Here we all are, at our new “home ground”, The Warren 3.0. Many thanks to @Singo for the effort in finding a new patch of turf.
So, with it being cricket season, why not continue the cricket thread from our old home…?
Nothing gladdens the heart of an Aussie cricket supporter more than beating the poms in an Ashes contest.
This series has been very interesting for all sorts of reasons…firstly, the selections for the first test…
Who would have thought that we would be seeing SMarsh and Tim Paine in the first test team?
Tim Paine has done a fantastic job behind the stumps (especially when you consider he wasn’t even keeping for Tassie)…his efforts in front of the stumps have been impressive as well…finally a 'keeper that is regularly making a contribution with the bat, something that we have lacked since Brad Haddin.
One wonders what Tim Paine’s career may have looked like had he not suffered that horrific finger injury a few years ago…he was the apparent heir to Haddin’s job, then unable to play for nearly two years.
Then SMarsh…had more starts than Phar Lap due to injury and indifferent form…he now looks like a new man and is doing a great job in the middle order.
By the third test, the selectors had another dilemma…Handscomb was clearly struggling and we needed another bowler on the Perth wicket which was becoming more “road-like” each year. MMarsh comes into the team and plays a real number 6 type innings…against tiring bowlers, takes the game away from them…
He then repeated the feat yesterday and in between played a stoic knock in Melbourne to help save the test.
As much as the Marsh boys have had their knockers, you cannot do anything but admire yesterdays achievement of becoming only the fourth pair of brothers to score a century in the same innings, in test cricket history…ironically, Australia has produced 3 of those 4 pairs of brothers…Chappell, Waugh and now Marsh.