Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 2nd day December 6, 2013

Clarke, Haddin tons put Australia in command

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England 1 for 35 trail Australia 9 for 570 dec (Clarke 148, Haddin 118, Harris 55*, Broad 3-98) by 535 runs
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It has been a while since an Australian captain has looked as serene during an Ashes Test as Michael Clarke did at the Adelaide Oval.

During a period of England domination, the uncomprehending exasperation of Ricky Ponting has been followed by Clarke's lurking fear that his own Ashes story could be debilitated by injury.

Yet here Clarke was, the second day into the second Test, continuing his love affair with this ground with an unflustered century which with every graceful moment stated his intent to become the Australian captain who regained the Ashes. The blissful manner in which he dealt with the England attack, with his vice-captain Brad Haddin offering sterling support, will only quicken the belief in Australia that the balance is shifting irrevocably in their favour.

That sensation also resides in the figure of Mitchell Johnson, only more violently. Nothing England contrived came close to his immediate threat. He sand-blasted Alastair Cook aside with his 10th delivery, every ball above 148kph until the kill was applied, the ball searing past Cook's outside edge to strike off stump.

Michael Carberry and Joe Root stabilised England for the rest of the 20 overs they had to survive, but they were distinctly fortunate to survive some high jinks in the final over. Root's eagerness to see out the day drew him into an inexcusable off-side single which would have run out Carberry had Chris Rogers hit the stumps. Then Australia opted not to review the final ball of the day when replays showed Carberry would have been out lbw. Root had reason to be as relieved as Carberry.

Australia had hammered home their authority by the time they declared 10 overs into the final session. Clarke reached 148 in five and three quarter hours when he became the first Test victim for Ben Stokes, seeking to work him through square leg and chipping a gentle catch to short midwicket off a leading edge.

Clarke's stand with Haddin was worth 200 in 51 overs, a new record for the sixth wicket for any team in Adelaide. Haddin fell for 118 to Stuart Broad in the third over after tea, his fourth Test century reaffirming in aggressive fashion that he has turned the back-to-back Ashes series into one of the most productive periods in his Test career. England had designs upon dismissing Australia, 5 for 273 at the close of the first day, for around 350, only to become increasingly bereft as they gave up another 297 runs in 68 overs. England conceded 12 sixes, five to Haddin, a tally assisted by Adelaide's short square boundaries.

Australia's total was their highest in Ashes cricket since they amassed 674 for 6 declared against England in Cardiff in 2009, a match in which England also combined the spin of Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar with little reward. England had fielded two spinners in Australia for the first time for 33 years, but the gamble demanded that they remained in touch in the first innings in the hope of dividends later in the game.

By the time England followed up Clarke's dismissal with more consolatory wickets, a victory to tie the series at 1-1 looked an increasingly unlikely proposition. Mitchell Johnson hoicked Swann's offspin to mid-on and Stokes, occasionally revealing an ability to leave the right-hander off the pitch, had Peter Siddle caught at the wicket. But Ryan Harris deposited Swann for two successive slog sweeps into the members to keep Australian spirits high and after tea became the eighth Australian to pass 50 in a series that is not quite two Tests old. That statistic, above all, should trouble England.

Clarke's sixth Adelaide hundred in nine Tests, and his 26th of all, was his second in succession, following his century in Brisbane when Australia's domination was assured. This one was a perfectly-constructed affair with the Test in the balance, made all the more noteworthy because of occasional suggestions that first his back and then his ankle were troubling him more than the England attack. When he was dismissed, his average in Adelaide Tests was 104.75, a standard that even The Don - Adelaide's most revered figure - could not quite match.

Virtually everything that could go wrong for England in the morning did as Clarke and Haddin batted through the morning session with commendable enterprise. Stokes missed out on a first Test wicket because of a no-ball and the list of half chances to elude England grew as they failed to press home their hard-won position of equality from the first day. They were in a rush to take wickets with the new ball 10 overs old at start of play, but their threat softened even before the Kookaburra ball did.

England will reflect that the morning might have turned out differently. Clarke's determination to dominate the left-arm spin of Panesar from the outset almost went awry as he skipped down the pitch to his first ball of the morning and spooned it over extra cover, marking his fifty with relief as the ball evaded Stokes. But by the time Panesar was withdrawn after four overs, the mood was set.

England also had a glimmer of a chance to dismiss him when he was 91. Again Clarke's foot movement was ambitious, this time to the offspin of Swann, and his glance thudded through the hands and into the ankle of Ian Bell at backward short leg. A tough catch missed, Bell, and the wicketkeeper Matt Prior, then failed to gather cleanly to pull off a run out as Clarke dived back into his crease and rose with the sense that fortune was favouring the brave.

Haddin was an impressive accomplice, but he, too, had one or two moments which fell his way. James Anderson, with no swing to sustain him, looked listless, but when he produced a good bouncer to Haddin, on 30, the hook shot fell short of Panesar, who reacted cumbersomely at fine leg as the ball sailed out of the unfinished stand. It was barely a catch, although in keeping with the ground works, Panesar also seemed to be wearing concrete boots.

Stokes imagined that his first Test wicket had come in his third over of the day when he produced an excellent delivery to have Haddin, on 51, caught at the wicket. He had already fielded congratulations from his team-mates for his first Test wicket when replays showed he had overstepped.

Haddin could not resist a jokey congratulation to Stokes at the end of the over about his first Test wicket that wasn't, and as Stokes' manner suggested an appetite for continuing the conversation, the umpire Marais Erasmus intervened to calm the situation. As the afternoon wore on, the calm became increasingly hard for England to stomach; on a sunlit evening, as Johnson burned in, calm was something they could only dream of.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY landl47 on | December 6, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    England bowled pretty well yesterday, but their fielding let them down. They didn't bowl well today and the drops of Clarke and Haddin yesterday turned out to be disasters. This test is already out of reach for England and they would have to bat supremely well to salvage a draw.

    As in the Pakistan series in early 2012, England have not looked the sharp, combative side that we've seen for most of the last 5 years. Although I'm sure it's not for want of trying, they've looked listless and below full throttle. Broad's bowled quite well and Stokes at least looked aggressive, but Anderson and Swann haven't been anywhere near their best and Monty showed again why he should never be picked outside the sub-continent.

    Australia capitalized on England's shortcomings and as often happens the side playing better also got the breaks. Clarke played a wonderful innings and although Haddin was lucky he made the most of it. It's going to be a tough battle for England tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | December 7, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    @Bonehead_maz:- Had the same thing myself. A broken thumb fluffing a return catch in the nets and never the same again. Pins and needles yep, and if you start to lose full feeling in the bowling hand it's the beginning of the end. Never the same control or rip afterwards.

  • POSTED BY neil99 on | December 7, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    2929 - hello? How many wake up calls do you want. This team has been riding their luck on the back of poor performances for nearly 2 years. The signals were clearly there.

    Batting has been very poor and the over reliance upon Anderson and Swann clearly highlighted. Unfortunately Flower and Gooch buried their heads in the sand, and picked the same team regardless of form on the thinking that things "will come good".

    The current performances are spineless. The batting capitulates, throwing wickets away. Bowling is toothless and impotent. Poor ground fielding. It's totally unacceptable and heads must roll.

  • POSTED BY 2929paul on | December 6, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    I actually don't mind who wins as long as it's a great game. In the bad old days there was a wearisome inevitability about waking up in the morning to find out that we were once again on the receiving end of a complete stuffing. It wasn't even worth finding out what time the highlights were on tv as it would only mean more profits for the brewery as I drowned my sorrows. Brisbane was a reminder of the way it used to be and it wasn't fun.

    If England don't put up a fight, Cardiff style, this series could get boring. It looks like they are losing interest and don't want to be there. I think Flower will go next year and it will be a shame if he leaves after a stuffing this winter after all the good he's done but it is definitely time for someone new to come in. And I'm not sure it should be Ashley Giles, who's just another one from the same team with the same ethos. We'll see.

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    @Landl47, Not just in the UAE, England also played like this in NZ and against SA at home last year. I think the English hierarchy has become so myopic in their game plans and with their playing roster that slipping performances and efforts just haven't shown up on their radars. A bloke like Finn may not fit into Flowers death by dot balls game plan but he'd be taking wickets! Similarly I don't understand how Gary Ballance, who was the Lions only performer out here last year and a proven performer on our bouncier, faster tracks isn't getting a game, Probably because Joe Root has been earmarked as the next captain and Flower and co. simply can't see that Aus have shut him down completely.. Another thing I don't understand is England 'taking chances' with their team selection here, but in effect, by pushing Root up to 3 and not Bell or KP they are not really taking a chance at all. Sending in KP at three would have been sending a message, no-one else in the team can do what he can!

  • POSTED BY chukki364 on | December 6, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    It is beyond doubt that England have some very good players who will be remembered as greats by the end of their career,but the problem is with players like root,stokes,etc.It is very important that each of the players should perform heavily when he gets going,not that he is performing his own part.Cricket has no boundations and no own parts,one person can change the game.KP did it in 2005 and 2011,cook at last time in Australia. so what matters, how heavily a person can perform on his day?now,when these guys are not performing,can others rise to the occasion.The truth is that mediocre will never glorify the game and an extended run should always be awarded to miraculously talented players.And one more thing,now don't compare Anderson with steyn,as he is actually nothing,records as well as,performances will approve it.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | December 6, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    @Rooboy - Both countries have their fairweather fans/cheerleaders and both countries have their regular fans/commenters who give honest opinions. I guess DH has just noticed the former re Aus fans , just like we've noticed some of the fans who seemed to have disappeared since things started to go wrong for England

    @InvisiblePJs on (December 6, 2013, 10:12 GMT) Gillian Anderson - used to be in the X files

    @ Sugath on (December 6, 2013, 11:31 GMT) Think you have to look at who was in that Australian batting line up and the form they were in and compare it with the form Eng batsmen have been in

    @xtrafalgarx on (December 6, 2013, 15:58 GMT) Disagree with the tone of most of your comms but you're spot on here. The missed chances could have cost us big but it was us who missed the chances , bowled the no ball etc. Well not me personally but you get the drift

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Cook's tentative footwork against Johnson typified the English batsmen - they look at sea against the fast men! I can't wait for Perth since it promises to be a slaughter of Lillee/Thomson proportions!

  • POSTED BY Jagger on | December 6, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    That Carberry missed-referral has left a bad taste in my mouth. I detest the referral system.

    Lyon's accuracy must improve. Too short and too full with successive deliveries is an all too common occurrence, and is, quite frankly, not good enough.

    Kudos to Joe Root. We dips our lid to anyone who can wear one with a smile.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | December 6, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    @ John Powell on (December 6, 2013, 15:46 GMT), well if you want to play the 'charmed life' game, where to you draw the line. What about KP being dropped on 0 then he goes on to win the Ashes? What about Kasper being given out incorrectly which similarly would have changed the result. Maybe you can say that England had a charmed life to win the Ashes in 2005/6 OR maybe they just played better cricket and earned their luck.

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | December 6, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    England bowled pretty well yesterday, but their fielding let them down. They didn't bowl well today and the drops of Clarke and Haddin yesterday turned out to be disasters. This test is already out of reach for England and they would have to bat supremely well to salvage a draw.

    As in the Pakistan series in early 2012, England have not looked the sharp, combative side that we've seen for most of the last 5 years. Although I'm sure it's not for want of trying, they've looked listless and below full throttle. Broad's bowled quite well and Stokes at least looked aggressive, but Anderson and Swann haven't been anywhere near their best and Monty showed again why he should never be picked outside the sub-continent.

    Australia capitalized on England's shortcomings and as often happens the side playing better also got the breaks. Clarke played a wonderful innings and although Haddin was lucky he made the most of it. It's going to be a tough battle for England tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | December 7, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    @Bonehead_maz:- Had the same thing myself. A broken thumb fluffing a return catch in the nets and never the same again. Pins and needles yep, and if you start to lose full feeling in the bowling hand it's the beginning of the end. Never the same control or rip afterwards.

  • POSTED BY neil99 on | December 7, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    2929 - hello? How many wake up calls do you want. This team has been riding their luck on the back of poor performances for nearly 2 years. The signals were clearly there.

    Batting has been very poor and the over reliance upon Anderson and Swann clearly highlighted. Unfortunately Flower and Gooch buried their heads in the sand, and picked the same team regardless of form on the thinking that things "will come good".

    The current performances are spineless. The batting capitulates, throwing wickets away. Bowling is toothless and impotent. Poor ground fielding. It's totally unacceptable and heads must roll.

  • POSTED BY 2929paul on | December 6, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    I actually don't mind who wins as long as it's a great game. In the bad old days there was a wearisome inevitability about waking up in the morning to find out that we were once again on the receiving end of a complete stuffing. It wasn't even worth finding out what time the highlights were on tv as it would only mean more profits for the brewery as I drowned my sorrows. Brisbane was a reminder of the way it used to be and it wasn't fun.

    If England don't put up a fight, Cardiff style, this series could get boring. It looks like they are losing interest and don't want to be there. I think Flower will go next year and it will be a shame if he leaves after a stuffing this winter after all the good he's done but it is definitely time for someone new to come in. And I'm not sure it should be Ashley Giles, who's just another one from the same team with the same ethos. We'll see.

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    @Landl47, Not just in the UAE, England also played like this in NZ and against SA at home last year. I think the English hierarchy has become so myopic in their game plans and with their playing roster that slipping performances and efforts just haven't shown up on their radars. A bloke like Finn may not fit into Flowers death by dot balls game plan but he'd be taking wickets! Similarly I don't understand how Gary Ballance, who was the Lions only performer out here last year and a proven performer on our bouncier, faster tracks isn't getting a game, Probably because Joe Root has been earmarked as the next captain and Flower and co. simply can't see that Aus have shut him down completely.. Another thing I don't understand is England 'taking chances' with their team selection here, but in effect, by pushing Root up to 3 and not Bell or KP they are not really taking a chance at all. Sending in KP at three would have been sending a message, no-one else in the team can do what he can!

  • POSTED BY chukki364 on | December 6, 2013, 21:47 GMT

    It is beyond doubt that England have some very good players who will be remembered as greats by the end of their career,but the problem is with players like root,stokes,etc.It is very important that each of the players should perform heavily when he gets going,not that he is performing his own part.Cricket has no boundations and no own parts,one person can change the game.KP did it in 2005 and 2011,cook at last time in Australia. so what matters, how heavily a person can perform on his day?now,when these guys are not performing,can others rise to the occasion.The truth is that mediocre will never glorify the game and an extended run should always be awarded to miraculously talented players.And one more thing,now don't compare Anderson with steyn,as he is actually nothing,records as well as,performances will approve it.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | December 6, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    @Rooboy - Both countries have their fairweather fans/cheerleaders and both countries have their regular fans/commenters who give honest opinions. I guess DH has just noticed the former re Aus fans , just like we've noticed some of the fans who seemed to have disappeared since things started to go wrong for England

    @InvisiblePJs on (December 6, 2013, 10:12 GMT) Gillian Anderson - used to be in the X files

    @ Sugath on (December 6, 2013, 11:31 GMT) Think you have to look at who was in that Australian batting line up and the form they were in and compare it with the form Eng batsmen have been in

    @xtrafalgarx on (December 6, 2013, 15:58 GMT) Disagree with the tone of most of your comms but you're spot on here. The missed chances could have cost us big but it was us who missed the chances , bowled the no ball etc. Well not me personally but you get the drift

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Cook's tentative footwork against Johnson typified the English batsmen - they look at sea against the fast men! I can't wait for Perth since it promises to be a slaughter of Lillee/Thomson proportions!

  • POSTED BY Jagger on | December 6, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    That Carberry missed-referral has left a bad taste in my mouth. I detest the referral system.

    Lyon's accuracy must improve. Too short and too full with successive deliveries is an all too common occurrence, and is, quite frankly, not good enough.

    Kudos to Joe Root. We dips our lid to anyone who can wear one with a smile.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | December 6, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    @ John Powell on (December 6, 2013, 15:46 GMT), well if you want to play the 'charmed life' game, where to you draw the line. What about KP being dropped on 0 then he goes on to win the Ashes? What about Kasper being given out incorrectly which similarly would have changed the result. Maybe you can say that England had a charmed life to win the Ashes in 2005/6 OR maybe they just played better cricket and earned their luck.

  • POSTED BY Bonehead_maz on | December 6, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Anyone else notice Swann shaking his bowling hand like he had pins and needles ? I wonder if that has to do with nerves in a not quite right elbow ?

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | December 6, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Australia on top for sure. Can't see England win from here. They could however bat time and draw the match. Even a draw here is enough for them to get some confidence going into Perth. But honestly, I think England's glory days are over. It seems the Ashes are coming back home to Australia where they rightfully belong. Will be an intriguing 3rd day for sure.

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 16:57 GMT

    The missed chances have cost England dearly, as I feared it would. Australia are now well in control of the game, and England will have to bat very well to go to Perth still one Test in arrears.

  • POSTED BY binojpeter on | December 6, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    I think England should take heart from India's win at Adelaide in 2003. Australia scored 556 in the first innings but yet India managed to win by 4 wickets, thanks to Rahul Dravid and excellent bowling by Ajit Agarkar in the second innings.

  • POSTED BY blogossip on | December 6, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    @jamesderbyshire I dont agree with your views on Cook as he won in India where Australia lost 4-0. were the English public at that time objecting to his style of captaincy? I dont think Bresnan would make a huge difference as England lack an express bowler/

    as for captaincy, even if Cook is removed, who will replace him- Ian Bell? his batting will suffer and it wont change fortunes. Swann has lost his touch and Anderson struggles when its flat. England need team change rather captain change!

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | December 6, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    @John Powell: Fortune or no fortune, Australia is well on top. We copped it in England were the poms got all the breaks, but when you play well you deserve your luck and good on you if you are good enough to take it! Shame on you if you aren't!

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | December 6, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    Let's face it, England are poor. Loud when winning but bad losers. Time to rebuild with young players and get rid of the overrated Swann / Anderson clique.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 6, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    what misrepresentation. Clarke lived a charmed life. out to a no ball. dropped on 18 And again later. missed run outs. certainly not untroubled. The bowlers did. threaten . the fielders. let us down. then Hardin was also lucky. A day. of missed chances. and fortune for Australia.

  • POSTED BY kitten on | December 6, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    Hey guys, let's not be too harsh on England. They have been performing well for the past few years, and these are just two matches. Look what happened to India when they were #1. They were thrashed by England, and also Australia. Australia, apart from what is just happening, have been very mediocre in the past few years. Pakistan is neither here nor there. WI still trying to make it to the surface. I personally feel, England unfortunately have already peaked, and are on a downward trail like all teams go through at some time or the other. By the end of next year, Swann, Prior, and maybe even KP might call it quits. Promising new players(like India has done), will come into the team, and start the rebuilding process. Australia has gone through a lot of 'downs', and is now on the way up. So just be patient. This is a fantastic game, and every dog has it's day, and it certainly looks like it is Australia's turn.

  • POSTED BY liz1558 on | December 6, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    England are bally well awful. This is the product of some fairly short sighted planning. In deliberately preparing pitches to neuter Australia's bowlers in England, Flower gave out the signal that we couldn't handle fast intimidating bowling, and that fast pitches would give the Audries an advantage. It has completely handed the initiative to the Audries. England will have to come to terms with short fast bowling or they will go down the pan. Good to see Root wear one on the chest. Someone needs to, in the words of Baden Powell, teach them to be manly. Buck up or go home.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | December 6, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    I agree with with Nicely_Time.Man I think you want to say replacing Tremlett after 5 wicket haul is non-sense. Stokes,Woakes & Ballance are not tried in series like Ashes. Eng don't have any specialist batsman as a reserve. James Taylor, Denly,Compton James Vince, Bopara, any one of them as a reserve batsman. Hope Taylor will join the 3rd test. Hope for a draw but not 2-0.

  • POSTED BY souwesterly on | December 6, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    So England will have to score something like 700 to create anything like a chance to win this test and if Prior, Bell, Petersen and co score as they did in the first test, that is a forlorn hope. Only Carberry and Root remain with any real clout at present and they both need to put together the innings of their First Class lives just to save this match.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | December 6, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    So is now a good time to start whining about 'how extremely lucky Australia were with the toss' and 'decisions' and 'the state of the pitch' and 'the weather conditions when Australia were bowling compared to when England were bowling' and 'how the English cuisine isn't up to standard'...

  • POSTED BY cricket-india on | December 6, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    it's still not too late for england; if they can salvage a draw here - and there's no reaosn to believe they can't, with KP still to come and he loves adeladie every bit as much as clarke - and then send an SOS for graham onions, they can add variety to their bowling attack. it's indeed their shortcoming that the same oz batting lineup that was so brittle against them a few months ago is now so rock solid against the same bowling attack. also give prior a break before he gos the trott way, the guy is under pressure and it's showing - every failure is making it that much worse for him. and finally, it's time for cook and kp to stand up and show what they're made of. bell has carried the batting for long enough, but this is where cook and kp will show if they can score when it matters or if none of their talent is worth anything when handling pressure - fari weather performers are a dime a dozen, what england needs now is a bloody-nosed atherton-like determination.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | December 6, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    @Bobby Parasnauth:-One ought be cautious about the conclusions one comes to vis-a-vis the comments here. All is not as it seems. There's a veritable masked ball in progress here and a truckload of irony as well. Most of the regular posters here are very familiar with each other and we indulge in a lot of leg pulling. Undoubtably the most entertaining comments section on this site but it takes a little while to become familiar with the currents (and undercurrents) herein. Every now and then one of us even says something sensible, but only if a good joke doesn't spring to mind first.

  • POSTED BY cricketsubh on | December 6, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    geffboyc aus played batter cricket in this series england team is not in from so u canot call two austarlia and england avgrage sides and last summer aussies should beat s.a but they rested their key fast bowlers for perth game so they lose and clarke hammer stayn and morkel in that series makeing 200 centuries easily so donot say australian or england side are avgrege sides s.a record in subcontinet is poor but both aus and eng record in subcontinet is good eng beat india in india aus beat srilanka in srilanka .

  • POSTED BY Nicely_Time.Man on | December 6, 2013, 13:58 GMT

    The selection of playing XI is under scrutiny. Bairstow is the next man to fill the gap of Trott & no sense of adding Tremlett after a 5 wickets in a match. Bresnan is the next man to replace Tremlett. Eng read the pitch wrong and select a wrong team. Hope for a draw.

  • POSTED BY Harlequin. on | December 6, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    @bradmanbestever - yeah the english '6 month cricket fans' after '05 irritated me as well, especially after having followed the drubbings of the 90's! Thankfully the internet hadn't been invented then in my village at that time so I didn't have to contend with the keyboard warriors as well.

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    I am truly bewildered by some of the comments between the Australian and English fans and at this point, more so the English fans. I also read the comments from most of you when England retain the Ashes in England as well. My question is, are there any "Real Supporter/s or Fan/s for your team out there??? Why bashing Cook? Not so long ago he was your hero and so was this same England Team ( along with Johnathan Trott). At this point the Australian Team and Michael Clarke and Mitchel Johnson in particular are like the Gods of Cricket, but let them lose another Test Match and you will hear the rubbish again. Might I remind you that this is Cricket, where there is always a winner and a loser and these two Teams IMO are both winners..

  • POSTED BY geoffboyc on | December 6, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Two pretty average sides with games being decided by key moments such as the lack of a plan to undermine Johnson in Australia's first innings at Brisbane, the schoolboy fielding of Carberry last night that cost a hundred runs plus and Clarke's good fortune in getting away with a mishit first ball today that could have exposed the tail early on. An out of sorts England can't afford those mishaps but even an in sorts England or Australia wouldn't give SA a game with these batting line ups.

  • POSTED BY Green_and_Gold on | December 6, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    Still a tough ask for Aus to take 19 wickets in 3 days. Still they have done very well to get into this position with key players standing up and building partnerships. Eng could bat long and cut the deficit over the next day and a half which would worry me somewhat as i think clarke could offer Eng a competitive total in his effort to chase 4th innings wickets. Carn Stralia.

  • POSTED BY Pritt32 on | December 6, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Australia is in a commanding position. Australia can extend their lead to 2-0 and win the Ashes. The team have been much superior to a sorrow England team. They are batting superbly and bowling well and look sharper in the field. England is looking awful, as their fielding is atrocious and the batting is very patchy. The body language is poor. Things are not clicking for the team. England needs to raise their game like anything to avoid humiliation. What has happened to the competitive spirit and commitment of the England team? The team has enjoyed no 1 test ranking for some time. They do not deserve it if they play like this. I hope the England team can prove me wrong, as I expect better from them.

  • POSTED BY Akshita29 on | December 6, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Tomorrow could be the decisive day for Ashes. If England can't avoid the follow on then they are not going to save the Ashes this year. Haddin and Johnson and have made all the difference for Australia . Australia have played an aggressive band of cricket and England have been very very sloppy so far . These could be the last Ashes for KP , Prior , Swan and may be even Anderson . Carberry selection puzzles mel . Compton should have been here in place of him .Hope Carberry proves me wrong .. He looks like a run out candidate all the time . And apart from that what happened to James Tyalor ? Where did that that kid go ? In Last Ashes Aussies performed so weekly with the bat that England did not have to do much. Now this time things are looking much more different .Now England players too have to raise their level and at least draw this match . This is a challenge for England and I hope they are up to it. I hope this Ashes is decided on the last day of the fifth test ...

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on | December 6, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    @Biggus, I'd be surprised if Anderson was in Australia on Wednesday let alone playing in the 5th test. This could be Prior's last outing too. The sooner we rip through England tomorrow the better. I wouldn't think enforce the follow on but let's see how cheaply we skittle them for, we only need 3 wickets to expose the tail and then Mitch can bounce them out while the other bowlers rest before we win the Ashes in Perth. Even if they batted all day tomorrow they'd still trail by 350 at their run rate and with our superior plans in place.

  • POSTED BY FredBoycott on | December 6, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Don't know what all the doommongers are on about. You can't judge this game until both sides have batted. The Aussies have prepared a road of a track and been lucky with the toss. Forget the follow on England just need to bat out the remaining three days to get the draw that this pitch deserves. Shouldn't be too difficult. Eliminate all risks get your heads down and #digin It's not rocket surgery.

  • POSTED BY BHAGWAN-XI on | December 6, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    Cook gone early again showing that how english team in deep pressure. This is begin when trott left the series and team not doing the way in last two months before. And why bresnan not select in this team. And in england root is doing good in opening so why they change the all combination here. god help this team. some next batsman can do well otherwise this series gone.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge.. on | December 6, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    I was considering going out for this tour but am glad I didn't. Australia are doing whatever they want to us at will. Yes we have players in the team who have been out of form for a year or more, we have young players who have never been in form, we have good players watching TV here at home, we have no bowling attack, our selections are unbelievable, we can't play pace at all and we can't catch but surely they are not excuses to lose to Australia are they? These are the career ending times that I used to write about with disdain in reference to Australia but now reality has caught up with me.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | December 6, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    @blogossip, that's not entirely true. There are those amongst us English who are completely unsurprised by this intrepid performance, led by the scared schoolboy Cook. Australia haven't been or needed to be particularly good, England have just been that poor. Playing Panesar ahead of Bresnan just shows how far wrong they've gone. The most worrying thing is how quickly they've done it. Now more than ever we need a leader, rather than a logical, emotionless and defensive calculator that is Cook. It really is no coincidence that our decline has been in line with his captaincy. Only the brilliance of individuals has helped mask it until now.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | December 6, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    So who here thinks Anderson will still be in the English team by the fifth test?

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | December 6, 2013, 12:06 GMT

    @gsingh7:-I wouldn't bother with us and the 'Most boring series ever' Ashes (yes we remember) if I were you. There's a very exciting series going in on South Africa at the moment. I can recommend it highly.

  • POSTED BY blogossip on | December 6, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    what English supporters fail to acknwledge is that 3-0 in England was quite close unlike the scoreline. johnson's fire and Clarke's worldclass batting has ruthlessly exposed England and as Boycott said Cooke would be more than happy to retain the urn rather than winning it.

    It looks like 3-0 or 4-0 outcome!

  • POSTED BY Rooboy on | December 6, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    @dark_harelquin - somewhat hypocritical comment, given most english fans seem to believe the Ashes began in 2005 and the next series after that occurred in 2009. Normal service has been resumed, but if bagging Australian fans gives you some consolation, good luck to you.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge-BowledThroughGate on | December 6, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    What a marvellous batting effort from the Aussies with centuries to Clarke and Haddin, and even a half-century to Harris. Disaster for England with centuries to Panesar and Swann and so nearly for Broad. With Cooky out now, it will be interesting to see if the rest of the England batting can hold on to their wickets better than the catches that came to them! :)

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | December 6, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    @Jono Makim - I was probably more talking about our batting probs but it works both ways. Australian batsmen are playing with freedom against our bowlers and our batsmen are playing like it's their last inns before the axe. If our batsmen looked capable of compiling a big team total I believe the Australian batsmen would feel under more pressure and make less runs. Momentum is a big part of sport but having said that , the last 2 Ashes series defy that logic. In the last series when Aus looked on the up in the 1st test , the next test they lose heavily and then the test after , when you think they're finished , they are unlucky (weather) not to win it. In the previous Ashes , Eng went 1 up by thrashing , Aus then levelled by thrashing and then Eng retook the lead in the next test by way of a thrashing.

  • POSTED BY SanjayOkhade on | December 6, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    England came here over confidence they will beat Australia, but this the nature of cricket Australia that when the chips are down they do well.

  • POSTED BY ModernUmpiresPlz on | December 6, 2013, 11:42 GMT

    @gsingh7 As much as I enjoy poking a bit of fun at Cook, let's not pretend anybody is doing worse than Prior.

  • POSTED BY Sugath on | December 6, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    All you guys beware, English will in all probability will surpass the Aussie score. Remember when Poms made over 550, and yet lost the match to Aussies. I think we are in for a reversal of that this time English way. Tomorrow will be an interesting day.

  • POSTED BY cloudmess on | December 6, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    Well done to Australia. I know we're only half way through the 2nd test, but I've seen enough, and don't now think England have a realistic chance of winning the series. On quicker pitches, the Aussie bowlers will have an edge; on flatter ones they have the batting power to ensure against defeat. It is strange that so many of the personell on the 2 teams is the same as 3 years ago (if anything you could argue Aussie batting is weaker without Ponting and Hussey), but the result is completely different. The form of Anderson, the loss of Trott, the cautious batting, the crucial dropped catches are all signs that this England side is burn out and past its best. England play more international cricket than any other team, and perhaps that is the reason.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge-Looks-Silly-Now on | December 6, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx: That's quite rich coming from someone who criticises England's players in pretty much every comment section.

    Besides, criticism is part of the game and the best players will use criticism as motivation to improve. If criticism makes you feel like a victim as a sportsman then you aren't tough enough to be playing at international level. Look at the best players of the game and they were all thick skinned guys who used it to spur them on to play even better.

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | December 6, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    England are going to find it hard t save this one and remain in the series. They look mentally shot, the normally composed Cook and great defensive player to pace bowling played several balls poorly in his short stay. Yrs he got out to a very good ball but his bat was barely in the same postcode. Today he looked spent, how can he rally this team with 3 batsman trying to make the way in the game and an out of form keeper to follow. It will be interesting to see how much fight they have left.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | December 6, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    cook gone early again. ever since kp said that cook can surpass sachin's record , he is faring worse than or on par to prior. same things were said about trott but he too is missing tests now. who will be the next batsman to be earmarked for surpassing sachin's records? it is yet to be seen.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | December 6, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    @Selassie-I: Well who would he replace? He can't bowl as fast as Johnson, he is not as good as Harris, Siddle is a better workhorse, Pattinson, Starc, Cummins are top notch prospects. He probably would be in our top 7, but we wouldn't need him.

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    Was amazing how fatigued Anderson looked whilst bowling. He bowled the occasional ball at around 138kmh but had really slowed to high 120s for the most part of Day 2`s play. He certainly didn't have any spark in his bowling at all.

  • POSTED BY Selassie-I on | December 6, 2013, 10:53 GMT

    Some of these Australian comments are hilarious, Broad not in the top 7 seamers in Australia - except he's rated as the 7th top bowler of any type in the rankings. 2 good innings and they think it's back to the glory days.

  • POSTED BY milepost on | December 6, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    "Being premature is probably something you're used to" lol. Very funny. As someone pointed out earlier it's fine, England are poor starters so should get going by Sydney. I wonder what lunge will say about this pitch being a road if England get rolled tomorrow? Let's face it, they can't win the match, I think that's clear so playing for a draw 2 days into a match isn't the best position to be in with batting lineup that hasn't made a run all tour or passed 400 in 17 attempts. The captain folded to Mitch the mighty sprayer (he sprayed this one on off stump at 92.3mph and they trail by 500 and how many?

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | December 6, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    More importantly than Carberry's last ball not reviewed wicket was how dangerous Johnson was looking. Bowled Cook, and LBW Carberry. It would only have been given out by millimetres, so had it been a few millimetres wider of the stump, and it was reviewed it would have been a wasted review, and we may very well need both out reviews, so it was the correct decision to not review if no one was sure.

    Root is looking pretty relaxed out there but it's just his particular way of masking his uncertainty. Apart from a single big innings in England when he was dropped before scoring, he has not looked like lasting very long and I can't see him lasting long tomorrow.

    Without Cook as a batting partner, I cannot see KP, being able to survive a long innings.

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 10:47 GMT

    @JG2704, you are right, pressure, and momentum too are huge parts of international sport. It just seems to me that the English bowling attack can't really build any right now and I think they made a huge mistake in leaving out Bresnan, as he, for mine is one of those guys that will always dig deeper than most in order to turn things around. Finn too may be able to provide momentum changes with his extra pace. I just don't see Anderson being able to turn things around right now, he just looks like he is waiting for the Aussies to fall apart whilst bowling within himself but its a dangerous tactic when the likes of Clarke, Warner and Haddin are set and having a dash.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | December 6, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    @England-have-nojohnson: Not his fault he got let off, if England aren't good enough to take their chances then too tough. We weren't good enough to review and that's tough for us as well.

    I never jumped the gun, all i said was that you, sitting on your couch have no right to criticize someone who is out there playing for their country and doing the best they can.

  • POSTED BY SeanB on | December 6, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    If a batsman is out, he should be given out. If not, he should be playing. Isn't that why DRS is employed? Currently, it is like DRS lottery!! Hopefully, Australia would not hurt much from the wrong call and complete another innings win.

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 10:20 GMT

    @Mitty2, England declared at Lords in the process of the flogging they handed us there...

    @Chris_P, I disagree on Englands attitude, at least in the field they will often drop their heads pretty easily, they have just had the luxury of 3 world class batsmen all in good form over 3-4 years to bail them out, they are in trouble right now though and I'm not convinced that they will get back to the standard they were at in 2010 without a good deal of regeneration.

  • POSTED BY ModernUmpiresPlz on | December 6, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    @cric_J I don't think that any left handed batsmen would have survived that ball, it pitched on off and straightened to hit the middle of off, with no movement that was probably sliding down leg. If he'd managed to nick it to the keeper it would have been a stellar effort.

  • POSTED BY InvisiblePJs on | December 6, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    As an Aussie fan - but also a cricket lover in general - can someone explain who that is out there pretending to be Jimmy Anderson? He looks a shadow of the bowler that ripped through the Aussies a few months ago. I admire his swing bowling skills immensely - but he just looks disinterested. Is this another case of an England camp keeping injury or illness concerns in house (a la a certain person no longer with the touring party)?

  • POSTED BY stormy16 on | December 6, 2013, 10:12 GMT

    Eng are probably chiseling in the 'catches win matches' to the training routine as Aus have have sped past and batted themselves in to a position of dominance. Full marks to Aus who had a lot of work to do this monrning and they did that and plenty more. I must say I am eating my words on Haddin who has been sensational this series and now with back to back performances has put the issue to rest. How good is Clark who is surely up there with the best in the world right now. Lots of work for Eng and lot of opportunities for the English batters to get some runs on the board. The track is still flat but I expect there to be more turn from tomorrow.

  • POSTED BY nlpdave on | December 6, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    One has to wonder if the hunger has deserted England who appear to be barely turning up. Sloppy in every department despite having more back room hangers on than the EU. Australia just seem keener and are being allowed to hide their (still) fragile line up. It's not a great Australian side by a long chalk but being helped out enormously by an ineffective England who struggled against NZ. The rot has been there for a while now. With a bowling line up so dependent upon a wilting Anderson and an enthusiastic Broad they are bound to struggle on flat pitches Swann isn't the same player after his operation and Panesar is a blast from the past.What price this innings with Prior shot and Stokes on debut?To even draw here would be a miracle. I'm setting myself for a 4-1 loss assuming that as normal the opposition will get bored and run out of luck in at least one game. Beware then the nausea of the hailing of a 'revived' England when that happens.

  • POSTED BY Damo_s on | December 6, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    I would say the series is as good as finished. What the hell is up with this England team? 3 of our big guns have already failed and its only 2 days in (Cook, Swann, Anderson). The chances are KP, bell and prior will follow suit tomorrow. We have to hand it to australia. They have come out and played very well on the back of the defeat in England. Given the level that England are playing at currenty, they may as well hand the ashes over, pack up and go home.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Clunge on | December 6, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    So when is the English first XI going to turn up? For the ODIs, perhaps?

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | December 6, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    @LoungeChairCritic: Ian Botham's prediction shows that there is not always a positive correlation between cricketing ability and commentating ability. Mark Taylor is another example.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | December 6, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    I said yesterday that I felt Australia were well on top and that was when I expected a score of around 350 (at best for Eng) or 450 (at best for Aus). For me it was never an honours even day. Carberry's drop is looking even worse now and now he has to make up with the bat. Cook's effort reflected how under the cosh we are as a team and he is as a captain. Better comeback by Stokes , who I was critical of the selection of but the spin twin gamble is looking bad right now and without Trott , reaching the follow on target alone is looking extremely unlikely. I said pre test that the history of recent Ashes cricket shows that you can't predict what will happen in the next test by what happened in the previous test but it seems that logic is overriding here. Also find that lower order/tails seem to wag when the whole team is on top. England lower order/tail was wagging plenty vs India in 2011 but were being skittled in UAE. Pressure is a big part of the game.Brilliant Australia

  • POSTED BY cric_J on | December 6, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    Australia well and truly on top at the end of today's play and I have to say they look menacingly close to getting their hands around that little urn after 3 Ashes series.

    Commanding stuff by Clarke and Haddin to lift Australia to a potentially match winning score. And their bowlers backed it up by going all guns blazing at the England bats. Mitch was ripping. There are very few batsmen at present who could have survived his delivery to get Cook.

    As for England, those dropped chances came back to haunt us, oh yes they did ! A pretty ordinary bowling effort today as a unit which did little justice to yesterday's hard work. And losing Cook, our best bet to play a long inngs despite his current form, was too massive a downer. Not even in my worst nightmare had I though that Cook would go 13 Ashes innings without a ton !

    The only thing that stands b/w Aus and the urn is England's grit. Joe & Carbs showed some of it today. We'll need lots more of it from the other lads too to hang on.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge-Looks-Silly-Now on | December 6, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx: There's no denying Haddin had a great time with the bat despite being let off about 8 times. I just thought the way he walked off was abit disappointing because he didn't even try to discuss it. Anyway, I can't complain too much, since Australia are going well. Unlike yourself though, I will wait until the job is done before I celebrate. Being premature is probably something you're used to.

  • POSTED BY JG2704 on | December 6, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    I said yesterday that I felt Australia were well on top and that was when I expected a score of around 350 (at best for Eng) or 450 (at best for Aus). For me it was never an honours even day. Carberry's drop is looking even worse now and now he has to make up with the bat. Cook's effort reflected how under the cosh we are as a team and he is as a captain. Better comeback by Stokes , who I was critical of the selection of but the spin twin gamble is looking bad right now and without Trott , reaching the follow on target alone is looking extremely unlikely. I said pre test that the history of recent Ashes cricket shows that you can't predict what will happen in the next test by what happened in the previous test but it seems that logic is overriding here. Also find that lower order/tails seem to wag when the whole team is on top. England lower order/tail was wagging plenty vs India in 2011 but were being skittled in UAE. Pressure is a big part of the game.Brilliant Australia

  • POSTED BY CustomKid on | December 6, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    Well at first I had some resistance to the redevelopment of my beloved AO but the SACA have done a stellar job, the ground is brilliant. I've loved my first two days at the ground, cannot wait for day three and a few pims out in the members lol.

    Very good from the Aussies and that spell at the end was dam quick. First over every pill over 150kms. The noise when Cook got rolled was something to behold. It was a super nut and the look on cooks face was one of genuine fear and confusion. You could read his mind, just get me the hell off this ground.

    The weather is getting warmer tomorrow so I expect a tough day for the Aussie bowlers unless Mitch starts getting reverse then he'll destroy them. With the heat on a flat deck this is England's chance to show some rear guard fight and try and salvage something leading in to Perth.

    Can they do it? Time will tell but I'll be cheering for a flurry of English poles at the hands of the Aussie bowlers.

  • POSTED BY latecut_04 on | December 6, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    This is going to be a repeat of 2006-7 Adelaide test.But roles will be reversed.KP to score a double and Bell to have a sublime daddy 100.Prior and Broad also will add to the party.Aus batting last will collapse against Monty and Swann..This is going to be England'e redemption in this Ashes...Come on Barmy..Come On...Over to you KP....stage is set for the 'true great of modern era' unlike pretenders like Haddin or even Clarke!!!

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Sponge on | December 6, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    I guess there's not much to say really, the performances of both sides are telling the story but I guess the summary is Australia are completely dominating England in all aspects of the game, again. @Nutcutlet you are spot on and that was the sentiment of a number of people prior to the game, the ball still goes 90mph+ in the air.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | December 6, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    @England-have-no-johnson: If Johnson himself, the umpire, the captain can't see it what chance did Hadds have?

    The man just scored a century for his country, yet all you can do is sit behind your computer and whine.

  • POSTED BY thebatsmansHoldingthebowlersWilley on | December 6, 2013, 9:09 GMT

    Well played Australia. Fair play you took us to the cleaners today. So frustrated with England, with so many players looking short of form. Clarke paced his innings perfectly, cut out any risks on Day 1 then put the hammer down on day 2. Want to see our batsmen show some aggression tomorrow. Root seems to be stuck in his shell. At the moment Broad is the only player who can hold his head high. Australia are playing out of their skins and have improved out of sight since Trent Bridge and Lords, but let's be honest, they've got 3 or 4 good players, the rest are bog average. That's why it's so disappointing not to even be competing with them. We have to stand up with the bat tomorrow or the series is gone.

  • POSTED BY First_Drop on | December 6, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    @Nutcutlet: If that's the case, then why wasn't Brett Lee far more successfuly? Dennis Lillee was more successful in the latter part of his career as a fast medium pacer, than an all out speedster. Don't get me wrong - speed is good, but it requires accuracy and control to be really effective. I would add that, the faster the ball is bowled, the less likely it is to swing.

  • POSTED BY LoungeChairCritic on | December 6, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    It was a good day for Oz. Johnson's ball to Cook was a peach. There was nothing Cook could do about that. As we experienced last year against the Saffers, getting 20 wickets on an Adelaide pitch is tough. Du Plessis's stone wall innings was an absolute great display of guts. Expect Lyon to bowl a lot. I hope and pray that he is more effective than he was last year against the Saffers in Adelaide. Even if we draw, I am confident that WACA test will be more suited to our attack. Although it is still early days, I hope all the South Australian's are giving it to Sir Ian Botham. His predictions before the series were ridiculous. Thank the lord he is not a special comments man on channel 9.

  • POSTED BY valvolux on | December 6, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Puzzling captaincy from cook again - his captaincy, like Clarke, has been buoyed by some amazing personal form...but when you stop making runs, his only use is tactics and his tactics are ordinary and reactionary. Clarke was suppose to be Broads bunny. One pull shot in Brisbane and the close in fielders were sent to the fence and he accumulated with easy singles. In the first session today, Broad bowled 3 overs, not a single short ball. Then cook opted to over bowl his 2 spinners, offering easy singles to Australia's 2 best players of spin... Then by lunch Australia were in full control. There's plenty of nibble and variable bounce out there for the seamers, who looked the most likely all day. Anderson looks a shadow of what he was a few years ago, and if your number one seamer is Stuart broad, you aren't gonna win many tests...as he wouldn't even be in the top 7 seamers in Australia. Need KP in and out ASAP....he holds English fortunes.

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Ryan Harris is one of the best going on currently. His test figures till now stands along comfortably with the greats. A bowler with a bag of tricks, intelligence and with the pace around 145Ks.

    Still Harris does not look more than the enthusiastic and motivating friend of the Hero in a movie, when he bowls along with Mitchell Johnson in this form. The ball with which Mitch bowled Cook in this test match is precisely the reason why nobody wants to face him when he gets his radar right.

    To produce such a jaffa in this drop in batting paradise is what makes him mercurial!!

  • POSTED BY chicko1983 on | December 6, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    @Dark_Harlequin - how do you think the generation of Australians being the no. 1 Test and ODI team for their whole lives feel about the English fans from 2005 onwards? I never knew so many Englishman liked cricket before 2005. Thankfully, normality is about to be restored with another era of dominance to begin. Great teams are built on great bowling attacks, which is why England have declined as their bowling has declined. Aussies, on the other hand, have half a dozen quicks aged 24 or under that can bowl 145+km/hr so their bowling attack will be strong for the next 10 or so years.

  • POSTED BY job_eapen on | December 6, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    Things are starting to look rather dull for England yet again...!!!!!! On a helpful pitch the Aussies have made the maximum out of it...with pretty much some help from England with their lousy effort in the field and with their bowl in hand....Well, saying it, no way the credit can be taken away from Clarke and Haddin for that wonderful tons...and the start at the top from Rogers,Warne,Watson and Bailey have given them an excellent platform to build on...and believe me they did build pretty well....

    And in their reply England in their 1st innings have started shakey.....from the looks of it , Johnson has again set out to destroy the England line up yet again..

    There is no doubt at the end of day 2 Australia are a notch up in the 2nd test.. England will have to bat really well to be in this test....

    Can't deny the fact that looking forward to see Johson blowing the wind out of the England batting......but still hoping a pretty good fight from England too.....

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | December 6, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Dark_harlequin - what goes around comes round mate - I remember the silence from the English fans from 1989 to 2004 then a lot of noise in 2005, then silence in 2007 and then noise after that and now things are quietening down.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge-Looks-Silly-Now on | December 6, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    What was disappointing about the final ball of the day is that Haddin didn't even bother consulting with the bowler or captain about a review, he just casually walked off the ground with his mind on putting his feet up. I guess Carberry deserved some luck though, he must be feeling terrible about that dropped catch.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | December 6, 2013, 8:39 GMT

    Well, even though the Aus batsmen nearly gave away the early adv. of a toss 1 to bat on flat day 1 track by giving away starts w/o any 1 going on to convert and cash in for the big 100 as is a must in such cases and for setting up the game for bowlers ,Clarke continuing his good form . He got the job done by getting a big 100 himself an enabling Haddin to his as well as the team sizeable 1st inng. score .The track is now very rapidly wearing and even Lyon- though the best 'spinner' in this game - is made to look like a Warne . Not even mentioned Johnson and co. ! Eng very lucky to be 1 down only - easily been 2-3 down atleast inch. the Carberry review Aus missed - but by lunch or little after tom. Eng's 1st inng will finish for 150 odd at the most . With a massive 1st inngs. runs adv. and good weather I hope Clarke gets his bats out for a 2nd dig not giving f/o . This will give chance under testing cond. for likes of Rogers ,Watson to score big runs and also 'spoil' the pitch more .

  • POSTED BY Bonehead_maz on | December 6, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    @ dunger.bob on (December 6, 2013, 7:53 GMT) Yeah well of course I hope he (Stokes) bats horribly at least in this match :) Yet have heard the same). I thought he hit the deck even harder than Broad and know this is a hit the deck pitch. Thought he bowled quite well today - seemed to lose it again to the tail.

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | December 6, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Macker60 - you make a good point - lets not count them before they hatch.

  • POSTED BY cccrider on | December 6, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Look to Siddle and Lyons to do the bulk of work as they will be rested for Perth.

  • POSTED BY Scaccy on | December 6, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    As an Aussie tragic who grew up through the absolute golden era, it is brilliant to see the hunger just start to return to this once cherished sports team. I am very, very wary of Joe Root, have played and watched enough over 40 years to know this kid has a bit of ticker and he has played Johnson(maybe a couple of exceptions) with relative ease where everyone else look like deers in the headlghts, should be a smashing 3rd day

  • POSTED BY milepost on | December 6, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    The question is should we enforce the follow on tomorrow? I think not. We should bat another couple sessions, extend the lead to 600 and then knock them over on day four for an early finish. Thank you for the hilarious @FFL posts everyone, they are genuinely hilarious!

  • POSTED BY Nutcutlet on | December 6, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    It doesn't take a cricketing guru (how many are there of those!) to realise that a geninely fast bowler doesn't absolutely need a helpful pitch. From leaving the hand to reaching the batsman, the majority of the ball's travel is through the air & by the time it pitches the batsman is committed to his course of action: play or leave, front or back foot. An accurate quick, bowling above 90mph, will win Test matches just about every time he plays. Used sparingly, in short sharp spells, as Clarke uses Mitchell Johnson, means that the respite that the batsmen may enjoy when he's spelled become the spaces when risks are taken to get the score moving, & will create wickets for the supporting cast. Show me a side from the game's history that is equipped with a quick at the top of his game, with accurate, relentless support & there is your winning side - every time. England must fight, show character, go down with dignity, etc. but unless MJ breaks down, the Ashes are on their way back to Oz.

  • POSTED BY xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on | December 6, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    This pitch is a road that is really killing cricket. I just hope that a 90mph lorry called Johnson does not come down it and turn the rest of our batsmen into road kill.

  • POSTED BY Forza_Scuderia on | December 6, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Already Johnson is causing more issues than the England fast bowlers and the ball he got Cook with was a stunner. With 570 runs to play with the English are going to have to bat out of their skins to force a draw let alone the much needed win.

  • POSTED BY Harlequin. on | December 6, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    I can't decide what I find more disappointing, the performances of the English players so far this series, or the fact that after years of silence, only now do the Australian 'fans' start chirping because they have the upper hand!! (Obviously there are a few redoubtable exceptions who stuck with their team through the low points, Mitty I am looking in your direction!)

  • POSTED BY crockit on | December 6, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Still maintain Clarke may have issues as a man manager but nobody will car whilst they are winning and on the plus side he is possibly the best tactician of all skippers in world cricket.

    England look very dulled and shell shocked. Even if they draw this they will still most likely go 2-0 down at Perth. There best but slim hope is to start to ask some questions of Aus and blunt them for future games by wearing their attack down.

    Too many issues for England. Anderson is starting to be a concern - being that down on pace may work ok as a patience game against weak willed batters who give wicket away or on swinging tracks but otherwise it is largely toothless. Only one incisive bowler right now in Broad with Swann looking mute and Bresnan not yet fully operational. Prior still has a lot of credit in the bank from past performances but can't rely on that to last out longer than nexty summer.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | December 6, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge - Well, I guess you immensely enjoyed the chance less master class by M Clarke . An absolute study in how to play on dry,dusty and low bounce tracks ,just why he is the best bat in the world - say what you may of the quality of the bowling ,which I must say am impressed with Stokes as he is by far the best of the Eng m/pacers and looked far more of a threat than the spinners on this surface . Not ,that it says much, but have to appreciate the good irrespective of which side and am sure you do Haddin's breath taking classic in m/order batting which even Gilly would've been quite pleased with.

  • POSTED BY Macker60 on | December 6, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Well I will go out on Limb again and Say Adelaide Oval is a Fast bowlers Oval, IF you have genuine pace and a willingness to bend the back you will get wickets, And again England are up against a very Angry Aussie bowling attack, Wicket will Late swing on the 3rd day and Take Spin on day 4 and 5, Australia is in the Box seat but the game not yet Won.

  • POSTED BY ModernUmpiresPlz on | December 6, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    @FFL On the money yet again. England just looked so secure during thse last 21 overs, absolutely nothing happened and Australia never beat the bat. Such a road. England definitely odds on to bat the last 3 days out if they want to.

  • POSTED BY TATTUs on | December 6, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    The chances of England winning this match is really remote now. England does not have the batting to win a match like they have one to save matches. Only Peitersen can go on and change a match. Cook, Carberry Root and co are just looking to occupy the crease. Surprisingly Carberry was chosen for his ODI form! So unless Australia collapse like they did at times against SA, this match is either a draw or win for Australia.

    P.S: I just heard on com today Mark Nicholas spaking about Anderson. He was saying Anderson has been a servant for 5-6 years and may be finest exponent of swing. I didnt understand what he was talking about. Steyn will certainly has something to say about this. I mean the guy is averaging same as Johnson.

  • POSTED BY chicko1983 on | December 6, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    @DJAbacus: An Englishman with his back to the wall has nothing on a front-running Aussie on a sporting field. England cannot win this match, they can only draw it. I said before it that England are staring down a 4-0 of 5-0 Ashes loss here and I stand by that.

  • POSTED BY Bonehead_maz on | December 6, 2013, 8:13 GMT

    @ RYSE on (December 6, 2013, 7:42 GMT) .... and Joseph too. Cook got bowled playing forward with his front foot behind the crease. In my under 12 team this was considered terrible batting. Nice ball in an excellent and seriously fast spell though (giving credit where due).

  • POSTED BY BounceTrack_BULLY on | December 6, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Australia did well to take control of the 2nd Test. Wondering was this the same England side that complete the white wash. Life is a rotating wheel, there will be ups and downs while moving forward.

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | December 6, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Well ,who says the golden era of the greatest team in cricket has long ended ?! Well ,I mean the mighty Aus of recent vintage . Days like this was a very common sight of not that long back where Aus used to just ruthless and outplay the opp. that world cricket - even the Aus supporters -while feeling awed were bored of their total and 1 sided domination. Don't get me wrong,no way I call the Aus team of present great or in any way comparing with those greats. In fact , bit of a tongue in cheek - They are beyond comparison ,those lot anyway . This young Aus side is easily up there with SA as the 2 top teams out there - the best pace attack easily in the world ,but lacking ,excepting Clarke the exp. or class in batting.Oh and good inng. by Clarke and also Haddin.Though against an ordinary Eng bowling and a -till now - easy track, got to get them on the board and both did well with 100s. Good knocks.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | December 6, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    @disco_bob on (December 6, 2013, 5:24 GMT):- (In the accent of the late great Tony Greig), "Ooh, he's struck that well, right off the meat of the bat and it 'll race away to the boundary". Laughing my noggin' off mate, cracking shot. As a Perthite that tickled me a gaudy flamingo pink. Now if I could only manage to smuggle one of those aforementioned swan(n)s into the ground.....I could paint, "Hit it to me Rhino" on the side and hold it up when he bowled......(sound of rusty cogs turning slowly in cranial cavity).....I have a cunning plan.......

  • POSTED BY BradmanBestEver on | December 6, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Terrible performance by the English. Cook out cheaply on a road. As the captain he should be setting the example to a team that is already in disarray. Carberry was out lbw so that is a big let off for him - they could have been very little for 2. It is only a matter of time.

  • POSTED BY Bonehead_maz on | December 6, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    @ DJAbacus on (December 6, 2013, 6:56 GMT) Doubt any real aussie supporter thinks this is a win yet - we know Adelaide ! Think most of us are getting close to thinking not a loss. A draw here WOULD NOT give momentum to England. It would allow Australia the delight in England not squaring before we (aussies) get the pitch we want, (perth) when we know they have nothing to fire back with. A loss to England here of all places may well become 5 -0. We don't cheat (at least) via pitch manipulation, and this was their golden opportunity.

  • POSTED BY RYSE on | December 6, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    @FFL - haha, was interested to see what angle you'd take.

    You declared that the GABBA was a road after day 1 and your side went 20/355.

    How's Swanny going mate? 4/366 off 89 = later mate.

    Anderson? 3/225 off 74 = outclassed.

    So now it is that we play on roads. So by this notion what does that say of England, who averaged under 18 with the bat in Brisbane?

    And what must that say of Johnson, Harris, Siddle and Lyon, who destroyed England on a ROAD?

    Or it wasn't a road and then it's hard to justify Anderson's toothless 2/140 and Swann's laughable 2/215.

    So which is it mate?

  • POSTED BY RYSE on | December 6, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Cook's last 358 runs against Aus have come at an average of 27.54 with 3 x 50s (s/rate 35.91 runs per 100 balls).

    In this time he has revealed his captaincy style to be extremely defensive, one-dimensional, limited and reactive (refer Agar/Hughes p'ship, Pattinson/Haddin p'ship, Johnson/Haddin p'ship, even Harris here today).

    He has a reputation now of being a very defensive, generally mediocre captain (except for the diehards who have their heads in the sand).

    Clarke, who has a far weaker side thus meaning his runs mean so much more, has hit 643 runs @ 58.45 (s/rate 61.53 runs per 100 balls). 3 x 100s, 1 x 50.

    He's also revealed himself to be a highly thoughtful and aggressive captain. The overall results, which are ill-indicative of a captain's worth (remember Ponting, a horrible captain, has the highest win % ever = case in point) are 3-1 with this test leaving Eng in the deep.

    Clarke avg 52.78, Cook 47.48.

    Next Eng fans will be saying 'Cook's hair is better so there!'. Sigh.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | December 6, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    I just realised, can anyone help me out here, despite our well-documented terrible, abysmal and crap batting line up, we've managed to declare yet again, and Eng still haven't managed to do that in the last 7 tests! Can anyone explain why? How many is it? We declared at TB, at the Oval twice (lol some Eng fans thought they deserved to win), at Brisbane and now here, and Eng haven't once managed to pass 400. Finally, I stated the fact before the Eng Ashes and got castrated from some sensitive Eng fans, but finally we can all agree: Australia have the better bowling attack. And even if all of Harris, Siddle, Lyon and MJ are injured, we still can have Starc, Bird, Patto and SOK (given up on Cummings). But how can this Eng attack with two 'world class' bowlers in Swann and Anderson, plus the damaging Broad, constantly allow this bog average batting unit to go over 400? Let us not say overrated because of the amount of test wickets they've taken, but let us finally give credit to Aus.

  • POSTED BY Bonehead_maz on | December 6, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    @ Posted by Barry Glynn on (December 6, 2013, 6:54 GMT) Liz1558- played a lot of cricket have you?" Cheap call and maybe much more than you ? Agree with your other sentiments though (and liz's - nowhere near as good as Snow)

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge on | December 6, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    It's pitches like this that are really killing test cricket. No wonder Australia can't bat on any other surface. A pity really that England's Carberry couldn't hold his catches yesterday and Aus would have been a.o for under 300. Such is the game when played on a road.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | December 6, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    Last night it was too even to call, tonight it's listing heavily towards us. .. That's the way to play your cricket. .. Watching Clarke today I could see he wasn't fully fit. Back again I suppose. Yet the footwork was immaculate, precise and full of attack. .. I don't suppose that back is ever going to get any better, but if it ever did there's hardly a bowler who would be safe against that bloke. Not that there is now I suppose.

    It'll take a special from England, with some help from us, to win this game from here. A draw is still possible I guess but I wouldn't be holding a huge amount of hope for that either. Still, there's a long way to go so it's not mission impossible for Eng. .. More like Mission Bloody Hard from here.

    @ Bonehead Maz: I was quietly impressed with Stokes as well. I've been told he's more of a batting all-rounder than a bowling one so it'll be interesting to watch him bat.

  • POSTED BY Buggsy on | December 6, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Still a long way to go in this Test. If Australia don't get a few quick wickets tomorrow, England will be hard to dismiss for less than 400. Cook hasn't done anything recently anyway, we still have to get through Bell and Pietersen. Draw.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | December 6, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Panesar and Swann went for 300 runs in 80 overs for 3 wickets and actually did worse the more the pitch turned.

  • POSTED BY InfiniteWhite on | December 6, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Everyone who thinks that England are still in the game is deluded. Their players look tired, dejected and very unhappy (stay away from Anderson!) except Joe Root who seems to be England's version of Bailey. Tomorrow we'll see England players as Johnson's punching bags the whole day. If they can last that long.

  • POSTED BY RYSE on | December 6, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    @whofriggincares - SPOT ON MATE.

    Those usual suspects are now lamenting Clarke for winning the toss, implying it is luck, and still championing Cook as a superior captain to Clarke.

    That's right, the same Cook who ordered his two inept spinners to bowl 2 feet oustide leg stump after an hour of play this morning. Cheap tricks don't work against PURE CLASS like Clarke.

    Big LYON-O, superb six that, great to see Swann and Anderson reduced to rubble. Where's the sprinkler and the shooshing now eh?

    More troubles to come in Perth. Anderson bowling around 128km/h has been as toothless as you could possibly be, even on a pacer's dream in Brisbane.

    Lunge - how you feeling about your world-class bowlers now? If you admit Brisbane was a bad track for batting, to excuse your feeble batting in both innings, then you admit that Anderson went poorly on a bowling track. Then vice versa, can't win so ignore that, let's focus on how horrible Clarke is for winning the toss.

    Yeah, smart stuff that.

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | December 6, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson now has a better average and a better strike rate than James Anderson. "Oh but no he had a poor start to his test career and had his technique changed"... Bah. Both have 200+ wickets and both win matches for their teams, but one is (incorrectly) considered the second best quick in the world and the other is universally denigrated? Hmm. I for one would choose to watch MJ every day of the week over Anderson... That spell today and that ball to the world's best opener.. Wow.

    Root struggling outside his off stump yet again but looked composed (until that single call on the second last ball of the day..), Carberry got beaten a few times by Lyon but otherwise looked better considering he had a more positive mindset. Until the last ball of the day where he would've been out if reviewed he gave little chances. But with the deficit close to 550 runs, there's no doubt that loosing Cook is the worst possible option. Eng only really have Bell and KP to fully rely on.

  • POSTED BY Greatest_Game on | December 6, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    I just had this unusual insight. If James Anderson is the world's "most skillful" bowler, why does he take so few wickets? I thought that the skillful bowlers took wickets. Do I have this all wrong. Do the bad bowlers take wickets?

    People were mocking Mitchell Johnson like crazy, saying he was useless. He's taking wickets left, right and center. But Anderson - 1 wicket for 85 runs? He's averaging 85 in this match. That's not skillful. Thats pretty much rubbish. He took 2 wickets for 140 runs in the 1st test. Average 70. Therefore, he is getting less skillful as this tour continues. By the time the last test rolls around Australia will have an 11th or 12th wicket each innings because Anderson will have entered a space-time warp of anti-bowling.

    And to think people really tried to argue that he is better than Steyn. Laughable.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | December 6, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    Two lives for Carberry to go with him dropping Haddin (twice in one ball) and failing to run out Clarke when he was 15 metres out of his crease, sort of makes it even for him. All he has to do now is score the 200 runs he gave away.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge.. on | December 6, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    @Redandwhitearmy, stop clutching at straws, you're embarrassing all of us England fans. We have to accept our fate now, we are the worst of these two teams by such a margin all we can expect to leave Australia with is blushing faces and a sun tan. Again we couldn't dismiss Australia because of our awful bowling though it has to be said Australia are the form side in cricket at the moment and have the best batting lineup going. If we bat all day tomorrow (which of course is impossible) we will still be 400 behind at this run rate. Those of us that were hoping for a turnaround and that the Gabba was a blip must accept reality now, we are a poor side playing quality opposition.

  • POSTED BY RYSE on | December 6, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy - Cook got clean-bowled and was absolutely outclassed.

    Warner got himself out due to the fact he's a super aggressive player. Cook is a plodder and got clean bowled whilst plodding.

    So I mean, yeah Davey lashed at one and it didn't connect and consequently he fell. That's going to happen a LOT with Warner, that's why when he does get going he's incredibly difficult.

    With Cook, the problem is a bit deeper. The pitch is a road, Cook has a taut defence and still he gets cleaned up by a man England used to deride as a joke.

    Warner has himself to blame, because the delivery was innocuous, so in a sense you are onto something.

    Cook has himself to blame also, but not for throwing it away to a garbage ball, but for being unable to cover it off despite playing his naturally super-defensive game.

    Cook's is a bigger problem due to this.

  • POSTED BY Bonehead_maz on | December 6, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    @ brisCricFan on (December 6, 2013, 7:32 GMT) Spot on (as usual)

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | December 6, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    WOW saw the MJ's spell.Looks like he will wreck the pommies again. @whofriggincares wel said mate.Lots of people were saying Johnson will help ENgalnd only :D... Pert is yet to come...where is "10-0" SIr BOtham,have not heard from him for a while now.

    P.s- Only England can be whitewashed in Ashes

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | December 6, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy, you should be comparing Cook with Clark seeing as the team looks to the captain for leadership. Seeing as no one in England can undo a batsman with sheer pace, you point is moot.

  • POSTED BY Thegimp on | December 6, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    @ RednWhiteArmy ........Mate Warnes was soft I agree, but Cook was weak and scared. No Australian, even in the great West Indian years has looked that scared!!!

    @ sachin_vvsfan.......Cook was good in India because India has no-one who bowls fast mate.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | December 6, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy:-"Cooks dismissal was bad but it wasnt as weak as Warner's." Yep, whatever you reckon. Three words for you:- 'Clutching'---'at'---'straws'. Enjoy those sour grapes, you seem to have quite a supply. Don't fancy them myself.

  • POSTED BY HansonKoch on | December 6, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Any idea when Watson will come good: supposed to be any time now, right?

  • POSTED BY brisCricFan on | December 6, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    And but for the fact that Clarke was happy with his teams performance already, MJ could have had both openers gone... He was the only one that seemed to think it was out... and we know most bowlers think everything is out...

    Just that on this occasion he was right... let off for England and Carberry.

  • POSTED BY DJAbacus on | December 6, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Well played Michael Carberry and Joe Root. After losing our Captain early on, they were under incredible pressure in those last 15 overs. Let's have a good day tomorrow England.

  • POSTED BY milepost on | December 6, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Those who said Mitch would be useless on this pitch might well remember that 95mph is still too much for this England lineup. Another heavy defeat looms after Austraila again dominated the England bowling, scoring runs at will and with an ease that must already have Flower scanning the county season results looking for new players to bring in. It must be tough being an England supporter these days.

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    The No-ball "dismissal" of Haddin, leaves me wondering how many are the umpires missing? Are they with technology, becoming lazy? Its seems they only have to count to six! The problem seems umpires at the bowlers' end are standing too far back (some just on the rolled wicket area behind the stumps - 10m back!) to assess correctly the feet positon of a bowler. An umpire should dictate where he stands not a bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    RSYE .... the ball actual moved in the air towards his pads, pitched, then moved off the pitch crashing into the stumps. It was the best ball I have seen in ages!!

  • POSTED BY whofriggincares on | December 6, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    I also feel the need to mention some of the comments before this series from the usual suspects about being glad Mitch Johnson was being selected for this series. Wonder if they still feel the same? Watching Cooks jaw hit the ground after succumbing to an absolute peach I was thinking he certainly isn't glad we picked him. Johnson in form is a true matchwinner as he is able to dismiss the worlds best batsmen when he is bowling well. Did you see that bouncer to Carberry 152.6 kms is as fast as any bouncer you will see anywhere anytime and it was brilliantly directed you just have to respect that. Oh and have I mentioned Gazza Lyon belting Swann for a huge six probably have but I will be talking about that for a long long time.

  • POSTED BY Garp on | December 6, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Yeah taking a week off after the 1st test is exactly what England needed. Until they drop this we work so hard and deserve every second off we can get attitude they will fail.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | December 6, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    Whats happening to Eng? They are suddenly going down hill. Cook had a great outing in India (which IMO was his best achievement. In fact even better than his previous Ashes outings as it came in worse conditions). He batted well, handled our media(despite all the revenge talk) well and the way he carried himself he won over some fans there. But this is absolutely DISAPPOINTING. He should watch his own batting videos. Same case with Trott too. They should have a look of their 2010 outing in Aus.They were in similar situation and this pair grinded Aus out of the series. And whats happening to Anderson. i don't like Broad but looks like he is the only bowler who can stand up. Prior's time is running out fast.

    I still believe Aus lacks 2-3 quality Test batsman. With this mammoth total they will go for kill and if they are 2-0 up then it will be very difficult for Eng to comeback.

  • POSTED BY RednWhiteArmy on | December 6, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Cooks dismissal was bad but it wasnt as weak as Warner's.

  • POSTED BY DJAbacus on | December 6, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    I really enjoy these back-to-the-wall situations. As can be seen from the comments, Australia already think it's all over. If England can bat positively in both innings they can force a draw from this game. A draw will feel like a loss for Australia after posting 570 in the first innings and the momentum shifts back towards England. Huge task, but if England want to win the series that is the mindset required. Come on the England. You have done it before. Let's see some fight.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | December 6, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Time to have a dig around at Lord's and find that urn England. The rightful owners have woken up and they'd like it back thanks. We do trust you've taken good care of it while we were having a wee snooze. Just can't trust the Poms, like the Sorcerer's apprentice of Disney fame the moment you turn your back on them they're strutting around like they own the place.

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    Liz1558- played a lot of cricket have you? I doubt it(sigh). Anyway, getting bashed up again. But one or two should get a score on this pitch. Lyon getting some decent turn. Lovely position to be in for a spinner when runs don't matter. Prior will be batting for his place, at least he should be.

  • POSTED BY warnerbasher on | December 6, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    A typical counterpunch from England.1/13 off 11 overs

  • POSTED BY novocas7rian on | December 6, 2013, 6:42 GMT

    Nathan Lyon has surely put to rest any doubts about his status as Australia's #1 spinner. In just a few overs he's looked more threatening than either Swann or Monty, and obviously Clarke has confidence in him bringing him on so early.

  • POSTED BY RYSE on | December 6, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Cook cleaned up by Johnson, clean-bowled and beaten for pace.

    Worrying signs for England. If they struggle against the bowler they built a national anthem for, such is their disdain for his 'talent' then how are they going to face up against Steyn and co?

    What is interesting about the Mitchell Johnson story is that, unlike Anderson, he's actually improving. He now has a better average than Anderson.

    What is certain is - England struggle against genuine pace bowling because, aside from a few horribly wayward pacers at County level, they simply don't have any. Not that can operate at this level of quality.

    Cook is, at least for this series, still a huge wicket. He was a lone hand in the 4th innings in Brisbane and England are always stronger when he is at the crease.

    ONE MORE TONIGHT! PLEASE!

    He bowls at the heart, he bowls at the head, it's Mitchell Johnson, he leaves 'em for dead.

  • POSTED BY Thegimp on | December 6, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Cook looked scared!! ......ooops am I allowed to say that?

  • POSTED BY 2MikeGattings on | December 6, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Johnson v Cook. That ball was CRICKET! bring it on. Excellent. It's a game!

  • POSTED BY CSpiers on | December 6, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    Cook done by a beauty from Johnson, this team is but a shadow of 2010.

  • POSTED BY liz1558 on | December 6, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Surely has to be the end for Swann and Anderson? England might as well got on with rebuilding job now. Like Anderson but always embarrassed by the pundits who compare him to steyn. He's a good medium pacer, but no better than hoggard or cork. England are paying for a lack of pace. Watch Aus role England for under 200.

  • POSTED BY sri1ram on | December 6, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    @ Front-Foot-Lunge: Come on man. Not a big English fan, but Cook and the current team have it in them to produce some really great cricket, if the drubbing that they gave India in India is any indication. They just need a couple of good steady partnerships and they can blow away the arrogant ozzies. At least get a respectable draw in this game. I actually wanted the ozzies to win big - it would put some distance in Test rankings/rating between my team India and the next team (viz. England). But now, I prefer multi-polar superpowers than some sole cricketing superpower dominating all and sundry.

  • POSTED BY Liquefierrr on | December 6, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    @valleypf - nice sentiment mate, but that isn't the REAL lunge. It has a full stop at the end of the name and that post makes far too much logical sense and uses actual facts, that's how you know it isn't him.

    The real lunge will be on later to denounce Clarke for 'hiding' down the order despite Clarke slamming his bowlers for a huge 148, praise Swann's huge turners (4/366 off 89), call Lyon a medium-pacer (despite the FACT Lyon has comfortably outbowled Swann in 2 of the last 3 tests they've played against eachother) and declare Anderson to be the best bowler in the history of cricket.

    I am not convinced of anything yet in this test, England are a good batting side and, despite the frankly unsettling shuffle-around they've had recently, will still be a force to be reckoned with.

    Anderson's 3/225 this series, including 2/140 on a fast bowler's dream in Brisbane, has once again underlined just how overrated he is. Avg's 36 against Aus, 40 in Aus and closer to 31 than 30 for career.

  • POSTED BY whofriggincares on | December 6, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    Couldn't be more proud of this rapidly improving test side. All the talk last night was of collapses and not going on with it but as we know an innings is played by 11 men. English fans must be really worried (loved rednwhites prediction of Australia being bowled out for 315 oops) dropped catches that cost hundreds of runs , negative captaincy (as usual) and perhaps best of all our world class off spinner smashing Swanny for a huge 6 ahhh beautiful. As we know cricket tends to run in cycles and after 15 odd years of domination we had to have a low point it was inevitable and England had to have their time in the sun (however short lived) . I know we still have a long way to go and there will be still bad times ahead but the cycle is slowly turning our way. If we were talking bicycles the Aussie up cycle would be the Penny Farthing's front wheel and the England up cycle the tiny little back one , absolutely loving it.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | December 6, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    @Valleypf: It's not him, it's just one of the many imposters, the real FFL just crawls under a rock when they are losing then comes out when they are doing well, therefore we won't be seeing much of him this series.

  • POSTED BY Bonehead_maz on | December 6, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    I am glad that Stokes took a couple of wickets. His bowling deserved some reward.

  • POSTED BY sri1ram on | December 6, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    "Graeme Swann, Kevin Pietersen and Michael Carberry observe a minute's silence".. Given the state of the game, I honestly thought it was a cute headline from an enterprising editor - the three players do appear contrite about the way England played. Grin. But just remembered Mandela (RIP dear leader, respect. Loads and loads of it).

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | December 6, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    ECB Players Menu p.56 Adelaide: Humble Pie, Humility Slice, Sour Grapes. It's going to be a brutal 20 overs tonight. I can't see Carberry weathering the storm. He must be feeling pretty dejected after dropping the easiest dolly you'll ever see, twice, and also missing a nailed on stumping with an overbalance throw when Clarke was about 15 metres out of his ground.

  • POSTED BY brisCricFan on | December 6, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    and a good declaration from Clarke at 9/570... The gauntlet has been thrown down... will England come out and play first for the win or just try to play out the next two days and head to WACA just 1-0 down... If they do, the momentum won't have shifted and Australia will still feel lifted by a good solid batting performance - friendly wicket or not

  • POSTED BY postandrail on | December 6, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    Front-Foot-Lunge. on (December 6, 2013, 5:03 GMT) I respect you for your comment though you may yet be a touch premature in writing England off. You give heaps but you take it as well so keep your chin up and good luck!

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | December 6, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    Good stuff by Haddin, Clarke & Rhino Harris. The longer they bat, less chance of bowling long spells at the end of the game. The Poms are strangely off the boil, most unlike them, as they are usually eager as even when under the pump. I can't really put a reason for it.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | December 6, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    As a mark of respect for the demise of Swann's bowling I hear that the swans in Perth will be wearing black.

  • POSTED BY jmcilhinney on | December 6, 2013, 5:22 GMT

    Tough day for England. No luck going their way but, while a couple of the drops were justified, there were two drops and a complete miss that should have been taken, rendering luck unnecessary. Very frustrating watching Clarke and Haddin bat so well while knowing they they both could have been out yesterday and Haddin absolutely should have been. This may be Haddin's luckiest ever innings, with a dropped sitter, a completely missed top edge to fine leg and caught behind of a no ball, but he played very well in between. It's hard to see how England could possibly win this game from here so that changes their mindset when batting. Hopefully we don't see just try to dig in and end up getting themselves out, a la Carberry in Brisbane. They need to be mindful that the more runs they score in their 1st innings, the less time they'll likely have to bat in the 2nd. They need to make a statement before Perth too, where they will hopefully only be 0-1 down.

  • POSTED BY disco_bob on | December 6, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    3 wickets for 270 runs at 3.6 an over. I'd call that a bit of a failed gamble from England's spin twins. Broad and Anderson will be suitably knackered for the showdown in Perth. You just know that Lyon is going to run through the fragile England lineup who are not known for their spin prowess, despite a good showing by KP and Cook in India.

  • POSTED BY chechong0114 on | December 6, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    This is high octane, high intensity, extremely high quality cricket being currently played by these two giant rivals of this great game. I feel like if I blink I might miss something big. A little bit disappointed that the stadium is not completely full but the fans that have shown up have had a lot to enjoy no matter who u are cheering for. The Adelaide Oval looks a thing of absolute brilliance and splendor and its not even fully complete yet, its very sad to read some of the criticisms that people have made about the renovations but cricket has always been a game that hates positive change and many of its fans lack vision for the future. I however love it and I embrace it and commend the Australian government for their vision and bold initiative. This is what the sport of cricket needs boldness and positive change for it to continue to compete with other rivaling sports during the calendar year. Now back to the cricket, gotta go, will comment again after the day's play.

  • POSTED BY Srini_Indian on | December 6, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Australia well and truly on the driving seat. But England shouldn't panic yet. We have seen teams losing in Adelaide even after 500+ scores in 1st innings. England should look to bat and get as close as possible to Aus total. Cook and co shouldn't play for a draw here. They should be positive, sensible. Couple of big hundreds from Cook, KP and Bell will do nicely. Who knows if they bat until day 4 and put Aus in final day on a turning wicket with Swann and Panesar. Anything is possible!

  • POSTED BY Saosin on | December 6, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    Devastating for England and their fans (not all of them, a lot of them are reasonable and also measure their very recent successes against their long list of historical failures).

    As Aus fans we were told we were going down 5-0, that we couldn't bat for nuts, that Clarke hides down the order, that Anderson and Swann were 'world-class'.

    As at tea time today, Anderson is bowling at 74 this series and Swann at 87.

    We were told Lyon was 'a medium pacer'.

    Broad can hold his head up high. Despite the jeers (which are more and more ironic) the Aus public likes his brand of cricket, just like KP he is aggressive and doesn't shy away from confrontation. England (Anderson in particular) only want to mix it up on the field in their terms - i.e. they can give it but can't take it.

    England would kill for an actual quality fast bowler. Anderson and Broad are solid players, Anderson has bowled at 47 since TB mind, but they lack pace which, in Aus and unless you are GD McGrath, will find you out.

  • POSTED BY PFEL on | December 6, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    @Chicko1983, don't worry, it was very obvious that you were sarcastic. Brilliant post too, genuinely had me in laughing.

  • POSTED BY Front-Foot-Lunge. on | December 6, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    Wow, I'm eating my words (once again this series) - another appalling display from what I'm quickly realising to be (seemingly after everyone else noticed it some time ago) a very mediocre bowling lineup.

    Swann looks clueless out there, getting planted for sixes for fun by the tail.

    Broad has been steady but underbowled.

    Anderson has been horrible all series and lacks the pace of the Aussie lineup to mix it up on these quick decks.

    Panesar, well I talked him up yesterday but he's been absolutely abominable.

    Full credit to Clarke, this humble pie he continues to make me eat tastes worse with each brutal assault on our regressing team.

    At the end of the day, our golden era (i.e. right now) amounts to a couple of urns (after Aus held them for decades), 3rd in the world and the #1 spot for about 14 minutes.

    And already we are going backwards.

    Any wonder Aus fans were never alarmed, they know what a truly fantastic side is, which my beloved England side certainly is NOT.

  • POSTED BY Bonehead_maz on | December 6, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Ryan Harris getting a 50 here would be icing on the cake he's about to eat.

  • POSTED BY iamsuperman on | December 6, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Australia push on? it should read England in for another hefty blow from the Aussies. England have gone back to your caves thinking their luck have run out. Cook is a really slow starter and it shows in this batting and captaincy!

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | December 6, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    What's funny is that this pitch is still taking spin, impossible to drive on the up with, and with a good captain (ie not Alastair Cook) you can keep the run rate down by setting a straight field and telling the bowlers to bowl full and straight. Funny that, Eng have the bowlers to perform that (with a phenomenal 150+ wickets to all the four main bowlers), just too bad their captain costs them more runs than anyone. Whether it be putting a long off back when Clarke hits it over long on, or putting another man out on the hook when Bailey completely mishits a pull shot and almost gets out in the process, Cook never fails to set terrible fields. Sure a lot of credit can go to Clarke's and Haddin's aggressive and counter-attacking play, but Eng had a real chance to demolish our order yesterday in the afternoon, only to be giving our batters singles and letting them settle in easily.

    As I'm writing, Haddin gets his century. Well done Hads! Two great series in a row. Better than Wade lol.

  • POSTED BY ShutTheGate on | December 6, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    @ mixters - I agree!

    Let me guess, Lungey will come on and say how Cook has out captained Clarke, how Anderson and Broad are out bowling our quicks, how our top order is fragile compared to the daddy hundreds the English used to bat, how Prior is a much better keeper batsman than Haddin, how Australia has no depth in talent and that England will clean sweep this series 5-0 after they amazing 4-0 victory during the last ashes.

    I've heard it all before...

  • POSTED BY Mitty2 on | December 6, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    Watson, Bailey and Rogers all need to learn from Clarke and how 9 times out of 10 when he gets a start he converts it. Not converting starts is possibly the crux of our issues this year - but again and again Clarke shows how to do it. Leading run scorer for the year yet again. It's just a shame that he has such a weakness to the 130-135km/h short ball's of Broad and Anderson lel, he now also averages over 50 against Eng. There is no team who he doesn't score against.

    Great from Haddin and not only does it put pressure on Prior to finally perform with the bat, but it also shows how vital his presence is in the team. He's leadership is his best aspect for the team and was well needed after india, and now considering he's in his best ever form with the glove and close to it with the bat, he brings ten times more than what Wade would. Like with MJ, credit needs to go to the selectors in this instance.

  • POSTED BY chicko1983 on | December 6, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    @Swan_Draught - sorry, I thought I was obviously being sarcastic. Im and Aussie supporter.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | December 6, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    @Chicko1983: If you don't come back by the third test you are gone! Best out of 5 buddy.

  • POSTED BY brisCricFan on | December 6, 2013, 3:41 GMT

    Good cricket today from Clarke and Haddin but probably now just re-affirming the nature of this wicket... it is looking docile but not sure how much of that we can place at the hands of the batsmen, the bowlers or the pitch...

    I think the way these two batted in the first session was the turning point... really took it to the English bowlers and that sent them back into their shells.

    550 and a declaration?? We know Clarke is adventurous enough to try... game on in a big way!!!

  • POSTED BY Bonehead_maz on | December 6, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    About now, (441/5) it'd be appropriate to say we've batted well. Ive'been really impressed with Haddin so far this series, and well Clarke in Brisabne then Adelaide.... well done again. I am not bagging England at all when I say I thought Stokes looked your best bowler in first session. Forget the words and even the no-ball, he actually hurried and beat people. I had never seen him really bowl before and he looks to me like having a long and fruitful future.

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Poor first session from England today; Haddin given more lives than a cat! Poms have let Aussies off the hook and are now in a negative mindset. All looking good for us.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | December 6, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    He has a love affair with every ground in Australia pretty much!

  • POSTED BY Swan_Draught on | December 6, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Are you expecting to win at Perth chicko?

    Only won one test there in history and that was during WSC.

  • POSTED BY PFEL on | December 6, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    Cook's placid captaincy was always going to catch up to him sooner or later.

  • POSTED BY mixters on | December 6, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    OOOH I can't wait for the next FFL post about how well England are playing and the playing for a draw thing is a master stroke against this Aust team that is really bad but still wipping the all powerful english.

  • POSTED BY liz1558 on | December 6, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    England in for another hammering. England's problems go deeper than this though. Flower ought to have been replaced after defeat to SA. If the ambition was to stay at the top, why did they hold onto a coach who had so palpably failed in that task?

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    Well done Mr Clarke ..... Once again proving that you are literally impentitrable after you pass 35-runs.

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    Where are Cork, Pringle, Bopara, Vaughan, Collingwood, Irani (sorry if I missed the other greats) and all the other great England bowlers of old when you need them most??????

  • POSTED BY chicko1983 on | December 6, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    Don't worry, this great England team always starts series slowly and then gradually works into it. I expect them to come back in the third test, and if not then, they will be pretty good in the fourth or fifth test. We have a heap of confidence in our great team due to past successes when we were no.1 for about three months. I can't wait for some of the younger players to break through as well - Stokes, Rankin, Finn, and there are some pretty good young batsmen coming out from South Africa who we will no doubt be able to lure to play for the mighty En-ger-land!

  • POSTED BY Buggsy on | December 6, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    Old joke: the 1990's called and they'd like their England team back.

  • POSTED BY Buggsy on | December 6, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    Old joke: the 1990's called and they'd like their England team back.

  • POSTED BY chicko1983 on | December 6, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    Don't worry, this great England team always starts series slowly and then gradually works into it. I expect them to come back in the third test, and if not then, they will be pretty good in the fourth or fifth test. We have a heap of confidence in our great team due to past successes when we were no.1 for about three months. I can't wait for some of the younger players to break through as well - Stokes, Rankin, Finn, and there are some pretty good young batsmen coming out from South Africa who we will no doubt be able to lure to play for the mighty En-ger-land!

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    Where are Cork, Pringle, Bopara, Vaughan, Collingwood, Irani (sorry if I missed the other greats) and all the other great England bowlers of old when you need them most??????

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    Well done Mr Clarke ..... Once again proving that you are literally impentitrable after you pass 35-runs.

  • POSTED BY liz1558 on | December 6, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    England in for another hammering. England's problems go deeper than this though. Flower ought to have been replaced after defeat to SA. If the ambition was to stay at the top, why did they hold onto a coach who had so palpably failed in that task?

  • POSTED BY mixters on | December 6, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    OOOH I can't wait for the next FFL post about how well England are playing and the playing for a draw thing is a master stroke against this Aust team that is really bad but still wipping the all powerful english.

  • POSTED BY PFEL on | December 6, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    Cook's placid captaincy was always going to catch up to him sooner or later.

  • POSTED BY Swan_Draught on | December 6, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    Are you expecting to win at Perth chicko?

    Only won one test there in history and that was during WSC.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | December 6, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    He has a love affair with every ground in Australia pretty much!

  • POSTED BY on | December 6, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    Poor first session from England today; Haddin given more lives than a cat! Poms have let Aussies off the hook and are now in a negative mindset. All looking good for us.