Saturday, January 29, 2011

Perth: Ashes

The end of our roadtrip across the Nullarbor led us to the cricket, being the 3rd Ashes test for the summer. We were treated with an Aussie turn-around, and the match of the series from our perspective. The return of Mitchell Johnson's form, the batting of Mr Cricket, gave us such hope for the series.

Drinks at Jess', before Belinda, Jess and I met up with Wizden and Blair for dinner, at GoGos. The best Indian dinner ever, this restaurant was adorned with cricket memorabilia.

With Jess and Dillo having to put in some hours at the office, Belinda, Carl and I made our way to the WACA, and staked out a spot on the hill for Day 1. Surrounded by the Milo Kids, we were soon baking in the sun for the day. The top order crumbled as the Aussie batted, and we soon wondered if the inclusion of Johnson back in the line-up was for his batting!

Drinks after the day at the dodgiest Irish pub, not too far from the ground, before calling it a night fairly late, to do it all again the next day. Day 2 saw Mitchell destroy the Poms, taking 6 brilliant wickets, and bringing the Ashes series to life after the disappointment of Radelaide.

Day 3 was all about a great innings by Hussey, with a well deserved century, to steer the Aussies into a great position. 5 quick wickets from the Aussie bowlers after the change of innings, and the match was poised. This evening we went to the better Irish pub in Perth, and formed quite a large group, and a big night.

Our final day, being Day 4, consisted of 3 sessions - one on the hill at the WACA watching the Aussies win, we then took a swim at Cottesloe Beach to cool off, before a final session at the OBH. Here, I was advised of the weather back home, of which I was returning to that night on the redeye - the news of a return to winter from the glorious Perth weather was the only downer of the day, and indeed week or two.

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