Why is it so hard?!

7 01 2010

England's unlikely hero (again!)

England yesterday drew the 3rd test in Cape Town and (as I predicted earlier) it was not straightforward. Rather than a lovely 300-6 England almost threw the game away and our tail end hero, Graham Onions, had to survive 11 balls for a valiant and match saving 0*.

Previously to Onion’s heroics Paul Collingwood had batted more or less as expected for 234,939 balls for 40. Surprisingly his companion for the majority of this lesson in crease occupation was Ian Bell. No you have not misread – this man who previously had the stickability and inner steel of a wet stick of celery suddenly became the proverbial immovable object.

That is until there were 17 heart stopping balls to go when he suddenly reverted to type and poked at a ball he could have left alone to provide Smith with a sitter at slip. Enter Onions. After an over from Steyn which Swann played almost nonchalantly, Onions got stuck in and provided the tonic to the England Supporters nervousness.

South Africa have again been left wondering what might have been and still find themselves 1-0 down with 1 to play. It could have been 2-1 in the Bok’s favour (as Daryl Cullinan repeatedly kept saying) but fantastically it isn’t.

The day where England comfortably bat out a game with two recognised batsmen at the crease will be an extraordinary one and I would not be alone amongst England supporters unsure of how to treat it. This past 12 months we have had 2 games in the West Indies where England could not remove Fidel Edwards, the Panesar and Anderson heroics at Cardiff in the Ashes and now 2 in 3 tests in South Africa. Attacking draws or losing draws – England excel in such circumstances.

All that remains to mention is my thoughts on the next test. I expect (fitness permitting) both sides to retain the same teams although the places of Duminy and Prince for SA can’t be assured and for England to secure at least a draw giving them the series victory. One day and test series wins away from home do not come often for England separately, let alone in tandem meaning if they can get over the line it would truly be something to treasure.

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2 responses

15 01 2010
Giordballs

Love it!
This is the beauty of test cricket, and something that no yank will ever understand.
Dot ball to the En-ger-land.

15 01 2010
Bradders

hurrah!

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