Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 4th day November 24, 2013

Johnson blows England away in a 381-run drubbing

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Australia 295 (Haddin 94, Johnson 64, Broad 6-81) and 7 for 401 dec (Warner 124, Clarke 113, Haddin 53) beat England 136 (Johnson 4-61, Harris 3-28) and 173 (Cook 65, Johnson 5-42) by 381 runs
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The field set for Mitchell Johnson summed up Australia's supremacy as they closed in on victory in the first Test at the Gabba. Every fielder was there for the kill: four slips, a fly slip, two leg slips, silly mid off, short leg. Australia were all over England - or at least Johnson was - and after tea it briefly felt like the 1970s again with Dennis Lillee and Jeff Thomson in their pomp.

Australia needed this win badly. They had not won a Test in 10 attempts and an Ashes Test in eight goes. But from such a fallow period they have somehow learned how to dominate again. They have backed up their talk by inflicting on England one of the heaviest drubbings in Ashes history.

They cranked up the sledging with England nine down with the stump mic picking up conflicting opinions from their captain, Michael Clarke, and T20 captain, George Bailey, about whether James Anderson was going to get his arm or his hand broken. The umpires had to step in as feelings became heated.

Clarke insisted that "mutual respect" remained off the field and that it was good, tough cricket. "I cop as much as I give," Clarke said. "I have had a lot worse. There is not one person in the England team that we have a personal vendetta against." Alastair Cook, England's captain, suggested that back-to-back Ashes series made a rise in tensions almost inevitable.

Johnson finished with 9 for 103 in the match, freed from the technical doubts that have dogged his career, technically sounder for the moment at least and relishing the thrill of bowling fast. Every time he came on, the crowd roared with anticipation.

Maybe it should always have been this way. It has come late in the day - he is 32 now - but this could be the Ashes series that cements his reputation. Australia just need to give him quick, bouncy pitches and feed him steak every time he looks likely to lapse into self-analysis.

At the Gabba three years ago, Johnson made a duck and took none for 170. On this occasion, his 64 alongside Brad Haddin rescued Australia's first innings and his bowling, physically threatening at times, will have left England mentally scarred. Graham Gooch's dog thrower, used to hone England's batsmen against quick bowling, will have to be employed with such ferocity that it could wrench his shoulder.

Roofs have been ripped from houses in Queensland, power lines are down and there was even a report of a tornado. There were three storms at the Gabba on the fourth day and only one of them was called Johnson: he was the most violent of the three. The first curtailed the afternoon session to 16 overs as hailstones fell the size of marbles and then soon disappeared, as marbles tend to do. The final storm was barely a whimper.

England lost four wickets for nine runs in 20 balls after the first storm, their second collapse of the match. The first of them was Cook, their redoubtable captain, and the one batsman who shaped as if saving the game was within his ken. Cook fell to his second ball after the resumption, immediately after tea, seeking the cut shot that had been his most productive stroke, and undone by a little extra bounce and turn. Nathan Lyon's ability to find overspin has been beneficial on a pitch of decent bounce and he has outbowled Graeme Swann here as a result.

Cook is designed for the long game. Endurance defines him. His 65 over three-and-threequarter hours was patient and unflustered, intent purely on survival, and scoring occasionally by happenstance. When a ball slipped out of Lyon's hand and arrived as a juicy full toss, he could not quite compute it and the ball rapped into his thigh.

Fragility followed upon Cook's dismissal. Matt Prior obligingly turned Lyon to leg slip and Stuart Broad and Swann followed in Johnson's next over, Broad jumped across his crease to fend Johnson off his glove down the leg side and Swann collected the first Test pair of his career as he pushed half-heartedly forward. The Nottinghamshire pair can be outlandish counter-attackers down the order but neither look well equipped to cope with Johnson thundering in at 150kph. Not many would.

Chris Tremlett blocked stoutly for a while and Joe Root, on his first Ashes tour, will find his two hours at the crease invaluable. But Tremlett departed at short leg as Ryan Harris slammed one into the splice, and the second over with the new ball rounded things off as Anderson proferred Johnson a return catch amid a flurry of verbals.

Once again, the Gabba had come to Australia's aid. Two down overnight, and with two days remaining, England's task to save the Test looked insurmountable without major intervention from the weather. If they could draw sustenance from anywhere it was from the Brisbane Test three years ago when they batted for ten-and-a-half hours, Cook made an unbeaten double hundred and the series shifted irrevocably in their favour. But their batting possessed more substance then.

In the morning, England lost Kevin Pietersen; in the afternoon, Ian Bell. Such was Australia's dominant position that one wicket per session was acceptable progress because as became evident the tail can depart in no time. Bell, on 32, became the fourth England wicket to fall, during a wholehearted spell by Peter Siddle, failing to withdraw as Siddle found extra bounce and cramped his shot.

Pietersen's 100th Test has failed to pour kindness upon him. He made 26 before he fell to the first over after the drinks interval. His swivel pull against Johnson felt smooth enough but all he did was pick out the fielder at fine leg. It was only the second ball Pietersen had faced from Johnson on the third morning and his determination to assert himself proved to be his downfall. But it seemed a bit harsh to condemn it as injudicious. Sometimes things just turn out badly.

Pietersen, whose knowledge of first-class players is not encyclopaedic (he once played a match with Hampshire's Chris Wood without knowing who he was) could be forgiven for not knowing that the fielder in question was Chris Sabburg, specialist fielder and smiter for Brisbane Heat, a man given a rookie contract by Darren Lehmann last year before he abandoned the Heat for a hotter job altogether.

Sabburg, his job done, immediately left the field, replaced his orange substitutes' bib and yanked his sunnies over his ginger hair, a look of total satisfaction on his face. It was the finest substitute's intervention in an Ashes Test since Gary Pratt ran out Ricky Ponting at Trent Bridge.

No side can fail to win for so long without nagging doubts remaining, even in such a powerful position. When Australia introduced Shane Watson before lunch it invited fears as to whether his damaged calf would stand the strain. For Ryan Harris to slide into the boundary boards in a failed attempt to stop Bell's straight hit against Steve Smith crossing the boundary, it felt like an Extreme Sport, but he rose again and Australia breathed easily. Siddle left the pitch for treatment on his back. Even now, Australia, Mitchell Johnson could be slipping on a bar of soap in the shower.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY shbris on | November 24, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    First off what a great win and come back from the aussies could be the start of something special, but england do have a great team and can hit back just as easily in Adelaide. I was at the ground for the first three days and was the most entertaining test i have been to, saying that im a huge aussie fan. As Clarke said i do delieve the crowd did push the aussies to another level and Johnson what a game I have never been a fan but jes he shut me and the barmy army up great job. I do believe that england are on the back foot and have alot of work to do or they could facing a big defeat here in australia as the last series was alot closer than the history books will say. Anderson, Tremlett and Swann looked very average for this test only broad really looked threatening but i think it was partly due to the crowd giving him such a hard time. to sum up well done clarke and the whole of the Australian Team you deserve this win and lets hope 10 more follow

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | November 24, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    England has a valuable window in which to put things right; it had better be used well! The Gabba defeat wasn't something that was anticipated; it should have been a draw with the batsmen going big. Adelaide should be kinder to England as Mitch J's pace & lift will be less evident on an easy-paced drop-in pitch, but Eng's bats will have to be better & more focussed than they were in Brisbane. Perth would have been the one venue where England would expect to be seriously challenged by an excess of pace, as happened in 2010 (MJ :9 for 82; R Harris: 9 for 106) Perth is not a happy place for England losing 8 & winning one from 12 since 1970. I have a feeling that Rankin could be unleashed at Perth now, as Plan A has failed. The MCG & the SCG are more seamer-friendly, where Jimmy A & Stuart B should thrive, but so will RH & P Siddle. All in all, the draw at the Gabba was crucial. There will be, must be team changes. If you repeat what you've just done, then don't expect a different outcome!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 26, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    @Bhavesh Buch on (November 25, 2013, 7:44 GMT) In recent inns (even ODIs) KP has been alot more circumspect. Still at least we have 2 bowlers now. Before this match it would just have been Anderson eh?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 26, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    at last the proper world order of cricket has been restored - now English fans can go back to pretending they don't like cricket like they did for 20 odd years & ignorant Indian supporters go back to spouting their holier than thou views

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 25, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    @Deuce03 on (November 25, 2013, 0:23 GMT) England won in India (where they hadn't won previously for about 3 decades) without either. Also in the previous tour to Aus I think both played and Eng lost 5-0 and Eng lost 3-0 in Strauss's penultimate tour as captain and 2-0 in his last home series as captain. For the record - the last Ashes in Aus which you talk about PC averaged 13.83 with the bat - not that much middle order stability

  • POSTED BY wasimahm on | November 25, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    A typical Australian win - supreme batting, an excellent run-rate, short-pitched stuff, sledging, a 300 plus run win, result before the final day and a complaining England team.

    Hope Australia is back to being Australia and England back to being the losers as we've always known them to be.

  • POSTED BY DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW on | November 25, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Another legend failed in the 100th test

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | November 25, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Why am I seeing so much negativity in the Eng camp right now? The fans are looking rather exsanguinated at the moment. It is just one loss, come on. I admit I have not seen how exactly Eng batsmen got out but Trott is not the first man to get out to a short ball trying to pull. I thought Trott was one of the most robust of Eng batsmen to be honest. KP has his issues & Cook has his typical bent but Trott looks very pleasing in the crease.

    I think this is where one needs to talk about mental strength. You need it when you are down else the pressure will shatter you. Eng should think of the times when they did well instead of thinking what will happen next.

    India lost to SA in 2010 by an innings in T1 but came back to win the next won handsomely. ABD scored a 100 in a session there & got a duck IIRC in the next one.

    This also shows how a nice working system like Eng can suddenly collapse at the slightest of component failure. Converse is true too for Aus. Cricket the great leveler.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    England don't have any bowlers beyond Broad and Anderson,,,KP is a weak link,,, He still thinks himself as T20 player after playing 100 tests and treats every ball like that,,, its good to watch but does in helps??? No way,,,Cook needs a solid opening partner,,,,

    Same way Aussie has Watson as weak link,,,,

  • POSTED BY mohsin9975 on | November 25, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Ctd...... So us Indian fans need to stop boasting here since we havent earned it yet. If one thinks Odi performances will extrapolate to Test performance, he is thoroughly mistaken. ODI/T20 legends with mediocre Test records(MSD, Kohli, Gayle, Pollard, DR Smith, Samuels, Watson, Warner, Finch in domestic cricket, McCullum) are powerhitters who become powerless in Test cricket with no technique. Narine & Malinga are flops in Test cricket. Only true class players could master both formats - ABDV, Amla, Kallis, SRT, Dravid, Ponting, Hayden, Gilchrist, Hussey, Sanga, Pietersen, Viv Richards, Lara.

  • POSTED BY shbris on | November 24, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    First off what a great win and come back from the aussies could be the start of something special, but england do have a great team and can hit back just as easily in Adelaide. I was at the ground for the first three days and was the most entertaining test i have been to, saying that im a huge aussie fan. As Clarke said i do delieve the crowd did push the aussies to another level and Johnson what a game I have never been a fan but jes he shut me and the barmy army up great job. I do believe that england are on the back foot and have alot of work to do or they could facing a big defeat here in australia as the last series was alot closer than the history books will say. Anderson, Tremlett and Swann looked very average for this test only broad really looked threatening but i think it was partly due to the crowd giving him such a hard time. to sum up well done clarke and the whole of the Australian Team you deserve this win and lets hope 10 more follow

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | November 24, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    England has a valuable window in which to put things right; it had better be used well! The Gabba defeat wasn't something that was anticipated; it should have been a draw with the batsmen going big. Adelaide should be kinder to England as Mitch J's pace & lift will be less evident on an easy-paced drop-in pitch, but Eng's bats will have to be better & more focussed than they were in Brisbane. Perth would have been the one venue where England would expect to be seriously challenged by an excess of pace, as happened in 2010 (MJ :9 for 82; R Harris: 9 for 106) Perth is not a happy place for England losing 8 & winning one from 12 since 1970. I have a feeling that Rankin could be unleashed at Perth now, as Plan A has failed. The MCG & the SCG are more seamer-friendly, where Jimmy A & Stuart B should thrive, but so will RH & P Siddle. All in all, the draw at the Gabba was crucial. There will be, must be team changes. If you repeat what you've just done, then don't expect a different outcome!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 26, 2013, 10:46 GMT

    @Bhavesh Buch on (November 25, 2013, 7:44 GMT) In recent inns (even ODIs) KP has been alot more circumspect. Still at least we have 2 bowlers now. Before this match it would just have been Anderson eh?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 26, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    at last the proper world order of cricket has been restored - now English fans can go back to pretending they don't like cricket like they did for 20 odd years & ignorant Indian supporters go back to spouting their holier than thou views

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 25, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    @Deuce03 on (November 25, 2013, 0:23 GMT) England won in India (where they hadn't won previously for about 3 decades) without either. Also in the previous tour to Aus I think both played and Eng lost 5-0 and Eng lost 3-0 in Strauss's penultimate tour as captain and 2-0 in his last home series as captain. For the record - the last Ashes in Aus which you talk about PC averaged 13.83 with the bat - not that much middle order stability

  • POSTED BY wasimahm on | November 25, 2013, 8:37 GMT

    A typical Australian win - supreme batting, an excellent run-rate, short-pitched stuff, sledging, a 300 plus run win, result before the final day and a complaining England team.

    Hope Australia is back to being Australia and England back to being the losers as we've always known them to be.

  • POSTED BY DAY.BEFORE.TOMORROW on | November 25, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Another legend failed in the 100th test

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | November 25, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    Why am I seeing so much negativity in the Eng camp right now? The fans are looking rather exsanguinated at the moment. It is just one loss, come on. I admit I have not seen how exactly Eng batsmen got out but Trott is not the first man to get out to a short ball trying to pull. I thought Trott was one of the most robust of Eng batsmen to be honest. KP has his issues & Cook has his typical bent but Trott looks very pleasing in the crease.

    I think this is where one needs to talk about mental strength. You need it when you are down else the pressure will shatter you. Eng should think of the times when they did well instead of thinking what will happen next.

    India lost to SA in 2010 by an innings in T1 but came back to win the next won handsomely. ABD scored a 100 in a session there & got a duck IIRC in the next one.

    This also shows how a nice working system like Eng can suddenly collapse at the slightest of component failure. Converse is true too for Aus. Cricket the great leveler.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    England don't have any bowlers beyond Broad and Anderson,,,KP is a weak link,,, He still thinks himself as T20 player after playing 100 tests and treats every ball like that,,, its good to watch but does in helps??? No way,,,Cook needs a solid opening partner,,,,

    Same way Aussie has Watson as weak link,,,,

  • POSTED BY mohsin9975 on | November 25, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Ctd...... So us Indian fans need to stop boasting here since we havent earned it yet. If one thinks Odi performances will extrapolate to Test performance, he is thoroughly mistaken. ODI/T20 legends with mediocre Test records(MSD, Kohli, Gayle, Pollard, DR Smith, Samuels, Watson, Warner, Finch in domestic cricket, McCullum) are powerhitters who become powerless in Test cricket with no technique. Narine & Malinga are flops in Test cricket. Only true class players could master both formats - ABDV, Amla, Kallis, SRT, Dravid, Ponting, Hayden, Gilchrist, Hussey, Sanga, Pietersen, Viv Richards, Lara.

  • POSTED BY Samdanh on | November 25, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Well done Australia. England have the quality in their squad to put in a better performance, especially in Adelaide and Sydney which are traditionally spin favouring than pace and bounce. It should be like pitches that were prepared for the 2013 summer Ashes in England. It is still going to be a well contested series unless either of the teams uncharacteristically make it one sided as it turned out in Brisbane. In terms of player selection, it is one thing to maintain stability and faith Vs chopping and changing just on basis of one match, and and the other to balance with minor changes as necessary like horses for courses depending on pitch and other conditions. Another point I would like to reiterate is that I have not seen Aus pitches lose their traditional qualities. Perhaps the only country now, that does not tamper pitch conditions, so far.

  • POSTED BY mohsin9975 on | November 25, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    Ctd...... So well played AUS. We need Aus, Pak, WI and SL to be alive and kicking for Test cricket to survive. All Indians who are demeaning Eng for losing badly must remember we lost 1-2 at home after being blanked away(Only the 1st test was a close defeat while others were by an innings or >300 runs ). Even though we whitewashed Aus at home as they did to us away, doesnt make us equal to them. We got thrashed by Aus when we were ranked No.1 though i never thought we deserved it(twice by an innings, once by >300 runs & one was a close defeat). While at home, we beat them once by an innings while all others were won by 8 or 6 wickets. So people, have perspective. We have never been good enough to beat Aus/SA in recent times in their backyard & will never be unless we have wicket-taking fast bowlers & batsmen who can handle short balls.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | November 25, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    Congratulations on an excellent win for Australia. England has been thoroughly grounded to pulp in all departments. England has an over-rated bowler in Anderson and a grunting trundler in Tremlett. It is also now confirmed that some of their batsmen can neither play spin nor pace.

  • POSTED BY Gabbagod on | November 25, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    @milepost. Very abrasive young chap just out of school eh ? Here's the thing .... I have been to the last 4 Ashes series in England and all days at the Gabba in the Cricketers' Club. England will come back just like recent form suggests. I will repost your thoughts after Boxing Day and see how righteous you feel then.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge- on | November 25, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Depressing loss for us. I think this is the start of the decline of our always middling team into a mediocre one. Sad times ahead for the English.

  • POSTED BY ReverseSweepIndia on | November 25, 2013, 4:18 GMT

    congratulations Australia. It worth waking at 5:30 am each day, every ounce of it. Things does not look very good for Eng. I heard supporters saying that they start badly and then pick up. Like here they lost in 1st test, but from second inning they had started to rise, it was just that they were 9 balls behind in 1st inning that they lost. But process started in 2nd inning and that kept growing resulting in 2-1 series win. But here, its absolute mauling and threat of Johnson just grew bigger in second inning. Not looking any good to me. In India you were up against Ishant and here its Johnson, a bargain you would like to wish would never had happened :) And if you play the same team in next match, I reckon you would be playing 9 batsmen only. Trott, as well as Swann (he gives you 20-40 handly runs) both looked like better playing golf someplace rather than being in front of Mitch

  • POSTED BY Thegimp on | November 25, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    Evidence of my previous comments come to roost. Pitch doctoring in the English Ashes produced dry dusty pitches, to aid Swann and to blunt Aussie quicks, which can only result in English batsmens inability to play quick bowling. It has been happening in India for 40 years. They are unbeatable at home because they doctor pitches to suit but when they go abroad, they struggle. You can hardly call yourself a great team until you can honestly say "we'll beat you any where any time on any pitch" The Aus team of the 90s and 00s could say that. The WI of the 80s could say that. India and England can't. It is ingrained pshycology that Eng and India seek every advantage to their own detriment. Eng are flat track and Duke ball bullies

  • POSTED BY MarshLillee on | November 25, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    I was one of the ones very skeptical of the return of Johnson but happy to say I am now munching down my words with some good old Aussie Rosella. The English bowling is more than capable of delivering similar sustained aggressive attacks so watch out. This series is well and truly on. For the downhearted Englishmen (and women) .... SUFFER!! Ha ha ha ha ha. Seriously though Stuart Broad was again a standout. He truly rises to the occasion and I cant wait to offer him a few tips on ball changing and shoe lace tying when he makes it to the WACA.

  • POSTED BY chicko1983 on | November 25, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    @maximum6 - "Bullies are usually the first to fold when the pressure is on and they whimp off at the slightest sign of pain" this is an excellent assessment of what happened to Swann, Prior and Anderson. All their carrying on after tail ender wickets in recent Ashes series has come back to haunt them. @RedWhatArmy - The fact that Cook moved the fielder AFTER the shot is played shows that he doesnt think proactively but reactively. Everyone knows the long-on to mid-wicket arc that KP loves to hit in. Clarke was match aware enough to put a fielder out there BEFORE KP hit a ball, taking the shot away from KP and causing him to have to play another shot rather than his favourite before he is set. See the difference?

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2013, 1:57 GMT

    @Richard, does make you wonder, but I reckon Mitch would agree that time away from the game would've helped him. Having said that, after his game against SA and SriLanka last summer, I was almost certain he was a shoe-in for the entire tour of India, and the Ashes,that was a massive mistake. Lets hope he maintains form for rest of summer.

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | November 25, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    Can we now finally stop all this "Why isn't SOK in the team?" talk? I agree his record at domestic level is excellent, but Nathan Lyon really has done everything asked of him at Test level. Plus, he apparently has a marvellous singing voice.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | November 25, 2013, 1:44 GMT

    @ RednWhiteArmy on (November 24, 2013, 17:59 GMT) - LOL! That's all you got? Different players different scenarios different strengths & weaknesses. Warner has no pedigree v spin - so make him hit over the top is exactly the right choice - if it was Day 2 - then England still had hope of winning the match IF they bowled Oz out - not by defending runs. Re: Pietersen - Lyon was operating an around the wicket line - having a man back muddles with KPs thought process as he would be playing to long on for no real rewards through the rough.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | November 25, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    @maximum6:-Let's not pretend the English are angels eh? They've not been short of a word. Anderson and Broad are big, big sledgers, and there seemed to be orchestrated attacks on most of our batsmen when they were out in the center by certain members of the fielding team. I don't much like it from either side, but it's enormously dishonest to pretend that the English team are out there studiously protecting the spirit of the game whilst the nasty Aussies are bringing it into disrepute.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | November 25, 2013, 0:40 GMT

    @jokerbala:-Johnson hasn't been relselected on the basis of IPL performances, and I don't think four overs is am appropriate barometer of a players ability to perform in a test. It's his recent good ODI form where we've at least been able to see ten overs from him that has tipped the scales, and even then we've had our reservations. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and had 'Bad Mitch' turned up the verdict would have been far different. The truth is MJ is still very capable of losing the plot, we Australians know this far better than the Mumbai Indians fans, and we'll still be watching anxiously at his performances on wickets less to his taste, Adelaide in particular.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | November 25, 2013, 0:36 GMT

    Lots of comments re Johnsons pace being the deciding factor. I don't think it's the pace that's the problem. He's sharp, but not Brett Lee quick. I've been told that you can turn a bowling machine to 160 k if you're crazy enough, so it's not as though you can't practice against raw speed. IMO it's the combination of being left handed and having an unorthodox action that makes MJ so dangerous at times. He's just arkward. Arkward pace, angle, trajectory, bounce.

    @ Sreeni Iyer : re Mitch & IPL. Don't worry mate, it's been mentioned all right. Just about every Indian who's posted something has mentioned it. Apparently he has a new tattoo that say's "RE-made in India" so thanks for sorting him out for us.

    @ RednWhiteArmy : re. Warne's comms. Yeah, I heard that too. What he was trying to say is that by doing that they were forcing Kev to hit inside out (against the spin) through the off side instead of down the ground straight. Or something like that. TBH, I don't buy it either.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | November 25, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    @RednwhiteArmy: Yes that's what he said, he probably gave that idea to Clsrke.

    @GabbaGod: Everyone in our top 5 has scored a test hundred recently, so it is too early to panic.

  • POSTED BY Deuce03 on | November 25, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    It's amazing what a difference the loss of two players - Strauss and Collingwood - has made to this England team. In 2010-2011 when England were at their best in recent times, neither of them was enormously productive, but both offered solidity and support to other batsmen. Strauss could usually be relied on to see off the new ball and Colly to prop up the middle order. Since their departure the only batsman who's filled either position adequately has been Nick Compton. England still have good batsmen in the team but all it takes is for one or two of them to have a bad innings and the order is folding like it's 1999. In fact, it's a problem similar to that which Australia have had in the last few years. Whicheve side is batting you feel like a collapse could happen at any moment. It's a shame to have a series decided by which batsmen are less consistently inept, rather than which team is consistently better, but it's what we saw in the summer and it looks like it's happening again.

  • POSTED BY on | November 25, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    Looking forward to Perth - a wicket that is faster and with more bounce than Brisbane - the English players will be dreading that match. Meanwhile Adelaide is a bit of an unknown pitch since it will be the first test on the new drop-in pitch. Probably a draw type of pitch. I predict 2-0 to Australia after 3 tests.

  • POSTED BY Maroubra_Flyer on | November 24, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    Jokerbala what a joke & a very "simplistic" view of Cricket. Test Cricket is the Ultimate form of cricket, without a doubt. No field restrictions, no limit on the number of overs, varied surface over 5 Days, older ball - its why its called Test Cricket. The fact is wickets are doctored for batting in 20/20 & it is not a fair contest. Everything is skewed against bowlers. At the Gabba all the different areas of cricket got a look in - Fast Bowling (Swing & Seam), Batting & Spin. If you don't succeed is due to lack of form or technique not the pitch. Fair comment maximum6 the English are not that bad, the series in England showed that the 2 sides were not that far apart, the difference as Gabbagod stated is Lehman, who now is entrenched in the side. India & England produced pitches to suit & there was turmoil in the Aus team & they got the results they deserved, the ability has always been there, just poor coaching & selection for 3 years produced poor results. Lehman has sorted that out

  • POSTED BY ShutTheGate on | November 24, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    @Englishcricket "Australia are overrated and it will be the only win from now on just wait and watch."

    Wow, I haven't heard that we're over rated for a long time. It's good to hear. I hope that your players adopt that same attitude.

    England will bounce back in Adelaide I'm sure but they had better figure out answers to the traps they have been falling for before the Perth test as the pitch will be even quicker.

    And with a draw in Adelaide, which is likely as I'd expect Cook to bat for a day and a half on that wicket and a win to AUS in Perth then you can't win the ashes, the best you can hope for is a draw and to retain the urn.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    Another concern to England should be the number of Aussie batsman scoring BIG runs in Shield cricket and knocking on the door of our Test team. Marcus North, Ryan Carters, Jordan Silk, Alex Doolan, Chris Lynn etc etc

  • POSTED BY Eight8 on | November 24, 2013, 23:26 GMT

    Will definitely enjoy that test victory as it ahs been a while. Especially enjoyed how emphatic it was, but know that that will only inspire England even more to bounce back hard. Still wary of them as they are a professional unit and have experience in coming back into a series.

    A big wrap needs to go to the support staff. Coach Lehmann and the support staff he has assembled. McDermott's positive influence on the seam bowlers is now without doubt, they have two fielding coaches and already the level has improved from what it was not that long ago. They have a spin coach and if his technical skills aren't elite, at least he seems to have a good influence on the mental side of Lyon's game. And overall the coaching staff seem to be top notch with their tactical nous. The plans that were devised and implemented in that game were spot on and was a big factor in the win!

  • POSTED BY Maroubra_Flyer on | November 24, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    What's wrong with that RednWhite Army. Pietersens problem is his ego. I saw him bat at the SCG vs CA Invitational XI and boredom overtook him and he lofted it to mid-on. Guess what happened at the Gabba. He did exactly what he practised. There is a great saying by the best ever coach in Australian Rules Norm Smith "Don't flirt with form". Also my father played professional Football with South Melbourne & Geelong and his best mate was John Rantall who had the record for the most games played in the AFL. He said he was the hardest trainer he ever saw & his mantra was not practise makes perfect but "perfect practise" makes perfect (coined by Ron Barassi who Rantall played under in the '75 AFL Flag at North Melbourne - AFL is our Premier League & Barassi our Alex Ferguson). I have never seen Warne ever play at anything other than his best. A lesson that Pietersen could learn & I would love him to, as he is a joy to watch no matter who you support. I expect him to learn & dominate at SAust

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    @maximum6 : please give some actual examples of Australia 'bullying' on the field to back up your argument that England have let the side down by not sledging enough.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    The big difference in Johnson this series vs previous is the height of his bowling. His bowling arm in previous Ashes series had gotten so low he couldnt extract the viscious bounce he is getting now.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    A sound thrashing in this Test for England. Congratulations, Australia, but some of the conduct at the conclusion was unseemly. England have a lot of thinking to do.

  • POSTED BY whensdrinks on | November 24, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    @maximum6 - what like sledging our batsmen, doctoring the pitches, having spectators not throw the ball back, stuff like that? You are getting back what you dished out 6 months ago and suddenly it is unacceptable behaviour solely because the POMS are on the receiving end and losing.

  • POSTED BY riahcmra on | November 24, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    "It has come late in the day - he (Johnson) is 32 now" ? who writes this rubbish. He has over 200 Test wickets ... a few more than the other legendary slinger Jeff Thomson, in roughly the same number of Tests ... who wouldn't be proud of that ? give the guy a break ....

  • POSTED BY Optic on | November 24, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    Well done Aus. Good old England never fail to show themselves up in the first test of an away series. I don't think it can be under estimated what a good job CA did in the warm up matches, apart from the lost time to weather.The pitches were absolute puddings and the bowling was poor military medium. We had pitches with Cook & Carberry opening up with a 300 run partnerships, no way that is preparation to face Harris and Johnson. The only decent bowlers were in the Aus A game Cutting and Copeland and that was just about a complete wash out. The funny things is Pat Howard reckons he's put up good tests for England and wants similar test the next Ashes, lol they'll be playing Glamorgan 3rd team in thta case.

    Seriously though England have to pull their socks up and come back hard. They know they can do it, they had similar preparation against Inida and had a similar 1st test, so they can take heart from that. Good job they have a warm up game before hand, Prior and KP look really rusty.

  • POSTED BY mtayyabrana on | November 24, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    Australia just heading to win 2015 wc ;)

  • POSTED BY Looch on | November 24, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    A great win. I'm quite amazed that Australia has won so well, I would not have predicted that 5 days ago. I only hope they can keep it going and judging by the responses from some dyed in pom posters (rednwhite ignores all the cricket and is only interested in what the commentators say and 5 post from the ultimate whinger the lunge! Hah it's a joy to see him squirm!) and the attitude from their players England is worried!

  • POSTED BY MinusZero on | November 24, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    The question is: Which Mitch will turn up next time and for the rest of the series. He has to prove his consistency next. He showed in the recent ODIs that he can still spray it around and get hammered. I call him Mr 10%. Only one in ten innings is a good one.

  • POSTED BY Liquefierrrr on | November 24, 2013, 22:36 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy - Day 4 England collapse again, Cook stays terrible as a captain and Warne, as usual, has predicted most of the outcome and also riled up English fans.

    Mission accomplished from Warne.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    Well played Aussies. The poms were on the back foot from day two. From there on, it was about all Australia's aggression and Johnson's sure pace. Cook was the only player from England stand out for a fight in the second innings. Overall, fantastic way to start an Ashes test series. But i must say Aussies were too verbal and abusive towards English players at the end of the days play, which was kind of shame.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | November 24, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    The likes of Anderson has been dishing out sledging for years when England have been on top and never had an Aussie complained about it.Suddenl Australia is on top and giving it back to Anderson and he complains to the umpire. What cones around goes around.I can't believe the people that are condemning the Australians are being condemned for giving it back to the English.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy - Warnes point was that Pietersen is so arrogant he would try to hit in the air through mid-off regardless of whether the man was there or not.

    Take a look at the way Pietersen eventually got out for verification of this fact. This makes it a wicket taking position. With Warner more than happy to punch singles all day, rotating the strike and frustrating the hell out of Swann in the process, sustained pressure was impossible.

    This defensive captaincy was on display as early as the 2nd-3rd over of the second innings. Cook played straight into Warners and Australias hands through his overly defensive mindset, which by now shouldn't be news. In fact it is nothing new, it's a trademark of Cooks captaincy style. it's futile to deny this fact regardless of how much you dislike Warne.

  • POSTED BY Happy_hamster on | November 24, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    I have watched a fair bit of this test from the states and England seemingly capitulated when they seemed relatively comfortable, full credit to Clarke's field placing and the bowlers. I will not blame umpiring decisions, the pitch, missing players, the team being in 'transition' or Uncle Tom Cobley, Australia were better in every aspect I witnessed; I am disappointed but give England some chance of coming back in the series but am not that confident.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    This test match has revealed something I feared would occur. Bowlers ultimately win games and at the Gabba Australia demonstrated that their attack is superior to England's. Johnson and Harris are menacing, Lyon has again out bowled Swan and Siddle and Watson are dangerously consistent. Anderson is not as effective in Australia and Tremlett is not the bowler he once was. Only Broad looks competitive. England's preconceived ideas of what works in Australia has blinded them to form and who actually are their best players.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    Good win by Australia. I'd like to see Faulkner come in for Watson for the next test. Better bowler, grittier batsman, and just starting his international career as opposed to desperately clinging on. Lineup should be 1. Rogers 2. Warner 3. Clarke 4. Smith 5. Bailey 6. Haddin 7. Faulkner 8. Johnson 9. Siddle 10. Harris 11. Lyon

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | November 24, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    England should accept loss and move on. Seriously people ..england does badly in first match is awful excuse , it shows you guys not prepared well? This is same excuse india gave when they got thumped in england..i see same problem here. Reason for england failure is Trott number up and Swann can not bowl in pacy wickets. Swann smart bowler , england lost mainly because they did not put up score. Blame england for under prepared. I would replace root. :)

  • POSTED BY HOMEBREW on | November 24, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    Loved the field setting by Clarke near the end of day 4's play, almost Bodyline style field settings. Wish Shaun Tait was about 5 years younger and fit. I'd love to see him & Johnson bowl in tandem & break some English fingers in the process.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | November 24, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    @ Nutcutlet on (November 24, 2013, 16:55 GMT) - cricket games can be won by the little things (consider the big things to be skill & experience) - attitude & belief. The 1st test must of sapped some belief out of England & I agree - you would have to think the WACA will be a win to Oz. So Adelaide, MCG & SCG become extra important for England. A loss @ Adelaide is almost the series gone for Eng. I think the Flower/Gooch/Cook management structure can pull Eng back on course.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 24, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    @ R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (November 24, 2013, 17:58 GMT) You sound as negative as I feel. Batting was the main issue as I think everyone agrees and 5 of the 6 are nailed on and MC showed better temperament than some of our seniors. Jonny for Prior is the one I'd most consider. Finn would still have to be on the money to be a threat. They were talking on Sky re dropping Trott for Stokes as an all rounder. I've always been into 5/1/5 but dropping Trott IMO is very kneejerk and realistically would the Stokes combined batting and bowling be better than Trott's batting? And would Ballance or Jonny do better than any of the batsmen in the side? We just have to hope that we see the response of the team which toured India rather than the one which toured UAE.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 24, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    @EnglishCricket on (November 24, 2013, 17:23 GMT) Australia are overrated?

    Hang on a minute , a lot of folk on here were saying that Australia were going to get thrashed. Botham predicted 5-0 so I wonder how that is Aus being overrated?

    I sometimes think our batsmen are the most overrated. Look at god (I mean KP) . Everyone remembers his swashbuckling innings but folk also forget the times like this test match where KP is required to show a bit of responsibility. I think your views re Eng being slow starters are fair enough if you're arguing with someone who is writing the series off already but it's still not acceptable as a "just one of those things" thing.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 24, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy - To be fair to Warne you have to adapt different plans for different batsmen so I can see where Warne is coming from. I know Lyon didn't get him out but KP was caught on the boundary in his 20s so I guess you have to say Clarke got it right

    @Christopher Talbot - Would you really have fancied England to bat out the last 2 days? They just about hung on with a day and a bit vs a much lesser NZ attack. My realistic hope was that one or 2 of our batsmen would find a bit of form. I suppose Cook did to a degree. The silver lining on the black cloud is that we get an extra day's rest

    @maximum6 - Eng need to concentrate on getting their batting form in order before they start with the verbals.

    @Digimont - Strange comment. Who did Pratt replace? And if Pratt wasn't fielding close in then we'd have had another decent close fielder in that position anyway. Logic says that any team is going to have a decent fielder as a substitute

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 24, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    @gsingh7 - Great to see more of your posts showing your deep understanding of the game of cricket. As an Englishman , right now I am finding it hard to see any positives from this test but when I saw your comms yesterday already giving the series to Australia and putting into the equation your success with predictions I now have some hope

  • POSTED BY Stateside_Steve on | November 24, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    As a neutral I thoroughly enjoyed the game. I usually go by the saying " If my team is not playing, I support the underdog". Aussies were pretty much the underdog and they played admirably. Glad to see the IPL bunch of Johnson and Warner do very well. Some one else mentioned how Johnson working with Wright and Pollock with the Mumbai Indians would have helped a ton and I think that it is a true statement. He kind of got his swagger back during the MI's IPL championship run and the subsequent Champions Trophy.

    As for England starting slow,I think that it could be different this time. As Vaughan mentioned,the warning signs were already there, in England a couple of tests could have easily gone the Aussies way if not for the weather.Lehman proved he could out strategize by putting the sub fielder just for KP and that will play tricks on the minds of the English think tank. Besides the Aussies seems to want this badly than the English and that could well be the difference.

  • POSTED BY milepost on | November 24, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    @Gabbagod, we hear from your type all the time, Australia played out of their skin, England couldn't play worse blah blah blah, parity will be restored, mark my words blah blah blah. Here's the thing, a bunch of us watched the last series, monitored the form of all players coming into this game and actually watched it. England got smashed in all departments (except run outs) and a number of their players have probably played their last game for England. It's not just the defeat, the best predictor is form (and even that can turn quickly) and the Aussies are the form side (obviously lol!).

  • POSTED BY akpy on | November 24, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Wow..Don't care about either team but the test got over in 3.5 days with a margin of 350 runs, England cannot play pace or bounce we are told and some of their top line batsman apparently scared !! Hmm..Where are the english supporters always throwing stones at other teams especially if India and WI played a similar test match recently, where the WI were scared against spin for example !!Hopefully, they will learn that this is the nature of the game. And what is all this stuff about sledging, dis-respect to opposition, etc? Kettlle calling the pot black??

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | November 24, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    Early days yet, there will be a test of character asked of England now, but they have, traditionally, always played well in Adelaide. You don't lose "it" over night, so don't be surprised by a a Pommy comeback. As an Aussie, we won't know which MJ will show up next test. There are still question marks over Bailey & Watson (Rogers will be there for the 5 tests, as most likely Smith will be as well as they have too much solid FC form).

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 24, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    @gsingh7 - Great to see more of your posts showing your deep understanding of the game of cricket. As an Englishman , right now I am finding it hard to see any positives from this test but when I saw your comms yesterday already giving the series to Australia and putting into the equation your success with predictions I now have some hope

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 20:24 GMT

    Hope pitch r wicket is cleaned with out any ????

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 24, 2013, 19:53 GMT

    Makes you wonder if we'd have been better off never dropping Johnson. Our only achievement until now since he was a regular was our 4-0 against India a couple of years ago. With Mitchell Johnson you get a lethal fast bowler, a decent fielder and a genuine #8 batsman. Given he took 9 wickets and averaged 100 with the bat he's our most valuable player

  • POSTED BY Gabbagod on | November 24, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    A first step to redemption - that is all. Rogers, Bailey, Smith and Watson still have question marks over them and I would get Jordan Silk in ASAP. Just proves MJ is much better when he is allowed to bowl fast ie. with Harris and Siddle in the attack to dry up the other end. But, the series is 20% over only, would anyone write off say Arsenal being 1-0 down after 18 minutes ?

    England played as badly as they can, Australia the best they have played for 2 years. The old enemy will get stronger and that is a fact. I am hoping that Adelaide is a bore draw and Perth is quick and bouncy. That would be our best chance.

    Finally, few have recognized who should be MOM but wasn't eligible. That is Boof Lehmann. The dressing room is vital in team sports and it looks like Australia are as tight as 15 years ago. So refreshing to hear Clarke say "we are going to enjoy this tonight as a team" rather than rushing off for a photoshoot somewhere. Hope he led the celebration in true Aussie style.

  • POSTED BY Digimont on | November 24, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    "It was the finest substitute's intervention in an Ashes Test since Gary Pratt ran out Ricky Ponting at Trent Bridge."

    I disagree completely. The facts are that Gary Pratt was a close to the wicket, run out specialist, brought onto the field to replace a pair of old legs, but he didn't field in their position, instead to his specialist position. That was a deliberate ploy to improve the fielding side by 10%. That is not the intention of a substitute law. To mine, that's cheating, and probably the one thing I've ever agreed with Ponting on.

    Sabburg was a proper substitute. He was fielding at fine leg. Yes, it was a good catch, but one the person he replaced would have been expected to take as well.

  • POSTED BY jokerbala on | November 24, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    Well truth be told, Mitch was bowling similar hostile stuff during the last ashes in england as well but just that it was for some T20 tournament for Mumbai Indians and even few people in the commentary felt should have been picked for his country when he was bowling well, especially when Aussies were getting hammered by the poms.Its just that people (mainly those who advocate "primacy of tests")still consider T20 mainly those conducted in India to be some inferior form of cricket.It is still ball vs bat and 14gkmph is still 145kmph.

  • POSTED BY 2.14istherunrate on | November 24, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    England need to become thoroughly ghastly to Australia on th efield and treat them with complete disrespect. Not pretty but why should they be the only ones being thporoughly unpleasant. Bullies are usually the first to fold when the pressure is on and they whimp off at the slightest sign of pain. let us see how pathetic they can look. I do not see any changes need to be made. There is no magic messiah outside the side.Not even Compton, nor Onions. If Bresnan could last 5 days which seems possible rathe rthan probable on might argue his case. But Tremlett was okay-better than forecast. Mostly the bowlers did okay on this track given Swann would not dream about it. He got hammered last time too. Who could bat better than the incumbents evewn though they were poor in outcome? The best side was picked and I do not think Bairstow for Prior, Balance for Trott is really an answer except to weaken the side. The grass may look greener, but it is not really. Just need more application.

  • POSTED BY Winsome on | November 24, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    According to people who went to the GABBA, Johnson was bowling some deliveries at 149kmh. I'm not surprised that players were trying to get out of the way of his bowling and leaving themselves vulnerable when they didn't. The other wickets won't be like the Gabba so it really depends if he can maintain this level of aggression and his speed. Great to have proper quick bowling, there are so few of the these days.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 18:13 GMT

    Disappointing result from an England point of view. Surprised we can't bat but it has been coming as poor batting performance have come common placed but overlooked due to great bowling performances from Swann, Anderson and Broad.

    Would have expected England to bat out last two days and with that we could have won the match.

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | November 24, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    @JG2704 I think Carberry looked alright but I only see him as a short term opener for the long form of the game. After the ashes we play West Indies and Sri Lanka, which provides plenty off opportunity to rebuild our cricket team.

    But I wouldn't mind Carberry getting a run in the ODI and T20I teams though!

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | November 24, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Day 2: Shane Warne bitterly explains why Cook is terrible at everything about captaincy & that Cook and Swann are totally wrong to drop Mid-on back to Long-on after Warner hits Swann's 2rd delivery over his head for a one bounce 4 the previous ball.

    Day 3: Vaughan asks why with about 550 runs to win (!) and already 2 down(!), Clarke & Lyon have started with Mid-on back at Long-on for Pietersen? Warne spluttered before stumbling over the weakest of responces. He carefully explained "This is actually a good move from Clarke, usually it isnt the right thing to do, but against Pietersen right now, its a good move, a dynamic move. He's the only person you'd do that to in cricket" ?!? I swear, thats what he said.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | November 24, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    @JG2704 (post on November 24, 2013, 17:21 GMT): England's response? I suspect very little/nothing, and what can they do really! As you say, most of the key players have to be there anyway and we'd like to think there shouldn't be another repeat of this poor batting performance. Tremlett didn't disgrace I suppose, but for all that grunting and effort barely clocked up low 80's mph and zero movement or awkward bounce to trouble the Australians enough. I would have preferred Finn personally, but the way Australia dominated and England batted the result in all likelihood would just have been the same anyway. It's a case of practice, counselling and form-finding before next game me thinks, as opposed to panicky knee-jerk team changes. Give Prior one more game to step up, otherwise Bairstow deserves a go perhaps...

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | November 24, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    I don't understand the harshness on England team. Its an open secret England does very bad on their first match overseas in last year or so and next remaining matches we win them all. Australia are overrated and it will be the only win from now on just wait and watch.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    So wish I could have watched or listened (with out paying a small fortune) from here in Seattle... to bad ABC do live stream anymore... obviously a great result being an Australian.... but its one game and we all know how games go at the SCG for the last match ... looking forward to rhe next 4 matches.... also some of the comments from people here .... very comical to say the least :-P

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 24, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    interesting to see what England's response is.

    From the positive perspective , in the last series where they went a test down (also by a thrashing) they came back to win the series but in that series England made a terrible selection blunder in the 1st game.

    It's our batsmen (more than our bowlers) who have let us down in this match and it's difficult to see how we can improve with personnel changes. 5 of the 6 are permanent fixtures and Carberry was one of the few who didn't give his wicket away in either inns. As already touched on by the commentators the poor batting display means that the bowlers get less rest which as we all know can lead to burnout and injury niggles. It wouldn't surprise me if Tremlett made way for another bowler but in my mind that would be making a scapegoat of him. Other than that the only personnel changes would be dropping a long standing player. Off subject great performance from George Groves last night - poor refereeing decision.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 24, 2013, 17:18 GMT

    @Englishfan on (November 24, 2013, 12:59 GMT) Are you dropping Carberry then? Personally - and I was (still am) dubious of him , but I'd say it was only him,Cook and maybe Root that played responsibly Also - despite this match - I'd still have Trott above anyone outside the side , unless of course he continues similar form. Tremlett shouldn't have even toured IMO but he didn't do too much wrong

  • POSTED BY brusselslion on | November 24, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    @Gavin Bruh: Talking of novelties ...Just wondering. How are all those Samoans, Tongans & Kiwis who play for the Wallabies performing for you?

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    IPL -> That is where Mitch was during his barren years. So trying to bowl 140s on sub-continent pitches and in all of that heat and still being smacked around was definitely the kind of training he needed. The same effort at cooler climes on wickets with purchase, is a comparative breeze. Surprising that no one is mentioning that.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 24, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    @ cricpanther - Do you seriously think Monty would do more than Swann as the lone spinner , esp considering last year's form and how he did as the lone spinner in NZ? Some serious panicking there my friend

    @ disco_bob - Unanimous , means every person. I categorically said that if MJ fires he is a HUGE threat and if he's off his game Aus will not keep faith with him. Even in the 2010/11 series - in the match which Aus won by thrashing MJ was a huge reason for than win

    @ Tigg - So which batsman are you dropping for Compton? If Jonny comes in then surely it can only be for Prior and Nick doesn't keep.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | November 24, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    It's unfortunate to see some of the rather ununsavoury moments which marked the end of this test. As soon as the game was won the cry of "All the other times we lost in the past can be explained entirely!". This is ever so amusing as Australia have just got thrashed 4-0 a couple of months ago by England and the same by India before that. The reaction of certain players and fan elements shows that Australia haven't won in a very, very long time.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | November 24, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Posted by Meety on (November 24, 2013, 16:05 GMT): yep, I take your point, but Mitch Johnson can carve out a name for himself in this series now he's got the wood on the England bats. If Adelaide, say, is easy-paced he can resort to yorkers (if he's developed that degree of control). It doesn't matter too much what the pitch is like if he's bowling at or around 90 mph; toes are still vulnerable even if the helmet isn't! No batsman really enjoys or feels comfortable with a bowler who's express. Then there's Ryan Harris (I really am a big fan of this guy) who has got what Broad has, but with that vital 5mph more nip. Nope, genuine quicks (not medium quicks) win series & I'll be very surprised if England can get back in this one, considering Perth has to be a banker win for Oz. Clarke is using his trump card very sparingly. Good strategy here: shock not stock. I like the way MC gave Smith & Watto a go. It's welcome rest for the big boys. What has Eng got left? Rankin or Finn, I suppose.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    @ Front Foot Lunge... Ha Ha Ha...Mitchell Johnson who some commentators rate as an average bowler has a better test average than Jimmy Anderson...the fact is England don't have any "quick bowlers". Anderson and Tremlett bowl at Watson's pace and Broad is slightly quicker. Cooks defensive captaincy (he's English who's surprised..?) may start to cost England. Australia had the better of the 3rd and 5 test in England and if it wasn't for some poor umpiring and Englands crap weather it could have been different....Some good news for England for the first time in their history they may actually have an English 11 ...the way your Sth Africans are going I don't think we'll see Trott or Prior again. Pietersen is not too far away either. That would be a novelty, going out and cheering for blokes that are actually from your country. I guess as an English sports fan your probably used to it...?

  • POSTED BY Meety on | November 24, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    @ Nutcutlet on (November 24, 2013, 11:30 GMT) - doubt that the age of pace has arrived mate. Apart from Sth Africa & in cetain scenarios in SL & NZ, the Test cricket world is producing slower & lower pitches with less grass. I was very dissappointed in the pitches England produced during the northern summer - I don't believe the excuses like warm weather (warmer in QLD), or superior drainage (Gabba can drain an inch of rain in 90min). The WI is producing spinning tracks (dunno why), India blatantly the same (Bishan Bedi stated that the pitches in the Oz series are NOT typical Indian pitches). The Gabba pitch was helpful to pace bowlers because it was fast & bouncy - but relative to past Gabba pitches of 5yrs ago - this was a tame strip. I don't believe all pitches should be pacemen paradises - but over the first 2 days of a test - a bowler who can bowl 135+ kph should be able to bowl bouncers that make a Test standard batsmen hop. IMO - that s TEST cricket.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on | November 24, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    @oze13, what trash talk? I think you'll find neither team care much about the last 3 series but I know which is the happier camp today lol!

  • POSTED BY _Australian_ on | November 24, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    @FFL. I was wondering what excuse you would come up with. Underprepared ehh? You truly do have a set of English rose coloured glasses on don't you. What are these empty stadiums you keep harping on about. Considering most of our grounds have double the capacity to yours and our population is but a fraction of England's we do pretty well. Far better than you. I was at several tests last time England were here and the grounds were full.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    I expect fascinating cricket from the old foes in the due course of ashes series. well done Ausies. Keep it up.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Well done Ausiee.. this is a perfect start to the Ashes; wish the Ausie domination continues. I feel England team has been over stated. Yes they did win in many parts of the world, but I believe they were lucky more often than not. Law of averages will catch up with everyone.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | November 24, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    congrats to Australia on a fantastic win for them..their fast bowling was clearly superior imho..England must have two bowlers aroud who are capable of averaging 90mph? The England batsmen cant have become bad players overnight and England shouldnt make rash decisions..All these people talking about Bairstow for Trott, despite me being a (sri lankan) yorkshireman thinks that Baistow just isnt good enough yet. for my twopenneth, England should have had Morgan in that slot as a counter attacker. Had to Laugh though at Anderson apparently asking the umpire to stop the sledging?Come on man, what goes around comes around..man up..

  • POSTED BY Arjun_CB on | November 24, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Gre8 to see Aus playing well (atleast) on their soil .... its been for long time really...

    lets see wat they offer in rest of the series... Home turf bullies.. go go go !!!

  • POSTED BY oze13 on | November 24, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Judging by the ''trash talk' coming from Clarke, Siddle and Warner it would seem Australia has won the Ashes back. Wait a minute that's 3 Ashes series defeats in a row and one test win in the last 10 Test matches with 7 losses. I'm surprised any of them could remember the words to the little ditty they sing after a win. There's a long way to go. Let's see what happens. I believe England may have lost the first Test in a series once or twice before.

  • POSTED BY Alexk400 on | November 24, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    England big scores always depends on Trotts resilance. If trott fails every one get exposed. Aussies can sweep england if swann become a spectator. Every team winning in HOME. Cricket around the world even because no team has one great bowler. All of them half baled bits and pieces 2-3 wicket bowlers.

  • POSTED BY SL-USA-Lions on | November 24, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    A big loss for England...

    But it's still the first game of the series and anything could happen in a 5 game series.

    With the recent renaissance of English cricket I was happy to see them performing well.

    What's really interesting though is how the Ashes will be played out moving forward... To me this return series is played out too soon.

    Reminds me of the early '80s when WI used to dominate the International Arena how they had defend the Frank Worrell trophy against Aus. in quick succession.

    I'm just saying it out loud... WI vs. Aus does not that bring out the crowds that it used to. Ashes have taken the center stage. And Aus. will keep on trying as many times they could to regain the trophy back.

    That all being said the international itinerary to my opinion is in disarray with some teams facing each other again and again in no time, some playing one another in ages and some even not getting a chance to play a certain team.

    Seems like Aus.'s new WI is Eng.

    Hope Eng. wins!

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    Everyone questioned why Mitchell Johnson was sent back during India series, now it proves :-D Well done Aus team.

  • POSTED BY inefekt on | November 24, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Brian, congratulations on contributing something which was completely out of context. By the way, India were flogged 4-0 last time they toured Australia and South Africa were very lucky to escape with a 1-0 win. They're not exactly dominating the opposition as number one and two ranked teams should be.........you know, like Australia did when they were number one.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on | November 24, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Nothing special about the oz bowling someone posts? They destroyed England twice with brilliant tactics, control and extreme pace. I don't think there's a lineup in world cricket that would have survived this.

  • POSTED BY Pritt32 on | November 24, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Australia completely outplayed England in all departments. England need to move on and accept the better team won. The Aussies are looking very good. England are not looking good. Paltry batting totals, not even crossing 200, with a formidable batting attack is a major concern.The batmen are clearly out of form. Trott should be rested, as he is looking out of sorts. KP is in poor form. Tremlett should be dropped in place of Monty.The visitors need to raise their game in the next matches, otherwise Aussies will reclaim the Ashes. I hope England team bounce back. Well done to the Aussies, as they are improving as a team following a bad patch. I admire how sprited the team is. Warner, Clarke and Johnson contributed to Aussies crushing victory against a sorrow Engaland team.

  • POSTED BY InfiniteWhite on | November 24, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Onions is for Anderson, not Tremlett.

  • POSTED BY cric_J on | November 24, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    (contd..)

    Despite all this, this is the only match we've lost in this duration. And most of the credit for that goes to our bowlers. Not only have one of Broad, Swann, Jimmy, Bres or Finny mostly swung the match in England's favour with some superb spells with the bowl after we've been dismissed for ordinary totals, they've even contributed some highly valuable runs with the bat on more occasions than not to get something worth defending. Yet it was England's bowling which was labelled the weaker link before the start of this series, the one at home and for quite a while now.

    All I want to tell our lads is that : We've been beaten here. And we've been beaten square. In every department be it batting, bowling, captaincy, tactical planning or tactical execution. It's hurt me hard. Must've hurt you lads harder. But show more spine, play to your potential and there's no reason we shouldn't bounce back next game and hopefully go on to retain the urn. Fingers crossed.

  • POSTED BY mondotv on | November 24, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Genuine pace, wickets tumbling in clusters, really aggressive batting, an early declaration, a spinner finding his mojo and another losing it, journalists rushing to revise predictions. This was great Test cricket set up with aggression and intent starting with Haddin and Johnson's rescue act. Plans working, ball searing past and into helmets, sensational catches, centuries and Lyon on a hat trick. A couple of sour notes - Clarke and Bailey's schoolboy sledge - the best sledges are funny not malicious guys. Anderson's reaction - really that got under your skin? And Warner being Warner. Dave - hears a tip, you don't have to say everything's that's in your head. More excitement in 4 days of Test cricket than the 7 day batathon in India. This was a genuine contest between bat and ball. A memorable Ashes test and the series there to win for Australia, England will need to dig deep to turn this around. All set up for one of the great Ashes series with twists and turns yet to come.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 13:44 GMT

    Wow, I never thought England were going to have this series all their own way, but I'm geniunely shocked by Englands performance. We're all used to England's habit of having a poor first innings in a series, espesicially away from home, then trusting our bowlers to bail us out, combined with generally a much better second innings, but this was terrible. I'm struggling to see how England can get back into this series from here. As terrible as England were, I'm taking nothing away from the Aussies, they played very well, and seem an entirely different team from the one we saw in England!

  • POSTED BY chechong0114 on | November 24, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    For a minute there i thought the aussies was playing the West Indies when i saw England's firse and second innings totals

  • POSTED BY cric_J on | November 24, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    I'm not going to comment on England's batting in this match as I'll only rub salt on my own wounds by doing so. But it was no where within a country mile of where it should've been and saying that it was a disappointing, spineless effort would be a massive understatement.

    There've been too many signs of our batting not being up to the mark this year, to take this collapse as a real shock. Barring the NZ home series, we've hardly had any top order stability. There've been too many collapses, too many careless shots, too many sub 200 scores and too many rescue jobs by our tail to get us to decent targets. I still don't believe that our batsmen can't play rapid, high quality fast bowling, neither do I believe they are complacent. Maybe it's over dependence on each other or maybe some tactical errors in terms of their approach to the innings. But whatever it is, must be sorted out soon.

    (contd...)

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    There was nothing special with the oz bowling it was lack of mental application by the English batsmen which lead to their downfall. The batsmen should always value their wicket, which England didn't in both the innings. Losing is part n parcel of the game but to lose this way is showing disrespect to the game and their supporters.... Hope they realise and come back strongly

  • POSTED BY cric_J on | November 24, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Congrats and well played to Australia for their win to go 1-0 up in the series. They've outplayed England in every department and truly deserved to win.

    As much as I've long disliked Mitch (and I still do for that nasty attitude), I said at the start of the series that he will wreck havoc for us. And I was proven right by a brilliant, match winning display of fast bowling from him. Top stuff by Harris, decent by Siddle and as much as it pains me to say, Lyon did outbowl Swann in this match by a fair margin.

    A classy ton by Pup, a solid one from Warner and a typical never say die 94 by Haddin in the 1st innings. Must admit that Clarke was a better captain here. His bowlers had set plans for all our batsmen but it was the right on execution that made all the difference.

    P.S. Would like to congratulate the Aussie fans here who've had to wait a long time for a test match win, let alone an Ashes test win. It's hurt me hard to see Eng lose 1 ashes test, so I understand your hard times.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    This is the best contest for third best in the world I've ever seen! Folks let's remember the Two best teams in the world aren't even on the field. ........

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | November 24, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    @ Bonehead_maz: Good idea to pull Johnson and insert a spinner. I'd go with a straight swap, far less messy and Bailey shouldn't be dropped after 1 game. Zampa is the guy I'd pick..

    Putting him in too early could ruin him for life I suppose, but I reckon that's better than waiting till he's a pensioner to give him a run. .. Besides, I reckon he can handle it. Very good head under pressure it seems. Smith did a job today, a full time leggie in Adelaide might be just the thing.

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | November 24, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    I really expected more from Eng and sure, didn't expect them to hold out but never thought they would look so inept in the middle! I also thought both KP and Cook played bad shots when the call was for a fight. Credit and more to the Aussies, they were down and came out screaming and what about Mitch. I always felt he has to play a major role for things to change from the Ashes in Eng. One man doesn't win you a game or the Ashes but he has made a huge statement and with it Eng appear to have taken a few steps back. Lyon deserves credit on a wicket that Swan was hammered, Lyon did a good holding job and got critical wickets in both innings. I expect Eng to come back strong n the next test and I'm not sure if Aus feel comfortable with the batting but Rogers and Baily surely need to deliver in the next test.

  • POSTED BY Seaxe on | November 24, 2013, 13:09 GMT

    Why on earth summon Onions. We need fast bowling. We have Anderson and Broad if it swings but Tremlett is only bowling at 80mph. Fast bowlers like Johnson can be expensive but they take wickets. That part of the bowling strategy is simply wrong. There is no bowler currently in the side the Aussies are concerned about given that they have cleverly negated Swann by not playing loads of left handers. Bring on Finn or Rankin and tell them to let it rip

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 24, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Since when has sledging ever been sportsman like?...England got as good as they have given in the past. Time to man up and accept you were apalling England!!

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | November 24, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Apologies to Steven Finn who I highly rate but temporarily forgot about. I'd like to see him play next test but Tremlett wasn't bad enBell ough to be dropped.

    My amended squad forr WI: Cook Root Bell KP Balance Taylor Davies Broad Jordan Swann Finn. Reserves Chopra Moeen Bairstow Kerrigan Woakes (unless Stokrs plays well here) Onions

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    The next Test will show the true character of these two sides. If Australia can maintain the intensity they showed here in Brisbane they will have turned the corner. England, however, haven't been in the top 3 Test sides for the past few years for nothing. If the class that seems to exist on paper is real then the batsmen-friendly pitch of Adelaide will get them back in the contest. At the end of the day I believe this series is going to be about which team has the better bowling attack. On the strength of this first Test, Australia would seem to be in the box-seat.

  • POSTED BY LillianThomson on | November 24, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    I have written for years that any bowler who has a leftie's angle and can consistently bowl 145K and can score big runs against Dale Steyn should be the first or second name on the Test teamsheet in Australia.

    But as a bowling all-rounder, not just as a bowler.

    Mitch was excellent at home last season too. He brutalised Sri Lanka - he broke Sangakkara's hand just as he has twice done Graeme Smith's - but against South Africa he outbowled Starc, but Starc knocked over the tail and ended up with misleadingly better figures.

    Johnson should play every home Test. And people need to realise that when he bowls over the wicket he produces rough for Lyon to bowl into too, so Australia gets two for the price of one.

  • POSTED BY DJAbacus on | November 24, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Amusing comments....Australia win one Test match and suddenly it's the dawn of a decade Australian dominance...

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | November 24, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    @dylanbrah, Am J allowed to bring out the Siddle v Anderson debate of last ashes? Ignoring my Aus bias, I'd still far prefer Siddle - the perfect bowler to get breakthroughs (think the Bell dismissal) and a perfect bowler to partner with - he's a key reason for Harris' success. He averages lower than Anderson too. But then again a change bowler vs an opening bowler so apples and oranges.

    Interestingly enough, seen enough combined XI Ashes team comments (with low amount of Aus players) in the build up so wandering what it is now? On form Lyon and Haddin pip Swann and Prior respectively, and Harris and Siddle have better career averages than their counterparts Broad and Anderson. Combined XI now: Warner Cook Trott (still better than Twatto) Clarke KP Bell (Root can't displace them) Haddin Siddle Harris Anderson and to avoid controversy despite Lyon being the better bowler over the last four tests, Swann. 5 Aus vs 4 English + 2 Saffas ;)

  • POSTED BY InfiniteWhite on | November 24, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    I really feel sorry for England. Slaughtered on the field by the Aussies and insulted off the field by their own press (can you believe it?). Guess none in the team reads British press tonight cause it might be depressing. The worse news for England is there are 8 more innings when they have to face Johnson (half of them on bouncy wickets) and in mid series I'm sure they wish they were somewhere else. I'm a fair person so I'll give England an obvious advice. Summon Onions.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | November 24, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    It's so funny to see the likes of @RandyOz return, after such a long time since the build up to the last Ashes in England. Truth is this result surprised even him, and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out why: England thrash Australia just for fun these days, and this is the first math in years that has goine against that trend. England it must be noted had just one interuppted match for their warm up to this test. It's fairly predictable that all of a sudden players like Anderson, who was previously vaunted by Australian sections as 'a class apart' (a bit like what Dhoni said in India of him) ain't up to scratch just because of a 1st inns of 136, which even fair-weathered cricket supporters know is a cricketing fatality in any game. Well played Oz, but we've had our warm up now. Time to give Oz fans a good reason to not visit the stadium on match day, it doesn't take much!

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | November 24, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    Cook's truly a terrible tactician, and needs all the help he can get - although some of it maybe down to the defensive precedent set by Flower; Craig Mcdermott's a genius; Lyon loves bouncing pitches; Johnson doesn't rely on swing; Carberry has a lot of test potential; the Aus batting line up is still average - all of Bailey, Smith, Watson and Rogers failed, if one of them fails again Hughes or Doolan will be coming in; the potential of our attacking game style is huge - and it was reflected this test and at times in the last Ashes series; our bowling plans are all specific to each batsmen and have worked for now 6 tests in a row - no matter what bowling attack we've produced this Eng line up with 6 of its top 7 averaging over 40 has not managed to score above 400 once; Australia have the superior bowling line up and lastly; Eng will hit back hard and with their experience and our inexperience, a Mohali could be on the cards. But still, for now, well done Aus!!!

  • POSTED BY CodandChips on | November 24, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    I see this as a needed reality check to genuine thanks to Australia. Our batting has been declining, and I've been thinking for a while that we need to get the likes of Taylor and Balance blooded. Hopefully now Balance will play a part in this series and Taylor to join him vs SrilLanka and West Indies. Jonathan Trott has unfortunately been struggling for too long and has to go imo, possibly taking Prior with him. Bowling wise we look flat and maybe Chris Jordan could be a guy to change that? But we shouldn't change too much mid-series. Root today showed his qualities which stand him in good stead as an opener.

    My team for the West Indies tour, which would be a perfect opportunity to have a look at some others: Cook, Root, Bell, KP, Balance, Taylor, Davies, Broad, Jordan, Swann, Onions. Reserves- Bairstow, Chopra, Moeen, Kerrigan, Woakes (unless Stokes plays well this tour).

  • POSTED BY leggar on | November 24, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Well done Mitch - great comeback after what has been a long period of terrible inconsistency. But why are the Aussies such poor sports? If, as Michael Clarke suggests, players are sledging with comments about breaking arms and hands, then they should be ashamed. There is nothing sportsman like about that. It is a disgrace. Warner's arrogant and inappropriate comments are further example of Australian cricketers lack of respect for the game. I was neutral about who I was supporting at the start of the series but now I am firmly in the English camp and when they turn things around they won't need to shout down the opposition either.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | November 24, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    Wow was that relieving. Great win. Made all the better with a 0-7 extended winter. But on the plus side, in 2013 we have won 100% of our home tests compared to England's 71%. ;). Such a result shows that the last Ashes, although the best side obviously came out trumps, had a scoreline not truly reflective of either team's ability/standings. The last three tests Aus played much better with the exception of Broad's spell and they obviously took a lot of confidence out of it. There's not other way we could've hammered England so much today if not from confidence built in the last series. I pin that partly on Boof on creating a better environment.

    Intersting things to note - in the last four Ashes tests Lyon has compared more than favourably with Swann; Haddin's currently far superior to Prior: England need a Siddle-type bowler than anything - they struggle with breakthroughs; Anderson hasn't done squat since TB - even that test most of his wickets were tailenders; (cont...)

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | November 24, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    All I can say is that England got 'schooled' in how to play top quality fast bowling. This will take some recovering to do. All Australia have to do now is put some extra grass on that Adelaide Oval pitch, water it well, and then win the toss and bowl first. After that, they gotta simply unleash their human sized pit bull - Mitch Johnson and England could be hopping and collapsing like nine pins all over again. Gee, I never expected England to fail so utterly, in TEST cricket. Makes up for an interesting series nevertheless. The other thing that was equally disgusting after England's batting was Australia's sledging of England's tail enders. That was poor sportsmanship and goes to show Aussies are hardly gracious winners.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    Just glad we won a Test, seems like forever. Adelaide will offer a radically different scenario for both teams. The Aussies will probably have to lay off the short pitch stuff for more regular line and length and Swann will find more assistance - particularly on the fourth and fifth days. Given how much time England have to compose themselves and the fact that our top order still has huge question marks over it then this series is not over by a long shot!

  • POSTED BY Mervo on | November 24, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    It is interesting that Johnson's averages for bowling and batting are almost identical to Broad's. With his re-modelled action, now seen by England, he is much more accurate and still has express pace. More to come ...

  • POSTED BY Redbac on | November 24, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    Darren Lehmann's relaxed mix of old and new has started to kick in. he has created positive feelings in the side, encouraged old-fashioned relaxation and - importantly - his presence has drawn Craig MacDermott back to mentor the bowlers. The results speak for themselves. Now it's time to get rid of Sutherland and get a real cricket person into the job who can broker a sensible solution to the mess that currently plagues our domestic cricket. There are performances in Shield cricket right now that augur well for the future, but the BBL is already too bloated. The Ryobi Cup tournament format wasn't a bad idea, but I think it was too marginalised too early in the year. The resurgence of Australian cricket needs more than a win in the Ashes, although that would be just the tonic to drive us back up to knock india and South Africa off the top.l

  • POSTED BY DylanBrah on | November 24, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Anderson is proving to be one of the most overrated bowlers who only performs when conditions are favourable. Australia sure have him worked out anyway... 9 wickets @61 from his last 4 Tests... poor effort. The selection of Tremlett also highlights England's lack of depth in the bowling department, whereas Australia, despite all the injuries, still manage to field world-class bowlers every Test match. Cook looks clueless... absolutely clueless in the field. Clarke certainly has him covered there... but we already knew that before this Test. 5-0 may yet be an accurate prediction by some of England's biggest fans. @ Front-Foot-Lunge - just like how this is the first time you have shown up to comment the since day 1 of this Test?...

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | November 24, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Inevitable of course, but still would have liked to see certain players at least TRY to put up some sort of performance. Not taking anything away from the Australian bowlers at all, but some of the shot-decisions were abysmal to say the least. Yes it's only one game and the next pitches will be different and England start series badly etc. etc. - but England have a lot of pondering to do and certain players need counselling. Well done Australia, and surely now after seeing a certain lanky bowler chosen on promise alone barely register low-80's mph despite lots of effort/huge grunts, + no movement whatsoever, certain squad/bowling decisions by England will seem daft after all. Batting (or lack there-of) lost England this game, so lets get that sorted for a start please.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | November 24, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    @ FFL, if the Gabba was England's 'warm up match' then they'll be roasting in Perth.

  • POSTED BY Redbackfan on | November 24, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Great to get a win for a change, Great game Mitch hopefully he can keep it up for the rest of the series heres hoping hey. Very big win confidence booster as far as the team goes and most players performed well. The batting is still an issue, Warner, Clark, Haddin and Johnson were all good Smith showed a bit in the first innings but didn't push on. Rogers had a bad game and hopefully turns it around next game. Watson same old story and Bailey looked lost. The bowling unit worked together very well and deserve a lot of credit. We had 4 batsmen not perform hopefully these guys can step up to the plate for the rest of the series. Lets push on from here and grind them into the ground go Aussie.

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | November 24, 2013, 11:30 GMT

    2nd post: England will insist that they have a good & successful team, well used to coming back from a first Test deficit. They have - so long as they are not confronted by raw pace on helpful tracks! If Mitch Johnson can repeat his Gabba demolition of England's much vaunted line-up twice more in the series, then it's Ashes Good-Bye! History tells us that when one side has a potent spearhead delivering limb-threatening missles backed with able support, then there is no adequate answer. Macdonald & Gregory, Lindwall & Miller, Tyson & Statham, Larwood & Voce, Wasim & Waqar, any combo of the mighty WIndian pacers - take your pick-- there is no adequate riposte. Broad, for all his skill, doesn't possess the searing pace of MJ. MJ doesn't have, or pretend to have, artful swing or seam movement, but he doesn't need it. If batsmen don't have the time to react to deliveries over 90mph (and stop watching the ball anyway!) then the game's up. The Age of the Intimidating Quick has just returned!

  • POSTED BY ElMuchacho on | November 24, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    I still believe that England will win the series 5-0..oh wait one match has been played and they are still on 0..The Aussies will not win a test..Oh wait they won the first.. Am a neutral but loved that thrashing of England.For months we have witness boasting here by England and Indian fans of England ..As for the Indians your day of reckoning with Steyn,Philander and Morkel is coming up..

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | November 24, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    I love sporting stories, and the story of MJ, who was so brutally treated by England last time here at Brisbane and in that series, is a good one. It was set up ever so nicely for him - England with just one match of interuppted practise were underpreapred, but went into this match way too confident. They had good reason to be - 4-0 last Ashes, endless thrashings every time before that. Now Australia have won one, and immediately remind us all why they were nicknmed 'the world's worst winners', lol. Their first win in years and years. Now England have got to do what they did in India (and what Australia of course came nowhere near to doing), and begin the series from the second test after a largely self-inflicted start.

  • POSTED BY o-bomb on | November 24, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Wow, that was emphatic (not to mention depressing). I didn't imagine Australia would bowl that well, but well played to them. Actually I was particularly impressed with Warner's 2nd innings century. I had thought him to be little more than a slugger before this game, but that was a patient, composed, yet aggressive century. England have always bounced back well in the recent past, but we might have to do something special this time if Australia continue to bowl that well.

  • POSTED BY geoffboyc on | November 24, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Contrary to most opinion, I think England lost this game on the first day when Aussies were 130 for 6 and Johnson came out with the bat to join Haddin. Some real targeting then to shake him up and get him out for a low score would probably have undermined his fragile confidence and affected the way he bowled the next day. We've seen how he reacts when things don't go his way. Instead we watched England trying to get Haddin off strike and Swann trying to buy Johnson's wicket. The whole Aussie approach and Johnson's confidence were boosted as a result; 295 is easier to defend than 195 and it showed when England had to face a man who had justified his selection already. Badly though they batted, they'd made it more difficult for themselves to recover from it. A massive defeat, but man-for-man there's not much between these two teams; key moments will decide this series and one of them was last Thursday.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    I'm kinda pleased this happened, and I'm English. The batting order has been putting in mediocre performances for a long time with the bowlers getting them out of trouble. They have become arrogant and complacent and they deserved this, if they loose the series, which I can't see not happening after today, it will give them the wake up they need. Something is clearly wrong in the batting department for some time and its been hidden by good bowling for too long, they can't hide now.

  • POSTED BY brusselslion on | November 24, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Outstanding win for Australia. Well played. Unfortunately for England, the good Mitch turned up.

    I'm hoping that this was a 'one off', but I fear the worse as very few positives for England: Broad was very good; Anderson & Carberry OK in 1st innings. Cook, Bell, Root ok in 2nd innings: Big worries are Prior - hopelessly out of form; Trott - old problem of shuffling across stumps is back and 3rd seamer. Swann and KP? Bad games. Let's see if it's anything more serious.

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | November 24, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    People talk about Aussie fans not being Gracious winning or losing, but everyone forgets that the English where unmerciful on young Mitch, nearly ruined him, they all laughed put him they said, and when it comes back to bite you, we are not allowed to celebrate with Mitch. I wonder if Mitch had an alias on cricinfo what he would say about gracious fans.

  • POSTED BY Dazako on | November 24, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    They cranked up the sledging with England nine down with the stump mic picking up conflicting opinions from their captain, Michael Clarke, and T20 captain, George Bailey, about whether James Anderson was going to get his arm or his hand broken.

    You have to see the funny side in that statement, personally I think its a classic.

    Anyone else think that Johnson and Warner should keep the Mo's?

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 11:03 GMT

    My class teacher was used to tell us a typical story when average passing percentage of class went below par. Those moments were remisinced me when I watched this test match as well as recent ASHES in England

    Two students were fighting for supremacy over one another when one got 2/50 and other got 1/50 marks in an examination. One who got 2 marks was shouting for becoming highest and other was replying to him that he got just one less. Ultimately both had forgotten that they were failed miserably in the examinations.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | November 24, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    James Anderson (who still averages 30 by the way, and is still bewilderingly compared to McGrath by the clueless English press) and his bunch of medium paced trundlers, just got schooled in pace and agression. Swann got schooled in spin by the "hapless" Lyon and the entire English batting lineup in two innings combined only just made Australia's "pathetic" first innings total. The silence and egg on the faces from the likes of the Barmy Army, Vaughan and Ian Botham is an absolute treat to watch! The Aussies are back on top where we belong!

  • POSTED BY jockoz on | November 24, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Definitely a lot of credit to the back room staff. But I think people are forgetting really how close the Ashes in England really were. They were own and lost and very key critical points barring Durham. Australia took a lot of confidence from that knowing they were competitive on doctored wickets in England, and knowing when they got to Oz that the ball would be in their court. Well done boys and well done Clarkey great captaincy and usage of your key weapons. Interesting comments after the rain delay. Shows how astute Warney is when discussing who he would open the bowling with and got it right unlike Taylor who is regarded as one of the all time smartest captains we have had. Shame he never captained instead of Ponting.

  • POSTED BY Manush on | November 24, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    295. R SundaraRajan Just now

    Yet another shocking start by England, which has become a regular feature outside home ground. Johnson after a fiery start to his career was almost facing extinction for his uncontrolled wide deliveries and now he has become again unplayable and making him a hero. Top order including KP fell for poor short selections and not by great bowling. Hope will recover to avoid repeat of old memories.

  • POSTED BY 64blip on | November 24, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    A lot of unfamiliar posters here, most of them Australian ;-) Still, why not? Your bowlers clicked and our batsmen folded. Disappointed with England's second innings effort - not a realistic chance of saving the match but there was more poor shot selection again. Prior got the Wisden award and hasn't been able to buy a run since! England have seen the traps set and then fallen into them. They know what they have to do, let's see if they can do it.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | November 24, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    James Anderson (who still averages 30 by the way, and is still bewilderingly compared to McGrath by the clueless English press) and his bunch of medium paced trundlers, just got schooled in pace and aggression. Swann got schooled in spin by the "hapless" Lyon and the entire English batting lineup in two innings combined only just made Australia's "pathetic" first innings total. The silence and egg on the faces from the likes of the Barmy Army, Vaughan and Ian Botham is an absolute treat to watch! The Aussies are back on top where we belong!

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 24, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    It'll be interesting to see what England's response is.

    From the positive perspective , in the last series where they went a test down (also by a thrashing) they came back to win the series but in that series England made a terrible selection blunder in the 1st game.

    It's our batsmen (more than our bowlers) who have let us down in this match and it's difficult to see how we can improve with personnel changes. 5 of the 6 are permanent fixtures and Carberry was one of the few who didn't give his wicket away in either inns. As already touched on by the commentators the poor batting display means that the bowlers get less rest which as we all know can lead to burnout and injury niggles. It wouldn't surprise me if Tremlett made way for another bowler but in my mind that would be making a scapegoat of him. Other than that the only personnel changes would be dropping a long standing player. Off subject great performance from George Groves last night - poor refereeing decision.

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | November 24, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    @ClearingPickets, if you want to know the reason for the rift between Anderson and Clarke, just read Anderson's book. Anderson describes how he took a disliking to Clarke and whacked him over the head somewhere when Clarke was doing nothing more than sitting quietly and minding his own business. Anderson clearly thought this was funny, in his book. Karma makes a fickle mistress! Who is Anderson to decide who is worthy of his high-falutin' approval!? Who goes around clipping people over the head because they don't like them!? What unbelievable arrogance! So I have no sympathy for Anderson on this one. He deserved it.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    Australia 5-0 England. and it's gonna happen insha'Allah

  • POSTED BY hhillbumper on | November 24, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    well done to Australia for playing well.However England have a history of tsarting poorly and this is the same batting unit that has a history of collapsing and then putting it back together.The only issue will be the emotional switch and the confidence this gives Aus. England need to dig deep and come back hard. This is the potential flaw of how they play.It is very methodical and well thought out but when it does not work they tend to fold as in UAE re South AFrica last year and this test here.

  • POSTED BY jonesy2 on | November 24, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    if England don't make changes they will be out of this series in the next test. I know they can bounce back but I think there is much more than just trying to put in a better performance in Adelaide. they have terminal issues, if its not swinging around or dry and turning square their bowlers (Anderson) are useless, trott has had his run in test cricket and now teams have figured him out and his inability in terms of dynamism and strokeplay is a huge issue. their biggest problem is the complete absence of any depth at all so much so that a man so far below test standard its alarming is their 3rd seamer in a team with no allrounder and their replacements are equally ill-equipped for test cricket (finn and the irish guy). as for Australia, they need to maintain this awesome level and continue to be aggressive and even take it up a notch in Adelaide, their batsmen need to keep pummelling the England bowlers and I think Watson has to be dropped for hughes for this test

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Good on the Aussies on finishing it off today. But it's only the FIRST Test. I'd like to see Lehmann up the tempo, apply a blowtorch on the top order and demand they take a cold shower and APPLY themselves as TEST cricketers for every Test from here-on-end.

  • POSTED BY Buggsy on | November 24, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    @Mahadevan, none of the English are bad players, but the warning signs have been there since the start of the last Ashes where Australia's bowlers were all over the English, particularly in the last three Tests. It's just the rubbish batting that let the Australians down. England will no doubt bounce back, but Australia are well prepared this time and in a much better frame of mind.

  • POSTED BY milepost on | November 24, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    To posters saying we've just turned up here because we've won, I see all the familiar names. Yeah we can't get carried away but did you see that game? One of the heaviest defeats in Ashes history and Australia's bowling was so dominant across two full innings, the plans worked to perfection, that it really is hard to see a comeback for some of them. Prior and Trott are finished, likely to be sent home for long counselling sessions and to get their CV's in order. As we predicted England were several bowlers short and there's no one waiting in the wings. I honestly want an engrossing series but if England don't find plans and new players to combat Australia in the next 10 days, then their Ashes ends in Perth. Mitch has them terrified and that's not a technical issue that they will sort out in the nets.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    What happened to England batsmen as the could not face Johnson in both the innings and failed to save the match. Australia a mediocre hitherto are very much in top. An innings defeat. The better pack off and go to Australia later. Ian Chappel told it is not ripe for Australia to play India before the start. It proved he was right since India defeated England 4-0 in the series. A good beginning for Australia. Keep it up.

  • POSTED BY Dangertroy on | November 24, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Well done boys, great work to bounce back after a very ordinary day one, especially with some of the nasty comments flying around after that day. I especially liked how players actually measured up to the hype, especially Johnson and Warner.

    Good to see Warner play in a mature and positive manner. also great to be silenced by Mitchell Johnson, although he still needs to back it up with a few more consistent performances. I've long been of the opinion if he puts in a great match you should drop him, to keep him keen and with something to prove, but I doubt that will happen now.

    England are a very good side, and I'm sure will bounce back. But if Cook, Trott and Prior continue their lean run, its going to put a lot of pressure on the remaining batsmen. I also doubt we will be so lucky as to have Tremlett play another match also, presuming that Bresnan is fit. Although Bresnan has been out for quite some time, so he will be a bit of a risk if he is underdone.

    Roll on Adelaide!

  • POSTED BY MaxFromSydney1 on | November 24, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    I'm an Aussie cricket fan and I really enjoyed the win, but I agree with runout49; the audible sledging was a bit ugly. I know it goes on, but do we need to hear it? Would it be better to only broadcast the stump mic feed during the bowler's run up / delivery / batsman's stroke / appeal for a dismissal etc? Alternatively, the broadcaster could delay the broadcast by a few seconds and dial down the ugly stuff before it reaches people's tv's or radios. I'm not a wowser but there needs to be a better way to manage this sort of thing besides fining players.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    eng will bounce back ...aussies ,,get set for a good tight finish ......eng to retaion the ashes

  • POSTED BY Bonehead_maz on | November 24, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    Despite being pleasingly 1-0 up, we need to improve ! Seeing 2 run outs botched exactly the same way is unacceptable, and could in other circumstances have been critical. Our batting was also spotty. The next test is in Adelaide, where the new wicket has been very spinner friendly. Personally I'd drop Johnson for that match and keep him in cotton wool for Perth. The problem is Faulkner has just taken zero wickets in Adelaide and Cutting isn't even playing for QLD (is he injured ?). Further, all our other spinners look pretty second rate and can't bat (Agar bats ok).............. so (rude as it would seem) I'd drop Bailey for either White or North and have them bowl a bit as well (also fixes the shortage of good slippers). Meanwhile well played Australia. I thought our bowling was the best it's been since McDermott left .... a BIG welcome back ! Congratulations to Johnson on best Australian all round performance at Gabba since Alan Davidson in the tied test 1960.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    I'll be amazed if England can finish the series with even a single win, because it seems too much to come back from this - England fan

  • POSTED BY leighrh on | November 24, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Pack your bags England - the party's over

  • POSTED BY Johno58 on | November 24, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    What a great game of cricket , had it all . Looking forward to the next one

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | November 24, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Some of the pre test/series comms/predictions are already looking very silly indeed. Comms about Johnson in particular. As for England , I'm going to try not to get too carried away by this performance but it is hard to take positives from it. 3 of our batsmen (Trott,KP and Prior) played poor shots leading to their wickets in both inns - Prior almost a carbon copy. Re possible personnel changes - there's nothing that hugely jumps out at me. Jonny for Prior? Carbs and CT were the most controversial choices but the former was out to a good ball and then unluckily in both inns and showed promise in the 1st inns. I feel a huge problem for us is that our batsmen seem incapable of playing positively without playing in a reckless manner. Don't have an issue with Warner's comms with Trott.Warner looks in very decent nick and speaks his mind and some of our guys would be on any Aus player showing weakness if the boot was on the other foot

  • POSTED BY gujratwalla on | November 24, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Well done Australia! But England are sure to bounce back in the next game.I agree that too much cricket is being played and players are after all human not machines. Both England and Australia have played too much lately.The Australian batting is not that strong realy but they will gain heart from Warners agression.England have Some class batsmen in Cook,Pietersen and Bell and Trott too.Don't be surprised of they get hold of Johnson next time!Though i am sure he too has new ideas up his sleeve.Exciting Tests ahead!

  • POSTED BY a1234s on | November 24, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    it is indeed tough to comprehend the aussie media's ridiculous campaign against MJ. It was plain to anyone who cared to watch the IPL that MJ had regained his mojo. His bowling was the sole reason why MI won this year. Ask any Indian and he would have told you who the standout player would be in this Ashes tour. ..by miles...

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    Brilliant test by Australia. England are beginning to remind me of India a couple of years ago, when they kept playing the same players who were so out of form. No players should be undropable. I would drop Prior and Trott. There are of course no outstanding candidates to replace them but the team needs fresh faces.

  • POSTED BY 2nd_Slip on | November 24, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    Must say, I'm very disappointed in Swann and Anderson aswell as Englands lackluster batting but I'm confident they will bounce back come second test.

  • POSTED BY Int.Curator on | November 24, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    What no pitch doctoring or DRS howlers that changed the result of the game?

    There is a world of difference between how England won there Ashes and how Australia will regain them.

    Australia did their homework followed well devised plans and administered them with surgical precision.

    England looked like defeated and retreating wounded soldiers with psychological battle scars that will taument them their entire tour.

    I'm certain Jimmy Anderson was welling up with tears in fear when he came out to bat. He even tried to buy sometime by asking the referees to stop G bailey from teasing him.

    Thats the English spirit we're use too.

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | November 24, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    It is amusing to see so many people speak out about how badly Australia were prepared etc, but really they had no idea about what was really going on. Sure, Australia were behind in the middle session of day 1, but they fought back well with Johnson and Haddin and finished the day even. People saying that it was a 400 pitch really have no idea either about the Gabba lately or how good Australia's bowlers are. Australia were expected to win, and they did. England capitulated a bit more than expected, and the margin was bigger than expected, but the result was not. I had expected a 200 run victory, not 381. The Johnson plan paid off, as he was able to hit in short, sharp bursts while Siddle and Harris were the mainstays. It was not a shock at all, though it was good for Australia that their plans actually worked for a change.

  • POSTED BY DJAbacus on | November 24, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    A resounding victory by Australia which has set this series alight. The inclusion of Johnson and Warner have really give Australia a boost. England looked 'under cooked' and will need to regroup ready for Adelaide. England haven't become a bad team overnight. That was their first Test defeat in over a year. It happens. Australia played well. Pundits and Supporters can be as negative and critical as they like but I can't see Andy Flower throwing in the towel. Expect a reaction from England. They will not want to give back the Ashes and will come out fighting next week. Game on.

  • POSTED BY RohanMarkJay on | November 24, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Congratulations to Australia on winning the first test. It was great to see Australia finally get the maximum from Mitchell Johnson who is a terrific fast bowler. What the first test has proved is that this Australian side is as good or even better than this England side. Australia badly exposed the weaknesses and England inability to cope especially when MJ gets it right. Congratulations to Australia. It was wonderful to see an Ossie side play good cricket, like they used to regularly in the 1990s. Australia must make sure the build on this victory and play to the same high standards and not give England an inch. If they do I am sure Aus will win back the ashes. Despite the knockers this is a good combative Aussie team. I hope they continue to play just as well in the next 4 matches as well. Good luck Australia. All the best.

  • POSTED BY izzidole on | November 24, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    Australian cricket coach Darren Lehman and fast bowling coach Craig McDermott should be commended for their efforts to transform this current aussie cricket team from virtually nothing to a strong unit in less than six months since the axing of former coach Mickey Arthur. Credit should also go to John Davison for all his efforts to bring the best out of Nathan Lyon who looked so menacing for the first time in his career as Australia's number one spinner even out performing the worlds number one spinner England's Graeme Swann. It's just incredible that a team that lost seven consecutive test matches this year including the last ashes in England could inflict such a humiliating defeat on the poms in less than four days despite the inclement weather.This crushing victory no doubt would be a big boost for the aussie cricket team to dominate the rest of the series and win the ashes for the first time since 2005. Hope this is just the beginning of another golden era for Australian cricket.

  • POSTED BY p_lorro on | November 24, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    A great start but can't get carried away. However it is terrific for the team to experience the victory that they had always threatened to achieve - especially recently in England. Great to see Mitch back and muscling the batsmen. A very dominant display from a genuine spearhead. First innings jitters need to be ironed out but hopefully, they'll learn much from going on with the job. They now know they can win.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | November 24, 2013, 10:13 GMT

    Wow, one win in nine tests. Australia register in the scorebook for the first time and suddenly people come to watcth them play and talk about them. Things change quickly amongst Aus support, they'll famously start not taking their seats in the stadiums when England start winning again, just like in all previous Ashes. Which they can now they've had their first warm up match of the tour!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Not a good performance at all by england.

  • POSTED BY nattuz on | November 24, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    looks like india would continue to to hold the number two position after the end of the series!!

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    England were simply 'BLASTED OUT' by pace !!!

  • POSTED BY RJHB on | November 24, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Aussie Aussie Aussie!! What a fantastic win! I'm tickled pick and will really, really enjoy watching and reading a few smug posers eat humble pie! It's a pity Perth isn't the next venue, Adelaide with a new drop in pitch is a total unknown. But one thing is certain, the Aussie team have had a huge shot of confidence and no matter what happens, they're going to be much harder to beat. We shall see if England can rise to greater heights.

  • POSTED BY ClearingPickets on | November 24, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    What exactly was said between Anderson and Clarke. And why did Anderson choose to go running to the headmaster. Poor form.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 10:03 GMT

    I am from India. Definitely Aus have won the match and England are drubbed. But I can't accept the gulf between the two teams as much as the margin of the Aus victory. England are not as bad a they seem to be. It is definitely possible England could fight back as they did in the last tour of India. But you have to see another point also. These days as excess number of matches are played, these results happen. All on a sudden some players become stale. When a collapse happened for Eng in the first innings the team let it go as the players seem to have lost interest in playing in pressure and after that happening it was all down for England. We see WI collapsing in many innings in India. Aus when they lost to India 4-0 collapsed in almost all of the innings. Why is this happening? The best thing one can do is find more from the players trying to understand their point of view. I can't accept Trott is a bad player. Cook also went through this phase once

  • POSTED BY dmat on | November 24, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    runout49 Yes. It seems many of our players and our supporters do not know how to win "graciously". I don't think England are perfect but Australia is a lot worse and has a long way to go in learning how to both win and to lose properly. I'm not sure why this is. I'm involved in junior sport and it is a constant battle - perhaps made more difficult by our professionals behaviour?

  • POSTED BY SuperSharky on | November 24, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    I've always been a fan of Mitchell Johnson since I saw him hit a century against South Africa in Cape Town and his vicious bowling. Didn't he sent both Jacques Kallis and Graeme Smith of retired hurt in the March 2009 Test? His bowling had always the potential to be lethal dangerous and that's why I couldn't understand the impatient and rushed critics against him the past few years. His early going home to Australia, while playing India in an ODI in India, is now paying off big time.

  • POSTED BY deeplongon on | November 24, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    After years of listening to Poms telling us how good they are and how bad we are telling us to win graciously is a bit rich. All I know is after Perth it will be 2-nil. And I called that a week ago. Get ready for a battering England.

  • POSTED BY No_1_again on | November 24, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    Congrats Australia. OZs were doing well in first part of ashes (English summer) but Bell was standing between OZs win and lost.Now we have found the way to keep him quite. Mich was terrorizing English batsman but kudos to other bowlers to opening the gate for him. As Warner said it was a team effort. Good to see batting and bowling came together for this match

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | November 24, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    surely anderson is a home-track bully? 2 wickets in a game where other fast bowlers did much more damage!

  • POSTED BY valvolux on | November 24, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    Good stuff australia, will do a world of good for their confidence ripping through England twice for under 200. Was weak batting though. England tend to come back hard and play their best cricket when down, you just have to wonder though when their poor starts will finally bring them undone. I didn't mind the sledging, when Michael Clarke came out to bat he was copping it left right and centre, and Jimmy A is one of the worst perpetrators so more than deserved the return fire. Should make this series a fiery one from here on in and that's what we want. Truth is all of England were worried about getting something broken by Johnson - as Warner said, the way they all backed away and played number 11 type shots when he pitched it in short was some of the weakest batting I've seen. Need to come away with at least a draw in Adelaide, then Perth will be England's worst nightmare.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    It is a pleasure watching Johnson Bowl like this. English batting order will again collapse in test matches at MCG and WACA.

  • POSTED BY Potatis on | November 24, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    I'd like to add my name to the list of Aussie fans who are thrilled at this win, but know England could very well regroup and come back from this. No laughing at anyone, just relieved to finally see the Australian side play with aggression. I'll enjoy this win, but know it's only one of five games, and England are not out of the contest by any means.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    It's nice to be 1-0 up but I'd feel much more confident about the series if match 2 was at Perth and not so far away. As much as I don't think this England team is one of the all time greatest (as many English fans seem to think they are), they are definitely good enough to come back from here and of all the Aussie wickets, Adelaide suits them the best I think.

  • POSTED BY Rajesh_india_1990 on | November 24, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Australia just showed the world how overrated England are..next Month India will show how overrated southafricans are... :-)

  • POSTED BY OneEyedAussie on | November 24, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    I'm very happy to admit that I was wrong. I wanted Paine in for Haddin and Hilfenhaus for Johnson. Probably would have produced a very different game.

    I can't remember the last time I have watched bowling this brutal. It was like Harris and Johnson had a lust for English blood. Aside from Cook, KP and Bell the English look completely shot. I think we missed a trick in not scheduling the WACA test next.

    Good to see changes in the Australian staff finally taking effect. The removal of Arthur, the sacking of Watson as VC, the sacking of Clarke as selector and the reinstatement of McDermott as bowling coach are bearing fruit!

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | November 24, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Bob_Martin; I think you will find most of those posts that you are referring to are from Indian supporters. Runout49; As you were not on the field you have no idea what was said or who started it. Dont point the finger without knowing all the details.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    Seems really hard for England to regroup mentally from this.

  • POSTED BY Tigg on | November 24, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    Well that was a shocker. The plus sides for England, I guess, are that at least Cook, Bell and KP had some time in the middle. England's bowling in the second inning I blame entirely on the batsmen. On a fast, but decent, batting surface your bowlers should not be out there twice in a day. Ever.

    That said, emergency telegram to Somerset, can we have Compton to bat three please... (purely because Compton 3, Bell 5 is preferable to having Bairstow back in the XI).

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    A humbling and chastening defeat for England. This was an awful combination of their 2 biggest frailties - on bouncy pitches and in the first test of an overseas series. Their record in Perth - another bouncy pitch - is poor so they could find themselves having to win 2 of 3 just to draw the series. I still believe player for player we're the better side but the batting has misfired for too long and something needs to be done sharpish. This side has shown real fight to come back from bad defeats in the past - and they will need to draw on every bit of that fight here.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 24, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Splendid beginning after all the flak (just) drawn over the preceding months. The ODI series in India did indicate Johnson regaining his confidence, and he's done justice to the selection. Pace will disturb England this summer.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge- on | November 24, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Well, the English smashed the Aussies in the run out department at least...

  • POSTED BY calcu on | November 24, 2013, 9:25 GMT

    Way to go, Aussies! Go and win 5-0

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | November 24, 2013, 9:24 GMT

    @ bobmartin: Fair enough comment, especially if many of the Aussie posts were up there in the arrogance stakes. The thing is, they aren't. Just about every post has advised caution and restraint. .. I don't think you read them at all. I think you just assumed it was going to be all ugly-aussie stuff. .. We aren't all like that you know. Many of us respect England for what they've achieved and know they're tough to beat. .. Just the same, it's no big deal, I just wanted to say that is all.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    one of the biggest cricketing surprises for me.England, given their recent performances in Test matches, were not supposed to come a cropper against an Australian bowling attack not looking much potent at least on paper.So the unexpected outcome of this match may open vistas of possibilities and opinion making like has ths Aussies began to regain lost glory,has the English success story met an abrupt end or is it a one-off drubbing etc.Whatever the correct theory, a strong Aussie side should be a welcome development for world cricket to retain mass appeal which is flailing to say the least.

  • POSTED BY runout49 on | November 24, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    Australia needs to learn to win graciously. The sledging towards the end of the test was a disgrace and a very poor example for young cricketers. It took the gloss off what had been a fantastic all round effort by the team.

  • POSTED BY Chupran on | November 24, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Great show by the Aussies. I have not seen such hostile fast bowling for some time. So hostile that one of the (in)famous non-walkers could not wait to walk off when he gloved to the keeper. Well done Stewie

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    I don't know why people were so surprised England's batsmen crumbled against a genuine pace attack; doesn't any one remember their similar performances in South Africa's home series or even how poorly they handled Pakistan's seamer s in the UAE?

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | November 24, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    England had an opener with a solid technique in Compton, perfect for these conditions (grew up in SA). Discarded him (maybe didn't get on with the Broad-Swann gang) and hyped the flat track specialists Root and Bairstow... now recalled Carberry at the end of the career. I guarantee Compton would have made more than 40 runs in two innings in these conditions.

    As for Trott, he looks clueless against pace. Struggled against Steyn last year, struggled against Aus. Just shows how many flat tracks he has feasted on in his career.

  • POSTED BY heathrf1974 on | November 24, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    Great win by Australia. I think one of the good things about this win is that we didn't have a bad day as in the past. However, England will come back hard. They are a proud team and are tough. They will regroup and it will be game on for the next test.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Australians were out of this world in this test, they've shown their dominance n too bad for English team , they couldn't handle the awesomeness :3 I hope i would see a good Ashes this winter :3

  • POSTED BY MightyOne on | November 24, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    "But from such a fallow period they have somehow learned how to dominate again." As a neutral observer I am thrilled that Aus have found some guts again and added some skill and aggression to boot, but this reminds me of the first test played in England earlier this year when talk of 5-0 was doing the rounds (over-reaction anyone?). This was a DOMINANT performance, but 1 swallow doesn't make a summer, and this does not mean Aus have learnt to DOMINATE again. I expect England will be better going forward (they can't be much worse) but Aus have to keep this level up before I agree that they have learnt to dominate again. It sets up the series beautifully, looking forward to watching it seeing as SA gets almost no international cricket this year.

  • POSTED BY VJGS on | November 24, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    I recall reading a comment yesterday by an English Cricket Fan when Australia were batting saying that Clarke would have to be "brave or foolish" if he declared with a lead of 500 since England would chase it down "easily" and if he declared with a lead of 600, England could "easily bat them out for 2 days" to deny Australia a win. Having seen England twice for a score less than 200, I think it safe to say that the fan was a tad optimistic. In all honesty, Australia would still have won this match comfortably even if they didn't score a single run in their first innings.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    I'm English, and I'm not making excuses. We were completely and utterly outplayed. Well played Aus, Johnson and Haddin in particular. England will need to play a lot better, but I suspect we probably will.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Great start to the series for the Aussies, they have set the standard they need to maintain to beat England.

    For the England team there are a few headaches: the batsmen look rattled by the quick bowling of the Australians and Swann and Anderson bowled indifferently. Also, the plans that the Australian had for various batsmen were not exactly subtle but the English were powerless to avoid dismissal - Prior, Trott, KP, Carberry were all dismissed by telegraphed short bowling at the body. This does not bode well for Perth unless they are able to get behind the ball!

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | November 24, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    @ bobmartin on (November 24, 2013, 8:38 GMT) that massive noise heard at the GABBA today was thunder, then after the rain the next biggest thud was the current crop of big headed players coming back to earth, but I am expecting them to come back in this series.

  • POSTED BY testmatchonly on | November 24, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Not only Australia, but world cricket will be better off with a dominant Australian test team. We need quality test matches played by quality teams to keep the game alive and save it from limited-over madness. An aggressive, sledging, bashful australian team threatening opposition with pure adrenalin was absent for a long time from the scene and I hope this bunch brings it back. Salivating for a tremendous series ahead.

  • POSTED BY DickCam on | November 24, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    The Johnson effect. He turned a self-proclaimed 'non-walker' (Broad) into a walker. Broad was halfway to the shed before the ump had his finger up. Then again, most of the English batsmen didn't seem to want to hang around after facing Mitch. It's a beautiful thing!

  • POSTED BY nareshgb1 on | November 24, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Forget Johnson (he bowled very well, well done) - the issue is Anderson seems past the hill. Unless he gets back to taking wickets, his side are in trouble. Jimmy is fast becoming the "rich man's Ishant". He should definitely have been rested in the last test in England (was he - cant remember).

    After Australia were 130/6, there was no way they should have gone all the way up to 290. They would not have if Jimmy had taken wickets. This is the difference between having all 4 good bowlers doing well and not.

  • POSTED BY foozball on | November 24, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    @BradmanBestEver, I think a more reasonable comparison can be made between Johnson and Broad. Either way, MJ won out this time.

    Solid win, didn't really need all the chirping towards the end...

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Johnson blows England away in a 381-run drubbing

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | November 24, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson BLEW them AWAY ! What a performance by Australia. That would make some of them English fans quiet who questioned Johnson's renewed ability to bowl fast. English batsmen have brought about a new awkward tag upon themselves - the fact they CAN'T play good fast bowling and fiery bouncers. That's an UGLY tag to have for a team that boasts so much self confidence in test cricket. Now Australia have got the perfect recipe to win this Ashes - hit England with pace and bounce throughout. I am looking forward to what England do with their team composition for the second test. But Australia won't care about that, this was an absolute trouncing. Well done Baggy Greens.

  • POSTED BY SamRoy on | November 24, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    If Johnson is fit and in form Perth and MCG should be a piece of cake for Australia.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    I am glad to see Nathan Lyon finally getting some of the recognition and credit he deserves; he's a much better spinner than many so-called experts make him out to be.

  • POSTED BY Liquefierrrr on | November 24, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Absolute hiding here - it doesn't matter what excuses the English players, fans and media come up with, deep down they know that they were absolutely destroyed in this Test.

    Long way to go, but this was a hiding that speaks volumes for those who were cheeky enough to declare Aus would lose 5-0. Tough to do that now, eh?

    @Jonathon Trott - Aus has a pretty good mental health plan mate, you can get 6 free sessions here annually mate. I heard you sat with a therapist for 4 hours after you got out plumb in the last series, so one can only imagine how long you'll sit there this time.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Question-how can Harris at 34/35 and Johnson 32 be so much faster than our blokes? We need to find some pace for the third seamer as Tremlett barely makes 80mph. As for the batters,many are out of form,so a dead wicket next might help. Don't think Aussies should get carried away though,but it all makes the series More exciting.

  • POSTED BY PFEL on | November 24, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    Johnson was great, but still nowhere near his best. Imagine if he starts getting the ball to swing!!!

  • POSTED BY alisaqib610 on | November 24, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    Wow! Australia were brilliant in this match. This is a very good start for Australia after seeing their last 3 Ashes campaigns. Mitchell Johnson was at his very best contributing with both bat and ball and David Warner and Michael Clarke also played brilliantly for their centuries. A very good all round performance from Australia. However England were on the receiving end of this match and have a lot of thinking to do about their batting. Hoping to see more competitive matches because this one was completely one sided.

  • POSTED BY bobmartin on | November 24, 2013, 8:38 GMT

    One Ashes win out of the last ten played and all of a sudden Oz have a new all- conquering team... Enjoy it while it lasts and Oz should know more than most teams.. the bigger you think you are, the harder you fall..

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | November 24, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    The major difference between the teams was MJ's performance. England also have one of those types of players - KP. If these types of players have a special game - as it was in this case for MJ, then they create the win for their team.

    So Aussie fans should not get carried away. Had MJ had an ordinary game or one of his shockers he is well know for, the result would have been far different.

    Lets hope and pray MJ can maintain consistently high quality performances for the rest of the series. If so, we will flog them.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | November 24, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    GPSingh, Australia have recently won in West Indies, Sri Lanka and South Africa in the last couple of years where have India won? As for Johnson not being a proper pace bowler because he cant pick up wickets in India, he is the same as all other indian bowlers. WOuld you also say that Ashwin is not a proper spin bowler as he cant play on pitches not specifically designed for spin and as Lyon is the best performed spinner on Australian soil for some time then he must be the best spinner as he performs best on the pace friendly tracks?

  • POSTED BY VinodGupte on | November 24, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Anderson is a home-track bully. Two wickets in a match where other fast bowlers got wickets in a heap = home-track bully. There's no other way to look at it. ENG is unlikely to recover from this humiliation. i see 4-0 or 3-1.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | November 24, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    It was a great performance from the Aussies but I'm not going to get too carried away as England have a lot of quality players and I expect the next test to be a great tussle. However, I will reserve a few barbs for the English supporters who made silly comments about Johnson before the test as he has been a quality test bowler in the past when in form, and all the commenters who said England played poorly in England and won 3-0 and that wont happen again so it will be more comprehensive. Its time to start giving the Aussie bowlers a lot of credit for there performances in England. As for the next test I see both teams going in unchanged unless there is an injured bowler or England fill they need to replace Trott. There has been a lot of comments on England bowling but the group they had were good enough to get us 6/120 in the first dig. There batsman didnt bat long enough and they were put under too much stress in the second innings. I think Tremlett does compliment Broad and Anderson

  • POSTED BY AJawed on | November 24, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    I wonder what Ian Botham has got to say now after his 5-0 prediction! Maybe he'll switch it to 5-0 in australia's favor now....

  • POSTED BY BigDataIsAHoax on | November 24, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    So who are the flat track bullies now? Not a single English batsman could handle those bumpers. This was Gabba, not WACA yet. Bunch of overrated batsmen.

  • POSTED BY CricIndia208 on | November 24, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Great stuff from Australia. They have a bunch of fantastic bowlers. England need to drop Trott and Tremlett and bring in Bairstow and Monty for Adelaide. Looks like Australia are on their way up. The future belongs to India nd Australia. England are on their way down, SA will join them soon, pakistan cricket is dead, NZ, SL and WI are weak. So, it will be all about India and Australia in the next few years

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | November 24, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    I am over the moon!I am sure the WHOLE of Australia is too!What a DEMOLITION JOB the Aussies have effected! The Gabba Fortress is intact! Australia have crushed,battered,bruised the Poms in Body and Mind in just 4 days, DESPITE Rain Delays,pricking the Balloon of the English confidence,who many thought are favourites to retain The Ashes. and now,,,?The Barmy Army's Trumpeter is playing out a Sad Song.Watch the UK newspapers tomorrow and Beefy Botham and Michael Vaughan give a tongue lashing to the English cricketers! Particularly Jonathan Trott. England have only two frontline quicks - Anderson and Broad - Tremlett is not so good,nor is Finn.While ALL the Australian newspapers hail this new side with the Master Tactician and Master Batsman Michael Clarke,the Explosive David Warner,the Dependable Brad Haddin,the Enforcer Mitchell Johnson,the dedicated Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris,and the clever spinner Nathan Lyon who was decidedly better than the English spinner Graeme Swann!

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on | November 24, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    As much as we'd like to and have given back a little stick here and as much as it really does look like a few English players are lost at sea, this is still the same team that has beaten us well in recent times. So, we can enjoy a win after so many defeats but there is a lot of cricket left. My gut feeling is England are gone, this was such a dominant performance but different conditions might let players settle a little. But I wouldn't bet my house on players like Cook, Bell, KP, Broad and Anderson giving it up easily, it is just can they carry the poor form and technical weakness of some very key players? I still have reservations about a few Aussie batsman too but the England bowling doesn't look too threatening yet.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | November 24, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    The England supporters were unanimous in hoping Australia would include MJ in the starting XI, be careful what you wish for. Lyon continues to outplay Swan in every match they have played together, glad that he was able to take a couple of vital wickets on the final day. No DRS controversies and all this fun while Watson does a pretty good impersonation of The Invisible Man, he may be handy in Adelaide. Rogers didn't score many runs but he took the shine of the ball and that proved good enough. All in all a very satisfying and long overdue win.

  • POSTED BY Moppa on | November 24, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    As an Australian fan I can say, with some self-interest, that this is a good result for the series. Because England can come back from here, whereas if Australia suffered a bad loss it would be virtually the end of the series. England have their points of weakness, but character is not one of them. Evidence: Cardiff 2009 save followed by a comprehensive win at Lords. Leeds thrashing in 2009 followed by a comprehensive win at the Oval. Perth 2010 thrashing reversed on Boxing Day. Ahmedabad thrashing in 2012 reversed to win the series. Amazing cliffhanging draws in South Africa (2009-10), Cardiff 2009, and Wellington 2013. Etc. I don't know how many more they have left in them, but write off England at your peril. In Australia's favour, they have another 'fortress' to come, at the WACA.

  • POSTED BY whofriggincares on | November 24, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    I almost forgot how good it feels to smash England , big wins like this one can be a catalyst for a period of dominance, hope that is the case here. England will fight back though good sides tend to do that. Please let this officially be the end of the S.Okeefe whinging obsession, Lyon has outbowled Swann in this match and has earned an extended run in the side please stop dropping the poor bugger. As for the many English posters on here that stated they were overjoyed that Warner and MJ were playing well hope you enjoy that humble pie. Great to see Pup back in the runs as well he is a pleasure to watch in that sort of form. Perhaps the most important thing to come out of this match was Warners form, he looked sensational in both innings I thought, he is going to cause a few headaches in this series and I am sure Flower and Cook are very worried about the damage he has the potential to cause. Oh and @FFL yoo hoo where are you ? LOL

  • POSTED BY humdrum on | November 24, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Well,that's it.An absolute drubbing, and more importantly,Eng never looked in the game from 2nd session of day 2.The bowling attack looks out of depth, the captaincy uninspiring and the batting browbeaten. There have been spectacular comebacks in the past, but it would take a brave man to bet on this Eng team winning this series.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Oh look! England managed to cross 150 in the 2nd innings! They must be really glad they know how to play on flat tracks...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    well done to Australia for a great win.but don't write off England they are a good side hopefully its going to be a good sries

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Miraz, I don't think Hughes should have ever been dropped (he just got a done century in the Sheffield Shield this week), but that being said Rogers hasn't done anything wrong.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    Best possible start to the Ashes, this was supposed to be a walk over for England, but Oz had the last laugh winning by a whooping 381 runs. The Gabba is still Australia's fortress, last time they lost here was somewhere in the 80's. However England always has this tendency to do badly in first Test of a series, and then come back from behind to win it. They will have to look at their batting though, they depend too much on Cook and Pietersen. But the Ashes is wide open, now, instead of the walk over it was supposed to be.

    As for Mitch Johnson has been a hit and miss bowler, but this time he seems to have got up from the right side of the bed. Anyway hope he is more consistent now, he always had the talent.

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | November 24, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    The gabba really is an australian fortress, they did the same to us up there but then we went on to beat them in hobart, england start every tour poorly so i can see them bouncing back but it is so good to see a fired up aussie team again, playing the way they use too with unrelenting aggression, its good to watch. Well done aussie that was some brilliant cricket and well deserved victory, best of luck for the rest of the tour

  • POSTED BY avani on | November 24, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    People say India struggles against short pitch deliveries. But here I saw England batsmen struggled as well against short ones and gave away wickets!

  • POSTED BY __PK on | November 24, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Loving Cook's long, slow innings. If he plays that way in the first innings of the next test, it looks really good, but when he eventually gets out, all he's done is use up time and his team feel the pressure to get things moving.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | November 24, 2013, 8:01 GMT

    Woohoo !! Finally, after what, 9 attempts, we win a Test. Not just any old win either. A crushing 375 + runs job. One of the best you can get your hands on really.

    Like some others, I'm not going to get carried away by this. It's the perfect start for us, couldn't have hoped for better especially after Day 1, but it's still only a start. There's lot's more work to do but I can't see anything wrong with enjoying the moment either. It's been a while coming. .. So, again, Woohoo.

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | November 24, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    I am really happy for the guys, they did a superb job - everyone pitched in (even the random ginger who took the KP catch!), the mood and attitude of the team is miles away from what we saw in India. Let's hope Nathan Lyon remembers the words to the song, eh? Been a while...

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | November 24, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Very nice job by Australia, superior in every phase of the game. A great return to test cricket for Johnson, well-supported by Harris and Lyon, and Warner, Clarke and Haddin did well with the bat.

    Not much to comfort England. Broad had a good game, Cook and Bell briefly batted well in the second innings and Joe Root looked as unworried by Johnson's pace as anyone. Although Tremlett's pace wasn't great, he bowled OK. However, Swann was well off his best (Lyon bowled much the better of the two spinners) and most of the batsmen were simply not up to it. Trott has a real problem; he looks clueless against Johnson. Prior also had a poor game.

    Great start to the series for Australia. England has to do some hard thinking between now and the second test. Unless they can combat Johnson, it's going to be a long, dismal tour for them.

  • POSTED BY riaz.m on | November 24, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    I fear that if Australia continue to get big runs they will win back the Ashes. They have top notch attack and with Patterson and Starc to come back it could get stronger still. The extra pace of Patterson could unsettle England even more. Just look at at the state of Trott. Nathan Lyon is very under rated but does the business every time. Of course anyone coming after Warnie would be compared to the great man but that is very unfair on Lyon. If Aussies can put the runs on the board they have the attack to worry England. They can strengthen their batting by replacing Rogers, who does not really look test class,with Hughes, who himself has technical issues but needs time in the middle to develop confidence ala Amla!! or perhaps they need to go for someone new with an eye to the future, although it will be a tough situation to throw a youngster in but it has done Root and Bairstow no harm.

  • POSTED BY promy_cric on | November 24, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    @gsingh7 India had also faced 8-0 defeat in the overseas. In the fast track, they have to prove that they are capable of playing fast bowl. Waiting for the sa series. Similarly, SA, AUS, Eng have to prove themselves in different condition. I think, recent past SA showed that they are the best team to play well in any condition.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | November 24, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    1-0 does not a series win make. Absolutely delighted for our guys but I'll keep my powder dry for the moment. Despite what some would have you believe England are a class team. Whether we're seeing a ghastly hiccup or the beginning of a decline remains to be seen, but I can't yet bring myself to believe that the rest of the series will go this smoothly, and we we're in trouble in the first innings after all. Can't quite work out what's up with the Poms, they just don't seem all that interested. Maybe it's a cunning plan......

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Mouth-watering stuff!!! Highly over-rated England not just losing in a grand fashion but also crafting a self-inflicted psychological damage. I am afraid if there is any healing touch in this English side.

    Any1 counting on this pair doing a Jason Gillespie? A fairytale double century? Though Australia here are no Bangladesh to let that happen

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    iam glad that Austrslia beat England by an innings and 300 runs shame on them for succh a heavy defeat.even if they would have batted 2 times more they would have lost..Australia you are going to win the Ashes back I guarsntee that.good work keep it up.

  • POSTED BY riaz.m on | November 24, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    KP genius.....where were you when "your" country needs you. Whenever he comes up against genuine pace 90mph++ he struggles and attempted pull shots are normally up in the air. He can't play the hook shot period. But medium pace on middle and leg flies to the boundary for sure. Credit to this Aussie bowling line up though,they have bowled perfect line and length to render him virtually stroke less now six tests in a row. Just look at his strike rate in those tests,even Cook is hitting it faster. Why did it take 100 tests for bowlers to work that one out Anything a a foot outside the off stump KP got no idea and usually tries to swing it to leg. Still got to give it to the man for how long he's got away with it!!

  • POSTED BY pat_one_back on | November 24, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    Nathan Lyon take a bow and warm up your vocal chords. The last man picked in the team has surely earned his place for the remainder of the summer. Tight, menacing he's made Swann look second rate and by some distance. Surely it can't rain all day tomorrow?

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | November 24, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    Clarkes decision to 'declare early' (as if 560+ isn't quite enough) is starting to look really good now.

    You just have to factor in rain in Brisbane in summer. I've lived there and it's a fact of life. I've seen it clear as bell in the morning, dump a lazy 100 mm in an hour over lunch and be sunny again in the afternoon. Qlder's are used to it so it's no particular problem unless you're trying to win a Test match.

    It's also the other advantage of batting at a decent run rate. You're ahead of the game on the scoreboard and also on the clock. It gives you massive flexibility and time to spare which is something that can win you games. .. Anyway, it aint quite over yet. Still 2 English wickets to go.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    What are chances of a washout?

  • POSTED BY kawaljit on | November 24, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    If the rain continues on to the 5th day as we have seen in the past and denies australia of an inevitable victory, then I would ask ICC only 1 question.... "If Duckworth Lewis in limited overs, why not in tests???" All the fabulous cricket played for 4 days would be wasted, australian fans disheartened, australian players disappointed and a slightest chance of redemption for all the tests they have lost this season gone with the wind...

  • POSTED BY Rajesh.Kumar on | November 24, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    This pitch looked like a road when England were bowling, but behaved differently when Aussies were bowling. This simply means that England quicks are simply not good enough for these pitches. Time to bring back some really quick bowlers like Steve Finn, or even Stuart Meaker. What is Meaker doing these days? I saw him in Mumbai in an ODI in 2011, and he looked pretty quick. England can also try Monty Panesar. His fast left arm spin is more likely to be effective on these pitches, as compared to what Swann bowls. I also hope that after this test, the England batters are able to retain some kind of self belief. Because Aussies have already started playing mind games, like Warner's comment against Trott! The form deserts quickly if the batters have doubts in their minds.

  • POSTED BY cricpanther on | November 24, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    England's wake up call for next one, make big in for Monty, out G.Swann, More Outs: Flower, Mustaq, J.Anderson, KP, J Trot, Carberry

    New Calls: make a fresh new calls for County Cricketers or young cricketers of England who can play on big level, quickly (so batman prob can shorte out + Australia cant plan for these new players for their weaknesses!)

    Take Extreme Help for England: From Great Gooch, Sir Botham, Great Nasser, Great Lloyed and Great Artherton, + find out more of aussie conditions/players from Sir Shane Warne, Great Mark Taylor and Sir Ian Chappell.

  • POSTED BY SherjilIslam on | November 24, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Posted by Shan156 on (November 24, 2013, 6:02 GMT): I think you are over emphasizing the situation. I know the manner in which these guys have batted is a point of concern, but they are doing the job for England from the past three years. I think it has become a habit for Cook & co. to fail miserably in first test and come-back strong in second and remaining ones. I would like to see them play in next test as well and see if there's any improvement or not, and if there's is none, then your fears are well justified and i don't think England at the moment have any apt replacement for these guys.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | November 24, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    People are giving England credit which they do not deserve. They havn't passed 400 for nearly a year, Cook is out of form, Trott is out of form, Pietersen is past his best and their new players are stuggling.

    They are on the verge of getting bowled out even when they were playing negatively, not good signs for England.

    Up Up Aussie!

  • POSTED BY Garp on | November 24, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Really pathetic how England's middle order collapses time and time again.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | November 24, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    i knew johnson was back to bowling fast in ipl and india odi series. but he was constantly giving rpo above 5.5 . he is good on fast pitches of aus but on indian flat tracks he was same old erratic bowler. anyone can pick wickets on fast bouncy tracks but real test is on flat indian tracks where skills are tested. the same aus team who are winning big in aus were beaten 4-0 by india and 3-0 by england. fact is they can only win tests in aus but anywhere outside they lose heavily.

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | November 24, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    18 for 296, but with this English batting line up being as strong as it is I am betting they will get to 300.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    Johnson's new style seems to have worked.. Denis lilee stuff . 1982 Abdul Qadir did the same to England with a french cut advised by imran khan to increase the aura.....well done villion jhonson

  • POSTED BY trumpoz on | November 24, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    Ladies and Gentlemen we have a series on our hands. The problem for England is that there is still Perth to come. The way the top 7 have not handled the pace and bounce of the Aussie quicks you can almost pencil that as a win for Australia. Adelaide Oval can no longer be the assured run-feast as it now the first year of a drop-in wicket. England could go in to Boxing Day having to win the final 2 tests to tie the series.

  • POSTED BY TheBigBoodha on | November 24, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    I'll second the predictive qualities of that great Aussie, @Hammond. So its going to be 4-1, eh, mate? So which test do you think England might win?

  • POSTED BY Shan156 on | November 24, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    Shameful effort by England. It is no shame to lose. After all, even #1 SA lost a test to Pak in UAE recently. But, the lack of effort is appalling and that is aptly reflected in the 400+ run loss that looks likely atm with due credit to Australia. Trott looks like he has lost it, Anderson, Swann, and Prior too. These guys gave Eng. a good few years but now they don't look like they have it in them. Should still persist with these guys and I would give them one more test but another failure and some changes need to be made.

    If they had done better in the 2nd dig, I would have carried some hope for the next test. But, after seeing them fail in both innings and the way they batted, there is very little chance for Eng. to even pull off a draw in one of the remaining 4 tests.

  • POSTED BY smudgeon on | November 24, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Looking at what's happening now, it's almost like the last 12 months didn't happen. Ruthless.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | November 24, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    @Hammond:-How's that batting practice going mate?

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | November 24, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    England totally falling apart with no fight...a shambles!!

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | November 24, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Is Ashes all about Australia v Rains ???

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    As how rain spoilt d oz win in England it has again cm to d party wen oz wr n win lik position!! get away rain v need an oz win!

  • POSTED BY pat_one_back on | November 24, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    This is gripping test cricket, Eng firmly digging in on a true but now deteriorating wicket and Aust toiling cleverly, moving through plans smoothly as they press hard for victory. With Bell back in the shed Eng's hopes of a draw are surely dashed, Aust certainly don't look like letting any pressure off. Things will heat up if we see Aust start generating some reverse in the post rain humidity!

  • POSTED BY humi_cric on | November 24, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Weldone Captain Cook, I find a bit similarity of this match with the first one against India, where Cook played very well in the 2nd innings (though England lost that match), but you know what happened after that. Being a neutral fan, love to see some resilience from England lower order.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    cook there is no escape from defeat...

  • POSTED BY Thorpy on | November 24, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Keep going Cook you need a big century, Root dig in.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Australia's bowling is almost as flat as England's was in the 2nd innings

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    Good job cook. let's get the game back in control i would take a draw at any time of the day but a defeat would disappoint me.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    com on aussies throw away the mighty english

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | November 24, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    Weather is still about to have a final say, Cook has put his head down, now it is all up the the Aussie attack to chip away. Good effort so far by the skipper.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | November 24, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    Weather is still about to have a final say, Cook has put his head down, now it is all up the the Aussie attack to chip away. Good effort so far by the skipper.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 3:10 GMT

    com on aussies throw away the mighty english

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 3:13 GMT

    Good job cook. let's get the game back in control i would take a draw at any time of the day but a defeat would disappoint me.

  • POSTED BY on | November 24, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Australia's bowling is almost as flat as England's was in the 2nd innings

  • POSTED BY Thorpy on | November 24, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Keep going Cook you need a big century, Root dig in.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    cook there is no escape from defeat...

  • POSTED BY humi_cric on | November 24, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    Weldone Captain Cook, I find a bit similarity of this match with the first one against India, where Cook played very well in the 2nd innings (though England lost that match), but you know what happened after that. Being a neutral fan, love to see some resilience from England lower order.

  • POSTED BY pat_one_back on | November 24, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    This is gripping test cricket, Eng firmly digging in on a true but now deteriorating wicket and Aust toiling cleverly, moving through plans smoothly as they press hard for victory. With Bell back in the shed Eng's hopes of a draw are surely dashed, Aust certainly don't look like letting any pressure off. Things will heat up if we see Aust start generating some reverse in the post rain humidity!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 24, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    As how rain spoilt d oz win in England it has again cm to d party wen oz wr n win lik position!! get away rain v need an oz win!

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | November 24, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Is Ashes all about Australia v Rains ???