panix04 Posted November 24, 2006 Share Posted November 24, 2006 I think the writing was on the wall with the exclusion of Panesar, i have only seen about 2 hours of the test (before work) and England have looked flat as a pancake, there appears to be no drive and determination - Sure Flintoff is predictably fired up, but were is that fire in Steve Harmison - Don't get me wrong im a big fan of Harmy, but he is far too much a confidence player in my opinion. He needs to take a big Wicket, if he gets ponting in the Aussies next innings (if they have one!) i think we will see a new Harmison. However it is our batting line-up that looks weakest with the loss of Trescothick and Michael Vaughns enforced ommision the batting line-up looks pretty flimsey! I don't mean to sounds dis-respectful, but Cook, Collingwood, Bell even Jones - it just does not look very strong on paper. Im hoping that England are still getting used to the climate and there will be dramatic improvements in the 2nd half of this test, but once KP, bell and freddy get out Jones will inevitably whack one in the air trying to be clever and get out, Giles will put on a trademark 30 and get bowled and we will have to endure 30 minutes of Hoggard straight batting everything at the floor, all this before inevitably having to follow on! I miss the last ash's series! :( Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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