This entry was posted on Thursday, November 14th, 2013
Like a London Bus…
Ah, the Ashes, Pure test cricket – five encounters of five days between two nations whom when it comes to sport, absolutely hate each other.
And so despite men in suits greedily tacking this series onto the back of an English summer Ashes, there remains something appealing about this contest, something untouched, undimmed by pyjamas, floodlights, and stupid suffixes like the Plymouth Penguins.
But what to expect? Well typically an Ashes series is an unknown, unpredictable affair, with few recent skirmishes to adopt as form guides. This time around of course, the opposite scenario presents itself – both sides know each other a bit too well, with the strong possibility that the only Ashes debutant on either side will be 33 year old Michael Carberry, and even he played in the 2013 ODI series.
Hence the Aussie summer should be very much like the English summer. Tight scraps of limited quality, with perhaps one great innings deciding each test match. And that will be good news for England, who as they proved a few months ago, have the players to make those innings.
That it was Ian Bell who scored a century in each of the three matches England won, disguised the fact that other players are available. One certainly wouldn’t rule out Pietersen, Trott or Cook getting big hundreds at some stage this winter. Could the Aussies say the same thing? Would it be a total surprise if a baggy green failed to raise their bat at any point throughout this series? For that reason, it is England all the way for us, and 10/11 with Ladbrokes is a nice price.