Little anger and few screaming headlines greeted the news from Trent Bridge that Australia had succumbed to Alastair Cook’s England after just 39 minutes of play on day three of the fourth Ashes Test.
That had all come 48 hours earlier, after the tourists’ insipid first session, which made inevitable their hosts’ 3-1 series win with a game to spare.
Instead, understandably, the focus of front and back pages across Australia was largely centred on Michael Clarke’s post-match announcement that he will retire from Test cricket at the end of this series.
Still, a resigned Peter Lalor at The Australian made comment on the brief period of play on Saturday, pronouncing the loss of Nathan Lyon’s wicket before lunch on the third day “the final low” in a “damp-squib Ashes campaign”.
“There was no twist,” wrote Fairfax’s Greg Baum. “England had been very good at Edgbaston and even better at Trent Bridge.”
The Sydney Morning Herald, aping the Sporting Times’ famous 1882 mock obituary, declared Australian cricket dead (though it will need to rise again, messiah-like, for the fifth test on 20 August).
Beaten comprehensively, the reaction on Twitter from current and former Australian players was magnanimous.
Whatever ire was left after Friday was directed at Australian coach Darren Lehmann, who was on the receiving end of criticism over a tweet fishing for tickets to see Stoke City play Liverpool in the opening round of the Premier League season.
In came the replies:
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