Steve James: One of England’s best days in Ashes cricket

One of England’s best days in Ashes cricket. It’s as simple as that. To lose the toss in Adelaide and bowl Australia out for just 245 is a stunning effort. And it was nothing less than they deserved. They were quite magnificent from the moment Jonathan Trott ran out Simon Katich from the day’s fourth ball. Then Ricky Ponting went first ball, and Michael Clarke followed soon afterwards. In a trice Australia were 2-3, or 3-2 as they say down here.

It could easily have been 12-4 had James Anderson taken a sharp caught-and-bowled chance from Mike Hussey on three. But the flinty left-hander produced another innings of character and resolve. He really deserved a third Ashes century in three innings (he made 121 at the Oval last year remember) but Graeme Swann crucially dismissed him after tea. And even then Hussey’s partner-in-crime at Brisbane, Brad Haddin, also played another spunky innings. He reached 50 with a remarkable scoop/flick over long leg for six.

Full story: The Telegraph

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