Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 3rd day November 25, 2006

Short cuts - Ponting's choice

Cricinfo staff

Glenn McGrath: two thumbs up © Getty Images
Most notable decision of the day
Ricky Ponting's option to bat again created strong reactions from a lot of readers and many at the ground left early. England wished they could have gone home too. Ponting's choice means the match should get to a fifth day, which will upset the tourists who are considering a day at the beach on Monday.

Dismissal of the Day
James Anderson's strong throw from fine leg beat Matthew Hayden by a couple of arm hairs and was helped be Geraint Jones' quick glovework.

Lowlight of the Day
The blips from the umpires that sent Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff off within six deliveries in the first session. Hawkeye reported the ball for Pietersen's lbw was missing off stump by 6cm while Flintoff fell to a Brett Lee no-ball.

Highlight of the Day
Oooh, aaah, Glenn McGrath. He gives the thumbs up to the crowd at fine leg after every wicket and there were six opportunities over the past two days. Today he gets two thumbs up.

Shot of the Day
McGrath again. This time it's for walking off and holding his back like an old man on painkillers. Many of us wondered whether he'd ever be back in this sort of form. Sorry, Glenn, for being a doubter.

Surprise of the Day
Geraint Jones paddling Shane Warne for four from the last ball before lunch. Warne waited, went around the wicket and waited again, as he has done to end many sessions. This time he dropped short and it was England who left the field on a tiny high, which was wiped out after the break.

Record of the day
It's the biggest crowd in Brisbane of all time and there's at least another day to extend it. The previous mark of 93,143, which was set during the Bodyline series of 1932-33, has already been dumped by the 117,322 who attended over the opening three days.