Said a bit back when they were over here that you could pick a better West Indies XI from the ex-players in the crowd or the media boxes that what was on the pitch. It’s exactly the same for this Australian side.
Great isn’t it?
Well no other touring Australian side has been two nil down after the first two test matches in the last 123 years. Not even crying Kim Hughes’ side, who were the last Aussie team to lose 6 tests in a row.
Go round Lord’s over the four days and there was plenty ex-players who would walk into this current side, from Jeff Thompson to Merv Hughes, the Waugh brothers to Glenn McGrath to Adam Gilchrist – can’t see Gilchrist or Healy or Marsh leaving those catches, the Steve McLaren look-a-like, Haddin did – all aspects of the team could be massively improved by blokes that hung their boots up years ago. Then there’s those that are still playing, Katich, Hussey, Ponting.
Mickey Arthur shouldn’t be fighting his sacking as coach he should be thanking the Aussie authorities for getting him out of this mess. While his replacement, Darren Lehmann, would be better off out in the middle rather than sat on the balcony with that ear piece strapped permanently to the side of his head.
Those bowlers mentioned above wouldn’t allow England to get out trouble after losing the three openers cheaply. Letting Bell score another ton for the second inning the top score again and the first to get to three figures again. Hell Thommo is over 60 and he’d have still sorted Bell out.
Of course I’m going to completely contradict myself by pointing out how good Joe Root was, with both bat and ball. He’s from Yorkshire don’t you know. As is Bresnan who did far better than the
world’s greatest bowler (© British media).