England arrived in South Australia yesterday to find that the dust had settled a little on the extraordinary but ultimately drawn Test at The Gabba. They had left Brisbane with the local newspaper displaying a large photograph of a stubbled Ricky Ponting, sun-burnished from two days in the field, above the large headline “Clueless”, while there were some triumphalist headlines back at home. All of which seems a little over the top, either way.
A day on and the realisation should be there that until the final two sessions England were playing catch-up cricket, still, on the fifth morning, in a position where they could still lose. So it is best not to get too carried away. Given the history of matches between the sides at The Gabba, a decent draw for England may well seem to be a victory of sorts while for Australia a draw, in circumstances other than inclement weather, would be below expectation.
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