Welcome of the day
Ricky Ponting‘s ears rung with jeers every time he walked out to bat during the 2009 Ashes. But surely he’d be more popular in a home series against England? Not exactly. There are so many English supporters at the Gabba that their boos drowned out the local cheers when Ponting stepped on the ground after Shane Watson‘s dismissal. In response to the verbal disdain, the Australian spectators stood up to applaud their country’s captain.
Struggle of the day
Michael Clarke’s body has been aching in the lead-up to the match and it was bothering him again during his uncomfortable display. Early in his drawn-out innings England appealed loudly for a caught-behind when Clarke flashed off the back foot. When it was given not out, Andrew Strauss immediately called for a referral but the replays didn’t show an edge. Only when Snicko was cued up, a couple of minutes later, was a tiny nick heard. Snicko isn’t part of the technology for challenges because it takes too long to review.