5. Mitchell Johnson to Alastair Cook 2013-14 Ashes, second Test at Adelaide Oval
The carnage that Mitchell Johnson exacted on England at Adelaide Oval began on the evening of Day 2. The thunderbolt that dismissed Alastair Cook was unplayable. The ball hinted that it was going to swing in, but then it seamed away, crashing into Cook’s off stump at 148.4 kilometres an hour.
4. Josh Hazlewood to Jos Butler 2019 Ashes, fourth Test at Old Trafford
England was putting in a strong rearguard defence led by Jos Butler, who instinctively is an aggressive batsman. He was on 34 runs off 110 balls. But his staunch defence ended up being his downfall. Josh Hazlewood got one to reverse, and Butler shouldered arms as it crashed into his off stump.
3. James Anderson to Michael Clarke 2013 Ashes, first Test at Trent Bridge
James Anderson dismissed Michael Clarke nine times during their encounters. On this occasion it was one of his best. The ball pitched on middle, which drew Michael Clarke into the shot. The ball then left him fractionally beating his bat and clipping the top of off stump. Michael Clarke had to walk off with a zero next to his name.
2. Patrick Cummins to Joe Root 2019 Ashes fourth Test at Old Trafford
A brilliant innings by Steve Smith and a quick cameo by captain Tim Paine set up a bold declaration with light closing in. The ball was in the hands of the right man, Patrick Cummins. First he removed Rory Burns, caught off a leading edge. Captain Joe Root then strode out to face the music. It was the worst delivery to receive first up. Beating the bat, it cannoned into off stump. The breakthrough sent the Aussies into raptures.
1. Ryan Harris to Alastair Cook 2013-14 Ashes, third Test at the WACA
Australia had battered England, capped off by George Bailey hitting Anderson for 28 runs of an over. Australia declared. Ryan Harris had the ball in his hand. The very first ball of the innings seamed away and beat Alastair Cook all ends up. It clipped the off bail. It was the perfect delivery.
Having vied with Steve Smith for the title of Australia’s best bat since his whirlwind 2019 Ashes series heroics, Marnus Labuschagne was an option for many to take on the vice-captaincy role in the Test team following Pat Cummins’ elevation to the captaincy.
Former England captain Nasser Hussain says the tourists can’t risk a slow start to the Ashes next week and need to throw Ben Stokes straight into the fray. Meanwhile, Marnus Labuschagne talks about his cricket ‘obsession’, and Warnie’s at it again, with Nathan Lyon in the cross hairs, in this edition of Ashes Scout.
A groundswell of support for Jhye Richardson – spurred earlier in the week by Shane Warne – prompted another former Australian bowler to remind everyone of Mitchell Starc’s value to the side. Who would you pick?
Tim Paine is out of the Ashes and he may not play Test cricket again after taking an indefinite break. While it’s a loss to the Australian team the notion that Paine is great based on averages or even a better batsman than Ian Healy is misplaced.