Ashes 2013/14 podcast: Fifth Test, day two
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Last Updated: 04/01/14 10:25am
After reducing Australia to 97-5 on day one - then letting them off the hook - the hosts fell apart and were reduced to 23-5 before Ben Stokes (47) staged a partial recovery. Even so, their final total was the team's fifth score of under 200 in the series.
Australia eased to 140-4 before the close to extend their lead to 311 and all but ensure that they will complete a whitewash well inside the five days.
As ever, our pundits are on hand to share their views and reflections on all the action and discuss the biggest talking points - on and off the field!
With five former England captains in the commentary box - Nasser Hussain, Andrew Strauss, Mike Atherton, Sir Ian Botham and David Gower - not to mention the enigma that is Bumble, there's plenty of chat to catch up on.
On today's podcast...
Nass and Athers reflect on England's latest batting calamity and agree that the batsmen - not Graham Gooch or Andy Flower - must take the blame.
Nass pays tribute to Australia's fantastic bowling display on a helpful pitch but admits that the confidence of England's senior players looks shot.
Despite that, he still thinks Andy Flower is the right man to guide the next generation of England players - so long as he's got the mental strength and energy to do it
Meanwhile, Athers reflects on Australia's "irresistible cricket" and how they've executed their bowling plans against Alastair Cook. He also explains why England will regret not picking Monty Panesar.
Plus, Ian Ward catches up with England batting coach Graham Gooch and Nass explains his fear of heights after being sent sky-high on the KFC crane bar.
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