Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

1803dThe Report by David Hopps at Adelaide Oval

Siddle and Harris give Australia 2-0 lead

Australia took a 2-0 lead in the Ashes series, with three to play as they inflicted a 218-run defeat on England in the Adelaide Test to follow up their overwhelming 381-run win in the opening match in Brisbane

1803dDaniel Brettig at Adelaide Oval

Lord's humiliation fired turnaround

Australia's dramatic turnaround from Test match lightweights to the brink of regaining the Ashes is the flowering of a regeneration that began in the aftermath of shattering defeat in the second match of the previous series at Lord's

1803dGeorge Dobell at Adelaide Oval

Shocked Cook searches for answers

The lips said one thing; the eyes quite another. Alastair Cook, as is his way, led from the front after England's harrowing defeat in Adelaide. He faced the media with the same undemonstrative determination with which he faces the new ball. He didn't shir

1803dJarrod Kimber at Adelaide Oval

All calm in Johnson's slipstream

Somehow, in 88 days, the Ashes flipped around. Even the Barmy Army's Mitchell Johnson song doesn't make sense any more

1803dESPNcricinfo staff

Stokes, Johnson avoid punishment

On-field flashpoints have been a feature of the first two Tests between Australia and England but Ben Stokes and Mitchell Johnson have avoided punishment for their coming together on the fourth day

Day 4

1804dThe Report by David Hopps at Adelaide Oval

Root fights but Australia tighten grip

As Joe Root led a stubborn England rearguard action in a third Test that logically seems as good as lost, perhaps the name of Faf du Plessis occasionally sustained him. It was du Plessis who stonewalled for seven-and-a-half hours on this ground a year ago

1804dJarrod Kimber at Adelaide Oval

Mighty young Joe

He stood up to Mitchell Johnson and showed the fight England and their fans needed. Joe Root was the boy who wouldn't back down

1804dGeorge Dobell at Adelaide Oval

Can England Flower again?

England's second-innings resistance should not mask the need for change in the team; the only question is whether Andy Flower is the man to lead it

1803dAaron Owen

Fun, frolic and Ashes Pashes

Day 4 at Adelaide was a reversion to the grinding-out cricket that makes Test matches real tests of patience and skill

Day 3

1805dThe Report by David Hopps at Adelaide Oval

Johnson annihilates listless England

Mitchell Johnson produced a blood-curdling display of world-class fast bowling to destroy England in the second Test in Adelaide. Johnson's sustained menace bore comparison with the great fast bowling spells of the modern age as he took 5 for 16 in five o

1805dGeorge Dobell at Adelaide Oval

Wretched, weak, timid and gormless

England's batsmen threw their wickets away and set the team on a path to destruction in a display that must rank among their most humiliating

1805dJarrod Kimber at Adelaide Oval

From outcast to beast

Mitchell Johnson may not be a gigantic, horned, fire-breathing dragon with seven heads - but he could not have done much more damage if he were

1805dDaniel Brettig at Adelaide Oval

Johnson joins pace pantheon

With a spell for the ages, Mitchell Johnson appears to have discovered how to harness his formidable gifts

Day 2

1806dThe Report by David Hopps at Adelaide Oval

Clarke, Haddin tons put Australia in command

It has been a while since an Australian captain has looked as serene during an Ashes Test as Michael Clarke did at the Adelaide Oval. During a period of England domination, uncomprehending exasperation of Ricky Ponting has been followed by the lurking fea

1806dGeorge Dobell at Adelaide Oval

Battle-weary England slide again

England look jaded, joyless and over-reliant on tired players who have too many miles on the clock; it is hard to avoid the sense that their time has passed

1806dDaniel Brettig at Adelaide Oval

Warne, Haddin fortify Clarke

Brad Haddin and Shane Warne have both provided reassurance to Michael Clarke during his captaincy and helped him, in different ways, during his hundred in Adelaide

1806dJarrod Kimber at Adelaide Oval

Robo England suffer malfunction

A team that used to programme calculated destruction of the opposition has been reduced to making flawed, human gambles

Day 1

1807dThe Report by David Hopps at Adelaide Oval

Missed chances cost England ground

Adelaide's first transportable Test pitch, as far as batsmen were concerned, promised to be more check-in than drop-in. England had no option but to hang in there

1807dDaniel Brettig at Adelaide Oval

Clarke grins and bears it, again

As Australia's top-order batsmen squandered their starts, the job of ensuring a score the situation merited was once more left to Michael Clarke

1807dGeorge Dobell at Adelaide Oval

England fail to grasp advantage

On a day littered with self-inflicted mistakes, England dropped three catches and missed the opportunity to gain anything more than a foothold in the match

1807dDaniel Brettig at Adelaide Oval

CA issues apology for Panesar tweet

Cricket Australia was compelled to apologise after its official Twitter account posted a picture of four bearded, turbaned men dressed up as Teletubbies with the caption "will the real Monty Panesar please stand up?"


1800dEd Smith

Champs today, chumps tomorrow

In separating sportsmen into two distinct categories - tough men and cowards - we not only miss the subtlety, we miss the whole truth

1801dIan Bell

Unfair to blame the coaching staff

Andy Flower has created an excellent environment and any criticism of him and the set-up is missing the mark. It's the players who have failed

1802dMichael Jeh

England lack skill, pure and simple

The tourists have no excuses for their poor showing. They have simply not been good enough against quality bowling on lively pitches

1805dESPNcricinfo staff

Johnson thrives on the threat of the bouncer

Mitchell Johnson's performance on the third day at Adelaide Oval will live long in the memory, but it should not be remembered solely as a "blood-on-the-pitch" spell.

1802dMark Nicholas

Raise courage and commitment, England

The ability to respond to challenges that are beyond the daily call is diminished by overkill, but that is precisely the task ahead of Cook and Co

1806dESPNcricinfo staff

The pendulum swings Australia's way

England slipped behind the eight ball again in Adelaide, facing a first-innings deficit of 535 with nine wickets standing. Many, including our own George Dobell, have begun to wonder if the gig is up for Alastair Cook's team

1708dDaniel Brettig

Death by the cathedral

On a docile Adelaide drop-in, Mitchell Johnson burst in, cracked open a Test, and set his side on course to win back the Ashes

1808dDaniel Brettig in Adelaide

Rare unchanged team for Clarke

Australia's captain Michael Clarke named an unchanged team for the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, the first time he has been able to do so since the corresponding match last summer against South Africa

1808dGeorge Dobell in Adelaide

Trott could return for England - Cook

There is no reason why Jonathan Trott cannot return to international cricket, according to England captain, Alastair Cook

1808dGeorge Dobell in Adelaide

Cook looks to senior players to up their game

Alastair Cook has demanded a response from his senior players as England attempt in Adelaide to stem the feeling that power is shifting towards Australia

1808dDaniel Brettig in Adelaide

Painful memories keep Australia on guard

Australia's most recent Ashes wins have been followed by heavy losses, and Darren Lehmann and Michael Clarke know that cannot be allowed to occur again this time