The British media and former cricketers has reacted with a mixture of frustration and awe at veteran Australian Brad Haddin`s remarkable ability to rescue his team, which is evident in the ongoing Ashes.
If Steve Smith was at all irritated by spending the press conference after hitting his third test century on Friday talking almost exclusively about his Australian team mate Brad Haddin, he hid it very well.
Destructive paceman Mitchell Johnson has set the scene for a tetchy final Ashes Test by claiming on Wednesday that England`s batsmen are deliberately backing away from fast bowlers as an unsettling tactic.
Veteran Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris has revealed that he has asked team coach Darren Lehmann to let him `finish the job` on England instead of being rested in the fifth and final Ashes Test in Sydney.
Indian skipper MS Dhoni on Friday lamented the failure of batsmen to get runs on the board and of the fact that the team was not performing well as a unit during crucial junctures. He was also critical of the bowlers saying that inability to break partnerships was one of the reasons for the loss.
Free-flowing praise continue to splash Michael Clarke for his unselfish declaration against India in the Sydney Test, with Matthew Hayden saying that the Australian skipper is a "grown up" player now after going through a lot of changes in his personality.
Indian batsman Virat Kohli, who was fined half of his match fee on Thursday for responding to barracking from the crowd by gesturing at them with his middle finger on day two of the second Test, had received support from legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan.
With India heading towards their sixth consecutive overseas Test defeat, veteran batsman Rahul Dravid said his team has quality batsmen but they need some inspiration to fightback and save the second Test.
Indian batsman Virat Kohli was fined half of his match fee on Thursday for responding to barracking from the crowd by gesturing at them with his middle finger on day two of the second Test against Australia.
Former Australia skipper Mark Taylor heaped praise on current captain Michael Clarke for putting the team`s interest ahead of his personal ambition by deciding not to chase the world record individual score in the second cricket Test against India.