On the day we hear the news that the founder of the wikileaks website, Julian Assange has had his bank account frozen and has a warrant issued for his arrest. I finally feel the need to talk about the Wikileaks publication of secret cables from the United States. Instead of going after a website that, in my opinion is doing a public service; how about vetting your employees better and better protect your information streams! Also it looks like all the domain names that point to the website have been blocked; the website can now be located at wikileaks.ch or directly via its IP address! Again it’s government agencies putting the blame on others instead of addressing the real issue of security within their departments and their partners, which is par for the course!
The English cricket squad have done something spectacular, they have beaten Australia on their own turf by an innings and 71 runs. Excellent bowling in the first innings ensured that Australia were bowled out for 245 runs as described in my previous blog entry. England has a wobbly start to their first innings with Captain Strauss’ wickets falling for just one run before Trott and Cook added 173 to steady the ship before Trott’s wicket fell for 78 runs. Alistair Cook scored another 148 runs to add to his 235 in the last test and Kevin Pietersen finally found some form to score a double hundred, finally being caught by Katich for 227, Ian Bell and Matt Prior guided England to a declared total of 620 for 5. Australia came out to bat with 375 to chase down just to force England to bat again. Swann, Anderson and Finn managed to find some movement to claim nine wickets between them, even occasional bowler Pieterson claimed a wicket, Australia all out for 304, seventy-one runs short of England’s first innings declared total. Graeme Swann was the pick of the English bowlers in the second innings claiming five for 91 runs; Swann obviously found the movement on the wicket that Australia never did. I thought that this would end in another draw when I heard about the threat of rain and days four and five, thankfully that wasn’t the case!
Liverpool brushed aside former boss Gerrard Houlier’s Aston Villa 3 – 0 at Anfield. This victory was without the Red’s star players, Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Fernando Torres, the Spaniard was excused from playing because his wife went into labour, congratulations Fernando! It was a much better performance from the Reds, although you’d have to say that Villa were poor at Anfield. David Ngog and Ryan Babel who are much unrated players in my opinion both got on the scoresheet early in the first half, I wonder why Hodgson doesn’t play them more often? Maxi Rodriguez made sure of the result 10 minutes after the half time break! This win moves Liverpool upto 8th in the league; can Hodgson inspire Liverpool to a run of good results to move upto the sharp end of the league to fight it out with Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea? I still think that Hodgson is tactically naive and at times delusional in his post match comments!