We look back on the third day of the second Ashes Test
It was Australia's day, no doubt about that. And Mitchell Johnson was the star turn again.
By Rob Lancaster
Last Updated: 07/12/13 10:57am
Now, though, it turns out that it might not have been the Gabba pitch that was causing them all the issues in the Ashes opener. Mitchell Johnson once again ran riot through their middle order on day three, putting Australia in pole position to double their series lead.
His speed and aggression saw England skittled for 172, a paltry total in reply to the home side's 570-9 declared.
Michael Clarke decided to delay the agony a little longer by not enforcing the follow-on, and despite an early wobble the hosts closed on 132-3, meaning a monumental lead of 530.
We take a look back on the action with a range of opinion, analysis and video.
Stand and fight
Ian Bell was England's obvious candidate to come out and speak to the media after the close of play, and the elegant right-hander was just as cool, calm and collected in front of the cameras as he had been in the middle during his 106-ball knock of 72 earlier. There was little way to dress up a third straight batting collapse during the series, with Bell acknowledging that as a collective group it was time for the tourists to be counted with the bat in hand. He said: "Obviously Mitchell Johnson has bowled very well in this series, give him credit for that, and as a unit they have bowled well, but as an England team we haven't done anything close to what we are capable of doing."
Moving on up?
It may be tough to pick anything positive out of a total of 172, but the half-centuries from Michael Carberry and Bell did provide some crumbs of comfort. Opener Carberry played well for his 60 before falling to a stunning catch by David Warner, while Bell was calmness personified as all hell broke loose around him. The Warwickshire batsman's unbeaten 72 again raised questions about his position in the order. Shane Warne and Nasser Hussain both suggested the tourists should shift their in-form player up the order to no 3, a role he previously filled on the 2006/07 Ashes tour. Nas was particularly scathing on the performance of England's batsmen, branding it a "total disaster".
There was no doubting who took the man of the day honour on Saturday in Adelaide - Mitchell Johnson was simply outstanding. Many said his performance in Brisbane was down to the bounce in the Gabba track, and that he would not be able to do the same kind of damage on a much slower, lower surface. Yet you doubt an in-form Mitchell at your peril. The left-armer showed the value of being able to bowl seriously quick, roughing up the middle and lower order to dramatic effect. It means he now has 16 wickets in three innings in the series, with his scalps coming at an average of under nine apiece. No wonder he's loathed to get rid of that Movember moustache, he doesn't want to end up being a modern-day Sampson, does he?
Having been on the wrong end of Ashes defeats both home and away, few of the Australia team should be more determined to get the better of England than Brad Haddin. Yet the experienced wicketkeeper-batsman nearly never returned to the sport after taking a break to look after his young daughter, Mia, who had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma, a form of cancer. Ever the fighter, Haddin's response to the news of the diagnosis was to "get on with it". Mia's battle gave the New South Welshman a new perspective on cricket, and he promised to only return if he could give it 100 percent. Having had to bide his time for another chance at international level, Haddin is now a firm fixture back in Australia's line-up and has started the summer with centuries in the first two Tests.