Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, 3rd day December 15, 2013

England unravel as Warner cuts loose

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Australia 385 and 3 for 235 (Warner 112, Rogers 54) lead England 251 (Siddle 3-36, Harris 3-48) by 369 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In a similarly lopsided Ashes contest at the WACA Ground nearly 20 years ago, Graham Thorpe dropped Steve Waugh at slip then compounded his error by booting the ball past cover for two. This time England experienced similar extremes of dejection, their hopes of retaining the Urn evaporating under the heat of relentless Australian pressure and a scorching Perth sun.

The tourists' last realistic hopes of keeping the Ashes alive had revolved around a strong batting display from the reasonable overnight platform of 4 for 180. What happened instead was the surrender of 6 for 61 to Ryan Harris, Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle, a slide made worse by the Johnson toe-crusher that not only pinned Stuart Broad lbw but sent him to hospital, ruling him out of bowling for the rest of the game.

Lacking his best paceman of the tour, Alastair Cook was largely powerless to stop David Warner careering away to another brazen century, while Chris Rogers contributed his own tidy half-century in a stand of 157. Chances went down in a manner predictable for a team so downtrodden, Matt Prior enduring a horrific afternoon with the gloves. At the start of the day England hoped for a contest. Now they wait wearily for another declaration from Michael Clarke.

Ian Bell and Ben Stokes had resumed with high hopes of pushing towards Australia's first innings total, but early swing for Harris with the old ball indicated this would not be an easy task. Running a series of outswingers wide of Bell's off stump, Harris twice tried to pin the batsman lbw with a ball moving back the other way.

The first was glanced to the fine leg fence but the second struck Bell in line. Marais Erasmus declined the appeal, but Clarke's review showed the ball would have struck enough of middle stump to overrule the decision. Australia celebrated raucously, Harris again claiming a critical breakthrough.

Stokes looked solid enough but Johnson's pace provided a different challenge - one ball to Prior hit one of the significant cracks and veered towards first slip. Taking a single after the ball eluded Brad Haddin, Stokes soon offered a distracted waft outside off stump which he edged behind.

Siddle relieved Johnson as the second new ball neared, and a limp attempt at a pull shot by Prior reaped a thin edge behind. With Prior went England's last realistic hope of reducing the deficit sufficiently to stay in the match, given the poor returns by their tail so far.

Clarke called for a fresh projectile once 80 overs had been bowled, and though Tim Bresnan leaned into three cover driven boundaries from a first exploratory over by Shane Watson, Broad had his toe crushed in front of middle stump by a 144kph yorker from Johnson in the next. Bresnan touched Harris behind while trying to leave another away curler, and when James Anderson popped up a catch to short leg, Australia had completed another dominant session in the field.

Opening up after lunch, Warner and Rogers were opposed by Anderson and Bresnan but not Broad, who gingerly attempted to bowl in the nets then went to hospital for scans on his foot. In the absence of their most potent paceman, England looked flat, and were unable to grasp the chances that came their way.

Warner was intent on destruction, but when, on 13, he sallied forth to drive Graeme Swann and missed, Prior was unable to glove the ball let alone complete the stumping. Prior missed a sharper stumping chance when Warner had 89. The reprieves allowed Warner to go on his merry way, hitting over fielders as well as between them to build the lead.

Rogers was more circumspect, but on 27 edged a fine delivery from Anderson that moved across him. It was Prior's catch, but the missed earlier chance perhaps kept his feet frozen as the ball whirred behind, leaving Cook to make a late and unsuccessful attempt for the catch with a dive to his right. Australia's openers relished in their opportunities, going on after tea until their stand had passed 150.

Eventually it was Rogers who let his guard down, cutting Bresnan in the air behind point, where Michael Carberry held a decent catch. Warner was unperturbed, rolling along to his second century of the series and delivering his trademark flying punch in celebration.

His exit, skying another attempt to hit Swann onto the WACA's grass banks, coincided with a slackening of the scoring rate, and following a reserved stay from Clarke, whose slightly loose drive was perforated by a nip-backer from Stokes. Time remained for one more moment of English chagrin before the close - an lbw review against Shane Watson for a delivery pitching and hitting the batsman well outside leg stump. It really had been one of those days.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • on December 16, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    It's sad to see a side which played so well three years ago be so poor on this tour.

    Jimmy Anderson just doesn't have it anymore, Stuart Broad does, but the captain (Cook) doesn't support his bowlers by having defensive field placings all of the time. For example, he could have made it difficult for Shane Watson yesterday if he put the pressure on early but he (Cook) was all about saving runs instead of letting Watson off the hook! Incredible!

    As well, Matthew Prior is awful as 'keeper and has done nothing with the bat. All in all, England has been woeful! Australia has outplayed them in all facets of the game and deserves to win 5-0.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on December 16, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    @Jono Makim (post on December 15, 2013, 20:15 GMT): Re. Warner - sure, over the moon! That Barry Manilow CD I lent him is doing him the world of good...

    Re. KP vs. Bell: In tests, runs scored are far more important than strike rates, and currently one of those players is way ahead in recent games than the other. Neither JG2704 nor myself are afraid to drop class players in very poor form, so get over it.

  • Meety on December 16, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    @Haiphong on (December 16, 2013, 2:57 GMT) - I prefer not to bag our players out of respect & also the fact that they are a 100 times better at cricket than me. So I am happy that Watto has got the ton, however, there are plenty of valid reasons to question why he has been constantly selected - particularly when returning from injury (should find form & fitness in the Shield in the past). But..... when you say "....NO ONE else in the team has the potential to tear an opposition down like him..." - you have to be kidding, - did you not see Warner's knock, a knock when there was still hope for England of winning the match??? Watto cemented what Warner's knock started.

  • CherryWood_Champion on December 16, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    @Sammy K .... Clarke has been batting extremely well in Tests since the last couple of years and is deserves to be the #1 in ICC rankings. I have great respect for Amla ... he is definitely among runs ... but most of it is in ODIs.

  • brisCricFan on December 16, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    @Haiphong; youre kidding right? England have just had the biggest victory over Australia - they let Watson score some runs... now he will be entrenched as the 'all-rounder' at least until the end of the 2015 WC season... A tragedy for Australian Cricket and a masterstroke by England... will stop Australia from moving up in the world rankings for another two years...

  • brisCricFan on December 16, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    In my experience, when the batsmen haven't been able to get a total on the board, the bowlers struggle as they haven't got anything to work with, the few risks the batsmen take pay off and before you know it, they have passed your total and you are on the defensive... that has been the way this series... In contrast, Australia have put on some good runs and allowed the bowlers the continual freedom to bowl to their plans... Anderson hasn't bowled any worse than he did in England, but the batsmen have been pathetic.

    @Ed Gordon; yes Anderson moved the ball last series but also recognise that Australia was enduring it's wettest Summer in decades so pitch and atmospheric conditions were the closest they would ever get to English conditions... and he was younger and a little quicker...

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on December 16, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    Pretty close morning session, I think Australia just edging the honors.

  • BradmanBestEver on December 16, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    an absolute peach from Harris - would have got anyone out - except 4 Bradman

  • BradmanBestEver on December 16, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    The main problem with the English is they have no grunt. They have not got the guts to tough things out.

    out: Pietersen, Swann, Anderson, Bresnan

    in: 4 guys who try their guts out

  • Haiphong on December 16, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    This one's for all you guys "bagging" Watson day and night! NO ONE else in the team has the potential to tear an opposition down like him...

  • on December 16, 2013, 20:34 GMT

    It's sad to see a side which played so well three years ago be so poor on this tour.

    Jimmy Anderson just doesn't have it anymore, Stuart Broad does, but the captain (Cook) doesn't support his bowlers by having defensive field placings all of the time. For example, he could have made it difficult for Shane Watson yesterday if he put the pressure on early but he (Cook) was all about saving runs instead of letting Watson off the hook! Incredible!

    As well, Matthew Prior is awful as 'keeper and has done nothing with the bat. All in all, England has been woeful! Australia has outplayed them in all facets of the game and deserves to win 5-0.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on December 16, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    @Jono Makim (post on December 15, 2013, 20:15 GMT): Re. Warner - sure, over the moon! That Barry Manilow CD I lent him is doing him the world of good...

    Re. KP vs. Bell: In tests, runs scored are far more important than strike rates, and currently one of those players is way ahead in recent games than the other. Neither JG2704 nor myself are afraid to drop class players in very poor form, so get over it.

  • Meety on December 16, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    @Haiphong on (December 16, 2013, 2:57 GMT) - I prefer not to bag our players out of respect & also the fact that they are a 100 times better at cricket than me. So I am happy that Watto has got the ton, however, there are plenty of valid reasons to question why he has been constantly selected - particularly when returning from injury (should find form & fitness in the Shield in the past). But..... when you say "....NO ONE else in the team has the potential to tear an opposition down like him..." - you have to be kidding, - did you not see Warner's knock, a knock when there was still hope for England of winning the match??? Watto cemented what Warner's knock started.

  • CherryWood_Champion on December 16, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    @Sammy K .... Clarke has been batting extremely well in Tests since the last couple of years and is deserves to be the #1 in ICC rankings. I have great respect for Amla ... he is definitely among runs ... but most of it is in ODIs.

  • brisCricFan on December 16, 2013, 4:37 GMT

    @Haiphong; youre kidding right? England have just had the biggest victory over Australia - they let Watson score some runs... now he will be entrenched as the 'all-rounder' at least until the end of the 2015 WC season... A tragedy for Australian Cricket and a masterstroke by England... will stop Australia from moving up in the world rankings for another two years...

  • brisCricFan on December 16, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    In my experience, when the batsmen haven't been able to get a total on the board, the bowlers struggle as they haven't got anything to work with, the few risks the batsmen take pay off and before you know it, they have passed your total and you are on the defensive... that has been the way this series... In contrast, Australia have put on some good runs and allowed the bowlers the continual freedom to bowl to their plans... Anderson hasn't bowled any worse than he did in England, but the batsmen have been pathetic.

    @Ed Gordon; yes Anderson moved the ball last series but also recognise that Australia was enduring it's wettest Summer in decades so pitch and atmospheric conditions were the closest they would ever get to English conditions... and he was younger and a little quicker...

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on December 16, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    Pretty close morning session, I think Australia just edging the honors.

  • BradmanBestEver on December 16, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    an absolute peach from Harris - would have got anyone out - except 4 Bradman

  • BradmanBestEver on December 16, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    The main problem with the English is they have no grunt. They have not got the guts to tough things out.

    out: Pietersen, Swann, Anderson, Bresnan

    in: 4 guys who try their guts out

  • Haiphong on December 16, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    This one's for all you guys "bagging" Watson day and night! NO ONE else in the team has the potential to tear an opposition down like him...

  • Happy_hamster on December 16, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    All series Australia have been better in all facets and are deserving victors. The biggest factor has been Mitchell 'Tats' Johnson, I have seen him many times in Ashes tests before and could really not understand how he got a place in the Aussie 11, now I know why he has been fast bowling personified. I only hope and it is a big hope that England can sort Finn's problems out as he had the same raw ingredients till the England coaches got him. ps. my favourite ever England batsman is Gooch, however England have not scored 400 for 20 innings so time for a review of his position?

  • chicko1983 on December 16, 2013, 2:14 GMT

    @AKS286, Joll et al, This Aussie team, with Cowan and Hughes instead of Rogers and Bailey, got pretty close to defeating Sth Africa in Australia a year or so ago. And that was when we were at our lowest ebb. If Watson starts to fire, and the bowling unit stays fit, they will be more than a match against SA in 2014. Warner, Smith, Johnson, Siddle and Haddin firing to compete with Harris and Clarke, makes this team the best SA will face in a long time.

  • on December 16, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    @joll:- We will wait and see what happens in Feb/March when they visit SA

  • orangtan on December 16, 2013, 2:11 GMT

    Cricket should take its cue from baseball and avoid playing dead rubber matches. Why prolong the agony, let the victors enjoy the spoils and the losers go back and work on new plans to resuscitate their fortunes.This goes for all forms of cricket.

  • Thegimp on December 16, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    Lost and Found

    Lost: Outswinger

    Last seen with a Duke ball in England. If found contact James Anderson at WACA.

  • BigDataIsAHoax on December 16, 2013, 2:04 GMT

    I will ask again. So, who are the FLAT TRACK BULLIES now ? There is conclusive evidence on the basis of the two back to back Ashes that this title now sits fair and square with England. Look at the pitches they doctored in the last Ashes - flat and dry - to make life easier for their batsmen and Swann. Fast forward three months and they are getting utterly decimated on Australian pitches with more bounce. Gabba - hammered, Adelaide - hammered, Perth - Annihilation awaits. They will get smashes in Melbourne. English batting is worse than a sub-continent team touring Australia during the 90s.

  • on December 16, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    Without Broad, the English bowling attack is a blunt instrument. Anderson is lacking his 'famous' swing, Swann isn't in form and Bresnan is still not fit enough to play at this level IMO. Tremlett looked OKAY. Rankin is an ODI bowler and Finn is all but useless. Even Stokes looks more dangerous than Anderson and Bresnan.

  • Go_Saints on December 16, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    The best test team today (SAF) is mediocre or decent at best compared to best teams of the past (WI in 80's, PAK in 1990's, Aus in 2000's). Such is the standard test cricket has fallen to!

  • __PK on December 16, 2013, 0:16 GMT

    The real shame for England on day 3 was that their two misfiring strike weapons finally looked like improving but Prior let them down. Swann finally looked dangerous with the ball, but Prior missed two stumpings. Anderson is desperately needed, but Prior spoiled the caught behind he needed to get into the game. And AKS286, blah blah, the English fans said exactly the same thing, just different names.

  • on December 15, 2013, 23:49 GMT

    @Ants Bull Jimmy Anderson looks world class on the decks of England with a Duke ball, then can't move it at all when he plays ouside of England

    You must be new here? Jimmy got 24 wickets last time around in Aus by moving the ball around.

  • Schoonerman on December 15, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    Joll, I agree completely. The two best sides in the world at the moment are in SA. England and Australia are third and fourth at best at the moment. It is worth noting that the Duke is now used in Australia, probably for reverse swing reasons. I can't understand how England have been so dominant with the ball in the past few years. Swann is the only one with an everage below 30. On the other hand, Lyon is the only full time bowler with an average above 30 for the Australians. I guess it is another example of stats not telling the whole story.

  • Shaggy076 on December 15, 2013, 23:27 GMT

    Ants Bull ; I think English supporters are way too harsh on there bowlers. First test, got AUstralia out for a respectable score on that pitch not helped by COoks defensive tactics on Haddin and JOhnson. Suddenly on completion of the innings they are back bowling that same day due to the incompetence of there batting. No bowling side will cope with that work load. Second test great first day, if it wasn't for fluffed catches they would have bowled AUstralia out for about 300 on a road. Again batting lasts a couple of sessions and not enough time for bowlers to put there feet up and back in for a second test. Go to Perth on the back of massive work load and do pretty well in the first innings only for there bats again do them no favours, a second innings with the work load that they have had minus Broad and this was inevitable. THe bowling hasn't been brilliant simply because the batsman aren't giving them enough time to recover before they are called on again.

  • wellrounded87 on December 15, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    While it has been emphatic from the aussies so far there are still a few question marks on the side. Lyon still can't produce consistently and continues to struggle to take 4th innings wickets. Watson has long overstayed his welcome at 3, either play him at 6/7 as a bowling all rounder or drop him either way he's not a no. 3. I would like to see the spot go to one of Hughes/Pomersbach/Doolan/Silk

    Might still be too early to tell on Pomersbach but his form has been superb and he deserves a run if it continues. Hughes is in stellar form, and Doolan and Silk are both very promising youngsters.

    Rogers and Bailey should be on the chopping block as well. I like Rogers and think his selection was long overdue but at 37 years old he needs to be piling on the runs to justify his position in the team. I'm fine with someone in their 20's averaging low 30's but at 37 he should be averaging in the 40's to be hanging onto his spot. Bailey is just like Bevan a ODI specialist

  • on December 15, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    Yet another poor day for England, with no crumbs of comfort to be found.

  • JG2704 on December 15, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    @Ants Bull on (December 15, 2013, 19:42 GMT) The bowling is a problem for sure but I'd say the batting was the catalyst for everything In the 1st test on what was considered the flattest of tracks , our batsmen scored 325 aggregate over both innings. IMO this relays across to the Oz batsmen who don't feel under as much pressure to score big runs and are playing with more freedom. Cook pre tour said that 400 was the minimum on these pitches and right now (in 5 inns) England have scraped 300 once , scraped 250 once and have 3 times been out for less than 200. Also re Bell who had a magnificent summer , he has only been left stranded with the tail once this series when he was 72 not out. His other scores were 5,6,32 and 15. Hardly backs it up

  • on December 15, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    The pathetic thing about this England team, is the lack of fight! I have been very reserved over just how far ahead the Australian team are in this series. Should England have won in Perth (very very unlikely now), I think they would have retained the Ashes. Why didn't this motivate them?!

  • JG2704 on December 15, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    @DJAbacus - You're on about overreacting but then one can also bury their head in the sand. Yes England have come back from poor series before but in UAE , after the 1st test they were very competitive in the other 2. Vs SA England were bludgeoned in the 1st test and then competitive in the other 2. This is by far the worst position Eng have been in since Aus in 2006 and the worst under Flower. I hoped that the turnaround in India and even the way Eng saved the 3rd test in NZ (although it was a poor series) was a sign that England were showing some resolve when under the cosh but this is as bad as it gets

  • bren19 on December 15, 2013, 21:58 GMT

    England's two "go to" bowlers, Anderson and Swann have been found out. Anderson bowls well with the swinging duke ball in England but struggles here. Swann is only useful on decks that the curators in England have been kind enough to tailor to suit him.

  • camcove on December 15, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    To Joll and others who are celebrating anticipĂ ted SA domination in the upcoming series, this may indeed happen. History, however, suggests it will be a real competition. The Saffers are fantastic, but conditions are similar enough for both sides to enjoy playing in their opponents' backyards. Believe it or not, but this Aussie is feeling sorrĂ˝ for the Poms. Mind you, can you imagine the howls of derision from the English media, had the Aussies in England (a) indicated that a particular ground be taken out of subsequent Ashes tours because the locals are too nasty (as in Brisbane); (b) conducted a press conference to which only British reps were invited (again Briz); and (c) sent an X-ray back to Oz (ostensibly at least) for interpretation (as with Broad)? I've seen implosion and wagon circling before, but wow! I don't know who the "brains' trust" is in this group, but I can't help but think they haven't achieved what they have tried to.

  • lebigfella on December 15, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    I'll be at Boxing Day Test... one my biggest sporting 'tick the box' dreams. And I was originally looking forward to a nail biting, hard game of cricket between two very well matched teams... locked, say, at one test each... Sadly England will be three down and the Ashes back on Australian soil... England have appeared woefully inept, lacking heart, bereft of any desire and poor in all departments... can this be true? We do play a lot of cricket... pretty much all year round (no other international team are anywhere near this)... in this day of over analysis we must be able to recognise that our players are under unrelenting physical & mental pressure... and our international management must do something about it! There is a trend and it is no coincidence that it is English cricketers who are burning out. The ECB must look at the calendar and help our lads... hunger & fresh desire is paramount, but with the tank empty talent alone cannot win matches.

  • MasterBlaster100 on December 15, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Eng struggling because a settled side suddenly has a few holes. The answer is not to drop the remaining bankers. Cook, bell, root, KP, broad maybe anderson, maybe prior could all be in the next ashes in 2015. For Australia? Clarke if his back can take it, Warner yes. Who else? Johnson will be 34, Harris unlikely. Its Aus who need to find a new team. Eng need evolution not revolution. They need to find more effective support than Tremlett, Panesar, Bresnan, Stokes have been providing. Dropping the stars will only make England weaker. If there must be blood let it be the likes of Gooch who goes.

  • RoBoBobster on December 15, 2013, 21:24 GMT

    until today Priors keeping over the series hasn't been noticably bad - you don't lose that ability overnight so I imagine he must have had something serious on his mind/mild illness or somthing In terms of batting with his shot today, he needed to be agressive batting with the tail and a new ball due, it seems he did the best thing he could have done (other than the fact he got out)

  • on December 15, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    everyone is a lion in their den

  • on December 15, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    Very happy with the results, this shows that no team is no. 1 as such & every team is struggling outside its home. Eng is still next best team to SA, but their batting & bowling both are declining. Players are getting older & its really right time to pick some new faces, just a couple of changes will do, need not to do too many changes.

  • on December 15, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    It's frustrating when you see a player in Nick Compton finally come good with a pair of centuries, only for the selectors to drop him and install their new opener only to remove that new opener from that position five matches later.

    Has Carberry really done better than Compton would?

    Ian Bell's put his hand up to play at 3 and been knocked back. Why would they not want their best batsman who wants to bat at 3 to bat at 3?

    Graeme Onions took about a 80 odd wickets, couldn't concievably have done more in the English summer, said on twitter "devastated" didn't quite suffice to describe how he felt. Fly him out here, doesn't matter the Ashes have been lost, get him out here and get Compton while you're at it.

    Australia's fortunes have been turned around because of the humility of the selectors to bring back Haddin and Rogers. England have to find the same remorse.

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on December 15, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    @R-U-4-Realnick, yeah sorry perhaps it wasn't clear. What it meant was by forfeiting it won't stop the whitewash (in other words, they can't surrender to save themselves the 5-0 scoreline). If they play it might be 5-0, if they forfeit it is 5-0. Let's hope for Australian dominance again tomorrow and then may be some competitive cricket in Melb and Sydney. Cool.

  • AlSmug on December 15, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    Australia have out played England , they are a class above as the results show. The urn will return to its rightful place here in Australia , England look like a 2nd 11 country cricket team at the moment, lets hope they can give some competition fr the rest of the series.

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on December 15, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Posted by AKS286 on (December 15, 2013, 17:54 GMT), couldn't disagree more. Australia will always give SA a run for their money and they hardly have an enviable record at home. Seeing the worlds genuine top 2 go head to head will be great though, I agree with that!

  • on December 15, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    @R_U_4_Real_Nick and JG2704, would you guys really chop KP and have us sit through an even more dour English batting performance? For mine, guys like Root and Bell are the bigger problem, they come in and score 5 runs off 60 balls and while its all well and good to play yourself in, you need to get busy and allow your partner to play as well. When these two blokes come in to bat the scoring stops for an hour and just lets our blokes bowl wherever they want. Ballance needs to play but now Broad is gone I'd be loathe to drop Stokes as he seems as likely if not more likely to take wickets than Anderson or Bres. Maybe they need to play him as the third seamer down at 8?

    Nick, you must be thrilled at Warner being the highest run scorer for the series to date? Short form specialist hey!

  • Shaggy076 on December 15, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    Aks286; The same thing has been said the last two times we have gone to South Africa but we still remain undefeated in a series in South Africa since there return to test cricket.

  • on December 15, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    The biggest problem in this series is that England's bowling attack looks ordinary. Chasing 500+ every game pretty much loses the game up front.

    Broad aside, the rest do nothing with the ball - Jimmy Anderson looks world class on the decks of England with a Duke ball, then can't move it at all when he plays ouside of England. Swann is similar, last year in NZ and this summer he has basically held up an end, and is not remotely threatening.

    Broad is the only bowler with any x-factor in him, and he's out injured now.

    For the batting, Ian Bell needs to be batting at number 3 - he is the best player in the team and its a complete waste having him so low in the order coming in trying to save innings, instead of being the one that builds them.

  • on December 15, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    how about this for a team in one or two years time as I do believe we should not change whole team yet . 1 cook 2 chopra 3 root 4. moen 5 taylor 6 ballance 7 buttler 8 stokes 9 woakes 10 mills 11 overton I think this is England team is on its last legs for most players but can't change all at once I think within 5 years we would have a great side again

  • Joll on December 15, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Clearly, Australia will win this Ashes series with England. They have out-played England in every facet of the game. But this does not make Australia world-beaters. Indeed, Australia have some of their own problems. For example, Rogers, Watson and Bailey are barely surviving in this team. I don't think the South African bowlers will be having nightmares at the thought of bowling to these three. And I am not 100% convinced this is a strong batting line-up. Yes, it has batted well against Enlgand. But this is an England side which look tired, stale and are struggling in the heat. Batting well against this bowling line-up is a far different proposition from what South Africa has to offer. Put another way, the best indicator of how good this Australian team is will be how well they do against South Africa.

  • JG2704 on December 15, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    @Dark_Harlequin on (December 15, 2013, 13:10 GMT) I tend to find alot of county SF specialists tend to go into their shells when they play for England as batsmen. Look at how Carberry played in the ODIs. Jonny averages 30 in test cricket and that after a woeful start. Not great but when you consider that Jos averages around that in first class cricket at Taunton. No English WK batsman has averaged better than Jonny in the last 30 years besides Stewart and Prior. I don't think he can do much worse than Prior (with the exception of the 2nd test inns) right now and in the 2 series this year that both he and Prior played Jonny averaged better.

    @AKS286 on (December 15, 2013, 17:54 GMT) SA are a more consistent side than Australia but their series have always been close and in the last series SA won 1-0 and in the 2 drawn matches Aus were well on top of one and SA were hanging on in the other. This was just last year.

  • mzm149 on December 15, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    I am very happy for Australian reemergence after a slim year and a half. They are the only team who can defeat Proteas in tests and claim top ranking.

  • on December 15, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    We can now, without any doubt, state that the beginning of a lengthy period of Australian domination over England has begun. Such is the natural order of things

  • on December 15, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    nice to be here................

  • on December 15, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    Australia's pace is blinding at the moment. The English batting is too brittle to withstand that attack. The only team in the world that can fight and win against Johnson and Co., is South Africa. Amla, Smith and Co., can take on anybody. Steyn can unleash even faster blinders. India has the best batting line-up ( mmm on paper). Their strength is only paper thin. Wish India played Australia in Australia. But India will only play the others in its slow, dustbowls and remain one of the world's best teams. That's what the ICC rankings are all about. Clark is according to the ICC the world's best batsman. Amla? No.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on December 15, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    @milepost (post on December 15, 2013, 11:53 GMT): thanks for your support, but your post makes no sense. By forfeiting games you normally automatically lose them - therefore Australia would rightly claim a whitewash anyway. My point was that I think there are very good players (in fine form just before this series) that should replace a few passengers in this current line-up for new upcoming series such as SL. Simply rushing new players over for the last two games in this series I agree is very unlikely to help anything.

  • AKS286 on December 15, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    @ Front-Foot-Sponge on (December 15, 2013, 17:09 GMT) The African Deadly Barrage (Steyn, Morkel, Phillander, De Lange, Tsotsobe, Abbott) will destroy the Oz fortress. This squib of Oz batting will be over. Remember this Aus team is still poor. Warner will retain his poor technique in SA, Haddin will lost. Only Johnson, Clarke & Watto are capable to face deadly barrage. Lets ready for Fast & Deadly bowling from both sides.

  • on December 15, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    It is apparent from Brits body language that they now like to return home for Christmas to be with their families rather then grinding out at WACA... feel they are capable of much more, just that they are not carrying same spirit... Wish they make good match out of current test and give solid resistance to Aussies for the rest of series, though this appears highly unlikely with Broad being latest casualty..

  • on December 15, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Australia lost the last series in England 3-0. But it does not indicate how intensely that series was fought out. Australia nearly won the first test and would have won if not for a very poor umpiring decision by Aleem Dar (Broad in second innings). They were deprived of a possible win when one game was rained off. Except for second test, all other matches were closely contested and England triumphed because they won some key moments. Australia was building up a team in that series and by the end of that series they had a very nearly settled unit. Once Mitchel Johnson was added that provided the x-factor. England either under estimated or did not come prepared to face up to Australian pace attack which as a unit is far superior to the best England can offer. One benchmark for measuring greatness of a batsman is how he can adopt to different situations. In that respect KP with all his ego and arrogance has failed miserably to stand up and be counted when it really mattered.

  • Harmony_not_Discord on December 15, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Broad's toe crushed by Johnson's yorker reminds me of Waqar Younus.

    Waqar used to deliver those toe-crushing yorkers at will and no one has been able to master that yet. What a skill he had!

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on December 15, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    @runout49-so warner made a wonderful 100 celebrated as any young passionate cricketer in national colours would.He has right to do it just as much as any bat/bowler would his 100/wkts around in int. cricket in the modern game. A real role model for kids.

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on December 15, 2013, 17:09 GMT

    Carberry, Cook, Root, KP, Bell, Anderson, Swann, Stokes and defo Broad - they are trying but I think 3 things are very pertinent, 1. Australia are playing very well. 2. Australia have taken their chances where England haven't (that's cricket, it happens). 3. Australia have always found a partnership or a wicket when the need one and England haven't. It's a hiding yes but as much as I would like to rub it in they probably aren't worlds apart. Let's see what Australia produce in SA early next year. Our pace on home wickets is also a factor.

  • JimDavis on December 15, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    In general England stank, but I thought Carberry was very good in very trying circumstances.

  • shot274 on December 15, 2013, 16:26 GMT

    @electric_loco_WAP4. Ok the Ashes are nearly yours but lets not go completely loco! Australia- the worlds best pace attack?? I think Steyn, Philander and Morkel are not just better but by some distance. And you may well find that out early next year!!

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 15, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    One problem with this series is that it has taken place in 'fast forward'.It's hard to know where to take a breath. Austra;lia have played it in superfast forward and England have just been onlookers trying to hold on in desperation. Today was a small sample of typical paly. 180-4 was an okayish position. 250 a.o though was not. And then the 2nd innings began and very soon England were out of the game. Warner has the same propensity as Slater did to turn a lead into an unassailable position very fast-in this innings he barely took guard and helped by Prior failing to take a stumping chance he was soon a long way away ahead. No Broad means really no wickets at the moment. Talking of players being switched on.only two out of eleven have turned up -Broad- and Carberry at least has followed him . Probably it is true to say the rest are jaded. Very jaded. But anyway with two games still England need a boost, not the possible reversal of Broad being injured.

  • runout49 on December 15, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    The game is bigger than the man. Warner should be made to realise that young cricketers see him as a role model. If the next generation of test cricketers act like him the game will be in serious trouble.

  • AKS286 on December 15, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Three poor series is equal one poor Ashes. But KP, Prior is having 2 poor Ashes. It means nothing after 3-0. If KP or Prior hits century after 3-0 then it never be accepted. Eng batmen fail to spend time in pitch. I really miss slow Compton atleast he has the capability to hold the wicket. But the bad thing is that there is no replacement of batsman like Taylor, Compton. Stokes , Ballance are not ready for Ashes event. ENG is having Jimmy, Broad, Tremlett, Bresnan, Finn, Rankin & Stokes as for bowlers but for batsman -Ballance Ashes joke fella as Woakes earlier. KP & Prior must be dropped now. Compton must be IN for Stokes. Aftermind game of WACA hype of pace & bounce now Broad is injured- nothing is going right for Eng. Ok now I'll wait for next Ashes and Good wishes for that Eng.

  • Biggus on December 15, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    @BradmanBestEver:- May as well for the remaining matches, maybe should give Rankin and/or Finn a run as well. Unless Broad's broken something he'll be OK for Boxing Day. Anderson still deserve a place? I'd give him a rest, he just doesn't seem as committed as you'd expect from the leader of a bowling attack. Let he and Swann have a bit of a think about where they'd like to go from here. This tour has been a shambles from the moment the team was selected.

  • Biggus on December 15, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    @Mitty2:- Yep, stick with them, the big question is whom do we take to SA as spare parts? Much to like about Faulkner but he's in the same boat as Stokes vis-a-vis test matches, that is, what is he? Not really a top 6 bat so is he a third seamer? Not convinced yet. Any news on Starc and Pattinson?@Bonehead_maz:- Maybe Alderman pre-injury, still more Marshall/Snow to me atm. Either way, Steyn and Harris would open the bowling for a world XI right now, such a shame he flowered late (not sure I should use the word 'Flowered' atm) and his knee will can be expected finish him prematurely. He's as just about as close to perfect atm as a quick can be.

  • Tamimfan on December 15, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    england deserve this . bresnan is not good in tests . finn or tremllett are better bowler than bresnan

  • SherjilIslam on December 15, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    I think life has come full circle for broad & England. As the saying goes, 'you reap what you sow' broad shouldn't feel dissapointed by the turn of events. He cheated in England, got the hammering back in Australia and left with a crushed toe and lost urn. And Mr. Mitchell Johnson, who was ridiculed by whole British media and barmy army, as 'who bowls to left...' scripted all this.

  • Beertjie on December 15, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    @Warm_Coffee on (December 15, 2013, 10:52 GMT) Agree that Oz is back under Boof. There is some evidence of better quality spinners. Lyon is turning into one, but promising leggie Adam Zampa should have developed sufficiently by the next England visit. Agar and Maxwell might become spinning all-rounders capable of batting #6 and they will become the best team in the world again in my opinion. If the batting can produce a few new faces that "great new era for them in future" you speak of may be around the corner.

  • astrodee on December 15, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    Let's not forget Pat Cummins, who made such a dramatic debut. Another young genuinely fast bowler.

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

    @Biggus - I think England should persist with Stokes - at least he has some heart

  • shoddy on December 15, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Assuming Australia go on to win the ashes, they will still only have won 2 out of the last 5, loosing the other 3, congratulations for that, they are a punch drunk team having an Ashes hangover from what happened in the summer. England are a jaded unit no doubt, Australia will also suffer loss of veterans in next 2-3 years, it will be interesting who comes out on top in next 5 meetings.

  • on December 15, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    @Terry Scott on (December 15, 2013, 14:28 GMT) Our bowling attack of Pattinson (23), Starc (23) and Cummins (20) as well as Agar (20 or 19) are currently injured (except for Agar). They will set up our attack for the next decade.

  • Biggus on December 15, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    @Terry Scott:- England have had a complete moral collapse, it happens sometimes. What I don't think anyone dreamed is that this English side would do it to this Australian side. Some credit must of course go to Australia, but the difference in the attitudes of the tourists between this time and the last is striking. Last time they were here the talk was all about embracing the conditions and enjoying the tour, but this time much of the squad seems to have been in a foul mood since they stepped of the plane, Anderson being culprit number one. England will lose this game certainly and must be struggling in the rest given the signs thus far. There will have to be some house cleaning when they get home, but I'll let the English make those suggestions, suffice to say the code has been broken and they need a new paradigm. Not convinced about Stokes, plenty if fire in the belly but what is he to be in test matches? At the moment he's neither fish nor fowl.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on December 15, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    @Terry Depends if you're looking at the bowling or batting. Bowling department we have plenty of stock, MJ was actually not a first choice bowler coming into this home series which kind of says it all, but Starc and Pattinson are injured. Got plenty waiting in the wings as well, such as NCN. Lyon is 26, so I think that's a definite plus for Australia, he just needs to learn how to bowl on a spinning wicket as well as bouncy tracks.

    As for the batting, that's where we're slim. On the plus side, we've gone from having nothing by way of youngsters looking like real players for the test team to having Warner who has locked up an opening spot for the forseeable future, and Smith's century gives real hope that we have 2 young batsmen for the future. It's not enough yet, but it's better than the absolutely nothing we had coming into the series. They're the only young batsmen we're blooding and they're doing ok. I don't see how we could do worse than Watson and Bailey, so it's not THAT bad.

  • Bonehead_maz on December 15, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    @ Biggus. Our bowling attack has been awesome in these two and a half tests. Looking from a comparison, Rhino these last two games has reminded me of Terry Alderman, Hadlee maybe ....... very good, relentless, no matter who like :). @ Mitty I know how you feel and I feel the same, ................but we need to take 10 wickets yet......

  • on December 15, 2013, 14:28 GMT

    I'm not convinced that Australia is that good. For all the talk of the emerging pace attack they are relying on guys that are all around 30 and are not new talent. (they may be good talent). The batting order has problems- Watson does not belong in the top six, Bailey is unconvincing and one of the best batsmen is a wicket keeper who is not going to see 35 again.

    That being said much credit must go to the combination of Clarke and Lehman against the one dimensional captaincy of Cook and coaching of Flower.

    The tripe about too much cricket is always trotted out when teams start to lose. Strangely enough, when they are winning it is not an issue.

  • Mitty2 on December 15, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    Oo interesting point about Arthur's best bowling jibe. What our bowlers have done so far, particularly this morning, has been cruel, clinical and efficient. Doing my usual muting the Channel 9 commentary and listening to ABC Grandstand, the commentators were talking about how it was our most all round, and best bowling performance so far and said that 251 should've been closer to 200 purely because of how well everyone bowled. Harris was great as usual - hearing that Taylor compared him to Malcolm Marshall? Sids was combative and bowled with lots of seam movement at the perfect pace and the way MJ bowled to Stokes and Prior was brilliant. Then we have Lyon to top it off who Mallett said will be our best ever off spinner - this innings he again out bowled the supposedly best 'traditional' off-spinner in the world. This just in one innings in 40 degree heat on a good WACA surface. So what do we do for the SA series with such a good but old bowling attack? I reckon we stick with them.

  • Mitty2 on December 15, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Well I can't help but be ecstatic that after 0-7 we've won the Ashes. Really, supporting these players has been difficult and infuriating to say the least but they obviously have the talent as they're playing test cricket and so when Boof comes into the autocratic regime and inspires confidence and invokes stability in the team and set up, it reaps rewards and the players that looked so listless in England and India are now on top of the world. Full credit to Boof, and full credit to CA for making the right and tough decision.

    After the second test in India (Hyderabad?) I couldn't help but avoid not only the hopelessness, but the fact that it had all gone so wrong so quickly since the greats departed and I was following the worst Aus side since the mid 80s. Now, all the in-fightings, all the hammerings and all the criticisms whilst certainly justified, seem so distant. It's a proud moment and I reckon MJ, Haddin and Clarke would be absolutely basking in it right now - as they should.

  • on December 15, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Trying to summon up a bit of sympathy for England...and struggling. Negative cricket, time-wasting, turgid home pitches, and little joy for the game coming home to roost. Another baking Perth day for the last rites please.

  • Biggus on December 15, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    Today we see the results of our great bowling discipline yesterday. England couldn't release the pressure and when wickets started to tumble they hadn't made enough runs to make a contest of it. Had to laugh when Mark Taylor started comparing Ryan Harris to Malcolm Marshall today. On the third day at the Gabba I said this, "I'm going to go out on a limb and say he's starting to remind me JUST A LITTLE of Malcolm Marshall. Sure, he's 10 ks slower and not in the same class (not many candidates there) but he's a similar size, somewhat chest on, quicker than he looks, makes the batsman play, nasty skidding bouncer, moves it around, big heart." Thrilled for Ryan, but it's also time to sing Peter Siddle's praises, the unsung hero of our attack and KP's bogey man. 'Banana Man' is just about as good a third seamer as you could wish for. Heading for a big series win but the Saffers will tell us where we really are we when land over there.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on December 15, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    No surprises as exp. 1st up - the worlds best pace attack moping up Eng lower/mid order in sess. 1 itself. Good see Warner make full use of the opp. -vitally do justice his talent-with a good ton. Now for Smith to make his 2nd 100 before final rites.

  • on December 15, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Next test line up should be 1.Cook 2.Carberry 3.Root 4.Moeen/Ballance 5.Bell 6.Bairstow(keeper) 7.Stokes 8. Swann 9.Broad/Bresnan 10.Anderson 11.Rankin/Finn - the series will be over and so it would be good to blood some newer, younger, more hungry players

  • Bodders70 on December 15, 2013, 13:50 GMT

    I doubt it'll be late tomorrow that the ashes return to Australia, at the moment I can only see us as mentally shot and unable to last even a session so I think the urn will be handed over mid-afternoon or tea at the latest. I feel sorry for the team more than anything, they've been totally outplayed by a much better Australian outfit in the hell-fire of Australia at home. Congratulations to Australia. I can only see another white-wash coming so feel particularly sorry for KP, Cook, Bell and Anderson who could potentially participate in not one but two ashes whitewash defeats. Of course, they've also been in three (or four for KP) ashes victories. Funny game, cricket.

  • din7 on December 15, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    England are really lookin pathetic...aussies performed a way better in last ashes than eng are doing here...no fight at all! Havin said that i aussies need to sort their problems in nxt 2 tests with ashes already in the bag..what bailey needs to do more to prove that he isnt a test batsmen?aussie have a great chance now to select doolan or some youngster in lynn, burns etc at no6 or other which will give them valuable experince, their nxt series is in SA, bailey will become easy bunny for steyn..he shld never had been selected after poor perform in shield...or keep watson at 6, but they need to selct some1 new cause they have great chance now with series already won..remember eng would never found root had they not given him chance...anyways they will have to drop bailey after sa tour , plz aus dont miss this golden chance......

  • bobmartin on December 15, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    The people I feel sorry for are the England supporters who've spent thousands of pounds to travel halfway round the world to watch a team who don't even look as if they have half a chance... It's a poor return for their time and money I'm afarid...

  • kumarcoolbuddy on December 15, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    ENG's performance despite having successful bowlers shows why confidence is very important. You don't care how big teams are if that team doesn't have confidence. Same thing happened to India When it visited ENG and AUS last time India and now in SA with ODI so far.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on December 15, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    ashes should be back in Aus late tom.

  • calcu on December 15, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    go and win the ashes, australia!!!

  • shot274 on December 15, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    Sometimes a team simply plays better cricket than the other and outplays them. Individual performances a few key 'wins' and thats all it takes for a positive result. England should resist wholesale changes for the sake of change. This is a tried and tested team-theyve just got beat and thats that. Maybe a few personnel who are out of form may be replaced but the majority who are playing are currently the best in the country. 4 months ago nobody would have disagreed. you dont suddenly, in the space of a few months become awful. Sport has a certain objectivity to it. The team which plays better invariably wins and Australia have played brilliantly.

  • Harlequin. on December 15, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    @JG - I dunno, just not a big fan of Bairstow - maybe if he stopped playing across the line as much then it might help! I know what you will say though, Butler does it just as much if not more, but he seems to connect when he does it and I have enjoyed watching him in limited overs cricket so I would quite like to watch him at test level too.

  • lillee4PM on December 15, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    So now that the Urn is nearly in the bag, time to look ahead to the MCG & SCG. Drop Rogers and bring in Hughes to open with Warner, put Clarke at #3, followed by Smith, Bailey, Watson, Haddin and the rest to stay the same. If that works, stick with it for the SA tour next year and take Faulkner along for when Watson breaks down.

  • FanofGoodCricket on December 15, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    English team could have shown better resolve

  • on December 15, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    The only hope to save the test is for Cook and Carberry to both score 100's or for the Poms to be no more than 1 fer by close of play day 4. South Africa have done it before and England have to bat sessions..about 150 overs of batting,900 balls,over 90 balls per batsman on average.Two of the batsmen have to face cumulatively 600 deliveries and leave the balance of the lineup to face 300 (50 overs).In a funny way,this type of task might suit the Poms since they can focus on 1 objective...crease occupation.Forget about the demons of the past and even the series result...just bat!

  • stormy16 on December 15, 2013, 12:56 GMT

    Eng have got pummeled all series and are down and nearly out for the count. The Aussies have been unrelenting and to their credit, have played a fantasitc brand of cricket and in the process almost dismanteld Eng to an ordinary County outfit. Eng lost one too many wickets yesterday and today was about doing enough to stay in the game but once again they failed and Aus hit the pedel. Suffice to say Warner has cemented the opening slot for a long time and he was sensational and has been all summer. Not sure about his partner but by the time he was done, Eng were down and neally out. The wicket looks like its cracking up and batting later t'row and on the 5th day with be a nightmare and Eng have very little chance of surviving this one.

  • JustIPL on December 15, 2013, 12:53 GMT

    Very dissappointed by petersen's performance his careless attitude as he just wanted to face johnson which he did beautifully but against lesser bowlers he lost his confidence. Aussies are also becoming lions of the backyard.

  • ModernUmpiresPlz on December 15, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    I've found myself feeling sorry for England and their supporters. Bad sign for England...

  • kepler22b on December 15, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (December 15, 2013, 10:42 GMT)

    There'll be near enough to 100k to watch. There would be 100k if it was close and 98k if the poms were 3-0 up. Melbournites love sport - that's why they have a stadium that holds 100k to watch a 'local' sport. It wasn't built on cricket money.

  • Nutcutlet on December 15, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    Only in some wildly patriotic dreams were England going to stop the slide at the waca, of all unlikely places. If cricketing momentum is stoppable, then it must surely be achieved with a concerted superhuman effort, built on obdurate partnerships: Atherton & Russell; Watson & Bailey - that sort of thing. Just about every England player had to be at the top of his game, and Luck had to smile broadly for the day to end being described as good. A rationalist would have stayed in bed. Irrationally, I got up. But I was back in bed two hours later. What's the point of getting up & still having a nightmare? Ultimately, England has to accept that just about everything has been wrong with this tour. Poor selection, an initial arrogance that was never justified; bowlers who were jaded/off their game, unable to sustain hostility through the tail, & most glaringly of all, batsmen who had forgotten how to build substantial innings. Test are never won with a 70 or an 80 here & there. Daddy 100s? Ha!

  • trumpoz on December 15, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves here - Yes we are wiping the floor with the English. Yes, our bowlers are going brilliantly. Yes, our batsmen are making runs. Yes, four batsmen are covering for two not really performing. Yes there are only two batsmen under 30. That is an issue. Where are the young guys making boatloads of runs and kicking down the door to the Australian side? Its not happening. This current side is very well balanced, but there is not much in the batting stocks to come through.

    The tour is not lost for England. They will lose the Ashes and get whipped soundly. But, two big positives are Joe Root and Ben Stokes. I like the look of both of them - Root has the guts and technique to do well, and there is something about Stokes that I like. The ball that he got Clarke with was a beauty. Those calling for Cook's head are being premature - to be honest there is no-one else in the side who could do the job well. He has 8k runs and has at least another 5 years left

  • JG2704 on December 15, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    Re bowling - Now that's a whole different kettle. Not confident in the Broad prognosis and we all know (even if he continues) how less effective he is when he has injury concerns at the back of his mind. There was much debate about the bowling selections in the squad. I said at the time at the balance of the squad - with the 3 lankies - and worse still is that it looks like they lack confidence in any of them. I'd have had Onions in there as cover for Jimmy but on current form I'd probably have him replacing Jimmy although Jimmy hasn't played any longer format cricket for some time. Tremlett didn't do so bad in his test but obviously not well enough , although I wonder what the selectors expected after he had such a mediocre 2013. Finn's not taking enough wkts to compensate for leaking runs and they seem to have no faith in Boyd or have more faith in the jaded pace attack they've fielded in the series so far. What a mess

  • JG2704 on December 15, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    Regardless of results I think England need to make wholesale changes in the next game.

    I know I'm probably in the minority of 1 here and he'll prob do something big to prove me wrong but KP could maybe go. To me he either has fitness or complacency issues but I'm fed up with the "leave him in because he's a big game player or the only player who can turn it round" as it's wearing thin for me. I thought (should I say hoped) Prior may have gone on from what he did in the last inns but like so many of our players one half decent score (emphasis on the word half) is followed by a dud. So the 2 Yorkies come in for 2 guys you'd have had as undroppable pre series?

  • on December 15, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    SACK SAKER NOW!

    England take quick bowlers and rob them of 6mph of pace over the course of a two year "make you worse" regime. How long till Stokes bowls 84mph tops or develops the bowling yips? 18 months with Saker that's how long! Finn, Broad, Rankin, Anderson, all should be capable of high 80's. Finn, Broad and Rankin are young men - I've seen all of them bowl 92mph+ in the past 24 months. Broad bowling 83mph "bouncers" over and over to no effect (at that speed they are long hops surely)

    WHAT'S HAPPENED TO THEM

    England's thought processes are muddy, their skills are down, their temperament is beaten and their fitness levels (if bowling pace and batting concentration are measures) is woeful.

    And the fielding! Oh Lord don't start me on the fielding.

    England compete day one (in every test so far) falter day 2 - give in day three. That pattern sniffs of fitness issues.

    Worst display from England since the 90's. Close to the worst I've ever seen.

  • on December 15, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    i guess its nt over if englnd tuk early wkcts tomorw morning tht will slow down da run rate .. and if aus took 2 setion 4 lead and in da last session if cooks and carberry servivies and it wil b intrstng 1... v all 9 wt de viliers and du plesis did at adlaide at 2012 novmbr... who knows tht da match will goes at dda last over.. and i feel tht england can drw if thy play sensible .. com on... cooks 11.

  • DJAbacus on December 15, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    The good news for England of course is that this team will recover and bounce back stronger. There is also a wealth of talent waiting in the wings and they will be drafted in when the time is right for the team. The bad news for Australia is this is their team is a patch up job. There is a lack of young talent in the country and that is why they had to turn to the likes of Haddin, Rogers and Bailey. It's worked this time and worked well but I see issues for Australia moving forward after the SA series. I suggest that Australian supporters enjoy the moment as your joy may be short lived.

  • Crik_Fan_boy on December 15, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    When the Series started both the teams have been evenly matched. Ofcourse the Aussie team had slightly better bowlers, home conditions and an almost evenly matched batting line up which was slightly better than the English one, The English team compensated for these by concentrating more sticking to the basics and a risk free approach. MJ changed all that, apart from being the prime wicket taker, hes induced a component of fear in the opposition, which is also helping the other Aussie bowlers get wickets.. The best way forward would be to forget this series and start planning for the next one.

  • AB34 on December 15, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    It will be 3-0 to Australia (with 2 Test to play), like it was 3-0 to England, but at least we were competitive in that 3-0 series lost

  • jonesy2 on December 15, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    DJAbacus-- yes they are, England have been a very ordinary team for years, never were a very good side, should've lost in 09 in the ashes, should have lost this year but for rain and umpiring, got belted by south Africa a year earlier, and Pakistan six months before that and only beat a shamolic indian side this year. and Australia are becoming a great team and will only build to become greater and greater you would think. the problem with England is they have to get rid of the likes of prior, Anderson, Petersen but there is no one to come in, I mean their team has players in it at the moment that should be nowhere near test cricket (root, stokes, bresnan).

  • cloudmess on December 15, 2013, 12:00 GMT

    There were signs during the English summer that Australia would be more competitive down under, but I think few of us could have foreseen such a massacre. I think this was simply one series too far for this good, but not great England side. It is amazing how so many of the personell on both sides are the same for this series as they were for 2010 - 11 (if anything, Australia look slightly weaker on paperthis time) - but then compare the results. It's one for the sports psychologists.

  • Bsk22 on December 15, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    Is this the moment Aussies getting back to their very best and the cricketing powerhouse again shifting back to them which eludes away from them for the past few years

  • milepost on December 15, 2013, 11:53 GMT

    @R-U-4-Realnick, "I would strongly encourage England to forfeit the last two remaining games, and utilise the time off to rebuild, refocus, regroup, get back some sort of form, let the bowlers learn what a yorker is, and strongly reconsider a brand new batting line-up/order that includes the likes of Compton". An excellent suggestion, I agree. It won't stop the whitewash but nothing likely will.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on December 15, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    @ Karl Jenaway on (December 15, 2013, 11:22 GMT) I can remember the English pundits back in around 07.. some are still with us today.. telling the Aussies supporters to" stop living in the past", well I am not a pundit... but stop living in the past.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on December 15, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    I wish predicting the lottery numbers were as simple as predicting matches featuring England at the moment. Abysmal but predictable. Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on (December 14, 2013, 14:17 GMT) We are one wicket from the tail with a new ball due shortly (for well rested bowlers) so unless Bell and the other guy bat all day we should be batting again just after lunch to pile up an unachievable target for England to ponder.

  • Mary_786 on December 15, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Boof should be nominated for coach of the year, the turnaround under him has been better then amazing.

  • Digimont on December 15, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    So, England still has belief? Belief that they are only 1 day and 2 matches away from going home?

    England, you have been smashed, ground into the dirt. It will take you a generation to recover. Rest of the world, please dine out on any scraps we might leave behind. I don't see there being much though!

    Stick a fork in them and turn them over, they're done.

  • the_voice_of_reason on December 15, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    Avirup Ganguly: I hope you are joking with your comment that Clarke needs to "improve his focus".

    I suspect that, with two centuries in the series already and an average of 55, and about to lead his team to winning back the Ashes with two matches to go, that he's not *terribly* bothered about his personal scores here

  • JG2704 on December 15, 2013, 11:35 GMT

    @Dark_Harlequin on (December 15, 2013, 10:39 GMT) Why no Jonny? Significantly better stats than Jos in 1st class cricket. Also did Monty do better than Swann in that test - in my book not significantly better?

    To be honest I'm not sure that side would do better as a whole but at least bringing in some fresher bowlers could do no harm

  • on December 15, 2013, 11:33 GMT

    Congrats to Australia for regaining the Ashes

  • DesPlatt on December 15, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    Shaggy076; excellent summing up. Most people thought Micky Arthur mad when he said Australia had the better seam bowlers but he has proved correct.

    Michael Flynn ; I wouldn't be too confident about that . It is quite an old team you have too.

    I'm not at all surprised at the result though I am by the manner and margin. Too many people have forgotten how difficult it is to win in Australia. You need to be two Tests better "on paper". Too many people, including journalists whose analysis went no deeper than the score of 3-0. The writing was on the wall.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on December 15, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    The writing is well and truly on the wall/urn now. Unlike England, when Australia are on top they stay on top and go for the jugular every game. All the KP worshipers have gone back into hiding and now even Boycott agrees with me that KP simply cannot compose himself in tests when he is needed to graft a big innings. I wouldn't have been brave enough to drop him, but nobody can deny he has not delivered for a long time. Even Warner has outclasses him this series. One of the worst things that could have happened to England has now happened: Broad is injured. I somehow doubt any of these infamous lanky bowlers that were brought over for the series for some bizarre reasoning can fill that void. I would strongly encourage England to forfeit the last two remaining games, and utilise the time off to rebuild, refocus, regroup, get back some sort of form, let the bowlers learn what a yorker is, and strongly reconsider a brand new batting line-up/order that includes the likes of Compton.

  • JG2704 on December 15, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    I'm wondering if Flower has taken the side as far as he can and if it's now time to step down? I've always felt the selectors haven't had the guts to drop underperforming players because of a loyalty thing above what's best for the side. I used to feel our defensive methods were going to come back to haunt us but it seemed to be working for us results wise under Cook as a captain , but right now it's as bad as it's got for some time. I thought the India turnaround and even the draw in the 3rd test vs NZ was a sign of higher resolve but maybe it says more about the comparative lack of quality in the bowling? The last comparison was probably the 2006 Ashes series but the difference is that Australia had an immense side in that series and while I've always maintained that Australia still have a decent side , this side is not of the quality that defeated us 5-0 in 2006. It seems we have no plan B for when the defensive stuff doesn't work

  • on December 15, 2013, 11:22 GMT

    no fight shown by English team here. Ian Botham's prediction of 5-0 whitewash is coming good now .watson will make a ton tomorrow and cement his place for further few months.australia finally winning a series after losing 4-0 in india and 3-0 in England.

  • BHAGWAN-XI on December 15, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    This english team surrender to australian team, and I think the pressure he make in england where they have won by 3-0 not able to make continue from 1st test. Cook is very cool captain and he should show some aggression. When australia have lost last series he should make pressure from very 1st test. But now every thing finished. I think every team has a Lion in his ground and when they playing other country they going to " bhegi Bily", Wet cat, And Current Example is India and England. Both team have Winning in his ground and Lost in overseas.

  • on December 15, 2013, 11:12 GMT

    Tomorrow the Ashes would belong to the Aussies. and a silent Funeral for English cricket.

  • anupkeni on December 15, 2013, 11:10 GMT

    Every time the Aussie bowlers (Johnson, Siddle , Harris) pick up an English wicket, their front foot always gets checked. But the same is not done when an English bowler (apart from Ben Stokes)picks up an Aussie wicket. Strange indeed!!!

  • BRUTALANALYST on December 15, 2013, 11:08 GMT

    Carberry and Root have been Englands best batsman a guy playing his first real tour opening and the young kid. I don't think I've ever seen KP/ Prior play so badly and show so little fight, hard to see anythin but a whitewash from here.

  • JG2704 on December 15, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    Well played Australia. Can't see any way England save this test from here with so much time left in the game. England have not been dominated like this since Ashes 2006and it's hard to find any positive points right now. I think we can also read much into the articles on here and how the Sky pundits are talking about the game. After day 2 when Eng were 180-4 the vibe seemed to be about Eng showing some spirit. To me that says more about standards. Why so little criticism of Cook not going on , KP's lazy shot ....?

  • Mary_786 on December 15, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    Warner shows why he is the best young batsman in the country, this is fastastic to watch, credit to boof for bringing self belief in the players.

  • BradmanBestEver on December 15, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    The biggest difference between these teams is internal fortitude and that takes time to properly instill.

    R.I.P. English cricket team

  • on December 15, 2013, 10:59 GMT

    Tomorrow the Ashes would belong to the Aussies. and a silent Funeral for English cricket.

  • Bonehead_maz on December 15, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    Very gutsy by Swann to bowl, spinning them off a damaged finger. I agree with Milepost regarding Broad's injury.

  • Warm_Coffee on December 15, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    The real Australia which won them 3 world cups in a row will be returning one day again with the exciting young players they are producing and seniors like Clarke and Haddin supporting them all the way. They have a new cool coach which they seem to love and still Australia's massive love for the game is there by looking at the massive of crowds. At the moment it looks to me that they are monsters at home but away they will struggle but that will be rectified one day I reckon. What Australia seriously needs is to produce plenty of top quality spinners and they will become the best team in the world again in my opinion. That is certainly possible because they produced one of the best spinners of all time in Shane Warne. Anyway should clinch this third test and deservedly regain back the Ashes. Hope it sparks a start of a great new era for them in future....

  • Shaggy076 on December 15, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    DJAbacus; I'm going to argue the on paper a better side. On paper AUstralia clearly has the best bowling attack Siddle, Johnson and Harris all have test averages lower than Englands best Anderson. The best bowling side will win a lot more games then the best batting team. Simply because the Australian bowling is getting out the English batsman far too quickly, thus the English bowlers are tiring significantly due to not getting enough rest. This is what is happening here England were competetive in the first test then batted abysmally. Second test got of to a great start bowlers ran out of gas and here the whole side has been mentally beaten. Harris, Siddle and Johnson all have been absolutely brilliant. Warner has benefitted significantly from the bowling brillinace, Haddin has been superb and Clarke his usual self. And with a dominant bowling side that is all you need.

  • whensdrinks on December 15, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    Prior has to go. That was a poor a display behind the stumps as I have seen, even worse the Wades in Adelaide last year that probably cost us the test. Time for Bairstow at six and drop Stokes to 7

  • rickyvoncanterbury on December 15, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    This will test the popularity of the the boxing day test, no ashes to play for, no Broad to boo, Prior will be running drinks, Carberry, Root, Bresnan, the new keeper not the names to drag 100k in the gates, But it is Melbourne and they do love a good whitewash and I suppose all the new songs the barmy army now have to come up with should be entertaining for an hour.

  • it_happened_last_in_2001. on December 15, 2013, 10:40 GMT

    A lot of the current England team have served us well over the years, and brought a great deal of pleasure to their supporters. Days like today go to show that this set of senior players have gone so far but can go no further. Lets not forget the likes of KP and Bell have been on the winning side in 4 ashes series, a feat the likes of Clarke, Watson et al will never achieve. England needs leadership which has been sadly missing thus far. Botham's performance after he was relieved of the captaincy in 1981 turned the cricket world on its head. The burden of captaincy has been too much for Cook. KP to captain at Melbourne & Sydney. Prior, Swann & Jimmy to be rested. Bairstow Finn & Rankin in. Lets hope for a performance with some backbone which I think can only be brought about by a change of leadership.

  • Harlequin. on December 15, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    @Cyril Knight - finding it hard to disagree there! I would also be quite exited to see the team England would put out to rebuild around. Just for larks, here is a potential team if you got rid of those failing in the last 2 Ashes:

    Compton, Root (youth is his ally!), Ali, Bell, Ballance, Stokes, Butler, Broad, Onions, Rankin, Monty.

    I'd be interested to see how they got on; might be disastrous for the first few games but I can't see them scoring any less than the current batting lineup and perhaps 6 months off would put the fire back into Anderson & Swann

  • on December 15, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    I foresee a period of lengthy domination over England that should last 6 or 7 years at least. England must remain trampled under Aussie boots.

  • on December 15, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    I think Clarke need to improve his focus. I think sometimes he felt complacent when team doing well.He need to improve his concentration. Two 20s really bad outcome for your 100 test. Hope he will learn and do better next time.

  • thavith on December 15, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    The Aussies are out thinking England. I think when you have a better attack, you can dictate terms a little more.

    England will go home, regroup and come out firing. A lot of changes will be made, and rebuilding, no rebuilding is too harsh, but certainly restructuring will begin.

    I really hope England can show us a little of their recent form, but for whatever reason, it seems unlikely.

  • dunger.bob on December 15, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    Stumps day 3 and we can smell the Ashes they're that close. I'm stunned. This is like something you only dream about on a really good night. .. We're within a solid finish of taking out the champ in straight sets and it hardly seems real.

    England were woeful today. I'm sorry but there's no nicer way to say it. 6/70 or something. In reply, Aus 2/200 at one point. .. Prior was diabolical but he had a few mates. The fielding was sloppy at best but that seems to happen when you're down.

    Our bowling was tremendous this morning. They really worked as a team and could barely have done a better job. As a 3 man unit they've got a lot going for them and there's hardly a weakness they can't work away at. .. I'm impressed. All we need now is for Nathan to take a few in the 2nd dig and this is a bowling attack that we can be proud of.

  • milepost on December 15, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    I just watched an interview with Stuart Broad, decked out in his new boot saying "there's still a lot of belief in that dressing room". Does anyone believe that? He didn't look like he did. I hope his injury doesn't keep him out of the rest of the series, he is one English player who has shown some determination and skill.

  • Meety on December 15, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    There was good & bad in the UDRS review on Bell. The bad was - it wasn't a howlingly bad call from the umpire & Clarke's call was speculative. The Good was - Bell was out, so the right decision was made. That seemed to be all it took for England to buckle. Stokes lost the resolve he had ample quantity of on Day 2, Prior was a walking wicket, the tail werent going to hang around - although I suspect Bresnan was prepared to. Lacked a bit of intent in the field in Oz's 2nd innings. England will need something special to salvage this, but it is VERY remote. == == == Said before the Test, that Prior should be dropped. I based that on the lack of energy in the field when England were fielding, dropped chances & his poor form with the bat. His poor form continued onto his glovework, he was as bad or worse than anything that Haddin or Wade has been bagged out (often by Pommy fans)! They needed to roll the dice with Bairstow keeping & playing Finn & Bresnan in a 5 prong attack.

  • SurlyCynic on December 15, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Wow, England are dreadful. Not long ago the English press were talking of 'dynasties' and comparing Anderson/Swann to McGrath/Warne. Now look where they are, I think NZ are better.

    No fight, no effort. Pathetic. And two tests to come.

  • foeofdevil on December 15, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    broad's injury adding fuel to the fire for team ENGLAND

  • Front-Foot-Lunge.. on December 15, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    @Cyril_Knight, harsh words but true. I think we have to give credit to Australia though, we have only played as well as they have let us, they have dictated the terms of every minute of cricket. 6 tons vs 0, 1900 runs vs 900, 50 wickets vs 35 and Lyon's unplayable 'zooter' ball. 369 run lead with 7 wickets in hand. Today Prior must have sealed his non-selection for the MCG. Normal Ashes service has resumed.

  • on December 15, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    We should have declared with 30 minutes left and nipped out the two openers. I don't think England will make 100 tomorrow. As one sided as it gets.

  • DJAbacus on December 15, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    There will obviously a lot of nonsense talked about who should be sacked, retire etc. in the coming weeks. England have a long term plan which will remain in place. They will be changes, but they will take place over a long period of time. This squad/management team will remain together for next summer and with perhaps a few minor changes here and there.

  • Cyril_Knight on December 15, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    Changes needed urgently for England. The players are complacent, Cook must be sacked now, as any captain overseeing such dross would have been before the "stability era". Pietersen can lead for the remaining two Tests, then retire.

    Thousands of Englishmen have spent thousands of pounds to travel to Australia and get rewarded with cowardice. It is a disgrace and the players and coaches should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Jeeves_ on December 15, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Obviously England were very poorly prepared for this tour. I was very disappointed with their selectors who overlooked their most consistent bowler Graham Onions, who should have toured, as well as a solid looking Nick Compton. Then having failed to manage 200, they blooded Ben Stokes instead of a batsman to replace Trott. Did they not select back-up players? Surely they didn't expect to remain injury-free, and if they didn't have a number 3 in waiting, they could have called up replacements. It was also a blunder not selecting a back-up wicket-keeper. Prior was shocking in the July Ashes at home, so surely it wasn't surprising that he's been shocking away from home!?

  • spinybabbler on December 15, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Test matches are played in mind and then put a show in the field. But looks like Englishmen have given up everything that may put Australian batsman in trouble.

  • Cpt.Meanster on December 15, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    England's time as a dominant test team is over. However, that doesn't mean they would end up like the WI. They will still be a force at home and probably end up losing regularly overseas, just like they used to back in the 90s. Which means, a middle spot for them in the ICC rankings. Surely, some changes will be made following this tour. It certainly looks like 3-0 now following this match. Sir Ian Botham's prediction is really looking good now; the problem is, it could be 5-0 to Australia.

  • DJAbacus on December 15, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    This series reminds me of the Pakistan (UAE) tour. Many people, including myself, just couldn't understand how England lost 3-0. On paper they were a much better team. The simple reason is that Pakistan outplayed England just like Australia are doing here. In between those series we have beaten India 2-1 away and Australia 3-0 at home. We have also lost 2-0 at home to SA. Some you win, some you lose.

  • on December 15, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    its game over for England! Warner looks set to wreak more havoc and the eng bowlers look in no shape to make a comeback!! and guess what? Clarke is yet to come followed by smith haddin and Johnson! so the lead should again reach in excess of 450 and there s no chance England are going to survive let alone chasing it down ! well played Aussies ...you guys thoroughly deserve the ashes for playing some high class cricket... still I think they have a lot of work to do before they can be called a great side but their bowling certainly ranks alongside SA as the best in the world at the moment !!

  • lillee4PM on December 15, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Following 7 years of England Ashes dominance and the Aussie golden years before that, I think things are just settling down to an equilibrium of each team being strong at home and struggling away. After our guys win in Perth, I hope they go for the jugular in the next two tests. To those that think this is boring, well, go and find another sport to watch!

  • DJAbacus on December 15, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    It's easy to over react in this situation. Australia are simply outplaying England at the moment.This doesn't mean that England have suddenly become a bad team and Australia a great team. It means that Australia have got the better England this time round.

  • shijin1429 on December 15, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Fans like us be angry about ur performance ENGLAND,tak this as serious really ,why bresnen and root ,finn and morgan is handy any way our like to ENGLAND is decreasing

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on December 15, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    Wow, Prior has been terrible behind the stumps again, he just missed another regulation stumping and the byes are flying. Surely given his now nearly year long run of poor form he will be replaced? I genuinely do like him as a cricketer but England desperately need performances now.

  • on December 15, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    At the conclusion of this series England need a huge rethink and many heads must roll. Flower, Saker and Gooch have to go. And on the playing side KP, Swanny and Prior are surely doomed. Matt Prior has been appalling today.

  • ShutTheGate on December 15, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    Prior is having a shocker with the gloves as well as the bat now. Do you think he'll get dropped?

  • Joe-car on December 15, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Is it me or do the Poms really look like they have already given up on this test match.

  • southern_sky on December 15, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    as a South African supporter I have been waking up early in the hope of watching some enthralling test match cricket, however this is like watching the clubbing of baby seals.

    England are not even in the game, they have possibly not won a single session in the entire series. Shame on you England, show some fight. I could elaborate on pathetic run rates, poor leadership, lack of team cohesion, mental deficiency starting with Trott but I think we all see it.

    Bottom line; the Ashes is not a contest and not worth watching.

  • on December 15, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    We are hopeless or helpless. Australians have hurt us so badly that we haven't got a clue what to do? If the rules had allowed we could send a completely new team for salvation. Other feeling is that the Australian might let us win the next test in pity from annihilation?

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Hug on December 15, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    Waking up to these headlines has been a real treat this Ashes. Credit to the Aussie run and over rates it allows the fans to see results on good batting wickets. England might want to ask Lehman to be their coach after we seal the whitewash.

  • on December 15, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    It will be a very long and miserable tour for English men! A 5-0 white wash is inevitable.

  • milepost on December 15, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    @BradmanBestEver " if England do not show some guts and determination". Unfortunately for this as a contest, they have none. We should be grateful at how awesome the Australian performances have been so spectators and viewers have gotten plenty of thrills. The bowlers bowling fast and as a unit, taking screamers in the field, a plethora of tons at excellent run rates, dispatching England bowling into the stands at record rates, Clarke's wonderful captaincy to watch, plenty of bowling being worn and the fun the Aussies seem to have doing it. A great spectacle.

  • Lion83 on December 15, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    5-0 for Australia dont worry about it. But this Aus side is no where near the great Aus side in late 90s and early 2000 era.

  • on December 15, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    There is only one team playing cricket in Perth. And it isn't England!! The gulf between the two sides is simply frightening.

  • BradmanBestEver on December 15, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Australia will be 400 in front by the end of tpday if England do not show some guts and determination. England have the talent but not the inner character strength.

  • Bonehead_maz on December 15, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    This has been some wonderful cricket. Yesterday the best day's play for quite some time, then today ..... wow Ryan Harris you are a legend ! Who would ever have thought they'd see Warner become a Test cricket star ? WE are ! Magnificent total team effort. McDermott oh how you were missed, a very welcome back.

  • cricpanther on December 15, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    It's not English players not adopting australian situation quickly at this level, but something serious problem with English players not performing purposefully!!! Specially their batman!! Send half of the team to England and called to english under 19 team for this ashes, they can perform much better than this old/famous players!!! It's clear indication that most of the english players except the captain, joe root, broad, stokes, carberry. Rest are coming for fun and trip to australia.

  • Mitty2 on December 15, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, wouldn't blame your bowlers too much for our last 5 wicket dominance. It's happened repetitively since the start of last Ashes - just think TB. In Adelaide all your top line bowlers had taken above 150 wickets and now your top 3 have all taken more than 200 wickets. All are immensely skilled so the fact that our lower order partnerships are allowed to flourish is as much to do with your tactics and captaincy then any particular bowling plan. Ties back to Alastair Cook, who's completely reactive and responsive as a captain. Just think back to Agar, Cook let all the fielders go back so he could retain the strike and this relieved all pressure. He ended up scoring 98 and let hughes get confidence. And now, he's done the same to Clarke, Haddin and all the tail-enders. And look what's happened? They've all scored very well.

  • Chris_P on December 15, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Another clinical display from the Aussie pace bowlers cleaning up the tail. I am really stunned at the lack of fight by England, still don't think they are as bad as people make out, nor do I believe we are that good, we got plenty to do to get the right team balance, but as long as we're winning we can carry some. Too bad the BBL is next on the block as fc form to date will be slowly forgotten.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Looks-Silly-Now on December 15, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    Broad hasn't bowled yet because of the brutal hit he took on the foot from Johnson. Wouldn't be the first time Broad has had trouble walking.

  • Abdul319 on December 15, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    harris is a great talent. i wish he remains fit throughout the series and gets to play in MCG and SCG

  • FastTrack_Bullies on December 15, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    England can't play fast bowling that too 5th consecutive innings, but all are behind indians complaining about the same. Strange world it is poms

  • Mitty2 on December 15, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Lolol England's best 1st innings performance this series sees them trail by 134 runs. Our first innings leads in this series: 159, 398, 134. How long was it now since Eng haven't passed 400?

    At the midway point of this #Ashes series:

    AUSTRALIA - 39/1783

    ENGLAND - 50/1050

    AUS - 45.7 runs per wicket ENG - 21.0 runs per wicket.

    In fact some saving grace for England, their tail did better this time! They added 22 runs for last 2 wickets. But, like so many other things in these ashes, we did better: 47 in 1st inns. I'm struggling to think how we could destroy England more comprehensively? Really unbelievable after the last three Ashes series and the 0-7 winter.

  • jmcilhinney on December 15, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    I'd say that that's about what people expected from England to begin with but a decent start by Cook and Carberry provided momentary hope of something more. Alas, it was not to be. As much as England's batsmen have let the team down all series, the bowlers certainly let the team down in the first innings here by bowling a poor length, particularly to Steve Smith. With Australia at 5/143, England should have been able to restrict them to about 250 or less too and they'd still be in the game. I'm not one to give up hope because, frankly, it serves no purpose and makes continuing to watch pointless, but the table is full of 8-balls at the moment and England are behind the lot of them.

  • BradmanBestEver on December 15, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    We can now, without any doubt, state that the beginning of a lengthy period of Australian domination over England has begun. Such is the natural order of things

  • BradmanBestEver on December 15, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Aaah yes....the Aussie train keeps rolling along and nowt can stop it

  • warnerbasher on December 15, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Folks after 4 years 3 months and 26 days the Ashes are coming back home where they belong. Great work lads

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  • warnerbasher on December 15, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Folks after 4 years 3 months and 26 days the Ashes are coming back home where they belong. Great work lads

  • BradmanBestEver on December 15, 2013, 4:44 GMT

    Aaah yes....the Aussie train keeps rolling along and nowt can stop it

  • BradmanBestEver on December 15, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    We can now, without any doubt, state that the beginning of a lengthy period of Australian domination over England has begun. Such is the natural order of things

  • jmcilhinney on December 15, 2013, 4:56 GMT

    I'd say that that's about what people expected from England to begin with but a decent start by Cook and Carberry provided momentary hope of something more. Alas, it was not to be. As much as England's batsmen have let the team down all series, the bowlers certainly let the team down in the first innings here by bowling a poor length, particularly to Steve Smith. With Australia at 5/143, England should have been able to restrict them to about 250 or less too and they'd still be in the game. I'm not one to give up hope because, frankly, it serves no purpose and makes continuing to watch pointless, but the table is full of 8-balls at the moment and England are behind the lot of them.

  • Mitty2 on December 15, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    Lolol England's best 1st innings performance this series sees them trail by 134 runs. Our first innings leads in this series: 159, 398, 134. How long was it now since Eng haven't passed 400?

    At the midway point of this #Ashes series:

    AUSTRALIA - 39/1783

    ENGLAND - 50/1050

    AUS - 45.7 runs per wicket ENG - 21.0 runs per wicket.

    In fact some saving grace for England, their tail did better this time! They added 22 runs for last 2 wickets. But, like so many other things in these ashes, we did better: 47 in 1st inns. I'm struggling to think how we could destroy England more comprehensively? Really unbelievable after the last three Ashes series and the 0-7 winter.

  • FastTrack_Bullies on December 15, 2013, 5:01 GMT

    England can't play fast bowling that too 5th consecutive innings, but all are behind indians complaining about the same. Strange world it is poms

  • Abdul319 on December 15, 2013, 5:13 GMT

    harris is a great talent. i wish he remains fit throughout the series and gets to play in MCG and SCG

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Looks-Silly-Now on December 15, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    Broad hasn't bowled yet because of the brutal hit he took on the foot from Johnson. Wouldn't be the first time Broad has had trouble walking.

  • Chris_P on December 15, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Another clinical display from the Aussie pace bowlers cleaning up the tail. I am really stunned at the lack of fight by England, still don't think they are as bad as people make out, nor do I believe we are that good, we got plenty to do to get the right team balance, but as long as we're winning we can carry some. Too bad the BBL is next on the block as fc form to date will be slowly forgotten.

  • Mitty2 on December 15, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, wouldn't blame your bowlers too much for our last 5 wicket dominance. It's happened repetitively since the start of last Ashes - just think TB. In Adelaide all your top line bowlers had taken above 150 wickets and now your top 3 have all taken more than 200 wickets. All are immensely skilled so the fact that our lower order partnerships are allowed to flourish is as much to do with your tactics and captaincy then any particular bowling plan. Ties back to Alastair Cook, who's completely reactive and responsive as a captain. Just think back to Agar, Cook let all the fielders go back so he could retain the strike and this relieved all pressure. He ended up scoring 98 and let hughes get confidence. And now, he's done the same to Clarke, Haddin and all the tail-enders. And look what's happened? They've all scored very well.