Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    0.1 bowled him, first ball, that's a beauty from Harris! Oh my, this is sensational, the ball shaping back and flipping the off bail, not even a single delivery's respite for Cook. The crowd goes absolutely nuts and well they might, nothing can go wrong for Australia at the moment. Cook maybe played a little inside the line, hoping the bounce would save him but it was a terrific ball, hinting at inswing and then nibbling a fraction to ping the bails 0/1
    18.6 around the wicket, full at the pads, huge cry for lbw, it deflects up to the keeper, there's another appeal and Bowden gives it out. What's this for? Lbw I think, angled in, very full, and Carberry was late coming down on it and trapped in front of off stump. Another decent little innings from Carberry but no evidence so far that he can take his starts further. It would have been umpire's call on hitting in line, so a decent decision from Billy 62/2
    27.3 full and wide, Root chops down on it and is there a thin edge? It's taken brilliantly by the diving Haddin and Erasmus gives it but the batsman immediately asks for the review. Root possibly thinks it was a bump ball, or the effect of the bat thumping into the ground confused him but there was a clear deflection and the decision will be upheld - Johnson mo's down another, England three down 76/3
    39.2 down the wicket and whacked down the ground, it goes, high, high, who's out there? Harris at long-on and he clings onto a fine catch, that was a right old steepler and Pietersen has gone trying to play another big shot 121/4
    59.6 dug in short, Bell tries to ramp the ball over the slips and there's a thin sound... Australia are convinced but it's not given by Erasmus and they have to resort to the DRS. There's no visible deflection, nothing on Hot Spot either but Real-Time Snicko detects a small blur of noise in the frame after the ball passes the bat and that's enough for Tony Hill, who overturns the decision. Bell's spritely resistance is over 220/5
    98.2 now goes to sweep from outside off and gets a thin edge behind that is well held from Haddin and the Australians are cock-a-hoop with the big wicket, Stokes has played a blinding innings. He went to sweep a delivery at least a foot outside off, he went hard trying to fetch it towards midwicket but the ball again ran straight on, took a feather under-edge and Haddin held on well in his fingertips 336/7
    85.2 good length, wide of the stumps, Prior swishes at it ... and nicks off! There was an audible noise, the ball was just too quick for him, didn't need to play out there but those attacking instincts got the better of him. Johnson takes the acclaim as a roar of relief ripples round the ground 296/6
    101.3 slower ball, 82mph, Bresnan forward pushing hard and it presents a chance to Rogers at mid-off who dives and takes a fine catch to his right that is a perfect example of how well Australia have fielded in this series, a marvellous catch 349/9
    100.2 forward, a little turn, takes inside edge onto pad and it loops to short leg for a pretty cheap dismissal, easy catch for Smith and Lyon chips in again with a useful wicket. Swann propped forward on around middle and followed the ball that turned in and bounced a touch, he got a feather edge onto the pad and it popped up easily for Smith and Swann walked straight off 347/8
    not out
    103.2 back of a length on the stumps, Anderson square up and pops a chance into the leg side which Bailey dives forward to take and Australia have regained the Ashes. Pace doing for Anderson who got it high on the bat and presented a straightforward catch to Bailey and fittingly it is Mitchell Johnson that has finished it off 353/10
    32 (b 13, lb 13, w 6)
    353 all out (103.2 Overs, RR: 3.41, 452 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (AN Cook, 0.1 ov), 2-62 (MA Carberry, 18.6 ov), 3-76 (JE Root, 27.3 ov), 4-121 (KP Pietersen, 39.2 ov), 5-220 (IR Bell, 59.6 ov), 6-296 (MJ Prior, 85.2 ov), 7-336 (BA Stokes, 98.2 ov), 8-347 (GP Swann, 100.2 ov), 9-349 (TT Bresnan, 101.3 ov), 10-353 (JM Anderson, 103.2 ov)
    RJ Harris19.027313.8400
    MG Johnson25.267843.0710
    NM Lyon22.057033.1810
    PM Siddle26.0116712.5700
    SR Watson11.013913.5400

Close of Play

  • Fri, 13 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 326/6 (SPD Smith 103*, MG Johnson 39*, 87 ov)
  • Sat, 14 Dec - day 2 - England 1st innings 180/4 (IR Bell 9*, BA Stokes 14*, 68 ov)
  • Sun, 15 Dec - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 235/3 (SR Watson 29*, SPD Smith 5*, 70 ov)
  • Mon, 16 Dec - day 4 - England 2nd innings 251/5 (BA Stokes 72*, MJ Prior 7*, 67 ov)
  • Tue, 17 Dec - day 5 - England 2nd innings 353 (103.2 ov) - end of match

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