England tour of Australia, 1st Test: Australia v England at Brisbane, Nov 23-27, 2006
The Ashes - 1st Test
Australia won by 277 runs
23,24,25,26,27 November 2006 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
0.1

Lee to Strauss, no run, and it's wide of Strauss's off stump who watches it sail past

0.2

Lee to Strauss, 4 leg byes, down the leg side, swinging further away and Gilchrist makes a bit of a hash of it behind the stumps. 93.4mph - quickest ball of the match

0.3

Lee to Strauss, no run, much better line from Lee this time, forcing Strauss to defend it

0.4

Lee to Strauss, no run, too wide again from Lee and Strauss can leave it alone

0.5

Lee to Strauss, no run, very full, almost yorker length and Strauss drives, opening the fact of the bat and the ball squirts to gully who makes a great stop

Fantastic atmosphere out there, the crowd roaring their approval

0.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

A quick first over, as you'd expect from Lee, but wayward. And here comes McGrath to Alastair Cook

End of over 1 (4 runs, maiden) England 4/0

    • AJ Strauss 0 (6b)
    • AN Cook 0 (0b)
    • B Lee 1-1-0-0
1.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, right on the money, as ever, and Cook comes tentatively forward, pushing it to leg - perhaps a slight inside edge

1.2

McGrath to Cook, 1 run, pushed to cover and he scampers a quick single, excellent running

1.3

McGrath to Strauss, no run, too wide of off stump - no pace or zip there, either

1.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, there's the line from McGrath, tempting Strauss and teasing the off stump. Strauss goes back and squirts it into the gully

1.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, and there's McGrath's first jaffa - a beautiful delivery just on off stump and cutting away from the left-hander who fends at it, missing it by inches

1.6

McGrath to Strauss, 3 runs, a touch straighter than the previous delivery, no movement off the seam this time either and Strauss punches it off the back foot, through the covers

Now then, what can Lee do? He's jumping up and down like a mad man. Here he comes...

End of over 2 (4 runs) England 8/0

    • AJ Strauss 3 (10b)
    • AN Cook 1 (2b)
    • GD McGrath 1-0-4-0
    • B Lee 1-1-0-0
2.1

Lee to Strauss, FOUR, driven on the up, thick outside edge again from Strauss who didn't move his feet, and it flies through the gully and down to third man

2.2

Lee to Strauss, no run, ah, now then, a bit of swing for Lee who sends this wider of Strauss but it curves back in. Gilchrist takes it to his right - significant bend in the air. 149kph

2.3

Lee to Strauss, 1 run, neatly tucked off his hip wide of fine leg who jogs to his right to prevent four

Three slips and a lone gully for Cook

2.4

Lee to Cook, no run, nasty from Lee, really vicious but Cook played it very well, dropping his hands and snapping his neck out of the way. That was rapid. Lee stares Cook down

2.5

Lee to Cook, no run, fuller from the bowler this time, tighter line too but Cook won't be tempted

Electric atmosphere out there; everyone on the edge of their seats watching Lee steam into bowl

2.6

Lee to Cook, no run, carbon-copy of the previous delivery and again Cook shows excellent judgement to shoulder arms

End of over 3 (5 runs) England 13/0

    • AN Cook 1 (5b)
    • AJ Strauss 8 (13b 1x4)
    • B Lee 2-1-5-0
    • GD McGrath 1-0-4-0
3.1

McGrath to Strauss, no run, ooh good ball, on off stump (where else?) and Strauss leaves it on length alone

3.2

McGrath to Strauss, no run, left alone - no movement there for McGrath, but he's still smiling

3.3

McGrath to Strauss, FOUR, poor delivery down the leg side and Strauss simply turns his wrists, flicking it fine for four. Easy runs. Only another 7 million needed

3.4

McGrath to Strauss, no run, too wide of off stump, this time

3.5

McGrath to Strauss, no run, on leg stump, he pushes it down to mid-on

McGrath not his usual consistent self this over

3.6

McGrath to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off stump

Disappointing over from McGrath

End of over 4 (4 runs) England 17/0

    • AJ Strauss 12 (19b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 1 (5b)
    • GD McGrath 2-0-8-0
    • B Lee 2-1-5-0
4.1

Lee to Cook, no run, miles too wide of off stump - really, he was fortunate not to be called wide there

And the Barmy Army are already off on one. England are 0 for 17 and the match is, according to them, theirs for the taking. You've got to admire their spirit - spirit probably being the operative word

4.2

Lee to Cook, (no ball) 2 runs, intelligent shot, pushing it into the gap at cover and grabbing two

4.2

Lee to Cook, no run, tighter line this time, attacking the stumps and Cook defends

What little swing Lee was getting seems to have disappeared now

4.3

Lee to Cook, no run, fuller delivery, looking for swing and Cook drives it firmly to mid-off

4.4

Lee to Cook, no run, swinging into Cook who, without moving his feet, is rapped on the pad. That's seriously close, Lee jumps up and down and roars his appeal to the umpire...but Bucknor immediately shakes his head

4.5

Lee to Cook, 3 runs, a good comeback from Cook - punching this wider ball through the covers - but again he didn't move his feet

4.6

Lee to Strauss, no run, a rapid ball outside off, climbing somewhere near Strauss's neck, but he evades it with ease

End of over 5 (6 runs) England 23/0

    • AJ Strauss 12 (20b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 6 (11b)
    • B Lee 3-1-11-0
    • GD McGrath 2-0-8-0
5.1

McGrath to Cook, no run, good length this from McGrath but Cook is again stuck in the crease to one which he should've come forward to

5.2

McGrath to Cook, FOUR, superb shot, crashing McGrath off the back foot through point for four. A resounding crack of the bat could be heard around the ground

5.3

McGrath to Cook, 1 run, and McGrath drifts leg side now, Cook picking him off to square leg

5.4

McGrath to Strauss, OUT, what a catch, that's a fine catch by Michael Hussey as Strauss pulls McGrath, a skier, to deep midwicket...Lee and Hussey converged, both eyeing the ball and Hussey crashed into Lee, stamping his spikes on Lee's legs, but kept his eye on the ball. Very well caught indeed, but Lee's in trouble here

AJ Strauss c Hussey b McGrath 12 (25m 21b 2x4 0x6) SR: 57.14

On comes the physio but it's nothing more than a graze. He's going off to have some treatment nevertheless, and here comes Ian Bell; the new elbow-pumping version of Bell

5.5

McGrath to Cook, OUT, GONE! Around the wicket to Cook who nibbles at this, the ball just moving away from him and it's edged straight to Warne at first slip. What a start for Australia!

AN Cook c Warne b McGrath 11 (27m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 73.33

11 months without a first-class game for McGrath...and all of a sudden he's on a hat-trick. Paul Collingwood to face the hat-trick ball. McGrath waits, Ponting waits, everyone waits...the crowd are chanting and clapping and here he comes

5.6

McGrath to Collingwood, no run, well played! Back of a length and Collingwood gets right in behind this

Exhilerating stuff from Australia. England are in a right old mess here, on a pitch perfect for batting. "Jolly good show, old chap" screams the Beefy doll. Shut up.

Stuart Clark to replace Lee who is still off the pitch

End of over 6 (5 runs) England 28/2

    • PD Collingwood 0 (1b)
    • IR Bell 0 (0b)
    • GD McGrath 3-0-13-2
    • B Lee 3-1-11-0
6.1

Clark to Bell, no run, a touch of away swing to the right hander who leaves it alone

6.2

Clark to Bell, no run, that is a jaffa, a real corker from Clark this time as Bell comes forward but is beaten by a fast leg-cutter

6.3

Clark to Bell, no run, left alone but again a terrific line from Clark

6.4

Clark to Bell, no run, just a touch too wide, Bell leaves it alone

Lee's on the boundary edge about to come back on

6.5

Clark to Bell, no run, and another, this is fine bowling and Bell is rather looking like the 2005 version, not Mach II, nibbling at these deliveries outside off stump

6.6

Clark to Bell, no run, better from Bell, shouldering arms and the ball zips through. Good pace from Clark

End of over 7 (maiden) England 28/2

    • IR Bell 0 (6b)
    • PD Collingwood 0 (1b)
    • SR Clark 1-1-0-0
    • GD McGrath 3-0-13-2
7.1

McGrath to Collingwood, 1 run, clunked off the back foot to mid-on and Collingwood's off the mark

7.2

McGrath to Bell, 1 no ball, solidly defended on the front foot, head right over the ball this time

7.2

McGrath to Bell, FOUR, fabulous shot, Bell coming right forward to meet the ball and nullify what little swing there was, driving it elegantly through extra cover for four...on the up, too

7.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, this cuts back just a touch on Bell, but he reads it nicely and defends it very solidly, screaming "NO" to Collingwood

7.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, well bowled, McGrath, tempting Bell outside the off stump but it's short enough for the batsman to wait on the back foot and defend it neatly and safely

7.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, well bowled, McGrath, tempting Bell outside the off stump but it's short enough for the batsman to wait on the back foot and defend it neatly and safely

7.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, fuller this time, Bell again defends

End of over 8 (6 runs) England 34/2

    • IR Bell 4 (12b 1x4)
    • PD Collingwood 1 (2b)
    • GD McGrath 4-0-19-2
    • SR Clark 1-1-0-0
8.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, excellent ball, attacking the off stump but it's firmly defended on the front foot

The shadows are just creeping across the Gabba, taking out two thirds of the ground now

8.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, nudged to leg but straight to a deepish short leg

8.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run

8.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, too wide to trouble the batsman who correctly shoulders arms

8.5

Clark to Collingwood, FOUR, ooh, streaky from Collingwood. Excellent bowling from Clark again enticing the drive, and Collingwood flails his hands at it, sending the ball over the lone gully - just - and down to third man

8.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, tighter line this time and a touch too short

Now then, will Warne be thrown the ball for a couple before stumps? A couple of overs, that is, not wickets...although that's perfectly possible too

End of over 9 (4 runs) England 38/2

    • PD Collingwood 5 (8b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 4 (12b 1x4)
    • SR Clark 2-1-4-0
    • GD McGrath 4-0-19-2
9.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, pushed out into the covers, tentatively

9.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, just short of a length, cutting back into Bell but it started too wide and was left with ease

Three slips, a gully and fine leg has been brought up

9.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, massive appeal from McGrath and everyone in the ground as this cuts back to Bell who, tentatively, tries to defend it but misreads the movement and it just nicks his pad. Excellent decision from the umpire, the ball just going over the top

9.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, again this cuts back but Bell gets bat on it, solidly defending it

9.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, nudged to leg this time

9.6

McGrath to Bell, 1 run, ooh well bowled again, McGrath's jagging it viciously back off the seam - but Bell played this one nicely, waiting on the back foot and turning his wrists

End of over 10 (1 run) England 39/2

    • IR Bell 5 (18b 1x4)
    • PD Collingwood 5 (8b 1x4)
    • GD McGrath 5-0-20-2
    • SR Clark 2-1-4-0
10.1

Clark to Bell, 3 runs, full and straight, Bell pushes this out into the covers as Clarke fields...and throws down the stumps and they get overthrows

"Eee, he's like a whippet is Clarke" says Mike Atherton on Sky commentary

10.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, another belting ball nipping away from the right hander whose feeble nibble nearly causes his downfall

10.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood comes forward here to meet the ball, defending it on the front foot

10.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, swinging away from the right hander who leaves it alone

10.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, thick outside edge to the lone gully

10.6

Clark to Collingwood, OUT, and there's the third wicket, Clark's worked him over and deserves that one. Angling into Collingwood before cutting away, Collingwood fails to move his feet and, wrongly trying to work it to leg, gets an audible outside edge and off he goes

PD Collingwood c †Gilchrist b Clark 5 (24m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 38.46

End of over 11 (3 runs) England 42/3

    • IR Bell 8 (19b 1x4)
    • SR Clark 3-1-7-1
    • GD McGrath 5-0-20-2
11.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

11.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, oooh nearly the fourth there as Bell plays and misses

11.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, left alone again outside off, the ball jagging back into him

11.4

McGrath to Bell, 1 run, fuller and straighter, too straight actually and Bell works to leg

11.5

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen takes a massive stride forward, shouldering arms

11.6

McGrath to Pietersen, FOUR, ah terrific shot from Pietersen, pulling it powerfully through midwicket

End of over 12 (5 runs) England 47/3

    • KP Pietersen 4 (2b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 9 (23b 1x4)
    • GD McGrath 6-0-25-2
    • SR Clark 3-1-7-1
12.1

Clark to Bell, no run, pushed to mid-on

12.2

Clark to Bell, no run, lovely looking shot, on-driving it down the ground but mid-on makes a good stop

12.3

Clark to Bell, 1 run, neatly worked through midwicket, super shot that

12.4

Clark to Pietersen, no run, miles too wide. No need to bother with those

12.5

Clark to Pietersen, no run, better line this time attacking the off stump and Pietersen defends it watchfully

12.6

Clark to Pietersen, no run, ooh, well left from Pietersen! He was shaping to play but shouldered arms right at the last minute

"Tickets for the fifth day of the Test on eBay are attracting a top bid of $2" chirps Brett Taylor. That much? Here's Lee back into the attack

End of over 13 (1 run) England 48/3

    • KP Pietersen 4 (5b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 10 (26b 1x4)
    • SR Clark 4-1-8-1
    • GD McGrath 6-0-25-2
13.1

Lee to Bell, no run, good line, Bell stays back in his crease expecting an exocet-yorker and defends it carefully

13.2

Lee to Bell, no run, excellent line again, Bell defends

13.3

Lee to Bell, 2 runs, crunched through the covers, neat stroke

13.4

Lee to Bell, no run, confidently turned off his hips but straight to square leg

13.5

Lee to Bell, no run, a touch of away swing from Lee, the batsman leaves it well alone

13.6

Lee to Bell, no run

End of over 14 (2 runs) England 50/3

    • IR Bell 12 (32b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 4 (5b 1x4)
    • B Lee 4-1-13-0
    • SR Clark 4-1-8-1
14.1

Clark to Pietersen, no run, excellent ball once again from Clark who really is finding some nip off this pitch, Pietersen comes forward to defend but is beaten by the movement, the ball rapping him high on his pads

14.2

Clark to Pietersen, no run, straighter, Pietersen turns it to leg

14.3

Clark to Pietersen, 1 run, turned to leg, but no run on offer there

14.4

Clark to Bell, no run, defended on the back foot

14.5

Clark to Bell, no run, ooh close, nearly got his man there, Bell edging to Langer at gully...but it's just short

14.6

Clark to Bell, no run, a fine, free-flowing drive to cover...but, exactly that, straight to cover

The crowd are roaring, jeering, chanting...and a massive cheer goes up for Shane Warne who's to bowl to his old buddy Kevin Pietersen

End of over 15 (1 run) England 51/3

    • IR Bell 12 (35b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 5 (8b 1x4)
    • SR Clark 5-1-9-1
    • B Lee 4-1-13-0
15.1

Warne to Pietersen, no run, landing it on leg, Pietersen smacks it back to the bowler who fields it...and Warne flings back a throw inches from Pietersen's head. Aggression!

15.2

Warne to Pietersen, no run, stride forward from Pietersen pushing this leg-side ball to short leg.

Tension, tension

15.3

Warne to Pietersen, no run, lovely indrift from Warne, landing it on middle-and-off and Pietersen smothers the spin

15.4

Warne to Pietersen, 1 run, a touch too short, not much spin either and Pietersen rocks back to whip it to leg

Warne to Bell. Where's the flipper? No sign of it yet. Four round the bat

15.5

Warne to Bell, no run, drifting down leg - that might have been the flipper actually - Bell misses out, beaten by the skiddy pace of the ball

15.6

Warne to Bell, 1 run, too short and Bell turns it to leg, stealing a single

End of over 16 (2 runs) England 53/3

    • IR Bell 13 (37b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 6 (12b 1x4)
    • SK Warne 1-0-2-0
    • SR Clark 5-1-9-1
16.1

Clark to Bell, no run, outside off stump, no movement there and it's left alone

16.2

Clark to Bell, no run, excellent ball - Clark has been metronomic today - on off stump and Bell gets his head right over the ball

Three slips and two gullies

16.3

Clark to Bell, no run, right on the money again from Clark, Bell again comes forward and again defends it solidly

16.4

Clark to Bell, no run, a touch slower outside off and he leaves it alone

16.5

Clark to Bell, no run, shorter and quicker, Bell goes back and defends with a straight bat, dropping the ball down by his toes.

Last ball of the day

16.6

Clark to Bell, no run, and Bell safely negotiates the last ball, coming forward and solidly defending it

And that's it from us, too. We hope you've enjoyed our coverage today, wherever you've been following it from, and we'll be back at about 9.00am (23.00 GMT) tomorrow to take you through the third day's proceedings. Check out the day's bulletin and keep an eye out for Peter English and Andrew Miller's verdicts - from both an English and an Australian perspective - as well as our gallery. Until tomorrow, it's goodnight from me, Will, Martin and Jenny.

And that's it for the day, and what a day it's been for Australia; 602 runs before reducing England to 3 for 53. Though Ponting will no doubt be ruing his dismissal four short of a double hundred, his team are in total and utter control of this match.

End of over 17 (maiden) England 53/3

    • IR Bell 13 (43b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 6 (12b 1x4)
    • SR Clark 6-2-9-1
    • SK Warne 1-0-2-0

10.00am Glenn McGrath to open up from the Vulture Street End ...

9.55am Here we go ... cheers as Australia take the field followed by the two not-out batsmen. The sun is shining although the sky is dotted with wispy clouds. Billy Bowden heads to the Vulture Street End, Steve Bucknor off to the Stanley Street End.

9.50am Ten minutes to go. The sun is breaking through and click here for Andrew Miller's pre-play bulletin.

"Give me a beer, the cricket's about to start," blasts Beefy. Jenny is attacking Boonie with a screwdriver to try to fathom how he works ...

Here's one for you to ponder. Lawrence Hill says: "I am going to the Gabba tomorrow. I was wondering if you had any ideas for signs to take?"

9.40am Fans of the Boonie dolls will be pleased to know that Boonie himself has started chirruping ... joking aside, it's spooky how he starts once the cricket looms. Beefy, meanwhile, has gone very quiet and has only uttered two plaintive "Where's Boonie," in the last 24 hours. The real one might also be off the pace today as it was his birthday on Friday and it's hard to envisage him having a quiet night in.

A word of warning. I took my daughter a Boonie doll earlier in the week (we're an odd family) and at 2am this morning he suddenly started letting rip on her bedside table. She took it well, but needed some consoling, and Boonie is now in the garage for the duration.

9.25am Andrew Miller, hobbling to the ground because of his injured toe, says: "No sign of the England team yet. I think they are either in the nets or in the chapel." The weather ... well, it's a bit cloudy, but hardly overcast. The the drought shows no sign of abating ...

Several emails around the world have complained that the lack of sleep following this series is affecting them and asked for advice. Dr Jenny Thompson's tips are: "Don't go the pub beforehand, don't eat curry, don't under any circumstances listen to Bob Willis, and don't wash."

Superb. It's déjà vu all over again. Within four minutes of Sky TV being on air two "experts" have offered the view that Steve Harmison hasn't bowled enough. As for the pitch, the cracks have opened a little more but otherwise its hard and fast.

8.45am Good morning and welcome to the third day's play from the Gabba. Weather and pitch reports to follow shortly ...

Send us your comments and chat by clicking here. We do read it all, promise ...

The papers today have given considerable attention to the travails of Steve Harmison. Andrew Flintoff was quick to spring to his defence. "He got better throughout the innings, when it's not going well it does knock your confidence a little bit and Harmy's just striving to get back to his best ... It's not through the lack of trying or effort." But how long can this go on? It's unlikely he'll bowl again in this match, so it's straight into the Adelaide Test, and a few nets in between.

Anyhow, while we wait for more news it's hello to everyone at the Porgera Gold Mine in Papua New Guinea.

17.1

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, cheers as McGrath runs in and a loosener passes wide outside off stump

17.2

McGrath to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen turns it neatly off his toes to deep midwicket

A third slip brought in for Bell. Deep midwicket disappears

17.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, again a slightly stiff delivery, patted back by Bell

17.4

McGrath to Bell, 3 runs, drifting down the leg and Bell neatly flicks it into the vacant midwicket region where the man was for the first two balls of the day

17.5

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, wideish at 131.8kph

17.6

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, wider and no way even Pietersen will have a go at that this early

A very gentle opening over. McGrath might not be ready for the scrapheap yet, but it still takes time to get going at his age ... and I should know.

End of over 18 (4 runs) England 57/3

    • KP Pietersen 7 (16b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 16 (45b 1x4)
    • GD McGrath 7-0-29-2
    • SR Clark 6-2-9-1
18.1

Lee to Bell, no run, Bell let that hit the bat rather than hit it, but soft hands and the ball flew on the bounce to second slip. 132.7kph ...barely McGrath pace

18.2

Lee to Bell, no run, left alone outside off stump. Six kph faster ...

18.3

Lee to Bell, no run, too wide but closing in on 90mph (143.6kph)

18.4

Lee to Bell, no run, again Bell leaves it but that was close enough to have him thinking about what to do

18.5

Lee to Bell, no run, on off stump but Bell right in line and defends with determination

18.6

Lee to Bell, no run, just outside off stump and Bell shoulders arms. Decent opening over

And there's the first beach-ball confiscation of the day. The fun police strike again. It was an orange one, not Green and Gold, so no qualms about puncturing it. And there are quite a few guys in loud shirts ... surely it's a matter of time before they are removed?

End of over 19 (maiden) England 57/3

    • IR Bell 16 (51b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 7 (16b 1x4)
    • B Lee 5-2-13-0
    • GD McGrath 7-0-29-2
19.1

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, wide again. McGrath's radar not quite calibrated yet

19.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, much better. Pietersen prodded at that one and missed it. That moved off a crack

19.3

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, pitched up and Pietersen blocks

19.4

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, bouncer to cheers from the stands

19.5

McGrath to Pietersen, 2 leg byes, turned from middle-and-leg down to long leg, but no bat on it

19.6

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, wide and left. A better over

End of over 20 (2 runs, maiden) England 59/3

    • KP Pietersen 7 (22b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 16 (51b 1x4)
    • GD McGrath 8-1-29-2
    • B Lee 5-2-13-0
20.1

Lee to Bell, no run, slightly short of a length and Bell shoulders arms theatrically

20.2

Lee to Bell, 1 no ball, A bit too wide but 92.4mph (148.1 kph) sets out the benchmark as the fastest delivery so far

20.2

Lee to Bell, no run, Bell stands on his toes and defends one slightly short of a length

20.3

Lee to Bell, no run, nice line this from Lee. He's now loosened up and is averaging close to 90mph

20.4

Lee to Bell, no run, Bell blocks one pitched fuller

20.5

Lee to Bell, no run, Bouncer which bell avoids by sliding back onto his hanches

20.6

Lee to Bell, no run, patted back to Lee who changes direction neatly to field

End of over 21 (1 run) England 60/3

    • IR Bell 16 (58b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 7 (22b 1x4)
    • B Lee 6-2-14-0
    • GD McGrath 8-1-29-2
21.1

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen shapes to drive through the covers but makes a real Horlicks of it and the ball bobbles to mid-on

And right on cue, Beefy doll says "Absolute rubbish"!

21.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, more impressive drive hard to mid-off

21.3

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, outside off stump and Pietersen watches it pass by

And Boonie chirps in with "Oh Ah Glenn McGrath"

21.4

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, once again Pietersen can leave that and does

21.5

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, but that one he nibbled at, minimal footwork and it missed the outside edge by ... well, not much

21.6

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen meets that with the full face of the bat. Another good over from McGrath.

End of over 22 (maiden) England 60/3

    • KP Pietersen 7 (28b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 16 (58b 1x4)
    • GD McGrath 9-2-29-2
    • B Lee 6-2-14-0
22.1

Lee to Bell, no run, Bell made a late decision to leave it and the ball struck the bat and rocketed into his back pad ...could have gone anywhere and Lee gives a wry smile.

22.2

Lee to Bell, FOUR, angled defensive shot flies past gully - no chance, all along the ground - but the pace of the delivery means it flies to the boundary

22.3

Lee to Bell, 1 no ball, Lee a bit too keen to test Bell. Off line and a no-ball as well

22.3

Lee to Bell, no run, Bell forced to climb on tip toes to get over that one. He looks a bit wobbly still and hasn't really settled yet

22.4

Lee to Bell, no run, that one doesn't cause concern, passing well wide of his off stump

22.5

Lee to Bell, no run, shortish but really bounced and Bell sparred at it with minimal foot movement, Gilchrist taking it on the rise. 90.8mph as well. That woke Bell and quite a few of the crowd up

22.6

Lee to Bell, no run, fuller and driven without any power to mid-off

End of over 23 (5 runs) England 65/3

    • IR Bell 20 (65b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 7 (28b 1x4)
    • B Lee 7-2-19-0
    • GD McGrath 9-2-29-2
23.1

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, punched with interest off the back foot, McGrath creeks as he bends to field but far too slow, but mid-off chugs round to spare his blushes

23.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, steered to the left of gully where Hayden makes a good stop

23.3

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, wide and Pietersen thrusts a pad down the pitch and leaves flamboyantly

23.4

McGrath to Pietersen, 3 runs, half volley, driven between point and extra cover and Clarke chases it all the way to the boundary edge and fields. Not quite timed but runs nevertheless

23.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, Bell watches that one pass by

23.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, carbon copy of the previous delivery.

Now Pietersen to face Lee. This is where the fun starts.

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 68/3

    • IR Bell 20 (67b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 10 (32b 1x4)
    • GD McGrath 10-2-32-2
    • B Lee 7-2-19-0
24.1

Lee to Pietersen, 2 runs, Lee drifts to leg and Pietersen flicks through the gap at midwicket

24.2

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, dropped! Short and Pietersen couldn't resist it but failed to get over it ... the ball soared high and Clarke at mid-on had to run back ten or so yards to go for the catch but ended up missing it altogether with a despairing dive. He never really got into a position to take that but, in fairness, he had to turn and run back for it

24.3

Lee to Bell, 1 run, Lee fumes and fires one in which Bell blocks into space more than places

24.4

Lee to Pietersen, 1 run, Lee is angry! That one was 96.6mph (155.5kph), by some way the fastest of the match

24.5

Lee to Bell, no run, Lee fires one wide of Bell's off stump

24.6

Lee to Bell, 1 no ball, another no-ball at 93mph. He's trying too hard but that's understandable after the drop

24.6

Lee to Bell, 1 run, straight and blocked

Lee is being patted on the back but Clarke is left alone, not a soul goes near him. He is on for a table for one at lunch if Pietersen is still there at the break.

End of over 25 (7 runs) England 75/3

    • IR Bell 22 (71b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 14 (35b 1x4)
    • B Lee 8-2-26-0
    • GD McGrath 10-2-32-2
25.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, nothing doing there

25.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, jagged back into Bell and it strikes him on the thigh pad

25.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, paddled into the overs

Lee stands hands on hips on the long-leg boundary waiting for another chance. He looks rather annoyed ...

25.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, again Bell into line

After all the noise of the last over, the crowd is almost silent

25.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, Bell almost having a net here, into line every ball. McGrath back to his consistent best

25.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, Bell behind that as well

Pietersen has a drink and prepares for the onslaught.

End of over 26 (maiden) England 75/3

    • IR Bell 22 (77b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 14 (35b 1x4)
    • GD McGrath 11-3-32-2
    • B Lee 8-2-26-0
26.1

Lee to Pietersen, no run, on off stump and Pietersen plops it to point

26.2

Lee to Pietersen, no run, onto the back foot and he plays that gently mid-on. Lee follows through and seems keen to start a chat but KP having none of it

26.3

Lee to Pietersen, no run, same again, and once more Pietersen turns his back as Lee comes down the pitch to exchange a few pleasantries

26.4

Lee to Pietersen, 2 runs, driven through the covers, again not timed that well but the pace of the delivery did the work

26.5

Lee to Pietersen, 1 bye, Pietersen spars at it and it beats the bat, but Gilchrist only half stops as it keeps a tad low

26.6

Lee to Bell, no run, poor old Ian Bell. Pietersen winds Lee up and Bell gets the bouncer which he has to evade

End of over 27 (3 runs) England 78/3

    • IR Bell 22 (78b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 16 (40b 1x4)
    • B Lee 9-2-28-0
    • GD McGrath 11-3-32-2
27.1

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, metrognomic McGrath on the spot

27.2

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, same again, Pietersen takes a big stride forward and blocks

27.3

McGrath to Pietersen, no run, a little shorter but Pietersen is right behind it once more

27.4

McGrath to Pietersen, OUT, Out! A misjudgment of Gattingesque proportions from Pietersen. On a length, the ball jagged back, he had already decided to shoulder arms and the ball smacked into his back leg. It looked out before the appeal had even reached the "zat" stage and Billy Bowden agreed. Hawkeye says it was missing off stump ... certainly didn't look like it

KP Pietersen lbw b McGrath 16 (72m 44b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.36

27.5

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, snorter to greet the England captain, beats him outside off stump

27.6

McGrath to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff blocks

McGrath heads to the boundary where he gets a loud and heart reception. he gives the thumbs up to the crowd ... security might not like that ... almost a one-man Mexican wave.

End of over 28 (wicket maiden) England 78/4

    • A Flintoff 0 (2b)
    • IR Bell 22 (78b 2x4)
    • GD McGrath 12-4-32-3
    • B Lee 9-2-28-0
28.1

Lee to Bell, no run, remarkable ...Lee seems to be offering Bell a single to get Flintoff on strike

28.2

Lee to Bell, 1 run, Bell accepts the gift and tickles the ball to long leg

Ponting moves a close fielder to third man

28.3

Lee to Flintoff, OUT, On a length and Flintoff pushes at it and an oh-so-audible outside edge to Gilchrist who takes an oh-so-regulation catch. A great ball at 146.5kph ... he had to play at it. Replays, however, show that it was a no-ball ...oops

A Flintoff c †Gilchrist b Lee 0 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

In comes Fletcher's preferred keeper ... based on his better batting. Let's see whether Jones justifies the coach's faith

28.4

Lee to Jones, no run, wide enough to leave

28.5

Lee to Jones, (no ball) 2 runs, no-ball, driven off the inside edge to midwicket

28.5

Lee to Jones, no run, short and Jones drops his hands and lets it go

28.6

Lee to Jones, no run, another one that he did not need to worry about

England are only 520 behind. No need for them to panic yet ... much.

End of over 29 (4 runs) England 82/5

    • GO Jones 2 (4b)
    • IR Bell 23 (80b 2x4)
    • B Lee 10-2-32-1
    • GD McGrath 12-4-32-3
29.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, Bell leaves that

29.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, Into line, safely handled

29.3

McGrath to Bell, 1 leg bye, slightly leg side, plunks off Bell's pads into the leg side

29.4

McGrath to Jones, no run, McGrath did not make Jones play at that

29.5

McGrath to Jones, no run, Jones shoulders arms

One reader says England should have their Test status removed ... one for Percy Sonn to think about between sips.

29.6

McGrath to Jones, no run, into line and safely blocked

Thanks Martin. So it's a change in the commentary, but more importantly, a change in Australia's bowling attack. It's that man Shane Warne. He just oozes intent and I'm just nervous watching

And that's drinks. Australia's morning without any doubt and those who have bought tickets for the final day might be checking the newspapers to see what other distractions are available in Brisbane.

"It's absurd really," says Andrew Miller, and for a change he's not talking about the ludicrously over-the-top security . "England have just two changes from the Oval 2005, and so do Australia. But the gulf in mindsets is gaping."

Right, that's it from me for the moment. Here, for the first time today, is Jenny Thompson to take you through to lunch.

End of over 30 (1 run, maiden) England 83/5

    • GO Jones 2 (7b)
    • IR Bell 23 (83b 2x4)
    • GD McGrath 13-5-32-3
    • B Lee 10-2-32-1
30.1

Warne to Bell, no run, a nervous start for Ian Bell, who was dismissed by Warne in the last series, as the ball takes his edge and cannons back into his pad

30.2

Warne to Bell, no run, rips that past his outside edge, turn and bounce there, with plenty of fizz

30.3

Warne to Bell, 1 run, sweep just behind square

30.4

Warne to Jones, no run, rocks on to his back foot to defend

30.5

Warne to Jones, 1 run, a gentle paddle to the 45

30.6

Warne to Bell, no run, a defensive shot on the front foot to end the over

Another change from Ricky Ponting - Stuart Clark comes on to replace Glenn McGrath. Let's see if he can capitalise on Australia's momentum now and hit those cracks, getting a bit of sideways movement

End of over 31 (2 runs) England 85/5

    • IR Bell 24 (87b 2x4)
    • GO Jones 3 (9b)
    • SK Warne 2-0-4-0
    • GD McGrath 13-5-32-3
31.1

Clark to Jones, no run, ooh and that's a great start for Clark, simply bending that one easily past the outside edge; a beautiful delivery for a quick bowler

31.2

Clark to Jones, no run, a touch shorter this time and Jones has plenty of time to jam his bat down on that one with a back-foot defensive

31.3

Clark to Jones, no run, Jones looks to work that one off his legs to midwicket but doesn't quite get hold of the ball and checks his shot; the ball trickling into space

31.4

Clark to Jones, no run, Jones jumps on the back foot this time as he defends that one down

31.5

Clark to Jones, no run, blocked on the front foot this time, head down and holding that pose

31.6

Clark to Jones, no run, defended into the covers this time and Billy Bowden thrusts Clark's hat back to him with a flourish

End of over 32 (maiden) England 85/5

    • GO Jones 3 (15b)
    • IR Bell 24 (87b 2x4)
    • SR Clark 7-3-9-1
    • SK Warne 2-0-4-0
32.1

Warne to Bell, no run, 'Oh yes, Shane' chirps Gilchrist as Warne slides that one in to Bell and he can only defend on the front foot

32.2

Warne to Bell, no run, oooh, nearly Shane - Warne gets plenty of bend there as the ball pitches on middle, takes Bell's outside edge and eludes the diving Hayden at first slip, stretching low to his right

32.3

Warne to Bell, 2 runs, what? How was that not out? Ah, it pitched outside leg. Good decision from Bucknor - despite the premature cheers from the crowd

32.4

Warne to Bell, FOUR, a bit of drift from Warne and Bell uses his feet to clip it off his legs. McGrath gives chase to the boundary, dives over and TV replays are needed for the decision

32.5

Warne to Bell, no run

32.6

Warne to Bell, no run, more 'Oh yes Shane' action as, oh yes, Shane delivers the ball on the button and that's defended on the front

End of over 33 (6 runs) England 91/5

    • IR Bell 30 (93b 3x4)
    • GO Jones 3 (15b)
    • SK Warne 3-0-10-0
    • SR Clark 7-3-9-1
33.1

Clark to Jones, no run, dropped out to point

33.2

Clark to Jones, no run, on middle-and-leg, flicked to square leg

33.3

Clark to Jones, no run

33.4

Clark to Jones, no run

33.5

Clark to Jones, no run, guided out to wide mid-on

33.6

Clark to Jones, FOUR, beautiful shot from Jones, making on-driving look easy there with one which he just caresses to the boundary

End of over 34 (4 runs) England 95/5

    • GO Jones 7 (21b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 30 (93b 3x4)
    • SR Clark 8-3-13-1
    • SK Warne 3-0-10-0
34.1

Warne to Bell, FOUR, decent shot from Bell, also an on-drive, although his wasn't timed as well as Jones. Still England won't mind that, the runs are on the board

34.2

Warne to Bell, no run, Warne dives at one which is driven back to him along the ground; he gets a hand to it and there's some tidy work from mid-off who runs round to pick the ball up

34.3

Warne to Bell, no run, that one bends away from the right-hander who leaves it easily

34.4

Warne to Bell, no run, tapped into midwicket

34.5

Warne to Bell, no run, the flipper and the batsman rushes at it - expecting a long hop - and mistimes his pull shot

34.6

Warne to Bell, no run, defended forward to round off a good over

End of over 35 (4 runs) England 99/5

    • IR Bell 34 (99b 4x4)
    • GO Jones 7 (21b 1x4)
    • SK Warne 4-0-14-0
    • SR Clark 8-3-13-1
35.1

Clark to Jones, no run, defended on the back foot

"Still a good turn-out today," observes Andrew The Miller. "The one thing Australians love more than a contest is a massacre."

35.2

Clark to Jones, 2 runs, leg-stump half volley worked round behind square. England have brought their hundred up at last, and the Barmy Army have something to cheer

35.3

Clark to Jones, 1 run, strays down leg again and the batsman nudges that into midwicket

35.4

Clark to Bell, no run, straight and true and the batsman can only defend on the front foot

35.5

Clark to Bell, no run, defended on the back foot this time, just for variation

35.6

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell theatrically leaves that one alone

You can get fifth day tickets on Ebay for $1.50 apparently, says Nathan Dare... don't all rush at once.

End of over 36 (3 runs) England 102/5

    • IR Bell 34 (102b 4x4)
    • GO Jones 10 (24b 1x4)
    • SR Clark 9-3-16-1
    • SK Warne 4-0-14-0
36.1

Warne to Jones, 1 run, Warne gives that one a bit more air and Jones comes down to meet that one, cover-driving it neatly

36.2

Warne to Bell, no run, ooh, big shout for lbw there as Bell steps forward to play across the line with a big sweep shot. But there was no way Bucknor could say that wasn't going on straight

36.3

Warne to Bell, no run, defended this time

36.4

Warne to Bell, no run, 'Oooooh, YEAH, Shane,' comes the cry as that one elicits a defensive shot

36.5

Warne to Bell, no run, more defence as Bell takes no chances

36.6

Warne to Bell, no run, a quieter one on the Oh-yes-Shane-ometer as that one prompts more defence

End of over 37 (1 run) England 103/5

    • IR Bell 34 (107b 4x4)
    • GO Jones 11 (25b 1x4)
    • SK Warne 5-0-15-0
    • SR Clark 9-3-16-1
37.1

Clark to Jones, 1 run, a single in the best manner of singles - a cheeky one - as that one's dinked to the covers and they scramble through

37.2

Clark to Bell, 1 run, tickled to midwicket and that run is an easier one for the batsmen

37.3

Clark to Jones, no run, defended on the front foot

Monty Panesar and Chris Read are sitting chatting on the balcony, presumably discussing their delight at missing this massacre

37.4

Clark to Jones, 1 run, the batsman swivels easily on his back foot as he plays a textbook pull shot to square

37.5

Clark to Bell, no run, that one comes on to the batsman faster than he was expecting and it cannons into his glove at hip height

It's Warne to continue

37.6

Clark to Bell, no run

End of over 38 (3 runs) England 106/5

    • IR Bell 35 (110b 4x4)
    • GO Jones 13 (28b 1x4)
    • SR Clark 10-3-19-1
    • SK Warne 5-0-15-0
38.1

Warne to Jones, no run, 'Catch' is the cry, though that would have taken super-extended arms for the man in short on the off-side to have snaffled that one

38.2

Warne to Jones, no run, that one pitches on leg and is defended on the back foot

38.3

Warne to Jones, no run, 'Owz...' says Warne, pulling out of the appeal

Slip, short leg, silly point for Warne, plus a backward point, short fine leg, deep backward square, mid-on, mid-off and short cover

38.4

Warne to Jones, no run, 'Ooh' they cry although the batsman defended that one easily enough. Still Warne looks a constant threat

38.5

Warne to Jones, 1 run, the biggest cheer of the day as Billy Bowden is felled at square leg by Jones's pull shot which rapped him straight on the hip... and then he slips on this dry Brisbane surface

38.6

Warne to Bell, 1 run, tickled off the hips to fine leg

End of over 39 (2 runs) England 108/5

    • IR Bell 36 (111b 4x4)
    • GO Jones 14 (33b 1x4)
    • SK Warne 6-0-17-0
    • SR Clark 10-3-19-1
39.1

Clark to Bell, no run, that one nips back off the seam but it's still just wide enough of off stump to be left

The Barmy Army are singing 'God Save the Queen'. Martin, friend of the security guards chirps, "Oh, they'll be kicked out for singing the national anthem in a built-up area"

39.2

Clark to Bell, no run, defended this time

39.3

Clark to Bell, 1 run, easy drive

"Nice tache, Beefy," says Boonie

39.4

Clark to Jones, no run, the batsman takes his time to defend that one

39.5

Clark to Jones, no run, that one's left as it sails through to the keeper

39.6

Clark to Jones, no run, that's checked into the cover region

End of over 40 (1 run) England 109/5

    • GO Jones 14 (36b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 37 (114b 4x4)
    • SR Clark 11-3-20-1
    • SK Warne 6-0-17-0
40.1

Warne to Bell, no run, defended into the leg-side

40.2

Warne to Bell, no run, tries to tickle that one into the leg-side region

40.3

Warne to Bell, no run, 'oh' comes the cry as that one is defended again - Warne is asking the questions here

40.4

Warne to Bell, 1 run, that one was driven firmly down the ground

40.5

Warne to Jones, no run, defended on the front foot

40.6

Warne to Jones, no run, pitches outside leg, that's worked to square and zoomed straight back in to the keeper

It's McGrath back into the attack

End of over 41 (1 run) England 110/5

    • GO Jones 14 (38b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 38 (118b 4x4)
    • SK Warne 7-0-18-0
    • SR Clark 11-3-20-1
41.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, defended on the front foot

41.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, 'Waiting' calls Bell as he smacks the ball to the covers and then rehearses his fresh-air cover-drive a few times

41.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, that one doesn't get up as much as Bell was expecting but he adjusts at the last minute to drop his hands on a back foot defensive

41.4

McGrath to Bell, 1 run, nice work, Bell just rolls his wrists over the ball as he turns it behind square

41.5

McGrath to Jones, no run, defended on the back foot

41.6

McGrath to Jones, no run, defended, again, on the back foot, again and that rounds off a typically tidy over from McGrath

End of over 42 (1 run) England 111/5

    • GO Jones 14 (40b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 39 (122b 4x4)
    • GD McGrath 14-5-33-3
    • SK Warne 7-0-18-0
42.1

Warne to Bell, no run, that one's right up there and the batsman crouches over to defend the ball on the front foot

42.2

Warne to Bell, 1 run, steer into the midwicket area eludes the diving fielder, and the batsmen run one as the man at wide long-on runs round to pick it up

42.3

Warne to Jones, no run, the flipper - slightly quicker and flatter in trajectory - causes a minor stir but the batsman controls it

42.4

Warne to Jones, 1 run, didn't quite get hold of that one, a rare bad ball from Warne

42.5

Warne to Bell, 1 run, pitches outside leg and that's dinked easily behind square

42.6

Warne to Jones, no run, a bit of defence completes the over

End of over 43 (3 runs) England 114/5

    • GO Jones 15 (43b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 41 (125b 4x4)
    • SK Warne 8-0-21-0
    • GD McGrath 14-5-33-3
43.1

McGrath to Bell, no run, down the channel - typical McGrath

43.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, that one's closer to the stumps, still just outside off, though, but Bell defends nevertheless

43.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, that one's left alone outside the off stump as it slightly bends away from the batsman

43.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, left alone again

43.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, this one is defended on the front foot - again that's in the right nagging area, just outside off stump

43.6

McGrath to Bell, no run, driven with hardly any power at all into the covers where it's easily picked up

Warne to bowl the last over before lunch

End of over 44 (maiden) England 114/5

    • IR Bell 41 (131b 4x4)
    • GO Jones 15 (43b 1x4)
    • GD McGrath 15-6-33-3
    • SK Warne 8-0-21-0
44.1

Warne to Jones, no run, Oh yes Shane - that's defended

44.2

Warne to Jones, no run, OOH YES Shane - more defence

44.3

Warne to Jones, no run, Warne lets out a cry of effort as he delivers that one, which pitches on leg and is defended

44.4

Warne to Jones, no run, that one is just outside leg and that's defended in front

44.5

Warne to Jones, no run, ooh, the batsman chases that one round but misses and Gilchrist pouches it tidily

Ooh, mind games - Warne decides to come round the wicket for the very last ball of the session... building up the tension and the sightscreen has to be moved to boot. No prizes for guessing what he's up to... Meanwhile, a gully comes into place - and the crowd start cheering

44.6

Warne to Jones, FOUR, after all that palaver, Warne delivers a short one which is smacked away behind square by Jones

And it's Glenn McGrath to continue

Afternoon all, Will here. We've been dining at Chez Cricinfo the past three nights, and damn fine fare they serve too. Talking of serving, there have been precious few treats dished up by Australia's bowlers this morning, each of whom have been militarily metronomic. We're about five minutes away from the afternoon session, so stick the kettle on and, in the meantime, keep an eye on Andrew Miller's bulletin and the gallery.

Lunch Well, yet again this has been Australia's session with the big wickets of Kevin Pietersen (16) and Andrew Flintoff, for a duck. England are 5 for 118 (or 118 for 5, as you like it), still trailing by 484 (or 484, as you like it). Thanks for joining us this morning, after the break it will be Will Luke to serve you up some more treats - after he's served us up his home-baked lasagne.

End of over 45 (4 runs) England 118/5

    • GO Jones 19 (49b 2x4)
    • IR Bell 41 (131b 4x4)
    • SK Warne 9-0-25-0
    • GD McGrath 15-6-33-3
45.1

McGrath to Bell, 2 runs, a wide gimme from McGrath which Bell drives through extra cover, without really timing it - nor moving his feet much either - but a confident start for him after lunch

45.2

McGrath to Bell, no run, tighter line from McGrath this time, edging in towards the corridor and Bell leaves that alone. Rather stiff delivery that

45.3

McGrath to Bell, no run, McGrath gets applause from behind the stumps as this one passes by Bell's off stump

45.4

McGrath to Bell, no run, touch of swing there, just moving away from Bell but he won't be tempted into fishing. Or even playing at it

45.5

McGrath to Bell, no run, yowzers, that's a belter from McGrath, jagging away from Bell's forward defensive and missing the outside edge by inches. You can't play those and Bell shrugs and smiles

45.6

McGrath to Bell, 1 run, confidently driven on the front foot by Bell, neat-looking drive through the covers

Here's Brett Lee. And here's James who chuckles: "The Ashes Diet, Day 3 - Lunch, a large Flintoff duck". Honk.

End of over 46 (3 runs) England 121/5

    • IR Bell 44 (137b 4x4)
    • GO Jones 19 (49b 2x4)
    • GD McGrath 16-6-36-3
    • SK Warne 9-0-25-0
46.1

Lee to Bell, 1 wide, short, down the leg side and the Barmies cheer the wide

46.1

Lee to Bell, no run, left alone by Bell, Lee not quite found his radar here

46.2

Lee to Bell, no run, that's much better from Lee, attacking Bell's off stump who produces a decent forward defensive

281 to avoid the follow-on for England.

46.3

Lee to Bell, no run, outside off and Bell shuffles across, squirting it to gully

46.4

Lee to Bell, no run, ooh bit of swing there, marvellous effort that, swinging into Bell who gets a bit of an inside edge, codging it to the leg side

46.5

Lee to Bell, FOUR, shot; on the up, opening the face and guiding it through gully. Australia throw their hands up but Bell was in control of that

46.6

Lee to Bell, no run, nicely timed again, a lovely crispy clunk of the bat, but straight to extra cover

Quite a subdued atmosphere out there considering Australia's position...England making a decent fightback here. No audible sign of the Barmies yet...must be at the bar

End of over 47 (5 runs) England 126/5

    • IR Bell 48 (143b 5x4)
    • GO Jones 19 (49b 2x4)
    • B Lee 11-2-37-1
    • GD McGrath 16-6-36-3
47.1

McGrath to Jones, no run, excellent defence from Jones, really getting his head right over the ball

47.2

McGrath to Jones, no run, outside off - McGrath's found his line here - but Jones times this nicely off the back foot, bit of swagger too, into the covers

47.3

McGrath to Jones, no run, again Jones goes back, opening the face and guiding it into gully

47.4

McGrath to Jones, no run, ooh excellent ball on off stump, just cutting off the seam but Jones again is solid in defence

47.5

McGrath to Jones, no run, in the corridor of uncertainty but Jones is certain, as is his defence

47.6

McGrath to Jones, no run, once again Jones is forced to defend; excellent maiden from McGrath, albeit just a touch too wide

End of over 48 (maiden) England 126/5

    • GO Jones 19 (55b 2x4)
    • IR Bell 48 (143b 5x4)
    • GD McGrath 17-7-36-3
    • B Lee 11-2-37-1

Supporters of Derby County FC are in the house and at the Gabba. All two of them.

48.1

Lee to Bell, no run, pushed off his pads to a shortish square leg who runs to his right and prevents the single

48.2

Lee to Bell, no run, ah, brilliant from Lee! A crunching straight drive with a perfect high elbow from Bell, timing it to perfection but Lee stoops with great athletiscim to stop the ball with his right mitt. Great cricket

48.3

Lee to Bell, no run, Bell shapes to play but his judgement is spot on, and he watches it sail by. Little bit of away swing for Lee there

"Barmy Army, Barmy Army, Barmy Army" shouts the Beefy doll. It's getting tiresome now, but we still haven't heard them all

48.4

Lee to Bell, no run, again left alone outside off

48.5

Lee to Bell, no run, sheesh that took off from a good length, the batsman wisely leaving it alone and the ball nearly decapitating Gilchrist who snapped his head out of the way as the ball thundered into his gloves. 90.4 mph. Don't ask what it was in kph, knots, tonnage etc because I don't know

48.6

Lee to Bell, no run, pitched on leg and pushed to mid-on...Lee's getting quicker now, 91.4mph

End of over 49 (maiden) England 126/5

    • IR Bell 48 (149b 5x4)
    • GO Jones 19 (55b 2x4)
    • B Lee 12-3-37-1
    • GD McGrath 17-7-36-3
49.1

McGrath to Jones, no run, neat shot off the back foot, timing it well but he finds the gully

49.2

McGrath to Jones, OUT, trapped on the crease to a full, inswinging delivery, Jones looks down at his feet as if he knows his fate but Billy Bowden is taking his time here....McGrath pleads for his wicket and eventually the crooked finger is raised. McGrath has four! It's all going Pete Tong for England

GO Jones lbw b McGrath 19 (90m 57b 2x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

"Now then," Andrew Miller mutters, "here's the proof of Duncan Fletcher's great big steaming pudding ..." as Ashley Giles comes to the crease. England's tail is longer than a, erm...well it's massive, frankly

49.3

McGrath to Giles, no run, aggressive bouncer from the old man McGrath, Giles hops and skips and ducks. Strictly

49.4

McGrath to Giles, no run, solid forward defensive from Giles, coming right forward

49.5

McGrath to Giles, no run, DROPPED, he's dropped him! Ponting, at second, dives to his right as Giles edges this one...and it's shelled. McGrath is distraught, as though he's never taken five-for in his life

49.6

McGrath to Giles, no run, rapped on his pads but it's going down leg

What an over from McGrath who gets massive applause from the mass of masses on the boundary

End of over 50 (wicket maiden) England 126/6

    • AF Giles 0 (4b)
    • IR Bell 48 (149b 5x4)
    • GD McGrath 18-8-36-4
    • B Lee 12-3-37-1
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