Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Day Two At the SCG

Before play started...: The first day was washed out at an intriguing stage. In the flipping balance.

Where did it all go wrong for Australia?: Middle order didn't offer a great deal.

Where did it all go right for Australia?: Tail wagged, and they took some important English wickets

Where did it all go wrong for England?: Looked a bit shell-shocked when Johnson and Hilf started smacking a few.

Where did it all go right for England?: Bowled Australia out for a probably below-par score, and set about knocking those down well

Who won each session?: Morning - England. Afternoon - Even. Evening - Even

Who's winning the game?: Again, really tight. Sticking my neck out; I'd say England at this stage. Just.

Shot of the day: Strauss's clubbed six off Hilfenhaus. You don't bowl there to Straussy.

Ball of the day: Hilfenhaus bowling Strauss. That's where you bowl to Straussy.

Man of the day: Oddly, Mitchell Johnson. Batted well (even making England look scared of him), and took two important wickets.

And finally... Ashes Oddity: The Hoff messing up the tea-time race not once, but twice. Anger followed from the participants, with batons being hurled to the ground. Ugly scenes.

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