Heading into day 4 there have been rumours of more rain so Strauss needs to be careful regarding what he does next, he could bat on and quickly add another 80 or 100 runs then put them in and see if we can knock them down, alternatively he could declare now, personally I would declare now and let Swanny get at them, but maybe that is why I’m sat in N. Wales watching and he is over there with the decision.
11.30pm: I flick on Sky Sports ready for the action and as I do they are ready to bowl the first ball, that was lucky, they are making time up which was lost due to rain yesterday.
11.32pm: As I was not ready for the start, I have no snacks prepared, I will rectify that situation asap, KP and Bell get their 100 partnership, that is 4 consecutive 100+ partnerships for England, impressive!
11.46pm: KP is caught at 1st slip off the bowling of….X-Doh, the Aussie selectors have nailed it, KP’s frailty against left arm spinners is once again shown and he gets his man for….227 (only 18 short of Australia’s entire 1st innings!) KP bests his previous highest score by 1.
11.53pm: Prior is out LBW from Siddle, he starts to walk but just for the hell of it calls for a review, why not, we have 2 left and only the tail after him, review shows the ball missing leg stump by 4 or 5 inches, not out, result!
11.55pm: I pop downstairs and get myself a pint of diet Pepsi and 1 WC&O.
11.57pm: Bell get his 50, he was the man all the chatter was about as the form batsman coming into the ashes, unfortunately for him (but not for anyone else) all the top order batsmen have been scoring for fun so he hasn’t had a chance yet.
11.59pm: Bell reverse sweeps one and the injured Katich has to run all the way to the boundary to retrieve it, they run 4 so he needn’t have bothered, just made me laugh!
00.05am: England reach 600, Bell and beardy Prior are flying, I imagine a declaration is imminent, within 20 mins I think (although you can never second guess Strauss)
00.11am: This is one-day stuff from them now, they are scoring at about 10 runs an over at the moment.
00.12am: England declare on 620/6, that is a lead of 375 and just for the record the weather looks fine at the moment.
00.22am: Australia start the run chase and Katich faces his 1st ball in 4 days of cricket!
00.42am: A comfortable start from the Aussies and they are 30/0, Also I have just eaten my WC&O.
00.57am: Australia are 44/0, the wicket is playing the same at the moment and they are looking good, Swann is coming in to bowl, this literally could be the pivotal moment in this test.
01.10am: Drinks break and Australia are 50/0.
01.20am: England have Swann and Broad bowling in tandem at the moment and they are doing an excellent job, hardly giving any runs away, 51/0.
01.27am: Swann is really causing them problems but still no breakthrough, 55/0.
01.48am: Let me say I am a massive cricket fan but even I am only just about getting through this, it is very tedious at the moment.
02.00am: Lunch, Australia are 78/0. FIFA time.
For the 1st time since I started this diary I will admit that my opponent, shovelikethesun, was definitely a better player than me, I really struggled to get the ball from him at any point, I was playing as Manchester City (as always) he chose Chelsea, like I said it was attack, attack, attack from him but he never scored and at Full Time it was 0-0.
Extra time started and it was much the same until a hopeful hoof up field found David Silva on his own and massively against the run of play I score to make it 1-0, now I need to defend again but alas the pressure tells and Malouda gets on the end of a rebound and makes it 1-1 with 3 minutes to go.
So, also for the first time I have a penalty shootout, I don’t remember who scored what but amazingly I won 4-3, massively outplayed but as Jimmy Greaves used to say “It’s a funny old game”.
Fredi Fudpukka Vs shovelikethesun
Manchester City Vs Chelsea
Silva 101’ Malouda 117’
02.40am: Swann is picking up where he left off, looking quite dangerous.
02.56am: Finally a breakthrough, Katich edges to Prior from the brilliant Swann and it’s 84/0, I had a bet that their first wicket would fall after 84.5 runs, fucks sake!!
03.03am: Swann is tormenting Ponting here, it’s great to watch.
03.11am: It has taken Ponting 15 minutes to score a run such the pressure that Swann has put him under.
03.14am: I’m sure none of you care that much about my health but after 10 days I am still suffering with headaches so am heading back to the doctors tomorrow, this requires me ringing for an appointment at 8am, that is on my mind with regard to how long I stay up.
03.18am: The pressure on Ponting pays off and he edges Swann to Colly at first slip for 9, great catch low to his left.
03.31am: Tiredness is getting the better of me now, sleep time, hopefully Swann can get 5 by the morning. Australia 111/2.
07.55am: Awake, Australia finished the day on 238/4, not ideal but assuming the rain holds off we surely should go one up after 2 tests.
Turns out there was drama at the end when it was KP of all people that got Michael Clarke with what was the last ball of the day, this brings up the interesting memory of Harmison taking Clarke at Edgbaston in 2005, this ball set up victory in that game, I hope it does again.
So I am now off to pray to the sun god of Australia to fight off the evil rain and help what I am certain will be England going 1-0 up in the series.
One thing I would like to point out is, when me and George recorded our Ashes preview Sportscast, my prediction for the Ashes was an unbelievably optimistic 3-0 to England, what is funny now is that can anybody seriously tell me they think Australia will win one match, let alone the series, they are looking completely hapless with regards to bowling and take Watson and Hussy out, the batting has been suspect too, this is going to be England’s Ashes, I feel it in my bones!
See you tomorrow.
Sleep total for 1st test – 28.5 hours (still quite respectable but remember bad head + painkillers)
Sleep count for 2nd test – 19.5 hours
Food count for 1st test – 2 Cheese, Ham and Tomato toasties, 2 Ham and tomato ketchup sandwiches,1 Chicken and Mushroom pot Noodle, 2 slices of bread and butter, 2 mallow chocs, 1 WS&V, 1 WC&O, 1 Steak kettle chips (150g), 1 Roysters, 1 crunch corner, Faye’s leftover Cantonese chicken, 4 pints of diet Pepsi, 1 pint of Beck Vier, 1 bottle of diet coke (200ml) and 1 pint of water.
Food count for 2nd test – 5 pints of diet Pepsi, 2 WC&O, 1 pickled onion monster munch, 2 cheese and ham toasties, a pack of custard creams.
FIFA record P11 W10 D1 L1 – F25 A13.