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Australia Vs England Live Score (TEST)

Date: Monday, 18 December, 2017 13:01 IST Venue: W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth Match Status: Match Ended

Australia beat England by an innings and 41 runs

403/10
Overs
115.1
R/R
3.5
Fours
58
Sixes
2
Extras
14
662/9
Overs
179.3
R/R
3.69
Fours
86
Sixes
2
Extras
22
218/10
Overs
72.5
R/R
3.01
Fours
35
Sixes
0
Extras
18
  • Australia bowled their hearts out yesterday but didn't get the rewards they deserved. It was shaping up to be a similar story today morning as well but their fortunes changed after the first hour. Mitchell Starc led from the front with a 4-wicket haul while Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins also played their part. The short ball ploy reaped rich dividends for them and the extra mile of pace they had played a crucial part also, something the English bowlers would like to take a cue from. Do join us after a short while for the post-lunch session.
  • After winning his third toss on this tour, Joe Root decided to have a bat first. It was yet another flop show from Alastair Cook but Mark Stoneman played a gritty knock and was involved in an early partnership with James Vince to steady the nerves. Their innings, however, lost its way when Stoneman and Root got out in quick succession and it required a record fifth wicket partnership between Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow to bail them out. The duo added 237 runs and also notched up their respective tons - Malan's first in Tests, Jonny's first in the Ashes.
  • Outstanding comeback by Australia after the drinks break. England were going great guns on the back of a stupendous partnership between Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan. The hosts were looking down and out but then Nathan Lyon produced the breakthrough in the form of Malan's wicket. That triggered a collapse and England lost their last six wickets for only 35 runs. The visitors, although crossed the 400-run mark, will be disappointed with the way their innings ended.
  • 115.1 OUT! What was that? For a moment we thought Broad has hit that for a boundary to fine leg but no, that's not the case. He is caught at short leg. Starc speeds in and bangs in a short ball around leg, angling across the left hander from round the wicket. Broad jumps across the stumps and tries to pull it down towards fine leg. But he gets a top edge which loops up and falls down into the safe hands of Bancroft. That will be it, England are bowled out for 403!
  • 114.6 Anderson offers the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 403/9
  • 114.5 The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it and misses.
  • 114.4 Sliding down the leg side, Anderson gets across the line to flick but ends up gloving it behind. Paine dives and stops it.
  • 114.3 Backs away again and turns it through square leg for a single.
  • 114.2 SIX! Whoa! That's the way to bat probably, take the attack to the bowler. Broad receives yet another short ball and pulls it powerfully. It comes from the middle of the bat and flies over square leg for a maximum. That's a gigantic one, 104m on the radar. 400 up for England.
  • 114.1 Play and a miss! Back of a length delivery, following the batsman down the leg side, Broad attempts to play a late upper cut but is too late into it. Ends up missing it completely.
  • 113.6 Bouncer, well-directed at the batsman, Anderson ducks to end the over. 396/9
  • 113.5 Shortish and down the leg side again, Anderson shuffles across and lets it be.
  • 113.4 Full and down the leg side, Anderson tries to flick but misses.
  • 113.3 Poor Anderson. He is also expecting to get bombarded with shorter ones. Starc dishes it around leg, Jammy somehow keeps it out safely after getting across the stumps.
  • 113.2 Starc hurls across a short ball again, Broad is expecting it, goes way deep inside the crease after walking back and punches it over wide mid off. No one in that region and Broad wanted to run all four. However, Anderson is late in responding and by that time Lyon has returned the ball in play. Cummins and Starc who were at the non-striker's end are smiling. That shot did look a bit funny.
  • 113.1 Starc is making Broad dance to his tunes. He switches to over the wicket and serves a lethal short ball outside off, angling away, Broad jumps and tries pushing at it but fails to make any connection.
  • JAMES ANDERSON is the last man walking in. Lunch will be extended by half an hour now.
  • 112.6 OUT! The short-ball ploy is working big time for the Aussies. Another one bites the dust here. Hazlewood bangs it short on the stumps, Overton, the tailender that he is, gets into a tangle as he deals with it. He looks to walk across and work it on the on side but the bounce gets to him. The ball lobs off his gloves straight into the waiting hands of Bancroft at short leg. The end looks nigh for England. 393/9
  • 112.5 Bouncer around off and middle, Overton ducks.
  • 112.4 Short ball around off, Overton keeps it out towards point.
  • 112.3 Gets away yet again does Stuart Broad! Another bouncer rising at around chest high. Broad looks to turn it away to the leg side. Does so aerially agonizingly close to Bancroft at short leg. The ball rolls through square leg and Stuart will be relieved to get to the other end.
  • 112.2 Another back of a length delivery around off and middle, blocked from the crease.
  • 112.1 Broad is going to be given a lot of short stuff here! Gets away with this one. Hazlewood lands it on a back of a length around leg, Broad moves back and across and looks to tuck it away. Ends up almost giving a catch to short leg. The ball lands just short of Bancroft there.
  • 111.6 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 392/8
  • 111.5 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 111.4 Strides forward pushes it through covers for a couple of runs.
  • 111.3 As expected, Broad is welcomed with a short ball near his rib cage. He does well to stand tall and work it around the corner for a single.
  • STUART BROAD arrives to some boos from the crowd. He will be expecting some short stuff.
  • 111.2 OUT! England are falling like nine pins, have now lost 4 for 21! Starc spears in a fuller length ball on middle, a late bit of swing on that one as Bairstow tries whipping it across the line. But he gets a thick inside edge which destroys his stumps. Jonny was bowled in a similar fashion by Starc in Adelaide as well, only difference is that he has a century to his name this time. The hosts will be relieved with this breakthrough as Jonny possesses the ability to score quick runs towards the end. Can Australia stop England before 400?
  • 111.1 Right on the mark, full and on middle, Bairstow gets forward and defends it.
  • MITCHELL STARC replaces Cummins in the attack.
  • 110.6 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 389/7
  • CRAIG OVERTON is the new batsman.
  • 110.5 OUT! Another wicket goes down in quick time and Australia are enjoying a great passage of play since the drinks break. This wicket is the result of hitting the shot too well. A back of a length delivery on middle and leg, angling down, Woakes shuffles across in an attempt to glance it off his hips for probably a single. But he middles it so well that it flies all the way down to fine leg where Pat Cummins grabs the catch diving forward. The short ball ploy keeps on working for Australia.
  • 110.4 FOUR! What a brilliant piece of timing on that shot by Woakes. Not a bad delivery, it's full and swinging away as it lands outside off, there is an element of risk in driving it but Woakes takes it and crunches it through covers for a boundary.
  • 110.3 Fractionally short on middle, Jonny eases it in front of square leg for a single.
  • 110.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 110.1 Bouncer, around off, Jonny drops his hands and lets it through.
  • 109.6 Cummins steams in from around the wicket with a leg gully, short leg and deep square leg in place. The length was quite predictable with that field. Woakes anticipates the short ball and ducks under it comfortably. The on air commentator was expecting the double bluff but Cummins disappointed him. 384/6
  • 109.5 Gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it safely.
  • 109.4 Woakes has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 109.3 FOUR! Intentional from the batsman. Cummins digs in a shortish ball outside off. The width on offer made Chris play at it. He opens the face and lofts it over the slip cordon for a boundary.
  • 109.2 Drifting down the leg side, Woakes tries getting some bat behind it but misses.
  • 109.1 Short in length on middle and off, Woakes plays it down from the back foot.
  • 108.6 FOUR! Just over leaping Lyon! Back of a length delivery outside off, Bairstow rocks back and punches it in front of point. It goes on one bounce over Lyon for a boundary. 8 from the over! 380/6
  • 108.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 108.4 Sliding down the leg side, Bairstow this time lets it through.
  • 108.3 Play and a miss! Intentions quite clear from Bairstow now. He is going after every delivery. Gets width outside off, once again throws his bat at it but fails to make any connection.
  • 108.2 FOUR! Streaky from Jonny! Goes after a length delivery outside off, tries to drive but gets a thick outside edge right through the gap between second slip and gully.
  • 108.1 Good length delivery outside off, left alone.
  • JOSH HAZLEWOOD is back on.
  • 107.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. End of a successful over for Cummins, a wicket maiden. 372/6
  • 107.5 Wide down the leg side, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 107.4 Back of a length delivery on middle and leg. Woakes gets across to work it on the leg side but misses to take a blow near his rib cage.
  • 107.3 Another bumper for the new batsman. Woakes ducks.
  • CHRIS WOAKES is the new batsman.
  • 107.2 OUT! Moeen gone for a duck! All of a sudden, Australia have made a comeback in this game. Cummins softens Moeen with a bouncer on the previous delivery and that did all the trick for him. Follows it up with a length ball outside off, angling in from wide of the crease, Moeen is caught on the back foot (expecting another bouncer) and has a tame push inside the line at the last moment. The extra bounce from that length takes his gloves and flies behind to Steven Smith at second slip who accepts it gleefully.
  • 107.1 Bouncer to greet the new batsman! Moeen ducks under it at the last moment.
  • 106.6 FOUR! Flighted ball on off, turning down, Jonny gets back and nudges it fine down the leg side for a boundary. 372/5
  • MOEEN ALI walks in next.
  • 106.5 OUT! STUNNING DIVING CATCH! Peter Handscomb, take a bow! Australia needed something special to break this partnership and it has arrived in the form of a special catch by the substitute fielder. Lyon with the breakthrough here. He serves a flighted ball around off, getting it to spin away a shade after kissing the turf. Malan steps out and tries to flick it over the leg side but it turns away to gather the leading edge. It balloons in the air and Handscomb moves across swiftly to his left from backward point to grab a stupendous diving catch. The Australian crowd finally gets the opportunity to make some noise. The hosts would like to capitalize from here on. Dawid Malan walks back to a warm ovation, top knock by the 30-year old.
  • 106.4 Malan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 106.3 Walks down the track and pushes a full ball back to the bowler.
  • 106.2 Interesting! A touch short in length and on off, Malan gets back to play the square cut but it hits the handle of his bat and rolls towards the bowler.
  • 106.1 A nicely tossed up ball outside off, turning away, Malan reads the delivery well before making a leave.
  • 105.6 Another short ball down the leg side, waste of energy from the bowler. Jonny is not at all bothered as he allows it through. 368/4
  • 105.5 Short and down the leg side, Bairstow walks across the stumps and lets it go to the keeper.
  • 105.4 Getting a bit too predictable here, Cummins. Another bouncer, the batsman is expecting it, offers no shot and just ducks underneath it.
  • 105.3 Serves a bouncer, around middle, Jonny ducks.
  • 105.2 Shortish again, bowled from wide of the crease, almost cutting the back line, Bairstow helps it through mid-wicket and collects a couple of runs.
  • 105.1 Cummins bangs in a short ball down the leg side, running in from around the wicket for the right hander also now. Bairstow just ducks underneath it.
  • 104.6 Quicker this time, full and on middle, 86.3 kph, Bairstow tickles it through mid-wicket and crosses for a single. 366/4
  • 104.5 A little shimmy down the track by Malan as he flicks a full ball wide of mid on for a single.
  • 104.4 A floated full ball on off, it's pushed back to the bowler.
  • 104.3 Switches his angle to round the wicket for the left hander. A tossed up ball on off, landing full, Malan draws forward in defense.
  • 104.2 On the shorter side is Lyon. Bairstow goes back, picks it from around off and hits it in front of square leg for a single.
  • 104.1 Allows the ball to spin back in and plays it down from the back foot to short leg.
  • 103.6 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 363/4
  • 103.5 Slightly short and around off, from over the wicket to the right hander, Jonny turns it down to fine leg for a single.
  • 103.4 Cummins keeps running from round the wicket. This time he goes wide of the crease as he angles in a length ball. Too straight in line though as Malan nudges it in the gap at mid-wicket for a single.
  • 103.3 This time the bowler attempts a length ball, keeps it just outside off, Malan stays on the back foot and punches it to the cover region. Highest score by an English number 5 at Perth, Dawid in the record books. Proud moment for him!
  • 103.2 Cummins cooks up yet another lethal short delivery. Well-directed one, Malan leans back and sways away from the line of fire.
  • 103.1 Cummins runs in, bends his back and hurls across a sharp short ball outside off. Malan arches back and allows it through to the keeper.
  • 102.6 Bairstow stays back to this one and defends. 361/4
  • 102.5 Malan comes down yet again and pushes it through mid on for a single.
  • 102.4 Malan comes down the track and defends it.
  • 102.3 Lyon continues round the wicket to Jonny, who flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 102.2 Cuts this one through point for one.
  • 102.1 Good shot. Landed around off, Malan gets a stride forward and drives it through covers for a brace.
  • NATHAN LYON to roll his arm over now. Would be good to see how much purchase he generates from the surface today.
  • Drinks are on the field. England have just carried on with confidence. Bairstow got to his first ton in the Ashes and he has looked solid so far. The Aussies have a task at hand to separate this pair. Hope the break comes with a potion for them.
  • 101.6 Another bouncer to end the over. Bairstow crouches low to let it pass. 356/4
  • 101.5 Jonny hangs on the back foot and defends it.
  • 101.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 101.3 Bumper in line of the stumps, Jonny gets low and lets it pass.
  • 101.2 Another ball on the stumps, blocked from the crease.
  • 101.1 On a length around off, defended towards cover-point.
  • 100.6 FOUR! Malan continues his boundary-scoring spree from the other end. Looks to cut this length ball outside off. Ends up getting it through the gap between third slip and gully for a boundary. 11 runs came off this over. 356/4
  • 100.5 There it is, first Ashes ton for Jonny Bairstow! His 4th in Tests, 2nd away from home. How elated he is with this knock! He wanted it so badly after a string of poor scores. He was batting down the order for many's liking. But here he came in at no.6 and has grabbed his opportunity with both hands. He pulls this short ball towards long leg and gets to the other end to get to his landmark. Leaps high, kisses the helmet and soaks in the applause. He is pumped up so much that he headbutts his helmet too. Well played, sir.
  • 100.4 Gets it? No! Flicks the full ball straight to the man at square leg.
  • 100.3 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
  • Jonny Bairstow on 99...
  • 100.2 Fuller on the pads, flicked through backward square leg. Before the man from fine leg can get to the ball, a couple results.
  • 100.1 FOUR! This gets Bairstow to 97! On a length outside off, Jonny stands tall and just punches it through covers. Such has been the timing on that that the ball goes all the way to the fence.
  • 99.6 FOUR! Clever! Back of a length delivery angling across Malan. He stays in the crease and guides it past third slip for a boundary. 345/4
  • 99.5 Short ball on the stumps, ducked under by Dawid.
  • 99.4 Oh dear! Now it's all coming down for Australia. Cummins bowls it on a length outside off, Malan covers his stumps and lets it go. The ball moves in a touch and that undoes Paine behind, who lets it through for two byes.
  • 99.3 FOUR! Malan slashes and slashes hard. Shouts of 'catch it' follow but there's no one to do so. Full ball outside off, Malan goes at it with hard hands. Ends up getting it through backward point for a boundary.
  • 99.2 Length ball outside off, left alone by Dawid.
  • 99.1 Malan stays in the crease and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 98.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 335/4
  • 98.5 FOUR! Marsh has lost his line here. Angles it full on the pads, all Bairstow has to do is flick it away. He does so and the ball goes through square leg for a boundary. Runs have suddenly started to come at a quick pace. Into the 90s goes Jonny.
  • 98.4 Outside off, left alone by Jonny.
  • 98.3 200-run partnership between Malan and Bairstow! 11th such stand by England against Australia in Australia. Well played, gentlemen. They have looked in good control and the runs seem to be flowing pretty fluently. This one is clipped behind square on the leg side for a brace. Also, Bairstow is on 89 now.
  • 98.2 JB defends this off the back foot.
  • 98.1 Malan works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • Double change. MITCHELL MARSH to bowl now.
  • 97.6 Around off and middle, kept out from the crease. 328/4
  • 97.5 JB blocks this one off the back foot.
  • 97.4 Bouncer on the stumps, ducked under by Jonny.
  • 97.3 FOUR! This is the highest 5th wicket stand for England against Australia in Australia now. It is worth 197 runs. What's more, Bairstow is 13 short of his ton and has thirteen boundaries to his credit. Talk about superstition. Coming back to the shot, it is a fuller delivery outside off, Bairstow drives it through the gap between covers and mid off for a boundary.
  • 97.2 FOUR! There's nothing stopping this one. Cummins bowls it full outside off, Bairstow drives it confidently through covers. Bancroft gives it the chase and puts in the dive too. All turns out to be futile as a boundary result.
  • 97.1 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • PAT CUMMINS will run in for the first time today. Two slips and a backward point in position.
  • 96.6 Full outside off, Malan hits it on the up through covers. The men from covers and mid off chase it down. The former parries it to Warner who came in from the latter position. Meanwhile the batters have run only two. Not the best of running between the wickets that. 320/4
  • 96.5 Not a wise shot with a man at square leg and mid on in place. Short ball around off, Malan swivels and pulls it through the gap between the two. Gets a brace for doing so here.
  • 96.4 Bowled outside off, left alone.
  • 96.3 Length around off, blocked from the crease.
  • 96.2 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 96.1 Short ball down the leg side, Malan withdraws his bat after shaping up to pull. The ball goes to the keeper.
  • 95.6 Brilliantly bowled, well played too. Starc dishes out a toe-crusher around middle and leg, Malan does well to dig it out through square leg. Picks up a run as the ball rolls through the vacant region. 316/4
  • 95.5 On a fuller length outside off, the southpaw covers his stumps and lets that go. A bit of movement away on that occasion after the ball passes the batter.
  • 95.4 A misdirected bouncer from Starc. Bowls it down the leg side, Dawid ducks under that one.
  • 95.3 Straight delivery outside off, Malan points his bat skywards to let that go.
  • 95.2 Length ball down the leg side, Malan wants to get runs off that too. He looks to flick but misses.
  • 95.1 FOUR! Malan gets a boundary with his taped up bat now. Moves to 116 now. Starc bowls a low full toss outside off, Malan drives it with aplomb timing through covers. There is plenty of real estate there and no hindrance for the ball to race away to the fence.
  • Dawid Malan gets his bat taped up a bit.
  • 94.6 Outside off, left alone. 311/4
  • 94.5 Edged! Another length delivery around off, Bairstow is squared up a touch. The ball goes off the outer edge towards third slip on a couple of bounces. This should boost Josh as he has managed to trouble a set batter here.
  • 94.4 Fuller around off and middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 94.3 Length ball around off, JB stands tall and blocks it towards mid off.
  • 94.2 FOUR! Good shot. First runs for Bairstow in the day and it comes off a confident drive. On a length outside off, Jonny leans ahead and times it through covers. The quick outfield takes the ball to the fence. First boundary for the day.
  • 94.1 Malan tucks this away to fine leg for a single.
  • 93.6 Similar delivery around middle, flicked towards mid on. The fielder gets to right and slides to stop that. Cummins the fielder there. 306/4
  • 93.5 Good bowling this. Starc lands this on a length on the stumps, Jonny is late to bring his flick shot. Gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 93.4 Straight delivery angling across the batsman, JB just lets it through.
  • 93.3 Finally a run! Full on the pads, clipped away to fine leg for a single. This should ease the nerves for Dawid, if any.
  • 93.2 The counter is ticking, taking the dot ball count to 33 in a row. This ball is worked round the corner towards square leg.
  • 93.1 Make that 32 now. Another delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 92.6 On the pads, Bairstow misses the flick. The ball rolls to the keeper off his pads. Four maidens in a row from the Aussies at the beginning of the day here. What's more, it has been 31 balls since England last scored! 305/4
  • 92.5 This ball is blocked off the back foot.
  • 92.4 Some chin music now. Bouncer on the stumps, ducked under by the English wicketkeeper.
  • Very interesting. Generally, wicketkeepers' movement gives indication as to whether the ball is sliding down the leg side or no. In the LBW appeal, it is seen that Paine never moved to his right, the angle that the delivery was going. This is what made the hosts seem confident. More creditable here, is the fact that the on-field umpire didn't base his decision on Paine's movement and went ahead with what he saw and felt.
  • 92.3 Another one outside off, left alone by JB.
  • 92.2 Length ball outside off, Jonny shoulders arms to that.
  • 92.1 Fuller around off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 91.6 Malan drives this towards mid off. 305/4
  • 91.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 91.4 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 91.3 NOT OUT! It indeed is missing the stumps. Australia lose both their reviews now. This didn't look right in the first view and hence the call to review that was always dicey. For starters, this delivery is almost like the one that got Cook. The only difference was that this one wasn't in the line of the stumps like that one was. Starc hurls it very full but around middle and leg and further sliding down. Malan misses the flick to get hit on the front pad which draws appeal from the Australians. The umpire shakes his head in negation. Smith, desperate for a wicket doesn't consult with his keeper and takes it upstairs. As it seemed on the first look, the angle of the ball is taking it down the leg side and so the stumps aren't hit by the ball. Malan stays, Australia continue with their agony.
  • Review early in the day! Malan is struck low on his front pad and the Aussies appeal for LBW. The umpire turns that down. Smith decides to take it upstairs. Looks to be missing the stumps due to the angle of the ball...
  • 91.2 Length delivery around off, Malan hangs on the back foot and defends it towards point.
  • 91.1 Almost! Starc delivers it fuller around off, Malan looks to play the cover drive. Ends up getting an inside edge onto his pads. The ball didn't roll far from the leg stick.
  • 90.6 Around off on a fuller length, driven straight to mid off. A couple of maidens to start the day for the Aussies. 305/4
  • 90.5 Harmless full ball outside off, left alone by Jonny.
  • 90.4 On a length in the corridor of uncertainty, Bairstow has a feel for that. The ball misses the edge of the bat by not much.
  • 90.3 Straight ball outside off, Bairstow lunges forward and lets that pass.
  • 90.2 Full delivery around off, hit back straight to the bowler. Josh throws it back to the keeper.
  • 90.1 Starts off with a full ball around off, Bairstow mistimes it back to the bowler.
  • JOSH HAZLEWOOD to bowl from the other end.
  • 89.6 Maiden to begin the day from Starc. Bangs in a bouncer around off, all Malan has to do is sway away from the line and let the ball pass. 305/4
  • Interesting to note that Mitchell Marsh is standing at first slip. He let Stoneman off yesterday.
  • 89.5 Sprayed down the leg side, Dawid misses the flick. Paine dives to his right to collect that one. Good bounce on that one as Paine had to collect it high on the right side in spite of the ball being on a fuller length.
  • 89.4 Angled on the pads, Malan clips it to mid-wicket.
  • 89.3 Fuller outside off, Malan hits it to the mid off fielder off the bottom part of the blade.
  • 89.2 Length ball next up, outside off. Dawid covers his stumps and lets the ball go unharmed to the keeper.
  • 89.1 Starc begins with a low full toss around middle, Malan keeps it out from the crease.
  • With blue skies and the sun shining bright at the WACA, the Australian players make their way out to the middle with a spring in their steps. The ton-man DAWID MALAN and the run-hungry JONNY BAIRSTOW have a look upwards before shadow-practicing their shots on the way to the middle. As expected, MITCHELL STARC will begin the proceedings with the 8-over old new ball. Three slips and a gully in place. Let's roll...
  • Talking about Australia, they weren't as ineffective as the scorecard may suggest. The seam bowlers were on the money throughout and the Englishmen made merry because of some untidy catching. Stoneman and Malan were the beneficiaries of the dropped catches. While the former couldn't add on much after the reprieve, the latter completed his maiden ton and is still in the middle. The second new ball is just 8 overs old. As we saw towards the end yesterday, it isn't very easy to negotiate that. The home side would look to make use of this opportunity and look to break this stand and run through the tail. Will they do so? We'll find out soon.
  • A crisp Dawid Malan century, a gritty 75 by Jonny Bairstow and a fighting half century from Mark Stoneman were on display on the first day of the Perth Test. Malan and Bairstow are amidst a yet-undefeated 174-run partnership and the first aim would be to see off the first hour in order to inflict more misery on the hosts. We welcome you to the second day of this third Ashes Test match with the prospect of a double hundred stand and a ton for the English wicketkeeper.
  • ... Day 2, first session...
  • Finally, England have batted to their potential and have put up a good score. What is to be seen is whether this is just a one-off day or can they prolong this good period of play for them. Day 2 promises thrills to no end. We will resume this battle tomorrow at 1030 local time (0230 GMT). Do join us then. Till then, take care and goodbye!
  • Michael Slater has a chat with Mitchell Starc on the sidelines. He reckons Malan has batted really well. States that there is a bit of bounce on the track but not much sideways movement. Opines that they didn't bowl in the right areas consistently. Feels that this is the quickest outfield in the country. Mentions that it has been a pretty even day for both sides even though they would have loved to pick up a few wickets and have their noses in front. Ends saying that England took their risks and they came off.
  • Australia will be disappointed with the result of the last session but they won't be disappointed with the efforts of their bowlers. Led by Mitchell Starc, all the seamers were right on the money most of the time and consistently tested the English batsmen. Nathan Lyon didn't look at his usual best but he too cannot be faulted for the effort. The hosts would hope for a change in fortunes tomorrow morning. The second new ball is only 8 overs old and they will expect some assistance. Also, they would want to get disciplined with their catching as a few went down today.
  • A wicketless evening session and England have taken the advantage home courtesy the unbeaten 174-run stand between Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow. These two joined forces when Mark Stoneman got dismissed and things were not looking too promising for England. The Aussie speedsters had their tails up and were bowling with fire. Not only did the current pair survive the onslaught, they also made sure that the runs kept coming. Malan, in particular, fought fire with fire and dealt with Aussies' short pitch tactic with full confidence. Deservingly, he completed his maiden Test hundred and in the process also became the leading run-scorer in this series.
  • 88.6 Cummins charges in one final time for the day. Serves a length ball around off and it shapes back in, Bairstow gets forward and defends it with a loose bottom hand. It takes the inside edge and rolls behind towards the slip cordon off his pads. David Warner walks up and shakes hand with the centurion. Stumps on day 1! 305/4
  • 88.5 Sharp delivery, full and nipping back into the batsman, Bairstow keeps it out from the inner half of the bat to mid-wicket.
  • 88.4 Brave leave! Cummins hurls across a full length ball outside off, moving back in a little, Bairstow covers his stumps and shoulders arms. That wasn't very far from the off stick.
  • 88.3 Beats the edge! Terrific delivery, on a length just outside off, shaping in a bit, Jonny plays inside the line, flat-footed completely and is beaten.
  • 88.2 Outside off on a length, Bairstow plays it down to point.
  • 88.1 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • The Australian players rush to change over. The clock is showing one more minute left and the hosts want to slip in another over. Pat Cummins charges in...
  • 87.6 Short ball around off, ducked under by Malan. He shut shop for the day and started making his way to the dressing room. The umpire though decides that there is time for one more over. 305/4
  • 87.5 FOUR! Such shots are a delight to watch at any part of the day, let alone towards the end of day's play. Hazlewood spears it full around off, Malan drives it crisply down the ground. Josh gets out his right hand but fails to stop that. A boundary results. This stand is now worth 174 runs, THE HIGHEST OF THIS SERIES!
  • 87.4 Back of a length delivery outside off, Dawid arches back to let the ball fly to the keeper.
  • 87.3 Full delivery around off, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 87.2 Josh comes around the wicket for the southpaw and delivers it outside off. Malan doesn't bother playing that.
  • 87.1 Full delivery outside off, Bairstow is again loose on the drive. Looks to go through the off side but gets an inside edge towards backward square leg. One run is what he gets for that.
  • JOSH HAZLEWOOD is back on.
  • 86.6 Bangs in a bouncer, Malan sits underneath it. 300/4
  • 86.5 Good length delivery landing outside off and shaping back into the batsman, Malan deals with an inswinger well. Brings his bat and front pad close in defense.
  • 86.4 Shortish and on off, Malan goes on his toes to play that one. Blocks it safely.
  • 86.3 Length and around off, Dawid pushes it towards mid off.
  • 86.2 Malan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 86.1 Steams in from around the wicket and bowls it down the leg side. Malan lets it be.
  • PAT CUMMINS is back on.
  • 85.6 Fullish and on middle, Jonny flicks it through backward square leg for a couple of runs. 300 up for England! 300/4
  • 85.5 FOUR! Not the desired result for the bowler. He wanted to hurl in a yorker but ends up dishing a full toss, at 143.8 kph. Starc is cranking it up. Bairstow tries driving but it takes the outer half of the bat and speeds through the gap between gully and slips for a boundary.
  • 85.4 Shout for an lbw! Bairstow has failed to connect with his flick shot here. The umpire remains unmoved. The replays show it to be pitching outside leg.
  • 85.3 Fuller in length and on middle, Bairstow gets half forward and defends it back.
  • 85.2 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 85.1 Slips a length ball down the leg side, Bairstow tries to flick but misses.
  • 84.6 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under it at the last moment. 294/4
  • 84.5 Fullish again, outside off, Josh wants him to keep driving and err once. This time though he middles his shot and defends it back.
  • 84.4 FOUR! He is not done yet, this time displays his range of shots like he has done all innings. Receives a full ball and nails his drive through covers for a boundary.
  • 84.3 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 84.2 FOUR! Here it is, maiden Test hundred for Dawid Malan. First time since 2006 an England number 5 has made an Ashes ton Down Under. Also the first century by an Englishman in this series. What a moment for Malan! He brings it up with a pull shot. The shot he has played really well in this innings. Connects well and sends this short ball down to long leg for a boundary. The Barmy Army gets into action now. A loud cheer for the 30-year old. An Ashes ton, something every cricketer dreams of!
  • 84.1 Back of a length delivery on middle, played straight to mid-wicket.
  • 83.6 Poor shot attempted! Starc delivers it very full and outside off, Bairstow attempts to drive it through covers but is probably beaten for pace. Needs to be careful here. England don't want to lose a wicket and expose the lower half against the new ball. 286/4
  • 83.5 Effort ball, it's short and wide outside off, Bairstow flashes and misses. Jonny getting carried away now.
  • 83.4 FOUR! Wow, great shot! A pitched up delivery on off, Bairstow presses forward and drives it handsomely past the left side of the mid off fielder for a boundary. All of a sudden, runs are flowing. That's one of the disadvantages of taking the new ball. It's hard and will come onto the bat nicely. 3000 Test runs for Jonny as well!
  • 83.3 Starc attempts to spear in a yorker but instead it's a friendly full toss on the pads, Malan helps it to fine leg for a run.
  • 83.2 Gentle hands by Bairstow. He taps a length ball to mid on and scampers across to the other end. The stand is now worth 150!
  • 83.1 Full and on middle, Bairstow drives it straight back past the bowler. The mid off fielder dives and parries it to Cummins at mid on.
  • 82.6 Short and angling down the leg side, Malan tries to pull but misses. 280/4
  • 82.5 Another delightful drive, this time straight towards point.
  • 82.4 FOUR! This will release some pressure. He moves to 97 and can smell his maiden Test century. A full length delivery outside off, Malan leans forward and caresses it through covers.
  • 82.3 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 82.2 Stifled appeal for an lbw. A short delivery angling into the batsman, Malan fails to defend and is hit on the front pad. They appeal but it's too high.
  • 82.1 Sliding down the leg side, Malan tries to flick but misses. Paine dives across to his right to collect the ball. He has dived around the whole day today.
  • JOSH HAZLEWOOD to share the new cherry from the other end.
  • 81.6 Fuller and around off, Bairstow keeps it out safely at point. Top over! 276/4
  • 81.5 Bairstow is living dangerously. This time attempts a cover drive to a full delivery but it seams back in to gather the inside edge. It hits him on the leg. Could have easily gone onto the stumps.
  • 81.4 EDGY FOUR! Bairstow is very lucky here. It could have easily gone into gully's hands. Starc runs in again and darts in a fuller length ball on middle. Jonny is early into the shot as he tries to flick through mid-wicket. Closes the face of the bat early and the outside edge flies behind past the gully fielder for a boundary.
  • 81.3 Angles across a length ball outside off, Bairstow with minuscule front foot movement tries to drive and gets beaten. It's all happening now.
  • 81.2 Going down the leg side, Bairstow tries flicking but misses.
  • 81.1 DROPPED BY BANCROFT! Action immediately after the second new ball is taken. Starc steams in and spears in a fuller length ball outside off. Some movement off the pitch there as Malan tries flicking it across the line. It gets to him quicker than he expects and as a result, he edges it behind. It flies towards second slip, Steven Smith stretches to his left to take the catch but Bancroft from third slip intervenes and spills the chance. Oh dear, they waited for this opportunity for so long and have dropped it when it's offered. They cross for a single. Malan will be a relieved man. He is in the nervous 90s!
  • Second new ball taken and MITCHELL STARC is back in action.
  • 80.6 Another bouncer, down the leg side, a harmless one, Bairstow gets underneath that one. Safely negotiated. 271/4
  • 80.5 Angling into the batsman, on middle, Bairstow gets behind the line and defends it to mid-wicket.
  • 80.4 Bouncer at 134.1 kph, Jonny ducks.
  • 80.3 Back of a length delivery on off, Bairstow punches it from the back foot to mid off.
  • 80.2 FOUR! Easy runs! On the pads, fuller in length, Jonny gets some part of bat behind it and it happily races away to the fine leg fence.
  • 80.1 Full and on middle, driven down to mid on.
  • Second new ball is now available but not taken. Steven Smith signals one more. Mitchell Marsh continues...
  • 79.6 A low full toss outside off, Malan tries to play an extravagant cover drive but it takes the inside edge of his bat and rolls to mid-wicket. 267/4
  • 79.5 Tossed up delivery outside off, Malan reaches out and drives it to covers.
  • 79.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 79.3 Gets forward to a full ball and drives it to mid off.
  • 79.2 Loopy full ball on middle, Malan lunges and pushes it to mid off.
  • 79.1 Quicker full on middle, dug out back to the bowler.
  • 78.6 Short in length outside off, Jonny allows it through. 267/4
  • 78.5 Gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it with a straight bat.
  • Mitchell Starc is warming up. Second new ball is just 8 balls away. We will see him bowling soon in all likelihood.
  • 78.4 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 78.3 Good length ball on off, Bairstow turns it on the leg side but finds the fielder at mid-wicket.
  • 78.2 A hint of reverse there, full and moving into the batsman, Jonny gets forward and pushes it down to mid on.
  • 78.1 Good length ball on off, Bairstow gets on his back foot and defends it to the off side.
  • 77.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. Easy going for England. 267/4
  • 77.5 Tossed up ball on off, Bairstow plays it out with the spin but finds the point fielder.
  • 77.4 Moves into the 90s! Smith serves it short and wide outside off, Malan reaches out for it and forces it past the first slip fielder for three runs.
  • 77.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 77.2 Loopy and on middle, Bairstow leans forward and eases it down to fine leg for a run.
  • 77.1 Flighted ball on middle, driven back to the bowler.
  • 76.6 On the pads, eased down to long leg for a single. 262/4
  • 76.5 A cracking delivery, yorker on middle and leg, Jonny does really well to dig it out.
  • 76.4 Short and on off, Bairstow moves away from the line.
  • 76.3 FOUR! Change in batting order and Jonny Bairstow is back in business, scoring runs for England. His 18th Test half century. A brilliant shot to get there too. Marsh dishes out a length delivery just outside off, Jonny delays his shot and plays an extremely late cut fine down to third man for a boundary. Wonderful knock!
  • 76.2 Shortish on middle, worked straight to mid-wicket.
  • 76.1 Fullish and on middle, driven down to mid on.
  • Change of ends for Mitchell Marsh.
  • 75.6 A full toss on middle, helped on the leg side but straight to mid-wicket. 257/4
  • 75.5 Presses forward to a full ball and drives it to mid off.
  • 75.4 Loopy and full on middle, Malan is on the front foot in defense.
  • 75.3 This time Malan connects with his attempted square cut and finds the gap. Returns for the second run. Dawid now becomes the leading run-scorer in this series!
  • 75.2 Short again, outside off, Malan tries to cut but misses.
  • 75.1 As expected, first delivery is short and around middle and leg, Bairstow nudges it through square leg for a run.
  • Steven Smith introduces himself into the attack! He used to be a leg spinner, then became a part-timer and now is an occasional bowler who just fills in if the new ball is around the corner or some bowler needs a change of ends.
  • 74.6 A hint of inward spin from a fuller length around middle, Bairstow gets on the front foot and knocks it down to long on for a single. 254/4
  • 74.5 Loopy and on off, defended back off the front foot.
  • 74.4 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 74.3 Skidding back into the batsman from outside off, Malan draws forward and pushes it to covers for one.
  • 74.2 Bairstow plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 74.1 Flighted ball outside off, Malan jumps out of the crease and drives it through mid off for a single.
  • 73.6 Full and angling into the batsman, Jonny flicks it off his pads to short mid-wicket. 250/4
  • 73.5 Gets on the front foot to a full ball and drives it to point.
  • 73.4 Width on offer outside off, Jonny stands tall and steers it down towards third man for a couple of runs.
  • 73.3 Rising delivery, on middle, Bairstow does well to play it through backward square leg for a couple of runs.
  • 73.2 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 73.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, punched to covers.
  • 72.6 Tossed up ball on middle, played off the pads to mid-wicket. 246/4
  • 72.5 Loopy full ball outside off, Malan drives it through covers for a couple of runs. This is now the highest score by an Englishman in this series.
  • 72.4 Walks down the track and pushes it off the inner half of the bat. It sneaks past the short mid-wicket fielder to the widish long on region for one.
  • 72.3 Spinning back into the batsman from outside off, Jonny goes deep inside the crease and helps it to backward square leg. He needs to be careful with these shots as Cameron Bancroft at short leg is quite sharp with his reflexes.
  • 72.2 Tossed up ball on middle, pushed down towards short mid-wicket.
  • 72.1 Sharp spin into the batsman from a full length outside off, Bairstow tries to defend but gets an inside edge. It rolls past short leg.
  • 71.6 Fractionally short in length on off, Dawid defends it off his back foot. 243/4
  • 71.5 Angling down the leg side, too straight in line, Bairstow clips it in front of square leg and picks up a single.
  • 71.4 Good length delivery outside off, once again Bairstow sticks back and taps it down to point.
  • 71.3 Nearly chops it on! This delivery nips back in a little bit, Jonny tries playing at it from the crease but gets an inside edge onto the back leg.
  • 71.2 Short and on middle, pulled down to long leg for one.
  • 71.1 Pitches it full outside off, Jonny takes his front leg to the pitch of the ball and drives it through covers for three runs. Not quite the timing to take it past the ropes.
  • MITCHELL MARSH is back into the attack.
  • 70.6 Sliding down the leg side, worked behind square leg for a couple of runs. 238/4
  • 70.5 Walks down the track and pushes it out towards mid on.
  • 70.4 FOUR! Growing in confidence with every shot and is nearing his maiden Test ton. A flighted full ball outside off has been drilled through covers for a boundary.
  • 70.3 Turning down the leg side, helped wide of short fine leg for one.
  • 70.2 100-run stand comes up! What a fruitful partnership this has been! England were struggling after losing Mark Stoneman and that was the moment when the Aussie pacers were dominating proceedings. These two weathered the early storm and have now settled in. Dawid Malan in particular has batted with a lot of intent. Coming to the delivery, it was a full ball which got driven through covers for one.
  • 70.1 A touch short in length and around off, Malan gets back and plays it down to covers.
  • Time for Drinks. Dawid Malan is the man that the Aussies dearly want as he is carrying on well post his half century. This was evident in the review that they decided to take against him. At the other end, Bairstow is looking good with a solid 35 and is amidst a 99-run stand. The hosts would want to get a break before the day's play to make inroads into the opposition.
  • 69.6 Fuller outside off, driven straight to the man at covers. 230/4
  • 69.5 Bouncer outside off, left alone.
  • 69.4 Full outside off, Malan reaches out and drives it straight to the man at deep backward point for a single.
  • 69.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 69.2 FOUR! Risky but effective in this case. Length ball outside off, Malan slashes at it with hard hands. The ball flies off the edge past a diving gully fielder and races away to the third man fence.
  • 69.1 Malan blocks it by getting behind the line of the ball.
  • 68.6 Malan drives it to long off for one. 225/4
  • 68.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 68.4 Quicker one on the pads, Bairstow clips it in front of square on the leg side for a single.
  • 68.3 Landed around off, driven through covers for one.
  • 68.2 FOUR! Gorgeous! Lyon floats it around middle and leg, Malan comes down the track and pushes it past the bowler's left side. Such pristine is the timing that it beats mid on and goes to the fence. This is Malan's best Test score now.
  • 68.1 Lyon serves it around middle and leg, Jonny works it with the spin through square leg for a single.
  • NATHAN LYON to roll his arm over.
  • 67.6 Fuller around off, Malan gets his bat down in time to defend it towards mid on. 217/4
  • 67.5 Malan stays in the crease and blocks.
  • 67.4 Bouncer around off, angling into the batter. DM ducks under that.
  • 67.3 This delivery is pushed towards point.
  • 67.2 Bowled outside off, well left by Dawid.
  • 67.1 The cheer from the Barmy Army shows that the decision returned is NOT OUT! Height turns out to be a factor indeed as suggested by the Hawk Eye. Cummins steams in from over the wicket and spears it on a length outside off. The ball nips back in after pitching. Malan hops to flick it away but fails to do so and gets hit above the knee roll. The Australians put in a HUUGEEEEE appeal only to see it turned down. There was some signal from covers saying height could be a factor. But considering Malan is on 64, Smith decides to take it upstairs. However, the ball goes on to miss the stumps as returned by the Ball Tracker. It showed that the impact was umpire's call yet the home side loses a review as the ball would go on to miss the stumps.
  • Big appeal for LBW from the Aussies against Malan. The umpire says NO. After much deliberation, Smith opts for the DRS. Height could be a factor...
  • 66.6 Another length ball on the stumps, turned towards square leg. 217/4
  • 66.5 On a length around middle and leg, clipped towards mid-wicket.
  • 66.4 Landed around off and middle, kept off with a straight bat.
  • 66.3 Bouncer around off, swayed away from the line.
  • 66.2 This ball is pushed towards covers.
  • 66.1 Starc bowls a very full delivery with a scrambled seam. Bairstow digs it out towards mid off.
  • 65.6 Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicket-keeper. 217/4
  • 65.5 Short delivery down the leg side, Malan looks to pull it initially but then decides against it.
  • 65.4 This ball is punched off the back foot towards covers.
  • 65.3 Oh Cummins, you little beauty! You almost did it! He bowls a length delivery angling into Malan, the Englishman looks to clip it away and it goes off something to the keeper. Paine gets low to his right, catches that and along with the bowler, rises in appeal. The umpire stays unmoved. On second look, you realise the umpire is right as it came off the thighs. Hot Spot is shown from the off side but not from the other side. The incoming nippy delivery seems to be Dawid's weakness as in the previous game, he got out to such similar delivery twice.
  • 65.2 Short delivery around off, Malan swivels and pulls it in front of square on the leg side. Before Shaun Marsh can get to his right and stop that, a couple of runs result.
  • 65.1 Cummins comes round the wicket and lands it around off, Malan defends.
  • PAT CUMMINS back on.
  • 64.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 215/4
  • 64.5 FOUR! This is one of the disadvantages of coming around the wicket. Most of the fielders are manning the off side area and the natural angle of the left arm bowler angles the ball into the batsman. This makes it a touch easier for the batter to score through the on side. Starc angles in a length delivery into Jonny, who flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. This partnership is now worth 84!
  • 64.4 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 64.3 Banged short on the stumps, Bairstow ducks and lets it go.
  • 64.2 Fuller outside off, JB mistimes his drive towards covers.
  • 64.1 Starc comes around the wicket to Bairstow and lands it on a fuller length around off. Jonny stands tall and blocks it from the crease.
  • 63.6 FOUR! The quality of a stroke is often judged by how it is described. Normally Warner is a good fielder and hence the final outcome isn't often predicted when he is chasing the ball. But looking at the way the ball was struck, Mark Taylor on air said it's a four. It stayed that way. Fuller delivery around off, Malan drives it crisply through the gap between covers and mid off. The ball has just one destination - the boundary fence. 211/4
  • 63.5 Blocked solidly from the crease.
  • 63.4 Length ball going away from Dawid. He has nothing to do with that.
  • 63.3 Josh continues over the wicket to Malan and bowls it fuller around off. Malan defends it from the crease.
  • 63.2 Outside off, crunched towards covers. There's a slight misfield and that enables JB to complete a quick run.
  • 63.1 FOUR! Majestic! Hazlewood errs in his line and ends up serving it around middle and leg. Bairstow is really watching the ball well and clips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. The Hot Spot shows that the ball made contact with the middle of the bat. Great feeling.
  • 62.6 Very full delivery around off, driven beautifully through covers. Gets a brace for that shot. 202/4
  • 62.5 Good length delivery on the pads, Bairstow clips it fine down the leg side and hares across to the other end as he wants two. The fine leg fielder runs to his right and returns the throw to the keeper. Jonny slipped as he turned and hence couldn't complete the second. Cheers go around the ground as ENGLAND REACH 200!
  • 62.4 Here comes the bouncer. It is down the leg side, Jonny ducks to let it go.
  • 62.3 Similar delivery outside off, this time Jonny just lets it be.
  • 62.2 On a length outside off, Bairstow is unsure of his footwork and ends up chopping it back towards the bowler.
  • 62.1 Full delivery searching for the reverse swing, Malan pushes it towards covers and scampers across for a quick run.
  • Starc runs in to bowl but has to abort his run up. Malan had some issues with the sightscreen there.
  • MITCHELL STARC is brought over to bowl now.
  • 61.6 Hazlewood comes over the wicket and bowls it around off, pushed towards point. 198/4
  • 61.5 On the pads, flicked away round the corner for one.
  • 61.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 61.3 Nicely clipped to the man at mid on who stops it with a dive.
  • 61.3 Malan blocks this delivery from the crease. No ball signaled as Josh has overstepped big time.
  • 61.2 Fuller on the line of off stump, Malan meets the ball with a straight bat face.
  • 61.1 What's that? Hazlewood comes into the attack and there's some action right away. Bowls a length ball from round the wicket, Malan looks to pull it. But the ball doesn't climb as expected and ends up striking him high on the thigh pad.
  • JOSH HAZLEWOOD is back on. Often he gives the breakthrough when his skipper requires one. Can he do so now?
  • 60.6 Jonny hangs back in his crease and negotiates it safely to end the over. 196/4
  • 60.5 FOUR! Oh Starc! Floated around off, Bairstow gets nicely forward and drives it through covers. Starc runs to his left from mid off, puts in the dive but fails to stop that. Gets up, chases the ball and again dives but the ball beats him to the fence.
  • 60.4 Around off, watchfully defended from the crease.
  • 60.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 60.2 Bairstow lunges forward and buries it onto the ground.
  • 60.1 Flatter quicker delivery outside off, Jonny lets it go.
  • 59.6 Sometimes the sound that is made when the ball and the bat make contact shows how confidently a batter is playing. This one is blocked off the front foot towards mid off. 192/4
  • 59.5 Another delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 59.4 Bouncer around off and angling in to Dawid. He crouches low to let the keeper do the rest.
  • 59.3 Malan stays in the crease and blocks it.
  • 59.2 FOUR! This is what runs under the belt can do to you, to the extent that Pietersen calls it as the shot of the game so far. Cummins spears an overpitched delivery outside off. Malan gets his right foot forward and drives it magnificently through covers for a boundary. There's nothing stopping that.
  • 59.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 58.6 Flatter outside off, cut straight to the man at point. Shouts a huge NO as soon as he played that. 188/4
  • 58.5 4th Test fifty for Dawid Malan! Knocks this one down to long off for a single. How different has he played! He wasn't shy on taking on the seamers when they were peppering him with short stuffs and against Lyon, he is using all his freedom to use his feet. He would know, however, that his job is just half done.
  • 58.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 58.3 Quicker one around middle and leg, turned through mid-wicket for one.
  • 58.2 Bairstow flicks it aerially towards mid on. Mitchell Marsh dives to his left from short mid-wicket and doesn't concede a run.
  • 58.1 Floated around off and middle, JB gets a stride forward and defends it towards covers.
  • 57.6 Length ball on the pads, nudged down to fine leg for a single. 186/4
  • 57.5 Bouncer around off, Bairstow moves away from the line.
  • 57.4 Full delivery on the pads, turned through square leg for a brace.
  • 57.3 Length ball outside off, Jonny covers the sticks and lets it pass safely.
  • 57.2 A touch fuller, driven to mid on.
  • 57.1 Full length ball around off, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 56.6 Malan slinks down and blocks this one towards mid off. Wants a run to take him to fifty but Lyon gets to the ball quickly. Malan stays on 49. 183/4
  • 56.5 FOUR! 50-run stand up between these two in style! Malan had come down the track on a couple of occasions and this forced Lyon to shorten his length. There is width on offer as well and Dawid goes back and deftly guides it through short third man for a boundary. This is another good stand developing for England and they would want it to carry on for long.
  • 56.4 Darted around leg, Bairstow flicks it past short leg for one.
  • 56.3 Flatter on the stumps, Malan gets down the track and looks to flick it through mid-wicket but gets it off the inner half past short leg for a single.
  • 56.2 Malan charges down the track yet again only to block it watchfully.
  • 56.1 Flatter around middle, Malan goes back and blocks it.
  • 55.6 Doesn't let this be a maiden over as Dawid pushes it towards covers for a single. 177/4
  • 55.5 Full and well outside off, Malan does the right thing by not going for it.
  • 55.4 Cummins bangs in a bouncer around off, Malan sways away from the line to let it go.
  • 55.3 Length ball around off, Malan stays in the crease and defends it towards gully.
  • 55.2 This ball is blocked from the crease.
  • 55.1 Cummins comes round the wicket and lands it around off. Malan defends it off the front foot.
  • 54.6 Bairstow lunges forward and blocks it off the front foot onto the ground. 176/4
  • 54.5 On the pads, flicked away to square leg.
  • Hit out or get out? That's what Kevin Pietersen opines on air. He says you'd be well off going for your strokes and getting out caught in the deep rather than defend and get out in some close-in area. What this would do is disturb the spinner's rhythm which will aid England.
  • 54.4 Malan takes a single after driving it to long off.
  • 54.3 A tad shorter outside off, cut away towards backward point.
  • 54.2 Malan makes use of his feet to come down the track but all he does post that is block it to the off side.
  • 54.1 Straighter delivery well outside off, Dawid covers his stumps and lets that go.
  • NATHAN LYON to carry on.
  • 53.6 This time the keeper keeps it out from the crease. 175/4
  • 53.5 Again outside off, left alone by JB.
  • 53.4 Another harmless delivery outside off, Jonny lets that one go through the keeper.
  • 53.3 On a length around off, Bairstow stays in the crease and keeps it out watchfully.
  • 53.2 Length ball outside off, Jonny cuts it to the man at point.
  • 53.1 Starts off with a back of a length delivery outside off, Bairstow covers his stumps and shoulders arms to that.
  • We're back! 37 overs left in the day's play. Will we get all of those? Not sure. The Australians are done with their final planning in the huddle and rush out to the center. DAWID MALAN and JONNY BAIRSTOW will resume their innings. The latter will face PAT CUMMINS for the first ball in this session. How long can this pair keep the hosts at bay? Here we go...
  • ...Day 1, third session...
  • The pitch looks a good one for stroke-making but the extra pace and bounce available has tested the batsmen. Dawid Malan adopted an aggressive approach to deal with Australia's short ball tactics and has succeeded so far. Jonny Bairstow has also looked quite at ease and England will be banking on this partnership to take them through the day's play. The hosts, on the contrary, will be aiming to make early inroads after the break to get into the tail. Do join us in a short while for the last session.
  • Enthralling session! The Aussie pacers bowled with a lot of intent and pace to unsettle the English batsmen. Pat Cummins removed Joe Root early and Mark Stoneman after crossing his fifty had a real torrid time in the middle against the short pitch bowling dished at him. He eventually succumbed to it, however, it was a controversial decision.
  • 52.6 Was there a chance? An off spinner landing on middle, Malan flicks it across the line, a shade uppish and it hits the short leg fielder who was late in reacting. Too tough to catch those. That will be TEA ON DAY 1! 175/4
  • 52.5 Change of angle for Nathan Lyon. Comes from over the wicket and bowls a tossed up delivery on leg, Malan defends it off his front foot.
  • 52.4 Loopy ball on middle, Malan defends it off his front foot.
  • 52.3 Knocks a full ball down to long on for a run.
  • 52.2 Flatter and on off, punched off the back foot towards cover-point for a run.
  • 52.1 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 51.6 FOUR! Good shot! This time Marsh is too full and too straight in his line and length, Malan flicks it with good timing through mid-wicket. It beats the diving mid on fielder, Starc and races through. Shaun Marsh runs a marathon from deep mid-wicket, puts in a dive just before the rope but fails to pull it back. 172/4
  • 51.5 Angling away from the batsman, outside off, Dawid leaves it.
  • 51.4 A pitched up delivery on middle and off, Malan drove off the front foot to mid off.
  • 51.3 Bowls it wide outside off, on a length, Dawid shoulders arms. Watchful.
  • 51.2 Play and a miss! Marsh hurls across a full delivery around off, Malan pushes inside the line and is beaten. Nearly edged it.
  • 51.1 Good length delivery on middle and off, Malan stays on the back foot and defends it to the off side.
  • 50.6 Fullish and on off, Jonny strides forward to meet the ball and jams it out. 168/4
  • 50.5 Tossed up outside off, left alone.
  • 50.4 Floated and fuller on off, Bairstow presses forward and defends it back.
  • 50.3 Shortish and on off, Jonny goes on the back foot and punches it to covers.
  • 50.2 Lunges to a full ball and defends it solidly.
  • 50.1 Flighted and outside off, a bit on the shorter side, Bairstow watches the line closely before making the leave.
  • 49.6 Another leave outside off to end the over. 168/4
  • 49.5 Angles across a length delivery outside off, Malan shoulders arms.
  • 49.4 Fullish and on the pads, worked through square leg for a run.
  • 49.3 Too full in length outside off, Malan squeezes out his drive through backward point. Nathan Lyon anticipates it well, immediately rushes across to his right and slides to stop the ball. Only a single taken.
  • 49.2 Probably attempts a yorker but it turns out to be a full toss on middle, Jonny flicks it in front of square leg for a single.
  • 49.1 Starts with a good length delivery on off, Bairstow defends it back.
  • MITCHELL MARSH is introduced into the attack. The local lad is greeted with a big cheer from the crowd.
  • 48.6 A slider around off, skidding through and cramping the batsman, Malan moves back and defends it at the last moment. 165/4
  • 48.5 Walks down the track to a full delivery and defends it back.
  • 48.4 Flighted and full on middle, Dawid leans forward and defends it back.
  • 48.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 48.2 A touch short and around off, skidding back in, Malan gets deep inside the crease and defends it back.
  • 48.1 Loopy and full on middle, Malan lunges and defends it back.
  • 47.6 Brilliant fielding, Bancroft! Hazlewood pitches it full and outside off, Bairstow unfurls a delightful cover drive which is stopped by Cameron with a dive. Saved a certain boundary. 165/4
  • 47.5 Presses forward to a length ball and drives it towards mid off.
  • 47.4 Angling into the batsman, targeting the top of off stump, Bairstow defends it to the off side.
  • 47.3 Good length delivery on off, Bairstow punches it from the back foot to covers.
  • 47.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 47.1 Full in length outside off, Malan leans forward and across before flicking it with good timing through mid-wicket. Three runs added to the total. Shades of Alastair Cook in that flick.
  • 46.6 Another quicker delivery on middle, Jonny keeps it out safely on the leg side to end the over. 162/4
  • 46.5 Quicker one, 93 kph, around middle, Bairstow goes deep inside the crease and helps it towards square leg.
  • 46.4 Uses his feet on this occasion and flicks it wide of mid on for a single.
  • 46.3 Another delivery skidding back into the batsman, Malan deals with it from the crease and pushes it to covers.
  • 46.2 A touch short and around off, skidding back into the batsman, Malan punches it off his back foot to covers.
  • 46.1 Loopy and full on middle, it's flicked in front of square leg for a single.
  • 45.6 Malan picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper. Maiden. 160/4
  • 45.5 Hurls in a length ball in the corridor of uncertainty, Malan makes a watchful leave.
  • 45.4 Good length delivery on off, Malan remains back and defends it towards cover-point.
  • 45.3 This was coming, a bouncer. It's around middle and leg, Malan easily ducks.
  • 45.2 Another textbook forward defense offered by Malan to a full delivery.
  • 45.1 Full length ball angling into the batsman, Malan defends it back.
  • Bowling change. JOSH HAZLEWOOD to have another go.
  • 44.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. No run to end the over. 160/4
  • 44.5 Flatter and a touch short around off, Jonny defends it from the back foot.
  • 44.4 Gets on the front foot and defends it watchfully.
  • 44.3 Almost a return catch! Floated full ball on off, spinning back in, Bairstow tries driving through the line but there is some overspin on this delivery and he ends up pushing it back aerially. Lyon flies to his left but it goes wide of him. He took a stunner in Adelaide and nearly repeated the same.
  • 44.2 Tossed up ball on middle, Bairstow gets forward and defends it to the leg side.
  • 44.1 FOUR! Fine shot! A flighted full ball on middle and off, Bairstow draws forward, shows the full face of the bat and drives it through mid off for a boundary.
  • 43.6 Short and on middle, Malan jumps and keeps it out on the leg side. 156/4
  • 43.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 43.4 Direct hit would have been curtains for Malan! A back of a length delivery on off, Jonny goes back and taps it down at covers. They scamper across for a quick single as Warner attacks the ball. He has a shy at the striker's end but misses. The replays show that Dawid would have been a goner in case of a direct hit. A chance missed.
  • 43.3 Shout for a catch! Starc sprays it down the leg side, Bairstow fails to flick and there is some deflection along with noise as it goes past Jonny. Paine collects the ball, throws it in the air and Steven Smith joins him in appeal. It lacks conviction though. Nothing from the umpire.
  • 43.2 Puts it on a length around off, Jonny gets half forward and defends it to point.
  • 43.1 Fractionally short in length and angling away from the batsman, around off, Bairstow stands back and allows it through to the keeper.
  • 42.6 Malan has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 155/4
  • 42.5 Walks down the track to a full ball and defends it to the off side. A little bit of outside edge there.
  • 42.4 Lyon drops it short outside off, Malan fails to cash in on the gift and cracks it straight to the point fielder.
  • 42.3 Flighted and on off, turning away a bit, Malan tries playing a little lap sweep but fails to connect. He is hit on the pads, they appeal but the umpire disagrees. Impact well outside off.
  • 42.2 Loopy and full around off, Malan takes a step down the track and presents a straight bat in defense.
  • 42.1 Flighted full ball on off, Malan gets on the front foot and defends it to the leg side.
  • NATHAN LYON is back into the attack.
  • 41.6 Another rib-tickler by Starc, Malan plays a strong pull shot. Sends it to deep backward square leg for a single. 155/4
  • 41.5 Short in length outside off, Malan sways away from the line.
  • 41.4 Once again Malan leaves a delivery outside off untouched.
  • 41.3 Angling away from the left hander, short in length, Malan drops his wrists and allows it through.
  • 41.2 SIX! Malan is fighting fire with fire! Starc digs in another short delivery, sharp pace, Dawid tries pulling it with a swivel but gets a thick top edge which flies all the way over fine leg for a biggie.
  • 41.1 Starc steams in from around the wicket and lets out a short delivery around leg, Malan ducks.
  • 40.6 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 148/4
  • 40.5 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
  • 40.4 FOUR! Gets off the mark in style. A juicy half-volley outside off, Bairstow drives it with all the elegance through mid off for a boundary.
  • 40.3 Back of a length delivery on off, Bairstow punches it off his back foot but finds the point fielder. He is not off the mark yet.
  • 40.2 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
  • 40.1 Short and around leg, Malan once again takes the challenge of pulling it but fails to connect. There is an element of risk in this shot at the moment. Australia have set a trap on the leg side.
  • A leg slip in place.
  • 39.6 In better control with his pull shot this time. Keeps it all along the ground through square leg and takes a single. 143/4
  • 39.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 39.4 Length delivery outside off, played down towards covers.
  • 39.3 Unconvincing from Malan. He takes on Starc's short delivery and tries to pull. Gets a big top edge but luckily for him it falls safely in the deep mid-wicket region. A couple of runs taken.
  • 39.2 Pulls his length back a bit and keeps it on off, Malan defends it from the back foot.
  • 39.1 FOUR! Cracking shot! This will settle down some nerves. A full pitched delivery outside off, Malan takes his front leg forward and drives it crisply through extra cover for a boundary.
  • 38.6 Another watchful leave outside the off stump by Bairstow to end the over. 136/4
  • 38.5 Bowls it in the area outside off, Jonny shoulders arms.
  • 38.4 Short and around middle, worked to deep backward square leg for a run.
  • 38.3 Angling into the batsman, on a length, Malan is strong in his front foot defense.
  • 38.2 FOUR! Not in control. Short delivery arrowed into the batsman, Malan tried to pull but probably got a top edge which sped past the keeper to the fine leg fence. On the replays, it seems it came off Malan's helmet. Given as runs.
  • 38.1 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 37.6 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 131/4
  • JONNY BAIRSTOW is the new batsman. The umpires were looking at further replays to see if the ball had indeed brushed the gloves. Meanwhile, Joe Root and Paul Collingwood don't seem one bit amused with that decision as inspite of not having conclusive evidence, the on-field call was overturned. This has resulted in a small halt in play.
  • 37.5 OUT! Stoneman fails to survive the tough period. He made a strong fifty but looked very uncomfortable against the short pitch bowling. That has finally brought his downfall. A well-directed one by Starc. Fearsome pace. Stoneman tries fending at it and in the process his bottom hand comes off the handle. There is some noise as it flies behind to Paine. He catches it with a jump, they appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Now, Steven Smith goes for the DRS and the replays roll in. There is nothing on the Hot Spot but the Snicko shows some spike. But it's not conclusive whether it came after hitting the bottom hand or the top. The third umpire watched just one angle and requested umpire Marais Erasmus to change his decision. Stoneman walks back to the pavilion. The English players in the dressing room are not looking too pleased with the call. There was a shade of doubt. If that deflection was off the bottom hand which was off the bat handle, it cannot be termed out. A controversial moment.
  • Tim Paine has plucked a catch out of thin air and is appealing. The umpire shakes his head and Australia take the referral.
  • 37.4 Another delivery on middle and off, good accurate bowling, Mark keeps it out safely towards mid on.
  • 37.3 Good length delivery on off, Mark covers the line, goes on his toes and defends it back to the bowler.
  • 37.2 Slips a length delivery down the leg side, Stoneman tries flicking but misses. Michael Clarke on air feels that this pitch has quickened up a little bit.
  • 37.1 Straighter in line, Malan turns it in the gap at mid-wicket and takes a single.
  • 36.6 Switches to over the wicket for the last delivery and serves a shortish ball on off, angling away, Mark goes on his toes and defends it down with gentle hands. 130/3
  • 36.5 Back of a length delivery on off, Stoneman defends it from the back foot.
  • 36.4 Another bouncer is safely negotiated by Stoneman.
  • 36.3 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 36.2 On a length around off, Stoneman defends it off his back foot.
  • 36.1 Good length delivery on off, defended from the crease.
  • 35.6 FOUR! Streaky! Short delivery wide outside off, Malan throws his bat at it and it flies off the outside edge over the slip cordon for a boundary. Loose! 130/3
  • 35.5 FOUR! Starc goes for the magic delivery to follow-up his shorter one. But it turns out to be a fuller length ball down the leg side. Malan tickles it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
  • 35.4 Some chin music for Malan. It whistles past his face as he tries to duck.
  • 35.3 Just short of short leg! Starc bangs in a short ball on middle and off, Malan probably picks the length late and hence gets into an awkward position. Tries avoiding the delivery but it takes his gloves and pops out. Bancroft under the lid stretches to his right but it falls just short of his outstretched hand.
  • 35.2 Angles in a length ball on off, Malan draws forward with a straight bat and defends it back.
  • 35.1 Lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • MITCHELL STARC is back on for a burst.
  • 34.6 A delightful drive through the gap between extra cover and mid off. Warner gives it the chase and pulls it back just before the rope. Saves a run for his side. Top effort! 122/3
  • 34.5 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
  • 34.4 Huge appeal for a caught behind but only from the bowler. He bowls it short and down the leg side, Malan tries getting it away fine but misses. Paine collects the ball and Cummins appeals. Nothing from the umpire!
  • 34.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 34.2 Good length delivery angling into the body of the batsman, Malan tries working it away but is beaten for pace. He takes a hit on his thigh pad as it rolls to the leg side.
  • 34.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 33.6 A bouncer to end the over. An easy leave this time for Mark. 119/3
  • 33.5 Movement away from the batsman, Stoneman tries to drive without getting entirely forward and is beaten.
  • 33.4 Stoneman is having a really tough time. Josh tests him with yet another well-directed short delivery, Mark fails to get away from the line and takes a blow near his right shoulder.
  • 33.3 FOUR! Just used the pace of the bowler. A length ball around off, Stoneman stands back with an open face of the bat and guides it through backward point for a boundary.
  • 33.2 And a bouncer to soften the batsman. His alteration in lengths have kept Stoneman guessing. As a result, Mark is not getting either entirely forward or backward.
  • 33.1 Beaten! Hazlewood continues to flirt with the outside edge of Stoneman's bat. Bowls it on a length outside off, sucking the batsman into a drive. The extra movement beats the bat.
  • 32.6 Cummins uses the crease well. Goes wide this time as he dishes out a lethal short delivery, 144.2 kph in pace. Malan just manages to evade it. Cracking over, a wicket maiden! 115/3
  • 32.5 Bowls it around off, Malan covers the line and blocks it.
  • DAWID MALAN is the new batsman.
  • 32.4 OUT! Gone! Big wicket for Australia and the crowd roarrrrrsss... Another effort delivery by Pat, bends his back and darts in a shortish delivery around middle and leg. It angles down after pitching and Root tries glancing it off his hips. He fails to middle his shot and gets it away off the bottom of the gloves. Paine makes no mistake behind the stumps and they all go up in a huge appeal. The finger goes up immediately and Joe takes a long walk back to the hut. Cummins hunts down England's premier batsman for the third time in the series. Making him his bunny.
  • 32.3 Length and on off, defended by Root.
  • 32.2 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 32.1 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 31.6 Good length outside off, defended to the off side to end the over. A testing one. 115/2
  • 31.5 Beaten! Hazlewood cooks yet another full delivery outside off, tempting the batsman into the drive. Stoneman obliges but gets beaten by the slight away movement. This is extraordinary stuff from Josh, just toying with the batsman who has scored a fifty.
  • 31.4 Bumper! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 31.3 Alters his length and bowls it a tad fuller outside off, Stoneman sticks back and plays it out to the off side.
  • 31.2 Nearly a wicket next ball! It's a cruel sport. Hazlewood shows no mercy after delivering a blow on the last ball. Serves yet another sharp short delivery around middle. Stoneman is not at all comfortable dealing with it. Fends at it awkwardly, it flies off the splice of the bat and Lyon running in from point nearly snapped it inches off the surface. Another life for Stoneman.
  • Physio comes out! Mark Stoneman seems fine though. He is just buying some time to catch his breath after that blow. Maybe, a change of helmet as well.
  • 31.1 OUCH! Stoneman is hit on the helmet by a Hazlewood bouncer. A well-directed one, Mark takes his eyes off the ball as he tries to duck. He fails to get away from the line of fire and takes a nasty blow on the right side of the grille as the extra protection comes off. Concerned looking Aussies surround him. Everybody checking with him. Stoneman is slowly walking away from the pitch. He is moving freely, that's good to see.
  • 30.6 Good length delivery angling in, Root helps it towards mid-wicket to end the over. 115/2
  • 30.5 An effort delivery to hurry up the English skipper. Cummins bangs in short, around middle and leg, Root rises on his back foot and tries to fend it away. He is hurried up by the extra pace and somehow keeps it out safe towards short leg. No bat-pad around!
  • 30.4 Pitches it full this time, around off and shaping back in, Root is on the front foot as he meets the ball with a straight bat. Nicely blocked.
  • 30.3 Back of a length delivery on off, Root rocks back and punches it to the off side.
  • 30.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 30.1 EDGY FOUR! Cummins bowls it on a length outside off, moving away a bit, Root strides forward, opens the face of the bat and gets it away off the outer half. It runs wide of the slip cordon and races away to the fence.
  • 29.6 On a length around off, Stoneman defends it solidly. Excellent over by Josh, unlucky not to have Stoneman. 111/2
  • 29.5 Pitches it up and outside off, Stoneman drives it off his front foot to mid off.
  • 29.4 EDGED AND DROPPED! Mitchell Marsh, what have you done? Hazlewood keeps probing around the off stump line and delivers this one outside off on a length. Stoneman plays a loose drive away from his body and gets big fat outside edge behind. It flies straight in and out of Marsh's hands at first slip. He tried pouching it with his fingers pointing skywards but his hands never came together. A sitter has gone down.
  • 29.3 A touch short and around off, angling in, Mark leans back, drops his wrists and allows it through.
  • 29.2 Hurls on a length outside off, Stoneman has nothing to do with it.
  • 29.1 Gets behind the line of the delivery and dead bats it watchfully.
  • 28.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 111/2
  • 28.5 FOUR! No stopping Root if it's short and around off. He just camps back, rides the bounce and strokes it with all the timing in the world. Finds the gap through point and fetches another boundary in the over. Australia need to be careful here, Root is known to score in brisk manner.
  • 28.4 A touch short and on off, Root goes back and shoulders arms.
  • 28.3 FOUR! Fab shot! Cummins overdoes his length and bowls it fuller around middle and leg. Root leans forward and across before flicking it wide of mid on for a boundary.
  • 28.2 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 28.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, Root takes a liking to that length. Just stays back and punches it through cover-point for a couple.
  • 28.1 Wide called for height! Cummins bowls a bouncer first up and it sails over the batsman.
  • PAT CUMMINS to operate from the other end.
  • 27.6 FOUR! Connects and connects well this time to reach his third Test fifty. Another half-tracker outside off, this time Mark whacks it over the point fielder for a boundary. Fantastic knock by him! He was positive from the onset, punished most of the full balls coming his way, although struggled against the shorter ones. Good part is that he is still out there and looking good for a big one. 100/2
  • 27.5 Play and a miss! Hazlewood serves it short and wide outside off, Stoneman stands back to slap it through the line but misses. Needs to be careful as there is some extra lift on this surface.
  • 27.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Short leg and deep square leg in place.
  • 27.3 An inswinger this time, but it's too full and too straight. Root clips it off his pads to fine leg and gets off strike.
  • 27.2 Good length delivery in the region outside off, Root shoulders arms.
  • 27.1 FOUR! A bit edgy, half a victory for the bowler. He pitches it full and outside off, forcing the batsman forward, Root plays the drive away from his body but fails to middle it the way he would have liked. It comes off the outer half of his willow and runs behind backward point for a boundary.
  • Welcome back for the afternoon session. The players are taking the field again. It will be JOE ROOT on strike with his partner MARK STONEMAN at the other end on 48. JOSH HAZLEWOOD to continue. Three slips and a gully in place. Sun out in its full glory, here we go...
  • ...Day 1, second session...
  • The Aussie seamers were right on the money from the word go. In search of swing early on, they offered freebies but Cook's wicket reduced those vague offerings. Cricket is a team sport and their bowling efforts so far show exactly that. All the bowlers have looked threatening in their own way. What will the post-Lunch session have in store for us? A few more wickets? Runs galore? Staunch resistance? Join us to know.
  • The session ends on an equilibrium! We wouldn't have said that 10 balls before the break as the 63-run partnership between Stoneman and Vince seemed to tilt the initial balance of the game in their favour. But Vince's untimely shot changed that. He would be kicking himself as he had largely looked at ease unlike the southpaw who looked troubled by the short delivery. Nevertheless, he is still unbeaten on 48.
  • 26.6 Stoneman will go into LUNCH, DAY 1, unbeaten on 48 as he blocks this delivery from the crease. 91/2
  • Last ball before Lunch...
  • 26.5 Mark gets forward and presents a straight bat in blocking that.
  • 26.4 Root clips it off his pads through backward square leg for a run to get off the mark.
  • 26.3 A touch short outside off, Stoneman cuts it to the man at deep backward point for a run.
  • 26.2 Lunged forward and blocked off the front foot.
  • 26.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 25.6 Short ball around off, ducked under by Joe. 89/2
  • 25.5 Root shoulders arms to this length delivery. The ball moves in prodigiously after pitching. Good for him that it was far from the off stick.
  • 25.4 Full delivery outside off, Root lets it go. The keeper had to collect it in front of his face. Shows the carry off the surface.
  • JOE ROOT, the English skipper, walks in to the middle. He has had a quiet series so far and this is the game for him to come good, we believe. Will he? Three minutes left before Lunch...
  • 25.3 OUT! Hazlewood is the man! His consistent lines and lengths have got him the desired result - a wicket. Full delivery outside off, Vince looks to drive this one. Ends up getting the faintest of nicks to Paine who doesn't miss such chances. Know a thing or two about earning your scalp? This is it. Hazlewood had bowled three consecutive maidens prior to this, just a couple of leg byes had come off them. Post that, Vince was the man facing the remaining deliveries. The batter had been watchful so far but his concentration gave way at the wrong time for England, who are rocked just before the break now. The 63-run stand that looked so promising is a thing of the past now. The timing of this dismissal won't please the visitors one bit.
  • 25.2 Vince gets forward and blocks it solidly.
  • 25.1 Vince blocks it from the crease.
  • 24.6 Dropped but a tough chance that. Lyon delivers it around middle and leg, Stoneman flicks it. Ends up hitting it straight on the boot of Bancroft at short leg. The ball lobs up but Cameron isn't able to get to that and catch it. Very tough chance this. These are the sort that stick. 89/1
  • 24.5 This is outside off, MS cuts it towards backward point.
  • 24.4 Nicely bowled. Lyon darts it around middle, Stoneman looks to defend. Gets an inside edge that goes on the bounce to short leg.
  • 24.3 MS lunges forward and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 24.2 Mark watchfully defends this from the crease.
  • 24.1 Flatter delivery around 91.8 kmph, Stoneman stays back and offers a straight bat face to that.
  • 23.6 Fuller around middle and leg, clipped towards mid-wicket. 89/1
  • 23.5 Short outside off, Vince doesn't bother playing that.
  • 23.4 Hazlewood goes wide of the crease and angles it into Vince. The latter is good in judging this and points his bat skywards as he lets it go.
  • 23.3 Back of a length delivery around off, Vince arches back and lets it go through to the keeper.
  • 23.2 Vince keeps it out solidly off the front foot.
  • 23.1 Length ball on the pads, Stoneman fails to flick it away. Gets it off his thigh pad towards fine leg for a leg bye.
  • 22.6 Vince buries this delivery onto the ground. 88/1
  • 22.5 Fired around middle and leg, bunted off the front foot.
  • 22.4 Turned towards mid-wicket.
  • 22.3 Now Mark does the sensible thing of pushing it towards covers and crossing over to the other end.
  • 22.2 FOUR! Wow! Lunch-break looming? Best spinner around? Who cares! Lyon lands it around off, Stoneman gets low and slog sweeps it aerially. The ball lands just inside the rope before crossing over the square leg boundary.
  • 22.1 Served outside off, Stoneman pushes it towards covers.
  • 21.6 Landed outside off, Vince gets a half-stride forward and lets it go. 83/1
  • 21.5 Similar delivery, Vince defends it off the front foot.
  • 21.4 Fuller around off, defended with a straight bat face.
  • 21.3 Hazlewood bangs it short outside off, Vince evades to let it go.
  • 21.2 Outside off, easy leave for James.
  • 21.1 Fuller but the line is wrong. It is on the pads. Stoneman misses the flick and gets it off his pads towards fine leg. A leg bye taken.
  • 20.6 Vince keeps it out from the crease. 82/1
  • 20.5 FOUR! Wonderful use of the feet. Lyon serves it around off, Vince comes down and hits it through covers against the spin. The ball finds the gap and races away to the boundary. He moves to 25.
  • 20.4 Flicked off his pads towards backward square leg.
  • 20.3 Vince comes down the track and blocks it.
  • 20.2 Stoneman is following the risk-reward policy. He uses his feet to spin yet again but is not to the pitch of the ball. Hits it a touch aerially towards mid on. Starc the man there, Mark takes him on and gets a run.
  • 20.1 Flatter around off and middle, a bit of spin there. Stoneman pushes it back towards the bowler.
  • 19.6 Has to play this time. Length delivery angling into the batsman, Vince stands tall and keeps it out. 77/1
  • 19.5 Leave no.4! Hazlewood offers this well outside off, JV lets the keeper do the rest.
  • 19.4 Another ball outside off is left alone by Vince. He is in no hurry to get bat to ball.
  • 19.3 This one is too wide to make James play there.
  • 19.2 Length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 19.1 Vince defends it off the front foot onto the ground.
  • JOSH HAZLEWOOD back for another burst before lunch.
  • 18.6 Blocked off the front foot onto the ground. 77/1
  • 18.5 Vince picks up a run after driving it through mid on.
  • 18.4 Hello, Stoneman! What are you upto? The sweep isn't the safest option against the off spinner but he doesn't care. He plays that shot to the man at fine leg for a run. Brings up the 50-RUN STAND between Stoneman and Vince. These two have done well to hold fort post Cook's departure. Even in the first game these two were among the runs with fifties to their names and they would do well to not miss the chance yet again.
  • 18.3 Lyon continues round the wicket to Vince. Vince uses his feet and turns it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 18.2 Stoneman's intent is to attack Lyon it seems. He comes down and sweeps it towards fine leg for a single.
  • 18.1 Floated around off, Stoneman defends with his bat and pad close together.
  • Spin time! NATHAN LYON comes into the attack. Two things - one, the over rate will get a boost because of this. Two, with a southpaw at the crease, a wicket before lunch would be helpful. A slip and a short leg in place.
  • 17.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 73/1
  • 17.5 Four Byes! Poor Paine, how he'd hope that he had been much more taller to stop such deliveries. Starc bowls it short down the leg side, Vince crouches in response. Paine leaps to his left but fails to get a hand to that.
  • 17.4 Vince pushes this length ball around middle and leg defensively towards mid on.
  • 17.3 Length ball outside off, Vince this time does well to not play at that.
  • 17.2 This time this delivery is confidently pushed to the cover region.
  • 17.1 Nearly! Starc bowls it very full outside off, Vince looks to drive it without great feet movement. Ends up hitting the bat on the ground. This is how he was dismissed in the previous game and he seems to be falling to the trap there.
  • 16.6 Beauty to end the over. Length ball just outside off, making Stoneman play. He has a feel for that and gets beaten. 69/1
  • 16.5 Perfect reply from a fast bowler after being hit for a boundary. Pat bangs in a bouncer from wide of the crease, Stoneman ducks to let it pass.
  • 16.4 FOUR! The boundaries have slowed, says Ian Healy on air and immediately comes this shot. Cummins hurls it full around off, something that hasn't troubled the English opener. Stoneman drives it straight back past the bowler and gets a boundary.
  • 16.3 A bit fuller around off, Mark presents a straight bat in defense.
  • 16.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 16.1 Where's the ball? Cummins bowls it around off, Vince gets it off the inside half of his bat towards mid-wicket for one. But the camera pans to the cover region to cover the region of the original shot.
  • 15.6 A touch closer to the off stump this time. Blocked solidly off the front foot. 64/1
  • 15.5 Back of a length ball well outside off, easy leave for the southpaw.
  • 15.4 What happened there? Starc spears it full outside off, Stoneman's concentration lapses a bit. He looks to drive it away from the body but just misses the ball by a whisker. Smith, strangely, is seen thinking about a review for caught behind as he seems to have heard something there. Strange because the nick is generally spotted by the keeper and the bowler first, who on this occasion weren't excited.
  • 15.3 This ball is blocked from the crease.
  • 15.2 Back of a length delivery around leg, Vince hops and fends it towards fine leg for one.
  • 15.1 Full ball on the pads, James fails to flick it away and wears it on the protective gear.
  • 14.6 Delivered on a length outside off, MS stands his crease and defends it towards point. 63/1
  • 14.5 Stoneman gets forward to this one and blocks it towards covers.
  • 14.4 Length ball around off, blocked watchfully from the crease.
  • 14.3 Post the drinks break, Stoneman has been a bit assured in dealing with the short ball, observed my colleague Praky. There might have been a message sent to him from the dressing room he reckons. Mark picks this bouncer early and crouches low for the keeper to do the rest.
  • 14.2 Similar delivery around off, Vince gets it off the inner half towards fine leg for a single.
  • 14.1 On a length outside off, Vince shoulders arms to that. Good judgement there as the ball moved in after passing the batsman.
  • 13.6 This ball is kept off from the back foot. 62/1
  • 13.5 Fuller outside off, Vince drives it through covers. The ball doesn't have enough legs to go to the fence and the batsmen get three for that.
  • 13.4 This one's flicked round the corner for a single.
  • 13.3 Stoneman negotiates this bouncer well by ducking under it.
  • 13.2 Howzzat? Nothing from the Aussies there. Starc angles it on the pads, Stoneman looks to flick it but the ball goes off something to Paine who dives to his right to catch that. No real appeal from the home side as it seems to have gone off the pads.
  • 13.1 First loose shot attempted by Stoneman. Length ball outside off, he looks to flay it through the off side but gets beaten.
  • Drinks are on the field now. The first hour of play has seen the hosts strike a crucial blow on the visitors. Cook's sorry run continues as he failed to trouble the scorers much. All the seamers have looked incisive and look like picking up a wicket every single ball. Would be good to see how long Vince and Stoneman can keep them quiet.
  • 12.6 FOUR! There will be deliveries that may be unplayable but it is all about forgetting that and playing the next ball on its merit. Proved rightly by Vince. This one is fuller outside off. He forgets what happened a ball before and drives it confidently through point for a boundary. Good to see. 58/1
  • 12.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 12.4 Brilliant delivery. On a fuller length around off, Vince is caught on the crease. Thankfully gets an inside edge onto the front pad and the ball rolls towards first slip. If not for that edge, another man would have been sent packing.
  • 12.3 Harmless delivery outside off, Vince has nothing to do with that.
  • 12.2 Stoneman pushes it towards covers and crosses over to the other end.
  • 12.1 Vince taps it towards cover-point for a single.
  • 11.6 Four Byes! This is what I was talking about earlier. Another effort ball from Starc, the batsman ducks under it. In spite of Paine's high jump, the ball flies over him and into the boundary fence. These runs would be mistaken to be the keeper's fault but not this one. 52/1
  • 11.5 Back of a length delivery around middle, Stoneman looks to fend it but wears it on the side of the stomach. Ouch that must have hurt!
  • Ian Chappell makes a good observation here. He is of the opinion that the proper bouncer should be aimed at the batsman's helmet grill. Anything higher than that is easier to negotiate by ducking under and anything below could be played with the bat. At the level of the grill, the batsman is unsure whether to play at it or let it go and that could cause problems for him.
  • 11.4 Punched through the cover region by Mark for a couple.
  • 11.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 11.2 Don't know who has a task cut out to the short ball - the batsman or the keeper. Starc bangs it short on the stumps, Stoneman ducks under that. Paine has to leap high yet again to prevent the ball from passing him.
  • 11.1 Fuller around middle, driven to mid on.
  • MITCHELL STARC gets a change of end.
  • 10.6 Blocked solidly from the crease. 46/1
  • 10.5 Now Vince is caught being unsure of his footwork here. Length delivery, a touch on the fuller side this time. James presents a straight bat but ends up getting an inside edge onto the front pad.
  • 10.4 Cracking shot, straight to the fielder. Cummins bowls it on a length outside off, Vince stands tall and cuts it. Finds the man at point, who mimes a throw to the non-striker's end.
  • 10.3 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 10.2 Stoneman plays it with soft hands towards covers for a run.
  • 10.1 An edge for the umpteenth time! This time the ball rolls towards the vacant third slip region. Smith from second slip puts in the dive and stops the ball.
  • Cummins has to abort his run up. Reason - the batsman wasn't ready.
  • 9.6 FOUR! The margin for error on this surface is very little. Hazlewood angles it full into the batsman, Vince shows good balance as he clips it through mid-wicket. The timing is so good that a boundary is what he gets. 45/1
  • 9.5 This ball is blocked from the front foot.
  • 9.4 Stoneman is playing for the short ball. Not looking good this. This is a length ball, not too short. Since the batter is on the back foot he gets the toe end of the bat as he looks to keep it out. The ball goes towards covers and he gets a run.
  • 9.3 The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
  • 9.2 Smell the ball, did you? Hazlewood bangs it short at 143.4 kmph. Stoneman is alive to this one and ducks to let the ball pass. Paine has to leap up and gets his right hand to collect that but doesn't do so cleanly.
  • Short point in place. Nathan Lyon has been brought to that position.
  • 9.1 Another one! Stoneman stays in the crease to block this one but gets a thick outside edge. The ball rolls towards gully.
  • 8.6 Vince lets the ball go outside his off stump. 40/1
  • 8.5 FOUR! Beautiful stroke. Cummins delivers this on a length on the fuller side outside off. Vince gets forward and drives it through covers. Gets a boundary for doing so. A nice way to get off the mark.
  • 8.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 8.3 Another full ball around off, Vince looks to block it from the crease. Gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • The on-air commentators have just analyzed what Stoneman has shown in this innings so far. You pitch the ball upto him and he looks at ease in banishing it to the fence or negotiates it without much ado. Bowl him something on a back of a length and he is all at sea. There were a couple of edges in the vacant short leg region and some behind point on the off side. All safe as yet.
  • 8.2 Fuller on the stumps, flicked towards wide mid on, where the fielder dives to prevent a run.
  • 8.1 Begins with a length delivery outside off, Vince shoulders arms to that.
  • More fire! PAT CUMMINS is brought into the attack. He wanted to emulate Mitchell Johnson and here is his chance.
  • 7.6 Bouncer around off, Stoneman picked that one early and evaded it. 36/1
  • 7.5 This is outside off, Mark lets this one go unharmed.
  • 7.4 FOUR! Stoneman is looking very comfortable against the full ball and hence Australia would need to realise this sooner than later. Hazlewood angles it into the batsman on a full length. Mark clips it away through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 7.3 Length ball on the stumps, stonewalled with a straight bat.
  • A bat-pad in place now. The on-air commentators reckon that this is a good field position to have at this venue.
  • 7.2 Back of a length delivery around off, Stoneman gets squared up and gets an outside edge towards backward point.
  • 7.1 Stoneman keeps it out off the front foot.
  • 6.6 Length delivery angling away from James, left alone. 32/1
  • 6.5 The short ball is back. Stoneman keeps it out uncomfortably towards the vacant short leg region. A run is what he gets though.
  • 6.4 FOUR! This should ease Stoneman's nerves a bit. Starc looks to do the double bluff and bowls it full around off and middle. Stoneman is up to the task and drives it straight back. The ball races past mid on for a boundary.
  • 6.3 Edged but safe! Bowled on a back of a length around off, Stoneman looks to keep it away from the crease. Ends up getting an edge off the shoulder of the bat and the ball lands just short of backward point. He is not looking at ease against the short ball.
  • 6.2 Full delivery down the leg side, Mark misses the flick.
  • Broken bat for Stoneman! He got the previous ball high on the blade and needs a change of willow as a result.
  • 6.1 The news is out - Stoneman isn't comfortable with the short length delivery. Starc bowls it on a back of a length around middle and leg, Stoneman presents a straight bat face but the ball hits the blade near the handle before dying down on the pitch.
  • 5.6 Vince gets behind the line of the ball and blocks it. 27/1
  • 5.5 A touch fuller outside off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 5.4 On a length around off, defended with a straight bat face.
  • 5.3 Short leg, where art thou? This could have been a potential catch if that man would have been there. Hazlewood bends his back and bowls it short around middle. Stoneman looks to fend it away but gets a glove on that. The ball lobs on the leg side and a run results.
  • 5.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 5.1 Hazlewood continues round the wicket and lands it on a length outside off. Stoneman has a feel for that just to find the ball whiz past the edge of the bat.
  • 4.6 Another delivery outside off, left alone. 26/1
  • 4.5 Very full outside off, Vince covers the stumps and lets that go.
  • JAMES VINCE walks in at the fall of the first English wicket. He has a fifty in this series and nothing thenceforth. Can he make amends now?
  • 4.4 OUT! Alastair Cook's wretched form on this tour ensues! Starc's persistence with the fuller delivery has reaped dividends. Hurls it full around middle and leg, Cook doesn't move his feet and looks to keep it out from the crease. Misses the ball and gets caught adjacent to the stumps. As plumb as it gets. He doesn't bother reviewing that and he never should on such occasions. This is his 34th Test innings without an Ashes ton. Notably, this was Starc's fastest ball in this innings so far - 147.6 kmph! Australia are up and running at the WACA.
  • 4.3 Starc hurls it on a length around middle and angling down leg. Cook flicks it through backward square leg. Hazlewood gets to his right from fine leg, slides and parries it to Shaun Marsh who returns the throw. Two runs is the result.
  • 4.2 Full ball around middle and leg, clipped straight to the man at deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 4.1 Full length ball outside off, Stoneman gets it off the outer half of his bat. The ball rolls past gully and the batsman gets a brace.
  • 3.6 Length delivery outside off, Cook has a feel for it but gets beaten. Good one to end the over from the bowler. 21/0
  • 3.5 Around middle and off, turned towards mid on.
  • 3.4 This delivery is pushed towards mid off.
  • 3.3 FOUR! It's so good to see how strokes from a particular batter gets his partner going. This one is fuller outside off, Cook gets his stride forward and drives it through wide mid off. The proof of how good the outfield is, is evident as even Warner's hare to cut that off proved futile. He dived like one does in a swimming pool yet the ball trickled away to the fence.
  • 3.2 Fuller around off, defended towards mid off.
  • 3.1 This one is outside off, left alone by AC.
  • 2.6 FOUR! Ahhh! The square drive is such a glorious shot in the game. More so if it earns you a third consecutive boundary. Fuller outside off, driven through backward point from Stoneman. Another boundary results. 13 from this over. 17/0
  • 2.5 FOUR! Encore from Starc! Another very low full toss around leg, Stoneman clips it through square leg to earn himself another boundary. Not a wrong strategy this from the bowler but shows how narrow the margin for error is.
  • 2.4 FOUR! A low full toss in search of a yorker. Ends up being a run-yielding delivery. It is on the pads of Stoneman, who does well to get some bat to that. The ball speeds away to the fine leg fence.
  • 2.3 Beauty! Starc and swing is a treacherous combination for a batsman to negotiate. He lands it on a length around off, the ball moves away from the batsman just a touch. Stoneman looks to whip it to the on side but the ball just spears past the outside edge and flies to the keeper.
  • 2.2 Well done, Cook. Gets off the mark with a quick run. Length delivery on the stumps, Alastair taps it in front of mid-wicket and hares to the other end.
  • 2.1 Hurled around off, Cooky stays in the crease and blocks it solidly.
  • 1.6 A touch shorter than the previous one, well outside off. Left alone by Mark. Four runs from the over, courtesy a boundary. 4/0
  • 1.5 FOUR! First runs for Stoneman and England! Hazlewood shouldn't mind it though. He bowls it fuller outside off, the opening batsman reaches out to it with a stride and drives it through covers for a boundary. Good for the bowler that the batter is reaching out to such deliveries. Increases the chances of inducing a nick.
  • 1.4 Similar delivery, driven to mid off.
  • 1.3 Good tactic from Josh to make the batsman play. Bowls it full around off, Stoneman drives it to the man at covers.
  • 1.2 Appeal straightaway, for LBW! Turned down. Hazlewood spears this full around leg, Stoneman misses the flick and gets hit low on the pads. On the question being asked, umpire Erasmus replied in the negation. Pitching outside leg the reason. Hawk Eye confirms the same.
  • 1.1 Starts off with a delivery outside off, Stoneman watches it sail to the keeper.
  • Starc's partner in crime, JOSH HAZLEWOOD to bowl from the other end. Same fielding set up for him too.
  • 0.6 Maiden from Starc to begin the game! Outside off, swinging away, shouldered arms to by Cook. 0/0
  • 0.5 Another delivery around off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 0.4 This ball is delivered around off and middle, Cook gets ahead and defends it with a straight bat.
  • With Handscomb out of the side, Mitchell Marsh is seen standing at first slip. We mentioned in our build-up that he was seen practicing to man that position.
  • 0.3 Fuller around off, Cook blocks it from the crease.
  • 0.2 Fuller and well outside off, it swings away from the batter. Cook is experienced enough to know that these deliveries can be left unharmed. Does so.
  • 0.1 Starts on the money! Spears in a full length delivery around middle and off. A bit of shape towards the slip cordon. Cook stays in the crease, hops a touch and keeps it out towards mid-wicket.
  • It's time! We are all set to begin a journey which, at the end, will reveal whether England hang on to the urn or Australia regain it. ALASTAIR COOK, getting 150-Test old, walks out to the centre along with MARK STONEMAN. Their aim, as obvious as it is, would be to give their side a good, tidy start. Contrastingly, with a mindset of denying this from happening, MITCHELL STARC will steam in with the new red cherry. Three slips and a gully. Let's play says umpire Chris Gaffaney...
  • TOSS - Joe Root, oh Joe Root! He CALLS IT RIGHT at the toss for the third consecutive occasion and this time OPTS TO BAT FIRST! Learning from the past, ehh? He has been handed that opportunity with the coin spinning his way. Will the final result follow suit? England, we knew, are going in with the same side that played the last game. And the Handscomb-Marsh suspense ends! MITCHELL MARSH comes in for Peter Handscomb.
  • Alastair Cook will be featuring in his 150th Test. The occasion couldn't get any better for him to play a knock with his side needing a batting savior badly. All the talks and numbers building up to this game point to circumstances being against England. But runs from the blade is second only to nothing and who better than the former skipper to know that. So... what do we have in store for us in this Perth Test? A ruthless Australian performance? A spirited English revival? Stay with us to find out!
  • The scoreline stands at 2-0 in favour of Australia. However, it doesn't paint a true picture in entirety as England have had their moments in both the games which they couldn't turn into their advantage. While the tourists have named an unchanged eleven for this mid-series game, the hosts have kept us waiting - building further suspense over who between Peter Handscomb and Mitchell Marsh will play. The former's woeful run with the bat has seen his spot be in a jeopardy for this contest. However, a tweet from Cricket Australia showed the latter having some slip-catching practice. Sign of things to come?
  • Endings and beginnings are a part of life. As historic a series the Ashes is, equally significant has been the role of the WACA Ground in Perth. This third Test of the Ashes 2017 will be an end of different sort. The above mentioned ground is all set to host its last game of the iconic series - to make way for the new venue in the same city - and one would vouch for the venue to sign off on a high. We welcome you to our coverage of the first day of this game with this preface.
  • There's nothing great to talk about the English bowling. Anderson picked four today en route to his 50th this year, but it purely was academic. Everybody suffered the ignominy at the hands of the Aussie batters. Now, they have four and something sessions to deal with. Alastair Cook, the leader of this visiting side for years now is going through a prolonged lean patch. Can the tourists spring a surprise by displaying a dogged resistance? Remember, they have the firing Australian seamers and the cracks on the pitch to contend with, apart from the rains that are forecasted.
  • The Australian innings was based on the initial platform of the 124-run stand between Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith. But the lion's share in the mammoth score is the 301-run partnership between the skipper and Mitchell Marsh. The former got a double ton while the latter missed his by a mere 19 runs. Once they departed, Cummins and Paine had some fun in the middle before inviting England to bat again.
  • Australia batted for 21 balls after Lunch. One will wonder why. Perhaps for Paine and Cummins to get to their respective milestones. Or maybe to hurry the English openers to go in and get back with their batting gears quickly. Whatever be the case, Paine and Cummins didn't get to their landmarks - a 50. While Cummins was sent back by Anderson, Paine was undefeated on 49 when the declaration came.
  • 179.3 OUT! End of Lyon's (mis)adventure! Full ball around off, he looks to go downtown yet again. All he does is manage to sky it. The ball stays up eternally before coming down in the safe waiting hands of Ali who has moved ahead from mid on to position himself underneath it. Immediately, Smith calls them back as AUSTRALIA DECLARE ON 662/9, with a LEAD OF 259 runs!
  • 179.2 FOUR! If you can do it, so can I, says Lyon to Paine with this shot. Anderson lands it on a length, Nathan comes down and belts it straight back over the bowler's outstretched right hand for a boundary.
  • 179.1 Lyon misses the flick down the leg side.
  • 178.6 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery. 658/8
  • 178.5 Blocked off the back foot onto the ground.
  • 178.4 FOUR! Paine is out there to wield his willow. Charges down the track and hits it over wide mid on for a boundary. Clean hit that.
  • 178.3 This one is guided towards gully.
  • 178.2 Short ball down the leg side, Paine looks to pull but misses.
  • 178.1 Tim failed to make contact and was hit low on the pads.
  • Although he would have a major role with the ball later, NATHAN LYON is out there with the bat now.
  • 177.6 OUT! 50th Test wicket for James Anderson in 2017, the third time he has achieved this in a calendar year. No signs of elation from him after getting the umpire's nod on this one. He angles it on a length which is a touch on the fuller side. Cummins looks to clip it away with the angle but misses the cherry completely. The ball catches him plumb in front. On appealing, the umpire gives him the marching orders. However, he opts to review that. There was no inside edge and the three reds on the Ball Tracker sealed it for him. The record 93-run stand is broken finally. This is the highest 8th wicket stand at this venue for Australia and that ends now. The hosts are ahead by one run more than 250. 654/8
  • Cummins is a goner! He doesn't think so and opts for DRS. Only an inside edge can save him, we reckon.
  • 177.5 This ball is defended from the back foot solidly.
  • 177.4 Cummins fails to flick it away and gets hit low on the pads.
  • 177.3 Sprayed down the leg side, Pat misses his flick. Bairstow dives to his left but the ball bounces just in front of his outstretched left hand. The ball slows down after hitting his gloves. They take a couple of byes.
  • 177.2 Cummins shows a straight bat in defense for that delivery.
  • 177.1 On a length in the zone just outside off, Cummins looks to cut it away but ends up chopping it towards the slip cordon.
  • JAMES ANDERSON will bowl from the other end.
  • 176.6 FOUR! Runs are being leaked without much control. Short ball around middle and angling down leg. Paine swivels and controls his pull through fine leg for a boundary. 652/7
  • 176.5 Paine has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 176.4 Angled down the leg side, Paine fails to flick it away.
  • 176.3 Length ball in the channel outside off, Cummins arches back and guides it to third man for a single. Both the batters are on 41 now.
  • 176.2 FOUR! Cummins is brimming with confidence here. Moves to 40 with this one. Smashes this through the cover region and helps himself to a boundary.
  • 176.1 Cummins punches this off the back foot towards covers.
  • Australia are batting on! They want to add more to their lead. Stuart Broad to start proceedings. It's quite sunny at the moment with blue skies visible. Let's hope it stays that way. Here we go...
  • ...Day 4, 2nd session...
  • Talks of the Aussie declaration get louder now. With inclement weather around, Australia wouldn't risk with playing on and settling for a draw. The cracks on the pitch are helping the odd ball to misbehave. Will Smith declare during the break? Let's wait and watch. England will hope for help from the skies to come sooner. Join us in a while.
  • However, the batting collapse that every English fan anticipated since the time Australia walked out to bat, remained ever-elusive. Now the eighth wicket pair of Paine and Cummins have also added 82 to place their side in front by 240 runs. There was a 28-ball period in the middle when the hosts had lost 12/3. Yet their innings is yet to culminate.
  • End of an entertaining session! It had runs as well as wickets. This would have pleased the cricket fans. As far as this game is concerned, it is heavily tilted in favour of the home side. So the supporters of the tourists wouldn't really be pleased with this. Anderson combined with the cracks on the track to send the overnight batsmen packing in quick succession. Marsh couldn't to his overnight score while Smith didn't finish far ahead from where he was yesterday.
  • 175.6 Short in length from Moeen, pulled away to deep square leg for a single. That's it for this session. It's LUNCH, DAY 4! 643/7
  • 175.5 Fired down the leg side, Pat looks to sweep but misses.
  • 175.4 SIX! It's party time for Cummins! Ali tosses this one in line of the stumps, Cummins gets down and slogs it high and handsome over deep mid-wicket. This one has traveled 94 metres!
  • 175.3 FOUR! Darted on a length in line of the leg stick, Cummins kneels and plays the sweep. The ball goes fine down the leg side past short fine leg for a boundary.
  • 175.2 A touch shorter in the same line, Paine pulls it to deep backward square leg for a single.
  • 175.1 Flatter on middle and leg, Paine goes back and hits it to mid-wicket.
  • 174.6 Length ball down the leg side, Cummins just lets it be. 631/7
  • 174.5 Outside off on a length, Cummins slaps it towards cover-point, where the fielder dives and stops.
  • 174.4 Guided nicely to third man for one run.
  • 174.3 Length ball, tucked down to fine leg for a run.
  • 174.2 Fuller outside off, Cummins looks to dig it out but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 174.1 Paine drives it through the cover region and ambles to the other end. The stand is now worth 68.
  • 173.6 Cummins lunges forward and blocks it with a straight bat. 628/7
  • 173.5 Driven to long on for a single.
  • 173.4 Flatter down the leg side, Time offers no stroke and wears it on the pads.
  • 173.3 Paine turns this one towards mid-wicket.
  • Craig Overton is going off the field. After he slid to prevent a boundary on 173.2, he grimaced as he was getting up. The cracked rib, remember? Strong gutsy chap but unfortunately, has to walk out this time.
  • 173.2 Well done, Overton! Landed around leg, Cummins gets down and sweeps it towards fine leg. Craig runs to his right, slides and saves a run for his side.
  • 173.1 Flicked off his pads towards square leg.
  • 'WHAT, WHAT!' exclaims my mate here, as he sees MOEEN ALI come into the attack. This is because at a time when you should look to restrict the run flow, a spinner could end up doing exactly the opposite.
  • 172.6 FOUR! How well has Paine timed his cover drive! Fuller ball outside off, Paine just creams it through the cover region. The sweeper gets to his left but still fails to stop that. A boundary it is. 624/7
  • 172.5 Paine drives it to the man at mid on.
  • 172.4 Nasty! Broad bangs this short and Cummins looks to duck. The ball, initially it seems, strikes his elbow guard and goes towards fine leg. The batters cross over for a run. The umpire asks Pat before signalling a leg bye after getting a confirmation that he hadn't hit it. Replays show that it actually came off the batsman's elbow and not the guard. How painful would that be!
  • 172.3 Cummins hangs back and defends it towards point.
  • 172.2 Cummins keeps this out safely off the front foot.
  • Seems like the declaration will be during Lunch. Although Smith is seen in his whites in the dressing room, his mates are still in their practise gear. The skipper is seen doing some paper-work with his vice-captain Warner.
  • 172.1 Full length ball aimed at the off stump, Paine strides forward with a straight bat, pats it towards mid off and gets to the other end.
  • 171.6 Paine punches this one through covers. Takes three runs before the ball is fielded and returned. 618/7
  • 171.5 This ball is guided towards third man for a single.
  • 171.4 Again, Pat looks to play the cut but misses the ball by a huge margin.
  • 171.3 In the air but safe. Cummins realises that it is time for him to play some shots now. Banged short around off, Paine mistimes his pull. The ball goes over square leg and lands near the boundary. Two runs result before the ball is returned.
  • 171.2 Angled into the batsman, worked away with that through square leg for a single.
  • 171.1 Starts with a delivery that is on a length outside off, Cummins guides it towards third man for a single. Brings up the 50-run stand between these two.
  • CRAIG OVERTON, playing with a cracked rib, comes into the attack.
  • 170.6 Another delivery in the channel outside off, Paine doesn't put bat to that. 610/7
  • 170.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 170.4 Paine strides forward and blocks.
  • 170.3 Length ball outside off, Paine hangs his bat out at that but misses the ball.
  • 170.2 Another nice crisp square drive from Pat for a run towards deep point.
  • 170.1 Length ball angling on the pads, Paine looks to tuck it away but fails to do so due to the extra bounce. Gets it off his thigh pads towards fine leg. Before Bairstow does the fielding task, a leg bye stolen.
  • 169.6 Blocked solidly off the front foot onto the ground. 608/7
  • 169.5 The batsman has attempted to put bat on ball but fails.
  • 169.4 FOUR! Is batting as easy as Cummins is making it look? He is accumulating runs at will here. Outside off on a length, Cummins bashes it through point for a boundary. The Paine-Cummins stand is worth 47 now.
  • 169.3 The lead crosses 200! Cummins flicks it nicely through square leg for a brace. The hosts are chugging along nicely here.
  • 169.2 Tapped towards cover-point for a run.
  • 169.1 600 up for Australia! This length ball just outside off is nicely glided through backward point. Such is the timing on it that Cummins gets three as a result.
  • 168.6 Tim was beaten and missed the line of the delivery. 598/7
  • 168.5 Blocked solidly from the crease.
  • 168.4 FOUR! And now here's a genuine edge that ends up being runs. Fuller just outside off, Paine looks to play the drive. Gets a thick outside edge. The ball goes through the gap between the diving keeper and the wide slip fielder and went away to the fence.
  • 168.3 Four Leg Byes! Poor Bairstow! He cannot do anything about this. Broad runs and spears this down the leg side. Paine misses his flick and the ball goes to the fine leg fence off his pads. The keeper didn't stand a chance of cutting that off.
  • 168.2 Oh crack! This ball is hurled on a length outside off, Paine looks to drive it towards mid off. It lands on the seam, nips away and goes through to the keeper. These ones look like leg breaks initially before you realise that the cracks are responsible for such movement.
  • 168.1 A harmless delivery outside off, left alone by Tim.
  • 167.6 Blocked from the crease solidly. 590/7
  • 167.5 Back of a length ball outside off, Cummins looks to punch it off the back foot. But the ball climbs a bit more and he ends up making contact only with the air.
  • 167.4 This ball is driven towards mid off.
  • 167.3 Where's the bounce gone? Woakes hurls it on a length outside off, the ball refuses to climb up. Cummins looks to punch it off the back foot but ends up getting a bottom edge towards the keeper.
  • 167.2 Banged short in line of the stumps, Cummins ducks under that one.
  • 167.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • Interesting. Pat Cummins currently averages over 50 with the bat in this series. The likes of Root and Cook are not up there yet. Shows the area of concern of the visitors.
  • 166.6 FOUR! Clever! England had their field up on the off side to deny Paine the rotation of strike. Instead he gleefully accepts the boundary-scoring opportunity. This one is on a length outside off, Paine guides it to the third man fence for a boundary. 590/7
  • 166.5 Paine drives it straight back to the bowler.
  • 166.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 166.3 Another length ball blocked towards point.
  • 166.2 Outside off, on a length, Paine taps it towards point.
  • 166.1 Paine blocks it towards covers from the crease. Cummins wanted a run but it was never on. There is a direct hit at the bowler's end but all's safe. Malan was the fielder on that occasion. Paine thought of taking him on thinking the ball is going to the wrong side of the fielder but he realises eventually that Malan throws with his right hand.
  • STUART BROAD to bowl for the first time today. He will be operating from the end where Anderson got all his wickets. Can Stuart get off the mark? So far, his bowling figures read - 0/112.
  • 165.6 Another one outside off, PC just lets it be. 586/7
  • 165.5 Banged short in line of the stumps, Cummins crouches low and lets it go.
  • 165.4 Fuller outside off, Cummins lets that one go.
  • 165.3 Outside off on a length, Cummins punches it towards cover-point.
  • 165.2 Length ball outside off, Pat covers his stumps and shoulders arms.
  • 165.1 Back of a length delivery around off, Paine hangs back and pulls it to fine leg for a single.
  • Drinks break. Excellent first hour for England as they bounced back after a miserable performance yesterday. James Anderson once again is the one leading the attack from the front. However, as far as the game situation is concerned, Australia are ahead by 182 runs and have the upper hand. The way the bowlers are getting assistance from the pitch will please the home team. Those cracks near the good length will come in handy and play a major role in this Test match going forward. Let's see whether Australia declare after taking their lead to 200.
  • 164.6 FOUR! Unintentional from Cummins but he will not mind a boundary! Anderson serves a full ball on off, getting it to nip back in, Pat strides forward in defense but it catches the outside half of his bat and runs through the slip cordon for a boundary. This is now the joint fifth highest score at the WACA! 585/7
  • 164.5 Fullish and off, Paine leans forward and pushes it with soft hands at covers. Good running again to steal a single.
  • 164.4 Keeps it just ahead of a length outside off, Paine gets across the stumps to cover the line and defends it solidly towards mid off.
  • 164.3 Fuller and on middle, worked off the pads on the leg side but straight towards mid-wicket.
  • 164.2 Fine running between the wickets. A full ball outside off, Paine pushes it with gentle hands through point and calls his partner through for the second run.
  • 164.1 Paine has pushed it to the cover region. Two runs added to the total.
  • 163.6 Back of a length ball on off, Cummins blocks it safely. 576/7
  • 163.5 A bumper, Cummins evades it.
  • 163.4 Tickles a length ball off his pads but finds the backward square leg fielder.
  • 163.3 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 163.2 Prods forward to a full ball and drives it to wide mid off.
  • 163.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 162.6 Rocks back to a short ball and punches it through cover-point for a brace. 576/7
  • 162.5 Gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it back.
  • 162.4 Short and around off, Paine tries to cut but misses.
  • 162.3 Good length ball on off, defended towards mid off.
  • 162.2 NOT OUT! Wow, it's going over the leg stump. How? You surely cannot blame the umpire for giving that out. That looked quite plumb. Anderson drops it on a length just around off and gets it to shape back into the batsman. Paine strides half forward to defend but misses. He is rapped on the pads, they appeal and the finger goes up. Paine reviews it and the Hawk Eye shows that the impact is in line but it is going over the leg pole. The extra bounce at the WACA, maybe. But still cannot believe that's not hitting the stumps. Paine gets a reprieve.
  • James Anderson traps yet another batsman in front of the stumps. Looks plumb but Tim Paine wants to review it.
  • 162.1 Good length delivery around off, Paine defends it by getting forward.
  • 161.6 Fuller and on off, defended off the front foot by Cummins. 574/7
  • 161.5 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 161.4 Woakes takes the pace off his delivery and serves an off cutter outside off, 120 kph, Paine pushes it towards cover-point for one.
  • 161.3 Length ball on middle, defended back.
  • 161.2 The line is too straight this time and the length is too full, Paine flicks it through backward square leg and pinches a couple of runs.
  • 161.1 Good length delivery around off, Paine pushes it with an angled bat to point. Woakes has not got much support from the pitch from this end.
  • 160.6 Gentle hands this time. Paine just taps a length ball in the gap at cover-point for one. 571/7
  • 160.5 Paine has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 160.4 A length ball on off, Tim is forward in defense.
  • 160.3 FOUR! Oh, he has crunched that one. Anderson goes short and wide outside off, Paine transfers his weight on the back leg beautifully and strokes it over backward point for a boundary.
  • 160.2 Lovely shot! A free flowing square drive by Pat and the point fielder dives but misfields. Three runs taken. 100 runs in the series for Cummins.
  • 160.1 Length ball angling into the batsman, Cummins plays it across the line towards mid-wicket.
  • 159.6 Angles in a length ball on middle, straightening a bit, Paine gets behind the line and pushes it to mid on. 563/7
  • 159.5 Fuller and on off, Paine is on the front foot as he pushes it to mid off.
  • 159.4 Good shot for nothing! A short ball around off, Paine swivels with the pull shot, connects well but finds Overton at square leg.
  • 159.3 On middle, flicked on the leg side but not in the gap.
  • 159.2 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 159.1 Pitches it up outside off, Paine drives it to mid off.
  • 158.6 Angles it into the batsman, around middle, Cummins defends it off his front foot to mid-wicket. 563/7
  • 158.5 A length delivery in the channel outside off, straightening a bit, Cummins covers the line and shoulders arms.
  • 158.4 Full and outside off, Cummins defends it off his front foot to covers.
  • 158.3 Pushes a length ball with soft hands to covers and crosses.
  • 158.2 In the zone outside off, Paine shoulders arms.
  • 158.1 Paine has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 157.6 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under it at the last moment. 562/7
  • 157.5 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 157.4 Good length delivery outside off, Pat pokes his bat at it and edges it behind. Doesn't carry to the only slip fielder.
  • 157.3 Cummins has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 157.2 Shortish and around off, straightening off the pitch, Cummins pushes at it and misses.
  • 157.1 Taps it down to point and crosses for a hesitant single. Vince misses his shy at the bowler's end.
  • PAT CUMMINS in next.
  • 156.6 OUT! Starc is the sacrificial lamb although he himself is to be blamed! Anderson angled in a fuller ball around middle and leg, Paine tries to flick it again but misses and it goes towards gully off his pads. The bowler is busy appealing as Tim takes a couple of steps forward. Starc takes a start initially in search of a run, but seeing the backward point fielder get to the ball, he stops mid-way. His partner has nowhere to go as he is in the middle of the pitch. Starc realises that he is the one who has to sacrifice and makes sure to cross Paine. Meanwhile, James Vince runs with the ball and takes the bails off at the striker's end. A flurry of wickets here will please England, although they still are behind the eight ball. 561/7
  • 156.5 Shaping back into the batsman, Paine tries flicking but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 156.4 Length ball on middle, Starc chips it over the bowler's head for a single.
  • 156.3 Turns it off his pads to the leg side but finds the fielder.
  • 156.2 Good length delivery on off, Starc defends it from the crease to the off side.
  • MITCHELL STARC walks in next. Pat Cummins will have to wait for his batting promotion.
  • 156.1 OUT! Stop the press, Steven Smith is gone! The on-field decision is overturned and Anderson gets his second wicket of the morning. Once again it's a delivery angling back into the batsman. Steven Smith stays back to work it around the corner but misses to get hit on the back leg. They appeal but the umpire shakes his head. James Anderson and Joe Root get together and opt for the review. Both don't look convinced though. The replays roll in and they find that Smith is hit in line and it's hitting the top of stumps. England have hit the jackpot. They were not too sure about reviewing this but will be delighted now with the outcome. Steven Smith departs amidst a massive roar from the crowd. The replay once again shows that it hit one of the cracks. My number-loving friend pings me that the balls faced by Smith was just four less than the score England managed in their innings. That's a good spot. Australia lead by 157 runs.
  • Review for lbw against Steven Smith. Neither Anderson nor Root looking too convinced but nothing wrong in taking a chance, especially when it's Steven Smith. Height could be a factor here. Let's see...
  • 155.6 Bangs in a bouncer outside off, Paine allows it through. My friend quietly asks me - why is he bowling short and not targeting the cracks which is around the length area? I don't have any answer to that. 560/5
  • 155.5 Paine has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 155.4 Good length delivery on off, defended to the off side.
  • 155.3 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 155.2 FOUR! Smith just continues to bat with fluency. It doesn't matter to him if there are cracks around on the surface and the ball misbehaves. He just stands tall inside the crease and runs a shortish ball down to third man for a boundary.
  • 155.1 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 154.6 Whoa! That's a fast leg break, screams Shane Warne, the legendary leggie, on air. It indeed was. Jimmy slants in a length ball on and around off, angling in and moving away prodigiously. Paine can't do anything with it. Just pushes at it tamely and misses. Big smile spreads across his face. Somewhere deep down he knows, it's not going to be easy to bat here. The replays show that more than the skill of the bowler, the ball moved because it hit one of the cracks. 555/5
  • 154.5 Anderson gets it around off, Paine defends it off the front foot.
  • 154.4 Fullish and on middle and leg, angling down, Paine tries flicking but misses. Gets hit on the pads, a muted appeal follows but nothing from the umpire.
  • 154.3 Straighter in line again, Smith works it in front of square leg and Moeen moves across to his left to stop the ball. They cross for a run in the meantime. Australia are 555/5!
  • 154.2 Angles in a length ball on off, Smith gets on the front foot and defends it back.
  • 154.1 FOUR! Steven Smith is up and running on day 4! Anderson errs in his line and serves a leg stump half-volley. The Aussie skipper picks it off his pads and clips it through square leg for a boundary.
  • 153.6 Bouncer around middle and leg, Paine sits underneath it comfortably. 550/5
  • 153.5 Back of a length delivery on middle, Paine defends it from the crease.
  • 153.4 Short delivery outside off, quite wide from the batsman, an easy leave for Paine.
  • 153.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 153.2 Paine has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 153.1 Starts with a fractionally short delivery on off, Tim defends it off his back foot.
  • CHRIS WOAKES to bowl from the other end.
  • 152.6 A bit full on this occasion, Smith is watchful and blocks it safely. A successful over for England to start the day. 550/5
  • 152.5 Bowls it around and on off, Smith brings down a straight bat in defense.
  • 152.4 Good length delivery outside off, Paine drives it wide of mid off for a single.
  • 152.3 Shortish around off, Paine goes on his toes and defends it out.
  • Tim Paine arrives.
  • 152.2 OUT! Umpire's call. That's cricket for you, my friends. Toiled whole day yesterday without any success and here he is, a wicket off the second ball of the day. James Anderson is looking more relieved than happy. He serves a good length delivery around off and gets it to nip back into the batsman. Marsh is caught back inside the crease as he tries to defend it. But he fails to do so because of the movement and takes a blow on his back pad. Jimmy appeals and the finger goes up. Mitchell Marsh takes the DRS and the replays show that the impact is in line and it's clipping the top of middle stump. The replays also showed that it hit one of the cracks in that area and hence there was extra movement on this one. Marsh returns to the pavilion without adding any run to his overnight score. Australia lead by 146 runs!
  • Early action! Mitchell Marsh is adjudged lbw and he reviews it. Looks plumb to the naked eye, let's see...
  • 152.1 Starts with a good length delivery on middle, straightening a bit after landing, Marsh goes on the back foot and defends it back.
  • It's time to get going! The English players are walking to the middle along with the umpires. Steven Smith and Mitchell Marsh, both with daddy hundreds to their name and amidst a triple century stand come out to a rousing ovation from the crowd. It will be JAMES ANDERSON to begin proceedings. A single slip in place. Here we go...
  • 'We will be quite aggressive this morning, and then the captain will work out what he wants.' That's what Darren Lehmann had to say a little while back. The intention is quite clear from the Australian camp. Both Mitchell Marsh and Steven Smith won't hold back and we can expect a plenty of big shots in the morning session. England will hope that they can buy some wickets in the process.
  • First up, it's not raining, although, there is a cloud cover around the stadium and the forecast is for some showers in the afternoon. Hmm... that is something we can't control and can only hope for the best. On that note, let me welcome you all for the fourth day of the Perth Test. We've often heard the statement that the third day is considered to be the moving day of a Test match and yesterday Australia not only turned it in their favour but punched their way into a position from where they can dictate terms.
  • ...Day 4, 1st session...
  • All the tired bodies would take a deserved break now. After a good night's rest, will England come out with fresh vigour to still make a match of it? Remember, the Australian lead is 146 runs. So all's not lost yet. Or will the hosts continue with what they have done so far? Let's find out and at the same time, hope, for some fightback from the tourists. See you tomorrow at 1030 local time (0230 GMT). Till then, adios, take care!
  • Cricket has two sides. England were the second one here. Their bowlers were reduced to mere bowling machines with the way the hosts batted. Anderson, Broad, Woakes, Overton, throw all the names you want, they still lacked inspiration to run through the opposition. Root's field placements would rule the talk around these games. Being defensive when there is a need to attack isn't something that a captain should do and the English skipper is guilty of doing just that.
  • Mitchell Marsh feels good to get a Test hundred after 22 games. Says he was relaxed in his preparations and was looking to give it his all. States that the roar after his milestone was pure emotion and this is something he would look back at after a couple of years and savor. Asserts that he knows where his family was seated and adds that it feels good to score in front of them. Ends being hopeful of scoring a double ton tomorrow.
  • Steven Smith says that he felt good yesterday and was in the zone, which he wanted to cash in on. Is lucky that it came off today. States that the opposition bowled well and terms Dawid Malan as the pick of the spinners (ahem). Reckons that tomorrow they will look to play positively. Opines Mitchell Marsh should try to get to his double ton tomorrow, adding that he loved his intent and the way he attacked the bowlers. About his fitness after being out for so long, he feels a bit sore but has no complaints as he loves scoring big for his country. When asked about tomorrow's plan, he replies that it is for him to know and others to find out.
  • Mitchell Marsh looked solid from the moment he walked in. Crisp cuts, glorious drives and powerful pulls were in his armory and he unleashed them as per the situation to wow the viewers and pile agony on the tourists. While the Mitch-show was on from the other end, we could never take our eyes off the ever-so-unorthodox-yet-so-effective Steven Smith. The Australian skipper notched up his second double ton in Tests and went on to bat the whole day. He is still unbeaten on 229, while the duo's stand is paused at 301 runs. Here is what the both of them had to say to Ian Healy, who caught up with them on their way to the dressing room...
  • A day filled with runs comes to an end! The Australian batters return to the dressing room with satisfaction, joy and runs, while England return with more questions about their composition than answers. If we solely look at the last names, it was a day of Smith and Marsh with the bat. The day began with Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh at the crease. The latter missed out encashing the run-scoring opportunity, being the only wicket to fall today. After his fall, his brother rose, literally.
  • 151.6 Woakes steams in and delivers a fuller length ball as the last one of the day. Steven Smith lets it come to him and defends it watchfully towards the bowler. That's STUMPS, DAY 3! 549/4
  • 151.5 Bowled around off and middle, defended with a straight bat face.
  • 151.4 This ball is played to the man at the deep mid-wicket fence by Mitchell Marsh for his 181st run.
  • 151.3 Landed around off, defended with a straight bat face.
  • 151.2 Back of a length ball on the stumps, Smith moves across and tucks it down to fine leg for a single. Brings up the 300-run stand between Smith and Marsh. The skipper moves to 229.
  • 151.1 Smith blocks it towards covers.
  • Woakes to bowl the last over of the day. The partnership between Smith and Marsh is worth 299 at the moment.
  • 150.6 Walks down to the pitch of the ball and drives it down to long off for one. 547/4
  • 150.5 Driven through covers for a single.
  • 150.4 Worked away off his pads for a single.
  • 150.3 Flicked away towards square leg.
  • 150.2 FOUR! Tired bowling arm - Moeen Ali. Drops it flat and short around off, Smith goes back and slaps it through covers for a boundary. With major protection on the on side, there is a lot of real estate on the off site and Smith just cashed on that.
  • 150.1 Floated gently in line of the middle stump at 85.4 kmph. Smith strides forward and defends.
  • Change of ends for MOEEN ALI. 2 overs left in the day's play.
  • 149.6 On a length outside off, an opportunity for Smith to pick up a run. Plays it towards cover-point and gets to the other end. 540/4
  • 149.5 A touch fuller, the Australian skipper drives it to silly mid on.
  • 149.4 Smith stays in the crease and defends it to the on side.
  • 149.3 To make use of the leg side field on offer, Woakes bowls this from wide of the crease. Smith carefully presents a straight bat face to block it out.
  • 149.2 Full ball angling into the batsman, Smith clips it to the wide mid on fielder.
  • 149.1 Full ball around off, defended to the off side.
  • CHRIS WOAKES to have one final burst today. A silly mid on, short mid-wicket and a widish mid on in place. So, Root and his love for weird on-side field placements for Smith continues.
  • 148.6 This time Smith manages to pick up a run by flicking this through front of square on the leg side. 539/4
  • 148.5 Clipped straight to the man at backward square leg.
  • 148.4 Smith lunges forward and defends it solidly.
  • 148.3 Worked away towards square leg.
  • 148.2 Floated around off, driven towards mid off.
  • 148.1 In line of the stumps, Steven goes back and blocks it.
  • 147.6 Smith ambles to the other end by playing it through covers. 538/4
  • 147.5 Smith presents a straight bat face to keep this out.
  • Fair point. Ian Healy on air observes that mid on is up when Malan is bowling while he is in the deep for Ali. He deems this to lack some logic as the latter is the more experienced of the two bowlers in question.
  • 147.4 Punched through covers for a single.
  • 147.3 Marsh has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 147.2 Floated gently on off and middle, driven towards mid on.
  • 147.1 Landed around middle, the ball goes on with the angle. Marsh works it to square leg.
  • 146.6 Cut through point for one run. 536/4
  • 146.5 Smith eases this down to long on for a single.
  • 146.4 Served on the stumps, kept out from the crease.
  • 146.3 Floated around off, driven to mid off.
  • 146.2 Smith stays in the crease and dead-bats it.
  • 146.1 Flatter on the pads, clipped away through square leg for one.
  • MOEEN ALI to bowl now.
  • 145.6 Marsh retains strike after driving it to long on. 533/4
  • 145.5 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. One run added to the total.
  • 145.4 Smith lunges forward and blocks it firmly.
  • 145.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 145.2 Smith carefully drives it towards mid on. Anderson makes a diving stop to not concede a run.
  • 145.1 Where were you all this while, Malan? The revs that he is generating is so good to watch. Lures Smith into playing a loose drive, who ends up almost offering a return catch to Malan. The ball lands just in front of the bowler. The on-air commentators reckon that this is because the Aussie skipper is tiring. Had he been fresh, this could have gone straight to the bowler, they reckon.
  • 144.6 FOUR! Fuller delivery in line of the stumps, Marsh flicks it past mid on and helps himself to a boundary. 531/4
  • 144.5 Driven towards mid off.
  • Picture this - We have all been raving about how dominant Steven Smith has been today. But he was on 116 when Mitchell Marsh walked out to bat. Currently Smith's tally is 217 runs. So while the skipper has scored 101 runs, Marsh has accumulated 171 runs under his belt.
  • 144.4 Marsh defends this off the front foot.
  • 144.3 Flicked off the pads for a single through mid-wicket.
  • 144.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 144.1 Fuller around off, defended towards the bowler.
  • 143.6 Here is the next single towards sweeper cover that takes Steven Smith to 216, his best score in Test cricket. 526/4
  • 143.5 FOUR! Floated around off, Smith goes inside out through covers. Hits it all along the ground and gets a boundary. He now equals his best score in Tests - 215.
  • 143.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 143.3 Flicked away towards mid-wicket.
  • 143.2 Floated around middle, turned towards mid on.
  • 143.1 Smith rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 142.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 521/4
  • 142.5 Marsh blocks it from the crease.
  • 142.4 FOUR! Does Marsh feel that double tons are on sale today? He seems to be in a hurry to get there. Broad bends his back and bangs it short on off, it climbs up stomach high. Marsh pulls it with disdain through mid-wicket for a boundary. There was a fielder in the deep but he was a mere spectator.
  • 142.3 FOUR! Oh my my! This isn't too short and wide, yet Marsh cuts it through point. The man in the deep rushes to his left, puts in the slide as well. But it all turns futile as a boundary results.
  • 142.2 Marsh punches this through covers and gets back for a brace.
  • 142.1 Landed in line of the off and middle stumps, Marsh presents a straight bat in defense.
  • STUART BROAD is back on.
  • 141.6 Malan is on the shorter side around off, Smith cuts from his back foot to point. 511/4
  • 141.5 Smith has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 141.4 A touch flatter on middle and off, blocked again.
  • 141.3 Tossed up ball on off, defended back.
  • 141.2 This ball is pushed towards mid off.
  • 141.1 Flatter on the stumps, blocked from the crease.
  • 140.6 Blocked off the front foot towards covers. 511/4
  • 140.5 Anderson lands it on a length outside off, Marsh defends by getting behind that solidly.
  • 140.4 A low full toss dished out in search of a yorker, Smith works it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 140.3 Length ball outside off, Steven hangs back and pushes it towards covers.
  • 140.2 Bowled just outside off, Smith gets across and presents a straight bat as he pushes it towards the bowler.
  • 140.1 Length around off, blocked from the crease.
  • 139.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 510/4
  • 139.5 Marsh plays it with the slight spin towards covers.
  • 139.4 Flatter on the stumps, MM keeps it out from the crease.
  • 139.3 Mitch lunges forward and blocks that.
  • 139.2 Flipper landing around off, the ball skids after pitching. Marsh plays for the turn and ends up getting an inside edge through the vacant short leg region.
  • 139.1 Bowled on middle, driven down to long on. Easy run on offer. Smith moves to 210, 5 short of his Test-best score.
  • 138.6 Another short ball but Marsh just smashes it with a pull shot. The ball rolls towards deep mid-wicket where Woakes dives and keeps it down to two. He later signaled that he didn't sight it initially. 509/4
  • 138.5 Banged short on middle and leg, Marsh gets out of the way of the ball.
  • Root has a chat with Anderson and now a straight mid on is positioned. Scratch that.. he is moved towards mid-wicket and the man at that position is moved to square leg. Mid off gets a bit straight as well.
  • 138.4 An off cutter around off, Smith gets it off the inner half through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 138.3 Smith stands tall and punches it to cover.
  • 138.2 Clipped to the fielder at deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 138.1 Length ball angling down leg, Marsh clips it through square leg. Before the man at deep mid-wicket gets to his right to get to the ball, a couple results.
  • 137.6 Tossed up around off, driven to long off for one. Not a bad start for Dawid, 3 from it. The lead reaches 100 now for Australia. 503/4
  • 137.5 Marsh strides forward and defends it watchfully.
  • 137.4 Marsh goes back and keeps it out safely.
  • 137.3 Floated on the stumps, Smith clips it towards mid-wicket, where Anderson dives and stops it partially. A run taken.
  • 137.2 Turn and bounce for Malan on this occasion. Smith goes back and keeps it out with a straight bat.
  • 137.1 Starts with a flatter ball on the off stump, Marsh slaps it through covers for one.
  • DAWID MALAN to bowl. He is the 7th bowler to be tried by England.
  • The final drinks break of the day. Smith and Marsh have looked unfazed by all that's thrown at them. The former seems to be fighting fatigue as he is seen popping some pills during the break. England's fall has been continuing, with their fielding starting to reflect what they are going through. A couple of misfields haven't helped their cause. Remember, the battle for the urn is about the fight between the strongest. Will the tourists spark some magic?
  • 136.6 Fuller on middle and leg, Smith defends it to mid on. 500/4
  • 136.5 A hint of swing for Anderson here. On a length in line of the stumps, Smith misses the clip and the ball makes contact with his thigh pad.
  • 136.4 Full ball on off, Smith lets it come on to the blade before stonewalling it.
  • 136.3 Smith has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 136.2 Short ball outside off, cut away to the point fielder.
  • 136.1 Smith punches this through covers for a brace. Brings up the 500 for Australia.
  • 135.6 This one is hit towards mid-wicket. 498/4
  • 135.5 Almost a catch! Tossed up around middle and leg, Marsh doesn't get to the pitch of the ball and drives it uppishly towards the bowler. There is a silly mid on in place as well for such a shot. However, the ball lands just short of Ali.
  • 135.4 Marsh buries the turn onto the ground.
  • 135.3 FOUR! Boom goes Marsh! Ali tosses this a bit wider outside off, Marsh frees his arms and belts it through cover-point for a boundary. 250-run stand is up.
  • 135.2 Marsh lunges forward and bunts it towards covers.
  • 135.1 Flatter around middle and leg, pushed back towards the bowler.
  • 134.6 Length ball on off, defended from the crease. 494/4
  • 134.5 Well bowled. Anderson steams in and lets out a full delivery, targeting the off and middle stumps. Smith digs that out towards mid on.
  • 134.4 On a back of a length, Smith hangs back and keeps it out towards point.
  • 134.3 Fuller outside off, defended towards covers.
  • 134.2 Another ball outside off, pushed to the man at covers.
  • 134.1 Good length ball outside off, punched towards covers.
  • JAMES ANDERSON summoned into the attack.
  • 133.6 Floated around off, defended off the front foot onto the ground. 494/4
  • 133.5 Marsh making his intentions clear here. Looks to go downtown but ends up mistiming his drive straight to the bowler.
  • 133.4 Served in line of the off stump, Marsh punches it to covers. The fielder there hurls a wild throw at the keeper's end that is fielded by the square leg fielder.
  • 133.3 Flatter on the stumps, defended watchfully off the back foot.
  • 133.2 Marsh does the same now but finds the square leg fielder.
  • 133.1 Smith goes back to work this through backward square leg for a single.
  • England are not happy with the shape of the ball and get it checked. Marais Erasmus passes it through the 8-shaped gauge and deems it fit to carry on. Can't fault the English side here. When two men are on song like Smith and Marsh are, even a new ball would seem out of shape.
  • 132.6 Length ball on the stumps, dead-batted from the crease. 493/4
  • 132.5 Flicked away off his pads for a single.
  • 132.4 150 for Mitchell Marsh! He got his maiden ton just a while back and here he is surpassing the 150-run mark as well. This has been a confident innings from the younger Marsh brother. This ball is on a back of a length around off, Mitch hops up and drops it towards backward point and gets to the other end in a jiffy.
  • 132.3 Full ball driven straight to mid off.
  • 132.2 FOUR! Short, wide and punished. Woakes gives him enough width with this length ball. Marsh hangs back and cuts it over backward point for a boundary. 100 up for Chris Woakes!
  • 132.1 Length delivery outside off, Marsh lunges forward and blocks it to the short mid off fielder.
  • 131.6 Floated ball on middle, worked off the inside half of the bat to backward square leg for one. 487/4
  • 131.5 Marsh has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 131.4 FOUR! Good effort by Overton but all in vain. Moeen strays down the leg side and Marsh nudges it fine down the leg side. Craig puts in a sliding effort near the rope but fails to stop it cleanly. The third umpire confirms that.
  • 131.3 Skidding away from the batsman with some extra bounce, Marsh pushes at it and edges it past first slip for a couple of runs.
  • 131.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 131.1 Tossed up ball on middle, defended off the back foot to short mid-wicket.
  • 130.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 480/4
  • 130.5 Full and outside off, driven off the front foot to covers.
  • 130.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 130.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 130.2 Short delivery, pulled behind square leg for a single.
  • 130.1 Gets on the back foot and defends it down safely.
  • 129.6 Smith drives this delivery to the fielder at mid on. 479/4
  • 129.5 Looped up around middle and leg, turned to mid-wicket.
  • 129.4 Finds the mid on fielder with this push.
  • 129.3 Floated around off, driven to mid off.
  • 129.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 129.1 Flatter on the stumps, pushed back defensively to the bowler.
  • 128.6 Clipped to deep square leg for one run. 479/4
  • 128.5 Smith hangs back and blocks this.
  • 128.4 Full ball on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 128.3 Marsh punches this off the back foot through covers. As the fielder from mid off chases it down, the batsmen run two. But a slight fumble by the man there allows the third run for Marsh.
  • 128.2 FOUR! What a shot! Length delivery just outside off, Marsh is so well set that he doesn't require much width. Works this past gully for a boundary.
  • 128.1 Fuller in line of the stumps, driven straight back. The mid on fielder intercepts it.
  • CHRIS WOAKES back on.
  • 127.6 Landed around middle, Steven blocks it off the front foot. 471/4
  • 127.5 Floated around middle, driven to mid on.
  • 127.4 Smith finds the mid on fielder with the drive.
  • 127.3 Flicked off his pads through square leg for a single.
  • 127.2 Mitchell shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 127.1 Smith drives it through mid on and crosses to the other end.
  • 126.6 FOUR! Second boundary in the over! Ali is losing it here. Offers a half-tracker around off, Marsh just goes back and punches it through wide mid off for another boundary. 9 off this over. 469/4
  • 126.5 Lunged forward and blocked.
  • 126.4 FOUR! Runs flowing freely from Mitch's bat too. Flatter outside off, Marsh goes back and slaps this through covers for a boundary.
  • 126.3 Marsh lunges forward and blocks this one.
  • 126.2 Clipped through square leg for a single.
  • 126.1 Flicked off the pads round the corner.
  • 125.6 Mitch goes back and negotiates this safely. 460/4
  • 125.5 Marsh has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 125.4 Defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 125.3 2nd TEST DOUBLE TON for the Australian skipper! Oh boy, has he deserved it! He sure has. Even with his unorthodox technique, he has found the runs coming which is the basic necessity of batting. This has been a chanceless knock from a man who started off as a leg spinner in international cricket. To get to his milestone, he shimmies down the track to a floated ball and works it away towards wide mid on. Runs to the other end, leaps up with joy and roars with elation. We all know what a double ton means to a cricketer. A huge round of applause eclipses the WACA. To put records straight, this is just the first double ton in an Ashes Test by an Australian skipper since Alan Border got one in 1993. He is also the first Aussie skipper since Bob Simpson in 1966 to score a double hundred in Australia. How much does Smith love the WACA? His first Ashes ton at home came at this venue and now here is his first double ton in this historic series.
  • 125.2 Landed around off and middle, a front foot defense presented.
  • 125.1 Flatter on the stumps, SS goes back and defends it solidly.
  • Smith is on strike... On 199... He has a dismissal on this number in Test cricket. He has been dismissed on 190 against India once. So nervous phase for him?
  • 124.6 Pushed back towards the bowler. 459/4
  • 124.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 124.4 Smith moves to 199 by flicking this delivery through mid-wicket.
  • 124.3 Smith flicks this one but finds the man stationed in front of square on the leg side.
  • 124.2 This delivery is turned towards mid-wicket.
  • 124.1 Lunged forward and blocked back towards the bowler.
  • 123.6 FOUR! A classic back foot drive, says Ian Healy on air. Ali errs in delivering it outside off, Marsh punch-drives it though covers for a boundary. 458/4
  • 123.5 Marsh slinks down and turns it to the man at mid-wicket.
  • 123.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 123.3 Flatter around leg, Marsh flicks it straight to short leg.
  • 123.2 Marsh gets forward and blocks it solidly.
  • 123.1 Flicked away through square leg for a single.
  • 122.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 453/4
  • 122.5 Worked off his pads through square leg for one.
  • 122.4 Marsh finds the man at mid on with this hit.
  • 122.3 Smith gets to the other end by driving it through mid on.
  • 122.2 Turned towards mid-wicket from the crease.
  • 122.1 Ouch! Painful start! Root starts round the wicket and lands it around leg. Smith drives it right back. As Root looks to stop that, the ball deflects off his hands onto his unmentionable part. Seems fine as he shares a laugh with someone from his side.
  • The failure of his bowlers has made the skipper JOE ROOT bring himself on to bowl.
  • 121.6 Flicked away towards square leg off his pads. 450/4
  • 121.5 Marsh strides forward and defends it watchfully.
  • 121.4 Driven through the covers by the batsman.
  • 121.3 Blocked solidly from the crease.
  • 121.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 121.1 Driven through mid on for a single.
  • 120.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. 449/4
  • 120.5 Guided towards backward point.
  • 120.4 The run-flow just continues. Now the stand is worth 200 runs. These two have just been uncontainable and have scored runs at will. Coming to this ball, it was on a back of a length. Marsh moves across and tucks it fine on the leg side. Ali does well to save a run for his side with the slide.
  • 120.3 Speared full outside off, Steven drives it towards covers. The fielder there stops it partially but is unable to prevent a single that results.
  • 120.2 Now Marsh drives this one through the cover region for one.
  • 120.1 Smith goes on the back foot and punches it through covers for a single run.
  • 119.6 Pushed towards covers where Woakes fields this. 442/4
  • 119.5 Flatter around off, kept out from the crease.
  • 119.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 119.3 FOUR! Tired body, Anderson! Floated in the zone outside off, Marsh leans ahead and thumps it towards covers. The fielder there puts in a lousy dive and lets it through. Once that happens, a boundary is the result.
  • 119.2 Prodded forward and kept out with a straight bat.
  • 119.1 Tossed up ball in the line of the off stick, Smith gets ahead and drives it down to long on for one. Questionable field placing this. With Smith playing on 190 (now 191), you can have your mid on up and try and entice him to hit over the field. Yet England are happy to concede a run to him.
  • 118.6 On a length around off and middle, kept out from the crease. 437/4
  • 118.5 Similar delivery hit in the same region as the previous one.
  • 118.4 Crisply driven on the up to mid off.
  • 118.3 FOUR! Lifeless short ball, dealt with in the right manner. Overton bangs it in the zone of the off stump, it doesn't climb up much. Easily, Marsh pulls it through mid-wicket and helps himself to a boundary.
  • 118.2 Length delivery in line of the stumps, Marsh clips it through backward square leg for a brace.
  • 118.1 Length ball around off, punched through point for one.
  • 117.6 Floated on off, Marsh lunges forward and blocks. 430/4
  • 117.5 Does the right thing of rotating the strike after hitting the boundary. Plays it through point and gets to the other end.
  • 117.4 FOUR! Clever! Flatter delivery in line of the stumps, Smith goes back and works it away fine off his pads. The fine leg fence is the destination in spite of the chase from the fielder at square leg.
  • 117.3 Bunted from the crease onto the ground.
  • 117.2 Steven goes back and turns it to square leg.
  • 117.1 Flighted ball outside off, Smith prods forward and blocks.
  • 116.6 Punched through covers off the back foot for one. 425/4
  • 116.5 Bouncer on the stumps, Smith ducks. Initially he looked to sway away from the line but seeing the inswing on that, he had to duck to avoid wearing it on the head.
  • 116.4 Full face of the bat shown in defending that delivery.
  • 116.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 116.2 On a length around the off stump line, Smith defends.
  • CRAIG OVERTON is the man bowling. Today he hasn't looked as effective as he did yesterday.
  • 116.1 Length ball around off, Smith presents a straight bat face in defense.
  • 115.6 Blocked off the front foot onto the ground. 424/4
  • 115.5 Tossed up outside off, Marsh leans forward and guides it towards third man for a brace.
  • 115.4 Marsh gets ahead and dead-bats it.
  • 115.3 Served outside off, Marsh prods forward in defense.
  • 115.2 Smith pats it towards cover-point and takes the first run of the session, that takes him to 183.
  • 115.1 Floated around off, Smith lunges forward and blocks.
  • Welcome back for the final segment of the day's play. 37 overs to be bowled in the day yet. Smith and Marsh stride out with the bat - the former awaiting his double ton and the latter batting on a ton. MOEEN ALI will begin the proceedings.
  • ... Day 3, Last Session...
  • The Aussie skipper is nearing his double century, while Mitchell Marsh after notching his maiden Test hundred will be eyeing a daddy one too. England should try to break this stand quickly, otherwise Australia will run away with this game after taking a handy lead. Let's see how the last session pans out. Do join us in a little while.
  • Australia head into the dressing room after dominating yet another session. 107 runs in 26 overs without losing a wicket - these figures mean that the home team is in the lead and has a firm control on this Test match. England continue to be wayward and below par in their effort. Steven Smith and Mitchell Marsh are amidst a 173-run stand and that has put the tourists in a corner, mainly due to the pace at which they are scoring runs.
  • 114.6 Fractionally short around off, Marsh stands across and taps it down to cover-point. That will be TEA ON DAY 3! 421/4
  • 114.5 Helps a length ball on the leg side, finds mid-wicket.
  • 114.4 Length ball around off, staying low, Marsh defends it from the crease.
  • 114.3 FOUR! Here it is, a well-deserved century for Mitchell Marsh. He is up and running in celebration and has a wide smile across his face. The crowd is on its feet too, applauding the local boy. This could prove to be a career-defining knock. His older brother in the dressing room also gives him a standing ovation. Broad bowls it full and outside off, Marsh gets forward and drives it crisply through point for a boundary. A joyous moment for the Marsh family. Steven Smith is delighted too as he hugs him. Australia lead by 18 runs.
  • 114.2 Almost an identical delivery, this time Marsh mistimes his shot to covers.
  • Short mid off in place now.
  • 114.1 FOUR! Marsh is just another boundary away from his maiden Test hundred! Broad dishes out a back of a length delivery outside off, Marsh rocks back to latch onto it and slams it behind point for a boundary.
  • 113.6 Allows the ball to turn back in and plays it towards backward square leg. 413/4
  • 113.5 Loopy and on middle, Smith walks forward and whips it through mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • 113.4 Leans forward to a full ball and drives it straight to mid off.
  • 113.3 Flatter and shorter on middle, Smith gets back and hits it to square leg.
  • 113.2 Lunges to a full ball and presents a straight bat in defense.
  • 113.1 Full flighted outside off, drilled down to deepish mid off for a single.
  • Here comes a spinner. MOEEN ALI to bowl with a slip and short leg.
  • 112.6 Blocked off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 410/4
  • 112.5 Goes back to cover the line and defends it to the off side. Ian Chappell on air reckons that England have finally got their field right, keeping point in the deep and plugging the gap at covers. Mark Taylor further adds that England have tried 5-6 plans against Steven Smith but none has worked. He emphasizes that all the plans have been with the pacers, not much with the spinner.
  • 112.4 Walks forward and across to a length ball and defends it back to the bowler.
  • 112.3 A touch short around off, defended off the back foot by Smith.
  • 112.2 Another edge from Smith's bat doesn't carry to Cook at first slip. Soft hands.
  • 112.1 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 111.6 A block to end the over. 4 from it. Both batsmen are nearing their respective milestones - 9 needed for Marsh's maiden century in Tests and 20 more for Steven Smith's second double ton. Can we get both before the tea break? 410/4
  • 111.5 An off pace delivery, around off, Marsh drives but finds the extra cover fielder.
  • 111.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 111.3 Offers the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 111.2 Fractionally short around off, defended off the back foot.
  • 111.1 FOUR! Cracking straight drive. A length ball on middle, Marsh smashes it straight back and Marais Erasmus takes evasive action. He jumps sideways and makes way for the speeding ball. A boundary results, Marsh gets into the nervous 90s!
  • 110.6 Back of a length ball on off, tapped to covers for one. Moves to 87, the devil's number and also equals his highest Test score. 406/4
  • 110.5 Shout for an lbw, a muted one by Broad. Nothing doing. Broad gets a length ball to move back into the batsman from around off, Marsh tries to defend by getting forward but misses. It brushes the flap of his front pad before going on to hit him on the back leg. Broad puts in an unsuccessful appeal. We wondered why he didn't go for the review. But then the replays are shown and it detected a massive inside edge. Hmm... Good spot, ump!
  • Point drops back.
  • 110.4 Marsh has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 110.3 Back of a length delivery on off, Marsh defends it off his back foot.
  • 110.2 Good length ball on off, Marsh goes on his toes and blocks it down.
  • 110.1 Pitched up outside off, driven down towards mid off.
  • 109.6 Fullish and straight, Smith flicks it straight to mid-wicket. 405/4
  • 109.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 109.4 Back of a length delivery on middle and off, Marsh goes back to defend but it takes the inside edge and rolls behind square leg. A single results.
  • 109.3 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 109.2 AUSTRALIA LEAD BY 1! Woakes lets out a fuller length ball and Smith drives it down the ground. Overton stops it moving across to his left and they cross for one.
  • 109.1 Good length ball on middle, Smith defends it towards mid on.
  • 108.6 Fullish and outside off, pushed through covers for one. SCORES LEVEL! 403/4
  • 108.5 Pitches it up and outside off, Smith drives it down to mid off.
  • 108.4 Another tired looking shot from Smith. Width on offer outside off, Smith tries to punch it through covers but fails to middle his shot properly.
  • 108.3 Smith has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 108.2 Shuffles across the stumps to a length ball and pushes it down to mid on.
  • 108.1 Angles in a length ball on middle, Smith defends it on the leg side.
  • STUART BROAD is back into the attack.
  • 107.6 Shout for an lbw, a stifled one though. Nothing from the umpire. Slants a full ball down the leg side, Smith tries to flick but fails to middle. It goes off the inside edge and rolls towards square leg after taking the pads. A single taken. 402/4
  • 107.5 Angling into the batsman around middle, Smith brings down a straight bat and pushes it towards mid on.
  • 107.4 Goes back to a length ball and blocks it safely.
  • 107.3 Length delivery on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 107.2 FOUR! Smart batting! Woakes dishes out a slower delivery, a cutter dropping on a length at 123 kph, Smith picks it in a trice and just opens the face of his blade to guide it through the gap between first slip and gully. The deficit is down to 2. This is now the highest score by a skipper at the WACA! Also, 150-run stand comes up.
  • 107.1 Good length ball around off, Smith is watchful in his back foot defense.
  • 106.6 FOUR! Glorious! Anderson pitches it up around middle and Marsh gives it the straight bat treatment. Connects right from the middle of the willow and it screams past the bowler for a boundary down the ground. 397/4
  • 106.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 106.4 Presents the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 106.3 FOUR! Sweet! Anderson serves a back of a length delivery around off, Marsh gets tall inside the crease and punches it exceedingly well through the gap at covers. Growing in confidence with every shot and is fast approaching his maiden Test hundred. Currently on 81, 87 is his highest in Tests.
  • 106.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 106.1 EDGED BUT SAFE! Smiles exchanged between Smith and Anderson. A length delivery outside off, Steven gets across to play at it but the ball takes the outside edge and flies behind. Doesn't carry to Cook at widish first slip. They cross for a run.
  • 105.6 Targets the off stump with a length ball, staying a touch low, Marsh keeps his watchful eyes on the ball and defends it down. 388/4
  • 105.5 Too full and on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
  • 105.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 105.3 Slower one! Woakes bowls an off pace delivery, 117.7 kph, lands it full outside off, Marsh defends it back.
  • 105.2 Good length ball on off, Marsh firmly gets behind the line and blocks it safely.
  • 105.1 Starts this spell with a fuller length ball on off, it's driven down the ground to mid off.
  • CHRIS WOAKES is back on.
  • 104.6 The length is not ideal to cut but Marsh still goes for it and inside edges it. Not far from the stumps as it speeds away to fine leg. A single taken. 388/4
  • 104.5 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 104.4 Gets behind the line of the delivery and pushes it to mid on.
  • 104.3 Angles in a full length ball on off, Marsh defends it from the crease.
  • 104.2 FOUR! Excellently played! Anderson seems to be getting some reverse going but he fails to land his delivery. It's a low full toss on the pads and Marsh cashes in on the gift by tickling it through mid-wicket.
  • 104.1 FOUR! Width on offer outside off, Marsh stands on the back leg and runs it down to third man for a boundary.
  • 103.6 Smith has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 379/4
  • 103.5 Funny! Plenty of footwork there, not only from the batsman but also from the bowler and the umpire. Overton slants in a length ball on middle and off, Mitchell drives it straight back off his front foot and Overton sticks his right leg out. It gets deflected off his boot and rolls behind the stumps at the non-striker's end. Marais Erasmus tries getting away from its way but the ball hits him too on the boots. It now ricochets and they cross over for a single.
  • 103.4 Extra bounce from a length around off, Mitchell jumps and defends it to the off side.
  • 103.3 Angles in a length ball on off, defended.
  • 103.2 FOUR! Another fine shot from Marsh's bat! He is writing his own little chapter amidst all the attention on the Aussie skipper. Overton goes a little bit short around off, Marsh camps back and cuts it late to get his placement right. He beats backward point by doing so and it races away to the fence. All too easy at the moment for Australia.
  • 103.1 FOUR! Shot! Overton overpitched around middle and off, Marsh gets forward and pumps it straight back past the bowler for a boundary. As straight as an arrow!
  • Drinks are on the field. The traffic has flown one way. Smith and Marsh are unbeaten in their 122-run stand. As this stand lingers on, the Englishmen look flatter and flatter. Root seems to be running out of ideas (would have been surprised if he hadn't already). Although the trail stands at 33, it is purely academic at the moment. Can England inspire themselves to come back from this point?
  • 102.6 Landed around off, Smith presents a straight bat face as he blocks that. 370/4
  • 102.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 102.4 Smith keeps it out off the back foot.
  • 102.4 Would you believe it! It's a NO BALL! Oh Jimmy, how could you do that? He delivers it on a length on off and middle, angling into the batsman. Smith looks to flick but misses and the ball strikes him on the front pad. Anderson lets out a huge appeal and is joined by his teammates but to no avail. Bairstow seems pretty sure and eggs his skipper to take the DRS. Root signals the 'T'. The TV umpire has multiple looks at the front foot and it is seen that Anderson's foot is on the line at the point of landing. It is a no ball and Smith survives. England don't lose the review, too. Afterwards, the Hawk Eye just shows the ball to be clipping the stumps. So the on-field call would have stayed anyway.
  • Time for the review! Smith misses the flick and is rapped on the front pad. England appeal but the umpire denies the affirmation that they want. After some thought they opt to take it upstairs. Looks close...
  • 102.3 This ball is pushed towards the catching mid-wicket fielder.
  • 102.2 Smith defends it solidly.
  • Silly mid on and a catching mid-wicket in place.
  • 102.1 Length ball on the stumps, blocked from the crease.
  • JAMES ANDERSON is back for another spell.
  • 101.6 Short ball pulled away to fine leg. One shouts Smith, one he gets. 369/4
  • 101.5 Clipped towards mid-wicket.
  • 101.4 Bouncer in line of the stumps, Smith gets down and sways away from the line simultaneously as he lets it go.
  • 101.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 101.2 Smith drives it straight to mid off.
  • 101.1 FOUR! Off target yet again from Overton. Bowls it on the pads, Smith tickles it fine. The ball is on the way to the fine leg fence. Ali runs to his right, does well to try and stop that but the adamant cherry insists and does make contact with the boundary ropes. This is the highest individual score at the WACA. What's more, the score is 368/4 - the numbers from where England slid down to get bowled out!
  • 100.6 Turned round the corner for nothing. 364/4
  • 100.5 This one is punched through covers for a single.
  • 100.4 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 100.3 A touch shorter, Smith goes back and flicks it towards square leg and takes off for a run. Overton gets to his left and fires a direct hit at the non-striker's end but the batter was well in.
  • 100.2 Another run taken after playing the ball through the cover region.
  • 100.1 Marsh goes back and blocks it stoutly.
  • 99.6 A loud shot from the English side for an LBW, the umpire stays unmoved. Overton angles it down leg and lands it around middle. Marsh misses the flick and it goes off the pad through square leg. The batsmen cross over for one. England appeal but the umpire stays unmoved. He reserves his decision of a leg bye till the time they ponder over taking the DRS. After seeing that they aren't opting for it, a leg bye is signaled. 360/4
  • 99.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 99.4 Sprayed down the leg side, left alone.
  • 99.3 FOUR! The straight drive is one of the most beautiful shots in the sport. Overton spears it full around off, Marsh times it sweetly down the ground and gets a boundary to his name.
  • 99.2 Marsh keeps it out watchfully off the back foot.
  • 99.1 Length ball on the off stump line, defended from the crease.
  • 98.6 Floated around off, Steven drives it through covers for a brace. Easily, 5 runs have come off this over. 355/4
  • 98.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 98.4 Smith comes down the track and bunts it solidly.
  • 98.3 These are easy runs on offer for the hosts. Again it is played through covers for one.
  • 98.2 Smith drives this through the covers. One run added to the total.
  • 98.1 Marsh drives it through covers for one.
  • 97.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 350/4
  • 97.5 Edged but safe. Finally an English bowler manages to get the edge of Smith's bat but it lands well short of Cook at widish first slip. He does well to stop it with a dive to his left.
  • 97.4 Blocked solidly from the crease.
  • 97.3 Flicked off the pads through square leg for a run.
  • 97.2 Marsh defends this by getting behind the line of the ball.
  • 97.1 Blocked off the back foot with a straight bat.
  • CRAIG OVERTON to run in with the ball now.
  • 96.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 349/4
  • 96.5 The 100-run stand between Smith and Marsh is up. Smith hits this through covers for a brace. On a lighter note, they are just 136 away from registering the highest stand in the series. Trail gets down to 54.
  • 96.4 Punched off the back foot by Smith.
  • 96.3 Delivered down the leg side, Smith lets it be.
  • 96.2 FOUR! Flatter outside off, Smith has plenty of time in the world. He goes back and cuts it through point. Overton chases it from cover-point, puts in the slide and gets the rope between his legs. A boundary isn't saved.
  • 96.1 THIRD TEST FIFTY FOR MITCHELL MARSH! He last played a Test in March 2017 against India and what a comeback for him here. This has been a sensible yet attacking innings here. Loopy ball outside off, he pushes it towards wide mid off for a run to get to 50. He was churning out performance in the Sheffield Shield games with the bat. But of late, he had delivered the goods with the ball as well and hence was picked up in the national side. That was a debated topic as he was preferred over Handscomb who had a string of poor scores only recently. But this knock from the all-rounder might just silence the critics for now.
  • The only wicket-taker of the day so far, MOEEN ALI, comes back to bowl. Will he have a ball again?
  • 95.6 A bit more conventional leave this time. This is outside off, left alone by SPD Smith. 342/4
  • 95.5 Is there a fly there, Steven Smith? As he lets this length ball outside off go unharmed, he does the action of swatting a fly with the bat. Smith and his strange ways!
  • 95.4 Back of a length around off, pulled through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 95.3 Marsh taps it towards cover-point and gets to the other end.
  • 95.2 FOUR! No half measures there. Often batters are tentative outside their off stump but not Mitch. Length ball outside off, Marsh slashes hard at that. Gets a thick outside edge and the ball flies over the gully region for a boundary. Moves to 48 now, partnership gets to 91.
  • 95.1 Full ball outside off, driven crisply straight to the man stationed at covers.
  • Silly mid off in place now.
  • 94.6 Length ball down the leg side, Smith brings out one of his animated leaves to let the keeper do the rest. 335/4
  • 94.5 FOUR! And the Smith-show keeps on getting better and better. Broad bowls it on a length just outside off, Smith has so much time up his sleeves that he gets up on his toes and punches it crisply through covers for a glorious boundary.
  • 94.4 Short ball, pulled away through mid-wicket for one.
  • 94.3 Misdirected delivery, down the leg side. Marsh doesn't go behind that and just lets it be.
  • 94.2 There's the zippy nature of the track coming to the fore. Broad bends his back and bangs it short in the line of the middle stump. Marsh looks to hook it away but gets beaten due to the pace and bounce. On another day, he could easily end up gloving it to the cover.
  • 94.1 Length delivery around off, defended solidly by Mitch.
  • 93.6 Outside off, left alone. 330/4
  • 93.5 Smith lets this full ball come to the bat before blocking it.
  • 93.4 SS defends it from within the crease.
  • 93.3 Seventh score of over 150 in Tests for Steven Smith! The run-machine is just impossible to stop, feel the Englishmen on the field. Woakes bowls it full outside off, the Aussie skipper drives it through covers for a brace.
  • 93.2 Smith gets on the back foot and punches it straight to the cover fielder.
  • 93.1 Tapped towards covers for one by Marsh.
  • 92.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 327/4
  • 92.5 Dangerous! Smith ducks under this bouncer and lets it go. A second look at that revealed that he had taken his eyes off the ball early and ducked. This could get nasty.
  • 92.4 Lovely timing. Marsh punches it through mid off from the back foot and gets three runs. Stoneman is the man who does the mopping up, running all the way there with his pads on.
  • 92.3 Howzzat? On a length outside off, Marsh looks to sway back and let that go. But he fails to get his entire body out of the way. The ball goes off his right biceps through to the keeper.
  • 92.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 92.1 Short ball on the stumps, Mitch gets low and lets it go.
  • 91.6 FOUR! Nailed it! Woakes serves it on a back of a length around off, Smith swivels and pulls it through mid-wicket. He kept it all along the ground and the ball raced away to the fence. 324/4
  • 91.5 Pushed towards covers for nothing.
  • 91.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 91.3 This one is kept out from the crease.
  • 91.2 Full ball around off, driven to mid off.
  • 91.1 Extra bounce! Length ball outside off, Smith looks to unleash the cover drive. But the ball gets big on him and he ends up getting it off the inner half of the bat towards the bowler. The surprised look on Smith's face says it all. Never expected that ball to rise.
  • 90.6 Another bouncer, ducked under. 320/4
  • 90.5 Short delivery angling down the leg side, Marsh looks to pull but doesn't make any contact with the ball.
  • 90.4 Another bouncer on the stumps, Mitch ducks and lets it go.
  • 90.3 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • Stuart Broad is a defensive bowler reckons Ian Chappell on air. He states that the pacer relies on the fielders to save runs rather than expecting them to take catches and bowl accordingly. This is something that worries Chappell.
  • 90.2 Smith gets an inside edge onto his pads and the ball rolls through backward square leg. A run taken. At this point, Broad's bowling average this series is 49.20, his worst in any series he has played 3 or more matches in.
  • 90.1 FOUR! Steven Smith gets to 144, the highest individual score of the series so far, going past his own unbeaten 141. This was a length ball outside off, all Smith had to do was to hang back and punch it through covers. A boundary results.
  • STUART BROAD will bowl from the other end.
  • 89.6 Length ball outside off, Marsh keeps it out towards gully. 315/4
  • 89.5 Harmless ball outside off, Marsh covers his sticks and shoulders arms to let that pass.
  • 89.4 This ball is driven on the up to mid off.
  • 89.3 Full outside off, left alone by Marsh.
  • 89.2 This is outside off, Mitch doesn't fiddle with that.
  • 89.1 On a length outside off, slapped through backward point. The fielder there makes a half-stop but fails to prevent a run. Smith moves to 140, equaling the highest score of the match made by Dawid Malan.
  • The players and the umpires make their way out to the middle after what we believe, must have been a sumptuous meal. From a bird's-eye view, this will possibly be another run-scoring session. We'll reserve the closer view for the session end. The authoritative STEVE SMITH and a confident MITCHELL MARSH will continue their innings. CHRIS WOAKES to steam in first up. Will the tourists reduce their toil in the session?
  • ... Day 3, Second Session...
  • England will be disappointed with their overall work in the morning. Their bowling was flat and Root's strategy was also not up to the mark. They were 200 runs ahead at the start but rather than attacking at the beginning, they decided to sit back and wait for things to happen. Their pacers looked off-colour, to say the least and the second new ball also didn't do any wonders for them. Australia have maintained the momentum they gained yesterday and will be eyeing a good lead at the moment. Having said that, they would not like to think too ahead of the game also. Another exciting session awaits. Do join us in a short while.
  • The Aussie skipper was the star of the session! He continued from where he left yesterday and punished the English bowlers to all parts of the park. His delightful strokes, coupled with excellent running between the wickets, kept annoying the Englishmen as he scooted his way to his 22nd Test century, fastest for him in Tests. The current pair has further piled on the agony on England as they've added runs at a brisk pace and the deficit has come down to 89 runs.
  • Australia enjoyed the morning session. We said that the first hour was going to be crucial and they batted the most part of it without any trouble. The partnership between Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh blossomed but just when the latter started to get going with his shots, he was dismissed by Moeen Ali. England thought they had an opening there but the junior Marsh joined forces with his skipper to shut down that door of opportunity.
  • 88.6 Full in length outside off, Marsh plays a textbook forward defense to end the session. LUNCH ON DAY 3! 314/4
  • 88.5 Bangs in a bouncer on middle, Marsh ducks this time.
  • 88.4 Well-directed short ball, just around off and speeding off the surface, Marsh shows good technique there as he drops his wrists and allows it through.
  • 88.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 88.2 FOUR! That's crunched! Short and wide outside off, Marsh, the local lad, loves it there. He just rises on his back foot and whacks it behind point for a boundary. He knows the amount of bounce here after playing all his domestic cricket at this venue.
  • 88.1 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
  • 87.6 Full and outside off, driven through covers for a couple of runs. 14 off the over, Woakes completely lost his radar! 310/4
  • 87.5 Woakes is too straight again and Marsh flicks it through mid-wicket. Overton in the deep slides near the fence and saves a run for his side.
  • 87.4 FOUR! Australia's deficit goes below hundred now. Also Mitchell Marsh overtakes his brother in this innings. Woakes overdoes his line this time, bowls it full and on the pads. All Mitch has to do is to deflect it fine. He does exactly that and collects an easy boundary.
  • 87.3 FOUR! Lovely shot to bring up the 50-run stand! Full in length and outside off, Marsh strides forward and unveils an on drive for a boundary. Timing there was excellent even though it wasn't middled properly.
  • 87.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 87.1 Back of a length delivery on middle and leg, Smith nudges it to fine leg for a single. He always has that extra second to play his shots.
  • 86.6 Good running. Moral victory to the bowler first up. Delivers it full and angling into the batsman around off and middle, Marsh gets an inside edge onto his pad and the ball rolls towards square leg. Spotting no fielder in that region, the batters run two. 296/4
  • 86.5 Angling into the batsman on a fuller length around off and middle, Mitch drives it to mid on.
  • 86.4 This ball is defended with a straight bat towards covers.
  • 86.3 Full length ball outside off, Marsh is getting out his drives well. Drills it towards mid off where Ali does well to put in a dive to his right and stop that.
  • 86.2 Another full ball outside off. However, instead of going for the drive, Smith lets the ball come to him and guides it through point for one. The stand moves up to 46.
  • 86.1 Overpitched outside off, driven straight to the cover fielder.
  • STUART BROAD gets a change of ends. He's been driven, cut and clipped away for runs so far. Redemption time?
  • 85.6 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 293/4
  • 85.5 Once again it's full and straight, Marsh forces it down the ground, finds mid on.
  • 85.4 This one is angled into the batsman, Marsh flicks it through square leg for a couple.
  • 85.3 Shortish and outside off, a mistimed square cut by Mitchell.
  • 85.2 Pitches it up this time, Marsh drives it back to the bowler.
  • 85.1 Gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it safely.
  • CHRIS WOAKES is back on.
  • 84.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 291/4
  • 84.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 84.4 NOT OUT! It indeed is missing leg and by a good margin as well. Desperation creeping in the English camp. As said before, Smith missed a full ball sliding down the leg side by Anderson to get hit on the back leg. An appeal was made by Jimmy but to no avail as the ball raced away to fine leg for a boundary. Root waited for the umpire's decision to know whether there was any inside edge but the umpire kept it pending. After that Anderson convinced his skipper for the DRS. The replays roll on and it's an embarrassing one for England. No inside edge, the impact was umpire's call and it's missing leg. They lose one review. Also four leg byes added to the total.
  • Shout for an lbw by James Anderson. Steven Smith misses his flick for a change and is hit on the back pad. It races to the fence. Joe Root waits for the umpire's decision but the umpire stays put. He, then, opts for the DRS after getting convinced by his bowler. Missing leg, it seems.
  • 84.3 Width on offer outside off, Marsh rocks back to punch it through the line but gets an inside edge past the stumps. A single taken.
  • 84.2 Excellent delivery and a good leave. Anderson serves it full and just around off, straightening off the pitch, Marsh plants his front foot forward to cover the line and allows it through.
  • 84.1 Some spice from the wicket. Anderson gets the inswinger going from a length around off, Marsh tries to defend but misses and takes a blow near the groin region.
  • 83.6 Length delivery outside off, defended by Smith. 286/4
  • 83.5 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 83.4 A block this time to a length ball angled into him.
  • 83.3 FOUR! A thumping drive from Mitchell Marsh. The company of Steven Smith is infectious. Marsh shows his class as he gets a full ball from Broad. Unfurls a cover drive and times it with aplomb. Away it runs through the gap for a boundary.
  • 83.2 Good length delivery on off, Marsh drives it through the line but finds mid off.
  • 83.1 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 82.6 FOUR! You will never get tired of watching him drive. He receives a full ball in his half, not much movement and he just caresses it through covers for a boundary. 281/4
  • 82.5 Wow, an eye-catching straight drive by Smith. But it's so straight that Anderson gets some part of his right hand on it and deflects it towards the stumps at the non-striker's end. Mitchell Marsh was safely in.
  • 82.4 Lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 82.3 Straighter in line, Smith flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • 82.2 Lands it full and on middle, Smith helps it off his pads to mid-wicket.
  • 82.1 Full and angling down the leg side, Marsh flicks it off the inner half of the bat to fine leg for one.
  • 81.6 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 274/4
  • 81.5 Woakes saves a certain boundary! Broad pitches it up and outside off, enticing the drive from Marsh. He cracks that off the front foot and Woakes at covers dives to his left to make a superb stop. Although it's not a clean one and the batsmen cross.
  • 81.4 Good length ball on off, Marsh nicely gets behind the line this time and blocks it to the off side.
  • 81.3 Beauty to beat the edge! This one swings into the batsman and nips away of the pitch. All the action happens just around off and Marsh has a tame push and miss inside the line.
  • 81.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 81.1 Good length ball on middle, Smith works it around the corner and takes a single. England won't mind that as Broad gets the opportunity to bowl at the new batsman with the new cherry.
  • STUART BROAD to share the new cherry from the other end. Two slips a gully in place. Fielders in the deep at point and square leg.
  • 80.6 Outside off, left alone. 272/4
  • 80.5 Length ball outside off, once again some visible away movement, however, Marsh does well to drive it through covers for a couple of runs.
  • 80.4 Movement straight away. Swinging away from the batsman, Marsh pushes inside the line and edges it behind. Luckily for the local lad, it doesn't carry to the gully fielder.
  • The last boundary prompts for the change in ball. England have taken the second new nut!
  • 80.3 FOUR! Shot of the morning for me! A cracking sound of the bat meeting the ball. Anderson switches to over the wicket for Mitch. He delivers a full ball on off which has been driven down the ground through mid off.
  • 80.2 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 80.1 Anderson continues from his around the wicket angle and bowls it too full on leg. Smith loves playing that shot. He just flicks it through backward square leg for a run. Smithy can even flick those through his legs, we have seen that in the past, mainly in shorter formats.
  • Second new ball is available now.
  • 79.6 A forward defense by Marsh to end the over. 265/4
  • 79.5 Length and around off, defended back easily.
  • 79.4 FOUR! Overton is too straight in line on this occasion, on a length, Mitchell Marsh picks it up off his pads and flicks it with good timing through square leg for a boundary. There was a silly mid on waiting for any error from Mitch's bat but he closed the face of the bat at the right time.
  • 79.3 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, not rising much, Marsh allows it through.
  • 79.2 A juicy half-volley on offer outside off, Smith eases his square drive through the gap for a single.
  • 79.1 Full in length and around off, Smith covers the line and presents a straight defensive bat of his.
  • 78.6 Anderson alters his length to go short, around off, Smith just rolls his wrists over the pull shot and sends it to deep backward square leg for one. 260/4
  • 78.5 Gets behind the line and defends it comfortably to the on side again.
  • 78.4 Action replay of the last delivery. Not sure this ploy will trouble the Australian skipper. Only thing working so far is that he has not scored any run.
  • 78.3 Smith is anticipating the line from Anderson as he is bowling from around the wicket. The Aussie skipper stands a bit open up in his stance and defends the length delivery on the leg side.
  • 78.2 Good length delivery on middle, Smith hangs on the back foot and defends it to the off side.
  • 78.1 Anderson operates from around the wicket. Bowls it shortish and on leg, Smith gets behind the line and defends it on the leg side.
  • JAMES ANDERSON is brought back into the attack for another spell. The second new ball is due in two overs. A slip and leg gully in place. A late field change with short mid-wicket coming in too.
  • 77.6 On a good length outside off, staying a bit low, Marsh does well to block it safely. 259/4
  • 77.5 In the channel outside off, Marsh allows it through to the keeper.
  • 77.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 77.3 Angling down the leg side, nudged to fine leg for a run.
  • 77.2 Fullish and on middle, Marsh chips it over the bowler's head with a straight willow. The mid on fielder runs across to his left and then chases it down. A single taken. That probably stopped a bit onto the batsman.
  • 77.1 Turns this delivery in front of square leg and scampers across for a quick single.
  • 76.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 256/4
  • 76.5 An off break delivery on the shorter side outside off, Smith uses the crease to create room and cracks it through point for a run. The field is well spread out for the Aussie skipper.
  • 76.4 Off the mark and will be a relieved man. Marsh leans forward to a full ball and drives it towards point for a run.
  • 76.3 Loopy and full on off, Mitchell lunges and defends it watchfully.
  • 76.2 Goes back to a short ball and punches it through covers for one.
  • 76.1 Tossed up ball on middle, turning in, Smith gets back and defends it on the leg side.
  • Time for drinks! Imagine this - a clear broad highway, good for driving fast. You do so and there comes a speed-breaker where you have to slow down a touch. Compare this with Australia's batting so far. They were cruising along the highway of runs this morning before the speed breaker in the form of Marsh's wicket came. Whether that causes them to slow down is to be seen. Mitchell Marsh isn't known to grind it out there and will look to wield his willow soon. Smith is going smoothly to even think that he'll change the way he plays. What about England, though? They'd hope that there is some magic in Moeen Ali's fingers to provide further inroads into the opposition. They'd also secretly wish that there is a batting collapse like they had yesterday after around the same time.
  • 75.6 Another delivery well outside off, Shaun doesn't bother playing that. 253/4
  • 75.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 75.4 The batsman plays a pull shot to this short delivery. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 75.3 FOUR! This is Smith's way of getting back. Overton bowls it on a length outside off, the Australian skipper hangs back and opens the face of the bat. The ball goes through the gully region for a boundary.
  • 75.2 Overton 2, Smith 0! The seamer lands it on a back of a length around off, Steven thinks it to be short enough to duck under and does so. But as the ball doesn't rise as expected, he gets hit on the left biceps. That should have ruffled his feathers.
  • 75.1 Smith stays on the back foot and blocks.
  • 74.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 248/4
  • 74.5 Marsh strides forward and blocks it.
  • Marsh replaces Marsh! MITCHELL MARSH walks in next after the fall of Shaun's wicket. He was in form for Western Australia, which mooted his comeback to the side. This is his home ground. Can he replicate that success here?
  • 74.4 OUT! After two boundary balls comes a wicket. Ali strikes! This is wonderful bit of off spin. A perfect one to pick up a southpaw. Tossed up around off, Marsh lunges half-forward to defend. The ball spins away just a touch and catches the outside edge of the bat. Root is alert at first slip on this occasion and takes a good catch to his right. Soft dismissal in the end for Marsh, end of a 69-run stand. Australia still 155 runs behind.
  • Ian Chappell believes that Root wasn't right at the beginning of the day with just a slip for Smith. Although the Aussie skipper was in the 90s, England should have shown more intent, feels the on-air commentator.
  • 74.3 FOUR! How easy did this shot look! Ali tosses this up around off, Marsh slinks down the track and just flicks it past mid-wicket. Anderson there was lazy to put in the dive and the ball sped away to the fence.
  • 74.2 FOUR! Well played, Shaun! Ali offers this short and flat around off and middle, Marsh gets back and swats it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 74.1 Floated around off, Smith gets back and plays it through mid on for a single.
  • MOEEN ALI to roll his arm over now. A drier pitch should help him a bit.
  • 73.6 Length ball outside off, Marsh points his bat skywards to let it go. 239/3
  • 73.5 Angled down the leg side, Marsh misses the flick and wears it on the pads.
  • 73.4 There's the effect of the crack! Overton serves it on a length and the ball lands on the crack and shoots up. Marsh, unaware of the effect of the crack, looks to shoulder arms after covering the stumps. The ball comes in and strikes him on the thigh pad on the back foot. A stifled appeal dies down immediately. This will get Shaun thinking now.
  • 73.3 Landed in line of the stumps, blocked towards mid-wicket.
  • 73.2 Fuller outside off, Marsh covers his stumps and lets it be.
  • A catching mid-wicket in place.
  • 73.1 Craig bowls it on a length outside off, Smith just glides it through backward point for a single.
  • 72.6 Another delivery landed outside off, duly left alone by the left-handed batsman. 238/3
  • 72.5 Well outside off, Shaun doesn't bother to put bat to that.
  • 72.4 Marsh flicks this one past the short mid-wicket fielder and gets a brace.
  • 72.3 Bowled outside off, Marsh doesn't bother putting bat to that.
  • 72.2 Around off and middle, defended solidly from the crease.
  • 72.1 Fuller around off and middle, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 71.6 Angled in around off and middle, turned towards mid on for a run. Broad there fields that and throws it to the keeper's end. 236/3
  • 71.5 Landed around off, blocked from the crease.
  • 71.4 Punched through cover-point for a run.
  • 71.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 71.2 Angling down the leg side, Smith watches it go to the keeper.
  • 71.1 Length ball just outside off, Smith gets behind it and blocks it. There is some extra bounce on that one and the ball hits him high on the bat.
  • 70.6 Another one outside off, well left by Shaun. 234/3
  • 70.5 Angled across Marsh, left alone.
  • 70.4 Like any pacer, Woakes bowls a short one to follow up the full one dished out earlier. Smith is up to the occasion and he pulls it down to fine leg for a run. As he played that shot, he waved his bat in circular motion like a magic wand. Indeed, he looks like a magician out there at the moment.
  • 70.3 FOUR! Gets to landmarks in style, doesn't he? Steven Smith! 1000 TEST RUNS IN 2017 for the Australian skipper. Woakes spears it full outside off, Smith gets ahead and drives it nicely through covers for a boundary.
  • 70.2 On a length around off, Smith gets squared up a touch as he defends it.
  • 70.1 Full ball outside off, defended from the crease.
  • Double change. CHRIS WOAKES is brought into the attack now.
  • 69.6 Smith flicks it away wristily through backward square leg for one. 229/3
  • 69.5 Overton strays on the pads, gets clipped through square leg for a single.
  • 69.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 69.3 FOUR! Here is a gracious stroke from Marsh's blade. Full length ball on off and middle, Marsh just plays it with the angle. Flicks it through the gap between mid-wicket and mid on for a boundary.
  • 69.2 Harmless ball outside off, SM leaves it alone.
  • 69.1 Length ball on off, Marsh stonewalls it from the crease.
  • CRAIG OVERTON to have a bowl now. He was good yesterday before walking off. How will he fare today?
  • Take note of this - This is Smith's FASTEST TEST HUNDRED. Further proof of how commanding he has been out there. Just a heads up, the Australian skipper had scored his slowest ton in the first Test and here he is. Amazing to see the way he possesses the ability to change gears.
  • 68.6 Around off, blocked off the front foot. 223/3
  • 68.5 Bowled outside off, left alone.
  • 68.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 68.3 This ball is driven to the man at mid off.
  • 68.2 Quick single. Marsh pats it towards mid-wicket and sets off. Makes it to the other end before Ali charges in and misses his shy at the bowler's end.
  • 68.1 Anderson delivers this full on off and middle, Smith looks to clip it to the on side, ends up getting an outside edge through the point region for a single.
  • 67.6 Fuller outside off, Marsh gets ahead and defends. 221/3
  • 67.5 Length outside off, left alone.
  • 67.4 Fuller on the stumps from round the wicket, Marsh hits it straight to the man at the mid-wicket region.
  • 67.3 Another short ball angling down leg, Smith mistimes his pull. Actually this wasn't that short for the shot. Ends up gloving it towards fine leg for a single.
  • 67.2 The Aussie skipper gets behind the line of the ball and defends it.
  • 67.1 Broad bowls this short around off and middle, Smith ducks under that to let it go.
  • 66.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 220/3
  • 66.5 Smith dabs this one towards point for a single.
  • 66.4 Marsh pats it towards covers and picks up a run.
  • 66.3 Length ball on the middle stump, defended from the crease.
  • 66.2 Now he nudges this one to fine leg and gets to the other end.
  • 66.1 FOUR! 22nd Test century for Steven Peter Devereux Smith and he gets there in style. Gets a fuller delivery around middle and leg, he clips it nicely through mid-wicket. The timing on that is such that the ball speeds away to the fence. This is his second ton in the series, 5th in this calendar year. He is in stupendous form and this has been a staggering knock. Fluent from the word go, authoritative throughout. Dwells in the moment by taking off his helmet and raising his bat in elation. Take a bow, skip!
  • 65.6 Flicked through mid-wicket for a single. Smith moves to 99. 213/3
  • 65.5 Blocked off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 65.4 FOUR! Wow! The way Smith finds the minutest of gaps in the field, it is comparable to the thread going through the eye of the needle. This is a full length ball on middle, Smith just flicks it nonchalantly. Finds the gap between short mid-wicket and mid on for a glorious boundary that takes him to 98. The first one of the day.
  • 65.3 Full ball outside off, Smith takes his right leg across and looks to drive it through covers. Ends up getting it off the inner half towards mid off.
  • 65.2 Similar delivery, Smith defends it towards the bowler.
  • 65.1 Broad, looking to attack the stumps, bowls this on full on off. Smith dead-bats it with a straight blade.
  • 64.6 Served around off and angling away, Marsh withdraws his bat and lets the ball pass through to the keeper. A maiden this one. 208/3
  • 64.5 Defended off the front foot.
  • 64.4 Back of a length around leg, Marsh stays in the crease and looks to work it away to the on side. Ends up being hit on the gloves. The ball dies down in front of him.
  • 64.3 Fuller on middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 64.2 This length is more near the batsman, Marsh pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 64.1 Length ball on middle and leg, Marsh stands tall and defends it showing the full face of the bat.
  • 63.6 Length ball around off and middle, defended from the crease. 208/3
  • 63.5 Smith gets forward and presents a straight bat face to block that.
  • 63.4 Hurled outside off, Smith shoulders arms to that.
  • 63.3 Fuller around off, defended off the front foot.
  • 63.2 Now Marsh would feel a bit easy after this shot. Broad comes round the wicket and bowls it full around off and middle. Shaun flicks it nicely through mid-wicket for three. Overton is the man doing the chasing job there.
  • 63.1 Full delivery well outside off to start with. Smith square drives it to deep point for a single.
  • STUART BROAD to run in from the other end. He's going over 4 an over and is wicketless. However, this is a new day and he would look to make an impact right away. Same field for him too.
  • 62.6 A slight confusion, all safe in the end. Marsh taps this length delivery in front of point and immediately sets off for a run, only to be sent back by Smith. The skipper was right as the man from the region gets to the ball quickly. 204/3
  • 62.5 Anderson continues over the wicket to the southpaw. Hurls it across the left-hander around off. Marsh covers the stumps and lets it pass.
  • 62.4 First run for the day. Fuller around middle, Smith moves across and flicks it away through backward square leg for a run. He gets to 93 now. For the record, the follow-on is averted.
  • 62.3 Pitched up to the batsman around off and middle, Smith blocks it with the bat close to his front pad.
  • 62.2 A touch fuller around off, flicked away towards square leg.
  • 62.1 Begins with a length delivery around off that climbs up a bit more than it ideally should have. Smith rides it well and defends it with a straight bat to the leg side.
  • With a view to avoid being on the back foot, the Englishmen take their spots in the field. Overton's availability would be a shot in the arm for them. The second new ball is still 18 overs away. One can expect something to happen when they opt for that. How they perform in the interim would be an interesting watch. For starters, it will be JAMES ANDERSON to bowl. Only one slip stands in anticipation apart from a square leg and a short mid-wicket.
  • It's time for things to get rolling. STEVE SMITH and SHAUN MARSH make their way to the middle. They are going through a 24-run stand. It has been a slow one but one can understand the cause as it was towards the dying stages of the day's play yesterday. They will look to reduce the deficit as quickly as they can and go into the lead as the forecast for the next couple of days isn't too promising.
  • BREAKING NEWS - England have confirmed that Craig Overton has come through fine in the nets and is FIT TO BOWL. They will heave a huge sigh of relief.
  • For England, the way forward would be for Anderson and Broad to get into their groove and strike early. They were a tad below par yesterday, which made matters difficult for them. The visitors will also sweat over the availability of Overton who had to walk out due to a rib injury. Can the tourists trigger a batting collapse here? Remember, the hosts trail still stands at 200. Stay with us as we get all the action to you.
  • Day 3 is often the moving day in a Test match. The Perth Test enters its third day. Both the sides have had a day to their credit so far. Who will rule the roost today? Welcome to our coverage as we await yet another Steven Smith century. He has looked commanding in his time out there and England would either have to get him out quickly or chip away at the wickets from the other end.
  • ... Day 3, First session...
  • 35-6 is the figure that would haunt England today. They were well-placed at 368/4 when Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow were going great guns after crossing their respective tons. Once the former departed, the procession continued as England were kept down to far less than what they promised. This has given the home side a sniff and mind you, they are too good a side to not make use of that. Australia are 200 runs behind now. The Smith-Marsh pair would hope to carry on for long and probably look to ensure that they finish ahead after their first innings. Another exciting day beckons. Which way will the balance sway? Join us tomorrow at 1030 local time (0230 GMT) to find out.
  • The hosts began reasonably well with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft providing them a free-flowing start. Their innings culminated when the cherry was handed to Craig Overton. He got rid of both in quick succession and looked the only incisive one. He walked off after aggravating his rib injury, which he picked in the last Test. The tourists would hope he is fit and takes the field tomorrow. They would also want James Anderson and Stuart Broad to strike the right chord along with Chris Woakes, who took the only wicket to fall in the final session.
  • Another engrossing day of cricket ends! Steve Smith - the one name that the whole of England would not be loving - is still unbeaten at the crease, eight short of a century. He was not one bit fazed with whatever was on offer when he walked in. The pitch was starting to liven up and he countered all of that to make life easy for his side. He started off rather quickly - getting to a fifty in just 58 balls - before slowing down towards the end. His fluid innings helped Usman Khawaja settle down and get to a fifty. The southpaw was largely struggling during his time in the middle and eventually, their stand was worth 124.
  • 61.6 Broad runs in from around the wicket and arrows in a fuller length ball on off, Marsh strides forward and defends it safely to the off side. That's it, STUMPS ON DAY 2! 203/3
  • 61.5 Gets behind the line of the delivery and pushes it gently to mid off. He scampers across to the other end.
  • 61.4 Waste of energy. It's short but wide outside off to trouble the batsman.
  • 61.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 61.2 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 61.1 Back of a length ball on off, jumping onto the batsman, Smith goes on his toes and keeps it out off the leading half of his blade.
  • 60.6 A touch on the shorter side around off, Marsh moves back and punches it towards the bowler. 202/3
  • 60.5 Slow loopy full ball on off, Marsh lunges and defends it with soft hands.
  • 60.4 This ball is pushed towards mid on.
  • 60.3 Tossed up around off and middle, Shaun lunges forward in defense.
  • 60.2 Flatter on the stumps, Marsh goes back and works it towards square leg.
  • 60.1 Floated around off, driven towards mid on for one.
  • 59.6 Presses forward and pushes it through covers for a single. Smith moves to 90! 201/3
  • 59.5 Smith has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 59.4 A full ball outside off, driven off the front foot to mid off. Should have put that away.
  • 59.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 59.2 Back of a length delivery on off, Smith shuffles and plays it down to square leg.
  • 59.1 Too wide outside off, an easy leave for Smith.
  • 58.6 Gets forward to a full ball and defends it to the off side. 200/3
  • 58.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 58.4 In the air...DROPPED! A flighted ball on middle, Marsh gets on the front foot and flicks it across the line. It drops flush on Stoneman's left boot who is standing at short leg. It pops out and Bairstow reacts to his right and dives. Mark also realizes and dives to his left. Two hands come in the picture, none manages to gobble it. The replays show that it brushed some part of Jonny's gloves, so the dropped catch will go in his account. A similar moment happened in the first innings, interestingly Stoneman was the batsman then when his flick shot hit Bancroft on the boot at short leg. Big moment in the day, England would have loved a wicket at this stage.
  • 58.3 Presses forward and drives it straight back to the bowler.
  • 58.2 Flighted and full on middle, Marsh leans across and pushes it to mid on.
  • 58.1 Loopy full ball on middle, drifting in, Marsh defends it off his front foot.
  • MOEEN ALI replaces Anderson in the attack.
  • 57.6 Broad errs in line and serves it on the pads, Marsh eases it in front of square leg and comes back for the third run. 200 up for Australia. 200/3
  • 57.5 Broad lets out a grunt and spears in a fullish ball on middle, Marsh does well to dig it out towards mid on.
  • 57.4 Broad switches to around the wicket and angles in a full ball on off, Marsh gets forward and pushes it to covers.
  • 57.3 Full in length on middle and leg, angling down, Smith gets across and flicks it to deep mid-wicket for one.
  • 57.2 Too full in length outside off, Smith reaches out for it and squeezes it through point for a couple of runs.
  • 57.1 Leans forward to a length ball and drives it with nice timing. Finds the cover fielder.
  • STUART BROAD to have one final go today. A single slip in place along with a short mid-wicket.
  • 56.6 Pitches it full on middle and off, Marsh gets on the front foot and drives it back with a straight bat. Anderson makes a good stop in his followthrough. 194/3
  • 56.5 Good length delivery on middle, Marsh defends it off his back foot to square leg.
  • 56.4 Presses forward to a full ball and pushes it to covers.
  • 56.3 FOUR! Marsh finally gets off the mark after 17 balls. In a streaky manner though. Anderson dishes out a fullish ball outside off, Marsh tries to drive it through the line but it catches the outer portion of his bat and races past the diving gully fielder for a boundary.
  • 56.2 A front foot drive by Smith to a full delivery and he finds the gap at covers. A single taken.
  • 56.1 Good length delivery just outside off, Smith firmly gets behind the line and blocks it on the leg side.
  • 55.6 Gets on the front foot and flicks it to mid-wicket. 189/3
  • 55.5 Bowls it in the channel outside off, Marsh leaves it alone.
  • 55.4 Four leg byes! A length delivery angling down the leg side, Marsh tries his best to cash in on the gift but fails to get any bat behind it. It takes his pads and speeds away to the fine leg fence. Marsh remains on naught.
  • 55.3 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 55.2 Outside off, Shaun taps it down to point. 13 balls faced, no run scored. The local lad will be feeling some pressure.
  • 55.1 Turns it off his pads through backward square leg for a single.
  • 54.6 Fuller in length on middle, Marsh gets forward and across before defending it to mid-wicket. 184/3
  • 54.5 Almost identical to the last delivery, this time Marsh stays back footed and punches it down towards gully.
  • 54.4 Angling away from the batsman, from around off, Marsh watches the line closely before making the leave.
  • 54.3 Length delivery on middle and off, Marsh is right behind the line as he dead bats it.
  • 54.2 Gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it down safely.
  • 54.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 53.6 A slower one at 118.4 kph, around off, Smith drives it to mid off. 184/3
  • 53.5 Good length ball on off, Smith once again offers a dead straight bat in defense.
  • 53.4 Fine delivery, full and around off, shaping in, Smith gets behind the line and blocks.
  • 53.3 Too full and on middle, Smith plays a good looking drive down the ground but finds the mid on fielder.
  • 53.2 FOUR! Great timing! Fullish in length and on middle, Smith leans and flicks it in front of square leg with excellent timing. It races through and finds the fence in no time.
  • 53.1 Too full in length outside off, driven off the front foot to covers.
  • 52.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 180/3
  • 52.5 Hangs on the back foot and punches it to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 52.4 Helps it off his pads but once again finds the gap.
  • 52.3 A good looking drive from the bat of Smith but he fails to beat the cover fielder.
  • The umpires check the shape of the ball by using the 8-ball gauge. Seems it's fine to continue...
  • 52.2 On a length around off, defended off the back foot.
  • 52.1 Oohhh...this one stays low after landing full around off, Smith does well to keep his eyes on the ball as he defends it on the leg side.
  • JAMES ANDERSON comes back into the attack.
  • 51.6 Woakes gets very full with his length and spears it on middle and leg line. It's further angling down as Marsh attempts to flick. He misses and is hit on the pads. They appeal but nothing from the umpire. 179/3
  • 51.5 Outside off, a watchful looking Marsh lets it be.
  • 51.4 Straighter in line, Marsh works it on the leg side but straight to square leg.
  • 51.3 Lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 51.2 Marsh has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Shaun Marsh, the local lad, comes out to a big ovation from the crowd.
  • 51.1 OUT! Umpire's call, it's clipping the bails. Finally some success for England as they manage to break the 124-run stand. Woakes gets a length ball to cut back into the batsman from outside off. Usman tries to defend it from the crease by going on his toes but he misses. He is hit high on the back pad, they appeal and the finger goes up after some delay. Khawaja looks at his skipper and then decides to review it. The replays roll in and there is a little confusion initially regarding the inside edge. The Snicko is showing some spike but it ain't conclusive. There is nothing on the Hot Spot though and it's enough for the third umpire to head forward. Hawk Eye takes the centre stage now. It shows that the impact is umpire's call and it is going on to hit the top of the bails. The on-field call stays and a dejected Khawaja walks back immediately after scoring a half century. Australia don't lose the review though, they trail by 224 runs.
  • Usman Khawaja is adjudged lbw. Is it too high? Usman has a chat with his skipper and signals for the DRS.
  • 50.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. No run to end the over. 179/2
  • 50.5 Fifty for Usman Khawaja, 10th in Tests! Finally he finds the gap after playing a cover drive and takes the single. He was on 49 from the 48th over. He will feel good after scoring this run. The crowd cheers for him and he acknowledges it by raising his bat.
  • 50.4 Tossed up ball on off, Smith strides forward and forces it down through mid on for a run.
  • 50.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 50.2 FOUR! Bang! Moeen tosses it up outside and lands it short outside off. Smith picks the length early, goes deep inside the crease and cuts it through backward point for a boundary. Nicely placed.
  • 50.1 Loopy off spinner outside off, Smith tries driving through covers but it turns back in to catch the inside edge. It rolls safely to mid on.
  • 49.6 Khawaja has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 173/2
  • 49.5 Woakes dishes out a slower one, dipping into the batsman and landing just ahead of the yorker mark. Khawaja does well to read it and keep it out.
  • 49.4 Straighter in line on this occasion, Khawaja remains back and helps it to mid-wicket. Not finding the gaps, Uzzie.
  • 49.3 Pitches it full and outside off, Usman drives it through the line but finds the extra cover fielder. Remains on 49!
  • 49.2 This time the length is full and it's around off, Khawaja closes the face of the bat and pushes it towards mid-wicket.
  • 49.1 Back of a length delivery in the zone outside off, holding its line, Khawaja moves back, shapes for the square cut but at the last moment lets it be.
  • CHRIS WOAKES replaces Overton in the attack.
  • 48.6 Loopy ball on off, defended easily to end the over. 173/2
  • 48.5 Tossed up ball on middle, Smith walks forward with the flick shot and finds the gap through square leg. The Aussie skipper tries to press his partner for the third run but Khawaja refuses.
  • 48.4 Smith has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 48.3 Flatter and quicker on off, Smith goes on the back foot and blocks it.
  • 48.2 Presses forward and pushes it off the leading half of his blade to mid off.
  • 48.1 A gentle loosener, short and outside off, Smith rocks back and slaps it to sweeper cover. Mason Crane (sub) moves across to his right in the deep and makes a tumbling stop. They take a couple.
  • Craig Overton heads back to the pavilion. England will hope there is nothing serious and he recovers quickly. Meanwhile, there is a bowling change. MOEEN ALI to roll his arm.
  • 47.6 A length delivery and on middle, Khawaja gets across and keeps it out on the leg side. Finds mid-wicket. 169/2
  • 47.5 Goes short and on middle, Smith pulls it down to fine leg for a run.
  • 47.4 FOUR! Help-yourself delivery. It's short, it's wide and it's begging to be hit. Smith accepts the proposal and smashes it square of the wicket on the off side for a boundary. That delivery was in the 120s, clearly Overton is struggling.
  • What happened to Overton here? He is looking in some discomfort. Goes down on his haunches and is catching some breath. Issues with left rib. If you remember, he took a blow there in the second Test and also today while attempting a return catch he landed exactly on that area. Physio comes out.
  • 47.3 Another good shot! Khawaja sits back to fetch a shortish ball from outside off and pulls it past backward square leg for a run.
  • 47.2 FOUR! Easily done! Wrong line by Overton. He bowls it short and sliding down the leg side, Khawaja just uses the angle and pulls it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
  • 47.1 Overton continues from his round the wicket angle. Digs in a short ball on middle and leg, Khawaja ducks.
  • 46.6 FOUR! That's a poor delivery and punished. Short and outside off, Smith stands back and packs a punch through cover-point. Into the gap it runs and finds the boundary rope. He now becomes the leading run-scorer in this series, overtaking Dawid Malan. 159/2
  • 46.5 Fullish and outside off, Khawaja plays a mistimed off drive for a run. 100-run stand comes up!
  • 46.4 Another back foot defense by Usman Khawaja. He is looking a lot at ease now.
  • 46.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 46.2 Pitches it full and around off, Khawaja drives it to mid off.
  • 46.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 45.6 FOUR! Effortless by Smith! He gets across the stumps to a short ball and rolls his wrists over the ball. Does well to keep his pull shot down but it has enough pace to beat Vince at backward square leg. James does get some fingertips on it but cannot prevent the boundary. 154/2
  • 45.5 Cracking pull shot by Khawaja and an outstanding piece of fielding by Stoneman to save a certain boundary. Short on middle, Khawaja smashes it across the line and Mark at short mid-wicket makes a partial stop, diving to his right. They cross for a run. 150 up for Australia!
  • 45.4 A touch fuller than the last time, around off and shaping in, Usman defends it from the back foot to the off side.
  • 45.3 Similar length, closer to the off stump line, Khawaja gets behind the line and blocks it down safely.
  • 45.2 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Usman shoulders arms.
  • 45.1 Initiates the spell with a fuller length ball angling in around off, Khawaja presses forward and defends it back to the bowler.
  • And here comes, CRAIG OVERTON.
  • Drinks are on the field. Smith and Khawaja have been successful in negotiating the first hour in this session safely. The skipper has looked fluent throughout and is ably supported by Khawaja, who seems to be coming back to his own. England have a task cut out at the moment. Will they make the numbers in the wickets column rise?
  • 44.6 Length delivery around off, Smith defends it towards mid on off the back foot. A maiden for Jimmy. 149/2
  • 44.5 Punched off the back foot towards covers.
  • 44.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 44.3 On the pads, clipped towards square leg.
  • 44.2 Similar delivery, Smith defends it from the crease.
  • 44.1 On a length around off, Smith hangs on the back foot and blocks.
  • 43.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 149/2
  • 43.5 Yorker around off, Khawaja digs it out towards point.
  • 43.4 Fuller around off, driven towards covers.
  • 43.3 Another harmless ball outside off, UK shoulders arms.
  • 43.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 43.1 FOUR! On a length around off, Khawaja flicks it nicely through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 42.6 FOUR! Shot! Full ball outside off, Smith drives it powerfully through covers for a boundary. Nicely played. 145/2
  • The umpire is keeping a close eye on James Anderson's landing area. No official warning. But Jimmy needs to be careful here. He is continuously flirting with the danger area.
  • 42.5 Hit straight to the man at mid on.
  • 42.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 42.3 Smith hangs back and blocks it.
  • 42.2 Smith gets ahead and blocks it off the front foot.
  • 42.1 Length ball around off, Smith swats it towards square leg. Khawaja thought about a run there but the skipper sent him back.
  • 41.6 Outside off, Khawaja shoulders arms to that. 141/2
  • 41.5 Woakes runs in from round the wicket and lands it around off and middle, blocked solidly from the crease.
  • 41.4 FOUR! The longer you spend time in the middle, the more confident you get. Khawaja's stay shows just that. Woakes delivers this on a length outside off, Usman hangs back and cuts it behind point for a boundary. Crisp shot that.
  • 41.3 Fuller around off and middle, presented a straight bat by Usman.
  • 41.2 Length ball outside off, punched to sweeper cover for one.
  • 41.1 Landed well outside off, shouldered arms to.
  • 40.6 Another ball outside off, left alone. 136/2
  • 40.5 Angled across Usman again, he just lets it be.
  • 40.4 Wow! What did Mr. Bairstow hear there? Anderson bowls a lovely delivery for starters. Angles it across Khawaja on a length. It is closer to the off pole and that makes Khawaja play. He pokes his bat at it but the ball beats the outer edge and goes through to Jonny. He leaps up in appeal immediately, only to calm down after seeing no company.
  • 40.3 Angled across Usman he just lets it be.
  • 40.2 Khawaja gets forward to this one and blocks it.
  • 40.1 Anderson now isn't making Khawaja play here. Bowls it outside off, left alone by UK.
  • 39.6 Again Woakes bowls it well wide of the off stick, Smith just lets it be. 136/2
  • 39.5 Around off, Smith hangs in the crease and presents a straight bat face.
  • 39.4 Another ball outside off, left alone.
  • 39.3 Harmless length ball outside off, Smith shoulders arms to that.
  • 39.2 This is too wide to make Smith play.
  • 39.1 On a length around off, defended with a straight bat from the crease.
  • 38.6 Around off, Khawaja hangs on the back foot and defends. 136/2
  • 38.5 This ball is kept out safely from the crease.
  • My colleague makes a fair point here. Normally Steven Smith is associated with playing those wristy flicks through the on side to accumulate the runs. But a glance at his wagon wheel at this point of time will reveal that majority of his runs have come through the off side - 21 through covers. So in spite of the shuffle that he does, he has hit shots through the off side. Yes, one could argue that the bowlers could have bowled more outside off and hence the shots there. But that generally has been the case. Also, the known fact is that even those deliveries are dispatched to the leg side by the Aussie skipper. A different knock in that sense.
  • 38.4 Driven straight to the fielder at covers.
  • 38.3 On a fuller length around off, defended back towards the bowler.
  • 38.2 This is outside off, Khawaja shoulders arms to that.
  • 38.1 Full around off, Khawaja gets ahead and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 37.6 FOUR! What a shot to bring up the 22nd TEST FIFTY for Steven Smith! He gets it off just 58 balls, shows how at ease he has been. Woakes hurls it full outside off, Smith leans into the shot and drives it crisply through covers. Boundary all the way. 136/2
  • 37.5 Smith defends it from the crease.
  • 37.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 37.3 A touch short on the stumps, Usman looks to pull it but gets it off the inner half through backward square leg for a single.
  • 37.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 37.1 Outside off, Khawaja lets it be. It moves in a touch after passing the batsman.
  • 36.6 Full outside off, defended off the front foot. After that Smith did some strange movement of the bat as he withdrew it. 131/2
  • 36.5 On a length around middle and leg, Khawaja taps it towards backward square leg for one.
  • 36.4 Full length ball around off, driven to mid off.
  • 36.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 36.2 Comes round the wicket and bowls it around off. Usman stonewalls it.
  • 36.1 A run taken after Smith drives it through covers.
  • 35.6 DROPPED and FOUR! A chance goes abegging! Joe Root is the man to be blamed. Woakes lands it on a back of a length around middle and off, it goes away from the angle. Khawaja ends up poking at it away from the body. The ball flies off the edge and Root, at second slip, is late in reacting to that. Doesn't manage to get a hand onto it and the ball flies away to the third man fence for a boundary. How costly will this be? 129/2
  • 35.5 Usman hangs deep in the crease and presents a straight bat face in defense.
  • 35.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 35.3 Length around off, Khawaja defends it to the off side.
  • 35.2 On a length outside off, Smith gets squared up a touch. The ball takes the outside edge and rolls towards second slip. Root dives to his right and makes a half-stop. A run taken.
  • 35.1 Smith punches it towards covers.
  • CHRIS WOAKES is also brought back. He went through a good spell earlier today.
  • 34.6 Another delivery around off, blocked from the crease. 124/2
  • 34.5 Khawaja stands his ground and defends it within the crease.
  • 34.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • Seems that Anderson had an issue with his finger of the right hand after he attempted to run Bancroft out earlier today.
  • 34.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 34.2 Similar length delivery, this time blocked with a straight bat.
  • 34.1 Extra bounce! Khawaja did well to play that. Landed on a length around off, it jumped up a bit more and caught Usman's bat on the higher side.
  • JAMES ANDERSON is brought into the attack now. Surprisingly, he has just bowled 4 overs so far.
  • 33.6 Outside off, left alone. 124/2
  • 33.5 FOUR! If the previous shot was brilliant, this one is magnificent. Broad bowls it on a length and Smith looks to go for the pull. But the ball didn't rise as much as he expected. Yet he adjusted his shot well and pulled it all along the ground through mid-wicket for a boundary. After he played that he indicated to his partner that the ball skidded through.
  • 33.4 Length ball angling down leg, Smith misses the flick. It goes on the bounce to the keeper.
  • 33.3 FOUR! Smith maybe unorthodox in his technique but he is effective nevertheless. This is speared full around middle and leg, Smith moves back and across initially. Gets his bat down in time to flick it through square leg for a boundary.
  • 33.2 Bowled outside off, Smith points his bat skywards to let that go.
  • 33.1 Broad runs in and hurls a full delivery around off and middle. The Aussie skipper pushes it defensively towards mid on.
  • 32.6 Flighted delivery around middle, the southpaw lunges forward to block. 116/2
  • 32.5 Similar delivery outside off, Usman goes ba