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Australia sunk like the Titanic

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Using the word Titanic to describe a cricketing calamity usually seems excessive. Not today, when Australia were out for their worst total batting first in an Ashes Test at the Adelaide Oval since the great liner perished.

William McMaster Murdoch may not have had warning of an iceberg en route, but Australia can scarcely claim to have had insufficient warning of the phenomenon that sunk them as James Anderson bowled similarly brilliantly in the second innings at Brisbane.

Mike Hussey hilariously suggested Anderson got "a bit of luck". From the guy who would have about 260 runs less if two nicks to second slip had travelled six inches further? To be fair to Hussey, he and Brad Haddin are shining like two polished gold pieces in a Christmas pudding; although Cowers heard a local use a separate brown substance as a metaphor which is probably more appropriate given the predicament Australia's batting has left them in.

The start was remarkable. When Jonathan Trott lined up his throw in his unathletic, gammy way, he looked as likely to knock over the one timber in view as blind Last of the Summer Wine stalwart Eli did the bullseye when hilariously taking aim at a darts board in each episode (a cultural reference which may be lost on anyone under the age of 75).

Stuart Broad was again unfortunate to pick up only one wicket. The Cow might have been mistaken, but Broad's look at Finn when Marcus North got out to him was akin to that of a spurned wife looking at her ex-husband's new squeeze - after he won the lottery. Finn made it up to him before the end of play by catching Doherty for Broad's lone wicket.

Adelaide is undoubtedly the best ground to watch cricket in Australia and not just for one who can appreciate the grass hills to graze.

Even for Australia fans down on their luck there was a man on acoustic guitar singing appropriate songs out the back to give a taste of the action to the five thousand or so who partied at the back on South Australia's social event of the year without watching the cricket.

There was Jackson Browne's 'Running on Empty' for Simon Katich, Christina Milian's 'So Deep, So Fast' for Ricky Ponting, Eric Carmen's 'All by Myself' for Brad Haddin then Lenny Kravitz's 'It aint over till it's over' to give false hope to the down-on-their-luck-locals.

Shot of the day: Shane Watson. A big six over wide long on from Graeme Swann who would only go for 52 more runs from 23 consecutive overs during his first spell.

Stat of the day: 133. Australia's lowest score when batting first in Adelaide, set in 1912.

Man of the day: Jimmy Anderson. "Do you feel you're an enforcer now?" an Aussie journalist asked Jimmy at the end of the day. "Not really?" Jimmy replied. Still, I reckon Gnome Langer will take back that "bit of a p****" comment now, eh?

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