I need sleep, but I can’t let go of this riddle!

Here we go again. It’s Day Five, we’ve had play, we’ve had wickets and I think I’m going to need that defibrillator again. This is unbelievable. The problem is, it’s raining now!

England are rocking at 3/33, but father time and mother nature are mating again and they want a draw. Every Australian fan and neutral is screaming for more dry weather and wickets. You guessed it too. We’ve had more controversy with umpiring and DRS. Ally Cook was absolutely plumb, Jonathan Trott was out, but Kevin Pietersen… well. The umpire gave him out, he reviewed, hot spot did not support the original decision, but he was sent packing.

The increasingly impossible riddle of original decision versus referral, leading to hotspot, close camera analysis, deviation detection, noise, player reaction and gut instinct is enough to shatter the sanity of players and fans of both sides.

My initial and gut instinct was that Pietersen was not out. It wasn’t as clear as Usman Khawaja’s miss on Day One, but there was little evidence he hit it. The inadmissible snickometre detected something though, so I will say that at best Pietersen may have feathered a tiny thread of seam string. The close up photo showing the position of the ball indicates this might, just might, be the case.

Anyway. The second session is yet to commence due to rain. The full covers are out and I’m a jittering wreck of a man. I need sleep, I have heaps of work to do, my fitness is declining. This series is battering me, a ludicrous cocktail of pleasure and pain and I can’t let go, not now. I know I’m not alone either.

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3 comments

  1. greatvsigns from the aussies doing many things right. This momentum will hopefully continue and take the boys right into the heart of summer.
    On reflection, I think all school aged boys should have been given days off school while the ashes has been on to absorb as much cricket as they can. I have fond memories as a child staying up and mum making me a nice bowl of hot wheat bix.
    The rain may have saved England, but our boys can hold their head up.

  2. What could have been! But this is the game of cricket that we love, even the elements of weather and light. Australia can now hope to carry some momentum into the next Test. On the Pietersen review, I heard talk bat makers providing covers that can reduce hot spot marks. Is it too early to start calling him a cheat? 🙂

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