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Australia Vs England Live Score (TEST)

Date: Thursday, 23 November, 2017 IST Venue: Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane Match Status: Match Ended

Australia beat England by 10 wickets

302/10
Overs
116.4
R/R
2.59
Fours
37
Sixes
1
Extras
7
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
James Anderson not out 5 9 1 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Mitchell Starc 28 4 77 3
Josh Hazlewood 22.4 6 57 1
328/10
Overs
130.3
R/R
2.52
Fours
35
Sixes
2
Extras
4
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Steven Smith (C) not out 141 326 14 0
Bowling 0 M R W
James Anderson 29 10 50 2
Stuart Broad 25 10 49 3
195/10
Overs
71.4
R/R
2.73
Fours
20
Sixes
1
Extras
2
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
James Anderson not out 0 1 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Mitchell Starc 16 1 51 3
Josh Hazlewood 16 3 46 3
173/0
Overs
50.0
R/R
3.46
Fours
20
Sixes
1
Extras
4
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Cameron Bancroft not out 82 182 10 1
David Warner not out 87 119 10 0
Bowling 0 M R W
James Anderson 11 2 27 0
Stuart Broad 10 2 20 0
  • The visiting team will be disappointed after throwing away the opportunity to post a big first innings total. However, the three supposedly weak links in their batting, Stoneman, Vince and Malan, proved their selection right by notching up fifties and playing a handy part in England crossing the 300-run mark. The pitch has quickened up surely but it's still a good one for batting. Although, the spin of Moeen Ali can prove to be lethal on this track. Do join us after the lunch break for Australia's reply.
  • 6 for 56...what a collapse for England! They were going nicely in the first 75 minutes of the morning session but then suddenly lost the plot. Once the 83-run stand between Malan and Moeen was broken, it went awry for them. The Australian bowlers after an ordinary initial show, finally struck gold. Their short bowling ploy earned them rich dividends and helped them in triggering a collapse. Also the spin and bounce which Nathan Lyon garnered from this pitch was amazing and his bowling figures don't do justice to him as he could have easily finished with a 5-wicket haul.
  • 116.4 OUT! This time the catch is taken, Handscomb is the man. Hazlewood finally gets a wicket. He bowls a short one. Broad goes for the pull but fails to keep it down towards deep square leg. Handscomb there runs to his left and takes a nice tumbling catch. An entertaining knock by Broad comes to an end. ENGLAND ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 302!
  • 116.3 The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it.
  • 116.2 Shorter in length again, Anderson walks across and tucks it down to fine leg for a run.
  • 116.1 Short again but down the leg side, Anderson tries to flick but gets beaten.
  • Josh Hazlewood is back into the attack.
  • 115.6 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him. 301/9
  • 115.5 FOUR! That was hit with conviction! Short by Starc, Broad again takes on the challenge of pulling it and does well through square leg for a boundary.
  • 115.4 Bangs it in again, Broad pulls it towards mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 115.3 The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it.
  • 115.2 FOUR! DROPPED! Not an easy catch but it should have been taken! Starc again bowls it short. Broad takes his right leg out of the way and goes for the pull. He gets a top edge towards deep square leg. Marsh in the deep runs behind, gets under the ball and also gets two hands to it but drops it. To add salt to the wound it touches the boundary line as well. Starc is not a happy man as he is marching back to his bowling mark.
  • 115.1 An excellent short ball on middle, Broad somehow manages to evade it.
  • 114.6 OUCH! A well-directed short ball on leg stump. Anderson tries to take evasive action but is late in doing so. The ball hits him on the body and rolls on the leg side. 291/9
  • 114.5 Length ball outside off, shaping away from the batsman. Anderson pokes at it and gets beaten.
  • 114.4 EDGY FOUR! Anderson won't mind! He makes room and tries to pull the short ball but gets a top edge over the keeper and into the fence.
  • 114.3 Bangs it in again, Anderson tucks it to short leg.
  • 114.2 A nasty one on middle, Anderson somehow manages to keep the ball down towards the man at leg gully.
  • 114.1 On the leg side again, Broad flicks it to fine leg for a run.
  • 113.6 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him. 286/9
  • 113.5 The batsman tries flicking a ball that is down the leg side.
  • James Anderson is the last man in. He has a short leg and leg gully in place.
  • 113.4 OUT! What a stunner by Warner, that was a brilliant reflex catch. Excellent anticipation by the little pocket dynamite. He was unfit before the game, right? Must be joking. A lot of credit should be given to him for this wicket. Starc goes for the shorter one around the rib cage and Ball manages to connect with his glance off the hips. He thought he had fetched himself another boundary but Warner had different ideas. He flies to his right and completes a stupendous two-handed catch. He is ecstatic and so are the Australians. Can England somehow reach 300 now? The session has been extended further as England are nine wickets down.
  • 113.3 Short again, setting up Ball for the yorker? Jake evades it.
  • 113.2 Short again, Broad walks across and flicks it around the corner for a run.
  • 113.1 He comes around the wicket and bangs it in short. Broad hops and tucks it to short leg.
  • Mitchell Starc is into the attack. This probably will be the last over before lunch, unless he takes a wicket. He has an excellent record against the tail.
  • 112.6 Errs in line and bowls it down the leg side, Ball tries to flick but misses. 285/8
  • 112.5 Shortish in length outside off, Broad guides it towards point to change strike.
  • 112.4 Back of a length outside off, Broad guides it to point.
  • 112.3 Bangs it in again. Broad evades it.
  • 112.2 Short again, a nasty one. Ball anyhow manages to guide it down to third man for a run.
  • 112.1 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under it.
  • 111.6 Floats it up on off, Ball tries to go through the off side but gets it off the inner half towards mid on for a run. 13 runs from the over. 283/8
  • 111.5 FOUR! Make that three! Short and outside off, Ball cuts it through backward point to fetch himself his third boundary. Crucial runs for England.
  • 111.4 FOUR! He has shown his intentions here! Tossed up by Lyon. Jake Ball sweeps it hard through square leg for a boundary. Two boundaries in the over.
  • 111.3 Shorter on middle, Jake Ball pushes it to covers. Not a good option in playing against the spin.
  • 111.2 Fires it down the leg side and the batsman lets it be.
  • 111.1 FOUR! Handy runs for England here! Flatter on off, goes on with the arm. Ball tries to defend but gets an outside edge, past the diving Smith at slip for a boundary.
  • 110.6 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it. 270/8
  • 110.5 EXCELLENT STUFF! Back of a length on off, angling away from the batsman. Broad pokes at it to get beaten.
  • 110.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • Jake Ball walks out to the middle.
  • 110.3 OUT! England are losing their way here. Cummins who has bowled his heart out has got his third. The ever-reliable Jonny is walking back as another one falls to the short ball. Pat bangs it in around off, Jonny stays leg side of the delivery like he has done in this innings and tries to drag his pull. The ball however takes the top edge and loops towards square leg. Paine who has not had a good time with the gloves, runs towards the ball, calls for it and completes the catch. That should boost his confidence as it was a decent catch. Australia would now look to clean up the tail quickly here.
  • 110.2 Goes wide of the crease and angles it into the batsman. Bairstow goes for the flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Surely missing leg.
  • 110.1 Almost drags it on! Fuller in length by Pat, tailing back in a touch. Bairstow tries to drive but gets an inside edge onto his back pad.
  • 109.6 Full outside off, Broad drives it through covers for a brace. 270/7
  • 109.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 109.4 Flatter outside off, Broad lets it be.
  • 109.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. The batsmen have run through for a single. Lyon just gave a nudge to Broad as he was running to the striker's end. The question here is was it intentional? Lyon would say no.
  • 109.2 Shorter in length outside off, Jonny cuts it to point.
  • 109.1 Fires it on middle, Broad taps it towards mid-wicket for a run. Bad cricket by Australia, they are giving easy runs to Broad. Lyon would have wanted to bowl to him.
  • 108.6 Bouncer again, Jonny tries to pull but is early into the shot and mistimes it towards mid-wicket. 266/7
  • 108.5 Short on middle, Jonny ducks under it.
  • 108.4 Again stays leg side of the ball and guides the short one to gully.
  • 108.3 FOUR! Trademark Bairstow! He is excellent in that area. Short and wide from Cummins. Bairstow stays leg side of the ball and cuts it through backward point for a boundary.
  • 108.2 Flicks it with the angle through mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep runs to his left and keeps it down to two.
  • 108.1 Good length on off, Jonny defends it off the front foot.
  • 107.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 260/7
  • 107.5 Quicker on middle, Broad defends it off the front foot.
  • 107.4 FOUR! Smart batting! Lyon darts it full on middle, Broad goes down on one knee and uses the pace of Lyon as he paddles it fine through short fine leg for a boundary.
  • 107.3 Works it with the spin through the leg side for a run.
  • 107.2 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 107.1 FOUR BYES! No chance for the keeper as there was turn and sharp bounce down the leg side. Lyon fires it on middle, the ball turns sharply and also bounces. Bairstow misses the flick and Paine too fails to collect it. Warner at leg slip dives but in vain as the ball races to the fine leg fence.
  • 106.6 Keep your eyes on the ball Broad! That must have hurt the tall, fast bowler. Cummins bangs it short on leg stump. Broad, blindly tries to take evasive action and the ball hits him on his elbow. Should be careful. 251/7
  • 106.5 Short again on middle, Stuart does well to evade it.
  • 106.4 Bouncer! Broad does well to duck under it. He doesn't like facing short stuff and expect Australia to pepper him with it.
  • 106.3 Back of a length outside off, Jonny punches it through covers for a run.
  • 106.2 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 106.1 Short from around the wicket. Jonny ducks under it.
  • Pat Cummins is back into the attack now.
  • 105.6 Flatter outside off, Broad pads it away. 250/7
  • 105.5 EDGED BUT SHORT! Lyon tosses it up on off, turning away. Broad tries to defend but gets an outside edge which lands short of the diving Warner who is at second slip.
  • 105.4 Flatter outside off, Broad guides it to point.
  • 105.3 The batsman has driven it towards mid off.
  • 105.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Stuart Broad strides out to the middle.
  • 105.1 OUT! Woakes goes for a duck! One brings two, two brings three. What a period of play here for Australia! Lyon is weaving his magic. This was a beautifully bowled delivery by him. He tosses it up outside off, Woakes tries to force it against the spin through the off side. But he leaves a big gap between bat and pad while doing so. The ball turns in and sneaks through it to hit the stumps. Nathan jumps in joy, he gets his second and Australia are on top now. Finally the lady luck smiling on the offie!
  • 104.6 Short ball on off, Jonny does well to leave it. 250/6
  • 104.5 Very full outside off, almost a yorker. Bairstow jams it out to point.
  • 104.4 Good length on off, Jonny defends it off the front foot.
  • 104.3 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 104.3 WIDE! Short ball, it bounces way above the batsman's head and the umpire signals a wide.
  • 104.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 104.1 Full toss on off, Jonny drives it to covers.
  • 103.6 Fuller on middle, Woakes tries to flick it towards mid on. He does so uppishly as Lyon dives to his right and gets a hand to it. Didn't carry. Successful over. 249/6
  • 103.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 103.4 Another appeal! Tosses it up on middle, turning back in. Woakes tries to defend but misses and is struck high on the pads. Lyon appeals but the umpire remains put. Too high!
  • Chris Woakes replaces Moeen Ali.
  • 103.3 OUT! A good decision by the umpire as that had straightened enough. Nathan Lyon is delighted, two wickets in quick succession for Australia and they are back into it. Lyon tosses it up on middle and leg and the ball straightens a touch after landing. Ali does not cover the line enough as he tries to defend it by getting forward. He misses and the ball hits him on the front pad. The players appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Ali, after a chat with Bairstow, decides to review. Replays show there was no bat involved and the ball is clipping the bails and the on-field call remains. England don't lose a review though as it's umpire's call. Can Australia now clean up England quickly?
  • Review time! Ali is adjudged LBW and he looks like a goner unless he has hit it. He reviews it. Looking very sure. Let's see...
  • 103.2 Short outside off, Ali cuts it through covers. The sweeper in the deep runs to his left and bags a brace.
  • 103.1 Fires it down the leg side, Ali tries to flick but misses.
  • 102.6 Welcomes Bairstow with a short ball on middle. Jonny ducks under it. 247/5
  • 102.5 A short delivery which has been pulled away. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 102.4 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 102.3 Pulls the short ball to mid on.
  • Jonny Bairstow is the next man in.
  • 102.2 OUT! 150th Test wicket for Starc. The short ball ploy has finally worked! Starc is a happy man. He gets his second. Malan had been playing that shot really well but it eventually brought his downfall. Short again by Starc, around off, he gets the desired bounce on this delivery. Malan still goes for the hook but gets a top edge which flies straight down to Shaun Marsh who pouches it at deep square leg. Dawid departs after playing an important innings and the 83-run partnership comes to an end. Australia will now hope that this will get Starc going!
  • 102.1 The batsman plays a pull shot to this short delivery. They pick up a single.
  • 101.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 245/4
  • 101.5 Drifts it down the leg side, Ali flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 101.4 Drags his length back on middle, Ali flicks it through square leg and bags a brace. Good running!
  • 101.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 101.2 Flatter on off, Ali punches it to the man at covers.
  • 101.1 Slower through the air on off, turning away. Ali goes for the sweep but is early into the shot. The ball hits the underedge and then rolls off the pads towards the off side.
  • 100.6 Shortish ball again, Malan mistimes his pull to square leg. 242/4
  • 100.5 FOUR! Too predictable by Starc! Short again, Malan was waiting for it and pulls it through backward square leg and the ball races to the fence.
  • 100.4 Goes for some chin music but errs in line and fires it down the leg side. Malan lets it be.
  • 100.3 Shorter in length again, Ali flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 100.2 Short in length, Ali pulls it towards mid on where Hazlewood makes a diving stop to his right.
  • 100.1 Short on middle Malan pulls it through square leg for a run.
  • 99.6 Quicker on off, Ali pushes it to covers. 236/4
  • 99.5 Fires it it on leg stump, Ali works it to mid-wicket.
  • 99.4 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 99.3 Drags his length back outside off, Ali pushes it to covers.
  • 99.2 Fuller outside off, Ali drives it to covers.
  • 99.1 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 98.6 OUCH! Not easy being a short leg fielder! Starc bangs it in again. Malan takes up the challenge of pulling it and he hits it firmly but straight into the grill of Bancroft and then it deflects onto his left shoulder. Lucky he was wearing a helmet there. Malan straightaway apologizes, good gesture by the English batsman. 236/4
  • 98.5 Shortish ball, Malan hops and tucks it on the leg side.
  • 98.4 Going for the short ball but the ball is not bouncing high enough which makes it easy for the batsman. Bangs it in on middle, Ali works it through square leg for a run.
  • 98.3 Shorter in length again. Malan pulls it to the man at fine leg for a run. Not bouncing much again and it helped the batsman in keeping his shot down.
  • 98.2 Short again, aimed at the rib cage of the batsman but does not bounce a lot. Malan works it towards short leg.
  • 98.1 Short down the leg side, Malan goes for the pull but misses. The field is set and it's a risky attempt by Dawid.
  • Mitchell Starc is back on. He has a change of ends. A leg slip in place.
  • Drinks! We are midway through the first session and England have done exceedingly well to see off the early phase without any casualty. The Australian bowling lacked intent and energy as the likes of Starc and Hazlewood struggled once again. Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon continue to test the batsmen and the home side will be relying on them to get the breakthrough.
  • 97.6 Fifty for Malan, his third in Tests and all three have come in his last five innings. He will be eyeing something big now. He was shaky at the start but has fought well out there. Lyon tosses it up down the leg side. Malan sweeps it through short fine leg for an easy single. 234/4
  • 97.5 With a silly point in place now, Lyon tosses it up outside off, Malan lets it be.
  • 97.4 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • Starc is back on the field. So the injury was not that serious. Australia will breath a sigh of relief.
  • 97.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 97.2 Quicker outside off, Malan guides it to backward point.
  • 97.1 Flatter on off, turning away. Malan defends it nicely.
  • 96.6 Back of a length outside off, Ali plays it wristly towards mid on. 233/4
  • 96.5 Good length on off, straightens after pitching. Ali tries to defend but gets an outside edge which rolls along the ground to gully.
  • 96.4 Shorter in length, does not quite bounce a lot. Malan still manages to pull it down to fine leg for a run.
  • 96.3 Comes around the wicket and angles it into the batsman. Malan defends it off the back foot.
  • 96.2 Works it against the angle through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 96.1 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 95.6 BEATEN! Turn and bounce, the only thing missing there was an edge. Floats it on off, turns viciously and also bounces. Malan tries to defend but gets beaten. Lyon continues to be unlucky. 231/4
  • 95.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 95.4 A good comeback delivery! He tosses it up on off, gets it to turn away. Malan tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 95.3 FOUR! Short and wide outside off. Too easy for Malan as he cuts it through backward point to fetch himself a boundary.
  • 95.2 Slower through the air on middle, turns away from Malan who gets squared up as he tries to defend it.
  • 95.1 Shorter in length on middle, Ali flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 94.6 FOUR! You don't need to run for those. Full and outside off, Malan drives it crisply through covers for a boundary. 226/4
  • 94.5 Fuller in length on off, Malan drives it to mid off.
  • 94.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 94.3 A mishap in the field and Starc is the one at the receiving end! Short on middle, maybe Malan was expecting it. He pulls it towards backward square leg. Starc at first fails to pick it up but then runs to his right from fine leg. He slides to stop but Marsh collects it in front of him as he came running to his left from deep square leg. Shaun's spikes must have hit Starc on his knee as he tried to pick the ball up and Mitchell is seen walking off the field to get some treatment. The batsmen take two. Hoping nothing serious with the Aussie spearhead.
  • 94.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 94.1 Length on off, Malan drives it to mid off.
  • 93.6 Tosses it up on middle, Ali plants his front foot forward and defends it. 220/4
  • 93.5 Comes from over the wicket and fires it on off, Ali defends it with authority.
  • 93.4 Drags his length back outside off, Ali cuts it to point.
  • 93.3 FOUR! He likes playing this shot! Lyon floats it full on off, Ali goes down on one knee and sweeps it between deep square leg and deep mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 93.2 Flatter ball on off, turns away from the batsman. Ali lets it be. That was a brave leave by Ali as that was quite close to the off stump.
  • 93.1 Slower through the air outside off, Moeen opts not to play at it.
  • 92.6 He comes over the wicket for the last ball and angles it away from the batsman. Malan who has shown great temperament makes a leave. 216/4
  • 92.5 Length on off, Malan defends it solidly.
  • 92.4 Fullish ball around off, Malan times his drive beautifully but cannot find the gap as he hits it straight to the man at covers.
  • 92.3 Back of a length on off, Malan defends it towards point.
  • 92.2 Good bowling! Length around off, gets some outward movement after pitching. Malan feels for it and gets beaten.
  • 92.1 Fullish ball outside off, Malan drives it through the off side for a couple.
  • 91.6 Flighted ball on middle, Ali lunges forward and blocks it. 214/4
  • 91.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 91.4 Gives it air outside off, Ali need not play at it.
  • 91.3 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 91.2 Slower through the air outside off, Ali first thought about sweeping it but then pulls out and lets it be. He had swept Lyon for a maximum yesterday on a similar delivery.
  • 91.1 Floats it on off, Ali prods forward and blocks it.
  • 90.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 214/4
  • 90.5 The intent which Starc was missing is shown here by Cummins. He once again bangs in a short one, a well-directed one. Malan does well to evade it.
  • 90.4 Fuller ball on off, the batsman drives it to covers.
  • 90.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 90.2 Back of a length on off, Malan gets behind the line of the delivery and defends it.
  • 90.1 Shorter in length, aimed at the rib cage of the batsman. Moeen flicks it down towards fine leg for a run.
  • 89.6 Fires it on the pads, Ali flicks it through mid-wicket for a run. This also brings up the 50-run stand between the two. 213/4
  • 89.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 89.4 JAFFA! Oh Lyon, you have to feel bad for this guy. He has been brilliant with no luck. He tosses it up and gets it to drift into the batsman. It also dips in. It pitches around middle and leg. Ali tries to defend but gets beaten by the sharp away turn. Brilliant! It nearly took the off stump.
  • 89.3 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 89.2 Flicks it with the angle to short leg.
  • 89.1 Flatter on middle, Ali defends it off the front foot.
  • Spin! Nathan Lyon is into the attack. He was unlucky yesterday as he bowled beautifully without any success.
  • 88.6 Bangs in a short one with a lot of fizz. Malan does really well to evade it. 212/4
  • 88.5 Finds the edge but it lands well short of Smith at second slip. Just ahead of a length around off, Malan is rooted to his crease as he tries to defend. He gets an outside edge which goes to the left of Smith who dives and makes a good stop.
  • 88.4 Fullish ball outside off, Malan leaves it.
  • 88.3 BOUNCER! The batsman does well to duck under it at the last moment.
  • 88.2 A top edge but Marsh can't get to it! Once again the short ball is creating problems for Moeen. Cummins bangs it in on middle, Ali goes for the pull but gets a top edge which goes on the bounce to Shaun Marsh who was at deep square leg. He runs in, late in taking off probably and it falls short. A single taken.
  • 88.1 Length ball outside off, comes in with the angle. Ali trusts the line and the bounce and lets it be.
  • 87.6 Good length on middle, Malan defends it back to the bowler. 211/4
  • 87.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 87.4 Lovely bowling but Malan played it well. Hazlewood bowls it on a length around off, gets it to shape away ever so slightly. Malan first thinks about playing at it but then takes his bat away at the very last moment. Good cricket all around.
  • Deep square leg goes out.
  • 87.3 Lands it on a length around off, Malan defends it to point.
  • 87.2 Closer to the off pole this time but not close enough to make the batsman play.
  • 87.1 Fullish ball outside off, not making the batsman play often here, Australia. Malan watchfully makes a leave.
  • 86.6 Lands it on a length outside off, Ali opts not to play at it. A maiden by Cummins but not a threatening one. 211/4
  • 86.5 Fullish ball on off, Ali eases it to the man at mid off.
  • Kevin Pietersen comes on air and backs Shane Warne's assessment. He also repeats that there are not much shorter stuffs tried by the Aussies and feels they are just waiting for things to happen rather than making it happen. Lacking energy and intent, KP adds further. He talks about two fielding positions in particular - a deep square leg and a deep point. Pietersen is not sure about the plans here from the Australians as they continue to bowl full driving lengths.
  • 86.4 Fuller outside off, Ali once again leaves it.
  • 86.3 Bowls it on a length on the stumps, Ali prods forward and blocks it.
  • 86.2 Length outside off, Ali is not interested to play at it.
  • 86.1 Good length on off, Ali defends it off the front foot.
  • An early bowling change! Pat Cummins who was very impressive yesterday comes into the attack.
  • 85.6 Bowls it on a length outside off, Malan points his bat skywards and lets it through. 211/4
  • 85.5 Short ball on middle, it surprised Malan as he tried to pull but was late on the shot and he mistimes it towards mid on.
  • 85.4 Good length on off, angling into the batsman. Malan defends it rather comfortably.
  • 85.3 Good length on off, Malan defends it stoutly.
  • 85.2 Fullish ball outside off, wanting the batsman to drive. Malan resists and once again leaves it.
  • 85.1 Hazlewood comes around the wicket and bowls a full ball outside off. Malan drives it to mid off.
  • The hammer is out to level the bowler's landing area. Starc was not happy about it and they are now getting it fixed. Australia will hope this solves Starc's problem.
  • 84.6 Full and outside off, Ali lets it be. 211/4
  • 84.5 Short again by Starc. Ali tries to pull it through the leg side from outside off but misses.
  • 84.4 Fuller in length outside off, Ali drives it to mid off. Starc is not happy with the landing area here. He is constantly having a look at it.
  • 84.3 Good idea but not the perfect execution! Starc goes for the yorker but ends up serving a full toss. Ali flicks it through mid-wicket off the inner half for a couple.
  • 84.2 In the air....but just short! Back of a length outside off by Starc. Ali pushes at it with hard hands and hits it uppishly but just short of Bancroft at covers. He dives to his left and makes a good stop.
  • 84.1 A bouncer on middle, Ali ducks under it. That is the first one today. Moeen Ali is known to have problems with the short ones.
  • 83.6 A better delivery by Josh. He bowls it on a length around off, jags back in a touch. Ali tries to force it through the off side but gets it off the inner half towards mid-wicket for a run. 209/4
  • 83.5 Good length outside off, Ali keeps his eyes on the ball and lets it through.
  • 83.4 Ahead of a length around off, Ali pushes it on the up to the man at mid off.
  • 83.3 Just behind a length on off, Ali camps back and defends it.
  • 83.2 Length ball on off, angling away form the left-hander. Ali tries to defend but gets a soft outside edge to the man at gully.
  • 83.1 Good length on middle, Ali defends it off the front foot.
  • A slip has come out and a shortish cover is in place and also the point fielder has gone deeper. Hard to guess what's the plan here is...
  • 82.6 Short on middle, Malan defends it off the back foot and onto the ground. 208/4
  • 82.5 Just ahead of a length, no swing visible. Malan plants his front foot ahead and defends it towards mid off.
  • 82.4 Shorter in length outside off, Malan opts not to play at it.
  • Shane Warne is making a fair point on air. He is not too happy with the Australian pacers bowling full to Moeen Ali. Warnie reckons that he is a real suspect against short balls and the Aussies should be looking to test him early on. He also emphasizes on the fact that Moeen can prove to be really dangerous if not taken care of early in his innings. The hosts missing a trick here.
  • 82.3 Flicks it with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 82.2 FOUR! Dealing in boundaries here, the away side. Full and outside off, Malan leans into the drive and times it beautifully through covers. Third boundary in three overs for England today. Starc does not look at his best as he just bowling in the mid-130s.
  • 82.1 Fuller in length on off, Malan drives it to mid off.
  • 81.6 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 204/4
  • 81.5 FOUR! Runs are flowing here in the first two overs for England. Fuller in length by Josh on off. Ali drives it uppishly over mid off. Warner does give it a chase but in vain as the ball reaches the fence.
  • 81.4 Similar length ball on off, Moeen solidly defends it.
  • 81.3 Back of a length on off, Ali defends it off the back foot.
  • 81.2 Fuller in length on middle, Moeen drives it beautifully towards the bowler. Hazlewood crouches down and makes a good stop.
  • 81.1 Starts from over the wicket and angles the length ball away from the batsman. Moeen shoulders his arms to it.
  • Josh Hazlewood will bowl from the other end. He has three slips in place and also a gully.
  • 80.6 Length outside off, Malan lets it be. 200/4
  • 80.5 FOUR! First runs on day 2 and it is in the form of a boundary. Starc dishes out a full length ball on leg stump. Easy pickings for Malan, he flicks it through mid-wicket. Cummins tries chases it but fails to pull it back before the rope. It also brings up 200 for England.
  • 80.4 Starts off with a length delivery which angles into the batsman. Starc got no swing whatsoever. His foot may have stuck into the pitch as he landed on his jump. He looked around straight away. Malan flicks it towards square leg.
  • The men who matter walk out to the middle. Dawid Malan will be on strike and Moeen Ali will be at the non-striker's end. Mitchell Starc to continue his over, he has three balls left and would want to make full use of the second new cherry. The pitch was on the slower side yesterday but it is expected to quicken up today. Let us wait and watch though. Here we go....
  • Special felicitation for the chief curator Kevin Mitchell Jr as he is set to retire after this game. He was presented with a memento by the Australian skipper Steven Smith just before the start of the day's play.
  • Australia did not get the best of starts and it was a real toil for them in the first two sessions. Although, they made an excellent comeback in the evening by nipping out James Vince and Joe Root in relatively quick time. Courtesy a strong performance towards the end, mainly due to Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon's brilliance, they find their noses just in front and would look to dominate the upcoming session with the second new ball which is only three balls old. The likes of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood will be keen to shed off all the rustiness and strike the right chord this morning. Expect a cracking day...
  • Warm welcome, folks! After a rather subdued beginning to this Test match where the going was really slow in the first session yesterday, things picked up in the afternoon once the rain stopped. James Vince and Mark Stoneman emerged as the unlikely heroes for England. Their century stand provided England the early momentum as the newbies rewrote a phrase that not only necessity is the mother of invention but pressure is the mother of performance. They not only soaked up all the pressure and stood firm to all the verbal volleys but at the same time showed tremendous grit, determination and gumption to survive all the challenge.
  • ...Day 2, Session 1...
  • Heading into this series, England had three weak links in their batting department and they all left their mark. Mark Stoneman and James Vince played really well to prove their mettle while Dawid Malan after a nervy beginning has also shown his class. The morning session tomorrow will be very crucial and both teams will be eager to seize the initiative. Tomorrow there is an early start. Do join us at 0930 local time (2330 GMT previous day) for all the action. Cheers!
  • Nathan Lyon was the most difficult bowler to face for the English team. His probing lines along with sharp turn and bounce from the track really gave the batsmen a hard time, especially the left-handers. Pat Cummins, too, found his rhythm after being ordinary in the first session while Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood didn't look anywhere close to their best.
  • Just at the stroke of tea, Cummins breached Stoneman's defense and brought an end to a frustrating partnership for the Aussies. The hosts enjoyed a good last session where Nathan Lyon inflicted a run out to remove James Vince and then Pat Cummins' inswinger got the better of the English skipper. At this point of time, Australia will be really pleased as things could have gone really bad for them had they not struck twice in the last session.
  • Entertaining day of Test cricket. England moved forward cautiously after losing Alastair Cook cheaply and the newbies, Mark Stoneman and James Vince joined forces to see off the first session without any further harm. It rained for most parts in the second session but when the action resumed, Vince, in particular, looked in fluent touch. He along with Stoneman raised a century stand and provided a solid platform to the visiting team.
  • 80.3 Not out! Waste of a review. Missing leg. Starc unleashes his trademark delivery, a full sharp one on middle, Malan tries flicking but is beaten for pace. He is hit on the pads, they appeal but umpire Erasmus shakes his head. Starc is not too sure as his skipper looks to him. After some deliberation, they take the review. The replays show that it's missing leg. And....they are going off as the umpires feel the light is not conducive to carry on.
  • Huge roar for an lbw! Not given. Mitchell Starc is not too confident and after a bit of deliberation, Steven Smith takes the referral.
  • 80.2 Angles in a length ball on off, Malan stays backward and pushes it out with an angled bat to the off side.
  • 80.1 Full and right on the button. Around off and Malan defends it to the off side.
  • Second new ball has been taken immediately by Australia. Mitchell Starc to operate with it first up. Two more overs left in the day's play. Day 1 heading towards a cracking finish.
  • 79.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. Testing over. 196/4
  • 79.5 Floated and outside off, an easy leave this time for Moeen.
  • 79.4 Play and a miss! Beautifully bowled. An off spinning delivery drifting into the batsman, it's around off and Moeen is forced to play at it. But it spins away ever so slightly to beat the outside edge. Paine collects it, they all get excited for a moment but quickly realize that there ain't any edge.
  • 79.3 Spinning away from the batsman outside off, Moeen leaves it alone.
  • 79.2 Flatter and full outside off, Moeen lunges and reaches out for it in defense.
  • 79.1 Slower loopy ball on middle, Moeen gets forward and defends it to the leg side.
  • 78.6 FOUR! That's a top shot! Hazlewood digs in a short ball on middle, Malan rides the bounce and pulls it with all the control to the deep mid-wicket fence. After a nervy beginning, he is settling down now. 196/4
  • 78.5 Full and on off, driven off the front foot to the cover fielder.
  • 78.4 Good length ball around off, angling away, Malan covers the line and shoulders arms.
  • 78.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 78.2 Almost sneaked through! Hazlewood dishes out a yorker, right in the blockhole, Malan does really well to dig it out back towards the bowler.
  • 78.1 Angling away from the batsman, outside off, Malan tries playing inside the line but misses.
  • 77.6 Shortish and outside off, Ali punches it off his back foot to covers. 192/4
  • 77.5 Loopy and on off, another front foot defense by Ali.
  • 77.4 Tossed up ball on middle, Moeen takes his front leg forward and defends it back.
  • 77.3 Shout for a catch! Steven Smith gets really excited but Tim Paine is not. A flatter and shorter delivery, staying a bit low, Ali tries to play the square cut but it goes under his bat to the keeper.
  • 77.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 77.1 Slower through the air, drifting in and spinning away, Moeen allows it through.
  • 76.6 Hazlewood appeals for an lbw! Not given and after having a chat with his bowler, Steven Smith decides not to review it. A fullish delivery around leg, Malan fails to flick and is hit low on the pads. They appeal but to no avail. Maybe sliding down the leg side. The replays show that it pitched outside leg as well. 192/4
  • 76.5 Bowls it on a driving length outside off, Malan is not falling for it. Leaves it alone.
  • 76.4 Hazlewood once again puts it on a fuller length outside off, Ali this time drives it in the gap at covers for one.
  • 76.3 Full and angling away from the batsman, Ali drives it to covers.
  • 76.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 76.1 Length ball on middle, worked to square leg.
  • Josh Hazlewood is back into the attack.
  • 75.6 Flicks a full ball through square leg and retains strike. 191/4
  • 75.5 Floated and on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 75.4 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 75.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 75.2 Tossed up ball outside off, Ali leaves it alone.
  • 75.1 A touch short and on off, Moeen goes back and punches it a bit loosely towards the cover fielder. On a bounce it goes.
  • 74.6 Too full and on off, Malan drills it down the ground. It's racing but David Warner coming from mid off puts in a full length dive to his left to stop the speeding ball. 190/4
  • 74.5 Reverts to over the wicket angle and bowls a full ball on off, Malan defends it by getting forward.
  • 74.4 FOUR! Cummins seems to be tiring. He over-corrects his length and line, bowls it full and on middle, Malan leans across a bit and flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 74.3 FOUR! Begging to be hit! A juicy half-volley around off, Malan with minimum front foot movement drives it crisply through extra cover for a boundary. He has played a couple of delightful drives in this innings.
  • 74.2 Angles in a full ball on off, Malan defends it close to his front pad.
  • 74.1 A real tempter. Full and outside off, on a driving length, Malan shoulders arms.
  • 73.6 Quicker and flatter outside off, Ali chooses to leave it. 8 from the over. 182/4
  • 73.5 Straighter in line this time, Ali nudges it through mid-wicket and takes a couple of runs.
  • 73.4 SIX! That has gone all the way! Moeen will play his shots, that's his game. He goes down on one knee to a full ball and slogs it over mid-wicket. Not quite from the middle of the bat but it clears the rope. Always risky to play against the spin but Moeen is lucky this time.
  • 73.3 Tossed up ball on off, Ali lunges and defends it with soft hands to the off side.
  • 73.2 Flighted and on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 73.1 Short and on off, Ali defends it off his back foot to the off side.
  • 72.6 Short and angling down the leg side, Dawid shapes up for the pull shot but then leaves it alone. 174/4
  • 72.5 Full and outside off, a confident off drive this time by Malan but he finds Warner.
  • 72.4 Cummins switches to around the wicket. Serves a skiddy delivery, landing on a good length outside off, zipping through the surface, Malan leaves it alone.
  • 72.3 FOUR! Shot! It's wide and fullish outside off, Malan transfers his weight on the front foot and caresses it through covers for a boundary. A confidence boosting shot!
  • 72.2 Back of a length ball on off, Malan goes on his back foot and defends it down to short leg.
  • 72.1 Full and on middle, flicked through mid-wicket for three runs.
  • 71.6 Plays for the line around off but is beaten by the away turn. Tidy stuff from Lyon! 167/4
  • 71.5 Floated and outside off, Malan allows it through.
  • 71.4 Spinning away from the batsman, Malan draws forward and plays it down towards second slip. Risky to open the face of the blade with the ball spinning away.
  • 71.3 FOUR! Skidding down the leg side, Malan gets a faint tickle behind it as it races away to the fine leg fence.
  • 71.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 71.1 Flighted outside off, left alone.
  • 70.6 Good length ball on off, defended from the back foot to mid on. 163/4
  • 70.5 Cummins greets the new batsman with a short ball. Moeen tries to get away but is hit on the body. It flies behind to Paine who collects it. For some reason, Steven Smith was also diving to his right and collides with his keeper. No harm done. A nice little hug moment, in fact.
  • Moeen Ali walks in next.
  • 70.4 OUT! That's plumb! The crowd has gone bonkers, it's a massive breakthrough for the Aussies! Cummins bowls a peach of a delivery. He gets a full length ball to tail back into the English skipper from around off, Root falls over a bit in an attempt to flick it on the leg side and misses. He is rapped on the pads, they appeal but umpire Erasmus remains unmoved. Pat Cummins convinces his skipper to go for the DRS. The replays show that Root is hit in line and Hawk Eye confirms that it's hitting the stumps. End of Root's stay. Exceptional piece of bowling by Cummins, he has been superb since the lunch break.
  • Huge shout for an lbw. Umpire Erasmus remains unmoved. Pat Cummins looks at his skipper and convinces him to take the referral. First UDRS of the series...
  • 70.3 Serves it on a length outside off, shaping back in a bit, Root watches the line closely and then shoulders his arms.
  • 70.2 Too full and on off, Root does well to keep it out towards gully.
  • 70.1 Offers width outside off, on the shorter side, Root lets it through to the keeper.
  • 69.6 Flatter around off, skidding back in probably, Malan defends it off his back foot. Another probing over by Nathan! 163/3
  • 69.5 Another off spinner in the channel outside off, Malan this time guards his stumps before making the leave.
  • 69.4 That's an absolute beauty! Plenty of turn for Lyon and he is testing Malan with his accurate line. Puts this one just around off, Dawid has to play at it but is beaten by the away spin.
  • 69.3 Tossed up ball outside off, spinning away, Malan allowed it through.
  • 69.2 FOUR! That's a good shot! Short and outside off, spinning further away, Malan nicely camps back and slaps it through point for a boundary.
  • 69.1 A loopy full ball on off, Malan gets forward to defend and does so from the outside half of the bat.
  • 68.6 A touch short and on off, defended from the crease to the off side. 159/3
  • 68.5 Root has played that off the front foot and into the ground. Solid.
  • 68.4 Good leave. Big movement on this occasion, from a length outside off, Root covers the line and shoulders arms. That wasn't very far away from the off pole.
  • 68.3 Keeps it wide outside off, an easy leave for the English skipper.
  • 68.2 Angling into the batsman this time, around off on a length, Root covers the line and defends it to the off side.
  • 68.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, Root allows it through to the keeper.
  • 67.6 Flatter and full on middle, defended on the leg side. 159/3
  • 67.5 Tossed up ball outside off, easily left alone by Dawid.
  • 67.4 Floated off spinner around off, Malan plays the line, tries to defend but it shapes away a hint to beat the outside edge.
  • Two slips in place. Silly point is also quite straight. A point fielder is also installed. Packing the off side, Steven Smith.
  • 67.3 Turn and bounce but too wide outside off to bother the batsman. Is Lyon setting up the batsman for a slider?
  • 67.2 A touch on the shorter side, landing around off and spinning away, Malan stays back and sees it through safely into Paine's gloves.
  • 67.1 Loopy off spinner on off, Malan lunges and defends it to the off side.
  • 66.6 Once again it's the identical length and Malan tries to hit it through the leg side. Seems to have got some under edge there. It goes behind and Paine fails to collect it. They sneak a single. 159/3
  • 66.5 Shout for an lbw! A back of a length ball angling into the batsman, Malan tries to work it across the line but misses. It hits him on the back leg and the bowler appeals. Nothing from the umpire. Height factor.
  • 66.4 Tries to spear in a yorker but ends up slipping a low full toss, Malan is so nervous and uncertain at the moment that he gets a leading edge while attempting to flick it. Rolls to point.
  • 66.3 Targets the off stump with a length ball, Malan gets on the front foot and blocks it away.
  • 66.2 Bowls this one wide outside off, Malan has nothing to do with it.
  • 66.1 Good length ball on off, Malan goes on his back foot and defends it down.
  • Pat Cummins is back for another burst. A short leg in place as he runs in from around the wicket...
  • 65.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 158/3
  • 65.5 Flighted one on middle and leg, Root gets across the stumps and flicks it uppishly towards short leg. Bancroft is late in reacting and it dies down after hitting him on the pads.
  • 65.4 Flatter and around middle, Root gets behind the line and defends it to the leg side. That one probably stayed a bit low.
  • 65.3 Loopy and around leg, spinning down, Joe leaves it.
  • 65.2 Fullish and around off, Root tries to fancy this time. Brings out the reverse sweep but fails to middle it. It goes off the bottom half of his blade to covers.
  • 65.1 Floated ball on middle, spinning down sharply, Root tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • Drinks break. Certainly the best phase for the Aussies today. Courtesy a superlative act in the field by Lyon, they got rid of James Vince. Since then, their bowlers are on the money and they have a nervous looking Dawid Malan to deal with. One can smell a wicket looking at him. England will be hoping that he settles down quickly with the skipper looking fluent at the other end.
  • 64.6 Fractionally short in length and in the channel outside off, not much movement, Malan sticks back and leaves it alone. 158/3
  • 64.5 Full and swinging back into the batsman from around off, Malan defends it back with a tentative footwork.
  • 64.4 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 64.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 64.3 Starc oversteps and bowls it in the channel outside off. Dawid shoulders arms.
  • 64.2 Nicely pulled. Short and on middle, Root eases it through the gap at backward square leg for a single.
  • 64.1 Back of a length delivery on off, Root punches it to covers.
  • 63.6 Beaten! Lyon once again gets it to drift into the batsman from around off, Malan commits himself on the front foot but is beaten by a slight away spin. 156/3
  • 63.5 Here comes the edge but it's wide of second slip. Terrific bowling by Lyon. He draws the batsman forward with his line and then induces an outside edge due to the away spin. It sneaks past Bancroft for a couple of runs.
  • 63.4 Tossed up ball outside off, left alone by Malan. There are two slip fielders waiting for any outside edge.
  • 63.3 Big turn down the leg side, Root fails to get bat on ball. Warner makes a half stop at leg gully but cannot prevent the bye.
  • 63.2 The crowd gets excited along with the close-in Aussie fielders. Spin and bounce into Root, from around middle, the English skipper tries to defend but misses. It pops out from his front pad, Bancroft catches it and they all appeal. Nothing from Lyon and the umpire.
  • 63.1 Flighted and on middle, flicked with the turn to backward square leg.
  • Bowling change. Nathan Lyon to have another go. He will be all pumped up after his brilliant fielding display.
  • 62.6 Another delivery in the channel outside off, Malan makes another leave to end the over. 153/3
  • 62.5 Good length ball outside off, Malan leaves it.
  • 62.4 In the air... safe! The pitch is surely offering more pace than the morning. Starc digs in a short ball on middle, Root top edges his attempted pull shot and it drops safely in the deep. The fine leg fielder cuts it off and they cross for a run.
  • 62.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 62.2 FOUR! Starc gets some movement this time, but the line is middle and leg, Root leans forward and across before flicking it through square leg for a boundary.
  • 62.1 Poor line by Starc again. Like his last delivery, he once again slips one down the leg side. Root has no chance of getting any bat behind it.
  • 61.6 Malan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 148/3
  • 61.5 Full and outside off, driven down to mid off where Warner made a diving stop. Saved a certain four.
  • 61.4 A hint of movement back into the batsman from around off, Malan with his limited footwork defends it from the inner half of the bat.
  • 61.3 Too full and on middle, pushed down to mid on.
  • This is what listening to on-air commentary does. Kevin Pietersen had come for his new stint on commentary when Vince and Stoneman were at the crease. While he was praising the Aussies for bowling well on a slowish pitch, he was kind of disappointed with the fielding tactics from Steven Smith. KP saw Smith changing his field and pushing point to the fence. He, at that time, opined that had he been the skipper, would have kept point in, then kept someone at short mid-wicket and bowled a straightish line. Basically forcing Vince to play through mid-wicket. This was before Tea. Certainly someone must have had a word with Smith during the break because once we resumed, we could see a certain change in the field which is now the cause of this run out. The lines were a lot straighter to Vince and there was a short mid-wicket in place. As a result, Vince now had to search for areas to score. He thought he had one there, but Lyon was brilliant at point with his direct hit. The credit cannot be taken away from the fielder at all but these are small small things. Not saying that Smith did not think about it himself or Boof (coach Darren Lehmann) did not have his own strategy but when such things are said on air, they do help. Take a bow, KP. To add further, Pietersen is not too happy with England not taking the spinner on. He reckons England could be 8/180 whereas they could have been 2/180 at Tea itself if they had attacked the spinner. Two wickets bang bang since his statement.
  • 61.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 61.1 Angling down the leg side, Malan tries to flick but misses.
  • 60.6 Poor delivery, down the leg side, Root tries to flick but misses. 148/3
  • 60.5 Sharp delivery, on a length around middle and leg, Root firmly gets behind the line and defends it back.
  • 60.4 Terrific delivery by Starc. Hits the blockhole at 142.8 kph and Root does really well to keep it out safely.
  • 60.3 Lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 60.2 Angling away from the batsman outside off, Malan taps it down to covers for one. Off the mark.
  • 60.1 Full in length on off, defended back to the bowler.
  • 59.6 Full and outside off, driven through the cover region for a couple of runs. 147/3
  • 59.5 On a good length outside off, played down with an angled bat to point.
  • 59.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • Dawid Malan is the new batsman.
  • 59.3 OUT! Vince is sent packing on 83. Oh dear, what a heartbreak for the young man. But what an exceptional piece of fielding by Nathan Lyon at the same time! Brilliant, brilliant. Back of length delivery outside off, Vince tries to tap and run after playing it towards covers. He calls his partner through for a single and Root responds. Lyon manning the point region attacks the ball like a lion attacking on his prey, picks up the ball and booom...a direct hit at the non-striker's end. They appeal and the umpire goes upstairs. The replay rolls in and finds Vince short of the crease. Australia are celebrating big time. Huge roar from the crowd, they can sense a momentum shift.
  • Direct hit! Such things are always close. Nathan Lyon it is and he is sure that he has got his man. The Australian are already celebrating. It's referred upstairs...
  • 59.2 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, holding its line, Vince sees it through carefully.
  • 59.1 Hint of reverse there but the line is not good. Full and on the pads, James flicks it to short mid-wicket.
  • 58.6 Fullish and on off, Root is on the front foot as he pushes it away to covers. 145/2
  • Two fielders in the gully region now.
  • 58.5 Beaten! Starc switches to over the wicket for the English skipper. He angles across a length ball outside off, zipping off the surface, Root is sucked into a drive and gets beaten.
  • 58.4 Starc attempts to put it in the blockhole but ends up bowling it too full and wide outside off, Vince squeezes it out through point for one.
  • 58.3 Starc changes to round the wicket angle. He slants in a full ball on off, James defends it with gentle hands.
  • 58.2 Pitches it full and outside off, inviting the batsman for a drive, Vince accepts it and strokes it through extra cover for a couple of runs. James has been particularly good with his drives today.
  • 58.1 Bowls it just around off, attempting for a big inswinger from that region, but there is nothing on offer. Vince strides forward and defends it back.
  • Hammer is out! One of the groundsmen is trying to level up the area near the bowler's landing. Slight hold up in play.
  • 57.6 A strong front foot drive by Joe Root but he finds the short cover fielder. A good shot for no run. 142/2
  • 57.5 Errs in line and drifts on the pads, Root nudges it to fine leg and scampers across for the second run. Josh has struggled for consistency in his line and length today. Something which is very rare.
  • 57.4 Shortish and on off, Root goes on the back foot and taps it down to point. Screams 'no' straightway. Maybe, Vince was eyeing a run.
  • 57.3 Drops it on a length and outside off, straightening a hint off the seam, Root shoulders arms.
  • 57.2 Hazlewood alters his length to go short, angling into the batsman and Root is early into his pull shot. Gets a bit of an under edge as it falls near the pitch.
  • 57.1 Superb wristwork by Joe. He just flicks a full ball in the gap at mid-wicket and fetches a couple of runs. All too easy for a batsman of his caliber.
  • 56.6 Fractionally short in length around leg, not enough pace off the pitch to bother the batsman. Vince gets back and taps it down to mid-wicket. 138/2
  • 56.5 Good line again, not offering much to the batsman to play with, James is not trying to be too fancy either. He just sticks back and keeps it out safely to short cover.
  • 56.4 Perfect line, full and just around off, moving back in a bit, Vince lunges and defends it back to the bowler.
  • 56.3 FOUR! Well done! Starc strays on the pads of the batsman and Vince has no qualms in deflecting it fine down the leg side. A boundary, second of the over.
  • 56.2 Back of a length delivery on off, shaping away, Vince watches the line closely and then lets it through to the keeper.
  • 56.1 FOUR! Edgy! Frustrating for the bowler. Starc steams in and dishes out a fullish ball outside off, Vince reaches out for it and tries to drive it square of the wicket. But it takes the outside edge and screams through the gap between gully and second slip for a boundary.
  • Mitchell Starc to operate from the other end.
  • 55.6 On a good length around off, Root once again covers the line perfectly before defending it. 130/2
  • 55.5 In the zone outside off, good positive footwork by Root to cover the line before leaving it alone.
  • 55.4 Solidly gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it safely.
  • 55.3 Lands it on a length outside off, holding its line, Root allows it through.
  • 55.2 A little short and around off, it's punched off the back foot through covers for a brace.
  • 55.1 Starts with a full length ball, angling into the batsman around off, Root gets forward and defends it back.
  • We're back for the final session. 27 overs still left in the day's play and both teams will be aiming to end it on a high. Josh Hazlewood to kickoff proceedings after the break. Three slips in place. Here we go...
  • Day 1, third session...
  • Now with the captain out there and Vince already set, England will hope for another big partnership between the two. The home side, on the other hand, have to keep chipping away at the wickets to not let England run away with the game. Join us for the final session in a while.
  • A session which was going all England's way but a wicket towards the end has just given a sniff to the Australians. Vince and Stoneman started from where they left off after rain effected the major half of the session. They continued their merry way and both of them brought up their respective half ton along with a century stand, before the southpaw fell prey to Cummins. It would have been an even better session for the Aussies had Paine not dropped James Vince off Nathan Lyon.
  • 54.6 Length on middle, Root flicks it towards mid-wicket and sneaks a single to keep strike AFTER TEA ON DAY 1! 128/2
  • 54.5 A very full ball on off, Root does well to dig it out.
  • 54.4 Good length on off, Root lets it be.
  • 54.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Joe Root is the next man in. The skipper comes out to bat, his first Test match as a captain in Ashes.
  • 54.2 OUT! BOWLED 'EM! Cummins finally gets the breakthrough. This was proving to be a good spell by him and he finally gets his reward. He steams in from around the wicket and bowls it on a length on off, angling into the batsman. Stoneman is late as he tries to work it around. The ball goes between bat and pad and hits the top of middle. Cummins is absolutely pumped. Stoneman goes after a gritty knock. He would be disappointed as he would have wanted to make it big. A much needed breakthrough for Australia. The replays showed that it stayed a bit low as well. Anyway, a solid 125-run partnership has been broken and Australia will take a huge sigh of relief. Can they build on this now?
  • 54.1 Back of a length outside off, Stoneman lets it be.
  • 53.6 Floats it on off, Vince prods forward in defense. 127/1
  • 53.5 Works it with the spin to short leg.
  • 53.4 Very full on off, Stoneman drives it with the spin towards covers for a run.
  • 53.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 53.2 Tosses it up on middle, gets it to turn away. Stoneman covers the spin and defends it.
  • 53.1 Flatter on off, Stoneman defends it towards covers.
  • 52.6 Wide outside off, the batsman need not play at it. 126/1
  • 52.5 BOUNCER! The batsman leaves it.
  • 52.4 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 52.3 FOUR! Full ball on middle, Vince eases it down the ground for a boundary.
  • 52.2 Fuller in length on off, Stoneman drives it through covers for a run.
  • 52.1 Back of a length outside off, Stoneman punches it to the man at point.
  • 51.6 Flighted ball on off, Vince defends it off the front foot. 121/1
  • 51.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 51.4 Bowled down the leg side. The batsman pads it away.
  • 51.3 DROPPED! A regulation catch for Paine and he does not hang on. Lyon deserved it for the way he has been bowling. Unlucky! He bowls it on middle and the ball spins back in a touch. Vince without covering the line tries to defend and gets an outside edge as a result. Tim Paine gets two hands to it but drops it and then the ball hits him on his shoulder. Had it not hit him on the shoulder, Smith at first slip might have had a chance. Vince has been playing really well, how costly will that prove now?
  • 51.2 Shorter in length on, Vince camps back and defends it.
  • 51.1 SHARP TURN! Lyon bowls it slower from around the wicket and gets it to turn into the batsman. Vince tries to defend but misses and is hit on the stomach.
  • 50.6 Good length on off, Vince defends it off the front foot. 121/1
  • 50.5 Shorter in length outside off, Vince lets it be.
  • 50.4 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 50.3 Another edge but this too does not carry. He gets to his half century, not in a convincing manner but he won't mind. His second Test fifty. Cummins lands it on a length outside off, Stoneman tries to defend it but gets an outside edge which bounces way short of the second slip fielder who makes a half stop. The batsmen pick two. Mark acknowledges the applause from the crowd but you can see it on his face, he wants to make it big.
  • 50.2 Works it with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 50.1 Shorter in length outside off, Vince cuts it through point. There is a sweeper in the deep so he only gets a single.
  • 49.6 Excellent lines and lengths here by Lyon. He bowls a flighted ball on middle. Stoneman defends it stoutly. 116/1
  • 49.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 49.4 Loopy ball on off, Mark lunges forward and defends it.
  • 49.3 Tosses it up on off, Stoneman defends it solidly.
  • 49.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 49.1 Almost! Brilliant by Lyon. He gets the ball to drift into the batsman and then spin away sharply from the off stump line. Stoneman tries to defend it but gets beaten. The second slip was exactly brought in for that reason.
  • Two slips in place now for the batsman.
  • 48.6 Length outside off, shapes away after pitching. Vince watchfully makes a leave. 116/1
  • 48.5 Good length on off, Vince defends it with authority.
  • 48.4 BEATEN! We have seen him get out a lot of times like this in the past. Cummins bowls it full outside off. Vince goes for a loose drive and gets beaten.
  • 48.3 Good length around off, very close to the off pole. Vince judges the line and make a very good leave.
  • 48.2 Fuller in length on off, Vince drives it to the man at covers.
  • 48.1 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 47.6 Gives it air on middle, Stoneman lunges forward in defense. 116/1
  • 47.5 Flatter on middle, Mark defends it solidly.
  • 47.4 Floats it on middle, Stoneman defends it stoutly.
  • 47.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 47.2 Slower through the air on off, turning away. Stoneman tries to defend but gets an edge past the diving slip fielder for a couple. He moves onto 48.
  • 47.1 Shorter in length outside off, Stoneman cuts it to point.
  • 46.6 Another huge appeal but missing leg probably! Cummins bowls it on a length on leg stump. Vince tries to clip but misses and the ball strikes the pads. The Australians make a huge appeal but the umpire remains put. Beaten for pace, James. 114/1
  • 46.5 Fullish ball but not quite there for the drive. Vince still goes for it on the up and he beats the diving short cover fielder to bag a brace.
  • 46.4 Angles it into the batsman. Stoneman flicks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 46.3 Plays it with the angle to mid on.
  • 46.2 Good length outside off, Stoneman opts not to play at it.
  • 46.1 Short but errs in line and sprays it down the leg side. Stoneman watches it go through to the keeper.
  • Double change! Pat Cummins comes back from the other end.
  • 45.6 Vince has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 111/1
  • 45.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 45.4 FOUR! Flatter on middle, Vince makes room and punches it off the back foot through covers for a boundary.
  • 45.3 Inside edge but out of Bancroft's reach! Lyon gives it air on off, turning back in. Vince tries to defend but gets an inside edge which goes past the diving short leg fielder.
  • 45.2 Floats it on off, Vince defends it off the front foot.
  • 45.1 Flatter down the leg side. Vince tries to flick but misses.
  • So Nathan Lyon comes into the attack again. We did mention he was warming up and now he is all set to roll his arm.
  • 44.6 Fuller in length on off, tails back in ever so slightly. Stoneman defends it off the front foot. 107/1
  • 44.5 Shorter in length on the body of the batsman. Vince tucks it towards mid-wicket for an easy single.
  • 44.4 He comes around the wicket to Vince. He fancies this angle to the right-handers. He serves a full ball on middle. Vince drives it hard down the ground and once again the big boot of Starc comes in the way.
  • 44.3 Shorter in length, only bounces till waist height. Stoneman camps back and works it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 44.2 Fuller ball outside off, Mark mistimes his drive towards covers.
  • Nathon Lyon is seen doing some warm ups. A bowling change maybe?
  • 44.1 Good length on off, Stoneman defends it off the back foot.
  • 43.6 Good length on off, Vince defends it towards covers. 105/1
  • 43.5 Short ball, comes ever so slowly off the surface. Vince is himself surprised by the lack of pace, he adjusts and defends it onto the ground.
  • 43.4 Fuller in length on off, James drives it back to the bowler.
  • 43.3 Full on the pads, Vince flicks it down towards fine leg and some good running by him gives him two.
  • 43.2 Goes wide of the crease and lands it on a length outside off. Vince, who has showed great patience, lets it be.
  • 43.1 Good length on off, Vince defends it stoutly.
  • 42.6 Superb by Cummins! The tall fast bowler saves a certain boundary there! Fuller in length by Starc on middle, Stoneman times it to the right of mid on. Pat runs to his right and dives full stretch to make a stop. 103/1
  • 42.5 Good length outside off, Mark shoulders his arms to it.
  • 42.4 Shorter in length on middle, Mark works it to square leg.
  • 42.3 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 42.2 Fullish ball outside off, Stoneman drives it but not crisply past the diving short cover fielder. Warner gives it a chase and the batsmen run two. 100-run stand also comes up! They walk up to each other and give a handshake. An excellent partnership, this.
  • 42.1 Good length outside off, Stoneman lets it be.
  • Drinks break. James Vince and Mark Stoneman continue to bat strongly and are keeping the Aussie bowlers at bay. Vince, in particular, has looked very fluent and is receiving a solid support from the other end. At this point of time, the hosts are looking clueless.
  • 41.6 Angles it on the pads, Stoneman flicks it to deep backward square leg for a run. 101/1
  • 41.5 Back of a length on off, Stoneman defends it towards mid off.
  • 41.4 Good length on off, Stoneman defends it stoutly.
  • 41.3 Drives it with the angle to mid on.
  • 41.2 JAFFA! Hazlewood changes his angle and it almost paid off. He bowls it full and wide around off, inviting the batsman to drive. Stoneman does so in a very lazy manner. Luckily for him the ball beats the outside edge.
  • 41.1 FOUR! Lovely wrist work by Stoneman! Hazlewood bowls it on middle, Stoneman flicks it through wide mid on for a boundary.
  • 40.6 A full toss outside off. Vince tries to drive but gets an outside edge on the bounce to the keeper. 96/1
  • 40.5 Shorter in length on off, Vince evades it.
  • 40.4 Shorter in length on off, Vince defends it towards covers for no runs.
  • 40.3 Once again on a length but outside the off. The batsman is not interested at playing it.
  • 40.2 Good length outside off, Vince watchfully makes a leave.
  • 40.1 Works it through mid-wicket with the angle for a run.
  • 39.6 Short on middle, Vince moves out of the way. 95/1
  • 39.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 39.4 Short again. This time Stoneman works it through square leg for a run.
  • 39.3 BOUNCER! A good one. Mark does well to evade it.
  • 39.2 Full ball on middle, Stoneman drives it down the ground. He does not quite time it. Warner who is very quick on the turf, hares after it and keeps it down to two.
  • 39.1 Good length on off, Stoneman defends it stoutly.
  • 38.6 Shorter in length on middle, Vince defends it off the back foot. 92/1
  • 38.5 Bowls it on the stumps. Vince works it to mid on.
  • 38.4 Good length outside off, Vince need not play at it.
  • 38.3 FOUR! Classy, too easy for a lad who is playing on a half ton. Full and wide outside off by Starc. Vince drives it, right off the middle of the bat through covers and the ball races to the fence.
  • 38.2 Wide outside off, Vince opts not to play at it.
  • 38.1 Short of a length outside off, Stoneman rocks back and punches it through point for three.
  • Mitchell Starc is back into the attack. Australia are in a desperate need of a wicket here and they need him to deliver.
  • 37.6 Short and outside off, Vince cuts it hard but straight to point. He should have found the gap there, it was a poor ball by the Australian pacer. 85/1
  • 37.5 Full ball on off, James eases it to mid off.
  • 37.4 FOUR! 50 for Vince, his maiden Test fifty and he gets there in style. What a return it has been till now! He still has a long way to go though. Fuller in length by Hazlewood outside off, Vince square drives it through backward point to fetch himself a boundary. Not from the middle of the bat but he will take it. He raises his bat towards his dressing room, not going overboard with celebration.
  • 37.3 Bowls it on a length around off, Vince defends it with authority off the back foot.
  • 37.2 Good length outside off, James opts not to play at it.
  • 37.1 Back of a length on off, Vince punches it to mid off.
  • Josh Hazlewood comes back into the attack. He was wayward in his first spell. Can he get the breakthrough for Australia?
  • 36.6 Just ahead of a length on middle, Mark plays it with an angled bat towards mid on. 81/1
  • 36.5 Back of a length on off, angles it into the batsman. Stoneman defends it off the back foot to mid on.
  • 36.4 Length outside off, Stoneman lets it be.
  • 36.3 On the shorter side, Vince guides it towards cover-point to change strike and he moves on to 49. He is a run away from his maiden fifty.
  • 36.2 Back of a length on off, James punches it to covers.
  • 36.1 FOUR! What a shot! Short ball outside off, bounces at a nice height for the batsman. Vince cuts it through backward point for a boundary.
  • 35.6 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it. 76/1
  • 35.5 Loopy ball on off, turning away. Stoneman defends it solidly.
  • 35.4 Slower through the air on middle, Mark prods forward and defends it.
  • 35.3 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 35.2 He now gets a crack at the left-hander. Lyon tosses it up on middle, Stoneman defends it off the front foot.
  • 35.1 Works it with the spin through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 34.6 Shorter in length outside off, Vince punches it uppishly but in the gap through extra cover. Warner from mid off gives it a chase and the batsmen run three. Vince is now onto his highest score (43) in Test match cricket. 75/1
  • 34.5 Pulls his length back on off, Vince defends it off the back foot. The umpire once again walks to Cummins and has a word with him. Two balls in a row now, a warning coming up the next time?
  • 34.4 Length on off, Vince with minimal foot movement pushes it to mid off. The umpire has a word with Cummins as he is getting close to the danger area.
  • 34.3 Short ball outside off, Vince tries to cut it but mistimes it to gully, who makes a tumbling stop.
  • 34.2 Pacey ball, a fuller one on middle, 147.3 kph. Vince drives it back to the bowler.
  • 34.1 Length ball on middle, Stoneman taps it towards mid-wicket and gets himself off strike. He needed that as he was facing a lot of Cummins.
  • 33.6 Drags his length back, James has ample time to flick it to mid-wicket. 71/1
  • 33.5 FOUR! Lovely use of the feet by Vince! He comes down the track to the flighted ball outside off. He went late so that the bowler can't change his length. Gets to the pitch and drives it through covers for a boundary. Didn't try to hit it hard and that was the key, just placed his shot through the gap.
  • 33.4 Flatter on middle, Vince camps back and works it to mid-wicket.
  • 33.3 Works it with the spin to short leg.
  • 33.2 Gives it air, Vince prods forward in defense.
  • 33.1 Loopy ball on off, Vince defends it.
  • 32.6 Just ahead of a length outside off, Stoneman tries to play it with soft hands but gets an outside edge which rolls along the ground to gully. 67/1
  • 32.5 Clips it with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 32.4 A bouncer from around the wicket, angling into the batsman. Mark ducks under it.
  • 32.3 Back of a length on off, Stoneman pushes it on the off side.
  • 32.2 Just ahead of a length outside off, Stoneman drives it on the up towards point. There were shouts of catch it but it falls well short of the fielder.
  • 32.1 Good length outside off, Stoneman is not interested in playing it.
  • 31.6 Loopy ball on off, Vince lunges forward and blocks it. A maiden by Lyon. A very good over. 67/1
  • 31.5 Fuller in length on off, James drives it back to the bowler.
  • 31.4 Flatter on off, turning into the batsman. Vince tries to defend but gets it off the inner half on the leg side.
  • 31.3 Tosses it up on off, Vince defends it off the front foot.
  • 31.2 Drags his length back on off, James defends it off the back foot.
  • 31.1 Lyon is getting some drift now! He gives it air outside off, gets it to drift away and turn in. Vince defends it solidly.
  • 30.6 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 67/1
  • 30.5 Good length outside off, Stoneman lets it be. Smith standing at first slip appeals as he thought there was an edge there but he is soon told by the keeper that the batsman left it.
  • 30.4 FOUR! TOP SHOT! Fuller in length on middle, Mark drives it back past the bowler for a boundary. That was beautifully timed by Stoneman.
  • 30.3 A similar length ball to the last one. This time it does not nip away. Stoneman defends it towards point.
  • 30.2 BEAUTY! Cummins comes around the wicket and angles it into the batsman, gets it to shape away after pitching. Stoneman tries to defend it away from his body and gets beaten. That was so close to the edge.
  • 30.1 Starts off with a half-volley outside off. Vince leans into it and drives it through covers. The long boundaries here means that the batsmen get only three.
  • Pat Cummins will bowl from the other end.
  • 29.6 Short ball outside off, turns back into the batsman. Vince, against the spin, guides it towards backward point. Cummins dives to his left and makes a half stop but can't prevent a single. 60/1
  • 29.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 29.4 Drags his length back on off, turning into the batsman. James works it to mid-wicket.
  • 29.3 Quicker but shorter in length on middle, Vince waits for it to spin and then clips it to mid-wicket.
  • 29.2 Floats it on middle, turning into the batsman. Vince defends it solidly.
  • 29.1 Starts off with a flatter ball on middle, Vince flicks it to short fine leg with the spin.
  • We are finally back after a long delay. Mark Stoneman and James Vince will resume their innings. Nathan Lyon will continue his spell. He has a slip and a short leg in place.
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  • ...Day 1, Session 2...
  • The Australian bowlers have not gotten any purchase off the surface. Starc is the only wicket-taker but he struggled for consistency. Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood were also wayward in their spells to say the least. Nathan Lyon has looked the most threatening of the lot. The home side has not let the visitors run away by keeping the scoring rate in check and they would hope for quick wickets after the break. The tourists would be happy if these two continue for as long as possible. Join us for the second session in a while.
  • A session England will be happy with! After electing to bat first, they lost Cook early but the inexperienced pair of Stoneman and Vince have really fought hard out there and have ensured the away side head into the break only one down.
  • 28.6 Back of a length on middle, Stoneman defends it solidly and the two batsmen walk towards the dressing room as it is LUNCH ON DAY 1! 59/1
  • 28.5 Short and this one zips off the surface. Stoneman ducks under it at the very last moment.
  • 28.4 Lands it on a length on middle, Stoneman defends it solidly.
  • 28.3 BOUNCER! The batsman has all the time in the world to watchfully duck under it.
  • 28.2 Bangs it in down the leg side. Stoneman thinks about flicking it but then pulls out of the shot. There is a leg gully waiting for any mistake.
  • 28.1 Shorter in length outside off, Stoneman need not play at it.
  • 27.6 Loopy ball on off, Vince defends it with the full face of the bat. 59/1
  • 27.5 Works it towards leg gully with the spin.
  • 27.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 27.3 FOUR! Streaky! Quicker on off, goes away from the batsman with the angle. Vince tries to defend but gets an outside edge past first slip for a boundary.
  • A leg slip in place now.
  • 27.2 Slower through the air, Vince camps back and defends it.
  • 27.1 Flatter outside off, goes on with the arm. Vince tries to defend but gets an outside edge towards backward point.
  • 26.6 Short again! Stoneman defends it down onto the ground. A maiden. 55/1
  • 26.5 Bouncer! The ball comes very slow off the surface. Stoneman quite easily defends it off the back foot.
  • 26.4 Short but angling away from the batsman. Stoneman evades it.
  • 26.3 Bowls it on a length on middle, Stoneman flicks it but straight to short leg.
  • 26.2 Back of a length on off, Stoneman pushes it to point.
  • 26.1 Strangely he is coming around the wicket to the left-hander. Maybe some chin music and yes he bowls it short on leg stump. Stoneman ducks under it. He has a leg gully and a bat pad for this tactic. Trying something different before the break.
  • 25.6 Shorter in length on off, Vince defends it off the back foot. 55/1
  • 25.5 Works it with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 25.4 Tosses it up on off, Vince plants his front foot forward and drives it to mid off.
  • 25.3 Floats it up on off, turning back in. James blocks it.
  • 25.2 Flatter on middle, Vince prods forward and defends it.
  • 25.1 Floats it on middle, Vince defends it solidly.
  • 24.6 Well done, Paine! Starc fires it down the leg side. Stoneman tries to flick but misses. The ball brushes the pads and goes to the right of Tim. He runs and puts a dive to save runs for his team. Stoneman will be disappointed to not get that away. 55/1
  • 24.5 Shorter in length outside off, Stoneman cuts it but can't find the gap at point.
  • 24.4 Angles it on the pads, Vince flicks it through square leg for a run. They were thinking about a second but opt not to go for it.
  • 24.3 Full outside off, Stoneman square drives it through the off side for a run.
  • 24.2 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball to covers.
  • 24.1 The batsman has edged that one but on the bounce to gully. Gentle hands.
  • 23.6 Tosses it up on off, Vince defends it off the front foot. 53/1
  • 23.5 Slower through the air outside off, turns back in. Vince goes for the expansive drive but mistimes it to mid off.
  • 23.4 Floats it up on middle, turning in. Vince clips it to fine leg.
  • 23.3 Drags his length back, Vince lets the ball do its bit and flicks it to short leg.
  • 23.2 Works it with the spin to short leg.
  • 23.1 Shorter in length outside off, Stoneman cuts it towards cover-point to change strike.
  • 22.6 The batsman does well to leave that bouncer. 52/1
  • 22.5 OUCH! A bouncer at 145.6 kph but stays low. Vince goes for the pull but is beaten by pace and the low bounce as the ball hits him near the box. A painful one but he isn't showing. That surely must have hurt him though.
  • 22.4 Just short of a length around off, angling away. Vince defends it solidly off the back foot.
  • 22.3 Fuller in length on middle, Stoneman flicks it through mid-wicket. Marsh does the fielding and the batsmen take three. This also brings up the fifty-run stand between the two inexperienced lads. They have done well after an early wicket. England would want them to continue.
  • 22.2 Length ball outside off, Stoneman watchfully leaves it.
  • 22.1 Back of a length on off, Stoneman punches it to mid off.
  • 21.6 Flighted ball outside off, Vince covers the line and defends it. 49/1
  • 21.5 Vince uses his feet to counter the spin but does not quite get to the pitch of the ball. He tries to flick but gets it off the inner half to short leg.
  • 21.4 Floats it on off, Vince defends it.
  • 21.3 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 21.2 Appeal but not given! Lyon bowls it flatter on off, gets it to turn and bounce. Vince fails to defend. The ball goes off his pads towards short leg where the fielder dives and catches the ball. The players appeal but the umpire shakes his head.
  • 21.1 Tosses it up on off, Vince defends it solidly.
  • 20.6 Good length on middle, Stoneman drives it back to the bowler. 49/1
  • 20.5 The batsman tries flicking a ball that is down the leg side but misses.
  • 20.4 BOUNCER! The ball dies as it reaches the keeper. Stoneman evades it.
  • 20.3 Full again, he normally keeps it very full, that is where he gets most of his wickets. Stoneman drives it back to Starc who mimes a throw at the striker's end. He stops and then underarms a throw at the batsman's end which hits the bat of Stoneman as he was standing right in front of the stumps but inside the crease.
  • 20.2 Fuller on off, Stoneman does not quite time his drive to mid off.
  • 20.1 Fullish ball outside off, Stoneman leaves it.
  • Mitchell Starc is now back into the attack! Australia would hope he can take another wicket before lunch.
  • 19.6 Fires it on the pads, Stoneman flicks it towards wide mid on for an easy run. 49/1
  • 19.5 Waits for the the ball to turn into him and then clips it around the corner for a run.
  • 19.4 Works it with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 19.3 Floats it outside off, Vince blocks it.
  • 19.2 Pulls his length back a little, also gets it to turn into the batsman. Vince camps back and defends it.
  • 19.1 Flatter outside off, from over the wicket. Vince prods forward in defense.
  • 18.6 Fuller in length on off, Stoneman mistimes his drive back to the bowler. 47/1
  • 18.5 Back of a length on off, Mark pushes it to the man at covers.
  • 18.4 Straighter this time, Stoneman flicks it towards fine leg. Some good running by the batsmen helps them get two.
  • 18.3 Good bowling! He bowls it closer to the off pole this time. Stoneman makes a good leave as he knew the angle would take it away.
  • 18.2 Good length outside off, Stoneman lets it be.
  • 18.1 Josh bangs it in short, Stoneman tries to pull but is early into the shot. The ball hits him on the arm guard and bounces towards gully.
  • 17.6 Gives it air on off, turning away. Also bounces a touch more. Stoneman gets it off the outer half towards cover-point for a run. A very good first over by Lyon. 45/1
  • 17.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 17.4 Floats it on middle, turns away ever so slightly. Stoneman defends it off the front foot.
  • 17.3 Slower through the air on middle, Stoneman lunges forward in defense.
  • 17.2 Quicker on middle, 91.9 kph, Mark defends it off the front foot.
  • 17.1 He straightaway gets some turn. Lyon bowls it flatter on middle, gets it to turn away. Stoneman tries to play it with an angled bat but gets a soft outside edge which rolls towards covers.
  • Time for some spin! Nathan Lyon is into the attack as the fast bowlers are not getting any purchase from the wicket. He has a slip and short leg in place.
  • 16.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 44/1
  • Two slips now. The third one is moved to a short cover position.
  • 16.5 Goes wide of the crease and angles it on middle, Vince defends it solidly.
  • 16.4 Length ball on middle, Vince flicks it with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 16.3 Fullish ball outside off, Vince shoulders his arms to it.
  • 16.2 Shorter in length this time. The ball is not doing a lot. Vince rocks back and defends it.
  • 16.1 Fuller in length on off, Vince drives it to mid off.
  • 15.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 44/1
  • 15.5 The batsman has punched that ball through the offside.
  • 15.4 A huge appeal! Cummins bowls it down the leg side, trying to cramp Stoneman for room. He tries to flick but fails to do so. The ball goes off something to the keeper. It had that clinky sound. The Australians appeal but the umpire shakes his head. They opt not to review. Rightly so, the replays show the ball had clipped the inside of thigh pad.
  • 15.3 Good length outside off, Vince drives it on the up through covers and bags three. He is looking quite confident now.
  • 15.2 Bowls it on the pads, Stoneman flicks it to fine leg for a run. They do have a man at backward short leg but it would be a blinder if he takes something which is struck so firmly.
  • 15.1 Short ball on middle, Vince gets quickly into position and pulls it nicely but straight to fine leg for a run.
  • 14.6 Fuller outside off, Mark leaves it. A maiden to start off after drinks by Hazlewood. 39/1
  • 14.5 Short ball again outside off, goes slow off the surface and also does not bounce a lot. Stoneman allows it through.
  • 14.4 Short of a length outside off, Stoneman lets it be.
  • 14.3 Fuller in length on off, Stoneman drives it to mid off.
  • 14.2 Just ahead of a length on off, Stoneman tries to defend but gets an outside edge and the ball rolls along the ground to the man at gully.
  • 14.1 Bowls it on a length outside off, wanting the batsman to play a loose stroke as there are three slips waiting. Mark resists and lets it be.
  • Drinks break. Apart from losing Alastair Cook early, England have done decently so far. Both the current batsmen have moved quite well. Plenty of concentration shown along with a truck load of patience. There isn't much pace on the pitch. The Australian pacers have not been too consistent with their lines and lengths either.
  • 13.6 BEATEN! Cummins angles it into the batsman and gets it to shape away a touch after pitching. Vince feels for it but gets beaten. A good over by the pacer. 39/1
  • Good point. Cummins bowled a shorter delivery around leg and Michael Clarke on air feels that it's not the plan by Steven Smith as there ain't any fielder at short leg or deep on the leg side. Pat should be bowling more in the corridor outside off.
  • 13.5 That must have hurt! Cummins bowls it short and aims it at the rib cage of the batsman. Stoneman tries to fend at it, he gets it off the gloves towards short fine leg for a run.
  • 13.4 Short ball, a well-directed one. Mark is up for the challenge as he ducks under it.
  • 13.3 Shorter in length outside off, Vince pushes it towards wide mid off for a run.
  • 13.2 Back of a length on off, James has ample of time to rock back and defend it.
  • 13.1 Good length outside off, Vince lets it be.
  • 12.6 Shorter in length on off, Mark lets it be. 37/1
  • 12.5 Good length around off, Stoneman defends it solidly.
  • 12.4 Good bowling, this is what he needs to do on a consistent basis. He lands it around off, angles away from the batsman. Stoneman points his bat skywards and lets it through.
  • 12.3 Fuller in length on off, Vince who has looked very good until now, drives it through extra covers. Some good running by the batsmen help them take three.
  • 12.2 On a length, in the corridor of uncertainty. Vince lets it be.
  • 12.1 Good length on off, Vince defends it off the front foot.
  • 11.6 Good length on off, Stoneman tries to defend but gets it off the inner half to square leg. 34/1
  • 11.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 11.4 Good length on off, angles away from the batsman. Stoneman tries to defend it but gets an outside edge. The ball however, falls quite short of the man at third slip.
  • 11.3 Back of a length on off, Stoneman punches it back to the bowler.
  • 11.2 Good length on middle, Mark flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 11.1 Full and wide outside off, Stoneman lets it be. Australia have not made most of the new ball.
  • 10.6 FOUR! And again, errs in line and bowls on the pads. Vince flicks it through mid-wicket for another boundary. Back-to-back boundaries for Vince. 11 runs from the over. 34/1
  • 10.5 FOUR! This has been Hazlewood's problem today. He has been wayward and not quite followed up after bowling a good delivery. He serves a half-volley outside off. Vince cracks it through covers for a boundary.
  • 10.4 Full ball, swings into the batsman. Vince drives it back towards Josh who sticks is hand out and stops it. He shows some aggression and fires a throw at the striker's end and also gives Vince the stare. Things are heating up here.
  • 10.3 CLOSE! Josh bowls it on a length around off, shapes back in. Vince tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto his back pad.
  • 10.2 Fuller ball on middle, Vince tries to drive but gets it off the inner half to mid on.
  • 10.1 Fullish ball outside off, Stoneman drives it through extra covers. Warner is a dynamite on the field who gives it a chase, gets to the ball, dives and passes it to the fielder who comes running in from point. The batsmen take three.
  • Change of ends for Josh Hazlewood.
  • 9.6 On the pads this time. Mark flicks it in the air through mid-wicket to bag three. There were shouts of catch it but nobody was there. 23/1
  • 9.5 BOUNCER! A quick one! Little bit of chin music for Stoneman. He must have picked it late as he awkwardly ducks under it. Cummins also has something to say as he finishes his follow up.
  • 9.4 Goes wide of the crease and angles it on off, Mark defends it towards mid on.
  • 9.3 Fuller on off, from around the wicket. Stoneman drives it to mid off.
  • 9.2 Shorter in length outside off, Vince rocks onto the back foot and punches it through cover-point. Lyon hares after it, slides and pushes it back to the fielder who was also running after the ball from mid off. He fires a throw to the keeper. The batsman quite easily takes three.
  • 9.1 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 8.6 Fullish in length on middle, Mark drives it back towards the bowler. A maiden by Starc, but not a threatening one. 17/1
  • 8.5 Outside off this time. Stoneman shoulders his arms to it.
  • 8.4 Errs in line and bowls it down the leg side. Stoneman tries to flick but misses.
  • 8.3 A surprise short ball on off, Stoneman has a lot of time to watchfully let it go through to the keeper as the ball is not zipping off the surface much.
  • 8.2 A low full toss on middle, Stoneman flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 8.1 Full ball on off, Stoneman drives it beautifully straight down the pitch. Starc sticks his big, left boot out and stops a certain boundary.
  • 7.6 Again on a length around off, Vince prods forward in defense. 17/1
  • 7.5 Bowls it on a length on middle, Vince defends it solidly.
  • 7.4 Just ahead of a length on off, Vince defends it to the man at mid off.
  • 7.3 Short again but closer to the stumps. Vince guides it to point.
  • 7.2 Shorter in length outside off, Vince cuts it to point.
  • 7.1 Starts off with a back of a length delivery on off, Vince defends it off the back foot.
  • Pat Cummins is into the attack. He too has a bat-pad and three slips in place as he runs in.
  • 6.6 Easy for Vince! Starc sprays on the pads. Vince flicks it down to fine leg for a run. 17/1
  • 6.5 Fullish ball on off, tails back in a touch. Vince drives it to mid off.
  • 6.4 Pull his length back outside off, Vince need not play at those.
  • 6.3 Length ball outside off, Vince lets it be.
  • 6.2 Good length, quite close to the off pole. Vince judges the line better and lets the ball through to the keeper.
  • 6.1 Fuller in length on off, Vince times it to mid off.
  • 5.6 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it. 16/1
  • 5.5 Close shave! Josh lands it on a length outside off, gets some late inward movement. Stoneman does well to get his hands out of the way and lets it through to the keeper.
  • 5.4 A better length by Hazlewood on off, Stoneman defends it towards point.
  • 5.3 FOUR! This time he connects better. Hazlewood bowls it very wide outside off, Mark goes after it and square drives it through backward point for a boundary.
  • 5.2 Very full outside off, Mark drives it through covers, does not quite time it that well. Warner gives it a chase, dives and keeps it down to two.
  • 5.1 Seeing no swing, Hazlewood comes around the wicket and tries to bowl a yorker. He instead serves a full toss on off, Mark drives it to mid off.
  • 4.6 Good length on off, Vince defends it confidently. A confident start by the youngster. 10/1
  • 4.5 A bouncer aimed at the rib cage of the batsman. The ball did not quite get up as much. Vince ducks under it.
  • 4.4 A low full toss on off, Vince drives it off the toe end towards mid off.
  • 4.3 A good comeback by Starc. He fires in a yorker on off, Vince does well to get his bat down in time and jams it out towards second slip.
  • 4.2 FOUR! That was cracked! Full outside off, a half-volley. Vince leans into it and drives it beautifully through the cover region for a boundary.
  • 4.1 Fuller in a length outside off, a similar delivery to the ball which got Cook. Vince this time does not play at it.
  • 3.6 Bowls it on a length outside off, Mark is not interested in playing at it. 6/1
  • 3.5 Back of a length on off, Stoneman defends it.
  • 3.4 Just short of a length on middle, Stoneman flicks it, the ball is not far away from the short leg fielder who dives but fails to reach it. It goes through square leg for a couple. Shaun Marsh was there under the lid and had to stretch to his left. Not doing his stiff back any favour.
  • 3.3 Fuller in length outside off, closer to the off stump. But not close enough to make the batsman play.
  • 3.2 Wide outside off, Stoneman lets it be.
  • 3.1 Good length on off, Mark defends it solidly.
  • 2.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 4/1
  • 2.5 Angles it on the pads, Vince flicks it through square leg for a couple. He gets off the mark and that should settle his nerves.
  • James Vince comes out at number 3. He is making a return to the Test side and would want to make full use of this opportunity.
  • 2.4 OUT! Starc draws first blood! Not in the first over, like he usually does, but he gets one in his second, a big one too. The experienced Cook is walking back early. Massive blow to England. Starc bowls it fuller in length on off, moves just a little, away from Cook. He pokes at it and the ball flies off the edge to first slip. Handscomb there moves across to his right and takes a very good catch. This is Cook's first single digit score in Tests at the Gabba in seven innings. The Australians are pumped up and why not! An early wicket, just what they needed.
  • 2.3 Shorter in length on off, does not bounce a lot. Cook, quite easily rocks onto the back foot and defends it.
  • 2.2 Good length on off, Cook defends it towards covers.
  • 2.1 Lovely bowling! He comes steaming in and angles it on off, shapes a touch into the batsman. Cook at the very last moment gets his bat to ball and keeps it out.
  • 1.6 Fuller in length on off, Mark drives it towards mid off. A maiden to start with for Hazlewood. 2/0
  • 1.5 Good length on middle, swinging away. Stoneman defends it solidly. Just like the first over, the bowler makes the batsman play on the fifth ball.
  • 1.4 Fullish in length this time, outside off, wanting the batsman to drive. Mark lets it be.
  • 1.3 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 1.2 This one was way outside off, Stoneman need not play at it.
  • 1.1 BRAVE LEAVE! Good length on off by Josh, nips away a touch after pitching. Stoneman keeps his eyes on the ball and leaves it. A good one as that was a probing line.
  • Josh Hazlewood to bowl from the other end. He has a bat-pad in place, three slips and a gully.
  • 0.6 England are away! Cook too gets off the mark! A tad fuller in length on off by Starc. Cook guides it past the diving point fielder for a couple. 2/0
  • 0.5 Bat on ball for the first time in the day! Starc bowls it on a length on off, Cook solidly defends it towards mid on.
  • 0.4 Four balls and Starc has not made Cook play yet. He once again bowls it outside off, on a length. Cook lets it be.
  • 0.3 Good length swinging away. The ball is not zipping through to the keeper and going a touch slow off the surface. Cook leaves it for the third time in a row.
  • 0.2 Fuller in length this time, outside off. Cook once again opts not to play at it.
  • 0.1 Starts off with a length delivery outside off, a nice delivery. Did not bounce a lot. Cook watchfully leaves it. Starc did get a little away swing, not a lot though.
  • We are done and dusted with the national anthems and are all set to get underway. We have a packed-house here at the Gabba expecting a fruitful day of cricket. Alastair Cook and Mark Stoneman will open the innings for England. They will hope for a good start from these two. Mitchell Starc, who is returning from an injury to international cricket, will bowl with the new red cherry. He has a tendency to pick wickets in his first over, can he do it here? He has three slips and a gully in place. It's time when all the talking stops and the battle between bat and ball begins. Here we go...
  • The players are out for their respective national anthems.
  • Australia's playing eleven - Cameron Bancroft, David Warner, Steven Smith(c), Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine(w), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
  • England's playing eleven - Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Joe Root(c), Dawid Malan, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow(w), Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, Jake Ball, James Anderson.
  • Up goes the coin, Joe Root calls it correctly - ENGLAND ELECT TO BAT! For the English side, James Vince makes a comeback into the Test side after more than a year, rest the playing XI is on expected lines. For the Aussies, Cameron Bancroft gets his Baggy Green, becoming the 451st Test player for Australia. The hosts have David Warner and Shaun Marsh fit for the contest.
  • This place is often referred to as the 'Gabbatoir' where Australia have shown ruthless aggression over the years by slaughtering their opponents. They possess a formidable record here and this ground has shown the tendency of setting the tone of every series which has begun here. The reputation of this venue can unnerve any team and it will be interesting to find out how the English team will cope up with the weight of history (not won at Gabba since 1986).
  • It's almost here. The highly anticipated and one of the fiercest battles in world cricket is minutes away from getting underway. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for joining us for day 1 of Ashes 2017. The stage is set at the Gabba and the warriors have arrived to contest for the prestigious urn. For England, it's all about retaining it, while for Australia, it's all about regaining it. Both teams are packed with quality cricketers and we are expecting the mercury to rise when these heavyweights collide. Stay with us for all the necessary updates...

Australia Vs England Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • There is still no demon in the surface. It has quickened up a bit but is still nice for stroke making. England are not behind by a big margin and will be backing themselves to bat better and set a challenging target for Australia. Stay tuned for their second innings...
  • Yesterday, the Aussie innings got off to an awful start when they lost their first four wickets for only 76 runs. Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh's 99-run stand brought them back on track but once again they lost the plot after the fall of Marsh's wicket this morning. The English bowling fared decently but mainly when the ball was new. They struggled to maintain the same intensity throughout. Stuart Broad finished with a 3-for while Moeen Ali and James Anderson bagged two wickets apiece. Jake Ball and Chris Woakes, the backup bowlers, were not up to the mark and it effected the visitors game plan.
  • Terrific batting performance by Australia given they were once struggling to get anywhere near the English total. But their skipper, Steven Smith stood tall amidst the storm and stroked a valiant century to help the Australians gain a 26-run lead. His 66-run stand along with Pat Cummins for the 8th wicket deflated the spirits of the opposition bowlers.
  • 130.3 OUT! That is it, Lyon is the last man to go! Root gets the final wicket. He bowls it flatter down the leg side. Lyon flicks it straight to the man at leg gully where Cook takes a sharp low catch. Smith straightaway starts walking towards the dressing room as he sees Cook complete the catch. Root turns back and appeals and the umpire raises his finger. AUSTRALIA ARE BOWLED OUT FOR 328!
  • 130.2 Gives it air on leg stump, Lyon flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 130.1 Tucks it around the corner for a run.
  • 129.6 Good length outside off, Lyon lets it be. 327/9
  • 129.5 Very full outside off, Smith drives it to covers for a run.
  • 129.4 FOUR! Short and on off, Smith stands tall and pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
  • 129.3 An off cutter which comes back in sharply. Smith first thinks of cutting it but then adjusts and tries to keep it out but gets an inside edge onto his thigh pad.
  • 129.2 Shorter in length outside off, Smith cuts it to point.
  • 129.1 Bowls it on a length outside off, Smith tries to flick but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • 128.6 Tosses it up outside off, Lyon prods forward to block it. 322/9
  • 128.5 Works it on the leg side, wide of short fine leg for a single. The lead is now 20.
  • 128.4 The batsman has nudged the ball, straight to short fine leg.
  • 128.3 Fuller on middle, Lyon drives it down towards deepish mid on for a run.
  • 128.2 Flatter on off, Lyon defends it off the front foot.
  • 128.1 Flicks it with the spin to deep square leg for a run.
  • An interesting move, Joe Root, gets himself into the attack.
  • 127.6 A low full toss, almost a yorker on off. Lyon digs it out to covers. 319/9
  • 127.5 Angles it on middle, Lyon pushes it to mid on.
  • 127.4 Fuller on middle, Lyon drives it down to mid on.
  • 127.3 FOUR! Lyon is contributing some very important runs! Short by Woakes on the body. Lyon swivels inside the crease and pulls it fine down the leg side for a boundary.
  • 127.2 Good length on off, Lyon plays it to covers.
  • 127.1 Shorter in length on middle, Lyon defends it solidly.
  • 126.6 FOUR! WOW! Quality batting! Full ball on middle, by Ball. Smith drives it straight down the ground to collect a boundary. Smith also has some words to say to Jake Ball after that shot. The lead is now in double digits. 315/9
  • 126.5 Length on middle, Smith pushes it towards mid on.
  • 126.4 Too easy for Lyon! Ball again bowls it on the leg stump. Nathan flicks it to fine leg to hand over the strike to his skipper.
  • 126.3 Drifts it on the pads, Smith flicks it down to fine leg and takes a run. He is showing trust in Lyon.
  • 126.2 Lyon says he can play shots too! He flicks it with the angle through mid-wicket and the batsmen run three. Also Steven Smith is back on strike.
  • 126.1 Good length on off, Lyon defends it off the front foot.
  • 125.6 A poor ball by Woakes but a useful one in the end. He drifts it down the leg side. Smith lets it through to the keeper. Lyon will be on strike for the next over. 306/9
  • 125.5 Bouncer on middle, Steven goes for the upper cut but does not connect.
  • 125.4 Shorter in length outside off, Smith cuts it to point.
  • 125.3 Fullish outside off, Smith square drives it. Stoneman in the deep makes a tumbling stop but can't stop two. He is still wearing his shin guards even though he is fielding in the deep.
  • 125.2 Driven through the covers by the batsman.
  • 125.1 Fuller in length on middle, Smith times his drive beautifully to mid on.
  • Chris Woakes is now into the attack. Can he wrap up the innings?
  • 124.6 Smith does not run, rightly so! Lyon flicks the shortish ball down to deep square leg. The skipper refuses the single. 304/9
  • 124.5 Shortish ball outside off, Lyon lets it be.
  • Now more catchers in place for Lyon. Two slips, a gully and a short leg come in.
  • 124.4 Pulls the bouncer down to fine leg for a run.
  • 124.3 FOUR! AUSTRALIA LEAD BY 1 RUN! Brilliant by Smith! Ball bangs it in short on leg stump. Smith shuffles inside and flicks it over the leg gully fielder for a boundary.
  • 124.2 Shorter in length again, Smith makes room and tries to play a forehand smash down the ground but misses. Steven wanted it to be called a wide but nothing from the umpire.
  • 124.1 Kevin Pietersen on-air mentions that with the field Joe Root has set, Ball just cannot pitch it up. The bowler does not. He bangs it short down the leg side. Smith has the easiest of leaves.
  • Jake Ball is back into the attack. No slips in place for Smith only a gully.
  • 123.6 Length around middle, Lyon blocks it out. 299/9
  • 123.5 Fuller in length on off, Lyon eases it down to mid off.
  • 123.4 Good length outside off, Lyon shoulders arms to it.
  • 123.3 On the pads, Smith flicks it down to fine leg for a run. Lyon now has three balls to survive in this over.
  • 123.2 Good length on off, Smith pushes it down to mid off.
  • 123.1 Drifts it down the leg side. Smith misses the flick.
  • 122.6 Flatter on off, Lyon defends it solidly. 298/9
  • 122.5 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • Nathan Lyon is the last man in.
  • 122.4 OUT! BOWLED 'EM! Moeen gets his second. He bowls it full on middle, gets it to drift into the batsman and also the ball straightens a touch. Hazlewood goes for the flick but misses and the ball sneaks through bat and pad to disturb the stumps. Smith at the other end looks at the heavens in frustration. Australia still trail by 4 and have only one wicket in hand. Exciting stuff!
  • 122.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 122.2 Drags his length back, Smith cuts it towards point for a run.
  • 122.1 OUCH! This one would have hurt but he has surely saved runs for his team. Short by Ali, a long hop on middle. Smith rocks back and pulls it hard but it hits Stoneman on the shin at short leg.
  • 121.6 Sprays on the pads, too easy for Smith who flicks it down to fine leg for a run. 297/8
  • 121.5 Fullish ball on off, Smith once again drives it but straight to the man at covers.
  • 121.4 Angles it on middle, Smith flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 121.3 A good shot but for nothing! Full on off, Smith drives it to covers.
  • 121.2 Short on middle, skids off the surface. Smith ducks under it.
  • 121.1 Punches the ball on off to mid off.
  • 120.6 BEATEN! Moeen gives it more air but a touch short around off, the ball turns away from the batsman. Hazlewood tries to defend but gets beaten. 296/8
  • 120.5 Tosses it up on off, gets it to turn away, Hazlewood tries to defend and does so from the outer half of the bat to point.
  • 120.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 120.3 Shorter in length outside off, Smith cuts it through point for a single.
  • 120.2 Works it with the angle towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 120.1 Short ball on off, Hazlewood punches it but straight to the man at silly point. The ball hits him on the pads and deflects towards covers.
  • 119.6 Pitches it on a length around off, Smith defends it towards covers. 294/8
  • 119.5 Handy runs here! Short ball outside off, Hazlewood cuts it through point. The fielder gives it a chase and saves a run for his side. The deficit is only 8 now.
  • 119.4 Fuller in length on middle, Hazlewood drives it to mid on.
  • 119.3 Angles it onto the body of the batsman. He flicks it to short leg.
  • A short leg in place for Josh Hazlewood.
  • 119.2 Errs in line and angles it on the pads, Smith flicks it through mid-wicket to change strike.
  • 119.1 Fuller in length on middle, Smith drives it down to long on.
  • 118.6 Full toss on middle, Hazlewood drives it to the man at mid on. 290/8
  • 118.5 He drags his length back on middle, Josh punches it back to the bowler.
  • 118.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 118.3 Slower through the air on middle, Hazlewood is solid in defense. He is playing really well here.
  • 118.2 Very full again on middle, Josh jams it back to the bowler.
  • 118.1 Tosses it up on middle, Hazlewood defends it off the front foot.
  • The groundsman is out there flattening out the footmarks with the hammer.
  • 117.6 Back of a length on middle, Smith punches it to the man at covers. 290/8
  • 117.5 Ahead of a length outside off, Smith lets it be.
  • 117.4 Short and outside off, not that much room on offer. Steven Smith stays leg side of the delivery and cuts it through backward point for a brace.
  • 117.3 Length ball on off, Steven defends it right onto the ground.
  • 117.2 Good length on middle, Smith defends it by covering the line of the ball.
  • 117.1 Back of a length on off, extracts some extra bounce off the surface. Smith does well to defend it off the back foot.
  • Stuart Broad to bowl from the other end. he already has three wickets to his name. Can he get a fifer?
  • 116.6 Tosses it up on middle, Josh defends it off the front foot. 288/8
  • 116.5 Fuller on off, Hazlewood drives it off the middle but straight to the man at covers.
  • 116.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 116.3 Flatter on middle, Hazlewood shows good technique to lunge forward and block it.
  • 116.2 Very full on leg stump. Josh does well to dig it out.
  • 116.1 Ali tosses it up on middle, Smith flicks it down to long on with the spin for a run.
  • We are back for the final session. Steven Smith and Josh Hazlewood will continue their innings. We have 36 overs left in the day. Moeen Ali will start the proceedings for England. He has a slip and a short leg in place. Will Smith go after him?
  • ...Day 3, Session 3...
  • The away side, on the other hand, flattened out after the lunch session. They looked short of ideas and started to leak runs. Woakes, who has been poor throughout, was the one who got them the breakthrough. England would now look to come out and wrap this up as quickly as possible and take some sort of a lead heading into the third innings. Stay tuned for the final session of the day.
  • Brilliant, brilliant batting by Cummins and Smith have ensured this session belongs to Australia. They now only trail by another 15, whereas, at a stage they never looked like they would come this close. They started playing some aggressive strokes after the lunch break with the skipper getting to his ton and Cummins being the perfect foil for him. These two managed to stitch a 66-run stand before the latter departed. Australia would look to score a little quickly and try to get into the lead after the break.
  • 115.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. TEA ON DAY 3! 287/8
  • 115.5 Back of a length on off, Josh defends it off the back foot.
  • 115.4 Change in intent from Smith with only two wickets in hand. Woakes again bangs it in short. Smith is early into the position and he pulls it through square leg for a run.
  • 115.3 FOUR! Shorter in length on off, Smith went for the upper cut but did not get it off the middle. He would have wanted to go a lot straighter but it goes over gully for a boundary.
  • 115.2 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 115.1 A well-directed short ball on middle. Smith ducks under it at the very last moment.
  • 114.6 Full on the pads, Josh flicks it nicely towards deep square leg for a couple. The deficit is now down to 20, Australia getting close. 282/8
  • 114.5 Good length on off, shaping away. Hazlewood tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 114.4 Fuller on the pads, Smith flicks it through square leg for a run.
  • 114.3 Good length on off, Smith defends it from within the crease.
  • 114.2 FOUR! Smith continues his merry way! Short outside off, Smith rocks back and cuts it through backward point for a boundary.
  • 114.1 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball to the off side.
  • Josh Hazlewood strides out to the middle.
  • 113.6 OUT! Woakes gets the breakthrough! A much-needed one for England. Just as I mentioned before he has been loose on the drive for the last couple of overs, it has cost him his wicket. He was beaten a couple of times earlier and this time he edges it. Fuller in length outside off by Woakes. Cummins goes for the expansive drive but gets an outside edge in doing so. Cook at first slip takes a nice, low catch going down to his right. A gritty and a very useful knock by Cummins comes to an end. Not to forget his contribution in the 66-run stand when the Australians were looking down and out. This should now boost the confidence of Woakes. Australia still trail by 27. Will they take the lead with two wickets in hand? 275/8
  • 113.5 Bowls it on a length on the stumps, the batsman defends it easily.
  • Mid-wicket goes to deep square leg.
  • 113.4 Fuller in length on off, Cummins drives it back to the bowler.
  • 113.3 Length ball on off, Cummins defends it off the back foot.
  • 113.2 Full ball outside off, inviting the batsman to drive. Cummins does go after it but with minimal foot movement. He gets beaten. There have been a few play and misses in the last overs or so. He needs to concentrate.
  • 113.1 Good length outside off, Cummins defends it solidly.
  • 112.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 275/7
  • 112.5 Errs in line and drifts on the pads, Cummins flicks it through backward square leg for a run.
  • 112.4 BEATEN! Good length on off, shapes away after pitching. Cummins tries to defend but is beaten by the away swing. There was an appeal but a stifled one. Root also had a chat with the bowler and the keeper whether it should be reviewed but then they opt against it. Replays later on show there was no spike on the Ultra Edge.
  • 112.3 Length but outside off, Cummins need not play at it.
  • 112.2 Good length on off, Cummins defends it off the front foot.
  • 112.1 Slower short ball outside off, Cummins cuts it to the man at backward point.
  • 111.6 Cuts the short ball to point. 274/7
  • 111.5 Just ahead of a length outside off, Smith keeps his eyes on the ball and leaves it.
  • 111.4 Good length on off, Smith defends it off the back foot.
  • 111.3 Shortish in length outside off, Smith shuffles across and lets it be. He felt he could have had a crack at that after he left it.
  • 111.2 Good length on off, comes in with the angle. Cummins gets it off the inner half towards mid-wicket as he tries to defend it. A single taken.
  • 111.1 Shorter in length but outside off, Cummins watchfully lets it through to the keeper.
  • 110.6 Similar length but wider outside off, Smith shoulders his arms to it. 273/7
  • 110.5 Just behind a length around off. Smith covers the line and defends it.
  • 110.4 Back of a length on off, Smith defends it off the back foot.
  • 110.3 Fullish ball on middle, Smith tries to drive but gets it off the inner half to mid-wicket.
  • 110.2 Good length on off, Smith defends it off the front foot.
  • 110.1 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 109.6 The batsman has played it to the point region. 273/7
  • 109.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 109.4 FOUR! Elegant! This man is enjoying batting out there. Full ball outside off by Woakes. Cummins gets forward and drives it through covers for a boundary.
  • 109.3 Full ball on off, Cummins mistimes his drive to mid on.
  • 109.2 Good length around off, Cummins lets it be.
  • 109.1 Fuller in length on off, Cummins tries to drive but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • Chris Woakes is back into the attack. A wicket is needed here for England. He is not been at his best uptil now.
  • 108.6 Good length on off, Cummins guides it to point for a run. 269/7
  • 108.5 Full outside off, there for the drive. Cummins does so but straight to the point fielder.
  • 108.4 Wide outside off, Cummins leaves it.
  • 108.3 Just ahead of a length outside off, the inswinger by Anderson. Cummins opts not to play at it.
  • 108.2 Good length outside off, Cummins lets it be.
  • 108.1 FOUR! Cummins now gets into the act. He sees an over-pitched ball outside off, leans into it and square drives it to fetch himself a boundary. This is now his highest Test score and what a time to get it!
  • 107.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 264/7
  • 107.5 Fuller on off, Smith tries to drive but slices it of an outside edge through backward point for a couple.
  • 107.4 Finally! Hundred for Steven Smith after spending around an hour in the 90s. What a player, what an absolute superstar! His 21st Test hundred. It's the slowest 100-plus score for him but it surely would be a very satisfying one. He has taken his time and gone about in a very patient manner throughout this innings. A run machine you can say and also leading from the front. Broad dishes out a full ball outside off, Smith drives it through covers and finds the gap to get a boundary. Look at what it means to him, he takes his helmet off as soon as he hit it and acknowledges the applause from the crowd. Australia now only trail by 38! The vital 50-run stand comes up too.
  • 107.3 Length on off, Smith defends it off the front foot.
  • 107.2 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 107.1 Shorter in length on middle, Cummins tucks it towards mid-wicket for a run.
  • 106.6 A maiden by Anderson! Smith stays on 97. Back of a length on off, Steven defends it to mid on. 257/7
  • 106.5 Tight bowling from Anderson, not giving anything away. He bangs it on a length on off, Smith defends it stoutly.
  • 106.4 Length ball on off, Smith defends it towards mid on.
  • 106.3 Good length closer to the off pole but not close enough to make Smith play at it.
  • 106.2 Just behind a length outside off, Smith pushes it to the man at covers.
  • 106.1 Back of a length on off, Steven defends it solidly. A long time since Smith is in the 90s!
  • 105.6 Shortish ball outside off, Pat is not interested in playing at it. 257/7
  • 105.5 Bangs it in, Pat works it to mid-wicket.
  • 105.4 Shorter in length, Cummins ducks under it.
  • 105.3 Short again on middle. Cummins does well to evade it.
  • 105.2 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • 105.1 LUCKY CUMMINS! Fullish on off, Smith drives it down to mid on and sets off for a run. Pat reacts late to the call and sets off. The fielder is quick to the ball and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Good for Pat he missed as the bat of Cummins got stuck and dropped from his hands inches outside the crease. It would have been a very unfortunate way for him to get out.
  • 104.6 Wide outside off, Pat leaves it. 256/7
  • 104.5 Full on the pads, Cummins flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 104.4 JAFFA! He goes wide of the crease and angles it on off. Gets it to straighten after pitching. All Cummins could do was try and play at it and hope it does not take the edge. That is exactly what happened.
  • 104.3 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 104.2 Fuller in length outside off, a slower one by Anderson. Cummins times it through cover-point for a couple.
  • 104.1 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 103.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 254/7
  • 103.5 Angles it on middle, Smith walks across and flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple to move to 96. This is also the first runs after Cummins hit a six a few overs back. Smith is now only a boundary away from his ton.
  • 103.4 Almost! The strategy of bowling outside off almost worked! Short and wide outside off, by Broad. Smith goes for the cut but gets beaten. There was a muted appeal from the players but nothing from the umpire. That wasn't very far away from the outside edge.
  • 103.3 Fullish ball on the stumps, Smith drives it down to mid on.
  • 103.2 Wide outside off, seems to be a new ploy to Smith as he is not attacking the stumps enough. He might be testing Smith's patience here who is in his 90s. The Australian skipper opts not to fiddle with it.
  • 103.1 Fuller outside off, Smith opts not to play at it.
  • Drinks! A very good passage of play for Australia. Smith is happy to play second fiddle to Cummins since the start of this session as he is doing all the run scoring. The pitch has also eased out a little. England will now be getting a bit frustrated and are in a desperate need of a wicket.
  • 102.6 Length on middle, Pat defends it solidly. Back-to-back maidens for England after their premium fast bowlers return. 252/7
  • 102.5 Good length on off, Cummins defends it.
  • 102.4 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • 102.3 Was there an edge? Short and outside off, Anderson provided some width there. Cummins goes after it as he tries to cut it but gets beaten. The English players start appealing but then pull out of it. Maybe, there was no edge then.
  • 102.2 Good length on off, Cummins defends it off the back foot.
  • 102.1 Angles it on the pads, Cummins works it to square leg.
  • James Anderson is back into the attack.
  • 101.6 Fuller on off, Smith drives it to covers. A maiden but not a threatening one. 252/7
  • 101.5 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 101.4 Change in angle again by Broad! He lands it on a length around off from over the wicket, Smith plays to the point region.
  • 101.3 From around the wicket, Broad fires it outside off. Smith leaves it again.
  • 101.2 Fullish outside off, wanting Smith to drive. He resists the temptation and does not fiddle with it.
  • 101.1 Full and wide outside off, Smith shuffles across to cover the line and lets it be.
  • Stuart Broad is back into the attack. Can he get the breakthrough?
  • 100.6 Fuller on off, Cummins drives it to covers. 252/7
  • 100.5 Flatter outside off, turns back in. Cummins covers the off pole and lets it be.
  • 100.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 100.3 SIX! BANG! He is now seeing the ball really well. We do know he can go big and he nailed that beautifully. Moeen tosses it up on off, Cummins leas forward and lofts it over wide long on for a maximum. They now trail by 50 only.
  • 100.2 Flicks it down to long on for a run. The deficit is now down to 56.
  • 100.1 Flatter on middle, Smith works it to mid-wicket.
  • 99.6 FOUR! Lovely! Cummins himself being a fast bowler would have expected a full ball after some short balls. He gets exactly that and to his benefit on the leg stump. Pat just has to get bat on ball and it races away to the fine leg fence. Smart batting! 245/7
  • 99.5 He looks comfortable even against the short balls! Woakes bangs it in on middle, Cummins easily ducks under it.
  • 99.4 Once again with the angle, Cummins works it to mid-wicket.
  • 99.3 Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman.
  • Mark Stoneman has moved to a deepish backward short leg.
  • 99.2 Short on the body of the batsman. Cummins nudges it to the man at leg gully.
  • 99.1 Off cutter on the shorter side. Cummins guides it to gully.
  • 98.6 Fires it on off, Smith backs away and punches it to the only man on the off side. He was annoyed with himself as he could not beat that fielder. 241/7
  • 98.5 Cummins is oozing with confidence now! He taps the ball outside off towards point for a run. All too easy at the moment.
  • 98.4 Shorter in length on off, Cummins pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 98.3 Flatter on off, Pat defends it off the back foot.
  • 98.2 Tosses it up on off, goes on with the arm. Cummins prods forward and blocks it.
  • 98.1 Fuller on off, Smith plants his front foot forward and flicks it with the spin past the diving silly mid on fielder for a run down to long on.
  • 97.6 Shortish, aimed at the ribs of the batsman. Cummins does really well to defend it and keep it down. 239/7
  • 97.5 Fuller in length on middle, Cummins flicks it to mid on.
  • 97.4 A very good short one on middle, Cummins at the very last moment evades it.
  • 97.3 Back of a length on middle, Cummins defends it off the back foot.
  • 97.2 Goes for the yorker on middle, Cummins does well to dig it out.
  • 97.1 Oh, yes! Short ball on middle, Cummins ducks under it with ease though.
  • Change of field by Root again! He now has three man inside the circle on the leg side and a deep square leg in place. Time for some chin music?
  • 96.6 Works it with the spin to square leg. Dot ball to end the over. 239/7
  • 96.5 Floats it on off, Pat drives it down to long on for a run.
  • 96.4 Comes over the wicket and fires it on off, gets it to turn into the batsman as well. Cummins rocks back and defends it.
  • 96.3 Drags his length back on middle, Smith rocks back and flicks it through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 96.2 Tosses it up on middle, Smith flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 96.1 Flatter on off, goes on with angle from around the wicket. Smith covers the line and defends it.
  • 95.6 Goes wide of the crease and angles it on middle, Cummins defends it to silly mid off. 237/7
  • 95.5 Good length on off, Cummins defends it off the front foot.
  • 95.4 Good length around off, Cummins, trusting the bounce lets it be. He has been leaving the ball really well throughout his innings.
  • 95.3 FOUR! That was beautifully played! Fuller in length outside off, Cummins drives it through the line. The fielder from point puts in a valiant effort but all in vain. Even a dive in the end does not save the boundary.
  • 95.2 Hesitation but safe! Back of a length on off, Cummins defends it towards cover-point and sets off for a run. Smith at the right time sends him back and Pat makes his crease safely.
  • 95.1 Shorter in length outside off, Smith punches it through cover-point for a run.
  • 94.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 232/7
  • 94.5 Flatter outside off, Smith chops it towards covers for a run. The deficit is now down to 70. Also, Smith moves into the 90s.
  • 94.4 Full on middle, Smith drives it back to the bowler.
  • 94.3 Floats it up outside off, Smith drives it to covers.
  • 94.2 Drags it down on off, Cummins punches it down to mid on for a run. Poor by England, they should not be giving Pat such easy runs.
  • 94.1 Tosses it up on middle, Smith drives it down to long on for a run.
  • Moeen Ali is back into the attack, replacing Jake Ball. He is bowling from the end which the on-air commentators feel is best for spin bowling.
  • 93.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 229/7
  • 93.5 Full ball outside off, Cummins drives it to the man at covers.
  • 93.4 Good length on off, Cummins defends it off the front foot.
  • 93.3 Bouncer outside off, Cummins opts not to fiddle with it.
  • 93.2 Good length on off, Cummins defends it towards point.
  • 93.1 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 92.6 Length outside off, Smith lets it be. 229/7
  • 92.5 FOUR! Lovely shot! Fuller in length on middle, Smith drives it through mid on and the ball races to the fence. 9 runs from the last two balls.
  • 92.4 FIVE RUNS! A mix-up to begin with but he ends up with a lucky overthrow. A slower ball outside off by Ball, Cummins defends it towards point. Smith wants a single but Cummins is hesitant to begin with. He then starts running. Vince there is quick to the ball and has a shy at the non-striker's end only for the ball to hit the bat of Cummins and roll towards the long on fence. Poor Vince!
  • 92.3 Bouncer this time! Cummins watches it early and ducks under it.
  • 92.2 Another ball outside off, another leave by Cummins.
  • 92.1 Good length on off, Smith defends it towards point and sets off for a run. The fielder has a shy at the striker's end but misses.
  • 91.6 Again Cummins showing that he can leave the ball really well! Woakes hurls it on a length around off, Woakes keeps his eyes on it and shoulders arms. 219/7
  • 91.5 Fuller outside off, wanting Cummins to drive. He resists and lets it through to the keeper.
  • 91.4 Shorter in length outside off, Cummins evades it.
  • 91.3 PEACH! This is the length he should be bowling. A perfect outswinger around off. Cummins feels for it only to get beaten.
  • 91.2 Back of a length on off, Cummins defends it off the back foot.
  • 91.1 Shorter in length outside off, Cummins watchfully lets it go through to the keeper.
  • 90.6 Punched off the back foot by the batsman. Finds the cover fielder. 219/7
  • 90.5 Goes wide off the crease and angles it in on middle. Smith defends it off the back foot.
  • 90.4 Wider outside off this time. Smith who has shown great temperament so far opts not to play at it.
  • 90.3 Length again around off, Smith stays on the back foot and defends it onto the ground.
  • 90.2 Good length on off, Smith defends it back towards the bowler.
  • 90.1 Back of a length on off, Smith defends it off the back foot.
  • 89.6 Length outside off, Cummins opts not to play at it. 219/7
  • 89.5 Back of a length on off, Cummins defends it off the back foot.
  • 89.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 89.3 A brave leave! Woakes this time gets some inward movement from outside off. Cummins trusts the line and the bounce and lets it be. That really came back in a long way. The English bowlers are getting the ball to swing late here.
  • 89.2 Good length on off, straightens after pitching. Cummins tries to defend but gets an outside edge to point.
  • There is a silly mid off, a short mid-wicket, two slips and a gully for Cummins. Plan to bowl some slower ones?
  • 89.1 Back of a length on off, Smith taps it towards covers for a run.
  • Chris Woakes will bowl from the other end.
  • 88.6 FOUR! Fuller in length on middle, Cummins on drives it, past the diving fielder at mid on for a boundary. Five from the first over after the break. 218/7
  • 88.5 Superb delivery! He bowls the inswinger outside off, shapes in quite late. Cummins tries to drive it through the off side, leaves a gap between bat and pad in doing so. The ball sneaks through and goes agonizingly close past to the off pole.
  • 88.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 88.3 Good length on off, Cummins defends it off the front foot.
  • 88.2 Excellent fielding effort by Broad to save three runs for his side! Fuller in length by Ball outside off, Smith times his drive to the left of mid off. Broad takes a step or two to his left and then puts in a dive to stop the ball. The batsmen take a single. That effort just shows how motivated they are for this session!
  • 88.1 Starts off with a fuller length ball on middle, Smith pushes it to mid on.
  • We are back after the break! The umpires and the players make their way out to the middle. Steven Smith will face the first ball of this session. Pat Cummins is at the non-striker's end. Jake Ball will continue his spell. He has two slips and a gully in place.
  • ...Day 3, Session 2...
  • Australia found run scoring very difficult. The ploy of bowling short to Smith with an interesting field helped them in keeping him quiet, although they failed to uproot the Australian skipper from the crease. He is fighting a lone battle out there and would need support from the lower order if they have to wipe out the 89-run deficit. A word of praise for Joe Root, who once again was excellent with his field placement and showed great proactiveness. It promises to be a riveting session after the break. Do join us in a short while.
  • This session - 26 overs, 48 runs and 3 wickets. Excellent bowling from the English side. They have been disciplined and have reaped rewards. Broad provided them with the early breakthrough as he got the important wicket of Marsh with some clever bowling to break the 99-run stand. Paine could not make an impact with the bat as he fell prey to Anderson as soon as the second new ball was taken. Starc failed to contribute with the bat and became the third victim of the morning session. England will now look to wrap up the Aussie innings quickly and take a decent lead.
  • 87.6 Full length delivery outside off, Cummins lets it be. LUNCH ON DAY 3! 213/7
  • 87.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 87.4 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 87.3 Goes wide of the crease and angles it into the batsman. Gets it to shape away. Cummins pushes at it with an angled bat to point. Maybe, it came off the outer half of his bat.
  • 87.2 Short again outside off, Cummins again need not play at it.
  • 87.1 Shorter in length outside off, Cummins does not play at it.
  • 86.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 213/7
  • 86.5 Fuller in length on off, Cummins times his drive to perfection back towards the bowler. Ball does very well to get down and get a hand to it. He saves three for his side as it deflects towards mid on and they pinch a run.
  • 86.4 Lovely bowling! He bends his back on that one and bowls it just behind the length on off. It bounces extra off the surface as Cummins tries to fend at it but is beaten.
  • Issue with the ball? The umpires are having a check through the ball gauge after the English players complain. Everything is fine for now and they continue with the same one.
  • 86.3 Fuller in length outside off, Pat drives it to mid off.
  • 86.2 Fuller in length on off, tailing back in. Cummins drives it back to the bowler.
  • 86.1 Good length on off, Cummins defends it off the front foot.
  • Jake Ball comes back into the attack. It is a surprise as Anderson was bowling beautifully. He only bowled three overs in the spell.
  • 85.6 Shorter in length on off, Smith guides it to point. 212/7
  • 85.5 Flicks it with the angle through the leg side for a run.
  • 85.4 Again Malan does a good job! A cutter on off by Broad, similar to the delivery which dismissed Shaun Marsh. The ball does not stick on the surface as it is quite hard. Cummins drives it towards covers where the fielder dives and stops at least a couple.
  • 85.3 Fuller ball on off, Cummins drives it towards covers where Malan dives to his left and saves a run for his team.
  • 85.2 Good length on off, Cummins defends it off the front foot.
  • 85.1 Good length on middle, comes into the batsman with the angle. Smith tucks it towards mid-wicket for an easy run.
  • 84.6 Shaping back into the batsman, Cummins has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 210/7
  • 84.5 LEG BYE! Another delivery which swings into Smith but this time on the leg stump. Smith fails to flick and is struck on the pads. There is a stifled appeal but the umpire turns it down. The ball rolls towards the leg side and the batsmen in the meantime take a leg bye.
  • 84.4 CLOSE! Again a very good leave! This time too he bowls the inswinger from outside off, Smith by covering the line of off stump lets it go.
  • 84.3 HUGE APPEAL! The surprise inswinger by Anderson this time. Smith fails to pick the movement. He tries to leave but the ball hits him high on the thigh pad. The English players appeal but the umpire shakes his head. The extra bounce saved Smith there.
  • 84.2 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 84.1 On a length in the channel around off, Smith defends it off the front foot.
  • 83.6 Back of a length on off, Cummins guides it to the man at point. 209/7
  • 83.5 Again on a length on middle, Cummins defends it solidly.
  • 83.4 Good length on middle, Cummins watchfully blocks it.
  • 83.3 Back of a length on off, Pat camps back and defends it.
  • 83.2 Length on middle, Cummins defends it off the front foot.
  • 83.1 Fuller in length on middle, Cummins drives it to mid on.
  • 82.6 Length ball, Smith defends it. 209/7
  • 82.5 Plays it with the angle to mid-wicket.
  • 82.4 Around off on a length, defended off the back foot.
  • 82.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 82.2 Well bowled! Length on off, skids off the surface also bounces a touch extra. Hits Smith high on the bat as he tries to defend it.
  • 82.1 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 81.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 209/7
  • 81.5 BEATEN! Length outside off, straightens a touch. Cummins tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 81.4 OUT! Another one bites the dust! Broad gets his revenge. He lands it on a length around middle, gets it to shape away a bit. Starc tries to play it on the leg side but was early into the shot. He ends up chipping it back off the leading edge towards the right of Broad, who in his followthrough dives and takes a very good catch. He also gives Starc a little send-off. So, a maximum is all Mitchell managed to get and Smith is running out of partners.
  • Pat Cummins strides out to the centre. He is no mug with the bat.
  • 81.3 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 81.2 SIX! WOW! What a shot! The first maximum for Australia. Fuller in length by Broad on off, Starc lofts it over the long off fence for a biggie. Stuart can't believe it as he has a smile on his face.
  • 81.1 Fuller on length outside off, Smith drives it towards point where the fielder makes a nice diving stop but can't stop the single.
  • Stuart Broad is back into the attack.
  • 80.6 Good length on off, angles away, Starc tries to play it with an open face but it takes the outside edge. Doesn't carry to Root at second slip. Brilliant over by Jimmy! 202/6
  • 80.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • Mitchell Starc walks out to the middle.
  • 80.4 OUT! The second new ball works wonders for England! Anderson gets his second. He lands it just behind of a length around off and gets it to shape away off the seam. Paine tries to defend inside the line but gets an outside edge due to the away movement. Bairstow behind the stumps sticks his right hand out and hangs onto the catch. A nice one, although not the best of techniques for a wicketkeeper. Anderson is all pumped up and Australia slide further now. Paine walks back after a short innings on return. England will now look to clean up the tail quickly with the new ball. Australia trail by exactly 100 runs!
  • 80.3 Good length on off, Paine defends it off the back foot.
  • 80.2 He got some swing in the previous ball and goes for the magic ball from leg stump but this time there is no swing. Paine flicks it through backward square leg for a couple. The deficit is now 100.
  • 80.1 Just ahead of a length outside off, shaping away. Paine watchfully makes a leave.
  • The second new ball is now available and they have taken it immediately. James Anderson will bowl with it.
  • 79.6 Shorter on middle, Smith plays a similar shot but this time finds the man at backward square leg. 200/5
  • 79.5 Drags his length back on middle, Smith whips it through the gap between backward square leg and square leg for a couple. 200 is up for Australia. They now trail by another 102 runs.
  • 79.4 Darts it on leg stump, Smith flicks it to short fine leg.
  • 79.3 Slower through the air on off, Smith reaches out to the ball and drives it back to the bowler.
  • 79.2 Fires it on off, Smith defends it to mid-wicket.
  • 79.1 Flatter on off, Smith remains on the back foot and defends it.
  • 78.6 Fuller on middle, Paine drives it back to the bowler. 198/5
  • 78.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 78.4 Flatter on leg stump, turning away. Paine lets it be.
  • 78.3 Flatter down the leg side, Paine pads it away.
  • 78.2 On a similar line and length. This time Smith flicks it in the gap through mid-wicket for a run.
  • 78.1 Floats it on middle, Smith flicks it with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • Joe Root brings himself on. Don't underestimate his off spinners. A slip, leg slip and short leg in place.
  • 77.6 Gives it air on off, Paine defends it off his front foot. 197/5
  • 77.5 Quicker on off, Paine prods forward and blocks it.
  • 77.4 Drags his length back on off, Tim camps back in defense.
  • 77.3 Tosses it up on off, Paine lunges forward and blocks it.
  • 77.2 Flatter on off, Paine defends it off the front foot.
  • 77.1 Floats it up on off, Paine drives it back to the bowler.
  • Mark Nicholas on air mentions that Moeen Ali is bowling a little too fuller than Nathan Lyon did. Not giving it enough revs as well. Possibly, there ain't much from the pitch. Michael Clarke feels it's more to do with his action.
  • 76.6 FOUR! As soon as Root moves himself from leg gully to silly point, Smith fetches himself a boundary through that area. Ball errs in line and angles it down the leg side, a shorter one again. Smith flicks it to fine leg for a boundary. 197/5
  • 76.5 Short again on off, gets big on the batsman. Smith does well to defend it onto the ground.
  • 76.4 Shortish on middle, played to mid-wicket.
  • 76.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 76.2 Shorter in length on the body, Smith flicks it towards Root at leg gully who makes a good diving stop.
  • 76.1 Short down the leg side again, Smith lets it go. Too predictable now from England. They have kept Smith quiet but he has not looked like getting out.
  • 76.1 WIDE! Short and down the leg side, Smith lets it go and it is called a wide. Ball is a bit surprised though.
  • Smith pulls out as Ball reaches his delivery stride. There might be some disturbance behind the bowler's arm.
  • Drinks! 27 runs in the first hour for the loss of one wicket. Going has been really tough for the Aussies as England have bowled tidy lines to dry up the runs. Joe Root's funky field setting for Steven Smith along with Shaun Marsh's fifty and then his wicket were the chief highlights from the last 60 minutes.
  • 75.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 192/5
  • 75.5 Slower through the air on off, Paine pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 75.4 Fires it on off, Paine lunges forward and defends it.
  • 75.3 Flatter on off, no turn on offer. Paine defends it solidly.
  • 75.2 FOUR! Sevres a full toss, a poor ball outside off. Paine times his drive past the man at covers and into the fence.
  • 75.1 Fuller ball on off, Paine drives it to the man at covers.
  • Spin for the first time today! Moeen Ali is into the attack.
  • 74.6 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it. 188/5
  • 74.5 Fuller on off, tailing back in. Paine gets it off the inner half as he tries to defend it. It rolls towards mid-wicket and they cross.
  • 74.4 Bowls it on a length outside off, Paine comes forward and defends it to covers.
  • 74.3 Length outside off, Paine lets it be.
  • 74.2 Drifts it on the pads, Paine misses the flick to get hit on the pads. There is a muted appeal but the umpire remains put.
  • Deep square leg comes into a mid-wicket position now.
  • 74.1 Good length on off, Paine defends it back towards the bowler.
  • 73.6 Short on the body of the batsman. Smith moves away from the line and lets it through to the keeper. Just one from the over, another tight one from England. The runs have dried up here. 187/5
  • 73.5 Bouncer again! Smith comfortably ducks under it.
  • 73.4 Short to Smith but outside off, easily left.
  • 73.3 Short this time, a surprise ball. Paine is up for the challenge as he pulls it through backward square leg for a run.
  • 73.2 A different tactic to Paine, they are bowling at a more conventional length to him. On a good length outside off, Paine needs not play at it.
  • 73.1 Fuller in length around off, Paine drives it to the man at covers.
  • 72.6 Back of a length on off, Smith defends it to the man at covers. A maiden by Ball. 186/5
  • 72.5 Short again outside off, Smith evades it.
  • 72.4 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 72.3 Short ball outside off, Smith tries to play the upper cut but gets beaten. Risky from the skipper as they also have a third man in place.
  • 72.2 Back of a length on off, Smith defends it off the back foot and onto the ground.
  • 72.1 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 71.6 Finishes the over off with another short one on middle. Smith was waiting for it, as he pulls it through backward square leg for a run. 186/5
  • 71.5 No, no yorker. He once again bowls it a touch shorter on leg stump. Smith tucks it to the man at square leg.
  • 71.4 England have come up with a new tactic as the pitch might have quickened up a touch. They again bowl it short at Smith who again ducks under it. Time for a yorker now?
  • 71.3 Bangs it in on middle, Smith ducks under it.
  • 71.2 Shortish ball, not very short though. Paine picks the length early and pulls it through square leg for a run.
  • 71.1 Short ball again as there are three men out if he miscues his shot. Smith still goes for the pull and keeps it along the ground to the man at deep square leg for a run.
  • Just in - In a Sheffield Shield game against New South Wales, Glenn Maxwell has moved to 250 off 284 balls which includes 32 fours and 4 sixes. He is looking in extraordinary form and making his case strong for selection in the national team. On the lighter side, Australia are yet to reach 250.
  • 70.6 Fullish ball on middle, Paine drives it to mid on. 183/5
  • 70.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 70.4 FOUR! Off the mark in style! That should settle his nerves. Ball bowls a shorter in length ball outside off. Paine cuts it through backward point and the ball races to the fence.
  • 70.3 Fuller in length on off, Smith pushes it towards extra cover for a quick single.
  • 70.2 In the air... but safe! They are sticking with bowling short to the Aussie skipper and it almost paid off. Ball bangs it in, a well-directed bumper around off. Bounces a touch extra and also skids off the surface. Smith tries to fend at it but due to the extra lift the ball hits the top of the bat's shoulder and lobs towards gully. The fielder there runs in but it falls safely in front of him. That could have easily gone into his hands. Smith will breathe a sigh of relief. A good period of play here for England.
  • 70.1 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 70.1 WIDE! A bouncer which bounces way above the batsman's head and the umpire signals a wide.
  • Double Change! Jake Ball is into the attack now.
  • 69.6 Back of a length on off, Paine rocks onto the back foot and defends it back towards the bowler. A run from Woakes first over today. 177/5
  • 69.5 Good length on middle, Paine defends it off the front foot.
  • 69.4 Length on off, Paine lunges forward in defense.
  • 69.3 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 69.2 Bowls it on the pads, Paine flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 69.1 Angles it on middle, Smith walks across and flicks it through backward square leg for a run.
  • Michael Slater on the last wicket - Shaun Marsh committed himself early into the drive and as a result his bat came down early to meet the ball. Had he gone hard at it, he probably would have got it over mid off. Great deceptive bowling by Broad. Interestingly, he has been removed from the attack. In comes, Chris Woakes.
  • 68.6 Just ahead of a length outside off, Paine lets it through to the keeper. 176/5
  • A silly mid off is in place for Tim Paine.
  • 68.5 Shorter in length on middle, Smith swivels inside his crease and pulls it through backward square leg for a single. First run after 22 balls for the Aussies. Good tight stuff from England.
  • 68.4 Fuller in length on middle, Smith drives it to mid on.
  • 68.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 68.2 Another shorter one on middle. Smith evades it.
  • 68.1 BOUNCER! The batsman ducks under it.
  • 67.6 Angles it on the pads, Paine flicks it to mid-wicket. A successful over, wicket maiden! 175/5
  • 67.5 Length on off, the batsman defends it off the back foot.
  • 67.4 Good length on off, shapes away a touch after pitching. Paine tries to defend but gets an outside edge to gully.
  • 67.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • Tim Paine walks out to the middle. He joins his skipper. Interestingly, these two made their debut together against Pakistan at Lord's in 2010.
  • 67.2 OUT! Broad strikes! The change in angle and the variation has done the trick for England. He once again bowls the fast leg spinner outside off. Marsh fails to pick it and is early into the shot. He drives it uppishly to Anderson who takes a very easy catch at mid off. Very smart from Broad and great tactics from England. An ideal start for them as they have broken the 99-run stand. Marsh walks back immediately after reaching his half ton. A good knock by him but surely he would have wanted to score a big one. The home side now trail by 127 runs. England will now look to run through the lower order of the Australian batting line-up.
  • 67.1 A change in angle by Broad he comes over the wicket to Marsh and dishes out a length ball on middle. Marsh plants his front foot forward and defends it to mid off.
  • 66.6 Just ahead of a length on off, Steven defends it off the front foot. 175/4
  • 66.5 BEATEN! A loose shot by Smith, he is annoyed with himself. Lapse of concentration maybe? Anderson bowls it shorter in length outside off, Smith goes after it and tries to cut but gets beaten. That was really close to the edge.
  • 66.4 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 66.3 Angles it into the batsman, Smith flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 66.2 Fullish on middle, Smith drives it towards the bowler who crouches low and deflects it onto the stumps but Marsh has not left his crease.
  • 66.1 Good length outside off, Smith leaves it.
  • 65.6 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. A maiden from Broad. 175/4
  • 65.5 Fullish on middle, Marsh pushes it to mid on.
  • 65.4 A cutter by Broad around off. Marsh is early into the drive as he gets an inside edge onto his pads. Good variation from the tall, fast bowler. That was more like a fast leg spinner, reckons Mark Taylor on air.
  • 65.3 On a good length around off. Marsh confidently defends it to mid off.
  • 65.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 65.1 Good length, Marsh defends it off the front foot.
  • 64.6 50 for Marsh! An important knock not only for him but also for Australia. His 8th Test fifty and his first Ashes half ton. He acknowledges the applause from the crowd. Anderson bowls it fuller in length outside off, Marsh square drives it and finds the gap. The fielder gives it a chase from point and saves a run for his side with a slide. Just a raise of the bat by Shaun. He knows the job is not done yet. 175/4
  • 64.5 Fullish ball on off, Shaun eases it down to mid off.
  • 64.4 Angles it on the pads, Marsh tucks it towards mid-wicket.
  • Shaun Marsh is on 48. His family is in the stands waiting for his milestone. The comeback man will be eager to get to his 8th Test fifty. Australia will be hoping not too eager.
  • 64.3 Good length on off, Marsh defends it off the front foot.
  • There is not a lot of swing or sideways movement quite evidently. Hitting through the line seems pretty easy at the moment for the batsmen and the English pacers have their task cut out.
  • 64.2 A silly mid on in place for Marsh as Anderson bowls it fuller on off. Marsh defends it back to the bowler.
  • 64.1 Back of a length outside off, Smith punches it through covers for an easy run. A confident start by Australia today. They are looking to keep the scoreboard moving.
  • 63.6 Good length outside off, Marsh need not play at it. Just a boundary in the over by Broad. 171/4
  • 63.5 Length on middle, Marsh defends it.
  • Broad is stopped as he was running in. Interestingly it was Steven Smith who stopped him as the backward point fielder was moving back. Wonderful awareness from the Australian skipper.
  • 63.4 FOUR! Marsh is away now! Short and outside off, Shaun cashes in on the width offered and guides it past point for a boundary.
  • 63.3 On the money from Board! He bowls it on the stumps, on a length. Marsh, with authority defends it towards mid on.
  • 63.2 Errs in line and sprays it down the leg side. Marsh misses the flick and it goes through to the keeper.
  • 63.1 He comes from around the wicket to the left-hander. Angles it on the pads. Marsh tries to flick but fails to do so and the ball hits him on the pads. It rolls on the leg side, he thinks about a run but is sent back by his partner.
  • Stuart Broad will bowl from the other end. He too has only one slip in place.
  • 62.6 Good length on off, Smith defends it towards mid on for no runs. Two from the first over. 167/4
  • 62.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 62.4 Bowls it from wide of the crease and angles it on middle. Smith flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • Only a single slip in place now. He goes to mid-wicket.
  • 62.3 Better from Anderson. He bowls it fuller in length around off. Smith watchfully makes a leave.
  • 62.2 A similar length delivery to the last one but closer to the off pole. Smith punches it to the man at covers.
  • 62.1 He starts off with a loosener. Shortish outside off, Smith off the back foot punches it through the covers for a couple. Australia are underway.
  • The men concerned are out in the middle. It is a bit cloudy, but not that threatening at the moment. Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh will continue their innings. Australia would hope for them to continue from where they left off and build on their partnership. Early wickets is the need of the hour for England and James Anderson, their most experienced bowler, will start of the proceedings for them. He has two slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • The game is still wide open. Australia ended the second day on a high but they aren't out of troubled waters yet. They still trail by more than hundred runs and will have to bat sensibly in the first session today. Don't forget, they have only Tim Paine to come as the last recognized batsman who will be under tremendous pressure as he is making a comeback after years. England will be knowing that one wicket and they will be into a fragile Aussie zone. It promises to be another cracking day which will get underway 2 minutes early. Stay with us...
  • Hello, folks! Third day of a Test match is often considered to be the moving day and we are here to bring you all the action. So far, it's been a fascinating start to the Ashes 2017. Day 2 witnessed a collapse for England where they lost six wickets for just 56 runs but the action didn't stop there. The visiting team recovered quickly to snap the first four Aussie wickets for 76 runs but like their batting, they failed to capitalize. When it appeared that the English bowlers will roll over the Kangaroos, Steven Smith stepped up to the plate, like he has on so many occasions in the past, and along with Shaun Marsh steadied the ship.
  • ...Day 3, Session 1...
  • The pitch has not offered a lot to the pacers and it's still a good one for batting which was evident from the strokes played by Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith in the last session. The only real threat on this track appears to be Moeen Ali who received ample turn and bounce from the pitch. Also, the English seamers will be hoping for some reverse swing to happen to help their cause. Australia are still 137 runs behind and cannot afford to relax. This Test match continues to hang in balance and it's needless to say that the morning session will be very crucial for both teams as they will be eager to gain the upper hand. Do join us tomorrow for all the action from day 3. You can now hop over to the concerned tab to get the updates from the second Test between India and Sri Lanka. Cheers!
  • The Englishmen responded superbly after experiencing a collapse (6 for 56) in the morning session. Their bowling led by James Anderson and Stuart Broad was right on the money. They bowled tight lines to set things up and the fragile Aussie top order succumbed under pressure. Moeen Ali also utilized the conditions to his advantage and kept the Australian batsmen guessing. Joe Root looked in control as captain as he had plans for every batsmen, however, towards the latter stage of the day, his bowlers proved to be ineffective.
  • Outstanding work from the pair of Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh! The hosts were struggling after yet another flop show by their top order but the current partnership has revived their innings. Skipper Smith is playing yet another inspirational knock and has got very good support from Shaun Marsh. Together they are amidst an 89-run stand and the Kangaroos will hope that these two continue in a similar fashion tomorrow.
  • 61.6 Not the best of balls to end proceedings. Broad slips a good length delivery down the leg side, Marsh tries to flick but misses. That will be it, stumps on day 2! 165/4
  • 61.5 Excellent from Broad. Spears in an inswinging fullish delivery, around off, Marsh digs it out safely.
  • Short mid-wicket moves to square leg.
  • 61.4 Digs in a bouncer this time, Marsh ducks.
  • 61.3 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • A short extra cover in place to add to short mid off, short mid-wicket and silly mid on. Waiting for a loose drive from Marsh.
  • 61.2 Angling into the batsman, full and around middle and leg, Marsh covers the line and blocks it back.
  • 61.1 Broad steams in from round the wicket and angles in a full ball on off, Marsh dead bats it back towards the bowler.
  • 60.6 Good length delivery on off, staying a bit low, Smith crouches a bit and defends it to covers. 165/4
  • 60.5 Goes full this time, Anderson. Around middle, Smith keeps it out safely.
  • 60.4 Hint of some inward movement on this occasion, around off, Smith defends it close to his front pad.
  • 60.3 Keeps his line around off and Smith defends it with an angled bat to cover-point.
  • 60.2 Length ball angling into the batsman, Smith gets across the stumps and defends it to mid-wicket.
  • 60.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 59.6 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Marsh allows it through to end the over. 165/4
  • 59.5 Pitches it full and outside off, Marsh drives it to mid off.
  • 59.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 59.3 Lands it on a length again, some extra bounce there, Marsh defends it from the upper half of his bat.
  • 59.2 Once again Broad keeps a length ball around off, Marsh gets behind the line and blocks it back safely.
  • 59.1 Full and angling into the batsman, Marsh defends it to the on side.
  • Stuart Broad is back for his final burst of the day.
  • 58.6 Some movement back into the batsman, Smith stays back and defends it towards the leg side. 165/4
  • 58.5 Fullish and outside off, Marsh drives it to covers and calls for one.
  • 58.4 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 58.3 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 58.2 Full and outside off, Smith drives it off his front foot to covers. The fielder dives to his right to make a good stop.
  • 58.1 Short in length and outside off, Smith shoulders arms.
  • 57.6 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region. 163/4
  • 57.5 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. No run.
  • 57.4 Floated ball on off, Marsh defends it off his front foot.
  • 57.3 EDGY FOUR! A flatter and shorter delivery on off, spinning away a bit, Marsh rocks back and flashes his blade sharply through the line. It takes the top half of the bat and screams over Anderson at first slip for a boundary.
  • 57.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 57.1 Full flighted delivery on off, Marsh blocks it off his front foot.
  • 56.6 Shortish and on middle, worked on the leg side towards mid-wicket. 159/4
  • 56.5 Fullish again, outside off, Marsh plays a square drive and Stoneman dives to his left to stop the ball. A single taken.
  • 56.4 Very full and on middle, an off pace delivery at 116.2 kph, Marsh leans forward and digs it out back to the bowler from the toe end of the bat.
  • 56.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 56.2 Full and on off, straightening a bit, Marsh pushes at it with an angled bat and gets it away off the outside edge. Although, it rolls away safely to gully.
  • 56.1 Short in length and on off, Marsh defends it off his back foot.
  • 55.6 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 158/4
  • 55.5 Slower through the air, flighted and outside off, Marsh lunges to defend but it sneaks past the outside edge of his bat.
  • 55.4 Tossed up ball outside off, left alone.
  • 55.3 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region.
  • 55.2 Shortish and on off, Marsh goes on the back foot and plays it down to covers.
  • 55.1 Flighted and on off, driven off the front foot to covers.
  • 54.6 Beaten! First real threatening delivery that troubled the Aussie skipper. Landing on a length outside off, moving away a shade off the seam, Smith feels for it and is beaten. 157/4
  • Joe Root brings himself into the attack. A slip and short cover in place. 7 overs left in the day's play.
  • 54.5 Fullish and on middle, clipped off the pads to square leg.
  • 54.4 Good length delivery outside off, Smith goes on his back foot and punches it through covers for a couple.
  • 54.3 That long extension of Smith's arms as he drives a full ball down the ground. The timing is excellent but he finds the mid on fielder.
  • 54.2 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 54.1 A bit short and outside off, Smith hits it through the line from the back foot but finds the cover-point fielder.
  • Joe Root has a chat with his premium fast bowler. Only one slip and a gully along with a short mid-wicket in place.
  • 53.6 A good bouncer, around off, Marsh gets across the stumps a bit and then sways away from the line. 155/4
  • 53.5 A length delivery outside off, Marsh plays a delightful cover drive but fails to pierce the gap.
  • 53.4 Full and angling into the batsman, Smith presses forward and plays it from the inside half of the bat to mid-wicket. In the gap and they cross for a single.
  • 53.3 Width on offer outside off, short in length, Marsh camps back and cuts it through point. The fielder gives the chase and the batsmen run three.
  • 53.2 Another delivery in the channel outside off, Marsh allows it through.
  • 53.1 Ball continues to bowl round the wicket to Marsh. Serves it outside off and it's left alone.
  • 52.6 Around off, on a length, some extra bounce as Smith leaps to defend it down. 151/4
  • 52.5 FOUR! Back of a length delivery on off, Smith picks the length quickly, transfers his weight on the back foot and packs a punch through covers. Stoneman gives the chase but the ball wins the race.
  • A slip, leg gully, short cover and short mid-wicket in place. Joe Root has set an interesting field. This is an indication that the pitch is still on the slower side.
  • 52.4 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 52.3 This one cuts back into the batsman from around off, Smith defends it to short mid-wicket.
  • 52.2 Serves it on a length outside off, Smith defends it firmly off his back foot.
  • 52.1 Ouch, that would have hurt! Anderson slants in a good length delivery on off, angling in, Smith fails to cover the line as he attempts to defend. He takes a blow on the box and is down on his haunches in some pain. Can't do much there, just catch some breath and hope for the pain to reduce.
  • James Anderson is back into the attack.
  • 51.6 FOUR! Terrific shot! Ball runs in from around the wicket and angles in a full ball on off. Marsh takes a confident stride forward and drives it down the ground. Broad dives from mid on but fails to cut it off. It races past him and reaches the fence in no time. 147/4
  • 51.5 Bowls it full and on middle, it's pushed down towards mid on.
  • 51.4 Fuller in length and outside off, Smith strokes it off his front foot to wide mid off where Broad makes a fine diving stop. Saves three for his side.
  • 51.3 A good looking straight drive by Smith but Ball sticks his right hand out in his followthrough and makes the stop.
  • 51.2 Good length ball angling into the batsman, Smith shuffles across and defends it towards mid on.
  • Strangely the floodlights have been turned on. Although the sun is out.
  • 51.1 Short in length and outside off, left alone by Smith.
  • 50.6 Marsh has played that off the front foot and into the ground. Moeen completes his 19th over, he has worked relentlessly from one end. 142/4
  • 50.5 Presses forward to a full ball and defends it safely.
  • 50.4 Ali drags his length short and bowls it wide outside off, Marsh cuts it firmly square of the wicket and Mason Crane (sub) dives full length to his left to stop a certain boundary.
  • 50.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 50.2 Tossed up ball on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 50.1 FOUR! Beautiful shot! A floated full ball outside off, Marsh walks out of the crease, a bit late so that the bowler doesn't sense it and then crunches his drive through covers for a boundary. He is growing in confidence and is looking a lot settled at the crease now.
  • 49.6 Spears in a full ball on middle, Marsh leans forward and works it through square leg for a run. 138/4
  • 49.5 Pulls his length back a bit and lands it around off, it shapes away a shade after hitting the deck and Marsh defends it from the back foot.
  • 49.4 On a length and outside off, angling in, Marsh takes a small stride forward as he plays it down towards backward point.
  • 49.3 Good length delivery on off, Marsh rocks back and pushes at it with an angled bat. Finds point.
  • 49.2 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 49.1 Digs in a short delivery outside off, Smith stands tall and smashes it through the gap between short cover-point and backward point for three runs.
  • 48.6 Throws it up in the air, some extra flight at 85.2 kph, spinning away, Marsh guards his stumps before letting it through. 134/4
  • 48.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 48.4 Flighted and outside off, further spinning away, Marsh allows it through.
  • 48.3 Walks down the track to a full ball and pushes it towards mid on.
  • 48.2 Once again Marsh drives it off his front foot but finds the fielder.
  • 48.1 Fuller and outside off, driven off the front foot to covers.
  • 47.6 Once again it's on the shorter side outside off, Smith goes on his toes and steers it through point for a couple of runs. 134/4
  • 47.5 Short but too wide to trouble the batsman. Smith remains unperturbed.
  • 47.4 Good length delivery landing outside off and straightening off the pitch, Smith defends it off his back foot.
  • 47.3 Jumping onto the batsman from a shortish length outside off, Smith immediately takes his bottom hand off the handle as he tries to defend it.
  • 47.2 Back of a length delivery outside off, Smith goes on the back foot and punches it through extra cover. Broad moves across to his left from mid off, slides and stops the ball. No run taken. Good piece of fielding.
  • 47.1 Too full and too wide outside off, Smith has nothing to do with it.
  • Jake Ball is back for another spell.
  • 46.6 Flighted full outside off, driven off the front foot to mid off. 132/4
  • 46.5 Tossed up on off, defended with the spin to the off side.
  • 46.4 Steps down the track to a full ball and defends it back.
  • 46.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 46.2 FOUR! A loopy full ball around middle, Marsh skips down the track to take it on the full and clips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. Runs are starting to flow in the last couple of overs for the Aussies. 7 from the last over and five of the first two balls from this over.
  • 46.1 Fifty for Steven Smith, his 22nd in Test cricket. Well appreciated by the crowd, they know the importance of this innings. Tossed up ball outside off, Smith gets on the front foot and opens the face of the bat to help it towards backward point. They cross for a single. The Aussie skipper is once again doing what he does best! Australia need a big one from him.
  • 45.6 A little short in length and on middle, Smith uses his wrists nicely to work it through backward square leg for a single. 127/4
  • 45.5 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 45.4 Short in length on middle, Marsh works it in the gap at mid-wicket for a run. 50-run stand comes up, these two are doing it very well.
  • 45.3 FOUR! Fine shot! Woakes hurls across a short delivery around off, from round the wicket, Marsh this time stands tall to get on top of the delivery and pulls it in front of square leg for a boundary.
  • 45.2 A good looking pull shot this time by Smith. He rides the bounce nicely and just rolls his wrists over it. Doesn't try to hit it hard but it still speeds down to deep square leg. There is a fielder in the deep and hence only a single.
  • 45.1 Arrows in a fuller length ball on middle, Smith leans forward and across before flicking it straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 44.6 Drags his length back on middle, turning back in. Smith waits for the ball to do its bit and then flicks it through square leg for a run. 120/4
  • 44.5 FOUR! A gift to Smith, a full toss but still has to be put away. Moeen dishes a full toss outside off, Smith times it through covers and the ball races away.
  • 44.4 Works it with the spin on the leg side.
  • 44.3 Floats it full outside off, Smith tries to drive but gets it off the outside edge through short third man for a couple.
  • 44.2 Slower through the air outside off, Smith first looks to cover drive it but then seeing the ball turn sharply he adjusts and guides it to the slip fielder.
  • 44.1 Flatter on off, goes on with the arm. Smith defends it off the front foot.
  • 43.6 Angles it on the pads, Marsh flicks it to the man at mid-wicket. 113/4
  • 43.5 Good length closer to the off stump this time, Marsh has to play at it. He camps back and defends it.
  • 43.4 Again bowls it well outside off the batsman need not play at it.
  • 43.3 Bowls it on a length closer to the off pole. Marsh trusts the line and the bounce before letting it through to the keeper.
  • 43.2 Back of a length on off, Marsh defends it onto the ground off the back foot.
  • 43.1 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • Drinks break. After losing Peter Handscomb immediately after the tea break, the current pair has steadied the ship a bit with a partnership which has consumed 109 balls. England have bowled nicely in this session and would want to end the day on a high.
  • 42.6 Nice loop on this delivery as it lands full outside off, Smith takes his front leg outside the line of the stumps and defends it close to his front pad. 113/4
  • 42.5 Smith has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 42.4 Pulls his length back a shade and serves it around off, Smith immediately moves back and defends it solidly.
  • 42.3 Flighted off spinner landing outside off, Smith leans forward and defends it near his front pad.
  • 42.2 Jumps out of the crease to a full ball and pushes it to the right of the silly mid on fielder.
  • 42.1 Too full in length on off, Smith defends it back to the bowler.
  • 41.6 Another watchful leave outside the off stump to end the over. 113/4
  • 41.5 Good length delivery angling away from the batsman, Marsh shoulders arms.
  • 41.4 FOUR! Cracking shot! Width on offer outside off, that too plenty, Marsh exercises his arms and spanks it past the diving point fielder for a boundary.
  • 41.3 Marsh has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 41.2 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 41.1 Short and on middle, Smith shuffles and works it through backward square leg for a run.
  • 40.6 On the shorter side is Moeen, around off and Smith eases it from the back foot through mid-wicket for one. 108/4
  • 40.5 Works it away towards wide mid on and takes a single.
  • 40.4 Marsh walks down the track and then tries to defend it with his bat and pad together. Bairstow appeals vociferously, thinking it's pad first but the umpire shakes his head, reckoning it's bat. No review taken by England.
  • 40.3 Shortish and on off, punched towards mid on for a run.
  • 40.2 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 40.1 Tossed up ball on middle, flicked to mid-wicket.
  • 39.6 Angling away from the batsman, Marsh inside edges his attempted cover drive through his legs to square leg. 9 from the over! 105/4
  • 39.5 Shortish and on off, punched off the back foot to extra cover for one.
  • 39.4 FOUR! Wrong line this time by Chris. He serves it full and on middle and leg, Smith tickles it off his pads and fetches a boundary at fine leg.
  • 39.3 LUCKY FOUR! Heart in mouth stuff for the Australian skipper. Woakes tests him with a short ball outside off, Smith decides to pull it but is not in full control of the shot. It goes aerially but drops right in between the two fielders in the deep before crossing the rope. 100 up for Australia!
  • 39.2 Pitches it full and outside off, Smith drives it towards mid off this time.
  • 39.1 Darts in a full ball on middle, Smith gets across and pushes it down to mid on.
  • 38.6 Full and flighted on middle, helped on the leg side but straight to mid-wicket. 96/4
  • Chris Woakes replaces Broad in the attack. A leg gully in place like it was when he was bowling earlier to the Aussie skipper.
  • 38.5 Flighted ball on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 38.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 38.3 Another edge which has not carried in this over. Flighted ball on middle, Marsh prods forward to defend and does so with gentle hands. Gets it away off the outside edge and it sneaks through between two slip fielders for a couple of runs.
  • 38.2 Spinning back into the batsman from outside off, Smith works it wide of mid on for a run.
  • 38.1 Edged but didn't carry! Tossed up ball outside off, Smith leans forward to defend it but gets a soft outside edge. Doesn't carry to Root at first slip.
  • 37.6 Back of a length delivery outside off, shaping back in, Marsh covers the line and shoulders arms. Testing over! 93/4
  • 37.5 Serves it full and outside off, Marsh drives it off his front foot to mid off.
  • 37.4 Slips one down the leg side, Marsh moves across the stumps and then fails to connect with the flick shot.
  • 37.3 Angling into the batsman around off, Marsh gets forward and defends it to the leg side.
  • 37.2 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 37.1 Not out! It has not done enough. Broad runs in from around the wicket and dishes out a good length ball outside off. Marsh takes a stride forward and then decides not to offer any shot. To his surprise, the ball nips back into him off the seam to hit him on the back leg. Broad appeals but the umpire disagrees. Now, he walks up to his skipper and somehow convinces him to take the DRS. Joe Root falls for it. He signals for the DRS only to find out that the ball has not moved back in enough to hit the timber. The impact too was outside off, but that would not have mattered as the batsman was not offering any shot. Anyway, Broad has cost England a review.
  • Shout for an lbw! Not given. Stuart Broad wants it reviewed (like he always wants) and Joe Root obliges. The batsman has not offered any shot there but has that swung in enough to hit the stumps? Let's wait and watch...
  • 36.6 Finally Marsh scores some runs after 24 dot balls. Short in length and outside off, Marsh cuts it past backward point and takes three runs. 93/4
  • 36.5 Nearly knocks his skipper off! Flighted ball on middle, Marsh walks down the track and hits it straight back. Smith takes evasive action to duck under it. It goes straight to mid on and Marsh has to backtrack inside the crease.
  • 36.4 Leans forward to a full ball and drives it towards cover-drive.
  • 36.3 Quicker one on off, Marsh pushes it on the off side with an angled bat.
  • 36.2 Floated full ball on off, defended back to the bowler off the front foot.
  • 36.1 Flatter and shorter outside off, Marsh cuts it straight to point.
  • 35.6 Short in length and outside off, Smith gets down and allows it through to the keeper. 90/4
  • 35.5 Lands it on a length outside off, Smith shoulders arms.
  • 35.4 Shortish and on off, defended off the back foot by Smith.
  • 35.3 FOUR! A boundary after 54 balls and it's a quality shot from the bat of a quality batsman. There is a reason he is the best in the world at the moment. Broad bowls it full and angles it into the batsman, Smith gets across a bit, covers the line and movement before unfurling a sumptuous on drive for a boundary.
  • 35.2 On a length and around off, Smith rather than going for the ball, waits for it to come. Stays back and dead bats it to the off side.
  • 35.1 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Smith allows it through to the keeper.
  • 34.6 Flighted and on off, Marsh jumps out of the crease and drives it firmly through the line. The silly point fielder leaps to evade it but it goes off his body to point. 19 dot balls now for Shaun Marsh. He has to be patient. 86/4
  • 34.5 Tossed up ball on middle, Marsh lunges and blocks it to mid-wicket.
  • 34.4 Flatter arm ball on off, Marsh moves back and keeps it out from the back foot.
  • 34.3 Once again a little movement down the track by Marsh as he flicks it towards mid-wicket. Good intent by Shaun.
  • 34.2 Uses his feet to get to the pitch of the delivery but drives it straight to short cover.
  • 34.1 Presses forward to a full ball and pushes it with the spin to point.
  • 33.6 Back of a length delivery just outside off, Smith shuffles across the stumps to cover the line and dead bats it near the surface. 86/4
  • 33.5 Wasteful bouncer, not troubling the batsman as it's outside off. Smith makes an easy leave again.
  • 33.4 Outside off, holding its line, allowed through by the Aussie skipper.
  • 33.3 This one is angled into the batsman, Smith has to play at it and he does so by moving across the sticks. A dead straight bat offered in defense.
  • 33.2 A bouncer this time, around off, Smith sways away from the line of fire.
  • 33.1 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, Smith leaves it alone with utmost ease.
  • 32.6 Tossed up ball on middle, easily defended on the off side by Marsh. He has not looked too bothered against Moeen. 86/4
  • 32.5 Marsh has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 32.4 Presses forward to a full ball and defends it to the off side.
  • 32.3 Goes slower through the air and bowls it full around off, Marsh drives it on the up and gets deflected off the silly point fielder's body. The short cover fielder, Cook moves across to his right to catch the ball and a stifled appeal is made by the keeper. Nothing from the umpire. The replays show it was a bump ball and hit the turf before getting deflected.
  • 32.2 Lunges to a full ball and pushes it in front of silly point.
  • 32.1 Walks forward to a full ball and eases it down to long on for a single.
  • Change of ends for Moeen Ali.
  • 31.6 Turns it off his pads to mid-wicket for a single. 85/4
  • 31.5 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 31.4 A wobbly seam delivery, landing on a length outside off and curling away. Smith has nothing to do with it.
  • 31.3 Drops it on a length and outside off, holding its line, Smith shoulders arms.
  • 31.2 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 31.1 Back of a length delivery outside off, Smith punches it off his back foot towards cover-point and looks for a run. But Marsh sees a diving stop made by Stoneman and sends his skipper back.
  • Stuart Broad replaces Moeen in the attack. Only one slip and a gully in place for Steven Smith.
  • 30.6 Full and around leg. Marsh remains back and defends it quietly on the leg side. 84/4
  • 30.5 A length ball on off, Marsh defends it back off his front foot.
  • 30.4 Straighter in line, Smith tucks it through backward square leg for a single. Moves to 21 and Michael 'Pup' Clarke screams in joy as he informs us that Steven Smith averages 95 once he goes past 20. Hmm... Should England be worried then?
  • 30.3 Bouncer around off, Smith drops his wrists and allows it through to the keeper.
  • 30.2 Beaten! Anderson changes his line and bowls it outside off, Smith pushes inside the line and misses.
  • 30.1 Length ball on middle and leg, Smith shuffles and tickles it to square leg.
  • 29.6 Fuller and on middle, driven down towards mid on. A quick maiden by Moeen. 83/4
  • 29.5 A touch flatter and shorter on off, Marsh pushes himself on the back foot in defense.
  • 29.4 Out comes the arm ball, around middle and skidding down, Marsh gets forward and works it away with the inner half of the bat to square leg.
  • 29.3 Tossed up ball on off, Marsh lunges and blocks it safely to the off side.
  • 29.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 29.1 Flighted and full on off, Marsh draws forward and drives it back to the bowler.
  • 28.6 Once again it's full around leg and Smith finds the square leg fielder with his flick shot. 83/4
  • 28.5 Fullish and on leg, helped to square leg.
  • 28.4 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 28.3 Gets across the stumps and helps it towards the leg side, not in the gap.
  • 28.2 A touch short around off, rising more than the batsman anticipated. Smith dealt well with it as he tapped it down on the leg side.
  • 28.1 The batsman has pushed it to the cover region.
  • 27.6 Slow spin away from the batsman, Marsh presses forward to defend but it catches the outside edge and goes past the slip fielder. Two runs taken. Good that SM played it with soft hands. 83/4
  • 27.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 27.4 Floated full on off, Shaun defends it back after taking a good positive forward stride.
  • 27.3 This one is fired into the batsman at 90.1 kph. An arm ball skidding back in, Marsh blocks it watchfully.
  • 27.2 Flighted full ball on off, Marsh takes his front leg forward and defends it back.
  • 27.1 Turning back into the batsman from outside off, a touch on the shorter side, Smith stays back to work it in the gap behind square leg for a single.
  • 26.6 Beauty of a delivery. Anderson angles it across, lands it on off and gets it to nip away. Marsh is squared up a bit as it whizzes past the outside edge. 80/4
  • Short extra cover in place.
  • 26.5 Gets forward to a full ball and pushes it towards mid off.
  • 26.4 Hurls in a length ball outside off, Marsh allows it through.
  • 26.3 FOUR! Crunched! This shot will give him a lot of confidence. Anderson pitches it full and outside off, Shaun Marsh leans into the drive and crisply strokes it through covers for a glorious boundary.
  • 26.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 26.1 Angling away from the batsman, on a length, Marsh pushes at it with an angled bat to the off side.
  • 25.6 Spinning back in from around off, Smith remains inside the crease and defends it to the leg side. 76/4
  • 25.5 Gets it away with the spin but finds the mid-wicket fielder.
  • 25.4 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 25.3 Drifting into the batsman outside off, not enough spin, Smith is caught pushing and missing inside the line.
  • 25.2 Gets on the front foot and pushes it back.
  • 25.1 Flatter and on middle, punched off the back foot to the leg side.
  • Moeen Ali is inserted into the attack. Smart ploy with Shaun Marsh in the middle.
  • 24.6 Beaten first up! Nervous beginning for Shaun. He gets a length ball in the zone outside off, angling away, Marsh with a sorry footwork pushes at it and misses. 76/4
  • Shaun Marsh is the new batsman. Plenty of talks regarding his selection and now he has a point to prove. Glenn Maxwell who came in as his cover has already stroked a century for Victoria in Sheffield Shield and is breathing down his neck.
  • 24.5 OUT! That's hitting the leg stump. As I was talking on the previous deliveries that Handscomb is quite hesitant in getting on the front foot, it has eventually cost him dearly. Anderson is too good a bowler to not realize that the batsman is hesitant to commit himself forward. He lets out a fuller length ball around off, cutting back in, Handscomb has his entire weight on the back foot as he attempts to flick it on the leg side. He falls over a bit and misses the ball completely to get hit on the back leg. They all erupt in a huge appeal but the umpire is not interested. Joe Root consults his bowler and keeper before taking the help of technology. The replays roll in and finds that Peter is hit in line and it's going on to disturb the leg stump. A wicket immediately after the break, just what the doctor ordered for England. Australia trail by 226 runs and are in deep, deep trouble.
  • Shout for an lbw! The umpire shows no interest and Joe Root takes the referral after having a chat with his keeper and bowler. That looks quite adjacent to the stumps. Let's see what the replays say...
  • 24.4 Keeping his line on and around off, on a length, Peter once again gets behind the line in defense. Not getting forward enough.
  • 24.3 Good lines from Jimmy. He is targeting the off stump line. Serves a back of a length ball on this occasion and Handscomb defends it solidly off his back foot.
  • 24.2 Good length delivery landing outside off, shaping back in a bit, Handscomb decides to block it from the crease rather than getting forward.
  • 24.1 Starts the spell with a length ball angling into the batsman, Handscomb stays back footed while working it on the leg side.
  • Back for the last session. The Englishmen are taking the field. Steven Smith and Peter Handscomb have a big task in front of them. The 37 overs left in the day's play could very well give us the indication which way this Test match is heading. James Anderson runs in with two slips and a gully.
  • Day 2, third session...
  • Australia, on the other hand, have found it very difficult to form a partnership. The Warner-Smith stand did look like it would steady the ship before the former departed. Now they still trail by 226 runs and with the captain and Handscomb in the middle, the home side will be hoping for a big partnership. Join us after the break for the final session.
  • Brilliant bowling by England and they head into the break with good control on this Test match. The captaincy by Joe Root has been top notch as he had plans against every batsmen. Stuart Broad started it up front by bagging the debutant, Cameron Bancroft early. He was soon followed by Khawaja who once again fell prey to a spinner, a big in his armour. Jake Ball got the big wicket of Warner and the away side will now try and trigger a collapse after the break.
  • 23.6 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment. TEA ON DAY 2! 76/3
  • 23.5 Shorter in length outside off, the batsman punches it through cover-point for three.
  • 23.4 Four running runs there, how often do you see that now-a-days! Short and wide outside off by Ball. Seeing the width on offer, Handscomb's eyes lit up. He cuts it through point. Vince gives it a chase and slides and pulls it back in before the ball crosses the rope but the batsmen run four.
  • 23.3 Fuller in length on middle, Peter defends it off the front foot.
  • 23.2 FOUR! Ball lands it on a length outside off, Handscomb tries to defend but it goes off the outside half of the bat along the ground past the diving gully fielder for a boundary. Soft hands!
  • 23.1 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 22.6 This time he gets the flick away. Fuller on the pads, Smith flicks it through backward square leg for a brace. The fielder misfields but does not concede any extra run. 65/3
  • 22.5 Ahead of a length on middle, Smith defends it off the front foot.
  • 22.4 Drifts it on the pads, Smith goes for the flick but fails to connect. The ball hits the pads and goes to leg slip.
  • 22.3 Angles it into the pads, Smith flicks it to square leg.
  • 22.2 Fuller in length on middle, Smith flicks it to mid-wicket.
  • 22.1 Back of a length on off, Smith defends it to mid off.
  • A leg slip in place for Steven Smith.
  • 21.6 Good length on middle, the batsman defends it off the front foot. 63/3
  • 21.5 Short outside off, Handscomb goes for the cut but gets an inside edge and the ball rolls to the keeper.
  • 21.4 Fuller in length on middle. Peter drives it to mid on.
  • 21.3 A yorker on middle, excellent bowling. Handscomb does well to dig it out. Good cricket all around.
  • 21.2 Back of a length on off, Handscomb pushes it to point.
  • 21.1 Angles it into the batsman. Handscomb pushes it to mid on.
  • 20.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 63/3
  • 20.5 Just behind a length on off, Smith defends it showing the full face of the bat.
  • 20.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 20.3 Good length outside off, Smith lets it be.
  • 20.2 Back of a length on off, Smith defends it off the back foot.
  • 20.1 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • James Anderson is back into the attack.
  • 19.6 The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. The batsmen have run through for a single. 63/3
  • 19.5 Off the mark with three! Shorter in length outside off, Handscomb punches it through backward point for three.
  • Peter Handscomb walks out to the middle. Joe Root is quite vocal in the field and Shane Warne (on air) compares him with a traffic cop. The English skipper has employed three slips, a gully and a point in the catching position for the new batsman.
  • 19.4 OUT! A soft dismissal! Warner is walking back, what a wicket for England. Ball provides it. He bangs it a touch short on middle, cramping Warner for room. He jumps and tries to pull it but does so uppishly and straight to mid-wicket where Malan takes it on the second attempt. He has gotten out a lot of times playing this kind of a shot in the past. Ball is absolutely pumped. Australia in big trouble here. They still trail by another 243 runs.
  • 19.3 Back of a length on off, Warner guides it through point and some good running helps them take two.
  • 19.2 Short ball on middle, Smith pulls it along the ground to deep square leg for a run.
  • 19.1 Good length outside off, Smith opts not to play at it.
  • 18.6 Smith makes good use of his feet, he gets to the pitch of the ball and flicks it through mid-wicket. The fielder at square leg makes good ground to his left, slides and saves a run for his side. Warner there wanted the fourth run but was sent back by his partner. 56/2
  • 18.5 The batsman has played it to the point region. One run added to the total.
  • 18.4 FOUR! DEFT! Flatter outside off, Warner waits for it to come to him and then opens the face of the bat to guide it through short third man for a boundary.
  • 18.3 Very full on middle, Warner clips it to mid-wicket.
  • 18.2 Works it with the angle to mid-wicket. That was darted into the batsman at 90.2 kph.
  • 18.1 Flatter on off, Warner defends it off the front foot.
  • 17.6 Just ahead of a length on off, Smith defends it towards mid off for no runs. 48/2
  • 17.5 Goes wide of the crease, angles it into the batsman. Smith trusts the bounce and does not play at it.
  • 17.4 Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 17.3 Fullish in length on off, Smith times his drive perfectly to mid off but fails to find the gap.
  • 17.2 Fullish ball on off, Warner eases it towards wide mid off for a run.
  • 17.2 NO BALL! The first of this innings! Ball oversteps as he lands a full ball on off. Warner drives it straight to mid off.
  • 17.1 Good length around off, Warner defends it off the front foot.
  • Jake Ball is into the attack now.
  • 16.6 Tucks it with the spin on the leg side but straight to short leg. 46/2
  • 16.5 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball to the off side.
  • 16.4 Tosses it up on off, Warner drives it towards mid off for a run.
  • 16.3 Short ball, turning back in. Smith goes back and pulls it through mid-wicket. He, however, does not quite get it off the middle, still enough to earn him three.
  • 16.2 Uses his feet and strokes it down towards mid on for a run.
  • 16.1 The batsman has driven it through mid on.
  • 15.6 Good length outside off, Steven opts not to play at it. So, an entire over has gone by without a delivery around leg, near Smith's rib cage. Maybe, Woakes wanted to make the Aussie skipper conscious with that field placement. 41/2
  • 15.5 Goes wide of the crease and bowls it on a length on off, Smith defends it solidly.
  • 15.4 Back of a length on off, Smith defends it off the back foot.
  • Chris Woakes is working with a leg gully in place. Steven Smith often shuffles way too across the stumps as his trigger movement. Generally, he is very strong off his hips but Woakes maybe is expecting a miscued shot from him early in his innings.
  • 15.3 Fuller outside off, wanting Smith to drive. He resists and lets it through.
  • 15.2 Just ahead of a length outside off, Smith lets it be.
  • 15.1 Fuller in length outside off, Warner drives it towards wide mid off for a run.
  • 14.6 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 40/2
  • 14.5 Tosses it up, Smith lets it turn and closes the face of the bat and tucks it through square leg for a run.
  • 14.4 Quicker on off, Smith defends it off the back foot.
  • 14.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 14.2 Works it with the spin to mid-wicket.
  • 14.1 Flatter on off, Smith prods forward and blocks it.
  • 13.6 Good length on middle, Warner defends it with authority. 38/2
  • 13.5 Angles it on middle, Smith walks across and flicks it down towards fine leg to change strike.
  • 13.4 Errs in line and drifts on the pads. Smith flicks it through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 13.3 Fuller in length on middle, Smith drives it towards mid on. The fielder there runs to his left and makes a good stop.
  • 13.2 Length outside off, Smith needs not play at those.
  • 13.1 Good length outside off, Smith lets it be.
  • 12.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 35/2
  • 12.5 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman.
  • 12.4 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 12.3 Fires it on middle, Warner drives it down to mid on.
  • 12.2 Fuller in length on off, Warner drives it to covers again.
  • Talk about deep observation. Our friend and colleague points about the involvement of three Pakistani origin cricketers in the last dismissal, Moeen Ali, Usman Khawaja and Aleem Dar. Good to have some subcontinent flavour in Ashes.
  • 12.1 Floats it up on off, Warner drives it to the man at covers. There are two fielders there waiting for any aerial shot.
  • 11.6 Back of a length on off, Smith defends it solidly. 35/2
  • 11.5 A brave leave by Smith. Woakes makes good use of the crease and angles it into the batsman. Much closer to the off pole but Smith covers his off stump and leaves it.
  • 11.4 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 11.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 11.2 Good length on off, Smith defends it off the front foot.
  • 11.1 FOUR! WOW! What a shot! Fuller on middle, trying to get Smith LBW. He is up for the challenge and drives it through mid on for a boundary.
  • 10.6 Flatter on middle, Warner punches it to covers. 31/2
  • 10.5 Fuller on middle, Smith flicks it through square leg to get off the mark.
  • 10.4 Works it with the spin to short leg.
  • Steven Smith, the skipper, walks out to the middle. A slip, a leg slip and a silly mid on in place.
  • 10.3 OUT! Khawaja's trouble against spin continues! The plan to introduce Moeen early has worked! Joe Root is absolutely delighted and why won't he be, they now have Australia in a spot of bother here. Ali bowls the slider on off, that comes in with the arm. Khawaja plays for the turn and is beaten as there isn't any. He gets hit on the front pad. The players appeal and the umpire raises his finger. Khawaja knew he was a dead duck and walks away towards the hut. Replays later on show that there were three reds and it was smart of Khawaja he did not review.
  • 10.2 BEATEN! Ali bowls it wide outside off, gets it to turn away. Khawaja need not play at those but still tries to defend it and gets beaten.
  • 10.1 Driven through mid on by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 9.6 Short and width on offer, Warner cuts it but there is a man in the deep at point so it is only a run. 29/1
  • 9.5 Length ball on middle, Warner defends it off the back foot.
  • 9.4 Shorter in length on middle, Khawaja pulls it nicely towards backward square leg. Ali there slides and makes a good stop as the batsmen run one.
  • 9.3 Fullish outside off, Khawaja resists the temptaion as driving it and lets it be.
  • 9.2 Just ahead of a length on middle, Khawaja defends it towards mid om.
  • 9.1 Starts off with a length ball on off, Khawaja defends it.
  • Chris Woakes is into the attack.
  • 8.6 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 27/1
  • 8.5 Shorter in length outside off, Warner cuts it to point.
  • 8.4 BEATEN! Just like Lyon in the first innings, Ali is also getting the spin. He gets the ball to drift into the batsman and then gets it to spin away. Warner lunges forward to block it but gets beaten.
  • 8.3 A full toss has been driven superbly to the covers but not in the gap this time.
  • 8.2 FOUR! Ali tosses it up outside off, Warner drives it through covers beautifully. The fielder from mid off gives it a chase but in vain.
  • 8.1 Very full outside off, Warner squeezes it to covers.
  • Spin introduced early! Moeen Ali is into the attack. He is brought on early as there are two left-handers and this pitch has assisted spin.
  • 7.6 He comes over the wicket and lands it on a length around off. Khawaja defends it off the front foot. 23/1
  • 7.5 Angles it on the pads, Khawaja flicks it through square leg for a brace.
  • 7.4 Pulls his length back on off, Warner pushes it towards mid off for a run.
  • 7.3 Fuller on middle, Warner plays it back to the bowler who misfields but does not concede a run.
  • 7.2 A stifled appeal by Broad! He bowls it full on middle, Warner tries to flick but gets an inside edge onto his pads. The players appeal but then pull out of it.
  • 7.1 Shorter in length around off, Warner pulls it towards deep backward square leg and some good running helps him take two.
  • 6.6 Shorter in length, Khawaja goes for the pull but gets an under edge onto his pads. 18/1
  • 6.5 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 6.4 Length on middle, Khawaja defends it off the back foot.
  • 6.3 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 6.2 FOUR! Full and wide outside off, Khawaja square drives it to get his first boundary. Not quite from the middle of the bat but still enough to run through the gap at backward point.
  • 6.1 Length on middle, Warner plays it towards mid on and sets off for a run. The fielder is quick to the ball and has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. No harm done.
  • 5.6 Good length outside off, Khawaja lets it be. 13/1
  • 5.5 Just ahead of a length on off, UJ defends it solidly.
  • 5.4 Fuller on middle, the batsman drives it to mid on.
  • 5.3 FOUR! STREAKY! Back of a length on off, shapes away after pitching. Khawaja tries to defend but gets an outside edge past the diving Root at third slip for a boundary.
  • 5.2 Flicks it with the angle through square leg for an easy run.
  • 5.1 Wide enough for the batsman to play at it.
  • 4.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 8/1
  • 4.5 Second time in the over! Lovely stuff from Anderson. He bowls it around off and middle, gets it to shape away. Khawaja lazily pokes at it to get beaten.
  • 4.4 Bowls it on a length outside off, Khawaja lets it be.
  • 4.3 Good length on off, UJ defends it off the back foot.
  • 4.2 BEATEN! Lands it on a length around off, angles it away. Khawaja tries to defend but gets beaten.
  • 4.1 Flicks it off his pads through square leg for a run.
  • 3.6 The batsman defends it from within the crease. 7/1
  • 3.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • Usman Khawaja walks out at number 3.
  • 3.4 OUT! The commentators on-air just mentioned they should be bowling it outside off to him and Broad exactly does that to get the reward. He was shaping it into Bancroft before this and now bowls an away swinger. Fuller outside off, inviting the batsman to drive. Bancroft obliges and goes for it but gets an edge in doing so. Bairstow behind the stumps dives to his right and takes a fine catch. A short stay for the debutant and England get an early wicket.
  • 3.3 As I say that he bags a two through square leg! Broad once again bowls it on the pads, Bancroft flicks it through square leg for a brace.
  • 3.2 Angles it on middle, Bancroft flicks it to the man at mid on. He looks a strong player through the leg side.
  • 3.1 Broad comes around the wicket to the left-hander and lands it on a length around off, Warner taps it towards mid off for a quick single.
  • 2.6 Bowled outside off, the batsman need not play at those. 4/0
  • 2.5 Length outside off, Bancroft lets it be.
  • 2.4 Wide enough for the batsman to not play at it.
  • 2.3 Appeal but not given! Too high! Anderson gets it to shape into the batsman from middle. Bancroft tries to flick but misses and is struck on the pads. The players appeal but the umpire remains put.
  • 2.2 Shorter in length on middle, Warner tucks it towards mid-wicket to change strike and get off the mark.
  • 2.1 Good length on middle, Warner defends it off the back foot.
  • 1.6 A peach to finish! He goes wide of the crease and angles it into the batsman. Broad gets the ball to move away after pitching it around off. Bancroft tries to defend but gets beaten. A good over by him, a maiden to start up. 3/0
  • 1.5 Just ahead of a length on off, Bancroft defends it back to the bowler who catches the ball and mimes a throw at the striker's end.
  • 1.4 Lands it on a length on middle, Bancroft defends it stoutly.
  • 1.3 Bancroft flicks it with the angle to mid-wicket who makes a good stop diving to his right.
  • 1.2 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 1.1 Comes steaming in and bowls it right on the money on off. Bancroft defends it with authority off the back foot.
  • Stuart Broad to bowl from the other end. He too has three slips in place and a gully.
  • 0.6 On the pads, Bancroft flicks it down to fine leg to keep strike in the next over. 3/0
  • 0.5 Back of a length on middle, the batsman pushes it to mid on.
  • My colleague informs me the exact reason why there is a silly mid on in place. He mentions that Cameron Bancroft has played county cricket in England and loves playing down the ground. The English bowlers will be knowing this fact and as a result they are prepared with their game plan. Good to see that they are paying so much attention even to a debutant.
  • 0.4 First Test runs for Bancroft, that should settle his nerves. Anderson bowls it on a length and gets it to shape away. Bancroft guides it through backward point. The fielder from third slip gives it a chase, dives and pushes the ball back. The batsmen run two.
  • 0.3 On the stumps, at a length. The batsman defends it off the back foot.
  • 0.2 The out swinger this time, but the line is outside off. Bancroft need not play at it.
  • 0.1 Anderson bowls the first over with a silly mid on, three slips and a gully. He lands it on a length around off, shapes in a touch. Bancroft, on debut, makes a watchful leave.

Australia Vs England Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • That's all from England, they lose their last four wickets for only 10 runs and have set a target of 170 runs in front of the Aussies. We sensed a momentum shift after the tea break when the pair of Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow started to counterattack. Soon, Steven Smith was put on the defensive which was evident from his field placement. But a rather debatable decision against Moeen Ali opened the floodgates. The English lower order just failed to withstand the short pitch stuff from the Aussies and surrendered meekly. Tea has been taken and we will join you on the other side with Australia's reply.
  • 71.4 OUT! That is it! Australia have blown the tail away here. A barrage of short balls have done the job. Cummins comes steaming in and bangs it short, a well-directed one. Ball has taken his eyes off the ball as he tries to fend at it. It takes the edge of the bat and flies over the slip cordon. Handscomb moves across to his left from fly slip and completes another catch. Brilliant end to the session for the home side as ENGLAND HAVE BEEN BOWLED OUT FOR 195!
  • 71.3 Once again Pat tests the number 11 with a bumper. Ball is evading it safely.
  • 71.2 Another bouncer, Cummins is at the batsman here. Ball ducks underneath it.
  • 71.1 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • Pat Cummins is into the attack.
  • 70.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 195/9
  • James Anderson is the last man in.
  • 70.5 OUT! Successful review by the Australians! Tim Paine, you beauty, he was spot on with his appeal. Smart bowling by Starc and he has got his revenge. He was bowling it short and now suddenly dishes out a full ball which angles across the batsman. Broad was not expecting this and he tries to defend the ball from within his crease. The ball goes off something to the keeper who appeals. He is the only one appealing there as Starc is not interested. Tim convinces his captain to take a review. They go upstairs. Replays roll in and Hot Spot was not that conclusive at first but there is some spike as the ball passes the bat on Snicko and the on-field call has to be changed. Broad is walking back and he is not happy about it, as he feels he has not edged it. Later on, Ultra Edge shows there is a mark as the ball passes the bat. An excellent review and England are 9 down.
  • Review time! Starc is not confident but Paine surely is. He feels that Broad has edged it and they have gone upstairs against Broad who has played back to a very full ball.
  • 70.4 The ball is way wide on the leg side but the batsman still goes after it.
  • 70.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 70.2 A nasty one! Shorter in length, Ball takes his eyes off the ball and tries to fend. The ball takes the edge and goes towards third man for a run.
  • Jake Ball walks out to the middle.
  • 70.1 OUT! Bairstow, what have you done? That was very soft. He has fallen straight into the trap. Two wickets in two overs for Starc. England are losing their way completely. Starc bangs it in again, Bairstow goes for the upper cut, he might have wanted to get it a little squarer but hits it straight down the throat of Handscomb at third man. Just before the tea break, Jonny has to walk back. The lead is now 168, England will need a lot more and they only have two wickets left.
  • 69.6 Flatter on off, the batsman defends it off the back foot. 194/7
  • 69.5 Tosses it up on off, Broad drives it to covers.
  • 69.4 Drives it with the spin to the man at covers.
  • 69.3 Fires it down the leg side, Broad goes for the flick but misses. Paine takes it one-handed and appeals but he is the only one appealing.
  • 69.2 The short of a length delivery has been cut away through square on the off side. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 69.1 Flatter on off, Bairstow defends it off the back foot.
  • Nathan Lyon is back into the attack.
  • 68.6 Punches the short ball through the off side for another three. 193/7
  • 68.5 The batsman has stood up on his toes to play that one. One run added to the total.
  • 68.4 Short and outside off, cut through point for three runs.
  • 68.3 Starc spears a fast delivery, 144.2 kph, full and on middle. It tails back in a bit and Broad somehow keeps it out towards backward square leg. Smiles as he crosses for a run.
  • Stuart Broad is the next man in. They say that fast bowlers have elephant's memory. Starc must be remembering the send-off he got by Broad after getting out. Time for revenge?
  • 68.2 OUT! The change of angle does the trick for Australia. It is a brute of a delivery to start with from around the wicket and you just can't keep the captain of the Australian team out of the game. Starc gets his first. He has not had the best of times with the ball but he has struck now. A good move by Smith as he just came into the second slip position prior to this ball. Starc bangs it short, as he has been doing. This one climbs onto the batsman. That is what the ball normally does here in Australia and hence it is difficult to stand and play. Woakes commits that mistake. He stands tall and tries to fend it. Gets surprised by the extra lift and has to leap to confront it. But the ball takes the shoulder of his bat and balloons to Smith who takes it safely. England are now seven down with the lead one short of 160.
  • 68.1 Just short of a length on off, Bairstow flicks it towards mid on for a run.
  • 67.6 Quicker on off, defended off the back foot. 184/6
  • 67.5 Flighted ball on off, the batsman defends it off the front foot.
  • 67.4 The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 67.3 Floats it on middle, Jonny gets it off the inner half through square leg for a run.
  • 67.2 Very full outside off, the batsman drives it through covers for a run.
  • 67.1 Tosses it up on off, Woakes defends it off the front foot.
  • 66.6 Shortish again, Jonny sways away from the line of the delivery. 182/6
  • 66.5 A quick short ball at 145 kph. Bairstow is late in his pull and the ball comes and hits the bat rather than the other way around.
  • 66.4 Bangs it in short outside off, Woakes pushes it through covers for a run.
  • 66.3 FOUR! A poor ball, should have been put away and it has been. Starc is just not at his best. He again bowls it short and wide outside off. Woakes cuts it through point for a boundary.
  • 66.2 Back of a length on off, Woakes defends it off the back foot.
  • 66.1 He comes around the wicket and angles it in on off, Woakes defends it off the front foot.
  • 65.6 A long hop on middle, the batsman pulls it through mid-wicket for a run. 177/6
  • 65.5 Errs in line and bowls it on the pads, Woakes flicks it down towards fine leg for a couple. The lead is now 150, England would somehow look to add another 50.
  • 65.4 Tosses it up on off, Woakes presses forward and drives it to covers.
  • 65.3 Shorter in length on off, Woakes defends it off the back foot.
  • 65.2 Drives the full ball to covers.
  • 65.1 Floats it on middle, Woakes defends it off the front foot.
  • 64.6 Risky! Bangs it in short on middle, Bairstow at the very last moment tries to play an upper cut but gets beaten. A risky shot by him. Also Starc has some words to tell him, though he does not respond. 174/6
  • 64.5 Back of a length on off, Jonny defends it off the back foot.
  • 64.4 Shorter in length this time, a well-directed one. Bairstow ducks under it.
  • 64.3 Shorter in length outside off, Bairstow lets it be.
  • 64.2 Back of a length on off, Jonny pushed it through cover-point. Some good running helped them take two.
  • 64.1 Full ball on off, Bairstow drives it to covers.
  • 63.6 Eases it down through mid off to retain strike. 172/6
  • 63.5 Gives it air on off, Woakes drives it down to long off for a run.
  • 63.4 Flatter on middle, Woakes defends it off the back foot.
  • 63.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 63.2 Better by Smith! He tosses it up on off, gets it to drift into the batsman. Woakes defends it off the front foot.
  • 63.1 Short ball outside off, Bairstow cuts it through point for a run.
  • Steven Smith now comes into the attack. We saw Joe Root taking a wicket yesterday. Can he do the same?
  • 62.6 Fullish ball on off, Woakes drives it to the man at mid off. 169/6
  • 62.5 Fires it down the leg side, Woakes misses the flick and it goes through to the keeper.
  • 62.4 Bowls it on a length outside off, the batsman opts not to play at it.
  • 62.3 Shorter in length outside off, Woakes does not play at it.