Well the POMS are here (Boony might be able to smell them) but there first game on tour was a bit of a disaster:
England XI were hammered for a record 347 for 5 off 50 overs by a Prime Minister’s XI and in reply they were skittled for just 181 off 38.4 overs. It was a worrying performance with the first of the five Ashes Tests, at Brisbane, just 13 days away. Tait, little used in his two Tests in last year’s Ashes series, threw down his challenge for the third fast-bowling slot behind Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee with explosive figures of 3 for 21 from eight overs. He worked up a full head of steam with his slingy action and claimed the prized wicket of Andrew Flintoff for one.
Okay, so this is the first game of the tour but it sets the tone for the rest of the tour, gave Phil Jaques (112) and Shuan Tait (3-21) a chance to show there stuff. Not only this, but it gave the Aussie batsman a chance to put some pressure on to Monty Panesar (3 overs 0-17) and Ashley Giles (8 overs 1-53) and show them that we are coming after you!
Today the England team start a three day game against the NSW state side. Should be an interesting hit out and a chance to see how they are setting up before the first Test starting in Brisbane on 23rd November.