What the papers say: Foul language and all…

Australia

The Sydney Morning Herald are in awe of England's golden goose, while the potty-mouth of The Guardian want to know "at what precise moment did Australia f**k itself up?"

<b>Stuart Broad, of course, is at the fore of the praise – with the Sydney Morning Herald's Malcolm Knox pretty impressed by the under-performing James Anderson's sidekick:</b> 'When England won the first Test match a month ago, the perceived weakness in their bowling was its over-dependence on James Anderson. Since then, Anderson has taken just seven wickets at 52 apiece, but England have won the series comfortably. Their bowling strength has been deep and, well, broad. Stuart Broad is no doubt looking forward to coming to Australia this year, and we can only wish him a safe tour. Australian crowds will enjoy having him. Antagonistic he may be, obnoxious even, stretching the laws to their limits, but the last thing the nation will unanimously vote for is to have Broad banned.

'Whatever else can, will and must be said about Broad and his demeanour, he is an impact bowler of the highest calibre. Like others of that kind, he can spend long periods bowling dreck, as a Test career average of 32 and strike rate of 62 suggest. This summer, he has mostly caused more threat to resolutions about fair play than to the Australian batsman. He has spent more time than the third umpire slowing the game down. But when thrown the ball and asked to win a Test match, he has the knack. Is there anything a captain values more?'

<b>The Telgraph's Scyld Berry, too, is entirely impressed by Broad – and is quick to point out how national captains around the world are becoming the bowler's veritable bunnies:</b> 'Stuart Broad is a big game hunter. Not only is he big, and game, and a hunter, he also hunts big game – and it was the wicket of Australia's captain, Michael Clarke, that brought out the best and most predatory bowling of Broad's career to consummate England's summer. Clarke is the batsman that Broad has dismissed most often, along with the South African AB de Villiers, almost as illustrious. Of the 212 Test wickets he has taken, at 30 runs each, Broad has dismissed Clarke seven times.

'To hunt down his prime target, Broad had switched to the Lumley Castle end to have the benefit of the strong cross wind, as he said after sealing this series. In Broad's first over after the drinks break, when Australia were still on course, he produced the perfect ball: it shaped away past Clarke's bat and hit the top of off stump. Clarke's broken wicket was a sight to inflame the hunter. Having bagged the leader of the herd, Broad ran amok and put the rest of the herd to flight, dragging his victims down one by one. In the morning Broad had been given a vicious bouncer by Ryan Harris that he had fended from his face. He dished out a few bouncers in return, but mainly he hit a length fuller than his norm and maximised the seam movement at his fastest pace. Broad has been on a roll before, but this was still a gripping spectacle for its ruthlessness.'

<b>Lest we forget the contribution of Graham Onions' nemesis, writes Lawrence Booth in the Daily Mail, with Tim Bresnan's removal of David Warner accounted for quite delightfully:</b> 'For much of this match the general wisdom was that England's third-best seamer was Graham Onions. And he wasn't even playing. The contention was aimed at Tim Bresnan, who is used to being taken for granted in a 21-Test career over four years that has included a few days in the sun and many more in the shadows. On Monday, as Bresnan joined forces with Stuart Broad to run through Australia's paperweight batting, the critics – including Shane Warne in the Sky commentary box – went quiet. With Australia 168 for two in pursuit of 299 to gain a foothold in the series, and Jimmy Anderson on the brink of exhaustion after four Tests in which wear and tear seem finally to be catching up with him, England needed a hero. More to the point, they needed a wicket. And so Alastair Cook replaced Graeme Swann with Bresnan, whose fourth ball duly zipped across David Warner, took the outside edge and nestled in the gloves of Matt Prior.

'Warner had eased his way to 71 – nothing less than a pearler, it seemed, was going to remove him, and Bresnan had produced precisely that. It was the wicket that broke the kangaroo's back. So while a six-wicket haul went to Broad, the procession would not have been possible without Bresnan. One writer has described him as having the 'air of a man with an emergency cheese sandwich in his pocket'. Bresnan is not a man to be measured by stats, but his 10 wickets in three Tests this series have come at under 30, and he has averaged 25 with the bat – including three knocks as nightwatchman. It is not a glamorous job but Bresnan is not a glamorous cricketer. England wouldn't have it any other way.'

<b>Aaron Timms, writing for The Guardian, is rather graphic and sarcastic in his deconstruction of Australia's collapse – foul language and all:</b> 'Steven Smith mistiming a pull onto his stumps, Watto storming down the crease in search of another overrule that would never come, the clouds holding off and Stuart Broad dancing in the sunshine: to adapt a line from the Peruvian novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, at what precise moment did Australia f**k itself up? It was already clear that Australia do not know how to win Test matches.

'But on the evidence of Durham, they are becoming extremely skilled at devising more and more interesting ways to lose them. Australia's defeats up to this point in the Ashes had come courtesy of top order batting collapses; here we conjured a middle order collapse instead. Thanks for keeping it fresh, boys.

<b>John Townsend, via a touching interview with Chris Rogers' parents in The Independent, found some consolation in the form of the bespectacled left-hander:</b> 'A nation rose and fell with every ebb and flow of torment as Chris Rogers endured his first-innings ordeal. He survived 196 dot balls, numerous play and misses, a couple of hairline DRS adventures and a dropped catch on the way to his maiden Test century. Australians of all persuasions were absorbed and drained by his fighting innings, an effort that was the reverse of the coin supplied by the joyous and unaffected Ashton Agar in the team's first outing at Trent Bridge all those weeks ago. Yet of all the tens of thousands of his compatriots who were compelled to follow every delivery, two Australians rode each ball as though it was the most significant thing in their lives. To John and Ros Rogers, parents of Chris and cricket people to the bone, their son's Test elevation at the age of 35 was as much a relief as it was a delight.

'And they were as drained as anyone watching when he finally reached that most elusive of centuries. "We had sat frozen for over six hours despite thermal singlet, shirt, jacket and a state of nerves," John Rogers said, "so dynamic was Broad's bowling and the threat of Swann. Chris reaching 50 was as anti-climactic as I've seen – a single from a dropped catch. Through the 60s it was a single every second over, then

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