All accounatability and transparency here at Ducking Beamers. I made some Ashes predictions, now it’s time to see the strength of my cricketing brain. Appalling, apparently. Out of 19 queries, I only got four right. In my defense, that includes the overall 2-1 result. What else matters?
Predictions are first, followed by what actually transpired:
Most Runs Overall: Simon Katich — Wrong. Andrew Strauss takes the cake.
Most Runs England: Kevin Pietersen — Wrong once more. See above.
Most Runs Australia: Simon Katich — I was obviously obsessed with Katich. He did well, but not as well as Michael Clarke, who scored 448 runs at 64.
Most Wickets Overall: Jimmy Anderson – Nope. Ben Hilfenhaus! Who?
Most Wickets England: Jimmy Anderson — Alas, no. He’s third behind Stuart “I Won The Ashes” Broad and Graeme Swann.
Most Wickets Australia: Mitchell Johnson — Gosh no! But who could have foreseen this after that marvelous South Africa series?
Best Tosser (captain who wins the most tosses): Ricky Ponting – Strauss called right, 4-1.
Man of the Series: Ricky Ponting — His counterpart won the title, and deservedly so.
1st Test Result: Um, a draw. No, an Australian victory! — First guess right. We’ll discount that last bit.
2nd Test Result: Australia — England.
3rd Test Result: England (Edgbaston, no?) — Draw.
4th Test Result: Draw — Australia.
5th Test Result: England (2-1, my friends, 2-1.) — Yes!
Overall series result: 2-1 — Double yes! I got the one that counts, right?
Number of Tests that lose overs to rain (note, not bad light): Five. Can’t trust English summers. — Can’t remember, but I think the answer’s four.
Number of Tests that Flintoff will be able to manage: One, as it turns out. — He managed more than that, thank all the ECB’s commercial sponsors.
Number of Tests won by an innings: One. — Ah, that fourth Test saves my day.
Number of Tests played by McDonald: Don’t know, and don’t care.
Number of Tests played by Lee: He was only dropped from the first Test because of any injury, yes? So, let’s give him three. — No. None.