Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 2nd day November 26, 2010

Resurgent Hussey gives Australia the edge

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Australia 5 for 220 (Hussey 81*, Haddin 22*) trail England 260 by 40 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

The Ashes contest lived up to its billing of being too close to call on a fluctuating day at the Gabba. England's bowlers staged a spirited fightback before being quelled by a resurgent Michael Hussey, whose unbeaten 81 gave Australia the edge when bad light ended play. The hosts lost four wickets during the afternoon session as James Anderson and Steven Finn produced fiery spells, but Hussey was joined by Brad Haddin and the sixth-wicket pair added 77 to leave Australia sensing a vital lead.

We'll never know what the Australia selectors would have done if Hussey had failed in the second innings of the Sheffield Shield match against Victoria last week, where he struck a hundred after an 18-ball duck in the first innings. His first ball today was inches short of reaching second slip but that was about his only alarm during an assured display, where his attacking approach against Graeme Swann laid down a marker for the series. Five fours and a six came against the offspinner, who, along with the quicks, regularly dropped short to feed Hussey's pull.

However, England's attack showed enough to suggest they can more than hold their own in Australian conditions with Anderson the most impressive as he began correcting a poor record down under. Not only did he claim two vital wickets, but his economy of under two meant the hosts didn't race away. As a whole, England maintained good control when wickets weren't falling although Finn's two successes came at a slightly high cost.

England were denied the early breakthroughs they wanted during the morning session as Shane Watson and Simon Katich rode the occasional moment of good fortune. The first major alarm came when Katich, on 22, raced off for a single into the covers, which Watson declined. A direct hit from Alastair Cook would have had Katich well short but the throw missed, while Matt Prior couldn't reach the stumps in time.

The tussle between Watson and England's quicks was engrossing. The bowlers targeted his pads and Watson responded with handsome straight drives, but he also got into a tangle against a well-directed short ball from Broad which struck him under the arm and lobbed just clear of the stumps.

England thought they'd broken through when Katich was given lbw against Anderson but the decision was overturned on referral for height, then the visitors tried their luck with a review against Watson but it was only clipping leg stump and couldn't be changed. By now, tensions were starting to mount - especially between Anderson and Watson - but to Anderson's credit he kept his composure and his line as Watson edged a good-length delivery to first slip.

Anderson then gave the team a perfect start after lunch when Ricky Ponting glanced an edge down the leg side. With his tail up, Anderson gave Clarke a working over and was well supported by Finn, who produced a fine spell having begun nervously on his Ashes debut.

Katich had reached a nuggety half-century from 103 balls but hadn't added to his score when he scooped a full delivery back towards Finn, who stooped low in his follow-through to hold a fine catch for such a tall bowler. Having made an impact, Finn then found Hussey's edge first ball but the nick fell agonisingly short of Swann at second slip.

England were convinced they had Clarke caught behind before he'd scored when Finn nipped one back to find the inside edge and they used up their final review after Aleem Dar said not out. However, Hotspot didn't show an edge so the decision was upheld, although Snicko - which can't be used as part of the UDRS - did suggest a feather from Clarke's bat.

England had a stranglehold over Australia but Hussey broke the shackles with two pulls off Finn. There was then a clear indicator for the series as Hussey took the attack to Swann - who had previously bowled two one-over spells - and used his feet to on-drive a six before cutting through the covers. When Swann continued to drop uncharacteristically short he was pulled twice through midwicket.

Finn, though, returned for another spell and made an immediate impact when Clarke's painful 50-ball innings ended with a top-edge pull. Clarke had already been struck on the helmet and the glove by Stuart Broad as he refused to attack the short ball, and his first attempt at something aggressive brought his downfall. Swann, whose first four overs cost 34, then produced his best delivery of the innings that spun to take the edge of North's bat as he collected his latest failure which will reignite the debate over his position at No. 6.

Haddin, who is playing his first Test since March following injury, immediately looked solid at the crease and after tea began to chip away at a tiring attack, while Hussey maintained his role of aggressor. Hussey's fifty came from 85 balls and the midwicket fence continued to be his favoured location for boundaries. England were desperate to reach the second new ball, but the moment it became available the light closed in, followed shortly by rain, which meant the next key stage of this match had to wait. The morning should be compulsive viewing.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Iceborn999 on November 27, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    Cracking day for hussey, day 3 should be an interesting day

  • on November 26, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Paullie 'this is the test England must win to be a chance'! R U kidding? Believe me my friend if England win in Brisbane and that is a significant if, this will be a very ugly series for the home fan.

  • Australia17594 on November 26, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    So many possibilities for the next test.. Two Spinners who to dump..

    Will North Go for White or for Smith

    Will Watson move to North's position and have hughes in?? SO many Possibilities

  • Aegnor on November 26, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    Great stuff from Hussey, but again disappointing from North. Clarke didn't look fit and you wonder at the wisdom of him playing if that was the extent to which he could bat. Yesterday highlighted how reliant our middle order has become on Clarke and Ponting, so Hussey's somewhat unexpected return to some form is a great relief. He's always been a player prone to runs of form (good or bad) - hopefully this signifies a return to a good period for him, and he can make what you'd still expect would be his last Ashes a memorable one.

    To state the obvious, the first hour this morning, and the second new ball, will be vital to the outcomes of this match.

  • Aegnor on November 26, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    Ashes' Debut, not overall Debut.

  • __PK on November 26, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    "England's attack showed enough to suggest they can more than hold their own in Australian conditions" That's hillarious. They will never get conditions which are better suited to their bowlers than the Gabba when it's wet, unless it's Sydney with heavy cloud cover, and they still only dismissed half the Australian side in almost a full day's play. THIS is the test England must win to be a chance in the series - and they know it. Their bowlers must be bitterly disappointed with Day 2.

  • on November 26, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    fascinating day of cricket,but i bet on australia to come good under pressure,wkich is natural to them

  • BlueyCollar on November 26, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    Doherty has a test bowling average of 20.5. Very impressive for a debut. Australia have found their spinner for the next 5 years. He will add plenty to the young Aussie bowling lineup by keeping it tight from 1 end and taking the occassional wicket. He may not have a high batting average in domestic cricket but he spends valuable minutes at the cease supporting the batsman at the other end. If he can bat for a hour or more with Huss or Haddin at the other end it will go along way to securing a big first innings lead.

  • Meety on November 26, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    @ Jim1207 - mediocre hey? Fact is in places OUTSIDE the subcontinent pitches are much more result orientated. So far in two days @ the Gabba, there has been more swing, seam, bounce & spin then the entire Indian cricket season.

  • Meety on November 26, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    @Bollo - the Poms are ahead at the moment. Oz will have to do something remarkable to turn the match around (I hope they do cos I'll be there today!). @Warnerbasher - LOL @Okakaboka - you are right re: North - but he is likely to come out & score a century in the 2nd innings, also IF Oz win - he won't be dropped. @RJHB - correct, I felt Oz bowled alot of bad balls, I think they were trying too hard for swing. @raghu1122000 - the rankings may be simple - that does not mean they could be distorted by where & against whom teams play. India are #1 - (I was not inspired by SA v Pakistan) - the problem for India is that people don't respect the achievement yet because despite some good performances, there are alot of average performances & alot of favourable factors in India's favour at the moment. If they at least draw in Sth Africa - I am more than happy respect India's ranking. I would respect India's ranking more if they accepted UDRS too!

  • Iceborn999 on November 27, 2010, 0:00 GMT

    Cracking day for hussey, day 3 should be an interesting day

  • on November 26, 2010, 23:13 GMT

    Paullie 'this is the test England must win to be a chance'! R U kidding? Believe me my friend if England win in Brisbane and that is a significant if, this will be a very ugly series for the home fan.

  • Australia17594 on November 26, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    So many possibilities for the next test.. Two Spinners who to dump..

    Will North Go for White or for Smith

    Will Watson move to North's position and have hughes in?? SO many Possibilities

  • Aegnor on November 26, 2010, 22:34 GMT

    Great stuff from Hussey, but again disappointing from North. Clarke didn't look fit and you wonder at the wisdom of him playing if that was the extent to which he could bat. Yesterday highlighted how reliant our middle order has become on Clarke and Ponting, so Hussey's somewhat unexpected return to some form is a great relief. He's always been a player prone to runs of form (good or bad) - hopefully this signifies a return to a good period for him, and he can make what you'd still expect would be his last Ashes a memorable one.

    To state the obvious, the first hour this morning, and the second new ball, will be vital to the outcomes of this match.

  • Aegnor on November 26, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    Ashes' Debut, not overall Debut.

  • __PK on November 26, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    "England's attack showed enough to suggest they can more than hold their own in Australian conditions" That's hillarious. They will never get conditions which are better suited to their bowlers than the Gabba when it's wet, unless it's Sydney with heavy cloud cover, and they still only dismissed half the Australian side in almost a full day's play. THIS is the test England must win to be a chance in the series - and they know it. Their bowlers must be bitterly disappointed with Day 2.

  • on November 26, 2010, 21:47 GMT

    fascinating day of cricket,but i bet on australia to come good under pressure,wkich is natural to them

  • BlueyCollar on November 26, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    Doherty has a test bowling average of 20.5. Very impressive for a debut. Australia have found their spinner for the next 5 years. He will add plenty to the young Aussie bowling lineup by keeping it tight from 1 end and taking the occassional wicket. He may not have a high batting average in domestic cricket but he spends valuable minutes at the cease supporting the batsman at the other end. If he can bat for a hour or more with Huss or Haddin at the other end it will go along way to securing a big first innings lead.

  • Meety on November 26, 2010, 21:14 GMT

    @ Jim1207 - mediocre hey? Fact is in places OUTSIDE the subcontinent pitches are much more result orientated. So far in two days @ the Gabba, there has been more swing, seam, bounce & spin then the entire Indian cricket season.

  • Meety on November 26, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    @Bollo - the Poms are ahead at the moment. Oz will have to do something remarkable to turn the match around (I hope they do cos I'll be there today!). @Warnerbasher - LOL @Okakaboka - you are right re: North - but he is likely to come out & score a century in the 2nd innings, also IF Oz win - he won't be dropped. @RJHB - correct, I felt Oz bowled alot of bad balls, I think they were trying too hard for swing. @raghu1122000 - the rankings may be simple - that does not mean they could be distorted by where & against whom teams play. India are #1 - (I was not inspired by SA v Pakistan) - the problem for India is that people don't respect the achievement yet because despite some good performances, there are alot of average performances & alot of favourable factors in India's favour at the moment. If they at least draw in Sth Africa - I am more than happy respect India's ranking. I would respect India's ranking more if they accepted UDRS too!

  • BlueyCollar on November 26, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    Long live test cricket. Shaun Marsh to open in 2nd test, North back to shield cricket and Watson @ 6. Teams are so evenly matched that the result is going to be decided by a couple of individual performances. Siddle on day 1 and maybe Hussey day 3 might be enough for a 1-0 lead but Australia need at least 100 run lead in first innings with Swan going to be very dangerous in the last innings.

  • on November 26, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    People should stop comparing this series to any other series played in the sub-continent or South Africa.

    The Ashes has it's own charm. It's a good fight in this Ashes series even though it might not be highest in terms of skill.

    Love and respect from India for two of cricket's original guardians. England and Australia still put Test Cricket as the top priority, and market it rightly to the spectators (Seating facilities, including weekends in all Tests, allowing beers and food till the seats, 5 Test per series). It all adds up to a great contest.

  • on November 26, 2010, 20:31 GMT

    And for the record this isn't Steven Finn's debut match he's played at least 8 matches Prior :P

  • on November 26, 2010, 20:30 GMT

    I suspect Hussey will get out first ball of the session! Haddin andJohnson will follow cheaply and the tail will certainly not wag and Australia will still be 20 runs behind!! no wait that won't happen will it? :P

  • alexczarn on November 26, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Great Batting Huss! You're not over yet...:D

  • on November 26, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    Once again its Hussey... he's the man of crisis for Aussies. Great comeback and i reckon aussies gonna take some lead now. Superb start for the Ashes. em desperately waiting for the boxing day test... Thumbs up for both teams providing great entertainment for cricket lovers... Let me remind ya guys, there were rumors of dropping Hussey.. Great response from a great great player

  • Fan84 on November 26, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    i will hope , this time the poms play only 9, because Mitchel Johnson would be bowling some rib breaking balls to strauss.. so if he retires,, they will have only9..hahaha

  • on November 26, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    @asghar Who cares about your Ranking man ..... Are to better than ICC .... By the way how did Pakistan get above Sri Lanka .... Its clear that you are India hater more than a cricket lover ... India will prove you wrong ... Watch out for SA series

  • brando45 on November 26, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    and the ICC one day rankings,

    Australia ,Sri Lanka,India,South Africa,England,Pakistan,New Zealand,West Indies Bangladesh Ireland Zimbabwe Netherlands Kenya

  • brando45 on November 26, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    For those who make their own test ranking here is the official test rankings as at today

    India South Africa Sri Lanka England Australia Pakistan New Zealand West Indies Bangladesh cheers,

  • on November 26, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    australia clearly seem to be rattled...what else could you say about their snailesque scoring rate..seems like they are goin back in time...they scored faster than this in the 90s...its jus the fear of getting out that has crept in..and fear can never ever go hand in hand with performance..english are gonna thrash the aussies this ashes..

  • pakistanitiger786 on November 26, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    I don't know why indians are jealous about Oz's...Oz's have given a lot to the world of cricket...i have grown up watching gilli coming at numer 7 and scoring double centuries when Oz's are 150 for 6...Oz's are the best.

  • raghu1122000 on November 26, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    its funny how people start compiling their own test rankings once india are on top.. The rankings are a straight forward calculation.. some pitches suit batsmen and some bowlers...simple analogy is this.. In a test match you need to take 20 wickets to win irrespective of how many runs you score.. So a test match is bowler oriented.. So any team which has its home turf bowler friendly(aus, eng) should have had a greater chance to be at no.1 and win matches.. but hey It is India which is there.. On all its batting friendly pitches and mediocre bowling, it still manages to take 20 wickets and win..

    so get a life losers and deal with it

  • Jim1207 on November 26, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    I don't understand why many people call this match only as real test cricket! as if they still like in 1930s. Truth is both teams are so mediocre that they could not bat the whole day. I agree that the pitches are lively than sub-continent, but australia could not even escape losing 20 wickets in India, let alone batting full day in their pitches. Same for England too as they look pathetic when they collapse. I can only feel for the aussie and english fans who have to live happily with this set of cricketers, who are a far cry from Bradman and Hutton, etc, who can bat manly before any bowling attack.

  • on November 26, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    im not being funny, but not many people can spell on here......... also, to say the australian commentators are less biased than the english is utter rubbish. The quality of Commentary on behalf of both networks is high class, but bill lawry is just as biased as any of the english as is ian healy. Granted Botham is a bit of a know it all, but the incisiveness of 3rd man edges the british commentary for me. However i would like to see the two networks mix and match their commentators, eg, lloyd and lawry together, taylor and atherton, hussain and healy, greig and chappell, botham and benaud with gower and mark nicholas fronting alternately on each channel.

  • Mianwali_12chak on November 26, 2010, 14:39 GMT

    well there is no fuss for Auses in this match,so promising HUssy,it was tremendous display of class knock against spinn and fast bowling,england is overjoyed on chances which is not a good sign,very tough asak for england to get come back in this match..seems to me englnad..

  • satanswish on November 26, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    Hussey is a smart n brilliant cricketer who delivers his best when his team needs him most.

    Who can ever forget his magical innings at T20WC semis to knock Pakis out. Well played Hussey.

  • SamUncle on November 26, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    @KiwiRocker

    I agree with most of your comments except the one about 'worthless runs' on dustbowls. They are dustbowls but are they really easy to score runs on? From your comments, I am assuming you believe that Ponting is one of the best batsman. Why then is he unable to score big on these dustbowls? The other good batsman of modern times, Bran Lara, also did not do justice to his talent here. The reason Indians do well on these dustbowls is that this their home, like for any other team and batsmen who do better on their own turf. Turn the argument on its head and lets agree that these dustbowls are a batman's dream. That would lead me to conclude that Kapil Dev must have been the best fast/mediumfast bowler of all time as he played more than half his matches on these pitches and yet at one point was the highest wickettaker. But whenever people like you start compiling lists of top fast bowlers, I am not aware of Dev's name being on it. Please be consistent with your arguments

  • on November 26, 2010, 13:27 GMT

    I must admire the quality of TV Transmission and objective commentary by greats like Mark Taylor and others. Its so unlike biased comments of Botham, Llyod and Co while on air in matches played in England. Its fun to glue on to the matches with professional reports.

    Ponting is one of the all time greats and should not be condemned for a couple of failures. Cricket Australia--have a heart and support Ponting and his successor-Clarke. They are both excellent leaders and role models.

    Husssey keep it up. Thrash the Brits with a single handed performance. You have the talent and competence to do it.

  • cricket_fan10 on November 26, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    wonderful start of the series ... ashes at its best ... very interesting third day ahead...with second new ball, anderson and co should be able to run through the rest of aus batting in first session ... england still has a good chance , since aus will have to bat last and most of their batsman in not very good form ...

  • on November 26, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    My test Ranking would be like 1. Australia 2. South Afriqa 3. India 4. England 5. Pakistan 6. Sir lanka

  • cricket_critic on November 26, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    @Kiwirocker --- Get a break man ! you need one for sure along with North. Kiwi team could not score even 200 in same dust-bowls when indians scored more than 550. you look like once of the frustrated aussie fan who can not stand their poor performances in last 12 months. Why don't you call Eng pitches as dustbowls since Aussies and Eng both have lost to Pakistan on same "bouncy" pitches on Eng.

    India has defeated Eng 1-0 in Eng. I don't think that was dust-bowl as well. you need to go through cricinfo archives and read some recent results...

  • on November 26, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Cameron White in & North Out..! 2nd Ashes Test...!

  • on November 26, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    I think Mike Hussey looked in great touch today, I just hope he can get his century tomorrow morning. North is such an unconfident starter whenever he gets to the crease... (he is a good player though) which is why he needs a spell out of the team, ive always been a big ring for David Hussey to get a chance. I also think Michael Clarke has defintly come in injured, & he has kept Khawaja from getting a promising debut. I think all in all this is an exciting time for Australian cricket with young guys finally getting there chances. Siddle bowled brilliant yesterday, good to see him get rewards after a hard & heavy re-habilitation from injury.

  • ssm2407 on November 26, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    The Aussie selectors should put North out of his misery & send him West! Hussey played well today but his inns has papered over the cracks. Clarke is not fit & should never have been picked for this test, if he & Ponting fail they expose a weak looking middle order. I would certainly bring in Cam White ahead of North, & let him grow into the no.6 position. Also cant work out why Haddin was preferred instead of Paine.

  • diri on November 26, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    KiwiRocker you are correct to some extent....The order should be 1.SA,2. Eng and then 3.AUS.....SA are the best because they are the best in all departments of the game

  • on November 26, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    @Kiwirocker : Say this to Ponting, he needs to feel good about himself after losing in India's "dustbowls" 0-2. Poor guy :P

  • on November 26, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    @kiwiRocker Can you pretend that Aussies never played in 'dustbowls' (In India)? Can you pretend that Aussies always play in tough conditions? Can you ignore the fact that they toured India twice since 2008 and lost 4 tests? Did you not know that India's record against Australia in Australia has been better than all teams except Aussies themselves? If playing on bouncy pitches is the real test for tems from sub-continent, then playing on 'dustbowls' is the real test for the other tems. Except SA, all teams, including England and Australia have a very poor record against India in India and that counts for something. England or Aus cannot be the the no1 teams - like you suggest - unless they can beat India in India

  • coeurlion on November 26, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    Both sides can walk away from day 2 with positives. This test is not in the bag for either team. We may have a slight advantage, but England are still in the frame. Let's see on day 3! However, I must add my voice to the resounding cry... Marcus North MUST GO! He seems to have more lives than a cat. He's had so many chances, too many failures.

  • on November 26, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    Wonderfull to see test Cricket at its best. At the end test Cricket is the real cricket. I am a cricket Crazy man. Some of fellow in the forum uderestimate pakistan, do not forget Paksitan is not playing Cricket at its home groung now for almost 3 years. Still they are doing good, if not excellent.

  • Australia17594 on November 26, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    Australia are 5th ranked after 16 match winning streak... oh well...

    The selectors finally done something right..

    GO HUSSEY

  • on November 26, 2010, 10:41 GMT

    Wow hussey is all class, he batted wonderfully today. Under pressure and showed is he a great. Hope he gets a well deserve 100. Hopefully haddin can get a 50, johnson a 50 and the tail get another 50. Get a 100 to 150 run lead and should be a fantastic test match. This beats that 20/20 crap. Swann will get better and become more dangerous and i think broad will be dangerous. North is too inconsistent for mine and time to bring khawaja. Pressure on johnson to hold his position too. Looks to me clarke shouldnt have played, looking forward to the rest of this match and the rest of this series. Salute to great Test Match Cricket.

  • othello22 on November 26, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    The Australian batting line-up continues to misfire when the heat is on. Watson and Katich both got starts but as usual had concentration lapses and couldn't go on with it. Ponting failed yet again, unlucky or not it's still a failure. Clarke scored the most excruciating nine runs I've seen for years. North, well, no surprises there. And so it's all left to the man who's under more pressure than anyone to drag them out of the mire, and if not for Hussey's little vigil the Aussies would already be back in the field trying to claw back a first innings deficit. The euphoria and heroics of yesterday suddenly seem so far away.

  • profrm on November 26, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    I think it was what the newspapers or tired commentators would call 'an engrossing' day of cricket which just means two evenly matched sides made an equal number of mistakes leaving neither side particularly in front. As one who is neither Aussie or British, but an avid cricket fan, it was good fun to follow occassionally on Cricinfo, while at work at Hyderabad (India).

  • on November 26, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    A pretty evenly poised day, our middle order is very fragile at the moment with clarke looking unfit and troubled, North has got to be shown the door, very very inconsistent with way to many scores under 20,I think any lead is crucial in this match as Australia will have to bat last. Finn looked ordinary but took a good caught and bowled. And Swann didnt offer a great deal, we may struggle against anderson this summer, I know one thing this series will be tighter than a nuns nasty

  • StarveTheLizard on November 26, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    I want Oz to win. Unfortunately, they have done very little to inspire confidence. Their selectorial policy amazes most of us(in a bad way). They keep selecting batsmen who fail more times than not. They do this because they hope they will "come good" one day. They persist in selecting a bowler who couldn't keep his line to save his soul. Again, this is done in the pathetic hope that he will "get things right" one day. If the selectors do not start getting rid of their mistakes then there is no way that Australia will win back the Ashes this time round.

  • Nerk on November 26, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Excellent day of cricket. Cricket is a battle between bat and ball, and boy was there a battle today.

  • Big_Chikka on November 26, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    Great start to this series, lets hope it ebbs and flows like this in the true spirit of the game till the last match, last hour.

  • pachako on November 26, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    why do they still having that broad in the team? he neither good in bat nor in ball

  • StarveTheLizard on November 26, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    The one thing you can score North in is his consistency! Oz needed him to contribute today, so he failed. Still, as the selectors would tell you, his technique looked solid.

  • RJHB on November 26, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Now this is REAL cricket! Not tiddlywinks T20. Not India v NZ or SL farces nor anything involving the Bangas and certainly not any suss games involving the sad old Pakistanis. No. This is test cricket at its ebbing and flowing best. England bowled mostly magnificently. Much better than all but Sid of the Aussies. Great to see some of the Aussies grind it out rather than go tits up against the best English bowling since 2005. We've got real problems though with Ponting, Clarke and North just not looking like making any runs consistently. But how good was it to see Hussey play like that again after three years of mediocrity?! Can't wait for the third day! BTW this truly shows how little rankings matter in reality. The Ashes IS test cricket.

  • ChenduPhali on November 26, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    What Ravindra Jadeja is to India, North is becoming to Australia. Utter disappointment. And still finding place in International side. Btw, Hussey was gr8 today. I think swan will improve tomoro. If that happens, it will be thrill to watch the contest between him and hussey. Punter got booed by english crowd today. If he continues with such performances in future, maybe home crowd will also join in booing.

  • on November 26, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    huss needs to play a big knock here. haddin and johnosn, too, need to show their batting prowess tomorrow....Aussies must take a first innigs lead of at least hundred runs to make things easy for them in the fourth innigs....australian batting is woobly and therefore even if they get something around 200 to chase on this pitch, they may end finishing short of the target.....hope mr cricket comes out with a match winning knock....

  • Okakaboka on November 26, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Well....The majority of bloggers (including me) were screaming for North to be removed....CAN WE SAY TO THE SELECTORS....We told you so!!!! I also suggested Johnson should have made way for Bollinger because Johnston has trouble just finding the pitch now.....Right again! One thing is almost certain...Dougie would have made more runs than North!! Hopefully Mitch will make runs tomorrow. Anyway..Clarke isn't fit so White must play. How many chances will North get this summer.........????????.......Probably until the 5th test.

  • warnerbasher on November 26, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Good knocks yesterday by the foreigners in the South Africa B team in Bell and Cook yesterday. Given the strength of The Aussie dollar against the rand I have decided to give away a number of South African flags tomorrow at the Gabba to the supporters of South Africa B.Its all about good old Aussie hospitality and consolation for the long summer ahead.

  • YorkshirePudding on November 26, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Not a bad come back from by england, at one point it looked like Australai were going to pull away and build a big lead. Hussey was the player of the day and has put in a great performance when you consider aus were 100-3 when he came in. Swann was expensive in his first 4 overs but managed to pull it back after Katich had gone and even started to extract some turn and ounce. Anderson, did an outstanding job for a bowler who's average was 84 with the ball in 06/7. Broad played a containing role and was unlucky not to get a couple of nicks. Finn and Swann were guilty of bowling too short to Hussey and allowed him to cut and Pull to keep the scoreboard ticking over especially in the late afternoon and early evening sessions. Still it shows how balanced the team is, and that they both have batting issues, Clarke's back, Norths inability to score, and punter being very quiet.

  • on November 26, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Top class Cricket, good umpiring, good use of UDRS. As England came under pressure the use of UDRS was not prudent. Barring inclement weather, I believe we will see results in all 5 tests, because of pitches, UDRS and good umpiring.

  • on November 26, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Junk Marcus North or else he will be a Swann bunny !!

  • on November 26, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    If Finn bowled mainly pies, it says a lot that the Aussie batsmen could only take him for 4 an over.... It's also better than Johnsons figures at the same number of overs and it's his debut!

  • Bollo on November 26, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    Another cracking day`s cricket, with the Aussies probably just a little bit ahead. You`d think England will be looking to restrict them to under 300, anything less a bonus, the Aussies looking to score 400, with anything on top of that a bonus for them. Can`t wait for tomorrow - new ball, anderson looking very sharp, hussey best he`s looked in a while and it all to play for. Can`t wait.

    Swan and Johnson - apparently the key bowlers have both been underwhelming. May have cancelled each other out with very good performances, but seem to be cancelling each other out here with rather poor ones. Obviously plenty of time for that to change though. Swann bowling at some stage to Johnson tomorrow could be very interesting. Don`t underestimate what a quick 50 would do for Johnson`s confidence, or a few quick wickets would do for Swannie. ASHES!!!!!!

  • SFGoldenGate on November 26, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    Nice to see that Ashes is alive. Nice to see fast bowlers bowling with 3 slips and gully. After some really boring cricket in India, Abu dhabi and Sri Lanka its a relief. Lets say thats how sporting wicket should be built. Good teams uses their home advantage that true but good sportsmen always maintains a limit and keep the game open for all.

  • CricketingStargazer on November 26, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    So much for people who were saying yesterday that the match and the series were over. Australia have scored at a snail's pace, have not yet got a first innings lead and have to face the new ball against rested bowlers in the morning. Australia are in a better position right now, but an early wicket tomorrow would leave things finely balanced. Roll on Day 3!!! And a warning: so far Andrew Strauss has 14 & 120*, 4 & 102, 10 & 9*. He may not have had his final say in thsi match...

  • on November 26, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    a indifferent day for both sides. anderson looked good and clearly was the best of the pom bowlers. finn bowled more pie deliveries than good ones, same with swann and broad. good knock by hussey. north needs to be shown the door and clarke need to be replaced, so he can get fit

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  • on November 26, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    a indifferent day for both sides. anderson looked good and clearly was the best of the pom bowlers. finn bowled more pie deliveries than good ones, same with swann and broad. good knock by hussey. north needs to be shown the door and clarke need to be replaced, so he can get fit

  • CricketingStargazer on November 26, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    So much for people who were saying yesterday that the match and the series were over. Australia have scored at a snail's pace, have not yet got a first innings lead and have to face the new ball against rested bowlers in the morning. Australia are in a better position right now, but an early wicket tomorrow would leave things finely balanced. Roll on Day 3!!! And a warning: so far Andrew Strauss has 14 & 120*, 4 & 102, 10 & 9*. He may not have had his final say in thsi match...

  • SFGoldenGate on November 26, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    Nice to see that Ashes is alive. Nice to see fast bowlers bowling with 3 slips and gully. After some really boring cricket in India, Abu dhabi and Sri Lanka its a relief. Lets say thats how sporting wicket should be built. Good teams uses their home advantage that true but good sportsmen always maintains a limit and keep the game open for all.

  • Bollo on November 26, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    Another cracking day`s cricket, with the Aussies probably just a little bit ahead. You`d think England will be looking to restrict them to under 300, anything less a bonus, the Aussies looking to score 400, with anything on top of that a bonus for them. Can`t wait for tomorrow - new ball, anderson looking very sharp, hussey best he`s looked in a while and it all to play for. Can`t wait.

    Swan and Johnson - apparently the key bowlers have both been underwhelming. May have cancelled each other out with very good performances, but seem to be cancelling each other out here with rather poor ones. Obviously plenty of time for that to change though. Swann bowling at some stage to Johnson tomorrow could be very interesting. Don`t underestimate what a quick 50 would do for Johnson`s confidence, or a few quick wickets would do for Swannie. ASHES!!!!!!

  • on November 26, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    If Finn bowled mainly pies, it says a lot that the Aussie batsmen could only take him for 4 an over.... It's also better than Johnsons figures at the same number of overs and it's his debut!

  • on November 26, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Junk Marcus North or else he will be a Swann bunny !!

  • on November 26, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    Top class Cricket, good umpiring, good use of UDRS. As England came under pressure the use of UDRS was not prudent. Barring inclement weather, I believe we will see results in all 5 tests, because of pitches, UDRS and good umpiring.

  • YorkshirePudding on November 26, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Not a bad come back from by england, at one point it looked like Australai were going to pull away and build a big lead. Hussey was the player of the day and has put in a great performance when you consider aus were 100-3 when he came in. Swann was expensive in his first 4 overs but managed to pull it back after Katich had gone and even started to extract some turn and ounce. Anderson, did an outstanding job for a bowler who's average was 84 with the ball in 06/7. Broad played a containing role and was unlucky not to get a couple of nicks. Finn and Swann were guilty of bowling too short to Hussey and allowed him to cut and Pull to keep the scoreboard ticking over especially in the late afternoon and early evening sessions. Still it shows how balanced the team is, and that they both have batting issues, Clarke's back, Norths inability to score, and punter being very quiet.

  • warnerbasher on November 26, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    Good knocks yesterday by the foreigners in the South Africa B team in Bell and Cook yesterday. Given the strength of The Aussie dollar against the rand I have decided to give away a number of South African flags tomorrow at the Gabba to the supporters of South Africa B.Its all about good old Aussie hospitality and consolation for the long summer ahead.

  • Okakaboka on November 26, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    Well....The majority of bloggers (including me) were screaming for North to be removed....CAN WE SAY TO THE SELECTORS....We told you so!!!! I also suggested Johnson should have made way for Bollinger because Johnston has trouble just finding the pitch now.....Right again! One thing is almost certain...Dougie would have made more runs than North!! Hopefully Mitch will make runs tomorrow. Anyway..Clarke isn't fit so White must play. How many chances will North get this summer.........????????.......Probably until the 5th test.