Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 1st day December 3, 2010

Anderson bowls England in to powerful position

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England 0 for 1 (Strauss 0*, Cook 0*) trail Australia 245 (Hussey 93, Haddin 56, Watson 51, Anderson 4-51) by 244 runs
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James Anderson reduced Australia to their worst start to a Test innings in 60 years and despite a stirring fightback from Michael Hussey, England remained well on top after the opening day in Adelaide. Few venues in the world are kinder to batsmen than Adelaide Oval, and after winning the toss on a 34-degree day, for Australia to be dismissed for 245 before stumps was not only sub-par, it was potentially ruinous.

Anderson and Graeme Swann bowled superbly on the flat surface at a ground that holds four-year-old nightmares for some of the England players. It was the Australians who were suffering from frightening visions early on this occasion, although it could have been even worse for Ricky Ponting's men after they were 3 for 2 in the third over.

Hussey's second counterattacking innings of the series dragged the hosts back to a vague level of respectability, but they wanted his 93 to be another big century. There was also a late half-century from Brad Haddin but an England attack led by Anderson, who thoroughly deserved his 4 for 51, ensured Australia's worst first-innings total at Adelaide Oval since 1992-93. England faced an over before stumps, and the openers enjoyed a more sedate start than had Australia.

The chaos began with the fourth delivery of the Test, which ran away to square leg off Shane Watson's pad. There was a leg bye on offer but Watson later admitted his call was too quiet for his partner Simon Katich, who hesitated, then took off and was denied the chance to face even one delivery when he was caught short by Jonathan Trott's brilliant throw.

If a diamond duck in the first over was an embarrassing start for Australia, it was only to get worse. Ponting, who looked so fluent in his second-innings half-century at the Gabba, was greeted first ball by a great ball from Anderson, who angled it in and then moved it away from Ponting, whose thick edge was snapped up by Swann low to his left at second slip.

The match was five balls old, Australia were 2 for 0, and the spectators who hadn't yet made it through security at the Adelaide Oval had missed one of the most memorable starts to an Ashes Test. It quickly got even better for England in Anderson's next over, when he sent down a ripsnorter to get rid of Michael Clarke for 2.

Clarke looked horribly out of sorts in Brisbane, and in truth he was unlucky to even get an edge to Anderson on this occasion, as the ball hooped in towards him and then jagged away. Clarke reached forward, trying to smother the movement with a positive drive, and his thick edge was taken at second slip by Swann. Clarke has been working with Ponting in the nets during the week, but emulating his dismissal was not the idea.

It was a wonderful start from Anderson, who bowled well in at the Gabba without luck, and not since an Ashes Test in Brisbane in 1950 had Australia scored so few runs for the loss of their first three wickets. Marcus North and Haddin, who had been settling in for a quiet morning, were frantically searching for bats and pads to prepare for a potentially early entry.

Fortunately for them, Hussey and Watson launched a counterattack. There were a few more nervy moments for Australia - Watson survived an lbw review on 7 and Anderson put down a tough return chance when Hussey had 3 - but the pair got through until lunch unscathed.

However, just as he had in the first session, Anderson struck early in the second, with another good outswinger that drew Watson (51) in to a drive that was taken at gully by Kevin Pietersen. While Hussey kept building at the other end, looking as assured as he did during his 195 last week, Marcus North poked and prodded his way to 26, before a lapse in judgment gave Steven Finn his first wicket.

North tried to open the face and guide Finn past the cordon, only to feather a catch through to Matt Prior. It ended a 60-run stand that was useful, but on a flat pitch this was North's best chance to silence the critics who point to his poor results in sticky situations for Australia. Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus, who were dropped for this Test, know the selectors are no longer willing to carry passengers and North deserves to be nervous.

All the while, Hussey kept finding the gaps, although England's bowlers didn't feed his pull as they had in Brisbane, which was a wise move given the tiny square boundaries in Adelaide. Before the first Test, Hussey's brother David tipped him to be the leading scorer in the series and although not many fans had the same faith, he has been unquestionably Australia's best batsman so far.

But Swann denied Hussey a second century of the series with a magnificent piece of bowling, curving the ball in from around the wicket to entice a cover drive. The ball spun further than Hussey expected, and his edge was snapped up at first slip by Paul Collingwood. Swann was on a hat-trick when he had Ryan Harris lbw first ball; Harris asked for a review, confident he had edged the ball, but Hot Spot was not definitive.

Swann couldn't match Peter Siddle's opening-day hat-trick at the Gabba, but his 2 for 70 was a good reward on a day when he kept one end tight. Neither Finn nor Stuart Broad were at their best, but both claimed a wicket; Broad's dismissal of Haddin, caught at fine-leg for an entertaining 56 ended Australia's innings.

It denied Anderson the chance for a five-wicket haul, which he deserved, but none of the England players would worry about such trifles. They know that with four days to play, on a good surface, the match is theirs for the taking.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Meety on December 6, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    @Lunch Day4 - there is hope that we can sneak off with a draw. Oz really starting to show signs of wear & tear after 4 days in th e field for 6 wickets. Not sure if Harris will be right for the WACA (he tried hard), Doherty & Siddle have got to go. I'd keep the top 5 - maybe move Watto to #6 but he has been our best batsmen over the last 18 months. Hoping for a fire & brimstone WACA, my side would be 1. Watson, 2. Katich, 3. Ponting, 4. Hussey, 5. Clarke, 6. O'Keefe, 7. Haddin, 8. Johnston, 9, Harris, 10. Bollinger, 11. Copeland. I think we need to keep the bowling fairly fresh. I'd bring O'Keefe in because he is a better bowler then Smith - they both bat well enough to be batsmen, (better then North). I'd bring back Mitch because he got a 100 & 5 wicket haul here recently. Harris if fit - if not fit I'd look @ either McKay or George. Bollinger is worth another go - he did well last start here. If we escape with a draw @ Adelaide we got to WACA with momentum. Opposite of Cardiff test!!

  • cricket_for_all on December 3, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    @ranga_s: Well said: They are now preparing for World Cup. Because WC is once in 4 years while Ashes is once in 2 years lol!!!.

  • cricket_for_all on December 3, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    ENG were same situation in the first test. Pls ENG fans; Don't jump to the sky now there are 4 full days to play(plenty of cricket to be played). Who knows if AUS can restrict ENG under 300 AUS will have the upper hand. Well at least a test match to watch (After 3 boring series in the sub-continent).

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 3, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    Ponting really seems to let his cage get rattled. Maybe he should be asked to make a donation to that favourite charity-the referee's fine box.

  • philsil on December 3, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Did anyone hear what Ricky said to Strauss at the close of play?

  • imja on December 3, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    Australia can only develop if they drop Ponting straightaway.He is selecting the team to his choice and thats whats effecting there performance.There should be no place for doherty in that team cause spinnere of Bangladeshi school teams are surely better then him.Then again Clarke also should be the 1 axed from this team.

  • Kheruvim on December 3, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    I actually thought that Broad bowled well today and without luck. Beat the outside edge quite a few times and didn't seem to give off the usual "I've been hard done by" body language.

    Whoever called for Ponting to go for getting out first ball obviously has no idea about the game. As a character I do not like Ponting that much as he sings only when he is winning and is as graceful in defeat as he is magnanamous in victory.

    Australia's problems come from the top of the order. Neither Watson nor Katich are genuine openers, Watson cannot convert - he is an all rounder and should be at 6. He's a good cricketer but not an opener. Katich likewise, an obdurate, Chanderpaul-esque middle order batsman.

  • monisht on December 3, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    The pitch is not as flat as the trend is at Adelaide. Also the weather forecast predicts overcast skies for the rest of the match....What do the experts think?

  • phoenixsteve on December 3, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Just finished reading the comments on this page; a couple of themes really sing out! Australian fans seem to be really fickle and want to drop players including the captain & vice captain! Absurd as they haven't even lost yet! Anyhow you don't drop either of these two - who are fundemental to the whole ethos of the team! Did England drop their vice captain who was in poor form (Alastair Cook) NO .. & now he's producing. Whinging about umpiring decisions even after UDRS is hard to swallow? UDRS will hopefully make it fairer - but it will never be perfect- that's just Cricket! England are well set in this game & hopefully will score 500+ in the next 2 days and grind the Aussies down. They might win & at the moment they deserve it, events still to occurr might see them lose too! It's a game guys .... albeit an important one! So far England have looked a much better unit & the likely winners, so maybe Australia aren't as good as England? So what? It'll change. EVENTUALLY! COME ON ENGLAND!

  • TheMasterpiece on December 3, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    It would be too early to write Aus off in this test...Eng were in pretty much the same scenario on Day 1 of Gabba test. With two fresh (Ryan and Bollinger) in the stock, they have plenty of opportunity to turn things around. At the same time, the English batsmen, if they can continue what they were doing on Days 4 & 5 at Gabba, they can get into lead in this test, and push aus for two wins over the next 3, by drawing the remaining one - to get the urn back. Based on the current form and mindset, it is like asking Clarke to score a ton!

  • Meety on December 6, 2010, 3:04 GMT

    @Lunch Day4 - there is hope that we can sneak off with a draw. Oz really starting to show signs of wear & tear after 4 days in th e field for 6 wickets. Not sure if Harris will be right for the WACA (he tried hard), Doherty & Siddle have got to go. I'd keep the top 5 - maybe move Watto to #6 but he has been our best batsmen over the last 18 months. Hoping for a fire & brimstone WACA, my side would be 1. Watson, 2. Katich, 3. Ponting, 4. Hussey, 5. Clarke, 6. O'Keefe, 7. Haddin, 8. Johnston, 9, Harris, 10. Bollinger, 11. Copeland. I think we need to keep the bowling fairly fresh. I'd bring O'Keefe in because he is a better bowler then Smith - they both bat well enough to be batsmen, (better then North). I'd bring back Mitch because he got a 100 & 5 wicket haul here recently. Harris if fit - if not fit I'd look @ either McKay or George. Bollinger is worth another go - he did well last start here. If we escape with a draw @ Adelaide we got to WACA with momentum. Opposite of Cardiff test!!

  • cricket_for_all on December 3, 2010, 22:33 GMT

    @ranga_s: Well said: They are now preparing for World Cup. Because WC is once in 4 years while Ashes is once in 2 years lol!!!.

  • cricket_for_all on December 3, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    ENG were same situation in the first test. Pls ENG fans; Don't jump to the sky now there are 4 full days to play(plenty of cricket to be played). Who knows if AUS can restrict ENG under 300 AUS will have the upper hand. Well at least a test match to watch (After 3 boring series in the sub-continent).

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 3, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    Ponting really seems to let his cage get rattled. Maybe he should be asked to make a donation to that favourite charity-the referee's fine box.

  • philsil on December 3, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    Did anyone hear what Ricky said to Strauss at the close of play?

  • imja on December 3, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    Australia can only develop if they drop Ponting straightaway.He is selecting the team to his choice and thats whats effecting there performance.There should be no place for doherty in that team cause spinnere of Bangladeshi school teams are surely better then him.Then again Clarke also should be the 1 axed from this team.

  • Kheruvim on December 3, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    I actually thought that Broad bowled well today and without luck. Beat the outside edge quite a few times and didn't seem to give off the usual "I've been hard done by" body language.

    Whoever called for Ponting to go for getting out first ball obviously has no idea about the game. As a character I do not like Ponting that much as he sings only when he is winning and is as graceful in defeat as he is magnanamous in victory.

    Australia's problems come from the top of the order. Neither Watson nor Katich are genuine openers, Watson cannot convert - he is an all rounder and should be at 6. He's a good cricketer but not an opener. Katich likewise, an obdurate, Chanderpaul-esque middle order batsman.

  • monisht on December 3, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    The pitch is not as flat as the trend is at Adelaide. Also the weather forecast predicts overcast skies for the rest of the match....What do the experts think?

  • phoenixsteve on December 3, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Just finished reading the comments on this page; a couple of themes really sing out! Australian fans seem to be really fickle and want to drop players including the captain & vice captain! Absurd as they haven't even lost yet! Anyhow you don't drop either of these two - who are fundemental to the whole ethos of the team! Did England drop their vice captain who was in poor form (Alastair Cook) NO .. & now he's producing. Whinging about umpiring decisions even after UDRS is hard to swallow? UDRS will hopefully make it fairer - but it will never be perfect- that's just Cricket! England are well set in this game & hopefully will score 500+ in the next 2 days and grind the Aussies down. They might win & at the moment they deserve it, events still to occurr might see them lose too! It's a game guys .... albeit an important one! So far England have looked a much better unit & the likely winners, so maybe Australia aren't as good as England? So what? It'll change. EVENTUALLY! COME ON ENGLAND!

  • TheMasterpiece on December 3, 2010, 16:38 GMT

    It would be too early to write Aus off in this test...Eng were in pretty much the same scenario on Day 1 of Gabba test. With two fresh (Ryan and Bollinger) in the stock, they have plenty of opportunity to turn things around. At the same time, the English batsmen, if they can continue what they were doing on Days 4 & 5 at Gabba, they can get into lead in this test, and push aus for two wins over the next 3, by drawing the remaining one - to get the urn back. Based on the current form and mindset, it is like asking Clarke to score a ton!

  • landl47 on December 3, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    It's amazing how the tone of this forum changes from day to day! Look, England had a dream start and bowled well all day. Anderson, Broad and Swann were economical and aggressive. Finn didn't bowl as well, but picked up an important wicket to break a stand. However, just as the first test (and the Ashes) weren't settled after the first day at the Gabba, neither is this test. England must get a decent score. If Australia can restrict them to anything under 350, I think Australia will be ahead. Swann was turning the ball on the first day, and although Doherty and North aren't in the same class, if the ball is really turning by day 4/5, even a small target might be a very tough ask. Sensible England supporters need to feel good about the first day and hope (not assume) that day 2 will go well. Aussie supporters shouldn't be dissing their team; there's too much cricket left to play. Let's see how the rest of the game goes.

  • ramzi1985 on December 3, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    It's easy for the Poms,bat for 2 1/2 days grind the Aussies and their self belief to the ground and take the 10 wickets of Aus. It's easy for me to say but still that's what they should do. All the best for the Aus bowlers

  • on December 3, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    Its day 1....... Its Adelaide......

  • on December 3, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    I don't know why every one's after Marcus North. At least he has a century on the India Tour. Whereas Michael Clarke struggled on that tour as well. Clarke looks far more vulnerable at the crease, even though he doesn't have a sword hanging over his head like North. If the Aussie selectors had been a bit more patient with North it would probably have had a more positive effect on his batting. The selectors' persistence in their projection of Michael Clarke as their next captain, even in face of such bad form is difficult to understand. And I guess I'm one of the more neutral guys commenting, given I'm an Indian!

  • on December 3, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    "Hot spot wasn't definitive". Yes it was, the technology was let down by poor human interpretation by Doctrove!

  • ranga_s on December 3, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    don't get alarmed folks....Now Aussies do not take ashes seriously...When they were touring India and lost they were not taking that tour seriously...When Sri Lanka toured them and beat them they did not care playing against a mediocre team like SL so the loss didn't matter as they were preparing for Ashes...Now they've reached the climax of beating...may be not the Climax but hell of a beating from England...Surely they are not taking Ashes seriously..otherwise they won't lose....I think they are getting ready for the WC...that will be the climax of that beating....

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 3, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    it's funny(ironic) how Hussey was a day away from exiting the test arena. Seems like he is the only one who needs to stay!!!

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 3, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    This could have been Edgbaston or the Oval. One thinks only of the hard slog at Adelaide, the 45 degrees and the flat wicket and flies, and wistful reflections on that 1994 game. But wow...3-3!!!! What did I take earlier. The cold must be affecting my brain!!! 3-3????!!! Surely I am a day late and a couple of noughts have been left off. No. It's just the changing of the guard!!! 245 all out-unheard of in Adelaide. At least 400 shy. And Swann back to his best-thank god!!

  • SnowSnake on December 3, 2010, 13:25 GMT

    One thing is sure, Aus. will never be a good team as long as Ponting is their captain. Before the Ashes, he was saying England bowlers will be nervous etc. In retrospect, it is looking really foolish. He is given too many chances and too much time to recover his form/build his team to no avail. Yet, he keeps playing and delaying his retirement. Currently, Australia is playing with three batsmen (Watson, Hussey and Haddin) and 8 tailenders. With this setup, the result of first innings is no surprise.

  • VIKRAMLOVESDADA on December 3, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    well done jamie .hussey and brad had played good for their team. but this game is in the hands of the visitors and if they play for another 2 days with a lead of 350 to 300 they are not the losing day but i think the game can change as the pitch act as friend for swing bowlers . siddle and bollie should have their responsibility in their hands and they should take the game back to aussie . punter should also make his form back and clarke should be given time to clear his criticism. strauss game in your hand make the home team struggle

  • ianChappellFan on December 3, 2010, 13:01 GMT

    it feels different this ashes...the roles are reversed...england look like the hunter and aus the hunted...this is regardless of what the outcome of the series.

  • 5wombats on December 3, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    Sensible stuff from @stevejone . Lots of Aussies queing up to have a poke at their "team". I love it. But he's right. Australia had years to get their plans in place for the post Waugh/Hayden/Langer/McGrath/Warne era. But they didn't, and this is the outturn. Aus are going to get creamed in this series because England are doing what Aus used to do; just play better cricket, and win. What about the argie-bargie as the players walked off at the close!? That is undignified. Sure - go toe-to-toe on the pitch, expect it, but please, handbags on the boundary ropes Ricky!? You let yourself down and worse still you show the worlds young cricketters what to not do. Give it a rest Ricky.

  • Jumbosridhar on December 3, 2010, 12:56 GMT

    Pathetic show by the Kangroos, the writing is already on the walls. I think the Aussies are already prepared for the worst.

  • on December 3, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    good knocks by hussey and haddin and nice bowling from anderson . i think the visitors can also suffer this same feat as the pitch is good for swing bowlers . siddle and bollinger has their responsibility in their hat . if they are on top the aussies would be also in top . go on andrew strauss you have the match in your hand and sorry for punter

  • Herbet on December 3, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    "People say that this aint a real England team because of the excessive number of South African/Irish born players"

    I know, I've lost count of all the ruddy Irishmen in the team. What with O'Cook, MacStrauss and O'Trott getting all the runs in the last game and Paddy Anderson getting the wickets in this game. They should all be banned.

  • Aussasinator on December 3, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    @Chris Searle. Nothing but a paranoid Australian captain behaving ugly! Hs time is up.

  • Mitcher on December 3, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Who's going to pay 5wombats dry cleaning bill. Little fella seems a little over excited after day one.

  • ashes61 on December 3, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    Obviously a great day for England & another dreadul one for Australia, with the writing on the wall for the next few days. BUT - and a big but - there is plenty of opportunity for Oz to fight back in this match & for England to spurn their chance. If Eng don't fire in one of their innings or if Oz bat well in the 2nd, it may not turn out as one-sided as it should. Plenty to play for yet, and plenty of chances for twists & turns. It does seem, however, that it will get harder and harder for Oz to maintain their morale - genuine belief is one thing, kidology another. England's confidence will now be very hard to dent, whether they win or not. Their confidence comes from the knowledge that they are now clearly superior in all departments. A good, fighting, gritty match in prospect now. Delighted for Hussey - always admired him. Sympathy for Ponting - having carried too many 2nd-raters for too long, he deserved better on his 150th. But what a midnight treat it was for we freezing Poms!

  • Nisar_Awan_DXB on December 3, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    Frnds dun underestimate the aussies ... Suppose if they can come back on day 2 ... same thing can happen to English team too ... Englishmen need to chase in the 4th inningz, that would put def. pressure on them ..... And Aussies, no matter wot situation they have got, they put up a fight all the time, and i am optimistic that they r not gonna have an off day tomorrow ......

  • stevejone on December 3, 2010, 12:11 GMT

    And now by needlessly tinkering with Watson as opener, the selectors have hit the axe on their own feet. The selectors must seriously consider Watson's position in the team and must play him only if he can contribute as an allrounder or it does not make any sense because Australia have got much capable batsmen than Watson. Every team pray for years to get atleast a decent allrounder and here is a case where a genuine allrounder is sacrificing his bowling to be an opening batsman.Phil Hughes should have been included as opener against England and why he was not there in the first test, the reasons have got to be truly unacceptable. Time has come for Watson and Katich to go back to their original positions or else the Aussies are definitely going to pay for this silly folly.

  • shri619 on December 3, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    wow...! what a start. now eng are in driver's seat bat as long as they can atleast 2 full days and should declare around 550-600... come on england kill the opposition

  • stevejone on December 3, 2010, 12:07 GMT

    If it had been a regular opener like Phil Hughes or Phil Jacques they would have scored more than 150 or 200 and Australia would have touched 500. That is what is the difference between the confidence and concentration levels of real openers. On top of all this, Watson has gained so much weight (I am sure due to the IPL parties), that he now resembles a Sumo wrestler rather than a fit Aussie cricketer. And due to the high levels of concentration required for an opening batsman Watson has reduced himself to such an extent that he is now reluctant to have a bowl and is in the team just as a batsman. His bowling has become so sluggish that the wicketkeeper was seen standing up to the stumps to him which was simply embarrassing. The Aussie selectors must realize quickly that till the Champions trophy last year, Watson was the star performer not only with the bat but more so with the ball as well and that was the main reason Australia were winning most of their matches.

  • on December 3, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    Only some five years ago, Australia had a wealth of batsmen in reserve with players such as Stuart Law or Brad Hodge rarely given a chance at a level where they clearly belonged or a Darren Lehmann living on a knife's edge to be dropped at the first hint of a failure. Not so today. At this point of the Ashes, unless they make major contributions second time round, Australia really ought to drop both Clarke and North, but whom to replace them with? Australia's cupboard is bare.

  • stevejone on December 3, 2010, 11:54 GMT

    The problems has started for the Aussies since mid 2009 when Johnson was in horrible form and the duo of Watson and Katich have been opening the batting for Australia.However strong their opening statistics do show, Watson and Katich do not have any sort of chemistry when they bat together.Their running between wickets is laughable,horrendous and catastrophic.There was absolutely no business for the Australian selectors to fiddle with the Aussie batting line-up.Promoting players from No.5 and 6 to the opening slots is a guaranteed recipe for disaster.Whatever success that Watson and Katich have had are pretty misleading as specialist openers are made of different class altogether.They have high levels of concentration and determination and go on to score tons and double tons unlike Watson who when he reaches 40 or 50, he just loses his head and throws his wicket.The innings at Adelaide was a classic example.He just threw his wicket after reaching 50.

  • 5wombats on December 3, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    MAGNIFICENT ENGLAND ! Let's see Aus come back from that! Some truly inept performances from Aus batsmen; TWO run outs! Poor shots. "Are you Pakistan in disguise"? Australia well and truly on the run. So much for Aussies here going on about how Anderson won't swing the ball in Australia. How do you feel now? You were warned; We told you that England were not going to just turn up. They are a good side. Now watch Strauss, Cook, Trott, Petersen, Bell, Coliingwood and friends take Australia to the cleaners over the next two days of batting on a flat pitch. Swann to finish the job on days 4 and 5. I LOVE IT.

  • Rj123 on December 3, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    i feel both clarke nd north shud've been replaced with fergusen nd khwaja,bt not to be.Another thing here is dat the POSITIVE APPROACH vich was the trademark of aussies 4m 1998-2007 is nowhere 2 be seen,their run rate is horrible vich may hinders their chance of winning a test match.Only teams dat can score 400 runs in a day can win on regular basis,dat's wat aust did 4m 1998-2007,India nd S.A r doin nowdays,so australia badly needs someone like Gilly in d lower middle order(or even someone half of his capability). AND AUSTRALIA has loads of talent,it's just dat they r going thru some tough time thanx to GREG CHAPPEL in SELECTION BOARD.DAT GUY IS A CURSE nd u can ask 4m INDIA or the domestic teams in AUSTRALIA itself

  • on December 3, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    Anyone have any idea what the two captains and Haddin were arguing about after stumps?

  • nkjakajack on December 3, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    Aus are suffering for being too stubborn. In form batsmen must be given more chances..Hussey and Haddin should be batting before Clark and North (If there isnt a better than him in Aus, then god save them|).

  • seagrip on December 3, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    I said before start of first test that team should be: Hughes, Jacques, Hussey, Smith, Watson, Ponting, Haddin, O'Keefe, McDondald, Harris, Bollinger. Only 4 of those played first test, now 6 are playing this test. Of the 4 batsmen that played 2 hit 50s and another in the 90s. above lineup also has players averaging 50 and 40 at 8 & 9. It also has 2 spinners and 4 seamers. I dont expect to see this lineup under the current selectors, Clarke was averaging under 40 over his first 20 tests, ditto Katich and North is on the same path. Yet Hughes and Jacques are averaging around 50 after 6 or 7 tests and get dropped? And they are specialist openers? Doherty is a joke, picking someone who averages almost 50 per wicket is beyond ridiculous. You'd rather have smith/o'keefe who wouldnt do any worse with the ball but will do a damn sight better with the bat! And poor Andrew McDonald, I know he's got an injury right now but he averages more than flintoff with bat and ball yet never gets a lookin

  • on December 3, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    245 all out in batsmen paradise, is not a good sign for Aussies.. I can see few comments about dropping Marcus North, atleast he can create some magic with ball like he did against pakistan recently.. But what is Mr.Clarke doing at no.4, who just scored 46 runs in last 7 innings with 6.50 average.. He can not bat in pressure situation and is fit for scoring runs only at unwanted time like sure draw situation or sure loss.. Drop him first and give a chance to phil Jack.. Let jack and katich open the innings and Watson at no.4.. Aussies really miss Andrew Symonds spot which is no.6 and he is the best who fit but no one.. Bowling will be worst anyways and I don't think they can create any magic... Their golden days are over after Hayden, Gilli, Mcgrath, Warne & Lee retirement...

  • SettingSun on December 3, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    That Ricky Ponting's a bit excitable, isn't he?

  • on December 3, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    NO NO NO Clarke SHOULD be gone and I think Ricky should drop HIMSELF from the team...dont care if he is captain...getting out for a bloody golden duck should automatically be the trigger to either do it himself or get our useless selectors to do it..but who would be the captain..Clarke is the captain in waiting....I think that is an ABSOLUTE joke surely there are much better qualified people for that job...like my sons under 14 team captain!!! and I think a couple of their batsmen might do better (well they couldnt do any worse than the Australia captain AND vice captain being out for a combined total of 2 runs)

  • on December 3, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    England bowled really well thoroughly complimented by their fielding..

  • on December 3, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    There's no point keeping North apart from his bowling. he is always going 2 fail with the bat the vast majority of the time, and then when under pressure, come up with a ton or so which gives him freedom 2 fail again until he comes under pressure once more. Aus need stability and consistency at 6 esp when the top order is failing sooooo bad like lately.

  • on December 3, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Hi Beertjie

    That sounds a reasonable plan try to experiment in the next test... especially if it goes wrong, as England could be 2-0 with 2 to play and then the series is over bring in whoever you want then :)

  • general_crazy on December 3, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    still don't understand the selectors psyche. hilfenhaus was arguably our best test bowler yet he has one bad match and gets dropped. same happened with hughes. a mere 3 games after he got twin centuries in his second match against an attack that included dale steyn he was dropped. at the same time, north is given chance after chance and when it comes to the crunch he does nothing. the 2 years before hussey made 190-odd at the gabba last match he did the equivalent of jack shit and they still persisted. what giives?

  • Dismayed on December 3, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    S.Smith for North please. C.White or D.Hussey for Clarke please. Jacques or Hughes for Katich. O'Keefe for next spinners role. Bring back Brett Lee.

  • Herbet on December 3, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    Agree with the comments on Australian batsmen. I bet Lehmann, Stuart Law, Brad Hodge and Martin Love feel cursed when they watch who gets a go nowadays!

  • popcorn on December 3, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    Billy Doctrove has struck again! He struck against Australia as the on-field umpire during The Ashes 2009, now as Third Umpire! The puropse of the UDRS is to eliminate the howler - but what do you do if the third umpire himself - with all the technology at his disposal,and time, commits the howler! Hotspot was available to him ,but he could not see the edge off Ryan Harris's bat because of his blindness,and he gave Harris out lbw! What a howler! Who will be my brother's keeper? Who will be the UDRS of the UDRS? EVERY BODY saw the edge - the Commentators,the spectators, except blind Billy Doctrove!

  • pie314 on December 3, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    Once again Marcus North shows his quality when Australia is in a dire situation. A truly spectacular 26 made as a rearguard action to the Australian collapse, those extra 20 runs on what he was expected to make. One may fear he is not able to replicate this in the 2nd innings when Australia really needs it. Clarke looks really out of sorts, going through what hussey went through in 09. Interestingly, Hussey is playing as brilliantly as clarke did in the 09 ashes. Katich and watson really needs to work on their running between wickets. Full credit to Anderson though, who gave a world class exhibition of swing bowling and how potent it is on any surface and he finally got the rewards he deserved after much criticism before the series. He truly looks like a world class swing bowler. Lets hope the Aus bowling attack can restrict england to less than 350. Anything less than 300 would be a bonus.

  • ssm2407 on December 3, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    People say that this aint a real England team because of the excessive number of South African/Irish born players. Well in my view this is an imposter of an Australian team. Growing up one has become accustomed to watching such greats as Lillee, Border, Waugh, Gilchrist, Warne etc.. This current Aussie team is but a pale shadow & has no correlation with the great names of the past.. It is lacking in all the attributes one would associate with Australia; grit, determination, pride, fight & an unmatchable will to win. Now that Ponting is in decline, they have no world class players left & even if England on to win the Ashes, there can be no great satisfaction at beating such a poor imitation of an Aussie side

  • Herbet on December 3, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    This is ace, its like the 1990's in reverse. Aussies putting themselves in and getting pifflingly low scores, their batsmen queing up to get dropped and their bowling unit changing by the game. Great. I got up at 6 to see the last hour, it was -12c outside but this made me feel all toasty and warm inside. England just need to take no risks and grind the Aussies into the heat and dust on what is still a great pitch. Our aim should be to bat once for 3 days, build an enormous lead, destroy their bowlers and let scoreboard pressure and Swann do the rest on the last day.

  • BazMace on December 3, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Its the same old problems for Australia. The batting lineup is full of front-runners, when the pressure is on they flop, when the pressure is off they make the big runs to cement their position for another 6 months. Michael Clarke is no longer the raw youngster, he is 29 and we are still carrying him. Marcus North, was never a CONSISTENT runscorer for WA and its the same for Australia. No one in this team should be untouchable!!!

  • TrevorHickman on December 3, 2010, 10:15 GMT

    Before the 1st test Mitchell Johnson said that he was going to target Andrew Strauss. Perhaps now he's planning on using an air rifle from the stands?

    Well bowled James Anderson, another double century from Cook and Australia will be in real trouble :)

  • stormy16 on December 3, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    I am afraid Aus are looking down the barrel with the best batting conditions to come on day2. Its unforgivalble to be bowled out for a 240 score at Adelaide on day 1 but credit to Eng and Anderson for pure quality cricket. Long way to go but unless Aus can do an Eng second innings at the Gabba this is looking like a hole too deep to crawl out of.

  • Beertjie on December 3, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    I agree with @Bigbanger666 about Ponting needing to drop himself down. Same evidently for Clarke! Bring in Hughes/Khawaja for North and consider Smith/O'Keefe to bolster the batting (sic!). Team for Perth: Watson, Katich, Khawaja/Hughes, Ponting, Hussey, Clarke, Haddin, Smith/O'Keefe, Harris, Bollinger, George. If that doesn't work, you can always go back to those who were dropped: Hauritz, Johnson, Hilfenhaus, Siddle etc. Who are the headless chooks?

  • on December 3, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Only some five years ago, Australia had a wealth of batsmen in reserve with players such as Stuart Law or Brad Hodge rarely given a chance at a level where they clearly belonged or a Darren Lehmann living on a knife's edge to be dropped at the first hint of a failure. Not so today. At this point of the Ashes, unless they make major contributions second time round, Australia really ought to drop both Clarke and North, but whom to replace them with? Australia's cupboard is bare.

  • chappelis_last_blast on December 3, 2010, 9:53 GMT

    England bolwed as well as they could today at Adelaide on a first day, If Anderson had not of dropped Hussey early it could of been all out for 130 at best and how good was Hussey's innings after the let off. He, Watson and Haddin are the only thing holding Australia together. England are hunting in packs. I think Australia will now realise that it is going to be a big ask to reclaim the Ashes.

  • Spotty_Fixer on December 3, 2010, 9:45 GMT

    That first over was magical.

    There may be snow on the ground outside my house but seeing Ponting go for a first ball duck in the first over made all the troubles of the last week go away.

    Fantastic innings from Mr Cricket to keep Australia in it, the rest of them need to show his level of fight and determination.

  • DINESHCC on December 3, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Bring back Shane Warne and Mathew Hayden. Definitely these two perform better than the present XI.

  • on December 3, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    Time for the selectors to bite the bullet and sack North. Doing so would enable Watson to drop down the order to number 6 whenre he is better suited, and bring in an opener who is willing to graft out a big innings ala Geoff Marsh or Mark Taylor. Watson is not disciplined enough to open in Test cricket. Clarke's position needs to be seriously looked at too - he has done nothing of note since at least the series v Pakistan in England. If Doherty doesn't do much here, a four pronged pace attack should be considered for Perth.

  • Sanj747 on December 3, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Great mob the selectors are with North. He is an absolute joke. Can't bat with any conviction. Pretty boy Clarke needs to be dropped. Bring in Khuwaja and Ferguson. Australia don't deserve to win. As for the poms, guys just finish the job and finish it well.

  • moinilyasneral on December 3, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    Notwithstanding what happens further in this match, or in the series, some things I need to put out there are that Aus, who still arrogantly think they are numero uno, are basically a shell of their past teams after Gilly, Hayden, McGrath, Warne and even Symonds, retired..also their captain and vice captain have passed their "sell by" dates, and need to be replaced...Ricky should be chucked out and Clarke needs to be relieved of his captain in waiting role, and possibly dropped to No. 6 or 7, if he is to stay in the team.The less said about North, the better. I hope England do not make a mess of this God given opportunity, and bat sensibly and grind Aus into submission, and loss, by the end of the 4th. day. CRICINFO, WHY DO YOU PERSIST IN NOT DISPLAYING MY COMMENTS, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE AGAINST AUS AND IT'S PLAYERS, ESPECIALLY PONTING???

  • YorkshirePudding on December 3, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Twas a good start that England had today i hope that they dont squander it, but we'll see what happens tomorrow. Katich must have still been half asleep, Clarke and Ponting got very good deliveries, north failed again, however, Hussey yet again came to Australias rescue with a well played 93, aided by half century cameo's from Watson and Haddin helped them post a modest score. As most england fans knew Anderson isnt the same bowler 06/7 and contrary to many that said he was going to be cannon foder for the Australian batting line up has been englands best bowler so far in the series, with an avg of just over 27.5 so far and has brought his overal avg in australia down to a more reasonable 52.5 (98 before the start of this series). Broad seems to be bowling tight with little success or reward, and Finn despite the high economy (4.1 RPO) is not doing too bad in the averages @ 31.57. Looking forward to Day 2 Australia need to strike early.

  • Chapelau on December 3, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    What is Punters problem? He has two choices; 1) Retire 2) Seek counselling quick! Great day for England, but every day of every test will be hard fought and England need to stay focused. Hats off to Hussey again - great innings.

  • on December 3, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    england on the top at the moment...but depends on batsman to take a lead on tomorrow....nd put aussies on a backfoot.....Let see..

  • Something_Witty on December 3, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    Insipid batting. Anderson bowled well, Broad bowled too short, Swann bowled ok, but he's just a finger spinner, Finn bowled meat pies. I'll be very interested to see how Harris and Dougy go on this pitch, it seemed to have a bit more life in it than usual, which was a great sign. Still, 245 is a very poor score and we are paying the price for sticking with the same misfiring middle order. North just has to go, and Clarke shouldn't be playing with a dodgy back. Doherty's place should also be given to either Steve Smith or Steve O'keefe. Both of them bat better, Smith has the advantage of being a leg spinner, while O'keefe looks a very decent SLA bowler.

  • Stouffer on December 3, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Listening to the Aussie commentary you would think that Doctrove made a complete howler in not overturning the Harris LBW. Fact is that there wasn't conclusive proof of an error, therefore the descision stood.

    Wonder what Hadding was moaning about at the end? Maybe the fact he was keeping wicket on the first day with his team all out already?

  • MadRun on December 3, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    For Australia, methinks its time look forward for a time without the Punter, Pup and Poodle...... the sooner they get to do it..the better for the team

  • ssridhar on December 3, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    Every batsman should learn from Mike Hussey. He teaches the cricket world how to handle crisis situations. Sad to see him getting out just short of 100. Anyway, there is always the second innings, he will stand tall above all and deliver the needful.

  • longdonkey on December 3, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    When I got to the ground this morning 8am there was a very heavy dew which is quite unusual for this time of year. Also there has been much more rain in the past 6 months than normal so I think there maybe some sub-soil moisture that is affecting the pitch. The pitch acted not in the usual manner and has a bit of grass on it. Wouldn't be surprised that there maybe a little bit in it for the bowlers in the first session tomorrow. After that its going to be hot and if they get a good start England should get a good score. My bet is the pitch won't deteriorate and its going to be a draw. But we'll see.

  • Drew2 on December 3, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    I agree with Ponting dropping down the order. Khawaja needs to be introduced now. He is a great prospect for the no 3 position.

  • SUNDOS on December 3, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    When two most dependable batsmen in the team fail,repeatedly,and the entire nation of Austraiia,used as they to a decade and more of domination,it's time to switch tactics.Pick a captain for his captaincy skills,i.;e. A Brearly,or even a Bob Simpson like figure.Let the likes of Clarke,North,and the bowlers like Johnson, Hilfenhaus and Hauritz go back to their respective drawing boards and rediscover the talents that brought them to the test team in the first place.Instead of the old "off with their heads" call that the OZ media has made the tune of the day,return to the system that produced not one,not two,but atleast three teams within Australia that could have represented the country through the 90's and 2000's.Winning with dignity and earning the respect of the world as the West Indies did,is perhaps more important than the legacy of a petulant,badly behaved over aggressive Australia.There will be very little sympathy for the team should the POMS win the Ashes.

  • on December 3, 2010, 8:16 GMT

    Atlast North has broken his jinx of crossing 20's and not getting hundred.

  • JAVEDATHERSURGEON on December 3, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    so its settled . . . . . . NORTH has to go. but the kind of player that he is - he will surely score a century in the second inning.

  • on December 3, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    Clarke looks like his back injury is really impeding his performance. He probably thinks he is doing the right thing by the team by playing, but it's just the opposite. It is up to the selectors to give him his marching orders until he has had time to recuperate.

  • Legster on December 3, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Swann flighting the ball more and bowling slower through the air, this is much much more like it. I must admit Anderson is really surprising me.

  • chickenpoo on December 3, 2010, 7:59 GMT

    sigh... Australia can only do so good with so many players who are out of form

  • on December 3, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Drop Clarke and North really wasting time.......

  • Samdanh on December 3, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Rank bad batting display by Watson, Clarke, and North. I am an Australian fan who would like Aus to do well. But I see the England team more disciplined and purposeful in batting and bowling. Clarke went for a drive without even having spent time in the middle, after seeing Ponting out for a good delivery. Watson when having done well for a 50, threw it away to a ball pitched well outside off and moving away. North, after batting welll, threw it away to a one day shot. Unless are miracles For Aus, I see this match going Eng way very soon. And the series could go Eng way too - may be 3-1 or 2-1. Katich though was run out would not have lasted as well from the the manner he got out twice in Brisbane. Aus selectors, Drastic changes are required. Purge the top order except for Ponting. Otherwise it will become too late. Watson should bat down the order and Phil Jaques and Phil Hughes should be given a chance. Cameron White and Callum Ferguson should come in place of Clarke and North

  • Baysider on December 3, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    Australia cannot win the Ashes with Michael Clarke in the side. He never perfroms in a crisis and only scores well against lowly ranked bowling attacks. He has never been consistent and his place in the side ahead of players like Brad Hodge over the years is a complete mystery.

  • phoenixsteve on December 3, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    Ok - it wasn't sub 200 but I'll settle for 240ish! England bowled well and have set the game up for themselves. Will the Aussie bowlers have an impact on the English batting? Questions, questions..... can't wait to see this one unfold! Great bowling from Jimmy and good to see Swann getting amongst the wickets. It's nearly 1 am here in Arizona and I'm off to bed a happy fan! COME ON ENGLAND!

  • landl47 on December 3, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    So the situation at the Gabba is reversed. Aus all out on the first day on what looks a better wicket at this stage than Brisbane was, though there were signs that Swann was already getting some spin. Great effort by England, and is anybody saying now that Anderson can't get wickets in Australia? However, England now have to bat well and get a big lead. I have a hunch batting fourth on this track isn't going to be a walk in the park.

  • on December 3, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    @bigbanger : your statement just made me do some research , and pontings average from the 5th down position onwards is only 44.45 compared to his current 54 , why will he want to come down the order .........

  • anver777 on December 3, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    Another lone battle by Mr.Cricket "HUSSEY" without his innings Aus would have been in deep deep trouble....still Aussies are not safe... at least need to perform well in the bowling department !!!!!!!!!

  • on December 3, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    This Australian team is at per with the NZ team playing against India.. complete departure from the era of greats and like Rooney can't play well for England lacking the support system he gets in MU.. Ponting and Clarke are overawed with all the responsibility thrust upon themselves with the absence of Gilchrist, Hayden and Langer.. Less be spoken about the bowling, I think WI attack is way better.. What amazes me the most is they still can't stop talking.. no one had asked them to start these verbal fights before the ashes, with the less capable team with all these the pressure is always back on them.. and Clarke.. this guy is going thru horrible form, still that doesn't bar him frm joking abt it in twitter and he tweets frm a pub chatting with Haddin and katich.. 'with few runs and now haddin turns a comedian' .. that tells me these guys are anything but very serious abt their cricket.. worse, he is the next Aussie captain. Aussie days r gone,their soccer team is better thn cricket

  • on December 3, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Drop M North.... And Chance To Cameron White....! C White is Very talented Player. He Also Bat & Ball.

  • Krikey on December 3, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Phil Hughes should open with Watson. Katich at 3, Ponting at 4, Hussey at 5 and Clarke at 6 seems a better batting order than the current one. Cannot understand why North isnt dropped yet. He hardly does anything except take a wicket when Ponting remembers that he can bowl -- which happens once in a series.

  • on December 3, 2010, 5:10 GMT

    i partly agree with naveed khan. its sad that they are persisting with north. but hilfendaus should have been given another chance. making wholesale bowling changes mean aussies are really panicking which would eventually cost them the ashes again

  • Abitha on December 3, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    Interesting The score board shows FOUR SWANS (Two ducks) Kasinath

  • Amol_Gh on December 3, 2010, 2:59 GMT

    Ponting: a HUNDRED in the 100th Test, a DUCK in the 150th.

  • Bigbanger666 on December 3, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    I think Ricky needs to swallow his pride and drop himself down the order to 5 or 6.

  • landl47 on December 3, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    It's hard to be critical of Anderson, who bowled beautifully, but dropping Hussey might prove to be very expensive for England. On this wicket, every chance just HAS to be taken.

  • phoenixsteve on December 3, 2010, 2:29 GMT

    Wow what a start! If England can knock hese two over early in the second session we could be looking at a sub 200 first innings? Then we'll have to see what the new Aussie bowling attack has going for it! Shame about the msised chances - I was hoping for 80/5 at luch... but this'll do!Go Jimmy...... COME ON ENGLAND!

  • rohanbala on December 3, 2010, 1:53 GMT

    The Australian vice captain Michael Clarke's horror run continues........... and yet their selectors continue to keep faith in him. If he is persisted with, there is no doubt he would aggregate a maximum of two digits by the end of the series.

  • on December 3, 2010, 1:49 GMT

    Wow what a start to this match....beat em up england

  • on December 3, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    Aussies are lacking confidence and that's why they are making mistakes even more !!

  • SugarFoot on December 3, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    I just woke up and it was Aus 3-14 .... OUCH ..... Looked at the team line up. Johnson gone - Good, Hilfy gone - Good. North still in the team???? How does this man keep getting a go - Anyways - at 3 wickets down early - you have your chance Marcus North to prove your worth, OR ...... GONE! (in my humble selection mind anyway)

  • on December 3, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    It is sad that Australia is persisting with Clarke and North. North is not an all-rounder. They need a specialist Batsman. Clarke would only score well when the game is inconsequential. Replacing Hillfehaus with Ryan is a good decision. It is Ryan's home ground.Australia with its selection shows that they are on the back foot. I believe England would win the Ashes.

  • on December 3, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    A real dream start for England..keep it up, the pressure is telling on the Aussies

  • on December 3, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    I can only think that the reason why North is still in is for his bowling. Why else should he be in when Callum Ferguson has just come off a century?

    With Johnson out, our tail is longer. This makes me nervous, given that North is so patchy. Hauritz can bat and has taken a five-for for NSW, which is something I hope the selectors have taken note of.

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  • on December 3, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    I can only think that the reason why North is still in is for his bowling. Why else should he be in when Callum Ferguson has just come off a century?

    With Johnson out, our tail is longer. This makes me nervous, given that North is so patchy. Hauritz can bat and has taken a five-for for NSW, which is something I hope the selectors have taken note of.

  • on December 3, 2010, 0:39 GMT

    A real dream start for England..keep it up, the pressure is telling on the Aussies

  • on December 3, 2010, 0:45 GMT

    It is sad that Australia is persisting with Clarke and North. North is not an all-rounder. They need a specialist Batsman. Clarke would only score well when the game is inconsequential. Replacing Hillfehaus with Ryan is a good decision. It is Ryan's home ground.Australia with its selection shows that they are on the back foot. I believe England would win the Ashes.

  • SugarFoot on December 3, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    I just woke up and it was Aus 3-14 .... OUCH ..... Looked at the team line up. Johnson gone - Good, Hilfy gone - Good. North still in the team???? How does this man keep getting a go - Anyways - at 3 wickets down early - you have your chance Marcus North to prove your worth, OR ...... GONE! (in my humble selection mind anyway)

  • on December 3, 2010, 1:09 GMT

    Aussies are lacking confidence and that's why they are making mistakes even more !!

  • on December 3, 2010, 1:49 GMT

    Wow what a start to this match....beat em up england

  • rohanbala on December 3, 2010, 1:53 GMT

    The Australian vice captain Michael Clarke's horror run continues........... and yet their selectors continue to keep faith in him. If he is persisted with, there is no doubt he would aggregate a maximum of two digits by the end of the series.

  • phoenixsteve on December 3, 2010, 2:29 GMT

    Wow what a start! If England can knock hese two over early in the second session we could be looking at a sub 200 first innings? Then we'll have to see what the new Aussie bowling attack has going for it! Shame about the msised chances - I was hoping for 80/5 at luch... but this'll do!Go Jimmy...... COME ON ENGLAND!

  • landl47 on December 3, 2010, 2:45 GMT

    It's hard to be critical of Anderson, who bowled beautifully, but dropping Hussey might prove to be very expensive for England. On this wicket, every chance just HAS to be taken.

  • Bigbanger666 on December 3, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    I think Ricky needs to swallow his pride and drop himself down the order to 5 or 6.