It had been coming all summer but when it came it was
truly spectacular. He had hinted at an innings of substance throughout the
Ashes, but with a top score of 95 and a lowest of 13, Shane Watson would
probably consider his test series a failure.
But released from the suffocating grip of Anderson, the
red ball and a terminally disillusioned public, he produced the innings of his
life to hunt down and surpass in spectacular fashion England's more than
respectable 294. His unbeaten 161 was undoubtedly the difference between the
two teams for whom both sets of seamers struggled all day.
England began their innings at a frenetic pace. Davies
should have been run out without facing but for Smith's cack handed flick at
the stumps, and went on to survive three more chances including being caught
off a no ball from Lee.
Strauss, as has been the case all tour, looked in great
nick and when they'd reached 90 from 12 overs with David Hussey introduced
during the bowling power play,