Australia v England, 4th Test, 2nd day, Melbourne

Australia have to force the game

Andrew Miller and Peter English discussed the Melbourne Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

December 27, 2010

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Posted by   on (December 27, 2010, 13:52 GMT)

Dear savin,

Ponting is not a bad captain but Australians are bad loser and that was so evident today.

Posted by   on (December 27, 2010, 12:20 GMT)

the poms are good but australia are playing just woeful. I know ponting has been a good captain but form is what matters, i think ponting either moves down to 4 calls an end to test cricket in sydney or vacate the captaincy his form is hurting the side. hughes must perform or he goes watson isnt converting enough and the middle order is crap. im also sorry but hilfy has to go to not taking wickets and thats australias biggest problem. i also think england have enough runs now and should declare now, australia will be out for under 230.

Posted by Praxis on (December 27, 2010, 10:45 GMT)

@Rosskooo, yes you are absolutely right. This was a conspiracy against the Aussies & the umpire's surely a part of it!

Posted by appreciator on (December 27, 2010, 9:54 GMT)

To reply to Savin, I don't care whether or not Ponting is "the best" as a captain, or as a player. As an advertisement for the game of cricket, he is a disgrace. It would set a great example if he were to be stood down by Cricket Australia. His strident whining at the umpires shamed his country and all who love cricket.

Posted by Rosskooo on (December 27, 2010, 9:43 GMT)

I noticed something just before the start of play on the first day of the Boxing Day test - The English team were in a huddle on the outfield and Matt Prior turned around and called out something to one of the umpires, who then threw something which looked suspiciously like the game ball to Prior who then returned to the huddle. Isn't this against the rules? The fact that Australia crumbled so badly makes me even more suspicious.

Posted by   on (December 27, 2010, 9:32 GMT)

Perplexed by the referral controversy - the ball didn't seem to hit the bat but hotspot showed something did, at the bottom (below the arc of the ball). Not the pad either. Curious.

Posted by   on (December 27, 2010, 8:13 GMT)

Strauss should declare the team by Lunch which means Aussies need to bat two and half-day. That itself is quite a bit pressure. Given the form Anderson has in this series, it will be a wise decision. In addition, England has a quality spinner too who can destroy any batting line up.

At the moment, the equation is simple for English bowlers: bowled out Ricky Ponting, you have broken not only the backbone of Australian batting line up but also crushes their hopes totally.

Posted by   on (December 27, 2010, 7:30 GMT)


Posted by   on (December 27, 2010, 7:12 GMT)

the whole talk about ponting being a bad captain is rubbish..he is still the best!

Posted by   on (December 27, 2010, 6:21 GMT)

Australia played T20 cricket in 42.5 overs in 4th Test

Posted by   on (December 27, 2010, 6:08 GMT)

these australians are paying the price of Sydney test for what they have done to India.England go ahead an win both MELBORNE as well as SYDNEY test and demorlised them for the WORLD CUP -2010

Posted by   on (December 27, 2010, 2:13 GMT)

icc should give test qualification for kenya.bcoz australians are playing like them

Posted by   on (December 27, 2010, 1:22 GMT)

Well I think Eng is going to own this match.......

Posted by Instinctively_Innocuous on (December 27, 2010, 1:04 GMT)

Wouldn't it be really cheeky if Strauss declared at lunch? I bet he'd fancy bowling Australia out for below 100 again! :)

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