Some post-Perth thoughts England aren’t as good as they were in Adelaide, or as bad as they were in Perth. They’ve been on an upward curve under Andy Flower, and they’re still on that. Sometimes a heavy defeat can be an excellent way to refocus and banish complacency. We know England struggle against pace … Read More
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Sledging has become the topic du jour after a number of heated exchanges in the third match, with most players on both sides saying they enjoy the contest on all levels.
But Prior said in his English newspaper column that Siddle went too far.
“The Australian fast bowler had launched a short-pitched round-the-wicket attack,” he wrote.
Full story: The Australian
Thanks, Jimmy Anderson. You might just have given Australia the spark they needed to win back the Ashes.
The Perth Test was the most fiery performance I’ve seen from an Australian side since the controversial Sydney Test against India in 2008. It was after that match that the players – myself included – were given an unofficial warning from Cricket Australia about our aggressive attitude during several on-field exchanges, and the spirit of cricket issue was debated at length.
Full story: The Age
Michael Clarke has received the backing of Australia’s selectors to captain the Test team should Ricky Ponting fail to overcome his finger injury by Boxing Day, although the incumbent skipper says he played with a worse injury in last year’s corresponding match against Pakistan.
Ponting has a minor fracture in the little finger of his left hand but is confident of playing in Melbourne and selectors have not named a standby player for him in their unchanged squad of 12 from Perth.
Full story: Sydney Morning Herald
Australia needed only 50 minutes on the fourth day to take England’s last five wickets and wrap up a 267-run win in the third Ashes Test at the Waca.
The emphatic victory levels the five-match series at 1-1, with the contest moving to Melbourne on Boxing Day.
Ryan Harris finished with a Test-best 6-47 as England were all out for 123.
The tourists resumed at 81-5, seeking an unlikely 391 to win in Perth, but Harris took four of the last five wickets and England folded meekly.
Full story: BBC Sport