The Ashes - 2nd Test

England v Australia

England won by 115 runs

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

A little cloudy overhead, which could help Ben Hilfenhaus who has the bright, shiny new ball in his hands. Bowled nicely at Cardiff. Test average in excess of 40, though his career is still embryonic. Here he comes

Geoff Boycott, panama perched on his head, has just rung the five-minute bell and here come the players through the Long Room to great applause from the MCC members. One of the finest sporting sights in the world, this, and Ponting's a bag of nervous energy. Here come the two England openers to massive, raucous cheers inside the Long Room - it's quite a noise! Wonderful to see. Rare to see.

Plenty of emails flooding in, castigating the England selectors for not including Harmison. Be fair. Cast your mind back to any of Harmison's regular wides or slow bouncers (the modern-day term for a long-hop) and that ought to help you reason why they opted for Onions.

Right. Let's give you some info on our coverage. To the right, you'll see a list of articles which'll be listed under the relevant days, all related to the match. Beneath that we'll have photos and a gallery, and a host of other things to keep you entertained.

10.45am About fifteen minutes until the first ball, so get yourselves prepared - which is exactly what we're doing, too.

I trust you're all fit and firing, too - a monstrous day in front of us here, and you are instructed not to move from your screens for the entire five days. At Lord's, we have Andrew Miller (UK editor, enjoys saying "splendid"), Alex Brown (deputy editor, eats like a horse) and our Australasian editor Peter English, who is not English in the slightest. You can chat to the three at lunch - details on that later. In the meantime, drop us a line if you've anything worthy to say. Unlikely, I know, but it's worth asking.

Toss: Strauss flicks, Ponting calls heads but it's a tails and England will bat. Strauss says Harmison was in the squad mainly as cover for Flintoff who, as we now know, is fit to play. Ponting says he'd have batted, too. "It's a special place to come," he says of Lord's and Australia's "proud" record. Ponting hasn't got a ton here, Atherton reminds him cruelly, much to the Australian captain's annoyance but he takes it in good heart. Both captains in fine fettle, then.

Harmison is out - it's official. And so is Panesar. In comes Onions and Flintoff's fit to play. Australia are unchanged

England Andrew Strauss (capt), Alastair Cook, Ravi Bopara, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Matt Prior (wk), Andrew Flintoff, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Graham Onions.

"Most people here would bet heavily against Harmison starting," says the chipper Andrew Miller, one of three Cricinfo chaps at the ground. "Onions on the other hand is going like the clappers."

MCC members have been queueing up since 3am. Yes, 3am. Members don't have reserved seats, remember, and fortunately it wasn't chucking it down last night. Glass of Pimms and a sausage roll ought to sort them out though.

Shane Warne is back, returning from his Poker duties - back in the sense he's commentating for Sky TV, not back in the team, so we'll all be privy to some spectacular banter and sledging from him shortly.

10.15am Well, the signs are good for Andrew Flintoff taking part in this match. "Massive strapping on his right knee, but he's been taking part in the fielding drills and is currently swallowing catches at second slip," Miller reports. And Onions and Anderson appear to be doing the bulk of the bowling on the practice strip, not so much activity from Steve Harmison.

10am Andrew Miller, auditioning for a new job as a weatherman, reports from Lord's: "Gleaming weather here at the moment. The rumours had been of rain, but the sun is shining brightly at the moment. A few dense clouds around and about though, so stoppages are not out of the question today."

Morning all. Will Luke here, soon to be joined by Brydon Coverdale. I'm English. He's Australian. So we'll have complete balance throughout on this, one of the sporting occasions of the summer. The skies are bright, the clouds light and it honestly doesn't get better than this. That doesn't explain why England haven't beaten Australia here since World War Two, but we'll save that particular conundrum for tomorrow when the heavens are due to dump everything they've got on London.

9.40am Good morning and welcome to our coverage of the second Test at Lord's. The queues of members (most with unreserved seats) has been forming since dawn five hours ago, and fortunately for them the weather has been dry. This match has been sold out almost since tickets went on sale at the start of the year. The forecast for today is not too bad, less so for tomorrow as heavy overnight rain sweeps in from the west. Team news and pitch reports to follow.

0.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, that shuttled through to Haddin low - very slow indeed. Bounced once before the keeper

Let's hope this isn't another pudding of a pitch

0.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, a little wide, a touch quicker but still carries through low to Haddin

0.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, that's better. A bit more bite in the delivery

"One early, one early," screams one of the slips

0.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, too wide and left alone outside off. No sign of swing yet

0.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, Strauss gets bat on ball for the first time this morning, crunching it with pleasing solidity out to cover

0.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, that's a ripper! A corking jaffa cuts and lifts away from Strauss, up the hill too - wonderful ball

End of over 1 (maiden) England 0/0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)     

The superbly named Elizabeth Cruickshank wonders why there were no anthems. I don't have the answer, Elizabeth, but I can't say I'm disappointed. Johnson and Ponting are deep in conversation, which seems a little odd that they're chatting in such depth right before he bowls. Didn't have a great time of it in Cardiff. Here he comes

1.1

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, "catch! yowwww" cry the slips but it's off the meat of Cook's blade, flicking behind square for four

1.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, good comeback! My word, that was close to Cook's off stump at all! Nor, indeed, Cook's outside edge

1.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, outside off and left alone by Cook. No swing for Johnson

1.4

Johnson to Cook, no run, outside off and left alone. Too wide, and there really is no pace in this pitch. That carried through low to Haddin, too

1.5

Johnson to Cook, no run, on his legs at 91.6mph, clipped to North at square leg

1.6

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, on the back foot, then rocks forward to nudge it for a single. Nicely done. Steals the strike

End of over 2 (5 runs) England 5/0
AN Cook    5* (6b 1x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-5-0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-1-0-0

2.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, defended to leg

2.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, good line, defended on the back foot out to the off side

2.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, that's a good length from Hilfenhaus - the sort at which Cook often feels for outside his off stump. He didn't, this time...

2.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, touch of swing back into Cook, down the slope

2.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, swings back into Cook who defends

2.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, lovely delivery on middle-and-off, bending sharply back into the left-hander who is quite late on it - and again his head falls over, in a manner of speaking

End of over 3 (maiden) England 5/0
AN Cook    5* (12b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-2-0-0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      MG Johnson    1-0-5-0

While the opening salvoes are delivered, have a read of Andy Zaltzman's blog, freshly baked in the oven of satire.

3.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, Strauss leaves it alone outside off

3.2

Johnson to Strauss, no run, quick ball, 91.4mph, but comfortably wide from Johnson

3.3

Johnson to Strauss, no run, a better line, but it's remarkable to see the speed gun report that at 91.2mph when the ball barely carried through. It's a deathly slow pitch, this. An absolute pudding, as it has been for about four years

3.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, outside off, left alone

3.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, good, testing line on the off stump, forcing Strauss back into a defensive block to leg

3.6

Johnson to Strauss, 2 runs, neat turn of the wrists through midwicket. Strauss off the mark

End of over 4 (2 runs) England 7/0
AJ Strauss    2* (12b)      MG Johnson    2-0-7-0
AN Cook    5* (12b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-2-0-0

"No Stuart Clark?" spits Ted O'Brien from Australia. "He is the nearest thing you will ever get to a replacement for McGrath. The Oz selectors didn't know it in 2005. It seems they still don't."

4.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

4.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, really very wide indeed. Left alone, comfortably

Australia simply have to make this pair play

4.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, wideish again, cutting up the hill wider still

4.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, well wide of the off stump again

4.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, well, that's just too wide. No point even thinking about playing at that

4.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, at last Cook is made to play, and he defends solidly

End of over 5 (maiden) England 7/0
AN Cook    5* (18b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-3-0-0
AJ Strauss    2* (12b)      MG Johnson    2-0-7-0

5.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

5.2

Johnson to Strauss, no run, better ball - that's a good, tough delivery to face. A bouncer and he sways out of the way

Warne's calling for the blood of an Englishman. He's already peeved at the lack of intent shown by Australia

5.3

Johnson to Strauss, no run, in the channel but comfortably left alone

5.4

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, awful ball to a man so comfortable on the back foot. Smashed for four past point.

5.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, fuller and better length, though that too came right out of the meat, shooting to mid-off

5.6

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, slightly uppishly flicked but powerfully hit through midwicket off the middle of the bat. Pure timing and a poor ball is capitalised upon by Strauss

End of over 6 (8 runs) England 15/0
AJ Strauss    10* (18b 2x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-15-0
AN Cook    5* (18b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-3-0-0

Movement behind the arm. Plenty of people still streaming in. It'll be absolutely heaving before long

6.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, better ball - nice and full, and Cook's driving outside off

6.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, Cook will get four of the ugliest runs here. This is exactly how he fell at Cardiff, feeling at this wider delivery away from his body and it runs down past gully for four

6.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

Ponting's having a word with his bowler. A long word. Maybe even a whole sentence. In fact, it's a full blown conference now

6.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, excellent line just outside off, left alone by Cook

6.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, on the back foot, Cook's back and watchfully defending

6.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, edged just wide of second slip! Horrible shot by Cook, driving on the up and he's late on it, feeling for it - Ponting was a little late on that, diving to his left

Ponting had just taken out the third slip. Where would the shot have flown to? Yep.

End of over 7 (8 runs) England 23/0
AN Cook    13* (24b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-3-8-0
AJ Strauss    10* (18b 2x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-15-0

7.1

Johnson to Strauss, 2 runs, squeezed off the back foot behind square. "Waiting, waiting - yeah go on, go on" is the urgent call by Strauss.

That's Strauss's 1000th run at Lord's

7.2

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, horrifically wide! Strauss flung the bat at it and did really well to even get bat on it, let alone time it as well as he did

Had Strauss left that, it would've ended up in first slip's hands. Very wide, Johnson. Worrying signs for Australia here

7.3

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, and that's on his legs and four more to Strauss! The easiest of gimmees

7.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, miles down the leg side

7.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, short, and mis-cut down to the slips

7.6

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, better length but a little too straight and worked behind square

End of over 8 (11 runs) England 34/0
AJ Strauss    21* (24b 4x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-26-0
AN Cook    13* (24b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-3-8-0

England racing along here. Excellent crowd in, and there's a wonderful Lord's murmur reverberating around the ground

8.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 run, nudged out to the off side. Good call from Strauss and they nick a single

8.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

8.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, ooh, shot. Shot from Cook. Pulling confidently - fast hands. The ball does nothing alarming whatsoever. No swing and it's powered through midwicket

Good signs for Cook here

8.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, defended solidly on the front foot

8.5

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

8.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, ignored outside off

End of over 9 (5 runs) England 39/0
AN Cook    17* (29b 4x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-3-13-0
AJ Strauss    22* (25b 4x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-26-0

Johnson's out of the attack. 1-0 to England, that. Siddle - who's fast becoming a favourite of mine - is into the attack. This bloke's an absolute terrier

9.1

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, pulled around square

9.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, a reasonable line outside off and left alone

9.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, better carry through to Haddin, reaching him at waist height. A touch too wide

Hilfenhaus didn't try over-the-wicket. I wonder if Siddle will - try something different; cramp up these left-handers

9.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, squared up a touch here, squeezing it out to the off side. Played late, though

9.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, wide enough to be left alone

9.6

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, nudged off his pads

End of over 10 (2 runs) England 41/0
AN Cook    18* (34b 4x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-2-0
AJ Strauss    23* (26b 4x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-3-13-0

10.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, leaves this alone outside off

10.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, left alone outside off. Too wide, really

10.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, solid defensive on the off stump. Head over the ball

10.4

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

10.5

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

10.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, ignored outside off. A maiden

End of over 11 (maiden) England 41/0
AN Cook    18* (40b 4x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-4-13-0
AJ Strauss    23* (26b 4x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-2-0

11.1

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, on his pads and nudged behind square for a single

"Peculiar bowling change there," says Miller. "It was as if Ponting was telling Johnson 'get a grip.'"

11.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump and Cook shuffles forward before deciding to leave it alone

11.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, bowled - well bowled. Much better from Johnson, attacking the off stump - the corridor just outside - and that kept low on Cook, passing his outside edge

11.4

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, well, not entirely in control really - feeling for it outside off and playing it down through the gully

11.5

Johnson to Cook, no run, that's pacey! A bouncer outside off

11.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, another bouncer but comfortably left alone

End of over 12 (5 runs) England 46/0
AN Cook    22* (45b 5x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-31-0
AJ Strauss    24* (27b 4x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-4-13-0

Siddle from the other end

12.1

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

12.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, good and full length from Siddle, and this cuts away from the left-hander. Well left

12.3

Siddle to Strauss, no run, good length again. Strauss pushes forward solidly, defending to gully

12.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, driven confidently but mid-off pulls off a good save to his right

12.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Strauss unleashes the most orthodox of off-drives, banging it straight to mid-off

Good over by Siddle though. Good, testing length

12.6

Siddle to Strauss, FOUR, there we go. The third attempt is placed better and rockets to the extra-cover boundary for four. Shot!

End of over 13 (4 runs) England 50/0
AJ Strauss    28* (33b 5x4)      PM Siddle    2-0-6-0
AN Cook    22* (45b 5x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-31-0

England's fifty is up. Good effort. No problems so far. Here comes Hilfenhaus from the Pavilion End. Now, let's see if he can drift it down the slope and away from the left-handers

13.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, ignored outside off. No great swing on offer

13.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, squeezed out on the front foot to point

13.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, good line and length. Cook leaves it well alone

Just two on the on-side here

13.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, wide enough of the off stump to leave it alone, so Cook does just that

13.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 3 runs, oh, beautifully played by Cook, taking a solid step down the pitch and driving through extra cover - holding the post. A well-timed push

Photos have landed

13.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, ignored outside off

End of over 14 (3 runs) England 53/0
AJ Strauss    28* (34b 5x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-4-16-0
AN Cook    25* (50b 5x4)      PM Siddle    2-0-6-0

Ponting's moaning about the ball. Reckons it's gone out of shape, but the umpire tells him to get back in his box. McDonald is on the field - Hauritz has gone to the loo, probably

14.1

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

14.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, onto the front foot, he defends solidly

This is good from Siddle, though. He's not giving much away - very few poor balls

14.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, that flies through to Haddin outside off. Rare good carry

14.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

14.5

Siddle to Cook, FOUR, four more! He mistimed this pull - it was as though he was batting with a plank of plywood, but no one's out there at deep square leg and everything's going England's way

14.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

Drinks out in the middle, after which it'll be Brydon until lunch.

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 57/0
AN Cook    29* (56b 6x4)      PM Siddle    3-0-10-0
AJ Strauss    28* (34b 5x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-4-16-0

Thanks Will, promising start here from Cook and Strauss. Hard work for the bowlers though, there's not a huge amount of pace in this pitch. Hilfenhaus to continue

15.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, angled across and Strauss leaves it

15.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, a bit of bounce and carry here, but left alone outside off

15.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, 88.9mph or 143.1kph, pushed across the body and left alone

15.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, Strauss pushes at this one, a thickish edge runs along the ground to Hussey at gully

Three slips and a gully in, by the way

15.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, straight-bat defence from Strauss, only a hint of swing

15.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, no shot offered once again, Hilfenhaus isn't really finding much swing

End of over 16 (maiden) England 57/0
AJ Strauss    28* (40b 5x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    8-5-16-0
AN Cook    29* (56b 6x4)      PM Siddle    3-0-10-0

Johnson comes back on now, his arm position has been low again this Test and the seam position scrambled

16.1

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, short, wide and treated appropriately by Cook, who cuts hard forward of point and it flies away to the boundary

16.2

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, another bad ball, Cook hammers this one even better, he gets over it and punches off the back foot through cover

16.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, better ball this time, tries for a yorker and it's kept out easily

16.4

Johnson to Cook, no run, good line now, he's pushed it in towards the off stump, that's the sort of ball that had Cook lbw in the second innings at Cardiff, but here he gets the full face of the bat on it

16.5

Johnson to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

16.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, short outside off again, this one is perhaps not quite as wide and Cook can't quite beat point with his cut

End of over 17 (8 runs) England 65/0
AN Cook    37* (62b 8x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-39-0
AJ Strauss    28* (40b 5x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    8-5-16-0

Johnson's form is quite a worry here for Ponting. He's looking like a shadow of the man who tormented South Africa

17.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, shortish ball, Strauss misses his attempted pull

17.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, pushed across Strauss, who lets it go

17.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, no swing, Strauss can comfortably leave outside off

17.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, straighter line, makes Strauss play on off stump and he defends

17.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, no shot offered this time as the ball angles across Strauss once more

17.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, pushes defensively to mid-off

End of over 18 (maiden) England 65/0
AJ Strauss    28* (46b 5x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    9-6-16-0
AN Cook    37* (62b 8x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-39-0

18.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, just outside off stump, Cook pushes confidently to cover

18.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, angled in towards the off stump, Cook defends

18.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, prodded away from outside off stump

Johnson has started to find a better line this over

18.4

Johnson to Cook, no run, 89mph or 143kph, left alone outside off

18.5

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, good shot, he's picked off a fullish ball on middle stump and Cook flicks a confident drive through midwicket

18.6

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, another boundary from Cook, Johnson bangs it in short but it doesn't get up terribly high and it's pulled through midwicket magnificently

End of over 19 (8 runs) England 73/0
AN Cook    45* (68b 10x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-47-0
AJ Strauss    28* (46b 5x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    9-6-16-0

Siddle comes back on now, Ponting continues to rotate his fast bowlers

19.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, a bit too wide to begin with, Strauss lets it go

19.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, pushed across outside off and left alone

19.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, pushed across outside off and left alone

19.3

Siddle to Strauss, no run, hmm, that's a tempting one, he's angled it across and there was a bit of extra swing there, or perhaps it's the slope, but Strauss tries to drive and misses

19.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, similar ball but this time Strauss leaves

19.5

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, on the pads, clipped away to square leg

19.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 20 (1 run) England 74/0
AN Cook    45* (69b 10x4)      PM Siddle    4-0-11-0
AJ Strauss    29* (51b 5x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-47-0

20.1

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, worked away to leg

20.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, on line, pushed to leg

20.3

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, pulled to square leg

20.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, on line, defended back down the pitch

20.5

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, cut away beautifully by Strauss, another short, wide, bad ball from Johnson

Apologies for the short break in commentary there, just a slight technical glitch

20.6

Johnson to Strauss, no run, fullish length, driven back to the bowler

End of over 21 (6 runs) England 80/0
AJ Strauss    34* (55b 6x4)      MG Johnson    8-0-53-0
AN Cook    46* (71b 10x4)      PM Siddle    4-0-11-0

21.1

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

21.2

Siddle to Cook, FOUR, guided away behind point nicely and that brings up a really impressive half-century from Cook

21.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, tempts him a bit here with a ball that moves away just outside off, beats the outside edge

21.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, a bit wider of off, Cook doesn't have to play

21.5

Siddle to Cook, 4 byes, great ball! Siddle has managed to get this one to straighten up the hill and Cook leaves, it doesn't miss off stump by much, and Haddin was just as surprised as Cook, and didn't glove it

21.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, an lbw shout this time, similar ball and Cook leaves, it clips his pad but possibly too high and maybe not straightening quite enough

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End of over 22 (8 runs) England 88/0
AN Cook    50* (77b 11x4)      PM Siddle    5-0-15-0
AJ Strauss    34* (55b 6x4)      MG Johnson    8-0-53-0

"After being spoon-fed this far," Miller wibbles, "Cook better not give this innings away cheaply." Now then, time for some spin. "Could have used Hauritz a bit earlier," says Shane Warne.

22.1

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, around the wicket, defended away

Short leg and one slip in place

22.2

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, drifts it down leg side, Strauss couldn't get bat on it

22.3

Hauritz to Strauss, 1 run, worked away behind square leg this time for a single

22.4

Hauritz to Cook, no run, tossed up outside off, no real spin there, Cook defends

22.5

Hauritz to Cook, no run, Cook gets a good stride in and defends

22.6

Hauritz to Cook, no run, good ball, just outside off and it's quick off the pitch, Cook gets down to push it away

Martin emails in: "Just watched an hour of this in the pub downstairs (lunch time) and must say the Ozzie bowling is as threatening as a sponge cake!" Clearly, Martin, you've never tried my Auntie Lorraine's sponge cake. It's threatening for anyone with a sweet tooth, high blood pressure and limited self-control.

End of over 23 (1 run) England 89/0
AN Cook    50* (80b 11x4)      NM Hauritz    1-0-1-0
AJ Strauss    35* (58b 6x4)      PM Siddle    5-0-15-0

23.1

Siddle to Strauss, 2 byes, oops, Siddle gets that one a bit wrong, too wide outside off and it's swung after passing the batsman, Haddin did well to get a glove on that and deflect it towards third man to stop a boundary

23.2

Siddle to Strauss, 1 no ball, driven to mid-off

23.2

Siddle to Strauss, 2 runs, better line, on off stump, but Strauss clips it away confidently through mid-on

23.3

Siddle to Strauss, 4 byes, Brad Haddin is not happy with Billy Doctrove's call here! That should've been wides, a short ball down leg, swings away further and Haddin had as much chance of reaching that as he has of bowling the next over

23.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, driven to point but can't beat the field

23.5

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, short, pulled away nicely behind square and the man at fine-leg collects

23.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, guided away towards point

End of over 24 (10 runs) England 99/0
AN Cook    50* (81b 11x4)      PM Siddle    6-0-19-0
AJ Strauss    38* (64b 6x4)      NM Hauritz    1-0-1-0

24.1

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, this one strays down leg, Strauss tries to sweep but misses it

24.2

Hauritz to Strauss, 1 bye, again Strauss can't get bat on an attempted sweep but it bounces off Haddin's pads and the run brings up the 100 partnership

24.3

Hauritz to Cook, no run, defended to off

24.4

Hauritz to Cook, 1 run, quicker and flatter, worked away towards square leg

Hauritz hasn't found any spin just yet

24.5

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

24.6

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, good curve this time, but it's defended easily

End of over 25 (2 runs) England 101/0
AJ Strauss    38* (68b 6x4)      NM Hauritz    2-0-2-0
AN Cook    51* (83b 11x4)      PM Siddle    6-0-19-0

Three slips and a gully as Siddle decides to come around the wicket

25.1

Siddle to Cook, FOUR, well played, it's shortish but only really stomach height and Cook pulls it away nicely through midwicket

25.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, probing outside off and that's left alone

25.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, better length, trying to entice a drive, but it's left alone outside off

25.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, Cook prods at this one but the angle in towards him beats the bat

25.5

Siddle to Cook, 3 runs, on the pads, comfortably clipped away to deep square leg

25.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, defended outside off, no real movement for Siddle there

End of over 26 (7 runs) England 108/0
AJ Strauss    38* (69b 6x4)      PM Siddle    7-0-26-0
AN Cook    58* (88b 12x4)      NM Hauritz    2-0-2-0

26.1

Hauritz to Cook, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Cook pushes it away and gets a single

26.2

Hauritz to Strauss, FOUR, that's a good sweep from Strauss, he's smothered the ball nicely just outside off and it runs away to deep midwicket, where Siddle can't quite make the save

26.3

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, cut this time, but can't beat point

26.4

Hauritz to Strauss, FOUR, good shot again, Strauss waits on this one and turns it into a paddle sweep that runs to fine leg

Shane Warne just called this field "ridiculous". It's too easy to get a single, he says, because point is back on the fence

26.5

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, defended away comfortably

26.6

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, a hint of spin, it's left alone

Cook and Strauss have opened the innings together for 57 innings, the most by any England pairing, and their partnership averages 46.25. That doesn't sound a lot, but it's very respectable - Greenidge and Haynes' average was 47.31. More here

End of over 27 (9 runs) England 117/0
AJ Strauss    46* (74b 8x4)      NM Hauritz    3-0-11-0
AN Cook    59* (89b 12x4)      PM Siddle    7-0-26-0

27.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, much better from Siddle, just outside off, the right length, Cook hangs the bat out and it beats the edge

27.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, fuller length, driven back to the bowler

27.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, a big grunt from Siddle, but no threat from that ball as it's pushed away with ease towards cover

27.4

Siddle to Cook, FOUR, good shot, Cook gets one on a drivable length and so he does just that, leaning into it and guiding it through cover for a boundary

27.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, similar shot from Cook but this one doesn't beat the man at cover

27.6

Siddle to Cook, FOUR, a bit of swing in but it ends up on the pads, it's clipped away ever so easily through square leg

"Greenidge and Haynes never faced the threatening combo of Hilfenhaus, Siddle, Johnson and Hauritz," says Doc in South Africa, without any facetiousness whatsoever, I'm sure.

End of over 28 (8 runs) England 125/0
AN Cook    67* (95b 14x4)      PM Siddle    8-0-34-0
AJ Strauss    46* (74b 8x4)      NM Hauritz    3-0-11-0

28.1

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, pushed away defensively

28.2

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, drifts it in and defended again

28.3

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, straight bat again from Strauss

28.4

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, drifts it in again and it's prodded away

28.5

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, worked off the pads

Warne is desperate for Australia to get the man at midwicket in to slip and encourage Strauss to play some risky shots

28.6

Hauritz to Strauss, 1 run, clipped away for a single through leg

Well. That session could hardly have gone any better for England. Admittedly the bowling was lacklustre but Strauss and, in particular Cook, didn't let the opportunity pass them by. Outrageous though it is to draw comparisons, England were 132 for 1 at lunch on the first day of the second Test in 2005.

Now then, during the lunch break don't forget to join Cricinfo's deputy editor Alex Brown, UK editor Andrew Miller and Australasia editor Peter English for the daily discussion here.

End of over 29 (1 run) England 126/0
AJ Strauss    47* (80b 8x4)      NM Hauritz    4-0-12-0
AN Cook    67* (95b 14x4)      PM Siddle    8-0-34-0

Welcome back everyone. A host of stars are at the ground - Gilchrist, Mark Webber, Stephen Fry. And John Major. Oh yes, he will be heard. Plenty more champions around the ground too. Seven short minutes until the resumption.

29.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, good ball with which to begin. On the off stump and defended

29.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, beaten outside off! A fine, fine delivery lifting on, and moving away from, Strauss

29.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, two in a row! Excellent stuff from Hilfenhaus and Strauss again feels for one outside his off stump

29.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, good line, angling across Strauss who this time leaves alone

29.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, defended on the back foot

29.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 30 (maiden) England 126/0
AJ Strauss    47* (86b 8x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    10-7-16-0
AN Cook    67* (95b 14x4)      NM Hauritz    4-0-12-0

Hauritz now

30.1

Hauritz to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump, teasing Cook. He will not be teased, though

30.2

Hauritz to Cook, no run, tighter line. Cook's forward

30.3

Hauritz to Cook, no run, nice length and good, slowish pace. Left alone

30.4

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

30.5

Hauritz to Cook, no run, defended solidly

30.6

Hauritz to Cook, no run, drives this smoothly out to cover, but that's exactly where Hauritz wants Cook driving - feeling for it outside off. He does love a feel, Cook

End of over 31 (maiden) England 126/0
AN Cook    67* (101b 14x4)      NM Hauritz    5-1-12-0
AJ Strauss    47* (86b 8x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    10-7-16-0

31.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, on the off stump, defended on the back foot

31.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, very good ball on middle-and-off. Firmly defended on the back foot back to the bowler, but an impressive start by Hilfenhaus after lunch

31.3

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

31.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, Strauss shuffles back, defending with a straight bat out to mid-off

Quiet start this by England, which is exactly what Australia want. They need to begin well after lunch, give themselves belief. And they're beginning to do that well here, tying this pair down

31.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, touch too wide and left alone

31.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, slightly squared up to point, but he played it late

Currently this is England's best opening partnership against Australia since Mike Atherton and Mark Butcher added 162 at Lord's in 1997

End of over 32 (maiden) England 126/0
AJ Strauss    47* (92b 8x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    11-8-16-0
AN Cook    67* (101b 14x4)      NM Hauritz    5-1-12-0

Hauritz around the wicket

32.1

Hauritz to Cook, no run, ooh, nice and short and he tries to whip it through midwicket but can't time it.

32.2

Hauritz to Cook, no run, another short one, wide of the off stump this time. Cut to point

Hauritz has escaped punishment so far this over

32.3

Hauritz to Cook, no run, tossed up outside off. Better from the bowler

32.4

Hauritz to Cook, FOUR, fullish but Cook - well! - he's pulled it in front of square for four! Horrid, cross-batted flog across the line. A slightly desperate looking shot really

32.5

Hauritz to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot

32.6

Hauritz to Cook, FOUR, another heave across the line and it's four! Well, he didn't look in control of that but it's four more

End of over 33 (8 runs) England 134/0
AN Cook    75* (107b 16x4)      NM Hauritz    6-1-20-0
AJ Strauss    47* (92b 8x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    11-8-16-0

"Did you know," wonders Miller, "that Ponting has won more Tests at Lord's than eight of England's players?" I did not, and I don't suppose many of you did either. Stat-attack from Wendy Miller

33.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

33.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, quick, full ball on 90.7mph. Good line too - Strauss defends, well back in his crease

33.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, a tempter outside off. Strauss ignores it

33.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, the firmest of defensives on the front foot by Strauss

33.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, woops. An attempted slower ball down the leg side

33.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, in the channel and left alone

End of over 34 (maiden) England 134/0
AJ Strauss    47* (98b 8x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    12-9-16-0
AN Cook    75* (107b 16x4)      NM Hauritz    6-1-20-0

34.1

Hauritz to Cook, 1 run, swept from outside the off stump. Well outside the off stump. Hmm...

34.2

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, good leave outside off. Hurried through

34.3

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, nearly thought about paddling that, but pulled out at the last minute

34.4

Hauritz to Strauss, 1 run, swept to deep square leg

34.5

Hauritz to Cook, no run, steps outside the off stump and pads it away

Silly point in

34.6

Hauritz to Cook, no run, again he pads away

End of over 35 (2 runs) England 136/0
AN Cook    76* (110b 16x4)      NM Hauritz    7-1-22-0
AJ Strauss    48* (101b 8x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    12-9-16-0

Hilfenhaus to continue with Strauss two short of his half-century

35.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 no ball, dropped or was that just short of Haddin? Either way it's a no-ball and a massive one from Hilfenhaus

35.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, good line and left alone

35.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, onto the front foot, he drives solidly without really timing it, but sufficiently to bring up his half-century and he receives warm applause from a boozy Lord's crowd

35.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, solid defensive on the front foot

35.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, clumping front-foot drive through extra cover, though he hasn't quite timed it as well he might

35.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, excellent line on the off stump. Strauss, on the back foot, defends cautiously

35.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, a forcing back-foot defensive out to cover

End of over 36 (5 runs) England 141/0
AJ Strauss    52* (108b 8x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    13-9-21-0
AN Cook    76* (110b 16x4)      NM Hauritz    7-1-22-0

36.1

Hauritz to Cook, no run, flighted on middle-and-off, Cook nudges it purposefully to the leg side

36.2

Hauritz to Cook, 1 run, too straight and nicely tickled to leg

36.3

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, Strauss comes forward on the front foot to defend

Nice, slow pace by Hauritz here. He's bowled tidily since lunch, though continues to lack threat

36.4

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, defends once more

36.5

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, this hurries onto him on the back foot and he blocks

36.6

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, short, wide, cut to point

End of over 37 (1 run) England 142/0
AJ Strauss    52* (112b 8x4)      NM Hauritz    8-1-23-0
AN Cook    77* (112b 16x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    13-9-21-0

So then. Hilfenhaus to continue

37.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, nicely left alone outside off

37.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, on the off stump and defended out to the off side

37.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, awooga! That was a fine delivery - lifting on the left-hander who tried to drive and missed it, but only by a smidgen

37.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, now that's a fine stroke! A very impressive pull, on the front foot through midwicket for four. Serious power

37.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 no ball, defended on the front foot - good line on off stump, but again a no-ball

Ponting's beginning to chew his bottom lip

37.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, driven solidly back to the bowler

37.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, oh he's on fire, Cook. That wasn't too short at all, yet he still had plenty of time to rock back and pull him through midwicket. Similar shot which Vaughan made his own - not that I'm making premature comparisons; far from it - picking up the length quickly and pulling it strongly. Not something we have said about Cook before

150 partnership is up

End of over 38 (9 runs) England 151/0
AN Cook    85* (119b 18x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    14-9-30-0
AJ Strauss    52* (112b 8x4)      NM Hauritz    8-1-23-0

38.1

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

38.2

Hauritz to Strauss, no run, nice pace and flight. Defended

"I don't quite believe what I'm seeing," says Miller, "Alastair Cook setting the tempo of an England innings."

38.3

Hauritz to Strauss, 3 runs, and he's dropped him and Hauritz is in real trouble here. Cook went down the pitch and smacked it straight back to Hauritz whose middle finger of his right (spinning) has been bent backwards. Ouch. Serious pain. He's off the field here

He's in serious trouble here. So are Australia. That could easily rule Hauritz out from bowling any more in this match. North is going to finish the over. "He'll never be able to give his captain the finger with the same feeling again," chirps Miller

38.4

North to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump and spinning away

38.5

North to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

38.6

North to Cook, no run, a proddy defensive, leaning forward like an old man prodding the pavement with a walking stick

End of over 39 (3 runs) England 154/0
AN Cook    85* (122b 18x4)      MJ North    0.3-0-0-0
AJ Strauss    55* (115b 8x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    14-9-30-0

Ponting's got the scowl-and-frown on. Distinctly unimpressed with his bowlers. Poor old Hauritz is on the balcony so he's not gone to the hospital (which is conveniently next door to Lord's). Dislocated but not broken, perhaps

39.1

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

39.2

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

39.3

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, turned off his pads behind square

39.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, that squared Cook up, well bowled. Cook can look so unconvincing at the crease sometimes

"Warne to replace Hauritz," rhetorically-roars Daniel Brigham, The Wisden Cricketer's surprisingly small assistant editor.

39.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, good line outside off. Blocked off the back foot

39.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, driven square of the wicket

End of over 40 (1 run) England 155/0
AN Cook    85* (125b 18x4)      PM Siddle    9-0-35-0
AJ Strauss    56* (118b 8x4)      MJ North    0.3-0-0-0

North is around the wicket

40.1

North to Strauss, 1 run, short, wide and cut hard but not placed particularly well

North gets very close to the return crease

40.2

North to Cook, 1 run, cut hard once more

40.3

North to Strauss, no run, floaty, loopy, drifty offspin is left alone

40.4

North to Strauss, 1 run, miles wide of the off stump. Incredibly wide. Clashed out to the off side

40.5

North to Cook, no run, clamps forward to defend

40.6

North to Cook, no run, rubbish shot from Cook. An attempted pull and he could easily have top-edged that. Still, he gets away with it. Quite why he didn't just plant his foot and drive straight, I don't know, but then I don't play Test cricket, I only write words about it

End of over 41 (3 runs) England 158/0
AN Cook    86* (128b 18x4)      MJ North    1.3-0-3-0
AJ Strauss    58* (121b 8x4)      PM Siddle    9-0-35-0

41.1

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, on his legs, turned for a single to deep square leg

41.2

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

41.3

Siddle to Cook, 2 runs, neat stroke, flicking it in front of square for a couple

41.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, turned to leg

41.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, onto the front foot and he blocks it to cover

41.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, on the back foot, he defends

End of over 42 (3 runs) England 161/0
AN Cook    88* (133b 18x4)      PM Siddle    10-0-38-0
AJ Strauss    59* (122b 8x4)      MJ North    1.3-0-3-0

42.1

North to Strauss, 4 byes, outside off and left alone. And it nutmegs Haddin! Oh dear. Australia's day isn't getting any better

42.2

North to Strauss, 1 run, cut hard out to point

England's biggest opening stand against Australia since 1991

42.3

North to Cook, 1 run, driven out to mid-off. Who misfields! Ponting the man...oh dear. He's having a shocker out there

42.4

North to Strauss, no run, pushed off the back foot

42.5

North to Strauss, no run, cut hard to point

42.6

North to Strauss, 1 run, flighted on middle, he drives out to the off side

End of over 43 (7 runs) England 168/0
AJ Strauss    61* (127b 8x4)      MJ North    2.3-0-6-0
AN Cook    89* (134b 18x4)      PM Siddle    10-0-38-0

43.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, full, fast delivery just outside the off stump, squeezed out to the off side

Clarke's stretching - looks like he'll be wheeled into the attack. Blimey. He's giving it a fair old go at slip. Both arms whirling around like mad. Super effort

43.2

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

Time for Johnson? 0 for 53 from 8. That'll be a no, then.

43.3

Siddle to Strauss, FOUR, awful delivery I'm afraid. Way, way too short and wide. Strauss capitalises, thumping him in front of square for four

Their inconsistency has been remarkable today. No bowler has been spared

43.4

Siddle to Strauss, (no ball) FOUR, four more. And it's a no-ball. Siddle tries to correct his line but it's down the leg side and flicked for another boundary

43.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, that flies towards first slip this time, and Haddin can't quite get hold of it

Haddin's beginning to smile, perhaps aware that Australia are generally having a total shocker at the moment. It's incredibly hard to keep at Lord's, though - Boucher had a mare last year, and it causes wicketkeepers no end of problems.

43.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, punched back to the bowler - excellent fielding in his follow-through

43.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, slower ball on his legs

End of over 44 (9 runs) England 177/0
AJ Strauss    69* (134b 10x4)      PM Siddle    11-0-47-0
AN Cook    89* (134b 18x4)      MJ North    2.3-0-6-0

"I remember almost every detail of that sorry series in 1990-91," says Andrew Miller, "yet I don't think I've ever seen a ball of it." Nor I. The archives were deleted by a particularly angry fan. This is the match concerned. Border was seriously rattled for a while ...

44.1

North to Cook, no run, wide and spinning wider

44.2

North to Cook, no run, wide. Again

44.3

North to Cook, no run, another very, very wide delivery. This is just odd

44.4

North to Cook, 2 runs, darts down the leg side. Square leg sends in an awful throw and they get overthrows

The wheels haven't so much come off, as rolled down to St John's Wood tube station and onto the Northern Line

44.5

North to Cook, no run, outside off and turning away

44.6

North to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot

End of over 45 (2 runs) England 179/0
AN Cook    91* (140b 18x4)      MJ North    3.3-0-8-0
AJ Strauss    69* (134b 10x4)      PM Siddle    11-0-47-0

Hauritz hasn't broken his finger, which is good news. Here comes Johnson, who's bowled like a drain so far in this series

45.1

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, oh dear! What a terrible start. Short, wide and square cut for four. And immediately Johnson's back under pressure

45.2

Johnson to Strauss, 2 runs, an identical shot but McDonald fields it this time. The crowd are beginning to get on Australia's back here, cheering with ironic delight at just about everything they do

45.3

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, nudged off his pads

45.4

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, flicked off his toes

45.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, short, wide and Strauss attempts an uppercut but misses

45.6

Johnson to Strauss, no run, defended on the back foot

Well, it's been all England so far today. Here's Brydon after the players enjoy a drink

End of over 46 (8 runs) England 187/0
AJ Strauss    76* (139b 11x4)      MG Johnson    9-0-61-0
AN Cook    92* (141b 18x4)      MJ North    3.3-0-8-0

Thanks Will. What a day so far. I heard Greg Norman describe the greens for The Open as "more consistently consistent" than last year. Well, the Aussie bowlers have been consistently inconsistent today.

46.1

North to Cook, no run, tossed up outside off, some turn, but left alone

46.2

North to Cook, 1 run, too wide this time, cut away to deep point

46.3

North to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

46.4

North to Strauss, no run, better line, straightens it, but Strauss can still leave it

46.5

North to Strauss, 1 run, really tossed up this time, Strauss drives out to deep point

46.6

North to Cook, 1 run, good, quick running as they grab a fast single to cover

End of over 47 (3 runs) England 190/0
AN Cook    94* (144b 18x4)      MJ North    4.3-0-11-0
AJ Strauss    77* (142b 11x4)      MG Johnson    9-0-61-0

47.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, outside off stump, left alone

47.2

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, yorker length, clipped away for a single through midwicket

47.3

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, slashed over the cordon and away to third man for a boundary, that was short and wide and dispatched with delight

47.4

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, on the pads and clipped to fine leg

47.5

Johnson to Cook, OUT, oh dear! Cook misses his century and Johnson, of all people gets the breakthrough! It's a straight ball that keeps a touch low and strikes Cook in line, Billy Doctrove gives him lbw

AN Cook lbw b Johnson 95 (190m 147b 18x4 0x6) SR: 64.62

Well, who could have predicted it would be Johnson to break that partnership? Cook just couldn't quite get bat on that one, he was struck on the knee-roll on the back pad, it looked out at the first viewing

47.6

Johnson to Bopara, no run, and Johnson is back to a poor line, short and down leg side

That was Johnson's 100th Test wicket

End of over 48 (6 runs) England 196/1
RS Bopara    0* (1b)      MG Johnson    10-0-67-1
AJ Strauss    82* (144b 12x4)      MJ North    4.3-0-11-0

48.1

North to Strauss, no run, quicker ball from North, fullish and Strauss defends

48.2

North to Strauss, no run, tempting Strauss to drive outside off, but he resists the urge

48.3

North to Strauss, no run, this one goes on with the arm and it's left alone

48.4

North to Strauss, no run, some turn now, but again left alone outside off

48.5

North to Strauss, no run, tossed up again, Strauss was almost about to slog-sweep that, but he checked himself and left it

48.6

North to Strauss, no run, shorter ball turns and is left alone

"Oh well," Miller says, "Tres missed his ton at Edgbaston four years ago, so it's clearly a sign..."

End of over 49 (maiden) England 196/1
AJ Strauss    82* (150b 12x4)      MJ North    5.3-1-11-0
RS Bopara    0* (1b)      MG Johnson    10-0-67-1

49.1

Johnson to Bopara, FOUR, shouts of 'catch it' but there's no fielder near that, it's clipped uppishly off his pads, over square leg for a stylish boundary to get off the mark

49.2

Johnson to Bopara, no run, better line, just outside off, and defended

49.3

Johnson to Bopara, no run, not a bad short one there, it was at least aimed at the body, but Bopara walks across his stumps and gets out of the way

49.4

Johnson to Bopara, no run, 90mph or 146kph, angled across Bopara, who leaves

49.5

Johnson to Bopara, 2 runs, on the hips and it's comfortably worked away to deep backward square

49.6

Johnson to Bopara, FOUR, too full and Bopara is quickly onto that one and drives sweetly through cover

End of over 50 (10 runs) England 206/1
RS Bopara    10* (7b 2x4)      MG Johnson    11-0-77-1
AJ Strauss    82* (150b 12x4)      MJ North    5.3-1-11-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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Jul 20, 2009

The <I>Evening Standard</I> celebrates England's win, England v Australia, 2nd Test, Lord's, July 20, 2009

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Jul 20, 2009

Ricky Ponting shakes hands with Andrew Flintoff, England v Australia, 2nd Test, Lord's, 5th day, July 20, 2009

Ricky Ponting shakes hands with Andrew Flintoff

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