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Australia Vs England Live Score (TEST)

Date: Saturday, 02 December 2017 Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide Match Status: Match Ended

Australia beat England by 120 runs

442/8
Overs
149.0
R/R
2.97
Fours
49
Sixes
3
Extras
13
227/10
Overs
76.1
R/R
2.98
Fours
20
Sixes
0
Extras
16
138/10
Overs
58.0
R/R
2.38
Fours
11
Sixes
1
Extras
4
233/10
Overs
84.2
R/R
2.77
Fours
28
Sixes
0
Extras
12
  • 28 overs scheduled. Australia will be targetting 2-3 wickets by close. England will hope to see off this period for the loss of none or say, maximum one wicket. The Aussie players are out in the middle but the England batsmen are taking a lonnnnnnng time. We are waiting. We are waiting. We are waiting. Ohhh.. here they come. Here it is... Starc vs Cook...
  • Hard to fault England. They were bowling really well but perhaps the only criticism was that maybe, the patience needed for persisting with lines and lengths had to be more. But it was not a bad bowling performance. Broad was terrific for his 2-fer and so was Anderson but both were unlucky. So many plays and misses, so many squaring ups, so many edges landing short... could have been so different on another day. Overton did decently to pick up 3 on debut. Moeen Ali, with a finger injury, was a worry.
  • England were on top right from the first over morning but that assault from Tim Paine shook them. Australia were 209/5 but the next 3 wickets added 201 runs. Shaun Marsh was at the helm of those stands, finishing on an undefeated 126 with good contributions from Paine and Cummins. Smith would have targetted 450 had he chosen to bat first. Last night, after he got out, that target might have fallen to 300 or 325. This is a bonus.
  • A terrific score from Australia, after being asked to bat first. It is a pitch where a batsman is never in and that is evident with only two batsmen going past 50. The top five battled hard, got in but then got out. Today however, the pitch quickened up and might have come SLIGHTLY easier for batting.
  • AUSTRALIA DECLARE! 1 was the indication from Steven Smith before this over and that is exactly 1 over. He calls his batsmen back in. 28 overs scheduled for the day.
  • 148.6 Full and outside off, pushed wide of mid off for a run.
  • 148.5 There is that response, a fine yorker, on middle, Shaun can only dig it out. Nice to see Broad competing.
  • 148.4 SIX! CLOBBERED! What a shot from Marsh! This is right in the arc if you are playing the death overs of an ODI. Right in the slot if you are batting in a T20I. But not quite if you are playing a Test match and that too, if you are Shaun Marsh who rarely plays such shots in this format. But now, he does. Sees the full ball, on middle and leg, knows that a declaration is round the corner and goes BANG. Swung right over the sightscreen. Broad has gone for 4,4,6 so far!
  • 148.3 FOUR! Unbelievable shot. A terrific ball, almost a yorker, on middle, but somehow, Marsh whips this behind square and gets a boundary!
  • 148.2 FOUR! Hard luck for Overton. A short ball, Marsh drags this through mid-wicket. The debutant runs to his right and dives, gets to the ball but then ends up parrying it into the ropes.
  • 148.1 Yorker, wide outside off, Marsh reaches out to steer but misses.
  • 1 indicates Smith from the dressing room. One assumes it will be 1 more over.
  • 147.6 Buffet. Help yourself. There is no mid off and the length is full. Perhaps a bluff but Lyon profits with a drive through mid off for a couple. 427/8
  • 147.5 A better-directed short ball, at the body, Nathan swings again but gets a top edge this time. The ball goes high in the atmosphere and reaches somewhere near the stratosphere but then the gravitational field pulls the ball down to earth. Bairstow chases it down but cannot get there. The batsmen take two, Marsh thinks about the third on the throw but decides against it.
  • 147.4 And again. He swings to a short and wide ball outside leg, only to miss. Aha... Overton now has something to say.
  • 147.3 Back to normalcy. Short, pull, miss, dot. Oh and now a smile from Lyon.
  • 147.2 SIX! Lyon connects. And connects well! A short ball down the leg side, not as pacy as Broad and that helps Lyon put bat on ball. Swish. Kaboom. Over fine leg!
  • 147.1 A short ball outside off, Marsh looks to go over cover but ends up checking his shot. As a result he pushes at it uncertainly and chips it over cover. Just a single.
  • 146.6 Full and wide outside off, that is the plan, driven sweetly to sweeper cover. Take the single, says Joe Root. No thanks, says Mr. Lyon. 416/8
  • Now point goes back to the fence.
  • 146.5 Not quite sure what was the chat. Because what has happened in the previous four deliveries has happened again. Lyon is swinging two months in advance for the new year. Misses the pull again.
  • Marsh now has a word with Lyon in the middle of the pitch. Meanwhile three men on the hook on the leg side for Lyon. Well, they will come into play only if he connects. With the ball, that is. Right now, he is meeting thin air.
  • 146.4 Yikes. This is pitched outside off and Lyon is outside leg. You can imagine the chances of connecting a pull shot from that range. 0.
  • 146.3 Again. Backs away, Broad follows him, Nathan swings again, misses again.
  • 146.2 Comes around the wicket, bangs it short, outside leg, Lyon backs away, swings wildly but misses.
  • 146.1 A short ball outside off, Lyon swings wildly but misses and is hit on the right shoulder.
  • Stuart Broad will bowl from the other end.
  • 145.6 On middle and leg, defended back down the pitch. 416/8
  • 145.5 FOUR! The field comes in and Marsh decides to go over the top. Short and wide outside off, Marsh backs away and slashes hard. Only to get a thick outside edge over the slip cordon to third man.
  • 145.4 Fuller in length, Shaun comes forward to defend.
  • 145.3 Landed outside off, Marsh punches it behind point for a couple.
  • Australia still batting. Wonder why. Nathan Lyon comes out to try and improve his batting average. Or strike rate.
  • It has gone heavily overcast now. Bad weather could be on its way...
  • 145.2 OUT! Cummins misses out on his half century! And we will not see a century stand in this innings. Unless Lyon and Hazlewood bat long enough to generate another opportunity. Once again, Australia lose a wicket early in a session and immediately after the break. The message seems to be clear - QUICK RUNS. Banged in short outside off, Cummins arches back and then plays the upper cut. However, he finds Dawid Malan to perfection at third man. He is standing a few yards inside the circle and cups the catch with ease.
  • 145.1 Full and outside off, driven through mid off for a single.
  • It remains to be seen if Steven Smith decides to declare during the break and run at the English batting with the new ball under the floodlights. Plenty of time left, but a stern test posed in front of Joe Root and his men. The decision to bowl first can only be justified by winning this game, and the first step in that will be to survive the Australian bombardment this evening. Join us for all the action in a little while.
  • Australia's session and probably the day depending on what happens in the final session. 103 runs have come in the session for just the loss of Mitchell Starc's wicket. Shaun Marsh and Pat Cummins took the game away from the visitors with some gritty batting. The former went on to score a well-deserved ton while the latter, despite his very, very slow start, scored runs at a breezy rate after that. Certainly flaunting his all-round prowess with that knock. Their 98-run stand could have very well decided how this game and dare I say, the series pans out. The score is past 400 now, and Australia most definitely hold all the aces as things stand.
  • 144.6 Short ball, Cummins ducks and lets it be. That's DINNER ON DAY 2! 409/7
  • 144.5 Total mix-up out there! Sums up England's time out there in a nutshell. Woakes from around the wicket pounds in another short one, Marsh looks to fend it away but it goes off the shoulder of the bat. Lobs over behind where Vince and Cook from gully and second slip respectively rush to take the catch. Both dive, it falls into Cook's hands but their collision sees the ball slip out and roll behind. Sheer disappointment on the faces of the Englishmen. Single taken.
  • 144.4 Pulls this short ball away by moving inside the line and gets a single behind square leg.
  • 144.3 Short of a length on middle and off, kept out from inside the crease on the leg side.
  • 144.2 Short into the body this time, Cummins backs away and slaps this square over point. Third man moves to his right and cuts it off, allowing the batsmen to come back for the second.
  • 144.1 Hits the deck hard and bowls it around off, too high for Pat to try anything on that.
  • 143.6 Keeps it up there again, outside the line of off stump, placed in front of covers from the front foot. 405/7
  • 143.5 Off cutter outside off, on a fuller length, Marsh is early into the cover drive and as a result, gets an inside edge past the leg stump for a double.
  • 143.4 Angling in on off, Marsh keeps bat and pad close together to guard it out.
  • 143.3 Slower ball outside off, keeps a little low which is the reason why the ball takes the under edge on Shaun Marsh's attempted cut shot. Goes behind to Bairstow on a couple of bounces.
  • 143.2 Shaping back into the hips, worked off 'em square on the leg side by Cummins for a single. Leg bye signalled by the umpire. Seems there was no bat involved after all.
  • 143.1 Bumper, on middle and off, Cummins has nothing to do with that.
  • Craig Overton back on to bowl.
  • 142.6 Another short one, sharper and more accurate, this time Marsh gets low and lets it sail over his head. 402/7
  • 142.5 FOUR! 5TH TEST TON FOR SHAUN MARSH! His first Ashes ton, what a way to bring it up. He raises his bat in to acknowledge the applause from the crowd and the dressing room, he's deserved every bit of it. Has had to grind it out, patiently build his innings, but he's braved through it and got there. Woakes angles in a short ball into the body from around the wicket, Marsh swivels and pulls it along the ground, bisecting the two men out in the deep for a boundary at square leg. He's ecstatic, the emotions on his face say it all. Totally pumped!
  • 142.4 Back of a length on the hips, with men out in the deep on the leg side, it's quite easy for Pat Cummins to work it through and pick up a single.
  • 142.3 Sharp bouncer around off, ducked and evaded by the batsman.
  • 142.2 Short of a length outside off, some room on offer as Marsh cuts this to deep point. Just a single, on 96 with that.
  • 142.1 Good length delivery in the off stump channel, Shaun withdraws his bat and lets it be.
  • 141.6 FOUR! Boundary to end the over. Pat Cummins stands his ground and slogs it over mid-wicket to send it across the rope on one bounce. Cummins scored nothing in the first 36 balls he faced, then in the next 44 went on to score 40. Paced himself quite well, to say the least. Also, this partnership seems to have deflated the Englishmen, it's worth 85 right now. 396/7
  • 141.5 95 now. Nudges it towards wide long on for one run. Wants the second, but then decides against it.
  • 141.4 FOUR! Moves on to 94 with that, good shot to get there. Very full and quite loopy, Marsh feasts on it with a cracking drive through the covers and fetches himself a boundary.
  • 141.3 Around the wicket around off, worked against the spin towards mid-wicket.
  • 141.2 Extremely full outside off, drilled through the vacant spaces in the cover area for a run.
  • 141.1 FOUR! Well-placed. Good shot. The intent is right, Pat Cummins sees the flight and swings across the line. Plays with the pace and finds the mid-wicket fence, beating the two men out in the deep for a boundary.
  • 140.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 382/7
  • 140.5 Shortish ball banged in, Cummins arches back to play the ramp shot but is beaten by pace so ends up missing it.
  • 140.4 Serves it on a length outside off, dabbed to point. No run taken though.
  • 140.3 Fired up there outside off, opens the bat face slightly and places it past point for a run.
  • 140.2 Too close for comfort, eh? Maybe Marsh is a tad casual about this. Woakes maintains a tight line around off, it nips back in and whiskers past the off stump as Marsh leaves.
  • 140.1 Full and fast from Woakes, zipping and skidding off the surface as Marsh leaves it alone. Was outside off and went right into the keeper's gloves.
  • 139.6 Retains strike with a single down towards mid on. Places it with a straight bat down the ground and crosses over. 380/7
  • 139.5 Makes good use of his feet, comes down the track and attempts to pierce the gap through the gap with a punch-drive. Anderson denies him that pleasure with a good dive to his right.
  • 139.4 Around the wicket now, fuller outside off, Shaun Marsh presents a solid front foot defense.
  • 139.3 Too full on leg stump, the ball has no time to turn, so Marsh easily flicks it on the leg side.
  • 139.2 Turning in from around off, Pat plays with the spin and works it past short leg for one.
  • 139.1 Loopy and full outside off, drilled hard but straight to the man at extra cover.
  • Moeen Ali to bowl again.
  • 138.6 Angling across from a good length, Marsh has no qualms in leaving that alone. Tidy over from Chris Woakes. 378/7
  • 138.5 Marginally ahead of a length, attacking the stumps, kept out well with a straight bat.
  • 138.4 Tad fullish in length from Woakes, blocked.
  • 138.3 Oh, that's a brave leave. Good leave. Very good from Shaun Marsh, been one of the highlights of his innings. Length delivery around off, comes back in more than the previous delivery. The southpaw shoulders his arms to it. It wasn't too far away from the off stick but he was confident it would miss.
  • 138.2 Good length ball with some movement inward, around off, Marsh leaves.
  • 138.1 Tight line from Woakes, length ball around off, Marsh cuts it to point.
  • 137.6 Was there an inside edge? Looks like it, maybe. Fired on the pads, Cummins is back to tuck. Seems to get an inside edge onto his pads and the ball lobs over. Falls safely beside the diving short leg fielder and Pat survives. 378/7
  • 137.5 Quicker through the air on the stumps, kept out towards mid-wicket.
  • 137.4 Faster one down leg, padded away by the batsman.
  • 137.3 FOUR! That's a proper batting stroke. Tossed right up, he plants his front foot forward and lofts it over mid on's head. Clean strike, didn't try to hit it too hard and got the desired result.
  • 137.2 Darted on the pads, goes on the back foot again and works it square on the leg side for a couple.
  • 137.1 From around the wicket, it's floated across Pat Cummins. He goes deep inside his crease and blocks it out.
  • 136.6 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 372/7
  • 136.5 Some zip off the track for Woakes, short and wide again, Marsh goes the cut once more but the bounce gets too big on him. Misses it completely.
  • 136.4 FOUR! Room on offer and Marsh doesn't miss out. Gets the placement right too, that's a packed off side field. Shortish ball, the southpaw flays it between gully and backward point to send it across the boundary line.
  • 136.3 Hits the deck hard as he lands it on a length outside off, extracts good bounce from the deck and it comes back in a shade. Shaun covers the line and evades.
  • 136.2 Fired full and well outside off, driven a bit square, straight to the man at cover-point.
  • 136.1 Angling across around off, Marsh is well forward as he blocks it back down the track.
  • 135.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 368/7
  • 135.5 Down the leg side, flicked away for a couple.
  • 135.4 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 135.3 FOUR! BRUTAL! A short ball, down the leg side, Cummins shows no mercy as he pulls it over backward square leg for a boundary!
  • 135.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 135.1 A short ball, pulled to deep square leg for a single.
  • 134.6 On middle and leg, played to the leg side. 361/7
  • 134.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 134.4 Landed around off, Cummins stays back and defends.
  • 134.3 FOUR! BOSH! A right-handed version of Mark 'Tubby' Taylor according to my colleague King Vic. Short and outside off, Cummins stands tall, gets on top of the bounce, then slaps it through cover-point for a boundary. Bring it on, says the number 3 from the reverse position. 50-RUN STAND is up too. 4th in this innings. The tail is wagging again for Australia.
  • 134.2 A bouncer to test the batsman, Cummins arches back and then lets it go.
  • 134.1 On middle and leg, turned straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 133.6 Down the leg side, flicked behind square leg for a run. Root is looking a bit agitated now. 357/7
  • 133.5 Down the leg side, flicked away for a single.
  • 133.4 On a good length around off, defended watchfully.
  • 133.3 Another forward defense on offer.
  • 133.2 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 133.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • Joe Root brings himself on to bowl again. More out of desperation, one guesses.
  • 132.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 355/7
  • 132.5 A length ball outside off, Pat looks to defend but gets a bit of an outside edge which lands in front of gully. James Vince dives to his right to stop it.
  • 132.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 132.3 Down the leg side, flicked towards square leg for a single.
  • 132.2 Hits the thigh pad again, this time beating the inside edge.
  • 132.1 Landed outside leg, Marsh gets across and shoulders arms but gets hit on the thigh pad.
  • Chris Woakes into the attack now. In my opinion, he has been underused.
  • 131.6 Full and down the leg side, Shaun looks to sweep but gets a bottom edge which goes down the leg side. Three runs taken. 354/7
  • 131.5 On middle, Marsh flicks it uppishly but luckily for him, it lands short of the fielder at short mid-wicket.
  • 131.4 Full and outside off, well kept out.
  • 131.3 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 131.2 A short ball on middle, Cummins gives this a real big hoick, pulling it towards deep mid-wicket. Just a single.
  • 131.1 Landed around off, watchfully defended.
  • 130.6 On a good length outside off, Marsh pushes at it but gets beaten as the ball goes between bat and pad. 350/7
  • 130.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 130.4 Full and outside off, Cummins slaps it straight back over the bowler. Overton sticks out his right hand but is late. Three runs taken. 350 UP FOR AUSTRALIA!
  • 130.3 Landed outside off, short in length, Shaun waits for the ball to come to him and then dabs it late past slip. Three runs taken.
  • 130.2 FOUR! Terrific timing. Normally pull shots are not beautiful. They are more related to power. But this bloke - wow. Might well play a slog sweep and yet make it look beautiful. This is banged in short, outside off, Marsh quickly goes onto his back foot and plays the pull. But it is not ferocious. Just a help to the ball, giving it direction towards mid-wicket. Then the outfield becomes his partner, aiding the ball on its way to the mid-wicket fence. Brilliant. The stand moves to 33 now. Another crucial one.
  • 130.1 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 129.6 FOUR! Full and outside off, Cummins looks to slog but the ball goes off the toe end of the bat. Is good enough to beat mid on. 340/7
  • 129.5 Outside off, punched towards cover.
  • 129.4 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 129.3 Down the leg side, played towards short leg.
  • 129.2 Outside off, punched down to long on for a single.
  • 129.1 Landed around off, watchfully defended.
  • 128.6 The batsman has played it to the point region. 335/7
  • 128.5 A bouncer on middle, this time Pat ducks.
  • 128.4 Outside off, Cummins arches back and tries to steer it to third man but is beaten.
  • 128.3 Goes back in his crease and defends.
  • 128.2 Full and outside off, Cummins plays a lovely-looking off drive but straight to the fielder.
  • 128.1 A short ball on middle and leg, Marsh tucks it behind square leg for you know what. Single off the first ball of the over.
  • 127.6 Comes down the track and pushes it to long on for a single. 334/7
  • 127.5 Another forward defense on offer.
  • 127.4 Landed around off, well kept out.
  • 127.3 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 127.2 FOUR! That is a terrific shot. Outstanding timing. Slightly short, around off and middle, Marsh goes back and flick-whips it through mid-wicket. Not much power but the timing just puts the speed on that. Deep mid-wicket hardly has to move 5 yards but is still beaten.
  • 127.1 Landed outside off, played straight to point. For a change, no single on the first ball of the over.
  • Spin time. Moeen Ali to bowl now.
  • 126.6 Outside off, played straight to point. 329/7
  • 126.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 126.4 FOUR! Off the mark on the 37th ball! A short ball outside off, Cummins looks to cut but ends up slicing it aerially. Gets it behind point and that will be a boundary! That will give him a sigh of relief. At least gets something on the scoreboard.
  • 126.3 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 126.2 Full on middle, driven straight to mid on.
  • 126.1 Again a single on the first ball of the over. Marsh works it behind square leg.
  • Craig Overton is back on.
  • 125.6 Outside off, played straight to point. 324/7
  • 125.5 Full and straight, driven towards mid on.
  • 125.4 EDGED, SAFE! Anderson has really been unlucky in this innings. This is a peach of a delivery but seems like Lady Luck has sliced that peach brutally. The ball is landed just outside off, which means Cummins has to play. He stays back to defend but then the ball shapes away late and takes the outside edge. However, it does not carry to the keeper.
  • 125.3 Short and outside off, Cummins cuts it hard but straight to point. Cannot pierce the gap still! 31 balls faced. 0 is the score.
  • 125.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 125.1 On middle and leg, flicked to the leg side for a single. A run on the first ball of the over again.
  • 124.6 Looks to flick again but misses once more. Is hit on the pads again. 323/7
  • 124.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 124.4 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover. Still not off the mark.
  • 124.3 One more leave outside off.
  • 124.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 124.1 Full on middle and leg, Marsh misses his flick and the ball goes off his pads to the leg side. Broad appeals but that is turned down. Might have hit the sixth stump. A leg bye signalled.
  • 123.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 322/7
  • 123.5 A bouncer on middle and off, Pat ducks.
  • 123.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 123.3 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 123.2 The batsman has been struck on the thigh pad. No appeal this time.
  • 123.1 NOT OUT! Pitched outside leg. The decision ends there. Marsh misses his tuck to a length ball and is hit on the knee roll. Could have hit the stumps but according to the law, pitching outside leg cannot be ruled out. A leg bye taken in the meanwhile.
  • Review time! Anderson reckons he has got Marsh LBW. Root agrees with him.
  • 122.6 Outside off, PC feels for it but is beaten. 321/7
  • 122.5 Full again, driven straight to mid off.
  • 122.4 Full and outside off, watchfully kept out.
  • 122.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 122.2 On a length around off, Cummins ducks. That kicked off the surface. Pat ducks.
  • 122.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 121.6 FOUR! LOVELY! Shaun Marsh is slowly and finally getting into his groove now. After facing more than 25 overs. Half volley wide outside off, Marsh leans and drives it through cover-point. Moeen Ali dives to his left from backward point but in vain. The stand moves to 10. 321/7
  • 121.5 Now a length ball, outside off, this is left alone calmly.
  • 121.4 Around off and outside, Shaun ducks.
  • 121.3 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 121.2 Outside off, this is properly defended.
  • 121.1 THROUGH HIM! On a length outside off, Marsh looks to play at that but is cut into half as the ball nips back in late. Goes between bat and pad, beating the inside edge.
  • 120.6 Landed outside off, PC looks to defend but then decides to take the bat away. Is late and gets a bottom edge to the slip cordon. 317/7
  • 120.5 A length ball around off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 120.4 Very full on middle, tails in late, Pat flicks it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 120.3 Outside off, left alone this time.
  • 120.2 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 120.1 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 119.6 Landed around off, finally makes Shaun play who defends. 317/7
  • 119.5 Make that four leaves in a row. All approved.
  • 119.4 Outside off, not played at that either.
  • 119.3 One more leave outside off.
  • 119.2 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 119.1 FOUR! HANDSOME! Full and wide outside off, Marsh leans and drives it through the covers. Don't bother chasing that.
  • 118.6 Outside off, left alone again. 313/7
  • 118.5 Third bouncer on the trot, same reaction from Pat.
  • 118.4 Another bouncer on middle, Cummins ducks again.
  • 118.3 A bouncer on middle, Cummins ducks.
  • 118.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 118.1 Full around middle, Marsh clips it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 117.6 A length ball down the leg side, Cummins misses his tuck and is hit on the pads. 312/7
  • 117.5 On a good length around off, Cummins defends it like a top-order batsman.
  • 117.4 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 117.3 One more leave outside off.
  • 117.2 Outside off, similar ball, let through again.
  • 117.1 Outside off, on a length, nice carry, left alone.
  • Pat Cummins is the next batsman. And with that, James Anderson is into the attack.
  • 116.6 OUT! Again Australia lose a wicket early in a session. Testing stuff from Broad. He bangs this in short, outside off and Starc is in two minds, whether to pull or let go. Goes for the former but he is a bit late. Gets a top edge which goes nowhere. Anderson runs to his left from mid on and takes the catch near short mid-wicket. 311/7
  • 116.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 116.4 OVERTHROWS! Needless from Broad. Root is fuming. And rightly so. A length ball on the pads, Starc looks to tuck it to the leg side but gets an inside edge onto his pads. Broad runs to his left for the catch but cannot get there. Now, he just picks up the ball and has a shy at the bowler's end, even though Marsh is well in. The ball ricochets off the sticks and the batsmen take a couple. Root asks Broad the reason for the throw and he seems to be giving some kidding excuse. Absolutely needless.
  • 116.3 Down the leg side, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 116.2 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 116.1 Full and down the leg side, Marsh flicks it through square leg and comes back for the second. 9TH TEST FIFTY for Shaun Marsh. He has got 4 hundreds. Has been frustrating for Australia - this guy. Loads of talent but fails to unload it consistently. Given his career span, he should have got more. He comes in, plays for a while, gifts his wicket away, then gets injured after a series of starts. Then makes a comeback with some gritty knocks but goes into his bad habit again. Australia will hope that he gets a big one today.
  • The players are back out in the middle as the sun shines remarkably at the Adelaide Oval. What will be the plan for both sides? Not asking the obvious ones, but will England keep sticking to fuller length or go for the short ball, given that the pitch has quickened up? Will Australia go for quick runs or play normal cricket? Here is Stuart Broad vs Shaun Marsh first up...
  • ... DAY 2, SESSION 2 ...
  • England will already be thinking about batting on this pitch. Not because Australia are 6 down. Because the pitch is doing a lot. Turn, bounce, swing and seam aplenty. They will aim to knock off these last 4 wickets quickly because the pitch has started to deteriorate as well. So if facing Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins was not tough enough, then fancy playing Lyon on a track which has seen Moeen Ali and Joe Root get turn and bounce. Join us back at 1620 local (0550 GMT) for the second session.
  • The visitors kept on trying different things but Paine kept on getting top of them. In a stand of 89, he scored 57, which shows his dominance. Eventually, he threw his wicket away else Australia could have well ended up reaching 325 in this session itself. Shaun Marsh has been there at the other end, not looking all that comfortable but he is there. The hosts will hope he shepherds the tail to get as close to 300 as possible.
  • It was not as if the English bowling was bad. Broad started things up pretty well getting Handscomb on the third ball of the morning but then the counter-attack from Tim Paine took England by surprise. Anderson was not bowling well at the start and that allowed the pair of Marsh and Paine to cut loose. The introduction of Overton this morning did slow things down but by that time, the pair was already set.
  • 97/2 in 35 overs in the morning session. Australia will be delighted. They would have been hoping to get somewhere close to 300 but to reach that score in this session itself would have buoyed them. The hosts are now in a position to dream, say 350-375 if the tail can wag a bit.
  • 115.6 Full again, nicely kept out to end the over and session. TEA ON DAY 2! 306/6
  • 115.5 Floated around off, draws Starc forward and he blocks.
  • 115.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 115.3 Outside off, punched to sweeper cover for a single.
  • 115.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 115.1 WAS THAT A CHANCE? Tossed up outside off, Marsh lunges to defend but the ball spins past the outside edge. Bairstow fumbles and we hear a noise before the ball hits the gloves. Snickometer seems to show a spike as the ball passes the bat.
  • JOE ROOT brings himself on. Probably the last over before Tea.
  • 114.6 Full and outside off, Starc presses forward to defend but gets an inside edge which goes through the vacant leg slip region. There is a possibility of the third but the batsmen take two. 305/6
  • 114.5 Outside off, punched straight to cover.
  • Broad comes up from long on towards mid on.
  • 114.4 Lucky runs, which should actually have been free ones. Full and down the leg side, Shaun looks to sweep but the ball goes off his gloves, over the keeper towards fine leg. Three runs taken.
  • 114.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 114.2 Short and outside off, Marsh misses his cut shot for the umpteenth time against a spinner in this innings. Mistimes it to cover.
  • 114.1 Short and outside off, Marsh looks to defend but misses. Turn and bounce.
  • 113.6 300 UP FOR AUSTRALIA! And they still have 4 wickets left. Not a bad position to be in, considering that they were 5 down 91 runs ago. It is not brought up in the most convincing fashion, with Marsh looking to play a cover drive but getting an inside edge towards backward square leg. A single taken. 300/6
  • 113.5 On middle and leg, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 113.4 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 113.3 He had no clue about that. Starc thinks it is a fuller ball, looks to flick but realizes late that it is a yorker. Just about manages to dig it out behind square leg. A run taken.
  • 113.2 Outside off, played towards point.
  • 113.1 A short ball, pulled with disdain through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 112.6 Starc does not take the single. Short and outside off, opportunity is ripe to cut and take the single but Mitchell chooses to block. 297/6
  • 112.5 Around off and outside off, well kept out.
  • Point is pushed back. England are happy to give the single to Starc.
  • 112.4 Outside off, pushed straight to point.
  • 112.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 112.2 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 112.1 Outside off, punched off the back foot for a single.
  • 111.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 296/6
  • There is a short mid off in place now, for Starc.
  • 111.5 DIRECT HIT WOULD HAVE HAD STARC. Outside off, Marsh pushes it towards cover and sets off for a single. Starc did not seem to be interested at all and set off late. Moeen Ali comes in from extra cover but James Vince rushes in from backward point to his left, swoops down, picks the ball and has an under-arm shy at the striker's end. Misses.
  • 111.4 Short and outside off, Marsh looks to cut but is beaten by the extra bounce. A nothing shot, as per my colleague, King Vic.
  • 111.3 Angling down the leg side, Shaun fails to get it away with his attempted glance.
  • 111.2 Outside off, watchfully pushed towards cover.
  • 111.1 Full on middle, Marsh flicks it towards mid-wicket, sets off for a single but Starc puts his hand up and sends him back.
  • 110.6 TURN! Terrific delivery. Nathan Lyon will be interested on seeing that. Flighted outside off, Starc comes forward to defend but the ball spins and bounces past the outside edge. Even surprises Bairstow behind who fumbles. 295/6
  • 110.5 Full on middle, pushed straight to mid on.
  • 110.4 Comes forward again and blocks.
  • 110.3 Comes forward and dead-bats it.
  • 110.2 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 110.1 Full and around middle, watchfully defended.
  • 109.6 Outside off, punched straight to cover where the fielder misfields. Is that on purpose? Perhaps. That will keep Starc on strike for the next over. 295/6
  • 109.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 109.4 A bouncer to greet the number 8, MS ducks.
  • 109.3 On a good length, in line of the stumps, Mitchell pushes it to the off side.
  • 109.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 109.1 Fuller length to start, Starc pushes at it and the ball lobs off the face of the bat towards cover.
  • 108.6 Full and outside off, Shaun comes down the track and dabs it out. 294/6
  • 108.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 108.4 Pushes this towards mid on.
  • 108.3 Full again, well defended.
  • 108.2 Full and around off, watchfully kept out.
  • 108.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 107.6 Full and outside off, Starc looks to flick but gets a leading edge to point. 294/6
  • Mitchell Starc comes in now, at number 8, replacing Paine. Australia might look for a few quick runs now. The score is close to 300, which is what they must have hoped last evening.
  • 107.5 OUT! Straight to the man! Paine has hit that like a tracer bullet - but straight to the target. Only, his target would have been the boundary, but it is a human being instead. England get a wicket after a long time and guess who has taken it? Craig Overton. Short and around off, Paine pulls this like a rocket but finds Moeen Ali to perfection at deep square leg. The catch is taken, Overton is pumped up but Paine is just shocked. He just stands there, as if thinking, 'Have I missed a ton?' Australia were really on the move. The 85-run stand has been broken.
  • 107.4 Another bouncer, TP ducks again.
  • 107.3 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
  • 107.2 A bouncer now, Tim ducks.
  • 107.1 FOUR! Like his previous spell, Overton starts this spell with a boundary too. And a loosener as well. Short and outside off, Paine who is in a no-sparing-freebies mode, slaps it over point for a boundary.
  • Craig Overton is back on. There was no need to take him off the attack in the first place, IMHO.
  • 106.6 Full and outside off, well kept out. 290/5
  • 106.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 106.4 Full and wide outside off, Tim leans to drive but the ball goes off the outer half of the bat behind point. Two fielders chase it in pairs and the batsmen get three.
  • 106.3 Comes down the track and blocks it down the pitch.
  • 106.2 Shortish in length, cut in front of point for a single.
  • 106.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 105.6 Outside off, pushed straight to point. 286/5
  • 105.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 105.4 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 105.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 105.2 HALF CENTURY FOR PAINE! His third in Tests and first after comeback. The crowd is up on its feet. On middle, pushed uppishly past the bowler for a couple. Crane runs after it from mid on and stops the ball with a slide.
  • 105.1 Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a single. Broad has been moved from that position after ambling in the previous over. It is the substitute MASON CRANE who dives to his right and keeps the batsmen to a single.
  • 104.6 SIX! BOOM! That has come out of nowhere! Well, is by any chance, Paine having access to what is going on in the neighbouring country? Because there, Kraigg Brathwaite has just played a slog sweep to Mitchell Santner for a six over mid-wicket. Paine almost perfects that. Fuller and outside off, Paine has had enough, does not want Moeen to dictate terms and goes bang. Launches this slog sweep over mid-wicket for half a dozen. 283/5
  • 104.5 Stays back in his crease and blocks.
  • 104.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 104.3 Full and outside off, Paine defends watchfully.
  • 104.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 104.1 Landed outside leg, Paine lets it go and Bairstow cannot collect, nor can Alastair Cook at first slip. Two byes result.
  • 103.6 Outside off, left alone. 275/5
  • 103.5 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 103.4 FOUR! GLORIOUS! Half volley outside off, Marsh leans and drives it through the covers. Stuart Broad puts in a laboured dive to his right from mid off, gets fingertips to it but cannot prevent the boundary.
  • 103.3 Pushes this back to the bowler.
  • 103.2 Fine stop. Jimmy the man. Full on middle, Shaun flicks this wide of mid on where James Anderson throws himself to his left and stops it cleanly. He then gets up in a trice and has a shy at the bowler's end but it is weak since he is off balance. The batsmen do not run.
  • There seems to be some issue with the shape of the ball. The 8-shaped gauge is out but there does not seem to be a problem. England have to continue with the same strawberry, if we are allowed to use that term because this is not a cherry.
  • 103.1 A length ball outside off, Marsh looks to tuck it away but misses and is hit on the thigh pad.
  • 102.6 The batsman has driven it through mid on. 271/5
  • 102.5 Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 102.4 Down the leg side, worked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 102.3 Comes down the track and flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 102.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 102.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 101.6 Full and outside off, SOS comes forward and drives it through mid off. Broad starts to chase but then gives it up, seeing Anderson chase from mid on. Anderson is no antelope and he is ambling to the ball. By the time he reaches the already stopped ball, even an ambling Marsh can take three. The story of the three amblers - Marsh, Broad and Anderson - MBA. 270/5
  • 101.5 Fullish on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 101.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 101.3 Gets across his stumps and shoulders arms but takes it on the thigh again. Woakes starts to appeal but bails out.
  • 101.2 On a length outside off, Shaun gets across to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 101.1 The batsman has played it to the point region. One run added to the total.
  • 101.1 WIDE. A bouncer on middle, Paine ducks. He smiles, looks at Chris Gaffaney and asks - 'ISN'T THAT HIGH?' But before he could complete his question, the umpire signals a wide. Paine smiles sheepishly.
  • 100.6 Outside off, played through point for a run. 265/5
  • 100.5 Landed outside off, bounces sharply, Tim looks to defend but is jarred by the bounce. He is not looking comfortable.
  • 100.4 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 100.3 Action replay of the previous delivery.
  • 100.2 Fuller and straighter, pushed straight back to the bowler.
  • 100.1 FOUR! That breaks the shackles a bit. A loosener from Moeen, tossed up wide outside off, Paine leans and lofts it over covers for a boundary!
  • 99.6 Short and outside off, cut straight to point. 260/5
  • 99.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 99.4 On middle and leg, tucked through square leg for a single.
  • 99.3 Full and on off, driven straight to widish mid off.
  • 99.2 That ball has struck the batsman on the thigh-pad.
  • 99.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 98.6 EDGED, SAFE! Full and outside off, Marsh pokes at it, albeit with soft hands. That makes the ball land in front of Joe Root at first slip. 259/5
  • 98.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 98.4 That would have been dead plumb had there been no bat. Full on middle, Marsh looks to defend, gets his bat down late but just about makes it in time. He was dismissed LBW in the first Test in a similar fashion.
  • 98.3 Short ball again, Paine murders it via a pull but finds deep mid-wicket. A single taken. 50-RUN STAND is up. The third one of this innings. Can this one go the distance?
  • 98.2 Short again, Shaun misses another opportunity, mistimes his cut to point. A single taken.
  • 98.1 Short and wide outside off, spinning away, Marsh launches himself to cut but is beaten by the away spin. Mistimes it to cover.
  • Spin time! Moeen Ali is into the attack now.
  • Drinks are on the field! A lot of drama so far. England have bowled well since morning, attacking the Aussies well. Anderson had two leg before decisions reviewed and overturned, but the hosts had their own counter-attack in response. The runs were flowing, but Overton's introduction stemmed the flow of runs. Peter Handscomb was dismissed early, but since then the pair of Marsh and Paine has held its own. England have been unlucky, but they need another wicket and they need it quick. The next hour or so should be fun.
  • 97.6 Not threatening Tim Paine with that, outside off on a back of a length and it's left alone. 257/5
  • 97.5 Shortish delivery banged outside off, Paine stands tall, only to let it be.
  • 97.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 97.3 Angling down the leg side, Paine looks to flick it away but misses it completely.
  • 97.2 Outside off on a good length, avoided by the batsman.
  • 97.1 Draws the edge straightaway! Woakes with a length delivery outside off, Paine has a poke at it, albeit with soft hands, which sees it fall well short of the slip cordon.
  • Chris Woakes is into the attack for the first time today.
  • 96.6 Similar ball, similar shot and same result. Lucky not to have edged that. 257/5
  • 96.5 Length ball in the off stump channel, Marsh hangs his bat inside the line and gets beaten.
  • 96.4 He's hit there again. Some extra bounce for Overton on middle and leg, Paine looks to work it on the leg side but takes a blow on the right index finger. Rings his hand as he runs to the other end. Seems okay though, he's holding the bat with his right hand. Good sign, that.
  • 96.3 Fuller on off, the batsman leans ahead and pushes it back in the bowler's direction with a steady head.
  • 96.2 Shaping away from outside off, Paine watches as the ball goes past him.
  • 96.1 Full delivery angling in on the stumps, Tim Paine with a tame drive towards mid on.
  • 95.6 Minimal movement outside off, left alone by Marsh. 256/5
  • 95.5 Positions himself nicely behind the line and defends it out.
  • 95.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 95.3 Comes half-forward to this length ball, maybe slightly fuller than that and defends it on the leg side.
  • 95.2 Good length delivery outside the line of off stump, Marsh doesn't flirt with that.
  • 95.1 Speared quite full outside off, Paine pushes it towards cover-point and both batsmen set off. There's a shy at the striker's end which misses by a mile.
  • There's a short break taken as the physio is out to have a look at Paine. He had first sustained this injury way back in 2010 and it's bothered him since then. Hope he's fine and it's not too serious. Meanwhile, Anderson could consider going slightly fuller. His lbw shouts have seen the ball rise higher, given he's extracting some extra bounce off the deck. Pitching it further up might do the trick for him, he is making the ball move after all.
  • 94.6 Marsh faces a ball after 21 deliveries. Shoulders arms to this length ball outside off and ends the over. 255/5
  • 94.5 OUCH! That would have hurt. Banged in short, Paine looks to tuck it away but the extra bounce makes him uncomfortable. The ball goes off his gloves behind square leg and Paine seems to be in pain. He is carrying on though.
  • 94.4 The batsman defends this length ball from within the crease.
  • 94.3 Fullish in length just outside off, blocked from the front foot.
  • 94.2 That's a great save from Stuart Broad, saves a sure boundary. Paine crashes the drive towards extra cover where the big man dives low to his left and makes a half-stop. Takes the pace off it and keeps the batsmen to just two.
  • 94.1 FOUR BYES! Banged in short but it's too short, Paine ducks but Bairstow rises. Although, that leap doesn't work as the ball goes way over his head and away to the boundary line behind.
  • 93.6 Not much pace on this occasion, allows Paine time to work it just wide of short mid-wicket and get a single. 248/5
  • 93.5 Hurls it outside off, Paine with a play and a miss.
  • 93.4 Tim Paine has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 93.3 A little fuller around off, plays it out off the front foot.
  • 93.2 Absolute beauty from Anderson. I'm almost feeling bad he isn't getting a wicket - he's bowling that well. What a delivery! Angling in at first and then moving away ever so slightly from a length, beats the outside edge of Tim Paine's bat and thuds into the keeper's gloves. Couldn't have been any closer to the edge. So close.
  • 93.1 Good length delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 92.6 Another one on the pads, flicked away into the leg side for a single. End of the over. 247/5
  • 92.5 Bit too straight in line, worked away behind square leg for a couple of good runs.
  • 92.4 Back of a length outside off, kept out off the back foot.
  • 92.3 Coming back in on middle and leg, tucked to mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 92.2 Heavy movement again. Overton gets it to move off the seam and strikes the back thigh. Tim Paine couldn't get any bat on it, Overton thinks he's got his man. Appeals, only to be shut down. Pleads to Root to review it, but the skipper tells him height in a problem.
  • 92.1 Outside off on a good length, left alone for the keeper to take.
  • 91.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 244/5
  • 91.5 It's all happening here! Welcome to the greatest cricketing contest in Test cricket, ladies and gents! The stadium has flared up and the excitement is around. Anderson has a pep in his step and he's going all guns blazing. Serves a length ball on off, it strikes Tim Paine on the pads but this time the finger doesn't go up. Good call from the umpire as he spots the inside edge way before anybody else. During this everybody is looking at Root if he's going to take the review or not. He's a smart character and knows there could be bat involved, so he asks his players to continue on.
  • 91.4 NOT OUT! Even Paine is safe. Wow! Anderson gets some zip off the surface as he lands this around off, it shapes back in and raps Paine high on the thigh pad. The umpire raises his finger, Paine thinks it's high and then reviews it. Goes upstairs and replays show it's missing the stumps. Unreal. Still, this one was in doubt unlike the Marsh one. Paine will carry on, England lose a review.
  • Another review. This time it's Tim Paine who takes it for a leg before decision. Could height save him too? Looks close.
  • 91.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 91.2 Pushes it towards the cover fielder, who can't gather it cleanly which allows the batsman to take a run.
  • 91.1 Nicely played. Uses the angle well and works it square on the leg side for one.
  • 90.6 Comes from wide of the crease and angles it in, Marsh is half-forward as he looks to defend. It takes the inside edge and hits him on the pads. 241/5
  • 90.5 Harmless length ball outside off from around the wicket, arms are shouldered.
  • 90.4 Turns this one in mid-wicket's direction and steals a quick single.
  • 90.3 On the fuller side of things as Overton pitches it around off, Paine meets it with the full face of the bat.
  • 90.2 Tad short in length, quite close to the off stick, Paine is solid in defense.
  • 90.1 Outside off with some extra bounce, Tim with an easy leave.
  • 89.6 Hangs back to this back of a length delivery and safely deals with it. 240/5
  • 89.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 89.4 Moving away from around off, Marsh isn't going to touch that one bit.
  • 89.3 NOT OUT! Well, of all the things that could have saved him, never expected this to be the one to do it. What a referral. Well done, Tim Paine. Great piece of bowling though from Anderson. Set up Marsh nicely, made two go away and suddenly brought one back in. It hit Marsh on the front pad and the umpire has no problem in raising his finger in response to the lbw appeal. Shaun walks up to Paine, asks him what to do, and after talking, takes the review. It goes upstairs and replays show that the ball is going over the stumps. Wow.. Unbelievable. Never looked like that to the naked eye. Marsh survives, and Australia retain the review as well.
  • Review time! First of the game, and it's taken by Marsh as he's given out leg before. Looks like a dead duck from here, let's see now...
  • 89.2 Another one outside off, arms are shouldered to let that one through.
  • 89.1 Angling across around off, on a good length, left alone.
  • James Anderson will have a change of ends.
  • 88.6 Fullish delivery in length just around off, Tim Paine plants his front foot forward to block it out. 240/5
  • 88.5 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 88.4 Short of a good length, Paine with an easy enough block to keep it out.
  • 88.3 Holds its line as Overton angles it on middle and leg, Paine doesn't offer any kind of shot as he takes a blow on the hips. Probably expected it to go further down. Either way, he could have tickled it away, would have gotten a couple of runs easily.
  • 88.2 Seaming away from a good length outside off, it's nothing bothered with by the Australian keeper-batsman.
  • 88.1 FOUR! Overpitched on off, Paine goes dead straight with this. Offers the full face of the bat and drives it through mid off, beating a chasing Stuart Broad to the boundary line.
  • 87.6 Tap and run stuff from Paine. Drops it in front of cover and rushes to the other end to retain strike. 236/5
  • 87.5 Short delivery outside off, rather easy for the batsman to duck and dodge.
  • 87.4 Another one on a length outside off, at over 136 clicks, Paine leaves it. Great carry on that. This is the line and this is the length he should persist with.
  • 87.3 Length delivery outside off, Paine with a slightly opened face punches it to point.
  • 87.2 Cutting back in, sharply I might add, and raps Tim Paine high on the thigh pad.
  • 87.1 Fuller in length, driven towards mid on by the batsman.
  • Joe Root should consider bringing in a couple of players around the man on strike. The first hour is crucial, so might as well make the most of it. The game's going to run away from his side if Australia bat on through till the second session.
  • 86.6 Picks it off his pads and works it down safely on the leg side. 235/5
  • 86.5 Extra bounce for Overton, on off from around the wicket, Marsh hangs his bat out and it goes off the outer half towards point.
  • 86.4 That's it, Craig. Make the ball move. Swinging in on off, fuller in length, Tim Paine defends it on the leg side and crosses over.
  • 86.3 Should be going much fuller than this, still just behind a length, blocked out.
  • 86.2 Touch short, on middle and leg, Paine doesn't move at all, just brings his bat behind the line and defends.
  • 86.1 Starts off with a length delivery outside the line of off stump, Paine begins the over with a leave.
  • Craig Overton coming into the attack now. Three slips and a gully in place.
  • 85.6 Switching the angle for the last ball, at almost 140 clicks, it's fuller on middle and off, Marsh blocks with a straight blade. 234/5
  • 85.5 The plan is clear. He's looking to shatter those stumps right through the gate. Fires it full on the stump, swinging in, Paine to his credit does well to connect. Flicks it to deep square leg and gets off strike.
  • 85.4 Cuts back in from a good length with decent bounce, Paine misses to put bat on ball and is caught high on the thigh pads.
  • 85.3 Over the wicket for Paine, length delivery in the corridor of uncertainty. Paine hangs his bat out loosely in defense and is beaten past the edge.
  • 85.2 Moving away after angling in at first on off, there's some extra bounce which takes Marsh by surprise. Goes off the top part of the bat on the off side as the batsmen take a single.
  • 85.1 FOUR! This is good cricket all around. England are attacking and so are Australia. This is really good to watch. Full delivery outside off, Shaun Marsh leans into the drive and crisply drives it through the covers to send it across the rope.
  • Silly mid on in place for Marsh.
  • 84.6 FOUR! Too full, too wide, put away superbly. Outside off, Paine lofts it square over point. Nobody out there in the deep, so a boundary will result. 228/5
  • 84.5 Just back of a length on middle and off, Tim stays behind the line and blocks it out.
  • 84.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 84.3 Hurled wide outside off, no shot offered by the right-hander.
  • 84.2 FOUR! In style... That's how! Terrific shot from the Australian keeper. Sees the ball landing short early, Paine rocks back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 84.1 Not nicking that was more difficult. Unreal delivery from Anderson. It's on a length just outside off, slightest hints of movements away and Tim Paine is almost undone here. He's lucky the ball didn't take the edge as it made its way behind to the keeper. Time Paine, how will you deal with this?
  • 83.6 FOUR! Fraction too straight and Marsh has pounced on this. Full delivery angling in on middle and leg, it's flicked away nicely through the vacant mid-wicket area for a boundary. 220/5
  • 83.5 Well wide outside off, left alone by the southpaw.
  • 83.4 Full again, on the stumps from Broad yet again, played back down the track with the full face of the bat.
  • 83.3 Full and straight attacking the stumps, Marsh gets right behind the line and keeps it out.
  • 83.2 Is there an edge? The umpire doesn't think so, excellent work from him, by the way. That wasn't easy to judge. Jaffa from Broad though, he's on fire this morning. Comes from around the wicket and angles it in around off, gets it to move away late and there's a noise as the ball goes past the outside edge. Bairstow collects, loud shouts all around, but the nothing from the umpire. Replays show why too, the noise was of the ball brushing the thigh pad, not the bat. Nicely done.
  • 83.1 Touch fuller in length around off, blocked out with the full face of the bat.
  • 82.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 216/5
  • 82.5 Bumper close to off, it's sharp and accurate, Paine has to arch back and let it through.
  • 82.4 Hurls it in the channel outside off, dabbed to point with an open face.
  • 82.3 Good length delivery just around off, it's kept out from within the crease.
  • 82.2 FOUR! Put away. A loose ball from Jimmy Anderson which is played well by Tim Paine. Short ball angling down, Paine helps the pull down towards fine leg for a boundary.
  • 82.1 Landed on middle and leg, it swings away late and squares up Tim Paine as a result. Goes off the outside edge square through point for a couple.
  • James Anderson to bowl from the other end. Three slips and a gully for him as well.
  • 81.6 Full ball down the leg side, Marsh misses out on flicking it away on a boundary. Any sort of connection and that would have been sent away. 210/5
  • 81.5 Around the wicket to Marsh, it's on a length on the fifth stump line. Marsh is forward to block but is beaten past the outside edge.
  • 81.4 Oh boy, oh boy... I can't believe Tim Paine has survived that. Yikes! Broad goes full and gets that inswinger on middle stump, Paine somehow manages to flick it away through mid-wicket for a single. The slightest of mistakes and he would have been clean bowled.
  • Tim Paine walks into the middle next. Going to be a heck of a challenge trying to survive this first hour.
  • 81.3 OUT! Handscomb will not review that. He's gone! Dream start for England, just what they wanted. What an exceptional delivery from Stuart Broad. He's right on the money as he pitches around off and makes it swing back in a crazy amount. Catches Handscomb on the back pad and there's a loud shout. The umpire raises his finger and he's out of here. Peter walks up to his partner, confers whether to take the review. Eventually, it's decided not that the review will not be taken, and it's a good call too. Replays show that all three boxes are ticked red, so the review would have been wasted. England celebrate, can they capitalize on this now?
  • 81.2 Whoa! Insane movement on that. A lot of zip and inswing as Broad lands it around off, comes back in sharply and pings Peter Handscomb on the pads. Just a little too high though. Super delivery nonetheless.
  • 81.1 Back of a length delivery which deviates in the air outside off, Handscomb sticks back to defend but is beaten past the outside edge. Good carry there for Stuart Broad, he'll be loving that.
  • It's time! The players and the umpires have made their way out in the middle amidst a loud cheer from the crowd. England need to bowl much better with the new ball than they did yesterday, everything rests on that. Stuart Broad will take the pink ball in his hands first up. Peter Handscomb, who is out there with Shaun Marsh, will be taking strike. Three slips and a gully in place. Let's roll...
  • There's good news and bad news. I take after Don Corleone himself, so I prefer the bad news first - The bad is that it was raining just a little while back and the covers were on. The good though, is that it was just a passing shower. But we're going to HAVE A DELAYED START as a result. However, it shouldn't take too long for play to begin, it'll start at 1340 local time. The groundstaff is doing its thing on the outfield, clearing the water off quickly. Good to see we're only losing 10 minutes.
  • Hello and welcome for the second day of this Adelaide Test. Due to the rain yesterday we lost some time and a few overs, hence the early start today. The opening day saw Australia finish on a stronger note, but the dismissal of Steven Smith in particular will have given the Englishmen something to smile about heading to their hotels. The Adelaide sun will bake down and make the pitch easier to bat on, so the second new ball and the first hour today will be absolutely vital for the visitors. All hinges on that, otherwise they run the risk of the Kangaroos racing towards 300-350.
  • ... Day 2, Session 1 ...
  • Tomorrow there will be an early start, half an hour early to be precise. So the day will start at 1330 local time. The contest is still pretty evenly poised, so the morning session will be crucial for both sides. Do join us for it. Till then, cheerio!
  • In a rain-hit morning, where the Australians were on top of the game, it was Chris Woakes who breathed life into the game and for his side (first with a run out and then Warner's caught behind). Anderson got Khawaja, and Overton then got the all-important breakthrough. Broad might not have collected a scalp to his name, but he kept things tight on his end.
  • England would have similar sentiments at this point, although they would have liked a wicket or two more before the day ended. They will, however, take joy from the fact that David Warner is back in the hut and more than anything else, that someone (Craig Overton in this case) managed to find a way to break through Steven Smith's defense.
  • 55,000 in the house today and they got to witness a real spectacle. 71 runs have come in the session in 30 overs for the loss of 2 wickets. Australia have done well on the whole, all things considered. At the toss, after being put into bat, Steven Smith said that he would be happy with a score around 200 for the loss of 3/4 wickets. His side has ended the day with just that, and that is something to smile about.
  • 80.6 Oooooffffff..... Almost had him there. Last ball of the day, Jimmy Anderson all pumped up arrows it on middle and leg. It swings down and before it can hit his pads, Peter Handscomb clips it away behind square on the leg side for a run. That will be STUMPS ON DAY 1! 209/4
  • 80.5 Full and wide outside off, swinging away, left alone for the keeper to collect.
  • 80.4 The inswinger from Jimmy, Marsh is behind instead of going forward. Buys some time for himself as he works it to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 80.3 Wild away swing again, outside off, Marsh with another leave.
  • 80.2 Appreciable amount of swing there. Anderson fires it full and it goes a long way away, Marsh doesn't have anything to do with that.
  • 80.1 Excellent start. Full ball which Jimmy brings back into the batsman, Shaun Marsh is well forward as he deals with the swing.
  • The second new ball has been taken. This is going to be the last over of the day. Can Jimmy Anderson have that last laugh before the close of play?
  • 79.6 Fuller length on middle, pushed down to mid on. 207/4
  • 79.5 Hits the deck hard, extracts some bounce and forces Peter Handscomb to play it down on the off side.
  • 79.4 There it is! What he's been trying to do and almost achieves it. Angles in at first and then moves away just enough as the last second. Opens up Handscomb and beats the outside edge of his hanging bat.
  • 79.3 Wide of the crease again, trying to create the angle into the batsman. Peter is, however, rock solid in defense.
  • 79.2 Angling in and there's some extra bounce due to Broad's big height. Catches Handscomb high on the thigh pad who takes a step across to play at it.
  • 79.1 Comes wide of the crease and angles it around off, it's left alone by the batsman.
  • 78.6 Have no idea what was going through Shaun Marsh's head while playing that. Maybe he didn't pick up the length, or he didn't expect the ball to move back in. Just back of a length around off, comes in and raps Marsh on the pads. He initially looks to flick but then bails out of the shot. 207/4
  • 78.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 78.4 Length delivery on off stump, blocked out firmly with the full face of the bat.
  • 78.3 Going across Shaun Marsh again, it's outside off, he doesn't flirt with this one. Sensible stuff with just a few overs remaining in the day.
  • 78.2 Good line. Angling across, with a hint of inswing, Marsh first smartly covers the line before making a good leave.
  • 78.1 Straightish in line on middle and leg, picked off the pads before being placed to square leg.
  • 77.6 Short ball at 130 clicks, the batsman looks to pull but the bounce is too steep for him to connect. 207/4
  • 77.5 Good hand-eye coordination from the batsman. Broad looks to attack the pads, but Handscomb does well to tickle it down the leg side for a couple.
  • 77.4 ALMOST! Almost. Almost. That wasn't far off at all. Broad goes full, like he should have some time ago, there's late movement which almost foxes Peter Handscomb. Just about takes the the outside edge as it goes behind.
  • 77.3 Marginally ahead of a length, well outside off, Peter has no second thoughts about leaving it alone.
  • 77.2 Hits the deck hard and serves it outside off, it rises as Handscomb leaves it alone. Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps collects it at a good height.
  • 77.1 Shortish in length, outside the off stump, Marsh leans across and pulls it down towards fine leg. Isn't in control at all though, gets it off the glove and it goes through the vacant leg gully position. One run to the total.
  • 76.6 Lands it on a good length, some injection in pace this time from Anderson. The right-hander defends solidly. 204/4
  • 76.5 Peter Handscomb shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 76.4 Good length ball moving away rather late, kept out off the back foot.
  • 76.3 Off cutter around off, allows plenty of time to Handscomb to stay on his back foot and play it out.
  • 76.2 FOUR! Shot! Short and wide, width on offer and Handscomb takes full toll of it. Cuts it through gully and earns a boundary to his name.
  • 76.1 The 200 is up for Australia. This is good running between the wickets. Marsh pushes it to the right of mid off and calls his partner through for a quick single.
  • James Anderson is on to bowl now.
  • 75.6 That's a lovely looking shot. Full on the stumps, Marsh with a beautiful straight bat drives it down the ground. The thick outfield, however, doesn't let the ball go all the way to the fence, so the batsmen take three runs. 199/4
  • 75.5 Bumper out of nowhere, Shaun ducks and evades.
  • 75.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 75.3 FOUR! Fine effort from Overton, even though it has been in vain. Fine effort nonetheless. Full and too straight from Broad, Marsh flicks it sweetly through mid-wicket. Craig moves to his right, dives to stop it and does so too, but seems like he's touched the rope as he's done it. Umpire goes upstairs to check and replays confirm that it is a boundary.
  • 75.2 Zero movement on this, full on the stumps, the full face of the bat is presented to this.
  • 75.1 Full delivery down the leg side from around the wicket, Marsh attempts to flick but misses.
  • Stuart Broad returns to the attack.
  • 74.6 Worked away on the leg side again, wide of the short leg fielder in place. A single comes off it. 192/4
  • 74.5 Bit straight in line, worked away off the pads, just wide of mid-wicket. No run taken however.
  • 74.4 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 74.3 Back of a length delivery on the fifth stump channel, Marsh stands tall and blocks it out.
  • 74.2 Low full toss outside off, squeezes behind point for a single.
  • England's objective in this final session, largely, has been to stem the flow of runs. Whether it be the field setting or the lengths from the bowlers, everything points towards that. Possibly attacking more would have been the better option, given they have assistance from the lights. Well, either way, the Aussies haven't taken the game away, which is a credit to the Englishmen in a way. Still in it, which is a big deal.
  • 74.1 Shortish ball banged around off, Peter Handscomb gets on top of the ball and defends it down.
  • 73.6 This full ball is driven to mid on to end the over. 190/4
  • 73.5 Loopy and full from Ali, close to the off stump, Marsh prods forward and defends before the ball can turn.
  • 73.4 Lovely use of the feet. Handscomb steps out and opens his body up a bit as he places it wide of mid off for a single.
  • 73.3 Straighter one on middle and off, easy enough for the batsman to block.
  • 73.2 Makes use of his feet, comes down the wicket and clips it to mid-wicket for another run.
  • 73.1 Drifting in on middle and leg, worked off the pads square on the leg side. Single taken.
  • 72.6 Shaun Marsh stays right behind the line before blocking it out safely. 187/4
  • 72.5 That's the perfect line and the perfect length. Angling in on a full length and then it straightens up just enough. Marsh closes the face early and as a result, gets a leading edge over on the off side.
  • 72.4 Similar delivery, similar shot offered by the batsman.
  • 72.3 Full delivery aimed at off, blocked rather tightly by Shaun.
  • 72.2 Short and wide, there to be hit, and Marsh hits. Connects the cut powerfully but finds the point fielder.
  • 72.1 Around off on a good length, Peter walks across and manages to still tuck it past the leg slip fielder for one.
  • 71.6 Nice flight from Moeen, on the stumps, blocked solidly to end the over. 186/4
  • 71.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 71.4 Picks it off his pads and tucks it away past short leg.
  • 71.3 Seeing the flight of the ball Handscomb dances down the track and works it away on the leg side.
  • 71.2 Flatter, shorter and on the stumps, camps back inside his crease and negotiates it well.
  • 71.1 Tossed right up there on middle stump, flicked to short leg who misfields. Doesn't cost anybody anything though.
  • Some spin for England as Moeen Ali is on to roll his arm over. A slip, a leg slip and a short leg in place for him.
  • 70.6 Short of a good length outside off, Marsh cracks it but finds point. Unfortunate, made sweet connection on that. Either side of the fielder and that would have gone away. 185/4
  • 70.5 FOUR! Super shot. Short ball angling in, Marsh rides the bounce to perfection and pulls it along the ground through square leg for a boundary.
  • 70.4 Kicking off the deck as it's pitched on a length outside off, Shaun does not bother himself with that.
  • 70.3 Too full on middle and off, leans across and drives down the ground, unable to beat mid on despite a decent connection.
  • 70.2 Length delivery on the fourth stump line, left alone by withdrawing the bat and covering the line.
  • 70.1 Comes from around the wicket to Shaun Marsh, bowls it a tad fullish around off, it's defended.
  • 69.6 Length delivery cutting away from around off, Handscomb is across again, and he dabs it to point with a slightly opened face. 181/4
  • 69.5 Full outside off, easily kept out with the full face of the bat.
  • 69.4 Banged in short, no problem at all to defend that out comfortably.
  • 69.3 Another full delivery speared around off, Handscomb has to open the face at the last second and defend it towards cover.
  • 69.2 Half volley on off, angling in, this is the kind of delivery you'd smash down the ground or through the covers, but Peter Handscomb works it off the inner half on the leg side. Two runs taken.
  • 69.1 Peter Handscomb walks a long way across his stumps, Woakes pitches it right up there. Almost catches him leg before, but the batsman ensures that doesn't happen. Pushes it to the right of the bowler for nothing.
  • 68.6 Good length ball rising off the deck with some extra bounce, Marsh gets bat on it, only to get an inside edge back onto his pads. 179/4
  • 68.5 Angling down the leg side, Marsh has no trouble leaving it alone.
  • 68.4 Full once more, attacking the stumps, Marsh brings down a straight blade as he pushes it to mid on.
  • 68.3 From around the wicket, it's fired right up there, left alone for the keeper to collect.
  • 68.2 Full now from Overton, Handscomb moves inside the line and works it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 68.1 Length delivery just around off, Peter is rock solid in defense.
  • 67.6 Holding its line as it's angling across the southpaw, he feels it's not going to threaten him so he shoulders arms to leave it alone. 178/4
  • 67.5 That was close! Too close. Fuller delivery outside off, Shaun Marsh goes for the expansive drive but instead gets a big inside edge onto his back pad. Could have just as easily dragged it back onto his stumps.
  • 67.4 This delivery is attacking the stumps, Marsh is right behind the line to defend it out.
  • 67.3 Short delivery which Marsh pulls with a certain degree of control. Plays it all along the ground in front of square leg and takes two.
  • 67.2 Holds the length back just a little, but it's still quite full in length, Marsh plays it off the outer half on the off side.
  • 67.1 Woakes comes running in and with an upright seam, bowls it full on off. Marsh plants his front foot forward and drives it to mid off.
  • 66.6 Hangs back to this back of a length ball and guards it out safely. 176/4
  • 66.5 Good length delivery outside the line of off stump, left alone this time.
  • 66.4 FOUR! That's a dangerous shot to play, Peter! He's lucky to get away with it. Short ball outside off, Handscomb looks to ramp it over the slip cordon but gets a thick edge which instead flies past third slip. Runs away to the third man fence for a boundary.
  • 66.3 Inswinger from Overton, on a bit of a fuller length, Marsh goes for a drive but gets it off the inside half behind square leg and takes one.
  • 66.2 In the channel outside off, shaping back in, Marsh covers his off stick and makes a good leave.
  • 66.1 Cutting back into Shaun Marsh, he looks to put bat on ball but fails to do so and gets hit on the thigh pad.
  • Peter Handscomb was one of three players to debut in the Adelaide Test against South Africa last year. There were two other debutants along with him and two were recalled. He is the only one amongst Nic Maddinson, Matt Renshaw, Matthew Wade and Jackson Bird to still stick around with the Aussie team during this period. And it is not without a reason. He averages above 51 in Tests while it rises to 54.64 in 10 first-class day-night games this season for him - best in the world. Australia will hope he produces that form here.
  • 65.6 Gets right behind the line in defense. 171/4
  • 65.5 Outside off, played towards point.
  • 65.4 On a length around off, defended from the crease.
  • 65.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 65.2 FOUR! He continues playing that shot. There is a leg slip in place but Handscomb still gets across and tickles it between the keeper and that fielder to the fine leg fence.
  • 65.1 On a good length outside off, defended watchfully.
  • Well, DRINKS have been called for but with 18 overs left in the day, that seems a bit early. Anyways, the players will not mind it one bit. It has been an exhausting hour, mentally draining, where only 29 runs have been scored in 14 overs for the loss of Khawaja and Smith but boy, has it been entertaining. England have been very disciplined with their bowling and that has kept them on top in this game, in spite of not striking regularly with the new ball. Another exhilarating hour can be promised.
  • 64.6 Darts this down the leg side, SOS thinks about the tuck but is late in the execution. 167/4
  • 64.5 Landed outside off, Shaun gets across and shoulders arms.
  • 64.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 64.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 64.2 A bouncer around off and middle, Marsh thinks about the cut but then sways away.
  • 64.1 On a good length outside off, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 63.6 Another defensive shot to end the over. 167/4
  • 63.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 63.4 ALMOST! Even with that leg gully in place, Handscomb wants to get across. Looks to flick but gets a leading edge to cover.
  • A leg slip comes in now.
  • 63.3 FOUR! That was so close! Full and straight, Handscomb gets across and at the last possible moment, gets bat on ball to flick it towards fine leg!
  • 63.2 Back of a length on middle, Handscomb defends.
  • 63.1 On a length outside off, defended watchfully.
  • 62.6 A bouncer on middle, Shaun ducks. 163/4
  • 62.5 Now he gets across and tucks it behind square leg for a single.
  • 62.4 A short ball, around off, Handscomb looks to fend it away but the extra bounce makes him hop. The ball takes the inside edge but goes to the VACANT short leg region.
  • 62.3 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 62.2 Full and outside off, Marsh pushes this away from his body and gets it wide of point for a single to get off the mark straightaway.
  • Shaun Marsh walks in at number 6, replacing his skipper.
  • 62.1 OUT! Stop the press! England have found a way to get past the Aussie skipper! Massive moment in the game. And what a feeling for the debutant! He is off and running, like Imran Tahir, circling the ground in wild celebration. But he deserves this every single bit. He has found the perfect length. It is in between full and good, outside off. Smith looks to play at that, but not quite sure whether he intended to play. His bat is not quite in front of the pad. The ball nips back in, hits the pad, then hits the inside edge and rockets onto the stumps! Boy, just that wicket - just that one wicket will turbo boost England's confidence. Smith's vigil comes to a close on the 90th ball.
  • Craig Overton to bowl now.
  • 61.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 161/3
  • 61.5 Gets right back in his crease and defends.
  • 61.4 Outside off, tapped through point for a single. Moves to 40.
  • 61.3 On a good length outside off, defended from the crease.
  • 61.2 Half volley outside off, driven sweetly but straight to cover.
  • 61.1 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 60.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 160/3
  • 60.5 A short ball, on middle and off, Handscomb attempts the hook but misses.
  • 60.4 Stays back to a fuller ball again and defends.
  • 60.3 On a good length outside off, watchfully blocked.
  • 60.2 Full again, watchfully defended.
  • 60.1 Full and outside off, punched towards mid off.
  • 59.6 A bumper on middle, asking Smith to pull, he pulls out of the shot instead. 160/3
  • 59.5 Full and outside off, this time the drive is played well to mid off.
  • 59.4 ALMOST! Woakes nearly gets his man. Full and straight, Smith is perhaps a touch early into his flick and gets a leading edge. Does not carry to mid off.
  • 59.3 Gets right behind the line of this one and defends.
  • 59.2 'WAIT, AHHHHH!' screams Smith. It has been an hour since Smith has scored a boundary and this was right up there to be hit. Short and wide outside off, Steven looks to smash it but mistimes his punch to cover.
  • 59.1 On a length outside off, Smith gets on top of the bounce and punches it through cover and point for a couple. The stand moves to 21.
  • Chris Woakes gives a break to Anderson.
  • 58.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 158/3
  • 58.5 A short ball on middle, PH gets across and lets it sail past.
  • 58.4 Full and just outside off, Peter plays back to this one once more and is beaten. Luck favours him again as the ball shapes away to beat the outside edge and the off stump.
  • After all that drama, Anderson has been moved out of that silly mid on position. It is Chris Woakes replacing him. He gets into Smith's ear too. Well, wait. Now, Woakes is pushed back to mid on. So no one near Smith at the non-striker's end.
  • 58.3 Full and wide outside off, driven straight to short extra cover.
  • 58.2 Goes back to play a length ball and punches it towards point.
  • 58.1 On a length outside off, Handscomb feels for it and gets beaten.
  • 57.6 Full and outside off, driven down the ground. Anderson sticks out his right hand and deflects it past silly mid on to mid-wicket. 158/3
  • 57.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 57.4 A short ball, Steven looks to tuck but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 57.3 Outside off, driven towards mid off this time.
  • 57.2 Full and outside off, clipped straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 57.1 On a good length outside off, punched straight to cover.
  • 56.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 158/3
  • 56.5 Full and straight, driven back to where it came from.
  • 56.4 On a good length around off, watchfully kept out.
  • 56.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 56.2 FOUR! Squirted again. Handscomb is not looking comfortable at all. Plays back to a full ball, is squared up, gets an outside edge but is lucky again that the edge does not travel to hand. Past gully to third man for a boundary.
  • Teapots are boiling. Jimmy Anderson is standing right beside Steven Smith at silly mid on. That is frustrating Smith and he is asking Anderson to move wider. Anderson just smiles and umpire Aleem Dar intervenes. He asks Smith to run wider instead. What does Smith do? Gets even closer to Jimmy. Now, Dar, like a father controlling his two sons, asks both players to move apart as they are having a go at each other. He literally stands in between them! Sledging at its best without actually hurting the spirit of the game. Both players are having a go at each other. This is fun to watch!
  • 56.1 Full and wide outside off, Handscomb looks to play a drive but misses. Loose.
  • 55.6 Clips this straightish ball through mid-wicket and gets a couple. 154/3
  • 55.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 55.4 Huge LBW shout, turned down. On a good length outside off, Smith gets across and shoulders arms. He is hit on the pads and Anderson appeals but the umpire is not interested. He chats with Root regarding the review but the skipper denies. Hawk Eye shows that the ball is not coming back enough.
  • 55.3 Full and straight, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 55.2 Around off, on a length, tucked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 55.1 Outside off, on a length, moves away late, Handscomb feels for it but misses.
  • 54.6 Off the mark in streaky fashion. Handscomb commits the same mistake as he did at the 'Gabba. Playing back in the crease. He gets squared up as the ball is pretty full and moves away, takes the outside edge but luckily for him, the ball goes along the ground and past a diving third slip. Three runs taken. 149/3
  • 54.5 Full and straight, flicked behind square on the leg side for a run.
  • 54.4 Outside off, left alone again.
  • 54.3 Outside off, Steven shoulders arms then brings his bat in an exaggerated skyward circular motion.
  • 54.2 A little bit full, not quite as the previous one but good enough to make Smith come forward to defend.
  • 54.1 Full and straight, pushed straight to James Anderson at short mid on.
  • 53.6 Handscomb gets only a bit across and blocks. 145/3
  • 53.5 Gets across his stumps a century in advance, Anderson bowls it exactly where Smith wants it - outside off, angling in. Like an obedient student byhearting his notes, Smith just rehearses his tuck through square leg for a single.
  • 53.4 Holds the length back a touch, bowls it outside off, Smith goes back and punches it through the covers for a couple. Moves to 31.
  • 53.3 Fuller in length this time, driven straight to cover.
  • 53.2 Gets across his sticks and blocks.
  • 53.1 Wide outside off, a tempter, left alone.
  • 52.6 Outside off, on a length, left alone. 142/3
  • 52.5 Outside off, not as wide as the ones bowled to his skipper, Handscomb lets it through.
  • 52.4 Fuller again, wider again, outside off again. This time Smith puts bat to ball and pushes it wide of mid off for a quick single. Okay - SMITH REACHES 3000 TEST RUNS AS A CAPTAIN!
  • 52.3 Wider line outside off, left alone.
  • 52.2 Outside off, punched through point for a couple.
  • 52.1 On a good length, around off, watchfully defended.
  • Double kill. Stuart Broad will bowl from the other end.
  • 51.6 In the avenue of apprehension, Handscomb feels for it but misses. A cracking over from Jimmy. 139/3
  • 51.5 Around off, back of a length, defended back to the bowler.
  • Peter Handscomb walks in at number 5, replacing Khawaja.
  • 51.4 OUT! Jimmy strikes immediately! Moments ago, Michael Vaughan on air said, 'England generally come to life at night.' Boy, hasn't he been proved right? A length ball wide outside off, Khawaja plays a loose drive, without moving his feet. Pays the price for it as he gets a thick outside edge. It flies towards gully where James Vince dives to his left and snaps it with ease! He then throws the ball up in the air and roars. Anderson reacts as if he gets such wickets everyday in his backyard. Absolutely calm. Not much celebration. To be honest, Mark Stoneman and the whole of England would be breathing a huge sigh of relief. He had dropped Uzzie on 44. Has not cost much. Yet another 50-run stand is not converted by the Aussies. This was worth 53 and once again, Australia find themselves in trouble early in a session.
  • 51.3 LBW SHOUT, NOT OUT. Pitched outside leg, Khawaja misses his tuck and is hit on the pads. Anderson is the only one appealing.
  • 51.2 The length is the same, Khawaja defends.
  • 51.1 A length ball to start, around off, tucked behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • The Adelaide Oval is baked in twilight as the players take the field. A lovely sight to behold. It will be James Anderson vs Steven Smith first up.
  • That was quick. THE COVERS ARE OFF. We resume at 2000 local.
  • Welcome back for the final session. Those should have been our words. Instead, the covers on the pitch are welcoming us. It is a slight drizzle and we have only one cover in place. So that looks promising. Play can go until 2230 local tonight and we shall be starting 30 minutes early tomorrow.
  • ... DAY 1, FINAL SESSION ...
  • They say, the key to success is to have a not-so-good memory. England need to forget that dropped chance and move on, coming out firing after Dinner. It will be the most difficult session to bat and if they can get a wicket or two quickly, they might well ease into the tail as well with the ball moving under the lights. Australia will do good to be mindful of that. Join us back for the final session. 32 overs scheduled.
  • England then bowled their hearts out to Khawaja and Smith. They were chattering constantly with the Aussie skipper and getting under his skin. And they were nearly rewarded as Khawaja was feeling the heat and almost gave it away. However, in what can be called as a possible defining moment of the match and series, Mark Stoneman shelled a relatively easy chance of Khawaja. He was on 44 then and Australia, on 109. Since that drop, they have scored 29 runs, albeit in 11.1 overs but without much pressure.
  • Both teams had their moments in the topsy-turvy session. England came out firing after Tea, using some juice on the pitch and denied Australia anything. That resulted in a run out and for the next 15-20 minutes, the visitors were all over Warner and Khawaja. But the duo saw that period out and got a nice 53-run stand before the former threw it away.
  • Enthralling session of cricket. 105/2 in 37.1 overs. Australia were rocked early via the Bancroft run out, then they bounced back, before being pegged back again, only to finish the session on top.
  • 50.6 A bouncer to end the session and UK ducks. DINNER ON DAY 1! 138/2
  • 50.5 Brain fade? Jokingly, yes. A short ball, angling into Khawaja, he shoulders arms and gets hit on the thighs. The ball rolls towards square leg and now Smith wants the single. He then asks Aleem Dar whether he could run and on receiving the shake of the head, gets back into his crease. One cannot run if he is hit on the body while shouldering arms.
  • 50.4 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • 50.3 A short ball again, defended from the crease.
  • 50.2 A bouncer again, Usman ducks.
  • 50.1 A short ball, bowled from around the wicket, goes down the leg side, intentionally. Khawaja thinks about tucking it away before pulling his bat away.
  • 49.6 Gets it past mid-wicket and earns a single. 138/2
  • 49.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 49.4 On middle and leg, flicked to the leg side off the back foot.
  • 49.3 Third forward defense in a row.
  • 49.2 Similar line and length, watchfully blocked.
  • 49.1 Full on middle, defended to the leg side.
  • 48.6 Action replay of the previous delivery. 137/2
  • 48.5 Another length ball, forcing Steven to flick, he does play that shot but finds short mid-wicket again.
  • 48.4 Full and around off, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
  • 48.3 A bouncer around off, Smith ducks.
  • 48.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 48.1 A length ball, tucked towards short mid-wicket.
  • A pretty spread out field for Craig Overton now...
  • 47.6 A touch short, worked towards short mid-wicket. 137/2
  • 47.5 Gives this plenty of air, outside off, Usman drives but finds short extra cover.
  • 47.4 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 47.3 Short and outside off, punched straight to cover.
  • 47.2 Tossed up outside off, now Smith dances down and flicks it wide of mid on for a run.
  • 47.1 Full and outside off, Khawaja comes down the track and drives it through mid off for a single. 50-RUN STAND is up. Consecutive ones too. Australia need this to be BIG. England need to cut it short.
  • 46.6 Full on middle, pushed straight to mid on. 135/2
  • 46.5 Works it towards square leg for a run.
  • 46.4 Full and straight, Smith gets across and flicks it towards deep backward square leg for a single.
  • 46.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 46.2 A length ball, tucked towards square leg.
  • 46.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • CRAIG OVERTON gets a change of ends.
  • 45.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 133/2
  • 45.5 Short and around off, punched straight to cover.
  • 45.4 FOUR! Uppish but safe! He has been lucky today. But that does not mean he has not played well. Brings up his 9TH TEST FIFTY. Short and outside off, Khawaja looks to cut but is too close to the ball. He ends up being defeated by the bounce and gets a thick outside edge. Luckily for him, the ball flies past backward point to the third man fence.
  • 45.3 In line of the stumps, watchfully defended.
  • 45.2 Comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and flicks it past that short mid on wide of the conventional mid on for a single.
  • 45.1 On middle and leg, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
  • Spin is back on. MOEEN ALI to have another go.
  • 44.6 WHERE IS SHORT LEG? WHERE IS SHORT MID-WICKET? Unmanned. That is precisely why you need those players. Anderson bowls it really full, outside off and Smith looks to flick. But he is done in by the bounce and the ball goes off the inside edge, onto his pads and lobs up into.... space. Not a soul at short mid-wicket or short leg. Would have gobbled it. A run taken. 128/2
  • 44.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 44.4 A length ball outside off, nips back in a long way, Smith looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto his pads. Anderson is frustrated while Smith is smiling.
  • 44.3 Back of a length, tucked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 44.2 Rides the bounce nicely there. This one kicks off a length, outside off, Smith gets on top of the bounce and plays it past a diving third slip. James Vince gets to it, from gully one guesses, slides near the third man fence and saves a run for his side.
  • 44.1 Full and outside off, defended from the crease.
  • Three slips in place now for Anderson against Smith. A catching mid on and a wide mid on as well. Allows Anderson to bowl more straight to Smith.
  • 43.6 A length ball, tucked through square leg for a single. 123/2
  • 43.5 FOUR! GORGEOUS! Ah... that SSCD. A Steven Smith Cover Drive. Brilliant to watch. Half volley outside off, pretty wide, Smith leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary! Ian Chappell on air feels there were shades of Mark Waugh in that cover drive.
  • 43.4 A short ball, extra bounce, tucked to the leg side.
  • 43.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 43.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 43.1 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 42.6 Full and outside off, Usman looks to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Anderson appeals but the impact was outside off. 118/2
  • 42.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • Round the wicket now...
  • 42.4 Full and outside off, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 42.3 Outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 42.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 42.1 Oohhh... prodigious movement. Full and outside off, swinging in a long way, Smith looks to flick but gets it off the inner half towards mid-wicket. A small moment as silly mid on nearly collides into Usman Khawaja. Seemed pretty deliberate, as in no way would he have got to the ball. A single taken to deep mid-wicket.
  • 41.6 A bouncer, but well outside leg, ducked under. 117/2
  • 41.5 NEARLY CARRIES! Things are happening at the Adelaide Oval. Full and outside off, Smith plays a loose straight drive and it nearly carries to the bowler. Overton tries sticking out his left hand but it just misses his attempt by a whisker. Slows down near the long off fence and the batsmen return for the third. The stand moves to 31.
  • 41.4 Goes right back in his crease and blocks again.
  • 41.3 An LBW appeal, but nothing in it actually. Overton slips in another length ball, angling it from wide outside off. Smith gets across, looking to tuck but misses and is hit high on the pads. Overton puts in a loud shout but the umpire calms him down. The bowler asks his captain for a review but Root indicates height. And that does seem to be the case.
  • 41.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 41.1 A length delivery around off, watchfully defended.
  • Craig Overton to bowl again.
  • 40.6 Full on middle, flicked straight to mid on. 114/2
  • 40.5 The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
  • 40.4 Shorter in length, punched straight to point.
  • 40.3 Down the leg side, played straight to square leg.
  • 40.2 Full again, driven straight back.
  • 40.1 Full and straight, watchfully defended.
  • 39.6 FOUR! The runs are leaking now. Insult to injury after that dropped catch. A frustrated Woakes bowls it on the pads and Smith just flicks it through the vacant spaces at mid-wicket. 13 from the over! 114/2
  • 39.5 DROPPED! Oh dear oh dear... Massive moment in the game. Banged in short, Khawaja looks to pull this away but mistimes it pretty badly. Mark Stoneman is positioned at deep backward square leg and comes across to his right to take that catch with a sprint. The ball comes onto his hands but then spills out. Alas. Opportunity missed. Flashback - 3rd December 2006. Ricky Ponting batting on 35 at the Adelaide Oval. England on top. Ponting miscues a pull straight to Ashley Giles at deep mid-wicket off Matthew Hoggard. Dropped on 35. Australia overturn the game, win the Ashes 5-0. Here Khawaja is on 44. Is history going to repeat itself? Meanwhile, a single is taken.
  • IamShirke: The whole world is focussing on Smith and Warner but tell you what, this Uzzie lad might just score a century in no time and no one might notice.
  • 39.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 39.3 FOUR! BLUDGEONED! Growing in confidence, is this lad. Short ball, around off, pulled over mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 39.2 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 39.1 FOUR! That is through! Again, that one bad ball which lets loose the pressure. Short and outside off, Khawaja punches it on the up, past a diving point and gets a boundary!
  • 38.6 Gets behind the line this time and blocks it confidently. 101/2
  • 38.5 That is a jaffa. Just what Anderson needs to do consistently. A length ball, angled in from wide outside off, Smith walks across to defend but then the ball shapes away a touch. Beats him.
  • 38.4 100 UP FOR AUSTRALIA! Not in the most convincing fashion but they will take it. A length ball in line of the stumps, Khawaja feels for it but gets squared up a touch. However, he plays that with soft hands and hence, the ball runs down on the ground, between the slips and gully. Smith pushes Khawaja into the third as the fielder mops it up with a slide near the third man ropes.
  • 38.3 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 38.2 Full and straight, Khawaja looks to defend but is late. Is pinged on the pads but the contact of the cherry with the willow beforehand saves him. Inside edge onto the pads, in plain words.
  • 38.1 Outside off, angling away, shouldered arms to.
  • James Anderson is back into the attack. Good move from Joe Root. Get your premier bowler on against the world's premier batsman. This is where Jimmy needs to step up and improve his poor record Down Under.
  • 37.6 Nicely bowled, a straightish line, pushed to one of those two chirping short mid ons. 98/2
  • 37.5 A short ball, around middle and leg, Usman nails his pull shot towards deep square leg and gets a run.
  • 37.4 Another back foot defense from the southpaw.
  • 37.3 Gets right behind this one and blocks.
  • 37.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 37.1 FOUR! A rare bad ball amidst all the applied pressure. Woakes bowls a half volley on the pads and Khawaja does not miss out. Tickles it towards fine leg. Normally in Test matches, we don't have fine leg manned. It is not in this case either. The stand moves to 11 while Khawaja moves to 32 too.
  • 36.6 Double bluff from Broad. Steven probably expected a short and wide ball given that gully was shifted to deep point but the bowler smartly slips in a fuller ball. Smith is caught in his crease, trying to play that one and gets squared up again. The outside edge does not carry to the slip cordon. 93/2
  • 36.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • The two short mid ons are actually having a good time. They are constantly chirping with one another. They are right in the ear of Usman Khawaja and trying to irritate him. Meanwhile, a fielding change. Gully comes out and drops back to the point fence.
  • 36.4 Wider ball, on a length, outside off, left alone.
  • 36.3 Banged in short, around off, pulled comfortably but straight to Moeen Ali at deep mid-wicket. Just a single.
  • 36.2 On middle and leg, watchfully defended back.
  • 36.1 A bouncer outside leg, Khawaja ducks.
  • 35.6 Fine stop by Broad! England are up and running. That wicket of Warner has lifted their spirits. Full and outside off, Smith plays a lovely cover drive but Stuart Broad at short extra cover dives to his left and makes a great stop. What is more, gets up in a trice and has a shy at the striker's end. 92/2
  • Shane Warne is not too offended by England's current tactics. In fact, he believes this should have been the attitude right from ball 1 in this Test.
  • 35.5 A short ball, outside off, pretty high, let through. Surprised not being wided.
  • 35.4 Full on off, SS drives it straight back but the timing is not the best and mid on cuts it off to his left.
  • 35.3 Full and outside off, Steven is squared up, looking to defend and gets an outside edge which rolls along the ground towards the slip cordon.
  • 35.2 Full and wide outside off, left alone. Woakes is trying to sledge Smith too...
  • 35.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 34.6 Around off, angling in, tucked through the leg side for a run. 92/2
  • Now Aleem Dar gets into the action. He warns both, the instigator and the retorter, saying the chatter is getting a bit too loud for his liking.
  • 34.5 Outside off, left alone again. More chirping from Broad. England are trying to get under the skin of the Aussie captain and he is not liking it one bit.
  • 34.4 Exaggerated leave. A length ball outside off, Smith walks across, shoulders arms, then takes his bat in a circular motion. Broad is not short of words and greets Smith with a friendly question. Or perhaps, not so friendly because Smith retorts angrily.
  • 34.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 34.2 Wide outside off, let through.
  • Short extra cover, short cover, two short mid ons, short mid-wicket, three slips and a gully. Square leg is back on the fence. Very funky field set for Smith.
  • 34.1 Full and around middle, Khawaja looks to drive this down the ground but instead, skews it off the inner half of the bat towards mid-wicket. Takes a single. Has not got his feet moving at all this innings.
  • Stuart Broad is back on as Root aims to prize out his opposite number.
  • 33.6 One more leave outside off to end the over. Terrific start from Woakes after the break. 90/2
  • 33.5 Similar line, this time it is left alone.
  • 33.4 FOUR! FLAMBOYANT! What a way to get going! Half volley, yes. Wide, yes. Scoring opportunity, yes. Off the mark, yes! Smith just leans into this one and caresses this through the covers. No soul moves.
  • 33.3 A sharp bouncer, around off, Steven ducks.
  • 33.2 A length ball again, outside off, Smith walks across to tuck it away but misses and is hit on the thigh pads. The ball rolls towards square leg and Khawaja wants the run, hence keeps on running. However, Smith puts up his hand at the right time, asking him to stop and Usman turns. He tries to get back to his end before the fielder from short mid-wicket can get to the ball and throw. The throw does come but it hits Khawaja on his legs.
  • Skipper Steven Smith walks in at number 4, replacing Warner.
  • 33.1 OUT! Caught behind and Woakes strikes for England! A wicket after 498 balls for a bowler. Remember, England were wicketless in the second innings at the 'Gabba while the first wicket today was that of a run out. What a timely strike. Things were just looking to go pear-shaped for the bowling side and then Woakes produces this. It is more of a bad shot though but the persistent lines and lengths have brought about that dismissal. It is pitched on a length, in line of the stumps but could have been left alone. However, Warner chooses to go after it, attempting a punch and nicks it behind. Not much feet movement. He was in the air while playing that shot. Warner was just beginning to open up but has been cut short now. End of a 53-run stand.
  • 32.6 Good over from Moeen Ali. Ends it by landing it around off on a bit of a shorter length, Khawaja comfortably guards it out. 86/1
  • 32.5 Extra bounce as it zips off the deck, outside off, Usman stands tall and taps it down on the surface.
  • 32.4 Plays with the spin and dabs it just wide of short third man to get off strike.
  • 32.3 Straighter one on leg stump, Warner keeps his bat right behind the line and defends it under his nose.
  • 32.2 Floated just outside off, driven to the left of short third man. Good effort there from Stoneman to move swiftly and cut it off.
  • 32.1 Continues from around the wicket and tosses it up on off, David Warner is forward to block.
  • Drinks break! The Aussie pair looks nervous out there in the middle, especially Usman Khawaja. England sort of have them on the ropes, but aren't capitalizing by putting enough pressure. Joe Root has been somewhat defensive in his approach. A couple of men around the batsmen, along with bringing them inside the ring is something he should consider. The time is ripe to do it too. If Warner and Khawaja survive this, chances are high they will carry on and score big ones. The pitch is starting to ease out a bit now.
  • 31.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 85/1
  • 31.5 Length ball on off, Khawaja is well forward as he defends.
  • 31.4 Going away again, outside off, another leave.
  • 31.3 Chooses the leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 31.2 Camps back, waits for the length ball to come to him and blocks.
  • 31.1 Gets off strike on the very first ball. Fuller ball which is driven through the covers for one.
  • Chris Woakes back into the bowling attack.
  • 30.6 Fuller length ball from the spinner, kept out by coming well forward. 84/1
  • 30.5 FOUR! Another boundary, via a misfield from Stoneman this time. Khawaja cuts it towards short third man where Mark sloppily lets it through his legs. Nobody behind him to cover, so that will run away for a boundary.
  • 30.4 Straighter one on the stumps, the batsman defends it from within his crease.
  • 30.3 FOUR! Good shot, that. Dropped short and flat outside off, Khawaja smacks it through the cover area and sends it across the boundary line.
  • 30.2 What was he doing there? Unbelievable choice of shot from Usman Khawaja. Khawaja premeditated the lap shot, but he didn't pick up the loopy full toss which should have been sent out of the park. It takes the inside edge, lobs off his pads and flies through leg gully safely. Yikes!
  • 30.1 And Tremlett's wishes nearly come true! In the air... But it's landed safe! Tossed up from Moeen Ali on off, Khawaja gives the charge and lofts it over mid off. Not in control, but it's enough to clear the infield and fetch him a couple of runs.
  • 29.6 Angling in and then going away late outside off, not bothered with by the batsman. 74/1
  • 29.5 Bit fullish in length outside off, pushed away defensively for no run.
  • 29.4 Straight in line, extra bounce extracted from the surface. Khawaja takes his bottom hand off as he works it 'round the corner for one. His footwork was once again susceptible while playing that, hence couldn't do much else.
  • 29.3 Full outside off, driven through the covers for one.
  • 29.2 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries, albeit this isn't under his control fully. Shortish outside off, Warner glides it off the outer half through point for a boundary.
  • 29.1 FOUR! Overpitched and Warner has dispatched that. Around off, the southpaw opener drills it beautifully through the covers and earns himself a boundary.
  • 28.6 Flighted delivery on the stumps, eased out on the off side by Khawaja. 64/1
  • 28.5 Hangs back behind the line and defends it out.
  • 28.4 Shouts for an lbw but that can't be given out. Khawaja jumps out of his crease to defend but is caught on the pads. He's too far out though to be given out by the umpire.
  • 28.3 Makes use of his feet to get close to the pitch of the ball and blocks.
  • 28.2 Adds a little pace this time, bit quicker on off as Usman meets it with his bat.
  • 28.1 Slower through the air from Ali, Warner places it into the gap in the cover region and takes one.
  • 27.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 63/1
  • 27.5 There's the extra bounce again for Overton, you can expect more of that from him through the course of the game. Big lad, bowls it on a back of a length and gets it to rise more, beats the outside edge of Khawaja's bat as he looks to play it on the off side.
  • 27.4 Fired full around off, with the away movement but Khawaja has done well here. Plays it with soft hands, off the outer half towards backward point.
  • Two men out in the deep on the leg side for Usman Khawaja. He's played a couple of uncontrolled pull shots, so this is a good field change from the English skipper.
  • 27.3 Shaping away after landing on off, the batsman ensures he has not bothered himself with it.
  • 27.2 Fraction straight in line, on middle and leg, worked away on the leg side for a comfortable run.
  • 27.1 Pounded in short on off, Warner looks to play the ramp shot but the bounce is too sharp for him. Taken by Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps with ease.
  • 26.6 Khawaja comes forward and meets the ball with the full face of the bat. Keeps it out easily. 62/1
  • 26.5 Quicker on the stumps, almost a yorker, dug out past mid-wicket for a quick run.
  • 26.4 David Warner has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 26.3 Quicker through the air outside off, drilled to the man at cover.
  • 26.2 Full again, quicker in pace this time from Moeen. Warner blocks comfortably.
  • 26.1 From around the wicket, floats it up on off, David gets close to the pitch and defends.
  • 25.6 Overton with a full delivery, blocked by the batsman. 61/1
  • 25.5 FOUR! Not in perfect control, but the placement is good enough to fetch himself a boundary. Short ball which Khawaja pulls, off the top edge and over backward square leg. Moeen Ali in the deep can't get to it, just a little too far away from him.
  • 25.4 Off cutter outside off, Khawaja picks it up and leaves it alone.
  • 25.3 On the fuller side of the length, just outside off, pushed in front of covers off the front foot.
  • 25.2 Movement off the seam from a length, around off, plants his front foot forward to block it out.
  • 25.1 Full ball outside off, driven through the covers by Khawaja for a couple of good runs.
  • 24.6 Darts it full on the stumps, defended off the front foot easily. 55/1
  • 24.5 Sliding in with the arm, on middle and off, works it away on the on side by moving inside the line.
  • 24.4 That's bounced! That's bounced a lot. Immediate effect from the offie. Dropped around off and it shoots off the surface, Warner is taken completely by surprise as the ball takes the edge. There's a slip in place but much to Warner's delight, it goes past him.
  • 24.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 24.2 On a flatter trajectory, full in length, blocked again by David Warner.
  • 24.1 Straighter one on off stump, defended well down the track.
  • Seems the call has been heard. Moeen Ali is brought on into the attack. It's a known fact Usman Khawaja has trouble against spin bowling, good move by Joe Root to bring him on.
  • 23.6 Just back of a full length, moving away outside off, no shot offered. 55/1
  • 23.5 FOUR! Rare boundary in this innings so far, that's very well played by Usman Khawaja. Sees the ball pitched a little short and he's on to it in a flash. Rocks back and pulls it well in front of square for a boundary.
  • 23.4 A non-threatening delivery outside the off stump line, left alone.
  • 23.3 Usman Khawaja lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • England need to keep this up. There's a packed off side field and the Aussie pair out there are finding it difficult to score. They shouldn't start experimenting any time soon and persist with this for longer. A wicket can result off it.
  • 23.2 Outside off without much movement, on a good length, left alone.
  • 23.1 Full and wide outside off, moving further away, Khawaja drives it straight to the man at covers.
  • 22.6 Good delivery to end the over. Fired full, on off, David Warner positions himself perfectly behind the line and blocks on the off side. 51/1
  • 22.5 On off, Warner meets it with a straight bat in defense.
  • 22.4 Really wide and full, but there's some good bounce for Stuart Broad. The idea isn't bad, he's keeping it tight for the most part and baiting Warner every now and again with a loose one. Outside off, Warner throws his bat at it in an attempt to hammer it through the cover, only to miss.
  • 22.3 Bringing David forward again, keeps it outside off with that fullish ball. Driven to the cover fielder.
  • 22.2 Angling and swinging in heavily on middle and off, Warner goes deep inside the crease before working it to the man at mid-wicket.
  • 22.1 Lands it on a good length just outside off, not much movement on this occasion, easy leave to make for the opener.
  • 21.6 Extra bounce again for Craig Overton, shorter outside off which catches Usman Khawaja by surprise. He still somehow manages to dodge it safely. 51/1
  • 21.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 21.4 On a bit of a shorter length on off, Warner wrists it over mid-wicket for a single.
  • 21.3 Makes it go across the batsman who doesn't bother himself with it.
  • 21.2 There's that extra bounce. Ooofff... Back of a length outside off, keeps rising and goes past the edge of David Warner's bat who tries to punch it through the covers.
  • 21.1 Just behind a good length close to the off stick, Warner safely guards it from inside his crease.
  • Debutant Craig Overton is into the attack. He's accurate and gets good bounce, let's see how he fares now.
  • 20.6 On the fuller side of things again, drilled to mid off for nothing. 50/1
  • 20.5 Fuller length ball which is blocked solidly.
  • 20.4 Short delivery banged into the body, Khawaja pulls it off the inside half down to fine leg for a couple. The 50 is up for Australia with that.
  • 20.3 One more delivery outside off, another one left alone.
  • 20.2 Seaming away from a good length outside off, over the wicket, no shot offered to this one.
  • 20.1 Bit overpitched from Broad, bowls it on off, David Warner drives it wide of mid off and comes back for the third with some good running.
  • 19.6 Back of a length on the stumps, a touch straight in line, Warner clips it through the leg side and will keep strike. 45/1
  • 19.5 FOUR! It's gone all the way but still not exactly a free-flowing drive from David Warner. Still dwelling upon Bancroft's run out, probably. Full outside off, Warner drives it through the covers for a boundary.
  • 19.4 Just ahead of a length, outside the line of off stump, kept out presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 19.3 Hangs back deep inside his crease, waits for the length ball before blocking it out.
  • This is much better field set from Joe Root. Deep point is brought inside the circle now. This will make David Warner think about playing his favourite cut shot, and also allow Jimmy Anderson to bowl a touch straighter. Should have been done much earlier in the game, better late than never though, eh?
  • 19.2 Angling away, left alone for the keeper to take.
  • 19.1 It's skidded off the deck a bit, on off on a length, Warner plays this late, with soft hands. It goes off the outer half past backward point for a double.
  • 18.6 Around the wicket for the final ball of the over, the no.3 batsman leaves the full ball wide outside off. 38/1
  • 18.5 On a good length once more, draws the batsman slightly forward. Played back down the track past the bowler.
  • 18.4 Length ball around off, from the outer half of the willow Khawaja plays it towards point.
  • 18.3 Over the wicket to Khawaja, Broad drops it around off and gets it to come back in marginally. Usman comes half-forward and lets it be.
  • 18.2 Short of a good length close to off, Usman keeps it out off the back foot.
  • 18.1 Skidding off the surface, coming from wide of the crease. Catches Warner on the thigh pad, missing the edge of the bat. Leg bye taken as a result.
  • 17.6 Swinging away from around off, Khawaja with no foot movement pushes from inside the line. Is beaten all ends up. 37/1
  • 17.5 Full ball which is pushed through the covers. Almost immediately after completing the first, Warner with a big shout of 'NO'. Doesn't want Khawaja to suffer the same fate as his opening partner, at least not because of him.
  • 17.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 17.3 Anderson once again makes it go across, Warner with a solid defensive shot.
  • 17.2 Beaten! What a peach. Angling across David Warner, he's completely undone for pace as he hangs his bat out to this. Gets beaten past the edge as the keeper takes it. Warner isn't looking too hot for the moment, the run out of his partner has seemingly got under his skin. Needs to shake it off quickly.
  • 17.1 Length ball targeting the top of off stump, pushed away in front of covers from within the crease.
  • 16.6 Full outside off, pushed straight to short extra cover. 36/1
  • 16.5 Comes wide of the crease and angles it around off, kept out safely with an opened-face blade.
  • 16.4 Kicking up off the surface from around off, the batsman is up for it as he manages to block it on the off side.
  • 16.3 Straightening up after hitting the deck, around off, Khawaja stands firm and defends it right under his nose.
  • 16.2 Shaping back in on middle stump, Khawaja stays back and nudges it in front of mid-wicket. No run taken on that occasion.
  • 16.1 Length delivery outside off, placed square through point for a brace.
  • Four slips from Broad for Usman Khawaja.
  • 15.6 Around off again but it's slightly farther away than the last ball, easy leave for the opener. 34/1
  • 15.5 Good leave, that's a good leave. The previous one came back in, now it goes the other way. Around off, length delivery, Warner picks it up and lets it go by him. Wasn't too far from the off stump, that.
  • 15.4 Pitched on a length on middle and off, moves off the seam into the batsman. Warner is caught high on the thigh pads as he attempts to put bat on ball.
  • 15.3 Makes great connection but it's straight to the man at short extra cover. Warner drills this full ball outside off right into the fielder's hands.
  • 15.2 On the stumps, stays perfectly behind the line and blocks.
  • 15.1 Off the mark. Khawaja moves inside the line and works it with a closed face through mid-wicket for a single.
  • James Anderson back into the attack.
  • 14.6 Keeps it fuller and around off, met with the full face of the bat to end an exceptional over from Broad. 33/1
  • 14.5 Stuart Broad is breathing fire now. The wicket has breathed life into the English team, especially the big pacer. Lands it on a good length outside off, Warner looks to have a push inside the line but is beaten.
  • 14.4 Loud, loud lbw appeal! Suddenly the energy flows through Stuart Broad. He comes charging in and spears a full ball on leg and it's angling down. Warner looks to flick it away but misses and is hit on the pads. Big shout, Broad as always wants the review but Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps indicates it's missing leg stump. Good call too, it's missing by a mile.
  • Usman Khawaja walks in at No.3.
  • 14.3 RUN OUT! Oh, can you believe it? Exactly the thing you don't want when play starts again after several breaks. Is that the spark England needed? Horrible mix-up in the middle. David Warner pushes it towards Moeen Ali at cover, who misfields. Upon seeing this, Warner calls for the run, Bancroft responds and halfway out, the southpaw retreats, leaving his partner in no man's land. Chris Woakes from short extra cover takes the ball and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end. Exceptional throw given he had only one stump to aim. A wicket against the run of play for England.
  • 14.2 Angling in a first but then straightens up considerably, Warner pushes it out on the off side.
  • 14.1 From around the wicket, length ball well outside off, Warner watches it go past him and into the keeper's gloves.
  • Stuart Broad to continue from the other end. Interestingly, there's a deep point and a deep square leg in place. Not sure what the plan is here.
  • 13.6 Served on a length in the corridor of uncertainty, Cameron Bancroft covers the line and makes a watchful leave. 33/0
  • Excellent news! Seems play will start earlier than expected. We are ready for action as the English team takes its place on the outfield. David Warner and Cameron Bancroft walk over to the square. Chris Woakes to bowl the final ball of his pending over...
  • Update 1625 local time - The rain has lessened out, almost stopped in fact. The square is still covered but the groundsmen have got down to clearing the outfield of the water. News from the middle is that play will start in about 30 minutes.
  • Update 1611 local time - We're past the scheduled time, which can only mean the rain is back. That means the covers will be too, and it looks unlikely it's going to start now.
  • It's happened as predicted. Tea has been taken. The first session marred by rain has seen Australia hold the upper hand for the time being. A vital advantage in the grand scheme of things. England went against the norm at the Adelaide Oval and opted to bowl. Early wickets were the need of the hour but the English bowlers couldn't make use of the swinging conditions. Short lengths and a lack of discipline, coupled with inconsistency to keep it full has led to them wanting more. The second session should begin at 1610 local time, provided there's no further rain. Do join us for it.
  • 1545 LOCAL - 'We are 10 minutes away from resumption' were Mark Nicholas' words with just the Hessian in place. 10 minutes after his words, the Hessian has been replaced by a bigger cover. The drizzle has returned and it is hard to see any play happening before Tea now.
  • Nice interesting chat between Mark Nicholas and Michael Clarke on air. Nicholas asks Pup (Clarke) as to why is there such a big fuss about Root electing to bowl. Clarke says that it is too early to say anything right now. However, if England do end up not winning this game or losing the same, questions will be asked about the toss. It is about ownership and accountability and one has to face it. The same thing happened to Nasser Hussain way back in 2002 while Ricky Thomas Ponting faced a similar fate in the 2005 Ashes during the Edgbaston Test. Now, Pup further says that generally, in Adelaide, the pitches generally start to wear out by the fourth and fifth days. That also accounts for the drop-in ones. So, hence, he feels, batting first would have been a better choice here, especially if you have a decent spinner in the side.
  • Update 1530 local time - Good news! The rain has stopped, the covers are off and the supersoppers are doing their thing. It's still a bit dark and overcast out there, but for now, we should have action again soon enough.
  • The covers are back on! The drizzle is quite steady now, slightly heavier than the last time. The pitch is covered as is a good chunk of the outfield. We could be in for a longer delay this time.
  • 13.5 On a good length closer to off this time, Bancroft stands tall and defends it back down the track.
  • 13.4 Moving off the seam away from the batsman, outside off, Bancroft doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 13.3 Stays right behind the line of this length delivery as it's blocked with a straight bat.
  • 13.2 Cutting back into David Warner, the flick is missed and it goes off the thigh pads. Leg bye taken on the leg side.
  • It was bright and sunny when play was resumed after that brief rain interruption. It's gone quite overcast out there again. It's drizzling again...
  • 13.1 Bancroft with another single in the covers. Maybe Root should be blocking that area. Tap and run stuff and a single is earned.
  • 12.6 Beautiful. Full and on the stumps, Warner gets right behind the line and pushes it towards mid on. 31/0
  • 12.5 From around the wicket to Warner, outside off and straightening up a shade, it's worked square towards point.
  • 12.4 Overton overdoes his underarm. Bancroft pushes it just wide of the debutant at cover. He gets to the ball, looks to hit the stumps at the striker's end but ends up throwing it way above the batsman's head. Single completed.
  • 12.3 Fullish in length outside off, left alone by Cameron.
  • 12.2 Length delivery in the off stump channel, tapped down in front of point for a brisk single.
  • 12.1 Starts off from around the wicket and almost does David Warner in. Oh, that's so risky, Davey. Has a wry smile on his face. Fuller outside off, swinging away ever so late as the left-hander looks to leave it, but does so really, really late. It goes off the bottom part of the bat behind towards the slip cordon.
  • Stuart Broad will have a change of ends.
  • 11.6 Outside off, David taps it towards gully where James Vince dives to his left but is able to make only a half-stop. A single conceded. 29/0
  • 11.5 Wide outside off, left alone.
  • 11.4 FOUR! Fine shot! Full and outside off, Warner gets into his groove, does not let it go and drives it sweetly through the covers. James Anderson starts to jog from mid off, then gives it up. That was a boundary but England should not be disappointed with this length.
  • 11.3 Full and wide outside off, much better length, Warner lets it go.
  • That was not a big break. The PLAYERS ARE BACK ON. The clouds seem to have been blown away. Nice bright sunshine as of now...
  • Update 1450 local time - That was a short one. The covers are already off and we're getting ready for play to resume. Good to see.
  • Not the ideal start for England after opting to bowl on a good batting surface. They needed wickets early on but their experienced bowlers surprisingly were unable to take full advantage of the windy conditions. Their lengths weren't too great and that's allowed the Australian openers to get their eye in. This break is something that they will welcome, they will want to reload and start fresh.
  • That's an unfortunate sight. It's raining in Adelaide and the groundstaff is out to do its work. Just a strong drizzle for now, doesn't look very threatening. Hopefully the breeze blowing across takes the clouds away from the ground.
  • 11.2 Back of a length delivery angling in, Bancroft is on his toes and misses his flick. It goes off his thigh pad on the leg side as a leg bye is taken.
  • 11.1 Just outside off on a good length, left alone for Jonny Bairstow to take in his safe gloves.
  • Jimmy Anderson has some taping on his right shoulder. He got hit on it in Brisbane, and had some bruising on the muscle. Probably that's still niggling him.
  • 10.6 Oh wow, how close was that? Calling Warner brave will be understating it. Length ball with some extra bounce around off, comes back in and just about goes over the off stump as David Warner makes a leave. 23/0
  • 10.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 10.4 Much better. Full and outside off, Warner covers his sticks and lets it go.
  • 10.3 Short delivery outside off, Warner rises and keeps it down. Quickly shouts 'wait on' to his partner as he does so.
  • 10.2 Bit short outside off, left alone.
  • 10.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, Warner punches it through the gap in the covers and takes two as Woakes runs after it and throws it back in.
  • 9.6 Jaffa! Excellent delivery to end the over. Good length delivery rising off the surface, Bancroft is almost undone as the ball whiskers past the outside edge. 21/0
  • 9.5 Outside off again, Bancroft once again taps it down, this time square on the off side. Cameron has this habit of opening his body up on most occasions, thereby allowing the opportunity of an edge being drawn. He realizes that, maybe telling himself not to repeat it.
  • 9.4 Nicely played. Length delivery around the off stump, played in front of covers by moving across a step.
  • 9.3 Short from Woakes, easy enough for the batsman to let it sail over his head.
  • 9.2 Wider outside off, Bancroft has nothing to do with it.
  • 9.1 Good length delivery outside off, Bancroft this time lets it be. Good line to bowl to the right-handed opener, he has a tendency to play on the up. Keeping the pressure on him is key.
  • 8.6 Good ball. This one holds its line, maybe moves just away enough across the batsman. David Warner hangs a straight bat in defense and gets it off the outer half towards gully. 21/0
  • 8.5 Angling across just outside off, this time Warner has no trouble leaving it alone.
  • 8.4 That's the perfect length. Draws David Warner forward and almost takes the edge. The line might not look too threatening, but since it's cutting across the left-hander, it's difficult not to be tempted to play at it. Fuller and outside off, Warner is forward to push it towards mid off but is beaten.
  • 8.3 Good line, good length, good leave. In the channel outside off, arms are shouldered for the keeper to collect.
  • 8.2 Back of a length outside off, solid punch offered from the crease a bit square on the off side.
  • 8.1 Fuller delivery which is swinging away from Cameron Bancroft, it goes off the outer half towards covers and a run is taken.
  • 7.6 Similar delivery, helped in the same region by David Warner for two more. Good over for Australia, 6 runs off it. 20/0
  • 7.5 Into the body from Woakes, David Warner nudges it down towards fine leg and takes two.
  • 7.4 Closer to off stump, on a short of a length, Warner leaves it alone seeing the ball moving away late.
  • 7.3 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 7.2 Well played. Sees the ball pitched a little straight and he flicks it through mid-wicket. Two runs come for him.
  • 7.1 Full inswinger from Chris Woakes, Warner defends it off the front foot with the full face of the bat.
  • Chris Woakes is the first bowling change for England. Three slips and a gully set for him as well.
  • 6.6 Full ball swinging in from around off, Warner has a loose drive thrown at it and he's lucky he gets an inside edge on the leg side. Could have just as easily been bowled. A single results and that'll be the end of the over. 14/0
  • 6.5 Much better. Fast and swinging in, takes the inside edge of Bancroft's bat and goes behind square leg. Single taken.
  • 6.4 Length delivery on the stumps, guarded well from within the crease.
  • 6.3 The change-up from Anderson. Bangs it in short outside off, easy enough for Bancroft to sway away from the line and evade.
  • The Adelaide Oval is packed. Barely any seats empty, which sure enough will be filled at the minutes tick by. That's what you like to see in Test cricket, makes it all the more awesome.
  • 6.2 Marginally fuller in length this time, defended well down on the track.
  • 6.1 Good length delivery around the off stump line, Cameron Bancroft produces a tight defensive shot in response.
  • 5.6 Outside off, sixth stump line, left alone by David Warner comfortably. 12/0
  • 5.5 That's the downside to this field and coming from around the wicket. Fraction straight in line and you're going to go for runs. It's happened here, Warner clips it through square leg and runs hard to come back for the second.
  • 5.4 Around the wicket to Warner, comes wide of the crease and angles it in on off, Warner punches it firmly straight to mid off.
  • 5.3 Nicely done. Negotiates the swing well by taking a step out of his crease, pushes it into the gap in the covers and scurries across.
  • 5.2 Nice. Full once more, good seam position and outside off, forces Cameron to let it be.
  • 5.1 Well done, Stuart Broad. That would have been a boundary had he not stopped it. Full outside off, Bancroft drives it straight back, the bowler dives to his left quickly in his followthrough and gets a hand on it.
  • 4.6 Full and attacking the stumps, driven just wide of mid on for a run. 9/0
  • 4.5 And boom! He's right on the money. Full and swinging away on middle and off, Bancroft brings a straight blade down in defense. He shouldn't mind even if he gets hit for a boundary. That's what he should be doing more often.
  • 4.4 Stays back to this length ball and keeps it out. Still bowling a touch short here, Anderson. Should rectify that.
  • 4.3 Beautiful! What a ball. Length ball around off, moves away late as Bancroft has a push inside the line. Is beaten past the outside edge as it thuds into the keeper's gloves.
  • 4.2 Outside off on a good length, left alone for the keeper to collect.
  • 4.1 Inward movement for Anderson as he bowls it on off, Bancroft is once again hit high on the thigh pads as he looks to play at it.
  • The silent observer: My gosh, it is so windy out there that the boundary ropes have actually been held back! There was a moment before when Aleem Dar's hat flew off.
  • 3.6 Oh dear, oh dear! What a jaffa from the big man Stuart Broad. David Warner is a lucky man to have survived that. The pacer runs in hard and lands it around off, it cuts back in sharply as Warner leaves. Dangerous thing to do, he didn't expect it to come back in that much. The ball barely misses the off stump as it goes past him. Wow! Terrific delivery to end a good over. 8/0
  • 3.5 Switches the angle to around the wicket and it's the perfect delivery with three slips and a gully in place. It's full and swinging away late around off, Warner covers the line and makes a leave.
  • 3.4 Plays this on the up. Bancroft punches it to the left of short extra cover and calls Warner for a quick single.
  • 3.3 Movement into the batsman this time, the batsman leans across a touch and works it through mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • 3.2 Shaping away from around off, Bancroft has no trouble leaving it alone.
  • Anderson and Broad are just a tad short with their lengths here. Need to go fuller, use the seam well. It will trouble the batsmen and eventually, with some luck, reap the rewards.
  • 3.1 Nice length delivery on the fifth stump line, Cameron makes a decent leave.
  • 2.6 Back of a length again, kept out off the back foot to end the over. 5/0
  • 2.5 FOUR! First boundary of the innings and that's come off David Warner's bat. Anderson is short with his length so the left-hander puts it away. Crashes it through the left of point and sends it across the boundary line.
  • 2.4 Good leave. An impressive leave by David Warner. Fuller in length and around off, moves away as the southpaw makes a late leave. Judged it well on that occasion.
  • 2.3 Full in length, just a shade straighter in line, Warner brings bat in front of his pads and blocks it out.
  • 2.2 Fires it full but well outside off, Warner has nothing to do with it.
  • 2.1 Just down the leg side from Jimmy Anderson, Warner looks to get something on it but doesn't.
  • 1.6 Fullish in length outside the line of off stump, blocked with the full face of the bat. 1/0
  • 1.5 Cutting back in on middle and off, Bancroft is hit in the mid-section as he looks to work it on the leg side. Not sure if cutting his fingers across the seam this early is a good idea. Broad is a seam bowler, must play to his strengths. Bringing Cameron Bancroft forward and making him drive should be his objective, bowling just a tad short.
  • 1.4 Slightly ahead of a length around off, pushes straight to short extra cover.
  • 1.3 Length ball aiming the top of the off stick, Bancroft from within his crease offers a firm punch down towards mid on.
  • Quite windy out there. So much that umpire Aleem Dar's hat and glasses at square leg just blew right off. A sight which will encourage the visitors.
  • 1.2 On the fourth stump line, good length delivery from Broad as Cameron Bancroft leaves it.
  • 1.1 Broad comes steaming in and immediately goes full. Just outside off as Bancroft leans ahead and meets it with a straight bat.
  • Stuart Broad will bowl from the other end. He too will have three slips and a gully in place.
  • 0.6 Rising at a nice height from a good length, in that off stump channel, David Warner lets it be. Tidy first over from Anderson, just 1 off it. 1/0
  • 0.5 There it is... The sucker ball! Full and hurled outside off, Warner has a tame poke at it without much foot movement. Almost edges it behind, he'll feel lucky he didn't. More of that, Jimmy. That's what you want to do.
  • 0.4 Goes fuller this time and it's swung a long way down leg, Jonny Bairstow moves swiftly to his right and takes it well. Anderson just needs to get his length right here, should go full and exploit the conditions here.
  • 0.3 Short of a good length close to off, Warner hangs back and taps it down right under his nose.
  • 0.2 Good carry. That's a superb delivery, good sign for the bowler. Lands it on a good length around off, great seam position and it nips back in just a touch. Warner shoulders his arms as the ball whizzes past him.
  • 0.1 Bancroft is away wasting no time at all. A back of a length delivery outside off, he pushes it into the covers and hares across to the other end. Always good to get off the mark on the first delivery, he'll be feeling good about that.
  • We are now ready to begin. This is going to be a crucial first session for England. They need to be on top going into the break, because the runs will be flowing from the second session onwards. David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will try to survive this first hour to begin with, as James Anderson take the pink cherry first up. It's overcast and he'll be raring to go. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • The players are out in the middle along with the match officials for their respective National Anthems. We'll begin with England's one first.
  • Craig Overton will be making his Test debut. He becomes the 681st English player to do so in men's Test cricket. Overton likes to bowl full, so the conditions here should suit him well. It's lush green and the lights will come into play as well. Perfect for someone like him to make his start.
  • Toss - England win the toss and elect to bowl first! As expected, the conditions are there for them to exploit and that's just what they're doing. An interesting little stat is that this is the first time any team has elected to take the field in a Day/Night after winning the toss. England got what they wanted, and so have Australia. They'd have preferred to do that. Should be interesting to see how it all unfolds.
  • The conditions are relatively cool and there's a nice, cool breeze blowing, something which the Englishmen will welcome. If they win the toss, you can be a fifer that they'd like to have a go with the ball first. Despite Australia's immaculate record here, what England can take heart from is that they're the ones who handed the hosts their last defeat at this venue. There's an air of anticipation around, you can feel it. The crowd is probably more excited for this than the first one. The pinnacle of Test match cricket is here, taking place on a glorious Saturday. We hope you guys enjoy as much as we do.
  • Australia will welcome this situation, having taken a 1-0 lead at the 'Gabba and brimming with self-confidence at the moment. What will encourage them even further is that they've won all their pink ball encounters (3/3), while also winning their last 4 here at the Adelaide Oval. England did lose the series opener, but the scorecard doesn't exactly paint an apt picture. If they can remain unfazed and produce a similar performance, then this could be a real show for everybody watching. Word is that Craig Overton could be handed his Test debut.
  • A glorious afternoon in Adelaide today. The venue makes history yet again - It was host to the first ever Day/Night Test between New Zealand and Australia back in 2015. And now, it will play out the introductory Day/Night Ashes Test in history. The crowd lined up outside is excited, awaiting to just grab its seats and watching the excitement that's going to be on display. The warmest of welcome to all of you who've tuned in today for this thrilling contest.
  • England will be disappointed, not because they conceded a lead but because their highest scorer was a number 9 and every batsman got in, then got out, except for Root and Vince. However, they now have the pink ball under the lights. If they are aggressive and have the Aussies 5 down by stumps tonight, they could still be in this game. Stay tuned...
  • A good day for the Aussies so far - taking 9 wickets in just a little over 2 sessions. They have conceded less than 200 runs and bowled 67 overs. None of the four bowlers gave any freebies and apart from the second session where they overdid the short stuff to Overton and Woakes, they were mostly accurate. Starc got 3 while Lyon took 4 but the catching of those two bowlers was the one which caught the attention.
  • No surprises. Only Kevin Pietersen on air felt that a follow-on was to be given along with Michael Clarke but once a team bowls close to 75 overs or even 60, as Virat Kohli says, then captains usually shy away from bowling immediately. Australia have got a handy lead of 215 and the question is how long will they bat or can England turn this game around in the final session.
  • 76.1 OUT! Three reds. LBW! Anderson cannot rotate the strike. Overton does not get to 50 on debut. Full and in line of the stumps, Anderson gets down and looks to sweep that but misses, getting hit on the unmentionables. It looks dead, the decision that is and the umpire raises his finger. Anderson takes the review but the Hawk Eye does not allow the ball to go past the stumps. NATHAN LYON BECOMES THE LEADING WICKET TAKER IN TESTS IN 2017 - 55 in 9 Tests. Australia lead by 215 but THEY WILL BAT AGAIN.
  • LBW! Anderson has been adjudged LBW but not surprisingly he has reviewed it. England will desperately hope this is overturned for Overton's sake.
  • 75.6 Another bouncer, on middle, Overton ducks in a hurry. Can Anderson get off strike in the next over? 227/9
  • 75.5 A short ball, at the body, CO ducks again.
  • 75.4 Pushes this towards mid on.
  • 75.3 Half volley, it was there, but Craig drives it straight to mid off.
  • 75.2 Fuller this time, watchfully defended.
  • 75.1 A bouncer to greet Overton, he ducks.
  • 74.6 Sees off this last ball which means Overton is on strike the next over to try and get that half century on debut. 227/9
  • 74.5 Full and outside off, Anderson pushes but misses.
  • James Anderson is the last man in. Cameron Bancroft is shadow practising his forward defense. Which means... which means....
  • 74.4 OUT! That is a terrific catch! Tim Paine, you beauty! That is a ripper. Both, the ball and the catch. Lyon lands this around middle and Broad goes back in his crease to try and turn it to the leg side. However, the ball spins and bounces sharply past the outside edge. Paine collects beautifully and then straightaway goes up. We all thought it is just an appeal but the umpire raises his finger! And... Broad does not review. Replays show the tiniest of edges, the outside edge and Snickometer confirms. 16 more needed to officially make Australia bat.
  • 74.3 Landed around off, watchfully blocked.
  • 74.2 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 74.1 Full and around off, Broad comes forward and defends.
  • 73.6 A short ball again, tucked uppishly towards deep square leg. Does not carry again. One more run. 227/8
  • 73.5 Full and outside off, Overton comes forward and plays that with soft hands past first slip. Third man is very fine and keeps the batsmen to a single.
  • 73.4 Another short ball, Broad actually hits this almost straight to Mitchell Starc at long leg! But it does not carry. Smiles everywhere. A single taken.
  • 73.3 And again. More short stuff, a bit venomous than the ones in the second session, SB looks to tuck but misses. Cameron Bancroft dives to his left at short leg and then takes it one-handed. Everyone appeals - Cummins, Smith, Bancroft, Handscomb, the crowd and perhaps every viewer in Adelaide and the whole of Australia. But the umpire stays put. Cummins asks his fielder but Bancroft says 'I am not sure.' Smith does not take the review then. No bat involved.
  • 73.2 That would have hurt. A short ball, right at the body, at the rib cage, Stuart takes his eyes away and is hit on the ribs. Not enjoyable at all.
  • 73.1 A bouncer, Broad ducks.
  • Pat Cummins to bowl from the other end.
  • 72.6 Landed outside leg, Craig looks to flick but misses. 224/8
  • 72.5 FOUR! Great shot! Full and outside off, Overton jumps down the track and hits this powerfully down the ground past the bowler, beating mid off! Good positive intent. 19 more needed to make Australia bat again. Overton is 10 shy of a half century now.
  • 72.4 Full and around off, well defended.
  • 72.3 Full and outside off, Stuart gets across his stumps well in advance, Lyon then floats it outside off a bit wider but Broad still manages to paddle it to fine leg for a single. Gets off the mark.
  • 72.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 72.1 Good spin first up. Full and outside off, Broad lunges to push but misses.
  • Welcome back for the last session of the day. 36 overs scheduled. Think the question about the follow-on has been put to rest, should Australia get the chance. Their aim might be to wrap this innings up soon and then bat solidly. It will be Nathan Lyon to start off proceedings. Broad to face.
  • ... DAY 3, FINAL SESSION ...
  • The 66-run stand was giving headaches to Steven Smith but Starc managed to break it and Australia just got the upper hand going into the final session. England need another 24 runs to avoid the follow-on but doubt Australia will enforce even if they get the chance. Overton is batting well and it will be interesting to see how the final session pans out. If Australia bat again, do they go for quick runs in the most difficult session for batsmen? Join us back at 1900 LOCAL (0830 GMT) for the final session. 36 overs left in the day.
  • Australia's session but England did offer some fight. The hosts reduced their opposition to 142/7 from 128/5 after Tea but then were surprisingly greeted by some grit from Chris Woakes and Craig Overton. Most of that has to be attributed to the fact that Australia changed their gameplan and kept banging it short.
  • 71.6 A short ball, around leg stump, Stuart looks to tuck it away but the ball goes off his thigh pads towards square leg. A leg bye to end the session. DINNER ON DAY 3! 219/8
  • 71.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 71.4 FOUR LEG BYES! A short ball down the leg side, Broad looks to tuck it fine but the ball goes off his thighs past the keeper to the fine leg fence. The stand moves to 10.
  • 71.3 The batsman appears to have been struck on the thigh pad. They pick up a single.
  • 71.2 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • This should be the last over before Dinner but should a wicket fall before the break, we can have an additional 30 minutes.
  • 71.1 A length ball outside off, Overton feels for it but misses.
  • 70.6 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. The batsmen have run through for a single. 213/8
  • 70.5 FOUR! Very nicely played! Banged in short outside off, Overton is ready for it and deftly guides it over the slip cordon to third man!
  • 70.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 70.3 Three in a row. Bouncer, ducked under.
  • 70.2 A short ball again, Craig ducks.
  • 70.1 A bouncer, around off, Overton ducks.
  • Josh Hazlewood is back on. Can Australia nip England out before the break?
  • 69.6 Another short ball, well kept out. A successful over for Australia after 16 non-successful ones in succession. 208/8
  • 69.5 A short ball to welcome Broad, he fends at it and the ball goes uppishly towards gully who dives to his left. But it lands short.
  • Stuart Broad walks in at number 10, replacing Woakes.
  • 69.4 OUT! Simple caught and bowled. The plan works. It was short, short, short, short, short without much full when Woakes and Overton were new at the crease. No success. Then Australia reverted to bowling full, full, full, full and suddenly, from nowhere, this short ball comes. Woakes thinks he can pull but his bat twists in his hand while playing that shot. As a result, he gets a top edge which just lobs straight up in the air. For some reason, short extra cover and short mid-wicket come running in for the catch but Starc calmly stops them, calls for the catch, goes back a few steps and takes it. Third wicket for Starc. The 66-run stand has been broken and Woakes becomes one of those many batsmen in this Test match from both sides who have got a start but failed to make it big. But too harsh to expect so much from a number 8. 35 more needed to avoid the follow-on.
  • Interesting comment from Ian Chappell on air. He mentions that Craig Overton used to bat at number 4 for England in the Under-19 World Cup. What he also adds is, his twin brother, Jamie, is very quick, hitting the 140 ks consistently. So he would have seen pace in his backyard, which might be aiding him in playing this pace trio easily.
  • 69.3 A fine yorker, dug out back to the bowler.
  • 69.2 Down the leg side, tucked towards backward square leg for a run.
  • 69.1 A length ball around off, worked past short leg for a single.
  • 68.6 Full and around off, well kept out. 206/7
  • 68.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 68.4 Desperate appeal for LBW. Only Lyon appealed. Okay, Smith put up a hand too. Pitched around leg, Craig looked to flick but missed and was hit on the pads. Smith asked his bowler about the review and he got a honest reply - Going past the leg stump.
  • 68.3 Great fielding again! Full and outside off, Overton drives it straight but Lyon dives to his left and stops it cleanly.
  • 68.2 Full again, nicely kept out.
  • 68.1 Landed around middle, watchfully defended.
  • 67.6 Full and outside off, Overton reaches out and drives it behind point. Shaun Marsh jogs after it and keeps the batsmen to two. Oh wait. The throw is a wild one and Paine cannot collect. By the time short leg can stop the ball, an extra run is pinched. Overton moves to 30 now. 206/7
  • 67.5 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • Another one has his bat cracked. Yesterday, it was Stoneman. Now, it is Overton. On both occasions, it was Mitchell Starc the bowler. The 12th man takes centuries to get the bats onto the field. Mason Crane it is.
  • 67.4 Goes back in his crease and defends.
  • 67.3 Full and around off, well blocked out.
  • 67.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 67.1 A length ball, around middle, tucked towards square leg for a single. The deficit is now 239.
  • 66.6 Fuller on middle, pushed towards mid on for a single. 202/7
  • 66.5 Works this down the leg side off the back foot for a single.
  • 66.4 FOUR! CLUBBED! The batsmen are now getting confident. The ball is nicely tossed up outside off and Overton gets down and then slog sweeps it over square leg. A one-bounce boundary. 200 UP FOR ENGLAND, a big psychological boost given the way the afternoon session panned out.
  • 66.3 Full and around off, well kept out.
  • 66.2 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 66.1 Goes back in his crease and defends.
  • 65.6 And again. Full and outside off, Craig feels for it but is beaten. Now Starc looks to sledge again but Overton looks away. Starc smiles, with his tongue out. 195/7
  • 65.5 A short ball down the leg side, left alone.
  • When this pair had come out to bat, Australia's immediate plan was to bowl short, short and just short. Now that they are convinced that Overton and Woakes play the short stuff well, the Aussies have shifted to Plan B - fuller length.
  • 65.4 And again! Keep that full, make the batsman play and then get the ball to move. Starc is too good for Overton at the moment. He looks to sledge the batsman but the latter just looks down at the pitch. However, before looking down, he does admit that it was a beauty of a ball.
  • 65.3 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 65.2 Full and outside off, Overton looks to drive but misses.
  • 65.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 64.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. 195/7
  • 64.5 Full and around off, played in front of short leg.
  • 64.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 64.3 Goes right back in his crease to block that one.
  • 64.2 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads for a single.
  • 64.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • Nathan Lyon is back. One of the rare instances that this has happened in this innings - Steven Smith is actually looking as to where and how can the next wicket come from.
  • 63.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 194/7
  • 63.5 FOUR! Lucky! England deserve some luck at least. A short ball outside off, poor Woakes is in no position to play that. He is off the ground, tries to fend that but can only spoon it in the air. Luckily for him, it flies over the slip cordon to the third man fence. The 50-RUN STAND is up. For all the fight that this pair has shown and given some of the lucky dismissals that Australia have got, England need some luck. Best stand of the innings. 49 more needed to avoid the follow-on. A realistic possibility now.
  • 63.4 A length ball outside off, Woakes gets on top of the bounce and punches it through the covers. Two runs taken.
  • 63.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 63.2 Full and straight, watchfully defended.
  • 63.1 A firing yorker length, on middle, perhaps a bit full rather, flicked past short leg for a single through mid-wicket.
  • Mitchell Starc is back on.
  • 62.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total. 57 more runs needed to take the choice of follow-on out of Smith's hands. 187/7
  • 62.5 FOUR LEG BYES! A short ball, around the rib cage, Overton looks to tuck it fine but the ball goes off his hips past the diving Tim Paine to the fine leg fence.
  • 62.4 Full again, better length, nice line too, just around off, pushed towards short mid on.
  • 62.3 Just outside off, Overton comes forward and keeps it out.
  • 62.2 A length ball again, angling in, Chris tucks it through mid-wicket for a single. This stand is now worth 40 from just 55 balls. Good rearguard action this from England. Nice to see some fight and character.
  • 62.1 FOUR! MAJESTIC! That is some shot. A length ball outside off, slightly wide, Woakes reaches out and drives it through cover-point and finds the boundary.
  • 61.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 177/7
  • 61.5 A short ball outside off, Overton fends it down, getting nicely on top of the bounce.
  • 61.4 A length ball, outside off, well kept out.
  • 61.3 A short ball, around off, CO ducks.
  • 61.2 Landed outside off, fuller than the previous one, Craig squirts it past the diving gully fielder for a couple.
  • 61.1 On a length outside off, Overton comes forward and defends.
  • 60.6 Speared full around off, Craig with a very good shot down the ground. Plays it through mid on and earns a triple for doing so. Partnership is now worth 33, which is England's best this innings. Should say everything in itself. 175/7
  • 60.5 Stylishly helped away by Chris Woakes. He rises and works it past short leg to deep backward square leg. Easy single taken.
  • 60.4 Landed on a length once again, outside off, pushed away on the off side from within the crease.
  • 60.3 Short of a length into the batsman, goes off Overton's thigh pad towards backward square leg. A leg bye is taken by the batsmen.
  • 60.2 Nicely done from Woakes, all things considered. Short and angling in, was difficult to keep it down so he does his best to chip it well short of the fielder. Starc at fine leg collects it as the batsmen take a run.
  • 60.1 Good length delivery outside off, Woakes walks a step across and punches it to the man at cover.
  • Drinks have been called for. Stating the obvious in saying England are staring down the barrel. Australia are right on top and are bowling fiercely. The wickets could fall soon, and it would be interesting to see whether Steven Smith enforces the follow-on or not.
  • 59.6 Over the wicket to Overton, angles it in on middle and leg, it catches his thigh pad and falls down safely. 169/7
  • 59.5 Woakes has got away with one here! Really, really lucky. Short ball into the body, Woakes looks to pull but the bounce gets big on him. Goes off the top edge and over short leg's head. Single taken.
  • 59.4 Fraction ahead of a length, skidding on from middle and leg, Chris Woakes solidly defends it beside short leg.
  • 59.3 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 59.2 Connects the pull this time, helps it along the ground through backward square leg for a single.
  • 59.2 Wide! Banged in short but it's too short, wide called by the umpire.
  • 59.1 Continues from around the wicket and pounds it in hard. Down leg, short and Overton goes for the pull. Misses it altogether.
  • 58.6 Tucked 'round the corner with a closed face and that will be a single. 166/7
  • 58.5 Cracker of a bouncer from Hazlewood. It's anyway difficult for tall guys to duck, they instinctively want to stand tall and play. Considering that, he's done well to avoid this one.
  • 58.4 Angling back in on middle and leg, shorter in length and into the body, Craig somehow manages to work it down beside the short leg fielder.
  • 58.3 Length ball targeting the off stick, blocked out on the off side.
  • 58.2 FOUR! Positive shot, that. Nicely done by Overton. It's on a length outside off, he square drives it through point and earns a boundary to his name.
  • 58.1 The assault continues. Bumper around off, Overton gets on top of the ball somehow and defends it.
  • 57.6 Good shot, Chris. Pulls this shorter length ball through square leg. Hazlewood does equally well out in the deep with a superb dive to his left, thereby saving a boundary. Two runs taken. 161/7
  • 57.5 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 57.4 Shortish in length going across the batsman, patted down in front of covers for nothing.
  • 57.3 Short again, pulled away through backward square leg for a single.
  • 57.2 Not out! Never in doubt, really. Short ball into the body from around the wicket, Overton fends it down in front of Marsh at short leg. He gets low, quickly underarms it at the striker's end seeing Craig out of his crease by one step. It's taken upstairs and replays show that the batsman is well in.
  • Run out appeal. Shaun Marsh is quick to hit the stumps from short leg, seeing Overton slightly out of his crease. Looks comfortably safe though...
  • 57.1 Outside off on a good length, Woakes plays it through point and gets off strike.
  • Pat Cummins to have a go with the ball once more.
  • 56.6 This is good bowling. You know your bowling is right on the money if you can make a tall guy rise and leap to play that. Shortish in length, Craig Overton just about manages to fend it down on the track with his gloves. 157/7
  • 56.5 Sharp again. The bouncer from Josh, Overton does the right thing by getting out of its way.
  • 56.4 FOUR! He's played that very well. Short ball outside off, Overton stands tall and steers it with an angled bat past the diving gully fielder. Behind him and away to the fence for a boundary.
  • 56.3 Zipping off the surface on a back of a length, cuts back in too on middle and leg. Overton is completely beaten for pace as he's hit high on the thigh pad.
  • 56.2 Venomous bumper from Hazlewood, angling down on middle and leg, Overton barely manages to duck and evade. Nasty one, that.
  • 56.1 Good length delivery on middle and off, slightest of angles away, takes the outside edge of Overton's bat and falls just before Steven Smith at second slip.
  • Josh Hazlewood is back into the bowling attack.
  • 55.6 FOUR! Shot. Literally nobody out there. Short and wide, Woakes flays it over point and sends it across the boundary line. Picked his spot well, executed it properly too. The 150 is up for England with that. 153/7
  • 55.5 Keeps it short, on the off stump, defended down right under his nose.
  • 55.4 Almost a catch! Fast, short, into the body, Overton works it aerially just past Marsh at short leg. He couldn't react in time and just got his hand wide of the ball. One run to the scoreboard.
  • 55.3 Short of a good length outside off, punched firmly just wide of the man positioned at cover. Single taken.
  • 55.2 With the short leg in place, Starc is going short again. It's down the leg side this time, however, which lets the batsman not play at it.
  • 55.1 Length delivery just outside off, a hint of movement off the seam. Woakes stands his ground and blocks it down in front of covers.
  • 54.6 Goes with the spin, turns it away gently on the leg side for no run. 147/7
  • 54.5 Drifts it away from the batsman, Woakes is forward and almost done in. The edge is drawn and it goes past the slip fielder behind for three runs.
  • 54.4 Pitched right up there, this one doesn't turn. Woakes sees it and defends it by bringing his bat ahead of his pad.
  • 54.3 Goes the other way this time. Uses the spin and works it wide of mid on for a single.
  • 54.2 Quite full in length, the ball doesn't turn much as a result and Overton pushes it towards wide mid off.
  • 54.1 Spinning sharply down the leg side, Overton doesn't bother playing at that.
  • 53.6 Positions himself behind the line of this length ball and sees the over out safely. 143/7
  • 53.5 Camps back, waits for the ball to come to him and then blocks.
  • 53.4 Angling away with some pace and bounce, Woakes looks to push it away from his body but can't make any connection.
  • 53.3 Into the hips, worked it through backward square leg for a single.
  • 53.2 Venomous bouncer from Starc, Overton cautiously gets his head under it.
  • Craig Overton to bat next for the visitors.
  • 53.1 OUT! Another terrific catch! How did that stick in? Unreal. Lucky it didn't lob off behind, but he did well in the first place to get a hand on it to begin with. Starc bowls it full and straight from around the wicket, Jonny Bairstow drives it in the air straight back. The pacer sticks his right hand out, can't take it on the first attempt but then collects it on the second. Made that look quite comfortable to be honest, wasn't exactly as easy as it looked. With this wicket, it's not farfetched to say England's hopes have ended.
  • 52.6 Right behind the line of this one as he guards it out safely. 142/6
  • 52.5 Plays with the spin, turns it away behind square leg and crosses over.
  • 52.4 Takes a step out of his crease, gets close to the pitch and turns it to mid-wicket. One run taken.
  • 52.3 Sharp spin from off, into the batsman, Woakes goes behind to play and gets an inside edge onto his thigh pad which falls safely down.
  • 52.2 Fuller in length this time, quite straight in line, allows Woakes to get ahead and bury it into the track.
  • 52.1 Floats it up just outside off, Woakes defends it with ease.
  • 51.6 Back of a length outside off, tapped down into the covers for an easy run. 140/6
  • 51.5 Further away around off, still in that niggling zone, Woakes has a poke at it and gets beaten. Could have just as easily edged that. Wasn't too far away from the edge.
  • 51.4 Ripper! Ripper! What a ball. Just back of a length on middle and off, angling away slightly, very slightly, and it almost does the batsman in. He fishes inside the line and nearly nicks it behind.
  • 51.3 Over the wicket now to Chris Woakes, bumper on the stumps. Evaded comfortably by the batsman.
  • 51.2 Angling in again, Bairstow uses the angle well and turns it away n the leg side for a single.
  • 51.1 Comes from around the wicket and angles it in around off, Jonny Bairstow is behind the line as he keeps it out.
  • 50.6 Off spinner around off, catches Woakes' pads and flies past the vacant silly point region. Don't think there was any bat involved, so no problem there. 138/6
  • 50.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 50.4 Inside edge but it's fallen short. Spinning in from around off, Woakes gets an inside edge onto his pads but it lobs safely wide of the short leg fielder who's positioned deep.
  • 50.3 Straighter one outside off, left alone for the keeper to take.
  • 50.2 Looped up off spinner on middle and off, Bairstow is forward and defends it off the inner edge past short leg for a single.
  • 50.1 Turning in from outside off, Bairstow backs away and offers a firm punch to cover.
  • 49.6 Angling away late, Woakes gets a leading edge square on the off side. No harm done, end of the over. 137/6
  • 49.5 FOUR! That's a fantastic shot. Pure instincts took over there for Woakes. Short, he pulls it hard and along the ground through backward square leg, beating the man out in the deep.
  • Shaun Marsh is now at silly point. No wait, he's at forward point. Interesting, attacking approach from Australia. Deep square leg in place too.
  • 49.4 Some extra bounce on this occasion, Woakes hangs his bat out to this back of a length ball and gets it off the outer half towards point.
  • 49.3 Fierce bouncer from Starc, angling across on middle and off, Chris Woakes arches back and lets it be.
  • 49.2 Holds the length back once more, Woakes stands tall and keeps it out.
  • 49.1 Back of a length delivery on off stump, guarded out off the back foot.
  • 48.6 Steps out of his crease to get close to the pitch and pushes it to covers for one. 133/6
  • 48.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 48.4 Slower through the air on middle, driven to mid on.
  • 48.3 Darted full on the stumps, Woakes manages to dig it out by bringing his bat down in time.
  • Chris Woakes is the player in to bat for England.
  • 48.2 OUT! OH DEAR GOD.... NATHAN LYON, YOU ABSOLUTE BEAUTY! What a catch! Out of the blue, taken it spectacularly. Wow! I think that's the best catch I've seen taken in recent memory. He's been bowling beautifully and taken an absolute ripper to dismiss Moeen Ali. Tossed up on the stumps, probably holds up a bit which is why Ali chips it back down the ground. The GOAT dives superman-like to his left and takes a one-handed stunner. The tradition of this game continues with this wicket - a wicket has fallen almost immediately after every session has started. England back in real trouble here.
  • 48.1 It's a mishit but he's got enough to clear the infield. Moeen Ali gives the charge to this tossed up delivery and goes over covers. Falls well short of the man in the deep and a couple of runs are taken.
  • 47.6 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, easy leave to end the over. 130/5
  • 47.5 Real zip off the deck as Starc angles it in from outside off. On a back of a length, Bairstow goes deep inside the crease, covers the line and lets it be.
  • 47.4 Angling back in on the stumps, stays right behind the line and keeps it out.
  • 47.3 Low full toss fired wide outside off, Bairstow looks to hit it through the covers but misses.
  • 47.2 Full delivery attacking the stumps, driven to mid on.
  • 47.1 Well outside off from around the wicket, no shot offered from Bairstow.
  • He will want to break this stand and break it early. The duo of Ali and Bairstow can be dangerous, they've shown that over time. And Australia will be wary of the threat.
  • Mitchell Starc to bowl from the other end.
  • 46.6 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 130/5
  • 46.5 Goes back and flicks it between leg slip and short leg for a single.
  • 46.4 Trying something new. Gets across and looks to sweep it fine. Exposes all his stumps and luckily for him, the ball hits his glove and lands short of leg slip. So he could have been bowled, LBW or even caught in attempting that shot. Risky.
  • 46.3 Goes back and works it towards square leg.
  • 46.2 Around off, watchfully defended. 'Niceeee Garrrry!' shouts Paine. Matthew Wade would have done this on almost every ball had he been the stumper. Paine is usually a quiet bloke.
  • 46.1 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
  • A bright sunshine envelops the ground as the players make their way to the middle. Nathan Lyon to start off proceedings.
  • ... Day 3, Second Session ...
  • To be honest, Pat Cummins has been the pick of the bowlers in my opinion. He has actually made THINGS HAPPEN. Made the batsmen think differently, trying to do something different. Not that the other bowlers haven't but this lad has been impressive. England will hope that the pair of Moeen and Bairstow bats through or at least a major part of what is called as the 'best batting session of a day-night Test.' Only that could bring them out of this hole. Join us back at 1623 local (0553 GMT) for the second session.
  • Not quite sure whether we can credit the dismissals to the Aussie bowling entirely. Yes, they did bowl well, but were they tested? Nope. In the very second over of the day, a bloke plays a rash shot. That is followed by his skipper who seemed to be wanting to play his strokes. Malan and Cook tried to offer some resistance but that is where the menacing Aussie bowling came into play. If three seamers making life difficult was not enough, the spinner was creating plenty of trouble.
  • Nice finish to the session for England but it has been Australia's 150 minutes. They have conceded 99 runs in 36.5 overs. Economical? Wait. Vince, Root, Cook and Malan. All gone. Terrific start to the day.
  • 45.6 Full on middle, clipped through mid-wicket for a couple. TEA ON DAY 3! 128/5
  • 45.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 45.4 Nice shot. This is very full and Ali drives it down the ground. The ball stops on its way to the ropes and David Warner gives it a good chase from cover. Three runs taken. Moeen moves to 22 now.
  • 45.3 Awkward length if you are a batsman, between full and good, around off, Moeen looks to defend but the ball keeps rising. Manages to keep it down.
  • 45.2 Tucks this through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 45.1 EDGED, SHORT! Nearly another wicket before the break. A length ball outside off, a tentative Bairstow pokes and edges it. The ball lands short of third slip where Cameron Bancroft dives to his right and makes a clean stop. Australia seem to be getting good close-in fielders. Bancroft is good at short leg and even in the slips. So is Matt Renshaw while Peter Handscomb is not bad either.
  • Should be the last over before Tea. Cummins adds drama. Comes running in, then bails out. Mind games. Now a short mid on in place.
  • 44.6 Outside off, left alone. 122/5
  • 44.5 A shortish ball, punched towards THAT deepish mid on for another easy run.
  • 44.4 Now Moeen turns this through mid on and runs across.
  • 44.3 Full and around off, Jonny drives it towards deepish mid on. That is a kind of a position which is not saving the single but is not at the fence either. Just enticing the batsman, to try and go over his head. Not quite sure whether that is needed right now.
  • 44.2 Spins back in, Bairstow pushes it towards cover.
  • 44.1 Short and outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
  • 43.6 Another leave to end the over. 118/5
  • 43.5 A shortish delivery now, Jonny ducks.
  • 43.4 Outside off, quietly left alone this time.
  • 43.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 43.2 There..... now Cummins corrects his length but Bairstow misjudges this time. Thinks he can drive, looks to drive but he mistimes it uppishly to mid off.
  • 43.1 FOUR! MAGNIFICENT! Cummins keeps bowling full and Bairstow is not in the mood to leave balls alone. He drives it through the covers for a boundary. Cummins did not miss the length by much. May be, a tad shorter than this length could have got the edge. Cricket at its best. Good ball, a slight error and the batsman plays a wonderful shot. That is exactly how the sport should be. Love all.
  • 42.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 114/5
  • 42.5 Wider outside off, left alone.
  • 42.4 Every ball that Lyon is bowling, it gives the feeling that a wicket is going to fall. Full and outside off, Moeen looks to drive, comes forward but the ball spins and bounces a mile to beat the outside edge.
  • 42.3 This time he gets it wide of that man and a single results.
  • 42.2 A touch short, around middle, whipped straight to square leg.
  • 42.1 Comes down the track and eases it wide of mid off for a single.
  • 41.6 Excellent bowling. The line does not change, nor does the length. Bairstow comes half forward to defend but is beaten by the extra lift. 112/5
  • 41.5 FOUR! Actually a good shot. Not a bad ball. It is the sucker ball. Keep mixing the lengths and then bowl full, hoping he will nick one off the drive. Cummins got Root nicking but here Bairstow drives it straight down the ground past mid off. The stand moves to 10.
  • 41.4 A length ball outside off, Bairstow feels for it but the ball just lifts after pitching. Cannot do anything once you have committed. He is lucky the ball does not take the edge but perhaps, if not being over-critical, the ball was wide enough to be left alone.
  • 41.3 A good length delivery, clipped through square leg for a single.
  • 41.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 41.1 Straight line, watchfully defended.
  • 40.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 107/5
  • 40.5 Short and outside off, punched straight to cover.
  • 40.4 Wide down the leg side, No trouble at all for the batsman.
  • 40.3 Around off, defended from the crease.
  • 40.2 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 40.1 Around off, spinning in, defended to the leg side.
  • 39.6 A bouncer on middle and off, Jonny ducks. 106/5
  • 39.5 A peach. Full and outside off, Jonny looks to drive and we feel - Caught behind! There is some noise but nothing from the bowler or the keeper. Replays indicate noise as well but no conclusive evidence about the ball hitting the edge. May have been the bat hitting the pitch.
  • 39.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 39.3 A shortish ball, defended from the crease.
  • 39.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 39.1 Landed outside off, on a length, coming in, Bairstow watches it go.
  • 38.6 Works it with the spin towards the leg side for a run. 106/5
  • Mid on goes back a little bit and a sweeper in place too for Bairstow.
  • 38.5 Comes down the track and pushes this wide of cover for a single.
  • 38.4 Floated around off, Moeen comes down the track and defends.
  • 38.3 On middle, Mo just chips it wide of the bowler towards mid on.
  • 38.2 Fuller, draws the batsman forward, Ali defends.
  • 38.1 Landed around off, Moeen defends it from his crease.
  • 37.6 Full and around off, well defended. 104/5
  • 37.5 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 37.4 Nothing shot. Sheer pace, is this. Bairstow just fishes and misses. No feet movement.
  • 37.3 Outside off, Bairstow initially makes some trigger movement to play it through the off side but then withdraws his bat.
  • 37.2 Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a couple.
  • Jonny Bairstow walks in next, at number 7, replacing Malan.
  • 37.1 OUT! Caught behind! The bowling change works for Australia. This is pace bowling at its best. As a cricket fan, it is real fun to watch when someone moves a ball consistently at over 140 clicks. Here, it is someone plus someone plus someone. This trio can make life difficult for any world class batsman and Malan is only finding his feet in this world. Nothing much he could do about this. Cummins charges in, on his very first ball of a new spell, no warm-up but straightaway on the mark. Hits the length outside off and Malan is in two minds whether he should play or let it go. He ends up being non-committed but the ball just kicks back in. Then bounces, that too, with pace. Malan can only defend to counter the late movement but the ball just keeps coming in. Takes the left glove and Tim Paine does the rest behind. Malan does not want to go but then Australia appeal. They are confident and eventually the umpire raises his finger. No review from Malan, he knows he is a goner. Tough luck. What a ball. England still 141 away from avoiding the follow-on.
  • Pat Cummins is back into the attack. Bowled really really well this morning. Bowled with pace and consistency.
  • 36.6 FOUR! This is more of a hack. Lyon drifts this a bit away from the batsman, bowls this slightly wider outside off, Moeen looks to slog sweep again but gets it off the inner half of the bat through mid-wicket. A boundary is the result. 102/4
  • 36.5 FOUR! Finally Moeen gets one away! Full and down the leg side, Moeen gets down and sweeps it powerfully through the leg side, through square leg for a boundary!
  • 36.4 Full on middle and leg, flicked towards mid on.
  • 36.3 Outside off, pushed towards point for a single. The deficit is now 349.
  • 36.2 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 36.1 Full and around off, well defended.
  • 35.6 On middle, pushed towards mid on. Mitchell Starc comes charging in but then fumbles and concedes a single. 93/4
  • 35.5 A bumper to test his temper, but Malan is composed and ducks.
  • 35.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 35.3 On middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 35.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 35.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 34.6 EDGED, DROPPED, RUN OUT MISSED! What a delivery. Lyon gives this plenty of flight outside off and Moeen comes forward to defend. However, the ball spins and then bounces away. Takes the outside edge but the bounce defeats Tim Paine. He gets across to his left, but the ball hits his left elbow and deflects wide of Steven Smith at first slip. Moeen is in his own world but Malan calls him for the single. The fielder from backward point quickly gets to the ball, picks it cleanly and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Moeen was a goner. 91/4
  • 34.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 34.4 Around middle, defended towards short leg.
  • 34.3 Fuller and slower, around middle and leg, Moeen defends.
  • 34.2 Comes down the track this time and just pushes it with soft hands wide of mid off for a single. The stand moves to 10 now.
  • 34.1 Full and on the pads, flicked straight to mid-wicket.
  • 33.6 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it. 89/4
  • 33.5 A short ball around middle, nicely pulled towards deep backward square leg for a single. Good control.
  • 33.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 33.3 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 33.2 A bouncer on middle and off, watchfully ducked under.
  • 33.1 Landed around off, watchfully defended.
  • 32.6 Full and outside off, well kept out. 88/4
  • 32.5 Comes down the track and swings it towards mid on but cannot find the gap. He is itching to get one away. The problem for England right now is they are tentative. Not quite sure whether they should play the waiting game and then score runs. Their issue is - if they keep on waiting for that moment when Australia get frustrated, they might be sucked into the mire anyways. On the flip side, if they play shots, they could run a 50 percent risk of giving the game away today itself. But then, for great success, you need to take some risk in life. For starters, they need to rotate the strike at least.
  • 32.4 Closer to the batsman, this time Ali comes forward and defends it right under his eyes, with his bat close to his pad and the ball.
  • 32.3 Landed outside off, a bit full and wide, Moeen lets it go.
  • 32.2 Goes back in his crease and defends it to the leg side.
  • 32.1 Landed around off, watchfully defended.
  • 31.6 Outside off, left alone. 88/4
  • 31.5 A short ball, around middle and leg, Dawid looks to tuck but misses. And for a good reason. That came at 141.8 kph. Is hit on the thigh and the ball lobs in the air, beside him.
  • 31.4 Landed around off, watchfully kept out.
  • 31.3 Down the leg side, flicked away for a single.
  • 31.2 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • Hazlewood has a chat with the umpire. Something seems to have come on the ball. Something whitish. The umpire clears it off and we are ready.
  • 31.1 FOUR Leg Byes. England will take these happily. A. A rare loose ball. B. A boundary. The only thing if someone might complain, might be Moeen as he missed out on a scoring opportunity. But not the team. Down the leg side, fuller in length, a loosener from Hazlewood, Moeen misses his flick but the ball goes off his pads and goes past the diving Tim Paine through his right side to the fine leg boundary.
  • Josh Hazlewood is back on. He too, likes bowling against southpaws.
  • 30.6 Outside off, played straight to point. 83/4
  • 30.5 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket. They pick up a single.
  • 30.4 This is slightly wider outside off, comfortably left alone.
  • 30.3 Close leave! Landed outside off, Ali comes forward and then leaves it alone, perhaps expecting the ball to turn away. But it does not. Comes straight on and just misses the off pole!
  • 30.2 Fuller in length, around off, watchfully defended.
  • 30.1 Short and outside off, not quite sure whether it was there for the cut but Moeen opts to. Ends up playing it half-heartedly to point.
  • TheGoat - Not quite sure why Bairstow did not come at 6. I understand that Moeen has been confirmed as the number 6 player in the absence of Ben Stokes. But with Lyon bowling so well, if you keep on sending left-handers, then it is like hammering your own head and then complaining of headache. @TheGoat - Nice to see a goat talking about another. But yes, get your point A right-hand - left-hand combination will definitely make Australia change bowling plans. Right now, they do not have to do much changes.
  • 29.6 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single. 82/4
  • 29.5 One more leave outside off.
  • 29.4 Full and outside off, nice and swinging away a touch, tempting to drive but Moeen holds himself back.
  • 29.3 Full and outside off, left alone.
  • 29.2 Bowling to a plan. Coming around the wicket and then banging it short down the leg side. Malan is forced to play at it and tucks it around the corner. There is a leg gully in place and he dives to his right but the ball bounces in front of him and goes through. Just a single.
  • 29.1 Landed outside leg, angling away, nice carry, left alone.
  • 28.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 80/4
  • 28.5 Slower through the air and on a bit of a shortish length, Moeen Ali presents a solid defensive shot.
  • 28.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 28.3 Gentle spin around off, Ali is brave as he leaves this alone.
  • 28.2 Edge? Yes? No? According to the umpire, no. Spinning away from around off, Ali hangs back to cut and Paine appeals, along with his skipper. The umpire remains unmoved, indicating there was nothing. Snicko shows nothing too, so unsure where that slight noise came from.
  • Moeen Ali is the next man to walk in. Has a monumental responsibility on his shoulders.
  • 28.1 OUT! NATHAN LYON WITH THE ALL-IMPORTANT BREAKTHROUGH! This is what Australia wanted, this is what Australia needed. Could the floodgates open now? This is a huge wicket. Tossed up from around the wicket around off, spins away ever so slightly and that does Cook in. The line is such that he's drawn forward and the edge is taken. Steven Smith at first slip gets low and takes a good catch. Celebrates and screams under his breath. He knows what this wicket means, he knows! Alastair Cook has now gone 32 consecutive innings without an Ashes ton. This is also Nathan Lyon's 50th Test wicket against England.
  • 27.6 Short of a length on middle, pulled away through square leg for a single. 80/3
  • 27.5 Moves inside again, gets bat on it and past Cameron Bancroft at short leg. Single taken.
  • 27.4 He is not looking comfortable at all. Malan needs to find a better way to deal with Mitchell Starc, otherwise the bowler is going to get the better of him soon enough. Short ball, it's ducked and evaded, barely.
  • 27.3 The bombardment continues. Into the body once again, Dawid Malan rises and awkwardly keeps it down beside short leg.
  • 27.2 Short ball into the body, Malan moves inside the line and plays it down beside short leg, where Bancroft makes a good stop to his left.
  • 27.1 Well played. Angled across on a short length to Dawid Malan, he rises and with an angled bat glides past gully along the ground. Two runs taken for doing so.
  • Drinks break! Australia's moment so far. They've managed to pluck two English wickets, and one of them was the big fish. Root's dismissal means the onus now lies on Alastair Cook, who has been in impeccable touch since the day has started. He and Malan now must make it till Tea without any further damage. Another wicket now and Australia could have a significant advantage in this game.
  • 26.6 Just behind a driving length, on the off stick, Cook presents a forward defensive shot. 76/3
  • 26.5 Not much pace on this, but some decent spin provided by Lyon. Cook stands firm and lets it go past him.
  • 26.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 26.3 Drifting in from around off, fullish in length once more, defended to the left of the bowler comfortably.
  • 26.2 Tossed up around the off stump, Cook presses forward and dead-bats it.
  • 26.1 Flighted ball on the stumps, full in length, Malan clears his front leg and eases it towards mid off. Calls for the single, takes the fielder on and completes the run with ease.
  • 25.6 Over the wicket to Cook now, it's full and fast at 143 kph. The batsman is forward to drive but gets a huge inside edge onto his pads. 75/3
  • 25.5 Into the body again, worked away past the short leg fielder for a single.
  • 25.4 Hangs back to this short of a length delivery to keep it out rather safely.
  • 25.3 Hits the deck hard and pounded in short, Dawid Malan is alert to this as he ducks under it in time.
  • The field set is definitely for the short ones. A short leg and a leg slip are in place. Basically says that 'be prepared for the peppering, mate'. And that's never a nice feeling. Important phase of play for England. Survive this and things might get easier for them.
  • 25.2 Bumper down the leg side, Malan moves inside the line and lets it be.
  • 25.1 Comes steaming in from around the wicket and bangs it in short, Malan ducks and evades.
  • 24.6 Not much spin on this occasion, Cook is forward to this full ball and blocks it. 74/3
  • 24.5 Another one on the shorter side, defended out from the back foot.
  • 24.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 24.3 Nice loop on this as it's pitched around off, Cook prods forward in defense.
  • 24.2 Flatter and shorter around off, kept out off the back foot.
  • 24.1 Drifting in on off, turns away and Cook is beaten as he looks to poke at this.
  • Two slips in place for Lyon.
  • 23.6 Length delivery kicking off the deck outside off, Malan rises and keeps it down on the off side. 74/3
  • 23.5 Bumper from Starc, outside off, Dawid ducks and evades.
  • 23.4 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 23.3 Flicks it off his pads and turns it towards backward square leg for a single.
  • 23.2 Run out chance goes begging! Oh my... Dawid Malan just panicked there. Nice work by Cameron Bancroft, did well in that quick situation. Short ball angling in, Malan works it past short leg and sets off without thinking. Bancroft is quick to the ball, turns and throws while sliding. Probably why he couldn't aim it better. Just misses the stumps at the striker's end. Malan was not even in the frame, would have been gone for all money had that hit.
  • Short leg in place now...
  • 23.1 Short of a good length around off, stays back and guards it out off the back foot.
  • 22.6 FOUR! Loosener from the offie. Short and wide outside off, Cook rocks back and pounces on it with a fierce cut shot through point for a boundary. 72/3
  • 22.5 Full outside off, pushed to the cover fielder for nothing.
  • 22.4 Looped up by Lyon, Cook blocks.
  • 22.3 Knocks this into the covers and takes an easy run. Was in the gap, so no trouble at all.
  • 22.2 Slower through the air on the stumps, Dawid presents a front foot defensive shot.
  • 22.1 Drifting in on middle and off, Malan clears his front leg and flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 21.6 Close to the off stick, touch fuller, Cook ensure there's no damage done and ends the over safely. 67/3
  • 21.5 Full and straight, swinging back in, Dawid Malan flicks it away square on the leg side and gets off strike.
  • 21.4 Outside off on a good length, left alone for the keeper to collect.
  • 21.3 NOT OUT! Rather strange from the umpire. Height was always the concern, not sure what was going through his mind. Well, anyway, Starc comes steaming in and zips it off the surface on a length. Malan is beaten for pace as he's pegged back inside his crease. Caught on the pads and there's a loud shout for a leg before. Aleem Dar thinks, long and hard, and eventually raises his finger. Malan reviews and it's taken upstairs. Replays show that height is indeed the problem and so, Malan is safe.
  • Review! For an lbw call against Dawid Malan. Umpire Aleem Dar took a really long time to raise his finger. Height could be the issue here, and rightly Malan refers it.
  • 21.2 Short of a good length outside off, Malan opens the bat face and with soft hands, plays it down towards gully.
  • 21.1 Instantly goes full. Tails it back into Malan on off, it's defended off the front foot.
  • Finally! Mitchell Starc will bowl for the first time today morning. Not sure why, but he's here now. And he has three slips in place for him.
  • 20.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 66/3
  • 20.5 Full delivery on the stumps, driven towards mid off for a brisk single.
  • 20.4 Decent air on this occasion, worked away off the pads for a run.
  • 20.3 Third ball in a row where Cook hasn't picked him up. This time Lyon with the straighter one on off, Cook plays for the turn and as a result, plays it back to the bowler off the inner half.
  • 20.2 Edged and it's gone behind! Lyon with another amazing delivery. Similar to the previous ball, Cook with a front foot defense and the spin takes the edge. This time, the ball flies past the slip fielder and runs behind. Two runs taken.
  • 20.1 Little bit of turn there for Nathan Lyon. Pitched full on off, spins away after the initial drift into the batsman. Cook comes forward to defend but it goes off the outer half on the off side.
  • 19.6 Angling in on the pads, it's flicked away to mid-wicket for one. 62/3
  • 19.5 Beaten! Oh, that's an excellent delivery. Movement off the seam for Pat Cummins. He lands it around off, angles in at first and then moves away ever so slightly, beating the outside edge of Alastair Cook's bat. He looks to have a tame poke at it from inside the line but can't connect.
  • 19.4 Considerably away from the off stump, Cook is one to not bother himself with that.
  • 19.3 Fuller in length, just outside off, a punchy-drive played straight to mid off.
  • 19.2 Good length delivery just around off, nipping back in, Cook has his off stump covered and blocks it out on the off side.
  • 19.1 Cummins too continues from around the wicket, lands it outside off and it zips off the surface. Cook shoulders his arms to it.
  • 18.6 FOUR! Shot. Ends the over well. Short and wide, Dawid Malan hangs back and cuts it past point to send it across the rope for a boundary. 61/3
  • 18.5 Uses his feet well to get close to the pitch and blocks it out before it can turn.
  • 18.4 Straighter one on off, stays behind the line and defends.
  • 18.3 Quicker through the air, flat and short around off, Malan is back as he punches it to point.
  • 18.2 Floats it up around off, Malan prods forward and keeps it out.
  • 18.1 Around the wicket, it's tossed up on middle and off, Dawid Malan prods forward and blocks.
  • Nathan Lyon into the attack. Still no Mitchell Starc. Good move? Think it is, the ball is a little old now and it has been said the wicket will turn, we saw that yesterday too. A slip and a short leg in place.
  • 17.6 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. More of those, as far as England are concerned. 57/3
  • 17.5 MISFIELD! FOUR! Much better from Cook. He sees it short and goes after it because it is not that dangerous and not that wide. Pulls it on the bounce towards square leg. There is a substitute on the field who gets to his left but he gets a bad bounce too and the ball goes through.
  • 17.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 17.3 Dangling the carrot. England batsmen are batting like rabbits who get enticed easily. No disrespect but their minds are being flirted with. Even Cook, who is usually the most composed of them all, is looking temperamentally flustered. Full and wide outside off. Early in the morning. Nothing much happening. Need to settle down. Calm yourself. All Cook needs to do is watch such balls go by. But he reaches out for that one. Does not move his feet and nearly pays the price. Inside edge, but does not hit the stumps, luckily for him. Hits the pads, but could have hit the stumps. Good bowling, yes. Smart bowling, definitely. But England are just giving this away. Need more focus. Spend some time in the middle.
  • 17.2 Landed outside off, not played at again.
  • 17.1 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 16.6 Landed outside off, safely left alone. Better sense prevails. 53/3
  • 16.5 Down the leg side, clipped away for a run.
  • 16.4 MISCUE, SAFE! The short ball is the ploy against Malan. Once again, temperamental issues, one can say. Short and outside off, Malan goes for the pull but the ball is away from his body. Gets a top edge which lands wide of the man running in at short mid-wicket. A single taken.
  • 16.3 Fuller in length, let through again.
  • 16.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 16.1 Around middle and leg, Cook walks across his sticks and looks to flick. The ball goes off the inside edge, hits him on the thighs and then rolls towards fine leg. A single taken.
  • 15.6 Landed outside off, not played at. A decent over from Cummins. 50/3
  • 15.5 EDGED, SHORT! Cummins bowls this short again, outside off, Malan needlessly has a poke. Luckily for him, it lands short of the slip cordon. One can understand a batsman playing at balls around off and outside if he is not sure whether they will come in or go away. But not quite sure why play at balls which can be left alone, especially when you are new at the crease.
  • 15.4 Short and outside off, left alone.
  • Dawid Malan walks in at number 5, replacing Root.
  • 15.3 OUT! Caught behind! One brings two. Now Cummins will smile even more. Loose from Root. Almost the way Mitchell Johnson got him in the previous Ashes Down Under. Only this time there was no short stuff before the sucker ball. This is pretty much full outside off and a wide one as well. Root thinks he can drive but Australia have made that road their own. You cannot drive so early, they say. You don't have license. Root does not agree and goes after it. There is not too much issue with the footwork but he is not exactly to the pitch of the ball. Edges it, looks behind and then walks off. Cameron Bancroft does not drop it at third slip. No big partnership from the big two. Australia have gone bang bang this morning.
  • 15.2 FOUR! Pretty much intentional. On a length outside off, Root waits in his crease and then opens the bat-face at the last moment to guide it past gully to third man. Cummins smiles. He likes that intention from Root.
  • 15.1 Full and outside off, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 14.6 Full delivery angling in on off, met with a straight blade in defense. 46/2
  • 14.5 Positions himself right behind the line of this length ball and keeps it out.
  • 14.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • Astute observation from the commentators on air. Alastair Cook had a part of the shoulder of the bat shaved off. His grip is such that his thumb is blocked, thereby not allowing him to grip it properly. No shoulder on a bat. Amazing. Don't think I've personally seen anybody doing that before.
  • 14.3 This is a beauty! Hazlewood comes from around the wicket and serves this full outside off, it swings away and beats the outside edge of Cook's bat, who attempts to drive it through the covers. Lovely, just lovely.
  • 14.2 In the channel outside off, on a good length, Cook has nothing to do with it.
  • 14.1 Angling down the leg side, Cook tries to put bat on ball but misses.
  • 13.6 Full and a tad straighter in line, Cook works it just wide of mid-wicket and will keep strike with a run. 46/2
  • 13.5 Short and wide outside off, too far out for Cook to even think of playing at that.
  • 13.4 Full ball on off stump, Alastair Cook with a solid defensive shot.
  • 13.3 Full again, swinging back in, Root once again flicks it through that relatively vacant mid-wicket area. Both batsmen run hard and are able to come back for the third this time.
  • 13.2 Outside off on a good length, moving away a little, dabbed to point with an open face.
  • Interesting to note. It's not the ideal thing to bring it back in to Root early in his innings. It's a noted fact that he's susceptible to get out by the full away swinger. But, if they plan to swing it in, then keeping a bat-pad in place would be better. Maybe even get a catching mid-wicket fielder in place since he's working it through that area.
  • 13.1 Full delivery swinging back in, Joe Root flicks it through mid-wicket and picks up a brace for doing so.
  • 12.6 Short delivery just outside off, Cook drags the pull and keeps it in control too. Places it through the mid-wicket area and takes two. 40/2
  • 12.5 Full delivery angling across, arms shouldered by the southpaw.
  • 12.4 Good shot, very good shot. Cook drives this full length ball outside off through the covers and both batsmen come back for the second. The third run would be on usually, but credit to Davey Warner where it's due. He's lightning fast as he chases the ball down and stops the batsmen from taking that third run.
  • 12.3 Oooh! Bit risky from from the former England Test skipper. Length delivery pretty close to off, slight nip back in, Cook looks to leave it really late but it goes off the bottom part of the bat behind towards the slip cordon.
  • 12.2 Better line, that's where he should be staying. On a good length and just outside off, with some movement away, Cook makes a safe leave.
  • 12.1 On the pads again to Cook, not where you should be bowling to him. He flicks it through mid-wicket and picks up a couple as Mitchell Starc runs after it.
  • 11.6 Another full ball, on the stumps again, driven to mid on to end the over. 34/2
  • 11.5 Full delivery attacking the stumps, Root drives this straight to the man at mid on.
  • 11.4 Fuller in length and outside off, at almost 140 clicks, it's pushed in front of covers with soft hands for a quick single.
  • 11.3 Full and straight from Cummins, flicked well through the mid-wicket region for a double. Nicely played, he's quite strong off his pads.
  • 11.2 Wider away from outside off, moving a decent amount, Alastair lets it be.
  • 11.1 Slightly fuller in length, outside off, Alastair Cook comes half-forward and pushes it out.
  • 10.6 Stays right behind the line and keeps it out. Excellent over from Hazlewood comes to an end. 31/2
  • 10.5 Outside off and angling away, Joe Root lets it be.
  • Joe Root, the skipper, walks in at No.4. Big, big task ahead of him. England have their two best and most experienced players out in the middle, they must see through this first session at the very least.
  • 10.4 OUT! GOT HIM... YES, HE'S GONE! Josh Hazlewood has given his side the best of starts possible. An early breakthrough. Keeps it around off, in that zone, on a back of a length and Vince goes at this with hard hands. The extra zip off the deck does him in and the ball takes the edge behind. Tim Paine behind the stumps takes a regulation take which spells the end of the right-hander's knock. James didn't exactly play that with a straight bat, which proved to be his undoing. Marginal factor, but it plays a huge role in such games. Also, it's interesting to note that in England, it would have been a fine shot, but given the pitches in Australia bounces a bit more, it's proved to be his undoing.
  • 10.3 Good length delivery aiming the top of off stump, Vince keeps it out. This is where Hazlewood needs to be all day, right around that niggling area.
  • 10.2 Full delivery coming in, Vince flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 10.1 Good, positive intent from James Vince straightaway. Length ball outside off with some extra bounce, Vince with good balance stands tall and offers a firm punch through the covers. Nathan Lyon chases after it and keeps the batsmen to two.
  • Josh Hazlewood surprisingly to bowl from the other end. Think Mitchell Starc would have been ideal given the conditions on offer. Interesting. Anyway, three will be three slips and a gully for him as well.
  • 9.6 Fuller ball on the stumps, nice and straight, it's blocked with a straight blade to end the over. 29/1
  • 9.5 Probing without wasting much time. Pat Cummins keeps it close to that off pole and bowls it on a length, nips back in as Cook makes a watchful leave.
  • 9.4 Wider away outside off, arms are shouldered to that one.
  • 9.3 Fullish in length, attacking the off stump, Cook prods forward and blocks it out back down the track.
  • 9.2 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Alastair Cook makes a safe leave on that one.
  • The players are out in the middle to get things underway. Alastair Cook and James Vince stride out to the middle, with Pat Cummins ready to race in first up and finish his pending over. Three slips and a gully set for him. Early wickets will be on the Aussies' mind. Here we go...
  • If it doesn't rain now - advantage Australia! The new ball is just 9 overs old and with the overcast conditions present, it will make their threat even more lethal. However, on the flip side, England have avoided the danger under the floodlights and have two sessions to bat through before they undergo that danger again. If the pair of Cook and Vince can at least manage to survive this first hour, things could be interesting. Should be fun either way.
  • Welcome to the third day of this rain-hit affair so far in Adelaide. Just an FYI for everyone tuned in - it's quite overcast out there and there are chances it could pour down, so let's hope that's not the case. Now, coming to the game, a little recap of what happened on Day 2. Shaun Marsh rose to the occasion and grinded out an unbeaten ton, making significant contributions with Tim Paine and Pat Cummins. That saw Australia get around 450 after which, they had a go at the Englishmen under lights. Starc got Stoneman and the hosts were right on it, but the rain saw to the fact that there were only 9 overs bowled before play was called off.
  • ... Day 3, First Session ...
  • A rather sad end to this day. It was wonderful throughout. First with Shaun Marsh batting like a stalwart for his side. And then, the Aussie bowlers being unleashed at the Englishmen after a calculative declaration from Steven Smith. Mitchell Starc got Mark Stoneman and the Aussies were on top, but the rain intervened and ruined good day's finish. England will be happy, having survived playing under the lights and will feel they can do better tomorrow. It should be a good third day, having an early start again at 1330 local time. Do join us for it. Take care till then. Be safe, peeps!
  • Update 2100 local time - That's it. The outfield is still pretty wet and there isn't enough time to get it ready for playing again. So, the umpires have made their decision. That will be STUMPS ON DAY 2!
  • Update 2044 local time - Word from the middle is that play has to start by 2110 latest, otherwise it'll be close and we'll be done for the day. We should have some news in just a few minutes.
  • Update 2040 local time - The rain has stopped, but the outfield is still quite wet. The big rope and the supersoppers are out in full swing, looking to get this game back on ASAP. The square is still covered, but the action might begin soon enough. No evidence suggesting otherwise for now at least.
  • Update 2030 local time - Well, that was unexpected. Pleasant surprise of course. The rain has let up and the COVERS ARE COMING OFF. Think we're going to have resumption sooner than expected.
  • England will welcome this halt. The Australian pacers are breathing fire and under these conditions, it's extremely difficult to play. The more time lost, the better for them. Another drawback of them coming back out is that if they do, there will be more juice in the wicket due to the rain, so batting will become more difficult.
  • Play has stopped. IT'S RAINING AND THE COVERS ARE ON. It's pretty windy out there too, the groundsmen are finding it difficult to even spread the covering around. It's coming down quite heavily, so we might be in for a long delay. We'll keep you guys posted. Stay tuned...
  • 9.1 This is the trouble for opposition batsmen when facing Australia. You take one out of the attack, but then another comes on and then begins to terrorize them. Talk about a wonderful first delivery from Pat Cummins. Lands it on middle and leg, gets it to move away sharply and opens Cook up completely. Barely, barely whiskers past the edge and goes behind. There's a loud appeal from every Aussie player out there, but the umpire denies it. Great eye from him too, we know why he denies it in the replays. The noise is off the ball brushing the flap of his pocket, than the edge of the bat. Excellent call, but what a delivery. Cummins already showing he's ready to rumble.
  • Pat Cummins is the first bowling change for Australia.
  • 8.6 Lucky to get away with that, Mitchell Starc. Darts it on the pads, Vince flicks, there's an open field out there but he somehow manages to find the only fielder positioned on the leg side. The lone man at square leg. 29/1
  • 8.5 Shorter again, outside off, Vince with no shot on offer.
  • 8.4 Holds the length back this time and keeps it around off, Vince with a solid back foot defense to keep it out.
  • 8.3 Mitchell Starc is on fire! What a delivery. Hurls it across in that channel, forces James Vince to bring his bat and leave it hanging there. He almost edges it, lucky not to, as the ball goes behind.
  • 8.2 Length delivery outside off, Vince doesn't bother playing at it.
  • 8.1 Well bowled and equally well played. Yorker fired on off, James Vince brings down his bat in time, opens the face too and jams it out behind towards the slip cordon, where a diving stop ensures the ball doesn't go through.
  • 7.6 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. End of the over. 29/1
  • 7.5 On a good length once more, outside the off stump, left alone.
  • 7.4 Hazlewood has been a bit leg sidish this session. Strays it on the pads and catches Cook low over there. Won't get anything though as it's obviously missing leg.
  • 7.3 Moving away, in that tempting zone, Cook with all his wisdom, lands up on the conclusion that he should leave it. Good call if you ask me, Cookie.
  • 7.2 Angles it across, touch fuller outside the off stick, brings his bat forward and blocks it out.
  • 7.1 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Cook has nothing to do with that one.
  • James Vince is in at No.3.
  • 6.6 OUT! STARC STRIKES! Draws first blood and gets the Kangaroos flying in this game. A change of bats has not bought the opener any luck. Stoneman was looking good out there, had a good start but has been undone for pace. Full delivery tailing back in on middle and leg, raps Mark low on the pads and the Aussies immediately appeal. The umpire raises his finger but the batsman thinks it's going down leg. So he reviews and it's taken upstairs. Replays show there's a tick on all three boxes and that spells the end of his short knock. The Adelaide Oval erupts, there's a loud buzz around everywhere. 29/1
  • Review from Stoneman! He's been caught leg before but he feels the ball is going down leg. Over to the TV umpire now...
  • 6.5 A short delivery which has been pulled away. They pick up a single.
  • 6.4 Slightly fuller just outside off, buried into the track from the front foot.
  • 6.3 Good length delivery on the fifth stump line, Alastair covers his off stump well beforehand and lets the ball through.
  • 6.2 Going down the leg side, Cook misses his tickle. Paine looks to collect, but the ball is a little away from him. Seeing this, Stoneman wants the run but Cook sends him back.
  • 6.1 Starc comes steaming in and bowls it full on off, Cook takes a big stride forward and works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 5.6 FOUR! Flashes at that and flashes hard. Nothing wrong with that, the width's there, the pace is there and the field is inside the ring. Slashes it over backward point and across the boundary line. Needs to be careful not to do it too often, but that's a good shot. 28/0
  • 5.5 FOUR! Flashes at that and flashes hard. Nothing wrong with that, the width's there, the pace is there and the field is inside the ring. Slashes it over backward point and across the boundary line. Needs to be careful not to do it too often, but that's a good shot.
  • 5.4 Rock solid in defense, is Mark Stoneman. Looks completely unfazed by the threat in front of him. Stands his ground, waits for the length ball to come to him and blocks it down beside him.
  • 5.3 A little too full, on middle and off, Cook nicely leans forward, a little across and clips it wide of the mid-wicket fielder for a single.
  • 5.2 Bit fuller than a length around off, stays back and pushes it out with soft hands.
  • 5.1 Rare bad ball from Josh Hazlewood. Arrows it full on the pads, Cook's strong suit. He will hit you all day if you bowl him there. Picked off the pads and away to the mid-wicket fence.
  • 4.6 Bit uppish on this occasion. Stoneman flicks it aerially towards Cummins at mid-wicket. He misfields there and allows the batsmen to take two. Bit sloppy, but Australia won't mind that right now, really. 17/0
  • 4.5 Short of a good length on the stumps, Stoneman is right behind this as he taps it down under his nose.
  • 4.4 Too full, a bit too straight from Starc and that's played very well by Alastair Cook. Times the flick well through mid-wicket and picks up a triple.
  • 4.3 Tailing back in on middle and leg, raps Cook low on the pads. No appeal from anyone as the ball was clearly going down leg.
  • 4.2 What a ball! That pace and that carry. Full outside off, Cook is forward to push it away from his body to the covers but is beaten. Has to forget about that now, these misses will be frequent till that ball is moving under these lights. Only focus on the next ball.
  • 4.1 Full ball aiming the base of off stump, Cook meets it with the full face of the bat.
  • 3.6 Another shout for a leg before, this too has pitched outside leg. Similar the previous now, Stoneman is caught missing his flick. The umpire rightly turns the appeal down. 12/0
  • 3.5 Angling across the batsman, Mark does not bother himself with that.
  • Stoneman will have a change of bats. The bottom part of the willow broke while keeping that last one out at bay. Can see why, look at the pace these bowlers are bowling at. Sheeesh!
  • 3.4 Pacy yorker around the off stump, 145 kph. Hazlewood isn't holding back here at all. Stoneman brings his bat down and jams it out.
  • 3.3 Expected from Hazlewood. He'll bowl there all day if he has to. In that niggling line around off, Stoneman could just as easily be drawn forward to play at it, but the opener does really well to resist the temptation and let it be. This is good batting.
  • 3.2 That's a wonderful leave. Shows he's seeing the ball till the last second. Landed on a length around off, cuts in a decent amount. Stoneman covers the line and shoulders his arms.
  • 3.1 Shout for an lbw but it's denied, probably pitched outside leg. But the length is superb and it's troubling the batsman. Coming on middle and leg after pitching outside leg, Stoneman is struck on the pads as he looks to flick. The umpire correctly shuts the appeal down.
  • 2.6 Yorker speared outside off, brings his bat down and squeezes it out to point. 12/0
  • 2.5 Short delivery into the body, Alastair Cook swivels to pull but finds square leg.
  • 2.4 Brings it back in this time, full on off, closes the face and drives it towards short mid-wicket. Single taken.
  • 2.3 There's the swing. Fast, full swing. 146 kph. Full and moving away around off, Stoneman drives without any foot movement and the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 2.2 Short of a good length outside off, Stoneman leaves it this time.
  • 2.1 FOUR! In the air... But safe! Now Starc has his hands on his head. Angles it in and then swings it away on middle and leg, Stoneman is squared up as he attempts to block. It goes off the leading edge and flies past the diving Usman Khawaja away to the boundary line.
  • 1.6 Holy moly! Seemed like that took the edge. Was super close. Excellent length delivery angling away, around off, Cook hangs his bat forward and nearly nicks it behind. Hazlewood has his hands on his head. Dear me... End of a testing over from Josh. 7/0
  • 1.5 That's a good shot. The outfield is a little slow which stops the ball from getting to the fence but a good shot nonetheless. Full outside off, Stoneman drives it down through mid off. Warner from short extra cover chases after it and keeps it inside the rope. Three taken.
  • 1.4 Fullish in length and attacking the stumps, a firm punch down towards mid on which sees the batsman get no run.
  • 1.3 That's the length. Perfect line too. Just around off, drawing Mark Stoneman forward to play at it. Just about misses the off stick as the ball goes behind.
  • 1.2 Errs in length slightly, fires it full on the pads, Cook flicks it down towards fine leg for a single.
  • 1.1 Full delivery outside off, Stoneman drives just wide of mid off and takes a brisk single.
  • Josh Hazlewood will bowl from the other end. Three slips and a gully in place for him.
  • 0.6 Back of a length around off, the speed gun clocks 150 clicks on this, Cook stays back and blocks. Starc hasn't taken time to warm himself up, he's pumped. 2/0
  • 0.5 Great effort from Pat Cummins, saves a certain boundary for his side. Cook pushes this back down the ground, Pat from mid on moves swiftly to his right and puts in a great dive. The batsmen don't even take a single.
  • 0.4 Peach! Marvelous pace from Mitchell Starc. On a length and just outside off, Alastair Cook lets it be.
  • 0.3 Good running between the wickets from these two. Stoneman drops this in front of covers and Cook responds to the call. Both rush and finish the run before even David Warner can get to the ball from mid off.
  • 0.2 First runs for England. Cook picks it off his pads and works it away through square leg to get off the mark.
  • 0.1 Here we go! Ripper from Starc as he starts off with a length delivery outside off, at 145 clicks, Cook leaves it alone.
  • Right then! England would require a terrific batting effort from their senior men if they are to stand a chance. If their first innings is anything to look by, then it wouldn't be wrong to predict that this can be over soon. Will they come out fighting or will the hosts' bowlers run through that batting line-up? We shall find out once the second session gets underway...
  • Australia will not be too happy with their own batting performance. True, the pitch is not the easiest to bat on but this certainly does not look like one where the scorecard shows the highest score as 20. They will hope that the target of 354 proves enough.
  • Chris Woakes, too continued from where he left off last evening and picked up 4 to his name. Now that, they have done the job with the ball they still have their task cut out. The writing seems to be on the wall for them.
  • So, England have bundled out the Aussies here in the first session but tell you what, the hosts are still right on top as they have a big lead in their kitty. Reducing the opposition to 4/53 overnight, England stepped in with a lot of confidence this morning. Anderson and Broad bowled tight lines and didn't leak too many. Eventually, it was the former who got his side the first breakthrough. The highlight of the session was him bagging his first Test 5-fer in Australia and also taking 800 international wickets.
  • 57.6 OUT! AUSTRALIA HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 138, LEAD BY 353! Overton from around the wicket, bangs in a short ball on the body. Hazlewood was never comfortable in playing that one. Doesn't know how to counter this as he just hangs his bat out taking his eyes off the ball. The ball takes the edge and flies towards Malan at gully who takes a diving catch forward.
  • 57.5 Shortish and angling in on the body, Cummins backs away and awkwardly punches it through the cover region for a single.
  • 57.4 Shortish again on the body, Cummins plays it towards point off the back foot.
  • 57.3 Fuller in length, Josh leans a bit and drives it through mid off. He wanted the second and Woakes offers a helping hand by slowly running behind the ball but Australia are happy with one.
  • 57.2 Goes around the wicket and bowls a bumper on middle. Hazlewood ducks late but in the end manages to evade it.
  • 57.1 Starts off with a short of a length delivery outside off, Cummins backs away and hits it to deep point for a single.
  • Craig Overton is brought into the attack. He bowled just 1 over last evening.
  • 56.6 On the pads, clipped around the corner for a single. THE LEAD TOUCHES 350 NOW! 135/9
  • 56.5 Pushes it through covers and takes one.
  • 56.4 Stands back to this length delivery and offers a straight bat.
  • 56.3 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • 56.2 Opens the bat face and glides it through backward point for a single.
  • 56.1 Another short ball on middle by Anderson, Cummins sits under it.
  • 55.6 Shortish and just outside off, it skids off the deck, Cummins arches back to play but gets a top edge which flies down to third man. Three runs taken. 132/9
  • 55.5 The batsman tries hooking that one but misses it completely.
  • 55.4 The short of length delivery has been cut away through square on the off side.
  • 55.3 Clips it towards the vacant mid-wicket region but Woakes is quick to run and deny the single on offer.
  • 55.2 Swing and a miss! Angles it away from a length on middle, Cummins wildly swings across the line. Gets beaten.
  • Some changes in the field. There is third man, deep point and two gullies.
  • 55.1 Nicely played! Short and climbing in on Hazlewood who stands and steers it through backward point. Runs the first one hard but doesn't take another.
  • 54.6 Bangs in a short delivery again, Cummins once again ducks. A good over from Anderson! 128/9
  • 54.5 Goes fuller after a couple of short ball, Pat works it towards the leg side.
  • 54.4 Another bouncer, but dealt with ease this time.
  • 54.3 Anderson now has his tail up. Hits the deck hard, surprised the batsman with the bounce who somehow manages to duck under it.
  • Josh Hazlewood is the last man in! How long can he last?
  • 54.2 OUT! Anderson gets a 5-fer, his first one in Australia. He has been made to work hard for this and he can finally sink in the moment. Well done, Jimmy! The whole of Adelaide Oval applauds the effort as he shows the cherry around the ground. That's the most wonderful feeling ever. Ball - Fuller in length and around off, Starc tries to go big down the ground. Miscues it high in the air and it's a simple catch to Moeen Ali at mid off who moves swiftly to his right and takes it with ease. Australia lead by 343 runs!
  • 54.1 Fuller in length and angling in on the pads, flicked through square leg for a couple.
  • Brave lad! He is back on the ground. Anderson wants that 5-fer.
  • 53.6 Looks to poke at the delivery outside off, gets beaten all ends up. 126/8
  • 53.5 Fuller and wider outside off, Cummins lets it be.
  • 53.4 Bangs in a short ball, pat ducks.
  • 53.3 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 53.2 Good length on the stumps, defended down.
  • 53.1 Fuller on off, driven straight to cover.
  • 52.6 Chance! A catch and then even a run out. Anderson nearly picks up a 5-fer here! But he is down in agony. He has hurt his right knee. I will tell you how! Anderson bowls a short ball on middle, Starc looks to tuck it away but gets a leading edge as the ball lobs straight up in the air. Jimmy runs to take it, gets to the ball but with the momentum he slides, drags his right knee and disturbs the stumps at the striker's end. In doing all this, the ball pops out of his hands. Starc was out of the crease so even if the ball after popping out of the hands had hit the stumps, the Aussie pacer would have been run out. 126/8
  • Is Anderson in trouble? He has dragged his right knee on the ground while taking a catch. He ripped his trouser in doing so. He is walking off the field. Not good for England.
  • 52.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 52.4 This one cuts back in, leaves the batsman alone. The ball goes past the inside edge en route the keeper.
  • 52.3 Back of a length delivery outside off, Cummins punches it through covers. Gets it through the gap and takes three.
  • 52.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 52.1 Fuller in length and outside off, left alone.
  • James Anderson comes back. He is on the road to pick up his 1st ever 5-fer in this part of the world. Can he?
  • 51.6 Back of a length delivery on middle, tucked behind square on the leg side for a single. 123/8
  • 51.5 Short of a length delivery, rises off the deck. Cummins though takes his eyes off the ball but manages to fend it away. There is no short leg, which means the ball dies down safely.
  • 51.4 Back of a length outside off, Cummins pushes it towards point off the back foot.
  • 51.3 Shortish on the stumps, Cummins hops a bit and defends.
  • Pat Cummins is the next man in, replacing Marsh. He took 37 balls to get off the mark in the first innings. Shouldn't be the case this time.
  • 51.2 OUT! Chris Woakes has a 4-fer now! Shaun Marsh is finally being dismissed in this Test. Fuller in length, curling back in a bit, Marsh was eyeing that wide mid on area as he looks to work it away. But there is a bit of inward movement which takes the inside edge and cannons onto the stumps. He walks back but Australia have a lead of 337!
  • 51.1 Length delivery, just around middle and off, Marsh stays back in defense.
  • 50.6 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. 122/7
  • 50.5 SIX! When Starc hits it, it stays hit! Such is the power of this man! Ali bowls it full and in the slot for Starc who gets down and pummels it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. Runs have started to flow now for the hosts.
  • 50.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 50.3 Punches it off the back foot through covers for a single.
  • 50.2 Was there an edge? But what bounce for Ali! Lyon will be surely watching this! Flatter and rising from a length, Marsh goes back to cut but gets beaten by the bounce. Bairstow fumbles and eventually puts it down. Snicko shows there was no edge though.
  • 50.1 FOUR! Excellent! Marsh was trying to do this since the last over of Ali but mid off was there to cut it off! This time he gets what he wants! Loopy delivery outside off, Marsh dances down the track and drives it off the meat through covers for a boundary.
  • 49.6 FOUR! Edgy... Australia wouldn't mind but England would! Angles it away on a length outside off, Starc swings at it. Gets a thick edge which flies safely through gully and backward point for a streaky boundary to end the over. Australia's total reaches Nelson! 111/7
  • 49.5 Good bounce for Woakes! Bends his back, gets that extra bounce which he is looking for. Starc nearly falls for it. Tries to fend it awkwardly but the ball goes just past the gloves to the keeper.
  • 49.4 Fuller in length and curling back in a bit, Marsh drives it off the inner half towards mid on for a single.
  • 49.3 Fuller in length and outside off, Marsh leans forward and strokes it straight to the man at mid off.
  • 49.2 Goes fuller, keeps the line outside off, Marsh blocks it out gently.
  • 49.1 Slants it away on a length, just outside the off stump line. Marsh ain't playing at that.
  • 48.6 Good running! Moeen Ali once again lands it around off, Marsh comes down the track to drive but gets it off the edge. Rolls past first slip and Starc calls him through for a brisk single. 106/7
  • 48.5 Around middle and leg, bunted back down the ground to the bowler.
  • 48.4 Drifting in and then turning away but the length is full which allows Marsh to cover the line and keep it out.
  • 48.3 Replica of the last ball. Can't beat the man at mid off again.
  • 48.2 Tossed up outside off, a gentle push but straight to mid off.
  • 48.1 Comes out of the crease and blocks it down.
  • 47.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 105/7
  • 47.5 Hits the deck hard, Starc watches it early. Carefully lets it sail over to Jonny.
  • 47.4 Length delivery around middle and leg, Mitchell looks to tuck it away but is early into the shot. Misses and wears it on the pads.
  • 47.3 A run out chance! But no damage done! Woakes bowls a length delivery on middle, Starc stands tall and just lifts it down the ground. Broad from mid off gets to the ball. Now, Starc wants the third which was on but Shaun Marsh isn't too keen to run. Sends Starc back who is more than halfway down the track. The throw comes in towards Woakes and there is a run out opportunity at the striker's end but the bowler fumbles. Starc, meanwhile dives to get back in.
  • 47.2 Length outside off, played towards point.
  • 47.1 Outside off, Starc doesn't play at it.
  • 46.6 SHAUN IS SAFE! As expected! Mooen Ali drifts it into the batsman, Marsh lunges forward to defend but the ball turns away a bit and goes past the outside edge. He loses his balance as Bairstow behind the stumps takes the bails off. He doesn't appeal but someone from his team does. It's taken upstairs. Replays show, Marsh has his foot grounded. 103/7
  • There is a stumping appeal against Shaun Marsh. Bairstow though didn't appeal but not sure who did. Marsh looks confident.
  • 46.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 46.4 Moeen Ali just can't bowl it down leg. Too easy for Shaun who clips it through backward square leg for a couple.
  • 46.3 Flattish through the air around middle and off, defended from within the crease.
  • 46.2 Fuller around middle and leg, defended off the front foot.
  • 46.1 Drifting in around the leg stump, Starc just tickles it away fine. Bairstow gives a long chase. By the time he gets to the ball, they take three. England will now have to chase a reocrd total at this venue, if they are to win.
  • 45.6 Is happy to stays in the crease and offer a straight bat. 98/7
  • 45.5 FOUR! Edged and that goes over the slip cordon! Woakes slants it away on a length outside off, gives width and the southpaw decides to go after it. Flashes hard at it and gets a thick edge which flies over the slip cordon for a boundary.
  • 45.4 Gets right behind the line and stabs it out towards the cover fielder.
  • 45.3 This is a nervy shot from Starc! Sees the full length delivery and decides to go big. Gets a leading edge which lobs up in the air on the off side. Luckily for him it flies way over the man at extra cover. Only a single results.
  • 45.2 Back of a length and a bit wide outside off, defended awkwardly off the back foot towards cover.
  • 45.1 Length delivery outside off, Marsh taps it in front of point and calls through for a quick single.
  • 44.6 Goes back and punches it towards the cover fielder for nothing. Another good over from Moeen. A maiden! 92/7
  • 44.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 44.4 Darts it around middle and leg, not a good option as Starc can sweep it away as there is no man at fine leg. This time he looks to push it back down the track, gets an inside edge on the pads as the ball rolls towards Moeen.
  • Short mid-wicket goes to backward point. Two slips in place too...
  • 44.3 Edgyy! Lands it around middle, gets it to turn away a touch, Starc goes back to work it away but gets it off the edge past first slip. Two runs picked up.
  • 44.2 A bit flatter through the air around middle, Starc stays back to keep it out.
  • 44.1 Floats it up around middle, defended by lunging forward.
  • 43.6 Angles it away from a length around middle, Marsh lifts his bat to make a leave. A successful over from Woakes. 90/7
  • 43.5 Shortish and around middle and off, defended with a straight bat.
  • Mitchell Starc walks out next to bat, replacing Paine.
  • 43.4 OUT! Tim Paine departs! But this is another excellent catch from England. We saw Malan taking one a while back and now it's Overton! Woakes bangs in a short ball outside off, it hurries onto the batsman who tries to pull. Gets a top edge that lobs high up in the air. The man from square leg runs backward and Overton from deep backward square leg runs forward. Ideally, the latter is in the position to take it. He runs in and puts a dive forward. Then stretches both his hands and takes it beautifully. Maybe, it was due to the wind why he had to dive. Nevertheless, Australia lead by 305 runs!
  • 43.3 Fuller in length and on the stumps, Tim pushes it back to the bowler who collects and mimes a throw back at the stumps.
  • 43.2 Fuller and angling in, worked straight to the man at short mid-wicket.
  • 43.1 Shortish and angling in, Tim Paine stays behind the line to keep it out.
  • 42.6 Almost! Shaun Marsh tries to use his feet which is a good thing. But Ali spots that and fires it full on the stumps. The southpaw tries to jam it out but gets an inside edge on the pads as the ball rolls towards the off side. Just a single from the over. 90/6
  • 42.5 Marsh leans forward and defends it into the ground.
  • 42.4 Fuller around off, driven through covers for a single.
  • 42.3 Good stop from Woakes! Saved a certain boundary! Short and outside off, Paine camps back and cuts. Chris at backward point dives full length to his left to make a good stop.
  • 42.2 A bit flat and short outside off, punched off the back foot towards the cover fielder.
  • 42.1 Starts off with a loopy ball around off, Paine lunges forward and pushes it towards cover. Wants a single but Ali himself runs to the ball to deny them.
  • DRINKS are on the field. England's period of play. They have been incisive and been purposeful. Not too many wasteful deliveries and the result of that has been 2 wickets within the first 30 minutes. However, the lead will now start to play on their minds. Already Australia are 304 ahead and another 45 runs could put the game beyond England's reach. Also, the next challenge for England would be the other bowlers now stepping up after the initial bursts by Anderson and Broad. Here is spin for the first time today. MOEEN ALI to bowl.
  • 41.6 Perhaps the first full ball of this over, driven straight to mid off. 89/6
  • 41.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 41.4 Full and outside off, driven towards cover.
  • 41.3 A length ball outside off, Marsh feels for the ball but then it cuts back in. Beats the inside edge and just misses the off stump!
  • 41.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 41.1 A short ball outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 40.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 89/6
  • 40.5 On middle, flicked to the leg side for a single.
  • 40.4 The batsman plays it with an angled bat and guides it to gully.
  • 40.3 Full and outside off, defended to the off side.
  • 40.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 40.1 On a length around middle and leg, played towards square leg.
  • 39.6 Outside off, left alone. 88/6
  • 39.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 39.4 OVERTHROWS! FOUR! Oh dear... poor stuff from Stuart Broad. Paine pushes it towards point and calls for a single. Marsh responds but then is sent back. Shaun is in no man's land, has to stop, then turn. But he slips a touch. However, he manages to turn around in time and dives in his crease. James Vince comes running in from backward point, gets to the ball and has a shy at the bowler's end. Misses but would not have mattered even if he had hit. But hello, what is Broad doing there? He is in line to stop the throw but the ball goes right beneath his hands to the boundary behind! THE AUSSIE LEAD CROSSES 300 and Michael Vaughan on air feels this is enough. But somewhere, deep down in his heart, he feels that England can chase it down.
  • 39.3 On a length outside off, Tim comes forward and looks to tap. Gets a bit of an outside edge which goes on the ground through the slip cordon but Dawid Malan dives to his left and stops it. That was a boundary.
  • 39.2 Landed outside off, Paine feels for it but misses.
  • 39.1 A length ball on middle and leg, tucked through square leg for a single.
  • Chris Woakes into the attack. He was excellent as well last evening.
  • 38.6 Too straight, clipped through mid-wicket for a couple. 83/6
  • 38.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 38.4 Outside off, Paine feels for the ball outside off and is beaten.
  • 38.3 Full and outside off, Paine comes forward, tries to push it away but gets squared up a touch. The result is an outside edge but it does not carry to second slip as he played that with soft hands.
  • 38.2 Landed outside off, defended from the crease.
  • 38.1 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 37.6 Outside off, left alone. 81/6
  • 37.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 37.4 Full again, Shaun gets right behind the line of the ball and defends.
  • 37.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 37.2 Full and outside off, left alone.
  • 37.1 On a good length outside off, defended from the crease.
  • 36.6 Full and outside off, driven down the ground. He calls through for the quick single and substitute Tom Curran gets to the ball. He aims a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Marsh would have been in though. There was a chance for an overthrow but square leg dived to his left to stop that. 81/6
  • 36.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 36.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 36.3 Full and outside off, Paine comes forward gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it through the covers. The batsmen take the second, Paine hesitates for the third but Marsh calls him through. Here is the basic difference between Paine and Handscomb. The latter plays back to full deliveries while the former's first approach is to come forward.
  • 36.2 Outside off, left alone this time.
  • 36.1 Landed outside off, Paine plays inside the line and is beaten.
  • 35.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 77/6
  • 35.5 Full and outside off, Paine just works it through mid-wicket and gets off the mark with a single. Just a tap and run.
  • 35.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 35.3 Full on middle, swinging in prodigiously, Marsh watches it closely and then flicks it towards fine leg for a single.
  • 35.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 35.1 Full and outside off, Marsh defends watchfully.
  • 34.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. Excellent over from Jimmy. He has now got a 4-fer. 75/6
  • 34.5 Full and outside off, Paine shoulders arms.
  • Tim Paine walks in at number 8, replacing Handscomb. Paine's initial counter-attack in the first innings put England off. If he can do something similar here, his team can get to a position from where they cannot lose.
  • 34.4 OUT! Straight to the man! Catching practice but make no mistake, it is a good take. Landed outside off, between full and good, Handscomb backs away a touch and guides it towards third man. But he does not find the gap, nor does he try to keep the ball down. It goes thick and fast but straight to Dawid Malan at gully who does well to take it low to his right. If you have ever observed coaches giving catching practice behind the wicket before the start of play, Handscomb can give a good audition. End of a struggle for Peter. He never looked comfortable out there. Neither today, nor in the first innings, nor in the first Test. Axe on the head beckoning perhaps... Meanwhile, ANDERSON HAS PICKED UP HIS 50TH TEST WICKET IN AUSTRALIA. Yet to take a fifer though. Can he do it today?
  • 34.3 Outside off, Handscomb feels for it but misses.
  • 34.2 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 34.1 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 34.1 WIDE. That is a surprising call. A short ball yes, but it was not that high. Handscomb ducks.
  • 33.6 Landed outside off, left alone. 74/5
  • 33.5 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 33.4 A length ball outside off, Shaun gets across, feels for it but misses.
  • 33.3 Outside off, Marsh gets across and shoulders arms.
  • 33.2 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 33.1 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • 32.6 Full and outside off, PH gets across to flick but misses by a long way. 74/5
  • 32.5 Lucky again. Full outside off, Peter gets across and looks to flick but gets a leading edge through cover. Two runs taken.
  • 32.4 A short ball now, Handscomb gets out of the line of the delivery.
  • 32.3 Poor. New man in, but the ball is on leg stump. Easy tuck through square leg for a single to get off the mark.
  • Shaun Marsh walks in at number 7, replacing Lyon. Australia need their first innings hero to stand up again.
  • 32.2 OUT! Caught! England get rid of the nightwatchman eventually. That hit on the helmet seemed to have stirred him. A length ball outside off, Lyon backs away and just attempts a slash over the off side. But he can only get it as far as mid off where Broad completes the formalities. A handy 14 from Lyon which is what Warner managed as well, in this innings and it is more than what his skipper could muster. Australia are effectively 286/5.
  • 32.1 Fine shot. A length ball outside off, Handscomb punches it past the diving man at short extra cover. Broad chases it from mid off and slides near the boundary to save a run for his side. Just one question - what is Broad doing at mid off? He just finished a fine over. He should be either at fine leg or some other place where he does not have to do any running.
  • 31.6 Lucky! A length ball, outside off, Lyon looks to heave it to the on side but gets a leading edge. Anderson runs to his left from mid off but cannot get there! Two runs taken. 68/4
  • 31.5 Full and outside off, NH looks to drive but misses.
  • Root now comes and has a word with his bowler. He might have been asking about an extra man on the off side but Broad says no. He seems to indicate that the ball was not bad but the batsman backed away. No field changes.
  • 31.4 FOUR! A tail-ender's square drive, says Warne on air! A length ball in line of the stumps, Lyon backs away and just steers it behind point for a boundary!
  • 31.3 Another bouncer, Nathan ducks this time.
  • 31.2 FOUR! Terrific response! A short ball outside off but Lyon is ready. He waits for the ball and ramps it over the slips to third man!
  • Short leg comes in now. Double bluff or a short ball coming?