I decided to stay up and watch the highlights show, then listen online to BBC Five Live's coverage. I fell asleep at 12.00am French time..Couldn't even make the first ball in the highlights show.
I woke up this morning at 5am French time (4am UK)and was determined to listen to the match unfold, live, on the radio. I went straight back to sleep and woke with the alarm at 7am. So yes, I have officially seen nothing and heard the final twenty minutes of the first two matches.
I am still searching for some live streaming online, it is totally boring listening to cricket on the radio. If you have never tried, don't. It is worse than listening to a party political broadcast. Terrible.
I am hoping that somebody reading this, and there are loads at the moment, can offer me some salvation. I need to watch the cricket live!
Tonight, I am going to try to see if my local Irish bar (always an Irish bar!!) has sky. I want to know if anyone has watched it live in the pub, you know, 24/7 drinking must make this possible? If so, I am considering flying back to watch some.
So, todays cricket..
Australia 602-9....WHAT?? The third highest total ever at the Gabba.
How did that happen? Who is to blame?
Apparently not Freddie, even though he is still recovering from the ankle surgery, he was our man of the match.
Harmison? 1-123..123 runs..God help us. Chin up Stevie..
I heard that Ponting 'out-captained' Freddie. That the Aussies had prepared for the match, mentally, physically and tactically, and that us 'Poms' didn't/haven't.
Now, it's not all doom and gloom. We only have to get 403 to save the follow-on.
That's right..only 403!! England are now 14/1 to win the ashes 2006. Now before we carry on, look at the odds in 2005 and how they changed..
So, as you can see, after the first game in 2005, England's odds were 12/1. What happened then?
Back to the todays game:-
53-3...When Warney bowled his one and only over, I heard fear in the commentators voices. He threw six balls!! We are in trouble, even though the wicket is still in our favour, we are in big trouble. As I predicted yesterday, we rolled over and died today too.
Only Freddie seems up for it, now it is time for KP to roll up his sleeves, take a deep breath, feel e passion flow, grit his teeth, dig deep and start smashing the ball out of the ground.
PS. Bring Monty on next game???
Let me know what you think....I will let you know if I actually get to watch some tomorrow.