Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

IJL Trott
31(61) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 8 0 0 0 1
MEK Hussey
116(172) 15x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 4 0 0 4 6

Best performances - Bowlers

CT Tremlett
O24.0
M4
R87
W5
Eco3.62
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
RJ Harris
O11.0
M1
R47
W6
Eco4.27
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
37 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | ENG: 123/10

  • CT Tremlett1 (3b)
  • RJ Harris11-1-47-6
  • MG Johnson12-3-44-3

What a fast finish, it's taken Australia only 50 minutes this morning to finish off England and take the remaining five wickets. There are handshakes all round now, but the Australians are the only ones smiling. Ricky Ponting runs out on to the WACA with his broken little finger bandaged and congratulates all his team-mates, a huge smile on his face as he knows this series is well and truly alive.

Ryan Harris has collected a stump, after finishing with 6 for 47. "We knew it was going to be a bouncy wicket and England haven't played that well here in the past," Harris says. He's done the job in this innings, but it was Mitchell Johnson who turned the match on its head on the second day with a wonderful spell of fast, swing bowling, and he's ended up with nine wickets for the match. Mike Hussey's batting was magnificent, yet again, and he deserves plenty of credit for this win.

Stand by for the presentations...

Andrew Strauss: "We were in quite a good position but a very good spell of bowling by Mitchell Johnson brought Australia back into the game. You've got to give them credit... We've also got to retain a sense of perspective ... We've played a lot of good cricket in this series... We thought we could get 391, but that session last night killed us."

Ricky Ponting, on his 36th birthday: "There's no better birthday present than that, to bounce back like this... To get 270 on the board on that first day was probably the difference in the end, and then Johnson's spell on day two was probably one of the all-time greatest spells in Ashes history."

"I'm a bit sore today, I wanted more than anything to be able to go out there and field, but I had to err on the side of caution. Another knock on the finger could have been disastrous. I think I'm a really good chance of playing the Boxing Day Test."

And the Man of the Match is Mitchell Johnson. "It was disappointing to miss Adelaide, but I knew I had to work on a few things," Johnson says. "I really enjoy bowling here. Hopefully I can be as consistent as I was here in the next two Tests."

That's it from the WACA, where Australia have bounced back to level the series. England fans might disagree, but it is encouraging that the series is still alive heading in to Boxing Day at the MCG, where the situation is the same as it was here - England win, and they retain the Ashes. Andrew McGlashan has written the tale of this short day's play, and you can find that bulletin here. There'll be plenty of reading over the coming hours from Peter English and Andrew Miller at the WACA, so do stick around for that.

And before we go, just a reminder to any football fans in the UK, you can be the first to see the Premier League goals on your mobile device minutes after they're scored- visit ESPNGoals.com. And there's another full weekend of Premier League action in store, so follow it all with commentary, photos, reports and analysis at ESPNsoccernet.com

For now, on behalf of Andrew "Gnasher" McGlashan and Sahil Dutta, it's Brydon Coverdale signing off. Thanks for joining us over the past four days, and be sure to tune in on Boxing Day for the continuation of this terrific Ashes contest. Bye for now!

36.6
W
Harris to Finn, OUT, it's all over! Harris has taken six and the series is 1-1! Finn can only fend outside off and his edge is taken comfortably by Smith at third slip
36.5
2
Harris to Finn, 2 runs, pushed down the ground through mid on and again the helmeted Phillip Hughes does the chasing

There's Steven Smith loitering in the cordon. He hasn't had to bowl a ball this Test.

36.4
0
Harris to Finn, no run, again Harris probes outside off, and it's pushed back down the pitch by Finn
36.3
0
Harris to Finn, no run, Finn defends with a straight bat
36.2
0
Harris to Finn, no run, beaten outside off! Lovely bowling as it angles in and moves away a touch, too good for Finn
36.1
1
Harris to Tremlett, 1 run, Harris attacks the pads, trying for another lbw, and Tremlett works it past short leg to get off the mark

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

IJL Trott
31(61) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 4 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 8 0 0 0 1
MEK Hussey
116(172) 15x4 - 0x6
Control %86%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 6 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 4 0 0 4 6

Best performances - Bowlers

CT Tremlett
O24.0
M4
R87
W5
Eco3.62
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
RJ Harris
O11.0
M1
R47
W6
Eco4.27
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF