Western Australia v England XI, tour match, Perth, 3rd day November 7, 2010

Strauss ton seals England win

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England XI 8 for 223 dec. and 4 for 243 (Strauss 120*, Pietersen 35, Beer 2-99) beat Western Australia 8 for 242 dec. and 223 (Robinson 54, Swann 4-101, Broad 2-26) by six wickets
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England surged to a six-wicket win on the third afternoon of their tour match against Western Australia at Perth, captain Andrew Strauss's unbeaten 120 guiding their fourth-innings pursuit of 243. Four wickets for Graeme Swann, with admirable back-up from Stuart Broad and Steven Finn, had brought England back into the game after Western Australia started the day well placed at 1 for 109. The last nine wickets tumbled for 93 runs to set up England's second-innings chase, and though Alastair Cook again fell early Strauss ran to an aggressive hundred and a string of contributions from the middle order sealed the win in the 48th over.

England looked set for a long day in the field while Wes Robinson and Michael Swart built on a strong opening stand of 77 with a 53-run partnership for the second wicket. But Swart's removal, pinned in front of his stumps by Finn, sparked a collapse as Robinson was stumped off Swann shortly after passing fifty, captain Marcus North was run out by substitute fielder Eoin Morgan and Adam Voges was caught behind off Broad in the space of eight overs.

From then on, England kept firm control of the match and wickets fell at regular intervals. No. 11 Michael Hogan bashed 21 from just 12 balls, including two fours and two sixes, to boost Western Australia's innings past 200, but when he was run out England were left with the appetising task of chasing 243 in 52 overs.

Hogan kept up the counter-attack with the ball in his hands, clean bowling Cook in the fifth over as England's chase suffered an early setback. But Strauss anchored the innings with aplomb, adding a sedate 65 in 16.2 overs for the second wicket with Jonathan Trott and then shifting gears in a 66-run partnership with Kevin Pietersen that took half that time.

Pietersen followed his first-innings 58 with a quickfire 35, striking three powerful straight drives in succession off Hogan and lofting left-arm spinner Michael Beer over midwicket before being given out leg before to the same bowler attempting an adventurous reverse sweep. The decision didn't impress Pietersen, who stood at the crease for several seconds looking at his bat before walking off.

Strauss then added a third half-century stand, with Paul Collingwood, and brought up his 36th first-class century with a crisp straight drive off Swart's part-time spin. After Beer had Collingwood caught for 26 for his second wicket, he finished the job in partnership with Ian Bell. Bell hurried the conclusion with three fours and a six in his 22 as England sealed victory with more than four overs to spare.

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  • Vishnu27 on November 9, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    dscoll: so where does your assessment leave England then? You have numerous players that would struggle to get a game elsewhere: Cook, Bell, Finn, Trott, Prior, Collingwood. All OK, but hardly world beaters. Swann is your only stand out. Strauss has never proved himself against Australia & the last tour here was very nearly career ending for him. Lets see if he carries on his recent form, in Australia, against Australia. Your top order hardly evokes a whole heap of confidence. You only have two players with test bowling experience in Australia (Panesar: won't play, & Anderson: who was carted here last time & has a poor record against Australia overall). Australia may be down, but make no mistake, England are not looking like millionaires either.

  • Vishnu27 on November 9, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Aussasinator: do you know what you're on about here? England beat the weakest state side in Australia. Not exactly big news. However, the fact you copped a couple of bloodied noses along the way didn't go amiss though. Cook: abjectly hopeless, Pietersen: was streaky at best & given numerous chances, Finn: absymal, according to all radio commentators (even Jonathon Agnew), Trott: a number 3? No one who faced Steve Magoffin's well directed pace & bounce looked comfortable, & had he lasted the game the result would likely have been different. So bearing that in mind, your glorious win doesn't look particularly rosy I would've thought. Moreover, quite a few English deficiences gloriously highlighted. Good work WA. Before you get too carried away, you might care to remember you have only 3 dead rubber test wins in this nation in the last 23yrs. Lets see if all the English hoopla can actually translate into a LIVE test win...

  • MATT-EIP on November 8, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    I agree, Biggus. It's a to be relief to have an ashes series ahead, not expecting to watch your team cought up in controversy. We can look forward to some healthy, hard-fought, competetive test match cricket.

  • Biggus on November 8, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Well, enough of the WA game. On a different note, this news of the Pakistan wicketkeeper disappearing due to threats reminds me why I'm so happy we're hosting England down under this season. For all our differences we do in some way understand each other and expect that the games will be hard fought but fair, and hopefully free of allegations of racism, cheating etc. That, somehow, is a very comforting thought to me.

  • Trickstar on November 8, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    @Biggus To much has been made of what Pietersen did, or did not do,he only paused for 5 seconds or so before walking off and it's something that practically all the modern cricketers do, when they think they got a bad call. At the end of the day what you've said has little bearing on KP, because he has never had any disciplinary problems,ever in his career. Broad on the other hand can skate close to the line, but as long as he doesn't cross it, it won't be a issue and to be honest I can't see it being. @valvolux Who are these 3 150kph bowlers you talk of,because you can't mean Hilfenhaus ,Bollinger ,Siddle all bowl 90mph and under which is 144kph and Johnson rarely gets up to that speed.

  • dscoll on November 8, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    valvolux says that WA has a "woefull bowling lineup". I would say that Aus have a woeful lineup period. Last time Eng were here Aus had 3 all time greats, Warne, Mcgrath, Gilchtist ,plus 2 world 11 first choice, : Ponting & Hayden. and no bad players. Now Aus have no all time greats and 1 World 11 possible : Johnson.They also have 2 players who would not get into any other top 5 test playing teams North and Hauritz. Their slide down the world rankings and their 3 test defeats on the bounce are no flukes, Aus are now a very average team.

  • on November 8, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    When touring sides pitch up and play a first warm up it is very hard to gauge how significant the result is; doesn't stop people having a go though (triumphalist nonsense as it often is). England haven't won an Ashes warmup opener in Aus since the 60's. They often get off the plane half baked, so it was nice to see them in good shape for a change. WA aren't the strongest but they are the first up , would have wanted to put down a marker, and will have been preparing for this for a while. Australia meanwhile were finally managing to pin down Sri Lanka, but in a dead rubber. Aus have varied the pace lineup in the one day series so that's no clue to how the Test attack will go. And their batsmen won't see one day knockabouts as any indicator of how they'll perform facing the first ball in an Ashes test - it's worlds apart. All I think one can fairly conclude is that both teams are bringing their guns to bear, but neither can yet fire a proper salvo

  • KarthiEngland on November 8, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Strauss the good clasical cricketer

  • Aussasinator on November 8, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    Australian media is not talking much of this defeat? Or are they saturated with Oz losses? It's a mjor confidence depleting loss for Australia and a booster for the English side. They can only go better from now on.

  • Biggus on November 8, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding-Playing down the win Vs WA isn't part of some grand strategy. Whilst WA used to regularly beat touring sides those days are long gone. The present WA side isn't just a poor side-they are truly woeful, and one of the weakest Shield sides I've ever seen, especially with Magoffin, the only bowler with any real experience, sidelined after 5.4 overs in the first innings. Had they lost against such a side it would really have been a worry. They won, and that's good, as I'd like to see a competitive series, but I wouldn't be breaking out the whistles and party hats just yet. That's my objective assessment.

  • Vishnu27 on November 9, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    dscoll: so where does your assessment leave England then? You have numerous players that would struggle to get a game elsewhere: Cook, Bell, Finn, Trott, Prior, Collingwood. All OK, but hardly world beaters. Swann is your only stand out. Strauss has never proved himself against Australia & the last tour here was very nearly career ending for him. Lets see if he carries on his recent form, in Australia, against Australia. Your top order hardly evokes a whole heap of confidence. You only have two players with test bowling experience in Australia (Panesar: won't play, & Anderson: who was carted here last time & has a poor record against Australia overall). Australia may be down, but make no mistake, England are not looking like millionaires either.

  • Vishnu27 on November 9, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Aussasinator: do you know what you're on about here? England beat the weakest state side in Australia. Not exactly big news. However, the fact you copped a couple of bloodied noses along the way didn't go amiss though. Cook: abjectly hopeless, Pietersen: was streaky at best & given numerous chances, Finn: absymal, according to all radio commentators (even Jonathon Agnew), Trott: a number 3? No one who faced Steve Magoffin's well directed pace & bounce looked comfortable, & had he lasted the game the result would likely have been different. So bearing that in mind, your glorious win doesn't look particularly rosy I would've thought. Moreover, quite a few English deficiences gloriously highlighted. Good work WA. Before you get too carried away, you might care to remember you have only 3 dead rubber test wins in this nation in the last 23yrs. Lets see if all the English hoopla can actually translate into a LIVE test win...

  • MATT-EIP on November 8, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    I agree, Biggus. It's a to be relief to have an ashes series ahead, not expecting to watch your team cought up in controversy. We can look forward to some healthy, hard-fought, competetive test match cricket.

  • Biggus on November 8, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Well, enough of the WA game. On a different note, this news of the Pakistan wicketkeeper disappearing due to threats reminds me why I'm so happy we're hosting England down under this season. For all our differences we do in some way understand each other and expect that the games will be hard fought but fair, and hopefully free of allegations of racism, cheating etc. That, somehow, is a very comforting thought to me.

  • Trickstar on November 8, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    @Biggus To much has been made of what Pietersen did, or did not do,he only paused for 5 seconds or so before walking off and it's something that practically all the modern cricketers do, when they think they got a bad call. At the end of the day what you've said has little bearing on KP, because he has never had any disciplinary problems,ever in his career. Broad on the other hand can skate close to the line, but as long as he doesn't cross it, it won't be a issue and to be honest I can't see it being. @valvolux Who are these 3 150kph bowlers you talk of,because you can't mean Hilfenhaus ,Bollinger ,Siddle all bowl 90mph and under which is 144kph and Johnson rarely gets up to that speed.

  • dscoll on November 8, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    valvolux says that WA has a "woefull bowling lineup". I would say that Aus have a woeful lineup period. Last time Eng were here Aus had 3 all time greats, Warne, Mcgrath, Gilchtist ,plus 2 world 11 first choice, : Ponting & Hayden. and no bad players. Now Aus have no all time greats and 1 World 11 possible : Johnson.They also have 2 players who would not get into any other top 5 test playing teams North and Hauritz. Their slide down the world rankings and their 3 test defeats on the bounce are no flukes, Aus are now a very average team.

  • on November 8, 2010, 11:48 GMT

    When touring sides pitch up and play a first warm up it is very hard to gauge how significant the result is; doesn't stop people having a go though (triumphalist nonsense as it often is). England haven't won an Ashes warmup opener in Aus since the 60's. They often get off the plane half baked, so it was nice to see them in good shape for a change. WA aren't the strongest but they are the first up , would have wanted to put down a marker, and will have been preparing for this for a while. Australia meanwhile were finally managing to pin down Sri Lanka, but in a dead rubber. Aus have varied the pace lineup in the one day series so that's no clue to how the Test attack will go. And their batsmen won't see one day knockabouts as any indicator of how they'll perform facing the first ball in an Ashes test - it's worlds apart. All I think one can fairly conclude is that both teams are bringing their guns to bear, but neither can yet fire a proper salvo

  • KarthiEngland on November 8, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Strauss the good clasical cricketer

  • Aussasinator on November 8, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    Australian media is not talking much of this defeat? Or are they saturated with Oz losses? It's a mjor confidence depleting loss for Australia and a booster for the English side. They can only go better from now on.

  • Biggus on November 8, 2010, 11:02 GMT

    @YorkshirePudding-Playing down the win Vs WA isn't part of some grand strategy. Whilst WA used to regularly beat touring sides those days are long gone. The present WA side isn't just a poor side-they are truly woeful, and one of the weakest Shield sides I've ever seen, especially with Magoffin, the only bowler with any real experience, sidelined after 5.4 overs in the first innings. Had they lost against such a side it would really have been a worry. They won, and that's good, as I'd like to see a competitive series, but I wouldn't be breaking out the whistles and party hats just yet. That's my objective assessment.

  • YorkshirePudding on November 8, 2010, 9:14 GMT

    @pianofan, it was probably a precoutionary mesaure in order that anderson didnt aggrivate the injury, i suspect he'll player a bigger part in the next match now that the management know he's not aggrevated it. I notice the aussie fans playing down englands win in the warm up, when was the last time a visiting England managed to beat a state side in a warm up game, normally they England lose. Yes there are a few creases still to be ironed out and Cook is one of them, however all the bowlers came to the party, Finn seems to be getting used to the Kookuburra, anyone who thought Finn was express was mislead, hes fast medium (mid 80mph)

  • WilliamFranklin on November 8, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Nice relaxing warm up. and a Warm up game is what it is. However you can beat your bottom (aussie) dollar that if the rtesult had gone the other way the Aussies would have made a lot of it.

    Any side with Marcus North in it has to be poor.

  • popcorn on November 8, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    A lot of chinks in the English armour! None of the batsmen scored. KP just 58? Their bowling is pathetic.And Strauss furiously defending Cook!? Makes me laugh.

  • Biggus on November 8, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    @Trickstar-I'm not looking for an argument here mate, but KP has been in the game long enough to know that when the umpire's finger goes up you turn around and walk from the field, irrespective of your opinion of the decision. He's now a senior member of the team and should set an example for the younger players. Broad doesn't need any encouragement to act up, given that he has skated on some pretty thin ice in the past and questions still linger about whether he was dealt with appropriately. A cool head will serve these two better in the challenge to come than the 'red haze'.

  • valvolux on November 8, 2010, 3:00 GMT

    I caught yesterday's play at the WACA - some good batting from KP. WACA has been a dead pitch last few series here, hope they can liven it up cause it was dead again yesterday. Good bounce and fast outfield though. Finn was a lot slower than I expected - I think he will struggle big time on this tour. Anyway, you can't really read anything into this - WA has a woeful bowling lineup, was still able to skittle the English top order. If anything more negatives than positives for the English - their South African contingent were always going to be the only ones who make runs, would bring in the Irish fella for Bell, too many english in the side otherwise! Facing a few guys throwing down 120-130kmph pies is not going to prepare you for 3 guys bowling 150kmph, no matter how much time you get in the middle. Before 06/07, every one of the English batsmen had scored a half century in a warmup, and they had faced the entire Aussie fast bowling contingent in their warmups.

  • Woody111 on November 8, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    Get used to those scores from Cook. He is rubbish. Eng has such a good opportunity to beat us this summer but will hamper their chances by ensuring they're 1 for not many with Cook opening.

  • phoenixsteve on November 7, 2010, 22:03 GMT

    Interesting response from the Aussie supporters! England beat the opposition put before them and that's all you can do! One of the players they totally dominated was the only Australian 'test class' player who is the current Aussie No. 6......(North) When (and if) England beat Astralia to RETAIN the ashes will the Aussie fans be saying "well England were lucky as Australia are in a transition period and without Warne and McGrath"? Knowing the blinkered Aussies..... Probably! COME ON ENGLAND.

  • on November 7, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    calm down everyone, beating WA is not the biggest of acheivements, we'll just see how it goes down is brisbane

  • on November 7, 2010, 20:48 GMT

    I'm surprised to see the England fans so over the top with confidence after one win over one of the weakest state teams in Australia (who were missing their main strike bowler, Magoffin, for most of the match due to an injury he sustained after bowling just five overs). England will definitely be competitive in this Ashes series, but I wouldn't be writing them up as Ashes victors yet ... not by a long shot.

  • pianofan on November 7, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    I notice that Anderson did not bowl much. Is he recovered or not from the rib injury.

  • Trickstar on November 7, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    @SABI987 Did you actually watch the game? The game wasn't nervy at all apart from the one session, 9 wickets and 243 runs in a day, there's nothing nervy about that. @sgh142 Where do you get the idea that without Pieterson England will do better,I mean, what kind of idiot, would want Morgan in for Pieterson,who averages over 50 against Oz and is the only player England have got, who can take the game away from a team, in a session. If you watched any of his innings these last few days, you would see that he hasn't looked this good in ages,he was really back to his old self and really dominated their attack and when England needed quick runs to ensure they would win the game, he delivered, hitting some brilliant shots off the slow left arm spinner,he did get a dodgy Lbw decision, when he was out so I can understand his frustration.

  • Biggus on November 7, 2010, 18:44 GMT

    Well, all round not a bad start for the guys from the old dart, given that it's the first game. Some pluses...some minuses. WA are a pretty woeful side at the moment so it's good for the tourists that they batted well in the second innings after a somewhat shaky first dig. Apart from Broad and Swann the bowlers were a bit pedestrian, so there's still some homework to be done there. Altogether I think the verdict on this game is inconclusive, WA being a poor side being balanced out by this being the first hit-out for the tourists. England should have beaten WA, and they have done so. Interestingly the wicket at the GABBA today for the 3rd ODI Vs Sri Lanka was pretty lively with good bounce and seam movement.@PhatBeats-I was neither bagging England yesterday nor am I crying in my cornflakes today. I wouldn't be making any big predictions from this result. The tourists neither thrashed WA nor did they lose. I would still rate Australia as mild favourites to win the series. Time will tell

  • bumsonseats on November 7, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    my 1st trip to an overseas test was in 1986/7. when a very good English team beat an average Australian team at the time 2 - 1. we should have beaten them 5 - 0 as we were robbed in the last test in Sydney at that time there was aussie umpires at both ends ( say no more ), we were that much better than them. from the Perth challenge and the benson & hedges . i travelled out there for another 4 ashes series and were never in with a shout in that time. and im afraid i expect Australia will in 3 - 1. the reason i believe is that we will go in with 4 bowlers. after the 1st test in Brisbane i would play 3 seam bowlers and 2 spinners in the next 4. in 86/87 we played the spin twins edmonds and emburey who were good very good fielders and useful late order batters. i hope im wrong but to win in australia is very hard. maybe we have been waiting for another Broad to play.( chris who played then and won the cricketer of the australian summer) so maybe stuart is that good luck david

  • tjsimonsen on November 7, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Well, well good clinical work by England in the end. But as some Aussies will undoubtedly be quick to point out: With WA being one of the weakest side in Australia, England should have won before tea on the first day if they were to have any hope of being competitive in the forthcoming series. After all the hosts just avoided a blackwash at home today!

  • Dan-argent on November 7, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Hopefully the first win of many on this tour. The bowlers all did reasonably well, and it is good to see Pietersen back in form. The major worry seems to be Cook: yet again, England have no reserve opener in the squad, so everyone connected with England must hope he performs better in the remaining warm-up games.

  • sgh142 on November 7, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Good to see KP back in form................by that I mean playing stupid shots and then standing his ground and showing the bat to the umpire when given out LBW!!!!!!! Morgan in Pietersen out (SA preferably!!) and we may have a half decent crack at the Ashes!!

  • phoenixsteve on November 7, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    Grat start... well done England! Nice to see some life from the middle order and especially signs that KP might be coming back to life! Cook is the main worry but it's too early to start a panic over him - just yet. It seems most of the bowling has also lived up to expectations - so overall a very satisfactory win - COME ON ENGLAND!

  • Truemans_Ghost on November 7, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    It is good to see proper, competitive warm up matches between two teams who want to win rather than the 14-a-side nonsense we've seen on recent tours. This has got to be better preparation as well as showing some respect to your hosts.

  • landl47 on November 7, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    Pretty much the ideal match for England. All the bowlers got a good workout, everyone except Cook got at least some time in the middle, the captain got a century and England won. That's what good sides do. Oh, but wait! Australia got a win in a dead rubber match! Clearly they are the ones going into the first test with momentum. Yeah, right.

  • on November 7, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Aus will have to play v.v.well to beat the english this time round.

  • on November 7, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Funny how this is another game where a teams first innings score matches a teams second innings score, just a quirk to throw out there. But all in all, it's good that England hit the ground running. Yes this is a warm-up game, but all pre-series victories and performances count. Cook is still a concern, but Pietersen seems to be finding some form with the bat. The bowlers seem to take care of themselves, as does Strauss.

    All in all a good performance to start the campaign off. Hopefully England can carry on with the good performances in the upcoming warm-up games so they can hit Brisbane in good stead.

  • SettingSun on November 7, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    It's all coming together nicely. Cookie will bang out a couple of hundreds in the next game, and we're all set.

  • Victorian-Roo on November 7, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    That's it mate! Bye-Bye Aussies. After seeing the way Poms struggled in the 1st innings, there was a sense of pride that these guys were struggling against one of THE WEAKEST teams in Australia. But the match has been wrapped up in 3 days! Good going Brits. However, you guys might be in for a surprise when you actually meet the main Test side. Till then, keep those lips moving and bask in glory as much you'd like. Good luck!

  • PhatBeats on November 7, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    well, what a great start england in there tour match... i read yesterday, all the ozzys bagging the"poms"but those same ozzy fans must be crying in there cornflakes.... could be a long summer for Ponting's band of borkers...........c mon england.....

  • nzcricket174 on November 7, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Wa bat better than Pakistan. I think WA should declare itself a new country and become a test playing nation (anyone from WA will understand the joke).

  • rockiniboepip on November 7, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Go on England, go on boys

  • on November 7, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    all well in england kitchen, except strauss needs cook to fire up, I think some onions would have gone really well with the swann, too bad they're unavailable

  • vichan on November 7, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    All the Australians who commented about England's poor second day must be feeling a little quiet now lol...

  • SABI987 on November 7, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    This Game Was Pretty Nervy For England. But They WILL HAVE TO Play better if they want to win the ashes.

  • allblue on November 7, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    I was just reading yesterday's comments and there seem to be a few Aussies struggling to adjust to the new reality. For a generation thy have put out sides that were man-for-man better than the opposition, and they had a glorious era - but that is now over. Barring injury this will be the England X! at Brisbane (although Cook needs to get a few somewhere), a settled confident side well led. Meanwhile the Aussies - captain under pressure, vice-captain under pressure, strike bowler under pressure and spinner… well. Also the selectors and coach under the sort of pressure not experienced for a couple of decades. England are playing them just at the right time I'd say. Having said that, anyone who thinks this isn't going to be a tough, competitive series is fooling themselves, no Aussie side is just going to roll over, but all three results are distinctly possible. Two of them will do England very nicely.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on November 7, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    England team is in form and if they can win the next 2 practice matches, it would be very difficult for Australia to get Ashes back.

  • boris6491 on November 7, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    Their 2nd innings performance would have definitely eased some serious worries. Strauss hit runs whilst, more importantly from an England perspective, Pietersen looked in touch with a couple of good innings. This game definitely reiterates my belief that Swann will be England's X factor. Broad was the only other bowler that I felt posed any sort of threat. They have however come here with a clear message- they are here to win.

  • meswaine on November 7, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    There has been no mention about the fact Anderson only picked up one wicket in both innings. 2 warm up matches to go for him to pick up some wickets, otherwise 5 bowlers really might be the key...

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  • meswaine on November 7, 2010, 10:52 GMT

    There has been no mention about the fact Anderson only picked up one wicket in both innings. 2 warm up matches to go for him to pick up some wickets, otherwise 5 bowlers really might be the key...

  • boris6491 on November 7, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    Their 2nd innings performance would have definitely eased some serious worries. Strauss hit runs whilst, more importantly from an England perspective, Pietersen looked in touch with a couple of good innings. This game definitely reiterates my belief that Swann will be England's X factor. Broad was the only other bowler that I felt posed any sort of threat. They have however come here with a clear message- they are here to win.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on November 7, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    England team is in form and if they can win the next 2 practice matches, it would be very difficult for Australia to get Ashes back.

  • allblue on November 7, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    I was just reading yesterday's comments and there seem to be a few Aussies struggling to adjust to the new reality. For a generation thy have put out sides that were man-for-man better than the opposition, and they had a glorious era - but that is now over. Barring injury this will be the England X! at Brisbane (although Cook needs to get a few somewhere), a settled confident side well led. Meanwhile the Aussies - captain under pressure, vice-captain under pressure, strike bowler under pressure and spinner… well. Also the selectors and coach under the sort of pressure not experienced for a couple of decades. England are playing them just at the right time I'd say. Having said that, anyone who thinks this isn't going to be a tough, competitive series is fooling themselves, no Aussie side is just going to roll over, but all three results are distinctly possible. Two of them will do England very nicely.

  • SABI987 on November 7, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    This Game Was Pretty Nervy For England. But They WILL HAVE TO Play better if they want to win the ashes.

  • vichan on November 7, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    All the Australians who commented about England's poor second day must be feeling a little quiet now lol...

  • on November 7, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    all well in england kitchen, except strauss needs cook to fire up, I think some onions would have gone really well with the swann, too bad they're unavailable

  • rockiniboepip on November 7, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    Go on England, go on boys

  • nzcricket174 on November 7, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    Wa bat better than Pakistan. I think WA should declare itself a new country and become a test playing nation (anyone from WA will understand the joke).

  • PhatBeats on November 7, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    well, what a great start england in there tour match... i read yesterday, all the ozzys bagging the"poms"but those same ozzy fans must be crying in there cornflakes.... could be a long summer for Ponting's band of borkers...........c mon england.....