Weblog of Nazly Ahmed
At the start of the ICC Champions Trophy the World Champions Australia were the team to beat. And when it got to the Semi Final stage the First Semi Final at Edgbaston, a preview of the Ashes clash between England and Australia certainly Australia were the hot favourites but England had nothing to lose as their recent form with both bat and ball specially the ICC Oneday cricketer of the Year Andrew Flintoff and Steve Harmison had something to prove that they are a tough unit to beat.
And now England has beaten Australia after 5 years and what a moment it was. England batsman Trescothick and Vaughan took on the Aussie pace attack powered with McGrath, Gillespie, Lee and Kasprowicz with full of confidence. Both Trescothick and Vaughan took sometime to set there eye in. Once they were set they were unstoppable. Trescothick hit four fours of a McGrath over and Vaughan hit four elegant fours of a Lee over. Simons spin brought the end of Trescothick when he was 81. Incame Andrew Strauss who is playing his first match against the Aussies. He picked from where Trescothick left and the runs were flowing off his bat as he was not out at the end scoring 52 of just 42 balls. The innings of 86 in 122 balls from the Captain Michael Vaughan is what saw England home and the two wickets he took with his off spinners which earned him the Man of the Match award. England will take on the winners of the second Semi Final where WestIndies will meet Pakistan at the Rosebowl.
England fans will remember this for a long time. England having a great time after beating Windies 3-0 in Windies, beating New Zealand 3-0 whitewash at home and again beating Windies 4-0 whitewash at home which took England to 2nd place in the Test ranking. But that?s Test Cricket. And this win over Australia will certainly prove that England are right up there and who knows England might have set their target on 2007 World Cup