Ashes delight

England’s superb form in the Ashes continued last night, with the start of the second test at The Oval in Adelaide. England bowled Australia all out for only 245 in a blitz of bowling that you just don’t see England do Down Under, causing meltdown among cricket commentators and joy among England fans.

James Anderson and Graeme Swann were the stars of the show, taking six wickets between them and embarrassing the Aussie bowlers. Even Ricky Ponting was out first ball. It was delicious stuff, and well worth the strange sleep patterns that we’re developing.

‘We'll take that,’ Swann said afterwards. ‘We got the best possible start with two wickets in the first over and three within three overs. We'll take 245 all out any day. To get Ricky Ponting first ball is good enough but Clarke as well, plus the run-out, was a dream start.

‘It's a flat pitch, it didn't really spin, so my job is to tie one end down and I was pretty happy with the way I did that. Two wickets were the icing on the cake really.

‘Hussey smashed me all over the place last week. You get these mini-battles and Hussey is one of mine - he's a mate of mine, he's a great batsman, but I enjoy it more when he's on his way off. He's a very good player of spin and he's hit a purple patch at the right time for him - we need to knock him out of that out as soon as possible.

‘It's a very good pitch so we'll be looking to bat as big as we can, hopefully that will be enough and we can then leave ourselves two or three days to win the Test.’

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