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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 June, 2005, 22:00 GMT 23:00 UK
Jonathan Agnew column
Jonathan Agnew
By Jonathan Agnew
BBC cricket correspondent

Australia's supporters can take great heart from this victory because, one or two wayward deliveries aside, this was a return to business as usual.

Even the fielding, which has been ragged since they arrived, was back to its aggressive best.

And this time, having fought their way into a winning position, they did not let their grip slip.

The return of Brett Lee made a telling difference to their bowling attack. Firing away at 90mph, he also swung the white ball into the left-handed openers, Marcus Trescothick and Andrew Strauss, making scoring virtually impossible.

Having Brett Lee back was a major bonus for the Aussies
Having Brett Lee back was a major bonus for the Aussies

More worrying, though, was the manner in which Strauss appeared to be technically deficient in dealing with it.

The Australians will take note because both Lee and Michael Kasprowicz swing the new ball, and at least one of them will play in the first Test.

There was another rather ominous portent at the other end, too, where Glenn McGrath had Trescothick in all sorts of trouble.

McGrath has already stated publically that he will not have many problems dealing with him, and he ruthlessly exposed Trescothick's lack of footwork.

There was a lovely moment when Trescothick played and missed at a ball that moved away off the seam. McGrath's very obvious knowing smile said it all: "I'll see you in the Test series, mate!"

And, a McGrath over later, Trescothick edged a catch to the wicket-keeper for a tortuous 15-ball duck.

England's decision to put Australia in to bat was also flawed.

Nobody in their right mind chooses to bat in the evening under lights.

Trescothick said the light would not deteriorate markedly, but as soon as the sun went behind a cloud, it made batting awkward. England should have batted first, using the best of the conditions, rather than leave things to chance.

It might not have made any difference to the outcome.

Australia's pride has been damaged in the last 10 days - their defeat to Bangladesh hurt enormously - but they have now regrouped.

Ricky Ponting's team means business, of that we can be sure.


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