After England managed to grind out a draw in the Australian sunshine, many critics of the game will point to this being another reason not to sit and watch a test match for five days. Think of what you could get done in that amount of time. Lucky for us it’s on at a time when, unless you’re nocturnal, you wouldn’t be doing a whole lot else. Watching a test match for five days also allows you to neglect anything close to work and is an excuse to drink beer steadily for eight hours a day.
The tourists managed to bat out to 517, only losing one wicket along the way, and watching as Australia could only reach 107 for 1 before the close of play confirmed the draw. Alastair Cook high scored with 235 not out, the sixth highest Ashes total ever and the largest score to ever be posted at the Gabba – even surpassing the late Don Bradman.
It’ll be time to dig out the Betfair Full Length Coffee again later on this week, the second test getting under way on Friday in Adelaide. Mine came through the post on Friday, so it looks like a long weekend of cricketing action to look forward – being all rebellious and going for three cups will be worth it.
Traditionally the winner in Brisbane goes on to take the series and it wouldn’t be unbelievable were the series to end up in a draw.