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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Another one sided day as England grind Australia into dust: T5 D4 .

Australia 280 & 7/213 (67 ov) need 152 more runs to make England 644 (117.5 ov, A Cook 189, M Prior 118, I Bell 115, A Strauss 60, M Johnson 4/168, B Hilfenhaus 3/121) bat again. T5 D4 at SCG.

Australia's agony continued as first England piled on the runs to move past 600, Matt Prior continuing to make merry before he virtually threw his wicket away for 118/130b (1x6, 11x4), after whic the last pair took the total to 644, the highest ever made by England in Australia.

Australia's reply began promisingly before an appallingly inept piece of running saw Shane Watson again run out. 1/46 descended to 7/213 as, yet again, most of the batters got a start but couldn't build on it. Once again the superbly drilled England pace bowlers extracted a lot more life from the pitch and variation from the ball than their Australian opposite numbers had done.

What more can I say? A lot, but not just now thank you.

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