Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 3rd day December 5, 2010

Pietersen double-ton adds to Australia's pain

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England 4 for 551 (Pietersen 213*, Cook 148) lead Australia 245 by 306 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Kevin Pietersen doesn't do things by halves, and having spent the past 18 months without a Test century it was no surprise that he turned his comeback hundred into a double as England inflicted more pain on Australia. By the end of the third day in Adelaide, the equation was simple - Australia's batsmen must survive six sessions, or close to it, to salvage a draw and head to Perth at 0-0.

Not that England had declared yet, but the rain that arrived at tea, by which stage their lead was an ample 306 runs, would no doubt encourage Andrew Strauss to get his bowlers in to action as soon as possible on the fourth day. A shower or two has been forecast for Monday, with some wet weather expected on Tuesday as well, and Australia are the only possible beneficiaries if the rain plays a part.

They had to find assistance from somewhere, after spending the past two days toiling in the field for little reward. Adding to their woes, Simon Katich spent time off the field battling an Achilles tendon injury, which won't help his chances of playing a long innings. And there were hints of reverse swing late in the day, along with sharp spin out of the footmarks when Marcus North sent down a few overs, which will make Graeme Swann a serious threat.

On the second day, Australia were thwarted by Alastair Cook, whose two centuries have defined the opening stages of this Ashes battle, but Pietersen's dramatic return to form could become a key factor for the rest of the series. At stumps, Pietersen was unbeaten on 213, his second double-century threatening to become his highest Test score, although the weather might have put paid to his plans of overhauling his career-best 226. Ian Bell was with him, on 41, after Paul Collingwood (42) chipped in earlier in the day to add to Australia's woes, which began with Cook's magnificent 148.

Without question, the day belonged to Pietersen, who entered this match having not scored a Test century since the tour of the West Indies in March 2009. That in itself was almost impossible for Australian fans to believe, given the vintage touch he displayed in this innings. He was forceful through the off side, driving hard and finding gaps, and thumped through midwicket with disdain.

His so-called weakness against left-arm spin didn't help Xavier Doherty, who struggled for impact and had 0 for 120 from 24 overs, which will increase the chances of Nathan Hauritz returning for the Perth Test. No bowler leaked more runs against Pietersen than Doherty, who was dispatched for nine fours and one monstrous six over the fence at long-off, which is a fine achievement considering the lengthy straight boundaries at Adelaide Oval.

Pietersen's work down the ground against Doherty was outstanding, but the Adelaide spectators who remembered his 158 in the corresponding Test four years ago would have been taken back in time by his walking at the fast bowlers. Doug Bollinger is not a man who often gets charged, but the sight of Pietersen sauntering down the pitch to flick Bollinger through midwicket from outside off was something to behold.

His century, which came with a clip off his hips from his 158th delivery, brought a screeching roar from Pietersen that would have fitted into a horror movie, which was pretty much how the Australians were viewing the Test. His double-hundred came from his 283rd delivery, with a hurried single pushed to mid-off, testing the hamstring that had twinged earlier in his innings.

There was no run-out chance, though, and in truth, Australia created hardly any opportunities throughout the day. There were but two wickets for the home team to celebrate, just as there had been on Saturday. They were pleased to get rid of Cook early in the day, when he feathered a thin inside edge off Ryan Harris to Brad Haddin, who hurled himself to his right to take an athletic catch.

Cook's dismissal left him on 450 runs from his three innings so far this series, more than any Australian batsman managed throughout the entire 2009 Ashes campaign. It was a well-deserved wicket for Harris, who was easily the best of Australia's bowlers, although he didn't have much competition in an attack that struggled for impact.

Shane Watson picked up Collingwood, lbw to a fullish ball that nipped in and struck him in line with off stump, but as the opening batsman, he cannot be expected to carry too much of a bowling load. Those were Australia's only two moments of relief on another difficult day, until the rain set in. And when you cheer for wet weather, you know you're in trouble.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • SuperSharky on December 6, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Like Mukharram Yousuf said: "Well done KP". Great to see an innings like that in an exciting Ashes series. What great season of cricket is upon us. The Brilliant Ashes Series, and Australia finding it hard against England Downunder. Soon it will be India (Number 1) against South Africa (Number 2) playing for top spot. And the cricket spirit has lifted with this destructive innings from Kevin Pietersen. And I love the Cricket Spirit at an Ashes Series. It so full of energy. History stuff to be remembered.

  • lovecricketnotateam on December 5, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    The ashes is a great battle and has a rich history, and it tends to bring the best out of some like it has from KP, Cook and Strauss. Take nothing away from Cook's batting it's been bradman-esque. Sure the aussies should have held on to their catches and bolwed a better but they didn't bowl that badly either, more often that not you've had englishmen getting out to poor shots than anything else.

    As for those claiming who cares about the ashes.. if it wasn't for the ashes that kept cricket alive, the sub-continent won't be playing any cricket today. The ashes is still one of the best encounters in cricket and one that I look forward to though I neither english or australian.

    As for those bagging the aussies, There has not been better side than the aussie XI with Wanie, Mcgrath, Hayden, Langer, Ponting, Gilly, and co that were invincible. No side from any country have ever matched it and I doubt they ever will.

    The current test rankings means nothing as it changes so often.

  • stationmaster on December 5, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    The Channel commentary team are so biased it's also makes it impossible to watch the cricket with the sound on. Not one of them has noted just how badly Michael Clark has fielded, even when he plain old missed a regulation stop at mid wicket, they instantly commented that he "had a terrible bounce", when the reply showed he just missed it by a mile......KP and Cook were picked as week points by the Aussies in advance of this series, haven't heard much about that of late ? Maybe they could talk about how ridiculous Peter Siddle looks, huffing and puffing and trying to be Merv Hughes, and as for the new deadly weapon Doherty ? Warne, dust off your boots son, you're on..........

  • popcorn on December 5, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    Had Xavier Doherty hit the stumps when Trott was on 6, instead of throwing WILDLY, or Hussey caught Trott when he was on 10, it would changed the complexion of the game completely.But neither happened. Xavier Doherty is a useless bowler and a worthless fielder. He must be sacked and Hautitz brought in for Perth.

  • on December 5, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    cricket lovers of the world were sad to see the West Indies in decline but everyone loves to see the Aussies down. I put it down to the arogant, rude and ungracious way ponting has captained the side. Let him b remembered as the man who lost the ashes three times

  • murdo on December 5, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    Has to be a massive day for Strauss, regarding when to have a pop at the Aussies batting. Hope he takes the risks needed to be looked on as a top captain.Go on dont let the ghosts of the Adelaide past impede a fantastic victory ! ..and for that Ricky Popcorn fella..well..

  • Hutty86 on December 5, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    Hahaha I love the bitterness from sri lanakn and indian fans. Don't blame Australia because your teams have been overrated and gutless for20 years!

  • chokkashokka on December 5, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    Who cares....can someone please take that silly count-down to the 3rd test on the top of the home page - and instead put the count-down to the 1st test between India and SA. Who decided that the viewers of this site need this count-down? This Ash or whatever series is a relic from the past century - can we get with the times and give more coverage to the No.1 side in the universe at this time. Inquiring minds want to know - enough of this one sided snooze-fest between 2 sides from the has-been era. Next....(and I hope cricinfo doesn't start to censor their subscribers' views and not publish these comments).

  • asillypoint on December 5, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    @popcorn continues to live in a fantasy world. It's kinda cute really. The only (silly) point I'd like to make (yet again) is where and when will Australia dig up a bowling attack to dismiss England twice?

  • on December 5, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    England will throttle the Aussies in this Ashes series. The Australians are clearly struggling in all departments of the game. With this game almost certainly lost - rain is their only saviour, they will have to make wholesale changes in the composition of the sides, in the forthcoming Tests.

  • SuperSharky on December 6, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Like Mukharram Yousuf said: "Well done KP". Great to see an innings like that in an exciting Ashes series. What great season of cricket is upon us. The Brilliant Ashes Series, and Australia finding it hard against England Downunder. Soon it will be India (Number 1) against South Africa (Number 2) playing for top spot. And the cricket spirit has lifted with this destructive innings from Kevin Pietersen. And I love the Cricket Spirit at an Ashes Series. It so full of energy. History stuff to be remembered.

  • lovecricketnotateam on December 5, 2010, 23:49 GMT

    The ashes is a great battle and has a rich history, and it tends to bring the best out of some like it has from KP, Cook and Strauss. Take nothing away from Cook's batting it's been bradman-esque. Sure the aussies should have held on to their catches and bolwed a better but they didn't bowl that badly either, more often that not you've had englishmen getting out to poor shots than anything else.

    As for those claiming who cares about the ashes.. if it wasn't for the ashes that kept cricket alive, the sub-continent won't be playing any cricket today. The ashes is still one of the best encounters in cricket and one that I look forward to though I neither english or australian.

    As for those bagging the aussies, There has not been better side than the aussie XI with Wanie, Mcgrath, Hayden, Langer, Ponting, Gilly, and co that were invincible. No side from any country have ever matched it and I doubt they ever will.

    The current test rankings means nothing as it changes so often.

  • stationmaster on December 5, 2010, 23:23 GMT

    The Channel commentary team are so biased it's also makes it impossible to watch the cricket with the sound on. Not one of them has noted just how badly Michael Clark has fielded, even when he plain old missed a regulation stop at mid wicket, they instantly commented that he "had a terrible bounce", when the reply showed he just missed it by a mile......KP and Cook were picked as week points by the Aussies in advance of this series, haven't heard much about that of late ? Maybe they could talk about how ridiculous Peter Siddle looks, huffing and puffing and trying to be Merv Hughes, and as for the new deadly weapon Doherty ? Warne, dust off your boots son, you're on..........

  • popcorn on December 5, 2010, 23:08 GMT

    Had Xavier Doherty hit the stumps when Trott was on 6, instead of throwing WILDLY, or Hussey caught Trott when he was on 10, it would changed the complexion of the game completely.But neither happened. Xavier Doherty is a useless bowler and a worthless fielder. He must be sacked and Hautitz brought in for Perth.

  • on December 5, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    cricket lovers of the world were sad to see the West Indies in decline but everyone loves to see the Aussies down. I put it down to the arogant, rude and ungracious way ponting has captained the side. Let him b remembered as the man who lost the ashes three times

  • murdo on December 5, 2010, 23:03 GMT

    Has to be a massive day for Strauss, regarding when to have a pop at the Aussies batting. Hope he takes the risks needed to be looked on as a top captain.Go on dont let the ghosts of the Adelaide past impede a fantastic victory ! ..and for that Ricky Popcorn fella..well..

  • Hutty86 on December 5, 2010, 22:50 GMT

    Hahaha I love the bitterness from sri lanakn and indian fans. Don't blame Australia because your teams have been overrated and gutless for20 years!

  • chokkashokka on December 5, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    Who cares....can someone please take that silly count-down to the 3rd test on the top of the home page - and instead put the count-down to the 1st test between India and SA. Who decided that the viewers of this site need this count-down? This Ash or whatever series is a relic from the past century - can we get with the times and give more coverage to the No.1 side in the universe at this time. Inquiring minds want to know - enough of this one sided snooze-fest between 2 sides from the has-been era. Next....(and I hope cricinfo doesn't start to censor their subscribers' views and not publish these comments).

  • asillypoint on December 5, 2010, 22:07 GMT

    @popcorn continues to live in a fantasy world. It's kinda cute really. The only (silly) point I'd like to make (yet again) is where and when will Australia dig up a bowling attack to dismiss England twice?

  • on December 5, 2010, 22:04 GMT

    England will throttle the Aussies in this Ashes series. The Australians are clearly struggling in all departments of the game. With this game almost certainly lost - rain is their only saviour, they will have to make wholesale changes in the composition of the sides, in the forthcoming Tests.

  • alfredmynn on December 5, 2010, 21:34 GMT

    I'm feeling pity for the oz bowlers more than anything else. Imagine how it must feel like to be Doherty right now . You make a much-awaited test debut and then run into the most batsman-friendly conditions in living memory in Brisbane. Your own batsmen commit hara-kiri in Adelaide of all places, and the fielders drop crucial catches. If I were Doherty, I'd have refused to play in Adelaide after the pasting at Brisbane, on grounds of incompetence at this level.

  • on December 5, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    the second innings in adelaide is the best chance for mike clarke to get going with some runs under his belt nd put the curtains over the last three innings in dis ashes series.....

  • DonR on December 5, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    Congtatulations to Australia for moving from 5 to 4 in the test rankings. It is amazing what rain can do. It may enable Aus to go to Perth at 1-1. When Ponting won the toss on Friday morning a Channel 9 commentator suggested Aus could score 2/300 and bat England out of the match. Later Ian Healey told us the Aus bowling line up was under rated. I did not realise they were selected just to give England batting practice. Mitchell Johnson and Nathan Hauritz may have been the lucky ones. If you get sick and tired of the nonsense emanatiing from the Channel 9 commentators I suggest for a change listening to the ABC radio broadcast. They obviously regard the Aus bowling attack as a joke.

  • on December 5, 2010, 20:06 GMT

    Why is Australia facing such a sudden decline...........?? Well the same Ponting was the captain in the last 2 WC victories.........Country AUS is never short on world class talent because they have very strong and competitive domestic setup.............Aus is playing in their home conditions (so no excuse of being not used to the conditions)........It is not any brilliances out of purple patches from LARA or TENDULKAR that is smashing AUS rather any ordinary player goes on and smash them..........even Bangladesh is performing better than AUS in their home (even when Australians as nation are abt 2 times strongly built homo-sapians than Bangladeshis) .................................Where is the problem ?????????????.....The problem is GREG CHAPPELL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE AUSTRALIA'S SELECTOR....

  • on December 5, 2010, 20:03 GMT

    Well done... Kevin Pietersen ..... You have shown to Aussi bowlers what you can do... Whom you are ... we want more & more from you in this series...

    We want you to give a good lesson to the Australian Bowlers.... Because they started to bowl at you even before the matches start ... they bowled with their mouth.. now they will keep close their mouth for some times.

    Hats of to Love Your talent KP ... :D

  • asif_the_spotfixer on December 5, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    popcorn popcorn i love to eat popcorn. hope england eat popcorn fresh aussie corn popcorn tomorrow and lead series by 1-0. kp Rocks

  • on December 5, 2010, 19:10 GMT

    fantastic innings from great KP.. love to see him back to form... ;-)

  • cricket_for_all on December 5, 2010, 19:07 GMT

    Bring Lee and Tait (if their body is fit enough) at least for 3rd test to see some bowling attack. There is no way AUS can take 20 wickets with current bowling attack. Stupid T20 games killed all good bowlers like Lee and Tait. Fast bowlers need some off period as Kapil Deve said one week ago. This is worse the AUS team I have ever seen.

  • bumsonseats on December 5, 2010, 18:54 GMT

    covers on since tea time yesterday. starting time 30 mins earlier, play to finish 30 mins later, then take the extra 1/2 hour at end of play if england think they can get a result but may not need it. last day not required so can rain all day .jimmy to start the bowl rolling and swanny to finish it off. dpk

  • on December 5, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    @Marcio, the major stat which no one discusses is the no of 5 wkt hauls for each team. Its the bowlers who win test matches, its clear why Aussies haven't won any recently. Has to be the worst bowling line up in the world today. :-)

  • Herbet on December 5, 2010, 18:30 GMT

    Can I just get my head around someting for a second? So for the next Test Australia are considering picking Steve Smith as their spin bowler? The same SPD Smith who in his last 1st Class game was selected as a batsmen by New South Wales, bowled a total of 10 overs in the match, didnt take a wicket and has a First Class bowling average of 50? Honestly, get Warne out the commentary box, its your only option because this is getting silly.

  • asraruwant on December 5, 2010, 18:22 GMT

    I know why all the Aussie commentators wants strauss to declare now, because they wanna give Australia a chance in this match, If Australia scores 450 and england need 150 on day 5 on this turning track it could be Adelaide 2006 again, so no way straussy dont fall for this and let the team extend their lead in the first session to 400 and then decalre. And probably get 5 wickets by the end of day 4 and then there will be some rain on day 5 but still they will be enough time to take the remaining 5 wickets on day 5. This is the real test of Strauss now as to how he can create a win from a very tricky position with rain around and making sure you dont give a sniff to the Aussies. Goodluck!

  • on December 5, 2010, 18:17 GMT

    First Cook, now KP. If there's any players out of form play them against Australia :-)

  • Herbet on December 5, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    Since Warne and MacGill retired some of the spinners that Australia have fielded really put the much mocked England spinners circa 1993-2008 into perspective! England played some dodgy spinners, Richard Dawson springs to mind, but nobody in the league of Bryce McGain and Xavier Doherty. McGain's one test was the most uncomfortably embarassing thing I have seen in a cricket match. Doherty is only marginally better. Literally every cricket nation has far superior spinners to Australia, Zimbabwe & Bangladesh comfortably so. How Australia would kill for an Ashley Giles. If Michael Bevan still played he would get in the side as a bowler. Glad to see Pietersen back on form, even the most ardent Aussie fan or South African patriot would have to admit that he is, along with Sehwag & Gayle, the most destructively brilliant batsman in the world when on song.

  • landl47 on December 5, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    The rain was a huge let-off for Australia. With 36 overs left, England were set to score another hundred, declare 400 ahead and have 10 overs with the new ball last night plus 2 full days. Now Strauss has to decide whether to declare overnight 'only' 306 ahead. If there's more rain about and if Australia can bat really well they might yet save the game. However, Anderson, Broad and Swann on this wicket will be a very different proposition from Bollinger, Siddle and Doherty (Harris bowled very well, I thought). Of course Australia will fight, they wouldn't be Aussies otherwise, but North was bringing up ominous puffs of dust from the footholds and turning the ball. Swann, who bowled really well in the first innings with very little help from the pitch, should make batting very difficult. Australia's approach will be interesting- do they block or attack? @popcorn: I'd be delighted to see an effort like Old Trafford 2005 from the Aussies. By tonight they'll be 9 down with a day to go.

  • on December 5, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    i cant agree with comments saying it would be like a loss if england dont win, the fact is its likely to be a rain affected draw, one things is very certain and that is that Australia wont bat out for a draw, this wicket is spinning too much and aus need 450 and too bat five sessions to make england draw(lose)

  • DamieninFrance on December 5, 2010, 17:48 GMT

    Gotta say, I actually doubt that any of the Australian cricketers will be praying for rain. It's situations like this that can make a cricketer's character. They'll want to bat, and they'll want to draw or win the match. With rain forecast, (and although I live in France, I lived in Adelaide for 12 years before moving here), England have to take the risk and put Australia in in the morning. Frankly, with such a huge lead and with heavy conditions forecast, Anderson and Finn would be licking their lips at the chance of dismissing Australia again. The last thing England want is to let Australia get back up again. The Australian attack is toothless, so England have nothing to fear. Less time, and no hope of victory just gives Australia a better chance at salvaging a draw. England have to get Australia in and try to humiliate them by winning by an innings. Six sessions left is ambitious, and Australia don't score quickly any more. Put them in and bowl them out, or risk losing out!

  • phoenixsteve on December 5, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    As an English supporter I am naturally delighted with current progress and with an excellent match situation. I can not agree with the Aussie haters who seem to be delighted at the prospect og Aussie anihilation? The Aussies amy be in decline and may lose but it shouldn't prevent our (us cricket lovers) respect and admiration for the last superb 10 or so years. They have raised the bar in test cricket and you cna't even say that about the other dominant force of the 70s/80s .... West Indies. As for all the subcontinent teams, they have played some very good cricket and may be highly ranked - but we all know who the best teams are and they don't come from Asia! The upcoming S. Africa vs India series should prove the point? We'll see ... in the meantime .....COME ON ENGLAND!

  • Agus2010 on December 5, 2010, 17:09 GMT

    The Australian should rethink about the team selection and they have to remove the virus "Clark" and give the chance to some young guns, it is not good season for Ponding as a captain, he shoud retire from all form of cricket if he lose this Ashes in his own country, where is the Boycott? why don't he ask ICC to investigate this matches, becaose some of the Australian players like Clark, Ponding and Johnson under performing in this series

  • MartinAmber on December 5, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    Where's the poster who said drop Pietersen and put Morgan in, and gave him 3/10 for his performance in Brisbane? Where are all those people who rubbished KP for his ego all summer whilst conveniently ignoring his Test record? This innings was inevitable sooner or later. After Alastair Cook and now KP, the quantity of humble pie being eaten must be enough to cause a new obesity crisis.

  • only_india_1 on December 5, 2010, 16:43 GMT

    @popcorn..popcorn,popcorn popcorn..dude why don't you accept that its all over for mighty OZs. There is no coming back from here. it is one way traffic, its gonna be one way traffic thruout. you bragging about things happened in 2005..those legends are not part of team anymore and only one left-ponting, he is not the same as he was in 2005, he has been first ball bunny for 4 times in last two years...actually now he ponting, watson and co. will know how it feels when you get sledged by opposition..something they had been famous for and made oppositions victims of..now they are its own victims..glad to see that..eventhough i m not english fan but i m really enjoying what they r doing these days...

  • on December 5, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    ranga_s. Not sure if SA and India is a much more inportant series. Please check the crowds and Sky interest on that score. The 2 teams could play test cricket for the next hundred years, they will never play in series more important than any ashes. If truth be known, although I am a cricket fan, if sub continental fare was all there was to watch I would turn to netball etc. India are the worst side to ever play outside India!

  • on December 5, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    Hope England will convert this lead into win.

  • on December 5, 2010, 16:06 GMT

    It has been a joy to see so many English players returning great performances, but England need to turn this dominance into a win, letting Oz off the hook would be dangerous esecially as more result type wickets come into play later in the series. Cook and Pietersen deserve all the praises heaped on them but more than anything I enjoyed watching the class of Ian Bell who produced the shots of the day and to have the luxury of him coming in at No 6 is a comfort, I think however he should be batting ahead of Collingwood,

    Lets hope the weather holds fair and that the whole Enlgalnd attack can work as a unit and put is 1 up. COME ON ENGLAND!

  • Spin-to-win on December 5, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    I think we can safely say, the selectors need to eat humble pie, BRING BACK HAURITZ!!!!!! A proven bowler who is game to flight the ball. The selectors also should SERIOUSLY consider replacing North with C.White. White is the man - he has the experience and is so ready. At the same time, well done England, you are out playing Australia.

  • Guernica on December 5, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    I say bat on for another hour in the morning if no more rain - It should be an extended session anyway. Why leave yourself the possibility of chasing 100-150, which is what it would be if Australia survive 4-5 sessions? Much quicker to bash 50-100 extra runs now with set batsmen against tired bowlers.

  • jd4ever on December 5, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    england should bat for another 15 overs (90)..........and play like 20-20 match......they added more 120 runs then total lead become 426.....and come to bowl with this lead.they surely pressure on australia batting......all players in aus team suffer bad form except hussy and haddin......beware of this two guys......if anderson strat so well as he did in first innings..aus surely lost match.......aus have to bat so well to save this match......

  • on December 5, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Looks tough for Aussies. Need a saviour badly. Someone needs to do get under the skin of Englishmen and if they persist with North, Doherty and likes ... dont think they can do that.

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 5, 2010, 15:08 GMT

    I do not think too many people devalued the runs scored and wickets taken v England by Australians when Aus were winning even though from Beefy's decline to Gough and Caddick pairing up England only had an injured Fraser to do the stuff for them(sorry other bowlers), and only Athers, Gooch Stewart and Thorpe to bat for them. Who cares if it is Doherty and Bollinger getting the treatment. Strauss, Colly and KP already did it against Warne and Mc G anyway. Runs are runs, wickets are wickets. Otherwse halve the figures of Waughs and Boon etc.

  • on December 5, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    The story is same, only the characters have changed. Australia is playing England's part and vice versa.

  • on December 5, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    England shall bat on for next 12 overs. If they play 12 overs like 20 20 game. they can add 100 runs. and that is it.

  • on December 5, 2010, 14:26 GMT

    one of the most hilarious articles I ever read on cricinfo :) The way Brydon covered KP's innings and the horror movie description HAHAH was v.v.good!! BTW POPCPRN; you can't expect a comeback from this point on!! The coming rain and an out of form top+/middle order aint gonn help ya lot :( I luv Ozziez getting mashed up by other teams. Whether its Pak, Ind or Eng... Enuf of dat beautifulest era ya lot been njoyin for last 15 years!!

  • on December 5, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    Australia's reign is over!

  • sam_the_man on December 5, 2010, 13:34 GMT

    The question is can England convert this dominance to a win.

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 5, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    I hope Strauss woirks from a principle of doing what the Aussies would enjoy the least. Perhaps staying out there in the field for a bit in the morning satisfies that. England quite easily scored the 212 necessary at Brisbane. Then Australia were feeling okay. At this point probably they are not so okay. Personally I would think that facing a 400 deficit would fix any sort of hope of salvation. No way can Watson and Katich team up and realistically expect to get near to that for the first wicket. However welll they bat it will seem like swimming across the Atlantic. I would expect then that Australia would collapse in a heap for under 250. In short present them with hopelesness and they will respond accordingly,quickly. Lock and bolt the door, Strauss.

  • Shuvo0077 on December 5, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Great bamboo to Australia.Go ahead Pitersen.

  • SDHM on December 5, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    The difference being at Old Trafford Australia only had a day to survive, unlike the two they have here. Still, a good pitch. If I were Strauss I'd be declaring overnight. Shane Warne said something that puts it into perspective on commentary; even if Australia put on 450, England are only chasing 150. Get 'em in Straussy!

  • vichan on December 5, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    For all those who have made comments recently about this series being "just" a match-up between 4th and 5th: not so. With Sri Lanka's drawn series at home to West Indies, England have now moved up to 3rd and Australia to 4th...

  • Marcio on December 5, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    "Cook's dismissal left him on 450 runs from his three innings so far this series, more than any Australian batsman managed throughout the entire 2009 Ashes campaign." Yes, and it would pay to remember that Australia scored far more runs per wicket and far more centuries in the 2009 series - 8 centuries to 2 by the English, I recall. But they still lost, because they didn't convert of-field dominance into match results. Of course we can just ignore those little stats, even though the series is 0-0 at present.

  • on December 5, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    I hate both the teams----Australia more than England though. Rub it in Team England. Relegate Australia to No. 7 position in Test Playing Nations ICC Rankings. Ponting boys richly deserve some salt on their wounds for doing it for so lond to other teams.

  • Stark62 on December 5, 2010, 12:29 GMT

    LOL

    You need a quality left arm spinner to get KP and yes he does have problems with Left arm spinners, even now but Doherty is like a pub bowler!

    Should have gone with someone like Smith who's younger and will develop into a quality spinner rather then a guy in his late 20's with an FC average of 48.00.

  • Green_and_Gold on December 5, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    @ popcorn- thanks mate. That's what we need, some encouragement rather than everyone just saying that we are no good. This will test the Aussies and will be a reminder to the players that they have to step up to win this series. C'mon boys, a big batting effort in the second dig will see us home then prep for Perth at 0-0.

  • on December 5, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    go ahead England and put Australia under the ground.

  • on December 5, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    Aussies a screwed. We overestimate australia. Just because they dominated cricket for so long doesn't mean they are the same side. it's a new group and requires a new leader.

  • on December 5, 2010, 11:29 GMT

    "And when you cheer for wet weather, you know you're in trouble." I think that says it all, Brydon. Especially considering how much flooding we've had in the last few months.

  • aby_prasad on December 5, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    All said and done, if and thats a big if!...IF australia manages to hold on to a draw in this test match, well well....then England would definitely feel they have let go of a golden opportunity to go 1-0 up in this series and aus wud feel gr8 that its still 0-0. Cricket is a funny game, and with the mind set that follows, its easy for the dominant england team to feel a bit of fear or gloom in the following tests and easy for aus to start fresh and try their best to upset the english, even if its a 1-0 win for the aussies. Surely England would feel they lost something if they dont win this test match! and hey! dont u feel ponting is really guarding clark and some others from bowling in this test match? wonder if he knows a draw is imminent in this test match and then use everything he's got in the next match/pitch where a result is inevitable

  • thebill970 on December 5, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    Why does eveyone keeps saying that a draw is beneficial for Australia? Australia doesn't currently hold the Ashes so the only result that is really beneficial to Australia is a win. A draw is a good as a win only for England who, I suspect, wouldn't be too concerned if this or the remaining matches get rained out. If this match is rained out, it doesn't change a thing for Australia, unfortunately.

  • Vindaliew on December 5, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    The post-tea rain has been a great let-off for Australia, not so much because of the time saved, but because it gives the Aussies a good rest before they come out to bat tomorrow. Strauss now has to bat for a while tomorrow just to get the Aussies in the field for a bit, even if it's only to cause uncertainty for an over or two. An overnight declaration would be the best thing which can happen to the Aussies. Even walking out to bat for just one ball, albeit a bit cheeky, will do wonders to disrupt the concentration of the Aussie opening batsmen.

  • shri619 on December 5, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    @popcorn go home and eat popcorn . aus are gone eng will need only 100 overs to bowl out aus.

  • on December 5, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Great play by pietersen....aussies way to defeat

  • on December 5, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    I am seriously sorry for Australia speaking as a West Indian fan. I hope they can show some fighting spirit and backbone of which they are sadly lacking, and dig themselves out of this gaping hole.

  • on December 5, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    well done..KP.....beat Australia by an inning...

  • on December 5, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Hey Assies - you know what it like to have been an English supporter over the past 30 years - no bowling - no batting and 11 fielders to hide - reminds me of the sunday seconds!! Count have before never chickens hatched your they - I know I know.

  • on December 5, 2010, 9:51 GMT

    thats great,petrsn came back to form..more over i am eagerly waiting to see the aussies are grounded and mauled badly.............................................

  • on December 5, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    haha popcorn, those days are well and truly gone, dream on pal

  • on December 5, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    popcorn, in 2005 there were only 4 sessions of play for England to bowl out Australian, there are 6 remaining today, and no Langer, Hayden, or Gilchrist to help out with the batting. Ponting may be able to bat for 2 days, but can any of the others?

  • ranga_s on December 5, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    who else australia wants to win...forget winning...to compete....they were crying for the return of harris and bollinger but still way behind....probably will cry of the drop of North and Clarke....But something they are not willing o do is accept the fact that they are not the best anymore and go back to the drawing boards and come up with a strategy for future....guys like "popcorn" are totla nut heads and are the main reason why australia losing coz of the stupid and ridiculous attitude....According to them Aussie condemned all other series just to prepare for the ashes and wonder for what they preparing now...Ashes was special when there was not much Cricket around..now there are plenty...Ashes is just another series...upcoming Ind V SA would be much important than this Ashes....Grow up Aussies...Play to win..but keep in mind others do that too and u are not Gods..btw just coz I told Ind V SA series is important doesnt mean I'm Indian...I'm an SL fan and cricket lover in general...

  • 5wombats on December 5, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    Read the scoreboard, read the body language, see down and out. It's time to put this sorry version of an Australia "team" out of it's misery. Praying for rain is something England fans had to do many times in the years between 1989 and 2003. Now it's your turn Australians. Don't worry; with the best spin bowler in the world in the England team the end will come quickly for you. Enjoy.

  • on December 5, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Pietersen is back :)

  • on December 5, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Kevin Pietersen is a legend.

  • Chapelau on December 5, 2010, 8:44 GMT

    Four English batsmen averaging over 110, two of them over 200. Three Oz bowlers averaging over 110....... how I love statistics.

  • on December 5, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    Bet KP feels hard & tough having bullied THIS bowling line up. Aussies are a shambles & it would be a travesty if the rain saved them

  • Tlotoxl on December 5, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    The best thing you can say is recalling when Aus were saved by the weather?!?!? England lost almost a complete day in that test and batted at a much higher tempo and declared a lot earlier than they would ideally would have liked in the second innings - McGrath may have lasted 9 balls but I doubt he would have lasted another 75 overs, the amount that was lost to bad light IIRC..

  • vichan on December 5, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    @popcorn: After all your pre-series bleating about the "real" Australia dominating England once the Tests begin, I'm not surprised by your thoughts of "it's not all gloom out there". But at the moment, I would say that it is only the gloom that will save Australia from now - if it rains for the next couple of days.

  • on December 5, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Just remember 2009, the Aussies dominated most sessions and still lost the Ashes; England, don't make the same mistake. Trust the weather to bring imperfection to a perfect effort so far this Test. I thought it only rained in England?!

  • jyotex on December 5, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    What a whammy for OZ !!! wow .... Innings should be declared by lunch with 400 odd on the board. Should be enough to nail Mr.Ponting and team !!! Kevin's innings was such a beauty. Never enjoyed Ashes like this time ... God bless England !

  • Scgboy on December 5, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    well said popcorn well said

  • sweetspot on December 5, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    Let's not talk at all about how the centurions of this series are also flat track bullies. There's no bite in ANY pitch any more, or what? Don't like the bowlers being put to the sword time and time again. Please. But if they're Australian bowlers, well....

  • on December 5, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Excellent spirit by England also flat pitch supports well :)

  • Ozcricketwriter on December 5, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    Australia were this far ahead at the end of day 3 in Brisbane, so things can reverse quickly.

  • on December 5, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    @popcorn: Aussies need the weather god with them this time as the never say die spirit seems to have evaporated under the heat of English resolve and intensity. Ponting - 2010 is a far cry from Ponting - 2005.

  • on December 5, 2010, 8:13 GMT

    When you turn on and see old replays of Australia winning matches from the past you know they are in deeptrouble. If Australia were ahead and Langer, Boofhead Hayden, Ponting, etc wer knocking the ball around - any rain delay would be filled with endless replys of their cover drives and square cuts. Australia are in deep trouble, a hole is appearing for Ricky Ponting to take his aimless captaincy talent into and finally disappear. North, and Clarke are doing the high quality talent that lies in waiting a real dis-service hoping that form will come back in the middle of an Ashes series. Xavier Dower-ty is for all to see not a test level player - despite the dreadful conditions, and the quality of the opposition, I fear that he would be destroyed in India, Pakistan, WI, or South African conditions....Australia need to Die, and be reborn Popcorn. Remembering is one thing, living in the past is another. Hopefully the Australian selectors will come to their senses, bring back Hauritz et al.

  • Bigbanger666 on December 5, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    I am definately cheering for the weather. Bring it on!!!

  • raysa on December 5, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Australia was willing to change their bowlers and at 4/500+ they look stupid. However the problem is really with the batting. The poms persevered with Cook, selected at a young age who is now delivering and will do so for another decade. With its Dads army batting lineup Australia look more like the poms we've been flogging for decades.

    It sounds silly but I was hoping for north to fail, even though we were in trouble so we could get rid of him. Australia will be replacing 4 or 5 batsmen within a year. They need to start now.

  • on December 5, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Dream on popcorn! There's no Lazarus in this Aussie team and he was the last to come back from a cause as desperate as this Australian team finds itself in!

  • on December 5, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    @popcorn, 'Never Say Die' presupposes life in the first place. This is not evident in the bowling or fielding department.

    There is always hope but it is staggering to watch Australian cricket this ragged.

  • Australia17594 on December 5, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    @popcorn You are one of the few optimist for australia... Which i agree with, which we need

  • Clive_Dunn on December 5, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    I'm not sure I saw much of DTR's NEVER SAY DIE spirit today, if he was a carthorse then it'd be time for a trip to the glue factory.

    Pray for rain Aussies.

  • asif_the_spotfixer on December 5, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    when aussie are on top rain helps them so much, but this team england are all set ready to take 1-0 lead in ashes. KP i think rahul dravid tips help him a lot...

  • on December 5, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    PLayers like peterson ,sehwag,gayle r d only reason test cricket is still alive.dey r so exciting.Finally peterson is making use of his humongous talent

  • NightwatchmanCC on December 5, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Despite England's brilliant performance with the bat, the rain could actually turn this almost certain win into a draw. Perhaps what England needs in order to win is to stick the Aussies in to bat, then bring back the Bodyline tactic.

    Nightwatchman www.thecricketclub.cc

  • popcorn on December 5, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    It's not all gloom out there.Brydon. There's the NEVER SAY DIE spirit of The Aussies,and the Old Trafford 2005 masterpiece of Ricky Ponting.

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  • popcorn on December 5, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    It's not all gloom out there.Brydon. There's the NEVER SAY DIE spirit of The Aussies,and the Old Trafford 2005 masterpiece of Ricky Ponting.

  • NightwatchmanCC on December 5, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Despite England's brilliant performance with the bat, the rain could actually turn this almost certain win into a draw. Perhaps what England needs in order to win is to stick the Aussies in to bat, then bring back the Bodyline tactic.

    Nightwatchman www.thecricketclub.cc

  • on December 5, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    PLayers like peterson ,sehwag,gayle r d only reason test cricket is still alive.dey r so exciting.Finally peterson is making use of his humongous talent

  • asif_the_spotfixer on December 5, 2010, 7:22 GMT

    when aussie are on top rain helps them so much, but this team england are all set ready to take 1-0 lead in ashes. KP i think rahul dravid tips help him a lot...

  • Clive_Dunn on December 5, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    I'm not sure I saw much of DTR's NEVER SAY DIE spirit today, if he was a carthorse then it'd be time for a trip to the glue factory.

    Pray for rain Aussies.

  • Australia17594 on December 5, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    @popcorn You are one of the few optimist for australia... Which i agree with, which we need

  • on December 5, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    @popcorn, 'Never Say Die' presupposes life in the first place. This is not evident in the bowling or fielding department.

    There is always hope but it is staggering to watch Australian cricket this ragged.

  • on December 5, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Dream on popcorn! There's no Lazarus in this Aussie team and he was the last to come back from a cause as desperate as this Australian team finds itself in!

  • raysa on December 5, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    Australia was willing to change their bowlers and at 4/500+ they look stupid. However the problem is really with the batting. The poms persevered with Cook, selected at a young age who is now delivering and will do so for another decade. With its Dads army batting lineup Australia look more like the poms we've been flogging for decades.

    It sounds silly but I was hoping for north to fail, even though we were in trouble so we could get rid of him. Australia will be replacing 4 or 5 batsmen within a year. They need to start now.

  • Bigbanger666 on December 5, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    I am definately cheering for the weather. Bring it on!!!