I rented a PCX in Ao Nang once and after 2 minutes of driving it, realized the brakes were barely working. I drove it back t othe rental shop, they gave me another PCX. After 2 minutes of driving it, I realized the brakes were barely working. Drove it back, and this time the shop owner is angry and says "who care about brakes? Why you care so much? I think you scam!" He tried to keep my money.
The same thing happened on the same day in two more rental shops (except they didn't try to keep my deposit). Finally found a shop with a bike that worked like it's supposed to, but the owner literally told me I'm lucky she didn't charge me a higher price because she just had the brakes fixed.
All that to say...there's something about both not giving a shit in general, AND not giving a shit about brakes in particular, that contributes to my suspicion that incidents like these have a lot to do with brakes and not caring to fix them.
The Ashes start tomorrow with the first test at the Gabba. Aussie side is apparently this (in likely batting order):
Australian XI: David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins (capt), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
Travis Head won the nod from the selectors as did Starc who has been swinging the ball a lot in practice. Can he find form?
Good potential on paper.
For England, Anderson and Bairstow have been left out and 12 man squad named. Final 11 will be known at the toss.
Joe Root (c), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Haseeb Hameed, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
Will Joe Root stay at number 4 or go up a spot to number 3? To me it is likely he will stay at 4 with Dawid Malan at 3. Root has had a good season at 4 during the tests played. I must admit, there are a few players in the side I know little about. It will be interesting to see if Mark Wood can adapt to the Australian conditions that should be to his liking.
I see the suspicions about Anderson being injured seem to be false. Seems like England are trying to manage him through the series. Pity, like how he bowls. Reckon it is between Woakes and Broad as to who will carry the drinks.
Bring it On......Ready and TV is primed. Hope the weather is ok!