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    1.6 back of a length and Cook pokes horribly away from his body and nicks it to the keeper. A nice early one for Australia yet again but that is a truly horrendous stroke from Cook, pushing away from his body, feet stuck in the crease, following a ball that left him slighlty and getting a feather edge to the Haddin, not everyone was convinced initially but Haddin, Johnson and the umpire were 7/1
    21.2 back of a length again but a wider line that entices Carberry to cut and he nicks off to Haddin a thick top edge easily collected at head height. The extra pace of Johnson hurrying the batsman who didn't get into the perfect position for the strike and nicked off 87/4
    9.3 sharp catch! Two down. Bell trying to be positive, saw a hint of width from Harris but couldn't keep his back-cut down and he picked out gully who took it low down 37/2
    13.3 what a catch! Australia can do no wrong. Think inside edge as he tries to come forward, it nipped back a touch, the ball bounced high off his pad and Bailey did brilliant to fling himself backwards and catch it behind him over his shoulder 57/3
    21.5 full length it keeps low and skips under Ballance's defensive stroke, trapping him in front of off stump. Again the pace of Johnson forces and error, Ballance caught on the crease but it need keep low which totally did for him, front pad, right in front of the timbers 90/5
    29.1 a step down the track, tries to slap a length ball to leg and drags it onto his stumps. Stokes going down fighting, a bit stroke too many and got a bottom-edge into the base of middle stump. He was aiming leg side and it ended up being a bit of an ugly head-in-the-air slap but a little cameo was at least something for England 139/8
    22.4 but this is off pad after inside edge and Bairstow is caught at short leg a bit of bounce and turn and a sharp catch from George Bailey under the lid reaching up with two hands over his right shoulder 91/6
    22.6 around the wicket onto leg stump, it bits and takes the outside edge and Clarke dives to take the catch at first slip! A lovely bit of bowling, tossed up and it bounced and turned again and as Borthwick looked to turn it to leg he got a thick outside edge that Clarke claimed with a wonderful dive to his left, inches above the turf that was taken 95/7
    31.2 full and straight, Broad swings rather wildly from no position whatsoever and is clean bowled with leg stump being knocked back. Going for another big one was Broad and he missed completely 166/9
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    31.4 outside edge gone!! Taken at second slip at head height and that's the wicket that seals it. A full delivery just outside off, Rankin swung hard at it, got a thick outside edge and it was taken well by Clarke 166/10
    8 (b 5, lb 2, nb 1)
    166 all out (31.4 Overs, RR: 5.24, 147 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-7 (AN Cook, 1.6 ov), 2-37 (IR Bell, 9.3 ov), 3-57 (KP Pietersen, 13.3 ov), 4-87 (MA Carberry, 21.2 ov), 5-90 (GS Ballance, 21.5 ov), 6-91 (JM Bairstow, 22.4 ov), 7-95 (SG Borthwick, 22.6 ov), 8-139 (BA Stokes, 29.1 ov), 9-166 (SCJ Broad, 31.2 ov), 10-166 (WB Rankin, 31.4 ov)
    RJ Harris9.442552.5800
    MG Johnson9.014034.4401
    PM Siddle4.012406.0000
    NM Lyon9.007027.7700

Close of Play

  • Fri, 3 Jan - day 1 - England 1st innings 8/1 (AN Cook 7*, JM Anderson 1*, 6 ov)
  • Sat, 4 Jan - day 2 - Australia 2nd innings 140/4 (CJL Rogers 73*, GJ Bailey 20*, 30 ov)
  • Sun, 5 Jan - day 3 - England 2nd innings 166 (31.4 ov) - end of match

Match Notes