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Bumble blogs on Australia's bowling woes - and explains his decision to leave Twitter for good.
Last Updated: 02/12/10 10:46am
After the first Test, it's clear that Australia have all the problems.
Their attack simply isn't up to scratch. In my opinion, England's back-up bowlers Chris Tremlett, Tim Bresnan, Ajmal Shahzad and Monty Panesar would all get into their team.
Look at the statistics. Australia's spin bowler takes wickets at 48, Ben Hilfenhaus has been taking his wickets at 60's, Mitchell Johnson has looked totally out of sorts and won't play in Adelaide and Peter Siddle looked by far the best bowler, coming back into the side after injury.
The batting takes care of itself and the wicket-keeper is very good, but they haven't got Glenn McGrath, they haven't got Shane Warne, they haven't got Jason Gillespie, they haven't got Brett Lee and they haven't got Damien Fleming. That's a hell of a lot of talent to replace.
Johnson won't play in Adelaide and they could also spring a surprise by leaving out Hilfenhaus, bringing in Ryan Harris - who has a chronic knee problem - and Doug Bollinger in their places.
And while they will be as aggressive as they usually are, they will give England balls to hit.
England are not without problems themselves. It was pretty poor to only score 260 in the first innings and I felt at the time that was 200 below par.
In the second innings they played what I would call Test match cricket. They had clear minds and the top three looked a million dollars. Alastair Cook played perfectly with Jonathan Trott, but Andrew Strauss was the pick of the bunch. He looked in really good touch.
Ian Bell impressed me in the first innings as well, but with this Australian attack we're not going to see much more of him!
Over to Adelaide
We're now in Adelaide, another place I love to visit. I'm still sleeping off a bit of jet lag, but am starting to settle in to the tour now.
The weather is comfortable. I've been here when it's been stinking hot, but there's a bit of cloud and a nice breeze at the moment. They're saying it should get warmer at the weekend.
Everyone is saying it's a placid pitch, but there have been eight results in the last 10 years here. The new groundsman says he's left a bit more grass on it to get more pace, so neither team should be complacent and expect another draw. And if you win the toss, bat first.
The Adelaide Oval is one of the great cricket grounds. It's right next to the river and they've redeveloped the place without losing any of its charm. It's steeped in tradition and history.
The commentary box is much better here too. The one in Brisbane was tiny, but I think this is one of the old changing rooms, so should be a lot more comfortable.
We should get a good crowd as well. We were asking why there was so many empty seats on day five in Brisbane and we got one email that said: 'unlike the English economy, we're booming'. He reckoned they were too busy working to go to the cricket.
The England supporters are not out in the same numbers as previous tours either. I think that's down to the economic situation. It's just so expensive out here.
Ricky Ponting has been getting a bit hot under the collar about the referral system after he thought he'd caught Cook on day five
In my playing days the batsman would ask the fielder if it he'd caught it and if he said 'yes' then you'd walk off - but those days have gone. They all wait for the umpire's decision now.
Remember, Ponting nicked one down the leg side off James Anderson in the first innings and stood there waiting for the umpire. He knew he'd hit it, so what was he waiting for? He was hoping the umpire would make a mistake. If he was saying 'I've caught that' in one instance, shouldn't he be saying 'I've nicked that' in the other?
I played in a different era when it definitely wasn't like that. If you nicked one, you walked off, but that has never been the Australian way.
In a five-day Test match there's always going to be couple of grey areas when it comes to decisions and that was the case in Brisbane, but I'm still a fan of the review system.
The problem is that the teams are gambling too much on 50-50 decisions. They're using it on lbw calls when the ball might have been going a bit wide or might have been clipping the bails.
That's not what it's supposed to be about. The DRS is supposed to remove the howlers - and umpires don't make too many of those. There's a strong argument to only have one review per team, per innings, rather than two. Then you can eliminate the absolute howlers and the captains aren't gambling on close calls.
Let's get back to basics. It doesn't matter what the player, the captain or the TV commentator thinks... the only opinion that matters should be the umpire's.
Too many Twits on Twitter
As many of you will know, I have decided to leave Twitter because there's too much bad language on there.
I have grandchildren following me and I don't want them logging on to Granddad's site and seeing some of the awful comments that people have been posting. I don't want to be associated with that.
I'm no angel and I can swear with the best of them, but there's no place for it in print, especially when there are children involved. Twitter is not an adult site, it's a day-to-day portal for communication and there are droves of young people using it.
I'd like to make the point to Mr Twitter and encourage him to stop the bad language, either by barring people or preventing them from putting the bad words up in the first place.
Some of the comments are totally unacceptable and it needs to be stopped at source. That point needs to be made. If they introduce a complete bar on foul and abusive language then I would consider going back, but for now that's it.
I've met lots of interesting people through Twitter and I've had a terrific time using it in the last couple of years, but you've got to have standards.
Those standards simply aren't apparent on the site.
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