You would not have predicted that England would be in such a strong position after the first day of the thirs test. Should England’s batsmen do the business on day two then they could be a position to regain the Ashes by the end of the Perth Test.
Australia are poor at the moment, call it swings and round-a-bouts, call it poor form, no Englishman will be complaining about it. Sir Ian Botham is certainly having a whale of a time down under and feels that stand-in for Stuart Broad, Chris Tremlett is the man who bowled England into contention.
Beefy told Sky Sports News.
“I thought he bowled magnificently; it’s never easy coming into a successful side, as England are after winning the previous Test, and taking over from Stuart Broad.”
“He led the attack, this morning in particular, and he bowled well throughout the day showing good stamina; he kept his pace up and was a real handful for all the batsmen. He was definitely the pick of the bowlers.”
With bowling figures of 23-3-63-3 who can argue but it was his Economy that did the real damage. Australia simply could not score any runs off him and a rate of 2.74 at this level is just what was called for after the injury to Broad. There was an element of panic when Broad picked up his injury but it just goes to show how well knit this England cricket team, they can face practically anything anyone has to throw at them.
With the batting of England finishing at 29-0 by “lights out” time, Australia will need to find some magic if they want to turn this series around, more importantly for the Australian Captain, Ricky Ponting and his team mates will be to earn the respect of some of their fans again and the Australian press have probably been harsher on them that we English have.