Did We All Read The Oval Pitch Wrong?

At the end of Day 1 at the Oval yesterday, a number of commentators said England had squandered a great batting pitch and posted a less-than-competitive score (350 was seen as possibly good enough). With Australia at 111/7, though, it looks like Andrew Strauss will have the last laugh.

But everyone also questioned Australia’s lack of a spinner. On Day 2, however, it’s been a fast bowler Stuart Broad who’s created the most tamasha (Graeme Swann’s not bad either, but he’s got two wickets to Broad’s five at the moment). So what exactly happened? Did the English bat better than we thought they did? Or did Broad really outshine his Australian counterparts that much more?


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