A walk in the clouds

Should they have not walked? Any other time, in a less significant game the decision would have been a no-brainer - Against an attack with the likes of Flintoff and Harmison, if the light is offered, you always take it. But in a series deciding game like this, where every session is important, the "live today and fight tomorrow" policy doesn't seem to be the right one to employ.

Quotes :
Justin Langer - "With the light as it was, if we had lost a wicket it might have been difficult for the new guys to come in. We lost some time, and that's frustrating. But there's nothing we can do about the weather and hopefully there is still going to be plenty of time left in the game to force a result".
Ashley Giles - "You can understand it a little but Australia need to win this game. We were ready to start and we were a little bit surprised and shocked. Of course I hope they live to regret it but there's three days left in this Test match, there's a lot of time. We can't, and Ricky Ponting can't, afford to cloud watch."
Jonathan Agnew - "They (the Aussie openers) were well set, having put on 112 for the first wicket, and Australia cannot win the game while sitting in the dressing room. Every over is crucial for them - and while it can be awkward batting in poor light, the conditions were at worst, murky."
Geoff Boycott - "England were so much under the cosh that Michael Vaughan will have been delighted by their decision to take the offer of bad light. I think they should have tried facing a few balls to see what the light was really like before going off."
Michael Slater - "Both players were going so well that I was intrigued by their decision to take the offer of bad light. They were probably thinking that rain was about to come in 20 minutes so they were worried that England would be able to up the ante for that short passage and Australia had nothing to gain."
Christopher Martin-Jenkins - "Anyone would have thought that it was Australia, not England, who needed only to draw this match to clinch the Ashes. For the time being, at least, Australia have voluntarily surrendered the initiative that Langer and Hayden had worked so hard to gain."
Angus Fraser - " Opinions on the wisdom of the decision vary. Why a team would opt to take time out of a game they have to win surprised most in a capacity crowd of 23,300 - Australia's faith in meteorologists, who have forecast reasonable weather for the final three days of this thrilling series - is obviously far stronger than those of us who have spent our lives mistrusting their predictions."

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