another short ball, another flinch, another looping chance into the cordon. Scooped up by Green in the gully and Australia are 2-0 up in the Ashes! One hand comes off the bat as Anderson tries to ride the bounce, but there's too much heat on that one. England's valiant rearguard ends in the 114th over. It was good while it lasted, but it just wasn't enough. It's a maiden five-for for Richardson too, reward for some hostile lines all Test long
8.51pm Well that's the end of that. Heroic though England were in isolation today, they were still bowled out for 192, the 11th sub-200 total this calendar year. It's a pretty grim indictment of their current status - the admirable Joe Root notwithstanding. He of all the England players has earned himself a restful Christmas. And Merry Christmas to the rest of you too. We'll see you right here in six days' time for the Boxing Day Test, but from Miller, Alex, Venkat, Alan and the team, cheers for joining us, see you next time!
The Player of the Match is Marnus Labuschagne. "I think we just stuck it out, certain periods it was really tough. Davey [Warner] batted exceptionally well, he put pressure back on, I tried to absorb it, it's a good combination for batting. I talk to myself out there, a bit of reinforcement to keep me switched on and focused and in the game. To get the win is very special, we drove the Test match and didn't let England in. My first Ashes ton, nice to convert one but disappointed not to make it a big one after a few chances."
Steve Smith: "I wouldn't say nervous, Buttler showed some resistance, he's normally a bit of a dasher, but plenty of time and we thought a couple of good balls, a couple of wickets. I had fun this week, enjoyed it, and the guys played well, controlled the game from the first day, and declared where we wanted to declare, and bowl where we wanted to bowl. Mitchell Starc was exceptional and led the attack really well. He summed it up quickly, not a great deal of swing so bashed a good length, across the right-handers, in great rhythm and proud of how he went about his business.
"Cam Green, the guys inside didn't want him to bowl at all, manage his workload, held him back as long as I could. Ideally we wouldn't have bowled him today." Intriguing. Not injured as such, just being looked after, mid-Ashes. That's an interesting reflection on the gap between the teams!
8.21pm Nearly time for the presentations. A word too for the poor beleaguered Root. He's talking to BT Sport:
"The reason it's disappointing because we made the same mistakes. I think we could have bowled a lot fuller, and with the bat we need to be better, make bigger scores and apply better. The second innings is the attitude and desire we need. It's frustrating because we know we are better. Easy to look at selection and tactics, but we'll address those ahead of the next game. You try to find what you think will exploit the conditions, it's not just the wickets, the ball under lights. We thought there would be more movement. A stat saying least amount of movement at the ground, which was remarkable. We weren't brave enough at times to get the ball up there and get them driving. Lessons learnt, we have to be better in the next game.
"Heartbreaking to see [Buttler] get out like that, it showed the desire you need out here. His mentality in particular was outstanding."
8.13pm Handshakes all round, there's a glimmer of pride to take forward to Melbourne, and some valuable time at the crease for Jos Buttler in particular. But a 275-run winning margin says its own story. More runs in deficit than England managed in either innings. They need centuries, they need partnerships. They need someone to stand up and be counted.
As for Australia, a magnificent achievement given the chaos of the first morning, with Pat Cummins their captain ruled out, along with their other senior seamer Josh Hazlewood. Jhye Richardson and Michael Neser stepped forward with aplomb, while Mitchell Starc assumed the senior seamer status with habitual pink-ball tekkers. Nathan Lyon was a crucial menace in both innings too, while their batting centred once again around their main men David Warner, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, whose century had some luck maybe, but also highlighted the importance of toughing it out.
Raghu: "You don't win Ashes with only 2 batsmen, 4 non-incisive bowlers and a limping all-rounder." Also true. Mark Wood will be back for Melbourne, and he will doubtless provide a cutting edge. But there's no immediate answer to their spin crisis. Joe Root cannot do it all for this team!
Cricfanalways: "Man of the match? probably Starc, but they will give to Marnus as its a batsman's game" Standard!
Kishan Iyengar: "England need something special from here on to bounce bank in this Ashes series. Aussies are in control even without Hazlewood and Cummins. Will need something special from English team management to pull this one back from here on."
round the wicket, dug into the ribs, but Broad rides it well, staying in line to stab the ball short of silly point
hops back and across, stays in line well this time and drops the ball at his feet. He's rather pleased with himself for that one
banged into the hip, and stabbed to leg gully on the bounce
rising delivery outside off, open face and an uneasy steer into the cordon
Azhar: "any England fan at adeilade go mess with floodlight system" Almost every technology going broke at the Gabba, so it's a chance...
on the back foot, and sweetly timed through point! Very still at the point of contact, albeit standing on the square leg umpire's toes.
forward and blocked down the track. Solid
Ned: "What has happened to broads batting? He was a genuine all rounder at one point but now he can't seem to stay in behind the ball. " Varun Aaron happened to Broad's batting
squeezed away through gully, along the ground this time. They rush back for the second
fenced in the air, and inches wide of gully! Broad's not in a mood for staying in line and he nearly pays the price... a looping edge, doesn't go to hand!
John: "Anderson never gets out, does he?" 100 times no...
flashed off the back foot into the leg side, another single to ...
bring the target ever closer rotate the strike
round the wicket again, fuller length, and more confidently pushed into the off side this time
steps away for a slash over the off-side, and so nearly bowled... and caught behind... and everything but dismissed! Not the ideal approach to the length ball!
Malli: "Buttler redeemed himself with batting, England can consider him as pure batsmen and get Foakes" Well now, it's a thought...
rides the bounce well, jammed down into the off side
Sheldon Smith: "So it is up to the best bowling pair to become the heroes of batting. If they pull it off it will go down in cricket folklore" For the second innings running, it's Broad and Anderson under the floodlights, but not in the manner they had hoped
pushed onto the back foot, shape away from the left-hander, stabbed out to point
on the back foot, angled bat pushing into the off side, and they come through for the single
short and nasty, Broad flinches as the ball fizzes past his ribs. Might get a bit more of that now...
very full length, shaping in on the toes, solid in defence, pushing forward
nobbled on the knee-roll, right back on the stumps, but going over the top, says the umpire
Greg: "That Buttler wicket is the fault of everyone who had started to hope…" You, yes, you. And you. And you. You are all to blame...
hit wicket! Buttler's so deep in his crease, he's trodden on his own stumps! So deep in his crease, trying to manipulate the angle to pinch a single through the off side... but he's only gone and wrecked the hoose! What a ghastly end to a heroic stay! On the back foot, high elbow, it was his heel that did it. What scenes...
|Toss||Australia, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Australia led the 5-match series 2-0|
|Match number||Test no. 2441|
|Hours of play (local time)||14.30 start, Dinner 16.30-17.10, Tea 19.10-19.30, Close 21.30|
|Match days||16,17,18,19,20 December 2021 - daynight (5-day match)|
|Points||Australia 12, England 0|