National selectors are forcing Phillip Hughes to be patient and the Test discard showed his native NSW on Monday he is more than adept at playing the waiting game by posting another Shield century.
Australia barely bowled a ball that the English batsmen needed to play, but they played at them all anyway.
Heading to his home ground, Mitch Johnson's best could still be to come
Bowlers are often shaking their fists at the cruelties of fate. #218 on the bowler's list of life's injustices is that there are only 20 wickets to go around.
Mitchell Johnson and Ben Stokes free to play in third Test after charges of making physical contact during the ill-tempered fourth evening of the Adelaide Test were dismissed.
Latest scores from three crucial domestic games being played around the country.
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Talk is cheap and England's cricket is even worse.
Momentum, one of those vogue words to have migrated from physics to football and then across all sporting frontiers, was at stake on Sunday as much as winning, losing and drawing the Adelaide Test match.