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The Ashes 2010-11 Test 2 in Adelaide: England humiliate the Aussies

Source: Cricinfo.com

After starting the 2nd Test with a bang on Day 1, England never gave Australia even a sniff of a chance and eventually completed a comprehensive innings and 71 run victory to give themselves a fantastic chance of retaining the Ashes. Playing almost a perfect test match, England romped home to take a crucial 1-0 lead in the series, while Australia looked, quite honestly, way below par. Infact, this is Australia’s 1st innings defeat at home, since 1993 defeat to West Indies at WACA.

After dismissing Australia for a paltry 245 in the first innings, England went about their task in a very professional manner. Despite losing captain Strauss early, England made sure there was no opening for Australia as Cook (148) and Trott (78) took the score to 176/2. Then came Kevin Pietersen, who was long overdue a big score. And he chose the perfect occasion to show his class, his pedigree as he scored a blistering career best 227 of just 308 balls to virtually bat Australia out of the match. Pietersen and Cook had taken England to a position of strength at 351/3 and it was all about making Aussies run for leather thereafter. England eventually declared at 620/5 in 152 overs, a run rate of 4.07 runs per over.

This meant a lead of 375 runs and with 2 days to play, England were in the drivers seat to press for victory. And even though Watson (57), Katich (43), Clarke (80) and Hussey (52) showed some resistance on Day 4, it was all England on Day 5 as they wrapped up the match quickly before lunch itself. Graeme Swan was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 5 for 91. He is arguably the best spinner playing test cricket today. His consistency has been one of the reasons for England’s recent rise in test cricket.

One must also not forget the vital contribution of James Anderson (4 wickets in 1st innings and 2 in 2nd). He was too hot to handle for many a Australian batsman and with Finn and Broad lending good support, the England attack always looked like taking wickets.

Thus, it was complete team performances from England and Australia have all the running to do in the series from now on. But really, what else Australia has in store for England? Even a new look bowling attack in this test match didn’t make any difference. So really, it is all up to the Aussies to raise their level of play and somehow stop this England team from running away with this Ashes. England are in red hot form and it would take something truly exceptional from Aussies to regain the Ashes this time around.

The 3rd test starts December 16 at WACA, Perth and England will miss Stuart Broad for the rest of the series, as he is out with an injury. Australia would like to think that this could just be the beginning of the turnaround in their fortunes. As the things stand at the moment, it looks like England’s Ashes. But, you write off the Aussies at your own peril. So watch out for some high octane drama in the remaining tests…

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