Wherever you landed in the Ashes Division, yesterday was just visceral. A day of explosion and drama, unevenly distributed. After rolling England for 147 on a green with clouds above, it looks like much of Australia is already feeling a beating on the horizon. Of course, that’s how we do things here, building and then riding the wave’s momentum – slightly faked – fueling the stereotype of a surly Australian unit handling weak English outfit at a dangerous Gabba wicket. All of a sudden, Anderson and Broad’s omission merges with a bad batting display – all endemic to a tour for which “the wheels have fallen”. Etc.
All of this before England had a chance to bowling. In the end, Australia certainly exploited favorable conditions yesterday, and England will have their chance today. The series basically has two sessions, and busty Australians are never more than a problem or two out of trouble. All eyes will be on Woakes and Robinson, the favorite sewing metronomes that can be relied on to match the foolproof lines, lengths and angles of Cummins and Starc. Despite all the noise and pageantry of yesterday, it was the relentlessness of the skipper and the old vice that caused the damage. If Woakes and Robinson were able to do the same, with catches being held, England would fight their way back. No doubt Australia will be brighter and bolder with the bat, so the margins already seem small.
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By going to look for some news on the weather, it promises to be… sunny.