The first Ashes test is now behind us and after a long time the Australian team has drawn first blood in an Ashes series and looks like seriously winning it and regaining the urn.
Midnight Breakfast in their Ashes article dated 21st November 2013 had predicted that this Ashes series might belong to the “Mavericks” (players with X-factor) like Warner, Johnson, Watson and Pietersen.
We had also mentioned the names of Michael Clarke, Stuart Broad as impact making players.
Most of our predictions have come true with Warner, Johnson, Clarke and Broad all performing for their respective sides.
The so called “Bad Boy” of Aussie cricket, Warner was till recently making all the headlines for the wrong reasons. He was picked in this series on the back of his great domestic performances and he did not disappoint the faith of the selectors. He hit a quick century in Australian second innings to set up a mammoth total for England to chase along with captain fantastic Clarke (who also scored a century). He had also made an elegant 45 in the first innings and took some very important catches.
Johnson who was also making a return to Aussie test squad bowled with great pace and gave a dose of chin music to the English batsmen and one can say literally blew them off. He returned with 9 wickets in the match and also scored 64 runs in the Aussie first innings to bail his team out of a poor position of 132/6 along with Brad Haddin.
Stuart Broad who was termed as the villain by Aussie media for his controversy in the Ashes first leg overcame the boos and hostile reception of the Gabba crowd to take 9 wickets in the match. He was also among the very few England batsmen who looked a little comfortable against the body line bowling by Mitchell Johnson.
We had also predicted this Ashes to be very competitive and not one sided affair as the few earlier ones. Australian victory has only but cemented this fact and set up the stage beautifully for cricket lovers to sit back and enjoy this intense rivalry.
The caravan now moves to the beautiful Adelaide Oval where the England team will feel a little comfortable as Adelaide has historically been a batting beauty and also known to assist spinners which will bring England’s trump card Swann into the picture.
So we all hope that in spite of the laid back background and seagulls on the ground, the game is a closely fought one.