Tuesday, 26 August 2008

England are Un-broad-evable

It is a rare and precious thing when an England side, criticised and over-looked for so long, can bowl so brilliantly, accurately and consistently, leaving South Africa with their lowest total ever against England. It begs the question: where has this England team been hiding? And please can they stick around forever?

With bowlers like Stuart Broad (5-23) and Andrew Flintoff ripping into and destroying the South African top-order batsmen, England, in this state, look unbeatable.

South Africa had trouble from the start, with Herschelle Gibbs (10), Graeme Smith (9) and Jacques Kallis (6) all struggling to score. These batsmen are normally more reliable than the number 3 bus in totting up the runs, but today they had no answers for the England bowlers.

When Andre Nel, the tailender, is the top scorer of the innings with 13, it becomes pretty obvious that it has been England's day so far. And to bowl out the second best One Day side (England are a measly sixth) in 23 overs for 83 runs is pretty remarkable.

Ian Bell and Matt Prior came out to bat with the only obstacle being trying to finish off the run-chase before tea at 6pm. This they did with relative ease, only needing 14 overs to finish the game and win by 10 wickets.
England played an unbelievable game with the bat and ball, and if they manage to win at the Oval, they will have wrapped up the One Day series in only three games (out of a possible five).
Nightwatchgirl won't count her chickens yet, but the fact that it is even possible shows that England should not be underestimated by any team.


David said...

"England, in this state, look unbeatable"

Ok so this statement is a very big one indeed. Without seeing the particulars of the match (no need to, your unbiased commentary is all I need) it would appear Englands bowlers well and truly won the match for them, just because the run chase was minimal doesn't mean you should glorify the batsmen too.

My years of experience in cricket watching have taught me one valuable lesson, never predict the game of cricket, either during a series, a match, a session, even an over. It will be interesting to see how this series unfolds :)

Anonymous said...

Have been waving the wand secretly from the stands Nightwatchgirl? ;)

It took a while for yesterday's scorecard to sink in when I first read it. It seems too magical.

Like oomby dave has said, I too will wait till the end of the series to pass judgement on KP and his boys.

Hey, I do not grudge you your wins. Hope you find your voice back soon, after all that shouting and celebrating ... :)

The Nightwatchgirl said...

I want a mint...