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Australia Vs England Live Score (TEST)

Date: Friday, 29 December, 2017 12:12 IST Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne Match Status: Match Ended

Australia drew with England

327/10
Overs
119.0
R/R
2.75
Fours
39
Sixes
1
Extras
2
491/10
Overs
144.1
R/R
3.41
Fours
58
Sixes
2
Extras
12
263/4
Overs
124.2
R/R
2.12
Fours
23
Sixes
1
Extras
4
  • After Smith's dismissal, the hosts lost 7/67. That sums up Australia's dependency on their best batsman. Credit must go to the Englishmen for triggering a collapse and not letting the intensity drop throughout. However, on a sluggish surface, 327 can prove to be competitive. Let's see how the away side respond with the bat. Join us back shortly.
  • Earlier, Australia got off to a good start courtesy their openers, especially David Warner who struck a magnificent ton. The skipper Steven Smith came in and was at his usual best. It seemed that the tourists will once again get pummeled into submission by the heroics of the Australian skipper but that wasn't to be. Shaun Marsh too scored a fine fifty but couldn't carry on while Tim Paine didn't last long either.
  • England have only taken 20 minutes after Lunch, 24 balls to be precise to bowl the hosts out. An inspirational bowling performance from them means that Australia have packed up for their lowest first innings total at the MCG since 2011. The stars for the visitors were their frontline bowlers, Broad and Anderson. They shared 7 wickets between them and broke the backbone of the home side.
  • 118.6 OUT! Umpire's call and England have done extremely well to restrict Australia under 350. Once again the shiny side of the ball is on the inside. Gets prodigious reverse swing on that as Lyon loses his balance in an attempt to flick it away. Misses it completely to get hit on the pads. The hosts roar in appeal and the umpire obliges. Lyon opts for the DRS. There is no bat involved. It's in line and would have clipped the leg stump. That is it! AUSTRALIA ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 327!
  • Lyon seems to be a goner but he has opted for the review...
  • 118.5 Reverses in prodigiously but goes down the leg side, Lyon misses his glance.
  • 118.4 Length ball around off, kept out watchfully.
  • 118.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 118.2 Ooh... the substantial inward movement almost caught Lyon napping. The shiny side is on the inside and the ball reverses in. Nathan plants his front foot across and keeps it out tentatively out to mid-wicket.
  • 118.1 Lyon gets nicely behind the line of the length delivery and defends it towards covers.
  • 117.6 Fractionally overpitched, driven hard but finds the man at covers. 327/9
  • 117.5 Another unconvincing stroke. Fullish ball, angling away, Hazlewood goes for a booming drive but skews it off the outer half towards backward point. The fielder dives full length to his right to make a good stop.
  • 117.4 Good length ball on leg stump, the southpaw tries to play it across but is struck on the thigh pad.
  • 117.3 Another play and a miss! On a drivable length outside off, Josh falls for the bait and gets beaten all ends up.
  • 117.2 Fractionally overpitched around off, eased off the front foot to covers.
  • 117.1 Fuller in length outside off, Josh is tentative again as he pushes it off the outer half of his bat to cover-point.
  • 116.6 Hazlewood is off the mark and the packed crowd cheers for him. Tucks the length ball to mid-wicket for a brisk single and will retain strike. 327/9
  • 116.5 Pitched right up there on middle, Josh with minimal foot movement plays it down the track.
  • 116.4 Tentative from Josh. Leans ahead to counter the slower ball but the ball whizzes past his outside edge.
  • 116.3 Back of a length ball on off, Hazlewood camps back and pushes it to mid off.
  • 116.2 Angling away on a length from Josh. He keeps his bat inside the line and lets it go.
  • 116.1 Well-directed bouncer on off, Hazlewood ducks under it in a jiffy.
  • James Anderson to bowl from the other end.
  • 115.6 Leg cutter from Broad. Lyon tries to counter it but gets foxed. 326/9
  • 115.5 Full length ball, patted to mid off.
  • 115.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 115.3 Edged but safe! Angling in sharply from outside off, Lyon plays for the incoming angle and gets a thick outside edge that flies towards the fielder at gully but falls well short of the fielder.
  • Nathan Lyon is the last man in. He gets a rousing applause from the MCG crowd.
  • 115.2 OUT! Yes, it is indeed a clean take from Alastair Cook. 4-fer for Stuart Broad and this is his 397th Test wicket, three short of a commendable landmark. He hurls this one on a drivable length outside off, Cummins goes for a booming drive but gets a fat outside edge. The English ex-skipper at first slip crouches and seems to have taken it just above the ground. However, the umpires decide to have a check regarding the clarity of the catch. The replays roll in and the replays confirm that it has been grabbed nicely. Another one bites the dust.
  • Cummins is walking back but he has been told to stop by the umpires. They are checking whether the catch by Cook at first slip is clean or not. Seems gone to the naked eye. The soft signal is out.
  • 115.1 Pitched up delivery on off, pushed off the front foot to mid off.
  • We are back for the second session. Temperatures in the mid 30s, won't be an easy task for the bowlers. Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood to continue their innings. Will they throw their bat around and reach the 350-run mark? Or will England run through them in a flash? Stuart Broad to continue his spell. Here we go...
  • ... Day 2, Session 2 ...
  • Stuart Broad was at his belligerent best and he was ably supported by James Anderson. They kept on hitting consistent lines and lengths and reaped the dividends to bring their side back into the game. With the track getting more two-paced as was amplified by the fact that there were three chop on dismissals in the morning, run-scoring won't be an easy affair. Australia will be expecting their tail to add as much as possible while the tourists will strive to clean it up in a jiffy. Join us for the afternoon session which promises to be a cracker!
  • Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh started the day off well but failed to continue the good work. The visitors needed to get rid of the Australian skipper early and that is what they did, courtesy Tom Curran who bagged his maiden Test wicket. The Marsh brothers also departed in quick succession handing the Englishmen an opening.
  • England have dominated the morning session! Yes, you heard it right. Picking up 5 wickets and not giving away too much is a commendable effort. They came out with intent this morning and fired on all cylinders. Credit must go to Joe Root who was spot on with his bowling changes and kept on attacking the batsmen.
  • 114.6 Full ball outside off, driven wide of cover-point for a run. THAT SHALL BE LUNCH ON DAY 2! 326/8
  • 114.5 Appreciable movement again. On a length outside off, seaming in. Cummins does well to get his bat down in time and keeps it out.
  • 114.4 Full ball outside off, left alone.
  • 114.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 114.2 On a length, played with an angled bat to point.
  • 114.1 Back of a length outside off, played with soft hands to covers.
  • Josh Hazlewood walks out to the middle.
  • Bird looks dead to the naked eye but still he opts for the review against an LBW decision.
  • 113.6 OUT! Plumb! Broad is breathing fire, picks up his third wicket. Good length ball around off, angling in appreciably and stays a bit low. Bird is caught in the crease as he tries to keep it out but misses to get pinged on the pads. The Englishmen appeal in unison and up goes the umpire's finger. Bird has a chat with his partner and challenges the decision. There is no inside edge as shown by the Snicko. The Hawk Eye rolls in. The impact is umpire's call and it is going on to crash the stumps. 325/8
  • 113.5 Beaten for pace! Lovely bowling from Broad. Coming in substantially, Bird looks to block it but gets foxed.
  • 113.4 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 113.3 Beautifully bowled! On a length outside off, coming in initially with the angle and moving away after hitting the deck. Cummins feels for it and is beaten all ends up.
  • 113.2 Overpitched outside off, driven wide of cover for a brace.
  • 113.1 Back of a length outside off, left alone.
  • 112.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 322/7
  • 112.5 FOUR! Completely beats Bairstow for pace and an opportunity goes down! Full delivery outside off, a lot of nibble in the air. Bird goes for a drive with minimal foot movement and gets a thick outside edge. Jonny dives to his right but the ball goes past him in a flash and also beats Cook at first slip. A boundary results.
  • 112.4 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 112.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • Jackson Bird comes out to bat.
  • 112.2 OUT! England are back in the contest exclaims an excited Bill Lawry on air! Chopped on. This is the third time this has happened this morning. 520th Test wicket for Jimmy. With that, he goes past the legendary Courtney Walsh and becomes the second leading wicket-taker in terms of a pace bowler. This is the beauty of bowling closer to the stumps, you are always in with a chance when the batsman makes a mistake. Shortish delivery around off, Paine stands tall and goes for a full-fledged pull but only manages to get an inside edge which goes onto crash into the stumps. He had mistimed a pull earlier as well and falls trying to attempt it once again. The pair of Anderson and Broad is bringing in the rewards for the Englishmen.
  • 112.1 On a length outside off, Paine lets it go.
  • 111.6 Tight stuff! Full and attacking the stumps, blocked back down the track by Cummins. 318/6
  • 111.5 Back of a length outside off, dabbed on the bounce towards gully.
  • 111.4 Lovely bowling! Broad arrows it in from around off, Cummins looks to defend but the ball straightens to beat him all ends up. Stuart his bowling much better today, hitting the right lengths.
  • 111.3 Pitches it up around off, almost a yorker, Pat lunges forward and digs it out towards cover.
  • 111.2 On a length and holding its line a touch, Cummins plays inside the line and gets beaten.
  • 111.1 Keeps it on a fuller length, probing line, Cummins makes a watchful leave.
  • 110.6 A mistimed shot! Short ball outside off, Paine goes for the pull but doesn't get it off the meat. The ball rolls towards mid-wicket. 318/6
  • 110.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 110.4 Shaping in appreciably from a good length, Paine covers the line to block it nicely.
  • 110.3 Back of a length outside off, played with an angled bat to point.
  • 110.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 110.1 FOUR! Well played! Loosener from Anderson. Short and it sits up nicely for Paine. He stands tall and pulls it with command through mid-wicket to find the fence.
  • Anderson is back on. Good move from Joe Root to bring his strike bowler on.
  • Pat Cummins strides out to bat.
  • 109.6 OUT! No inside edge, what a judicious use of the review from England! Broad is over the moon and so are his teammates. He steams in from over the wicket and bowls a length ball on middle and leg. Gets it to seam in after pitching. Marsh puts in a nice stride forward to counter it but misses the line of the ball to get pinged on the front pad. Broad roars in an appeal along with his teammates but umpire S Ravi remains unmoved. He is on the run and tells Joe Root to challenge the decision and the skipper accepts. Time for the replays. The Snicko doesn't spot any nick. Now, the Hawk Eye rolls in. The ball has pitched in line, impact is in line and it is hitting the stumps. 'OUT' flashes the giant screen and the English camp is elated! A good knock from Marsh comes to an end. Yesterday, Stuart had caught Shaun napping on the first ball of his innings. It was reviewed but the hitting was umpire's call. This time the on-field call had to be reversed. One of England's strike bowlers is in the zone. Another vital breakthrough for the visitors. Game on! 314/6
  • Broad's followthrough shows that he is extremely confident that he has trapped Marsh in front of the stumps. He eggs his skipper to take the review and he agrees. Is there an inside edge?
  • 109.5 On a length outside off, slanting away, played with an open bat face towards cover-point.
  • 109.4 A bit uppish but safe! Fullish delivery, Marsh clips it nicely and it falls well short of the fielder at mid on.
  • 109.3 Similar delivery, patted to mid on this time.
  • 109.2 Full delivery on leg stump, blocked towards mid-wicket.
  • 109.1 Length ball angling down leg, Marsh falls over a bit in a bid to flick it and wears it on his pads. Broad is excited for a while but realizes that it is going down leg.
  • Stuart Broad comes back for a bowl.
  • 108.6 Length ball outside off, Paine pushes at it but mistimes it to the cover region. Perhaps the first false shot from him. 314/5
  • 108.5 Fullish delivery, angling in, Paine is assured in his leave.
  • 108.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 108.3 FOUR! Shot of the day! Paine is flowing freely. Tossed up outside off, Paine drives it beautifully in the gap between mid off and extra cover to pick up another boundary. Textbook stuff from the wicket-keeper batsman.
  • 108.2 Fullish delivery, clipped to mid on for a run.
  • 108.1 Nicely done. Strides forward confidently to the tossed up ball and drives it wide of cover-point for a run.
  • Ian Chappell on air praises Tim Paine. It is not easy to adjust after losing a close member of the family. He lost his father-in-law on the Christmas Eve but still came back to play. He has come out with positive intent and is looking very confident. Sometimes tough times make you more determined to perform well.
  • 107.6 FOUR! Shot! Fullish ball on middle, Marsh clears his front leg and strokes it towards mid on. Timing is spot on and away she whistles to the fence. 308/5
  • 107.5 Slower in pace, kept out watchfully.
  • 107.4 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 107.3 Floated outside off, eased down the track.
  • 107.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 107.1 FOUR! Amazing shot! Flighted ball outside off, Paine reaches to the pitch of the ball and drives it elegantly through covers. The substitute, Crane at sweeper cover goes to his right, slides but fails to keep the ball in play.
  • 106.6 The intention was good but the execution was not. Goes for a slower yorker but ends up slipping it down the leg side. Marsh fails to pick it and is beaten on the flick. Good over from Curran. 299/5
  • 106.5 Walks a couple of steps down the track and eases it to mid off for a single.
  • 106.4 Slower ball which has been read well by Paine as he blocks it confidently.
  • Root has been proactive with his captaincy today. His bowling changes have brought productive results and his intensity has been also up. This is the way to lead by example.
  • 106.3 Back of a length outside off, left alone.
  • 106.2 Once again the two-paced nature of the track is evident! Shortish delivery outside off and room on offer, Paine goes for a cut but gets a bottom edge down on the track.
  • 106.1 Length delivery just outside off, Paine lets it go.
  • Tom Curran returns for a burst.
  • 105.6 Fullish on middle, defended solidly off the front foot. 298/5
  • 105.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 105.4 Uses his feet to this one and drives it hard to Ali who makes a good stop.
  • 105.3 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 105.2 Brilliant fielding! This is the kind of commitment you need from your players. Short and spinning away, Marsh nails the cut but the fielder at backward point dives to his left to save certain runs. Keeps it down to a single.
  • 105.1 Slower in pace, patted towards short cover.
  • 104.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 296/5
  • 104.5 FOUR! Poor fielding and the visitors pay the price for it. On a hot day with the temperatures soaring around 35 degrees, you need to support your bowlers. Overpitched around off, Paine leans into it and drives it towards wide mid off. The fielder moves to his left, puts in a lazy dive and makes a mess of it. Ends up conceding a boundary.
  • 104.4 Fullish delivery, Paine defends it with a straight bat.
  • 104.3 Fullish delivery on middle and leg, clipped nicely to fine leg for a run.
  • 104.2 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 104.1 FOUR! Brilliantly executed! Short of a length ball outside off, Marsh waits for it and steers it past the gully region to find the fence. Not an easy shot to play on a track which has become a bit two-paced.
  • 103.6 Floated outside off, Paine creams it to sweeper cover. Finds the gap and hares back for the second. 287/5
  • 103.5 Tossed up ball, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 103.4 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 103.3 9th Test fifty for Shaun Marsh! He is having a great Ashes, well played lad! Stays leg side of the ball and strokes it to covers for a swift single. Raises his bat towards the MCG crowd and sinks in all the applause. He needs to take more responsibility now after the fall of two quick wickets.
  • 103.2 Tossed up outside off, eased to covers off the front foot.
  • 103.1 Fuller in length, wristed towards wide mid on.
  • Time for Drinks. Good first hour for England. They have scalped two wickets, one being the big one of Steven Smith who was looking set. However, they will be aware of the fact that the Australian lower middle order has come to the rescue whenever the hosts have been in trouble. Shaun Marsh is out and is one short of a half century. Can he continue to bat on or will the visitors continue to chip away at the wickets?
  • 102.6 Stays back and pushes it past Woakes as the ball rolls towards mid on. 284/5
  • 102.5 Leans ahead and pushes it to mid off.
  • 102.4 Probing line from Woakes, in the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 102.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Michael Clarke on air has got something to say regarding the pitch. He says, usually the pitch here tends to become slower as the game progresses. So, the best time to bat here is when the ball is new and it's kicking off the surface. When the ball becomes softer, the batsmen find it difficult to middle it.
  • 102.2 Inside edge again! Fuller and around off, Paine looks to drive but the ball squirts off the inner half behind square on the leg side. Good running between the wickets allows them to come back for the second.
  • 102.1 Shortish and outside off, Paine makes an easy leave.
  • 101.6 FOUR! Good placement! Ali sees Marsh stepping out, so he shortens his length. What does Marsh do? He still walks out and with pure placement he guides it through point to end the over with a boundary. Moves to 49 with that. 282/5
  • 101.5 Drifting in from around off, Marsh steps out and pushes it towards cover.
  • 101.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 101.3 Marsh steps out of the crease but ends up yorking himself. Still manages to jam it out towards mid on.
  • 101.2 Slower through the air, SM leans forward and pushes it towards cover.
  • 101.1 Floats it up around middle and off, Marsh defends it off the front foot.
  • 100.6 Back of a length delivery outside off, Paine shoulders his arms to that one. Another successful over for England. 278/5
  • Tim Paine walks out to the middle next.
  • 100.5 OUT! Another one chops it back on! Is this the sign of the pitch being two-paced? Anyway, the bowling change has worked wonders for Root again. He removed Curran and brought Woakes and sees the back of the centurion from the last game. Superb from England! Chris Woakes from over the wicket, hurls it a bit wider outside off and this time the ball doesn't bounce as much as expected. Mitchell Marsh, just like his skipper, tries to go at it with hard hands. An inside edge has been induced as the ball bounces and then hits the top of off stump. Mitchell would be feeling unlucky here, as the ball could have bounced over the stumps but it hasn't. He has to walk back and Australia are in a bit of a tricky situation now.
  • 100.4 Slightly shorter again, Mitchell Marsh blocks it off the back foot.
  • 100.3 Good length delivery, wide outside off, left alone easily.
  • 100.2 Shortish and angling in, Marsh turns it behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 100.1 Begins his spell with a shortish delivery outside off, Marsh stands tall and dabs it with an angled bat towards the gully fielder.
  • Chris Woakes is brought into the attack for the first time today. Interesting, Curran is taken off. He got the prized wicket of Smith. Is it because he gave away 8 in his last over the reason behind this? Either way, here comes Chris. A wide slip and a gully in place...
  • 99.6 Goes back and clips it past the man at silly mid on. 277/4
  • 99.5 Sliding in from around off, blocked solidly off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 99.4 Short and around off, Marsh punches it towards backward point.
  • 99.3 Goes flatter now, Marsh hangs back in defense.
  • 99.2 Good shot from Mitchell! He has come out with good positive intent! Sees the flight, takes a stride ahead and drills it towards sweeper cover for a couple of runs.
  • 99.1 Tosses it up outside off, MM lunges forward and kills it down.
  • 98.6 Fuller and on off this time, defended off the full face of the bat. 275/4
  • 98.5 FOUR! Curran is not getting it right to the left-hander! Sprays it on the pads yet again, Shaun Marsh gets inside the line and clips it neatly down to fine leg to pick up a boundary.
  • 98.4 Another delivery on the pads, whipped down to long leg where Woakes does the mop up job. Two picked up again.
  • 98.3 Fuller on the stumps, defended off the front foot.
  • 98.2 Curran once again serves on the pads, luckily it's clipped straight towards mid-wicket.
  • 98.1 Fuller and on the pads, clipped towards backward square leg for a double.
  • 97.6 Drops it short on middle, defended off the back foot. 267/4
  • 97.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 97.4 Loopy delivery outside off, Mitchell Marsh leans forward and with an open face bat he drives it wide of the cover fielder to collect a couple.
  • 97.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 97.2 Quicker through the air and around off, defended again.
  • 97.1 Flatter and around off, defended off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Moeen Ali is brought into the attack now.
  • 96.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. Successful over for Curran! 265/4
  • 96.5 Punches it towards backward point where the fielder makes a good stop. A run taken.
  • 96.4 FOUR! What a shot! That's some way to show the opposition that you are in form! Short and outside off, Marsh packs a punch. Gets it squarer and the man at backward point had no chance to stop that one.
  • 96.3 Good length delivery, nipping back in a bit, defended by coming forward.
  • Mitchell Marsh is the next man in. He was absolutely on song in the last game. He's coming off a huge ton in Perth and it would be interesting to see how he goes.
  • 96.2 OUT! Drags it on! Tom Curran gets the big fish, folks! And his landing is fine this time. Maiden Test wicket for him and he is up and running! What a moment for him. England have got the breakthrough and the bowling change has done the trick. He bowls it short and a bit wide outside off, Smith tries to force it through the off side but the ball bounces a bit more which leads to an inside edge. It then goes on to disturb the stumps. Steven Smith is finally dismissed for the first time in the Boxing Day Test since 2015, that's quite a remarkable feat. Now then, can England create further inroads?
  • 96.1 Starts off with a back of a length delivery on middle, Marsh turns it towards Moeen Ali at mid-wicket and scampers through for a quick single. A handshake from the two batsmen as it brings up the 100-run stand between the two.
  • First change of the day then. Debutant Tom Curran is brought into the attack.
  • 95.6 Angles it in on a good length, Smith defends it down gently. 259/3
  • 95.5 Very full on off, Smith takes a stride forward and blocks it out.
  • 95.4 Shortish in length and outside off, pushed off the back foot towards backward point.
  • 95.3 Fuller in the channel outside off, left alone easily.
  • 95.2 This is unnecessary from Broad, really. He bowls a fuller ball on middle and off, Marsh bunts it back towards him. He crouches low in his followthrough and reverse flicks it at the striker's end. The ball deflects off the stumps and goes towards the right of the keeper. Smith is aware and he steals a brisk single. Bairstow had a shy at the bowler's end but he missed the target.
  • 95.1 Fuller on the stumps, worked towards mid-wicket.
  • 94.6 Fuller in the zone outside off, driven sweetly again but finds the man at cover. 258/3
  • 94.5 FOUR! Superb batting! Second boundary of the over! He goes past 500 runs in the Ashes this year. Anderson drops it short on middle, not much venom behind it. Smith pulls it neatly and the man at long leg could do nothing about it. Steven is on the move.
  • 94.4 Fuller on off, blocked solidly.
  • 94.3 FOUR! There he goes! Delightful from Smith! Anderson bowls it around off, Smith takes it from there as he gets across a touch and then his wrists do the rest. Beats the dive of the fielder at square leg and picks up his first boundary of the day.
  • 94.2 Off the inner half! Fuller in length, right up there and Smith is into the drive. He looks to go with the shot but gets a thick inside edge towards mid on. The Aussie skipper is clearly annoyed with himself. He wanted to win the battle here.
  • 94.1 Good length ball outside off, holding its line, Smith is happy to make a leave.
  • A silly mid off for Smith and a catching cover as well. Expect Anderson to pitch it right up there.
  • 93.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 250/3
  • 93.5 Shorter in length and outside off, Marsh dabs it towards backward point.
  • Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith are happy to play the dot balls. They are in no hurry to score this morning. Doing a sensible job of seeing off the new ball, getting the hang of the pace on the pitch...
  • 93.4 Angling away from the southpaw, Marsh pats it with soft hands towards cover. Looks to cross but Smith isn't too keen on it.
  • 93.3 Good length on middle and off, defended towards cover off the back foot.
  • 93.2 Good timing! Slightly fuller and angling away outside off, Marsh leans ahead and sweetly times it through cover. Was in the air for a while but in the gap as well. Two taken and it's 250 up for Australia.
  • 93.1 Broad goes over the wicket to Marsh now! He hurls it on a length around middle and off, defended from within the crease towards mid on.
  • 92.6 Giving nothing away! Bowling according to the field given. Fuller ball on off, Smith leans forward to push it straight to mid off. 248/3
  • 92.5 Marginally short, in the channel on off, punched towards mid off.
  • 92.4 Back to fuller length, pushed off the middle of the bat towards the off side.
  • 92.3 Some good intensity there! Hits the deck hard, gets the extra bounce and Smith turns his head out of the way to leave it alone.
  • 92.2 Good line and length from Jimmy! Keeps it a touch fuller on off, Smith takes a stride forward and blocks it towards cover again.
  • 92.1 Anderson drops it on a back of a length outside off, Smith punches it off the back foot towards cover.
  • 91.6 Good length delivery on off, clipped towards mid-wicket for nothing. 248/3
  • 91.5 Bangs in a short one but it doesn't rise much, Steven Smith swivels and rolls his wrists to get it towards Moeen Ali at fine leg for a single. All along the ground.
  • 91.4 Short and angling down leg, Smith moves inside the line to let Bairstow do some work.
  • 91.3 Pitches it up on off, Smith presses ahead and drives it beautifully but finds Malan stationed at short cover.
  • 91.2 Good length delivery on off, Smith moves across and defends it down.
  • 91.1 Nice soft hands! Smith gets across to this back of a length delivery and tucks it through backward square leg to bag a couple.
  • 90.6 Back of a length delivery around middle and leg, tucked towards mid-wicket comfortably. A maiden to start with for Anderson. 245/3
  • 90.5 Keeps it on a fuller length on the stumps, Marsh looks to drive it away on the off side but the bat turns in his hands and as a result, he gets it off the inner half towards mid on.
  • 90.4 Slants it away on a fuller length, Shaun with a front foot push towards backward point.
  • 90.3 Fuller on the pads, worked towards mid-wicket by coming across.
  • 90.2 Shortish length delivery, angling away outside off, Marsh with an open face bat pushes it towards backward point.
  • 90.1 Good length delivery, on middle and off, Marsh presses forward and defends it towards cover.
  • James Anderson to have a go from the other end.
  • 89.6 Sprayed wider outside off, Steven Smith makes a watchful leave. 245/3
  • 89.5 Good line! A bit fuller and just outside off, Smith makes an easy leave.
  • 89.4 Good shot! See the confidence. Pitches it up on off, Smith leans forward and square drives it neatly but it goes straight towards backward point.
  • 89.3 A bit too straight from Stuart. Easily clipped through backward square leg for a single. First run of the day.
  • 89.2 A huge shout for an LBW! Maybe, a bit too high. Broad angles it in from around off, it zips a bit as Marsh misses his attempted flick shot. The ball hits his pads and goes towards the off side. Broad appeals for an LBW but nothing from the umpire.
  • 89.1 Right on the money is Broad! Starts from round the wicket and angles it pretty full on middle. Shaun Marsh is quick to get his bat down and keep it out back towards the left of the bowler.
  • It's time to get rolling. The players and umpires have made their way out to the middle. The crowd is brimming in anticipation as the two overnight batsmen, Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh walk out. Bill Lawry in the commentary box, what better than hearing him out. Stuart Broad will be the one to steam in first up. Two slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • England need to take wickets and that too quickly this morning to get back into the game. Not that they are out of it, but if they don't come up with plans, they might very well be. Their spearheads, Anderson and Broad will be looking to make the most of the new cherry. If they manage to remove the Aussie skipper early, things could turn in their favour. Stay with us to see how the day pans out...
  • Hello and a warm welcome for the second day of the MCG Test. Australia are in a fairly good position after Steven Smith opted to bat. Warner got them off to a flier and then with a bit of trouble in the middle, their skipper steadied the ship, just what he is good at. Shaun Marsh has given him good company until now and the duo's unbeaten stand is worth 84. Should they continue to dig in there, it wouldn't be wrong to predict, they will be well on course to post a big first innings total.
  • ... Day 2, Session 1 ...
  • Just before the close of play, Root opted to take the second new ball and Anderson and Broad bowled exceedingly well sans any success. We saw that once the ball became softer, run-scoring became difficult but when it was hard and new, it was coming on the bat nicely. So, the new cherry is just 20 balls old and it would be interesting to see if England can come out tomorrow morning and make it count, should they fail, the hosts will just run away with the game. They would be looking to bat once and bat big and with their skipper once again at it, the signs are ominous for England. On that note, we take your leave but do join us tomorrow at 1030 Local (2330 GMT, previous day) to catch all the action from day 2 of the MCG Test. Until then, it's goodbye from us. Cheers!
  • It was Woakes who provided his side the first breakthrough. The visitors were right on the money in the middle session as they scalped two wickets and dried up the runs completely, giving away just 43 in that period. Come the final session, all eyes were on the English bowlers who had their tails up but, as has been the case in the series, Steven Smith arrived to the occasion to bail his side out of the stutter, scoring a fluent half century. Shaun Marsh, who could have gotten out on his very first ball, played a perfect foil to his skipper to keep the scoreboard moving. The duo stitched an unbeaten 84-run stand and made sure that there was no more hiccup.
  • Excellent session for Australia and they end the day on a high. Having won the toss and opting to bat on a flat deck, David Warner was up and running from the word go. He along with Cameron Bancroft scored 102 runs in the first session to make the most of the conditions on offer. The southpaw scored a breezy century, although he got a life when he was on 99. However, both of them departed in quick succession and it seemed like England have got the opening they needed.
  • 88.6 Fuller in length and angling in from around off, Steven Smith gets behind the line and offers a straight bat to see off the day. STUMPS ON DAY 1! 244/3
  • 88.5 Ahead of a length and served outside off, nicely defended off the back foot.
  • 88.4 Fuller and attacking the stumps, Smith gets across and drives it straight to mid on.
  • 88.3 Anderson bowls it a tad short outside off, Smith with a bit of shuffle, defends it down on the track.
  • 88.2 Hurls it in the corridor of uncertainty, Steven makes a watchful leave.
  • 88.1 Drops it on a length and this one bounces a bit more as Smith defends it towards cover off the back foot.
  • Jimmy Anderson to bowl the final over of the day! Can he pick up a wicket?
  • 87.6 Fuller outside off, Shaun Marsh is solid in his front foot defense. 244/3
  • 87.5 Broad angles it in from outside off, it's on a back of a length. Marsh defends it back down the track.
  • 87.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 87.3 Angles it on a fuller length on the pads, Marsh flicks it neatly but finds mid-wicket.
  • 87.2 Good shape on this one but it's too wide outside off to make the batsman play at it.
  • 87.1 Fuller and angling in on middle and leg, Smith shuffles a bit and pushes it wide of mid on for a quick single.
  • 86.6 Beautiful bowling from Anderson! This one shapes away a touch, but the line is around off which forces Shaun to play at it. Just about whizzes past the outside edge. Excellent from Jimmy. 243/3
  • 86.5 Pitches it up on middle and leg, clipped straight to mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 86.4 A bit short and around off, Marsh stands tall and defends it down.
  • 86.3 Fuller and angling in on the pads, too easy for Smith as he flicks it behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 86.2 Good length around off, Smith comes forward and blocks it out towards cover.
  • 86.1 A peach to begin with! When the ball is doing something, Jimmy Anderson is the best option to go to. He steams in from over the wicket and angles it in from around off. Smith comes forward to play inside the line but this one shapes away a bit and nearly kisses the outside edge of his bat. Hands on head for Anderson.
  • James Anderson to share the new ball with Broad.
  • 85.6 Almost! Short and outside off, Marsh sans any feet movement tries to go after it and gets beaten all ends up. 242/3
  • 85.5 On a length and just around off, Marsh gets squared up a touch as he pushes it towards cover.
  • A delay here as England have decided to take the second new ball. Will the new cherry help them take a wicket?
  • 85.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 85.3 Good length on the fifth stump line, Marsh blocks it towards cover.
  • 85.2 Fuller and veering on the pads, Marsh moves inside the line to help it on its way but misses. Bairstow does well to dive to his right to collect it.
  • 85.1 Broad from around the wicket, drops it short on off. Marsh looks to cut it but it's too close to do so. Chops it on the bounce towards gully.
  • With 16 minutes to go and 5 overs remaining in the day, when will England take the second new ball? Anyway, it is Stuart Broad who is brought into the attack.
  • 84.6 Fuller on off, a nice front foot defense on offer from SS. 242/3
  • 84.5 Fuller on the stumps, it's the slower one. Marsh looks to drive but squirts it off the inner half through backward square leg for a single.
  • 84.4 Back of a length outside off, patted towards point for one.
  • 84.3 FOUR! Not intentional but gets the desired result! Curran bowls it full and wide outside off, too much of width and Steven Smith decides to go after it. He looks to guide it down but gets it off the outer half wide of the gully fielder for a boundary towards third man. No one in the deep, so it's easy pickings for him.
  • 84.2 Good length delivery, angling in on middle, a bit of shuffle from Smith as he defends it towards mid on.
  • 84.1 Another off pace delivery from Curran around off. Smith reads it well and dead-bats it.
  • 83.6 Aggression from Woakes! Bowls an overpitched delivery and Marsh drives it hard back to him. He collects it and mimes a throw to the keeper's end. 236/3
  • 83.5 Almost a replica of the previous delivery as Marsh lunges ahead in defense.
  • 83.4 Attacks the stumps with a full length ball, Marsh comes forward and defends it with his bat close to the pad.
  • 83.3 Shortish delivery, Smith helps it around the corner for a run.
  • 83.2 Back of a length ball, shaping in. Smith walks across his sticks and nudges it towards mid-wicket.
  • 83.1 In the corridor outside off, Smith covers his stumps to allow it through.
  • 82.6 Serves it on a length, the fifth stump line, easy leave for SM. 235/3
  • 82.5 Another slower delivery, it's a bit too wayward from Curran. Down the leg side as Smith waits for the ball to come and then tickles it towards fine leg for a single.
  • 82.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 82.3 Once again the slower one from Curran! Almost in every over he seems to be bowling one. The back of the hand delivery, again the length is short which gives Smith all the time in the world to go back and defend it down.
  • 82.2 Shortish and outside off, tapped towards the left of the point fielder for a brisk single.
  • 82.1 On a length and angling in on middle and leg, glanced down towards backward square leg for a single.
  • 81.6 Another boundary ball and Marsh misses out. He knows he has missed out on that one! Woakes serves it short and wide outside off, Marsh cuts it nicely off the back foot but finds Ali at backward point. 232/3
  • 81.5 FOUR! Delightful from Marshy! A bit too full outside off, right in the slot for the southpaw. Shaun leans into it and caresses it through cover. Into the gap and away she whistles to the ropes.
  • 81.4 Fuller on middle, wirsted towards mid on.
  • 81.3 Back of a length, angling in from outside off. Shaun Marsh stays put as he tries to cut but it's too close to get going. Ends up chopping it towards gully.
  • 81.2 Back of a length outside off, punched towards short cover off the back foot.
  • 81.1 Full and attacking the stumps. Woakes angles it in but Marsh is quick to get across and work it with soft hands towards mid-wicket.
  • 80.6 Hurls it wider outside off, the Aussie skipper has got nothing to do with that one. 228/3
  • 80.5 Stays perfectly behind the line to stab it out.
  • 80.4 Comes over the wicket for Smith and bowls the leg cutter. Gets it to bounce a bit more but it's on the shorter length which gives the Aussie skipper enough time to rock back and keep it out.
  • 80.3 Shortish again and served outside off, Shaun opens the face of the bat and times it towards backward point where Woakes dives to makes a half stop. The batsmen take a single.
  • 80.2 Short of a length delivery outside off, Shaun Marsh taps it towards the cover-point fielder.
  • 80.1 Too straight from Curran to start the spell! Smith walks across and clips it down to fine leg for a single.
  • The second new ball is available but it has not been taken. There is a change in bowling. Curran comes back for a bowl.
  • 79.6 Comes from around the wicket, keeps it full on off, Marsh prods forward in defense. 226/3
  • 79.5 Drifts on the pads, Smith tucks it down to fine leg for a single.
  • 79.4 Fuller again on the stumps, Smith walks across to play the on drive but gets it off the toe end towards mid on.
  • 79.3 Fuller and angling in on middle, Smith gets across to bunt it towards mid on.
  • 79.2 This one stays low! It's on a length around middle and off, Steven crouches low and somehow manages to keep it out.
  • 79.1 Good length delivery, angling in, Smith gets across and defends it down watchfully.
  • 78.6 Smith drives it wide of the man at mid on to keep strike. 225/3
  • 78.5 Skips down the track and whips it towards mid on. The man there fumbles which allows them to take the single.
  • 78.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 78.3 FOUR! That's a rare mistake from Malan! He drops it short on middle, Marsh has ample time to rock back and pull it. He does so in front of square on the leg side. There were two men in the deep but he bisected them to perfection.
  • 78.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 78.1 Flatter one around leg, Smith flicks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 77.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 218/3
  • 77.5 Fuller outside off, driven towards the cover-point fielder.
  • 77.4 Short and angling in on middle, Shaun Marsh once again goes for the pull but this one doesn't rise much and as a result he gets hit on the box. An appeal has been made which is turned down immediately by the umpire.
  • 77.3 Stands back and punches it towards cover.
  • 77.2 Just short of the man at mid-wicket! A bit short around middle and off, Marsh swivels to pull but doesn't bother to keep it down. Almost spoons a catch to the man at short mid-wicket.
  • 77.1 Back of a length delivery, angling in, defended towards the point fielder.
  • Chris Woakes is brought back into the attack.
  • 76.6 There it is! Steven Smith and his good run of form continues. Leans forward to this flighted delivery and drives it through extra cover to come back for the second. 22nd Test fifty for the Aussie skipper! There is no stopping him. Remember, he has a sore bottom hand but still he has delivered for his side. Another big one on the cards? Well, looks like. 218/3
  • 76.5 Flatter around middle and leg, clipped off the back foot towards square leg.
  • 76.4 The batsman charges down the wicket. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 76.3 Leans across and with the turn, whips it towards mid-wicket.
  • 76.2 Off the splice! Bowls the googly, it bounces a touch more as Marsh looks to defend it off the front foot. Is undone by it as the ball hits the splice of the bat and dies down in the vacant short leg region.
  • 76.1 Drifting in from around middle and leg, a bit short which allows Marsh to flick it away towards deep mid-wicket. There is a bit of hesitation between the two but they complete the second run easily in the end.
  • 75.6 This one curls back in from a good length, Smith shuffles across the sticks and defends it off the inner half towards mid on. Just 17 runs coming in the last 10 overs for Australia. Good thing from England is that, they haven't allowed the hosts to score freely. 213/3
  • 75.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 75.4 Shortish and outside off, Steven goes back and defends it towards the point fielder.
  • 75.3 Fuller and outside off, driven through cover-point for a single.
  • 75.2 Beaten! This is superb from Jimmy Anderson! First he angles it in from around off, makes the batsman draw forward and then gets it to straighten away to leave him stranded. Just whizzes past the outside edge!
  • 75.1 Fuller ball on off, Shaun Marsh leans forward only to find Root at short cover.
  • 74.6 Flatter one around middle and leg, Smith goes back and clips it but is unable to beat the man at square leg. A maiden from Malan, tidy stuff from the leggie. He hasn't allowed the pair to score freely, something that Ali was lacking considerably. 212/3
  • 74.5 A low full toss around middle, Smith whips this one but Curran at square leg makes a diving stop.
  • 74.4 Slower one, but it's too full on the stumps. SS jams it out towards mid on.
  • 74.3 Flatter delivery on middle, clipped towards backward square leg. Wants the single but won't get it. Stays on 49!
  • 74.2 Flighted delivery around middle and off, the Aussie skipper, with a stride forward defends it back to Malan.
  • 74.1 Loopy ball around middle and leg, flicked towards mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 73.6 Goes wide of the crease and angles it away a touch, SM defends it safely towards point. 212/3
  • 73.5 Now brings one back into the southpaw, Marsh waits for it before bunting it to mid on.
  • 73.4 Nice inswingers and outswingers from Anderson at the moment. This time he gets it to move away, Marsh leans across and drives it but finds the man at short cover.
  • 73.3 Fuller in length and curling back in a touch, defended off the front foot with a solid straight bat.
  • 73.2 Good length delivery on the stumps, Shaun prods ahead and with his bat close to the pad, he works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 73.1 Back of a length delivery, angling away, Marsh punches it off the back foot towards cover.
  • 72.6 Slows it through the air, but it's on the shorter side, Steven clips it towards backward square leg. 212/3
  • 72.5 Quicker through the air on middle, Smith hangs back to punch it towards mid-wicket.
  • 72.4 Gets down the track and whips it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 72.3 Floated delivery on off, Smith takes a stride forward and eases it through extra cover to collect a couple. Moves to 49 with that!
  • 72.2 Tossed up outside off, pushed off the front foot towards point.
  • 72.1 Flattish around leg, Smith goes back to clip it away but gets hit on the pads.
  • 71.6 Pitches it up outside off, Smith leans into it and drives it towards extra cover for a single. This also brings up the 50-run stand. Once again when England were threatening to chip away at the wickets, a good partnership from the hosts have denied them. 210/3
  • 71.5 Walks across even before the bowler comes and then drives it towards mid on.
  • 71.4 Hurls in a length ball and this one nips back in a touch, Steven Smith walks across the stumps and makes another assured leave.
  • 71.3 On a length and outside off, Smith makes an easy leave. This one stayed a touch low as well.
  • 71.2 Fuller in length and outside off, Steven leans forward and just checks his drive as the ball rolls towards point.
  • 71.1 Starts off with a length delivery, a bit wide outside off from over the wicket, Smith stabs it towards cover.
  • Time for Drinks. England kicked off the final session nicely as Broad got the ball to reverse. He caught Khawaja napping and almost dismissed Marsh in his first delivery. However, Steven Smith played freely from the word go and pulled back the initiative. He hasn't been dismissed at the MCG yet and has an average well over 100. Ominous signs for the visitors. Marsh has also grown in confidence and is playing sensibly. The Englishmen need a breakthrough, especially of the Australian skipper.
  • 70.6 Quicker one this time, skidding through. Marsh makes good use of the depth of the crease to stonewall it. 209/3
  • 70.5 Floated outside off, Shaun chips down the track and strokes it to mid off.
  • 70.4 On a flatter trajectory around off, dealt with nicely off the back foot.
  • 70.3 A fraction short this time, tucked through square leg for a run.
  • 70.2 Fullish delivery, played with soft hands to mid off.
  • 70.1 Tossed up delivery, Smith lunges forward in defense.
  • 69.6 An off pace yorker on middle, Marsh is equal to the task as he jams it out. Another good over from Curran. 208/3
  • 69.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 69.4 Curran goes for a slower ball again but sprays it down the leg side. Marsh misses his glance.
  • 69.3 In the corridor outside off, left alone.
  • 69.2 Short delivery on middle and leg, Smith helps his pull down to fine leg for a single. On a couple of occasions in Perth, Smith got hit on the back of the hand while attempting a pull shot. This time he had it covered.
  • 69.1 FOUR! Great stroke! Shortish delivery outside off and a bit of room on offer. Smith rises with the bounce and steers it through the point region to pick up another boundary.
  • 68.6 Floated outside off, defended solidly off the front foot. 203/3
  • 68.5 A bit short on middle, blocked off the back foot.
  • 68.4 Drifting in on middle, tucked around the corner for a single.
  • 68.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 68.2 Wider outside off, pushed off the front foot to covers.
  • 68.1 Full on middle, played off the inner half of the bat to mid on.
  • 67.6 Full ball outside off, jammed out to covers. 202/3
  • Shane Warne on air gives us a good insight about Tom Curran. He explains that he bowls his cutters with no change in his action. That is why those change of paces are so effective. It has got him wickets in the shorter formats of the game, will be interesting to see if it works here...
  • 67.5 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • 67.4 This fullish ball is clipped to the leg side for a single.
  • 67.3 Back of the hand delivery, almost deceiving Smith. The batsman shapes for a drive but adjusts well to keep it out.
  • 67.2 A chirpy appeal for an LBW is turned down. Full length ball, angling down leg. Marsh tries to clip it away but gets hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards square leg as the umpire turns the appeal down. A leg bye taken.
  • 67.1 Good length ball, shaping in from outside off. Marsh shuffles a touch and defends it solidly.
  • 66.6 Full again, whipped to the man at short mid-wicket. 200/3
  • 66.5 Wrong one from Malan. It is full on middle, Marsh reads it well and clips it towards wide mid on for a single. 200 up for Australia. The MCG crowd appreciates that.
  • 66.4 Shoddy stuff from James Vince! Tossed up around off, Marsh drives it towards deepish mid off and takes on Vince. The fielder is lazy to get across to his left and makes a mess of it. Concedes a couple.
  • 66.3 Marsh drives the fullish delivery nicely but fails to pierce the gap as the man at extra cover stops it.
  • 66.2 Hangs back to the flatter delivery and dead-bats it.
  • 66.1 Short on middle and leg, clipped through square leg for a single.
  • Dawid Malan to roll his arm over now. He bowled better than Moeen Ali in Perth. Not sure this is the correct decision though. These two are good players of spin and this might allow them to run away with the show.
  • 65.6 He hasn't been able to execute his drives properly today. Fullish ball outside off, Marsh goes at it with hard hands but gets an inside edge to mid on. 196/3
  • 65.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 65.4 On a length around off, angling in. Marsh has it covered as he keeps it out with a straight bat.
  • 65.3 Shuffles across to the full length ball on middle and leg and works it through square leg for a run.
  • 65.2 Fuller in length, blocked nicely.
  • 65.1 Good fielding! Fractionally overpitched outside off, Smith strokes it nicely but Malan dives to his right to make a nice stop.
  • Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh are showing urgency in the middle. They are being helped by the fact that Joe Root is sticking with Moeen Ali. No real turn on offer and the duo is picking him off with ease. Will be a good ploy to bring pacers from both ends with the ball reversing.
  • 64.6 Leans ahead and defends this one with his bat close to the pad. 195/3
  • 64.5 Drifting in towards Smith who eases it to mid on to get off strike.
  • 64.4 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 64.3 FOUR! Marsh is growing in confidence. Gets a full ball on middle and clips it beautifully through mid on for a boundary.
  • 64.2 Leans forward and strokes it through covers for a single.
  • 64.1 Fullish on middle and leg, turned around the corner for a single.
  • 63.6 Ooh.. substantial movement again! Curves back in sharply from a length outside off, Smith covers the line, tries to keep it out but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 187/3
  • 63.5 Where did that come from? Curran opts for a leg-cutter and bowls it on a length in the corridor outside off. Smith gets foxed but does well in the end to drops his wrists and play it along the ground towards the slip region.
  • 63.4 Plays this fullish ball to covers and tells his partner to wait on.
  • 63.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Michael Clarke on air praises Steven Smith. He explains that no team hasn't been able to found out a certain plan against him. He is good with his drives. Whenever the bowler feels that he has a chance by curving the ball in on the stumps, he is ready to pounce on them. Though he moves around a lot in his crease, his head position is always balanced and his good hand-eye co-ordination works in his favour. An absolute treat to watch!
  • 63.2 Back of a length outside off, Steven pats it to the off side.
  • 63.1 Full length delivery, Smith shuffles and jams it to extra cover.
  • 62.6 Tossed up delivery, defended solidly off the front foot. 187/3
  • 62.5 FOUR! Nicely done! A fraction short this time, spinning away. Marsh rocks back and cuts it past the point fielder for a boundary. He found the gap to perfection. This stroke will calm his nerves.
  • 62.4 Marsh also uses his feet and drives it to mid on but no single on offer this time.
  • 62.3 Smith is nimble on his feet as he clips it to mid on and calls his partner through for a swift single.
  • 62.2 Short and room on offer, flayed away through point for a brace.
  • 62.1 Spinning in slowly from outside off, blocked nicely off the back foot.
  • 61.6 Slower delivery from Curran. Smith reads it well and tucks it around the corner for a run. 180/3
  • 61.5 On a length, extra bounce on offer. Marsh rises up and plays it to gully for a single.
  • 61.4 Curran is bending his back. Steams in and angles in a good length ball. Marsh is late to bring his bat down and gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 61.3 Overpitched outside off, driven crisply but straight to extra cover.
  • 61.2 Curran goes wide of the crease and brings it in, Marsh taps it with an open bat face to point.
  • 61.1 Back of a length delivery, swinging in. Smith hangs back and taps it to mid on for a run. There is movement in the air for Curran as well.
  • Tom Curran is back for a burst. He has been good so far. Not sure this is the right decision though. Stuart Broad was getting good reverse swing and Joe Root should have stuck with him for a while.
  • 60.6 A bit flatter outside off, defended from within the crease. 177/3
  • 60.5 Fullish around off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • Man at deep cover coming up. A slip and a short leg also in place for Marsh. The umpire is having a chat with Moeen Ali. He conveys to him that the ball tracking is not working at the moment.
  • 60.4 Shortish ball, pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 60.3 Outside off, Smith shuffles a long way across and dead-bats it.
  • 60.2 Length delivery outside off, kept out nicely.
  • 60.1 FOUR! Sublime! Tossed up outside off, Smith strides forward confidently and strokes it through extra cover. The fielder in the deep covers a lot of ground to his right, slides but fails to keep the ball in play. The skipper is going from strength-to-strength.
  • Moeen Ali returns for a bowl.
  • 59.6 Another false shot. Full ball outside off, swinging in. Marsh goes for a drive without any foot movement and gets an inside edge onto his pads. 172/3
  • 59.5 Eases the full ball through covers for a single.
  • 59.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 59.3 Poor stuff from Marsh! He is looking fidgety. On a drivable length outside off, Shaun goes for an expansive drive with no feet movement and gets an inside edge past the leg stump. A run taken.
  • 59.2 He is so easy on the eye with his drives. Gets a pitched up delivery in his arc and creams it through covers. Another three taken.
  • 59.1 Full length ball outside off, left alone.
  • 58.6 Woakes goes around the wicket to Marsh and angles it in. Marsh covers the line to keep it out. 167/3
  • 58.5 On a drivable length outside off, Smith leans into it and drives it nicely through covers. Three runs taken.
  • 58.4 Back of a length this time, blocked nicely.
  • 58.3 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 58.2 FOUR! Brilliantly played! Fullish delivery, Smith shuffles a touch and clips it in the gap between the two short mid-wicket fielders and picks up another boundary. Smith becomes the leading run-scorer in Tests in 2017. The best Test batsman in the world keeps on getting better and better.
  • 58.1 Full delivery, swerving in, blocked solidly.
  • 57.6 Full length ball, tailing in substantially. Marsh does well to jam it to mid-wicket. What an over from Broad, a wicket-maiden. 160/3
  • 57.5 Short of a length outside off, left alone.
  • 57.4 Fuller in length, kept out watchfully.
  • 57.3 Another huge appeal! It is all happening at the MCG. The ball is reversing for Broad and Marsh doesn't have any clue about it. Broad bowls a full delivery on middle and leg, Marsh loses his balance as he tries to flick it away and gets hit on the pads. England go up in unison but umpire S Ravi once again stays unmoved. The on-air commentators reckon that it is going down the leg side. Broad looks at his skipper but this time he doesn't go for the review. Sensible call as Hawk Eye shows that the ball was missing the leg stump.
  • 57.2 Not Out! Shaun Marsh survives a tough call but England do not lose a review. Length delivery around off, jagging back appreciably. Marsh is caught in the crease as he attempts to clip it away but misses to get pinged on the pads. England roar in appeal but umpire S Ravi stays unmoved. Broad walks to his skipper and convinces him to go for the review. The body language from the visitors is really confident. Time for the replays. The impact is in line but it is just clipping the top of the stumps. Hence, the umpire's call stays.
  • England on the charge. They reckon that they have trapped Shaun Marsh in front of the stumps and go for the review. Big moment in the game. Height might be a factor.
  • Shaun Marsh strides out to bat.
  • 57.1 OUT! Soft dismissal! Khawaja never looked at ease throughout his knock and has finally perished. Broad steams in from around the wicket and bowls it on a good length in the zone of apprehension. The ball is holding its line as Khawaja pokes at it tamely. Ends up getting a feather and Bairstow accepts it gleefully. Bowling in the corridor has worked wonders for the visitors. Is this the opening England needed?
  • 56.6 FOUR! Timing and placement, brilliantly played! Short of a length outside off, Smith waits for it and places it deftly past point for a boundary. 160/2
  • 56.5 In the air... but safe! In the channel around off, straightens after pitching. Smith gets squared up and gets an outside edge but the ball falls well short of the gully fielder. Playing that with soft hands saved him.
  • 56.4 Back of a length ball on off, Steven hangs back and offers a straight bat in defense.
  • 56.3 Continues to probe in that off stump channel. Smith is equal to the task as he shuffles across and blocks it with a straight bat.
  • 56.2 Similar length ball around off, Smith shuffles across in his customary manner and defends it solidly.
  • 56.1 A good shot for no runs! Shortish delivery and room on offer, Smith punches it beautifully but finds the man at point.
  • 55.6 On a drivable length outside off, Khawaja doesn't fall for the bait and defends it off the front foot. 156/2
  • 55.5 Shortens his length, Usman hangs back and tucks it to mid-wicket.
  • 55.4 Once again nails the drive to the cover region but picks up the man this time.
  • 55.3 FOUR! Elegant! This will give Khawaja confidence. Half volley outside off, the batsman leans ahead and creams it through extra cover for a glorious boundary.
  • 55.2 Back of a length around off, Khawaja hops back and blocks it stoutly.
  • 55.1 Straying on the pads, clipped in front of square leg for a brace. He needs to keep on rotating strike.
  • Stuart Broad to bowl from the other end.
  • 54.6 Shuffles across to the good length delivery and pushes it to mid on. 150/2
  • 54.5 That was tentative! On a length outside off, straightens after hitting the deck. Smith goes at it half-heartedly and gets beaten all ends up.
  • Mitchell Starc on-air reckons that the pitch slowed in the second session as opposed to the morning session when the ball was coming on to the bat. Feels that is why the batsmen slowed down.
  • 54.4 Shorter in length around off, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 54.3 Fuller in length, Smith covers the line to block it.
  • Another brilliant observation. This time from Ian Healy. He notices that Khawaja played a full-blooded pull shot somewhere in the second session which went only for a single. Similar ball, similar length. What does Smith get? A boundary. No change in field from that ball to this. So how does Smith get a boundary? Because he knows where the fielders are placed. So the key to playing your pull shots is - not every time power is needed. Khawaja instantaneously goes for power on the pull, but does not focus much on placement. Smith well, mixes the two really well.
  • 54.2 FOUR! Shot! Shortish delivery on middle and leg, Smith gets on top of the bounce and pulls it with aplomb through backward square leg to find the fence.
  • 54.1 Starts off with a good length ball on middle and leg, Khawaja tucks it to fine leg to rotate strike.
  • We are back for the final session. Steven Smith and Usman Khawaja will continue their innings. Chris Woakes will continue his spell.
  • ... Day 1, Session 3 ...
  • Drama happened when David Warner was on 99. The debutant, Tom Curran was the culprit as he overstepped and that meant that the opener who got caught at mid on lived on. He did score a ton and was applauded deservedly from the MCG crowd. However, he got dismissed soon after to some smart bowling from Anderson. England need to continue the good work while the hosts will be expecting their skipper, Steven Smith to rise to the occasion again. Join us for the final session in a while.
  • A great session for England as they have picked up two wickets and only conceded 43 runs. After struggling to bowl well in the first session, they have bounced back in style. They have bowled tight lines and lengths to stifle the hosts. It was Chris Woakes who broke the flourishing opening stand to send Bancroft back. Usman Khawaja came in but failed to rotate strike. He went in to his shell and as a result, Warner also got bogged down a bit.
  • 53.6 Wide outside off to end the over and session, Smith lets it through. TEA ON DAY 1! 145/2
  • 53.5 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 53.4 Landed pretty wide outside off, left alone.
  • 53.3 That is a jaffa. Broad is surprised too. Sums up his bowling in this match so far. He has just been bowling wide, trying to make the batsmen commit a mistake. But here, he makes Smith play at a good delivery and that ball just jags back in, whizzing past the outside edge. Broad gives a stare at Smith and awaits a reaction but Smith is just like a monk who only gives blessings with no trouble in the world. Only the smile was missing there.
  • 53.2 Landed outside off, Smith gets across and defends.
  • 53.1 Down the leg side, tucked behind square leg for a single. Reckon he won't come back on strike for the rest of this over...
  • 52.6 Shortish on middle, Smith gets across and defends it back down the track. 144/2
  • 52.5 Again it's on a fuller length outside off, Steven presses forward and drives it towards short cover.
  • 52.4 Fuller and around off, Steven Smith gets across and works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 52.3 Fuller and angling in on middle and leg, clipped towards square leg.
  • 52.2 Full and outside off, Smith leans forward and square drives it towards the point fielder.
  • 52.1 Fuller and angling in from around off, defends it towards the cover fielder.
  • Good observation from Ian Chappell on air, as always. Priceless commentary. He looks at the bottom hand grip of Khawaja and reckons it is a pretty strong hold. Normally, he says, when you observe strong bottom-handed players, they keep it very tight when playing square of the wicket but when it comes to playing a cover drive or down the ground, they loosen it a touch. But not Usman. He keeps that grip very tight almost throughout. Now look at the way Steven Smith bats. He too, bats with a very strong bottom-handed grip. But then he loosens it a touch if he is playing a shot down the ground. Adding further, Chappell says that most batsmen who play for New South Wales have a strong bottom-handed grip. Khawaja is from Queesland but then shifted to NSW.
  • 51.6 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery. 144/2
  • 51.5 Takes a stride forward and drives it towards cover.
  • 51.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 51.3 Good length ball on middle, Khawaja shows full face of the bat.
  • 51.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 51.1 Fuller in length and outside off, driven through covers for a single.
  • Stuart Broad is back on. Australia's run rate has come down considerably after the first session. Tells you that the Englishmen has comeback hard but Khawaja has also been in his shell which has made life difficult for the hosts.
  • 50.6 Fullish delivery, patted to mid on. 143/2
  • 50.5 Overpitched outside off, Khawaja drives it towards covers where the fielder dives to his right to make a good stop. No easy runs for the southpaw.
  • 50.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 50.3 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Short ball on middle and leg, you can't bowl there with no fine leg in place. Khawaja stands tall and pulls it through the same region to find the fence.
  • 50.2 Well played! Fractionally overpitched outside off, Smith leans into it and strokes it through covers. The fielder from the same region chases it and saves a run for his side.
  • 50.1 Fuller length ball outside off, Smith mistimes his drive to mid off.
  • Chris Woakes returns for a burst. He was poor to begin with but was good in his second spell. Can he continue the good work?
  • 49.6 Shorter in length, tucked around the corner for a single. 136/2
  • 49.5 Back of a length outside off, Smith dabs it to the point region.
  • 49.4 Back of a length on middle and leg, Smith hops and fends it off to square leg.
  • 49.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 49.2 Fuller in length, Smith shuffles across and clips it to mid-wicket.
  • 49.1 On a length and angling in, kept out nicely.
  • Leg slip in place now. Interesting tactic from the Englishmen.
  • 48.6 Pounds the deck hard around off, Khawaja hops and blocks it. He is getting bogged down, needs to find a way to rotate the strike. 135/2
  • 48.5 In the zone outside off, Usman offers a solid back foot defense.
  • 48.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 48.3 Back of a length around off, played off the back foot to the off side.
  • 48.2 Full length ball outside off, driven with hard hands to covers.
  • 48.1 Good length ball around off, defended off the back foot.
  • 47.6 Fuller in length, kept out watchfully. End of a productive over. 135/2
  • 47.5 Hangs back to the good length delivery and blocks it.
  • Steven Smith is the next batsman in.
  • 47.4 OUT! The best bowler in the English side strikes! This is what happens when you bowl closer to the stumps. Yes, England have dried down the runs by bowling wide lines but you cannot keep doing that for a lifetime. That is the difference between Broad and Anderson. The former was just testing the patience of the batsmen but Jimmy, boy, he played with their minds. Intelligent bowling from the experienced campaigner and he reaps the dividends. After bowling a couple of back of length deliveries, he goes back to a fullish ball. He hurls it in the channel outside off, angling in initially. But then the ball deviates away just a shade. Warner with minimal foot movement pokes at it and gets a faint nick. Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps takes a regulation catch and throws the ball up in the air. Anderson is confident as well and up goes the umpire's finger. Warner is not too sure and thinks about the review. He walks down the track and has a chat with Khawaja but that conversation takes ages. Eventually, he just about starts to make that signal for a 'T' but the umpire says - 'Sorry mate. You are timed out.' The umpires check for the front foot no ball and importantly for England, it is fine this time. The opener walks back to a warm reception from the crowd after playing a brilliant knock. Perhaps, Khawaja's inability to rotate the strike bogged Warner down. Consider this - In this partnership, David just managed 7 from 39 balls. Ouch. This is also Anderson's 100th Test wicket against Australia, a record to be proud of. Good passage of play for England. Now can they get another wicket before Tea?
  • 47.3 Back of a length around off, David covers the line and eases it to covers.
  • 47.2 Anderson drags his length back. Bowls a shortish delivery, Warner goes deep in the crease and defends it solidly.
  • 47.1 Fullish in length, angling in. Warner hangs back and makes an assured leave.
  • 46.6 Overpitched outside off, driven sweetly to mid off. 135/1
  • 46.5 In the corridor of uncertainty again, Khawaja lets it go. Intent has been missing from the No. 3. With Australia on the front foot, he needs to play positive cricket.
  • 46.4 Length delivery in the zone of apprehension, Khawaja comes forward confidently and blocks it.
  • 46.3 Shortish delivery around off, Usman hangs back and taps it to covers .
  • 46.2 Back of a length around off, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 46.1 That's a beautiful delivery! Fuller in length outside off, straightens after hitting the deck. Khawaja pokes at it but is beaten all ends up.
  • 45.6 This is wide outside off and Warner doesn't fiddle with it. 135/1
  • 45.5 Back of a length outside off, Warner hangs back and stonewalls it.
  • 45.4 Nicely bowled! Slower ball on a full length outside off, Warner shapes for a booming drive but only jams it out in the end towards covers.
  • 45.3 Overpitched outside off, driven sweetly to the cover region.
  • Good point mentioned by the on-air commentators. There is a sweeper cover in place for Warner and the bowlers are bowling according to the field. So, it becomes difficult for Warner to score boundaries. Khawaja hasn't rotated the strike much. He needs to take initiative and keep the scoreboard ticking.
  • 45.2 On a length on off, David remains in crease and plays it with soft hands towards mid on.
  • 45.1 Good length ball outside off, Warner hangs back and taps it with an open bat face to cover-point.
  • 44.6 Full length ball attacking the stumps, Khawaja puts his head down and defends it calmly. 135/1
  • 44.5 Short and width on offer, cut away through point for a run.
  • 44.4 Fuller in length on middle and leg, Khawaja looks to turn it to the leg side but gets a safe leading edge towards the non-striker.
  • 44.3 Fuller in length, driven off the front foot to mid on.
  • 44.2 It's been driven superbly through the covers. One run added to the total.
  • 44.1 Back of a length ball, punched off the back foot to extra cover.
  • 43.6 Shortish and served outside off, Khawaja doesn't bother going after it. Back-to-back maidens! 132/1
  • 43.5 Back of a length delivery on middle, tucked towards the fielder at mid-wicket.
  • 43.4 Length delivery, coming back in a shade, Khawaja drives it to the man at mid off.
  • 43.3 Just a lean forward and driven towards the short cover fielder.
  • 43.2 Pitches it in that zone outside off, Khawaja has got nothing to do with that one.
  • 43.1 Good length delivery, angling in from outside off, Usman Khawaja prods forward and defends it with his bat and pad close together.
  • 42.6 Fuller in the zone outside off, David Warner drives it towards the man at extra cover. A maiden from Tom Curran! 132/1
  • 42.5 Leans forward and eases the drive towards short cover.
  • 42.4 Shortish and outside off, Warner hops back to defend and in doing so, his bottom hand comes off as well.
  • 42.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 42.2 Ahead of a length and around off, defended towards the man at short cover.
  • 42.1 What a delivery! Absolute peach from Curran! He brings this one in from around off and then straightens a bit to nearly take the outside edge of Warner's bat.
  • 41.6 Shortish outside off, Usman once again offers no shot. 132/1
  • 41.5 Angles it in from around off, Khawaja knows where his off stump is and then makes a leave. Three leaves in a low.
  • 41.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 41.3 Outside off, UK makes an easy leave.
  • 41.2 Fuller outside off, Warner drives it uppishly through covers for a single.
  • 41.1 Gets forward and pushes it towards cover.
  • Drinks time.
  • 40.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 131/1
  • 40.5 David Warner gets to his ton! And the typical celebrations follow! He lets out a huge roar, leaps in the air and then punches his fist in joy. Phew! Would have departed on 99 on the previous ball but there is something called as lady luck and David Warner had her right behind him. The crowd is up on its feet and David Warner takes a moment to sink in all the applause. It took him around 40-odd minutes to get to the milestone after being in the 90s. Length delivery on middle and off, he tucks it through square leg and sprints to the other end in joy. Well played, Sir.
  • 40.5 CURRAN HAS OVERSTEPPED! All the celebrations have been cut short and the MCG crowd is loving it. How often do you get to see this? A batsman getting a reprieve just one short of a ton. Got to feel for the debutant here but he has only himself to blame. Tom Curran bowls it on a length around off, Warner looks to half-pull this one but the ball bounces a touch more which means a leading edge is induced. The ball lobs up towards Broad at mid on who takes the catch. But the umpire asks Warner to wait as he wants to check the front foot. Guess what? Tom Curran is well ahead of the popping line. Worked so hard for it, the ideal wicket to have, but it's all gone for a toss. Deary me... David Warner survives on 99. Can he make the Englishmen pay or will something more dramatic happen here now?
  • Goodness me! Warner has been caught on 99, would you believe? But the umpire has asked him to wait as he wants to check Curran's front foot. This seems to be a life for Warner...
  • 40.4 Back of a length around middle and off, Warner tucks it uppishly towards mid on. The crowd is right behind him.
  • 40.3 Bowls it slower this time, at 112.6 kph, Warner waits and just pushes it towards short cover.
  • 40.2 Shortish and angling in. Khawaja pulls it through backward square leg to bring Warner back on strike.
  • 40.1 In the channel outside off, UK leaves it alone.
  • Tom Curran is back on.
  • 39.6 Fuller on off, Warner drives it towards cover but couldn't get it past the man there. 128/1
  • 39.5 Too straight from Anderson, Khawaja turns it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 39.4 The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
  • 39.3 Fuller and angling in, Usman defends it down.
  • 39.2 On a length and around middle and off, Khawaja defends.
  • 39.1 Punches it through the cover, moves to 99! He achieves a milestone. 6000 Test runs for him! Amazing feat! Back of a length outside off, Warner punches by getting on top it through cover. Wants two but Moeen Ali in the deep is quick to the ball.
  • James Anderson who wasn't allowed to bowl is now given the permission.
  • 38.6 A bit shorter in length, in line of the stumps. Usman camps back and defends it stoutly. 126/1
  • 38.5 Good length ball around off, Usman covers the line and defends it stoutly.
  • 38.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 38.3 Good length ball in the zone of apprehension, Khawaja doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 38.2 Overpitched on middle and leg, nudged nicely through wide mid on for a couple.
  • 38.1 On a length around off, Khawaja stays back and defends it calmly.
  • 37.6 Overpitched outside off, Warner drives it nicely but finds the man at extra cover. 124/1
  • 37.5 Warner flays this one hard but finds the man at short cover-point.
  • 37.4 Uppish but safe! Warner must have had his heart in his mouth. Short and width on offer, Warner goes for a full-blooded cut and plays it uppishly towards backward point. The fielder dives full length to his right but the ball goes past him in a flash. Ali in the deep does the mopping up job to keep it down to a couple. Warner moves to 98, the crowd cheers for him loudly. He was stranded on 96 for 9 balls. He will be happy that he has moved on.
  • 37.3 Good effort from Broad, keeping Warner under pressure. Similar length ball, Warner drives it nicely towards Broad who gets low in his followthrough and gets a hand to it to parry it past the stumps at the other end.
  • 37.2 Fullish delivery, driven crisply to mid off.
  • 37.1 Looks for the slash to get to the three-figure mark but mistimes it completely. Back of a length outside off, a bit of room on offer. Warner looks to cut it but chops it besides the pitch on the off side. Nervy nineties tell you.
  • Anderson is having a chat with the umpire. S Ravi is gesturing to the veteran that he can't bowl right now as he was off the field since Lunch. The on-air commentators inform that he will be allowed to bowl only after another two minutes. So, Broad will continue his spell.
  • 36.6 Full delivery attacking the stumps, patted to mid on. 122/1
  • 36.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 36.4 Similar length ball, Usman drives it off the inner half of the bat to mid on.
  • 36.3 Fuller in length outside off, eased off the front foot to covers.
  • 36.2 This is poor from Khawaja. He needs to be patient. Shortish delivery outside off, Khawaja goes for a pull but gets beaten.
  • 36.1 A play and a miss! Good ball from Woakes. On a length outside off, angling in. Khawaja looks to keep it out but the ball goes past his inside edge and through to the keeper.
  • 35.6 Broad delivers it almost near the tramline, Warner watches it go through to the keeper. Broad smiles but the crowd Boos him! 122/1
  • 35.5 Pitches it right up there, Warner drives it nicely but finds the man at short cover.
  • 35.4 Too full and sprayed wide outside off, Warner lets it be.
  • 35.3 Keeps it fuller outside off, wanting Warner to go after it but the southpaw remains calm. Leaves it alone.
  • 35.2 Sprays it a bit wide outside off, David once again makes a leave.
  • 35.1 Bowls a tempter does Broad. It's full and outside off, Warner doesn't play at it.
  • 34.6 Fuller on off, driven straight to short cover. A successful over from Woakes! 122/1
  • 34.5 A wide yorker, Khawaja jams it out.
  • 34.4 From around the wicket comes Woakes and hurls it on a length on off, defended from within the crease.
  • Usman Khawaja strides out next to bat, replacing Bancroft.
  • 34.3 OUT! Trapped in front! Cameron Bancroft is walking off, he knows he is a goner! England rejoice! Brilliant delivery from Woakes. Deserved it thoroughly. He was bowling shorter lines to Bancroft and then smartly changes the length to taste success. He comes steaming in and drops it near the good length area. The ball deviates off the pitch, stays a touch low and pings Cameron on the front pad as he looks to defend. They all appeal in jubilation and umpire Dharmasena has no qualms in raising his finger. Bancroft starts to walk back and England finally get a breakthrough. He didn't even bother discussing about the review with his partner. Hawk Eye shows it's pitched in line, impact is in line and would have clipped the top of the stumps. Umpire's call! End of a superb opening stand for Australia.
  • 34.2 On a length and served in the channel outside off, Cameron defends it towards the off side solidly.
  • 34.1 Length delivery outside off, defended towards cover.
  • 33.6 Good running! Back of a length, but it's angling down leg. Warner gets across and tucks it towards backward square leg and calls for the second immediately. Gets it in the end. 122/0
  • 33.5 Outside off, shouldered arms to.
  • 33.4 FOUR! Superbbbb, says Bill Lawry on air. David Warner has totally nailed it down the ground! Was waiting for the ball to be a half volley and spanks as soon as he gets it there. Broad overcooks it and the southpaw is up for it. Leans into it and eases it off the meat past mid off for a boundary.
  • 33.3 Ahead of a length on off, a solid front foot defense on offer from Warner.
  • There is some issue with the ball. Broad shows it to the umpire.
  • 33.2 Angles it in around middle and leg, Bancroft shuffles a touch and clips it towards deep backward square leg for a single.
  • 33.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, punched off the back foot towards the cover region.
  • 32.6 Length delivery outside off, Warner initially decides to go after it but then resists and makes an easy leave. 115/0
  • 32.5 Yorker, fired outside off, Warner jams it out towards the short cover fielder.
  • 32.4 Woakes is getting some inward movement here but Warner blocks it down safely.
  • 32.3 Fuller ball outside off, Warner backs away and drives it towards cover. The man at short cover gets a hand to it which slows the ball down. The batsmen take a couple.
  • 32.2 Another effort ball but how long can Woakes bowl with the same venom! Another shortish one, Warner defends it off the back foot.
  • 32.1 Woakes comes from around the wicket, bowls short and this one comes back in off the pitch. Warner looks to cut but gets an inside edge which evades the stumps.
  • 31.6 Gets forward again does Cameron which is a good thing and eases it towards the man at mid on. 113/0
  • 31.5 Good line! But keep it a bit more fuller, Broad! Bancroft doesn't fall and is happy to leave it alone.
  • 31.4 Wasn't that off the middle? Seemed like! Fuller ball on off, Cameron leans ahead and drives it towards Malan at short cover.
  • 31.3 Comes over the wicket to the right-hander, pitches it full on off, Cameron leans forward and bunts it back to Broad.
  • 31.2 Fuller and angling in on the pads, wristed past the man at mid-wicket for an easy single.
  • 31.1 Tight lines from Broad! Shortish and outside off, David defends it towards the off side.
  • 30.6 Back of a length again, defended off the back foot back to the bowler. 112/0
  • 30.5 Woakes goes wide of the crease, tries to angle the ball in but it's a bit too straight. Cameron walks across and works it through mid-wicket to get a brace. That should get Cameron going.
  • 30.4 Chris goes short and bowls it outside off, the batsman remains patient as he allows it to go through to the keeper.
  • 30.3 Pitches it right up there, maybe, because Bancroft edged one in the previous over. But this time from the middle of the bat, Cameron drives it towards mid off which is a tad straight for him.
  • 30.2 Fuller in length and outside off, driven off the front foot but straight to the cover fielder.
  • 30.1 Back of a length, bowled just around that off stump channel. CB shows a straight bat.
  • Woakes loses his run-up. He comes running in and just when he is about to deliver, a bird flies across the pitch which forces him to abort. Poor Chris has to go back...
  • 29.6 Broad once again bowls it on a back of a length outside off, Warner could only defend it towards the off side. Good comeback from Broad after being hit for a boundary. 110/0
  • 29.5 Taps this length delivery towards cover and says WAIT ON, straightaway to his partner.
  • 29.4 Pitches it up on off, Warner goes hard at it, but mistimes it towards short cover.
  • 29.3 On a length and served outside off, Warner hangs back in defense.
  • 29.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, punched off the back foot towards cover.
  • 29.1 FOUR! Beautiful! Warner goes to 87, the devil's number! Broad from around the wicket, goes short but the line is down the leg side. There is a packed off side field given to him and this is not where he should be bowling! Warner hops and helps his pull down to fine leg for a boundary to start the session for himself.
  • Stuart Broad to bowl from the other end!
  • 28.6 Woakes hits the deck hard, gets the bounce off the surface but Cameron is quick to sit under it. 106/0
  • 28.5 Back of a length ball on middle, easily defended off the back foot.
  • 28.4 FOUR! Edgyyyy! Not a bad ball at all but luck is with Bancroft this time! It's fuller and served outside off, asking Cameron to go after it. He obliges with a drive but gets a thick outside edge wide of the man at gully for a boundary towards third man.
  • 28.3 Bangs in a short ball on off, CB half-ducks under it.
  • 28.2 A bit short and angling in, Cameron gets behind the line to meet it with a straight bat.
  • 28.1 Begins with a length delivery, in the corridor outside off. Bancroft is happy to leave it alone.
  • We are back for the second session! The Aussie openers are set to resume. With Warner out there, you can expect the runs to continue flowing. It shall be Chris Woakes to kickoff proceedings with the cherry. Two slips in place. Let's go...
  • ... Day 1, Session 2 ...
  • On the contrary, his partner Bancroft, has looked in some trouble. He was tested by some short stuff, found it difficult to time the ball but he will be happy that he still managed to see the session off safely. England, well, there was a time where they bowled disciplined lines and lengths, but wilted soon once Warner started the onslaught. No one has looked threatening enough and if they keep on serving freebies, it wouldn't be wrong to predict that they will be having a long day on the field. Will they come out with some plans? Or will these two just pile on the agony? Join us back in a short while for the post-lunch session...
  • The two Aussie openers, Warner and Bancroft walk back to the dressing room amidst a huge applause from the packed MCG crowd. Steven Smith won an important toss and the pair has done justice to his decision to bat first. On a belter of a wicket, Warner has looked at his utmost best to deal with his critics. He has timed the ball really well and scored 83 of the 102 runs. He has been ominous and by the looks of things, it seems like he is eyeing a big one. England beware.
  • 27.6 Loopy ball outside off, Warner leans forward and pushes it towards mid off. LUNCH ON DAY 1! 102/0
  • 27.5 Tossed up outside off, defended off the front foot gently.
  • 27.4 Hangs back and defends it back to Ali.
  • 27.3 SIX! Downtown goes Warner! It's 100 up for the hosts as well. The last time an Australian opening pair added 100-plus in an Ashes Boxing Day Test was way back in 2002! Woaah! Moeen Ali tosses it up on the stumps, with nothing off the surface, David decides to go after it. He doesn't care if lunch is approaching as he gets down and swings his bat to make sure the ball hits the sightscreen. First biggie of the match as well. In fact, this is Warner's first six in 9 International games across formats. He has played according to the situation in this series. At the Gabba, he had made 87 runs but didn't hit a single maximum in that innings. He batted sensibly to give his new partner, Cameron Bancroft some game time in the middle. However, today he has played his strokes and is looking ominous.
  • 27.2 Flatter on the stumps, defended down easily.
  • 27.1 Tossed up around middle, worked towards mid on.
  • We can get one more over in. Moeen Ali is asked to roll his arm over.
  • 26.6 Fuller on off, defended with a straight blade. 96/0
  • 26.5 Bancroft is a bit late to evade this! Anderson bowls it short on middle and leg, Cameron moves inside the line to evade but is late to do so. The ball goes off his left elbow towards the keeper.
  • 26.4 That was a brave leave if I can call it one! Anderson keeps it fuller and it threatens to nip back in, Bancroft plants his front foot across before making a leave. This wasn't far from kissing the off pole. Warner immediately walks up to his partner and has a word to share.
  • 26.3 Drops it on a back of a length outside off, Cameron punches it towards short cover.
  • 26.2 In the channel outside off, pretty harmless, Cameron shoulders his arms. No need to do anything silly as this could be the last over before lunch.
  • 26.1 Short of a length delivery on middle, tucked towards mid-wicket.
  • 25.6 Shortish around middle and leg, flicked towards mid-wicket. 96/0
  • 25.5 FOUR! Clipped away! Tom Curran serves it on the pads, Warner gets across and just tickles it fine down the leg side for the second boundary of the over. Australia just 4 short of the three-figure mark now.
  • 25.4 Length delivery on middle, the batsman shuffles a bit to defend it back down the track.
  • 25.3 FOUR! Easy peasy for Warner! There is no one patrolling the area behind square on the leg side and Curran is guilty of bowling it short on the hips. Warner, with one leg up in the air, sweep/pulls it through backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 25.2 Pitches it up on the stumps, driven back to Curran.
  • 25.1 Shortish and angling away outside off, pushed off the back foot towards mid off.
  • 24.6 Aggression or frustration? Bancroft drives this full ball back to Anderson, who in his followthrough collects the ball and fires it back at the stumps. It hits but luckily, it deflects straight towards the slip fielder. 88/0
  • 24.5 Bangs in a short one on middle and leg, Bancroft takes evasive action as he is quick to duck under it.
  • 24.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 24.3 Goes over the wicket to Cameron and hurls a fuller ball on off, driven off the front foot back to the bowler.
  • 24.2 Pitches it right up there, Warner gets forward this time and drives it wide of the man at short cover to get off strike.
  • 24.1 FOUR! Edged but safely through the gap! Good bowling Jimmy! Keeps it fuller on off, asking Warner to go after it. David for once doesn't use his feet as he tries to go hard at it. Gets a thick edge which flies safely through the backward point region for a boundary.
  • 23.6 Good length delivery, coming back in a shade, Cameron looks to drive but gets it off the inner half back to the bowler. 83/0
  • 23.5 On a length and outside off, once again off the middle of the bat but straight to short cover.
  • 23.4 Was there to be hit but Bancroft misses out. He knows that and is disappointed! Tom Curran drops it short and it's wide outside off. Cameron rocks back to cut it but it goes straight towards the point fielder.
  • 23.3 Goes fuller and tries to attack the stumps, Cameron unfurls a drive but it's straight to mid off.
  • 23.2 Fractionally short and outside off, CB punches it towards cover.
  • 23.1 Angles it in from outside off, Cameron Bancroft is solid in defense.
  • 22.6 Much better! Back of a length delivery on the stumps, defended down. 83/0
  • 22.5 FOUR! There you go! After bowling tight lines, Anderson serves a gift to Warner! Bowls it short, offers too much of width and David Warner says, thank you very much! He gets on top of the bounce and flays it past a diving Curran at backward point to find the fence.
  • 22.4 Back of a length, just outside off, David Warner hangs back as he defends this one towards the bowler.
  • 22.3 David has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 22.2 Back of a length outside off, punched off the back foot towards cover.
  • 22.1 Goes around the wicket does Anderson and hits the length hard. Warner hops in defense.
  • 21.6 Short of a length delivery on the stumps from Curran, Cameron shows a full face of the bat. 79/0
  • 21.5 Easily done! Around the hips, tucked behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 21.4 A good stop from Anderson! He just bowled an over before this and now gives it his all to save a run for his side. Short and outside off, Bancroft gets on top of the bounce and hits it through extra cover. Jimmy from mid off gives a long chase as he slides to keep the ball in play. While doing that, he seemed to have made contact with the ball and rope at the same time. Umpire S Ravi asks some help from the TV umpire. After a few looks, the third umpire goes in the favour of the fielder. Three runs added to the total.
  • 21.3 Short and on middle and leg, Warner swivels and rolls his wrists to send it towards deep square leg for one.
  • 21.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 21.1 On a length and around middle and off, David defends it back down the track.
  • 20.6 Ahhh, he's timing it really, really well. The plan is to make Warner drive it uppishly but he's managing to time it all along the ground. Gets forward and pierces the gap through cover. Won't get a boundary but will pick up three. 74/0
  • 20.5 Fuller on off, driven sweetly but finds the man at short cover.
  • 20.4 Shorter on off, Warner hangs back in defense.
  • 20.3 FOUR! Classical hit, that! All timing! It's a great feeling when the ball hits the sweet spot and we have already seen a few from Warner's bat today. Fuller ball on off, David takes a stride forward and just presents a straight bat. Root at silly mid off had no chance to cut that off as it just raced away to the long off fence. Warner must be oozing with confidence.
  • 20.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 20.1 Anderson starts his next spell with a fuller ball, a bit wide outside off. Warner leans forward and drives it uppishly past Root at silly mid off. Was in the air but goes safely past the man there to mid off.
  • James Anderson is back on, replacing Woakes.
  • 19.6 Fuller and around off, a bit of inward movement as well. Cameron looks to drive but gets an inside edge as the ball rolls towards mid on. A good first over from the debutant. 67/0
  • 19.5 Short and outside off, cuts it hard but finds the man at point.
  • 19.4 Defended comfortably off the back foot.
  • 19.3 FOUR! Unlucky, Curran! He bowls it short and just outside the off stump line, giving no room to Bancroft. The batsman still goes at it and ends up getting a fat outside edge. Much to his delight, the ball flies right between second slip and a gully fielder for a boundary towards third man. A streaky one.
  • 19.2 Fuller and a hint of the ball coming back in. Cameron clips it towards square leg where the fielder dives to his right to make a stop.
  • 19.1 Starts his spell with a fuller ball on off, Cameron lunges forward and drives it back to the bowler who stops it by crouching low in his followthrough.
  • A bowling change. Tom Curran, the debutant is the one to have a go now, replacing Moeen Ali.
  • 18.6 FOUR! What a way to get to his fifty, his 26th in Tests! He has dealt with the short one with utmost ease and does so again! Short and outside off, Warner stays back and drags it from outside off to hit it through mid-wicket for a boundary. The capacity crowd likes it and lauds the effort of the southpaw. Warner has got a start here, will be itching to get a big one today. 63/0
  • 18.5 Fuller in length and outside off, Warner gets forward and drives it but can't get it past the two men at cover.
  • Two catching cover in place now...
  • 18.4 Wayward from Chris Woakes again. On the leg stump, CB clips it fine down the leg side for a single.
  • 18.3 Back of a length outside off, Warner punches it through short cover for a single.
  • 18.2 FOUR! Great placement from Davey Warner! There was a short cover and mid off in place but he still manages to pierce the gap. Michael Clarke tells us how. It's a half volley, served outside off, Warner bends forward and across, the momentum helps him generate the power behind the shot and as a result gets one off the middle of the bat. Anderson at mid off gave up ages before. A boundary results!
  • 18.1 Slants it away on a back of a length outside off, Warner has a slash but fails to connect. Not a good option when the ball is doing nothing.
  • 17.6 Flat and short outside off, Bancroft awkwardly punches it back to Moeen Ali. 53/0
  • 17.5 Takes a little stride forward and drives it towards mid off for a single.
  • 17.4 Gets right behind the line to this tossed up ball and defends it right under his eyes.
  • 17.3 Tossed up outside off, Warner makes room and with an open face bat, gets it past the man at cover-point to collect a brace.
  • 17.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 17.1 Straighter one around middle and off, defended off the front foot.
  • 16.6 Back of a length outside off, Warner stands tall and punches it through covers for a single to bring the 50 up for Australia. A good start, just what the doctor ordered for them. 50/0
  • 16.5 Bonus runs for Bancroft! Ahead of a length outside off, Bancroft punches it towards mid off and takes Root on there. The English skipper attacks the ball and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end. The ball deflects off the stumps towards mid-wicket and the man from mid on retrieves it. What should have been one, turns out to be three. Replays show Cameron was easily in, good running.
  • 16.4 Length delivery, angling in, Cameron shuffles across a touch and pushes it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 16.3 Bancroft stays behind the line and defends it back to Chris.
  • 16.2 Woakes realizes he needs to trouble Bancroft and so he bangs in a short one. Cameron is quick to take evasive action as he ducks under it.
  • 16.1 Touch fuller and served around off, pushed straight to short cover.
  • 15.6 FOUR! That's off the meat! Moeen Ali has been guilty of dropping it short. Earlier he was lucky to get away with one, this time Warner makes him pay. Rocks back in a flash and smacks it over mid-wicket for a boundary. No need to run for those! 46/0
  • 15.5 Drags his length short, no turn so far for Moeen. Warner cuts it towards the man at point. Wants the single but won't get it.
  • 15.4 Uses his feet straightaway does Bancroft! Sees the flight, wears his dancing shoes on and eases the drive down to mid on for one.
  • 15.3 Loops it up around off, a front foot push towards mid off by Warner for a single.
  • 15.2 A touch flatter and outside off, punched towards short cover off the back foot.
  • 15.1 He starts off from around the wicket and floats it up on the stumps. Warner comes forward and blocks it down.
  • Time for spin now. The pacers aren't able to get anything off the surface and so Joe Root decides to go with Moeen Ali. A slip and a short leg in place. Let's see what Ali can do here.
  • 14.6 Drops it on a back of a length again, Cameron stays behind the line to force it through the off side but gets an inside edge towards the right of the bowler. 40/0
  • 14.5 Back of a length, just outside off, dealt with a straight willow.
  • 14.4 A stifled appeal for an LBW! Good delivery! Angles it in from around off, zipping a bit off the surface as Bancroft tries to play it across the line. Gets hit on the pads but a bit too high. An appeal for an LBW has been raised but umpire Dharmasena shakes his head. Height was an issue!
  • 14.3 Again it's short outside off, David off the back foot taps it in front of cover-point. Waits for the ball to go past the man there and then calls through for a single.
  • 14.2 Good ball, this! Woakes hits the deck hard, it's a bumper and Warner is forced to duck under it.
  • 14.1 Woakes is not getting his rhythm here! Too short and sprayed too wide outside off. Literally, a hit-me ball and Warner doesn't miss out. He goes chasing after it and spanks it through covers. There is a man in the deep who keeps the batsmen down to two.
  • Time for Drinks. An absorbing first hour of play at the MCG. David Warner has been compact while Cameron Bancroft has been found wanting against the short stuff. However, credit to the latter for battling it out. Once again Joe Root has been defensive with his field placements. If you don't play an attacking brand of cricket against the Australians, they will stamp their authority over you. On a flat deck like this one, England need to pick up wickets or else they will have to toil hard.
  • 13.6 Hangs back to the good length ball and defends it stoutly. 37/0
  • 13.5 Probing channel. On a good length outside off, Bancroft knows where his off stump is and makes an assured leave.
  • 13.4 Short delivery but down the leg side again. Bancroft sits underneath the bumper.
  • 13.3 Good length ball around off, Bancroft shuffles across and pushes it past the bowler towards mid off.
  • 13.2 Fuller in length around off, Cameron shuffles across and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 13.1 Another bouncer but the line is wayward. Bancroft comes inside the line and lets it go.
  • 12.6 Back of a length ball, answered with a straight bat. 37/0
  • 12.5 Short and wide, punched firmly off the back foot through point. A couple taken. Has been a poor over from Woakes so far.
  • 12.4 Wide outside off this time, David lets it go.
  • 12.3 The batsman has punched that ball through the off side.
  • 12.2 This time he executes the punch well. Shortish ball outside off, Warner punches it wide of short cover. The man in the deep keeps it down to a couple.
  • 12.1 Back of a length ball outside off, not much room on offer. Warner goes for a punch but mistimes it to covers.
  • First bowling change of the day. Chris Woakes comes into the attack.
  • 11.6 Fuller in length on middle and leg, tucked through mid-wicket for a brace. First runs for Bancroft in 40 minutes. 33/0
  • 11.5 As expected, a sharp bouncer on off, Bancroft sits under it in a jiffy.
  • Finally, a close-in fielder has been brought in. A short leg in place. Much more short stuff to follow.
  • 11.4 This is the fourth time Bancroft has been found struggling against the short ball! No short leg or silly point in place still. Difficult to fathom the tactics from Root. Shortish in length and aimed at the body, Cameron tries to fend it off but the ball hits his gloves and falls in the vacant short leg region. As I type that, Broad asks for a close-in fielder from Root.
  • 11.3 Hurled fuller outside off, left alone.
  • 11.2 Length ball on off, Cameron covers the line and defends it stoutly.
  • 11.1 Edged but short of Cook at first slip! Length delivery in the zone of apprehension, seaming in. Bancroft stays back and looks to defend it but gets a healthy outside edge. The key was that he played that with soft hands, and hence, the ball falls well short of the fielder.
  • 10.6 Overpitched this time, pushed nicely to covers. 31/0
  • 10.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 10.4 FOUR! Shot! Fullish delivery well outside off, Warner gets to the pitch of the ball and creams it through covers to pick up another boundary.
  • 10.3 An off pace delivery from Anderson. Warner taps it towards mid off. Wants a run initially but shouts 'No' as he sees the field charging in.
  • Some sawdust was sprayed earlier at the bowling crease. Might have been some moisture there.
  • 10.2 Dug in short, ducked under comfortably.
  • 10.1 Fuller in length outside off, Warner doesn't fall for the temptation and lets it go. A short cover is in place for a false stroke.
  • The Englishmen are taking a lot of time to set the field. The man from deep point has been brought in to backward point. Not a bad move, Warner has been caught in that region on a few occasions.
  • 9.6 Length delivery, Cameron leans forward confidently and strokes it to mid on. England will be aiming to tuck him up with more short stuff. 27/0
  • 9.5 Bancroft is once again caught in shallow waters. He has been found wanting against the short stuff. Gets into an uncomfortable position to keep it out but gets hit on the gloves again.
  • 9.4 Back of a length ball, Cameron shuffles and blocks it to covers.
  • 9.3 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single. Finally, a run after 26 balls.
  • 9.2 Similar length ball, eased off the back foot to covers.
  • 9.1 Back of a length ball, stonewalled from the back foot towards mid off.
  • 8.6 Anderson goes wide of the crease and angles in a back of a length ball. Cameron defends it with a straight bat. Four maidens in a row, just what the visitors need. 26/0
  • 8.5 Bouncer but it is too high, Bancroft ducks under it with ease.
  • 8.4 Fractionally overpitched, driven nicely to covers.
  • 8.3 This is disciplined stuff from Anderson. He is keeping Bancroft guessing by varying his lengths. Goes back to the short of the length ball on off. The right-hander hops and tries to tuck it away but the ball hits the shoulder of his bat and falls in the vacant silly point region. Keep the men close in Joe Root. Bancroft has been tentative today, need to capitalize on that.
  • 8.2 Fuller in length, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 8.1 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 7.6 A mix-up but safe in the end! Warner strokes this fullish ball to Broad who gets a hand to it and parries it towards wide mid off. The southpaw sets off for a run but slips in the process. The fielder is quick to attack the ball and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Bancroft would have been safe even if that had hit. Might have been a better option to go at the striker's end with Warner in a tangle. Earlier in the series, these two were on the receiving end of a run out. Similar mix-up and the fielder from mid off had hit the bull's eye to catch Bancroft short then. Need to be careful. 26/0
  • 7.5 Fuller in length, David leans ahead and pushes it to straightish mid off.
  • 7.4 Length delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 7.3 Full delivery wide outside off, Warner remains circumspect in approach and lets it go.
  • 7.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 7.1 On a length in line of the stumps, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 6.6 In the channel outside off, Bancroft doesn't fiddle with it. Consecutive maidens for England. 26/0
  • 6.5 Well-directed bouncer, Cameron shows good technique and ducks under it.
  • 6.4 Fullish around off, Bancroft shuffles a bit and defends it confidently.
  • 6.3 Once again jittery! On a length on middle and leg, Cameron pushes at it but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 6.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 6.1 That must shake Bancroft up. Great bowling from Anderson. You need to keep the batsman on his toes. Shortish delivery on off, seaming in. Bancroft is caught in a tangle. He takes his eyes off the ball as he attempts to fend it off. The ball hits his gloves and lobs besides the pitch on the off side. The batsman doesn't know where the ball is. Needs to be alert or he can be found wanting.
  • The Australian players are wearing black arm bands as a mark of respect for Tim Paine's father-in-law, Thomas Maggs, who passed away on Christmas Eve. May his soul rest in peace!
  • 5.6 Back of a length ball on off, David hops and stonewalls it. First maiden of the day, a much better over from Broad. 26/0
  • 5.5 Targets the stumps with another full length ball, Warner covers the line and taps it to mid on.
  • 5.4 Similar length ball, played with soft hands to mid-wicket.
  • 5.3 Aggression from Broad! Fullish delivery, swinging in appreciably. Warner tries to drive it down the ground but gets no timing on it. Off the inner half of the bat to Broad who mimes a throw back.
  • 5.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 5.1 Good bowling from Broad. Good length ball outside off, angling in. Warner tries to defend it but the ball goes past the outside edge of his bat and over the off stump.
  • 4.6 Short delivery wide outside off, left alone. 26/0
  • 4.5 Good game awareness! On a length around off, David taps it to covers and scurries across to the other end.
  • 4.4 FOUR! This is one of the best shots that you will ever see. Timing and grace written all over that. Genuine half-volley on off, Warner strides forward confidently and shows the full face of the bat. Strokes it and the ball whistles away through mid off and goes to the fence. The moment it left the bat, it raced off. Textbook stuff.
  • 4.3 Anything on the pads and Warner will pick you off. Clips this nicely through mid-wicket as the man in the deep does the mopping up job. Two runs taken.
  • What a brilliant atmosphere to play cricket in. As a youngster, you always dream of playing at such venues. Certainly one of the best grounds in world cricket.
  • 4.2 Short of a length ball, played with an angled bat to gully.
  • 4.1 On a length on off, Warner covers the line and blocks it stoutly.
  • 3.6 Full delivery outside off, Warner eases it to wide deepish mid off for an easy single. 19/0
  • 3.5 Warner has played it through mid-wicket. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
  • 3.4 FOUR! Sublime! This shot shows that how true the MCG pitch is, says Mark Nicholas on air. Overpitched on off, Warner drives it elegantly past the bowler and through mid off for a majestic boundary. The first one of the day.
  • 3.3 Nicely done. Fractionally overpitched on middle and leg, David flicks it beautifully through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 3.2 Ooh... once again nervy from Warner! Good length ball on off, Warner is early into his clip and hence, gets a soft leading edge towards mid off.
  • 3.1 Length delivery on off, Warner hangs back and dabs it to cover-point.
  • 2.6 In the zone outside off, left alone. 10/0
  • 2.5 Anderson is probing in that channel outside off. Bancroft knows where his off stumps is and makes a good leave.
  • 2.4 Nervy! Anderson is a brilliant bowler. If you give him an inch, he will make a yard out of it. Bowls a fuller length ball in the corridor of uncertainty, Bancroft pushes at it tentatively and gets an outside edge towards gully. He played that with soft hands, so it didn't carry to the fielder.
  • 2.3 Some swing on offer but Bancroft is equal to the task. Fullish on middle and leg, the right-hander flicks it in front of square leg for a brace.
  • 2.2 Warner has been very alert! Taps the back of a length ball to covers and calls his partner through for a swift run.
  • 2.1 In search of some seam movement, Anderson doesn't get his mark right. Bowls it down the leg side, around the rib-cage area. Warner hops and tries to tuck it away but fails to make contact.
  • 1.6 Broad loses his radar and sprays it down the leg side. Cameron tries to clip it away but misses. 7/0
  • 1.5 In the channel outside off, Cameron plants his front foot across to let it go.
  • 1.4 Fractionally overpitched on off, driven crisply to Broad who makes a half stop to parry it towards mid off.
  • Three slips for Bancroft. The fielders are quite deep in their positions.
  • 1.3 Good running! Fullish ball outside off, Warner leans into it and eases it to extra cover. Nice early call and he gets the desired single.
  • 1.2 This one is better. On a length outside off, Warner points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • A man at deep point in place. Defensive mindset from Joe Root first up. Rather have the man at point with the ball new.
  • 1.1 Starts off with a wide delivery, Warner is not bothered to fiddle with it.
  • Stuart Broad to share the new ball from the other end. 95,000 people expected today at the MCG, says an excited Bill Lawry on air. Two slips and a gully in place.
  • 0.6 Fuller in length, Bancroft puts his head down and defends it calmly. A good beginning for Australia, 6 from the over. 6/0
  • 0.5 Slips this one down the leg side, Cameron tries to flick it but misses.
  • 0.4 Tentative from Warner! On a length on off, seaming away after pitching. David goes at it with hard hands. Ends up getting it from the outer half of his bat towards point. The fielder dives to his left but the ball goes past him. Another three taken. The southpaw is away.
  • 0.3 On a length on off, Warner is circumspect and defends it towards mid on.
  • 0.2 First runs of the day and the crowd erupts! Back of a length ball outside off, Bancroft has enough room to play with. He rocks back and just pushes it through covers. A chase for the fielder from covers. He does well to save a run for his side.
  • 0.1 Anderson is right on the money! Begins with a good length delivery in the zone of apprehension and gets it to swing away. Bancroft shuffles across and makes an assured leave.
  • It's time to get underway. The players are out in the middle for their respective national anthems. After the completion, everyone is in readiness. A lot of buzz from the huge crowd at the MCG. 90 odd thousand people in the stands. David Warner and Cameron Bancroft to open the innings for Australia. James Anderson to begin with the brand new cherry. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go.
  • TOSS - Australia win the toss and opt to bat. It seems to be a belter of a wicket and Steven Smith does what any captain would have done.
  • The leading wicket-taker in the series, Mitchell Starc misses out due to a bruised heel and that provides Jackson Bird to prove his mettle. With the urn back, the home side will be playing with more freedom. Will the Australian juggernaut continue? Or will England disturb the apple cart and play to their potential? Hello and a warm welcome to the coverage of the fourth Test. Stay tuned for the toss which is coming up in a bit...
  • Australia, on the other hand, are in the midst of a purple patch. There are times when everything clicks and you step forward with confidence in your demeanor and a spring in your stride. The hosts have been ruthless so far and will be aiming to continue their form. A bit of concern in their camp as Steven Smith has a sore hand as he got hit by a Cameron Bancroft shot in the nets. He has said that he might tweak his technique a bit to address that.
  • One of the rising stars for the Englishmen, Craig Overton has been ruled out due to a fractured rib and it is Tom Curran who will be making his Test debut. Certainly a huge moment for a 23-year-old talented cricketer. The English skipper, Joe Root needs to inspire his men to bring out the best from them. Though this hasn't been a happy hunting ground for them, the tourists do have the ability to perform in all conditions.
  • Both teams will be high in spirits after the Christmas eve. One of the most highly anticipated occasions in cricket history, the Boxing Day Test is here. What better than an electrifying crowd egging the players on a sunny and bright day! Yes, we are set for an enthralling contest. Though it is a dead rubber, it is much more than that for England. The visitors have been good in patches but it takes high levels of consistency to win you a Test match. It is high time they realize this and play an aggressive brand of cricket. 'Fighting fire with fire' is the way to go for a side which has been insipid on the tour so far.
  • Right then, with 6 full sessions to go, Australia will have to bat really well to keep the visitors at bay. The track is still a good one to bat on but do they have it in them? They have proved it before and now will have to do it again. The conditions are a bit overcast and the pair of Anderson and Broad would be licking their lips. Will we see Warner coming out all guns blazing? Don't go anywhere as the Aussie openers will be out in a very short while...
  • It took just one ball for Cummins to wrap things up this morning. Alastair Cook walks back to a huge standing ovation. A splendid innings from him as he carries the bat and holds the record for the highest score when someone has done that. A brilliant batting show from England as they have racked up a huge first innings total. Root on top did contribute but it was their tail that wagged this time around. Stuart Broad and Alastair Cook's 100-run stand remained the talking point on day 3 which saw their side take a huge lead.
  • 144.1 OUT! Gone first ball! They came and they are going now. Didn't even let me open my eyes! Cummins from around the wicket comes running in and bangs in a short ball on middle and leg, Anderson tries to fend it away but all he manages is to do that straight to Cameron Bancroft at short leg who takes a smart catch. ENGLAND HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 491!
  • The good thing is that, the rain that was around a while back has subsided for now and we are set to get rolling. The conditions are highly overcast and it is expected to stay the same for the rest of the day. Let's not think about it for now. England haven't declared. The overnight batsmen Alastair Cook and James Anderson will resume their innings. Australia to begin with Pat Cummins first. Anderson on strike. A slip, leg slip and a short leg in place. Here we go...
  • We all know, the hosts tend to bring out their best when the odds are stacked against them. With nothing really threatening on the pitch, all batsmen need to do is apply themselves out there. So, what do we have in store? A meek surrender? A remarkable fightback? Also, the weather forecast for the day isn't promising as showers are predicted throughout. Let's hope for the best. Stay with us as the action is about to start...
  • Hello people, welcome to the fourth day's play! After an extraordinary batting display from Alastair Cook, who is still unbeaten on 244, England are in a formidable position to register a win at the MCG. With a massive lead of 164 runs in the kitty, will they declare overnight? Or will they want the hosts to bowl them out? Either way, Australia for the first time in the series are feeling the heat. They have their task cut out and it would require a huge effort on their part to overhaul this.
  • ... Day 4, Session 1 ...
  • The surface is slowing down considerably but there aren't any demons as such on it. The bowlers would have their task cut out and will have to bowl out of their skins to force a result. Will we see the English bowlers bowling with the same amount of venom with which they did in the first innings? Or will the hosts thrive under pressure? We shall find out on Day 4. Don't forget to join us at 1030 Local (2330 GMT, previous day) to catch all the action. Until then, goodbye and cheers!
  • Australia were made to toil hard. They began the day on the right note by bowling tight lines and picking up wickets at regular intervals. Hazlewood and Cummins really bent their backs while Lyon extracted enough off the surface but they all wilted and looked hapless once Broad and Cook settled in. Has the game slipped away from them? By the looks of things, one would feel yes but who knows if they can prove this wrong? If they wrap things up quickly tomorrow and then, if they get a start just like they got from Warner in the first innings, this game could open up again.
  • Not to forget Stuart Broad's heroics. He was given some chin music when the Aussies had their tails up at the start of the final session after the departure of Curran. It seemed like they will bowl the visitors out and restrict the lead under 50, but boy, Broad had other ideas. Once he got his eye in, he just took the attack to the opposition, scoring vital 56 runs at a strike rate of over 88. The partnership between Broad and Cook was worth 100 runs before a debatable catch from Khawaja came into picture to dismiss the former.
  • England's day by a mile. The Australian players walk up to Cook to congratulate him for his outstanding effort. Wouldn't be wrong to say, it's Alastair Cook's day. What an innings! Sheer grit, determination, loads of concentration, you just name it, this innings had it all in sync! He batted the whole day, starting with Root and now is on course to carry his bat, with an unbeaten 244. He tumbled a few records in this marathon innings and has put his side in a commanding position now.
  • 143.6 Good length ball outside off, Alastair Cook takes a stride forward and drives it towards the fielder at mid off to end the day. STUMPS on day 3, England lead by 164 runs! 491/9
  • 143.5 FOUR! Superb shot! Fuller in length and just outside off, Cook leans ahead and drives it elegantly between extra cover and mid off to pick up a boundary.
  • 143.4 Length delivery, angling in, kept out off the front foot towards cover.
  • Just three balls remaining. Can Cook see off the day?
  • 143.3 Good length, just outside off, punched off the middle but straight to short cover.
  • 143.2 Back of a length outside off, Cook bends his back leg and cuts it late towards third man. Doesn't run!
  • 143.1 Back of a length delivery on middle, Cook tucks it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 142.6 Gets a good round of applause does Anderson as he keeps this length ball out towards cover off the front foot. 487/9
  • 142.5 Slower one, angling down leg, Anderson hops across to tuck it away but misses. The ball goes on the bounce to the keeper.
  • 142.4 A cry for an LBW, not given! Fuller in length and coming back in on middle, Anderson looks to defend but misses to get hit on the pads. Maybe, he got an inside edge and hence the umpire stays put to the appeal. Hot Spot confirms the same.
  • 142.3 On a length and outside off, comes slowly off the deck. Anderson pokes at it and gets beaten.
  • 142.2 Good length delivery, angling in on middle, blocked back to the bowler.
  • 142.1 Fuller and angling in on middle, worked towards mid on.
  • Jackson Bird comes back to bowl.
  • 141.6 Fullish length delivery on off, driven straight to mid off. 487/9
  • Huge cheers from the crowd. It knows that Australia will not come to bat tonight now. Though, it will hope that they get this last wicket as soon as they can!
  • 141.5 FOUR! Slashes and slashes hard at it! Marsh bowls it short and offers a bit of width, Cook goes hard at it. Gets a thick edge which flies past gully to the third man fence for a boundary.
  • 141.4 Pitches it up on off, driven straight to the cover fielder.
  • 141.3 On a length and outside off, Cook defends it down.
  • If England do not get all out in this over, Australia will not be needed to bat tonight. Perhaps, the home side might wish that a wicket does not fall in this over. Around 11-12 minutes left for the close and with the changeover of the innings scheduled for 10 minutes, does not warranty enough time for the players to return on the field.
  • 141.2 Back of a length outside off, defended off the front foot back to the bowler.
  • 141.1 Fuller in length and angling in on middle, Cook clips it towards deep square leg and refuses to run. The fielder in the deep throws it at the bowler's end but there is no one backing up. Cook still doesn't run on the overthrow.
  • Mitchell Marsh to bowl now.
  • 140.6 Tosses it up outside off, turning further away, Anderson lets it be. 483/9
  • 140.5 Nicely presses forward and blocks it down.
  • 140.4 Flighted delivery outside off, pushed off the front foot towards the off side.
  • 140.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 140.2 Drops it short and outside off, Anderson goes back to cut but gets beaten due to the extra bounce.
  • 140.1 Floats it up outside off, pushed off the front foot towards cover.
  • 139.6 FOUR! This is better! Another short ball outside off, Cook goes after it and places it perfectly through point to find the fence. 483/9
  • 139.5 FOUR! Uppish but safe! Short and outside off, Cook waits for the ball to come and then at the very last moment dabs it away, it flies past a diving Khawaja at gully for a boundary to take the lead in excess of 150!
  • 139.4 Fuller outside off, stroked straight to mid off.
  • 139.3 Shortish on middle, pulled towards deep square leg, doesn't run and understandably so.
  • Mark Nicholas makes a good point on air. He points out that with still around 20 minutes left, England might have well declared and have a crack at the Australians. This is a tough little phase and one in which the batsmen are on their toes. Have England missed a trick? Or are they doing the right thing by scoring fluent runs?
  • 139.2 Good length delivery on the pads, clipped towards the leg side.
  • 139.1 Good length ball outside off, pushed straight to the short cover fielder.
  • 138.6 Takes a stride forward and blocks it out. 475/9
  • 138.5 Anderson leans forward and blocks it out into the ground.
  • 138.4 Hangs back and keeps it out on the off side.
  • 138.3 Flatter one around off, punched down to long off for a single.
  • 138.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 138.1 Short and outside off, punched towards point.
  • 137.6 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. 474/9
  • James Anderson is the last man in.
  • 137.5 OUT! Broad is asked to walk off! But this could be really, really debatable! I will explain why! Cummins bowls it short outside off and Broad goes for the upper cut but seems to have mistimed it. The ball goes high up in the air and Usman Khawaja from third man calls for it. He comes sprinting in and then at the very last minute, dives forward to take it inches above the ground. It seems like it is a good catch but hang on, what is Khawaja saying? The players rush across to celebrate with him but his face is that of a boy who has broken his pencil but does not want to admit it. He shakes his head and says that he is not sure whether the catch was taken cleanly or not and requests the umpire to refer it upstairs. The two umpires have a chat and then take it upstairs. The soft signal is OUT from Dharmasena. Oh hang on.... this does not look out though. The replays roll in and it is seen that Khawaja takes the catch but then, the ball pops out on the impact of the left hand with the ground and he falls over. None of the commentators on air are clearly convinced that he is out. Michael Clarke feels it will be given out as the on-field decision is out. Bill Lawry immediately replies that it is clearly bouncing! So why cannot you overturn the decision? From one angle, it seems like the ball has touched the ground but then from the side angle it looks like he has his right arm under it. It takes ages for the decision to come. In fact, Broad is happy with the replays. He had taken his helmet and gloves off but on seeing the replays he is convinced that Khawaja has grassed it. He wears his helmet and gloves back and is ready to bat. Come on, third umpire, please give the decision now, will be wondering Broad. And here comes the decision. Oh dear... he has been given out. Broad is not happy at all. Why would he be? That never looked out! Did the third umpire feel that Usman had taken the catch cleanly? Or was he not sure and preferred not to overrule Dharmasena? Harsha Bhogle's comment once upon a time flash in mind - 'If the fielder himself is unsure, then 99 percent of the times, it would be not out.' Don't think this was one of those 1 percent cases. Anyways, Australia will not complain as they finally manage to get a wicket. End of a cracking 100-run stand!
  • Usman Khawaja has taken an excellent catch to dismiss Broad. But the umpire asks the batsman to wait to check the clarity of the catch. The soft signal is OUT!
  • 137.4 Short ball outside off, Broad looks to play the ramp shot but fails to get going.
  • 137.3 This one is down the leg side and the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 137.2 FOUR! Now the 100-run stand comes up! No stopping Broad! Short ball, on middle and leg, Broad pulls it in the same region. Lyon at deep square leg comes in a few steps but then seems to have misjudged it completely. The ball flies over his head and it's another boundary to Stuart.
  • 137.1 FOUR! Beats the dive of the fielder in the deep and reaches his fifty! His 12th in Tests! Well played, Broad! He was tested with some short stuff when he walked in but now has played a classy knock to take the game away from Australia. Shortish and angling in on the body, Broad clears his front leg and nails the pull to beat the two men in the deep, fine leg and deep square leg. A boundary results!
  • 136.6 Darted on the pads, clipped towards backward square leg where the fielder dives to stop it. 465/8
  • 136.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 136.4 Flatter one on the pads, clipped towards the on side. They look for the single but then decide against it.
  • 136.3 Around middle and off, Broad paddle sweeps it towards deep backward square leg for a single.
  • 136.2 Tossed up outside off, defended off the front foot.
  • 136.1 Drops it short and outside off, Cook cracks it through point. The ball doesn't go all the way to the boundary as Marsh retrieves it. Three runs taken. This is now the highest 9th wicket partnership for England at the MCG!
  • Slip moves to leg gully now...
  • 'Have Australia already accepted defeat?' asks an irritated Milind. He is not quite happy with the fact that Smith has kept a defensive field. Actually he has a point. The partnership has gone past the 100-mark but Smith seems to be running out of ideas. Nothing much on the pitch, not much bounce, no turn and the bowlers are visibly struggling. Amidst all this, it seems like he is letting the game drift by conceding easy singles. Given the way the Aussies have played in 2017, whenever they have made a comeback on days where things are not going well for them, the field set has been such that run scoring gets difficult. Building dots too, creates pressure and accordingly leads to wickets, as England showed on the second morning.
  • 135.6 Shortish delivery outside off, steered past point for a single. 461/8
  • 135.5 Hangs back in the crease and shows a straight bat.
  • 135.4 Length ball, served outside off, Broad cuts it hard but the man at point dives to his right to make a half stop. Still couldn't prevent the single.
  • 135.3 Good length delivery, angling on the leg stump, at 118.7 kph, Broad hops across to flick but misses. The ball just goes past the leg stump.
  • 135.2 Shortish outside off, Cook off the back foot punches it towards mid off for a single.
  • 135.1 Fuller and arrows it in on middle, Broad tucks it towards fine leg for a single.
  • Broad pulls out at the very last moment. Cummins comes running in and just when he was about to deliver, the bird comes in the eye line of the batsman which is why he backs out...
  • 134.6 Darted on the pads, whipped away towards deep mid-wicket for a couple. The partnership moves to 84! 457/8
  • 134.5 Gets down low and sweeps it from outside off to deep backward square leg for a single.
  • 134.4 Fractionally short and outside off, Cook goes back and cuts it towards deep backward point for three this time. Had it been WACA or Gabba, Lyon would have gotten the extra bounce that could have induced an edge but not here, says Clarke on air.
  • 134.3 Slanting in on middle, punched off the back foot towards mid off.
  • 134.2 Darted in around middle and leg, nudged towards short mid-wicket.
  • 134.1 Quicker and fuller around off, Cook defends it off the front foot back to the bowler.
  • 133.6 On a length and just outside off, Broad swings and misses. 451/8
  • 133.5 Backs away to this length delivery, ends up getting a thick inside edge on the pads. The balls rolls besides the pitch. Broad wanted a single but is sent back.
  • 133.4 Short of a length delivery outside off, Alastair Cook cuts it square of the wicket on the off side. The man at deep point does the mop up job. A single taken.
  • 133.3 Back of a length outside off, Stuart Broad once again backs away and hits it through cover-point for a single.
  • 133.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, Broad backs away and then tries to play the upper cut but fails to get any wood on it.
  • 133.1 Good length, angling in on middle and leg, worked wide of long on for a single.
  • 132.6 Flatter again, around middle and off, Broad digs it out back to the bowler. In the last 7 overs, England have scored 49 runs! 448/8
  • 132.5 FOUR! How well has Broad timed this? Brilliant! A bit short and outside off, Stuart rocks back and punches it square of the wicket on the off side for a boundary. He moves into the 40s.
  • 132.4 Turning away from a good length. Pushed off the back foot towards point.
  • 132.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 132.2 Flat and outside off, pushed down to long off for one.
  • 132.1 Fuller ball on middle, Cook prods forward and keeps it out.
  • 131.6 FOUR! Runs are flowing for England. Back of a length on middle, Broad backs away and carves it over the leaping extra cover fielder to find the fence. 443/8
  • 131.5 Short ball outside off, Broad goes for a cut but misses.
  • 131.4 Back of a length ball on middle, tucked through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 131.3 Good length ball, Cook clips it through wide mid on for a couple.
  • 131.2 Shortish on middle and off, Broad makes room and guides it through cover for another single.
  • 131.1 Back of a length delivery on middle, Cook half pulls it through backward square leg for a single.
  • Pat Cummins is back on.
  • 130.6 SIX! That's gone the distance! Broad has nailed one down the ground! Lyon flights it on the stumps, Stuart clears his front leg and just swings across the line. Gets enough behind the shot as the ball sails over the long on fence for a biggie. 434/8
  • 130.5 Pierces the gap again! The lead goes past the three-figure mark! The Barmy Army is right behind the pair. Floats it up on middle, Cook makes room and drives it through extra cover. Cummins from there gives it a chase but the batsmen complete three by then. This is now the highest score by a visiting batsman at the MCG! Cook goes past Viv Richards! Well done, Cooky!
  • 130.4 Outside off, pushed with an angled bat towards point.
  • 130.3 Tossed up ball around middle. Cook bunts it back towards the bowler.
  • 130.2 Makes a bit of room and pushes it towards cover.
  • 130.1 Flighted ball on middle, jammed back to the bowler.
  • 129.6 Shortish on middle and leg, Broad pulls it down to fine leg and calls for two. Dives at the striker's end to get back in. The lead is 98 now! 425/8
  • 129.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 129.4 FOUR! Will it reach the boundary this time? Yes, it does! Bird drops it on a length outside off, Broad makes room and flays it through extra cover. This time the batsmen continue to run hard, keeping in mind that the ball might stop again. It crosses the fence, a boundary results. Tell you what, the 50-run stand is up as well.
  • 129.3 Hangs back to this length ball and defends it back down the ground.
  • 129.2 Length delivery outside off, placed through cover for a single.
  • 129.1 Fuller in length and angling in, Cook gets across and clips it with timing through square leg. The ball goes in the deep and slows down just near the fence. What's with the outfield here? Only a couple taken.
  • 128.6 Gets behind the line and blocks it out gently. 416/8
  • 128.5 Flighted ball, wide outside off, it spins further away. Broad looks to go after it but then leaves it alone.
  • 128.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 128.3 Fuller on the stumps, SB dead bats it.
  • 128.2 Loops it up outside off, Broad lunges forward in defense.
  • 128.1 Tossed up ball around off, defended off the front foot.
  • 127.6 Shortish again and outside off, Stuart with an open face bat dabs it down to third man. The ball slows down near the boundary rope as the batsmen complete three. 416/8
  • 127.5 Short on middle and leg, pulled towards fine leg for a single.
  • 127.4 FOUR! A glorious drive! Sensational shot to reach to a double ton! Class act from Cook! Second player from England to have hit two double tons in Australia. This is his 5th overall! Masterclass innings and this shall be remembered for a very, very long time. Bird keeps it full on the stumps, Alastair presses forward a touch and just checks his drive. Gets it off the middle of the bat and away she races for a boundary towards long on. Takes the helmet off, is a bit emotional as well. Takes a breather to sink in all the applause before getting back to business.
  • 127.3 Fuller in length and on the stumps, Cook bunts it with a full face of the bat, straight to mid on.
  • 127.2 Good length delivery outside off, Broad taps it towards the right of backward point and hustles through to the other end.
  • 127.1 Fuller in length and just outside off, Alastair pushes it down to mid off and Broad is ready to take the single.
  • Drinks taken! Final 20 overs remaining in the day. Cook is just 3 short of a double ton. The lead is 79 now. How many can England add? Let's wait and find out... There is a bowling change, Jackson Bird comes on to bowl.
  • 126.6 Yes, he does. Leans ahead to the full ball and smothers it down. 406/8
  • 126.5 Around off, pushed to cover-point for a single. Cook is on 197 now. Can Broad survive on the last delivery?
  • 126.4 Broad fancies the paddle sweep and executes it well to fine leg for a single.
  • 126.3 Full ball on middle, eased to mid on to rotate strike. Cook walks back to Broad and shares some words with him. The talk will be to play sensibly.
  • 126.2 A fraction short on middle, defended down the track.
  • 126.1 FOUR! Picks his spot to perfection! He has mixed caution with aggression to great effect today. Skips down the track to the tossed up delivery and times his loft nicely over mid on to pick up a boundary. Moves to 195 with that.
  • 125.6 FOUR! These are handy runs for England. Broad is throwing his bat around and it is working. Fuller in length but it is well outside off, Broad flays at it and gets it through backward point to find the fence. 399/8
  • 125.5 Ooh.. prodigious movement! Hazlewood goes wide of the crease and angles in a low full toss from outside leg stump. Broad falls over a bit but manages to leave it.
  • Tim Paine goes all the way towards the other end to have a word with Hazlewood. What was it about?
  • 125.4 Short ball, sits up nicely for Cook. Pulled all along the ground through backward square leg to rotate strike.
  • 125.3 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 125.2 Fullish ball around off, Alastair drives it straight to the man at covers.
  • 125.1 Good thing for England as Broad pulls the short ball to deep backward square leg for a run.
  • 124.6 Another front foot push that goes towards covers but straight to the man. 393/8
  • 124.5 Leans ahead and taps it to covers.
  • 124.4 Floated in line of the stumps, Broad connects with the paddle sweep this time. Smith anticipates it nicely as he moves towards it from first slip but the ball goes past him towards fine leg. A run taken.
  • 124.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 124.2 Fullish delivery, eased to covers.
  • 124.1 A huge appeal for an LBW denied! Floated around off, drifting in. Broad goes for a paddle sweep but seems to have missed it to wear it on the pads. Australians appeal loudly but it is turned down by the umpire. Warner from backward point tells his skipper to not take the review. Nice judgement as the replays show there was a clear inside edge.
  • Nathan Lyon returns for a bowl. Can he break this partnership?
  • 123.6 FOUR! Pure class! Good length ball around off, Cook stands tall and caresses it through covers for a glorious boundary. Moves into the 190s. 392/8
  • 123.5 On a length on middle, kept out solidly.
  • Mark Nicholas makes a good point on air. Broad can be a tough customer to deal with when he settles down. He is adding some handy runs and hanging around with Cook. However, Broad needs to be careful against the short stuff as he has been hit on his shoulder once.
  • 123.4 Shortish delivery, kept out to point for a run. The Barmy Army claps for him.
  • 123.3 The batsman has played it to the point region.
  • 123.2 FOUR! Broad is entertaining the crowd. Bouncer on middle, shoots off the deck. Broad has his feet up in the air as he attempts a pull but top edges it over the keeper to find the ropes.
  • 123.1 Cook yet again takes a run on the first ball of the over. Tucks it through backward square leg. Runs hard for the single but the second one is not on offer.
  • 122.6 6th short ball of the over, this one is down the leg side. Broad misses his pull and Paine collects it on the bounce. 382/8
  • 122.5 Tries to strangle it down the leg side, played defensively towards short leg.
  • 122.4 The barrage of short balls continue, Broad attempts a pull but gets beaten.
  • 122.3 Tests him with another short ball. Broad is up for it and defends it on the bounce to short leg. Cummins should go for a full and fast yorker as the batsman is backing away so much.
  • 122.2 Another bouncer, angling down leg. Broad goes for a pull but misses.
  • 122.1 FOUR! How do you explain that shot? That was really funny. Cummins angles in a shortish delivery from around the wicket and aims at Broad's body. He backs away and manages to ramp it over the slip fielder to pick up a boundary. He didn't intend to play it that fine but somehow succeeds.
  • 121.6 Short of a length ball on middle and leg, Broad hops and nudges it to square leg. Strangely, Cook agrees to take the single. 378/8
  • 121.5 Another short ball but it is down the leg side, Broad points his bat skywards to leave it alone.
  • 121.4 Back of a length ball on leg stump, Cook tucks it to the square leg region to rotate strike. England's lead touches 50.
  • 121.3 Broad is off the mark! Shortish ball, well outside off. That allows him to free his arms and place it through point for a single.
  • 121.2 Bouncer on middle, Broad pulls it away to the fielder at mid-wicket.
  • 121.1 Hard to understand why Cook has taken the single on the first ball of the over. Hangs back and taps it towards mid on to get across to the other end. Broad has been struggling and he has been exposed now.
  • 120.6 Another bouncer but it's well outside off, Broad hops and then ducks under it awkwardly but survives which is the important thing for England. 374/8
  • 120.5 Short but angling down the leg side, Stuart moves inside the line and misses his tuck.
  • 120.4 The short stuff continues to Broad. He hops and drops it in front of the short leg fielder.
  • 120.3 Shortish delivery, pulled in front of square leg to rotate strike.
  • 120.2 Back of a length outside off, punched nicely but can't beat short cover.
  • 120.1 On a length outside off, pushed to mid off.
  • 119.6 Oh no, that's a real nasty one! Hazlewood pounds the deck hard, Broad takes his eyes off the ball and tries to evade it but is hit on the left shoulder. The bowler gives a long stare to the batsman. That must have stung, hostile stuff. 373/8
  • 119.5 Another appeal for a caught behind turned down. Shortish ball down the leg side, Broad moves inside the line and tries to play it across but misses it as Paine collects it. A shout follows but the umpire stays put. Smith is keen on it but doesn't get support from his teammates this time. The replays show there was daylight between bat and ball.
  • 119.4 Short ball attacking the body, fended off towards leg gully.
  • Stuart Broad is the new man in. A bat-pad and leg gully in place for him. Short stuff is coming up....
  • 119.3 OUT! Yes, there is a nick and the Australians have got their man! Judicious use of the review from them. Probing line from Hazlewood. He bowls a back of a length ball in the corridor of uncertainty, Curran tries to defend it but seems to have got an outside edge. Paine collects it and goes up in an appeal. However, umpire Dharmasena shakes his head. Smith is really confident and takes the DRS immediately. Time for the replays. The Hot Spot shows a slight mark and that is good enough. The decision is reversed and the debutant has to walk back.
  • Australia are confident that they have got their man and hence take the DRS! It is regarding a caught behind decision. Is there a nick?
  • 119.2 On a length outside off, pushed off the front foot to the off side.
  • 119.1 Ooh... peach! Length delivery just outside off, Curran strides forward nicely to block it but gets beaten. That would have been a perfect defensive stroke but he didn't read the line quickly.
  • Hazlewood returns for a bowl.
  • 118.6 Back of a length ball around the rib-cage area, tucked nicely to square leg. 373/7
  • 118.5 Shortish ball, Cook again pulls it and the ball rolls to the square leg region. The man in who is standing in front goes to his left to stop it.
  • 118.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 118.3 On a length in the probing channel around off, Cook pats it to cover region.
  • There are two men close to the square leg region. One is standing in front and one is standing behind. Interesting field placement.
  • 118.2 Shortish ball, pulled towards the square leg region.
  • 118.1 Cummins brings out the slower bouncer at 120.8 clicks, takes ages to come to Cook who shapes for the pull but rightly opts out of it.
  • 117.6 Short ball down the leg side, Curran goes for a pull but misses. 373/7
  • 117.5 Mixes it up again. It is fullish on off, patted back towards the bowler.
  • 117.4 Back to the shortish ball ploy to Curran. He hangs back and punches it nicely to mid off.
  • 117.3 Fuller in length, Curran plays it defensively to mid-wicket.
  • 117.2 This time he gets the cut right and plays it through backward point to rotate strike.
  • It has become very gloomy. A shower had been predicted. Let's hope it stays away.
  • 117.1 Don't remember the last time Cook played a rash shot. Back of a length and width on offer, Cook flashes at it and gets beaten all ends up. The length wasn't ideal to go for that shot.
  • 116.6 Another bouncer but not that well-directed, Tom sits underneath it. 372/7
  • 116.5 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • An extra man in the slip cordon now.
  • 116.4 FOUR! First Test runs for Tom Curran! That was streaky but he will be happy to open his account. In the zone outside off, Curran pokes at it and gets an outside edge past first slip to pick up a boundary.
  • 116.3 Another bouncer, this one shoots off the deck. Curran ducks under it to evade it. Once more a sign of the pitch being a bit two-paced.
  • 116.2 Short ball, doesn't bounce much. Curran does well to sit under it.
  • 116.1 Short ball, sits up nicely for Cook. He pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
  • 115.6 Short of a length ball, defended solidly off the back foot. 367/7
  • 115.5 Good line this. On a fuller length outside off, Curran strides forward to defend it but the ball whizzes past the outside edge of his bat.
  • 115.4 A fraction short and outside off, Cook chops it to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 115.3 Fullish delivery, patted to mid on.
  • 115.2 Back of a length ball, pushed off the back foot to silly mid off.
  • 115.1 On a length outside off, left alone.
  • 114.6 Short delivery, Curran ducks under it. 366/7
  • The debutant, Tom Curran strides out to bat.
  • 114.5 OUT! Australia once again strike early after the break! The short ball ploy has worked against Woakes. Smart bowling from Cummins and he reaps the dividends for doing so. He cleverly bowls a slower bouncer around leg stump, Woakes goes for the pull shot but the ball arrives really late after pitching. Ends up getting it off the gloves and the ball lobs towards Tim Paine. He accepts the dolly gleefully. Actually the speed of the delivery was 132.2 kph but Cummins rolled his fingers enough on it to catch the batsman by surprise and got the desired help from the pitch. The 59-run partnership is cut short. Can Australia wrap things up quickly?
  • 114.4 Shaping away substantially from Cook, dabbed past backward point for a run.
  • 114.3 Good length ball on middle, Cook leans ahead and blocks it solidly.
  • 114.2 Length delivery around off, Cook plays it with an angled bat towards cover-point.
  • 114.1 Back of a length delivery, Cook stands tall and punches it sweetly to mid off.
  • Pat Cummins to bowl from the other end.
  • 113.6 Short of a length ball, Woakes shuffles a bit and eases it to mid on. 365/6
  • Ian Healy analyzes about the missed opportunity of Chris Woakes. The technique of Tim Paine was not quite correct. He didn't move his left foot. If he did that quickly, he would have got the momentum to dive full length to his right. It would have been a sharp catch. Michael Clarke further adds that he is surprised that neither Paine nor Smith went for the catch.
  • 113.5 Fullish delivery around off, tapped to mid off.
  • 113.4 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. They pick up a single.
  • 113.3 Easy pickings for Cook when you feed him on the pads. He tucks the fullish delivery through square leg again. The fielder from long leg covers good ground to his right and keeps the batsmen down to a brace.
  • 113.2 Back of a length ball around off, Cook hangs back and defends it solidly to mid off.
  • 113.1 Starts off with a loosener, on middle and leg, Cook helps it through square leg and returns for a brace.
  • We are back for the final session. 34 overs are still left in the day. Conditions are still overcast. Alastair Cook and Chris Woakes to resume their innings. Jackson Bird to continue his spell. A slip and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • ... Day 3, Session 3 ...
  • Moeen Ali came out and started attacking from the word go. He played a breezy cameo but fell to the wily Lyon who sent him packing for the 6th time in this series. The spinner was the pick of the bowlers and got good purchase from a deck which has dried up considerably. Hazlewood also bowled with a lot of fire and supported him well. England will be happy that Cook is still out there after being dropped one more time by Smith and is nearing a double ton. Chris Woakes has given him good company and the duo is amidst an unbeaten 53-run stand. Will the visitors take the lead past 100? Or will the Aussies bounce back hard? Join us shortly.
  • A session which has gone in favour of England. They have scored 96 runs for the loss of two wickets in 28 overs and importantly they have taken the lead which is worth 33 at the moment. The tourists came out with positive mindset and had the intention of scoring freely off the second new ball. Bairstow played some flashy shots and finally perished.
  • 112.6 On a length around off, pushed off the front foot with the angle to covers. THAT SHALL BE TEA! 360/6
  • 112.5 Hits the deck hard again, Woakes rises up with the bounce and plays it with soft hands towards mid-wicket.
  • 112.4 Dug in short, Woakes sits under it in a jiffy.
  • 112.3 Bowls according to the plan this time, tries to strangle Woakes down the leg side. He moves inside the line and tries to fend it away but gets beaten.
  • 112.2 A bluff from Hazlewood. Bowls it full outside off, Woakes has his feet moving and strokes it through covers for a couple.
  • A short leg and leg gully in place now. The short ball is likely to come up.
  • 112.1 Angling into Cook who tucks it through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Last over before tea...
  • 111.6 Lucky Woakes! On a length outside off, the batsman tries to withdraw but is late. The ball catches the bottom edge and goes past the slip cordon for a brace. The 50-run stand comes up as well. The longer it lasts, the frustrating it shall get for the hosts. 357/6
  • 111.5 Fuller in length, Woakes pushes at it but gets another outside edge but it falls short of the fielder in the slip cordon.
  • 111.4 Fullish on off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 111.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 111.2 FOUR! Streaky again! On a drivable length outside off, Woakes falls for the bait and gets an outside edge past the slip region to pick up a boundary. The Barmy Army is cheering loudly.
  • 111.1 Back of a length ball, answered nicely off the back foot.
  • 110.6 An in dipping low full toss, Woakes does well to play it through backward square leg for a run. 351/6
  • 110.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Smith comes closer to the keeper now.
  • 110.4 FOUR! Oh no, another one flies past the gap between the keeper and first slip. The edges fly at a lower height at the MCG and it is the keeper who needs to go for those catches. On a length around off, Woakes feels for it but gets an outside edge. Paine doesn't go for the catch, neither does Smith and the ball flies past and reaches to the fence behind. Cricket. What a feeling! Is flashed on a board behind. Sums it up pretty nicely.
  • 110.3 The batsman has played it through the point region. One run added to the total.
  • 110.2 On a length this time, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 110.1 That's a ripper! Good length ball coming in with the angle initially, Cook tries to defend it but the away seam movement catches him by surprise and he gets beaten all ends up.
  • 109.6 FOUR! Well played! Fullish ball outside off, Woakes creams it through extra cover. Warner from mid off gives a long hard chase but only comes second best. 345/6
  • 109.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • The commentators on air analyze about Cook's weakness against the left-handed bowlers. He struggled against Starc earlier in the series. Last time when he toured Down Under, he was troubled a lot by Mitchell Johnson as well. Mohammed Amir from Pakistan and Zaheer Khan from India have also won a lot of battles against him.
  • 109.4 Back of a length again, Cook hangs back and pushes it back to Bird.
  • 109.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 109.2 Short of a length delivery, Cook hops and keeps it out towards short leg.
  • 109.1 A stifled appeal for an LBW is turned down. Back of a length on off, angling in. Cook looks to work it across but is hit on the thigh pad. The visitors appeal but bail out of it soon realizing that it was going down leg.
  • 108.6 Good game awareness from Cook! Leans ahead to the fullish ball and mistimes his drive towards mid off. Calls for the single straightaway and reaches the danger end safely. There is a direct hit at the bowler's end but no extra conceded. 340/6
  • 108.5 Length delivery outside off, Cook doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 108.4 Goes fullish again, Cook jams it out past the bowler towards mid off.
  • 108.3 Back of a length ball in the channel outside off, left alone.
  • Nathan Lyon is off the field at the moment. Not sure what the reason is. Australia are missing Mitchell Starc at the moment. He is really good against the tail as reflected by his stats in this series. Out of the 19 wickets, 11 were against the lower order.
  • 108.2 Shaping away a touch from Alastair. He has it covered and blocks it stoutly.
  • 108.1 Fuller in length around off, Cook comes forward confidently and strokes it to mid off.
  • 107.6 Fullish delivery on off, Woakes defends it with a straight bat. 339/6
  • 107.5 Shuffles across to the fullish delivery around off and pats it back to the bowler.
  • 107.4 On a length around off, pushed off the front foot to mid off.
  • Signs of the wicket starting to deteriorate. In the first ball of this over, there was a bit of explosion after the ball hit the deck. The pitch scan also shows that the track has dried up considerably as compared to Day 1 and Day 2. The spinners will come more into play as the game progresses.
  • 107.3 Shortish delivery outside off, Chris waits for it and plays it with an angled blade to point.
  • 107.2 Similar length ball, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 107.1 That's a peach! Back of a length delivery outside off, shaping in a touch with a lot of zip. Woakes has a poke at it but is beaten all ends up. Almost brushed the outside edge on its way through.
  • Woakes is a good cricketer. However, he hasn't played to his potential either with the bat or with the ball in the series. This is a good time to stand up and deliver the goods. Meanwhile, Jackson Bird comes back into the attack.
  • 106.6 Hazlewood steams in from around the wicket to Cook and angles in a length delivery. Cook knows where his off stump is and makes an assured leave. 339/6
  • 106.5 Nice timing from Woakes! Leans ahead to the length delivery around off, allows the ball to meet the full face of the bat and drives it sweetly through covers to pick up three runs to his name.
  • 106.4 A bit ahead of a length outside off, Woakes goes for a flashy drive but mistimes it to wide mid off.
  • 106.3 Similar length ball, angling in. Woakes shuffles and taps it to mid on.
  • 106.2 Fullish ball around off, a bit of nibble in the air. Woakes pushes it with an angled blade to gully.
  • 106.1 Well bowled! On a back of a length, straightens a touch after pitching. Cook adjusts in his crease and plays it with soft hands towards covers for a run.
  • Hazlewood is back on.
  • 105.6 Uses his feet to the loopy delivery and eases it towards mid on. Lyon has bowled well from over the wicket today. Good variations and subtle changes of paces have kept the batsmen guessing. 335/6
  • 105.5 Fuller in length around off, Chris defends it down the track.
  • 105.4 Spinning in from a shorter length, tucked off the back foot to mid-wicket.
  • 105.3 Slow through the air, leans ahead confidently and strokes it to mid on.
  • 105.2 Tossed up around off, driven off the front foot to mid off.
  • 105.1 Fullish delivery outside off, Woakes whips it towards mid on.
  • 104.6 Drags his length back a touch, it's on middle and off, Cook shuffles a bit and taps it to mid on. 335/6
  • 104.5 Marsh continues to bowl full, Alastair leans ahead and drives it nicely to mid off.
  • 104.4 Full ball well outside off, Cook doesn't bother to play at it.
  • 104.3 On a length outside off, Alastair cuts it through covers and picks up a couple to his name.
  • 104.2 Paine is standing up to the stumps now. Very full outside off, Cook lets it be and Paine fails to collect it cleanly and parries it behind.
  • 104.1 FOUR! Pure timing and class! Back of a length ball outside off, Cook stands tall and times his punch to perfection. He beats the two men at short cover and picks up a boundary.
  • 103.6 Darted in on the stumps, Alastair eases it through mid on for a run. 329/6
  • 103.5 Leans ahead and strokes the tossed up ball to covers.
  • 103.4 Quicker on middle, pushed back to Lyon.
  • 103.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 103.2 Angling into Cook who defends it nicely.
  • 103.1 The MCG crowd is up on its feet and cheers for England. They are into the lead now and this is the first time in the series that the visitors have gone ahead of the opposition. Fullish ball, Woakes eases it to covers for a single.
  • 102.6 Shaping across Cook who doesn't fiddle with it. 327/6
  • 102.5 The scores are level now. Short ball, pulled through backward square leg for a single.
  • 102.4 Full length ball, Cook leans into it and strokes it to sweeper cover for a single. There are three catching men at covers waiting but he does well to find the gap.
  • 102.3 On a length and leaving the southpaw, Alastair plants his front foot across and lets it go.
  • 102.2 Full length ball attacking the stumps, Cook puts his bat down and eases it to mid on.
  • 102.1 Back of a length ball on middle, played with soft hands past Marsh.
  • 101.6 Flat and quick on off, kept out watchfully. 325/6
  • 101.5 Quicker one, Cook is hurried a bit and gets it off the inner half to backward square leg. A run taken.
  • 101.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 101.3 Oohs and Aahs from the Australians. Coming in with the arm, Cook fails to clip it as the ball hits his pads and lobs to Bancroft at short leg who takes it. The Australians appeal but bail out of it soon realizing that there was no bat involved.
  • 101.2 Tossed up ball, played with soft hands to mid off.
  • 101.1 Sliding down leg, Cook fails to clip it. A rare miss from Paine behind the stumps as he fails to take it cleanly.
  • 100.6 Good length ball, Cook does well to steer it through point to pick up a single. 324/6
  • Three catching covers in place.
  • 100.5 Back of a length ball, angling across the southpaw and staying a bit low. Cook crouches and goes for a cut but the ball passes under his bat. Not a bad ploy to bowl at him from over the wicket.
  • 100.4 Back of a length ball on off, Woakes swivels and pulls it past short leg towards deep mid-wicket. A single taken.
  • 100.3 Fuller in length around off, shaping in. Woakes gets to the pitch of the ball and eases it to short cover.
  • 100.2 Short and width on offer, Cook places it through point and takes a single.
  • 100.1 Length delivery outside off, going away further. Cook points his bat skywards to let it be.
  • Mitchell Marsh is brought in for a burst.
  • 99.6 Slow turn from a length, Woakes goes back and safely keeps it out towards cover. 321/6
  • 99.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 99.4 Quicker through the air around middle and off, blocked.
  • 99.3 Tossed up on off, driven towards mid off for a single.
  • 99.2 Another short ball, Cook goes back and punches it through the gap at cover to pick up a brace.
  • 99.1 Lyon drops it short outside off, punched off the back foot towards cover.
  • Drinks on the field.
  • 98.6 Was that a catch? Oh yes, Steven Smith drops another but it was struck really well. The Aussie skipper can't believe it and is down on the ground. He dropped one when Cook was on 66 and once again puts him down. Shortish ball on middle, comes up at a good height as Cook pulls it away. It travels towards square leg where Steven Smith puts in a quick dive to his right but the ball doesn't stick in his right palm. It rolls further and they take a single. The trail comes under 10 now. 318/6
  • 98.5 Good length delivery, angling in, worked towards mid-wicket by shuffling across.
  • 98.4 Another well-directed bumper, Woakes pulls it along the ground towards fine leg for a single.
  • 98.3 Nearly... nearly gets a wicket! Cummins is troubling Woakes with the shorter ones. Another one right on the money, Woakes can't sway, can't play and in the end fends it awkwardly. The ball pops off the splice and just lobs over short leg.
  • 98.2 Controls it well but there is a man out there! Shortish delivery on middle, Cook swivels just a touch and plays a controlled pull towards deep square leg for a single.
  • 98.1 Sprays it wider on off, Cook has no qualms in leaving that alone.
  • 97.6 Lands it full on off, Chris Woakes is quick to bring his bat down to end the over. 315/6
  • 97.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 97.4 Goes back and works it with the spin past short leg.
  • 97.3 This one stays low! Turns in from a length, Woakes literally has to crouch low to defend it down. Had he missed, he would have been dead plumb.
  • 97.2 Quicker through the air on middle and off, kept out off the back foot.
  • 97.1 Flighted delivery outside off, Chris Woakes presses forward in defense.
  • 96.6 Touch fuller outside off, blocked off the front foot. 315/6
  • 96.5 Struck on the pads! Brings it back from a length outside off, Cook is beaten for pace and wears it on the pads. A stifled appeal but the angle seems to have taken it down leg.
  • 96.4 After bowling short balls, Cummins goes full to Cook from around the wicket. AC pushes it back to the bowler who sticks his right hand out to stop it.
  • 96.3 Angles it in from a length around off, Woakes tries to work it away. Dribbles it off the inner half through square leg and gets to the other end.
  • 96.2 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 96.1 Bangs in a short one, just outside off. Woakes hops to fend it away but gets it off the splice as the ball falls just short of Khawaja at gully.
  • 95.6 Darted on middle and leg, driven towards deep mid on by Woakes and he gets off the mark. 314/6
  • 95.5 On middle and leg, Cook makes room and pushes it towards extra cover. Bird from mid off moves to his right and dives to stop it but cannot prevent the single. Seems to have hurt his shoulder as well.
  • 95.4 Drifting in on middle and leg, Alastair prods forward and stonewalls it.
  • 95.3 Loopy delivery outside off, AC lunges forward in defense.
  • 95.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 95.1 Tosses it up outside off, defended off the front foot.
  • 94.6 Goes short again but the line is down the leg side this time. Woakes is happy to duck under it. 312/6
  • 94.5 Back of a length ball on middle and off, dealt off the back foot.
  • 94.4 Cummins is bending his back! He hits the deck hard again, too good for any batsman as Woakes ducks to let it sail over him to the keeper.
  • 94.3 Another short ball on middle and leg, tucked comfortably behind square on the leg side for one by Cook.
  • 94.2 Shortish around middle and off, defended off the back foot.
  • 94.1 FOUR! Top edge but it flies safely! 150 up for Alastair Cook. 11th time he has reached the landmark, third time against Australia. Phenomenal! Cummins bangs in a short ball, Cook is in a tangle as he tries to play the hook shot. Gets a top edge but much to his delight the ball flies safely over the keeper for a boundary. Raises his bat and gets a warm applause from the crowd.
  • 93.6 Drops it short on off, defended off the back foot. 307/6
  • 93.5 Quicker and flatter through the air on middle, the batsman hangs back in defense.
  • 93.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 93.3 Comes forward and bunts it back to Lyon.
  • 93.2 Flighted delivery around middle and off, Woakes defends it down.
  • Chris Woakes strides out next.
  • 93.1 OUT! Got him! What a catch by Shaun Marsh! Spectacular stuff from him and his mates barge towards him. Steven Smith likes it and lets out a huge roar. Lyon wins the battle again, 6th time in the series he has dismissed Moeen Ali. Third one in the game for him and boy, Australia are on the charge now. He drops it a bit short and serves it around off, Ali rocks back to punch it over cover but Shaun Marsh at short extra cover times his leap to perfection to take a stunning catch over his head. Just brilliant! Moeen Ali was trying to take the offie on and now has to make his way back. England trail by 20 runs!
  • 92.6 The batsman has punched that ball through the off side. 307/5
  • 92.5 Bangs in a short one again, Ali looks to pull but gets it off the inner half down to fine leg for a single.
  • 92.4 Shortish and outside off, Ali resists and lets it be.
  • 92.3 FOUR! Ali is living dangerously here! Short of a length delivery, on the body of Moeen. He looks to pull but isn't in complete control. The ball flies right between the fine leg fielder and deep square leg fielder and goes to the fence.
  • 92.2 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 92.1 Good length delivery, angling in from around the wicket, clipped through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Pat Cummins into the attack now.
  • 91.6 Just over short cover! This is turning out to be a good battle between the two! Lyon tosses it up again, Ali makes room and just chips it over a leaping short cover fielder for a couple. An eventful over comes to an end, 12 off it. 301/5
  • 91.5 Flatter one on the stumps, defended down off the back foot.
  • 91.4 Quicker through the air, outside off, left alone.
  • 91.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 91.2 FOUR! Uppish but safe again! Tosses it up generously outside off, Ali looks to go after it again. Gets it past the man at short cover for a boundary.
  • 91.1 SIX! In the air... just over Cummins! What is Ali doing here? Tries to take Lyon on and nearly pays the price. The offie bowls it slower through the air, Moeen dances down the track to go big down the ground but is done in by the flight. Miscues it high in the air and shouts of CATCH IT! follows. Pat Cummins who is placed at deepish mid on backtracks, keeps his eyes on the ball but is aware that the momentum might take him further. By the time he tries to take it, the ball sails over the fence. They check if it's a biggie or not, replays show it really is. Lyon has dismissed Ali five times in the series and nearly got him for the 6th time.
  • 90.6 Fuller in length and outside off, Cook leans forward and drives it through cover. Once again in the gap and they take a couple. 289/5
  • 90.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 90.4 Takes on the short ball this time! Good reply from Ali. Expects another short ball, is up for the task as he pulls it through mid-wicket. Won't get a boundary but will get three.
  • With a lot of buzz going around as to why didn't Dawid Malan take the review, here is one more example which could have gone in his favour. Just now they have shown another replay in which not only an inside edge is spotted but also the impact is outside the line. Well, well, got to say, it was a lucky breakthrough for the Aussies...
  • 90.3 A well-directed bouncer which must have shaken Ali up! Hazlewood hits the deck hard, gets extra bounce as Ali looks to sway away from the line. It goes off something past the right of the keeper to the fence. Was it off the gloves? Nope, replays confirm it went off the helmet and so, leg byes signalled by the umpire.
  • 90.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 90.1 On a shorter length and angling in, Cook turns it through square leg for a single.
  • Moeen Ali is the new man in.
  • 89.6 OUT! Nathan Lyon at it again! Good bowling, good catch from Paine as well! Australia strike early in the session, just what they wanted. The bowling change does the trick again. Lyon pushes it quicker through the air, bowls it short and it turns back in with extra bounce. Bairstow goes back to cut but the length isn't a good one to play that kind of a shot. Gets a faint tickle and Tim Paine behind the stumps gathers it. Not an easy take, that. Half the English side back in the hut and they are still behind by 48 runs. 279/5
  • 89.5 Pitches it around middle, turning back in, Bairstow clips it with the turn past short leg.
  • 89.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 89.3 Flatter one on the stumps, the batsman hangs back in defense.
  • 89.2 Lyon drops it short and outside off, Cook rocks back in a flash and punches it through the gap at cover. Picks up three runs for doing so. The trail comes under 50 now.
  • 89.1 Comes around the wicket and floats it up wider outside off, Alastair with an angled bat pushes it towards backward point.
  • Nathan Lyon is brought into the attack now. A slip and bat-pad in place. Let's see what can he do with the cherry being a new one.
  • 88.6 Bangs in a short ball, just like he did in the previous over. Yet again the line is down the leg side. Easily left alone by JB. 276/4
  • 88.5 Perfect length from Josh! He keeps it on the stumps, a bit fuller, Jonny stays rooted inside the crease to keep it out on the leg side.
  • 88.4 On a length and outside off, punched off the back foot towards cover.
  • 88.3 Angles it in on middle, Jonny hops back to tuck it towards short mid-wicket.
  • 88.2 Keeps it nice and full on the stumps, wristed towards mid on.
  • 88.1 Flashy from Jonny! Hazlewood goes wide of the crease and bowls it on a length on off. It's too close to the off pole to cut and Bairstow still decides to hit one. Gets beaten all ends up.
  • 87.6 Slants it in on middle and leg again, Jonny tries to repeat the previous shot but gets it off the inner half this time as the ball rolls towards square leg. They steal a single. In fact, the umpire signals it as a leg bye. 276/4
  • 87.5 FOUR! Wayward from Bird! Too straight from him, it's a cross seam delivery down the leg side. All Jonny had to do was to get some bat on it, he does so and Paine behind the stumps, despite a full stretch dive to his left couldn't cut it off. Races away to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
  • 87.4 Bangs in a short one, some extra bounce for Jackson but Bairstow is quick to sit under it.
  • 87.3 Fuller on the stumps, Jonny goes for the drive but gets it off the toe end as the ball rolls towards mid on.
  • 87.2 Length ball on middle, turned behind square on the leg side for an easy single.
  • 87.1 Fuller and veering in on middle and leg, AC drives it towards mid on where Warner moves swiftly to his left to stop it.
  • 86.6 Right behind the line to this full length delivery is Jonny. Keeps it out towards cover. 270/4
  • 86.5 Tries to go short but the line isn't right. It's down the leg side which allows the batsman to evade it easily.
  • 86.4 Slightly fuller, good line from Josh and another front foot defense on offer.
  • 86.3 Pitches it right up there outside off, Bairstow drives it towards short cover.
  • 86.2 Fuller in length and outside off, the English keeper strides ahead in defense.
  • 86.1 Good aggressive running! Hazlewood angles it on the pads, Bairstow clips it neatly behind square on the leg side and calls for two. The fielder in the deep has a lot of ground to cover which allows the pair to complete the second.
  • Josh Hazlewood to continue from the other end. Same field for him as well.
  • 85.6 FOUR! Lovely straight drive from Cook! Bird in his quest to bring it back in, overpitches it by a margin. Cook doesn't miss out as he leans forward and caresses it down the ground past Bairstow for a boundary. Effortless from Alastair! 268/4
  • 85.5 Good length ball outside off, defended firmly towards mid off.
  • 85.4 Goes fuller, it's just outside off, the southpaw leans to drive it through but mistimes it towards short cover.
  • 85.3 On a length and coming back in a touch, Cook is squared up a bit as he defends this one with an angled bat towards point.
  • 85.2 Fuller and angling in from outside off, another tight defense from Alastair.
  • 85.1 Bird starts the session from around the wicket and bowls a back of a length delivery on off, Cook stays solid behind the line to keep it out.
  • We are back for the post-lunch session. There is a cloud cover now. Alastair Cook and Jonny Bairstow will resume their innings. Jackson Bird to continue his spell. Two slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • ... Day 3, Session 2 ...
  • Josh Hazlewood then came back breathing fire with the second new ball to trap Malan in front who for some reason didn't take the review. For the visitors, Alastair Cook is still out there batting on 134 and has Bairstow for company. Their hopes shall be pinned on the senior man to keep digging in and take them into the lead. Will that happen? Or will the hosts' bowlers come out afresh and run through the lower middle order? Should be another action-packed session. Join us back shortly to see what happens next...
  • A pretty eventful session comes to an end! Australia will be a bit more happy as they were able to break the overnight stand between Root and Cook. Their bowlers were right on the money throughout and didn't offer much freebies. They frustrated the batsmen to quite an extent by keeping a lid on the scoring rate which eventually brought them success. Pat Cummins, who was unwell yesterday, removed the dangerous Root just when he was eyeing a big one.
  • 84.6 Good ball to end the session! Josh goes wide of the crease and angles it in from around off, Jonny Bairstow once again lets it through. THAT'S LUNCH ON DAY 3! England trail by 63 runs! 264/4
  • 84.5 Shortish and outside off, JB hangs back to punch it towards cover.
  • 84.4 Fuller in length and coming back in from over the wicket, Bairstow plants his front foot across and then lifts his bat to make a leave. That nearly kissed the off pole.
  • 84.3 Shortish on middle and leg, AC swivels to pull it along the ground towards deep backward square leg for a single.
  • 84.2 Good leave! Hazlewood hurls it on a length outside off, it comes back in with the angle as Cook makes an assured leave.
  • 84.1 Good length delivery, in the corridor outside off, Alastair is rock solid in defense.
  • Last over coming up before lunch. Can Australia pick up another one?
  • 83.6 Good length on middle, tucked towards the leg side. 263/4
  • 83.5 Angling in from outside off, a push back to the bowler off the front foot.
  • 83.4 FOUR! Through the slip cordon! This must be frustrating for the Aussies! Bird nicely bowls it full, lures Bairstow into a drive who obliges. The ball moves away a bit, takes a fat edge and flies right between second slip and gully for a streaky boundary.
  • 83.3 What is Bairstow trying to do here? It was on a length and stayed a bit low as well, Bairstow tries to pull but is undone by the low bounce. This wasn't a ball to play the pull shot.
  • 83.2 On a back of a length outside off, Bairstow looks to hit it through the line but gets an inside edge on the pads. We saw this happening a lot of times when Australia were batting. Should be careful, Jonny.
  • 83.1 Too straight from Jackson Bird, fuller and on the pads, Jonny Bairstow works it through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 82.6 Good length delivery, leaving the southpaw. He points his bat skywards to allow it through. 257/4
  • 82.5 Well played. Fraction straight from Hazlewood, there is very little margin for error when you are bowling to Bairstow. He stays well-balanced and clips it through mid-wicket to pick up three runs to his name.
  • 82.4 That flew off the bat! Fullish ball, shaping in. Bairstow leans ahead and just pushes it with great timing to mid on.
  • 82.3 Short delivery, sits up nicely for the southpaw. He pulls it through backward square leg to rotate strike.
  • 82.2 Pitched up outside off, Alastair presses forward and strokes it to mid off.
  • 82.1 Full length ball, swinging in substantially. Cook smothers it down towards mid on.
  • 81.6 FOUR! Delightful stuff! Bird goes full, searching for some swing but dishes it pretty full outside off. Bairstow leans forward and times his drive well to beat Warner at mid off and picks up a boundary. 253/4
  • 81.5 A watchful leave from JB. Bird keeps it full outside off, nothing doing from Jonny.
  • 81.4 Angles it in from around middle and off, Jonny stays back to defend it towards the bowler.
  • 81.3 Pitches it up on off, Bairstow presses forward and defends it towards cover.
  • 81.2 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 81.1 Comes forward to this full ball and defends it down gently.
  • Double change as Jackson Bird comes on to bowl.
  • 80.6 Another shout for an LBW! Fuller and swinging back in on middle and leg, Cook falls over in his attempted flick shot and gets hit on the pads. The appeal dies down as it was clearly going down leg. 249/4
  • 80.5 In the channel outside off, AC makes a watchful leave.
  • 80.4 Fuller in length and just outside off, Jonny leans forward and drives it through cover. Warner from mid off hares after it to save a run for his side.
  • 80.3 On a length and a bit wide outside off, Jonny shoulders his arms to let it be.
  • Jonny Bairstow is the next batsman in.
  • 80.2 OUT! Trapped in front! The new cherry works instantly for Australia and Josh Hazlewood is absolutely delighted! He comes from around the wicket and drops it on a fuller length around off, it nips back in appreciably. Malan stays rooted inside the crease to defend but the inward movement gets the better of him. He gets pinged on the pads and a loud appeal follows to which umpire S Ravi raises his finger. Malan walks across to Cook, thinks about the review but then decides against it. Hang on! Hang on! The replays show that there is a big deviation on that one. My word, even Hot Spot detects an edge. How come Dawid didn't know about this? This is really strange. As a batsman you should know that you have nicked one. Anyway, he has to walk now. England need another 81 to go ahead of Australia for the first time in the series.
  • 80.1 Good length delivery, in the channel outside off, Malan shoulders his arms.
  • The second new ball is available now and Steven Smith wastes no time in taking it. And Josh Hazlewood will be the one to taste it first. Can he strike?
  • 79.6 Drops it short and outside off, Cook goes back and looks to cut it away. Gets it towards Warner at backward point who half stops it. 246/3
  • 79.5 Goes around the wicket to Cook now and lands it full on middle, easily defended off the front foot.
  • 79.4 Gets across and works it between short leg and leg slip for one.
  • 79.3 Gives it nice loop, delivers it on middle and leg, it's defended into the ground.
  • 79.2 Flighted ball around middle and leg, Malan comes down the track and bunts it back to Lyon.
  • 79.1 Drifting across Cook, on the shorter side, punched off the back foot towards point for a single.
  • 78.6 Short and outside off, a bit of movement away, Malan initially looks to go after it but then bails out at the last moment. Marsh shares a smile with Dawid. 244/3
  • 78.5 Good take from Paine! He has been really good behind the sticks! Short and down the leg side, Malan ducks under it. The ball was traveling before Paine puts in a full length dive to his right to cut that one off.
  • 78.4 Fuller in length and angling in, Malan prods ahead and wrists it towards mid on.
  • 78.3 Good length but the line is wide outside off, Dawid shoulders his arms.
  • 78.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 78.1 Fuller in length and outside off, Malan goes after it but mistimes it towards short cover.
  • 77.6 Down the leg side, Cook misses his flick and Paine behind the stumps is quick to take the bails off. No appeal from him as Cook was inside the crease. 244/3
  • 77.5 Leading edge! Lyon's ploy to come over the wicket seems to be working for him. He keeps it full around middle and leg, Cook closes the face of the bat early and ends up getting a leading edge which rolls safely towards cover.
  • 77.4 Around middle and leg, Alastair looks to defend but once again gets it off the inner half and it lands just short of Cameron Bancroft at FSL.
  • 77.3 Quicker one around middle and leg, Cook looks to clip but gets it off the inner half past short leg.
  • 77.2 Once again floats it up on middle, defended into the ground.
  • 77.1 Floats it up around middle and leg, Cook presses forward and defends it back to Nathan.
  • 76.6 Pretty harmless again from Marsh, Dawid doesn't bother going after it. 244/3
  • 76.5 In the channel outside off, Malan shoulders his arms.
  • 76.4 Length delivery on middle and off, defended by covering the line.
  • 76.3 Bowls it short on the body, Cook swivels as he rolls his wrists to play it through backward square leg for a single.
  • 76.2 FOUR! Flawless from Cook! Marsh goes full, it's on middle and off. Cook leans forward and presents a full face of the bat. Connects with the middle of the bat and mid on was a mere spectator.
  • 76.1 Angling in from around off, Cook turns it towards mid-wicket.
  • 75.6 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 239/3
  • 75.5 Darted on middle and leg, wristed past Cameron at short leg for one.
  • 75.4 Inside edge! Bancroft at short leg did try his best to get to it! Around middle and leg, Cook lunges forward to defend but gets an inside edge on the pads as the ball lobs towards short leg. It was a bit straight, had it lobbed a bit squarer, Cook could have been in trouble.
  • 75.3 Flatter one outside off, Alastair camps back and punches it through point for a couple.
  • 75.2 Quicker one around middle and leg, Cook goes back and tucks it past short leg.
  • 75.1 Lyon goes over the wicket and drifts this one across Cook who comes forward and kills it down.
  • 74.6 Back of a length outside off, defended off the back foot gently. 236/3
  • 74.5 Keeps it full again, outside off, Dawid presses forward and defends it with a straight bat towards cover.
  • 74.4 Fuller and angling in on middle, worked towards mid on.
  • 74.3 This one nips back in a bit, Malan knows where his off stump is and makes a leave.
  • 74.2 Angling in from a good length, defended back down.
  • 74.1 Marsh begins his spell with a gentle loosener, Cook moves across and tucks it down to fine leg for a single.
  • Mitchell Marsh is brought into the attack now, replacing Cummins. Maybe, he wants to get through the next 6 overs quickly and then ask Cummins to have a go with the new cherry first.
  • 73.6 Drifting in on middle and leg, Malan uses his feet and works it towards short mid-wicket. 235/3
  • 73.5 Leans forward and across and buries it into the ground.
  • 73.4 A bit wider outside off, pushed off the front foot towards mid off.
  • 73.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 73.2 Floats it up outside off, Dawid dances down the track and pushes it back to Lyon who is quick to collect and fire it back at the striker's end. Malan was in though.
  • 73.1 Slider from Lyon, a bit short outside off, Cook punches it towards Warner at point and calls for a brisk single.
  • 72.6 FOUR! More runs! Cummins seems to be frustrated now! Hurls it on a length, just outside off, Malan hangs back and looks to dab it away. Gets it off the outer half past Khawaja at gully for back-to-back boundaries. England trail by 93 runs. 234/3
  • 72.5 FOUR! In the air... but safely through the gap! Fuller and a bit of away swing this time, Malan crouches low and looks to square drive this. It's uppish but wide of Lyon at backward point for a boundary. A streaky one.
  • 72.4 A bit too straight and swinging back in on middle and leg, at 140.2 kph. Malan misses his flick and Paine behind the stumps makes a diving stop to his right.
  • 72.3 Good length delivery outside off, DW makes an easy leave.
  • 72.2 A loud shout for an LBW! But the angle seems to take it down leg! Cummins brings it back in from around off, Malan shuffles and hops a bit to tuck it away but misses to wear it near the thigh pad. An appeal from the Aussies but nothing from the umpire.
  • 72.1 Cummins from around the wicket, arrows in a length delivery on off, Malan with soft hands taps it towards point.
  • 71.6 Cook takes a stride forward and defends it right in front of the silly point fielder. 226/3
  • 71.5 Darted around the pads, worked behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • 71.4 Flighted ball outside off, Dawid prods forward in defense.
  • 71.3 Quicker through the air, angling in from around off, Malan does well to bring his bat down and defend.
  • 71.2 Drifting in on the pads, Cook clips it through the gap at square leg for a single.
  • 71.1 Floats it up outside off, pushed off the front foot towards mid off.
  • Time for Drinks.
  • 70.6 On a length around off, shaping in. Malan covers the line and defends it solidly. 224/3
  • 70.5 A sharp bouncer on middle and leg at 141.3 clicks, Malan sits under it in a jiffy. Cummins is working some serious pace here. His fast-arm action allows him to generate so much.
  • 70.4 Short of a length outside off, holding its line. Malan doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 70.3 FOUR! Is that a dropped chance? Low full toss around off, Malan is rooted inside the crease as he attempts to keep it out but gets an outside edge that flies past the gap between Paine and Smith and races to the fence behind. Well, the replays show that the ball hit the turf before flying behind. So, it was not a chance.
  • 70.2 Similar length ball, shaping in appreciably. Cook steers it past point to rotate strike.
  • 70.1 Short of a length around off, Cook hangs back and defends it towards covers.
  • 69.6 Touch short and slower through the air, punched off the back foot. 219/3
  • 69.5 Malan uses his feet, seemed to be done in the flight but somehow manages to push it towards cover.
  • 69.4 Stays a bit low, angling in from off, Malan goes back and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 69.3 Slower one, landed full outside off, Dawid prods forward in defense.
  • 69.2 Drops it short and outside off, flatter through the air, cut hard towards backward point where the fielder makes a diving stop to his right. A single taken.
  • 69.1 Floats it up outside off, Cook comes forward to defend but gets it off the inner half towards the leg side.
  • 68.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 218/3
  • Dawid Malan comes out to bat. He is the leading run-scorer for England in the Ashes so far and will be eager to play another substantial knock.
  • 68.5 OUT! Cummins draws first blood this morning! Big, big breakthrough. The hard work put in by Hazlewood and Bird has been a major reason for the English skipper's downfall. Well-directed short ball around off, Root is not in a good position as the ball gets big on him but he still goes for the pull shot. Is beaten for pace and as a result, he ends up top edging it towards deepish square leg. Lyon who is stationed quite up from the ropes stays cool as a cucumber and pouches it safely. There was a set plan in place and Cummins executed it to perfection. Good captaincy from Smith. Well, Root is absolutely fuming. He throws his gloves near the boundary ropes and has an agonizing look on his face. This is the fourth time in the series that Cummins has got him. Yet again, he fails to convert a start. End of the 138-run stand. England trail by 109 runs. Is this the opening that Australia needed?
  • 68.4 Similar length ball around off, Root comes forward and pushes it towards mid off.
  • 68.3 Length ball around off, Root plays it with an angled blade to point.
  • 68.2 FOUR! Uses the pace of the ball to perfection! Back of a length and a bit of width on offer, Root waits for it and taps it deftly past the gully region for a boundary.
  • 68.1 Fuller in length around off, Root shuffles a bit and defends it with authority.
  • 67.6 Quicker and flatter outside off, answered expertly from the back foot. 214/2
  • 67.5 Ooh.. bring in a silly point in place as well Smith. Tossed up on off, Cook prods forward to defend but the ball hits the splice of his bat and falls down in the vacant silly point region.
  • 67.4 Loopy ball around off, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 67.3 Drifting in towards Alastair who blocks it on the track.
  • 67.2 Slow through the air on off, clipped with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 67.1 Fullish on middle, Cook prods forward in defense.
  • Nathan Lyon comes into the attack. A slip and short leg in place. Meanwhile, Smith also returns to the field.
  • 66.6 Hangs back to the back of the length ball and blocks it solidly. 214/2
  • Steven Smith is off the field at the moment and is sitting near the boundary ropes. The news coming in is that even he is suffering from a stomach bug. Peter Handscomb is the substitute in his place.
  • 66.5 Full delivery outside off, shaping in. Cook goes for a drive tentatively but gets it off the outer half past backward point. A run taken.
  • 66.4 On a length outside off, angling in, Cook lets it go.
  • 66.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single.
  • 66.2 Fullish delivery on off, shaping away a touch. Root comes forward and eases it to covers.
  • 66.1 Short of a length outside off, steered to backward point.
  • First change of the morning. Pat Cummins is brought into the attack. He has bowled 11 overs and wasn't at his best due to stomach upset yesterday. Hope he is fine today. Can he provide a breakthrough?
  • 65.6 Very full outside off, Cook carves it through covers for a brace. 9 from the over, a good one for England. 212/2
  • 65.5 On a good length on off, driven sweetly to mid off.
  • 65.4 Driven through mid off by the batsman.
  • 65.3 FOUR! Shot! Cook is really strong whenever there is width on offer. Short delivery, Cook cuts it past the right side of backward point for a rocketing boundary. Not good from Bird, he needs to find his mark back.
  • Mark Taylor makes a good point on air. He says that when the ball is reversing, you need to shorten your foot movement a touch. Just lean ahead a touch and play your shots to account for the swing. When your foot movements are larger, there are chances of edges getting induced.
  • 65.2 On a length outside off, Root comes forward a touch and creams it through covers. Picks up three runs for doing so.
  • 65.1 Brilliant work! Back of a length outside off, Root places it towards Lyon at point who moves to his right and makes a good stop. Remember him hitting the bull's eye from the same region in Brisbane to catch Vince short.
  • 64.6 On a length around off, Cook defends it stoutly. 203/2
  • 64.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 64.4 Driven towards the mid on region.
  • 64.3 Length ball outside off, Alastair comes forward confidently and blocks it solidly.
  • 64.2 Ooh.. just wide of the outstretched hands of Shaun Marsh. Another full delivery in the probing off stump channel. Cook goes for a drive but the bat turns in his hands. Ends up mistiming it towards short cover where Marsh dives to his right but the ball goes past him in a flash. A couple taken.
  • 64.1 Pitched right up there around off, eased off the front foot to wide mid off.
  • 63.6 Close shave! Full delivery on middle, swinging in. Cook is a bit late in bringing his bat down and aims to clip it square off the wicket on the leg side but gets it off the inner half to fine leg. He lost his shape while playing that and gets lucky. A single taken. 201/2
  • 63.5 Full delivery attacking the stumps, Cook eases it past Bird and towards mid on.
  • 63.4 Fullish delivery, shaping away this time. Alastair presses forward and taps it to mid off.
  • 63.3 Full delivery outside off, driven confidently off the front foot to the same region.
  • 63.2 On a length and in line of the stumps, Cook hangs back and eases it to mid off.
  • 63.1 Overpitched around off, Cook drives it past silly mid off.
  • 62.6 Back of a length outside off, patted to covers. 200/2
  • 62.5 This is beautiful bowling from Hazlewood. He is mixing up things and keeping Root on his toes. Goes wider of the crease and angles in a back of a length ball at 140.7 clicks. Root aims to steer it to third man but gets beaten. Hazlewood gives a long stare to the English skipper and sledges him. This is exciting stuff!
  • 62.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 62.3 A shout for a caught behind not given! Bill Lawry on air got excited and said got him, gone! Good length delivery angling down the leg side, Root looks to tuck it away but seems to have missed it. The ball goes off something and settles into the mitts of Tim Paine. The Australians appeal loudly but the umpire stays put. Smith walks across to Paine and asks about it. Hazlewood also has a loot at his skipper. They don't go for the review. Rightly so, as the Snicko doesn't spot any nick and shows that the ball brushed the thigh pad. He got out in a similar fashion in Perth. Needs to be careful.
  • 62.2 Back of a length ball outside off, pushed off the back foot to Khawaja again.
  • 62.1 The edges keep coming! Full length ball around off, shaping away a touch. Root feels for it and gets a thick outside edge which falls well short of Khawaja at gully. Hazlewood is bowling really well.
  • 61.6 Bird shortens his length and bowls it around off, Cook shuffles a bit and pats it back to the bowler. 200/2
  • Nathan Lyon is warming up.
  • 61.5 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 61.4 Full length ball aimed at the base of the stumps, a bit of shuffle from Cook as he taps it to mid on.
  • 61.3 Full delivery, leaving the southpaw, he lets it go.
  • 61.2 On a length, slanting across, defended off the back foot to covers.
  • Hazlewood and Bird have been right on the money. They have bowled full, attacked the stumps and have induced false strokes. The field placing from Steven Smith has also been spot on. He is attacking and has made life difficult for the batsmen. The hosts have done their homework.
  • 61.1 Full ball on middle, eased off the front foot to mid on.
  • 60.6 Another streaky shot! On a drivable length outside off, a bit of nibble in the air. Cook pushes at it with hard hands and the ball flies off the outer half past backward point. Lyon hunts it down and saves a run for his side. 200 up for England. They trail by 127 now. 200/2
  • 60.5 On a length in line of the stumps, probing lines again. Defended tentatively off the back foot to mid on.
  • 60.4 Shaping inward from outside off, Alastair camps back and blocks it stoutly.
  • 60.3 A surprise delivery, a great one to bowl early in the morning. Terrific yorker on off, Cook is alert to it and jams it out nicely.
  • 60.2 Right on the money again. Full delivery attacking the stumps, Cook lunges forward in defense.
  • 60.1 Well bowled! Angling in on a fullish length, Cook tries to work it through mid-wicket but gets a soft leading edge towards mid on.
  • 59.6 In the zone outside off, left alone. Another probing over. 197/2
  • 59.5 A bit risky but safe in the end. Root clips the fuller length ball through backward square leg. Takes on the long leg fielder and calls for two. The throw is a bit wayward which allows Joe to get back home safely.
  • 59.4 Shortish ball outside off, pushed off the back foot to backward point.
  • 59.3 Gets a fullish delivery to tail in substantially around off, Root comes forward and keeps it out. Bird is trying to get Root playing across the line and bring the LBW into play.
  • 59.2 Good length ball well outside off, Joe hangs back and places it towards Lyon at backward point who is quick to stop it.
  • 59.1 Full length ball around off, Root with a high elbow defends it solidly.
  • 58.6 Edged but safe! A bit fuller this time, angling in appreciably. Cook pokes at it and gets an outside edge that falls short of the gully fielder. Actually there are two fielders standing close to each other in the gully region. Good start from Hazlewood. 195/2
  • 58.5 Once again lands it in the zone of apprehension, good probing channel from Hazlewood. Cook plants his front foot across and makes an assured leave.
  • 58.4 Length delivery on the fourth stump channel, Alastair stays within the crease and blocks it.
  • 58.3 Good pace from Hazlewood. On a similar length at 140.1 clicks, Cook hangs back and plays it with an angled bat to point.
  • 58.2 Hazlewood comes from around the wicket to Cook and bowls a good length ball on off. The southpaw stands tall and defends it stoutly.
  • 58.1 Makes use of the depth of the crease and turns the length delivery through mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • Josh Hazlewood to bowl from the other end.
  • 57.6 35th Test fifty for Joe Root! Shortish delivery and room on offer, Root cuts it towards gully who dives to his left and makes a partial stop. A run is taken. Root raises his bat and is cheered loudly by the crowd. It has been a captain's knock from him so far. The important thing for him is to convert it into a big one. 194/2
  • 57.5 Good length ball around off, punched off the back foot towards mid off.
  • 57.4 Shaping in appreciably on a fuller length from around off, Joe comes forward to account for the swing and defends it down the track.
  • 57.3 Fullish ball, angling in, Root puts his head down and defends it calmly. The Englishmen in the crowd cheer for their side.
  • 57.2 England get going! Back of a length ball, slanting across, Cook punches it towards point. Bancroft moves to his left, dives and makes a half stop but fails to stop the single.
  • 57.1 Starts off with a length ball in the off stump corridor, seaming away after pitching. Cook points his bat skywards to allow it through.
  • We are ready to get rolling. The players and the umpires make their way to the middle. The conditions are overcast. The ball will move around in the first hour and the hosts need to capitalize on that. Alastair Cook and Joe Root to continue their innings. It will be Jackson Bird to start off the proceedings with the ball. A slip, a silly mid off and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • We know that the home side is a tough unit and an epitome of competitiveness. A few quick wickets in the morning and you never know, they might just pull back the initiative. The promising sign for them is that a few cracks are opening up and Lyon got appreciable bounce and turn at times. Will the Aussies turn things around? Or will the tourists remain on top? A bit of weather concern as a shower or two is predicted in the afternoon but let's hope they stay away...
  • Australia, on the other hand, failed to find answers on a flat track. We saw how the hosts struggled due to Pat Cummins not being his hundred percent. They need him to be up and running today. The injury to Mitchell Starc has also weakened their bowling attack. It was the sheer pace that troubled the Englishmen earlier.
  • Hello and a warm welcome to the coverage of Day 3 of the MCG Test. It is said that when you have nothing to lose, you express yourself and play with a lot of freedom. That is what we got to see from England yesterday. The Ashes is much more than just playing for pride. Riding on Cook's sublime ton and Root's solidity, the visitors will be striving to push Australia further on the back foot. It is important for them that the duo continue to flourish.
  • ... Day 3, Session 1 ...
  • The fact that Pat Cummins struggled due to an upset stomach made life difficult for the hosts as he has been their key bowler so far. Right then, the away side are placed nicely at the moment and can't afford the match to slip away. We know that if you give the Australians an inch, they will make a yard for themselves. Will the Englishmen continue to dictate terms? Or will the home side fight back just like England did in the morning session today? Join us tomorrow for Day 3 at 1030 local (2330 GMT, previous day) to catch all the action. Till then, cheers!
  • When the visitors came out to bat, they responded well. Though Stoneman departed early and Vince failed to capitalize on a start (strangely not taking a review), Cook and Root batted sensibly and kept the scoreboard ticking. The Australian bowlers were a bit off colour apart from Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon. The quickie got good reverse swing while the spinner extracted good purchase on some occasions and ended up picking a wicket apiece.
  • Earlier, England bowled brilliantly and triggered a collapse after dismissing Smith, thereby picking up 7 wickets for only 67 runs. They were high on intensity today which was largely missing on this tour. The results are there to see.
  • Alastair Cook and Joe Root head back to the dressing room with big smiles on their faces. England have completely controlled the proceedings on Day 2 and only trail by 135 runs now with eight wickets in hand. After facing a lot of criticism for failing with the bat, Cook has answered his critics with a majestic knock. The southpaw was positive from the word go, played some eye-catching strokes and has scored a much-needed ton. He was given a life when he was dropped on 66 by Smith and has made the most of it.
  • 56.6 Short ball on leg stump, pulled to fine leg for a single. 11 from the over, not what Australia would have hoped for. That shall be STUMPS on day 2, England trail by 135 runs! 192/2
  • 56.5 Full ball outside off, played with an open bat face to point.
  • 56.4 FOUR! Take a bow, Alastair Cook! A great display of temperament and composure. Reaches his 32nd Test hundred in deserving style and is absolutely elated! He needed this, England needed this and finally it has come. He last scored an Ashes ton way back in 2011. That's 35 innings ago, woah! Coming back to the ball, it is a half-tracker on leg stump. Cook rocks back and pulls it through backward square leg to reach to the milestone in style. Lifts his bat towards the dressing room and gets a huge round of applause from the MCG crowd as well. Well played, Cooky.
  • 56.3 Cook moves to 99, look at the urgency in his running. Plays this one with soft hands through square leg. By the time the fielder reaches the ball and throws it back, Cook hares back for the second.
  • 56.2 Tossed up on middle, clipped with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 56.1 FOUR! Freebie for Cook and he relishes on it! He won't mind Smith bowling this over. Gets easy for him to milk runs and he is inching closer to his ton. Juicy full toss on middle and leg, Cook clips it through wide mid on to pick up a boundary.
  • Steven Smith brings himself into the attack. 2 overs to go in the day and hence the move as time is running out.
  • 55.6 Drifting across Root who remains composed in his defense. 181/2
  • 55.5 On middle and leg, patted back to bowler.
  • 55.4 Fullish ball on middle, Cook leans ahead and taps it to mid on for a single.
  • 55.3 Tossed up wider outside off, eased off the front foot to the same region.
  • 55.2 Quick and flat on off, punched to covers.
  • 55.1 A bit risky! Cook once again exposes his stumps to an incoming delivery and chops it from the off stump towards backward point.
  • 54.6 On a length, angling in sharply. Tucked off the back foot to mid-wicket. 180/2
  • 54.5 Overpitched outside off, driven sweetly but finds the man at mid off.
  • 54.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 54.3 Textbook stuff from Root! Similar length ball, Root leans ahead and with a high elbow eases it to mid off.
  • 54.2 Fullish delivery around off, Root accounts for the swing and defends it solidly.
  • 54.1 Back of a length outside off, Cook taps it through covers for an easy single. That brings the 100-run stand up between the duo. These two have been solid as a rock. The point is can they continue to dominate?
  • 53.6 Tossed up ball, clipped to mid on. 179/2
  • 53.5 Quicker through the air and skids on, Root tries to punch it but gets a bottom edge towards slip.
  • 53.4 Slow through the air on middle, answered with a straight bat.
  • 53.3 Floated outside off, played with soft hands to point. They search for a single but it is not there on offer.
  • 53.2 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Half-tracker on leg stump, Root rocks back and half pulls it behind square on the leg side to pick up another boundary. Moves to 49 with that.
  • 53.1 Floated on middle, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 52.6 Back of a length ball around off, turned to square leg. 175/2
  • 52.5 Full toss on middle, clipped to mid-wicket. Cook will be disappointed with that.
  • Cook is looking really settled today. He is getting into good positions today and that has helped his cause. Shows how important head position and footwork is in Test cricket.
  • 52.4 FOUR! Cook continues to play freely. Moves into the nineties. Fullish delivery around off, Cook just pushes it past the bowler and through mid on. Warner from mid off hares after it, puts in a desperate dive near the ropes but fails to keep the ball in play.
  • 52.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 52.2 Cummins shortens the length and bowls it around off. Cook remains composed in his defense.
  • 52.1 Beautifully bowled! Yorker around off, Cook does well to jam it out.
  • 51.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 171/2
  • 51.5 Well played! Hangs deep in the crease and tucks it past the diving mid-wicket fielder. Lot of open spaces and the batsmen return for a brace.
  • 51.4 Edged but short! On yet another occasion, a ball falls short of the slip fielder. Tossed up on off, turning away sharply. Cook fishes at it tentatively and gets an outside edge. Smith is alert to it, dives to his left but the ball lands in front and goes past him. A run taken.
  • 51.3 Fullish delivery on off, driven to deepish mid off.
  • 51.2 Nicely bowled! Coming in with the arm and skids off the pitch. Cook is cramped for room as he keeps it out to the off side.
  • 51.1 Floated delivery around off, blocked watchfully.
  • 50.6 Length ball, jagging in sharply. Root gets low and tucks it to mid-wicket. 168/2
  • 50.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 50.4 FOUR! Root takes full toll off the loose delivery. Short delivery, the intention is correct but the execution isn't. The line is on leg stump. Root swivels across and pulls it down through the vacant fine leg region to find the fence. Cummins has been struggling and here is another example of that.
  • 50.3 Very full delivery outside off, carved away with an open bat face to the same region.
  • 50.2 Similar length ball outside off, forced off the back foot to the point region.
  • 50.1 Good length ball around off, angling in. Root gets on top of the bounce and defends it nicely.
  • 49.6 Shuffles a bit and turns it through mid-wicket for a single. 164/2
  • 49.5 FOUR! Lucky Root! That could have easily gone back to disturb the stumps. Slow through the air and on a fullish length on off, Root kneels and goes for a full-fledged sweep but seems to have got a bottom edge. The ball beats the keeper and the leg slip and rolls to the fence behind. The replays show that the bottom edge led the ball between Root's legs and just missed the stumps. How fortunate!
  • 49.4 Slower through the air on middle, Root waits for it and dead-bats it.
  • 49.3 Flatter ball, going away with the arm. Punched off the back foot to mid off.
  • 49.2 The batsman works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 49.1 Another good piece of fielding from Australia. Short ball, Cook cuts it with the spin towards backward point where Warner is quick to react and stops it well.
  • A bit of halt. The physio comes running in and attends to Joe Root. The skipper seems to have an issue with his right shoulder but is fine to continue. Final thirty minutes of the day coming up.
  • 48.6 On a length outside off, Root drives it nicely to covers but Shaun Marsh dives to make a good stop. 158/2
  • 48.5 The batsman has played it to the point region.
  • 48.4 Full length ball outside off, Cook leans into it and strokes it through covers. Won't get a boundary but gets three to his name. This is also Cook's best score at the MCG.
  • 48.3 Easy pickings. Too straight from Cummins and it's on a length. Cook helps it through mid-wicket. It is going downhill and another couple results.
  • 48.2 Back of a length well outside off, Alastair chops it to the fielder at point.
  • 48.1 Good length ball on off, stays a bit low. Cook does well to adjust in his crease and tucks it through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • Pat Cummins returns for a bowl. He has been bogged down with an upset stomach. Can he find his rhythm and provide the much-needed breakthrough?
  • 47.6 Shouts of catch it but safe in the end. Hangs back and clips it uppishly past short leg for a brace. 150 up for England. 151/2
  • 47.5 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 47.4 Nice loop and drift on that one, around off, patted to covers.
  • 47.3 Tossed up outside off, Root eases it to covers.
  • A very attacking field is being employed. A slip, short leg, gully, short cover and short mid-wicket in place. A real test of the temperament of the batsmen.
  • 47.2 Spinning down the leg side, Root misses his flick. Paine collects it really well. He has been pretty sharp.
  • 47.1 Quick on leg stump, worked off the back foot to mid-wicket.
  • 46.6 On a length around off, Cook hangs back and blocks it stoutly. 149/2
  • 46.5 FOUR! Poor delivery and duly punished! Short and a lot of room on offer, Cook pounces on it and slaps it behind point for a rocketing boundary.
  • 46.4 Root drives the fullish delivery towards short extra cover where the fielder dives to his right but fails to stop it. Warner from mid off attacks the ball, scores a direct hit at the striker's end but Cook is easily in.
  • 46.3 Hazlewood goes full again and hurls it outside off. Root leans ahead and pats it to covers.
  • 46.2 On a back of a length outside off, Joe sits deep in the crease and steers it to point.
  • 46.1 Hazlewood steams in and angles in a full length ball. Root shows good footwork and keeps it out to mid on.
  • 45.6 Makes good use of the depth of the crease and works it through mid-wicket for a run. 144/2
  • 45.5 Full ball on middle, Alastair clips it to deepish mid on for a quick single.
  • 45.4 Loopy ball well outside off, Cook lunges forward in defense.
  • 45.3 Sliding in with the arm, played defensively to short leg.
  • 45.2 Floated outside off, a confident forward push to mid off.
  • 45.1 Short delivery, Cook punches it straight to the fielder at point. He missed out there, a boundary was there for the taking.
  • 44.6 Fullish delivery, driven sweetly to mid off. 142/2
  • 44.5 A chirpy appeal from Hazlewood has been turned down! Short delivery, swinging down the leg side. Root attempts a pull but misses it as the ball flies towards Paine. The keeper dives to his left to take it nicely. Josh goes up in an appeal but the keeper stays put. The Snicko shows that there was clear daylight between bat and ball.
  • 44.4 Once again prodigious reverse swing on offer. Joe does well to keep it out to wide mid on. If he misses one, he will be a sitting duck to that.
  • 44.3 Fuller in length, jammed out to covers.
  • 44.2 Ooh... the ball reversing for Hazlewood! A tricky period for the Englishmen. Coming in substantially on a fuller length, Root brings his bat down in time and manages to tuck it through square leg for a couple.
  • 44.1 Fuller in length outside off, Root comes ahead and plays it with soft hands to point.
  • 43.6 Sharp reflexes! Tucks this one towards short leg where Bancroft makes a good stop. 140/2
  • 43.5 Nicely done. Opens the bat face to the fullish delivery and taps it to cover-point for an easy run.
  • 43.4 Well bowled! On a flatter trajectory, Root reads it late but does well to block it.
  • 43.3 Floated in line of the stumps, clipped to mid on.
  • 43.2 Flat and quick on off, patted back to the bowler.
  • 43.1 Tosses this one nicely around off, Root leans forward and defends it confidently.
  • A leg slip, slip and short leg in place...
  • 42.6 Full length ball on off, Alastair lunges forward in defense. 139/2
  • 42.5 Ooh.. Almost took the edge! Lovely bowling from Hazlewood. He hurls it in the channel outside off on a length and gets it to seam away ever so slightly. Cook fishes at it with minimal footwork and is foxed completely. The ex-skipper has had his issues outside the off stump. Hazlewood needs to keep targeting those areas.
  • 42.4 Hazlewood comes from round the wicket to Cook and bowls a back of a length ball, defended solidly from within the crease.
  • 42.3 Poor delivery. Short and down the leg side, pulled to fine leg for a run.
  • 42.2 Very full well outside off, left alone.
  • 42.1 FOUR! Streaky runs! Back of a length ball outside off, stays a bit low. Root goes for a punch but gets an outside edge. The ball lands well short of the diving Smith at first slip and beats him to race to the fence. No matter where you are standing, the edges don't seem to carry at the MCG.
  • 41.6 Good game awareness from Root! Drives it to mid on and calls for the run straightaway. Takes on Hazlewood and reaches the danger end safely. 134/2
  • 41.5 Straying on the pads, clipped through backward square leg for a single.
  • 41.4 Quicker delivery around off, kept out watchfully.
  • 41.3 Slow through the air, Cook eases it to mid on.
  • 41.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 41.1 Nervy moment! Sliding in with the arm, Cook closes the face of his bat early and hence, gets a leading edge to covers. If he missed that, he would have been a candidate for an LBW.
  • There is a bit of wear and tear on the ball. Umpire Dharmasena trims the leather off which was coming out. We are good to go again.
  • 40.6 Good fielding! Short and room on offer, stays a bit low. Root goes for a cut but gets a bottom edge. Smith at first slip dives to his left to stop it on the bounce. Saves a certain boundary. Hazlewood gives the English skipper a stare. 132/2
  • 40.5 Outside off, pushed off the front foot to cover.
  • 40.4 The batsman has driven it through mid on.
  • 40.3 Overpitched outside off, Root drives it crisply to mid off with a high elbow. That was good to watch.
  • 40.2 Similar length ball, Joe shuffles and dead bats it.
  • 40.1 Fullish delivery on off, Root defends it stoutly.
  • Another double change. Josh Hazlewood returns for a bowl.
  • 39.6 A bit risky! Sliding in with the arm, Cook goes for the cut, almost takes it from the off stump and chops it to point. 132/2
  • 39.5 Going down the leg side, Cook misses his flick. Good take by Paine as he whips the bails off but Alastair is in the crease.
  • 39.4 Short delivery, punched hard but fails to pierce the gap at point.
  • 39.3 Sharp work from Mitchell Marsh! Full delivery, Cook drives it towards short cover where Marsh dives and throws it in one motion back to the keeper. Cook does well to get back in.
  • 39.2 FOUR! Shot! Short and spinning away, Cook rocks back and slaps it through covers to find the fence. That brings up the 50-run stand between the duo. Sensible cricket from them.
  • 39.1 Floated outside off, Cook lunges forward in defense.
  • Nathan Lyon is back on. Can he get a breakthrough?
  • 38.6 Full length ball on middle, driven past the diving short mid-wicket fielder towards mid on. A brisk run taken. 128/2
  • Ian Chappell analyzes the dropped chance of Alastair Cook. He reckons that the keeper standing up to the stumps made it difficult for Smith to spot the ball and hence, he was late to react. If the keeper was standing in his usual position, it would have an easier opportunity.
  • 38.5 Back of a length ball, shaping in. Cook plays it with an open bat face to point.
  • 38.4 Full ball outside off, driven off the front foot towards covers.
  • 38.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 38.2 Back of a length delivery, Cook hangs back and defends it solidly.
  • 38.1 Angling in on a length from around off, tucked off the hips to square leg.
  • Drinks are on the field.
  • 37.6 Four Byes! Tough for Paine as he was up to the stumps! Marsh sprays it down the leg side, Root tries to help it on its way but fails to do so. The keeper behind the stumps could do nothing about it as the ball races down the fine leg fence for a boundary. The stand moves to 47 with that. 127/2
  • 37.5 Shortish in length and outside off, punched past cover for a single.
  • Shane Warne tells us his way of watching cricket. He starts by saying that, he just loved the way the English pacers attacked the stumps, rather than playing the waiting game of bowling it outside off and sit back for a wicket to fall. Anderson and Broad bowled as much as they could on the stumps and reaped the dividends for the same. Wants to see more of the same from the Aussie quicks...
  • 37.4 Almost a wicket for Marsh! He gets one to nip back in, Cook is a tad late to bring his bat down but manages to get an inside edge on the pads.
  • 37.3 Good length on middle and off, worked with soft hands towards the on side.
  • 37.2 Back of a length on middle and leg, tucked with the angle towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 37.1 Length delivery outside off, defended off the back foot towards cover.
  • 36.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single. 121/2
  • Pat Cummins is once again off the field. He is seen sitting near the boundary line under an umbrella...
  • 36.5 Drops it on a length outside off, patted towards point.
  • 36.4 Good length delivery outside off, punched off the back foot as the ball rolls towards mid on.
  • 36.3 Pitches it up on off, Root drives it towards the cover region.
  • 36.2 Gets behind the line and offers a full face of the bat.
  • 36.1 On a length and outside off, Joe Root, with a straight bat hits it towards mid off.
  • 35.6 Ample of width outside off, Alastair looks to cut, he does but finds the man at backward point. 120/2
  • 35.5 Good length delivery on middle, wristed towards short mid-wicket.
  • 35.4 Marsh is spraying a bit too much on the pads in search of an LBW! Joe glances it down towards deep backward square. Cameron Bancroft in the deep puts in a good dive to keep them down to one.
  • 35.3 Again it's sprayed on the pads, this time Root flicks it behind square on the leg side for a couple.
  • 35.2 Sprays it on the pads, Root knows that he has missed out on that one. Clips it only to find the man at square leg.
  • 35.1 Good length delivery on middle and leg, tucked off the hips towards mid-wicket.
  • 34.6 Another huge cry for an LBW! Maybe, slipping down leg! Fuller and tailing back in, Cook falls over on his attempted flick shot and misses to get rapped on the pads. They appeal but the umpire turns it down. Yes, it's going down leg! 117/2
  • 34.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 34.4 Comes forward and drives it towards mid off.
  • 34.3 Fuller and tailing back in from around off, Joe Root gets across and flicks it through mid-wicket. Won't get a boundary but will get three.
  • 34.2 FOUR! Deft! Short and outside off, Root once again sits back, uses the pace of the bowler and delicately gets it between the slip cordon and gully for a boundary.
  • 34.1 Fuller ball and angling in, driven back towards Bird.
  • 33.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 110/2
  • 33.5 Edged and dropped!!! Steven Smith is the man who has dropped Cook! Wasn't an easy take by any means but with the standards that he has set for himself, I reckon that should have been taken. Now, before this delivery, Tim Paine came up to the stumps and I am not sure if that thing has created the opportunity. Fuller length delivery outside off, Cook goes hard at it. Gets a thick edge which flies towards Smith at first slip who is standing very fine. The Aussie skipper is quick to react but the ball comes really low, almost near his right ankle. He gets his hands to it, then again tries to take it on the second attempt but eventually fails to cling onto it. Tough luck for the hosts! Alastair gets a life.
  • The keeper is up to the stumps... Interesting ploy!
  • 33.4 Fuller on off, driven towards cover for a couple of runs.
  • 33.3 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 33.2 FOUR! Slashed! Short and wide outside off, Alastair Cook stays back and flays it powerfully to beat the man at gully. A boundary results.
  • 33.1 A huge shout for an LBW! Marsh drops it on a length around off and gets it to curl back in appreciably and that too with extra bounce. Cook misses his tuck and wears it on the pads. Mitchell turns back and starts to appeal but umpire S Ravi stays put. Steven Smith from slip suggests height could be an issue. Bang on, skip! Hawk Eye shows it to be missing the stumps.
  • 32.6 Angling in on middle and leg, worked wide of mid on for a single. 104/2
  • 32.5 A brisk single! Fractionally short and served outside off, Root taps it in front of point and calls for a quick single. Cook is a bit late to respond but eventually makes it at the danger end.
  • 32.4 Pitches it up again outside off, Root drives it back down the ground and again Bird tries to stop it with his leg. Deflects it towards mid off.
  • 32.3 On middle and leg, worked towards mid on.
  • 32.2 Fuller again on off, Joe drives it sweetly but finds mid off.
  • 32.1 Crashes the stumps but at the other end! Bird begins this spell with a slightly fuller delivery, Root leans across and drives it back down the ground. Bird in his followthrough tries to stop it with his right leg but fails to do so. The ball disturbs the stumps at his end. Jackson is lucky to get away with that one.
  • Double change being made as Jackson Bird comes on to bowl now.
  • 31.6 On a length and just around the off stump channel, Cook presses forward and defends it towards the cover fielder. 102/2
  • 31.5 Good length ball on off, patted towards cover.
  • 31.4 Back of a length outside off, defended towards cover.
  • 31.3 FOUR! Beautiful! Looks so beautiful when the ball hits the sweet spot! Marsh overcooks this one but Cook doesn't miss out. Takes a stride forward and bunts it back down the track past mid off for a rocketing boundary. He held the pose as well.
  • 31.2 Too straight from Marsh. Around middle and leg, clipped behind square on the leg side for a brace.
  • 31.1 Marsh begins his spell with a fuller ball, angling in from around the wicket, Cook walks across and drives it towards mid on.
  • Okay then, some respite for Cummins. Mitchell Marsh is brought into the attack now.
  • 30.6 Fuller and nipping back in a shade, defended down safely. 96/2
  • 30.5 Fullish on off, pushed off the front foot towards mid off.
  • 30.4 FOUR! Using the pace of the bowler! Root is just good at doing it. Hazlewood bowls this a bit short at 139.7 clicks, Root stays back and opens the face of the bat at the very last moment. Seemed like it went off the edge but he intended to play there. Goes right between the slip cordon and the man at gully for a boundary.
  • 30.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 30.2 Fuller outside off, Root drives it neatly but couldn't get it past the man at point.
  • 30.1 Angling in from around middle and leg, worked towards mid-wicket.
  • 29.6 Pushes it off the front foot towards cover. 92/2
  • 29.5 FOUR! There it is! 56th Test fifty for the English ex-skipper! How badly he needed this? A fifty after 11 innings, this will calm him down. Well played, Cooky! Now convert this into a big one. Cummins after keeping it outside off, cleverly attacks the stumps. Fires it full on middle and leg but Cook is up for it. He leans across and whips it through mid-wicket. No one in the deep and he picks up a boundary. The Barmy Army loves it as well.
  • 29.4 Another solid defense! Fuller in length on off, Alastair once again comes forward and defends.
  • 29.3 Fuller in length and angling in from around off, Cook blocks it out towards cover.
  • 29.2 Cummins hurls it on a length outside off, AC defends it down gently.
  • Catching mid-wicket in place...
  • 29.1 Cook leans forward and is compact in defense. Rock solid is what you call it.
  • 28.6 Was he expecting this? Josh drops it short but without much venom behind it. Root is onto it in a flash as he swivels inside the crease and pulls it in front of square on the leg side. Calls for two and gets it easily. 88/2
  • 28.5 Good bowling from Hazlewood! Perfect line. He keeps it fuller, tries to angle it in. Root crouches to keep it at bay.
  • 28.4 Length delivery outside off, JR goes back and defends.
  • 28.3 This one nips back in from a fuller length outside off, Root hangs back and keeps it out.
  • 28.2 Pitches it up, right up there does Hazlewood. Joe plants his front foot across and keeps the bat face open to hit it straight towards Lyon at point.
  • 28.1 That crowd goes Rooooooot! Any guesses why? Because the English skipper gets off the mark with a front foot drive through covers. A couple taken.
  • 27.6 Stays back to a harmless ball outside off and stabs it towards cover. 84/2
  • 27.5 Was he early into the on drive? Seemed like! Fuller ball, angling in, Cook looks to clip it away but it seems like he was early into the shot. The ball goes uppishly towards mid on.
  • 27.4 Finds the gap this time does Cook! Cummins brings one back from around off, clipped past mid-wicket to collect a brace. Moves to 49 with that!
  • 27.3 Can't get it past him again! Stays back and works it towards Marsh at mid-wicket for nothing. This is good from Australia. After Vince's wicket, they have dried up the runs.
  • 27.2 Ahead of a length, angling in, AC hops back and tucks it towards mid-wicket where Shaun Marsh dives to his right to collect it on the bounce.
  • 27.1 Back of a length delivery on middle and off, driven back down the ground towards mid on.
  • 26.6 Josh is persisting with the line outside the off stump, Root is in no hurry to go after it. He calmly defends it down. 82/2
  • 26.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 26.4 On a length and outside off, testing line from Hazlewood. Joe doesn't play at it.
  • 26.3 Keeps it in the channel on off, nipping back in a touch, Root is behind the line to keep it out.
  • 26.2 Slightly short and outside off, not much room on offer. Alastair still goes after it but ends up chopping it towards Lyon at point for a single.
  • 26.1 Back of a length delivery, angling across Cook who punches it off the back foot towards cover.
  • 25.6 Good length on off, now this one didn't rise much. Kept out comfortably towards mid off. 81/2
  • 25.5 Leading edgeeee! Cummins keeps it full on middle and leg, it moves away a bit. Root looks to clip it away on the leg side but gets a soft leading edge as the ball rolls towards mid off.
  • 25.4 Fuller and attacking the stumps, Root prods forward and drives it back to Cummins who sticks his left hand out in his followthrough to parry it towards mid off.
  • 25.3 Fuller in length and angling in from over the wicket, Joe Root is rock solid in defense.
  • 25.2 Good length delivery on off, worked wide of mid on for an easy single.
  • 25.1 Shortish in length and angling in from around off, Cook looks to come forward and push it away but the bat turns in his hands as the ball rolls towards mid on off the inner half.
  • 24.6 Goes full outside off this time, Root makes an assured leave. A productive over for Hazlewood. 80/2
  • 24.5 Short of a length outside off, patted to covers.
  • 24.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 24.3 Back of a length ball, defended solidly off the back foot.
  • 24.2 Fullish delivery, kept out watchfully.
  • Joe Root is in next.
  • 24.1 OUT! Got him! Hazlewood is absolutely pumped up. Just the start the hosts wanted after the break. He steams in and bowls a fullish ball around off, reversing in appreciably. Vince is caught in a tangle as he tries to drive it down the ground but seems to have missed it to get pinged on the pads. The Aussies appeal in unison and the umpire raises the dreaded finger. James walks across to his partner, has a chat with him but doesn't challenge the decision. There were two noises on that says Michael Clarke on air. The replays roll in. Yes, the two sounds were of the ball hitting the front pad and then deflecting to the back pad. Oh ho! Hang on. The Hot Spot shows a slight mark. Well, the Snicko confirms that there was certainly a thin edge. Not sure why the right-hander did not pick it up. Australia have the last laugh. Will this wicket make a big difference in the game?
  • Josh Hazlewood to bowl from the other end. Some movement behind the bowler's arm and hence, Vince backs off.
  • 23.6 FOUR! All about timing and grace! Back of a length outside off, Cook hangs back and punches it through covers to find the fence. 80/1
  • 23.5 Short of a length ball outside off, punched off the back foot to point.
  • Pat Cummins is struggling. He is taking a lot of time to go back to his mark.
  • 23.4 In the zone of apprehension, Cook doesn't fiddle with it.
  • 23.3 Fullish delivery, blocked to covers.
  • 23.2 FOUR! Hit with authority! Cook is flowing at the moment. Short ball on off, the southpaw stands tall and pulls it with aplomb over mid-wicket for a boundary. This is now the highest score for Cook in the series.
  • 23.1 Good length ball on off, Cook hangs back and answers it with a straight bat.
  • We are back for the evening session. 35 overs are still left in the day. Alastair Cook and James Vince to continue their innings. Good news for Australia. Pat Cummins has returned for a bowl. Here we go...
  • ... Day 2, Session 3 ...
  • Stoneman was the only wicket to fall but since his departure, Vince has chipped in and has looked solid too. Australia, on the other hand, have their task cut out. Their prime bowler, Pat Cummins seems to be struggling with an upset stomach and Jackson Bird towards the end looked in some discomfort too. Nathan Lyon has been superb. He is getting the extra bounce and has also got a wicket to his name. The hosts would want their pacers to get back into their rhythm quickly or else they might find themselves in trouble. Will England dominate another session or will it be the other way round? Join us shortly for the final session of the day.
  • Another session pocketed by England! This is good cricket from them, probably their best in the series. Firstly, they wasted no time in cleaning up the tail after lunch which saw them bowling the Aussies out for 327. All eyes were on their batsmen who have been out of shape so far but this time they came out with intent. Alastair Cook is the one leading the way and his side will be happy that he has got a good start. Can he make it count? Remains to be seen.
  • 22.6 Back of a length, in the channel again, James Vince hangs back and looks to dab it away. Once again gets it off the edge past Shaun Marsh at backward point who gives it a chase and does well to save a couple for his side. TEA ON DAY 2! 72/1
  • 22.5 Bird keeps it in the same channel, wanting Vince to go again but this time Vince resists. Leaves it alone.
  • 22.4 Stands tall and punches it towards mid off.
  • 22.3 FOUR! In the air... safe again! It's on a length and once again in the corridor outside off, Vince needs to just keep it out as this is the last over before tea. But for some reason he thinks this as an opportunity to score. Goes fishing after it with a drive but gets a thick outside edge which flies past the man at backward point for a boundary. Cook immediately comes up to him to have a word.
  • 22.2 On a length and served on off, a solid defense again on offer by James.
  • 22.1 Good length delivery, just outside off, Vince stays back and defends it down.
  • Last over before tea...
  • 21.6 Short delivery, cut away with the spin to point. 66/1
  • 21.5 Clipped with the angle to short leg.
  • 21.4 Tossed up delivery, defended solidly off the front foot.
  • 21.3 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • 21.2 Fraction short this time, pushed off the back foot to the leg side.
  • 21.1 Coming in with the arm, Cook goes for a firm drive but gets it off the inner half of the bat down the track.
  • 20.6 On a length outside off, left alone. 66/1
  • 20.5 A bit of width on offer, steered past point for a run.
  • 20.4 Another terrific piece of fielding! Back of a length outside off, Cook steers it towards gully where Khawaja dives to his right to stop a certain boundary.
  • 20.3 Back of a length ball on leg stump, tucked around the corner for a single.
  • 20.2 Nicely bowled! On a length around off, swinging in. Vince covers the line and does well to block it.
  • 20.1 Good length delivery, pushed off the outer half of the bat to the gully region.
  • 19.6 Get the fielders close-in, Smith! Lyon is getting the extra bounce. Twice in the over this has happened. Cook lunges to defend but due to the extra bounce, the ball hits the splice of the bat and lobs but dies down again. 64/1
  • 19.5 Flighted delivery around off, Cook dead bats it.
  • 19.4 Drops it short outside off, Cook punches it towards cover where Shaun Marsh makes a good stop.
  • 19.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 19.2 Quicker one around middle and leg, worked through backward square leg for a couple.
  • 19.1 Floats it up around middle and off, Cook comes forward to defend but is surprised with the extra bounce. The ball hits the splice of the bat and dies down almost instantly.
  • 18.6 A huge, huge appeal for a caught behind! Not given by the umpire. Steven Smith looks interested and walks down to his bowler. Confers with his teammates and then decides not to challenge it. Bird sprays it around leg, Vince moves inside the line to clip it away as the ball goes off something towards Paine who dives full length to his left to take it. The Aussies appeal but the umpire stays put. Replays show it came off the hips. Good call from S Ravi. 62/1
  • 18.5 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 18.4 Fuller in length, gets it to curl back in from around off. James comes forward to defend but gets a thick inside edge on the pads as the ball rolls back to the bowler.
  • 18.4 And again he oversteps! He has a look near the landing area before walking back. On a back of a length on middle, punched off the back foot towards the leg side by Vince.
  • 18.4 Back of a length delivery on middle, tucked towards mid-wicket. The umpire stretches his right hand to call it a no ball as Jackson oversteps.
  • 18.3 An appeal for an LBW! Angles it in from around middle, Vince shuffles across to flick but misses to get pinged on the pads. A stifled appeal by Bird but nothing from the umpire. Going down leg!
  • 18.2 Excellent work in the deep by Lyon! Back of a length delivery, angling away outside off. Cook rocks back and with amazing timing he punches it past cover. It seemed like it would run away but Lyon from deep point covers good ground to save a run for his side. The fielding from the hosts has been spot on till now.
  • 18.1 Outside off, Cook doesn't go after it.
  • 17.6 Loops it up outside off, a front foot push back to Lyon. 57/1
  • 17.5 This one turns back in sharply, Vince sits back to cut and nearly chops it on besides the pitch.
  • 17.4 Tad shorter and turning back in from the rough, James tucks it towards short leg.
  • 17.3 FOUR! Vince and his drives! Have mentioned it before as well. Simply textbook stuff! Lyon tosses it up outside off, asking Vince to go after it. He obliges and times his drive elegantly through extra cover. The man there did dive but the ball beats him to reach the fence.
  • 17.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 17.1 Drops it short outside off, turning in a bit, clipped with the turn towards square leg.
  • Good signs for Australia as Pat Cummins is back on the field. However, he is walking across gingerly. We have been informed that he has an upset stomach. Cummins has been terrific in the series so far and the hosts need his services.
  • 16.6 Fuller again on off, Alastair drives it nicely back to the bowler who gets a hand to it. 53/1
  • 16.5 Shorter in length and outside off, punched straight to cover.
  • 16.4 FOUR! Cracks it away! Short and outside off, a bit of width on offer. Enough for Cook to make the most of it as he rocks back and slaps it wide of the man at gully to pick up a boundary towards third man. He has got off to a good start. Needs to make a big one.
  • 16.3 Fuller and angling in on the stumps, AC crouches a bit and strokes it down the ground only for the man from mid on to cut it off.
  • 16.2 Drops it on a back of a length on middle and off, Cook hangs back in defense.
  • 16.1 Fuller and around off, Cook leans and drives it straight to the cover fielder.
  • 15.6 Loopy delivery outside off, blocked into the ground. 49/1
  • 15.5 On middle and off, bunted towards mid on.
  • 15.4 In the air... safe! Lyon sees Vince dancing down the track so he drags his length back and slows it through the air. Vince who is already down the track goes with the turn but mistimes it high in the air. Luckily for him, it clears the man at mid on. For a couple.
  • Smith pushes the man now at the boundary. Warne on air is excited for this battle. Will Lyon continue to toss the ball outside off? Will Vince continue to take him on? Let's wait and watch...
  • 15.3 James has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 15.2 Nudges it past mid-wicket to get to the other end.
  • 15.1 Loopy ball outside off, Cook strides forward and pushes it towards cover.
  • 14.6 Back of a length outside off, defended off the back foot comfortably. 46/1
  • 14.5 That ball has struck the batsman on the thigh pad.
  • 14.4 Back of length outside off, placed behind point for a single.
  • 14.3 FOUR! Ahhhh, gets one now! This is even better! The previous one was off the pads but this is a classical punch down the ground! It's a length delivery on middle and off, Alastair stays back and unfurls a lovely punch past the bowler. Warner at mid off had no chance to cut that off. Another milestone for Cook - He becomes the first Englishman to score 15K international runs, veteran for a reason!
  • 14.2 Bancroft, you have saved a certain boundary! Amazing fielding from the Aussie opener! Fuller ball on the pads, Cook leans forward and times his flick shot. It was destined to go for a boundary but Cameron at mid-wicket puts in a dive to his left to stop it.
  • 14.1 Fuller and angling in from around the wicket, Cook gets forward and across to clip it towards mid on.
  • As Cummins is not on the field, Jackson Bird is called back into the attack.
  • 13.6 Flighted delivery outside off, Vince reaches out to that one and pushes it towards point. 41/1
  • 13.5 Flatter on leg, tapped off the back foot towards the leg side.
  • 13.4 FOUR! Glorious from Vince! He is off the mark as well! He is a good driver of the ball and it's a treat to watch him play. Lyon tosses it up wider outside off, Vince leans into it and laces it through extra cover for a boundary. No need to run for those!
  • 13.3 Flatter and skidding off the deck, Cook waits back and cuts it really late towards point for a single.
  • 13.2 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • Pat Cummins has gone off the field. He was seen limping and Australia would hope that it is nothing serious.
  • 13.1 Floated delivery around middle and off, stays back in defense does Cook.
  • 12.6 Bowls it on a back of a length on middle, tucked towards mid-wicket. 36/1
  • 12.5 Good length delivery, angling in from around off, Vince opens the face of the bat and dabs it towards point.
  • 12.4 Slower ball from Cummins, at 118.8 kph. Cook checks his drive as he gets it wide of the man at cover. A single taken.
  • 12.3 Stays back to this back of a length delivery and pushes it towards mid off.
  • 12.2 Fuller ball, angling in, Cook defends it off the front foot towards cover.
  • 12.1 Shortish in length and outside off, punched off the back foot towards cover.
  • 11.6 Darts it on the stumps, James Vince meets it with a straight bat. Excellent over from Nathan Lyon. 35/1
  • 11.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 11.4 Tossed up on off, bunted back to Lyon.
  • James Vince is the next man in.
  • 11.3 OUT! What-a-catch! Nathan Lyon, you beauty! This is a stunning return catch and Shane Warne on air goes - NICE GARRY! He draws first blood and has the crowd right behind him. Nicely floats it up around off, gives it a lot of revs. Stoneman advances down the track to go after it but ends up getting a leading edge to the right of Lyon. Seemed like the ball would go past him, but... No. Lyon shows outstanding reflexes as he leaps just a bit and stretches out his right hand to take a one-handed stunner. Made it look so easy I tell you but it wasn't by any means. I remember, he took a superman-like catch earlier in the series to dismiss Moeen Ali. Is he making it a habit or what? Anyway, England lose their first.
  • 11.2 Flatter on the stumps, Stoneman blocks it out.
  • 11.1 Floated delivery outside off, Stoneman leans forward and dabs it towards point.
  • 10.6 Angling in from outside off, blocked off the front foot by Cook. 35/0
  • 10.5 Stands tall to this back of a length delivery and answers it with a straight bat.
  • 10.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 10.3 FOUR! Superb from Cook! Splits the gap to perfection! Cummins overpitches it again, Cook leans forward and smashes it off the meat. Brilliant timing as the ball pierces the gap through cover to the fence.
  • Pat Cummins is not looking hundred percent. He bowls a lot quicker, at around 140-plus clicks but today he is bowling in the mid 130s and that is something which is going against him...
  • 10.2 Tossed up outside off, defended into the ground.
  • 10.1 Good shot! A nice stride forward from Cook, something he has been lacking in this series. He is moving around in the crease quite well. But what an effort from Warner too to chase this down. Cummins pitches it up very full, Alastair leans forward and drives it straight down the ground. Seemed like a boundary but Warner from mid off gives a long chase and does well to keep the ball in play to save a couple.
  • 9.6 Flatter and shorter outside off, Stoneman goes back and cuts it hard but couldn't get it past backward point. 29/0
  • 9.5 Floats it up on the stumps, Cook wrists it towards mid on for a single.
  • 9.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 9.3 Drifting in from around middle, worked with soft hands towards mid-wicket.
  • 9.2 Loopy delivery around middle and leg, the batsman presses forward in defense.
  • 9.1 Slower through the air and dropped short outside off, punched off the back foot through cover for a single.