June 29, 2015
The Aussies set Kent 550 to win on the last day after declaring overnight on 322-4. Kent started brightly when Daniel Bell-Drummond scored fantastic 127 off 112 balls.
After that there wasn’t much resistance as Kent collapsed from 193-3 to 233-8 before Mitch Claydon had a bit of fun scoring 53 off 27 balls. The fun was short lived though as the Aussies were soon celebrating their first win of the tour.
Although their opposition were pretty mediocre the Aussies got what they needed from this warm-up game. There were some strong performances all through their side with everyone getting a good run-out.
The opening spot alongside David Warner is still open for debate as both Chris Rogers and Shaun Marsh looked good and both scored heavily. Rogers put together scores of 84 and 45 while Marsh made a convincing 114 in the 1st innings.
This will be adding more ‘major headaches’ for the Aussie coach Daryl Lehmann especially with the 1st Test being only 9 days away. He will have a few tough decisions to make before they travel down to Cardiff for the 1st Test.
There were two more centurions for the Aussies with Steve Smith (111) in the first innings and Mitch Marsh 101 in the second. Both players retiring to allow other players the chance to have a bat to find form. Lehmann admitted the all rounders spot was still open and a toss-up between Watson and Marsh for Cardiff.
It wasn’t just the batters who took something from this match-up. The Bowlers were hitting their straps while sharing the wickets around equally. Mitchell Johnson took 4 wickets in Kent’s first innings bowling with pace and hitting good lines and length.
After the game Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann spoke about England’s four-day trip to Spain. Asked what England can achieve on that pre-Ashes trip, Lehmann said: “I don’t know, don’t want to know. Don’t care. I only worry about us.
“We’ve got to worry about how we’re going to produce really good cricket in England because we haven’t won here in 14 years. That’s our focus – we’re not worried too much about what England are doing.”
The countdown continues – the war of words are well and truly underway. With the weather taking a recent turn for the better the series promises to be a Scorcher!