Tuesday, May 27, 2008

England 1, Australia 1, & the Orange Cap

England successfully chased 294 against Kiwis.

Australia successfully defended 286 against the Windies.

I was wrong.

But I was right about this - The 2009 Ashes are going to be very competitive!

And I was also right about England, Ross Taylor, Tim Ambrose, and Monty Panesar in Sportsfreak's tipping competition for bloggers.

As a result of which the Orange Cap remains with me for this week as well.

Thank you again Sportsfreak.

Thank you Daniel.

Thank you Andrew.

Thank you Ross.

Thank you Monty.

& Thank you fellow bloggers.

Strauss took the game away from the Kiwis, while the Windies blew their only chance of beating Australia at home.

I really doubt the Aussies will give the hosts another sniff.

It has been quite a come back for Andrew Strauss. His last few tests innings over 2 tests, all against the Kiwis at home and away, have produced 50+ scores. That includes 2 match winning centuries.

Vettori, for some odd reason, couldn't repeat his 1st innings heroics and allowed England to reach the score for the loss of only 4 wickets.

Sportsfreak tells me that Vettori isn't as effective in the 4th innings of matches. Thats quite surprising for a spinner.

The Windies batting line up folded in front of Stuart Clark and Co.

Those Glenn McGrath video tapes that Clark has been studying have proved to be quite helpful. A 5-for in the 2nd innings and 8 in the match for a man of the match performance.

He looks like a duck running up to bowl - I have no idea how he picks up all these wickets.

The Aussies will run away to a 3-0 victory now. They usually give the opposition a chance once in an entire series. If you miss that you can be sure of a handful mauling.

With Hayden and Clarke returning, its going to be tough for the Windies.

For the sake of my Orange Cap, I hope the Kiwis can turn the tables as I have predicted a 1-1 result for the series in the overall tipping competition.

Till then, I will march around cricket blogs wearing my Orange Cap.

Make your pitch on this post...

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5 Pitched:

  1. scorpicity said...

    that looks like panesar's cap.... he has lodged a complaint!

  2. Straight Point said...

    for wi and nz it was ridiculously predictive...

    cricket was deprived of its much deserved thrilling moments...

    and you are right about oz...now they wont give them a chance...

    actually its hayden who defines the character of oz team now...

  3. Miss Field said...

    You're kidding about the Ashes being a close contest, right? Hmm.

    Orange is a stupid colour anyway.

  4. Q said...

    Panesar helped me to the cap Scorpi ;-)

    I agree SP.

  5. Q said...

    Yep, kidding MF... the way the 2 tests ended yesterday, it seemed like a logical conclusion abt the Ashes but if the English don't pick their game up, i doubt it would be competitive.

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