WITH Australia’s bowling attack baked like an overcooked Christmas roast, Steve Smith must be a conjurer, cajoler, motivator and a head scratcher.

AUSTRALIA’s pace attack was pushed to breaking point after the scorching Brisbane heat triggered a bowling meltdown against India.

DAVID Hayes was forced to bunker down for a second night as raging fires burned out of control near his Lindsay Park property at Euroa.

SHANE Warne has slammed paceman Mitchell Starc as “soft” and lacking presence as the second Test got underway. He might have a point.

INJURED Australian skipper Michael Clarke provided running analysis of the second Test at the Gabba on day one via Twitter.

Poll Archive

Can Australia turn it around and regain the Ashes?
Dec 11, 2010

Can Australia turn it around and regain the Ashes?

No

67.9%

Yes

32.1%

Total votes - 137

Who will win the first Test between Australia and England in Brisbane this week?
Nov 23, 2010

Who will win the first Test between Australia and England in Brisbane this week?

Australia

60%

Draw

13.3%

England

26.7%

Total votes - 90

Do you think Michael Clarke should be Australia's next Test captain?
Oct 24, 2010

Do you think Michael Clarke should be Australia's next Test captain?

Yes

32.4%

No

67.6%

Total votes - 734

Has Gary Ablett Jr made the right decision to join Gold Coast Suns?
Sep 29, 2010

Has Gary Ablett Jr made the right decision to join Gold Coast Suns?

Yes

70%

No

30%

Total votes - 257

Who will win the 2010 AFL Grand Final at the MCG?
Sep 18, 2010

Who will win the 2010 AFL Grand Final at the MCG?

Collingwood

54.5%

St Kilda

45.5%

Total votes - 925