Evening all: Ay up. How excited are we all this chilly November evening? I’m on tenterhooks here, time-honoured pessimism giving way to a strange sense of pride that started taking hold midway through yesterday’s afternoon session. I know we’ve all been here before with England but the way both openers and then Jonathan Trott went about their business yesterday made me feel this is a genuinely tough side. All that could go out of the window with a devastating burst from Australia this morning but reading the press Down Under it seems they’re not holding out much hope for that. Mitchell Johnson has gone from enigma to being portrayed as a bit soft, more 90 pies an hour than 90mph. Gideon Haigh wrote in the Business Spectator: “After one over, no fewer than seven team-mates ran past to ruffle his hair, pat his backside or maybe compliment him on his moustache. But he is wicketless so far here, and has taken three for 328 since his successful first innings in Mohali.” On TMS the consensus is that England should get 300 ahead and then, regardless of whether a win is possible, try to inflict psychological damage on Australia by knocking… Read full this story
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