Australia did not head into the ongoing Ashes series as favourites. Hence, it should not be surprising that they are 3-0 down in the contest with only The Oval Test to go. But yes, they would be disappointed at the kind of performances they have put in over the four matches.
Part time leggie Steven Smith got the ball to bite on Day 1 itself to take three key wickets to help Australia reduce England to 289 for 7. Smith got the important wickets of Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow and Matt Prior as England slipped away from an otherwise solid position of 271 for 4 after Tea.
The Kings XI Punjab are now the fourth team to be eliminated from the IPL leaving Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings and the Royal Challengers Bangalore to fight for the remaining two spots in the play offs.