Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Thoughts on the Third Test

The bookies have the Aussies as slight favourites going into tomorrow’s Third Test at Edgbaston. You certainly wouldn’t put it past Ponting and Co to come roaring back from 1-0 down, but this perception of Aussie superiority raises an interesting point about the mentality of the media and cricket fans in general. Few England fans, if they're honest, believe England should romp home in this series; we’ve all grown up watching England get thrashed, with the exception of 2005. Most of us, therefore, harbour this dark fear that somehow England have been let off in the series so far, and that all Australia have to do is slip into a higher gear for the summer to turn to ruin. It would be nice, just once, for someone of standing to say, with no doubt in their voice, that England deserve to be leaders in this series, and that we are the superior team. But we can’t. Like the bullied schoolboy who’s managed to get one over on his tormentor, we’re forever looking over our shoulder, awaiting the biggest slapdown in sporting history.

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