November 27, 2010

Ashes

Hussey and Haddin punish England

Liam Brickhill

The Brisbane Times, unsurprisingly, focussed on Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin's record-breaking partnership, with Jamie Pandaram suggesting that Australia will be "determined to finish off the wounded Poms".

Hussey, 35, celebrated his 12th Test century with a highly-charged display of emotion, having been under pressure for some time to hold his place in the middle order. Haddin was more blase´, smashing Graeme Swann back over his head for six to reach his third Test century.

Peter Roebuck chose to focus on Haddin's knock in the Sydney Morning Herald, arguing that the wicketkeeper's cautious approach in this innings was the vital element.

Throughout, Haddin was as still as a statue and as patient as a farmer. Previously he had impressed as an excellent straight driver and a dangerous but sporadically inconsistent scorer. He did not become a great player overnight but he did emerge as a proper batsman. Certainly he thought along those lines, establishing himself at the crease, building his innings and gradually widening his range of shots. In that regard it was a classical display. It was the most measured innings of his career.

In the Guardian, David Hopps urged James Anderson to put the disappointment of the third day behind him in order to be ready for sterner challenges to come on England's tour.

By rights, when Australia's late wickets suddenly fell, they should have fallen upon Jimmy Anderson, who can rarely have bowled better in a Test outside England, or with such ill luck. But it was perhaps timely that they fell to Steve Finn, the baby of the England attack, the bowler who might have found the experience hardest to withstand. Finn's six for 125 when compared to the figures of Anderson and Finn was a statistical absurdity, but when he took his fifth wicket, Anderson's congratulations were among the warmest.

In the Daily Telegraph, Simon Briggs told the story of how Reg Dickason, England's security officer, may well have saved Andy Flower's life after prompting the England coach to go to a skin clinic for a malignant melanoma.

Andy Flower owes his life to Reg Dickason, the security officer who took him to a skin clinic in Brisbane this week, according to the man who diagnosed the England coach’s malignant melanoma. Dr Shobhan Manoharan believes that the cancerous growth just beneath Flower’s right eye had been developing at some speed, and would have caused potentially fatal complications within months.

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