England Vs Australia LIVE SCORE (test)

England Vs Australia At Headingley, Leeds, 22 August, 2019

22 August, 2019
Starts (IST)
Match Ended

179/10 (52.1 ov)

246/10 (75.2 ov)

3rd Test

67/10 (27.5 ov)

362/9 (125.4 ov)

England beat Australia by 1 wicket

179/10

Overs

52.1

Fours

21

Sixes

0

Extras

13

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Josh Hazlewood not out 1 3 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Stuart Broad 14 4 32 2
Jofra Archer 17.1 3 45 6

67/10

Overs

27.5

Fours

10

Sixes

0

Extras

3

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Stuart Broad not out 4 5 1 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Pat Cummins 9 4 23 3
Josh Hazlewood 12.5 2 30 5

246/10

Overs

75.2

Fours

29

Sixes

0

Extras

27

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Josh Hazlewood not out 4 5 1 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Jofra Archer 14 2 40 2
Stuart Broad 16 2 52 2

362/9

Overs

125.4

Fours

34

Sixes

8

Extras

31

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Ben Stokes not out 135 219 11 8
Jack Leach not out 1 17 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Pat Cummins 24.4 5 80 1
Josh Hazlewood 31 11 85 4

Right! A South African plays for Australia and fights hard. But a West Indian and a Kiwi featuring for England show that they are better. The first was a walkover, the second was nerve-wracking and what about the third? Lost for words. Let us not test the vocabulary of anyone. Let us all take a break and then come back refreshed for the next episode of probably the greatest Test rivalry of all time. The 4th match will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester, on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 11 am local (1000 GMT). The points table as of now, stand with Sri Lanka leading with 60 points, followed by Australia (32) and then England (8). But these will change after the Test matches going on in Sri Lanka and West Indies. You can follow those as well, if you have any energy left which has not been drained out. We take your leave and earn a nice break. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Who will be the Man Of The Match? Oh gosh... that is straight from the mystery novels of Agatha Christie, Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys. Right? Naahh... just kidding. Can't we? Given that we have been exhibited to some exorbitant amount of pressure and stress. Just trying to make things light all around. BEN STOKES GETS THE MAN OF THE MATCH AWARD, for the second game in a row. Take a bow, sir.

Phew! Now, about this Test match. What happened over the last 3 days? Australia bundled out for 179 after being inserted on a cloudy morning, but from 136/2. An Archer 6-fer hit the headlines. Then England matched that nicely, losing 10/67. A Hazlewood Michelle made that happen. In the second innings, when Australia rode on Marnus Labuschagne's 80 and set a target of 359, who would have thought the Ashes would be levelled 1-1?

...Till Pat Cummins came along again. Got Ben Stokes to miscue, but Marcus Harris put him down at deep backward point. 17 runs were needed. The next two balls went for boundaries and it was rubbing salt on Aussie wounds. Then, Paine took an LBW review, which was just an aim to waste some time. That proved costly. Because Stokes was out in the next over, LBW, but was not given by umpire Joel Wilson and Australia did not have any review left! Before that ball, Stokes miscued a six over long off, almost ran out Jack Leach but Lyon fumbled. Well, PRESSURE! It gets to everyone, doesn't matter how experienced you are!

First, Nathan Lyon. In the 119th over. Two sixes and he goes for 13. Under 50 needed. Next target, Pat Cummins. Goes for 11. 37 needed. Paine goes to Hazlewood. Ben sends him all around the park. 19 from the over and momentum now totally in favour of England. 18 needed. Well, England were favourites again, till...

Ben Stokes then decided to cut loose because he had nothing to lose. He tore into the Aussie bowlers and as in the first session, they started losing their lines and lengths. 73 needed with 1 wicket in hand, came down into the 60s. Then came the targets by Ben Stokes.

Then came Round 3. Everyone thought England were the favourites but it was their turn to show some nerves. From 245/4, they slipped to 286/9. Round won by Australia. Ashes retained. Or were they?

Day 5 began with England needing 203 runs, having 7 wickets in hand. First nervous moment. Root gone. 200 needed. Round 1 to Australia. Then the counter-attacking stand of 86 in 130 balls for the 5th wicket between Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. Pushed Australia back. Round 2 to England.

Right! In a game of nerves, both teams faltered and the one which faltered more, lost. Australia, it would have to be. They have could dismissed Ben Stokes a couple of times. Dropped him, missed Leach's run out and then reviewed an LBW decision against Leach, thereby losing out of reviews. Because in the next over, Stokes was dead plumb LBW.

Take a bow, Ben Stokes. The entire crowd at Leeds is standing as one. The Aussies wait for the two English lads to celebrate and then get across to congratulate the big Ben. What a knock. What a player.

125.4

FOUR! ENGLAND WIN BY 1 WICKET! The series is alive. 1-1 and kicking. Stokes roars. And then sinks to his knees. Emotions ebbing and flowing. Short and wide outside off, Stokes crunches the cut past short cover and the ball goes through! History is made - This is the first time in 130 years that a team has won a Test match after getting shot out for less than 70 in the first innings.

125.3

SCORES LEVEL! England cannot lose now! Jack Leach gets off the mark with 2 needed. Calmly tucks a length ball behind short leg and scampers through!

125.2

A length ball, around middle and leg, nudged past leg gully, but there is short fine leg in place as well.

125.1

A bouncer, outside leg, Leach ducks.

Right. Jack Leach to face. Just 2 needed. A tickle here and there, a push and England will make this 1-1.

124.6

SHOUT FOR AN LBW! Not given. It looks very close to the naked eye but Australia don't have any DRS left. Tossed up ball landing around leg, Stokes tries to sweep but misses and is pinged on the front pad. They put in an unsuccessful appeal. The replays later on show that the ball straightened after pitching and was going to hit the leg stump. Another controversial decision. 2 needed more for England to level things up in the series! 357/9

124.5

RUN OUT CHANCE MISSED! What have you done Lyon??? It was an easy opportunity but he has made a complete mess. A flatter full ball outside off, Stokes nails his reverse sweep but it goes straight to short third man. Stokes steps down the track looking for a run initially but then sends Leach back. The throw comes to the bowler but Lyon fails to collect it cleanly and Leach makes it safely. He would have been a goner had Nathan collected it. Pressure! It gets to everyone, doesn't matter how experienced you are!

124.4

Shorter and on off, Stokes cuts it from the back foot but finds the point fielder.

124.3

SIX! Just over long off! Did he get his hands on it? Phew, that was really close. Loopy delivery, full and outside off, Stokes decides to go big downtown and towers it over the bowler's head. Labuschagne moves across to his left from long off, attempts to catch it with a jump but it goes over him. 2 needed more!

124.2

Short again, outside off, Stokes moves back and cuts it through point. Another run declined.

124.1

Short in length and outside off, Stokes goes back and punches it to deep cover. Denies the single as has been the case early in the over.

123.6

PITCHING OUTSIDE LEG! Cummins hurls in a very full ball as the follow-up delivery to the bouncer. Leach is beaten for pace and it goes off his pads to leg gully. They put in an appeal and then take the DRS after the umpire turns it down. The replays roll in and the first frame itself confirms everything. 8 needed more. 351/9

Tim Paine playing for some time. He has called for a review which looks a very bad call. Seems to be pitching miles outside leg. Don't think this is desperate, but just delaying the inevitable. Ball Tracker shows the pitching to be outside leg. Both reviews gone for Australia, though don't think it will matter.

123.5

A bouncer around leg, Leach ducks at the last moment.

Short leg in. Leg gully in. Be ready to smell the leather.

123.4

Length ball outside off, Stokes taps it down to mid off and decides to take a run. Two balls this time to negotiate for Leach. Has Stokes miscalculated?

123.3

FOUR! Smashed off the back foot! Runs needed now in single digits. Back of a length ball on middle, Stokes hangs on the back foot and packs a punch past the bowler. The long on fielder comes around and tries to cut it off with a dive but fails.

123.2

FOUR! Cummins gets full and Stokes decides to slog it across the line. Middles it nicely and it beats the desperate dive near the mid-wicket fence from Warner. The crowd cheers!

123.1

DROPPED BY HARRIS! Massive moment in this Test match! Width on offer outside off, Stokes goes hard at it and throws his bat. It flies off the top edge and Harris moves forward and across from third man. He then goes down low to collect the catch but it spills out of his hands. Heart in mouth stuff!

Tim Paine ringing in the bowling changes. Nerves everywhere. Pat Cummins replaces Josh Hazlewood after the latter went for 19 in his last over. 23-5-66-1 so far.

122.6

Fires it in on middle and off at 56.9 mph, Leach draws forward and blocks it solidly back to the bowler. Jack must be praised for hanging in there! 342/9

People crowding Leach. Two slips, a short leg and a silly point.

122.5

Short in length and outside off, Stokes goes on the back foot and cuts it through cover-point for one.

122.4

Hangs on the back foot and punches it to covers.

122.3

Misses again! Tossed up ball around off, Stokes initially looks for the paddle sweep but then tries to spoon it over first slip. Manages neither and gets beaten.

122.2

Whoa! Some extra spin and bounce. This one lands on the footmarks outside off and spins away. Stokes tries to drive but misses. Warner collects it at first slip.

122.1

Appeal for a caught behind! Flighted and full outside off, Stokes tries to play the reverse sweep but fails to connect. Paine collects the ball, appeals but nothing from the umpire. No DRS taken after Paine consulted with Lyon.

Final gamble from Paine. This could be match over in this over itself. Nathan Lyon to bowl. 37-5-107-2. Went for 13 in his previous over...

121.6

Fullish delivery and it's down the leg side, Leach tries flicking but misses. 19 from the over and England can smell victory here. 341/9

121.5

18 needed more! Width on offer outside off, Stokes plays it with soft hands again, it's towards point and Stokes collects a run. Once again Leach has one ball to see off.

121.4

Soft hands this time. Gently steers it through point and scampers back for the second run. Ben has planned this chase amazingly well. Taking calculative risks and then smartly rotating the strike.

121.3

SIX! Ben Stokes has turned it on! Yet another biggie and this one brings up the 50-run stand! Josh has served it short and close to off, Stokes is into top gear, just swivels and powers it over mid-wicket. Two fielders converge but it sails over them.

121.2

SIX! Into the crowd! A low full toss around leg, Stokes goes down on one knee and slogs it across the line. It flies in the air and goes all the way over square leg. Seemed like a mishit but it has still travelled the distance.

121.1

FOUR! 8TH TEST HUNDRED FOR BEN STOKES! Outstanding effort from the Big Ben. He has single-handedly kept the Ashes hopes alive for England. Headingley is on its feet. Ben ain't celebration, he knows that there is still some job left to do. A shortish ball on middle, angling in, Stokes hangs back and muscles his pull to the deep mid-wicket fence.

120.6

Shortish and on off, angling in, Leach gets across and taps it down towards mid on. Once again Leach has seen off the final ball safely! 322/9

Field adjustment for the number 11.

120.5

Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single. One ball to survive for Jack Leach.

120.4

TWO RUNS AGAIN! Back of a length ball around middle and leg, Stokes nudges it behind square leg and attempts for the second run. He slips while turning for the second run and then nearly runs into his partner while going at the striker's end. Luckily for England, the throw is at the wrong end, i.e. the bowler's end and there is no harm done.

120.3

SIX! A batsman of this calibre won't miss every time. Cummins sticks to angling a length ball into the batsman and Stokes moves across his stumps to once again attempt for the paddle scoop. This time it finds the sweet spot of his willow and flies all the way over fine leg. 40 needed more.

120.2

Play and a miss this time! Back of a length ball angling into the batsman from around middle, Stokes shuffles across the stumps to execute the paddle scoop but misses.

120.1

Cummins begins his new spell by angling in a full ball on off, Stokes closes the face of his bat gently and eases it in front of square leg. Excellent running between the wicket to take two runs.

Gamble by Tim Paine. He removes his off spinner after getting treatment by Ben Stokes. Pat Cummins is on. 22-5-55-1 so far.

119.6

More cheers from the crowd! Leach has played out 4 balls in this over. Not that he is a mug with the bat anyways. A length ball outside off, Jack steers this watchfully towards point, with absolute composure! 311/9

119.5

Full and around off, solidly defended. The crowd cheers.

119.4

Outside off, on a length, guided straight to backward point.

Is everything okay? Stokes walks across and has a chat with his partner. After a few seconds, the thumbs up comes up from Leach to him and the dressing room. Fighting it out...

119.3

A length ball outside off, Leach looks to fend but gets hit on the glove. The ball dies in front of the slip cordon.

119.2

A low full toss outside off, Ben reaches out and drives it wide of long off. Stokes wants the second but it is not there. Is sent back.

A bit of a delay again. Some juice and painkillers coming out. Should be good enough to stay long till those 49 runs are made. The Aussie balcony is tensed. Smith and Langer are pensive. Everyone taking a breather now. Composing themselves. All right. Here we go again. Ben Stokes vs Australia, Round 2.

119.1

On the knee. A length ball outside off, Stokes swings hard but gets a thick inside edge onto his right knee. Ben just clasps his knee a touch. But he is smiling.

118.6

Risky run! Floated and outside off, Stokes walks forward and pushes it off the leading half of his bat to mid off. The fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end and they complete the single safely. 13 from the over and under 50 needed now by England. This is going right down to the wire. 310/9

118.5

SIX! Innovation at its best! Stokes must be credited for pulling off such a stroke at this stage. A tossed up ball landing full around off, Stokes gets into the position early for the reverse slog and nails it over cover-point for a biggie. The crowd goes wild!

118.4

Spinning away from around off, Stokes pushes inside the line and misses.

118.3

Floated and outside off, left alone by Ben.

118.2

Quicker and on middle, Stokes clobbers it across the line and it goes straight to wide long on.

118.1

UP AND JUST OVER! It's a SIX! Loopy delivery, pitching full outside off, Stokes kneels and hammers it straight down the ground. Hazlewood moves across to his left from long off, tries his best to catch it with a leap but it goes over him. 56 needed more.

117.6

Bouncer around leg, Leach sways away from the line. Safely negotiated the final ball. 297/9

Two slips and a gully in place. There is a bat-pad in place, standing really close to the batsman at short leg. A leg gully is also present.

117.5

Fullish and outside off, Stokes throws his bat at it and slices his drive to deep point for a single.

117.4

Excellent running between the wickets. Short in length and wide outside off, Stokes reaches out and pushes it gently through cover-point. He straightaway calls for two and completes it with ease. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Nicely backed up.

Just a bit of a delay as Ben Stokes wants a different bat. Shane Warne on air says that this is the bat which was used in the World Cup final. Another heroic day coming up?

117.4

Wide! The plan from Australia is to keep it away from Stokes' hitting zone. But in the process, Pattinson sprays it a little too wide outside off. The umpire exercises his arms.

117.3

Fullish and outside off, Stokes drives it through covers but it has gone straight to the fielder in the deep. Another run turned down.

117.2

Swing and a miss! Short in length and wide outside off, Stokes stands back and tries to slam it over point but misses. Warner at first slip appeals and then smiles. Just trying to pressurize the umpire.

117.1

Fuller length delivery on middle, Stokes whips it to deep mid-wicket and turns down the single.

116.6

Strangely Australia have gifted a single to Stokes. A slider on middle, Stokes moves back and helps it behind square leg for one. 66 needed more! 293/9

116.5

Goes on the back foot and pushes it with the turn to the off side.

116.4

SIX! It's a risky shot but has gone the distance. Floated full ball landing around off, Stokes clears his front leg and launches it over the bowler's head for a maximum.

116.3

Tossed up ball on off, Stokes pushes it with the spin to covers.

116.2

Miscued shot! Flighted and on off, Stokes tries to play the reverse sweep but gets a tickle on his gloves before it strikes him on the back leg.

116.1

Flatter and shorter outside off, Stokes tries to cut it through the line but misses.

Three men out for the sweep.

115.6

A touch short and on off, Leach defends it from the back foot to covers. A wicket maiden for Patto! 286/9

115.5

Here comes the yorker. It's on middle at 88.9 mph and Leach just about manages to dig it out on the leg side.

115.4

Bouncer again, on off, Leach drops his wrists and makes a leave. Seems he is setting him up for a big yorker.

115.3

Shortish ball around off, angling away, Leach allows it through.

Jack Leach is the number 11 batsman. Can Pattinson finish things off here?

115.2

OUT! Number 9 goes down! There is no bat and everything is in line with the stumps. A 2-ball duck for Broady. Pattinson spears in a very full ball on middle at 88 mph, Broad tries his best to bring his bat down to block it but it sneaks past the bottom part of his willow and strikes him on the pads. The appeal goes up and so has the finger of umpire Gaffaney. Stuart thinks he has got some bat onto it and refers it upstairs. Ultra Edge picks no wood and the Ball Tracker confirms that it's hitting the stumps. 5 for 48 since Lunch and the end seems nigh for England.

Stuart Broad has been adjudged LBW! He is quick to refer it. Is there any bat? Ultra Edge comes...and it shows that there is NO BAT. Broad is a goner!

115.1

Way wide outside off, on a good length, Broad has an easy leave.

Stuart Broad comes in at number 10. All he needs to do, is hang around with Ben Stokes. Just a bit of confusion as to whether the batsmen crossed or not. Yup, they have. So Broady will be on strike.

114.6

OUT! Caught! The catch is legal. One shot too many by Jofra. That plan from Tim Paine works. Just for a while, he went in with two seamers and kept the field back. So, when Nathan Lyon was brought back on, Jofra's inner West Indian was challenged. The West Indian who looks to hit bowlers out of the park. One flight, boom, four. Second flight, boom, four again. Third flight, self-control, defend. Fourth flight, boom, self-destruct. Full and around off, plenty of loop. Archer gets down to mow again but this time, it takes the top edge. Travis Head gets across to his right at deep mid-wicket while Pat Cummins gets across to his left at long leg. Head takes the catch, but then tracks back. So he throws the ball in the air, then comes out and re-takes it, almost colliding with Cummins. Australia celebrate and Archer walks. But the umpires want to confirm and they do so. Replays show that the 25-run stand is broken. 73 more needed to win. 286/8

Is that a legal catch? Is that the end of Archer? Umpire Wilson refers it upstairs with the soft signal as OUT. Travis Head has taken a good catch under pressure at the mid-wicket fence. And replays confirm that the 8th wicket is indeed down.

114.5

Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

114.4

Flighted delivery on off, defended off the front foot.

114.3

FOUR! It's a mishit but still finds the fence. Loopy delivery, full and around off, Archer swings his bat across the line and it turns a bit to take the inside half of his bat. It flies towards wide long on, the fielder charges to attempt for the catch but it falls in front and then sneaks behind to fine the fence.

114.2

FOUR! Archer has hammered this one! Under 88 needed now. Tossed up ball landing full on middle, Archer goes with the spin and clobbers it over mid-wicket. There is a fielder present in the deep but even he can't do much.

114.1

Superbly flighted delivery. Full and wide outside off, Stokes strides forward and drives it through point for a single.

113.6

Back of a length ball on off, Archer defends it off his back foot to the off side. Archer plays out a maiden and more importantly keeps his wicket. 277/7

113.5

Spears in a full ball on middle at 85.5 mph, Archer sticks back, brings his bat down in time to keep it out safely.

113.4

Back of a length ball angling down the leg side, Archer tries heaving across the line but misses.

113.3

Bouncer to force Archer on the back foot, Jofra is quick to duck.

113.2

Beaten all ends up! Good length ball outside off, shaping away, Archer with a static footwork flashes at it and misses.

'Hang on, hang on, hang on there, boys!' shouts Tim Paine.

113.1

Lands it on a good length outside off, Archer stays back and taps it down to point.

Drinks break. 39 runs and 3 wickets in the 17 overs of play post Lunch. Australia have made a resounding comeback. England though will be still hoping to pull it off as Ben Stokes is standing in the middle, looking in full control. Another 82 runs to go and it promises to go right down to the wire.

112.6

Stokes has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 277/7

112.5

FOUR! Fancy footwork by Stokes. He runs down the track in a flash and hammers a full ball straight back past his partner at the other end. No chance for mid on.

112.4

CATCHHHH is the shout but it falls in no man's land. Flighted off spinner landing full on middle, Archer swings his bat across the line and gets it away from the inside half. It loops in the air but drops safely at deep mid-wicket. One run added to the total.

112.3

Stokes plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. One run added to the total.

112.2

Loopy and full on off, Ben defends it back off the front foot.

112.1

Stokes has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

Nathan Lyon (33-5-72-1) returns into the attack. A slip, gully and silly point in place. No one in the deep for the slog sweep.

111.6

Good length ball on off, defended from the back foot to the off side. 271/7

111.5

Stifled appeal for a caught behind! A well-directed bouncer, Archer tries to hook but it bounces over his gloves.

111.4

Uneven bounce. Pattinson locks 87.9 mph and angles in a good length ball on off, Archer hangs on the back foot and defends it by really going down.

111.3

Fractionally short and on top of off, Archer stands tall inside the crease and pushes it to covers.

111.2

Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.

111.1

EDGED BUT SHORT! Pattinson hurls in a good length ball on off and gets it to angle back into the batsman. Archer sticks back to defend but it takes a thin outside edge and drops in front of Warner at first slip. James then turn to inquire for an lbw but nothing from the umpire. Warner smiles and indicates to Patto that it came off the bat.

110.6

Fullish and on off, Stokes is on the front foot in defense. 271/7

110.5

Indecision over a run! Back of a length ball on middle, Archer stays back and taps it past Head at short leg. He looks for a run but Stokes sends him back. In the meantime, Wade attacks the ball from mid-wicket, has a shy at the striker's end, Head ducks to avoid coming in between and the ball hits the stumps. However, Jofra is safely in by then. Now it gets deflected down to third man and the batsmen cross.

110.4

Wayward short delivery, sliding down the leg side, Archer winds up for a big pull shot but misses.

110.3

Bumper around middle and leg, Archer ducks this time.

110.2

FOUR! Boom! Archer is ready to fight fire with fire. Stokes has given him the license to play his natural game. Quick runs here will reduce the runs needed and will also transfer the pressure back on Australia. Short in length and outside off, Jofra latches onto it and spanks it through covers.

110.1

Shortish and on off, Archer remains on the back foot and defends it to the off side.

Double change in bowling. Pat Cummins (21-5-50-1) also returns into the attack. 93 more needed for a win.

109.6

Good length ball on middle, Stokes turns it with gentle hands to mid-wicket and rushes back for the second run. So Ben is trusting Jofra here! 266/7

109.5

Aerial but it's safe! Archer actually hit it really well. Fractionally short and around leg, Jofra flicks it by going on his toes and places it behind square leg. The batsmen take a single.

109.4

Wrong line. Pattinson speeds in to deliver a short ball but it's down the leg side. Archer allows it through. A good take by Paine.

Two fielders deep on the leg side for Archer. Will he take on the bowler?

109.3

Driven towards the mid off region. They pick up a single.

109.2

A bit aerial but doesn't carry back to the bowler. A fullish length ball on off, Stokes drives it back and Pattinson collects it from the ground.

109.1

Angling away from the batsman outside off, Stokes covers his stumps before making a leave.

James Pattinson (19-6-38-0) is back into the attack. He will have to maintain the same pressure that Hazlewood was keeping.

108.6

Another front foot defense to complete the over. 262/7

108.5

Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

108.4

Loopy and on off, defended off the front foot.

108.3

In the air and it just evades a jumping short leg fielder! Lyon gets his off spinner to turn and bounce into the batsman. Archer is forward in defense but it takes the inner edge, brushes his pads and flies over Labuschagne at short leg. That was inches away from his right hand.

108.2

Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

108.1

Full and flighted on off, turning in, Archer tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

107.6

Miscommunication again, but no harm done this time. A length delivery close to off stump, Stokes taps it down towards point and looks for a run after that. But Archer sends him back immediately. 262/7

107.5

Another watchful leave outside the off stump by Ben Stokes.

107.4

Another delivery on a driving length outside off, Stokes shoulders arms.

107.3

Pitches it up and on off, Stokes drives it down the ground but finds mid off.

107.2

Solid! Hazlewood lands it on a length around middle and off, Stokes blocks it back.

107.1

In the zone outside off, easily left.

106.6

Loopy off spinner pitching full on off, it's blocked off the front foot to cover-point. 262/7

106.5

Slower through the air, full and around off, Archer presses forward in defense.

106.4

Short and wide outside off, slapped to deep point for one.

106.3

Tossed up ball on middle, Stokes pushes it out across the line to mid on.

106.2

Stokes has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

106.1

Flighted and full on off, defended off the front foot.

Jofra Archer is the new batsman.

105.6

OUT! Straight into the hands of extra cover. Wheels are coming off for England. A wicket maiden again for Hazlewood. This one looks like a well-planned wicket. They did nearly the same to dismiss Buttler in the first innings and this time Woakes has fallen prey. Hazlewood just puts a length delivery in the channel outside off, Woakes thinks that it's a scoring opportunity and goes for a booming drive. But he fails to keep it down and Wade makes no mistake in catching that. 98 more left to score, 3 wickets remaining. 261/7

105.5

Slips one delivery down the leg side, Woakes has nothing to do with it.

105.4

The batsman defends it from within the crease.

105.3

This time Hazlewood gets a length ball to shape back into the batsman, Woakes defends it from the back foot.

105.2

Shortish and outside off, Woakes drops his wrists and lets it through to the keeper.

105.1

On and around off, a length ball, Woakes defends it from the back foot.

104.6

Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 261/6

104.5

19TH TEST FIFTY FOR STOKES, 4th in Ashes and his slowest ever. Needless to say, it's him standing between Australia and Ashes. Shortish ball on off, Stokes moves back and punches it square of the wicket on the off side for a brace. The crowd gives him a resounding reception. Under 100 needed for a win.

104.4

Gives this one good amount of air and lands it full outside off, Ben defends it solidly off his front foot.

104.3

Flighted and on middle, defended back to the bowler.

104.2

Loopy and on off, Stokes defends it off his front foot to the off side.

104.1

Floated delivery around middle and leg, Stokes works it around off the pads to square leg. Woakes eyes a run but is sent back.

103.6

On the pads, it's eased through wide mid on for a run. 259/6

103.5

Outside off, left alone.

Physio there near the boundary line! He is taping Lyon's left thumb, importantly not his bowling hand. Maybe he hurt himself while breaking the stumps during that run out.

103.4

A touch short in length around leg, Stokes plays it down towards mid-wicket.

103.3

On a length around middle and off, Stokes presents a straight bat in defense.

103.2

Straighter delivery this time, Chris helps it through square leg and gets off the mark with a single.

103.1

Good length ball on off, it's blocked off the back foot by Woakes.

102.6

Loopy and wide outside off, Stokes allows it through to complete a successful over for Australia. 257/6

102.5

FOUR! Whacked! Short in length and outside off, Stokes rocks back and smashes it square of the wicket on the off side for a cracking boundary. It's now all up to Stokes, just like it was in the recently concluded World Cup final.

102.4

Quicker and on off, defended watchfully.

102.3

Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

Chris Woakes is the new batsman.

102.2

OUT! Exceptional work by Travis Head. Wonderful passage of play for Australia. Coming to the delivery, it's full and on middle, Stokes eases it out towards mid-wicket and steps down looking for a run. Buttler responds and comes running down the track but then Stokes stops and sends Jos back. Head in the meanwhile attacks the ball and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end with an under-arm flick. The Aussies know that they have their man and start to celebrate. The onfield umpire takes it upstairs and the replays confirm that Buttler is miles away from the crease. Also, Lyon broke the stumps with his hands after the bails came off. All fair and Australia get the sixth wicket.

JOS BUTTLER IS RUN OUT! The Kangaroos are jumping up and down in celebration. Travis Head has produced a direct hit. The umpire is checking it upstairs. Buttler is miles short in the replays.

102.1

Flighted delivery, full and on off, Stokes prods forward and defends it back.

101.6

Beauty! A touch short in length and outside off, moving away off the seam, Jos feels for it and gets beaten. 253/5

101.5

Edged but safe! Fullish and on off, Buttler has a nervous push inside the line and it goes off the outside edge to third slip. Doesn't carry to the fielder but he does well to stop it with a dive.

101.4

The line on this occasion is around middle and off, Stokes plays it quite late and pushes it out towards point. They spot the chance for a run and complete it rather comfortably.

101.3

Outside off, an easy leave this time for Ben.

101.2

FOUR! Pulled firmly, the crowd is loving every act of Ben Stokes. What a player! Gives everything when he has the ball in his hand and now doing it with the bat. Short in length and on middle, Ben rides the bounce and pulls it with authority. The deep mid-wicket fielder runs across to his right but fails to pull it back.

101.1

Slants across a length ball around off, Stokes covers the line and shoulders arms.

100.6

Shortish and on middle, skidding down, Buttler gets back and turns it off his pads to backward square leg. The fielder there dives to his left to make a partial stop. The batsmen cross after that. Nelson needed more with 5 wickets left. 248/5

100.5

Flatter and shorter on off, Stokes remains on the back foot and punches it to short extra cover.

100.4

Edgy! Buttler is off the mark but it wasn't a convincing single. A flighted off spinner landing full on off, Buttler tries to drive it through covers but it takes the inside half and hurries past short leg for one.

100.3

Loopy around off, spinning in, Buttler defends it off the back foot to short leg.

100.2

Flatter one, full and on the pads, Stokes flicks it off the inner half to fine leg for a single.

100.1

Tossed up ball on off, defended off the front foot to the leg side.

99.6

Keeps probing around off with a length ball, Buttler defends it off his back foot. Impressive over by Josh, a wicket maiden. 245/5

99.5

Good length ball on off, shaping in, Buttler covers the line and blocks it solidly.

99.4

Lets the ball go outside his off stump.

99.3

Angling in around off, Jos defends it from the front foot to the off side.

99.2

Serves a length delivery in the zone outside off, Buttler shoulders arms.

Jos Buttler is the new batsman. Straightaway a short cover comes into place. Usman Khawaja is the fielder. He caught Buttler there in the first innings. So definitely Australia have picked a chink in Buttler's armour.

99.1

OUT! Gone! Bairstow is caught at second slip and Australia have an opening they dearly needed. Hazlewood has got a wicket with a really bad delivery. Short in length and wide outside off, Bairstow goes chasing after it and gets a thick outside edge behind to Labuschagne at second slip. He makes no mistake and immediately pumps his fists in celebration. 114 more needed and England will have to guard against any collapse.

98.6

EDGED AND FOUR! Did that carry to Warner? A bit unsure. Loopy and on off, spinning away, Stokes is forward again in defense but it spins away to take the outside edge. Warner dives to his left at first slip but it hurries past his hand to the fence behind. 245/4

98.5

Good tight bowling from Lyon. Solid defense from Stokes. Tossed up and around off, Stokes defends it off his front foot.

98.4

Loopy and around off, Ben has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

98.3

Quicker and fuller on middle, Stokes blocks it with a straight bat to mid on.

98.2

Flighted and full on off, Stokes presses forward in defense.

98.1

Stokes has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

97.6

Shout for an lbw, nothing from the umpire. This time there is an edge. An inswinger around off, Jonny Bairstow tries to defend from the crease but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 241/4

97.5

Shortish and on off, Stokes punches it down the ground and by the time the mid off fielder cleans it up, they take a run.

97.4

A length delivery angling away from the left-hander, this time Stokes picks the line early and decides not to offer any shot.

97.3

Good length ball close to off, it's blocked from the back foot.

97.2

Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.

97.1

NOT OUT! Shortish ball outside off, shaping back in a hint, Bairstow stays back to flat-bat it through the line but is beaten on the inside edge. Paine collects the ball and appeals. Umpire Gaffaney agrees but Jonny is quick to take the DRS. It's reviewed with gusto and certainty, quips Michael Atherton on air. Ultra Edge finds nothing and the crowd roars. It's followed by boos for the umpire. Hmm...

Appeal for a caught behind! FINGER GOES UP! Jonny Bairstow immediately refers it. Ultra Edge finds nothing. Continue batting, Jonny.

Josh Hazlewood to share the attack from the other end after Lunch.

96.6

Flighted off spinner on off, Stokes is on the front foot to cover the spin as he defends it safely. Good start from Lyon! 239/4

Two slips for Ben Stokes.

96.5

Uppish but wide of short leg! A long hop on middle, Jonny goes deep inside the crease and pulls it to deep square leg for a run.

96.4

Spinning down the leg side, it's left alone easily.

96.3

Floated delivery, it's a touch short outside off and breaking back in with extra bounce, Bairstow fails to work it around from the back foot and is hit high on the pads.

96.2

Allows the ball to spin back into him from outside off and then Jonny defends it to short leg.

96.1

Starts with a nicely flighted delivery, landing full and outside off, Bairstow goes back when he should have been forward and then blocks.

Back for more Test cricket! The way England batted before Lunch, it's looking more one-sided from hereon. But, the first 30 minutes will give us a clearer picture. The men concerned are out in the middle. Australia would have regrouped and thought about their plans. Another 120 runs for them to play with. Nathan Lyon, the most threatening bowler this morning, to kickoff proceedings...

... DAY 4, SECOND SESSION ...

So, the equation now has come down to - 121 runs and 6 wickets! England are the firm favourites from hereon and Australia need to produce a magical performance just like they did on Day 2. Can they succeed? Or will England continue to march towards victory? Do join us in a short while to find out.

Australia started the day's play with a plan to not give any easy runs. They bowled four straight maiden overs at the beginning and were executing the plan quite well. However, once the second new ball was taken, they completely lost the plot. Their pacers sprayed it around and the English batsmen made merry. Runs came thick and fast and it took all the pressure away from the hosts. Only Nathan Lyon bowled with some control and got good purchase from the surface as well. His spell holds the key as far as the Australians are concerned.

What a session! England bossed it and have put themselves in the driving seat. There was an early casualty when Warner's stunning catch dismissed the English skipper but Australia failed to capitalize on that opening. Jonny Bairstow batted positively and soon it brushed on Ben Stokes as well. The southpaw had a nervy beginning but he settled down and now, the current stand is worth 79 runs and run rate of this partnership is 4.27. Outstanding work under pressure by this pair.

95.6

A leg spinner on the shorter side around off, Bairstow goes deep inside the crease and punches it to sweeper cover for a single. The crowd has gone wild. They are giving a standing ovation to the two English batsmen as they head back to the dressing room. LUNCH ON DAY 4! 238/4

95.5

Well tossed up delivery, pitching full and outside off, Bairstow pushes it off his front foot to point.

95.4

Too full in length around leg, Stokes clips it past short leg and crosses for a run.

95.3

Sharp spin and bounce, going down, Stokes tries to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.

95.2

Loopy delivery, landing full on off, Stokes gets forward and pushes it to mid on.

95.1

A touch short and on off, Bairstow goes back and punches it down to point for a single.

Last over before Lunch and it will be bowled by Marnus Labuschagne. He's worth a punt at this stage. Has bowled decent 5 overs so far.

94.6

Flighted delivery, landing full on off, Stokes offers a straight bat in defense and it takes the outside edge. Falls in front of silly point. Excellent over, a maiden. 235/4

94.5

Just a bit short in length, around middle, Stokes pushes his weight back inside the crease as he defends.

94.4

Fuller and on off, quicker through the air, Stokes blocks it back to the bowler.

94.3

This is good bowling. Loopy and full on off, Ben lunges and defends it watchfully.

94.2

Floated and full on leg, Stokes flicks but again finds short leg.

94.1

Tossed up ball on middle, Stokes defends it down in front of short leg.

93.6

Length delivery outside off, holding its line, Bairstow has nothing to do with it. Back-to-back maidens from Pat Cummins. 235/4

93.5

Identical to the last delivery, Bairstow plays it close to his body and defends it towards mid on.

93.4

Targets the off stump and angles it on a length, Jonny blocks it back safely.

93.3

A gentle delivery, on a length outside off, Bairstow lets it through to the keeper.

93.2

Bouncer on middle and leg, an easy leave for Bairstow.

93.1

Angles in a length ball on off, Bairstow defends it back from the crease.

92.6

Turn and bounce from around off, Bairstow tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It loops wide of short leg and they cross. 235/4

92.5

FOUR! Thumped! The local boy is going great gun. He picks the off spinner early, as soon as it lands full on off, Jonny is ready with his sweep shot. Nails it behind square leg for a boundary much to the delight of the home crowd.

92.4

Skidding down the leg side, Stokes helps it behind square leg for a run. He is still unhappy with something and complains to the umpire.

92.3

Flatter one, short and on off, Stokes moves back and defends.

Still some issue with something near the sightscreen. The reserve umpire is out there getting things corrected.

92.2

Beaten by a beauty! Full again, it lands on off and turns away, Stokes tries to defend but misses.

Some disturbance near the sightscreen. Slight hold up in play. The players wait and we resume after everything is fixed.

92.1

Full and flighted on off, Stokes lunges and defends it back to the bowler.

91.6

Beaten! A touch short in length and outside off, some extra lift as it straightens, Bairstow pushes at it and misses. 229/4

91.5

Straighter delivery, angling in, Bairstow works it around the corner but finds the fielder on the leg side.

91.4

Bouncer around leg, Jonny ducks.

91.3

Hurls a short delivery wide outside off, inviting the batsman to have a go, Bairstow restrains himself from going after it.

91.2

A length ball is angled into the batsman, Jonny plays it across the line but it goes straight to mid on.

91.1

Shortish ball on off, Bairstow defends it off his back foot.

90.6

Lyon pulls his length back this time and delivers it on off, Stokes goes on the back foot and punches it to extra cover. 229/4

90.5

Well bowled again. Lyon is getting some good turn from the surface. Full and flighted outside off, Stokes pushes at it and misses.

90.4

Peach of a delivery. Turn and bounce. Lyon lets out an off spinner, it pitches around off, Stokes gets forward to defend but it spins away to beat the edge.

90.3

Tossed up ball outside off, Stokes covers his stumps and allows it through.

90.2

Loopy and around off, Jonny goes down and across to sweep it fine towards fine leg. Good stop in the deep and hence only a run.

90.1

Full and flighted on off, Bairstow drives it off his front foot to covers.

Nathan Lyon is brought back into the attack. Australia need to snatch the momentum back from England.

89.6

Australia have lost the plot completely. Paine fails to do a regulation collection behind the stumps. A length ball outside off, Jonny shoulders arms, Tim fumbles and they cross for a bye. 8 from the over. Entertaining action for the English crowd. 228/4

89.5

Extra bounce from a good length around middle and leg, Bairstow tries working it on the leg side but misses. It hits him on the thigh pad, Cummins appeals but nothing from the umpire.

89.4

Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.

89.3

Slightly short and on off, Stokes taps it down towards backward point and crosses.

89.2

Good length ball on middle, Ben defends it from the back foot to mid on.

89.1

SIX! This one has gone all the way. Wow. Minimum power, maximum result. Cummins serves a back of a length ball around middle and leg, Stokes just glances it off his hips and it flies from the sweet spot of his bat. Clears backward square leg with ease.

As expected, Pat Cummins is back on. Three slips waiting...

88.6

Better, much better from Pattinson. He delivers it on a length and just outside off, shaping away, Bairstow makes a watchful leave. 220/4

88.5

Fuller this time and the line is on middle and leg, Stokes tucks it behind square leg for one.

88.4

FOUR! Slapped away! Short in length and outside off, Stokes camps back and whacks it through the gap between cover and cover-point. England are running away with this Test match.

Pat Cummins is warming up.

88.3

Outside off, Stokes has nothing to do with it.

88.2

Around off, a bit short, it's defended off the back foot by Ben Stokes.

88.1

Good length delivery in the channel outside off, angling away, Stokes pokes inside the line and misses.

Australia have not been quite there with the second new ball. They were relentless with their lines with the first new ball but have been spraying it around with the second new nut. The visitors are feeling the pressure, feels Michael Atherton after looking at the pitch map. The advice is to bowl a boring line and length and dry out the runs.

87.6

Back of a length ball outside off, Bairstow pushes inside the line and it goes off the outer half through point for a couple. 215/4

87.5

In the channel outside off, an easy leave for Jonny.

87.4

A length ball starting from off and moving down the leg side, Stokes nudges it to fine leg for a run.

87.3

Slants in a full length ball on middle and off, Stokes defends it from the crease.

87.2

Back of a length ball on off, defended off the back foot to covers.

87.1

Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.

Change of ends for Josh Hazlewood. This Test match is fast slipping away from the Aussies. They need to break this partnership quickly.

86.6

Short and on middle and leg, Jonny tickles it through backward square leg for a couple. 13 from the over, England are cruising. 212/4

86.6

FIVE WIDES! Australia are leaking runs here. Pattinson loses his line this time. Delivers an outswinger way wide outside off. Bairstow allows it through and it goes to Warner at first slip. He fails to catch it and the ball goes right through his legs. Labuschagne chases from second slip but fails to pull it back. 50-run stand comes up and it's met with a hugeeee cheer from the crowd.

86.5

Shortish and on off, Bairstow moves back, rotates his wrists and plays it down in front of square leg. Straightaway shouts no to keep his partner informed.

86.4

Four leg byes! The crowd continues to love the action. Pattinson bowls an inswinger but the line is too straight. Bairstow fails to flick and it goes off his pads to fine leg. 154 needed more.

86.3

A delivery in the channel outside off, Bairstow watchfully makes a leave.

86.2

Too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.

86.1

Loose shot, it's aerial but in the gap! Huge cheer for a couple of runs. A length ball outside off, Jonny reaches out for it and drives it away from his body. It takes the outside half of his bat and goes through cover-point for a couple.

Australia want to regain some control. In comes James Pattinson to provide that.

85.6

Good length delivery close to off and straightening a bit, Ben shoulders arms to complete the over. 13 runs so far after the Drinks break, 33 against the second new ball. 199/4

85.5

Crispy drive! A bit too full, around off, Stokes hits it on the up and strokes it past the bowler. The mid on chases it down and the batsmen take a couple of runs.

85.4

Angling down the leg side at 84.7 mph, Stokes tries to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.

85.3

Hazlewood over-corrects his line and length. He is very straight on a good length ball and Bairstow turns it through square leg for one.

85.2

FOUR! Beautiful shot! This pair is oozing confidence at the moment. Hazlewood overpitches around off, Bairstow presents the full face of the bat and executes a delightful off drive for a boundary. Australia would be feeling some pressure at the moment.

85.1

Hazlewood puts it on a length just outside off, Bairstow plants his front foot forward to cover his off stump and then makes a leave.

84.6

Eased away! Length delivery on off, Stokes closes the face of his bat and works it through mid-wicket for a couple. 6 from this one, Australia need to choke the flow of runs here. This partnership is now worth 33 off 45 balls, going at 4.4. 167 runs needed more! 192/4

84.5

Bouncer from Cummins. The line is on middle and Stokes ducks.

84.4

Good length ball on off, Stokes moves across the stumps and plays it with the angle of the bowler to mid on.

84.3

Cummins immediately cuts down his length and goes fuller and on middle, Stokes brings his big bat down and pushes it out to mid on.

84.2

FOUR! Aggression from Stokes. Poor delivery to start with, it's short and wide outside off, plenty of room, Stokes flashes his bat at it, tries to slam it over point but it flies off the outside edge and goes to the third man fence.

84.1

Fractionally short in length and close to off stump, Stokes hangs on the back foot and defends it to covers.

Drinks break. An hour of Day 4 done and we have already witnessed some exciting Test cricket. England have managed to score 30 runs but also lost the key wicket of Joe Root. The second new nut is only few overs old and the Aussies would love to make full use of it. There is plenty of support on offer for their bowlers and the next hour also promises to be brilliant.

83.6

Short in length and in the zone outside off, Bairstow shoulders arms. 20 runs scored from the time the second new ball was taken! 186/4

83.5

More measured approach this time. Sticks on the back foot to a shortish ball and calmly taps it down to gully.

83.4

Runs are coming now too quickly. Back of a length ball on middle and leg, going down, Jonny fails to flick and it goes off his thigh pad to fine leg. The batsmen steal a couple of leg byes.

83.3

FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Australia won't mind Jonny driving here. This shot wasn't played with much control. Fuller and outside off, Bairstow tries to stroke it through the line but slices his drive through the gap between gully and point for a boundary.

83.2

FOUR! This will give some confidence to Jonny Bairstow. He just leans into the length ball outside off and drives it crisply past the diving extra cover fielder for a boundary.

83.1

Good length ball close to the off stump line, Bairstow defends it from the back foot.

82.6

TOP EDGE! Falls safely! Back of a length ball angling into the batsman from 'round the wicket, Stokes swivels inside the crease with the pull shot but fails to middle it. The ball flies off the top edge and clears mid-wicket. They take a couple of runs. 176/4

82.5

This time the line is too straight and Jonny eases it to the right of mid on for a single.

82.4

Play and a miss! Short in length and outside off, Jonny tries to cut from the back foot but it shapes in to beat the inside edge of his bat.

82.3

Closer to the off stump this time, angling in from a length, Jonny defends it solidly by covering the line.

82.2

Back of a length delivery just outside off, straightening a bit with extra bounce, Bairstow lifts his bat skywards and lets it through.

82.1

Shortish and on off, Bairstow hangs back and plays it down to point. Slight misfield but no run conceded.

81.6

Wow, big movement there. Hazlewood runs in from 'round the wicket for the left-hander and lands it on a length outside off. Stokes decides to leave it and after that it swings appreciably. It heads over the off stump and Paine has to stretch to his right to collect the ball. A wayward first over with the second new ball by Josh. 173/4

81.5

Good length ball around off, moving back in off the seam, Bairstow shuffles across to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It speeds down to fine leg where Cummins makes a sliding stop near the boundary line. The batsmen take three runs.

81.5

Wide! A wild delivery. Josh loses the radar completely and hurls a shortish length ball way wide outside off.

81.4

Every run is cheered by the English crowd. An inswinger probably but the line is down the leg side. Bairstow fails to flick and it goes off his pads towards fine leg. They take a couple of leg byes.

81.3

Beauty of a delivery. Can't do much about that one. This one angles into the batsman, lands on a length and nips away ever-so-slightly to beat the defensive bat of Bairstow.

81.2

Outswinger this time, on a length and outside off, Jonny plants his front leg forward and makes a leave.

81.1

Good leave. A length ball around off, shaping in appreciably, Bairstow watches the line closely and then shoulders arms.

Josh Hazlewood to share the new cherry from the other end. He has 7 wickets in the match so far and would love a 10-wicket haul.

80.6

Shortish and on top of off stump, Stokes hangs on the back foot and defends it to the off side. 167/4

80.5

Good length ball on off, angling in, Stokes defends it from the back foot to the leg side.

80.4

Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.

80.3

Nasty delivery. Encouraging for Pat Cummins, he would have enjoyed it. Back of a length ball on off, climbing onto the batsman, Bairstow jumps and tries to fend it off. It goes off his gloves and flies past the vacant short leg region. A single is taken.

SECOND NEW BALL TAKEN! Three slips and a gully. No mid off.

80.2

Slightly short and on off, Bairstow defends it off his back foot.

80.1

A touch short and on leg, some extra bounce, Jonny fails to work it on the leg side and is hit on the thigh pad.

Second new ball is available now! But it has not been taken by Australia straightaway. However, there is a change in bowling. Pat Cummins to bowl for the first time this morning...

79.6

Skidding in from around off, Ben moves back and helps it to mid-wicket. 166/4

79.5

Flatter this time, on off, Stokes defends it off his back foot.

79.4

FOUR! Superbly played! Extra flight on this occasion, a full ball pitching on middle, Stokes leans forward and flicks it beautifully through mid-wicket. The mid on fielder gives the chase but the ball wins the race. Stokes' first boundary in 74 balls and the crowd loved it.

79.3

Nicely tossed up delivery, landing full on off, Ben lunges and defends it back.

79.2

Full and flighted on off, Bairstow works it with the turn through backward square leg for a run.

79.1

Flighted ball outside off, Bairstow leaves it alone.

78.6

Beaten! A length delivery angling away from the southpaw again, Stokes has a nervous push inside the line and misses. Not too far away from the outside edge, that. 161/4

78.5

Pattinson goes short and Stokes decides to let it go to the keeper.

78.4

Angling across the batsman, outside off, Ben allows it through.

78.3

Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.

78.2

A touch short and on middle, angling down, Jonny fails to work it around and it goes off his thigh pad towards fine leg. A leg bye taken.

78.1

Full in length and outside off, Bairstow lets it go safely.

77.6

Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. A wicket from the over, big wicket. 160/4

77.5

Uses the spin this time and works it through square leg for a run. Under 200 needed now.

77.4

Tossed up ball on off, Bairstow goes on the back foot in defense.

Jonny Bairstow is the new batsman with exactly 200 runs needed.

77.3

OUT! STUNNER FROM DAVID WARNER! MASSIVE BREAKTHROUGH! David Warner, you beauty! How can you pull out such catches? He was blinded there. Still shows great reflexes to catch it. A wicket finally after the first innings of the second Test for Lyon, his 356th in Tests, going past Dennis Lillee. But to be honest, this is Warner's wicket. Lyon lets out an off spinner, it's full and around off, Root advances down the track and tries to heave it across the line. But it spins back in to take the inside edge, brushes his pads and lobs over Paine. Not sure when Warner saw that coming. But whenever he got the sight of it, he made sure to catch it with a full length dive to his left from first slip. Absolute ripper. Body blow to England. The Aussies are roaring.

77.2

Flighted delivery, landing full on middle, Stokes leans forward and flicks it in front of square leg for one.

77.1

Slow spin back into the batsman from around off, Root moves back and nudges it to fine leg for a run.

Three more overs left for the second new ball. In comes Nathan Lyon to bowl two of them, maybe. He's been wicket-less for quite some time.

76.6

Almost nicks it behind! Pattinson takes a length ball away from the left-hander, outside off, Stokes pushes inside the line without any footwork and misses. 157/3

76.5

Delivers it on a fuller length around off, Stokes pushes it straight back and looks for a run. But the mid off fielder is quickly to the ball and he stays where he is.

76.4

Clocks 89.2 mph and lands it around off, Stokes blocks it from the crease.

76.3

Gets behind the line of the delivery and tries to drive. Mistimes it towards covers.

76.2

First run of the morning and it's met with a huge cheer from the crowd. Good length ball on off, Root hangs back and taps it down to the right of the third slip fielder for a single.

76.1

Some inward movement from a length outside off, Root sticks back and defends it off the inner half to mid-wicket.

75.6

FOUR MAIDENS IN A ROW! This is great bowling from Australia. Wickets not falling? No problem. Just choke the run flow and play on the patience of the batsmen. Full and outside off, Stokes makes a leave easily. 156/3

Physio comes out. Stokes is looking fine and trying to fix the extra protection on his helmet. A few concerned looking Aussies also surround him. All is well and we are ready to continue...

75.5

BANG ON THE HELMET! It has become a common occurrence now. Great bowling or poor technique, judge yourself. Hazlewood digs in a well-directed bouncer, Stokes is taken by surprise as he tries to pull. He fails to connect and takes a blow straight on the helmet. Due to the impact, the extra protections behind have come off.

75.4

In the channel outside off, Stokes covers his stumps and allows it through.

75.3

Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

75.2

Just short of Head! Hazlewood gets a back of a length ball to move into the batsman, Stokes works it across the line and it's a bit uppish. Doesn't carry to the fielder standing in front of square leg.

75.1

Angling in a length ball on middle, Stokes defends it from the back foot to the leg side.

74.6

Extra bounce along with some late movement on this occasion. A bit short on middle and off, Root plays it out from the inside half of his bat to mid-wicket. Three maidens in a row. 156/3

74.5

Some reverse happening. Pattinson hurls in a length ball around off and it shapes back in with the shine, Root presents a straight bat in defense and keeps it out off the inner half.

74.4

Good length ball on off, Root remains on the back foot and defends it back to the bowler.

74.3

James is bowling impressive lines here. Keeping it on and around off, drawing the batsman forward, Root defends it close to his front pad.

74.2

Serves it on a length close to off at 86.6 mph, Root is on the back foot trying to defend it on the leg side but it takes the leading half of his bat and rolls to covers.

74.1

Beautifully bowled and nicely defended. Full and around off, a hint of movement in the air, Root is solidly behind the line in defense.

73.6

Lands it on a length and close to off, Stokes gets forward a bit and defends it with gentle hands towards backward point. A couple of maidens to begin the day's play. 156/3

73.5

Full and on off, angling in, Stokes presses forward with a straight bat and pushes it back to the bowler.

73.4

Slants in a length ball on off, Stokes defends it from the back foot to the off side.

73.3

Hurls a good length ball in the zone outside off, Ben allows it through to the keeper.

73.2

A bit of indecision from Stokes. Thinks about leaving a length ball around off but is late in withdrawing his bat. It takes a good chunk of his bat and rolls towards gully.

73.1

Good length ball angling in middle, from 'round the wicket, Stokes defends it from the crease to the on side.

Josh Hazlewood (18-6-35-2) to operate from the other end.

72.6

Offers the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. Good start from Australia! 156/3

72.5

In the zone outside off, left alone.

72.4

Huge shout for a caught behind! The umpire remains unmoved. There was some noise. What's happening? Paine runs up to his bowler, has a chat and then decides to drop the plan to refer it. Entire day left and they have just one review left. Fair call that way. Back of a length ball on middle and leg, angling down the leg side, Root tries to flick but seems to have missed it. It goes behind to Paine who catches and appeals. It's turned down and the replays later on show that the noise was off the ball clipping the thigh pad.

72.3

Targets the off stump with a length ball, it angles in and meets the defensive bat of Joe Root.

72.2

Pattinson keeping the old ball nice and full, it's on middle and Joe pushes it down to mid on.

72.1

A cracking beginning. Pattinson hits the blockhole straightaway, trying to catch Root off-guard but the English skipper does well to squeeze it out towards point. He looks for a run but his deputy is not interested.

Time to play the game! The players are already on the field. Joe Root and Ben Stokes stride out amidst a good ovation from the crowd. It's bright and sunny looking like great batting conditions. James Pattinson to kickoff proceedings. 2-0 or 1-1, let's find out...

Three days of enthralling action, with both teams domination at some point of time. This has been the story of the Leeds Test so far as we enter into the fourth day which very well could be the final day. After weathering the storm last evening, England have brought themselves into a position from where they can seriously challenge the Aussies. Joe Root has struck form at the best possible time and his century partnership with Joe Denly has made sure that Australia don't run away with the Ashes. Having said that, it's a new day which will bring new challenges and with another 203 runs to get, this game is wide open. Needless to say, the morning session will give us a hint of which way this clash will be heading. 8 overs to go for the second new ball and that may have a big say on the outcome. We are not far away from the start, stay tuned.

... DAY 4, FIRST SESSION ...

Right! 203 to win. 7 wickets in hand. 196 overs left in the game. But we will not need those! Because unless the weather intervenes, this game will not see a Day 5 for sure. Will Joe Root get to his first ever century in the 4th innings? Will Nathan Lyon be able to get back to wicket-taking ways on Sunday? Will the effect of Saturday's tiring work go awry or pay good heeds for the Aussie bowlers? Join us on Sunday, 25th August, 2019 at 11 am local (1000 GMT) for all the action from Day 4 which should also be the final day of this Test. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Perhaps this is the day which bowling coaches want to see. When the ball is moving around, many a bowler gets a wicket. But when the ball is doing nothing, it is the discipline and the patience of the bowlers which get tested. Australia had plenty. Cummins, Hazlewood and Pattinson kept clocking in high speeds and bowled tirelessly, beating the inside and outside edges, but without luck. Then, came the massive strangulation - 9-3-7-1 between Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon which eventually got rid of Joe Denly. It would have been easy for a bowling unit to get frustrated and leak runs. But on a good pitch with not much swing around, Australia only gave away runs at just over 2 an over, a testimony to their discipline. That has ensured that in spite of the century stand, England have not run away with the game. Yet.

Joe Denly. Who is he? With all due respect, not many know about this man. This guy has scored over 11,000 first-class runs and Saturday was the day when he made the world notice. Had a few nervy moments but importantly, he rode those and moved ahead. Eventually, it took a brute from Josh Hazlewood to get rid of the Canterbury-born. His score reads 50 from 155 balls but only he knows how easy he has made life for the rest of his batting mates.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Welcome back, Joe Root. He has arrived in the Ashes at last. A knock which pretty much defines his character. Absorbing all the overlaying pressure then slowly but surely, transferring it back to the opposition. He, along with Denly, fought Australia patiently and in a stand worth 126, kept the hungry Aussies at bay.

Yes! We have a Day 4! The game is alive. How many times did we feel in this Test that the game is gone? First, when the Aussies were 'bundled out' for 179. Then, when England were blown away for 67. Then, this morning, when they were 15/2 in the 7th over. But the two Joes joined forces and ensured that they gave no chance to their foe.

71.6

Full and around off, watchfully blocked out. STUMPS ON DAY 3, ENGLAND NEED 203 MORE TO WIN! 156/3

71.5

Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

71.4

Full and around off, watchfully defended.

71.3

Outside off, left alone.

71.2

Punches this towards long on for a single.

71.1

Around off, solidly defended.

Nathan Lyon to bowl the final over of the day.

70.6

Outside off, left alone. Paine initially looks at the skies in disappointment but then Cummins walks across to him and asks about the review. Paine comes down a long way, has a chat but then shakes his head, Then, jokingly asks Stokes whether he hit it. The Big Ben waits, waits, waits and when the allotted 15 seconds for a review are over, he shakes his head. The crowd loves that and Paine pats Stokesy on his arm. Nothing on the Ultra Edge when the ball passes the bat. 155/3

70.5

Defended off the back foot by the batsman.

70.4

A length ball, tucked straight to short leg.

70.4

WIDE. A slower bouncer, outside leg, Stokes ducks. Tim Paine gets a bad bounce and fumbles. The crowd cheers as a wide is signalled.

70.3

Shortish and close to off, Stokes is on the back foot in defense.

70.2

Bouncer around off, Stokes allows it through.

70.1

In the channel outside off, Stokes hangs on the back foot and lets it go to the keeper.

Pat Cummins (14-3-32-1) is back for one final burst before Stumps.

69.6

Fires a quicker one on the pads, Stokes brings down a straight bat and it takes the inner half before rolling through square leg for a run. 154/3

69.5

A low full toss on middle, Ben lunges and pushes it to mid off.

69.4

Very full and on middle, Stokes defends it back with a straight bat.

69.3

Shortish and on leg, Root tucks it to mid-wicket and crosses.

69.2

Shortish and skidding down the leg side, Stokes fails to get it away and it goes off the pads to square leg. A leg bye taken.

69.1

Flatter delivery on off, Stokes hangs back and defends it on the off side.

Marnus Labuschagne to bowl with 11 minutes left in the day. 4-0-11-0 so far.

68.6

Full and around off, the skipper comes down the track and defends. 151/3

68.5

Full and outside off, Root looks to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Lyon appeals for LBW but umpire Wilson is not interested. Paine asks Lyon about the review but he says that it is spinning too much.

68.4

Full and around off, flicked towards Matthew Wade at short mid-wicket.

68.3

Around off, watchfully defended.

68.2

Tossed up outside off, Root looks to drive but gets a bit of an inside edge back to the bowler.

68.1

Full and around off, flicked straight to short leg.

67.6

Excellent delivery. Pattinson spears in a very full ball on middle, Stokes brings his bat down in time to dig it towards covers. 151/3

67.5

A touch short in length and close to off, Stokes remains on the back foot and defends it to the cover fielder.

67.4

Back of a length ball on off, Joe taps it down towards point and crosses for a run.

67.3

Covers the line of the delivery and pushes it back to the bowler.

67.2

Digs it in around off, Root drops his wrists and sways away from the line.

67.1

On a good length close to off, Root blocks it from the crease.

66.6

Fullish and on off, some extra bounce, Stokes goes back and defends it off the leading half of his blade. 150/3

66.5

Full and around middle, flicked towards square leg.

66.4

Full and around off, well blocked out.

66.3

Outside off, defended solidly.

66.2

Full and outside off, watchfully defended.

66.1

Full and around middle, Root comes down the track and eases it down the ground for a single. 'ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!' cheers the crowd as the 150 is raised. 209 more to win.

65.6

Outside off, allowed to go through. 149/3

65.5

Around off, watchfully defended.

65.4

A length ball outside off, watchfully defended.

65.3

Outside off, Root looks to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge past second slip. A single taken.

65.2

Full and outside off, driven towards cover.

65.1

On a length outside off, Root looks to defend but the ball comes back in a long way and beats the inside edge.

'C'mon guys, c'mon guys, c'mon guys, put the pressure on, put the pressure on, put the pressure on, we can get two more tonight!' A sleepy Predicto Praky suddenly has his eyeballs pop out on hearing that. '2 more?' he asks. Well, he has got something to look forward in the remaining 26 minutes...

64.6

Outside off, punched towards cover. 148/3

64.5

Full and outside off, watchfully defended.

64.4

The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.

64.3

Landed outside off, a touch wide, let through.

64.2

Outside off, punched off the back foot.

64.1

Full and around middle, flicked through square leg for a single.

63.6

The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 147/3

63.5

Full and outside off, watchfully defended.

63.4

Outside off, angling away, left alone.

63.3

Full and down the leg side, a wild ball, Stokes lets it go. Tim Paine dives full length to his right and stops it.

63.2

Outside off, left alone.

63.1

Outside off, played through point for a single.

Kamtishwar - 'Where is Patto? Where is Patto? Where is Patto? Oh looks like Paine has heard me.' Yes. Telepathy, mate. James Pattinson is back on for a final burst. 10-3-19-0 so far.

62.6

Full and outside off, watchfully blocked out. 146/3

62.5

Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

62.4

Full and outside off, Stokes lets it go. Don't think he picked it. Guess he expected it to turn away but it was an arm ball. Just grazed off stump.

62.3

Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

62.2

Full and around off, watchfully defended.

62.1

Outside off, punched off the back foot.

61.6

Stokes gets off the mark. Down the leg side, nudged through square leg for a single. 146/3

61.5

Landed outside off, left alone.

61.4

A bouncer, at the head, Stokes sways away.

61.3

Full and outside off, easy to leave.

61.2

Outside off, angling away, left alone.

61.1

Full and outside off, solidly defended.

60.6

Landed outside off, Joe gets down to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. Paine starts to appeal but then keep quiet as the impact is well outside off. 145/3

60.5

Full and outside off, watchfully defended.

60.4

Oohhh... beaten. Landed outside off, the skipper looks to defend but the ball just whizzes past the outside edge.

60.3

Comes down the track this time and defends.

60.2

FOUR! Nicely played. Full and outside off, Root brings out his reverse sweep and gently laps it through the vacant slip position. There is a leg slip who is now moved to conventional first slip after that shot.

60.1

Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler.

59.6

Another one outside off, shouldered arms to. 141/3

59.5

The batsman defends it from within the crease.

59.4

Full and outside off, angling away, left alone.

Ben Stokes arrives in the middle. He got out playing a very ordinary shot in the last innings and would like to correct that this time around. England have a good platform courtesy the last stand and all he needs to do is to partner his skipper.

59.3

OUT! Finally (in Rock's voice), Australia have managed to break the century partnership. The long and hard persistence from Hazlewood has paid off. A rip-roaring bouncer from him. It lands close to off and there's some steep bounce. It climbs onto the batsman, Denly takes his eyes off the ball but fails to take his gloves away. The ball brushes them and then ricochets off his helmet to Paine. The Aussie skipper grabs the simplest of catches and they all go up in a big appeal. The finger goes up and Denly looks down. He knows what has happened there. Root checks on him to know whether he wants to take the DRS but Denly declines the offer. Wicket number 3 goes down and England need another 218 runs from here to win.

59.2

Back of a length ball on off, Denly defends it from the crease.

59.1

Good length ball on middle and leg, Root fails to work it around and it goes off his pads to square leg for a leg bye.

58.6

Safe as a house. Full and outside off, Denly drives it straight back to the bowler who fires a throw back at the stumps at the striker's end and hits them. Paine appeals and it is referred upstairs. Replays show that Denly had to scurry back but he is safe. 140/2

A run out? Direct hit but Root looks to be in.

58.5

Defended off the back foot by the batsman.

58.4

NOT OUT. Missing leg. Cannot totally blame Paine there. That looked close but the pitch has now started to turn. Full and outside off, Denly looked to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Lyon screams his lungs but umpire Wilson shakes his head. Paine has a chat with his bowler and then takes the review. Tough luck as Ball Tracker shows it to be missing leg.

58.3

Defended off the back foot by the batsman.

58.2

Full and around off, watchfully defended.

58.1

Huge shout for LBW! Turned down. Full and outside off, Denly looks to defend but the ball spins in a long way, hits the pads and then goes to short leg where Marnus Labuschagne dives to his right to take the catch. LBW? Bat-pad?

57.6

Outside off, left alone. 140/2

57.5

Another jaffa! On a length outside off, the skipper looks to defend but the ball zips past the outside edge again.

57.4

Outside off, shaping in, Root looks to defend but the ball whizzes past the outside edge. Hazlewood has some chirp which starts into a chatter. Root looks and looks and looks and then gives the cutest smile one can ever see. Even Hazlewood starts to smile. They say, if looks could kill. Here, it is, if looks could woo...

57.3

Full and outside off, Joe looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.

57.2

Outside off, punched towards extra cover where a lazy Matthew Wade refuses to bend. Hence, the ball refuses to stop, goes off his legs and the batsmen think about the single. But the man who wanted to be a pilot if his cricketing career did not shape up, charged to the ball from mid off and Root went back. Usman Khawaja it was.

57.1

A length ball outside off, blocked towards cover.

56.6

Outside off, punched off the back foot back to the G.O.A.T. 140/2

56.5

Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.

56.4

Full and around off, Denly looks to flick but hits it a bit uppishly. It falls short of the bowler.

56.3

Outside off, gently paddled through fine leg for a single. 219 more to win. That is the 300th ball faced by this pair. Awesome. Their entire first innings lasted just 27.5 overs.

56.2

Full again, the skipper lunges and pushes it towards backward point.

56.1

Full and outside off, Root comes forward and defends.

55.6

Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 139/2

55.5

Huge caught behind shout, but not out. On a length outside off, Denly looks to defend but the ball jags back in and goes off something to the keeper. Paine throws the ball in the air but does not appeal ferociously. Replays show that the ball hit the pad.

55.4

The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.

55.3

Outside off, left alone.

55.2

Outside off, Root plays it very late, tapping the ball through gully. Travis Head dives to his right but cannot stop it. Parries it away and concedes a single.

55.1

A length ball outside off, coming in, defended solidly.

Drinks break. England are going strength from strength and this partnership has put them in a strong position. They still require 221 runs to level the series and hence cannot afford to relax a single bit. Australia have been decent with their bowling efforts but without much success. They will have to stay patient and focus on execution. Good part is that they are not leaking runs and keep England under check in that part. 21 more overs to go before Stumps. Can they pick a wicket or two?

54.6

Loopy ball on off, Root takes it on the full and sweeps it past forward short leg for a run. Catch it was the shout from somewhere but it was well wide. 138/2

54.5

Floated and full on off, defended off the front foot.

54.4

Inside edge saves Root there! He jumps down the track to play a big shot across the line but misses. Luckily for him, it takes the inner half of his bat, strikes him on the pads and then goes behind. Paine reacts a bit late and it gets deflected off his pads as well to his right. All that allows Root time to return inside the crease. Scary moment.

54.3

Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

54.2

Quicker and fuller outside off, Root tries to sweep but misses. The impact is well outside off.

54.1

Flighted delivery, landing full outside off and spinning back in, Root gets forward to defend but inside edges it onto the pads.

53.6

Gets a length ball to angle into the batsman around off, Joe Denly prods forward and defends it back. Maiden! 137/2

53.5

Outside off, left alone.

53.4

The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.

53.3

Shout for an lbw! Not given. Tim Paine walks forward to have a chat with his bowler and then decides not to take the referral. Hazlewood gets a length ball to move back into the batsman from outside off. Denly shuffles across a bit to defend but misses and is pinged on the back leg. They appeal but it seems too high. The replays confirm that it's going well over the middle stump.

53.2

Again the line is outside off, Denly once again makes a watchful leave.

53.1

In the channel outside off, it's left alone by Denly.

52.6

Flatter and on off, defended off the back foot to complete the over. 137/2

52.5

SECOND TEST FIFTY FOR JOE DENLY and his knock is well appreciated by the home crowd. He has applied himself superbly under pressure and has played his part in this big partnership with the skipper. Reaches to his landmark by easing a full ball with the spin to long on for a run. The bat goes up in acknowledgement.

52.4

Flighted delivery, landing full on off and spinning in, Denly blocks it off his front foot.

52.3

Loopy ball around off, Root gets down and across before playing the lap sweep down to fine leg for a run.

52.2

Floated and full on off, this time Root presses forward and defends it back.

52.1

Flatter through the air, the length is on the shorter side and there is some slow spin available, Root hangs on the back foot in defense.

Oh... we thought he had gone off. Finally, after an age, Paine turns to Nathan Lyon. 11-0-31-0 so far. But crucially, 15 in 3 since Tea. England have played him much better after that opening Test.

51.6

Around off, on a length, defended solidly to end the over. 135/2

51.5

Fullish and on off, Denly drives it off his front foot to mid off.

51.4

Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total.

51.3

Root has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

51.2

MASSIVE INSIDE EDGE! Another onfield decision is overturned, all thanks to the DRS. It's a good delivery to begin with. On a length outside off and since the shine is inside, it heads towards the off stump. Root tries to defend but fails to do so from the middle of his bat. He is thudded on the pads, they appeal and the finger goes up. Honestly saying, we spotted an inside edge immediately and Root is also quick to take the review. The Ultra Edge picks a big chunk of wood and Root is safe.

Joe Root has been adjudged LBW. But he has straightaway signalled for the review. Seems to be a massive inside edge. Yup. The first replay confirms it. Huge, massive inside edge.

51.1

On a length and outside off, Root plays it down from the crease to point.

50.6

Denly has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 9 from the over, England are scoring freely, without any issues. 134/2

50.6

No ball called as it's the third bouncer in this over. Cummins bangs it in short around middle, Denly takes evasive action and immediately ducks. Good take by Paine.

50.5

FOUR! In spite of a sliding effort near the fence by Hazlewood. Once again Denly has nicely played it out. Shortish and on middle and leg, Joe moves inside the line and glances it fine down the leg side. Hazlewood tries to stop it but makes contact with the rope and the nut at the same time. The third umpire passes on that verdict to the onfield umpire and a boundary is signalled.

50.4

FOUR! Bang! Right from the middle of the bat. Width on offer outside off, Denly spots the chance to free his arms and throws his hands to it. Connects and connects well to fetch a boundary at deep cover.

50.3

Short again and it's down the leg side, Denly makes another leave. He knows about the plan they are working on.

The leg gully has gone very fine. Almost at leg slip. The plan of action should be on and around the batsman's rib cage.

50.2

Action replay of the last delivery. Once again Denly is content in letting it go.

50.1

Bouncer around leg, sliding down, Denly easily ducks underneath it.

49.6

Clocks 86.9 mph and delivers it around off, Root blocks again from the crease. Tidy stuff from Josh, a maiden to start his new spell. 125/2

49.5

Keeps his line on the middle stump line and Root defends it back by staying inside the crease.

49.4

A touch short and outside off, at 86 mph, Root plays it late and tries to guide it wide of the slip cordon but the third slip fielder dives across to his right to make the stop.

49.3

Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

49.2

This one stays low after moving back into the batsman from a length outside off. Root does well to keep his eyes on the ball till the last second as he defends it towards mid on by going down low.

49.1

Fuller in length on off, angling in, Root gets forward and defends it back to the bowler.

Josh Hazlewood is back on. 11-2-32-1 from him, so far.

48.6

Cummins digs in another short delivery, this time it's outside off, Root hooks it across the line, rolls his wrists over the shot and keeps it all along the ground through square leg for a single. 125/2

48.5

Short in length again, around middle and leg, Denly plays a nicely controlled glance wide of short backward square leg for a run.

48.4

Back of a length ball on middle, Root helps it through the gap between backward square leg and short leg for one.

A short backward square leg is already there and now a short leg also comes in.

48.3

Shortish on middle and leg, Denly tries flicking but misses. It brushes his pads and goes to fine leg for a leg bye.

Josh Hazlewood is loosening up. Australia desperately need a breakthrough.

48.2

Picks the line of the length delivery is outside off and Denly takes his bat far away from the ball. Easy leave.

48.1

Good length delivery in the corridor outside off, Denly watches the line closely before leaving it.

47.6

Extra bounce on this occasion. On a good length around middle and leg, Denly fails to work it away on the leg side and it deflects off his pads to backward point. A leg bye picked. 121/2

47.5

Presses forward to a full ball moving back into him and then pushes it back to the bowler off the inner half of his blade.

47.4

Lands it on a length and outside off, going straight on, Denly shoulders arms.

47.3

Grunts and bowls. Shortish and on top of off, easily defended off the back foot by Denly.

47.2

Another delivery angling into the batsman, Denly is forward in defense and keeps it out from the outer half of his bat.

47.1

Too full in length and on off, Denly drives it confidently but finds the mid off fielder.

46.6

Around off, on a full length, Root defends it from the middle of his bat. 120/2

46.5

Shortish ball on middle, rising onto the batsman, Denly gets back and nudges it to fine leg for a run.

46.4

Cummins tries to tempt Denly into a drive but Joe keeps his patience and makes a leave. Pat smiles.

46.3

Very full and spearing in on off, Denly has his bat down in time as he keeps it out safely to mid on.

46.2

Good leave. On a length and just outside off, shaping in just a hint, Denly covers his stumps and allows it through.

46.1

Fuller length ball angling in around off, Denly is on the front foot as he pushes it from the middle of the bat to mid on.

45.6

Closer to off stump, on a good length, the English skipper plays it down from the back foot. It takes the outer half and rolls to point again. 119/2

45.5

Nicely played but not in the gap. Pattinson dishes out a length delivery in the zone outside off, Root takes a big stride forward and strokes it with nice timing square of the wicket on the off side. It goes straight to point.

45.4

Drops it on a length and just outside off, Root strides forward and pushes it with soft hands to covers.

45.3

Just a touch short in length on off, Denly goes on his toes and turns it in the gap at mid-wicket for a run.

45.2

Effort ball. Pattinson lets out a grunt and hurls in a short ball around leg, Denly ducks with ease.

45.1

Too full and too straight, Denly covers the angle and pushes it to mid on.

44.6

Cummins goes short with his length and darts it on off, Root offers a solid back foot defense. 118/2

44.5

Shortish and on off, angling in, Root allows the ball to meet his bat and taps it down late towards gully.

44.4

Fullish and outside off, Denly leans forward and pushes it with soft hands at covers for one. All too easy at the moment. Australia need to step up their intensity in the field.

44.3

Aerial bit safe! Back of a length ball on middle, Denly glances it across the line, it's uppish but drops short of mid-wicket.

44.2

Puts it on a full length around off, a hint of inward shape there, Denly lunges to drive but it takes the inner half and rolls to mid on.

44.1

Starts with a gentle loosener in the channel wide outside off, Denly has nothing to do with it.

Pat Cummins (10-3-18-1) returns into the attack, replacing Nathan Lyon.

43.6

Nice use of the wrists this time as Denly works it through mid-wicket for a run. 117/2

43.5

Misfield at gully! Shortish and just outside off, Root plays it nice and late to tap it towards Khawaja. He gets down to stop it but there is some uneven bounce. The ball gets deflected behind and the batsmen take a run.

43.4

Hurls a good length delivery in the zone outside off, Root covers his stumps and leaves it easily.

43.3

Back of a length ball on off, Root sticks on the back foot and taps it down to point.

43.2

100-run stand comes up and the English crowd has gone bonkers! They are just loving this fightback. A delivery angling down the leg side, Denly eases it fine down the leg side for one. Slowly but steadily, England are pushing Australia in a corner with this partnership.

43.1

FOUR! Sublime! This time from the bat of Joe Denly. Pattinson delivers it on a length outside off, Joe strides forward and delightfully strokes it through covers. Three fours on the bounce and England are on the charge!

42.6

FOUR! Down the leg side, Root goes back and gently tickles it to the fine leg fence. The fielder is a bit square and cannot get there! 249 more to win now. 110/2

42.5

FOUR! 'ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!' cheers the crowd. Ben Stokes stands up and applauds in the dressing room. Oh, the run machine is back. Two ducks on the bounce, but a hat-trick is avoided and how. Half century for Joe Root, so far so good but the battle is half done. Time for another 50 at least. Full and outside off, Root drives this through the covers and gets the boundary. Raises his bat to acknowledge the applause.

42.4

Full and around off, Root comes down the track and flicks it towards short mid-wicket.

42.3

Full and outside off, pushed towards mid on.

42.2

Pushes this straight to point.

42.1

Full and around off, watchfully defended.

41.6

Strays down the leg side, tucked through fine leg for a single. 102/2

41.5

Full and around off, driven straight back. Pattinson flings himself to his right and parries it towards mid on.

41.4

Outside off, defended to the leg side.

41.3

Outside off, dabbed straight to gully. 'That is a one-day shot,' chides Nasser Hussain on air. Yes, that shot can be avoided in this format. Especially with people waiting for you to play that and nick one.

41.2

A jaffa. The Aussies are getting frustrated. They are bowling well but not getting the edges. This one pitches outside off and then straightens a touch. Root tries his best to defend but the ball scoots past the outside edge.

41.1

Outside off, solidly defended.

40.6

Full and outside off, swept fine for a single. 101/2

40.5

Full and outside off, Joe looks to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. An LBW appeal ensues but the impact is outside off.

40.4

Full and around off, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.

40.3

Pushes this towards long on for a single to raise huge cheers from the crowd. 100 UP FOR ENGLAND.

40.2

Outside off, left alone.

40.1

FOUR BYES! That is a grubber. Nothing a batsman can do about that. Or the keeper. Full and outside off, Denly goes right back to defend but the ball shoots low and goes beneath the bat. Paine tries to close his legs and stop that but the ball goes through.

39.6

Around off, tight, compact defense from Root. 95/2

39.5

Full and outside off, watchfully driven back. Stopped by the bowler.

39.4

Huge, huge shout from Pattinson. Chats for a review. Thoughts ponder. Eventually, with 2 seconds left, the idea is dropped. A length ball outside off, coming in sharply, Root looked to defend but got hit on the pads. It seemed like the ball hit the pad first, but then, thoughts of an inside edge arose as well. Replays show that it was pad first but the impact was outside off.

39.3

Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.

39.2

Outside off, punched towards cover.

39.1

A length ball outside off, Root plays inside the line and is beaten.

James Pattinson to bowl. 5-1-11-0 so far.

38.6

Outside off again, JD smothers the spin watchfully. 95/2

38.5

Outside off, Joe looks to defend but the ball hits the bat, then sneaks between the legs and goes to short leg.

38.4

Full and outside off, Denly gets a big stride forward and lets it through.

38.3

Around off, tucked through square leg for a single.

38.2

Outside off, pushed straight to cover.

38.1

MISFIELD, FOUR! Sloppy start by Australia to the session. Full and outside off, Root leans and drives it through the covers. Marcus Harris dives over the ball and it goes through.

We're back for the final session of the day. A big one for both teams. Australia would like to make amends and break the ongoing partnership as soon as possible. On the contrary, England will be delighted if Root and Denly manage to see off the day's play. The pitch seems to have eased out a bit after bathing in the sunlight all afternoon and it's now up to the skills of the Aussie bowlers. Nathan Lyon will be crucial. He will be kicking off this session.

... DAY 3, THIRD SESSION ...

On the flip side, the batsmen are coming after a break. Many times, a wicket falls after a break. If that happens, Australia will channel their hunger again. The pitch is not doing much but they will hope to get at least half the side back in the dressing room before they shut their own shop for the day. Join us back at 4.30 pm local (1530 GMT).

The second session is often called as the best one to bat on and England, albeit not making too many runs, have not lost too many wickets either. Now, comes the final session. This is usually a bowler's session but because England have not lost a wicket for so long, it could also mean that Australia are mentally tired and it is now time to feast. 38 overs left in the day, score more than 100 and ensure that the Ashes is still alive come Sunday.

It is often said that Test cricket is a test of one's character. David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne showed it on Thursday. Now, it is time for England. Root and Denly came together when the ball was moving like a hoop but to their credit, they gutted it out. Got some edges, got beaten but did not get out. They played on and on, tiring the Aussie bowlers and eventually succeeded in forcing Paine to bring on Marnus Labuschagne, the fifth bowler, which means, the fast bowlers were getting tired. Both the batsmen have faced more than 15 overs, which means that they have understood the pitch by now.

Fantastic session for England. The entire crowd stands up as one and applauds. The run rate is a bit low but who cares when you have 8 sessions to score a shade above 350? That is roughly just 45 a session and they have got more than that. Crucially, they lost just two wickets and those were pretty early, when many predicted that the game would be done today itself. Well, Joe and Joe have played toe to toe and ensured that there is a fight. Actually, more than a fight. We have a game, folks. We have a game.

37.6

Very full and outside off, it's pushed off the front foot to covers. That will be TEA ON DAY 3! 90/2

37.5

Tossed up ball landing outside leg, Denly pads it away safely.

37.4

Full and floated on middle and off, Denly defends it off his front foot.

37.3

Shout for a bat-pad! Not given and no DRS taken. A leg spinner landing outside leg, Denly offers no shot and takes it on the pads. It deflects then onto his waists and lobs up. Wade catches it in the second attempt as he goes down. No appeal from him but Paine is excited. The umpire stays put and since Wade ain't sure, no technology is taken.

37.2

Root has played it to the point region. One run added to the total.

37.1

Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

36.6

Denly has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 89/2

36.5

Bouncer. Ducked. But with a poor technique. He has his bat hanging like a periscope as he crouches. Archer got out doing the same in the first innings.

36.4

A delivery around off, Denly pushes it out from the crease to cover-point where Lyon makes a fine stop

36.3

Fullish and on middle, Denly drives it back beautifully past his partner and mid on mops it up. One Joe wanted a single but the senior Joe turned it down.

36.2

UPPISHHHHH! Safe... Heart in mouth stuff for Joe Denly. Cummins dishes out a back of a length ball on middle and leg and it zips off the surface. Denly is caught in a tangle as he attempts to fend it away. But the ball climbs to gather the splice of his bat and loops in the air. It falls safely behind square leg as Head charges across to his right from mid-wicket. Joe survives a nervy moment.

36.1

Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.

35.6

Labuschagne gives it a good rip and bowls it full around off, Root leans forward and defends it cautiously. 89/2

35.5

Root has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

35.4

Short and around leg, Root goes deep inside the crease with the pull shot but fails to connect. He gets hit on the thigh pad in the process.

35.3

Gets it past Head this time. Full and on middle, Root clips it through mid-wicket and comes back for the second run.

35.2

Tossed up ball on middle, Root turns it on the leg side from the crease but it goes on one bounce to Head at short leg.

35.1

Labuschagne bowls a flatter leg spinner from 'round the wicket. It's on middle and defended from the back foot by Joe Root.

Nasser Hussain throws the spotlight on Australia's plan to get rid of Joe Denly in this series. They pepper him with a few bouncers and then leave the cover open, inviting him to drive. Denly has obliged so far in this series and nicked behind. Here too, he has been polite to accept the frequent invitations but has been helped by Lady Luck with the ball either not taking the edge or the edges not carrying and going in gaps.

34.6

Solid this time. Good length ball on off, Denly covers the line and blocks it right under his watchful eyes. 87/2

34.5

Fuller and on off, moving in a bit, Denly tries to play the off drive but it goes off the inner half to mid on.

34.4

Fantastic take by Tim Paine! Cummins bends his back to dig in a short ball on middle, Denly ducks easily. Paine moves across to his left to collect the ball but it swirls away a bit to his right. Good reaction shown by the Aussie skipper to stick it in his right hand.

34.3

Puts it a bit fuller this time, outside off, JD gets on the front foot and pushes it to short cover.

34.2

Hurls a good length ball again, this time the channel is outside off and it holds its line a bit, Denly shoulders arms.

34.1

Inside edge. Good length ball on off, a hint of inward shape, Denly tries defending from the back foot but it takes the inner half of his blade and strikes him on the pads.

Pat Cummins (8-1-18-1) returns into the attack.

33.6

Another back foot square cut by Root and this time he manages to beat backward point. A couple of runs taken. Things going on smoothly at the moment for the hosts. Devil's number for Australia is up on the scoreboard. 87/2

33.5

Quicker one, short and close to off, a late cut by Root finds short third man.

33.4

Labuschagne drags his length short on off, Denly goes back and punches it to sweeper cover for a run.

33.3

Presses forward to a full ball and pushes it with the spin through covers for one.

33.2

Tossed up ball landing full on off, Root is on the front foot in defense.

33.1

Lunges to defend but it takes the inside edge and rolls behind square leg for a run.

32.6

Some movement there but the line is too straight and it's going down. Denly fails to flick and it goes off his pads to square leg. A leg bye to close the over, 4 coming off it. This partnership has now moved on to England's first innings score. 277 needed more for a win. 82/2

32.5

Tap and run. Doing it with ease, England. Good length ball close to off, JR plays it with soft hands in front of point and steals a run.

32.4

Back of a length delivery on off, Denly stands back and pulls it through backward square leg. Cummins moves across to his left to stop the ball and interestingly, they take just a run.

Pat Cummins is loosening up...

32.3

Full and on off, shaping back in, Denly presents the full face of the bat in defense.

32.2

Lands it on a length and close to off stump, Denly pushes it out with an angled bat to point.

32.1

Angles in a full length ball on off, Root defends it towards covers and scampers across to the other end.

31.6

Loopy and full outside off, Denly takes his front leg forward, covers the line and shoulders arms. 78/2

31.5

A real drag down by Marnus this time. Root uses the depth of his crease and pulls it behind square leg for one.

31.4

Fine delivery. Full and flighted just outside off, Root lunges to defend but it doesn't spin much and catches the inside edge. The ball races down to fine leg for a couple of runs.

31.3

Quicker delivery, on middle, Joe remains on the back foot as he defends it down.

31.2

Once again the length is on the shorter side, Root moves back and defends it to the off side.

31.1

Flatter and shorter delivery on middle, Root gets back and helps it past short leg to mid-wicket.

Right then, with nothing much happening, Tim Paine has tossed the ball to a part-timer. Marnus Labuschagne to bowl some leg spin. A slip and short leg in place.

30.6

FOUR! Well played! A pitched up delivery close to off, Denly presses forward, opens the face of his bat, allows the ball to come to him and then quietly guides it past gully. Hazlewood is getting frustrated, lets out some words for the batsman. 75/2

30.5

Extra movement and bounce off the surface. It's around off, Denly tries working it away but misses. He takes a hit on his thigh pad.

30.4

Hazlewood serves it on a fuller length around middle, Root clips it towards mid-wicket where Head dives and parries it towards mid on. A single is stolen.

30.3

Back of a length ball on off, shaping in, Joe defends it from the crease.

30.2

On a length and around off, Root hangs on the back foot in defense.

30.1

Soft edge and FOUR! Huge cheer from the English crowd as the home team goes past their first innings score. A length ball just outside off, Root pushes inside the line with a loose bottom hand and gets it away off the outside edge. It runs through the gap between gully and third slip for a boundary.

29.6

Down the leg side, flick shot missed. 66/2

29.5

Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman.

29.4

Around off, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.

29.3

Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

29.2

Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.

29.1

Full and around off, worked through mid-wicket but straight to the fielder.

28.6

Full and outside off, Denly looks to drive but the ball comes back in and beats the inside edge. Hazlewood feels it is time for some pre-tea chat. Denly is not too keen though. 65/2

28.5

Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.

28.4

50-RUN STAND IS UP! It has taken more than 22 overs but it is okay. The message is clear - Do not allow the Aussies in. Tire the fast bowlers out, get the Labuschagnes and the Heads to bowl and then make the opposition's heads roll. Short and outside off, pulled through square leg for the single.

Interesting talk from Shane Warne. He says that after Stumps yesterday, he had a chat with Tim Paine, who recounts an incident before Hazlewood dismissed Jack Leach. The question asked by Paine was about the field setting Joshua would like. The answer, 'I don't care. I am going to bowl two bouncers and then get him out bowled.' And Hazlewood does exactly that. Something even the King Of Spin used to do in his hay days. Anyone remembers how he got out Marlon Samuels and Herschelle Gibbs in the 2000s? Predicted and then got them out in the same fashion. Genius. Legend.

28.3

Around off, watchfully defended.

28.2

Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.

28.1

Outside off, left alone.

27.6

HOW CLOSE WAS THAT? Full and around middle, Denly comes forward and looks to flick. Gets it towards short leg. Marnus Labuschagne is late to react but the ball ricochets off his pads. Denly is out of his crease and has to hurry back but luckily for him, the ball misses the stumps! 64/2

27.5

Around middle, flicked towards short mid-wicket.

27.4

Full and around middle, Root gets down and sweeps it through square leg for a single.

27.3

Around off, nicely blocked out.

27.2

Full and outside off, watchfully defended.

27.1

Around off, coming in, Root misses his flick and is hit on the pads.

26.6

FOUR! SMASH! Shot of the innings. That says about England's confidence at the moment. Does not matter if you were 67 all out a day ago. Stay in the present. Make use of the presents as well. Hazlewood offers a Christmas gift, landing a half-tracker outside off and Denly pounces. Swivels and pulls it over mid-wicket. No one moves. Someone fetch that! Under 300 needed to win now. 63/2

26.5

Outside off, let through to the keeper.

26.4

Outside off, Joe looks to defend but the ball comes in, takes the inside edge and squirts to square leg. A single taken.

26.3

Full and outside off, let through once again.

26.2

Outside off, left alone.

26.1

This guy is a machine. And he is bowling to another machine. Nice. Watching Transformers on a sports channel. This bloke has just come off some rest, wandering around somewhere at fine leg or third man but no looseners for him. First ball, in the avenue of apprehension. Makes Root play. Gets the ball to move away and beat the outside edge. Joshua smiles.

It is Josh Hazlewood again. 7-2-14-1 so far. Around 45 minutes to go to Tea.

25.6

Goes back and gently nudges it through square leg for a single. 58/2

25.5

The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

25.4

Full and around off, watchfully kept out.

25.3

Outside off, blocked from the crease.

25.2

A short ball, outside off, Root looks to pull but the ball barely comes off the pitch. Takes the under edge and goes to short mid-wicket. Excellent contest going on.

25.1

Full and around off, watchfully defended.

24.6

Played to the point region by the batsman. 57/2

24.5

Full and outside off, JD looks to drive but misses.

24.4

A bouncer, this time not that high, Joe ducks.

24.4

WIDE. A bit harsh on Patto. Banged on a length, it hits the deck and then shoots up well above the batsman's head. My colleague Nabu, watching the replays closely, comments, 'Gosh. That just kicked up way too high!' Yup, mate. Which is why Shane Warne also feels that the umpire was a bit too harsh.

24.3

Outside off, played straight to point.

24.2

A length ball outside off, coming back in, Denly is caught in his crease as he looks to tuck but misses and is hit on the pads. Australia appeal for LBW but it is turned down. Ball Tracker shows it to be going over the top.

24.1

Full and around off, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.

23.6

The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 55/2

23.5

Full and around middle, pushed towards mid on for a quick single.

23.4

Outside off, Joe looks to play at that but misses.

23.3

Full and outside off, tossed up slightly, driven straight to cover once again.

23.2

Outside off, pushed straight to cover.

23.1

Full snd outside off, Root pads it away. Khawaja and Paine appeal but then stay quiet. Did not quite come back in.

22.6

The batsman has been struck on the thigh-pad. They pick up a single. Leg bye given by the umpire. 54/2

22.5

Outside off, Joe initially looks to play but then tries to withdraw his bat. Is beaten as he is late.

22.4

Outside off, on a length, Root looks to push it away from his body but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.

22.3

Another one down the leg side, flick shot missed again.

22.2

Outside off, played straight to point.

22.1

Down the leg side, flick shot missed.

21.6

Around off, watchfully defended. 53/2

21.5

The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.

21.4

Defended off the back foot by the batsman.

21.3

Full and outside off, swept through square leg for a single.

21.2

The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

21.1

Outside off, left alone.

20.6

EDGED, OVER THE SLIP CORDON! A short ball, outside off, Denly looks to fend it off but suddenly, the ball rises, kicking off the seam, takes the top half of the bat and lobs over the slips! Three men run after it and manage to stop it before it touches the ropes. Two runs taken. 52/2

20.5

Ahhh... the patience almost goes. Full and wide outside off, Denly looks to drive but misses. Pattinson smiles.

20.4

Outside off, dabbed straight to gully.

20.3

Around off, solidly blocked out.

20.2

One more delivery in that play-and-try-to-gift-your-wicket channel, well outside off, Denly is not interested in being a Santa Clause.

20.1

Wide outside off, fuller in length, let through.

20.1

WIDE. A wild bouncer, down the leg side, Denly ducks. The umpire wides it and the crowd cheers. 50 UP FOR ENGLAND! They were 6 down when they touched this score yesterday, so the applause. 309 more to win.

19.6

Full and outside off, watchfully pushed back. 49/2

19.5

Outside off, pushed towards mid on for a run.

19.4

The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.

19.3

Full and outside off, Root gets down and sweeps it through square leg for a single.

19.2

Outside off, watchfully defended.

19.1

Landed outside off, Root gets back and across, looks to defend but then tries to withdraw his bat. The ball just zips past the outside edge.

DRINKS BREAK. A good passage of play for England. They lost their openers pretty quickly but the two Joes have ensured that there is not a collapse. It has been a good partnership, reading 32, soaking in the pressure and picking bricks out of the target, slowly but surely. Australia have bowled well but these two have tested their patience.

18.6

Outside off, tapped towards point for a single. 47/2

18.5

The batsman defends it from within the crease.

18.4

FOUR! A bit of an outside edge but Root will take it. Outside off, Root looks to defend but the ball moves away, takes the outside edge, goes to ground and explores the gap between second slip and gully.

18.3

Back of a length outside off, watchfully blocked out.

18.2

Around off, blocked solidly.

18.1

Outside off, defended solidly.

17.6

Full and around off, worked straight to short mid-wicket. 42/2

17.5

FOUR! Nice, positive intent! Well, that came out of the blue. Full and outside off, Denly comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it cleanly over mid off. No power used, just simple placement.

17.4

Landed outside off, played off the back foot towards point.

17.3

Outside off, left alone.

17.2

Around off, flicked behind square leg for a single.

17.1

Full and outside off, Root leans and drives it behind point. Travis Head dives full stretch to his left to stop it.

Spin time. Nathan Lyon is back on. Just a solitary over for 4. A slip and a short leg in place.

16.6

Around off, on a length, tucked through square leg for a single. Root moves to double figures with that. 37/2

16.5

Outside off, on a length, moving away, guided straight to gully.

16.4

The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.

16.3

Back of a length outside off, blocked towards the bowler.

16.2

Around off, defended solidly.

16.1

A short ball outside off, Root hops and pushes it towards point.

James Pattinson to bowl now.

15.6

Around middle, pushed towards mid on. 36/2

15.5

Full and around off, watchfully defended.

15.4

A length ball outside off, Joe pushes it towards cover and sets off for a non-existent single but is sensibly sent back by Joe Root.

Ricky Ponting on air informs us that Cameron Bancroft is on as a substitute for James Pattinson. Does not reckon he will be on for too long though.

15.3

Landed outside off, let through.

15.2

Outside off, pushed straight to cover.

15.1

Full and around off, pushed towards mid on.

14.6

The crowd cheers as Denly gets a run. Outside off, coming in, Joe looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge towards mid on. A single taken. 36/2

14.5

The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

14.4

A bouncer, outside off this time, ducked calmly once more.

14.3

Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.

14.2

Outside off, left alone.

14.1

ANOTHER ONE DOES NOT BOUNCE. Joe Denly continues to be peppered with short stuff. Again, he takes his eyes off the ball, closing them and ducking ungainly. Gets hit on the left arm. Cummins appeals for LBW but the umpire shakes his head. He wants a review and Paine is interested but others advice him not to go for it as it looks high. Ball Tracker confirms. Going over the stumps. Denly has one thing in his favour for getting hit, if someone blames his technique. We have not seen too many balls misbehave, so indifferent bounce is slowly creeping into the equation now.

13.6

Outside off, let through to the keeper again. 35/2

13.5

A short ball outside off, Joe looks to pull but then bails out. Just a customary man in the deep on the leg side for Root, the fine leg. Probably that is why he thought about going after it initially.

13.4

Outside off, left alone.

13.3

FOUR! Off the edge but Root need not be entirely unhappy. Full and outside off, the skipper looks to defend but the ball moves away at the last moment, takes the outside edge, goes along the ground and finds the gap between the slips and gully. Third man fence is the destination. The stand moves to 20.

13.2

Outside off, this time the skipper lets it be.

13.1

Full and outside off, Root looks to drive but there is no feet movement. A play and a miss.

12.6

Another unimpressive bouncer, down the leg side. 31/2

12.5

That is a jaffa. On a length outside off, Joe looks to fend it off but the ball jabs back in and goes in between bat and pad, almost cutting him into half.

12.4

Another one down the leg side, ducked under again.

Third slip is moved to fourth, fourth-and-a-half slip. Ricky Ponting on air wants the deep square leg to be removed as well. He says that Denly's first reaction to a short ball is to close his eyes. So might as well get that square leg to the slip cordon and plug the gap. Michael Holding joins in, says that Paine is almost challenging Denly to buy a lottery ticket of getting the ball through that slip cordon. But there is this gap between the second slip and gully, which, according to these experts, should be plugged. And rightly so.

12.3

A bumper, but down the leg side, Joe ducks.

12.2

FOUR! Not too sure Denly was in total control of that shot. A length ball outside off, coming in, Joe looks to defend but is squared up as it moves away late. The ball takes the outside edge and flies through the vacant gully region to the third man fence.

12.1

A length ball, around middle, Denly ducks. The ball does not bounce that much.

11.6

Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone. 27/2

11.5

Outside off, let through to his counterpart.

11.4

A length ball outside off, another one cutting in, Root misses his tuck and is hit on the pads.

11.3

Outside off, on a length, let through.

11.2

The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.

11.1

On a length outside off, Root looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads. Hazlewood appeals but the umpire shakes his head. The bowler is interested in the review but Matthew Wade at some close-in position, immediately shakes his head. Was there any wood involved? Yes. The first replay detects an inside edge onto his pads.

10.6

Around off, defended towards cover. 27/2

10.5

Excellent delivery, in the blockhole, outside off, watchfully dug out.

The physio is out in the middle again. The good thing is that Joe Denly is smiling. Looks to be a bit jarred as well. This is the first time that an England batsman has been hit on the helmet. It has been or less Aussie batsmen getting hit ever since Jofra Archer has been inducted into the playing XI...

10.4

ON THE HELMET! This has happened for the third time today. A short ball outside off, Denly initially looks to duck but then he does not see the ball at all. He has got nowhere to go and just hopes that the cherry goes above him. Is hit bang on the helmet.

10.3

Full and around off, watchfully defended.

10.2

Puts it on a fuller length outside off, it's pushed through covers for a single.

10.1

Full and outside off, left alone.

9.6

Close to the off stump this time, on a length, Joe blocks it to the off side. 26/2

9.5

Beaten on the driver! Fuller in length and outside off, Denly decides to go for a big booming cover drive but is beaten as the ball straightens after landing.

9.4

A bouncer on middle, Denly ducks.

9.3

Driven through the covers by the batsman.

9.2

Length and outside off, Denly shoulders arms to it.

9.1

On a length and around off, Root goes deep in his crease as he gets it off the inner half to mid-wicket for a single.

8.6

Lands it close to the off stump and it shapes back in, Joe keeps his weight on the back leg and defends it safely. 25/2

8.5

Bouncer around leg, Denly ducks underneath it.

8.4

Short in length and wide outside off, an easy leave this time.

8.3

Beaten! Peach of a delivery. Cummins gets a length ball to angle into the batsman around off, Denly is forced forward in defense but it nips away ever so slightly to beat the outside edge.

8.2

Hurls in a length delivery again, this time outside off, Joe shoulders arms.

8.1

Back of a length ball around off, Denly pushes at it tamely but misses.

7.6

Overpitched and driven straight down the ground. Hazlewood goes full and Denly displays a straight bat to drive it past the mid off fielder. The fielder from mid off and mid on run and the former mops it up. Another three for England. 25/2

7.5

Length ball outside off, Denly looks to defend it but gets an inside edge onto his pads.

7.4

Short in length and outside off, Root slashes his bat at it and places his shot at backward point. The fielder there gets some hand on it and hence the ball slows down before the fence. The batsmen take three.

7.3

Length ball and outside off, Root defends it with the full face of the bat.

7.2

Play and a miss. It's quite evident that Root is struggling for runs. He gets sucked into this length ball outside off, but cannot lay bat on it.

7.1

On a length and around off, Root is late in bringing his bat down but defends it within the crease at the last moment.

6.6

Shortish ball around middle and off, Denly defends it from the back foot. End of a successful over from Cummins. 19/2

6.5

Bouncer this time! But the line is down the leg side and hence it's an easy leave for the new batsman.

6.4

STREAKY FOUR! Nervy beginning for Denly. Cummins lands it on a length close to the off stump line and gets it to move away just a shade. A moment of indecision there from Denly as he decides late to make a leave. But before he could withdraw his bat, it has taken the bottom edge and sped right through the slip cordon for a boundary behind. Denly is off the mark in a lucky manner.

Joe Denly arrives in the middle. He was the only English batsman to get a score in double digits in the first innings.

6.3

OUT! Stumps shattered! Roy's misery in plain clothes continues. England in early trouble yet again. Cummins is the bowler this time. He makes full use of the lack of footwork from Jason Roy. Excellent delivery, on a fuller length, straighter in line and nipping away just enough to beat Roy's defense. It whizzes past the outside edge and cannons onto the stumps. Jason trudges back.

6.2

On a length and on off, Roy is on the front foot to defend.

What happened there? It seems Jason Roy was not ready and Hazlewood was already mid-way through his run-up. Josh has to pull out and reload.

6.1

On a length and around off, Roy punches it to point off the outside half of his bat.

Joe Root is in next at 3. Two back-to-back ducks behind him and he is under pressure.

5.6

OUT! Caught at first slip! Hazlewood draws first blood with an exceptional delivery! Back of a length ball on middle and off, nipping away after landing, Burns sticks back to defend but it takes the outer edge of his willow and flies straight into the hands of Warner. David in no mood to drop anything coming his way in this Test match, fifth grab for him. Big blow to England as their in-form batsman is sent packing early. 15/1

5.5

Fullish and outside off, Burns drives it through point for a couple of runs.

5.4

Burns now makes the mistake of playing the ball outside off. But luckily for him, the ball does not shave the wood on its way to the keeper.

5.3

Short and outside off, Burns ducks under it comfortably.

5.2

Length ball outside off, Burns defends by coming right behind the line of the delivery.

5.1

On a length and around off, Burns is solid as he defends it off his back foot.

Josh Hazlewood returns from this end.

4.6

Ohhh! Almost a replica of the first innings dismissal. Roy goes fetching for the ball which is way outside off but luckily does not connect and the ball goes past the outside edge. 13/0

4.5

On a length and on the pads, Roy flicks it past the square leg fielder for a couple.

4.4

An appeal for a caught behind but the umpire turns it down. Cummins bowls one on a length and gets some extra purchase too. The ball goes past the inside edge and on its way to the keeper after flicking the trousers. The Australian players appeal but the umpire says no.

4.3

Short of a length and coming in, Roy is in two minds as he fends that from within the crease and the ball takes the inside edge once again and goes to the leg side.

4.2

On a length and around off, Roy defends with a strong forward defense.

4.1

On a length and a hint of inward movement, Roy comes on the front foot and defends it off the inner half to the leg side.

Welcome back for the afternoon session. The England batsmen have a task in hand and have a lot of time too. The Australian bowling would come out firing. With some rough patches there on the pitch it needs to be seen what does Lyon have in store for the English line-up. The pitch is still good for the pacers. Let's see how things go from here.

... DAY 3, SESSION 2 ...

Safely negotiated! England will be relieved that there was no casualty in the brief period before Lunch. Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood were getting good movement and bounce from the surface and they would be eager to return on the field and put the English batsmen to test. From England's point of view, they will be planning to take it session by session. In total, 8 sessions are left and the remaining 348 runs can be chased down. But if you include the challenge of this pitch and the ordinary form of the England batting department, it becomes really challenging. Can the hosts step up with the bat and keep their Ashes hopes alive? Do join us in a short while for the post Lunch session.

3.6

Flighted delivery, landing full on middle, Jason eases it down through mid on for a single. Lunch on Day 3! 11/0

Jason Roy making sure it's the last ball before Lunch. He is taking his own sweet time in marking his guard.

3.5

Short delivery, outside off, Burns rocks back and slaps it to sweeper cover for a run.

3.4

Nicely tossed up delivery, full and on off, Burns defends it from the outer half of his bat.

Some movement near the sightscreen. Rory Burns wants the spectators to settle down.

3.3

Floated and full on middle, it's defended off the inner half to mid-wicket.

3.2

Spin and bounce, it's short and outside off, Burns mistimes his back foot punch to covers.

3.1

Loopy and full on middle, it grips and spins a bit, Burns flicks it in front of square leg for a couple of runs.

Spin time! Nathan Lyon to bowl the fourth over of this innings. A slip in place along with a silly point.

2.6

A length ball on off, Roy is on the front foot as he plays a confident drive. Finds the short cover fielder though. 7/0

2.5

Hurls in a good length ball in the zone outside off, Jason makes a watchful leave much to the crowd's delight.

2.4

FOUR! Streaky! But the crowd loved it! Cummins spears in a fuller length ball on off, angling in and it straightens after pitching, Roy tries playing straight but ends up slicing it off the outside half through cover-point.

2.3

Shortish and close to off, moving back in sharply, Roy shoulders arms and it heads over his off stump. Brave leave.

2.2

Identical to the last delivery, once again Jason blocks it from the back foot. He is trying to play nice and late. But needs to watch out for the late movement.

2.1

Good length ball on off, Roy defends it off his back foot to the off side.

1.6

Fullish and on middle, Burns gets forward a bit and pushes it down to mid on. 3/0

1.5

Shortish and on off, blocked off the back foot by Burns.

1.4

Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.

1.3

A little bit of movement. Hazlewood lands it on a length close to leg, Burns tries to flick but there is some extra bounce. It beats Rory's bat and strikes him on the back thigh.

1.2

Once again the length is a bit short and it angles into the batsman from around off. Roy moves back and plays it with gentle hands. It takes the inner half and runs behind square leg for a run.

1.1

Back of a length ball close to off, Roy remains on the back foot and taps it down to backward point.

Josh Hazlewood, the star of the show in the first innings, is ready to bowl again. Three slips and a gully waiting.

0.6

England's chase is underway! Cummins serves one on middle and leg, Rory clips it through square leg and returns for the second run. 2/0

0.5

Much better from Rory Burns. He watches the line closely which is wide outside off. Lifts his bat up and shoulders arms.

0.4

Excellent delivery. This time Cummins has angled in a full length ball. It's closer to off this time, Burns is drawn forward in defense but the ball whistles past the outside edge.

0.3

Cummins delivers it a touch short and outside off, gets it to move away, Burns keeps his bat close to his body and makes a leave.

Physio comes out! Rory Burns' right thumb is bleeding after taking that blow. He gets the affected area taped but is still feeling some discomfort while putting the gloves. He wants more taping. This is taking too long. Anyway, all done down and Rory gets ready to face Cummins again.

0.2

Nearly a catch to short leg! Cummins darts in a length ball around off and gets it to move back in with some extra bounce. Burns tries to defend but it takes his gloves and lobs in front of short leg. It falls short of Wade there.

0.1

Pat Cummins begins from 'round the wicket and hurls in a short ball outside off, Burns crouches and allows it through.