Wednesday, July 8, 2009
The Ashes series set to begin
Cricket's most celebrated rivalry resumes tonight, when England and Australia start their five-test Ashes series.
As regular readers will be aware, all of us at Keeping Stock (me, myself AND I) are cricket tragics, with a particular love of the test game. The last Ashes series in England produced some stunning cricket as the English team upset the Ockers to win back the coveted urn. The return series in Australia 18 months later was anti-climactic, with the English getting a towelling.
This series shapes as one of the more even Ashes in recent memory. Cricinfo, our cricketing Bible carries a preview of the first Ashes test to be played, of all places, at Cardiff. Both sides will bring good batting form to the series, but it will be the bowling where the Ashes are won and lost. Local wisdom suggests that the Cardiff pitch will turn, and with Panesar and Swann both likely to play, we reckon that the English might have an advantage in this first test match. Australia has yet to find a spinner who is even a shadow of Shane Warne, whereas Panesar has taken giant strides in the last couple of years, and is a genuine wicket-taker. And Andrew Flintoff's form and fitness will be critical to England's prospects of a series win.
Anyway, we are keenly anticipating the first ball being bowled tonight. Coverage from Cardiff begins at 9.30pm on SkySport 2, and best of all, it's in high-definition! Our MySky HDI decoder is likely to earn its keep over the next wee while!!