Cook was walking back to the pavilion within the first over but Ravi Bopara stares with the ball to earn 172-run victory
Williams admits she is not looking forward to the expected heat that will hit the first week of the opening Grand Slam of 2014
Johnson tormented the England batting line-up during the 5-0 Ashes whitewash
Cook's side were ruthlessly brushed aside Down Under
Nothing could disguise the extent to which England had been outplayed across the series
Having gone 2-0 down in the Series, Cook knows that they need to win in Perth if England are to have any chance of winning the Ashes
Harris is struggling with a sore knee but is expected to be fit for the Third Test which begins in Perth tomorrow
Australia can hardly believe what is happening. Two weeks ago as the Ashes series was about to start, the mood was one of despair and lament for the years of glory long past.
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.”
The Aussie Angle
The half-built ground was missing the sharpness of the crowd at the First Test but the match is yet to hot up
Foolish though Cricket Australia was, it perhaps showed how fondly he is regarded.
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
The Ashes holders went behind early in the series after defeat at Brisbane but Gooch wants players to put in the hard work to correct the situation
Bresnan has returned to fitness after recovering from a stress fracture in his back