So, England scored 517/1 – saving the test in style and grinding an average Australian attack into the dust. They did a whole lot more than just save the test, they exposed some fundamental weaknesses in the opposition. The Canary’s have problems that they have no choice but to fix.

This is probably the weakest Aussie attack in my lifetime. Siddle is good – and we shouldn’t forget the performance and hat-tick on day one – but he probably won’t last five tests, Hilfenhaus is an antipodean Hoggard that isn’t swinging the ball late enough or quick enough, Johnson could be awesome but appears to have a feeble mind at present. As for the spinner, I didn’t think they’d be able to find someone worse than Hauritz. Doherty has had a tough first test, he must be better than what he’s shown here.

England’s batsmen broke record after record in overhauling the Aussies first innings lead. Of most note (see piece in Sporting Life) was that Alastair Cook’s 235 not out was the highest score at the Gabba (beating Don Bradman’s long standing record) and the partnership between Cook and Jonathan Trott was the highest stand for any wicket at the Gabba.

Cook is like a man reborn this series. He could have missed out on this series. Had England played five bowlers he probably would have done.

Trott’s innings was superb too. He’s played two tests against the Aussies and has scored big hundreds on both occasions.

The overs England bowled at the end of day five showed that it was a very flat pitch, and the Aussie batsmen finished on an optimistic note, however, this shouldn’t take anything away from a terrific recovery from England in this.

Whether the Canary’s stick with this attack, or make changes, it will still be a threat this series, but England have laid down the gauntlet.

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