2nd Test Preview – Fire in the belly

In just under thirteen hours I will be near a nervous breakdown. In just over thirteen hours we should have a pretty good idea what the rest of the series will look like.

Let’s review: 

England were thrashed in the first test.

Everyone is calling for Ashley Giles to be dropped. So far the team has yet to show that magical espirit de corps which has made them an opponent to be reckoned with.

A side of proven batsmen need to rise above the odd individual performance and produce a rock solid innings.

McGrath, having taken a bag of wickets is out injured.

Sound familier to anyone else?

A wise man predicted the second test would be the defining moment of this series and I stand by that prediction. As a further sign of my faith in the tourists, I have dumped McGrath from my fantasy team and elected Steve Harmison.

While the wayward favorite son of Durham has been written off by many, and there is a good chance he may never fully recover his confidence or achieve long-term form, today at least you cannot write off the rage coursing through Harmison’s veins. 

My instinct is that someone is going to get hurt and that Flintoff will be able to light enough of a fire in the Pavilion to get one really blistering show out of this side.

If they win they can ride the wave to at least a drawn series and maybe another victory.

If not, then the Ashes of English cricket really would be on display in Sydney.


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