Sydney - Australia's
humiliating batting collapse against England which saw the team all out
for 60 before lunch was Friday acknowledged as a "horror show" and
prompted a call for skipper Michael Clarke to retire.
were demolished in just 111 balls on the first day at Trent Bridge on
Thursday in the shortest completed first innings in Test history, all
but smashing hopes of an Ashes victory for the tourists.
cricket has spiralled into crisis after arguably the darkest day in
Ashes history, as England took an extraordinary 214-run lead heading
into day two," declared Brisbane's Courier Mail.
specialist batsmen were destroyed by England's bowling in the fourth
Ashes Test, with Stuart Broad taking eight wickets for just 15 runs. The
home side's Joe Root then followed with a stunning 124 not out.
lunch, Australia had already been Broadsided. By stumps their Ashes
campaign was all but Rooted," said the Courier Mail online.
"Not since Australia stuttered to 58 in 1936 have they suffered a worse Ashes collapse."
Ben Horne from Sydney's Daily Telegraph said Australian cricket now "faces a mass cleanout".
"This is as bad as it gets, in the only series Australians genuinely care about," Horne added.
Sydney Morning Herald described the wipe-out - in which extras
accounted for the most runs on the Australian scoreboard with 14 - as
"a first day that will live in infamy".
The paper said the entire
first innings fitted within the 140 characters of a single Tweet and
noted that skipper Clarke's eight-minute post-play press conference
lasted as long as his first three batsmen did at the crease.
who last week insisted he would keep playing after this Ashes series,
made only 10 runs in the lamentable innings, prompting Herald columnist
Peter FitzSimons to call on him to quit.
"After a debacle like
this - all out for 60; Australia humiliated to historical proportions;
the Ashes lost; dead lucky to push the English into the third day; and
reduced to doing a victory lap if we win so much as the toss before the
fifth Test - someone has to pay the piper," he wrote.
34-year-old Clarke's record, FitzSimons said Australia cannot keep
selecting a player who doesn't score runs and it was clear that "Pup",
as Clarke is known, was now an "Old Dog who has no new tricks".
it's over. You've been an extraordinary player, the best of your
generation. You've been a great servant of the game in general, and
Australian cricket in particular.
"But ... it's over."
Australian newspaper called the innings a "Trent Bridge horror show",
with cricket writer Peter Lalor saying while Broad was assisted by the
wicket, the Australian batsmen showed "no patience or intelligence".
dismal performance was at least accepted with good humour by foreign
minister Julie Bishop, who was questioned on what could be done for the
team after the humiliation.
"I'm not sure that there's anything
more that I can do but just cheer them on," Bishop said on Channel
Seven's Sunrise programme.
"We do have great expectations of our
cricket team but I think we should let them come home, I really do. I
think we should let them come home and face the music here."
condemnation in the Australian press contrasted with the jubilation of
the English newspapers, many of which ran photos of Broad on their front
"Throw another wimp on the barbie," ran the headline in
The Sun tabloid, while the Daily Mirror ran with "Stupendous" and the
Daily Mail declared it the "Best Day Ever".
"When it comes to the
first day of an Ashes Test match, that was as good as it gets," wrote
England great Ian Botham in the Daily Mirror.