The Ashes; A Balanced View

The Ashes start tonight and if the press, current and former players and the font of all knowledge leaning on the bar at the Mill, (we all have one), are to be believed.... we're actually in with a fighting chance for the series. The prevailing mood suggests that the winner of the first test at the Gabba should take the series. Frankly, I think only an idiot would write the Aussies off; something always seems to happen to them when they put the baggy green on....... they transmogrify into superhuman aliens with special powers. My own view is that if Ponting hits a fifty in his first innings it will inspire his young team and frankly, we want a thumping hard fought good series, for the cricket world is looking to the Ashes for redemption after what has been a pretty shoddy year.

I thought then, it might be useful and instructive to take a look at life from the informed Australian observers viewpoint.........