Aussie Ashes Fightback Shocks England
You would think that after bowling the Australians out for a lowly 295, the English batsmen would be able to take advantage and forge a healthy first innings lead. But old habits do die hard, and instead England have found themselves facing a first innings deficit. Collapsing to a surprising 136 all out.
The first Ashes test is now fully in control of the Australians, a position that England did not want to find themselves in. Making the situation vastly worse, is the fact that Mitchell Johnson has found some early form. He ripped through the England line-up putting them on the back foot almost immediately.
Nervous times for the English
Michael Carberry was the only batsman who gave a respectable account of himself, scoring 40 runs from the top of the batting order. The rest of the team, well the less said the better. Looking back over previous Ashes battles, it was Melbourne in 1990 when England had been taken apart in a similar ruthless fashion.
This, the Gabba, is the very ground that England gave the Aussies a first innings lead of 221 runs in the first test three years ago. But England managed to save the test, after amassing a huge 517-1 in their second innings. The one very big problem England have this time round is that the batting unit as a collective is not in form, and it doesn’t have the depth or strength it did in the past.
The signs for England are ominous, very ominous. In their last 17 test matches, they have failed to score over 400. One strong batting performance from the Aussies will pretty much dictate the series. Another lacklustre batting performance from the English side will really dent their pride, and destroy any confidence they may have had when starting the series. But, Saturday will reveal all. So twiddle your thumbs or bite your fingernails, but definitely cross your fingers for the English.