Sunday, August 07, 2005

King Freddie

My fingernails really can't take much of this.

Going into the fourth day with just two tail-end wickets to take and 107 runs to play with, it should have been all over within the first half hour, shouldn't it?

Not a bit of it.

This match has twisted and turned over the three previous days, so it shouldn't have come as a surprise to anyone that it wasn't straightforward. Battling performances by Lee, Warne and Kasprowicz saw the Convicts XI almost steal the victory. Flintoff, wheeling away despite the pain in his shoulder and well-tempered enough to share a friendly word with Brett Lee at the end of the match, despite subjecting him to a very aggressive spell of quality pace bowling during the innings.

And to end with a final wicket that wasn't...

Edgbaston is already known as the location of the most exciting ODI - remember that 1999 World Cup semi-final between Australia and South Africa? Now it has a claim as the home of the most exciting Test.

Any bets on this series being decided by the final match at the Oval?

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go and taunt some stray Colonials.

Bring it on.

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