Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 4th day November 28, 2010

Strauss and Cook reignite contest

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England 260 and 1 for 309 (Cook 132*, Strauss 110, Trott 54*) lead Australia 481 by 88 runs
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If Australia needed any convincing about England's resilience they were given a day-long example as Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook hit magnificent centuries to give the visitors a golden chance to save the opening Test in Brisbane. The openers added 188 and when Strauss departed for 110, the challenge was taken up by Jonathan Trott, who helped Cook put on a further 121 for the second wicket. Cook ended unbeaten on 132 and England held a lead of 88 when bad light closed in.

While few expected England to fold in a heap - they rarely do these days - even fewer would have expected a stumps score of 1 for 309. However, inspired by their captain the tourists set about showing they'd learnt the lessons from their poor first innings and gave Australia a day of toil in the field to match what England had suffered on Saturday. There is still time for the home side to force something on the final day, but nothing in their bowling in this innings has suggested they have the firepower to succeed.

Strauss's 19th Test hundred, and fourth against Australia, arrived from 184 balls when he late cut Xavier Doherty and his aggression against spin was a key part of the innings. He knew England couldn't block their way to safety, and often used his feet to advance and loft down the ground. Strauss's century celebration was unusually emotional; it hadn't been the easiest start to the series after his first-morning failure and this was another example of England's spirit. The stage was set for him to make it a massive hundred, following Hussey's lead, but he was beaten in flight by Marcus North and couldn't regain his ground, stumped by Brad Haddin.

Cook reached his landmark with a rasping cut shortly after tea and this match has been an emphatic response from somebody who still had his fair share of doubters coming in to the tour. Shortly afterwards he gave a tough chance to Peter Siddle at fine leg off a top-edged pull, but Siddle couldn't quite hold on as he dived forward. Trott was also given a reprieve, on 34, when Michael Clarke's valiant attempt at point failed as the ball slipped out of his finger tips and this time Siddle was the bowler to suffer.

England's opening pair ticked off a few records along their way, including the visitors' highest stand at the Gabba and the best opening effort by any touring team in Brisbane. They also became England's most prolific first-wicket duo in Test cricket, although the record was diluted somewhat as they have played more than twice as many innings as the Jack Hobbs-Herbert Sutcliffe pairing they overtook. But that was a minor point in the bigger picture of England trying to claw their way back into the match, which they did with an impressively aggressive approach. The time-runs equation could be vital in the end.

Having survived a first-ball review yesterday evening, Strauss gave a commanding display, punctuated with his favourite cuts and drives. However, he was given a significant let-off on 69 when Mitchell Johnson, in the midst of a torrid match, spilled a relatively simple chance at mid-off when Strauss tried to loft Doherty down the ground. There was another moment of alarm when he misjudged a pull on 88 which looped over point then an edge flew between the slips to take him to 96, but Strauss will feel England were owed a little luck.

The clearest sign that Strauss's game was in top order came from his shots through cover, which were a hallmark of his dashing start to Test cricket back in 2004. He latched on to Ben Hilfenhaus and Shane Watson when they over-pitched, while waiting on the back foot for anything short. Though the ball was only 15 overs old when play resumed there was very little assistance for the quick bowlers and Johnson, who was the fourth option used by Ricky Ponting, resorted to trying a bouncer-attack at Strauss, but a slow pitch nullified the threat.

Cook showed the same application as he had in the first innings after an early alarm when he sliced a cut between third slip and gully. Most of his other 10 boundaries came out of the middle and he even showed the cover drive, which is rarely seen from him these days. Initially, Cook outscored his captain but normal service was resumed as he dug in but he never became flustered and ticked the scoreboard over. He hacked Doherty through midwicket then cut him for three to move to 97 but had to spend the tea interval sat two short of his hundred, although didn't have to wait long. It was the first time since 1938 that both England openers had hit Ashes hundreds in the same innings.

After Strauss's aggression towards spin brought his demise, Trott began in positive fashion, which meant the scoring didn't seize up. He carried England into the lead with an elegant cover-drive off the struggling Johnson and he ensured two set batsmen were ready to face the second new ball when it came at the beginning of the final session.

Once again a crucial period loomed but Cook and Trott were equal to the challenge. Hilfenhaus found some swing and there were the two tough chances, yet it wasn't quite the threat everyone expected. In a sign of desperation Ponting used up his last review when Trott padded up to Hilfenhaus, but the ball was easily missing off stump and Trott's fifty soon followed as he tucked into Johnson's wayward offerings. This Test has had too many twists to think the final day will be plain sailing, but if England can hold their nerve it will be another in their recent history of incredible rearguards.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Donut_Davey on November 29, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    The post Gilchrist effect on world Cricket. Gilly best keeper in the world and great batter so mostl teams wanted a keeper who could bat and didn't worry about the glovework so much. Australia's best gloveman is Paine but selects Haddin. India selects dropsey Dhoni due to his batting. Pakistan with the two Akmals all have been problems for there team even though they score runs. Teams with success this way are NZ McCullum good batter and was kept to Bat and brought in better Keeper Hopkins. Same with Sangakkara and Jayawardene well done to Sri Lanka.. England dropped Geraint Jones for Prior. WI, South Africa and Bangladesh have done well to Select a Keeper for their Glovework only Baugh, Boucher and Rahim. A wicketkeeper that drops catches and misses stumpings hurts the team more than enough that a 50 doesn't make up for it. SOUTH AFRICA'S main strength.

  • Marcio on November 29, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    England will dominate the series? Gotta laugh. They got outscored by 220 runs in the only completed innings of the series so far. Hussey and Haddin didn't have a 300 run partnership becasue the bowlers were "unlucky". The batsmen played well and took their chances, as all large partnerships do - the same for England on Day 4. One swallow doth not a summer make. This game is headed for a lame draw, and any other suggestion is delusional. Only two recognised batsmen have been dismissed in the last 6 sessions. Why would Enland's bowlers suddenly transform into world beaters in the second innings? They might get 4-5 wickets on a turning track, but they aren't far enough ahead to be able to declare early enough. On this track, the Aust could score 200 in quick time if things go their way. Simple as that.

  • cricfan4july on November 29, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    @damian - agreed that indian pitches are lifeless, but same ones produced result for both tests against australia.. there is not much diff in pitches, its more abt having good bowling attacks.. if aus ptiches produced many results in last 10 yrs, big thanks to mcgrath & warne..

  • Shazzy75 on November 28, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    I was bored watching Hussey/Haddin bat on Day 3 and equally as bored yesterday watching Strauss/Cook/Trott. The pitch is dead and it has killed off what should have been an interesting game. Good cricket requires a good competition and a good competition requires wickets. There's way too much to do on Day 5 - only a freakish collapse by one team will give a result from here. Possible, yes, but certainly not a scenario that most fans want to see in test cricket.

  • on November 28, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    if we didn't get all this rain. we would be on the verg of a result today. this pitch is always a result pitch. i don't think you can say that about the flat lifeless pitches in the sub continant

  • on November 28, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    @shrixxx. why would they try to draw the series. they have to win tyo get the ashes. the reason why the pitch is flat, which is a rare as hens teeth at the gabba. is because we have had so much rain and the pitch was at it's early stages on day 1. the pitch right now is a day 3 pitch. indians can't complain about australias pitches. y6our pitches are flat and lifeless 95% of the time

  • Nerk on November 28, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    Obviously most people in India do not understand the difference between a good pitch and a 'dead' one. I.C.C. directives state that a "good" pitch will have moisture in it on days one to two, assisting fast bowlers. Day three and four should be good for batting, but by day four the pitch should be crumbling, the pace of the pitch should be slowing down and turn should be come a factor. What happened day one and two, may I ask? Wickets tumbled. Day three and four the runs flowed somewhat (but then again Australias bowlers did themselves no favours) Towards the end of the day Marcus North was turing the ball so much, had Harby Singh been in the Aussie team he would have been pitching on off and turning it down the leg side for a wide. The main difference is in Australia six wickets for 590+ came on days three and four, in India's last couple of test series (exc. Australia, who sucked big time) it has been six for 590 off three or four days. WHen that is the score, then it is a dead pitch

  • landl47 on November 28, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    Comments on comments: To Vilander: England beat Pakistan, said to have the best bowling attack in the world at the time, by 3 games to 1, bowled them out for under 100 3 times and had winning margins of 354 runs, 9 wickets and an innings. That is not being 'stretched.' To all Indian fans: I too am looking forward to the SA-Ind series. In particular, I'm looking forward to commenting on it. Since England won the one-day series and drew the test series last year in SA and have won every series in every format since then, India need to do better than that to be seriously considered as the #1 side. Will they? We'll see. Then we'll see how they get on in England next year. To popcorn: c'mon, mate, you can do better than that. 'Never write off the Aussies' sounds too much like desperation. I want to hear how great the Aussies are (I'm serious). To Something_Witty: where are you? Johnson and Hilf need you!

  • chokkashokka on November 28, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    Just how exactly is this contest reignited? This match is a limp draw anyway way you slice it - except for the first day, this game has been boring. No one and no team has taken any initiative and its been way too defensive. You need players like Sehwag to force the initiative - and none of these teams have players like that. Can we fast forward to Dec 16 already? And cricinfo - please don't sensor my comments just because I represent a viewpoint that doesn't align with yours.

  • on November 28, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    Good to see England fighting back, I agree with you amitava0112. England will dominate these Ashes. Australia needs a good spinner, Hauritz is not good enough and neither is this new one.

  • Donut_Davey on November 29, 2010, 1:22 GMT

    The post Gilchrist effect on world Cricket. Gilly best keeper in the world and great batter so mostl teams wanted a keeper who could bat and didn't worry about the glovework so much. Australia's best gloveman is Paine but selects Haddin. India selects dropsey Dhoni due to his batting. Pakistan with the two Akmals all have been problems for there team even though they score runs. Teams with success this way are NZ McCullum good batter and was kept to Bat and brought in better Keeper Hopkins. Same with Sangakkara and Jayawardene well done to Sri Lanka.. England dropped Geraint Jones for Prior. WI, South Africa and Bangladesh have done well to Select a Keeper for their Glovework only Baugh, Boucher and Rahim. A wicketkeeper that drops catches and misses stumpings hurts the team more than enough that a 50 doesn't make up for it. SOUTH AFRICA'S main strength.

  • Marcio on November 29, 2010, 0:33 GMT

    England will dominate the series? Gotta laugh. They got outscored by 220 runs in the only completed innings of the series so far. Hussey and Haddin didn't have a 300 run partnership becasue the bowlers were "unlucky". The batsmen played well and took their chances, as all large partnerships do - the same for England on Day 4. One swallow doth not a summer make. This game is headed for a lame draw, and any other suggestion is delusional. Only two recognised batsmen have been dismissed in the last 6 sessions. Why would Enland's bowlers suddenly transform into world beaters in the second innings? They might get 4-5 wickets on a turning track, but they aren't far enough ahead to be able to declare early enough. On this track, the Aust could score 200 in quick time if things go their way. Simple as that.

  • cricfan4july on November 29, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    @damian - agreed that indian pitches are lifeless, but same ones produced result for both tests against australia.. there is not much diff in pitches, its more abt having good bowling attacks.. if aus ptiches produced many results in last 10 yrs, big thanks to mcgrath & warne..

  • Shazzy75 on November 28, 2010, 23:37 GMT

    I was bored watching Hussey/Haddin bat on Day 3 and equally as bored yesterday watching Strauss/Cook/Trott. The pitch is dead and it has killed off what should have been an interesting game. Good cricket requires a good competition and a good competition requires wickets. There's way too much to do on Day 5 - only a freakish collapse by one team will give a result from here. Possible, yes, but certainly not a scenario that most fans want to see in test cricket.

  • on November 28, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    if we didn't get all this rain. we would be on the verg of a result today. this pitch is always a result pitch. i don't think you can say that about the flat lifeless pitches in the sub continant

  • on November 28, 2010, 23:02 GMT

    @shrixxx. why would they try to draw the series. they have to win tyo get the ashes. the reason why the pitch is flat, which is a rare as hens teeth at the gabba. is because we have had so much rain and the pitch was at it's early stages on day 1. the pitch right now is a day 3 pitch. indians can't complain about australias pitches. y6our pitches are flat and lifeless 95% of the time

  • Nerk on November 28, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    Obviously most people in India do not understand the difference between a good pitch and a 'dead' one. I.C.C. directives state that a "good" pitch will have moisture in it on days one to two, assisting fast bowlers. Day three and four should be good for batting, but by day four the pitch should be crumbling, the pace of the pitch should be slowing down and turn should be come a factor. What happened day one and two, may I ask? Wickets tumbled. Day three and four the runs flowed somewhat (but then again Australias bowlers did themselves no favours) Towards the end of the day Marcus North was turing the ball so much, had Harby Singh been in the Aussie team he would have been pitching on off and turning it down the leg side for a wide. The main difference is in Australia six wickets for 590+ came on days three and four, in India's last couple of test series (exc. Australia, who sucked big time) it has been six for 590 off three or four days. WHen that is the score, then it is a dead pitch

  • landl47 on November 28, 2010, 22:29 GMT

    Comments on comments: To Vilander: England beat Pakistan, said to have the best bowling attack in the world at the time, by 3 games to 1, bowled them out for under 100 3 times and had winning margins of 354 runs, 9 wickets and an innings. That is not being 'stretched.' To all Indian fans: I too am looking forward to the SA-Ind series. In particular, I'm looking forward to commenting on it. Since England won the one-day series and drew the test series last year in SA and have won every series in every format since then, India need to do better than that to be seriously considered as the #1 side. Will they? We'll see. Then we'll see how they get on in England next year. To popcorn: c'mon, mate, you can do better than that. 'Never write off the Aussies' sounds too much like desperation. I want to hear how great the Aussies are (I'm serious). To Something_Witty: where are you? Johnson and Hilf need you!

  • chokkashokka on November 28, 2010, 21:59 GMT

    Just how exactly is this contest reignited? This match is a limp draw anyway way you slice it - except for the first day, this game has been boring. No one and no team has taken any initiative and its been way too defensive. You need players like Sehwag to force the initiative - and none of these teams have players like that. Can we fast forward to Dec 16 already? And cricinfo - please don't sensor my comments just because I represent a viewpoint that doesn't align with yours.

  • on November 28, 2010, 21:48 GMT

    Good to see England fighting back, I agree with you amitava0112. England will dominate these Ashes. Australia needs a good spinner, Hauritz is not good enough and neither is this new one.

  • SettingSun on November 28, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    Oooh, listen to all these tetchy South African and Indian fans coming on here talking up their own series, clearly jealous that their own contest pales into insignificance in the background of the Ashes. Don't be jealous, guys, I'm sure someone will watch your test series. Probably pigeons.

  • on November 28, 2010, 20:51 GMT

    English may be in the receiving end of the game so far, but they have now shown that they are here to fight. Go England!!!!

  • Vilander on November 28, 2010, 20:36 GMT

    no wonder Pak stretched both these teams in their last encounter. Cant wait for SA-IND

  • on November 28, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    English may be in the receiving end of the game so far, but they have now shown that they are here to fight. Go England!!!!

  • on_the_level on November 28, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    Flat track bullies! It is pitches like these that are making Test cricket boring to watch. Boring contest between middle-ranked teams. The real contest will be SA-India. can't wait!

  • on November 28, 2010, 19:35 GMT

    The fact that very average batsmen like Haddin scored a century was a sure sign that the pitch had eased out. They must have told themselves, "Look mate, if Haddin can get a century, we can bat for 5 days here"

  • amitava0112 on November 28, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    Australia will struggle in this series due to various reasons..their batting looks edgy..only the openers seem to be in good form ..Katich & Watson..Ponting has been below his high standards for last one yr..Clarke has hit bad patch..Hussey got a much needed 195..but the first ball he faced..nearly carried to slip..but this 100 should get him going..wk Haddin is doing well in lower order...now the Aus bowling looks very thin...Siddle looks the lone spirited performer..but he needs to continue his form..Hilfenhous is good in patches ..no quality spinner in the team..& the biggest dissappointment is Johnson(supposed to be spearhead)..whose bowling has been an embarrassment at times.for last 15 mths..compare England..all the top 6 batters save Collingwood look in good touch..bowling looks good too with Anderson gaining confidence..just a matter of time before Swann gets his rythm..once that happens England should be able to dominate the Aussies in this series

  • devillierse on November 28, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    like watching paint dry - obviously number 4 and 5 in the world.

    come 16 december.

  • phoenixsteve on November 28, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    Great turnaround in t his Ashes opener and it seems that Aussie fans are running around like headless chickens! Don't over-react guys they haven't lost yet and if they do, there's no disgrace in being beaten by a better side! England are strong and their pre-Ashes performances should have put you on notice? It would be nice to see KP and co really up the run rate and set Australia say 325 with about 50 overs to go.... the cracks widen and Swann bowl to potential! But, of course I am an England supporter!!! Who's got the big teeth now Jonesy? Great advertisement for test match cricket - regardless of result..... perhaps it'll be a tie? COME ON ENGLAND!

  • shri619 on November 28, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    well...! one wicket in entire day in australian wicket's looks unbeliveble. australian's always complain about indian tracks that track is worse and pritty flat track than an indian track maybe aus trying to draw the ashes 0-0

  • mensan on November 28, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Brisbane track has proved no different than the ones in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. ASHES series is much overhyped. This is just another series between 4th and 5th ranked (read AVERAGE) teams.

  • on November 28, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    There is nothing wrong with the pitch. It is not flat. It does offer support to bowlers, Australia just did not bowl well. Australia needs a spinner who actually spins in the ball off the pitch. A finger or Wrist Spinner. Bowling, Field Placement are the real reasons for lack of wickets. Australia is on its way down and out. Bollinger is a better thinker than Johnson and Australia may be better off importing a Spinner.

  • on November 28, 2010, 16:39 GMT

    Congrats England for tremendous show of character... this is new look English side which can come from down to make comeback..

    Strauss has been exceptional leader.. the way he have lead the team since time he has taken over the captaincy it has been remarkable journey for English side....

    Congratulations England for solid comeback... hope to see England winning in Australia after long time.... All the best strauss & his co.....

  • mits6 on November 28, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    @cricfan4july flat tracks for sure

  • on November 28, 2010, 15:49 GMT

    Series momentum is with England now....can't see them losing the series......GO England GO!!!!

  • Chapelau on November 28, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Wow lots of great comments - as to the pitch comparisons - lets not prejudge the Gabba until end of day 5 - at least tourists to Oz dont have boring pitches AND Gastro entiritis to deal with like on the sub continent (ask Boycs). As to where have all the aussies gone - they're in bed mate - at 11.59 a.m for us they're getting some well earned rest - ready to listen to England win tomorrow !

  • on November 28, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    I disagree about the pitch. To my mind this is exactly what a Test Match wicket should be: A reward for those players who perform at a high level. We've had 4 centuries and 2 six wicket hauls, and that makes for compelling viewing. If the pitch deteriorates on day #5 (and the cracks and footmarks indicate it may well) we could even hear from Swann or Doherty before all's said and done.

  • popcorn on November 28, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    Never write off the Aussies - you Poms should have learnt that well by now.

  • stevejone on November 28, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    The way Ricky Ponting has been captaining the Aussies, he has got to be a multi-millionaire or he might be having an attack today that is even better than when the Aussies had McGrath and Warne. The manner in which Mitchell Johnson has been persevered for the last maybe 15 months even though he has been in horrendous form since Ashes 2009 is truly astounding.A team can recover if a batsman is out of form but just cannot when a bowler is in such pathetic form and that too for so long. Is it a sin to drop Johnson or what?So many great players like Waugh brothers, Langer,Martyn etc have been dropped in their times and came back much better and stronger cricketers.Watson has lost the zip he had in his bowling since the Champions trophy and looks overweight.He should retain his bowling form or Aussies are gone for good.My team changes for the second test would be Ryan Harris for Johnson, Bollinger for Hilfenhaus and Jacques or Khwaja for North and Watson to be demoted to No. 6 or 7.

  • on November 28, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    Keep cracking on and post a traget for them which makes the point that if this were a timeless test, we would have flattened them. Take the momentum gathered into the next test and start nailing down the series. Couldn't really be easier. KP to cash in on this motorway track, by the way.

  • cricfan4july on November 28, 2010, 14:10 GMT

    Six wickets in 3rd and 4th day combined with 3 of them being tailenders. Here is the Poll. Is that becos of a. great batting b. worst bowling c. a flat pitch

  • Donut_Davey on November 28, 2010, 14:09 GMT

    Compare the teams in this test. Cook and Strauss had success with the Bat along with Trott Pietersen and Bell (5 of 6 batters) Prior kept great. Finn and Andersen are brilliant Broad handy only Swan needs to prove himself so thats 9 of 11.

    Aus Katich and Watson good along with Hussey (3 of 6) Haddin dropped an easy one and as for the bowling Hilf ok and Siddle Good so thats 5 of 11. Haddin would be good if selected as a batter not a Wicket Keeper. So England in much better form.

  • on November 28, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    To all pitch bashers including tfjones1978 - Even on the supposedly worst pitches (read flat tracks), the bowling attack must be good enough to pick up wickets. It is the same case when we come across a green top and expect batters to hold their own - it is no different for a flat track - what about reverse swing and Graeme "the overhyped" swann - even they were not able to get aus out before they scored 450+ - This is a series played by so many mediocre players that the batsmen like hussey, haddin, cook, strauss, trott and bell are made to look like great players. @Tlotoxl - Remember that England are in this position for no fault but theirs; they used up their UDRS for useless decisions (read M Clarke) and bowled very very poorly - except for one hour on day three where they looked like taking wickets - Cricket fan

  • Donut_Davey on November 28, 2010, 14:08 GMT

    Compare the teams in this test. Cook and Strauss had success with the Bat along with Trott Pietersen and Bell (5 of 6 batters) Prior kept great. Finn and Andersen are brilliant Broad handy only Swan needs to prove himself so thats 9 of 11.

    Aus Katich and Watson good along with Hussey (3 of 6) Haddin dropped an easy one and as for the bowling Hilf ok and Siddle Good so thats 5 of 11. Haddin would be good if selected as a batter not a Wicket Keeper. So England in much better form.

  • landl47 on November 28, 2010, 14:03 GMT

    The 4th day was a mirror image of the 3rd. England got the breaks, Australia made the mistakes and England were good enough to capitalize. I thought that was unlikely, but now the Aussie fans know why we've been saying how tough this England team is mentally. I don't think this pitch is that flat; in fact, the last day might see quite a struggle for the batsmen. However, I'm not going to predict a result, since yesterday I thought Australia were 90% sure of getting the win and England fought back. Strauss, Cook and Trott played very well, but Australia will be disappointed with the way they bowled, Mitchell and Doherty (in his first test, remember, so don't be too hard on him) in particular. They'll be even more disappointed with their fielding; it's not like the Aussies to drop 3 catches. A fascinating game, with lots of twists and turns- is there another surprise waiting on day 5?

  • vivek_khyati on November 28, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    an OBSERVATION: players having ''DOUBLE LETTERS'' in their names did a good job in this test.. cOOk 67 & 132*; beLL (76); siDDle 6wkt; huSSey 195; haDDin 136; fiNN 6wkts; strauSS 110; no wonder if on last day swaNN does some magic, as he is due by that rule.. :)

  • on November 28, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    First of all, Anderson had one good spell where he troubled hussey and haddin and that is it. The Aussie and English batting is extremely defensive and that has over-hyped the bowling effort. I can bet some handsome money that south african or the indian batters would have done better against these mediocre bowling units from both teams. Strauss scoring a hundred after so many lives is testament to that. If one team is really batting well, then the strike rate will show who had the momentum. As evident from the batting display so far, apart from the three hours on day three between Hussey and Haddin, none of the batsman has shown that they are good enough to bat on this wicket against such a third rate bowling attack. Shame on the batting line ups of both the teams this match will be a dull draw tomorrow; even if it gives some excitement tomorrow, it will be due to lack of skill and not because of anyone's skills - Cricket fan

  • on November 28, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    @Harindu Wijesinghe - when have England suddenly not been able to win tests at home?

  • Marcio on November 28, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    It really does confound the mind the way people fail to contextualise what happens on a cricket field. Two days of test cricket have seen the dismissal of only two recognised batsmen, and each scored a very big hundred. If you want to count Haddin as a batsman, it only adds weight to the obvious - he scored a big hundred as well. The real issue is clearly the wicket. It doesn't take Einstein to work that out. Even Swann, the second ranked bowler in the world looked completely incapable of getting anyone out on day 3. Unless conditions change, this game is headed for a draw, and any conclusions about bowlers is mute till we see them operate in different conditions - except for Johnson, who should not be in the team. Harris and Bollinger are lightyears ahead of him.

  • on November 28, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    'Australia may still bowl England out'? It is a 5 day game, not 15. 88/1 in the 2nd dig represents being on top in a test match, not behind. I like our bowling going forward in the series. Australia will have more to think about than Engalnd if this is a draw.

  • on November 28, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    Easy result in this test match, a draw, a combination of England's long batting line up, Australia's poor bowling and a flat pitch, you would be stupid to think otherwise. But seeing the English fight back and toughness Australia are going to have to fight hard to gain an advantage in the series, after all they are the ones who need to win the series. England's doggy attitude can hold them in good spirit and I believe that they will go on to win the series as the Australian bowling attack is not what is once was, I don't know how Johnson achieved player of the year he spray's it everywhere, Bollinger should of been picked as he is a class act on Australian conditions and finally Hauritz is a far better bowler then Doherty even if he is not bowling to his full potential.

  • Donut_Davey on November 28, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    Australia selects its team incorrectly. Haddin the best batting gloveman in the country Paine is the best keeper. He is selected for his batting not keeping. Same with Johnson. The team need to change 5 players.Clarke (due to injury). North, Haddin, Johnson and Doherty. Replaced by Kawaja, S.O'Keefe (Batter who bowls spin as Aus spin cupboard has no frontliner) Paine or Chris Hartley, Bollinger and Luke Butterworth of Tasmania or Ryan Harris.

  • on November 28, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    This one of the worst AUSSIE performance. I think its time for Ricky to quit. Let give change to youngsters to prove that they are capable of taking AUS to the top again. I would say give captaincy to WATSON who is a good players and aggressive. Hope AUSSIE selectors learn lesson from this test series.

  • jupiterlaw on November 28, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    Australia can still win it but England's only hope is a draw which seems the most likely result. Not so long ago Australia were so invincible at home; have they come back to meet the others or have the others moved up to meet them and overtaken them is some cases.

  • on November 28, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    Yes, the Poms did well today, but the sudden outcry of armchair selectors in Oz is patently ridiculous. We don't need wholesale changes- we just need the selection stuffups from this Test to be fixed. North should not be there; there's not much point in having a batsman play a matchwinning innings in every third Test if he's played matchlosing innings in the previous two. Johnson is hopelessly out of form with bat and ball and needs a few months on the sidelines, and Hilfenhaus is basically an honest trundler, but not a matchwinner. White isn't the answer to the batting; there are probably a dozen running around in Shield that average better than him, and his "bowling" is, as shown by his average, unacceptable at Test level. Of course he probably will be picked during the summer if the selectors need another token Victorian (MCG Test?). Bollinger and Harris in when fully fit, and Smith or Hughes to replace North

  • on November 28, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    Strauss should declare tomorrow and should give the Aussies at least a session to bat.They should try to get some wickets there by giving the message-look we are here to win the series no matter what the situation is.......

  • Sgroggins on November 28, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    If you were to pick 4 bowlers from the two teams to play in a match against the rest of the world, you would pick Andreson, Broad, Swann, Fynn. NOT ONE of the Aussie bowlers would get in. Then if you compare the test averages of the top 6 batsmen, the English 6 get a higher overall average than Australian top 6. It tells me that England should dispatch the Aussies this series.

  • on November 28, 2010, 13:07 GMT

    do not write these aussies off....remember adelaide 2006....but they need mitch n hilfy to fire....n bowl them out with not more than 200 to chase in 45 odd overs>>>

  • ryanakajoey on November 28, 2010, 13:00 GMT

    First of all, this game is not over. Secondly why would you frop hilfy? he has bowled well all game without luck, like anderson, not as good as anderson but still well. Do you forget that strauss padded up first ball last night? what if that was out and all the french cuts, inside edges and fended off short balls and miscued pulls had gone to hand. Credit where credit is due, england have gotten themselves out of a big hole...as australia did, but combined with mental strength and pure talent, both major partnerships of this game have ridden on a good deal of luck... the big question is if strauss has the gonads to declare and set a target!

  • CricketingStargazer on November 28, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    This should not have been such a surprise. So far on this tour Andrew Strauss have 4 first innings failures and 3 centuries and a not out (in a ten-wicket win) in the second innings. Australian fans should have known that the counterpunch was coming.

  • mits6 on November 28, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    Not expected of such flat tracks in australia . Any result to this match is next to impossible . Anyway good comeback by brits .Johnson do need some rest .

  • on November 28, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    will somebody just tell me where the cocky aussies have gone.... ????

  • on November 28, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    i see all the ozzys that were chirping up before the first test have all gone quiet,on the , wait ti9ll peterson and swann hit there straps, the ozzys might not win a test, what a shambles, the quicker chappels in charge the game can move on,,, but c mon england

  • WilliamFranklin on November 28, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    The spin the aussie press puts on this: 'England give themselves hope of forcing a draw'. Bit more than that 'mate'

  • Sweno on November 28, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    On the form of the Aussie Team you would want to bring Ryan Harris & Doug Bollinger in for Hilfenhaus & Johnson for the next match and swap Clarke for White and North for Steve Smith! Both White & Smith add better bowling options than North! Well done Hussey!!! (Siddle's not safe either! One good innings doesn't make you a great bowler)

  • Australia17594 on November 28, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    Australia may still bowl out England.. You never know, especially in this up and down match where twists come right around...

  • on November 28, 2010, 11:32 GMT

    Australia and Sri Lanka are fast learning the real value of Warne and Murali. Both sides are suddenly struggling to win at home.

  • on November 28, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    My predictions is come again true. I don't think Aussie do have bowling to take 20 wickets in a test match. As Murlitharan says about Aussie downtrend that their main problem is bowling. Who the hail are playing in place of legendary bowler like Macgrath, Gilesipe, Breet lee and The wizard Shane Warne. With this bowling Australia cant beat England if they apply themselves in the middle with their potentiality.

  • 5wombats on November 28, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    One or two funny comments here about "Englands slow scoring rate". Mmm.. lets see what happens when Petersen, Bell, Prior, Swann & Broad get to the crease - these are some the worlds fastest scoring test batsmen. England current 2nd Inns run rate still higher than Aus 1st Inns AND they began 200+ run behind. It's going to be an all-night watch for me and Mrs Wombat later on but right now I'm going down to the betting shop to put money on an England win.... Adelaide 2006 will be avenged!

  • boooonnie on November 28, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    The 1st innnings score card was extremely deceptive and could prove a false dawn for Aust. Despite Siddle's spell and Swan's caning the three Eng quicks bowled better as a unit in that first innings. Day 4 confirms to me that Eng truly believes it can weather Aust's bursts of form and through confidence and conistancy outlast their opponents and win this series. While Aust bolwing attack will run hot and cold Eng will wait until the Aust reasonably strong batting line up hiccup and then they will snatch victory. Eng only need to get up 1-0 to put enormous pressure on Aust and it is hard to see this unsettled Aust team chasing down their more confident opponents. Not with this bowling attack. Sad!

  • on November 28, 2010, 10:57 GMT

    While this has been an interesting contest so far and I would like England to win because they have been better team overall, I am possibly looking at a draw. They failed to score quick enough and may not have enough runs in the morning to declare and cause an Aussie collapse.

  • on November 28, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    @mak102480 this is the first time time in about 50 year there won't be a result on this pitch that had nothing to do with the weather. i don't think you can say that about sub continant pitches can you. where the pitches are flat and lifeless 95% of the time

  • RohanMarkJay on November 28, 2010, 10:50 GMT

    That for me was the most enjoyable day of cricket for 2010. What a performance from Cook and Strauss. Captain leading from the front. This will shut the big mouths of the aussie supporters on cricinfo. They thought ashes was gonna be one way traffic to australia. Wrong. England gonna retain the ashes with at least draw. Get used to it aussie supporters.

  • on November 28, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    What a Magnificent turn around today i like the england player .....who contributed for their country and whole cricket history of Ashes ...........like it

  • on November 28, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    Need to add couple of more thing.... waiting for Ian Chap comments, he was saying Anderson was ordinary... absolute rubbish - he bowled great with no luck... what is he going to say of australian attack or he is going to blame fielding or luck for english batsmen. secondly, the crowd, well aussie fans not will understand how english supporters felt yesterday, at least english fans saw 5 wickets.

  • sindgeon-smythe on November 28, 2010, 10:21 GMT

    This is another great sign of England's confidence and mental toughness. Albeit struggling with limited abilities, it was the absence of those qualities prior to the Duncan Fletcher era that was so depressing to watch (Mike Atherton being the exception). Now they're performing like a traditional England team. They don't have the most talented squad in the world (although not so far behind the likes of SA), but with these qualities they can give anyone a very good game.

  • StarveTheLizard on November 28, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Despite some amazing efforts by Hussey, Siddle and Haddin Oz may draw or loose this. This is not surprizing, given the mediocre line up we have right now. It is such a shame, though. One would hope that a loss or draw might spark some changes in the line-up for the second test. I predict however that, if Oz looses this, there will be NO change to the side. We will be told something along the lines of there being "no need to panic".

  • mrgupta on November 28, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Well well well, over last 2 days of play 570 runs and only 6 wickets? 90+ runs per wicket for 2 days of play? Do we hear "Dead" pitches? People have been busy praising Hussey, Haddin, Cook and Strauss what about the fact that the test is heading towards a boring draw now. When same thing happened in India and SL whole Cricketing world was calling out for the head of the Curators, where is everybody now? Also did anybody notice, the world's BEST bowling attack South Africa calling out LOUD for Bouncy pitches to favor their bowlers, why does everyone shout when Spin tracks are prepared in India or SL? Why this hypocrisy?

  • on November 28, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    Haha what a struggle for the English batsmen as Puncture predicted before the series began, they lost an entire wicket during the day's play!!

  • weenmcqueen on November 28, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    Adelaide 2006 England effectively 97-1 (1st innings lead of 38 plus ended day 4 at 59-1) Surely lightning couldn't strike twice. Ofcourse Hilfy, Johnson, Siddle not in same league, as messrs Lee ,Mcgrath, Warne and Clarke. 5 of Englands top 6 are the same as that game. Perhaps this game more than anything else demonstrates the improvements England have made in both technique and temperament and how Australia have lost the killer touch.

  • CricketingStargazer on November 28, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    I must admit that I agree with Tiotoxi. There is now just a small window for England to win this. When I went to bed shortly before lunch last night you could see that if the runrate kept up England might be far enough ahead to declare even before lunch today. OK, the scoring rate dropped a lot later in the day, but still I would not be surprised if Andrew Strauss made a point by declaring and seeing if he could provoke a collapse similar to the ones against Pakistan and India over the last few months. The odds still favour Australia: a couple of quick wickets early and it would swing back to being a survival fight, but England have shown clearly that they will not just roll over and die to Australian order.

  • 5wombats on November 28, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    What a great day for England! Superb from Strauss Cook Trott. To give credit though - my wife Mrs Wombat looked at the 200+ lead that Aus had after Day 3 and immediately declared that England would win... Where are all those crowing Aussie Bloggers now? As predicted - Johnson tried to Wide our batsmen to death. He's useless - I'm certain he'll be dropped now. If Hussey had been given out - as he should have been - in the 80's on the now infamous "2 noises" decision - Aus would be in dire straights. Aus batting, even on this flat track, collapsed before and after the Haddin/Hussey effort. England were bowling brilliantly early on Day 3 with no luck. I wouldn't pick Aus to win the match now. I can't see it. England bowlers DEFINITELY better than Aus and England batting at least as good. I've said here for months - England have a lot of fight in them these days. As for Aus - at some stage tomorrow they are going to come up against Swann on a pitch with huge cracks in it. I don't pity them

  • on November 28, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    I don't think England will risk a chance of going for a win before they have more than 300 at their disposal as we are talking Ashes here, not just any other test series ! Hence, all I expect is a draw.......which is sad if we take into account the quality of cricket displayed.......

  • Australia17594 on November 28, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    People are already bashing Doherty... Shame. It's not only Doherty that failed all of them did. I wonder what bollinger could of done

  • mrklinkerpants on November 28, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    Just goes to show how short-sighted the modern disease of impatience when form deserts someone leads to everyone shouting for their heads, just like the footy manager who has only been in the job for 2 months but who gets the sack because immediate results have not materialised.

    Before this game, the armchair experts were shouting for Cook's head on a platter and saying that Jimmy Anderson would never be able to bowl in Australia. Cook has scored over 200 runs in this match and is still going and Anderson bowled one of the all-time great spells yesterday for no reward at all.

    As the saying goes: form is temporary, class is permanent.

  • on November 28, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    grt work done by England after having a defecit of 221 NOW THEY LEAD BY 88 .tHIS IS A GOOD RECOVERY

  • Fantasybob on November 28, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    Great work by Strauss and Cook and now Trott coming into form after a slow start to the. Even on a flat wicket like this obviously is, Ponting must be worried about his bowling. Johnson a ghost, Siddle had his day for the series, Doherty not quite it. Has North retained his place by getting the only wicket? England push on tomorrow and get a good few Aussie wickets a draw but the momentum firmly with Strauss. That's what a blizzard in Scotland does for the team!

  • David47 on November 28, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    Only two results possible now - a draw (most likely) or an England win (not likely, but who knows with our lot). First of all, great batting by Strauss and Cook - well done to them. So what do we know after 4 days?? Firstly, the poms will take more from this game than Aus and will go to Adelaide without any thought or need to change their side. Our side? - well that's a different matter. I didn't expect much from Johnson going into this game, but instead of not much he's delivered nothing. No wickets and no runs. Selectors - he MUST BE DROPPED FOR THE REST OF THE SERIES. And Hilfy?? Selectors - we simply can't keep going into games with two (and sometimes more) bowlers as passengers and expect to draw, let alone win. And when we've got a filmstar, days of our lives, latte sipping vice-captain injured going into the match it makes matters worse. Selectors - Harris and Bollinger MUST be selected for Adelaide, otherwise we're goners. And a replacement for North too please.

  • on November 28, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    Mystic Scritty predicts....

    England declare just before tea with a lead of 260+ Aussies 6 down for 75 at the close. Test a draw - but bragging rights and momentum to England.

  • on November 28, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    well done strauss and cook good job...

  • Chapelau on November 28, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    Good balanced bulletin but comments during the day about England's scoring rate are way off. England are scoring faster than Oz and does Ian Smith comment on that? If it were Oz 88 runs ahead with nine wickets down we would all be saying DRAW .... we should think no differently because it's England that are ahead. These teams are evenly matched - tight series ahead, but remember England have the ashes!

  • mak102480 on November 28, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    So I guess the pitches in india get a bad rap, huh...when supposedly one of the most vicious of the pitches is so flat on day 4. The damage was only done when the conditions were overcast and the ball was swinging a bit...

  • kang-a-roo on November 28, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    hard day for punter and team. he might have thought of bundling Eng for a paltry total but strauss and cook had other ideas in their minds. BTW great knock by cook esp. under so much pressure.It was firmly supported by the skipper. It seems that Strauss has got the measures of the Aussie bowlers. He has been mauling them all over the park in the recent Eng-Aus playoffs. I believe this wonderful test deserves a result, and looking forward for a miracle tommorow morning. X. doherty you are "the chosen one", do it man !

  • smjr on November 28, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    England batted with lot of purpose and looks assured of what they are doing. Australia bowled well but it is the batsman patience, concentration and application that is the real difference. Trot is very hard to dismiss his technique reminds of Kallis, he stand in the crease with both legs apart 3 feet and has therefore easiness to go on the back foot which gives him ample time to play late and push the ball around. He played a memorable innings in a match winning Partnership with Broad against Pakistan at Lords when England were 7 wicket down with 90 runs scored. I dont think he will give his wicket easily to Australia in this Ashes series. Australia has lot of work to do if they have to win this series. Australia must bring leg spinner Smith, replace Johnson with Bollinger if he is it for next test, North with White and bring some real pace like Tait, if he is fit, and also remove out of form Clark with some in form batsman.

  • smjr on November 28, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    Yesterday I said that pitch is playing easy for batsman and England might survive this test. Here it is proved by wonderful batting by England like of which has not been seen for the last 25 years in Ashes on Australian pitches. Pitch is now giving help to spinners and if England can bat for another 40 overs and can managed about 160 runs which I think they are well capable of dong so and give Australia a target of at least 240 runs to score in 50 overs then England will have a great chance of winning especially Swan bowling about 20 overs on a turning wicket. Australia batting is not that sort of past and it will be tested. Coming to UDRS system ICC should give a better formula for example allow one review per batsman per inning (or say for every 50 runs batsman score in his inning there shall be 1 review against him ) or abolish this system. .Today Austraila did not have much left or review once Trott was hit on his pad ball is pitch outside side off but clearly hitting stumps.

  • Gharo on November 28, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    too many drop catches by the Aussies, good day for england though

  • adamgilly on November 28, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    what a lame of johnson to be called our strike bowler....... he needs to be sacked right now..... for the sake of aussies face..... doherty showed he's sooo poor bowler, that means we have no good spinner at the moment in d country..... this was our best chance, poor Johnson dropped Strauss, another reason he needs big break frm cricket...... disaster may be waiting for us in next game..............

  • Nerk on November 28, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    Well done to the English today. A fantastic test match so far. But no fear, tomorrow will be Australias day! Aussie Aussie Aussie.

  • 1hkfooey on November 28, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Can you explain those smart stats..re the Strauss/Cook partnership..it looks like its the 6th highest partnership. The Atherton/Gooch is the 1st highest in which aspect?

  • on November 28, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    we bowled absolute rubbish today. where were the same plans they used on day 1. the coaches aren't doing thewir jobs right. brilliant tons by strauss and cook. this will end in a draw and it will be the first draw at the gabba in a test match for 9 years. that's how good the gabba pitch is

  • on November 28, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    Woke up this morning expecting us to have capitulated. Not a bit of it. Alastair Cook, if you're reading this, I was wrong to doubt you. Fabulous performance. I couldn't have expected a better outcome on the 4th day. I'd have been happy with 5 down ; 1 down is just beyond my wildest dreams.

    That's the character test well and truly passed. Now the Aussies will know whatever position they leave us in, we are never down and out. Chuffed to bits :-D

  • anunad on November 28, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    Well, what a day of test cricket. Fast paced, it had dynamics and tremedous drama. Congrats to Strauss, Cook, but some credit must also be given to Trott for accompanying Cook through to the final day. Tommorow will be a very exciting game of test cricket.

  • tfjones1978 on November 28, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    Day 1 & Day 2 even contest between bat & ball. Day 3 & 4 flat batting pitch where only 3 batsmen wickets (plus 8th to 10th ie: tailenders) were dismissed. This shows that the grounds keeper of Gabba should be sacked immediately. Both sides batting vs bowling is not that good that it should go 5 days, let alone be a draw in the 3rd innings of the match (19 wickets left with 3 sessions left!).

    A standard pitch should have scores of 200 to 400 in first innings and 100 to 300 in second innings. This makes 6 to 14 session match (av of 10 session match). Pitches which ICC are allowing world wide were 500+ each side is scoring (Aust 450+ Eng 1/300) is destroying the concept of cricket.

    The sort of scores I would like to see, 200-300 and 100-200 each match, meaning it makes it to the 4th day and batsmen have to show their skills to get a century.

  • Tlotoxl on November 28, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    I wouldn't call this a "rearguard", I would reserve that term for saving the test, England still have a small chance of winning the test, after all if England score another 170 and put Aus in it could be an uncomfortable 40 or 50 overs to survive, this is a good batting pitch so it is unlikely to force a win but it is distinctly still possible in a way that Cardiff last year most certainly was not.

  • on November 28, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    My earlier comment has been proved true yet again. In a similar situation had there been McGrath and Warne in their ranks the score line would have been definitely different. And also the insipid captaincy of Ricky was clearly evident the way he handled the bowlers in the first session. He displayed lot of anxiety. He was not curious enough to explore the way of dismissing the English batsman. This bowling attack of Aus. cannot take 20 wkts. That's for sure and even if they it would be at a price which their batters may not be able to pay. Good food for thought for Andrew and Gregie!

  • akpy on November 28, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    lot of talk about the 'drawn'/high-scoring tests in sub-continent...looks like we have one more in 'bounciest and fastest' pitch???just re-affirms aussies have lost their grip as if they cant win this one, what can they win? silver lining is hussey/haddin saved them from a loss i think as english bowling unit is far better and with a bit more time in the game, could still trouble aussies...a draw would be a disappointing result for the match which had its swings..maybe england could have hurried a bit more and got the lead to around 125-150 by close of play...they sure have the edge now even if it is a draw..

  • on November 28, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Where are the Australian fans who wrote off England yesterday ...... What a comeback by England .... Strauss , Cook , Trott all in form and more to come tomorrow ..... Come on England !!!!

  • on November 28, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    Now one can easily predict Australia are never going to win the world cup in 2011. They are definitely on the down-slide. It is not that they don't have talent in batting or bowling, but its simply clear that their morale and mental strength have gone. Ponting is nowhere near his best. He should leave the captaincy the very next match

  • on November 28, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    A very good day for England as they dominated the whole day.They batted positively,if it hadn't been for the Hussey innings things would have been different going into the last day...Anyway as a fan I truly enjoyed watching all the four days of cricket....

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  • on November 28, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    A very good day for England as they dominated the whole day.They batted positively,if it hadn't been for the Hussey innings things would have been different going into the last day...Anyway as a fan I truly enjoyed watching all the four days of cricket....

  • on November 28, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    Now one can easily predict Australia are never going to win the world cup in 2011. They are definitely on the down-slide. It is not that they don't have talent in batting or bowling, but its simply clear that their morale and mental strength have gone. Ponting is nowhere near his best. He should leave the captaincy the very next match

  • on November 28, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Where are the Australian fans who wrote off England yesterday ...... What a comeback by England .... Strauss , Cook , Trott all in form and more to come tomorrow ..... Come on England !!!!

  • akpy on November 28, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    lot of talk about the 'drawn'/high-scoring tests in sub-continent...looks like we have one more in 'bounciest and fastest' pitch???just re-affirms aussies have lost their grip as if they cant win this one, what can they win? silver lining is hussey/haddin saved them from a loss i think as english bowling unit is far better and with a bit more time in the game, could still trouble aussies...a draw would be a disappointing result for the match which had its swings..maybe england could have hurried a bit more and got the lead to around 125-150 by close of play...they sure have the edge now even if it is a draw..

  • on November 28, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    My earlier comment has been proved true yet again. In a similar situation had there been McGrath and Warne in their ranks the score line would have been definitely different. And also the insipid captaincy of Ricky was clearly evident the way he handled the bowlers in the first session. He displayed lot of anxiety. He was not curious enough to explore the way of dismissing the English batsman. This bowling attack of Aus. cannot take 20 wkts. That's for sure and even if they it would be at a price which their batters may not be able to pay. Good food for thought for Andrew and Gregie!

  • Tlotoxl on November 28, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    I wouldn't call this a "rearguard", I would reserve that term for saving the test, England still have a small chance of winning the test, after all if England score another 170 and put Aus in it could be an uncomfortable 40 or 50 overs to survive, this is a good batting pitch so it is unlikely to force a win but it is distinctly still possible in a way that Cardiff last year most certainly was not.

  • tfjones1978 on November 28, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    Day 1 & Day 2 even contest between bat & ball. Day 3 & 4 flat batting pitch where only 3 batsmen wickets (plus 8th to 10th ie: tailenders) were dismissed. This shows that the grounds keeper of Gabba should be sacked immediately. Both sides batting vs bowling is not that good that it should go 5 days, let alone be a draw in the 3rd innings of the match (19 wickets left with 3 sessions left!).

    A standard pitch should have scores of 200 to 400 in first innings and 100 to 300 in second innings. This makes 6 to 14 session match (av of 10 session match). Pitches which ICC are allowing world wide were 500+ each side is scoring (Aust 450+ Eng 1/300) is destroying the concept of cricket.

    The sort of scores I would like to see, 200-300 and 100-200 each match, meaning it makes it to the 4th day and batsmen have to show their skills to get a century.

  • anunad on November 28, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    Well, what a day of test cricket. Fast paced, it had dynamics and tremedous drama. Congrats to Strauss, Cook, but some credit must also be given to Trott for accompanying Cook through to the final day. Tommorow will be a very exciting game of test cricket.

  • on November 28, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    Woke up this morning expecting us to have capitulated. Not a bit of it. Alastair Cook, if you're reading this, I was wrong to doubt you. Fabulous performance. I couldn't have expected a better outcome on the 4th day. I'd have been happy with 5 down ; 1 down is just beyond my wildest dreams.

    That's the character test well and truly passed. Now the Aussies will know whatever position they leave us in, we are never down and out. Chuffed to bits :-D

  • on November 28, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    we bowled absolute rubbish today. where were the same plans they used on day 1. the coaches aren't doing thewir jobs right. brilliant tons by strauss and cook. this will end in a draw and it will be the first draw at the gabba in a test match for 9 years. that's how good the gabba pitch is