Harris finds a home in the record books
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.
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.
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.