Nothing could disguise the extent to which England had been outplayed across the series
Anyone with a passing interest in cinema would know which production had been named Best Picture in a given year. How many, though, could recall the Best Assistant Director, or which film had the best visual effects?
England let a commanding position slip as they failed to capitalise on in taking five early wickets, and Saker feels they must bowl better if they are to stand any chance of getting back into the Ashes
The Ashes holders are 2-0 down after just two Tests but Prior claims England believe they can still win the five-Test series
Peter Siddle may be a vegetarian amid a pack of voracious fast-bowling carnivores but he is still excited by the smell of blood. In his case, Kevin Pietersen’s blood.
Brad Haddin, tough as teak and in the form of his life, has been around long enough to know what really counts. “You need to have luck in this game,” he said after scoring his fourth Test hundred yesterday. “You can have all the technique you want but everyone needs to have luck. I had my share.”
He is the first Australian cricketer in 70 years to match the influence of the greatest exponent of the national game
Panesar, Root and Carberry all failed to cling on in the final session as Australia reached close of play on 273-5 having won the toss
The hosts have retained George Bailey at number six
Australia are trying desperately to avoid getting ahead of themselves. They have England precisely where they want them, they are in front in an Ashes series for the first time in seven years, but they sense that it could all yet go horribly wrong.
Bresnan has recovered from a stress fracture to his lower back and could feature in the Second Test in Adelaide later this week
Selection options for the Second Ashes Test starting on Thursday revolve around how to fill a Trott-sized hole and which bowlers to use, writes Stephen Brenkley in Alice Springs
The last time England were in Adelaide for an Ashes Test, Graeme Swann, during pre-match nets, passed on a few words of advice to a young off-spinner, who was combining trying to make his way in the game with earning a living tending to the turf at the Adelaide Oval. It is a very different surface Swann will bowl on this week when the second Test gets under way and it is also a very different Nathan Lyon who will be pulling on a baggy green cap rather than the overalls of a groundsman.
England declare on 212-7 against a Chairman's XI which posed the top order more problems as they found runs hard to come by
The three are vying for a place in the Test side following the departure of Jonathan Trott