Mitchell Johnson today branded Kevin Pietersen a smart-arse as England and Australia turned on each other during a day of sledging flashpoints in Perth.
Australia landed the major blows on the field thanks to Johnson’s six for 35 that leaves them in charge of the match here at the WACA. Australia lead by 200 runs with seven second-innings wickets in hand, but it was the sight of both sides being so openly hostile towards one another that also made day two here such a memorable one.
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England fought back gallantly with three wickets before the close, including that of Ricky Ponting, cheaply again. But to concede 81 runs on first innings gives your opponent a huge fillip and for that Australia have Johnson, his cherry blossom tattoo clearly sprouting thorns here, to thank following his brilliant 6-38.
The Waca has proved a forbidding place for England’s batsmen for the past decade or so, and this was no exception.
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Simon Hughes, The Analyst, Day 2 England v Australia in Perth.
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Australia’s Ashes situation is so perilous that the hosts will look anywhere for a good omen. After another day of being dominated by England, Michael Husseypeered back four years to the WACA match when Australia wrapped up the urn on the way to a 5-0 cleansweep.
On that occasion the local unit was jammed with world-beating talent and could win from any situation. The current outfit, which was dismissed for 268 after being 4 for 36, has only three players – Hussey, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke – from those all-conquering days and is experiencing the country’s worst slump in 25 years.
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