Ooh Aah. This is gonna be one long summer.
England has won the second Ashes Test in Adelaide by an innings and 71 runs. But if you think this summer of cricket has been hard to watch for average fans like us, spare a thought for Glenn McGrath.
In an interview with The Punch, the great paceman admitted the first two Ashes Tests have been tough going for him too.
“There were a few good moments obviously up in Brisbane in the first innings where Sids took the hat trick, but the last two innings watching our boys bowl has been pretty tough,” McGrath said.
“I don’t sit there and watch the cricket religiously but I listen to it on radio, and I have felt for the bowlers. I never enjoy it when they’re not playing well, so yeah, it has been tough.”
Unlike his former partner in crime Shane Warne, McGrath generally refrains from making controversial tweets, or from stepping into the commentary box. But make no mistake, the big man is as frustrated as anyone by our bowlers’ inability to take wickets.
“I prefer to watch when we’re playing well and I do get frustrated, especially when we’re not bowling as well as we could be. We’ve been bowling a bit on both sides of the wicket.”
Yeah. As in, about two feet either side of the wicket. And while our batsmen have hardly distinguished themselves so far this series – the evergreen Mike Hussey aside – it’s our hapless bowlers who have set the tone of rank incompetence
So where to now with England leading 1-0?
McGrath won’t be drawn on who to pick for the third Test in Perth. But he does have a word of advice for whoever the selectors go with.
“We haven’t been bowling in consistent areas. Our plan when I was playing was always to build pressure, to bowl maiden overs. England have scored much too freely.”
McGrath is busily promoting his new DVD Glenn McGrath: The Will to Win ($1 from each copy goes to the McGrath Foundation). Hopefully our pacemen will all find a copy under their tree at Christmas.
Bowling woes aside, the really telling moment of this match - a moment which could well be the defining image of the summer - was when Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting both missed an outfield catch that could, and should, have been taken by one of them. Talk about a snapshot of the internal power machinations of Australian cricket at the moment.
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