What Australian media are saying about the Ashes

Melbourne: Kevin Pietersen`s dismissal of Michael Clarke with the final ball on day four left Australia on the ropes on 238-4 going into the final day`s play in the second Test at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday.

Here is a sample of the Australian media`s reaction to the state of play.

"Supporters are not sanguine. It`s been a long time since as many of them spent as much time scanning the heavens or examining meteorology reports online. Better than anything else, that summed up the state of play. Australia is down and almost out" - Peter Roebuck, the Age.

"Aussies showed a lot of character today !!! Well done boys ... Tomorrow = Draw...." - Shane Warne, Twitter.

"Burn the bails. Australia showed fight and grit and determination but the truth of the matter is that England can still retain the urn before Christmas ... Forget the weather. It can never be relied upon. There are confidence problems, form issues, batting dramas, bowling concerns, fielding woes and selection troubles for Australia. Apart from that, all is well," Will Swanton, Daily Telegraph.

"The pressure on Australia is immense but it is also building up on England. They have gone for two decades without winning a Test in Australia.

"History is a ball and chain they must somehow discard, but they are having trouble cutting the cord. Andrew Strauss` decision to bat on yesterday morning was a sign of a conservative heart." - Robert Craddock, Herald Sun.

"The modern version of The Invincibles, who won a record 16 successive Tests under Steve Waugh`s captaincy then did it again with Ponting as skipper, have become The Terribles. Just like in the mid 80s, suddenly smirking Poms are trotting out that tired old line: can`t bat, can`t bowl, can`t field." - Malcolm Conn, The Australian.

"Anychance (sic) the Aussie press can say how well England are playing rather than how bad the Aussies are please... Cheers" - former England captain Michael Vaughan, Twitter.

Bureau Report