Once we bowled Australia out in the second innings, I was fairly confident of us winning the match. Now that we have one the match, I am wishing I had put some nail hardener on before the second England innings.

I said ‘fairly’ confident because we have been bowled out for much less in the past. And as the saying goes, “It ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings”.

One thing that has struck me during this Test Series is the level at which it is being played. Both teams thoroughly deserve their rankings of number 1 and 2 in the world.

As in most matches, there were some brilliant individual performances and once again Andrew “Freddie” Flintoff produced a great all-round performance.

Even as an English fan I cannot congratulate the performance of the Australian team enough. Brett Lee and Shane Warne produced a session of pure passion to almost win the match for the Aussies. And if we had have lost the match, there would have been no complaints from me, such is the standard of the cricket involved.

The match has been played in such great sportsmanship, despite what is at stake and that is a credit to both teams.

The last match at the Oval next week will be as nail biting as the previous ones. I hope that the weather holds out, but I won’t be too disappointed if it rains for the last 4 days.