The Ashes - 5th Test

England v Australia

England won by 197 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Anderson's taking the new ball

England are out in the middle and in the usual huddle. Strauss says words, and stuff, as if they didn't already know what to do. Mind you, Harmison probably needs a reminder now and again. Katich and Watson, the new Australian opener, are ready.

0.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, a little wide of the off stump and left alone - and that doesn't carry through to the keeper

0.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, better line but again he's able to leave it alone

0.3

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

0.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, touch too wide again. No need for Watson to touch those. Is he setting him up for an inswinger?

0.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, much better - at last making him play. On the off stump and swinging into him

0.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, well, again it's much too wide. Only once was Watson forced to play

End of over 1 (maiden) Australia 0/0
SR Watson    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0
SM Katich    0* (0b)     

Flintoff into the attack. Two slips, two gullies. A big roar greets him. Cloudier overhead. Not heard from her for ages. Boom boom

1.1

Flintoff to Katich, no run, on the off stump and defended

1.2

Flintoff to Katich, no run, angled across Katich who's leaving alone. Flintoff looks fit and strong, relatively speaking

1.3

Flintoff to Katich, no run, short of a length and punched to point

1.4

Flintoff to Katich, no run, fuller delivery this time and Katich's feet movement is a little late - doubtless nervous facing Flintoff

1.5

Flintoff to Katich, no run, shorter and spicier and Katich evades it with a swish of his head. Good pace from Flintoff. The crowd love it, too.

1.6

Flintoff to Katich, no run, no need to play that. Short of a length and Katich sways out of the way

The scorecard reads that over as a maiden, but it wasn't his most deadly.

End of over 2 (maiden) Australia 0/0
SM Katich    0* (6b)      A Flintoff    1-1-0-0
SR Watson    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0

2.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, Watson steps forward before shouldering arms to a good one just outside off

2.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, beaten outside off, in the channel just wide of the off stump. Loose stroke from Watson, though notably the ball again only just carried through to Prior

England simply have to attack the stumps more often. Allow the ball to swing, but make them play

2.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, no, again that's too wide. And again that only just carries through to Prior

2.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, beaten again! Fractionally closer to the off stump, and Watson again fished and missed

2.5

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, defended down to third man for four. Not altogether in control of that, but he just about angled it past gully. Lucky that it didn't explode off the surface and take the splice

2.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, ignored outside off

End of over 3 (4 runs) Australia 4/0
SR Watson    4* (12b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-1-4-0
SM Katich    0* (6b)      A Flintoff    1-1-0-0

3.1

Flintoff to Katich, no run, angled across Katich who walks across his stumps (metaphorically speaking), before shouldering arms

He needs to be careful for the big inducker

3.2

Flintoff to Katich, no run, again, Katich is walking across to the off side before leaving it alone with an extravagant raise of the bat

You just feel Flintoff's setting him up here. A middle-and-leg yorker, perhaps

Katich is now taking a leg-stump guard - in fact, he's fractionally outside leg. Curious tactics, these, and fascinating to boot

3.3

Flintoff to Katich, no run, walks across to the off side and leaves it alone

3.4

Flintoff to Katich, no run, well wide, left alone

Around the wicket

3.5

Flintoff to Katich, no run, takes a middle-stump guard this time, doubtless protecting his off stump given the angle Flintoff is creating from around the wicket. Defended solidly

3.6

Flintoff to Katich, no run, wide of the off stump and left alone

End of over 4 (maiden) Australia 4/0
SM Katich    0* (12b)      A Flintoff    2-2-0-0
SR Watson    4* (12b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-1-4-0

4.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, that's a very good line from Anderson, attacking just outside the off stump. Watson is cautiously behind it

4.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, attempts a Haydenesque galloping cut, but finds point

Watson has a similar air of brutish confidence at the crease as Hayden. Not quite in the same heavyweight boxer-cum-bible-basher, but a strong presence

4.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, just outside off and he defends

4.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, beaten again! That's a seriously good delivery that leaves Watson off the pitch, at very good pace, beating his poke. That bounced some, too

4.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, huge shout from Anderson as he raps Watson on the pads - the inducker, I think and that is mighty close! Mighty close indeed. Rapped him on the knee roll so...perhaps enough doubt for Billy

4.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, solidly defended to mid-off

End of over 5 (maiden) Australia 4/0
SR Watson    4* (18b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-2-4-0
SM Katich    0* (12b)      A Flintoff    2-2-0-0

Flintoff is around the wicket

Judging by the inanity streaming into our inboxes, you cheery readers are clearly in Friday mode. James Pargeter emails: "A few of us are chained to our desks in our respective offices glued to Cricinfo and have been pondering what would happen if Swann scored a duck. Suggestion from a certain Alex 'Bucky O' Hare: Down by the river in Peterborough is the answer to your question. Several of the swans have 'scored' ducks and you end up with a half white/half brown swan-duck hybrid. Question answered." And yet so more remain unanswered...

5.1

Flintoff to Katich, no run, firmly defended on the front foot

5.2

Flintoff to Katich, 1 run, that's nervous and edgy and fortuitous and all that sort of thang, as Katich inside-edges this through his legs and only just past his stumps

Over the wicket

5.3

Flintoff to Watson, no run, nips back sharply on Watson who's again rapped on the pads - Flintoff's loving this, and appeals accordingly, but that too is not out. Very, very close! Just going over the top. Fred cannot believe it

"By any chance did you watch Mock the Week last night, as the 'cloudier' joke was used by Frank Skinner?!" asks Kelvin Brown. "Seems coincidental, tis all..." How dare you. You're quite correct. Skinner is a legend

5.4

Flintoff to Watson, no run, excellent line on middle stump. Watson is behind it, though slightly squared up as both feet point down the pitch

5.5

Flintoff to Watson, no run, that's dead! A big inswinger raps the walking-Watson dead in front, and Flintoff smiles back at the umpire while appealing - expectant, almost. I'm afraid Watson's got away with one, there! That was knocking out middle-and-leg

5.6

Flintoff to Watson, FOUR, and look at that. A very, very similar delivery angling into him, but a bit fuller and he works him through midwicket for four

End of over 6 (5 runs) Australia 9/0
SR Watson    8* (22b 2x4)      A Flintoff    3-2-5-0
SM Katich    1* (14b)      JM Anderson    3-2-4-0

It's all go, here! Enthralling cricket this morning

6.1

Anderson to Katich, no run, Katich nudges a defensive to leg

6.2

Anderson to Katich, FOUR, timed the pants off that. Nothing more than a nudge through midwicket, but it absolutely shot across the turf for four!

Welcome to those joining us. Fascinating cricket here

6.3

Anderson to Katich, no run, carefully forward and defends to the off side

6.4

Anderson to Katich, no run, pats forward to defend to point

6.5

Anderson to Katich, FOUR, poor delivery. Down the leg side and Katich ensures he tickles it for four

6.6

Anderson to Katich, no run, defended back to the bowler

End of over 7 (8 runs) Australia 17/0
SM Katich    9* (20b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-2-12-0
SR Watson    8* (22b 2x4)      A Flintoff    3-2-5-0

Sheesh. Breathless cricket, this - absolutely non-stop. Here's Brydon to guide you through until lunch. Thanks Will.

7.1

Flintoff to Watson, 4 leg byes, ouch, Watson ducks into a bouncer here, it doesn't get up as much as he expects and whacks him in the shoulder, flying wide of Prior and away for four leg byes

7.2

Flintoff to Watson, no run, straight-bat defence this time, no swing there

7.3

Flintoff to Watson, no run, a stifled lbw shout this time, Flintoff is really pounding them into the pads of Watson, who simply has to get bat on ball, this one looked to be comfortably heading down leg

The first two lbw shouts against Watson hit him above the knee roll, so there was some doubt. The third, though, was absolutely plumb. Or plump, as one of my friends used to think the commentators were saying.

7.4

Flintoff to Watson, no run, defended away safely

7.5

Flintoff to Watson, no run, probing outside off now, Watson defends

7.6

Flintoff to Watson, 1 run, angled in to the pads again, this time Watson gets bat on it and flicks through square leg

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End of over 8 (5 runs) Australia 22/0
SR Watson    9* (28b 2x4)      A Flintoff    4-2-6-0
SM Katich    9* (20b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-2-12-0

8.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, left alone outside off

8.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, left alone again, no real swing there

Asad Rauf is clearly hanging out for lunch here. He's standing at square leg biting his counter. Odd.

8.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, defended with a straight bat, no real swing there

8.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, good ball, this one seams in towards the off stump, Watson gets an inside edge back onto the pad, he hasn't looked comfortable

8.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, and an under-edge misses the stumps this time! Watson is living dangerously! Anderson hasn't given him much room outside off

8.6

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, this time Watson does get some width and he lashes a square drive through point, slightly uppishly, but well played

End of over 9 (4 runs) Australia 26/0
SR Watson    13* (34b 3x4)      JM Anderson    5-2-16-0
SM Katich    9* (20b 2x4)      A Flintoff    4-2-6-0

Short leg in for Flintoff to Katich

9.1

Flintoff to Katich, no run, digs it in towards the hips, Katich walks across and it sails through to Prior

9.2

Flintoff to Katich, no run, dabbed back down towards mid-off

9.3

Flintoff to Katich, no run, pushes this across Katich, who does his little crab-walk across to the off side and pushes to point

9.4

Flintoff to Katich, no run, short ball, well directed on off stump but Katich evades it

9.5

Flintoff to Katich, no run, right on line, Katich punches it towards mid-on

Around the wicket now

9.6

Flintoff to Katich, no run, and it's a slower one way down leg, so he hasn't adjusted to the line there, Katich can't get bat on it

End of over 10 (maiden) Australia 26/0
SM Katich    9* (26b 2x4)      A Flintoff    5-3-6-0
SR Watson    13* (34b 3x4)      JM Anderson    5-2-16-0

10.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, left alone outside off, this one stays a touch low

10.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, shaping away a little, Watson prods to off

10.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, good ball, this one swings in, but Watson adjusts and drives straight back to the bowler

10.4

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, good shot, Watson clips this one through midwicket, off his pads and all the way along the ground

10.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, left alone outside off

10.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, punched away defensively this time

Hello to Brian Hall, who has emailed in from a control room in the north-west of Western Australia, "400 kilometres from anywhere". That's an odd place for Control to have a room. Perhaps Kaos is particularly active in the outback.

End of over 11 (4 runs) Australia 30/0
SR Watson    17* (40b 4x4)      JM Anderson    6-2-20-0
SM Katich    9* (26b 2x4)      A Flintoff    5-3-6-0

11.1

Flintoff to Katich, no run, pushed away towards cover

11.2

Flintoff to Katich, no run, angled across Katich, looking to entice the drive, but the batsman lets it go

11.3

Flintoff to Katich, no run, this time Katich drives, but straight to cover

11.4

Flintoff to Katich, 1 run, seaming across Katich again, he punches to off and takes off for a quick single, Watson hurls himself into the crease at the striker's end as if he's scoring a try, and the throw misses the stumps anyway

Two slips, two gullies, short midwicket and a short mid-on now.

11.5

Flintoff to Watson, no run, bouncer this time, Watson ducks under it, the old "convince the batsman it'll be a half-volley on the pads" trick

11.6

Flintoff to Watson, no run, pushed away towards point

End of over 12 (1 run) Australia 31/0
SR Watson    17* (42b 4x4)      A Flintoff    6-3-7-0
SM Katich    10* (30b 2x4)      JM Anderson    6-2-20-0

Time for the first change and it's Graeme Swann, giving a strong indication of how much England are expecting this pitch to turn. He's only got six wickets this series, but this pitch should help him. Slip, short leg and a short catching cover

12.1

Swann to Katich, no run, on line immediately, Katich defends

Swann is around the wicket to Katich

12.2

Swann to Katich, no run, too full to tell if there's much spin, Katich blocks

12.3

Swann to Katich, no run, fullish again, Katich drives to mid-on

12.4

Swann to Katich, no run, pulls the length back a touch, Katich is right in behind it again

12.5

Swann to Katich, no run, no spin yet for Swann, Katich pushes back to the bowler

12.6

Swann to Katich, no run, and another straight one, not giving any width, it's pushed away to off

End of over 13 (maiden) Australia 31/0
SM Katich    10* (36b 2x4)      GP Swann    1-1-0-0
SR Watson    17* (42b 4x4)      A Flintoff    6-3-7-0

And it's a double change, Harmison replaces Flintoff. Big cheers for Harmy.

13.1

Harmison to Watson, FOUR, that's a loosener if ever there was, short and slowish down leg side, Watson pounces and pulls it behind square for one of the easier boundaries he will get today

13.2

Harmison to Watson, no run, better line, outside off at 84mph or 136kph, Watson lets it go

13.3

Harmison to Watson, no run, good line again, just outside off, no movement though and Watson defends

13.4

Harmison to Watson, no run, bouncer, and well directed this time, Watson ducks quickly and gets under it

"Short leg has scarpered after one delivery!" notes Miller

13.5

Harmison to Watson, no run, shaping away outside off, left alone

13.6

Harmison to Watson, no run, strays down leg side this time, Watson can't get bat on it

End of over 14 (4 runs) Australia 35/0
SR Watson    21* (48b 5x4)      SJ Harmison    1-0-4-0
SM Katich    10* (36b 2x4)      GP Swann    1-1-0-0

14.1

Swann to Katich, no run, ah, there's some turn! Drifting in and turns past the outside edge as Katich tries to drive, lovely ball

14.2

Swann to Katich, no run, fuller length now, clipped to leg

14.3

Swann to Katich, no run, Swann gets some nice drift in again, Katich drives to cover

14.4

Swann to Katich, no run, pulls the length back a bit, Katich hangs the bat out and defends

14.5

Swann to Katich, 3 runs, good line again, straightening from off stump, Katich gets it away wide of the slips and Flintoff chases valiantly, sliding into the boundary at third man. After about 18 replays the third umpire decides Flintoff's save was valid

14.6

Swann to Watson, no run, defended back down the pitch

End of over 15 (3 runs) Australia 38/0
SR Watson    21* (49b 5x4)      GP Swann    2-1-3-0
SM Katich    13* (41b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    1-0-4-0

15.1

Harmison to Katich, no run, angled across Katich, who lets it go

15.2

Harmison to Katich, no run, shouts of catch here as Katich lashes at a drive well wide of off, it's stopped on the bounce by cover point

15.3

Harmison to Katich, no run, hmm, another short ball that hasn't risen as much as the batsman expected, Katich takes this one on the backside

15.4

Harmison to Katich, no run, swing and a miss! Well bowled Harmison, although it wasn't Katich's best piece of judgment, he tried to cut too close to his body and was lucky not to get an edge on that

15.5

Harmison to Katich, no run, probing on off stump now, Katich defends

15.6

Harmison to Katich, no run, good bowling, this one straightens towards off stump and Katich makes a brave leave, probably on the length, as the ball sails just over the top

End of over 16 (maiden) Australia 38/0
SM Katich    13* (47b 2x4)      SJ Harmison    2-1-4-0
SR Watson    21* (49b 5x4)      GP Swann    2-1-3-0

16.1

Swann to Watson, no run, oh, lovely spin bowling! That's almost the ball that memorably got Ricky Ponting out, it's turned in through the gate and lucky for Watson it's just missed the stumps

16.2

Swann to Watson, 1 run, works off his pads to get a single

Around the wicket to Katich

16.3

Swann to Katich, no run, defended away comfortably

16.4

Swann to Katich, FOUR, this one drifts down leg, Katich gets enough of a glance on that to help it on its way down to fine leg

16.5

Swann to Katich, no run, drifting in again, Katich defends a ball that doesn't turn

16.6

Swann to Katich, no run, wide of off and there's no need to play at that

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End of over 17 (5 runs) Australia 43/0
SM Katich    17* (51b 3x4)      GP Swann    3-1-8-0
SR Watson    22* (51b 5x4)      SJ Harmison    2-1-4-0

17.1

Harmison to Watson, 1 run, angled in to Watson's pads, where he looked vulnerable early, this one he gets off a thick inside edge and gets a single to leg

17.2

Harmison to Katich, no run, pushed well across Katich, who does more shuffling than a croupier, and lets it go while standing on his off stump

17.3

Harmison to Katich, no run, lets this one go down leg this time

17.4

Harmison to Katich, 1 no ball, angled way across Katich again, he lets it go

17.4

Harmison to Katich, no run, there's some serious carry through to Prior, but it's left alone comfortably again

17.5

Harmison to Katich, no run, punched away to the off side

17.6

Harmison to Katich, no run, worked away to cover point off the back foot

End of over 18 (2 runs) Australia 45/0
SM Katich    17* (57b 3x4)      SJ Harmison    3-1-6-0
SR Watson    23* (52b 5x4)      GP Swann    3-1-8-0

Bell puts on the shin guards and helmet and comes in to silly point, Cook is under the helmet on the leg side

18.1

Swann to Watson, no run, straighter ball, Watson blocks

18.2

Swann to Watson, 1 run, strays onto leg though and Watson can clip it away behind square to rotate the strike

18.3

Swann to Katich, no run, wide of off to Katich, who pushes towards point

18.4

Swann to Katich, no run, a touch straighter, well flighted and Katich drives to cover

18.5

Swann to Katich, 2 runs, driven through cover there, safely short of the man at short cover, who can't stop it

18.6

Swann to Katich, no run, healthy bounce and turn there but it's well wide of off and left alone

End of over 19 (3 runs) Australia 48/0
SM Katich    19* (61b 3x4)      GP Swann    4-1-11-0
SR Watson    24* (54b 5x4)      SJ Harmison    3-1-6-0

19.1

Harmison to Watson, no run, Harmison digs it in short here, but Watson gets comfortably underneath it

19.2

Harmison to Watson, 1 run, 90mph or 146kph, angled in to the pads and fullish, Watson flicks it through midwicket

19.3

Harmison to Katich, 1 run, bouncer to Katich now, he hooks it around the corner towards fine leg

19.4

Harmison to Watson, 1 run, trying to get Watson lbw again, but he's starting to see them a bit better and glances it behind square

19.5

Harmison to Katich, 2 runs, good placement there, Katich has worked it between cover point and extra cover and gets back for two

Just a hint of drizzle about now, the clouds do look a bit gloomy but we should get to lunch without any hassle.

19.6

Harmison to Katich, FOUR, well played, again that's just good placement from Katich, who punches straight into the ground and through cover

End of over 20 (9 runs) Australia 57/0
SM Katich    26* (64b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    4-1-15-0
SR Watson    26* (57b 5x4)      GP Swann    4-1-11-0

20.1

Swann to Watson, no run, fullish ball, Watson lunges forward to make it a full toss and drives back to Swann

20.2

Swann to Watson, FOUR, that's a good stroke, Watson gets one just outside off and gets himself across to whip it wristily through midwicket, that's well placed

Will here. Swann's also here. Bring this on.

Breaking news Players in white are on the pitch. It's official. Tea at 4.30pm. Evening will end at 6.23pm but play can continue until 7.23pm exactly. Only cricket can rely on such vagaries as the weather and poor light, yet be so exact at the same time. Anyhow. Who cares. We have cricket, and that's all that matters.

2.15pm - Inspection Watch Exciting times as we await the inspection. There's one turquoise cover remaining, but the ground looks in tip-top condition to me. Let's hope they can just get on with it.

2.00pm And the covers are coming off. Black skies but it's now sunny - awesome light for photography, I'd venture. Another inspection at 2.20pm, after which we should have a better idea of starting again. In the meantime, eunuchs, eh?

1.40pm Mildly rubbish news to begin after lunch. It's steadily drizzling and the covers remain on. But we're nothing if not an optimistic bunch and are certain we'll have some cricket soon. How soon? I don't know. I'm not a forecaster. But not long, we assure you. Busy yourselves in the meantime. We're probably an hour, at least, away from starting.

12.57pm Right, so my prediction of getting to lunch was wrong. The rain has come in a touch heavier and the players leave the field three minutes early. So that will be lunch. Australia's openers have done well to get through without loss at 61 for 0, Shane Watson in particular had a torrid time early after England added 25 to their overnight total. Head on over to the lunchtime chat and if the weather is good, we'll be resuming at 1.40.

20.3

Swann to Watson, no run, on middle-and-off, Watson tries to turn it to leg

20.4

Swann to Watson, no run, turns it with the spin to the leg side

20.5

Swann to Watson, no run, tossed up wider and draws Watson into a defensive push, and gets a bottom edge. Actually, no, he didn't edge it - beaten entirely

20.6

Swann to Watson, no run, defended to leg

End of over 21 (4 runs) Australia 61/0
SR Watson    30* (63b 6x4)      GP Swann    5-1-15-0
SM Katich    26* (64b 4x4)      SJ Harmison    4-1-15-0

Bright, sunny skies at the moment. Marvellous. Here's Flintoff

21.1

Flintoff to Katich, 1 run, on his legs and nudged to leg for a sprightly single

21.2

Flintoff to Watson, FOUR, grief, that's a top shot from Watson, it really is. A heavily stacked leg-side field, yet he pumps it through them for four. Good balance at the crease; he didn't fall over to the off side too much, and the timing was clinically perfect

21.3

Flintoff to Watson, no run, good line and it's defended

21.4

Flintoff to Watson, no run, on the off stump - just a hint of movement back into the right-hander - and he blocks it firmly

21.5

Flintoff to Watson, no run, onto the front foot, Watson is defending. Beaten for pace a touch - certainly came onto him quicker than he thought

21.6

Flintoff to Watson, no run, walks across to the off side, pumping it to mid-on

End of over 22 (5 runs) Australia 66/0
SR Watson    34* (68b 7x4)      A Flintoff    7-3-12-0
SM Katich    27* (65b 4x4)      GP Swann    5-1-15-0

Broad's coming on for his first bowl of the innings. Averaging a horrible 36.33 in this series. Still, better than his overall bowling average in excess of 37. Around the wicket

22.1

Broad to Katich, no run, Katich tries to flick this down the leg side but misses. Prior does well, shimmying nicely to his right to scoop it up

22.2

Broad to Katich, FOUR, ah, that's just perfect from Katich. Forward, driving, four. A press forward and a push for four

22.3

Broad to Katich, no run, pushed off the back foot to short extra cover

22.4

Broad to Katich, 2 runs, too straight and Katich can simply tuck it off his hip for a well-scampered two

22.5

Broad to Katich, 1 run, works this one to mid-on this time, Katich, and picks up another single

Tip and run cricket here

Over the wicket

22.6

Broad to Watson, OUT, that's out! No worries about it. Absolutely dead in front, Watson trapped in the crease and that's taking out middle-and-leg

SR Watson lbw b Broad 34 (94m 69b 7x4 0x6) SR: 49.27

End of over 23 (7 runs) Australia 73/1
     SCJ Broad    1-0-7-1
SM Katich    34* (70b 5x4)      A Flintoff    7-3-12-0

Warm cheer greets Ponting - very few boos, this time. Could be his penultimate Test innings in England, and his wicket remains as crucial as ever, for both teams. Big cheer for Broad - biggest of the day, I'd say, as he makes his way down to fine leg. Flintoff to Katich and the crowd are alive!

23.1

Flintoff to Katich, no run, "ooh," react the now-excited and packed Oval crowd as Katich defends on the back foot

23.2

Flintoff to Katich, no run, a smidgen outside off but Katich pats it calmly out to the off side

23.3

Flintoff to Katich, 1 run, drives behind square. Swann misfields at backward point, though nothing tragic

And the crowd are rising! This is tremendous to hear, all waiting to see Flintoff bowl to Ponting. There's a great feeling that the crowd are absolutely keenly aware of the state of the series; aware that today really holds the key to the urn. Here he comes

23.4

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, and it's down the leg side. "Oooooh" roar the crowd! Brilliant atmosphere. That wicket's really woken them up

23.5

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, 90.7mph as Ponting drives it to mid-on

Flintoff's ticking now. He looks focussed and is bowling really tidily. Not at his absolute best, but pretty close

23.6

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, very good ball on the off stump, Ponting drives out to cover but can't get a single

End of over 24 (1 run) Australia 74/1
RT Ponting    0* (3b)      A Flintoff    8-3-13-0
SM Katich    35* (73b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    1-0-7-1

Here comes Broad in bright sunshine

24.1

Broad to Katich, 1 run, drives it behind square. He's taking a huge step forward, Katich

24.2

Broad to Ponting, FOUR, thick inside edge for four! A very loose slap outside off - Ponting's by far a confident starter - and he flays his hands at it and gets a massive inside edge

24.3

Broad to Ponting, no run, oh hello! A leg-cutter which bit and snapped and moved and jumped away from Ponting! That bounced some, too, beating Ponting all ends up. Nowhere near the bat, but a tremendous ball

24.4

Broad to Ponting, 1 run, too straight this time and nudged to leg

24.5

Broad to Katich, no run, good line, just outside off. Katich smothers it in defence

24.6

Broad to Katich, no run, down the leg side

End of over 25 (6 runs) Australia 80/1
SM Katich    36* (76b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-13-1
RT Ponting    5* (6b 1x4)      A Flintoff    8-3-13-0

So then. Flintoff to Ponting now. Oh for the love of WG Grace. Flintoff reaches his delivery stride and a plonker walks behind the bowler's arm. Clueless. Right, here he comes

25.1

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, big shout, huge moment here! Struck on the pad but Ponting took a huge step down the pitch. Just didn't move back enough, but that's a terrific ball by a bowler currently edging back to his best here

25.2

Flintoff to Ponting, no run, fast and straight, just outside the off stump and Ponting defends it with a wobbly forward defensive out to the off side

25.3

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, straight and worked behind square for a single

25.4

Flintoff to Katich, no run, crabbily defended out to the off side

25.5

Flintoff to Katich, 1 run, patted out to the off side for another easy single. Calmness personified at the moment, Katich

25.6

Flintoff to Ponting, 1 run, really well played. Onto the front foot and pushing it out to the off side for a strike-stealing single

End of over 26 (3 runs) Australia 83/1
RT Ponting    7* (10b 1x4)      A Flintoff    9-3-16-0
SM Katich    37* (78b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-13-1

Broad's got his tail up

26.1

Broad to Ponting, no run, oh well bowled again, beaten by another very sharp leg-cutter. Moved too much, in fact, to take the outside edge. He's really moving it quite prodigiously here, Broad

26.2

Broad to Ponting, no run, wide enough to be left alone this time

Swinging just a bit more than before lunch. I see Anderson's warming up, so Australia could be in for an interesting new half-a-hour or so

26.3

Broad to Ponting, 1 run, whipped around the corner

26.4

Broad to Katich, 1 run, down to fine leg

26.5

Broad to Ponting, no run, driven to short midwicket

26.6

Broad to Ponting, OUT, bowled him! Broad's bowled him! Ponting goes back and chops it on, his off stump pegged back

RT Ponting b Broad 8 (20m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 53.33

What a massive wicket that is. Ponting's not quite crestfallen, but he marches off with his helmet still on, head bowed, and peeved. Broad's in the middle of probably his best spell of the series here - bounce and movement, and he's proving to be a real handful in particular to the right-handers.

End of over 27 (2 runs) Australia 85/2
     SCJ Broad    3-0-15-2
SM Katich    38* (79b 5x4)      A Flintoff    9-3-16-0

27.1

Flintoff to Katich, no run, on the front foot, defending

27.2

Flintoff to Katich, no run, on the back foot, defends to the off side

27.3

Flintoff to Katich, no run, defended to cover

27.4

Flintoff to Katich, no run, pumped to point

27.5

Flintoff to Katich, no run, flicked to mid-on

27.6

Flintoff to Katich, FOUR, elegantly driven - timed that beautifully! Katich has looked comfortably the most, well, comfortable batsman out there all day

End of over 28 (4 runs) Australia 89/2
SM Katich    42* (85b 6x4)      A Flintoff    10-3-20-0
MEK Hussey    0* (0b)      SCJ Broad    3-0-15-2

Now then. Broad's in the middle of a fine spell

28.1

Broad to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

28.2

Broad to Hussey, no run, defended on the back foot by Hussey. Solid.

28.3

Broad to Hussey, OUT, got him! Broad's got three! Hussey again not showing good judgement of his off stump as Broad cuts this back nastily and raps him in front. Gone!

MEK Hussey lbw b Broad 0 (6m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The noise...the noise...the crowd are going nuts. Clarke makes them wait!

Good grief. What the hell's happening here? Australia are 89 for 3 and trailing by 243. Broad looks unstoppable. The clouds are looming; the rain's not far away, and I'm eating far too much sugar and can barely sit still. Here's Clarke! Broad has 3 for 8 in 16 balls of madness

28.4

Broad to Clarke, no run, down the leg side - Prior collects. Anti climax

28.5

Broad to Clarke, no run, good line. Clarke is right behind it and that hits the middle of his bat, his head right over the ball. Solidly played

28.6

Broad to Clarke, no run, well played, Clarke. Shoulders arms outside off

End of over 29 (wicket maiden) Australia 89/3
MJ Clarke    0* (3b)      SCJ Broad    4-1-15-3
SM Katich    42* (85b 6x4)      A Flintoff    10-3-20-0

The crowd all applaud Broad as he makes his way to fine leg, and the stand stand as one - immense noise. Anderson is into the attack now. "It's a bit rowdy out here," sayeth Miller

29.1

Anderson to Katich, 1 run, defended on the rise to the leg side

"There are rumours that Ponting's thrown his wicket away as he's behind schedule for filming the next Compare the Meerkat advert," quips a feedbacker claiming to be called Alistair. Clarke's taking his time here

29.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, wide of Clarke and that didn't carry to Prior

29.3

Anderson to Clarke, 3 runs, reaches out for this but he's in such sublime form, and has such natural coordination, that he times it even without moving his feet particularly well

29.4

Anderson to Katich, no run, on the back foot, driving out to the off side

29.5

Anderson to Katich, no run, ooh and that's a squirty shot from Hussey, driving and reaching for it

29.6

Anderson to Katich, no run, pushed out to the off side to end the over

End of over 30 (4 runs) Australia 93/3
SM Katich    43* (89b 6x4)      JM Anderson    7-2-24-0
MJ Clarke    3* (5b)      SCJ Broad    4-1-15-3

30.1

Broad to Clarke, no run, on the back foot and he blocks it out to the off side

30.2

Broad to Clarke, OUT, he's got him! Broad's got four! Clarke went for a drive, feeling for it, and Trott took a very sharp chance at short extra cover, diving forward. Tremendous cricket from England!

MJ Clarke c Trott b Broad 3 (9m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

Sheesh, this has been a breathless spell by Broad and England here. 4 for 8 in 21 deliveries. What a bowling change!

The noise here is unbelievable

30.3

Broad to North, no run, little bit too short and it's left alone by North. Not far away, that

30.4

Broad to North, no run, again a bit too short, and also wide. North's leaving alone

30.5

Broad to North, 1 run, good length this time, North drives for a single

30.6

Broad to Katich, no run, nudged to leg

End of over 31 (1 run) Australia 94/4
SM Katich    43* (90b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    5-1-16-4
MJ North    1* (3b)      JM Anderson    7-2-24-0

Huge applause for Broad. Again. What a spell it's been!

31.1

Anderson to North, 3 runs, on the leg stump and North clips through midwicket for two - no, three

31.2

Anderson to Katich, no run, late swing into Katich's pads, nudged to leg

31.3

Anderson to Katich, no run, pitches this up just outside off, Katich drives but mistimes it

31.4

Anderson to Katich, 2 runs, late swing onto Katich who flicks it through midwicket

31.5

Anderson to Katich, no run, flicked to leg

31.6

Anderson to Katich, no run, flashed to cover

End of over 32 (5 runs) Australia 99/4
SM Katich    45* (95b 6x4)      JM Anderson    8-2-29-0
MJ North    4* (4b)      SCJ Broad    5-1-16-4

Right. I think we all need a drink. After that, it'll be Brydon. Thanks Will. What an hour that was. Broad to continue. Oh boy.

32.1

Broad to North, no run, left alone outside off

Sam Northeast is on as a substitute fielder. Won't it be amusing if he runs out Marcus North. North by Northeast

32.2

Broad to North, no run, left alone once again

32.3

Broad to North, FOUR, good shot, North finds the gap through cover point and the ball runs away for a boundary

32.4

Broad to North, 1 bye, left alone again, and it doesn't bounce much, Prior doesn't take it cleanly, and they manage a bye

32.5

Broad to Katich, no run, angled across Katich, who pushes to point

32.6

Broad to Katich, no run, defended away to point again

So, Katich added nine runs while those four wickets were falling. His innings becomes monumentally important for Australia now, as he's the man who is well set.

End of over 33 (5 runs) Australia 104/4
SM Katich    45* (97b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-20-4
MJ North    8* (8b 1x4)      JM Anderson    8-2-29-0

33.1

Anderson to North, no run, good save at point, North crunched a back-foot drive there that could so easily have raced away for four

33.2

Anderson to North, no run, angled across and North lets it go

33.3

Anderson to North, no run, pushing across North again, no swing, and no swing of the bat

33.4

Anderson to North, no run, straighter line this time and North pushes it away defensively

33.5

Anderson to North, no run, straight-bat defence again from North

33.6

Anderson to North, no run, no shot offered again, Anderson just angling it across the left-hander

End of over 34 (maiden) Australia 104/4
MJ North    8* (14b 1x4)      JM Anderson    9-3-29-0
SM Katich    45* (97b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-20-4

There's two catching men in shortish cover positions here

34.1

Broad to Katich, no run, left alone outside off

34.2

Broad to Katich, FOUR, well placed by Katich, Broad angles it across and Katich simply opens the face and guides it forward of gully, that's a deft stroke

34.3

Broad to Katich, no run, straight-bat defence this time

34.4

Broad to Katich, no run, crowd catch! Katich jams down on Broad's yorker and the bump ball flies to short cover, where Anderson plays along and tosses it in the air

34.5

Broad to Katich, no run, Broad goes for the bumper this time, Katich ducks

34.6

Broad to Katich, no run, banged in short again, Katich gets over it and prods to leg

End of over 35 (4 runs) Australia 108/4
SM Katich    49* (103b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-24-4
MJ North    8* (14b 1x4)      JM Anderson    9-3-29-0

Swann gets a chance now, and this will be interesting. He bowled some good deliveries earlier but didn't break through. He's switched ends, too, coming now from the Pavilion End.

35.1

Swann to North, no run, left alone outside off, no turn there

Short leg, slip and two catching short covers in

35.2

Swann to North, no run, ah, this one does spin! Right past the outside edge as North pokes his bat outside off

And in comes a second slip now

35.3

Swann to North, OUT, got him! Swann gets one to go straight on with the arm, North is a bit slow getting the bat down, and Rauf says that's lbw!

MJ North lbw b Swann 8 (28m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 47.05

Another massive wicket, with Australia still 224 behind. The replays shows North was unlucky there, as there was an inside edge onto the pad. Both teams have had unlucky decisions today. Here's Haddin and the field is in around him

35.4

Swann to Haddin, no run, tossed up and driven to mid-on

35.5

Swann to Haddin, no run, a little shorter now, Haddin has time to punch it away

35.6

Swann to Haddin, no run, Haddin thrusts the pad outside off and offers no shot, the ball doesn't turn enough to threaten him

That's a wicket maiden, well bowled Graeme Swann.

End of over 36 (wicket maiden) Australia 108/5
BJ Haddin    0* (3b)      GP Swann    6-2-15-1
SM Katich    49* (103b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-24-4

36.1

Broad to Katich, no run, short and outside off, left alone

36.2

Broad to Katich, no run, on off stump now, Katich clips to mid-on

36.3

Broad to Katich, 1 run, slower one on the hips, Katich glides it to fine leg and brings up a gritty half-century

He's played well, but boy oh boy do Australia need a century from him now

Short leg in for Haddin

36.4

Broad to Haddin, no run, left alone outside off

36.5

Broad to Haddin, no run, oh, Broad beats the bat! This one fizzes past the outside edge as Haddin hangs the bat outside off and the ball seams away. Lovely bowling

36.6

Broad to Haddin, no run, left alone this time, this one stays very low outside off

This is gripping stuff, Australia's first target will be to knock off the 24 they now need to avoid the follow-on. And it's not as easy as it sounds

End of over 37 (1 run) Australia 109/5
BJ Haddin    0* (6b)      SCJ Broad    8-1-25-4
SM Katich    50* (106b 7x4)      GP Swann    6-2-15-1

37.1

Swann to Katich, OUT, Swann gets Katich! Oh, the follow-on looms now! Katich got an inside edge onto the top flap of his pad and it's bobbed up to short leg, who takes a simple catch and Rauf raises the finger

SM Katich c Cook b Swann 50 (169m 107b 7x4 0x6) SR: 46.72

What an incredible looking scorecard it is now, Australia have just lost 36 for 6 in, oh, about 90 minutes. Here's Johnson and the pressure is phenomenal!

Swann was around the wicket to Katich, and stays so to Johnson

37.2

Swann to Johnson, no run, straight again, Johnson lunges forward to defend

37.3

Swann to Johnson, no run, pulls the length back, Johnson defends

37.4

Swann to Johnson, no run, shouts of catch as Johnson drives uppishly back to Swann

Every ball seems dangerous at the moment

37.5

Swann to Johnson, no run, this one not so much, though, it's too wide of off

37.6

Swann to Johnson, no run, watchful defence from Johnson

There wasn't much turn in that over but there didn't need to be

End of over 38 (wicket maiden) Australia 109/6
MG Johnson    0* (5b)      GP Swann    7-3-15-2
BJ Haddin    0* (6b)      SCJ Broad    8-1-25-4

38.1

Broad to Haddin, no run, straight-bat defence from Haddin now

38.2

Broad to Haddin, 1 run, tight! That's a tight single, Haddin keen to get off the mark and pushed to cover, Trott's throw at the bowler's end missed and it would have been a very close one

38.3

Broad to Johnson, 1 leg bye, Broad goes for the yorker, but it's just a tad down leg and Johnson gets a leg bye away

38.4

Broad to Haddin, OUT, gone! Another one! Broad's got five! And what a superb ball, that has cleaned up Haddin's off stump, it's full and straightening enough to beat Haddin, who was trying to whip it through leg

BJ Haddin b Broad 1 (13m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.11

What an amazing spell from Broad, he holds the ball up and takes the deafening applause from the crowd. The follow-on is a very, very real possibility here. Siddle's the man under the pump now

Three slips in place

38.5

Broad to Siddle, no run, angled in to Siddle, who gives it the full face of the bat and drives to mid-off

38.6

Broad to Siddle, no run, pushed away to point safely

The crowd are oohing and aahing every delivery here, and why not. Seven wickets have fallen this session and there's still 23 minutes remaining

End of over 39 (2 runs) Australia 111/7
PM Siddle    0* (2b)      SCJ Broad    9-1-26-5
MG Johnson    0* (6b)      GP Swann    7-3-15-2

Johnson's got to have a swing here, at least to try and get the follow-on out of the way for starters

39.1

Swann to Johnson, no run, defended away to off

39.2

Swann to Johnson, no run, no spin there, left alone outside off

39.3

Swann to Johnson, no run, there's some turn, Johnson defends and gets a thickish edge away

39.4

Swann to Johnson, no run, oh, wonderful! Swann drifts it in and gets some sharp spin, Johnson can't get bat on it and Prior whips the bails off but Johnson's safe

39.5

Swann to Johnson, no run, nudged away to leg

39.6

Swann to Johnson, 1 run, driven to deep mid-off now and Johnson gets off the mark

"[This pitch] is absolutely ragging. Swann's bowling hand grenades practically every single ball," is the verdict from SK Warne.

End of over 40 (1 run) Australia 112/7
MG Johnson    1* (12b)      GP Swann    8-3-16-2
PM Siddle    0* (2b)      SCJ Broad    9-1-26-5

40.1

Broad to Johnson, no run, pushed away to cover

40.2

Broad to Johnson, 1 run, on the hips now, Johnson works a single down to Northeast at fine leg

40.3

Broad to Siddle, no run, straight ball, straight bat from Siddle, who pokes to mid off

40.4

Broad to Siddle, no run, this one slips down leg side, Broad came wide of the crease there

40.5

Broad to Siddle, no run, down leg again, off the pads and through to Prior, who appeals like a madman but nobody else on the field is interested

40.6

Broad to Siddle, FOUR, oh, risky shot but he's got away with it! It was at the chest and Siddle opened the face to run it away to gully's left, he got the placement right

"If we let England get the ashes back again from this position," spits Simon Tanner from Australia, "I don't think I am going to be able to watch another ashes match. This is ridiculous."

End of over 41 (5 runs) Australia 117/7
PM Siddle    4* (6b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    10-1-31-5
MG Johnson    2* (14b)      GP Swann    8-3-16-2

41.1

Swann to Johnson, no run, Johnson forward to defend again

41.2

Swann to Johnson, no run, prodded away towards leg, no spin there

41.3

Swann to Johnson, no run, goes on with the arm again, Johnson blocks

41.4

Swann to Johnson, FOUR, there we go! Johnson goes the slog sweep now and gets it over midwicket, the ball bounces away over the boundary

41.5

Swann to Johnson, no run, wide of off and turning, Johnson flashes at this and just misses

41.6

Swann to Johnson, FOUR, and another lusty swing from Johnson, this one flies off the toe of the bat and he gets enough of it to bounce over the boundary at long-on

End of over 42 (8 runs) Australia 125/7
MG Johnson    10* (20b 2x4)      GP Swann    9-3-24-2
PM Siddle    4* (6b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    10-1-31-5

42.1

Broad to Siddle, no run, oh, it's action aplenty, Siddle drives the ball and Cook at short leg actually got his hands down to it, so that's a drop, though mighty hard, and it bounces back onto the pitch, where Broad kicks it back at the stumps to try and run Siddle out. Oh boy

42.2

Broad to Siddle, no run, dangerous leave there! It sails over off but this pitch isn't that reliable, I'd want to play at that

42.3

Broad to Siddle, no run, play and miss! Beats the edge with a lovely outswinger

"To counter Simon Tanner's comments," writes Jonathan Harris-Bass, our podcast-producer par excellence, "If we let Australia reclaim the ashes from this position, I'll be a tad peeved!"

42.4

Broad to Siddle, no run, pushed away towards point safely this time

42.5

Broad to Siddle, FOUR, well played, that one's only thigh height and Siddle whips a lovely pull around behind square to beat the man at fine leg

42.6

Broad to Siddle, no run, defended away again

"The American chap sitting next to me in the office is explaining to our intern from Czech Republic why England might enforce the follow on - Ashes fever is gripping everyone!" writes Graeme Alexander. Well, Australia need only four more to avoid the follow on.

End of over 43 (4 runs) Australia 129/7
PM Siddle    8* (12b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    11-1-35-5
MG Johnson    10* (20b 2x4)      GP Swann    9-3-24-2

43.1

Swann to Johnson, no run, defended to off

43.2

Swann to Johnson, 1 run, tossed up on off, spinning and Johnson crunches a cover drive away

43.3

Swann to Siddle, 1 run, thickish inside edge here, Siddle lunged forward at that

43.4

Swann to Johnson, no run, straight-bat defence to a straight ball

43.5

Swann to Johnson, OUT, Swann gets his third! That's eight for the session! Swann tosses it up and gets some turn, Johnson is lured into the drive and an outside edge is well snapped up by Prior

MG Johnson c †Prior b Swann 11 (27m 24b 2x4 0x6) SR: 45.83

What a phenomenal session! That was great bowling, really tempted Johnson to lunge at that, and Prior deserves credit for a very sharp catch

43.6

Swann to Clark, no run, Clark defends with a straight bat

Paul Taylor points out, quite rightly: "Point of order your honour. Jonathan Harris-Bass said 'If we let Australia reclaim the Ashes from this position, I'll be a tad peeved!' Let the record show it should in fact be 'retain' not 'reclaim'."

End of over 44 (2 runs) Australia 131/8
SR Clark    0* (1b)      GP Swann    10-3-26-3
PM Siddle    9* (13b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    11-1-35-5

This should be the last over of the session and Broad will bowl it, he's bowled through the entire session.

44.1

Broad to Siddle, no run, probing on off stump, Siddle defends

44.2

Broad to Siddle, no run, yorker, Siddle keeps it out

Broad still has his tail up here, though he appears to be tiring a bit

44.3

Broad to Siddle, 1 run, nudged away for a single to cover

44.4

Broad to Clark, 1 run, clipped through midwicket and Australia have now avoided the follow-on

44.5

Broad to Siddle, no run, good line on off stump, Siddle punches it straight back at Broad

44.6

Broad to Siddle, no run, defended away to cover safely

That's tea and The Oval crowd stands as one to cheer the England players off, Broad leads the way after grabbing five wickets in that session and Graeme Swann with three is not far behind him. That session brought 72 for 8 from 24.4 overs. Amazing. Australia have gone from a position of strength to a point where they need some individual brilliance from someone, anyone, to retain the Ashes. I need a lie-down. Join us at 4.50 for the resumption.

End of over 45 (2 runs) Australia 133/8
PM Siddle    10* (18b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    12-1-37-5
SR Clark    1* (2b)      GP Swann    10-3-26-3

Welcome back to the final, extended session of this extraordinary second day's play from The Oval. Will Luke here, sufficiently recovered from an exhausting and exhilarating stint earlier, and we hope you're all tuned in and ready to refresh to your hearts' content. Do have a look at our Hawk Eye - fascinating to see Stuart Broad's pitch man. The white dots are his wickets. Here's Swann

45.1

Swann to Clark, 1 run, audacious paddle sweep to fine leg

45.2

Swann to Siddle, no run, tossed up just outside off - more encouraging spin. Firmly blocked

45.3

Swann to Siddle, no run, again nicely flighted, but Siddle clamps down on it hard

45.4

Swann to Siddle, 1 run, nicely turned around the corner

45.5

Swann to Clark, no run, quicker, arm-ball and Clark plays and misses. Good take from Prior whose keeping today, as it has been throughout the series, has been anonymously excellent

45.6

Swann to Clark, no run, goes for a sweep but it comes off his body and out to the off side

End of over 46 (2 runs) Australia 135/8
SR Clark    2* (5b)      GP Swann    11-3-28-3
PM Siddle    11* (21b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    12-1-37-5

Flintoff into the attack

46.1

Flintoff to Siddle, no run, solidly onto the front foot. Good defensive technique from Siddle

46.2

Flintoff to Siddle, no run, slightly uppishly driven short of cover

46.3

Flintoff to Siddle, FOUR, taken from middle stump through square leg for four - very fine shot! Timed that beautifully

Marcus is one of nearly 800 to email us today, and one of several scores of angry Australians reading. "This is ridiculous," he vents. "Why is the wicket playing like a Karachi dustbowl on the second day? England bowl great when they are handed a pitch of landmines. If Australia lose this series, it will be one of the most unjust loses of all time. Australia should have won this series 3-1."

46.4

Flintoff to Siddle, no run, left alone outside off

46.5

Flintoff to Siddle, no run, firmly onto the front foot, defending just outside off

46.6

Flintoff to Siddle, no run, ooh, that spat up out of nowhere to take the splice - very nearly the handle - of Siddle's bat, whose bottom hand comes off the bat. Ouch.

End of over 47 (4 runs) Australia 139/8
PM Siddle    15* (27b 3x4)      A Flintoff    11-3-24-0
SR Clark    2* (5b)      GP Swann    11-3-28-3

47.1

Swann to Clark, no run, touch more bounce than Clark was expecting. Patted awkwardly out to the off side

47.2

Swann to Clark, FOUR, another audacious sweep-paddle for four! Could've easily taken out his leg stump but he managed to get bat on it, somehow!

47.3

Swann to Clark, OUT, erm. Oh dear. We've had some shockers this summer, but that takes the biscuit and the tin. Clark pats forward, bat nowhere near the ball which takes the top of his pad, ballooning to silly point...and up goes the finger. In the umpire's defence, the bat flicked the pad, so he obviously heard something...

SR Clark c Cook b Swann 6 (14m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Crikey. Bit of a howler there I'm afraid

47.4

Swann to Hilfenhaus, no run, onto the front foot, defending

47.5

Swann to Hilfenhaus, no run, attempts an extravagant cut but misses

47.6

Swann to Hilfenhaus, no run, pats forward in defence

End of over 48 (4 runs) Australia 143/9
BW Hilfenhaus    0* (3b)      GP Swann    12-3-32-4
PM Siddle    15* (27b 3x4)      A Flintoff    11-3-24-0

48.1

Flintoff to Siddle, 1 run, a flourishing flick through midwicket

That last decision from Mr Rauf really was extraordinarily bad. But the bat flicking the pad did for poor old Clark I'm afraid.

48.2

Flintoff to Hilfenhaus, no run, swings in late

48.3

Flintoff to Hilfenhaus, 1 run, another big inswinger which is flicked to leg

48.4

Flintoff to Siddle, no run, just outside off. Siddle's firmly behind it

Siddle only smiles when he's batting. He's having a right royal time of it out there

48.5

Flintoff to Siddle, no run, unplayable delivery, angling in on the right-hander before straightening, and Flintoff comes down the pitch, laughing his head off, to show Siddle the clump of turf it ripped out of the pitch. They're both finding it chucklesome

48.6

Flintoff to Siddle, FOUR, four! Edged down to third man. Vital runs

End of over 49 (6 runs) Australia 149/9
PM Siddle    20* (31b 4x4)      A Flintoff    12-3-30-0
BW Hilfenhaus    1* (5b)      GP Swann    12-3-32-4

49.1

Swann to Hilfenhaus, no run, prods forwards in defence

49.2

Swann to Hilfenhaus, no run, holds this one back and Hilfenhaus again pokes forward, though is quite comfortable in defence

Little bit too full, these deliveries

49.3

Swann to Hilfenhaus, no run, better length if a little too wide. Hilfenhaus feels. Hilfenhaus misses.

49.4

Swann to Hilfenhaus, no run, a nudgy defensive

49.5

Swann to Hilfenhaus, 1 run, thick outside edge out to cover and Australia's 150 is up

49.6

Swann to Siddle, no run, prods forward to defend

End of over 50 (1 run) Australia 150/9
PM Siddle    20* (32b 4x4)      GP Swann    13-3-33-4
BW Hilfenhaus    2* (10b)      A Flintoff    12-3-30-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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