Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Harmison and England Turn the Screw

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Harmison and England Turn the Screw

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Andrew Flintoff's classy hundred and a handful of late wickets ( not least the final blow struck by Durham's Steve Harmison (pictured) in dismissing Michael Clarke ( at Trent Bridge left world number ones Australia facing the `ultimate challenge' in their quest to hold onto the Ashes.

Australia resume the fourth Test today on 99 for five, a whopping 378 runs in arrears, after England enjoyed their most dominant day of the series to date.

It is a situation which Australian vice-captain Adam Gilchrist concedes his team are not accustomed to but one which they must counter if they are not to slip 2-1 behind with one match to play.

"England are doing to us what we have done to other teams over a number of years," said Gilchrist. "We haven't come out of it very well so far, we have hung in there and again we are under pressure. Mentally it is a different area for us to be in and that is pretty taxing but we will keep fighting. We certainly didn't under-estimate England but they have continued to show the world, not just us, that they are a very good and very dangerous cricket team at the top of their game. …

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