Player of the Match
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    46.2 the patience works for Finn! He's been so steady outside off stump, nibbling the odd one away, Watson had left so well this innings but can't resist a hard-handed block at this, just flicks the outside edge and goes low to Strauss who holds on to a good catch 134/3
    29.2 gone! Caught behind! That probing off-stump line and sharp spin has done for Katich. England went up in unison as soon as the ball exploded past the bat ... there's a short pause and the umpire raises the finger. Katich doesn't bother calling for a review, he must've hit it. Although replays suggest that if he did, it was a very fine edge 84/1
    35.2 Ponting falls! Pushing with no great certainty and a delivery that didn't turn nearly as much as the last one, the ball takes a healthy edge and flies to slip, who holds a great, low catch. Ponting stands at the wicket for several moments, he's bitterly disappointed and can barely drag himself off 98/2
    79.2 Pietersen has the breakthrough! Huge wicket! It spun in sharply from outside off and Clarke got into a tangle as he tried to turn this to leg. It came via a thick inside edge on to the thigh and ballooned to Cook at short leg. Clarke set off until he realised there was no decision made by the umpire, England had to review straight away and it proved the significant inside edge. 238/4
    85.2 Finn strikes! The big wicket of Hussey! Banged in short from around the wicket, Hussey tried to fetch the pull shot from around off stump but it nipped back and tucked him up, could only top-edge and send it looping to Anderson at mid-on who took the chance and roared in the direction of the Barmy Army 261/5
    91.2 another massive appeal from England as North played around his front pad and was struck in front. Given not out initially but England reviewed, North got a big stride in as he thrust bat and pad together, it hit pad first, in front and Hawk Eye confirms it hitting! North gone and Australia have crumbled here this morning 286/8
    90.5 Anderson gets his man! Finally this is full enough to drag Haddin forward, the full length means the ball can swing and nibble off the pitch, flicks a faint edge as Haddin aims a drive and Prior does the rest. England are through to the tail now! 286/6
    90.6 gone! King pair for Harris! Anderson aimed the inswinger at a full length, Harris left alone and it crashed into the front pad bang in front. Harris reviewed but it only confirms the worst. Harris becomes only the second Australian ever to bag a king pair. 286/7
    95.1 Swann gets another one! Doherty is bowled, top of middle. He played forward, but positioned himself for extravagant turn when there was none. The ball snuck through the gap between bat and pad and clattered into the stumps. Australia nine down now, England are very, very close 295/9
    99.1 there it is! Classic offspinner's dismissal, drawing him forward and spinning back sharply from outside off to fizz through bat and pad and clatter into off stump 304/10
    not out
    11 (b 5, lb 1, w 5)
    304 all out (99.1 Overs, RR: 3.06, 392 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-84 (SM Katich, 29.2 ov), 2-98 (RT Ponting, 35.2 ov), 3-134 (SR Watson, 46.2 ov), 4-238 (MJ Clarke, 79.2 ov), 5-261 (MEK Hussey, 85.2 ov), 6-286 (BJ Haddin, 90.5 ov), 7-286 (RJ Harris, 90.6 ov), 8-286 (MJ North, 91.2 ov), 9-295 (XJ Doherty, 95.1 ov), 10-304 (PM Siddle, 99.1 ov)
    JM Anderson22.049224.1800
    SCJ Broad11.033202.9000
    GP Swann41.1129152.2100
    ST Finn18.026023.3310
    PD Collingwood4.001303.2500
    KP Pietersen3.001013.3300

Close of Play

  • Fri, 3 Dec - day 1 - England 1st innings 1/0 (AJ Strauss 0*, AN Cook 0*, 1 ov)
  • Sat, 4 Dec - day 2 - England 1st innings 317/2 (AN Cook 136*, KP Pietersen 85*, 89 ov)
  • Sun, 5 Dec - day 3 - England 1st innings 551/4 (KP Pietersen 213*, IR Bell 41*, 143 ov)
  • Mon, 6 Dec - day 4 - Australia 2nd innings 238/4 (MEK Hussey 44*, 79.2 ov)
  • Tue, 7 Dec - day 5 - Australia 2nd innings 304 (99.1 ov) - end of match

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