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Australia Vs England Live Score (TEST)

Date: Monday, 08 January, 2018 16:04 IST Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney Match Status: Match Ended

Australia beat England by an innings and 123 runs

346/10
Overs
112.3
R/R
3.08
Fours
35
Sixes
2
Extras
4
649/7
Overs
193.0
R/R
3.36
Fours
68
Sixes
4
Extras
9
180/9
Overs
88.1
R/R
2.04
Fours
13
Sixes
0
Extras
7
  • So, do England have enough on the board? They'd love to believe in the affirmative. Michael Vaughan, in a tweet earlier this morning, had mentioned that anything over 325 could be a competitive total. Australia would believe they have the batting to overhaul the mountain of runs in front of them. They have a machinesque-human in the form of Steven Smith, which the visitors have to overcome. Can the visitors restrict the home side batsmen? The track isn't a placid one. Should be a good battle. See you on the other side of the break.
  • Pat Cummins was the star with the ball for the hosts, picking up four wickets. Who knows, if not for the run out at the end, he could have had a chance of a fifer. He ran in nicely and bent his back to extract any little thing that the surface offered. He was supported well by Hazlewood who added two to his name. Although Mitchell Starc too, had a couple to his name, he wasn't as menacing as the cricketing world knows him to be. Nathan Lyon, as usual, was probing throughout his marathon spell of 37 overs.
  • How did Australia fare, though? They blew hot and cold. They started off the day keeping the touring batters quiet, before the ploy to persist with short balls came into the picture. That resulted in runs to the opposition but in the end that's what helped them break the stand between Broad and Curran. You don't often say this with respect to the Aussies but their fielding left a lot to be desired, especially their catching. Smith, Cummins and Hazlewood were all guilty of offering a reprieve to the batters. Although nothing went on to cost them much, they should aim to be cleaner on the field. However, the Aussie skipper pulled off a blinder to end Malan's stay and that would be like putting ice on the wound.
  • Not many would have been faulted for thinking that the end was nigh for England then, who were 251/6 at that stage. However, Tom Curran had come out with some different plan. He stroked his way to a happy-go-lucky 39, in the end being unlucky to miss out on his maiden Test fifty. He strung together two 40-plus stands - one with Ali and the second, the catalytic 41-run partnership with Stuart Broad - that took the visitors to where they find themselves now. Broad too, threw his bat around, pulling short deliveries for fun.
  • With that, Lunch has been taken. The last 10 overs have seen 52 runs scored for the loss of four wickets. These aren't that relative when it comes to this format but shows how England's approach this morning has been. They began cautiously with Malan and Ali painstakingly stringing a slow low stand worth 18 runs. Neither of them seem to have any intent to score and then to top it off, Malan was sent back to the pavilion, to crush any little hope the tourists would have had of putting up a decent score.
  • 112.3 OUT! That's it for England. When two lower order batters are out in the middle, a run out cannot be far off as they often end up speaking different languages, figuratively. Anderson tucks this length ball straight to short fine leg and sets off for a run. Marsh there fields the ball and returns it to Bancroft who whips off the bails at the striker's end and appeals. Crane appears to be short of the crease and the umpire Kumar Dharmasena raises the dreaded finger right away. But as an after thought, just to be safe, he goes upstairs to the third umpire. TV replays are conclusive enough to show that Crane is well short of the crease. That's curtains for the England innings, which folds up for 346.
  • Third umpire is referred to for a run out appeal against Crane. It is a late call from Dharmasena to go upstairs as he raised the finger on the first instance. That should be it...
  • 112.2 This ball is in line off the stumps, blocked from the crease by Anderson.
  • 112.1 Length ball outside off, Anderson has a feel for that but misses.
  • 111.6 Another flighted ball just outside off, Crane slinks down and hits it to mid on. 346/9
  • 111.5 Floated around off, blocked off the front foot.
  • James Anderson is the last man walking in for England.
  • 111.4 OUT! You live by the sword and die by it. Broad here is guilty of playing one shot too many. Lyon floats it just outside off from round the wicket, enticing the big stroke from Stuart. He gets down to play the slog sweep and that's his undoing. Ends up getting a top edge and the ball flies towards short third man. Smith, standing at first slip, backtracks and takes it easily. The end is nigh now. Lyon gets one in his wickets column. A good little cameo from Stuart Broad comes to an end.
  • 111.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 111.2 Broad gets down on a knee and slog sweeps it through mid-wicket. Gets two runs as a result.
  • 111.1 Tossed up outside off, pushed towards covers.
  • 110.6 Crane tucks it away off his pads and gets a couple for that. 344/8
  • 110.5 This is too wide to make Crane play. The umpire has to stretch his arms there.
  • 110.4 Banged short again, pulled away to deep square leg for one.
  • 110.4 The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper. Wide called for height.
  • 110.3 Cummins bowls it on a back of a length in line of the stumps. Broad looks to pull it initially but then aborts the shot.
  • 110.2 Just past the short leg fielder. Cummins continues from round the wicket and bowls it on a back of a length on the body. Crane fends it past Bancroft and gets to the other end. Michael Vaughan on air reckons that the debutant wouldn't have faced such stuff in the English county.
  • 110.1 Crane flicks this one off his pads.
  • 109.6 Tosses it up on off, Stuart leans forward to defend but the ball turns away to beat the outside edge. 339/8
  • 109.5 In the air... safe! Tossed up outside off, Broad gets down to sweep again but gets a top edge. The man at short fine leg goes after it but even the dive from him isn't enough to catch the ball. They take two more.
  • 109.4 Flighted delivery outside off, Broad prods forward in defense.
  • 109.3 Comes forward and smothers it into the ground.
  • 109.2 Gets down and across to sweep it towards Mitchell Marsh at short fine leg.
  • 109.1 Flatter one outside off, Broad plants his front foot across and makes a leave.
  • 108.6 Short ball on body, Broad top edges the pull towards fine leg for a single. 337/8
  • 108.5 Crane gets off the mark off his first ball in Tests. Flicks it towards mid on and gets to the other end.
  • Debutant Mason Crane walks out to bat.
  • 108.4 OUT! The breezy 41-run stand comes to an end now. Cummins' perseverence with the short ball finally helps him get the breakthrough. He serves this in line of the stumps on a back of a length. It is angled in to the batsman. Curran goes back to defend but the ball hits him high on the blade and lobs straight into the waiting hands of Bancroft at short leg. The 36-ball stand ends and would be interesting to see how long England go from here. Nevertheless, a vital contribution from Curran comes to an end. A fifer on offer for Pat?
  • 108.3 The batsman failed to make contact and was hit low on the pads.
  • 108.2 Bumper on the stumps, Curran ducks under that.
  • 108.1 Another short ball, another pull. This time the ball goes off the top edge on the bounce to fine leg for one.
  • 107.6 Stuart has played it to the point region. One run added to the total. 334/7
  • 107.5 Broad finds the short fine leg fielder with the sweep.
  • 107.4 100 runs in the session for England. They have batted positively this morning and the result is here to see. Curran works this off his pads and gets to the other end.
  • 107.3 Oooooh, that is hit with some power. Floated around off, Curran gets to the pitch of the ball and thumps it right back. The ball hits the king of the jungle on the left shin. The ball rolls towards mid on post that but no run results. Lyon is limping there, surely hurt.
  • 107.2 Flatter on off, Tom goes back to keep it out.
  • 107.1 Floated on off, Broad gets forward and taps it towards covers for one.
  • Nathan Lyon comes back for a bowl. Will he be able to slow the scoring by picking up a wicket here?
  • 106.6 Curran tries to pull that one but failed to connect it. 331/7
  • 106.5 Broad mistimes his pull towards deep square leg for one.
  • Perfect. As if this was some rocket-science which the Aussies aren't understanding, Ian Chappell states the point. He says that they are over doing the short-ball tactic and are paying the price for that. They'd rather try to bowl full having a cover in place, he opines.
  • 106.4 Wide down the leg side, No trouble at all for the batsman.
  • 106.3 SIX! Short, runs, repeat! This has been the sequence of action for sometime now. Cummins again bangs it short, Broad goes for the full-blooded pull. The ball flies over the long leg fence for half a dozen.
  • 106.2 Pat bowls it on a back of a length again, Stuart misses the tuck and the ball goes off his arms towards the slip cordon.
  • 106.1 FOUR! Now this is getting too predictable from Australia. They continue persisting with the short-ball stuff against Broad and he continues to make merry. Cummins delivers this one and Broad, waiting in anticipation, just thwacks it through mid-wicket for another boundary. The partnership between him and Curran is already 30 and it has taken just 21 balls so far.
  • 105.6 FOUR! Another one in the over, Curran having some fun. Marsh bowls it on a length, Curran pulls it in front of square on the leg side. Such is the timing and power on that that he gets a boundary. Tom is nearing his maiden fifty in Tests as he moves to 38 now. 10 runs off this over. 320/7
  • 105.5 Short ball, pulled away to deep square leg for a boundary.
  • 105.4 Now Curran gets to the other end by playing this through mid-wicket.
  • 105.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 105.2 Ouch, that must have hurt. He doesn't really reveal much through his actions, Tom Curran, but it really must be stinging. This is a ball on a length, not short enough for playing the pull shot. Yet he attempts to play that shot but misses and gets hit on the right thigh.
  • 105.1 FOUR! Curran's intents are as clear as a crystal. He is throwing his bat at every possible opportunity and so far it's coming off. Sees width on offer on this length delivery outside off, he makes room and just cuts it past backward point for a boundary. The score moves to 314 and his personal tally goes up to 33.
  • 104.6 SIX! 'You fight fire with fire,' screams Michael Slater on air seeing this shot from Broad. Cummins bowls it short from round the wicket, Stuart uses all his might and plays the pull shot. Makes nice contact on that to get the ball sailing over the deep square leg fence. There were two men in the deep but they just could do nothing but watch the ball sail. 310/7
  • 104.5 Wide down the leg side, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 104.4 Another delivery banged short, Broad backs away and tries to pull but misses.
  • 104.3 Length ball outside off, Broad guides this past gully and gets a couple.
  • 104.2 Wow! Cummins angles this in to Curran, who backs away and wafts it through mid-wicket for one.
  • 104.1 Broad is living dangerously already. Sees a short ball on offer and goes for the pull by backing away. Ends up skying that one but the ball lands in the no man's land at backward square leg. One run added to the English total.
  • 103.6 Outside off, left alone. 300/7
  • 103.5 300 up for England, with a pull of Stuart Broad's blade. The ball rolls through mid-wicket and a run is added to the tally.
  • 103.4 The batsman fails to put bat on ball.
  • The crowd boos Broad! Marsh was almost about to deliver that and Broad withdraws from the crease. Something went in his eyes perhaps, as he immediately sought to get it sorted. The crowd is having nothing of that though.
  • 103.3 Short ball on off, pulled away through square leg for one.
  • 103.2 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 103.1 FOUR! Streaky runs but England won't complain. Marsh delivers it on a length outside off, Curran backs away and flashes at it. Would have gone to a third slip if he would have been there. His absence results in a boundary.
  • Mitchell Marsh is brought into the attack for the first time today.
  • 102.6 The short ball tactic against Broad is no surprise these days. Gets another one, he keeps it out on the bounce to short leg. End of a good over from Cummins, a wicket-maiden. 294/7
  • 102.5 Almost a goner! Cummins bowls it on a back of a length on the stumps, Broad shuffles across to flick it away. Does so straight towards short leg. Bancroft does well to quickly get down and ends up getting his finger tips to that but isn't able to catch that.
  • Stuart Broad walks in next. Expect him to be confident after having a half century under his belt in the previous outing that he had.
  • 102.4 OUT! That's it for Ali in this innings. He is yet to shrug that run-drought off and may have to find another occasion to do so as this one ends. Credit to Cummins though. He has been involved in a dropped catch, seen a catch go down off his bowling and to come back with the same energy to pick one up speaks volumes about this guy. He continues bowling from round the wicket and bends his back to bang this a touch short. Ali goes back to defend but ends up fending it. The ball climbs in sharply and kisses the gloves of Moeen before settling into Paine's mitts. He tried to get out of the way but had nowhere to go as his feet were stuck firmly in the crease. His miserable tour continues as England lose their 7th.
  • Coming to the Bairstow dismissal, the credit should go to Hazlewood. He pulled the length of that wicket-taking ball just a bit back than the delivery which had gone for a boundary earlier in the over. This lured Jonny who ended up pushing at it away from the body. Seemed as if the adrenaline was pumping inside him and that made him go for the shot than take the safer option of defending.
  • 102.3 A touch fuller on the stumps, turned towards mid-wicket.
  • 102.2 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 102.1 Banged short, Ali ducks.
  • 101.6 Tom gets behind it and negotiates with a defensive shot. 294/6
  • 101.5 Ali eases this one to long off for a single.
  • Clarke adds more to the nightwatchman debate. He says that instead of Bairstow, if a nightwatchman would have come in last evening, the new ball could have been seen off by him, provided he had managed to survive that phase. It would have mentally disintegrated the hosts too. Perhaps easier to think in hindsight.
  • 101.4 Curran goes back to this one and slaps it through covers for one.
  • 101.3 Punched off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 101.2 Curran punches this one off the back foot.
  • 101.1 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 100.6 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment. 292/6
  • 100.5 Nicely stroked. Ali drives this on the up through covers. Gets a brace before Warner hares after that and fields it.
  • 100.4 This is sprayed down the leg side, left alone by Moeen.
  • 100.3 No need, Mo! Sees another delivery on a shorter length, he arches back to ramp it over the keeper but just misses the ball. There is no need for him to try something atrocious at this stage.
  • Second slip out. Shaun Marsh is stationed at square leg now.
  • 100.2 Short in length again, Ali plays a controlled pull shot in front of square for a couple.
  • Michael Clarke talks about the Hazlewood drop. He fails to understand the reason behind that drop given that it is a clear blue sky above and no clouds are present.
  • 100.1 Pat continues and steams in from round the wicket. Lands it on a back of a length outside off, Ali sways away from the line and just lets it be.
  • Drinks are on the field.
  • 99.6 Floated ball outside off, Curran takes a stride forward and defends it down. 288/6
  • 99.5 Loopy delivery outside off, Curran leans forward and defends.
  • 99.4 Goes back inside the crease and offers a straight bat.
  • 99.3 Flatter ball on the stumps, blocked off the back foot.
  • 99.2 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 99.1 On middle and off, Ali blocks it down into the ground.
  • 98.6 Short of a length delivery outside off, Ali is surprised by the extra bounce as he dabs it square of the wicket on the off side for a single. 287/6
  • 98.5 Short and wide outside off, Ali sways away from the line.
  • 98.4 On the pads, chipped uppishly through square leg for a single.
  • 98.3 Sprays down the leg side, Curran leaves it alone.
  • 98.2 Bowls a bumper down leg, Curran ignores.
  • 98.1 Dose of his own medicine? Cummins dropped one in the previous over and now a catch goes down off his bowling. He bowls it on a back of a length around off, Ali goes for the hook. All he manages is a top edge and the ball goes in the air towards mid-wicket. Hazlewood seems to have his eyes on the ball as he runs there from mid on. Strangely though, he fluffs the simplest of skiers that has come his way. No reason for that catch to go down. A run results. Ali gets a life and with the form he has been, can he make it count?
  • Pat Cummins comes into the attack after dropping the catch in the previous over.
  • 97.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 284/6
  • 97.5 Curran pushes it towards cover.
  • 97.4 The batsman has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 97.3 In the air... dropped! Pat Cummins spills an easy chance! Tossed up delivery outside off, Curran dances down the track and looks to go over mid on but isn't quite to the pitch of the ball. Ends up getting it off the bottom half of the bat towards Cummins in the same region where the Aussie pacer drops a sitter. Should have taken that.
  • 97.2 Around middle and leg, flicked towards the leg side.
  • 97.1 Gets forward and blocks it down.
  • 96.6 Fuller outside off, driven towards mid off. 284/6
  • 96.5 FOUR! Good length delivery outside off, Ali looks to push it away with an open bat face but gets it off the edge towards third man for a boundary.
  • 96.4 Short delivery on middle and leg, Ali ducks to evade it.
  • 96.3 Good length outside off, driven uppishly down the ground for a brace.
  • 96.2 Good ball! Hazlewood bangs in a short one on middle and leg, Tom Curran is put in a bit of a tangle. He takes his eyes off the ball as initially he tries to leave it alone but then pulls it awkwardly towards backward square leg. The ball lobs uppishly but lands safely. 'That is called as involuntary pull' says Ian Chappell on air.
  • 96.1 Shortish delivery on middle and leg, Ali helps it with a pull down to fine leg for a single.
  • 95.6 Stands back and blocks it out gently. 276/6
  • What happened there? After playing out the last ball, Tom Curran plonked his bat and was set to leave the crease thinking it to be over. Paine collected the ball and just when Curran lifted his bat to move, he takes the bails off and appeals. Umpire Wilson shakes his head. A few players were not sure as to why didn't the umpire pay heed to the appeal. Smith even asks Wilson whether the over was called? The latter responds Yes and that is it...
  • 95.5 Around off, turning back in, Curran goes back to clip but misses to get hit on the pads.
  • 95.4 The batsman gets to the pitch of the ball and connects.
  • 95.3 Flatter and shorter outside off, cut behind point as Hazlewood hunts it down to keep them down to two.
  • 95.2 Once again comes down the track but this time he gets an inside edge towards mid on.
  • 95.1 FOUR! Good use of the feet! Lyon tosses it wider outside off, Curran knows that there is no one on the off side so he decides to make the most of it. He comes dancing down the track and drives it through the cover region to find the fence.
  • 94.6 Fullish ball on middle and leg, wristed wide of Starc at mid on for just a single. 270/6
  • 94.5 Good shot. This is more controlled from Curran! Length ball on off, Tom punches it on the up through extra cover to add two more to his tally.
  • 94.4 Short delivery but it's down leg, easy leave for Tom.
  • 94.3 Angles it in from on middle and off, Curran defends it down.
  • 94.2 FOUR! In the air... wide of Jackson Bird at cover! Hazlewood hurls it fuller outside off, Curran is quick to go for a booming drive. He does so uppishly and Bird at cover dives with his left hand outstretched but the ball is too far from his reach. A boundary results.
  • 94.1 Fuller in length and outside off, Curran drives it hard but finds the man at cover.
  • 93.6 Shimmies down the track and almost yorks himself does Ali. Jams it out back to the offie. 263/6
  • 93.5 Beaten! Drifting in from around off, Moeen Ali lunges forward to defend but the ball turns away to beat the outside edge. Good stuff from Lyon.
  • 93.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 93.3 Quicker through the air, outside off, spinning back in, Tom punches it towards cover to rotate strike.
  • 93.2 Tosses it wider outside off, Tom plays the drive but does so a bit squarer and as a result he finds point.
  • 93.1 Floats it up outside off, it turns back in, Curran comes forward to defend but gets an inside edge towards short leg.
  • 92.6 Keeps it fuller outside off, driven towards Warner at mid off. 262/6
  • 92.5 Bangs in a short one outside off, Moeen drops his wrists and leaves it alone.
  • 92.4 Shortish delivery from Josh. Ali hops back to tuck it away but misses to wear it on the body.
  • 92.3 Stays behind the line and answers it with a straight blade.
  • 92.2 Fuller in length and slanting away outside off, blocked solidly.
  • 92.1 Starts the new spell with a bumper, but it's on middle and leg, Ali is happy to sit under it.
  • Josh Hazlewood is back into the attack.
  • 91.6 Lovely bowling Gary! He gives it a lot of revs and lands it outside off, asking Curran to drive it through the line. The batsman obliges and comes forward to do just that. The ball spins back in, takes the inside edge, hits the front pad, lobs up in the air but then dies down on the pitch. 262/6
  • 91.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 91.4 Tosses it up outside off, it turns in, Curran takes a stride forward to defend but the ball doesn't turn and he gets beaten.
  • 91.3 Ali uses his feet and eases it down to long off for a single.
  • 91.2 Leans forward and blocks it into the ground.
  • 91.1 Tossed up on off, Curran comes down the track and drives it towards long on for a single.
  • 90.6 Fuller on off, driven past cover for a single. 260/6
  • 90.5 Bangs in a short one on middle and off, Tom ducks to evade it.
  • 90.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 90.3 Back of a length delivery outside off, Ali looks to punch it away on the off side but the ball jags away late to beat him all ends up.
  • 90.2 Coming back in from around middle and leg, Curran looks to flick it away but misses as the ball brushes the pads and rolls towards fine leg. They take a leg bye.
  • 90.1 Short ball down the leg side, Ali moves inside the line and helps it towards fine leg for a single.
  • 89.6 Shimmies down the track and pushes it back to Lyon. 256/6
  • 89.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 89.4 Shortish and turning in with bounce, Curran goes back to defend but misses to wear it on the body.
  • 89.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 89.2 Goes back and works it with the turn towards FSL.
  • 89.1 Drops it short outside off, punched through cover for a single.
  • 88.6 Very full at 142.4 kph, Curran is late to bring his bat down and as a result he gets beaten. A successful over from Starc comes to an end. 255/6
  • 88.5 FOUR! Uppishhhh! Fuller and sprayed wider outside off, Curran crouches low and squeezes it uppishly past backward point to pick up a boundary.
  • Tom Curran is the new man in.
  • 88.4 OUT! What a stunning catch! Steven Smith, that's a screamer! He dropped one yesterday which looked relatively easy but boy, what about this? Given the standards that he has set for himself, we expect him to take everything, don't we? Anyway, Starc gets his second and the set Malan walks back. Mitchell drops it on a short of a length and it moves away just a bit to square Dawid up. The batsman pokes at it away from the body and gets an outside edge which flies towards the slip cordon. Steven Smith who has placed himself a bit wide at second slip doesn't panic. He opens up his front foot and throws himself to his left to pluck it with one hand. Crazy stuff from the Aussie skipper and he is all excited. Another case of an English batsman failing to make his fifty count.
  • 88.3 The batsman has nudged the ball fine down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 88.2 FOUR! Edgyyyy and it's through! Fuller in length and shaping away after pitching, Ali reaches out to that one and gets it off the edge past Khawaja at gully. Lyon from backward point gives it a chase but the ball still wins the race.
  • 88.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, Ali stands tall and punches it through extra cover for a couple.
  • 87.6 Was there a nick? Lyon pushes it quicker through the air, at 95.6 kph, outside off, it's skids a bit and beats the back foot defense of Malan and settles into the keeper's gloves. They appeal for a caught behind but nothing from the umpire. 244/5
  • 87.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 87.4 FOUR! Booming drive! Lyon gives a lot of flight and serves it outside off, Malan reaches out to that one and drills it through extra cover to find the fence.
  • 87.3 Lands it outside off, turning away, left alone by Malan.
  • 87.2 Tossed up around middle, pushed towards mid off off the front foot.
  • 87.1 Lyon from around the wicket, loops it up outside off, Ali comes forward to push it away with an open bat face but gets it off the outer edge past Smith at first slip for a single.
  • Nathan Lyon comes into the attack. A slip and a short leg in place. Good move from Smith as there are two southpaws out there. The new cherry is hard and Lyon can extract that extra bounce.
  • 86.6 Stays back and defends this length delivery gently. 239/5
  • 86.5 Fuller in length and on the stumps, Malan stays leg side of the ball and ends up mistiming it towards cover.
  • 86.4 Now goes full, it's really full, Malan meets it with a straight blade down the ground. Warner from mid off hunts it down to keep them down to two.
  • 86.3 Excellent dive from Khawaja! Saved a sure shot boundary! Well done, Usman! Starc bowls it short and serves a bit of width as well. Malan decides to cash in on it. He stands tall and cuts it hard, it was traveling really fast but Khawaja at gully dives quickly to his right to make a one-handed stop.
  • 86.2 Fuller and fired down the leg side, at 142.2 kph, Malan looks to help it on its way but isn't able to get away with the clip.
  • 86.1 Angles it in on a back of a length but the line is a bit straight which allows Ali to tuck it towards deep square leg for a single.
  • 85.6 Goes around the wicket, Josh hurls it ahead of a length outside off, Malan ain't going after it. 236/5
  • 85.5 Good length ball on the pads, clipped towards deep backward square leg for a single.
  • 85.4 Gets right behind the line and stabs it on the off side.
  • 85.3 Hits the deck hard, it's on middle and off, Ali drops his gloves to let it be.
  • 85.2 In the channel outside off, slanting away from Ali who makes a watchful leave.
  • 85.1 First run of the day for Malan! Good length ball, just outside off, Dawid taps it with soft hands towards mid off and scurries through to the other end.
  • 84.6 Back of a length, swinging away appreciably, shouldered arms to by Ali. Three maidens in a row for Australia. 234/5
  • 84.5 Pitches it up outside off, Ali leans forward to drive but gets it off the toe end back to Starc.
  • 84.4 Bangs in a short one on middle and leg, Ali reacts late but does well to half-duck under it.
  • 84.3 Good length delivery with a tinge of away swing, Ali with a straight bat pushes it towards cover.
  • 84.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, Moeen Ali makes an assured leave.
  • Short cover comes in...
  • 84.1 A bit short and angling down leg, Ali tries tucking it away but then at the last moment he moves inside the line to make a leave.
  • 83.6 Goes around the wicket for the last ball of the over and pitches it up outside off, easy leave for Dawid. 234/5
  • 83.5 Good length delivery, hitting the deck and swirling back in from outside off, Malan defends it down solidly.
  • 83.4 Slants it away in the probing zone, Dawid has no qualms in leaving it alone.
  • 83.3 Lovely delivery! Fuller and curling back in on off, Malan tries to jam it out towards the off side but is done in by the pace on the ball as the ball goes quickly to Paine behind.
  • 83.2 Hazlewood with a short ball on middle, Dawid tries to get on top of the bounce but realizes that he won't be able to. So he smartly hangs back and makes sure he half-pulls it towards mid-wicket.
  • 83.1 Nice line! Angling away, in that channel outside off, Malan resists before shouldering his arms.
  • 82.6 Good length delivery, angling in, Ali tries to clip it away but misses to wear it on the pads. A maiden to start off with for Starc. 234/5
  • 82.5 Slips one down the leg side, Moeen Ali moves inside the line to let it be.
  • Michael Clarke who was himself aggressive by nature has got something to say. He says he loved the intent shown by Moeen Ali at the MCG but unfortunately got dismissed on a half tracker by Lyon. Today he wants him to take on Starc and Hazlewood it's nothing wrong but at the same time, he wants Ali to get use to the conditions, see off the initial 10-15 minutes and then go bang bang...
  • 82.4 Keeps it fuller around off, Moeen presses forward to defend but gets an inside edge as the ball rolls towards square leg.
  • 82.3 A full toss on middle and off, Ali stays calm and pushes it back down the track towards the bowler.
  • 82.2 Off the middle but straight to the man! Touch fuller and outside off, moving away a bit, Ali nicely leans into it to drive but it goes straight to the man at short cover.
  • 82.1 Starts off from over the wicket, fires it full but down the leg side, Ali fails to flick it away.
  • Mitchell Starc to continue from the other end. He wasn't at his usual best yesterday but he found a way by picking up the wicket of the English skipper. What can he do today?
  • 81.6 Strangles one down the leg side, Malan moves inside the line to work it away but fails to get any wood on it. Paine collects it by moving to his right. 234/5
  • 81.5 Ali is away straightaway! Hazlewood from over the wicket hurls it full on the pads, Moeen clips it a bit uppishly through mid-wicket to open his account.
  • It's time to get rolling. The umpires and players have made their way out to the middle. Dawid Malan is joined by the out-of-form, Moeen Ali in the middle. A lot of eyes will be on the latter today. Will he be amongst runs? Remains to be seen. Josh Hazlewood will finish his pending over. Here we go...
  • The pitch has good amount of turn and bounce and if you dig in there, runs will start to flow. Moeen Ali who has had a dreadful Ashes so far would be looking to make amends this time around. The hosts on the other hand will have their tails up and with the cherry being very new, they would be looking to come out and make further inroads. Will we see England clawing their way back or will Australia be all over them? Remember, we have an early start today to cover up for the time and overs lost on day 1. The good thing is that it's clear and the sun is shinning at the SCG. Let's hope it stays the same throughout the course of this game. Stay tuned as the action will begin shortly...
  • Hello everyone and welcome to the second day's play of the final Ashes Test. After looking flat for the entire last session yesterday, Australia came roaring back in the final few minutes to remove Root and Bairstow and made sure that they ended the day on a good note. A lot of eyebrows were raised when the wicketkeeper batsman walked in just before the close of play which has now put England firmly on the back foot. Yes, Dawid Malan, the most consistent batsman for the visitors on this tour is still out there but given the way their lower middle order has performed, it wouldn't be wrong to predict that there are is a high possibility of them getting bundled out for a below par total.
  • ... Day 2, Session 1 ...
  • The game is well poised now. It may be slightly in favour of the hosts but it is not easy to write the visitors off either. They still have batting to come and also have a set Malan at the other end. How will the second day pan out? The weather looks to be good for the morrow and we should get in all the overs then. However, we have an early start on Day 2. So do join us at 1000 local time (1100 GMT). Till then take care, adios!
  • Earlier in the day, rain washed away an entire session, making play extend by over an hour at the end. 2018 has been a wet start for the sport with the first New Zealand-Windies T20I rained away earlier this week. Two extended sessions meant that about 82 overs could be completed today. The home side bowlers were disciplined and never let the tourists get away with the game. Stoneman was fluent at the start but didn't stay for too long. Cook endured a tough phase but departed soon after, while Vince threw it away after getting involved in a 50-plus stand with the former.
  • What shall we say about England? Another batting collapse looms, doesn't it? They have lost 13/2 in the last 10 balls. Before that, Root and Malan had looked good in their 133-run stand. The latter is still unbeaten on 55, which has been a stoic knock from him, facing 160 balls in the process. Imagine being in his shoes now and thinking about all that has transpired at the end. He could be anything ranging from perplexed to frustrated. Hope he doesn't let any of that affect his game tomorrow. Remember, he already has been given a couple of chances in the middle - a run out chance and a catch that should have been taken. Can he make them count?
  • Hush! What drama in the last 10 minutes of play! Till the 80th over, Smith seemed to have run out of ideas. His problems seemed to have complicated with Starc not being 100 percent fit. But just like a lion is turned on by the smell of fresh meat, the Australians pumped back to life with the second new cherry. Starc started clocking over 140kph, getting the vital scalp of Root who missed out on yet another Test ton. Starc's new ball partner Hazlewood imitated him with Bairstow's wicket to tilt the day decisively in their favour.
  • 81.4 OUT! Another one departs! Where was this Aussie side that we know? Or even other way, perhaps this is the England side that we have grown familiar with in this series. Often one brings two and here is the second. Josh runs in from over the wicket and delivers it on a length just outside off. These are the areas which you never want to get as a batter any time, let alone in the closing stages of the day's play. Bairstow looks to drive this one but the ball straightens after pitching, taking the outer edge of his blade before settling in the gloves of Tim Paine. Thanks for coming, Jonny, say the hosts as they carry on with their celebrations. Also, it's STUMPS, DAY 1!
  • 81.3 Jonny shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 81.2 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 81.1 FOUR! Beautifuly stroke. Hazlewood overpitches this outside off, Bairstow strides forward and drives it through covers for a boundary. Nice looking shot that.
  • 80.6 NOT OUT! Bairstow survives! Talk about Starc though. He set Jonny nicely up. Bowled a couple of deliveries slanting across the batter and hurled this full and swinging in. Bairstow looks to flick it but it seems to have hit him low on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire stays unmoved. Smith is eagerly asking for support from his mates for DRS and gets the nod. Goes upstairs. The Hot Spot and the Snicko both show the presence of an edge there and that's that. The Australians lose a review but not the spirits. A single results as Bairstow crossed over immediately after playing that. 229/4
  • Is Bairstow gone? Starc thinks so, Smith thinks so but the umpire doesn't. Smith desperately asks is players before signaling a 'T' for the DRS. Sliding down leg it seems to the naked eye...
  • 80.5 Another delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 80.4 Full delivery slanting across Bairstow, he just lets it go.
  • Jonny Bairstow walks in next. It's his 50th Test match and what a time to come to bat. England have not opted for a nightwatchman and have sent their wicket-keeper batter out there.
  • 80.3 OUT! Mitchell Starc erupts, Australia erupt, the Sydney Cricket Ground erupts but Joe Root is down on his haunches! Oh dear, dear! What has the English skipper done yet again? Starc runs in and delivers it full at 140 kph. Talk about injured heels and calfs. All that can be done another time. Root thinks it to be yet another delivery which he'll flick and collect runs. Plays the shot but finds Mitchell Marsh at square leg. He dives to his right and pouches that to spark off the wild celebrations. You discount the Aussies at your own peril. What a time to break the 133-run stand! Root has yet again failed to convert a fifty into a century as he falls 19 short of the mark. Can Australia sneak in another one?
  • 80.2 FOUR! Is he gone? No! This is bowled full around off, in fact very full. Root just about manages to bring his bat down on time. The ball takes the inside edge and goes very close past the leg stump and races to the fine leg fence. The fielder there couldn't do much and a boundary results.
  • 80.1 FOUR! The new ball appears and disappears! Starc hurls it full on off and middle, Root drives it back down the ground. Such is the timing that the ball speeds away to the fence.
  • 80 overs have been bowled. The new ball is due and TAKEN IMMEDIATELY. About 10 minutes left for the close of play and in search of some magic, Australia have opted for the second new cherry straightaway. Mitchell Starc to make use of it first up.
  • 79.6 Malan drives it towards covers, where Marsh does well to prevent runs. 220/3
  • 79.5 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 79.4 Ouch! Earlier Khawaja and now Bancroft. This delivery is shot on the stumps, Malan pulls it through square leg. Bancroft gives it a chase and puts in the slide. As he does so, his back knee gets stuck on the ground and he ends up fumbling a touch. No extra run, just a couple.
  • 79.3 Full around off, defended off the front foot.
  • 79.2 This ball is punched off the back foot towards cover-point.
  • 79.1 Josh continues round the wicket and lands it on a length around off, Malan stands tall and keeps it out.
  • Mitchell Starc is seen walking out of the park now.
  • 78.6 Full outside off, driven to the man at covers. 218/3
  • If a wicket falls should a nightwatchman come in next? That was the talk on air when the camera panned to the England dressing room. It caught Mason Crane, who quickly went into a hiding. Not me, skipper! That's what he might be saying.
  • 78.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 78.4 Root defends this one from the crease.
  • 78.3 Very full outside off, Root gets down and drives it straight to cover-point.
  • 78.2 This is full around off, driven towards covers.
  • 78.1 Sprays this full outside off, Root drives it through the cover region and picks up a couple.
  • Starc will continue. Warne reckons that it definitely is not a torn calf as that would have meant that he wouldn't have been able to bowl. But all the on-air commentators are unanimous in thinking that the speedster playing this game hasn't been a wise call.
  • 77.6 Length ball on the stumps, defended from the crease. 216/3
  • 77.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • It's not heel perhaps. If I'm even half good at lip-reading, he was seen telling that 'My calf is gone'. The good part of this is he's still on the field and not out of it. Shane Warne on air wonders whether Starc has done his calf some damage in a bid to protect that bruised heel of his. Between the overs, he was seen taking some tablets from Jackson Bird, the sub.
  • 77.4 Malan hangs back and blocks it from the crease.
  • 77.3 Fuller outside off, driven towards covers.
  • 77.2 The batsman has driven it straight down the ground.
  • 77.1 Angling into Root, he flicks it away through square leg for a single.
  • Talk about reverse swing and here comes Josh Hazlewood into the attack. Earlier this morning, he struck with Cook's wicket as soon as was brought onto bowl. Encore? A couple of slips in place.
  • 76.6 This ball is flicked away through square leg for a brace. 10 runs off this over. 215/3
  • 76.5 This ball is flicked away off the pads. Starc is not at all looking good here. He is walking gingerly after bowling this one. One would hope he's okay. Also, he's seen asking something towards the dressing room there, perhaps a painkiller or something.
  • 76.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 76.3 5th Test fifty for Dawid Malan. This no. 5 has got a start yet again and it's time for him to play a daddy innings. Starc bowls this on a length on the pads, the ball moves in a touch. Malan clips it away through backward square leg for a brace. Starc is seen struggling here. He is seen stretching out there. Wonder why he should have been playing this game, especially the series in the hosts' bag already.
  • 76.2 Malan works this through mid-wicket for a brace to move to 49.
  • 76.1 FOUR! Straightaway we know what Starc is aiming for. He runs in and bowls it full outside off. A hint of reverse seen as the ball comes in a touch. Nothing doing for Malan though, who gets his stride out and drives it nicely through covers for a boundary.
  • Mitchell Starc back into the attack now. If there is even a semblance of reverse swing available, Starc can be menacing.
  • 75.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 205/3
  • 75.5 Flatter on the pads, flicked through mid-wicket for one.
  • 75.4 Malan prods forward to this one and blocks it.
  • 75.3 Root works it round the corner and gets to the other end.
  • 75.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 75.1 Served around off, Root goes back and flicks it towards mid-wicket.
  • 74.6 Hurled down the leg side, Malan just lets it be. 203/3
  • 74.5 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. One run added to the total.
  • 74.4 Fuller on off, driven back straight to Pat. The bowler collects it and hurls a wild throw back.
  • 74.3 This ball is bowled on a shorter length, Dawid pulls it confidently to the man at deep square leg for one.
  • 74.2 Good running now. Root taps this one in front of cover-point and sets across to complete a single.
  • 74.1 200 up for England. Back of a length delivery going down leg, Malan tucks it through backward square leg for one. The partnership now moves to 105.
  • 73.6 This time, Malan works it past short leg for one. 199/3
  • 73.5 What's that? Lyon lands it around off and middle, Malan looks to come down and flick it away. Bancroft at short leg does extremely well there. He quickly gets to his right, stops the ball cleanly and throws it at the striker's end. Malan's momentum forward made it difficult for him to turn and get back in time, even though he dived. Had that ball hit the stumps, it could have been one of the best dismissals of the series. Ian Healy exclaims that Bancroft is doing the bad job quite well here.
  • 73.4 Floated full on off, driven back.
  • 73.3 Flatter and straighter delivery outside off, Malan just shoulders arms.
  • 73.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 73.1 Malan stays back to this one and defends it.
  • 72.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 198/3
  • 72.5 Root almost departs there! Cummins bangs this short, Root goes back and pulls it. Ends up getting a top edge and the ball flies towards backward square leg. The fielder from square leg ran to his right while fine leg came running to his left. None could get to the ball as it landed in between them. Fine leg does the mopping up and a couple results. Root needs to be careful with the pull shot as he seldom lets go of such deliveries.
  • 72.4 Short ball on the stumps, Root ducks under that.
  • 72.3 Length ball outside off, Root steers it towards backward point.
  • 72.2 Fuller outside off, driven towards mid off.
  • 72.1 Length ball on off, defended from the crease.
  • 71.6 The batsman has driven it straight down the ground. 196/3
  • 71.5 Root drives it through covers for one.
  • 71.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 71.3 Root comes down the block and blocks that.
  • 71.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 71.1 Another chance? Very tough one for the fielder this. Root flicks this one from the crease and the ball strikes Bancroft at short leg on the full. Yes, a catch but these aren't ones that you can take actually. The fielder didn't get a hand onto that at all.
  • 70.6 Flatter one on the stumps, blocked out well. 195/3
  • 70.5 Short delivery on the stumps, pulled through square leg for a single. Brings up the 100-run stand between Root and Malan. England haven't managed to pull the momentum towards them even after parts of dominance. Once again this stand has given them a chance to dominate. One would hope they'll learn from their mistakes and improve on that by making this a big partnership.
  • 70.4 Length delivery outside off, poked off the back foot towards point.
  • Sometimes they say gut feelings and instincts just make things happen. It is all England at the moment and that too for quite some time. It does not look at all that they will lose a wicket tonight, especially given the chances missed by Australia. But Michael Clarke on air feels that Oz can get wickets 4 and 5 tonight. Just a gut feeling of his. Himself and Shane Warne have a lot of these gut feelings. Just need someone to have a gut feeling that Root and Malan will go undefeated into the dressing room at the end of the day. Then it will be nice to see the contests of gut feelings...
  • 70.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 70.2 Bouncer just outside off, Root sways away from the line and just lets it be.
  • 70.1 Full on off, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 69.6 Another delivery on the stumps, negotiated with a forward defense. The stand stays on 99 as this one is a maiden over. 194/3
  • 69.5 Floated around off and middle, Malan stonewalls it with a straight bat.
  • 69.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 69.3 Flicks this one off the pads, goes on the bounce to short leg.
  • 69.2 Malan comes down to this one and defends.
  • 69.1 Floated on off, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • Drinks are on the field. England have marched on well. There was a brief stutter midway when Malan gave two chances to the opposition to break the stand. The catching opportunity was the glaring one than the run out chance. Smith is trying all the tricks under his sleeve but to no avail. Can his bowlers inspire themselves up for a breakthrough before the day ends? We are into the last half an hour now, and play can be extended by a further half an hour post that.
  • 68.6 Very full on off, Root drives it back to Pat. 194/3
  • 68.5 Full outside off, Root's bottom hand comes off as he looks to drive it towards mid off.
  • 68.4 Fuller on the stumps, driven back towards the bowler.
  • 68.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 68.2 Length ball outside off, defended towards point.
  • Fair point. Joe Root has been guilty in the series of not maintaining the balance of his body. He has been out LBW a couple of times and that is when he looks to play across and falls over. But today has been different. He has maintained his posture well when playing the cut shot off the back foot and has been equally adept at defending and driving the ball off the front foot. This augurs well for him and the side as a whole as he looks to make this score a big one.
  • 68.1 Fuller around off, defended off the front foot.
  • Pat Cummins, the pick of the bowlers so far, is back for another burst. Can he break this stand that is worth 99 runs so far?
  • 67.6 Root works it through mid-wicket and retains strike with that. 194/3
  • 67.5 Similar delivery, this time Dawid hits it away from Khawaja for one.
  • 67.4 On a flatter trajectory outside off, Malan slaps it straight to Khawaja at cover-point.
  • 67.3 Around off, defended off the front foot.
  • 67.2 Beaten! Lyon fires this outside off, at 97 kph, Malan goes for the cut but misses. It was the arm ball. Lyon is mixing it up nicely.
  • 67.1 Tossed up ball around off, Malan comes down the track and drives it towards covers.
  • 66.6 Length ball outside off, left alone. 192/3
  • 66.5 Now runs on the other side of the wicket. Marsh delivers this on a length on the pads, Joe works it through backward square leg for a brace. The stand is worth 97 now.
  • 66.4 On a length just outside off, Root stays back and works it past backward point for a brace.
  • 66.3 Fuller in length, angling in, Root works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 66.2 This is full outside off, Root gets half-forward and lets it pass through unharmed.
  • 66.1 A touch shorter on the stumps, Malan pulls it to deep square leg for one.
  • 65.6 This is floated full outside off, Joe drives it through the cover region and helps himself to a couple. 187/3
  • 65.5 Root negotiates this one with a straight bat face.
  • 65.4 Malan taps it towards point and sets off for a run. Khawaja is a touch deeper there and that enables them to complete a run easily.
  • 65.3 Flatter on the pads, Dawid defends it towards short leg.
  • 65.2 Tossed up on off, Malan slinks down the track and pushes it back.
  • 65.1 Floated full on off, worked away to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 64.6 Bowled in line of the stumps, Malan keeps it out from the crease. 183/3
  • 64.5 Straight ball angling across the southpaw, Malan covers the sticks and lets it pass.
  • 64.4 On a length angling in, Root taps it towards backward square leg off the inner half. Malan rushed down from the other end for a quick run and Joe responds.
  • 64.3 Short ball angling down leg, Root goes for the pull but misses. Needs to be careful here, as he could have easily feathered it to the keeper on another day.
  • 64.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 64.1 Landed in line of the stumps, pushed towards mid on from the crease.
  • 63.6 This ball is pushed defensively towards covers. 182/3
  • 63.5 Dropped on the stumps, Malan lunges forward and dead-bats it.
  • 63.4 Some more air given on this one, Malan drives it towards covers.
  • 63.3 Floated on off, defended off the front foot with a straight bat.
  • 63.2 This is bowled around off, Root goes back and works it through mid-wicket for one.
  • 63.1 Tossed up outside off, driven through covers for a couple.
  • 62.6 Four dots in a row to end the over. This is again bowled outside off, left alone by DM. 179/3
  • 62.5 Hurled outside off, Malan covers his sticks and lets that go.
  • 62.4 Another delivery outside off, left alone by Malan.
  • 62.3 Well outside off, left alone.
  • Two gullies in place.
  • 62.2 Root steers this one past backward point for a single.
  • 62.1 Length ball on the stumps, blocked from the crease.
  • 61.6 Dawid comes down the track and bunts it. 178/3
  • 61.5 Malan lunges forward to this one and blocks.
  • 61.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 61.3 A CHANCE, DEFINITELY! Lyon tosses this one up nicely just around off, Malan looks to come down the track and play it but ends up getting a thick outside edge. The ball passes very close to the keeper's left leg and goes past Smith, beating him low to his right. He got just some hand to that but fails to hold on to that. What's more, it results in a couple. Malan gets another life now, to add to the run out scare that he had earlier. Smith had not taken a similar catch that had come off Cook's blade in the previous game. On that occasion though, the low bounce could have been a reason. Nothing really could aid Smith here. Perhaps he would have been undone by the fact that it almost brushed Paine's thigh on the way. Nevertheless, a chance gone.
  • 61.2 Served just outside off, Root taps it through backward point for one.
  • 61.1 Root turns it towards mid-wicket from the crease.
  • 60.6 FOUR! Marsh doesn't get away this time. He bowls it full and outside off, Malan gets his stride out and drives it through the gap between gully and backward point for a boundary. Spoils what could have been a decent over. 175/3
  • 60.5 On a length in line of the stumps, Malan presents a straight bat face in blocking that.
  • 60.4 The sucker ball. Marsh throws it wide and full, Dawid resists the temptation to go after that and just lets it be.
  • 60.3 Good judgement. Length delivery in the channel of uncertainty, Malan covers his stumps, shoulders arms.
  • 60.2 Fuller outside off, driven nicely through covers. The fielder there does well to dive and prevent a run.
  • 60.1 Length ball outside off, placed to the man at point.
  • Usman Khawaja is back on the field.
  • 59.6 This one is eased through covers for one. 171/3
  • 59.5 The batsman plays the square cut.
  • 59.4 Floated on off, Malan comes down and blocks it.
  • 59.3 Root gets down and sweeps it through backward square leg for one.
  • 59.2 What's happening there? Are the two English batters speaking different languages? A horrible mix-up, thankfully not fatal. Lyon bowls it on a shorter length outside off, Malan goes back and plays the cut. Root wants a run and immediately hares to the other end even as Mitchell Marsh at backward point dives to his left to stop it and hurls a throw to the keeper. Seeing the effort, Malan decides to not take the run and is stranded in the middle even as his skipper crosses him. That's not all. Paine collects the throw from Marsh and hurls a wild one to the bowler's end. Poor Lyon can't do anything about it and Dawid makes it in safely. Need to be careful England as often in the series, they have thrown away the good stands that they developed.
  • 59.1 Flatter on the stumps, kept out from the crease.
  • 58.6 FOUR! Consecutive fifties for skipper Joe Root, his 36th in Tests. He has looked very comfortable at the crease so far and for once, he would love to put all that talks of conversion rates to rest. This is full outside off, Root leans into it and drives it crisply through covers. The ball trickles away to the ropes. 168/3
  • 58.5 Angling into the pads on a fuller length, Root clips it through mid-wicket for a brace. He moves to 46 even as the stand swells to 69.
  • 58.4 Well wide outside off, left alone by Joe.
  • 58.3 Full and outside off, hit straight to the man stationed at covers.
  • 58.2 Outside off, driven to the man at covers.
  • 58.1 Marsh begins with a delivery slanting in to the batsman. Root looks to defend but the ball moves in a touch and he gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • Mitchell Marsh comes into the attack now. He has been wicketless in the series so far but has also seen Cook's catch go down in the previous game off his bowling. What does he have in store today?
  • 57.6 Floated outside off, driven to the man at covers. 162/3
  • 57.5 Malan gets down the track and bunts this down solidly.
  • 57.4 Joe does well this time as he works it through mid-wicket for one.
  • 57.3 Lyon fires this one at 90.4 kph, Root works it round the corner for nothing.
  • 57.2 Flatter and quicker one, padded away by Root.
  • 57.1 Lyon darts it from round the wicket, Root goes back and doesn't offer his bat. The ball goes off his thigh into the keeper's gloves.
  • 56.6 Aiming at the off stump, this is landed on a length. DM blocks it watchfully. 161/3
  • 56.5 On a length outside off, Malan goes back to defend it. Tries to do so with soft hands but the ball rolls towards gully off the edge.
  • Mitchell Marsh is seen warming up...
  • 56.4 Full ball outside off, Dawid covers his stumps and lets it be.
  • 56.3 Outside off, Malan leaves it alone.
  • 56.2 Josh comes round the wicket and lands it on a back of a length. Malan stands tall and pulls it towards square leg.
  • 56.1 Hazlewood lands it short around off, Root stays back and pulls it all along the ground towards deep mid-wicket for one.
  • 55.6 Drifting in from around off, Malan presses forward to block it down watchfully. 160/3
  • Usman Khawaja is limping off the field. Seems like Khawaja has done something to his left knee while attempting to stop the previous ball. Looks to be in some pain as he walks off the field. This could prove to be a nasty blow. Meanwhile, Drinks have been called...
  • 55.5 FOUR! Good shot! But wait, what happened to Khawaja there? Tossed up delivery outside off, Dawid Malan makes room and drives it through covers. Usman gives it a chase and just when he tries to pull the back, his left knee gets stuck in the turf and the ball rolls away further towards the boundary rope.
  • 55.4 Drifting in on middle and off, blocked into the ground gently.
  • 55.3 Darted around middle and leg, worked towards the man at square leg.
  • 55.2 Works it with the turn through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 55.1 Flighted delivery, dipping in on middle, Root whips it towards mid-wicket.
  • 54.6 Short of a length delivery outside off, Malan hops to steer it down to third man but finds gully. 155/3
  • 54.5 Back of a length delivery, sprayed a touch wider outside off. DW is happy to make a leave.
  • 54.4 Good length delivery on off, pushed off the front foot towards mid off.
  • 54.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 54.2 Another short ball on the leg stump, Dawid helps it with a pull down to deep backward square leg for another brace.
  • 54.1 FOUR! Easily done! Hazlewood bowls a short ball on middle and leg, it comes up at a good height too. Malan swivels inside the crease and then pulls it along the ground through backward square leg to find the boundary.
  • 53.6 Makes use of the feet and drives it wide of the man at cover to keep strike. 149/3
  • 53.5 A loud shout for an LBW! Was it bat first or pad? Dawid Malan dances down the track to this flighted ball and looks to defend it with his bat and pad close together. It seemed like it has hit his pad first but the impact was well outside the line.
  • 53.4 Slower through the air, outside off, Malan looks to defend it off the front foot but gets it off the outer half towards gully.
  • 53.3 Around middle and leg, worked straight towards mid on.
  • 53.2 Flighted delivery, dipping in, Root whips it wide of mid on for a single.
  • 53.1 Starts off from round the wicket and drifts one into Root who presses forward and blocks it out.
  • Nathan Lyon is back into the attack. A slip, leg slip and a short leg in place...
  • 52.6 Back of a length delivery on middle, Dawid hops back and defends it down. 147/3
  • 52.5 Pitches it up outside off, Malan drives it off the middle but finds Lyon at short cover.
  • 52.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 52.3 On the pads, helped down to square leg for a single.
  • 52.2 Fuller on off, driven straight to short cover.
  • 52.1 FOUR! Superbly done! Just using the pace of Hazlewood! It's short and it's outside off, Root gets on top of the bounce to steer it through backward point. Finds the gap and brings up the 50-run stand as well.
  • 51.6 This time he opens the face of the bat and pushes it with an angled bat towards point. 142/3
  • 51.5 On a length and outside off, Malan gets squared up a bit as he defends this one towards the off side.
  • 51.4 What was that? Starc bowls a slower one around off, Root looks to pull it first but then at the last moment he dabs it away. Luckily, it went wide of Lyon at backward point. They run three.
  • 51.3 Dawid Malan scores his first run after the tea break. It has taken him 27 balls to do so. Starc sprays it on the pads, clipped fine down the leg side for one.
  • 51.2 Length delivery wide outside off, Dawid Malan is shoulders his arms to leave it alone.
  • 51.1 Pitches it up outside off, Malan drives it on the up towards mid off.
  • 50.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. 138/3
  • 50.5 Back of a length delivery on the hips, tucked towards fine leg for a brace.
  • 50.4 Angling in from a good length outside off, Root looks to drive but gets an inside edge on the pads.
  • 50.3 Angling in on the stumps, blocked into the ground.
  • 50.2 FOUR! Nicely done! Short and outside off, Root stands tall and hits it through backward point for a boundary.
  • 50.1 Starts off from over the wicket and pitches it right up there, Root eases it down the ground through mid on for a couple of runs.
  • Josh Hazlewood is brought back into the attack.
  • 49.6 Delivers it in the corridor of uncertainty, DW is happy to leave that one alone. 130/3
  • 49.5 Good length around middle and leg, the left-hander punches it towards the man at mid on.
  • 49.4 Fullish ball outside off, Malan drives it nicely but it goes on the bounce towards the point fielder.
  • 49.3 Hangs back to this short ball outside off and pushes it with an angled bat towards point. Malan is still not off the mark after the tea break. He is happy to take his time.
  • 49.2 Pitches it up outside off, Malan looks to drive it but gets it off the inner half back to the bowler.
  • 49.1 Starc sprays it down the leg side, Root helps it on its way down to fine leg for a single.
  • 48.6 Length ball, angling away a touch, Malan prods forward and off the outer half of the bat he pokes it towards point. 129/3
  • 48.5 Another bumper from Cummins, Dawid Malan winds up for the pull shot but fails to get one going.
  • 48.4 Fuller in length and angling in on middle and leg, clipped through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 48.3 Cummins with a great bumper at 142.6 kph, Joe Root ain't taking on it. Ducks under it.
  • 48.2 Short of a length ball outside off, Joe rides the bounce to hit it towards point.
  • 48.1 Back of a length delivery, angling in from outside off, Root offers some solid defense.
  • 47.6 Starc keeps it really full on the stumps, Malan is early into the straight drive and ends up mistiming it back to Mitchell. 128/3
  • 47.5 Fuller and moving away outside off, Dawid Malan is happy to shoulder his arms. Absolutely no need to go for those.
  • 47.4 Curling back in a shade, Malan goes at it with hard hands. Ekes out an inside edge which rolls towards the mid-wicket region.
  • 47.3 Shortish delivery on middle and leg, pulled down to fine leg for a single.
  • 47.2 FOUR! Glorious from Root and that will release some pressure! After 25 dot balls in a row, England score! Starc slants it full and a bit wide outside off, Root leans nicely into it and drives it elegantly through extra cover to find the fence.
  • 47.1 Fuller in length and angling away, Root opens the bat face to push it towards point.
  • 46.6 Drops it on a length outside off, it's too wide to have a go at it. Left alone. Fourth maiden in a row! 123/3
  • 46.5 Coming back in from a shorter length outside off, Dawid has it covered and as a result he makes an easy leave.
  • 46.4 Tad short and angling in on middle, Malan stands tall to defend it besides the pitch.
  • 46.3 Back of a length delivery outside off, defended with a straight bat.
  • 46.2 Angling in on the pads, the southpaw hops and tucks it towards square leg.
  • 46.1 Angling in from a good length area, Dawid keeps his bat and pad close to keep it out.
  • 45.6 Third maiden in a row! Shortish delivery outside off, Root defends it comfortably off the back foot. 123/3
  • 45.5 Angling away on a fuller length outside off, Joe presses forward and pushes it towards point.
  • 45.4 Root stands tall and taps this length delivery in front of point. Isn't keen on taking the single.
  • 45.3 Slants it on a length outside off, Root leans forward and defends it down safely.
  • 45.2 Leading edgeee! Fuller and tailing back in a touch, Root moves across way too much and then tries to clip it away. Ends up getting a leading edge which rolls safely towards the off side.
  • 45.1 Starc is a bit wayward here. He strangles one down the leg side, Root moves inside the line to leave it alone.
  • 44.6 Another short ball but it's angling down leg, easily ducked under. 123/3
  • 44.5 In the channel outside off, Malan shoulders his arms to it.
  • 44.4 Good effort delivery from Pat! He bangs in a short ball, directing in towards Malan is is happy to sit under it. Paine does exceedingly well to collect it with a stretch to his right.
  • 44.3 Pitches it up outside off, the southpaw gets across and flicks it straight to Mitchell Marsh at square leg.
  • 44.2 Cummins attacks the stumps, Malan prods forward to defend it with a straight bat but gets it off the inside edge towards square leg.
  • 44.1 Fuller ball from around the wicket, Malan is happy to leave it alone.
  • 43.6 A maiden to end the over, not a testing one by any means. Fuller on the pads, hit straight to Marsh at square leg. 123/3
  • 43.5 A touch fuller than the previous one, Joe pats it towards the fielder at point.
  • 43.4 Landed in line of the middle stump and slanting away. Root stands tall and blocks.
  • 43.3 Length ball, Root works it towards square leg.
  • 43.2 Doesn't look like Starc has completely recovered from his bruised heel. A 125 kph against his name on the speed-gun isn't a normal thing. This is a length ball outside off, Root doesn't bother playing that.
  • 43.1 Full ball on middle and leg, clipped towards mid-wicket.
  • Mitchell Starc to bowl from the other end. He has been the least impressive of the bowlers so far. But in this beautiful sport, wickets often change the picture. Can Starc pocket a few here?
  • 42.6 Pat comes round the wicket for the final ball of the over and bowls it full outside off. Malan just lets it be. 123/3
  • 42.5 Length ball, defended from the crease.
  • 42.4 Root gets to the other end by guiding it through the point region.
  • 42.3 Fuller outside off, driven towards mid off.
  • 42.2 Almost gone! Cummins serves it full on the stumps, Root looks to drive it on the up. Ends up almost spooning a return catch. Pat gets low to his right but the ball lands agonisingly short of him.
  • 42.1 Length ball outside off to start off, Root covers his stumps and just lets it be.
  • We are back for the third session. It's bright and sunny at the moment which will make the batting all the more easy. Joe Root and Dawid Malan are set to resume. Australia to begin with Pat Cummins first up. Two slips for him. Let's play...
  • ... Day 1, Session 3 ...
  • Another long session is coming up, folks. Will the current pair of Root and Malan bat well to keep the hosts at bay or will Australia continue to chip away at the wickets? Join us back in a short while to see what's going to happen next...
  • Joe Root and Dawid Malan have battled it out till the break and slowly another partnership has started to build. The skipper will be itching to get a big one under his belt and this would be an ideal situation to do so. Australia, well, they have bowled superbly. On a track that had nothing much on it, they have come up with something extraordinary to reap the dividends. Cummins got the first two while it was Hazlewood who removed the big fish. Lyon is getting the odd ball to turn on the very first day and Smith has asked him to bowl long spells. Although he hasn't tasted success, he has troubled the batsmen to a certain extent.
  • An extended session belongs to Australia. After rain washed out the entire first session, Joe Root won another toss and decided to bat. Stoneman was quick to get a start but threw it away. Vince and Cook then steadied the ship by stitching a 50-plus stand but again we saw the former doing what the other opener did. Cook at the start looked a bit nervy and did well to see off the initial phase but he too got dismissed, (thanks to an excellent use of the review from the hosts) putting his side in further trouble.
  • 41.6 Slower through the air around off, Malan lunges forward and blocks it down safely. TEA ON DAY 1! 122/3
  • 41.5 Around middle and off, DW walks out of the crease and pushes it back to Lyon who collects it with his left hand and throws it back to the keeper.
  • 41.4 FOUR! Lovely shot! Sees the flight and Malan decides to cash in on it. Leans forward and drills it off the meat through extra cover for a boundary.
  • 41.3 Tosses it wider outside off, Dawid comes down the track and drives it towards short cover.
  • 41.2 Flatter delivery around off, blocked into the ground.
  • 41.1 Drifting in on middle and leg, clipped through backward square leg for a single.
  • About 2 mins to go and probably this should be the final over before tea...
  • 40.6 That was really close. Hazlewood changes the angle and goes from around the wicket. He lands it short, just outside off and it comes back in appreciably. Malan covers his sticks to make a leave. It went over the stumps and Josh shares a smile with the southpaw. 117/3
  • 40.5 Sprays it wider outside off, Malan has got nothing to do with that one.
  • 40.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 40.3 Doesn't get it right! Hazlewood bowls a bumper to take the English skipper aback but it's down the leg side. Joe rolls his wrists over the pull shot to get it towards Starc at fine leg for a single.
  • 40.2 It's on a back of a length this time in that probing zone, Root pushes it with an angled bat towards gully.
  • 40.1 Fuller and angling in from around off, Root keeps his head down and blocks it solidly off the front foot.
  • 39.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 116/3
  • 39.5 Root goes back and taps it towards backward point for one.
  • 39.4 This is floated full outside off, driven through covers for one.
  • 39.3 This ball is turned towards mid-wicket from the crease.
  • 39.2 Malan sees the flight on this one, charges down the track and bunts it.
  • 39.1 Floated on off, Malan gets ahead and blocks.
  • 38.6 On the pads, flicked away through square leg to retain strike. 114/3
  • 38.5 Harmless ball outside off, left alone.
  • 38.4 Bouncer on the stumps, Malan ducks.
  • 38.3 Played to mid-wicket region by Malan. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
  • 38.2 This is on a length outside off, left alone.
  • 38.1 Nicely driven. Hazlewood bowls this on a length outside off, Root strides forward nicely and drives it through covers. Gets three runs for the same.
  • 37.6 Floats it up wider outside off, Malan leans forward and drives it through extra cover to add a couple to his tally. 108/3
  • 37.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 37.4 What was that? Lyon is getting the better of Malan! He tosses it up outside off, Dawid leans forward and across to play the paddle sweep but misses as the ball snakes under his bat to go towards the keeper. Paine removes the bails but the southpaw was in.
  • Nathan Lyon seems to have some plan for Malan. He is pushing it quicker through the air but then all of a sudden he is slowing it down and serving it wider outside off, wanting the southpaw to reach out and go for a drive. He is getting the odd ball to turn which can bring him success...
  • 37.3 Pushes it quicker through the air around middle, blocked.
  • 37.2 Flatter through the air, around off, Malan goes back to block but gets an outside edge which rolls towards point.
  • 37.1 Pushes it quicker through the air, at 91.8 kph, Malan stays back to defend it down.
  • 36.6 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him. 106/3
  • 36.5 Stays rooted inside the crease and blocks it out gently.
  • 36.4 FOUR! Top edgeeee but safe! Fortunately for Root he gets it finer otherwise there was a man patrolling the fine leg region. Hazlewood drops it short and gets the extra zip off the surface which surprises the English skipper. Joe swivels to pull but gets a top edge instead. He gets it away from the man in the deep and picks up a boundary.
  • 36.3 Pitches it right up there, Root bunts it back to Hazlewood.
  • 36.2 Angling in from a length outside off, Root blocks it out by staying right behind the line.
  • 36.1 Fuller and just outside off, Root comes forward but mistimes his drive towards short cover.
  • 35.6 Lyon sees Malan stepping out of the crease so he smartly drags his length back. The southpaw does well to adjust and keep it out. 102/3
  • 35.5 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 35.4 Quicker and flatter one outside off, Malan takes his front foot across and makes a leave.
  • 35.3 Comes down the track and pushes it towards deep mid on for a single.
  • 35.2 Turning in from a length around off, JR goes back and defends.
  • 35.1 Around middle and leg, flicked towards deep square leg for a single.
  • 34.6 Back of a length delivery outside off, Joe Root rides the bounce as he pushes it with an angled bat towards backward point. Another lovely over from Joshy! 100/3
  • 34.5 Pitches it up on middle, Joe mistimes his drive towards mid off.
  • 34.4 Now brings one back into Root who hops and tucks it towards square leg. Good bowling Halzewood. He is setting up Root here.
  • 34.3 Good length delivery in the probing zone, dealt comfortably by Root.
  • 34.2 Shortish and outside off, Root stays back in defense.
  • 34.1 Back of a length, wider outside off, shouldered arms to.
  • 33.6 On middle and off, bunted back to the bowler. 100/3
  • 33.5 Flatter and shorter outside off, cut away past Warner at backward point for a brace. 100 comes up for England!
  • 33.4 Flighted ball around off, Dawid Malan comes down the track to defend it.
  • 33.3 Beaten! Floats it up outside off, Malan lunges forward to defend but the ball turns away ad beats the outside edge but just a bit.
  • 33.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 33.1 Flighted delivery outside off, Malan stands tall and cuts it square of the wicket on the off side for a comfortable couple.
  • 32.6 Good length delivery, coming back in a bit, Malan gets it off the inner half through mid-wicket and is off the mark straightaway. What an over from Halzewood! 96/3
  • 32.5 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 32.4 Short ball, but it's down the leg side, Malan is happy to sway away from the line.
  • Dawid Malan is the next to walk in. Two men out there for the hook shot and a bat pad in place for the new man...
  • 32.3 OUT! Three Reds shows the Ball Tracker and Alastair Cook has to make a long walk back to the pavilion. Excellent use of the review from Australia and they are absolutely pumped up. Josh Hazlewood strikes immediately after he is brought into the attack. He steams in from over the wicket and keeps it nice and full on the stumps. Cook looks to work it away on the leg side but misses and nearly falls over while doing so. The ball hits him on the pads and a loud appeal follows from Josh. Umpire Joel Wilson takes his time before shaking his head. Maybe, he thinks it's pitching outside leg. Steven Smith looks to be convinced and he takes the DRS after having a word with his players. There is no inside edge and Hawk Eye shows it's jusssssst pitching in line and would have gone on to hit the stumps. Cook departs after a dodgy knock to give Australia the upper hand. Tell you what, Alastair Cook was seen playing a lot straighter during his MCG innings but today he was more keen to play the flick. The plan from the Aussies was to keep it straight on the stumps and wait for him to miss one. And they get the reward for their execution.
  • Cook misses one and is struck on the pads. The Aussies feel that they have got their man and Steven Smith after a word with his mates take the DRS. Where is it pitching is the question. If it's in line, I reckon it's curtains for Alastair. Ball Tracking coming up, wait on...
  • 32.2 Good length delivery on middle, defended off the back foot.
  • 32.1 Back of a length delivery to start this spell, from over the wicket. Cook hops a bit and tucks it towards square leg.
  • Josh Hazlewood is brought into the attack. Two slips and a gully in place.
  • 31.6 Goes around the wicket and darts it around middle and leg, worked towards short fine leg. 95/2
  • 31.5 Drags his length back, Root stays back to keep it out.
  • 31.4 Floated delivery outside off, Cook makes room and drives it through extra cover for a single.
  • 31.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 31.2 Takes a good stride forward does Cook and pushes it into the off side.
  • 31.1 Flighted delivery on off, pushed off the back foot towards cover.
  • 30.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 94/2
  • 30.5 A well-directed bouncer on middle, Root is quick to take evasive action as he ducks under it.
  • 30.4 Back of a length delivery on middle, defended from within the crease.
  • 30.3 Outside off, on a length, Joe is happy to should his arms.
  • 30.2 FOUR! Superbly done! Something Vince should have! Cummins bowls it on a similar length which he bowled to Vince, it's a touch short this time. What does Root do? He gets on top of it and moves across to hit it square of the wicket on the off side for a boundary. Vince opted to stay inside the crease and that brought his downfall.
  • 30.1 Fuller in length and angling in, Root comes forward to deal with it.
  • 29.6 Floated delivery outside off, Root drives it nicely but there is a half stop at cover which allows him to get off the mark. 90/2
  • 29.5 Turning in from a length, Root looks to flick but gets an inside edge towards short leg.
  • 29.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 29.3 Quicker and flatter through the air, Root hangs back in defense.
  • 29.2 Pushes it through covers for an easy single.
  • 29.1 Flatter one around off, Cook plants it front foot across to make a leave.
  • 28.6 Back of a length delivery on middle, defended back safely by Joe. A successful over from Pat. 88/2
  • Joe Root walks in next. He is yet to score a big one in the series. Will we see it here?
  • 28.5 OUT! Edged and Vince throws it away! A wicket right after the drinks break and it's that man again, Pat Cummins! It isn't a wicket-taking delivery by any means but more of the batsman being lazy. It's a length ball outside off, Vince sans any foot movement goes chasing after it but there is the extra bounce which comes into the picture. It takes a thick edge and flies into the mitts of Paine who accepts a regulation. Just like Stoneman, Vince fails to kick on. Australia are delighted!
  • 28.4 Short ball down the leg side, Cook looks to pull but is a bit late to react. Mistimes it down to fine leg for a single.
  • 28.3 Beaten! Short and slanting away outside off, Cook looks to cut but there is a bit of extra bounce which gets the better of Alastair.
  • 28.2 Back of a length outside off, Cook defends it towards the off side.
  • 28.1 Cummins tries to angle it in but it's a tad too straight. James Vince shuffles and clips it towards deep square leg for a single.
  • Drinks break! England have done a good job after the wicket of Stoneman. Cook and Vince have got their eye in and have already stitched a 50-plus stand. There is nothing much on the wicket and all they have to do is play sensible cricket. It may flatten out even more as the game progresses. Australia, on the other hand, need wickets. They desperately would look to break this stand before the tea break. Who will be the one to provide it? We shall see...
  • 27.6 FOUR! And again! Back-to-back boundaries and Cook is looking really solid now! Lyon once again is guilty on dropping it short, Alastair takes on the bait. He camps back deep inside the crease and slaps it through backward point for another boundary. 86/1
  • 27.5 FOUR! Cracked it! Lyon drops it short and serves it outside off, Cook is tempted to go after it. He missed out on the first ball of this over but not this one. Cuts it square of the wicket on the off side and away she whistles to the fence.
  • 27.4 Cook comes down the track and nearly yorks himself, Cook jams it out towards short cover.
  • 27.3 Floated ball outside off, driven straight towards mid off.
  • 27.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 27.1 Short and outside off, Cook cuts hard but Warner at backward point does well to make a good stop.
  • 26.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 78/1
  • 26.5 Hits the deck hard and this one kicks off the deck, James Vince is quick to sit under it.
  • 26.4 FOUR! Nailed it! What a shot to bring up the 50-run stand! England have recovered well after that initial stutter. Cummins bangs in a short ball that lacks venom and Vince doesn't miss out on that. He rocks back in a flash and murders the pull over mid-wicket by getting on top of it to fetch himself a boundary. Superb!
  • 26.3 Fuller and a bit too straight, clipped through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 26.2 Shortish in length and outside off, Cook is up on his toes as he pushes it towards backward point.
  • 26.1 Angling away from a length outside, Cook shoulders his arms to let that one through.
  • 25.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 73/1
  • 25.5 There you go! Exactly what Mark Taylor wants. Vince sees the flight, skips down the track and bunts it back to Lyon. Needs to do this more.
  • Good point mentioned by Mark Taylor. He says that the English batsmen are waiting back for the overpitched delivery from Lyon to get going. They need to come out of the crease and crash a couple through the off side to put him out of his rhythm. If they manage to do so, then Australia could be in some sort of pressure...
  • 25.4 Flatter ball on middle and off, Vince camps back to punch it back to Nathan.
  • 25.3 Slower through the air outside off, blocked into the ground.
  • 25.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 25.1 Dipping in around off, Vince flicks it with the turn through square leg. Two runs picked up.
  • 24.6 Fuller in length and swinging back in on middle, Vince looks to clip it away but the inward movement takes the inside edge and rolls behind square on the leg side for a single. 71/1
  • 24.5 Stands back and punches it towards the man at mid on.
  • 24.4 Pat Cummins bowls a length ball outside off, AC taps it in front of cover and scampers through for a quick single.
  • 24.3 Slants it away on a fuller length outside off, AC looks to guide it through but gets it off the outer half past Khawaja's right at gully for another brace.
  • 24.2 Back of a length delivery on off, Alastair stabs it off the back foot.
  • 24.1 Cummins comes from over the wicket and lands it on middle and leg, Cook flicks it through mid-wicket and ambles back for a couple.
  • Pat Cummins is back into the attack. Two men out for the hook shot and three men in the slips...
  • 23.6 Quicker one around off, defended by sitting back deep in the crease. Back-to-back maidens for Lyon. 65/1
  • 23.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 23.4 Flatter delivery around middle and off, the batsman is quick to go back and keep it out.
  • 23.3 Gives it a bit more flight, Vince comes a touch forward to smother this away on the off side.
  • 23.2 Takes a stride forward to this flighted delivery and stonewalls it.
  • 23.1 Floated delivery around off, Vince comes forward a bit to defend but gets an inside edge as the ball rolls towards short leg.
  • 22.6 Shortish delivery outside off, Cook is happy to leave it alone. 65/1
  • 22.5 Sprays it down the leg side, AC tries helping it on its way but fails to get any wood on it.
  • 22.4 Short of a length delivery, not troubling the batsman as Cook stays back to push it towards mid on.
  • 22.3 Pounds it on a back of a length outside off, Alastair lifts his bat to make an easy leave.
  • 22.2 Length delivery, curling in just a touch, Vince shuffles and works it with soft hands towards mid-wicket to pick up a single. He is looking really confident out there. Good signs for England!
  • 22.1 Starc hits the deck hard but it comes at a comfortable height for Vince to counter it. James hangs back to defend it back down the pitch.
  • 21.6 Flighted delivery outside off, Cook presses forward to block it into the ground. A maiden for Lyon! 64/1
  • 21.5 Camps back to this short ball and punches it straight to short cover.
  • 21.4 Lunges forward to a full ball and defends it with his bat and pad close together.
  • 21.3 Alastair has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 21.2 Slows it through the air, lands it full outside off, patted towards point.
  • 21.1 Flattish delivery outside off, Cook goes back to punch but mistimes it towards short cover.
  • 20.6 FOUR! Boom! Vince isn't afraid to go after Starc. We saw him hitting one through the off side in Starc's previous over and does once again. Starc angles it away on a fuller length outside off, Vince bends his back knee, leans forward a touch and flays it over backward point for a boundary. 64/1
  • 20.5 Hurls it on a back of a length on middle, worked through mid-wicket by Cook for an easy single.
  • 20.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 20.3 Good length delivery outside off, Alastair gets behind the line to defend it down solidly.
  • 20.2 A shout for a caught behind! Starc serves it on the leg stump, Cook moves inside the line to clip it away but it goes off something to the keeper behind and the Aussies put in an ambitious appeal. However, umpire Wilson pays no heed to the appeal that has been raised. Replays show it went off the thigh pad. Cook wasn't even bothered looking behind to the keeper, he was seen taking the guard when the opposition was appealing.
  • 20.1 Fuller in length and attacking the stumps, Cook gets across and works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 19.6 Loopy delivery outside off, eased towards wide of mid off for a single to keep strike. 59/1
  • 19.5 Lyon drops it short and outside off, Alastair rocks back and packs a punch to beat the dive of the man at short cover to collect a couple of runs.
  • 19.4 Flighted delivery outside off, driven straight to the man at short cover.
  • 19.3 Flatter one outside off, Cook has no qualms in leaving that one alone.
  • 19.2 A bit quicker through the air, but it's on the shorter side. Gives time for Cook to go back and dab it towards point.
  • 19.1 Drifting in on middle and off, blocked into the ground.
  • 18.6 FOUR! Up and over! Starc once again goes short and offers width as well. James Vince is quick to rise on the toes and carve it over point for a boundary to end the over. Loved the intent from James here. 56/1
  • 18.5 Bangs in a short one, it's a well-directed too, Vince is quick to duck under it.
  • 18.4 Good length delivery on middle and leg, tucked towards square leg for nothing.
  • 18.3 Superb stop from Mitchell Marsh! Vince anticipates Starc to bowl another short ball and gets one. He swivels and pulls it firmly but Marsh at square leg dives full length to his right to cut a certain boundary.
  • 18.2 Drops it on a shorter length outside off, Vince hangs back in defense.
  • 18.1 FOUR! That's cracked through the off side! Starc from over the wicket, slants it away on a length outside off. Vince with no foot movement goes after it and as a result he laces one through covers for a boundary. No need to run for those! 50 comes up for England.
  • 17.6 Floated ball outside off, driven towards cover. 48/1
  • 17.5 Excellent delivery from Lyon, this! Loops it up around off, it turns away just a touch, Cook looks to keep it out off the front foot but the ball just about misses the outside edge to the keeper.
  • 17.4 Gives it a lot of flight and lands it full outside off. Perfect length from Lyon. Cook takes a stride forward and pushes it towards cover-point.
  • 17.3 Loops it up around middle and off, Cook digs it out towards mid on.
  • 17.2 Flatter through the air around off, a bit of extra bounce, Cook shoulders his arms.
  • 17.1 Floats it up generously around middle and off, Cook prods forward in defense.
  • 16.6 Shortens his length a touch and bowls it outside off. James hangs back and cuts it to the man at point. 48/1
  • 16.5 Starc continues from over the wicket to the right-hander and hurls this full on middle. Vince stays back and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 16.4 Good bowling. There is a square leg as well as a deep backward square leg in place. Accordingly, Starc bowls it short into the body of Cook. He pulls it all along the ground to the man at the latter position for a single.
  • 16.3 Full on middle and leg, hit straight to the man at square leg.
  • 16.2 This is angled on the pads on a length, Alastair clips it through backward square leg for another brace.
  • 16.1 This is hurled well outside off, Cook stays back and slaps it through cover-point. The outfield isn't the quickest owing to the rains earlier this morning. Only two runs result off this one.
  • Double change. Mitchell Starc is brought back for another spell now.
  • 15.6 Served on a fuller length outside off, James gets forward and presents a straight bat face in defense. 43/1
  • 15.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 15.4 Nicely struck. Vince goes against the turn and drives it wonderfully through covers. Gets two as a result.
  • 15.3 The batsman has played the square drive.
  • 15.2 Floated outside off, Vince lunges forward and defends.
  • 15.1 Starts off round the wicket and bowls it flat on the pads. Cook goes back and tucks it through square leg for a single.
  • Spin time. The local boy Nathan Lyon comes into the attack now. He begins with a slip and a short leg in place. Meanwhile, Hazlewood is seeing walking out of the park and Peter Handscomb is the substitute on the field.
  • 14.6 Harmless delivery outside off, Vince points his bat skywards to let it pass. 40/1
  • 14.5 On a length aiming at the off stick, JV presents a straight bat face to block that.
  • 14.4 Banged short around off, James evades that one to let the keeper do the rest.
  • 14.3 Straight delivery outside off, left alone by Vince.
  • 14.2 Risky! Short ball on off, Cook goes for the pull this time. Isn't entirely in control as he hits this aerially towards deep backward square leg. Gets one as a result.
  • 14.1 Full on off, driven towards mid off.
  • Time for drinks! Try and try till you succeed goes the saying. It aptly fits the bill for the passage of play for Australia. They were bowling probing lines and lengths, beating the edge of the willow on numerous occasions. Not once till the 10th over did the ball bother to kiss the outer edge of the blade. Cummins made the thing happen to end Stoneman's stay, who was the more confident of the English openers. Cook is still out there but he has looked a pale shadow of his own MCG self so far. Will he march on and help England stay ahead in the game?
  • 13.6 This ball is angled in to James, he keeps it out towards mid-wicket. 39/1
  • 13.5 Much fuller this time, Vince keeps it out off the front foot.
  • 13.5 WIDE! Cummins bends his back and bangs this short on the stumps. Vince looks to go for the pull initially but then decides it is too high for him to make contact and just lets it go. Wide signaled by the umpire, doesn't please the Aussies at all.
  • 13.4 Length delivery on off, defended from the crease.
  • 13.3 Length ball around off, Vince gets this off the outer edge towards gully.
  • Although on many occasions James Vince has frittered away the starts, Ian Chappell opines that the England selectors need to persist with him for a long time. According to him, the current England no. 3 has looked assured with his footwork and has been a touch unlucky in his dismissals. The expert adds that Tom Westley has failed to impress him and Vince is far superior than Tom.
  • 13.2 This ball is defended towards covers.
  • 13.1 Cummins continues round the wicket and bowls it full around off. Cook pats it towards covers and gets to the other end.
  • 12.6 Gets behind the line and answers it with a straight bat. 37/1
  • 12.5 Hazlewood goes wide of the crease and angles it in on the stumps, Vince is up for the task as he keeps it out safely.
  • 12.4 Another delivery on a driveable length outside off, James is happy to let it be.
  • 12.3 Outside off, a bit harmless from Josh. Vince initially looks to drive but then bails out of the shot.
  • 12.2 Too straight on this occasion from Hazlewood. Vince gets across and flicks it behind square on the leg side for a brace.
  • 12.1 Fuller ball, in the channel outside off, Vince presses forward and drives it nicely only to find Warner at mid off.
  • 11.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 35/1
  • 11.5 Beaten! Short of a length delivery, in the channel outside off. Cook looks to cut it through the line but there is a bit of extra bounce which beats Alastair.
  • 11.4 Shortish and outside off, Alastair gets on top of the bounce to dab it towards point.
  • 11.3 FOUR! Beautiful! Cummins overcooks this one, it's on the stumps, Cook stays inside the crease and brings his bat down at the right time to bunt it down the ground. Warner from mid off gives it a chase but the ball still wins the race. First boundary of the day for Cook.
  • 11.2 Back of a length delivery, angling in a bit and then moving away after pitching. Cook makes an assured leave.
  • 11.1 Fuller in length and just outside off, Cook leans across and square drives it towards backward point where Lyon dives to his right to get some hand to it. The ball rolls behind and they take a brace.
  • 10.6 Another one outside off, left alone. 29/1
  • 10.5 Vince misses the clip and wears it high on the thigh pads.
  • 10.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 10.3 The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 10.2 Cook defends this one by getting behind the line of the ball.
  • 10.1 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 9.6 Nice ball to start. Cummins spears in a yorker on the stumps, Vince digs it out nicely. 28/1
  • James Vince walks in at no. 3 for England. He has had a decent outing with the bat in the series so far. Yet he is century-less. Chance to make amends.
  • 9.5 OUT! Cummins draws first blood! The Aussie seamers were probing their way around and now one has finally struck. Cummins had beaten the bat on the previous ball with a delivery angled in. Here, the line is the same, just outside off, but the length is a touch shorter. The ball climbs a bit more as well. Stoneman goes on the back foot and hangs his bat out at that. This time the ball doesn't miss the outside edge of the bat. It takes that part of the willow before settling into Paine's gloves. Lovely bowling. Most of the deliveries to Mark were pitched up, seeing that he is hesitant to get forward. However, here he is caught off guard against a delivery that had to have him on the back foot. Another start wasted from the young batter, England fail to get a good start yet again.
  • 9.4 Beaten! Length ball outside off, Stoneman has a feel for that but misses. Close.
  • 9.3 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • 9.2 FOUR! Nicely punched. Cummins bowls it on a length around the middle and off stumps. Stoneman gets behind it and pushes it down the ground. The timing is good enough to take it past the ropes.
  • 9.1 On a length outside off, blocked towards point.
  • 8.6 Angled in to the batter, the opener clips it towards mid-wicket. 24/0
  • 8.5 Played to the point region by AC.
  • 8.4 Cook gets forward and blocks this one.
  • 8.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 8.2 Cook is on 3 off 31 balls. Normally numbers don't show the mental side of a player but here they do. They show that he has failed to get going and he indeed has. Sees this delivery full outside off, he goes for the drive but misses. Where is the Alastair Cook who was on show at the MCG?
  • 8.1 Begins with a delivery just outside off, Cook feels for it but gets beaten.
  • Josh Hazlewood back on for another spell. He gets a change of ends here. Perhaps Smith is intent on using his pacers in short bursts here.
  • 7.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 24/0
  • 7.5 FOUR! This is much better. This is on a length outside off, width on offer as well. Stoneman has enough for him to free his arms there. Stays back and cuts it through point for a boundary.
  • 7.4 Length ball angling in from round the wicket, Stoneman clips it through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 7.3 This delivery is defended towards point from the crease.
  • Nice point made by the on-air commentators. They observe that Stoneman hasn't been assured with his footwork, especially to deliveries that are pitched up to him. In the Perth Test, he was struck by a Hazlewood bouncer on the helmet before departing to the short ball after a short while. That has perhaps got him thinking only about the short balls and he is hesitant to come forward.
  • 7.2 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 7.1 Fuller outside off, driven towards covers.
  • 6.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 18/0
  • 6.5 Oh Cook, no Cook! Length ball outside off, Cook could just let that go. Instead he looks to have a slash at that and misses. He needs to maintain his calm and play only those deliveries that he HAS to.
  • 6.4 Nervy Cook! He looked good with his drives in the previous game but not here. Sees the full ball just outside off and looks to drive it through covers. Gets it off the inside edge towards backward square leg, where the fielder does well to deny him a run.
  • 6.3 A hint of swing there. Starc bowls this full and angling down leg. Cook looks to work it away but there is a hint of movement away. Ends up getting it off the leading edge towards covers.
  • 6.2 This one is much better. Full outside off, Stoneman gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it through cover-point. Not much timing on this one as the bowl slows down as it nears the fence. Three runs result.
  • 6.1 FOUR! Glorious stroke that. Starc spears it full on middle, Stoneman doesn't move his feet much but pushes it down the ground. The timing is so good on that, that the ball races down the fence for a boundary. Although that stroke looked good, Bill Lawry observes that the footwork isn't the best from the southpaw there.
  • 5.6 Another delivery on a length to end the over, Cook opens the bat face to defend it towards Lyon at backward point. 11/0
  • 5.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 5.4 On a length just outside off, Cook defends it with an angled bat towards point.
  • 5.3 Length ball on off, defended from the crease towards the bowler.
  • 5.2 This is well outside off, guided towards backward point for nothing.
  • 5.1 Cummins begins well. Lands this on a length outside off and gets it to nip in a bit. Cook is waiting on the back foot with a straight bat face and keeps it out safely.
  • Early change. Pat Cummins to steam in now. Perhaps Smith doesn't expect the track to assist the seamers for a prolonged duration and hence wants his another mainstream pacer to have a go with the new ball.
  • 4.6 Banged in short, Stoneman ducks to let that go. 11/0
  • 4.5 FOUR! First boundary of the day! Starc goes too full on the pads in search of the swing. Doesn't get any desired movement and all he does is give away runs there. He spears this full on the pads, Stoneman gets some bat on this one with his flick. Well, he gets more than enough on that. The ball races away through the outfield and into the fine leg fence for a boundary. There was a man in the deep who was running to his right, but he couldn't do much.
  • 4.4 This ball is defended off the back foot with a straight bat.
  • 4.3 Full and angling on the pads, Cook works it away to fine leg for a single.
  • 4.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 4.1 First run off Starc's bowling. This is full outside off, Stoneman drives it through cover-point. Lyon dives, gets a hand to it but fails to not concede a run.
  • 3.6 Fuller around off and middle, pushed towards mid on. 5/0
  • 3.5 The wobbly-seamed delivery makes Cook play there. Hazlewood lands it on a length outside off, the ball moves away a touch. Cook has a feel for that but misses.
  • A sprint for Josh! As he runs in to bowl, a spectator decides to have a walk in front of the sightscreen, distracting Cook in the process. Thus Hazlewood has to go back without letting the ball go off his hands.
  • 3.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 3.3 Mark has pushed it to the cover region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 3.2 A touch aerial but safe. On a length angling across the batter, Stoneman plays it uppishly towards mid on. The ball goes on the bounce to the fielder there. It stopped a touch on the track there.
  • 3.1 Cook flicks it through mid-wicket and gets safely to the other end.
  • 2.6 This is banged in short on the stumps, MS ducks to let it go. Starc is yet to concede a run here, only a leg bye of this one. 3/0
  • 2.5 Here's the toe-crusher! Things happening already with Starc firing in. Hurls it very full, almost a yorker. Stoneman tries to flick but the ball hits him on the right toe. The Aussies appeal even as the ball goes towards short fine leg and Paine rushes after that. The opening batter wanted a run and came down in search of one but Cook is alert and sends him back. This one's going down leg, as seen from another look.
  • 2.4 On a length on off, Stoneman stays back and defends.
  • 2.3 Full and angling down leg, Cook looks to flick but misses. The ball rolls through backward square leg off his pads and a leg bye taken.
  • 2.2 Delivered in line of the off stump, Cook hangs back and presents a straight bat face in keeping it out.
  • 2.1 This is well outside off, Alastair just lets it be.
  • 1.6 Cook is up and running now. Flicks this length ball through mid-wicket to open his account. 2/0
  • 1.5 A nervous push from Cook there. Not a shot from a man who is coming on the back of a double hundred, says Bill Lawry on air. This is pitched up to him, he just pushes it back, not confidently.
  • The rain effect! The landing area has been affected by it and some saw dust is sprayed in that area.
  • 1.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 1.3 Length ball just outside off, AC covers the stumps and lets it go.
  • 1.2 Length ball on the pads, Stoneman gets it off the inner half through backward square leg for a single. England and Stoneman are off the mark.
  • 1.1 What a delivery to begin! Hazlewood runs in from over the wicket and angles this on a length just outside off. Stoneman is rooted to the crease as he looks to offer his bat at that. The ball just flies past the outside edge, not too far from it.
  • Josh Hazlewood to bowl from the other end. Three slips and a bat-pad in place.
  • 0.6 This is well outside off, left alone by Cook. A good maiden over to start from Starc. Shows that he hasn't lost his touch even after sitting out for a game. 0/0
  • 0.5 The king of the jungle leaps! Wonderful effort. Very full and wide outside off, Cook reaches out to that and plays it towards point. Lyon is stationed at backward point, he dives to his left and stops it cleanly.
  • 0.4 Full ball aiming at the off stump, Cook gets half-forward to push this one towards the covers.
  • 0.3 A touch closer to the stumps, Cook shoulders arms to let it go.
  • 0.2 And how anti-climatic is this one. Starc bowls it very wide outside off, Cook doesn't even have to think about that. It moves away further and thuds into the keeper's gloves.
  • 0.1 Ripper first up, yells Bill Lawry on air! A brilliant 138.8 kph yorker right on the mark for the unbeaten double centurion from the last game. Cook does well to jam his bat down and dig it out.
  • Just another reminder. This is the Pink Test, in support of the McGrath foundation, that supports breast cancer. Tremendous roars all around the ground as the players and the umpires make their way out to the middle. The crowd has to be lauded for staying put in spite of a session being washed out. Michael Clarke on air, reckons that he wouldn't mind batting first there. Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman stride out just to do that now. Mitchell Starc will steam in from over the wicket first up. Three slips and a gully stand in anticipation. Let's play says umpire Joel Wilson...
  • We are all set to get rolling. Wonder who'd be the happier side after the toss. While England have chosen to take first strike, the prospect of the Aussie pacers steaming in under cloudy conditions is a wonderful thought. And the eyes world over will be keenly on the proceedings for just that. To add to that, the visuals just showed Cameron Bancroft with his shin pads in hand. Signs of things to come? My colleague pings me asking whether the mind games have already begun. Had they even stopped?
  • And just to remind you all, it is Lunch time at the SCG. Due to persistent drizzle this morning, they decided to take the meal break early. The toss was scheduled amidst the break. Yes, as bizarre as it may sound, this is just what has happened. A glance upwards still shows the presence of dark clouds. However, until the spots of water keep away, we shouldn't be bothered much.
  • TOSS - Finally, we have the toss. Joe Root calls right after the flip of the coin and ENGLAND WILL BAT. As known, MASON CRANE is in for Chris Woakes for them. He had received his Test cap from erstwhile English spinner Graeme Swann earlier this morning. MITCHELL STARC takes his spot in the side, replacing Jackson Bird for the hosts.
  • No game is ever regarded as 'insignificant' in a series as consequential as this. England would aim to have at least one win to their credit while Australia would love to have a clean slate. For the tourists, Chris Woakes is ruled out due to a side strain and Mason Crane is all set to make his Test debut. The youngster will be as eager to make a mark right away, as Mitchell Starc, who will be back for the hosts in place of Jackson Bird. The home side seemed to lack that extra bite in the left arm seamer's absence in the previous outing. Will we see an even contest between the willow and the cherry? Or will rain be having a major say in the outcome? It already has eaten up a session today. We'll get you the toss and the teams in a bit.
  • Here we are, after rain has decided to stay away for a while. All good (and bad) things come to an end. The Ashes sojourn is all set to wind up with one final Test on this tour. On behalf of my colleagues, I take pleasure in welcoming your company for this fifth and final Ashes match which will be played at the Sydney Cricket Ground. It is a wonderful occasion as it is the New Year's Test plus the Pink Test owing to the McGrath foundation. Above all these though, it is the rain that is already present to greet us all. Among all the factors that we loathe, incessant weather is certainly one of them.
  • This sums up the tourists miseries - Mason Crane has the worst figures by a debutant in the Ashes. As many as three of their bowlers conceded over a century of runs, two of them being over 150. As cliched as it seems, James Anderson has been their most economical bowler. Wonder what the mindset of their batsmen might be. If they can take the game to the last day, they'd have done well, I believe. Stay with us as the next innings will get underway soon. The on air commentators say that the groundsmen were a touch late in getting the roller on. Perhaps even they were caught off-guard by the hosts' sudden declaration.
  • This innings actually doesn't have many significant talking points, none so for England. Their bowlers just ran in and landed the ball on the track but failed to derive significant advantage after that. Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh stroked their way happily to their respective tons. You don't often say this these days, but yes, for the human that Steven Smith is ultimately, he missed out scoring one.
  • Australia have declared! Yes, Steven Smith has had enough and has called his boys back. They have a mammoth margin of 303 runs in their bag, which I reckon should suffice them for this game. Bat and bat big, say the pundits and that's precisely what Australia have done.
  • 192.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • Clear signs now! Lyon was asked to remove his pads and was seen doing so. The end is near now.
  • 192.5 FOUR! Another juicy full toss on offer, Cummins gets down to sweep and does so aerially. The fielder in the deep, Stoneman probably, gets ahead but fails to cover the line of the ball. It lands just in front of him and goes over the fence. The lead now leapfrogs 300.
  • 192.4 Low full toss, swept away for one.
  • Confusing signs. Smith is seen in his whites in the dressing room and alongside him, Nathan Lyon is seen seated with his pads on. Declaration or further batting?
  • 192.3 Cummins misses the sweep and the ball goes off his pads behind the keeper. A leg bye taken.
  • 192.2 Paine has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total.
  • 192.1 Looped up down the leg side, Paine gets down and gets some bat on that as he looks to sweep. Doesn't make great connection and gets a couple.
  • Know how hot it's out there at Sydney? The spectators are seen spraying cool water on their faces. Imagine the conditions of the players.
  • 191.6 FOUR! He looks to hit this straight down the ground but does so to the opposite end, says Ian Healy to this one. You can call is a straight drive to fine leg. Full ball around middle and leg, Cummins gets it off the inner edge towards fine leg for a boundary. 639/7
  • 191.5 This short ball is pulled away in front of square on the leg side for one.
  • 191.4 Length ball outside off, Cummins moves away and slaps it over point for one. Wanted a second but then decided against it. Needs to have a soft corner for Paine as he needs to keep wickets later on.
  • 191.3 Cummins pulls this through mid-wicket and picks up a couple. Moves to 14 off just 11.
  • 191.2 Tim does the same now. Taps it towards mid off and rushes to the other end.
  • 191.1 Full length ball around off, tapped towards covers. Pat rushes to the other end. Talk about all the heat around, still the batters are happy to run between the wickets than look for big shots.
  • 190.6 Paine works this away through square leg and comes back for the second run. 629/7
  • This wicket might be bit better to bowl on than England have made it look, reckons Ian Healy on air. I couldn't agree more.
  • 190.5 Cummins places this towards mid on and gets to the other end.
  • 190.4 FOUR! And another one! Cummins lofts this one over mid on and this one almost goes the distance. Lands just in front of the ropes and trickles away.
  • 190.3 FOUR! Half-tracker on middle, Cummins goes back and pulls it through mid-wicket. The crowd signals four and so does the umpire, says Ian Healy on air.
  • 190.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 190.1 Floated on middle, defended off the front foot.
  • Mason Crane back on.
  • Time for the first of the two drinks break in this session. The extreme hot conditions in Sydney have made them schedule two drinks break in this session. Perhaps this will delay the declaration from Australia.
  • 189.6 Pat retains strike by flicking this ball off the pads. 618/7
  • In spite of this soaring heat, the players turning up and playing all the five games have proved their fitness, reckon the on-air commentators.
  • 189.5 This delivery is hit straight to the man at mid off.
  • 189.4 Fuller outside off, Paine just slices it past backward point. The fielder there dives and manages to slow the ball down. One run less than a boundary result.
  • 189.3 Landed around off, defended from the crease.
  • 189.2 Cummins gets going with a flick off his pads.
  • 189.1 Outside off, driven towards covers.
  • 188.6 Flatter outside off, played towards point. 613/7
  • 188.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Out walks Pat Cummins with the bat to replace Starc.
  • 188.4 OUT! Gone next ball! A shot too many? Starc aims to clear the fence yet again and fails in the attempt. Ali is brave enough to toss this one yet again. Mitchell gets down and looks to go big. Ends up slicing it high up in the air towards mid off. Vince there settles under it nicely and pouches that safely. The southpaw knew he hadn't made good contact and hangs his head down as he crosses to the other end while the catch was being taken. Are Australia on course to get bowled out?
  • 188.3 SIX! Always on the cards, wasn't this? We have seen Starc do this even to Ashwin when he had been to India and does so to Ali this time. Gets down to this tossed up ball and belts it for a 102-metre long biggie over deep mid-wicket. Meaty stroke that.
  • 188.2 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 188.1 Paine works it down the leg side for a single.
  • 187.6 MS has played it towards mid-wicket. 606/6
  • 187.5 Howzzat? We didn't hear anything nor did the umpire but Bairstow and Root certainly did. Broad bowls it just outside off, Starc goes for the drive but seems to have missed the ball. The players behind the stumps put in a stifled appeal to no avail. Nothing on Snicko, nothing from the umpire, play carries on.
  • Mark Taylor catches up with Bec Marsh, wife of Shaun Marsh. She states that it has been an unbelievable day and lauds the position that the home side is in. Says that there was a text message from Geoff Marsh earlier in the day and that made her emotional. Agrees that the celebration for the Mitchell Marsh century was indeed funny. Mentions that Shaun Marsh is superstitious about not wearing sun-screen while walking out to bat and hence his arms had become red after batting in the heat.
  • 187.4 Played to the point region by Starc. They manage to come back for the second.
  • 187.3 Fuller and going down leg, Starc fails with the flick. Wears it low on the pads and only Broad puts in an appeal.
  • 187.2 Fuller ball, driven down through mid off. Before the mopping up is done, three runs are taken.
  • 187.1 This ball is guided towards backward point.
  • 186.6 Turned through square leg for a couple. 601/6
  • 186.5 Driven towards the mid off region.
  • 186.4 Punched through covers for a run.
  • 186.3 Starc has driven it through mid-off. They pick up a single. He gets off the mark.
  • 186.2 Turned through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 186.1 Loopy ball, driven right back.
  • The next batter in for the Aussies is Mitchell Starc. Expect some wielding of the willow.
  • 185.6 OUT! What an end to a knock that was largely without a blemish! This is on a fuller length around off, Paine taps it towards covers and calls Marsh for a single. There was a slight hesitation from the latter but he went on with it. Stoneman gets ahead from the region and nails the stumps down at the striker's end. The batter seems to be short of the crease there but the umpire takes it upstairs. The replay shows that he is not even in the frame and that's it. No real celebration from the visitors and that's understandable. Perhaps Shaun wasn't alert to the run and paid the price for that. Nevertheless, it has been a valiant knock from the southpaw. Aussies are ahead by a quarter of a thousand at this point. 596/6
  • Shaun Marsh should be a goner! Direct hits, they do this to you. Kumar Dharmasena doesn't take a chance and refers it upstairs.
  • 185.5 Played to the point region by Shaun. The batsmen have run through for a single. Australia lead by 250 now.
  • 185.4 Length ball outside off, Marsh chops it towards the keeper.
  • 185.3 Fuller outside off, driven towards covers.
  • 185.2 This one is eased towards mid on for a single. Also, a triple figure that a cricketer wouldn't like - 100 for a bowler - Stuart Broad here.
  • 185.1 FOUR! Well stroked. This is on a length that is a bit fuller and outside off. Paine leans into it and drives it through the cover region. The point fielder gets to his right and dives yet fails to get a hand onto it. The ball rolls away to the fence. 50-run partnership between Marsh and Paine up.
  • 184.6 Where's the ball? This is dropped on a shorter length outside off, Marsh goes back for the cut. But the ball fails to rise almost rolls along the ground to the keeper. Bairstow had both his feet together and, without realising, he stops the ball well. Turns around to see where the ball has gone but it has gone nowhere. 590/5
  • 184.5 Flatter on the pads, worked away through the mid-wicket region for one.
  • 184.4 A run easily taken by playing it through covers.
  • 184.3 FOUR! Use of the feet against a spinner for the umpteenth time in this innings. Marsh does so to get down the track and lofts it over mid off for a boundary.
  • 184.2 Slight confusion there. Marsh cuts it towards point and sets off for a run. He is sent back late by his partner, who also had come down in search of a run. The throw is fired to the keeper, who hurls it away to the bowler. Both Marsh and Paine get back in safely and immediately the former is seen putting his hand up in apology.
  • 184.1 Eased towards mid off.
  • Moeen Ali to bowl from the other end.
  • 183.6 Length ball on the pads, turned through mid-wicket. Marsh does well with the running this time as he takes three that takes him to 150. Scores big this man, when he is in. 584/5
  • 183.5 Almost chopped on. Marsh gets an inside edge that goes just past the stumps to the keeper as he looks to force it through the off side.
  • 183.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Witty! Seeing James Anderson fix the mic near the stumps at the bowler's end, Ian Chappell reckons that he looks good for the job of a technician, post his playing days.
  • 183.3 Nicely driven. Full ball on off, pushed down the ground past the non-striker. Ali chases it from mid on and fires a throw at the bowler's end. It hits the stumps there, as Anderson fails to collect that. Only a couple there.
  • 183.2 Angling in from round the stumps, Shaun misses the clip and wears it high on the pads.
  • 183.1 Straightaway collects a single by tapping this to the cover region.
  • We are glad to have you back with us. Mark Nicholas informs us that the groundsmen checked the temperature in the middle during the break and it showed 50 degrees. The heat on England is on from all corners. A reprieve seems a long way away. The play resumes now with Tim Paine ready to face Stuart Broad...
  • ... Day 4, Session 2 ...
  • One short of a 100 runs were scored in this session. The Marsh brothers enjoyed their way to their milestones and inflicted further misery on the visitors. They helped the lead swell to 232 runs, with the elder Marsh brother and Tim Paine being out there with an association of 34 runs. We could see the hosts declaring anytime now, presumably after the southpaw gets his 150. The tactic of giving the England openers less time to run in and change their gears seems to be very much the thinking. We'll love to have your company for a session, which could be spiced up with the sight of the home side bowlers running in. See you then!
  • To say that 11 tired bodies and 2 satisfied bodies, apart from a couple of unaffected souls walk out, would be a great understatement. Wonder where further motivation to hang on would be derived from, after toiling in 41 degrees heat and yet being largely fruitless. It certainly shows in the way things have progressed. England bowled 15 overs in the first hour but only 11 in the last. They seemed like mere mortals who were running in and just rolling their arms over. Lacked the killer instinct even when the track misbehaved a touch.
  • 182.6 Negotiates the final ball by blocking it off the front foot. LUNCH, DAY 4! 578/5
  • Last ball before Lunch.
  • 182.5 Marsh lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 182.4 Nice Mo, says Bairstow from behind the stumps. Pushed towards covers. Wonder how do keepers get the motivation to cheer their sides after squatting on the field for 182 overs.
  • 182.3 This one is kept out towards point off the outer half.
  • 182.2 Nicely tossed up well outside off, left unharmed by Shaun.
  • 182.1 Flatter on the pads, turned through backward square leg. One run added, taking the partnership tally to 34 and the lead to 232.
  • Warne says that Test cricket is the ultimate, even though admits to the limited overs game to be some fun. According to him, this format tests you to the core and generally the side that has been at its best over the duration of the game wins. Adds that it tests you physically as well as mentally.
  • 181.6 This ball is driven towards covers. 577/5
  • 181.5 Fuller on off, driven to mid off.
  • 181.4 Bowled around off, straight-batted defense.
  • 181.3 Length ball slanting in, tapped in front of square on the leg side for one more. The hosts ahead by 231 runs.
  • 181.2 Angling in on a length, pushed towards mid on.
  • 181.1 Fuller in line of the stumps, blocked back towards the bowler.
  • 180.6 Marsh keeps this out with a forward defense. 576/5
  • 180.5 FOUR! Moeen Ali has alternate days of goodness and adversity, it seems. Yesterday he looked better with the ball but today he has dished a lot of short ones. Shaun Marsh goes back and slaps it through covers for yet another boundary. In the race to 150, Moeen Ali beats Shaun Marsh!
  • 180.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Dawid Malan hasn't looked bad when he has bowled in this series. Hard to understand the logic behind him not bowling even after England have been on the field for over 180 overs. Surely he is good for at least one over. At least one!
  • 180.3 Tossed up delivery, driven down to long on for one.
  • 180.2 Flatter and quicker, Paine misses the flick and gets rapped on the pads. Missing leg clearly.
  • 180.1 Looped up around middle and leg, turned away to mid-wicket.
  • Moeen Ali is back to roll his arm over. Meanwhile, we can spot some of the Australians in whites in their dressing room...
  • 179.6 FOUR! When Bill Lawry cries 'Awww, fine shot,' you have to admit that it is a quality shot. Overpitched outside off, driven nicely through the point region for a boundary. Looked nice to watch. 571/5
  • 179.5 Short ball, pulled away to fine leg for one.
  • 179.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 179.3 Paine has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 179.2 Length on off, blocked from the crease.
  • 179.1 Almost played on! Length ball just around off, Paine looks to slap it away but gets an inside edge and hits the back of the front leg.
  • 178.6 FOUR! Nicely driven. Marsh slinks down the track to this one and caresses it through covers for a boundary. The fielder gives a valiant chase to this one but comes second best. 566/5
  • 178.5 Seems to be the wrong 'un. Marsh lunges forward and blocks.
  • 178.4 Driven through covers for one.
  • 178.3 Floated full around off and middle, clipped through mid-wicket for one.
  • 178.2 This ball is flicked to the man at square leg.
  • 178.1 Marsh shapes to cut this one but adjusts his shot to play it towards mid on.
  • Root is seen having some discussion with Crane. Wonder what different does a captain have to say after being on the field for 178 overs, that he couldn't/didn't say earlier...
  • 177.6 A loopy full toss at 104.8 kph, turned away through square leg for one. 560/5
  • 177.5 Look at this one stay low! On a length down the leg side, Marsh fails in his clip just because the ball didn't climb up. Goes on the bounce to the keeper.
  • 177.4 SM shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • We are starting to see puffs of dust from the track now. Alarming signs for the tourists?
  • 177.3 On a length just outside off, Shaun dabs it towards backward point.
  • 177.2 This delivery is flicked away through mid-wicket for one.
  • 177.1 Curran runs in and bowls it at 103.7 kph. Paine lets it come on and dead-bats it.
  • 176.6 Paine knocks it through mid off for one. 558/5
  • 176.5 Floated outside off, driven nicely through covers for one short of a boundary.
  • 176.4 What am I doing here even at this stage of the game - this is what Stoneman would be thinking reckons Mark Nicholas on air. Crane bowls a long hop, Marsh goes back and pulls it. Not for runs though. Straight into Stoneman's groin at short leg. Painful, very painful after looking at how his side is poised.
  • 176.3 Worked away round the corner for a single.
  • 176.2 Driven towards the mid off region.
  • Crane is back at aborting his run up. Some things in life can never change, exclaims my colleague Ricky!
  • 176.1 Crane comes round the wicket and floats it full around off. Marsh flicks it through backward square leg for one.
  • 175.6 Defended towards covers from the crease. 552/5
  • 175.5 Jeez! How close was that to the off stick! The pitch certainly is starting to assist the bowlers a bit more. This ball is similar to the one that got Marsh. Comes in a touch after pitching and beats Paine on the inside edge.
  • 175.4 Full and angling in on the pads, Paine misses the clip and gets it towards square leg.
  • 175.3 Fuller this time, TP strides forward in defense.
  • 175.2 Length around off, Tim blocks it back towards Tom.
  • 175.1 Nicely played. Fuller and angling in to Paine, he offers a straight bat to defend it back towards the bowler.
  • 174.6 Finds the square leg fielder with this flick. 552/5
  • 174.5 Some more air on this one, Marsh gets down and flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple. This is his best score in this series now.
  • 174.4 This one is turned away to the on side for one.
  • 174.3 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 174.2 FOUR! Paine gets into the groove now. Sees this flighted ball outside off and drives this through covers. The ball goes all the way to the fence.
  • 174.1 Floated around leg, Tim defends off the front foot.
  • Mason Crane back on. Mid off, cover, short cover, backward point - this strange off side field set.
  • Excellent reactions! While the entire Australian dressing room stood up in applause for Mitchell Marsh's hundred, this one bloke differed. Steven Peter Devereux Smith. He had is hands up on his head, watching in disbelief. That was for the fact that Shaun had attempted to hug his brother much before the first of the two runs was completed. The skipper then joined in the applause after the ton was eventually completed.
  • 173.6 This is outside off, left alone. 545/5
  • 173.5 Paine gets going with a nudge towards fine leg.
  • 173.4 Paine hangs back in the crease and blocks this one.
  • 173.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • Tim Paine makes his way out to the middle now. He has a wonderful platform set to begin his innings.
  • 173.2 OUT! An anticlimax! Celebrations the previous ball and disappointment in the next. Curran delivers it on a length outside off, it jags back in viciously after pitching. Marsh was on the back foot for the punch on the initial angle of the ball. But he was undone by the inward movement and the low bounce. It goes on to peg back the stumps and end Mitchell's stay at the crease. The 169-run stand between the Marsh brothers gets broken, Australia are two short of a 200-run lead.
  • 173.1 Yells in joy, does Mitchell Marsh as soon as he punches this through covers. Some brotherly love at the SCG as Shaun runs in to hug his brother even before they complete the first run. Mitchell evades him and completes a couple before going on with his celebration. This is his second ton in Tests and both have come in this Ashes. As one has a glance at his score right now - 101 from 140 balls - one can't help but think about his slow start and be in awe with the way he accelerated. He got off the mark in his 19th ball and was on 4 off 31 balls before going on a carnage. Excellent knock this one, just taking the innings by the scruff of its neck.
  • Mitchell Marsh... this could be his over. He's on strike and stands there on 99. Meanwhile, Tom Curran is brought in for a bowl.
  • 172.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. 542/4
  • 172.5 Tossed up outside off, Marsh offers his front pad to that one. But the ball spins away and goes into the keeper's gloves.
  • 172.4 Shaun stabs this one towards covers.
  • 172.3 Short and wide, cut away for nothing.
  • 172.2 Fuller on off, driven back towards the bowler.
  • 172.1 Floated nicely outside off, it draws Marsh forward in defense before spinning past the edge of the blade.
  • Drinks called! Australia continue to churn runs. The lead is just 4 short of 200 but the focus is now on the younger brother who is on 99. Once he gets there, will we see a declaration from them?
  • 171.6 FOUR! Up and over! Mitchell Marsh is on 99 now! Gets a fuller ball outside off, stays rooted inside the crease and then the gymnasium takes over. Hits it powerfully over mid off to pick up another boundary. 542/4
  • 171.5 FOUR! Picked the length early there! Short delivery on middle, Marsh stays back footed, rides the bounce and pulls it well in front of square on the leg side. Made sweet connection as the ball races away to the mid-wicket fence for a boundary.
  • 171.4 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region.
  • 171.3 Fuller in length and outside off, Mitchell Marsh looks to drive it through the off side but gets it off the inner half past his brother at the other end. Root from mid on hares after it to keep them down to two. Into the 90s goes Marsh.
  • 171.2 That was mighty close! This one zips off the surface, the line is pretty close to the off stump. Mitch Marsh hangs his bat out to have a feel at it and is lucky to not nick one behind.
  • 171.1 Ahead of a length on middle, turned towards short mid-wicket off the back foot.
  • 170.6 Floats it up around middle and off, Marsh stonewalls it. 532/4
  • 170.5 Darted on the pads, worked away towards square leg for a single.
  • 170.4 Takes a little stride forward to defend it down.
  • 170.3 Good effort from Bairstow! Short and outside off, Marsh stays deep in the crease and cuts it past first slip. Bairstow gives it a chase and does well to keep them down to two.
  • 170.2 Goes back to this short ball and cuts it to deep point for a single.
  • 170.1 Tossed up ball outside off, turning further away, left alone.
  • Australia continue to score freely. They have already scored 49 runs this morning and Mitchell Marsh is getting closer to Test ton...
  • 169.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 528/4
  • 169.5 Back of a length ball on middle, defended off the back foot.
  • 169.4 Pitches it up on middle and off, MM looks to drill this one through the off side but gets an inside edge towards short mid-wicket.
  • 169.3 FOUR! Good effort in the deep but still the end result is a boundary! Broad pulls his length back on middle, Marsh swivels inside the crease and pulls it along the ground through backward square leg. Moeen Ali at deep square leg puts in a dive to his right but the ball brushes his fingers and still goes to the fence. The stand is worth 153 now and the lead is 182!
  • 169.2 FOUR! Frees his arms does Mitchell Marsh! It's short with width on offer. Mitchell Marsh stands tall and cracks one through point. Doesn't even bother running.
  • 169.1 Broad begins from over the wicket but the line is on the leg stump. Easily flicked away through square leg for a single.
  • Stuart Broad is brought into the attack for the first time today. He has bowled only 23 overs and should be relatively fresh. Remember, he is one short of picking 400 Test wickets.
  • 168.6 Gets to the pitch of the ball and kills it on the turf. 519/4
  • 168.5 Flighted delivery, dipping in, defended down safely.
  • 168.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 168.3 Spinning down leg, MM misses the flick. It's well kept by Jonny.
  • 168.2 A quick single! Drifting in on middle and leg, Shaun works it with soft hands towards the leg side and calls through for a single. Bairstow quickly removes his right glove, picks it up and fires a throw at the bowler's end but misses his shy. Dear me, replays show had that hit, Shaun would have been gone.
  • 168.1 Dances down the track and wrists it towards mid on.
  • 167.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. Another good over but the best you can say about it is that it's a maiden. 518/4
  • 167.5 Good length delivery, angling in, blocked back to Jimmy.
  • 167.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 167.3 And again! Where is this one going? Anderson continues to appeal but to no avail. Fuller in length and nipping back in at 139 kph. Marsh once again fails to clip it across and gets pinged on the pads. England once again decide not to review. This time Hawk Eye shows that it would have missed the stumps.
  • 167.2 A cry for an LBW! Nothing from the umpire! Seems like it is going down leg! Anderson brings one back into the right-hander, Marsh tries to play across the line but misses to get hit on the pads. Anderson literally pleads to Joel Wilson but the umpire shakes his head. England think about the review but then decide against it. Hawk Eye shows it's pitched in line and would have clipped the leg stump. Umpire's call!
  • 167.1 Bangs in a short one, gets a bit of extra bounce. Mitchell at first decides to go after it with a pull shot but then realizes he can't. Hence bails out to let it sail over him to the keeper.
  • 166.6 Leans forward and across to pat it towards short cover. 518/4
  • 166.5 Loopy delivery outside off, Marsh leans forward in defense.
  • 166.4 Quicker one on middle and leg, nudged towards short fine leg for a single.
  • 166.3 Comes down the track and defends it down watchfully this time.
  • 166.2 FOUR! That's rubbish, reckons Ian Healy on air. Ali bowls it short and down the leg side and it's begging to be hit. Mitchell Marsh goes back and makes the most of it. Pulls it hard and it just evades Cook at leg slip before racing away to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
  • 166.1 Dances down the track to defend this but the ball turns him to hit him on the pads.
  • Moeen Ali is back into the attack. A slip, leg slip and bat-pad in place.
  • 165.6 Sprays it wider outside off, shouldered arms to. 513/4
  • 165.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 165.4 Another play and a miss! Zipping away from a length outside off, Shaun Marsh plays inside the line this time. The ball beats the edge again.
  • 165.3 Beaten! Good ball from Jimmy! A bit short and slants it away in that zone outside off, Marsh tries to fiddle with it and gets beaten.
  • 165.2 FOUR! Edged and through! Cook should have gone for it but maybe he wasn't ready. Anderson angles it away on a length outside off, gets it to shape away further. Marsh hangs his bat out and the ball takes the edge. It flies towards the slip cordon and goes right between Cook (wide first slip) and Root (second slip) there. The latter dives full length to his right to take it but it was far from his reach. A boundary results!
  • 165.1 Short of a length delivery on middle and off, Shaun defends it back to the bowler.
  • 164.6 Quicker one on the stumps, defended from within the crease. 509/4
  • 164.5 Tossed up ball outside off, this time he drives it against the turn through cover for a single.
  • 164.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 164.3 FOUR! Nicely done! Shaun Marsh sees the flight and decides to use his feet. He takes it on the full and flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. The stand is worth 133 and the lead is 162.
  • Shane Warne isn't impressed with this tactic of Root to give Crane the new ball immediately. He opines in Australia it's tough for a leg spinner to bowl with the hard cherry. Instead he could have waited for around 8-10 overs and then should have brought him into the attack. He further adds the leggie is already into his 43rd over and there are high chances he serves freebies. My word, just when Warne says this, Crane bowls a juicy full toss...
  • 164.2 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 164.1 Loopy delivery from around the wicket, Shaun Marsh dances down the track and wrists it beautifully past the non-striker. Broad from mid on puts in a dive to his right to keep them down to one.
  • 163.6 Shortish delivery outside off, Mitchell Marsh rocks back and taps it back to Jimmy. Yet another maiden for James Anderson, his 13th in the innings. 502/4
  • 163.5 Back of a length delivery outside off, another back foot defense on offer from the young Marsh.
  • 163.4 Much better from Jimmy! Fuller ball, angling in on off, defended by prodding forward.
  • 163.3 Once again bowls it on a back of a length outside off, Marsh goes back and with a high bat, defends it off the back foot towards cover.
  • 163.2 Angles it in from outside off, MM stays back in defense.
  • 163.1 Hits the back of a length mark, Mitchell stands tall and punches it nicely of the back foot.
  • 162.6 Quicker one on middle, on a shorter length, turned through square leg for a single to keep strike. 502/4
  • 162.5 On middle and off, blocked into the ground.
  • 162.4 Flatter delivery, skidding a bit off the surface, Marsh prods forward to defend as he looks to play for the turn. There isn't any and hence gets an inside edge through backward square leg for a couple. Claps all around the ground as Australia's total reaches 500.
  • 162.3 Lands it full outside off, pushed into the off side.
  • 162.2 Beaten! Gives it plenty of fight and bowls it wide outside off, Marsh leans forward to drive but the ball spins away with some bounce to beat the outside edge. Bairstow fails to collect it cleanly. Encouraging signs for the leggie.
  • 162.1 Flighted delivery around middle and off, pushed straight back towards the bowler.
  • Mason Crane is trusted and is asked to continue with the new cherry. Can he get the extra bounce?
  • 161.6 On a back of a length, in the fourth stump line, easily dealt with a firm back foot defense. 12th maiden for Anderson. 499/4
  • 161.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 161.4 Length delivery, angling away, pushed with a stride forward towards cover.
  • 161.3 Back of a length delivery on middle and off, SM stays behind the line to stab it away.
  • 161.2 Slants it away on a length outside off, Shaun is happy to make a leave.
  • 161.1 Starts off with a short of a length delivery on middle, tucked towards short mid-wicket.
  • The third new ball has been taken and James Anderson who has been pretty tidy, will be the one to have a crack with it first.
  • 160.6 Goes around the wicket, drops it short and outside off, slapped square of the wicket on the off side for a single. 499/4
  • 160.5 Drifting in on middle and leg, Mitchell Marsh looks to work it away on the leg side but gets it off the edge past first slip for a single towards third man.
  • 160.4 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 160.3 LEAD TOUCHES 150 NOW! Tossed up delivery outside off, driven towards deep mid off by Mitchell for a single.
  • 160.2 Skips down the track and works it wide of mid on for a single.
  • 160.1 Good fielding! Tossed up delivery, dipping in, Shaun Marsh comes down the track, takes it on the full and clips it on the bounce to short leg. Stoneman there doesn't collect it cleanly on the first go, but then takes it and throws it back at the stumps. No damage done as Shaun manages to get back in.
  • The third new ball is available now. Seems like Root isn't taking it right now. Yes, it's inside the pocket of the umpire. Crane to continue with the old one.
  • 159.6 Darted on the pads, jammed towards the vacant short leg region. 494/4
  • 159.5 Quicker one on middle, Marsh digs it out back to Moeen.
  • 159.4 Drifting away from around off, Shaun pokes at it but gets it off the edge past first slip for a single.
  • 159.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 159.2 Tossed up wider outside off, gets it to turn away a touch. Shaun comes down the track to drive but gets it off the outer portion of the bat through the right of the backward point fielder for a double.
  • 159.1 Gives it a bit of flight, it's full around off, SM prods forward in defense.
  • 158.6 Mitchell Marsh takes a stride forward to this tossed up ball and eases the drive towards the point fielder. 491/4
  • 158.5 Makes a bit of room and pats it towards cover.
  • 158.4 Floated ball, landed full on off, defended down.
  • 158.3 Quicker and flatter through the air, defended off the back foot.
  • 158.2 FOUR! Full toss and dispatched! Crane serves a loopy full toss outside off, Mitchell stays leg side and drills it through extra cover to find the fence. Third boundary of the day already. Intentions pretty clear from the Aussies.
  • 158.1 Flighted delivery outside off, defended gently back to Crane.
  • Mason Crane to bowl from the other end.
  • 157.6 FOUR! That had to be put away! Ali bowls it short and serves it outside off, too much time for Shaun to jump back and slap it in front of point for back-to-back boundaries. You'll see more from him as he has reached his milestone now. 487/4
  • 157.5 FOUR! There it is! A century for Shaun Marsh! He takes the helmet off and lets out a huge roar! Gets a hug from his brother, looks upwards and then sinks in all the applause on offer from the packed SCG crowd! Ali tosses it outside off, Shaun uses his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball and eases the drive through cover. Away she races for a boundary. Second Ashes ton for the elder Marsh brother, his 6th overall in Tests. Well played!
  • 157.4 Flighted delivery around off, blocked into the ground.
  • 157.3 Loopy delivery outside off, another front foot defense from Shaun Marsh as the ball rolls back to the offie.
  • 157.2 Floats it up outside off, SM with a stride forward defends it down.
  • 157.1 Straight to point! Ali bowls it fraction short and outside off, Shaun camps back and slaps it hard but can't beat the man at point.
  • It's time to get things rolling. The sun is shinning in all its glory and the conditions are really hot out there. The players and umpires walk out in the middle along with the overnight pair of Shaun (who is on 98 and will be on strike) and Mitchell Marsh. It will be Moeen Ali to kickoff the proceedings. Here we go...
  • One would feel that they would look to bat for another session to score quick runs and bat England out of the game. Not only are they favorites to win from this position but also have a great shot at winning by an innings and take the series 4-0. Will England show grit and determination to salvage a draw? Or is the writing already on the wall for them? Stay with us as the action is about to begin...
  • Hello and a warm welcome for the fourth day of the final Ashes Test. We saw each and every Australian batsmen (except Bancroft) making merry on a surface which is still good to bat on. They kept on piling the agony on the tourists which saw them getting into a lead that currently reads 133 runs. The Marsh brothers' counter-attack in the later half of the third day has seen them putting their side in a formidable position. Shaun is just two short of his ton while Mitchell, too, has an opportunity to reach the three-figure mark.
  • ... Day 4, Session 1 ...
  • Okay then! With 2 full days to go, a result is certain and only one team is likely to win from here. Given the way the pitch is behaving, it wouldn't be wrong to say Nathan Lyon will have a ball. How much does Smith think is enough? Do England still have it in them to fight back? Join us tomorrow at 1030 Local (1130 GMT) to catch all the action from day 4. We are done but you can catch some more Test cricket from the ongoing South Africa vs India, 1st Test where the hosts are in a commanding position right now. Until then, goodbye and cheers!
  • Well, England will be down and out for sure. The fact that they could only pick up two wickets in the entire day should tell you how hard they were made to toil. Mason Crane bowled a marathon spell and finally opened his account in Test cricket. James Anderson was tidy but not threatening. Moeen Ali picked up the big wicket of Smith but lacked consistency. Overall, their bowling lacked venom which made Root to try himself out and that didn't work either.
  • Earlier in the day, the overnight pair of Steven Smith and Usman Khawaja frustrated the visitors before the skipper got out on 83. In walked Shaun Marsh and he along with Khawaja, saw off the second session without losing a wicket. The no. 3 was looking set to get a double ton but it was cut short by Mason Crane who gave him a life earlier by overstepping and then finally got him through a stumping. And then in the final session, it was all about Marshs. They completely destroyed the tired bodies to push England in a corner.
  • Marsh brothers walk back to the dressing room amidst a huge round of applause from the SCG crowd. Mitchell Marsh took the attack to the opposition, this was after facing 18 dot balls in a row. He slammed a quickfire 50 in 64 balls and gave perfect company to his elder brother as the duo amassed an unbeaten 104-run stand to stretch the lead to 133 runs. Mind you, they aren't done yet. Both of them have enough time to reach the three-figure mark tomorrow.
  • 156.6 And that's the end to the day! On a length and in the channel outside off, Mitchell Marsh shoulders his arms. STUMPS ON DAY 3! 479/4
  • 156.5 Shaun Marsh won't get a ton now! Back of a length ball outside off, Marsh covers the line to keep it out.
  • 156.4 Shortish and outside off, Marsh chops it towards backward point.
  • 156.3 In the channel outside off, Marsh shoulders his arms.
  • 156.2 Stays back and dabs it towards the point fielder.
  • 156.1 Angling in from around the wicket, Shaun Marsh pushes it down to long on for a single.
  • Last over of the day coming up. Shaun Marsh is on 97. He has a chance to get to his ton today. Can he? Here comes Anderson...
  • 155.6 Hangs back and blocks it out to give Shaun a chance to score a ton today. 478/4
  • 155.5 FOUR! Flayed! 100-run stand comes up! What a way, what a hit! Shortish and outside off, Mitchell Marsh cuts it powerfully through point for a boundary.
  • 155.4 Back of a length delivery outside off, Marsh looks to punch but mistimes it towards cover.
  • 155.3 Marsh pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 155.2 It's been driven superbly through the covers.
  • 155.1 Fuller in length and on middle and leg, flicked through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 154.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 471/4
  • 154.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 154.4 Back of a length delivery outside off, Shaun Marsh taps it in front of point and calls through for a single.
  • 154.3 Fuller in length and wider outside off, driven hard but finds the man at cover-point who is placed a bit deep.
  • 154.2 Stays behind the line and keeps it out.
  • 154.1 Good length outside off, pushed towards point.
  • James Anderson is back into the attack. Nathan Lyon is seen padded up in the dressing room. Looking at this, Clarke says, he doesn't want a nightwatchman to come out next. He wants Tim Paine to walk in and have a crack if a wicket falls...
  • 153.6 FOUR! Crunched! Fuller in length and outside off, Mitchell Marsh bashes it along the carpet through covers to end the over with a boundary. 470/4
  • 153.5 Fuller in length and angling in, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 153.4 Fuller in length and angling in, blocked solidly.
  • 153.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 153.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, patted towards point.
  • 153.1 NOT OUT! Inside edge! The on-field decision has to be overturned! Curran comes from over the wicket and hurls it on middle and off. It nips back in and pings Marsh on the pads. Seemed like it's going down leg but umpire Wilson raises his finger to the appeal. Mitchell Marsh, however, takes the DRS after having a word with his brother, suggesting that he has hit that. Hot Spot shows nothing but Snicko spots a little spike. The TV umpire relies on the latter and asks Wilson to reverse the decision. Even if there wasn't an inside edge, the Ball Tracker shows it to be missing the stumps. Later on Hot Spot shows the bat has brushed the front pad. Good use of the review!
  • The finger has gone up. Mitchell Marsh is adjudged LBW by Joel Wilson and he takes the DRS straightaway. Looks like it's sliding down leg. Let's wait for the Ball Tracker...
  • 152.6 Floated ball around off, defended off the front foot. 466/4
  • 152.5 Shortish ball on middle, tapped past short leg for a single.
  • 152.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 152.3 Flattish ball down leg, Marsh misses out on his whip and wears it on the pads.
  • 152.2 Gets to the pitch of the ball and eases it down to long on for a single.
  • 152.1 FOUR! Into the 90s goes the elder one! Ali drops it short and outside off, Shaun Marsh goes deep in the crease and slaps it through point to find the fence.
  • 151.6 Good length delivery, staying low, Mitchell does well to defend this one down. 460/4
  • 151.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 151.4 Fuller and angling in, defended into the ground.
  • 151.3 FOUR! Nicely done! Short of a length delivery, close to the off stump line. Marsh arches back a touch and cuts it squarer on the off side. a boundary results.
  • 151.2 Back of a length ball outside off, Shaun looks to force it through the line but gets it off the inner half through square leg for a single.
  • 151.1 Fifty up for Mitchell Marsh! Good knock from him. Took 19 balls to get off the mark and now scores a half ton in 64 balls. Shortish on middle, pulled in front of square on the leg side for a single.
  • 150.6 Shaun Marsh comes down the track to go after this but is done in the flight. Gets it off the edge as the ball rolls safely towards backward point. A maiden after going for 16 in his previous over. 454/4
  • 150.5 Tossed up ball around middle and off, defended down gently.
  • 150.4 Tossed up ball outside off, driven straight to the cover fielder.
  • 150.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 150.2 Shimmies down a bit and pushes it to mid off.
  • 150.1 Darted on middle and leg, jammed out towards mid on.
  • Moeen Ali returns.
  • 149.6 The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. One run added to the total. 454/4
  • There comes the aggressive point from Clarke. While the other commentator was busy thinking if Marsh brothers can get to their milestones, Clarke says he doesn't want that. He says this is the best time for them to keep hitting and swell the lead. Hand it over to England tomorrow morning and try to win this Test match on day 4 itself, he reckons...
  • 149.5 Fuller in length and outside off, blocked.
  • 149.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 149.3 That nearly took Dharmasena! Short ball on middle, Marsh pulls it hard and the umpire at square leg had to take evasive action. Good reflexes shown by the Sri Lankan there. They run one.
  • 149.2 Stays behind the line and stabs it away.
  • 149.1 Slants it away on a length outside off, pushed with an angled bat past cover-point for a single.
  • Tom Curran is back into the attack.
  • 148.6 Goes back and clips it towards the leg side. 451/4
  • 148.5 Around middle and leg, clipped towards fine leg for three more.
  • 148.4 MM has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 148.3 Round-arm action, skidding a bit, flicked off the pads towards backward square leg for a couple.
  • 148.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 148.1 FOUR! Easy for Shaun! Root serves a loopy full toss outside off, Marsh takes a stride forward and drills it through extra cover for a boundary. The lead touches 100 for the hosts.
  • Joe Root is back on!
  • 147.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 442/4
  • 147.5 FOUR! Another boundary! Tossed up ball on the stumps, Marsh comes down the track and tonks it down the ground for a boundary.
  • 147.4 Flatter one around middle and off, defended off the back foot.
  • 147.3 The batsman has driven it through mid-on. They pick up a single.
  • 147.2 Floats it up outside off, blocked into the ground.
  • 147.1 Flatter and quicker on off, Marsh goes back to cut but the length wasn't an ideal one. He somehow chops it towards backward point.
  • 146.6 Sits back and punches this short ball towards extra cover. 437/4
  • 146.5 FOUR! Drilled it! Mitchell Marsh is in the zone! Crane flights it outside off, Marsh leans forward a touch and powers it through cover. There was a man there who I think got a hand to it but the ball still goes to the fence.
  • Another false start. Not the first time we are seeing this from Crane. He had his front foot over the line in his landing but realizes it which is why stops and goes back to his marking area. The crowd boooosss.
  • 146.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 146.3 Takes a stride forward and pushes it towards point.
  • 146.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 146.1 Worked through the leg side for a single.
  • 145.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 16 off Ali's over on return! 432/4
  • 145.5 FOUR! Changes the angle but Marsh still finds a boundary! Ali goes around the wicket and fires it full outside off, Marsh makes room of his own to crash it through the covers this time. Runs coming thick and fast!
  • 145.4 SIX! A flat biggie! How on earth do they manage to hit those? Have tried a lot to do this in gully cricket but never got enough. Massive power Mitchell boy! Another tossed up ball, Mitchell skips down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and goes bang over mid off. That's gone all the way again. Brings up the 50-run stand as well between the two brothers.
  • 145.3 Turning in from around off, stays a bit low but Marsh does well to block it out.
  • 145.2 SIX! That's gone all the way! Ali tosses it up outside off, Marsh comes dancing down the track and belts it with sheer power over long off for a maximum all the way. If Marsh gets going, he can hurt you.
  • 145.1 Moeen from over the wicket, drops it a bit short outside off, punched off the back foot towards cover.
  • Moeen Ali is brought into the attack.
  • 144.6 Outside off, Shaun presses forward to kill it before the ball could do anything. 416/4
  • 144.5 Flatter leg spinner, spinning in from outside off, punched off the back foot through wide mid off for two.
  • 144.4 Flighted ball around middle, patted towards mid off for one.
  • 144.3 Loopy delivery on middle and leg, Marsh makes room and then lunges forward to defend.
  • 144.2 Takes it on the full by coming down the track and wrists it towards deepish mid on for an easy single.
  • 144.1 Tossed up delivery, spinning massively down leg, Marsh misses his clip.
  • 143.6 Good length delivery on off, defended by getting right behind the line. 412/4
  • 143.5 Arrows in a fuller delivery, angling in from outside off, MM gets his bat down at the angle to jam it out back towards Broad.
  • 143.4 A bumper to follow, the batsman quickly ducks under it.
  • 143.3 Another one down the leg side, Shaun Marsh misses the clip as the ball brushes the pads and rolls towards fine leg. A leg bye collected.
  • 143.2 Comes from around the wicket and strangles it down the leg side. Nothing doing says Shaun.
  • 143.1 Shortish delivery on middle and leg, pulled to deep square leg for a single.
  • 142.6 Comes down the track and gets it off the inner half past short leg as the man at square leg mops it up. 410/4
  • 142.5 Leading edge... no harm done! But what was Broad doing at mid on? Didn't even charge in. Crane from around the wicket, lands it outside off, it turns in. Marsh goes back to work it away but it early to close the bat face. Gets a leading edge as the ball skies up in the air and then falls safely near mid on. Wonder why Broad didn't go after it.
  • 142.4 Turning back in with bounce, tucked off the back foot past short leg for another single.
  • 142.3 Bowls a googly which turns the other way. Shaun goes back and then reaches out to go after that one. Gets it off the toe-end towards point for a single.
  • 142.2 Too much flight, landed outside off, creamed through extra cover to get three.
  • 142.1 A loud shout for an LBW! Dharmasena ain't keen! Where is it pitching, is the question. Floats it up around leg, turning in and hitting Mitchell on the front pad who is late to bring his bat down in time. They appeal but the umpire shakes his head. England think about the review but good that they didn't as it was pitching outside leg.
  • 141.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 405/4
  • 141.5 Fuller in length and on the pads, worked towards the fielder at mid on.
  • 141.4 Broad with another short one, Marsh gets hurried by it but still opts to pull. Somehow gets it through backward square leg for a single.
  • 141.3 FOUR! Three in three for young Marsh! Broad strays it on the pads, Mitchell moves inside the line and gets enough on it send it down to the fine leg fence for a boundary. He's getting a move on now.
  • 141.2 Short on the body, pulled to deep square leg for a single to rack up 400 on the board for Australia.
  • 141.1 Fuller and angling in, clipped towards the man at mid on.
  • 140.6 FOUR! And again! That's the way to go Mitchell! Crane drops it short on middle and off, Marsh camps back and murders the pull through mid-wicket to find back-to-back boundaries. No stopping that. 399/4
  • 140.5 FOUR! Drilled it! Crane gives too much flight and seeing this Marsh's eyes light up. He takes a stride forward and bashes it through cover to find a boundary at last.
  • 140.4 Ripper! Draws Mitchell forward and then gets it to turn away to nearly kiss the off pole. So, so close was that.
  • 140.3 Flighted ball on middle and leg, clipped through the leg side for a single.
  • 140.2 Around middle, turning back in, Marsh goes back to work but gets it off the pads to short leg.
  • 140.1 Floats it up around middle and leg, worked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Time for some refreshments! In this period of play, Crane looked the menacing bowler. He picked the lone wicket to fall in the day and threatened to send Mitchell Marsh back. But that wasn't to be. Both the Marsh brothers have held fort now - 14 runs off 56 balls so far. Can the tourists spark a collapse here? Sounds cliched but we can always hope.
  • 139.6 Toe end! Safe. Back of a length ball outside off, Mitchell tries to pull it. Is a wee bit too early into it and ends up toe-edging it towards gully. The fielder fails to make a clean stop there and a run results. 389/4
  • 139.5 Banged short around off, MM has nothing to do with that.
  • 139.4 Length ball at 129.6 kph, pushed towards mid-wicket.
  • 139.3 Angling in on off and middle, knocked towards mid-wicket to rotate strike. The stands climbs up to 13 from 53 balls.
  • 139.2 A bit fuller outside off, Marsh doesn't bother playing that.
  • 139.1 Rushes in from round the wicket and lands it on a length just outside off. Marsh gets behind that and defends.
  • 138.6 Another forward defense to a delivery in front of the stumps. Adds another maiden to Mason Crane's tally. 387/4
  • 138.5 MM has played it towards mid-wicket.
  • 138.4 This one is turned towards mid-wicket.
  • 138.3 Again Marsh finds the cover fielder with the drive.
  • We should have a counter here. Just to count the number of times Crane has jogged to the crease but failed to release it. Add one more to it.
  • 138.2 A bit more air on this one, Marsh drives it off the outer half to covers.
  • 138.1 Floated on off, defended towards covers.
  • 137.6 Angling in from around the stumps, knocked to mid on. 387/4
  • 137.5 Stuart changes angles, comes round the wicket and bowls it on off. Shaun blocks.
  • 137.4 Aww, such a wonderful looking shot for nothing! Fuller around off, Marsh gets his front foot forward and drives it to mid off.
  • 137.3 Ohh! That stayed low as well as came back in. Marsh hopped and was almost beaten till the inside edge saved him. The ball rolled to fine leg and ends up in a run.
  • 137.2 Full on off, defended with a straight bat.
  • 137.1 Fuller on the pads, Shaun misses the flick and the ball goes off his pads towards mid-wicket. A leg bye stolen while Broad is busy appealing for LBW.
  • 136.6 Bowled on the stumps, defended with a lunge. 385/4
  • 136.5 Finally Mitchell Marsh gets off the mark off the 19th delivery that he faces. Lunges forward in defense and gets a thick outside edge that comfortably beats slip. Gets two against his name in this partnership that has just entered double figures.
  • 136.4 Let the counter tick. No. 18. A forward defense to this delivery in line of the stumps.
  • 136.3 Tossed up outside off, pushed straight to the man at covers. 17th dot for him.
  • False start again.... Twice in a row! The second of that would have been a no ball, if he'd have delivered that. Perhaps he realised that he had lost his run up and hence aborted it.
  • 136.2 Shaun pushes it towards covers and opts to get to the other end.
  • 136.1 Floated in line of the stumps, Marsh gets down and works it towards mid-wicket.
  • 135.6 This is a touch fuller outside off, MM drives it to the off side and thinks about the run but no, won't get it. Stays on a 16-ball duck. 382/4
  • 135.5 Length delivery on off, defended from the crease.
  • 135.4 14th dot ball in a row from Mitchell Marsh who is yet to get going in this innings.
  • 135.3 Shaun hits it towards point and gets to the other end.
  • 135.2 Length ball down the leg side, Marsh misses the flick. It goes to the keeper and Broad puts in an appeal, to no avail.
  • 135.1 Full outside off, Marsh square drives it. The fielder at backward point dives to prevent a run.
  • Stuart Broad is brought back to bowl now. Anderson was looking in good rhythm and this comes as a surprise to me.
  • 134.6 Dream ball! Pitches on leg, spins past the outside edge of Marsh's bat and past the off pole. Hard on Crane that it isn't anything more than a mere dot. A maiden for the debutant. 381/4
  • 134.5 Marsh gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
  • Another false start...
  • 134.4 MM lunges forward and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 134.3 Punched off the back foot by Mitch.
  • 134.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 134.1 Tossed up around off, blocked with a prod forward.
  • 133.6 This is full in line of the stumps, defended off the front foot. Anderson has bowled another maiden here, third in his four overs after Tea so far. 381/4
  • 133.5 Length ball around off, defended towards point.
  • 133.4 On the pads, turned towards square leg.
  • 133.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 133.2 Shaun keeps it out off the back foot.
  • 133.1 This is outside off, left alone.
  • 132.6 This is knocked towards mid on. 381/4
  • 132.5 Not Out! Excellent bit of umpiring this, we don't often say this. Kumar Dharmasena the umpire in focus. Crane dangles it up nicely just outside off, Mitchell Marsh looks to drive. The ball spins and seems to go off something straight into the waiting hands of Root at slip. England begin celebrating before the umpire's denial quietens them. After some discussion with his teammates, Root signals the 'T'. Replays roll in. It shows that the ball spins away sharply after pitching and at the same time, Marsh's bat hits the ground. Huge cheers go around the SCG after this is shown on the big screen. England lose a review as the on-field decision stays.
  • Things happening for Crane and England! There is an appeal for a catch against Mitchell Marsh by Root at first slip but the on-field umpire denies it. Root confers with his players and opts to go upstairs.
  • 132.4 This goes straight on outside off, Marsh eases it towards covers.
  • 132.3 Crane is trying to entice Marsh here. Knows that this guy loves to be aggressive and wants him to take the aerial route. Tosses this up outside off, Marsh looks to drive but fails in the attempt.
  • 132.2 Played with the turn through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 132.1 FOUR! Nice, very nice. Khawaja came down the track and lost his wicket. Shaun Marsh shows how it is done. Sees the flight and charges down in the direction of the ball and drives it down the ground. Well timed and a boundary results.
  • 131.6 Mitchell blocks this off the front foot. 376/4
  • 131.5 Shaun gets to the other end by guiding it through point.
  • 131.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 131.3 Another one outside off, Marsh just lets it be.
  • 131.2 On a length on off, defended from the crease.
  • 131.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 130.6 Lovely bit of spin bowling from the fresh wicket-taker. Dangles Marsh with the flight just outside off, who lunges forward to defend but just gets beaten. Almost a caught behind there. 375/4
  • 130.5 Look what a wicket does to the bowler's confidence. Tosses this up nicely outside off, Mitch Marsh looks to drive but misses.
  • Mitchell Marsh walks in next. Party time for him?
  • 130.4 OUT! Finally, finally a spinner beats Khawaja's bat after he comes down the track and the marathon knock ends at last. Khawaja, as he has done on most occasions, premeditates and charges down the track against the spinner. Seeing this, Crane hurls it flatter, wider and quicker. Usman had to adjust by getting quickly to the right but the ball spins in and he gets beaten on the inside. He was long way down the track and that gave Bairstow ample time to collect it and whip off the bails. With Crane, the umpire doesn't want to take a chance and checks for the front foot. Finds it fine and that's it. Michael Clarke on air was shouting his lungs out that Khawaja often comes down the track to make room, rather than to get to the pitch of the ball. Here, he makes the same mistake and pays the price. Fails to better his best Test score as he departs for 171. The 101-run stand stands broken and now the tourists should look to make further inroads. The debutant is ecstatic and makes his joy clear to all in his celebration. Gets his maiden wicket in the longest format at last.
  • 130.3 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 130.2 Ahh! These little risks of coming down the track to a ball that turns. Sees this ball tossed up, Khawaja comes down to go over the top. The spin on that means that he gets it off the inner half towards mid on.
  • 130.1 Tossed up outside off, Marsh allows it to turn before patting it towards covers and takes a single.
  • 129.6 Another ball outside off, driven nicely to the cover region. Consecutive maidens for the seamer. 374/3
  • 129.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 129.4 Full on off, driven to mid off.
  • 129.3 Delivered in line of the off stump, blocked from the crease.
  • 129.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 129.1 Fuller on off, defended from the crease.
  • 128.6 FOUR! A couple of hundreds on this delivery! Crane floats it outside off, Shaun gets down the track and cracks it through covers for a boundary. The 100-run stand between the duo is up and also a 100 is up against Mason's name on the scorecard. The lead goes up to 28 now. 374/3
  • 128.5 Marsh gets down and defends this one.
  • 128.4 Knocked through covers for one.
  • 128.3 UK gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
  • 128.2 FOUR! Khawaja is growing in confidence against the spinners with more time in the middle. Sees some air on this one, slinks down the track and takes it on the full. Trashes it past mid off who was wider and earns a boundary. Moves to 170, four shy of his Test best.
  • 128.1 Landed in line of the stumps, blocked.
  • And for the umpteenth time, Crane withdraws from his run up. The only other bowler who used to do this was Stuart MacGill, says Michael Clarke on air. Incidentally, he is the mentor of Crane.
  • Mason Crane to continue his spell. A leg slip and a slip in place.
  • 127.6 Shaun defends this ball towards point. A maiden to begin. 365/3
  • 127.5 Full ball on off, defended with a straight bat.
  • 127.4 Nicely bowled. Angles this in from round the wicket, it nips back in after landing. Marsh gets it off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
  • 127.3 Full length ball outside off, Marsh exhibits a front foot defense towards covers.
  • 127.2 Makes him play this time. Marsh blocks it towards covers.
  • 127.1 Full ball outside off from round the wicket, Marsh just lets it be.
  • We are back one last time today. Exactly 30 overs left in the day's play and this shows England have been extremely good with the overrate. The only positive for them. Only time will tell how long they will have to be out in the middle with both Khawaja and Marsh looking largely fluent. James Anderson will set things rolling and the latter will face the first delivery. A lone slip stands.
  • ... Day 3, Final Session ...
  • It has been chanceless batting alright. But none of the English bowlers seemed like picking a wicket. In helpful conditions, their spinners have been a let down. The only excitement in the session for them came when Marsh was ruled out caught behind. But even that joy was short lived for them as the DRS aided the batter in that case. Hard to be in the tourists' dressing room at the moment. Join us back for the final session of play, where we will turn up with a hope that an interesting turn of events await us.
  • Australia on top. Period. Often we've seen on this tour that England have failed to hold on to the momentum that they have. When that's the case, the talk of seizing it from the opposition stays in the hinterland. Australia have made merry while they could and have had a wicketless session here. Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja have had a wonderful outing in the middle amidst their stand that is worth 91 now.
  • 126.6 Doesn't matter even if it's the last ball, Marsh uses his feet to come down and flicks it in front of square on the leg side for a single that takes him to 54 and the hosts' lead to 19. TEA, DAY 3! 365/3
  • 126.5 Turned away towards square leg from the crease.
  • Leg gully in place. Anderson gets there with a couple of balls to go before the interval.
  • 126.4 Served in line of the stumps, turned away round the corner.
  • 126.3 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 126.2 Usman pulls this shortish delivery through mid-wicket for one.
  • 126.1 Outside off, Khawaja fails to cut it away.
  • Should be the last over before Tea.
  • 125.6 SM shoulders arms to let that one through. 363/3
  • 125.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 125.4 FOUR! Now Shaun Marsh joins the half century bandwagon! Only Cameron Bancroft has missed making merry in the fair. Gets an overpitched delivery outside off, Shaun strides forward and square drives this for a boundary. He began slow but has settled in nicely. For the record, this is his 10th fifty in Test cricket.
  • 125.3 FOUR! Gets to 49 now, does Shaun Marsh! Anderson gives some width on this length delivery, Marsh just guides it through the vacant gully region for a boundary.
  • 125.2 Length ball outside off, defended towards point.
  • 125.1 Driven through the covers by the batsman.
  • 124.6 A touch short, Marsh goes back and pulls it through square leg for a brace. Stoneman was in the firing line and he ducked in at the right time. 355/3
  • 124.5 Flat on the pads, worked off the pads through backward square leg. Gets three runs as a result.
  • 124.4 350 up for the Aussies! Khawaja drives it nicely through covers for one. The lead goes up to 4.
  • 124.3 Marsh nudges this through mid-wicket to get to the other end.
  • Mindset, it matters. Ian Chappell reckons that England need to make something happen rather than waiting for something to happen. He says that Root certainly is running short of ideas, pointing to the perplexed nature of the skipper by stating that he doesn't even know where to stand at first slip.
  • 124.2 SM has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 124.1 Floated on the stumps, whipped towards mid-wicket.
  • Mason Crane to have another spell now.
  • 123.6 Similar length but a bit closer to the off pole. Khawaja lets it come on before dead-batting it. 348/3
  • 123.5 Khawaja has shut his shop probably. Lets another full ball outside off go unharmed.
  • 123.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 123.3 Usman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 123.2 Another one outside off, left alone.
  • 123.1 Jimmy comes round the wicket and bowls it well outside off. Khawaja watches the ball sail into the keeper's gloves.
  • James Anderson to have a burst now.
  • 122.6 Floated on the stumps, defended with a straight bat. 348/3
  • 122.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 122.4 Very full in line of the stumps, blocked.
  • 122.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 122.2 This is hurled outside off, left alone.
  • 122.1 FOUR! Taking a lead over the opposition signifies the authority that one side has over the other. Marsh takes his side ahead with a stroke full of authority here. Ali flights this up generously outside off, Shaun slinks down quickly and goes inside out through covers. A boundary results and the HOSTS ARE AHEAD by a couple of runs now. What about this stand? It is worth 74.
  • 121.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 344/3
  • 121.5 FOUR! Know how much margin for error is available here? Not much! Broad was bowling it tight all through out but gives some width on this occasion. What else does Khawaja require? He just works it past backward point and collects a boundary. Australia are just two runs behind England's first inning total now.
  • 121.4 Driven towards mid on off the inner half.
  • 121.3 Pleading doesn't get you LBW dismissals, Broady! Delivers it on a fuller length, Marsh gets an inside edge onto his pads and the ball rolls to the leg side. Stuart pleads in his appeal but doesn't get the nod. A run taken.
  • 121.2 Marsh keeps this one out towards covers.
  • 121.1 Marsh plays this full ball towards mid-wicket.
  • 120.6 Shaun slinks down and pats it towards mid on and hurries to the other end. 339/3
  • 120.5 Some more air on this one, driven back to where it came from.
  • 120.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 120.3 Shorter outside off, cut away square on the off side for one.
  • 120.2 Now he uses his feet to get to the ball only to stonewall it.
  • 120.1 Served on a length outside off, Khawaja is squared up in his defense and gets it off the outer half towards point.
  • 119.6 This ball is driven towards mid on. 337/3
  • 119.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 119.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 119.3 Full on middle and leg, driven down the ground past silly mid on. Gets a couple before it is chased down.
  • 119.2 Length ball on the pads, flicked away through square leg for a brace.
  • 119.1 An appeal made, withdrawn immediately! Broad runs in from over the wicket and hurls it on a length in line of the stumps. Marsh offers no stroke and is hit high on the back thigh. Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian Prime Minister is on air and Healy asks him what he reckons. Height, responds the PM. Spot on!
  • Stuart Broad to bowl now. Silly mid off and silly mid on in place.
  • 118.6 Marsh fails to sweep this away. But the ball deflects off the keeper's pads. A bye taken that takes the score to triple nelson - 333/3! 333/3
  • 118.5 Marsh gets forward in defense but does so off the inner half of the bat.
  • 118.4 Flat and short outside off, cut away to point.
  • 118.3 This ball is flicked away off the pads.
  • Ali was more relieved than anything else after picking up the wicket of Steven Smith. Nice to see that as there isn't a dearth of over-the-top celebrations in world cricket, irrespective of the situation of the side.
  • 118.2 UK has punched the ball off the back foot. They pick up a single.
  • 118.1 Looped up around off, Shaun uses his feet to get to the pitch of the ball and drives it down to long off for one.
  • Moeen Ali is back on. He's the lone wicket-taker of the day so far and who was his scalp? The never-tired-of-scoring-runs Steve Smith!
  • 117.6 This one is patted towards mid on and Shaun scurries across to the other end to retain strike. 330/3
  • This is a revelation. Ian Healy reveals that they used to call Glenn McGrath as 'Miller' before he became famous as the 'Pigeon'.
  • 117.5 Fuller in length, driven down the ground. Mid on cuts that off.
  • 117.4 Shaun presents a straight bat in defending this length ball from the crease.
  • 117.3 Two batters not known to be the best of runners between the wickets, pick up a brace here. Well run. Marsh just tucks this length delivery through backward square leg and hares across the turf.
  • 117.2 This ball is kept out towards the bowler from the crease.
  • 117.1 On a length outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 116.6 Usman gets nicely forward to this one and dead-bats it. 327/3
  • 116.5 On a flatter trajectory, turned towards mid-wicket.
  • 116.4 Slinks down yet again to this one and eases it to long on for a single. The deficit gets down a run below 20.
  • 116.3 Floated on middle, Marsh gets down and plays it back.
  • 116.2 This ball is blocked by showing a full face of the bat.
  • 116.1 Tossed up on off, whipped away nicely through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 115.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 325/3
  • 115.5 FOUR! Curran misdirects this one and pays the price. Angles it on a length on the pads, Marsh just works it away off the pads. The ball races away through the backward square leg region. The fielder in the deep gets to his left, puts in the slide but takes the ball with him to the ropes. Also, the Khawaja-Marsh stand crosses 50.
  • 115.4 Full outside off, driven towards covers.
  • 115.3 This one is defended towards point.
  • 115.2 Length ball on off, blocked from the crease.
  • 115.1 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 114.6 Marsh gets down to sweep this full toss but the ball goes off his pads towards short fine leg. A leg bye it is. 321/3
  • 114.5 Floated outside off, driven towards mid on.
  • 114.4 Gets forward to this one and blocks it.
  • 114.3 Did you know why the DRS is into effect? Precisely for this, as Marsh makes good use to receive the decision in his favour, NOT OUT! Root and England's ecstacy is short lived. He tosses this one nicely outside off, Shaun Marsh prods forward in defense. The ball spins away ever so slightly to land in the keeper's gloves. There was a sound as the ball passed the willow, which made England put in a celebratory appeal. Kumar Dharmasena was convinced and he raised the dreaded finger. The southpaw seemed to be convinced that he hadn't nicked it. Opts for the DRS, which helps him out. There's nothing on the Hot Spot and the Snicko which means the on-field call has to be overturned. The noise was of the bat brushing the front pad. Marsh will bat on, with his side trailing by just quarter of a century and he being in a 47-run stand with Khawaja.
  • Shaun Marsh is a goner! He's been ruled out caught behind but he feels otherwise. Challenges the decision.
  • 114.2 Flatter on off, Marsh lunges forward defense.
  • 114.1 Floated outside off, driven towards covers.
  • 113.6 Not this time. Bowled on a similar length, slapped towards covers for one. 320/3
  • 113.5 Beaten! Length ball outside off, Marsh looks to cut but misses. The ball passes from under the bat. Failed to pick that length up early.
  • 113.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • Tom Curran has been a bit short than Michael Clarke would have liked. His pitch map was flashed on the screen and many deliveries were bowled on good length and short of that, it showed.
  • 113.3 Fuller this time, hit to the same fielder.
  • 113.2 Punched off the back foot towards covers.
  • 113.1 Comes round the wicket and hurls it on a length outside off. Marsh watches it sail to the keeper.
  • Drinks called! 18 overs in an hour, what about the overrate! Woaah! Crane and Moeen bowled in tandem after the lunch break but the pair of Marsh and Khawaja dealt them well. They used their feet to good effect and one good thing is that they made sure the runs keep coming. We saw Root chipping in with a few overs but none of the bowlers have troubled the batsmen. Will these two continue to dig in? Or will England break this stand?
  • 112.6 Stays back and pokes it towards the cover fielder. Another tidy over from Joe. 319/3
  • 112.5 Loopy delivery outside off, Usman prods forward to bury it down.
  • Nathan Lyon will be waiting in the wings. On seeing Root and Ali getting the extra bounce, Clarke reckons that the Aussie offie will be licking his lips. He has a nice high-arm action and gives a lot of revs which can prove to be deadly on this kind of a wicket. England, beware...
  • 112.4 Leans forward and across and kills it into the turf.
  • 112.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 112.2 On a flatter trajectory, kept out off the back foot.
  • 112.1 Root gets away with that! Bowls a loopy full toss outside off, Khawaja reaches out and smashes it hard only to find the man at short cover.
  • 111.6 Angling in on middle and leg, Marsh looks to clip but gets it off the inner half behind square on the leg side for a couple. 319/3
  • 111.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. Third consecutive leave.
  • 111.4 Fuller in length and outside off, Shaun Marsh points his bat skywards to make another leave.
  • 111.3 Better! Resists this time and makes a good leave through to the keeper.
  • 111.2 Goes chasing after a tempting delivery in the sixth stump line and gets beaten.
  • 111.1 Curran comes from around the wicket and angles in a short ball on middle, Khawaja pulls it in front of square on the on side for one.
  • Phew! Some respite for my fingers. Tom Curran is brought into the attack.
  • 110.6 That stays really low! Fuller and fired outside off, at 91.3 kph, Khawaja looks to poke at it but it stays low and skids off the deck. Goes through the legs of the keeper behind and they take three byes. Oh wait, the umpire signals it as runs. Maybe, he must have got some bat there. 316/3
  • 110.5 Beaten! There is the extra bounce! Root pushes it quicker through the air, at 90.9 kph, Khawaja winds up for the cut shot but there is extra bounce and also some turn which gets the better of Usman. The ball beats the inside edge and settles into Jonny's gloves.
  • 110.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 110.3 Hangs back and defends it down with a straight bat.
  • 110.2 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 110.1 Slider around middle, kept out towards the off side.
  • 109.6 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. 313/3
  • 109.5 FOUR! No one there! Ali bowls it on leg stump, Marsh sinks low and sweeps it with disdain towards fine leg for a boundary. Third one of the over.
  • 109.4 Skips down the track and works it towards the left of Ali.
  • 109.3 Flattish on off, tapped towards cover for one.
  • 109.2 FOUR! 150 up for Usman Khawaja! Ali floats it up on middle and off, Usman Khawaja dances down the track and flicks it uppishly over mid-wicket. He is to the pitch of the ball which is why he got time to free his arms. Gets a huge cheer from the crowd. March on, Uzzie. Make a double ton is what his side would be hoping for.
  • 109.1 FOUR! Edgyyy! Ali bowls it flatter outside off, it's not that short but Khawaja feels the other way. He looks to cut but gets an outside edge past slip. Curran gives it a chase but fails to stop it from running away.
  • 108.6 Shaun drives it hard but finds the man at short cover. 300/3
  • Shane Warne feels Malan should be given a chance to bowl. Since the spinners are getting some purchase, he opines Dawid bowled well at the MCG and could be a good option as he is a tidy bowler.
  • 108.5 SM has driven it straight down the ground.
  • 108.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 108.3 Width on offer, cut hard by Marsh but cannot pierce the gap.
  • 108.2 Marsh is half forward as he pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 108.1 Flatter outside off, Shaun Marsh stays back and with an angled bat pushes it towards the off side.
  • 107.6 A bit of loop on this occasion, Usman easily defends it down with a forward push. 300/3
  • 107.5 Khawaja comes forward and with his bat and pad together, he keeps it out.
  • 107.4 Fired around the pads, flicked towards square leg.
  • 107.3 Good running! Marsh sees the flight and decides to come down the track. He works it towards mid on and scurries through to the other end. 300 comes up for Australia, they trail by another 46.
  • 107.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 107.1 Lands it full around off, blocked into the ground.
  • 106.6 Slider on middle and leg, defended from within the crease. 299/3
  • 106.5 Tossed up outside off, a bit of turn away, driven past cover for one.
  • 106.4 Bowls this with an round-arm action, fires it on middle, it skids a touch as Marsh tucks it off the back foot through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 106.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 106.2 Gives it a bit of air outside off, Marsh lunges forward to defend it.
  • 106.1 Starts off from around the wicket with a flatter ball, Marsh keeps it out towards the leg side.
  • Okay then, Joe Root decides to try himself out. He bowled the last over before stumps yesterday.
  • 105.6 Tosses it up outside off, Khawaja presses forward and smothers it away. 296/3
  • 105.5 Fuller and darted on off, blocked into the ground.
  • 105.4 Short and outside off, Khawaja goes back and cuts it really late. In fact it's off the edge but wide of Root at first slip. The ball rolls towards third man as the pair take a couple.
  • 105.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 105.2 On middle and off, bunted back to Moeen.
  • 105.1 Full outside off, blocked right in front of silly point.
  • 104.6 Marsh dances down the track and drives it back down the ground. Crane sticks his left hand out to parry it towards mid on. 294/3
  • Once a leggie always a leggie. Shane Warne continues to back Mason Crane. There was another false start before the fourth ball by him. He says that it could be a tactic as to see whether the batsman is going for a pull, coming down the track. In short just to read what the batsman is trying to do...
  • 104.5 Stays leg side and hits it through cover for a single.
  • 104.4 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 104.3 Half tracker on off, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 104.2 Gets down and sweeps it straight to the man at short fine leg.
  • 104.1 Shortish and around off, punched off the back foot towards point.
  • It's not the first time that we have seen Crane losing the run up. Warne backs him up saying that, it's good he doesn't bowl. Usually, others just tend to bowl it out as they feel lazy to go back to the mark. In doing so they bowl a bad ball and get punished...
  • 103.6 Drifting in on middle and off, SM prods forward in defense. Another tight over from Mo. 291/3
  • 103.5 Shortish and outside off, Marsh goes back and cuts it hard but finds the man at point.
  • 103.4 Floated ball outside off, a forward push towards the cover fielder.
  • 103.3 Pitches it on middle, turns away, Marsh blocks it out.
  • 103.2 The batsman dances down the track and does well to block the ball.
  • 103.1 Drifting in on middle and leg, Marsh clips it by coming down the track.
  • 102.6 Short and outside off, tapped towards cover for a single. 291/3
  • 102.5 Stays leg side and pushes it towards mid off.
  • Marsh stops Crane. The leggie comes up and was about to deliver but something went in the eyes of Shaun Marsh which is why he gets disturbed and pulls out...
  • 102.4 A rank long hop from Mason, Khawaja pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 102.3 Landed outside off, Shaun uses the feet to milk it down to long on for a single.
  • 102.2 A bit fuller outside off, worked towards the man at short leg.
  • 102.1 Spins back in from outside off, Marsh goes back and tucks it on the bounce to FSL.
  • 101.6 Flighted delivery, dipping in, Usman looks to defend it off the front foot but the ball bobbles towards the vacant short leg region. 288/3
  • 101.5 Very full on the stumps, jammed out towards Ali.
  • 101.4 Gets nicely forward and blocks it into the ground.
  • Silly mid off in place...
  • 101.3 Turning away from a length outside off, defended off the back foot.
  • 101.2 Makes a bit of room and drives it along the ground towards cover.
  • 101.1 Loopy delivery outside off, defended by coming forward.
  • 100.6 Flighted delivery outside off, blocked into the ground watchfully. 288/3
  • 100.5 The batsman has driven it through mid-on.
  • 100.4 Pitches it around middle, turning down leg, Shaun misses his attempted sweep shot. Bairstow is quick to go to his right and collect it.
  • 100.3 Fuller on the stumps, Marsh stays leg side and pushes it back.
  • 100.2 A long hop from leggie, Usman pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
  • 100.1 Short and outside off, Khawaja goes back to cut but misses it.
  • 99.6 Darted on middle, driven towards the man at mid on. Another maiden for the offie. 287/3
  • 99.5 On middle and leg, whipped straight to the man at short mid-wicket.
  • 99.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 99.3 Marsh uses his feet to works it towards the man at mid-wicket.
  • 99.2 An appeal for LBW! Moeen Ali bails out immediately. Lands it outside off, Marsh plonks his front foot across to pad it away. They appeal but nothing much from the umpire.
  • 99.1 Tossed up delivery outside off, Marsh comes down the track to bunt it back.
  • 98.6 Goes back and with an open bat face, dabs it towards the off side. 287/3
  • 98.5 Outside off, UK prods forward in defense.
  • 98.4 Pushes it quicker through the air outside off, punched off the back foot towards point.
  • 98.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 98.2 FOUR! Nailed it! Crane tosses it up generously, Khawaja gets down on one knee and slog sweeps it off the sweet spot. Goes on the bounce to the deep mid-wicket fence.
  • 98.1 Loopy ball outside off, driven towards the cover fielder.
  • 97.6 Flighted delivery outside off, defended into the ground. 283/3
  • 97.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 97.4 Floats it up around off, Marsh comes forward to defend but the ball turns away to beat the batsman all ends up.
  • 97.3 Short and outside off, chopped towards the cover fielder.
  • 97.2 On middle and off, blocked gently.
  • 97.1 Shimmies down the track and bunts it back.
  • 96.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 283/3
  • 96.5 Flighted delivery outside off, swept towards the square leg fielder.
  • 96.4 The batsman offers no stroke and gets hit on the pad.
  • The commentators on air discuss about Khawaja's wicket. Ian Chappell wonders whether the on-field umpire communicates with the TV umpire about a shot being offered in case of LBW calls. If you see, Khawaja came forward at first but then kept his bat behind the pad. One cannot be entirely sure that he offered no shot, at the very first look. Hence Chappell wonders whether there would be clear communication in overturning such decisions.
  • 96.3 Dances down the track to push it back to the bowler.
  • 96.2 Pitches it on the rough, Khawaja misses the sweep as the ball stays low.
  • 96.1 Outside off, turning in, Khawaja sweeps it straight short leg.
  • Mason Crane to continue from the other end.
  • 95.6 Around off, turning away a touch, SM comes half forward and defends it down. 283/3
  • 95.5 FOUR! Whips it away! Ali tosses it up on the stumps, Marsh comes dancing down the track, takes it on the full and whips it cleanly through the gap at mid-wicket for a boundary. Good positive intent from Shaun Marsh.
  • 95.4 A bit flatter and served on off, Shaun stonewalls it.
  • 95.3 Floated ball around middle and off, blocked off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 95.2 Skips down the track to a flighted ball and eases the drive to short cover.
  • 95.1 Starts off with a loosener! Short and spinning away outside off, Marsh camps back and cuts it behind point to collect a couple.
  • Welcome back for the second session. England will have their tails up for sure. Can the spinners weave their magic? Remains to be seen. Moeen Ali to bowl. Shaun Marsh to face. Let's play...
  • ... Day 3, Session 2 ...
  • Right then! The spinners have come to the party. They have got enough purchase off the deck and it would be interesting to see how the Aussie batsmen respond. Shaun Marsh has just arrived. He is known to be a good player of spin and has a set Khawaja for company. The deficit is down to 69. Can England turn things around or will the hosts prevail again? Don't go anywhere, we'll be back in a short while.
  • Drama towards the end has just spiced the session up! Phew! Crane would be cursing himself as he could have got rid of another set batsman, Usman Khawaja, in the last over before lunch had he not overstepped. The session began with the overnight batsmen making merry on the flattened-out wicket and thereby keeping the scoreboard moving. Both Khawaja and Smith registered their personal milestones and it seemed like these two will dominate the proceedings but Moeen Ali had other ideas. He was brought back into the attack before lunch and struck immediately to send the big fish, Smith, packing to calm some nerves in the English camp.
  • 94.6 That must have stung! Short ball outside off, Khawaja rocks back and pulls it with the spin. It hits Stomeman at short leg who is down in pain. Nothing serious though and that's LUNCH ON DAY 3! 277/3
  • 94.5 Leans forward and buries it into the ground.
  • 94.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 94.4 Crane has OVERSTEPPED! Mason, what have you done, son? A spinner doing this is a sin! England can't believe it and understandably so. It's pitched outside off, turning back in, Khawaja leans across and doesn't offer any stroke. In fact, he was hiding his bat behind his front leg. The ball hits the front pad and lobs to short leg. They all appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Root, Bairstow and Crane come together and the English skipper takes the review. It's seen that Crane has nothing behind the line and that is it. The story doesn't end here. If you are an England fan don't read this - Hawk Eye shows the impact is outside the line but it would have hit the stumps. Since no shot was offered, the on-field call would have been reversed. Reprieve for Usman, disappointment for England, although the review is retained. What's with the debutants this series? Tom Curran overstepped at the MCG in what could have been his maiden Test wicket then and now Crane joins him by doing the same.
  • It's all happening out there. Mason Crane convinces his skipper to take the DRS against Khawaja. Have England got another?
  • 94.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 94.2 In the air... just short of Crane! He floats it up outside off, Usman Khawaja comes down the track to defend but the ball spins back in, hits the pad first and then the bat. The ball lobs back towards the bowler as Crane comes sprinting in to his right and dives in an attempt to take it with his right hand but the ball lands just short.
  • 94.1 Spins back in, Marsh works it off the inner half through square leg for a single.
  • 93.6 Comes down the track and whips it through mid-wicket does Marsh to get off the mark. Excellent over from Moeen Ali. He strikes immediately. 275/3
  • 93.5 Gets nicely forward and blocks it into the ground.
  • 93.4 Beaten! Ali lands it around middle, Marsh comes forward to defend but the ball turns away and beats the outside edge of Marsh's bat.
  • 93.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 93.2 Very full on middle and off, jammed out towards mid off.
  • Shaun Marsh is the new man in. A bat pad and slip for him.
  • 93.1 OUT! Caught and bowled! Ladies and gentlemen, England have got rid of Steven Smith! He misses out on a ton at his home ground and is fuming as he walks back. Boy, Moeen Ali is amongst the wickets, finally! Stop the press! Ali from around the wicket bowls a loopy delivery on middle and leg, Smith comes down the track to drive it against the spin but ends up getting it off the inner half back to the bowler. Ali crouches really low to pluck it just inches above the ground. He takes and claims it immediately. The umpire agrees and the Aussie skipper departs. Totally against the run of play. The 188-run stand comes to an end.
  • Moeen Ali is brought back into the attack.
  • 92.6 That stayed a bit low! Loopy delivery, pitched on the rough outside off. Khawaja gets down to sweep but the ball spins back in, stays low and sneaks under his bat and then goes into the keeper's gloves. 274/2
  • 92.5 Loopy ball outside off, SS presses forward to drive it through cover for a single.
  • 92.4 Almost a replica of the previous ball.
  • 92.3 On a flatter trajectory, Steven has got nothing to do with that one.
  • 92.2 Floats it up around middle and leg, Smith leans forward in defense.
  • 92.1 Leg spinner around middle, turning towards off, Smith hangs back to punch it back to Mason.
  • 91.6 On middle and leg, nudged towards the leg side. 273/2
  • 91.5 Good length delivery outside off, pushed towards the cover region.
  • 91.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 91.3 Short of a length delivery, kicking a bit off the deck, Khawaja takes his bottom hand off to keep it out.
  • 91.2 FOUR! Finesse! Curran comes from around the wicket and angles it in on the pads, Khawaja comes across a touch and flicks it neatly through mid-wicket. Made amazing connection as the ball races away to the fence.
  • 91.1 Pounds in a short ball on middle, pulled with ease through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 90.6 Works it with the spin past short leg for nothing. 268/2
  • 90.5 Lovely shot! Crane gives it nice flight again, it's full outside off, Smith makes room and drives it through extra cover. Malan gives it a chase and slides to save a run.
  • 90.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 90.3 Another feat for Steven Smith! He now becomes the Aussie captain with second most runs (682) in an Ashes series, only behind Sir Don Bradman! Incredible stuff. Flighted ball, landed outside off, eased through cover for a couple.
  • 90.2 Loops it around off, defended down into the ground.
  • 90.1 Tossed up delivery on middle and off, blocked off the front foot.
  • Mason Crane to roll his arm over.
  • 89.6 Fullish outside off, Khawaja eases it through mid off. Broad gives it a chase to keep them down to two. 263/2
  • 89.5 Gets forward and pats it nicely towards the cover region.
  • 89.4 Fuller on the stumps, driven towards mid on.
  • 89.3 Back of a length delivery outside off, Smith could have punched it through the line but he knows there is a big gap at mid-wicket and hence whips it off the inner half wide of Broad at mid on and takes three.
  • 89.2 Fuller and angling in on off, Smith brings his bat down at the angle but gets it off the outer towards cover.
  • 89.1 Starts off from over the wicket and lands it in the corridor of uncertainty, Smith yawns at it.
  • Tom Curran is back on.
  • 88.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 258/2
  • 88.5 Stays back and keeps it out. Anderson is bowling tidy lines but without any success.
  • 88.4 Back of a length and rising a bit off the deck, Khawaja hangs back to defend but gets it off the splice. The ball dies down safely in the cover region.
  • 88.3 Fuller in length and angling in from outside off, Usman stays rock solid in defense.
  • 88.2 Outside off, Khawaja ignores.
  • 88.1 Good length delivery on off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 87.6 What was that? Too funny I tell you! Broad bangs in a short one, Smith initially tries to duck but then realizes that the ball isn't too short to do so. So what does he do now? He keeps his eyes on the ball, crouches low and swat-pulls it somehow back to the bowler. Seemed funny and even the skipper was seen having a laugh with his partner. 258/2
  • 87.5 Fuller and angling in at the base of the stumps, Steven Smith stays leg side to jam it out towards the left of the bowler.
  • 87.4 Sprays it a bit wider outside off, left alone without much fuss.
  • 87.3 Clips this length ball on middle and leg through square leg for one.
  • 87.2 FOUR! Controlled, along the ground, says Clarke on air! Broad once again bowls it short but without much venom behind it. It comes up at a good height as Khawaja stays rooted inside the crease and with a minimal swivel he pulls it really well to send it across the mid-wicket fence. Gets appreciation from Smith too.
  • 87.1 Shortish delivery on middle and off, Smith looks to pull but mistimes it towards mid-wicket for a single.
  • 86.6 Good length delivery on middle and off, Usman defends with a straight blade. 252/2
  • 86.5 Good stop, Root! Anderson keeps probing in that zone outside off, it comes in first and then shapes away after hitting the deck. Khawaja gets squared up a touch as he tries to poke at it. He does so with soft hands and hence gets an edge which goes on the bounce to slip cordon where Root makes a diving one-handed stop to his left. Saved some runs for his side.
  • 86.4 Anderson bowls a cutter outside off, Usman points his bat skywards and makes a leave.
  • 86.3 Very full outside off, Khawaja nicely pats it towards the cover fielder.
  • 86.2 Gets forward and across and gently defends it towards the off side.
  • 86.1 Harmless ball in the sixth stump channel, not going after it says Uzzie lad.
  • 85.6 Stuart with a short one but not that threatening. Khawaja gets on top of it as he eases the pull through square leg to keep strike. 252/2
  • 85.5 Marginally fuller, angling across the southpaw, defended down.
  • 85.4 FOUR! That's as good as anything! Broad overcooks it, serves it just outside off. Khawaja presses forward and caresses it off the meat. Pierces the gap at extra cover and picks up another boundary to his name.
  • 85.3 Tries to ease it down the ground and does so but the mid off fielder is quick to get to his left and make a stop.
  • 85.2 Short of a length delivery, angling in on middle and leg, Smith gets inside the line and rolls his wrists over the pull and sends it towards backward square leg for a single.
  • 85.1 Fuller in length and angling in, Smith leans forward a touch and pushes it straight towards mid off.
  • 84.6 Fuller and angling in, defended down watchfully. 246/2
  • 84.5 Good delivery! Comes in from around off, Khawaja looks to defend but then zips away to beat the outside edge by a whisker.
  • 84.4 Back of a length outside off, blocked down.
  • 84.3 Played with soft hands! Good length delivery once again hurled outside off, Khawaja prods across and with soft hands tries to dab it away but gets a soft edge which rolls towards the gully fielder.
  • 84.2 Keeps it in the channel outside off, the fifth stump line, Usman makes an easy leave.
  • 84.1 FOUR! Round the wicket comes Anderson and gets too straight. It's drifting on the pads, Khawaja moves inside the line and clips it fine down the leg side for a boundary. Deft!
  • 83.6 Broad with another bouncer, angling in towards the body of the batsman. Smith quickly arches back to let it be. 242/2
  • 83.5 On a length and outside off, Steven lifts his bat to make another leave.
  • 83.4 Good length delivery, wider outside off, Smith leans across before making a leave.
  • 83.3 This time he gets on top of it and pulls it in front of square on the leg side for a single.
  • 83.2 That surprised him actually! Broad bangs in a short one, a well-directed on from him. Khawaja is taken aback by it. The ball goes off the gloves and pops up towards the off side. On another day, it could have carried to the slip cordon or to the gully fielder. Not this time.
  • 83.1 Ahead of a length, slanting it away a bit, Khawaja has it covered as he defends it down.
  • 82.6 On middle and leg, worked through mid-wicket for a single. 241/2
  • 82.5 Fuller in length, served on off, defended by prodding ahead.
  • 82.4 Behind length and outside off, Usman stands tall to keep it out.
  • 82.3 Touch fuller and outside off, blocked gently off the front foot.
  • 82.2 Fuller and arrowing in on the pads, Steven gets across and flicks it through mid-wicket. Didn't time it well but still will get three runs.
  • 82.1 Anderson bowls it on a back of a length, Smith gets across and with a high bat he defends it towards mid on.
  • Drinks are on the field now. Nothing to write home about as far as England are concerned. Both the batters are making merry, notching up their respective milestones. Khawaja got to his 6th Test ton, while his skipper romped over to another half century. Their stand is worth 151 runs, the deficit coming down to 9 runs over 100. Where does the respite for England come from now? This divine drinks interval?
  • 81.6 Full on the stumps, hit towards mid-wicket. 237/2
  • 81.5 Similar delivery, action replay.
  • 81.4 This is full outside off, left alone.
  • 81.3 FOUR! Poor line that. Broad strays on the pads with this length ball, easy pickings for Khawaja. He just tickles it away and the ball goes to the fine leg fence in a trice. Nice way to bring up the 150-run stand with his skipper. Also, he aggregates 2000 Test runs.
  • 81.2 This time the drive is played to mid off, but doesn't beat the man there.
  • 81.1 Steams in from round the wicket and bowls it full outside off. Khawaja drives this nicely to covers.
  • As expected, Stuart Broad will run in with this new cherry from the other end.
  • 80.6 Smith plays it off the back foot towards square leg. A non-eventful over with this second new cherry, a maiden nevertheless. 233/2
  • Anderson has been around the good and short lengths so far in this over. Not ideal with the new ball, considering the speed with which he bowls.
  • 80.5 Length ball outside off, Smith just lets it be.
  • 80.4 Smith blocks by getting nicely behind this one.
  • 80.3 This delivery is flicked towards mid-wicket.
  • 80.2 Length ball on off, punched off the back foot towards mid off.
  • 80.1 Anderson begins with a delivery on a length outside off. Smith covers his stumps and leaves it alone. Hint of movement there as the ball moves away nicely.
  • The second new ball is available and TAKEN STRAIGHTAWAY. James Anderson to have a go with it first up. Two slips in place. This is where things changed for England in their first essay.
  • 79.6 Full outside off, left alone. 233/2
  • 79.5 Yorker around off, digged out by Khawaja.
  • Wondered why Smith is so good with these on side flicks? Mark Taylor makes a nice observation. Smith's bat is held at an angle pointing towards mid on when he gets ready to face the ball. He just losens the grip and flicks the ball to the leg side when the ball appears. The initial angle of the bat helps him play that shot easily.
  • 79.4 This is whipped away through square leg for one.
  • 79.3 Another ball outside off, punched towards covers.
  • 79.2 Punched off the back foot towards covers.
  • Good observation. The on-air commentators observe that England were in a similar position in the first innings. They were 228/3 before the second new ball was taken, from where things went downhill for them.
  • 79.1 Khawaja works it down the leg side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 78.6 Steven rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 231/2
  • 78.5 A bit short outside off, cut away through point for one.
  • 78.4 Played with the spin through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 78.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 78.2 Khawaja dances down to this one and blocks it.
  • 78.1 Mason strays on the pads again, Smith clips him away for a single.
  • 77.6 This ball is pushed to the man at covers. Not a bad start for the young Tom. 227/2
  • Good point. Cameron Bancroft hasn't had a great run so far in this series and Khawaja, too, didn't have one till this one. Shane Warne on air opines that the youngster should be persisted with even after this series just to ensure that he gets the confidence and gets back among the runs. One can't always expect immediate results and patience is the key.
  • 77.5 This is bowled aiming at the stumps, Uzzie defends it towards covers.
  • 77.4 Full outside off, left alone.
  • 77.3 Curran comes round the wicket and bowls a length ball around off. Khawaja stands tall and defends.
  • 77.2 Angled in on the pads, worked through backward square leg for one. Smith moves up to 66, the trail gets down to 119.
  • 77.1 Length ball in line of the stumps, defended towards mid on.
  • 77.1 WIDE! Curran begins with a bumper that goes way over the batter's head. Smith ducks. Wide given.
  • Tom Curran to bowl now. He replaces Broad, who bowled just the one over. Shows England will opt for the second new cherry as soon as it will be available.
  • 76.6 Short and spinning away outside off, Smith goes back and punches it through covers to retain strike. 225/2
  • 76.5 Nicely flighted, Khawaja gets to the pitch of the ball and works it past mid-wicket for one.
  • 76.4 Served around off, Usman hangs in his crease and defends with a lunge forward.
  • 76.3 Sees this tossed up ball outside off, Khawaja comes down only to bunt it.
  • 76.2 Crane continues over the wicket to the southpaw and tosses it outside off. Khawaja presents a straight bat face in defends.
  • 76.1 A touch short on the pads, whipped away through square leg for a single.
  • The second new ball is 4 overs away. Meanwhile, Mason Crane comes in for a bowl. He lacked control towards the end of yesterday and one hopes, along with Warne, that he gets better.
  • 75.6 Gets a soft outside edge towards gully as he looks to defend this. 222/2
  • 75.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • Shane Warne was surprised this morning. He says that the early tactics from Anderson to bowl wide outside off from round the wicket seemed like backyard cricket for him. He admits to not have seen anything like that in the sport till that moment.
  • 75.4 Full outside off, eased through covers for one.
  • 75.3 Smith gets behind that and blocks it.
  • 75.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 75.1 On the pads, flicked away towards square leg.
  • 74.6 Floated on off, defended with a straight bat. 221/2
  • 74.5 Another delivery in line of the stumps, blocked.
  • 74.4 UK has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 74.3 Khawaja prods forward and defends this.
  • 74.2 The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads.
  • 74.1 There it is! Usman Khawaja gets to his 6th Test hundred and he's pumped up. Why won't he be! This is his first Ashes hundred and with this he also ends a period where he has got starts but failed to convert it big. How does he get there? Gets a shortish ball outside off, Khawaja goes back and cuts it through point for a couple. Raises his bat in acknowledgement, unmindful of the fact that his skipper is seen lauding the effort and running towards him for a hug. The Australian trail comes down to 125 now.
  • Khawaja on 99 now. He'll face Ali now. Easier bowler? Maybe.
  • 73.6 Broad makes Smith play this one with a full one on off. Steven blocks. 219/2
  • 73.5 This is fuller outside off, but not good enough to make Smith play.
  • 73.4 Another one outside off, Smith just lets it be.
  • 73.3 Hurled outside off, left alone.
  • 73.2 Full on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 73.1 FOUR! Textbook, sit back and enjoy, says Bill Lawry on this one. Hardly do we see back foot drives being played in this modern era and here is Smith with the same. Gets a delivery that is relatively full outside off, he gets his back leg across and drives it through covers. Result, a boundary.
  • Stuart Broad into the attack now, replacing Anderson. After Bancroft's wicket early yesterday, he has failed to add another to his kitty.
  • 72.6 Bowled on the pads, worked to fine leg for one. 215/2
  • 72.5 Khawaja moves on 99 by guiding this to the right of point.
  • 72.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 72.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 72.2 FOUR! Not the best of balls this. Ali serves this short and wide outside off, Khawaja stays back and cuts it powerfully in front of square. The ball speeds away to the fence to take UK to 98.
  • 72.1 Flat outside off, left alone.
  • 71.6 Tucked away through square leg for a single that takes him to 94. 209/2
  • 71.5 Full outside off, driven towards mid off.
  • 71.4 This ball is driven towards mid off for one. This is Smith's 2000th run against England in Tests.
  • 71.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 71.2 For once, we can say this - Smith is foxed by Anderson. He stands in a wide-stanced position anticipating another full and wide delivery. What does he get? A spearing yorker at 138 kph. Thankfully for Smith, it is not in line of the stumps and before he could adjust and get some bat to that, it makes contact with the front pad that is outside the line of the leg stick. The ball rolls to the slip cordon then. Well bowled, Jimmy.
  • 71.1 Full outside off, driven towards mid off.
  • 70.6 Another forward defense to end the over. A maiden for Mo. 207/2
  • 70.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 70.4 Floated full outside off, driven towards covers.
  • 70.3 Khawaja lunges forward and blocks this one.
  • 70.2 What's that? A chance? Don't think so. Khawaja gets down to this tossed up ball and looks to go inside out. Ends up getting an inside edge onto his pads and it lobs towards silly mid off. Perhaps it just bumped before lobbing off the pads.
  • 70.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 69.6 This length ball is worked through backward square leg for a brace. Smith moves to 56 and the stand to 121. 207/2
  • 69.5 Well outside off, left alone.
  • 69.4 Full outside off, Smith exposes his stumps, gets across and blocks it with a straight bat. Never plays according to the books, does this guy. Yet he scores runs and that's what matters.
  • 69.3 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 69.2 This is full outside off from round the wicket, Smith just lets it be.
  • 69.1 Fuller on middle and leg, worked away through square leg for one. Uzzie moves to 93.
  • A silly mid off in place.
  • 68.6 This ball is played towards mid on. 204/2
  • 68.5 SS defends it from within the crease.
  • 68.4 FOUR! Nicely struck. Ali tosses this wide outside off, Smith reaches out to this and whips it through covers. Yes, he whips it - one of his typical wristy shots through covers. The fielder from covers chases it down, slides and seems to have done well. The umpire goes upstairs just to be sure and finds that the player was in contact with the ball and the ropes at the same time and thus it is a boundary, the first one of the day.
  • 68.3 Nicely played. Khawaja picks up his first run of the day by getting down the track and placing this through covers.
  • 68.2 A milestone early in the day. No prizes for guessing who, Steven Smith. He just flicks this off his pads and picks up three as the ball rolls towards fine leg to bring up his 23rd HALF CENTURY IN TESTS. He has largely been untroubled yet again and continues to be England's nemesis on the tour.
  • 68.1 Ali begins with a floated delivery on off, turned to mid-wicket.
  • Surprising move this. Moeen Ali to begin the day from the other end. Perhaps more purchase is expected to be extracted from the surface and hence this move.
  • 67.6 This is full outside off, left alone by Usman. Tidy start for both sides. 196/2
  • 67.5 Jimmy comes over the wicket to Khawaja and bowls it full around off. The batter just pushes it back defensively.
  • 67.4 This ball is similar to the second delivery, turned through mid-wicket for one.
  • 67.3 Full and well outside off, Steven gets behind that and pushes it towards covers.
  • 67.2 On a length angling away from the off stump, Smith gets across and clips it wristily through square leg for a brace. First runs for the day already. Hard to keep this guy quiet, isn't it?
  • 67.1 Strange start. Anderson runs in from round the wicket and bowls it full outside off. Smith covers the stumps and lets it go.
  • All the off-cricket action is done now. Time for the sport to take centre stage now. The unbeaten pair of Khawaja and Smith walks out to the middle. It will be James Anderson to begin the day first up. 13 overs to go before the second new ball is available. A slip and a short cover stand in position for Smith, who will face the first delivery. Here we go...
  • A huge pink cloth, having the photo of Jane McCgrath, is held up on the ground. It is due to her that the McGrath foundation has come up to support the cause of breast cancer. The former pacer himself is very actively involved in promoting this noble cause. The response that they receive for the same is massive. Everything right from the players' caps to the caps that the security forces are wearing are pink in color. Now the Aussies walk out, shake hands with Glenn McGrath and hand over their signed pink baggy caps to him. Even the English players do the same now. Lovely to see players from both the sides unite in this noble cause.
  • Today is Day 3, the Pink day at the SCG. Everything would be rosy-colored to commemorate the Jane McGrath day. This is in honor of former pacer Glenn McGrath's wife, who had succumbed to breast cancer. England, so far, have lacked inspiration and would need to lift themselves up quickly. The hosts are behind by 153 runs and thus, the visitors still have plenty in their bank to play with. Will Joe Root's men manage to turn it around today? Or will Smith's and Australia's juggernaut roll on? We'll find out in just a bit.
  • How do we get past the enigma called Steven Smith, this might be the thought in the English camp as we enter the third day of this final Ashes Test. Australia find themselves at a comfortable position, thanks to fifties from David Warner and Usman Khawaja. The latter is well on course to get a triple figure score in this format after a gap of over a year and 8 Tests while the Aussie skipper is just 6 short of raking up another 50-plus score.
  • ... Day 3, Session 1 ...
  • An involving day's play ends. Day 3 is often reckoned as the moving day in a Test and we would love to see what happens tomorrow. It promises to be a day full of thrilling action and we would love to have your company then. There is a tweet from Cricket Australia that confirms play will start tomorrow at 1030 local time (1130 GMT). Do join us then. Meanwhile, you can switch over and catch another exciting Test that we have on the cards where India take on South Africa in the series opener in Cape Town. See you tomorrow, ta-ta, take care!
  • One wonders what wrong did England do. Their bowlers weren't as awry as the figures suggest. They were successful in inducing numerous edges but those failed to carry to the fielders. Crane was a disappointment on a surface that aided spin. He was losing his run up continuously and needs to get that sorted before he can settle into a nice rhythm. Anderson and Broad bowled their hearts out but have only one wicket to show. This is after their lower order did well to post a score that seemed decent at the end of the innings. Broad and Curran did well with the bat as well apart from Malan, who failed to add much to his overnight score.
  • The Australian opener says that Khawaja's temperament was fantastic and he seemed to be in full flow. Adds further that he has a fantastic hand-eye coordination, wonderful timing and he models himself on Lara. Lauds him for playing well against Ali. Khawaja was irritated about not converting the starts but has rectified that with this knock, he reveals. Admits to being shocked at England not sending in the nightwatchman last night. Adds that their bowlers reaped rewards for their toil on the field. About the catches that have gone down, he agrees that's not a good thing and the team is not happy with that. Jokes that Smith drops catches that come straight to him but takes the difficult ones. About Hazlewood's dropped catch, he says these can be difficult ones, to which Healy and Nicholas, on a lighter note, tell him to not make excuses for his teammate. About Cummins, he states that he is an athlete who has been good at home as well as away. Admits bowling well to the opposition tail and states that it was a collective effort on their part. Singles out Lyon for his significant contribution with the ball and on the field. He wasn't aware of being on the cusp of scoring four consecutive hundreds at the SCG but adds that he doesn't chase records. Reckons that he is trying to move late and is working hard in the nets. Reasons that he had to change his gameplan owing to the different field placements that England have had against him. Ends saying that he is running out of superlatives to describe Smith, who faces a lot of balls in the nets and blows away everyone with the way he trains. Goes to the extent of naming him as the 'New-age Bradman'.
  • Australia's session, no doubt, and they even take the day's honors. They are just 153 runs behind England's score and one can assume that England would already be feeling low about the situation that they are in right now. Warner and Khawaja set about with the task after they lost Bancroft pretty early. The former departed soon after his fifty, something he might be ruing after seeing the latter go about with his task. Khawaja is just 9 short of his ton and has an in-form Smith, who has just passed 6000 Test runs, for company. Mark Nicholas and Ian Healy catch up with David Warner for a long chat and lets have a look at what he had to say...
  • 66.6 Flatter on the stumps, Khawaja goes back and safely sees the day off. That's STUMPS! Australia TRAIL by 153 runs! 193/2
  • 66.5 Floated outside off, driven nicely straight to the man stationed at covers.
  • 66.4 Flatter on the pads, kept out from the crease.
  • 66.3 Now he has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 66.2 Khawaja seems to want it today. Goes back and cuts this one fiercely but fails to beat point.
  • 66.1 FOUR! Almost seems like the moment Cook notched up his hundred at the MCG. It was the last over of the day then, Smith came and offered him freebies to help him. Here Root comes in and bowls it short around off. Khawaja goes back and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Moves to 91 now. A century tonight?
  • 'Rooooooooooot' goes the crowd as it sees Joe Root come into the attack. This is the final over of the day. Is he the man with the golden arm? Remember, he picked a set Warner up in the previous game off his second ball.
  • 65.6 This is a yorker, Smith digs it out back towards the bowler. 189/2
  • 65.5 Floated around off, Khawaja looks to defend. But the ball goes off the outside edge past slip for a single.
  • 65.4 Smith flicks this off the pads and gets to the other end.
  • 65.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 65.2 Served on the pads, clipped away fine on the leg side for a brace. That brings up the 100-run stand between these two.
  • 65.1 Flatter ball in line of the stumps, punched back to mid on.
  • 64.6 Floated outside off, eased towards covers. 185/2
  • 64.5 This is bowled around middle and leg, SS gets down and sweeps it through backward square leg for one. Moves to 41, trail comes down to 161.
  • 64.4 Straight outside off, Smith doesn't put bat to that.
  • 64.3 This one is wristed to the man at mid-wicket.
  • 64.2 Quicker on the stumps, blocked towards short leg.
  • 64.1 Loopy ball outside off at 85 kph, Smith turns it to mid-wicket.
  • 63.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 184/2
  • 63.5 Shorter outside off, carved through covers for one.
  • 63.4 Wow! Khawaja with a quick single? Yep, you read it right. He pats it towards mid off and scurries to the other end. There is a missed throw at the bowler's end but he seemed to be safe.
  • 63.3 Khawaja gets down the track and dead-bats it.
  • 63.2 Floated in line of the stumps, Khawaja presents a straight bat face in blocking that.
  • 63.1 Flatter outside off, slapped through covers for one.
  • Mason Crane is brought back for another spell.
  • 62.6 One can't help but envy seeing the time that Smith seems to have to play his shots. This is just a touch shorter outside off, Smith goes back and cuts it through point and gets three runs for the effort. 181/2
  • 62.5 Bowled on a flatter trajectory, spinning down leg. Smith fails to flick it and even Bairstow misses collecting that. The ball rolls towards third man and seeing this the Aussie skipper wants a run but Khawaja doesn't respond. Bill Lawry says that he has probably dozed off.
  • 62.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 62.3 Eased through covers to get to the other end.
  • 62.2 Well done, Joe! Another edge played with soft hands that doesn't carry. Root at first slip, had to dive to his right to stop that. Saves a certain couple.
  • 62.1 Flat and outside off, Usman punches it towards covers.
  • 61.6 Short of length and well wide of off, Smith gets his right leg across and punches it on the up through covers. Beats the man there who attempts to stop it with a dive. A couple added to Smith's tally who moves to 35. 177/2
  • 61.5 On a length well outside off, Steven watches it go and thud into the keeper's gloves.
  • 61.4 Full and outside off, Smith leaves it alone.
  • 61.3 Length ball outside off, punched off the back foot through covers. Wait, was the initial call from Khawaja but he had done well to get it through the gap. It races down the hill there and a treble results.
  • 61.2 Length ball on middle and leg, clipped towards mid-wicket where Stoneman puts in the dive and stops.
  • 61.1 Jimmy steams in and lands it on a length angling across Uzzie. He just lets it be.
  • 60.6 This is angled in, tucked to square leg for one. 172/2
  • 60.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 60.4 Tossed up around off and middle, Khawaja comes down the track and bunts it down.
  • 60.3 Served outside off, pushed towards point.
  • 60.2 Ali has beaten Khawaja's bat numerous times and does so yet again. Tosses it just outside off, draws Usman's defensive bat and spins the other way to go into the keeper's gloves.
  • 60.1 Floated outside off, eased through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Moeen Ali to roll his arm over.
  • 59.6 Full on off, stonewalled off the front foot. 170/2
  • 59.5 On a length around middle and off, Usman looks to punch it but gets it off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
  • 59.4 Anderson changes his angle and comes over the wicket. Bowls it on a length in line of the stumps. Khawaja defends showing the full face of the bat.
  • 59.3 This is outside off on a fuller length, Khawaja presents a straight bat in defending that towards covers.
  • 59.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 59.1 Full outside off, Khawaja fails to beat the man at covers with the drive.
  • 58.6 Khawaja drives this through covers to register his highest Test score at the SCG. 170/2
  • 58.5 This is the wrong one, worked away with the spin through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Another false start... Crane really needs to sort his issues out. Not good this for a spinner.
  • 58.4 Served outside off, reverse swept to deep point. Curran does well to save a run for his side.
  • 58.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 58.2 Floated outside off, Khawaja gets down to sweep. Does so but it strikes Stoneman at short leg. The ball deflects to mid on.
  • 58.1 Tossed up outside off, driven through covers to get to the other end.
  • 57.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 164/2
  • 57.5 Full outside off, driven to cover.
  • 57.4 Another one outside off, left alone.
  • 57.3 On a length on off, Khawaja goes back to block.
  • 57.2 Another ball outside off, Usman lets it go unharmed.
  • 57.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • Root is seen wearing a helmet as he is standing ahead at second slip.
  • 56.6 Floated on off, clipped through square leg for one. Crane is yet to bowl a maiden in this innings. Here again he concedes a run off the last ball of the over. Needs to exert more control on the proceedings. 164/2
  • 56.5 Khawaja defends with his bat in front of his pads.
  • 56.4 Khawaja works it off his pads towards mid-wicket.
  • 56.3 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 56.2 Floated outside off, Usman gets down to sweep but wears it on the front pad. No appeal made as the impact is well outside off.
  • 56.1 Big turn. Crane pitches this well outside off but the ball spins in big. Khawaja looks to defend but it goes off the pad towards square leg for nothing.
  • 55.6 Similar delivery and sequence of action like the previous ball. 163/2
  • 55.5 Fuller on off, defended from the crease.
  • 55.4 Excellent running between the wickets. Whether he is running for his runs or for others', Smith does his best to steal an extra one. This is bowled a touch fuller outside off, Khawaja guides it past gully with soft hands. Gets three runs as a result of good running.
  • 55.3 Angling in, UK plays it towards mid-wicket.
  • 55.2 Full ball aiming at the off stump, Khawaja presents a straight bat in defense.
  • 55.1 Comes round the wicket and bowls it full outside off, Usman points his bat skywards to let that go.
  • James Anderson is back on.
  • 54.6 Smith hits this one with the turn to the man at covers. 160/2
  • 54.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Another false start...
  • 54.4 Khawaja looks to go over the top but gets it off the inner half towards deep square leg for one.
  • 54.3 The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 54.2 Slight mix up. Khawaja gets down and places this one towards mid on. Takes start as if to take a run but then decides against it. Smith had responded initially but then he had to run around the bowler to make his ground. All safe in the end as the throw is at the keeper's end.
  • 54.1 Floated outside off from round the wicket, Khawaja comes down the track and takes it on the full. Hits it straight to mid on.
  • 53.6 Another dot ball to end the over. It is a touch fuller, Smith blocks. 159/2
  • 53.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 53.4 Smith gets forward and blocks it with a straight bat.
  • 53.3 On a length on off, defended from the crease.
  • 53.2 FOUR! Another edge, another boundary, more agony! Broad runs in and delivers a leg cutter around off, the ball straightens after pitching, Smith offers a dead bat in defense but the movement on the occasion means that the outside edge is taken. It flies down low towards first slip but doesn't carry to Cook there. Bairstow realises this early and puts in the dive but it is far for him as well. The ball races away to the fence behind after going in between the two of them. Broad, understandably, is frustrated and vents it out to let everybody know. The key there was Smith playing it with soft hands, which meant that the ball wouldn't carry to the slip cordon.
  • 53.1 Angling in to Usman from round the wicket, he taps it towards mid-wicket and gets across to the other end.
  • 52.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 154/2
  • 52.5 Tossed up outside off, Smith allows it to turn and lets it go.
  • 52.4 Floated outside off, Khawaja gets down and reverse sweeps it through point and gets to the other end.
  • 52.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 52.2 On the pads, flicked round the corner from the crease.
  • 52.1 There it is! 6000 Test runs for Steven Smith and he is the second quickest to the mark behind Sir Don Bradman. He has got there in 111 Test innings, equalling Gary Sobers' mark. How does he get there? By pulling a short delivery offered by Crane to deep backward square leg for a single. Just a small raise of the bat to acknowledge the feat.
  • 51.6 This one is defended towards point. 152/2
  • Reverse swing? Broad is seen running with the ball covered.
  • 51.5 Length ball outside off, punched towards covers.
  • 51.4 Broad comes in from round the wicket and bowls it full outside off. Left alone by UK.
  • A leg gully, mid-wicket and mid on in place apart from a deep backward square leg.
  • 51.3 Short on the stumps, pulled away to fine leg for one.
  • 51.2 On a length on off, defended towards cover-point.
  • 51.1 FOUR! More agony for England! Here is another edge from the willow of an Australian that doesn't go to the hands of an English fielder. Broad bowls it full outside off, Smith goes for the full-blooded cover drive. Gets a thick outside edge past the second slip fielder for a boundary. Smith stands on 24 runs, 5998 Test runs to his credit.
  • Drinks are on the field! Australia have done well to not lose a wicket after tea. Smith and Khawaja both have settled with the latter registering his fifty. England are looking really flat. Who will produce that spark to bring them back into the game?
  • 50.6 Turning a touch, stabbed off the back foot towards point. 147/2
  • 50.5 Quicker one outside off, Khawaja pads it away. Root at first slip fluffs but they can't run as Khawaja didn't offer any shot.
  • 50.4 The batsman has been struck on the pads as he looked to play that off the front foot.
  • 50.3 Gets forward and eases it through covers for a single.
  • 50.2 Did that carry? Nope! Floats it up around middle and off, Smith comes down the track to defend but the ball spins away, takes the outside edge and it falls just short of Root at first slip.
  • 50.1 Outside off, turning in, Khawaja gets into the position early and nails the reverse sweep to deep point for a single.
  • 49.6 In the channel outside off, pretty harmless, Steven lifts his bat to make an assured leave. 145/2
  • 49.5 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 49.4 Fires it wider outside off, Smith shoulders his arms.
  • 49.3 Bangs in a short ball on middle and off, Smith ducks under it.
  • 49.2 Fuller in length and outside off, driven towards the man at cover.
  • 49.1 Back of a length delivery to begin with, Smith defends it off the back foot.
  • Stuart Broad is back into the attack.
  • 48.6 Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 145/2
  • 48.5 FOUR! That's a gift wrapped with red ribbon on it! A juicy full toss on middle, Smith murders the pull through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • What's wrong Crane? Twice he misses his run up. Looks that he is not finding his rhythm...