Australia v England, 4th Test, Melbourne, 4th day December 29, 2010

England retain the Ashes with innings win

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England 513 (Trott 168*, Prior 85, Cook 82, Strauss 69, Pietersen 51, Siddle 6-75) beat Australia 98 (Tremlett 4-26, Anderson 4-44) and 258 (Haddin 55*, Watson 54, Bresnan 4-50) by an innings and 157 runs
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England have retained the Ashes in Australia for the first time in 24 years, after inflicting one of Australia's heaviest losses, with a margin of an innings and 157 runs on the fourth morning at the MCG. It took less than 90 minutes for England to collect the three wickets they needed for victory, and when Tim Bresnan picked up his fourth wicket, an edge behind from Ben Hilfenhaus, the celebrations began.

Bresnan finished with 4 for 50 and was mobbed by his team-mates when the final wicket fell, and the big collection of England fans at the MCG burst into full voice. It was a wonderful moment for England, who will now aim to turn their 2-1 lead into a series victory at the SCG next week, but as the holders of the Ashes before the tour they have done enough to retain the urn.

For the first time in history, Australia have lost two Tests in a home series by an innings, and the margin was their worst defeat in Australia in 98 years, and their eighth-worst of all time. There was some fight from Brad Haddin and Peter Siddle, who put together an 86-run partnership after the early loss of Mitchell Johnson, but it was only ever a matter of time for England.

During the Haddin-Siddle stand, both men cleared the boundary off Graeme Swann, providing something to cheer for the Australian fans who had turned up despite the certain result. Haddin's half-century came in 86 balls and Siddle posted his highest Test score, before the end came in a rush with Siddle and Hilfenhaus falling in quick succession, and the injured Ryan Harris unable to bat.

Johnson was bowled by Chris Tremlett in the second over of the day for 6 and it seemed like the morning's play would be over in a rush, before Haddin and Siddle came together. It took a while for the next wicket, Siddle (40) caught on the boundary straight down the ground when he slogged Swann, and England knew their goal was almost achieved.

Now, the questions turn to Sydney and what each team can achieve with the Ashes already decided. For England, the goal is obvious - win or draw and ensure they take the Ashes outright, rather than simply retaining them.

For Australia, the series can still be drawn, but they must decide whether to make changes, including whether to risk Ricky Ponting with his broken finger. Ponting had x-rays during the morning, and when he spoke straight after the defeat he didn't know the results, but was still hopeful of playing at the SCG.

"I've got a point to prove to myself and the team, with my performances in the past four Tests," Ponting said. "I will be doing everything I can to be ready for Sydney. I still think I've got a lot to offer the Australian cricket team."

"It's pretty hard to accept," Ponting said of the loss. "We haven't deserved it, that's the bottom line, haven't played well enough. It was tough, but wasn't a 98 all out wicket. They showed us how to bat. We can still level the series, which has got to be the motivation for us. Get to Sydney and salvage some pride. We've let ourselves down and our supporters down."

After the past 18 months were all geared towards regaining the Ashes, Australia's future must involve some changes. Andrew Strauss and his England team can celebrate a much-deserved triumph.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • Beefy_B on December 31, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    @ Racer_Gally Correct me if i'm wrong, but i've never seen Strauss say England ARE the no 1 team, just that that is what they are striving to become. Two very different things. If we want to become no 1 then yes, we'll have to beat India. Looking forward to that this summer.

  • Australia17594 on December 31, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    @longdonkey I"m not saying the talents of the other states aren't good. It's just that NSW have better young talent.

  • on December 30, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    If England have to be the top ranked test side in the world, they should replicate this performance in India and South Africa as well.

  • Sezzlers on December 30, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    @ Trickstar, TheHoneymonster, philipm3 i would appreciate ur cricket knowledge... I m sorry to mention innings defeat in my comment.... But Strauss Won barely two tests and he talks about world no 1 team now.... wow give me a break.... Let us see how his team will perform in INDIA.... Ha ha ha.... World No 1 team England!!!!!!!!

  • Verleus on December 30, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    I think this victory against a sub standard Australia is being over hyped by the English,even talks about England being a possible No1 are going around..But really...England..!No 1!...Lets see if they can even get through at home against a good bowling attack like Sri Lanka...Some good bowling from Johnson in the 2nd test and they fell like a pack of cards...What'll they do when they face Malinga and Co.?And then the wizard Zaheer when India tour there..!Really,neither English bowling nor batting is comparable to that of India or SAF.Even Sri Lanka are better.And Graeme Swann-the best spinner in the world...??!!Lets see how he fares against the Indian team in July....people who can actually play against spin...As for ponting,sad to see him go after one series failure...what would have happened if we had removed Tendulkar in '05-'06..??Its unfair,and the poms deserve some payback,and they gonna get it from India and Sri Lanka this summer..!!

  • Nizam1949 on December 30, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Time for England to rise from the ashes like the Phoenix! Strauss and his knights have now gelled together as one team, rather than individual performers. That's a real good sign for the future of English Cricket. I wish though that Paul Collingwood recovers his form to show the world the worthy cricketer that he is, and has been all along in the past.

    Chris Tremlett and Tim Bresnan have come into their own during the current Ashes Series, and it would be worth noting now onward how England vies not only for the ICC World Cup, but also for the number one slot in the Test rankings. Good luck, England.

  • verto12 on December 30, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    Well bring on sydney and lets see if the aussies can win but i would like to see ponting dropped and bring in someone like khawaja or brad hodge who has been in great form for victoria and the player for harris i would have either bollinger or copland but england dersvered to win in melbourne when your out of 98 it is hard to make a comeback from there australia cant just reley on Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin to get then out of trouble but sometimes i feel sorry for the boys they al ways try there hardest i will be interesting to see who they pick today.

  • longdonkey on December 30, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    BigGeorgeMehemood said " Forget about all of that; Listen, this guy Bresnan from England- I never see for a long time a bowler like him; this guy remind me of Malcolm Marshall. Bresnan is a vicious bowler who can rip the ball off a good length. He is a dangerous bowler, I hope Eng. never drop him from the team. Wow." Listen Tim if you want to post on the forum I think you should do it under your own name and you know know yourself you're not fit to shine Malcolm Marshall's boots. As for all this talk about England being Number 1 - I think Australia being so poor has made them look a bit better than they are. Batting only Pieterson scares me although Trott is getting close but much more workman like reminds me of MArk Waugh on his legs but with a better temperament. Bowling none of them scare me but collectively get the job done.

  • longdonkey on December 30, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    Australia17594 moans " Stop complaining about NSW players. The reason they are chosen is because they are the best in Australia. Name a batsman that has better talent than khawaja?? Name a bowler better than Starc, HAzlewood, copeland? YOu can't." If they are so good how come they have won the Sheffield Shield 3 times in the last 16 years! I don't think anyone is saying that Khawaja shouldn't be next batsman in line for a Test place but listen to the NSW cricket mafia and you have the best 6 opening batsmen and I notice there are 6 NSW bowlers in the World Cup squad and NSW cricket mafia arguing that Bracken and Hazelwood should be in as well. Who is better than Starc, HAzlewood, copeland? Here's a list Johnson, Harris, Hilfenhaus, Siddle, Bollinger, Faulkner, Swan, Butterworth, Pattinson, George, Wright, McDonald, Dorey and on his record Duffield is close too.

  • on December 30, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    "In the last two years, England have won five of the eight series they have played (including the current one), drawn one and lost one. Looks good, doesn't it? But who have they won against? Twice against Bangladesh, once against Pakistan and once against Australia. And yes, the one they lost was against West Indies.

    Not impressive. Not enough."

  • Beefy_B on December 31, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    @ Racer_Gally Correct me if i'm wrong, but i've never seen Strauss say England ARE the no 1 team, just that that is what they are striving to become. Two very different things. If we want to become no 1 then yes, we'll have to beat India. Looking forward to that this summer.

  • Australia17594 on December 31, 2010, 2:02 GMT

    @longdonkey I"m not saying the talents of the other states aren't good. It's just that NSW have better young talent.

  • on December 30, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    If England have to be the top ranked test side in the world, they should replicate this performance in India and South Africa as well.

  • Sezzlers on December 30, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    @ Trickstar, TheHoneymonster, philipm3 i would appreciate ur cricket knowledge... I m sorry to mention innings defeat in my comment.... But Strauss Won barely two tests and he talks about world no 1 team now.... wow give me a break.... Let us see how his team will perform in INDIA.... Ha ha ha.... World No 1 team England!!!!!!!!

  • Verleus on December 30, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    I think this victory against a sub standard Australia is being over hyped by the English,even talks about England being a possible No1 are going around..But really...England..!No 1!...Lets see if they can even get through at home against a good bowling attack like Sri Lanka...Some good bowling from Johnson in the 2nd test and they fell like a pack of cards...What'll they do when they face Malinga and Co.?And then the wizard Zaheer when India tour there..!Really,neither English bowling nor batting is comparable to that of India or SAF.Even Sri Lanka are better.And Graeme Swann-the best spinner in the world...??!!Lets see how he fares against the Indian team in July....people who can actually play against spin...As for ponting,sad to see him go after one series failure...what would have happened if we had removed Tendulkar in '05-'06..??Its unfair,and the poms deserve some payback,and they gonna get it from India and Sri Lanka this summer..!!

  • Nizam1949 on December 30, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    Time for England to rise from the ashes like the Phoenix! Strauss and his knights have now gelled together as one team, rather than individual performers. That's a real good sign for the future of English Cricket. I wish though that Paul Collingwood recovers his form to show the world the worthy cricketer that he is, and has been all along in the past.

    Chris Tremlett and Tim Bresnan have come into their own during the current Ashes Series, and it would be worth noting now onward how England vies not only for the ICC World Cup, but also for the number one slot in the Test rankings. Good luck, England.

  • verto12 on December 30, 2010, 1:43 GMT

    Well bring on sydney and lets see if the aussies can win but i would like to see ponting dropped and bring in someone like khawaja or brad hodge who has been in great form for victoria and the player for harris i would have either bollinger or copland but england dersvered to win in melbourne when your out of 98 it is hard to make a comeback from there australia cant just reley on Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin to get then out of trouble but sometimes i feel sorry for the boys they al ways try there hardest i will be interesting to see who they pick today.

  • longdonkey on December 30, 2010, 1:35 GMT

    BigGeorgeMehemood said " Forget about all of that; Listen, this guy Bresnan from England- I never see for a long time a bowler like him; this guy remind me of Malcolm Marshall. Bresnan is a vicious bowler who can rip the ball off a good length. He is a dangerous bowler, I hope Eng. never drop him from the team. Wow." Listen Tim if you want to post on the forum I think you should do it under your own name and you know know yourself you're not fit to shine Malcolm Marshall's boots. As for all this talk about England being Number 1 - I think Australia being so poor has made them look a bit better than they are. Batting only Pieterson scares me although Trott is getting close but much more workman like reminds me of MArk Waugh on his legs but with a better temperament. Bowling none of them scare me but collectively get the job done.

  • longdonkey on December 30, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    Australia17594 moans " Stop complaining about NSW players. The reason they are chosen is because they are the best in Australia. Name a batsman that has better talent than khawaja?? Name a bowler better than Starc, HAzlewood, copeland? YOu can't." If they are so good how come they have won the Sheffield Shield 3 times in the last 16 years! I don't think anyone is saying that Khawaja shouldn't be next batsman in line for a Test place but listen to the NSW cricket mafia and you have the best 6 opening batsmen and I notice there are 6 NSW bowlers in the World Cup squad and NSW cricket mafia arguing that Bracken and Hazelwood should be in as well. Who is better than Starc, HAzlewood, copeland? Here's a list Johnson, Harris, Hilfenhaus, Siddle, Bollinger, Faulkner, Swan, Butterworth, Pattinson, George, Wright, McDonald, Dorey and on his record Duffield is close too.

  • on December 30, 2010, 1:20 GMT

    "In the last two years, England have won five of the eight series they have played (including the current one), drawn one and lost one. Looks good, doesn't it? But who have they won against? Twice against Bangladesh, once against Pakistan and once against Australia. And yes, the one they lost was against West Indies.

    Not impressive. Not enough."

  • Australia17594 on December 30, 2010, 0:25 GMT

    Stop complaining about NSW players. The reason they are chosen is because they are the best in Australia. Name a batsman that has better talent than khawaja?? Name a bowler better than Starc, HAzlewood, copeland? YOu can't.

  • Biggus on December 30, 2010, 0:06 GMT

    @Venkatesh Krishnan-"BEGINNING OF THE END" FOR THE MIGHTY AUSTRALIAN TEAM you say, but what do you mean? We will never win again? Really my friend, maybe you are very young or maybe you are just fond of writing meaningless slogans but Australia and England have been in this test cricket business for about 130 years and there have been many times when one of us has given the other a hammering. Losing a test series is not a "shame" or a "disgrace" as Indian cricket fans like to think, it's a disappointment. It's a game guys! We've been down before, and this current slump is no worse than others I've seen. This England side is better than ours and they will rightly retain the Ashes, but to make sweeping, apocalyptic statements regarding the future of the Australian test team is more indicative of wishful thinking on your part than any sober assessment of facts or knowledge of the cyclical nature of sporting dominance.

  • fatburner on December 29, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    Drop Hughes please and open with Khawaja as some of the best Australian openers did not originally open for their shield team as in Khadich, but there are other cases. Ian Chappel on the other hand used to open for SA in the early days. Drop either Hughes or Ponting but maybe not both and appoint one of the former hard men as a full time manager like Flower and perhaps choose Steve Waugh, Alan Border or even Mark Taylor in that position and get rid of Handball Hilditch. Appoint Haddin as a temporary captain or pick any proven interstate captain like White! The key though is to clean up the whole management team. Copy the English line up with a top fielder in charge of fielding skills (how could things have deteriorated so quickly) and go for proven coaches and get Sakker into the team. Offer him anything to come back!!!!

  • rambadi on December 29, 2010, 23:44 GMT

    Great job England. But I hope they don't mess things up like they did in the third test. They have to focus on winning the series now.

  • On_me_head_son on December 29, 2010, 23:25 GMT

    As a British/Pakistani I would like to CONGRATULATE all the guys at team England. Well done boys!! This is your just rewards for all the hard work you've put in. I knew you were more than capable of beating the Aussies in their own backyard. Can I just add...A BIG Thank you for donating half of your match fees in the Pakistan series towards the floods. A truly great gesture,just like when Michael Vaughn and the lads helped hand out supplies to earthquake victims when they last toured there. So not only are you worthy winners of the Ashes you are true gents. Take note Ricky.

  • on December 29, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    We all know about cycles.Sure form is temporary class is permanent. One way to develop teams across the world and not only to an australian context or india post sachin, dravid and vvs, is to limit the number of tests an individual plays. It sounds undemocratic, I agree but lets say an individual has played 140 tests..and one goes on a longer tour. Rotate the players..offcourse we need bigger squads but then we will have key players developed and there will be less fatigue. I am not saying sack the player but limit the number of tests and extend he careers at the same time blooding younger talent. for folks to have less frustration particularly in countries like India, all 3 formats to be successful money wise..Tests, T-20 and one days. I watched various under-14 teams ans under-16 teams in Sydney a couple of years back. I must admit, you folks have a fantastic system at identifying grass roots talent but exposing very young kids to t-20 could be detrimental. Ban T-20 until a kid is 18

  • on December 29, 2010, 22:01 GMT

    what a match. just loved it totally. i think this time England will win the ICC world cup.. Bangladesh is ready to welcome them.

  • tjsimonsen on December 29, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    @AbsoluteRabbit: Wonderful! Absolutely glorious - I could not have said it better myself!! Seriously though, ENG is still far from world domination (though they have a real chance to get there). I don't think that AUS will fall as far as the Windies have. But to stop the fall you first have to accept that you are sliding. And that seems to be the main problem right now. BUT if the selectors overreact and sack half the team (or CA sacks the selectors) the result will just be chaos.

  • Trickstar on December 29, 2010, 18:31 GMT

    @Racer_Gally What a ridiculous comment followed up by excuses, 'Strauss talks to much' the one thing that Strauss doesn't do is talk too much, it could be put to him he doesn't talk enough, every series he's bee Captain in, other captains have tried a war of words with him (G.Smith, Ponting) and not once has a answered back.As for the rest of you post,excuses and hot air and you can't be even following the cricket because England didn't lose by a innings.

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on December 29, 2010, 18:25 GMT

    Forget about all of that; this Bresnan guy remind me of Malcolm Marshall. Him can really bowl and I think England gat a gem there. He is a ruthless and dangerous bowler who can destroy any batsman like Marshall.

  • nataraajds on December 29, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    Aus lost this test on first day itself when they were bundled out for 98. outstanding batting by "Mr.wall" Trott and Eng can dreem of a great Ashes win and we are going to have a exiting Ashes decider final test

  • Lepet42 on December 29, 2010, 17:25 GMT

    Where has Australia's aura gone - he he! After 24 years of the Aussies gloating I get the impression they don't like the gloating moving in the opposite direction - what a shame! I have seen some great cricket by England in the past but this series is a masterclass of how excellent preparation pays off. The team is as fit as they have ever been (can you imagine Sir Ian Botham putting in the training like this team have?) and they believe they can win. All credit to Andy Flowers and his back room staff - I thank you. Also unlike Australia the England team appear to have loads of talent knocking on the door also so the future should be rosy as long as we can learn from what Flowers has instilled. If Flowers was an Englishman I would be suggesting he is knighted. Maybe Strauss will be!! I feel Swann will enjoy the SCG - thats if we don't demolish Australia in 3 days!! Then for the ODI's - I feel a 5-2 win for England coming

  • 5wombats on December 29, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    @landl47 - nice stat fest.... @ashes61 - joined at the hip... all Bang On. No sign of our friend @Marcio - but good to see @jonesy2 making as much sense as ever.... What has to happen now is that England must pulverize Australia at Sydney. England have been dominant in the way that Australia USED TO BE. 3-1 would be the right result in this series. There will never be a better chance to really crush the Aussies. It's been fantastic to be part of all this banter and to be able to dish it out the way the Aussies USED TO. Well done, WELL DONE STRAUSS & THE BOYS ! ! !

  • on December 29, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Point4... Anybody who has said that England have won the Ashes clearly knows nothing about test series between Oz and Eng . Eng could not possibly win the Ashes. ...As holders they could only lose them or retain them. Since Oz cannot win the series England have retained them.

  • on December 29, 2010, 17:17 GMT

    its all about losses like warne, macgra, gili.

  • phoenixsteve on December 29, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    CONTINUED (If Cricinfo allow!) Regarding the prospect of England (or anyone else) dominating world cricket for the next 20 years as suggested by some misguided soul.... NO IT WON"T HAPPEN! Why? Not because England aren't a great side but because world cricket has learned and moved on from the days of West Indies dominance/Australian dominance. Cricket academies/centres of excellence have sprung up and there is a new professionalism to coaching and fitness. It's not that many years ago that India were the" wipping boys "of world cricket and this is refected in the tendancy to only allow them to play a 3 match test series in England. I can remember Gooch's 333 against them and the "well it's only India" reaction! How things have changed in 20 or so years? Thank you Australia - you raised the bar for all test crcketing nations. A shame that such a legacy is slightly marred by bad sportsmanship... or is it PROFESSIONALISM?? I wonder.....

  • phoenixsteve on December 29, 2010, 16:53 GMT

    I have just spent the past 45 minutes reading all these highly entertaining comments. Interesting gambit of opinion but by and large the true cricket fans recognise that this has been a great England performance and a poor one by Australia. Let's not get carried away by either though.... Australia really can't get much worse & England probably need to if the predictions of World dominance are to come true? Personally I think that the test rankings are BS - we'll see how India (no 1 ranked) perform in their nest 2 test series. As for the fans ..... most of the Aussie cricinfo contributers seems to be suprisingly gracious & accept this heavy defeat. Of course there is always Jonesy2 who makes the rest of them seem smart! England can afford to give Colly some early R+R & give Morgan a crack at the Aussies in Sydney. Maybe give Jimmy a break too & play Bresnan, Finn, Tremlett. Swann AND Panasar. England are nowhere near dominating world crcket for 20 years as someone suggested... YET!

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on December 29, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    Forget about all of that; Listen, this guy Bresnan from England- I never see for a long time a bowler like him; this guy remind me of Malcolm Marshall. Bresnan is a vicious bowler who can rip the ball off a good length. He is a dangerous bowler, I hope Eng. never drop him from the team. Wow.

  • AbsoluteRabbit on December 29, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    @jonesy2. Sadly, I've got to agree with you, even though I'm an England fan. It used to be the other way round. In 2006/7 Australia were nowhere near as good a team as England, but unfortunately managed to beat us 5-0 because we kept playing so badly. In fact, people who really know about cricket are generally agreed that England were far and away the best team in the world between 1976 and 2006/7. The only reason this isn't as widely known as it should be is because our on field performances kept letting us down.

  • Beefy_B on December 29, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Well done England, what a difference from 4 years ago, my lowest point as an England cricket fan. I just wonder if it would have been any different had Strauss been captain back then...

    Anyway, it was always going to be hard to replace the legendary Aussie players such as Warne, Hayden, Gilchrist, McGrath etc. They were awesome. I would never write the Aussies off at any sport though. They have a winning mentality that has to be admired.

  • Point4 on December 29, 2010, 15:52 GMT

    @landl47 ihave always disagreed with your comments hitherto especially regarding "Eng being No:2 by next year and SA no:1 with India having had 15 mnts of fame".But your post this time around answers one of my doubts(genuinely)because i have been wondering how can the media say Eng have won Ashes down under after 23 years when the score line shows 2-1 to Eng with 1 match to go.And your level headed comment deserves a lot of respect.This is the worst Aus performance this generation of cricket viewers have seen and only a 3-1 thrashing would do justice to claims for a champion side.just hope Eng cricketers and Board too apply a sensible approach after this series and march on (unlke last time when stamps were issued for a victory after a long gap)..all the best!!!your bowling is awesome..but batting will have to face sterner tests.....

  • on December 29, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    i remember someone in oz team talking about sledging tactics b4 da series. :D ha ha ha

  • mrgupta on December 29, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Before the start of Ashes all Aussie fans were predicting an easy 3-1 or 4-1 Win for Aus, some even went to the extent of predicting 4-0 or 5-0 in favor of Australia, forgetting the fact that they were recently beaten in India 2-0 by a depleted Indian side. Now i can see that almost all the Aussies fans are down to not predicting but Hoping and Praying that their team can win the last test and square the series so that they can save some pride. Same happened to SA in the second match where the Fierce and most lethal Bowling attack on the planet was outperformed and the home side was beaten by an Indian side who most fans (including some Indians) predicted will go down by 2-0 or 3-0 in the series. Few weeks ago some "experts" declared on Cricinfo that Aussie and SA bowling attack was the best in the world, they probably did not see this coming that these two will be beaten at home soon.

  • landl47 on December 29, 2010, 15:04 GMT

    That the series is only 2-1 is due to some great performances at Perth by Hussey, Watson, Johnson and Harris. Otherwise, the stats overwhelmingly favor England. England's top 4 have 6 centuries, including 2 doubles; Australia's top 4 have none. England have 6 partnerships of over 150; Australia have 1. England have 4 bowlers with 13 or more wickets; Australia have 1. England have scored over 500 runs three times: Australia have no scores over 500. England have taken 70 wickets in the series; Australia have taken 46. England have bowled Australia out in both innings 3 times; Australia have bowled England out in both innings once. It's really only Hussey who has kept Australia's batting afloat, and all credit to him. When he couldn't do it at the MCG, you saw the result. I really hope England don't take their foot off the pedal now- a drawn series would be an injustice.

  • landl47 on December 29, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    @jonesy2: drinking our cares away, were we?

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    Well Done England for wonderful display of Bowling but needs to impove batting line up . Paul collingwood is not test players better replace for additional all rounder.

  • ashes61 on December 29, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    Not "the beginning of the end" for Australia, as has been said below. The decline set in YEARS ago, and the great team was past its peak in 2004, only a day's rain saving them from a clear 3-1 defeat in 2005. The 5-0 whitewash against a dysfunctional Eng set-up (hampered by an impossibly bizarre build-up, ravaged by injuries & ruined by having their temporary captain Strauss replaced by a drunk) masked many cracks. Just before Eng's 2006 Adelaide declaration there were clear signs that Aus were cracking - McGrath a passenger as both bowler & fielder, Warne utterly neutralised by KP & Collingwood. The 2009 victory was over a very poor Aus side. Recently, Aus hopes that the sides were now fairly even on paper but that home conditions & traditional Aus grit in an Ashes series would prove insurmountable were blatantly ridiculous & optimistic. Confidence in Eng's current setup (esp coach & capt) has proved well founded. Amazing that Aus didn't see this coming - it was there for all to see

  • We_Win_All on December 29, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Australian BOYS were beaten by English MEN. I suppose this comment will summarize the Aussie performance in this series....

  • on December 29, 2010, 14:04 GMT

    OK.. so England have retained the Ashes, but this Aussie team have proved that they can win. Therefore if i were the Oz selectors I'd pick the same bunch, barring Harris of course, and tell them, you've been rolled over by a team you beat in the previous test, so go out and do it again and restore some pride on Oz cricket.

  • on December 29, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    The beginning of the end of this Australian team was Sydney 2008. That was the last of their 16 straight wins and since then they have not beaten India in 8 tests , lost to Sth Africa at home & now to England home & away. That match exposed Ponting's true colours - argumentative, cocky, nasty, aggresive, intimtadation of umpires - whilst around him his team was slowly unwinding; Gilly & Hayden soon jacked it in, Symonds has never been replaced & they are no nearer finding a spinner of any description. Never forget Sydney 2008.... & I for one shed no tears that Ponting is being humiliated now

  • haseebmehmood on December 29, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    I am a Pakistani supporter but English performance has been fantastic and is commendable not over just one day but throughout the series to this point. I hope they keep this winning instinct for rest of the Ashes and One Day Series. The overall performance individually and as a team has been excellent. Very Well Done England.

  • Okakaboka on December 29, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    @longdonkey, I couldn't have said it better! Right on mate.....Is it any wonder Australian cricket is going down. The selectors have always had NSW blinkers and now we are paying for it. I suggested we sack the selectors who chose the selectors. My suggestion didn't get posted. Is Hilditch's uncle the moderator or something. Do you really think the current Australian team would beat Victoria......no way....Victoria would flog them.....Better batsmen, better bowlers, better fieldsmen, better wicketkeeper, better coach (by a mile) and.....yes....better selectors. I would ask all Australian cricket fans...would you like Bill Lawry as a national Selector? Do you think he would be objective? No, i don't think so....well guess what...this is what Hilditch appears to be doing. The first person that must be dropped is CLARKE......he'll have a sore back next week anyway! He is kept because of sponsorship reasons I reckon. Come on, we need to rebuild.

  • Arjun_CB on December 29, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    Well done England..... for retaining the Ashes.....

    Ponting has to fire with Bat for AUS to make the series 2-2, but with this current form i dont think so, ponting should think of changing from the position.... If AUS loose one more test match at Home, then i strongly believe, that would be the End of Mighty australia......... im sure then one other teams wont have a fear to come and beat Aus in aus,...............

    England... good bowling attack, well balanced batting line up... Keep the good work... all the best for the coming match.

  • iftikhar93 on December 29, 2010, 13:06 GMT

    First of all congratulations to an English team for retaining the ashes, they really deserve this and especially Trott and Bresnan, who took this game away from aussies. Now its the time for aussies to put away Ponting from the side and to give the chance to Khwaja or Ferguson in the next test. Now, it's time to select new captain, either Clarke or Mike Hussey. Otherwise, we'll see many more upsets like this. I just want to remind Ponting about his plans for winning this year ashes 5-0 against england. Now, what happens??

  • parpranav on December 29, 2010, 13:05 GMT

    All that australia is going through is a result of some ridiculous selections by CA.For starters.....nathan hauritz should have been given a chance.....also,jason krejza is an extremely impressive spinner.If CA had to plead anybody to come out of retirement....it should have been brett lee,it looked practical and realistic too..dirk nannes should have been given a chance..........extremely annoying that CA totally overlooked him...cameron white would have been the ideal choice for the number 4 spot.clint mc'kay would have been a great choice in the pace department...there many such choices CA should have looked at.Having said that,of course no offence to the english team...i think this team has the class and the quality to deny all their past jinxes and reach unassailable heights..well played mates!As for the aussies,you still have one more chance to fight for your pride....so go for it australia!!!

  • on December 29, 2010, 13:03 GMT

    In 1882, The Legend Of "ASHES" Began With The British Press Mourning The Death Of English Cricket And The Ashes Being Taken To Australia......128 Years Later, The Ashes Now Looks To Of The Dead Body Of Australian Dominance Over World Cricket...But Just Like A Sly Cat, Austrlian Cricket Has 7 Lives, And The World Should Beware Of That When They All Meet For The World Cup 52 Days Later

  • on December 29, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    And a hearty HoHoHo to those (predominantly Mexican) correspondents who think that Australia's batting woes can be solved by picking Cam White (as a future captain?). As much as I hate to burst your tiny brains by introducing facts, Mr. White has been tried at Test level and failed miserably. He currently enjoys a first class average of 36, which means that with Callum Ferguson averaging 40, there are only 16 first class batsmen in the Shield with better averages than them, including, oops, Nathan Hauritz. The predominance of NSW players at Test level is not a sign of a conspiracy by the ACB against the other States, it is merely the end result of the fact that NSW, as the State with the highest population, has the most cricketers.

  • ash_abi on December 29, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    greg chappel ruined indian team before the previous world cup as coach now he's repeating the same with current aussie side. i still dont understand what is smith, clarke, jacques are doing in the aussie side where is shaun marsh, callum ferguson, kreja bring them on, relieve ponting man he is the best aussies have,even tendulkar had a similar run............. as an indian i would like to see a fighting aussie team taking india next year

  • Tim40621 on December 29, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    Fantastic achievment these endless nights of staying up all night have been well and truly worth it! You almost forget that we havnt just beaten Australia twice but twice by an innings! Just simply Englands bowlers have got the aussie batsmen scared! I was thinking that England need not bother with any warm up games for the ODI's because we only seem to play one innings in the test matches!! 24years WEVE DONE IT!!!

  • SDHM on December 29, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    @ Racer Gally - actually it wasn't an innings defeat at Perth, but it was a thumping all the same. And how on earth does Strauss talk too much? He's one of the quieter, more measured captains out there. England would certainly have made more than 98 if they'd been put in; as you say, it's about confidence, and England have more of it, which comes from being a better side. It amazes me, genuinely amazes me, that when England do well, it can generate so much anger. Saying the toss is crucial is idiotic; of course it is, but it's something everyone around the world in all forms of cricket deals with, so don't start using it as an excuse for English dominance. Let's not forget, they lost it in Adelaide and still outperformed Australia.

  • on December 29, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    Watson, Hughes, Hussey, Khawaja, Clarke, White (C), Haddin, O'Keefe, Johnson, Siddle, Copeland/Pattinson. .... now is a time to build for the future, katich deserves a spot but is getting too old and the next test series isnt for 8 months, nic maddinson looks like a good prospect also for openers position.. hughes maybe suited to being down the order more. Cameron White would be a captain who can play all 3 forms of the game unlike michael clarke who is not suited to 20/20.

  • philipm3 on December 29, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    racergally you are NOT correct - the last test was won by a margin of 270 runs not an innings. It really is quite pathetic that some of the fans here can't remember something which happened a week ago. And yet you remember the three world cups. What relevance does this have to the current scenario? None. They may well bounce back, but it will be too little too late. It's people like you taking the blind 'Australia are great England are crap' stance that typify the complacency that got them in this mess in the first place. Australia were outplayed in all departments; their captain can see it and yet you can't. Sad that you can't have the grace to give credit where it's due.

  • Johnnnno on December 29, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    If it weren't for Hussey the Aussies would have lost all 4 matches. A horribly out of form top order (except Watson) and an impotent bowling attack have lead to this shameful display. You have to laugh when you see the bowlers try to intimidate batsmen like McGrath and Gillespie used to with harsh stares and strong words, and then the very next ball do something like bowl to 2nd slip. PATHETIC. To all those singing Johnson's praises after last match, he has NOTHING but an occasional troubling ball. Mostly you are wondering what is going to fly out of his hands. And his batting is not worth much more. He ONLY EVER bats well when there is nothing to play for and no pressure. Lick your wounds Australia and lick hard cos you relied solely on the skill of 2 people to keep you dominant for so long.... McGrath and Warne. The rest just fed off them and took credit. Especially Ponting, his captaincy looks much better than it is because of them. He may as well stay as theres noone to replace him

  • on December 29, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    Aussies have a major issue with Ponting. A man over 36 in a terrible form. Other than that the difference between the teams is age...and bowling. I don't think Strauss and Cooke are much better than Watson and Katich (although Katich is injured) Ponting was better than KP. Hussey and Trott have statted each other into a corner with very similar campaigns. Bell and Clark are similar and Collingwood is probably inferior to anyone put up against him at the moment. Hussey, Katich and Ponting are ancient. Who have you got coming through Oz fans? You need 3 quality batters to step up in the next 18 months, Hughes really doesn't look like a batsman at all - never mind a test batsman - what else is in the cupboard? Siddle is the only player in the OZ side that England would swap - and even then I don't think he'd be an automatic first XI choice. 3 of your 5 batters over 35 and one steady bowler in Siddle and one "now and then" bowler in Johnson. From here the Oz cupboard looks old and bare

  • chalindu on December 29, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    i think aussie defeat as a mental factor.they don,t lack of talent,they show it in last test.i think something in the australian cricket management going wrong of them.it is important to keep their heads up,and trust their skills.ponting and clarke are the to important roles in their in up dont work effectively entire series.it really shows clarkes 70 balls 19 and pontings 20,s of 80. they are lack of confident.it needs to put up if they want to level the series.GREG CHAPPEL needs to resign,not ponting.

  • longdonkey on December 29, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    Hahahaha everything is doom and gloom and sack everyone. I remember 85-86 when we were even worse than this and just around the corner in 87 we won the World Cup. Hard to see it happening at this stage but... you never know. See the NSW cricket mafia is hard at work making the most of the situation. I read in todays News Corp newspaper the following names mentioned as replacements for the 5th Test. Maddinson, Khawaja, Hauritz, Marsh, Katich, Bollionger, Copeland. Nice to see they could sneek in one non-NSW name in. I'm surprised that they don't want Warner opening for the Test team or maybe there are a couple more openers in Sydney grade cricket that are making runs. And these names are mentioned as our future Test bowling attack Copeland, Hazelwood, Starc. These guys are ruining Australian cricket - PICK THE BEST 11 and get off of Ponting's back.

  • on December 29, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    Ask any Australian or England current or former test cricketer and I'm sure most would say that whichever team holds the Ashes at the end of a series is in effect the virtual winner. There's no shared prize.. you have to win it back from the current holders... end of story.

  • on December 29, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    "BEGINNING OF THE END" FOR THE MIGHTY AUSTRALIAN TEAM

  • crimsonbull on December 29, 2010, 11:44 GMT

    This is truly wonderful news. I dislike Ponting he is uncouth. One time Srinath got him in his ribs and Srinath came over to ask him if he(ponting) wak OK. Srinath got an earful and turned away. If ponting palys at SCG I hope he gets 2 golden ducks.

  • hyclass on December 29, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    In 2009, Ricky Ponting vowed to win back the ashes in England. History shows that he failed then and has done so again. Every failure has seen a litany of excuses. The toleration of mediocrity by the players, coaches and selectors has fostered a culture of failure and non accountability. In 2009, Hughes was replaced after just 5 tests, averaging 58, by the far less accomplished Watson. That proved a failure. Watson is incapable of playing the match winning or saving innings needed at the top of the order. He lacks both mental and physical stamina. He is not a fast scoring batsmen, striking at 50 runs per 100 balls. North, Hussey and Ponting have failed as batsmen for two years. Katich barely has the stamina to reach a hundred. Clarke is erratic.Where are the players capable of building large scores? There have been calls, based on recent form,for Ferguson or Marsh who average mid 30s in first class cricket. Averages rarely lie. Enough of the boys club. Bring back real professionalism.

  • kiranmn on December 29, 2010, 11:36 GMT

    johnsrini ,What a stupid comment on Rahul dravid and Greg Chappell.I guess you dont know what test cricket is

  • Sezzlers on December 29, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    Strauss talks too much…. If Ricky won the toss the pendulum would swing in another direction…. The toss and first day pitch won this match for England…. If I am not correct England suffered an innings defeat in last test…. Punter u and Ausse won 3 world cups…… The only difference between England and Ausse is confidence…. I am damn sure Ausse will BOUNCE BACK and Crush England……

  • ssm2407 on December 29, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    Its the IPL's fault Australia lost the Ashes!

  • holycow9 on December 29, 2010, 11:16 GMT

    i'm sure the australian cricket team and cricket australia are consoling themselves with the information that england have at present only retained the ashes, rather than having won them outright.

  • Guernica on December 29, 2010, 11:12 GMT

    Well done England, brilliant stuff. @Biggus and several other Aussie fans on here, thanks for your good grace in the face of defeat. @jonesy2, your comment is either a deliberate wind-up or you are the worst kind of loser imaginable - one who resorts to the 'You only beat us because we played really badly this time'' line. After the Perth test you were talking up Australia saying there was a 'gulf in class' between the sides. That may be true, but not the way round you imagined it.

  • on December 29, 2010, 10:55 GMT

    What do you call an Aussie with 100 runs next to his name ? A bowler !

  • decent_vampire on December 29, 2010, 10:40 GMT

    Isn't it too early to talk anything about OZ ? What if they come up strongly and Win the last match ? It will be DRAW ? We can't say then England have won the Ashes. or Can we ? Doesn't matter if England retain the Ashes. But final result will come up with a Draw Series. Ponting is having bad time of his Career but don't forget even Tendulkar had even worst when he was appointed Captain. That time his team supported him and now we can see he is back in his teenage. Scoring runs like he has nothing else to do in life. Everyone is talking about Gilly, Warne, Glen and Hyden. But it was Ricky who used them on right time. Still I won't forget to Congratulate England for winning the MATCH not SERIES.

  • Truemans_Ghost on December 29, 2010, 10:29 GMT

    Strange thing about the Ashes- everyone is celebrating before the series is won becuase the ashes have been "retained". England, but for one test, have been superb, but they need to keep their heads and win the series. I find myself, half agreeing with Jonesy2, although the rest of his rant is as ignorant as ever. Still well done England, two innings victories in Australia is a superb achievement- now finish it off.

  • Ulitmate_stars on December 29, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    First it was West Indies and now its seems we are seeing the "Great fall of Australia..." Its high time that ACB does something by renovating the composition of the Team and reviewing the the Pontings Stint as Captain

  • Nathan_a on December 29, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    Though England played well, the Australian selection policy helped them a lot. The bowlers were chopped and changed so much that they lost confidence. I think Greg Chappel should take responsibility for the loss and step down and not Ponting. The Indian team's dismal performance in world cup 2007 was also down to the 'Greg Effect'. Hope CA realises this.

  • on December 29, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    @ jonesy2 maybe a little bitter

  • on December 29, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Ricky Ponting.....can you hear me???....you're boys took one hell of a beating...

  • Clive_Dunn on December 29, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Strangely, even after the really poor performance at the WACA, the fact that the Aussie selectors immediately announced an unchanged squad made me think there was no way the Ashes were changing hands here. They hadn't been able to see that in no way were Hughes or Smith test class at this point, and that the win had been a freak combination of an odd pitch and Mitch actually getting it right for once. England will be pushing very hard for 3-1 in Sydney, too many of this team remember the humiliation of 06/07. Payback is fun.

  • Chapelau on December 29, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    @jonesy2 - still eating sour grapes I see.... your own countrymen say that England are a good side - not great but good and a lot better than Oz.... why are so many Ozzies such poor losers?

  • _Australian_ on December 29, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    @ jonesy2. The Ashes is what it is about. England just won them. A drawn series means nothing but a bit of pride. England are way better than Australia currently in all departments. Time to wake up and realise we are not the side we were. That era is well and truley over.

  • on December 29, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    Bye bye ashes to Aussies. Better luck next time. England proved they are better team of the two

  • hampshireman on December 29, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    @jonesy2 when we beat you by an innings again in Sydney, then will you shut up?

  • Agus2010 on December 29, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Australian media described Aus. team as a broken cloth (lo), yes they need young threads to repair that cloth, they have to remove the old damaged threads like Ponting, clark and make with new young threds like Usman khawaja and bring back talented bowlers like Lee and Steward clark who can bowl like Mc.grath

  • on December 29, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    Ok its great England have retained the Ashes but lets not get carried away....Geoff Boycott's grandma & aunties could have beaten this motley crew of an aussie side! They have been awful!

  • mailinsiddu on December 29, 2010, 8:35 GMT

    Hey Aussies, Donot worry you can still win series against ,Zim, Bangladesh ,WI, Pak (when they are paid to lose). Keep trying...

  • Niju_001 on December 29, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    I've said in my comments after the 1st test bulletin and remind again about the CHAPPELL EFFECT!!! He is a great unbelievable man. He can transform any teams. He did it for India when India was roaring winning most matches and importantly chasing huge scores and win, which was alien to them. Then comes Chappel with much hype and there goes India down under losing even to minnows. Luckily Indians threw him out and he was welcomed by Australia which was surprising to me. Now they are feeling the heat of this man. Until this man tookover could anyone even dream of beating an Australian test side by an innings. Its not bcoz these guys arent talented or not about any bench strength, otherwise they would not have won the 2nd test. Just throw this Chappel away and you will find the Australian team back to their winning best.

  • Vijay_MatchWinner on December 29, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    2 back to back innings loss, England played champion cricket and proved it. Aussies time is gone. They are no more champions, Ponting should call it quits,

  • on December 29, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    england were 2 good fr the aussies. the aussies have no idea how 2 play the english seamers. even one of the best batsmen in d world struggle to play the english bowlers in his home condition.

  • azzaman333 on December 29, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    it won't happen, but I'd love to see this as our team for Sydney. N Maddinson S Marsh (c) U Khawaja M Cosgrove C Lynn S Watson M Wade J Faulkner J Hastings S O'keefe P Siddle. It would be a true team for the future, with only Watson (29) being older than 27. Hussey and Haddin, despite performing well, are well over 30, and in this time of rebuilding should be shown the door for youth. Oh, and Hilditch and Neilsen have to go too.

  • on December 29, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    jonsey2... Are you a Oz selector by any chance ? I say that because you appear to be so blind in your support of the Aussie team that you cannot see what is staring you in the face. You have suffered the worst home defeat in nearly 100 years. You've lost two of the last 3 home tests by an innings.. Your top 5 batters have so far managed only 3 centuries in 1390 runs, whereas Eng have scored 3 centuries and 2 double centuries in 1787 runs.. Your bowlers have taken 46 wickets as opposed to the 67 Eng have taken. For the third time in the last 4 attempts you've failed to win the Ashes. I'm afraid it's attitudes like yours, ie failing to acknowledge the truth, which has led to the downfall of what was once a great side. England may never be as good as Australia ONCE was... but they are sure as hell a darn sight better than what Oz are NOW.

  • on December 29, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    MR.PONTING IS NOW HURT .

  • on December 29, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Well done eNGLAND MAKES UP FOR ALL THE PAIN OF SO MANY TOURS DOWN UNDER.. Now lets go and bear them at Sydney as well

  • AJ_Tiger86 on December 29, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    Well done England. They have shown why they are the best team in the world in all three formats of the game. This England side is even better than the "great" Australian side of Steve Waugh. England will dominate world cricket for the next 20 years.

  • on December 29, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    Well done England Team - well deserved victory. The Australian team needs to bring in the right changes if they want to level the series, though England is the favorites at the moment. It is coming their way and they must have the plus point to get Ashes 3-1.

  • on December 29, 2010, 7:26 GMT

    Well Played but not enough English boys Hope this chain will continue and make a celebration in New year of Series Win and Ashes Retain

  • on December 29, 2010, 7:23 GMT

    CONGRATS TO ENGLAND!Andrew strauss and his men fully deserve their resounding win at MCG for their sheer fortitude,planning,selection of players and execution of their plans most importantly under pressure.To retain The ASHES n Australia after nearly 25 years puts into perspective the kinda humongous effort/hard yakka called for!Strauss comes across as a cerebral tactical leader-calm under duress..plus he has a fantastic batting record..secure n defence with ability to drive and pull sublimely!Aint a bad slip fielder either!

  • on December 29, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    Jst loved the way english team playes and crushed the aussies....so happy for them....

  • Legster on December 29, 2010, 7:19 GMT

    Commiserations to Australia, congratulations to Strauss and his men.

  • Sridhar181188 on December 29, 2010, 7:16 GMT

    England done all the things right and get back to their business at the right time. It was chairman of selectors for CA (Mr.Greg Chappel) considered to be bad omen for all things. Same things happened when he acted as coach for india.He should sacked then only Australian cricket can compete in competitive cricket.

  • on December 29, 2010, 7:07 GMT

    Before coming to the point sacking Ricky from his position? Do Aussies have a replacement? The nearest replacement Clarke himself is failing even worse then Pointing, so there is no point now to take any action against anyone, as there is no better replacement to Poinitng other then Micheal Hussey who belong to the same age group of him...... Moreover, no drastic changes are expected from selectors as the Aussies are going through same period as Windies and Pakistanis, they don't have any sustainable Talent in their circuit anymore as it was use to be....

  • shri619 on December 29, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    @jonesy2 ... you aussie saying anything about eng. your team has played very bad cricket and watching their performance and form anybody will put the money on eng. it will be 3-1 at last.in last 6 matches they have lost-4 drawn-1 won-1. this the worst performance from aus.

  • jd4ever on December 29, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Hahahaha! Well done England beating the convicts(aus) in their own backyard! Let's go on now and win the series!!...

  • on December 29, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    punter should retire now...................it's time

  • Shiraz_0777 on December 29, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    This is the Best England Team i ever scene..... Well don.......

  • on December 29, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    @SeaforthA1..i like the composition but for no 6..does Australia have a bowling all rounder?

    I think it is too weak on the bowling front, maybe the reason for the conservative approach has been Australia's batting collapses. Watson is not very effective as a partnership breaker.

    Having said that, is'nt sydney more of a turning pitch?

  • indy.rockz on December 29, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Australia has lost its killer instincts... in first innings they were 66-5 and it was not the first time when aussies were in this situation .. however before they had players like gilchrist martyn etc who will bail them out from that situation and instead of ending up 98 all out they will end up some where near 300... and then they will have bowler who will back that up with some good bowling... none of the australian player who played during the great australian era had a career average of 52+(apart from ponting) .. current batsman in the australian team have more or less the same batting average . however the problem is now they crumble under pressure... hayden langer martyn gilchrist .. they had averages ranging from 45-55 and neither of them have scored more than 30-32 centuries in test cricket . the only difference is that they used to perform in pressure situations.. and that is something the current players lack .. big time.. and same goes for the bowlers..

  • jd4ever on December 29, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    What's strange is that although most of the Oz players seem to acknowledge England are the better team their media and some of their ex-players are in denial. For example, one of their papers said (despite all evidence to the contrary) that the England team wasn't better than Australia but played for each other! Australia have some good players but if you were picking a combined 11 on current form probably only Hussey would be picked from the Aussie side.

  • on December 29, 2010, 6:34 GMT

    Aussie tastes English Supper....a bitter one after 24 long years....well done Andrew Strauss and men !!!

  • on December 29, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    i was disappointed with the aussies. frankly their preparation wasbelow par; It seems cricket in oz,does not attract people anymore. the selectors and the team did a lousy job. it is surprising but it seems there is noone to replace a Glen, Shane Or Mat even after such a long timeof their retirement.Where was the fightback from the aussies which they are well known for, there abrasiveness in the field , barring a few hours at Perth? The aussies looked like a demoralised lot from the beginning; and gave the impression to England " no we dont want the Ashes, you can keep it" . Unless a major revamp is done to the side, Australia will never be the top cricketing nation anymore.

  • on December 29, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    congrats england on retaining the ashes !!

  • suresh_sksj on December 29, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    all these discussions and debate about where Ricky needs to bat is fine, but 1st should he still be there ?.... is it not time for him to groom someone who can take up his position, it's clear that when Glen, Shane, Hydo, Gilly, Lee etc were there, the ACB did not have any proper bench strength plan..all that they had was these small time guys who were either part of the local Shield games and / or were in IPL / 20-20 games trying to earn some $$$ ASAP...so all the exp and trg they got were in the shorter version of the game...never in the 5 day version...so all these issues now comming up....i guess many countries will face this issue soon.....as most of the guys currently are using the time to play the shorter version rather play the full version....all for just Quick money...and ASAP

  • Biggus on December 29, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    Well done England! Way too good for us this time. Not only have we been out bowled and out batted, we've been out fielded too. I thought it would be close but we Aussies have performed badly and it's back to the drawing board for us. England are a good outfit, and have a growing sense of self-belief to go with their latent talent. Strauss is a good captain too. It's not fun losing the Ashes but we've been nailed fair and square. England are not a 'great' team as such, at this point, but they're a whole lot better than we are, and may evolve into a major power in the next couple of years. Time will tell.

  • _Australian_ on December 29, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    I am sure we are going to see plenty of comments here about ringing in the changes for the Australian side. But I can't see a much better side by doing so. England have simply been far better in all departments no matter who plays. That said I would like to see a different batting order. If all fit I would prefer the side in batting order to be 1. Kawaja, 2. Katich, 3. Watson, 4. Hussey, 5. Ponting, 6. Clarke, 7. Haddin, 8. Hauritz, 9. Johnson, 10. Siddle, 11. Hilfenhaus. 12th Smith.

  • Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on December 29, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    CongrltZ to England.. U Are Gona Win This Series...!!! BE Confident and dont be Over Confident...!!!

  • ravi_hari on December 29, 2010, 5:59 GMT

    From the start of the series it was evident that Australia are going to loose. In my comments at the beginning of the series I said this will be the last series for Ponting, atleast as Captain. It is going to come true. However, with his batting also failing him, he is unlikely to figure in the team as a batsman too. The problem for Aussies is that they do not have the players with aggression. Barring Watson and Johnson, all others seem more like Asians than Aussies. Especially their bowlers just complete the motions. Unlike the likes of Lee, Mcgrath, Warne, in bowling, Gilchrist, Hayden, Ponting and Waugh in batting, today's bunch is more of gentlemen than the Aussies we have seen in the past 2 decades. If we see the best Aussie years, they had atleast 6 to 7 aggressive cricketers whom the opposition looked with awe. Today that number is only 2. Secondly in Gilly they had the best keeper and batsman. Haddin is just half of that. Problems are plenty, can they come out of them? Ravi

  • on December 29, 2010, 5:52 GMT

    English Lions played well at the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) but kangroos can fight back to level the series although England gave them a tough time at their home .......... but Team Australia is in re-building process some time and captains responsible attitude towards the game can make them champs again .........

  • jonesy2 on December 29, 2010, 5:51 GMT

    this is so funny england havent even won yet. if australia win in sydney then its a draw who cares if they retain the ashes it will still be a draw! and australia have played UNBELIEVABELY bad the only way is up. england are still a terrible side and win never be as good as australia no matter how badly aus keep playing

  • MKonda on December 29, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    Bad luck AUS. Congratulations ENG team.

  • India_boy on December 29, 2010, 5:39 GMT

    "I've got a point to prove to myself and the team, with my performances in the past four Tests," Ponting said. For me, this is the root cause of all the problems for Aus, Steve Waugh did not wait to prove anything, he simply played for AUS,and left when he knew he could not contribute anymore, but ponting has showed that he plays for himself.He wants to play on and on, in order to PROVE and thus hurt his team in the process....

  • Aussasinator on December 29, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Changes needed yes. A change at the top and at the No. 3 in the batting order.

  • on December 29, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Congrats Engalnd.. they deserve this win..

  • on December 29, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    good on ya England bye bye Ponting and Australia, good to see how England no longer afraid of Australia and had the belief even after Perth that they would come out and cream Australia now all Australia can do is cry. Congradulation England

  • katandthat3 on December 29, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    Too good England, have been the more consistent team and deserve to retain Ashes. Unfortunate for Ponting who has been one of the greats but Australia have to now look towards the next generation. Ponting can still play a role but with Australia maybe not playing any tests till August 2011 it's too long to wait and see after Sydney. Hoping CA can organise a Top End series and give some new blokes a chance as well as in Sydney. Marsh and Khawaja in for Hughes and Clarke and White to bat at 6 (as a future captaincy prospect). Haddin, Watson and Paine need to be given opportunities to show what they've got in leadership qualities in all formats. Have to start picking players who have great techniques on both front and back foot. Also Tim Nielson should be given the chop, no point having a bloke at the helm of Australia's demise having an influence on the next lot of Aussie cricketers. SCG: Marsh, Watson, Khawaja, Hussey, Ponting, White, Haddin, Johnson, Hauritz, Siddle, Copeland, Smith.

  • on December 29, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    A truly emphatic victory by England and a cruel eye-opener for Australia. Remember the great West Indies side of 70s and 80s. Today they are towards the bottom of the test ranking. Australian selectors need to take some very tough descisions if they want to arrest the decline of Australian cricket. India is scheduled to tour Australia next December after touring England in July-August and if the state of Australian cricket remains the same, India has got a fair chance to register their maiden series victory in Australia. England on the other hand should not be complacant and should go all out to win the series 3-1. Only then they can authorize their supremacy over Australia.

  • captainbarebum on December 29, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Oh, and as for Clarke in his run as vice captain and number 4 batsman . . . don't get me started.

    I only hope the Oz selectors show some real courage after this series. When a fire guts a building, you tear down the rest and rebuild from the ground up. Pull in your best performers from Shield cricket and build a new team. Surely, it's time.

    Losing the Ashes AGAIN (and on HOME TURF!) was bad enough but don't forget Oz lost a series to Sri Lanka IN OZ just before the Poms arrived, and lost a series to Pakistan in England just before that. Bloody awful run that looks askance at the selectors, team captaincy, & the performance of the top order over this period.

    Ah, what a shame it is. And IMO mostly preventable, with the talent in Oz cricket.

    Heartiest congrats to the Poms, by the way. They were the better team in virtually every aspect of the game. You dealt us a painful thrashing. Well done!

  • phoenixsteve on December 29, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    A great result and all the hard work and preparation finally paid off! Congratulations to Andrew Strauss and all the England team - a well deserved win! I must confess that after Perth fiasco this England fan was starting to worry but maybe the result stopped any further complacency? The Ausies were pretty poor - not just WA, SA and Aussie A but the test team too..... The winds of change have blown through test cricket and England should be rated as a team with talent? My commiserations to Ricky Ponting and the Aussie supporters who will now rebuild and also learn to lose with grace. There's no disgrace in being beaten by a better side and England have proved to be supperior in nearly all departments. WELL DONE ENGLAND!!!! Don't stop now.......

  • landl47 on December 29, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    That's the first objective secured- the Ashes stay with England. However, the tour won't have been really successful unless England win the series outright. They mustn't relax for next week's encounter. The Australians are going to have to do some rethinking of their strategy. They dismissed sub-par performances in England against England and Pakistan, in India and against Sri Lanka. If they'd won the Ashes they would have been justified in their faith in Ponting and this team. Now they must face the fact that the side needs rebuilding from the ground up. I doubt if they'll do it now, just before the World Cup, but it has to happen. Well done, England- Australia's heaviest defeat since 1912. A great performance by Strauss and his team.

  • captainbarebum on December 29, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    (Continuing) Sure, give a player a chance to break out of a slump but how long will you permit the slump to be? Because he's Ricky Ponting do we give him a break no one else would get? The last fight with the umps shows something other than advocacy for his team--it displays a sense of entitlement, "Listen to me because of who I am!" And it shows desperation. Opposing teams must now relish RP's walk to the crease as he's proven himself a liability, not an asset or a threat, coming in at first wicket. So, to have a better team, you cut out the weak link & forge a stronger NEW chain. Generally, #3 bat is the most important piece in any cricketing scheme. He has established a HABIT of scoring fewer runs than his specialist bowlers down the order--a sign his skills have eroded irreparably. As surely as grandpa can't be allowed to drive anymore & grandma must be put in care, RP is done at this level. Retire, mate, please, before the decision is made by someone else.

    From a fellow Aussie.

  • on December 29, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    In Sports as in life, the mighty must fall. Australia is learning what the once mighty West Indians has learn to live with.

  • on December 29, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Well deserved victory for the English side..... Aussies are struggling with their batting...

    England right from the outskirts have played exceedingly well... & deservedly regained the Ashes.......

    Congratulatians to Strauss & his team.....

    well played boys......!!

  • stormy16 on December 29, 2010, 4:58 GMT

    Thats one super performance by Eng with bat and ball and really Aus didnt even show up at the G. While the victory is great the most remarkable aspect is the huge difference between the two sides. Eng are playing like the Aus of the 90's while Aus are playing worse than the Eng of the 90's if not worse!! On paper both teams appear to be reasonably stacked up but Eng have performed at an amazingly high level while Aus have forgotten what performing means. Eng also showed its depth when both Bresnana and Tremlet performing in the last two tests while Aus bench have done nothing. Congrats to Eng on retaining the Ashes - they were awesome and thoroughly deserved the win.

  • satanswish on December 29, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    Brilliant performance by England yet again. Congratulations!! Unfortunately Aussies donot have any answer to England's flamboyance at the moment. Having such a shameful captain who argues with umpires, players and survived by sledging during his career. Time to pack your bags, Ricky. Its already high time for your retirement. Flop Clarke need to be sacked as well.

  • PlayingItStraight on December 29, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    Full credit must go to England for their performance this series - with the exception of Perth where perhaps a little complacency crept in, they have completely outplayed the Aussies. Now is the time for the Australian selectors to start planning for the future and blood some good young cricketers with potential AND technique. There are a lot of young guys playing first class cricket with good one day and T20 abilities but without the technical aspects to their games to succeed at test cricket. Sure the batsmen can thrash state bowlers about for quick runs, but without the right technique they will very quickly get found out at Test level. As for the bowlers, what ever happened to line and length bowlers who bowl seam upright, guys in the mould of McGrath who stifle the runs and pressure batsmen into making errors? The current Australian fast bowlers are all fairly similar and there is not enough variation to the attack - why not bring in a Peter George or Trent Copeland to mix it up?

  • captainbarebum on December 29, 2010, 4:42 GMT

    When do you take your grandpa's car keys away for good? Do you force grandma into a nursing home over her protestations? So here's Ponting, who will NOT step down until he's pushed out. He insisted on playing while impaired (broken finger) & diminishing his team's overall ability to win. His never-quit philosophy has morphed into a stubborn arrogance that's toxic in a team environment. Note how he INSISTS on continuing to play his trademark pulls and hooks even though he has been getting out to pop-up catches more often than scoring sixes & fours. He will NOT let a bowler get on top so he will make a rash stroke to prove it, and get out cheaply yet again. It's not a bad match or series he's having, it's a bad couple of years. The number 3 bat is the most crucial in the order, often coming in after an opener has gone early. But instead of settling in & calming the situation, RP has instead looked jumpy & tentative himself, usuallygetting out before reaching double figures. (continued)

  • anishkm on December 29, 2010, 4:39 GMT

    so australian is over...now its indians and english...

  • sajidimrankhan on December 29, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    assusie players should leave cricket and start modeling....they don't have guts to play against england. clarke,...ponting..hilfenhous...haddin....hughes....should be thrash out from the team. khwaja...white..ferguson....hauritz..should brought up.... but now every thing is over...it is useless to comment now............

  • on December 29, 2010, 4:29 GMT

    Hall mark of england victory is their maturity over Australians. Australians have reduced themselves to street urchins indiscipline to the core not focus to common goal of winning matches

  • on December 29, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    Australia should experiment in the next test and give chance to youngsters. I believe that Ponting and Clarke from Batting Side and Ben from Bowling department should be rested. In retrospect, Ponting made an egotistical error by playing at MCG. Him and Clark are too insecure, they even play injured fearing that a younger player might replace them.

  • on December 29, 2010, 4:22 GMT

    Barmy Army rocks once again........

  • SouthPaw on December 29, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    This is a very sad day for Australian cricket and fans such as myself. Just goes to show that you cannot have a great test side with a "quick-mix" of players in a side. Waugh's all time great side had besides himself, great batsmen such as Gilchrist, Slater, Martyn, Mark Waugh, Langer plus a great bowling team led by McGrath and Warne. The fact that a fine bowler like Stuart McGill didn't find a place in the regular team says it all !

    Cricket Australia must now introspect and come up with a good selection of players to form the team for the new decade.

  • johnsrini on December 29, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    After the 2007 world cup Chappell split with his disciple Dravid and left India. They had created havoc earlier and had got rid of Ganguly .(There were may Australian Captain's in the 70's who had a worse batting record than Ganguly and were selected just as a Captain.) He then returned to Australia had created Havoc with the selection of the Australian cricket team. This Ashes loss is the result of this. PS , to all Dravid fans who will be upset, Gambir will not except the Captaincy over Dhoni at this time .

  • hasanal on December 29, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Congratulations England! A well deserved victory, we now have to stamp our authority by winning the ashes outrightly at Sydney, for Australia, there is a lot of soul searching needed, an era of dominance has come to an end and it's going to take a while for them to come back strongly, what goes around comes around.

  • on December 29, 2010, 4:00 GMT

    austrlia desreves it poor way of planing the game

  • aslampgd on December 29, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    we can clearly see that Aus are on the downfall. But who will come forward to take Aus backe on winning track?

  • Australia17594 on December 29, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    Selectors, Coaches, Captains all have to go. Keep ponting as batsman is fine but has to be lower down the order. COACH MUST GO.

  • HOMEBREW on December 29, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    Well done to England. S#@*house effort by our team, coaches & selectors. Ponting & the selectors deserve the floggings they've had. Sum up the aussie side so far this series? poor bowling, poor fielding, poor batting, poor coaching & poor selections. All in all England will more than likely win at Sydney given we have no answer what so ever to any player they put on the field. None of our batsmen are even prepared to take them on exect Watson, Hussey & Haddin. Where is that dog fight spirt that we used to have? More mongrel needed guys.

    On another note maybe the laws could be changed that if a player has a major injury thats proven to the umpires with doctor reports, xrays and such the 12th man could bat so no side is undermaned for that game, just a thought.

  • on December 29, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    Surprised Australia conceded with 9 wickets down. They surely did not have faith that they could do it. Like 2005 when Hayden and Langer didn't even try to get the runs.

  • on December 29, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    Well deserved victory for the English side..... Aussies are struggling with their batting...

    England right from the outskirts have played exceedingly well... & deservedly regained the Ashes.......

    Congratulatians to Strauss & his team.....

    well played boys......!!

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 29, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    That was a laugh. Seeing that sort of defeat makes you wonder why don't make more of a habit of it!! I think that Test had more fantasy than reality about it. It's easy though to write off the Aussies in the euphoria of such massive annihilation. The fact is they are quite a good side, and they are the opponents who do have enough pride to make us fight the whole way. In Sydney they will bite back and we have to have the power to knock them down again. We must not let up for an instant. For the moment though it is good to think how we have bowled in the first innings', especially here, and how the batsmen have batted long times and gone on.

  • joking44 on December 29, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    If I were a Headline Writer, today's would be "STRAUSS WALTZES HOME WITH ASHES Petulant Ponting Pulverised"

  • Boundsy0868 on December 29, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    Well done to the Empire XI (ah, I mean England...). Thoroughly deserved win to retain the Ashes. The Aussies were just no where good enough. A much more settled and disciplined English side (akin to Aussie sides of the past), who taught us a lesson or two (or 20) about what it takes to win a game. Although disappointed with the loss, this is the much needed kick up the backside the Aussies needed. We always wondered how long they could cope with / cover the losses of Gilchrist, Warne, McGrath, Langer, Hayden, Martyn, and here is your answer. Now is the time to get back to the basics and really rebuild over the next 5 years. We will not be the powerhouse of the last 20 years again in our generation, we need to be real about this - the players I have just mentioned, including Punter and Hussey, are once in a generation players. However, we can build a competitive team around Haddin, Watson and Siddle. Bring in Khawaja, Ferguson and McDonald and give them a go. Smith will improve in time.

  • adamgilly on December 29, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    now only way to save the face is to bring back BUCKNOR and abandon the UDRS.... he was our savior every time we were in any trouble... lol but seriosly, sack ponting, enough is enough... also that arrogant clarke... make katich captain and haddin his deputy and infuse young blood in the team...

  • 5wombats on December 29, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    England have thrashed a weak Australia side in utter disarray. Aus followers; has the reality finally sunk in? You have minnows where you used to have sharks. Australia sowed the seeds of the position they now find themselves in back around 2005, possibly before; The Great Side - the side which was so good that hardly any good young players could get in. Cricket Australia milked it, but missed the fact that England were able to go toe-to-toe in 2005 and win. Although it looked close, truth is; it should have been 3-1 to England. Through hubris; captain Ponting colluding with the Greats decides to stay on, with an aging team, in order to set the record straight in 2006/7. So, instead of building Aus dropped to basic instinct; retribution, and it was ruthless; 5-0. But look at it now; 4 years on and Australia after losing again in 2009 are left with a team of minnows and deadbeats. You could say it's sad but Australia, through Ponting in particular, has brought this on itself.

  • Dockaman on December 29, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    It's fair to say that the Australian team at all levels needs an overhaul. From the players, coaches and selection panel. How can Steve Smith be picked as Australia's best No.6 Batsman. Surely players such as Khawaja, Ferguson, Bailey etc are much better equipped to fill the role. Ponting - was a great player and now seems to have lost the edge on his game, just enough to bring him back to the pack (and moreso). Retire after the World Cup and let us remember you for the great player that you have been. Coach Neilson - what has he done since taking on the role? The Aussies seem to have lost that real fighting spirit. We crumble like an Under 11's kids team. We need some back bone. Hildich has to go - he is a joke. Bring in a young fast bowler for Sydney and drop Hilfenhaus, he has done absolutely nothing, and just sends down pies. Beer to play - but he won't do anything. My 11 for Sydney. Watson, Hughes (just), Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Khawaja, Haddin, Johnson, Faulker, Beer, Siddle

  • poojali on December 29, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    remarkable victory dudesss

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  • poojali on December 29, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    remarkable victory dudesss

  • Dockaman on December 29, 2010, 3:25 GMT

    It's fair to say that the Australian team at all levels needs an overhaul. From the players, coaches and selection panel. How can Steve Smith be picked as Australia's best No.6 Batsman. Surely players such as Khawaja, Ferguson, Bailey etc are much better equipped to fill the role. Ponting - was a great player and now seems to have lost the edge on his game, just enough to bring him back to the pack (and moreso). Retire after the World Cup and let us remember you for the great player that you have been. Coach Neilson - what has he done since taking on the role? The Aussies seem to have lost that real fighting spirit. We crumble like an Under 11's kids team. We need some back bone. Hildich has to go - he is a joke. Bring in a young fast bowler for Sydney and drop Hilfenhaus, he has done absolutely nothing, and just sends down pies. Beer to play - but he won't do anything. My 11 for Sydney. Watson, Hughes (just), Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Khawaja, Haddin, Johnson, Faulker, Beer, Siddle

  • 5wombats on December 29, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    England have thrashed a weak Australia side in utter disarray. Aus followers; has the reality finally sunk in? You have minnows where you used to have sharks. Australia sowed the seeds of the position they now find themselves in back around 2005, possibly before; The Great Side - the side which was so good that hardly any good young players could get in. Cricket Australia milked it, but missed the fact that England were able to go toe-to-toe in 2005 and win. Although it looked close, truth is; it should have been 3-1 to England. Through hubris; captain Ponting colluding with the Greats decides to stay on, with an aging team, in order to set the record straight in 2006/7. So, instead of building Aus dropped to basic instinct; retribution, and it was ruthless; 5-0. But look at it now; 4 years on and Australia after losing again in 2009 are left with a team of minnows and deadbeats. You could say it's sad but Australia, through Ponting in particular, has brought this on itself.

  • adamgilly on December 29, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    now only way to save the face is to bring back BUCKNOR and abandon the UDRS.... he was our savior every time we were in any trouble... lol but seriosly, sack ponting, enough is enough... also that arrogant clarke... make katich captain and haddin his deputy and infuse young blood in the team...

  • Boundsy0868 on December 29, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    Well done to the Empire XI (ah, I mean England...). Thoroughly deserved win to retain the Ashes. The Aussies were just no where good enough. A much more settled and disciplined English side (akin to Aussie sides of the past), who taught us a lesson or two (or 20) about what it takes to win a game. Although disappointed with the loss, this is the much needed kick up the backside the Aussies needed. We always wondered how long they could cope with / cover the losses of Gilchrist, Warne, McGrath, Langer, Hayden, Martyn, and here is your answer. Now is the time to get back to the basics and really rebuild over the next 5 years. We will not be the powerhouse of the last 20 years again in our generation, we need to be real about this - the players I have just mentioned, including Punter and Hussey, are once in a generation players. However, we can build a competitive team around Haddin, Watson and Siddle. Bring in Khawaja, Ferguson and McDonald and give them a go. Smith will improve in time.

  • joking44 on December 29, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    If I were a Headline Writer, today's would be "STRAUSS WALTZES HOME WITH ASHES Petulant Ponting Pulverised"

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 29, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    That was a laugh. Seeing that sort of defeat makes you wonder why don't make more of a habit of it!! I think that Test had more fantasy than reality about it. It's easy though to write off the Aussies in the euphoria of such massive annihilation. The fact is they are quite a good side, and they are the opponents who do have enough pride to make us fight the whole way. In Sydney they will bite back and we have to have the power to knock them down again. We must not let up for an instant. For the moment though it is good to think how we have bowled in the first innings', especially here, and how the batsmen have batted long times and gone on.

  • on December 29, 2010, 3:36 GMT

    Well deserved victory for the English side..... Aussies are struggling with their batting...

    England right from the outskirts have played exceedingly well... & deservedly regained the Ashes.......

    Congratulatians to Strauss & his team.....

    well played boys......!!

  • on December 29, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    Surprised Australia conceded with 9 wickets down. They surely did not have faith that they could do it. Like 2005 when Hayden and Langer didn't even try to get the runs.

  • HOMEBREW on December 29, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    Well done to England. S#@*house effort by our team, coaches & selectors. Ponting & the selectors deserve the floggings they've had. Sum up the aussie side so far this series? poor bowling, poor fielding, poor batting, poor coaching & poor selections. All in all England will more than likely win at Sydney given we have no answer what so ever to any player they put on the field. None of our batsmen are even prepared to take them on exect Watson, Hussey & Haddin. Where is that dog fight spirt that we used to have? More mongrel needed guys.

    On another note maybe the laws could be changed that if a player has a major injury thats proven to the umpires with doctor reports, xrays and such the 12th man could bat so no side is undermaned for that game, just a thought.