Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 5th day December 7, 2010

Swann bowls England to innings victory

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England 5 for 620 dec beat Australia 245 and 304 (Clarke 80, Watson 57, Hussey 52, Swann 5-91) by an innings and 71 runs
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England have one hand on the Ashes after Graeme Swann bowled them to victory with a five-wicket haul in Adelaide, where neither rain nor the lower order could save Australia on the fifth morning. The significance of the win cannot be underestimated, as it gives England a 1-0 advantage heading in to the third Test in Perth, which starts in a week and a half.

The triumph came when Swann turned a ball through the gate to bowl Peter Siddle, completing his five-for and confirming the margin of an innings and 71 runs. It was a devastating morning for Australia, who began the day hopeful that they could survive for a draw with six wickets in hand, but it took England less than 90 minutes to skittle the remaining Australians.

Last time England took a series lead in Australia, it was 1986-87, and they did not give it away. And as the holders of the urn, Andrew Strauss and his men will retain the Ashes unless Australia can win at least two of the remaining three Tests, a monumental task given that they have now gone five Tests without tasting victory, stretching back to the series against Pakistan in England.

There will be changes for both teams at the WACA, with England forced to look to Chris Tremlett or Tim Bresnan, due to a series-ending abdominal injury to Stuart Broad. Australia will have to find a new opener as Simon Katich's Achilles tendon problem has ruled him out of the rest of the series, while Xavier Doherty and Marcus North will also face a nervous wait to see if they keep their places.

North could have saved his position by salvaging a draw for Australia on the final day, but he was one of the wickets to fall cheaply as England wrapped up the contest before lunch. The visitors knew a thunderstorm was expected later in the afternoon, and after they made the initial breakthrough by getting rid of the established Michael Hussey for 52, they tightened the noose on Australia's lower order.

Hussey and North resumed at 4 for 238 after the loss of Michael Clarke from the last ball of play on Monday, and it took only six overs for England to get a sniff of victory. Hussey was dropped by Matt Prior off the bowling of Swann but didn't survive a second chance when he top-edged a pull off Steven Finn and was comfortably taken at midwicket by James Anderson.

There was a roar from Anderson as soon as he had the ball safely in his hands, knowing that the in-form Hussey was the big breakthrough England required. Brad Haddin followed soon afterwards for 12 when he edged behind off Anderson, and England were in to Australia's long tail, with North carrying the home team's slim hopes at the other end.

Anderson quickly found himself on a hat-trick when Ryan Harris made unwanted history by completing a king pair, leaving a ball that swung back in and struck him in line with the stumps. Out of desperation more than belief, Harris asked for a review, but there was no way he was going to be saved, and neither were Australia.

There was no hat-trick for Anderson when he began his next over but he didn't really mind, as in the meantime Swann had removed North, the last of Australia's specialist batsmen, for 22. This time the review system did overturn a decision; Tony Hill gave North not out as he came forward with bat and pad close together, Swann wanted a referral, and the replays showed it was pad first, hitting the stumps, and a potentially career-busting blow for North.

Swann bowled outstandingly on the final day, and deserved his 5 for 91. In the absence of Broad for much of the innings, he sent down 41.1 overs, and collected the final two wickets when he sneaked the ball under the bat of Doherty for 5 and then finished off Siddle.

And it all happened under the most perfect, sunny skies. If Australia were hoping for storms, their prayers were not answered. In truth, they never recovered from the hurricane that struck on the first morning when they were 3 for 2. And now, England need only one more victory to retain the Ashes.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • cyniket on December 9, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    tommyfisk, that's actually a non sequitur. Had you said 'if you look at the history of cricket, england are the only team australia has ever played in the ashes', that would have been logically coherent, but you didn't and neither did I. If you're going to nitpick, at least get it right.

  • tommyfisk on December 8, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Cyniket, spookily enough, if you look at ashes history, you may find that England are the only team Australia have ever played.

  • on December 8, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    I want England To defeat Australia by 4-0

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 8, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    I weep not for Australia. May it happen again and again,very soon.

  • shwet14 on December 8, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    This loss by Australia again proves 2 age old adages- a captain is as good as the team and bowlers win you the matches. Ponting was hailed as a great captain when he had at his disposal great bolwers like McGrath, Warne, Lee et al. No sooner these greats have retired, it affected Australia. When England scores 620/ 5 and bundles australia cheaply twice on the same pitch, it nothing but reflects the quality of the attack. Conditions too did not change too much for the 2 teams. So, in a nutshell, a captain can influence an outcome of the match only so much as regards to a hunch, a flash of inspired bowling change or igniting a spark somewhere in the players mind to enable them perform way above their level for small duration.

  • 5wombats on December 8, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    @ Raj_Muchimilli ;" I would bet on Ponting giving the English attack a lesson or two in the next test".... really? I would bet on him NOT doing that. Punter Ponting has had it - he finished. He has been lucky to lead some of the greatest players the world has ever seen. But his luck has run out. One or two other contributors have mentioned "Lucky" England. Really? If an Innings and 70 is lucky then I wonder what a really comprehensive skillful dominating performance might look like. Finally - well done to you Aus fans; some of you have come on here and eaten pie made with berries from the humble tree. Goodonyer! There is TOTAL respect from English fans like me who have lived in and played the game in Aus - to all Australian cricket followers. We share the passion of this great contest. After so long - it's now Englands turn. Well to done to you Aus fans accepting this defeat on this forum and giving the England team the due credit.

  • Mitcher on December 8, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    As painful as this has been to watch as an Australian fan all credit goes to England. They've come with a plan and prepared well. Even more surprising for an English touring team they have executed with precision. I hope against hope Australia can find something and strike back in the series but, wow, it would take an astonishing turnaround. We are paying for conservative selection over the past two years and sooner or later tough decisions will have to be made. If only some of the young players in the country could stand up.

  • cyniket on December 8, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    soulja82, if you look at the ashes history, you should notice that england are the one team that we can't afford to be complacent against. england and the west indies are the only teams that have won multiple series in australia, and england are better at the moment. I feel complacency has led us to this point and i'm a little worried that we might not get the ashes back for a while.

  • pakwellwisher on December 8, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    @sajidimrankhan Totally agree with you. With Phil Hughes in the team the momentum will shift in Australia's favour.This overrated english team will be shown its true place.@popcorn u are 100% correct aus will comeback and make enlgand bite the dust. 2-1 to the ozzies.

  • souLja82 on December 8, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Australia will pull it together for the next test in Perth. Australians have great players who aren't in the best form at the moment. The humiliating loss in Adelaide will spur them to play better because they all take great pride in the baggy green and their place in the national cricket side.

    Australia have humiliated England for the greatest part of the 128 years of the Ashes and I'm certain we will return to the natural order of things soon enough :)

  • cyniket on December 9, 2010, 8:38 GMT

    tommyfisk, that's actually a non sequitur. Had you said 'if you look at the history of cricket, england are the only team australia has ever played in the ashes', that would have been logically coherent, but you didn't and neither did I. If you're going to nitpick, at least get it right.

  • tommyfisk on December 8, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    Cyniket, spookily enough, if you look at ashes history, you may find that England are the only team Australia have ever played.

  • on December 8, 2010, 18:40 GMT

    I want England To defeat Australia by 4-0

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 8, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    I weep not for Australia. May it happen again and again,very soon.

  • shwet14 on December 8, 2010, 11:31 GMT

    This loss by Australia again proves 2 age old adages- a captain is as good as the team and bowlers win you the matches. Ponting was hailed as a great captain when he had at his disposal great bolwers like McGrath, Warne, Lee et al. No sooner these greats have retired, it affected Australia. When England scores 620/ 5 and bundles australia cheaply twice on the same pitch, it nothing but reflects the quality of the attack. Conditions too did not change too much for the 2 teams. So, in a nutshell, a captain can influence an outcome of the match only so much as regards to a hunch, a flash of inspired bowling change or igniting a spark somewhere in the players mind to enable them perform way above their level for small duration.

  • 5wombats on December 8, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    @ Raj_Muchimilli ;" I would bet on Ponting giving the English attack a lesson or two in the next test".... really? I would bet on him NOT doing that. Punter Ponting has had it - he finished. He has been lucky to lead some of the greatest players the world has ever seen. But his luck has run out. One or two other contributors have mentioned "Lucky" England. Really? If an Innings and 70 is lucky then I wonder what a really comprehensive skillful dominating performance might look like. Finally - well done to you Aus fans; some of you have come on here and eaten pie made with berries from the humble tree. Goodonyer! There is TOTAL respect from English fans like me who have lived in and played the game in Aus - to all Australian cricket followers. We share the passion of this great contest. After so long - it's now Englands turn. Well to done to you Aus fans accepting this defeat on this forum and giving the England team the due credit.

  • Mitcher on December 8, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    As painful as this has been to watch as an Australian fan all credit goes to England. They've come with a plan and prepared well. Even more surprising for an English touring team they have executed with precision. I hope against hope Australia can find something and strike back in the series but, wow, it would take an astonishing turnaround. We are paying for conservative selection over the past two years and sooner or later tough decisions will have to be made. If only some of the young players in the country could stand up.

  • cyniket on December 8, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    soulja82, if you look at the ashes history, you should notice that england are the one team that we can't afford to be complacent against. england and the west indies are the only teams that have won multiple series in australia, and england are better at the moment. I feel complacency has led us to this point and i'm a little worried that we might not get the ashes back for a while.

  • pakwellwisher on December 8, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    @sajidimrankhan Totally agree with you. With Phil Hughes in the team the momentum will shift in Australia's favour.This overrated english team will be shown its true place.@popcorn u are 100% correct aus will comeback and make enlgand bite the dust. 2-1 to the ozzies.

  • souLja82 on December 8, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Australia will pull it together for the next test in Perth. Australians have great players who aren't in the best form at the moment. The humiliating loss in Adelaide will spur them to play better because they all take great pride in the baggy green and their place in the national cricket side.

    Australia have humiliated England for the greatest part of the 128 years of the Ashes and I'm certain we will return to the natural order of things soon enough :)

  • Samdanh on December 8, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    @mrgupta:Have clearly mentioned that batting has repeatedly let Aus down. (implied the recent series in India and against Pakistan as well). Have also given full credit to England for having played with "more purpose, discipline and plan"Read again taking care not to miss key points. Also what is "half strength Indian side?". Can you list out the "half strength" that you deem was missing in series against Aus?

  • on December 8, 2010, 3:50 GMT

    Should appreciate the english team selectors for persisting with cook and Pietersen, rather than making too many changes.

  • pie314 on December 8, 2010, 3:39 GMT

    kudos to england for finally beating australia in australia. this is a far cry from adelaide 06 when warne pulled their collective pants down and spanked them. Now they have erased the ghosts of the past with this convincing win. australia looks dead and buried and needs to undergo a long rebuilding period. some players need to be dropped but faith should be kept in others who tried hard. australia needs to stop trying to fish out another warne and mcgrath - its not going to happen. They need to build a cohesive unit of 11 good players who can perform their duties consistently. stop trying to find bowlers with batting ability, find bowlers who can take 3 wickets an innnings. england has proven you dont need an x-factor to succeed, just 11 good players who can perform consistently. england needs to now back this up with another good performance in perth to erase some more humiliating memories of perth 06 (ie. gilchrists hundred).

  • on December 8, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    congrats to england on a job well done!! 2 hurrah for them!!! and let the winning spirit continue.... we need to take the urn back to london, where it rightfully belongs!!!

  • LePom on December 7, 2010, 22:57 GMT

    I think anyone talking about Australia bouncing back and the dangers posed by Ponting need to take a little bit of a reality check. Yes, Ponting has been a top class batsman, but he is under immense pressure at the moment, and his captaincy has always been below par- when Aus played N.Z. a few years ago, the gap between Flemming and Ponting in the captaincy stakes was obvious. Ponting was a moderate captain with a top class team, whilst Flemming was a top class captain with a moderate team. Ask any of the England players from the 2006 Adelaide test how hard it is to come back after an experience like that. Make no mistake, the experience for Australia will have been traumatic. Self doubt, recriminations between team mates, fear of de-selection, these are all natural, if not inevitable results of a performance like the one they just gave. They may have the mental fortitude not to capitulate tamely, but there is a world of difference between not capitulating and winning.

  • on December 7, 2010, 22:39 GMT

    Wow!I didn't Expected that.I mean this is the first time i have seen someone dominating against australia In Australia!

  • on December 7, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    Great show by England ..... Swann master of spin :) :) congrats Britian !!!

  • Raj_Muchimilli on December 7, 2010, 20:44 GMT

    Guys! Guys! Watch out for Ponting now! Whatever one may say about him now, he is a great cricketer, enormous talent and yes, he got his back to the wall right now..but never ever underestimate the heart of a champion. He can easily teach the English a lesson. I would bet on Ponting giving the English attack a lesson or two in the next test. Just you watch!

  • FlyingFudge on December 7, 2010, 20:10 GMT

    The Empire Strikes Back!!!

  • on December 7, 2010, 19:44 GMT

    How long will this last? cant wait for the next test to see if the Australians pull it together.

  • havocsat on December 7, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    How Ponthing must hv wished VVs Laxman was an Australian playing to secure the draw against Swann n co today... sad to say but this is the beginning of the end fr Ponting... As with all things in the world its a cycle and fr australia its the one thats going down... My best wishes fr a quick recovery... cricket needs a good Australian team indeed !!

  • on December 7, 2010, 18:56 GMT

    fab win over australia....... hope england win d ashes!!!!

  • Stark62 on December 7, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    I think we can say that Eng have won the ashes!

    But Aus should bring in Hughes for the injured Katich, White/Khawja/Freguson for North, Johnson for Harris, Smith for Doherty and maybe Hilfenhaus for Siddle.

    C'mon Aussies beat the cocky poms!

  • on December 7, 2010, 18:15 GMT

    I am enjoying all of the talk about who should be sacked and what young guns should come in. Finally, as Englishmen we can say, 'who cares'. Pick anyone you like, they will do no better. It is not a selection problem I'm afraid, it is Australian cricket. You have no one any better than the 13 used so far. Maybe the exception is Hauritz who is marginally better than XD, but no game changer folks, sorry.

  • I_Love_My_India on December 7, 2010, 18:13 GMT

    I am really happy for England and I was always jealous of Australian team and wanted to get them defeated by even the weakest teams in the world. But still, I really cannot see them losing so easily. I loved them though I was jealous. I wanted to get them come back packed as invincible as they were. Drop North and bring back Marsh and I guess they need M Johnson badly, because it is their bowlers which are getting them down and batting could be a bit though.

  • on December 7, 2010, 18:09 GMT

    What is going?! England Flattens Austrialia! unbelievable!

  • parasddun on December 7, 2010, 17:32 GMT

    Well,England won by 1and half innings and 71 runs as they lost only 5 wickets in Ist innings. Truely a comprehensive and complete victory. Sympathies for punter and hope he comes back strongly in Perth.(though it seems unlikely)

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 7, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    England won that in the first 15 minutes. Trott was right there with the throw, and Anderson was lethal. The initiative was always there with England after that. Strauss played hookie with history-I suppose his way of laying the ghost of early innings dismissals so that the outcome does not depend on them- and then it was all our batsmen. Even the weather agreed and hammered a final nail into Australia's spirits when it came midafternoon after the end of the game. It's sad Broad is out, but I do not think England will lose too much. Finn is growing quick and his run up round the wicket looks similar to Fraser's. All things being equal Tremlett should fit in seamlessly.

  • on December 7, 2010, 17:28 GMT

    Watch out for Tremlett in Perth.....I think he will frighten the wits out of the Ozzie whingers

  • on December 7, 2010, 17:20 GMT

    Great Briton!! You are thunder down under. Ozies are a fading team with a lame Captain in his twilight days. It is Swan song for now!! They were out numbered in all departments of the game.This is moment of truth and tip of the iceberg on things to follow!The Indians Started this...The English are following them.

  • on December 7, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    England totally outplayed the Aussies so hats off. However, need not get too far ahead of themselves since there are 3 more matches. I would like to see Tremlett getting a go at Perth since Broad is injured. Aussies need some tinkering to do as they are not clicking as individuals and team as a whole. Therefore, my team would be, Watson and Clerk to open followed by Ponting, Khawaja, Hussey, Ferguson, Haddin, Johnson, Hauritz, Hilfy and Bollinger. Bit of a gamble but i think this would work well.

  • Chapelau on December 7, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    Ozzies are tormenting themselves too much - face it - this England team is a totally different proposition - skilled and mentally tough. I cannot see a way back for Oz, only hope is Hussey draws them a game or two. Worse for Oz is that the cupboard is bare - witness the so-called hopefuls performing in the SA v NSW game - all dismal failures so far.

  • mrgupta on December 7, 2010, 14:52 GMT

    @Samdanh: Sorry mate but 'Success' isn't Luck. Why is it that when England batted the pitch was at its flattest and again became conducive when Aussies batted for the second time? England took 20 Aussies wickets and Aussies took only 6 English wickets in this match. That's the difference between the two Teams. Aussies lost to Pakistan's mediocre team, then lost 2-0 to India's almost half strength side, then lost at home to England and you still say they were unlucky! A team which has lost 4 out of its last 5 games isn't unlucky, they are just playing very very badly. Admit the fact the Aussies are not the best in the world anymore and their bowling attack can be rated only 3rd or 4th best among all teams.

  • on December 7, 2010, 14:49 GMT

    First of all Congrats to England. Come on guys there is no point in blaming Ponting he might be the captain but he is just one among the 11 players .Ponting is still the best person in the Australian line up to lead Aussies.You need your best guys to fire which is not happening for Ausies but at the same time its working for England. The Aussie fans need to give their full support and back them up.

  • on December 7, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Much as the Aussies have been rubbish, I think England have a genuinely dangerous team. Bring on India and Sri Lanka next summer!!

  • on December 7, 2010, 14:05 GMT

    Go England!!! Keep the pressure and earn the Ashes. Knock Australia on tooth and win the remain tests too.

  • Spin-to-win on December 7, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Well here is my bit: a few things, a stronger batting tail will not win you a test match and should not... so the best 4 specialist bowlers must be picked - you need 20 wickets - end of story. I'm afraid I see no X factor in Doherty... I think Hauritz would have bowled on that Adelaide pitch - bring him back. Some say Smith - Perth not a nice ground to initiate young Smith - but with the breeze, Hauritz will do quite well with his drift and some bounce. Doherty just bowls mostly flat 50 over style deliveries. Johnson must stay in state cricket - and learn or regain Test bowling skill. If Bollinger is out due to injury, Hillfy should return. He Bris match was not terrible and he has the goods. Give Siddle a break - he needs to play and will bowl well in Perth. Poor Kat is out so Hughes is an option or maybe even Marsh. Ok, as nice as bloke he is, North has to go. In my mind, there is only one guy to replace him. Cameron White - and there is your future Aus captain too.

  • ernest1877 on December 7, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    Samdanh - England "were also aided by luck"! Sure, they were very lucky to lose the toss and so not have to bat on day 1. What rubbish!!!!!!

  • diri on December 7, 2010, 14:02 GMT

    EPBA Andersen is not the best swing bowler in the world hahaha.....Steyn is!!!

  • on December 7, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    Well Done England! This is a great victory! Kevin Pietersen's best way to come in form!

  • landl47 on December 7, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    @volkwagon: Harbajan- average 32, strike rate 67. Vettori- average 34, strike rate 77. Harris- average 37, strike rate 82, Swann- average 27, strike rate 56. Incidemtally, Warne, the best bowler, seam or spin, that I have ever seen: average 25, strike rate 57. Only Murali among current bowlers has a significantly better record, and Murali is, let's say, a little different. Now he's retired from test cricket, there's no doubt that Swann is the best spinner in the world that all of us live in except, apparently, you.

  • Point4 on December 7, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    contd...they are just not getting their acts together.You RARELY see Aussies losing catches...and when they spill catches its a sign the team is in trouble..a few instances..2003/4 series SteveWaugh's farewell series-fielding was way below Aus standard,2k5 Ashes --unsual misfields,2007/8 against india at Perth and last test,2010 in Mohali missing the run out chance of Laxman thereby conceding winning runs..BUT this is a HOME series for Aussie Heavens' sake.and the listless on filed display just cannot be believed ...just seems there is much more to this poor performance than poor selection(although that may be the real reason)Just look at Cook's dominace and confidence and JOhnson's whimpering image and the difference is clear..rewind to 2008 to see where they were respectively (no need to go till 2k6 that was bit long ago).Cook's dodgy footwrok has not been fully tested by Auusie bowlers down under....unbelievably poor!!again Kudos Poms..keep it up clearly ur captain-coach axis rocks

  • Coastaltown on December 7, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    @Volkswagon. Swann 122 wkts at 27. Harris 99 wkts at 36. Enough said. I take your point about Vettori and Singh, though it's worth pointing out that Swann's average is significantly better than either of theirs as currently stands.

  • Clive_Dunn on December 7, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    One thing I've learnt from 25 years of cricket watching, never write off the Aussies as they are annoyingly resiliant when their backs are to the wall. This series is far from over.

    I think so far we've seen what most England fans ( albeit secretly ) suspected - this is the best England team in recent memory and can adapt itself to virtually any pitch conditions around the world. We might not win a series in India, but we'd put up a much better show with Swann than we ever would with our spinners of recent times.

    Feel sorry for Punter, no-one can set fields to that dross. Although setting a different field to every ball probably didn't help.

  • on December 7, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Actually it's 3 v 4 not 4 v 5 now!! but soon it will be 3 v 5 as SRI LANKA will move to 4th after Australia suffers home defeat...

  • on December 7, 2010, 12:41 GMT

    Well done England! Put those Aussies in place!

  • Samdanh on December 7, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    Full credit to England for playing with a lot more of purpose, discipline and plan. They were also aided by luck-no one can deny-that they got to play on the 2nd day and 3rd day when the wicket was the best for batting-credit should go to them for not wasting the opportunity. Aus on the other hand failed to be cautious on the opening day and lost the Test on day 1. Aus bowlers cant be blamed completely as they bowled on days when the wicket was its best for batting. It is Aus batting which is repeatedly letting the team down. even though batting during first two hours on day 1 and on 4th and fifth days on a terribly wearing pitch was a bit of ill luck for them. Eng on the other hand had the luck to have experienced a wicket in Brisbane which was getting flatter and flatter on day 4 and 5 when they were batting to save the Test match.

  • on December 7, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    i think it's also worth mentioning that this english team seems to comprise of such a lovely bunch of guys (apart from stuart broad who is going home anyway)... good to see that you don't have to do it the aussie way to beat australia...! and some aussie fan here said england are way better than india and should be no.1. fine by me, mate. anyone but your lot :-)

  • on December 7, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    One thing is for sure,Ricky ponting was nvr a great captain nd it proves now.he got a strong team b4 dats y he used 2 win but d real test was now nd he failed.I think d best captain was Stepehn fleming who made d best use of limited resources.As far as aus team is concerned,d most talented guy is playing useless games bring back Shaun marsh.

  • Guernica on December 7, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Awesome performance from England but let's keep it in perspective. I don't really want to offer too much hope or comfort to Aussie fans, but remember that England hammered a full-strength South Africa by a similar margin last winter. They ended up drawing that series and by the end of it were looking second best to a South Africa team that had only made 2-3 changes. England have looked much more consistent with the bat on this tour than they did then, but it does show how quickly things can change. Luckily Strauss/Flower are pretty grounded so will no doubt remind the team of this.

  • EPBA on December 7, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    Congrats England They currently have the best spinner in the world Graema Swann and the best swing bowler in Anderson

  • bonko on December 7, 2010, 12:09 GMT

    Brydon Coverdale, you don't know the difference between 'underestimate' and 'overestimate', in common a large number of contemproary sports commentators. Brydon, just consider consider what you said in today's bulletin 'Swann bowls England to victory'.

  • 200ondebut on December 7, 2010, 12:05 GMT

    Great job by England - however should not start celebrating series win until it's in the bag. Need to keep foot firmly on the throat and not give the Aussies any snift of a chance. I guess the situation the Aussies find themselves in should be a lesson in humility - especially if your batting line up relies on the over 35's.

  • HerbertAnchovy on December 7, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    Cook is a walking wicket, Pietersen is hopelessly out of form and not a team player, Bell is a ninny with a poor record in Australia, off spinners don't take wickets in Australia, Anderson can only take wickets in English conditions, Finn is untested, England only ever win at home, Australia have home advantage, 5-0 to Australia!!! Ha ha ha!!!

  • MightyOne on December 7, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    I don't disagree that England are the clear favorites at this point - but be careful of calling the series just yet. Since the decline of the Aussies over the past couple of years, not even current no.1's India have really dominated a series from start to finish- especially not a 5-test series - and remember this England team held on by their fingernails to save a 1-1 series draw to SA last year. My point is that any team that just lost by an innings and change is going to look awful, whilst the victors are going to look superhuman. I think this England team have found a backbone (called Andy Flower) and some talent to go with their hard work - so I wouldn't bet against them, but as the saying goes: "Tomorrow is another day". A rotten session at the wrong time could still sink the English summer. However, for that to happen the Aussies are going to have to find some inspiration, and I don't see it coming from Ponting. Great batsmen, lousy captain. Sad way to be remembered Ricky!!

  • george204 on December 7, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    As an Englishman, I never believe in victory until I see an England captain holding the trophy, in fact I went to bed last night convinced that Aus and/or the weather would draw the game. So it was a nice surprise to wake up, check the score & find that England had won - well done lads! Whenever I actually watch the game live, England lose (Headingley '09, Adelaide '06 to name but a few) - the good news is that I got rid of my Sjy Sports subscription last year & I'm too busy at work to stay up late on Cricinfo, so perhaps they are in with a chance!

  • phoenix_from_ashes on December 7, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    @volkswagon are you really suggesting Paul Harris is in the same league as Swann? Really? Not even Harris beleives that. More to the point, the next best spinner in Australia right now is Panesar so it looks like Hauritz for the 3rd test. England 3-0.

  • on December 7, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    There is a lot of anger on here directed at Ponting and the selectors, as if they cannot see the blindingly obvious best team, but there is not a consensus about what that team is. My objective opinion (or as objective as I can be as a Brit) is that the worst thing Aus could do is chop and change in search of a magical player. I remember Ashley Giles, in 2005, responding to a hostile media with "I am the best spinner England have. Its not as if I have the English Shane Warne locked in my cellar". Whether or not he was right (about being the best) there is a lesson here - you can only pick the players you have. A good example being Hauritz. He is not Warne, or even Swann, but he is the best Aus have. Aus should pick their most talented XI (e.g. Johnson in, Doherty out) and stick with them for the rest of the series. Tell them that they are safe for this series, and allow them to play with freedom. They may still lose, but it is the best chance they have to win.

  • gujratwalla on December 7, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    I am neutral here but it is always wonderfull to see the underdogs get on top!Australia will need more than sledging,pre-match propoganda and inspiration to beat England.Strauss has a nice,diplomatic,clear-headed but determined outlook to things and evidently his side is totally behind him.Australia always brings the best in Pietersen and that is vital for England.Cook has been magnificent and hopefully his form is going to continue but the difference is Swann and his ability to expliote a turnig pitch.Australia can draw solace from the form of M.Hussey but i think they were too hasty in dropping Johnson and Hilfenhaus especialy the latter.

  • on December 7, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    I was waiting for this to happen. England held up their nerves for this win. I am sure they will not let this down in the last test.

  • allblue on December 7, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Apart from Strauss' misjudgement with the bat and Prior's difficult drop on day 5 just about a perfect performance from England. I think the key session was the second. Aus had recovered from their nightmare start to 94 for 3 - below par but back in the game. In the afternoon they scored only 65 for 2 in 30 overs, and this on a first day Adelaide wicket. Swann tied down one end, the seamers backed him up with tight aggressive lines and all supported by shrewd field placings and superb fielding. One of the best sessions I've ever seen from England, they just suffocated the Aussies. What a difficult job for the Aussie selectors, because England under the two Andys won't ease off. The danger is that they throw in some youngsters, and inexperience coming in to a side bereft of confidence against opponents on a roll can irreparably damage a career - look at Doherty. I think the Aussies had forgotten how bloody difficult Test cricket is, and they need some calm heads at the helm.

  • Herbet on December 7, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    Gutted for Broad, he's going to have to wtach this from home with his heating cranked up rather than be part of the party. Tremlett though if anything could be a bigger threat as a bowler and its unlikely that we are going to require Broad's runs. Tremlett can swing a bat though too.

  • FTB93 on December 7, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    Australia have only lost one test it isnt the end of the world. Just drop north for White, Siddle for Johnson, Doherty for Smith and bring in Marsh for Katich(even though the selectors will go with Hughes).

  • on December 7, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    I think we all need to give credit to Andy Flower the England coach, he must be one of the best coaches in the world, the way he's turned this English team around is remarkable.

    The team spirit and belief that these English players have is fantastic. It's all down to an excellent coach - I salute you Mr Flower !

    [fyi - Andy Flower is another Southern African propping up English cricket ]

  • satanswish on December 7, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    Only bringing back Warnie or McGrath would make Aussies win any test in this Ashes. LOL

  • Herbet on December 7, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    A thorough spanking for Australia in their own back yard. Sweet. I dont want to tempt fate but I cant see where Australia are going to get the required 40 wickets in the next 2 tests from to be able to win the series. England look superior in every way, particularly in bowling where Australia look about as poor as any Test team I have seen bar Bangladesh. I think Australia have aided England with some quirky selections but I still think there batting is strong enough to get big scores, but these will lead to draws rather than wins. Hussey looks the only player on current form who would be worth a place in an Aussie team circa 1995-2006. My Australia team for the next test would be; Hughes, Jaques, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Watson, Haddin, Johnson, Hauritz, Tait(if fit)/Harris, Hilfenhaus

  • diri on December 7, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    Man!!! When are AUS going to play SA again????? Imagine the thumping they are going to get from SA who are now the best side in the world and who should dominate the way AUS did..

  • Australia17594 on December 7, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Actually it's 3 v 4 not 4 v 5 anymore SRI LANKA ARE NOW FIFTH

  • on December 7, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    @Pablo.. I think it's pretty fair to count Australia out. A poor bowling attack (Bollinger the "attack leader in 2010" was dropped by Worcestershire in favour of 19 year old nobodies when he played here - and he's the best you've got? Harris seems ok, now the only bowler that a 2nd division English County might try and sign - the rest are local league standard, and Docherty would struggle to play that. Ponting and Hussey world class - And that's your lot. 2-0 to England. Ponting loses 3 out of the last 4 Ashes series. Bye Bye Aussies

  • DamieninFrance on December 7, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    Brilliant victory by England. Well played, sirs.

    The shame is that we Aussies thought this series might be close.... How well have England played? I can't remember seeing a team better prepared in Navy blue. Nerves on the first day in Brisbane, but since then, not a blip on the radar.

    Sure, the series may not be over yet, but there's little more than hope and grit that can save the Aussies from here.

    IF Johnson captured his best form, and O'Keefe turned out to be the next Warne, we'd still be struggling to field a batting line-up that could play as well as England's. Start planning for 2013, lads!

  • volkswagon on December 7, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Worlds Best spinner Grahame Swann, are Daniel Vettori and Harbajan Singh not living in this world????????????? Even Paul Harris compares to this guy?

  • on December 7, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Congratulaions : Well done England. Beating Australia is always special and thrashing with massive victory. Aussies are on the run, we must keep the pressure. We can win the three remaining tests too. I feel sorry for Stuart Broad injury.

  • Point4 on December 7, 2010, 9:50 GMT

    Having seen the 2 matches completely me too would be singing the swan song--Aus bowling is toothless.So many things have changed(forced to change)in cricket but one thing,one and only one factor, the most important remains the same be it 2010 or 2005 or 1910--"BOWLERS WIN MATCHES" being an Indian no one know this better than us.Hang on for a moment..England is playing disciplined,well trained and professional cricket and kudos to them BUT are they as great as 1000/5 suggests...compare Strauss,Cook,Trott,KP,Colly to Katich,Ponting,Clarke,Hussey.if the current form of the Aus batters are overlooked,doesnt it seem there is very little to seperate them/even Aussies are better on paper.Punter may well strike back with all viciousness to score a devilish humongous double ton.The real problem is Aus bowling --the issue is ALL of them are new and you just cannot except debuatnts to be 'spear heads' although sensational debuts can be expected at times.They are bowling their hearts out but.

  • on December 7, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    I have only recently become a cricket fan and was told that AUS are the best so I hope they are gonna make the series dramatic .)

    Btw the broadcasting rights seem quite restricted, no tv of course here but radio coverage unavailable as well? Only the australian bar downtown shows the matches from 01:00 :)

  • Foxswoop on December 7, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Australia will win the Ashes 3-1. And I have just as much chance of riding the winner of the 2011 Melbourne Cup backwards. The Poms are just too good unfortunately and us Aussies deserve to be ranked no.5.

  • on December 7, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    Hi Shankara Narayanan next summer (UK) Sri Lanka, are coming to England followed by India. So we will find out.

  • on December 7, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    One Down Three more to go :)

  • souwesterly on December 7, 2010, 9:36 GMT

    A most excellent piece of demolition work from England - well done lads! Australia does have a problem - they've been a fantastic side for years but the old and trusted players have begun to fade or exhaust themselves. Or perhaps they've been playing too many matches against the sub-continental sides. Their youngsters haven't had enough experience yet - or they've been thrust into desperate win or lose situations. Now is not the time to behead the team - Ponting is an excellent captain and team player - but he's getting little or no support. Many other Aussie players are also excellent (on their day) but pressure and age have conspired to undermine them. So stick with the good 'uns but bring in more new boys. This series is going to be lost - so get over it - it will provide an excellent chance for Australia to blood new talent and to gradually create a new (younger) team for the future.

  • Australia17594 on December 7, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    Right so far the Public Selectors have chosen: Smith, D Hussey, White, Johnson, Harutiz, Hughes, Marsh, Hodge, khawaja, ferguson etc.. Clearly The selectors cannot choose all of them and nobody is actually a standout. There's the problem. NO STANDOUT PLAYERS

  • Romansoul23 on December 7, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    First of all, I congratulate England for their magnificent performance. They outclassed Australia in every aspect of the game. I read people praying for storm to come. I wonder why people couldn't see the storm though it didn't come in form of rain but in the form of Aussie wickets as well as their confidence shattering and falling everywhere. As a cricket spectator and lover, I want to say that we must not discard ones achievements with defeat in couple of matches or series. Ponting has done remarkably well for the Aussies over the years. It is sad to read the comments people making against him. He is one of the cricket legend. We must not forget "There is a fall to every rise." The same happened to the West Indian side but we must not start condemning our teams if they can not rise to the occasion. Though, I understand it is hard to digest if it happens to my team. It is the same if India loses to Pakistan or vice versa. I hope all of us will see close contest for rest of the series

  • RajArya on December 7, 2010, 9:30 GMT

    A little bit of PERSPECTIVE please...these two test teams are ranked what.... 4th and 5th ? All this drum beating cos a couple of has-been teams who are heading for a minnow status manage to play some schoolboy class cricket.....does not make them brilliant.. Its all relative - In the land of blind , the one-eyed man is king.

    The real battle is coming soon - India v S Africa........

  • PLeicester on December 7, 2010, 9:29 GMT

    Neighbours, Skippy, Home and Away, Rolf Harris, Dame Edna Everage, Sir Les Patterson, Russell Crowe, the bloke who served me in the Black Swan Covent Garden, Waltzing Matilda, Men At Work, Paul Hogan, Prisoner Cell Block H, Boney, Ian Thorpe, David Campese, Kylie Minogue... YOUR BOYS TOOK ONE HELL OF A BEATING!!!!

  • on December 7, 2010, 9:13 GMT

    Good to see that KP has adopted the team's relatively modest stance. However, although he didn't grandstand as much as we are accustomed to after his double ton, it would have been gracious of him to acknowledge the fact that Cook, Trott and Strauss between them had considerably blunted and demoralised the Australian attack over the previous week, leaving KP the relatively simple task of completing the mauling. KP must be reminded that there are batsmen ahead of him and following him in the order who are just as capable of scoring big totals. These guys' successes have given the selectors the luxury of allowing KP time to find his form again. KP is no longer a key player for this team, rather a valued component, just like everyone else. More humility please KP, you're never far from allowing yourself to exaggerate your own worth.

  • on December 7, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    A good win for England... They thoroughly deserved this one... I used to feel bad for 'em when they were facing the tough One and a half decade (90's-2k5).... But, as they say... Things turn around and that is happening now.. Aussies are facing the heat now, which they are not used to for a long long time..... But, as somebody said it before, cricket is a funny game and things can still turn around in no time.. Probability of this looks a lil' low though.... Now, coming back to Punter, I think all the smack he is getting is a lil' too harsh... he has already proved his mettle as a damn good player, no doubt about it. He is going through a lean phase, and unfortunately for him it has coincided with a losing streak.. He might get sacked, as Australians have a history of sacking v. good players ungracefully... Let's see what happens in the remaining 3 tests!!

  • popcorn on December 7, 2010, 9:00 GMT

    @asillypoint - "One swallow doth not a summer make". It's not over till it's over.Australia will win the series, 2 -1 or 3 -1.This is the right time to turn to John Arlott to remind all Aussie baiters and haters - because Australia has been so good and other teams could never be as good - of what Australian sport is about. "Australianism," he wrote, "means single-minded determination to win - to win within the laws but, if necessary, to the last limit within them. It means where the 'impossible' is within the realm of what the human body can do, there are Australians who believe that they can do it - and who have succeeded often enough to make us wonder if anything is impossible to them".

  • on December 7, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    @custom kid the word trash can hardly be avoided if u are talking about australia. Sydney may be over for u coz thats one normal thing u do against the pommies, kiwis, srilankans, indians. Indian insecurities! Hypocrisy. The indian bench stength is firing much better than the assortment of australian "legends". Time for aussies to send their kids to nets before sledging camps. Understanding a charecterstic low ethos, u r forgiven for finding SCG forgettable. The whole world knows how the 08 tour was "won". The real brownie went to indians who slapped back at perth- worth winning a 100 tests abroad, considering the circumstances. Something aussies can never boast of.

  • cyniket on December 7, 2010, 8:54 GMT

    I'd just like to point out that this is the same australian team that won in SA and should have won at least the first test in India. They don't usually get smashed, so give them a chance before the post mortems. England have obviously got over their post 2005 funk, so they are a big challenge again. Ponting is nothing if not a fighter and australia didn't become a bad team overnight. Someone earlier suggested that this will be the first of many defeats in australia to teams like SA, india and SL. Well the aussies did lose at home to SA (before returning the favour), but they are very unlikely to lose at home to india or SL. Not sure either of those teams has ever won a series in aus, don't suppose it's going to be happening any time soon.

  • AkilKapasi on December 7, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    I've wondered recently why when Australia used to summarily thrash England, they were 'the greatest side ever.' But now England have outclassed Australia in two consecutive test matches, it's not down to how good England are, but how poor Australia are? Don't get me wrong, The Australian sides that used to beat us routinly were the greatest sides ever. But this Australian team were an LBW away from winning one of the tests against India in India. Had they have won that, the next test could have been very different. I don't think this Australia team are on the safe level as Oz teams that have gone before, but they're no means poor. I just think England are very good. Good win, long may it continue!

  • on December 7, 2010, 8:47 GMT

    Easy win for England! Congratulations..:)

  • on December 7, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    I think it is end of Australian supremacy, they have not been as dominating as they had been in last one and half decade. I also believe that the standard of cricket is also decreasing in Australian cricket, it is really very bad news for their cricket fans. If they continue to play like this, their fans will lose interest in cricket.

  • David47 on December 7, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    @dismayed - no, the question is "what makes White a test player"? Is he in the top 6 "long form of the game" batsmen in Aus? - no. Is he in the top 4 or 5 bowlers? - definately not. Then he would only come into the test side to be Captain, and that's simply not going to happen (not with these selectors - although I agree the test captaincy needs to be looked at). Should he be our ODI and T20 captain? - absolutely; no question. And in those forms he's also in the top 6 or 7 batsmen in the country. So will that happen? - not with these selectors.

  • on December 7, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    the english has back ,thanks to KEVIN PETERSEN & SWAN .

  • on December 7, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    Great chance for England to retain the ashes. Just a win away. Just remember their previous tour it was so heart breaking

  • nawazkhan1 on December 7, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    I think Australia does'nt have a spinner who deserves to be in a national team because all are pretty ordinary bowlers, even when hauritz took a good number of wickets Pakistan it was clear that it wasn't because of good bowling it was beacuse of horrible batting.

  • on December 7, 2010, 8:23 GMT

    Hope England will win the series..

  • on December 7, 2010, 8:15 GMT

    Finally the Aussies have been washed...its such a wonderful sight this !!

  • on December 7, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    Good Win England - May be BCCI should consider a series against England in the near future. Wonder how Indian batters would play Swann!!

  • on December 7, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    The significance of the win cannot be OVERestimated...when will journalists learn?

  • on December 7, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    Its not over until its over :-) still Aussies have the chance of snatching the series :-) for that Ponting has to step forward and to lead from the front (what he is good at ).... well in England point of view they have plenty to cherish their top order is in Top form :-) KP has silenced the criticism by scoring a double... Cook and Strauss leading from front," worlds best spinner " Swan is brilliant, Anderson is awesome what else they want to retain Ashes :-) they r "Mighty England " ....... all i can say for aussies is "All the Best "..... its the best Ashes England Squad :-)

  • shri619 on December 7, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    removing ponting you will see a change the team.......!

  • on December 7, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    It is England's moment of well-deserved glory. All players, bowlers, batsmen et all are in their peak forms and the the team is heading towards becoming No. 1 test team in the very near future. Congratulations to Cook, Pietersen, Swan and the rest for a brilliant performance.

  • on December 7, 2010, 7:52 GMT

    Warnie please come back for just one more time.You can still do it for the Aussies.Only you can do it now.

  • Picahs on December 7, 2010, 7:44 GMT

    Congratulation to England, continued success...

  • Pablo123 on December 7, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    @ Deenesh - SA has already had a test series win in Aus - check your history.

    I think the death nell for Aus is a bit premature, won't you all look silly if they go and win the final 3 tests ?

    Cricket is a funny game, one day you down, the next, you up - don't count them off!

  • on December 7, 2010, 7:29 GMT

    It's funny how everyone is an expert selector. The same guys who said drop hauritz and mitchell johnston are now probably asking for them back. No point blaming Ponting because he does not have much to work with. Changing faces will not help. The Aussie fans need to give their guys some support and faith. The lambasting they are getting like from "dismayed" will not help. They are trying their best, but they don't have the same skills as the players of the past. Plain and simple.

  • asillypoint on December 7, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    @Popcorn - good to see you're back. Whatever happened to your earlier predictions of Australia thrashing England. I know it is a terrible (and totally silly point) but maybe the demise of Australia has something to do with a better opposition. Sorry to say, but can't see Australia bowling England out twice, Perth or anywhere else!

  • shhash on December 7, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    Pietersen played the superb innings, Aussies need to change their entire bowling unit and Michael Clarke. Australia is like a toothless snake in cricket. They need to tour Zimbabwe or Bangladesh to get their form back. LMAO... LOL.. ha ha ha

  • on December 7, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    Andrew Strauss and team is doing good...You should will 3-0 and retain the URN....Happy to see punter loosing...

    Well said @pranavcrazyguy. Aussies are cheats. Punter is their captain hook.

  • aby_prasad on December 7, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    The higher you reach, the harder you fall ! BUT please, spare a thought for Ricky Ponting. He is a man who has seen greats around him, great victories around him. One by one, the greats around him have disappeared. One by one, the great victories have gone too. He is the last man standing from that great Australian team! Feel bad for him big time. Under that brave face of his, only he must know how painful it is to face all this...alone!! without any of his great ex-team mates and friends. I just hope he exits with dignity, not unceremoniously!.Please Aussies and cricket lovers, stick with this guy at least. He is the last great player standing from that great cricket team! (hope he has the stamina to stay put until things go full circle again! like even sachin had to too for a long time in his career)

  • elle119 on December 7, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    Well based on the way the Australian players played in this match they deserved to lose. And on the bright side, if they were going to lose, better to lose by a large large margin i.e. an innings, rather than just a few runs. That way selectors won't have the excuse of "they were close, lets not make any changes and see how they go next test". If North is not dropped, surely he has to be paying the selectors to pick him for each test... As for Doherty, I was at first hopeful he would be a good player seeing as he actually spins the ball (as opposed to Hauritz who spins nothing), but seeing his lack of control, he needs to quickly be axed and perhaps worked with to decrease bowling speed and practice landing them in good areas i.e. NOT short and wide to be cut 3 times in consecutive deliveries... finally Siddle... ineffective at best - my team would be (i kno some are injured) Watson Hughes White Ponting Clarke Hussey Macdonald Paine O'keefe Harris Bollinger - 4 seam, 3 spin 8 batsman

  • rajiviirs on December 7, 2010, 7:17 GMT

    What so ever happens in the next 3 Ashes test I feel world cup this time around is in for grab by English men.

  • Verleus on December 7, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    I know this is an odd suggestion,but everyones speakin about warne....So how abt Symo...Warnes officially retired,but symonds was sacked from the team before he retired,so maybe he migh jus be ready to come back,isn't it?Hes far better than North,anyway.

  • Foxx74 on December 7, 2010, 7:15 GMT

    I wonder now; whether Mike Hussey will accept their Test Ranking... it kinda makes sense now hey Mr Cricket.

  • on December 7, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    England finally burried the ghost of Adelaide 2006 were they started as their First inning as the dominant position only be equalled by Ricky ponting dropped chanced brilliance and the Test which are appeared for the draw in the second inning till Shane warnes magic bundled out Pommies for nothing eventually helped Australia for the famous ashes victory,Now English had their own back by crushing Oz by inning and 71 runs first at home in terms of inning defeat in entire decade.Great stuff from the Englishman.

  • anver777 on December 7, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    As i predicted last week Swann is yet to shine in this Ashes, he returns with a match winning five-for in the 2nd innings.... a haul of 7 wkts in the match. Well Bowled!!!!!!!!

  • Gupta.Ankur on December 7, 2010, 7:06 GMT

    Ponting's over-hyped bubble has been busted.Not only the past 1 year has shown his in-ability to perform under pressure,but also the fact that his success as a skipper was due to his more superior team-mates.

    Ponting has been found wanting with the bat,while earlier he use to excel as the burden was largely shouldered by his superior team mates.

  • ranga_s on December 7, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    nice performace english boys.....specially swann....sacking bunch of cricketeres won't help aussies...if they play cricket as it's supposed to, which is human, they'll compete...the day they'd understand it's not the hype but the performance that wins cricket, they'll get back on track...england played purely upto their potential...nothing over-hyped...just talent converted into performance...i dnt know what aussies think...but rest of the world doesn't give a damn about skills of steven smith, nathan hauritz, micheal clarke...etc...for instance mark nicholas and ian chappel couldn't resist making a another warne outta smith which will never happen...if u got hype+talent to match other teams thru media..on the field you eventually gonna lose coz there only talent matters....unless they do something about that channel 9 idiots and focusing on cricket I'm sad to say (but happy in some ways) no god can stop aussies from being next WI....

  • on December 7, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Not the best of the times for teams from Down Under. If England don't win the Ashes from this point on, they should never compete again !

  • on December 7, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    Nice victory England. Swan is becoming better and better.

  • on December 7, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    Congratulations England. The slide has started for the once mighty Australia. One cannot be on top for ever. England has been showing consistent performance over the years. They have played well both in Brisbane and in Adelaide. Australia will have tough time to face them in the bouncy Perth. Unless otherwise, there is marked improvement in batting and bowling by Australia, they cannot stop England win the Ashes in Australia for long years. Andrew Strauss keep going.

  • outsiders on December 7, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    @Majr

    Agreed - Marsh looks a better batsman then Hughes... Wherever is he now anyhow ? Is he in the first XI for WA?

  • Abhijeth_Manohar on December 7, 2010, 6:30 GMT

    Continued.. that it will will take the current Australian team years of experience and skills to match. Also given the fact, that teams over the world are waiting to pounce given the thrashing, sledging and pain they have suffered from the hands of Australia over the years. Every team over the world has players within their ranks who have witnessed and been a part of an Australian beating. But now, this time they see a weakness, a glaring Achilles' heel in the form of inexperience. They will take this opportunity to crush them while Australia is still down and remind them of it each time time in the future they meet. Yes, it will take a while to rebuild Team Australia but before that the next 5-10 years of test cricket are going to be pretty brutal for them.

    And for the first time this decade I believe, we are going to see a different WORLD CUP Winner since 1999.

  • on December 7, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    Failure as a captain and with scores of 0 & 9, I do not understand why CA cannot replace Ponting... Let us not talk about 5 tests against England. talk about the whole of last year - Pakistan, India and now the Ashes...! Too much to consider... but if you are looking at the future of CA... the time to take a decision is now instead of looking at scapegoats like North...

  • Abhijeth_Manohar on December 7, 2010, 6:19 GMT

    Maybe they should get Warne, he could still probably bowl better than Doherty, Hauritz, Smith, who else is left? I fear this series is headed for a one sided affair going forward. Australia are headed towards the void the West Indies had when their greats retired. Lara, Hooper, Ambrose and Walsh had to fill in the gaps but when they too retired leaving only Lara with a bunch of inexperienced players, West Indies truly entered one of their darkest periods in their cricket history. Similarly Australia which have only Ponting and Katich left behind from the great Australian team that dominated world cricket for most of the decade, will really feel the punch when Ponting (Age=36), Hussey(Age=36), Katich(Age=35) retire. This Australian team has good players but the expectations for Australia are much greater. Players like Hayden, Langer, S&M Waughs, Gilchrist, Warne, Mcgrath, Gillespie took their losses very seriously and played with such single minded focus and ruthless efficiency that

  • sajidimrankhan on December 7, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    what a blow for australia:(((( this defeat is due to mistakes in bating, bowling, any thing u say???? north, doherty should be thrash out...should bring c white, o keefe, and any gud opner they require. thy need to forget ths and start a thrilling start agianst "shit england"

  • on December 7, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    England crushed Australia by an innings and 71 runs after a spectacular collapse of wickets early on the final day in the second Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.

    Hope to see England retain the ashes

  • on December 7, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    and now i want to ask Mr Glenn Mcgrath who was predicting a 5-0 whitewash... "what happened SIR???" these big mouthed aussies wont learn ever. time to start playing better instead of talking... well played england. the ashes is theirs for the taking.

  • Australia17594 on December 7, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    Cam White is ODI. NO TEST FOR WHITE AT ALL. It is better for a more younger player to play. Australia would be better off losing as a younger team than winning as an older team, otherwise WHAT ABOUT THE FUTURE??

  • on December 7, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    England team rocking in ashes test series...

  • on December 7, 2010, 6:07 GMT

    Me very disappointed for Ricky, I still consider him the best person in the Australian line up to lead Aussies. But the blunt fact is that after Warne, McGrath, Hayden, Langer this Australian line up will take some time to recover from the severe jolt. It was very hard for me to see Rick losing but its England turn and they certainly making the most of it....

  • Doogius on December 7, 2010, 6:03 GMT

    England smash Australia in Australia. India were lucky to creep past Australia in India. Shows how much the ICC ranking system is a joke. Based on 2010 performances, England are the best cricketing nation in the world (it hurts to say that as Im an Aussie). Pity India won't play England, probably because the BCCI thinks the weather is too cold :)

  • on December 7, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    I hate to say it, but well played England, brilliant with both bat and ball and a much better captain than we have. Please, please sack Ponting now; he's been our worst captain for years and now can't even bat. Replace him with Cameron White, get Shaun Marsh in for Katich, replace Haddin with Paine, Seriously consider Andrew Mcdonald as a replacement for North as he is in the batting form of his life and a very capable bowler (incredibly economical). An economical bowler might not strike as often but they sure raise the pressure on the batsmen, which assists the actual strike bowler. Come on guys, it's not a secret. Concentrate when batting, line and length when bowling, hunt in packs and keep the pressure on. Something the Punter doesn't understand (pressure). What a crappy defensive muddy thinking captain. We should call him "Plodder" now and not Punter.

  • on December 7, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    ponting's fall to disgrace proves only one thing- aussies cant win if they dont cheat or sledge! The best thing is, given his age and world finally realizing he is no legend, he may not have a chance of redemption. Truly deserved. Windies were revered, aussies defeat is the Goliath's fall.Cherished by all. Meanwhile pommies finally learnt its better to finish polished rather a dying hero.

  • trepuR on December 7, 2010, 6:01 GMT

    Firstly, despite his herculean effort, Katich has to be replaced with his injury, all the best Katto, in my oppinion you're the best batsmen in the side for your mental temprament and application, hope you get back, but time is running out. Second, sack Ponting from captain, this would allow him to foccus on the only thing he ever did well: batting. Thirdly, drop North for Kawajah, he is young, but Australian cricket doesn't have the depth it used to, so he is our next best bet. I would like to have seen at the start of the series Johnson, Hauritz, Bollinger and Harris/Hilfy in the attack. But having dropped Johnson, he should be kept playing first class cricket, he wouldn't benefit from being brought straight back in. Also, they must drop Doherty for Hauritz, and Siddle for Hilfy. If they had chosen this attack first up and the series had of gone the same, I wouldn't have minded the pitches were all too flat, but the bowling attck they chose was completely wrong in the first place.

  • Santhosh3186 on December 7, 2010, 5:57 GMT

    Ashes Living up to its reputation... Hope Aussies keep the road like pitches at bay. Just because they have Watto opening and out of form batsmen to follow, they need flat pitch. Their bowlers struggle to take out in form English batters. And In form English bowlers can take 20 Aussie wickets even on roads!!!

    Get Livelier pitches and lets have rippers ending in 4 days. Aussies will have a chance then...

  • manjulap on December 7, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    It was just fantastic to see England trash the mighty Aussies! well done England keep the momentum going. Now try hard to gain that No. 1 spot and you stay there for ever! teach those Indians a lesson too who thinks no end of them selves!

  • Nerk on December 7, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    Okay, this is when Australia make a glorious comeback and win the series 2-1! ;)

  • 0wais on December 7, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    Really well played England.... Lovely to see the Aussies thrashing to defeat!!! If Australia wants to compete they must drop Doherty and North, otherwise The Ashes is going

  • on December 7, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    bring back brett lee for remaining tests.......... he will do some damage with johnson and siddle..................

  • Shan156 on December 7, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Great victory for England. Regardless of the strength of this Aussie team, it is still a great effort to win by an innings in Australia (the last time Aussies lost by an innings at home must be, I am guessing, 1992/1993 against the then mighty West Indies). Also, I think it must be decades since we last beat the Aussies by an innings anywhere. Kudos to Strauss and his boys. They are in good form and long may it continue. Only problem is the loss of Broad to injury but we have Tremlett waiting in the wings. He can fill in for Broad as a bowler. As a batsman, perhaps not, but we really don't need Broad's batting against this Aussie opposition:-)

    Australia are a good team and will come back at us hard in Perth. So, England should not get complacent and continue to fight hard.

    On a different note, nice to see lot of Indians appreciate England's victory. Must be more anti-Aussie than pro-England, I would think:-) Anyway. it must be a great series against India next year at home.

  • Donut_Davey on December 7, 2010, 5:49 GMT

    Davo47 I agree with you that the selectors should make a substancial change but probably won't and will probably only replace Katich due to being forced. The only question is why drop Watson to six. He failed there and when he batted there he almost ended his Career. When he is at 6 or 7 he is expected to be almost a frontline bowler and he struggles. In his mind he is a batting alrounder and this makes him a better bowler less pressure. Also he opened because Hughes cannot handle great paceman and with no Katich who else. WA - Marsh cannot score runs in important time. SA - only Cooper and he is aligned to Netherlands. NSW - Jaques has struggled resently TAS/QLD/VIC have nothing. So you risk destroying one of Australia's best player to bring in a weak player. All of Australia depth is in the middle order anyway.

  • on December 7, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    north should get out , and cameron white should replace instead of katich huges should come Doherty by Hauritz

  • aartha on December 7, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    It's time to change the policy of CA to more young blood into International level like India. Because nowdays more cricket, more demands. Throw the old guns gradually otherwise you need an Allen Border to bring back the glories of Australlian Cricket

  • PlayingItStraight on December 7, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Give Daniel Christian the spot that surely must be vacated by Marcus North ... he's in good touch right now, has played international cricket, and can bowl. Watson has to stay at the top of the order so there's really only space for one opener, which you would think Phil Hughes would be first in line to take. As for a spinner, do we really need one in Perth? Maybe Steve Smith more to strengthen the batting?

  • Aussieslover on December 7, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Australia still have one test to go. I think the selectors have some work. First drop North before even thinking of the squad. Second drop doherty even if he falls at your feet. And finally drop Siddle (we don't want a man who take 6 in one innings and none in the next two). Sadly, you have to drop Katich because of his injury. Don't mind having new faces in the squad. The new guys can win you matches. First replace North with either Ferguson or Khawaja. Then replace Doherty with S.O'Keefe, not Smith because you need a good spinner. Replace Siddle with maybe Hilfy. Katich can be replaced with Hughes or bring Jaques back. Ponting, I really don't know whats wrong with you but you better bring back your form before they drop you too.

  • on December 7, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    Go England go!!! I wish a very bad luck to Oz in the next three games...and also Punter a plethora of DIAMOND DUCKS!!!

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

    Well done to the South Africans. They outplayed the Aussies and deserved to win. The selectors should all be sacked immediately. They are the reason Australian cricket is in the state it's in. I can't believe people are calling for White to be brought in?! It's the new, younger players that need to be called up to replace the old has beens. Khawaja, Ferguson, Steve Smith, O'Keefe and so on are the future and couldn't possible do worse than North etc

  • on December 7, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Another step down form top to bottom for Australia

  • on December 7, 2010, 5:21 GMT

    Congratulations to England for a superb win and breathtaking performances by the whole team.Good Team Effort

  • passionate_cricket_follower on December 7, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Aussies should consider bringing back Brad Hodge and Brett Lee if they want to have any chances to stage a fightback. This 11 is not the best they can pitch against the strongest England side in over a decade.

  • _Australian_ on December 7, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    Unfortunately we do not have a hope in this series. England are far dominant in all departments. Time for the Australian selectors to do what they should have done after the last Ashes loss in England. Blood young talent. We need to start a rebuilding phase of fresh talent sooner rather than later or risk being the also ran laughable England sides of the last 20 years. Debuting players in their late 20's or early 30's has to stop. We need young talent given time to mature in the test arena so that by age 28 they are peaking.

  • manish010287 on December 7, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    England are performing well but it Austrslia whose performance is appalling!!!!!! They need to get their act together and play like the team they are!!

  • Something_Witty on December 7, 2010, 5:07 GMT

    The selections are a no-brainer for Perth. But then, it should've been a no-brainer in Brisbane and even before that. Hughes in for Katich, Khawaja in for North, O'keefe or Smith in for Doherty.

  • on December 7, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Well played England!!! Way to go!! Ponting is burdened with captaincy... thats affecting his batting. They need to bring in White, Hauritz, Copeland and Marsh!

  • Suraj_bhatta on December 7, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    Great achievement for english cricket.More tension for Australians.Congrats Andrew Struss n team.

  • on December 7, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    well played England wondering bad time start for australianz....

  • on December 7, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Its time for bangladesh to invite australia for some series to win some test matches.... bangladesh played far better test cricket than aus against england.....

  • Dismayed on December 7, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    MinusZero, What makes White a ODI player?? He has payed his dues and Ponting needs someone around who knows how to Captain a side.Just as White has become one our our best ODI players he now has the maturity to do it at test level. Plenty of guys ahead of Khawaja. Siddle must go, ineffective too often, one innings 6 for a career does not make.Try hard but thats all he's got. Harris by far the most threatening.Bollinger not fit enough.

  • Baysider on December 7, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    At least 4 players should be getting the sack after that debacle, and the Aussie selectors should be next in line if they don't get it right this time. Hughes has not looked solid for a long time, so replacing Katich is no easy task. North has to go, his 9 lives are spent. Shaun Marsh should probably get a start, especially in Perth. Clarke unfortunately did enough to stay in and let us down one more time. Where do we buy a bowler? The selectors need to grovel very deeply to Shaun Tait, the only strike bowler in the country. The spinner MUST be a leggie, a real one, not a pretend one.

  • on December 7, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    embarrasing and they won't change the team for other than katich. the aussies are soft and some of them need to grow some balls and start playing tough hard nosed cricket. like they did back in the day

  • on December 7, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    Swann seems to be the best off spinner in the world currently, I would like to see him playing in the sub-continent against Srilanka and India - strong teams of playing spin bowling. He has a lot of variety in his armory.

  • VipulPatki on December 7, 2010, 4:57 GMT

    Too bad the match was already over by the time I woke up. Highlights, somehow, can't recreate the magical moments. Excellent work by England!

  • CustomKid on December 7, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    @pranavcrazyguy would you get over that match already for the love of god. This forum is about the ashes not your ongoing insecurites of the Indian national team!

    Your test team is number 1 in the world and you still cry about that game like a child with a broken toy. It's history now and I think the aussies have bigger issues at hand than looking back at a match that no one really cares about.

    The same can be said for your own team. I'd suggest you and your board start planning for a mass exodus of some of the best players ever. If your still so cut up about it perhaps your board might have the balls to schedule a few series away from home so you can exorcise a few of those demons.

    Take your indian trash talk else where.

  • stormy16 on December 7, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    Hard as is it is to beleive this surely is confirmation of the end of the golden era of Aussie cricket which started way back in the mid 80's under Border. All credit to Eng who outplayed the Aussies on all grounds and the game was won on that first morning. Anderson removing Ponting and Clark so early knocked the Aussis off their feet and they never really were steady after that. The 600+ is not unusual for Adelaid but KP back in the hunt with the top order in full flight Eng look strong as they have done for years and backed up by a good attack which inlcudes a top class spinner. For the Aussies its time to panic I would imagine. Batting and bowling has holes and most worringly no obvious talent to bring in. Without a miracle Eng should taste Ashes victory down under since 1987.

  • longdonkey on December 7, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    If Clarke hadn't got out last night things might have been different - they only needed to last out another 2 hours and Adelaide has been hit with a huge thunderstorm and the rest of the day would have been washed out. As for changes Johnson and Hilfenhaus in for Perth out goes Bollinger and Doherty. North will be on last chance street - the selectors really want him to succeed as he's captaincy material if Clarke's back goes.

  • prasanna2929 on December 7, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Oh poor aussies had to get the bitter taste of their own medicine.........better luck next time Mr.ponting.........

  • Aussasinator on December 7, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Congratulations to England. As usual, it is nice to see Australia accelerate their losing momentum. No greater high than that. I had put my finger on Swann and Pietersen to come good in this match and the series and they seem to be now on their way. If I have to offer a word of advice to Australia, it would be a wild one - Instantly spring a surprise by making Shane Warne the captain, drop Ponting and then watch the way the Ashes turn around!

  • shramiac1 on December 7, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    Sadly Australia has been delt a triple blow here! 1st losing the test, 2nd losing Katich and 3rd.....due to Katich's injury, Marcus North will probably get another test!!!! With Hughes most likely to replace Katich, the selectors won't want too many "new" faces in the team! Doherty will probably be dropped for Smith.....maybe.......for Warne!!!! ha ha ha

  • Dismayed on December 7, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    North must go.C.White in.Bring in Jacques or Hughes for Katich.S.Smith or O'Keefe for the Doherty and Siddlemust be drpped and Bollinger not fit enough. Probably for Hilf and Mitch J. I dont think the selectors have the guts to do what is requried. Once again Pontings captaincy is laugable and once again Clarke gets out just before stumps what a surprise, does not have the temperment for the tough stuff. Too soft. Dismayed,disgusted.

  • raysa on December 7, 2010, 4:37 GMT

    Well this time we still blame the selectors first, batsmen second & bowlers third. The bowlers bowled on a pitch where Warne & McGrath couldn't stop a much weaker pommie batting team scoring 500 plus. Therefore the issue was with batsmen.

    Katich best score in his last 10 innings has been 50. Hughes for35 year old Katich was going to happen next year anyway. North who fails every time when batting under pressure has to go. Smith Khawaja or Ferguson even if they fail can do no worse and the two that miss out will probably be replacing Ponting & Hussey soon.

    I'd like to see either Smith or Hauritz in the team (not competing for the same spot as is assumed) so that O'keefe gets a game in NSW. Statistically he's the man (25 yo) taking wickets at 25 and a batting average of 52. We need to see if he can maintain this and it's not just beginners luck.

  • on December 7, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    Great performance by England. Hope they win atleast 2 of the remaining 3 tests. I would like to see Swann in action against the Indians.......

  • Percy_Fender on December 7, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    Australia need to bring in Shaun Marsh and not Phil Hughes in place of the injured Katich,White for North, Nathan Hauritz for Doherty and Hilfenhaus for Siddle. They must resist the urge to bring back Johnson just yet who needs a few Sheffield games to get back his confidence. This tour seems to be going the way the Indian tour to Australia went in 2004. India played very well at Brisbane against all expectations and then won at Adelaide only to lose at Melbourne. The Sydney match was a big scoring draw after which Steve Waugh retired. Though Ponting has failed so far in this series, I think he has a few good years of cricket left in him and I am sure he will regain his touch soon enough.The series is not over just as yet even if England will feel pretty chuffed up with this win. But it must be said that they desrved to win in every sense of the expression. They have played much the better cricket of the two teams.

  • vinodkannan on December 7, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Its a fantastic moment in England Cricketer's life! WOW beating Australia in Australia! Ponting has to really think and play like a No.5 team and shouldn't be in the hangover of Yesteryear Australian's! Congrats to England and their captain Mr. Andrew Strauss! Win the Ashes and prove that you guys are worth a lot! All the best for rest of the 3 matches!

  • kickapakibutt on December 7, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    I am loving it. England all the way

  • pranavcrazyguy on December 7, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    Finally England have exorcised the ghosts of Adelaide 2006. Well done England and now go for it! Make it 2-0 in Perth! And it is satisfying that Ponting has had to eat another piece of humble pie. Each time Australia lose an important match these days on their way downhill, my mind goes back to the injustices of Sydney 2008 - in which Punter and Co. played a massive role. Hardly did they (or we) know that Sydney 2008 would be their Waterloo. The results for the Aussies after that test match, and before it, confirm that that was the point where the end began. As you sow, so shall you reap, Punter.

  • on December 7, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    Engerland go one up... yeow...

  • on December 7, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    Enjoyed watching England thrashing Australia in the 2nd test - Ashes series 10. Hope to see England retain the urn :)

  • Bang_La on December 7, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    Brydon, can you please send Australia to Bangladesh now? :)

  • on December 7, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    How desperately I wanted Swann to do well. I hope he continues the good work. A well deserved victory for England! Have heard so much about Shehzad; would like to see him bowl old ball.

  • on December 7, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Strauss men have now ensured that all the big talk by ozs will ring hollow now on. Ponting seemed to have suggested a 5-0 washout repeat but will have to wonder if t wd be 4-0 reverse washout for his men.

    Australia needs bowlers not ball boys. Until they find them, England can hope for a revenge of 2006/7 drubbing.

  • R.Suraj on December 7, 2010, 4:07 GMT

    I am eager to watch the next test...australia will try to dominate the strong england team...wow!!! actual test starts then....

  • on December 7, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    Mr "Pigeon" Maggy had predicted 5-0 white wash in favour of Aussies. He must be eating his words now. I will not be surprised if England hand over a 4 - 0 to Aussies. Ricky Ponting is pathetic, both as batsman and captain. He should give up his captaincy immediately and concentrate on his batting(same as Sachin did some time back). Shane Watson is the best option that Aussies have as captain, Michael Clarke is too soft and not captain material.

  • Quazar on December 7, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    Magnificent victory by England! Tremendous bowling by Anderson and Swanne! Backed up by excellent batting by Cook and Pietersen. I had actually believed Australia would narrowly take this series, given home advantage...but that is looking more and more unlikely now. Still, Perth should make for another exciting contest!

  • nkt60 on December 7, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    With rain interruptions, there was just enough time for little over 3 innings. Australia half, England one and a half and finally Australia one. Unfortunately One and half of Australia fell short of England's one and a half, so they lost. Moral of the story, you need to play your one and half innings in one shot.

  • on December 7, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    AUSSIES domination Terminated.................

  • Sanj747 on December 7, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    A well deserved vistory for England. They should continue this domination and complete a sweeep of the series. As for Australia, not sure if we have the right people in Cricket Australia that can make hard decisions. From what we have seen to date the answer is NO. Can't see us winning the Ashes let alone drawing the series. I would doubt whether we would see Ricky Ponting would be captaining the test team next year. The answer is not Michael Clarke either. I would be looking at Cameron White and Shane Watson as future leaders. It's okay to lose but not okay to lose without building for the future which should have started last season. The situation is embarassing and in simple terms things are a downright mess.

  • abyrao on December 7, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    Well Done England. Right from the first over of the match where Katich was runout till the end it was a England dominated test. Aussies have to look for a fresh thinktank and Ponting should be out as a captain. Hopeless Marcus North, Doherthy and all the 3 fast bowlers should face the axe. On top of it Katich is out with injury. England have a fantastic chance to win the Ashes

  • on December 7, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    awesome victory!! If Australia were hoping for storms, their prayers were not answered. In truth, they never recovered from the hurricane that struck on the first morning when they were 3 for 2. And now, England need only one more victory to retain the Ashes

  • on December 7, 2010, 3:52 GMT

    Well done England. English men are on roll n sure they will clinch the Ashes .

  • indy.rockz on December 7, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    where is that australian team that crushed england 5-0... i guess aussies are no more invincible .....

  • popcorn on December 7, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    I am devastated by Australia's capitulation to England this morning. Firstly, there was no need for Mike Hussey to play that stupid shot.Secondly, Haddin and North are not rookies, a lot depended on these three, and they failed to thwart England by stonewalling. The selectors have to be ruthless.Marcus North should be sacked.This is the last we want to see of him in Test Cricket. Xavier Doherty should be relegated to the dustbin.Usman Khwaja, Nathan Hauritz should come in at Perth.Tough choice between Hilfenhaus, Siddle, Johnson,Bollinger and Harris.I sugest Johnson should play more Shield Cricket - maybe sit out The Ashes, or bring him in at the MCG if he lifts.Hilfy will get swing at Perth. He should play. Dougie bowled well,he should play.Siddle was ineffective. He should play at his home ground,the MCG.Ryan Harris is good, he should stay. Australia MUST WIN the next three games, at least two, draw one. Like England lost the first Test in 2005,and came back to win The Ashes 2 -1.

  • on December 7, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    Shame shame...... An innings defeat....

  • on December 7, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    England played superbly. They truly deserves to win. It's high time that Australia should blood in some youngsters. Marcus North needs to go. Bring in Usman Khawaja. They also need a quality leg spinner in their ranks. All in all, well done England !

  • on December 7, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    Aussie dominance is really and truly dead.

  • on December 7, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Amazing performance by the England team vs the aussies.......

  • MinusZero on December 7, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    This has to have been North's last chance. There is no reason whatsoever that can justify him being selected again. Hughes will come in for Katich i would expect and Khawaja to come in for North. Now lets hear none of this silly Ferguson or White must be in the side talk. White is an ODI player and Ferguson's first class figures dont justify selection. Hilfenhaus's test career figures arent great either and Johnson shouldnt return without at least one first class game. New players need to be given an extended chance. Australia is losing anyway, so whats the harm in giving them experience for the future.

  • raghu86 on December 7, 2010, 3:27 GMT

    Hughes should replace injured katitch. Aus should pick this team: hughes, watson, ponting, clarke, white, hussey, haddin, o'keefe, harris, siddle and copeland. However, being a total england supporter, i don't mind if they do nothing like that and stick with north and doherty. England should bring tremlett for broad.

  • on December 7, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    Aussies lack basic tempermant to play in a test match. Talent is something else. Except Huss / Watson no one even showed they have a spine to stand up to eng bowlers. Good to see the tables turned for a while.

  • Ganes.V on December 7, 2010, 3:22 GMT

    245 in the first innings was never going to be enough! And then conceding a BIG lead was digging their own grave. We knew Australia didnt have the bowling attack to take 20 wickets. And when their batsmen are also not in the greatest of for (except Hussey) and M Clarke seems to be finding form now but this is definitely not enough! Haddin should bat higher up in the order and they should find a replacement for North who is in the worst form of his life lack of confidence also is adding to his cause. Ponting should probably consider taking a break fromt he next test and just sit and watch which will also give him time to think and analyze himself. Katich is injured and they need a replacement now! lots of worries for Ponting All the best

  • on December 7, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    INDIA VS ENGLAND TEST SERIES IN ENGLAND??????? WORTH A CALL DEFINITELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 7, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    Wow, what a difference in attitude and execution from England in this test. Australia are struggling to cope with weighty public expectation, poor preperation, and a hideosly misfiring bowling and batting line-up. Watson, Ponting, Clarke, Haddin, and Hussey are all class players so the batting is strong though I doubt that the bowlers could take 20 England wickets in any form at the moment. Leaving Hilfenhaus out is a major error, i'd bring back Hauritz, and keep Siddle, and Harris, and juggle maybe Bollinger for North. If you don't take twenty wickets your gonna win nothing, so a long tail is the least of Australia's problems. If they can fire out England, then the top 5 need to own the scoring. Without each component doing their job England will continue to dominate and win 2-0 or scarily 3-0 or dare I even think it 4-0. Come on Aussies swat your flies, dry your eyes and make a game of it - otherwise the Barmy Army will drink Australia dry!

  • Iceborn999 on December 7, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    Most of the team have shown that they are not worthy of the baggy green. Disgraceful attempt by an Australian team that is worse than the late 80's side.

  • David47 on December 7, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    First of all, congratulations to England - very well played, far too good. Before this test I commented that Harris and Bollinger were the first of a number of necessary changes that need to be made by the time the last test in Sydney begins. I copped a fair amount of flak for those comments. But I think this result demonstrates that they do need to be made, they should have begun 18 months ago, and should not be delayed any longer. That said, I'm sure the selectors' reaction for Perth is going to be:- bring back Johnson and give North another go - it's their home ground - and Doherty hasn't gone well, so let's bring Hauritz back. These would/will simply be more backward steps. Neither Katich nor Watson are specialist openers - we need to select two that are and move Watson to 6. Bowl four quicks in Perth (Copeland) and put Steve O'K on notice for Melbourne. Longer term, the captaincy needs to be seriously looked at, including Clarke's role (if any). More flak for me? probably

  • AashishK on December 7, 2010, 3:06 GMT

    Congragulations England for the huge win , Swann is almost unplayable when is on top of his game , No need to doubt about KP's class , just a matter of innings and he is back at devastating best , its really heartening to see Australia lost by an innings , Go POMS Go , Win back the Urn from clueless Aussies , and keep giving Aussies the taste of huge defeats , abosultely thrilling and fantastic to see Aussies loose like that at their own backyard .

  • on December 7, 2010, 2:52 GMT

    Australia beaten by an innings .. I am loving it...

  • AndyVine on December 7, 2010, 2:49 GMT

    not so long ago aus was the team to look up & say `do what they are doing.' still now aus is the team to look up, but now say `don't do what they are doing.'

  • Deenesh on December 7, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    GOOOOOOOOOO ENGLAND!!! This is long overdue...Eng is going to be the first of many to finally accomplish series victory against Australia in Australia. India will be next, followed by SA. SL will fancy their chances too. Watch out Aussies....Ur reign is now officially at an end. A poor World Cup is expected too. :P

  • cricketcritic on December 7, 2010, 2:40 GMT

    Fantastic result for England. Its a thumping on the surface of it but the teams are closer than that result shows. Australia have learned the hard way that spending 2+ days in the field takes as much out of your batsmen as it does your bowlers, something the Channel 9 cheerleaders failed to acknowledge when Hayden, Gilchrist & co were smashing teams everywhere in the early 2000s. That said England look a far more polished side so far, but it would be stupid to write off Australia on their home turf, though for Australia to win I expect they will have to "win ugly".

  • redneck on December 7, 2010, 2:33 GMT

    well played by england they handed our arses back to us on a platter! this has to be rock bottom surely for australia, an innings loss at home!!! batting, bowling and fielding were all pathetic. the only good thing to come out of this is hughes coming back into the team presumably in perth to open in place of katich and this surely has to be norths final time in the baggygreen! get one of the next gen. in at 6. and as for bowling??? has a team ever dropped their entire bowling line up for the next test before?

  • satanswish on December 7, 2010, 2:26 GMT

    Great victory by England, congrats. Wonderful team effort. Aussie issues just never seem to end, who is on the axe radar next?? LOL Old Ponting MUST RETIRE now.

  • on December 7, 2010, 2:24 GMT

    Gr8 Start. well done England, Keep it up

  • on December 7, 2010, 2:22 GMT

    Ponting says--Good players can give 2 or 3 chances and he need to search new SOWLS....what do he gonna do about himself???Is he doing best for his team??the best he can do is to get down from Captaincy and concentrate on his batting..

  • Divinetouch on December 7, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    Congrats England. A well deserved victory.

    Question for Ian Chappell - should Ponting retire.

  • chappelis_last_blast on December 7, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    Congrats to England on winning the 2nd test, they throughly deserved it. Professor Hindsight predicts a 3-0 series victory, maybe even 4-0. Now Australia will need to make some changes. It's a bit left field but Shaun Marsh would'nt be a bad replacement for Katich and Callum Ferguson for North. Bring Hauritz back for Doherty and I would'nt be surprised if Mitch Johnson is back in for Perth. For Siddle or Bollinger.

  • on December 7, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    Inspirational England done it. this not an end there is three more tests remaining i'm expecting more from english men.Definitely strauss and co. go back with urn.

  • on December 7, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    The bubble has burst. What more need be said?

  • CustomKid on December 7, 2010, 2:09 GMT

    Well I was very harsh on the Strauss last test with his claims but kudos to him and his side. Num num num num that is the customkid eating humble pie! I thought they were pretenders (maybe hoped) but they are far from that.

    I hate to say this as an aussie but the series is done and dusted. For me England aren't a great side but when everyone knows their roles and they work as a unit with no passengers they will win, and perhaps it's the road to greatness for them?

    For Australia is a throw back to 86. Time to blood the young ones like they did with S.Waugh and co. Give them 3 or 4 years with a good experienced coach who had success at test level as a player or past coach and they will begin to win.

    They need to get the basics right, train hard, become elite fielders again, the one percenters are what counts. You might only get 3 chances in a days play in the field but if you take them you open the gates.

    Well done Flower, Strauss, and the pommy team - a class above. That hurts.

  • MonkeyBooBoo on December 7, 2010, 2:05 GMT

    How different it would of been if Warne was made captain. Who's going to be our next Border? Will North play 100 tests? When will Hilditch stop playing the hook shot? Did anyone else think Australia would be unbeatable after they all turned theirs collars up? Will M.Clarke follow in K.Hughes' footsteps? Have all of Australia's youth stopoped playing cricket and started auditioning for Australian Idol? Are Australia playing a home series this summer? The dark days of cricket are upon us.

  • AncientAstronaut on December 7, 2010, 2:04 GMT

    Wow! The Australian media is going to whip the team's behinds. Australian dominance in cricket has well and truly ended. It marks the end of another era. You can feel for the Australian team, but that's how it goes. As hard as it is to believe, England have one of the best test teams in the word, even though they're ranked number four. Strange things can happen in just four years!

  • Scgboy on December 7, 2010, 2:03 GMT

    what can i say but well played England and pray that the boys get their act together by the next test. Time to try some new faces.North is not the answer and Dohety to be honest might not be either. which is not to condone his full hearted efforts.

  • SRT_GENIUS on December 7, 2010, 1:57 GMT

    At least now we can be sure that rest of the pitches will not be flat! :-)

  • jtstriker9 on December 7, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    What a victory!! Not only have England made it very hard for the Aussies to get the hands back on the ashes, but the team are in complete disarray. There could be up to 4 changes in the team for the next test and that spells bad news. England will miss Broad, but Tremlett is raring to go and his extra height will suit the bounce at the WACA. Bit a road there too, but if the Aussies keep batting like this then England will be confident of securing the urn for another 2 years. All to play for.....

  • Bgfdgf on December 7, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    Congos England....really really well played! Had a big smile on my face watching the erstwhile invincible Aussies crumbling like dust today in the 20 overs bowled....So now unless he can come up with something really special (which in all likelihood they dont look capable of), its time to say good-bye to Ricky & his arrogance....

  • on December 7, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    England dominated in all 3 disciplines........

  • on December 7, 2010, 1:53 GMT

    Well done to England for this great performance - as an Aussie fan, I know when my team has been humbled... I just hope that this drubbing has taught them a bit of respect, and no one in that team can afford to swagger around like they're top rooster anymore. Back to basics, boys! PS. Ponting's time as captain must be almost up... surely.

  • on December 7, 2010, 1:52 GMT

    Super! Congratulations! It was always on the card!

  • on December 7, 2010, 1:52 GMT

    Good job England. A win thoroughly deserved. With Anderson and Swann firing all u need is one more bowler to step up and the ASHES will remain in England. Finn can do the job. He just needs the confidence. All the English batsmen are in form and making runs except Colly and Prior. They will get their turn soon.

  • jadhavkedars on December 7, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    Losing at home by innings and 71 runs .... Don't remember when this happened last time to Aus .... Ponting 0 and 9 .... Swann and Kevin in form ... Danger signs for Aus

  • PATHANIAS on December 7, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    Congrats Brits for winning the game. Kangaroos were really outclassed. Only positive for them were Hus and Pup regaining a lil' form. Watch out for Finn at WACA. All the best Poms.

  • 5wombats on December 7, 2010, 1:47 GMT

    MAGNIFICENT ENGLAND! After the 3rd Day I predicted;... "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".... And it did. We have had to wait a long time for this and it's brilliant. A very one-sided game. So much for Aussies saying Swann wouldn't do anything on Aus pitches! As predicted too; Australian bowling just nowhere near good enough. We watched them here in the Summer against Pakistan and they weren't very good even in bowler friendly conditions. Batting from Aus well below the standard I was expecting. Don't know what possessed Hussey to play the shot that he got himself out with - but this is the standard of the Aus batting - just not very good. England bowlers choked Aus off - they couldn't score. Australia look very weak mentally, unfit, their skill levels are low. I can see England going on to win this series comfortably now. I love it!!!

  • passionate_cricket_follower on December 7, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    would be so happy to see England lift The Ashes, and punter being sacked as captain. he and his arrogant side deserve no less than this! Well done England!

  • on December 7, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    It's hard being an Australian on days like this, but one must stick with one's team through thick and thin, right?

  • Hopey on December 7, 2010, 1:41 GMT

    What goes around comes around. The king is dead. Long live the king. May England smash you guys 4 nil. It has been a long time coming and I hope it last for a few years. World cricket needs to have different teams on top. Australian cricket in their arrogance has done nothing to strengthen their NZ neighbours and now they need strenthening themselves.

  • on December 7, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    All I can say is that Australia CHOKED !!

    Not happy with selectors, Ponting & coach Tim Nielsen. They better do their homework, the Aussies !! :(

  • landl47 on December 7, 2010, 1:40 GMT

    Not the fight I'd expected from the Australians. Strauss once again showed why he is a smart captain, taking the new ball when Swann was causing Australia all kinds of problems. Ian Chappell, Grieg and the other know-it-alls in the box were saying what a mistake it was- then England get three wickets in three balls. Funny, I didn't hear any of them admitting they were wrong. It's a great shame about Katich, but at least Hughes will probably get a call-up now. Broad's also out, but England has good depth and Broad's only 24 so he'll be back. Katich might not be so lucky. Ponting has 70 runs in the series- 19 in 3 innings when it mattered, and 51* when it didn't. That seems symbolic of his side's performance and coupled with his dismal captaincy must have the selectors thinking they need to go in a new direction. England's challenge is not to get complacent- the Aussies will come back hard, they always do. They just might not have the weapons this time.

  • on December 7, 2010, 1:39 GMT

    Australia cant revive from this situation because they don't have player to dictate against England. Its not England, Australia wont win any test team like India, South Africa, Sri Lanka. Australia need great bowler like Macgrath and Shane warne, then they can take 20 wickets of opposition team. Hopefully Australia will revive in near future.

  • Ozcricketwriter on December 7, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    We mourn as we lament the death of Australian cricket. Here in this urn lie the ashes of a once proud and great cricketing nation. May they rest in peace.

  • aby_prasad on December 7, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    Well there it is!!! How the tables have turned since the last time the English were here in Australia! Wish Flintoff ,Harmison and Vaughan were here for a final time to be part of this memorable test match and hopefully the test series too! More than arrogance or lack of talent, Australian selectors and players would and should realise now how important Shane Warne and Mcgrath were in their scheme of things now more than ever! I dont think even Hayden or Gilchrist were that influential in Australian dominance than warny or pigeon. Congratulations to England on a new dawn, and a new dawn to Australia too,albeit not a happy one.

  • anunad on December 7, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    Fantastic Test match cricket. This has been 2 brilliant test matches. This hss been an illuminating series of cricket. The third test at Perth will be a cracker. Enteretaining cricket.

  • Weloveyoucozyoureavictorian on December 7, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    Time to go North, Katich, Doherty, Bollinger and realistically watson cannot be retained as an opener!

  • on December 7, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    "To put the ghosts of four years ago to bed is really good for us. The last six days or so have been outstanding cricket for us." Says Andrew Strauss

  • Donut_Davey on December 7, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    Well played England 31 - 16 in the series they are the best attack by far. England looked like they batted on a batters pitch and Australia looked like they batted on a bowling pitch. Clarke and Hussey only Aussies who could make a combined XI. Australia's XI now. 1. Hughes 2. Watson 3. Ponting 4.Haddin 5. Hussey 6. O'Keefe/Steve Smith 7. Paine/Wade (WK) 8. Butterworth 9. Cameron 10. Harris 11. Siddle

  • on December 7, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    Congrats England !!!... for defeating Australians

  • danifilth on December 7, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    good job england well played, silenced all the critics beat the aussies fair and square with tremendous batting and bowling

  • on December 7, 2010, 1:28 GMT

    A mass of sackings and firings have to be in order for the embattled Australian team!!.

  • Zac_Linderman on December 7, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    Very happy witht his excellent performance. england of old wouldve never backed up such a great batting performance. this shows what a great team england have become, being able to finish of the australians like that...brilliant!

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  • Zac_Linderman on December 7, 2010, 1:26 GMT

    Very happy witht his excellent performance. england of old wouldve never backed up such a great batting performance. this shows what a great team england have become, being able to finish of the australians like that...brilliant!

  • on December 7, 2010, 1:28 GMT

    A mass of sackings and firings have to be in order for the embattled Australian team!!.

  • danifilth on December 7, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    good job england well played, silenced all the critics beat the aussies fair and square with tremendous batting and bowling

  • on December 7, 2010, 1:31 GMT

    Congrats England !!!... for defeating Australians

  • Donut_Davey on December 7, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    Well played England 31 - 16 in the series they are the best attack by far. England looked like they batted on a batters pitch and Australia looked like they batted on a bowling pitch. Clarke and Hussey only Aussies who could make a combined XI. Australia's XI now. 1. Hughes 2. Watson 3. Ponting 4.Haddin 5. Hussey 6. O'Keefe/Steve Smith 7. Paine/Wade (WK) 8. Butterworth 9. Cameron 10. Harris 11. Siddle

  • on December 7, 2010, 1:32 GMT

    "To put the ghosts of four years ago to bed is really good for us. The last six days or so have been outstanding cricket for us." Says Andrew Strauss

  • Weloveyoucozyoureavictorian on December 7, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    Time to go North, Katich, Doherty, Bollinger and realistically watson cannot be retained as an opener!

  • anunad on December 7, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    Fantastic Test match cricket. This has been 2 brilliant test matches. This hss been an illuminating series of cricket. The third test at Perth will be a cracker. Enteretaining cricket.

  • aby_prasad on December 7, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    Well there it is!!! How the tables have turned since the last time the English were here in Australia! Wish Flintoff ,Harmison and Vaughan were here for a final time to be part of this memorable test match and hopefully the test series too! More than arrogance or lack of talent, Australian selectors and players would and should realise now how important Shane Warne and Mcgrath were in their scheme of things now more than ever! I dont think even Hayden or Gilchrist were that influential in Australian dominance than warny or pigeon. Congratulations to England on a new dawn, and a new dawn to Australia too,albeit not a happy one.

  • Ozcricketwriter on December 7, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    We mourn as we lament the death of Australian cricket. Here in this urn lie the ashes of a once proud and great cricketing nation. May they rest in peace.