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Onions and Anderson swing out Australia

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ENGLAND swung the third Ashes test dramatically in their favour on the second day.

Graham Onions kicked off the damage with two wickets in the first two balls and followed it up with the prize wicket of Ricky Ponting.

This is bad news for Britain’s media.

Onions leapt onto the international scene in May with five wickets on debut against the West Indies.

But as even Ravi Bopara managed to score a hatful of runs against the West Indies it was widely assumed Onions’ test career would not last that long.

And consequently the nation’s headline writers were like pigs in the proverbial with their Onions-related puns.

I am sure you read the ones – “That’s Shallot.” “Onions brings a tear to the eye.” “All aboard the Onions gravy train.”

I could go on. And I will.

“Onions leave Windies in a pickle.” “Wicket spree ensures Windies know their Onions.” “Cheers and Onions.”

The headline writers are now left with a big problem.

Onions’ spell of bowling yesterday morning showed that he may have a longer test career than was previously suspected.

And already the Onions headline larder is bare.

After Onions had done his stuff, Jimmy Anderson stepped up to the plate.

Anderson captured the equally (almost) prized wicket of Graham Manou.

Manou displayed enough in his 11 balls and eight runs to show that the 2009 Ashes will not come to be known as “Manou’s Ashes”, which is a big shame.

My main enjoyment from his innings was that pronounced the Australian way – eg wrong – debut (de-BOO) rhymes with Manou.

My main enjoyment of the whole day’s play, however, was the England-esque Australian batting collapse.

Michael Hussey exhibited such arrogance that he felt he could cope with the English bowling without the use of his bat.

Australia need the rain to keep on drizzling if they are to stay in this test and the series.

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Written by Andrew Brook

August 1, 2009 at 11:43 am

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