Australia tour of England and Scotland, 2nd Test: England v Australia at Lord's, Jul 16-20, 2009
The Ashes - 2nd Test
England won by 115 runs
Played at Lord's, London
16,17,18,19,20 July 2009 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
50.1

North to Strauss, no run, punched to cover

50.2

North to Strauss, no run, flighted outside off, Strauss leaves

50.3

North to Strauss, no run, cut away but straight to gully

50.4

North to Strauss, no run, faster ball now, it's off line though and doesn't make Strauss play

50.5

North to Strauss, no run, driven to cover

50.6

North to Strauss, no run, fullish and straight, driven back to the bowler

Another maiden from North

End of over 51 (maiden) England 206/1

    • AJ Strauss 82 (156b 12x4)
    • RS Bopara 10 (7b 2x4)
    • MJ North 6.3-2-11-0
    • MG Johnson 11-0-77-1

That was England's best opening partnership in a home Ashes Test since Cowdrey and Richardson in 1956. Now then, Hilfenhaus relieves Johnson

51.1

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, no run, a hint of shape there, left alone outside off

51.2

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, FOUR, ooh! Driven just wide of the man at short extra cover! Good swing from Hilfenhaus, tempts Bopara to drive and Hughes diving to his right just can't quite get a hand on it

51.3

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, no run, nice shape once again, left alone

51.4

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, no run, no shot offered again, this is a good start from Hilfenhaus, who has swung every ball this over

51.5

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, no run, another one shapes away and it's left alone again

51.6

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, no run, good line and swings away, Bopara defends

End of over 52 (4 runs) England 210/1

    • RS Bopara 14 (13b 3x4)
    • AJ Strauss 82 (156b 12x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 15-9-34-0
    • MJ North 6.3-2-11-0
52.1

North to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

52.2

North to Strauss, no run, quicker one, defended

52.3

North to Strauss, no run, oh, that was close. An arm ball is left alone by Strauss and gets rather close to his off stump

52.4

North to Strauss, FOUR, bad ball, drifts down leg side and Strauss gets the sweep away to fine leg

52.5

North to Strauss, no run, some turn here, Strauss defends

52.6

North to Strauss, FOUR, that's a classy square drive through point, waited well for that one and found the gap

Strauss is all smiles here, as you would be. Now, meanwhile, Steve Harmison, left out of this match, has travelled up to join Durham's match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge and currently has figures of 8-7-1-1.

End of over 53 (8 runs) England 218/1

    • AJ Strauss 90 (162b 14x4)
    • RS Bopara 14 (13b 3x4)
    • MJ North 7.3-2-19-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 15-9-34-0
53.1

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, no run, left alone outside off

53.2

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, FOUR, ah, great shot! That's a super cover drive, he gets down onto one knee and carves that one off a full length

53.3

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, no run, another slashing drive, this one square, and it's in the air most of the way to point, bouncing just before it reaches Marcus North, who does well to stop it

53.4

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, no run, left alone outside off

53.5

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, no run, some curve again, that's pushed to cover

53.6

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, OUT, he's got him! That's a great ball, straightening instead of swinging, and Bopara is struck below the knee roll dead in front.

RS Bopara lbw b Hilfenhaus 18 (20m 19b 4x4 0x6) SR: 94.73

That was super bowling from Hilfenhaus, who has been Australia's best again today. The past two overs virtually every ball has swung away from Bopara, this one nips in a touch and Bopara simply didn't adjust for it. A well deserved wicket.

End of over 54 (4 runs) England 222/2

    • AJ Strauss 90 (162b 14x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 16-9-38-1
    • MJ North 7.3-2-19-0
54.1

North to Strauss, 1 run, fullish ball, driven out to cover

A lengthy conference now between North and Ponting. Where to place a field to a new-to-the-crease KP? One slip, short-leg, not much else in the way of attacking fieldsmen.

54.2

North to Pietersen, no run, straight ball, that's a good one, Pietersen defends

54.3

North to Pietersen, no run, tossed up, driven back to the bowler

54.4

North to Pietersen, no run, nice drift and drop from North, Pietersen defends

Silly point comes in now

54.5

North to Pietersen, no run, on off stump, decent bowling there, blocks it away

54.6

North to Pietersen, 1 run, and there's the Red Bull run, driven to mid-on and in fact that was a relatively comfortable way for Pietersen to get off the mark

End of over 55 (2 runs) England 224/2

    • KP Pietersen 1 (5b)
    • AJ Strauss 91 (163b 14x4)
    • MJ North 8.3-2-21-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 16-9-38-1
55.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, a bit too wide outside off, it's left alone

55.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, groans from the Australians as Pietersen lunges at a drive outside off, it's swung away though and beats the outside edge

55.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, more swing, this one a touch wider so it's left alone

Hauritz is back on the balcony, having returned from hospital. He's fiddling with the bandaging on his finger, but doesn't look in great pain. He's still in his training uniform though

55.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, fullish ball, beats the bat

55.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, tries for a yorker but it's a low full toss, driven back to Hilfenhaus

55.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, good ball, shaping away and bouncing sharply, Pietersen looks to play and then gets the bat out of the way just in time

End of over 56 (maiden) England 224/2

    • KP Pietersen 1 (11b)
    • AJ Strauss 91 (163b 14x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 17-10-38-1
    • MJ North 8.3-2-21-0
56.1

North to Strauss, 1 run, cut away to point and Strauss inches closer to triple figures

56.2

North to Pietersen, 1 run, shortish outside off, punched to cover for a quick single

56.3

North to Strauss, no run, trying to tempt a drive from Strauss outside off but he leaves it

56.4

North to Strauss, no run, nice drift, Strauss thinks about sweeping then defends

The field comes in now, trying to keep Pietersen on strike for Hilfenhaus

56.5

North to Strauss, no run, driven to point

56.6

North to Strauss, FOUR, and Strauss launches one over midwicket this time, he didn't quite middle that slog-sweep but got enough of it to reach the boundary

End of over 57 (6 runs) England 230/2

    • AJ Strauss 96 (168b 15x4)
    • KP Pietersen 2 (12b)
    • MJ North 9.3-2-27-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 17-10-38-1
57.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 1 no ball, no shot offered outside off

57.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, driven to mid-off

57.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, good shape away again, Pietersen defends

57.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 1 run, oops, KP didn't know where that one went, he tried to drive straight and got a thickish inside edge away to square leg

57.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, defended solidly this time

57.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, drives down the ground but can't beat mid-off

57.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, prodded away defensively

End of over 58 (2 runs) England 232/2

    • AJ Strauss 96 (171b 15x4)
    • KP Pietersen 3 (16b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 18-10-40-1
    • MJ North 9.3-2-27-0
58.1

North to Pietersen, 4 runs, ooh, that was a close one! Pietersen drives to mid-on, where Ponting's quick grab and release could have had Strauss in a bit of trouble at the non-striker's end. But he missed and there's overthrows galore

58.2

North to Pietersen, 1 run, driven down the ground for a single

58.3

North to Strauss, no run, on the back foot, cuts straight to point

58.4

North to Strauss, no run, flighted outside off, Strauss leaves it, biding his time to reach his hundred

58.5

North to Strauss, 1 run, driven away through cover and there's a man on the boundary

58.6

North to Pietersen, 3 runs, edge! But it's wide of the sole slip, it was a quicker ball and Pietersen didn't get to it in time, Hilfenhaus chases it down to third man and makes a good sliding save

End of over 59 (9 runs) England 241/2

    • KP Pietersen 11 (19b)
    • AJ Strauss 97 (174b 15x4)
    • MJ North 10.3-2-36-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 18-10-40-1
59.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen leaves this one close to his off stump but it's not quite deja vu from Cardiff, this one sails over the stumps

59.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, FOUR, that's a good punchy off-drive, Pietersen gets to the pitch of it and helped it on its way nicely

59.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, drives in the same direction this time but can't beat Katich at mid-off

A short catching mid-off in place now

59.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, straighter ball and it's worked to leg

59.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, inside edge onto the pad

59.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 1 run, a quick single again, driven to mid-on and Strauss wasn't backing up at all, so he had to hustle to get through

End of over 60 (5 runs) England 246/2

    • KP Pietersen 16 (25b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 97 (174b 15x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 19-10-45-1
    • MJ North 10.3-2-36-0
60.1

North to Pietersen, FOUR, and Pietersen uses his feet well here, advances to the offspinner and lofts a drive over mid-on, not timed perfectly but it was safe all the same

60.2

North to Pietersen, no run, straight-bat defence this time

Short leg comes out now, there's a man going back to long-on

60.3

North to Pietersen, no run, drifts onto the pads, it's defended to leg

60.4

North to Pietersen, 1 run, worked away to square leg

Right, now can Strauss get his century before tea?

60.5

North to Strauss, no run, well, not with this ball, though it was wide outside off, his cut doesn't beat point

60.6

North to Strauss, no run, and driven to mid-off

End of over 61 (5 runs) England 251/2

    • AJ Strauss 97 (176b 15x4)
    • KP Pietersen 21 (29b 2x4)
    • MJ North 11.3-2-41-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 19-10-45-1

It looks as though there is time to squeeze in one more over before the tea break, so Strauss could still get to triple figures

61.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, oh, KP almost a brain-freeze there! He's chopped it into the ground and as it bounces up he puts his hand out as if to grab it, then rethinks and leaves it, then thinks about handling it again, then remembers himself again and it doesn't roll back onto his stumps.

61.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, oh, another close one! He's tried to hook this one and it's flown off the top edge, lobs up behind square, Haddin can't quite get there in time

61.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 1 run, clipped away to square leg and Pietersen will be happy to get off strike there

61.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

61.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 3 runs, and there's the hundred for Strauss! He cuts it away behind point, McDonald on the boundary stops the four but three is enough and what a super innings it's been

It's his fourth hundred at Lord's and his third century against Australia. He rips the helmet off and raises his bat, big cheers around the ground for the England captain

61.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, defended to cover

Well, what an eventful session. Strauss and Pietersen knock gloves and walk off smiling at tea, although Australia finally broke through for two wickets in the past hour. Join Will Luke for the start of the final session shortly

End of over 62 (4 runs) England 255/2

    • KP Pietersen 22 (33b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 100 (178b 15x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 20-10-49-1
    • MJ North 11.3-2-41-0

Spin after tea. So to speak

Thanks for everyone's emails - great to have you along with us for today, and do keep them coming. The last session of the day is nearly upon us, and I desperately need a cup of tea.

A warm hello to Simon and the rest of the BBC Wales gang in Cardiff, surreptitiously following us in addition to their paymasters' service. Variety is the spice, and all that.

Evening all. Flintoff's going to be in a new video - seen pedalling through rivers on a pedalo. That's all the news I have for you at this moment.

62.1

North to Strauss, no run, outside off and defended

62.2

North to Strauss, no run, tighter line. Strauss smothers it like an experienced murderer

62.3

North to Strauss, no run, good line - or good areas, as Monty might say - which spits away from Strauss

62.4

North to Strauss, 1 run, short and clunked off the back foot

62.5

North to Pietersen, 1 run, nurdled off his toes

62.6

North to Strauss, no run, nice ball - floating it up high and forcing Strauss to reach for it

End of over 63 (2 runs) England 257/2

    • AJ Strauss 101 (183b 15x4)
    • KP Pietersen 23 (34b 2x4)
    • MJ North 12.3-2-43-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 20-10-49-1

Here's Siddle

Hauritz was bowling at the tea break in the outfield. So he's clearly getting better, but for the time being is stuck on the balcony, the poor bugger.

63.1

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, very full and a little stiff, driven to mid-on

63.2

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, driven to mid-on

63.3

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off

Simon from BBC Wales. Benjamin Walton's "been trying to get in touch with Simon from BBC Wales all day." We're nothing if not a communication service

63.4

Siddle to Pietersen, FOUR, oh take that. Pietersen at his best - a front-foot cover-driven slap for four. Bosh

63.5

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, slightly tighter line and a better length

63.6

Siddle to Pietersen, FOUR, driven hard back to Siddle, through his hands, through his legs for four. That was a real toe-crusher - from Pietersen, not Siddle - and can barely be described a chance, but nevertheless I'm still going to have to say it: dropped

End of over 64 (8 runs) England 265/2

    • KP Pietersen 31 (40b 4x4)
    • AJ Strauss 101 (183b 15x4)
    • PM Siddle 12-0-55-0
    • MJ North 12.3-2-43-0
64.1

North to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump, spinning away from Strauss who ignores it

64.2

North to Strauss, no run, crisply driven - fuller delivery

64.3

North to Strauss, 1 run, gives this massive amounts of flight - that's got snow on it, surely? Neat drive out to cover

64.4

North to Pietersen, 1 run, tickled to leg

64.5

North to Strauss, no run, excellent ball - turn and, crucially, bounce for North who beats Strauss's cut. Good take by Haddin

64.6

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

End of over 65 (2 runs) England 267/2

    • AJ Strauss 102 (188b 15x4)
    • KP Pietersen 32 (41b 4x4)
    • MJ North 13.3-2-45-0
    • PM Siddle 12-0-55-0

"Hello from Westminster!" cheers Ed Condon from the Policy Exchange, one of those slightly meaningless think tanks which British politics is filled with. "In the pub with, wait for it.... 10 chiefs of staff and six MPs. Your tax pounds are hard at work!" Oh dear.

65.1

Siddle to Pietersen, OUT, got him! Terrific ball that moved away just a touch from Pietersen, drawn forward into a drive, and it took a thin outside edge to a diving Haddin behind the stumps

KP Pietersen c †Haddin b Siddle 32 (38m 42b 4x4 0x6) SR: 76.19

Well well - this match is moving on at apace. England three down! Peter Siddle is such a fighter - a V8 engine, as Alex Brown called him a week ago, who just never runs out of gas. Nor, indeed, does Paul Collingwood who's now at the crease

65.2

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, cuts back and left alone

65.3

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, on the back foot and he defends

65.4

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, too wide to trouble Collingwood and it's left alone

65.5

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, 92mph on the off stump and clunked over the head of the bowler

65.6

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, nudges this to leg to end a very fine, aggressive, wholehearted and successful wicket maiden

End of over 66 (wicket maiden) England 267/3

    • PD Collingwood 0 (5b)
    • AJ Strauss 102 (188b 15x4)
    • PM Siddle 13-1-55-1
    • MJ North 13.3-2-45-0
66.1

North to Strauss, no run, a little teaser outside off, and bowled incredibly slow. Like one of my filth legbreaks, barely breaking the 40mph mark, but that's the key on this pitch - bowl it slow, let it turn

66.2

North to Strauss, 2 runs, cut away behind square

66.3

North to Strauss, 1 run, waits for it on the back foot, forcing it hard off the back foot past point

Over the wicket to the right-hander. Silly point moves in

66.4

North to Collingwood, no run, flighted outside off, he's forward and blocking

66.5

North to Collingwood, no run, on the back foot, defending this wideish delivery

66.6

North to Collingwood, no run, and it's blocked to end the over

End of over 67 (3 runs) England 270/3

    • PD Collingwood 0 (8b)
    • AJ Strauss 105 (191b 15x4)
    • MJ North 14.3-2-48-0
    • PM Siddle 13-1-55-1
67.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, well wide and left alone by Strauss

67.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, short of a good length, Strauss defends on the back foot with the straightest of bats

67.3

Siddle to Strauss, FOUR, slashed and dropped by the diving gully - another catch goes down, this one by Mike Hussey. Loose shot by Strauss though he absolutely smashed it, and those are the catches Australia really need to take

67.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, full toss - attempted yorker but didn't quite come out right. He's bowling sharply, here, Siddle - all above 90mph

"At this rate, England could end up with an identical scoreline to Cardiff," Miller notes, and he's right, too. Australia are back in this contest, no doubt, and Siddle's looking a menace

67.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, ooh good ball - terrific delivery cutting back into Strauss who leaves it alone

67.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, on the back foot, defending

End of over 68 (4 runs) England 274/3

    • AJ Strauss 109 (197b 16x4)
    • PD Collingwood 0 (8b)
    • PM Siddle 14-1-59-1
    • MJ North 14.3-2-48-0
68.1

North to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood comes down the pitch and tries to whip him to mid-on but can't time it

68.2

North to Collingwood, no run, on the back foot, defending it clunkily

68.3

North to Collingwood, no run, driven through cover. Lazy work allows a single

68.4

North to Collingwood, FOUR, solid thump. Down the ground, bunts him with heavy short-arm power down the ground

68.5

North to Collingwood, 1 run, waits for it on the back foot, dangerously so, but Collingwood's nurdling it for a single

68.6

North to Strauss, no run, ignored outside off

End of over 69 (5 runs) England 279/3

    • AJ Strauss 109 (198b 16x4)
    • PD Collingwood 5 (13b 1x4)
    • MJ North 15.3-2-53-0
    • PM Siddle 14-1-59-1
69.1

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, very good line in the corridor of uncertainty. That's where to bowl to Collingwood who thought about playing, but left it

69.2

Siddle to Collingwood, 1 run, quick ball, 90mph+, flicked to leg

69.3

Siddle to Strauss, no run, wide of Strauss and left alone

69.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, oh that's runs, that is. No it's not. A firm clip is stopped by short midwicket.

69.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, pushed off the back foot behind square, though he wasn't completely on top of it

69.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, quick, short bowling but a touch too wide from Siddle

End of over 70 (1 run) England 280/3

    • AJ Strauss 109 (202b 16x4)
    • PD Collingwood 6 (15b 1x4)
    • PM Siddle 15-1-60-1
    • MJ North 15.3-2-53-0
70.1

North to Collingwood, no run, short of a length, bunted to short midwicket

70.2

North to Collingwood, no run, quicker ball from North, well blocked by Collingwood toward the south of his bat

70.3

North to Collingwood, 3 runs, neat stroke to a stray from North, wide of the off stump and cut behind square

Around the wicket

70.4

North to Strauss, 1 run, swept firmly through the leg side

70.5

North to Collingwood, 1 run, a little tickle to the leg side

70.6

North to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss steps forward to sweep

End of over 71 (6 runs) England 286/3

    • AJ Strauss 111 (204b 16x4)
    • PD Collingwood 10 (19b 1x4)
    • MJ North 16.3-2-59-0
    • PM Siddle 15-1-60-1
71.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, angled across Strauss who leaves it alone

Strauss is on Nelson. One foot off the ground, England fans...

71.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, on the back foot, defending solidly

71.3

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, flicked to leg

71.4

Siddle to Collingwood, 3 runs, Australia's V8 engine lets out a frustrated grunt at drifting onto Collingwood's legs, somewhere they really must avoid. Bread, butter and a whole load of similar things - flicked through the leg side

Around the wicket to Strauss

71.5

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, pushed off the back foot for another single. Nice play by England here, ticking over

71.6

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, well bowled - cut back markedly on Collingwood who got a thick inside edge

End of over 72 (5 runs) England 291/3

    • PD Collingwood 13 (21b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 113 (208b 16x4)
    • PM Siddle 16-1-65-1
    • MJ North 16.3-2-59-0

Michael Clarke into the attack. 18 wickets in 49 Tests, but a useful part-timer. He's over the wicket

72.1

Clarke to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

72.2

Clarke to Strauss, 1 run, swept square for a single

Clarke darts these in, and he's mostly accurate too. A run-starver if not a true threat with the ball

72.3

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, skips down the pitch and drives to mid-off

72.4

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run, too short, turned to leg

72.5

Clarke to Strauss, no run, elegant shimmy and a powerfully biff to mid-on

72.6

Clarke to Strauss, 1 run, skips back and paddles it behind square

End of over 73 (3 runs) England 294/3

    • AJ Strauss 115 (212b 16x4)
    • PD Collingwood 14 (23b 1x4)
    • MJ Clarke 1-0-3-0
    • PM Siddle 16-1-65-1

Right then. Siddle from around the wicket

73.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Strauss is resolute, ignoring these teasers by Siddle outside off

Two slips in place

73.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, cuts away from Strauss

73.3

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, juicy half-volley on his legs but there's a sweeper on the boundary, preventing another four from Strauss

It's all quite soporific at Lord's at the moment.

73.4

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, cuts back nastily, jaggedly, and it balloons out to the off side

73.5

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, again cuts back on Collingwood, balloons out to the off side

73.6

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, stroked to mid-off

End of over 74 (1 run) England 295/3

    • PD Collingwood 14 (26b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 116 (215b 16x4)
    • PM Siddle 17-1-66-1
    • MJ Clarke 1-0-3-0
74.1

Clarke to Strauss, no run, on the off stump, defended to leg

74.2

Clarke to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss goes on the sweep, and fine leg clears up with an enthusiastic gallop. Top galloping by Hilfenhaus

Around the wicket

74.3

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, good line on middle-and-off, Collingwood smothers

74.4

Clarke to Collingwood, 1 run, pushed out to the off side

74.5

Clarke to Strauss, no run, quicker ball, Strauss goes back to defend

74.6

Clarke to Strauss, 2 runs, tucks one off his pads behind square

End of over 75 (4 runs) England 299/3

    • AJ Strauss 119 (219b 16x4)
    • PD Collingwood 15 (28b 1x4)
    • MJ Clarke 2-0-7-0
    • PM Siddle 17-1-66-1

Johnson back into the attack. This ought to liven up the scoring rate a bit. For those just joining us, Johnson has had a total and utter mare today. 1 for 77 from 11. That is hurt and fail. Two slips and a gully

75.1

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, starts nicely with out just outside the off stump, which Collingwood watches pass by

75.2

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

75.3

Johnson to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, on his pads, Collingwood tucks it for a single to bring up England's 300. It's a start. A good start, but only a start.

75.4

Johnson to Strauss, 1 leg bye, down the leg side and off his pads. Johnson yelps half an appeal but it's miles down the leg side

75.5

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, breaking news: swing spotted bending ever so slightly back into Collingwood

75.6

Johnson to Collingwood, 1 run, patted off his pads for a rinky dinky single

End of over 76 (3 runs) England 302/3

    • PD Collingwood 16 (33b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 119 (220b 16x4)
    • MG Johnson 12-0-78-1
    • MJ Clarke 2-0-7-0
76.1

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, tossed up outside off, driven back to the bowler

76.2

Clarke to Collingwood, no run, skips down the pitch, flicking to leg

76.3

Clarke to Collingwood, OUT, got him! Strauss is fuming with Collingwood here, as he skips down the pitch and miscues it - a horrible welly - straight to mid-on

PD Collingwood c Siddle b Clarke 16 (43m 36b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

Strauss is apoplectic with him, and understandably so. Australia are back in this, with the new ball just around the corner. Matt Prior jogs out

Silly point in for Prior

76.4

Clarke to Prior, no run, Prior's back and nudging to leg

76.5

Clarke to Prior, no run, nudged around the corner. Australia are alive again

76.6

Clarke to Prior, no run, ooh that hurries Prior a touch, but his wicket remains intact

Righto. Here's the just-about-awake Brydon until stumps in an hour's time

End of over 77 (wicket maiden) England 302/4

    • MJ Prior 0 (3b)
    • AJ Strauss 119 (220b 16x4)
    • MJ Clarke 3-1-7-1
    • MG Johnson 12-0-78-1

Thanks Will.

77.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, and action immediately as Strauss edges but it falls just short of Ponting at second slip

77.2

Johnson to Strauss, no run, pushed away to the off side

77.3

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, on the pads, Strauss flicks a single behind square

Two slips and a gully in place for Prior

77.4

Johnson to Prior, no run, and he drives edgily to the man at gully

77.5

Johnson to Prior, FOUR, guided, although that might be a generous description, between gully and third slip and it runs away for a boundary

77.6

Johnson to Prior, FOUR, and that's almost a carbon copy. Prior drives outside off, it flies away behind gully for four more

End of over 78 (9 runs) England 311/4

    • MJ Prior 8 (6b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 120 (223b 16x4)
    • MG Johnson 13-0-87-1
    • MJ Clarke 3-1-7-1

Short-leg and a slip in place

78.1

Clarke to Strauss, no run, turns in a touch, Strauss defends

78.2

Clarke to Strauss, FOUR, that's a well-timed and well-placed square drive, it's a fullish ball and he's punched it away really positively

78.3

Clarke to Strauss, 1 run, chips an easy single to mid-on

Around the wicket

78.4

Clarke to Prior, no run, curves it in, Prior defends

78.5

Clarke to Prior, no run, straight-bat defence again

78.6

Clarke to Prior, no run, full toss, Prior can't beat the man at cover, which is rather lucky for Clarke

End of over 79 (5 runs) England 316/4

    • MJ Prior 8 (9b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 125 (226b 17x4)
    • MJ Clarke 4-1-12-1
    • MG Johnson 13-0-87-1
79.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, bouncer from Johnson, it's too short though and poses no threat to Strauss

79.2

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, 80mph or 129kph, Strauss flicks it off his hips to fine-leg

79.3

Johnson to Prior, OUT, what a cracker! Johnson has got one to swing back in to the right-hander Prior and it's through the gate, takes off stump. Australia are well and truly back in this!

MJ Prior b Johnson 8 (13m 10b 2x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

That was a magnificent ball from Johnson. Could he really turn around this horror day? Certainly he's found some reverse swing with that ball, so now does Ponting delay the new ball and give Johnson a couple more? Questions, questions.

And here comes Andrew Flintoff to bat in his final Lord's Test. Three slips in.

79.4

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, oops, down leg side and Haddin does well to take it

79.5

Johnson to Flintoff, FOUR, Flintoff gets off the mark with a lovely clip off his pads through square, but that was another ball that swung in to the right-hander

79.6

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, this one doesn't straighten and it's left alone outside off

End of over 80 (5 runs) England 321/5

    • A Flintoff 4 (3b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 126 (228b 17x4)
    • MG Johnson 14-0-92-2
    • MJ Clarke 4-1-12-1

Here comes Hilfenhaus, he's still got the old ball but the new one is now available

80.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, pushed away harmlessly to point

80.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, FOUR, a thick edge here, Strauss slashes at one angled across him and it flies between second slip and gully, in the air but no danger there

80.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, FOUR, that's a wonderful shot! Overpitched and Strauss simply leans into an on-drive, he's perfectly positioned and it races away to the boundary

80.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, no swing from Hilfenhaus, Strauss defends

80.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, fullish ball, driven to cover

80.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 no ball, angled across and left alone

80.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, good delivery, angled across and it moves sharply as it passes Strauss's outside edge

So Ponting didn't take the new ball there, he must want to see another over from Johnson and check if there's some more reverse swing

End of over 81 (9 runs) England 330/5

    • AJ Strauss 134 (235b 19x4)
    • A Flintoff 4 (3b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 21-10-58-1
    • MG Johnson 14-0-92-2

"There's no question that Johnson is erratic but when he's on song he can be unbelievably devastating. The type of bowler who can turn games in a good spell. Best defined perhaps as the polar opposite of Glenn McGrath," opines Tom in Australia.

81.1

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, digs it in short, so no chance to swing, and Flintoff nudges it down into the ground

81.2

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, short again, pushing Flintoff back to defend

81.3

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, another bouncer, even shorter though, and Flintoff ducks it

81.4

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, fullish length, Flintoff leaves a ball moving across him just outside off, no inswing there

81.5

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, ah, there's the delivery that Johnson was setting him up for, a bit of inswing but it just wasn't quite full enough, straightens and Flintoff gets a blow to his groin. "Struck amidships," says David Lloyd

81.6

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, fuller length, Flintoff drives and clunks it into the turf

There's a long conversation here between Rudi Koertzen, in his 100th Test, and various Australian players about how long Peter Siddle has to wait to bowl - he was off the field for a few overs. Anyway, Hilfenhaus to continue with the old ball

End of over 82 (maiden) England 330/5

    • A Flintoff 4 (9b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 134 (235b 19x4)
    • MG Johnson 15-1-92-2
    • BW Hilfenhaus 21-10-58-1
82.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, down leg side, clips the pads and it's well stopped by Haddin

82.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 3 runs, on the pads and that's well clipped through midwicket, the somewhat recuperated Hauritz does the fielding

82.3

Hilfenhaus to Flintoff, OUT, gone! The old ball works out for Hilfenhaus. A great outswinger takes the edge of Flintoff's bat and Ponting and second slip snaffles the opportunity

A Flintoff c Ponting b Hilfenhaus 4 (16m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

Here comes Stuart Broad, so Hilfenhaus finds himself bowling to two left-handers

82.4

Hilfenhaus to Broad, no run, inswing, definite shape with the old ball and Broad takes a sharpish blow to the nether-regions

82.5

Hilfenhaus to Broad, no run, good ball again, an off-stump line and swinging in towards middle, it's defended by Broad

82.6

Hilfenhaus to Broad, no run, ah, this one doesn't swing and Broad dabs at it, the ball beats his outside edge

Well, well, well, this game really has evened up tremendously in the past hour or so. Andrew Strauss's innings suddenly looks even more impressive

End of over 83 (3 runs) England 333/6

    • SCJ Broad 0 (3b)
    • AJ Strauss 137 (237b 19x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 22-10-61-2
    • MG Johnson 15-1-92-2
83.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, defended safely, no swing there

83.2

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, shortish outside off, Strauss cuts it away for a single

83.3

Johnson to Broad, 1 run, no swing from Johnson, it's flicked to leg for a single

83.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, dead straight ball, dead straight-bat defence

83.5

Johnson to Strauss, 3 runs, flicked away wristily through midwicket, that's a good shot and in among the wickets Strauss just keeps accumulating

83.6

Johnson to Broad, no run, short, just outside off, and Broad leaves it

And yes, plenty of people emailing in to observe that triple Nelson struck, just as did double Nelson. Marvellous. And to stick with the numeric theme, Jim Geissman has picked up something wonderful in the scorecard. The last four batsmen have been out for 32, 16, 8 and 4. "The next batsmen will score 2, 1, and 0," he predicts.

End of over 84 (5 runs) England 338/6

    • SCJ Broad 1 (5b)
    • AJ Strauss 141 (241b 19x4)
    • MG Johnson 16-1-97-2
    • BW Hilfenhaus 22-10-61-2
84.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, angled across him and left alone

84.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, swivels a pull around forward of square

84.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, there's a bit of swing in to the pads, Strauss defends

84.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, defended again on off stump

84.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, driven to cover, can't beat the field

84.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, nudged away to point for no run

End of over 85 (2 runs) England 340/6

    • AJ Strauss 143 (247b 19x4)
    • SCJ Broad 1 (5b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 23-10-63-2
    • MG Johnson 16-1-97-2

And here is the new ball. Mitch Johnson will be trusted with it. Goodness. This could be unpredictable, one way or another. Which, I suppose, is the whole point of the word unpredictable. Three slips and gully in place

85.1

Johnson to Broad, 3 runs, good ball to begin with, a hint of outswing and Broad pushes past point and picks up three as Hauritz chases it down

85.2

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, too short this time, and wide outside off, Strauss cuts and makes no effort to keep it down, there's no need to as it flies safely down to the vacant third-man region

"Rubbish, come on Mitchell," barracks Warney

85.3

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

85.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, fuller length, Strauss drives to mid-on

85.5

Johnson to Strauss, 2 runs, almost a boundary there, Strauss clips a straight one off his pads away to deep square leg, where Hilfenhaus runs around and makes a good sliding save

85.6

Johnson to Strauss, no run, probing outside off, maybe just a hint of swing, Strauss lets it go

End of over 86 (9 runs) England 349/6

    • AJ Strauss 149 (252b 20x4)
    • SCJ Broad 4 (6b)
    • MG Johnson 17-1-106-2
    • BW Hilfenhaus 23-10-63-2

James Chadwick has picked a flaw in Jim Geissman's theory: "Since when was 0 half of one? Though maybe they'll be runout halfway down the pitch, a la Atherton." That seems a viable solution. Oh, except Broad already has 4. Drat.

86.1

Hilfenhaus to Broad, 2 runs, Broad leans forward to drive through the leg side

86.2

Hilfenhaus to Broad, 1 run, good swing, brings it back in and Broad drives just past the bowler to hand the strike back to Strauss

86.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, clipped to mid-on and can't beat the field

86.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, angled across Strauss, who pokes it to the off-side

86.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, and there's the 150 for Strauss, he's picked it up by jamming out a yorker length ball and driving it forward of point

A resounding cheer from the crowd, it has been a superb innings

86.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 run, drops it into the on-side and they scamper through for a quick single

End of over 87 (6 runs) England 355/6

    • AJ Strauss 152 (256b 20x4)
    • SCJ Broad 7 (8b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 24-10-69-2
    • MG Johnson 17-1-106-2

Impressively, Strauss doesn't appear to be tiring here. Now he just needs to be there at stumps.

87.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, oops, that's more the Johnson we've seen today. A full toss down leg side

87.2

Johnson to Strauss, no run, short ball now, Strauss sways out of the way

87.3

Johnson to Strauss, no run, good ball, shortish outside off and Strauss looks to defend then gets the bat out of the way in time

87.4

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, angled in to the pads, Strauss clips it to square leg

87.5

Johnson to Broad, no run, on the back foot, clunking a drive out to cover

87.6

Johnson to Broad, no run, play and a miss! Outside off and no real swing, but Broad can't get bat on ball

End of over 88 (1 run) England 356/6

    • SCJ Broad 7 (10b)
    • AJ Strauss 153 (260b 20x4)
    • MG Johnson 18-1-107-2
    • BW Hilfenhaus 24-10-69-2

I can't tell you how pleased I am with this email from Jack in New Zealand: "Can Ben Hilfenhaus please just settle on a style of beard and grow it properly??" We tackle the big issues here at Cricinfo and there are no bigger issues in world cricket than appropriate use of facial hair.

88.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, outside off stump and left alone

Hilfenhaus is around the wicket now, by the way

88.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, FOUR, good shot, fullish ball and Strauss watches it wonderfully, drives through cover and that's just a clean, risk-free stroke that epitomises his innings

88.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, no shot offered this time

88.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, left alone again, Hilfenhaus is trying to swing it in to Strauss

88.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off again

88.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, FOUR, another boundary, that one races away behind point

And that's 5000 Test runs for Andrew Strauss. Great stuff.

End of over 89 (8 runs) England 364/6

    • AJ Strauss 161 (266b 22x4)
    • SCJ Broad 7 (10b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 25-10-77-2
    • MG Johnson 18-1-107-2
89.1

Johnson to Broad, no run, on off stump, Broad defends

89.2

Johnson to Broad, no run, Johnson slams it down short and wide outside off, I'd say it was a tired ball except he's been doing that for much of the day

89.3

Johnson to Broad, no run, good line this time, no swing though, and Broad gets in behind it to defend

89.4

Johnson to Broad, no run, some sharp bounce late in the day here, Broad gets out of the way

89.5

Johnson to Broad, no run, that's the slower one, but it's down leg side and no contact is made

Right, last ball of the day

89.6

Johnson to Broad, no run, handled comfortably by Broad, who blocks it in front of off stump

So that's stumps on the first day and it belonged to Andrew Strauss. He appropriately gets a standing ovation as he walks off the field, after a few handshakes from the Australian players. Well, that really was a rather intriguing day and a thoroughly enjoyable one, too. After the massive opening stand from Strauss and Cook, Australia fought back well, though at the close England still have the upper hand at 364 for 6. Check out Alex Brown's end-of-day bulletin, which will arrive here very shortly, and the video highlights (UK only). Thanks for joining me, Brydon Coverdale, and Will Luke today - we'll be back from 10.30am tomorrow for day two.

End of over 90 (maiden) England 364/6

    • SCJ Broad 7 (16b)
    • AJ Strauss 161 (266b 22x4)
    • MG Johnson 19-2-107-2
    • BW Hilfenhaus 25-10-77-2

Strauss and Broad punch gloves and stroll out to the middle. Ponting, licking his hands feverishly, spitting with poise and conviction, is already there and cheering on his bowlers. Hilfenhaus to bowl

"Si Peaple should be relieved he's not a Manic Street Preachers fan," finger-wags Julian Evitts. "I currently have the words 'he bathed her in a bath of bleach' going round and round in my head." Oh dear. Moving swiftly on.

Andrew Miller is here, on time as ever - a feat that never ceases to astonish his colleagues. "The more I think about it," he ponders, "the more I think England are actually in control of this Test. They can't bowl as badly as at Cardiff, surely. Or as badly as Australia. But all the same, they blew their ascendancy yesterday." Blew it almost utterly, though Cook said England only lost one more wicket than they should've. I'd suggest they lost three more than they should've.

Hundreds of emails flooding our poor inbox. Many thanks. "Morning chaps," greets James with Friday cheer. "Any news on whether Brad Haddin is planning on wearing his normal wicketkeeping gloves today or is he going to continue with that pair of giant foam hands?" The latter, we hear.

Hauritz news he could yet play a part. It's not swollen up nearly as much as feared, which is excellent news for Haley Joel Osment.

So, about fifteen minutes to go. Strauss and Broad will be taking strike under sunnyish skies with (so says the always-grinning Alastair Cook) 450 their target. I'd suggest they need more like 500 - runs, runs, runs and a double from Strauss wouldn't go amiss. All depends on how Australia's bowlers wake up this morning.

"Argh," yelps Si Peaple. "Please help me. I've got the tune 'Star Trekking' in my head." Pity the fool. "Seriously considering trepanning as a treatment." Can't recommend that personally, but have advocated its use on colleagues.

10.35am Given the torrential rain overnight, it gives us another chance to laud the Lord's pitch and outfield, the former of which looks almost subcontinentally dry. Incredible, really. The outfield is green but also dry, which is terrific news. The forecast is nervously dodgy for later in the day, so keep your eyes peeled if you're in London and keep us updated.

10.25am Hello, good morning, and welcome. Fear not, this isn't David Frost coming to you from a sofa with a tartan blanket over his knees - though what fun that would be - it's Will Luke here, along with Brydon Coverdale, for the second day's play. Pleasingly, it's not yet chucking it down, though showers are forecast. A bucket-load tipped down in London last night but for the time being it's dry, if cloudy. More preamble wibble shortly. In the meantime, if you've anything to say, you should click here. "A generic welcome to you all," says Brydon. More exciting prose from him, too, very soon.

90.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, starts with a really stiff loosener, wide of the off stump

90.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, OUT, GOT HIM! Strauss leaves one which bends back - a disastrous leave from the England captain and his off stump is pegged back. What a start for Australia!

AJ Strauss b Hilfenhaus 161 (370m 268b 22x4 0x6) SR: 60.07

Well, well, well. Brilliant start for Australia. Strauss just wasn't expecting that to move nearly as much as it did. Not that there was massive movement, but just enough to smash down his off peg. Huge blow for Australia

Swann here now. Played well in Cardiff amid a peppering. Loves Lord's.

90.3

Hilfenhaus to Swann, no run, straighter delivery on the middle stump

90.4

Hilfenhaus to Swann, no run, nice, encouraging shape away from the right-handed Swann who leaves it alone

"Well, either that proves my earlier point or utterly undermines it! If England make the new ball talk like that, they are quids in," says Miller. "If not ..." Massive session for both sides

90.5

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

90.6

Hilfenhaus to Swann, FOUR, juicy. On his legs and beautifully clipped for four, though he will need to be wary of the one which straightens on him. Too full from Hilfenhaus though

End of over 91 (4 runs) England 368/7

    • GP Swann 4 (4b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 7 (16b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 26-10-81-3
    • MG Johnson 19-2-107-2

Now then - this'll be fun. Siddle's going to have a bowl - he gave Swann a complete peppering in Wales last week, bruising him all over

91.1

Siddle to Broad, no run, down the leg side, off his hip and bowler and wicketkeeper roar a hopeful appeal.

91.2

Siddle to Broad, no run, angles across him but it's a bit too wide

Broad was bowled off his thigh pad at Cardiff, for the second time in his career. He struggles with anything on middle-and-leg, particularly from bowlers around the wicket. Odd flaw in his technique

91.3

Siddle to Broad, 1 no ball, nicely stroked out to mid-off - full enough to do so

91.3

Siddle to Broad, 1 run, on the leg stump, pushed out to the off side for a scampered quick single, his first of the morning

Siddle versus Swann. This will be monstrous entertainment.

91.4

Siddle to Swann, no run, predictably short, though a little stiff and slow in pace

91.5

Siddle to Swann, OUT, edged to Ponting at second slip! Brilliant from Siddle, pitching it short and angling it up the hill and at chest height to Swann who angles it straight to slip

GP Swann c Ponting b Siddle 4 (6m 6b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

What a start for Australia!

"Stephen Fry gave a brilliant speech last week at Lords where he opened with: 'It is an honour to stand before so many cricketing heroes from England and from Australia and at this, my favourite time of year. The time when that magical summer sound comes to our ears and gladdens our old hearts, the welcome sound of leather on Graham Swann'." Indeed, Ed Dixon, thanks for the reminder. Sadly, we shan't see Swann being bruised today

91.6

Siddle to Anderson, no run, snorter! An absolute cracker from Siddle which flew off a length past Broad's outside edge

Fear not, England fans. James Anderson, the Cardiff hero, is at the crease

End of over 92 (2 runs) England 370/8

    • JM Anderson 0 (1b)
    • SCJ Broad 8 (20b)
    • PM Siddle 18-1-68-2
    • BW Hilfenhaus 26-10-81-3

"Stephen Fry gave a brilliant speech last week at Lords where he opened with: 'It is an honour to stand before so many cricketing heroes from England and from Australia and at this, my favourite time of year. The time when that magical summer sound comes to our ears and gladdens our old hearts, the welcome sound of leather on Graham Swann'." Indeed, Ed Dixon, thanks for the reminder. Sadly, we shan't see Swann being bruised today

92.1

Hilfenhaus to Broad, FOUR, on his legs, pulled fine for four. Well played. Runs are suddenly at an absolute premium and much rests on Broad

92.2

Hilfenhaus to Broad, no run, that's a good leave to a ball wide of the off stump. No great movement back into the left-hander this time

92.3

Hilfenhaus to Broad, no run, short of a length and whipped to leg but he can't time it

92.4

Hilfenhaus to Broad, no run, this one holds its line outside off. Broad leaves alone

Tense time right now.

92.5

Hilfenhaus to Broad, FOUR, yowzers, that was close! Broad flung his bat a fuller delivery outside off and got a monstrous inside edge which nearly took out his stumps

92.6

Hilfenhaus to Broad, OUT, bowled him! Three in fifteen minutes for Australia as Broad again attempts a loose drive outside off and drags it on

SCJ Broad b Hilfenhaus 16 (50m 26b 2x4 0x6) SR: 61.53

Oh dear. Oh triple dear for England. Hilfenhaus has a chance for five at Lord's. "**** innings," spits Miller. "He hardly moved his feet at all, and yet he plays the cover drive better than most of the top order."

End of over 93 (8 runs) England 378/9

    • JM Anderson 0 (1b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 27-10-89-4
    • PM Siddle 18-1-68-2
93.1

Siddle to Anderson, no run, short and climbs into Anderson who is nervously defending on the tips of his toes

93.2

Siddle to Anderson, no run, angled across him and beats the outside edge! Australia are all over England like a particularly violent rash

93.3

Siddle to Anderson, 1 run, clunked out to the off side - oh blimey, trouble here! Throw comes in but it's wide. That would've been curtains

93.4

Siddle to Onions, no run, a short stray down the leg side - superb snaffle by Haddin diving and leaping to his left

93.5

Siddle to Onions, no run, short, edged - or angled - to third slip

93.6

Siddle to Onions, no run, shuffles back and defends awkwardly, but effectively

End of over 94 (1 run) England 379/9

    • G Onions 0 (3b)
    • JM Anderson 1 (4b)
    • PM Siddle 19-1-69-2
    • BW Hilfenhaus 27-10-89-4

Hilfenhaus is looking for his five-for

94.1

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, no run, ooh that bends back sharply into the left-hander who's rapped on the pads

94.2

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, no run, again, more inswing to Anderson who, to his credit, gets his head right over the ball to defend

94.3

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

94.4

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, no run

94.5

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, no run, nasty, horrid short ball - very, very well bowled indeed - but Anderson plays this well, jumping up and getting his hands high to fend the ball down

94.6

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, no run, an extravagant flay out to the off side

End of over 95 (maiden) England 379/9

    • JM Anderson 1 (10b)
    • G Onions 0 (3b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 28-11-89-4
    • PM Siddle 19-1-69-2
95.1

Siddle to Onions, no run, sharp, shortish delivery to Onions who, on the back foot, defends it nervously, getting a thick inside edge to his pads

95.2

Siddle to Onions, no run, shorter delivery that he ducks beneath

Siddle looks close to throwing up. He doesn't look at all healthy, poor old chap.

95.3

Siddle to Onions, 2 runs, Onions squeezes it past point for a single

Another near miss from Siddle as he walks back to his mark. We could see the first cricketer to vomit on the hallowed turf here

95.4

Siddle to Onions, 1 no ball, well he might be ill, but Siddle's bowled a beauty here that crashes into Onions' helmet

95.4

Siddle to Onions, FOUR, bosh! Upper cut over gully and point for four. Super smash, that

Onions has now scored more runs than he's played Tests

95.5

Siddle to Onions, no run, left alone outside off

95.6

Siddle to Onions, no run, a little too short and left alone

End of over 96 (7 runs) England 386/9

    • G Onions 6 (10b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 1 (10b)
    • PM Siddle 20-1-76-2
    • BW Hilfenhaus 28-11-89-4

Hilfenhaus looking for his fifth here, and a chance to get his name up on the honours' board at Lord's. Johnson's warming up, too - no news of Siddle's vomiting, but we'll keep you abreast

96.1

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, 3 runs, good delivery - good thinking, at least - angling this across the left-hander but Anderson's played it nicely, guiding it past point for a single

Much to the cheer of a slightly subdued Lord's, shocked into submission from those three early blows.

96.2

Hilfenhaus to Onions, FOUR, bosh! Great stroke from Onions, slapping this past point off the back foot - almost an orthodox square cut, save for the fact he's a tail-ender. Still - an encouraging and crowd-cheering blow

96.3

Hilfenhaus to Onions, no run, short, wide and pushed out to the off side

96.4

Hilfenhaus to Onions, no run, ah, well bowled - almost too much movement for Hilfenhaus here, as the ball bent away markedly on the right-hander who, with tail-end jollity, tried to fling it over the slips and missed

96.5

Hilfenhaus to Onions, no run, so close! Terrific line from Hilfenhaus - the pick of Australia's bowlers in the series thus far, comfortably - and Onions again rather cluelessly flapped and missed

96.6

Hilfenhaus to Onions, 1 run, full enough to drive, so he does drive and gets a single out to McDonald at deep extra cover

End of over 97 (8 runs) England 394/9

    • G Onions 11 (15b 2x4)
    • JM Anderson 4 (11b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 29-11-97-4
    • PM Siddle 20-1-76-2

Johnson into the attack now. He had a total and utter mare yesterday. "Where does Ponting put all the gum he chews?" asks Tim Sharp. "If he throws it on the ground maybe that's why Haddin' couldn't move his feet yesterday." Honk

97.1

Johnson to Onions, 1 run, little nudge to midwicket and they steal a single. Johnson's sick as a parrot - can't believe they stole a single

97.2

Johnson to Anderson, 1 run, short of a length and guided out to the off side. Neatly played

No swing on offer for Johnson. Yet.

England haven't reached 400 against Australia at Lord's for yonks. 1975, I think

97.3

Johnson to Onions, no run, down the leg side

97.4

Johnson to Onions, 1 run, guided out to the off side

Johnson's over the wicket, incidentally

97.5

Johnson to Anderson, no run, fuller delivery, nicely bowled, but nicely defended too - pushed out quite crisply to the off side

Third man up to point. Pressure on Anderson

97.6

Johnson to Anderson, FOUR, pressure on Johnson! Superb back-foot drive, elegantly driven past point to send a packed Lord's crowd into delirium. Nothing like a tailender boshing quick runs

End of over 98 (7 runs) England 401/9

    • JM Anderson 9 (14b 1x4)
    • G Onions 13 (18b 2x4)
    • MG Johnson 20-2-114-2
    • BW Hilfenhaus 29-11-97-4
98.1

Hilfenhaus to Onions, 1 run, Onions! He's gone for a highly ambitious Viv Richards-esque pull on the front foot, but finds mid-on - who flings in a throw but it's wide! More runs for England

98.2

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, 2 runs, nudged off his hip

98.3

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, 1 run, Anderson pushed out to the off side

98.4

Hilfenhaus to Onions, no run, ooh, full and swinging away from Onions who drives and misses

98.5

Hilfenhaus to Onions, no run, shorter delivery and Onions is showing a propensity for the pull - immense relish (sorry) for pulling Hilfenhaus with one-legged jollity

98.6

Hilfenhaus to Onions, 2 runs, lifts this over extra cover! Onions on fire here (sorry)

End of over 99 (6 runs) England 407/9

    • G Onions 16 (22b 2x4)
    • JM Anderson 12 (16b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 30-11-103-4
    • MG Johnson 20-2-114-2

Johnson once more

99.1

Johnson to Anderson, FOUR, take that. Superb stroke, but another poor delivery from Johnson - just too full and much, much too wide. Anderson steps back, rocks back, and flangs it through extra cover

"Have some of that," says Warne. He loves tailend frivolity

99.2

Johnson to Anderson, FOUR, Johnson tries to correct his line but it's much too straight, this time, and it's down the leg side for four more!

Important runs these for England. They want 450. Well, they want as many as they can get, but 450's the target

99.3

Johnson to Anderson, no run, short of a length and hurries into the rib-cage area of Anderson who tucks it to leg

37 from 40 for this pair. They're flying

99.4

Johnson to Anderson, no run, back of a length and again nicely defended by a steely eyed Anderson, defending on the back foot and down by his toes. Boycott will be proud

Anderson looks severely pumped up for this, doubtless heartened by his effort at Cardiff

99.5

Johnson to Anderson, no run, again short, targetting his chest and Anderson is back and defending

Fascinating morning so far

99.6

Johnson to Anderson, FOUR, four more - and that's a very clever shot indeed. Short, wide - awful, frankly, from Johnson - and uppercut over backward point for four more

Johnson's woes continue unabated

End of over 100 (12 runs) England 419/9

    • JM Anderson 24 (22b 4x4)
    • G Onions 16 (22b 2x4)
    • MG Johnson 21-2-126-2
    • BW Hilfenhaus 30-11-103-4
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