In the end, it all happened rather quickly, and the Australians stormed to the win which had seemed theirs for the having at the end of the first two days’ play, needing less than two hours of the fifth and final day to remove six England batters and record a convincing-looking victory by 120 runs.
How is it possible for a group of elite professional athletes to forget so much in such a short time? Michael Jacobs ponders the imponderables as the Adelaide Test hangs in the balance.
Two days into the Ashes Test at Adelaide Oval, it is already virtually impossible for England to win, writes Michael Jacobs.
There is an eagerness about the place to proclaim the renaissance of the Australian Test cricket team, but the truth is that it is too early to tell – and the mad scheduling of the Australian cricket season ensures that we will never know.
Test cricket, with its ebbs and flows, its rewards for patience and resilience, has re-asserted itself at Adelaide Oval, in an odd mixture of the normal and the strange.
The Federal Government is willfully misrepresenting the role of the Human Rights Commission in an attempt to undermine a public institution, writes Michael Jacobs.