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

Watson bemoans collective failure

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Shane Watson says all of the Australian bowlers should be blamed for the side's lack of penetration on the fourth day as England stormed back into the opening Test. The locals started with a 202-run lead but by stumps were 88 behind after the visiting top three took advantage of an inconsistent attack to post 1 for 309.

Mitchell Johnson struggled with his line and Ben Hilfenhaus was unthreatening for long periods, while Peter Siddle could not build on his impressive six-wicket return in the first innings. "I don't think you can single out Mitchell today," Watson said. "All of us, the bowlers, didn't perform particularly well, me included."

Andrew Strauss (110) and Alastair Cook (132 not out) were regularly given balls to cut, pull and drive, and the wayward approach also allowed them constant singles. Jonathan Trott joined the fun after Strauss was out stumped to Marcus North, the only wicket to fall on an extremely difficult day for the hosts.

"It came down to sustaining pressure and unfortunately we weren't able to do that," Watson said. "We did it for little periods but weren't able to execute for long enough. The English guys batted well, particularly Strauss and Cook, but all of us as a bowling group weren't able to consistently execute to build the pressure that was needed."

The problem has been a feature of Australia's attack since the last Ashes series and is highlighted on flat pitches when the bowlers can't make things happen. "That's something we are continuing to work on as a group," Watson said. "We know how important it is on flat wickets and there's no doubt that there's going to be a lot of flat wickets throughout this whole summer. We have to continue to improve, to make sure we get better at it."

This surface was supportive to the fast men for the first two days but has flattened out. There are a few cracks to aim for but England's position is so strong that they may be in a position to push for victory over the second half of the final day. That depends on lifting their scoring rate in the morning, something Watson hopes they try to achieve.

"It would be nice if they did," he said. "It might give us a few more opportunities to be able to take some wickets."

Although England were reluctant to think too far ahead in the game, Australia's former captain Ian Chappell said that a positive approach in the final stages of the game could have a major bearing on the momentum of the series, much as was the case when England snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat at Cardiff in 2009.

"A draw has got to be the favourite, but England should at some point just start to push a little bit, and try to frighten Australia," Chappell told ESPNcricinfo. "I don't for a moment think they will bowl them out - if they do you'll be talking about this one in the same terms as Headingley 1981, or India's victory over Australia in Calcutta. But even if England can push Australia into a bit of a corner and get five of them out and put the frighteners on them, then they would go to Adelaide with a huge psychological boost."

Despite the swift momentum shift, Watson said Australia were still in the game. "But we do have to turn it around very quickly," he said. "We still need to get nine wickets and that seems a long way away at the moment. But there's definitely still quite a bit of hope for us."

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY DesiCricketfan on | November 29, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    @Mitcher.. Please keep on praying. I love to watch ASHES, even though I am Indian but there are few people that made us make comments. But still Inda vs RSA will be a good series. I only want to watch the games that have results, i do not care who is playing. YES ASHES was big, but it's not anymore. Lets face it. Currently World is looking forward to the RSA/IND series, which has more weight than the current ASHES. IND/PAK were Rivals but now pakistan is no where near. It is not because of India it is Pak's own mistake, lot of Politics here. And the same is what you guys always talk about selectors being biased. Only people suffer are the people who are watching these games not selectors or politicians.We all are cricket lovers who is taking there frustration out in putting these comments. We Indian have rivalry with Australia now and we are just reacting. Cheers...

  • POSTED BY Mitcher on | November 29, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    I want the India-Sth Africa series to start almost as badly as the Indian fans. Mainly in the hope it will attract their attention from these articles and we'll (I pray) be spared their moaning. The Ashes is a big series because of the long history of the contest and while it would be better if both sides were of a better quality it doesn't diminish that history. How often have India-Pakistan series been hyped despite both sides being average? And its fair enough because people recognise the importance of battles between the two sides/nations. If you don't get it and don't care for the Ashes, don't watch it. But more importantly spare us your constant whingeing. Oh, and one other reason i look forward to the India-sth africa series: To see those flat/home track bullies taken apart by the Saffers!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 29, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Watson's right - this has been a collective failure. Mitch did come off a 5-for and a century in the Shield game leading up to this game too. Although I'm mindful of how Mitch's poor form contributed to our loss in the last Ashes series, he deserves another chance. North, however, has surely used up all of his chances!

  • POSTED BY DesiCricketfan on | November 29, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    @ Chapelau...Please wake up it is morning. Wake up and smell the rose. The best test series is always between #1 & #2 teams and that starts on December16th. Two best teams will compete and it will be good test match. As far as Ashes is concerned England didnt play good First day and the first innings of Australia and 2nd Innings of England clearly shows this is a flat pitch. I only put a comment to get the truth out of your mouth. I am so good Yeehaaaa. Ashes are not the same as it used to be. Australia is bitting the dust these days. GO ENGLAND GO, Beat the overhyped oz... This is called kicking the rear... IND vs CSA will be the best series of 2010...

  • POSTED BY Deepkar on | November 29, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    I think bowlers like johnson, watson, huritz (bhajji also) & batsman like viru, srt, vvs (bhajji also) make pitches look like dead. but bowlers like zak, stayn, some times ishant & batsman like ponting, clark (& left hand openers against zak ) make same pitch look like live. So understood what makes pitch flat & live.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    @Chapelau: There is no doubt that Ashes has glorious past, and cricket fans all over the world keep an eye! However, the merit of any series depends on the quality of the participating sides - and in that sense, this year Ashes is being played between two teams with rankings 4 and 5. On the other hand India Vs South Africa series will be played between 1 and 2 ranked. Therefore, general cricket lovers can expect a better cricket to be play there than in Ashes-2010-11.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    Is the pitch really that flat? England made 260 on the first day. Only 2 Australian batsmen managed to score runs. England batsmen have cashed in today today. Two bowlers have taken 6 wickets on this pitch, and they did it by pitching it up (Siddle) or getting good short balls with extra bounce (Finn). Apart from Anderson's unlucky spell yesterday, the rest of the bowling has been rubbish. Not enough balls on the full length, if they are it is too wide to do anything, and the short balls have been rubbish. If the bowlers actually bowled better, it would have been a different story. Johnson needs to be made an example of now. In the first innings, his bowling gave England momentum because it was too wayward. Now he is showing that he can't step it up when needed as the attack leader. All facets of his game have failed in this match, and as the apparant "go-to" man it is up to him to deliver. Bollinger needs to play, and Harris not far behind.

  • POSTED BY McGorium on | November 28, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    @phoenixsteve: On the one hand you say this: "What is the difference between a flat pitch and a good batting wicket? Largely about quality bowloing I guess"... and then say "not Indian flat, anyhow". Shouldn't you take your own advice? Indian pitches are as flat for fast-medium bowlers as Aussie wickets are for finger spinners and medium pacers. Most indian wickets offer turn and bounce for spinners. Once the ball stops swinging, Aussie pitches in the last 15 yrs or so have been good batting tracks with true bounce. The difference was McGrath and Warne, backed up by a formidable batting lineup. Today you have the mediocrity of Johnson and Watson. And Marcus north. Why does it surprise anyone that Brisbane is made to look a flatter track than it truly is?

  • POSTED BY Chapelau on | November 28, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    What garbage talking of India v RSA as the Ashes - there is only one contest worthy of a special title - England v Australia. AS to the series in RSA - Boring series ahead there ... I wonder if India will have more than Zaheer in their attack? The rest including Singh are cannon fodder.

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | November 28, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    Watson is saying you can't single out Mitchell. Why? I read elsewhere that he has had 11 wickets @ 55 in his last 5 tests. Its an ongoing performance problem. Until the selectors have some guts and make some calls instead of leaving it to Ponting who just picks his mates, Australia's demise will continue.

  • POSTED BY DesiCricketfan on | November 29, 2010, 15:11 GMT

    @Mitcher.. Please keep on praying. I love to watch ASHES, even though I am Indian but there are few people that made us make comments. But still Inda vs RSA will be a good series. I only want to watch the games that have results, i do not care who is playing. YES ASHES was big, but it's not anymore. Lets face it. Currently World is looking forward to the RSA/IND series, which has more weight than the current ASHES. IND/PAK were Rivals but now pakistan is no where near. It is not because of India it is Pak's own mistake, lot of Politics here. And the same is what you guys always talk about selectors being biased. Only people suffer are the people who are watching these games not selectors or politicians.We all are cricket lovers who is taking there frustration out in putting these comments. We Indian have rivalry with Australia now and we are just reacting. Cheers...

  • POSTED BY Mitcher on | November 29, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    I want the India-Sth Africa series to start almost as badly as the Indian fans. Mainly in the hope it will attract their attention from these articles and we'll (I pray) be spared their moaning. The Ashes is a big series because of the long history of the contest and while it would be better if both sides were of a better quality it doesn't diminish that history. How often have India-Pakistan series been hyped despite both sides being average? And its fair enough because people recognise the importance of battles between the two sides/nations. If you don't get it and don't care for the Ashes, don't watch it. But more importantly spare us your constant whingeing. Oh, and one other reason i look forward to the India-sth africa series: To see those flat/home track bullies taken apart by the Saffers!!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 29, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    Watson's right - this has been a collective failure. Mitch did come off a 5-for and a century in the Shield game leading up to this game too. Although I'm mindful of how Mitch's poor form contributed to our loss in the last Ashes series, he deserves another chance. North, however, has surely used up all of his chances!

  • POSTED BY DesiCricketfan on | November 29, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    @ Chapelau...Please wake up it is morning. Wake up and smell the rose. The best test series is always between #1 & #2 teams and that starts on December16th. Two best teams will compete and it will be good test match. As far as Ashes is concerned England didnt play good First day and the first innings of Australia and 2nd Innings of England clearly shows this is a flat pitch. I only put a comment to get the truth out of your mouth. I am so good Yeehaaaa. Ashes are not the same as it used to be. Australia is bitting the dust these days. GO ENGLAND GO, Beat the overhyped oz... This is called kicking the rear... IND vs CSA will be the best series of 2010...

  • POSTED BY Deepkar on | November 29, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    I think bowlers like johnson, watson, huritz (bhajji also) & batsman like viru, srt, vvs (bhajji also) make pitches look like dead. but bowlers like zak, stayn, some times ishant & batsman like ponting, clark (& left hand openers against zak ) make same pitch look like live. So understood what makes pitch flat & live.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2010, 23:57 GMT

    @Chapelau: There is no doubt that Ashes has glorious past, and cricket fans all over the world keep an eye! However, the merit of any series depends on the quality of the participating sides - and in that sense, this year Ashes is being played between two teams with rankings 4 and 5. On the other hand India Vs South Africa series will be played between 1 and 2 ranked. Therefore, general cricket lovers can expect a better cricket to be play there than in Ashes-2010-11.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    Is the pitch really that flat? England made 260 on the first day. Only 2 Australian batsmen managed to score runs. England batsmen have cashed in today today. Two bowlers have taken 6 wickets on this pitch, and they did it by pitching it up (Siddle) or getting good short balls with extra bounce (Finn). Apart from Anderson's unlucky spell yesterday, the rest of the bowling has been rubbish. Not enough balls on the full length, if they are it is too wide to do anything, and the short balls have been rubbish. If the bowlers actually bowled better, it would have been a different story. Johnson needs to be made an example of now. In the first innings, his bowling gave England momentum because it was too wayward. Now he is showing that he can't step it up when needed as the attack leader. All facets of his game have failed in this match, and as the apparant "go-to" man it is up to him to deliver. Bollinger needs to play, and Harris not far behind.

  • POSTED BY McGorium on | November 28, 2010, 21:44 GMT

    @phoenixsteve: On the one hand you say this: "What is the difference between a flat pitch and a good batting wicket? Largely about quality bowloing I guess"... and then say "not Indian flat, anyhow". Shouldn't you take your own advice? Indian pitches are as flat for fast-medium bowlers as Aussie wickets are for finger spinners and medium pacers. Most indian wickets offer turn and bounce for spinners. Once the ball stops swinging, Aussie pitches in the last 15 yrs or so have been good batting tracks with true bounce. The difference was McGrath and Warne, backed up by a formidable batting lineup. Today you have the mediocrity of Johnson and Watson. And Marcus north. Why does it surprise anyone that Brisbane is made to look a flatter track than it truly is?

  • POSTED BY Chapelau on | November 28, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    What garbage talking of India v RSA as the Ashes - there is only one contest worthy of a special title - England v Australia. AS to the series in RSA - Boring series ahead there ... I wonder if India will have more than Zaheer in their attack? The rest including Singh are cannon fodder.

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | November 28, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    Watson is saying you can't single out Mitchell. Why? I read elsewhere that he has had 11 wickets @ 55 in his last 5 tests. Its an ongoing performance problem. Until the selectors have some guts and make some calls instead of leaving it to Ponting who just picks his mates, Australia's demise will continue.

  • POSTED BY phoenixsteve on | November 28, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    What is the difference between a flat pitch and a good batting wicket? Largely about quality bowloing I guess.... or is it talented batsman that make the pitches seem flatter than they are? Whether this track remains 'flat'(I don't think it is - certainly not Indian flat anyhow!) will be revealed when some talented, tall and accurate bowlers give it a go. Of course a last day wearing pitch might also be indusive to a quality spinner? Now which side does this sound like? Whatever the outcome this has been an exciting Test Match and one that is good for the game. News Bulletin...... DRAWS CAN BE EXCITING! Long live test cricket. COME ON ENGLAND!

  • POSTED BY stationmaster on | November 28, 2010, 19:30 GMT

    Time for uncovered pitches to be brought back. These days batsmen have MUCH better protection and body armour. It would spice the game up no end ! Remember that Hobbs and Sutcliffe, scored as many runs as Strauss and Cook in HALF the test matches on uncovered pitches, and I never heard of Bradman complaining about them ? That's what the crowd wants, not featherbed crap like this

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    Flat Pitch...lolz... Slap on Australian grounds man , pitch curator, and selector, captain... now they have no right to blame Asian pitches...

  • POSTED BY shri619 on | November 28, 2010, 17:12 GMT

    flat tracks is real shame for cricket we spend five days to watch the game and ending up in draw match that is not good their should be a result in match otherwise test cricket will not survaiew in this fastly moving world when their is a result in 3 hours in t20 cricket. icc should think .......!

  • POSTED BY DesiCricketfan on | November 28, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    Once again... FLAT FLAT FLAT PITCHES... Steyn/Morkel , Harbhajjan Singh and now Shane Watson.Not only these guys everyone around the world hate flat pitches. Where are the people now who says that only India have Flat Pitches. India is a dominant force only in India and can not perform outside, Wait a minute what happened here? Why are poeple not passing any COMMENTS now. Guys it is not that Test cricket is dying because of the format, Test cricket is dying because of the batsmen friendly PITCHES. If the Pitch is batsman friendly this is what is going to happen. Let us ALL give break to all the players around the world and slam the dead pitches ALL OVER THE WORLD. On a good note it is my pleasure to tell everyone that REAL ASHES is starting on December 16th. That is where the fun will be... GO INDIA GO...

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | November 28, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson should be dropped for the Adelaide Test,and go back to Sheffield Shield Cricket . Both Dougie Bollinger and Ryan Harris grew up in Adelaide, so either one of them should be selected. Dougie is a left armer, so he could get the nod, though both are equally potent. Definitely more than Johson.

  • POSTED BY voma on | November 28, 2010, 15:42 GMT

    Lets see how good India are when they come to England next year ! .

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | November 28, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    Watson is talking about a collective failure only to shield Mitch. If Mitch had taken that easy catch of Strauss, it would have changed the complexion of the game. Mitch is expected to bowl well and take wickets. He did not. the pitch is not a factor.Ricky Ponting tried everything - credit to him - attacking fields, bowling rotations.I hope Australia raise their game, take early wickets, and give England the jitters - even if the match is a draw.Australia will have won - psychologically - going into Adelaide.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2010, 15:09 GMT

    i have read all the comments from you aussi boys and i think that your main problem is your captain and his unwillingness to change things around i think that it was all so easy when you had a glenn m or a shane w too throughthe ball to and get you out of jail but those days have gone and i dont see anyong charging over the hill either i thing the aussi sid eis a good side and will take some beating but i also thing the for the first time in a long time england have a side that are better on paper and better on the field i was quite worried being 220 behind but really i shouldny have england are show what a class act they really are and i can see use pushing on and winning the ashes 2 or 3 nil

  • POSTED BY Jovich on | November 28, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    Othello22 thats the funniest thing I've read in a long while. So very true- all of it ('cept for the bit about Hilfenhaus).

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    As a big time supporter of Test cricket and even bigger anti ipl guy i am feeling bit sad that last few weeks have not been good advert for test cricket after all Gabba is no ahmedabad or hyderabad warne and mcgrath more often than not won games here but lack of penetrative bowlers around the world is really worrying ..The really class dale steyn also i guess was involved in some drawn games against pak and and Super hyped swan also struggling test cricket could do with some close encounters !!

    However its bit bemusing to so see indians follow this series between no4 and no 5 with so much intent rather than following their own sporting heroes at the cwg and asian games

  • POSTED BY diri on | November 28, 2010, 13:33 GMT

    chokkashokka i agree with you. The real ashes is going to be in SA ....16th december!!!!!

  • POSTED BY squidhead on | November 28, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Yeah but Watto, Johnson has been saying for ages now that he wants to be the leader of the attack, it IS up to him to be saying all this and he has to be prepared to cop some flak for failing to turn up to ANOTHER Ashes series. Remember when he said he wants to be a genuine all-rounder? And all that once-in-a-generation talk...it's been, what, a year and a half since that South African series and a few of us a getting sick of waiting for him to deliver on his promises. At least you're doing that much, Shane, you don't have to cover for him.

  • POSTED BY soorajiyer on | November 28, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    While I agree that this is the most important test series for either england or Aussies and they consider this next to their lives; I am not sure why nobody is coming out against the pitch curator who prepared this pitch.. If this was India, Sri lanka or Pakistan you would hear a hue and cry from Greg or anybody else.. Not now!! Between I dont ever think Aussies are ever going to win this series if they bowl like this. But England def would if they bowl like this!

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    See Watson's being sore because he couldn't pick up any wickets, and he didn't bowl that well either. News flash, the wicket is flat, and the Aussies were hoping for it to disintegrate and it hasn't despite there being craters. Australia have had a couple of chances but like England being all over Hussey and Haddin early on day three for no reward the shoe's on the other foot. Watson should shut up, and to think the Aussies criticise the poms for whinging. This test match should be drawn, but it won't be a boring draw. Whoever said this test is boring I ask "what match have 'you' been watching?" because this test has been filled with drama since the first day and has been fascinating test cricket.

  • POSTED BY KingofRedLions on | November 28, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    Othello - It's "I couldn't care less". If you could care less about something, that means that you do care, which is the exact opposite of what you're trying to say. As for the match - I would've been happy to bowl them out for 400 at the start of today's play. They certainly were going to score more than in the first innings. Taking only one wicket is highly dissapointing. Australia is better than that.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    Australian bowling is lacking pen penetration..... Now they don't have a Shane warne or Mcgrath who can create panic in opposition dressing room I mean I have seen Opposition going comfertably with 159-160/1 and suddenly a magic spell of warne or Mcgrath and Opposition slump to 200/4 or 5 even..... But still If An international side Is able to pick up just one wicket in an entire day..... then what it shows is their Captain is lacking Imagination.....Yes Hilfaneus'johnson and company are no match Mcgrath , warne and LEE but 1 wicket in day.... Seriously Ausies should think of removing Ponting.....

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | November 28, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Congratulations, England. You guys rock! Solid execution just like Hussey and Haddin in first innings. Australia needs some faith in themselves. This test is a lost opportunity for Australia. Ponting and Johnson need to raise their game, othewise they should be removed from the team.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    I want this match to be draw !!! How Poms can beat Australia without me witnessing it live .. They have to defeat kangaroos in Adelaide by an innings where I will be watching the Ashes live in Adelaide Oval for the first time in my life. What a privilege that will be to witness the demise of australian cricket. Its already a great satisfaction to see the frightened face of kangaroo's skipper Ponting (someone I hate most in the world cricket). God bless all country that play against Australia !!!!

  • POSTED BY WilliamFranklin on | November 28, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Watson, just sort out your own 'bowling'.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    aussies will loose ashes . it is confirmed by today itself. a dago out ngerous game is about to begin aussie .cant win ponting .

  • POSTED BY ratnakar.chetan on | November 28, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    well, 481 all out on Day three, over 300 on Day for four.. ball is not turning, bowlers are not getting help from the pitch.. why spin doctors are not worrying about flat pitches?? something similar would have happened in sub con, i guess, people would have posted at least hundred comments

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    Great comeback England! The Aussies need to appreciate that you're here to compete. They also need to accept that they are no longer the powerhouse of cricket and the other top four or five teams can adequately relate to their level.

  • POSTED BY chokkashokka on | November 28, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    what a boring test match and the writers are trying to make it sound like this is some sort of an exciting series ......just because it is the Ashes doesn't make a series exciting...you cannot ignore the current teams who are contesting - these are average sides at best and this is a boring contest. Can't wait till the India-SA series. Can we fast-forward to December 16?

  • POSTED BY othello22 on | November 28, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    They all talk about all this crap, and how they're "working on it as a group", and how there's still the hope of winning if they can take ten wickets in five minutes, but the reality of the situation is that this Aussie team sucks the big one. The selectors perpetuate the mediocrity by tolerating so much non-performance. I could care less about how Mitchell Johnson is feeling right now, as a matter of fact I hope he feels like rubbish, because that's exactly what he is. No wickets, no runs and a dropped sitter off a guy who went on to score a ton - The problem with Australian cricket right now is the fact that this kind of garbage will probably go unpunished. He should be dropped, effective immediately. And North. And Hilfenhaus. And Clarke. And Ponting if he can't stop playing those stupid hook shots and giving his wicket away. Fire them all, and replace them with some guys who really want to be there, because this current outfit are just emabarrassing.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Aussies feeling the heat.English were synonymous with resilience today.What an exceptional display by Strauss,Cook and Trott.Aussies attacked lacked penetration and looked very pedestrian.From this position the English shouldnt find it difficult to save this test match.They could even set a target of 250 or so in the last session to give them a scare. You never know!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Aussies feeling the heat.English were synonymous with resilience today.What an exceptional display by Strauss,Cook and Trott.Aussies attacked lacked penetration and looked very pedestrian.From this position the English shouldnt find it difficult to save this test match.They could even set a target of 250 or so in the last session to give them a scare. You never know!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY othello22 on | November 28, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    They all talk about all this crap, and how they're "working on it as a group", and how there's still the hope of winning if they can take ten wickets in five minutes, but the reality of the situation is that this Aussie team sucks the big one. The selectors perpetuate the mediocrity by tolerating so much non-performance. I could care less about how Mitchell Johnson is feeling right now, as a matter of fact I hope he feels like rubbish, because that's exactly what he is. No wickets, no runs and a dropped sitter off a guy who went on to score a ton - The problem with Australian cricket right now is the fact that this kind of garbage will probably go unpunished. He should be dropped, effective immediately. And North. And Hilfenhaus. And Clarke. And Ponting if he can't stop playing those stupid hook shots and giving his wicket away. Fire them all, and replace them with some guys who really want to be there, because this current outfit are just emabarrassing.

  • POSTED BY chokkashokka on | November 28, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    what a boring test match and the writers are trying to make it sound like this is some sort of an exciting series ......just because it is the Ashes doesn't make a series exciting...you cannot ignore the current teams who are contesting - these are average sides at best and this is a boring contest. Can't wait till the India-SA series. Can we fast-forward to December 16?

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    Great comeback England! The Aussies need to appreciate that you're here to compete. They also need to accept that they are no longer the powerhouse of cricket and the other top four or five teams can adequately relate to their level.

  • POSTED BY ratnakar.chetan on | November 28, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    well, 481 all out on Day three, over 300 on Day for four.. ball is not turning, bowlers are not getting help from the pitch.. why spin doctors are not worrying about flat pitches?? something similar would have happened in sub con, i guess, people would have posted at least hundred comments

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    aussies will loose ashes . it is confirmed by today itself. a dago out ngerous game is about to begin aussie .cant win ponting .

  • POSTED BY WilliamFranklin on | November 28, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Watson, just sort out your own 'bowling'.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    I want this match to be draw !!! How Poms can beat Australia without me witnessing it live .. They have to defeat kangaroos in Adelaide by an innings where I will be watching the Ashes live in Adelaide Oval for the first time in my life. What a privilege that will be to witness the demise of australian cricket. Its already a great satisfaction to see the frightened face of kangaroo's skipper Ponting (someone I hate most in the world cricket). God bless all country that play against Australia !!!!

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | November 28, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    Congratulations, England. You guys rock! Solid execution just like Hussey and Haddin in first innings. Australia needs some faith in themselves. This test is a lost opportunity for Australia. Ponting and Johnson need to raise their game, othewise they should be removed from the team.

  • POSTED BY on | November 28, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    Australian bowling is lacking pen penetration..... Now they don't have a Shane warne or Mcgrath who can create panic in opposition dressing room I mean I have seen Opposition going comfertably with 159-160/1 and suddenly a magic spell of warne or Mcgrath and Opposition slump to 200/4 or 5 even..... But still If An international side Is able to pick up just one wicket in an entire day..... then what it shows is their Captain is lacking Imagination.....Yes Hilfaneus'johnson and company are no match Mcgrath , warne and LEE but 1 wicket in day.... Seriously Ausies should think of removing Ponting.....