Nightwatchman Ashes Blog Post #6
Ashes 2015: Edgbaston a low point for Australia but we'll bounce back at Trent Bridge
To say we’re disappointed is an understatement. We had a good break after the second Test but we came out at Edgbaston without any of the discipline and intent that we showed at Lord’s, and that showed in the result.
You have to give credit where credit is due. I thought James Anderson bowled exceptionally well on the first morning and it was a good lesson on how to bowl in those conditions.
There was a little bit in the pitch early on but other than that, we didn’t play our best cricket. We didn’t bat very well and as a unit, we did not bowl as well as we know we can.
However, that is something we can turn around. We had a couple of really bad days at Edgbaston but we can learn from that.
There is nothing wrong with making mistakes as long as you become a better player as a result. At the end of each day we reviewed where we went wrong and looked for solutions. The key is that we learn quickly.
It was good to see a little more life in the pitch, especially after the first two Tests, and it was great from my point of view to see the ball spin a little. Unfortunately we weren’t able to take the game into the fourth and fifth days as it could’ve been a very good finish.
It was important that the lower order dug in and helped build our lead during the second innings. Being NSW boys, Pete Nevill, Mitch Starc, Josh Hazlewood and I have played a bit of cricket together and we are pretty confident with the bat.
We knew that we’d all be able to hang around at the crease if given the opportunity so we focused on building partnerships, enjoying our time in the middle and scoring as many runs as we could.
With England now leading the series 2-1 we will start looking ahead to Nottingham.
Losing James Anderson is a big blow for them. As we saw on day one, he is a world class bowler and while you never want to see anyone get injured, he leaves a massive hole for England to fill.
However, we need to start planning for Stuart Broad, Steve Finn (who bowled very well at Edgbaston) and whoever they bring into the squad.
As cricketers, you don’t get to play too many Grand Finals. That is how we are looking at the fourth Test and it is something that we should really enjoy. We are looking forward to the week ahead, the build-up to the game and enjoying each other’s company so we can put in a really good performance and level the series.
One of the talking points from the last few days was the freakish catch by Adam Voges while fielding at short-leg on day one.
I’ve seen a few instances where fieldsmen have gotten lucky and the ball has been caught up in their clothing, or just hit the middle of their hand and stuck – and this was certainly one of those!
It just happened that I missed my length by a little bit and while Adam was trying to protect himself, the ball has somehow managed to lodge itself between his chest and his arm and stayed there!
It was a lucky catch and a lucky wicket for me, but I definitely wasn’t going to call Alistair Cook back and say “that’s unlucky – have another go!”
3rd August 2015
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