Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 5th day November 29, 2010

England break records in high-scoring draw

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England 260 (Bell 76, Siddle 6-54) and 1 for 517 dec (Cook 235*, Trott 135*) drew with Australia 481 (Hussey 195, Haddin 136, Finn 6-125) and 1 for 107 (Ponting 51*)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

It was a day for burning up the record books at the Gabba as Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott produced a herculean unbroken stand of 329 to secure a comfortable draw for England. Cook scored his maiden double-century and Trott hit his second hundred against Australia, making it the first time England's top three had scored Ashes tons, before Andrew Strauss declared at a mind-boggling 1 for 517, which left Australia to face 41 overs.

There was never a realistic chance of a result with England 296 in front, but they wanted to try to secure further psychological points ahead of Adelaide. Stuart Broad, wicketless in the first innings, made an early breakthrough when Simon Katich edged to slip, however, Ricky Ponting put two days of fielding frustration behind him to notch a brisk half-century as he and Shane Watson batted out the remainder of the match and lifted Australia's spirits a little. It had been a sobering time in the field, as they claimed a single wicket in 26 overs.

While Cook and Trott extended a stand that was already worth 121 overnight, it was difficult to keep up with each new landmark. On a personal level, Cook's 200 came from 306 balls while Trott's elegant, composed hundred took 213 and his was an innings studded with wonderful driving. In 2005, Cook cracked a double-hundred against the touring Australians but that wasn't a first-class match and this innings left his previous Test-best of 173, made against Bangladesh at Chittagong, well behind.

In a mark of what Cook achieved, he also broke a record held by Don Bradman for the highest individual score at the Gabba, while his match aggregate bettered that of Matthew Hayden in the 2002-03 Ashes encounter. Trott, meanwhile, continued the prolific start to his Test career and made it two second-innings hundreds in two Tests against Australia following his debut ton at The Oval.

The partnership rattled through the records. It became the highest for England in Australia and banished the Michael Hussey-Brad Haddin alliance to second place for any stand at Brisbane less than two days after it was set. They finished with the highest-scoring innings for the loss of a single wicket. For the England fans, who far outnumbered the locals on the final day, it will have been the performance of Ashes dreams.

England began the day knowing they weren't out of danger despite yesterday's heroics and there were more than a few mentions of what happened in Adelaide four years ago. However, this time there was no Shane Warne to spin the batsmen into submission. Instead, Cook and Trott continued as they had done the previous evening by scoring at a rapid pace against unthreatening bowling and by lunch it was just a question of how many overs England wanted at demoralised opponents.

Ponting set fairly defensive fields and a number of edges flew through gaps in the slips, but Australia couldn't even take the one chance that came their when Michael Clarke dropped a sitter at slip when Trott, on 75, tried to guide Watson to third man. Ponting just continued to chew his gum and the home side were deflated.

Mitchell Johnson, meanwhile, went through a horrid spell to give his confidence another pounding. He tried over and round the wicket to both batsmen, but his match was summed up when he sprayed a terrible bouncer miles down the leg side against Trott which flew for five wides. Johnson ended wicketless in a Test for the first time and faced a nervous wait to see what his immediate future held.

England teams have been through years of pain in Australia, and especially at the Gabba, and the two batsmen were in no mood to let up. Both batsmen start to open their shoulders; Cook used his feet against the spinners while Trott continued to show his sweet straight driving. Even when Doherty found turn from the footmarks, two deliveries beat Brad Haddin for four byes.

Australia thought they'd finally broken through at 1 for 457 when Cook chipped Doherty to short midwicket, where Ponting dived forward for the catch, but the celebration was so low-key that Cook stood his ground and it went to the TV umpire. As so often, the cameras added doubt although it appeared Ponting had got his fingers under the ball and he was angered when the decision was ruled not out.

Just to add to Ponting's pain, he then spilled a tough late chance at slip and when England passed 500 courtesy of four more byes all he could offer was a gentle clap and strained smile. Ponting, though, has determination in bucket-loads and was desperate not to hand England his wicket during the final session.

The quick bowlers tried to pepper him with short balls, and Finn struck his helmet, but the pitch was too docile to cause major concerns. James Anderson, meanwhile, had plenty to say to both batsmen and had to be spoken to by Aleem Dar. Graeme Swann was denied a confidence-boosting scalp when Paul Collingwood spilled Watson at slip in what proved to be the last significant chance they created. Ponting sped to a 40-ball half-century to ease his tension a little.

At the start of the final hour Strauss approached his opposite number and the two captains shook on a draw but, once again, the final outcome doesn't reflect the drama of the five days. Battle will be resumed in Adelaide, on Friday, where it's unlikely to be any easier for the bowlers.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • syedbob on December 1, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    I so saddening to see ricky loosing his commanding and dynamic leadership skills. to make understand this, look at the first test. He waited till all they became allout. so by that time they(Emgland) had a huge deficit before them . so they certainly went out to draw the match from the beginning. if ricky was clever, he should have declared with just 100 or 150 lead. this would psychologically effect the english men thinking thedeficit can be got over and could take lead. so this mind set they would play attacking game which definitely result in wickets falling......so aussies would have won the game......isn't it a good strategy.

  • Meety on December 1, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    The latest I heard with Adelaide - is like the Gabba, the weather is cool & unlikely to cause the break up of the Pitch - that usually happens Day 4 & Day5. This means twin spin won't happen, maybe not even worth having one spinner. @pie314 - not sure about 5 bowlers - but then again O'Keefe can't be any worse then North as a batsmen!!!!

  • SettingSun on November 30, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    @popcorn really is a comedian of the highest order. He comes along and rants away about Australia like they're still packing 11 world class superstars rather than rank average journeymen like Watson, North, Doherty, Siddle, Hilfenhaus and Johnson but I wouldn't waste your time directing comments at him because he knows he's wrong and he never replies. He's just trying to keep the old Aussie Glenn McGrath-esque '5-0' spirit going but obviously failing miserably. And, let's face it, the fact that Swann was hit for a couple of sixes now means he is complete rubbish!

  • hare on November 30, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Wonderful flat pitch made to boost the morale of this kind of 3rd class batting lineup. No comment about bowling attack as its not worth.

  • on November 30, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    Mr.Ramz_SL... pls dont degrade ur team when u comment abt australia ." SL s tour of down under and nd da 1 st test shows dat perfectly". Dont u think SL ve improved their performance.

  • pie314 on November 30, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    johnson and north needs to be dropped and blacklisted by selectors, never to represent and embarrass australia again. both had countless chances to prove themselves and failed when aus needed them. test 2 XI: katich, watson, ponting, clarke, hussey, haddin, okeefe (he can bowl AND bat), bollinger, harris, siddle, stuart clark (for experience, consistency in line and length, record vs england). harris and watson can swing so hilfy not needed. 5 bowlers is risky but okeefe seems competent enough to bat at 7, haddin is definitely good enough to bat at 6. i dont rate smith who hasn't proved himself yet, hughes technique is ugly and filled with weaknesses easily exploited (ashes 09).

  • StarveTheLizard on November 30, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    Okay. I have seen worse from Australia. That was during the Packer years. We got through that. Back then, however, the only media we listenned to was ours. The WWW gives fans from every other country the opportunity to post rude and smug remarks on the internet. It is quite depressing so I shouldn't read them - but I can't stop myself!

  • on November 30, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    In response to Popcorn's somewhat one eyed comments I would say that in the light of the match result, England's first innings total of 260 can be described as disappointing but not disasterous. On balance, I would suggest England can take more from this game than Australia. Whilst Swann failed to have the impact in this match that some expected, off-spinners have a poor record in Aus and I for one wasn't surprised. He bowled way too short throughout the match. In comparrison, however, to Austrailia's main strike bowler, he probably had a reasonable match. Johnson, on the other hand, had a shocker - at times struggling to hit the cut strip. A little more objectivity please!!

  • Waddle on November 30, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    As popcorn's post shows, Australians will certainly be rattled by this. While Englishmen may be tempted to view 517/1 as a bit freakish and not necessarily a sign of things to come on sportier pitches, can you imagine the shock to the system of conceding that score when you are aggressively pushing for victory, from as position of strength, on home soil ? Remember that vulnerable batsmen are more likely to edge or miss straight balls when under pressure. The fact that England batted for that length of time (and were only really safe so early because they kept their wickets intact) has got to be a huge worry for the Aussies. That is why they will change their attack and come back refreshed for Adelaide, and why England, being the professional outfit they are, will know that they will have to raise their game too. I still fancy them to take the series - they are a settled side now brimming with confidence.

  • Micgyver on November 30, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Its time for the Adelaide curator to bite the bullet and produce a "result" wicket.Otherwise we will be heading to Perth still 0-0 but with England holding Ashes.The Poms did it at the Oval last Ashes so why cant we.

    By gee by gingo by crikey if Ryan Harris doesnt replace Johnson in Adelaide i will run around my local oval naked.And thats not a pretty sight.Not only is he an exceptional bowler who gives everything and more,the guy can bat.I can really see the Australian team feeding off his enthusiasm and aggression.He's one of those guys that can ignite those around him.

  • syedbob on December 1, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    I so saddening to see ricky loosing his commanding and dynamic leadership skills. to make understand this, look at the first test. He waited till all they became allout. so by that time they(Emgland) had a huge deficit before them . so they certainly went out to draw the match from the beginning. if ricky was clever, he should have declared with just 100 or 150 lead. this would psychologically effect the english men thinking thedeficit can be got over and could take lead. so this mind set they would play attacking game which definitely result in wickets falling......so aussies would have won the game......isn't it a good strategy.

  • Meety on December 1, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    The latest I heard with Adelaide - is like the Gabba, the weather is cool & unlikely to cause the break up of the Pitch - that usually happens Day 4 & Day5. This means twin spin won't happen, maybe not even worth having one spinner. @pie314 - not sure about 5 bowlers - but then again O'Keefe can't be any worse then North as a batsmen!!!!

  • SettingSun on November 30, 2010, 14:19 GMT

    @popcorn really is a comedian of the highest order. He comes along and rants away about Australia like they're still packing 11 world class superstars rather than rank average journeymen like Watson, North, Doherty, Siddle, Hilfenhaus and Johnson but I wouldn't waste your time directing comments at him because he knows he's wrong and he never replies. He's just trying to keep the old Aussie Glenn McGrath-esque '5-0' spirit going but obviously failing miserably. And, let's face it, the fact that Swann was hit for a couple of sixes now means he is complete rubbish!

  • hare on November 30, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Wonderful flat pitch made to boost the morale of this kind of 3rd class batting lineup. No comment about bowling attack as its not worth.

  • on November 30, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    Mr.Ramz_SL... pls dont degrade ur team when u comment abt australia ." SL s tour of down under and nd da 1 st test shows dat perfectly". Dont u think SL ve improved their performance.

  • pie314 on November 30, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    johnson and north needs to be dropped and blacklisted by selectors, never to represent and embarrass australia again. both had countless chances to prove themselves and failed when aus needed them. test 2 XI: katich, watson, ponting, clarke, hussey, haddin, okeefe (he can bowl AND bat), bollinger, harris, siddle, stuart clark (for experience, consistency in line and length, record vs england). harris and watson can swing so hilfy not needed. 5 bowlers is risky but okeefe seems competent enough to bat at 7, haddin is definitely good enough to bat at 6. i dont rate smith who hasn't proved himself yet, hughes technique is ugly and filled with weaknesses easily exploited (ashes 09).

  • StarveTheLizard on November 30, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    Okay. I have seen worse from Australia. That was during the Packer years. We got through that. Back then, however, the only media we listenned to was ours. The WWW gives fans from every other country the opportunity to post rude and smug remarks on the internet. It is quite depressing so I shouldn't read them - but I can't stop myself!

  • on November 30, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    In response to Popcorn's somewhat one eyed comments I would say that in the light of the match result, England's first innings total of 260 can be described as disappointing but not disasterous. On balance, I would suggest England can take more from this game than Australia. Whilst Swann failed to have the impact in this match that some expected, off-spinners have a poor record in Aus and I for one wasn't surprised. He bowled way too short throughout the match. In comparrison, however, to Austrailia's main strike bowler, he probably had a reasonable match. Johnson, on the other hand, had a shocker - at times struggling to hit the cut strip. A little more objectivity please!!

  • Waddle on November 30, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    As popcorn's post shows, Australians will certainly be rattled by this. While Englishmen may be tempted to view 517/1 as a bit freakish and not necessarily a sign of things to come on sportier pitches, can you imagine the shock to the system of conceding that score when you are aggressively pushing for victory, from as position of strength, on home soil ? Remember that vulnerable batsmen are more likely to edge or miss straight balls when under pressure. The fact that England batted for that length of time (and were only really safe so early because they kept their wickets intact) has got to be a huge worry for the Aussies. That is why they will change their attack and come back refreshed for Adelaide, and why England, being the professional outfit they are, will know that they will have to raise their game too. I still fancy them to take the series - they are a settled side now brimming with confidence.

  • Micgyver on November 30, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Its time for the Adelaide curator to bite the bullet and produce a "result" wicket.Otherwise we will be heading to Perth still 0-0 but with England holding Ashes.The Poms did it at the Oval last Ashes so why cant we.

    By gee by gingo by crikey if Ryan Harris doesnt replace Johnson in Adelaide i will run around my local oval naked.And thats not a pretty sight.Not only is he an exceptional bowler who gives everything and more,the guy can bat.I can really see the Australian team feeding off his enthusiasm and aggression.He's one of those guys that can ignite those around him.

  • on November 30, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    Australia needs Brett Lee and Shaun Tait in Ashes .

  • popcorn on November 30, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    Typical of Pommie writers like Andrew McGlashan and Abdrew Miller and their Captain Andrew Strauss to paper over the DIASATROUS FIRST INNINGS BOWL OUT FOR 260, inspite of so much of a hyped-up pre-Ashes preparation. How many wickets dis England take? 11. And who is this Grareme Swann? Did you say best spinner in the world? Sorry,speak louder please, I can't hear what you're saying.Thumped for six by Brad Haddin and Ricky Ponting. Returned with his tail between his legs - 2 for 161. Oh, and Paul Collingwood - best fielder in the England side, did you say? Tough chance, wasn't it,the one he dropped off Shane Watson.Also,thanks for the overthrows gifts,Christmas is early this year.Keep dreamimg,fellas, there's no cost for that.

  • landl47 on November 30, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    Comments on comments: @Chris_Howard: and if Hussey's first ball edge had been two or three inches higher, Swann would have caught it, Australia would have been all out for about 200 and England would have won easily. It's fun to speculate on what might have happened, but the fact is, it didn't. @stevejone: it's true to say England didn't take the honours in this test, but they'll be the happier of the two sides. Australia after day 3 would have expected to win and after day 5 were thankful that the game was not 6 days. England would have made 700 and set them 500 to win. Then the Aussies would have been fighting for the draw. @vivek: nice one- I hadn't noticed that all the players who did well had sequential double letters in their name. England need to drop Broad, bring in TremleTT (just kidding!).

  • dilgara on November 30, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Does Chappell have something against Pointing. He always take the opportunities to attack Pointing when Australia loose or does not play well. Ian, there are 11 players in the team and it is a team sport. Get off the high horse

  • benny81 on November 30, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    I seriously don't understand how the Aussie's can keep carrying North - an unmentioned aspect to this draw was the fact that the pressure created by North in the middle of the order (every batsmen playing conservatively because they know North will fail) slows down the scoring rate when it should be accelerating. Australia score their runs a lot slower with North in the team, meaning less time to bowl out other teams (not that it would have helped in this match, I suppose) - but I reckon it will factor in Adelaide, where the team that scores fastest wins.

  • RohanMarkJay on November 30, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    Good to see England play well for once against Australia. This performance will give them a lot of confidence. I still think England are on track to at least level the Ashes if not even outright winning it. Gabba is no longer an impregnable fotress. This England team ranked 4th in the world almost breached it with superb rearguard batting performance. Well done. The best part about this performance for me is that it will shut up all those cricinfo comments that arrogantly said aussie gonna win ashes 5-0. Or win ashes easy. Nothing is easy in test cricket especially the Ashes. Even in the 1990s and early 2000s the aussies had to scrap hard for victory against England even with Shane warne and Mcgrath in their side. England is not as bad at cricket as people in the rest of the world think. Afterall lest we forget they invented Cricket.

  • DrAtharAbbas on November 30, 2010, 0:17 GMT

    If we count after the 5th Australian wicket that fell at 143 for 5 in the first innings. There were 338 runs scored for the loss of further 5 wickets in the same innings, 517 for one wicket for England and 107 for 1 wicket for Australia again. It adds up to a whopping 962 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. I have yet to see such a high number of runs for the loss of so few wickets even in the subcontinent.

    May be ASK STEVENS can tell us if more runs for less wickets were scored in any test at a particular stage! Such flat tracks are sheer injustice to the bowlers and a killer blow to test cricket!!!!

  • Meety on November 30, 2010, 0:09 GMT

    @vivek_khyati - you have waaaay to much time on your hands!!!! LOL @Amol_Ind_SA - their is a world of difference between the Gabba & sub-continent pitches. The problem was in this case that the pitch was not prepared as normal due to unseasonally high wet weather since August - this is the wettest Spring on record in Brisbane & most of East Coast of Oz. Also the Gabba was still faster & bouncier then any sub-continent pitches. @Bigbanger666 - agreed. I think if Strauss was serious about trying to go for a win - the r/rate should of been lifted straight after lunch. What they effectively did was give Watto & Punter some much needed time at the crease. The Poms scoring 1/650 would of been much smarter. Oz getting 1/107 @ 4 runs an over showed the pitch to be good for batting & out context to the 3rd innings. @gaffer.gamgee - LOL - classic! @ KURUWITA - LOL - assuming you don't actually believe we can control the weather!!!! @popcorn - I think Strauss played it safe wisely.

  • CricketFirstLove on November 30, 2010, 0:03 GMT

    517/1 England amazing is it Aus has gone down or Eng coming up?

  • jezzcee on November 29, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    OK - now the initial knee jerk and jingoistic analysis is out of the way - let's take a look at the facts 1. The match was drawn 2. England batsmen scored 3 big centuries Australian batsmen scored 2 (evenish) 3. England took 11 wickets, Australia took 11 wickets (even). How much would have Australia scored in 2nd innings?? 4. Johnson didn't take a wicket, Broad took 1 (evenish) 5. Siddle took 6, Finn took 6 (even) 6. Swann took 2/161, Doherty took 2/148 (even) 7. England averaged 70.6 per batsman, Australia averaged 53.5 (advantage England) 8. Collingwood scored 4 and took 0/41, North scored 1 and took 1/48 (even) 9. Haddin performed well, Prior got a golden duck. (advantage Haddin) 10. Apart from stating the obvious again - it was a draw - all the long bows being drawn about the status of either team is ridiculous. The Ashes is made up of 5 tests of 5 days - the armchair and media commentators will all appear correct for a day - and then they won't. Roll on Adelaide.

  • boooonnie on November 29, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    As a cricket fan living in Brisbane I thought I better inform all those Gabba critcis about why this pitch is so poor. This spring the weather has been unusual for Queensland to say the least. The weather has been wet and cool with absoultely NO humidity. I can't remember a Brisbane spring quite like it. It is the hardness and of the pitch and the humidity in the air that has always allowed bowlers to thrive at the Gabba which leads to results. Hopefully next time if we get these weird conditions the ground staff will do better.

  • DaveOR on November 29, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    The western US is not a hot bed of cricket mania. I learned (and learned to love) cricket in the mid 70s watching the Chappells, Lilly, Redpath, etc at the MCG. The draw was disappointing, but I'll leave it to you blokes to parse the state of the wicket or the bowling or the quality of captaincy or whatever. I'm not smart enough to do that. I just love the game and although I wish I could be there, or at least listen to it, I am thankful that I at least have the web to keep me current. Go Australia.

  • cricketausie on November 29, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    mitchell johnson cannot take wickets dougie bollinger or ryan harris in for him

  • Bradman12345sachin6 on November 29, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    The fact that they let someone like Cook surpass the highest score on this ground by Sir Don and the fact they picked only one wicket shows how pathetic this bowling line up is. I think its high time they let Mitchell Johnson go.Bring in Dougie. There is choice between Siddle and Harris. North may be given one last chance since he picked up a wicket and would come in handy against the english left handers.

  • LineNLength on November 29, 2010, 20:53 GMT

    @stevejone If the Indian pitches have designed to only help the spinners then why have Aussie spinners (e.g. Warne) not bowled well on them?

    Anyway back to the topic - I wonder what Ponting is thinking after warning that England will find it "hard to come to grips" with the Gabba pitch http://www.espncricinfo.com/the-ashes-2010-11/content/story/486285.html I actually think that England (especially Anderson and Finn) bowled better than Australia and will be a handful this series. It was nice to see the batsmen (esp. Strauss) doing well. Australia better watch out!

  • on November 29, 2010, 20:27 GMT

    There was nothing wrong with the wicket, toothless bowling was the culprit.

  • Freedom_of_Preston on November 29, 2010, 19:16 GMT

    I have always maintained my stand that England lost 5-0 last time only due to the wizadry of the greats viz. McGrath, Warne, Hayden, Gilly. Take for example the third test in Perth wherein the situation though not exactly the same , was similar in nature. Cook and Bell ( at no.3) were building a solid partnership going into tea on Day 4 and Warne was tiring. He summoned one last effort to dismiss Bell before tea, in what was to be the last over of his spell. Then , with 3 overs left for the day, England were only 3 down, only for McGrath to dismiss both Cook and the nightwatchman Hoggard in the same over. Likewise going into lunch on Day 5 , Flintoff and KP were going great guns, only for Warne to triiger another collapse. The contribution of this bunch of all-time greats is what will be sorely missed by Australia this time. Had they not been there last time round, England might well have drawn the series.

  • on November 29, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    All de batsmen who scored big runs in this test match shud feel themselves very lucky to be part of a test match in Gabba wen the pitch is dead flat for de first time in its century old history.. this is not a typical gabba pitch.. all de records broken may matter only in numbers, but the significance is scarcely admirable.. but having said all these, I admire cook's contribution n his improvement in batting over de past few yrs... hats off..

  • on November 29, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    Australia are better replacing Doherty and Johnson with Bollinger and Harris. Katich, North and Clarke can do the spinning. Atleast that way they have four wicket taking bowlers. Hilfenhaus just had one off game. He is a very good bowler, Siddle is just off his 6 for and the hat trick, Doherty still has to learn a few tricks and Johnson..well he is bowling on the neighbouring pitch! So replace him and Doherty. That is the best for the Aussies if they want to regain the Ashes

  • on November 29, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Where in the world was POnting, giving away 500+ runs to England which make one wonder whether 260 all out 1st innings was just a dream....

  • on November 29, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Australia are better replacing Doherty and Johnson with Bollinger and Harris. Katich, North and Clarke can do the spinning. Atleast that way they have four wicket taking bowlers. Hilfenhaus just had one off game. He is a very good bowler, Siddle is just off his 6 for and the hat trick, Doherty still has to learn a few tricks and Johnson..well he is bowling on the neighbouring pitch! So replace him and Doherty. That is the best for the Aussies if they want to regain the Ashes

  • on November 29, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    The pitch may have been flat as a pancake, but there was little penetration shown from either seam attack, barring a good spell from England's bowlers on the second morning, and that brief flash from Siddle. Far too much short stuff which is not the way to go when the ball isn't moving. Keep to a good, probing line and length and eventually the rewards will come. Mitchell Johnson appears to have lost it completely, so I fully expect Australia to bring back Doug the Rug in Adelaide.

  • Ramz_SL on November 29, 2010, 16:13 GMT

    Pitch is flat or not bring back warne and Macgrath thy will win matches 4 u simples that.aussue dominating era gone.SL s tour of down under and nd da 1 st test shows dat perfectly.aussies stragling to find replacement 4 those players.500 for 1?????? oshhh... seems lyk match played between international side vs school side.

  • AndrewMcGlashan on November 29, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Just a quick hello from your namesake in AU, cheers, AndrewM

  • ad-infinitum on November 29, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    No questions raised about a pitch in Australia that allows scores of 517/1 and 107/1(which was also looking good for 300/1) ? The rains helped the ball swing the first 2 days else the swing would have gone on day 1 itself.

  • vivek_khyati on November 29, 2010, 15:18 GMT

    England 260 (Bell 76, Siddle 6-54) and 1 for 517 dec (Cook 235*, Trott 135*) drew with Australia 481 (Hussey 195, Haddin 136, Finn 6-125) and 1 for 107 (Ponting 51*)

    beLL, siDDle, cOOk, troTT, huSSey, haDDin, fiNN, strauSS..

    all performers in this test had 'double letters' in their names.. nice coincidence, isnt it!!

  • on November 29, 2010, 15:12 GMT

    Australia are better replacing Doherty and Johnson with Bollinger and Harris. Katich, North and Clarke can do the spinning. Atleast that way they have four wicket taking bowlers. Hilfenhaus just had one off game. He is a very good bowler, Siddle is just off his 6 for and the hat trick, Doherty still has to learn a few tricks and Johnson..well he is bowling on the neighbouring pitch! So replace him and Doherty. That is the best for the Aussies if they want to regain the Ashes

  • Gyaani on November 29, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Some amusing comments by obvious Aussie fans made a good read - but can't hide the disappointment of seeing the high and mighty with wet feet!!

    What I am wondering is that how come no one is talking about the best ever captain - the boorish Mr. Ponting? Well well well, ain't so easy now without the spin wizard and the pigeon is it?? Time and again he has proven himself to be just about average as a captain - in the past he succeeded with the obvious quality of players in his team (not to forget Gilly and Haydos), but now comes across as completely unimaginative, meddling and even desperate!

    How the mighty have fallen!

  • aa61761 on November 29, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    Australia is scared of England's pace attack? May be we will not see fast tracks in this series.

  • metrojonesy123 on November 29, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    @ssm I agree that Cook wouldn't have done as well against Marshall and Co. but you can only play against whats in front of you, and for that he did well.

  • on November 29, 2010, 14:32 GMT

    Mr stevejone didnt you watch the recently held Ind Aus series in India!! in both matches pitches were result oriented! And the first match was won by fast bowlers!! you can say rubbish to your team not the Indian pitches!!

  • Divinetouch on November 29, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    ssm2407,

    While Cook would have stuggled against the bowlers named let me tell you emphatically that that Ponting would not have been able to cope.

    He was hit by Roach when no else was there to support Roach at the other end.

    Finn, is not very quick and he is now beginning his career yet he dunked Ponting in the head.

    Ponting career would not have been this long had he to face the bowlers you mentioned.

    Ian Chappel do you agree that Ponting would have been banged up by the bowlres named by ssm2407?

    Ian please let us hear your thoughts on Ponting retiring.

  • Jumbosridhar on November 29, 2010, 14:13 GMT

    As a follower of Australian Cricket for the past several years, this is the first time I have witnessed the weakest Australian Bowling attack. The Aussies dominated the first 3 days and after that meekly thrown in the towel. With the toothless bowling resources available, I wonder whether Australia would conquer the Ashes?

  • BellCurve on November 29, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    @sgh142 - You're clearly deluded. Giving 8 to both Collingwood and Broad, who between them faced 9 balls and got out twice, and took 1 wicket for 90 runs, is just plain silly. Not to mention giving Pietersen a 3 for scoring a well composed 43 on the opening day. Or maybe you've spent the last five days sitting in the sun drinking beer, in which case you're excused.

  • on November 29, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    "A depressing sign of the times. If mediocrity like Cook can ease to an untroubled 235* then something is seriously wrong be it with the state of the pitches or the state of Australian bowling."

    So wrote ssm2407 at 11:56. The "mediocrity" Cook has 4666 test runs with 14 centuries, including a double, and he doesn't turn 26 until 25 Dec. Other teams must wish they had such a mediocrity in their team.

  • on November 29, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    I think the kookaburra balls also has something to do with the outcome of the test.The balls once soft makes the life difficult for the bowlers.I also haven't seen much reverse swing with these balls.With falling bowling standards it is imperative we have pitches which assist seamers on day 1 and 2 with ample oppurtunities for spinners in day 4 and 5.I think some of our friends outside complain about dust bowls in India.But these pitches with vicious turn are much better than a flat deck.It is a pity we are not playing matches on these dust bowls once or twice in a season.

  • Chris_Howard on November 29, 2010, 13:45 GMT

    Can we stop blaming the pitch for a "dull draw"? If Australia held their catches and had a little more luck, this match would have easily seen a result. It really was a much finer line between a result and a draw than the media are acknowledging (especially Peter Roebuck in The Age).

  • landl47 on November 29, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    England will come away from the test a little happier than Australia, because after day thre, with England still over 200 behind, Australia must have thought, as I did, that the match was in the bag. Australia's bowling, apart from Siddle's great burst on the first day, was pretty ordinary. England's wasn't great either, although it's a pity Colly dropped Watson; it wouldn't have made a difference to the result, but Swann would have benefitted. Anyway, England have survived the curse of the dreaded Gabba and will be happy that most of their top 6, except Collingwood, have shown some batting form in this game. Looking forward to the next match. P.S. That's the stuff, popcorn, forget the way Australia bowled and the 517 for 1, Australia's batting in the last 41 overs was great! What did you expect Strauss to do, declare with a lead of 200 and give Australia 55 overs to make them in?

  • on November 29, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    All I can see to stevejone (12:14 PM) is that if you think England bowled poorly in this match, you didn't watch it, you only looked at the scorecard.

  • asraruwant on November 29, 2010, 13:19 GMT

    Seriously if Australia doesnt make the changes that iam going to suggest, then iam sure England will win the Adelaide test. Bring back nathan hauritz because he will be angry for the way he was dropped and he will have a point to prove to the selectors and by trying to prove his point he is going to help the aussie attack get wickets. Ryan Harris should be in for Ben hilfenhaus and my man Doug Bollinger in for Mitchell Johnson. I dont wanna drop mitchell johnson because he performed badly in this test but wanna drop him to make him a better bowler, he is that kinda bloke who will get hurt for getting dropped and thats exactly what i want him to get i.e hurted coz thats the only way i feel i can reignite him. As far as England is concerned i would like to make one change and that is drop stuart broad and bring in Ajmal Shahzad as he will bring more variety to this already good attack.

  • 2.14istherunrate on November 29, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    That was what was required by England. Very good. I am glad to see Cook bat for so long and the other two to look so completely in control. I do not think thiose sort of pitches do the game too much good though. This series can take one epic draw on a flat slow wicket but not too many more. The Aussie attack looks like it needs changing almost in its entireity though I would give Siddle a second game. The England attack just needs to improve a bit-Anderson is right there. Adelaide will test them again as ever. However a win is still possible there.

  • smjr on November 29, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    This whats test cricket is all about. People say because the test is drawn therefore is is boring but not all drawn test are boring. Here we see Australia fight back and then England fightback. From hence forth Australia has to think differently or invent new ideas to capture 20 England wickets. England has a history of weakness against wrist spinner and real pace so Steve Smith and Shaun Tate (if fit) should play in Adelaide a as well as Bollinger. If possible Australia play another Leg spinner McGill or if available, or some one else. White should play in place of North. You cant underestimate Aussies just because England had made 500 plus for 1. Australia is mentally strong team and they play each new test with same intensity no matter how the previous test goes. Psychologically Australia has lost nothing after Brisbane but England has definately gain a lot. I am sure if they make at least 4 changes and bring appropriate players then the series will be interesting.

  • on November 29, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    I love cricket. This was a joy to watch. It distracted me from my issues for a couple of hours.

  • dissapointed on November 29, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    I have never seen a pitch like this, reliable bounce, coming onto the bat, no seem to speak of or no spin, for the last 3 days in particular. This being the case, who cares to look at the score card? Strauss was a coward, with 9 wickets in hand on that pitch he could have ordered his men to go crazy for 20 overs and had 2 and a half sessions at the Australians... he wasted a test match. For the Australians, until the selectors realise that for the past 24 months the team has never been able to settle because of the search of this mythical spinner, Australia won't be a force. STEVE SMITH, he'll come good in time, commit now to him and let's play some serious cricket. Also, cricinfo staff, no one took honours in this test so don't become a tabloid like all the others and keep things real.

  • gusg1981 on November 29, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    I am an Australian second and a cricket lover first, the game has been very good to me and I agree with those who say that had this test match been in the subcontinent that the pitch would be critcisied, and so it should be! Firsty I thought how good was Hussy and Haddin, then I thought how good we Strauss, Cook and Trott, the Australia finished 1/107 in quick time and I thought, too flat! In shield cricket it is renowned for seam, where was that in these 5 days? Cricket has to have a good hard look at itself, television audiences around the world are declining, so is attendance, the world is no longer a place for 5 days of a game that go no where. In young Australian's, cricket is so far off their radar it isn't funny. Games like this (and the recent tests in India, United Arab Emirates, and Sri Lanka - 8 test matches for 1 result!!!) are killing cricket and it's interest. If worldbolwer aren't good enough give them assistance in the name of entertainment! Please ICC don't killcricket

  • Viper2.0 on November 29, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    Anderson sledging the aussies lmao :D.Guess aussies should put him where he belongs in the upcoming test matches.Can't wait to see how he copes up when he is under a bit of pressure!!

  • on November 29, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    the reason why the pitch ended up so flat. because of the rain we had leading up to this match. on day 1, the pitch was a pitch that was being prepared for the first day of the test. by the end iof it, it was a day 3 pitch. if we didn't get so much rain before this test. there would have been a result

  • tomphillips on November 29, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    sgh142 - why did you give collingwood an 8? he failed with the bat and dropped a catch.

  • raoulski on November 29, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Siddle ? NOT The Man of the Match ?? ?????? bbhahahahahaha !!

    7 wickets for 1000 runs !

    & the Hat-Trick isn't the highlight ??

    Bring on the 20/20 girls.

  • stevejone on November 29, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    It defies logic to presume that England won the honours in this test match. If England made 501-1, then Australia too made runs in both the innings. The fact of the matter is that both the sides bowled poorly on the dull pitch at Brisbane which looked more like a rubbish Indian pitch which only helps the Indian spinners.It is scandalous to note that pitches in Brisbane, Adelaide, Sydney and even Perth are resembling Indian pitches rather than the famous pitches that they had in the past where all bowlers had a chance to take wickets.What the hell are the Australian pitch curators up to?The only thing of any value that comes out of it is that they want all the test matches to go the distance, that is they would get the crowds on all the 5 days of the test.But if such pitches like at Brisbane are provided in future, then the people will stop coming even after the second day as they are not fools to do so as they know beforehand about such pitches which is made to kill test cricket.

  • asraruwant on November 29, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    Im so glad that the Ashes 2010 has begun and all this hype of the Gabba is finally over. What did they say "Gabba a fortress for the Aussies"? If you are gonna get a draw at your fortress i wonder whats going to happen in Adelaide. If england win in Adelaide i cant see Australia winning 2 of their next 3 tests without letting england win any after that. I feel sorry for you Glen Mcgrath your prediction of 5-0 have gone wrong within 5 days into the series. Whatever happens now its not gonna be 5-0. My prediction is 1-1 for this series. Enjoy the rest of the series fellows.

  • MartinAmber on November 29, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    @sgh142 - Have you noticed you've given Collingwood twice as many marks out of 10 as the number of runs he scored? Using your scale, I hereby award Alastair Cook 604/10.

  • SirLen on November 29, 2010, 12:01 GMT

    Well now we've had a sighter of the opposition, 3 or 4 nil England depending on the weather. There's only one team out there capable of taking 20 wickets in a match, as much as the one eyed Aussies don't want to believe it.

  • on November 29, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    To all those who are comparing this with subcontinental flat wickets: it was the Aussie bowlers who were flat, not the pitch.

  • ssm2407 on November 29, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    A depressing sign of the times. If mediocrity like Cook can ease to an untroubled 235* then something is seriously wrong be it with the state of the pitches or the state of Australian bowling. I would have liked to have seen Mr Cook transported back in time 30 years or so when the likes of Lillee, Marshall, Holding, Imran, Hadlee etc were in their pomp, I can assure you Cook would not have past 35, no joke!. In fact the standard of bowling around the world these days is shockingly poor, but in their defence they are bowling on pitches that resemble a motorway. You only have to look at the huge scores made this month to realise there is no contest between bat and ball. The pundits & experts are forever talking up the merits of Test cricket but any more tests like this (& lets face it ignore the hype of Sky Sports, the last 2 days were dead boring), and it will drive more cricket watchers towards T20 much faster than any marketing pizzazz can !

  • on November 29, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    @legb4 No-one on the england side was playing their first test. Not even their second or third. This type of pitch will destroy test cricket for good.

  • mrgupta on November 29, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    The Land of Bouncy and sporing pitches... Australia... 875 runs scored on day 3,4 and 5 at the loss of 7 wickets. 300+ runs scored on last day with just 1 wicket loss. Atleast the Indian pitches were better than this "Sporting" wicket. Now we know how Ponting has scored so many runs, he is also a "Flat Track Bully". Most boring Ashes test ever.

  • McQueen on November 29, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    "As so often, the cameras added doubt although it appeared Ponting had got his fingers under the ball and he was angered when the decision was ruled not out.

    Just to add to Ponting's pain, he then spilled a tough late chance at slip and when England passed 500 courtesy of four more byes all he could offer was a gentle clap and strained smile. "

    Enough said in these 2 paragraphs about the BIGGEST LOSER in world cricket

    Ponting is the worst sportsman in all of cricket history !!!!

  • on November 29, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    well the topic of pitches should stop now. I think every region has different kind of pitches. England have more seam and swingy pitches while aussies and kiwis have more like bouncy pitches. Indian subcontinent (sri lanka as well) have more like flat pitches. Proteas have seaming pitches as well. W.Indies have mixed it up.

  • StarveTheLizard on November 29, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    Oz has selected their second test line-up. Guess what? North is STILL in the line-up. What a crock!

  • Marcio on November 29, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    You have to admit that all those huge centuries and stands had an amazing amount of luck, too. It was as if the gods decided this was a batsman's test. I reckon there were 30 wicket opportunities on the last 2 days alone which came to nothing - skied shots which fell in gaps, countless mishits edged through slips, lbw shouts where the ball was either just grazing or just missing the stumps (and so turned down). Just for one, Strauss looked absolutely plumb to the naked eye on the first ball of the 2nd innings, and I reckon would have been given out 9 times out of ten (even though the 3rd umpire check showed it missing by a fraction, going over). At any rate, England were bettered by 220 on the first innings ( a huge deficit by any reckoning), and as soon as day 3 came round and the pitch dried out, the two remaining Aussie batsmen put on 307. So those saying Eng. will dominate the series because of the run fest on the last two days have very, very short memories.

  • on November 29, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    The bowling plaudits will lie with Siddle and Finn due to their successes, but Hilfenhaus I thought bowled really well, and Anderson showed everyone that he's a much improved bowler. However, the team that won the most sessions-by-session on each day was England. Days four and five belonged to them whereas only day one solely belonged to Australia.

    It's 0-0 heading to Adelaide, and to be honest, Australia need to make some changes to their batting and bowling line-up. England can go unchanged unless there's a tactical decision. I thought Pietersen played alright actually. Sure he didn't make 50, but he made more runs than some of the others in the first innings, and couldn't get out to bat second-time around because Cook and Trott were too busy poking a bunch of demoralised Aussies with a stick.

  • Stark62 on November 29, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    Oh great!

    They were slamming the pitches in Pak, Ind and SL but now they go all quite when it has happened in Aus!

    Plus, Kallis was very critical of the wicket in the UAE but does he know that it was the first ever test series in the UAE?

    Where as the curator in Aus has much more experience but yet produces an absolute dead rubber.

    Double standards!

  • tpjpower on November 29, 2010, 10:51 GMT

    @ sgh142: Which game were you watching, then?

  • Something_Witty on November 29, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    Yawwwwwwwwn. Utterly disappointed with the pitch. Nothing more need be said.

  • SOLUTE on November 29, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    pls don't blame the pitch.pls see number of catches dropped.how can you expect results.australians not only bowled and bat poorly(except hussey and haddin),their fielding was 3rd class.even bangladesh fielding is much more better.for the next match,they have to play 4 fast bowlers(hilfenhaus,siddle,harris,bollinger).drop johnson(it seems he is not interested in playing cricket).drop north and bring smith to help the fast bowlers to have sufficient breaks but pls don't put pressure on him to take wickets,he shoud be able to stop the flow of runs and score few runs.finally if clarke is not fit don't play him

  • rssampat on November 29, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Over hyped series, Ordinary performances over hyped, Worst Pitch for test cricket. If The Kotla pitch can be termed dangerous for batsmen and a game abondoned, by the same token then this pitch should be termed dangerous for bowler's and banned

  • SOLUTE on November 29, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    just pathetic display by australians.not blaming the pitch.it was unacceptable.i am feeling very sad about what happened at gabba ,brisbane.just pathetic,just shameless performance.how long they will pick johnson and north.a player of the caliber of harris and bollinger is out.how on earth could anyone explain this.siddle's hatrick was fluke.he proved it in the 2nd innings.this is ridiculous.north's bowling figure is much more superior to johnson,siddle,hilfenhaus,doherty.finally it was a slap on the face of the selectors to drop hauritz and pick doherty.

  • on November 29, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    I love cricket and one of the reasons can be seen in the photo on the main page of the Aussies clapping the English batsmen off the field. Those guys blood must have been boiling at what had happened, but the culture of the game dictates a civility unheard of in manyother sports. I have watched many American baseball games on TV, for example, but never seen any acknowlegment that the oppositon has done something special.

  • on November 29, 2010, 10:14 GMT

    Oh... 517-1. If it had happened in India everyone would be talking about bad pitches.Australia should pick bollinger-he is better than mitchell johnson who never bowls at stumps.Hauritz must be brought back,coz doherty bowls like a medium pacer.

  • sgh142 on November 29, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Marks out of ten. Strauss 9, real bottle to come back from that 3rd ball. Cook 10, nothing more to say!!. Trott 9, played with real authority once again. Pietersen 3, he turned up each day. Collingwood 8, did well first dig. Bell 9, class at last, great start to the series, could get better and better. Prior 7, poor shot, but did OK with the gloves. Broad 8, good aggression and pace on a flat track. Swann 7, nervous start, will improve. Anderson 8, kept at it, will get rewards on other tracks. Finn 9, will be very happy with first Ashes outing and will be full of confidence going forward.

    Changes......Morgan in Pietersen OUT!!!!

  • longdonkey on November 29, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    I would have made runs on that deck on Day 3 - 5. I think they are making these pitches too well however I'm not sure I wanted to see it turning square either from an Australian point of view. But Day 1 it should be good for the quicks Day 2,3,4 good for batting Day 5 good for spin. That's what makes a good pitch.

  • sgh142 on November 29, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    Well done boys for the fighting spirit shown, Bell up to 4, Morgan in for Pietersen and should be great series.

  • sgh142 on November 29, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    Morgan in for the ridiculous Pietersen who once again was poor with the bat, worst in the field and contributes nothing to the team morale, and we have the makings of successful tour.

  • gnat9 on November 29, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    The way the pitch behaved after the first day reminded me more of Mohali or Colombo, and not Brisbane! Why have the Aussies started making dead-as-a-doornail batting pitches now? There is no way any side could have taken 20 wickets in four days on a pitch like this. If the Aussie curators, like their counterparts in the subcontinent, start building flat pitches it is going to be the end of test cricket!

  • chaithan on November 29, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    were some aussies saying subcontinental pitches were flat?

  • stuartk319 on November 29, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    Disappointed that Aus couldn't force more with the ball, and dropped their bundle in the field today; but from what I saw both sides batted ordinarily on the first 2 days; then gave an exhibition in concentration and discipline on a very flat wicket from then on. All those having a go at Hilfenhaus haven't been watching; him and Anderson bowled really well with subzero luck and both will pick up a bagful or two later in the series at this rate.

  • legb4 on November 29, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    I think the English need a bit of a reality check here they also only took 11 wickets for the match with 6 of those going to a bloke playing his first test and most of those was when a team was looking for runs. If this is the best both teams have bowling wise I cant see any side bowling the other out twice especially if we get 4 more pitches like that and how funny is it to see James Anderson sledge someone. A bit of a hint for you Jimmy you have to actually do something with your career before you sledge the opposition.

  • spiritwithin on November 29, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    where is the so called sporting pitches of australia,y nobody is bemoaning???where is the so called quality attack??r these comments reserved only against subcontinental teams?????

  • on November 29, 2010, 9:46 GMT

    A very disappointing Test. The standard of cricket was so low! It was dramatic only because of equally poor play from both sides.

  • Dibs666 on November 29, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    I am not convinced Ponting caught that ball but not sure it's worth arguing about either. Hard to know what to take out of this game other than proof that England has more backbone than it had 4 years ago and Australia's bowling attack is a far cry from what it was. I still rate England's bowling attack more (Jimmy's spell with the new ball on Saturday deserved much more than he got) but cannot remember the last time I saw a 5th day wicket playing as well as it did. Although it is always an achievement to score 100+, you have to take each of them from this game with a pinch of salt as only 10/80 overs ever really troubled the batsmen. Hussey and Cook both still have work to do to prove they are up for it on more bowler friendly wickets (which hopefully we will get in the last three tests) but hats off to both

    Damian, i wonder if you were calling the Aussies terrible during day three? No offence but with living in Australia I experience a lot of fickle Australian cricket fans

  • Webba84 on November 29, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    Australia was known for being a great fielding side well before they were the world champions, looks like they're forgetting the Aussie way. Concentrate on the basics, take the catches, take the wickets and never ever stop trying to give just that little bit more. If Johnson and North don't push themselves past breaking point trying to win the next match at the very least they will have proved, conclusively, without at shadow of a doubt that they don't deserve to be in the team.

  • sudzz71 on November 29, 2010, 9:26 GMT

    Imagine if this same high scoring draw was played out in India or Sri Lanka, the reams or paragraphs of online space over the pitch and the general malaise that BCCI is etc would have overflowed the site.

    Here in a so called objective review one of the most important constituents the pitch is not being blamed or then again maybe the Aussie think tank wanted to take draw over a loss and therefore there will be more flat decks like this one to look forward to??

  • rizzz86 on November 29, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    Aussies should test M. Clarke as a full time spinner who can bat :) He will be a handy batsman at number 7 and can also help in resolving the spinner issue.

  • Australia17594 on November 29, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    C'mon, everyone knows the pitch was great to bat on even for australia 1/107

  • LALITHKURUWITA on November 29, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    Hi Awais: Aussies made purposely damp & flat track to avoid defeat. All matches will end up draw and Ashes will stay in the North (not Marcus North) of the equator.

  • Aussasinator on November 29, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    Congrats to England for the tremendous turnaround. Their top 4 in the batting line up have greater collective ability than Australia's top 4. And Ponting's 50 in the second innings shows that he's a great player in inconsequential innings and dead rubbers. He can never be a Hussey.

  • Legster on November 29, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    The curator of the GABBA has obviously been watching too many Keira Knightley movies of late ;)

    Rubbish pitch really, absolute bowlers' graveyard.

    Re: Owais and his comments about Swann's bowling, I think he's bowled ok at times but he needs to keep bowling consistently fuller, firstly, and stop bowling too straight, secondly. Today's ball which led to the dropped catch at first slip appears to be the right sort of line to bowl on aussie pitches, what with the extra bounce and less turn coming into play.

  • vaidy on November 29, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    People are usually quick to bag sub continental wickets for being flat and uninspiring. Now you have Gabba and a couple of years back, when the likes of Healy and Taylor unabashedly declared on the eve of the Perth test that a certain Shaun Tait was going to roll the Indians over - perhaps it is time for some introspection before bagging everything non western as crap! Apparently, even Adelaide is unlikely to be any different. If you get 2 wickets for ~600 runs from 2 days of play, then something is seriously wrong.

    And, well, atleast the subcontinental wickets turn on days 4 and 5!

  • Nerk on November 29, 2010, 8:56 GMT

    The track had enough life in it to cause problems and force a result. It was not a dead pitch. Watson, Siddle and Broad hit the cracks every now and then, and the ball flew at all angles. Swan bowled one that hit a crack outside off and spun for 4 byes down leg. Unfortunately the bowling wasnt good enough or consistant enough to hit the right spots and get the wickets. This, coupled with good solid batting from both the English and Australians ended the match in a draw. Bring on Adelaide, where Australia shall rule!

  • DINESHCC on November 29, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    Where are those guys who over reacted on the first day that Australia as if won the series 5-0. Where the days have gone that we witnessed Australia crushed the opposition. No captain have guts to give Australia a target of 290 + runs in 41 overs. But what happened today after setting the target, Australia tried to save the test. As commented by "thebrowine" even the Warne at 40 could have bowled well. In fact he can make a comeback at Adelaide. Australia unless they prepare sub continent pitches for the remaining matches the series is lot to England. Please try to prepare batting tracks so that you can draw the tests. Where is that "KIWIROCKER". On the first day he jumped from Newzealand to South Africa and from North Korea to Uzbekisthan that as if Australia won the match on the 2nd day lunch time. Don't under estimate England. 517/1. There are many more records to follow. Beware of England.

  • popcorn on November 29, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Andrew Strauss showed he is a coward. He dare not give Australia a sniff of victory.Graeme Smith tried it, and Australia easily chased it down - Ponting scored a century then. Some of Stauss 's field placings too in Australia's second innings were absurd. It was wonderful to watch Ricky Ponting hit a six off Graeme Swann - I am sure it will give Swann a great deal of confidence going into Adelaide! Watson showed he is a class batsman under pressure,scoring 41 not out, bowled well - he will be the difference in the two sides as the All Rounder and the 4 th pace bowler. As for Ricky's 51 not out, thanks Straussy, for giving us Australia batting practice.

  • gaffer.gamgee on November 29, 2010, 8:46 GMT

    Enough of the woes of the Ozzie selectors...what about England's. Strauss's place must be in jeopardy after bottom scoring in both innings...

  • on November 29, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Lol, drop the only guy who took a wicket (north),.....ausies are now in the era a loosing, and its all cause of selection. How can you not pick harris and bloinger. Although Siddel took 6 wickets in first innings he should not be pick ahead of bloinger and harris. He will not be sucessful rest of the series. Stick with Mitch he is a match winner and you cant win without a match winner.

  • on November 29, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    A thing that Ravi Shastri once said when the new Australian team toured India in 2008 comes to mind: "one difference between this new Australian team and the previous teams is that they're going to spend a lot more time in the field". Now as someone who saw an attack consisting of Warne and McGrath struggle for long periods against India in 2001, and an attack consisting of Lee and Gillespie (at his peak) toil hard as India racked up 700+ in Sydney 2 years later, I have seen Australian teams struggle in the field. But I have never seen the shoulders droop and the effort sag as much I have seen today. I think part of it is to do with Ricky Ponting's demeanour on the field. Steve Waugh may have been a tactically less aware captain, but he never showed any emotion on the field. For a captain that is most important. Ponting's facial expressions turn hangdog once his side starts struggling, and that basically has a negative effect on the rest of them.

  • Iceborn999 on November 29, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    What could you expect when Australia has a bowling attack with Johnson and Hilfenhous in it????. Give old queen Elizabeth the bat and she'd make runs too.

  • on November 29, 2010, 8:00 GMT

    i think both sides are terrible. we are certainly terrible and the poms. they aren't that good

  • Biggus on November 29, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    Well done England! We have some serious work to do if we are to take the Ashes back.

  • Bigbanger666 on November 29, 2010, 7:48 GMT

    I think the Poms should've looked to the next test and kept batting all today. Grinding the Aus bowlers into the ground then hopefully batting first next test. The Aus bowlers would be totally trashed and the Ashes done and dusted.

  • gzawilliam on November 29, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Mistakes made by australia in this test.

    1. Picking an injured player in Michael Clarke. Especially with a lower back injury it was stupid. 2. Picking Mitchell Johnson even if in good form for WA. Once again proved the difference between the two teams. Englands 3rd seamer taking 6fa in finn. 3. Ponting constantly changing fields and bowlers on sunday when patient Test match cricket was needed. 4. Bowlers not bowling standard line and length while trying too much to take a wicket. Once again patience was needed. 5. Mitchell Johnson singling out Strauss as his target. Well that worked didn't it. Wonder why strauss knew you were just going to bowl it short. 6. Not picking doug bollinger or ryan harris.

  • Amol_Gh on November 29, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    This the first time that ENG's top-3 have hit 3 centuries in one innings. Also one was a double century. The AUS innings too had two centuries with one on the door-step of being a double. Now that should make people STOP calling sub-continental pitches as flat-pitches. Because they are now EVERYWHERE. Sigh! A sad day for Test cricket and so a sad day for me.

  • Donut_Davey on November 29, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    OUT OF LEFT FIELD. I would replace Johnson and Hilfenhaus with Bollinger and LUKE BUTTERWORTH. He has a great record at Adelaide. He could be a great pick up for the Australian Team. He is a great back up pace the real Paul Reiffel, Jaques Kallis type of bowler.

  • rajsri on November 29, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    I think its time to get rid of Jhonson and North and bring in guys like fergusoon and hauritz back. Knowing Adealide well ,aussies could operate 2 spinners in nathan hauritz and 2 seamers in siddle and Hilfenhaus. Watson will be the 5 bowler. If not fergusson can also look at hughes ,Phil Jaques, chris rogers or klinger back in the opening slot and have watson moved to number 6.Watson is restricting his instincts while opening and a player who tries this will not be successful in the long run.In perth aussies can drop a spinner and play bolinger or harris.

  • akpy on November 29, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    aussies took 200+ lead with 2 days to go in their 'brisbane fortress' and then took 1 wkt thru super hero north tks to strauss playing santa and gifting his wkt away...where are all the aussie fans ever-attacking indians and their pitches producing high scoring draws??captain is as good as his team at all times and poor ponting, didnt have anyone..wonder what would have happened had siddle not turned up on 1st day..if zaheer, sreeshanth, ishant and bhajji were bowling on this track which seemed to had a bit of pace/bounce, think they would have done much better than taking 1 wkt for 500+ from an side under-pressure with a 200+ deficit...only chance aussies have is england becoming complacent...

  • shri619 on November 29, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    a very poor performance from aussie you bowld opposition on first day with score of 260 and yet ending the match in draw this is the poor performance from aussies i have ever seen bowld 150 overs for 1 wicket. bring back the legend the king of spin.........!

  • Donut_Davey on November 29, 2010, 7:17 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.

  • jezzcee on November 29, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    So apparently English test legend Tom Graveney was watching the action today and was asked to comment on Alastair Cook's innings. The interviewer asked him how he would have gone on the flat Gabba wicket. "Well it was a pretty easy wicket I reckon I could have put together a half century or so". The interviewer obviously thought Tom was being a bit modest and prompted him. "C'mon Tom your highest score was 258 and you had to bat on green tops all the time." Tom stared back at the interviewer and replied "That's right but I'm 83 years old."

  • thebrownie on November 29, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    It is a pity to see the standards of bowling these days. Even more painful to see the standards of Aussie bowling hit a new low. McGrath and Warne in their 40s would probably do better than the current ones.

  • on November 29, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    ponting caught that ball. what a partnership by cook and trott. i have a feeling we will 0-0 after adelaide as well

  • thebrownie on November 29, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    It is a pity to see the standards of bowling these days. Even more painful to see the standards of Aussie bowling hit a new low. McGrath and Warne in their 40s would probably do better than the current ones.

  • KarachiKid on November 29, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    That was the worst ashes test anyone could have been witness to. Dead wicket, pathetic bowling line ups, just above average batsmen (like Cook, Straus and Haddin) looking bradmanesque. All the present day test pitches (in England, Australia, Even SA and NZ) are competing with Sub-Continental pitches in their deadness.

    The start to ashes was an anticlimax. And mind you there is nothing "dramatic" about two 300+ partnerships in the same match.

  • on November 29, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    A good comeback by English team. Hats off for Cook, Trott and Strauss but a very damp and flat track for opening game of series like ASHES. Hopefully, next game will be played on a good and track, which also support to bowlers.

  • mak102480 on November 29, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    What a terrible pitch...if not for the overcast conditions on the first couple of days, we might not even had ten total wickets in this match (instead of 22)............and now we have the even flatter adelaide pitch to look forward to.........i want the mohali and bangalore pitches....even tho australia lost those two matches at least the last two days of both matches produced terrific cricket.

  • on November 29, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    Bowling, batting, pitches, UDRS, Umpiring all aside, I blame the tame draw on Ponting's captaincy or may I say lack of Captaincy. He had not done his homework on Cook. He under bowled Watson specially on 4th day. His field placement was basically of a General who had conceded that he can not win. He did not offer much encouragement to his bowlers when their energy began to deplete. The 2nd player, I blame for England's ascendancy, is Clark. He failed as a batsman and stumbled as a fielder and was nowhere visible in the battlefield as the lieutenant. North, Johnson, Clark all must be replaced and if possible make Hussey the Captain and bring in Cameron White, Bollinger, Usman as the replacements. Keep Ponting as batsman only.

  • anunad on November 29, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Phew! What a test match, even for a no result. It has been filled with drama and heroics for the past 5 days of scintillating test match cricket. Plenty too look froward too in Adelaide and fro the rest of The Ashes test series.

  • 0wais on November 29, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    Great comeback by england, they have started the series in a spectacular manner, showing what they are made off - but they would have liked Swann to bowl a bit better.. Swann's confidence has been hit hard!!

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  • 0wais on November 29, 2010, 6:37 GMT

    Great comeback by england, they have started the series in a spectacular manner, showing what they are made off - but they would have liked Swann to bowl a bit better.. Swann's confidence has been hit hard!!

  • anunad on November 29, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Phew! What a test match, even for a no result. It has been filled with drama and heroics for the past 5 days of scintillating test match cricket. Plenty too look froward too in Adelaide and fro the rest of The Ashes test series.

  • on November 29, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    Bowling, batting, pitches, UDRS, Umpiring all aside, I blame the tame draw on Ponting's captaincy or may I say lack of Captaincy. He had not done his homework on Cook. He under bowled Watson specially on 4th day. His field placement was basically of a General who had conceded that he can not win. He did not offer much encouragement to his bowlers when their energy began to deplete. The 2nd player, I blame for England's ascendancy, is Clark. He failed as a batsman and stumbled as a fielder and was nowhere visible in the battlefield as the lieutenant. North, Johnson, Clark all must be replaced and if possible make Hussey the Captain and bring in Cameron White, Bollinger, Usman as the replacements. Keep Ponting as batsman only.

  • mak102480 on November 29, 2010, 6:55 GMT

    What a terrible pitch...if not for the overcast conditions on the first couple of days, we might not even had ten total wickets in this match (instead of 22)............and now we have the even flatter adelaide pitch to look forward to.........i want the mohali and bangalore pitches....even tho australia lost those two matches at least the last two days of both matches produced terrific cricket.

  • on November 29, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    A good comeback by English team. Hats off for Cook, Trott and Strauss but a very damp and flat track for opening game of series like ASHES. Hopefully, next game will be played on a good and track, which also support to bowlers.

  • KarachiKid on November 29, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    That was the worst ashes test anyone could have been witness to. Dead wicket, pathetic bowling line ups, just above average batsmen (like Cook, Straus and Haddin) looking bradmanesque. All the present day test pitches (in England, Australia, Even SA and NZ) are competing with Sub-Continental pitches in their deadness.

    The start to ashes was an anticlimax. And mind you there is nothing "dramatic" about two 300+ partnerships in the same match.

  • thebrownie on November 29, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    It is a pity to see the standards of bowling these days. Even more painful to see the standards of Aussie bowling hit a new low. McGrath and Warne in their 40s would probably do better than the current ones.

  • on November 29, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    ponting caught that ball. what a partnership by cook and trott. i have a feeling we will 0-0 after adelaide as well

  • thebrownie on November 29, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    It is a pity to see the standards of bowling these days. Even more painful to see the standards of Aussie bowling hit a new low. McGrath and Warne in their 40s would probably do better than the current ones.

  • jezzcee on November 29, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    So apparently English test legend Tom Graveney was watching the action today and was asked to comment on Alastair Cook's innings. The interviewer asked him how he would have gone on the flat Gabba wicket. "Well it was a pretty easy wicket I reckon I could have put together a half century or so". The interviewer obviously thought Tom was being a bit modest and prompted him. "C'mon Tom your highest score was 258 and you had to bat on green tops all the time." Tom stared back at the interviewer and replied "That's right but I'm 83 years old."