Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 3rd day November 23, 2013

Warner and Clarke flay England

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England 136 and 2 for 24 (Cook 11*, Pietersen 3*) need another 537 runs to beat Australia 295 and 7 for 401 dec (Warner 124, Clarke 113, Haddin 53)
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Domineering hundreds by Michael Clarke and David Warner, a declaration with an impregnable position swiftly achieved and two England wickets in the final hour: things could not have gone much better for Australia as they pressed for the victory that would put them 1-0 up in the Ashes series.

Australia stacked up a lead of 560 before declaring with slightly more than an hour remaining on the third day and they made excellent use of the 15 overs they reserved for a bowl against a weary and demoralised England side as Michael Carberry and Jonathan Trott both perished.

That life could not be going more swimmingly for Australia was apparent when Carberry played on against Ryan Harris, his attempted block spinning off a thick inside edge between his legs. Trott's difficulties against the pace of Mitchell Johnson also persisted: fortunate to survive on 7, when a miscued hook fell safely, he fell for 9 when he flicked Johnson off his hips straight to Nathan Lyon, stationed 20 yards in from the square leg boards. Against Johnson, he looks unbalanced both physically and mentally.

It could have been worse for England as Alastair Cook dived desperately for the crease to avoid being run out for nought as Kevin Pietersen undertook a characteristically chancy single to get off the mark.

Australia could not have envisaged such a dominant position when they were six down for 132 on the first day. No side has made more than 418 in the fourth innings to win a Test, a feat achieved by West Indies against Australia in Antigua in 2003. With two days remaining, they are perfectly placed to achieve the win to back up their confident pre-series chat.

To draw, England would have to bat for more overs than in any Test in their history, the Timeless Test in Durban in 1939 apart. To win, they would have to break records by a huge margin. There was a storm in Brisbane a few hours after play, but the daytime forecast on Sunday was just for an occasional heavy shower.

Their captain is also restored to full operational efficiency. Clarke fell for 113 from only 130 deliveries shortly before tea, his dismissal caused by perhaps his only ungainly moment as he came down the pitch to Graeme Swann and was bowled as he was drawn into an ugly leg-side slog.

His 25th Test hundred, and his fifth at the Gabba, was one of his most heartfelt, coming as it did in the wake of a first-innings dismissal which encouraged a debate over whether his back ailment was causing him problems against short-pitched bowling. He survived a none-too-torrid examination against the short ball before restating his quality with an innings of polished, unfettered strokeplay.

Warner's 124 from 154 balls was equally brisk. He was just as assertive as Clarke, his footwork surely as crisp as it ever has been in his Test career as he attacked England's limited attack with verve and selectivity. He brought up his hundred with runs off Joe Root, but unlike last summer, on this occasion he only punched the air.

His most dismissive moment - planting Stuart Broad straight for six - was followed in the same over by his downfall. His dismissal, caught at the wicket, had an element of one-day cricket about it but it was a rare blemish by Warner, who has rarely played a more measured Test innings.

England's aggressive tactics against Clarke, not short of initial verbals, even extended to allowing Warner singles to get him back on strike - quite an insult for a world-class batsman with a Test average the top side of 50 and an excellent record at the Gabba. During his innings, he joined Ricky Ponting and Greg Chappell as the only batsmen to have made more than 1000 Test runs at the ground and his average there hovers around 100. Rarely has such an accomplished batsman been tactically manoeuvred on to strike in such a fashion.

Clarke had decided to take on the pull shot from the outset and he did so with equanimity. England soon abandoned the policy - only Broad looked capable of enforcing it anyway - and they were unable to make much of an impression on a pitch that remained in excellent order for batsmen.

Broad never quite revved up the short-ball challenge to maximum, James Anderson, whose approach in any case tends to be more cerebral, did not get much of a look at him, and Chris Tremlett, for all his impressive build, trundled along at barely 130kph. Australia's markedly enterprising approach to Swann's offspin, encouraged by their head coach, Darren Lehmann, has also put England's four-strong attack under strain. His first three overs after lunch, in two spells, cost 38, England's sense of control destroyed. Swann needs to find an answer - and on Australian pitches he will not find it easy.

England took two wickets in the morning session as Australia, 65 for 0 overnight, resumed with a lead of 224. Chris Rogers made a hash of Broad's morning loosener, recognising the gift of a short and wide delivery but only managing to punt it to point where Carberry accepted a simple catch. Shane Watson also made little impact, making 6 in 27 balls before an attempted pull malfunctioned against Tremlett.

England's desperation was evident in the last over before lunch when they reviewed Swann's lbw appeal against Warner only for replays to confirm that he had played the ball with his bat and the review was little better than wishful thinking. A second review against Bailey late in the afternoon session failed marginally. There was further frustration for England when for the second time in the match they were timed out as they discussed whether to review. This tougher approach seems set for the series as the umpires, refreshingly, implement the regulations.

Clarke was the last of three Australia wickets to fall in an afternoon session which brought Australia 154 runs at a rate of nearly five runs an over. Steven Smith fell for 0 when Tremlett, finding bounce and away seam, summoned one of England's best deliveries of the day. George Bailey, on Test debut, was dropped on 17 at short leg by Ian Bell, off the offspin of Joe Root, but he did not make best use of his reprieve as Swann floated a ball past his defensive push to strike off stump.

Australia hastened to a declaration after tea in freewheeling fashion, adding a further 102 at a run a ball as Brad Haddin and Johnson hit about them to the delight of a jubilant Brisbane crowd. Australia's long unbeaten record at the Gabba looks set to continue in the most emphatic fashion.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Biggus on November 23, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    Over 300 comments for yesterday's play, so I guess people are interested in the Ashes after all. Good character from Warner today, and a fine captain's knock from Clarkey, what a statement of intent! Broad really the only one of the English bowlers who are still seeking to get in our faces and make a contest of it which is interesting since we've always seen him as being a bit soft. I had a funny thought yesterday, I found myself wondering if the whole 'Broad not walking' incident might not in the end be the making of him as a player, with him having to weather the over the top witch hunt and yesterday's barrage of short pitched stuff. Either way he's showing a lot more character than the rest of his team mates today. Swann's having a shocker. Captain Cook's looking a little bereft of ideas. Nevertheless I expect England to bounce back, but not in this match, this one is long gone.

  • AussieSam on November 23, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Ruthless batting from Warner and Clarke. Great to see and really promising for the rest of the series. England started the day well; even though both wickets fell to bad shots rather than good balls they built good pressure with their field placements and plan execution but Warner was just too good and they dropped the ball so to speak when Clarke came out after not committing to their short ball plan against him.

    This innings will definitely be making England question their bowling selections now. Not just the selection of Tremlett but also not going with the all rounder/fourth seamer option for Adelaide. I think Clarke will be tempted to bat out the day and even bat the morning session tomorrow just to really punish England in the field but knowing him he'll declare before the end of play and get a dozen or so overs at them.

  • JG2704 on November 24, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    @ Meety on (November 24, 2013, 16:14 GMT) Not saying the bowlers did not put the pressure on but one of the sad things were Bell's (1st inns) , Prior's (both inns) dismissals (a la leg slip fielding practice. Is Adelaide a 2 spinner pitch then in your opinion?

  • Meety on November 24, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    @JG2704 on (November 24, 2013, 11:24 GMT) - I think the actual dismissals you are talking about were tame - but there was immense pressurefrom hostile pace that led to it. I think the Gabba result will almost be moot by the time Adelaide starts - as due to the AFL ruling the roost - the ppitch will probably (hope to be proven wrong) - be a benign dull pitch. The only saving grace MIGHT be IF the Adelaide temp sits around 40 degrees for the week of the test - the pitch will fall apart day 4 & 5 enter Swann...... & Lyons (&Panesar?).

  • JG2704 on November 24, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    @Chris_P on (November 23, 2013, 20:45 GMT) Sorry , missed your post. Not sure re CT/JA's pace. Jimmy has looked surprisingly unthreatening. We have Finn out there but while we gain on pace with him we may lose some control so it's a tough one. However looking at the Eng wickets , KP,Trott and Prior in both inns had little to do with the pace of the bowling - just poor/lax shots and falling into Aus traps

  • JG2704 on November 24, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    @GRVJPR on (November 24, 2013, 2:14 GMT) and how do you think that would affect the attendences with no home crowd from either side?

  • JG2704 on November 24, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    @Biggus on (November 24, 2013, 1:27 GMT) yeah fair points there

  • widelongon on November 24, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    @Arun Bose Yes they won t20 not CT n that long b4 no. one position was the only one I was referring to.

  • on November 24, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    @widelongon-When did England won a Champions trophy mate? They only won a T20 world cup in 2010.. Please provide proper facts.. England were no.1 in test cricket but it was a long time ago like 1 and 1/2 years ago.. England lost to INDIA in the finals of Champions trophy 2013 in England..

  • on November 24, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    The ashes show needed some boost . Aussies winning first test will give that spike in interest

  • Biggus on November 23, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    Over 300 comments for yesterday's play, so I guess people are interested in the Ashes after all. Good character from Warner today, and a fine captain's knock from Clarkey, what a statement of intent! Broad really the only one of the English bowlers who are still seeking to get in our faces and make a contest of it which is interesting since we've always seen him as being a bit soft. I had a funny thought yesterday, I found myself wondering if the whole 'Broad not walking' incident might not in the end be the making of him as a player, with him having to weather the over the top witch hunt and yesterday's barrage of short pitched stuff. Either way he's showing a lot more character than the rest of his team mates today. Swann's having a shocker. Captain Cook's looking a little bereft of ideas. Nevertheless I expect England to bounce back, but not in this match, this one is long gone.

  • AussieSam on November 23, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Ruthless batting from Warner and Clarke. Great to see and really promising for the rest of the series. England started the day well; even though both wickets fell to bad shots rather than good balls they built good pressure with their field placements and plan execution but Warner was just too good and they dropped the ball so to speak when Clarke came out after not committing to their short ball plan against him.

    This innings will definitely be making England question their bowling selections now. Not just the selection of Tremlett but also not going with the all rounder/fourth seamer option for Adelaide. I think Clarke will be tempted to bat out the day and even bat the morning session tomorrow just to really punish England in the field but knowing him he'll declare before the end of play and get a dozen or so overs at them.

  • JG2704 on November 24, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    @ Meety on (November 24, 2013, 16:14 GMT) Not saying the bowlers did not put the pressure on but one of the sad things were Bell's (1st inns) , Prior's (both inns) dismissals (a la leg slip fielding practice. Is Adelaide a 2 spinner pitch then in your opinion?

  • Meety on November 24, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    @JG2704 on (November 24, 2013, 11:24 GMT) - I think the actual dismissals you are talking about were tame - but there was immense pressurefrom hostile pace that led to it. I think the Gabba result will almost be moot by the time Adelaide starts - as due to the AFL ruling the roost - the ppitch will probably (hope to be proven wrong) - be a benign dull pitch. The only saving grace MIGHT be IF the Adelaide temp sits around 40 degrees for the week of the test - the pitch will fall apart day 4 & 5 enter Swann...... & Lyons (&Panesar?).

  • JG2704 on November 24, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    @Chris_P on (November 23, 2013, 20:45 GMT) Sorry , missed your post. Not sure re CT/JA's pace. Jimmy has looked surprisingly unthreatening. We have Finn out there but while we gain on pace with him we may lose some control so it's a tough one. However looking at the Eng wickets , KP,Trott and Prior in both inns had little to do with the pace of the bowling - just poor/lax shots and falling into Aus traps

  • JG2704 on November 24, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    @GRVJPR on (November 24, 2013, 2:14 GMT) and how do you think that would affect the attendences with no home crowd from either side?

  • JG2704 on November 24, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    @Biggus on (November 24, 2013, 1:27 GMT) yeah fair points there

  • widelongon on November 24, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    @Arun Bose Yes they won t20 not CT n that long b4 no. one position was the only one I was referring to.

  • on November 24, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    @widelongon-When did England won a Champions trophy mate? They only won a T20 world cup in 2010.. Please provide proper facts.. England were no.1 in test cricket but it was a long time ago like 1 and 1/2 years ago.. England lost to INDIA in the finals of Champions trophy 2013 in England..

  • on November 24, 2013, 2:18 GMT

    The ashes show needed some boost . Aussies winning first test will give that spike in interest

  • GRVJPR on November 24, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    @ Jared Hansen, That's why I always say, ICC should make teams play test matches at neutral venues. For example Aus and Eng in South Africa or India (that will be a good mix of conditions), India and Pakistan or srilanka in Australia and England, West Indies and New zealand.

  • leggar on November 24, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    Every time I feel I am ready to get behind the Aussie cricket team again one of their players opens his big mouth and I am reminded of the arrogance and bombast that alienated me as a fan in Australia's decade of dominance. When will they learn to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat? Warner has the audacity to question Trott's courage and mental strength when he has a batting average of 37 and Trott is closer to 48. Everyone knows how often Warner gives his wicket away cheaply. Can't the Australian management get him to keep his mouth shut and use his skills to do the talking. He represents everything that I hated about the previous Australian cricket team that managed to make themselves so umpopular amongst fans who felt the game should always be played in good sport and spirit.

  • Biggus on November 24, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    @Hammond:-I see you've become an Englishman again. I really DO wish you'd make up your mind mate.

  • Biggus on November 24, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    @JG2704:-Not wishing to put too fine a point on it but by declaration time yesterday your guys didn't look too likely to bowl something that was going to injure either Johnson or Siddle, so it was probably a moot point. I've been stunned really by England's listless performance thus far, barring Broad. Some of them look like they're down here for a holiday rather than to extend an already impressive Ashes run. Had I been the captain of a team in England's position yesterday and my guys started joking around about a bowler getting his 'century' I'd have been less than impressed to say the least. I just don't think it was the time to be clowning around if you're really serious about fighting it out.

  • Hammond on November 24, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    Get some batting practice for next test, the miracle collapse won't happen again as much as Australia will want it. 4-1.

  • crickeymate on November 23, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    It ain't over till it's over. Anything can still happen but go the Aussies.

  • on November 23, 2013, 22:47 GMT

    yuvi_gladiator, you mean like winning in South Africa against the number 1 team? Yep, that's right. We did that recently.

  • on November 23, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    @GRVJPR "What's so special about australia winning at home. Overseas is the real test."

    Nobody could shut up about what strong favourites England were just a week ago. The fact that they're getting shut out of this match so emphatically by the home-ground advantage is thus notable - overseas IS the real test, and the 'best team in the world' (Or number 3 if you care about current standards) isn't looking up to it right now.

    If I'm honest, I enjoy seeing England lose more than seeing Australia win. It's just nice when they coincide.

  • on November 23, 2013, 22:05 GMT

    I must say that I have to eat my words - I have said that Dave Warner didn't have the technical ability to play as a test opener. In both innings he never really looked like getting out and I believe that if he can continue batting in that style, he will cause the opposition many headaches. Well done, Dave!

  • ShutTheGate on November 23, 2013, 21:57 GMT

    I haven't seen Australia play like this for about 7 years. It's like a flash back to our glory days when we had a great team. After all the criticism that our blokes have copped over the last 9 months it's good that their cricket has done the talking. Now they have to focus on finishing this test before tea today to take a psychological advantage and momentum into the next test.

    England can't be written off though. They are a very experienced team who are mentally strong and they will bounce back hard in Adelaide. This should be a really exciting series.

    I have to say Broad has been super impressive so far. He's epitomises a tough English competitor like Ian Botham was.

  • Meety on November 23, 2013, 21:54 GMT

    IMO - the 400 was a trigger - but as long as it coincided with about a 3/4hr burst at Englands top order. I think he wanted the bowlers to go hard on a pitch that wouldnt be as hostile/helpful - knowing they can rest up - get massaged & pampered over nite - for a hard days slog on Day 4. Mission accomplished. == == == Been a while since I have seen a top order batsmen of Trotts quality look so much like a train wreck in the happening. I would have to go back to Cullinan. He won't of slept much last nite - with the words "What was I thinking?" being replayed over & over. To fall so pin point perfectly for the trap - with 20 min to stumps - thats gotta hurt!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on November 23, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    @Harmony111: I wouldn't get caught up about it; the same poster spent the entire last Ashes series complaining about the pitches and implying they were somehow magic - i.e. perfect for batting only when England were batting; perfect for bowling only when England were bowling; and of course completely opposite when Australia were doing whatever.

  • VivGilchrist on November 23, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    @Naresh Pitamber, there are still 2 days to play.... When would you have liked Clarke to declare? The pitch is getting better to bat on and the Aussies do respect that England can bat deep. One should not comment if they do not understand the game.....

  • widelongon on November 23, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    England is a team which has not achieved much success in the cricketing world. They invented it but always remained mediocre. Apart from one champions trophy n very short lived no. one position in test cricket they had been a very mediocre and average team. So whenever they achieve even a bit they get very exited and can't absorb it which is a normal thing for other teams. It shows how average their position had been throughout.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on November 23, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    Destroyed, pummelled, obliterated. Plenty more similar adjectives to describe Australia's dominance over England but let's save them for the coming matches. The question is, what can England do to their team to compete in the rest of the series? It's clear they need to make many, many changes, starting with getting in a few batsmen with courage. Mitch's bowling is just too hot for the meek, for those who aren't up for test cricket. Australia's batting still has a few question marks, that is certain, but not against this bowling attack.

  • Bonehead_maz on November 23, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    I am livid with Bailey for knocking that bail off ! To have Cook run out would have been near a perfect day. @ dunger.bob + JG2704 RE declaration timing. At tea I was suggesting we'd declare 10 minutes before the shadow touched the pitch. (local knowledge and all that). We scored faster than I think anyone anticipated, so waited for the "magic" 400 about 15-20 minutes earlier. I also think Haddin was having a lot of fun asking why Trott finally shut up as soon as Johnson came to the wicket ( he had been a big mouthful all day up until that moment) ;)

  • Chris_P on November 23, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    @JG2704. I was at the first 2 days & also got session 1 of the 3rd day before flying back home to play myself (was ashed out though!) & the locals tell me they are expecting thunderstorms for the last 2 days so this game isn't locked away yet. I also asked you & landl47 what has happened to Tremlett & Anderson's pace from last tour? CT hardly hit 130 & JA not much more with this making them very ineffective on this pitch. Tis is some 10-15 kph down from previous. Any thoughts?

  • on November 23, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    Well that was the best 48hrs Captaincy that I have ever seen by Michael Clarke .... though having a combination of Harris and Johnson bowling as they were made it significantly easier.

    His 100 yesterday was of significant importance as he is a great 1st Innings batsman but until yesterday he had only scored 3 test hundreds in the 2nd Innings .... and if you exclude the flat pitch draw in SL it is his first in almost 5-years.

    And let's not forget David Warner, his temperament appears to have solidified ..... his performance before stumps on Day 2 was excellent as was yesterday's performance.

    But this resurrection of the Australian Team was not lead by either of these but Mitch Johnson, who has bowled brilliantly and has a BA for the game of over 100.

    But the game is not over .... Cook's intent will be simple bat all day and tomorrow to break the Australian Bowlers .... runs don't matter .... Clarke must play to win by Tea to keep the bowlers fresh .... runs don't matter.

  • Harmony111 on November 23, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    @TheBigBoodha:

    Dude did you see that Chennai test live? At least have a look at the score card of that test. You will see that ...

    1. A batsman got 200, 2 batsmen got 100s, 3 batsmen got 4 50s (2 by a debutant.) 2. A fast bowler got a 5 wicket haul. 3. A spinner got 2 5 wicket hauls. 4. Even an Aussie spinner got 3 wickets !!! 5. Aus managed to bat for more than 90 overs in both the innings.

    I really don't know why are you complaining that the Chennai wicket was an abomination & needed to be censured by the ICC. As per the points I made above, the Chennai wicket seems to be quite an ideal Test wicket to me. It had runs, it helped batsmen like Warner to batsmen like Pujara, it helped fast bowlers & it helped spinner, what else do you want?

    How do you define an "Ideal" Test Wicket? Forget ideal, pls define a "Good" Test Wicket first. If you have any basic understanding of cricket then you should be able to define a good/ideal test wicket. Or is your grasp of the game shallow?

  • yuvi_gladiator on November 23, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    good by australia, but every team wins at home. winning outside will be the real test.

  • JimmyDean on November 23, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    @Naresh Pitamber, maybe you should go back in your hole and watch T20 dear poor chap. .....Would your team declare with more than 2 days to play???

  • on November 23, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    I still hope this series is England's to lose. Remember they lost their 1st game in India too. This Oz team is as good as that Indian team which lost to England with a useless top order having Sehwag,Gambhir, Yuvraj likes !!!

  • on November 23, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    there is no surprise after seeing england condition

  • The_bowlers_Holding on November 23, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    RandyOZ on (November 23, 2013, 15:44 GMT) So good to have you back old pal after your year AWOL. Get your money on England 3-2 for the series (12-1), easy money and thanks to all the Indian fans for giving tips on how to win a series in Australia obviously you'd know all about that....

  • samincolumbia on November 23, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Why is everyone surprised by England's performance. An over rated team that simply does not have the talent and skill to perform in foreign conditions, batsmen who cannot play pace or bowlers who cannot take wickets when there is no cloud cover!

  • on November 23, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    If the Aussies prepare more quick,bouncy pitches like this one,then the English could have a miserable tour.Their batsmen will be bombed mercilessly and their bowlers milked...unless the Poms miraculously salvage this first test.Andersons inswinger wont get many LBW's and if he doesnt get much swing,he wont be a factor.He is not an out and out strike bowler like Steyn or Johnson...Broad is the danger man,Swann will battle and theres not much more after that

  • AKS286 on November 23, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Surely destroyed in Aus.AD Hales or Taylor or Nick must replace Trott. Tremlett bowls good. Swanny really upset us. We want runs from Cook, Bell, Root, KP & Prior. Atleast near to 554. But ENG will reply powerfully on 2nd test. Well played Aus.

  • gsingh7 on November 23, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    good going aus who will win first test since sl series. considering that this is the same aus side who lost 4-0 to india few months earlier makes it all the more astonishing. this series win will bring aus and england closer on icc rankings. all the same the gap between top 2 and rest will widen. hoping johnson finishes the job on 4th day itself.come on aus , win big here.

  • on November 23, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    @ Ken McCarron - Well, you must have heard some thing called "sarcasm". Mine is just a tongue in cheek reply to some comments during the Aus/India series.I have been following Aus cricket since 1989 and I know how the pitches are.I absolutely love to watch cricket on bouncy wickets.But it seems you are not familiar with Indian pitches. Traditionally the nature of the pitches depend on the weather, in summers, the wickets gets dried up quickly and in places like chennai (3 seasons namely hot hotter and hottest), the cracks get widen up as the plays and days progress. Northern India you see more sporting wickets. The curators can nothing do about the geography, its just the nature of the place in the huge country.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on November 23, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    Swann getting congratulated by his team mates for his 'century' was hilarious! England under the pump. It would be interesting to see if they can rise to the occasion and win from here. They need a Dravid-VVS partnership from Cook, KP and Bell. Do they have it in them? Can't wait for day 4. Tremlett was an eye-sore; trundling and grunting his way to 75 to 78 mph. Anderson's 30+ average gets justified once again. He is over-rated and let's not pull down Steyn. Anderson neither has the pace of Steyn nor the skill of Zaheer. To mention him in the same sentence as McGrath would be crying shame. Swann - toothless is the only word. He was just bowling to fill-in the overs or so it seemed. Warner and Clarke - Take a bow! Keep it up Aussie mates! Would love to see them win this test and Ashes! Good luck. Cheers!!

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on November 23, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    @RandyOZ (post on November 23, 2013, 15:44 GMT): just like your good self during the last Ashes, Indian series, etc. my fair-weather friend.

    @Mitty2: you're more optimistic than me then. Burns me to say this, but I kind of agree with Warner: you could see the fear/doubt in some of the players' eyes facing MJ and Harris - and what human being wouldn't be! It's games like this I really wish KP would make a big contribution of note and live up to all the hype and promise associated with him...

  • SoverBerry2 on November 23, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    What happened to English players? They all look terrible! .

  • GRVJPR on November 23, 2013, 17:14 GMT

    What's so special about australia winning at home. Overseas is the real test. Also what's so special about warner and clarkes hundred. It was a road of a pitch and operating on it was the mediore pop gun attack of england.

  • JG2704 on November 23, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on (November 23, 2013, 12:19 GMT) dunger.bob on (November 23, 2013, 12:37 GMT) Biggus on (November 23, 2013, 12:45 GMT)

    Guys it was not so much the runs thing but the risk of one of our guys bowling something hostile which causes an injury to either Siddle or Johnson. I'm guessing it's a bit og a long shot anyway and also Clarke keeping the England bowlers out on the field may have both mental and physical effects on them. Have mixed feelings on this game. As an Englishman I obviously have allegiances with England but at the same time I think Cook has had plenty of luck with weather and opposition captains making illogical decisions this year and it will be interesting to see how the side responds if the inevitable defeat happens.

  • CodandChips on November 23, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    I think weve got a warm up game next. Perhaps play the following team for that: Cook Carberry Trott KP Balance Stokes Prior Finn Rankin Tremlett Monty.

    Then for the next test the same team unless Trott, Tremlett and Prior play badly Cook Carberry Trott/ Bell KP (Bell 5 if Trott scores runs) Root (Balance/Stokes if Trott fails in the warm up game) Prior/Bairstow Swann Broad Anderson Finn/Tremlett

    Hopefully some of our players will move on after this series. My team for the first test vs Sri Lanka

  • glance_to_leg on November 23, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Maybe it is time for Trott to go. I hope Taylor or Ballance can make the three spot their own. I doubt Bairstow would fair well against this attack, given his fragile technique and character. Despite my being an England fan, I am delighted for Australia, but I do hope England can show some backbone in losing. If they make a fight of it, including a century or two, the psychological advantage possessed by the Australians will be lost. My admiration is especially for Clark who has shown real grit, and Johnson who has finally started to fulfil his potential as a world-class allrounder.

  • Biso on November 23, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Aussies will clearly out bowl England during the series. England batsmen look scared. The worry is whether the Aussie batsmen can get some more belief in their abilities? If they do, Australia will sweep the Ashes. Else, England might save a test or two.

  • CodandChips on November 23, 2013, 16:53 GMT

    Well played Aussies. Reality check that we are past our best and cannot keep picking players on name alone.Many players peaked in 2011 and are now ageing. I am a big fan of his, but Trott just looked awful. He has failed in the home ashes, the one days and now this test. Surely he's been given enough time. Surely we should have a look at young Balance (although he hasn't scored anything this tour) or even young Stokes (not convinced about him but England must have seen something that I haven't, like with Tremeltt) instead and move Bell up to 3 . Stokes would even give us an extra option with the ball.

    Our bowling attack has always been overrated. Jimmy has only really been able to bowl abroad since 2010-11 ashes and now is evidently slowing down and becoming less effective. Broad averages over 30 and only keeps there because of those extroadinary spells. Is it not time to move on?

    Bring in the youngsters with both bat and ball. Chris Jordan, James Taylor and Gary Ballance get ready.

  • Insightful2013 on November 23, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    I find it amazing how easily how people forget. England overnight turns into a bad team. Anderson and Broad has forgotten how to bowl and Pieterson, Trott, Cook etc have forgotten how to bat. What a load of tripe. The reason these men are such good batsmen is because they employ analysis, of their batting and opponents. I still believe they can win this game or at worst draw. The same naysayers were, Johnson can't bowl or Clarke has the willies. Especially Jonathan Agnew. Always criticizing! A mediocre bowler at best and still rabbiting. This is still one of the best teams around and I fully expect they will prevail if not this test then in the series. Not by much, but they will win. Already you have Warner spewing venom. Why give a splendid batsman like Trott motivation.Aussies baffle me. They are so insecure. The only team that felt necessary to sledge, performances say everything! But, what can else you expect from them? It's all about breeding!

  • on November 23, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    Fair play, Australia, a comprehensive victory looks to be on the cards. From a point of 132/6 in their first innings, they have completely dominated the game.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on November 23, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Too early to write England off but the signs aren't looking good thus far, the better team will always come out on top over 5 tests so I will reserve judgement before I reach for the revolver.

  • on November 23, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    We wonder why Test is boring but watching a Team set a target of 537 will only killed the rest of the game.

  • on November 23, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    good to see warner stand up.. clarke needs people like him to support the team to perform....the team needs to finish the job tomorrow..!!!

  • RandyOZ on November 23, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    All the usual suspects have gone eerily quite, and that includes Botham. Just shows that when you read the English press, who beat up the team and hide all losses, you really do get a distorted view on how terrible this English team truly is.

  • stormy16 on November 23, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    What a show by Australia and not in wildest dream did I believe any game in this Ashes series would be where it is now. Warner was superb and finally one of the Aus opening spots is sorted for a while as was the insane theory of batting him in the middle order. Clark just stood up to be counted and put to rest any tremors of the short ball with authority like no other. It was an important statement for Clark and Aus, who unlike Eng, don't have a strong batting line and Clark is the rock. What happened to Eng? Swan was treated like a goose and Jimmy looked like a Johnny! Ok yes its only one game but its not something I expected. Eng have one of the best battling line up in the world but they will be challenged to save this one. Trott's dismissal was strange - what on earth was he thinking and how did this become a problem for him? Don't believe it was even an issue before. What a start to the Ashes.

  • on November 23, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    @stewart barnes.....I couldn't agree more....Tremlett looks a spent force, as do a few of our players!

  • 2.14istherunrate on November 23, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Is this a changing of the flow of Ashes cricket or just first Test syndrome? Trott needs to sort out his short ball technique and aim to become an expert at it,quickly. The fact is that man for man we are a better side and have the batsmen to beat Australia, while our bowlers are still the better pack. Johnson is enjoying himself here but will he fire twice in one series. Australia need to be very wary of overegging their superiority in this game while England and fans need to put away the gloom till after New Year when the may find it is redundant. If things have not improved by Perth in any case we can play the four giant attack and bomb them.That would sort out the men from the boys. In any event nothing isset in stone and we make our own destiny. So first Test syndrome IT IS.

  • on November 23, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Test match in cricket is very rarely won by a team which made 130 odd runs in their first innings. This test is no different. English batsmen though capable of stronger display than this have not shown any will to bat out or Australian bowling is better working to their plan. This test apart England is better test team compared to Australia, unless new crop of Australian batters and bowlers prove it wrong. This time around if Australia wins the series, then again another world dominating team may arrive from Australian shores and we should again give credit of that to English only. It was Poms who made 1990s and early 2000s OZ teams look like world beaters, even though those OZ teams also had mortals. All OZ fans should thank English on this and cricket world will rue on this again for years.

  • Biggus on November 23, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    @zarasochozarasamjho:-We can't beat them by an innings mate since we've already batted twice. England are 2-24 needing another 537 to win. If they bat well tomorrow and add another 300 all out they'll have lost by 237 runs, but not by an innings.

  • on November 23, 2013, 15:17 GMT

    Is Andy Flower there? Just walk into Rain-God's office and demand some action; not just name-sake;but real long consistent innings from him for a day or more. I will make it easy for you; just assume that Sun-God is a match referee! Match referees usually don't listen; Sun-God may!

  • on November 23, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    Just shows that despite the views of most,Flowers /Saker still think that Tremlett can do What did briefly three years ago. He bowls at between 76 and 80 mph,grunts he when he bowls,seems very unfit and Knackered to me. Contrast his bowling with two guys on the other team,Clarke and Johnson,who get it down the wicket between 85 and 92 mph!And they are about Tremletts age 32. Until we pick someone who is much faster,we will struggle. Basically,one bowler could make a difference - he has a surname beginning with F! Trouble is,he is apparently work in progress,but has a habit of taking wickets!

  • zarasochozarasamjho on November 23, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Baring weather, England is going to lose this test match - and lose by an innings DEFINITELY, no ifs and buts - the only question is by how many runs, in addition to the innings defeat? They are still going to lose the series; question is if they win any matches; they certainly can, as this Australian team is not very strong.

  • on November 23, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Great opportunity for KP to beat Lara's record of 400 in a test innings. Usually, KP is his own most optimistic "spokesman". Wonder, why he never talked about it, so far in his career.

    Do it KP, do it for yourself! At least half of it ;-), ... for the team's sake; now you are a fully anointed team man, no?

    And, in that process, achieve an in-achievable win for England, too. Pay back to England for adopting you as trier own; genuine 24 carrot gold. (All 'textgates' will be forgotten for ever.And You will get the tightest happy hug from Andy Flower) .

  • on November 23, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    The Aussies intensity is almost rivaling that of the Waugh era. That's what has beaten the Poms and they can't live with the pace and aggression of the pacemen.Trott looks close to retirement, Carberry not good enough, Root has too many technical issues and Prior looks shellshocked. Perhaps Cooky may play a couple of good knocks in the series, KP may play one top dig, but it won't be enough. England have gone, gone, GONE.

    Verdict? Whitewash.

  • glen1 on November 23, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Everyone is King in their own backyards; destroy the visiting teams psychologically by a crushing win in the first test. South Africa are the only true test champions. Test cricket is becoming less and less suited for visiting teams. It needs to be played in neutral venues to figure who is better. Alternatively, it needs to be put to rest.

  • on November 23, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    England just needs 2.5 to 3 runs an over to win. They lost only the two shaky ones yet. They have 180 plus overs, no?

    Australia scored at 5 runs an over in session 2; and 6 runs an over in session 3.

    Pitch is getting better & better. It has not / is not crumbling to suit spinners. Even a top gun like Swann couldn't get much purchase. Cook & KP are top batsmen in today's cricket world. Root, Bell and Prior are not pushovers either. If England have to live up the pre-match statements, they have to go for it. Otherwise it is a shame for them and insult to themselves. Show England, show. Go England, Go!

    (Hope, England do precisely that and Australia wrap it up on the 4th day itself :-)

  • heathrf1974 on November 23, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    One of the interesting things to notice in this test match is the lack of pace of the English bowlers and the impatience of some English batsman.

  • henrystephen on November 23, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    It's great for the sport that the Aussies are doing well in this test, but in 5 match series, the better team will almost always prevail. Even though they've been shaken up in Brisbane, England remain by far the better team. Similarly, in the 1997 Ashes the Aussies were humiliated in the first test, but of course easily went on to win the series because they were undeniably the better team.

  • on November 23, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    @PrasPunter : If recent history is anything to go by, I'd say there's no chance of Bailey getting dropped. Quiney did much worse in his first game and got a second. Shaun Marsh actualy averaged UNDER 3 against India but still played through the whole series. Batsmen have remained harder to drop than bowlers by a big margin in this set up, and Australia generally doesn't change a winning team even when sometimes it's called for. (The Oval Test in 09 being one of the most farcical)

    I'm also want him in the team, though, because I'm backing him to make runs. Bailey seems to adapt well in general and the runs he made today were definitely handy, and he batted positively. With all the mentally fragile batsmen we've been through (Khawaja and Hughes particularly) the prospect of somebody who brings his own confidence and has his game worked is very appealing to me, IMO.

  • SherjilIslam on November 23, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    As i said yesterday, it's Australia's game all the way. Again i will repeat, what England maximum can do is to come-up with a better performance from the bat. Even if they lose this test, they can take the confidence forward in the next test to start a fresh. If you see England's performances recently, they had struggled in the first innings of first test in India and NZ, but the did extremely well in the second innings which eventually helped them to perform better in the next test matches. Australia even if they win this test easily, should not relax,England are a very good test team and I am sure they will come hard on Aussies in the second test. Anyways, fascinating test match, Good luck to England and congrats to Australia for fabulous performance.

  • silentstand on November 23, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    Great day for the ozzies barring a miracle they should win.However one thing worries me and it's bailey.seeing him bat I'm not convinced he is test class.Seems to still be playing like it's an odi

  • Mitty2 on November 23, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    @RU4REAL, it's OK, I feel like we've seen more eye to eye recently and I needed to express some joy from the 0-3 result we experienced in the winter and the 0-4 homeworkgate Indian series ;). If it means anything my predictions for tomorrow is for Cook to show his class with a hundred and Prior to make at least a half century... In the spirit of Nick Compton I also think that Root will make a duck ;)

    @dunger.bob, 100% - purely because of the 400. Maybe rubbing it in because since the start of the last Ashes we've passed 400 three times and they haven't once? Really is extraordinary, of their top 7, only Carberry averages under 40 (and Bairstow from the last Ashes) and from our top 7 before today (unsure if Warner's up there) only Clarke averages more than 50 and yet you have that stat... Just goes to show both how crucial Bell was last Ashes and how good the bowling's been...

  • Biggus on November 23, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    @JG2704:-Mate I think Clarke's timing of the declaration had nothing to do with runs, which essentially had become irrelevant by then barring world record run chases and everything to do with keeping you out in the field as long as possible and then not leaving enough time for you to make a serious start, just enough to lose a couple and for our bowlers to go all out till stumps. I think it's a textbook declaration strategically, with the chance to make a series defining statement ( i.e. Making this really hurt ) outweighing Clarke's natural tendency for sharp declarations. There's no need to rush this one IMHO, I hear the weather forecast has improved and we get to have a crack at you with a fairly new ball first thing tomorrow with bowlers fresh as a daisy. I see it as an orthodox decision given the forecast, and it's exactly what I'd do and England would I suspect least want. We need to make this count, you've had us down for a while and we don't much like it. Cheers!

  • prince_cricket on November 23, 2013, 12:41 GMT

    Pietersen has chance to make his 100th test memorable....He need a BiG inning..and BiG partnership as well with someone...to Draw or........!!!!!

  • dunger.bob on November 23, 2013, 12:37 GMT

    @ JG2704: I was starting to pace a bit waiting for Clarke to declare but someone nailed it right on the head earlier (@ Biggus, I think). It was pure and simply 400 runs. He wanted to post 400 runs. For a while I thought it might be Haddins 50, but, no, as as the scoreboard ticked over to 401, he called them in.

    My guess is he, or someone he listens to, thought that getting to 400 in the 2nd dig in response to Englands 136 in their first attempt was some sort of mile stone that would hurt the foe. Like I said though, just a guess and I'm not at all convinced it's that significant a thing. Still the same, that's very likely it.

  • geoffboyc on November 23, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    One point, it would be interesting to reflect on is whether the England management and players had considered how important it was to give Mitchell Johnson a hard time when he came out to bat on Thursday. It would have been my priority after all the pre-match chat by the Aussies. He is a confidence player, and who knows what the impact on this game would have been if they could have worried and harassed him into an early dismissal. I feared the worst when they failed to do that and he could run in to bowl with the confidence of a fifty plus score to play with when England batted. Forget the Aussie second innings, he and the excellent Brad Haddin won this game for the Aussies.

  • on November 23, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Australia certainly has the upper hand in the 1st Ashes Test, Down Under. They are out to avenge the defeat in England, which obviously thet should be & it looks like they are well on course for regaining the Ashes.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on November 23, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    @JG2704, I wondered about the timing of the declaration myself. I don't think the last Gabba test was a factor but I do think leaving 6 sessions with about 600 to get is safe enough. There's some rain around but having lived in Brisbane it won't hang around and the stoppages if any may even favour Australia. Thing is, England will have to go for the total and Australia can attack all day tomorrow if they need to with such a massive lead.

  • opto_pus on November 23, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    Anderson, Swan and Tremlett all old men looking like dibbly dobbly little bunny bowlers, England opting for the safety of Tremlett over real pace and aggesion of Finn. England are a bunch of cautious sally anne's who never change anything until things go wrong Swan is a rubbish wicket taker then Monty Panaser and Tremlett in a Donkey bowler compared to Finn, But of course England want to draw and win 1-0 in the ashes away with the Engalnd play I hope England lose 4-0 to Aussies to soften them up of the Indians next summer. Lets hope Trott retires for being a bunny to short pitched bowling. How would players like Trott have played the West Indies with Roberts, Croft, Holding and Marshall. Players like Trott are an insult to test cricket no technique just like going on tours to India and Sri Lanka to score easy hundreds with spin and boost there averages whilst having nothing to offer in the test cricket to good seam bowling.

  • JG2704 on November 23, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Well played Australia - another hugely dominant day with the writing on the wall for Eng. I need to watch more of it but from what I watched the English bowlers looked unthreatening and the Aus batsmen were playing in one day mode. Unlucky Carberry but the usually unflappable Trott looked flappable today. After 1 let off he continued to play in the same way. Not sure what the weather forecast is for the rest of the match but if I was nitpicking I'd have said Clarke should have declared earlier.Not to do with the weather but also what may have happened if Johnson or Siddle picked up an injury? Also - was half asleep- but did I hear Strauss say that he'd declare at tea tomorrow if he was in Clarke's position and he was saying it in a manner that it would be a brave declaration? Cook will hope for the weather gods to come to his aid again but surely his luck has run out. Does anyone think that Eng's 2nd inns last time in Brisbane affected Clarke's declaration timing?

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on November 23, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Long overdue and good ton just what he needed to regain self belief and try to be just to his abilities he has failed to due to rashness and indisiplined shot selection and impetuous . Thing is Eng has no batsman anywhere near the class,talent and calibre of Warner let alone a Michael Clarke . Having said that ,Warner's inngs was easily the best played in this year in all forms by any young bat from any team . Can't compare with seasoned and class acts like Clarke who has far no. of even better inngs. to his name this year. His batting is a good lesson for the struggling Eng lineup .It must be said though that Warner had a very pedestrian of bowling of Eng and he made the most of it ,making it count unlike no. of times past when he threw it away with bowling in his control and he just had to make it big .On other hang Eng are up against the best pace attack in the world ,and some 1 named Mitch of course who's got them hop left , right , before sending them on their way for not much.

  • MarkTaffin on November 23, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Wonder if Andy F's regretting not having Compton there yet - ready-made top order replacement - instead of, say, one of the unselectable Yorkies? I'm a Yorkie, but, crikey, Michael Vaughan's influence has a lot to answer for...

  • on November 23, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Aus are always dangerous in their home, its going to be a nail biting test series this time. The conditions here are different from Eng, u need a bowler who can use his shoulder, bent his back like what Broad did in first inning. Still match is not over, Aus need to get rid of Cook, KP, Bell & Root along with Prior & Broad. All these players are capable of playing long & quick inning. Its going to be 2-1 or 2-2 this time.

  • opto_pus on November 23, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    How can James Anderson be considered a great bowler when everytime he leaves the comfort of English pitches he is exposed as a complete 3rd rate donkey bowler without the swinging duke ball in English conditions on English doctored pitches James Anderson looks very ordinary and very playable Warner and Clarke made mince meat of him as well as Swan. Both Swan and Anderson are poor in non English conditions. A great batting line up like India should not play them in a five test series at home as the English doctored pitches will effect the future confidence of the young Indian batsman 4 tests all these English old timers deserve. Many of the English cricketers are well over 30 i.e Anderson, Swan, Trott, Pietersen. Trott is wnating he will never be able to play short bowling and is a little bunny who the Aussies should target with short bowling all the time in this Ashes series.

  • dunger.bob on November 23, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    I've got to say something about Haddin. His impact on this game has been outstanding so far. Not only has his batting gone a long way towards setting this up, but his keeping has gone virtually unnoticed, which is ironically a very good thing. .. i'll admit to bagging him occasionally but he really doesn't deserve the treatment he sometimes gets.

    There was a stat that came up on the TV coverage that I thought was pretty amazing. Have a look at his scores in the opening test in his last 5 Ashes series. That's Ashes folks, not all tests and only the first test of the series. I can't remember the exact scores and I'm too much of a klutz with statsguru to even attempt it for myself, but believe me, it looked like Bradman. Ok, no double or triple tons in there, but still pretty impressive.

    He's a good trooper Haddiin. We're lucky to have him.

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

    anyone who is shocked from what they have seen obviously did not watch Australia play at home recently, I know it is fashionable to bag, but at home they defeated India 5 nil and went down to the Saffers last year in a fascinating series, so anyone that is shocked must think that Enland are a better team than the Saffers, so now the current crop of Aussie cricketer seems to be able to come to terms with home pitches, now lets learn to be flexible... not doctor pitches to stay competitive like some.

  • Cric_fever_forever on November 23, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    as a neutral viewer i must say that test matches these days dont last more then 3 or 4 days shows how badly the quality of cricket has come down in general . best of luck to both teams.

  • humdrum on November 23, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Cook averages 26 over his last 11 inns with a highest score of 62.Prior has 133 runs in last 6 ashes tests with an average of 17.Bar the knock of 180,Root averages 16 in his other ten inns.So its really up to KP and Bell. If they fall early, the margin of defeat would be a shocker.

  • Digimont on November 23, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    Trott will be lucky to survive this tour with his career intact, he will not be able to learn how to hook properly, without going all the way back and changing both his stance and his backlift. He will need a long break from the game to do that. Personally, I think he's done for.

  • Digimont on November 23, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    This match can be summed up fairly simply. Australia's bowlers have dominated and intimidated England's bowlers. With the ball, they have battered the England tail into (with Broad so far as the exception) meek surrender. Reverse the roles, and the Australian tail is belting the English bowlers all over the park. England have no answers here and the disease is rapidly spreading to the rest of the side.

  • satishchandar on November 23, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Striking points of the day.. Same strategy applied by both the teams.. England bringing in Broad as soon as Clarke came in and Clarke stood up and broke the shackles away. Johnson bought back when Trott came in. But Trott not attacking with head still and maintaining composure and had to leave early.

    Sometimes things are very much predictable an you would be ready for it but still, the amount of patience you have to deal with it makes difference. Probably, Clarke was more clear in what to attack and Trott was just out to attack.

    Trott is such a vital cog in England batting line up making things easier for the guys to follow by blunting the bowlers for hours. He need to be back in proper frame of mind next game irrespective of the result of this game.

  • mzm149 on November 23, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Well played Australia. The game will be over by tea tomorrow.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on November 23, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Carberry unlucky second innings (ball JUST trickling onto the stumps) and Trott's dismissal rather careless. It's a question now of not who's going to win, but what margin of victory will Australia inflict tomorrow. Love watching bowling plans in action, but hope England make SOME sort of fight/progress out of batting to keep the game alive for longer.

  • PrasPunter on November 23, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    @David OBrien, I pretty much doubt Bailey will last beyond this one, happy to be proved wrong though. Looks very vulnerable against the moving delivery. North has been in fine form, but at 34, wonder whether the selectors would go back to him. Got a compact and solid technique, some how he failed to live up. Time for Doolan to be tried. If , thats is a big if, Aus manage to wrap up the series at the MCG, Sydney shall be the one for all sorts of trials.

  • CoolBarn on November 23, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Regardless of the great match winners the Poms have in Cook, Pietersen, and Bell, they're all down on form and confidence. I'm sure they'll bounce back later in the series as they are classy players, but this match is done and dusted for England. This time Australia has won the key moments and match ups, and sets it up for a great series.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on November 23, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    @Mitty2: Yeah fair enough assessments; live it up mate - I know I would/did at times :-) I promise you I'm no less interested in the highlights and game as a whole as I was when the shoe was on the other foot. It seems aggression is the way to go down in Aus. and if that's the way it is, then fair play to guys like Warner if he can channel that to his advantage. Even Clarke was surprisingly attacking and that's usually not like him. No excuses here at all - England totally out-batted, out-bowled and (in my opinion based on the highlights I've seen) out-fielded and out-captained / strategized this game.

  • Vivekaks on November 23, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    What a statement by Warner...that whiplash of a straight six off Broad...Stunning...and his century coming off joe root was poetic justice... I thought Aussie batsmen let their bowlers down in England....but seems like the batsmen are finally coming to their own...and English bowlers who so depend on swing...cudnt do much... Ashes is truly and well alive...

  • disco_bob on November 23, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Absolutely bucketing down here in Brisvegas at the moment (8pm), and the forecast for tomorrow has changed from thunderstorms to very hot and sunny. Taking a trip to the Gabba to join in the fun.

  • Guernica on November 23, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Not the best start to the run chase, but a couple of 200+ partnerships should see us home comfortably.

  • Biggus on November 23, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    @Mitty2:- Agree with you about Harris. I'm going to go out on a limb and say he's starting to remind me JUST A LITTLE of Malcolm Marshall. Sure, he's 10 ks slower and not in the same class (not many candidates there) but he's a similar size, somewhat chest on, quicker than he looks, makes the batsman play, nasty skidding bouncer, moves it around, big heart. That's the resume of a really good quick. It could have just as easily have described John Snow. Every time I see him bowl I come away with an even higher opinion of him as a bloke and a cricketer. He's an absolute captain's dream (barring injury). Mitch may have got the headlines, but it's Harris who been the engine room of our attack lately.

  • postandrail on November 23, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    SLslider 29 wickets in three days. Absolute road eh? You're partly right though as it is when Australia's batting.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on November 23, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    To intentionally let the Aussies get this far ahead, knowing that it will be a walk in the park to win, shows just how confident and well this England team is playing.

  • humdrum on November 23, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    'Oh for some rain'-The prayer on English lips. Fact is that Anderson has fallen of the cliff after the first test in England,Swann looks a shadow of his former self and bar broad,there is precious little bowling to discuss. As for batting, Trott has been found out and Root is in the process.Cook has yet to get a decent score in some time and Prior is in awful nick.KP and Bell look the likely run getters and,with so many passengers,Eng can hardly hope to win. But then, self love is a wonderful thing.

  • on November 23, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Australia have outplayed the England in all departments and it all took them by staggering display of courageous batting and hostile bowling, Mitchell Johnson, Dave Warner and Clarke are up for retaliation so is whole Aussie team.

  • Mitty2 on November 23, 2013, 9:28 GMT

    Re Lyon outbowling Swann, it's an important thing to remember: Swann's only other test at the Gabba he got similarly poor figures, whereas Lyon has averaged 24 there with his previous two tests. They're different spinners, and their styles suit differently - Lyon's key feature is his bounce, and it has gotten all types of world class batsmen out and is emphasised at the Gabba. The Gabba's tough on most off spinners historically, except for our Nath. Although interestingly enough, in the three tests (OT, Durham, The oval) where they played together, Lyon also outperformed and out bowled Swann.

    @Adnan, that on top of our tail always performing in England. And some think it a coincidence lol. It 100% wouldn't happen to the same degree with Clarke captain.

    @valvoux, it's not a belter. The pitch is a great wicket which gives something for all. Surely the variety of scores shows that. Broad extracted movement and bounce all throughout, as are Harris, Mj and Lyon. Well done Kevin mitchell.

  • Mitty2 on November 23, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Also have to clear up Clarke's supposed weakness against the short ball (which of course is only out of having a bad back for the last Ashes series)... Broad's obviously had it over him with the short ball for the last 5 tests but with the sight of just two pulls Eng give up? It's the only way they can get him out... And they just give up? Are they really that conservative? I tip my hat to you, Alistair Cook. If he was in Clarke's position by the time of the declaration (which he wouldn't have because Clarke's fields/tactics have got wickets and quick runs, unlike Cook's) he's probably wait until Eng were 700 ahead before he declared lol.

    Also, Eng haven't gotten over 400 since against NZ in Headingly may I ask how that's possible Eng fans? Complacency? Not playing to potential? What happened to the "we won 3-0 with all our batsmen under performing so we'll smash you"? Time for some (not all) to give credit to a world class bowling line up with world class plans.

  • on November 23, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Look how well Australia will play now with a bit of momentum. The bowlers set up this win, well maybe the English batsmen set it up with their terrible batting. But there's a big difference in confidence batting when you're that far ahead on first innings scores. Now we're going 1-0 up, perfect start, same scenario, the boys are going to be playing with far less tension going into the second test.

    We still have problems with our batting, if it weren't for Haddin and Johnson where would we be in this match?

    Bailey's going to get more chances, but is anyone convinced of his test credentials still? Watson's bowling as always allows him more chances than most. Every failure has people calling for his head, but he got 173 in the previous test so we'll be carrying him for a bit longer too.

    With Warner's performance here, it's hard to think he'll be moved, Marcus North has five tons for Australia at 6, and Alex Doolan is the top #3 in the country. Just saying.

  • dunger.bob on November 23, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    During the lead up there was a bit of chit chat about the general way each team goes about it's cricket.

    The consensus was that England, as a rule, take the grinding, attritional approach and more or less wear their opponents into the ground. Australia on the other hand are seen as more of a wham bam, go get em Sam sort of team who try to blow their opponents out of the ground.

    I believe both approaches can work but Australia's is by far the riskier. As they say though, great risk can bring even greater reward, and we've seen it at work in this match. Haddin in the first innings batted briskly and not entirely risk free but he, along with a free swinging Mitch got us out of immediate trouble. .. Then we saw the aggressive bowling. And it was aggressive. .. we saw what sort of rewards that can bring. Finally we have Clarke and Warner batting at around a run a ball in partnership.

    The power game can go horribly wrong and sometimes make you look like a total twit, but when it works!!

  • Mitty2 on November 23, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    Another brilliant day for us. Warner's second best innings to date, although this one was in an Ashes series so more significant. Just like for those English who continually referred to him as a 'white ball specialist' and slogger to have a nice watch at his highlights... All proper cricketing shots. There's a reason he averages above 50 in Aus, and considering his ripper form and improved mindset it was inevitable he'd score well. Especially with Cook's bog average captaincy. There was a stage where he'd only scored four 4s when he was on 60 with a strike rate of almost 90... Why? Because Cook's field was defensive he could score off every ball.

    Harris is the second best quick in the world imo. Has absolutely remarkable figures so far and makes an impact with the new ball 9.5 times out of 10. MJ's balance and confidence really proving invaluable. Reckon he'll have another match winning effort tomorrow - MoM by a country mile. Trott continues his terrible form as I predicted...

  • on November 23, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    Aussies have not won a comfortable test match against England in recent memory, therefore I am still holding my breathe, because the X-factor in Cook, KP, Bell and Broad. I am hoping the Aussies can win big in this test match because the entire series depends on it. If England can get a century or century partnerships out of Cook, KP and Bell, then they can start planning to force a draw to annoy Clarke's men. I can't see England win at this stage, but a draw is a possibility. England will win the series again if they can manage a draw here. If a team like Aussies can't bowl out a team with 500+ runs lead in 2 days, then they will not deserve to win the series. I hope my prediction is wrong:)

  • on November 23, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    England are in this position just because of Cooks captaincy when aussie were 6 down in the first he let it slip by his laid back captaincy style like he waited for 9 overs for the new ball and was just going through the motion u cannot win test series like this I think Australia will regain ashes by The 3 nil margin

  • disco_bob on November 23, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    Today was surely the most dominating display seen at the Gabba since yesterday.

  • valvolux on November 23, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    Still a better of a pitch, should see this spill into a 5th day. At least we know Clarke will attack all day. Cooks captaincy continues to be poor and defensive. At the slightest hint of attack he drops everyone back. Opening with root and swann after lunch was an absolute gift for Clarke, especially when cook left so many easy singles on offer. Some of the worst captaincy I've seen. The English "pacemen" were all sitting in the high 120s and maxing out at about 135 kmph. I think their tag as a group of medium pacers is well justified. Sure they can hit a decent length at times, but if your field is there for stopping runs and not taking wickets, its just gonna frustrate the hell out of them. Good to see Trotts career coming to a close, how it took so long to figure out a guy who is a one trick pony can't score when you take the trick away is beyond me.

  • arnav.c on November 23, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Can anyone tell me England's bowling overate? I am sure it was way below. Match referee , can we see some action.. either a match fee penalty or 1 test ban for Cook?

  • Redbackfan on November 23, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Great work by the Aussies went to the game yesterday and it was awesome. Not a big fan of Johnson but when he's good he's good so hats off Mitch and I love the mo. Harris is a legend, Siddle consistent and Lyon bowled well, don't know why he has so many baggers. Warner seems to have got his head right and is batting very well. Great knock by pup and Haddin is in good knick. Bailey and Rogers look shaky and need to bat well next match or that could be it for them. Last of all Watson same old story gets a start and throws it away. I'm sick of hearing about how he is the key to the ashes and how good a player he is. He is a great 50 over and T20 player but he is not a Test player especially not a no:3 not even a top 6 test batsmen and can't bowl enough overs to be picked as a bowler. I hope he proves me wrong but I doubt it. Really enjoying the summer of cricket 2 great days by Australia go Aussie go!

  • jokerbala on November 23, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    poor from tremlett and anderson . Tremlet is bowling at 120-130kmph ? even we Indians can do better.... and Anderson has sacrificed his strength of swing for more consistency in line and length.This kind of bowling is OK on placid pitches where you cab bore the opposition(and the crowd) out but at the Gabba you need more firepower. I doubt if Finn will be a better choice but he would make more of an impact than Tremlett though.They should have brought the young tear away Tymal Mills.

  • Dr.murdoch on November 23, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Wonderstar1, from your comments it seems as if you don't appreciate good batsmen. I'm not an English fan but test cricket isn't about being entertaining the crowd, it's about doing your job for your country and cook and trot have both done quite a lot for their country irrespective of how they play. Trot maybe going through a rough patch ATM but he's good enough to overcome it, his record shows it.

  • GRVJPR on November 23, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    England are fully eposed againmst short bouncy juicy bowling. But why so much gaga over Aussies performance? they are playing at home and that doesn't count as per standards set by cricket fans for Indians. Aussies have to win 4-0 in India and so does south africa and england to prove that they are something good. Same for India to go and prove overseas.

  • InfiniteWhite on November 23, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    We could obviously see the fear in Carberry's eyes he was taking his guard against Johnson. So Trott, Root and him will absolutely be Johnson's bunnies for the rest of the series along with Swann, Anderson and the third seamer. Prior is out of form. So, who is England left with? Cook, Pietersen, Bell and Broad. So it's 4 batsmen vs 11. Nice.

  • team_india_no1 on November 23, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    I thought Australia won't be able to win even a single test match in the series, at the most draw one or two, but here you got Australia on the verge of winning the first one itself. Good going, I am very happy for Australia and you can imagine why. Come on go beat the Poms. Be aware of the England comeback though. Second Test is very important now in this regard. Mitchell Johnson is looking smart, batting handsome and bowling handsome as well. David Warner is back. Lyon out bowling Swann, get Panesar in.

  • promy_cric on November 23, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Impressive staff by Aussie, look cool and calm and more importantly Clarke got some runs, On the other side, England looked vapid and deteriorated, body language is down. Hope, 2nd inning batting performance boost their confidence.

  • Bonehead_maz on November 23, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    @ xtrafalgarx on (November 23, 2013, 3:58 GMT) I thought Warner batted better than I'd previously seen him. He batted really beautifully ! My comment was "tongue in cheek" at a commonly and ridiculously held view. (he'd just scored a hundred). Anyone with eyes can see Warner is a better player than the other 3 openers in this match ? So :) certainly no disrespect for his innings today !

  • dalboy12 on November 23, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Never believed this was going to be an easy win for England in Aussie - I predicted 2 -2 series result --- beginning to think I should change that to 3-1 to Aussie. They are all over England in this test in both batting and bowling. England must be worried about the lack of wickets from Anderson both in the last few tests in England and here in Brisbane.

  • wonderstar1 on November 23, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Jonathan Trott must be the most over rated and most boring player in test history. Even when he makes runs he doesn't look pretty. And to top it he doesn't have good technique either. l he has a severe weakness against short balls. yes you heard it short balls. how many times has this guy been out for short balls, easily more number of times than Raina . To tell cook or trott has been world class or being compared to Sachin or Ponting or even Dravid is quite laughable. both are boring and over rated by poms. I would watch any day a sachin or ponting scoring a 40 or 50 than a Jonathan Trott or cook scoring a boring 100.

  • batman_gothamcity on November 23, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    Well Played Australia , always feels good when the turn around is seen after consecutive losses . MJ is just keeping up the bowling performances he showed in IPL , T20 and current ODI series with India , very hostile fast bowling . Clarke as usual was superb and so was Warner . But do not get carried away , Eng have very good test players and will come back . This test may be difficult to save unless weather plays spoilsport as there is a forecast of thunderstorms .

  • souwesterly on November 23, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    As an Englishman, I would politely suggest that if anyone can get a photo of the Ashes urn now, then they do so.....because we've seen the last of it for a while. Carberry, Trott, Bell and probably Cook are all so far out of touch with real pace bowling as to be unfit for the task they should be performing and our bowlers seem to have lost most of their bite. Australia, having now been given a large dose of confidence, will move strongly into the power position for the rest of the series. I expect England to come home with very few wins of any kind under their belts.....but with many shamefaced looks.

  • dunger.bob on November 23, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    This feels like a flashback or something. Australia steering the game around at will like this.

    We've been in similar positions fairly recently but haven't been able to put it in the bag. Surely this time. It can't go bad from here can it?

    I think England can still salvage something out of this if they bat a few of their blokes into form. It's hard to see them winning from here but at least they can delay the inevitable for as long as possible. If two or more Poms scored 100's they will probably feel it wasn't a dead loss.

    From our point of view, it would be great if we could stuff em in a bag and mail em out of there before tea tomorrow. I think that would make it a pretty comprehensive victory by most standards. .. It's been a whiling coming.

  • trumpoz on November 23, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Will be hard to see England come back from here. Day 2/3 are the best days to bat at the GABBA (and this is pretty close to a normal GABBA wicket - so those talking about pitch doctoring need to get a grip). Lyon will shoulder more of the load as tomorrow wears on and the pitch starts to take more spin. Australia to go 1-0 up by the 5th morning. Then the unknown that is the new Adelaide drop-in wicket.

  • on November 23, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    The difference between both teams is quite clear to observe from a neutral perspective. Australia have lost the FEAR factor and England seem to have gained that FEAR factor. This series will be fought and won over the battle of fear.

  • Bonehead_maz on November 23, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    It took me a while after we passed 500 lead to understand whey we hadn't declared. When I thought ....he wants 400, I smiled,,,,, nice touch. I'm worried about our fragile batting. Other than extremely dominant century makers it looked poor. Must give a HUGE thumbs up to Brad Haddin, who's batting in this match has been top draw

  • BradmanBestEver on November 23, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    Well done Aussies. A fantastic come back from the beating we copped in England. What character and guts the Aussie players are showing - and talent for that matter.

    MJ in particular - they are obviously scared of you mate - keep up the good work!

    Now if only we can find a decent No. 3 to replace Watson...

  • xtrafalgarx on November 23, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    The English are so arrogant and cocky that they are shocked this is happening yet it was plain to see that there have been chinks in their all along. The past 4 test matches Australia and England have played against each other, it's clear to see that Australia has looked the FAR better side bar a couple of days i.e the collapse at Durham.

    Something has gone amiss from this English side since Strauss retired. When you bet India, they were still filled with the old statesmen that were past it, and they messed up their pitches while your spinners were better. They were a much tougher team to beat when we went there. You struggled in NZ too, you are just not the same side, you have lost your aura, you have to accept that before you can get better.

  • jango_moh on November 23, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    great knocks from clarke and warner!!! i am an indian fan, and i get sky sports coverage... i cant understand how the commentators on that channel keep talking about trott as if he's miles ahead of somebody like clarke!!! clark has an average of 52 playing almost a 100 test matches, and trott has around 47 playing less than 50... letsee what trott's avg is when he's close to 100 matches and then we can talk!!! gives some perspective about the dravids, sachins, kallis etc who have got 50+ avgs after playing so many matches all over the world!!!

  • milepost on November 23, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    They will surely have to make changes for the next test. They will have to drop Trott, Root, Prior, Anderson and Tremlett if they are any chance of getting back into the series. Swann looked a liability again today going at 5 an over so may be try Monty. Unless of course they make the remaining 500 and something runs which I guess is possible but not likely against this bowling lineup with 8 wickets left and batsman who seem terrified facing genuine pace. Those who knocked Mitch must be wondering what happened.

  • on November 23, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    well done aussies

  • on November 23, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    well done aussies

  • on November 23, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    congratulations pup what a knock!

  • humdrum on November 23, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    Here we go again. Carberry playing on and Trott simply not up to it against liquid pace. Cook hanging on,but only just.Seems a different game and a different wicket when the Aussies are bowling.Wonder coach Andy will now,surely produce the proverbial rabbit out of the hat. Just be patient,folks. The great Eng batting revival is just round the corner.

  • inthebag on November 23, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    How many overs did Root get today? They've given up already.

  • TheBigBoodha on November 23, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Michael Mayne, the only problem is that this is a normal Gabba strip. It's a bit drier than usual, but that's about it. It's the same everywhere in Australia when we play tests - the pitches remain fairly predictable. In contrast the pitches for the first tests in Galle and Chenai when AUS toured IND and SL were abominations. Only one was sanctioned by the ICC, but the only reason the other was not was because they are too scared to stand up to the BCCI. When India toured AUS we actually moved the first test to the flatter, slower, lower MCG to HELP India!

  • milepost on November 23, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Mitch is going to bounce Trott out of the side, he simply can't play him. They should call for the extra 30 minutes if England aren't going to show any resolve. Australia past 400 again. I expected Australia to compete but I also expected England to.

  • Chris_P on November 23, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    I'm back after 2 days & 1 session of test cricket & let me tell you, the atmosphere was electric. It was an amazing day 2 with all the wickets, the crowd was going off, this is what test cricket is all about. Observations from what I have seen to date.. We still got issues with both Watson & Bailey. Rhino Harris is a dead-set legend, Lyons is delivering on his potential & Haddin is reminding us of his fighting skills. @lanldl47 & JG286, I was really surprised at the lack of pace by Anderson & Tremlett, CT was barely touching 130, JA not much more, this is some 10-15 klms down on last time. not moving the ball leaves them open for punishment. They do really need to ramp it up as it is way to tough going at this pace, Trent Copeland being our best example down here.

  • on November 23, 2013, 6:57 GMT

    For all those critics of Cook. Haven't been watching but its pretty obvious that if England lose this test it'll be because they didn't bat well enough, not because of Cook's captaincy.

  • Biggus on November 23, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    @SLslider:-Only the 1st over of the second England innings and it already doesn't look like the 'absolute road' that you claim it is. Methinks you have an axe to grind.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 23, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    @ SLslider on (November 23, 2013, 6:22 GMT) A road eh 295 and 136 and 6 dec 401 they sure are making hard work of batting on this road, if England are 7 for 450 this time tomorrow I will agree this is a road.

  • disco_bob on November 23, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    @SLslider, 136 all out is a pretty poor score on a 'road'.

  • on November 23, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    All those who are throwing rotten tomatoes at Swan , need to remember that he has been quite phenomenal over the past 5 years. While he lacks the guile and talent of Ajmal , he is resistant and smart.

  • SLslider on November 23, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    What an absolute road. Nothing happening in the pitch. This is as boring as IND VS WI test series. Killing Test cricket.

  • cricketsubh on November 23, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    great knock clarke aus will win this test .for 2nd test i will make one change drop watson and pick doolen for no3 spot its time for watson to go he should play only odis and t20s.u canot give any player 50 test to cement his place in the team 50 test is a lot .

  • on November 23, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    @Michael Mayne - I can't believe how ignorant your comment are. A doctored wicket is one that plays differently to the usual wicket at that venue. The centre wicket in Brisbane is always fast and bouncy but they flatten out as you move away from the centre of the square. India's wickets change markedly from what they are like for other matches. Brisbane has been the same as it is for a T20 or one-dayer. Other Aussie venues are the same. England tried to slow up their wickets this year but normally what you see normally is what you get for tests. The same can't be said for Indian wickets....

  • dunger.bob on November 23, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    Tremlett was off his length today. Considering he's pretty much gun barrel straight that's a problem at his pace. English fans might be able to tell me this. Has he always been military medium or was he quicker at some point? While I'm at it, why is he wearing his little brothers shirt?

    Clarkes knock was a gem. Fluent as you could hope for and really importantly, it was a 2nd Innings ton which I rate higher than 1st innings ones for some reason I can't quite put my finger on. .. He saw us through to safe ground in quick time and it's hard to see how he could have played a better knock. Brilliant actually.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 23, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    England have a big selection headache coming up, Swan has to play at Adelaide, but what happens at Perth, Melbourne and Sydney do they make root the spinner and bring in another 7 foot medium pacer ??

  • on November 23, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    @Bobco you hit it bulls eye mate. I seriously believe that Cook deserves an one match ban. England look seriously deflated and already look defeated. Even in the last ashes Australia should have won at least one test match if not for the cruel rain gods. In my opinion Cook is a seriously over hyped captain who has a very talented team at his disposal.

  • xtrafalgarx on November 23, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    @Joe232: the team has done well this tests. That's the best time to be a blood a young player, when the team is playing well. That way, everyone is not looking at you to score runs as soon as you come in. You can't expect to come in and score a match winning innings as soon as they are in the side, he is still learning his game!

  • Rajesh_india_1990 on November 23, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Brilliant century from Graeme swann..lol

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 23, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    @ Michael Mayne on (November 23, 2013, 4:30 GMT) the good thing about watching test matches in Australia is that if spin bowling tickles your fancy you can see that in Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney, sure it does not dominate but that would not be fair would it, you want the Batsmen and bowlers of all descriptions to have a fair go.

  • warnerbasher on November 23, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Love the English players shaking Swann's hand when he hit the 100 mark. Great stuff and tremendous show of a spirited team. Warner was superb. We should declare now and set them 450.

  • on November 23, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    @ Michael Mayne. The fact of the matter is the cricket world rather see three quicks running in devastating batsmen than three spinners bowl spin all day. Thats why ppl can't stand those pitches. Fast bouncy pitches and good fast bowling is always more exciting. That's just cricket. I rather see any of the great WI quicks bowl rather than Murali or Warner any day.

  • on November 23, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Its no surprise that the Aussies prepared tailor made bouncy pitches in their own backyard and they are dominating a hapless English side.Their real talent will be tested on spinning tracks .... Does this comment sound familiar to Aus/Eng fans ? Well similar comments are made on the Indian team when they won 4-0 against the Aussie team. Atleast Aus/Eng fans now realise the facts and give credit where its due. On the serious note, well played Australia and its refreshing to see Mitch and Harris bowling quick and accurate. Kudos to Warner for a scintillating 100. I will be supporting the Aus team in this series, no matter what happens in this test

  • BobCo on November 23, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    26 minutes to tea, and England have bowled only 43 overs so far today (less than half). This is disgusting. Cook needs to be given a suspension for this.

  • Hummingbird0 on November 23, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    @buggsy, he is an experienced player. Don't throw a youngster into this squad. Look at Smith. Agreed he scored century in England. But too much youngster will never propel Aus in right direction. You need experienced player. But having said that, Watson should not play at 3 but lower down the order.

  • xtrafalgarx on November 23, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    @Bonehead_maz: What's your problem? He has shown he is a good player, scoring a lot of hundreds this summer and also his 4th test hundred. He is a good player, and can be a Hayden type of player for us. We just need to sort out the no.1 and no.3 positions.

  • CrICkeeet on November 23, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    Dont b fancy.. Australia already made a victory (unless their isnt rain)... lead 397, only 3 down.. just day 3 1st sesn.... bt think how amazingly! only after day 1 evry1 start bashing boys... how quickly things can change in cricket... congratzz warner, mitch, pup

  • TheBigBoodha on November 23, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    Great to see Warner scoring his fifth century in the past five weeks or so. And to think of all that nonsense the haters bandied about. Not good enough? Egg on face. Egg all over body, actually.

  • Garp on November 23, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    At this point of imagine England would be content with the Aussie's batting out the days play and even into tomorrow. The enemy I'd time in this 1st test not runs. There is no way to win the match but the test now if you will is to see it out to a draw. England's batsmen have really done their bowler's a disservice with that inept batting display and owe it to them to see this out to a draw.

  • on November 23, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Clarke making a nonsense of the short bowling weakness claims, he is slaying them!

  • Hummingbird0 on November 23, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    Legendary Jimmy Anderson, often considered to be at par or better than Mcgrath, once again fails to take any wicket when his team needs him to deliver. Coincidentally, his bow avg is 30+, which also pinpoints his greatness to a whole new level. Thus he proves 'again' that England's best bowler only performs in tailor-made home conditions. Otherwise a big fail.

  • Buggsy on November 23, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Agree with Watson, too much of a liability; he has *never* won Australia a Test. A number three with a batting average in the mid 30s? Come on selectors.

  • Bonehead_maz on November 23, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    Well played Warner ! For a hopeless t20 slogger it's nice to see you looking way better than Cook.

  • jimbond on November 23, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    Shane Watson's horrible form with the bat and ball should make the selection issue easier for Australia in the next few tests. Faulkner with his current form with the bat is a good gamble- it also makes for a more aggressive approach with the ball. Johnson and Haddin should be trusted to deliver more with the bat, as also Ryan Harris. Harris, Johnson, and Lyon have proved their worth in the first innings, and Siddle will contribute sooner than later.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 23, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    Only 23 over in the session, to me that means they are already waiting for rain.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 23, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    Only 23 over in the session, to me that means they are already waiting for rain.

  • jimbond on November 23, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    Shane Watson's horrible form with the bat and ball should make the selection issue easier for Australia in the next few tests. Faulkner with his current form with the bat is a good gamble- it also makes for a more aggressive approach with the ball. Johnson and Haddin should be trusted to deliver more with the bat, as also Ryan Harris. Harris, Johnson, and Lyon have proved their worth in the first innings, and Siddle will contribute sooner than later.

  • Bonehead_maz on November 23, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    Well played Warner ! For a hopeless t20 slogger it's nice to see you looking way better than Cook.

  • Buggsy on November 23, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Agree with Watson, too much of a liability; he has *never* won Australia a Test. A number three with a batting average in the mid 30s? Come on selectors.

  • Hummingbird0 on November 23, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    Legendary Jimmy Anderson, often considered to be at par or better than Mcgrath, once again fails to take any wicket when his team needs him to deliver. Coincidentally, his bow avg is 30+, which also pinpoints his greatness to a whole new level. Thus he proves 'again' that England's best bowler only performs in tailor-made home conditions. Otherwise a big fail.

  • on November 23, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Clarke making a nonsense of the short bowling weakness claims, he is slaying them!

  • Garp on November 23, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    At this point of imagine England would be content with the Aussie's batting out the days play and even into tomorrow. The enemy I'd time in this 1st test not runs. There is no way to win the match but the test now if you will is to see it out to a draw. England's batsmen have really done their bowler's a disservice with that inept batting display and owe it to them to see this out to a draw.

  • TheBigBoodha on November 23, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    Great to see Warner scoring his fifth century in the past five weeks or so. And to think of all that nonsense the haters bandied about. Not good enough? Egg on face. Egg all over body, actually.

  • CrICkeeet on November 23, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    Dont b fancy.. Australia already made a victory (unless their isnt rain)... lead 397, only 3 down.. just day 3 1st sesn.... bt think how amazingly! only after day 1 evry1 start bashing boys... how quickly things can change in cricket... congratzz warner, mitch, pup

  • xtrafalgarx on November 23, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    @Bonehead_maz: What's your problem? He has shown he is a good player, scoring a lot of hundreds this summer and also his 4th test hundred. He is a good player, and can be a Hayden type of player for us. We just need to sort out the no.1 and no.3 positions.