Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, 4th day December 16, 2013

Bailey hits world-record 28 off over

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George Bailey, Australia's newest Test player, has joined Brian Lara in the history books by equalling his world record of 28 runs in a Test over. Bailey's assault came off the bowling of James Anderson in the final over of Australia's second innings at the WACA and matched Lara's mauling of Robin Peterson at the Wanderers, which occurred ten years ago almost to the day.

Bailey, who was playing his third Test, could have been forgiven for batting conservatively given that he has yet to really cement his place in the side, but followed the team plan for quick runs to allow Michael Clarke to declare once the lead passed 500. His attack against a bowler of Anderson's quality and Test experience highlighted the gulf that has grown between the two sides this series and pleased his team-mates no end.

"We didn't know it was a record," Shane Watson said after stumps. "There's no doubt we've had quite a few bad experiences against Jimmy Anderson. To see that is always nice to have the shoe on the other foot, because he's certainly had the upper hand on a lot of our batsmen in the Ashes series that I've been involved in ... at certain times individuals in the Australian team have been at his mercy. It certainly provided a little bit of enjoyment for us."

Watson had already thrilled the crowd with a sustained assault on the England bowlers earlier in the session, his best over having brought 22 when he launched Graeme Swann down the ground for three sixes. But Bailey's efforts were all the more remarkable given Anderson's pace, and brought to mind the way he has played in his highly successful one-day international career.

He began with a hard cut that flew over the slips and ran away for four, then followed up with a straight six that cleared the sightscreen at the Prindiville Stand End. A two clipped through the leg side followed, and then came a better-placed swat through square leg for four. Bailey finished the over with two more sixes down the ground, one that just cleared long-off and another that sailed much further into the crowd at long-on.

Anderson was unable to find a length that stopped Bailey from getting under the ball but Clarke's declaration at the end of the over prevented any further carnage, although Anderson and his team-mates still looked dejected as they left the field facing a chase of 504. Bailey was left unbeaten on 39 from 30 deliveries; he had started the over with 11 from 24 balls.

Anderson now holds the unwanted record of most runs conceded by a fast bowler in a Test over, the previous record having been the 25 that Andy Roberts took off Ian Botham at Port-of-Spain in 1980-81. Australia's previous record for most runs in an over was the 26 that Mitchell Johnson - Bailey's partner during the over - clubbed off Paul Harris at the Wanderers in 2008-09.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Shaggy076 on December 17, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    Jared Hansen ; By rough start, I was just saying what you said "Obviously you'd be a mug to say Anderson isn't very, very good. Last year he was one of the absolute best around" but not putting it as well of you. Your description of Anderson is very accurate, I have often defended Siddles career record by comparing with ANderson. Just some of the comments have gone way over the top with there critisisms, where as your post shows knowledge of the games, quite a few do not display that.

  • on December 17, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    @Shaggy076 : Anderson got his average under 30, by my recollection, for all of one test. I don't disagree that an average in the 30s is fine for a bowler. Garry Sobers averaged in the 30s! But it is a relevant point when people talk about Anderson as being one of the 'greats'. Especially when Siddle, Harris, Bollinger, Johnson and even Hilfenhaus (!!) have averages in the 20s and have been sneered at by opposing teams and fans for not being good enough(a bit less now, perhaps).

    I have to say I'm confused by the argument that Anderson had a rough start in tests, as well. Erm, so? That's how the game works. Steyn has had bad matches, too. Most bowlers do. And Bradman's career started and ended poorly - didn't stop him from being the statistically greatest player ever.

    Obviously you'd be a mug to say Anderson isn't very, very good. Last year he was one of the absolute best around. But I can't begrudge anyone extracting some schadenfreude from Atlas' sore back.

  • smudgeon on December 17, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    GurSinghgur...poor judgement? Interesting. Though I didn't choose to express my opinion with more than the phrase "Jimmy is an ordinary trundler when there's no swing", the latter part is the important point: James Anderson, as skilful as he is when he has a bit of cloud overhead, often looks quite ordinary when the conditions are unsuitable. Nice to see him getting a bit of extra pace off the pitch in Australia, but unless he does something with the ball - anything! - it's going to remain a very poor series for him. Shame, too - after all the boasting that came from certain regulars, I was expecting a real show! Perhaps Melbourne and Sydney will suit him better. After all, he's probably got his work cut out for him with the likelihood of Broad's absence. I'm hoping for a more even contest on Boxing Day. PS. I liked Harmony's post: sarcasm done right.

  • HashirSL on December 17, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    If a combined game of Tests, ODIs and T20s can be formulated, I'd propose Bailey as the captain of the World XI. Sheer courage to hit a bowler of the caliber of Jimmy Anderson to bay, knowing his career is the commodity at stake. Well played Bailey.

  • on December 17, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Arslan_Javed, Sobers 36 in an over was in a County Game, not a test match.

  • GurSinghgur on December 17, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Oh dear, Harmony 111, you do prove my point, don't you? Sarcasm really is the lowest form of wit. And there was I thinking I'd kill two birds with one stone, but choosing not to name FFC, since at least his opinion of Anderson, though pretty clearly unfair, was not one of sarcastic sneering and jeering. So agreed, yes indeed it wasn't you, Harmony 111, who called him an "ordinary trundler" but someone else with equally poor judgment but a less schoolyard notion of how to express it.

  • on December 17, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    The crackes in the pitch for the next test should be big enough for 11 players to hide in there. #shambles

  • Shaggy076 on December 17, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    sanjaycrickfan ; If I recall correctly England performed exceptionally well in India. I know Australia has performed extremely well in South Africa, Sri Lanka, UAE, West Indies and New Zealand to name a few countries. That's just a few examples for you, Im not going to analyse every countries performance but there are a lot of good performances on foreign soil.

  • disco_bob on December 17, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    @bouncer709, two things make it special. 1. it's Test cricket not ODI, and 2. all the previous record Test overs have been against slow bowlers. Jimmy was bowling over 140K

  • sanjaycrickfan on December 17, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    Australia clearly proving to be the better side over England because despite losing the series in England, the contests were much closer than the scoreline. They came close to winning in a couple of games and Aussie bowlers bowled just as well as English bowlers. Its the batsmen who led them down. Whereas in this series, England never looked like competing against Australia and were clearly blown away. I feel England is not a particularly good side outside home but then again, most sides in world cricket now are doing well at home and poorly outside.

    Good to see Australia winning again. I missed their aggression and their brand of cricket.

  • Shaggy076 on December 17, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    Jared Hansen ; By rough start, I was just saying what you said "Obviously you'd be a mug to say Anderson isn't very, very good. Last year he was one of the absolute best around" but not putting it as well of you. Your description of Anderson is very accurate, I have often defended Siddles career record by comparing with ANderson. Just some of the comments have gone way over the top with there critisisms, where as your post shows knowledge of the games, quite a few do not display that.

  • on December 17, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    @Shaggy076 : Anderson got his average under 30, by my recollection, for all of one test. I don't disagree that an average in the 30s is fine for a bowler. Garry Sobers averaged in the 30s! But it is a relevant point when people talk about Anderson as being one of the 'greats'. Especially when Siddle, Harris, Bollinger, Johnson and even Hilfenhaus (!!) have averages in the 20s and have been sneered at by opposing teams and fans for not being good enough(a bit less now, perhaps).

    I have to say I'm confused by the argument that Anderson had a rough start in tests, as well. Erm, so? That's how the game works. Steyn has had bad matches, too. Most bowlers do. And Bradman's career started and ended poorly - didn't stop him from being the statistically greatest player ever.

    Obviously you'd be a mug to say Anderson isn't very, very good. Last year he was one of the absolute best around. But I can't begrudge anyone extracting some schadenfreude from Atlas' sore back.

  • smudgeon on December 17, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    GurSinghgur...poor judgement? Interesting. Though I didn't choose to express my opinion with more than the phrase "Jimmy is an ordinary trundler when there's no swing", the latter part is the important point: James Anderson, as skilful as he is when he has a bit of cloud overhead, often looks quite ordinary when the conditions are unsuitable. Nice to see him getting a bit of extra pace off the pitch in Australia, but unless he does something with the ball - anything! - it's going to remain a very poor series for him. Shame, too - after all the boasting that came from certain regulars, I was expecting a real show! Perhaps Melbourne and Sydney will suit him better. After all, he's probably got his work cut out for him with the likelihood of Broad's absence. I'm hoping for a more even contest on Boxing Day. PS. I liked Harmony's post: sarcasm done right.

  • HashirSL on December 17, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    If a combined game of Tests, ODIs and T20s can be formulated, I'd propose Bailey as the captain of the World XI. Sheer courage to hit a bowler of the caliber of Jimmy Anderson to bay, knowing his career is the commodity at stake. Well played Bailey.

  • on December 17, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Arslan_Javed, Sobers 36 in an over was in a County Game, not a test match.

  • GurSinghgur on December 17, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Oh dear, Harmony 111, you do prove my point, don't you? Sarcasm really is the lowest form of wit. And there was I thinking I'd kill two birds with one stone, but choosing not to name FFC, since at least his opinion of Anderson, though pretty clearly unfair, was not one of sarcastic sneering and jeering. So agreed, yes indeed it wasn't you, Harmony 111, who called him an "ordinary trundler" but someone else with equally poor judgment but a less schoolyard notion of how to express it.

  • on December 17, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    The crackes in the pitch for the next test should be big enough for 11 players to hide in there. #shambles

  • Shaggy076 on December 17, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    sanjaycrickfan ; If I recall correctly England performed exceptionally well in India. I know Australia has performed extremely well in South Africa, Sri Lanka, UAE, West Indies and New Zealand to name a few countries. That's just a few examples for you, Im not going to analyse every countries performance but there are a lot of good performances on foreign soil.

  • disco_bob on December 17, 2013, 5:53 GMT

    @bouncer709, two things make it special. 1. it's Test cricket not ODI, and 2. all the previous record Test overs have been against slow bowlers. Jimmy was bowling over 140K

  • sanjaycrickfan on December 17, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    Australia clearly proving to be the better side over England because despite losing the series in England, the contests were much closer than the scoreline. They came close to winning in a couple of games and Aussie bowlers bowled just as well as English bowlers. Its the batsmen who led them down. Whereas in this series, England never looked like competing against Australia and were clearly blown away. I feel England is not a particularly good side outside home but then again, most sides in world cricket now are doing well at home and poorly outside.

    Good to see Australia winning again. I missed their aggression and their brand of cricket.

  • Arslan_Javed on December 17, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    Please some one clear my confusion of Max runs in an over. I thought it was 36 by Garry Sobers for his famous six 6's. Was it not an official test or was it an 8 balls over.

  • on December 17, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Lovely work George! I've been impressed by Bailey's stuff in this series - yes, two low scores and I think he'd have been disappointed by the way he got out in the first innings, but a 50 and two good 30s is decent work for someone new to tests. His fielding has been excellent and he's a great guy to have around. I can't help wondering if he's been 'unofficially' advising Clarke on captaincy from time to time as well.

  • Shaggy076 on December 17, 2013, 4:10 GMT

    It irritate me when keyboard critics who have never achieved anything close to those people they are having a crack at, put there holier than now critisim into certain players. I know I have tried to defend the Siddle's, Lyon's and JOhnson's from the ugly English and Indian supporters. But, now I feel I need to defend the derogatory comments about Swann and ANderson. They both are very good cricketers and have outstanding test records to prove it. Through most of the 2000's bowling averages around the globe went up and now an average of 30 is more than respectable. To top it off Anderson had quite a few lean years at the beginning and got himself under the 30 mark. He has been a quality performer for England and is a quality bowler. Same with Swann, Murali averaged over 70 in Australia, and I doubt any of you keyboard warriors would be as critical of Murali as you are Swann. His career record indicates he is a high class off-spinner.

  • Captain_Oblivious on December 17, 2013, 4:08 GMT

    "Thats the reason our legends are not there in the list. Now look at the T20 list our legend Yuvraj Singh scored 36 runs in an over against Chris Broad. Thses have more value."

    @ING Girl - Chris Broad has bounced back very well from that dark time early in his career. Must have received some sound advice from his father Stuart. By the way, that's the first time I've seen the word 'legend' and Yuvraj Singh in the same sentence. Congratulations on being the first.

  • akiW on December 17, 2013, 3:26 GMT

    bouncer709- This is not about sixes. This is about most runs off one over. Afridi hit 4 sixes in a row, but he scored only 27 runs in that over...

  • MichaelBurton on December 17, 2013, 2:55 GMT

    Whats special with this 28 in an over in tests? It should definitely be special if it is hit in ODI or T20s. Test cricket is not something you hit hard, but score big keeping the wicket. If you look at the players in the world record list, most of them are bowlers (Eg:Andy Roberts, Mitchell Johnson) or pretty ordinary players (Afridi, Cairns, Astle and Baily now), but not the greats bearing probably Lara, Devilliers and Ross Taylor. Thats the reason our legends are not there in the list. Now look at the T20 list our legend Yuvraj Singh scored 36 runs in an over against Chris Broad. Thses have more value.

  • Blindasabat on December 17, 2013, 2:28 GMT

    For the neighsayers out there.

    Red ball 4th day pitch with cracks wider than English Cricket at the moment and No field restrictions

    You can't compare getting 28 under those circumstances with getting 28 on a batsman friendly T20 or one day pitch with everyone crowded inside a skipping rope.

  • LooksPlumbFromHere on December 17, 2013, 1:54 GMT

    By George, didn't see that coming. Sweet!

    @bouncer709 - Of all the 6-ball overs in all the tests played since 1877 (how many, Stats Guru? A fair few, methinks) this has only been done once before, by none other than B C Lara TC OCC OAM 131 Tests, 11,953 runs. George Bailey now has 3 Tests, 136 runs, and no post-nominals yet. This was off Jimmy Anderson on the WACA, no less. This is nothing short of remarkable, IMHO, and surely worth a column on Cricinfo, don't you think?

    Hit 'em long, George!

  • Craptastic on December 17, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    @bouncer709 - mate test cricket is a different game. People still go on about the 22 Botham hit off one Hughes over in 86/7.

    The reason its so noteworthy is that Bailey equalled a world record. Anderson just conceded more runs in 1 over than any fast bowler in the history of test cricket.

  • on December 17, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    I thought 36 runs in one over is a world record , didn't think 28 wasn't , I'll have to check it in the Guinness Book of Records !

  • nickfromnjp on December 17, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    @bouncer709, the average number of runs per over in this Test so far has been 3.64. The average number of runs per over in the last two Australia v England ODIs was 5.15. If that was a ODI, Bailey would have hit 40 runs off it. @Front-Foot-Lunch, Jimmy Anderson still got belted. You have to be either a) crap for a bit or b) a past-his-best spin bowler to cop 14 off an over.

    [For those who don't get past-his-best spin bowler, in R1 of the 2012/13 BBL season, Shane Warne, playing for the Stars at the age of 42, had figures of 2-0-41-0.]

  • LoungeChairCritic on December 17, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    Personally, I wish Jimmy Anderson was born in Burns Beach, Perth and not Burnley UK. Every good bowler gets taken to the sword on occasion. Anderson is a competitor. He would of been embarrassed that he bowled so many half volley's. I think he is at an age where he shouldn't be the main man. He needs to be a role player.

  • Cricket_theBestGame on December 17, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    @playitstraight - couldn't agree with you more. bailey is a really likable player. calm collective and speaks intelligently. i reckon he is the mike hussey mark 2 and he should definitely bat above smith and given as long a run in test until unless he forgets which way to hold the bat!

    he will be a great captain and with him in T20, ODI and in test as captain i think aus will be far more competitive force than under clarke.

  • AidanFX on December 16, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    The little bit I've seen him bat in the Test series; even prior before the last over hit feast, I liked what I saw of Bailey. He seems confident in the colours and I think he has a stablising role in the team. He is experienced and has experience captaining and he doesn't seem over awed or anything. He fields well too. I think he fits and even though he hasn't made that many runs, I think he has brought a feeling of stability so now after Clarke, the team batting does not feel so brittle. He is a good choice. My preference is to replace Hughes with Rogers. As it is the team is getting a bit old again (which is not ideal for a developing team), with Clarke, Johnson, Harris. He made some runs last innings but was lucky and looked mostly shaky. As Ponting has said (which is happening) Hughes is lapping up runs; because he is one of the best young players going around. The guy keeps getting dropped when he is was starting to come good again.

  • Shaggy076 on December 16, 2013, 22:41 GMT

    Ian Jones - I don't know about England but AUstralia have never lost a series in South Africa since there return, we have won the last few series ( in West Indies, Sri Lanka, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand. I think that is a lot more than just Australian soil.

  • Shaggy076 on December 16, 2013, 22:38 GMT

    R_U_4_REAL_NICK; You said the same about Warner, and how is he going this series?

  • Kolpak1989 on December 16, 2013, 22:16 GMT

    Jimmy is averaging 50+ this series. Swann is averaging 80+. Prior is averaging less than 20 with the bat. They've had it. England's "best ever" team is being completely annihilated by the team that many thought was one of Australia's worst ever. Looks like it's back to the business as usual of Ashes cricket, with England copping an almighty hiding every time they front up to play.

  • cricket_vijay on December 16, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Good thing is, England's thrashing is making India's shortened trip look like a blip :) Thank you Aussies, thank you thank you...

    Everyone is a tiger in their own backyard. When SA makes the trip, we will create more Mumbai pitches and Steyn will have a great time. Ashwin's best days are waiting..

  • crktcrzy on December 16, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    @ Front-Foot-Lunch- Absolutely hilarious mate! Can't help laughing- Oh my!!

  • Amar_bw on December 16, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    Bailey is a great and talented player indeed. But I think he earned confidence about his ability to hit any ball from the recent ODI series in India.

  • Coolbanker1234 on December 16, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    It is early days for Bailey and apart from the innings in Adelaide, he hasn't done much to show that he is a test number 6. But one thing is certain. He is a great team player and the other players enjoy having him around. And whether he is hitting sixes or getting out meekly to a poor shot, he does it with a smile. You have to love someone who plays the game in that spirit. Well done mate.

  • on December 16, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    The Captain should have allowed Bailey to try for his 50 . Time was not an issue.

  • the_blue_android on December 16, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    What was that again? Dale Steyn vs Jimmy Anderson? Haha...

  • DragonCricketer on December 16, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    I like his chirping at short leg.

  • wellrounded87 on December 16, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    @Playitstraight He's had his chances to play the long innings in the first innings of all three tests and failed each time. The only time he looks productive is when he's trying to score quick runs. He's not a stayer he's a flashy player who's much more suited to limited overs cricket. Just like MS Dhoni and Michael Bevan.

  • Front-Foot-Lunch on December 16, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    You Australians just aren't used to appreciating the finer points of fast bowling, with your bog average journeymen like Harris and Johnson. Let me enlighten you, Jimmy did not get 'hit out of the park', he was baring his teeth by showing extreme skill and accuracy to place the ball in the correct spot at high speed in order to allow the Bailey ad easy 28. Thus keeping him in the side for the inevitable thrashings that England will mete out at Melbourne and Syddy.

  • whippingBails on December 16, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Bailey is not only a great talent he has a keen mind as well. Certainly a better captain than pup.

  • on December 16, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    @bouncer709 Surely you understand the difference in strategy between batting in limited overs games and batting in Tests. Look at strike rates and run rates in Tests compared to T20s and ODIs and tell me you don't see why Bailey's 28 is praiseworthy.

  • on December 16, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    This proves Afridi has played so less test cricket

  • Digimont on December 16, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    @bouncer709 - you just don't get it do you? I'll spell it out. Limited overs matches, records etc. DO NOT COUNT. They are a meaningless sideshow.

  • dinosaurus on December 16, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Food for thought for some of those who comment here. There are only four teams who have won more Tests than they have lost. Australia, England, South Africa and Pakistan. And, of those four, Australia has by far the best win-loss ratio. You can't win 1.75 more times than you lose by being "lions at home and rabbits away" unless you focus entirely on playing at home!

  • bouncer709 on December 16, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    what is special with this record to mention here, people have seen 6 sixes in an over in ODI, T20 and FC. So why would they be interested in 28 runs per overs record?.. Afridi hit 4 sixes in a row to Harbjhan Singh, if somebody hit 5, or sixes in an over, then cricinfo should make a highlight of it.

  • playitstraight on December 16, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Bailey's a real talent, he has that striking ability very similar to MS Dhoni. But I think he should bat above Smith, it may seem too early but he needs to be given chances to bat for longer periods, not just given a few balls and expected to hit a bunch of runs like he did off Anderson. I don't think it's a fluke; we saw his hitting capability in India, amazing touch, power, and timing. I'm sure he'll have a very successful international career!

  • on December 16, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Razzaq did this ages ago, took bresnan and anderson apart in that infamous series....and anderson isn't even as good as philander let alone steyn...steyn is the only fast bowler currently who can who can be compared with the fast bowlers of the 1990s and 80s

  • on December 16, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Front-Foot-Lunge, there's never been a 4-0 Ashes victory for England at any time. Get used to it.

  • on December 16, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @naily live......yes...of course...he is really a true sport man...really best one from aussies...he is my one of favours...ANY CRICKTER who is playing with 50 Average WITH bad ATTITUDEs is not a real cricketer..LOVE U BAILY AS A CRICKETER...FROM SRILANKA

  • Beertjie on December 16, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    You are correct @izzidole on (December 16, 2013, 12:31 GMT) that a good hundred in one of the last two tests will cement his place. However, imho that will be to the detriment of Aus's performance in SA. Steyn and Philander will find him out and it will be back to square one. Anyway, let's see how it all pans out.

  • bhootmahal on December 16, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    So many readers talking/bashing Indian cricket team and pitches here. Please focus on Aus/Eng series. It is nice to see Aus bouncing back. It is good for Test Cricket having 4-5 (AUS, ENG, SA and IND) good teams competing.

  • OttawaRocks on December 16, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    28 is the record? So from 1877 until today that's all we have? With all the garbage bowled over the years, even in tests, would have expected someone to at least have crossed 30, if not 32. :/

  • voma on December 16, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    As an England fan , this has been depressing to watch . I mean the whole series ! , we have been outclassed . Its good for cricket and the Ashes though , the Aussies dominating . But it seems some people simply cant accept the fact that England in recent years have been the better side . By far

  • Batmanindallas on December 16, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Bailey could be the next Aussie Skipper with Clarke having a dodge back. As for Anderson being rated the best bowler and better than Steyn etc by English fans -this should be the final nail in the coffin for that argument

  • MaruthuDelft on December 16, 2013, 15:40 GMT

    I have watched Anderson for more than 10 years but never thought he is above average. But pundits once compared him to even Dale Steyn. Amazing. Anderson simply lacks the ability to adjust or raise his bowling within the course of a day/innings/match depending on circumstances. He needs a new match to start bowling well if he is whacked in the current match.

  • on December 16, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    I found Shahid Afridi at number 3 in the list. I believe only Ahmed Shahzad can break this record, only if he get a chance to play on Indian soil.

  • Damo_s on December 16, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    @tanstell87 - Nonsense. England bowlers actually did pretty well in the UAE it was their batting that let them down there. Failing to chase down 115 or whatever it was being a good example. Anderson was very good in India, and has been unplayable when it swings. I have no idea whats up with him at present, he seems to have completely lost his mojo, and out-bowled by Broad and Stokes. Swann is much the same. These two, Prior and KP appear ready to be replaced with some new faces. Time for a rebuild of this England team. They have done very well in the last few years, but thats over now.

  • Nali_live on December 16, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    Bailey is a true sportsman...love from sri lanka

  • PrasPunter on December 16, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    @Dr.Malik. for some reason or other , this bloke seems to have created a nice impression on everyone who watches him - may be his calm nature, may be his smiles or what not . But that is not going to help him - in a real world - Bails must score runs and more runs !! Hoping for a Bails' show at the G. Just dont want to see him getting dropped.

  • jonesy2 on December 16, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    @David_Boon-- absolutely spot on. as matty hayden put it I little while ago "Anderson is a very average bowler". adding on from your point, the only series where England really had it over Australia and outperformed them was the last series in Australia, in 09 Australia were the better team and had the far better individual series but like the recent series in England they just failed on some crucial moments which is obviously their own fault but its more of a case of England just being there and getting lucky rather than them beating Australia and ironically Australia playing horribly at their fortress Lords (09 and 13). this series reflects the differences in the talent and individual prowess of the teams.

  • valvolux on December 16, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Awesome stuff. Anderson, perhaps an over earlier, was generating his first swing of the series. And despite all calls he's tired, has been quicker in oz than he was in england..,,by a good 4-5 kmph. He's skillful when conditions suit and momentum is with him, fodder when it's not. One is not a skillful bowler playing that many tests with such a poor average, watsons bowling average isn't far off. Anderson, in a heavy clouded england, is still in my world 11 though. This was a perfect role for bailey though - it allowed him to play his natural game. You still have to execute and he did. So much for all those English going on about poor sportsmanship....bailey copped it from anderson and just smiled...and Watson, who probably annoys most Aussie supporters with his brovado, showed great humility and respect with his comments.

  • brusselslion on December 16, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    As @chapathishot says Jimmy was a good - not great - bowler, especially in English conditions, but now appears to be past his prime. He (and Swann) will probably play in (most of) next (English) summer's home series' mainly because at the moment, England do not have any ready made replacements for either of them. Hopefully, some of the youngsters will make strong cases for selection over the next 9-12 months.

  • on December 16, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    George Bailey, most pleasant, gentleman like player around....

  • tanstell87 on December 16, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    Indian fan here...have to agree with David_Boon, Australia came close to win thrice in England but could not cross that final hurdle...he is also right with his verdict on English bowlers who thrive on home wickets to get wickets and are absolutely listless when they are playing away...they struggled in UAE against Pakistan, against New Zealand in New Zealand and now here in Australia...the only shining point came against us last winter...but its great to see Australia finally winning against England...so as i see it with India slated to tour Australia next summer another tough tour awaits but this it will be Pujara/Dhawan/Kohli/Rahane & Rohit instead of the fab four..

  • on December 16, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    I think everyone is saying its the conditions. Remember England use a dukes ball and we use a kookaburra... All in all Aussies are simply too good. And no matter what anyone says. Mitch has had them nervous, Harris is the best bowler with the new ball out of both sides and Lyon spinning better than swann

  • David_Boon on December 16, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Haha Rohit, how clueless you are. The fact is England were lucky to win 3-0 in England, with the rain preventing two certain Australian victories, and had Brad Haddin not edged behind while 14 runs short Australia would have won 3-1. The England bowlers have long been overrated, and thrive only in home conditions - Broad/Anderson/Swann all average 30 with the ball. For comparison Shane Watson averages 31. This series is a much more accurate representation of the teams, anyone who thinks England won easily in England clearly didn't watch the matches.

  • on December 16, 2013, 13:11 GMT

    I love watching bailey every times he comes for bat

  • on December 16, 2013, 13:07 GMT

    28 runs aside, these new bats and renowned confidence in abilities to clear any ground, day is not too far when scores like this (in single over) will be made more often when team is searching for some quick runs in Test matches. On side note, I know Aus fans have not shown much faith in Baily yet, but this guy bring so much calmness, and he is still have to find that confidence, which with this surge may have provided him a bit. He will come good for sure. No, I am not saying that slogging few sixes makes him a better batsman. My point is, he will be more confident about himself after contributing to the team. Mark my words and watch out for this space come next test

  • Blade-Runner on December 16, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    Jatasuriya vs Anderson - 24 runs - 6 consecutive 4's in an over during Jayasuriya's last test match.

  • izzidole on December 16, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    It was a treat to watch Bailey bat and those strokes against Jimmy Anderson's bowling was unbelievable. I only wished Clarke hadn't declared to see more of Bailey's exquisite strokeplay. For some reason or the other nobody seems to think much about Bailey maybe because he doesn't look like a cricketer but some hollywood actor. No doubt it is a treat to watch him bat when he is in full flight. His effortless strokes to and over the fence. Despite his fine innings and his good performances in the team I still don't think Bailey has quite sealed his place in the aussie test team. A big hundred in the remaining two ashes tests will no doubt go a long way to secure a permanent number six position in this aussie batting lineup.

  • chapathishot on December 16, 2013, 12:24 GMT

    What ever said and done,Jimmy was a good bowler and especially in swinging conditions normal or reverse.He has a great record against Sachin which not even steyn can boast.But now I feel that he has past his prime and England may look for other options once this continues in the following tests also.

  • on December 16, 2013, 12:01 GMT

    it was 5 fours in a row mate..razzaq v glenn

  • on December 16, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    @ Rohit, You clearly haven't followed Ashes properly.. Since when in recent times England whitewashed Aus? Pietersen has scored almost everywhere in the world, he almost murdered Steyn's bowling and has failed only now for time being. Clarke and Johnson on the other hand are just budding as senior players. So everything is happening this Ashes.

  • Harmony_not_Discord on December 16, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Some people are thinking (wrongly) that both these teams are strong only at home and as though Australia currently winning at home against England is pretty much normal and expected.

    For the record, England won the last Ashes series in Australia 3-1. In the past, England have won 14 Ashes series in Australia and lost 17. Interestingly, Australia too have won 14 Ashes series in England and lost 17. Pretty much equal and not such a bad winning away record between these two countries.

    So, it's a wrong assumption, as someone said, that "both teams are strong at home and have struggled away".

  • mensan on December 16, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Remember Razzaq hit McGrath for 4 fours in a ODI in Australia! That doesn't make Razzaq a great batsman.

  • on December 16, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    Front foot lunge. You are tlking about grace. What grace the Aussies have. Grace you learn from the likes of Windies,New Zealand even SA. So what Bailey is in the class of Lara. No way Lara can be compared. Yuv and Ravi also hit 36 runs from 6 balls. Nothing great in it. He has not hit a century in Six innings so far.

  • on December 16, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    Jimmy Anderson is only effective in England when the conditions are for swinging, other then that he is pretty average

  • Rohit... on December 16, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    What are the fans fighting about ? This is just a par level Ashes series going on... Aus white washing in Aus & England white washing in Eng... The teams are all at par ( Clarke = Cook, Johnson = Anderson & Watson = Peterson )... It is the venue that makes the difference... So, Chill.

  • on December 16, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    Granted Australia have annihilated England so far in this series but Anderson has 330ish Test Wickets so he is not an average bowler, he had a poor over. What this series has proved thus far is that both teams are strong at home and have struggled away. England are the same team that managed to beat the mighty India in India. We need to wait and see how these teams perform away from home before we right off England and say how amazing Australia are.

  • Harmony111 on December 16, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    @GurSinghgur:

    Now if you promise not to run away, will you show me when did I use the words "ordinary trundler" for Anderson??? It was FFC who used that word for him. Why are you asking me about what someone else has said? Confused mind or what?

    You are talking about sarcasm, wit etc but you can't read two comments without mixing them up??? I suggest you sign up for some reading/recitation classes cos stuff like sarcasm is beyond you at the moment.

    This huge public embarrassment for you notwithstanding, you are also advised to make use of a tool called statsguru that will give you detailed stats info about Anderson. I bet you did not know about this tool. Or you can simply search for Anderson's public profile on cricinfo for summary of his stats, which are not very impressive if you think otherwise.

    Sarcasm may or may not be the lowest form of wit, someone told you that & you latched onto it like a true follower. Anyways, sometimes using only a little wit suffices.

  • wonderstar1 on December 16, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK . lol. so, whats big deal with the short-from specialist? what have Eng done with all test specialists in this series is there for everyone to see. @ FFL Oh dear. I can understand your pain and how Aus have left you in bitter taste. But this is what happens when the Trundler who is averaging in the 30s is called as world class bowler. lol. Same with one Mediocre batsmen who was supposed to break sachins record. I am having a good laugh reminding all of those.

  • on December 16, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    I always did think that Jimmy was just an average bowler at best, especially when you consider some of the better bowlers that England have had in the past - Flintoff, Harmison, Gough, et al. I'm talking ability here, not numbers. Having said that, I think its also worth comparing the humiliation handed out to England in this series with the result of the series played in England this summer. I always thought that that series was a closely fought battle, with the Aussies actually bettering the Pommies on most occasions. I guess where they lost out was in holding on to the advantages they created. England may have won that series 3-0, but it was quite evident that they had merely won the battle, not the war. After that series concluded, the Aussies did what any great side would do - homework. And the results are there for all to see, and how! I'm first a cricket fan and then an Indian cricket fan, and I love the way this team has butchered the Pommies into submission.

  • on December 16, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    SO Australia only perform well in Australia, while England only perform well in England and India.

  • GurSinghgur on December 16, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    As someone never told Harmony111, "sarcasm is the lowest form of wit". And unwitty clunking leaden sneering jeering sarcasm is the lowest form of that. For the record, would Harmony care to tell us the total Test record of J Anderson, the "ordinary trundler"?

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on December 16, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Oh great; another short-format specialist in Australia's test team...

  • wrenx on December 16, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    lol @Front-Foot-Lunge. When you're this delusional, no kind of evidence can reach you

  • Harmony111 on December 16, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    I heartily congratulate James Anderson, Esq for this world record achievement. I am sure having some caviar & champagne will be a nice way for him to savour this moment, which must be among the sweetest of his life. I guess God is so kind on some of his sons, such as you, that first he decided that you shall be rated as among the best bowlers in the world, almost as good as mighty Steyn; then he decided that you will be rated as among the greatest English bowlers, I still see Truman's profoundly nodding smile at that. As if God wasn't finished yet, he decided you shall be rated to be among the very few who will be top class anywhere, be it home or away or fast, bouncy tracks or slow tracks. I think this last skill that god bestowed on you must be his kindest of them all cos you happened to get this world record on WACA, the fastest, bounciest track in the world. Could it be that God is signalling that now your life will go on a different track?

    Remember that God is never finished ...

  • Front-Foot-Clunge on December 16, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    FFL, you are the WORST kind of cricket fan. Leading up to the series, you were boasting non-stop about an England team that was going to flatten a poor Australian with bat and ball on their home turf. Now, it's all about poor Jimmy holding up the entire team with...er...what, exactly? The mountains of wickets he hasn't taken? Or the 28 runs he went for in this over. Face it: England are a tired unit, Jimmy is an ordinary trundler when there's no swing, and aside from Pietersen and Broad, they've shown little fire or determination. It's nice when your team is winning and winning well, and England went through a lot of bad years in the 90s and 2000s, so you and all the English fans deserve to enjoy your team doing a good job. Just aim for a bit of grace an humility when they're winning, and keep a bit of an even view when they're not. You'll probably actually start to enjoy cricket...maybe.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 16, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    This isn't normal Ashes service for sure, there's no 4-0 victory for England this time. But Anderson's been carrying England's poor batting for too long, England fans are going to have to wait a bit longer for Normal Ashes Service to be resumed.

  • SoyQuearns on December 16, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    This is icing on the cake for Australia. Normal Ashes service has resumed.

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  • SoyQuearns on December 16, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    This is icing on the cake for Australia. Normal Ashes service has resumed.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 16, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    This isn't normal Ashes service for sure, there's no 4-0 victory for England this time. But Anderson's been carrying England's poor batting for too long, England fans are going to have to wait a bit longer for Normal Ashes Service to be resumed.

  • Front-Foot-Clunge on December 16, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    FFL, you are the WORST kind of cricket fan. Leading up to the series, you were boasting non-stop about an England team that was going to flatten a poor Australian with bat and ball on their home turf. Now, it's all about poor Jimmy holding up the entire team with...er...what, exactly? The mountains of wickets he hasn't taken? Or the 28 runs he went for in this over. Face it: England are a tired unit, Jimmy is an ordinary trundler when there's no swing, and aside from Pietersen and Broad, they've shown little fire or determination. It's nice when your team is winning and winning well, and England went through a lot of bad years in the 90s and 2000s, so you and all the English fans deserve to enjoy your team doing a good job. Just aim for a bit of grace an humility when they're winning, and keep a bit of an even view when they're not. You'll probably actually start to enjoy cricket...maybe.

  • Harmony111 on December 16, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    I heartily congratulate James Anderson, Esq for this world record achievement. I am sure having some caviar & champagne will be a nice way for him to savour this moment, which must be among the sweetest of his life. I guess God is so kind on some of his sons, such as you, that first he decided that you shall be rated as among the best bowlers in the world, almost as good as mighty Steyn; then he decided that you will be rated as among the greatest English bowlers, I still see Truman's profoundly nodding smile at that. As if God wasn't finished yet, he decided you shall be rated to be among the very few who will be top class anywhere, be it home or away or fast, bouncy tracks or slow tracks. I think this last skill that god bestowed on you must be his kindest of them all cos you happened to get this world record on WACA, the fastest, bounciest track in the world. Could it be that God is signalling that now your life will go on a different track?

    Remember that God is never finished ...

  • wrenx on December 16, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    lol @Front-Foot-Lunge. When you're this delusional, no kind of evidence can reach you

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on December 16, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    Oh great; another short-format specialist in Australia's test team...

  • GurSinghgur on December 16, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    As someone never told Harmony111, "sarcasm is the lowest form of wit". And unwitty clunking leaden sneering jeering sarcasm is the lowest form of that. For the record, would Harmony care to tell us the total Test record of J Anderson, the "ordinary trundler"?

  • on December 16, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    SO Australia only perform well in Australia, while England only perform well in England and India.

  • on December 16, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    I always did think that Jimmy was just an average bowler at best, especially when you consider some of the better bowlers that England have had in the past - Flintoff, Harmison, Gough, et al. I'm talking ability here, not numbers. Having said that, I think its also worth comparing the humiliation handed out to England in this series with the result of the series played in England this summer. I always thought that that series was a closely fought battle, with the Aussies actually bettering the Pommies on most occasions. I guess where they lost out was in holding on to the advantages they created. England may have won that series 3-0, but it was quite evident that they had merely won the battle, not the war. After that series concluded, the Aussies did what any great side would do - homework. And the results are there for all to see, and how! I'm first a cricket fan and then an Indian cricket fan, and I love the way this team has butchered the Pommies into submission.

  • wonderstar1 on December 16, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK . lol. so, whats big deal with the short-from specialist? what have Eng done with all test specialists in this series is there for everyone to see. @ FFL Oh dear. I can understand your pain and how Aus have left you in bitter taste. But this is what happens when the Trundler who is averaging in the 30s is called as world class bowler. lol. Same with one Mediocre batsmen who was supposed to break sachins record. I am having a good laugh reminding all of those.