Ashes 2010 – Test 1 Day 1
With the Ashes underway, the Australians and Englishmen have nothing more important and rightly so. As the teams began training early in the morning one wondered would happen once the English team walked down the dressing room to defend the urn and look to win it after nearly two decades in Australia. As far as the home team is concerned, the Australian’s had a lot more at stake.
When I say that I mean, a loss for the English would account for far lesser repercussions in comparison to what stick the Australians would be offered. Ricky Ponting has a lot to look forward to as the Australian cricket team is about to set foot into perhaps the toughest phase the team has come across in the last 20 years.
After the national teams had their preverbial national anthem done with, it was all set for the action to begin. Andrew Strauss won the toss and the English decided to bat first in what looked to be a belter of a wicket. As it turned out, the wicket was slow with some spungy bounce up at offer. Australia had what they could describe as a perfect start as Strauss cut straight to gully of the 3rd ball of the test match leaving Trott who was playing his first test down under, to face the music. Trott was naturally aggressive throughout his brief knock before Shane Watson did for him in his first over. Trott was fortunate earlier as he edged one to Haddin with no one really appealing. The Umpiring Decision Review System was used for the first time in an Ashes series and Jonathan Trott was the first under the scanner.
Kevin Pietersen was greeted with a huge round of boos as he walked in. He looked pretty comfortable against the seamers and unexpectedly against the left arm orthodox of debutant Xavier Doherty as well.
It was pretty much even-stevens at lunch with the Poms having fought back after the Australians dismissed Strauss and Trott earlier. Ponting came up with a master class after lunch as he unleashed Peter Siddle who was playing a test match after 10 months. Siddle struck immediately with 2 huge wickets of Kevin Pietersen and Paul Collingwood in quick succession. Alistair Cook and Ian bell looked to steady the ship and took England to a steady position of 172-4 at the tea break. The Australians had missed their chance with Doherty having dropped Cook at point or so at least the English thought. However, that was not to be and the Australians came back stronger in the last session of the day with Peter Siddle ripping the heart out of the lower middle order with a Hat trick leaving the visitors in dire straits. This was only the eleventh hat trick by an Australian in test match history. Siddle first got Cook edging then Prior bowled and Broad trapped right in front of the wickets. The visitors were soon bundled out for a mere 260 with the Australians ending at 25 for no loss at the end of the day’s play.
The Ashes result could determine Ricky Ponting’s future as captain of Australia. Ponting by his own admission hasn’t been in the best of form. Things need to turn around and the Gabba is the place for him to do it.
Peter Siddle stole the limelight but one must not forget the inform Andrew Strauss was dismissed by Hilfenhaus. Doherty had a decent debut and the Australians looked a professional outfit like always. Looking ahead, having put in the hard yards, Australia must see of the new ball and ensure they get a huge lead in order to have their noses in front. How the home side plays Graeme Swann will be the key as his counterpart, inexperienced Doherty seemed to extract a lot from the wicket. Ricky Ponting would have to set the trend as he has done on so many previous occasions getting into the series. There’s a fair few things been said about Ponting and his play against the short ball and the off spinners. The visitors are sure to try both and you wouldn’t put it past Ponting to come up on top.
Nevertheless, an enthralling day lies ahead and one wouldn’t be surprised if the match sways towards the Poms tomorrow knowing what these two teams are capable of.