Player of the Match
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    1.3 short ball, Cook hooks and gets a top edge, long leg comes in and takes a tumbling catch! Can you believe it. Harris with a fine effort running in off the boundary and claiming a low chance just above the ground diving forward. Cook decided to go the aggressive route this time but Plan B has also failed 1/1
    11.4 short of a length, pulled and finds a diving Nathan Lyon at long leg. You can't make this up, outrageous. Absolutely no trouble whatsoever, this delivery isn't quick or even that short, Carberry has simply picked it up straight to long leg. It's another good catch with Lyon getting down low to his right 20/2
    64.2 straighter line, it turns in a little, Root was playing back and gets a little inside edge that runs off the pad and Haddin dives forward to take it and that is the breakthrough that Australia wanted. Root walks straight off, no century for him, but at least he's put up some kind of a fight. Little unlucky there but throughout the match fortune has favoured Australia and they've deserved their luck too. Good catch from Haddin diving forward 171/5
    47.1 gone! Siddle has made the breakthrough that Australia desperately needed, and it has come with an inside edge onto off stump. Siddle didn't nip it back much, but just enough, and it has caught the inside edge and Pietersen has played on. Huge breakthrough. 131/3
    53.4 Smith has struck! And he's done it with a full toss, what a disappointment for Bell! He has thrown it away. Smith lobs it up and this is a low fullie, there to hit but Bell has not got hold of it, all he has managed to do is chip it up to mid-on where - who else? - Mitchell Johnson runs a little to his right and takes a catch low to the ground 143/4
    84.1 Harris gets his first of the match! He hits the right length that makes Stokes play on off stump but it nips away and the thick edge from Stokes is snapped up by Clarke at second slip 210/6
    98.5 short and hooked again and, well, well, well can you Adam and Eve it, picks out deep-backward square leg. England, deary me. Harris the catcher this time. There's no point describing the wicket because you know the drill by now surely 301/9
    90.5 hooked again and this time Broad puts it right down deep square leg's throat how awfully typical for this batting performance. That is an utter miserable stroke. Banged in again and Broad falls for it hook, line and sinker, slogging it straight to Lyon who barely has to move coming in from the rope. Pretty pathetic that from Broad 255/7
    97.3 back of a length outside off, Swann pushes hard at it away from his body with a nothing stroke and gets a thick edge to second slip where Clarke bags an easy catch at shoulder height with two hands. The delivery shaped away a touch but started too wide to induce a stroke. Chalk it up as another poor dismissal 293/8
    not out
    101.4 length outside off and Panesar slaps it to short extra-cover and Australia have wrapped up a 218 run victory to go 2-0 up in the series. Panesar can't add the resistance of the first innings to the second dig, got a driven off the toe and it was simply pouched by Rogers at hip height 312/10
    6 (lb 1, nb 1, w 4)
    312 all out (101.4 Overs, RR: 3.06, 439 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (AN Cook, 1.3 ov), 2-20 (MA Carberry, 11.4 ov), 3-131 (KP Pietersen, 47.1 ov), 4-143 (IR Bell, 53.4 ov), 5-171 (JE Root, 64.2 ov), 6-210 (BA Stokes, 84.1 ov), 7-255 (SCJ Broad, 90.5 ov), 8-293 (GP Swann, 97.3 ov), 9-301 (MJ Prior, 98.5 ov), 10-312 (MS Panesar, 101.4 ov)
    RJ Harris19.435432.7421
    MG Johnson24.087313.0420
    PM Siddle19.045743.0000
    NM Lyon26.077813.0000
    SR Watson6.03601.0000
    SPD Smith7.004316.1400

Close of Play

  • Thu, 5 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 273/5 (MJ Clarke 48*, BJ Haddin 7*, 91 ov)
  • Fri, 6 Dec - day 2 - England 1st innings 35/1 (MA Carberry 20*, JE Root 9*, 21 ov)
  • Sat, 7 Dec - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 132/3 (DA Warner 83*, SPD Smith 23*, 39 ov)
  • Sun, 8 Dec - day 4 - England 2nd innings 247/6 (MJ Prior 31*, SCJ Broad 22*, 90 ov)
  • Mon, 9 Dec - day 5 - England 2nd innings 312 (101.4 ov) - end of match

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