The Ashes: Australian media slam 'shameful' batting collapse

"Choking: It's Australian for cricket," was the headline in the Sydney Daily Telegraph.

updated: August 13, 2013 09:31 IST
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Sydney: Australia's media on Tuesday labelled as "humiliating" the dramatic batting collapse that cost the country's cricketers a chance to win the fourth Ashes Test against England.

Set 299 to win on Monday's fourth day at Chester-le-Street in Durham, Australia were well-placed at 168 for two but crashed to 224 all out, with paceman Stuart Broad ripping through the middle order on his way to taking six wickets for 50.

"No-one does shameful collapses quite like Australia and Michael Clarke's side conjured up one to remember, or rather to forget, at Durham to hand the Ashes series to England," said The Australian's cricket writer Wayne Smith.

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