The toothless Briton ‘lion’ is on the verge of losing the historic Ashes series to the flamboyant Aussie ‘kangaroo.’ In the world of cricket the Ashes trophy is the most coveted prize but the catch is that it is a very exclusive club as it is a series only open to and played by England against Australia.
English cricket team is the present holder of the prestigious trophy. It is so because they have won this coveted prize for the previous three occasions on a trot. The Englishmen performed the hat-trick and are going for the fourth consecutive win but it seems unlikely as the Australians have won the first two test matches of the best of five series.
Australia beat England convincingly in the first two test matches. They won the first test at Brisbane by 381 runs and the second at Adelaide by 218 runs. If they win the third test match at Perth, then they would surely seal the fate of the reeling English cricket team for good as they will gain the unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five test match series.
English batting has been at the mercy of the fierce spells of fast bowling by Mitchell Johnson, the Australian speedster. He rattled the English batting line-up both in Brisbane and Adelaide. Cricket pundits are of the firm view that Johnson will be at his best on his home ground, in front of his home crowd at WACA.
According to Sir Geoffrey Boycott, legendary English opener and now a commentator famous for his sarcastic remarks commented on English cricket team’s captain Alistair Cook’s second-inning dismissal at Adelaide after scoring only one run,”Here was our captain, who is supposed to set the tone hooking Mitchell Johnson down fine leg’s throat in the second over of the day, which shows his brain is scrambled.” He also stressed that some drastic changes in the team are a must if the Briton ‘lion’ is to defeat the Aussie ‘kangaroo.’
Andy Flower the Zimbabwean manager of the English squad is himself one of the greatest batsmen in world cricket. Flower spoke to the press emphasized the fact that the English opening batsmen have to step up a gear so that there is no extra pressure on the middle order. He said that his side needs a little luck, as well. Flower hoped that England wins the toss at WACA and then posts a huge total so that they can put pressure on Australia.
Mitchell Johnson, on the other hand is confident that he will run through the English batsmen’s defenses as he did at Brisbane and Adelaide. The speed-gun showed that Johnson was consistently bowling at speeds of 150-kilometers-an-hour (93 miles-an-hour) at Brisbane and Adelaide.
Whatever the final outcome at Perth, English side is in dire need of a miracle to retain the Ashes. English take their cricket very serious and they hate loosing, especially to Australians. Hence, Briton’lion’ desperately needs to enhance its predatory skills if it is to make a successful kill of the Aussie ‘kangaroo’.
By Iftikhar Tariq Khanzada