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A consideration of all evidence in order to give a clear and decisive answer regarding the theory that Australia weren’t good in the Ashes, but were made to look that way by a terrible England (includes relevant figures)

  • 397 runs
  • 12-127 (Click here for more information)
  • 482 run target
  • 281 run victory
  • Not on home ground
  • Against the number 1 test team

Just saying.

 

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13 comments on “A consideration of all evidence in order to give a clear and decisive answer regarding the theory that Australia weren’t good in the Ashes, but were made to look that way by a terrible England (includes relevant figures)

  1. lou
    February 15, 2014

    Ha, ha, ha. Yout title looks a scream in blog roll sidebars.

  2. grunthosbird
    February 15, 2014

    Yup. I didn’t expect that margin of victory at all. I seem to be saying words like “unexpected” a lot in relation to these Aussies.

    Don’t forget that you lost the toss too!

    • kirbymeehan
      February 15, 2014

      I had some grief online, mostly from sore England fans who just desperately wanted Australia to lose something. I dedicate this post to those losers.

      • lou
        February 16, 2014

        Most of them would be happier, wouldn’t they? At least it isn’t JUST their team that Johnson has made a mess of.

  3. betti w. woo (@bettiwettiwoo)
    February 16, 2014

    Well, that was fun! Let’s do that again!

    I had some really sore Saffer in my TL saying that this Australian victory didn’t count because the pitch was crap and not a proper Test wicket: which I found particularly funny since SA couldn’t take 20 wickets!

    I did, otoh, have some rather gleeful Poms there, who were basically writing tweets along the lines of Cook not looking so bad now, eh?!

  4. kirbymeehan
    February 16, 2014

    @Lou – yes, I think many of them would be. As Betti says – Cook not looking so bad now. And possibly, after the fact, this is the case. Before the series, though, I met many who couldn’t wait to tell me that Australia were going to get their arses kicked (“yes, but by a real team” I would respond) and that they would enjoy it.

  5. betti w. woo (@bettiwettiwoo)
    February 16, 2014

    I’m in spam jail. :(

  6. kirbymeehan
    February 16, 2014

    “3 of Johnson’s 5 wickets in this second innings have been brilliant fielding and average bowling.”

    So, what about the other 9 in the test, then?

    I think I know why you are in jail – I’m going to change something in my settings and see if that helps.

    • lou
      February 16, 2014

      That guy is feeling bitter, isn’t he? Ha.

    • betti w. woo (@bettiwettiwoo)
      February 17, 2014

      ‘So, what about the other 9 in the test, then?’

      Well, that. (Though, according to Graeme Smith, they were all ‘lower order wickets’. South Africa just has a really long tail: starting, as it apparently does, with Smith himself and Petersen.)

      Query: is it really that much of a comfort that Pony still gets wickets when his bowling is ‘average’?

      I find the disparagement of our bowling quite baffling. And it’s just not South Africans now either. After the Ashes, some show had Geoffrey Boycott on the sofa expressing the view that no batsman should get out to Sexy Harris, whom he went on to describe as some kind of gentle, unthreatening medium pacer.

      Finally, I don’t know if you’ve seen this? I found it quite funny.

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