Monday, 22 December 2008

Where to from failure?

It's been that sort of day - Australia's bowling failed yesterday, I failed to catch the train, the usual escalator from platform 6 failed, the train home failed to be on time and missed the connection (as well as being super-crowded due to two carriages out of action), and so on... Thankfully it ended with a great "fair dinkum" carols night, putting any failure in a bit of perspective.

Yes, it's definitely that time of year now. Christmas, and then the Boxing Day Test. The Saffers will definitely feel like celebrating, while Ponting and co will be a bit worried. Some are saying Lee's position is in trouble, but Peter Roebuck seems to agree with me that he bowled reasonably well, though not outstandingly or successfully. He also says the batsmen were as culpable as the bowlers. They didn't do that well, but I don't think improving the batting will lead to winning any more matches.

Which takes us to Melbourne. Hauritz has been brought back to NSW, and back to Australia. The same questions remain. It hsa been said that he is more defensive, which might be necessary in the absence of Clark. As for pace, will Hilfenhaus replace Siddle? And while the batting isn't the vital problem, I think there are definitely options ready to replace Hayden. In the meantime, and as we go on, back to Christmas.

4 comments:

Straight Point said...

the relentless work load on lee and some personal problems is showing up on lee...it may sound radical but oz missed the chance to give him much needed break against nz and try other options (the result would have still been same)...

now he is trying too hard for wickets and there by not enjoying the game...

hayden's case is mystery for me...even if they think he is important batsman for ashes they should ask him to return to domestic games and sort out his form...away from the media glare which is getting pointed after each failure of his...

Soulberry said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Jonathan said...

Thanks, Soulberry. I've been having too much fun family festivities to even!

SP, you've got a point. Lee's not in a good place. As for Hayden, I guess the dodgy decisions he's got migh tbe helping him. There are definitely people like Rogers, Hughes, etc, reday to go.

scorpicity said...

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and your family.

Cheers

On the match: End of the road for Haydos?