Before I do the usual on this day piece, we must also recall something that was so sad, so utterly terrible, on this day. Two years go we all woke (in the UK) to the terrible news that Phillip Hughes had passed away after that awful incident a couple of days before. It still seems scarcely believable that it happened, it still remains out of the ordinary when watching him play on DVDs that I have, knowing he was taken so young. I can’t really say any more.
So a brief On This Day today.
Six years ago today, at the end of a long hard day, that had seen Michael Hussey and Brad Haddin complete a 307 run partnership for the sixth wicket that had appeared to have wrested the initiative for good in the opening Ashes test, Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss went out to open England’s second innings. Ten hours and twenty five minutes play later, and England had posted a mere 517 for 1, with Cook batting the whole innings for 235. Strauss made a century, Trott made one too, and England left Brisbane with a commanding performance in securing a draw. But six years ago today was the start of the journey…. and we all know how it ended.
Last sentence: six years, not two. Sorry. Zap this comment if you want.
Certainly not zapping it, Rooto. Thanks for spotting. Always iffy when you have two things in your mind when writing a piece.
We never claim to be faultless – draft, publish, correct.
Lovely thing this “On This Day”
I thought at the time that this was Strauss leading from the front, after a shock 1st innings, and making a point for his team. I think his innings defined the series. Like Tres in 2005 in the 2nd Test. It gave confidence to Cook and Trott. Cook could grind a way into form because the skipper was doing the job. Not so many signs of Cooky taking on that responsibility.
Didn’t he get away with leaving a ball that looked stone dead LBW on that evening?
Had the DVD to hand… and this was FIRST BALL
I didn’t see it, was in LA and wondering what would happen. It might even have been during Thanksgiving
But RIP Hughes. A great shock that such a fine bat could be caught out like that.