…hopes have been dashed too many times before. Yet, as the Guardian reports:
Another one in the eye for Australia
Australians 342-5; Somerset 345-6: Somerset won by four wickets
David Hopps in Taunton
Thursday June 16, 2005
Australia claimed that their Twenty20 thrashing against England was "just a bit of fun", so presumably defeat yesterday against Somerset ranked as bloody hilarious.
Not for Ricky Ponting it didn't. Australia's captain looked incandescent about a tour which has begun in disarray.
"It was pretty embarrassing," he spat. "The way we have played the last couple of days we will have our work cut out to beat Bangladesh."
Australia, beaten by four wickets with 19 balls to spare, headed to Cardiff last night for their opening NatWest Series match against Bangladesh on Saturday with Brett Lee facing a scan on an injured shoulder, with their bowling looking strangely vulnerable and with them fielding like old men.
I know that pride comes before a fall, you should never count your chickens and that he who laughs last etc, but all the same…