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  • Australia end the England cricket tour with a 12 match victory at Sydney

    Posted on February 2, 2014 by Selby

    The England tour of Australia ended in another overwhelming defeat as the Hosts finished off the Twenty20 international series in the same way as the recent Test series with an 84 run lead at the Olympic Stadium Sydney in front of a crowd of 47000 - another whitewash 3-0

    Signed Cricket Memorabilia is now available for the tour including good examples autographed cricket bats, tour itineraries, signed press photographs, scorecards and autographs. The signed cricket bats are particularly worthwhile as they are full size not the usual miniature size. Though I have to say myself that this is tour best forgotten!!!

    George Bailey the Aussie Captain, who chose to bat, led the way with 49 runs off 20 deliveries which included 3 6s, Bailey scored 26 runs off Jade Dernbach in the last over, making it look easy, taking Australia to 195/6, he was awarded Player of the match for his performance

    Ben Cutting, in his 3rdT20 knocked the ball all round the ground before being caught and bowled by Joe Root for 29 off 16 balls.

    Stuart Broad led the bowling with 3/30 with the Australians run rate at 9.75 runs per over whilst Joe Root, was notable taking a splendid  diving catch to dismiss Cutting for 29,which was rather cancelled out by Ravi Bopara dropping Wade early in his early innings, he went on to finish the match adding 56 runs.

    Without Michael Lumb the new opening pair Luke Wright and Alex Hales did not impress Wright caught at square leg for 8 runs and Hales caught on the deep offside by Muirhead off Coulter Nile for 6.

    Irishman Eoin Morgan coming in at number 5 with a required 171 runs off 15 overs made his mark with a handy 34 runs off 20 balls including 2 encouraging 6s however the beleaguered tourists survived just 18 overs before they were all out for 111 runs, averaging just 6.75 runs per over

    The final tally for the tour which started last October 31st with a warm up at WACA Perth is 13 matches won 1, lost 12

    Cricket signings will continue over the weekend with the emphasis on Australia memorabilia

    Tony Selby

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  • Australia v England at the Adelaide Oval - how fitting that it actually was "Australia day"

    Posted on January 27, 2014 by Selby

    It was "Australia Day" yesterday,  How fitting and unsurprising that the Aussies celebrated  with a win at the Adelaide Oval

    England chasing a 218 target  fell short of the mark by 5 runs when they were dismissed for 212  with just 2 deliveries remaining - The hosts totally dominated the One Day International series by 4 matches to 1, as they did  during the  Test series which culminated in only the 3rd, 5-0 whitewash in more than 130 years of Ashes Test cricket   (1920-21 and 2006-07)

    Cricket memorabilia is available for the complete ODI and Test series with the emphasis on signed cricket bats, tour paraphenalia , signed scorecards and autographed photographs

    Michael Clarke elected to bat which was probably in retrospect a mistake as most of his low to middle order batsmen made little impression. George Bailey played well with a top score of 56 off 74 balls before being caught by Ben Stokes (3/43) off Stuart Broad (3/31), the two leading bowlers.
    With a target of just 218 runs to make a much needed second consecutive win, England appeared to the favourites but were soon in trouble at 29/2, Joe Root put on 55 with a contribution of 39 from Ireland's Eoin Morgan, however it wasn't to be, the five tailenders went for a combined total of 29 runs

    Clint McKay 3/36 and Nathan  Coulter - Nile 3/34 led the bowling averages leaving the hosts with their 9th International win of the tour. Faulkner was awarded "man of the match"Aaron Finch was nominated "man of the series" having contributed two centuries

    Australia are now Number 1 in the One Day International rankings displacing India

    Cricket memorabilia will be in demand from the forthcoming Twenty20 series staring on the 29/1/14 in Hobart, 2 days later at the MGC Melbourne finishing on Feb 2nd in Sydney, maybe this will give the tourists a chance to show their mettle!!!

    Tony Selby


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  • England beat Australia by 57 runs an overdue victory ending a long long losing streak

    Posted on January 25, 2014 by Selby

    Mainly thanks to Ben Stokes (70 off the bat and 4/39) England have managed to win a match down under thus avoiding  their worst ever run of losses in International cricket, the tourists thankfully eventually secured  a 57-run win  in the 4th ODI in Perth.

    Cricket memorabilia has been available since the team arriving in Australia for the winter tour on October 25th, in demand are signed cricket bats, tour itineraries, autographs and scorecards

    England scored 316/8 in their 50 over innings bowling out the hosts for 259 runs after 48 stimulating overs, the downside is that leaves Australia with a 3-1  lead in the match series. and only one match left to play at the Adelaide Oval tomorrow before the start of the the 20/20 in Hobart on January 29th.

    Cricket Collectables will be holding memorabilia signings throughout the tour and hope for more positive results in the next three matches culminating at Sydney on Feb 2nd

    Tony Selby







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  • PERTH: Australia's women's cricket team face an uphill battle

    Posted on January 15, 2014 by Selby

    PERTH: Australia's women's cricket team face an uphill battle to win back the Ashes after suffering a 61-run Test loss to England at the WACA Ground.

    Chasing 185 for victory, Australia were in big trouble at 5-57 entering the fourth and final day.

    A 44-run partnership between Ellyse Perry (31) and Sarah Elliott (29) breathed life into the Southern Stars' run chase as they moved to 5-99.

    England celebrate after taking the wicket of Australia's Sarah Coyte during day four of the Women's Ashes Test at the WACA Ground in Perth.England celebrate after taking the wicket of Australia's Sarah Coyte during day four of the Women's Ashes Test at the WACA Ground in Perth. Photo: Getty Images

    But Perry's dismissal sparked a collapse of 3-7 as Australia were bowled out for 123 shortly before lunch.

    The Test win gave England six points in the multi-format series, which also features three one-dayers and three Twenty20s.

    With each one-dayer and T20 match only worth two points, Australia need to win five of the remaining six matches to regain the urn.

    That will be a tough task against an England side now brimming with confidence following their early success on enemy territory.

    But the visitors will need to find an answer to star Australian allrounder Perry, who was the clear standout during the one-off Test.

    Perry took 3-41 and 5-38 with the ball, and scored 71 and 31 with the bat to give the Stars a sniff of victory.

    England speedster Anya Shrubsole was the hero on the final day, snaring three wickets, including the key scalp of Perry, to put the Stars to the sword.

    Kate Cross took three wickets late on Sunday to put England on track for victory, with Katherine Brunt wrapping up the triumph when she clean bowled Elliott.

    Tony Selby

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  • Cricket Collectables occasionally have Movie Star autographs

    Posted on January 11, 2014 by Selby

    It's rarer than a Faberge egg (there's 61 of those).

    It's rarer than a Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder LWB (50 were made).

    And incredibly, it's even rarer than Shakespeare's signature (just six of those exist).

    The brand new stock item I'm going to show you today is… rare.

    But SO WHAT you say? Cold days in July are pretty rare, and last time I checked, nobody wanted one of those.

    Not so fast. Let me explain.

    Sex on the brain

    This item is from one of the most famous literary names of the 20th century.

    People all over the world know his work.

    This Englishman created one of the most loved film heroes of all time. A hero who is instantly recognisable today.

    And, as an upcoming BBC series will demonstrate, this man was every bit as intriguing, exciting and rakish as his creation.

    "No one I have ever known had sex so much on the brain," said a former girlfriend.

    But what does this mean for you?

    When you have this incredible heritage asset in your possession, you have an item to pass down the generations. An item your friends envy. An item that gives you tremendous pride to own. An item that places you in a very, very select group of high-end collectors.

    You can say to yourself: 'This man is a literary legend, it's almost impossible to obtain these pieces - yet I own one.'

    What am I talking about?


    Ian Fleming signed photo

    Your chance to own one of just five Ian Fleming signed photos

    A fully authenticated Ian Fleming signed photo. One of just five in existence.

    Fleming, the creator of James Bond.

    James Bond: 25 films and counting - every new release sparks global pandemonium. The theme tune, the girls, the one-liners, the absurd killing devices.

    It's Ian Fleming we have to thank.

    Fleming was his own inspiration for James Bond. Fleming established a secret commando unit in WWII, he enjoyed affairs with a string of women in high society, he had unending self-confidence.

    Where will you display it?

    The signed photo is an absolute beauty, and provides a terrific sense of Fleming's debonair character.

    Fleming's signature is crisp too. A real treat.

    And at 4.5 inches high, it makes a superb display piece.

    Its provenance is rock solid.

    It comes from the collection of a housekeeper for Britain's WWII counter propaganda team, where Fleming spent some time during the war.

    It's not in perfect condition. But at more than 50 years old, it's not going to be. Yet the slight rips and scuffs do nothing to hamper the overall impact of the piece.

    A growing market

    Yet there's one question you want to know. And that's how much, right?

    Consider this.

    → A Fleming-signed first edition of You Only Live Twice made $70,000 in 2011.

    → Fleming's original manuscript for Diamonds Are Forever auctioned at Sotheby's in 2012 for £97,250 ($158,000).

    → A gun used by Sean Connery in publicity photos for four Bond films sold for £277,250 ($437,501) in 2010.

    Collectors are clearly willing to fight hard for the leading Fleming and Bond pieces.

    So you might think one of just five Fleming signed photos is going to cost you, say, £30,000, £35,000, £40,000?


    Just £19,950 (approx. $32,900).

    £19,950 ($32,900) gets you an incredibly rare signature from one of literature's most famous names. Remember, Ian Fleming signed photos are rarer than Shakespeare's signature.

    And I want to make it even easier for you to own this piece: pay in 12 monthly instalments of £1,662.50 ($2,742) if you prefer. Learn more here

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  • Aussies cruise to eight-wicket win and take four-nil series lead good odds now for a whitewash

    Posted on December 29, 2013 by Selby


    Full scorecard here

    Australia’s fourth thumping win from as many Tests this summer has left England a broken, dispirited remnant of the team that arrived here two months ago with a swagger in their step and the Ashes in their keeping.

    What was supposed to be a challenging fourth-innings run chase on an MCG pitch that had proved tough to score at any sort of clip through the course of the match was achieved in a canter amid bright sunshine midway through a day dominated by Australia’s batting in general, and Chris Rogers’ in particular.

    Rogers became the sixth member of Australia’s top seven to post a century in this series, a feat managed by only one English batsman thus far – that being rookie all-rounder Ben Stokes who posted his in a lost cause en route to the surrender of the urn two weeks ago in Perth.

    Quick single: Rogers' post-match interview

    As it turned out, history presented a far greater obstacle to Australia’s aspiration for a five-nil whitewash than England’s lacklustre bowling, muddled tactics and inept fielding.

    After Rogers (116) and Shane Watson (85no) put together a match-defining second-wicket partnership of 136 from just 168 balls, Australia reached their target of 231 with eight wickets and four-and-a-half sessions in hand.

    The most remarkable element of a day that was effectively over after a lamentable opening hour from England was that Australia was able to score the fastest rate of the match – more than four runs per over – at a time when conditions and the game situation should have dictated it was tough.

    Watson, who played an assured hand in contrast to the belligerent century he blasted in Perth, secured the win when he flicked Monty Panesar to the square leg boundary an hour and a bit after lunch, by which stage the Melbourne Cricket Club had thrown open the gates to the public.

    Quick single: Watson highlights

    It was the highest successful fourth-innings chase at the historic ground since England managed 237 for the loss of just three wickets to win the 1962 Ashes Test.

    On that day, opener David Sheppard – who was to become an ordained minister and eventually Bishop of Liverpool – provided the Chris Rogers template by scoring 113.

    How England could have used some sort of divine providence today, as their hellish tour plumbed depths that will surely lead to a major revision of their playing stocks before their next Test engagement at home against Sri Lanka next June.

    Or even for the next Test on their calendar, against their current tormentors in Sydney starting next Friday.

    At the close of the third day’s play, both camps spoke about the need to show "intent" when the game was to be decided the following morning.

    If England intended to show intent, it didn’t take long for it to be translated into nothing more tangible than a hollow ‘best intention’

    And, shortly after that, a laughable ambition.

    There was clearly no intent when, with 10 wickets needed and two batsmen re-starting their innings against a ball just eight overs old, captain Alastair Cook opened with just a pair of slips and a gully fielder set so deep the Australians were assured a single when they dabbed behind point.

    The fact that Rogers and his partner David Warner were prepared to make good their threat of intent meant if the newish ball was to find the edge there was every chance their full-blooded strokes would carry to the sparsely populated slips cordon.

    Or to the wicketkeeper, as was the case in the fourth over of the morning when Rogers (on 19) was surprised by a ball from Stuart Broad that bounced higher than he expected and his reflexive prod yielded a discernible edge that flew shoulder-high to the left of new gloveman Jonny Bairstow.

    The very man who had revealed at the previous evening’s media conference that England was intent on showing intent.

    Sadly, that resolve did not extend to making every effort – or indeed any effort – to snaffle even the most difficult chance and Bairstow remained statue-like and watched the catch fly past him, leaving Cook to make a belated and ultimately futile attempt to arrest its journey.

    The captain could blame only himself two overs later when Warner presented him with an even more straightforward gift when he was on 22.

    There exists an enduring truism in cricket that if you want to gauge a player’s confidence and alertness levels, you only need observe them in the field.

    Using that prognosis, Cook should immediately book himself into one of those new-age wellness retreats for a mental detox and a course in spiritual rebirth.

    Watching his reaction as the regulation chance hit high on his hands even though he scarcely had to move from his preparatory crouch position and then spilled to the turf was to see a man at the lowest ebb of his professional life.

    He snatched at the ball as it lay mocking near his feet, jammed down his England cap as if trying to disappear beneath it and exhaled a curse as he battled to find somewhere to fix his gaze that wasn’t the bewildered bowler Ben Stokes.

    Or the giant video screens that played the moment over and over, to the delight of large sections of the crowd which had already grown to more than 38,000.

    Cook’s very public deflation then spread like a pandemic through his demoralised teammates.

    Heads dropped, hands arms were folded tightly across chests, small committees formed across the field and hosted whispered conversations that, even if they were benign, took on a conspiratorial appearance.

    The captain turned to his part-time spinner Joe Root ahead of the man purpose-chosen to fill that role, seemingly because he had the notional ability to turn the ball away from Australia’s pair of left-handed openers.

    But he persisted with Root even after Warner was dismissed for 25, feathering an attempted upper-cut so that Bairstow was left with no choice but to catch lest it thud into his breadbasket.

    Indeed, it was less than half an hour before the lunch break before Panesar was thrown the ball when the idea that he might somehow slow his team’s gallop towards a fourth straight defeat was clearly nonsense even allowing for a batting collapse of England-esque proportions.

    match report

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  • Great to see Pietersen score some runs even though he was dropped twice

    Posted on December 26, 2013 by Selby

    Kevin Pietersen produced a fighting knock on Boxing Day as England laboured to 226-6 after being put into bat by Australia in the fourth Ashes Test in front of a world record crowd of 91,092 at the MCG.

    A becalmed Pietersen made the most of being dropped twice to reach the close on 67 not out, his highest score of the series to date, after seeing several of his team-mates fail to kick on after making solid starts.

    Ian Bell was one of those to get out when well set; the Warwickshire batsman helped add 67 for the fourth wicket before becoming the second of two victims for the excellent Ryan Harris.

    Alastair Cook (27), Michael Carberry (38) and Joe Root (24) also gave it away when well set, meaning Australia's decision to stick their opponents in was just about vindicated.

    Home captain Michael Clarke had rather reluctantly decided to put his bowlers to work in the morning, a choice he admitted at the toss wasn't easy to make having batted first in convincing wins in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth.

    England - without the now retired Graeme Swann and the axed Matt Prior as they sought to win back some pride now the Ashes are out of their grasp - were perhaps grateful the option of what to do was taken out of their hands.

    Skipper Cook (27) helped put on 48 for the first wicket before falling in rather disappointing fashion, prodding indeterminately at a wide delivery from Peter Siddle to provide his opposite number with a simple catch at second slip.

    Opening partner Carberry could have gone too in the first session, Steve Smith unable to cling on to a tough chance diving to his right at third slip. He was also extremely fortunate to survive an lbw appeal when he padded up to a delivery from the excellent Ryan Harris.

    However the left-handed batsman did not learn his lesson, shouldering arms to Shane Watson in the afternoon and seeing his off stump pegged back. Once again he had fallen when seemingly well set.

    Root found life a lot tougher in his 88-ball knock; he suffered a nasty blow to the shoulder early on and played-and-missed at a number of deliveries, suggesting it was only a matter of time until he was caught behind the wicket.

    Sure enough, the Yorkshireman pushed forward outside off stump to edge Harris through to wicketkeeper Brad Haddin, leaving the score then at 106-3.

    Pietersen enjoyed his first reprieve not long after when on six, substitute Nathan Coulter-Nile catching a pull shot at long leg only to then step back over the boundary rope. George Bailey also put him down when he had 41 to his name, though his opportunity was a much tougher one at mid-wicket.

    Bell was not so fortunate when he nibbled outside off stump to Harris, providing a simple catch to Haddin just as the second new ball was looming large and the scoring rate was almost at a standstill.

    Ben Stokes (14) and Jonny Bairstow (10) both perished before stumps, the latter cleaned up on his return to Test cricket having been named as one of two changes to the XI that lost at the WACA, the other being the recall of Monty Panesar to win his 50th Test cap.

    Tim Bresnan, who finished up one not out, kept Pietersen company through to the close, meaning England survived the late onslaught but once again found themselves reeling on the ropes.

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    Tony Selby

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  • Monty Panesar Cricket Memorabilia looking good if he spins well at the MCG!!

    Posted on December 24, 2013 by Selby

    James Tredwell of England celebrates with Jos Buttler during the ICC Champions Trophy Semi-Final match between England and South Africa at The Kia Oval in June

    England call up Scott Borthwick & James Tredwell

    England have called Durham leg-spinner Scott Borthwick and Kent off-spinner James Tredwell into their Ashes squad following Graeme Swann's retirement.

    Borthwick, 23, could win his first Test cap on Boxing Day, though slow left-armer Monty Panesar is favourite to replace Swann for that game.

    Tredwell, 31, has one Test appearance and will not arrive in time to play.

    Two spinners are unlikely to play in Melbourne, but could feature in the fifth and final encounter in Sydney.

    England have already surrendered the Ashes after losing the first three Tests.

    Swann announced his shock retirement on Sunday after taking only seven wickets so far in the series.

    The 34-year-old former Nottinghamshire player is sixth on the list of England wicket-takers with 255 in 60 Tests.

    Tredwell  took 6-181 in his solitary Test match appearance, in Bangladesh three years ago, but has also played in 24 one-day internationals and seven Twenty20 internationals.

    He was travelling to Australia for the ODI series, starting on 12 January, and has moved his flight forward to join the Test squad.

    Borthwick & Tredwell in focus

    • Scott Borthwick
    • Age: 23
    • England and Durham
    • Tests: 0
    • ODIs: 2
    • T20s: 1
    • First-class matches: 59
    • Has 110 first-class wickets at an average of 31.29
    • James Tredwell
    • Age: 31
    • England and Kent
    • Tests: 1
    • ODIs: 24
    • T20s: 7
    • First-class matches: 140
    • Has 352 first-class wickets at an average of 35.75

    "I'm cover for that final Test in Sydney where it has been known to turn," said Tredwell. "The way I'm looking at it is potentially they may play two spinners."

    Tredwell said Swann's retirement had caught him by surprise but saw it as an opportunity to press his own claims.

    "It does open your eyes a little bit that obviously there may be some opportunities for some people along the way," he said. "Whether it's me or not, we'll wait and see. In a way, it's an exciting time."

    Borthwick,  meanwhile, has played for England just three times, twice in one-day internationals and once in Twenty20 cricket. All three appearances were in 2011.

    He is currently playing grade cricket in Australia and scored 1,000 runs last season to help Durham win the County Championship.

    In 59 first-class matches for Durham, Borthwick has taken 110 wickets at an average of 31.29, while Kent bowler Tredwell has 352 wickets from 140 outings at an average of 35.75.

    Essex spinner Panesar remains the most likely replacement for Swann for the final two matches of the series.

    The 31-year-old has played in 49 Tests for England, taking 166 wickets at 34.56 runs each, following his debut in India in 2006.

    He is confident he can raise his game, despite his own mediocre performance as second spinner in the second Test defeat in Adelaide.

    "I definitely feel ready coming into this Test," he said. "I'm really excited. The Boxing Day Test in Australia is a huge occasion and excites all of us."

    Play media

    England players back Swann - Panesar

    Panesar left the England squad temporarily at the weekend to bowl in a grade match in Sydney.

    He added: "Opportunities that come my way, I've got to grab them. I know my strengths as a bowler and try and make the most of the opportunity and be ready for it.

    "There are improvements I need to make in my game. As part of that, I've made a decision to play grade cricket after the Ashes because I want to improve."

    Former England captain Geoffrey Boycotthas backed Panesar to become England's main spin bowler, but Swann talked up Borthwick's credentials as he bowed out of the game.

    "I think Monty's going to come in and do a great job in this game coming up this week and whoever ends up taking the role full time will do a great job as well," said Swann.

    "Personally, I hope little Scotty Borthwick gets the chance before long. He's a leg-spinner, he's got a bit of X-factor and he can bat as well."

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  • England falter after good start

    Posted on December 15, 2013 by Selby

    Peter Siddle dismisses Kevin Pietersen

    Ashes 2013-14: England falter after good start


    Third Ashes Test, Perth (day two):
    Australia 385 v England 180-4
    Match scorecard

    England's grip on the Ashes slipped still further as Australia refused to relinquish control of the third Test in Perth.

    Setting out to overhaul Australia's first innings 385, they lost the key wickets of Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen in a dramatic three-over spell late in the day to close on 180-4, still 205 runs adrift.

    And with the Waca pitch showing sign of wear and Australia's attack offering a threat with both pace and spin, England face a struggle to achieve parity, let alone a position where they can push for more.

    Play media

    England still in the hunt - Carberry

    In contrast to the unhappy collapses in the first two Tests in Brisbane and Adelaide,the tourists' batsmen showed better application and discipline for much of another blisteringly hot day.

    Yet relentlessly tight bowling brought its reward as Australia chased the victory that would win them back the Ashes for the first time in seven years.

    England had prospered in the first half of the day until a significant chunk of those foundations came crashing down in the gripping exchanges that followed in an enthralling afternoon and evening.

    While much of the damage was done by Australia's probing five-man attack, there was also controversy in the pivotal moments.

    With the score on 90-1 10 minutes before tea, umpire Marais Erasmus initially gave Joe Root out caught behind off Shane Watson, and although the review requested by the batsman produced no clear evidence of an edge, third umpire Tony Hill decided that neither had he seen enough to overturn the decision, and Root was gone for four.

    Test Match Special analysis

    "This is England's opportunity to make sure they have learnt from the last two games. They just need to look to get close to this 385. If they could do that, they might just get that buzz in the dressing-room thinking they can win the game. They haven't had that in the first two Tests. They are in the game.

    "Pietersen deserves the criticism. He is a senior player and his five dismissals have not been good enough. With the level of performance we have seen from him, he is too good a player to be playing shots like he has in this series."

    The match and thus the series hung in the balance, and Cook reacted with characteristic determination even as Pietersen was forced to play with unusual defensiveness.

    The number four managed only three singles from the first 38 balls he faced - his slowest start in Test cricket - as Watson and Ryan Harris both found movement through the air and off the parched deck.

    Cook's second half-century of the series came up off 127 balls, but both batsmen were increasingly bogged down against the seamers, and when Nathan Lyon came on the tourniquet had its reward.

    Cook cut a short ball that bounced a little straight to David Warner at point to fall for 72, and when Pietersen survived an adrenalised battle with Mitchell Johnson only to slap a mistimed pull off Peter Siddle to the resting bowler at mid-on for 19, Australia celebrated as if the Ashes were won.

    It was the 10th time Siddle has dismissed Pietersen in Tests, and a sad waste of all that diligence against the higher-profile members of the attack.

    England had earlier cleaned up the remaining four Australian wickets for the addition of just 59 runs to their overnight 326, with Stuart Broad removing Johnson for 39 and James Anderson having centurion Steve Smith caught behind in the first 20 minutes.

    Play media

    The Analyst: Root's dismissal upheld

    Anderson also had Harris caught in the slips before the last-wicket pair of Nathan Lyon and Siddle added a frustrating 31.

    Cook and Michael Carberry then looked relatively serene as they compiled only England's second half-century opening partnership in 15 innings against Australia this calendar year.

    Smith missed the sharpest of chances full length to his left at third slip off Carberry but the pair continued to flourish after lunch until Carberry played on to Harris for 43, pulling away his bat too late after initially poking at a ball wide of off stump.

    It brought back memories of three years ago, when England progressed to 78-0 in their first innings here before Johnson and Harris ran through the team to leave them 187 all out.


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  • Australia to reach 161 without loss of 4th wicket- time to speculate 5/4

    Posted on December 7, 2013 by Selby

    With Australia on 132 for 3, great bet available can they reach 161 without losing the 4th wicket, with Warner on 83 and Smith on 23, looks a great chance -  I hope so 5/4 looks like easy money????

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