England v Australia, 4th Investec Ashes Test, Durham, 4th day August 12, 2013

Broad leads charge to Ashes victory

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England 238 (Cook 51, Lyon 4-42) and 330 (Bell 113, Harris 7-117, Lyon 3-55) beat Australia 270 (Rogers 110, Watson 68, Broad 5-71) and 224 (Warner 71, Broad 6-50) by 74 runs
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To Headingley and Edgbaston 1981 may be added Durham 2013. As happened 32 years ago, Australia tossed away day upon day of diligent cricket with a crowded hour or so of batting calamity, against bowling of high quality from an England team that had looked momentarily bereft of inspiration.

Where in 1981 Bob Willis and Ian Botham had rained blows on their antipodean rivals, this time it was Stuart Broad, aided by a critical cameo from Tim Bresnan. Back then, England had been marshalled expertly by Mike Brearley; now it was Alastair Cook who pulled the right rein by replacing Graeme Swann with Bresnan when Australia were 167 for 2 and hurtling towards 299 to win.

What followed was a cavalcade of wickets that undid nine days' worth of hard graft from an Australia team straining to break a sequence of ineptitude. England would have hoped to stay in the match with four wickets after tea - they won it by claiming nine, six to a fearsome Broad. Slightly sheepish in their Ashes retention in Manchester, the hosts could now celebrate winning them in dramatic and damaging style.

For all their efforts at Old Trafford and Chester-le-Street the tourists are 3-0 down, confidence battered by the realisation of futility. Australia's belief that they can win Test matches will be extremely shaken. England's sense that they can defeat Australia come what may can never be stronger than it is now. Chris Rogers, Brad Haddin and Ryan Harris, all heroic at times in this match, will ponder whether the twilight of their careers will be lived without Ashes hope. Steven Smith and Usman Khawaja now bear the scars that once dogged England's 1990s generation.

Broad's impact on the match was profound, as a tally of 11 wickets attests. His away cutter to defeat Michael Clarke was among the balls of the series. But it was Bresnan's introduction that swung the contest, reaping the dismissal of a fluent and focused David Warner. With Rogers he had blunted England's bowlers in a stirring century stand and, though Swann had beaten Rogers with spin and Khawaja without it, Warner and Clarke were scoring freely.

Warner has seldom played better in Tests, repeatedly piercing the off-side field with back-foot punches, then advancing to loft Swann over wide long off for six. But as a modicum of cloud cover passed over Durham, Bresnan extracted bounce and movement from a perfect length to tickle Warner's outside edge and pull England back from the precipice.

Andy Flower's messages from the boundary had circulated freely as Australia swept closer to their target, and a drinks break brought about the plan that would do in Clarke. England set a field that foreshadowed a short ball, and Clarke could not help but notice. Instead he received a delivery that was full, fast and seaming away. The off stump tilted back as Joe Root's had on day three, and Broad roared his approval.

Smith has had a poor match, out cheaply on day two then dropping a catch on the fourth morning. He eluded one caught-behind appeal when the ball struck his hip rather than his bat, but when essaying the shot again could manage only to drag it off his body and on to the stumps.

Shane Watson's front pad again got in the way, plonked across the stumps to Bresnan. Leg stump was visible when he was struck in line, and though the angle was sharp, Aleem Dar's finger was raised. Watson's review showed the ball clipping the stumps, enough to keep him walking.

Broad's pace was pushing the Australians back in their crease, a dangerous position from which to play the seaming ball. Haddin would fall in this manner, struck in line and with feet in the air. As the only batsman left he had to review Tony Hill's decision, and like Watson would depart to a ball barely clipping the stumps. England celebrated like winners.

From there, all that remained was to mop up Australia's longest tail of the series. Harris ended a match he should be proud of by being pinned lbw, Nathan Lyon was far too late and crooked on a Broad delivery that made a mess of his stumps. In fading light, Cook claimed the extra half hour to clinch the match, and a final burst of sun allowed him to call on Broad again. Three balls later Peter Siddle lamely poked a catch to mid-off, a fitting end for Broad but also Australia.

To his evening contribution, Bresnan had added a critical morning prelude. In Harris' hands the new ball immediately started to dance on a pitch showing increasing signs of wear. Bresnan shouldered arms to one ball from Jackson Bird that seamed back and would have clipped the top of the stumps, but that was not enough to overturn Dar's not-out verdict - Australia lost their final review.

The first ball of Harris' second over was fast, skidding and low of bounce, crashing into Bell's stumps after 254 minutes' batting of the highest class. Matt Prior marched out for precisely one delivery, which kicked up off a similar length to the previous one and crashed into off stump via the batsman's arm. Broad averted the hat-trick, but was soon pinned on the gloves by a vicious bouncer from around the wicket.

Harris now had six wickets and England a lead of 243. Knowing this was not enough, Bresnan moved up a gear, clouting Bird out of the attack with a series of muscular blows, then put a dent in the figures of Harris. Swann followed up by gliding Siddle's first ball of the morning to the cover fence. Australian shoulders began to slump.

Clarke replaced Siddle with Lyon, and his maiden calmed the innings. Harris then bowled similarly tightly to Bresnan and was rewarded with a return catch and his best figures in Tests. Swann's response to the fall of the ninth wicket was to try to hit Lyon into the stands, and he offered a high, swirling chance to Smith. He was under the ball in plenty of time but did not get entirely balanced, and the ball bounced out of tense hands.

Swann took England's lead near enough to 300 before Lyon found Anderson's outside edge. They had more than doubled the runs Australia's tail managed to cobble on the previous morning, a difference that would prove almost as decisive as the bowling of Broad and Bresnan. Though they have dodged punches for the most part of two matches, England are deserving Ashes winners. Australia, as they did 32 years ago, have become awfully accomplished at finding ways to lose.

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  • Sir_Ivor on August 13, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    It was a great Test. I am reminded of the Old Trafford game between these two sides in 1961 when England had to score around 260 to win. Ted Dexter was at his best and they were 150 for 1 or so. Then Benaud going around the stumps and bowling on the rough destroyed England and bowled them out for 204 to emerge the winner. That was a great game just as this was. At 164 for 2, with Warner going great guns, I thought Australia would win before the day was over. It was then that I saw the clouds return. I could make out that that would make the pace bowlers very effective soon. And that is just what happened.At Chester le Street it is pace which wins in the end and that is what we saw. Broad was unplayable in those conditions. Anderson was off the boil though. A great win for England. Cook may not have the cavalier outlook in captaincy but he is obviously a winning one. My congratulations to him and England.

  • landl47 on August 12, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    A very exciting test match and at tea I thought Aus were favorites to win. 120-1 with Clarke still to come in looked a good position to be in. However, Bresnan produced a good ball to get rid of Warner and Broad produced a great ball to bowl Clarke and you could almost hear the air escaping from the Aussie balloon.

    As usually happens, when a side gets on top they seem to have the luck as well and two close lbw decisions went England's way, upheld by the third umpire. If they'd both been given not out, as they could have been, then they would have stayed not out, but since both were shown to be hitting the stumps there can be no complaints (which won't stop people like coldcoffee123 from making them).

    There were four outstanding performances in this match: Rogers' century, Bell's century, Harris 7-113 and Broad's 11-121. However, since Broad was the only one to perform outstandingly in both innings (though Rogers was good), he deserved the award.

    A great game to watch.

  • on August 12, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    This has been a great test match so far! It was gratifying to see England come out and play with intent in the second innings and their efforts were rewarded, but then they were upstaged by the Australian response thus far! Each side also has their own batting hero and bowling hero, first Bell leapfrogged Rogers, then Harris leapfrogged Broad! This one has it all!

  • 122notoutWestByfleet1996 on August 12, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    what a test this is shaping up to be. after Bell, Prior and Broad went in quick succession i felt the balance had shifted to Aus, but Bresnan's cameo along with Swann's really shifted the momentum back in England's favour I think. In the context of the game, Bresnan's innings really was a little gem.

    Still in the balance, but on a 4th and 5th day wicket, with Broad bowling well and history suggesting 300 to be a stretch to win a test, I fancy England to go 3-0 up here. as an England fan, and a cricket fan in general, I hope for a good performance from the Aussies and some more nail biting, edge of the seat cricket.

  • jmcilhinney on August 12, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    That was an interesting morning's cricket, no doubt. I'm sure that everyone assumed that, if England scored some runs, it would be Bell and Prior doing most of it but Swann and particularly Bresnan definitely showing their worth there. Both Bell and Prior might consider themselves a little unlucky, both being the victims of variable bounce but in opposite directions, but those wickets were just reward for Ryan Harris. He continually looked dangerous while the other seamers didn't do too much and he continually put the ball in the right place, thus being in a position to take advantage of that variable bounce. He and Ian Bell have been the stand-out bowler and batsman respectively by a significant distance in this series. If he can maintain his fitness then he will be a real handful back in Australia.

  • Shan156 on August 17, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    @Thyagu5432, Every player gets out of form sometime in his career. Cook and Trott are clearly out of form. Look at their career averages and you would know that their poor showing in this series is not just due to some impressive Aussie bowling but because of a bad patch. The only real problem area I see for England is the #6 which would be resolved if Root moves to #6 which would, in turn, leave one position open - Cook's partner. I think Compton should not have been dropped. That unsettled the batting a bit. The Aussies, on the other hand, have to find 5 batsmen. In couple of years, England would have to replace a few batsmen, a seamer, and a spinner. But at the moment, Aus' holes are more gaping than Eng's.

  • ScottStevo on August 15, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, you miss the point here, mate. It's exceptionally lucky for England. For starters, out of all 3 of those decisions, only 1 bloke didn't even offer a shot and was the one given not out (astoundingly). Worse still, you completely miss the point in that once a referral is called on the umpires on call decision is being questioned and therefore should count for nothing. If that were the case, all 3 would be given out. I'm happy if that's the case, but for 1 to be not out and 2 to be out because of the umpires call and all 3 in the favour of the one side; then it starts to get rather annoying. I appreciate that when you're on the winning side at the end of the match, then it sounds like sour grapes, etc., however, Aus have been on the wrong side of 'umpires call' all series and it's been devastating. I doubt even the most ardent of supporter on any side could possibly say that DRS has been anything more than annoyingly incorrect....

  • jmcilhinney on August 15, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    @poms_have_short_memories on (August 13, 2013, 20:41 GMT), because they were both umpire's call. In the case of Bresnan, he was given not out and Australia reviewed. Umpire's call meant it stayed not out. In the case of Watson, he was given out and he reviewed. Umpire's call meant it stayed out. Haddin's was similar to Watson's although, while I didn't see it, I don't think he even reviewed but would still have been out if he had. That is perhaps some luck going England's way but noone can say with certainty that the original calls were wrong so they all stand.

  • D.L.CHOUHAN on August 14, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    not a great batting by australia ,england played extremly well their bowelr are on the top against the rival specially broad

  • Thyagu5432 on August 14, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    @JG2704: My point is not about whether Cook should have reacted differently. I am only saying that these two teams are evenly matched (well! almost) and each of these test matches (except the 2nd) would have gone either way. Whereas, it is made to believe that England have dominated this series, which is not true. Cook is well aware of it and thanked his stars for that bad light.

    @122notoutWestByfleet1996: Aussies top order has failed miserably except Rogers. England's top order has failed miserably excepy Bell (If KP had a century so did Clarke). If Anderson bowled well so did Harris. If Broad bowled well so did Siddle. May be, only Swann doesn't have a match. If you think Aussie team has gaping holes then so should England.

  • Sir_Ivor on August 13, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    It was a great Test. I am reminded of the Old Trafford game between these two sides in 1961 when England had to score around 260 to win. Ted Dexter was at his best and they were 150 for 1 or so. Then Benaud going around the stumps and bowling on the rough destroyed England and bowled them out for 204 to emerge the winner. That was a great game just as this was. At 164 for 2, with Warner going great guns, I thought Australia would win before the day was over. It was then that I saw the clouds return. I could make out that that would make the pace bowlers very effective soon. And that is just what happened.At Chester le Street it is pace which wins in the end and that is what we saw. Broad was unplayable in those conditions. Anderson was off the boil though. A great win for England. Cook may not have the cavalier outlook in captaincy but he is obviously a winning one. My congratulations to him and England.

  • landl47 on August 12, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    A very exciting test match and at tea I thought Aus were favorites to win. 120-1 with Clarke still to come in looked a good position to be in. However, Bresnan produced a good ball to get rid of Warner and Broad produced a great ball to bowl Clarke and you could almost hear the air escaping from the Aussie balloon.

    As usually happens, when a side gets on top they seem to have the luck as well and two close lbw decisions went England's way, upheld by the third umpire. If they'd both been given not out, as they could have been, then they would have stayed not out, but since both were shown to be hitting the stumps there can be no complaints (which won't stop people like coldcoffee123 from making them).

    There were four outstanding performances in this match: Rogers' century, Bell's century, Harris 7-113 and Broad's 11-121. However, since Broad was the only one to perform outstandingly in both innings (though Rogers was good), he deserved the award.

    A great game to watch.

  • on August 12, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    This has been a great test match so far! It was gratifying to see England come out and play with intent in the second innings and their efforts were rewarded, but then they were upstaged by the Australian response thus far! Each side also has their own batting hero and bowling hero, first Bell leapfrogged Rogers, then Harris leapfrogged Broad! This one has it all!

  • 122notoutWestByfleet1996 on August 12, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    what a test this is shaping up to be. after Bell, Prior and Broad went in quick succession i felt the balance had shifted to Aus, but Bresnan's cameo along with Swann's really shifted the momentum back in England's favour I think. In the context of the game, Bresnan's innings really was a little gem.

    Still in the balance, but on a 4th and 5th day wicket, with Broad bowling well and history suggesting 300 to be a stretch to win a test, I fancy England to go 3-0 up here. as an England fan, and a cricket fan in general, I hope for a good performance from the Aussies and some more nail biting, edge of the seat cricket.

  • jmcilhinney on August 12, 2013, 12:29 GMT

    That was an interesting morning's cricket, no doubt. I'm sure that everyone assumed that, if England scored some runs, it would be Bell and Prior doing most of it but Swann and particularly Bresnan definitely showing their worth there. Both Bell and Prior might consider themselves a little unlucky, both being the victims of variable bounce but in opposite directions, but those wickets were just reward for Ryan Harris. He continually looked dangerous while the other seamers didn't do too much and he continually put the ball in the right place, thus being in a position to take advantage of that variable bounce. He and Ian Bell have been the stand-out bowler and batsman respectively by a significant distance in this series. If he can maintain his fitness then he will be a real handful back in Australia.

  • Shan156 on August 17, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    @Thyagu5432, Every player gets out of form sometime in his career. Cook and Trott are clearly out of form. Look at their career averages and you would know that their poor showing in this series is not just due to some impressive Aussie bowling but because of a bad patch. The only real problem area I see for England is the #6 which would be resolved if Root moves to #6 which would, in turn, leave one position open - Cook's partner. I think Compton should not have been dropped. That unsettled the batting a bit. The Aussies, on the other hand, have to find 5 batsmen. In couple of years, England would have to replace a few batsmen, a seamer, and a spinner. But at the moment, Aus' holes are more gaping than Eng's.

  • ScottStevo on August 15, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    @jmcilhinney, you miss the point here, mate. It's exceptionally lucky for England. For starters, out of all 3 of those decisions, only 1 bloke didn't even offer a shot and was the one given not out (astoundingly). Worse still, you completely miss the point in that once a referral is called on the umpires on call decision is being questioned and therefore should count for nothing. If that were the case, all 3 would be given out. I'm happy if that's the case, but for 1 to be not out and 2 to be out because of the umpires call and all 3 in the favour of the one side; then it starts to get rather annoying. I appreciate that when you're on the winning side at the end of the match, then it sounds like sour grapes, etc., however, Aus have been on the wrong side of 'umpires call' all series and it's been devastating. I doubt even the most ardent of supporter on any side could possibly say that DRS has been anything more than annoyingly incorrect....

  • jmcilhinney on August 15, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    @poms_have_short_memories on (August 13, 2013, 20:41 GMT), because they were both umpire's call. In the case of Bresnan, he was given not out and Australia reviewed. Umpire's call meant it stayed not out. In the case of Watson, he was given out and he reviewed. Umpire's call meant it stayed out. Haddin's was similar to Watson's although, while I didn't see it, I don't think he even reviewed but would still have been out if he had. That is perhaps some luck going England's way but noone can say with certainty that the original calls were wrong so they all stand.

  • D.L.CHOUHAN on August 14, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    not a great batting by australia ,england played extremly well their bowelr are on the top against the rival specially broad

  • Thyagu5432 on August 14, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    @JG2704: My point is not about whether Cook should have reacted differently. I am only saying that these two teams are evenly matched (well! almost) and each of these test matches (except the 2nd) would have gone either way. Whereas, it is made to believe that England have dominated this series, which is not true. Cook is well aware of it and thanked his stars for that bad light.

    @122notoutWestByfleet1996: Aussies top order has failed miserably except Rogers. England's top order has failed miserably excepy Bell (If KP had a century so did Clarke). If Anderson bowled well so did Harris. If Broad bowled well so did Siddle. May be, only Swann doesn't have a match. If you think Aussie team has gaping holes then so should England.

  • JohnOfCourse on August 14, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Wonderful test match, could have been much closer. Aus are a quality batsman away from catching England. Could be interesting down under, still think England have some quality in reserve. Onions should still have played for Anderson in this particular test and even though Bresnan did well here, think Tremlett should play at the Oval.

  • Aus2013 on August 14, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    Hy Folks many people reckons that Aus dominating periods are over..I dont reckon so...Any team can beat this fragile Aus Ashes line up...Having looked at both the teams Ashes line ups..Eng has got only two fresh lads in their teams..Root & Bairstow..Sadly have a look at the Aus line ups...only three experience batsmen in their teams..Clarke,Watson and haddin..Watson should be totally dropped as he is the only experience Agressive batsmen but failed with the bat and with the ball as well...I dont reckon that Clarke and Watto are not having a pretty good rappo with each others..Aus tank are brainless...All the teams are going with the young lads for the preparation of the 2015 WC in the Aus & NZ...Does any off the teams are going with the young lads for the test mtchsi dont think so..Aus team, coach and the management are totally brainless...They lost the test matches in Ind 4-0 bearing Ashes in their minds..lost the chmpns trphy n Eng..now thy lost the Ashes series...4-0..Im sure thy wl

  • 5wombats on August 14, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    Belatedly - Great win by England. Broad turned up the heat and it was all a bit too much for Australia. Again good to see him silence his critics. Poor old Harris though - who I've always rated highly - how hard does he have to work only for the Aus batsmen to just throw it away? Serious serious problems for Australia in the batting department, just as there was back in 2010/11, and that batting side had Hussey and Ponting.... When England go to Australia in a few weeks we will have the same bowling attack we had 3 years ago and Australia's batting will be the same as it is now. Rather weak to put it mildly. England batting still hasn't really fired. Look out Australia when it does. GO ENGLAND!!!

  • kieranbob on August 13, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    I hope England use the last test as an oppotunity to play some of the younger players and rest some who are more 'injury-prone'. I would take out Pietersen, Anderson and Swann and replace them with Taylor, Finn and Briggs. Maybe rest Prior and hand Bairstow the gloves but that might be a bit too much. The series is won already, there is no point risking players we may need for the ODI / T20 series.

  • JG2704 on August 13, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    @thebrotherswaugh on (August 13, 2013, 9:39 GMT) Cheers returned. Thanks for your balanced comms throughout the series and I think you have summed it all up pretty well.

    @Bhavesh Buchon (August 13, 2013, 7:49 GMT) How do you work out that they showed no fight? I think all the actual batsmen (except Smith)were out lbw,bowled or caught behind and Smith was unlucky with the drag on. All the top order wickets were earnt - Aus gave little away

    @clarke501 on (August 13, 2013, 12:36 GMT) Yes Broad should have been out and prob should have walked but was that the only controversial moment in that match? From an Eng point of view I seem to remember Agar looking fortunate not to be given stumped (I believe Eng would have been over 100 ahead in the 1st inns (and being that it was the last wiclet that's a fact and not an imponderable) and wasn't their a dodgy one with Trott and some more dodgy decs which went Eng's way?

  • JG2704 on August 13, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (August 13, 2013, 6:52 GMT)/ सुधीर देवलीon (August 13, 2013, 6:27 GMT)To be fair I'm not sure if Haddin definitely knew he hit it - Broad couldn't have not known. But how many instances have we had over the years where a batsman has clearly edged a ball and not walked until given out?

    Thyagu5432 - (August 13, 2013, 10:36 GMT) So how exactly should Cook have reacted and how would any other captain in that position in the match have reacted differently? More importantly - how would it have all affected the match? Even if you're blaming Cook for the teams not staying out there , it would only have taken half an hour out of the game and Clarke would have batted for that half hour anyway (knowing what he did about the weather). If Clarke had know about the weather he'd obviously have adjusted his plans accordingly. England were lucky for sure , but surely Cook's not to blame for the weather

  • 2MikeGattings on August 13, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    There was no DRS controversy in this test match. England are given Australia some medicine here. Clarke is taking it like a man but some of the Australian supporters need to grow up.

  • poms_have_short_memories on August 13, 2013, 20:41 GMT

    Just watched the highlights of Broad bowling England to victory, well bowled Broad I must say, but one decision mystified me. Can someone explain how a reviewed decision for lbw, can't remember the batsman, where less than half of the ball was hitting leg stump can be given out and in England's first innings Harris reviewed for the same thing and it was given not out?? A bit perplexed over here in oz.

  • dabhand on August 13, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    @ jmcilhinney - pretty cool summary, but didn't Randy also make some mention of English minnows along the way.?

    And for all those who believe England were lucky - I'll grant you luck always has a part to play but 3-0 already.

    You should take a look in the record books, they only record who DID win, not who some incredibly single sighted individuals thought should have won based on some weird permutations of could / should / would / umpires / DRS etc etc etc.

  • 122notoutWestByfleet1996 on August 13, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    @Thyagu5432 - exactly where are these gaping holes in the England team. 3 of Englands bowlers have turned in match winning performances during the series (Broad, Anderson and Swann). Finn took vital wickets at TB (I think) but was clearly not on top form so wasreplaced by Bresnan who has chipped in with vital wickets and runs. The only question with the bowlers then is who to play as the 4th bowler.

    It is true that Cook, Trott, Prior and to some extent Pietersen have been some way short of their best. Trott has looked in great form yet has managed to get out in frustrating ways, Cook is obviously a bit out of nick yet still has scored a few 50's and gritted it out. Prior is a confidence player and I think will come good again with some runs in one day and country cricket before the winter tour. KP made a match winning knock, as did Root, who got a couple of good balls and in fairness played a couple of poor shots. I dont see any gaps in here mate

  • on August 13, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    Usually when people discuss moments of luck they refer to umpire decisions, DRS issues etc. However, there are 100's of moments during a test match where one team gets lucky, balls passing the bat, miscued shots landing between fielders etc. England are 3-0 up not because they have been lucky (how can you possibly measure this) but because they have a better team and most importantly England refuse to lose (12 tests now without a defeat) and Australia have forgotten how to win (8 tests without a victory, including 7 defeats).

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on August 13, 2013, 13:08 GMT

    @Front-foot-gunge- Absolutely priceless mate! that's as good as it gets in this rather dull Ashes with 2 teams serving up lot of mediocrity for all the Ashes hype ! Only the Clark masterpiece in last game matches this in pricelessness . Good job, mate!!

  • shillingsworth on August 13, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    @Manoj Patil - Another post full of 'ifs' and 'buts'. You could also add Agar's stumping and Trott's lbw at Trent Bridge, Rogers' numerous play and misses at CLS but that wouldn't fit the 'unlucky Australia' theory would it? The 'overrated England' one is odd, given you don't indicate whose rating you object to and why.

  • on August 13, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    This part of the game "Bresnan shouldered arms to one ball from Jackson Bird that seamed back and would have clipped the top of the stumps, but that was not enough to overturn Dar's not-out verdict - Australia lost their final review." was the most telling review of the series. Bresnan was more out than Watson or Haddin and if Dar had fired him Australia might have been chasing 225. If you showed any training umpire those three and said which one would you give, 95% would have given Bresnan out and the other two the benefit. All of thse would have been confirmed on review. The fickle umpiring, not wrong, just fickle, was very telling.

  • cric_J on August 13, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    What a dramatic turnaround by Eng to win the match !They almost snatched victory from the jaws of defeat here. Stuart Broad, you ridiculous darling !

    I am seriously running short of words to say how brilliant an effort this was from Broad. He just got into one of his inexplicable, unplayable, unrelenting and unstoppable spells and proved that he is not only a good performer but a match winner. That delivery to Clarke was a perfect example to show that WHEN he puts his head to bowling full and straight at about 87 mph, Broady looks a cut above any other bowler playing the game ATM.He has been the one England bowler who has bowled very well in all the matches, but with little luck. So, he deserved his 11fer all the more.

    Bres and Swann batted superbly to get those 60 odd runs which proved vital at the end and they bowled well too.

    Dave and Rogers were superb for Aus, but for the rest.

    "It was Jimmy who done it" said Kimber for TBridge.

    "It was Broady who done it" I'd say for CLS.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 13, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    @thebrotherswaugh (post on August 13, 2013, 10:02 GMT): I'm not saying the Aus. fast bowlers have been poor; I just don't think 1 good series, or even a handful of games in several cases, is justification for all the 'threats/trolling' before the series about how this 'Aus. pace battery' are much better than the likes of Anderson, when the latter has played over 80 tests in a wide range of conditions and circumstances. Anderson below par? Did you watch the first games?

    The Australia series - like comparing apples and oranges in my opinion. Conditions are different; pitches are different; unlike here in U.K. perhaps it does pay to have express pace as there's not as much swing/seam to exploit. Players like Warner and Hughes might prove doubters like me very wrong on home pitches. This series result bares little meaning to the next series in Aus. and therefore there's no way I'm going to expecting dominance by England, in much the same way I didn't even expect it for this series.

  • on August 13, 2013, 11:11 GMT

    i think england r very lucky to retain n win ashes series. australia could have easily been 2-1 up in stead of down 3-0 In 1st test it was stuart broad who was given not out fir big outside edge was the difference,then in ither test matxh rain helped england and now the marginal lbw decision was against watson n haddin because on field upire fave it out but in similar aituation bresnan was given not out n the runs he a ired after that was the difference. It was lucky england n unlucky aus so far. England are a over rated team.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 13, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    @thebrotherswaugh, I dont think theres much left to tinker with in the Aus team in its current form.

    What you probably need is an Alan Border/Nass Hussain type captain to put the steel back into the batting, and i dont think Clarke is upto that job.

    It will be interesting to see what the selections are down under as Lehmann is pretty much intimating that there could be wholesale change on the return leg.

    The bowling is looking pretty decent, Bird and Starc are largely inxperienced, but look promising and Pattinson and Cummins seem to suffer a lot of injuries and stress fractures.

    Spin wise, Lyon isnt bad, sort of half way between Giles (containment) and Swann (Attacking), the contenders for the spot are Agar (IMHO too inexperienced in FC), SOK (must be wondering what hes done wrong) and Fawad Ahmed the new shiny leggy Fastracked to australian citizen.

  • on August 13, 2013, 10:57 GMT

    Being a pakistani and supportimg aussies last night show was just a flashback of box day test match of 2010

  • on August 13, 2013, 10:49 GMT

    I am loving it....aussies getting hammered by poms!

  • Narkovian on August 13, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    MAN OF THE MATCH Yeh I know Broad's 11 wkts take it really. But there is a case for Bresnan. If he had not scored his runs in 2nd innings , and then removed Warner with a great ball.. AUS would have won this match.

  • aracer on August 13, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    @jmcilhinney - Bell is surely pretty much nailed on for MoS, whatever happens at the Oval. I'm struggling to think what any other player could do to take it off him.

  • Thyagu5432 on August 13, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    @clarke501: First of all I am not even questioning umpire's judgment of calling bad light. I am only commenting on Cook & co's reaction to that judgment. It was so obvious that they were thanking their stars. A "dominating" team would be aggressive rather than being so tame. Yes, you may not care if Eng was considered to be dominating or not since what matters is what is in the score books. But I am sure Aus management will care that they are not far from a turn around and Eng management will care to be worried about gaping holes in their team.

  • on August 13, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    I am watching cricket matches for the past 30 years, i rate the ashes 2013 series win by england very high they simply outclassed the aussies,for the first time iam seeing the aussies getting thrashed quite easily by thier arch rivals. indeed a superlative performance by the england cricket team. australians were at thier best under steve waugh captiancy now they totally look out of sorts very bad to see the aussies bundled out for 224 from 168/2 chasing a target of 299 which looked comfortable to win the match

  • on August 13, 2013, 10:28 GMT

    @thebrotherswaugh- I absolutely guarantee that will be a very long 4-5 years for Australia.

  • Munkeymomo on August 13, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    It amazes me that people still get sucked into the trollbait of FFL/RandyOz.

    Well played Australia, hard fought series, just been let down by some abject batting and soft dismissals, combined with an odd spell of really good bowling from one of the England's bowlers. The strangest thing is, it's only really taken one bowler in each test (Jimmy, Swann, Broad have each had big tests, but for 1 wicket, would all have a ten-fer). The Aussie bowlers have had equally good spells (Siddle at Lords, Harris... whenever he bowls). Obviously the biggest difference between the sides was Ian Bell. He is the only batsman this series who has batted well more than once.

  • thebrotherswaugh on August 13, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    @Micky.Panda - You really reckon our batting woes will be fixed dropping Khawaja - good luck with that theory. Who will you bring in? @Front Foot Lunge - as gracious as ever, just what we've come to expect. It'll be very interesting to see how ENG cricket is faring in 4-5 years. @R_U_4_REAL_NICK - fair enough, but how often can Broad bowl that quickly (I'm sure Finn bowled some deliveries at 91-92 mph in the 1s test as well). It's also fair to point out that Anderson has been well below par this series. That AUS bowling attack you're implying is over-rated has put us in potential winning positions in each and every test - so is it fair to say that the ENG batting line-up is over-rated (sans Bell)? Food for thought. At this stage, I expect another 3-1 result in AUS later this year mainly due to our poor batting.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 13, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    @xtrafalgarx (post on August 13, 2013, 9:11 GMT): Very true, but when you get huge numbers of Aus. fans coming on here claiming that this 'infamous pace battery' are much better bowlers than the likes of Anderson, despite the fact Anderson has played more games than the sum of that 'Aus. pace battery' - of course a few cages are going to be rattled. When expectations are then not lived up to, fingers are pointed - sometimes at the wrong people/players. Classic example: Nathan Hauritz! Guy had one poor game in the subcontinent of all places was replaced by the likes of Beer and Doherty. Selectors are every bit as much to blame as 'fans'/'critics'.

  • shillingsworth on August 13, 2013, 9:57 GMT

    @Thyagu5432 - More inventions I see. The umpires are the sole arbiters on bad light. It has nothing to do with Cook or any other player. Frankly I couldn't care less whether England 'deserve' to be 3-0 up. The results are in the book, as are all the other supposedly undeserved ones through history.

  • AbsoluteRabbit on August 13, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    I'm feeling so much nostalgia for the 1990s reading these Aussie comments - "the scoreline doesn't reflect the difference between the sides, we could have won if only blah blah..." All arguments that I've trotted out myself in my time, but now I don't have to. Bliss.

  • jmcilhinney on August 13, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    @RandyOZ on (August 13, 2013, 7:54 GMT), don't worry Randy. It's the coach's fault. Once Australia get rid of that Mickey Arthur then everything will turn around. What? Oh dear... Well, it's obviously the selectors' fault then. You said that Australia would have beaten India easily if their best players had been selected. Obviously once the selectors get it right then everything will turn around. Oh, hang on... you said before the Lords Test that that looked like Australia's best team. Oh dear... Well, maybe they'll listen to you and replace Starc with Bird and then everything will turn around. What? You're kidding! Well, I guess when they make you coach and chief selector before the return series, then everything will turn around. What a relief it will be to have someone who knows what they're talking about in charge for a change. Anyway, at least you were right about Ian Bell and Stuart Broad. What? Damn it!

  • gt_doss on August 13, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    Surely, this is a morale boosting ashes win for pommies..well played england throughout the series....but my pity goes to aussies in this chester-le-street test as they were on top once with 167 for 2 and with Warner on 70 going great guns...but full marks to Broad and Bresnen who both bowled superbly to see aussies' back with 8 wickets falling for just 56 runs....Hats off to Cook and his team for the fantastic ashes win....

  • thebrotherswaugh on August 13, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    Congrats to ENG for winning the series. HMS Resolute aka Ian Bell has proven to be the biggest difference between the two sides - hope he gets Man of the Series award, and shame on those who don't rate him. Very happy with the way AUS have bounced back after the flogging at Lords. We just need to develop our batmen - I don't reckon the Pommy attack has out performed the AUS bowlers by much, because our fellas are bowling to a much stronger batting line-up. We've been in positions to win in each & every test, but our batting is not up to test match standard. Good to see Rogers and Harris doing so well. I just hope we can keep Harris fit and on the park for the return series later this year. The best team has definitely won the series, so no sour grapes here. Cheers.

  • bobmartin on August 13, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Isn't it wonderful how many soothsayers frequent these posts... with predictions as to what might have been the outcome of a match if this batsman hadn't got out.. that umpire hadn't made a mistake... that bowler hadn't got lucky.... the selectors had picked this player instead of that one...etc. etc. etc... All immaterial... What happened happened and nothing will change it no matter how much you pontificate.

  • Thyagu5432 on August 13, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    @clarke501: I stand corrected. 2nd test missed my attention. After Eng trashed Aussie in that test, it is all the more a shame that Aus let go such a great opportunity. The way Cook & the team reacted to bad light on the 4th evening of the 3rd test is itself a sign that Eng doesn't deserve to be up 3 - 0.

  • xtrafalgarx on August 13, 2013, 9:11 GMT

    I don't think people understand, English and Australian fans alike, just how far apart these teams are in terms of development. Alister Cook at only 28 years of age has played more tests than Michael Clarke! Ian bell, kevin peitersen, jimmy anderson have all played nearly 100 test matches. Broad, 27 years of age has played around 60 test matches. For us, David Warner, Uzzie, Hughes, Smith and even Rogers - have hardly played 50 test between them! Poor Khawaja coming in at no.3 was expected to get a big hundred there, but at 9 test macthes, i don't blame him. You can't expect that from him.

    Even the English players, they're younger players bairstow and root have struggled just as much as ours. But their senior players, Bell and Pietersen have stepped up when it matters with the bat. And jimmy, broad and swann with the ball (who have over 600 wickets between them!) Yet we are so hard on Starc, Patto and Lyno who right at the beggining of their careers.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 13, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    According to the commentators yesterday, Broad bowled the fastest delivery of the series - some 91 mph. Now I know I've been harping on all series that pace means nothing, especially in U.K. conditions where good bowlers drop their pace to exploit swing and seam; but I just find it ironic that before this series everyone was boasting about this 'infamous pace battery of Aus.' that would blow England away... - and it turns out the England bowlers are faster!

  • Ali_Chaudhary on August 13, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    Where is Ponting? who said Aus will win 2-1? I always doubted his cricketing knowledge.

  • on August 13, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    @Int.Curator- you musn't have watched the last time England toured Australia. Over half the Aussie crowd walked out in Adelaide when England declared 5/620 on the 3rd day. Australia also had a better team then than they do now. Can't see any reason why the results would be any different in November.

  • Samdanh on August 13, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Sad to see Aus losing after weather impacting their opportunity last Test and impact of poor umpiring hurting them in first Test. Aus are getting near and not getting across the line too often. Having said all these, it is batting which is to blame. Except for Clarke and Rogers others have been too inconsistent. Khawaja Watson and Warner do not look confident at the crease at all, though Warner has played better in 2 out of 4 innings so far. Aus needs to sustain Hughes for a longer time and look to bring in batsmen who have good defence technique to play in Tests. Probably Bailey, Ferguson, Tim Paine (in place of Haddin), Joe Burns, PJ Forrest, AC Voges etc. There is talent but I find selections for Test appalling. I still cannot believe Steve O'Keefe missing from team. Look at what India has been able to achieve by fusing in someone akin to him - Ravindra Jadeja. I am also confounded by Aus trend with spinners: Smith was not used at (negligible) in the 3rd and 4th Tests. Talent wasted

  • on August 13, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    @RandyOz- seriously? After winning 4 test series to 1 since 2005 still no credit for this England side? Now Australia are just so terrible? I thought this was "the best bowling attack in the world".. how about just giving credit where it is due. Australia are bog average, true, but England are exceptional. Hence 3-0.

  • Front-foot-gunge on August 13, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Front foot lunge must be licking his lips at the prospect of sitting in his council flat and drinking cans of white ace. Domination? You've struggled to beat the so called worst Australian team ever I wouldn't call that domination.

  • Shaggy076 on August 13, 2013, 8:28 GMT

    Zara.......: And prior to that beat Sri Lanka home and away, beat India 4-0, beat west Indies home and away, drew with south Africa away what country lower than 4 ha a better record than that. I'm surprised India are in front of Australia on there record so your right we should be at 3.

  • YorkshirePudding on August 13, 2013, 8:27 GMT

    @gbqdgj, agree you have to feel sorry for Harris, who has probably been the Australian Player of the series with Siddle as a very good second.

    I dont think the batsmen on both side have been great, Bell excepted, all seem to have scratched around for runs this series, and thats probably due to the fact that both bowling units are very competative.

    Anderson since TB has looked more exhausted each game, I really hope the Management tell him to go away for a couple of months and put his feet up ahead of the Winter, then used the ODI series to look at Other bowling options.

  • Int.Curator on August 13, 2013, 8:15 GMT

    The result of the Ashes series is no surprise. How closely contested it was is pleasant for Australian fans. The England team did just enough to secure the ashes with all the advantages that comes with playing at home. The england team will definitely struggle on the second leg of the tour. Can't wait to see the english players succumb to the oppressive long hot summer down under. The England team just doing enough will find themselves out captained and out played to the jeers of a sport savvy crowd.

  • gbqdgj on August 13, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Fantastic game and I'm pleased for Ryan Harris who, more than anyone on the Australian side has actually looked as though he is trying his heart out and whilst on the losing side he has really impressed all fans who understand cricket. Sadly, judging from some very odd comments on here there are too few who do. How is an LBW decision that is backed up by Hawkeye a 'poor' one. Clearly those making comments have never actually either played the game and certainly never umpired! Those clipping (and lest those Aussie crying in to their stubbies, think it's all one way, 6 England batsmen have been given out LBW this series on 'Umpire's call'...funnily enough the same number as Australians). Please people let's just congratulate both sides on a great game and not look for excuses.

  • shillingsworth on August 13, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    @Thyagu5432 - Could be 3-0 to Australia? Really? What about the 2nd test at Lord's? Presumably you can't find spurious reasons why Australia should have won that one.

  • RandyOZ on August 13, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    A really pathetic effort from Australia's batsman. Hughes would have put up more of a fight. Unless they perform in the next innings, I would say they are all on notice. What we have seen is that England aren't that good, Australia are just that bad.

  • jonbuoy on August 13, 2013, 7:53 GMT

    If I was Ryan Harris I would be saying to the team, stick your cricket team where the sun doesn't shine and I'll see ya later, That guy bowled his heart out in the England 2nd innings, and got Australia into a winning position only to have the hopeless middle order throw all his hard and good work out the window!!! Well Ryan Harris, hope someone appreciates your work, cos the middle order don't!!!! If I see you in Brisbane in the coming season I will go out of my way to shake your hand.....

  • on August 13, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Australians will get used to loosing just like the west indies are doing !!! The only way out is that Australians has to raise the standard in the domestic circuit.Just like Indians did and they look well on track....and where west indies didn't do and r now struggling to find good test players. nyways good luck to OZ...

  • on August 13, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    @Thyagu5432: "I think this series is actually much closer than the score of 3-0 suggests. It could as well have been 3-0 in favour of Aussies."

    You seem to have missed out the Lord's Test entirely. Australia were never in the game there.

    Has this series been close? Not really. You don't lose 3-0 if you're only a tiny bit behind the opposition.

  • on August 13, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    So sad,, none of the Aussie showed any sign of fight back as if they are in hurry to go back to dressing room. I could sense Clarke looked interestless,,,he was never into the game,,, I think even after england getting out early in first inning,, Aussie never thought of building big score,,,,

  • zarasochozarasamjho on August 13, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Australia in the latest 2 series have lost 0-4 to India in 4 tests and is losing 0-3 to England in the 5-test series. It is "interesting" to see that Australia still occupies the 4th position in tests. This tells you about the lack of integrity of the ICC - once again!

  • niazbhi on August 13, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    I am starting to like this England team. I would play Root, Cook, Trot, KP, Bell, Prior, Bresnan, Broad, Swan, Tremlett, Onion for the next test. England should try to figure out how good Onion and Tremlett are. England should try to get better in the bowling. I would play Katich.. its better to have Katich for a few years than having many unsettled batsmen in the same team. Warner and Roger look set. Clark and Katich should be other two. Smith, Khaza and Watson should fight for the two other spots.

  • Thyagu5432 on August 13, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    I think this series is actually much closer than the score of 3-0 suggests. It could as well have been 3-0 in favour of Aussies. The first test should have been won by Aus even if Broad refused to walk. 3rd test should have again been won by Aus, if not for the rain deciding to play the spoilsport. And now, this test. It would require a very special performance from any team to lose from a position of some 160 - 2 and needing another 140 runs to win.

  • Rowayton on August 13, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    I remember a sign at a West Indies Test in Australia in the 80s which said "They play calypso cricket and we play collapso cricket". Maybe it's still in somebody's garage, can bring it out for the Ashes (although england hardly play calypso cricket). I think criticism of Cook as a boring captain is all wrong. When you have the stronger team you play tough and wait for the other side to make mistakes - the All Blacks have been doing that forever. It's certainly working for England at the moment. I agree with Sir Ivor that this was a good test match, although very disappointing from our point of view. However, two of my personal favourites, Warner and Lyon, both did well, so I am thankful for small mercies. Maybe FFL would like to comment on Lyon's match figures of 7-97, including Pietersen twice.

  • on August 13, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    I was shocked to see the result what i last saw was AUS 120 for 1 at tea I thought Aus will win the test but today when i read the newspaperand saw the result that Aus lost the match it was amazing that how easily they have seccumbed to the pressure I think broad is not as deadlyas Willis or Botham in normal conditions but once cloudy conditions are threr he will simply become very dangerous and almost unplayable which he proved. But it's a pity that the hard working professionals are not performing well CA should look in the matter deeply and analyse the reasons for such bad performances and search for the reasons why the batsmwn are failing to perform underpressure the should try to make changes and give adequate time to a batsman to cop up with the things and make himself ready for these sort of situations but nevertheless a great test match and HATS OF to allaistar cook and co for keeping their faith and cllutching a marvellous victory from the jaws of defeat. WELL PLAYED ENGLAND

  • on August 13, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    I was shocked to see the result what i last saw was AUS 120 for 1 at tea I thought Aus will win the test but today when i read the newspaperand saw the result that Aus lost the match it was amazing that how easily they have seccumbed to the pressure I think broad is not as deadlyas Willis or Botham in normal conditions but once cloudy conditions are threr he will simply become very dangerous and almost unplayable which he proved. But it's a pity that the hard working professionals are not performing well CA should look in the matter deeply and analyse the reasons for such bad performances and search for the reasons why the batsmwn are failing to perform underpressure the should try to make changes and give adequate time to a batsman to cop up with the things and make himself ready for these sort of situations but nevertheless a great test match and HATS OF to allaistar cook and co for keeping their faith and cllutching a marvellous victory from the jaws of defeat. WELL PLAYED ENGLAND

  • on August 13, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    From 1882 to Present Total 67 Ashes Series Played between 2 Rivals. Result: Drawn : 05 England : 31 Australia : 31

    These stats include present series result. England have won the First 8 Ashes Series from 1882-1890. Australia have also won the 8 series from 1989-2003.

  • jmcilhinney on August 13, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    @milepost on (August 13, 2013, 6:17 GMT), agreed on most counts, especially FFL, but it seems rather silly to criticise the umpires for their poor performance and, in the same sentence, criticise the DRS that corrected almost all of those mistakes. There were several LBWs that could have gone either way so fair enough that they weren't overturned. After all, the only evidence that they may have been wrong was provided by HawkEye so anyone who doesn't trust DRS technology can hardly use the evidence it provides to make their case. DRS correctly saved Rogers twice and correctly dismissed him once. As far as I'm aware, the only mistake that wasn't corrected was Lyon's LBW and there was a review there to do so if he'd wanted. Besides, that looked pretty out at first view and the only evidence that it wasn't was again provided by HawkEye. If you don't trust HawkEye then you can't even claim that that was a mistake either. No black marks at all against DRS at all in this game.

  • Sugath on August 13, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    With only Ryan Harris on target and the others bleeding runs Aussies gave up the test. Of course who would have said that at 120/1 they would lose. may be the Aussies should have had the like of Agar to play an innings like in 1st test. But sadly there was no one to do so other than Warner. I felt Swann could be the ace but it turned out to be Broad. Anyway Aussies will have to pick the crumbs from here and plan for winter in Australia. I do feel, more than just the ability it seems that planning is rather way of. Clearly, have they done the SWOT for the match or for that matter the series. It is not all about at the middle but away from middle and there the new coach seems to have ignored. That is my guess

  • jmcilhinney on August 13, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    @सुधीर देवली on (August 13, 2013, 6:27 GMT), is that the same Brad Haddin who knew he'd nicked the last ball of the game at Trent Bridge but didn't walk either? I find it hard to believe that even Adam Gilchrist would have walked when doing so meant that his team would lose the game right there, so I certainly can't hold it against him. He was just as dishonest as Broad though, as have been many batsmen before him and will be after him. I think the thing that people really have an issue with regarding Broad was his gall: pretty much everyone knew he had edged the ball except the umpire but he stood his ground anyway. That's no more or less dishonest than someone standing their ground when they know they've hit it but noone else notices. If I walk into someone's house and steal their property in the middle of the day in front of witnesses, am I being any more dishonest than someone who sneaks in at night when noone can see? No I'm not. Neither was Broad. Stop crying and get over it.

  • ramz30380 on August 13, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    Its disheartening to see the fall of a champion side in a matter of 4 yrs.... confidence matters no matter the situations u r in.... Clarke's men need it more than anyone else!

    Except for the Lord's Test, IMHO, Aus were in winning positions and yet lost.... there is something amiss in the team - like winning is a habit - losing too becomes a habit!

    I wont laud Eng too much on these victories... as except for the Lord's Test, the other 3 games were closely competed. Toss, DRS, umpires and weather did not favor the Aussies..... they bore the brunt of it!

    I just hope that they dont get bogged down by all these things and play to their potential.... wud love to c them make it 3-1 in the nxt test...

  • balajik1968 on August 13, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    A chase of 299 is always dicey anywhere in the world. However, after cruising at 160 odd for 2 for Australia to have collapsed the way they did is horrible. The difference in this match has been this, the England tail has wagged merrily and the Aussie middle order has not performed. A lead of 32 was never going to be enough. The Aussies should have build a lead of at least 100. I feel for Ryan Harris who bowled his heart out. The Aussies would really kill for a Wasim or a Waqar; they would never let the tail wag. For that matter a Warne or a McGrath would have been useful. I just hope Bell gets man of the series, because throughout this series, he has set up victories for England. No MOM but MOS should be his.

  • Anwaruzz on August 13, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Bloody good game of cricket !! enjoyed every session of the game with both side roaring back from depth of chasm. I am sure test matches like this will put a damper to dime a dozen ODIs and T20s. ENG persevered at the end but kudos to AUS too to make a brilliant fight of it.

  • Shaggy076 on August 13, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Cant really believe what Im reading, everyone quick to stick the boot in without looking at whats in front. I guess that probably comes from jealousy over Australias prolonged dominance of the game from the start of the 90's to late 2000's. Yes England are a better side, they are clearly #2 in the world. However, the closeness of some of these games suggests Australias not that far behind. The second test was a flogging by England, THe third test Australia were in charge and I believe denied by rain. As for the 1st and 4th test England have won the critical moments of the game, but each of these tests Australia were in positions to win on the last day yet stumbled. Both tests were also highlighted by England winning the toss and batting first in the better conditions. I'm not saying that was the reason England won each test, but the luck as well as the composure in the critical moments has hurt Australia. England are the better team, but the diff is smaller than the scoreboard suggests

  • Htc-Baseball on August 13, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    T20 provides just fleeting memories, it is test cricket that gives us moments to cherish for a long time.Clearly Test cricket is on the resurrection.

  • on August 13, 2013, 6:27 GMT

    Its quite ironical an sad as well that the man who set the precedence of dishonesty for England, eventually turned out to be the the match winner. Australia had lost the series when Stuart Broad did not walk after that deflection in first test match at trentbridge. Had Broad honestly walked out Haddin must surely have won the game and made it an interesting series.

  • milepost on August 13, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge, you're a very ungracious winner and a little deluded. A thrashing in game 1? Was the difference not about 15 runs? You make pathetic excuse like 10th wicket miracles but why weren't your dominant England good enough to polish off those partnerships? They were under the pump at Old Trafford too. Congratulations to England, they deservedly win the Ashes. However, to blindly suggest there is a gulf between the teams isn't a great cricket observation. These teams are close and correct me if I'm wrong but was this not a pretty good test match to watch? I still hate the DRS and the umpires again here were poor. But it won't change the result, congratulations England, well played, no excuses from here.

  • on August 13, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    There are just no more excuses for Aussie batting failure. Rogers, Warner and Clark are the only batsmen worth respecting. CA needs to make fundamental changes in the system to produce players with correct technique and attitude. Khawaja's dismissal is a typical example of how bad the batting standards are. The guy could not track the ball....absolutely unacceptable. CA can make a lot of money through BBL, they better invest it in developing good players. Otherwise they're on the Windies' path for sure. Well at least Caribbean players are good entertainers.

  • Insult_2_Injury on August 13, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Well done to Broad, took advantage of his home conditions and his wickets showed that he has matured into a handy bowler for second innings situations that require patience bowling at the stumps. This performance reminds me of a Damien Fleming or Jason Gillespie. The Aussies may as well give Wade a no 6 spot instead of Smith in the last Test. His return of 2-100s and 3-50s from the same amount of Tests as Smith are not only superior, but Wade at least has some technique and batting maturity. Smith plays like a millionaire and has no outward Team value. Claims he's a future Captain are ludicrous. He can't keep his spot as a batsman and certainly can't as a bowler and nothing I've seen depicts him as a Brearley. Get Wade in and stand him next to Haddin in slip. The Aussies will have a future player with one more game of experience and one who can defend his stumps.

  • on August 13, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Well......atleast Australia has no excuses this time for why they lost. Simple, a batting order which is an absolute rubble. Australia does not have a middle order. Simple as that. It is time for Clarke to stop blaming his back, if he cant perform then he should retire. He came into the series as arguably the no.1 batsman in the world and was expected to carry australia but he has let the team down. The only problem is there is no one better to take his spot. This is all a result of commericialisation of cricket which has led to the emergence of twenty 20 cricket in australia. It goes against everything test cricket is about; patience, concetration, determination, skill etc. Look at good test batsman like Dravid, Amla, Bell etc. Instead Aaron Finch is idolised in this nation, the guy cant even make it past 10 when he plays for australia. Unless the culture changes, this is the future of australian cricket.

  • 2020sux on August 13, 2013, 5:34 GMT

    Australia used to be the team who could win a game from any situation now, sadly we seem to be the team who can lose any game no matter how advantageous our position. Hopefully England will continue to perform below their best and keep giving us hope that we may get a game back, maybe in Australia

  • on August 13, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Thegimp: " If I were England I would be asking serious questions about how Australia managed to get so close."

    Australia did not get close. Have you not seen the final scorecard?

  • Shan156 on August 13, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    @Adithya Bourne, the Aussies have not only exposed England's fragile batting (NZ did that before them) and our bowlers' inability to pick wicket in unhelpful conditions. They have also exposed their own so-called batsmen's inability to score in any condition. Except Clarke and Rogers, who looks test class, the rest are poor to mediocre test batsmen. They did score 500+ in OT but that was a once in a series performance by them. The ability to string consistent 300+ scores is more valuable than scoring 500+ in one innings of a 5 test series and failing miserably in the rest. BigINDFan is right. If Eng. keep scoring 300+ in an innings, that should suffice to ensure a series victory. However, conditions will be different in Aus. and we know what Cook, Trott, Bell, KP, and Prior did to the Aussies (including Harris and Siddle) last time there. Jimmy, Bresnan, and Tremlett were outstanding and Swann had his moments too. Looking forward to the return series.

  • Gupta.Ankur on August 13, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    I think australia will have tough time mentally to recover from this.........to lose 8 wickets in one session is horrendous and nightmarish.

    I won't be surprised if they turn up at all for the last test. Australia doesn't have test level batting line-up and only clarke can be said to be a "above average" batsman.

    Rest all including watson won't put fear in any good 1st class team's bowling attack.

  • Thegimp on August 13, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    @maximum6 I know you are only fishing for a reaction so I will bite. If I were England I would be asking serious questions about how Australia managed to get so close. The worst Aust side to tour in 100 years, Eng in the best position the have been in for 30 years and but for a couple of decisions and a bit of rain and it could well have been a very different outlook. A far cry from when Aust were thrashing teams by an innings and 150 runs!

  • _Australian_ on August 13, 2013, 4:57 GMT

    Although Australia currently boasts a pretty woeful batting line up, I think full credit should go to Broad for an outstanding spell of bowling that won the game rather than weak batting.

  • CaptainInsano on August 13, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    can we hear some more from Gilchrist please about the wounds that Australia have inflicted on England this series and all the positives developmental steps Australia can look at when looking back at this ashes.

  • on August 13, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    A good match well played England. Until the last ball was bowled no match is over. England rips through Australia middle order to win the match. It is unfortunate too see Australia loosing from the winning position that what make difference between from a Good team and AVG team. Australia has still has a less experience team they need to learn from this experience.

  • _Australian_ on August 13, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (August 12, 2013, 20:26 GMT). How do you come to the figure of 6 years? England has held the ashes since mid 2009?

  • on August 13, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    Memo to Australia: If you are still harbouring serious ambitions of regaining the Ashes Down Under (not likely!), then you might want to, you know, start getting at least some 300+ innings scores. Or fill your middle order up with some club batsmen. It's not like they could do any worse. At least they would play with more passion and heart, possibly even belief.

    As for accusations of England being overrated, well I would rather a side that was underperforming but still winning, rather than this side that talks itself up as being "unlucky" as a routine excuse for not, well, being much good.

  • on August 13, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    first thing is throw out khwaja.. He is A grade player not fit for test cricket.. next match.. warner.roger.clark.huges.edconwan.smith.haddin and bowlers..

  • MaruthuDelft on August 13, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    In Australia as usual Broad will get injured or will be ineffective; he never bowls well outside England. Anderson is not the bowler people claim he is. Whatever happens here England will lose the Ashes in Australia.

  • hotcric01 on August 13, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    Congratulations England and broady!one of excellent spell of fast bowling under pressure.Good all round performance from Bresnan too.Even without most of their top players at their best,England have still won the ashes which is a great achievement.Some people might say there are some debatable umpiring decisions in this series.But they are part of the game.In cricket you need a bit of luck.But to win a test series,luck matters very little.you should have a lot of skills,temperament and maintaining the momentum for a long time period which is very difficult.SA and England are by far the best test teams in the world.

  • looloogun on August 13, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    michael clarke , smart , winning breed from the great era ,etc ,etc .. but the style is that like he is leading a bunch of video game men .. he has to treat his men like sports men .bird and copeland similar bowlers, bowls long spells ,starc bowled well in the previous game ,but neither of them is settled in the team . same with siddle ,supposed to be spearhead ,work horse etc but did not get to bowl till watson finished 5-6 overs earlier. it can be easily understood that pup likes to give a stick or kick their backs , if they perform well ,just for that ego. the list goes on from katich ,henriques to agar . do your assignments kids ! now .under pu(p)rform .

  • SmashingBaby on August 13, 2013, 3:02 GMT

    When are Australia going to learn to bat? Their poor bowlers are slogging their guts out, and the batsmen for the most part can't do anything this series. Maybe they should be paid according to performance rather than being paid so much to do nothing? Also, I hope that the Stephen Smith experiment ends when the Ashes comes back to Australia - there will be 6 sheffield shield games before the 1st test at the Gabba in November: Selectors, PLEASE pick the best BATSMAN from the sheffield shield, rather than sticking with this "promising" player with "potential" who is supposedly an all-rounder even though he doesn't bowl more than 1 over per test and can't build any sort of score in the lower order.

  • on August 13, 2013, 2:59 GMT

    I would take a loss like this over Lords any day. It was generally a close game where England won some key moments, in particular Swan's dismissal of Rogers and Haddin on day 3, Bell's century and Broad's bursts in both innings. Aust are on the improve and I can handle losing the series, even 4-0, if we continue to improve and play positive cricket

  • LePom on August 13, 2013, 2:56 GMT

    What a great match. I had to chuckle when I recalled a comment by one of the regular commenting ultra enthusiastic Aussie fans (Jonse2 was it), when Broad ripped through N.Z. that he had played his one devastating spell of the summer and wold not have anything left for the ashes. Guess that is the thing about unpredictability, it is unpredictable. The score line in the series certainly does not reflect how closely contested the tests have been, but actually that is nothing unusual. When Australia had its golden run of wins, often the margin in quite a number of tests was pretty narrow, and there were times that the result could easily have gone against, but the team had the knack of not losing, and of snatching wins even if they were not at the top of their game. I must confess it is a bit surreal as an England fan to be supporting a team that has the capacity to play poorly and still switch on enough flashes of brilliance to grab victory against the run of play. Well done England.

  • heathrf1974 on August 13, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Some people are saying Australia don't know how to win or have choked. Did people see Broad's bowling with good support by Bresnan it was the best I've seen this series.

  • WonkyBail on August 13, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    It has been an entertaining series with England having the killer touch when it matters a bit like 2009, 3-0 is maybe a trifle harsh on Aussie but the 5-0 in 2006 even more so. Broad has bowled well this summer and spare a thought for Ian Ronald Bell 3 centuries and no MOM. I have seen Watto and Haddin's lbw's and both were clipping the stumps so hardly shocking decisions as the bails would have been knocked off. I do not think Aussie is too far from being a decent side and the return leg will be tough series which could go either way and play will start at tea time EST- love it. 12 games unbeaten for England but only 3 were in India so the rest don't really count.

  • heathrf1974 on August 13, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    People are complaining about the DRS and benefit of doubt. They need to understand the benefit of the doubt goes to the umpire, not the batsman or the bowler. Watson and especially Haddin were a bit unlucky, but that's the way things are and it is the same rule for both teams. I'm sure when the Ashes come to Australia, the Aussies will get the close calls in their favour as the umpires sub-conscience is affected by the home fans.

  • browners76 on August 13, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    Anderson is spent, give him a rest. Bring in Tremlett on his home patch and an all rounder at six and let's give the Aussies a hiding so they have no confidence going into the return series. Don't give them an inch. The Oval is a featherbed these days so I fancy a Cook double hundred and a tour de force from KP.

  • on August 13, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    I really wanted AUS to win this match,they bowled brilliantly throughout this test match and 299 was certainly achievable...they have no excuses for not winning this match,they had this match fully under control but they blew it away in one session....need to give credit to warner,he played some great shots(shot over the extra-cover against swann was brilliant)....

    @BigINDFan," Well get rid of Kwaja and bring in Ashton Aga as No. 3! He has better technique. Watson should not be in the Test team, he belongs to ODIs and T20. Eng should have no worries for the return Ashes too as all they need to do is set 250-300 and Aus will collapse."

    u want to replace a batsman with the bowler?? and how can u say that he has better technique(who just played two test matches) than khawaja ?? ENG will find lot more difficult in AUS later this year,cook's defensive approach won't work there.aus have exposed ENG'S fragile batting and their bowlers inability to take wickets in unhelpful conditons...

  • heathrf1974 on August 13, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    Great test match. Well done England, Stuart Broad was superb. Disappointing for Australia, but we are improving somewhat.

  • on August 13, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Think Clarke almost summed it up, Middle order batting failed, whats wors, Clarke only has habit of scoring big in first Innings, What was even worse, England were 3/30 odd, Australian bowlers just cant shut shop at such a strong position, 270 runs for next 7 wickets says it all.

  • disco_bob on August 13, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    I don't understand why, after Clarke's dismissal, Lehmann forgot to remind Smith and Haddin that we were in the 4th day, this was not a desperate 5th day run chase, despite that Warner made it look like one.

  • fr600 on August 13, 2013, 1:50 GMT

    English got what they deserved and Aussie got what they did.

  • Shaggy076 on August 13, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    I don't think 3-0 is a reflection of the series as a whole but you cant argue England are winning the big moments. First and fourth tests were really close, Australia despite losing the toss in each test have put themselves in winning positions but have been unable pull through. The second test was an abomination by Australia and the third test looked to be heading Australia's way until the untimely rain. Broad, Bell, Harris and Rogers have had a great match here but ultimately Broad has been stand-out over the others. For Australia we cant seem to find a number 3 that is able to put any runs on the board, Khawaja has averaged below 20 pretty much what he was averaging in the warm up games and lucky to be playing. Hughes has had really good form all tour (except for Lords where he wasn't alone) time to get him back in and put him at 3, where he batted well in Australia last summer.

  • on August 13, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    Its weaker Aussies team ever saw in last twenty years,game should we won Aussies,its seventh loss in thier last eight apppearence.

  • nzcricket174 on August 13, 2013, 1:24 GMT

    Anybody seen Shane Watson's wikipedia page?

    "Shane Robert Watson (born 17 June 1981) is an Australian cricketer. He is a right-handed LBW candidate and a right-handed fast medium bowler. He announced his retirement due to injury after the 4th 2013 Ashes Test Match citing deep vein thrombosis, caused by being repeatedly hit in the same spot on his front leg."

  • on August 13, 2013, 1:10 GMT

    Well done England! An obituary message for the Australian team! Now a New Urn for Ashes has to be donated! May Australian team's Soul lie in Peace!

  • Clyde on August 13, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    Far too much hyperbole, Daniel, I could not get to the end.

  • InfiniteWhite on August 13, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    Using the same logic as FFL's, Australia has outplayed England except in a few occasions when England won the toss. So my suggestion for The Australian team: Win the toss, for goodness sake!

  • on August 13, 2013, 1:00 GMT

    Ian Bell has become the David Boon circa 91-3. not sure how, but good for him. hopefully we will pick some bowlers who can knock his head offback outhere.

  • on August 13, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    LMAO aussies... they can lose from being winners ,,, Aus batting really reached Pakistan level... They collapse every other day,, The day is not far when Aus and pakitan will fight for best collapsed team of the decade :)

  • jmcilhinney on August 13, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    This series has gone more or less how I expected. I knew that Australia weren't as bad as some were saying and that England weren't as good as some were saying, although much of the batting from both teams has been worse than I expected. I figured, much as George Dobell said, that England were the better side, if not by a huge margin, and should therefore win most of the games. It was always unlikely that both teams would bat well enough that many games would be drawn unless the weather intervened and Australia were always good enough to spring a surprise or two. That's pretty much how the series has gone and, while 3-0 doesn't quite do justice to the fact that Australia have managed to be competitive in most and ever better in one game, it bears out the fact that, certainly at home, England are the better side.

  • CustomKid on August 13, 2013, 0:25 GMT

    How many times can one read what if or wait till englands top order find form? That is disrespectful to the AU bowlers whos records are superior to the english bowlers bar swan. They're good bowlers and havent let them off the hook its as simple as that. There are two thigs that have defined this series. Bell is in a purple patch that even he probably doesnt believe, and secondly australia cannot bat . Look at the series stats and its a case of two teams pretty evenly matched for the series(not career stats) with bell the clear standout. Had australia found a way to dismiss bell under or around 50, as stupid as it sounds they may well have won the series or it could still be alive going in to the oval.

  • riahcmra on August 13, 2013, 0:20 GMT

    Its noticeable that all batsmen in this series except Bell are struggling to average anything near 40, let alone 50 you expect from batsmen. Tough environment for young guys ... Conversely a good series to be a young bowler ... and with the ball moving around so much - a tricky series to be an umpire !

  • Eight8 on August 13, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    Despite Aussie players probably mentally in a bad place wondering how/when they will get their next test win, hopefully the sting of the last couple of series will have medium to long term benefits by building a tougher team. Similar to England in the 90s and early 00s, the losing headspace helped bring in structural change and better systems and the 5-0 hammering from 07/08 with a lot of the current side involved only hardened them and made them hungry for success. Still, as an Aussie, it hurts big time this morning. Shattered that what was essentially 9 days of grafting hard work where to be honest we have certainly won more sessions than England goes totally unrewarded.

    Reading the comments the marginal LBWs seem to have gone against us (Bresnan's one possibly match defining as if given out maybe we would've only been chasing 250 and a different story - his tail end batting has been a major thorn), but the rub tends to go against you when you are down.

    Well done to England though.

  • jmcilhinney on August 13, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    Batsmen generally have most of the advantage in cricket so you can't begrudge Broad the MoM after an excellent performance in both innings, but is this the first time a batsman has scored a hundred three times in a series and not won an MoM? Great stuff from Bell with yet another crucial, basically match-winning knock. He was a little unlucky with the bounce on his dismissal and may have gone on to a big one otherwise, but that's the way it goes. Hopefully he can top off an excellent series with another, even bigger score at The Oval and take out the MoS.

    Also, while it's a concern to see Anderson go wicketless and be the most expensive bowler, it does put paid to that talk about England being too reliant on him. Maybe Trent Bridge did take too much out of him and he just hasn't been 100% since then. There's a decent break before the next Test, so I'm not sure that they'll rest him. Maybe it would be prudent anyway though, given that the series is in the bag.

  • Eight8 on August 13, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    Absolutely gutted. Went to be at 0-50 and woke up to this. Haven't seen the highlights yet but from 0-109 it is unfathomable to lose. Would seem England have a habit of winning and Australia of losing at the moment and maybe that was the difference in the end??

    England seem to find someone to stand up as in all 4 matches they have been behind at some stage. Australia's batting (as many forecast) just hasn't stood up. Their bowlers have kept England to manageable totals more often than not (England has not gone over 400 in any innings), but too many sub 250 scores for the Aussies.

    Chasing 300-odd at TB and Durham and being 0-70 and 0-109 we have folded from solid platforms. England just finds a player. Anderson was awesome in game 1 and then has been a passenger, but Swann and Broad (who had really done nothing with the ball to date) have match winning games, and on top of Bell's great series, out of form batsmen Pietersen and Root have provided match defining innings when required.

  • on August 13, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    It's nice to show the Aussies why Broad is rated so highly by England.

  • on August 13, 2013, 0:00 GMT

    Indeed it was a superb performance from the English team,nonetheless it showed how week the structure of the aussie team has been.This set of individuals is just watching them loose and showing patience. Cricket world is changing very fast and teams like Australia,New Zealand,West Indies are on the same page now. Aussie team needs to work out all the possibilities for the final test a lot of Aussie tourists are also looking forward to them.Best Wishesh!

  • aracer on August 12, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    @coldcoffee123 - well that is certainly a new one for me, describing decisions which were proved to be correct as "atrocious umpiring"! All in all the umpires actually had a pretty good game (as did DRS when it was called into use) - it's hard even to fault them for the decisions which were overturned - I'd imagine most umpires would have thought the Rogers deflection was off the bat. Regarding the decisions you're complaining about, would you have been able to tell without the benefit of replays that those balls weren't smashing full into the stumps - that's certainly how it looked for me for both decisions, and also from their reactions how it looked to the commentary team here who seemed surprised that Hawkeye only showed the ball just clipping. Is it possible that you're actually basing your suggestion that the batsman should have been given the benefit of the doubt on the Hawkeye? LOL!

  • jmcilhinney on August 12, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    Wow! What an astounding victory. I'm in Australia and I went to bed at the tea break (after 2.00 AM Sydney time) feeling rather depressed, expecting to wake up with Australia well on their way to victory or, at the very best, the game in the balance with less than 100 required and 5 wickets in hand. I got up at 7.30 AM and checked the score on my phone and my foggy mind couldn't comprehend what I was seeing. My bleary eyes couldn't focus on the tiny text and I couldn't work out how many wickets Australia had lost. That's because there was no number because they were all out. When I read that England had won I had to blink more than once to make sure I was actually seeing it correctly. Australia and their fans may feel slightly aggrieved with a couple of close LBW calls going against them but it seems that Broad found one of his truly inspired spells that we know he's capable of and I'm really sorry that I didn't stick it out and watch that final session.

  • OneEyedAussie on August 12, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    I don't feel too bad about the Aus 4th innings score - it was always going to be difficult to chase 250+ on this pitch batting last. In my opinion, the match was lost for Australia when they let England off the hook in the 3rd innings (again well played to Ian Bell). Crucial runs from Bresnan as well turned the match. Otherwise, apart from the Lord's debacle I think Australia have not played too badly so far - it would be a different series with a bit more luck going Australia's way.

  • Barnesy4444 on August 12, 2013, 23:46 GMT

    Hughes at 3, he shouldn't have been dropped after that excellent fighting innings in the first test. He WILL win test matches for Australia.

    Khawaja on the bench if Watson is fit, otherwise at 6. Khawaja is averaging 25 this tour, including against county teams. Why is he even getting a game?

  • on August 12, 2013, 23:45 GMT

    Well played England. Inspired bowling by Broad (again). One feels for Ian Bell, who once again batted England out of trouble and for the third time in the series could well have been Man of the Match, but he'll undoubtedly bag the Man of the Series. Bresnan's contributions with ball very useful, and with the bat too (not even forgetting an important 12 not out in the first innings where he and the other bowlers helped add 40-45 vital runs). Swann -- how valuable is he on so many counts -- the ball, the bat, and with his cheery attitude that lifts the team. KP -- not to be discounted here either. Vital 44 in the first knock. The others will come through, they are too good not to. Everyone gets a slump sooner or later. Including the Aussies. Who WILL be back..!

  • gotestcricketgo on August 12, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    I have been following cricket since Sobers retired. Cricket evolved. Onedayers and Twenty twenty came into effect. Sad to see everyone losing interest in test cricket, including me. I started to get back interest in test cricket. Ashes, did I say Ashes... is so wonderful to follow. go test cricket go.

  • on August 12, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    what a bunch of revisionism. Headingley was a flash in the pan. Edgbaston 81 the worst loss ever, but Brearley had no impact.

    yesterday was a 4th innings substantial run chase on a deck that was always doing heaps. where people thought 250 was "par" for the first dig. 200-250 and we would have got it. but we lost the toss. let England score 40 for the last two. then didn't cash in on Day 3 morning. then Bresnan got lucky. so 200 became 300.

    in the middle order, only Smith played a bad shot and he was pretty unlucky. The poms bowled real well, the umpires gave them the benefit of the doubt as they got an australian style roll.

    Australia still dominated huge chunks of play, and coaxed great efforts from Rogers, Warner, Watson and Harris, with Lyon serviceable. Siddle, Bird, Smith, Khawaja and Haddin get fails.

    The corner is turned. We need a faster bowler, probably a leggie, and one batsman, and Hughes comes back for khawaja. but we are a real chance back home. If Cummins is fit...

  • Snambidi on August 12, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    So finally,it was England' Day .The Ustralians turned out to become a Dark Shadow of

    their Glorious Dominating days.Pitiably the former Champions could not overcome the resistance caused by the Bowlers Bresnan& Steward Broad resulting in the cutting of Sorry figure unlike the Dominating days under Ricky Ponting when they used to force wins easily. Good Luck for England deserving Congratulations from all Cricket loving people. Cricket has once again proved beyond doubt that it is a Game of Glorious Uncertainty!

  • crankypet on August 12, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    All those years ago in 1984 when Kim Hughes resigned the Australian captaincy in tears at the constant beatings by the West Indies, lack of support from ex players etc, he was lampooned and ridiculed. Australia has not been beaten so constantly in my living memory, not by so much a better team but by their own inner demons where losing has become a disease and they just panic when they find things going well. Apart from Lords, the England team can hardly say they have performed as well as their former iterations, all they have had to do is wait for a collapse. Waiting for Clarke to say "bad back", sorry I'm out of here. Let's hope it's not in tears.

  • cricket_ahan on August 12, 2013, 23:20 GMT

    I can hardly believe what I'm reading - when I switched off my TV at tea time, I thought finally, this should be a win, or at least a nail-biting close finish. It was neither. Daniel, you are normally spot on with all your articles, and your concluding statement here is no different. Australia have found ways to lose, even in the best of circumstances. For all the hope and promise delivered in Manchester, this is a bitter pill to swallow, and confirms to me that this Australian team, despite the numerous claims made after the Old Trafford test, HAVE NOT turned a corner. They have only established that they have potential - THAT's IT. Only positives for mine are the batting order - Warner opening, Watson down the order, and Clarke at 4. No. 3 batting slot is still a question mark though.

  • Jaffa79 on August 12, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    My god...this Aussie team can lose from any match situation! England great? Nope, but Australia are truly an embarrassment! Where is Jayzuz to whinge about the pitches as he has done for every one of Australia's miserable thrashings in England and India? RandyOz and Jonesy2 are also strangely subdued. Problem for Australia, is that the only players with any heart are Rogers and Harris and they are both in the twilight of their careers! Tough times ahead methinks!

  • RednWhiteArmy on August 12, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    I wonder what excuse Australian media will come up with this time? I think they've burned most of them already so I guess they will be merely repeating certain excuses. Should be fascinating.

  • sailboatmike on August 12, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    Posted by Julian_Franklin on (August 12, 2013, 20:43 GMT) Was it Michael Vaughan who, prior to the series, and amidst jibes of a 5-0 thrashing for England heaped further misery on Australia (and Lancastrians!) by suggesting 'it will only 4-0 to England with rain ensuring a draw at Manchester ...' How right he may well prove to be! Yet, on another day, and with more luck going the Aussie way throughout the series, The Oval might've been a 'dead' match as Australia could've been 1-3 up after this test!

    One thinks Julian lives in a dream world, the Aussies have been well beaten by their own inept cricket and poor captaincy.

    It appears as ever that the Australian selectors refuse to make the hard decisions, and cull the dead wood, as was said in the 90's once your in the Ausssie team its harder to get out than in

  • Captain_Oblivious on August 12, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    This series so far reminds me of the 1990-91 series in Australia won 3-0 by the home side, with the scoreline being very unkind to Graham Gooch's team. It's the same here, and very difficult to justify England being up 3-0. Allan Border's team were struggling that summer, but often had their bacon saved by brilliant individual performances from the likes of Bruce Reid, Terry Alderman and Geoff Marsh. As a unit they were in a world of struggle and were eventually crushed by the West Indies in the Caribbean. This English team would struggle against good opposition, which this Aussie side ain't.

  • PanGlupek on August 12, 2013, 22:52 GMT

    @Subhash Venugopalan, totally agree with you, England's biggest question right now is their number 6 position, although they could go with an extra bowler at the Oval, seeing as the series is won, it might spin & Anderson looks a bit tired, possibly.

    Not sure about your verdict of Aus though: Khawaja's just about shown he's worth sticking with. Smith, I don't think is a test number 5. Maybe a 7, if he'll be used as a bowler more, but... Also, Bird looked better to me than Starc has done so far, but maybe that's just me.

    If England did be brave, as I suggested, and play5 bowlers next time, they would probably need contributions from Trott & Priorthough. Also, who would 5th bowler be? Monty? Needs to get his line, length & pace better than the other night, probably :-)

  • wellrounded87 on August 12, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    Can't argue with Broad winning MoM. Broads performance in this match has easily been the performance of the series by any bowler. Probably for the first time from England we see not one but 2 5fors that were the result of simply superb bowling. (Personally i think Anderson and Swann's 5fors had more to do with Aus's poor batting, don't get me wrong they bowled very well but not nearly as good as Broad did in this match).

    2 positives for Australia Rogers and Harris. Warner should have been in the side from day 1 of all our young batsmen he is the only one getting any runs. For a man with a supposedly clean slate he sure had to do a lot to get back in the side, especially considering he's easily our most prolific batsmen behind Clarke.

  • on August 12, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    Tremlett should replace Anderson at the Oval.

  • warrenwhite on August 12, 2013, 22:08 GMT

    Yeah Haddin made a heroic 13 and 4 and missed a stumping. Did you watch the same game I watched?

  • on August 12, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    So much for Old Trafford heralding a long-term improvement in Australia's batting, then. The infamous aussiebattingcollapse remains a registered trademark.

  • ScottStevo on August 12, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    Sick making watching Aus throw test upon test down the tubes. Day 3 morning losing 2 early wickets before the new ball tamely, then being rumbled out losing about 5-50 when a little time at the crease would've seen this match firmly in our control. Then Eng at 3 for nothing, then to have to chase 300 was a huge let off. This morning not cleaning up the tail cost us massively. But losing 6-40 is unacceptable in any innings and it's a complete embarrassment from a game that we had so many chances to put to bed. Once again, we've made a pretty lackluster English team look far better than they are - which only makes us look completely devoid of any talent whatsoever. Another master class in batting ineptitude. Hopefully in Australia we start selecting batsmen suited to test cricket...Also hope that we pick a side and stick with it. Clarke's captaincy and majorly his choice of bowlers at certain times was ridiculous and costly...

  • Edwards_Anderson on August 12, 2013, 21:50 GMT

    To say Smith doesn't have Test Match temprement is laughable. He failed but must show faith in him and Khawaja. Leave him at 6, shuffle Watson up to 5 (whenever he is fit again cos we know he will be selected regardless of form) and let him do his thing. Maybe if Clarke gave him a few more overs with the ball, he could become a valuable member of the squad.

    I don't necessarily agree with Clarke at 3 - he is susceptible to the swinging ball early and if we lose one of the openers quickly, we could lose our best batsman just as quickly. Leave him at 4.

    Khawaja is slowly getting better - let's see how he goes at home before we call for his head. As a previous poster said, Hughes and Cowan were given long periods to impress and failed to do so constantly. Let's give khawaja the same respect. He is in my opinion the best young batsman in the country, just needs time. Who knows, if he fails, there may be another youngster coming through who could do the job. Maddinson and Silk come to mind

  • Nutcutlet on August 12, 2013, 21:49 GMT

    It seems to me that the defining feature of this England side is the manner in which three or four players step up & play exceptionally match after match. These three or four aren't always the same. Here Jimmy had a quiet one whilst Broad was on fire. Swann took important wickets & the unsung Bresnan nearly always chips in somewhere - here with important runs & crucial wickets. Bell has been the commanding bat, amply fulfilling his great potential, match after match. Outside Bell's massive contributions, the reason England is 3-0 up is down to the bowlers as a unit. As presently constructed, the four are a complementary unit; they hunt as a pack. For all Broad's brilliance, Swann's & Bresnan's contributions were vital to the outcome. For this reason, I have well founded reservations about the Man of the Match award. To me it seems unnecessary to pick one player over another, but, in this age of celebrity there is the media requirement to find a single focus; it shouldn't be like that.

  • Lmaotsetung on August 12, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    Could have, would have, should have...at the end of the day the scoreline reads 3-0 with one to play. After 20 days of cricket if Australia was good enough I'm pretty sure the scoreline would have been different. That's why it's called test cricket...the better team, talent, experience, temperament always rises to the top after many many many days on the field.

  • on August 12, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    Bitterly disappointing... especially after such a strong start by Rogers and Warner... Looks like not playing Starc was a mistake by Australia...

  • jb633 on August 12, 2013, 21:45 GMT

    @Subash, I agree re Ben Stokes. From what I have seen of Stokes I think he has the potential to be a class player. The fact that he can bowl as well eases the burden on the guys having to rack the overs up on flat pitches e.g Old Trafford.

  • 2.14istherunrate on August 12, 2013, 21:42 GMT

    What is the problem with Jimmy Anderson? Is he crocked,tired out or is this just the sort of loss of form that is the equivalent of a batsman's loss of form. I am so used to seeing him really doing the business for us that it worries me.

  • jb633 on August 12, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    What a spell of bowling from Stuart Broad, please please can you build on this consistency and produce more than one a series. I must say I thought it was a really good pitch to watch test cricket on and both sides had their moments. For England we have to be congratulated here but learn from it too. We must think about our approach to the batting and potential changes in the order. For Australia they only have themselves, our more importantly their selectors to blame. The brilliance of Chris Rogers shows how foolish they have been to mistreat some of their elder players, ie Hussey, Katich. The collapses we keep seeing are predominantly the result of not having guys with a weight of runs behind them. It is important to blood in youngsters but you also need the older guys in their to lead the way and calm the dressing room down. I feel sorry for their bowling attack because every one of them has delivered in this series for zero reward. Top game of cricket and well played to England

  • tests_the_best on August 12, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    Pathetic! -- the only word I can think of to describe the Aussie collapse after being 110-0 and 147-1. Neutral (Ind) fan here and I badly wanted Aus to win to keep some interest alive in the last test but this collapse just confirms how poor the Aus batting is. Reminds me of the disappointment that we Indian fans used to face back in the 90s and on some occasions thereafter as well when time after time the Indian batting lineup used to collapse like Aus did today when chasing or simply under pressure. Looks like either the Aus top order lays a platform just for the middle order to collapse or the middle order has to rebuild from the wreckage of the top order. And not to mention the longish tail, which unlike England, is unable to provide any meaningful resistance. Aus bowling is still pretty good but without atleast a solid 2-3 dependable batsmen like Bell, Aus is going to have a tough time in the near future.

  • on August 12, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    Australia not far behind England in a great test match. I can't agree with Subbash's comments re Khawaja. Once again his wicket and deplorable shot came at the wrong time. If he made 40 odd, Australia win the test. The best batsmen has to bat at 3, and Khawaja is not that. Possibly give him one more test at 6, but not 3. As Clarke is getting "jaffers" at 3, he may as well bat at 3. What must Huges be thinking with a reasonable test average including a few tons when he watches from the shed Khwaja fumble his way to low scores?

  • Chris_P on August 12, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    Good clinical mop up from England. No-one was under any illusion that batting away was always going to be the issue & so it proved again. And with no-one really putting their hand up to replace what we got currently, it will be a struggle for a while yet. There is no doubt we will present a better account of ourselves on home pitches but I am afraid unless there is an outstanding effort by the bowlers or by Clarke, we'll always be fully on the back foot. Run chases such as this have to be experienced in first class matches so you know what to do, not in the ever increasing T20 games. Test cricket as we know it is in real trouble in the future.

  • rajsri on August 12, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    OZ's have got themselves to blame for the fiasco. them relentlessly pursuing with bits and pieces cricketers has made matters worse.When the team is losin people always tend to point finges at each other in order to save their skin. the best way forward is play 6 specilaist batsmen and not allrounders who can bat . its time that aussies shed thier egos and call cosgrove,Fergusson, Jc silk or Joe burns. as a short term fix get in brad hodge and david hussey.

  • on August 12, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    What a disgraceful batting performance from Australia. The days of Ponting and Border seem like a distant memory. Not sure about Clarke as captain. Maybe he could relax and play as a batsman only. Make George Bailey captain and groom (say Smith) for the job in two years. Make a definite plan. Bailey is used to winning (think Tasmania) and knows how to motivate players. Not sure that Clarke has that ability.

  • on August 12, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    This is disgraceful. Every single Ashes series for the next century will need to be a 5-0 whitewash to Australia to wash away the shame of this day. I hate everything.

  • Malx on August 12, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    What a total disgrace ! Australia needs a lot more back bone. How can you be 1 for 109 , then all out for 224 ?? The openers were doing it easy, then decided it was too much hard work, let someone else have a go ! Where do Australia go from here ?? If I was Harris, I'd want to go home now and leave this sorry side!! Who said, Khawaja can bat ?? Looks like a deer in headlights !! Rogers is solid but he can't play spin, he never uses his feet , just like Khawaja & Hughes. Haddin is completely gone. He just doesn't care anymore. These so called batsmen need to play with a straight bat instead of getting LBW or bowled. And the 2 old freeloaders who are selectors have had there day too ! Lets give Hughes, Cowan, Faulkner, Starc & Wage a go for the final test.

  • Amith_S on August 12, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Good win by the English, for us we need to ensure we keep faith with our current team as we were not far in game 1, 3 and 4 from winning. I like the looks of Smith, Khawaja and Warner and these guys will lead our batting in the years to come.

  • gahapanmachan on August 12, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    Clarke boys can take a lot from this. His nursery kids took the best Eng produced for over two decades to the brink. A lil bit of more spin would have won at least 2 tests for them. Keep the team & build on it Lehman.Gonna be a tough one under the southern sun for the northerners..

  • on August 12, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    There are a lot of positives to take from this match for Australia. The first is that in Chris Rogers and David Warner they have an interesting and dangerous opening combination for the immediate future. The second is that they have a set of very good bowlers at their disposal. The third is the clamour over the past few years for the inclusion of Usman Khawaja's in the Test team never were founded on cricketing ability and that he can now be safely be relegated to a life of State cricket. The fourth is that they can select whichever players they fancy for the positions around Clarke (3 - 6) and it can't be worse than it has been this series though in fairness Steve Smith deserves a few more tries at #6.

  • 2MikeGattings on August 12, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    @Julian_Franklin Australia certainly had chances in several of the tests but they will know they have not come close. England have won the key moments all series. England are just a much more battle hardened unit than Australia and their senior players have really fought when it counted. It is notable that Australia's more experienced players are also the ones who have stood up best under pressure. The talk has been about England having a defensive and fearful mindset, but on the field Australia have crumpled when the game was in the balance. 3-0 is no accident.

  • on August 12, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    With 150 runs to get and 9 wickets in hand with a day and a half left, Australia still didn't believe that they could win it. Stuart Broad didn't either.

  • Nathan74 on August 12, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Changing of Coaches seem not to have worked. Mic must laughing. You can take the horse to the water. You cannot make it drink. The current team (except a few) are pathetic. It is time for Clark to retire. One score of 180 does not help. At least he should give up his captaincy and concentrate in his batting. Then who will replace him. Someone once told me in a country of blind the person with one eye is king.

  • Dashgar on August 12, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    I go to sleep with us 1 down. When I wake up everyone has been triggered with marginal LBW calls. England have the rub of the green again. Seems to get the benefit of the doubt you have to not use your bat. Can't wait for the Australia series. Hope to see Matthew Wade and James Faulkner play the 5th test too

  • on August 12, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    Super bowling from Bres to knock over Warner, sadly it all folded in from there... Unfortunately with Bresnan he never seems to give up.

    Had enough of this umpires call business, its either out or not out. Been saying it all along and yes now i'm getting bitter because it really did cost Aus today in a big way. How an English bowler gets reprieved not even offering a shot but two aussie batsmen get sent packing in what are more or less the same circumstances is beyond logic. Anyway, good luck to the bowlers who seem to have five stumps to aim at these days.

  • Long-Leg on August 12, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    Well done to England on an excellent and rather surprising win. Broad is now performing much more consistently and has had a very good series with the ball. As an England supporter though I would be the first to admit that 3-0 perhaps flatters England a little. We seem to be carrying too many batsmen who are out of form and not contributing very much with the bat. Cook is having a really poor series by his standards as are Trott and Prior. Would like to see them all make confident hundreds at the oval.

  • on August 12, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    The Ashes were lost a long time ago ..... the white-anting of Australia Cricket through the consistent demonstration of selecting players that are from NSW ..... and if not there, then Victoria. Hope was nailed to the cross with the selection of the Indian Touring Team and resulting scandals the spear through the side of the rotting corpse.

    The Australian Selectors are worthless and Australian Management is incompetent. Seven Losses, One Draw, Zero Wins ...... amongst claims of great leadership. Some write for the ignorant!!! No wagging tail to save Clarke .... no Hussey to save Clarke!!!

    How about a new rule??? No member of the Australian Team is allowed to wear the baggy green until the Australian Team wins a test series. You earned it once, now earn it again. People talk about the Ashes is Australia .... well guess what .... after that Australia play South Africa in South Africa.

    No easy beats on the horizon for Clarke to rebuild his mythological leadership status!!!

  • dabhand on August 12, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    @ coldcoffee123 - not if the batsmen hit the ball - that's why they have a bat.

  • 2MikeGattings on August 12, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    Is Stuart Broad getting any more popular in Australia yet?

  • EverybodylovesSachin on August 12, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    Aussie tried to build a team for the future they never built for this Ashes.

  • on August 12, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    What a superb bowling performance by Broad to destroy Australia, when it looked as though a victory for them was on the cards. With hindsight, 3-0 certainly looks flattering to England, but, frankly, I couldn't care less about that, and, as has been pointed out, it's been a mediocre series so far for two of our major batsmen (Cook, Trott), and an average one for Pietersen, plus an unbalanced one for Root and Bairstow. I think this XI deserve the chance to see out the series, and to go for a fourth win.

  • thejesusofcool on August 12, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    Please, guys, WHAT is Khawaja bringing to the table in this team?

    He got out today to a straight ball to which he seemed to be, as so often, like a flaming rabbit caught in the car headlights, not knowing what to do. He came in at 109-1 & it might just as well have been 9 for 1 for all the confidence he showed.

    Get Cowan back with Warner,Rogers at 3 & maybe, just maybe..........

  • poms_have_short_memories on August 12, 2013, 20:47 GMT

    Australia should have won from 2/168 but well done to Broad, maybe he is coming of age. Anderson does look a bit jaded imo, maybe time for a rest in the next test. Some good signs for Australia with Rhino bowling very well, Warner batting well in the second dig and Lyon, surprising, bowled much better in these conditions than Swann and Rogers batting well in both innings. Bell is getting quite annoying from an aussie viewpoint, a pair at the oval would do nicely, strange how a 3-0 scoreline doesn't reflect that there has only been one game, at Lords, that has been completely one sided.

  • Julian_Franklin on August 12, 2013, 20:43 GMT

    Was it Michael Vaughan who, prior to the series, and amidst jibes of a 5-0 thrashing for England heaped further misery on Australia (and Lancastrians!) by suggesting 'it will only 4-0 to England with rain ensuring a draw at Manchester ...' How right he may well prove to be! Yet, on another day, and with more luck going the Aussie way throughout the series, The Oval might've been a 'dead' match as Australia could've been 1-3 up after this test!

  • on August 12, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Well played England. It was a superb test match.

    England's two Mr. Reliables, Trott and Prior have not been in the best form - if they can get a good one at the Oval, it will only make the team even better. They need to address the no 6 position though. Bairstow is decent, but the position would be better utilised by an all rounder and with the series won, it would be good to give Ben Stokes a chance at no 6 and be the 4th seamer.

    For Australia, they need to stick with this side with possibly just one change (Starc for Bird) assuming Watson gets fit. They have two very talented middle order batsmen who have the potential to serve the country for many years - Khawaja and Smith. I hope the selectors do not play musical chairs and spoil their careers for these two players definitely deserve an extended run and confidence if Australia are looking to the future.

  • on August 12, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Blimey, what a Test. Hats off to Aus for their competitiveness right up until the last couple of acts. I think even the most one-eyed englishman would find it hard to justify 3-0, but here we are, and when it comes right down to it, England find a way to win, for a man brought up on the ritual drubbings of the late eighties and nineties, it's hard to credit, but I'm not complaining. Most of the usual whipping boys have answered their critics nicely. Jimmy needs a break, clearly. One thought, Bopara for Bairstow? The selectors have to stick with Root at the top, this is a big call they'll struggle to back down from, Bairstow needs to go and get some meaningful four-day cricket and then bosh, an extra bowler into the bargain.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 12, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    This was an epic of a match, but which has resulted in England's six year long dominance over Australia continuing as strongly as ever. Even when England's batting fails, as it did here, they still win. Apart from losing the toss of a coin at Old Trafford, they have largely dominated Australia throughout this Ashes series. They all-but smashed Australia in the first test, with the match going so close only because a T20 number 6 was demoted to 11, and at Lords England gave Australia one of the biggest hammerings in the history of the entire game. The Ashes are safe in England's hands where they belong tonight.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 12, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Probably the best I've ever seen Broad bowl, and perhaps the best game of the series thus far. All 3 results were possible at the start of today's play, and that brilliant spell this morning from Harris set things up nicely for a wonderful finish. When Warner and Rogers were going well and had already knocked off 100 from the total, I admit I thought that was going to be an Aus. victory.

    I've been giving Warner a hard time all series and beyond, but seeing that innings today and hearing even Boycott complement him and saying he should have been in the team earlier: I have to admit there's something special there.

    Really wanted Onions to play here, but Bresnan has once again not disappointed and played a big part not only with the ball, but with the bat as well. England reliant on Anderson? What!? Did he play in this game...

  • 2.14istherunrate on August 12, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    I very much doubt I was alone in thinking that at tea it would be Australia all the way. So the last marathon session was an unfolding pleasure to watch as the bowlers ran through the batting with the relative ease of a knife though butter. It was an inspired choice to replace Swann with Bresnan who promptly took out Warner on 71. The rest I history and very enjoyable too. Well done to England and all the more for making it look as if Australia had got up off thefloor before knocking them senseless in the last session- a very crafty ruse indeed.

  • BigINDFan on August 12, 2013, 20:10 GMT

    What a horrible batting display by Aus - better than Lords but this is pathetic. Aus has forgotten how to win under Clarke. With all due respect to Chappell, Clarke is the worst captain ever. It is time they found a more inspiring captain and let him focus on his batting.

    Broad is special and he has proven it again! Eng deserved to win this series 5-0 as Aus cannot compete with just their bowling, batsman need to show up to make it a contest. Well get rid of Kwaja and bring in Ashton Aga as No. 3! He has better technique. Watson should not be in the Test team, he belongs to ODIs and T20.

    Eng should have no worries for the return Ashes too as all they need to do is set 250-300 and Aus will collapse.

  • thejesusofcool on August 12, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Well, we deserve it, I'm afraid. Sorry, but you don't get to win 3 out of 4 by pure luck or garbage umpiring or even both combined.

    But we, too, need to think about our batting, because Root & Bairstow are far from convincing so far, though not as inept as Khawaja & Watson.

    At least our bowling is still a unit & until Aus start capitalising on 2/3 early wickets & bowl a side out for <175, they ain't gonna start winning Tests! Afraid Bird for Starc was the wrong selection, apart from the batting Starc has, so maybe Clarke should be part of the selection process again? What did Bresnan do in this match with the ball? Took the most crucial wicket today & that's where Australia can't get it right in comparison.

  • on August 12, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Well played England. And half the team didn't even fire in this series. Maybe the more one eyed Aussie fans will actually give credit to a dominant England unit, 3 tests to nil with only 1 left to play is domination in anyones language. They got closer in patches than I thought they would have though, all credit to the bog average baggy greens.

  • Paul_Rampley on August 12, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    When we were 1 down for 150 a win seemed certain but once Warner and Khawaja went we fell like a pack of cards. I think as an aussie fan we didn't expect to win in England and its all about winning back home. Clippedthroughmidwicket is correct in that we need to show faith in the likes of Smith, Khawaja and other younger batsman who are getting better at this level. Khawaja is a fantastic talent who will come through for us but we need to show faith. Harris and Siddle are lionhearts and will carry us though at home as well. Lyon can hold his head high. I don't think a 3-0 series shows how close we got both in game 1, 3 and 4 in this series.

  • shot274 on August 12, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    I dont really think Australia threw this match in a couple of hours. Yes the start was good but 299 on a wicket doing a bit, in the last innings was a tall order. A lot has been said and written about Broad, Anderson, Swan. For me the person who has truly won the series for England is Bell.All his innings have happened when it mattered. In Durham it was he who took the initiative away. And finally, DRS, umpiring flaws-whatever; The better team has won the series and by a margin that they deserve to do so by. And i AM a netral!!!

  • 64blip on August 12, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Left the house at 11-0 and when I arrived at the pub it was 110-0! There followed a period of morose beer drinking followed by what felt like a sudden and unlikely win. Props to Cook for picking Bres to bowl when we all wanted Broad. I love cricket. Twice England have given away a first innings lead and twice they've won.

  • Sunil_Batra on August 12, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    @Clippedthoughmidwicket well said mate, the usual Khawaja bashers have come out as usual, unlike Cowan who had 19 tests in a row or Hughes who had 2 full series Khawaja has only had 3 games so far and top scored in Lords in his first game and got a howler last game, he will come good for us but key now is to givethe young batsman such as Khawaja, Smith and co confidence and let themselves establish themselves. Fantastic bowling from Harris and once again he proved how good heis at this level.

  • on August 12, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    To all those claiming that DRS takes benefit of the doubt away from batsmen, it actually does the opposite. When umpires call is involved, if the ball is shown to be missing by as little as 1mm, then it counts as missing even if originally given out, but it could be "clipping" by almost half a ball and still be giving not out if that was the original descision. Personally I would get rid of umpires call and have it simply hitting, or missing. Make batsmen have better technique and get bat to ball.

  • on August 12, 2013, 19:49 GMT

    Well as an England fan I'm very happy with how this series has panned out, however as a cricket fan I find it alittle worrying. Personally I was never one of the fans calling for a 5-0 whitewash, I wanted a close series, and would like a close series for the next series down under. However when England have achieved what they have with arguably their three best batsmen (Cook, Trott, KP) failing to really show any form, and really only one batsman (Bell) batting anything like their potential, if the batting line up get their house in order for the next series, we may well be looking at an absolute massacre........ Which is good for England, maybe not so good for cricket.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 12, 2013, 19:44 GMT

    One of the greatest spells of bowling ever in an Ashes series by Broad and one of the most Beautifully made centuries in any game by Bell has won the Ashes for England. 3 - 0. Harris was the only player who turned up for Australia. What a thrashing.

  • on August 12, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Australia need to take introspection. it's a shame to see the mighty Goliath has fallen once again. I really hope that these defeats co are legit and do not have any shenanigans attached to them that will be discovered later. I like Australia but tell me what can cause such a consistent massive collapses. maybe they have enough money and do not want the dig in like the former players did

  • Harmony111 on August 12, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    Aus lost this test due to failures in 3 crucial periods. #1 When Eng were 199/8 in the 1st innings and Aus let the last 2 score 50 odd runs. It did not seem much then but made a huge diff in the end. #2 When Aus could have taken a bigger lead in the 2nd innings but then collapsed and could only manage 32. #3 Ofc the 4th innings when Aus were 110/0 & 168/2 but after that lost wickets cheaply.

    But I would remember this day cos today I got to see an absolute lovely presentation of how a genius thinks when Sky showed a little documentary involving Warne, Strauss & Hussain. Those 10-15 minutes really made my day. It was quite astonishing to see that Warne still was good enough to reproduce the ball of the century when he bowled a similar one to Hussain as a demo. Those tactics he used vs Stewart were treats too.

    Each time I see Warne I somehow find it diff to believe that he has retired. The past seems so alive when I see him.

  • GrumpiusMaximus on August 12, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    So, I sit in my living room at 11AM sharp with my laptop and put TMS on. I diligently listen all day whilst I'm doing things around the house. Ironing. Done. Cleaning. Done. Washing up. Done. All the while listening to the cricket and thinking that England are going to lose.

    A friend comes over. The radio goes off. I think nothing of it.

    She goes, I put the radio back on.

    Elation and horror. I've missed it.

    I'll never switch it off again...

  • on August 12, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Really enjoyed this game, very funny reading the posts about how Australia have won. That is the beauty of the game. Valiant effort from the aussies, but cook's bowling changes and words to broad won us the game.

  • Bodders70 on August 12, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Another really good win for England, I'd given them no chance at tea. I know it won't stop the negative press and commentators about Cook but I think it's worth pointing out the crucial bowling change when Bresnan took Warner's wicket. Nice and ironic to have his biggest critic on TV commentary at the time saying how he didn't understand why he wasn't bowling Broad too. No doubt for Clarke, McCullum or another favoured 'aggressive' captain it would've been an inspired change which just goes to show you can't change how you're perceived because for any of the three it would be the same, a bit of gut instinct and a bit of luck! Bottom line is the results and England haven't lost since the first test in India, that should say all you need to know about Cook's captaincy!

    For Australia, I really think the talent gap isn't that much and they may even have the edge in bowling but this game came down to one team knows how to win and one's forgotten.

  • MartinC on August 12, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Well that's the series locked up by England 3-0 with one to play. 3-0. You would not believe that from some of the comments on here about England's average batting, ordinary attack and negative captaincy and cricket. That's 12 Tests in a row now without losing as well.

    I would agree that England have not played their best cricket in this series, but that should give people pause to think about what the score could be in the return series in Oz if England do play closer to our potential.

  • JG2704 on August 12, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Congratulations England for winning the series and to Australia for (in 2 of the 3 Eng wins and obviously the draw) for being so competitive and unfortunately in both the 1st and 4th tests they just came up short - well more in this test but I think the winning margin does not tell the whole story. Valuable contributions from Bres and Swann with the bat at the end. Had those contributions not been made and Eng were 50-75 lighter , Australia may well have chased the total down Brilliant from Broad. Just when it was looking like going to Aus he's turned it around. Some fortunate marginal onfield decisions going Eng's way but how are they shocking (as some sour grapists have said)if Hotspot showed that the ball was clipping the stumps? Eng fortunate - probably. Brave umpiring - Yes. Poor umpiring - on these instances No.

    PS - love the conspiracy theories re how umpires go about making decisions differently when a team has used up their review

  • on August 12, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Chris Rogers and David Warner must be feeling very cheated by their team-mates' shambolic display this evening. It was absolutely disgraceful. England's bowling turned up a notch, no doubt, but the Australian middle order couldn't keep out a burglar on this form. So England's bowling attack doesn't rely too much on Anderson, then? He's out of form and I would give him a well-deserved rest in the next dead-rubber Test in favour of Onions - give him a game.

    I sympathise with Australian fans - us English cricket fans have all been there, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and ultimately being humiliated and losing heavily. The next Ashes series in Australia will be closer: 2-1 to England.

  • on August 12, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    The umpiring has been pretty awful, but one has to remember that this has always been the case. The DRS has been a good debate, but then that will always be the case. However, at the end of the day, in a five match series, the best team will win and England are the best team. Australia have the weaker batting line up at the day. 3-0 after four tests is a thumping. 4-0 after five would be a humiliation. Well played England for winning the series.

  • Kido123 on August 12, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    so this is what happened in my office now.. My colleague being an aussie fan asked me" Did you see the score? what has Broad done here", I just answered him " he earned his place in england team for atleast 2 years if not less than that".. hahaha.. I was revived with the decision of broad getting to play this match and I could not have been more worng :(

  • on August 12, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Ultimately, Australia have only managed one innings above 300 in the series, England have had one innings above 300 in every match - hence 3-0.

  • Sachin_The_Greatest on August 12, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    I mean seriously, i left from the office when Australia was 150 odd for 2. & when i now switch to Cricinfo now 224 all out :O

    i have this weird feeling, it's like when a great empire is booming it's an envy of everyone. but the same great empire falls you just can't stop but feel sad for them.

    today was the day when there was a hope, that yes this falling empire would stand up and fight against all odds. but sadly though..

    Aussiee Aussiee Aussie , oyee oyee oyee This one is from an Indian Fan.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on August 12, 2013, 19:04 GMT

    Once again, bresnan's lbw reprive and haddin's lbw (wicket) shows how poorly drs descision making process are implemented. Onfield decsion upstages benefit of doubt. Believe it, in close calls, if one teams has no further reviews umpires giving decisions in favour of that team and let the other team to review (tactical move). Since the drs process works in favour of onfield decisions (against benefit of doubt), most of the times we get poor decisions in marginal calls.(eg. Haddin's wicket). We need firm rule in marginal decision (or) consensus decision. What is the need of technology when we could not make correct decision.

  • on August 12, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    yet another shambolic collapse. Don't know what these Australian batsmen get paid for because performing like this, in most jobs you would have been fired long ago for sheer incompetence. It seems the only way this sorry Aussie side is competent is when Clarke scores at least 200 runs per match. Without him they'd have trouble beating Bermuda.

  • Shan156 on August 12, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    Broad will deservingly take all the plaudits but one should not forget Bresnan's beauty to nip out David Warner who was in full flow. I have been critical of Bresnan's place in the side but he has showed both with bat and ball that he deserves a run in the side. Bairstow on the other hand....?

    Let's see. I hope England ring in the changes for the Oval test. Aus. will surely rest Harris and bring in Starc, and Faulkner or even Agar for Watson. England should rest Jimmy, drop Bairstow, and get in Tremlett (could make good use of the bounce that the Oval usually offers) and Compton to open, and move Root to the middle order.

  • mikkkk on August 12, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Unbelievably Australia have managed to bottle it again.

    The problem with England is they just rely on Anderson and Swann. And Broad. And Bresnan:-)

    Aussies talked a good game yet again. When it comes to yapping on about how they are gonna give negative England a lesson then Aussies have no equal, but as I have repeatedly said on here - cricket is won on the field not is press conferences or messageboards.

  • baskar_guha on August 12, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    As for use of DRS: (1) it should be used exclusively by the third umpire when he feels the on-field ump got it wrong or the on-field ump refers. Leave the players out of it. (2) In tests, marginal calls should go in favor of the batsmen if only because we know technology is not 100%. (3) Judge on-field umps by how many times they are overruled by the third ump so that the speed and quality of the game isn't further diminished.

  • Shan156 on August 12, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Stuart Broad, you beauty. No prizes for guessing the MoM award. Bell is a shoe-in for the MoS award, so it has to be Broad (although Harris has a case but unfortunately he finished on the losing side). Bresnan bowled well too. But, please Mr.Flower, please, give Jimmy a break. The poor guy desperately needs a break. If you want to stand a good chance in the return series in Aus., please rest Jimmy for the 5th test.

    Congratulations England. Deserving winners of the series. Well played Australia too. Harris was immense and Rogers was excellent but Warner's innings was a bit of a fluke. It won't happen all the time. Still, they have showed that their inexperienced team can stand up to England in our conditions. Considering that a few Eng. batsmen are hopelessly out of form, you got to have Aus. as favorites for the return series down under now but that is for later. Now, it is time to celebrate.

    Cricinfo, please publish.

  • 2MikeGattings on August 12, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    Congratulations to England, deserved Ashes victors. Australia fought hard with two good bowling displays, but Bell's superb century put England back in the game. Ultimately Australia's familiar batting frailties proved decisive as England's hot-and-cold bowling pack finally got on a roll. 3-0 doesn't flatter Australia but they have never quite had enough quality to win.

  • baskar_guha on August 12, 2013, 18:49 GMT

    Hard luck to Australia but I think they just don't have the batting solidity to win test matches, especially away. They need a high class #3 and a determined #5 to bat around Clarke. Khawaja and Smith have been given enough chances to show their mettle but they haven't delivered when it counts.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 12, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    England's six year long dominance over Australia continues as strongly as ever. This was an epic of a match. It's funny that even when England's superior batting fails, as it did here, England still win. Despite losing the toss of a coin (which essentially decided the 3rd test on a pitch that was designed to last five days) at Old Trafford, they have largely dominated Australia throughout this series. They all-but smashed Australia in the first test, with the match going so close because Aus promoted a T20 number 6 to 11, and at Lords they gave them one of the biggest hammerings in the history of the game. The Ashes are back in England where they belong!

  • Bhupendra_Gupta on August 12, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    How to pull defeat from jaws of victory, learn from Australia.

  • on August 12, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    just found out that DRS favors the primacy of the umpires. If a batsman reviews a decision and the decision is just marginal with the ball clipping the stumps the umpires decision will stand. On the other hand if the batsman is given not out and If the ball is seen to be clipping the bails even then the umpires decision will stand. either way the umpire wins. smith and haddin had a bit of bad luck but you can only blame the umpires and not DRS.

  • on August 12, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    It never was a match to win for Australia. They got a good bowling unit but there is no one to guide them. With such bowling potential, they could've restricted England to 70 runs short. Now when we come to Aussie's batting, it's a close book! Warner, Watson were not mentally present on the ground Warner somehow found some rythm today but Watson, he took alot in his mind today. There is no class in middle order other than Clarke as he had a bad day today other wise it could've been different. You can not rely on Warner, Watson and Clarke. Clarke can post runs regularly but you can not depend on agrression without class(Warner,Watson). Hard luck Australia, every thing has to taste a downfall. But I know one thing when you guys wil complete rebuilding your team, it's going to be a classic one.

  • DRS_Flawed_NeedsImprovement on August 12, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Once again, bresnan's lbw reprive and haddin's lbw (wicket) shows how poorly drs descision making process are implemented. Believe it, in close calls, if one teams has no further reviews umpires giving decisions in favour of that team and let the other team to review (tactical move). Since the drs process works in favour of onfield decisions (against benefit of doubt to batsman), most of the times we get poor decisions in marginal calls.(eg. Haddin's wicket). We need firm rule in marginal decision (or) consensus decision.

  • Bockee on August 12, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    #coldcoffee123: I've noticed that when one side has no reviews left then the umpires are making some very marginal calls in favour of that team. Haddin in particular was a shocker. The umpiring generally has been extremely poor this series, they are obviously not very sure of themselves - not helped by the uncertainty over technology. Incidentally, some of the Hawkeye paths have looked pretty dodgy too.

  • on August 12, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    The difference between Australia and England is that England's players are now seasoned performers. Australia have shown that they have the talent but not the experience to be clutch performers in big game situations. Mitchell starc would do well to learn from Stuart Broad as a similar type of Bowler though much less experienced.By using his height to consistently extract seam movement from a full length he can be always in the game whereas Starc; being quite wayward of line and length as Broad used to be and relying more on swing, is denying himself the ability to be a constant threat in any conditions. Brilliant bowling from Broad! Poor batting from no one really except maybe Khawaja on that lazy non block and Smith on that pull shot drag on but it's almost impossible to deny Broad when his game is on which is very consistently these days. Australia need desperately to cultivate similar performances from Starc as he looks the most likely to stay fit and be a genuine matchwinner.

  • coldcoffee123 on August 12, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Atrocious umpiring by on-field umpires. How can they be raising their finger for Watson and Haddin LBWs? How are they sure the ball is hitting the leg stump? Whatever happened to the benefit of the doubt? True, that the hawk-eye suggest the ball clipping leg stump on both the occasions. But that is not the point. The point is, with the ball pitching outside off stump, angling towards leg, hitting the pad outside the crease, there is no way these should have been given LBW in the first place. Think about what happens when the ball pitches outside leg. It is NOT LBW straightaway. In fact, with DRS around, I ask why not start giving LBWs for balls pitching outside leg? It is not fair to batsmen. The benefit of the doubt must go to the batsman, otherwise an innings could be over in 2 sessions.

  • on August 12, 2013, 17:41 GMT

    Just imagine the Australia with the greats of Hayden, Gilli, Martin, Langer, Ponting, Warne, Magrath, Hussey . Ponting the luckiest player to have such a great bunch of players under him. Along with their caliber, Australians were known for their Mental strength and courage to fight back. Surprised what happened to this Australian team

  • Micky.Panda on August 12, 2013, 16:49 GMT

    Lyon's bowling average is 25. That is not too bad against England whose batsmen are supposed to better than the Aussie bats, even if he is not as prolific as Swan. All we have to do is replace Khawaja and the Aussie side starts to look O.K., propped up by the outstanding Harris. England in contrast have a lot of ordinary looking players being propped up by the outstanding Bell and Swan.

  • Dr.murdoch on August 12, 2013, 16:38 GMT

    Australia were going nicely, lovely innings from rogers again. It seems as soon as khawaja gets a tad comfortable and starts cruising, he daydreams and forgets he's playing test cricket. I really back this blokes talent, but he lacks application when needed. He really needs to get his head on straight if he wants a long future in the team. Warner is going very nicely, and Australia still have the upper hand in the game.

  • ClippedThroughMid-Wicket on August 12, 2013, 16:33 GMT

    before all you khawaja bashers start up, let me just say that while he might not have made a big score, he looked a LOT more confident this innings. hes starting to get some confidence that he belongs at this level, i was happy to see him play his shots, his favourite the pull shot, a brilliant drive down the ground off a rank swann full toss, among others. i think he did fantastically well and hes definitely starting to find his feet. work to go yet obviously, but hes coming along nicely.

  • on August 12, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    would love to see Australia win this one. come on! enough of bashings to them on and off field. and its always good to see some one rising from dust. ( this staement of mine must be a daring one just 3years back) isn't it?

  • on August 12, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    When Warner is playing well he is a very dangerous fast scoring opener whilst also appearing rock solid. His defence looks great against pace or spin and has only had his outside edge passed once from a defencive shot and flashed at one wide one. I am also impressed how he hasnt looked flustered with periods of low scoring which is a sign of increasing maturity. Fingers crossed that he scores a memorable hundred and gets Australia safely over the line.

  • Denno911 on August 12, 2013, 15:51 GMT

    Fantastic to see some explosive batting from Warner, I think this is the innings that he owes Michael Clarke and the Aussies.. Great opening Partnership. Ashes cricket is alive, what answer will England have in November??

  • ClippedThroughMid-Wicket on August 12, 2013, 15:18 GMT

    man ive seen that much drs this series that i knew hawkeye showed the ball hitting warner on his pads that it would be umpires call at the stumps. i dunno if thats a good thing or a bad thing. drs has definitely had a better match this test.

  • binrasheed on August 12, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    I guess every one under estimated Australia, if we exclude 2nd Test.. Australia did well in all three test but unfortunately they were un able to go past the finishing line... lets see will they be able to draw this series or not....

  • on August 12, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Well feeling I may be proven wrong, predicted yesterday that anything 250+ would be a tough chase for the Aussies but they're going along nicely, as long as they don't do anything silly they should have this one in the bag.

  • on August 12, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    Excellent batting by Rogers - class player. How has he not played 20-30 Tests before now?

  • coldcoffee123 on August 12, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Watching Rogers bat in the first and second innings, I feel liberated. In the last 10 years, I have not seen any batsman anywhere in the world play with such poise and knowledge of the off stump. He has missed at least 100 close calls from Broad, yet he seems aware of where his off stump exactly is. Brings back menories of Dravid when he was belting 150+ scores everyday. Thank you Rogers, for such sumptuous batting display.

  • on August 12, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Rogers needs to give Warner the strike at every opportunity and not override the huge amount of luck he has had in this game already. I dont want to downlplay the fight he has shown in this match but I have never seen a guy play and miss and edge through the slips so much and still get a hundred! The Oz team should take him down to the casino after this test!

  • ClippedThroughMid-Wicket on August 12, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    well well well we all know what happened last time chris rogers successfully reviewed a caught behind dont we? :)

  • mikkkk on August 12, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Aus shouldnt have any trouble knocking these off. Get past the new ball then just play sensibly. Sunny day tomorrow so no problem with rain.

  • 2MikeGattings on August 12, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Explosive new ball bowling from Harris and a superhuman effort to be bouncing out batsmen on a wicket this slow. Lyon again showing why he is Australia's number 1 spinner, this test he has done everything his captain could have asked for. I can't help feeling a bit more could have been expected from Bird on a surface that couldn't be better suited to nagging seam-up. Nevertheless a good hand from England's lower order who will be happy with the morning's work. Overhead conditions this afternoon may favour England's seamers and the rain break will have given time for the deadening effect of the heavy roller to wear off. But Swann, as ever, holds the key. England with their noses in front but expect a few more see-saws before this game is over.

  • ClippedThroughMid-Wicket on August 12, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    are you kidding @richardror siddle has 17 wickets for the series, 3rd overall behind swann (21) and harris (20). Jackson hasnt looked threatening, ill give you that, but hes been nowhere near his best during this test. not sure why to be honest.

  • landl47 on August 12, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    There's a lot of talk about the new ball being vital, but it's going to be how Australia copes with Swann that will decide this match. Lyon was getting lift and turn yesterday and on any pitch that helps him Swann is likely to get wickets.

    If Australia can only lose a couple of wickets to Swann they have a very good chance of winning.

  • richardror on August 12, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Suspect Harris will have to miss a test soon with a back injury, due to his carrying of the Australian attack. Bird not looking threatening and Siddle has gone off the boil without looking dangerous since the first test. Lyon bowling well and looking a lot more likely to take wickets than Agar did. Despite Agar's 98, it was a poor selection to keep him for 2 tests.

  • mzm149 on August 12, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    This could be a deciding game in Khwaja's career. He should put full effort to score big. Otherwise Phil Hughes is there to grab his spot permanently. The equation is simple: if Warner scores fast and big and anyone scores a century, no one can take the game away from Australia.

  • hhillbumper on August 12, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    well bowled Ryan Harris.makes you wonder what he could have done without the injuries.Game on and lets see how the run chase goes

  • on August 12, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Australia leaked a few too many runs this morning. After England were 250-odd for 7, Harris and co. would be disappointed to let them get to 330, a decent 3rd innings total on this ground.

  • on August 12, 2013, 12:05 GMT

    Australia leaked a few too many runs this morning. After England were 250-odd for 7, Harris and co. would be disappointed to let them get to 330, a decent 3rd innings total on this ground.

  • hhillbumper on August 12, 2013, 12:11 GMT

    well bowled Ryan Harris.makes you wonder what he could have done without the injuries.Game on and lets see how the run chase goes

  • mzm149 on August 12, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    This could be a deciding game in Khwaja's career. He should put full effort to score big. Otherwise Phil Hughes is there to grab his spot permanently. The equation is simple: if Warner scores fast and big and anyone scores a century, no one can take the game away from Australia.

  • richardror on August 12, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    Suspect Harris will have to miss a test soon with a back injury, due to his carrying of the Australian attack. Bird not looking threatening and Siddle has gone off the boil without looking dangerous since the first test. Lyon bowling well and looking a lot more likely to take wickets than Agar did. Despite Agar's 98, it was a poor selection to keep him for 2 tests.

  • landl47 on August 12, 2013, 12:15 GMT

    There's a lot of talk about the new ball being vital, but it's going to be how Australia copes with Swann that will decide this match. Lyon was getting lift and turn yesterday and on any pitch that helps him Swann is likely to get wickets.

    If Australia can only lose a couple of wickets to Swann they have a very good chance of winning.

  • ClippedThroughMid-Wicket on August 12, 2013, 13:40 GMT

    are you kidding @richardror siddle has 17 wickets for the series, 3rd overall behind swann (21) and harris (20). Jackson hasnt looked threatening, ill give you that, but hes been nowhere near his best during this test. not sure why to be honest.

  • 2MikeGattings on August 12, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Explosive new ball bowling from Harris and a superhuman effort to be bouncing out batsmen on a wicket this slow. Lyon again showing why he is Australia's number 1 spinner, this test he has done everything his captain could have asked for. I can't help feeling a bit more could have been expected from Bird on a surface that couldn't be better suited to nagging seam-up. Nevertheless a good hand from England's lower order who will be happy with the morning's work. Overhead conditions this afternoon may favour England's seamers and the rain break will have given time for the deadening effect of the heavy roller to wear off. But Swann, as ever, holds the key. England with their noses in front but expect a few more see-saws before this game is over.

  • mikkkk on August 12, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    Aus shouldnt have any trouble knocking these off. Get past the new ball then just play sensibly. Sunny day tomorrow so no problem with rain.

  • ClippedThroughMid-Wicket on August 12, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    well well well we all know what happened last time chris rogers successfully reviewed a caught behind dont we? :)

  • on August 12, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Rogers needs to give Warner the strike at every opportunity and not override the huge amount of luck he has had in this game already. I dont want to downlplay the fight he has shown in this match but I have never seen a guy play and miss and edge through the slips so much and still get a hundred! The Oz team should take him down to the casino after this test!