Tuesday, 5 March 2013
Ashes two Ashes
Yes my friends it's nearly here….like the long awaited blockbuster coming soon to a cinema near you. The Ashes is but a cricket balls throw away, and this time its personal. This is the Superbowl of the cricketing calendar, the Christmas gifts under the tree but even more festive. This time around however there will be twice the number of presents and, due to the kind scheduling Gods, we will be enjoying back to back Ashes series this year.
Santa must be real!
Some say that this rare happening will spoil the dinner of many fans and connoisseurs who enjoy the long build up to a hard and gritty feast of cricket. I say it will line the stomach in order to be filled with the spicy and sweet flavours that will satisfy its customers and keep them coming back for more.
Everyone loves an 'all you can eat' buffet.
England will be fielding one of their strongest sides since…well…ever, and with their experienced and well settled group, are strong favourites yet again. Graham the 'Black Swann' as he's called, will be fighting time to recover from an elbow injury and will be an essential piece on the chess board as usual.
Australia are quite the opposite. With such a young and inexperienced side it's amazing that the boys in green and gold are still ranked one of the top 3 test sides in the world. In the past 12 months or so Australia have played some quite miraculous cricket at times and have punched well above their weight with strong jabs. Michael Clarke is almost entirely responsible for this success. He has taken to captaincy like a geek to a calculator, pushing the right buttons and coming up with the right numbers. Huge numbers at that, for Clarke seems to be in the richest vein of form imaginable and has beaten test sides almost singlehandedly.
At the moment Clarke is guiding his class of youngsters through a difficult puberty in the hope that, in a few years time, they will be strong men. A side that displays perfect technique, skill and the guts to be the best team in the world once more.
Can they make it? Or will England claim yet more bragging rights? let's see.
The buffet is nearly open, so be sure to bring an extra large plate.