GREG BAUM The emerging lesson of Michael Clarke's career is that every country has its price.
CHLOE SALTAU Clarke and Brad Haddin are looking more and more like the leaders who could bring back the Ashes after demoralising the tourists.
DEAN JONES Do batsmen still have the appetite to go 'big' when they get the chance?
MALCOLM KNOX The single-mindedness of Michael Clarke's pursuit of the Ashes was evident in his innings.
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JIM PAVLIDIS It's a shame the Poms forgot to show up for the first Test.
MALCOLM KNOX At the Adelaide Oval, corporate sponsors can pay to frolic on the outfield during tea breaks. This feels like a violation, and it seems unnecessary for a sport in sound financial health to be pimping its sacred ground. But then again, looking at some of those wearing England caps yesterday, the playing surface is open to just about anyone. At least the suits taking their selfies looked excited to be there.
Chris Barrett and Chloe Saltau Mitchell Johnson and Australia aren't the only ones doing handstands in Adelaide. Cricket Australia has had to remind its deep-pocketed corporate guests of the standards of etiquette required when they are led on to the ground at the tea break each day for a guided tour on the playing surface. Dozens of suited-up types have been stampeding on the newly laid Adelaide Oval during the afternoon break in play as part of the $900-per-head top-of-the-line ''First XI'' hospitality package offered by CA. Not everyone is a fan of allowing the playing surface of a Test match to be invaded for the sake of another revenue stream. And the exercise was made to look pretty inappropriate when one bloke used his chance to walk on the playground of Bradman by doing handstands out there. The sight of others in the middle waving and showing off wasn't a great look, either. You might think this kind of thing
CHRIS BARRETT England's shambolic showing in Adelaide has been slammed by former players, with Geoffrey Boycott declaring the Ashes ''gone'' and Michael Vaughan forecasting a 5-0 annihilation by Michael Clarke's team.
Geoff Lawson The Australian batting recovery on day two of the Adelaide Test came as a lingering, pleasant surprise to home supporters, a facial fish-slapping to England and a relief to the curator.
Tom Decent Exciting young talent Jordan Silk will have a homecoming of sorts when he pads up for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League.
DANIEL LANE No point to prove, no rage fuelling an inferno in his belly, no wound unhealed, Doug Bollinger has instead attributed his resurgence as a pace ace to old-fashioned enjoyment rather than any old anger at being dumped from Test cricket three years ago when he was dismissed as unfit.
CHRIS BARRETT England's shambolic showing at the Adelaide Oval slammed by former players.
Geoff Lawson Despite all the conjecture about the Adelaide Oval, things have worked out well for Australia.
PETER HANLON A son opening for Australia and buying their own oval made it a bumper year for the Rogers family.
DANIEL LANE Paceman extols the virtues of hard work, enjoyment and laying off the grog.
Victoria beats Tasmania by seven wickets in the one-day clash at Junction Oval.
MALCOLM KNOX Not so long ago, England beat Australia 3-0 - but how the tables have turned, and quickly.
JESSE HOGAN Gloveman Chris Hartley has earned selectors' praise - if not a place in the national squad.
CHLOE SALTAU Australia plays on Kevin Pietersen's ego and England star falls into trap.
CHLOE SALTAU Mitchell Johnson ensures that the second Test will not go England's way.
Chris Barrett, Adelaide Australia want hapless England to ''keep cooking'' in the field on Sunday.
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GREG BAUM Single- and left-handedly, Mitch Johnson has turned this Ashes series upside down.
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CHLOE SALTAU 8:21pm Terrifying pace demon Mitchell Johnson was on a hat-trick twice as the speedster claimed 7-40 to bowl England out for 172 on day three of the second Ashes Test.
PETER HANLON Henry Blofeld's commentaries are all grace and humour, writes Peter Hanlon.
Chris Barrett, Chloe Saltau Sadly absent in Adelaide are Channel Nine commentary icons Richie Benaud, Tony Greig and Bill Lawry, but a new book written by the late Greig's son tells of one of their finest - or not so fine - moments as a trio in the City of Churches. Mark Greig's family memoir, Tony Greig: Love, War and Cricket, describes a previously untold tale about an evening the three spent at a charity dinner at a restaurant called Ferrett's Place, run by former World Series Cricket manager Graham Ferrett, during the Adelaide Test against New Zealand in the summer of 1987/88.
CHRIS BARRETT In the minutes after Australia completed a huge win over England in the first Test at the Gabba, Brad Haddin's three young kids joined him on the ground.
MALCOLM KNOX When Michael Clarke clashed with James Anderson in the long shadows of the Gabba, a widely asked question was why he would bother. The game was as good as over. If not for Nathan Lyon's errant elbow, the game would already have been over. The end was minutes away. Why, in those circumstances, would a captain lose his cool?
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