stash and if Barmy Army’s Artilleries were fine tuned then I can assure you people that Ashes 09 will go to the English team which had a Rebirth(A very Young team Blokes:))