Before the one-day series started, I had high hopes that England would do well in the World Cup — and might even win the thing. After the Sydney Test, we all thought they were in magnificent shape. They were confident, focused and well organised.
For the first time in the modern era, England are in a position to establish a dynasty of Ashes dominance.
If the Australians have any brains they should try to produce a bouncy pitch in Melbourne for the Boxing Day Test.
Each day’s play reviewed by Geoff Boycott…
Modern-day teams are frightened to death of playing five batsmen and five bowlers but Australia have to take the risk because they need to win two out of three Tests to regain the Ashes.
England can lose this series only if they bat badly and suddenly become ill-disciplined or play flashy, chancy shots.
I have never seen a Brisbane pitch as dead as the one that saw 624 runs scored for two wickets by both teams in the first Test.
In his regular CricInfo ‘Bowl at Boycs’ feature, Geoffrey Boycott discusses England’s change in fortune, what makes Pietersen click and more…
Richie Benaud used to say that, as a captain, it’s better to be lucky than good. His line came back to me this week, because even Andrew Strauss would have to admit that the gods have smiled on England so far in this series.
In his regular CricInfo ‘Bowl at Boycs’ feature, Geoff Boycott discusses why England and South Africa need to take risks, and Ntini’s legacy…keep looking »