Wow – what a start to an Ashes series – England one up after a comprehensive 169 run win over the Australian tourists in Cardiff – something that most experts did not predict and if you take into consideration current form, especially the fact both sides have recently played the West Indies away. England laboured and only managed to draw the series, whereas the Aussies battered their Caribbean opponents easily. The tide turned as early as the first morning when rabble rouser in chief Brad Haddin dropped Joe Root on nought, 134 runs later the tourists would rue this miss and on the morning of the third day a batting collapse give the hosts a first innings lead of 122 – now hopefully you see the significance. England were actually bowled out on that day for only 289 – but that first innings deficit meant a run chase of 412 was beyond the Austrlaians as they fell away on day four and aptly Man of the Match Joe Root caught the final wicket (after taking the previous two with his spin) off the bowling of Moeen Ali – clue jovial celebrations at the Swalec Stadium – I’d imagine Cardiff would have been a good night the Saturday just gone 🙂
ONE TEST MOST DEFINITELY DOES NOT MAKE A SUMMER
Its early days of course (only 1 of 5 tests is complete peeps) but as coach Trevor Bayliss said you would rather be one up than one down. Now onto Lords this coming Thursday (16th July) where England after a 75 year wait to beat their antipodean cousins was ended in 2009 followed up with a battering in 2013 – if they complete a hat-trick of consecutive Ashes test wins at ‘The Home of Cricket’ then a 2-0 lead with three to play would put the hosts in a hugely strong position to regain the famous old urn . One final point though – BEWARE THE WOUNDED AUSSIES – I suspect four more tests of to and fro to come – nothing will be easy for either team. Its all to play for.
Cyborg, Machine, TERMINATOR!!!!!!!
So Roger Federer failed in his attempt to win a modern day record of eight mens Wimbledon Titles. The build up to this final seemingly forgot that he was actually playing, clearly as we stand, the best male tennis player on the planet – the machine, the cyborg – even the Terminator (watch out Arnie) Novak Djokovic. A great final that showed the Serbians remarkable comebackability. He saved break points in the first set as well as coming from a break down to win on a tie-break, he then blew the second set tie break to give the Swiss legend the ascendancy but broke early in the third, sealed the set then pushed on to a third title (and a first defence of the trophy ironically since the FedExpress in 2007). Even at 4-3 in the fourth set – serving a break up 0-30 down – he then wins 8 of the next 9 points (including 6 points in a row from the 0-30 down) – utterly brilliant, utterly a champions performance and an utterly deserved win.
So the Grand Slam wagon rolls onto Flushing Meadows starting August 31st. Djoko will head there as favourite and World Number One but there is some food for thought for a few players. How does Fed come back from this – well keeping himself at number 2 in the World is crucial as means he cannot face Djokovic till the Final. More issues are there for players such as Andy Murray who again fell short and as for Rafa Nadal who knows. For me Stan Wawrinka could be a huge danger as he has shown he can live with the Serbian on hard courts and clay with Grand Slam victories over Novak. Obviously last years winner, Marin Cilic, may well have something to say after a peerless two weeks last year. All in all a great end to the Grand Slam season awaits with the mighty Serb the one to beat.
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