Brian Micklethwait's Blog

In which I continue to seek part time employment as the ruler of the world.

Home

www.google.co.uk


Recent Comments


Monthly Archives


Most recent entries


Search


Advanced Search


Other Blogs I write for

Brian Micklethwait's Education Blog

CNE Competition
CNE Intellectual Property
Samizdata
Transport Blog


Blogroll

2 Blowhards
6000 Miles from Civilisation
A Decent Muesli
Adloyada
Adventures in Capitalism
Alan Little
Albion's Seedling
Alex Ross: The Rest Is Noise
Alex Singleton
AngloAustria
Another Food Blog
Antoine Clarke
Antoine Clarke's Election Watch
Armed and Dangerous
Art Of The State Blog
Biased BBC
Bishop Hill
BLDG BLOG
Bloggers Blog
Blognor Regis
Blowing Smoke
Boatang & Demetriou
Boing Boing
Boris Johnson
Brazen Careerist
Bryan Appleyard
Burning Our Money
Cafe Hayek
Cato@Liberty
Charlie's Diary
Chase me ladies, I'm in the cavalry
Chicago Boyz
China Law Blog
Cicero's Songs
City Comforts
Civilian Gun Self-Defense Blog
Clay Shirky
Climate Resistance
Climate Skeptic
Coffee & Complexity
Coffee House
Communities Dominate Brands
Confused of Calcutta
Conservative Party Reptile
Contra Niche
Contrary Brin
Counting Cats in Zanzibar
Скрипучая беседка
CrozierVision
Dave Barry
Davids Medienkritik
David Thompson
Deleted by tomorrow
deputydog
diamond geezer
Dilbert.Blog
Dizzy Thinks
Dodgeblogium
Don't Hold Your Breath
Douglas Carswell Blog
dropsafe
Dr Robert Lefever
Dr. Weevil
ecomyths
engadget
Englands Freedome, Souldiers Rights
English Cut
English Russia
EU Referendum
Ezra Levant
Everything I Say is Right
Fat Man on a Keyboard
Ferraris for all
Flickr blog
Freeborn John
Freedom and Whisky
From The Barrel of a Gun
ft.com/maverecon
Fugitive Ink
Future Perfect
FuturePundit
Gaping Void
Garnerblog
Gates of Vienna
Gizmodo
Global Warming Politics
Greg Mankiw's Blog
Guido Fawkes' blog
HE&OS
Here Comes Everybody
Hit & Run
House of Dumb
Iain Dale's Diary
Ideas
Idiot Toys
IMAO
Indexed
India Uncut
Instapundit
Intermezzo
Jackie Danicki
James Delingpole
James Fallows
Jeffrey Archer's Official Blog
Jessica Duchen's classical music blog
Jihad Watch
Joanne Jacobs
Johan Norberg
John Redwood
Jonathan's Photoblog
Kristine Lowe
Laissez Faire Books
Languagehat
Last of the Few
Lessig Blog
Libertarian Alliance: Blog
Liberty Alone
Liberty Dad - a World Without Dictators
Lib on the United Kingdom
Little Man, What Now?
listen missy
Loic Le Meur Blog
L'Ombre de l'Olivier
London Daily Photo
Londonist
Mad Housewife
Mangan's Miscellany
Marginal Revolution
Mark Wadsworth
Media Influencer
Melanie Phillips
Metamagician and the Hellfire Club
Michael Jennings
Michael J. Totten's Middle East Journal
Mick Hartley
More Than Mind Games
mr eugenides
Mutualist Blog: Free Market Anti-Capitalism
My Boyfriend Is A Twat
My Other Stuff
Natalie Solent
Nation of Shopkeepers
Neatorama
neo-neocon
Never Trust a Hippy
NO2ID NewsBlog
Non Diet Weight Loss
Normblog
Nurses for Reform blog
Obnoxio The Clown
Oddity Central
Oliver Kamm
On an Overgrown Path
One Man & His Blog
Owlthoughts of a peripatetic pedant
Oxford Libertarian Society /blog
Patri's Peripatetic Peregrinations
phosita
Picking Losers
Pigeon Blog
Police Inspector Blog
PooterGeek
Power Line
Private Sector Development blog
Public Interest.co.uk
Publius Pundit
Quotulatiousness
Rachel Lucas
RealClimate
Remember I'm the Bloody Architect
Rob's Blog
Sandow
Scrappleface
Setting The World To Rights
Shane Greer
Shanghaiist
SimonHewittJones.com The Violin Blog
Sinclair's Musings
Slipped Disc
Sky Watching My World
Social Affairs Unit
Squander Two Blog
Stephen Fry
Stuff White People Like
Stumbling and Mumbling
Style Bubble
Sunset Gun
Survival Arts
Susan Hill
Teblog
Techdirt
Technology Liberation Front
The Adam Smith Institute Blog
The Agitator
The AntRant
The Becker-Posner Blog
The Belgravia Dispatch
The Belmont Club
The Big Blog Company
The Big Picture
the blog of dave cole
The Corridor of Uncertainty (a Cricket blog)
The Croydonian
The Daily Ablution
The Devil's Advocate
The Devil's Kitchen
The Dissident Frogman
The Distributed Republic
The Early Days of a Better Nation
The Examined Life
The Filter^
The Fly Bottle
The Freeway to Serfdom
The Future of Music
The Futurist
The Happiness Project
The Jarndyce Blog
The London Fog
The Long Tail
The Lumber Room
The Online Photographer
The Only Winning Move
The Policeman's Blog
The Road to Surfdom
The Sharpener
The Speculist
The Surfer
The Wedding Photography Blog
The Welfare State We're In
things magazine
TigerHawk
Tim Blair
Tim Harford
Tim Worstall
tomgpalmer.com
tompeters!
Transterrestrial Musings
UK Commentators - Laban Tall's Blog
UK Libertarian Party
Unqualified Offerings
Violins and Starships
Virginia Postrel
Vodkapundit
WebUrbanist
we make money not art
What Do I Know?
What's Up With That?
Where the grass is greener
White Sun of the Desert
Why Evolution Is True
Your Freedom and Ours


Websites


Mainstream Media

BBC
Guardian
Economist
Independent
MSNBC
Telegraph
The Sun
This is London
Times


Syndicate

RSS 1.0
RSS 2.0
Atom
Feedburner
Podcasts


Categories

Advertising
Africa
Anglosphere
Architecture
Art
Asia
Atheism
Australasia
Billion Monkeys
Bits from books
Bloggers and blogging
Books
Brian Micklethwait podcasts
Brians
Bridges
Business
Career counselling
Cartoons
Cats and kittens
China
Civil liberties
Classical music
Comedy
Comments
Computer graphics
Cranes
Crime
Current events
Democracy
Design
Digital photographers
Drones
Economics
Education
Emmanuel Todd
Environment
Europe
Expression Engine
Family
Food and drink
France
Friends
Getting old
Globalisation
Healthcare
History
How the mind works
India
Intellectual property
Japan
Kevin Dowd
Language
Latin America
Law
Libertarianism
Links
Literature
London
Media and journalism
Middle East and Islam
Movies
Music
My blog ruins
My photographs
Open Source
Opera
Other creatures
Painting
Photography
Podcasting
Poetry
Politics
Pop music
Propaganda
Quote unquote
Radio
Religion
Roof clutter
Russia
Scaffolding
Science
Science fiction
Sculpture
Signs and notices
Social Media
Society
Software
South America
Space
Sport
Technology
Television
The internet
The Micklethwait Clock
Theatre
This and that
This blog
Transport
Travel
USA
Video
War


Thursday December 16 2010

The third test in Perth got under way in the small hours of this morning without anyone getting out in the first over.  Since Anderson of England bowled that over, a maiden, that was a definite setback for England.  The last ball of this first over did see Watson being given out caught behind off his hip, but he knew he wasn’t out and the review system saved him.

But a wicket did fall in the second over.  Hughes bowled Tremlett 2.  So, some compensation for that early disappointment for us England supporters.

Tremlett, flagged up in my previous Ashes posting here, has already taken more wickets (1) in this match than the entire total of the wickets he took (0) in the earlier warm-up game against Victoria.

Now Ponting is out, caught Collingwood bowled Anderson 12.  17-2.

A lot can happen during a five day test match, but, on balance, I would say that England are just about shading it, so far.

I’d say Australia are in disarray: unlucky with the toss, but selection is all over the shop.

The batsmen out so far have been technically flawed (Hughes) or playing like it’s a five over match.

“Great start compared with last time,” says one commentator: “we were 3 for 2.”

Posted by Antoine Clarke on 16 December 2010

England bat for the next two days?
First innings lead of 300?
Swann then takes 10 for 200?
On the other hand...?
Cook is currently averaging 230+ for the series. Surely there is only one way that can go.

Posted by Tony Hewson on 16 December 2010

It will be a special english bowler that takes all ten with the rest of Anderson, Swann, Finn, Tremlett, Broad and whoever bowling at the other end. 

To take ten, you need to be brilliant, and not have wickets fall at the other end.

Posted by Dead Dog Bounce on 17 December 2010

Sorry about that typo. It should of course have read;
England middle order collapse?
First innings deficit of 50?
Swann then takes 10 for 200?
Bloody computers eh?

Posted by Tony Hewson on 17 December 2010

Johnson finds form and England out for 187,. Series definitely not over.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 17 December 2010

Indeed.  And I think I am entitled to say: I told you so.  I said it wasn’t over and I said Johnson might be the reason.

Tremlett, also flagged up, is also doing okay for England.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 17 December 2010

See also: How quickly the mood can change!

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 17 December 2010

I would suggest my first comment there was pretty spot on, too. Johnson was the only possible way the series was not over.

For the first time in the series, I am feeling that Australia might just have a chance. Going to Melbourne 1-1 would be awesome. Johnson running in with 100,000 in the stands. Oh yeah.

Some runs from Ponting and Clarke would be nice. Unfortunately, though, they are listed in th regulations of the Mates Act, and so cannot be dropped

Posted by Michael Jennings on 17 December 2010

I started writing a long comment so I’ve posted it here.

But there’s one thought I keep having about the education side of sport. The Australians used to boast (a lot) about their cricket academy which supposedly turned youngsters into champions like a production line. What happened?

A wider question is whether any independent assessment has ever been done of sports academies in general (I recall Dutch football was supposed to be all conquering in the 1990s because of Ajax’s training systems). I don’t recall Dutch football teams winning much nor, say, the tenth best Dutch coach being hired to reorganise a Spanish or Italian club’s youth system. The very best are in demand, but not the journeymen, which would be the case, surely, if the techniques were as good as the propaganda suggested.

The suspicion I have is that youth academies don’t work: they merely teach the already gifted, who by and large would do as well in any vaguely helpful environment. Justifying an academy on Shane Warne or Wayne Rooney does not strike me as good enough. Surely these players would come through anyhow?

It may be even that education itself is a flawed activity “them as can’t, teach” or that good techniques haven’t been worked out. If the latter, there’s a gap in the market for sure.

This seems like a discussion that would fit on an education blog (hint, hint).

Posted by Antoine Clarke on 17 December 2010

I am just beginning to enjoy this.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 18 December 2010

Yes.  All that crowing (English) and moaning (Australian) suddenly looks very last week.

At which point it falls to me to point out that when Australia duly wins this game, it will only be 1-1.  Just as it was before the final test at the Oval in 2008, when Australia likewise had all the “momentum”, having won by a mile at Leeds.

Boycott called this exactly right, from day one, after which he was saying England let Australia off the hook, after the great England start the beginning of which I blogged about.  He really is an excellent analyst.

All I have been saying is: not over till it’s over, funny old game, blah blah.  All true of course.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 18 December 2010

Quite. This series has had a couple of dramatic reversals, and may well have more. Really, I think a great deal still depends on Mitchell Johnson. Can he bowl this well for the rest of the series. If so, Australia likely wins the Ashes. If not, not. England do of course only need a drawn series, so (assuming they win this one) Australia need at least one win and no losses, which is still relatively hard. Australia have home advantage, though.

On the other hand, for the last couple of weeks I have been thinking that England 4-0 was the most likely result, and we are now not getting that.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 18 December 2010

Boycott was spot on, yes. If England had got Australia out for 130 or even 187 from 5/69, Johnson would have had nothing to bowl at and England would likely have won. As it was, Johnson himself scored the runs that gave him something to bowl at, so it was a fabulous performance from him.

The Perth pitch was perfect for Johnson and terrible for Swann though. Melbourne and Sydney will be more even.

I don’t think there will be much crowing from supporters of either side until the series is over, though. lord only knows what will happen next.

Posted by Michael Jennings on 19 December 2010
Commenting is not available in this weblog entry.