Australia have England on the ropes after two days the day-night Test at Adelaide Oval, but Monday Memories is reliving a famous clash at the venue when the Poms put themselves in a strong early position – only to crumble to an incredible loss.
Attempting to bounce back from a heavy first-Test defeat at the Gabba, England amassed 6/551 declared in the first innings in Adelaide with Paul Collingwood (206) and Kevin Pietersen (158) sharing in a mammoth 310-run partnership – the biggest fourth-wicket stand in an Ashes Test since Bradman and Ponsford at The Oval 72 years earlier.
Australia responded in kind, however, reaching 513 all out with captain Ricky Ponting (142) and Michael Clarke (124) the key contributors.
An England loss seemed incongruous when they began Day 5 leading by 97 runs with nine wickets in hand, but Shane Warne’s sizzling 4/49 and some outstanding pace bowling from Brett Lee (2/35) and Glenn McGrath (2/15) saw the tourists slump from 1/69 to 129 all out.
Needing 168 for victory in the final session, the Aussies peeled the target off in just 32.5 overs as player of the match Ponting (49 off 65 balls) and Michael Hussey (61* off 66) transitioned into one-day mode.
The match was hailed as one of the greatest in Test history, but hapless England had unquestionably played the fall-guy role after posting the fourth-highest innings total in a losing effort (now sixth-highest).
And it only got worse for England, capitulating to an emphatic 5-0 cleansweep to surrender the Ashes.