When I turned the TV on at 5am today I was very tempted to go back to bed. Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin were still batting and we hadn’t taken a wicket in over 24 hours. I have to admit it, but they both batted terrifically well.

Stephen Finn’s six wicket haul was a terrific achievement for him. He’s come a long way in the short amount of time he’s been playing for England. Quite whether it will be enough to make much difference in this test is another matter. England are 208 runs behind at present, and have a battle on to save the test.

Fundamentally, England need to bat for the best part of two days. If we bat until tea on day five we’ll be 250 – 350 runs ahead. If we don’t last past lunch Monday the game is Australia’s.

A very interesting scenario would be if England were to bat to just past lunchtime on Monday. Were we to be bowled out with a lead of 200 – 250, there’d be a very interesting couple of sessions during which the Aussies will have to go for reasonably quick-ish runs to win the game, and England would have an outside chance of an unlikely win on a last day Gabba pitch.

England are 12/1 for the win at Ladbrokes and 14/1 at Paddy Power. I’d want better odds than that to be worth a flutter though. Anyone know a Karachi bookmaker?

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