Tourists’ attempted fightback in crucial Third Test in Perth is restricted by indisciplined batting, tight Australian bowling and sheer bad luck
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.
Australia v England, Second Test, Adelaide Oval, fifth day
Clarke guided his side to a second victory at Adelaide to leave England in dissaray
The tourists must come from behind if they are to win a fourth successive Ashes series
Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke will be spoken to by the match referee before the start of the second Test
Australia v England, First Test, , fourth day: Few crumbs of comfort for Cook’s shattered side as they look to turn round another Test series after a disastrous start
Normal service has been resumed. Almost.
Flower’s team is in transition... he is looking to replace leading men
The Aussie Angle: Big man has just one more box to tick: an Ashes series win
England grudgingly conceded last night that they had an obligation to the paying spectator. Such a notion looked as though it had never entered their collective psyches as they spent the third day of the fifth Test tootling along at barely two runs an over.
England reach close of play at 247/4
England 238 & 233-5 Australia 270: These Ashes will be remembered for the Decision Review System, and Ian Bell
The Aussie Angle: Clarke’s splendid batting, the efforts of Harris and Siddle exposed the narrow gap between the teams
The weather made an unlikely victory for Australia impossible, despite three early wickets on the final day