Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, 4th day December 19, 2010

Harris takes six to level Ashes series

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Australia 268 (Johnson 62, Hussey 61) and 309 (Hussey 116, Watson 95, Tremlett 5-87) beat England 187 (Bell 53, Strauss 52, Johnson 6-38) and 123 (Harris 6-47) by 267 runs
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Australia wasted no time in levelling the Ashes series with a crushing 267-run victory at the WACA as Ryan Harris tore out the remaining resistance with a Test-best 6 for 47 to humble England. He finished off the visitors in a hurry as they were blown away in 10 overs on the fourth morning to set up a potentially thrilling conclusion to this series over the Christmas and New Year period.

Harris collected the rewards that eluded him in Adelaide as he finished with nine in the match, while Mitchell Johnson claimed the other wicket to fall as he, too, picked up nine. Johnson's revival in this match reflects Australia's upward curve, leaving England with much to ponder before the MCG Test starts on Boxing Day.

This was Australia's first Test victory in six matches since beating Pakistan at Lord's. It gave Ricky Ponting, who didn't take the field due to a broken little finger, the perfect 36th birthday present and will ease the pressure on him for the time being although he faces a race to be fit for Melbourne.

James Anderson was the first to depart when he played back to Harris, lost his off stump and will have left with Australian chirping ringing in his ears. Ian Bell and Matt Prior were England's last chance of extending the context, but after a few more elegant cover drives Bell tried to work a straight ball through the leg side and was trapped straight in front. He asked for a review, but it was a hollow gesture.

Two deliveries later Harris had his five when Prior could only fend the ball towards gully where Michael Hussey, another who has enjoyed an outstanding Test, dived to his right to hold a sharp chance. The roars of the Australians, both the players and supporters, were deafening as the momentum of this series continued to swing towards the hosts in dramatic fashion.

Graeme Swann predictably had a swing but it didn't last long when he inside-edged a drive at Johnson and the final wicket went to Harris when Steven Finn fended to third slip. It was a clinical conclusion, a reminder of how Australia used to finish off Test matches and they were unrecognisable from the Test thrashed in Adelaide.

From being 5 for 69 on the first day this has been one of finest Test turnarounds in recent times and they'll take a huge surge of confidence into the next clash. However, both teams will remember that a similar momentum-shift occurred in 2009 when Australia won at Headingley before England secured the Ashes at The Oval. Despite the margin of victory in this, and the previous match, these two teams are closely matched and the series could turn into a classic.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Usman.A.Khan on December 21, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    theirs a twist in support now since the oziess beat england !!!!!

  • on December 21, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    wow wow what come back by aussies...As a big english fan i'm expecting boxing day punch to aussies

  • Ramsay3344 on December 20, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    The reason why the POMS were thrashed has nothing to do with Broad's absence. Andy Flower allowed the WAGs to join the team just before the Perth Test. I've emailed him to ask if he has any more bright ideas.....

  • playhardalways on December 20, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    To all the Michael Clarke back stabbers out there i say you all are quick to point the finger and criticize our most consistent batsman of the last 18 months before this series. Everyone has a form slump and people are so quick to forget that he was no.1 in the world for a period, has made over 1000 calendar year runs the last 2 years before this one and speaking of this year, made 2 scores of 160 plus in Jan. 2 weeks ago, everyone was relying on him to save Australia from defeat in Adelaide when he made 80 and got out to something that could have happened to anyone. I will admit, some of his shots lately have been ordinary but he'll be okay...it's funny how quick people forget not so long ago when ponting and hussey couldn't get a run to save themselves, clarke was the middle order rock who made hundreds at home against south africa and also at lords, all on the big stage. All the best players have slumps...a few bad tests and his his head is on the block suddenly????? go figure...

  • HostileJ on December 20, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    I reitterate what I said in a previous comment - Mitchell Johnson is the one guy you cannot leave out of this Aussie side.Some people wanted to drop him to sheffield shield and look now - he single handedly picked Aus up from the dump in the 1st inns with a top score 62 and a 6for.Siddle,Harris,Smith and Hilfy were nowhere and I hope CA now realise the importance of having guys in the side that has done it before.Then,Aus can also thank heavens that Mike Hussey is in this side.This guy is a machine...but he is bound to fail at some time and unless someone else can pull off a ton Aus will lose that test.On the flip side,it was disappointing to see that England didnt really pitch for this game?Fellas,you cant only pitch when you are in the driving seat - sometimes you need to work twice as hard (e.g. the 1st test) to give yourself a chance.Now Aus is on the frontfoot - which is dangerous.Step up in the next test..or you can kiss the urn goodbye!The remaining 2 tests will be thrillers!

  • stormy16 on December 20, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    What a show by a team that was down and all but out. Eng were 70/0 to Aus 268 and to beaten from there by 268 cut deep in to Eng confidence I reckon. Sure they had a great start to the series but this was kick in the guts from no where and they will be weary of the Aussies. The series after all level and with each having convincing wins and Eng having to draw the first test. I must say I had written off the Aus and this really was an awesome comeback. The question is whcih team can take WACA form/loss of form and confidence/loss of confidence to the MCG.l

  • on December 20, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    yes! just as i predicted australia crushed england and this is only the begining....aussie to the world

  • Australia17594 on December 20, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    @ Digimont You are correct. But we are not basking in glory we are celebrating a test win which hasn't happened since the middle of the year. lol.

  • redneck on December 19, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    and just like that crickets back to normal again!!! i love it how the poms recon sydneys going to be a walk in the park because of swann. the city has had so much unseasonal rain lately and even last year, the pitch was so spicy that the pakistanis had us all out for 160 odd. simply, england shouldnt count on a 5th test turner! 1. its more likely to be a green top thanks to the weather and 2. like aus are going to produce a raging turner to help you guys take our ashes!!!! the poms are licked, they just dont realise it yet.

  • on December 19, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    great work - hope aussies can continue & take back the ashes

  • Usman.A.Khan on December 21, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    theirs a twist in support now since the oziess beat england !!!!!

  • on December 21, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    wow wow what come back by aussies...As a big english fan i'm expecting boxing day punch to aussies

  • Ramsay3344 on December 20, 2010, 20:41 GMT

    The reason why the POMS were thrashed has nothing to do with Broad's absence. Andy Flower allowed the WAGs to join the team just before the Perth Test. I've emailed him to ask if he has any more bright ideas.....

  • playhardalways on December 20, 2010, 10:11 GMT

    To all the Michael Clarke back stabbers out there i say you all are quick to point the finger and criticize our most consistent batsman of the last 18 months before this series. Everyone has a form slump and people are so quick to forget that he was no.1 in the world for a period, has made over 1000 calendar year runs the last 2 years before this one and speaking of this year, made 2 scores of 160 plus in Jan. 2 weeks ago, everyone was relying on him to save Australia from defeat in Adelaide when he made 80 and got out to something that could have happened to anyone. I will admit, some of his shots lately have been ordinary but he'll be okay...it's funny how quick people forget not so long ago when ponting and hussey couldn't get a run to save themselves, clarke was the middle order rock who made hundreds at home against south africa and also at lords, all on the big stage. All the best players have slumps...a few bad tests and his his head is on the block suddenly????? go figure...

  • HostileJ on December 20, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    I reitterate what I said in a previous comment - Mitchell Johnson is the one guy you cannot leave out of this Aussie side.Some people wanted to drop him to sheffield shield and look now - he single handedly picked Aus up from the dump in the 1st inns with a top score 62 and a 6for.Siddle,Harris,Smith and Hilfy were nowhere and I hope CA now realise the importance of having guys in the side that has done it before.Then,Aus can also thank heavens that Mike Hussey is in this side.This guy is a machine...but he is bound to fail at some time and unless someone else can pull off a ton Aus will lose that test.On the flip side,it was disappointing to see that England didnt really pitch for this game?Fellas,you cant only pitch when you are in the driving seat - sometimes you need to work twice as hard (e.g. the 1st test) to give yourself a chance.Now Aus is on the frontfoot - which is dangerous.Step up in the next test..or you can kiss the urn goodbye!The remaining 2 tests will be thrillers!

  • stormy16 on December 20, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    What a show by a team that was down and all but out. Eng were 70/0 to Aus 268 and to beaten from there by 268 cut deep in to Eng confidence I reckon. Sure they had a great start to the series but this was kick in the guts from no where and they will be weary of the Aussies. The series after all level and with each having convincing wins and Eng having to draw the first test. I must say I had written off the Aus and this really was an awesome comeback. The question is whcih team can take WACA form/loss of form and confidence/loss of confidence to the MCG.l

  • on December 20, 2010, 1:24 GMT

    yes! just as i predicted australia crushed england and this is only the begining....aussie to the world

  • Australia17594 on December 20, 2010, 0:19 GMT

    @ Digimont You are correct. But we are not basking in glory we are celebrating a test win which hasn't happened since the middle of the year. lol.

  • redneck on December 19, 2010, 22:49 GMT

    and just like that crickets back to normal again!!! i love it how the poms recon sydneys going to be a walk in the park because of swann. the city has had so much unseasonal rain lately and even last year, the pitch was so spicy that the pakistanis had us all out for 160 odd. simply, england shouldnt count on a 5th test turner! 1. its more likely to be a green top thanks to the weather and 2. like aus are going to produce a raging turner to help you guys take our ashes!!!! the poms are licked, they just dont realise it yet.

  • on December 19, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    great work - hope aussies can continue & take back the ashes

  • CustomKid on December 19, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    @Abhijeth_Manohar hahahaha classic I picked up on that too! Strauss needs to find some new material from the book of clich├ęs. I'm sure he's an intelligent man, but I hate it when sports people always use the 'you know' or it's a credit to himself, or a 'credit to the team' rubbish. You almost know what the post match script is going to be before it's been said. That is why it's refreshing to have guys like Swan around the place. They offer a whole different persepctive on the usual rubbish served up in the post play period that at least shows us some intelligence.

  • kang-a-roo on December 19, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    Great turnaround and well done. It is never easy to pull up something like that under such immense pressure. Great job by the Aussies. Punter must be relieved now after having won a historic test match. Midge and Hussey along with Harris paved the way for the kangaroos and they are on the roll again. I wish they wipe out the Poms in the Boxing Day test. Strauss' face would be worth a look then. Take a bow Aussies.

  • on December 19, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    nice job by the ausssies but my bet is on the england team.they have potential to bbounce back.aussies hav problems concerning the role of clarke,hughes.ponting needs to step up...........go england go

  • on December 19, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    Ok so they beat us, but not by as much as we beat them in the last game. England should bounce back like they did after Headingley in Summer 2009. But I wish they would stop doing this kind of thing and just win all the time. Life would be so much more relaxing.

  • landl47 on December 19, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    If you analyze it, this was a very interesting game. For Australia, Johnson bowled one brillliant spell and much better than recently the rest of the time. Harris bowled very well through the match, but Hilf and Siddle dod no more than contain. The batting was carried by Hussey, with Johnson and Haddin helping out in the first innings and Watson in the second. Four of Australia's top 6 did nothing (Smith made a lucky 36- haven't seen that periscope shot since Doug Walters). For England, the pace bowlers shared the wickets and got 20 of them for under 600- not bad. The batsmen were beaten by Johnson in the first innings and didn't put up much of a fight in the second. They need to bounce back. If the wicket is as dead for the test as it was in the Victoria match, then the next test should be a draw, which would leave all to play for at Sydney. I said I wanted to see England 1 up after the last test, and I'll stick to that.

  • Abhijeth_Manohar on December 19, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    Aussies are back..."No doubt about it" - Can't believe how many times Strauss sez that during the post match interview. Johnson is key to Australia retaining the Ashes

  • phoenixsteve on December 19, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    I have just read through these comments and I'm genuinely impressed that there's not more Aussie gloating. As an England supporter I have faced up the facts.... Australia were sublime and England were rubbish! This England performance was a complete embarrassment and they should all be thoroughly ashamed - especially the batters! To lose is one thing but they didn't even turn up for this one! COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • rambadi on December 19, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    What a pathetic display by England? I have always supported England at the Ashes. And with one up against Australia in Australia, I thought they sealed the deal. Especially considering the fact that Australia has been playing dreadfully in the last few matches. But apparently I forgot an important thing that personifies Team England - Their Notoriety for getting too complacent when they have a distinct advantage in a match or series. In this case, it was the series.

    How do you lose a match against Australia at the Ashes when their total was so low, and when you have one win against them "in Australia?" Every major batsman in England failed - Strauss, Cook, Trott, Pietersen, Collingwood, Bell. I hate to say it being a fan of England, but England deserved to lose this match more than Australia deserved to win this. And that is exactly what happened - Australia won more because of England's faults than because of its own strengths in the match.

  • on December 19, 2010, 14:28 GMT

    Take a bow Aussies!! As a cricket fan and more of an England supporter than Aussie, my hats off to the team for a spirited performance with their backs to the wall. I still believe England have the better and more balanced side and will still go on to retain the Ashes; Australia however have shown why they have been on top of the world rankings for so long; it's not only talent but also grit & persistence that they bring to the table. Exciting series so far, can't wait for the Boxing day test to begin. Another fightback on the opposite side of the globe with India fighting back against the SAfricans; exciting times for test cricket!

  • on December 19, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    What a difference does it make when your strike bowler gets back into form! Johnson's spell in the first innings was truly the turning point and that had inspired Harris also to bowl with more hope than perhaps he did at Adelaide. England's collapse does not augur well for their mission to climb to the top. After all is said, these two teams are still a long way to go to reach the top of Test cricket.

  • longdonkey on December 19, 2010, 13:02 GMT

    That was a good win but I'm not convinced that we (Aust) are playing our best 11 players but obviously after a win there are unlikely to be any changes. If they go horses for courses it maybe Hilfy carrying the drinks which will be very unlucky for him. Guess it depends on what the pitch looks like.

  • Puffin on December 19, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    I was always half-wondering when this might happen, it happened once during the summer when Pakistan got things right and their bowling attack made best use of the conditions, blew England away easily. Same thing happened here. Again I wonder if they are relying on Swann too much.

    Mitchell Johnson can't do it all: he got the support here, who knows elsewhere?

  • Guernica on December 19, 2010, 11:49 GMT

    Very lame effort today from England - I thought we had got over that kind of display. They can still turn things round and win the series but would like to have seen more fight today. Hussey is pure quality. Like most English fans I have never understood the calls for him to be dropped. Whilst England seem to have plans against a few batsmen, they have a record of allowing certain batsmen to be a thorn in their side all series (Chanderpaul, Jayawardene, Hussey)

  • on December 19, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    Every time Ponting or Clarke fail it just means that 100 is closer for both... form is temporary, class is permanent. If Aus can beat Eng by 200+ with P and C failing then the English have a lot to worry about.

  • Australia17594 on December 19, 2010, 10:30 GMT

    WHy's Ponting and Clarke still in the test match i hear?? THE SAME REASON WHY THEY KEPT HUSSEY

  • Digimont on December 19, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    To everyone basking in Australian "glory"...have a look at the scorecard if you didn't see the actual game. Three of the top four have made less than 25 runs..Ponting two MORE failures (only innings of note was when it didn't matter- past it for 3, drop to 6 or retire), Clarke two MORE failures (only innings of note includes a last over surrender to a part timer - next captain my left teste - lucky to still be in the side), Hughes (not a test batsman..YET - I hold out hope due to youth).

    Hussey, much as I admire him WILL fail before this series is out...that day includes a possible < 200 score, when England only need to win one match to secure the Ashes. Worry bout that!

    Johnson, great, but you've been great several times before, then lost it again. Harris, the real deal, heart and ability. Hilfy, suffers from bowling to nothing but lefties when its swinging. Unchanged side! You're kidding me!

    My point, don't get carried away. Lots wrong with the Australian test si

  • on December 19, 2010, 10:13 GMT

    I dont understand any one of you giving all the Hype to Englishmen, Have you guys forgotten what Muhammad Aamer and Muhammad Asif did with English batsmen back in the summer in their homeland... Strauss, Cook, Collingwood, KP, Prior all of them struggled only Trot and Morgan got consistent scores.... and I dont consider a single century in 8 innings as a successful series... I am supporting Englishmen for the Ashes but the point with England is that they dont have the nerves to beat Australia when Australians are coming at them on full throtle... No changes required for the MCG test now.... only morgan for collingwood rest no changes required.... and I wonder where the bubble TROT used to enclose himself into went... someone might ve burst it thru... :P

  • Point4 on December 19, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    Australianism on display finally after some gap!!!BUT aus need to be careful moving forward in this series.And if Australianism is realy back the ywill be. 1.MCG will not be as responsive like WACA for Aus pacers and Ponting could becaome impatient ane we may see a lot of weird field placements especially since Aus have named an unchanged squad (no genuine spinner). 2.Swann could do a lot more damage than he did in Perth at MCG and Sydney becuase wickets wont be as fast as WACA and would aid more turn. 3.Aus still have a brittle top order. 4.Finally Eng only needs to draw the remaining 2 matches but AUS NEED to win ATLEAST 1 match...

    Hope for a classic finish!!!

  • sunny1307 on December 19, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    Common aussies retain the same combination and make it 2-1 at mcg......good news that punter has a cracked finger coz now he will be more alert and careful and make a century in melbourne.........punter should captain in both tests even though he has a broken finger.....just field in the outfield and bat down the order at 7-8 if ur required.....take rest in the odi series and be ready for the world cup..........n Darren Gough last week wrote that oz won't win a single test .....hahahahaha.....hehehehe.......cum on crush the poms........as for punter he performs only in pressure games like he did in the world cup final..........so expect a 100 at scg if the boxing day game is drawn.......

  • MartinAmber on December 19, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Congratulations Australia, thoroughly well deserved. I'm glad we have a series. That isn't meant to be patronising; I've always said I'd rather see 2-2 than 4-0. Another thing I've always said is that our media over-rated this England team, and I think there's already been plenty of evidence that I was right.

  • Neil1489 on December 19, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    After day 1 of this test it was hard to find an Aussie fan who didn't want to make at least 4 changes to the side and who blasted the selectors, the captain and the senior players at every opportunity. Now, just 4 days later you are the best team in the world and set for another period of world dominance. Now I fully admit that England have been thoroughly outplayed here but 4 out of Australia's top 6 batsmen have not performed in this series, they still wont pick the only decent spinner that they have and it remains to be seen if Johnson will retain his new found confidence and how the whole bowling line up will fair on flatter wickets. I suggest that there are still far more questions than answers. England have their problems too. It probably is time for Collingwood to go, or it least be moved down to number 6. Trott however has been England's most consistent batsman over the past year so moving him from number 3 would be plain idiotic.

  • boooonnie on December 19, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    The main issue is composure and confidence - can Aust keep it and can England regain it? If Aust looks solely to Mitchell Johnson to maintain the rage then we could lose the momentum as quickly as we did in 2009. This is why the form of Harris and Hilfenhaus is so important. Not only that but Aust also needs to find a spin option very very quickly whether it be Smith or Beer of both. England will feel the need to regather as a unit and get back to the basics that has made their tour so successful before Perth. I dont think Eng will be panicking yet as they would have expected to drop maybe one test. At 1 all they are still holding the Ashes and will be expecting spin to play a big part in Syd and Melb. They have a world class spinner - we don't. Along with composure and confidence this could be the difference.

  • egazza on December 19, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    to Rednwhitearmy: mate, whats with the "AT the end of the day, one more win at either the MCG or SCG will do", so negative, surely your team goes out to win every match, I can't imagine Ricky or any Aussie settling for that

  • Roods on December 19, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    I guess Prior would like to take back his words about having a clean sheet in terms of losses in Australia in this series. Time for the Poms to put in some serious practice and mental preperation between now and Boxing day - bad move to let the Aussies back so convincingly!!!!

  • Australia17594 on December 19, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    How many times have the fans and commentators been wrong??

    Hussey shouldn't play in the ashes, siddle shouldn't be chosen in the 1st test, johnson should play in the shield match, we need a spinner in perth,

  • abcdj1212 on December 19, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    now, ponting will score a double hundred at mcg.........

  • abcdj1212 on December 19, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    now, ponting will score a double hundred at mcg.........

  • on December 19, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    The key to Australia's victory was playing 4 fast bowlers.....with mindset to blast off the opposition not to contain them......................This is how they can share the burden and can bowl at their fiece fast......Also if one has an off day or is injured others can perform and cover of him..........The best form of defence is to attack..That was the strategy of AUS through the years when they were successful and they must stick to it...................It is when u start worrying abt defeat that is when u underporform and defeat actually becomes fate.........Aus should include SW Tait for the next match to further dent ENGLAND....Just that Ponting should set a little negative field by providing straightish mid on & mid off and mid wicket and a deep sq leg......

  • Something_Witty on December 19, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    This was a proper test wicket. I wish there were more pitches like this one around the world. - The real classy batsmen with good techniques were able to make runs, and those who were out of form or had techniques that were not quite up to scratch were blown away. However, only the bowlers who bowled well got wickets consistently, and if they bowled poorly, they were punished.

  • on December 19, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    @abdulla...: Dont make such a promisng display by aussies as fixing. Shame on you cricket fan. What a comeback. This is what test is all about

  • RednWhiteArmy on December 19, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    As an England fan, I know that the team will be stinging from this and i hope it really hurts. Then and only then, can the determination for revenge develop. AT the end of the day, one more win at either the MCG or SCG will do & those surfaces will suit Graeme Swann ALOT more than the WACA

    The 3rd test was always gonna be the most suited to australia out of the 5.

    Sydney will suit the swann!

  • At..... on December 19, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    That's called THE WORLD CHAMPIONS. And yes they deserve for it. Thanks them to keep the ASHES alive & also Congratulations to them on this great moment. Hope Aussie will clinch this title again. I can say this is just a beginning. Englishman be alert, the great Aussies are back again. All the best for this Aussie side. Thanks again!!!

  • Australia17594 on December 19, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    I hate the English and Aussie fans... They are too negative and too positive. Unwilling to support Australia in the last two tests. The English here as well...

    Yes, australia performed well, but don't get too overconfident.

  • VouxPopuli on December 19, 2010, 7:28 GMT

    Now all talks about Warne's return would subside for the moment I guess!!!

  • ranjini20 on December 19, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    Wow..what a stunning comeback by the Aussies. Its been an extremely competitive series so far. with this win, Aussies have once again displayed their steely grit and never say die spirit. and yes, a wonderful birthday gift to Punter. hope he too comes back strongly at the MCG.

  • on December 19, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    I think match is fixed....., how come all inform batsmen failed to score in both the innings....,

  • Soham.Bhattacharya on December 19, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    All this hoopla by the British media about whitewashing and stuff..all goes up in smoke....I still think England would retain the ashes but they wont win this series.. It would be a drawn affair...

    This was a comprehensive victory...

    Aussies need to make a tough call whether to play 4 seamer's in Melbourne or not..I think they should because Hilfenenhaus can do the holding job pretty well and for variation Smith and Clarke can bowl a few overs.... Not so sure about Beer...

    For england Ian bell should be their No.3 with Trot at 5 nd collingwood at 6...

    Melbourne pitch is generally a flat track..but i think the aussies would say the curator to keep a green top...

    The Ashes is getting interesting...!!

  • on December 19, 2010, 6:52 GMT

    I want Darren Gough to open his mouth now!

  • on December 19, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    Really disappointed with English Performance but Good to see Aussies bouncing back to keep the series alive for audience interest.

  • OutCast on December 19, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    where ever Oz plays, they produce classics..... I wish India travel from SA to AUS to get their azz double-whipped...

  • razz86 on December 19, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    i remember all the English bandwagon talking about England winning the ashes without losing a test and oz are so bad and ya ya ya, agreed oz arnt the best test team in the world but english arnt the best either, they can be a good test team just like Aussies are and the home field advantage gives them the edge. time to wake up Darren gough & co

  • on December 19, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    I must say I am pleasantly stunned by the amazing turnaround. With Australia 5-69 in the first innings, then ngland 0-78 in reply, as an Aussie supporter, it seemed almost a dead certainty that England would secure the Ashes. Watson's and Haddin's terrible missed catch early on day 2 just seemed to confirm to me that England would be about 2-360 at stumps on day 2, against what again seemed a toothless Aussie attack horribly reminiscent of the bad old days of the mid 80s when they could not but a wicket. But from 0-78 first innings, for the rest of the match England lost 20-232, against an Aussie attack previously incapable of getting anyone out.

    England have a terrible record at Perth as they seem not to like good sustained fast bowling. Their only dubious victory there being in 78-79 when they played in effect an Aussie third eleven depleted by the Packer era. That can hardly count.

    But, Melbourne and especially Sydney where they may play 2 spinners will be more to England's taste

  • on December 19, 2010, 6:12 GMT

    that ain't no England too bad for English press i guess they were not able to help their team out by playing a bit dirty

  • onics on December 19, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Great win for Aussies. Once Aussies start winning it is very difficult for all teams in the world to beat Australia in a series. Going to be a horror 2011 year for other teams and dominance of Australia. Its time england bring Morgan in place of Collingwood. If i am the selector, i will play collingwood in this series and if he continues to fail i will drop him and bring Morgan in place of Collingwood. But he will be there in the 15. If he fails he should be the 12th man and start serving drinks. He may again find a place in the england test 11 if one of the four batsmen go through a bad run ie KP,Bell,Morgan and Trott. As for england if Tremlett continues to impress then Finn makes way for broad. For the next test Aussies should stick to the same 11. If spin is required Smith and Clarke can provide it.

  • on December 19, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    how would the pathetic english press like the aussies to bowll, short and wide so the poor english mommies boys can hit them for 6 on every ball, grow up man, there was not a thing suspect about the australian bowling, i hope the aussies thrash you by an innings in the next one, just like we are doing to the so called number 1 side

  • KBCA on December 19, 2010, 5:53 GMT

    good on you aussie! hope to see more quality bowling come melbourne. Smith must be dropped for hauritz tho...

  • jaslog on December 19, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    The Good thing about all this is AUSSIES ARE BACK and the Bad thing is,Its just before world cup.I hope somehow England can Salvage the series i dont want to see aussies again on the podium for the fourth time in Row.

  • svengali47 on December 19, 2010, 5:45 GMT

    If the selectors show some courage we can improve even more by adding Steve O'Keefe (Not Beer) and Cameron White and Dan Christian and drop Hughes and Clarke from the squad. I would like to add Andrew MacDonald but I believe he is injured and replace Hilfenhaus. He isn't bowling badly but we may as well have Andrew or Dan to add fielding and batting to similar bowling skills.

  • tmd1 on December 19, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    Perhaps the South African born players were distracted by their native country taking on the Indians and were sitting up a tad late.It seems big mouth Botham and the swelled headed English press got ahead of themselves.(i still think England will retain the Ashes).

  • Trickstar on December 19, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    @Iceborn999 I think you'll find that was the Australia press, they've been unreal to the Oz team, but they have deserved it and the reason for this display was because a few of them were playing for their career. I always thought the English press was bad ,but it is nothing compared to how much the Oz press and the way they turned on their team.

  • psychicsaint on December 19, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    that was an 'Oz'zy Osbourne show at it's best... huss and midge... what a performance... fantastic win... it is so good to see 2 good teams matched at the ashes... what a tournament... amazing boxing day awaits... all d best to both teams...

  • tfjones1978 on December 19, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    If Australia dumped Ponting (470 off 17 innings) & Clarke (290 off 13 innings) and replaced them with top 2 shield shield players (500+ runs off 10 innings each) then Australia could yet win this series.

    Who should be captain is an interesting question. Watson, Hussey, Haddin or Johnson seem the choices with Hussey or Haddin being the best 2 candidates.

    Also why do they keep having Captain & Vice Captain both batsmen? Clarke has no experience at any level having big success as a 4 or 5 day captain (T20 Captain is different). Best combination is Captain & VC are one batsmen and other bowler (or Wicky and bowler or Wicky and batsmen).

    Its time for a change Australia, dump your non performing players (Ponting & Clarke) and put in the top 2 shield players (both over 500 runs off 10 innings each).

  • on December 19, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Great .. THis is what we are expecting :)

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

    Poms to quick to bag Australia..Now it looks like egg over the face again..English media get ten out of ten for bagging their own..Love it

  • ms.arjun on December 19, 2010, 5:02 GMT

    Now..thats the Australian dominance that was missing for long while. Beware England, they are back!!!

  • hashabjp on December 19, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    There is only one man standing tall in this match and that is MICHAEL HUSSEY. Cant believe he didn't get the man of the match award. No offence to Mitchell johnson but boy Mike is the man for me. Go MIKE get some more runs. I meant plenty more. PUNTER get some rest. Do some match practice and regain your form. Your woefully out of it. Take clarke with you. Bring in brad hodge and cameron white.

  • on December 19, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    darren gaugh said their team will be unbeatable......but aussie proved it wrong by beating them..convincingly....

  • Paul.M on December 19, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    Well atleast the poms are not so cocky now after being thrashed in this game.Apparently they are not as good as they think they are.Bring on Melbourne!

  • Marcio on December 19, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    It's great to see cricket played on a sporting wicket. Wickets which produce 200-300 totals are best. That's what was on offer in England these last few months, and what we have seen in Perth. You gotta make batsmen work for their runs! This is why Mike Hussey's contributions were so great. Legend! Thank goodness for the reversal of fortunes. The English fans have been insufferable. I got tired of writing that there was little talent gap between the two teams and it was only a matter of time before Australia won a game. Batsmen who have dodgy techniques and average 42 an innings can't sustain a 200 average throughout a whole series! Teams with 3 batsmen averaging over 50 an innings aren't going to stay down long! I predicted a 2-2 drawn series, and I see no reason to change this now. I hope Duncan Fletcher and Ian Botham are crying in their beer today. Fletcher said AUS didn't even have players good enough for country cricket. What a fool! There are plenty of very good players around.

  • popcorn on December 19, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    Goodoh mates! You've done it! A TOTAL demolition job! A CRUSHING defeat the Poms willl never forget who's boss! Perhapds the MOST CRUSHING DEFEAT IN TEST CRICKET, considering it weas a low-scoring match! Australia 260 and 309, England BLOWN AWAY - 187 and - as easy as 1 - 2- 3 ! Australioa win by 267 runs! W0W! That means, Wicket - dot ball - Wicket!

  • on December 19, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Its a funny old game. After the first 2 tests, who would have thought the aussies - Mitchell Johnson in particular - would comeback so strongly? Who would have thought England would fold so meekly? Mind you the Poms needed coming down a peg or two...not only did they have inflated averages but inflated egos too, no way are their batsmen as brilliant as their figures in the first 2 tests would suggest. The first pitch this series that provided a modicum of help to the bowlers & they have been found wanting. Which way this series will go now is anyone's guess

  • parpranav on December 19, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    well,certainly this aussie side does not have the class of the english side.......but when it comes to self belief...........australia are the best!!if there is any way australia can win the ashes,its through this self belief..........and like this test,everyone has to lift their game up to retain the ashes..........go australia!!!:D

  • David47 on December 19, 2010, 4:27 GMT

    Yep - the series is "ON" now. Selectors, DON'T change this bowling lineup for Melbourne - please resist the temptation to bring in a "specialist" spinner (we simply haven't got a test quality spinner at the meoment, although O'K is a promising prospect). The four quicks hunted as a pack in Perth and fed on pommie batsmen. Give them the chance to do so again at the G. Carn' Ostraya.

  • nkjakajack on December 19, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Reality check for england's batting line up this. Tons of runs on flat Brisbane and Adelaide pitches but not even a semblance of a fight on the bouncy pitch of WACA. Collingwood needs to score quickly or its time for Eon Morgan. Cong Aus for amazing turnaround.

  • KabaabRoll on December 19, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    The game started at night here in New York, and I figued there's plenty of cricket to watch tonight. I went to shower, and after that started doing my laundry. Came back to turn the TV on, and England was already rolled over. Very impressed by the Aussie quicks. Time and time the Aussies prove that they simply can not be written off. The Poms got a lot of soul searching to do now if they plan on bouncing back. To the Punter crictics, when he is on a high he'll probably prove to be more dangerous than he was wounded. Kick Clark's behind out, make Hussey the VC. Find a spinner for God's sake. Poms, you don't have the same pace/swing like these guys, stick to line and length, and back your batting. Practice plenty of short one's in the nets.

  • RATNESH64 on December 19, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    WHAT AUSSIES DID IN PERTH,HOPE INDIANS WILL DO CENTURIAN BY DRAWING FIRST TEST

  • milepost on December 19, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Ah forget about the English press - they treat everyone they write about with disdain.

  • jyotex on December 19, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    If Australia manages to regain the Ashes ... Ricky should give up captaincy ! It will be a great opportunity to make a honorable exit !

  • Silloh on December 19, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    Crushing and well deserved victory Aussies ! No disrepect meant, but only God could have saved the English cricket team . England lost tonight fast and furious but will no doubt rise again... but mann, I am of the opinion not in this series, based on the way this test was played but who knows ?? So, from the Caribbean, cheers guys with a good rum and coke . Test cricket has been and continue to be an absolute winner.

  • on December 19, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    That's called Aussie resurgent !!

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 19, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    That was grim and spineless capitualtion of a totally indefensible nature. Why did they not just stay in the hotel and say something about joining the women's handball team? Time for a severe examination of what went on. After all the amtch was heading England's way at 77-0.

  • Something_Witty on December 19, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    That's more like it. Carn Usstryia!!!

  • nzcricket174 on December 19, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Congratulations Australia! I look forward to the MCG.

  • mamboman on December 19, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    English arrogance was their undoing. Australia will continue to subjugate and crush them form here on in.

  • on December 19, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    Can someone please be sensible and realise this result was no surprise. As poor as Australia are, and they are, England can be woeful on their day.

  • abhyudayj on December 19, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    Ashes series one of the best series in today era, as the England and Australia played superbly in current ashes series and let hope best team win the series

  • on December 19, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    Perth horror continues fro England....:(

  • Iceborn999 on December 19, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    English press said: "these Aussies cant bowl and cant throw"... The results might say something different ..........................

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  • Iceborn999 on December 19, 2010, 3:46 GMT

    English press said: "these Aussies cant bowl and cant throw"... The results might say something different ..........................

  • on December 19, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    Perth horror continues fro England....:(

  • abhyudayj on December 19, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    Ashes series one of the best series in today era, as the England and Australia played superbly in current ashes series and let hope best team win the series

  • on December 19, 2010, 3:55 GMT

    Can someone please be sensible and realise this result was no surprise. As poor as Australia are, and they are, England can be woeful on their day.

  • mamboman on December 19, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    English arrogance was their undoing. Australia will continue to subjugate and crush them form here on in.

  • nzcricket174 on December 19, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Congratulations Australia! I look forward to the MCG.

  • Something_Witty on December 19, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    That's more like it. Carn Usstryia!!!

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 19, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    That was grim and spineless capitualtion of a totally indefensible nature. Why did they not just stay in the hotel and say something about joining the women's handball team? Time for a severe examination of what went on. After all the amtch was heading England's way at 77-0.

  • on December 19, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    That's called Aussie resurgent !!

  • Silloh on December 19, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    Crushing and well deserved victory Aussies ! No disrepect meant, but only God could have saved the English cricket team . England lost tonight fast and furious but will no doubt rise again... but mann, I am of the opinion not in this series, based on the way this test was played but who knows ?? So, from the Caribbean, cheers guys with a good rum and coke . Test cricket has been and continue to be an absolute winner.