England comprehensively beat Australia at the Adelaide Oval, the last six wickets falling for just 43 runs as Graeme Swann predictably ran through the tail but not without the assistance of Anderson and Finn. It's not often one side so completely dominates another over the course of five days of Test cricket, but here, England anhilated the Australias in every facet of the game. Clearly England's batsmen were not bothered at any stage by an Australian attack that is still in the process of being chopped and changed by the selectors. England's bowling attack by comparison, took the wickets when they were needed and after the first 15 minutes of the match, they had England steered on course to a win. It was in the field however, where England stand taller still against these Australians who drop catches and fumble and look like novices.
This morning, everything about England's work was as professional as their preparation deserves it to be. There was no panic when the ball beat the bat, just tight field placings, patience and then excellent catching when the chances came. Hussey was out when he misjudged the pace and bounce Finn could achieve on a fifth wicket and skied a pull shot to Anderson at mid on. Haddin played one fine cover drive but after having several Anderson deliveries shave his outside edge, he eventually tickled one to Prior. Harris repeated his first innings effort, out first ball shouldering arms to one Anderson bent back at him. North was out on review when a ball from Swann hit his first pad marginally ahead of his bat. He surely can't play in the next Tex on his home ground. Swann was in the words of Fred Trueman, was too good for the likes of Doherty and Siddle and the game was over.
The last ghosts who to chill the English were here in Adelaide but Strauss' men have thrown open the dark places and let the light in and those same chasten ghosts will leave in the "coffins" of the Australian players.
Changes will need to be made by Australia, not the least because Katich is out for the summer. The others who must leave the squad are North, Doherty and Bollinger as none of them are up for this fight. Bollinger might return in Sydney but as yest he is under done. Doherty has been found out by batsmen who have his measure to such an extent that the only threat he posses are to his close in fieldsmen. He can neither attack or contain.
This Session: England
Sessions this Test: England 9, Australia 1, Shared 1
Session This Series: England 15, Australia 7, Shared 4