Australia’s bowlers destroyed England’s top order as they claimed a comprehensive victory within four days at the Gabba. Mitchell Johnson ended the match with figures of 9-103 as England appeared unable to deal with his pace and bounce.
This didn’t appear likely at all after England dominated day 1, with Stuart Broad taking 6-81 as England dismissed the hosts for just 295, a Brad Haddin century being the saviour for the Aussies as they recovered from 132-6.
Mitchell Johnson also scored 64 as Australia pulled themselves back into the game, and he then had an outstanding performance with the ball too, taking 4-61 in the first innings.
There was no standout performance for England with the bat, Michael Carberry top scored with 40 as the Australian pace-spin combination of Johnson and Lyon tore through the line-up with ease in just 53 overs.
Ryan Harris also took 3 wickets, showing he was back to the form he was in before the suffered his back injury in the summer in England.
Australia had the game in the bag at this point, and their job was pretty simple in all honesty, all they had to do was go out and score on one of the best batting pitches around, and apart from the early loss of Chris Rogers, out for 16 for a second disappointing score in the match, Australia looked untroubled.
David Warner cruised to 124 and Michael Clarke to 113 as Australia score 401-7 before declaring to leave England a near-impossible target of 561, 425 more than their meagre first innings effort.
Brad Haddin also reached 50 for the second time in the match as England’s bowlers toiled in the Brisbane sun, with Jimmy Anderson failing to take a wicket.
England’s second innings was only marginally less embarrassing than the first. Carberry was dismissed for an 18-ball duck, and Trott went for 9, although his departure from the tour now with a “long-term stress-related problem” might go some way to explaining that.
Captain Alastair Cook top scored with 65 as England’s middle order all made starts, but they all failed to build on them, with nobody else scoring more than Ian Bell’s 32.
There was a moment of controversy when last batsman James Anderson came to the crease, with Australian captain Michael Clarke telling him to “get ready for a broken f***ing arm” as he prepared to face his first ball.
He didn’t put up much resistance, as the game was lost long before then, and he only lasted 21 balls, scoring just 2 to leave the Aussies celebrating and England wondering what changes need to be made for the second test.