The Ashes - 4th Test

England v Australia

Australia won by an innings and 80 runs

Overs 0-50

Here come Strauss and Cook to the strains of with Ponting leading out his men. And Jerusalem is still screaming out from the PA as Cook's scratching out his guard, but eventually it finishes and it'll be Hilfenhaus to take the new ball. Clark from the other end.

Clark's back in, says Ponting, for Hauritz. Haddin in for Manou. No Lee; no spinner. Interesting indeed. "We've got Marcus North, who can do a good job for us," reckons Ponting.

Toss: Strauss flicks, Ponting calls heads and it's a tail - and England are batting. "Looks a good wicket to me," says Strauss. Prior's fit. Harmison in for Flintoff. Strauss pretends he's really from the north by saying England are "mad keen" to win.

England team news Harmison is in for Flintoff. Broad's playing. Prior's playing. Trott isn't. Full lineup shortly, before which we have the toss.

10.32am Prior has been passed fit. Drama over. Until he breaks down mid-Test, of course. He doesn't look very fit to me - very, very ginger. I mean to say, of course, he's warming up gingerly.

10.26am Toss at 10.40am. Prior's doing some warm-ups, thankfully without a stupid football - stupid game - so he could yet play.

Prior's back and he's got his gloves on! This merry-go-round continues. Not sure what they've done to him, and he looks a bit tentative - so I imagine he has a couple of minutes to prove his fitness for a series-deciding Test match. What a total maelstrom of madness.

"Alec Stewart must by somewhere in the vicinity. Is it not too late to draft him as wicket-keeper batsman?" wonders Matt Stevens.

Prior news Collingwood's warming up with the gloves. No confirmed news yet. This is what he looks like with gloves on - he did it earlier this year against West Indies at Chester-le-Street. Prior's back spasm owes to playing a game of football during warm-ups. I have no words. Tim Ambrose has been put on standby, England have asked to delay the toss for another 10 minutes and, in general, there is total and utter chaos out there.

Australia news "Four quicks," Miller says. "Hauritz has the catcher's mitt on." Sheesh. What a morning this is.

Prior news He's still being treated by the medical staff, the ECB say. Tim Ambrose is playing at Edgbaston this morning - will he be flown in? It's 125 miles from Edgbaston to Headingley, and play is only 50 minutes away. If England bat, they may be able to get him over.

Clark news Clark is definitely playing, says our man with his ear to the ground, Alex Brown.

Prior news it's not looking good. He's damaged his hand, we think, and Collingwood's - yes, Paul Collingwood - has been warming up with the gloves. He did it on a temporary basis earlier this year, much to his obvious amusement and enjoyment - but this is an Ashes Test, ergo the pressure is considerably higher.

"Lots of pats of the back for Stuart Clark," spots Andrew Miller, one of three Cricinfo guys at the ground. "And Matt Prior has just been taken off the field, looking injured. Trying to find out more. Looks like he might have damaged his shoulder doing a stretching exercise." And all this, after England were evacuated from their hotel at 5am owing to a fire alarm. What a morning. "No sign of Brett Lee on the field at all, by the way," Miller continues. "Might be trouble at t'mill in both camps." Certainly sounds like it. Fifty-five minutes until the start, and plenty and plenty and plenty to discuss.

10.00am Good morning and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the fourth Ashes Test at Headingley. Will Luke here, joined by Brydon Coverdale from Melbourne - and the first news we have is that Andrew Flintoff has been ruled out.

0.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, a big inswinger on middle stump! That's out, surely? But no! Inside edge, perhaps - there were two sounds. But replays show there was no bat on that

Sheesh. What a moment

0.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, pushed off the back foot

"Billy Bowden's started with a shocker," says Warne. He's right, too. Strauss had practically tucked his bat under his arm!

0.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, a nice inswinger from outside off

"Come on, Billy, " spits Warne. "I thought Rudi had a pretty ordinary series but..." and he trails off into disgust

0.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

0.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, good line outside off

0.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, forward onto the front foot and defends

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

Clark with the new ball from the other end. Err, make that Siddle. Odd decision.

1.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, well, well too wide of the off stump

1.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, excellent ball on middle-and-leg. Cook prods forward rather unconvincingly, though he often looks quite unconvincing before cracking 80 from 140 balls. Anyway

1.3

Siddle to Cook, FOUR, sweet shot! Half-volley on his legs and he pounces verily, flicking it through midwicket

1.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

Thanks for all the emails that have flooded in, and welcome to you all - particularly those pulling a late one in Australia. Will Luke here, and Melbourne's Brydon Coverdale will be on board at the first drinks break

1.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, on middle-and-off, he goes back to defend

1.6

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

End of over 2 (4 runs) England 6/0
AN Cook    4* (6b 1x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-4-0
AJ Strauss    2* (6b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-2-0

2.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 no ball, no-ball - outside off and left alone

2.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

2.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, sends this well wide of Strauss to lure him, but Strauss is not for luring

2.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, nice inswinger but too wide to trouble Strauss

2.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 no ball, swings back in to Strauss, tentatively forward, who drives to mid-off. Another no-ball from the usually metronomic and tidy Hilfenhaus

2.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, very good line bending back on middle stump

2.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 run, short and pulled around the corner

2.6

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

End of over 3 (3 runs) England 9/0
AN Cook    4* (7b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-5-0
AJ Strauss    3* (13b)      PM Siddle    1-0-4-0

There is a constant low hum, a murmur, around Headingley. There's been so much happening this morning that there's enough to occupy them all for days. Them and us, for that matter.

3.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, ignores this one outside off

3.2

Siddle to Strauss, 1 leg bye, nudged off his pads

3.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, that had a bit more zip about it, but comfortably left alone by Cook. Good carry through to Haddin, returning after his injury in the third Test

Haddin in for Manou; Clark for Hauritz, by the way

3.4

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, good single to leg, but a horrid, pokey little shot from Cook - no real foot movement and it scurried to leg like a criminal on the run from the police

3.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, pats forward to defend

3.6

Siddle to Strauss, OUT, catch - catch! What a total screamer from North! Strauss drove outside off and North took it high, with one hand, to his right, at second slip - and it stuck! Magnificent snaffle, reminiscent of Mark Waugh

AJ Strauss c North b Siddle 3 (16m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 17.64

What a brilliant take that was from North. Outstanding reactions - he just stuck his hand out and it remained stuck. Brilliant

End of over 4 (2 runs) England 11/1
     PM Siddle    2-0-5-1
AN Cook    5* (9b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-5-0

4.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

4.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, on the off stump, bending back into Cook who nudges to leg

4.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, very good line by Hilfenhaus, on or just outside off. Cook's forward

4.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, comes tentatively forward, nudging to leg

4.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 2 runs, flicked to leg for a quick single - in fact, two, since he's placed it so well

4.6

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

End of over 5 (2 runs) England 13/1
AN Cook    7* (15b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-0-7-0
RS Bopara    0* (0b)      PM Siddle    2-0-5-1

5.1

Siddle to Bopara, no run, a corker from Siddle who's really got his tail up. A fast leg-cutter, just enough movement away from Bopara who's had a shocker of a series so far. This is a massive test of his composure and technique

5.2

Siddle to Bopara, 1 run, fuller, and Bopara's off the mark with a flick to leg

5.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, touch too wide to the left-handed Cook, who stands tall while shouldering arms. No need to play at those

5.4

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, very full on the off stump, prodded and dug out to the off side for a quick single

5.5

Siddle to Bopara, no run, angling into Bopara who's rapped high on the thigh while trying to work it to leg

5.6

Siddle to Bopara, no run, bouncer, but wide of him. Bopara sways and ducks

End of over 6 (2 runs) England 15/1
RS Bopara    1* (4b)      PM Siddle    3-0-7-1
AN Cook    8* (17b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-0-7-0

6.1

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

6.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, this too bends back - certainly has been some encouragement for both Australia's opening bowlers this morning - but it's down the leg side and eagerly clipped to fine-leg

6.3

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, no run, this is down the leg-side - can't correct his line to the right-hander

6.4

Hilfenhaus to Bopara, OUT, he's got him! Bopara's punched him straight to gully. Good, accurate bowling - it spat up at him a touch, but that's a horridly loose stroke by a No.3 with the ball swinging around

RS Bopara c Hussey b Hilfenhaus 1 (10m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

6.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, wide of the off stump

6.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, punched out to the off side

End of over 7 (1 run) England 16/2
IR Bell    0* (2b)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-0-8-1
AN Cook    9* (19b 1x4)      PM Siddle    3-0-7-1

7.1

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

Sheesh, what a morning we've had. Injuries, threatened injuries, call-ups, wickets, banter. Epic stuff

7.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, bangs this in wide of Cook

"Belly and Cooky, it's like some sort of sick joke," says Jonathan Hungin

7.3

Siddle to Cook, 2 runs, squeezed out to the off side for a couple. Nicely played

7.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, wide of the off stump; Cook drags his bat inside the line

Just seen a replay of Bopara's dismissal. Looks like it was a no-ball, which is hilarious - very tight. Landed ok, but then slid

7.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

7.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, turned to leg

End of over 8 (2 runs) England 18/2
AN Cook    11* (25b 1x4)      PM Siddle    4-0-9-1
IR Bell    0* (2b)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-0-8-1

8.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run

8.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, wide of the off stump and a nice, juicy outswinger

8.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, another outswinger but well played by Bell, shuffling back and showing good technique in playing it late off the back foot

8.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, Bell steps forward with champion intent before ignoring it outside off

8.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, FOUR, fantastic cover-drive for four. Oh, good grief - that is some shot, driving on the up. What a way to get off the mark

Good ball, though...

8.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, pushes forward out to the off side

End of over 9 (4 runs) England 22/2
IR Bell    4* (8b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-0-12-1
AN Cook    11* (25b 1x4)      PM Siddle    4-0-9-1

9.1

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

9.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, good leave by Cook who, I note, is well back in his crease. Dangerously so, really - absolutely miles back

Siddle around the wicket for the first time this morning

"Trott has left for Brimingham where he will replace Newport," notes Cricinfo's oracle, Robin Abrahams. "No play before lunch."

9.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, good nut, shaping back into Cook and it's quick, too. Cook drags his bat inside the line ala Jack Russell

It's chwenny chew for chew. Where's Richie?

9.4

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, prods forward onto the front foot and steals a single. Nicely done

9.5

Siddle to Bell, no run, good bouncer and Bell ducks at the last moment

"I wouldn't describe Ravi being out to a no ball as 'hilarious'," writes a feedbacker claiming to be called Tim. "If someone said Bell is going to score a century I might call that hilarious though." Miaow.

9.6

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

End of over 10 (1 run) England 23/2
IR Bell    4* (10b 1x4)      PM Siddle    5-0-10-1
AN Cook    12* (29b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-0-12-1

10.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Cook goes back and defends cautiously

10.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, this zips through off a length - there's just enough pace in this good batting track, for sure

10.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, horrid, loose stroke by Cook - well bowled, luring him into a drive outside off

10.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, swings back from middle and Cook's timed this surprisingly well, prompting generous applause from a crowd just beginning to settle into the match. Frenetic start to today's proceedings

10.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 2 runs, a little prod is greeted with "ahhhs" by the crowd as he plays this down the ground for two

10.6

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

End of over 11 (6 runs) England 29/2
AN Cook    18* (35b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-0-18-1
IR Bell    4* (10b 1x4)      PM Siddle    5-0-10-1

Time for Johnson or Clark. And it is Johnson, who's having a chat with Ponting - remember he had Bell dead lbw in the third Test, only for it to be given not-out. Fascinating tussle. He's shaved his head, too, if you care.

11.1

Johnson to Bell, FOUR, uppishly driven over gully for four! What's Bell up to? Loose, undecided stroke flies for four down to third man

11.2

Johnson to Bell, no run, good, tight delivery on middle-and-off with just a hint of shape back into him

11.3

Johnson to Bell, no run, short of a length and this, too, just shapes back a touch to Bell. Nicely defended on the back foot

11.4

Johnson to Bell, no run, touch of swing and Bell's rapped on the pads, not playing a shot - that's not a bad shout at all, you know! Perhaps swinging down the leg side, but Bell's clearly not happy against Johnson's swingers

11.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, wide of the off stump - more comfortable for Bell, who leaves it alone on width and length

11.6

Johnson to Bell, no run, miles too wide and Bell plays another awful flashy drive and misses

End of over 12 (4 runs) England 33/2
IR Bell    8* (16b 2x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-4-0
AN Cook    18* (35b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-0-18-1

Clark. He's back. Here he comes

Andy Zaltzman wonders: "How high up the list of Worst England Shots do you put Bopara's effort today?" It's definitely up there. If we were comparing it to a film, I'd suggest Clueless

12.1

Clark to Cook, no run, starts well, just outside off

12.2

Clark to Cook, no run, fuller delivery and swinging back into Cook

"This is Stuart Clark's first Test since the Adelaide Test against New Zealand in November," notes my co-commentator Brydon. "That was the same match in which Nathan Hauritz received his unexpected recall four years after his Test debut. Swings and roundabouts." Knowledge, Bryders

12.3

Clark to Cook, no run, that's nice - good, accurate ball on middle-and-off which bends back into him off a good length

12.4

Clark to Cook, 1 bye, down the leg side - big swing, but only after it passed the batsman. Haddin, returning from a broken finger in the third Test, does well to prevent four with a dive to his right

12.5

Clark to Bell, no run, a solid outswinger firmly defended by Bell on the front foot

12.6

Clark to Bell, no run, very good delivery on middle-and-off, with a touch of swing away from him. Equally solidly defended, though, by Bell on the front foot

End of over 13 (1 run, maiden) England 34/2
IR Bell    8* (18b 2x4)      SR Clark    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    18* (39b 2x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-4-0

There's big Merv Hughes, possibly the least-likely-looking selector of all time. Here's the shaven-headed Johnson

13.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, comes forward on the front foot to defend

13.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, defends this on the front foot

13.3

Johnson to Cook, 2 runs, Cook pushes forward for a couple. Nicely played, guiding it past the non-striker's stumps

13.4

Johnson to Cook, 2 runs, pushes this out on the front foot past cover. Deft stroke

"While Clueless may not be a great film, it does not warrant abuse of that fashion. You should have suggested a truly awful film opposed to just a middle of the road one. Perhaps something like 'Going Overboard' - Adam Sandler's appauling entrance into film," writes Dan. Valid.

13.5

Johnson to Cook, no run, goes on the pull but he's going home alone; mid-on is in his way

13.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, presses forward for a defensive

Brydon Coverdale can scarcely contain himself as he lunges ungainly into the commentator's chair for the first time this morning. Evening, Brydon.

End of over 14 (4 runs) England 38/2
AN Cook    22* (45b 2x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-8-0
IR Bell    8* (18b 2x4)      SR Clark    1-1-0-0

Thanks Will. You can lunge off now. And as the players return from drinks, it's Stuart Clark to continue.

14.1

Clark to Bell, no run, outswing here for Clark, Bell pushes to cover

14.2

Clark to Bell, no run, left alone outside off, another one shapes away

"Should that not be 'lunges ungainlyly'?" wonders Peter King. If ever a word described itself, I think that's it

14.3

Clark to Bell, no run, on the pads, Bell pushes to mid-on

14.4

Clark to Bell, no run, nice shape away once again, but no need for Bell to play at that

14.5

Clark to Bell, no run, right on off stump, Bell defends with a straight bat

14.6

Clark to Bell, no run, leg-stump line and it's defended

Two maidens for Stuart Clark to begin with

End of over 15 (maiden) England 38/2
IR Bell    8* (24b 2x4)      SR Clark    2-2-0-0
AN Cook    22* (45b 2x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-8-0

Johnson to continue. Remember this isn't this first time this year that Australia have gone into a Test without a frontline spinner. They went for an all-pace attack in the first two Tests in South Africa and it was enough to win them the series.

15.1

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, pushed away to cover and they take a quick single

15.2

Johnson to Bell, no run, bouncer at 92mph or 148kph, but it's just a tad leg-side and Bell can easily duck

Three slips in place, by the way

15.3

Johnson to Bell, OUT, gone! Terrific bouncer from Johnson, on line and made Bell play at shoulder height, he's really only fended and the ball runs off the face of the bat to Haddin

IR Bell c †Haddin b Johnson 8 (40m 26b 2x4 0x6) SR: 30.76

What a fantastic start for Australia. And remember without Flintoff, England's batting order is weakened with Broad to come in at No. 7. Here's Collingwood at No. 5.

15.4

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, angled across Collingwood, who lets it go

15.5

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, good ball, inswing and right on line, Collingwood gets the bat down just in time to defend it

15.6

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, dead straight this time, defended with a straight bat

Excellent over from Johnson, he's just starting to resemble the man who played under his name in South Africa. Only starting to, mind.

End of over 16 (1 run) England 39/3
PD Collingwood    0* (3b)      MG Johnson    3-0-9-1
AN Cook    23* (46b 2x4)      SR Clark    2-2-0-0

"The soft underbelly of England's batting," laments Peter Roebuck, with unwitting precision

16.1

Clark to Cook, no run, good line from Clark, straightening on Cook's off-stump, he defends

16.2

Clark to Cook, no run, probing outside off, Cook thinks about playing and then drops the hands

16.3

Clark to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

16.4

Clark to Cook, no run, inswing again, Cook clips to midwicket and can't beat the field, still no runs off the bat against Stuart Clark

16.5

Clark to Cook, 1 run, there's the first one, Cook manages to work a straight one away to point

16.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, Clark goes for a loud lbw shout but doesn't get much support, from his team-mates or Billy Bowden. Struck Collingwood perhaps on leg stump but it wasn't straightening enough

End of over 17 (1 run) England 40/3
PD Collingwood    0* (4b)      SR Clark    3-2-1-0
AN Cook    24* (51b 2x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-9-1

17.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, defended away safely

17.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, good ball, sharp bounce and Cook defends it well, but did have to whip the bottom hand off the bat because of the extra bounce

17.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, a bit too wide and Cook leaves it alone

17.4

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

"What a difference it makes to have someone bowling maidens at one end. Bell's wicket at least 40% owned by Clark," says John on the email.

17.5

Johnson to Cook, no run, probing outside off on a good length, Cook leaves it

17.6

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, clipped away for a single to deep square leg

"Ah, Cook and Collingwood. Reassuringly boring." Spot on, Robert Davis.

End of over 18 (1 run) England 41/3
AN Cook    25* (57b 2x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-10-1
PD Collingwood    0* (4b)      SR Clark    3-2-1-0

18.1

Clark to Cook, no run, fullish ball on the stumps, Cook pushes it back down the pitch and Clark kicks the foot out to save any run

18.2

Clark to Cook, 1 run, quick single, well judged by Cook, who nudges to mid-off and takes off immediately, Siddle was a bit flat-footed and his underarm hits the stumps but with Cook well home

18.3

Clark to Collingwood, OUT, Clark gets his first! Another excellent outswinger on the right length and Collingwood simply prods, finds the outside edge and Ponting at second slip takes a straightforward chance

PD Collingwood c Ponting b Clark 0 (13m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Well, well, well. One wicket apiece to Australia's four fast bowlers and already it's looking like an astute piece of selection. England are in a large hole here, and to try and help them out of it will be Matt Prior, less than two hours after passing a fitness test.

18.4

Clark to Prior, no run, lovely shape away, Prior lets it go

18.5

Clark to Prior, 1 leg bye, straighter on on the pads this time and it's worked away behind square for a leg-bye

18.6

Clark to Cook, no run, defended back down the pitch

Clark has been really impressive here, bowling that typical choking line that he favours, giving away little width and also finding some swing.

End of over 19 (2 runs) England 43/4
AN Cook    26* (60b 2x4)      SR Clark    4-2-2-1
MJ Prior    0* (2b)      MG Johnson    4-0-10-1

England's lowest total at Headingley is 76 against South Africa in 1907. Here's the full list of rubbish Test totals at Headingley

19.1

Johnson to Prior, no run, beats the bat outside off, although Prior may have just pulled his bat away at the last minute

19.2

Johnson to Prior, 2 runs, shouts of 'catch it' there as Prior flicks a short one just wide of Katich at short leg

19.3

Johnson to Prior, no run, play and a miss once more, this one seams away a touch

19.4

Johnson to Prior, 1 run, tries to cramp up Prior again but this time he works it nicely behind square

19.5

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, nice shot, and a big cheer as Cook brings up the team's 50 with a flick through square leg from a ball on his pads

19.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, left alone outside off this time

End of over 20 (7 runs) England 50/4
AN Cook    30* (62b 3x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-17-1
MJ Prior    3* (6b)      SR Clark    4-2-2-1

Join Cricinfo's deputy editor Alex Brown, UK editor Andrew Miller and Australasia editor Peter English for the lunchtime discussion here. Send your questions for them in to chatterbox@cricinfo.com. Plenty to talk about today. And there's still 25 minutes until lunch.

20.1

Clark to Prior, no run, defended back down the pitch

20.2

Clark to Prior, no run, shapes away and it's left alone outside off

20.3

Clark to Prior, FOUR, thick edge here from Prior, he really lunges at an outswinger and the ball flies uppishly wide of gully, not exactly in control of that shot

20.4

Clark to Prior, no run, fullish length now, it's prodded away to the on-side

20.5

Clark to Prior, 1 run, pushed away through midwicket for a single

20.6

Clark to Cook, no run, fullish again, defended back down the pitch

End of over 21 (5 runs) England 55/4
AN Cook    30* (63b 3x4)      SR Clark    5-2-7-1
MJ Prior    8* (11b 1x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-17-1

"Is it a case of Samson in reverse for Mitchell Johnson? Gets his hair cut and he becomes stronger?" wonders Joe.

21.1

Johnson to Prior, FOUR, short and wide, Prior chases this one and gets it nicely over cover-point for a flashy boundary

21.2

Johnson to Prior, no run, lovely zip from Johnson, Prior moves forward and is surprised by the bounce, it takes his bat high

21.3

Johnson to Prior, FOUR, Prior continues to have a crack here! Flashes at one outside off and it flies away off a thickish edge wide of the third slip

21.4

Johnson to Prior, no run, shortish again, Prior defends to point

21.5

Johnson to Prior, no run, slower ball here, 79mph or 128kph, but it's just outside off and Prior doesn't get bat on it

21.6

Johnson to Prior, no run, Johnson gets the line wrong this time, well down leg side but not wide enough to be a wide

End of over 22 (8 runs) England 63/4
MJ Prior    16* (17b 3x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-25-1
AN Cook    30* (63b 3x4)      SR Clark    5-2-7-1

22.1

Clark to Cook, no run, 81mph or 131kph, left alone outside off

22.2

Clark to Cook, OUT, another one goes! Clark gets the big wicket of Cook, who prods at a ball that doesn't straighten as much as he expected, a thick edge is well taken by Michael Clarke low to his right at first slip

AN Cook c Clarke b Clark 30 (104m 65b 3x4 0x6) SR: 46.15

My goodness, could this morning be any more eventful? The first of England's bowlers is being required to bat before lunch on the first day. Here's Stuart Broad.

Three slips and gully in place

22.3

Clark to Broad, no run, beats the outside edge first ball!

22.4

Clark to Broad, 4 byes, oops, a rare bad ball from Stuart Clark, would've been a good outswinger to a right-hander, but it slid well down leg to the left-hander and Haddin got some glove on it but not enough to stop the boundary

22.5

Clark to Broad, no run, pushed across Broad, who lets it go

22.6

Clark to Broad, no run, lovely line, shaping in to Broad's off stump and it's defended well

End of over 23 (4 runs, wicket maiden) England 67/5
SCJ Broad    0* (4b)      SR Clark    6-3-7-2
MJ Prior    16* (17b 3x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-25-1

Three slips and two gullies in now for Prior, who has shown he is willing to drive outside off

23.1

Johnson to Prior, 1 wide, wow! What a bad ball, it's only just landed on the pitch outside off, rightfully called wide and Haddin does well to stop it

23.1

Johnson to Prior, no run, left alone outside off

23.2

Johnson to Prior, no run, short and tries to dig it in to the hips of Prior, but it's a bit too wide down leg

23.3

Johnson to Prior, 1 run, worked away for a single to deep backward square leg

A long mid-pitch chat between Broad and Prior, who have about eight minutes to survive until the lunch break

23.4

Johnson to Broad, 2 runs, wonderful bouncer, 91mph or 146kph and dead on line, Broad is back and fending and it flies off the shoulder of the bat wide of gully

23.5

Johnson to Broad, no run, left alone this time

23.6

Johnson to Broad, 1 run, quick single pushed into the covers

End of over 24 (5 runs) England 72/5
SCJ Broad    3* (7b)      MG Johnson    7-0-30-1
MJ Prior    17* (20b 3x4)      SR Clark    6-3-7-2

24.1

Clark to Broad, no run, pushed away to cover

24.2

Clark to Broad, no run, play and a miss there, Clark continues to probe outside off

24.3

Clark to Broad, no run, lovely shape in again, Broad just gets the bat down in time to defend

24.4

Clark to Broad, no run, there's an lbw shout but a quick shake of the head from Bowden, it's swung in and struck him above the knee roll, both height and the amount of swing made that a good decision

24.5

Clark to Broad, OUT, great catch! What a pickup from Katich at short square leg, Broad has clipped that off his pads and Katich has to go low down and gets his fingers under the ball, very quick reflexes

SCJ Broad c Katich b Clark 3 (13m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

That's lunch. What an incredible session, Stuart Clark in his first Test of the series has three wickets and the other three fast bowlers have one each. England go in at 72 for 6. I need a lie-down. In the meantime you can fire your questions at our three reporters at the ground, if you just click here.

Welcome back to the afternoon session, England all over the shop here. Australia on fire with a brilliant start to this game

24.6

Clark to Swann, no run, ends in the over in the channel outside off, that's where he's been all day so far

End of over 25 (wicket maiden) England 72/6
GP Swann    0* (1b)      SR Clark    7-4-7-3
MJ Prior    17* (20b 3x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-30-1

Peter Siddle to open up

25.1

Siddle to Prior, no run, on off stump, comes forward and defends to the off side

25.2

Siddle to Prior, FOUR, nearly another edge behind, feels outside off to one that bounces a touch more and gets a thick outside edge past third slip

25.3

Siddle to Prior, no run, fuller outside off, swinging away and Prior shoulders arms

Can England muster 100?

25.4

Siddle to Prior, no run, defended from middle into the off side

I think the crowd are still trying to come to terms with what they've seen so far...all fairly quiet in that post-lunch slumber

25.5

Siddle to Prior, 1 run, on leg stump, nicely clipped away towards deep square-leg

Prior's looked good considering he could barely stand up at 10.15 this morning

Three slips, gully and a short leg

25.6

Siddle to Swann, no run, short ball angled down the leg side, Swann goes for the pull but doesn't make contact

End of over 26 (5 runs) England 77/6
GP Swann    0* (2b)      PM Siddle    6-0-15-1
MJ Prior    22* (25b 4x4)      SR Clark    7-4-7-3

Afternoon, all. Will here. And my thanks to Gnasher for resuming after lunch. They were a couple of minutes early and I was found wanting.

26.1

Clark to Prior, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

26.2

Clark to Prior, no run, nice outswinger but Prior's clamping down on it nicely with a solid forward defensive

26.3

Clark to Prior, no run, very, very good line by Clark. Just outside off and Prior ignores it

26.4

Clark to Prior, FOUR, bad back or no bad back, that's four. A wide half-volley smashed for four square of the wicket

England are into the 80s. Effort, lads

26.5

Clark to Prior, 3 runs, nicely patted through extra cover. Not trying to hit the lacquer off it

26.6

Clark to Swann, no run, wide of the off stump and he leaves this alone

End of over 27 (7 runs) England 84/6
GP Swann    0* (3b)      SR Clark    8-4-14-3
MJ Prior    29* (30b 5x4)      PM Siddle    6-0-15-1

"Is the aura back yet?" asks Steve from Australia. Not quite. England are digging themselves a hole all by themselves. Australia lent them a spade, and off they went

27.1

Siddle to Prior, no run, he plays and misses outside off! Not a good stroke at all. Lift and pace from Siddle

27.2

Siddle to Prior, 1 run, tucked behind square

Siddle to Swann. Worked him over at Cardiff.

27.3

Siddle to Swann, no run, goes on the pull but can't time it. Or, indeed, connect with it

27.4

Siddle to Swann, no run, ducks beneath it, and a fine duck it was too

Must be careful with my spelling. "Nothing like a good duck after lunch, is there?" quips Gnasher

27.5

Siddle to Swann, no run, defended on the back foot

27.6

Siddle to Swann, 1 no ball, Swann goes on the drive to a no-ball, just outside off

27.6

Siddle to Swann, 1 leg bye, down the leg side and worked off his pads

End of over 28 (3 runs) England 87/6
GP Swann    0* (8b)      PM Siddle    7-0-17-1
MJ Prior    30* (32b 5x4)      SR Clark    8-4-14-3

28.1

Clark to Swann, no run, beaten by a jaffa outside off! Leg-cutter of high quality, and far too good for the man they call Swann

28.2

Clark to Swann, no run, yorker-length and dug out. More swing for Clark, who has the look of a man absolutely contented with life. I don't think since Mullally has there been a bowler who looks so lackadaisical and chilled

28.3

Clark to Swann, no run, leaves this alone outside off

28.4

Clark to Swann, no run, forward defensive. Solid from Swann

28.5

Clark to Swann, 1 leg bye, bit of a stray and he works it off his pad for a single

28.6

Clark to Prior, 3 runs, sweet cover-drive again, stepping forward onto the front foot and driving calmly, without really timing it

End of over 29 (4 runs) England 91/6
MJ Prior    33* (33b 5x4)      SR Clark    9-4-17-3
GP Swann    0* (13b)      PM Siddle    7-0-17-1

29.1

Siddle to Prior, no run, oh another beauty from Sidders. A leg-cutter has Prior feeling for it outside off

29.2

Siddle to Prior, 1 run, dropped out to the off side

29.3

Siddle to Swann, no run, on the back foot, he pats it cautiously out to the off side

29.4

Siddle to Swann, OUT, pitches this up and Swann obliges with a drive, gets a thick outside edge which flies to Clarke at first slip taking it comfortably to his right. Easy as you like

GP Swann c Clarke b Siddle 0 (21m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

England are falling fast here and Swann's gone for a duck. Honk.

They simply have to conjure some runs from the tail and aim for 150

Big Steve Harmison gets a big cheer from the otherwise utterly-subdued crowd

29.5

Siddle to Harmison, no run, tucked to leg. I say tucked - fended off his hip past short-leg would probably be more accurate

29.6

Siddle to Harmison, no run, and he's hit him! Hit on the helmet, ducking into this short delivery. That ought to wake him up

Harmison'll be bowling a little later...

End of over 30 (1 run) England 92/7
SJ Harmison    0* (2b)      PM Siddle    8-0-18-2
MJ Prior    34* (35b 5x4)      SR Clark    9-4-17-3

30.1

Clark to Prior, no run, onto the front foot, he defends. Solidly

30.2

Clark to Prior, no run, slides this down the leg side

30.3

Clark to Prior, 1 run, nice outswinger, and he's forward in defence

Harmison has 19 ducks for England. Only Atherton made more (20).

30.4

Clark to Harmison, no run, he's a little late on that, but nevertheless digs it out

30.5

Clark to Harmison, 4 leg byes, that's runs, that is. But it's leg-byes! Harmison still on a big, round nought

30.6

Clark to Harmison, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone with panache

End of over 31 (5 runs) England 97/7
SJ Harmison    0* (5b)      SR Clark    10-4-18-3
MJ Prior    35* (38b 5x4)      PM Siddle    8-0-18-2

31.1

Siddle to Prior, no run, bouncer and he goes for a pull - Haddin takes it to his right and they all thought they had their man, but he was nowhere near it and it swung after it passed Prior

31.2

Siddle to Prior, no run, sharp lifter - Siddle has looked really, really good today. Consistent and at times menacing

31.3

Siddle to Prior, 1 run, fuller length and Prior taps it out to the off side

Siddle is still wearing the look of a man who has just had his wallet stolen. He looks absolutely furious

Siddle to Harmison

31.4

Siddle to Harmison, OUT, Harmison gets his 20th duck! He holds the same record as Mike Atherton, trying to work this to the leg side but getting a thin edge on it through to Haddin

SJ Harmison c †Haddin b Siddle 0 (8m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Now then. Can England get their 100? James Anderson gets warm applause. Cook's smiling on the balcony. I imagine he'd be smiling if someone had just whacked him with a broomstick; one of those cheery faces. Yes, anyway, here comes Anderson who is looking far less cheery.

31.5

Siddle to Anderson, no run, short of a length and well defended by Anderson, rocking back and fending it down to the off side

31.6

Siddle to Anderson, no run, right behind it on the back foot. Solid. As. A. Rock.

He's had 52 innings in succession without making a duck. Looking for his 53rd.

End of over 32 (1 run) England 98/8
JM Anderson    0* (2b)      PM Siddle    9-0-19-3
MJ Prior    36* (41b 5x4)      SR Clark    10-4-18-3

Hilfenhaus ist into der attack.

32.1

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, Prior tries to work it to leg but it swings late and raps him on the thigh

32.2

Hilfenhaus to Prior, 1 run, steps back and cracks him square for a single

Now then. Anderson has not made a duck for 52 innings in succession. Can he make it 53

32.3

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, no run, angled down into the gully and there it is! No it's not. Nearly.

32.4

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, no run, Anderson steps forward and leaves it. Well wide of him

32.5

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, no run, steps back and tries to leave it, but he's late on it and ends up getting a thick edge short of gully

32.6

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, 1 run, defended out to the off side and Anderson's setting off - he'll have to be quick, and the throw comes in ... but it's wide! That was mighty close. 53 innings without a duck. And he might have tweaked a hammy, too - touch of cramp maybe? He's not looking in great nick, Anderson - stretching his left hamstring at the moment

End of over 33 (2 runs) England 100/8
JM Anderson    1* (6b)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-0-20-1
MJ Prior    37* (43b 5x4)      PM Siddle    9-0-19-3

England have their hundred, and the Leeds crowd all cheer as though each one has won the lottery

33.1

Siddle to Anderson, 2 runs, patted out off the back foot. Timed well, too, for two

33.2

Siddle to Anderson, no run, short delivery, nice and straight, but Anderson plays it well off the back foot

33.3

Siddle to Anderson, no run, plays and misses! Not far away there

33.4

Siddle to Anderson, OUT, good bouncer! Nasty delivery aimed right at his skull, he jumped back and just couldn't get his hands away from it, Haddin taking an easy catch

JM Anderson c †Haddin b Siddle 3 (7m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

That was a real brute, a nasty, horrid delivery. There's plenty of pace in this surface, though, and Harmison should be licking his lips

33.5

Siddle to Onions, OUT, Siddle has five! Brilliant stuff. A horrid bouncer hammers into his forearm and flies to short-leg where Katich takes a good catch. Nowhere near his glove but, well, near enough given he's a tailender and Siddle roars his delight

G Onions c Katich b Siddle 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

That's the equal sixth-lowest total at Headingley in Tests, so England at least have something to shout about.

Possibly the best feedback email we have received for some time. Gordon Brown writes. "I think hard-working families up and down the country will be proud and will recognise how the England cricketers have fought through the difficult morning session and emerged into the far brighter afternoon session their hard work so richly deserves. After all, England lost seven wickets this morning, and predictions suggest they cannot possibly lose more than three this afternoon, so recovery is obviously just around the corner." Outstanding. Thanks, Gorders.


A truly calamitous, 1990s-esque performance by England's batsmen, on a frenzied morning of cricket. Superb bowling by Australia - their most consistently deadly performance all series, all four bowlers picking up a wicket and Siddle grabbing five beauties. Hostile fast bowling in helpful conditions, against a side who really could have played a lot better. There were some horribly loose shots by England. Still, all is not lost - there's pace in the pitch and Harmison, you'd hope, should be up for this.

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