Aussies urn the Ashes and Poms ruin my Christmas
THERE is a small part of me that is disappointed England was unable to hold on for a draw at the WACA on Monday.
It means possibly my favourite day of the year, Boxing Day, holds a little less meaning than it otherwise would have.
Boxing Day is the big one in my family; Christmas is all well and good, but this year December 26 marks my grandmother's 75th birthday and thus the extended family will be flocking to Mackay to celebrate the occasion.
Having eaten twice our bodyweight in food and polished off a stubbie or two, the cricket tragics among us usually turn to the cricket and ride with every Mitch Starc seed or Steve Smith boundary.
And whilst that will likely still be the case, it is disappointing England was not able to at least make the Boxing Day Test a meaningful one.
More likely will be my suggestion to take our labour of cricket love to the backyard, where the uneven paver-laden path serves up better cracks than anything the WACA can offer, and the garden bed at square leg causes more fielding headaches than a Smith/Marsh fifth-wicket partnership.
I kinda feel sorry for the Poms - almost
MAYBE it is the Aussie in me - the love for an underdog, or desire to see a bloke down on his luck rise to the occasion and prove the naysayers wrong.
I cheered when on his home deck and in front of friends and family, Mitch Marsh powered to his maiden Test century, and felt his pain when at resumption on day four he lost his wicket 19 runs short of a double ton.
Marsh had copped it from all corners of the cricket world, but he rose to the occasion in perfect fashion.
Which is why I kinda feel bad for Alastair Cook and Joe Root.
Put the pitchforks away. Hear me out.
I have been groomed to despise Alastair Cook for everything he represents.
Remember the 2010-11 series? When he hit a then-record 235 not-out in the second innings at the Gabba?
Cook and Strauss guided England to an unfathomable 1/517d, and we were lucky to escape with a draw. Cook top-scored that series and averaged a ridiculous 127.
This Ashes series, Cook has a grand total of 83 runs at 13.8 over six innings.
His captain Root, considered in the top four Test batsmen on the planet, has totalled 176 at 29.3.
By contrast Steve Smith has 426 runs at an average of 142.
I love watching the Poms suffer as much as the next person, but the Aussie in me still shares a semblance of sympathy for what Cook and Root will be enduring in the British media.
Which makes me a torn man over the next two Test matches.
I would love nothing more than a 5-0 whitewash; but it would also be nice to see Cook score some runs, otherwise we may never see him at Test level again.
I am a fan of good cricket, and good cricket means Joe Root in form.
An in-form Root means an in-form England which means a closer contest than what we have seen so far, and that is exciting.
But Broad can still go 0/150. My sympathy only stretches so far.