What an amazing day of cricket at the Gabba! I have seen a lot of cricket in my time but today’s will be hard to top. Of course I say this as an Australian fan: if you are a fan of the English team it was a day to forget.
Australia are well and truly on top in this game now with a lead of over 200 runs and 10 wickets still in hand. For that position of health, the Australians must thank their bowlers profusely who have dominated the game so far.
Here are my talking points arising from day two:
The Maligned Rises Part 2: Johnson the dominant
Mitchell Johnson broke the game open with a scintillating spell of express bowling from the city end of the ground that left the English bereft and the crowd roaring. The dismissal of Carberry was the starting point to England’s collapse and was brilliantly thought out and executed. Johnson has gone a long way to prove a lot of doubters this game and for that he is to be lauded.
The Maligned Rises Part 3: Lyon Hearted
Many Australian fans have a soft spot for Nathan Lyon and his performances to date in the baggy green have been solid if not spectacular. His first spell today was a marvel of off spin bowling. 3 strangling maidens that contributed to Carberry’s wicket was the start of the spell and then he conjured two classic off spinning wickets to extract Bell and Prior.
The Brain’s Trust: I love it when a plan comes together
It was blindingly obvious that the Australians came into this innings with plans for all of the English batters and those plans came off. The brain’s trust from Australia of Lehmann, Clarke, Haddin and Watson (I include Watson because it was clear that Watson was part of the discussions on the field) have done their homework and done it very well.
It was a brilliant day: Australia now have England on the ropes and must tomorrow keep them there by batting for the whole day. If they do a lead of 220 will be transformed into a lead of 500 and the game will be theirs for the taking.