Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 3rd day December 28, 2010

Ashes loss will be 'horrendous' - Watson

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Shane Watson says it will be "shattering" and "horrendous" to be part of the first Australian side in 24 years to finish a home Ashes series without the urn. The hosts, who last lifted the prize in 2007, are only four wickets from a defeat that will ensure England retain the tiny trophy that means so much.

"It's not very good, it's horrendous, to be totally honest," Watson said after the side finished day three at 6 for 169, still 246 from making England bat again. "Going into this Ashes series we knew how important it would be to win the Ashes because Australia hasn't lost the Ashes in 24 years."

England have two days to take the four wickets needed to earn a 2-1 lead and while the contest could finish level in Sydney next week, that will be no consolation for the local men. "The most important thing is winning that urn back," Watson said. "Obviously we will do everything we can to restore pride and draw the series, but the most important thing was winning that little urn and we haven't been able to do it."

Watson, who top scored with a smooth 54, said it was "shattering" to be in this position a week after hitting back so strongly in Perth. He was also concerned about driving people away with the side's poor play here and during the second Test in Adelaide.

"The Australian fans have come out and supported us and we haven't given them anything to support," he said. "We really do have to go out there in Sydney and try to keep some of our supporters and fans onside. The way we've played, we might have turned a few people off. We're going to have to restore that."

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • 5wombats on December 29, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    @ashes61; I agree with you - The Ashes are a strictly England / Australia thing. I'm not sure why there are so many sub-continental posters on cricinfo Ashes conversations. Often their comments are inappropriate or irrelevent. @Miles Davis; "As the for the Ashes, its an overrated, relatively meaningless cup".... yeah right - so why are you so interested in it then? If you don't like it - go away....

  • on December 29, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    Don't let go Ashes from your Heart Aussies, there is still a chance of levelling the series. Pointing is having the greatest attitutde of being a perfect sportsman. Common punter, where are you? We need to see your play.

  • Anil_Venugopal on December 29, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    The decline started 2 years ago in Sydney after the infamous test match against India, who broke their aura of invincibility. SA and England have now battered them, that too in Australia.

  • on December 29, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    They just have to make mass changes. No more carrying injured players - Ponting, Clarke and Harris have to go. No more carrying woefully out of form players either - Phil Hughes has to go. I'd like to see Khawaja opening with Ferguson and Cameron White in the middle order and make White the captain. I think Nathan Hauritz has to play and I'd like to make room for Steve O'Keefe too, though at whose expense is another issue - probably Hilfenhaus to go.

  • Dissenter57 on December 29, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    Has anyone seen the US cricket side? They appear to have gone walkabout, though no one here cares enough to report them missing. 98 runs scored and 513 yielded is more their speed than that of the Aussies. They may be impersonating the Aussies.

  • chickhabit on December 29, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    Nothing beats the cockiness of this English team that is half South African...please do not forget this Pommies...If it was left to English born players you would end up your football team....You might win The Ashes and deservedly so but never have you sat at the top of World cricket or won a world cup....so please enjoy this as history shows that you will soon become the whipping boys once again

  • on December 29, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    3 wickets away now. :) Mitchell Johnson out.

  • Brightonbumpkin on December 28, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    The Aussie 'fans' are an absolute disgrace. It is a standard joke that they turn up in fancy dress each day - dressed as plastic chairs... I got into cricket during the Atherton era - we were not only used to losing, but fully expected it. As long as the players were busting a gut and trying, we supported them, earning the title 'Barmy Army'. Barmy for passionately following a losing cause. The second Australia have an iffy day, their support disappears. Pathetic.

  • mfin27 on December 28, 2010, 23:44 GMT

    So much fun to see cocky Australians go down. Especially seeing Ricky go down is to like seeing a cruel dictator being put to the gallows. How arrogant he used to behave when McGrath, Warne used to dominate the other teams. Now look at him! Picking fights with umpires. LOL.

    And totally disagree with the poster above who says England team is not a good team. This England team is at par with South Africa right now if not better. In fact, this is one of the best English teams I have seen in my cricketing life i.e. the past twenty five years.

  • on December 28, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    SCG test match would be a fun. Ausies will not have anything to loose while going up with 2-1 :) i really wanna see Swann`s magical bowling in SCG. He will thrash OZIES as SCG wicket is blue-eyed for spinners and typical swan`s kinda pitch.. I am loving every bit of Ashes. Momentum has changed several times in these tests but England kept their nerves cool and head down for the encounter. Especially, after loosing by huge margin at WACCA perth with the hands of OZIEs, England were likely to loose winning momentum and people had started to call OZIEs favorites again for the ASHES. But England came back strongly as Pieterson, some days ago, remarked that they will not get trapped of Johnson in swinging bowling and their batsmen would respond better in the 4th test. Pieterson was banged on. England deserves to enjoy every bit of this match. They had won on the very first day, after thrashing OZIES just for 90 plus runs. And boy, have not they batted well ? massive monumental performance

  • 5wombats on December 29, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    @ashes61; I agree with you - The Ashes are a strictly England / Australia thing. I'm not sure why there are so many sub-continental posters on cricinfo Ashes conversations. Often their comments are inappropriate or irrelevent. @Miles Davis; "As the for the Ashes, its an overrated, relatively meaningless cup".... yeah right - so why are you so interested in it then? If you don't like it - go away....

  • on December 29, 2010, 2:06 GMT

    Don't let go Ashes from your Heart Aussies, there is still a chance of levelling the series. Pointing is having the greatest attitutde of being a perfect sportsman. Common punter, where are you? We need to see your play.

  • Anil_Venugopal on December 29, 2010, 1:33 GMT

    The decline started 2 years ago in Sydney after the infamous test match against India, who broke their aura of invincibility. SA and England have now battered them, that too in Australia.

  • on December 29, 2010, 1:07 GMT

    They just have to make mass changes. No more carrying injured players - Ponting, Clarke and Harris have to go. No more carrying woefully out of form players either - Phil Hughes has to go. I'd like to see Khawaja opening with Ferguson and Cameron White in the middle order and make White the captain. I think Nathan Hauritz has to play and I'd like to make room for Steve O'Keefe too, though at whose expense is another issue - probably Hilfenhaus to go.

  • Dissenter57 on December 29, 2010, 1:00 GMT

    Has anyone seen the US cricket side? They appear to have gone walkabout, though no one here cares enough to report them missing. 98 runs scored and 513 yielded is more their speed than that of the Aussies. They may be impersonating the Aussies.

  • chickhabit on December 29, 2010, 0:18 GMT

    Nothing beats the cockiness of this English team that is half South African...please do not forget this Pommies...If it was left to English born players you would end up your football team....You might win The Ashes and deservedly so but never have you sat at the top of World cricket or won a world cup....so please enjoy this as history shows that you will soon become the whipping boys once again

  • on December 29, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    3 wickets away now. :) Mitchell Johnson out.

  • Brightonbumpkin on December 28, 2010, 23:52 GMT

    The Aussie 'fans' are an absolute disgrace. It is a standard joke that they turn up in fancy dress each day - dressed as plastic chairs... I got into cricket during the Atherton era - we were not only used to losing, but fully expected it. As long as the players were busting a gut and trying, we supported them, earning the title 'Barmy Army'. Barmy for passionately following a losing cause. The second Australia have an iffy day, their support disappears. Pathetic.

  • mfin27 on December 28, 2010, 23:44 GMT

    So much fun to see cocky Australians go down. Especially seeing Ricky go down is to like seeing a cruel dictator being put to the gallows. How arrogant he used to behave when McGrath, Warne used to dominate the other teams. Now look at him! Picking fights with umpires. LOL.

    And totally disagree with the poster above who says England team is not a good team. This England team is at par with South Africa right now if not better. In fact, this is one of the best English teams I have seen in my cricketing life i.e. the past twenty five years.

  • on December 28, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    SCG test match would be a fun. Ausies will not have anything to loose while going up with 2-1 :) i really wanna see Swann`s magical bowling in SCG. He will thrash OZIES as SCG wicket is blue-eyed for spinners and typical swan`s kinda pitch.. I am loving every bit of Ashes. Momentum has changed several times in these tests but England kept their nerves cool and head down for the encounter. Especially, after loosing by huge margin at WACCA perth with the hands of OZIEs, England were likely to loose winning momentum and people had started to call OZIEs favorites again for the ASHES. But England came back strongly as Pieterson, some days ago, remarked that they will not get trapped of Johnson in swinging bowling and their batsmen would respond better in the 4th test. Pieterson was banged on. England deserves to enjoy every bit of this match. They had won on the very first day, after thrashing OZIES just for 90 plus runs. And boy, have not they batted well ? massive monumental performance

  • Mitcher on December 28, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    Aaahh, good to see the anti-Aussie brigade out in force again. If you can't build a formidable history of success of your own I guess the next best thing is to kick those that have while they're down. Bravo to England though, they have been - aside from Perth - fantastic all tour and thoroughly deserve the victory. @SnowSnake: To say that Aus/Eng fans wouldn't care about Ashes if they were ranked 8 and 9 shows an absolutely comprehensive misunderstanding about what this series means to the two countries. ICC rankings blah blah blah . . .

  • on December 28, 2010, 21:03 GMT

    Go England go... if you can't do it now, I don't know when would you be able to do it. Make it 3-1, 2-1 isn't just enough.

  • braindead_rocker on December 28, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    Great humiliation in store for the Aussies who, before the start of the Ashes made noises about whitewashing England 5-0 again. Fantastic playing by England.

    Also, Australia be prepared to be defeated by Zimbabwe,Bangladesh and West Indies as well.

  • mamahajan89 on December 28, 2010, 20:19 GMT

    they've done this to so many teams over last few years...good aussies are having a taste of their own medicine....but its really sad to see the demise...this is an ordinary english team...just clicking at the right time and having luck go its way..!! we saw in Perth how well englishmen perform in conditions ever so slightly against them..... hope aussies come back to full flow next season.....have to rope in young blood khwajas and fergusons and likes of hazelwood have to be given a chance. this is a temporary transition phase...they'll b back maybe not to their best (99-2008) but still good enough to beat 8 teams out of 10 any day....be rest assured... and there is still a hell lot to play for....2-2 wouldnt be a bad result....given that ENGLISH EXPERTS like bumble and athers thought that if england do not win by 2 clear tests it'd b disappointment and for heavens sake...get the hype out of this borin ashes...ind-sa and ind-aus or ind-pak or sa-aus is a zillion times better!!

  • Clive_Dunn on December 28, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    Hah, someone finally picked Cosgrove to play in the next test. Please do it Australia, we could all do with some light ( or indeed heavy ) relief.

  • masterblaster1971 on December 28, 2010, 20:08 GMT

    Make that 3 wickets in the morning....Harris is injured

  • hedleyvertiyisgod on December 28, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Made the trip last time now listening to it on the radio . England have been very focused whatever that means! Love the banter" Little Ricky" was wrong to question the umpire . That said he is a class cricketer and class bloke. Oz will be right ,might take a few years . Its been great watching the team of the late 90's early 2000's all things pass. Us Poms need the Aussies to push us all the way. Lets not forget they set the standard. Go Aussie Go!!

  • on December 28, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    i must say i have watched the Aussies playing cricket 4 almost 20 years now. their cockiness rudeness sledging & general lack of gamesmanship has nurtured in me a longing for their demise. however i feel for them now that it all seems to be crashing down. i hope this downward slump teaches them a lesson in humility & that they will learn that test cricket is a gentleman's game. i look forward to the struggle of their upward climb. i have faith in them that they will not follow down the path the West Indian team & board started in the mid 90's. for as much as i have disliked their attitude for the past 2 decades i would not wish what happened to the West Indies since their heydays on my worst enemy

  • on December 28, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    I support any team that beats Aussies :)

  • on December 28, 2010, 19:01 GMT

    Subroto K Sur - TOTALLY Agree with you.

  • on December 28, 2010, 18:12 GMT

    Austrlians have been cocky through the decade, now its payback time. I dont see any good players coming out for Australia in near future, be prepared for more such maulings!!

  • lord_v on December 28, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    Chapell failed as a coach in India and now as a selector in Australia... Wonder where will he go next..

  • kool_Indian on December 28, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    @popcorn - I was waiting to read the comments from you - hahaha, thanks for making my day!

  • sonjjay on December 28, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    @ashes61 I think you havent seen the comments from Aussie fans when India lose.SOME indians dislike the aussies bcoz of they are gullible enough to have bought whatever the Indian media has sold them.But it doesnt mean EVERY indian hates the aussies.Besides some of their players are adored here.This comment is irrelevant in the context of this article but just felt the need to clarify this.Hope u dont form a perception on the basis of a handful people.

  • SnowSnake on December 28, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    @WilliamFranklin: You show same level of arrogance when you say "No other cricket nations have that history." Since ICC ranking has been put in place, it is not about the ashes, it is about who is #1. If Australia were #1 then it was about the ashes. Currently, it is about India and SA. If Australia and England were 8th and 9th team in ICC ranking then even English and Australian fans would not care about the ashes. There was a time when Eng. and Aus. were dominant teams. At that time the ashes was important series. That time has long since gone. England may rise in ranking and probably Eng. vs. SA or Eng. vs. Ind. (depending on who is #1) would become more important series. Aus. should worry about improving their rankings before any series with Aus. can be taken seriously. At least they can strive to preserve their #1 rank in ODI.

  • ravi_musti on December 28, 2010, 17:34 GMT

    @dh74: Whatever, but you have to agree, the Ashes has produced very boring cricket for so long that it was just another test series, until the Flintoff inspired victory in 05. Then the whitewash, which again was pretty boring. Interesting, absorbing cricket is produced when both sides are competent, are of the same level. England was no where close to competing with Australia. The 5-0 drubbing in 06 was not even shocking considering the difference between the two sides at that point of time. So you should understand why the ashes 'was' termed boring, at least in the recent past by non-english/australians, because it really was! But now things have changed, Australia is going through the customary 'what goes up must fall' phase and England are finally putting together a side worthy of its history. The law of averages stands. And regarding England v India, only time will tell, but it is definitely going to be absorbing.

  • on December 28, 2010, 17:31 GMT

    excellent team selection?????????? Greg ,u always wanted to do something different,be a simple & normal man. If u accept the theory of team selection of Oz ,I wonder why Sachin never opened innings in test while having around 15000 runs in ODIs.So Greg & company, kindly find a proper opening pair for test cricket( Remember U ppl have succeeded for so long with Hayden,langer,slater,boon ,marsh etc).No need for catchy selection ,that work only in shorter format but not in tests. Find a proper opening pair & give them chance for atleast 2-3 series, we all know aussies are very talented cricketers). Ask nonperforming to rest for a while ,make Hussie captain for a while & search for a future captain too. Infuse Khawja, Fergusson & a few more talented middle order batsman along with watson in middle order too(Smith must not for test). And lastly bowlers are ok but they lack variation ,bring back Hauritz & a some other spinner too for the team. Keep just 3 fast bowler(watto as forth).

  • landl47 on December 28, 2010, 17:16 GMT

    Watson was no doubt misreported, since Australia haven't lost the Ashes AT HOME in 24 years, as opposed to not having lost the Ashes at all. This is just a few phrases and doesn't cover the England side at all, just the feelings of the Australian side. I'm sure they are feeling just as Watson said they are. C'mon, Something_Witty, Johnson bowled WORSE than his figures. His two wickets were a long-hop which Collingwood could have hit anywhere but managed to pick out Siddle, and an over-head-high bouncer which Bell for some reason known only to him didn't leave alone. Otherwise Johnson was all over the place, just as he has been almost all of this year. Hilf got two tailenders to double his wicket haul for the series, but hardly troubled the batsmen at all, though he did bowl tight. Too bad about Harris, though he didn't bowl well either. Only Siddle looked the read deal for Australia in this test.

  • on December 28, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    Austrlia have lost too many greats in the last 4 yrs like Gilly,hayden,symmonds,martyn,gillespe,warne,macgrath,bracken,hogg,lee.thats y they r loosing too many series.the same will happen to india as sachin,laxman,dravid wil play only for 2 more yrs.i hope with world cup only 2 months australia bounce back as the r still the no 1 in odi rankings.

  • tejassn on December 28, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    Just waitin to see England taking those 4 wickets in the morning.... I miss Freddy in this series....

  • Guernica on December 28, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    @Miles Davis - which 25 years are you talking about? The period of Aussie dominance where England didn't win a series was 89 - 03. Either side of that most series have been very close, (notable exception being the 06-07 whitewash). These teams are currently ranked 3rd and 4th, not 4th and 5th, with England only a few points behind SA. I agree that SA-Ind is an absorbing series but we'll see next summer how good India are when they tour England.

  • on December 28, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    I think there is dearth of captaincy talent in Aus. Steve waugh removed from captaincy after one bad loss to Pak, Mark tailor also removed in similar way. But Ponting is still there after series of losses

  • Puffin on December 28, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    If a home team is competative and the visiting team not what we would call an "all-time great team" then regaining the ashes at home ought to be the most likely outcome. The fact that this isn't happening - as it did to England in the 90's - speaks volumes about team selection and ensuring steady the flow of talent. eg England are now in the pleasant position of having enough good bowlers that they can consider resting them. You don't get to this position just by relying on whatever happens to appear at the gate asking for a tryout.

    It's going to take an almighty change of direction to sort this out and I can see the Aussies having to accept that the ashes won't be regained for a while, earliest next time down under. More pain to come, for sure.

  • WilliamFranklin on December 28, 2010, 16:07 GMT

    How can people come on here and say the ashes is meaningless? Are they completely arrogant to the history of the game? Australia against most sides in the 90s was one sided.

    India got battered in the first test in South Africa, is that absorbing? They could well lose the current match too.

    The Ashes is about the historic cricket rivalry between the two sides. No other cricket nations have that history.

  • Deenesh on December 28, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    O well, tuff luck Aussies. England have become a complete test team while Australia have become ordinary in every department. Apart from SA, Eng will give India a run for their money for the number one spot. SL still cannot compete outside of SL.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on December 28, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    State teams got better batting line up Than Australia

  • ashes61 on December 28, 2010, 15:44 GMT

    Saw Watson's TV interview with Athers at the end of the day and have read this one. I see nothing remotely objectionable in what he said, and I'm sure no other England follower would. He gave very full and generous credit to the England bowlers, especially Bresnan, and said nothing remotely arrogant. In the interview above he merely acknowledges the deep disappointment in the squad at their failure to wrest the urn back from England, which is perfectly understandable, given the profile of each Ashes series and their strong wish to overturn their 2009 defeat in England. What is it about these wholly unpleasant comments, most of which come from Indian and not England fans? We enjoy - indeed love - cricketing banter with Aussies, which goes back a long, long way and is underlaid by mutual affection and an acknowledgment by both sides that without the other there is no Ashes tradition to savour & nurture. Sub-continentals, please understand - it is banter, not hatred.

  • on December 28, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    @hasanal actually Australia was expecting too much from bollinger, harris and Johnson. This bowling attack was so impressive and destructive against west indies :) but not so for the solid professionals like ENGLAND. Thats why Ponting and Mcgrath had said early this year that Ausies would thrash England by 5-0. I remember Jonathan Trott had answered them that they would be under pressure by giving these kind of statements. Trott was banged on by his remarks. And they proved it. Speaking in media and performing in ground are two vice versa things.

  • sri1ram on December 28, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Caino94.. Any team as successful as the ozzies have been for a decade are sure to win their brickbats more than their accolades, especially when they fizzle out, given the cockiness over the years. Only as early as 2008, I have ever seen contrite and suitably chastened players, starting with the skipper (with the "dubya" look when things don't go his way) I personally feel that the UDRS has hastened this demise - and I am sure most of us (except the ozzies) would agree!

  • on December 28, 2010, 15:26 GMT

    Caino94: No one is jealous of the Aussies. In fact we loved their game for the last decade. Its their lack of respect for others that is despicable. The West Indies of the 70's were a greater team, but their behaviour on and off the field was what made them great and lovable. Just looking at Punter wagging his finger at the umpire puts one off the Aussies. Learn to be modest even when you are the best.

  • gettussaa on December 28, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    I'm lovin' it !! Well played Poms!

  • on December 28, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Iam just enjoying to witness the downfall of the arrogant aussies. It would be more enjoyable the day Ponting gets a big kick on his lil ***.. He just deserves that..He always has been an arrogant person and never really draw admiration. Cheers England for matting australia.. This world cup i would love to see aussie crash out before QFs

  • on December 28, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    I agree with Aussie_Pride1. This is just a transitional phase. Hopefully India's transitional phase is easier... considering our shaky bowling line up...it looks like a good challenge to take on.

    Maybe its also time for aus to appoint a new captain and let ponting play as a batsman, he surely has more to contribute to the team as a batsman and as a senior player int he team. I am waiting to see him play with his old class and fury. Hopefully thats around the corner.

    Personally gutted that aus isn't making the poms cry in pain but in joy. Strauss & Co deserve due credit, they have been quite clinical and all the players have pitched in with an effort.

    About Ind vs SA..go india go you can do it!

  • Caino94 on December 28, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    I am sick and tired of hearing others saying that australian players are cocky! for goodness sakes if you had a team with the likes of gilchrist, langer, hayden, warne & mcgrath then you wouldnt mind winning would you! I believe the people who critisize cocky people are cockier in the way they speak.... anyway how can you say watto is cocky underdog??? he said last week in his press conference after adelaide that he gave full credit to england in the way they bowled and batted...is that been cocky?? I think not!! I think your just jealous because australia have been on top for the past decade and as soon as they have a slump in form you people are quick to jump on their backs! farewell Caino94

  • on December 28, 2010, 14:15 GMT

    well done England. You are on the way to winning a series in Australia and even though its not the team of the past, its still a substantial achievement.

    As the for the Ashes, its an overrated, relatively meaningless cup. For over 25 years it produced the most one sided BORING matches ever and only Australians/English saw it any different.

    This has been a reasonable series between the no 4 and no 5 team in the world. Thus far the clash at the top of the table between SA/Ind has been far more absorbing.

  • KAIRAVA on December 28, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    With the Ashes lost and now left with nothing to lose, Australia should look out for the future and the Aussie XI for the next test at Sydney should be: 1. Shane Watson, 2. Mark Cosgrove, 3. Shaun Marsh, 4. Usman Khwaja, 5. Mike Hussey (Capt'n), 6. AB McDonald, 7. Brad Haddin, 8. Nathan Hauritz, 9. Mitchell Johnson, 10. Peter Siddle, 11. Ben Hilfenhaus.

  • Scgboy on December 28, 2010, 13:52 GMT

    I actually think thats an honest reply.The question was probably phrased about what are his feelings are , not on the (obvious ) quality of England's bowling attack and batting. you bet its going to be horrendous., I have felt pangs of dread in the bottom of my stomach, since that inept non performing debacle the 1st innings. watto is probably one of the few can hold his head up high in this series.It is time for resonbale , well thought out and non panicked change punt for the future now Ponting is the fall guy here, cause blame cant not be placed solely on his shoulders alone.That however is a captains lot.:(

  • KAIRAVA on December 28, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    @SamAsh07: Hey, don't forget that the Aussies are still No.1 ranked ODI team in the world and that too by some distance as seen by the rating points. And the Aussies always play their best in World Cups. So writing them off is a totally immature statement.

  • UnderDog1630 on December 28, 2010, 12:51 GMT

    One team has to lose. That is part of the game. But the disgusting part is the arrogance and the body language of the Australian team. This guys Watson is a mini Ponting in arrogance and high headedness, or might be even worse. At least pontong has a record to be arrogant.

  • hasanal on December 28, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    Mr Glen McGrath had said that the aussies would thrash the poms 5-0 in this series, could someone explain to me what he mean't by that?

  • on December 28, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Australia have not only turned away some supporters with their play, but more importantly with their behaviour. As always, he is not going to mention any of it.

  • hasanal on December 28, 2010, 12:27 GMT

    Mr Glen McGrath had said that the aussies would thrash the poms 5-0 in this series, could someone explain to me what he mean't by that?

  • on December 28, 2010, 12:25 GMT

    2 words. Best Series Ever. Wait that's 3 words. Oh well I'm still better at counting than Ponting's men are at cricket :D

  • KingofRedLions on December 28, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    Sick already of seeing the incredible amount of comments that keep blaming Greg Chappell for virtually everything, as though he is responsible for every decision ever made by Cricket Australia.

  • on December 28, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    Good to see players like Hughes, Johnson and of course that special Pup Clarke finally showing their true colors. I always deemded them very ordinary and their career stats are inflated due to batting on flat tracks and having the favour of the umpires(mr Bucknor where please take a bow)

  • on December 28, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    The urn MUST be earned and is not an entitlement.

  • sonofchennai on December 28, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    This is what greg chappel did to india when he was the head coach...ofcourse its naive to blame him for this debacle but some people have such influences...

  • Aussie_Pride1 on December 28, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    i will be the first to admit that the australians performances have been sub par,(excluding perth), But they are goiing through their transitional phase, which every team goes through. look how good india are atm, but when tendulkar dravid n laxman all go, and they will leave at around the same time that team is goin to take a while to gel together and may lose a few series, its natural for a team to go through this, so once the selectors get a team that gels togehter get the chemistry the results will come. and for people sayin watto is in the wrong you are idiots,

  • on December 28, 2010, 11:00 GMT

    I think this will eventually stop McGrath from predicting a 5-0 whitewash in favor of the Aussie's for the next Ashe's.

  • MaxG9 on December 28, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    Predict a 2 to 4 years slump for Aussies at about 4 to 5 on test rankings. Hope for the sake of international cricket, that they get their long term selection strategies correct. But then they need to get rid of most the selection panel & especially Andrew Hildrich (Beer picked because of his knowledge of WACA conditions when he moved to WA only in June this year? What is the man thinking??) & Greg Chappell. Get rid of Hilfenhaus, McKay, Ryan Harris ( even if fit) & Bollinger for tests. They are mainly 'hit the deck' bowlers & do not have enough variation & subtlety to bowl on all types of pitches. Peter Siddle may make the cut if pitches suit. and Johnson if 'they' can sort his head out. Steven Smith as a no. 6 would not make the cut in even a second IX of the England, SA, Indian & Sri Lankan test teams. Petulant Ponting whose mediocre captaincy was shielded by world class players needs to go.

  • SamAsh07 on December 28, 2010, 10:46 GMT

    Ponting should just retire after WC2011, where Australia will get thrashed by the tigers of South Africa and India, of course England too. I'll bet my cards on either of these teams winning the WC2011 - SA, Ind & Eng, Pakistan on the other hand....no way, i'll be surprised if they pass the Group Stages. Sri Lanka is A-O-K, not that alluring to watch. They'll probably get out in the Knockout stages P.S. NZ no need to mention, just let Bangladesh eliminate them.

    Back to ashes, Ponting must rest in Test 5 along with Hussey and Clarke, get new faces Aussies, young-bloods are energetic and ready to prove themselves, so it's hightime Aussies pack got a different packing, it may result in a change of Fortune.

  • on December 28, 2010, 10:39 GMT

    I heard the interview on ABC radio and I was dissapointed that Watson just couldn't say England bowled better and give credit where credit is due. I just hope that Australia do an honest review of this series and drop Watson down the order where he is better suited and bring in some new blood. Losing at home should always bring about change.

  • popcorn on December 28, 2010, 10:36 GMT

    Australia have dominated the old enemy in so many Ashes series,both home and away in the last twenty years,it is perhaps a balance of nature that sees countries, even in the Corporate world be up on top, and at other times down. It definitely hurts not winning The Ashes back. England have lost The Ashes so often on their home turf! 1993,1997,2001,and lots more!

  • StarveTheLizard on December 28, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    Australia have been heading in this direction for a while. It was only this year, however when the results have been this bad. I believe there is a certain degree of complacency and smugness that prevailed in CA that prevented necessary changes taking place. The big Alan Border Medal do is a case in point. (How could they possibly hold that this time round?) We talk about dumping this guy and replacing this bloke. The new guys end up being as tainted as the rest of them. I think we are in a very bad placve now. It will take us years to get out of it.

  • Psyc_s on December 28, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    It is sad to see someone who represents The Australian team talk like this, but yes this is reality...I don't remember Steve Waugh givivng so much hype going into Ashes series and that is the reason his team could concentrate in every test's & odi's they had played. But Ponting's men started talking about "ideal" Ashes preparation from the moment they stepped in England to play neutral series against Pakistan...They told playing in India is not ideal and playing odi's against Srilanka is not ideal...They were too whiny and lost the plot when England landed in Australia...If Australian cricketers stop complaining and start playing to their potential they surely will be World champions in all formats. I will be very sad if punter get sacked or stripped of captaincy, If he was born India, along with Sachin he will be the most worshipped cricketer in the world even for his foul mouth & bad temper...

  • kriskingle on December 28, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    Australia are victims of a trap of their own making, first with their over-hyping the whole rivalry, and then crowing after England's disastrous Ashes campaigns in the 90s. Champions like Warne and McGrath should take some of the blame for that. I hope England will show more humility and professionalism.

  • anver777 on December 28, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    Eng r worthy winners of Ashes.....Ponting & co really disappointed their fans very badly, except for Perth test they were not up to the mark, at least win the Sydney test & make the fans happy !!!!

  • kriskingle on December 28, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Australia are the victims of a trap of their own making, first with blowing the whole rivalry over the top, and then crowing all over England for their disastrous campaigns through the 90s. I hope England will show more humility and professionalism.

  • Etgloria on December 28, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    Little surprised at Shane Watson's comments - whilst I feel he is a goodish player - never one to I feel reverse the hold on the Ashes - sadly not an opener - works hard - but lacks the all round strengths and confidence to force himself on England - the writing was on the wall from the series in England and to actually say it would be 'horrendous' not to regain the Ashes is very odd since Australis has been outplayed in 3 of the 4 tests to date - I would like to remind him that Australia are only as good as the players in the pack and the 'Aussy' pack this time round are all second raters mate - when you beat England time and time again there was not a player in the Aussy pack that would fail to make a world 11 at that time - time has moved on and I doubt very much now if you have 1 player in the Aussy pack that would be selceted for a world 11 - be a man Shane and hold your hands up and give credit where it is due - you are being outplayed by a far superiour team - have a god day!

  • suresh_sksj on December 28, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    all out for no loss for auzi cricket....good by ausies

  • Something_Witty on December 28, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Can't keep relying on Watson to score all the runs. Over the past 12 months he and Katich have been on the only properly consistent batsmen, I hope that the bowlers do not get the blame for this abysmal performance. Siddle bowled really well, Hilfy was his usual consistent, unlucky self, and Johnson bowled much better than his figures suggest, even if he didn't swing the ball like a banana like he did in Perth.

  • mariofan97 on December 28, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    ricky ponting= gone usman khawaja = debut!!!!

  • indianzen on December 28, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Wolf is crying for a lamb? Watson is one of the most indesciplined Aussie player ever seen, who sledges, never plays and talks unwanted stuff at the media... Irresponsible IDI_ _ !

  • amit1807kuwait on December 28, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    Very few quality players in your side Shane. And unfortunately, your selectors headed by the Great Greg Chappell refuse to inject fresh blood into batting. Batting has let you down on a number of occassions, your bowlers have done better. On current form, it will be while before Australia becomes a force once again in world cricket.

  • on December 28, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    i had no words 2 describe this awful performance by the aussies in their own backyard they could have done better mean while disaster took place any ways lets hope for a change of fortune at sydney in 2011

  • on December 28, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    it will be shattering for u always watson as long as u dont convert 50's in 100's more often. happy losing

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  • on December 28, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    it will be shattering for u always watson as long as u dont convert 50's in 100's more often. happy losing

  • on December 28, 2010, 9:21 GMT

    i had no words 2 describe this awful performance by the aussies in their own backyard they could have done better mean while disaster took place any ways lets hope for a change of fortune at sydney in 2011

  • amit1807kuwait on December 28, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    Very few quality players in your side Shane. And unfortunately, your selectors headed by the Great Greg Chappell refuse to inject fresh blood into batting. Batting has let you down on a number of occassions, your bowlers have done better. On current form, it will be while before Australia becomes a force once again in world cricket.

  • indianzen on December 28, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Wolf is crying for a lamb? Watson is one of the most indesciplined Aussie player ever seen, who sledges, never plays and talks unwanted stuff at the media... Irresponsible IDI_ _ !

  • mariofan97 on December 28, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    ricky ponting= gone usman khawaja = debut!!!!

  • Something_Witty on December 28, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    Can't keep relying on Watson to score all the runs. Over the past 12 months he and Katich have been on the only properly consistent batsmen, I hope that the bowlers do not get the blame for this abysmal performance. Siddle bowled really well, Hilfy was his usual consistent, unlucky self, and Johnson bowled much better than his figures suggest, even if he didn't swing the ball like a banana like he did in Perth.

  • suresh_sksj on December 28, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    all out for no loss for auzi cricket....good by ausies

  • Etgloria on December 28, 2010, 10:02 GMT

    Little surprised at Shane Watson's comments - whilst I feel he is a goodish player - never one to I feel reverse the hold on the Ashes - sadly not an opener - works hard - but lacks the all round strengths and confidence to force himself on England - the writing was on the wall from the series in England and to actually say it would be 'horrendous' not to regain the Ashes is very odd since Australis has been outplayed in 3 of the 4 tests to date - I would like to remind him that Australia are only as good as the players in the pack and the 'Aussy' pack this time round are all second raters mate - when you beat England time and time again there was not a player in the Aussy pack that would fail to make a world 11 at that time - time has moved on and I doubt very much now if you have 1 player in the Aussy pack that would be selceted for a world 11 - be a man Shane and hold your hands up and give credit where it is due - you are being outplayed by a far superiour team - have a god day!

  • kriskingle on December 28, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Australia are the victims of a trap of their own making, first with blowing the whole rivalry over the top, and then crowing all over England for their disastrous campaigns through the 90s. I hope England will show more humility and professionalism.

  • anver777 on December 28, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    Eng r worthy winners of Ashes.....Ponting & co really disappointed their fans very badly, except for Perth test they were not up to the mark, at least win the Sydney test & make the fans happy !!!!