The Ashes - 5th Test

England v Australia

England won by 197 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

50.1

North to Bell, no run, tossed up on line, Bell drives it back to North

50.2

North to Bell, 1 run, punched away to deep point

Now Trott has a chance to get off the mark against a non-frontline bowler. The field comes in to try and restrict the single

50.3

North to Trott, no run, what is that? North has bowled a bouncer! A proper seamer that goes down leg and Haddin does well to take that. Very, very odd delivery!

Silly point comes in

50.4

North to Trott, no run, pushed away to off

50.5

North to Trott, no run, tossed up outside off, Trott lunges forward to defend

50.6

North to Trott, no run, turns in towards middle, Trott strides forward and gets an inside edge onto his pad

Still no Test runs for England's newest player

End of over 51 (1 run) England 177/3
IJL Trott    0* (11b)      MJ North    3-1-5-0
IR Bell    72* (128b 10x4)      PM Siddle    12-3-47-2

51.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, driven to mid-off

51.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, bouncer now, Bell watches it closely and gets out of the way

51.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, probing outside off, Bell lets it go

51.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, forward to defend once again, Bell continues to look solid

51.5

Siddle to Bell, no run, pushed away to cover once again

51.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, defends again

End of over 52 (maiden) England 177/3
IR Bell    72* (134b 10x4)      PM Siddle    13-4-47-2
IJL Trott    0* (11b)      MJ North    3-1-5-0

52.1

North to Trott, 2 runs, clipped through midwicket and Trott gallops through for his first runs in Test cricket, to a hearty roar from The Oval crowd

52.2

North to Trott, no run, tossed up outside and some drift for North, Trott drives to cover

52.3

North to Trott, no run, some turn again, Trott lunges and defends

52.4

North to Trott, 1 run, drifts to leg, Trott gets a single glanced behind square

52.5

North to Bell, no run, nudged away to midwicket

52.6

North to Bell, no run, good line, Bell defends safely

That's tea. Things have certainly quietened down since lunch, 72 runs came in 27 overs during that session for the loss of Strauss and Collingwood. But hasn't Ian Bell looked good? Well, since some nervy moments at the start of his innings. Join us at 4.00 for the final session.

End of over 53 (3 runs) England 180/3
IR Bell    72* (136b 10x4)      MJ North    4-1-8-0
IJL Trott    3* (15b)      PM Siddle    13-4-47-2

Trott jogs out with Bell. Intriguingly poised, the match. Even-stevens at the moment, I reckon. Here's Siddle

"Collingwood is dull," tweets Lily Allen. "He'll probably still be batting when I'm back here at the Oval on Saturday, having scored no runs." That was about an hour. And that's about enough of that. Welcome back, all. I wonder if I can get any of her track titles into commentary. Perhaps not No.8.

53.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, Trott is back, across and defending

Talking of twitter, @aggerscricket is talking to @stephenfry at the moment. All about twitter. The pair of them are all of a twitter, etc etc

53.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, onto the front foot, Trott defends solidly

53.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, solid looking defensive. An attacking defensive push to mid-off. I've been impressed with Trott's feet movement so far in his innings. Keen to get onto the front foot

53.4

Siddle to Trott, 1 run, walks across his stumps - dangerous stroke from Trott, and Ponting's roaring an appeal but Trott got an inside edge onto his pad. He does get a long way across, though - so far, sometimes, that his leg stump is visible

53.5

Siddle to Bell, OUT, bowled him, inside edge - he's out! That's cleaned him up! Bell came forward with only a tentative little push, his bat coming down in an arc and it took a thick inside edge to clatter his stumps

IR Bell b Siddle 72 (222m 137b 10x4 0x6) SR: 52.55

72 from Bell. Good knock. But I'm afraid it's not enough, either for him or for England. But it moves the game on, and here comes Prior

53.6

Siddle to Prior, no run, firmly blocked on the back foot

End of over 54 (1 run) England 181/4
MJ Prior    0* (1b)      PM Siddle    14-4-48-3
IJL Trott    4* (19b)      MJ North    4-1-8-0

That wicket's changed things here. 181 for 4 can easily turn into 210 for 6. Trott on debut, Prior new to the crease. Tense times

54.1

Clark to Trott, no run, a sharp leg cutter, left alone by Trott

54.2

Clark to Trott, no run, comes forward and tries to drive, but gets a thick inside edge which squirts tamely to the leg side

54.3

Clark to Trott, no run, prods this to mid-on

54.4

Clark to Trott, no run, drives this solidly out to mid-off

54.5

Clark to Trott, no run, slower delivery. My sort of pace - 71mph on middle stump, and it's defensively nudged to leg

Trott fighting with himself here. He's a picture of determination and concentration

54.6

Clark to Trott, no run, solid defensive on the back foot. Nice straight bat from Trott

End of over 55 (maiden) England 181/4
IJL Trott    4* (25b)      SR Clark    10-5-17-0
MJ Prior    0* (1b)      PM Siddle    14-4-48-3

55.1

Siddle to Prior, no run, onto the front foot, he defends

"Some quite un-English footwork from Trott so far. Seems to be going forward or back, rather than nowhere. I'm sure they'll coach that out of him soon enough," quips Andy Zaltzman.

55.2

Siddle to Prior, no run, swings in quite late on Prior who digs it out to the leg side

55.3

Siddle to Prior, no run, walks across to the off side just a touch, and turns it to leg

55.4

Siddle to Prior, no run, too late on that and Prior gets a thick inside edge into his boot. His bat, too, came down in an arc, much like Bell's which caused his dismissal

55.5

Siddle to Prior, no run, an off-cutter into Prior and that's perilously close too! Another inside edge, this time into his thigh

Siddle causing all sorts of problems here. England right on the back foot

55.6

Siddle to Prior, no run, firmly blocked to end a probing over

End of over 56 (maiden) England 181/4
MJ Prior    0* (7b)      PM Siddle    15-5-48-3
IJL Trott    4* (25b)      SR Clark    10-5-17-0

56.1

Clark to Trott, no run, thrashed to cover. Timed that well

56.2

Clark to Trott, no run, late swing away from the right-hander. Wisely ignored

56.3

Clark to Trott, no run, onto the front foot and pats this to mid-off. Held up, just a touch

Ponting's at short, short, short mid-on, in front of the non-striker

56.4

Clark to Trott, 3 runs, whipped across to leg. Dangerous, horribly dangerous shot, but timed it well enough. That was taken from middle-and-off

56.5

Clark to Prior, 1 run, turned with a flick of the wrists to square leg. They think of two as the fielder made a pig's ear of it, but rightly decide against it

56.6

Clark to Trott, no run, driven to Ponting

End of over 57 (4 runs) England 185/4
IJL Trott    7* (30b)      SR Clark    11-5-21-0
MJ Prior    1* (8b)      PM Siddle    15-5-48-3

57.1

Siddle to Prior, no run, onto the front foot, guiding it out to point

57.2

Siddle to Prior, no run, defended out to the leg side

57.3

Siddle to Prior, no run, another thick inside edge lodges itself into Prior's pads. Siddle beams an orange-peel grin at him, and generally finds it all very amusing indeed. Bowling beautifully here

57.4

Siddle to Prior, no run, steps back to defend with a high front elbow

57.5

Siddle to Prior, no run, angles back into Prior who's right behind it

57.6

Siddle to Prior, no run, patted out to point off the back foot

End of over 58 (maiden) England 185/4
MJ Prior    1* (14b)      PM Siddle    16-6-48-3
IJL Trott    7* (30b)      SR Clark    11-5-21-0

England have scored 77 in 32 overs since lunch. And lost three wickets, reports my colleague, Gnasher, who I'm concerned might be looking for a flight to Switzerland shortly.

58.1

Clark to Trott, no run, steps forward before shouldering arms to a leg-cutter

58.2

Clark to Trott, FOUR, gorgeous shot for four. An orthodox and elegant first four in Test cricket for Trotters

58.3

Clark to Trott, 2 runs, edged - short of mid-off! Squared up and again he tried to work it across his pads, but got a thick leading edge short of the fielder. Terrific ball

58.4

Clark to Trott, no run, left alone outside off

58.5

Clark to Trott, no run, nicely driven, if lacking timing and power

58.6

Clark to Trott, no run, again, Trott tries to work it to the leg side from the off stump. Hmm

End of over 59 (6 runs) England 191/4
IJL Trott    13* (36b 1x4)      SR Clark    12-5-27-0
MJ Prior    1* (14b)      PM Siddle    16-6-48-3

59.1

Siddle to Prior, no run, on the back foot, Prior steps back to defend. Solid, straight bat

59.2

Siddle to Prior, FOUR, much better. It was fuller, which helped, and he pumped it crisply down the ground. Just a fraction too full and driven with enough power to beat Siddle's leap to his left

59.3

Siddle to Prior, no run, defended on the back foot to the leg side

59.4

Siddle to Prior, 1 run, swings into him and he clips-and-runs to mid-on

59.5

Siddle to Trott, 4 byes, awesome off-cutter which beats everyone! That cut back monstrously on Trott who didn't have a hope in hell of making contact. Nor did Haddin, for that matter. And fine-leg. No-one, really.

59.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, nervously jumps back to defend

End of over 60 (9 runs) England 200/4
IJL Trott    13* (38b 1x4)      PM Siddle    17-6-53-3
MJ Prior    6* (18b 1x4)      SR Clark    12-5-27-0

60.1

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

60.2

Clark to Prior, 1 run, works this neatly to leg. A calm tuck

60.3

Clark to Trott, no run, wide of the off side and swinging wider still

60.4

Clark to Trott, 1 run, on the off stump, Trott again works it to mid-on. It's a tactic which is just about working, but it's fraught with danger

60.5

Clark to Prior, 3 runs, oh, nicely played - elegant, flashy cover-drive.

60.6

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

End of over 61 (5 runs) England 205/4
IJL Trott    14* (41b 1x4)      SR Clark    13-5-32-0
MJ Prior    10* (21b 1x4)      PM Siddle    17-6-53-3

61.1

Johnson to Prior, no run, calmly defended on the back foot

61.2

Johnson to Prior, no run, on his legs and Prior tucks it with a neat flick of the wrists

61.3

Johnson to Prior, no run, flashed to gully

61.4

Johnson to Prior, FOUR, oh shot, fantastic stroke from Prior. He's so strong outside the off stump, punching this square of the wicket between gully and point. Superbly played

61.5

Johnson to Prior, no run, woops. Mitchell's sent this miles wide of Prior

61.6

Johnson to Prior, no run, better line from the big man, and Prior's back and blocking with a straight bat

End of over 62 (4 runs) England 209/4
MJ Prior    14* (27b 2x4)      MG Johnson    10-0-50-0
IJL Trott    14* (41b 1x4)      SR Clark    13-5-32-0

62.1

Clark to Trott, no run, touch too wide

Over at the Colchester festival, Ravi Bopara is 35 not out against Surrey.

62.2

Clark to Trott, no run, wide and swinging wider still

62.3

Clark to Trott, no run, comes forward, steps out wide of the off stump - almost a charge - and thrashes it to cover

62.4

Clark to Trott, FOUR, a slower ball but Trott's up to the mark, tickling it down the leg side for four

Clark's just dropped a couple of f-bombs. Super effort from the big man

62.5

Clark to Trott, FOUR, slapped wide of the slip for four more. Audacious shot - just threw his hands a it and got a bottom edge, but it was safe enough

62.6

Clark to Trott, 1 run, elegant punch off his toes and point misfields, parrying the ball out to cover

End of over 63 (9 runs) England 218/4
IJL Trott    23* (47b 3x4)      SR Clark    14-5-41-0
MJ Prior    14* (27b 2x4)      MG Johnson    10-0-50-0

63.1

Johnson to Trott, no run, down the leg side, tries to flick and misses

63.2

Johnson to Trott, 1 run, on the back foot, whipped to leg

Mitchell's going around the wicket

63.3

Johnson to Prior, no run, cover-driven but very well fielded. North, I think

63.4

Johnson to Prior, 3 runs, driven through the same region and has placed it better this time. Watson's giving chase, which is perhaps a little too complimentary given the rate he's going. He looks a little stiff

63.5

Johnson to Trott, no run, forward defensive out to mid-off

63.6

Johnson to Trott, 1 run, worked off his pads to the leg side

End of over 64 (5 runs) England 223/4
IJL Trott    25* (51b 3x4)      MG Johnson    11-0-55-0
MJ Prior    17* (29b 2x4)      SR Clark    14-5-41-0

Marcus North into the attack. 0 for 8 from 4 so far

64.1

North to Trott, FOUR, mmm, quality stroke that. Drops it short, it's too straight, and Trott stands tall and whips it through square leg for four

64.2

North to Trott, no run, defended on the front foot

64.3

North to Trott, no run, that's sped onto him and my word, that's close - thick inside edge at the last moment saved him! Lapse in concentration from Trott - sheesh, that was mighty close!

64.4

North to Trott, no run, solid defensive this time

64.5

North to Trott, 1 run, down the pitch and clunked to mid-on, who misfields

64.6

North to Prior, 1 run, elegantly stroked to deep extra cover

End of over 65 (6 runs) England 229/4
MJ Prior    18* (30b 2x4)      MJ North    5-1-14-0
IJL Trott    30* (56b 4x4)      MG Johnson    11-0-55-0

Johnson's around the wicket

65.1

Johnson to Prior, no run, good one, held its line after coming in at the batsman with the angle. Beaten

65.2

Johnson to Prior, no run, and that's hit Prior - shorter ball and that really has flew onto Prior much quicker than he thought. Smacked on the gloves - pretty well played in the end

65.3

Johnson to Prior, OUT, the slower ball and Prior prods it tamely to point who takes a good, leaping catch - terrific bowling from Johnson

MJ Prior c Watson b Johnson 18 (57m 33b 2x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

And the crowd stand as one to roar on Flintoff, playing in his penultimate Test innings. Huge cheer - a standing ovation. Let's see if he can give the Oval crowd a thoroughly entertaining last hour or so

He's facing Johnson, however, who's proving to be a handful around the wicket. Actually, he's going over the wicket. Here he comes, sun on his back

65.4

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, on the front foot, defended solidly

65.5

Johnson to Flintoff, 1 no ball, cracked to point. Another no-ball - plenty of those today

65.5

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

65.6

Johnson to Flintoff, 1 wide, way, way too wide. And wided

Around the wicket

65.6

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, forced off the back foot out to the off side

And that's over. And here's Brydon.

End of over 66 (2 runs) England 231/5
A Flintoff    0* (4b)      MG Johnson    12-0-57-1
IJL Trott    30* (56b 4x4)      MJ North    5-1-14-0

Thanks Will.

66.1

North to Trott, no run, prodded away to cover

66.2

North to Trott, no run, defended safely again

66.3

North to Trott, no run, fuller length, worked to leg

66.4

North to Trott, 2 runs, wider of off now, Trott does well to guide it behind point for a couple

66.5

North to Trott, 4 byes, oy, big turn and a drive from Trott, the ball misses the lot, beats the bat and the stumps and Brad Haddin

66.6

North to Trott, no run, flatter and quicker, Trott blocks

End of over 67 (6 runs) England 237/5
IJL Trott    32* (62b 4x4)      MJ North    6-1-16-0
A Flintoff    0* (4b)      MG Johnson    12-0-57-1

Johnson around the wicket here

67.1

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, Flintoff defends outside off

67.2

Johnson to Flintoff, FOUR, Flintoff gets away with a boundary, jams down on a fullish, wide-ish ball and gets it through gully

67.3

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, that's a nasty bouncer! Fast and deadly accurate, Flintoff just couldn't get out of the way and he's taken it on the left shoulder, a couple of inches to the left and it would have crunched his helmet

67.4

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, safer length now and Flintoff can defend

67.5

Johnson to Flintoff, 1 no ball, 'No!' shouts Asad Rauf. Presumably there was a 'ball' intended as well. Anyway, Flintoff prods it away

67.5

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, slower ball just outside off, Flintoff pushes it away to cover point

67.6

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, tries for the bouncer again but this one is too short to cause any danger to Flintoff

Time for drinks in what will quite obviously have to be an extended session.

End of over 68 (5 runs) England 242/5
A Flintoff    4* (11b 1x4)      MG Johnson    13-0-62-1
IJL Trott    32* (62b 4x4)      MJ North    6-1-16-0

Marcus North to continue as Australia's over rate remains very, very poor. Plus he's spinning it, so he's a potential danger.

68.1

North to Trott, 1 run, worked away through point

68.2

North to Flintoff, no run, tossed up outside off, Flintoff is forward to defend

68.3

North to Flintoff, 2 runs, Flintoff goes for the slog sweep here, but doesn't get it and the ball skews away through square leg off an under-edge

68.4

North to Flintoff, 1 run, well wide of off now, Flintoff punches it to deep cover

68.5

North to Trott, no run, good turn again, Trott gets a big stride in to defend

68.6

North to Trott, no run, driven back down towards mid-off

End of over 69 (4 runs) England 246/5
IJL Trott    33* (65b 4x4)      MJ North    7-1-20-0
A Flintoff    7* (14b 1x4)      MG Johnson    13-0-62-1

69.1

Johnson to Flintoff, 1 no ball, another overstep here, Flintoff nudges it away to leg

That is a massive no-ball. Johnson was over by almost the length of his foot

69.1

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, bouncer and Flintoff fends, oh, he wasn't totally in control but got it down short of bat-pad

69.2

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, bouncer down leg and Flintoff tamely tries for a hook and gets nothing on it

69.3

Johnson to Flintoff, no run, better length, Flintoff defends

69.4

Johnson to Flintoff, OUT, gone! There won't be a first-innings fairytale from Freddie, flashes at a wide one and gets an edge through to Haddin

A Flintoff c †Haddin b Johnson 7 (21m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 36.84

That's a big wicket, England's bowlers are more than handy with the bat but Australia will sense a real opportunity to knock them over cheaply here. Stuart Broad is up now.

69.5

Johnson to Broad, no run, left alone outside off

69.6

Johnson to Broad, no run, angled in to Broad, trying to squeeze through the gate and a thick inside edge runs away towards square leg

End of over 70 (1 run) England 247/6
SCJ Broad    0* (2b)      MG Johnson    14-0-63-2
IJL Trott    33* (65b 4x4)      MJ North    7-1-20-0

70.1

North to Trott, no run, Trott leans forward to thrust the pad at one just outside off

70.2

North to Trott, no run, walks across off now and leaves it alone

70.3

North to Trott, no run, Trott uses his feet now, drives to Ponting at short cover

70.4

North to Trott, no run, lunging forward to defend again

70.5

North to Trott, no run, turns in from outside off, Trottsky defends

70.6

North to Trott, 1 no ball, left alone this time and North has also managed to overstep

70.6

North to Trott, no run, clipped to short-leg

North is whipping through his overs, which he needs to.

End of over 71 (1 run) England 248/6
IJL Trott    33* (72b 4x4)      MJ North    8-1-21-0
SCJ Broad    0* (2b)      MG Johnson    14-0-63-2

71.1

Johnson to Broad, no run, a thick inside edge onto pad again, Broad is trying to get his eye in here with Johnson bowling quick and angling it in

71.2

Johnson to Broad, no run, a little outside off now and Broad lets it go

71.3

Johnson to Broad, FOUR, oh dear, Broad has almost edged that to slip! Short from Johnson and Broad doesn't know whether to play or leave, he tries to get out of the way but it runs off his glove and bounces just short of Ponting at second slip, and runs away to the boundary

71.4

Johnson to Broad, 1 no ball, yet another overstep. Punched away to point

71.4

Johnson to Broad, no run, Johnson drags this one down, turns into a slow bouncer wide of off, Broad pushes to cover

Shane Watson is warming up for a bowl, in the least subtle fashion possible. He's lying on the ground doing various stretches, getting those hamstrings ready

71.5

Johnson to Broad, no run, pushed back to Johnson

Around the wicket now

71.6

Johnson to Broad, 1 no ball, and the change of angle doesn't stop Johnson's no-ball problem, Broad clips it off his pads

71.6

Johnson to Broad, no run, that's why he changed to around the wicket, bangs in a bouncer that has Broad ducking

End of over 72 (6 runs) England 254/6
SCJ Broad    4* (10b 1x4)      MG Johnson    15-0-69-2
IJL Trott    33* (72b 4x4)      MJ North    8-1-21-0

72.1

North to Trott, 2 runs, Trott waits on this one nicely and cuts it away through gully for a couple more runs, he's looking comfortable

72.2

North to Trott, 1 run, a quick single here, pushed to mid-off and Hilfenhaus throws at the bowler's end but misses, Trott looked to be safely home anyway

North comes around the wicket to the left-hander

72.3

North to Broad, 2 runs, Broad paddles a sweep gently down towards fine leg for two

Men in close on both sides here, as well as one slip

72.4

North to Broad, no run, tossed up outside off, left alone

72.5

North to Broad, 2 runs, Broad goes the paddle sweep again, this one lobs up but out of reach of the fielders, towards where a short fine leg would have been.

And indeed a man moves to that position now

72.6

North to Broad, no run, left alone outside off, some decent turn there

End of over 73 (7 runs) England 261/6
SCJ Broad    8* (14b 1x4)      MJ North    9-1-28-0
IJL Trott    36* (74b 4x4)      MG Johnson    15-0-69-2

And coming on for Australia it's Shane W.....atson. Warne remains in the commentary box, where he's pleading for Ponting to try Michael Clarke or Simon Katich.

73.1

Watson to Trott, no run, on line straight away, Trott pushes to mid-on

73.2

Watson to Trott, FOUR, easy runs there for Trott, he gets on on his pads and flicks it forward of square leg for a boundary. Well, when I say easy runs, you've still got to put the bad balls away

73.3

Watson to Trott, no run, defended away safely this time

73.4

Watson to Trott, 1 run, short ball, but at Watson's pace it's no threat and Trott pulls to deep midwicket

73.5

Watson to Broad, 1 run, pushed away towards point for a single

No real swing or seam movement here for Watson

73.6

Watson to Trott, 1 leg bye, big shout, big lbw shout! Angled in and Trott tries to work that to leg, it's hit him in line with middle and leg, Asad Rauf says not out! That looked a very, very good appeal.

Hawkeye says that was taking leg.

End of over 74 (7 runs) England 268/6
IJL Trott    41* (79b 5x4)      SR Watson    1-0-6-0
SCJ Broad    9* (15b 1x4)      MJ North    9-1-28-0

74.1

North to Trott, no run, defended away safely by Trott

74.2

North to Trott, OUT, that is magnificent work from Katich! Truly incredible stuff at short leg! Trott uses his feet and clips to leg, Katich at short leg makes a sharp save and quickly gets a full-blooded throw at the stumps, Trott is still in the follow through and has to turn quickly, the direct hit has him well short

IJL Trott run out 41 (125m 81b 5x4 0x6) SR: 50.61

That was such a sharp piece of fielding, to collect and get such a powerful throw so quickly, really well done and a very unfortunate end to what had been a promising innings from Trott.

74.3

North to Swann, no run, oh, howzat? Not out says Billy Bowden! A flat, straight ball from North has Swann in trouble, the Australians are confident but Billy Bowden has got it right, there was a thin inside edge on that

74.4

North to Swann, no run, worked away to off by Swann

74.5

North to Swann, no run, turning in from off again, Swann doesn't get it away

Men in close on both sides now

74.6

North to Swann, no run, tossed up and driven to silly point, Ponting tries to do a Katich and flick it back, but Swann is safe and the throw missed anyway

Wow, that was an eventful over!

End of over 75 (wicket maiden) England 268/7
GP Swann    0* (4b)      MJ North    10-2-28-0
SCJ Broad    9* (15b 1x4)      SR Watson    1-0-6-0

Watson around the wicket now

75.1

Watson to Broad, no run, punched away defensively

75.2

Watson to Broad, FOUR, and this one beats Haddin! Angled in and Broad must've got a thin inside edge on that, it's sailed past Haddin's right hand and away for four

It was a long way wide of Haddin, though. And the edge must have been very, very thin

75.3

Watson to Broad, no run, bangs it in towards the hips, Broad can't get bat on it

75.4

Watson to Broad, 1 run, flicked away behind square

75.5

Watson to Swann, FOUR, down leg side, bad ball and Swann glances it away for a boundary

75.6

Watson to Swann, no run, pushed away defensively

End of over 76 (9 runs) England 277/7
GP Swann    4* (6b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-0-15-0
SCJ Broad    14* (19b 2x4)      MJ North    10-2-28-0

76.1

North to Broad, no run, tossed up outside off, Broad defends to silly point

76.2

North to Broad, no run, left alone outside off this time

Swann must be enjoying watching North get some turn here

76.3

North to Broad, no run, Broad goes the drive and lobs it up short of cover

76.4

North to Broad, no run, no shot offered outside off

76.5

North to Broad, no run, Broad drives to mid-off, that was a fuller ball

76.6

North to Broad, no run, more turn from North, good bowling, Broad looks to defends then drags the bat out of the way

End of over 77 (maiden) England 277/7
SCJ Broad    14* (25b 2x4)      MJ North    11-3-28-0
GP Swann    4* (6b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-0-15-0

77.1

Watson to Swann, 1 run, angled in to Swann, who clips it through midwicket

77.2

Watson to Broad, no run, 89mph or 144kph, Watson is getting some decent pace here, Broad punches away to cover

77.3

Watson to Broad, FOUR, that's a great shot! Short ball and Broad almost nonchalantly pulls that forward of midwicket, it's sailed almost over mid-on and raced away to the boundary. What an attractive shot

77.4

Watson to Broad, no run, fullish outside off, left alone

And there's a false start as Broad pulls out with Watson almost in his delivery stride. Looks like a bird flew low across the pitch

77.5

Watson to Broad, no run, Broad drives off the back foot, finds the man at gully

77.6

Watson to Broad, no run, pushed away to cover

Watson's grunting more than Maria Sharapova here, every delivery he squeezes out a loud noise with the effort

End of over 78 (5 runs) England 282/7
SCJ Broad    18* (30b 3x4)      SR Watson    3-0-20-0
GP Swann    5* (7b 1x4)      MJ North    11-3-28-0

78.1

North to Swann, no run, swing and a miss! Swann looks for the big sweep here, North turns it in but not enough to take off stump

78.2

North to Swann, no run, left alone outside off

78.3

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

78.4

North to Swann, no run, a loud shout for lbw here as Swann sweeps, but it's struck him outside the line of off

78.5

North to Swann, no run, Swann defends watchfully

78.6

North to Swann, 1 run, uses the feet this time and drives through cover, there's a man sweeping the boundary

End of over 79 (1 run) England 283/7
GP Swann    6* (13b 1x4)      MJ North    12-3-29-0
SCJ Broad    18* (30b 3x4)      SR Watson    3-0-20-0

Watson to continue, we'll have about 25 minutes remaining with the close of play extended to 6.30

79.1

Watson to Swann, 1 run, worked away off the hips for a run to midwicket

79.2

Watson to Broad, 4 byes, beats the outside edge, and that's four byes, Watson has bowled pretty well without luck, this one swings late after it passes Broad and Haddin can't glove it

79.3

Watson to Broad, no run, driven to mid-off

79.4

Watson to Broad, no run, driven back towards the bowler

79.5

Watson to Broad, no run, angled in from around the wicket, Broad punches to off

79.6

Watson to Broad, no run, almost a wicket! Almost. Broad drives wide outside off, gets a thick edge and it's fallen just short of Ponting at second slip. So close.

End of over 80 (5 runs) England 288/7
SCJ Broad    18* (35b 3x4)      SR Watson    4-0-21-0
GP Swann    7* (14b 1x4)      MJ North    12-3-29-0

The new ball is due but it will be North to continue for now

80.1

North to Swann, no run, driven back to North

80.2

North to Swann, no run, tossed up well wide of off, Swann flashes but can't get it away

80.3

North to Swann, 1 run, punched away to deep cover

80.4

North to Broad, no run, nudged back down the pitch

80.5

North to Broad, no run, pushed towards mid-off

80.6

North to Broad, no run, Broad pushes at this one outside off, finds the man at cover

Here's Will to take you through the remainder.

End of over 81 (1 run) England 289/7
SCJ Broad    18* (38b 3x4)      MJ North    13-3-30-0
GP Swann    8* (17b 1x4)      SR Watson    4-0-21-0

81.1

Watson to Swann, no run, full and straight, nudged to leg

81.2

Watson to Swann, 1 run, squeezed out on the front foot

Around the wicket

81.3

Watson to Broad, no run, speared into his pads. Digs it out

81.4

Watson to Broad, no run, better line on the off stump, and Broad's right behind it

81.5

Watson to Broad, no run, Broad steps back and across, as he has done for much of his innings today - uncharacteristically nervous-looking defence. Solid, though.

81.6

Watson to Broad, FOUR, flashed and edged and wide of the slips for four! Not in control of that, by any stretch of the imagination - what a ridiculous phrase that is. Watson's fairly fuming at Broad there

End of over 82 (5 runs) England 294/7
SCJ Broad    22* (42b 4x4)      SR Watson    5-0-26-0
GP Swann    9* (19b 1x4)      MJ North    13-3-30-0

82.1

North to Swann, no run, Swann thinks about sweeping but then realises it's too short, so he goes back to defend. Well played

82.2

North to Swann, 1 run, clunked off the bat foot out to deep extra cover

Crowd are pretty quiet. And, I dare to venture, disappointed. Today's play by England has hardly inspired confidence

Around the wicket for the left-hander

82.3

North to Broad, no run, speared into Broad who digs it out

82.4

North to Broad, 2 runs, very nicely played, an elegant cover drive for three. Good teamwork by Hussey and, erm...not sure who the other guy was, but well done anyway

82.5

North to Broad, no run, sharpish turn from outside off. Broad ignores it

Back over the wicket with one ball to go

82.6

North to Broad, no run, tries to flip him through midwicket but doesn't make contact

End of over 83 (3 runs) England 297/7
SCJ Broad    24* (46b 4x4)      MJ North    14-3-33-0
GP Swann    10* (21b 1x4)      SR Watson    5-0-26-0

Siddle the villain is on. The new ball's been taken.

83.1

Siddle to Swann, no run, an awkward, slightly cross-batted defensive

83.2

Siddle to Swann, no run, angling into his off stump, Swann presents the straightest of blades in a firm forward defensive

England a tantalising three away from their 300

83.3

Siddle to Swann, 1 run, goes for a pull - he has all the time in the world on this pudding of a pitch, and he may have pulled it into his body I think. Possibly even near the family jewels. He looks to be okay, though

83.4

Siddle to Broad, 1 run, sweet flick to fine leg

83.5

Siddle to Swann, no run, defended solidly

83.6

Siddle to Swann, FOUR, firmly driven through extra cover, that's a fine stroke by Swann. He really got forward nicely there, head over the ball and the timing was spot on. A good way in which to bring up England's 300

End of over 84 (6 runs) England 303/7
GP Swann    15* (26b 2x4)      PM Siddle    18-6-59-3
SCJ Broad    25* (47b 4x4)      MJ North    14-3-33-0

Benjamin Hilfenhaus is into the attack

84.1

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

84.2

Hilfenhaus to Broad, no run, sharp delivery which cuts back nastily on Broad, but it's tucked to leg reasonably comfortably

84.3

Hilfenhaus to Broad, no run, on the back foot and he defends

84.4

Hilfenhaus to Broad, no run, ooh, very well bowled there. Late swing into Broad's off stump. Solidly blocked, mind you

84.5

Hilfenhaus to Broad, no run, swings sharply back into Broad once more but again he's defending solidly

Last ball of the day

84.6

Hilfenhaus to Broad, no run, thrashed to cover. A nice way in which to end the day

Or not. Because we're going to have another over

End of over 85 (maiden) England 303/7
SCJ Broad    25* (53b 4x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    19-5-59-1
GP Swann    15* (26b 2x4)      PM Siddle    18-6-59-3

85.1

Siddle to Swann, 3 runs, nice shot! Firmly and elegantly whipped through midwicket, but Hilfenhaus takes one for the team and dives like a true champion to save four

85.2

Siddle to Broad, 1 run, stands tall and guides to point

85.3

Siddle to Swann, OUT, got him! What a way for Australia to end the day, as Swann taps forward meekly and edges a very fine delivery behind

GP Swann c †Haddin b Siddle 18 (43m 28b 2x4 0x6) SR: 64.28


127 for 5 for England in that final, extended session, and those five wickets have really hurt them. 307 is about par for the first day; losing eight wickets is not, on a pitch that might have offered more than England were expecting, but there were far too many loose strokes and pokes and fiddles which cost them dearly. Broad is still there, however, and if he can just lift England to 350 tomorrow, there's an outside chance they'll have a competitive total. Wonderful bowling from Siddle today, who has grown with each match and mostly bowled a full length, probing outside off. It was good enough for England. So then, keep your eyes peeled for the bulletin and, until tomorrow at about 10.30am, it's goodbye.

Siddle's got three balls left. Three slips await

Australia take the field, to a man they're all wearing sunnies. Just a little taster of the kind of colour and descriptive brilliance you're about to experience. Broad's not-out. But who will join him? It's none other than the duck-avoiding legend himself, James Anderson.

So, we're nearly ready. Put down the brown bag; empty the mind wok and stop your blue-sky thinking. It's Friday - you never work on a Friday - so sit back and refresh like the cricket-crazy thugs you all are.

And it's a warm welcome to our three editors at the ground, Andrew, Alex and Peter. "Not a lot to report here," reports Miller. "The sun is shining, the stands are filling, and the pastries are tempting. The nectarines aren't as ripe as they could be though, which is a pity." Not so much a pity, as wholly unacceptable.

10.15am Hello, good morning, and a very warm welcome to you all for the second day of this, the final Ashes Test, from The Oval. I'm Will Luke, alongside Brydon Coverdale, and we're both in fine fettle as I hope you all are too. What a day we have in prospect. England's tail urgently, desperately - for the sake of their Ashes chances - need quick, big, match-salvaging runs before producing a brilliant bowling performance. Australia - Siddle in particular - bowled very well yesterday, but very few England batsmen were "got out", a factor I'm certain Australia's batters will be determined not to replicate. It's all set up and the weather's set fair, too - a slight chance of a shower, but nothing tragic by any means.

85.4

Siddle to Anderson, no run, Anderson lets the first delivery by outside his off stump, under sunny skies

85.5

Siddle to Anderson, no run, on the off stump this time, a better line for sure, but Anderson's defence is solid

85.6

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

End of over 86 (4 runs) England 307/8
JM Anderson    0* (3b)      PM Siddle    19-6-63-4
SCJ Broad    26* (54b 4x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    19-5-59-1

Now then. The onus is on Broad to manufacture tailend runs here. Anderson scores as quickly as a blind drug addict. Hilfenhaus to Broad

86.1

Hilfenhaus to Broad, no run, a loosener to begin with, and only the merest hint of swing back into the left-handed Broad

86.2

Hilfenhaus to Broad, no run, very wide of the off stump this time

I wonder how long it'll be until he goes around the wicket. Not long, I'd venture

86.3

Hilfenhaus to Broad, 1 run, a little bit late on that, his feet still asleep, but he nevertheless works it to leg. Just for a single, so Anderson has three balls in which to survive

86.4

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, no run, that wasn't too far away from flattening his off stump. Touch of swing for Hilfenhaus - just about enough to trouble the tail, I'd say

86.5

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, no run, quicker and a little tighter. An inch away from Anderson's off stump this time. Lovely swing through the air; nothing off the pitch yet

86.6

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, OUT, Anderson's out! Swinging back late, he was late on it and couldn't get his bat down in time, and Anderson's got his first duck in Test cricket!

JM Anderson lbw b Hilfenhaus 0 (5m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

End of over 87 (1 run) England 308/9
     BW Hilfenhaus    20-5-60-2
SCJ Broad    27* (57b 4x4)      PM Siddle    19-6-63-4

Anderson went 54 innings without a duck. Monstrous, ugly effort and what a shame it's ended. But fear not - here comes England's best batsman at The Oval: Steve Harmison, averaging a mere 119.

87.1

Siddle to Broad, no run, wide of the off stump and ignored by Broad

87.2

Siddle to Broad, 1 run, clunked off the back foot, right off the toe of the bat, aerially through cover

87.3

Siddle to Harmison, no run, pitches it up on middle-and-leg, and Harmison gawkily whips to leg

87.4

Siddle to Harmison, 1 leg bye, down the leg side to fine leg and Harmison's down! Flat out! Terrific dive from the big man

87.5

Siddle to Broad, no run, very good line on the off stump. Broad's back and defending. Defending solidly, too

87.6

Siddle to Broad, 1 run, pulled and top-edged in the air, this'll be taken by fine-leg if he's quick enough. Is he? No! Johnson runs in, but Haddin's also zooming in on the ball which has distracted him sufficiently for him to drop it. Very difficult chance, but angry Siddle is now a man absolutely ticking. The double tea-pot it well and truly unfurled

End of over 88 (3 runs) England 311/9
SCJ Broad    29* (61b 4x4)      PM Siddle    20-6-65-4
SJ Harmison    0* (2b)      BW Hilfenhaus    20-5-60-2

88.1

Hilfenhaus to Broad, 2 runs, crashed backward of square for a single - no, they're going for two. He'll have to hurry, and the throw from third man is poor

88.2

Hilfenhaus to Broad, 1 run, clunked square of the wicket

Harmison on strike. Given the precarious state of his confidence, a quickfire (and, importantly, crowd-pleasing) 30 would do him the world of good before he takes the new ball

88.3

Hilfenhaus to Harmison, no run, defended to leg

88.4

Hilfenhaus to Harmison, no run, wide of the off stump and swinging wider

88.5

Hilfenhaus to Harmison, FOUR, soft hands! Played nicely down to third man. That'll do him good

88.6

Hilfenhaus to Harmison, no run, well defended by Harmison. A very straight and good delivery on the off stump, but he was right behind it

End of over 89 (7 runs) England 318/9
SJ Harmison    4* (6b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    21-5-67-2
SCJ Broad    32* (63b 4x4)      PM Siddle    20-6-65-4

89.1

Siddle to Broad, 1 run, on middle-and-leg, nicely whipped to mid-on and he takes the single to expose Harmison

89.2

Siddle to Harmison, no run, brilliant take from Haddin! Angled into Harmison, seamed away then swung prodigiously after pitching, so much in fact that Haddin had to dive in front of first slip

That's the sort of late swing we normally see at Lord's, not so much at The Oval

89.3

Siddle to Harmison, no run

89.4

Siddle to Harmison, (no ball) FOUR, shot! Oh superb shot from Harmison. Tail-end humpty - or rather, tail-end orthodoxy as he whips this elegantly through midwicket, ala Atherton. And it's a no-ball, too

89.4

Siddle to Harmison, no run, Harmison lines up another big swish - I think he's timed this really quite well actually. A big swing through the leg-side and yes, it's gone for four. Now that was tail-end humpty

Vital runs, but just as important is the confidence it gives England and the annoyance it provides Australia

89.5

Siddle to Harmison, FOUR, Harmison lines up another big swish - I think he's timed this really quite well actually. A big swing through the leg-side and yes, it's gone for four. Now that was tail-end humpty

Vital runs, but just as important is the confidence it gives England and the annoyance it provides Australia

89.6

Siddle to Harmison, no run, defended out to the off side

End of over 90 (10 runs) England 328/9
SJ Harmison    12* (12b 3x4)      PM Siddle    21-6-75-4
SCJ Broad    33* (64b 4x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    21-5-67-2

A curious email from one of our readers has landed. "4 years ago i split up with my then girlfriend because i refused to budge from the sofa watching the last day of the ashes. I lost thousands in an acrimonious flat sale. Yesterday i took the day off work to watch the first day but my (current) wife demanded i go with her to Bluewater. I guess it says where i am at in my life and how i feel for her that i went(not to mention the financial implications) I spent the day stumbling and bumping into people looking at my phone for the scores, my apologies to those people. Our conversations ran like the macdonalds tv ad where the guy hasn't been listening and is compelled to think of an answer as his wife has finished talking. To compound my misery im at work and someone has just offered me a free ticket for today, everyone else i work with are off today so i cant get out. Terracota?"

90.1

Hilfenhaus to Broad, no run, Broad stands tall and absolutely spanks the like out of it, but straight to mid-off

90.2

Hilfenhaus to Broad, no run, Broad attempts a huge swing across the line and is very fortunate not to be bowled. Excellent line from the ever-nagging Hilfenhaus

90.3

Hilfenhaus to Broad, FOUR, beautifully played. Much too short from Hilfenhaus and he's pulled him behind square, bisecting the converging deep midwicket and fine leg, neither of whom could reach it in time. Really well placed

90.4

Hilfenhaus to Broad, no run, a full bunger outside off - takes Broad by surprise

90.5

Hilfenhaus to Broad, OUT, got him! Much better from Hilfenhaus, pitching it up, and he goes for a huge swing and gets a thick outside edge to slip

SCJ Broad c Ponting b Hilfenhaus 37 (89m 69b 5x4 0x6) SR: 53.62

Well that was brief but fun. They were surely aiming for 350, and the scorecard makes for fairly uninspiring reading. Not a hundred to be seen. Useful and entertaining 37 from Broad, but England really do need to bowl out of their skins if they're to challenge Australia. They do, however, have a front-line spinner

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