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Monday, December 09, 2013

England self destruct in less than an hour to go 2 down: Ashes T2D5

Australia 9/570 dec & 3/132 dec beat England 172 & 312 (101.4 ov, Root 87, Prior 69/102b/12x4,Pietersen 53, Siddle 4/57, Harris 3/54) by 218 runs: T2/5 D5/5 at Adelaide Oval. Australia lead Ashes series 2-0 with 3 matches to play.

It rained early in the morning, but only delayed the start of play by 10 minutes. Stuart Broad threw his wicket away at the outset with a hoick (presumably intended to be a hook), Matt Prior went down with all guns blazing, and the rest surrendered feebly to some honest Australian bowling. 

I was hoping to see some evidence of Joe Root style iron in the soul, but Prior aside, and even he 
played as if there was no tomorrow (or second session), it seemed as if England had already conceded the match before play began. 

After the end of the match Alistair Cook made some bland statements, but but he looked  rattled. He will need to pull himself and his team together pronto before hostilities resume in Perth in 3 days. 

 I was wide of the mark in predicting a draw on the new Adelaide Oval wicket, but when England's poor record at the WACA is coupled with its current disarray, it's hard to foresee any result other than a third, Ashes regaining, victory. 

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