August 2, 2001

Caddick: Australia panicked when we got stuck in


One of England's bowling heroes, Andy Caddick, told how Australia had panicked on the evening of the first day of the Third npower Test at Trent Bridge.

Caddick, who took three wickets in 11 balls as Australia collapsed to 105-7 in reply to the home side's 185 all out, believes that Australia have now lost their aura of invincibility and shown that they are as vulnerable as any other side to quality fast bowling.

"I am sure they may have just panicked in the dressing room," Caddick said.

"It just shows you that Australia are good players, but if you get stuck into them and get on top of they do anything that a human would do, and that is panic," he reasoned.

But Caddick was taking nothing for granted, and stressed that England still had a huge amount of work to do before they secure the game, let alone the Ashes.

"I would say we have put ourselves in a pretty good position. But I would not say at the moment we will win. There is a lot of cricket to be played still," he admitted.

"The Australians are a very professional side and a talented one. They have some key players capable of doing the business for them in the second innings."

He pointed to the wickets of the Waugh brothers as the key moments of the day, but credited Adam Gilchrist, the not out batsman, as a pivotal figure in the morning

"The key two wickets today were Steve and Mark Waugh," Caddick revealed. "But the key thing tomorrow is to make sure Gilchrist does not get away from us.

"The main thing is to ensure that the good 15 minutes we had tonight we finish off tomorrow morning. We will just plod on and stick to the basics and hope we can come out on top."

And Caddick could not help poking fun at Australian coach, John Buchanan's much-publicised 'Sun Tzu' memo.

"We will not be bringing any Chinamen into the dressing room, and I don't suppose they will be either," he joked. "We will just carry on putting it in the right places, and it is up to them to respond. They have not done that so far."

Meanwhile, opposite number Glenn McGrath - who had earlier earned Australia the initiative with 5-49 accepted that England had struck back in the final session.

"They had a very good session there, and we had a very bad one," he conceded. "But I hope we can bounce back and turn the tables again.

"I am sure there will be a little bit of disappointment, but you have to give credit to England's bowlers. They bowled well and got it in the right places.

"Today they got the edges and held their catches, so we have a good game of cricket on our hands."

But McGrath insisted that his role in the match was far from over: "I haven't got my first Test 50 yet," he warned.

But more seriously he revealed his confidence with the ball, pinpointing Michael Atherton for special attention in the second innings.

"I have a lot of confidence, particularly bowling at Atherton," he said. "I've picked him out 16 times now. My confidence is up and he's always wary of me.

"It's not an ideal Test wicket but there's a fair bit in it for the bowlers."