Ashes 2013/14: What the Australian papers are saying about the series
A round-up of what the Australian media has had to say about the fourth Test at the MCG.
Last Updated: 29/12/13 10:22pm
The Australian papers are understandably jubilant at their side's most recent hammering of a lacklustre England in Melbourne.
So emphatic has Australia's dominance been over the tourists that some journalists can hardly believe that it is actually happening.
"I saw an Australian team that was humiliated this year in India, and could not win a match in England, and on day one of this series in Brisbane was cowering at 6/132 against England, romp to its fourth successive win over that selfsame England, and with the rest of the country I rubbed my eyes," writes Greg Baum in the Canberra Times.
As if things weren't already bad enough for England, one of their former tormentors Brett Lee has added to their worries by promising to keep the pain coming when the tourists face his PM's XI at the Manuka Oval on 14 January.
England take on Lee and the PM's XI in the gap between the fifth and final Ashes Test and the one-day international series.
Lee is quoted in the Canberra Times, saying: ''We'll be out there to win in Canberra," said Lee. "It would be great if we could kick-start the one-dayers with a victory to the PM's XI.''
The Brisbane Courier Mail continues the England-baiting by targeting captain Alastair Cook.
"For England, the buck stops with Alastair Cook - and he dropped it yesterday. Twice," said the paper.
"Having admitted on match-eve it was up to him, as captain, to show more leadership with the bat, tactically and inspirationally, Cook had a shocker.
"If the terse tone of his media inquisition was any indication, he will spend the Sydney Test squirming in front of a firing squad with its itchy finger firmly on the trigger."
Finally, the Sydney Morning Herald suggests that Shane Watson and Ryan Harris could be left out of the Aussie team for the fifth Test due to concerns over their fitness.
The home side have kept the same side throughout the series but wear and tear could well dictate changes with the likes of James Faulkner, Alex Doolan, Doug Bollinger and Nathan Coulter-Nile waiting in the wings to possibly inflict more torment on the battered tourists.