This is the only You Tube clip I can find, and you can probably expect Sky to get this taken down by the end of the day. Either way, here's Michael Beer, chopping onto his own stumps off Chris Tremlett to hand England a series victory and a 3-1 home defeat for the Aussies for the first time since Viv Richards and the Windies took them apart in 1988-89.
Here are some other stats. The Adelaide Test was the first time Australia had lost by an innings at home for exactly 100 Tests, when Curtly Ambrose put it up them in 1993. I can't find an instance of them losing three Tests at home by more than an innings. Except for this one, obviously, which begs the question - are you Scotland in disguise? Mind you, England will have a long way to go to break the record for their heaviest defeat of Australia - apparently an innings and 579 runs at The Oval in August 1938. Really!?!?
One more stat, and possibly my favourite given the good grace Punter Ponting has conducted himself with throughout the series: Aussie tailender Peter Siddle finished the series with a better average than either of his captains - Ponting or Michael Clarke. As Michael Vaughan put it on Test Match Special: "What do you call a world class Australian cricketer? Retired."
Victory is sweet, but when it comes to the Aussies, the gloating is sweeter.
You have to love this video. It's a manky rip off the TV, but because it was an HD TV, the guy has posted it with the HD label on You Tube. Good hands.
Taking a slash
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