Ashes catch-up: England shattered by Australia in Sydney

Ryan Harris

The day in 50 words

Another day, another England horror show.

Cook goes to second ball of the day. Anderson, Pietersen and Bell follow, 23-5.

Stokes and Ballance show guts, Broad has a slog, England all out for 155.

Rogers romps to 73, Australia close on 140-4. Lead is 311.

Whitewash in the bag.

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Match scorecard

Moment of the day

Alastair Cook

England began the day in bright sunshine, looking to their captain to show the way with his first hundred of the series.

It was therefore a devastating blow when Cook shouldered arms to the second ball of the day and was out lbw to Ryan Harris.

The dismissal signalled the start of an enthralling passage of play in which Australia's pace attack ruthlessly dismantled England's top order.

Mitchell Johnson accounted for nightwatchman Jimmy Anderson, before Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell were both caught prodding outside off stump to leave the tourists in a wreck at 23-5.

"Alastair Cook's dismissal reminded me of when Andrew Strauss was out in his final Test," said former England captain Michael Vaughan on Test Match Special. "Strauss missed a straight one from Vernon Philander and you could tell he was gone. Just like Cook today."

But... hope for the future

Midway through the morning, England's lowest Test score of 45 looked in danger, only for a mini-revival to be sparked by two of the newest members of the side.

Gary Ballance's 18 on his debut came in the most testing of circumstances as he rode out a fierce barrage from Johnson and some relentless probing from Harris and Peter Siddle.

And from 62-6, it was Ben Stokes who gave England's total a faint modicum of respectability with a composed 47.

A last-wicket partnership of 30 between Stuart Broad and Boyd Rankin guaranteed England at least avoided the follow-on.

Ben Stokes

Stats of the day

  • Mitchell Johnson now has 33 wickets, the most by any left-arm bowler in an Ashes series
  • Haddin took his 20th catch of the series, becoming only the third wicketkeeper to take 20 catches and score 400 runs in a Test series. The others were Denis Lindsay and Alec Stewart
  • Stuart Broad, with 237 wickets, has moved into ninth place in the all-time England Test wicket-takers' list, ahead of Alec Bedser.
  • Jonny Bairstow has reached double figures in his past 12 Test innings, but only reached 50 twice
  • Gary Ballance is the third Zimbabwe-born player to play in a Test for England. Graeme Hick and Paul Parker are the other two.

What they said

England batting coach Graham Gooch: "It's going to be really tough from here on in. This is not the flattest of pitches and, having seen it behave over the first couple of days, 326 was way above par in my opinion. But we can't just give up.

"We have not been able to get to grips with the Australian bowling attack. We've got one hundred in the series and that is not going to win you anything. I can't fault the players for the way they prepare and practise, but we have not been able to implement the plans and put some pressure on the Aussie bowling attack. If you just let them dominate, it's very difficult. You have to take it to them a bit."

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The Analyst: Harris gives Cook dilemma

Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris: "It's no coincidence that they haven't got runs because we bowled well to them, it's as simple as that.

"It's obviously not a done thing yet, we've got to make sure we bat well in the morning and get some more and bowl like we did today to bowl them out again. I think it's just the pressure we've put on the whole series, we haven't allowed them to play the way they want."

The expert view on Test Match Special

Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott: "It was a very depressing day, and it started with the captain - he padded up playing no shot. It was a total misjudgement.

"England were never in the contest from the first half-hour, when Australia just blew them away. I think Australia will try and get another 120 in the morning and then stick England in after lunch."

Former England captain Michael Vaughan: "England's brand of cricket has to change, they have to be more aggressive and pick players to play that brand. You shouldn't judge teams on home conditions - they doctored the wickets at home.

"Alastair Cook is the right man to lead England forward, but he has a long way to go. He has stood up as a leader on this tour, but needs to be more proactive in the middle."

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And finally...

Former Australia Prime Minister Bob Hawke downed a pint of beer in one, cheered on by hundreds of Richie Benaud lookalikes.

The supporters, adorned in grey wigs, beige suits and clutching inflatable microphones, turned their backs on play to witness their 84-year-old former leader guzzle the lager in a matter of seconds. Can you imagine John Major doing that at The Oval?

Bob Hawke

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