English media has reportedly compared Australian captain Michael Clark to a ‘graceless, chinless weasel’ while likening Australians to Franco Begbie, sociopath played by Robert Carlyle in the cult classic Trainspotting.
The Daily Mail wrote that ‘England will be in a distinctly uncomfortable place on a fast wicket in Perth for the third Test unless they approach Adelaide as if it is Murrayfield at its most inhospitable or the Millennium Stadium at its most intimidatingly vocal.
According to news.com.au, The Mail’s Nasser Hussain advised England’s batsmen to wear a chest guard in the series, to face another anticipated bumper barrage from Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris and Co.
Shane Warne, writing in the Telegraph, believes the tourists could be staring down the barrel of a 5-0 defeat in Australia if they are unable to launch a counter-offensive at the Adelaide Oval from Thursday.
Meanwhile, The Mirror has also provided Alastair Cook with a helpful five-point plan for victory that includes the team’s penchant for fightbacks, Mitchell Johnson’s inconsistency, Jimmy Anderson’s reverse swing, Graeme Swann's spin and Kevin Pietersen’s ego, which `alone will spark something special`.
The report said that Mike Selvey, writing in The Guardian, revealed that England’s selectors were torn over whether to include a second spinner in Monty Panesar or an extra seamer in the rejuvenated Tim Bresnan.