Today was a very easy one at our place. Mirinda worked on reading her thesis in preparation for her viva on Tuesday while I pottered around, giving the house a bit of a deep clean ahead of next week’s visitors. I also listened to the cricket.
Today was the fourth day of the first Ashes test at Edgbaston. The match has been tottering from side to side with the Australians looking completely beaten on the first day then the English looking hopeless in the field today. Apart from it being at Edgbaston, I really wish I’d been there. Mind you, TMS is always an excellent way to be there without having to travel.
In fact, they were all having a lot of fun with the fancy dress happening in the Eric Hollies Stand. Possibly the best was the arrival of the Pope and his full entourage of cardinals. There was also a Trump and the Queen at different times. It was all very funny.
And noisy. The thing about Edgbaston is it’s generally very rowdy, sounding more like a football game than cricket. And it doesn’t stop. The noise goes on all day. And no wonder because the first four days were all sold out which is brilliant from a test cricket fan’s point of view.
Anyway, by stumps, Australia had declared, leaving England with an almost impossible chance of winning on the final day. Two wonderful innings by Steve Smith (144 and 142) have left Australia with a good chance of winning if the bowlers are successful tomorrow. It’s all very exciting…though I had a hard time convincing Mirinda.
Dinner was Persian chicken with ribbon cabbage. It was delicious.