The Ashes - 1st Test

England v Australia

Match drawn

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

Johnson to take the new ball and he gets a hug from Siddle. Strauss to face. Cheers and noise and applause and here we go. Three slips, gully, short-leg

Jerusalem rings around the stadium. Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss, helmets on, are nervously jigging up and down in the changing room - and here come Australia, led by Ponting, jogging out through a guard of honour of 20 schoolchildren waving Welsh and English flags. To a huge, huge roar, Strauss and Cook follow them - spine-tingling atmosphere here.

Four minutes to go. Those in offices - ensure you have Outlook/Excel or something open in case the boss is lurking. Those not working - you're lazy. But all are welcome aboard the great ship Cricinfo, so do stay tuned. I'm Will Luke, and Brydon Coverdale, from Australia, will be joining you all for commentary stints throughout today and the series. Here we go.

"This Duncan somebody who sang the Australian national anthem," writes Keith. "Duncan Fletcher?"

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The Welsh national anthem roars around the ground. Here comes Australia's, sung by...Duncan somebody. Sorry - not sure of his surname, but the crowd love it. God Save the Queen is next. Fifteen minutes until the action finally starts...

Incidentally, England's 12th man today is Tom Maynard, son of Matthew, and a highly thought of cricketer in Wales. Good fielder, too...

The players are heading out into the middle, walking over a carpeted St George's cross, and we're going to have some anthems. The grenadier guards band is there too, as is Rhodri Morgan - first minister for Wales - who is shaking hands with the 22 players. Great occasion, this. The ground looks a picture, and the players are all looking pumped up and very nervous.

People emailing from all over the world. From Samoa to Somerset. Thanks for everyone's thoughts and comments - we can't read or publish them all, let alone reply, but they're much appreciated and do stay glued today. And in the remaining 24 days of this series. Twenty five minutes until the start.

Toss news: Strauss flicks, Ponting calls heads, but it's tails and England will bat. Strauss looks calm and happy and excited, confirming that England are playing two spinners. "We'd have had a bat, yeah," says Ponting who reckons there'll be some assistance to the new ball. He confirms the news that Hilfenhaus and Hauritz will play. Ponting has faith in Hauritz, he assures us. Does anybody else?

10.25am Monty Panesar has been picked - England are playing two spinners. Well, well. And Stuart Clark has been left out by Australia - good grief. Nathan Hauritz and Hilfenhaus play. What a turn up!

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David Lloyd reckons Australia could spring "a major surprise" in their selection. Shane Warne has yet to appear on Sky's commentary. I'm not saying anything but...good grief. No. It would never happen...

10.20am "I'm 12 years old in Australia and Mum and Dad have let me stay up all night watching and reading Cricinfo commentary," says young Jack from Australia, "and I'm so excited I'm stretching my leg muscles and sprinting around the lounge room. Plenty of caffeine for me tonight." Well done that man - and well done mum and dad, too.

Andrew Miller has something to say. "I must say," he says, "these Welshies are doing the hard sell on us in the press box this morning. We arrived to a cornucopia of goodies - branded note-pads, thermos mugs, laptop bags, mini-radios, and little packs of welsh-cakes. Also, our every caffeine-based whim is being catered for by the finest totty the Valleys can offer. It's still iniquitous that the Test is being held here, but ho-hum, what's a hack to do? Monty is bowling his socks off in the practice nets, incidentally. And Hilfenhaus has been slapped on the back by his team-mates. We could be a couple of steps closer to our XIs." For those concerned that Miller may not be Wales's biggest fan, fear not: his inlaws hail from the land and he loves it. As do I, a half-blooded Welshman. So Bore da to you all.

Well it's all thoroughly exciting. I've been up since the crack of dawn and listened to the Duckworth Lewis Method. That's right. My life revolves around cricket, and I'm proud.

10.00am One hour to go. 60 short minutes. We will of course keep you updated until then, but have a pile of things to do in preparation, so bear with us. Toss and team news as and when.

A hundred or so emails in the last five minutes. "Staggeringly excited," says Doug. "Bought a laptop and a 3G dongle, so I can have the pleasure of watching in the pub with Cricinfo commentary scrolling away. Heaven!" Or something approaching it, yes. Well done that man Doug. "I am so excited I feel physically sick," writes Lawrence Epps. Steady on.

It's a very warm, Welsh welcome to Andrew Miller, one of three Cricinfo staff beavering away at the stadium. "The eye in the sky (ie, me) suggests that Hilfenhaus might play," Miller, as he is known as, says. "He has been spotted marking out his run-up, which is a bit of a giveaway." Interesting indeed. No word on either team's selection yet; we'll have the toss for you at about 10.30am, in 35 minutes' time. Talking of tossing - Ponting and Strauss will be flipping a medal, not a coin.

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9.35am Hello, good morning and a very warm welcome to you all for Cricinfo's coverage of the 2009 Ashes. It's the first Test match to be staged in Wales and I'm pleased to say the good Welsh weather has been kind to us - it's bright and sunny, and we have just one-and-a-half hours of banter, deliberation and pontification until the start. I'm Will Luke, and will be joined by Brydon Coverdale shortly to guide you through the ridiculous excitement of the day's play. And indeed, the other 24. I'm sure you're all ridiculously up for this, and if you want to get in touch, click here.

0.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, starts with a decent length, if a touch too wide of the left-hander's off stump, and it's left alone

0.2

Johnson to Strauss, no run, tighter line but comfortably left alone. No swing from Johnson, and it's immediately clear the pitch is pretty slow and low

0.3

Johnson to Strauss, no run, squared up - swing there. On middle-and-leg, nice and full, Strauss tries to turn it to square-leg but the late swing has the ball squeezing out to the off side

0.4

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, England are off the mark, Strauss clipping him down to fine leg

0.5

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, shorter ball and Johnson's fastest so far, at 90.3mph, and Cook's first delivery is pulled around the corner to fine leg

0.6

Johnson to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0
AJ Strauss    1* (5b)      MG Johnson    1-0-2-0
AN Cook    1* (1b)     

A reasonable start by Johnson, if a touch too short, and there's not a lot of swing on offer for him. He didn't swing it at all, last week, at Worcester. Ben Hilfenhaus from the other end. He's in the side to swing it

1.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, a very good start, on the off stump with just the merest hint of movement back into the left-hander. Cook defends solidly to cover

1.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 3 runs, lovely tuck off his pads through midwicket. It receives big, hearty cheers from a crowd absolutely on the edge of their seats. As indeed are we, and no doubt you are too.

1.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, nice movement back into Strauss - that definitely swung

1.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, outside off, well wide, again a touch of movement back into Strauss but only after it passed him

There's a wonderful murmur around the ground, a low-level buzz of anticipation and sweaty excitement

1.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, yelps and "awws" from Haddin and the slips. A tighter line, again bending back on Strauss. Dangerously left

1.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, short, wide and cut. Point gets a hand on it to prevent four and Hussey cleans up

End of over 2 (5 runs) England 7/0
AJ Strauss    3* (9b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-5-0
AN Cook    4* (3b)      MG Johnson    1-0-2-0

Welcome to the Johnny-come-latelies among us. Here comes Johnson for his second over

2.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, too wide. Left alone. No swing

2.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, Cook plays inside the line here - a Jack Russell-esque leave. Good ball and line from Johnson

2.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, good, tight line - better over this from Johnson but, again, he's not swinging it at all

2.4

Johnson to Cook, 3 runs, on his legs and a lovely, crisp, confident flick off his toes. There are some very long boundaries here - that would've been four on other grounds (Lord's, especially)

2.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, Strauss ignores this outside off

There's Brett Lee, sipping a cup of tea on the balcony. It's a massive shame not to see him roar in from the Taff End today. He looked in terrifying form at Worcester

2.6

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, gorgeous shot, elegantly and beautifully timed off his pads. A poor ball from Johnson, half-volley on middle stump, and Strauss pounces

End of over 3 (7 runs) England 14/0
AJ Strauss    7* (11b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-9-0
AN Cook    7* (7b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-5-0

3.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, bends back in on the off stump. Hilfenhaus is a big, bustling, muscular Tasmanian and rumbles in off a longish run-up

3.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 2 runs, again the wrong line, on his legs, and Cook tucks for two

3.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, good, much better. On the off stump, cutting off the seam to a defensive Cook

3.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, loose stroke! Short of a length, Cook pulls but it doesn't bounce nearly as much as he expected

3.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, on his legs, Cook nudges to short midwicket

3.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, good grief that's a good leave. Or a dangerous leave! That was mighty, mighty close, swinging back to the left-hander

End of over 4 (2 runs) England 16/0
AN Cook    9* (13b)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-7-0
AJ Strauss    7* (11b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-9-0

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4.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, drives this back to the bowler, mistimed though

4.2

Johnson to Strauss, no run, sends this a touch wider but Strauss is not lured into driving

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4.3

Johnson to Strauss, no run, no movement for Johnson whose line is a little too wide to tempt Strauss

4.4

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, ooh close! Strauss jabbed down on it late and the ball squeezed to leg, only just missing him stumps. Should've left that...

Should've gone to Specsavers

4.5

Johnson to Cook, no run, nudged to leg

4.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, Cook's forward and defending solidly

End of over 5 (1 run) England 17/0
AN Cook    9* (15b)      MG Johnson    3-0-10-0
AJ Strauss    8* (15b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-7-0

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5.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, cut hard but straight to point

5.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, ignored outside off

5.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, "oyy" is the call from Haddin and co. as Strauss leaves this straight-up-and-down delivery outside off. There really isn't any pace in this pitch

5.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, lines up a strong and confident drive, picking out mid-off

5.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 run, good running, dropping it out to the off side for a single

5.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 no ball, solidly defended off the back foot - and a no-ball to boot

5.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, too wide and left alone

End of over 6 (2 runs) England 19/0
AN Cook    9* (17b)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-0-9-0
AJ Strauss    9* (20b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-10-0

Johnson's out of the attack - here's Siddle.

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6.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, short of a length and mis-pulled to short midwicket

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6.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, better, fuller length just outside off

6.3

Siddle to Strauss, no run, good take from Haddin - "wide!" cry some fans - as it bends away late on the left-hander. Haddin dives in front of first slip

6.4

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, Siddle, like his two team-mates, fires one down the leg-side and Strauss turns his wrist, flicking it carefully to fine-leg

6.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone.

6.6

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, nudges this out to the off side and they steal a single

End of over 7 (2 runs) England 21/0
AN Cook    10* (19b)      PM Siddle    1-0-2-0
AJ Strauss    10* (24b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-0-9-0

Ah, superb. Humpty Doo is a real town after all

7.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

7.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, pushed out to the off side

7.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, nudged to leg

7.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump and swinging a little wider. Left alone

7.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, again, too wide - not making the batsmen play

7.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, OUT, GOT HIM! That's a catch and a half from Hussey at gully, as Cook felt for this wide delivery and Hussey flings himself to his right to snaffle a corker!

AN Cook c Hussey b Hilfenhaus 10 (31m 25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

End of over 8 (wicket maiden) England 21/1
     BW Hilfenhaus    4-1-9-1
AJ Strauss    10* (24b 1x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-2-0

Bopara in at No.3, the slot he has made his own in his brief international career. That was a beaut of a catch by Hussey, it really was! Acrobatic brilliance

8.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, on his legs, Strauss tries to flick it but it comes off his hip

8.2

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, good signs for Strauss as he drives dead straight - the bowler gets a mitt on it but that's a solid, confident shot

Short-leg in place

8.3

Siddle to Bopara, no run, comes forward to defend

Bopara does some stretching of his back, pats the pitch. Katich is under the lid at short-leg and is doubtless saying good morning, welcome, and hello to the young man on his Ashes debut

8.4

Siddle to Bopara, no run, nasty. Vicious from Siddle - that's a brute of a bouncer shaping back into Bopara who is smashed on the grill, or possibly under his grill. Yes - he's hit in the throat

8.5

Siddle to Bopara, no run, another short one fended just short of short-leg. Katich is alive, fielding it and flicking down the stumps. This match is alive!

This is brilliant cricket. Aggression from Siddle

8.6

Siddle to Bopara, no run, a horrid stray down the leg side - superb take from Haddin

End of over 9 (1 run) England 22/1
RS Bopara    0* (4b)      PM Siddle    2-0-3-0
AJ Strauss    11* (26b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-1-9-1

9.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, too wide of the off stump and left alone

9.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, that's a good delivery, cutting back into Strauss who is defending with the straightest of bats

9.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, on the front foot, Strauss blocks out this good, straight delivery which bends back into the left-hander. Solid from the England captain

9.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, fine, strong drive but straight back to the bowler

9.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, that's sharp too and surprises Strauss, who went to hook but pulled out of it

9.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, onto the front foot and defending to point

End of over 10 (maiden) England 22/1
AJ Strauss    11* (32b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-2-9-1
RS Bopara    0* (4b)      PM Siddle    2-0-3-0

10.1

Siddle to Bopara, no run, wide of the off stump and swinging wider still away from Bopara

Simon Jones is watching from the stands

10.2

Siddle to Bopara, no run, good ball - very, very good delivery from Siddle which cuts back sharply on a jumping and hopping Bopara. He's hit in the chest

10.3

Siddle to Bopara, no run, wide of the off stump. Relief - a sighter for Bopara

This is tense, tight Test cricket. Neither side giving an inch

10.4

Siddle to Bopara, no run, a solid forward defensive to cover by Bopara. Well played

10.5

Siddle to Bopara, FOUR, inside edge for four! That's serious luck for Bopara. Another aggressive short-pitched delivery outside off, Bopara throws his hands at it loosely and the ball flies down to fine leg

Off the mark, though. Siddle looks a real threat

10.6

Siddle to Bopara, no run, a stray down the leg side

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 26/1
RS Bopara    4* (10b 1x4)      PM Siddle    3-0-7-0
AJ Strauss    11* (32b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-2-9-1

11.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, well wide of the off stump but that fairly springs off the pitch, Haddin taking it at face height

This pitch is tasty now. There's enough in it for those who bend their backs, something Johnson initially couldn't do

11.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, blocked off the back foot

11.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, on middle-and-off, Strauss is back and defends off his hip

11.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 run, jumps back, elegantly punching it out to the off side

11.5

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, no run, an outswinger away from Bopara who leaves alone

11.6

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, no run, more encouraging swing away from Bopara. Good stuff from Hilfenhaus

Stuart who?...

End of over 12 (1 run) England 27/1
RS Bopara    4* (12b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-2-10-1
AJ Strauss    12* (36b 1x4)      PM Siddle    3-0-7-0

12.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, cuts away from Strauss who leaves it inside the line

I trust you're all still glued to the action. Unmissable entertainment for the first 50 minutes

12.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, down the leg side - a waste

12.3

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Strauss gets into an awkward position here, initially thinks about hooking before leaving it and ducking beneath it. Smell de leather

12.4

Siddle to Strauss, (no ball) 2 runs, clipped to leg for two. No-ball - the second of the day by my watch

12.4

Siddle to Strauss, FOUR, a full, swinging yorker but it's on leg-stump and clipped nicely for four, in spite of a valiant dive from Hilfenhaus at fine-leg

12.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, better - defended on middle-and-off. Excellent, probing line

12.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump and comfortably left alone

End of over 13 (7 runs) England 34/1
AJ Strauss    18* (43b 2x4)      PM Siddle    4-0-14-0
RS Bopara    4* (12b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-2-10-1

Fascinating morning so far

13.1

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, no run, wide of the off stump - way, way too wide

13.2

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, no run, fuller delivery but elegantly driven by Bopara, opening the face to extra cover

13.3

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, no run, "nice shape" roars my colleague, Gnasher, and he's spot on too. Lovely outswinger

13.4

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, no run, another excellent outswinger which is carefully and cautiously defended off the back foot

13.5

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, no run, again left alone outside off; again swinging like a banana

Time for the inducker?

13.6

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, no run, extravagantly left alone but that's a good, probing over

End of over 14 (maiden) England 34/1
RS Bopara    4* (18b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-3-10-1
AJ Strauss    18* (43b 2x4)      PM Siddle    4-0-14-0

Three slips in place

14.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, wide and left alone. Too wide, that

14.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, angled across Strauss who ignores it

14.3

Siddle to Strauss, no run, another excellent, tight delivery on middle-and-off. Siddle's been bang on the money this morning

14.4

Siddle to Strauss, FOUR, pulled. For four! That's the Strauss of old, picking up the length very quickly and totally nailing it

14.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, oh dear - way too wide

14.6

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, flipped down to fine leg

End of over 15 (5 runs) England 39/1
AJ Strauss    23* (49b 3x4)      PM Siddle    5-0-19-0
RS Bopara    4* (18b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-3-10-1

Thanks Will. It's been a promising start for Australia. Hilfenhaus and Siddle in particular have looked dangerous and seem to have picked up where they left off from the tour of South Africa. They've certainly tested Bopara's mettle in the first hour. And now it's Johnson back into the attack having changed ends.

That'll be drinks, ladies and gents, and an appropriate time to hand over to Brydon Coverdale for the first time this series. Over to you, Bryders.

15.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, very short and wide outside off to begin with

15.2

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, cracking square cut from Strauss, who pounced quickly on a short one from Johnson

15.3

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, straight ball and fuller, Strauss pushes it through the off side and takes off for a quick single

15.4

Johnson to Bopara, no run, on line and defended by Bopara, who's getting his first look at Johnson

15.5

Johnson to Bopara, no run, no swing from Johnson here, and Bopara pushes this one away defensively

In comes Katich at short-leg

15.6

Johnson to Bopara, 2 runs, a touch shorter but no threat for Bopara, who flicks comfortably through square leg

End of over 16 (7 runs) England 46/1
RS Bopara    6* (21b 1x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-17-0
AJ Strauss    28* (52b 4x4)      PM Siddle    5-0-19-0

16.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, good ball from Siddle, fullish length and it swings in just a fraction, Strauss drives but doesn't middle it

16.2

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, goes for the yorker this time but it reaches Strauss just on the full and it's clipped away to Johnson at fine leg

16.3

Siddle to Bopara, no run, play and a miss! Siddle does a Hilfenhaus here and curves it away beautifully, Bopara pushes and it beats the outside edge

16.4

Siddle to Bopara, no run, defended off the back foot to cover

16.5

Siddle to Bopara, no run, some inswing this time but it's just a touch too leg-side and Bopara misses his attempted glance and takes it on the pad

16.6

Siddle to Bopara, FOUR, driveable length and Bopara drives, magnificently. He waited on that one and caressed it through the leg side with ease. Great shot.

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 51/1
RS Bopara    10* (25b 2x4)      PM Siddle    6-0-24-0
AJ Strauss    29* (54b 4x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-17-0

Two slips for Johnson

17.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, shortish outside off stump and left alone

17.2

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, good ball, a yorker that swings in a fraction but very well played by Strauss, who clips it through square leg for a single

17.3

Johnson to Bopara, no run, bouncer from Johnson but too short and allows Bopara to duck comfortably

17.4

Johnson to Bopara, no run, carbon copy from Johnson and Bopara has no trouble ducking under one that's too short

17.5

Johnson to Bopara, no run, angled across outside off stump and Bopara lunges forward and waves the bat, very lucky for him he didn't make contact because that wasn't a pretty piece of batting

17.6

Johnson to Bopara, 1 run, pushed wide of cover for a single

End of over 18 (2 runs) England 53/1
RS Bopara    11* (29b 2x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-19-0
AJ Strauss    30* (56b 4x4)      PM Siddle    6-0-24-0

18.1

Siddle to Bopara, FOUR, oh, and that's a streaky shot! Bopara drives outside off and gets a thick edge that flies over Hussey at gully. It was well clear of the fielder but that wasn't where Bopara was intending to send it

18.2

Siddle to Bopara, 1 no ball, this one doesn't bounce much and it goes through to Haddin

18.2

Siddle to Bopara, no run, good line, just outside off and this time Bopara leaves it alone

18.3

Siddle to Bopara, no run, on line, no movement from Siddle and Bopara plays it with a straight bat

18.4

Siddle to Bopara, 1 no ball, another no-ball from Siddle, he'll want to sort that out sharpish. No damage done this time as Bopara defends again

18.4

Siddle to Bopara, no run, a little wider outside off stump now and there's no need for Bopara to play at that

18.5

Siddle to Bopara, FOUR, more width from Siddle and Bopara goes down on one knee and crunches a square drive just backward of point for four

18.6

Siddle to Bopara, no run, left alone extravagantly this time

That's a productive over for England and it might be time for Siddle to have a rest

End of over 19 (10 runs) England 63/1
RS Bopara    19* (37b 4x4)      PM Siddle    7-0-34-0
AJ Strauss    30* (56b 4x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-19-0

19.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, no swing from Johnson, Strauss defends outside off stump

19.2

Johnson to Strauss, no run, Johnson slings it down outside off and Strauss mistimes this one slightly, the ball ends up at point

19.3

Johnson to Strauss, 1 leg bye, a strong shout for lbw there but Billy Doctrove is unmoved. Johnson sends in a yorker and Strauss plays over the top of it, he's struck in with leg but the umpire must have felt it was sliding down. A close one.

19.4

Johnson to Bopara, no run, short this time and Bopara tries to duck but can't get out of the way, it strikes him on the shoulder and bobs up to Haddin

19.5

Johnson to Bopara, 3 runs, smart bowling from Johnson, it's a slower one and lures Bopara into a drive that lobs over the head of Hilfenhaus at mid off

This is becoming a rather eventful over

19.6

Johnson to Strauss, OUT, and the bouncer does the trick! It's a quick one and right on line, Strauss can't get out of the way and the ball clearly takes his gloves and flies up in the air, Clarke runs back from the cordon to take a simple chance

AJ Strauss c Clarke b Johnson 30 (90m 60b 4x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Johnson deserved that wicket. He was a bit off earlier in the day but he lifted the tempo in that over and two wickets in the first 90 minutes is a strong start for Australia, given that England won the toss. Now here's Kevin Pietersen.

End of over 20 (4 runs) England 67/2
     MG Johnson    6-0-22-1
RS Bopara    22* (39b 4x4)      PM Siddle    7-0-34-0

20.1

Siddle to Bopara, no run, outside off stump and left alone

20.2

Siddle to Bopara, no run, Bopara is solid in defence here, sends a straight ball back from whence it came

20.3

Siddle to Bopara, no run, and a perfectly straight bat again from Bopara, nudges defensively back down the pitch

20.4

Siddle to Bopara, no run, a bit fuller now and Bopara drives but can't beat the leg-side field

20.5

Siddle to Bopara, 4 byes, oh dear, that's not Siddle's best ball. He came from wide of the crease, it angled down leg and swung further away after it passed the batsman, giving Haddin absolutely no chance

20.6

Siddle to Bopara, FOUR, terrific pull shot! Shortish delivery and Bopara was quickly on to that one, he's starting to look comfortable.

End of over 21 (8 runs) England 75/2
RS Bopara    26* (45b 5x4)      PM Siddle    8-0-38-0
KP Pietersen    0* (0b)      MG Johnson    6-0-22-1

Hilfenhaus returns now, taking over from Johnson.

21.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, another lbw shout from the Australians as this ball doesn't swing. Right on line but it was too high and Billy Doctrove got that one correct.

21.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, pushed away to the off side

21.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, down leg side and Pietersen tries to glance, the ball strikes him on the pad

21.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off this time

21.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, still some good shape from Hilfenhaus, moving away from Pietersen, who watches it closely and leaves

21.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 1 run, a good confident start from Pietersen, he drives to mid-on and takes off for a single. Was that his famous Red Bull run? In any case, the fielder didn't grab it cleanly and there was no danger

End of over 22 (1 run) England 76/2
KP Pietersen    1* (6b)      BW Hilfenhaus    8-3-11-1
RS Bopara    26* (45b 5x4)      PM Siddle    8-0-38-0

It's fascinating to see Test cricket in Cardiff, which just happens to be one of my favourite cities in the world. Beautiful gardens, great pubs, and how can you not love a city that has a plaza named after Roald Dahl.

22.1

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, Johnson has changed ends here and gets a fullish ball on line, Pietersen tries to drive through leg but gets a thick edge that flies to slip, on the bounce

22.2

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, another quick single now from Pietersen, who nudges it away and takes off rapidly

22.3

Johnson to Bopara, 2 runs, a confident flick through leg this time from Bopara, though it was a bit of a leg-side stray ball

22.4

Johnson to Bopara, FOUR, that's one of the classiest shots of the day so far. Some width from Johnson and Bopara caresses a cover drive away to the boundary. Great shot.

22.5

Johnson to Bopara, 3 runs, doesn't get this one quite as well but he's still got enough on it to pick up three, driven away a touch squarer through the off side

22.6

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, this is tip and run from KP! Pushes it into the off side and hares off for the single, the throw doesn't hit the stumps at the bowler's end but Pietersen is quick enough in any case

End of over 23 (11 runs) England 87/2
KP Pietersen    3* (9b)      MG Johnson    7-0-33-1
RS Bopara    35* (48b 6x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    8-3-11-1

Hilfenhaus continues

23.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, driven to mid-on and doesn't beat the fielder

23.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, oh, that's a touch uppishly played by Pietersen, who flicks on on the legs and the ball bounces a couple of metres short of Katich at midwicket

23.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, outswinger from Hilfenhaus, left alone

23.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 2 runs, he tries for the yorker this time but it's handled well by Pietersen, who squeezes it behind square and picks up a couple

23.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, some width outside off and left alone

23.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 1 no ball, and it's Hilfenhaus' turn to overstep. Could have been a costly one because Pietersen wasn't sure what to do there, it swung back in a touch and he eventually got the bat out of the way to leave it alone

23.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, solid in defence, nudges it straight back to the bowler

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 90/2
KP Pietersen    5* (16b)      BW Hilfenhaus    9-3-14-1
RS Bopara    35* (48b 6x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-33-1

24.1

Johnson to Bopara, no run, angled across Bopara and he leaves it comfortably

24.2

Johnson to Bopara, no run, well bowled, that's a better line. Johnson pitches it on off, the ball moves away off the seam and beats Bopara's outside edge

24.3

Johnson to Bopara, no run, squared up this time and the ball squirts away to point

24.4

Johnson to Bopara, OUT, and the slower ball does the trick! Johnson runs the fingers over this one and Bopara is committed to the drive, he mistimes it horribly and lobs it up for a simple catch to Hughes at point

RS Bopara c Hughes b Johnson 35 (76m 52b 6x4 0x6) SR: 67.30

Clever bowling, that, because Bopara had shown earlier that he struggled to pick Johnson's slower one when he lobbed one just over mid-off. Here's Collingwood and England need a decent partnership now.

24.5

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, solid in defence first up

24.6

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, no threat there as a short ball down leg is left alone, but that's still a great over from Johnson

End of over 25 (wicket maiden) England 90/3
PD Collingwood    0* (2b)      MG Johnson    8-1-33-2
KP Pietersen    5* (16b)      BW Hilfenhaus    9-3-14-1

25.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, straight ball, no swing, and defended solidly

25.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, outswinger and Pietersen doesn't have to play

25.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed away through off and there's a quick single available

Some sightscreen shenanigans now as an orange-vested staff member gets in the batsman's line of vision

25.4

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, cut away to point and there's no run

25.5

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, 1 run, and Collingwood gets off the mark with a clip through leg off a straighter, non-swinging delivery

25.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 1 no ball, it's bouncer time, but it's also no-ball time. Too short anyway, and Pietersen ducks it with ease

25.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, and there's a double shout from the Australians but Doctrove doesn't grant either appeal. It looks as if he's got that one correct, it was angled in and struck Pietersen just a shade too high, but the Australians felt there could have been an inside edge and the ball flew up to gully. Nope. No edge.

End of over 26 (3 runs) England 93/3
KP Pietersen    6* (21b)      BW Hilfenhaus    10-3-17-1
PD Collingwood    1* (4b)      MG Johnson    8-1-33-2

26.1

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, defended away this time

26.2

Johnson to Collingwood, FOUR, short ball and pulled away through midwicket by Collingwood but not where he intended it! Collingwood was looking behind square only to realise the ball had flown off the toe of the bat, fortunately nowhere near any fielders

26.3

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, angled across and left alone

26.4

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, down leg side, Collingwood tries to glance but can't get anything on it

26.5

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, pushed away to cover for no run

26.6

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, solid in defence once again

And that's lunch on the first day and there was plenty of action. Some fast, hostile bowling from all three of Australia's quicks and England must be disappointed to have lost three wickets having chosen to bat. During the interval, join our three editors - Peter English, Andrew Miller and Alex Brown - at the ground for our live chat. Or, if you fancy a look ahead at the coming matches, check out our Ashes venue guide and find out all sorts of useful information about where the Tests are taking place.

Just a reminder that the umpire review system is not being used during this series, not that there's been anything too controversial yet. The system will be rolled out permanently later this year.

Clarkster - presumably not Stuart - emails in: "Bet Warwickshire are delighted England sent back Bell to play for them. Out for 2 off 30 balls must have been just what they were looking for."

End of over 27 (4 runs) England 97/3
PD Collingwood    5* (10b 1x4)      MG Johnson    9-1-37-2
KP Pietersen    6* (21b)      BW Hilfenhaus    10-3-17-1

Welcome back for the second session and this could be a fascinating couple of hours. Can Australia's fast bowlers maintain their aggression? Can KP and Collingwood mount a strong fightback? Let's see ... and it's Hilfenhaus to kick things off with three slips and a gully

27.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, a bit of outswing to start the second session and Pietersen leaves it alone

27.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, FOUR, a good confident cover-drive from Pietersen, who leans into an outswinger and times it to perfection

27.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, defended solidly back to the bowler

27.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, on the back foot defending this time

27.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 1 run, on the pads and flicked forward of square but there's a man in the outfield and it's just a single

27.6

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, no swing on this occasion and defended

End of over 28 (5 runs) England 102/3
PD Collingwood    5* (11b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    11-3-22-1
KP Pietersen    11* (26b 1x4)      MG Johnson    9-1-37-2

Greg from Singapore has some very specific thoughts: "We need to take three more wickets and then get Hauritz on to build up his confidence He will need to get a wicket or two under his belt, to get the doubters off his back, I'm one of the doubters!"

Well, Hauritz will have to wait a while for his first bowl of the series, for now it's Siddle to take up the attack

28.1

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off stump, a hint of outswing there

28.2

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, pushed away to point, Pietersen thought about a run but there was a loud "Nooooo!" from Collingwood

28.3

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, a similar line, outside off stump and Pietersen shoulders arms, which frankly sounds rather painful

28.4

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, oh, almost the end for KP! A good slower yorker from Siddle, Pietersen failed to lay bat on that and it's narrowly missed the off stump

28.5

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, driven to mid-off comfortably

28.6

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, there's some outswing but it's too wide and there's no need for Pietersen to play

End of over 29 (maiden) England 102/3
KP Pietersen    11* (32b 1x4)      PM Siddle    9-1-38-0
PD Collingwood    5* (11b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    11-3-22-1

Incidentally, the Ashes are being shown on the SBS network in Australia and there won't be much fence-sitting from their special comments team. Stuart MacGill, Damien Martyn and Greg Matthews, with Rodney Hogg their man in Cardiff. A rather forthright foursome.

29.1

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, punched to cover and there's no run

29.2

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, right on line there from Hilfenhaus, no swing though and Collingwood blocks it away

29.3

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, 1 run, worked away through leg by Collingwood, not a pretty shot but an effective one

29.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, a big lunge forward with KP's long legs and he defends effectively

29.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, shapes away and left alone outside off

29.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, FOUR, and a boundary to finish the over, Pietersen leans out to an away-swinging half-volley and drives it along the ground through cover

End of over 30 (5 runs) England 107/3
KP Pietersen    15* (35b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    12-3-27-1
PD Collingwood    6* (14b 1x4)      PM Siddle    9-1-38-0

30.1

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, outside off stump and left alone

30.2

Siddle to Collingwood, 2 runs, short of a length outside off stump and Collingwood pushes it away through cover, there's a misfield and they get back for a second

30.3

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, no swing this time and Collingwood defends, then roars his familiar "Nooo"

30.4

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, on line and prodded away defensively

30.5

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, another straight-bat defence from Collingwood

30.6

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood tries a drive outside off and there's a thickish inside edge that runs out to the leg side

Collingwood and Pietersen are settling in a little bit, they know theirs will be a crucial partnership

End of over 31 (2 runs) England 109/3
PD Collingwood    8* (20b 1x4)      PM Siddle    10-1-40-0
KP Pietersen    15* (35b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    12-3-27-1

And here's Hauritz! He has plenty of critics and his figures in the tour matches didn't help, so he'll be desperate to play an important role here

31.1

Hauritz to Pietersen, 2 runs, straight ball and Pietersen lunges forward and dabs a sweep away for a couple

31.2

Hauritz to Pietersen, no run, a flattish trajectory from Hauritz, no real turn and it's pushed away

31.3

Hauritz to Pietersen, 2 runs, and a top-edged sweep this time, a big shout of "caaatch" from the Australians but it lands well clear of the fine leg

31.4

Hauritz to Pietersen, no run, ah, well now, well now, there was some turn there, although it was still a quickish ball and defended easily

31.5

Hauritz to Pietersen, no run, tosses this one up more and it's watchfully prodded away

31.6

Hauritz to Pietersen, no run, outside off stump, left alone, a little turn though

That's not a bad start from Hauritz, there was enough suggestion that he could turn a few on this surface

End of over 32 (4 runs) England 113/3
KP Pietersen    19* (41b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    1-0-4-0
PD Collingwood    8* (20b 1x4)      PM Siddle    10-1-40-0

32.1

Siddle to Collingwood, FOUR, that's a good shot from Collingwood, Siddle drops a fraction short outside off and the pitch isn't super quick, so Collingwood rocks back and hammers a pull through midwicket to the boundary

32.2

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

32.3

Siddle to Collingwood, 3 runs, another promising stroke from Collingwood, driven through cover, although he didn't quite time it and the ball is pulled up inside the boundary

32.4

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, some inswing this time, perhaps trying for the yorker, Pietersen drives it away safely

32.5

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, and Pietersen cracks this one forward of point but Hauritz makes a great save, that ball was travelling fast

32.6

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, no shot offered outside off

End of over 33 (7 runs) England 120/3
KP Pietersen    19* (44b 2x4)      PM Siddle    11-1-47-0
PD Collingwood    15* (23b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    1-0-4-0

One of our colleagues at ESPN, Huw Baines - and yes, he's the only Welshman in our village - has somehow scored himself a ticket. "The Aussies around me are baying for KP to smack Hauritz around," he texts. The atmosphere is keen, to say the least

33.1

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, some turn once more, but it's a fraction too straight and worked away easily through leg

33.2

Hauritz to Pietersen, 1 run, again turned away behind leg, Hauritz just needs to bring his line across towards off stump a shade more

33.3

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, tossed up and defended back down the pitch

33.4

Hauritz to Collingwood, 3 runs, and he's just overcompensated a touch too much, a bit of width outside off and Collingwood goes onto the back foot and punches it through cover

33.5

Hauritz to Pietersen, no run, defended away safely

33.6

Hauritz to Pietersen, no run, good line, and gives it some air, it's defended again

And so the Hauricane has started reasonably, enough to show he can play a role here

End of over 34 (5 runs) England 125/3
KP Pietersen    20* (47b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    2-0-9-0
PD Collingwood    19* (26b 2x4)      PM Siddle    11-1-47-0

Siddle to continue as Collingwood and Pietersen settle things down just nicely for England

34.1

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, no movement in the air now and Collingwood blocks it away

34.2

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, a big grunt from Siddle as he puts some extra effort into that one, but it doesn't change anything, and Collingwood leaves it alone outside off

34.3

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, another grunt, not quite loud enough to rival Bangladesh's Shahadat Hossain though, and it's driven to mid off and there's no thought of a run

34.4

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, this one nips in a little and it flies off the thighpad and out towards point

34.5

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off, again a hint of movement in towards the batsman

34.6

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, pushed away to cover

Siddle didn't give Collingwood much in that over but it was handled with ease

End of over 35 (maiden) England 125/3
PD Collingwood    19* (32b 2x4)      PM Siddle    12-2-47-0
KP Pietersen    20* (47b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    2-0-9-0

35.1

Hauritz to Pietersen, 1 run, and there goes the paddle sweep again, from rather a long way outside off stump, and it's played with consummate ease

35.2

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, Hauritz gives this some air, not a great deal of turn and it's defended easily

35.3

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, on line and bunted away again

35.4

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, hmmm, there's some bounce now for Hauritz as well as a little turn

Smiles from Strauss as he sees that - remember he has two spinners in his attack

35.5

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed away through mid-on

35.6

Hauritz to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen lunges forward and defends

End of over 36 (2 runs) England 127/3
KP Pietersen    21* (49b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    3-0-11-0
PD Collingwood    20* (36b 2x4)      PM Siddle    12-2-47-0

"Hauritz? Where's McGain?" asks JP from South Africa. I believe Bryce McGain is training in Brisbane at the moment, still trying to forget his Test debut.

36.1

Siddle to Collingwood, 2 runs, some late inswing there and it's worked away well through square leg

36.2

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

36.3

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, again Collingwood can leave it safely, no real swing there

36.4

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, Siddle comes wide of the crease and angles it in, but Collingwood has no trouble pushing that one to midwicket

36.5

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, pushed away to cover

36.6

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, a little inswing and left alone again

End of over 37 (2 runs) England 129/3
PD Collingwood    22* (42b 2x4)      PM Siddle    13-2-49-0
KP Pietersen    21* (49b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    3-0-11-0

"Why has Ponting got the fine leg and the deep square leg back for Hauritz, while he only has the slip in? The ball is turning and bouncing yet all the England batsman have to do is get a bit of inside edge onto it, and its an easy single! I'd have those fieldsman up, and at least another catching man in on the onside to go with the slip." That's Jarrod's opinion. Ponting thinks Pietersen can't resist the sweep

37.1

Hauritz to Pietersen, 1 run, punched away through the off side for a single

37.2

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, no shot offered outside off

37.3

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, pushed back to the bowler

37.4

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood advances this time but checks his shot and defends

37.5

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, a little turn once more, blocked back down the pitch

37.6

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, a bit of width now, and Collingwood cuts that away lavishly

End of over 38 (2 runs) England 131/3
PD Collingwood    23* (47b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    4-0-13-0
KP Pietersen    22* (50b 2x4)      PM Siddle    13-2-49-0

And now it's time for some more MJ

38.1

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, angled across from over the wicket and it's left alone

38.2

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, fuller delivery now, no real swing, and it's punched to mid-off

38.3

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, too wide on this occasion, well outside off stump and left

38.4

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, angled across once more, left alone once more

38.5

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, no shot offered outside off

38.6

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, pushed away to mid-off

A good little period for England here. Collingwood has been watchful but willing to play his shots when the chance is there. Pietersen has played a couple of lovely strokes but has been admirably patient as well.

End of over 39 (maiden) England 131/3
PD Collingwood    23* (53b 2x4)      MG Johnson    10-2-37-2
KP Pietersen    22* (50b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    4-0-13-0

39.1

Hauritz to Pietersen, no run, tossed up, and the ball loops up off bat or pad to the vacant short-leg area

39.2

Hauritz to Pietersen, no run, pushed defensively back to the bowler

39.3

Hauritz to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen walks into this shot and then just works it back to Hauritz

39.4

Hauritz to Pietersen, 1 run, a confident flicky sort of on-drive this time, but there's a long-on back and it's only a single

the short-leg comes in for Collingwood

39.5

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, he uses his feet to get to the pitch and then defends

39.6

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, watchful in defence once more, to a straight ball

End of over 40 (1 run) England 132/3
PD Collingwood    23* (55b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    5-0-14-0
KP Pietersen    23* (54b 2x4)      MG Johnson    10-2-37-2

"It seems Shane Warne has found a new way of living," says Jonathan Price. "I saw him play cards at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas last night!" He's due to commentate later in the series, but thankfully for England's batsmen not bowl

40.1

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, short ball but too leg-side-ish and it's easy to duck under

40.2

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, slower delivery this time but it's a bit short and Pietersen has time to adjust and punch it away

40.3

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, and the radar is just a fraction off, Johnson bounces another one down leg side

40.4

Johnson to Pietersen, 2 runs, clipped away through square leg and they manage to get back for a second

40.5

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, angled across the batsman, who leaves it alone

40.6

Johnson to Pietersen, 2 runs, straight ball and worked nicely through midwicket, just picked the gap well and didn't try to over-hit that one

End of over 41 (4 runs) England 136/3
KP Pietersen    27* (60b 2x4)      MG Johnson    11-2-41-2
PD Collingwood    23* (55b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    5-0-14-0

41.1

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, punched away to mid-on off the back foot

41.2

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, a bit flatter from Hauritz and Collingwood has plenty of time to work it through midwicket

41.3

Hauritz to Pietersen, no run, and Pietersen couldn't hold off forever, he advances to Hauritz and tries to go aerial straight down the ground, but it turns and beats the bat, takes him on the pad

41.4

Hauritz to Pietersen, 2 runs, a deft little touch now, he guides that one behind point

41.5

Hauritz to Pietersen, 1 run, swept away lavishly to fine leg

That's the 50-run partnership for England, it hasn't been super quick but it has been what England required after losing three wickets in the first session

41.6

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed through cover, there could have been a couple there but they didn't exactly sprint the first run

And that's drinks.

End of over 42 (5 runs) England 141/3
PD Collingwood    25* (58b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    6-0-19-0
KP Pietersen    30* (63b 2x4)      MG Johnson    11-2-41-2

Rick wonders: "Is it just me or does anyone else feel that England may regret not pushing things on quicker? I have a horrible feeling that a batting collapse is round the corner..."

42.1

Johnson to Collingwood, no run

42.2

Johnson to Collingwood, 2 runs, worked off his hip for a couple of runs behind square

42.3

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, defended away solidly

No swing for Johnson here

42.4

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

42.5

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, angled across Collingwood and he's able to leave that alone

42.6

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, defended once more

Plenty of feedback coming in about Rick's query over England's scoring rate. The theme seems to be that it's a Test, not a Twenty20. Here's a sample from Rob Cribb: "Rick.. you don't think said collapse would have come quicker if England had attempted to artificially rise the scoring rate via means other than the merit of each delivery? This partnership is precisely what they needed."

End of over 43 (2 runs) England 143/3
PD Collingwood    27* (64b 2x4)      MG Johnson    12-2-43-2
KP Pietersen    30* (63b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    6-0-19-0

43.1

Hauritz to Pietersen, no run, pushed back to the bowler

43.2

Hauritz to Pietersen, no run, the batsman lets this one bounce into his pad

43.3

Hauritz to Pietersen, 1 run, swept away for a single, Pietersen does love that shot

43.4

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, some good flight there from Hauritz, it also turns a bit, defended carefully

43.5

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, punched back to the bowler once more

43.6

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, some turn and bounce, soft hands from Collingwood as he guides it behind square on the leg side

End of over 44 (2 runs) England 145/3
PD Collingwood    28* (67b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    7-0-21-0
KP Pietersen    31* (66b 2x4)      MG Johnson    12-2-43-2

And the Batting Collapse itself chips into the discussion: "Rick, just now I am currently stuck at Heathrow customs. I have just returned from Galle so should take me a little while to get to Cardiff."

44.1

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, angled across and left alone

44.2

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, shortish, tucks Collingwood up as he defends to leg

44.3

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, bouncer sails over Collingwood's head

44.4

Johnson to Collingwood, 1 run, Collingwood is quickly onto a pull this time but Hughes is patrolling the midwicket boundary

44.5

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, worked away through leg off the pads

44.6

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, outside off, no swing, and Collingwood defends

End of over 45 (2 runs) England 147/3
PD Collingwood    29* (72b 2x4)      MG Johnson    13-2-45-2
KP Pietersen    32* (67b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    7-0-21-0

45.1

Hauritz to Pietersen, no run, on the back foot and defending outside off

45.2

Hauritz to Pietersen, 1 run, another straight ball and another safe sweep from Pietersen

45.3

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, tucked away off the pads for no run

45.4

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, turn again for Hauritz, defended with a straight bat

45.5

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, pushed back to the bowler

45.6

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, tossed up and defended safely

End of over 46 (1 run) England 148/3
PD Collingwood    29* (76b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    8-0-22-0
KP Pietersen    33* (69b 2x4)      MG Johnson    13-2-45-2

Spin from both ends now...

46.1

Clarke to Pietersen, 1 run, flattish ball to start and worked away comfortably for a single

Clarke is around the wicket, by the way

46.2

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, pushed away to leg

46.3

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, uses the feet and defends

46.4

Clarke to Collingwood, 2 runs, and a big cheer as Collingwood goes aerial, he uses his feet and lofts Clarke over mid-off but doesn't quite time it and the ball pulls up

46.5

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, straight ball, defended

46.6

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run, tucked away easily behind square leg

Wow, that was a fast over

End of over 47 (4 runs) England 152/3
PD Collingwood    32* (81b 2x4)      MJ Clarke    1-0-4-0
KP Pietersen    34* (70b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    8-0-22-0

Alex Browne - not our own reporter unless he has bought a vowel - says: "England have defended themselves into a corner in the past, and need to make sure that they take some brisk singles (and no risks) to keep the scoreboard ticking over - otherwise the pressure will build and wickets will fall with England nowhere near a good total."

47.1

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, outside off stump and defended

47.2

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, this one slips down leg side, a bad ball but the batsman can't get bat on it

47.3

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, hmm, interesting there, Collingwood defends and the ball rolls back towards his stumps, but misses

47.4

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, clipped away comfortably to fine leg

47.5

Hauritz to Pietersen, no run, a big step forward and defended

47.6

Hauritz to Pietersen, no run, straight-bat defence again

End of over 48 (1 run) England 153/3
KP Pietersen    34* (72b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    9-0-23-0
PD Collingwood    33* (85b 2x4)      MJ Clarke    1-0-4-0

48.1

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, no real turn here for Clarke, defended away easily

48.2

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, and again, solid in defence, no spin

48.3

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run, Clarke tosses this one up far more, and it's driven nicely to mid off

48.4

Clarke to Pietersen, no run, watchfully blocked away by Pietersen

48.5

Clarke to Pietersen, no run, a stifled shout this time from Clarke, drifting in towards the pads and it just goes straight on, but there might have been some bat in that

48.6

Clarke to Pietersen, 1 run, worked away to leg

End of over 49 (2 runs) England 155/3
KP Pietersen    35* (75b 2x4)      MJ Clarke    2-0-6-0
PD Collingwood    34* (88b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    9-0-23-0

49.1

Hauritz to Pietersen, no run, a lavish attempted sweep but Pietersen misses, a big shout for lbw from Hauritz but it was about three kilometres outside off stump

49.2

Hauritz to Pietersen, no run, pushed away to leg

49.3

Hauritz to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen does get this sweep away behind square

Pietersen appears to be limping a bit, he was definitely not quite right taking that single

49.4

Hauritz to Collingwood, no run, on the back foot, Collingwood punches this one straight into Ponting at silly point

49.5

Hauritz to Collingwood, 1 run, tossed up, pushed through the off side for a run

49.6

Hauritz to Pietersen, no run, a big step forward and straight-bat defence

End of over 50 (2 runs) England 157/3
KP Pietersen    36* (79b 2x4)      NM Hauritz    10-0-25-0
PD Collingwood    35* (90b 2x4)      MJ Clarke    2-0-6-0
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Jul 12, 2009

Michael Hussey takes a catch at gully to end Paul Collingwood's vigil, England v Australia, 1st Test, Cardiff, 5th day, July 12, 2009

Michael Hussey takes a catch at gully to end Paul Collingwood's vigil

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James Anderson celebrates after England's great escape, England v Australia, 1st Test, Cardiff, July 12, 2009

James Anderson celebrates after England's great escape

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