Aus­tralians em­bar­rassed by Ashes ‘dark­est day’ in cricket

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Aus­tralia’s hu­mil­i­at­ing bat­ting col­lapse against Eng­land which saw the team all out for 60 be­fore lunch was Fri­day ac­knowl­edged as a “hor­ror show” and prompted a call for skip­per Michael Clarke to re­tire.

Aus­tralia were de­mol­ished in just 111 balls on the first day at Trent Bridge on Thurs­day in the short­est com­pleted first in­nings in Test history, all but smash­ing hopes of an Ashes vic­tory for the tourists.

“Aus­tralian cricket has spi­raled into cri­sis af­ter ar­guably the dark­est day in Ashes history, as Eng­land took an ex­tra­or­di­nary 214-run lead head­ing into day two,” de­clared Bris­bane’s Courier Mail.

Aus­tralia’s spe­cial­ist bats­men were de­stroyed by Eng­land’s bowl­ing in the fourth Ashes Test, with Stu­art Broad tak­ing eight wick­ets for just 15 runs. The home side’s Joe Root then fol­lowed with a stun­ning 124 not out.

“Be­fore lunch, Aus­tralia had al- ready been Broad­sided. By stumps their Ashes cam­paign was all but Rooted,” said the Courier Mail online.

“Not since Aus­tralia stut­tered to 58 in 1936 have they suf­fered a worse Ashes col­lapse.”

Ben Horne from Syd­ney’s Daily Tele­graph said Aus­tralian cricket now “faces a mass cleanout.”

“This is as bad as it gets, in the only se­ries Aus­tralians gen­uinely care about,” Horne added.

The Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald de­scribed the wipe-out — in which ex­tras ac­counted for the most runs on the Aus­tralian score­board with 14 — as “a first day that will live in in­famy.”

The pa­per said the en­tire first in­nings fit­ted within the 140 char­ac­ters of a sin­gle Tweet and noted that skip­per Clarke’s eight-minute post-play press con­fer­ence lasted as long as his first three bats­men did at the crease.

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