Ashes to Ashes
If Root don’t get you
We do wonder how many of us wore Paul Kelly’s t-shirt on Making the Gravy at the SCG …
Gin Gin, Gary and sea of Benaud grandchildren invaded the Sydney Cricket Ground on 6th, Sixth, January with Tania and Dominique enjoying the six runs in the last seconds of the game when even the rain was stopped by the power of the Slavic prayer 🙏
Brew flowed faster than sprinting Steve Smith off the ground as soon as droplets of rain began to fall… on level 5 of the Brewongle stand in row P…
Someone kept playing Waltzing Mathilda, Christmas and few other colourful tunes on the trumpet.
During the game, Richie’s Mexican waves ruled …
As Wendy’s former Coogee neighbour Richie Benaud, as it was pointed out by Canberrans, not Ricky Ponting, was everywhere. There was 365 of him at the Test. He’s in the gents, he’s queuing up for a beer and he’s always holding a Channel Nine blow-up microphone. More vocal even than the Barmy Army, they take up most of a stand at the SCG. There’s even a few “Richettes”.
For cricket followers, watching Usman Khawaja can be as therapeutic as a meditation teacher’s flickering candle or a photo of a dolphin. The ball was often being checked for going out of shape, but safe to say none of the damage was being done by Khawaja. All day he trod lightly on the turf, gliding along as if living out a dream he once had while lying on a bench with his eyes closed.
A hundred for Usman Khawaja!
A stunning century by Usman Khawaja in a return to Test cricket that seemed scarcely plausible a week ago has added another chapter to the book of Boy's Own tales being written through Australia's ongoing Ashes dominance.
In Brisbane it was Pat Cummins' fairytale finish to an unexpected captaincy debut; in Adelaide (where Steve Smith stepped so seamlessly back into the captaincy) it was Jhye Richardson's five-wicket bag after a long injury lay-off; and Melbourne still echoes with chants for Scott Boland.
On a day for returning veterans, when Stuart Broad underscored the folly of being overlooked for two of the first three Vodafone Ashes Tests by claiming England's first five-for of the campaign, Australia stretched their first innings to a daunting 8(dec)-416 on a challenging SCG pitch.
As the spectators poured out of the Sydney Cricket Ground and into Yarra Bay Sailing club and the bars and restaurants of Paddington only one name was on their lips. Stuart Broad may have issued a statement about his deployment on tour with a five-wicket haul but of the two recalled 35-year-olds on show, it was Usman Khawaja who headlined day two.
A century to Usman Khawaja on Day 2 at the SCG has capped off a great come back story for the 35-year-old.
Khawaja, on the ground he debuted back on in 2011, reached 100 in the over before Tea in his first Test back since being dropped during the 2019 Ashes series.
Having started the day on 3*, the Queensland captain would go on to add another 134 runs before being dismissed by Stuart Broad, bowled through the gate.
He ensured that the day once again belonged to the Australians, who reached 416 on a difficult surface to well and truly put England under the pump.
Sent out with just 25 minutes to survive, the English openers achieved a rare feat on this tour, surviving a tricky period to both be there at Stumps.
However, it wasn't without Zak Crawley getting lucky, edging Mitchell Starc to first slip on a no-ball.
When MEdia Dragon was slaving away so earlier In his absence, things looked ominous for England as Steve Smith and Khawaja built a 115-run partnership, but Smith’s dismissal to Broad for 67 and the departures of Cam Green and Alex Carey cheaply gave hope to the tourists they could dismiss the Aussies for little more than 300.
However, as it so often has this series, the tail wagged for Australia to push the total into the 400s.
Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc put on 46 and 67-run partnerships with Usman Khawaja for the seventh and eighth wickets as Australia moved to drain England’s prospects of a win early in the Test match.
Australia declared at 8-416, Broad taking five wickets in a performance that will no doubt leave England supporters scratching their heads over why he has missed two out of the four Tests.
Gerard Whateley is one of many commentators that are calling for the ICC to change its outdated conventions as rain interrupted day one of the Sydney Test Match.
Only 46.5 overs were bowled on a frustrating opening day after the umpires called for six rain delays.
Not only was this Ashes series’ best Test set up on Wednesday, but so was England’s greatest chance to claim a long-sought win in Australia.
Within an hour of play in the fourth Test on Thursday, there was a feeling that chance had already been blown with Australia shaking off a late day one wobble.
By the end of the day’s play in Sydney, England had been well and truly inflicted another humiliation by the Australians, who posted 8-416 declared in tricky conditions.