Australia v England, 5th Test, Sydney, 4th day January 6, 2011

'We've let ourselves down' - Watson

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Shane Watson was almost too depressed to speak after another one-sided Ashes day left him and his team-mates searching for answers. He's been one of the few Australian players to have made a serious mark on series, but his mistakes have also cost the team at crucial times.

Today he ran himself out, ending his counter-attack at 38, and by stumps the best Australia could hope for was avoiding an unprecedented third innings defeat of the campaign. They were 7 for 213, still 151 from making England bat again, and even some predicted morning showers should not be able to hold off the tourists on Friday.

"It's not great being a part of something that has been so disappointing," Watson said. "It would be nice to be in the golden era, but we're not playing well enough to be part of that this year. Going into this series I thought there were going to be defining moments in our careers and there has been - on the wrong side, unfortunately."

Australia used to have "Tough Day" Tim Nielsen to analyse these types of performances, but in this series it has been "Bad Day Watto". Unfortunately for Watson he's been required during four of the Tests. "There's no doubt we've let ourselves down in the way that we've played," he said, covering this match and the entire series.

"The English have played extremely well in the last two games, they've made the most of the conditions, whether it's been swinging or seaming, or going reverse and turning. Hats off to them, they've played unbelievably well. We haven't played up to our standard."

He thinks the hosts under-estimated how strong England would be in Australia this time. "With the history of the Ashes and how it's panned out, and playing in our home conditions, it has surprised me in a way," he said. "The way they've played, and how complete they are as a team, it's very impressive. The Australian team hasn't done that."

He now calls David Saker, the England bowling coach, his "ex-good mate". He was joking, but was also disappointed that an Australian has been so successful in helping the old enemy. Saker and England's attack haven't been responsible for all the dismissals.

Watson has been involved in three run-outs, causing the exits of Simon Katich in Adelaide and Phillip Hughes in Melbourne. Today he did it to himself, ending up at the same end as Hughes when he didn't bother to look at his partner when going for an unnecessary second.

"It's not good, it's hard to put a finger on it to be honest," he said of the reasons why he's so often involved in mix-ups. "It's a horrendous situation to be involved in three run-outs now. It's something I've got to work on. It's not good enough."

The same sentiment applies to the team's overall performance. "We don't want to be losing the support that we've had for such a long time with the Australian fans," he said. "We've got to play so much better to keep the faith."

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • 5wombats on January 7, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    @SeaforthA1; LOL - Sir_Freddie_Flintoff is having a joke with certain Aus fans, perhaps ones like you - Because that's all we've been hearing from some Aussies - that Australia are the better side, poor selection this, bad luck that, bad coaching this, bad management that, the sides are well matched.... blah, blah, blah, blah. DENIAL. Jeez - BRING ON THE GALAHS!...............& GET REAL !

  • VivGilchrist on January 7, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    Lets see who has let who down. This is not written in the benefit of hindsight but what any rational TEAM first attitude should have led to. 1- Clarke should not have played 1st Test with back injury 2- North did not warrant selection for first 2 Tests 3-Doherty should have never been selected. Hauritz was our first choice, if the selectors had not had faith in him then all logic points to the spinner who played in the AustraliaA match. The A team spinner is the A team spinner because he is next in line, right? OKeefe took 4/88 and scored a half century in an innings where the top order struggled. The guy averages 40+ with the bat and 23 with the ball. He has bowled against England, Sri Lanka A, and Pakistan A so he's got form. How could he not be selected? 4- Ponting should not have played MCG with a broken finger 5- Teflon Tim Neilsen should not have been signed on for 3 more yrs. If he was a footy coached he would have been sacked. 6- Watson at 4or5 (aka J.Kallis)

  • Sam-The-Fan on January 7, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    Watson has the potential to score double hundreds and I think he could have made few centuries in this series but anyway....

    History repeats itself and every team goes through the same cycle. It is so nice to see Australia losing one series after another. Hope they continue to lose few more. The arrogance, the sledging and the winning seemed to have become a distant past. Well, the good news is that Ponting will be out and perhaps Clarke (so called future captain) as well.

    Happy new year Australia.

  • Jaggadaaku on January 7, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    Michael Beer must be the nephew or relative of any one of the selectors of Australian Board. I mean he carries THE BOWLING AVERAGE more than 43 runs per wicket in his first class debut series. I am not saying they shouldn't select the player who just started the first class career. They should select if he performed a lot better than 43 runs per wicket in his first class debut series. Same as Hilfy is selected in AUS Natioanl team because of his stupid brother-Punter. Hilfy and Beer is not even qualify for any English county to play and they have been selecting for the Australian National team. WOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!

  • Meety on January 7, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    I could even understand the rotation of spinners that have come thru - although I thought that Krezja was discarded too soon - but this summer stunk of stupidity. Doherty is a talented young bloke - I think his career stats didn't tell the full picture as he was an improving WIP. Hauritz came back from injury in India & was made to look ordinary by great Indian batting & some odd tactics, he should of been given the opportunity North got & had 1st crack at the Poms. Reason being - he has had success aginst England previously, & had a good summer the season before. Beer's selection for Perth wasn't that bad - because he was never going to play, but to take him to Melbourne & Sydney was ridiculous. Meanwhile Hauritz, O'Keefe & O'Brien were taking wickets at a better strike rate then Smith, Doherty & Beer have ever done. O'Keefe did quite well in the England A game, & then gets trumped by Beer who would not have been on the radar. Spin selection policy has been STUPID!

  • Meety on January 7, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    In Oz, in all our football codes, if the team fails the Coach usually gets the chop before the players do. Even International codes like League, Union & Soccer this happens, why is it that Nielson gets a 3 yr extension? The other staff member that needs questions asked of him is Langar (great true blue legend he is), our batting has really been exposed big time, & he is the batting coach. I am still very optimistic about Oz talent, the players we have running around at the moment can get us back to the top, but I don't know if selectors are watching the same players we are! Take spin bowling, yes I understand there was a void with Warney retiring, (he had been hinting at it for about 3 yrs prior), things were okay because we should of had McGill for a few years after - he got injured, we then had a problem. Not many of our spinners get a go at Shield level, because our pitches don't wear down until late on Day 4, & in test Day 5. TBC

  • Meety on January 7, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    It pains me to say it - but we were thumped. I am stubborn so I think it was more of a case of one side playing to their potential & the other well below. How much of that was related I am not sure. I beleive that the players we have are good enough to get Oz back to the top, I think most of our problems are off the field. I think Cooley did a great job getting MJ back on track for Perth, but why was it that reasonably good bowlers (Hilfy, Harris, Bollinger, & MJ) were incapable of bowling a reasonable tight line? Why did our batsmen generally leave so many balls alone outside off stump that were there to be smashed? For most of my time watching cricket Oz cricket has been about an attacking style, who's idea was it to try & grind out the opposition? Grind them in the field - yes, but play strokes when you are batting. Watto in the 2nd innings yesterday (until he run himself out), played the way he played last year & looked great, why did he not score a boundary in a session4 days ago?

  • Meety on January 7, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    I don't know where to begin, I acknowledge that England played well (really well), I think they finished the series with a better side then when they started, I couldn't imagine Broad & Finn doing what Tremlett & Bresnan did @ the MCG & SCG. I can't beleive that Punter basically never really fired a dhot in anger with the bat this series, for that matter Pup was way below expectations. It is obvious that this was the most well prepared Pommie side in Oz in my 30yrs of watching cricket. I keep coming back to there is no way on Earth ANYBODY could of foreseen what Cook did! I remember Vaughn had a good series in Oz 8 years ago, & maybe Strauss may of been able to get close to that, but 700+ runs @ 120+ blows me away. I have watched Cooks career from before he got in to the Test team & thought he would be a very useful Test cricketer with a 40+ average. He would have his good series & some not so good - not a Bradmanesque summer down under. TBC

  • on January 6, 2011, 23:01 GMT

    I am truly looking forward to India playing tests in England later this year. That should be a good series.

  • Scgboy on January 6, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    some stern questions have to be indeed asked , but lets do this calmly not in a fit of panic.sometimes another teams great performances aren't an honest appraisal of your teams strengths or weaknesses,things can look a lot worse than they really are.

    Though failure is a great teacher and if taken properly can only be a tool for growth.

  • 5wombats on January 7, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    @SeaforthA1; LOL - Sir_Freddie_Flintoff is having a joke with certain Aus fans, perhaps ones like you - Because that's all we've been hearing from some Aussies - that Australia are the better side, poor selection this, bad luck that, bad coaching this, bad management that, the sides are well matched.... blah, blah, blah, blah. DENIAL. Jeez - BRING ON THE GALAHS!...............& GET REAL !

  • VivGilchrist on January 7, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    Lets see who has let who down. This is not written in the benefit of hindsight but what any rational TEAM first attitude should have led to. 1- Clarke should not have played 1st Test with back injury 2- North did not warrant selection for first 2 Tests 3-Doherty should have never been selected. Hauritz was our first choice, if the selectors had not had faith in him then all logic points to the spinner who played in the AustraliaA match. The A team spinner is the A team spinner because he is next in line, right? OKeefe took 4/88 and scored a half century in an innings where the top order struggled. The guy averages 40+ with the bat and 23 with the ball. He has bowled against England, Sri Lanka A, and Pakistan A so he's got form. How could he not be selected? 4- Ponting should not have played MCG with a broken finger 5- Teflon Tim Neilsen should not have been signed on for 3 more yrs. If he was a footy coached he would have been sacked. 6- Watson at 4or5 (aka J.Kallis)

  • Sam-The-Fan on January 7, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    Watson has the potential to score double hundreds and I think he could have made few centuries in this series but anyway....

    History repeats itself and every team goes through the same cycle. It is so nice to see Australia losing one series after another. Hope they continue to lose few more. The arrogance, the sledging and the winning seemed to have become a distant past. Well, the good news is that Ponting will be out and perhaps Clarke (so called future captain) as well.

    Happy new year Australia.

  • Jaggadaaku on January 7, 2011, 1:42 GMT

    Michael Beer must be the nephew or relative of any one of the selectors of Australian Board. I mean he carries THE BOWLING AVERAGE more than 43 runs per wicket in his first class debut series. I am not saying they shouldn't select the player who just started the first class career. They should select if he performed a lot better than 43 runs per wicket in his first class debut series. Same as Hilfy is selected in AUS Natioanl team because of his stupid brother-Punter. Hilfy and Beer is not even qualify for any English county to play and they have been selecting for the Australian National team. WOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!

  • Meety on January 7, 2011, 0:31 GMT

    I could even understand the rotation of spinners that have come thru - although I thought that Krezja was discarded too soon - but this summer stunk of stupidity. Doherty is a talented young bloke - I think his career stats didn't tell the full picture as he was an improving WIP. Hauritz came back from injury in India & was made to look ordinary by great Indian batting & some odd tactics, he should of been given the opportunity North got & had 1st crack at the Poms. Reason being - he has had success aginst England previously, & had a good summer the season before. Beer's selection for Perth wasn't that bad - because he was never going to play, but to take him to Melbourne & Sydney was ridiculous. Meanwhile Hauritz, O'Keefe & O'Brien were taking wickets at a better strike rate then Smith, Doherty & Beer have ever done. O'Keefe did quite well in the England A game, & then gets trumped by Beer who would not have been on the radar. Spin selection policy has been STUPID!

  • Meety on January 7, 2011, 0:17 GMT

    In Oz, in all our football codes, if the team fails the Coach usually gets the chop before the players do. Even International codes like League, Union & Soccer this happens, why is it that Nielson gets a 3 yr extension? The other staff member that needs questions asked of him is Langar (great true blue legend he is), our batting has really been exposed big time, & he is the batting coach. I am still very optimistic about Oz talent, the players we have running around at the moment can get us back to the top, but I don't know if selectors are watching the same players we are! Take spin bowling, yes I understand there was a void with Warney retiring, (he had been hinting at it for about 3 yrs prior), things were okay because we should of had McGill for a few years after - he got injured, we then had a problem. Not many of our spinners get a go at Shield level, because our pitches don't wear down until late on Day 4, & in test Day 5. TBC

  • Meety on January 7, 2011, 0:10 GMT

    It pains me to say it - but we were thumped. I am stubborn so I think it was more of a case of one side playing to their potential & the other well below. How much of that was related I am not sure. I beleive that the players we have are good enough to get Oz back to the top, I think most of our problems are off the field. I think Cooley did a great job getting MJ back on track for Perth, but why was it that reasonably good bowlers (Hilfy, Harris, Bollinger, & MJ) were incapable of bowling a reasonable tight line? Why did our batsmen generally leave so many balls alone outside off stump that were there to be smashed? For most of my time watching cricket Oz cricket has been about an attacking style, who's idea was it to try & grind out the opposition? Grind them in the field - yes, but play strokes when you are batting. Watto in the 2nd innings yesterday (until he run himself out), played the way he played last year & looked great, why did he not score a boundary in a session4 days ago?

  • Meety on January 7, 2011, 0:00 GMT

    I don't know where to begin, I acknowledge that England played well (really well), I think they finished the series with a better side then when they started, I couldn't imagine Broad & Finn doing what Tremlett & Bresnan did @ the MCG & SCG. I can't beleive that Punter basically never really fired a dhot in anger with the bat this series, for that matter Pup was way below expectations. It is obvious that this was the most well prepared Pommie side in Oz in my 30yrs of watching cricket. I keep coming back to there is no way on Earth ANYBODY could of foreseen what Cook did! I remember Vaughn had a good series in Oz 8 years ago, & maybe Strauss may of been able to get close to that, but 700+ runs @ 120+ blows me away. I have watched Cooks career from before he got in to the Test team & thought he would be a very useful Test cricketer with a 40+ average. He would have his good series & some not so good - not a Bradmanesque summer down under. TBC

  • on January 6, 2011, 23:01 GMT

    I am truly looking forward to India playing tests in England later this year. That should be a good series.

  • Scgboy on January 6, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    some stern questions have to be indeed asked , but lets do this calmly not in a fit of panic.sometimes another teams great performances aren't an honest appraisal of your teams strengths or weaknesses,things can look a lot worse than they really are.

    Though failure is a great teacher and if taken properly can only be a tool for growth.

  • on January 6, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    At least Watson admitted this. I think Its England`s supreme performance that has led the Ausies down :) in their own home soil, Ausies bowlers were clueless to swing and seam which England did so brilliantly and what about batting difference? i think its a record that a side for the first time against Australia in same series, have been able to make 500 + four times consecutively in a series. Amazing performance. Do not forget about fielding also. Even in this field England have outclassed Australia quite badly. Look at the caching and ground fielding that England has shown up this time. Collingwood, Swann, Strauss they were all unbelievable in the Slip region. Great slippers. I am loving every bit of ASHES. Keeping highlights of the most outstanding performances by England. Great to watch for a neutral but not so good for AUSTRLIA and their supporters :). now ICC test and ODI rankings are wide open for any good side. Luckily not for AUS any more. Wishing England to win ODI series 2.

  • krankenhaus on January 6, 2011, 21:32 GMT

    great teams will diminish, weak teams may become great, why is anyone shocked or surprised? we've watched the sport for years and the great thing about it is that there is no status quo. There are stars who may change a match with a performance, and team efforts that influence results equally. It's the state of the game that should concern the fans, and as long as a test series can be so keenly anticipated and slavishly absorbed by the cricket audience i wouldn't worry. It's nice for our own countries to win, but im from New Zealand and i never expect to, i just enjoy great performances.

  • MadCricter on January 6, 2011, 20:49 GMT

    Hats of to England, they batted well, and mostly bowled extremely well. All the English quicks were able to extract seam/swing/bounce the considerably at ~ 85/86mph. Was very surprised that the Aussie bowlers were clueless in their own home conditions. Siddles was the straightest (no movement at all). Hilf's swing was too predictable, Johnson had a slight movement. All these 3 were averaging around 90mph. I think they were trying to ball quicker, instead of focussing on movements (like McGrath used to). And then Watson bowled a bit sensibly was not a real threat. I think, Aussies need a bowling coach. Regarding Aussie batting, I think that's how they play, aggressive... its just that when they are down, and the English were bowling so good, they couldn't get a solid partnership, and wilted under pressure. Overall, I think Eng is No.1, then SA, India & Aussies... Even though I am Indian, this is based on current team & form.

  • NP_NY on January 6, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    @Laird Owen Morris. Can't agree with you more. An England-India series will be great right about now. For the sake of cricket, I'd like to see the Aussies get out of this slump though.

  • 5wombats on January 6, 2011, 20:25 GMT

    @Something_Witty; living and working in Australia has taught me the true nature of "being gracious in victory"......! I learned how to take it - Now it's my turn to dish it out. You've gotta know I love Australia and I DEEPLY RESPECT everything about the way Australians love and play the game. I really do admire Australianism - if I didn't I wouldn't bother with this website. No team ever beat Australia which didn't sweat blood or give their ultimate - England have done that this time. In the past weeks I've mixed it with you and it's been fun - Thank You @_Witty - It's been a pleasure to Banter with you...... but if you provoke me you know wombats never give up!

  • VickGower on January 6, 2011, 20:19 GMT

    Australia's inability to deal with Symo and keep him around is another reason why they have fallen so far so fast. But, look, England look like champs. I mean, based on this performance, they seem to have no weakness whatsoever. With Swan the best spinner in the world now, I don't know if it is a stretch to compare this English team with the erstwhile great Australian team. I am not sure India can survive them in England. I don't think Indian bowlers can run through this kind of run making confidence.

  • sknt on January 6, 2011, 19:58 GMT

    My dear Sir_Freddie_Flintoff....I think you are another one who needs to relax, and maybe have a glass of water. Believe me, it does calm one down. I notice you have been knighted, and maybe thats the reason for all this excitement. Cool down man, and get a grip on yourself.

  • on January 6, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    jupiterlaw you're out of your mind mate!

  • _Australian_ on January 6, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    @Sir_Freddie_Flintoff. I am not sure what games you have been watching but clearly it has not been the Ashes. Hussey was the main run scorer at Perth not the tail. His partnership with Smith was the difference. How can you say that some poor selections and Adelaide were the reason you lost 5-0 in 06/07 ?? You were beaten by a way better team on the field and on paper. To say you have had a better team than Australia since 2003 is ludicrous! If this were so then why was England not number 1 in the rankings and why had they not won as many series as Australia over this time. You may like to conveniently say that England has won 3 out of the last 4 Ashes series. I prefer to conveniently say England have won 3 of the last 12. England deserve to win this series 3-1 and they will.

  • voma on January 6, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    England have won 3 out of the last 4 ashes series , did Australia ever really have a chance ? . Also look at the players involved , the only 2 aussie who could really dominate English bowlers . Ponting and Clarke have failed miserably , they should hang there heads in shame . Also for Alastair cook to completly destroy the oz bowling is just amazing .

  • bumsonseats on January 6, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    mm100 perhaps D H IS not old enough lol. similar to cam white another victorian who most of the cricinfo aussie supporters who seem to think hes a leggie but as he does not bowl for victoria that should have got him in the. dpk

  • miketurney on January 6, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    where is popcorn?? i miss the dulcet tones and sparkling wit

  • on January 6, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    The only super Australian team that would have defeated this super English team is this: --> Langer, Hayden, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, Watson, Gilchrist, Warne, Johnson, Brett lee, Mc Grath

  • ToTellUTheTruth on January 6, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    The new world order is established, with India at the top. Their levelling the series with SA is good enough indication of why they are rated #1. Having said that, watching Aus go down like this.....well I admit, it satisfies some deep seated ambitions of mine, being a cricket lover and all, but at the same time, something tugs at the bottom of my heart too.

    This is not the Aus team we have seen and learned to live with. I do not think Pup is the answer. Bowling (save for Ryan Harris) let them down and there is nothing a captain can do, when none of his team mates are standing up to be counted.

    Remove Ponting from Captaincy, get rid of Mitch/Siddle/Hilf. Get Lee/Tait/Harris/Haruritz back (learn from SA on how they deal with Steyn..5 over spells at the most). Get rid of Pup and replace him with brother Hussey. PUP is the weakest link in this team. There are too many players that were left out. Now could be the time to give them a chance.

  • Something_Witty on January 6, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    Ahh 5wombats, there's nothing quite like being gracious in victory is there old chap?

  • jupiterlaw on January 6, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    The Australians are embarassing. Their test status should be withheld. In the interim, the ICC should devise a schedule that included teams such as Afganistan, Kenya, Bermuda, Israel and perhaps Ireland and let them play their way back to test status.

  • braindead_rocker on January 6, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    The funny thing is the noise made by the Aussies at the start of the series about whitewashing the English 5-0 again...but this time they got whitewashed...A 3-1 defeat at home definitely equals a 5-0 away defeat..and the 3 of those will be innings defeats...

  • MisterE84 on January 6, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    To Marcio, you make a very good point in this post or another one about the averages of the Aus vs. Eng batting line-ups but it has meant absolutely nothing as current form presides over current career records. Similar to Something_Witty you say both teams are even on paper, but again that means nothing its current form that is important.

    Unfortunately our selectors still seem to think along the same lines with their inability to make a hard-call and drop currently out-of-form players.

    People bag out Ian Chappell about being negative but at the end of the day he was a successful Ashes capitan and knows the key to succeess. Who cares if his average is less than Pontings? Given the current performance we need harsh critics rather than statisticians that seem to think past records count for everything - they count for jack - especially in an ageing team.

    Not to disregard the fine performances of these guys in the past - but look to the future (read Collingwood article)..

  • on January 6, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    Loosing a Series doesn't mean they should feel so bad and the X-Aussi Players should come down so hard on this Australian team. They literally bet every other team almost 90% of the time for the last 15-20 years. It has to end at some point. Australians should learn some sporting spirit and move on. The same Ponting handed them 2 World Cup Victories, be little sympathetic to him. I personally don't like Ponting's attitude, but men of his own country are hating him, which I don't think he deserves. Learn respecting your players during difficult times.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on January 6, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    England deserved to win 5-0 this series. Rain saved Australia in Brisbane and at Perth Australia got lucky with the tail enders getting lots of runs and Johnson producing a fluke. In fact in 2006/7 England were a far better side than Australia on paper, but some poor selection and the Adelaide horror-show meant they lost the way they did. But still England have 3 out of the last 4 Ashes series. In fact since 2003 England have been a far far better team than Australia. England are going to dominate world cricket for the next 25 years. Australia will never win the Ashes in the next 50 years.

  • on January 6, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    I'm definitely glad England have India in the next series, after that crucifixtion of the Aussies, India are the new yardstick - and their middle order will be the ultimate test of our bowling attack. The Little Master and Sehwag up against Jimmy and Tremors under cloudy skys: The new ashes!

  • Ajay42 on January 6, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    I think the decline in the Aussie side began two years ago- sadly, they all still seem to be in denial.The simple truth is that Australia lack the greats who could bail them out of tough situations and they compound their errors by making incredible selection blunders.Where's the next Allan Border when you need him?

  • avis1001 on January 6, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Congrats England for dethroning the empire of cricket for sometime.

  • Something_Witty on January 6, 2011, 16:39 GMT

    Guys come on, stop hating on Watto. Since the Gayle incident he has not put a foot out of line, he's very polite and eager to give credit where credit is due to opposition and he's always been full of praise for people who deserve it. Yet *still* people accuse him of being self-centred and arrogant. It's rubbish and totally untrue. The fact that he so willingly talks to the media shows he cares about the team and wants to speak on their behalf. Leave the guy alone, he deserves better than to be constantly hated on. Especially since he's really made an effort to tone down his behaviour on the field. He also deserves more respect due to the fact that he is one of only two genuine (proven) all-rounders left in the game.

  • MM100 on January 6, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    I'm not going to gloat, or take issue with the (very few) Aussies ungracious and/or deluded enough to insist that England have been lucky. Nor am I going to get into a discussion of what team Australia should pick next. But please, please, can an Aussie fan explain to me - is there a genuine reason why David Hussey continues to get ignored?

  • 5wombats on January 6, 2011, 16:29 GMT

    Ah! @Marcio & @jonesy2 ! It's ok boys - you can come out from hiding behind the sofa now. @Marcio - with the winnings from my bet were £37 - that's about A$234,000. @Something_Witty; "on paper, both sides are very evenly matched". @jonesy2; "england support-you are still a very average boring team". @Marcio; "This is an average batting line-up by tests standards". What the hell is wrong with you guys? You have all been chirping for months - like a load of galahs on crack. How about a little humble? How about; "Gee, Aus got whacked by the better side"? That wouldn't hurt now would it? just one tinsy-wincy little bit? You got WHACKED - it wasn't even close.

  • seagrip on January 6, 2011, 16:25 GMT

    First XI: Hughes, Khawaja, Hussey, Katich (c), Watson, O'Keefe, Haddin, McDonald, Butterworth, Copeland, Bollinger. Reserves: Faulkner, Johnson, Harris, McKay, Rogers, Jacques. Never allowed anywhere near the team: Hilfenhaus, C Ferguson.

  • KarachiKid on January 6, 2011, 16:19 GMT

    Well said - Usman Rahim !!! I agree with your comments both for Pakistan and Australia. I think English team has showed us at least one thing: their 3-1 bashing of Pakistan last summer was as much because of their superiority over other teams, as it was because of Pakistan abysmal batting (and at times bowling) displays. Though I cant still believe that bloke Stuart Broad scoring 170 odd.

  • on January 6, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    For God sake end this misery of Australia and let us breathe easy...I am Pakistani supporter...which is depressing enough...I have had all the feelings with Australia this time and I must say they have done a Pakistan here to their fans...Lets hope they can come out of this jail soon enough...But Australia is lacking talent at the moment more than any thing else and their attitude must be humbled down for the world and aggression should be kept within themselves... I think they need a mentor coach...They better go and beg Steve Waugh! Anyway Good Luck for the Aussies...

  • on January 6, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    Watto needs a little bit of old fashion match practice to work on his running.. set him up in a match style scenario at training and make him make decisions until he gets almost all of them right and builds confidence and learns to call loudly and definitively and listen to his partner.

  • CricketChat on January 6, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    Hard to believe even the Ashes clash couldn't lift up the Aus team and they failed in all departments, batting, bowling and fielding. The decline has been fast and is unbelievable!.

  • Marcio on January 6, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    I just watched the replay of the first 15 overs of the innings, before Watson suicided. Almost beyond belief that at a time when he was dominating the attack that he committed such stupidity - for the third time this series. I have said it before, and will say it again. This is the most stupid AUS team I have ever seen. Watson was smashing an attack that had no answers. But who needs an attack when you are playing against stupid? Just wait for the brain implosion. One thing for sure, England will never be gifted a series as easily as this as long as they live.

  • crickittragic on January 6, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    The sad part is that the Aussies have made the same comment after each defeat. And yet nothing changes. They do not seem the learn from their previous experiences. They are not a team and they do not playas as a team. There is no pride and no fight in this group.The field placings were pathtic in all of the Tests, just have look at the wagon wheel of the English batting. And the bowling effort apart from Sidde was disgraceful.We cannot afford Mitchell Johnson if Australia is to be any good, he has to go. He is there because of some percieved potential.Australia needs more than that He had the same potential in last Ashes series. This mob has no plans, no pride, ni fight and has no awareness of the state of the game. The Vodaphones adds are correct, they may beat the kids and grandmothers, nothing else.

  • _Australian_ on January 6, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    Watson is not quite on the mark. They have let a nation down not themselves.

  • rohanbala on January 6, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    The English team needs to be lauded for their effort throughout the current ashes series. Their batting was solid, bowling penetrative and the fielding excellent. On the contrary, the australians batted, bowled and fielded much like club players playing a charity game. Shane Watson for all his reasonable scores, does not have the capability or the patience to build a test innings. Haddin's contributions would have had some meaning, if its a 50 over match. Clarke's form has been nose diving for long and he is lucky to be in the team since there is none other to replace Ricky Ponting at this juncture. It will be a very long time from now before the Australians can think of winning a test match unless they play the likes of Bangladesh or Zimbabwe.

  • on January 6, 2011, 10:58 GMT

    Watson is the least of the teams worries. Although run outs at test level are inexcusable, they do happen when general confidence is down and the opposite opening position is a revolving door. Hughes needs another year working on his game at domestic level in my opinion. Next test XI should be(in batting order): Watson, Cosgrove, Khawaja, Ponting(c), Hussey, Clarke(vc), Paine, Smith, Johnson, Siddle, Pattinson...

    Cosgrove is the only in form opener in the country and a lefty, Smith needs to really start concentrating on becoming a top flight leggy and handy with the bat instead of the other way around. Ponting to drop to 4 and Clarke to 6. Paine in for Haddin for age reasons and Pattinson in.

    For to long selectors have been slotting in 30+ year old players and we are now seeing the results of this... We are at rock bottom, time to see what we have in some of the younger guys...

  • Marcio on January 6, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    I think Watto and the boys should see a good Freudian shrink. That's the only way to work through the death wish they have. Honestly, second innings in a row where AUS were coasting along at 5 runs an over after ten overs, and then - self-termination run out. Who needs bowlers when you can just wait for these guys to self-destruct. The amazing thing is that Eng scored 500+ 4 times, with a batting lineup with only one player who averages more than 45 runs at first class level (2 of top seven average less than 40). This is an average batting line-up by tests standards. Meanwhile AUS fielded 4 guys with 1st class averages over 50, and only Hussey could average over 20 for the series. It's the understatement of the year to state that there are genuine management/leadership problems.

  • Kirstenfan on January 6, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    Watson's a much better guy than he comes across as

  • jonesy2 on January 6, 2011, 10:51 GMT

    this is just unbelievable, its unexplainable what has happened. the kids playing milo cricket at lunch would have given a greater account of themselves. and im not actually joking. england support-you are still a very average, boring team and wil get beaten in your next series, like i said, the milo kids would have represented the country better. disgraceful, utterly disgraceful.

  • Pathiyal on January 6, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    i thought english played better and its not a case of aussies playing badly...

  • finncam on January 6, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    You've let us down even more, Watto. And this is the 7th time you've been involved in a runout at international level, so how about you sit down and have a good think about it. And don't blame your mate Saker, either. Try a bit of self-discipline and less self-centredness.

  • vedanthy2 on January 6, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    A sober statement to accept failure and pay the credit to the victors.True Watson and the team were without clues to the swing and seam bowled at them.Anderson has become very consistent in Line and length and he swung the ball effectively.So well done England.Time has to change. Better luck from now on.Your bowlers have to learn from what the English bowled at you from Videos.M.Johnson did so well in Perth.But at Sydney bowled like a first timer!

  • on January 6, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    Don't get me wrong, I'm an avid Aussie supporter, but I think that due to our very poor performance, Alastair Cook has been severely restricted in his scoring.

    In the series they have won by an innings 3 times, including this game. That's 3 potential innings Cook could have batted in, and chased down that elusive record of 900 runs in a series Down Under.

  • on January 6, 2011, 10:00 GMT

    Looks like Simon Taufel may be the umpire for the world cup final this time.

  • Boidji on January 6, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    It is entirely possible this current Australian team is playing to it's standard, contrary to Watto's claims. The horrible thought is the existing crop - and I include the selectors, the coaches and the players - may probably be performing at or near their potential. For example, appointing Greg Chappell as high-performance coach - I have no doubt the Indian cricket establishment, having tried something similar, had a great laugh over that one. The same HPC who couldn't quite work out whether Mitch was dropped or rested. As for Ricky wanting to continue 'making a contribution' in the future, after 3 Ashes series gone I'm not sure how much more contribution the Australian cricket public can really stomach. Fortunately, there's only a few things we need to fix to make Australian cricket great again: 1. The administrators for the laughable preparation 2. The selectors and the coaches for their baffling selections 3. The batting, bowling, running between wickets and fielding

  • philipm3 on January 6, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    You have to feel sorry for Watson - he's been the most consistent performer in the side with bat or ball and yet he's the one that has to somehow explain where it''s all gone wrong. Surely that should be Clarke's job, or one of the other 'senior' players. OK, he has consistently failed to build on starts but 440 runs in a 5 match series is a great return and if there had been support at the other end it would have looked even better. Horror series for Australia and they seem to know it - the big question is will the selectors and CA make the necessary brave decisions? Isn't it amazing that the word 'coach' has hardly been mentioned in the wall to wall coverage of this disastrous effort. All the blame seems to have fallen squarely on the players. The coaching staff should be made to carry their share of the blame too!

  • on January 6, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Time for watto to drop to 6, he doesnt go on with his starts, he is a no. 6 not an opener. We should have marsh and cosgrove opening, but selectors hate cosgrove, so he wont be picked and its a shame hughes is so out of form and cant move his back foot. Our 3 quicks strike rates are over 61, almost 70 and 53 and seems we only win when johnson at 53 plays well. Need to bring in copeland, hazlewood, pattinson and ryan duffield. Also CA should send Shane warne to Qld and spend a whole month with cam boyce, he is the only leggie who can spin the ball a long way. I would also have Paine infront of haddin now and bring in youngsters like lynn and maddinson but wouldnt rule out someone like d hussey coming into the side for a 2 to 3 years, i think he is 32. No the selectors wont do any of this, they will stick with the same group or add mckay, starc who might be good one day bowlers but not tests or ferguson who averages 35 after over 55 1st class games. Time for change

  • Something_Witty on January 6, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    I'll say it again, Simon Katich ran himself out in Adelaide. It was Watson's call, Katich should have run. Credit must go to England, their bowlers have been steady and patient, something our bowlers have for some reason or other forgotten to do. If both sides had played to their standards, the home advantage would have meant that Australia would come out on top. Unfortunately, England have played their absolute best cricket, Australia have played their absolute worst. The result is a sadly one-sided contest that really is not befitting a series of this magnitude, especially given that, on paper, both sides are very evenly matched. Oh well, hope the ODI series is more of a contest than the tests have been.

  • on January 6, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    damn ryt watsy ... but english deserve this win ....

  • on January 6, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    England has played exceptionally well, but that what we all have been expecting since last year when they did Aussies in England.After that English has been preparing hard and filling gaps in their performance, while Aussies kept day dreaming about trouncing England on familiar pitches.England also scored above on team selection,both before the tour and matches. Bresnan and Tremlet were solely picked for their ability to extract bounce on hard pitches but they did show their ability to restrain batsmen and fine use of seam.As far as "Watto" is concerned, he is as good as mercurial Shahid Afridi in test arena, playing aggressively for thirty odd runs and than depart to first good ball, leaving his team in tatters.I propose Aussies should come up with same type of funeral after this shameful defeat, as legend of Ashes.May they rest in peace.

  • on January 6, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    It would be nice to be able to lose graciously, but with comments like ."The English have played extremely well in the last two games" (by Watson), sorry, but you let yourself down even more. Credit where credit is due. Or have we forgotten 517 for 1 at Brisbane, and the innings trouncing at Adelaide?

  • Itchy on January 6, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    Not just yourselves Shane, but all your supporters too. I can handle losses when the teams are well-matched and one was a bit better than the other but apart from the "false dawn" in Perth the series has been depressing viewing - England have thrashed Australia in every department and my hat goes off to them.

  • 5wombats on January 6, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    'We've let ourselves down' - Watson. I have only 2 words for this; "what" and "again?"

  • bjcm12 on January 6, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    Shane Watson should not open. He is surviving since Aussies batting only he has performed. He needs to do what Gilly did in the tests and one day sides. Open batting in one dayers and bowl as well. In tests bat low down and again contirbute with the ball. Gilly did this exceptionally well batting and keeping. Aussies needs to look at a solid professional opening pair and also getting a leader to lead the bowling. Bowling has been the key let down in this series. Mitchell Johnson should be dropped - since he is like an ECG machine - going up and down no consistancy. Today's Swann's shelling shows Mitch is an average bowler. Bring back Nathan Hauritz and keep him in the side for some time. What is Steve Smith is doing wasting his time in the side.

  • bboynexus on January 6, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    It's good that he recognizes the failings, but something far more tangible needs to be done to fix them - to prevent them in the future - as opposed to these increasingly hollow words. We've been hearing them a lot from Watson, Clarke, and Ponting.

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  • bboynexus on January 6, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    It's good that he recognizes the failings, but something far more tangible needs to be done to fix them - to prevent them in the future - as opposed to these increasingly hollow words. We've been hearing them a lot from Watson, Clarke, and Ponting.

  • bjcm12 on January 6, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    Shane Watson should not open. He is surviving since Aussies batting only he has performed. He needs to do what Gilly did in the tests and one day sides. Open batting in one dayers and bowl as well. In tests bat low down and again contirbute with the ball. Gilly did this exceptionally well batting and keeping. Aussies needs to look at a solid professional opening pair and also getting a leader to lead the bowling. Bowling has been the key let down in this series. Mitchell Johnson should be dropped - since he is like an ECG machine - going up and down no consistancy. Today's Swann's shelling shows Mitch is an average bowler. Bring back Nathan Hauritz and keep him in the side for some time. What is Steve Smith is doing wasting his time in the side.

  • 5wombats on January 6, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    'We've let ourselves down' - Watson. I have only 2 words for this; "what" and "again?"

  • Itchy on January 6, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    Not just yourselves Shane, but all your supporters too. I can handle losses when the teams are well-matched and one was a bit better than the other but apart from the "false dawn" in Perth the series has been depressing viewing - England have thrashed Australia in every department and my hat goes off to them.

  • on January 6, 2011, 9:25 GMT

    It would be nice to be able to lose graciously, but with comments like ."The English have played extremely well in the last two games" (by Watson), sorry, but you let yourself down even more. Credit where credit is due. Or have we forgotten 517 for 1 at Brisbane, and the innings trouncing at Adelaide?

  • on January 6, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    England has played exceptionally well, but that what we all have been expecting since last year when they did Aussies in England.After that English has been preparing hard and filling gaps in their performance, while Aussies kept day dreaming about trouncing England on familiar pitches.England also scored above on team selection,both before the tour and matches. Bresnan and Tremlet were solely picked for their ability to extract bounce on hard pitches but they did show their ability to restrain batsmen and fine use of seam.As far as "Watto" is concerned, he is as good as mercurial Shahid Afridi in test arena, playing aggressively for thirty odd runs and than depart to first good ball, leaving his team in tatters.I propose Aussies should come up with same type of funeral after this shameful defeat, as legend of Ashes.May they rest in peace.

  • on January 6, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    damn ryt watsy ... but english deserve this win ....

  • Something_Witty on January 6, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    I'll say it again, Simon Katich ran himself out in Adelaide. It was Watson's call, Katich should have run. Credit must go to England, their bowlers have been steady and patient, something our bowlers have for some reason or other forgotten to do. If both sides had played to their standards, the home advantage would have meant that Australia would come out on top. Unfortunately, England have played their absolute best cricket, Australia have played their absolute worst. The result is a sadly one-sided contest that really is not befitting a series of this magnitude, especially given that, on paper, both sides are very evenly matched. Oh well, hope the ODI series is more of a contest than the tests have been.

  • on January 6, 2011, 9:39 GMT

    Time for watto to drop to 6, he doesnt go on with his starts, he is a no. 6 not an opener. We should have marsh and cosgrove opening, but selectors hate cosgrove, so he wont be picked and its a shame hughes is so out of form and cant move his back foot. Our 3 quicks strike rates are over 61, almost 70 and 53 and seems we only win when johnson at 53 plays well. Need to bring in copeland, hazlewood, pattinson and ryan duffield. Also CA should send Shane warne to Qld and spend a whole month with cam boyce, he is the only leggie who can spin the ball a long way. I would also have Paine infront of haddin now and bring in youngsters like lynn and maddinson but wouldnt rule out someone like d hussey coming into the side for a 2 to 3 years, i think he is 32. No the selectors wont do any of this, they will stick with the same group or add mckay, starc who might be good one day bowlers but not tests or ferguson who averages 35 after over 55 1st class games. Time for change

  • philipm3 on January 6, 2011, 9:54 GMT

    You have to feel sorry for Watson - he's been the most consistent performer in the side with bat or ball and yet he's the one that has to somehow explain where it''s all gone wrong. Surely that should be Clarke's job, or one of the other 'senior' players. OK, he has consistently failed to build on starts but 440 runs in a 5 match series is a great return and if there had been support at the other end it would have looked even better. Horror series for Australia and they seem to know it - the big question is will the selectors and CA make the necessary brave decisions? Isn't it amazing that the word 'coach' has hardly been mentioned in the wall to wall coverage of this disastrous effort. All the blame seems to have fallen squarely on the players. The coaching staff should be made to carry their share of the blame too!