The anticipation of the first ball of the Ashes Test has come and gone. The nerves were evident across all players faces, non more than Ashton Agar. The young 19 year old shocked all when Glenn Mcgrath presented his Baggy Green making him the 434th player to represent Australia.
Some feel sorry for Lyon, but seeing as the majority of the English batsman are right-handers and have never played Agar before it may be the biggest tactical move allowing the under dogs to gain some ascendancy.
With reports of the wicket being dry and set to spin later in the Test, I thought that they might have selected both Agar and Lyon. I am sure Lyon’s time will come throughout this Series but not this match.
The other player that seemed nervous was Captain Cook, who has the weight of England on his shoulders and it showed when he chased a wider delivery and was the first wicket to fall.
At lunch England 2/98 have the upper hand as the young Aussie bowling attack couldn’t find their line and length to apply any real pressure. The boys were bowling a little too straight looking for the LBW which has allowed Trott and Pietersen to score freely.
As it is time for me to head to bed, a few closing thoughts from me. I feel that the track will flatten even more throughout the day and with the Poms looking comfortable, runs are there for the taking. At this stage going on the opening session, the only bowler I can see halting their progress is the work horse Siddle, otherwise I expect England to take the honours at the conclusion of today’s play.