The first test of the Ashes, and the first of the three tests I predicted to lose overs due to rain; good start I say to the Ashes Prediction Competition!
It was rain that made them go off, not the bad light, right?
Though I think I'm going to suffer on the Mike Hussey front and the first test result blunder.
Anyhow, here are my two-bits for the day 3:
- This is the second time that Michael Clarke has missed a century in the opening Ashes test in England after his 91 at Lord's in 2005. He still doesn't have a test hundred in England.
- Stuart Broad started this test match with an average of 38, an economy rate of 3.2, and a strike rate of 71. Pathetic that is. He hasn't done himself any good in this game. Why England persists with him is beyond me.
- For those who thought that England picked their wicketkeeper forgetting about the catching and stumping - Prior has been behind 3 of the 5 dismissals.
- Out of the current Australian batting line up, Ricky Ponting (127, Leeds 1997), Michael Clarke (91, Lord's 2005), and Michael Hussey (86, Brisbane 2006) scored 50 or more in their Ashes debut; today Marcus North joined that list. He could very well join Ponting too.
- Graeme Swann wicketless? So much for the English hopes.