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Dean Wilson

Australia "Broadsided" by England

13 August 2013 37

Cricket Correspondent for the UK's Daily Mirror newspaper Dean Wilson says the Australia dressing room must be shattered after being "Broadsided" in the fourth Ashes Test at Durham.

What on earth happened there?

That is the question every cricket dressing room asks when they've just been Broadsided.

There they are one minute happily cruising along, hitting the odd boundary and ticking the scoreboard over, and the next they are all out and have lost the game.


It is what players like Glenn McGrath, Curtly Ambrose and Wasim Akram used to specialise in.

They are sharks of the cricketing sea. They smell blood and they go in for the kill and if you support the team that is being mauled then it isn't very pretty at all.

For those on the right side of it, there are fewer better sporting sights.

On the fourth day of the fourth Test sometime after 4pm, Stuart Broad smelt blood and Australia stood virtually no chance as he took 6-20 in 45 balls and killed them off.

It was Tim Bresnan who made the first incision. With Australia chasing 299 and 168-2 there was nothing for Australia to worry about, other than whether they could get the champagne to chill quickly enough.

They were in control. David Warner, the bad boy of Australian cricket was doing his reformed character bit by scoring runs with the bat.

He was showing everyone what they had missed in the first two matches of the series. Here was the X-Factor that the Baggy Greens had been missing.

And then he was gone. Edged behind for 71 as Bresnan found some life out of the pitch.

Broad knew it was his moment. His perfect moment, just like in 2009 at the Oval.

He roared in and produced an incredible ball to dismiss Michael Clarke and right there and then Durham became a true Ashes venue.

The crowd were lifted, the noise levels went up and Broad quickened his stride and the pace of his bowling.

This was a gladiator in full flow. This was his arena and he loved it. He was ready to play to the crowd and boy did he give them something to cheer.

The man who has already been cast as the pantomime villain for the return leg Down Under thanks to his abrasive nature and refusal to walk for a massive edge earlier in the series, lives for moments like this.

It is raw, brutal and confrontational cricket, and when he gets going there is little batsmen can do to stop him.

Steve Smith, gone dragging a hook onto his stumps.

Brad Haddin, gone, lbw to one that jagged back.

Ryan Harris, gone, lbw to another that would have flattened the stumps had it not been for his pads.

Nathan Lyon, gone, bowled neck and crop

Peter Siddle, gone, caught at mid off by James Anderson.

Game over. England win by 74 runs.

It really was something to behold, and there wasn't a lot Australia could do.

Michael Clarke said afterwards that he and his batsmen need to get back in the nets to be able to play better and score more runs.

I'm sorry Pup, but you could spend the next eight days in the nets and if Broad gets on a roll like this at the Oval those throw downs will have counted for nothing.

His 11-121 was his best career figures and at 3-0 with one left England can now do something they have never done before and win an Ashes series 4-0.

How Australia pick themselves up after this is anyone's guess, but they will try and they will fight and they will give another good account of themselves.

But right now it seems that every move they make they just get cut off by England somehow.

The truth of it is, England are the better team. They have more match-winners and when they pressure really comes on they are able to withstand it that bit better.

That was the hypothesis most of us had before the series began and the experiment so far is proving it to be right.

By the end of the series at the Oval, the conclusion is most likely to be the same.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia.

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia.
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