Sport Uncertain corridors: Writings on modern cricket by Gideon Haigh

During the recent Ashes series I changed my newspaper habits specifically to read Gideon Haigh’s dispatches from the front. As Haigh is Australian, those unfamiliar with his work might have expected at least a hint of crowing to creep into his copy as England imploded, but he was as impartial as ever, while also being characteristically knowledgeable, perceptive and witty. (If you can bear to relive the horror, Ashes to Ashes, his chronicle of the series, will be published on 27 February).

Shane Watson: 'It's shattering. We have got to try and restore some pride'

Watson concedes the urn and shoulders burden of an unwanted place in history

Mark Steel: Through bleary eyes we see the fall of a cricketing empire

The saddest thing about England’s success is that the Australians now seem bent on making the same mistakes we made in a previous era

'Shattered' Shane Watson concedes Ashes belong to England

All rounder Shane Watson conceded Australia had all but lost the Ashes today and admitted the side's abysmal performance in the fourth test was enough to turn fans away from the game.

Ponting pays penalty after reaching end of his tether

Ricky Ponting's lid came off yesterday. With the Ashes disappearing out of sight, with his job as captain of Australia on the line, with his whole career approaching a state of meltdown, he reached breaking point.

Display of petulance bears the hallmarks of a captain in agony

The Australian angle: Ponting had no business getting involved, let alone becoming agitated

Trott's steady pace brings Ashes slowly but surely within reach

Australia 98 England 444-5

Ashes Diary: Ponting and the poisoned chalice

It's often been said that following Sir Matt Busby at Old Trafford was a poisoned chalice, especially as he still had an office at the ground. The Aussie team have a similar problem – every time they blunder, a great name from the past chirps up with some not necessarily helpful advice. Steve Waugh, in sympathising with Ricky Ponting yesterday, may have made things worse: "You feel under siege, like everyone is coming at you from different angles, and it is hard to get clarity in your mind," the former captain said. "Ricky is probably not quite focused when he goes out to bat. There are a lot of things on his mind, he's probably not thinking with a clear head."

Jonathan Trott: 'I accumulate here and there and let other guys hit sixes'

Trott's feet firmly on the ground after typically focused century keeps England flying high

Ponting fined match fee following umpire row

Australia captain Ricky Ponting will be available for the fifth Ashes Test after the International Cricket Council opted to fine rather than ban him for his show of dissent on day two at Melbourne.

T20 generation bowled a curve ball by masters of their craft

The Australian angle: Had the Australians adapted to suit the conditions they mighthave survived their period of peril. Instead they drove without due care and attention

James Lawton: Hapless state of Australia's national game puts future of Test cricket in jeopardy

The fans streaming away from the vast ground made a withering statement about thestate of the match and the wretchedness of Australia's performance

'We are working our backsides off but it's making no difference'

Whichever way you look at it, however you scrutinise it, dissect it and analyse it, Australia's batting is in a mess. Its two blue-riband players, the captain and the vice-captain, are out of form. One opener, though a stalwart, is not really an opener, the other opener is young and capricious.

Lunch report: Tourists build lead after Siddle double gives Australia hope

Seaming pitches make for better Test cricket. Discuss. The second day of the fourth Test began pretty much as the first with the ball jagging about under cloudy skies.

England take control against woeful Australia

Australia v England, Fourth Test, Melbourne, first day: Australia 98 v England 157-0
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