Cheap Seats Episode 26: A gentle trundle in Perth

Broken men, the Group of Death, and Champions crowned in this week's episode..

Broken men, the Group of Death, and Champions crowned in this week’s episode..

the Cheap Seats podcast: I was mysteriously without regular co-host, Ryan O’Connell, in Episode 26 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

Filling the void, as Australia went 2-0 up in the Ashes Series, was former ABC Cricket commentator Glenn Mitchell, who even more mysteriously, was tight-lipped as to why he’s available and my regular co-host was not. Moves the rename the podcast “The Glenn Mitchell Show” only fuel suspicion.

Episode 26 talking points: a comprehensive wrap of Australia’s 218-run win in the Second Ashes Test; thoughts on Australia’s and England’s likely teams for the Third Test in Perth; where it went wrong for England; where it went right for Australia; what’s fuelled the Australian turnaround. Plus the 2014 FIFA World Cup draw; an A-League wrap, and this week’s Splash & Dash, featuring a Barmy Army tweet they might now regret, and Jamie Whincup’s V8 Supercars Championship win.

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Farewell, Brisbane…

Old Jimmy assures me his voice will last the summer. I'll ask him again in Adelaide. And Perth. And...

Well, that’s one leg done. 

A great time has been had in Brisbane this week, but it’s time to head back home for a few days and do some washing. 

The week has gone so fast, and I’ve seen some outstanding cricket to boot.  If the rest of the series plays out like this First Test (bar the ultimate drawn match, and the bit where England fought back better than Australia did), then we’re in for a series to remember.

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So much offered, so little delivered

"..and I think 1/517 could go some way to building some level of confidence."

Oh, what could have been. 

What was shaping up as a cracking Test by the end of Day 3 petered out to an early-stumps draw on Day 5. 

Was still a great Test, and a suitable opening to what will be a tight Ashes series, but still…

Read my Brisbane wrap-up over at The Roar: