Image via WikipediaA big thanks to Chris Tremlett, Jimmy Anderson, Tim Bresnan, Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss and the boys for the stunning Christmas present this morning, a virtuoso display of cricket which has put England within touching distance of retaining the Ashes.
I got up soon after 6am and turned on the telly to see that the starting crowd at the MCG of 85,000 had evaporated as England tore though the Australian batting line up and then began to pile on the runs in England 1st innings. By the end of the day's play there seemed to be about 15,000 left inside the vast stadium, all of the English, all of the them deliriously happy with the day's events.
Alaistair Cook's name is going to be one that makes Australian cricket fans shudder after the end of this series. In county cricket last summer he scratched around and could hardly buy a run, but against Australia he has been unstoppable, playing flowing and exciting cricket, piling on the runs he is now close to scoring 5,000 test runs. Captain Strauss has not had such a sparkling series with the bat, but his unbeaten 64 in England's total of 157-0 takes him to over 6,000 runs in test cricket.
So, you're an Australian with an MCG ticket for Sunday, but do you go and see your team grinding their way towards defeat, or do you stay home so you can't hear the noise of twenty thousand jeering English men and women ? Nice cricket trophy Australia, I think we'll keep it.