Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 2nd day November 22, 2013

Johnson sparks England's Gabba nightmare

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Australia 295 (Haddin 94, Johnson 64, Broad 6-81) and 65 for 0 lead England 136 (Carberry 40, Johnson 4-61) by 224 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Australia's sense of invulnerability at the Gabba has been underlined for a quarter of a century. It is the ground at which they feel all things are possible, all ailments can be cured. But even Australia, vigorously rediscovering their belief on the ground where they have long reigned supreme, must have reflected that England's traumatised batting provided a helping hand

England's ability to micro-manage every aspect of their preparation has been well chronicled, but they have yet to fathom why their batsmen repeatedly perform so inadequately at the start of overseas series. Once again, they succumbed according to tradition, in perfectly good batting conditions, too, as Australia wrested a first-innings lead of 159 that at the start of the day must have been beyond their wildest dreams.

If Australia's batting was flaky, England's calamitous afternoon was something to behold. Six England wickets fell after lunch for nine runs in a startling 58-ball phase as Australia, who were seemingly under pressure after lodging a none-too-impressive 295 on first innings, inspired a feverish response from a Brisbane crowd suddenly convinced that they can claim victory in the opening Test.

This Ashes series is well and truly alive. The opposite may have been intimated 24 hours ago. It is good news for those hoping for a compelling series. In Ryan Harris, Australia have a bullish fast bowler full of late-career wisdom, capable if his fitness holds of troubling England throughout the series; his 3 for 28 dried up England like a desert wind. In Mitchell Johnson, currently sporting a Movember moustache that gives him the look of an Italian artist, they have a flighty fast-bowling talent who is no longer living on the dark side of the moon; four wickets and plenty of hostility testified to that.

England made only 39 runs in the session: the nine runs they scrambled from fourth to eighth wicket down representing their second-lowest return, outdone only by the six runs they scored against West Indies in 1954. Beyond Michael Carberry's 40, a sound innings which ran out of steam, and a few late blows by Stuart Broad, they could show little of merit.

The last time Australia lost at the Gabba was against a fearsome West Indies pace attack 25 years ago, when Brisbane was still not much more than a sub-tropical outpost rather than the cosmopolitan river city it is today, and they defended that record with passion as the first Test swung dramatically in their favour.

Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott were dismissed before lunch. Cook built his Ashes reputation in Brisbane three years ago. He made more than 300 runs in the match and England's second-innings score of 517 for 1, the harbinger of their series victory, remains seared in Australia's consciousness. There was to be no great statement, though, for England's captain on his return as he edged a challenging delivery around off stump from Harris to the wicketkeeper.

Johnson was brought back to test Trott against the short stuff, just as Broad had been lined up for Michael Clarke on the first day. It gave him a simple purpose and with that purpose came a self-belief that was lacking in a ropey new-ball spell. Trott was immediately struck on the glove by a searing short ball, his imperturbable expression just holding. Australia squeezed in another over for Johnson before lunch and it paid off as Trott, getting across his stumps in anticipation of another short one, glanced a relatively nondescript delivery to the wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

There was no joy in his 100th Test for Kevin Pietersen, who batted with more composure than most for an hour but was controlled by Australia's persistent line about six inches outside off stump and eventually clipped Harris to short midwicket. Pietersen had earlier been dropped on 8, a return catch to Peter Siddle, who adopted the brace position too early.

Pietersen's departure was the start of a calamitous collapse. Carberry had batted with great discernment in only his second Test, at 33 years of age, leaving much outside off stump and picking the ball off his pads, but he made only a single from his last 39 balls as his strokeplay dried as the sight of England wickets falling loaded up his responsibilities. Johnson went round the wicket to have him caught at slip on 40, accentuating the feeling that Australia's plans were coming together.

Carberry might also have been run out on the same score when he bounced his bat carelessly into the crease and only just made his ground, with some Australia fielders incensed that the umpires did not turn to the TV umpire for confirmation.

Ian Bell and Matt Prior then fell in consecutive balls, both caught at short leg off the offspinner Nathan Lyon. Bell was undone by a bit of extra bounce, Prior by an inside edge on to his pad which required an Australian review to overturn umpire Aleem Dar's decision. Australia were even getting their reviews right.

Worse was to follow in the next over when Joe Root's brief and nervy innings ended with a push at a fullish delivery from Johnson and the third catch in nine balls for Steve Smith, this time at third slip. Even then the agony was not over for England as Graeme Swann was caught at short leg off an inside edge, bringing Johnson his fourth wicket. H

Broad mustered a few lusty blows after tea as England at least avoided the ignominy of the follow-on, but when Broad fell at deep midwicket attempting to pull Siddle, there were no doubts about Australia's sizeable advantage

Earlier, Haddin was run out six runs short of what would have been a thoroughly deserved Ashes hundred - he said afterwards he regarded the innings among his best - as England required only 7.1 overs to wrap up Australia's first innings. Haddin fell attempting a second run into the off side, with Australia's last pair together. Carberry's retrieval was slick and Prior did the rest by collecting an awkward take and breaking the stumps.

Broad, who had 5 for 65 overnight, struck with the sixth ball of his second over as Harris, intending to leave a length delivery, only managed to guide it to the wicketkeeper. Broad walked off with 6 for 81 to some full-throated boos. Australia's total seemed shy, but that reckoned without the energising effect of Brisbane on an Australian bowling attack and the fallibility of an England batting side - an England side, too, troubled by a bad-weather build-up - when battle has only just been joined.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • grizzle on November 22, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Fantastic day's cricket! The quality of the batting on display (I didn't see Aus bat in the 2nd innings) wasn't great, but the fast bowling was menacing and Lyon actually got a few to grip and turn! Looks like a good pitch, quite unlike the belter that many of the commentators were predicting it was. The (sometimes unexpected) extra bounce has done for batsmen on both sides (Rogers and Bell were particular cases). Anyway, sets up the series nicely! I couldn't see Australia coming back to win the series from 1-0 down, but should they go up in this match, it'll be good for the Ashes, that's for sure.

  • Ozcricketwriter on November 22, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    I think that a lot of people misread the state of play yesterday. England had a great middle session, but the first session was even, and Australia had an equally great final session to make the day's play even. Today, the first session was slightly Australia's way and then Australia had a great middle session to now be on top. Yes, England were well on top at tea yesterday but saying that they were on top at the end of the day was more than a little misleading. England now are fighting for survival and it is Australia's game to lose from here, I think.

  • on November 24, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    very good intimidating bowling by johnson. And man clarke used him very well. But how big are the bats today. Trott and pieterson just played a lap/hook for a single, but ball hit top edge and carried all the way to deep fine leg. I saw dhoni barely butting any effort in the pull shot today in ODI, ball hit the toe of bat and cleared boundary with ease. Lyon is turning out to be a very good bowler. It is good Australia is persisting with him. And he has slowed his pace down, which is a good sign.

  • Harmony111 on November 23, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    @JG2704: So you too admit saying that it was a 400+ wicket. Yes Aus managed to recover from a truly hopeless state to a partially reputable state but going with the flow, it was expected of Eng to do much much better than what they did. Isn't it? I am quite sure that the even your own lowest possible estimate for Eng 1st innings would have been 350+. That comment of mine was written in the flow, without considering any exceptions. Perhaps you did not see it but later I did admit that the uncertainties of this glorious game got me on that one. Even otherwise, I do not know what was so offensive about my comment that you had to needle me on that one. If anything you should have felt pleased that I was talking about an Eng Ashes win ... or are you now one of those who believe that Indians are not supposed to comment on Ashes? I hold that you are one of the few nice ones here but sometimes you show up strange.

  • AKS286 on November 23, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Front-Foot-Sponge on (November 22, 2013, 15:14 GMT) Fella wrong decision is a wrong decision. Swann was out on a No ball. As you said he will add 200 more runs for a fun but Mitch added match saving 114 runs with Haddin. Swann is also capable to involve in 100/50 runs partnerships. His batting avg. is more than Johnson. And not about 200 runs but Hughes & Agar added 163 for tenth wicket just 4 months ago Duminy & Steyn against Aus 180 for 9th wicket .Dhoni & B.kumar 140 against Aus just 9 months ago for 8th wicket. Trott & Broad 335 against Pak for 7th wicket. Fella don't underestimate Swanny his avg is more than above players who involved is big partnerships.

  • Bonehead_maz on November 23, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    @ CricLover316 & Harmony111. This is the wrong thread gentlemen ?

  • on November 23, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    England Is king only on their own soils

  • HansonKoch on November 23, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    Does anyone know what Watson's role is in the team?

  • The_bowlers_Holding on November 23, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    At 74-2 and looking untroubled when I went to bed I awoke to this! Not unusual for England to open a tour with a poor batting display but well done Aussie. The test series is 5 matches so it is early days but England need to pull their socks up and avoid defeat they can do it and this will be a good test for Cook as a captain. Nice to see a competition on a surface that is lively with some chin music for the batsmen, looking forward to a backs to the wall effort from England.

  • on November 22, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    England's batting can only get better - which it will as the game and the series progress. History repeating itself yet again - extraordinary!

  • grizzle on November 22, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Fantastic day's cricket! The quality of the batting on display (I didn't see Aus bat in the 2nd innings) wasn't great, but the fast bowling was menacing and Lyon actually got a few to grip and turn! Looks like a good pitch, quite unlike the belter that many of the commentators were predicting it was. The (sometimes unexpected) extra bounce has done for batsmen on both sides (Rogers and Bell were particular cases). Anyway, sets up the series nicely! I couldn't see Australia coming back to win the series from 1-0 down, but should they go up in this match, it'll be good for the Ashes, that's for sure.

  • Ozcricketwriter on November 22, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    I think that a lot of people misread the state of play yesterday. England had a great middle session, but the first session was even, and Australia had an equally great final session to make the day's play even. Today, the first session was slightly Australia's way and then Australia had a great middle session to now be on top. Yes, England were well on top at tea yesterday but saying that they were on top at the end of the day was more than a little misleading. England now are fighting for survival and it is Australia's game to lose from here, I think.

  • on November 24, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    very good intimidating bowling by johnson. And man clarke used him very well. But how big are the bats today. Trott and pieterson just played a lap/hook for a single, but ball hit top edge and carried all the way to deep fine leg. I saw dhoni barely butting any effort in the pull shot today in ODI, ball hit the toe of bat and cleared boundary with ease. Lyon is turning out to be a very good bowler. It is good Australia is persisting with him. And he has slowed his pace down, which is a good sign.

  • Harmony111 on November 23, 2013, 19:15 GMT

    @JG2704: So you too admit saying that it was a 400+ wicket. Yes Aus managed to recover from a truly hopeless state to a partially reputable state but going with the flow, it was expected of Eng to do much much better than what they did. Isn't it? I am quite sure that the even your own lowest possible estimate for Eng 1st innings would have been 350+. That comment of mine was written in the flow, without considering any exceptions. Perhaps you did not see it but later I did admit that the uncertainties of this glorious game got me on that one. Even otherwise, I do not know what was so offensive about my comment that you had to needle me on that one. If anything you should have felt pleased that I was talking about an Eng Ashes win ... or are you now one of those who believe that Indians are not supposed to comment on Ashes? I hold that you are one of the few nice ones here but sometimes you show up strange.

  • AKS286 on November 23, 2013, 11:43 GMT

    Front-Foot-Sponge on (November 22, 2013, 15:14 GMT) Fella wrong decision is a wrong decision. Swann was out on a No ball. As you said he will add 200 more runs for a fun but Mitch added match saving 114 runs with Haddin. Swann is also capable to involve in 100/50 runs partnerships. His batting avg. is more than Johnson. And not about 200 runs but Hughes & Agar added 163 for tenth wicket just 4 months ago Duminy & Steyn against Aus 180 for 9th wicket .Dhoni & B.kumar 140 against Aus just 9 months ago for 8th wicket. Trott & Broad 335 against Pak for 7th wicket. Fella don't underestimate Swanny his avg is more than above players who involved is big partnerships.

  • Bonehead_maz on November 23, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    @ CricLover316 & Harmony111. This is the wrong thread gentlemen ?

  • on November 23, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    England Is king only on their own soils

  • HansonKoch on November 23, 2013, 0:57 GMT

    Does anyone know what Watson's role is in the team?

  • The_bowlers_Holding on November 23, 2013, 0:05 GMT

    At 74-2 and looking untroubled when I went to bed I awoke to this! Not unusual for England to open a tour with a poor batting display but well done Aussie. The test series is 5 matches so it is early days but England need to pull their socks up and avoid defeat they can do it and this will be a good test for Cook as a captain. Nice to see a competition on a surface that is lively with some chin music for the batsmen, looking forward to a backs to the wall effort from England.

  • on November 22, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    England's batting can only get better - which it will as the game and the series progress. History repeating itself yet again - extraordinary!

  • Nerk on November 22, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    Mitchell's performace says a lot about bowling partnerships. Without Harris and Siddle at the other end bowling tight, controlled spells, Mitch could not have gone on the attack as he did. He was leaking runs, but that is not a problem when at the other end you have a guy bowling maiden after maiden so it can even out. Australia has not done this since the days of McGrath/Gillespie and its good to see it back! So whilst Mitch has grabbed the headline, don't forget he could not have done it without Siddle, Harris and Lyon at the other end.

  • zzby on November 22, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    Bring Pattinson in next match

  • Meety on November 22, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    @JG2704 on (November 22, 2013, 10:55 GMT) - re: Swann v Lyon. I agree although I think Swann will be WAY more dangerous later into Day 3 - the question will be then - will Lyon be able to match that?

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on November 22, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    @Mitty2 2:18 GMT: "Johnson bowling absolute pies" was a pretty accurate observation. England just couldn't work out whether to hook or pull those long hops! @rayfanatics: Cook got a good ball today, seaming away towards off, it's easy to read ''early signs' into a batsman who's scored so prolifically against both Ind and Aus. The rest were surprised by a bit of extra bounce - understanbale given their grand preparation of half a match of practise before the test. We've all seen how the best teams often start slow but have the skill levels to recover, just look at what England did to India recently. And watch the crowds run for the door when Aus start to lose! @Harmony111 You do witter on sometimes old chap.

  • on November 22, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    Very disappointed with the level of analysis on this site - all writers seem to be lacking insight! Gentlemen, let me educate you - both teams are average and well matched. A really good individual performance will be enough to swing a match in this series. But here's the kicker (pay attention) - in Australian conditions, Australia will win a close series.

  • Greatest_Game on November 22, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    Whie gloating over the Eng batting nightmare, the endlessly eccentric Electric_Loco_WAP4 commented " the 1 only Lillee had predicted him (Johnson) as '1 in a gen. quick'."

    I'm afraid that it is pretty clear that "the one and only Lillee" selected the wrong bowler for that accolade. No question that Midge can be a deadly all-rounder - a one man game changer. - as the poms who have so ceaselessly bashed him for years, found out! Whether THAT MJ turns up on the day is the perennial question.

    If Aus had turned MJ loose at the beginning of their disastrous India tour, and this MJ had turned up and looted India, I wonder if Eclectic Loco would be so effusively praising him now?

  • promy_cric on November 22, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    It is true that sub continent batsman cannot play short pitch ball and another truth is, rest of test playing nations unable to handle spin. So, there is no shame to aaccept this. we see raina ,yuvraj are daunting against furious Mitchel Johnson. Any bowler , who bowling around 150 spd is difficult to play specially when his accuracy is perfectly aimed. So, it is no surprise to me that England's batting line up collapsed. And, Aussies have not had world class batting line up that failing to play short pitch ball would come surprise to others. Whether, when India's batting line up collapsed against England's spinner, then it came to us like surprise.

  • JG2704 on November 22, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    @ neiljturner on (November 22, 2013, 14:11 GMT)/ rickyvoncanterbury on (November 22, 2013, 14:47 GMT) - I think Sky said that the highest successful runchase from a side batting 2nd is something like 240ish. I reckon Aus are already over 240 ahead. Don't see this Eng side breaking records. Cook will be looking at the weather gods to help him out - again

  • JG2704 on November 22, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    @ Harmony111 on (November 22, 2013, 15:27 GMT) If you read my posts on day 1's report (21 Nov 22.15 and more importantly 9.43 GMT) You'll see that I wasn't even that sure day 1 was Eng's day.I think the only post where I even mentioned 400+ is at 10.29 where I specifically say it's "Supposed To" be a 400+ pitch and I then go on to highlight that it was not such a bad day for Australa.

    Please publish this time

  • Rowayton on November 22, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    BigINDFan must be joking to say modern batsmen would play Marshall, Garner etc better. It's one thing to reckon you've figured out how to play them, it's quite another to actually do it in the middle. Garner is the best ODI bowler so far seen.

  • on November 22, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    Wat a lovely Bowling by Fiery Mitch.... being a Indian Fan finished my night shift i watched this match for Mitch and Ryan and Barry Army faced chin music and i loved the way they danced on pitch for chin music... And they say india batsman cannot handle Shot ball...

    Wat a reply to Broad and his team from OZ Waiting for Warner's punch to England on Third day

  • hhillbumper on November 22, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    oops.England need to do some batting practice. Having said that the way Mitch goes this is his one good bowling effort of the summer.

  • wablo55 on November 22, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    I think it could be said that Johnson has acquired some 'late-career wisdom' in many respects. In addition, the same could be said for Clarke's usage of him: understanding his limitations whilst also realising the mindset Mitch needs to have in order to bowl well. This match is set up very nicely indeed; I don't expect England to fold so comprehensively a second time around, but the Aussies are definitely favourites. Bring on tomorrow! A couple of wickets in the first session and who knows what will happen!

  • Harmony111 on November 22, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    @CricLover316:

    Yes I see similar possibilities as you but can't say how probable those possibilities are.

    I think you are being unfair to SA. Not for nothing are they #1. They have beaten BOTH Eng & Aus AWAY twice in a row now.

    SA are not merely about Amla & AB. Smith is perhaps the most under rated great batsman of the past 20 years. They got Kallis too & they have Duminy too. De Cock is coming up well just like the young Ind batsmen. Kallis is not a match winner on his own but can be quite stubborn, at least he can save matches like we saw in 2011 + SA have bowlers who love to take 10 wickets for 50 runs, ask Pak & Aus.

    Rem it wud be Shami/Bhuvi's 1st tour. They are kids.

    Had Ind done well in the past in these places then I would have been a bit relaxed but we haven't done that. How can we be so sure or even hopeful of our wins in SA or Eng when we have never won in SA & lost 0-4 in Eng? If stung once then its wise to be wise the 2nd time --- & we were bitten & chewed last time.

  • Nabeell on November 22, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Johnson rightly pulled out from Indian tour and yes it proved today!! I am really disappointed the way series in India went for Johnson but he again proved everyone wrong!

  • CricLover316 on November 22, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    @Harmony11- I think you misread my point. You just cannot compare the two squads that lost the Series in '11 and the current one. The former was old,playing on Reputation & satisfied.This one is Young,Aggressive and Hungry to succeed. I wouldn't mind even if they lose the series in SA,but wont go without a fight. They're all very young(At Age and the Test Arena),they'll learn. but at this young age and with little Exp(Only Dhoni has played>20games),this team Imo is 3rd best in the world atm. Im just being optimistic and wouldn't be surprised if they conquer the castle.When I look at SA Team,bowling is deadly for sure. When it comes to batting,barring Amla & AB,I see an Average batting line up(Not convinced on Smith) With Bhuv & Shami(specially Bhuv who really gets movementl and picks up early wickets,performed brilliantly in CT13 in Eng conditions) and with Jadeja's variations off the pitch,I would play him.With Rohit & Kohli in prime form& Dhawan's love4pace,it"ll be a Cracker !

  • on November 22, 2013, 19:01 GMT

    Good to see the Australian Jinx number of 87 sting someone else for a change! :) Good effort from Australia, but the game isn't over yet and still lots more to do. Just as Australia aren't as bad as the results in the games in England would suggest, England aren't as bad as this would suggest. England weren't as lucky as Aussies were after the Aussie colapse on the first day. Looks as though this series is gong to be a battle between the bowling lineups. It may get down to which side has the least injuries. If Anderson or Broad injure themselves Eng;ands attack would be severely weakened.

  • Harmony111 on November 22, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    @CricLover316: My dear, 'potential' is an oft misunderstood word. What does it mean? Does it mean performing to your statistical avg? Does it mean what one can do if all things go right? Don't forget that cricket is basically a batsman facing a bowler both of whom have colliding potentials. A little +- here & there and the results can vary from a 0 to 400*.

    Man to man, on full potential, Eng have a much superior Test team than India. This is even truer in 2013 than what it was in 2011 & should remain like that in 2014 too. Yes we got promising batsmen who 'should' do well but it remains to be seen.

    Barring Dhoni, we have a really inexp Test team & this cuts both ways. It means energy but it also could mean chaos.

    Shami is promising but way too young & so is Bhuvi but at least none of them have Ishant's brain.

    Victory is not ruled out but not exactly expected. Thinking wishfully does not make one an optimist, rather such a person should see an optometrist. :-)

  • BigINDFan on November 22, 2013, 18:12 GMT

    @woody3 - Marshall, Holding, Croft and Garner would not have any greater impact that Steyn and Mitch in the modern era since they will be playing all the formats and batsmen would figure them out like others. It is quite silly to compare generations since the conditions and also opportunities to play were quite different. Of course WI will be a dominating team like Aus were under Waugh but batsmen would have adapted if they faced quality bowling like that consistently.

    Harris is the difference between the two bowling sides and Bell on the batting front. Mitch is the wild card and will be a threat as long as he maintains his line and length.Lyon is the surprise element since he was under used in Eng. Above all KP and Clarke have not impressed so far but can turn matches around easily. So the series is alive and currently Aus are ahead a bit.

    Ind-SA series hopefully is a contest since Test format needs to survive!

  • JG2704 on November 22, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    @ jb633 on (November 22, 2013, 13:59 GMT) Pretty much agree with you. I was though starting to think that Eng - with their negative cricket - were learning how not to lose games when they've been under the cosh. In NZ (OK with help from BM's captaincy) they saved that game and vs Aus (5th test) they managed to get nearish Aus in the 1st inns despite being in trouble. It used to be a case that if the top 4 went cheaply that would be it but I thought we'd started showing a bit of backbone. I suppose we've still not lost as yet but presuming we lose I'm thinking it could be more like UAE revisited than India revisited. We came back from a thrashing in the 1st test vs India but over there we made a huge boo boo selectionwise in not playing 2 spinners. Here , I'm not sure what we can do selectionwise to improve

  • JG2704 on November 22, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    @ foozball on (November 22, 2013, 13:26 GMT) Not saying he didn't bowl tidily. Just saying that the England batsmen let him settle unlike the Aus batsmen with Swann and the 2 wickets he took were both very lame nondescript shots rather than great deliveries

    @milepost on (November 22, 2013, 15:25 GMT) No one literally gifts their wickets but come on - if 2 of your guys got out like Prior and Bell did you'd be livid with them - no? Would there not be any criticism of the way Trott and KP got out if they were Australian? I think it's sour grapes if folk say "The only reason..."

    @Optic on (November 22, 2013, 14:59 GMT) The Oz fans are right in their responses. We can all say if it wasn't for 1 or 2 players ... as some Aus fans were saying re Bell in the previous Ashes series and they could say if it wasn't for Broad in this game... Yes if Eng got those players out early it would be a different game , but we didn't and Australia are worthy of their big lead

  • Harmony111 on November 22, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    @rayfanatics: I agree that Cook is not a very attractive batsman & does not play like KP or Bell or ABDV but as Eng's opener, he has been doing a very good job. You may say that Cook isn't a great batsman but Cook deserves to be called at least a very good batsman. I am not exactly a fan of his style of batting but he has his constraints.

    Btw, thanks for helping me learn a new word today --- "discombobulate". I had to google it to make sure it was a real word cos it sounded like some onomatopoetic faux word.

    On a side note, I love the hair style that Cook has. I have that style myself & like to believe that he looks smart in that cos I look in mine. :-p

  • SamRoy on November 22, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    @CricketFanIndianUS I think you don't follow SA. They are unbeaten away from home for last 7 years, a statistic which neither England and Australia can achieve in their dreams (let alone reality)!!

  • yorkslanka on November 22, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    WOW, huge well done to the Aussie bowlers, when i went to bed last night due to having to get up for work in the morning, England were 22/0 and looking comfortable. Johnson was electric and deadly and i have been really impressed with Harris too. that was some hostile bowling- so hostile that i actually (almost) felt sorry for Broad at one point :-) England arent out of it yet but looks likely to be an Aussie win?

  • SherjilIslam on November 22, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Well i have said this yesterday, 'lookout for Mitch Johnson, he is in dangerous form' and see what he did. Thew fact of the matter is Australia bowled extremely well and bowled as per set plans. Some of the dismissals, i damn sure, were nicely set-up including those two of Lyon and of KP. I don't see anything miraculous happening in this test for England, but what they can best do is put a brave second innings performance to instill confidence in their team like they did in against India in India.

  • ProdigyA on November 22, 2013, 17:44 GMT

    Great contest between ball and bat. The first two days have been thoroughly entertaining, specially day 2, Mitchell has been incredible. Barring the ridiculous outfield, where Jimmy almost broke his leg, cricket has been great.

  • promy_cric on November 22, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Dashing performance from Johnson, happy to see that he has converted his ODI form into test. Hope to see, more competitive ashes compared with recent past ashes series. Still, long way to Aussie to win the match and moreover England have a good come back record in the recent past. Next day is vital team for both, Aussies can spread their dominance in the match on the other way England will think to come back in the match to pick up some quick wickets in the early.

  • rogues13 on November 22, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4...good one mate shld have thrown a 'Last rite' also in there...seriously there are few sights better in cricket than a fast bowler making the batsman hop all over the place...mitch with that pace and weird angle is doing just that.....hoping for a hard fought ashes with aussies winning...

  • CricLover316 on November 22, 2013, 16:54 GMT

    @woody3 - So,you're trying to justify this collapse and say "Hey, India got whitewashed,so its ok for eng to get bowl out for 110." Irrelevant comparison. Your memory is correct. And didn't Eng "Just" get whitewash in the UAE against Pak. Just doesn't mean almost 3 years.Aus just got whitewashed. Every team in the world has been whitewashed. I would compare the team that got whitewashed(Ind,Eng in their respective Series and compare them to the Current team and make my perspective without making that statement) We would see the landscape has changed when it comes to India. Not so with Eng to be honest. Yes, Trott's fault has been exposed and Prior just doesn't look comfortable "to bat",and with Kp just coming out of injury,alot would depend on Top order and Bell,again.

  • CricketFanIndUS on November 22, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    Well done Australia and the Ashes is alive again indeed! The top half of the Aussie batting should do better in the second innings(hopefully) than the sub par performance in the first. It is really nice to see Australia getting a break even though they are hosting, as a fan I have been waiting for it. It was kind of hard with the totally different pitches in the India test series and they just did not get the breaks in England. Test cricket is really becoming a home team's forte even among Australia, England and SA. There is no real dominating team. You would think their strengths are more similar than say a subcontinent team. A win on a tour should count twice a home win in test rankings. I am not sure of the rules of the rankings, but there are issues with it already. It appears that they are less weighted on the number of wins(or points earned). SA is ranked first with 3531 points in 27 matches while England is ranked third with 4407 points in 38 matches (England gets my vote).

  • on November 22, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    be careful ausies ,england lost first test in india,and came back to win series

  • LegSpinBowlr on November 22, 2013, 16:43 GMT

    i wouldnt write off england even if they lose this match, as it was the same case in India where they won from 1-0 to take the series 2-1

  • Brahams on November 22, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    Great bowling by Mitch - I always thought he was the real deal, when he first came to the scene. And even when he was not taking wickets he had the amazing ability to hit 150 km/hr consistently, which no other bowler had done in the past several years.

    And to all who criticized the Aussie preparation - the ODI series in India got Mitch in reckoning. He was fast and furious though he leaked a few on easier batting conditions and that too against a team that was red hot in form in ODIs.

  • CricLover316 on November 22, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    @ wonderstar1- Gotta afree there. I guess, FFL needs a hug.. Gotta agree, Bell was Clearly the difference between the two teams. Otherwise that Score would have been 2-1 to Aus. And even this time they felt they will roll over Aus and I felt they were really casual to let off Aus in the 1st Inniings after picking up 6 Wickets and at the Top of the Order when they batted. To think Bell will bail them out,score a100, they'll have a lead of 60-70 runs. Credit to Aus, it was a batting deck, but Mitch,Ryan bowled Fast and in the Right places and after losing 5 Wickets,Eng just succumbed to pressure. Really soft dismissals of Bell & Prior(Couldn't even Flick the ball,the ball wasnt even bouncing THAT much from Lyon) Casual and over confident is the word. I think they thought they conquered the world in Eng and came on their high horses expecting the same score line in Aus.

  • woody3 on November 22, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Aussies bowling unit came good and Trott especially seems to have an exposed technical fault. Judge at series end whether Eng are as inept against quicks as the Indians, one bad innings doesnt settle it. Didnt India just get whitewashed by England or is my memory playing up? Credit to Johnson and Harris they demolished England. As an old guy seeing what Johnson, the only genuine fast bowler in this match, and Steyn do to modern teams with express pace would love to see what an attack of Marshall, Holding, Croft and Garner would do versus a modern team.

  • on November 22, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    Both Anderson & Johnson are very similar. Both are deadly lazors, when in their 'zones". Of mood, both are left over boiled chickens from the last day's dinner!

    Thank God, that they are not on the same team.

  • CricLover316 on November 22, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    @Harmony11- The point regarding Aus was that even though they are yet to win a Test,they are all over Eng right now and in the driver's seat. Its all about form. And their bowling looks very good.

  • on November 22, 2013, 16:17 GMT

    Every dog has his day! Congratulations BOWLERS, who were consigned to the dog-house, to the status of 'extras' by the new rules in ODIs.

    Now, you (bowlers from both teams) got the chance to show the batsman-friendly cricket world, what you can do. Yes, you are also part of the main cast. Equal partners (to batsmen) in the wonderful game of cricket.You bowlers are not pushovers, to be cast aside to the sidelines; outside the boundary of our appreciation, sometimes over-the-top boundary of unreasonable condemnations. Along with the torrential rain of fours and sixes. At least, that is we saw in the one day series played between OZ and India in India.

    At least now ,will the technical committee of ICC wake up and take a serious second look at the ridiculous rule-changes in ODIs?

    From a fan of all formats of cricket. A fan of good cricket played by cricketers from ANY country.

    A good contest is in store. Let us wait, watch and enjoy. Temporarily cast aside all jingoism!

  • CricLover316 on November 22, 2013, 16:16 GMT

    Regarding the Pitch, it was a 400 Pitch atleast for the 1st two Innings, Had it not been for the collapses of both the Teams. Had some amount of movement,but still wasnt a 110 Allout pitch. If any visiting team collapsed on a Subcontinent pitch(or in India),fans would be calling it Doctored(or Dustbowls) to hide their collapse and blame the pitch like they always do. But when it happens on a good batting deck in Aus,its gifting their wickets. Good Excuse by some ignorant fans to use the double standards.

  • rayfanatics on November 22, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    And yesterday's play confirms another thing which England fans cannot admit. Cook is just a bad bowling bully. Against every team that has a half decent bowling attack, he is found wanting. And the audacity of supporters taking his name in the same sentences with SRT, Punter and of the current crop - Kohli, Sanga AB and Amla. Just watching Mitch discombobulate the batsmen with his hostility was one for the ages. Go Aussies, crush the Poms !

  • anton1234 on November 22, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    The 3-0 score line in England was undeserved. I thought the Aussies played well there and if they can maintain the same form then they would win the return series pretty easily. The home advantage (knowing the pitches well and the fan backing) gives a big advantage. Also it was very evident two Aussies were bowling 90MPH or thereabouts (Johnson was clocking up to 93mph) while the English trio in the low to mid eighties. I really dint think Aussie batsmen have anything to fear from Broad. I don't know how he took 6 wickets. Anderson seems the only dangerous component.

  • CricLover316 on November 22, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    @Harmony111- Oh yes. India can,if they play to their full potential.. Look at Aus, Australia are yet to win a Test Match this Year. (0-7-2 out of their last 9 Matches) People still talk about 0-8. Now, to prove my point, just compare that Ind team to the current Team. The Top order has completely changed. The bowling has has completely changed.It is a very very young team. And they look hungry. None of the players except Dhoni and Kohli have even played 20 Tests. Some of them have not even played 5-10. They're very young to this format,but how well they've adjusted to it. Come SA Series, if Ind batsmen, and more importantly Pacers deliver,they might draw or even win the series and I wouldn't call that an Upset.

  • maddy20 on November 22, 2013, 15:57 GMT

    If this is what they can do in Brisbane, imagine what Aus would do to them in Perth. They have got 2-3 guys who can hit 140K+ constantly and can swing in. Johnson being at the top of his game, does not help England one bit. They got cocky after winning in England, but they are gonna leave Aus empty-handed!

  • on November 22, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    If it was India which had collapsed in this fashion, a lot of experts would have seen it as proof of their inability to play quick short pitched bowling. In the case of England, I guess it is a case of just one bad day in office!

  • wonderstar1 on November 22, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    @optic what I meant was the last ashes regarding the bell case.

  • stormy16 on November 22, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    200 ahead three days to play - no way did anyone see this coming from Aus and amazingly it's mainly due to Johnson and Haddin, two players lucky to be playing in my opinion. Eng are presumably shell shocked but they did pull out the escape act at the Gabba last time. I always felt that unless Johnson delivers something special Aus will not get a look in and what a show by Johnson with ball and bat. Its not the first time when Johnson is in form, he delivers with both bat and ball. The other positive for Aus is Warner who has batted with purpose in both innings. Aus can bat Eng out of the game tomorrow and what a great start to the Ashes.

  • wonderstar1 on November 22, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    @Optic, one thing is clear that you dont want to give any credit where its due. You talk as if Eng were just playing for fun , yes in a way it was fun to watch them jump around and dancing all over the place. . I already hear excuse from you like the warmups were washed out and they dint face any decent seamers so far. I can hear bunch of excuses from people like in the coming days and weeks.

  • vvbr on November 22, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    If the match survives till Sunday I will be surprised. What's wrong with all the test matches these days?! They get over in 3 days:(

  • Harmony111 on November 22, 2013, 15:27 GMT

    @jb633: I think Bell is 28, Cook is 27, KP is not too old either, Root barely seems to be an adult & I don't know how old Trott is but he can't be more than 32. So it's not as if Eng have an old batting line up. I would say the place where Eng should worry is in their bowling. It has been seen that Anderson on song is a lot different than when he is not in the mood. You must have seen that on a no of occasions in the prev Ashes, JA looked rather avg. Swann is 30+ and has an elbow issue, Bresnan is not the same as he was & Tremlett too isn't what I saw in 2008. Broad is terrific at times but like Mitch he too has many faces. Finn remains a bright hope & I am a big fan of his but overall, I see some vacancies coming up.

    After that 0-8 I can't risk saying India will win or will do well.

    @JG2704:

    Are you needling me? You yourself said yest that this was a 400+ wicket & Aus had only 295. We all thought Eng wud get at least 350-400, no? And if I was wrong does it mean I was dishonest?

  • milepost on November 22, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Gifted their wickets? It's sour grapes to say the Aussies were gifted their wickets and a poor assessment. I watched the long highlights, twice. There were no gifts. The Australian bowling was phenomenal. No so much for a series of Jaffas but how they worked each batsman over and stuck to their plans. Some plans were to dry up scoring (Pietersen), some the chin music (Trott and the tail), some to exploit poor footwork (Root), some to tempt the loose stroke (Cook). It was at least one day where the Aussies played well. Yesterday it was Broad, Johnson and Haddin. Tomorrow who knows who it could be. That's why it's such a great game. I suspect England are out of this game but I think it's good if it's a tough series.

  • wonderstar1 on November 22, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    @FFL welcome back. Cook and trott were made to look clueless against mitch. what an sight. @Optic if you talk about difference, Aus can also make a story.To put it simply Ian bell was the difference between two sides. otherwise Aus would have won it comfortably. do you agree it? dont live in delusional world thinking that Eng are a great team. which they obviously are not.

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on November 22, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    You know one thing that is constantly annoying is the pretty excuses. "They wouldn't have got close to X total if it weren't for so and so's batting". It comes as no surprise when people with cricket bats make runs to me! How is that an excuse? Trott and whoever shouldn't have allowed the extra over before lunch? What does that matter? Trott has been getting out like that for months, what does it matter if it is that over? Swann out on a no-ball? Yeah like he was going to add an extra 200 runs. The facts are that yesterday Broad was blooming excellent and today the Aussie bowlers were too. That's what happened. It's test match cricket and the Aussies are good at home. But, tomorrow is another day and anything can happen.

  • on November 22, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Is Test cricket becoming a case of "You beat me in your back yard Ill thrash you in mine"

  • CricLover316 on November 22, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    @jb633 - Nice positive comments from you. The point I would like to add, is that On Paper,England Batting looks way better than Oz and it is, but a lot is dependent on the Top 3 Eng Batsmen. Carberry looked good until the Angle of deliveries was changed. But for England to WIN or even Draw the Ashes, atleast one of them have to score Big in every match to set the tone for the Middle order. They cant always just depend on Bell to bail them out. With KP just out of Injury,it could go either way for him. Prior has been in horrible form,but I still believe he's way better than Bairstow & Root hasn't thrived in Pressure situations,like when he was placed at the Top of the Order(But he can be a good number 6). Regarding India, I would say they have found one pace bowler in Shami who's fast and gets reverse swing. And Bhuv Kumar who gets has the ability with the new ball(We saw in CT 13). The third seamer is still there,Yadav is fast,but errs in line. Lets see.We're excited to play in Eng

  • Optic on November 22, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    @Ozcricketwriter To put it simply the difference between the 2 sides after the first innings was that Haddin and Johnson partnership, without that Aus would have had nothing to bowl at and would have had their heads down bowling at 150 is so different that bowling at 300. For England it's nothing new, it shouldn't be that way and I always thought that Aus best chance was in the first game. Apart from England being slow starters thing, they haven't faced decent pace bowling in any of the warm up games, and had 2 of the 3 games affected by weather. For all England's planning somethings you can't plan for. The big wickets for Aus, were the Trott dismissal before lunch, which was very poor, where England would have only been one down going into lunch and then the two wickets in an over to Lyon, which if they'd have played properly would have gone down leg, pure comedy tbh.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on November 22, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    What a return from work us Englishmen (and women). After spending years watching England dominate over them, Australia have finally shown some fight, albeit due to an England team with barely a single practice match under their belt. As we've seen with South Africa too, the best teams in the world can always start a series slowly with the bat, and this aint the first time England have been guilty of this. Look forward to a resolve-testing series for sure, but we've all seen how these two sets of players match up before.

  • cric_J on November 22, 2013, 14:52 GMT

    (contd..)

    Harris was totally on the money once again and Siddle provided good support. The surprise package was Lyon, for me, who got decent turn off the pitch and clipped 2 key and rather collapse triggering wickets.

    The England bowlers looked pretty ordinary with the exception of a few overs when they had to come out to bowl again. Jimmy especially looked pretty out of sorts and rather frustrated. But one can't really blame them for that , getting hardly 4 hrs to have some rest after working hard and delivering the goods early on.In fact one of the biggest concerns for England now is that if Australia bat long, it will take some serious toll on our bowlers.

    We need a freakish hour with the bowl tomorrow morning to stand any chance in the game. Our batsmen have left no scope for a mistake whatsoever.

    The only reason why I still want to believe we may avoid a loss here is because this set of players has done it before several times. But it will need some serious digging in.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 22, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    @ neiljturner on (November 22, 2013, 14:11 GMT) mate I love an optimist, but if England have enough time to win the game after tearing through the aussies, surly they had enough time to set up a nice first innings lead, but good luck in two days we have witnessed so many changes, lunch first day aus on top (even losing Watson) tea day 1 England on top , stumps day 1 eng on top aus fight back (is it enough), lunch day 2 eng on the edge just lost Trott , Tea day 2 the aussies cannot lose or will they collapse again.... stumps day 2 the aussies are 220 odd in front with 10 wickets in hand, as I said I love an optimist.

  • obaiii1 on November 22, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    For me the turning point in this match was when M.Clarke planned to get Carberry out . by brining Johnson to bowl over the wicket and to the ribs with slips in place... good thinking

  • cric_J on November 22, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    What a highly hurtful day-2 this was being an England supporter. As a result of an extraordinary batting collapse, one of greatest of Ashes history surely (6 wkts for 9 runs !), Australia are now firmly in control of this match and only the most optimistic of English supporters would believe we still stand a chance here.

    Majority of our batsmen looked really tentative and unsettled at the crease and found numerous ways to get themselves out. Barring Cook, who got a fine delivery from Harris, and Carbs who was tremendously set up by Mitch, all our batsmen got out to pretty iffy, unbecoming shots, the replays of which they'd not want to see whatsoever. The collapse was more self inflicted than opposition inflicted IMO.

    But one has to give credit to the Aussie bowling for building pressure patiently and executing their plans really well. I had this feeling before the series that Mitch could wreck havoc this series, he did that today and how ! Top quality fast bowling from him. (cont)

  • SnowSnake on November 22, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    England will lose this one for sure. Neither England's batting or bowling is impressive.

  • on November 22, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Its good to see Aus fighting back...Its good for cricket...I am always great fan of Aus...hope they continue this run in upcoming matches...would love to see Aus winning the Ashes

  • AKS286 on November 22, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Eng not is trouble yet Fella still half cricket is left. Lyon's 2 wicket haul of batsmen proves that Eng not taking the game seriously or over confidence. They gifted their wickets. Excellent bowling by Johnson who is the third replacement of Starc and good knock by Wade's replacement Haddin. Swanny is the man to look for. Cook & Co. will come back.

  • neiljturner on November 22, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Australia should definitely win this from here. But it is absolutely essential for them now that they don't take their foot off the gas, thinking the job's done. Two years ago in South Africa they were similarly placed, having scored 284 and then knocked South Africa over for 96 - and they ended up losing that match by 8 wickets. If Anderson and Broad come out tomorrow and tear through the Aussie batting lineup, there is plenty of time for England to get a result.

  • on November 22, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    I am surprised to see batsmen's failure to spend some time at the crease. Except Haddin, Johnson and Carberry no player from both sides played 100 deliveries. Guess who scored the most runs? It's good batting wicket, so please spend some time in the middle, runs will come soon. Perhaps Rogers, Smith, Trott, Bell can learn something from Dravid's playbook. Superb bowling by Aussies. I'd love to see how England bowlers deal with Warner and Clarke.

  • jb633 on November 22, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    @InfiniteWhite, no none of our batsmen are as good as Kumar. He is one of the all time greats. He averages above Sachin, Ponting, Dravid etc and has made runs all around the world. IMO he is the best keeper batsmen to have played the game and should be mentioned as one of the best all rounders the game has seen. Kumar Sangakarra is a class act, both on and off the field. As an English fan I have bags of time for him and can happily admit that none of our players have reached that level yet. It is of course no disgrace to have players not at that level though.

  • jb633 on November 22, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    @Harmony111, no I can assure you I am English, although lived in Oz for 7 years of my childhood. I have watched a lot of world cricket closely and they are the only side I can see that are devloping top class young batsmen. If our batting line up keeps collapsing on these flat decks then India have a great chance to beat us. If they have 450 on the board then we will struggle. @JG207, It is not bad on paper but over the last two years (excluding India tour) we have been let down time and again by them. England still have a great chance to win the series as Aus are not that good themselves. However the margin between SA and ENG has increased dramatically in the last year and if India can find a consistent seam attack they will overtake us. It may sound like a knee jerk reaction but this has happened all too often for my liking. Collapse first innings and then play catch up for the rest of the game. The Aussie bowlers were good, we were a shambles.

  • AKS286 on November 22, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Now the England's hope is all on the English bowlers. Hope tomorrow is the day for Swanny.Swanny is having duck in both bowling and batting. Pitch is having turn & bounce for spinners, swing for pacers Its really to appreciate curator. Australia really changes the definitions of tailenders in recent period. Haddin & Johnson (I really miss Aus's favourite Wade & Starc) partnership really changes the game.But its still only half match is played. Surely Cook, KP, Root, Bell will revive the innings (No expectations from Trott). Where are those Oz fans who said Johnson is poor and lost his mojo.I'm supporting MJ since SA tour when he was drooped. Tremlett's pace is down only 1 wicket but he bowls good line & length. No doubt Tremlett is still good as a third seamer.

  • srikanths on November 22, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    Made great watching today. Always good to see terrific fast bowling. Nothing more boring than a complete domination of bat over ball. I just the series remains alive .Johnson was great. Maintaining 145+ almost always,just didnt give time to relax even a bit. Only hope is that he maintains some accuracy. Even a Johnson accurate 50% of the time at that pace is good enough. Harris is a perennial threat Broad was great the first day Could be the decade for bowling a la 70 s and 80 s

  • on November 22, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Well it looks like the AUSSIES have drawn first blood... Gonna be a humdinger ASHES series this one!!

  • on November 22, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    A good start, and then that was about it for England. No answer to the hostile Johnson, and eyes looking upwards for some respite. Australia so far....fair play.

  • on November 22, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Raining in Brisbane now

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 22, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    @ chechong0114 on (November 22, 2013, 13:01 GMT) there was so many seats vacant because you where watching a history of T20, there was 30000 at the game everyone else watched.

  • foozball on November 22, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    @JG2704, Lyon bowled pretty tidily, but it was the confidence he got from Carberry that made him dangerous. So now everyone knows England's new opener cannot play spin - poor guy was stuck like a deer in the headlights.

    Clarke brought in an extra close-in fielder, and with Bell just at the crease, Lyon was settled almost straight away.

    Well deserved and earned wickets, imo

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 22, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    the only way to hurt yourself is by going knees first, if you slide like I saw Pistersen do you can do a professional job of cutting of boundies. talk about looking for any negatives.

  • calcu on November 22, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    Yeah, way to go, aussies! Give the poms a thrashing to remember!

  • JG2704 on November 22, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    @Arun Bose on (November 22, 2013, 9:04 GMT) Disappointingly shallow comments here , esp as it wasn't the bowlers who are responsible for the response being less than 150. If you must slate/exaggerate about anyone then surely it's the batsmen

  • Shaggy076 on November 22, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    Sandip Manjrekar; Inspirationa stuff there. You wonder why all the countries don't like India well its the smugnessof your completely idiotic comments. Do I need to remind you how India went over here, maybe you should wait until India can beat these sides regularly before writing. I do believe you lost to England at home and away and Austrlis away barely a record to say the things you are saying.

  • on November 22, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    Good times of Australian test team is back. I would love to see this new Australian young team bounce back. They are talented team and wish this ashes series to be Australia whitewashing England in their soil. It is Payback time.....Go Australia Go !!!

  • on November 22, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    We're just lulling them into a sense of security !!! And other Cunning Plans !!!

  • Stateside_Steve on November 22, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    A wine drinking cricket fan?? Forget it you will never get Test Cricket because it is more like sipping scotch.

    Was fortunate enough to stay up to watch the Aussie engineered English collapse. Clarke was phenomenal on how he marshaled his bowlers.He brought Lyon who bowled consecutive maidens and was probing Carberry . KP trying to avoid Lyon tried to sneak a run on the last ball only to find Bailey, an unnecessary shot at that point. Clarke immediately brought Johnson who beat Carberry into getting out. At that point it was just a matter of time for the Aussies to finish off the English side.

    While the Aussie bowling was great, I think the bowlers should attack the stumps on a regular basis as well. Right now they are leaving bowled and LBW on the table. They should attack the stumps on a regular basis as well, else the English batsmen will smarten up to avoid the outgoing deliveries. And finally two days and no DRS controversy :), if only they attack the stumps on a regular basis.

  • JG2704 on November 22, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    @JB633 - Not sure our batting is always as bad as you make them out to be but definitely agree they've let the side down too often for my liking

  • JG2704 on November 22, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    @Harmony111 on (November 22, 2013, 11:53 GMT) Sorry , but yesterday you were basically writing Australia off for a heavy series loss

    "Eng are on course for their 4th successive win unless Martians invade us"

    So why is it that in your very humble opinion it's different now Australia are on top and much more on top now than England were yesterday when you said the above line?

  • JG2704 on November 22, 2013, 13:03 GMT

    @ SandipManjrekar on (November 22, 2013, 12:15 GMT) And didn't that poor bowler take a hattrick vs the very same opposition in this format more recently?

    @jonesy2 on (November 22, 2013, 12:16 GMT) - Incorrect , others mentioned Lyon too. Yes those wickets were influential but were either unplayable wicket taking deliveries?

  • chechong0114 on November 22, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Steve Waugh is saying that the Ashes remains the ultimate series in test cricket if that is so why are there so many empty seats at the Gabba.

  • on November 22, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    itz great to see the aus performing well.. there is no doubt sa are the only team superior to england presently.. eng still have more chance to win the ashes its the truth. but this time aus will put up a great fight..and i love to see aus get back the urn... and india bashers... yes ingland is superior team compared to india..they won 6-1 in their last 8 matches against india.. but we now had a new line up which has guys like dhawan rohit pujara kohli... these guys all are talented technically sound they show that signs in champions trophy in england...and already played excellently in india..they have the skill techniq to perform well in outside subcontinent... in test matches the cricketing experts says that .... so itz time for them to prove that during the long aey season... back to ashes...england still are a very good side...but this time aus will fight hard for sure... as an indian fan i am excited to see like last time in england this time too some great matches.....

  • 2.14istherunrate on November 22, 2013, 12:55 GMT

    That was straight out of the past-standard 90's fare from downunder. History can be fun but that was not. The Gabbattoir certainly lived up/down to its reputation. My biggest surprise in the end was that we got to 136. That was a very good example of a side being blown away. I hop[e after this match this ground gets declared as unfit for play-not because of the wicket which is good, but the outfield which presents terrible hazards to fielders triained to dive for the ball. It just is not fair for anyone to go through again what Simon Jones had to suffer,whoever they are. This 2013 not 1863.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 22, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    @ SandipManjrekar on (November 22, 2013, 12:15 GMT) and you say "don't make a comment on sporting wicket".... so unless it turns sideways it is not a sporting wicket.

  • on November 22, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    Great moment when Johnson was bowling short to Broad, they both stare at each other until Johnson has to turn around to bowl again... really captured the moment of the test, it is these 2 who showed the most fight with both bat and ball, and to see them eyeing off like that was poetic moment. Cricket is amazing sometimes. I said it would be miracle for Aus to beat this established English team, and when the crowd get behinds mitch like that, and they all work together.... pretty much miracle haha. Makes the remaining 4 tests very exciting... particularly boxing day test. That Second session was just amazing, It wouldn't matter how good a player you are, the form you are in, if you are MS-Dhoni in an ODI, whatever player or form, to walk out to bat in that situation was never going to work in your favor, makes Broad's fight with the bat all the better.

  • Shaggy076 on November 22, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Cricketchat; I loved Rogers innings s far not losing a wicket has built the Aussie advantage. 3 days to go so much time hope he continues to grind the sore English bowlers down so the others can attack. Great stuff from Rogers.

  • InfiniteWhite on November 22, 2013, 12:23 GMT

    @BCCI_expert OK, let me try to explain this. We're all different. Some like soccer, others like American football. Some find golf interesting, others find it boring them to death. Watching is a misnomer for most of us cricket lovers. FOLLOWING is the correct word. Cricket is a number game. We turn our radios, TVs, or computers on as a background while we do our routines. We check the numbers now and again and the changes of the numbers excite us. Cricket is unique in this regard. In game excitements include the fall of wickets, boundaries and catches and also the sportsmen themselves. In addition, cricket is mostly played outdoor (in summer) so actually in Eng for example, they only have 3 months worth of cricket, so every chance has to be cherished. Just leave the live scores in Cricinfo on for a day and you will be a convert. If you don't try you will never know.

  • Nutcutlet on November 22, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    This day (the day when England's carefully constructed batting lineup disintegrated in the face of an inspired bowler on a helpful track) has been coming for a good while. Last summer England got away with it time & again as only Ian Bell really stood up & the tail wagged occasionally, but today was the day of reckoning & redress; alll the sweeter for the wait, I suspect! As a balanced & ( I hope) a fair-minded England supporter, I found myself dealing with two conflicting currents of emotions. The first was the greater: the privilege of witnessing a great day's Test cricket, with all the drama that only the longest form of the greatest game can deliver. The sense of anticipation was palpable, like storm clouds building in still air - KP subdued; Carberry also becalmed. Waiting for the lightning to strike & MJ ramping up the ante, smelling blood. Great theatre. Worth the loss of sleep x100! And the 2nd? That much battered, time-worn complaint: what's wrong with England's cricket?

  • jonesy2 on November 22, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    not one mention of nate lyon? he is responsible for the state of this test match at least as much as brilliant mitchell

  • Harmony111 on November 22, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    @dunger.bob: Ha Ha, you mean it is just like going to a F1 race where the cars are 1965 Impala?

    On a serious note, I don't know why some ppl (not you necessarily) have to talk of this false trichotomy that you are either a test lover or a T20 lover with ODI being the common lower or upper limit of that love. I like them all and there are millions like me, mostly Indians. It is among the Eng & Aus fans that this false belief is found housed the most.

  • SandipManjrekar on November 22, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    This is a story of worst batting competition by mediocre teams much similar to recent test series held in middle-east. Day 1 showed poor display by Oz batsmen against a bowler who was belted for 6 sixes in an over. England has proved today that they are only 2 session batting side. Some fans were critical on Johnson & even commented poorly on him that he bowled at left right to the batsmen. He was benefited today by playing against best team in competitive conditions most recently & in April-May this year. The format might be different but it improved accuracy as well as effectiveness. England was LUCKY at home this year & their fans should realized this fact. I hope fans expecting better display from both sides. And fans, please don't make hype on sporting wickets. This is much poor stuff of ASHES we have been watching recently as compare to Waugh-Ricky time.

  • on November 22, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Blimey, as an England fans I didn't exactly enjoy that but it did more or less sum up why I love test cricket. Australia rewarded for some accurate and hostile bowling but some of the batsmen could have played a lot better. England are going to have to bat much better than that to scrape a draw.

  • CricketChat on November 22, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    A strike rate under 20 for Rogers when Aussies are way on top of Eng is deplorable. I am sure there are other prospects with more enterprise than him. Strike rates like these are not going to help fans follow tests cricket.

  • anton1234 on November 22, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    "how people watching 10 consecutive test matches, you guys are intresting. even if some one offers wine, I will not watch hour of test match"

    It depends what test cricket you are watching. As a neutral, sure, for me, the India vs. WI series was a dull prospect and I didn't watch any of itbut Ashes is the ultimate. It's the best cricket has to offer.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 22, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    @ BCCI-expert on (November 22, 2013, 11:42 GMT) Thank you actually people do say I am interesting. give me a bottle of bourbon and I will talk T20 with you for..... well how long does a bottle of bourbon last.

  • TheBigBoodha on November 22, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    Interesting to note that the two guys most taunted by opposition supporters are dominating the game!

    Great day if you are an Aussie supporter, just as day one was excellent for Eng. Full marks to Broad for standing up in the face of public taunting - although I suspect he realises that for most of the crowd it's all in fun (boofheads notwithstanding).

    It's hard to imagine Australia losing from here. But they have had a really bad habit recently of dominating games and even series, yet managing to lose.

    Still, it's been great test cricket. Full credit to QLD and the Barmy Army for the great crowd participation. Who said test cricket was dead? Oh, a few Indians. But they seem to be on here every day anyway. Supporting Australia today, I see. Interesting.

  • dunger.bob on November 22, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    @ BCCI-expert: Test cricket is much like T20. The only difference is each team gets to bat twice if they need to. And there's no limit to the number of overs a bowler can bowl. And there's no field restrictions. And the game is scheduled for 450 overs, not 40.

    Other than that, it's the same game

  • wwaw on November 22, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    England have improved a lot now a days as compared to their performance 4-5 years back (approx.) even though they were defeated by India in the recent tour of India. I do not think Aus will keep the same momentum in the coming matches as they do not have consistency now, as a contrary to their old performance. Englnand fans ... don't worry.

  • on November 22, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    RJHB and all Aussie fans and India haters - please do not get ahead of yourself. A single day won by Australia is not the equivalent of winning the Ashes! Not that I support Poms, but they were clearly superior to the Aussies (and Indians) in the last series which was played by them. So my message to all of you is - please win the series by playing well. Words of hate on this forum count for nothing. And as far as Indians are concerned, we will know in how deep water we are when we visit SA, NZ, England Australia in the next 18 months. There is no need for you guys to start licking your tongues just yet.

  • Harmony111 on November 22, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    @jb633: I don't know if you are an English fan or what. Was there an original jb63 and are you someone else? Could you be an Ind fan using a diff name (although Indians don't do this usually) ??

    I don't know why you are so pessimistic about England. Even before the last Eng-Ind Test series in India I had said that Eng have a top class batting line up that would rival our own & won't probably give us 60 wickets. The result was even better (for Eng).

    Just 2 days have gone by and Eng saw the same last time too. Your comment kind of reflect the inherent complex I would say. One bad session or one bad day & the old fears come out again. Aus were so good cos they never thought of defeat till defeated. Ind of late, esp in ODIs have got that belief too. Is this why Eng failed to win CT13 chasing 130?

    Ind's tour of Eng is so far away & I would make no prediction for that just yet. Have some chocolate, feel good & watch Ashes 2010 again. A punctured tyre at 0 miles shouldn't ruin the trip.

  • Patdabac on November 22, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    Oh dear me England. Surprising to see England have failed in the 1st innings of every overseas tests in the last couple of years, however this time England will not recover in the 2nd innings or in later tests. Overrated team, full of overrated players who cannot even play school level spinners.

  • IndianEagle on November 22, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    how people watching 10 consecutive test matches, you guys are intresting. even if some one offers wine, I will not watch hour of test match

  • on November 22, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    very entertaining cricket ,and it,s not over yet ,

  • arnav.c on November 22, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    C'mon Aussie fan...show some grace now and acknowledge the contribution of IPL and India for MJ's devastating spell of fast bowling. Playing for Mumbai Indians, under coach John Wright and Bowling coach Shaun Pollock surely must have helped in restoring confidence in the man. Plus of course sharing the dressing room with legends like Tendulkar, Kumble , Ponting.. MJ was different bowler after IPL 2013 ..See his performances in the CT, CLT20 and the one day series. Even on Indian pitches, he was bowling at 150kmp and making a mockery of the international careers of Yuvraj and Raina. We in India always knew he would be a crucial player for Australia in the Ashes!!! My prediction for ashes 2-1 in favour of australia.

  • Srini_Indian on November 22, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    None of these Aus and England batsmen plays short ball well. It is funny to see them hopping and dancing facing short balls. Oh yes, they're only good at facing 130 kph bouncers and not 145 kph. LOL!

  • MaruthuDelft on November 22, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    After the first test in the England leg of the Ashes Anderson has gone off the boil. It is not that before then he was very good away from home but he did well in the last Ashes Down Under and in the recent tour of India. Despite his dropping of head at the delivery point like Aquib Javed and Ishant Sharma, great bowlers hold it, English pundits hailed him as a great bowler. Now his enthusiasm has come down and he is not even a competent bowler. A similar thing can happen to Broad; he is good only for two or three spells in a series. England is facing disaster. Australia 3-0 or 4-0.

  • dunger.bob on November 22, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    Cricket fans. We're a breed apart. 2 days into a 25 day exam and for some of us the series is already decided.

    I think I'll wait a while before making up my mind. .. We Aussies are getting used to losing. In fact, we're starting to get pretty good at it. .. It's an art form in it's own right, just not a very popular one among the fans. Still, if you're going to do something, you may as well do it with some style. .. Has anyone actually tried to only score 47? It's not as easy as it sounds.

  • Srini_Indian on November 22, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    None of these Aus and England batsmen plays short ball well. It is funny to see them hopping and dancing facing short balls. Oh yes, they're only good at facing 130 kph bouncers and not 145 kph. LOL!

  • Rajesh.Kumar on November 22, 2013, 11:19 GMT

    Although Mitch Johnson did not bowl well in India during the Ind-Aus test series earlier this year, but when he came back to India during April-May to play IPL, he bowled fast and with a lot of hostility. He was one of the reasons that his team Mumbai Indians' success in IPL 2013. After that performance, Aus selectors should have selected him for the Ashes 2013, played in England. Unfortunately, they didn't, and results were there for everyone to see. Then when Mitch Johnson visited India recently during the ODI series, he was truly fast and furious. I am glad that after that, the Aus selectors decided to give him a go during for the Ashes, and they have been proven right today.

  • jb633 on November 22, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    @JG207, meh, we have batsmen who score runs against bad bowling, very few have stood up against quality attacks. Pakistan UAE, SA at home Aus throughout the ashes series at home, New Zeland at home. We are average, so are the Aussies. I said before the series begun there was no real gap between the sides, especially with Aussies playing at home. I have been concerned about our declining side for 2 years now and feel we could even lose our home series against India, as much as their fans can wind me up they have a ruthless batting line up and developing seamers. This series of course could still be England's but for too long now we have had to put up with these pathetic batting collapses. This pitch is a road too make no mistake about it, just like it was at Dunedin, the Dubai first test was flat. Cook is good against poor bowling, actually very good against it. He has yet to show me he can conqueor a very good seamer though. Amir 2010, Philander 2012, Harris 2013, Bolt 2013

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 22, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    @ Everyone is jumping on Johnsons bandwagon and that is fair enough he bowled with plenty of aggression, but if it was not for Harris opening spell which got Captain Cook it may not have happened Harris 15 overs 3 for 28 Johnson 17 overs 4 for 61.

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on November 22, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    After watching the extended highlights, I can say that England were completely outclassed all day long. OK so are the smug lot here changing their predictions to 4-1 to England? It's not impossible that England could draw or even win, this is cricket after all but if Australia can bat tomorrow at the rate they score at they could have close to a 600 run lead on a pitch that is cracking up. It's early days though, no smugness here, we don't win enough to deserve it but the bowling was far too good for England today.

  • SirWilliam on November 22, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    Well, Captain Cook, now you know what fast bowling really is. According to you, only Garner - not even Holding or Marshall - of the Windies great bowlers, was as fast as modern bowlers. This is how your team plays against one guy. It used to be against four of them!

  • wonderstar1 on November 22, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    @jb633. Well said sir. you have echoed my same thoughts. Hats to you to you sir. If English fans wants to see reality, then they MUST read your comment sir.

  • InfiniteWhite on November 22, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    @dav_yccc I understand your optimism but Johnson is doing what the England team invented long way back, the BODYLINE, and now this current English team is under fire from an accurate sniper that bowls a hard ball at 90MPH/ 150kmh+ which is fast. Really fast. Back of the head, fingers, forehead and arm have all been hit today (by different bowlers, I know). What is next? Ribs, neck, down below? And it's still the first innings of potentially 10 innings. A scary summer indeed.

  • on November 22, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    Are you kidding me? No comments on a Brad Haddin's innings? His 94 would surely be right up there as his best knock. Well plqyed...

  • JG2704 on November 22, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    Just 2 sidepoints

    1 - re Trott - it seems unfathomable how a guy who seems to value his wicket so preciously is getting into the habbit of getting out so tamely with the same method of dismissal

    2 - re the pre match hype - The focus was on 3 players (more than others). Broad , Mitch and KP for differing reasons. Funny how the 2 panto villans have come up trumps so far in this game and everybody's favourite delivered a damp squib

  • JG2704 on November 22, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    @ latecut_04 on (November 22, 2013, 8:00 GMT) The Aus bowlers never had Eng in this sort of a mess over the summer so there is some truth in what he/she said

    @jb633 on (November 22, 2013, 8:09 GMT) Still above average (over time) just the average yardstick is lower than what it used to be. Echo views re arrogant comms though

    @Drakester Bomber on (November 22, 2013, 8:12 GMT) Sorry but disagree re Swann/Lyon comparison. For me the Aus batsmen managed to set the tone for Swann's spell whereas Eng's batsmen paid Lyon too much respect. I think Lyon is better than folk give him credit for but neither of his wickets were due to unplayable deliveries

    @First_Drop on (November 22, 2013, 8:36 GMT) Very few said yesterday that this might happen

  • Bonehead_maz on November 22, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    so Johnson and Lyon are the best bowling partnership in world cricket ? Thought Harris and Siddle looked pretty good too. It's a pity Jonson was so nervous his pace was well down, but suggest today might loosen him up a bit. McDermott makes a huge difference to our side, the bowling plans were simply outstanding, although I'm not so sure about the barrage of the tail giving some free runs.

  • 122notoutWestByfleet1996 on November 22, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    @ Arun Bose, to suggest that England are a more arrogant team than the strutting, preening Indian pop star cricketers is simply untrue. That said, the England team often comes across as a little haughty. But your constant putting down of anything English smacks as something of an inferiority complex, which you should not have.

  • Beertjie on November 22, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Nice balanced assessment @dganger on (November 22, 2013, 8:12 GMT). My head sticks with the drawn series I predicted two days ago, but my heart longs for that urn. Go for it boys!

  • heathrf1974 on November 22, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    Great day for Australia, but England are a tough side to beat. I'm sure the English willl be focused tmoz morning, so the Aussie batsman need to respect their bowling. This game is far from over

  • Rags57 on November 22, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    A terrific start to the Ashes. While England might have micro-managed their preparations leading up to the series, I for one believe there was a sense of over confidence bordering on arrogance. Clarke may have been nervous before the start of the test but the wounded is really striking back - with a vengeance. In Mitchell Johnson they have a great weapon and with such great support from Harris, Siddle and Lyon they look threatening. Australia is well on the way to victory here and perhaps the Ashes as well - with Perth and Melbourne two other candidates for an Australian win. Good luck Australia. Thanks for bringing life to the Ashes series once again.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 22, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    @ Fan1969 on (November 22, 2013, 10:06 GMT) So you did not see team India ducking and weaving on non spinning wickets in Australia last lol. I know it is not a skill like spin bowling lol, but its all we have.

  • vvbr on November 22, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    There is only one reason to this England's debacle. Mitchell Johnson. I am not really sure if England have the same hunger as they had.

  • dav_yccc on November 22, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Bit of disaster today for us, but I wouldn't be thinking you've lifted that urn yet Aussie and India fans - we tend to figure out how to bat the more an away series goes on. We might, ya know, just start ducking the bouncers?! Lets see you bowl us out cheaply then. We've gotta let you win a test against us now and then I suppose as it's been 3 years since the last one - but this test isn't over yet.

  • Jeremy303 on November 22, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    I wonder how much longer Rogers will stay in the Test side? He's giving it 110% but you have to think that they'll be needing a replacement for him come the end of summer - even if he does end up averaging 40 odd. I'd be looking at brining in Mark Cosgrove.

  • on November 22, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    Interested seeing how England's no.1 paceman ,Anderson, fares...Supposedly the best quick in test cricket,lets see what he does in a tough scenario..So far his slow medium innocuous start wont have many quaking in their boots.Can he do aJohnson or Dale Steyn (who is quicker and better overall imo) and lift The Poms? Will he (and the English) revert to their traditionally conservative,defensive mindset? If Australia can bat the entire tomorrow and a bit on Sunday,that will be the 4th day the English have been on the field for...it will have a major effect on the rest of the series.No time for hiding now....strike or subside.

  • sando31 on November 22, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    What a day of cricket!!!!!! This is what Australian cricket is all about!!!!! But let's remember we haven't won a test since January so we need to rediscover the will and ability to win test matches and this is a big step in doing so!

  • InfiniteWhite on November 22, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    So it is obvious that none of the English batsmen is better than the great Kumar Sangakkara. Broken bones will be seen sooner or later. English fans better pray that Johnson does not perform or gets injured because even if Johnson keeps performing, they will have an unenviable fearful summer.Game over.

  • on November 22, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Its The answer to the Critics which laugh at pakistan batting,this If England have to play all the matches abroad like pak did since few years, they will be at the bottom in the icc ranking

  • Kentheavenonearth on November 22, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Weep for solid Compton. NB He doesn't have to open.

  • Harmony111 on November 22, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Once again this game with its glorious uncertainties has surprised us all. Not the most optimistic of Aus fans would have imagined that Eng would be in the 80s for 7 or that would barely manage to save follow on for a total of <300. I think what happened was that the next to next batsman did not imagine he would get to bat all of a sudden. Eng lost KP but others felt that others would make up for it. Then Carberry got out & the rest were not fully focused and tuned in. They kind of got dazzled in the eye by a torch light. By the time they adjusted, they were 91/8. When you have that strong a batting line up, you sometimes relax a bit. It has happened several times in the past & would happen in the future too.

    Where Aus have done even better is that they are 65/0 in the 3rd innings. A lead of 160 is not much if you get bowled out for 120-130. Aus have the chance of now getting a winning lead of 450-500 although Eng would be thinking that they can re-do Ashes 2010 Gabba.

  • Selassie-I on November 22, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    well, at least there won't be empty seats in half the ground for the rest of the test,as there would have been had England batted all day to take a lead.

  • JG2704 on November 22, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Brilliant Australia/pathetic England

    A day's cricket like today makes alot of day 1s comms look premature/ridiculous.One neutral even patted him/herself on the back for correctly predicting the series result (heavy in Eng's favour) from one day's cricket - baffling. This was a catastrophic day for England - to collapse from 80+-2 to 90+-8 is seriously worrying.Have to give the Aus bowlers credit but of the Eng batsmen wickets only Cook and Carberry were purely down to great deliveries.Bell/Prior's dismissals were as lame as it gets and it diminished the chance of Eng building a rearguard action. Not seen the full day's play but wonder if Lyon's figures are flattering and I also wonder if Eng batsmen are playing him with too much respect and getting bogged down but I wonder if Eng batsmen can play positively without it becoming reckless.The one strawclutcher is that Eng conceded a big 1st inns lead last time in Brisbane and 2nd inns was no problem but I think this is a different

  • Rajesh.Kumar on November 22, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    England were justifiably happy with the fact that they defeated India at home last year 2-1 in the test series. But, they also have to remember as to why that happened. It happened because after winning the first test comfortably, our captain Dhoni demanded tracks which will turn from day 1. The curators at Mumbai and Kolkata (places where England won) obliged, but Dhoni could not imagine that Monty Panesar will become unplayable on those tracks as far as Indian batsmen are concerned. So basically England won in India not because of their fast bowlers, but because of one man, Monty Panesar. Given the fact that England don't have a bowler who is genuinely quick (except Finn), perhaps it is time that they brought Monty Panesar back in the reckoning. May be he can repeat that magic in Australia.

  • Harmony111 on November 22, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Once again this game with its glorious uncertainties has surprised us all. Not the most optimistic of Aus fans would have imagined that Eng would be in the 80s for 7 or that would barely manage to save follow on for a total of <300. I think what happened was that the next to next batsman did not imagine he would get to bat all of a sudden. Eng lost KP but others felt that others would make up for it. Then Carberry got out & the rest were not fully focused and tuned in. They kind of got dazzled in the eye by a torch light. By the time they adjusted, they were 91/8. When you have that strong a batting line up, you sometimes relax a bit. It has happened several times in the past & would happen in the future too.

    Where Aus have done even better is that they are 65/0 in the 3rd innings. A lead of 160 is not much if you get bowled out for 120-130. Aus have the chance of now getting a winning lead of 450-500 although Eng would be thinking that they can re-do Ashes 2010 1st test again.

  • Shaggy076 on November 22, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    BigBoodha; I agree - England had us yesterday and let us of the hook with negative tactics during the Haddin and Johnson partnership. Now with there batting not firing there bowlers have been put under too much strain. But I think the English fans should remember that there bowling as a group was exceptional on Day 1 and to be bowling a second innings late day 2, it is going to be hard for these blokes with stiff bodies to generate much venom. They will be looked after tonight and have a crack in the morning, but if we see that through they like any other bowler round the world are going to run out of gas possibly by the lunch break. But if they lose it wont be because of there bowling so why would you change that in the next test?

  • disco_bob on November 22, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Interestingly with all the brouhaha about Broad last Ashes, we today saw Prior do exactly the same thing, the umpire missed it but Prior would have known for sure he hit it as it was a big deflection off the bat. No one mentions it though which just goes to show how different the attitude is to not walking when you are on top.

  • Gozunder on November 22, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    The resurgence of Mitchell Johnson! Most will disagree but the stint at Mumbai Indians and some of the work Mitch has done with the coaches, John Wright and Shaun Pollock with support from Robin Singh and Kumble seems to have put his bearings in place. This isn't to say he's found his old form, but he certainly looks more menacing than before.

  • Fan1969 on November 22, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Sorry for asking but why cannot batsmen move out of the line of delivery that is short pitched and going well over stumps? England batsmen could have left many of those deliveries, as they were out fending deliveries from chest (except Lyon wickets).

    Maybe England would have scored nothing but MJ would have tired out. I thought England batting was inept, once they apply themselves and not get scared they will fare much better. 400 plus in last innings is very likely at less than 3 an over.

  • wonderstar1 on November 22, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    The most arrogant and overrated Poms has been taught a good and harsh lesson. These bog average cricketers can only play one from of game well and that too only in swinging conditions. Even a fool knows that Eng are like minnows in ODI and T20. But in tests also they are sliding down quickly both behind their nemesis India and Aus.

  • Meety on November 22, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    @Mitty2 on (November 22, 2013, 7:46 GMT) - re: Swann. I am not worried about Swann this summer in the first innings. I am however, worried about him on Days 3,4 & 5 throughout the summer. That said - I believe Oz play spinners IN AUSTRALIA - better than anyone else. Its the bounce. Indian batsmen are great against spin in their own country because of the lack of bounce (or partly). They have adapted to it. I think Oz batsmen will not be as easy for Swann as in England. It also helps with the positive intent.

  • dunger.bob on November 22, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    @ Shaggy076: re your comment about Tremlett looking Ok. Yeah, I agree. I thought Anderson and even Broad looked a bit flat this afternoon but Tremlett was at least hitting the keepers gloves. It might only have been around 130 clicks but his length was great, as was his off stump line and he, along with Swann, looked more likely this afternoon. While we're at it, I thought Root bowled on a par with Swann for his few overs. .. He's a handy cricketer and he'll have his day in this series I'm sure.

  • on November 22, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    come on mitch.. great stuff there!.. now waiting for my fave current aussie cricketer george bailey to score a ton and oz go 1 up. From an Indian fan.

  • liz1558 on November 22, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    England's most abject day of cricket for years. And Australia's best. If Aus can maintain this for the next couple Tests they will regain the urn. Congrats to Aus.

  • Robertito on November 22, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    There's an awful lot of talk about Mitch Johnson's confidence, but as Mike Atherton pointed out in the BBC coverage, he finally has a licence to be a real attacking bowler. This is because of the tight bowling from the other three in the attack which means that 5 an over is not a disaster and Clarke can try a couple of overs from big Mitch and if he's off the boil just throw someone else the ball.

    The other point that many have missed is the spirit that Broad has showed today as well. Forget about the crowd and the media, some players aren't bothered by them, he took the first four wickets yesterday when the other bowlers made the pitch look placid. Then today, when Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris were pepperinig him with short balls, he stood up and played some attacking shots and showed the Aussies that he was going to score some runs from that type of bowling. Jonathon Trott has to emulate that if he's going to avoid being a short ball bunny for the rest of the series.

  • vstrider on November 22, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    @arun bose: Australia have played very well today and England have played awful but lets just remember its a long series fellas

    your comment about English bowlers only performing in England is pure rubbish, How did the Aussie seamers fair in India again? oh yea i remember now.....

  • RJHB on November 22, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Love the myriad of excuses. Love the pommy smugness getting a kick in the teeth. Love commentators and journalists alike having to do a big back peddle on yesterday's ridiculous reporting. Love what a tool the poster who lamely commented yesterday about this being a boring series, must feel right now! Loving how much I'm looking forward to a hopefully bouncy Perth track where Johnson is going to rip out some Pommy throats! And finally loving the thought of doing the same thing when the Indians next tour Australia! Revenge is best served cold, haters!!

  • Meety on November 22, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    @Biggus on (November 22, 2013, 6:01 GMT) - well said. I don't like Broad or Bell - but have had to concede they are good cricketers & have dropped the overrated sledge. == == == Anyone at the game????????? - could they please enlighten me on an incident between KP & the crowd early in Oz's 2nd innings - I got the tail end of it. I think KP pretended to go & sign an autograph & then ran off. The crowd laughed. It was a funny piece of byplay anyways.

  • rajuramki on November 22, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    As was predicted by me before the start of the 1st test of this ashes series , it will be Austaralia who will be the winner and not England . England is a hyped up team and not in anyway superior to Australia . Just because England won a series against India on turning wickets , they cannot feel that they have conquered the world . The first 2 days of the Brisbane test has only shown that the faith I have placed on the Australian team is not misplaced . Players like Warner and Johnson are on a mission to show the world where they belong to . Go Australia , we are with you .

  • SandeepTherala on November 22, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    This is what everybody expects from Australian team and they done well enough...

  • on November 22, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Nobody predicted what happened today!!! Unbelievable!!! Our bowlers didn't bowl well .... they bowled like gods. To humble England in such a monumental manner took me back to the good old days of Lillee and Thompson. Destructive, unrelenting bowling.

    And let's not forget the strong opening stand by our openers. It was simply pure .... something that we have rarely seen in the past 3-years and something I have truly missed. They held their wicket til stumps. REAL MENTAL STRENGTH!!!

    There is still a long was to go .... three more days to go .... but it is so nice to be in front after 2-days as opposed where we typically find ourselves.

  • First_Drop on November 22, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @Yorkshire pudding - England generally struggled in NZ, not just in the 1st test. Credit to them in re: series in India, but I suspect that was more about Panesar and Swann than their fast bowlers or Batsmen (tho their bats did well). England were completely outplayed in Manchester and got a draw - I certainly hope that doesn't happen here.

    @austentayshu: couldn't agree more! Billy's back!!

    BTW, some more excellent tactics from Clarke - Mitch bowling around the wicket to Carberry - it paid off immediately! Great foresight and reading of a players game!

  • on November 22, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Aussies going as underdogs In this ashes.. And what a performance... Truly a shell shocked England team!!

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 22, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Welcome again to all our Indian friends I hope you enjoyed the second day of the first ASHES test as much as I did. It was a great day for Aussie cricket to see the fightback spirit again yesterday with Haddin and Johnson yesterday and today with all the bowlers. but it was only the second day of a 25 day series and some of US are sounding very much like a lot of commentators on cricinfo that think if it does not spin you should play T20.

  • johnnycash on November 22, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    I went to the Gabba today hoping England would be 5 or 6 down at stumps. Nathan Lyon changed that. Your headline is half right. Lyon put the pressure on and Mitch cleaned them up at the other end. I was one that thought the pitch was going to be a green top, but yesterday you could tell it was dry and not the road everyone thought it was.see my previous posts. In the box tomorrow and hoping the Aussies can bat all day. I won't mention 450 or 500+ like others yesterday,but heres to a great days cricket for Australia! I'm sure England will fight back. Cheers big ears.

  • grizzle on November 22, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    Respect to both Broad and MJ. Both have copped more criticism than they deserve (the censure of Broad, in particular, has been laughable), but they've performed spectacularly thus far in this test. Great to watch!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on November 22, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    "Thunderbolts and lightening, very very frightening..." Good old cricket twists and turns once again. Carberry top scores for England; who'd have thunk it?

    Excellent work from the Australian bowlers. Well set plans and superb bowling, topped off with some sharp fielding there. England just simply blown away and I doubt those new recipes they've been working on / requested in the kitchens will taste so good now. Australia well in front here, and it will take a miracle or three for England to claw it back.

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on November 22, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    After carefully watching the highlights now 3 times over I think England were lucky to pass the follow on target, the bowling was amazing. Every batsman got worked over beautifully through different plans. I'm not sure England can play our bowlers if they keep this up. I think @FFL was right about nightmares at the Gabba but wrong about which team will be having them lol!

  • BRUTALANALYST on November 22, 2013, 9:21 GMT

    Trott KP Bell and Root all pathetic soft dismissals Prior too really really poor stuff I doubt they can come back from this, some wake up call !

  • TheBigBoodha on November 22, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    @Shaggy, Tremlett has clearly been told to put it in the slot. To my mind this is more negative stuff from Cook. Swann may have been given a similar role here.

    It was interesting to see Lyon get such good bounce, and that is what got his two wickets.

    Now we see why England whipped up those dry turners for the home series! Imagine if Pattinson, Cummins, Hazelwood and co were fit!

    Anyway, it was certainly not expected by me. I was hoping that Aust might keep England below 350, which I thought would be a best-case scenario.

    The poster who said that AUS have made the wicket like the WACCA doesn't know what he is talking about. The wicket is pretty good - but does seem to reward bowlers who put their back into it

  • ScottStevo on November 22, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    @Meety, it's comical that the tune has changed so vastly from yesterday where Aus were so under prepared opposed to Eng's lengthy preparations, etc..

    Still a long way to go, but Australia from this position need to finish the job and win the test match - something we've been unable to do for too long!

  • on November 22, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    England is the most arrogant team in the world and It's good to see Australia bringing them down on their knees.. Go Aus.. Teach these smugs a lesson..

  • YorkshirePudding on November 22, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Absolutely abysmal batting by england only Carberry and Broad can hold thier heads up from the batsmen, but we have seen england struggle in thier first game of a series for some reason, they did it in India, they Struggled in NZ, only to start to get thier act together.

    Australia firmly in control of this game, we have 3 more day to go and with the threat of Rain & Thunderstorms we may lose a session or two, but england will be lucky to get away with a draw.

  • caught_knott_bowled_old on November 22, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    @whofriggincares...All good points, and a very satisfying day of cricket indeed, but I must point out that R. Harris' heart is bigger than NSW which is larger than Texas. :)

  • proczilla on November 22, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    The most worrying thing for England has to be that completely innocuous bowling display at the end of the day. There was only one ball in that final stint that looked like it could take a wicket, and it was tossed down by Tremlett bowling his medium pacers that wouldnt be out of place in my local grade cricket. Australias bowling on the other hand was menacing and delivered with clear plans towards the respective batsmen. Dont get me wrong, England have too much class to fold like this repeatedly, but alarm bells are ringing for the poms right now.

  • austentayshus on November 22, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    All I want to say a big thank you to Craig Mcdermott ... Jeez We missed you a lot ...

  • looloogun on November 22, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    ok . the POMS wont get the GABBA test . thinking about those tall bouncers. stephen finn in perth for sure ?

  • Yevghenny on November 22, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    bitterly disappointing effort from England. Australia asked them questions and they all failed to answer them.

  • punter-gilly-haydos-mcgrath-warne on November 22, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Is it all because Billy McDermont is back in the box seat that our players are preforming???

  • on November 22, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    English pacers can only be lethal in their backyard and only with Duke balls..Bunch of overrated club class bowlers..

  • disco_bob on November 22, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    @ Dark_Harlequin in India, India prepared dustbowl turners and were undone by the superior spin options that England possessed as well as some new found tenacity playing the Indian spinners. A situation that is nothing at all like the hostility and pace that they are certain to be facing every match over here.

  • Thegimp on November 22, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    There were as many runs out there for England's batsmen as there were calories in their low fat Breakfast Yoghurt!!!!

  • Thegimp on November 22, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Gee England's batsmen made a meal of that!!!

  • First_Drop on November 22, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    @shaggy076 re: Harris - me to! However, as regarding Mitch I was very concerned, and still am. He's getting a lot of assistance from a bouncy gabba wicket - he wont get that assistance in Adelaide. I hope this is the new and improved Mitch, but I'm still not sure...I want to see more(!) before I'm convinced...

  • C.Gull on November 22, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Looks like the author was so devastated by England's collapse that he forgot to mention Australia's openers cruising to stumps undefeated with a nice little score on the board.

  • Thegimp on November 22, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    It appears Englands fear of fast food on this tour has flowed to fast bowlers!!!!!

  • o-bomb on November 22, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    Awful middle session! Yesterday it was speculated Australia had tried to lose the match in a day. Now England try to go one better and lose it in a session. There was a stat on TMS that the last time England scored 200 in the first test innings of a tour was at Brisbane 3 years ago. Why does this keep happening. It's not like we don't have the warm up games. This is something England really need to sort out!

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on November 22, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    I think it is very good of the England fans here to acknowledge Australia can play, not just because of the devastating fast bowling but because there's a real series on. England did make a decent start at 82/2 and Carberry showed a bit of form, Broad was superb yesterday. The real telling of Australia will be can they finish this match from what is as good as a day two position as you can be in? We got into very good positions in the last series and still left 3-0 down. It wasn't that we couldn't compete at times it was that we couldn't win. Cook is boring as a captain but has an enviable win record. I know we can play but now let's see if we can win and win well.

  • Northandsouth on November 22, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    "The last time Australia lost at the Gabba was against a fearsome West Indies pace attack 25 years ago, when Brisbane was still not much more than a sub-tropical outpost rather than the cosmopolitan river city it is today"

    Are you seriously suggesting Brisbane was not a major city in 1988???

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 22, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    I thought only Suresh Raina can't negotiate pace and short-pitched stuff,now it turns out, England team as a whole seems to have a problem facing pace and short stuff, rolled for under 150 in around 50 overs. Jump, hop and take your eyes off the ball has been the mantra for the day. Goes to show that any batsman from any team can be uncomfortable against pace and short stuff, not just Indians and sub-continent batsmen. Great work Aussie mates! Now, go get that Ashes back! Support all the way from India!!!! Go Aussies go!!!!!

  • MagazineReader on November 22, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Another away from home [or to say it as visitors] Slump.

  • on November 22, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    what england do best... play for the draw :)

  • Biggus on November 22, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    @Bodders70:-No hubris from this one mate, we haven't even won this game yet and we're well aware of our recent ability to fall in a heap. It does however bode well for a good series. For those who want to see a tough contest, as opposed to the parochial trolls, this series is shaping up to be a memorable clash. I can't believe atm that we'll knock over your lot for all that many sub 150 scores during the series so we'll have to make this one count before we start drafting any speeches. They're bound to fire at some time. Despite the events of the last two days if I were an Englishman I'd be more concerned with the bowling than the batting. If this game is any barometer it's looking very, very flat.

  • wonderstar1 on November 22, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Its time that England realize that their batting is mediocre. I said yesterday as well. Cook and Trott are not world class players as Sachin or Ponting. they have been worked out. Pietersen is the only exceptional player. rest are as bad as you will ever get.

  • sarathvalsalan on November 22, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Real good pace and bounce will always trouble best of batsmen. England did it to Australia . Now Johnson is doing it to them. Now we know what India will face in SA against Steyn and Co. If England is a really good team it will bat well and save the test.

  • disco_bob on November 22, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    I wonder if Humble Pie is listed in the 82 page dietary requirements?

  • Vivekaks on November 22, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    There is one thing about aussies...win or lose...their attitude remains same...boisterous...and loud...and this attitude is something that makes them such great competitors in any sport... Abt the game today...what a searing spell by Mitch....it was slithering pace...poms had no idea about what was hitting them.... I dont enjoy batting or spin bowling as much as watchin batsmen hopping to some serious pace...its cricket at its best!!! I hope we see the bowlers in prime form through out the series...I jus hope it doesnt become a run fest...escpecially for some unattractive batsmen like cook and trott

  • Meety on November 22, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    This was a fairly good summary of the day UNTIL the last sentence....... "... an England side, too, troubled by a bad-weather build-up - when battle has only just been joined...." Give it a rest - half the Ozzy side have been playing cricket in India or recovering from injuries. From a hosting POV - Oz have been most accommodating - almost handing England home advantage! == == == The most pleasing thing about the day for me (apart from last minute free tickets 4rows from the fence) was the Ozzy boys finally for once walked the walk. Then the Rogers/Warner partnership put the icing on the best day of Test cricket from Oz since about Day 3 Adelaide v Sth Africa last summer. Job is not done - only have to hark back to Newlands when we were in a dominant position - only to get a low score (can't remember what that score was :) ). With 3 days to go - almost certainly will be a result. Key for Oz - is to keep Anderson & co chugging around the field for all of Day 3.

  • Harlequin. on November 22, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Well that's not a great score to wake up to!! But overall, probably good for the series and England. Had England turned up and ground out a 450 score, the series may well have been dead before it had really started. But now - alive, kicking, punching and head-butting!

    Hopefully the English batsmen will learn from this and a couple of them will take charge as Cook and KP did in India - lost the first test, dominated the rest.

    Although it is too early to say for sure, the first couple of days have vindicated a few comments that have been made by many over the past few months - Cook needs a bit more growl as a captain, and moving Root up to open when he was doing so well at 6 (and Compton was doing pretty well too) was a disastrous move.

    Also, Broad vs Mitch - winner decides the series?

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Looks-Silly-Now on November 22, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Brilliant move from Cricket Australia... make every pitch in the series like the one at the WACA and it's working so far. In hindsight, perhaps Australia did win day 1 with their score of 8/273 after seeing what happened today.

  • Shaggy076 on November 22, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    I wouldnt be writing of the English bowlers just yet. Remember that they bowled all day one. Overcome there stiffness in the morning to finish things off. Then only got a couple of sessions break before they were back out there again. Surely taking some serious toll on there bodies. However, doesnt get easier for them as they have to go through the routine and come out again tomorrow. Bowling on every day of the test as the Aussies have shown in England is really hard work as such I would find it hard to believe that they could bowl themselves back into this match. I've actually been reasonably impressed with the way Tremlett has bowled in this test and think they would be foolish to go back to Finn for the next test.

  • Shaggy076 on November 22, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    tuffersmagic; So you predicted if Harris and Johnson did really well then Australia would have a good day. Really going out on a limb there, so if England went to 1/400 you would say that you predicted that Harris and Johnson had to do well. I on the other hand has been telling everyone that will listen that Harris is in the best 3 quicks in the world and Johnson was primed to repeat his 2009 form. I must admit I was off on the Aussie batting as i thought we had enough form for a ton or two.

  • First_Drop on November 22, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Ok, so this is exactly what many of us predicted might happen - and probably what would've happened last series if Ian Bell had not played out of his skin and saved Eng on several occassions. Why would anyone think Englands batting would improve against the Aussies in Australia, on a bouncy gabba wicket? For the Aussies, the good news; Haddin and Mitch(!) with the bat, and good signs from Warner, Watto and Smith. With the Ball, Mitch(!) and Rhino (as ever). The good news for the Poms; ? The bad news for the poms, is as already suggested numerous times in the lead up; your bowling attack is weakening. Jimmy is getting older and slower. tremlett isn't good enough to be on tour, let alone in the side,and wont play again on this tour. Your backup (Finn and Rankin) dont look much better. And your batting is failing; Cook, Trott, KP are all weakening class acts. Root has not proved himself. when was the last time Prior scored runs? Havng said that, Adelaide will be different, I'm sure...

  • 122notoutWestByfleet1996 on November 22, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    lazy batting from England from what I have seen on highlights. 4 out caught close in on the legside?

  • Shaggy076 on November 22, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    GabbaGod; I'm 100% Australian and hate Stuart Broad, but what has been in the Brisbane press is simply cringe worthy. Added to that its just giving fuel to Broad to perform, if the Australian public were silent when Broad came into bowl I dont think he would be as effective. Seriously booing has just fired him up. Electric_Loco; Murali averaged 75 on Australian soil and would often get the last 5 wickets as Australia slogged to set a total. He was a great bowler but its a hard gig in Australia and Lyon had been very good.

  • on November 22, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    The Aussies in their backyard are a formidable team and especially when Johnson their strike bowler has sharpened his bowling prowess ever since he has been playing in the IPL and took Mumbai Indians into the finals he is a force to reckon with. And hence the English team underestimation in the current Ashes are downplayed by the quickies. The present Aussies lot under Clarke is in the right shape ever since it took on India in their last ODI's with Aron Flinch and George Baily would help built a strong team; with Johnson's pace the English team would be easily rounded up.

  • DJAbacus on November 22, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    It must be a huge relief to Australian fans to see their team perform well today and set up a test win against England. It's been a while.

  • siddhartha87 on November 22, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    Amazing bowling by MJ. Never seen a bowler balling so many bouncers. Great captaincy by Clarke as usual. Hopefully Aussies will continue this domination.

  • Jaffa79 on November 22, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Abysmal by England but fair play to Australia: they bowled to good plans and it looks very much like we'll go 1-0 down. Not due to the pitches or DRS or the weather. No whinging from us. Nope. Australia outplayed England there. England do start poorly and we'll be back make no mistake.

  • on November 22, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Fast, bounce y pacey pitches have taken the English out of their comfort zone. Seems like we have a great series ahead !!

  • 122notoutWestByfleet1996 on November 22, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    I have to say i thought Aus were down and out after day 1, but I was wrong. i havent seen much play, but have just watched highlights of Johnson working Carberry over and he looked to be on fire.

    Lyon looked to be turning the ball a lot, was Swann getting any in Aus 2nd innings?

    I think Swann running through Aus tomorrow is our only hope of salvaging this game, other than rain.

  • on November 22, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Stuart Broad should try batting with his eyes open. It was hilarious watching him against the fast bowlers, In the end he was so scared he was closing his eyes to Nathan Lyon

  • HDG1978 on November 22, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Great performance by the Aussies. It was wonderful to see the familiar old English slump, more so after it was Broad's day on day 1. Broad had villified himself in the Ashes in England earlier this year. Hope Australia maintain the same intensity and momentum throughout this series. A comprehensive 5-0 whitewash by Australia (difficult to achieve, but not impossible) would be great news for Test cricket. It would mark a much-desired downward slump for the tomtomming Poms (Bell, Broad, Pieterson, Cook et al)

  • dunger.bob on November 22, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    I've been super critical of Warner lately, but I'd like to be one of the first to put up my hand and say that so far, of the four openers on show, he looks to be the classiest act. The thing that really impressed me about this afternoons effort was that he didn't let Rogers slow and steady approach fluster him. .. In the past I've seen Dave get frustrated by that and do something stupid. Not today though. Full marks actually.

    When England started bowling I had visions of us doing something crazy and blowing it. .. I was waiting for a collapse of our own and a score line of 6/40 or something equally horrific. .. Warner I thought. Swipe, swipe out. Instead of that he played sensibly, hit the gaps and barely played a shot in anger. Strike rate 80+ I think. .. Like I said, the classiest opener out there, so far at least.

    I can't remember ever being so happy to be wrong.

  • inthebag on November 22, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    I'll be following your insigthful insights with interest Insightful2013, absolutely hilarious I'm sure. Sleeping lion, that's a beauty! Sealed their doom indeed. This is exactly why we love beating the poms so much.

  • PureProteas49 on November 22, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    yesterday I stated that 270+ is a very competitive total when broad started with his silent assassin stuff, now that both teams have batted and England are string blankly at defeat, doubt this test will go past lunch day 4, well played Australia, compelling stuff

  • AnthonyMD on November 22, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    A wonderful display of proactive cricket today by Australia. I have been very critical of the current Australian side, however today I have had to re-evaluate my opinion. Previously have thought Clarke's captaincy was mediocre, today his field placings and bowling changes were perfect. Always questioned Nathan Lyon's selection, his performance in 2013 in India, England and now at home have made him one of my favorites, ( an awesome display today). Mitchell Johnson take a bow, you were absolutely on the money today. Would be negligent not to mention the hard edge both Harris and Siddle bring to the bowling attack. Just loved it today. England once under the pump appear to have no plan B, and batting at a rate of 2 - 2.5 an over when losing wickets won't cut it at Test level. I am one happy Australian supporter tonight.

  • ramli on November 22, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    @Mozoak ... whatever Aus does, one trip to India will negate everything. Why entertain false hopes? Instead, we can take things as they evolve. India certainly is a better team than Aus, at present.

  • warnerbasher on November 22, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Great day for us but England are to good a team not to come back from this. Sets up a series really well. Both sides would hope their main bowlers stay fit as the ranks behind them look at bit thin. Looking forward to tomorrow but that 1 for 517 from 3 summers ago remains a worry in my mind.

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on November 22, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Warne was spot on about Cook's captaincy. He missed the chance to close out the innings yesterday then wasted 15 overs before the new ball, allowing easy runs and as another poster pointed out this evening with his side being pummelled and needing a wicket more than Prior, Trott and Tremlett need to find a new job, he bowls Root? Was his radio link to Flower faulty? I'd be livid if I was an England supporter what was he thinking?

  • Bodders70 on November 22, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    Well done to Australia and I might even have to accept MJ will be an ongoing threat this series though I can hope it's once in a series like Aussie fans do, incorrectly, for Broad :) I was one of those who got too confident after yesterday and had forgotten England's weakness on pitches with real pace and bounce. For that reason, pre-series I thought England would lose at Perth but the Gabba would be a draw and England would win 2-1 overall (Adelaide the other draw). Against this much better attack than 2010/11 I can't see another England survival so that makes it 2-2. Mind you, it also requires England to come back from 2-0 down after Perth so it's going to be a toughie!

    Enjoy Australia fans after all the stick you've had recently. Just remember hubris works both ways and Perth 2010 did not make that series close as so many predicted it would! Four more tests to go, should be fun! :D

  • milepost on November 22, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Lol people, I just read all the comments, it's good stuff. Funny that @FFL isn't even here but still warrants a number of mentions. I do recall many 5-0 predictions but in fairness most of the England commenters who know their cricket were saying this would be a tighter series but England will win. Who knows, there's a lot of cricket to come but I stand by comments that form is the only guide and Australia have some. Their bowling is clearly better than England's, that is no surprise. Australia have to win the series rather than draw so they already start with a disadvantage.

  • tuffersmagic on November 22, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Without blowing my own trumpet, i said yesterday on here that a lot depends on Harris and MJ - on their day any batsman in the world will struggle against them; it's just that normally either Harris is injured or MJ is wayward, or both. To have them both bowling well is a rarity, but this shows what can happen when they both click, as well as underlining the current English batting woes. At least it's added a bit of spice to the series now, as the last one was pretty dire. Also agree with regard to some of the posts re. lack of pace from the english bowlers - tremlett is not the same bowler he was and should be replaced next test.

  • dganger on November 22, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Its a golden opportunity for Aussies, they cant expect a better start in the series. If they can pull this off, the confidence this guys will gain will be immense. Somehow I believe the current aussie players subconsciously are too overshadowed by their own negative thoughts, perhaps comparing themselves with the past great team, a midst all the discussions and hype around the globe that how inferior they look as a team with respect to the Golden eras of Hayden, Gilchirst, Mcgrath and the all the greats. But the fact is, they are not that bad, with little bit of self believe and confidence boost this guys can turn it back in future and this look the perfect setting to start with. If.....they can pull this off, which looks likely. Overall this will be great for the neutral fans and the series will get pumped up.

  • on November 22, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    All the nonsense from the English fans about the relative merits of the two pace attacks is shown in stark relief. Not only were the Australian pace bowlers faster than the English, they were more aggressive and bent the back to get results. Anderson looks like he wants to be elsewhere and Tremlett is underpaced and lacks menace. Interestingly enough, Lyon demonstrated that he is the equal of Swann (who has never bowled well in Australia).

    Also we heard a lot of tripe about mental dominance and decisive edges from the British media. England displayed a whole range of phobias and a lack of mental toughness!

  • on November 22, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Mitch is not only a warrior but the man follows directions and executes orders from his capitan. How may pace bowlers can deliver like him? As a capitan, nothing can be more fulfilling than watch you men follow through o instructions. I mean I love the way Clarke/Mitch worked over Carburry. West Indies capitan,please take note that you not only lead men, but you have to be an active thinker and be inovative. Of course we do not allow nor teach these things in the WI camp. We are only focused on top down management and dictatorial rule....Go Clarke....

  • dunger.bob on November 22, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    I reckon we need a lead of 350 + but keep an eye on the weather. Eng. have scored under 250 in all of their last 5 first innings/1st Test of away tours. .. Fantastic to see us none down at stumps. That's what we had to do.

    @ Biggus: re Stuart Broad. Yeah, he's growing on me as well. The thing I like about him is that he has a go and backs up his obvious talent with some real intent. That's what I want our own blokes to do, so it's a bit rough to bag him for doing the same thing for his country. .. No, he's all right and I'm just going to enjoy his cricket from here on. At least until the next time he gets under my skin.

  • jb633 on November 22, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Well bowled to the Aussies today. You have to take your hat off when the opposition outplays you and they have done very well to come back into it here. I have been saying for 6 months I wanted our fans to stop being so arrogant as our side is average and the chickens have all come home to roost now. Pathetic display yet again. Cook and Trott have both been found out technically and prior seems to be really struggling. Root has still a long way to go.

  • 68704 on November 22, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Where are all those preditcers of doom of yesterday? Gone into the woodwork haave we? All that Johnson needed was a wicket and he is back .Of course we can blame it on englane"s first test blues but I think we should give credit where due. The Haddin, Johnson partnership was key . This is what happened to australia"s bowlers in england. They would do a great job and barely had they put their feet up they would be bak in the park !England could still get back into the game and into the series, I am sure but it is a setback. I am just salivating at the prospect of Johnson, Pattinson and Cummins bowling to trott ! What fun ! Ramanujam sridhar

  • srriaj317 on November 22, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    The last 2 days have been a perfect display of what a better captain Clarke is compared to Cook. Clarke had an out & out aggressive field placing throughout the innings and was ready to change tactics whenever they needed to make something happen. Compare that to Cook who will just hang back, put a fielder where a boundary was hit (see yesterday's play) and wait for a message from Flower's computer before mechanically changing anything. Cook's team may win due to being better in patience but they will neither be champions nor an enjoyable team.

  • on November 22, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    After being denied in England the Aust bowlers found their way past Bell and Pietesen. They have handed their batters the gift of a substantial lead on a good batting track, i hope they run with it. 0-65- so far so good.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 22, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Oh Mitch, take a bow mate! Just stupendous! Phew! Sheer pace and hostility. What a turn around! Please win this match mates! No words! Only surprise, surprise and more surprise! Loved every bit of it. Would have loved it if you got a 5 for. You deserved every bit of it.

  • thebatsmansHoldingthebowlersWilley on November 22, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Hats off to the Aussies today, a great bowling performance. Lying in bed at 4am listening to your side capitulate is not much fun I can tell you. I hate to say it but this match is gone. It's going to be an epic Ashes.

  • pitch_curator on November 22, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    And people were telling that Indian Batsmen can not handle pace and bounce. The way the English played today, they need beginner batting lessons in playing short pitched bowling from Suresh Raina !! lol. Judging by this performance England MUST win in Sydney and Adelaide as they might not be able to save the Perth test. This one seems to be very difficult to salvage as well. The key would be Cook's wicket in the second innings irrespective of the target. If he gets out early and KP/Bell are exposed to the newish ball then its most likely game over. Trott needs to find a way to evade the short ball or his series is doomed. Root looked over anxious and out of his comfort zone when he came in a crisis. This English team is good but this is one of the sternest tests they will face.

  • disco_bob on November 22, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Carnage for England and Cook's answer is to give the innocuous Joe Root some overs in fading light. Brilliant. The Aussies are pumped and MJ as we all know thrives on confidence. Anderson looked utterly dejected already, in fact he looks as bad now as he did at the end of the last Ashes, which does not bode well.

  • milepost on November 22, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy, savaged? Lol a bit more circumspect than a few pre match comments but I guess many comments are now. England did make a big second innings score here years ago about haven't passed 400 for at least their last 11 innings. That however is irrelevant. I'm not counting my chickens, cricket is a funny game. Australia are clearly in the dominant position and our 5 fantastic bowlers vs England's 1 is hardly fair but there are question marks over some of the Aussie batting. Let's see. I can't wait to hear Ian Chappell's comments today.

  • latecut_04 on November 22, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    @JD04-you say "Englishmen have lost their batting form, while Aussies have gained their bowling form!".Both are wrong.Eng batting unit weren't in the best of form even in June and the trend dipped to an alarming low today.Aus bowling form is something which was almost always there even when score was 0-3.Their bowlers even scored runs and that trend too continues!!But 2 things need to be remembered here.Can we expect mountains of runs from the likes of Watto,Smith and Bailey throughout the series.Inthis match they may not need it BUT Aus may miss their contribution sometime.Also this is going to be a gruelling test of character for Eng batsmen and will the likes of Trott.Bell and Prior survive.Have a feeling this is going to be another bowlers dominated Ashes!!!bring it on.

  • Buggsy on November 22, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    Well it's only two days in, anything can happen. One thing is for certain though; Tremlett is almost unrecognisable from what we saw 3 years ago, and not in a good way. Better get those whites ironed Finn.

  • Rohit... on November 22, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    At the end of first day play when I said that Australian Bowlers are 3 times stronger than these opponents, I was criticized then... Now compare the stats of the bowlers of the team... And Watson has not touched the ball yet... Everyone knows how heavily Australian Batsmen scores when they are not under pressure & their bowlers have done their batsmen a huge favor... England needs a miracle even to save the Test... I am also expecting a century from either Watson or Clarke.

  • Insightful2013 on November 22, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    So folks suddenly overnight England is a bad cricket team. I predict that Australia might just lose this test and it may be the catalyst that would prove Australia's undoing. Don't wake a sleeping lion. I'll wager that Australia have sealed their doom. English batters have become good because of talent and analysis and it'll come to the fore here. Pessimistic people are a drag. A single good session does not a winning team make. I actually pity the Aussies now. Stupidity can never be suppressed.

  • on November 22, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Can't wait for tomorrow so excited by the prospect of this test.

  • on November 22, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    The English pace is medicore. On this pitch they should be firing on all cylinders, but the spearhead is only producing at best 85 MPH. Wihle Broad 5 fer in the first innings may appear impressive, the Aussies have made great use of the pitch. England relied on swing from Anderson but he was average with no swing. Tremlett was average as well. I have to say Clarke was on the ball as he managed his pacers and instructed them on how to attact the Englishmen especially how they went after Carberrry. I really like the strategy as well as the outcome. This is something I hope West Indies coach, captain and fast bowlers examine very closely and adapt in their strategy.

  • xtrafalgarx on November 22, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    England's bowlers just don't have the pace. They are well under par, Tremlett is bowing at 125kph! That's about 70mph for you English blokes. Anderson and Broad aren't much better, they are under 140kph or 90mph. Our blokes can really rip it up there which is what you need on Australian pitches.

    The pleasing thing to see has been NATHAN GAZ LYON! SO underated but he is a good bowler, and like i said before i think he will outbowl Swann on Australian wickets. He gets more top spin than Swann, you don't see it on TV but looking side on Lyon gets the ball to dip and bounce more than Swann.

  • landl47 on November 22, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    The best day of test cricket for Australia (and the worst for England) in a long time. Johnson and Harris were too much for the England batsmen, and the contribution of Nathan Lyon shouldn't be overlooked either. He got two of England's better players of spin in two balls to crush any hope of a fightback.

    The most serious problem is with Trott. He seems to have lost his bottle and was dancing about like a pea on a hot shovel. Yes, Johnson bowled quick and short, but Cook and Carberry didn't have too much difficulty in the first session, though eventually he got Carberry with the best ball he bowled.

    The unbeaten stand between Rogers and Warner was icing on the cake at the end of the day. Well done, Australia. England, you need to get working on a new plan.

  • glance_to_leg on November 22, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Hate to say I told you so, but do check my earlier predictions. Hubris for the England fans. Well done Australia. Nice to see Carberry top score.

  • switchmitch on November 22, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    That's more like it. It was kinda wierd to see England having the upper hand in test matches for the past couple of years. I mean, who do they think they are?...Australia?...;)

    Now that parity is restored, it is time for India to be put in their rightful place in the pecking order too. They can't be as good as their performances suggest. A good tour of SA will tell them where they stand.

  • CodandChips on November 22, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Well played Australia. They've shown the fight you expect in an Ashes. For those who dislike test cricket this is why it's the best- the ebs and flows and if England had a better attack they would have a chance of winning this game. Well done to the pantomime villains Johnson & Broad. Perhaps England regret Tremlett- the difference between 2011 and now is sad. Australia have shown they have the best bowling attack and exposed our ageing batsmen.

    I expect our batsmen to come back but it's is suddenly a very important series for Trott Prior and Cook. I hope if Trott and Prior dont score runs before MCGthat Balance & Bairstow get a go. Cook is safe as captain and opener- changing captain mid-series would be suicidal.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on November 22, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    I love waking up to these headlines 'Johnson tears England apart', 'Australian pace destroys England' and the best one of all 'Australia lead England by 224 runs with 10 wickets in hand'. That's after 2 days and with a ball that is nearly 20 overs old. And no, I'm not going to get ahead of things and think 2 days cricket means Australia have suddenly snapped out of a long, long period of poor results, we have no right to and Broad did a number on us yesterday so obviously we need better performances. However, we can at least enjoy that the form all of the team had before the match started was brought into the game and that we will compete and be hard to beat at home. It's ok to be optimistic at least.

  • Mitty2 on November 22, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    Lyon outperforming Swann was a treat - especially considering how many preferred Faulkner and wanted lyon twelth. He now has 13 wickets at the Gabba in just his third test and at an average of 22 it's unheard of for an off spinner. Coming in he's the third highest wicket taker for an off spinner in tests at the gabba, and with the bounce he always extracts here it won't be long before he's first. Glad to see we didn't select Ashley Turner (guy from Australia' warm ups in July) and stuck with Lyon ;)

    Won't apoligise on my reservations with MJ as everyone knows he's capable of it, but I'll admit I seriously underestimated his form. Since his re-modeled action in tests he's been alright against SA, brilliant against SL, in his one test bowled well against India (mulitple dropped catches/non-carrying edges) and was brilliant here. In his last Shield game he took 5 wickets with 5 dropped catches. With his balance at the crease more hopeful of consistency than ever...

  • jimbond on November 22, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    England may yet come back in the series, but as far as this match is concerned, they would be happy to come out with a draw. This would require some tremendous fightback by the English top order though.

  • trumpoz on November 22, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    Nothing like seeing the 400+ predictions for England ceremonially demolished, and to top it off the Aussies didn't lose a wicket in the last session. Thankfully good mitch turned up today - just needs to back up for a few more days this series. The formula for tomorrow is simple - bat for a long time, get a 500+ lead, declare and give England 2 days to survive/lose.

  • JD04 on November 22, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    Though Australia is in a better position, match is yet wide open. Though, any lead beyond 350 will be a very difficult one. It seems two things have taken place simultaneously, Englishmen have lost their batting form, while Aussies have gained their bowling form!

    Exciting start to the Ashes series, hope the end of this match & the upcoming matches live up to the billing.

  • Mitty2 on November 22, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    The discrepancy in Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke's captaincy is just so huge and I find it difficult that some can't see it. Think TB, he let two last wicket partnerships absolutely dominate when they could have quite easily been stifled if he weren't so quick to relieve the pressure and send every man to the fence. Think their style of play during the whole ashes when they were ahead the whole time. Time wasting, slow over rates and slow scoring rates. (How can you say it's all to do with winning at all costs when you have a better and more experienced team and you're in front?) And now today and yesterday where yet again our tail flourished. How can the foot be taken off the throat every time with such a quality bowling up if not due to the captaincy? This contrasted with Clarke having planned for all wickets and keeping the pressure on the tail. Aus made 500 twice and Eng not 400 once in the last Ashes - and it's got a lot to do with the pressure deprived fields of Cook's.

  • RednWhiteArmy on November 22, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    Lets be honest. Australia savaged England abit today but this test aint quite over yet. England's previous 2nd innings at the gabba was declared at 517/1. But, broad apart, England have seemed lackluster. But lets be honest again, thats how England usually start series. Their achilles heel is still evident

  • Mavzz on November 22, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    I am predicting this as turn around moment for the whole Aussie team. If this bowling performance doesn't inspire batters then I guess Aussies will go Windies way but my gut feel is that we are going to witness a new phase!

  • on November 22, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    icfa what planet are you on ? Australia have a lead of over 200 runs. How could they possibly lose from here ?

  • Gabbagod on November 22, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    @Shaggy. Seriously ? What Broad has endured has nothing what the English have dished out to Punter and Mitch over the last 5 years. Get your Union Jack glasses off - I'm going tomorrow and going to tell him how much of a so and so he is - all in good nature of course

  • CamH on November 22, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Well it appears that that the two most doubted players in the lead up to the series are neck and neck for player of the series after one completed innings. Broad with a 6 for and 30 odd with the bat, MJ with a very good 64 and 4 good wickets. There was a lot of ridicule of MJ in the lead up to this test by both Australians and others on this site. Whilst he hasn't played a lot of test cricket over the past 12 month he has absolutely performed when in the team. This is his 5th test since his toe injury and in that time he has taken 19 wickets at 24 with very good strike rate and averaged 30 with the bat scoring two half centuries. Perform like that over 50 or more tests and you are an all time great. Admittedly MJ has had some very lean patches but when he is "on" he is one of the best handful of test cricketers in the world.

  • Cpt.Meanster on November 22, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    WORST batting from the English team. I guess they decided to play T20 cricket in whites. A bunch of hopping bunnies they were. Hmm, guess Australia have finally deciphered England's batting might. They can't play pace and bounce ? Oh wait, even the Aussies struggled against Broad and co. Does that mean both teams' batting is equal ? Hmm.. more dilemma ahead for viewers.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on November 22, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Johnson was faster than Tremlett in slow motion . Wow ,suddenly pitch is looking as a typical Chinnaswamy wkt in B'lore. Waiting just to see the next 2 days and watch the young guns Warner ,Smith Rogers pile on their own tons -or 2*tons - and to sign off a Clarke special - a 100 odd from the skipper himself - and to finish it off thereon . The Ashes wouldn't have got off to a better start and a beautiful Ashes summer to relish in next few weeks for test lovers all over world .

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on November 22, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Many cricket followers that looked at both teams preparations and player form predicted this. Cricket isn't played on paper, nor by stats, nor by reputation, nor by past results. The match is far from over but Australia will be a better team at home.

  • on November 22, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    An Australian cricketer and commentator said , going to India before Ashes was a waste of time and will not help Australian team for Ashes. At that time I mentioned in my comments in cricinfo, whatever happens from a batting perspective for Aussies, their bowlers will gain a lot , bowling in batting pitches and then bowling in responsive Australian pitch…. Look what happened to Mitch , back to form and doing well as soon as he sees a neutral pitch …

  • Cool_Jeeves on November 22, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    By now it is clear that Australia has a significantly better attack, with three in-form quicks and Lyon finally getting into the act, and with better knowledge of local conditions than Swann. England's pacers are looking pedestrian - Even Anderson, despite his match winning performance early in the first leg in England, faded away during the rest of the series, and left almost all of it to Broad. So really they have only one good in-form bowler.

    But in batting, they certainly have the edge, though Prior's recent modest form, and Haddin's excellent form evens the scales somewhat. I think for the rest of the series, Australia will have the advantage.

  • whofriggincares on November 22, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    How long has it been since anyone has seen a non rain affected session involving two test nations yield 6/39? Unexpected but oh so sweet. Just shows what a quality bowling unit working together can produce (as we saw from England yesterday). It also shows the obvious importance of top order stability , with Cook and Trott both out of form the English batting order has an understandably brittle look to it. And what about R.Harris you just have to love this bloke, heart as big as Texas and skill to match. This Aussie bowling attack must be a dream to captain almost the perfect mix with Sids MJ and Lyon and if watto is fit enough to bowl a few you have every bit of variety a skipper could ask for.Any English fan who truly understands the game should be just a touch worried about how this series might unfold.

  • crick_sucks on November 22, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    In spite of what happened today I still feel AUS will lose. They just don't have the batsmen to win them matches. They are by far the weakest batting line up par with WI and Pak.

  • on November 22, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Hop this will bring some arrogant fans to a reality check about their "world beating" batting line up.

  • Shaggy076 on November 22, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    I got to agree with you as well Biggus. I dislike Broad, probably because I have seen him throw balls at batsman a couple of times a few years back. I have no aminosity towards him not walking, and think the press has taken a light hearted comment from Lehmann and turned it into a pathetic attack on the bloke. Whilst I still dont like him, I admire his performance here and believe the reaction from the press and the Australian public has been poor and really only adding fuel for Broad to perform.

  • milepost on November 22, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    I have to say many Aussies were confident we have a much stronger bowling attack but gave England the batting advantage by some margin. I'm not sure what we can make of it all after 2 days cricket but the press people and usual commenters here yesterday that were proclaiming England's dominance might be thinking differently right now. I'm not jumping to any conclusions about the days ahead let alone the rest of the test matches but today England were blown away, outclassed and outplayed by some of the best bowling you will ever see. Not bad for a team some of you rate so lowly.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on November 22, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Shaggy076 -'off-spinners rarely perform well in Australia Swann averages about 50' Well , I agree with you on off spinners being ineffective in Aus . But it is no surprise seeing Swann's 'Bradmanesque' avg. in Aus . C'mon you got to be heaps better as a bowler than Swann to even cut it on those hard Aus pitches . And Lyon though is a better bowler is no great . Him and Swann are no Warne/Murali who had exceptional records vs everyone ,everywhere ,all types of pitches and must have hardly had an avg. of +30 in any country ,be any condition of the pitch .

  • ChrisMarx on November 22, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    This will only add fuel to the fire regarding Cook's captaincy. Yesterday Eng had Aus on the ropes but instead of attacking and going for the kill Cook sat back and waited for the game to unfold. Cook should really learn to be a bit more pro-active if he wants to be seen as a decent captain.

  • Pindia on November 22, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    The worm has turned!!! 5-0 Australia???

  • KKABothamImranDevLillee on November 22, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Great fightback by Aussies. This is what we want to see. Hope their batters give a competitive total. Even hoping the Aussie spirit comes to fore for the remaining tests!!

  • on November 22, 2013, 6:23 GMT

    Whoa! I thought I am watching yesterday's highlight when I switched the channel to check the score.. I was shocked to see Aus batting again, England batters are worse than Aussies'.. MJ turned it around along with Harris.. I read somewhere that English players were smiling when they heard Johnson has been selected for Ashes.. I wonder why..

  • on November 22, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    Mitch got to thank Harris for two important breakthroughs, and we all know that Johnson is not good at breakthroughs, full credit to Harris for taking out Cook and KP and laid the foundation for MJ. I think it is still everyone's game, as recent test results shown, Aussies can throw away such a lead with some rush of blood. The key in this inning is Rogers and Pup, neither scored anything, and really need to pen down some nice shots in order to get the entire series going for the Aussies.

  • BradmanBestEver on November 22, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    Biggus i agree with you mate. I do not like the guy very much either but I respect his guts and determination.

    We Aussies should get off the guy's back for not walking- plenty of Aussie batsmen do not walk when they know they hit the ball. Whether it is an obvious edge or not is irrelevant.

  • sachin_vvsfan on November 22, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    Interesting!!. Broad has to do it one more time with the ball. This is more or less similar to 2010 Ashes first test. Cook and Trott might grind them out in second innings Or they may fail. But if Eng loses the first test the series will be more interesting.

  • on November 22, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Type of pitch on which the best cricketers thrive..pace and bounce.Not for medium paced bullies.Plenty in the pitch for all types of players and i wish there were many more pitches like thus in cricket.Cook's defensive tactics failed miserably against South Africa under pressure.He's already set a defensive new ball field....lets see what his captaincy is made off given that Australia are one batting partnership away from taking a dominant position.

  • ImpartialExpert on November 22, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    A quick fire 50 or 60 for Warner now and England are out of the game

  • Shaggy076 on November 22, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    I read so many comments yesterday about Ashes over, 5-0 etc. There was so much talk on here, however in defence of the English supporters it appeared the majority of it came from Indian cricket fans and a couple of usual english suspects. In England - England rarely got over 300 and we came into this series with so may whingers saying England won3-0 but didnt perform with the bat and imagine if they performed with the bat. time to give credit for those English batting performances to the AUstralian bowlers as the bowling has been excellent for sometime now. All the rubbishing of Johnson - I hope you blokes fill good about yourself. Then the ridiculous bashing of Lyon, saying he is nowhere near Swann. Well I got news for you, off-spinners rarely perform well in Australia Swann averages about 50 and Lyon although stilll developing has been an excellent bowler. By the time he finishes his career he wil be bracketed in the Swann category if not better.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on November 22, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    @ rogues13 -' He Bowls to the left, He bowls to the right, but when He is in form, He is a damn good sight ,Oh He's such a might ,a terror-ific sight is our man Mitch when He's right ...gives the english batsmen a fright..' Just my own modified version .02 of your 'Mitch anthem' ,if you don't mind. But, terrific job mate and v well said .And who can disagree when he is 'on' like he's today ? Absolutely terrific!

  • Biggus on November 22, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Really happy with our guys efforts, but I'd like to talk about Stuart Broad for a moment. I've been particularly uncomfortable about the vitriol directed at him by our press in recent months, and despite the fact that I've never really liked him as a player (too much teapot stance and appealing for LBW with balls that pitch 6 or 8 inches outside leg) I have to dip my lid to him for his pugnacious batting today. More so than his bowling yesterday, his reaction when Johnson hit him on the helmet won my admiration, grinning back at the bowler a la Justin Langer. Tremendous stuff! I may not really ever actually like him, but he has my respect. He's a far tougher character than I've ever given him credit for.

  • cricpanther on November 22, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    If Aus has X factor of Johnson then Eng's Broad is none of the less and Believe Broad has real fighting spirit also Cook, will score double century to save england!!

  • wanatawu on November 22, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    And the real Michael Johnson returns after all this years. Today he looked like thee guy that took 9 wickets in the first test in 2009 vs Proteas and destroying them in South Africa. Brilliant MJ keep it up.

  • humdrum on November 22, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Well,that's it for the eng lads.Now,we are going to witness a magnificent, come from behind, backs to the wall performance from the dear eng lads. They will roll over the aussies in the second dig and then score an impossible total in their second dig on a wearing wicket in a display of controlled aggression and determination to show the entire cricketing world, exactly how it should be done. All in a day's work. Old chap.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on November 22, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Well, I have no sympathy for Eng - fact I'm soo loving it! - as their poor team is well and truly blown apart amidst the carnage dealt out by the man Mitch himself . I can though empathize with them as it can't get any tough than having to face the world's fastest with his searing left arm delivering 150+ bolts across 20 mtrs may what be the state of the pitch ,which as I gather from the coverage of cricinfo is not that spiteful. But,far better lineups than Eng like SA and Aus would have been hard time putting 1/2 decent total vs Mitch in this mood. Even at present Eng got to be 1 of the weak test batting lines with likes of WI,Pak and Ind,as if pitch not v flat this is the result vs even decent bowling.Great seeing Mitch living the hype ,get back to living to his enormous potential as the 1 only Lillee had predicted him as '1 in a gen. quick'. Need to just build on present form records and no.1 pacer spot will fall his way.To think pitches will be quicker next tests,scary !

  • cooljack_143 on November 22, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Anyone can, but BROAD NEVER GIVES UP !!!!!!!!!

  • cricpanther on November 22, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    I think, Great David Loyed is right nothing there in pitch but X factor of Johnson!! Because of he has variety of exposure in diff conditions, specially playing IPL for Mumbai Indians!! This is the time to ReGroup and REthink and take advice and of think Tank..of Great Genius Nasser Hussain, Great David Lloyed, Sir Botham, Expert Artherton and Great Gooch!!

  • on November 22, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    After seeing g Johnson bowl during the ODIs against India, I knew he will be at his best during the ashes. As a south African, I have seen how devastating he can be. In 2008 he took 6 wickets in a spell, though we still won the series, we knew how dangerous he can be. England have been mocking him for years, finally they've seen how dangerous Johnson is when he is at his best.

  • 2MikeGattings on November 22, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Absolute horror show for England but an excellent performance in the field from Australia. This test will take some saving.

  • shammini on November 22, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    What is going on? So much hype about doing a 'great job' yesterday and and now 94/8-cant ask for more. Serves them right for trying to be self indulged and over confident. The real Johnson tried to spoil the show with his first spell but then the tormentor eventually returned to turn the heat right up. Good show Aus. Shows how important that knock was between Haddo and Johnson. After the next two wickets, Clarke should ensue follow on and go for the throat...exciting time for bowlers, a big and welcome change, as long as it lasts

  • ImpartialExpert on November 22, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    The English fans may not agree with me but I think this is kind of pitch where you should selectively play cross batted shots and selectively slog. Straight bat should only be used for defense that too only if it is going to hit the wickets. Otherwise leave as much as possible and slog.

  • CamH on November 22, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Any criticism of this pitch is way out of order. Pace, bounce and rewarding both quick and spin bowlers who do the right thing. It looks like a fantastic test strip to me and I think all out 295 and 8 for 90 odd below what test quality batting line ups should be delivering. I thought 300 to 350 would have been par in the first dig.

  • ImpartialExpert on November 22, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    I don't think the pitch had anything to do with the wickets fallen so far. It's a combination of pressure, pure shot selection and bad execution. But having said that this is a kind of pitch where you never feel you are in. In my view this is a great pitch working in favor of the home team.

  • pat_one_back on November 22, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    So if Aust collapsed yesterday, what do you call this????? What hilarity does FFL have to deflect today's absolute dominance??? Who cares. The Aussie faithful said wait until tea day 2 and we've been well rewarded. Plenty of time for Eng to fight back so let's not get too ahead of ourselves....

  • rogues13 on November 22, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    He Bowls to the left, He bowls to the right, but when he is in form, he gives the english batsmen a fright..

  • on November 22, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    Any wicket is potentially a 'good' wicket. the game requires that you assess the nature of the pitch as quickly as possible,and make the most of it with both bat and ball.

  • Alexk400 on November 22, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    My guts tell me aussie won the first TEST. Yesterday i posted comment that Jekyll & Hyde johnson which going to turn up. I said if he get 5 wicket aussie can win or draw. Seems like my prediction comes true. I do not think england gona win this. Simple reason HOME COURT advantage. That make monuemental difference. England kinda underestimated Aussies. THis makes rest of the series interesting. Every TEAM is HOME COURT emperors

  • on November 22, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    dear o dear o dear, how embarrasing for ENG, prior showing once again why he is the worst keeper batsman going around (whilst hadding is outscoring the entire ENG team (currently 8-93)) Swans 0 for 90 odd against Lyons 2 for 2 root useless as usual, bell back to his old AUS form, cant wait for FFL to explain this one

  • on November 22, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    He threatened to be the unthreatening Mitch early on. Never mind, it is the Awesome Mitch on duty at the Gabba. I mentioned yesterday itself that 'he bowls well when he bats well' This may well be the #Johnsonsashes

    The English batsmen cant handle quality pace bowling on a real bouncy wicket. They are hopping and jumping more than the Bull Frog.

  • Cricdew on November 22, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    I don't know to whom they blame now...bad pitch,short balls or incapabilty to play both spin and fast bowling....I want to know from all the so called fast bouncy pitch players coutrymen about their opinions now...

  • ShutTheGate on November 22, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    English batting collapse, I didn't see that coming.

    Lunge, what's your comments? Still on track for a 5-0 white wash.

  • cooljack_143 on November 22, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    ENG trying to avoid follow on.. team coming down like packs here..pretty overrated team this,OZ have their TAILS UP!!!!

  • Monoz1976 on November 22, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Weldone Ausie for your performances. I know you are the best in fast bouncy pitches probably along with SA. Also you gave a good slap on all our bashers.

  • disco_bob on November 22, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Methinks the complaints about MJ are a little premature. 91 - 8

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on November 22, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    England dig a huge hole for themselves..ultra defensive approach leads to 89/7..

  • VinodGupte on November 22, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    AUS must go for the kill now. even a hundred more by ENG will reduce AUSSIE advantage greatly. they must try and fold ENG before they score 150.

  • humdrum on November 22, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Hoo boy.The ladds from both sides have conspired to prove Mcdermott right, and mate, I'll take it gratefully.Someone said only the small guys from the sub-continent can't play fast bowling,but tell you what- on this showing, I'll assure them that their lads can't play for toffee.

  • cricpanther on November 22, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    pitch and umpire you cant blame all the time....but the english players..specially their batsman's stupidity at its best!! What kind of Ashes, viewers are waiting for and looking for? this type of third class cricket?? oh No...definitely not...There is a similarity between pakistan and england cricket...what? both are lacks of good batsmen!!!

  • Biggus on November 22, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    I think it's fair to say that the Indian posters who sought to deflect criticism of their pitches by labelling this a flat track yesterday have been proven wrong. There's a reason the Gabba is considered one of the great test cricket pitches, because it provides a CONTEST between bat and ball.@ddr3:-Third class pitch? Nothing wrong with it at all at this stage. It may not be pretty but it's providing an excellent and balanced contest, and isn't that after all what a test pitch should do?

  • ShutTheGate on November 22, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Wow, all those Aussie fans that were calling for Lyon to be dropped for O'Keefe or Agar must be red faced.

  • xtrafalgarx on November 22, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    COOOOME OOOON POOOMS!!! Lyon looks twice the bowler that Swann is in Australia, Johnson roared, Harris high class, siddle lion heart. High class from Australia, come on boys!

  • ShutTheGate on November 22, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    Hmm, I'm definitely not convinced that this is a great batting wicket like many are saying.

    It seems to be a great wicket pretty even for bat and ball. Great match so far. Looks like both Broad and Johnson may silence their critics with their cricket.

  • ImpartialExpert on November 22, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Great captaincy by Clarke. This is how you get wickets on less helpful wickets. Apply pressure with attacking yet disciplined bowling, using bowlers in short attacking bursts while holding up one end. Hope Dhoni is watching it. In terms of on field tactics Dhoni can learn a lot from Clarke. Clarke can do vice versa for off field stuff from Dhoni though.

  • ddr3 on November 22, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    Sorry to say but it Looks like a 3rd class pitch!

  • humdrum on November 22, 2013, 3:54 GMT

    Well,with Cook,Trott and KP back in the pav, only Bell can save the bacon for Eng. Root has only one innings to show and Prior is in the worst batting form of his life, which leaves only the great Broad as the lower order knight riding to the rescue. So can the aussies show Bell the way to the pav ?

  • Biggus on November 22, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    @Mitty2:-Have to agree mate. For all his potential Johnson is still sprays it around to the extent that the English only have to play at a couple of balls an over. I have to say Carberry has been impressive since lunch, and our top order could learn a thing or two from him about leaving the ball on Australian pitches, quite an irony. Siddle's drop of KP is likely going to cost us.

  • ShutTheGate on November 22, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    Good start from the Aussie bowlers but a long way to go yet. This English side bats all the way down to Broad.

    Johnson although effective against Trott didn't look to trouble Cook or Carberry as he failed to maintain any consistency. Hopefully he settles down as the match progresses. Siddle and Harris look accurate and if we can remove Pieterson early we'll be back on par.

    Great ashes test so far. Let's hope that the close battles and twists continue.

  • humdrum on November 22, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    KP and Bell will have to 'fire' big time if england are to get a lead.After all the chest thumping by Mcdermott,the aussie bowlers better prove him right,else he will resemble a joker as the series moves on.Having said that, if the aussies get a lead of around 70, then they would be in the box seat--can't see england chasing 300+ in the fourth innings.

  • disco_bob on November 22, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    Some timely luck for Australia, let's hope they make good use of it. Not the start that Cook and Trott would have hoped for following an ordinary home Ashes.

  • Biggus on November 22, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    So it's lunch time, and we're not dead yet. This is certainly one of the weakest teams we've ever fielded, and the English consider this team of one of their strongest, but we're still in the game. Trott is as clueless against short stuff as Clarke, Harris seems to have worked out Cook, and Carberry, whilst having put some loose stuff from Johnson away looks like he could go reasonably cheaply too. KP is almost the certainly the only one who really worries us, for despite Bell's tremendous form in the recent series we still have to see if that will transfer to Aussie conditions. If only our top order could show a modicum of grit England could well be in real trouble. We can't expect the tail to bail us out every innings however, and should the tail falling cheaply coincide with one of our now characteristic top order collapses the English will roll right over us. All things considered, with us being at the nadir of our powers I'm pretty happy we're still competitive.

  • Mike_Tyson on November 22, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    As much as I hate to admit it, many of my fellow England fans have ridiculed subcontinental batsman saying they cant play the moving or bouncing ball. Well 2 of our best batsman have been shifted to moving and bouncing deliveries. This is not the first time either, well thought out plans by the Aussies but very poor from the Eng batsman.

  • Mitty2 on November 22, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    Johnson bowling absolute pies... Just lucky Trott's in really poor test form. Harris has now dismissed Cook 6 times in 8 tests... Becoming his bunny. Funny that some were thinking that Cook's pre-Ashes warm up against some average seamers would mean he'd be fine for this series. Apart from that series where he averaged 120+, he has averaged between 25 and 30 for his other three Ashes tests.

    Haddin, what was that mate? Oh well, great knock, too bad one bad innings from here the critics will come back. Is a better wk batsman than Priot form wise...

  • Jaffa79 on November 22, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    Pretty dumb batting from Trott. He must have worked at this in the nets with Goochy. He has to stop walking at the bowler! Mitchell is bowling with good wheels but I'd say 90% of the balls he could leave! I think he is batting instinctively and can't help himself. This isn't a good sign for Trott in this series.

  • xtrafalgarx on November 22, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    So there it is. The Aussie bowlers have the wood over trott and cook. It's not that they didn't "fire", they just can't get ontop of the Aussie blokes.

  • niazbhi on November 22, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    Aus out 295 and england 28/0. May be Aussies did get the par score. If Eng can get 400 they might be ahead. I bet batting 4th would be difficult

  • niazbhi on November 22, 2013, 1:29 GMT

    Aus out 295 and england 28/0. May be Aussies did get the par score. If Eng can get 400 they might be ahead. I bet batting 4th would be difficult

  • xtrafalgarx on November 22, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    So there it is. The Aussie bowlers have the wood over trott and cook. It's not that they didn't "fire", they just can't get ontop of the Aussie blokes.

  • Jaffa79 on November 22, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    Pretty dumb batting from Trott. He must have worked at this in the nets with Goochy. He has to stop walking at the bowler! Mitchell is bowling with good wheels but I'd say 90% of the balls he could leave! I think he is batting instinctively and can't help himself. This isn't a good sign for Trott in this series.

  • Mitty2 on November 22, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    Johnson bowling absolute pies... Just lucky Trott's in really poor test form. Harris has now dismissed Cook 6 times in 8 tests... Becoming his bunny. Funny that some were thinking that Cook's pre-Ashes warm up against some average seamers would mean he'd be fine for this series. Apart from that series where he averaged 120+, he has averaged between 25 and 30 for his other three Ashes tests.

    Haddin, what was that mate? Oh well, great knock, too bad one bad innings from here the critics will come back. Is a better wk batsman than Priot form wise...

  • Mike_Tyson on November 22, 2013, 2:22 GMT

    As much as I hate to admit it, many of my fellow England fans have ridiculed subcontinental batsman saying they cant play the moving or bouncing ball. Well 2 of our best batsman have been shifted to moving and bouncing deliveries. This is not the first time either, well thought out plans by the Aussies but very poor from the Eng batsman.

  • Biggus on November 22, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    So it's lunch time, and we're not dead yet. This is certainly one of the weakest teams we've ever fielded, and the English consider this team of one of their strongest, but we're still in the game. Trott is as clueless against short stuff as Clarke, Harris seems to have worked out Cook, and Carberry, whilst having put some loose stuff from Johnson away looks like he could go reasonably cheaply too. KP is almost the certainly the only one who really worries us, for despite Bell's tremendous form in the recent series we still have to see if that will transfer to Aussie conditions. If only our top order could show a modicum of grit England could well be in real trouble. We can't expect the tail to bail us out every innings however, and should the tail falling cheaply coincide with one of our now characteristic top order collapses the English will roll right over us. All things considered, with us being at the nadir of our powers I'm pretty happy we're still competitive.

  • disco_bob on November 22, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    Some timely luck for Australia, let's hope they make good use of it. Not the start that Cook and Trott would have hoped for following an ordinary home Ashes.

  • humdrum on November 22, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    KP and Bell will have to 'fire' big time if england are to get a lead.After all the chest thumping by Mcdermott,the aussie bowlers better prove him right,else he will resemble a joker as the series moves on.Having said that, if the aussies get a lead of around 70, then they would be in the box seat--can't see england chasing 300+ in the fourth innings.

  • ShutTheGate on November 22, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    Good start from the Aussie bowlers but a long way to go yet. This English side bats all the way down to Broad.

    Johnson although effective against Trott didn't look to trouble Cook or Carberry as he failed to maintain any consistency. Hopefully he settles down as the match progresses. Siddle and Harris look accurate and if we can remove Pieterson early we'll be back on par.

    Great ashes test so far. Let's hope that the close battles and twists continue.

  • Biggus on November 22, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    @Mitty2:-Have to agree mate. For all his potential Johnson is still sprays it around to the extent that the English only have to play at a couple of balls an over. I have to say Carberry has been impressive since lunch, and our top order could learn a thing or two from him about leaving the ball on Australian pitches, quite an irony. Siddle's drop of KP is likely going to cost us.