Just take a look at the scorecard for the fourth test in Melbourne. England stand on the brink of victory and retaining the Ashes after reducing Australia to 169-6 in their second innings with no front line batsmen left. At sometime before 2 a.m tomorrow morning, victory will be confirmed and I will be able to get back into a normal sleep pattern!
How well did Bresnan bowl? I must confess that I thought the guy was something of a journeyman and was anxious when he replaced leading wicket taker Finn, but our selectors know what they are doing these days and Strauss leads the team superbly, getting field placings and bowling changes right time after time. Ponting doesn't just have a broken finger, he is a broken man.
And with the breaking of Ponting, so came the breaking of Australia's spirit. To see Ricky arguing with the on field umpires about a decision that had been confirmed by technology was amazing. He had lost it. Completely. And so have the "team" now. We were wondering what had happened to Zola and Clarke. Well now we know. Zola is selecting the Australia team and Clarke is the batting and bowling coach!
Meanwhile, West Ham won away and all the other results went in our favour; except one. The postponement of the Everton game against Birmingham gives Moyes' men a huge and unfair advantage. Everton arrive fresh, we play with aching limbs.
Should we win today, it will be the best Christmas I can ever remember. An Ashes victory and two West Ham wins on the bounce? It can't happen can it? That would be two good to be true!
Anyway, back to the game of Twister with my new next door neighbours..