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The Ashes continues to go badly for our brave boys out in Oz. Not content with punishing our tendency to collapse when in a great position with the bat, now Australia are making light work of our bowlers, even when they’re bowling extremely well. It’s so very depressing, even more so when you have to stay up all night if you want to watch it.

Mike Hussey and Brad Haddin put up an incredible stand of 307 against some very good England bowling, in particular from James Anderson and Stuart Broad. It’s the biggest Test Partnership that Australia have put together at the Gabba, beating the 276 made by Sir Donald Bradman and Lindsay Hassett 64 years ago. It doesn’t exactly make for heartening reading, but fast bowler Steve Finn, who took six wickets for 125 runs, says there’s nothing to worry about.

‘To say that there is a gulf in class is grossly wrong because I think we have played some good cricket and I think we have played some hard cricket,’ he said. ‘Test cricket ebbs and flows. That's the nature of the game.

‘We felt as though we bowled very well and that we were unlucky. They played very well, rode their luck and survived the tough times. I thought they played extremely well. Australia are on top at the moment, but the way we have played our cricket over the past 18 months will stand us in good stead and that dog fight will come out.’

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