England newspapers hail their cricketing heroes
Newspapers in England were overjoyed today after their cricketers trounced Australia in the second Ashes Test, saying victory in the series was within touching distance.cricket Updated: Dec 08, 2010 10:53 IST
Newspapers in England were overjoyed on Wednesday after their cricketers trounced Australia in the second Ashes Test, saying victory in the series was within touching distance.
"Australia simply cracked," gloated one headline, while others declared "Aussies on their knees" and "England are masters now."
Commentators urged England to take advantage of their emphatic triumph -- they beat Australia by an innings and 71 runs at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday -- and push ahead to retain the Ashes.
"Australia are in turmoil, so go for the jugular," said the Daily Mail. "Don't take a step back. It's England's time now."
And the Independent urged: "The Ashes are there for the taking."
England's win gave them a 1-0 lead in the series over Australia, and it was the country's first Test victory in Adelaide since 1995.
Australia now must win two of the remaining three Tests to overhaul England and win back the Ashes they lost last year, while England are in line to win an Ashes series in Australia for the first time since 1986-87.
England's superb all round performance was praised to the rafters, while commentators did not pull their punches when laying into the Aussies' woeful showing.
"England outplayed Australia in just about every department of the game," noted The Times, adding: "It was as complete a performance as I have seen from an England side."
The Daily Mail heaped scorn on the Australians, calling them a "laughing stock" who "can't bat, can't field, can't bowl."
Others saw the victory as a watershed which could herald a fundamental shift in world cricket, with Australia's dominance of the game under threat from a resurgent England.
"Australia as a great cricketing power are unravelling before our eyes," said the Daily Mail.
But for many England fans, noted some commentators, it was just a relief their team did not screw it up.
"England supporters steeped in history wondered gloomily, as they walked to the ground on the final day, exactly how England would contrive to mess it up from here," said The Times.