The vital condiment of a great summer feast arrives today. An all out sensory assault begins with cricket poised to turn eyeballs into cherry red leather spheres by summer’s end. Six Tests, thousands of ODIs, the World Cup, the Sheffield Shield and the Big Bash.
Consuming the impending lavish buffet of cricket will be as satisfying as jamming down a fat scoop of chips with extra chicken salt, a fresh caught slice of Spanish mack and guzzling an ice cold West Australian pilsner. Position yourself on a hot breezy beach with a gentle wave and get laid out on the banana lounge with ABC Grandstand humming in the background. This show is about to take off.
Thousands of Australian club cricketers have been toiling away on dusty decks, flat tracks and moonscape minefields since August while State sides have been hacking away in the 50 over cup at North Sydney oval. The four semi-finalists rip in today; Tasmania v Sth Australia and Western Australia v Queensland.
But that’s only the entree. As regular readers know Cricket Froth’s main caper is Test Match cricket and this afternoon at 1600 QLD time Australia begin their two Test series v Pakistan at Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Pakistan’s momentous challenge will be overcoming the loss of Saeed Ajmal, their genius off-break marksman who averages 28 from 35 Tests. Ajmal – reported for a suspect action – leaves a gaping hole in Pakistan’s ability to defend and take 10 wickets. But an unpropitious Australia were defeated in the warm up match by slow bowling and the Aussie batsman will be forced to wade through molasses again as Pakistan’s curators work to negate Australia’s pace battery.
Brace yourself and prepare your partners, colleagues and bosses. This will be the biggest summer of cricket ever.