Greg Baum So, what's the next number out in Ashes lotto?
Greg Baum With typical candour, much-studied all-rounder Shane Watson has admitted that he deserved to be dropped from the Test team after the first Ashes Test in Cardiff.
Greg Baum Although few were watching Michael Clarke's net session at Trent Bridge, everyone was on his case, and Clarke could not help but intuit it.
Greg Baum In the breakfast bars of Birmingham on Saturday morning, everyone was baffled. The Australians were baffled to have lost, and so badly.
Greg Baum As the last ball of this compressed Test match was bowled, Australian captain Michael Clarke was stationed at mid-off, far from his usual second slip cockpit.
Greg Baum Suddenly, Lord's seems so long ago, Cardiff almost another era. Hell, Wednesday seems a distant memory, categorised merely as bad.
Greg Baum Here was the English pitch both sides said they had been looking for. Here was an archetypal English day, all murk and muck and brollies periodically and sweaters from first ball to last.
Greg Baum Striding briskly across the forecourt at Edgbaston with Cricket Australia team performance manager Pat Howard, Brad Haddin quipped that they were off to sort out his retirement.
Greg Baum Dominated in the first Test, domineering in the second, Australia enters the third as a curious mixture of invincibility and mortality.
Greg Baum What would an England series be without conversations on the elemental and the elements? Tony Greig, his key and his weather wall were no more sadly missed than now.
Greg Baum An 'absolutely conflicted' Jason Gillespie thrills to Australian success and to the task of putting England cricketers back together again as coach of Yorkshire.
Greg Baum One by one, they faded away into the ever-present Scottish mizzle, three Australians who might have thought this was their day to win the British Open.
Greg Baum England began the day in a huddle and finished it in a heap. Australia started with Chris Rogers' dizzy spell and ended it with a giddying win.
Greg Baum Mitchell Marsh did what an all-rounder should as Australia continued their inevitable march to dominance in the second Test.
Greg Baum By manipulating the figures in a particular way, it can be demonstrated that Michael Clarke has averaged less even than Shane Watson in a given recent period, and Steve Smith averaged more than...
Greg Baum Like the Labor party and the mafia, the greatest threat to Australia this day was from within.
Greg Baum So it comes to pass that Australia enters the Lord's Test with none of Shane Watson, Brad Haddin and Ryan Harris in the team. This was not in their blueprint. It wasn't even in the emergency plan.
Greg Baum In 2015, as in 1997, Australia are out to start the first Test again. In '97 Australia were unexpectedly thrashed inside four days in the first Ashes rubber at Edgbaston.
Greg Baum This is a time for separating Brad Haddin the man from Haddin the cricketer, but respecting them both. The man is dealing with a family problem that would break the strongest heart.
Greg Baum So there was 22-year-old Michael Dimattina, standing at the picket gate beside the Lord's sightscreen.