Greg Baum It is hard to think of a recent Test match with more riding on it for Australia than this one, resuming the Ashes contest. Defeat, frankly, would be calamitous for the sport here.
Greg Baum The impossible Australia had accomplished immediately, in Brisbane and Adelaide. Disconcertingly, the miracle took a little longer.
Greg Baum Mitch Johnson took five more wickets, but this time was unable in advance to spare Australia's batting blushes on another tortuously slow day at the MCG.
Greg Baum In chess, there are 20 possible first moves. The number of possible moves after that - the number of places where a game might go - has been put at 10 the power of 120.
Greg Baum The record shows Australia's Test captain is as mighty as Moses.
Greg Baum Adelaide Oval on Monday was like a Murray River camping ground in mid-summer.
Greg Baum The first Western sailors to find Sri Lanka called it the Isle of Serendipity. Serendipity is the faculty for making happy discoveries by accident.
Greg Baum Sri Lanka was rudely manhandled back to the beginning, suffering at Australia's hands its third heaviest defeat in Test cricket.
Greg Baum From this hazy distance, it is hard to say whether or not the antbed Chennai pitch spooked the Australians in India. But it certainly spooked Australians in Australia.
Greg Baum Abysmal result demonstrates that Australia has lost control of its own cricket destiny.
Greg Baum The Outright Foundation is trying to promote Test cricket, the form of the game without short cuts.