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07/12/2010 09:38:00


Got home from work at about 11pm last night and decided to stay up to watch the first few overs of the final day of the Second Test in the hope of seeing a wicket or two. In the event, I got to see all six remaining Australian wickets tumble as England wrapped up an emphatic victory by an innings and 71 runs.

I can't recall ever seeing an England side play so well. In 2005 and 2009, we edged a tight series but during the last two days in Brisbane and throughout this Test match we have dominated Australia. All 11 players are on form and contributing.

Australia are now in a precarious position. They can't afford to lose any of the remaining three Tests and, based on the evidence that we have seen so far, they don't have an attack that can take 20 wickets on typical flat Australian wickets so they may have to take a risk and prepare some greener tracks. I hope we don't go into our shell and try to protect our lead. There is an opportunity here to inflict the kind of humiliating series defeat that we suffered time and time again at the hands of Warne, McGrath and co.

Finally, spare a thought for Stuart Broad (and Simon Katich), who picked up injuries in this match and will miss the rest of the series.

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