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

Harris finds a home in the record books


Pulled apart
Michael Hussey's pull shot is one of his banker strokes. He used it to fillet Graeme Swann during his 195 at Brisbane, having learnt his trade on the hard bouncy wickets of the WACA, but against the lanky Steven Finn, he hasn't had quite so much fun. It was Finn who denied him his double-century with a lifter that was swatted to Alastair Cook, and on the fifth morning at Adelaide, he was at it again, as Hussey attempted to swing Finn through the leg-side, only for James Anderson to back-pedal and snaffle a lobbed top-edge.

King pair
Ryan Harris secured himself an unwanted niche in Test history when he marked his home debut with two first-ball ducks in a row, both of which involved the opinion of the TV umpire. In the first innings he appeared to be unlucky, as a potential inside-edge went undetected by HotSpot, but second time around he was the victim of his own misjudgement. Like Andrew Strauss in England's innings, he padded up to a ball that was destined to trim the bails, and his hopes of a reprieve were quashed by HawkEye. His double failure means, incidentally, that no No. 8 on either side has yet made a run in the series, following Stuart Broad's first-baller in the midst of Peter Siddle's hat-trick, and Mitchell Johnson's 19-ball toil at the Gabba.

Sticky bails
Siddle made England wait for their moment of glory, as he and the No. 11 Doug Bollinger dug in for 24 deliveries to revive the prospect of a rain reprieve, but he might well have fallen for a fourth-ball duck when he propped forward uneasily to Swann, and allowed the ball to trickle back onto his middle stump. Despite a hefty impact, the bails refused to budge, leaving Matt Prior peering incredulously at the timbers, just to see if there was any chewing gum on display.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo and Peter English is Australasian editor.

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  • nisal on December 8, 2010, 21:19 GMT

    England for the win, they thoroughly deserved to win in Adelaide and from the performances from both sides in the 2 tests, England are much far the better team and in form. England to win series 3-0 (from this point of time).

  • Srinand on December 8, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    There is absolutely no doubt that England would win this Ashes. I doubt if Australia can win a game at all, let alone the series. Out of the 10 days that were played I think 8 days clearly belonged to England. England's first innings debacle, relative to how they batted from then on, and the Hussey-Haddin partnerships were the only positives for Australia and loses significance when compared to the rest of what can only be termed as Chaos. Now they have problems in their spin department, pace department, they got to look for a replacement for Katich, Marcus North isn't doing that great either, rest of middle order are holding their position in the team only thanks to the mis fate of the rest of the team. Let's not forget the drop catches. Lastly, but most importantly for Australia, they need to find a source of motivation and inspiration. I am predicting a 2-0 England win in this series solely on the fact that I find no material or motivational reason for Australia to bounce back.

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2010, 21:54 GMT

    @ popcorn; I really can't see Australia winning one test at the moment mate, let alone 2-3. Not only are they not batting or bowlong well, their fielding's gone to the pack too. Ominous indeed.

  • Kelum on December 7, 2010, 21:30 GMT

    @popcorn: No offense mate but don't associate Australians with lions because your guys are not. Just like in 2005 England outplayed Australia. Admit it and move on.

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    @popcorn: lol mate, you predicted Doherty would say to Pietersen before a ball is bowled "Gotcha" and Pietersen would fall prey mentally to him even before the series started..... You also predicted Australia would draw the Adelaide Test. Well, ur first prediction was right, but KP got 227 first. I also suspect ur prediction of Aus winning 2-1 or 3-1 will be completely wrong and Eng will win the series easily [as everyone but blind eyed aussie fans like urself expected]

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2010, 16:46 GMT

    Sorry popcorn, but the only lions in Australia are English and they ain't wounded. Well, apart from Stuart Broad that is.

  • Rajaram on December 7, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    Beware the wounded lion. I predict Australia will win the series 2 -1, or 3 -1.

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

    england have played some good cricket. Australia... not so much

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Australia is no more champions in cricket world............................what happenned to Punter Australia's best batsman 70 runs in four innings............... congratulations to England

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    Go..England..Won the Ashes 4-0..

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