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The Ashes

 A summer for staying at home and forgetting about long haul air travel.

The ashes are upon us, so for the next seven weeks the English and Australian cricket squads will battle it out at five different grounds in England and Wales, the former in an effort to regain the ashes, and the latter to keep them.England cricket-crop

There are few sporting occasions which raise hackles and passions more than this biennial event, and the last time the series was here in Britain was 2005.

That was a victory for the home side, but two years later in Sidney, the holders were a shadow of their former selves and suffered a 5-0 whitewash.

Well, judging by yesterday's performance England had the jitters early on, but they rallied and managed to close at 336 for 7. 

As they returned to bat today, the Aussie bowlers were keen to dismiss those remaining wickets. It's been a sobering second day. I think England bowled 56 overs without a wicket. Their spinners were really not effective. A superb innings for Australia at the close with 249 for 1. English bowlers are going to have to pull out all the stops tomorrow. Nevertheless, the first two days have been fascinating.

I must say that I envy seeing the spectators at Cardiff. If there is one pleasure of many then it's attending a cricket match. It doesn't have to be a big event, I'm equally happy watching a local game, and I regularly sit in the small pavilion on Kew Green following the Kew Cricket Club. I'll be at Lord's for the second test, and that's my highlight for the year.

Non-cricket readers may wonder what I'm talking about, but if you've read this far, you may like to check out my Squidoo Ashes lens, which sheds light on the subject, and attempts to explain what all the fuss is about.  Also visit to hear live Ashes commentary and to see latest images.

Check out this video for some patriotic fervour. It's Jerusalem sung by English soprano Keedie.


July 9, 2009 - Posted by | Cricket

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