The Ashes - 5th Test

England v Australia

England won by 197 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Settle in. Do some finger exercises, stretch your neck muscles. Five days of intensity awaits. Hilfenhaus with the new ball.

Right then. Four tiny minutes to go. Ian Bell at No.3. Good grief alive. Anyway, here come Australia out onto the field. Haddin's blowing his cheeks and here comes Ponting, running out through the flags as Australia form another huddle. Jerusalem rings around The Oval and a huge cheer greets Strauss and Cook. The crowd are on their feet before a ball's been bowled. It's slightly cloudy overhead - good conditions in which to bowl first up, you'd think, but a cracking surface is expected. Cracking, as in good.

So it's Flintoff's last Test. My favourite Flintoff moments, with the bat, came in 2003 against South Africa. Rather good video of it all here. His off-side strokeplay against Pollock was extraordinary. We'll try not to let the F word dominate our commentary. Or, indeed, Flintoff.

Right. About 20 minutes to go until the start, so I've some vitally important things to do beforehand. Have a read of this in the meantime.

Toss Strauss flicks, Ponting says heads - it's tails and England will bat. This is ruddy massive. Ricky would've had a bat too, and he looks pretty relaxed. As much as he ever does, at least. "It could be [a risk]," not having a frontline spinner, he says. Is this his last Ashes Test? "It could be," he says again.

No frontline spinner for Australia. I can confirm Warne is absolutely spitting nails. Someone tie him down; he's in a suit, but I'm not discounting him from stealing Siddle's slacks and making an appearance.

Australia 1 Shane Watson, 2 Simon Katich, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Mike Hussey, 6 Marcus North, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Peter Siddle, 10 Stuart Clark, 11 Ben Hilfenhaus

England 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Ian Bell, 4 Paul Collingwood, 5 Jonathan Trott, 6 Matt Prior (wk), 7 Andrew Flintoff, 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Steve Harmison, 11 James Anderson

Monty and Onions miss out. Australia are fielding an unchanged team. And they are, in full, as follows...

"Just wanted to wish South Africa's second team good luck against the Aussies," chirps feedbacker. And a South African one. Now now...

Alex Brown confidently predicts an unchanged side for the Aussies.

We're hearing Harmison's playing, Monty is not. That's not confirmed. Just a Chinese whisper at the moment. Who bally knows. "Broad and Harmison are going through their bowling warm-ups, whereas Onions is sitting on his behind. So that might be a hint," Miller reckons. There's the wonderful weather forecaster, Lucy, from Sky, who's forecasting a little moisture for tomorrow, but nothing too drastic. Saturday and Sunday are positively balmy. My words, not her's.

If you've anything of note to say, send us an email. We can't read them all. Daft names are likely to get our attention.

"A mite cloudy right at this moment," Andrew says. "It's far from the scorcher we enjoyed on Wednesday but should hold together well enough."

"Almost certain," to be Clark in, Hauritz out, is the word.

"Initial suspicions from our snooper on the boundary's edge, Alex Brown, is that Clark will start and Jonathan Trott has just done a cartwheel after scoring a decent goal in England's warm-ups," informs Miller. "Yep, they are stubbornly persisting with that daft recreation, despite breaking all their players all the time." Fools.

We'll have news from the ground and plenty of speculation on or around 10am. Be there.

9.40am Welcome, inglorious readers, to the final Ashes Test of 2009 from The Oval, in cheerfully sunny London. It's level-pegging at 1-1, it's Andrew Flintoff's last Test and, to be brutally frank with you all, I am insatiably excited about the whole darn thing. I'm Will Luke, and Brydon Coverdale is alongside me in the most virtual of senses; he's stuck in freezing-cold Melbourne of all places, a city doubtless buzzing with thousands of similarly afflicted cricket night owls. Hello to those there. And hello to those here. Oh blow it: hello to you all.

If you have work to do, children to take to school, groceries to buy or a cat to kick, then you could swallow the loser's pill and do just that. Or, you could be one of life's winners: sack the wife, expel the husband, shoot the boss and eBay your children: this is where you should be for the next five days.

A dream team has been assembled. Dream, nightmare - you say potato, I say mashed, etc etc. Andrew Miller, father of one and UK editor, is there. Peter English, father of at least two to our knowledge, is our Australiasia editor, and squashing them both with proud abundance is the acacia tree of Australian wisdom himself, Alex Brown, a man never knowingly full.

0.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump to begin with, swinging wider still. Only just carries through to Haddin

0.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, touch of movement back into Strauss but again it's too wide. That did, though, carry through nicely to Haddin

0.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, tighter line - he's nearly there. Left alone outside off, a touch of movement back into Strauss

0.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, this passes harmlessly by, too. Held its own

0.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, just outside off and left alone. Kept a touch low

Immediate signs are of a slow pitch. It's not carrying through brilliantly at this stage, though it is only the first over

0.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 run, a sprightly single as Strauss defends this off the back foot to mid-off, who is a little jet-lagged, and they're off the mark

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

Here's Siddle, a man who wears a constant expression of befuddled bemusement, as though he's trying to work out what 178 divided by 17 is.

1.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, starts well on the off stump, and it's pumped to mid-on

1.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, good one! Beats him on the outside edge

1.3

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

1.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, beats him on the outside edge and Haddin shells it. Good ball - good pace and a nice, fullish length from Siddle

1.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, on the leg stump this time, patted off his hip to short leg - Katich is the man under the lid

1.6

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

End of over 2 (maiden) England 1/0
AJ Strauss    1* (12b)      PM Siddle    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-1-0

Cook's first ball of the match

2.1

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

Anticipatory atmosphere at The Oval. That's a six syllable word from me. Well done.

2.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

2.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, on the back foot and he plays it nicely, defending it with a solid clunk of the bat

2.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, on his legs this time and flicked to a shortish square leg

2.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, that's four. Half-volley just outside off and beautifully driven. A calm, checked-drive for four

2.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, pushed out to point

End of over 3 (4 runs) England 5/0
AN Cook    4* (6b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-5-0
AJ Strauss    1* (12b)      PM Siddle    1-1-0-0

Cook's helmet looks way too big for his head. Some might say that's an immense surprise.

3.1

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, short, down the leg side and Strauss swivels it calmly down to fine leg

3.2

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, good, straight delivery and quick, too. Cook, however, is back and across and defending it out to cover, stealing a single

3.3

Siddle to Strauss, no run, angled across Strauss who's totally not interested. Leaves this well alone

3.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, 92.8mph delivery just outside off. Good leave - left alone on length

3.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Strauss is back and defending, both feet pointing down the pitch as he deadens it short of short-leg

3.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, sheesh, that lifted - good pace from Siddle. That flew off a decentish length, Haddin taking it above his head

End of over 4 (2 runs) England 7/0
AJ Strauss    2* (17b)      PM Siddle    2-1-2-0
AN Cook    5* (7b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-5-0

Quiet start so far. It's pretty quiet around the crowd, too. There's Michael Parkinson and Stephen Fry in the crowd

4.1

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

4.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, on his legs and tucked around the corner

4.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump and ignored. No swing

4.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, bends back a touch into the left-hander who leaves it alone

4.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, a little too wide again, really. Comfortably left alone

4.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, driven to mid-off. Firmly struck

End of over 5 (1 run) England 8/0
AJ Strauss    2* (21b)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-0-6-0
AN Cook    6* (9b 1x4)      PM Siddle    2-1-2-0

5.1

Siddle to Cook, FOUR, oh that's a shot. Short delivery and it didn't climb enough, allowing Cook to swat it through midwicket firmly for four. Well timed. Too short from Siddle on a placid pitch

5.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, on middle and defended this time

5.3

Siddle to Cook, OUT, well bowled and CAUGHT! Angled across Cook who pushed at it meekly, edging it low to Ponting's right at second slip

AN Cook c Ponting b Siddle 10 (19m 12b 2x4 0x6) SR: 83.33

Much better length from Siddle - excellent delivery. Horrid shot, mind - no need to touch those deliveries, and it was a meek, indecisive little poke. Talking of such things - here's Ian Bell

5.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, good one, fast! That is quick. 94mph, cuts back sharply on Bell who leaves it alone. Well bowled sir!

"Bell is on an Ashes Oval hat-trick," Miller notes.

5.5

Siddle to Bell, no run, short delivery which hammers into Bell's midriff

There's a short-leg in place who's under the lid and sniffing. What a task this is for Bell at No.3. He is under supreme pressure!

5.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, well defended to leg

Fine over from Siddle. That's woken the crowd up

End of over 6 (4 runs) England 12/1
IR Bell    0* (3b)      PM Siddle    3-1-6-1
AJ Strauss    2* (21b)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-0-6-0

6.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 no ball, wide of the off stump, swinging back into him but it's a no-ball

Bell's played 31 innings at No.3. And has yet to make a hundred. Boink

6.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, touch too wide - Hilfenhaus has been a little too wide all morning so far

Ah, there's KP watching. I bet he's a really calm influence on those around him when he can't play

6.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, FOUR, cracked square off the back foot. Super stroke, that. Cracked behind square. Too short from Hilfenhaus

6.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, FOUR, fuller, but wider, and squeezed out on the front foot behind square

6.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, oh much better. That's the Hilfenhaus we know and detest: on middle-and-off, bending back just a touch, and forcing a defensive from Strauss

"The weather feels as though it is closing in," Andrew notes. "Heavier clouds and a bit of a wind."

6.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 no ball, too wide, left alone

6.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, flicked through square leg

6.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run

End of over 7 (12 runs) England 24/1
AJ Strauss    12* (29b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-0-18-0
IR Bell    0* (3b)      PM Siddle    3-1-6-1

Shane Warne reckons Jonathan Trott looks like Vince Vaughn. Discuss.

7.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, on the back foot, defended with caution by Strauss.

Actually, don't discuss

7.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, bumper, and a fast one - Bell ducks but doesn't really get his arm out of the way.; Looks like that's flicked his elbow, has it - or was it glove?

7.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, left alone this time

Replays show the ball flicked Bell's wrist, a couple of balls ago. No chance the umpire can give that. Only thanks to slow-mo were we able to see that

7.4

Siddle to Bell, FOUR, Bell's off the mark with a neat flick wide of mid-on for four. Well played

And he's off his Ashes Oval pair. Well played that man

7.5

Siddle to Bell, no run

7.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, on the back foot and defended

End of over 8 (4 runs) England 28/1
IR Bell    4* (9b 1x4)      PM Siddle    4-1-10-1
AJ Strauss    12* (29b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-0-18-0

Here's Clark

8.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, short of a length to begin with, touch of shape back into Strauss who leaves it alone

8.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, beats him! Lovely, full delivery with just enough nibble off the surface

Rain! It's raining. And the floodlights are on, which seems a trifle pessimistic

8.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump

Just spitting, pathetic sort of rain at the moment. Nothing tragic.

8.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, good, off-stump delivery to which Strauss is firmly defending with the straightest of bats

8.5

Clark to Strauss, 1 leg bye, flicked off his pads

8.6

Clark to Bell, no run, Bell presents a solid, straight bat and blocks this firmly. Good delivery. Well played. Good cricket.

End of over 9 (1 run, maiden) England 29/1
IR Bell    4* (10b 1x4)      SR Clark    1-1-0-0
AJ Strauss    12* (34b 2x4)      PM Siddle    4-1-10-1

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9.1

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, the wrong line. Strauss tucks this merrily off his hip

Good start this from Australia, no doubt. It remains seriously tense out there. The crowd are very much on tenterhooks

9.2

Siddle to Bell, FOUR, played with soft hands through the gully. Well played, that. Neat stroke

9.3

Siddle to Bell, (no ball) 1 run, defended on the back foot

9.3

Siddle to Strauss, no run, that fairly lifted off a length. Touch too wide and left alone with ease

9.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, solid, thumping on-drive but well fielded by the bowler in his follow-through. Strauss nailed that aight?

9.5

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, just outside off at 90.9mph and dropped out to mid-off. Hilfenhaus schläft und they steal a single

9.6

Siddle to Bell, FOUR, that's runs, that is. Siddle roars his self contempt at delivering a leg-stump half-volley, and Bell pounces with a well-timed flick of the wrists

End of over 10 (12 runs) England 41/1
IR Bell    13* (13b 3x4)      PM Siddle    5-1-22-1
AJ Strauss    14* (38b 2x4)      SR Clark    1-1-0-0

10.1

Clark to Strauss, 2 runs, another of those neat flick of the wrists by Strauss, playing well back in his crease, and he gets two

10.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, a loopy teaser outside off, but Strauss is not for luring, much as Maggie was not for turning

10.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, way too wide from Clark

10.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, another filthy wide. Clark knows he's lost his radar here, grinning wryly as he trudges purposefully back to his mark

10.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, that's much more like it, with a bit of movement into the left-handed Strauss

10.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 11 (2 runs) England 43/1
AJ Strauss    16* (44b 2x4)      SR Clark    2-1-2-0
IR Bell    13* (13b 3x4)      PM Siddle    5-1-22-1

Photos are gradually filtering through of the first 50 minutes' action. Here's Johnson to Bell. This has #fail written all over it. Bell's really, really struggled against him

11.1

Johnson to Bell, no run, bouncer and Bell thought about flicking it, the ball brushing his rib cage. Johnson roars an appeal, but umpire Dar indicates he was nowhere near it

11.2

Johnson to Bell, no run, nasty, vicious, wonderful delivery! Kept following him and Bell couldn't get out of the way, almost ducking into it. Fended away

11.3

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, that's even better! What a brute that is, Bell jumping and skipping back in his crease, desperate to evade it, but fends it over short-leg. That was heading into his neck

Off strike now. A chance to settle his heart rate which must be absolutely flying

11.4

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

11.5

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, a neat little push for one to mid-on

Johnson to Bell. Short-leg's in. And I think a leg gully is moving in now, too. Yep, that's right.

11.6

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, the sucker delivery - fuller, and Bell plays it well back in his crease, punching a single to mid-off

End of over 12 (3 runs) England 46/1
IR Bell    15* (17b 3x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-3-0
AJ Strauss    17* (46b 2x4)      SR Clark    2-1-2-0

12.1

Clark to Bell, 1 leg bye, on his pads and flicked for a single

12.2

Clark to Strauss, no run, nice delivery, just shaping back a touch on Strauss. But he's in terrific nick and calmly pats a forward defensive

12.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, wide of the off stump, at 79mph. Clark really slowing his pace down here

12.4

Clark to Strauss, no run, again, calmly forward to defend

12.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, that's too wide

12.6

Clark to Strauss, no run, well wide

Another maiden

End of over 13 (1 run, maiden) England 47/1
AJ Strauss    17* (51b 2x4)      SR Clark    3-2-2-0
IR Bell    15* (18b 3x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-3-0

Johnson v Bell

Colleagues are challenging me to use certain words in comms. I apologise in advance for some potentially confusing descriptions coming up

13.1

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, well played. Punching it out to the off side and Bell absolutely sprints that single. He ran down the middle of the pitch, too - umpire's having a word with him

Bell can't do anything right at the moment. Perhaps he should write a hebdomadaire of his travails

13.2

Johnson to Strauss, no run, down the leg side and he tries to flick, but misses

13.3

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, quality stroke, on-driven powerfully for four. Nothing more than a checked drive, but it fairly flew

13.4

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, four more, but this wasn't too far away from square leg! Very, very well timed by Strauss, flicking it aerially off his pads...but it evaded the fielder, falling short and wide. Excellent timing by Strauss

13.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, short ball, left alone

Johnson gives Strauss some glaring action. Strauss is not up for glaring.

13.6

Johnson to Strauss, no run, another flick to leg

Right. Fascinating first hour we've had. The Johnson v Bell battle promises to be delicious, and bloody, and here's Brydon to tell you all about it. Word.

End of over 14 (9 runs) England 56/1
AJ Strauss    25* (56b 4x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-12-0
IR Bell    16* (19b 3x4)      SR Clark    3-2-2-0

Thanks Will. A round of applause for Will Luke, ladies and gentlemen. Good luck with your hebdomadaire. I think you can get an ointment for that.

14.1

Clark to Bell, no run, right on line from Clark, Bell defends

14.2

Clark to Bell, no run, short, Bell shapes to hook and then leaves it alone

14.3

Clark to Bell, no run, fuller and straighter, Bell defends

14.4

Clark to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

14.5

Clark to Bell, no run, there's some outswing, trying to tempt Bell to drive, but he lets it go

14.6

Clark to Bell, no run, even fuller, Bell jams down a drive straight back to the bowler

End of over 15 (maiden) England 56/1
IR Bell    16* (25b 3x4)      SR Clark    4-3-2-0
AJ Strauss    25* (56b 4x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-12-0

15.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, angled in to Strauss, who pushes it away to midwicket

15.2

Johnson to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

15.3

Johnson to Strauss, no run, driven nicely to mid-on and there's a misfield, but Strauss is playing it cautious and doesn't set off for the single

15.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, a touch shorter now, Strauss works it to point

15.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, flicked off the pads to square leg

15.6

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, lovely stroke, that. Strauss waits on the ball outside off and guides it wide of gully, the ball races away to the boundary

End of over 16 (4 runs) England 60/1
AJ Strauss    29* (62b 5x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-16-0
IR Bell    16* (25b 3x4)      SR Clark    4-3-2-0

16.1

Clark to Bell, no run, trying to tempt Bell again with an outswinger on a drivable length, but it's left alone

16.2

Clark to Bell, no run, no shot offered once again, Clark continues to get some shape away

16.3

Clark to Bell, no run, probing again, Bell shows patience and lets it go

16.4

Clark to Bell, FOUR, this time Bell does lash a drive and it's found the gap behind point, Bell had to reach for that and wasn't really in control of the shot, good bowling

16.5

Clark to Bell, no run, fuller and straighter, Bell defends

16.6

Clark to Bell, no run, left alone once more

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 64/1
IR Bell    20* (31b 4x4)      SR Clark    5-3-6-0
AJ Strauss    29* (62b 5x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-16-0

17.1

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, Strauss gets one on his pads and glances it just behind square leg, forward of fine leg and, in short, excellent timing and placement

17.2

Johnson to Strauss, no run, straight ball, straight bat, defended back down the pitch

17.3

Johnson to Strauss, no run, bouncer, Strauss ducks it comfortably

17.4

Johnson to Strauss, 1 no ball, Johnson goes for the bouncer again but oversteps, according to Asad Rauf, who has, rather disappointingly, trimmed his mullet since the Headingley Test

17.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, prodded back down the pitch defensively

17.5

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, Johnson drifts onto the pads again, Strauss has no trouble working it behind square

17.6

Johnson to Bell, no run, bangs it in short and Bell fends, oh, it's safely short of leg gully! These bouncers from Johnson to Bell are fascinating, Bell hasn't looked at all comfortable but has survived

End of over 18 (6 runs) England 70/1
IR Bell    20* (32b 4x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-22-0
AJ Strauss    34* (68b 6x4)      SR Clark    5-3-6-0

Here's Hilfenhaus for another bowl

18.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, well wide of off, Strauss cuts to point

18.2

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

18.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, straighter line now, Strauss defends

18.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, strays down leg now, no contact made

18.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, pushed across Strauss this time, he lets it go

18.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, punched back down to mid-on

End of over 19 (maiden) England 70/1
AJ Strauss    34* (74b 6x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-1-18-0
IR Bell    20* (32b 4x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-22-0

19.1

Johnson to Bell, 2 runs, that's a better effort from Bell, gets one around the ribs and manages to work it wide of leg gully for a couple of runs

19.2

Johnson to Bell, no run, short again but across off, Bell leaves it

19.3

Johnson to Bell, 3 runs, flicked off the hips through leg, shouts of 'catch' as it whizzed past short-leg's head but Katich would've battled to even move a hand before that one was past him

19.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, flicked away to leg

19.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

19.6

Johnson to Strauss, no run, guided to gully, where Hussey makes a good save

End of over 20 (5 runs) England 75/1
AJ Strauss    34* (77b 6x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-27-0
IR Bell    25* (35b 4x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-1-18-0

20.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, flicked off the pads for no run

20.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, full and outside off, Bell drives towards mid-off

Two slips and a short catching midwicket in

20.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, FOUR, well placed this time by Bell, he just leaned into a drive that has raced through extra cover and outruns Stuart Clark chasing to the boundary

Ian Bell looks to have hurt himself here, running as that ball rolled across the boundary. The physio is out there now. It's hard to see what he's done exactly, but it looks like a hamstring.

Bell is batting on here, no runner required at this stage

20.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, defended away to leg

20.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, oh, beats the edge! Good ball from Hilfenhaus, seams away and Bell prods just inside the line

20.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, pushed away towards cover

End of over 21 (4 runs) England 79/1
IR Bell    29* (41b 5x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-1-22-0
AJ Strauss    34* (77b 6x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-27-0

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21.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Siddle is back now, and pushes this one across Strauss, who leaves it

Apparently Bell has a "bruised knee", according to the England management. Yes, quite...

21.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, left alone again, no swing there

Siddle comes around the wicket now, he still has three slips in

21.3

Siddle to Strauss, no run, good inswinger, a yorker length ball but Strauss keeps it out comfortably

21.4

Siddle to Strauss, FOUR, great timing from Strauss, Siddle strayed onto the pads and Strauss helped it on its way just wide of the diving fine leg

21.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

21.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, no shot offered again

End of over 22 (4 runs) England 83/1
AJ Strauss    38* (83b 7x4)      PM Siddle    6-1-26-1
IR Bell    29* (41b 5x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-1-22-0

22.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, that's a good line, seaming away a touch but this time Bell lets it go

22.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, goes for the drive this time but straight to point

22.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, yorks him now, Bell slams the bat down and looks like he gets bat on a bump ball through to Haddin

22.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, pushed away defensively to mid-on

22.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, good line from Hilfenhaus, but Bell is solid in defence

22.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, defended back down the pitch

Bell looks far more comfortable when Johnson isn't banging in bouncers at him, he's done well to build a very handy partnership with Strauss

End of over 23 (maiden) England 83/1
IR Bell    29* (47b 5x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-2-22-0
AJ Strauss    38* (83b 7x4)      PM Siddle    6-1-26-1

23.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, beats the outside edge, or perhaps Strauss pulled the bat away just in time

23.2

Siddle to Strauss, FOUR, onto the pads again and Strauss won't have any trouble getting those balls away to the boundary, flicks it with ease through midwicket

23.3

Siddle to Strauss, FOUR, that's wonderful timing! Strauss simply punches a drive wide of mid-on, no more than a push but timed so well it raced away

23.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, cuts this one into the turf, and it's collected at gully

23.5

Siddle to Strauss, 1 no ball, there's a good stop by Haddin, Siddle oversteps and the ball flicks thigh-pad on the way through, Haddin moving to his right gets a glove on it

Siddle is back over the wicket

23.5

Siddle to Strauss, FOUR, another lovely clip through midwicket, you can't bowl there to Andrew Strauss, as he has already proved this over

That's a really solid half-century from Strauss, he has rarely looked troubled today. He seems to be in ominous touch

23.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, pushed away defensively

End of over 24 (13 runs) England 96/1
AJ Strauss    50* (90b 10x4)      PM Siddle    7-1-39-1
IR Bell    29* (47b 5x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-2-22-0

24.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, FOUR, and Bell slashes this one over gully's head, he's gone hard at a wide-ish, fullish ball and got enough of it to sail comfortably away to the boundary. Well played.

24.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, FOUR, another boundary for Bell, gets on on his hips and just works it around the corner nicely, angling the ball down

24.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, straight-bat defence now, no swing at all there

24.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, yikes! Bell has somehow survived an outstanding full inswinger, he's played for a straighter one and the ball fizzes a couple of millimetres past the off stump, that was perilously close

24.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 1 run, worked away to leg

24.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, oh, another excellent yorker, and it swings in late to Strauss, who just manages to get bat on it - but only just

End of over 25 (9 runs) England 105/1
AJ Strauss    50* (91b 10x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    8-2-31-0
IR Bell    38* (52b 7x4)      PM Siddle    7-1-39-1

25.1

Siddle to Bell, 2 runs, full and wide of off, Bell drives it out through cover

25.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, prodded back towards Siddle

25.3

Siddle to Bell, 1 run, good running, just nudges it to cover and takes off immediately, well judged

25.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, angled across Strauss, who hangs out the dead bat at that one and prods it away

25.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, a big grunt from Siddle as he swings one away from Strauss, who defends again

25.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, left alone again, well judged by Strauss

And that's lunch. It's been a good session for England, and it was a good toss to win. There isn't much pace in this pitch and after Cook went early and Bell survived some early zip from Johnson, Strauss and Bell have done well to put on a 96-run partnership. Head on over to the lunchtime chat and join us again at 1.40pm.

End of over 26 (3 runs) England 108/1
AJ Strauss    50* (94b 10x4)      PM Siddle    8-1-42-1
IR Bell    41* (55b 7x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    8-2-31-0

Welcome back. Strauss and Bell follow the Australians out onto the field, and Ponting's clapping his hands like a mad seal to gear up his bowlers. Hilfens has the ball. He didn't bowl his best this morning, lacked his usual discipline. Anyway, here he comes to Bell

26.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, not a bad leave after lunch, that! Hilfenhaus won't mind him doing that. Just outside off

26.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, little bit wider this time, and Bell is ignoring

26.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

26.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, firmly on-driven, that's a fine shot - but fielded! Superb stop by Hilfenhaus diving to his right in his follow-through

26.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 1 no ball, way too wide of the off stump, and that's a no-ball. The one blemish of Hilfenhaus's otherwise very impressive tour has been his no-balling

26.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, left alone by Bell outside off

26.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, not far away from his off peg, that. Good leave by Bell, in the end...

Hilfens is chatting with the umpire about the foot holes. He's not entirely happy about them, hence - so he reckons, anyway - the no-ball in the last over.

End of over 27 (1 run) England 109/1
IR Bell    41* (62b 7x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    9-2-32-0
AJ Strauss    50* (94b 10x4)      PM Siddle    8-1-42-1

Clark from the other end, with two slips awaiting

27.1

Clark to Strauss, no run, wide enough for Strauss to leave that well alone

27.2

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

27.3

Clark to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off once more

27.4

Clark to Strauss, FOUR, superb stroke from Strauss after lunch. That was nothing more than a checked-drive, just calmly onto the front foot and driving through the line

27.5

Clark to Strauss, no run, played with soft hands to the gully

27.6

Clark to Strauss, 1 run, tucked off his hip

End of over 28 (5 runs) England 114/1
AJ Strauss    55* (100b 11x4)      SR Clark    6-3-11-0
IR Bell    41* (62b 7x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    9-2-32-0

28.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, OUT, got him! A horrid little nibble outside off - absolutely no need for Strauss to fiddle at that one, and it carried through low to Haddin

AJ Strauss c †Haddin b Hilfenhaus 55 (128m 101b 11x4 0x6) SR: 54.45

Well, well. He barely played a loose stroke all morning, Strauss - looked so solid, knew where his off stump was. But all it takes is one, tiny lapse in concentration and judgement...and he's gone. Massive wicket for Australia

Collingwood replaces him, and then it's the debutant Trott. Just two slips in place

28.2

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, swings wide of Collingwood who ignores it

Still can't believe Strauss's pokey, fiddly little push. No feet movement; no need to even touch it, to be honest.

28.3

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood chops down on this ala Collingwood, out to cover

28.4

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, clamps down on it, defending out to the off side

Collingwood's only been for a few deliveries, but already I've unfurled "clamps" and "chops". 'twas ever thus

28.5

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, a squirty (yes, the theme continues) defensive on the back foot. Slightly squared up

28.6

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, FOUR, timed that superbly through square leg for four. A stray from Hilfenhaus down the leg side, and Collingwood pounces

End of over 29 (4 runs) England 118/2
PD Collingwood    4* (5b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    10-2-36-1
IR Bell    41* (62b 7x4)      SR Clark    6-3-11-0

There's a very, very, very short mid-on for Bell. He's practically stamping on Collingwood's toes

29.1

Clark to Bell, no run, inswinger, well defended

29.2

Clark to Bell, 3 runs, super shot, lovely work off his pads through midwicket. Needs to be careful that he doesn't hit it aerially to the short midwicket, and very shot mid-on. But he didn't, and he got three

29.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, a wide leg-cutter, left well alone

Lily Allen's in the crowd. She has the St George's Cross painted on her cheeks. Her face. Doubtless on the hunt for Mr Onions

29.4

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

29.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

29.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, defended solidly on the back foot

End of over 30 (3 runs) England 121/2
PD Collingwood    4* (9b 1x4)      SR Clark    7-3-14-0
IR Bell    44* (64b 7x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    10-2-36-1

30.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 2 runs, too straight. Worked off his hip

30.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, outside off, a touch of movement away from him and it's left alone

30.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, gets right behind it and blocks

30.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, that's a solid forward defensive this time from Bell

30.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, seriously good shot - the firmest of off-drives but well stopped by Hilfenhaus

30.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, a loose flap-and-miss by Bell. Didn't bounce as much as he expected, but nevertheless, a nasty shot

End of over 31 (2 runs) England 123/2
IR Bell    46* (70b 7x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    11-2-38-1
PD Collingwood    4* (9b 1x4)      SR Clark    7-3-14-0

31.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, a fuller delivery for Collingwood but just outside the off stump. Steps across and defends

31.2

Clark to Collingwood, no run, well defended on the front foot

31.3

Clark to Collingwood, 1 run, shorter delivery, Collingwood goes for a pull and chops it down

31.4

Clark to Bell, no run, and that's an excellent, probing delivery on middle-and-off. Solidly defended - but that's the area for Clark. And, indeed, to Bell

There's Lily Allen. Warne's talking about her. "Hello, Lily," he says. "Come on, Lily. Give us a wave." And she does, too. Warne's worked his magic on the ladies again

31.5

Clark to Bell, 1 run, flicked through leg

31.6

Clark to Collingwood, 1 run, comes forward and pats it to leg once more

End of over 32 (3 runs) England 126/2
PD Collingwood    6* (13b 1x4)      SR Clark    8-3-17-0
IR Bell    47* (72b 7x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    11-2-38-1

32.1

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, a forcing defensive push off the back foot

32.2

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, on the off stump - that's the line to Collingwood.

32.3

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, on the front foot, defending to point. Almost took the splice of the blade, that

32.4

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, solid off-drive to cover

32.5

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, 1 run, short of a length and pulled around the corner

32.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, FOUR, ridiculous appeal. Four runs down to fine leg, tickled off the bat

And he has fifty. Bell has fifty whole runs. Well played. He's not looked at his best, naturally, but he's played a few nice shots and has stuck it out grittily, which isn't something we've been able to say about him for a while

End of over 33 (5 runs) England 131/2
IR Bell    51* (73b 8x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    12-2-43-1
PD Collingwood    7* (18b 1x4)      SR Clark    8-3-17-0

33.1

Clark to Collingwood, no run, an awkward shovel to leg. A Colly-shovel. You know what I mean. A shot to inspire no confidence whatsoever, but yet somehow he survives

33.2

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

33.3

Clark to Collingwood, no run, clamps down on the front foot

33.4

Clark to Collingwood, no run, another defensive from Collingwood, his bat coming down in an arc. Safely blocked nevertheless

33.5

Clark to Collingwood, no run, on the front foot, he defends

"Four years too late to justify their MBEs ... or is it?" ponders Miller of the current pair at the crease

33.6

Clark to Collingwood, no run, and it's swishily defended once more to finish the over

End of over 34 (maiden) England 131/2
PD Collingwood    7* (24b 1x4)      SR Clark    9-4-17-0
IR Bell    51* (73b 8x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    12-2-43-1

34.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, on the back foot, pushed out to the off side

34.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, blocked out to cover

This is all rather quiet. Necessarily defensive from England, but they don't want to grind to a halt. This is where they really, really miss Pietersen

34.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, nicely timed but short midwicket is onto it in a hurry

34.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, FOUR, oh, hello - on-driven for four! Pure class, that. Races through midwicket

34.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, and he follows it up with the most solid of forward defensives. Good cricket is that

34.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 1 no ball, another no-ball, the seventh of the innings

"Colly (v): To nudge, nurdle and generally struggle to get it off the square. Origin: P Collingwood MBE. Can you please give some credibility to my campaign to include this new word in the English language?" writes Alex Browne. Not Cricinfo's Alex Brown, importantly...

34.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 3 runs, another neat flick through the leg-side, though he's not quite timed it sufficiently for four. Siddle gives chase, angrily. He's the perfect villain, is Siddle

End of over 35 (8 runs) England 139/2
IR Bell    58* (80b 9x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    13-2-51-1
PD Collingwood    7* (24b 1x4)      SR Clark    9-4-17-0

Mitchell's back. And they've just shown Hilfenhaus's wicket to remove Strauss...and the fact he had overstepped by not just an inch, but at least two. Considerable overstepping! Ho hum

35.1

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

35.2

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, on the back foot, flicked to leg and he's off strike

35.3

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, very full, Collingwood steps across to defend

35.4

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, well wide of the off stump. That's a Johnson delivery of the Lord's era

35.5

Johnson to Collingwood, 2 runs, flicked off his legs

35.6

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, worked off his pads to square leg

End of over 36 (3 runs) England 142/2
PD Collingwood    9* (28b 1x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-30-0
IR Bell    59* (82b 9x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    13-2-51-1

36.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, loose from Bell! Very, very loose drive...

36.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, wider of the crease and it's defended on the back foot by Bell

36.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 2 runs, very smart shot, well timed off his hip

36.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

36.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, another teasing wide. Bell is not for teasing

36.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, and again it's too wide. Predictable tactic, this, if a little dull for the rest of us

End of over 37 (2 runs) England 144/2
IR Bell    61* (88b 9x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    14-2-53-1
PD Collingwood    9* (28b 1x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-30-0

37.1

Johnson to Collingwood, 1 wide, woops! Mitchell's back! This hasn't pitched on the cut strip. He's over the wicket to the right-hander, and has aimed that at third slip...

37.1

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, and another one, down the leg side this time

Ponting's jaw begins to chew the gum a little more feverishly

37.2

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, gets that on target as Collingwood goes to pull but is struck in the mid of his riff

37.3

Johnson to Collingwood, FOUR, four! Nothing more than a checked push down the ground and it's superbly timed

37.4

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, another checked push, but this time it finds mid-off

37.5

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, on the back foot, worked to leg

Darren Gough has just given Miller a Fab ice-lolly. "Every kid's favourite," he says, and he's not wrong. What a nice chap.

37.6

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

End of over 38 (5 runs) England 149/2
PD Collingwood    13* (34b 2x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-35-0
IR Bell    61* (88b 9x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    14-2-53-1

38.1

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

38.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 1 no ball, wide of the off stump

38.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

38.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, bELL IGNORES THIS ONE OUTSIDE OFF

Capslock is my enemy

38.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, on the front foot, he blocks

38.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 1 run, lovely square cut but deep point cuts it off. Nicely timed by Bell

38.6

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, big shout from Hilfenhaus and others as Collingwood defends this off the meat of the bat. But was it pad first? Looks like it was, on replays, but Billy's having none of it

End of over 39 (2 runs) England 151/2
PD Collingwood    13* (35b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    15-2-55-1
IR Bell    62* (94b 9x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-35-0

Here's comes Johnson

39.1

Johnson to Bell, no run, short and defended on the back foot

39.2

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, rocks on the back foot and turns it to leg

39.3

Johnson to Collingwood, 1 no ball, comes forward but gets an inside edge short of Haddin, who is wrong-footed to the off side

39.3

Johnson to Collingwood, 2 runs, worked through the leg side, as sweet as a molasses cookie

39.4

Johnson to Collingwood, 1 wide, crikey, that's a shocker from Johnson. Miles too wide! Come on, Pedro

Around the wicket

39.4

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, squeezed to point who, with a desperate sprawl to his right, fields well

39.5

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, solidly thwacked with rambunctious biffing

39.6

Johnson to Collingwood, 1 no ball, and it's driven hard again to mid-off, but it's another no-ball from the currently-very-very-wayward Johnson

39.6

Johnson to Collingwood, 1 run, flicked around the corner

That, ladies and gentle folk, is drinks, after which it'll be Brydon.

End of over 40 (7 runs) England 158/2
PD Collingwood    16* (41b 2x4)      MG Johnson    8-0-42-0
IR Bell    63* (96b 9x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    15-2-55-1

Thanks to Will, the gentlest of folk.

40.1

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood forward to defend, and then swiftly rearranges his protective gear, David Boon-style

40.2

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, FOUR, good shot, just a solid back-foot punch that finds the gap in the covers, well played

40.3

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, defended back down the pitch

Watson is off, Hauritz is on. Watson, we are told, is "unwell".

40.4

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, defended away to cover

40.5

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, bad ball, bad shot, short and wide and Collingwood flashes

40.6

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, enormous caught-behind shout there, Collingwood drove away from his body but Billy Bowden is uninterested, so much so that he didn't even appear to respond. In any case, Hotspot showed no edge

End of over 41 (4 runs) England 162/2
PD Collingwood    20* (47b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    16-2-59-1
IR Bell    63* (96b 9x4)      MG Johnson    8-0-42-0

41.1

Johnson to Bell, no run, nudged away defensively

41.2

Johnson to Bell, no run, clipped away to midwicket

41.3

Johnson to Bell, FOUR, well placed, it's fullish and angled across Bell, who gets across and forward to drive through cover, a lovely-looking stroke, that

41.4

Johnson to Bell, no run, pushed away defensively

41.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, pushed to cover again

41.6

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

End of over 42 (4 runs) England 166/2
IR Bell    67* (102b 10x4)      MG Johnson    9-0-46-0
PD Collingwood    20* (47b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    16-2-59-1

42.1

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, cut away to point but can't beat the field

42.2

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

Watson is back on.

42.3

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, pushed away defensively again

42.4

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, probing outside off again, Collingwood defends

42.5

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, fuller ball, clipped to mid-on

42.6

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, nice piece of bowling from Hilfenhaus, outside off for most of the over and this one tails in to the stumps, Collingwood is good enough to adjust and defend

End of over 43 (maiden) England 166/2
PD Collingwood    20* (53b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    17-3-59-1
IR Bell    67* (102b 10x4)      MG Johnson    9-0-46-0

Time for Peter Siddle.

43.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, outside off to start with, Bell pushes to point and sends back Collingwood, who wanted a single

43.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, driven straight to the man at cover

43.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, Bell defends with the full face of the bat, he's looking solid

43.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, Siddle's angling it in to Bell with a bit of movement off the seam, Bell defending with ease

43.5

Siddle to Bell, no run, forward to push this back to the bowler again

43.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, outside off again, defended again

End of over 44 (maiden) England 166/2
IR Bell    67* (108b 10x4)      PM Siddle    9-2-42-1
PD Collingwood    20* (53b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    17-3-59-1

44.1

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, on the pads, Collingwood works it away for a leg-bye

44.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, no swing here for Hilfenhaus, Bell leaves it alone

44.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, solid in defence once more

"It was one of those crucial tosses which was actually genuinely crucial, probably," says the always eloquent David Gower.

44.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

44.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, Bell defends to mid-on again

44.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 45 (1 run, maiden) England 167/2
IR Bell    67* (113b 10x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    18-4-59-1
PD Collingwood    20* (54b 3x4)      PM Siddle    9-2-42-1

45.1

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood closes the face and works it to midwicket

45.2

Siddle to Collingwood, 3 runs, good shot from Collingwood, who gets one on his pads and clips it through midwicket, the fielder manages to chase it down just inside the boundary

45.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

45.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, no shot from Bell, who is showing impressive patience

45.5

Siddle to Bell, 1 run, pushed away to deep point for a single, there's no man in at regular point

45.6

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, well wide of off, Collingwood lets it go

End of over 46 (4 runs) England 171/2
PD Collingwood    23* (57b 3x4)      PM Siddle    10-2-46-1
IR Bell    68* (116b 10x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    18-4-59-1

And here's our first look at some spin from the Australians. Marcus North to take up the attack from the Vauxhall End.

46.1

North to Bell, no run, there's some turn immediately, Bell offers no shot

Just one slip in here, a rather defensive field

46.2

North to Bell, 1 run, driven away through cover to the man in the deep

46.3

North to Collingwood, no run, on line and turning, Collingwood gets forward to it

46.4

North to Collingwood, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Collingwood cuts to deep point

46.5

North to Bell, 2 runs, that's a delicate paddle sweep from Bell, he's taken it from off stump and Siddle runs around at fine leg to do the fielding

46.6

North to Bell, no run, defended solidly again

There was definitely some turn in that over, North had Johnson's footmarks to work into. I think he's the more defensive spinner for Australia, Katich could be a wicket-taker but Katich doesn't like to do too much bowling, he gets a bit of back soreness sometimes.

End of over 47 (4 runs) England 175/2
IR Bell    71* (120b 10x4)      MJ North    1-0-4-0
PD Collingwood    24* (59b 3x4)      PM Siddle    10-2-46-1

47.1

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, pushed away to cover

47.2

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, punched to mid-on

47.3

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

47.4

Siddle to Collingwood, 1 no ball, pushed away defensively

"Bell's best at The Oval, beating his debut 70 against West Indies in 2004," reckons Miller.

47.4

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood flashes at a drive wide of off there, and then chastises himself, that was a loose shot

47.5

Siddle to Collingwood, OUT, and this time Collingwood does go for the drive and he's caught at gully! Full and wide, Collingwood gets it off a thick edge and Hussey takes the catch right in front of his face

PD Collingwood c Hussey b Siddle 24 (89m 65b 3x4 0x6) SR: 36.92

Siddle was searching for that drive, and after the previous ball I though Collingwood might have been a touch warier. Anyway, here's Trott on debut. Three slips in for Trott and a short midwicket

47.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, lunges forward to defend his first ball in Test cricket, and a big cheer from The Oval crowd

End of over 48 (1 run) England 176/3
IJL Trott    0* (1b)      PM Siddle    11-2-47-2
IR Bell    71* (120b 10x4)      MJ North    1-0-4-0

"Here comes too hot to Trott," Will says, "doubtless Trotting himself."

48.1

North to Bell, no run, turn and bounce, Bell gets it away safely

48.2

North to Bell, no run, this one turns to leg, off the pad

The new father Andrew McDonald, who has had a whistlestop tour home to Melbourne for the birth of his child since the fourth Test, jogs out to give Katich some shin pads and a helmet, he's coming in to short leg.

48.3

North to Bell, no run, turns it to leg, off the pad again

48.4

North to Bell, no run, flatter and quicker, Bell defends

48.5

North to Bell, no run, solid in defence again

48.6

North to Bell, no run, really tosses this one up, encouraging the drive, Bell checks his shot and works it to mid-off

End of over 49 (maiden) England 176/3
IR Bell    71* (126b 10x4)      MJ North    2-1-4-0
IJL Trott    0* (1b)      PM Siddle    11-2-47-2

Men back on the boundary now for the hook shot, and a bat-pad in

49.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, bouncer tests out Trott, he ducks under it with ease

49.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, bangs it in again and Trott fends! Oh, this one goes safely wide of Katich but Trott was keen to take off for a run, Katich threw it back at the stumps and Trott may actually have been in trouble had that hit

49.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, short again, fended again but safely into the turf

49.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, 93mph or 150kph, Trott drives to cover

49.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, tries for the yorker, Trott does well to keep it out but can't beat midwicket

49.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, straight bat again from Trott, he defends outside off

End of over 50 (maiden) England 176/3
IJL Trott    0* (7b)      PM Siddle    12-3-47-2
IR Bell    71* (126b 10x4)      MJ North    2-1-4-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting and the Australians show their disappointment, England v Australia, 5th Test, The Oval, 4th day, August 23, 2009

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