Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 3rd day December 7, 2013

Johnson annihilates listless England

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Australia 9 for 570 dec and 3 for 132 (Warner 83*) lead England 172 (Bell 72*, Johnson 7-40) by 530 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Mitchell Johnson produced a blood-curdling display of world-class fast bowling to destroy England in the second Test in Adelaide. Johnson's sustained menace bore comparison with the great fast-bowling spells of the modern age as he took 5 for 16 in five overs immediately after lunch to leave England in a state of bewilderment.

England lost their last seven wickets for 61 runs in a wholesale collapse as bad as any they suffered during the days when they arrived in Australia as lambs to the slaughter. They will fear that lamb is back on the menu. They conceded a first-innings lead of 398 and with the match barely past its mid-point now face the ever-growing likelihood of going 2-0 down in the five-Test series. And Perth, Johnson's adopted home ground, the fastest, bounciest track in Australia, is up next.

With two days remaining, Australia's lead is already 530 runs: more than England have managed in three innings combined in this Ashes series. David Warner's easeful 83 not out dominated a low-key final session after three of Australia's batsmen fell carelessly to James Anderson and Monty Panesar, who turned one to bowl Michael Clarke, but the talk rarely strayed from Johnson.

England were already in disarray at lunch at 4 for 117, which eased Johnson's path. His ever-lengthening moustache, which he grew for prostate cancer awareness and which he has now kept as a good luck charm, gave the impression that he was a wild fast bowler transported from another age. England will have to hope it eventually grows so long it trips him up.

He finished with 7 for 40, twice on a hat-trick, with England's lower order entirely unable to cope with a perpetual assault above 90mph; potent slingers from a heavily muscled, koi-fish tattooed left arm. Only Ian Bell's unbeaten 72 restored a sense of normality, playing Johnson with aplomb whenever he was on strike and watching with growing desperation whenever he was not. In three innings, Johnson now has 16 wickets at less than nine runs each.

This is essentially a flat pitch, one upon which Australia declared at 9 for 570 and one on which England must surely have imagined they could tame Johnson and get a foothold in the Ashes series. But if you can make a pitch flat, you cannot make the air slow. England have yet to make 200 in three attempts. Their insistence that they have no inherent weakness against fast bowling is not entirely hollow because most of the top order have played Johnson well at some stage, but Michael Vaughan, the former England captain, labelled it as one of England's worst batting performances for years.

Johnson's second over after lunch did the most damage, Ben Stokes, Matt Prior and Stuart Broad falling in the space of five balls. Stokes at least managed to steal his first Test run - a firm push which might conceivably have resulted in a run-out had not Ryan Harris fumbled at mid-off. But Stokes fell to the first ball of Johnson's next over as the ball crashed into a hopeful front pad. Umpire Marais Erasmus refused the appeal, presumably imagining that Stokes had got an inside edge, but Australia overturned the decision on review.

There was no end to Prior's poor form, not with Johnson in this frame of mind. He lasted four balls, rapped on the chest with the second and ducking for self-preservation against the third. After the roughing up came a fuller delivery which Prior edged to the keeper.

Broad lasted five minutes, but that was largely because he spent all but five seconds of them fussing about the sun glinting from some bolts on the sightscreen. England's Ashes villain was roundly booed as the delay became prolonged. Johnson's animalistic fast bowling had even awoken Adelaide's normally dainty crowd.

With the white tarpaulin sheets also lit up by the sun, Johnson seemed to be rushing in from some sort of Australian cricketing heaven, the wispy clouds above the cathedral suddenly appearing more celestial.

If Broad had hoped Johnson's adrenalin rush would subside during the delay, he was to be disappointed. A member of the groundstaff descended from his ladder and play resumed. Broad sought to move back and across, and his exposed leg stump was uprooted. This time the boos were more triumphant.

Johnson missed the hat-trick when Graeme Swann chipped the first ball of his next over none too convincingly through midwicket, but Swann is not equipped for a task like this. He fended off a nasty bouncer in Johnson's next over before driving desperately and falling to a fast catch at first slip by Clarke.

The finest piece of theatre was reserved for Anderson, whose middle stump was removed first ball. Johnson scowled into Anderson's face as he ran the length of the pitch; Anderson determinedly did not make eye contact and stared blankly at the pavilion to where he was about to return.

Johnson did not quite finish off the job. Normality descended upon the Adelaide Oval. Bell advanced his score into the 70s, his only concern when he survived a review for lbw. Johnson returned again. Two balls, and an inside edge onto pad and stumps from Panesar, was all it took.

England surrendered three wickets in the morning session, their only source of comfort being Michael Carberry's first Test half-century. Joe Root would not be proud of his attempt to slog-sweep Nathan Lyon. He was overstretched as he took the ball from just outside off stump and misjudged the bounce. Even though the boundary in front of the unfinished stand is a mere 53 metres, he fell comfortably short, surrendering his wicket to a catch by Chris Rogers. Root had laboured for 80 balls for 15 and his efforts were wasted.

If Root's departure was bad enough for England, Kevin Pietersen's dismissal must have left them screeching with frustration. Australia set two short midwickets when Peter Siddle bowled to Pietersen and he could not resist the challenge. He did not just play the shot, he manufactured it, moving across his stumps to a length ball and whipping it to the squarer of the two fielders, George Bailey juggled with it four times, without ever looking out of control, before the ball finally rested in his hands.

It is a shot Pietersen feasts upon, and such is his determination to keep playing it that even if Australia stationed four short midwickets it would probably not quell his desire. Siddle, too, has repeatedly unsettled him around off stump and that has increased his desire to find a get-out shot. But he has fallen in this manner twice in the series and Australia can celebrate a tactical victory. He also had a scare in Siddle's previous over, before he had scored, when Australia unsuccessfully reviewed for a catch at the wicket.

Bell was bent upon playing with natural freedom. He lofted his seventh ball, from Lyon, over long-off for six and, in Lyon's next over, cleared the rope at long-on. It had taken England 35 overs to get their scoring rate above two an over.

But Australia checked them again when Harris and Shane Watson produced five successive maidens - the last ball of the fifth of them resulting in the dismissal of Carberry who pulled Watson forcefully and down, only for Warner to pull off an excellent left-handed catch in front of square.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • jmcilhinney on December 7, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    The England bowling has been OK, although not standout, so far this series but it was let down badly by the catching in this game. If Bailey and Haddin had been caught when they should have been then Australia's score looks very different. Even so, they didn't make a great first innings score in Brisbane and still ended up with a lead so you'd think that the same would have been the case here. Scoreboard pressure might take some of the blame for England's poor showing with the bat but certainly not all.

    Mitchell Johnson's rebirth seems complete. While raw pace alone might get you a few wickets, when you couple it with the accuracy that he's shown so far then you're bound to find success and he has in spades. Steven Finn needs to take heart from that because he obviously needs to work out some issues with his run up and action but Johnson is proof that it is possible.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on December 7, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Brutal stuff from Johnson once again! No doubts about whether the right MJ has turned up this series at all. England simply no answers, and fantastic support from the other Australian bowlers throughout. Kudos to Bell and Carberry for hanging in there, and I see Anderson and Magic Monty have at least something to smile about and keep their spirits alive. The Australians promised a cracking, revenge-filled series - and boy are they delivering. Long live the Ashes!

  • Meety on December 12, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy on (December 7, 2013, 23:08 GMT) - just like Sachin - Bell will never bat @ 3 against real pace!

  • bhushanB on December 8, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    Why not get MJ immediately for a new batsman... why do you have to let him get settled in?

    After all he has only bowled 3 this morning?

  • bhushanB on December 8, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    As a neutral cricket fan, not sure who to support in the Ashes...

    I guess I will just sit back and let it unravel and enjoy cricket... without having to bite my nails..

    CARBERRY playing good....

  • on December 8, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    cook is already out

  • on December 7, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    The best fast bowler in the world at the moment is Mitch and not Steyn. Mitch can scare any batsman unlike Steyn whol sometime's look hopeless. Agreed Mitch was wayward in the past. But I just can't take my eyes off Mitch's bowling. He is deadly and ruthless.

  • Garp on December 7, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    This all is a direct result of England's inability to produce any true fast bowlers. The batsmen have boo one that can replicate that pace to practice on. You would think in the land that brought us cricket they would be able to produce something more than 80-85mph bowlers.

  • RednWhiteArmy on December 7, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    In future i think Ian Bell must be the replacement at 3 and Root at 5. Bresnan in for Panesar, Ballance in for Stokes, and Prior is nearing his last chance. Bairstow could surely contribute more. For the second innings, Bell must surely bat at 3. Unlike Clarke, Bell has already stated he's not afraid to "bat anywhere" for the team.

  • Ambaarr on December 7, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    England like so many other so called good players of fast bowling has withered in the face of quality fast bowling. Its easy to tag India as poor players of fast bowling. Look how England capitulated against the quick stuff. Except for Bell and Panesar nobody had the guts to even get in line with the ball!

  • jmcilhinney on December 7, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    The England bowling has been OK, although not standout, so far this series but it was let down badly by the catching in this game. If Bailey and Haddin had been caught when they should have been then Australia's score looks very different. Even so, they didn't make a great first innings score in Brisbane and still ended up with a lead so you'd think that the same would have been the case here. Scoreboard pressure might take some of the blame for England's poor showing with the bat but certainly not all.

    Mitchell Johnson's rebirth seems complete. While raw pace alone might get you a few wickets, when you couple it with the accuracy that he's shown so far then you're bound to find success and he has in spades. Steven Finn needs to take heart from that because he obviously needs to work out some issues with his run up and action but Johnson is proof that it is possible.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on December 7, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Brutal stuff from Johnson once again! No doubts about whether the right MJ has turned up this series at all. England simply no answers, and fantastic support from the other Australian bowlers throughout. Kudos to Bell and Carberry for hanging in there, and I see Anderson and Magic Monty have at least something to smile about and keep their spirits alive. The Australians promised a cracking, revenge-filled series - and boy are they delivering. Long live the Ashes!

  • Meety on December 12, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy on (December 7, 2013, 23:08 GMT) - just like Sachin - Bell will never bat @ 3 against real pace!

  • bhushanB on December 8, 2013, 1:23 GMT

    Why not get MJ immediately for a new batsman... why do you have to let him get settled in?

    After all he has only bowled 3 this morning?

  • bhushanB on December 8, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    As a neutral cricket fan, not sure who to support in the Ashes...

    I guess I will just sit back and let it unravel and enjoy cricket... without having to bite my nails..

    CARBERRY playing good....

  • on December 8, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    cook is already out

  • on December 7, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    The best fast bowler in the world at the moment is Mitch and not Steyn. Mitch can scare any batsman unlike Steyn whol sometime's look hopeless. Agreed Mitch was wayward in the past. But I just can't take my eyes off Mitch's bowling. He is deadly and ruthless.

  • Garp on December 7, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    This all is a direct result of England's inability to produce any true fast bowlers. The batsmen have boo one that can replicate that pace to practice on. You would think in the land that brought us cricket they would be able to produce something more than 80-85mph bowlers.

  • RednWhiteArmy on December 7, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    In future i think Ian Bell must be the replacement at 3 and Root at 5. Bresnan in for Panesar, Ballance in for Stokes, and Prior is nearing his last chance. Bairstow could surely contribute more. For the second innings, Bell must surely bat at 3. Unlike Clarke, Bell has already stated he's not afraid to "bat anywhere" for the team.

  • Ambaarr on December 7, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    England like so many other so called good players of fast bowling has withered in the face of quality fast bowling. Its easy to tag India as poor players of fast bowling. Look how England capitulated against the quick stuff. Except for Bell and Panesar nobody had the guts to even get in line with the ball!

  • dunger.bob on December 7, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    @SL-USA-Lions on (December 7, 2013, 15:32 GMT): Re.the scheduling. .. These back to back tours were brought about by 2 other events. The London Olympics and the 2015 ODI World Cup. The two had to be squeezed in between them. The next cycle will be back to normal with 2 years between tours. You make it sound like a conspiracy and that the Aussies somehow manipulated the scheduling to suite ourselves. ..Sorry mate, there's only one team that does that and it ain't us or the Poms.

  • Front-Foot-Clunge on December 7, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    Gosh, what is it with people on this site - any time a follow-on is enforced or not enforced, people are on about Australia being afraid or having a long history of failing after posting large first innings scores. Yes, an incredible performance from my two favourite Indian cricketers (Laxman & Dravid), an amazing game in a high0stakes series. What it has to do with this game, 12 years later, when none of those players are still playing for Australia...seriously? Let it go and just enjoy this match for what it is...

  • Kentheavenonearth on December 7, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    Everybody relax, Johnson is playing the series of his life and no-one was ready for that least of all after 3-0. But we should have trusted Compton for catches and confident run rate at least one more series. Sorry Matt, I will still rate you as our third best ever after the two Als. The answer is not next up Joss. Bring back classy Craig (matured nicely by now).

  • Redbackfan on December 7, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    @ Biggus, mate I found the funny side. A declaration like that would be demoralising and hilarious. But we know that would never happen cause it would be seen as arrogant plus the bowlers need a rest. Funny how people are giving you grief about it, obviously don't have a sense of humour.

  • disco_bob on December 7, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    @ Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 7, 2013, 8:14 GMT) "...full credit to Johnson for taking advantage of the situation. Englands' fans are waiting for normal Ashes service to be resumed"

    FFL, Johnson didn't take advantage of the situation, he CREATED, the situation. In case you hadn't noticed, normal Ashes service HAS been resumed.

  • Biggus on December 7, 2013, 21:36 GMT

    @manishwa:-What makes you say no one has noticed. It was obvious to me the first time I saw his new action. He carries his bowling arm cocked up instead of down and pumping with every second step. I hate to burst your bubble but that doesn't come from his IPL stint, I'd lay money on that having come from Dennis Lillee his mentor who also made a similar change to his after his second back injury. It allows for better running efficiency and balance. I'm getting a little tired of Indians crediting IPL every time one of our players who's played some IPL does well in test matches. And the bottom line is we understand MJ far, far better than anyone who's recently come to be aware of him through T20.

  • on December 7, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    What Mitchell has done, is to reinvigorate 'real' fast bowling. The shorter versions of the game have really made bowlers of all types and fast-bowlers in particular, mere fodder for the batsmen. I hope Pat Cummins and James Pattinson are watching, this is the kind of effect pure pace can have on a batting line up. The fear factor is almost tangible, you have so many more decisions to make (should I duck? Hook?, is this a Yorker? Oh no its reverse swinging!!) You only have 0.4 of a second to make the right decision!! Mitch is 33 but still super-fit, his next job will be to nurture the next lot of 150 Ks. Every other bowler has looked ordinary because they depend on pace off the wicket + bowl at just above 140, the extra 10ks is the thing that makes all the difference, just ask the poms!

  • ADLS on December 7, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right, that Mitchell Johnson, his bowling's alright!! Remember the tune, slightly modified. Simply awesome. A new generation of fast bowlers will arise from this series.

  • geoffw on December 7, 2013, 20:49 GMT

    I still figure its pretty even - the Aussies made some luck with some great catching; and some of the Poms ran out of luck with some poor shot selection, and Johnson had just a great day. Interestingly, both sides won't play a real #3; neither Watto or Root are up to it.

    I am still laughing at the glare from Johnson to Anderson; that was priceless :)

  • whoster on December 7, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    First of all, Johnson deserves huge credit for coming back from two humiliating Ashes series. In the last few months, over several one-dayers and two Tests, he's been unremittingly fast and accurate. There's no doubt England are shell-shocked, and I have to agree with Michael Vaughan that there's danger of a 5-0 result if Johnson keeps firing.

    Despite coming-up against Johnson at his most inspired, that in itself doesn't excuse England's woeful batting. Root gifting of the first wicket of the day was horrifying to watch, and god knows what seeing that did for the already dodgy morale of the batsmen that followed. The Aussies don't have any weak links in their bowling attack, and England have to find a way of scoring runs against it rather than just trying to survive.

    The Ashes are decided already, but England have to at least make the Aussies work to bowl them out twice. If they collapse again, enough's enough, and the selectors will have to get ruthless and bring in new blood.

  • CricketChat on December 7, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Unless Aussies believe battered Eng can chase 530 in the 4th innings, they should declare at overnight score and look for early Eng wkts in the first session to take advantage of any morning dew.

  • yuvi_gladiator on December 7, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    being an indian fan i have seen my team white washed so many times but so brutal has been the bowling display in first two tests that even i can't relate the mental scarring that has been inflicted on English batsman. this is so similar even more ominous than mental disintegration of subcontinent sides in Australia and SA and viewing experience tells me that its almost impossible to comeback from this

  • Bonehead_maz on December 7, 2013, 20:12 GMT

    Remembering the declaration point in Brisbane (the small psychological blow of getting 400). Am expecting Clarke to want to declare at 173 (hopefully 3 down). In England I said I hadn't thought Bell could bat that well. I was fairly certain Warner couldn't bat this well. Just goes to show how opinions can change.

  • 25June1983 on December 7, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    This was certainly one of the best spells of pace bowling seen in a while. However, Bell showed how to deal with it. His upper cuts were breathtaking. Most of the movement that Johnson was generating was the natural outswinger to the right hander/ inswinger to the left hander from over-the wicket. World class batsmen should be able to at least think of a strategy to counter it. Implementing the strategy is another question however. The other Aussie bowlers are not menacing.

    England should try to grind out at least a 100 over innings to get some confidence prior to Perth. Time for Cook to come up with a big innings- nothing less than a double hundred.

    I do not think that this English side is mentally weak. I expect them to put up a game fight. As Rudy Tomjanovich (the Houston Rockets coach said), "Never underestimate the heart of a champion."

  • landl47 on December 7, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    The most frustrating thing of all is that Root and Pietersen gave their wickets away to bad shots. Cook got a beauty from Johnson the previous night, Carberry played well and was out to as good a catch as you'll ever see from Warner and Bell was not out, playing without all that much difficulty. Root had survived the cannon fire both the night before and in the morning only to have a big slog at the first ball he saw from Lyon and Pietersen, to be honest, hasn't looked very interested the whole tour.

    Stokes has bowled quite well, but his batting was always going to be a big risk at this stage of his career and he didn't have the technique to counter Johnson. Prior looks as though he can't see the ball, let alone hit it. The tail surrendered meekly except for Monty, but as soon as Johnson came back that was it.

    Johnson clean-bowled 4, had 1 LBW, 1 caught behind and 1 caught in the slips. None of his victims got out to short balls. A very impressive piece of bowling.

  • Harmony_not_Discord on December 7, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    The fact of the matter is that the Poms have lost the mental game - the poor performance in all departments says it all.

    Agree that Mitch got most tail-enders wickets but the point is he got them quickly and cheaply. And that is sheer class with deadly bowling.

    With these two teams, tails often wag a long way as they have shown time and time again in the past Ashes and as MJ did for Australia in the last test. Whereas, now that England have got MJ phobia on their minds, it would be difficult to get out of the rut.

  • sarangsrk on December 7, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    What's happening to the "best test side" since Aussies of Mcgrath,Warne era? Lot of talks about 10-0 ashes this year, no fight etc etc. Supposedly the best coached team with supposedly the best pacer and the best spinner in the world in the team can't take 20 wickets and with lot of world class batsmen can't score 200 in an innings? Is this what once a world No.1 test side can put up? Lot of finger pointing on Indian team when they lost 4-0 to Eng, Aus but they at-least scored 250 in each innings and matches were much closer in Aus at least. Where are those finger pointing fans now? Real shame on Eng team. Can't bat, can't bowl, can't field.

  • m_ilind on December 7, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Johnson's exploits in the IPL and the one-day series in India have earned him a recall to the Ashes series. Otherwise, the Aus selectors would have cast him off again.

  • AlSmug on December 7, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    @manishwa the rebirth of Johnson in real cricket, test cricket is very exciting, hit and giggle cricket is not one to judge a player

  • jiDoj169 on December 7, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    happy for mj .....really stunning bowling ...for english batsman its like a fare factor ....

  • on December 7, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    i remember these very english players doing nasty things with lords' pitch when they peed. i think now they come with diapers on to face jhonson

  • on December 7, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Three innings have seen the England batting destroyed. At the moment, I can't see them taking the Test into the last day. As comprehensive as it gets, so far.

  • on December 7, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Perth should be very interesting to say the least. I can see Mitch taking 16 wickets and the Poms subsiding to scores of 80-120 in both digs. Also much credit shouldgo to 'Boof' for uniting the side for one common theme...thrashing the Poms.

  • Rohit... on December 7, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    The perils of having fast bowlers --- You can't enforce Follow-on as Fast Bowlers need more rest....

  • binojpeter on December 7, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    I feel so happy for Johnson for being able to make this kind of comeback after all the insults that Barmy Army had thrown at him.

  • AlSmug on December 7, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    great decision not to enforce the follow on, the bowlers need a break , its a hard surfce and back to back tests , this wise move will hopefully save Harris for the all important 3rd test, Australa are just to good , the are a class above now

  • on December 7, 2013, 17:35 GMT

    Aussies wouldn't dare in following on the opponents.

  • BMDeep on December 7, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    I think MC was wise in nt enforcing d follow-on keeping in view his bowlers.Perhaps a lil sth dat he noticed frm d test bn NZ nd WI. NZ bowlers wer a tired lot nd WI batsmen applied themselves nd didnt throw their wkts away.Even an injured Sammy contributed to d cause nd a match which everyone including themselves thogughwould certainly lose after 1st innings went into the final session of the final day and ta da, a divine intervention resulting into a draw much to d disarray of d home team who outplayed them by huge margin in d 1st innings.While v can think MC tuk a thing r two frm dat match,certainly Cook hav plenty to look into.AN INSPIRATIONAL FIGHT BACK.Perhaps many here wud argue wid me dat Aus bowling is way superior to dat of NZ's bt I wud say Eng batting is even more better dan d WI's.If d latter cud do it,how come d former not.All they need is application and as some wise men say,FORTUNE ALWAYS FAVORS D BRAVE.Having said that,take a bow MJ. U brought my Xmas early...

  • on December 7, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    Never mind the fact that Aussie are outclassing the Poms in every single department, this is also the most chaotic, timid and pathetic England performance i have surely ever witnessed. There is no backbone or commitment to the cause and Michael Vaughan is absolutely appalled by England's lack of fight and i can't blame him for saying so. Here's to the whitewash.

  • PhillieFanatic on December 7, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Australia showed some clear signs of spirited defiance in the Ashes series earlier this year in England, and have really knuckled down under Lehman's direction in this series. While recent the Indian tour was disappointing, they clearly lacked several of the important players who are now in top form.This series has been very lopsided so far, and it is hard to see how England can get back into this series the way they have played so far. Perhaps Finn can find some fire in Perth to put the Aussies under some of the same pressure that England will get from Johnson. Perhaps Broad can return to his menacing best also. But it seems a tall order for England to come back from what is shaping up to be a resounding second defeat in this series. They need to find some toughness from somewhere or this series may be decided very quickly.

  • manishwa on December 7, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    I am sick of these comments that talk about MJ's rebirth. And all these from so-called cricket followers who have never seem Mitchell bowl in the IPL or the ODI series in India. He bowled even better then - and consistently. What nobody has noticed is a run up that is about 25% more that earlier and lesser pumping (what Wasim Akram mocks as loading a gun). The action is now a lot more natural thanks to the lack of stupid Aussie theory of loading-with-piston-like-pumping.

  • on December 7, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    If i were the captain of aussie team, i would Hv enforced follow on

  • Biggus on December 7, 2013, 16:37 GMT

    @Musab Shakeel Mallick:- You can't win them all mate, and we'd had a long time at the top. I think our fall from grace for a few years has been good for the game, as much as it's sometimes been difficult to watch. I actually got a little bored with our dominance after a while and started yearning for more even games. In addition I noticed certain attitudes being displayed by some players and fans that I found distasteful. By all means play hard but to show open contempt for the opposition is nothing that I'd be proud of them for. Anyway, thanks for the kind wishes and I'm glad to see your guys are doing OK. World cricket needs Pakistan as much as it needs us (and all our other members).

  • on December 7, 2013, 16:35 GMT

    Haven't seen such an authority in a test match in recent times. This Ashes should be called Johnson's Ashes

  • on December 7, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    I have already said it and I will say it again. Mitchel Johnson is bowling quick but not as quick as Brett Lee and Shoaib Akhtar were. People have the trait to make things look larger than life. For example look at the author's what he call as Johnson's trail of destruction, in which he states on Ben Stokes wicket that he may not have seen such pace before when the pace was 144.1, which is just under 90 mph. Seriously, I have seen Boyd Rankin and Stuart Meaker bowl much quicker than that and Ben Stokes himself was bowling 143 kmph to Michael Clarke this test itself. So it is not just pace, because if you look at Shaun Tait he is a menace to wicket keeper more than the Batsmen because he has no control whatsoever. Johnson has got his radar right, that is the main thing.

  • Harmony111 on December 7, 2013, 16:25 GMT

    @HatsforBats:

    Blathering is what you did there. You replied to me without even understanding the many points I made in the two comments of mine. There is no point in dealing with you any further cos you will again fail to see my point(s) and will again go on a tangent.

  • on December 7, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Good to see Aussies have established their team once again...before Ashes i was wondering that it would be a one-sided series as ENG will wasily won it..but i am surprised to see the way AUSSIES are playing...but i am a bit sad about the last AUS tour to INDIA..if Aus played with their current bowlers in that series then the results could have been very different..cheers from PAKISTANI fan..:)

  • VinodGupte on December 7, 2013, 15:45 GMT

    ENG has lost focus after winning a couple of Ashes series. Even in the series earlier this series, they did not look intense. They were far inferior side than they were only a year ago when they beat IND in IND. ENG are complacent and they are paying the price for it. AUS has a real chance of making it 4-0 or even 5-0.

  • milepost on December 7, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    @Rajendra, "why has Johnson not been attacked"? Watch the highlight reel of his 16 wickets at 8.6, that should answer your question.

  • on December 7, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    England batting is so weak and finally exposed coz KP is out of form. By far the weakest batting order of all the test teams

  • oze13 on December 7, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    It's very surprising that a 32 year old suddenly starts bowling at 95mph! I wonder what has been the key to his success? Perhaps Boof's coaching?

  • SL-USA-Lions on December 7, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    @ Everyone...

    England is rattled big time. Great bowling by Johnson. But honestly it's just one bowler. Is England that weak?!! Their recent record proves otherwise.

    Honestly THIS RETURN SERIES IS BEING SCHEDULED TOO SOON. I've said that once before. Takes me back to the times of early '80s when WI had to play AUS over and over again to prove a point...

    Maybe it's because a competition between two good teams (ENG vs. AUS now) (WI vs. AUS in '80s) draw the big crowds, more money for the sport and great exposure.

    Or just the fact that AUS is hell bent in regaining the Ashes as they were desperate to dethrone the WI in the '80s.

    All that said I wish ENG showed some more fighting spirit. They just keep on folding after letting the opposition go beyond 500.

    Wish ENG the best to come out of tis hole they are in now... Cricket is a funny sport so you don't know what will happen to the series until the final ball will be bowled. You got to keep on fighting.

    YOU GOT TO EARN THE WIN.

  • on December 7, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    There is no analysis for this shambolic performance by England. They are robbing the cricketing world of one of its great contests by sleeping through this series. Why has Johnson not been attacked ? Why cant England hold simple catches ? This is becoming an embarassment, Engalnd owe the cricketing world an explanation...pathetic....

  • on December 7, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    I am an Indian and quite naturally a fan of my national team but believe me I never wanted the mighty Australians to go the west Indian way and become pedestrian after scaling all the possible cricketing heights.Their never say die spirit in adversity,immense talent and unity define the spirit of modern day competitive cricket.All the cricket administrators should be applauded for nurturing young talent and believing in fringe players that enabled the team to retain its prowess during the transitional phase.Mich,Warner,Clarke,Haddin are all perseverance personified.The current Ashes is all but done for the English.Come on Australia!Let a new chapter in Epic India-Australia rivalry begin.Keep up the momentum.

  • CricketChat on December 7, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Great comeback from Johnson. Hope he takes care of his body and stays healthy because he has reached an age where injuries become increasingly hard to overcome (B. Lee is a good example who stayed on sidelines frequently around the same age as MJ).

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 7, 2013, 15:11 GMT

    If England look they can find inspiration from Dunedin across the sea. Dunedin like adela8ide is a pretty flat surface. All it ook was a bit application from Bravo and the rest. We can do this too if we apply ourselves on this flat flat deck.However it is not just going to happen without the right attitude.Each player needs to know that and not leave it to the rest.

  • BradmanBestEver on December 7, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Lets face it England are just not up to par - they need major change at all levels

  • cricketsubh on December 7, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    drop watson play doolan or huges at no3 aus tour of s.a not far so u need to sattle your no3 position .

  • BradmanBestEver on December 7, 2013, 15:03 GMT

    "the tache" is the difference. Lillees prediction is correct and so is Bothams - it will be 5-zip.

  • RoBoBobster on December 7, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    next test team I want to see; Compton, Carberry, Bell, Joyce, Machan, Wright, Brown, Jordan, Broad, Anderson, Panesar.

  • on December 7, 2013, 14:43 GMT

    This is time to restructure the team before worse things happen.Alastair cook's captaincy is uninspiring and at times unimaginative.Worse for him it seems his batting too is getting effected.only few months this was the same team which was fighting from collapses and playing with all the energies. Perform or perish should be the motto and the big names should raise to the challenges. And their once labelled world no1 keeper batsman is out of all sorts.

  • MeijiMura on December 7, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    The line of thunderstorms currently on its way to Adelaide had better arrive just in time for the start of play tomorrow and wash out at least the first session of play if not more if England are to escape with a draw, that and a committed effort with the bat for the remainder of the Test for the first time in the series. England have been playing pathetically up to this point and every time you think it can't get any worse it does. It's time for England to show some grit and determination and actually show to the world that they are proud to represent their country rather than trash it with the most insipid and spineless three consecutive Test innings in living memory. If there is a fourth capitulation ahead in the second innings of this Test Match then heads should roll - Root's, KP's and Prior's for starters.

  • on December 7, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx, I can't believe you are bagging Watto and Rogers, they set up our first innings here. They are no Hayden or Ponting but Watto is the first guy in what, four years, to bring some sort of consistency to the no.3 slot and Rogers, although looking woeful at times against spin is a man capable of big scores on a consistent basis, something Cowan, Khawaja and Hughes just weren't even looking like delivering. Warner and Smith must be allowed to build into the cornerstones of our top six before we start looking at regenerating the top order again I reckon, there needs to be someone stand up and show they are deserving, we can't just pick on hope when a young bloke averaging 33 hits a pair of tons and a nice 50 and pops his average to 36. Thankfully Boof can see the value of hardened cricketers against the policy of Arthur who simply wanted guys he could mould.

  • KCKCKC on December 7, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Interesting combination that's turned things around. Haddin and Johnson... Game breakers comparable to McGrath And Gilchrist?

  • on December 7, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    hit them hard aussies,,,,

  • HatsforBats on December 7, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Just watching the highlights and two things need commenting on;

    1. The umpires have been excellent. Yes there have been decisions reversed but for each of them there were clear doubts. The DRS has also been faultless.

    2. Bell is such a joy to watch. He has looked liked he's been playing a different game to everyone else, may he continue to make many many more pretty runs.

    p.s. Monty has bowled some absolute peaches! If he could field or bat the main spinners spot might be his.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on December 7, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    @Jatinder Not enforcing the follow on is definitely the right decision here. The next test is at the WACA, Mitch's bread and butter and fast bowlers heaven, and it's only 3 days after this test. If it was in 10 days the follow on would have been enforced gleefully, but given that there were over 2 days left in the test match and the next test is in just 5 days total, this was the only real option. Just because England collapsed doesn't mean they wouldn't nudge Bell to 3 in the second innings. Remember Carberry scored 60, if Bell was at 3 with Carberry out there England could have easily been 1-150 with KP next cab off the rank. Assuming England would go down for 170 again would be a schoolboy error. Not quite as bad as playing Bell at 5, but still pretty bad.

  • on December 7, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    England havent got and pace bowlers there to say our pace has been good is living in denial Anderson and Board arent Fast they are average medium pace Finn and Bresnan are able to swing the ball at pace we have taken young Essex pace Bowler Mills let him have a go. England have got themselves out to many times now Pietersen fell for a trap again Root decided to take offspin on without a sight of him Carberry played well and then got himself out the Ashes are lost

  • shot274 on December 7, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    @nutcutlet. Superbly put!!The era you speak about had a different sense of values-and not just in sport! Players like Steele and Edrich were probably less gifted than some of the present lot but had a sense of determination which central contracts cannot buy. Wouldnt we like to trade all the psychologists, trainers, laptops and coaches for some old fashioned resilience!

  • on December 7, 2013, 13:39 GMT

    I think the main thing that has happened with this Australian side is the re-emergence of Miich as the true genuine fast bowler along with the form of Haddin. Both coincided to make this australian side looks very lethal and dangerous thats what we've seen till now.As far as England team are concerned some stupid decision along with the poor execution of that decision turned this team into a very ordinary side which were favourite at the start of the ashes.5-0 looks very inevitable for this series.

  • on December 7, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    I don't understand, why Australian team didn't go for follow up? Maybe they don't have the confidence or maybe they didn't want to lose the chance of batting again.

  • on December 7, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Has someone kidknapped the real England team and replaced them with lookalikes who'v never played cricket before?

    Although in honesty there have been warnings of this total collapse for a while. Australia could feel that England had lost all belief by the end of the last series this English summer.

    This series has been a perfect storm for England. They have managed to get all but one of their batsmen to turn up completely out of form and at the same time ran into a confident and determined Aussie side with Johnson's Mr Hyde turning up instead of weedy old Dr Jekyll. I can't see past England losing this 4 or 5 nil. Most dissappointing.

  • irishmancricfan on December 7, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    England are being bullied here. Need to stand up and fight fire with fire

  • palla.avinash on December 7, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    One thing i want to say different michel clarke is not good at good left arm spinners.jedeja got him 5 times and now panesar.Brutal stuff from johnson and good to see warner scoring runs under pressure after trott issue , showing he is mental strong enough to keep away of field issue great display from especially there catching which reminded Australia which is to take everything.even good tight bowling from lyon also and good batting from bell who should play at no 3.

  • heathrf1974 on December 7, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    After last Ashes series I said the Sherminator is dead, given Bell's fine performances. Now the Barmy Army may have to change their song for Mitchell Johnson. 'He bowls at the stumps, he bowls at your head, that Mitchell Johnson, the pommies all dread!'

  • on December 7, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    At last,Johnno's mental capabilities are matching up to the physical we've seen over the yearsl We all knew he had a pair now he's living up to it,more of it Johnno and watch Coulter Nile if he gets a game at the WACA.Young big strapping bloke who can bat and is a little dangerous when bowling

  • DJAbacus on December 7, 2013, 13:00 GMT

    As an England supporter I am obviously disappointed with the current situation in the Series but you have to admire Mitchell Johnson. He has been to hell and back and is simply unplayable so far in this Series. Well done. Very inspirational to us all. Keep going no matter how bad things get. Can England find a way to get back on top on him again? That's the challenge for the England team. Should we be more aggressive against him? Perhaps hitting him for fours and sixes in a spell will unsettle him. That's your job KP!!

  • on December 7, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Cook is no doubt a good player, but I really feel that England are missing Strauss the captain.

  • Sathya2108 on December 7, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    If Mitch Can bounce in these pitches then we can only feel for the England batsmen for the next match in perth.. Need Aus to win the series by atleast by 4-0

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on December 7, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    I'd like to add that I think Monty faced Johnson better than any of the rest of the tail from Broad down. At least he tried to get behind it, he just has no batting acumen and never really had a chance, but it had nothing to do with a lack of trying. Even got some bat on it. It felt like he actually wanted to stick around, he simply wasn't capable of it.

    Broad on the other hand...

  • dumb_badman on December 7, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    AUS 5-0

  • milepost on December 7, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    I'm not sure how many failures Root needs for anyone to notice he isn't quite good enough. But please, keep picking him by all means. Prior, well you know already. KP got egoed out again, Cook didn't seem to want to play. It's quite unbelievable that the Ashes could well be returned to Australia after 11-12 days of cricket. Bell outstanding again, Carberry looks like he's good enough but where are the others? All this talk of "we're a tough team to beat" seems a bit silly now. They haven't managed passing 180 let alone the 19 innings stretch without a 400+ score. I'm not trying to rub it in, I am honestly curious what on earth has happened?

  • JG2704 on December 7, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    @ doughyinperth on (December 7, 2013, 11:25 GMT) Rubbish. Prior is just totally out of form , nothing to do with arrogance. In fact it's the total lack of confidence that's his downfall at the moment. The 3 dismissals this series have all been from airy fairy defensive shots , not from attacking shots. He has averaged over 40 in test cricket playing an aggressive brand of cricket and also vs NZ in NZ he proved that he can also play with caution when the situation demands. I agree Prior should be dropped but not for the reasons you say and is one day/T20 specialist Jos more likely to play a long responsible inns than Prior? If you want to have a go at someone for playing reckless cricket there is a guy who has been out 3 times playing careless attacking shots

  • HatsforBats on December 7, 2013, 12:33 GMT

    @ Harmony111, such blather. Yes, Johnson has been bowling this fast (and faster) for years. And in the first test he dismissed Trott (x2), Carberry, KP, and Root. Those are good top/middle order wickets, no? This test he nails the England captain with a peach, their 3rd best batsman and most able to provide substantial resistance, and then demolishes a tail that has been the best in the game for years. Don't confuse the inconsistent & ineffective bowler with the devastating & penetrative one he has been for the majority of his career. With 200+ test wickets under 30, he has more good days then bad.

  • PACERONE on December 7, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    Australia did not even worry about getting Bell out.He kept playing the short lifting ball in the air to third man and they did not employ a third man that might of caught him or even saved four.Watch that they will use it in another inning.

  • dunger.bob on December 7, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    I'm a bit of a closet Monty fan. He's bowled some cracking deliveries to castle Smith and Clarke and his batting was courageous. That dropped catch the other day was pure Monty but he shouldn't have been fielding there in the first place.

    Stuart Broads also a character. That thing today with the sight screen was a classic. Years ago I would have been annoyed with that but today I thought it was funny. I'm not sure what sort of shot that was but it was the perfect one to play after all that messing around.

    Ian Bell is a class act. Calm as you like in any situation it seems. The thing I really like about his batting is that he sets the pace and isn't afraid to counter attack. That's the sign of a really good batsman to me. If a bloke can just walk in to the middle of a storm like that and stamp his own authority in a few overs then he has to be a cut above the rest. He did it with safe but not risk free attack. He's a good player that man.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on December 7, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    The track is already showing ominous signs of wearing down. Is not good news for Eng ears. The manner which the track claimed player like Clarke even Lyon will have his share of grenades at the batsmen. Off course at around 45mph odd.

  • Biggus on December 7, 2013, 12:16 GMT

    @JG2704:-Regarding my musings on a one ball declaration of the Australian second innings, you know what, I don't think there's any way England could have made the runs and I think it could have really messed with the minds of the English team but it's a gimmick and I'm as against it as much as Cook's stuff since it's not the best way to give the best chance at the best possible win, so it was more impish mischief than serious proposition. If not for the three day turnaround I'd have enforced the follow on for sure, tactically the best move IMHO, but the best strategic solution is what we've done, as much as I DO love sharp tactics. I must be getting old, the same thing's happened to my chess. If I make it to 90 or 100 I'll probably have mellowed enough to consider Cook's captaincy quite acceptable.

  • on December 7, 2013, 12:10 GMT

    England's Ashes hopes seem to have gone up in ashes!!.

  • on December 7, 2013, 12:04 GMT

    This is the return of the poor England batting of old no real pace bowlers in the team to scare the Australian team the quickest bowler was Stokes, Anderson is finished as a threat Broad is never going to be a Flintoff time to bring in some performance bowlers the pace of Mills would be good. Top Order just removed themselves Pietersen said have my wicket Root no looking at Lyon just offered his wicket the Carberry after playing fantastic got himself out Prior needs to be dropped Bell promoted to three Broad and Anderson Dropped for real fast bowlers Swann dropped for a Spinner that just doesnt bowl the Arm ball for Six Balls the Ashes are gone

  • Captainman on December 7, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    This Ashes series is so one-sided. England are simply and will always at best be an average side. Cannot believe Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin who are just as fast as Johnson are not even being considered and instead they go with slow guys like Tremlett and Stokes lol

  • __PK on December 7, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    Worse than 06/07. England were on top in Adelaide in 06/07 until Warne and Hussey worked their magic in the last 4 sessions. England have been smashed totally this time around.

  • Rexton87 on December 7, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Fantastic article from David Hopps, almost an elegy. He captures the mood prevailing in Adelaide and around the world wherever cricket is watched with intensity and passion. It may be a sad and reflective reading for England fans but gleeful and memorable for Australian supporters.

  • vipravara on December 7, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    I wonder, if Mitch is this awesome even on relatively the most docile australian pitches like the one at Adelaide oval, what he will be on the fast track like Perth next week? Can England batsman really handle him on Perth at this rate? Mind you, England did not cross 200 mark in the 3 outings (136, 179 & 172) so far in this series.

  • jmcilhinney on December 7, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Before this series started, I was confident that England had the ability to retain the Ashes or even win them outright. I wasn't confident that it would happen because I expected a close, hard-fought series but I considered it a definite possibility. If England lose this Test, as now seems likely, then they will go to Perth, where they were always expected to struggle, with their confidence at rock bottom and Australia's sky high. It's hard to see them turning it around there so 3-0 is looking likely. With that sort of momentum behind them, it's not hard to imagine Australia steam-rolling their way to a whitewash. I'm not giving up hope and will support England all the way, including at the ground for the Sydney game, but I'm prepared for the worst.

  • Wayne_Larkins_Barnet on December 7, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    These headlines make getting out of bed a real treat for Aussies living abroad! With the test hopefuls racking up ton after ton and bagging lots of wickets Australian cricket is looking pretty good after all.

  • doughyinperth on December 7, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    If i were Jos Butler or any other aspiring English WK / batsman i would be working very hard on my game right now as Matt Prior is close to the end of the road. His total arrogance has been his downfall. On the rare occasions he played for Sussex last year he just had a slog in every innings rather than try and bat for a session and then another one like a proper batter. Shame really but i doubt he has the heart to do it and will end up ( like KP) as a worldwide T20 mercenary pretty soon.

  • on December 7, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    Easily can be ranked as one of the best spell of bowling , watched it all , though supporting England , I believe one cannot expect a better competitive cricket than this . Johnson single handedly ripped the English pride and confidence .

  • ReverseSweepIndia on December 7, 2013, 11:16 GMT

    I have empathy for England, we have been in same position of dejected feelings and utter hopelessness thrice in last few years. Twice to Eng home & away and once to Aus. It could become 4 now in SA, what that will not tease that much because young brigade is only going to take better life lessons. Only way back for Eng is to bring fresh blood who can put some added energy which is clearly looking missing here. Probably Ballance, Bresnan & Bairstow in place of Stokes & Panesar & Prior. Eng are conservative but time is for looking out of box, Rankin/Finn in place of Swan will be good bet in Perth. On side note, seeing bowling Johnson bowls with this venom, I am lucky did not chose cricket as profession.

  • Harmony111 on December 7, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    @ModernUmpiresPlz:

    I have not watched the actual match due to timezone differences, I merely looked at the score card and made a few points. Mitch has obviously been scary and must have troubled all those to whom he bowled but Intl Cricket, or any Intl sport for that matter, is played in a zero-margin manner mostly. If Mitch is on top today it could be the opposite tomorrow. Had the 'might have been' happened then the sequence might have been different and something else would have resulted. KP could have faced Mitch in that new scenario, took a few 4s/6s off him and broken his flow.

    I am trying to think from Eng's PoV, I could be fooling there but sports are sometimes about fooling yourself that you can win and sometimes it turns out to be a smart move. This is how Napolean handled the Alps, this is how SA chased 434 if you want a directly relevant example. Mitch is flesh & bone too & he too has a heel. If Achilles was susceptible there then surely Eng can handle Mitch too some way.

  • on December 7, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    Only one fast bowler bowling above 90 and entire England team goes out, now you know why people in the earlier era rate SM Gavaskar above all the batsment because he not only faced the battery of four fearsome fast bowlers from West Indies but overcame them with his technique and mastery!! Hats of to the real Little Master!! Way greater batsman than most of them in the Current era!!

  • warnerbasher on December 7, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    It was a magnificent display of extreme fast bowling but amid the carnage was a masterclass from Bell. Never looked in trouble and it must have been galling for him to play so superbly and watch the events unfold at the other end. Confirms his status as the best player in the English side. Has to bat at 3 in my view. Thought Monty showed up some of the players particularly Broad who would not be proud of his dismissal. Great effort from our boys and a 2 nil lead heading into Perth seemed impossible 2 weeks ago.

  • RVC-38 on December 7, 2013, 11:07 GMT

    @HonestyMatters on (December 7, 2013, 10:26 GMT) If Australia didn't have Johnson... Baloney, if England did not have Bell Australia would already have the ashes.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on December 7, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    With already mountain heap of runs in the book Aus will just have to bat 1 and 1/2 of pre-lunch session. Of course the immediate priority will be to make Warner get to his 100 and then have a little hit out to just frustrate Eng bit more and then declare. On this crumbling pitch it is unlikely we will have day 5 .But a well earned rest id due for Aus players esp. pacers. Time to think of Perth. I will make 2 changes . Watson has to go . Voges comes in for him @ 3. And Cutting/Faulkner in for Lyon in pacy Perth . Is more than best comb. for Aus to take 3-0 at Perth .

  • on December 7, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Tim bresnon shouldve played instead of ben stokes and as england are struggling batting wise ballance shouldve played instead of monty as australia only went with one spinner bell shouldve batted at 3 as he has more experience then root the management and selectors have got it wrong seems like no one from the england side wants to put up a fight the way prior peterson and the lower order of swan broad and anderson are getting out is redicolus . had broad walked when both teams played in england i dont think that the australians wouldve been pumped up this time now all of a sudden the erratic jhonson has found line rythum and venomous bounce thanks to broad. cook carberry bell piterson root ballance bresnon prior swan broad anderson this team shpuld play the next game and if they lose bring in bairstow for prior and give boyd rakin a chance instead of tremlet or broad

  • Beertjie on December 7, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Agree entirely with your comments @Mervo on (December 7, 2013, 4:45 GMT). I am one of the many who wrote him off and feared his inclusion. All hail McJohnson!

  • Kolpak1989 on December 7, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    @2929paul, Somebody actually said KP was England's greatest ever batsman? He's not even the best batsman in this team! Jack Hobbs must be rolling in his grave...

  • on December 7, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    At the time when Cook was appointed captain , I made the comment that it will affect his batting, which we are now seeing. Some suggestions for England. Bell should bat at 3, Cook should only play test cricket and be relieved of the captaincy, since the one day game and captaincy has affected his batting. Once Cook gets back his batting form England will soon restore themselves as a good test team. Johnson is not a consistent bowler. Peterson now will have to show that he is world class by conquering Johnson. I still believe England can come back in this series

  • Harmony111 on December 7, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    I am also happy that Warner is getting some runs. I clearly remember that I had once commented that Warner had the ability to be the best batsman in the world & that I saw about 20 Test 100s in him. He may have had a few bad days as a player and while speaking but he could be just following Ponting in that regard. Given the lacerating tongue of his, he is going in that exact direction. I think he was excessively punished for the Root Punch issue & wrongly censured for that twitter issue. He was again wrongly punished for choosing to skip a FC game ever though he had informed them well in advance of his decision. Somehow CA looked intent in ruining the only truly world class versatile batsman they had. Now that he is getting runs, I hope they ease up on him and give him full space to bloom. Aus would go very far if they allow Warner to go far. He is kind of special.

    JG2704: I have been a fan of Ian Bell for many many years, he is potentially Eng's best (KP+Cook) & as of now, is.

  • JG2704 on December 7, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    @ CustomKid on (December 7, 2013, 9:58 GMT) I love it when folk use the term Roads for flat pitches which are easy to bat on. Just that if you saw the state of some of the actual roads in Plymouth /England (Rough,uneven and potholed) "Road" would be the worst term for a flat pitch

    @Shaggy076 on (December 7, 2013, 10:00 GMT)) Agree - when you're on top you have to do the utmost to stay on top - esp with the series at 1-0. Johnson in particular as he's a confidence bowler and his confidence is sky high at the moment. I'd say keep your best 11 til the Ashes is regained and then if you want to rest these players then all is good. Anyway our batsmen aren't out there for long enough to give your bowlers too much work.

  • on December 7, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Brilliant performance by the Aussies. The English were so arrogant coming into the series some even suggesting a 5-0 drubbing. It may very well be 5-0, but to the Australians.

  • on December 7, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    if pattinson is fit for boxing day match. johnson and patto can destroy England bastman in front of 1lakh spectators

  • Bodders70 on December 7, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    I wish today to announce that the whole country should mourn the death of English cricket. It is to be cremated and the Ashes returned to Australia on December 15th 2013.

    Worse than 2006/7, never thought I'd see it and can only see the same end result. I'm interested to see what changes will come to the England set-up after, I assume Flower will go but is this the end of Prior? Will KP change his mind? Interesting times. Well played Australia though, a complete destruction and thrashing.

  • latecut_04 on December 7, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Eng badly need a grafter like Dravid/Kallis.Technically supreme,determined for big scores.Unfortunately for them their regular No:3 (who wasn't in form any way)is unavailable.Did any one notice Mitch's ordinary first spell?If he had one more like that I think Eng wouldn't have been where they are right now.The need of the hour was for Cook to show up and Mitch got him out in the most brutal (for a batsman) and fulfilling(for a bowler)way.THAT was the turning point.KP needs to turn the tables and make his 100th test match memorable.At the moment it is all set to be forgettable.Also it is not like Eng have suddenly become poor.Its just that their flaws are being exploited to the hilt by the opposition away from their comfort zone.To exploit Aus batting fragility Eng themselves need to bat great.The fact is they haven't done that in the last FEW tests(not only this series.)Com eon KP score an aggressive double and allow Cook to score a daddy 100.Bell's runs will be icing on the cake !!!

  • RVC-38 on December 7, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Johnson on Anderson the sledge you have when you don't need a sledge.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on December 7, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    @Harmony You make a fair point, one that I also considered myself, but also remember that he had Carberry out LBW but Australia chose not to review, Bell mishit a drive that fell just short of cover on the second hat trick ball as well as rapping him on the gloves (which I rate, as Bell is a classy batsman and by far my greatest worry as an Australian supporter), and he never actually bowled a ball to KP. The only one who faced a lot of balls from MJ and didn't get out was Root, and he was hit on the chest and beaten past the outside edge more than a few times.

    The fact he took 7 wickets and could have easily had Bell, Root and Carberry at certain points says it all for me. The only one who was never troubled by him was KP, for obvious reasons.

  • kepler22b on December 7, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    There are some ill informed comments on this site re Johnson.

    He smashed a very good Saffa team a few years back and then a combination of injuries and a loss of technique set him back.

    He bowled really well in India both during the IPL and the recent one day series.

    His return to form is not a surprise to anybody who watches all forms of the game and all teams.

    And what many teams should be scared of is that both Cummins and Pattinson are pretty quick too.

  • HonestyMatters on December 7, 2013, 10:26 GMT

    Aussies may well be on top and Johnson may have well earned his academy award for the "Best Paceman of the Year". Seeing bowling at extreme speeds is often synonymous to good cricket the modern times, is debatable. Take Johnson away and this series would have been a different story so far. Australia would be my all-time favorite if anyone could answer the question "Could Aussie batsmen play Johnson any better?".

  • Nutcutlet on December 7, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Great drama! Immortal fast-bowling! An absolute vindication of Test cricket being the greatest form of the game! I was locked to my sofa -- mesmerised, wondering between overs, whether the ghosts of Larwood & Jardine were in attendance, at Adelaide of all places. I wondered too, how, in another age, England's timid & shell-shocked batsmen would have faced Mitchell Johnson without helmets & other designer-armour. Make no mistake, with the honourable exceptions of Carberry, Bell & even poor battered Monty, no other England players showed the old-fashioned guts & raw courage of their braver predecessors, like David Steele, John Edrich, Brian Close, Dennis Compton & Colin Cowdrey: they took it & battled on, bruised but unbowed. The modern players may choose to scoff & ignore such 'distant' comparisons, but I tell you this, for all their inflated stats & salaries, there are players in this England team who need to look with renewed respect at those whose boots they are attempting to fill.

  • dunger.bob on December 7, 2013, 10:22 GMT

    I'd like to mention Dave Warner's contribution today. A ripper of a catch and 85 off 120 or so. .. I believe that if England had rolled us sub-100 it could have kick started their currently stalled engine. At 2/4 I was starting to worry. .. Warner with his 85 n.o hasn't exactly put us beyond their reach because we were already there. What it did do I reckon is snuff out the last remaining hope England had of winning the game. .. If the had rolled us for, say, 65 it would have been a 450 chase. .. Practically impossible but still vaguely in sight if you can bat out of your skins. Warner effectively let the last of the air out of their tyres with that little gem. .. I've been a critic in the past but he's played well in this series so far. Good on him.

  • on December 7, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    The Aussies have only got better with Boof running the show. Shows what a difference the coach makes!

  • 64blip on December 7, 2013, 10:04 GMT

    Ouch! Wasn't expecting that when I woke up. Bell to 3, Bairstow in for Prior, Bresnan for Stokes and Ballance in at 6. And hope. What a renaissance for Mitchell Johnson.

  • Shaggy076 on December 7, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    The funny thing in the preview, so many Australian fans thought we should rest Harris and JOhnson play and play for a draw. they reasoned Mitch would be not effective on this pitch and Harris is injury prone. What a stupid idea that was and completely proven now, when you take the advantage over an opponent you dont let up and the reason for the advantage is Johnson. Anyway this Adelaide wicket, in its infancy has been great so far, good for batting, takes turn and if you bend your back you can get something out of it. All in all an excellent test wicket.

  • on December 7, 2013, 10:00 GMT

    I haven't seen fast bowling quite like this in Australia since New Zealand quick Shane Bond terrorised the Aussies #keep it up MJ

  • CustomKid on December 7, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    I don't care what happens for the rest of the series I just witnessed live at the ground one of the all time epic spells. On a pitch that represents Anzac hwy ( local road in adelaide) Mitchell Johnson just went to another level. Tough guy broad thinking he was getting a rib tickler moved too far across and saw leg pole bent back. As for Anderson, for get the broken arm, the fact Mitch said nothing and just glared was the highlight of the day. The only down side was jimmy getting two cheap scalps. Rogers was a genuine one but watsons was very poor. Tip my hat to bell who is a class act despite having a few lucky moments. He is a no brainer for No.3. Anyways like said I don't care what happens from hear on in, that was WI esk circa 1970-80's.

  • 2929paul on December 7, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    What was most disappointing was the soft dismissals of Root and KP. Root did all the hard work then top edged a sweep to deep square when so many other options were on. KP just frustrates the hell out of me. I don't hold with this "greatest ever England batsman" talk we had when he played his 100th Test. He gives his wicket away too often and whilst he has played some great innings, he just hasn't been consistent through a full series, like Bell last summer, or Cook in 10/11. Perhaps he'll prove me wrong from here on in.

    At least Bell is proving he's our best batsman at the moment. Why he wasn't put at three I'm not sure. He proved against India two years ago how good he'd be in at first drop and he's always wanted that slot.

  • mickjim on December 7, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    Who remembers Nick Compton now? He was treated badly by England and should have played in the summer. It was obviously a mistake to put Root up the order. Having said that Compton is not the answer to England;s problems. All the England batsmen have decent records but they have a history of failing against any class bowling be it half decent spin, swing or high pace. When they were at their best in Australia in 2010-11 and against India at home in 2011 they were excellent but it must be pointed out the opposition was weak, particularly the bowling. The next year they imploded against Pakistan's spin and in the first test against Sri Lanka. They couldn't handle South Africa's attack last year and in the summer Australia's bowling was generally very good and apart from Bell no one stood up to them. For the past few years England's bowlers have bailed out the batsmen by winning matches but that now seems to be taking it's toll.

  • shot274 on December 7, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Spineless batting,right hander at the top, change in personnel- al sorts of remedies are being suggested. The fact is that there are 22 players on the field and one, Johnson, has virtually made it a no contest. In many ways individual brilliance has always been the beauty of this game and the difference between sides. This is another example of it; if one is neutral(or Aussie) you can simply sit back and feast your eyes to a spectacular display of fast bowling. if on the other hand,you are an English fan then early termination of the tour on health and safety grounds may be the only way out!!!

  • Wayne_Larkins_Barnet on December 7, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    To those who mocked Mitchell Johnson, he has taken 16 wickets at and average of 8.93 in the series. What do you make of that?

  • shrusam on December 7, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Never quite imagined that the English would ever bundle out so cheaply...lack of application and confidence. But then, they have just 3 quality batsmen, and of them one is taking this contest as a prestige issue and trying to outsmart instead of keeping his cool and dig his team out of trouble - I am referring to KP here. cook too preoccupied with what his strategy should be when his team bowls to Aussies...so preferring to go back to pavilion to strategies further. Bell seems so cool and confident while playing Mitch, he needs partners who can hang around with him.

    Having said this, it's Aussies at their best - their batting being held well with Warner, Clarke and Haddin in top form. I don't have hope on the English batsman and wish Anderson, Broad and Swann bowl to their potential and restrict Australian batsman - a score of 250 is what English batsman will be comfortable playing with.

  • shrusam on December 7, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    Never quite imagined that the English would ever bundle out so cheaply...lack of application and confidence. But then, they have just 3 quality batsmen, and of them one is taking this contest as a prestige issue and trying to outsmart instead of keeping his cool and dig his team out of trouble - I am referring to KP here. cook too preoccupied with what his strategy should be when his team bowls to Aussies...so preferring to go back to pavilion to strategies further. Bell seems so cool and confident while playing Mitch, he needs partners who can hang around with him.

    Having said this, it's Aussies at their best - their batting being held well with Warner, Clarke and Haddin in top form. I don't have hope on the English batsman and wish Anderson, Broad and Swann bowl to their potential and restrict Australian batsman - a score of 250 is what English batsman will be comfortable playing with.

  • on December 7, 2013, 9:27 GMT

    Redemption for Johnson.....satisfaction for D K Lillee.....pleasant afterglow for me...and all Aussie cricket fans....Awesome display.....

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 7, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    @MichaelHouse "Nick Compton must be having a quiet chuckle. he never gives his wicket away." Apart from his last 6 innings he played for England when he didn't even manage a score of 20 v A inexperienced NZ attack ? I agree he should definitely be in the camp instead of likes of Ballance but it does make me laugh whenever a side is losing and people start talking about other players like they're world beater's . . .

  • on December 7, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    As a massive fan of English cricket and the England team this entire series to date has been extremely unpleasant to watch. The bowlers are looking jaded, and because England selected the wrong back up options we have nowhere to turn, no credible alternative. The batting has been dodgy for a while but until recently I remained convinced that there were too many good players in the line up for it to keep failing. Worst of all, most of the England team look intimidated facing up to MJ. Looking at most of the batting order today it was clear that they would rather have been anywhere else - might be time to grant that wish for a few of them.

    Well played Australia also...!!!!

  • Nandu_Athadu on December 7, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    what a fine display of fast and furious bowling...epic moment in Cricket...watching a fast bowler coming at a batsman at full pace and agression is a treat to our eyes...this kind of bowling is lacking these days compared to old days of 70s and 90s...and that is the reason you see batsmen scoring freely these days..these days we only have Steyn from SA, Mitch (on his day) from Aus who have raw pace with Steyn an excepion as he has super control over the ball...

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on December 7, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Good job not enforcing f/o and to bat 2nd time by Clarke . Though top 2 threw their wickets away ,missing a chance to milk pedestrian and tired attack for big runs. But , young Warner has shown maturity and played a solid inngs. and looks good to get to his ton early tom. He has made amends after missing out on a big 1 in 1st inngs . in great batting conditions .He's mixed natural attacking strokes with sense ,application ,and decent tech.,all good signs for Aus batting and signs of a maturing player.All he has to do is get his eye in and work his way to well deserved 2nd 100 of series and then have a bit of fun at expense of Eng. A mini carnage from Davy will give a huge score to bowl to and declare at lunch . And then time for the real carnage . It's yet to come . Don't think we will need a day 5 though . Aus bowlers can take well deserved break . And to Perth for 3-0 .

  • Herath-UK on December 7, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    Eng are folding up like a team with no backbone and Cooks & Peterson's form worrying. A man's moustache should not make them shake in their boots and to make matters worse, Panesar's one is making the opposition feel stronger! Ranil Herath - Kent

  • disco_bob on December 7, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Perth: Root, Carberry, Cook, Bell, Pietersen, Stokes, Bairstow, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Anderson

  • JG2704 on December 7, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    @Biggus on (December 7, 2013, 4:50 GMT) Yes , I remember that NZ debacle. It was the one time when I wanted the result to go against England. How lucky they were that the weather wasn't as bad as forecasted and the NZ batsmen were as bad then as ours are now - well maybe not that bad. Re the declaration - it would send a message but I think the main issue is to give the bowlers rest - not that they've had much work to rest from

    @ Harmony111 on (December 7, 2013, 8:24 GMT) Indeed - well done on keeping faith with Bell , all credit to you

  • Jagger on December 7, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    Never underestimate the auspicious talents one Darren Lehmann brings to the table. The boys are enjoying their cricket once again. So are we.

  • JG2704 on December 7, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    @ Garp - You're talking rubbish man. The test series finished late August - not mid July as you put in your 1st post and I reckon most - if not all - would have played either in the ODIs or some other form of cricket in September when our season finishes and then started again in November in the WU games so that brings it down from 6 months (as you originally said) to 2. This is probably no different prep from what they did last time they played down order where they won 3-1. Just this time the 2 sides are in totally different form

    @ Shan156 on (December 7, 2013, 3:38 GMT), Do you mean Carberry as opposed to Bairstow who didn't play? Get your drift though

  • Cool_Jeeves on December 7, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    Today's batsmen have not been challenged enough by the great fast bowling types as today's quicks like Steyn focus on length, and batsmen like full length bowling as the most they can lose is their wickets. When Johnson makes the ball kick up like that it becomes impossible to tackle. Old fashioned strokes like hook are difficult for batsmen these days - they keep top edging. Today the lap dance and the pull, the paddle sweep, the Dilscoop are the strokes in fashion, and these dont work against Johnson types. But he is the last of this breed. Maybe Morkel once in a while. Others like Pattinson are length types. They dont break bones. But nothing to raise the pulse rate like a good old fashioned bone crusher.

  • on December 7, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    while perth test ahead,johnson & clarke is unstoppable at the moment, england are nearing 0-3 defeat against australia,

  • on December 7, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    What Johnson and Brad Haddin have been eating for the last few months? They were down and out in my books.

  • jackiethepen on December 7, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    Time to move Bell up the order. Is it so hard to realise that Root was wrongly promoted ahead of Bell? How frustrating for the majority of fans who have urged the management to select Bell for 3. If Flower had taken that decision as soon as Trott went home it would have prevented all the indecision which must have played on the nerves of young Root. He's 22. He was batting more comfortably at 6. It was an inexplicable decision supported by some pundits. Bell needs to bat ahead of KP who is coming in too early. Bell at 3 or 4. He's wasted down the order. And urgent assessment needs to be made about Prior. I thought Panesar did well to stick in but Bell needs partnerships. Where are they?

  • Buggsy on December 7, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    Another good day for Australia, but how long do we have to put up with Watson's mediocrity? Johnson may be giving one or two other players more chances than they deserve.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on December 7, 2013, 9:02 GMT

    Welcome to Fast bowling hall of fame ,Mitch ! After brief wilderness , Mitch is back to the bowler he threatened to be when as a special young talent he forced his way in the mighty Aus team -towards the fag end of the 'golden era' . Finally he repaid the heady complement by none other than 1 of the greatest of al - Sir Lillee - terming him famously '1 in a gen.' Well, he is 1 as he showed today - there is only 1 Mitch in the world and Steyn apart no pacer any where in his class. After the heady days when Akhtar and Lee light up cricket world with their express deliveries ,there was a void when they finished . After a lull we have 1 just as menacing - not maybe that quick -and mentioned in same breath. Scary thing is he seems have terrific fitness and also is durable unlike those 2 . And we will have treat of seeing many more days like today -bad news for batsmen world over - as well as play a big role in many series wins for Aus . And off course a few more of Ashes wins as well .

  • Warm_Coffee on December 7, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    Australia are a beast at home to any team. I remember SA toured last year and though they lost the series only 'just' they still dominated the world number 1 team most of the time at home. And for an overrated team like England fancying their chances down under with shear load of confidence is going to haunt them and it has turned out true now. Despite playing far more tests than anybody else, England are yet to be ranked the worlds best test team and looks likely to lose the Ashes and good on them.

  • SanjayOkhade on December 7, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Somebody ask botham what happen to England.It seems that Australia will whitewash England this series.

  • OneEyedAussie on December 7, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Huge selection blunders from England, bad luck and poor form have led to their current predicament. Firstly, playing two spinners was a big gamble on the toss and the unpredictable nature of the pitch. The toss was lost and Panesar/Swann lacked penetration on day 1/2. The selection of Stokes as a third seam option was also a mistake - should have went with Broad, Anderson, Swann, Tremlett and used Root as a second spin option and reinforced the batting with either Ballance or Bairstow. Why oh why was Bell not batting at three? Secondly, it is hard to believe this England team of seasoned professionals form could be this bad. The dropped catches; Cook, Prior and KP looking like they couldn't buy a run and etc. The word jaded has been thrown around, but most of these players have had a good 2 month rest after the English series. Maybe there is something going on in the background we don't know about (i.e. vs SA/Pietersen style)?

  • Harmony111 on December 7, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    A look at the score card shows that while Mitch has been on fire he took only one top order wicket here, that of Cook. The other 6 were that of a debutant, a wk in hopeless form and other tail enders. I am not trying to pull Mitch down cos I have been a big fan of his since he got Sachin out in a DLF Cup Tournament in Singapore several years back but from England's point of view they got to think that they can handle Mitch. Keep in mind cricket is a game that sometimes levels the greats with the midgets. Eng must show tenacity and must show they can handle and even tame Mitch. Don't forget Mitch is a player of many colors, hit him on his raw nerve and his weaker self will come out. If he is a lion at the moment then Eng need to roar back at him. Guys like KP, Bell should use hammer to help Cook etc in using the scalpel later on.

    Eng have been a good side for 4-5 years and it was not mere gas. They can come back provided they want to come back and want to face Mitch.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on December 7, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    @FFL Just out of curiosity, if England folded only twice, was the 136, 179 or 172 a success?

    And as for the people talking about England bouncing back in Perth, I would be laughing at you if not for Anderson's spell this afternoon. Seriously though, why has he started bowling 10-15kph faster in the second innings of the second test out of the blue? This confuses me greatly, it was as though he was sleep bowling until then and I can't for the life of me figure out what happened.

  • Potatis on December 7, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    Australia need to find a way to get Bell out. He is very solid with no real sign of weakness. For now they have to rely on getting the bloke down the other end out, which is working well for now, but if Cook and KP play like they can, there might be some big partnerships ahead.

  • cric_J on December 7, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Re Johnson being the main reason for England's disastrous performance today, I must say I have to disagree but just slightly.

    Out of our core batsmen, the top 5 that is, Mitch got only Cook and that too yesterday (with an absolute gem I must add). His other wickets were Stokes (on test debut), Prior (horribly out of form) and the bowlers.What I mean is the men that Mitch got were generally not expected to score much anyway. It was the top 5 who had to stand up. Two of them, Carbs and Bell did that. But Joe, KP and Cooky didn't. I could excuse Joe probably because he's been shuffled too much around the order and has still played just 14 matches. But the real men who haven't been anywhere near what's expected of them are KP and Cooky.

    Mind you I'm not trying to play down Mitch's stellar effort on a flattish deck. It's not a cake walk to run through a batting order, even if it's the lower order and tail. But out of the 5 big wickets, Mitch got just one. IMO his Gabba effort rates higher

  • on December 7, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Lots of drooling over Johnson but it's England who continue to gift Australia every advantage. Flower has lost the plot, sack him mid stream and let's try to salvage something from this debacle against a still fragile Australian team. Dont forget their recent miserable batting displays in England and in the previous three series which they have lost. Their current strength isn't Johnson but the all round discipline of the whole bowling attack. Brett Lee was consistently faster than Johnson and also had his golden periods which is all this is. Bell seemed to cope well so can everyone else but something isn't right behind the scenes. In Perth England will need the pace they've brought with them and perhaps make a left field choice. Finn and Tremlett are both now just medium. Bairstow must replace Prior and Root has to be allowed to setle in one position for a period. Swann and Panesar perhaps have also had their day.

  • on December 7, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Australia's Ranking will go up if and when we manage to put in a couple of consistent series both at home and away. Arguing about being ranked 2 down to 6 is all a bit redundant as South Africa are so far ahead of the rest at the moment that we are just fighting for the crumbs.

    Despite the claims of so many of the Indian posters that like to turn discussions about other games into a Indian Lovefest - the Indian team is like so many of the other world teams at the moment - good enough to look like world beaters on their one pitches, but found out big time when they travel.... just like the Aussies have been in recent tours.

  • rajuramki on December 7, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Before the start of the first test of the Ashes , I had expressed my gut feel ( My mail was not published by the author ) that Johnson is going to be very difficult for the English to handle . It was obvious that Johnson was hell bent on proving to the selectors that he is one of the best in the business . He started his contribution with the bat on day 1 of the series and has been contributing with the ball in every innings . I am certain that the English will find it more and more difficult to handle Johnson in the rest of the series . This England team is not as good as it was thought to be and the series will end with a scoreline of 4-0 in favour of Australia and Flower may even be relieved of his role as a coach .

  • Harmony111 on December 7, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    A look at the score card shows that while Mitch has been on fire he took only one top order wicket here, that of Cook. The other 6 were that of a debutant, a wk in hopeless form and other tail enders. I am not trying to pull Mitch down cos I have been a big fan of his since he got Sachin out in a DLF Cup Tournament in Singapore several years back but from England's point of view they got to think that they can handle Mitch. Keep in mind cricket is a game that sometimes levels the greats with the midgets. Eng must show tenacity and must show they can handle and even tame Mitch. Don't forget Mitch is a player of many colors, hit him on his raw nerve and his weaker self will come out. If he is a lion at the moment then Eng need to roar back at him. Guys like KP, Bell should use hammer to help Cook etc in using the scalpel later on.

    Eng have been a good side for 4-5 years and it was not mere gas. They can come back provided they want to come back and want to face Mitch.

  • on December 7, 2013, 8:43 GMT

    it starts with a bad team selection for the tour but really the body language of England players suggests that some are near the end of their Test careers- namely-Pieterson-Swann,Trott,Prior and Anderson. Basically,thats the hub of the team,and I dont see some ready made replacements waiting to come in. However,Johnson and his pace makes a big difference-he would take their batters out too!!!!

  • on December 7, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Nick Compton must be having a quiet chuckle. he never gives his wicket away. England need his grit.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on December 7, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    England have not just folded but been blown away like a house of cards in a force 12 gale. Fans looking for normal serviceto be resumed have had an early Christmas present.

  • millsy24 on December 7, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Eight8 Wow, nicely said. I think in the last Ashes, our bowlers had worked out really good plans and stuck to them, especially for Cook, Trott, Prior and to a lesser extent, Pietersen. They are basically doing the same here, but just at faster pace. Bell has been class though today, Carberry I think has been good and was unlucky to get out to a brilliant catch, and god bless Monty. He's not the most athletic, nor the best fielder, but has pretty much outbowled Swann in this game, he hasn't been impressive at all on pitches that don't suit him. Anderson looks washed out and nowhere near as good as he was. Broad needs to learn how to cool down and not get so angry. Johnson is the only bowler that was able to get bounce and decent movement at great pace. Maybe Bell should play at 3 and that may give Cook a bit more confidence, Root is going to be good in the future, but isn't up to it at the moment. Pietersen, again his ego dictated and he got out exactly the same way again.

  • balajik1968 on December 7, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    The star of this series if Australia come up trumps, which looks likely, will be Johnson. To think that 6 months ago, he was not in the team management's radar. Shows cricket is a funny game. I freely admit that I thought England would win this series. But I did not expect such a listless performance from England, considering that they are a pretty well-drilled team. That said, it is premature to celebrate Australia's revival, considering that it has been on the back of quite a few players in their 30's.

  • DJAbacus on December 7, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    The challenge to England is to somehow reverse the momentum and get back into this series. Whatever the final result in this Test, England must bat better in the second innings. How to cope with the pace of Johnson is the problem. If Australia go 2-0 up then England will need to win the next Test in Perth. If they do the whole series will be back in the balance. That is what England need to do. Forget about the previous 8 days and focus purely on winning the next 17 days.

  • on December 7, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Well today was pivotal in the series. If England were going to make a fight of it, they had to bat well today and at least get a draw. Instead, Australia bowled fast and England crumbled. I don't think England can retain the Ashes but they need to find a way to keep some self-respect. They can start by getting behind the line and not throwing their wickets away, then they might reach 200. But perhaps not...

  • cric_J on December 7, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Horror day for England yet again.Being 9 down for 135 on a more than decent batting wicket takes some doing. Agreed that Mitch bowled really well, but this wicket is no WACA or Wanderers, for heaven's sake ! The fact that the Aussies bowled well is no excuse for some of the hopeless shots that we played.

    KP has played 100 tests now and is the best England batsman of the last decade IMO. But he's got out to that shot 4/5 times in his last 10/12 innings.

    Prior now has 11 single digit scores in the last 17 innings, 6 of which are ducks. More alarmingly, he has faced just 73 balls in those 11 innings, 29 of which came in a single innings. How can he score when he doesn't STAY ?

    Thank goodness at least Carbs showed some fight and take a bow Belly lad. Monty's hour long stay ensured none of the England bats dare to look him in the eye.

    I'm a pretty patient, forgiving supporter, but I'm running out of all that now. This was as spineless an effort as any you'd get.

    This was as spineles

  • HonestyMatters on December 7, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Johnson must have somehow "escaped" a Steroid test for someone who bowled consistently at that pace. Besides, I was crying out loud to all the English selectors before the Ashes not to have two-lefties start your innings. This was disaster written all over. Your opening batsmen cannot be playing into the hands of the Aussies. You are immediately sitting ducks when you select two lefties to open in Australia (regardless of how well you had managed in the past - Strauss-Cook). Change, for god sake, the openers to right-left combination.

  • on December 7, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    Johnson version.3 is one of the greatest bowler in the world. What a form he is having :)

  • on December 7, 2013, 8:26 GMT

    England need to take lessons from this and tweak the line up. I am thinking some small changes. A new wicket keeper would be good and 4 new bowlers. The entire 'batting' line up bar Bell is a must.

    This is going to be a long winter for England.

  • Harmony111 on December 7, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    Mitch must be on some special diet, isn't he? He was fast but he never used to be this fast 3 yrs back. At the moment, Eng seem to have no answers to what he is throwing (ok, bowling) at them. When Warner said that he could see fear in Eng players' eyes, was he really right? Are Eng batsmen afraid of facing Mitch? How long can Mitch sustain his high pace bowling and esp his peak form? Aus would want him to play all 5 tests ideally. And would any Eng fan tell me what has happened to Jimmy Anderson, supposedly the #2 bowler in the world just behind Steyn, An English All Time Great and who is having the best years of his life nowadays?

    I really thought KP would be able to handle Mitch but I am happy that at least Ian Bell showed my faith in him was valid.

    But seriously, has Mitch found some magic potion? And did he spill a few drops that one Biggus lapped up cos he is acting like the toad that begins to croak cos a few drops of rain have fallen on him after a long long dry season.

  • BiSymonds on December 7, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Sir Ian Botham and his 5-0 prediction ... England's decade of domination ... silent assassins ... We can play the West Indies bowlers from 70s ... muahahahahaha

    Four years of good cricket midst decades of rot and that got English to think that they are legends. Serves them right.

  • manishwa on December 7, 2013, 8:22 GMT

    Great bowling Mitch - although even Agarakar has picked up 6 wickets here.

  • wellrounded87 on December 7, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Coming into this series i had my doubts about 4 players. Watson, Smith, Bailey and Johnson (Were it up to me i'd be playing Faulkner, Doolan, Hughes and Cutting).

    Johnson has well and truly proved me wrong. And i couldn't be happier. I used to be a big fan of Johnson after seeing his performances against SA and also in Perth against England a few years ago but i quickly grew tired of his inconsistency and fragile mental state. He has truly turned a corner i think and finally bowling to his potential, not only has he cemented his place in the team but he's first pick for sure.

    Jury is still out on Bailey, he played well in first innings but threw his wicket away and looked completely out of sorts at the gabba. Smith and Watson have done nothing to prove me wrong. I used to be a big fan of Watto but the experiment is over, he's never going to live up to his talent and his bowling is good enough to keep his spot. Smith is another NSW player who never deserved selection to begin with.

  • dunger.bob on December 7, 2013, 8:17 GMT

    @ Insightful2013: You're right about one thing. Mitch Johnson is no Akram or Marshall. He is however 100% Mitch Johnson who, believe it or not, can gut a batting list before they can blink . .. The South Africans, who know a thing or two about fast bowling, have seen this Mitch come out to play and they have more respect for him than any other team. I think England might be about to join the club.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 7, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    To fold twice is awful from England, full credit to Johnson for taking advantage of the situation. Englands' fans are waiting for normal Ashes service to be resumed, by the looks of it they're going to have to keep waiting a little longer.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 7, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Well played Aussies. After a hiatus of a year or so, the real England is back in full force - can't face pace, can't play spin. Beginning of THE era that we all are so used to since our childhood.

  • just_a_fan on December 7, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    Seems like many Aussies would rather not have M. Johnson in the team. Ind govt should give him an Ind passport..we could certainly use him. lol

  • Eight8 on December 7, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Wow, this humble pie tastes bad. After talking up my team pre series, it is abundantly clear now that the writing was on the wall for the final 3 tests in the northern Ashes. England's performance there was papering over cracks now laid brutally bare. If it wasn't for weather and a freakish spell by Broad we could have inexplicably surrended the Ashes 3-2 after leading 2 zip. Only thing to do is be realistic and realise that our brief stint in the sun is now long behind us. Aussies far to good.

  • Captain_Tuk_Tuk on December 7, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    Australia have the most balanced Test attack according to the conditions and with Perth Test to come with pace and bounce in the pitch I doubt England can make a comeback they can only narrow the defeat margin by how much that the question? And it would have been better if Clarke imposed a follow on and won by and innings.

  • drpramit on December 7, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Well the match is not over yet, we have seen how WI have drawn their match against Nzl. Aus will probably declare after 30-40 min play tomorrow. Eng has to play 5&1/2 session to save this test & i think they have class players like cook bell, KP & Root who can play & play. Similarly the series is not over yet, in Perth Aus have upper hand no doubt but Eng can equally exploit those conditions. what they need is to add another fast bowler Finn/Tremlet instead of swann/panesar. In melbourne & sydney i think Eng can defeat Aus, those wkts will suit Eng bowlers more.

  • Gopies64 on December 7, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    @Martin - before you make fun of Johnson's overall bowling record you may wish to check your facts. 229 wickets @ 29.33. That is not just a few good tests. Compare him with Broad 228 wickets @ 30.21 and you see what I mean. Yes, he has had some bad tests but he has been a good bowler over his career.

  • on December 7, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    @Fummy : Actually I couldn't believe people were talking up the idea of a follow-on. There's pretty much nothing to be gained - England do not have the bottle to bat two days straight (Let alone two-and-a-half). Australia need more time at the wicket against the red ball. Australian bowlers need rest. English bowlers need more. The wickets will be easier to take when the wicket breaks down. If the wickets are easier to take, Australia's paceman get a better break before Perth.

    I never thought there was any decision. Bat until 5-10 overs before lunch tomorrow. Then, on Clarkey's signal, unleash hell.

  • on December 7, 2013, 7:59 GMT

    How come no follow on? :S :/

  • BradmanBestEver on December 7, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    Let's face it - England have been shown up for the pretenders that they are- and have been for some time. Vastly overrated.

    Good against weak opposition but against better quality they are sub-standard.

    Back to the drawing board lads.

  • Redbackfan on December 7, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    I have to admit when Johnson was picked for the Gabba I thought oh no here we go again bowl great in patches and then spray em after that. Hats off Mitch your line has been perfect, on the stumps or just outside off bouncer or fuller length. Keep it up Mitch and don't lose the mo. Lyon has another dropped catch that's 2 for the series we feel for you. Bailey looked good with the bat in the first innings but he Rogers and Smith all need to step up and be consistent. @disco_bob totally agree mate Watson should go he's not mentally up to test cricket. I would rather Hughes than Watson cause I don't think we need an all rounder and Watson isn't top 6 material. It's funny how Lyon and Hughes are the scape goats and get dropped when we are losing yet others are persisted with.

  • xtrafalgarx on December 7, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    I'm an Australian fan, but even this yapping has gone too far. We are a decent side at the moment but not good yet. Bailey looks good but we have done ourselves a disservice by picking another middle order player, Watson is not a number three and Rogers is struggling.

    It's last chance saloon for Rogers this series, we need a younger top order player. The only one who is anywhere near ready is Hughes with a double hundred and a hundred this season, I want him to open but there is no where to put Watson.

    Watson is a key player, but he is not consistent enough as a batsmen so he should be at no.6 but Bailey is there now, so we may be stuffed, so he has to open because Rogers isn't cutting it for mine.

    Warner, Watson, Hughes, Clarke, Smith, Bailey, Haddin, Johnson, Harris, Siddle, Lyon.

  • maddy20 on December 7, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    I expected Aus to do better in Aus than in England(where I felt the pitches were on the slower side) and thought may be, just may be they can win a couple of matches. But what we got is a massacre! England looks as clueless as India was , last time we toured there. Its about time they gave up the medium pacers like Stokes, Anderson and went with genuine pace of Finn and Rankin. If they don't then this Ashes series will continue to be one-sided. They won't win the series. I don't see England winning at Perth. But atleast they can salvage some pride!

  • shijin1429 on December 7, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Come on England bat solid in second innings,look 4 a draw,kp,beel,cook 2 of 3 want to play long lasting innings,we won series against India after losing 1st test,somebody say the ENG era ends dnt care ,we lost just 1 match after losing to pak and nz we done it in india so we can,once again a big lesson catches won matches,ithn puting prior at no3 is agood option

  • on December 7, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    great work Aussies! England seem to have real problems with their bowling and batting!

  • PrasPunter on December 7, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    @England-Have-No-Johnson, dont think Starc is anyway close to MJ when Mitch is on song. I expected that Starc would be more than handful in England but he disappointed big time. Pattinson was full of words and nothing else, eventually coming back injured. MJ was much worse when he was dropped 3 years in Adelaide and not many liked the prospect of him playing the Ashes at home !! But how things have changed !! If Aus go on to win the series from here, it will be Mitch'es Ashes like how they used to fondly describe 1981 as Botham's.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on December 7, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    @Martin Nosworthy I think you misunderstand what you're watching. The MJ of the past was occasionally on target, even at the best of times. You'd get maybe 4-5 decent balls if you were lucky and then one or 2 sprayed (that seemed to be the ones that grabbed wickets with someone flashing wildly outside off at a full and wide one), but he had enough going to take wickets anyway. And I'm talking at the BEST of times. In his spells in the last 2 tests, other than his very first one in the first test have been well directed, for Johnson they have been incredibly well directed. Even the somehwat wild start he had at the Gabba wasn't any worse than his usual bowling in the past. He is much improved, and it is clear. These 2 tests weren't a flash in the pan, comparing him to the man of many years ago is just a standard doubters perspective, not one based on reality.

  • DickCam on December 7, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    England will need to bring some body bags for the Perth test. Bring it on!

  • Anderson_Edward on December 7, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Martin Nosworthy : So much mediocrity yet, he has a better career average than Anderson who has been likened as the second best bowler in the world. Its simple he had 3 very good years, two bad years, then was out of cricket for 12 months injured and hasnt put a foot wrong since his return. Ponting had two bad years but is renowned rightly as a champion. Looks like Mitch is going to take us to an Ashes victory, on top of knocking over South Africa in South Afirca. He is a champion in my eyes.

  • Front-Foot-Clunge on December 7, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    Regardless of whether Johnson is hitting a purple patch, finding form, or just taking advantage of a lazy and apathetic England team, this is the stuff of Ashes legend. Don't give em an inch, buddy.

  • milepost on December 7, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    By the end of this match Johnson will probably have more wickets than any of the English seamers took in the entire last series. That gives him 3 more to tear up the record books and re-write them. Forget about England not passing 400 in 19 attempts, when was the last time they passed 200 lol!? 'What a road' @FFL said yesterday, "pitches like this are killing test cricket". Don't know, Mitch looks pretty vibrant. A result in 4 days is pretty good. Lots of runs (Australia), lots of wickets (English batsmen), looks a belter of a pitch to me. One where one team belts the other.

  • on December 7, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    ENG to make strong comeback at perth fight and then win last 2 to win/draw series note eng only need to draw series to keep the urn and retain ashes, drop swann play monty as spinner, play finn instead and bring ballance in at no6, team for Perth cook,carberry,bell,kp,root,ballance,prior,broad,finn,anderson,monty.

  • Anderson_Edward on December 7, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Srini_Chennai ; also for the record in the last year Australia had won 3 tests before this series.

  • Anderson_Edward on December 7, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Srini_Chennai ; I just assumed you lost to South Africa home and away because they are clearly better than india, sorry. Ok after this upcoming series you would have lost four which is more than Australia. Im just pointing out the ranking system is flawed and I dont rate it. At the moment I have Australia on par with India as they both have won there respective series 4-0. So are you saying Australia who in 4 series play the other 3 top nations away, compared to India sneaking in a West Indies series is a fair comparison for a ranking system. You cant base a ranking system on just the last years test as every nation does not play each other in that period.

  • sweetie on December 7, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    It looks like that we are well and truly into an era where all the teams are turning into home track bullies. Sub-continent teams have always been like that but now England and Australia have joined them also. Only South Africans are left with little bit of respect as tourists (even they have hardly toured sub-continent in last ten years, 15 matches with win-loss record of 5-6 ). West Indies and New Zealand have been sort of tier two teams in last 10 years. With tours getting easier in terms of acclimatization and travelling one would have hoped to see reverse of it. Only thing that comes to my mind as an explanation is decreasing quality of cricket and cricketers every where. How long can they sustain the longer formats with such performances.

  • BradmanBestEver on December 7, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    English selectors need to show some ticker and common sense and move Bell up to No.3 .

    They must stop hiding Bell down the order.

    They can not persist with the policy of protecting their only in-form batsman if they are to have any hope of recovery from this disastrous predicament they find themselves in.

  • Biggus on December 7, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    @Srini_Chennai:-Welcome to the Ashes comments section. Finding the SA/India sections a bit depressing eh? Never mind, your Indian team is legendary, clearly ten times better than any team that has ever stepped foot on a cricket field, so they're absolutely certain to destroy SA in the next game....or the one after that ....or....how soon can you get back to India and give the Windies a call?

  • Insightful2013 on December 7, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    M.Johnson didn't morph into Akram or Malcolm Marshall overnight, What's needed is for English batsmen to be fined if they got out to a rash stroke. Heavily! This is test cricket and mistakes should be penalized, heavily!!! One rash stroke means you are gone. Very few games give you such poor odds and that is why your wicket should be treasured!! Have they suddenly turn into West Indian batsmen, not of old, only new. Do a Brian Close or go home. Johnson is a confidence bowler. Stand up to him for a period and he will question his ability and his bowling will deteriorate. The same goes for Warner and Watson and all bullies. The reason for sledging and bullying is insecurity however when said individuals succeed, they can become menacing. Australia is a team of bullies and it shows what wimps the Brits are sans Broad, which I find most surprising. Always thought Cook and Pieterson had mettle. Anderson is a conundrum, thought he would wallop the Aussies. only makes it more interesting.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on December 7, 2013, 7:27 GMT

    What a 'road' huh? As many cricket followers predicted before the Gabba, England were going to find it tough. We based that prediction on form. Now it's worse, Australia are way too good for England. 5-0 is the only way this can go. There's no need to rub it it, now is the time for empathy. You can wear a blindfold and go 'eeny meany miney mo' on the team sheet to pick whose careers are finished as so many are. If sub zero scores were possible now these batsmen could achieve them. We said yesterday three wickets and then into the tail whom Mitch would take care of while the others rested for Perth and that's precisely what happened. Now we just need to set a world record target for a world record defeat.

  • KARNAWAT33 on December 7, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    Steven Smith is really laboring out there! I hope he gets a hundred because he is a class act and an upcoming prospect. Please don't spill the beans like Root Smutsy. Declare right after his century :) Australia 5-0 !

  • on December 7, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Good performance from aus bowlers

  • Aussiesforever on December 7, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    @Srini_Chennai - When is the last time India won a test series outside India against a quality opposition? Winning in dry pitch which suits spin alone will not make India a good team.

  • on December 7, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    That what happened when you do not respect your bread and butter, what England players done after winning at England. They have urinate at ground. Good behaviour bring success and bad behaviour bring disappointment. Sorry team England more bad days ahead.

  • on December 7, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Let's not get carried away with Mitchell Johnson. Having two good test matches doesn't suddenly undo all the mediocrity he has consistently shown throughout his career. This is simply two good performances that should be weighed against MANY bad performances. For now he is doing well but he has a LONG way to go in order to be recognized as a really good bowler. I wish him all the best but I fear it'll only be a few short weeks or months before he is struggling again.

  • Rugsy on December 7, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    What a lovely piece of writing, bringing out the excitement of Johnson's fury lucidly and graphically. Thanks David.

  • TruthWarrior on December 7, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    ...welcome back England to their customary gentlemen style of play...

  • Chris_P on December 7, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    @Srini_Chenna. I think you'll find Mike Hussey's last test, a win over Sri Lanka n Sydney was this year.

  • liz1558 on December 7, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    You know that Test cricket is at its lowest ebb when a side containing Rogers, Watson, Smith and Lyon can be considered a good side. This is not the revival of a great game but its death knell.

  • poms_have_short_memories on December 7, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Australia's pace attack should sweep away all before them in years to come, picking from Cummins, Pattinson, Hazlewood, Johnson, Starc, Gurinder Singh, Sayers, the list seems endless. Although there doesn't seem to be a batting superstar on the horizon, I might just baste in glory for the time being.

  • Srini_Indian on December 7, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    @Shaggy076: According to your logic, in which planet did India lose 5 series? India lost to England home and away, Australia away which is 3, drawn SA home and away, SL away which is 3 and won SL home, WI home and away, NZ home and away, Australia home, Bangladesh away which is 7. Pakistan is irrelevant as we haven't played them for a while now. For a record, Australia haven't won a test match for a year before this series. Its a bit funny that some Australian supporters want them to be ranked #2. Hilarious!

  • on December 7, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Johnson is the nightmare of the English batsman, nice to see them thrashed.

  • Front-Foot-Clunge on December 7, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    I guess Jimmy could try and learn a thing or two about rediscovering form from Mitchell Johnson - but then Mitchell Johnson bowls 140+ and knows how to bowl to a plan, whereas Jimmy is lucky to bowl much quicker than Monty and looks all at sea when the conditions don't suit him.

  • Sanj747 on December 7, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    @joshPayne India you must be kidding. They have beaten Aus 4 nil at home but haven't won a test outside India for such a longtime against quality opposition. Aus definitely not number 2 but to say Aus not up there with India is a joke.

  • disco_bob on December 7, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    The team is strong enough now to get Hughes in and allow him room to grow into the role that is made for him. After we win the series in Perth, maybe then Watson will play an innings of substance but it will be too late. He reliably never goes past 50 except in a leap year, and he invariably plays a pointless shot to precipitate a mini batting collapse. By the time he works his game out he will have to retire anyway, meanwhile Hughes could be in there with some protection around him as he is the future.

  • RVC-38 on December 7, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    @copy Biggus I hear ya, A couple of uppercuts are inline after the last 5 years

  • dunger.bob on December 7, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    Call me a stick in the mud if you like, but this Adelaide and it wouldn't surprise me at all if there are a few more twists in the tail of this match.

    Earlier I said that England wouldn't get anything out of a draw but I've changed my mind about that. If they manage to salvage a draw out this it would have to do them the world of good confidence wise. They're certainly bowling better in the 2nd dig.

  • AnarKarthick on December 7, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    @ Srini_Chennai, I hope you still remember that India was also beaten 0-8 away against England & Australia the previous year. Those were also shaded away when they won ICC champions Trophy and Beating Australia at Home. These are common for all countries.

    All are Lions in their den, and let us not get agonized if some team is performing better. I agree that you are worried since we lost to South Africa in the first one day, but you should not show you angerness to other teams.

  • on December 7, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Everybody is saying england has a problem against fast swinging balls. sorry mate all players are having same problem. look at india or srilanka. I am an indian but its not a subcontinent problem, its general problem. but except SA or Aus and to an extent pak no team has bowlers to bowl at 150km and swing. its all about pace and at right place. You will see all batsman - be it amla, ABD, Clarke all dancing but neither is facing such bowlers. same is true from viciously spinning and uneven bounce. but again except inda or pak no once has the quality spinners do make life diffucult for batsmen. look when paneser and swanny bowled well in tandem what happened to indian batsmen. so its all about having good resourses for situations. So in aus or SA will always prevail. so will india and pak in subcontinent. But pak is good in both pace and spin. but batting is too poor to win..

  • BradmanBestEver on December 7, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    And let us not forget that MJ can bat to!

  • Fummy on December 7, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    I do not believe Clarke did not enforce the follow-on. Will we win? For sure. But that is not the point. It seems that Waugh's decision all those years ago which went pear shaped big time, haunts us to this day. A truly ridiculous decision. But, as I wrote, we will win, unless the lack of confidence Clarke has in the team, as evidenced by his decision to bat again, comes to the fore and infects the team.

  • Srini_Indian on December 7, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    @Shan156: I absolutely agree with your team for next test. The biggest problem England facing now is the form of Cook and Pietersen. I feel that England should come out of the shell and play positively. A good solid opening partnership of around 100 runs will boost the team's confidence. Bell looked a class apart and if I were Flower I would put him at #3. Root is very young, its a bit too much to ask of him to come at #3 and play hostile Australian bowlers. Don't give up hope mate, couple of brilliant spells from Broad and Anderson in Perth would suddenly swing the momentum. Good Luck, mate!

  • BradmanBestEver on December 7, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Watto is not the answer at No. 3. Just who is the answer is another Q.

    I suggest they blood a youngster like Silk or Maddinson starting in the next test match while we are playing in a one-sided series against hopeless opposition, to ease the new No. 3 into test cricket.

  • Shaggy076 on December 7, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    Aussiethegreat: is right in one sense the ratings system is flawed. I think it should be based on your last home and away series against each test playing nation. 9 nations - 16 series Australia if they win this have lost 3 (SAf home, Eng and India away, drawn 2 - SAf Away, NZ home and won the other 11. India on the hand I know have lost 5, England (assuming this is a loss has lost 4. So its not all that stupid that Australia should sit at number 2.

  • Biggus on December 7, 2013, 6:19 GMT

    @@rickyvoncanterbury:-Was just a passing evil thought, not a serious suggestion.

  • on December 7, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    SRT was so Correct when Reporter asked him about Ashes, SRT told only one thing that Australia must play Mitch..#SRTforever

  • RVC-38 on December 7, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    I think the only reason Australia battered again was that winning by 500 looks better than an innings and 95.

  • AricentHarish on December 7, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    @ Ausie_the_Great, 2 good matches and the 0 -7 away record this year is forgotten. Let the series conclude.

  • Srini_Indian on December 7, 2013, 6:10 GMT

    @Aussie_the_great: What a joke! A couple of home wins orchestrated by two or three brilliant performances and suddenly Aus should be ranked 2? Do remember that you're coming off 0-7 record including 4-0 thrashing in India. I agree they're playing well but nothing enough to scare the world. I would like to see how Aus performs when Johnson doesn't fire!

  • JoshPayne on December 7, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Seriously, Ausie_the_Great, how misguided of you, a good performance against a mediocre england is nothing to suggest you are up with the likes of SA and India...don't be so naive.

  • on December 7, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    Some of (or most of) Indians should see this. Don't think even their ODI line-up would tackle Johnson in Australia. Clearly, batting isn't the only thing that makes up cricket!

  • on December 7, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    When reporters asked about on going Ashes series to sachin. Sachin replied May be johnson is the x factor of the series and that's exactly happen.

  • Shaggy076 on December 7, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    xtrafalgarx; I can see all the batsman now playing out the entire summer so dont think the pressure is that great at this point of time. And as far as a declaration it wont be tonight as batting now is just to give the bowlers a freshen up. I would imagine there will be a 20 minute spurt before lunch to have a couple of decent cracks with the new ball.

  • BlueyCollar on December 7, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Good morning to all those in England. Enjoy your breakfast.

  • Shaggy076 on December 7, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    I'm not one for gloating when things go our way, at the moment everything working out well for the Aussies and England are struggling. However, not going to bag the Cook's, Anderson, Prior's, Swanns because they all have had very good careers to date. But I will reserve a swipe at the some Aussie supporters and many England supporters who have relentlessly bagged Mitch Johnson coming into this series. Everything pointed to him being back to his best before the series and boy has he deoivered. THe likes of red white army who thinks a bunch of drunkards singing stupid songs was all that was needed to get on top of Johnson - I am glad you have now seen the real Mitch. Who despite a form drop has over 200 wickets at an average of 30. I really didnt understand why he didnt go to England after his form last summer and its great to have him back.

  • RVC-38 on December 7, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    @ Biggus on (December 7, 2013, 5:31 GMT) by doing that and it backfired Clarke would have to resign as captain.

  • on December 7, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    @ausie_the_great: lol. so aus looks like winning two tests n the ranking is flawed? they didnt win for...wat was it...ten tests? wat do we do abt that while calculating the ranking? maybe we shud ignore those tests m jst consider the ashes...n then put aus back at number 1, ok?

  • foozball on December 7, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great, I have two things to say: first, performance away from home is what really counts. Until this team consistently beat oppositions in their own backyard, it is merely a good one, not a great one. Secondly, learn to spell! Two s' in "Aussie". sheesh....

  • on December 7, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    This is one of the best fast bowling spells I have seen in a longtime. Last time I can recall a hostile spell like this was probably from Curtly Ambrose in Perth against Australia almost 20 yrs back and mayble one carnage spell between Waqar & Wasim in one solitary test against New Zealand in Hamilton.

    Mitch is at the top of his game and this spell in Adeilade would most probably turn the tide in Aussies favor for this leg of Ashes.

    Why this is such a special performance is because it would have caused a huge mental disintegration in the english batting lineup. They have been blown away in the 1.5 test so far and its a huge mountain to climb for them from hereon.

    Only silver lining for englishmen, the class of Ian Bell which stood out in between the carnage and demolition. He definately needs to bat at 3 or they will not be able to use him well, when he is the only warrior left in the battle field.

  • lebigfella on December 7, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson has bowled well... and it is great to see... but England are weak & feeble... Warner was referring to England not just Trott. From relative zero and figure of derision to Public Enemy Nr. 1, Johnson has produced some cracking quick bowling. Too good for most of England because we are not currently good enough. I'm over for the Boxing Day Test and I fear we'll be three down... come on England man up & come to the party!!!

  • INDSlider on December 7, 2013, 5:45 GMT

    Beware the world! Ausies have begun going back to their golden era. Flawed ranking system should be changed. Definitely, we should lie just behind Saffas in tests at the second spot.

  • INDSlider on December 7, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Beware the world! Ausies have begun going back to their golden era. Flawed ranking system should be changed. Definitely, we should lie just behind Saffas in tests at the second spot.

  • on December 7, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    What's most disappointing about England's batting is this is a flat pitch, and they are getting themselves out not being bowled out!! Johnson bowled well fast and straight but that's all, no swing no sideways movement proper test batsman should be able to play it but seems eng have nothing in batting department anymore very average batting side now.

  • Chris_P on December 7, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    @Mervo. If MJ was performing like this, nothing would have been said, but Perth aside in 2010, he has been very poor & undeserving of a spot. Happy to be proven wrong when he delivers in this manner, but reality check, he hasn't been this consistent since South Africa 2009. No one doubts his abilities (or Watson's for that matter) but simply said they hadn't been delivering for a long time. He is bowling at an awesome level currently, I will admit.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on December 7, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    eng's inability against fast swinging balls are clearly exposing.

  • on December 7, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    "Johnson's ever-lengthening moustache, which he grew for prostrate cancer awareness"

    I grew whole beard. Nobody talks about that. This is so starist.

  • SL_rockz on December 7, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Mitch is a good person with great talent.Every body is having a off time and now this is his good time :) ...

  • moBlue on December 7, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    anyone remember sachin predicting on his last day of test cricket - on the basis of what he saw at the IPL, perhaps - that mitchell johnson could be a significant factor in these ashes? i had rubbed my chin when i heard him say that... :)

  • Biggus on December 7, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Were I Clarke I would have been awfully tempted to have our openers go out there, either leave or pat the first delivery back to the bowler, and declare at 0-0. Now THAT would have sent a clear message to the English dressing room!

  • on December 7, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Mg jhonson - fast and furious 7 ... england have a no idea about him .. brutal deliveries..

  • Webba84 on December 7, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    @Barnbarroch, want to make England bat on the worst possible pitch, and put an Aus loss completely out of the question. With the amount of time left in the match, and every minute England is in the field their bowlers look more and more miserable, Clarke has made a good call. Understand the follow-on as a useful tool, not the only way to win a test match.

  • on December 7, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    Johnson is infuriatingly inconsistent, but as a South African who winced every time he got the ball against the Proteas in 2008/9, I love watching such raw pace and old school aggression. Even better that it's England copping the flak. What a pleasure seeing Mitch at his best.

  • RVC-38 on December 7, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    I bet after Perth when the ashes are won he will start spraying em everywhere, that's how much he wants the armys respect.

  • xtrafalgarx on December 7, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    Rogers is under pressure, he isn't turning out to what we thought him to be. Watson is not a number three, still things to fix but our problems don't seem as big as the ones England have at the moment at least.

  • on December 7, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Johnson was too quick to handle.

  • Bonehead_maz on December 7, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    @ KKABothamImranDevLillee...... nice perspective :) Perhaps might even "morphy" lol into the new "terror" (CTB Turner) ?

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on December 7, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    Wow. Jimmy finally looks dangerous. Even if he hadn't taken the wickets I'd say the same. Where was this in the first innings.

  • Barnbarroch on December 7, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Why, oh why not enforce the follow-on, this is crazy!

  • just_a_fan on December 7, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Good to see Mitchell Johnson do well. He is well-liked in India because of him being a part of Mumbai Indians.

  • dunger.bob on December 7, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    The only chance I see for England here is to bowl is out cheaply (under 100) and then bat like the bejezuz for a win/draw. I don't think our guys will want to be batting past lunch tomorrow because they're going to need 4 or 5 sessions to get England out again. .. As I write Rogers is out. 1/4.

  • RVC-38 on December 7, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Brayshaw... just said on channel 9 Australia in early trouble.... 1 for 4

  • Kover_Drive on December 7, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    Is Johnson the most improved cricketer of our times?

  • Biggus on December 7, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    @KKABothamImranDevLillee:-Actually Fred 'The Demon' Spofforth's moniker is a little misleading apparently. I used to assume he'd been an really fast bowler too but have since read in quite a few places that the 'Demon' epithet was more to do with skills rather than lightning pace.

  • Pindia on December 7, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Mitchell Johnson is the best fast bowler in the world at present period. The only others that come close are Steyn and Irfan. England will do very well to avoid a whitewash...

  • joobag on December 7, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Someone wrote below that giving the captaincy to Cook has affected his batting. Well, it has. He scored 5 test hundreds in his first 5 tests as England captain. Just sayin'

  • Chris_P on December 7, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    I am stunned at the lack of fight in the England side. They are unrecognizable from the team 3 years ago, & with most of the same playing personnel. Good decision to bat again, it will be a tough ask to bat here on day 5.

  • Biggus on December 7, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    There has been a growing complacency and smugness about this England team for some time. Anyone remember the 'Tactics Vindicated' line from the Eng vs NZ series? You know, that test where Cook declined to enforce the follow on after rolling NZ in 40 overs with Swann on fire? Remember the smarmy 'what would you know, see we were right' attitude of Cook and Flower after they almost managed to throw away that win when weather threatened. Remember Flower harassing the groundsman as if it were his job to decide when it was fit to resume rather than the umpires in consultation with ground staff? I went back and re-read those comments last night, and it's interesting to note that the more prescient English posters who could see it was a problem are still here posting, you guys know your stuff and have our respect. All the rest except the inimitable FFL (it's roads like this Adelaide pitch that are killing the game) have vanished into the ether, and we'd baked some humble pie for them too.....

  • AussieSam on December 7, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Wow, what a performance. Johnson's revenge. Doesn't get any better than that. People here saying England can still save the match from here are kidding themselves after those last three innings. The Ashes are as good as done. Best England can hope for now is to not be whitewashed again.

  • Mervo on December 7, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    A large rasberry to all those who wrote Johnson off a couple of years ago. It was about then that he remodelled his action under Lillie's guidance. Greater accuracy and better rhythm. Stop worrying about in-swing and just bowl fast! Still no one wanted him back preferring the injury prone 'young guns' of Pattinson, Starc, Cummins and so on. None of those will ever reach the 220 Test wickets that Johnson has. He deserved some respect, yet received none. This is no surprise return, he has been bowling beautifully for the last two seasons without due recognition. Seems the English team and the SA team have more respect for Johnson than the Australian public has. So now we have two older bowlers in Harris and Johnson doing the job. Test places should be earned not given out in hope to younger players.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on December 7, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    I said it about 5 times before the second test, Bell is England's number 3, and I believe that is the most blindingly obviously correct decision that cricket could possibly offer. Instead you leave your best batsman with a tail of Prior, a debutant and the bowlers, simply because you don't want Root, Prior and Stokes in a row. Good work England, I think that decision was worse than Carberry's dropped catch. Anyone who knows anything about cricket would have felt this collapse was fairly likely as soon as Root walked out at 3. Even the guys working the Adelaide scoreboard were trying to let England know they messed up.

    Hasn't England ever seen Bell bat before? Or are they stuck on how he batted at 3 oh so many years ago. He's 100x the batsman he was then, everybody else knows it.

  • on December 7, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    England failing to bat for 140 overs in their first innings once again, if a game plan isn't working rule number one ALWAYS CHANGE IT. Time for some rethinking here from the England camp. With Johnson in this frame of mind, and his record of fourth innings wickets it's not looking pretty for England. 5-0 Australia ?

  • KKABothamImranDevLillee on December 7, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    In 1882, Australia had the great fast bowler Frederick "The Demon" Spofforth. It was due to his efforts that the "Ashes" were created. Mitch's efforts so far have mirrored Spofforth's legendary bowling in the 1882 series. Could Mitch replicate Spofforth? Hope he does. Come On Aussie Come On.!! We wanted to see such displays of pure fast bowling.

  • disco_bob on December 7, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    Mitch 7/40, England's spin twins 300 / 3, I would say that's pretty conclusive evidence that the spin gamble was the major blunder that was obvious to all but England.

  • Thegimp on December 7, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    If I were Cook I'd be throwing away that cook book and taking the boys down for a good feed of fried chicken........they just may injest some intestinal fortitude.

  • ShutTheGate on December 7, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    @ DoubleKickDrum - MJ did a similar thing to South Africa several years ago. They have a lot of respect for him.

  • ShutTheGate on December 7, 2013, 4:34 GMT

    To all those that wrote MJ off before he bowled a ball and to the barmy army with their ridiculous song. Take That!! What a champion MJ turned out to be compared to your "rock".

    And Lungey I think you're right in that the stadiums will be empty on day four and five at Melbourne and Sydney. Probably because the games will be a dead rubber or won't last that many days.

    It would go down as one of the all time great sporting feats if England can retain the urn from here.

  • BradmanBestEver on December 7, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    England are in complete and total disarray in the dressing room. Behind the scenes is where much of the action takes place in high level sport. The English hierarchy needs to have a good hard look at themselves. Major changes are on the cards.

  • Bonehead_maz on December 7, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    I don't believe there is a snowflakes chance in hell Australia will enforce a follow on. I do believe Warner Watson etc will be given a licence and England may save the game in 5 and a half / six sessions, or score 600 or so to win.

  • on December 7, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    At the time when Cook was appointed captain of England and was also included into the 50 overs team I said that England selectors had made a mistake because as I had indicated it will affect his batting at the test level . Indeed we have lived to see this. England success over the last few years was due to Cook's batting so once his batting has gone so is England success at the test level. SO Please make Stuart Broad the captain and only play Cook in test cricket and England will regain her winning position in test cricket . Cook's batting inspired the middle order of Bell and Peterson.

  • Bonehead_maz on December 7, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    I feel I must add our fielding has been sensational. That catch by Warner may look simple (always does when a great catcher at work) BUT... wasn't. Likewise (slightly lesser) Clarke's effort. Even more important has been the cannot score ground fielding - exceptional. In looking at opponents, it is impossible for me to understand how Ian Bell wasn't picked at no.3. He's an outstanding player (showing it) and it just seemed rude to me to ask someone with virtually no experience to take that mantle.

  • MaruthuDelft on December 7, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    Australias faith on Mitch has delivered. Good life is about having faith in special things rather than being wise which actually leads to no real faith. Ashes has been regained in a spectacular fashion.

  • DoubleKickDrum on December 7, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    Miserable stuff. Johnson has not caused problems like this before. It's gonna be a long winter!

  • Bonehead_maz on December 7, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    For Indian fans . Mitchell Johnson just did you a HUGE favour. The Saffas have always been worried about him, and he's going to tour after you.

  • Fruit_For_Lunch on December 7, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    Once again Cook shows his total command of strategy, luring Australia into a cunning trap by making it look like England are losing when in fact they're really winning. Then, in about twenty years when they least expect it we'll win a series at home, and Australia will realise they've been outwitted by a master.

  • Shan156 on December 7, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Nasser makes a great point - no point worried about the dropped catches and out of form players. There is a difference in skills. England have none who can bowl 90mph, Aus have two. They always did but the difference is one of them has learned to bowl accurately now as well. The Aussies were lambasted for their batting but they made a 500 and a 400 score in England while we have been unable to score 400 in England and even 200 in Australia. Re: out of form, one may argue that the Aussies have sussed them up and caused them to go out of form. They have cut the scoring shots and have forced the batsmen to gift their wickets. From here on, anything other an 0-5 defeat would be a great achievement by Eng. All I am looking forward is for England to score 300 in an innings, at least 200.

  • Bonehead_maz on December 7, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Eating my words. I suggested Johnson should not play this match as it may sap his confidence........ Don't get called bonehead for only leg byes !

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on December 7, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    Great bowling from Mitch obviously. Can't believe Clarke is doing a Cook now though. Taking off Johnson and refusing to let him have a bowl at Monty when he's on strike for the start of an over? Not sure what he's thinking, but I don't like it.

  • on December 7, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    minus extras and Carberry and Bell's contributions Eng = 8/30. Without a second innings fightback ala what the WI over in Duneiden this series is all but lost. Kudos to MJ for putting his hand up. Quality fast bowling is what I loves most about this game! Great to witness

  • Yorks1 on December 7, 2013, 3:58 GMT

    Team work by the Aussies in all aspects of the game. They pull together, they grind and they work. England far too smug about the summer's results and Flower certainly hasn't built a team and nor did he in England with too much juggling and not allowing the new players to develop. Before this match how could he even justify Prior. Well it's only the first innings, but my money was on the Aussies before England had read the first page of their dietary demands!

  • Shan156 on December 7, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    Just noticed that we have crossed Michael Clarke's individual score. Yippee. If this is our fate in the flattest of pitches, imagine what awaits us in Perth! KP should realize that as good a player as he is, he still cannot keep falling to the same trap. I wouldn't blame Root. He is constantly being shuffled around the order and he is still young and learning. Carberry played well and Bell was the best. Cook looks out of sorts and out of form. The biggest culprits are Prior, KP, and Stokes (rather the Eng. selection committee for selecting him). A Gary Ballance would have done better I reckon. My team for Perth (and, mind you, this would still be thrashed) - Cook, Carberry, Bell, KP, Root, Ballance, Bairstow, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Finn. Anderson looks out of sorts and Perth would suit Finn just fine.

  • humdrum on December 7, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    Monty Panesar of all people trying to get behind the line and play straight.Wonder if anyone saw Broad's dismissal-- he was simply scared shitless.

  • Clavers on December 7, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    I told you so. I told you so. I told you so.

    -- Johnson fan

  • Peterincanada on December 7, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    This must be sweet revenge for Mitch. For the last few years most Aus supporters were saying he should never play again others that he should only play at the WACA. The English just laughed but now they are seeing what the Saffas had to deal with four years ago.

  • on December 7, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    Wonder how our batting greats would have performed ...given that they did struggle against Mitch in belters back home in the recent ODIs.It would have been even more terrible if they had a fit Pattinson at the other end ..

  • Garp on December 7, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    This is exactly what you get when you think you can stroll into a Test series after taking a three and a half month vacation. England are getting exactly what they deserve. The sad part is they are so pompous they'll deny they were not ready for a Test series, plus they don't want to jeopardize a second of down time someone might make them actually prepare for an upcoming series. It is just amazing that thus happened every year with the first series after their down time yet they refuse to give up any of that down time to properly prepare.

  • jb633 on December 7, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    Monty actually gets in line better than all those above him. I can't believe I am actually watching techniques so poor. Imagine if we were playing against SA now. This surely can't go on any longer.

  • RVC-38 on December 7, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    I've seen some bowling spells, but I have never seen an Ashes winning spell in the first Innings of the second Test.

  • DJAbacus on December 7, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    A tough time for England but it's not over yet. England have another innings. Great time to back England to win the series. Time to cash in boys.

  • write2gajanan on December 7, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    An Ashes Victory inside 3 days; is always a special one! Go Aussies Go We can do it. 50 overs remaining; #RegainTheUrn

  • Shan156 on December 7, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    It has been a while since Eng. scored 400 runs in an innings. Going by the look of things in this series, if they score 200, it would be a miracle. Except Bairstow and Bell, no one looks the part. And, how often is KP going to play that whip to short midwicket and get out? The Aussies are by no means a great team. Even now, if they face SA or India, they will be crushed. The problem is, England are playing hopelessly and making them look like the Windies team of yore.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on December 7, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    Well I have scoffed at Johnson before having never really seen him perform and being biased, his bowling in this series thus far has won it for Aussie and it has been spectacularly fast and accurate. As much as it hurts there is nothing like watching quality fast bowling on a proper test wicket (defo not a road).

  • jb633 on December 7, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    Men vs boys this, it's almost unbearable to watch. Please now can our fansquit the pretence that we are a good side. We have had our period but have been declining for the last 2 years. This is the summit of decline. We can't let this batting go on any longer or we may as well quit the international game. I have never seen such a spineless, gutless display from paid professionals.

  • siddhartha87 on December 7, 2013, 3:33 GMT

    OMG!!! Mitch is simply amazing.Flat track,no bounce but bang! he takes 6-38

  • CrICkeeet on December 7, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    hmm.... johnson body lotion takes caring babies.. :)

  • humdrum on December 7, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    Now,now,let's give the poor dear lads a bit of respite.Not much fun out there chasing leather for the better part of two days and then a sad batting display accompanied by screeches in the media. The same English media were in denial that their 'great' team was slipping in the series in England,and now typically want to crucify the team,and rightly so.The team looks shot and the only thing they would like is an early ticket home saying'I want my momma'. Another drubbing here and total annihilation awaits in Perth.

  • ImpartialExpert on December 7, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    I am loving this. What wonderful fast bowling from Johnson. This is how it must have felt against against the great WI fast bowlers and Ian Thompson. Wow this is like a dream for lovers of fast bowling. I am very happy for Johnson after what he went through. And thank you Johnson for giving us such a fantastic display

  • on December 7, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Stand up proud Mitchell, rolling 5 on a pitch that is not a bowlers paradise is an epic performance.

  • on December 7, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    a repeat of 2007 on cards..... even when catches are dropped bowling takes a beating, 500 runs already scored and here 4 wkts scored...

  • xtrafalgarx on December 7, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    And the Australian batting is bad!? England can't even get to 200.

  • on December 7, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Mitch!!! U beauty By far the best over I have ever seen!!!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Looks-Silly-Now on December 7, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    Wow.. a triple wicket maiden from Johnson. I must admit, I was one of his doubters in recent years, especially with Patto and Starc making a name for themselves. I even worried that the Gabba might have been a one off but you can really see how much he has improved. I'm glad he's proven me and alot of others wrong. Keep up the good work, Mitch!

  • pommy80 on December 7, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Absolutely disgusting from England. Players need to be dropped *cough* Prior, Root. Johnson is nothing special. If players could face this fast bowling with no protection why are our batsmen running scared. Atleast Bell & Carberry have showed some fight.

  • write2gajanan on December 7, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    It is Australia all d way; well done guys! gr8 spell Mitch - #uniteAus #RegainTheUrn

  • Shan156 on December 7, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    Pathetic batting. England suddenly possess the worst batting in the world. This is like watching Afghanistan or Hong Kong against SA. England, you are simply not good enough. And, please drop Prior and bring in Bairstow for the next test.

  • on December 7, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    He is on a hat trick!!!!!

  • Gowers_Great_Tiger_Moth_Flyby on December 7, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    This is pathetic from England. Heads must roll.

  • CSpiers on December 7, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    Stokes gone to another ripper from Johnson, another embarrassing defeat on the cards for England.

  • on December 7, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    England are cruising along at 2.34 per over. how boring could it get. 3 maiden in 3 overs from watson. that's ridiculous. I mean he is a good bowler but not as good as steyn that he need to be scored of. Australia on top if england first with the bowl and now with the bat.

  • Garp on December 7, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    Until England accept that thou can't go from shooting at home for 3 months to competing in a Test series there is going to be these results. In fact it is extremely smug of England to think they'd come down here and get any result after not playing competitive cricket since mid July. Maybe total embarrassment might force them into a rethink of how they prepare for a series. They'll argue that they had warm up matches scheduled and rain affected their preparation. Even if those matches played out like scheduled England were and aren't ready for an Ashes series. Playing some Sunday cricketers in a meaningless match is not proper preparation. This is also why England couldn't stay at #1 ranking because as soon as a break in the schedule comes up England takes every single minus of off time there is to be had and could care less about being prepared for that first series.

  • on December 7, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    This is what happens when the Aussie team are not chopped and changed after each test. Unity and a desire to play for each other. This breeds confidence. Thank you Boof.

  • on December 7, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    This is what happens when the Aussie team are not chopped and changed after each test. Unity and a desire to play for each other. This breeds confidence. Thank you Boof.

  • Garp on December 7, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    Until England accept that thou can't go from shooting at home for 3 months to competing in a Test series there is going to be these results. In fact it is extremely smug of England to think they'd come down here and get any result after not playing competitive cricket since mid July. Maybe total embarrassment might force them into a rethink of how they prepare for a series. They'll argue that they had warm up matches scheduled and rain affected their preparation. Even if those matches played out like scheduled England were and aren't ready for an Ashes series. Playing some Sunday cricketers in a meaningless match is not proper preparation. This is also why England couldn't stay at #1 ranking because as soon as a break in the schedule comes up England takes every single minus of off time there is to be had and could care less about being prepared for that first series.

  • on December 7, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    England are cruising along at 2.34 per over. how boring could it get. 3 maiden in 3 overs from watson. that's ridiculous. I mean he is a good bowler but not as good as steyn that he need to be scored of. Australia on top if england first with the bowl and now with the bat.

  • CSpiers on December 7, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    Stokes gone to another ripper from Johnson, another embarrassing defeat on the cards for England.

  • Gowers_Great_Tiger_Moth_Flyby on December 7, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    This is pathetic from England. Heads must roll.

  • on December 7, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    He is on a hat trick!!!!!

  • Shan156 on December 7, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    Pathetic batting. England suddenly possess the worst batting in the world. This is like watching Afghanistan or Hong Kong against SA. England, you are simply not good enough. And, please drop Prior and bring in Bairstow for the next test.

  • write2gajanan on December 7, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    It is Australia all d way; well done guys! gr8 spell Mitch - #uniteAus #RegainTheUrn

  • pommy80 on December 7, 2013, 3:15 GMT

    Absolutely disgusting from England. Players need to be dropped *cough* Prior, Root. Johnson is nothing special. If players could face this fast bowling with no protection why are our batsmen running scared. Atleast Bell & Carberry have showed some fight.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Looks-Silly-Now on December 7, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    Wow.. a triple wicket maiden from Johnson. I must admit, I was one of his doubters in recent years, especially with Patto and Starc making a name for themselves. I even worried that the Gabba might have been a one off but you can really see how much he has improved. I'm glad he's proven me and alot of others wrong. Keep up the good work, Mitch!