After Day 1, I was of the opinion that England were ahead; today Ricky Ponting and Simon Katich have ensured that Australia are definitely ahead.
A result is still possible I believe. Don't rule out an Australian lead and an English collapse; its happened way too often in the past.
Particularly in the first tests of an Ashes series.
Speaking of first Ashes series tests, here are my two-bits from Day 2:
- Ricky Ponting set the record straight in more than one way with his century; besides erasing memories of a bloody 1st test in 2005, Ponting kicked off an Ashes series in England with a hundred. He had done the same in Australia in the two Ashes series held there in this decade, but not in the two Ashes series held in England during the same period.
- Simon Katich managed his 1st Ashes century; strangely he has played all his Ashes tests in England. His previous best was 67.
- Ponting became the 4th batsman to cross 11,000 test runs; he did so in 9 more innings than Brian Lara, and in 1 less innings than Sachin Tendulkar.
- Before the series began, I called England's bowling shit. Anderson and Broad with test averages of 34 and 38 respectively did not exactly catch my fancy; all they did today was prove me right. Economy rates of over 4 and no wicket to show - they need to lift their game!
And some hearsay.