Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 2nd day December 4, 2010

Another Cook hundred gives England total control

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England 2 for 317 (Cook 136*, Pietersen 85*, Trott 78) lead Australia 245 by 72 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Alastair Cook's colossal series continued on the second day in Adelaide, where he and his batting colleagues ground Australia into submission and delivered complete control to England. At the end of a stiflingly hot 37-degree day, Ricky Ponting's men were sapped not only of energy, but also of virtually any hope of winning the Test, the ghosts of the Adelaide Ashes Test from four years ago notwithstanding.

Australia knew their first-innings total of 245 was a long way below par, but the optimists in the team might have hoped it could become competitive if a few early wickets fell their way. Any such dreams were dashed by Cook, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen, all of whom made batting on the placid surface look like a net session, and by stumps England were 72 in front, with only two wickets down.

A few more hours of batting from England, and they will be in a terrific position from which to push for victory. And what's a few more hours to Cook? Since the start of his second innings at the Gabba, Cook has batted for 17 hours without being dismissed, a display of concentration and physical durability worthy of a marathon runner. Add in his first innings in Brisbane, and he has made 438 runs in nearly 1400 minutes of batting.

Australian fans fondly remember Steve Waugh's efforts in the 1989 Ashes, when he was almost impossible to dismiss. It took him four Tests to score as many runs as Cook has made in one and a half. He registered his top score, an unbeaten 235, in Brisbane and there is no reason he can't match that effort in Adelaide, where he closed the second day on 136 not out.

Pietersen was with him, on 85, which was an equally ominous sign for the Australians, who knew Cook and Trott were in form but hoped they could exploit Pietersen's supposed weakness against left-arm spin. Pietersen had one nervy moment early against Xavier Doherty, when he advanced and tried to drive aggressively down the ground, only to see his thick edge lob safely wide of point.

Apart from that, he looked every bit the confident, dominant batsman who plundered 158 at the venue four years ago. He used his feet and placed the ball superbly against the spinners and had little trouble against the fast men, cruising to his half-century from his 77th delivery with a whip through midwicket for four off Peter Siddle. It's 18 months since Pietersen has scored a Test hundred, but it would be a brave person to bet against him breaking that stretch on Sunday.

The Cook-Pietersen partnership had blown out to 141 by stumps, with Pietersen rapidly gaining ground on his partner. Cook reached his 15th Test century from his 171st delivery, which was expertly cut forward of point for a boundary off Doherty, who had felt the brunt of Cook's power square of the wicket earlier in the day.

Cook had cut three consecutive fours in almost the same place, just forward of point, showing the Australians once again that while he was generally patient enough to leave fuller balls tempting him to drive, anything short would be treated harshly. Cook's innings was impressive not only for his fine judgment, but for being chanceless throughout the day.

On the one occasion that Australia won a decision against Cook from the umpire Marais Erasmus it was overturned on review; the caught-behind verdict off Siddle's bowling was shown on replay to have come off Cook's arm. Not that Australia had anyone to blame but themselves for failing to make more than two breakthroughs throughout the day, as they gave Trott three lives before he was eventually caught for 78 flicking Ryan Harris to Michael Clarke at midwicket.

Doherty missed an opportunity to run out Trott on 6, when his throw from square leg flew a metre wide of the stumps. Trott had enjoyed a direct hit from an almost identical position on the first morning to remove Simon Katich, which sparked Australia's top-order collapse. The side-on chance for Doherty was tough, but Michael Hussey had no such excuse.

Trott was on 10 when his edge flew low to gully, where Hussey dropped a catch he would normally have swallowed. Australian shoulders slumped, and it allowed Trott and Cook to build a 173-run stand that should have ended a fraction earlier, when Brad Haddin dropped a reasonably simple chance down leg side off Harris when Trott was on 76.

The runs had been flowing freely earlier in the day, when Australia's fast men fed Trott's leg-side habit with alarming generosity. Trott was in a positive frame of mind, fresh from his century at the Gabba, and he drove and flicked boundaries through the on-side with ease. During the middle of the first session England were moving at a limited-overs run-rate, adding 44 in a six-over period that sapped much of the positive vibe they'd enjoyed by removing Andrew Strauss in the first over.

In his first over of an Ashes Test, Doug Bollinger attacked the top of off stump and Strauss was bowled not offering a shot. It was the high-point of Australia's day, and it came from the third ball of the morning. There wasn't much to celebrate from the remaining 525 deliveres.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • landl47 on December 5, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    @Something_Witty: what you say doesn't really hold up. Australia went in with a tail starting at #8- Harris, age 31, has no hundreds and only 6 50s in first-class cricket. He's not a lower middle order batsman. #5, Hussey, scored 93 and also got out to an excellent ball. North scored 26, Haddin got 56 and only got out when he was with the last man and going for his shots. So nos. 5,6 and 7 got 175 of Australia's 245 between them. Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 got 53 between them (admittedly Katich's 0 was Watson's fault). England's 1, 2, 3, and 4 have got 385 as I write (lunch on day 3) with Pietersen not out. If Pietersen makes no more and nos. 5,6 and 7 make 175 between them, England will get to 587 and still have Broad and Swann, both much better bats than Harris, to come. You can say that Aus needed a better bat at 8 (maybe Smith instead of Doherty), but really the fact is that the top 4 need to make runs on a good pitch and Australia's got 53. Maybe Anderson is just too good for them?

  • Mike_Spel on December 4, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    As an Aussie, I don't mind getting beaten by a better team, but I object to losing when we don't have our best available team on the park. In the past we carried captains when they had a rough spot, but the current culture of failures retaining their spot borders on illegal - there are too many good players kept down because the selectors are looking after their favourites. Issues with players not working with Ponting? Drop him. And North. And Clark. Admit you have not got a top class spinner and let HusseyD (Defensive) and SmithS (Attacking) back up whoever are the fittest quick bowlers available. Let them earn their spots back in the team if they are good enough.

  • on December 4, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    Have Australia got the bowlers to take 20 wickets??? Doubt

  • longdonkey on December 4, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    This game will be a draw - rain is expected over the next couple of days and if you were there you would know the night before the first day there was a heavy dew and there was moisture on the pitch. The pitch was seaming a bit on the first day but yesterday the heat dired it out so that I would have got runs, an absolute batsmans dream. I expect England to get 500+ and Australia back will get 400+ and they run out of time when England bats again.

  • Hardy_1984 on December 4, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Aussies time has been gone ..for winning ..they are #1 becoz of Warne, Glen, Waugh,Gilly,Martn, Hayden, & Langer. Ponting ego has broken..he never ever give respect to others ..only great player make great team, now he has to realize why australia was on #1 for so long not becoz of Ponting ..becoz such a great player. Aussies have to suffer more not in this serious for upcoming series also .. Well Done !!! England grab the chance rattle the aussies they are nothing right now ..no strength in opening,,no strength in middle order,,worst bowling attack ever, they are confused which guy have to be pick for the playing XI. I hope Kevin will also make a ton tomorrow best of luck england .. win the ashes with style 3-0 or 4-0...make it whitewash ..I m sure if ponting will lose this series he has to think about his retirement.. definitely he will not be captain for next series..England kiss the kangros..........!!!!!!:)

  • BigFriendlyGiant on December 4, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Australia are now faced with a critical selection dilemma if day 3 doesn't bring a chance in fortunes; namely who will be sent to face the media after the day's play? For Haddin to be making comments about the heat and conditions, on a ground with such good recent memories for them was unbelievable.

  • on December 4, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Is Glenn McGrath around for another one of his "5-0" predictions? Absolute joke this current Aussie unit...hope all this blind optimism comes around to bite Ricky in the butt!

  • stationmaster on December 4, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    @ Marico You really think Cook has 'modest ability' ? You need to watch more cricket mate, Cook sliced and diced the best Australia have to offer, and is coming back for seconds today. Modest ? No mate, he's really really good.

  • stationmaster on December 4, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    Hilarious ! All those people who were writing on here that "Dough and Pete would crush England...." seem to very very quiet. Peter Siddle looked like an ageing cart horse, Ryan Harris huffed and puffed but blew nobody down, and Doug was was just plain old average. Eng batting lineup are playing like the Ausse's used to do, how great this game is that the roels are now reversed, Strauss has command of a very sound ship, Punters is springing leaks left right and centre...soon to be sunk.

  • mecrazy on December 4, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    Aus must get used to it...i'm enjoying it...when South Africa beat them is a test series at home...and hopefully this time England...great. Just bcos they are so arrogant...makes it all the more sweeter. Aus supporters...please, no excuses.

  • landl47 on December 5, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    @Something_Witty: what you say doesn't really hold up. Australia went in with a tail starting at #8- Harris, age 31, has no hundreds and only 6 50s in first-class cricket. He's not a lower middle order batsman. #5, Hussey, scored 93 and also got out to an excellent ball. North scored 26, Haddin got 56 and only got out when he was with the last man and going for his shots. So nos. 5,6 and 7 got 175 of Australia's 245 between them. Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 got 53 between them (admittedly Katich's 0 was Watson's fault). England's 1, 2, 3, and 4 have got 385 as I write (lunch on day 3) with Pietersen not out. If Pietersen makes no more and nos. 5,6 and 7 make 175 between them, England will get to 587 and still have Broad and Swann, both much better bats than Harris, to come. You can say that Aus needed a better bat at 8 (maybe Smith instead of Doherty), but really the fact is that the top 4 need to make runs on a good pitch and Australia's got 53. Maybe Anderson is just too good for them?

  • Mike_Spel on December 4, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    As an Aussie, I don't mind getting beaten by a better team, but I object to losing when we don't have our best available team on the park. In the past we carried captains when they had a rough spot, but the current culture of failures retaining their spot borders on illegal - there are too many good players kept down because the selectors are looking after their favourites. Issues with players not working with Ponting? Drop him. And North. And Clark. Admit you have not got a top class spinner and let HusseyD (Defensive) and SmithS (Attacking) back up whoever are the fittest quick bowlers available. Let them earn their spots back in the team if they are good enough.

  • on December 4, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    Have Australia got the bowlers to take 20 wickets??? Doubt

  • longdonkey on December 4, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    This game will be a draw - rain is expected over the next couple of days and if you were there you would know the night before the first day there was a heavy dew and there was moisture on the pitch. The pitch was seaming a bit on the first day but yesterday the heat dired it out so that I would have got runs, an absolute batsmans dream. I expect England to get 500+ and Australia back will get 400+ and they run out of time when England bats again.

  • Hardy_1984 on December 4, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Aussies time has been gone ..for winning ..they are #1 becoz of Warne, Glen, Waugh,Gilly,Martn, Hayden, & Langer. Ponting ego has broken..he never ever give respect to others ..only great player make great team, now he has to realize why australia was on #1 for so long not becoz of Ponting ..becoz such a great player. Aussies have to suffer more not in this serious for upcoming series also .. Well Done !!! England grab the chance rattle the aussies they are nothing right now ..no strength in opening,,no strength in middle order,,worst bowling attack ever, they are confused which guy have to be pick for the playing XI. I hope Kevin will also make a ton tomorrow best of luck england .. win the ashes with style 3-0 or 4-0...make it whitewash ..I m sure if ponting will lose this series he has to think about his retirement.. definitely he will not be captain for next series..England kiss the kangros..........!!!!!!:)

  • BigFriendlyGiant on December 4, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Australia are now faced with a critical selection dilemma if day 3 doesn't bring a chance in fortunes; namely who will be sent to face the media after the day's play? For Haddin to be making comments about the heat and conditions, on a ground with such good recent memories for them was unbelievable.

  • on December 4, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Is Glenn McGrath around for another one of his "5-0" predictions? Absolute joke this current Aussie unit...hope all this blind optimism comes around to bite Ricky in the butt!

  • stationmaster on December 4, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    @ Marico You really think Cook has 'modest ability' ? You need to watch more cricket mate, Cook sliced and diced the best Australia have to offer, and is coming back for seconds today. Modest ? No mate, he's really really good.

  • stationmaster on December 4, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    Hilarious ! All those people who were writing on here that "Dough and Pete would crush England...." seem to very very quiet. Peter Siddle looked like an ageing cart horse, Ryan Harris huffed and puffed but blew nobody down, and Doug was was just plain old average. Eng batting lineup are playing like the Ausse's used to do, how great this game is that the roels are now reversed, Strauss has command of a very sound ship, Punters is springing leaks left right and centre...soon to be sunk.

  • mecrazy on December 4, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    Aus must get used to it...i'm enjoying it...when South Africa beat them is a test series at home...and hopefully this time England...great. Just bcos they are so arrogant...makes it all the more sweeter. Aus supporters...please, no excuses.

  • BilalSaleem on December 4, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    What i don't get is that when Australia drop three catches, everyone is disappointed but doesn't say anything. However, if the Pakistan team drops 3 catches, everyone starts yelling, "Match Fixers!"

  • on December 4, 2010, 20:34 GMT

    yow Marcio what rubbish... in 2010 you still talking about better team on paper...you got to be kidding. Please dont forget that Australia was in the same situation Of supremacy after the first day of the first test.... built up a lead of 221... then England come and bat for so long...dont you see whatever the track the Aussies bowling is limited severly so, and they will continue to be ground to the dust...Take what you say that Cook is mediocre.. yet the fact is Australia cant get him out...what does that say about the aussie bowling attack..do the maths man.... anyone can see that Australia has lost its self confidence as a team and on that same so called flat track you will see the English bowling ...later today if they declare....australia gone through ..thats the plain truth.. sorry

  • voma on December 4, 2010, 20:22 GMT

    England are simply playing far better than australia , and as for marcio comment about cook modest ability . Ha ha ha yeah those 15 centurys have all been lucky , only tendulkar has scored more at there same age ! .

  • asif_the_spotfixer on December 4, 2010, 19:49 GMT

    cook is inspired by gautam gambhir.... well played, and aussies focus on play rather than comments...

  • fecundity on December 4, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    Now England is in a position to go 1-0 in the series. For a very long time the aussies have never let thier opposition to make a winning situation to a victory. Those days are over and we see a lot of vice versa now. Definitely bollinger was the pick of the bowlers in the first hour . It will be interesting to see what kind of tactics the aussies will apply to get on top. If they see any chance of coming back in to this game they should bowl really well in the first hour or they will be forced to the wall.I would like to see KP getting a hundred!... Go england go...

  • smokincricket on December 4, 2010, 18:43 GMT

    For more than a decade, the aussie cricketers and selectors stayed drunk on their virtual invincibility, often declaring themselves the greatest ever cricket team with no hint of modesty. Along the way their cricketers kept making a mockery of the spirit of this glorious game in the name of 'GamesmanShip' and so called mental disintegration. The disrespect that they displayed to th

  • scritty on December 4, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    8 days...almost 850 for 3 and we STILL have Aussie fans going on about how "good" they are or how "unlucky" they've been. It's a big sample size taken over two matches. Do you have any bowlers left you Oz fans talking like they were number one team in the world and this is just a minor hiccup. Hate to break this to you folks - you're fifth and on the way down you have been for some years now - suprised that your suprised... And yeah Cookes rubbish isn't he 5000 test runs by 26 at an average close to 50 with 15 hundreds - 3 against the Aussies. Rubbish. Can we swap him for Marcus "specialist spinner" North or Simon "the crab" Katich, Michael "not tonight pup" Clarke or Shane "Swayze" Watson? On second thoughts... The only two players in Oz that would get into the England side now are Punter and Hussey - and given their age that would be a very short term deal. Doherty? Lol now that's just funny.

  • DazTaylor on December 4, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    @ Something_Witty I know I just thought your comment re middle order was harsh as IMO your middle order rescued a terrible situation into just a bad one (North apart).

  • on December 4, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    cook has cooked australia.. back to back attacks.............

  • suresh_sksj on December 4, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    Ricky and Greg went up the hill to fetch a urn of ashes Ricky fell down and broke his crown And Greg came tumbling after.

  • Rich_T on December 4, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    Eric Noble, I think you mean it's too late to regain the Ashes. You can't retain them if you haven't got them to start with, you know.

    And you're probably right.

  • suresh_sksj on December 4, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Andrew - Brewing the Ausies Cook - Cooking the Ausies Tortt - Trotting the Ausies Kevin - Levin the Ausies Paul - Maul the Ausies Bell - Felling the Ausies Prior - Trior the Ausies Broad - Road the Ausies Swann - Swam the Ausies Jammy - Clammy the Ausies Finn - Linn the Ausies

  • Cristopher59 on December 4, 2010, 16:35 GMT

    The next day is very crucial for Australia.If they play well on the third day,then can manage a draw.

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on December 4, 2010, 16:18 GMT

    Aus. need fuh practice catching, now that FUNNY! Dem will become just like WI; you cant stay on top forever, right! Eng. will win, but me dont want KP fuh make century. Me dont like that guy fuh nothing.

  • Something_Witty on December 4, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    @DazTaylor, yes 3 for 2 is the top order, but Katich was run out, and Ponting and Clarke simply fell to good deliveries early on from Anderson. Adelaide is a batsman's paradise, and after Watson and Hussey put on a good partnership, North and the lower order batted woefully on a pitch that offered very little for the bowlers when the ball was older. If you do not make 400+ runs on the shirtfront that is the Adelaide pitch, you know your batting lineup (particularly the lower middle order) has problems.

  • on December 4, 2010, 16:04 GMT

    Never EVER under estimate Aussies. They will come back in second innings and PUNTER will hit double ton with Hussey. England is good, I don't want to say something bad about them but AUSSIES are never bad, they will for sure come back soon. Hats off to COOK, I still don't understand how Aussies are going to UNCOOK him. lol.

  • phoenixsteve on December 4, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Interesting comments and lots of radical cahnge proposals too! Australia needs to face up to the fact they are palying a better side and will probably lose heavily. There's no shame in that, this is sport not war and the winner gets the Ashes! Cheer up Aussies - you've been the best for so long! COME ON ENGLAND!

  • masterblaster1971 on December 4, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    Keep going England, pound Aussie into the dirt! You can see this on Rickys face, he is not a happy man and is cracking under pressure. England to bat all day until just after tea, declare with a lead of 350 plus then rattle Aussie again! Smash those arrogant Aussies!

  • Stark62 on December 4, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Who to blame? The batsmen for not making enough runs or the bowlers for not taking wickets?

    When you get into a situation like this, then it means your team needs to rebuild with new and young players!

    C'mon Aussies beat the poms!

  • 2929paul on December 4, 2010, 15:39 GMT

    Eric Noble - were you an England selector in the 80s and 90s? In a way, Australia's complete ineptitude as a bowling and fielding unit makes the batting performances, after the first day nerves of the 1st Test, seem a bit devalued. Makes you yearn for Warne and McGrath to return and make the runs scored worthwhile.

  • Marcio on December 4, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    While Eng will win this match easily (6 wickets - Aust will score 4-500 in the 2nd innings) this will end up as a 2-2 series. A v. bad batting display on day 1 has gifted this match to Eng on an extremely tame batting strip. This game his game was only going to get a result if the team batting 1st lost a lot of wickets in the first 2 hours of day 1, when conditions were condusive. Do you really think that Anderson and Broad, with avereages well into the 30s are really such world beaters? All the Aussie quicks have better averages. Aust have huge mental problems, exacrebated by poor preparation , leadership, team management, & selction policies. I expect them to rectify many probs in the last 3 games. There just isn't that much difference between these 2 teams on paper, & aust. have the home advantage, so it's only a matter of time till things even out. Eng have had 2 innings on the tamest surfaces imaginable, & even the modest ability of Cook has been made to look superhuman.

  • RohanMarkJay on December 4, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    Good to see the England Cricket team doing well against the aussies for once. This will give the sport a much needed shot in the arm in England. Maybe they will play cricket in the schools again there like they did 20 years ago. Great performance considering football in England is far and away their number one sport and always will be, but this performance will do cricket no harm over there.

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 4, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    Cook and Trott must be starting to get under the Aussies' skins a bit. Good to see KP ease into gear too. With C'wood,Bell,Prior and Broad to come things are looking entertaining to say the least. All those years of Aussie arrogance are hopefullly ging to start to reap the whirlwind.

  • adamgilly on December 4, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    someone plzzz bring back STEVE BUCKNOR and abandon UDRS............ thats the only way which can stop humiliation now....... along with stars that retired few years back, i think STEVE BUCKNOR's umpiring is all we need at the moment..........

  • on December 4, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    Go England!!!!

    If not for rain, England will surely win the match.

  • on December 4, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    Well done Cook & Co..... Please Cook them for another day...would love to see that.... well done

  • sgh142 on December 4, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    Pleased for Cook's return to form, shows value of strong county ties. Pietersen still playing across ball and looks v poor, shame nobody gives a toss!!

  • landl47 on December 4, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    Cook's physical and mental toughness is amazing. I'd have taken 438 runs for him in the series in a heartbeat, let alone in 3 innings for once out. KP also looked very good, like the KP of old. Trott didn't bat as well and had some luck, but he rode it. Harris looked the best of the Aussie bowlers, as I expected. Bollinger was lucky to have Strauss leave a straight one and unlucky to see Trott dropped off a wide ball that Trott chased, but otherwise he was what I saw in England, not fast, not accurate, did nothing with the ball. Surely the Doherty experiment must be over, he doesn't look to have the class to bowl at this level. Siddle tried hard as always, but apart from that one great burst at the Gabba he's done nothing. Ponting, also as always, had no ideas once England got on top. England need to bat for another day to let the pitch break up, then we'll see if the Aussies can do what England did at Brisbane and save the game.

  • CaptainPedant on December 4, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    "Five nil to Australia". It is to laugh.

  • Lovetesh on December 4, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    Where is Gideon Haigh to give his expert comment on first 7 days of this Ashes series? Atleast Australian writers needs to stand up against the likes of English, Miller and Co.

  • on December 4, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    HUmpty Dumpty had a great fall All the Austraiian cricketers and all the Austrailian selectors could not put them together again Please, please Ricky make way for young blood and only then you can improve !

  • Razor88 on December 4, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Plz People Stop talking that ONCE #1 team :|,In this line up there is no one as good as Watson,Hussey or haddin.That now Looks like a Proper Cricketing team.This is when Captaincy plays a HUGE part.Ponting Dose not Look like a Good captain,neither is Clarke(who is busy with Back problems and Form problems).It was No.1 Because it had No.1 Players in them.Who can Dominate any place on earth.Unlike most teams.Even India For instance have the Batting but not the Quality of Bowling to Dictate Terms.You can never Get a Team Like the early 90s WI or the Recent past Aussies team.Clearly they are the only ones Who can Dominate on any Given surface.Its clear he can't gel the team well,why not sack him and look for a better one.Its totally not working,His batting has Become Bad to worse,He is not gonna Prove anything without scoring.If at all he is Playing the next match and still gets a Double he should be axed.Because the Damage is already Done!!

  • oldnbald on December 4, 2010, 13:14 GMT

    As an englishman, I am really enjoying this but not counting any chickens - we have seen too many false dawns. What looks obvious is that since 2009 (which was a battle between two average teams) England have improved and australia have declined. For England, Broad has matured, Prior is confident and Bell is so much better than Bopara. As for Cook - he is a revelation. Australia on the other hand are living on past glories and reputations. There is an unwillingness to admit failure that mean that players such as Clarke, Katich, North and Johnson are led to believe that they are untouchable. Hussey has come back well and good luck to him but I just cannot believe that Doherty is the best spinner you have. I can't see any county rushing to sign him as an overseas player ! The attack is sub-Bangladesh standard at present - in three days of test cricket England have scored 834 for 3 - says it all really.

  • on December 4, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    Since Australia played the WI you could see the chinks in the armour, with WI being able to compete for the matches.. albeit they lost all the matches but the chinks were there........Now England is hammering the Aussies ...their bowling is weak.. listen to Mr. Cook... how are they to get 20 English wickets. Some years ago Mr. ponting had a lot to say about Brian Lara's captaincy... forgetting that a captain is only as strong as his eleven... we are seeing now how poor a test captain Mr. ponting really is no more hayden.. gilchrist.. warnie ...mcgrath..mcgill...gilespie....its time for ponting to walk the plank.. especially since his own batting form is in trouble he cannot lead from the front...and he cannot motivate what is not there..welcome Mr ponting to WI cricket..eat your heart out..now we get to see who will replace Australia as they replaced WI after years of many lickings at the WI hand...and their own dominance...lets see how long they take to bounce back.

  • ssm2407 on December 4, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    Theres only 3 things wrong with Australia......they cant bat, they cant bowl & they cant field!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on December 4, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    @AashishK, Aussies are famous for sledging and criticizing any visiting opposition teams. Ponting also did the same about Cook rather than his own teams batting problems. Now Cook is teaching a lesson to Ponting. I like the way that Cook is cooking Kangaroos.

  • johnsrini on December 4, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Bring Warne, Hayden and Gilly back. If they last 20 overs(IPL) its enough to turn the tide and send some fear to the English team.

  • mogan707 on December 4, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Australia should be blaming themselves for this precarious position they are in.They are still not out of the game.But a couple of early wickets and better fielding could bring them back and of course good batting could bring them back in the game.I did not see one of the most prestigious ashes tour be as one sided to England.Australia have to bounce back.The captain has to set example.Don't play for places in the side,play for the country.

  • on December 4, 2010, 12:37 GMT

    cook u rock lts cook ausises..nd hav dm 4 dineer

  • on December 4, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Cricket desperately needed this. We were bored of australian wins..

  • on December 4, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    I am so excited and anxious about the prospects of my BIG BATS Kevin Pieterson Making his first test ton in a while against the ozzies in the ASHES.

  • suresh_sksj on December 4, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    One more thing that i wanted to point out is, it's India who showed to the cricketing world that Ausies can be beaten and that too in Australia. Many have learnt that trick and using it effectively. The trick was just to keep ignoring all those lousy sledgings that were being thrown both on-field and off-field. Mind Games...ha ha ha...now Ausies are the victims of their own trick...mind games...now they dont have the mind to think what's hit them for the past 1+ years...slipped from No1 to 5 in ICC test ranking in just few months...that's a mind blowing slip "Down Under"

  • LALITHKURUWITA on December 4, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Cook is cooking 11 kangaroos or nor nor 13 kangaroos from 1st test. By the end of Ashes we will have a big soup. More new kangaroos will be added over next 3 tests.

  • on December 4, 2010, 12:21 GMT

    Cummon England complete the job started by India.......Aussie demolition.......

  • SwilliamsCCC on December 4, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Brilliant batting by Cook, Trott and Pietersen, our batsmen are in great form, and we've still got Bell to come in :) That said, the aussies bowling is the worst I've seen, so is there fielding, it looks like we've got a great chance of retaining the Ashes. So good to see the aussies wilting in the field! Keep it up lads!

  • on December 4, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    Okay, it's now to late to retain the ashes so let's make some changes. Batting wise out go North, Clark & possibly Ponting. His record over the last year or so is pathetic and he's too negative as a captain. We are at the point of needing an overhaul. Bowlers are just as bad. Docherty has to go which means Hauritz comes in. He can't be worse. Apart from Siddle's Brisbane burst all the bowlers have been weak. But where do we go from here. There are calls for Hodge etc which is even more negative. Let's let our hair down. To retain some stability we keep Hussey, Haddin ( as a batsman) and Watson. We bring in say S Smith, Khawaja and another likely lad. Paine becomes the wicketkeeper. That makes seven. As for bowling we blood D Christian and R Duffield. So what if we keep losing at least we are giving some younger players a go. Lastly dump Hilditch.

  • suresh_sksj on December 4, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Ausies have got everything wrong for the past 1+ yrs, they have been keeping quite and relaxing all these yrs while they were the # 1 , they never bothered to make good bench strength, many of the guys who could have repalced Glen, Lee, Gilly, Hydo etc left for IPL and concentrating on playing 20-20 in both domestic and international (remember Test cricket is TEST Cricket and that too ASHES is the most important of them all) So playing test cricket is a different ball game....and that does not come while playing 20-20 and B&H Sheild games, so Ausies were not producing quality cricketers who can really mould into the shoes of those greats who have left the game in the past 2 years or so, guess Ponting should have quit Test Cricket along with those greats & keep playing IPL/2020 like Warnie, Hydo, Roy, Glen, Lee, Gilly, should have rtd when going was good & make $$ in IPL, now the only ??? is if kicked out by ACB, will not get that great sendoffs that Steve Waugh, Glen, Mark Taylor got.

  • Razor88 on December 4, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    This shows that Ausies where dominant ONLY because they had warne,mcgrath,hayden and gilly and not because of punter's captaincy.Hats off to cook,he literally is shoving his bat in pontings mouth now lol!!.i can't help but can only laugh abt his comments on cook :P.couldn't nail him for over 17 hours :D.They could not Produce an International Standard Spinner since warne or even a proper bowler,Its worse than India's. :D I thought India Series was One sided and shifted to this,but its getting bad.It can only get worse.What happened ponting ?? You don't have Enuf players to Back you up for all the Trash talks ?? No second comings for you.Be Prepared for the 3rd Ashes lose :D.

  • greenturf on December 4, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    It is a heart breaking sight to see once the most professional team in such a quandary.Ricky has been a great of the game and should show the resilience and character that earned him respect around the world and that are his trademark,if he is to turn this series around.Michael needs to get his thoughts together

  • on December 4, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    Well England are doing well for the moment!!!Let's not count ozzie's out!!!!Never underestimate the ozzie's they can spring a surprise!!!!!!!And in the 2nd innings Ponting will hit a ton!!!!!!!!!

  • Australia17594 on December 4, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Lol, people dumping ponting, WHat for?? Best batsman in india for australia, best batsman for australia so far...

    Also Don't drop clarke, SWAP PLACES WITH HUSSEY. DUMP NORTH i agree on, and also australia need to practice more catching.

  • on December 4, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    Hiiditchs position as chief selector is untenable. Critics are quick to draw the blame at Ponting's captaincy, but regardless he still has an immense test record to fall back on, however tarnished it is about to become. But Hilditch is synonymous with failure...he made his debut as player in the 1978-79 series, was the 'Happy Hooker' as the Ashes were relinqushed in 1985 and now resides over this latest dark period in Aussie history. It can be no coincidence...Australia should have realised from his happy hooking days that this is one guy that never learns from his mistakes!

  • DazTaylor on December 4, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    @ Something_Witty sates: "Some insipid batting by our middle order yesterday cost us the match."

    2 for 3 wickets is your top order :P

  • DazTaylor on December 4, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    LOL @ Jugster re SA comment. Australis have never done it have they? Wessells is SA but played for Oz. Blimey Andrew Symonds is a Pom! Dont make excuses mate - What excuse for Englishman Cook?

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    jugster. Thank you for that. Without that kind of bad feeling/losing it is hardly worth stuffing you. You make it taste much sweeter. Remind me, who were the South Africans who ran through your batting line up? After all it is all about the bowling on a wicket like Adelaide. Any mug can score runs on it be English, South African or Austr........ oops, sorry.

  • scritty on December 4, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    England is a multi racial country. To not pick the best players based on skill would be restraint of trade - a restrictive practice (hence - in a civil sense - illegal) For the ECB to put up artificial barriers against players born overseas but with a British citizenship would also be a restraint of trade (and hence - in a civil sense illegal) Dig all your like about "saffers 2nd XI" (While ironically remembering that between 4 and 6 generations ago most of the Saffers AND the Aussies have British, Irish or Dutch ancestry) It's to our credit that we are multi racial - and a reflection of your ignorance that your are whinging about it. Whinging Aussies? Whatever next? Has Ponting done anything other than moan for the past 6 weeks?. The image I have of Ponting these days is of a face perpetually about to start...whinging.

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    Abject batting, toothless bowling, key players out of form, dont know what their best side is. Patchwork openers, aging middle order, a joke at No.6, pick n mix of a bowling line up, average England batsmen being made to look Bradmanesque. Yep aussies are in disarry. I can see England winning this series 3 or 4 nil

  • on December 4, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    Cook rocks B-) yipeeeeeeee hope he keeps scoring and cooking the kangaroos :)

  • AashishK on December 4, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    i firmly believe that selectors now show their presence of mind and retain steve smith instead of useless doherty , bring cameron white & andrew symonds instead of ponting and michael clarke , otherwise there is every chance that even current bangladeshi side can hand aussie whitewash , and kudos , what happened to ponting's comment b4 pre-ashes on Cook ? he said Cook is holding his place in side with a teeth , ah i believe its ur turn now , Go England Go , win back the urn and force ricky to retire from all forms of game

  • Runster1 on December 4, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    at last aussies are losing and there are no umpires favouring them. cmon england, teach aussies a lesson and win the goddamn match

  • Bigbanger666 on December 4, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    The irony is that as bigger flogging as Aus has had, the series is still drawn and could still be after this test if the rain comes. I still cant believe the batting effort from the Poms last two innings. 3 for 900?? Unbelievable. Cook is batting like a freak.

  • jugster on December 4, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    Good going by the Saffers 2nd eleven. Heaven help the ozzies when the first team gets hold of them

  • on December 4, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    Seems like we are having the same situation as four years ago in Ashes. One strong team and one pretty weak one. Just the roles are reversed. Now Lets see how punter handles this situation...Well done England !!!

  • CricketingStargazer on December 4, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    I would like to know where the person is who predicted that England would lose all three First Class matches and then, after England won two, said that the sides had been cherry-picked to be weak and that the Tests would finish 5-0 to Australia against an over-confident and under-prepared opponent! It isn't quite turning out that way. England had one bad day at the start of the series through nerves and are now becoming increasingly one-way traffic. Many England fans would not have picked Alistair Cook or KP: it shows that sometimes the selectors really do know a bit more than the fans about what they are doing. It's possible that this Test will be a draw, but if England can bat for another three and a half or four sessions the Australians may end up cracking and subsiding.

  • nawazkhan1 on December 4, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    Drop chances, dead track thats not australia!

  • on December 4, 2010, 9:41 GMT

    Booyacker!Booyacker!Booyacker!

  • Something_Witty on December 4, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    Nothing atypical about that score. This is the Adelaide Oval, the most batsman-friendly pitch in the world. Some insipid batting by our middle order yesterday cost us the match. I expect England to win this one by an Innings or 10 wickets.

  • bumsonseats on December 4, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    they are getting better they took 2 wickets at least.

  • hadenough on December 4, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    At least the Ashes will be sorted before christmas, so we can all relax....

  • davyc on December 4, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    THIS is Test cricket. After some time. Stay with oyur favourite team and they will come around. A word to the Aussie selectors, give Ponting and Clark the door, please?

  • indicricket on December 4, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Is there anything I like way more than India do well? There is, there is-Australia doing badly.

  • jpa170478 on December 4, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    A team that was very competitive in India, unlucky to not win a test, but since being back in Australia we have seen terrible performance bar a few individual great performances. The bowlers have come under a lot of pressure, but for me the batting and fielding has been embarasing, Australia prided itself on its fielding, it is now a joke, its almost impossible to find amazing bowlers like Warne or McGrath but you can improve the fielding. This will be Pontings last test series, probably for Katich as well. Sadly Australian supporters are going to have to get used to being down at 5th or 6th in rankings until we really make a proper effort at rebuilding

  • adamgilly on December 4, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    oh dear...... plzz somebody save aussies......... bring back gilly, haydos, mcgra , warne..... and for god's sake someone remove punter from captaincy..... a total disaster he is... only rain can save aussies from humiliation.... drop hussey, his put down catch cost more runs than he scored........ poms wil go bak with the urn for sure.....

  • on December 4, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    the australian bowling attach is not good enough to penitrate the in form english top order...........they need a geniune wicket taker like lee, warne etc

  • KingofRedLions on December 4, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Two things linger on the horizon: rain, and Nathan Hauritz.

  • asillypoint on December 4, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    It never looked like the previous bowling attack (in Brisbane) would bowl England out twice. This attack, even less so.

  • boris6491 on December 4, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    An absolute disaster for the Aussies. Then again, the batting from them was atrocious on a surface which merited at least a score of 400. Unless the rain can be Australia's saviour (the weather forecast certainly seems to be), England should win this comfortably barring some sort of miracle. And to me, although I backed Australia at the start of this series, with the form they are in and the low confidence they are currently exuding, a loss here and I would put my money on the fact that the Ashes will be heading back to England. I just don't see Australia as a team that can win 2 out of the next 3 tests at present. They need to turn something around dramatically but I fear that this prospective result is the end of Ricky Ponting's reign at the helm. I still retain my hopes that we can somehow turn it around during the course of the next 3 tests but that really seems to be the optimist in me speaking.

  • vinuyakkubal on December 4, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Fantastic inning by Cook. Excellent phase he is going through. England is in commanding position will look forward to a historic win, if they resist on tomorrows morning session.

  • phoenixsteve on December 4, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Great stuff from England and still the prospect of KP, Collingwood and Bell giving it a whack. Follow that up with a quick 100 from Broad... and the prospects are good. I'm going to bed here in Arizona one happy P.O.M.E.... Come on England!

  • shri619 on December 4, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    gone....!man nobody will save aussies now prepare for the 3rd test

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  • shri619 on December 4, 2010, 7:54 GMT

    gone....!man nobody will save aussies now prepare for the 3rd test

  • phoenixsteve on December 4, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Great stuff from England and still the prospect of KP, Collingwood and Bell giving it a whack. Follow that up with a quick 100 from Broad... and the prospects are good. I'm going to bed here in Arizona one happy P.O.M.E.... Come on England!

  • vinuyakkubal on December 4, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Fantastic inning by Cook. Excellent phase he is going through. England is in commanding position will look forward to a historic win, if they resist on tomorrows morning session.

  • boris6491 on December 4, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    An absolute disaster for the Aussies. Then again, the batting from them was atrocious on a surface which merited at least a score of 400. Unless the rain can be Australia's saviour (the weather forecast certainly seems to be), England should win this comfortably barring some sort of miracle. And to me, although I backed Australia at the start of this series, with the form they are in and the low confidence they are currently exuding, a loss here and I would put my money on the fact that the Ashes will be heading back to England. I just don't see Australia as a team that can win 2 out of the next 3 tests at present. They need to turn something around dramatically but I fear that this prospective result is the end of Ricky Ponting's reign at the helm. I still retain my hopes that we can somehow turn it around during the course of the next 3 tests but that really seems to be the optimist in me speaking.

  • asillypoint on December 4, 2010, 8:22 GMT

    It never looked like the previous bowling attack (in Brisbane) would bowl England out twice. This attack, even less so.

  • KingofRedLions on December 4, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Two things linger on the horizon: rain, and Nathan Hauritz.

  • on December 4, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    the australian bowling attach is not good enough to penitrate the in form english top order...........they need a geniune wicket taker like lee, warne etc

  • adamgilly on December 4, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    oh dear...... plzz somebody save aussies......... bring back gilly, haydos, mcgra , warne..... and for god's sake someone remove punter from captaincy..... a total disaster he is... only rain can save aussies from humiliation.... drop hussey, his put down catch cost more runs than he scored........ poms wil go bak with the urn for sure.....

  • jpa170478 on December 4, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    A team that was very competitive in India, unlucky to not win a test, but since being back in Australia we have seen terrible performance bar a few individual great performances. The bowlers have come under a lot of pressure, but for me the batting and fielding has been embarasing, Australia prided itself on its fielding, it is now a joke, its almost impossible to find amazing bowlers like Warne or McGrath but you can improve the fielding. This will be Pontings last test series, probably for Katich as well. Sadly Australian supporters are going to have to get used to being down at 5th or 6th in rankings until we really make a proper effort at rebuilding

  • indicricket on December 4, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Is there anything I like way more than India do well? There is, there is-Australia doing badly.