Ashes 2013: Australia wins the second Test
Australia's bowlers put the England team out of its misery in Adelaide on Monday, winning the Test match by 218 runs.PT1M0S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2z114 620 349 December 9, 2013
Michael Clarke may not be publicly entertaining the thought of a 5-0 defeat, but Glenn McGrath's prediction of an Ashes whitewash is all of a sudden holding water.
The fast bowling great was quick to react to Australia's 218-run win in Adelaide on Monday, tweeting afterwards: ''Another great win by the Aussies … here comes 5-0!!!!''
It's not the first time McGrath has forecast a whitewash against England. Yet after two enormous wins in the first two Tests, and a steamy Perth on the horizon, a repeat of the 2006-07 thrashing is appearing a serious possibility.
Mitchell Johnson and Michael Clarke speak to the media after the Test ended. Photo: Getty Images
The TAB slashed the odds of a 5-0 Australian win from $21 to $5.50 after being as long as $81 before the series.
A 4-0 or 5-0 series win would propel Australia from fifth to third in the ICC Test rankings - leapfrogging Alastair Cook's team along the way.
Clarke, who along with Cook will play his 100th Test at the WACA, did not want to discuss a possible whitewash on Monday.
Australia takes 2-0 Ashes lead
Long road back. After being thrashed twice, England must regroup in little time, for a Test in Perth. Photo: Getty Images
''Our feet are well and truly cemented on the ground,'' Clarke said.
Australia's previously lousy record this year and midyear turmoil make the turning of the tables on England more remarkable.
''In our opinion it's not a fluke that we've won the first two Test matches,'' Clarke said. ''This just hasn't been a five-second turnaround. It's the hard work that we've put in.
''I think we've prioritised and been very realistic with where we sit as a team and don't accept being ranked fifth in Test cricket.''
Infused by a surge of self-belief, coach Darren Lehmann pinpointed as the turning point the Australians' defeat in the second Test against England in July, when they were smashed by 347 runs.
''I think we started to turn around after Lord's,'' said Lehmann, who is collecting plenty of deserved credit for his role in Australia's rise from mediocrity.
''It helps when you win. We probably should have won one or two Test matches [in England]. Once you start to win it makes it easier for guys to understand where they're going.''
Mitchell Johnson was not even in the touring party to England in the winter, but with 17 wickets in two matches he has left the visitors with few answers to his pace.
Lehmann has sympathy for what England's batsmen are facing.
''When a bowler is bowling at 150km/h it's not easy,'' Lehmann said.
''When I was playing, 150km/h would get me out every time. I wasn't a very courageous player. It's a simple fact of life, it's tough work.
''We've just got to keep doing what we're doing now, don't change too much. We adapted really well from Brisbane to here, now we go back the other way. [Johnson] has been impressive, he's confident. Our challenge is to keep him going and bowling that way.''
Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott slammed the performance of the tourists' batsmen.
Australia (1st Innings)
C ROGERS c Prior b Swann 72
D WARNER c Carberry b Broad 29
S WATSON c and b Anderson 51
M CLARKE c Anderson b Stokes 148
S SMITH b Panesar 6
G BAILEY c Swann b Broad 53
B HADDIN c Prior b Broad 118
M JOHNSON c Broad b Swann 5
P SIDDLE c Prior b Stokes 2
R HARRIS not out 55
N LYON not out 17
Sundries (8b, 1lb, 1w, 4nb) 14
Total (9 wkts - decl) 570
Fall of wickets: 34 (Warner), 155 (Watson), 155 (Rogers), 174 (Smith), 257 (Bailey), 457 (Clarke), 474 (Johnson), 483 (Siddle), 529 (Haddin)
Bowling: J Anderson 30-10-85-1 (1nb), S Broad 30-3-98-3 (1w), G Swann 36-4-151-2, M Panesar 44-7-157-1, B Stokes 18-2-70-2 (3nb)
England (1st Innings)
A COOK b Johnson 3
M CARBERRY c Warner b Watson 60
J ROOT c Rogers b Lyon 15
K PIETERSEN c Bailey b Siddle 4
I BELL not out 72
B STOKES lbw b Johnson 1
M PRIOR c Haddin b Johnson 0
S BROAD b Johnson 0
G SWANN c Clarke b Johnson 7
J ANDERSON b Johnson 0
M PANESAR b Johnson 2
Sundries (3lb, 2w, 3nb) 8
Fall of wickets: 9 (Cook), 57 (Root), 66 (Pietersen), 111 (Carberry), 117 (Stokes), 117 (Prior), 117 (Broad), 135 (Swann), 135 (Anderson), 172 (Panesar)
Bowling: M Johnson 17.2-8-40-7 (1w 2nb), R Harris 14-8-31-0, N Lyon 20-5-64-1, P Siddle 14-4-34-1 (1w 1nb), S Watson 3-3-0-1
Australia (2nd Innings)
C ROGERS c Prior b Anderson 2
D WARNER not out 83
S WATSON c Carberry b Anderson 0
M CLARKE b Panesar 22
S SMITH not out 23
Sundries (1b, 1lb) 2
Total (3 wkts - decl) 132
Fall of wickets: 4 (Rogers), 4 (Watson), 65 (Clarke)
Bowling: J Anderson 7-1-19-2, S Broad 6-0-19-0, G Swann 9-3-31-0, B Stokes 7-3-20-0, M Panesar 10-0-41-1
England (2nd Innings)
A COOK c Harris b Johnson 1
M CARBERRY c Lyon b Siddle 14
J ROOT c Haddin b Lyon 87
K PIETERSEN b Siddle 53
I BELL c Johnson b Smith 6
B STOKES c Clarke b Harris 28
M PRIOR c Harris b Siddle 69
S BROAD c Lyon b Siddle 29
G SWANN c Clarke b Harris 6
J ANDERSON not out 13
M PANESAR c Rogers b Harris 0
Sundries (1lb, 4w, 1nb) 6
Fall of wickets: 1 (Cook), 20 (Carberry), 131 (Pietersen), 143 (Bell), 171 (Root), 210 (Stokes), 255 (Broad), 293 (Swann), 301 (Prior), 312 (Panesar)
Bowling: R Harris 19.4-3-54-3 (2w 1nb), M Johnson 24-8-73-1 (2w), P Siddle 19-4-57-4, N Lyon 26-7-78-1, S Watson 6-3-6-0, S Smith 7-0-43-1
Result: Australia won by 218 runs
Man of the Match: Mitchell Johnson
Series: Australia leads five-Test series 2-0