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Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, 3rd day

Collingwood wicket massive moment - Siddle

Peter English at the WACA

December 18, 2010

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Paul Collingwood boots the turf after falling to Ryan Harris off the last ball of the day, Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, 3rd day, December 18, 2010
Paul Collingwood fell to the last ball of the day to leave England reeling at 5 for 81 © Getty Images
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Peter Siddle and his team-mates are basking in Australia's dramatic turnaround but realise the job of regaining the Ashes is far from complete. Australia have stormed back into the campaign with two days of excellent work in Perth, and require only five more breakthroughs to draw level at 1-1.

England finished at an awful 5 for 81 in their pursuit of a now impossible 391 and Siddle said the locals' performance had changed the feel of the series. "There was obviously a lot of pressure on us in this match to get a result. There's still a lot of work to be done but it does make a big change for us."

Shane Watson set up Australia's second innings with 95 while Michael Hussey's 116 pushed them to 309. Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris then grabbed two wickets each and the only problem for Australia was a damaged finger for Ricky Ponting when he deflected Jonathan Trott's edge to Brad Haddin.

The fifth wicket came when Paul Collingwood was left to face the last ball after James Anderson, the nightwatchman, turned down a single from the penultimate delivery. Collingwood then edged Harris to third slip, where Steven Smith collected a sharp take. "It was a big point in the game for us to get five wickets at the end of the day," Siddle said. "It was a massive moment for us."

England's batsmen have been dominant over the first two games but Australia's pace quartet has been so strong in this match that Smith and Shane Watson haven't been used. "We just knew that if we played our best cricket that would put them under a lot of pressure," Siddle said. "That's what we've shown in this Test match, that we can play some good cricket.

"We've shown everyone out here, batting and bowling, that we can fight and we can work hard."

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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Posted by   on (December 19, 2010, 9:15 GMT)

The cricket dictionary does not include the term "scapegoat". Who got out to the last ball of the day, Jimmy Anderson or Paul Collingwood? At that point, Collingwood had faced 26 balls including the first five of the last over, Anderson but one. Now these things do happen in cricket, but if you must lay the blame anywhere, blame Collingwood who played one ball badly or was unable to find a single early in the over, in which case Anderson would in all probability have taken it..

Posted by xylo on (December 18, 2010, 21:10 GMT)

I wouldn't buy that the batting aspect of the team has been worked out yet. From game 1 till now, it has only been Watson, Hussey and Haddin who have been holding fort. It is a given that Australia would be 3/<double digits> and Hussey and Watson would be at the crease within an hour of their batting.

Posted by   on (December 18, 2010, 20:30 GMT)

In agreement with Something_Witty, Smith can bowl some legspin overs and Siddle would need to move out of the team for Khawaja to come in and strengthen the batting at the momen. A pity because Siddle has bowled well in this series but Johnson, Harris and Hilfenhaus are un-droppable at this stage. Even Bollinger- arguably their most consistent bowler can't get into the side at the moment. Hughes needs more than one game and some long-term experience rather than chopping and changing he has experienced throughout his short career.

Go Aussie

Posted by jonesy2 on (December 18, 2010, 20:25 GMT)

yes boris!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 18, 2010, 17:28 GMT)

Khawaja is a long term #3 prospect, and Ponting cant steal a run. If you want to play him, play him at 3 and drop Punter down to 6. Clarke will never be a #3, doesnt have a spine, so its time to start thinking post-Ricky thoughts.

It's almost a shame Watson does so well as an opener. Having him at 6, Ponting at 5, Haddin at 7 and Smith at 8 would give a nice, easily available 3+1+1 bowling balance.

Posted by boris6491 on (December 18, 2010, 14:48 GMT)

We've cribbed, criticised, rued in despair, and given up hope on Australia's performance in this series. But we can only say that they have finally (and to our great relief!) got it right and have displayed confidence and aggression. The bowling this evening was as good as I have seen from either side all series whilst Hussey was truly inspirational. Could this be the turning point of this series?

Posted by EVH316 on (December 18, 2010, 13:51 GMT)

I wonder...is it possible that Collingwood gets a "Thanks very much, we`re going to go with Morgan for Melbourne and Sydney" chat from Strauss and Flower? I can`t be the only one who gets annoyed that Collingwood has these lengthy periods of dodgy form! Yes, I know he is brilliant in a crisis (except this time), and I know he will get the runs eventually to maintain a low 40s average forever, BUT will he get them in this series when we really need them? And will Morgan be any better? There`s a lot to be said for consistency of selection...and there is a lot to be said for making the right change at the right time.

Posted by Something_Witty on (December 18, 2010, 13:37 GMT)

A great day, however our batting lineup is still incredibly frail, (Watson and Hussey aside) and our bowlers need to show this sort of consistent penetration far more regularly. Personally I think Smith should play at number 8 with Siddle being left out and Khawaja slotted in at 6. Hughes should definitely stay in the team, as he is an option for the long term and needs to be given the proper opportunities.

Posted by AKG0479 on (December 18, 2010, 13:05 GMT)

The actual No.1,2,3 & 4 teams are in action at the same time.. ! They are top 4 because of the unpredictability which they bring in for any opposition.. all of them can come back like phoenix any time from any type of situations.. Gud to see Aussies are back like fire.

Posted by CustomKid on (December 18, 2010, 13:01 GMT)

Oh dear Jimmy Anderson - find a cricket dictionary and look up the term night watchman and it's meaning. Then write it out 100 times before you go to bed!

With any luck the Melbourne wicket will be very similar to this one given the unseasonal rain this summer. At shield level there have been some very low scores so fingers cross the bowlers again get some assistance.

I thought the english bowlers looked very tired today - they may need to look at bringing in their all rounder Bresnan to replace Collingwood and take some heat off their quicks. While collingwood has been useless with the bat his fielding is arguably the best in the world. I'm not familiar with Bresnans skills in the field. I'm assuming it's pretty good given the overall quality of the english teams fielding ability. Taking PC out could unbalance the fielding unit which is very important.

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