When the Akmal brothers bashed the Aussie bowlers all over the park, I wondered whether Clarke had begun to regret his temporary insanity, in letting Pakistan bat first. And when the Aussies lost wickets in a heap, the feeling got stronger.
For the third time, in the tournament, Mike Hussey was there, when it mattered. At the end of it, I feel sorry for England. Despite Collingwood’s bluster that he looked forward to meeting Australia in the final, he would have secretly wanted Pakistan, as Pakistan are a side that can go from sublime to ridiculous, in successive matches. And England would have fancied their chances.
What, if anything, can England do to counter Australia? On a fast and bouncy Barbados wicket, Nannes, Tait and Johnson are going to come hard at them. In terms of speed, Broad and Sidebottom don’t match up, though England can make a consolation claim that Swann is a better spinner than any Aussie. But will spin matter?
Historically, England have choked against the Aussies. We should be satisfied if they put up any sort of fight, in the final.
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