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Final day of Ashes humiliation

England is on course to achieve one of its greatest triumphs in Australia by inflicting an unprecedented humiliation.

Never before in almost 134 years of Test cricket has Australia lost three Tests in a series by an innings.

Only a prolonged repeat of yesterday evening’s monsoonal downpour can prevent England from achieving another emphatic victory in the fifth and final Test at the SCG to take the series 3-1.

Australia will resume today on 7-213, still needing 151 simply to make England bat again.

It will be England’s first series success in this country for 24 years.

Shane Watson, who was run-out in a dreadful mix-up with Phil Hughes for 38, conceded the depth of Australia’s despair.

“There’s no doubt with the performances we have shown over the last little while that we have to turn it around and it does come down to the players alone to turn it around,” Watson said.

Full story: The Australian

 

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Super Mitch snares six

Australia’s leadership crisis has deepened further, with Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke both dismissed cheaply for the second time in the match.

The Australian captain gloved a ball down the leg side to England wicketkeeper Matt Prior that was not given out, but the decision was reversed when the tourists called for a video review.

Clarke looked the goods as he raced to 20 off 17 balls, but then took an inside edge onto his stumps. It followed the four runs he made in Australia’s first innings.

Australia is now 3-64 and has a lead of 146 runs, with Shane Watson (31 not out) and Mike Hussey (0 not out) at the crease.

The Aussies began their innings after tea with a lead of 81 runs after Mitchell Johnson’s remarkable haul of 6-38 helped dismiss England for 187.

Johnson’s stunning return, just a fortnight after being dropped for the second test, came a day after he top scored for Australia with a fighting 62 and could yet be the turning point in the series.

A jubilant Brad Haddin ran towards the Barmy Army to celebrate the wicket of Graeme Swann as Australia kept its foot on England’s throat.

Full story: Herald Sun

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Ponting: We’ve been ordinary but belief is building

To borrow a saying, a week is a long time in sport. That’s certainly the case for a number of players at the moment, including me.

Michael Beer, the left-arm spinner in his first season for Western Australia, must be wondering what’s happening with his world after being chosen for the third Test in Perth after just five first-class games.

And talented NSW youngsters Phil Hughes and Steven Smith are back in the side.

It’s always an exciting time when youngsters are chosen to play for Australia. Their enthusiasm becomes infectious in the dressing room and out on the ground.

Seven days ago, I was in the field trying to gain an advantage as England went about setting up its Adelaide Test win.

Full story: The Australian

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Ricky Ponting says Phil Hughes likely to replace Simon Katich in Perth, Andrew Strauss not concerned

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Phil Hughes

Within 10 minutes of Australia captain Ricky Ponting anointing Phil Hughes as his next Test opening batsman, England skipper Andrew Strauss was confidently predicting his downfall.

The absence of Simon Katich for the rest of the Ashes and possibly beyond has left Hughes as the man to replace him, but it is impossible to contemplate this without remembering his struggles against the well-directed short ball during the 2009 Ashes series in England.

So while Ponting was confident that Hughes would be part of the team that attempts to retrieve a 1-0 series deficit, Strauss was equally assured his men would have him covered.

“Phil Hughes is the first one who comes to mind,” said Ponting.


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Xavier Doherty the bolter in Australian Ashes squad

Tasmanian Cricketer Xavier Doherty - NSW v Tas...

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THE Ashes has become a circus. The selectors today named a 17-man squad for the first Test, beginning at Brisbane’s Gabba on Thursday week.

This is more than any overseas tour in living memory. Most overseas tours include 14 players, with Ashes tours extended to 15 or 16.

The biggest winner is modest Tasmanian left arm spinner Xavier Doherty, while the biggest loser is Phil Hughes, Australia’s regular batsman in waiting this past year, who has had a poor start to the season for NSW.

Full story: The Australian

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