England tour of Australia, 1st Test: Australia v England at Brisbane, Nov 25-29, 2010
The Ashes - 1st Test
Match drawn
25,26,27,28,29 November 2010 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
50.1

Doherty to Bell, no run, good ball this, touch slower and finds some spin as Bell stretches forward to defend

50.2

Doherty to Bell, 1 run, the line drifts to leg a fraction and Bell tickles around the corner for one

Some frightening clouds circling the ground, by the way.

50.3

Doherty to Cook, no run, Cook is forward to defend, good length and line from Doherty

50.4

Doherty to Cook, no run, once again Cook is watchful in defence

50.5

Doherty to Cook, no run, quietly prodded into the leg side, Doherty doing a good job here

50.6

Doherty to Cook, no run, good work from Doherty, giving Ponting control from one end

Definite spots of rain at the Gabba now. Umpires don't look worried... yet.

End of over 51 (1 run) England 159/4

    • AN Cook 54 (133b 4x4)
    • IR Bell 23 (41b 2x4)
    • XJ Doherty 11-3-30-0
    • MG Johnson 12-2-46-0

Change of bowling, Ponting juggles his act and produces Watson.

51.1

Watson to Bell, no run, some swing there, gentle pace, and too far outside off to interest Bell, but with the clouds Watson has found some movement in the air

51.2

Watson to Bell, no run, again there's a touch of wobble on the way down, but the line won't worry Bell

51.3

Watson to Bell, no run, good length from Watson, full and inviting, but just too wide to draw a shot

51.4

Watson to Bell, 4 leg byes, Watson adjusts his line but overeggs it, slipping down the leg side, via thigh pad, to the fine leg boundary

51.5

Watson to Bell, no run, back outside off this time and Bell is back on the leave

51.6

Watson to Bell, no run, Watson likes this, big smile on his face. It was a decent delivery I suppose, touch of away movement, but too wide

End of over 52 (4 runs, maiden) England 163/4

    • IR Bell 23 (47b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 54 (133b 4x4)
    • SR Watson 7-2-15-1
    • XJ Doherty 11-3-30-0

Doherty changes his angle, coming round the wicket to Cook.

52.1

Doherty to Cook, no run, good delivery here, locating the right length and line, Cook stretches across to the off side to defend

52.2

Doherty to Cook, FOUR, excellent shot here, too short from Doherty but Cook was back in a flash, deep into his crease to pull powerfully over midwicket for four

52.3

Doherty to Cook, no run, back to a better length and defended

52.4

Doherty to Cook, no run, once again Cook is watchful in defence

52.5

Doherty to Cook, no run, bit of chirp from the Australian fielders, erudite bunch, but Cook unhurried in defence

52.6

Doherty to Cook, no run, thankfully the rain seems to be passing, Cook celebrates by defending

End of over 53 (4 runs) England 167/4

    • AN Cook 58 (139b 5x4)
    • IR Bell 23 (47b 2x4)
    • XJ Doherty 12-3-34-0
    • SR Watson 7-2-15-1

Here's Andy P: "Has Ponting ever been so proactive with his bowling changes? Regularly mixing up the changes of pace and angle. I'm liking it."

53.1

Watson to Bell, no run, once again Watson is full outside off and once again Bell is happy to leave alone

53.2

Watson to Bell, no run, you'll never guess what - Bell leaves outside off stump

53.3

Watson to Bell, no run, well it's a game of patience, Watson v Bell and at the moment Bell is happy to leave alone

53.4

Watson to Bell, no run, the variation straight ball drifts towards the legs, clips the pads and Haddin collect

Oddly enough Robbie Fowler, the former Liverpool and sometimes England striker, is at the ground.

53.5

Watson to Bell, 2 runs, short ball that Bell watches carefully to wheel a pull down to deep square, controlled shot

53.6

Watson to Bell, no run, and the over ends as it begun, with Bell leaving alone outside off. So, one over until the tea break

End of over 54 (2 runs) England 169/4

    • IR Bell 25 (53b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 58 (139b 5x4)
    • SR Watson 8-2-17-1
    • XJ Doherty 12-3-34-0

Marcus North has been hauled into the attack for a pre-break over.

54.1

North to Cook, no run, decent delivery here, touch of spin, Cook careful in defence

54.2

North to Cook, no run, looped up a touch slower and defended carefully

54.3

North to Cook, 1 run, nicely dropped towards cover with soft hands and Cook scampers off for one

54.4

North to Bell, no run, North happy to throw one up outside off, inviting a drive which Bell duly delivers, timing it nicely to point

54.5

North to Bell, no run, once again he invites a drive, played nicely straight to the fielder

54.6

North to Bell, no run, good delivery this time, bit of bounce and spin too, Bell leaves alone

End of over 55 (1 run) England 170/4

    • IR Bell 25 (56b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 59 (142b 5x4)
    • MJ North 1-0-1-0
    • SR Watson 8-2-17-1

North's quick over has meant Watson has time to squeeze another in.

55.1

Watson to Cook, no run, good start from him here, honing in on off stump, Cook blocks manfully

55.2

Watson to Cook, no run, nudged into the leg side, fairly comfortable for Cook there

55.3

Watson to Cook, no run, best place to attack Cook - full and around off stump, this time his defence is solid though

55.4

Watson to Cook, no run, lots of noise from the slip cordon, possibly because there was some swing, Cook left it all alone

55.5

Watson to Cook, 1 run, very simple plan from Cook, just waiting for the bowler to drift towards his legs, and picks off a single

55.6

Watson to Bell, 1 run, Bell watchful and full-facing into the covers, skips off for a single to take him to the break

Tea Another even session, entirely similar to the first in fact. Two wickets for 86 runs in both sessions leaves the match evenly poised at this stage. Siddle's double rocked England but Bell has looked serene and Cook untroubled since. Gnasher has plenty more in his bulletin which will be ready soon and while you wait why not download our toolbar and give yourself a chance of winning some rather great prizes.

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End of over 56 (2 runs) England 172/4

    • IR Bell 26 (57b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 60 (147b 5x4)
    • SR Watson 9-2-19-1
    • MJ North 1-0-1-0

Welcome back after the tea break, Brydon Coverdale with you again. Thanks to Sahil Dutta, who is slavishly tapping away at his keyboard in London, where it's now 5am. Back at the Gabba, this is a big session - to state the obvious. England could get away and set up a healthy total, with Cook and Bell looking the goods, but a couple of quick wickets for Australia and the visitors could be in trouble.

It's the House of Hilf to start the session

56.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, curving away outside Bell's off stump, he leaves it

56.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, this one wobbles in the air, swinging in a little, and it's defended to leg

Peter Siddle's stretching on the boundary, Merv Hughes style.

56.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 2 runs, lovely outswing, full enough to tempt the drive, but Bell was equal to the task with a solid cover-drive that finds the gap

56.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, outswing again - good signs for Australia - and this one is left alone

56.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, swinging away again, but too wide to tempt Bell

56.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 1 wide, same again, too wide of off - in fact that one has been called a wide by Billy Doctrove

56.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, another one in almost the same spot - this time Doctrove lets the bowler get away with it

End of over 57 (3 runs) England 175/4

    • IR Bell 28 (63b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 60 (147b 5x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 13-3-41-1
    • SR Watson 9-2-19-1

It's Shane Watson to share the bowling duties straight after tea. He's on from the Vulture Street End, and with some swing around he's not a bad option.

57.1

Watson to Cook, no run, pushed across Cook, who drives to mid-off

57.2

Watson to Cook, no run, and there's some shape from Watson, angling across Cook and straightening, then it swings sharply towards leg after it's passed the stumps

57.3

Watson to Cook, 1 wide, but this one goes the wrong way - pushed too far across Cook and going further away, wide called and fair enough

57.3

Watson to Cook, no run, swings in towards middle stump, Cook clips to midwicket

57.4

Watson to Cook, no run, fuller ball outside off, Cook drives hard but can't beat mid-off

57.5

Watson to Cook, no run, thick edge this time, Hussey hurls himself across at gully to make the save

Hussey has been like a kid on Christmas Day in the field today, all energy and excitement, just thrilled to be involved

57.6

Watson to Cook, no run, swings in to leg, Cook can't get it away

End of over 58 (1 run) England 176/4

    • AN Cook 60 (153b 5x4)
    • IR Bell 28 (63b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 10-2-20-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 13-3-41-1

The breeze at the Gabba is moving from right to left for Hilfenhaus, which certainly will help his outswing

58.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, too wide of off though, he hasn't made Bell play once again

58.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 1 wide, too wide again - and called. Hilfenhaus really must start these outswingers from on the stumps

58.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, a bit straighter now, but again Bell doesn't have to play

58.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, this one is better, starting just a touch outside off and swinging away, but again Bell shoulders arms

58.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 3 runs, shorter and well pulled, Bell whips this one through midwicket and it's chased down just inside the boundary

58.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, pushed across Cook and swinging away from the left-hander, who thinks about playing and then drags the bat back inside the line

58.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, right on line, Cook defends back down the pitch

End of over 59 (4 runs) England 180/4

    • AN Cook 60 (155b 5x4)
    • IR Bell 31 (67b 2x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 14-3-45-1
    • SR Watson 10-2-20-1
59.1

Watson to Bell, no run, left alone outside off, Watson gets a bit of outswing against the wind

59.2

Watson to Bell, 1 no ball, left alone again, both men are bowling wide of off, swinging it away and trying to force the batsman to take a risk if he wants to score

59.2

Watson to Bell, no run, fuller and a touch straighter, it's driven to mid-off

59.3

Watson to Bell, 3 runs, Bell is happy to wait for the bad ball instead of chasing outside off, he clips this one off his pads through midwicket and an energetic chase to the boundary from Katich keeps them to three

59.4

Watson to Cook, no run, full face of the bat from Cook, who drives to mid-off

59.5

Watson to Cook, FOUR, edged and four! Oh, Alastair Cook has almost got whiplash as he turns his head to see this thick edge sail safely through the vacant third or fourth slip region, he was nervous, but it was safe

59.6

Watson to Cook, no run, swings in to middle stump, Cook clips to leg and it's well field to prevent the run

"3 people watching this test, in Fat Boys bar, in Prague, plus Normy, the owner," emails Scott Page. "I hope Cook gets his century, as I predicted this, to Dan from Prague CC, before I left to get some sleep. Come on the AUSSIES, get some SPIRIT into this gentle attack. Vinohrady CC could play better!"

End of over 60 (8 runs) England 188/4

    • AN Cook 64 (158b 6x4)
    • IR Bell 34 (71b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 11-2-28-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 14-3-45-1
60.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, shapes away outside off and Bell leaves it

60.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, again it's left alone outside off

60.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, curving away, Bell lets it go

Think I could just cut and paste that description for the next three balls?

60.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, indeed I could have for that ball

60.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, a fraction straighter, but still no need for Bell to play

60.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, ditto, left alone, too wide

So, Scott Page is following us from Prague. We've had a couple of emails from Finland. What other ports of call are you all reading our commentary from?

End of over 61 (maiden) England 188/4

    • IR Bell 34 (77b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 64 (158b 6x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 15-4-45-1
    • SR Watson 11-2-28-1
61.1

Watson to Cook, no run, swings in to the pads, Cook defends to leg

61.2

Watson to Cook, no run, pushed straight across Cook, who leaves it

"I've downed tools for the day...meant to be lecturing, but this is too engrossing. Greetings from Kazakhstan by the way, and go England!" says Paul.

61.3

Watson to Cook, no run, punched back to the bowler, Watson fields

61.4

Watson to Cook, 2 runs, full and straight, Cook clips it through midwicket and gets back for a couple

61.5

Watson to Cook, no run, angled across Cook, who leaves it alone

61.6

Watson to Cook, no run, straighter line this time, swinging in towards off stump and Cook defends

End of over 62 (2 runs) England 190/4

    • AN Cook 66 (164b 6x4)
    • IR Bell 34 (77b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 12-2-30-1
    • BW Hilfenhaus 15-4-45-1
62.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, straighter line from Hilfenhaus and moves away a fraction, Bell blocks

Robbie: "Sitting in the office in Yokohama, Japan watching your commentary.. A fair few Aussies around the place looking glum!!!! Come on Cookie ;-)"

62.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, very full and wide and swinging away, Bell square drives straight to the man at point

62.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, left alone safely again

62.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, swinging away from outside off again, Bell defends

62.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, ah, something to snap the crowd out of their slumber! This one pitches just outside off and doesn't swing at all - straightens if anything, and Bell plays it late, the ball narrowly beats the outside edge

62.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 1 run, clipped to mid-on for a quick single

I wouldn't mind seeing a bit of Peter Siddle action sooner rather than later

End of over 63 (1 run) England 191/4

    • IR Bell 35 (83b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 66 (164b 6x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 16-4-46-1
    • SR Watson 12-2-30-1

Jonathan says: "I'm in Athens making the most of having a baby girl who's a bit wakeful. Normally this would be annoying but til Jan 7 I'm not complaining."

And right on cue - here's Siddle.

63.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, fullish and straight, makes Bell play immediately, and his drive finds cover

63.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, well outside off this time, Bell leaves it

63.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, too wide of off, Bell won't chase it

63.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, fuller and straigher, Bell jams the bat down to drive but can't get it off the square

"Following the match from the Cook Islands," emails John Kenning, "hoping the Poms can get a decent score to make it a decent contest." The Alastair Cook islands?

63.5

Siddle to Bell, 1 wide, waaaay too wide of off, and Aleem Dar is having none of that

63.5

Siddle to Bell, no run, straighter, but still not straight enough to make Bell play

63.6

Siddle to Bell, FOUR, Bell's patience is running out, he gets another wide one and chases it, cutting hard forward of point and although the ball slows down dramatically in the outfield, it trickles in to the boundary

Peter says: "I am at uni finishing my final assignment, I can see the 'Gabba. It's killing me, so close yet so far. C'mon aussies."

End of over 64 (5 runs) England 196/4

    • IR Bell 39 (89b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 66 (164b 6x4)
    • PM Siddle 11-2-33-2
    • BW Hilfenhaus 16-4-46-1
64.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, soft hands from Cook, who just pushes this one through cover for a single

64.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, fuller, a drive-able length just outside off, Bell pushes to mid-on

64.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, driven to the off side, can't beat the field

Greg Ross has the punchline: "Certainly the Alastair Cook Islands, slow and sleepy, no quick singles on offer." Ba-da-bing!

64.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, cut to point but can't find the gap

64.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, well now, this one beats the outside edge. Angling in and straight enough to confuse Bell a little, then it swings away late

64.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, pushed back down the pitch

End of over 65 (1 run) England 197/4

    • IR Bell 39 (94b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 67 (165b 6x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 17-4-47-1
    • PM Siddle 11-2-33-2
65.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, pushed across Cook, who shoulders arms

Shane Warne is on the case for a spinner to come on right now. Doherty, North, Clarke, Katich, he's not bothered who it is. "It doesn't look like there's any intent," he says.

65.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, driven to cover, can't beat the field

65.3

Siddle to Cook, OUT, Siddle strikes again! And it's the big wicket of the established Cook, who reaches outside off to a ball that angles across, and a thick edge is swallowed at slip by Shane Watson

AN Cook c Watson b Siddle 67 (283m 168b 6x4 0x6) SR: 39.88

The birthday boy Peter Siddle is on fire, in his first Test for 10 months. That was a good length, encouraging Cook to play.

65.4

Siddle to Prior, OUT, gone! First ball! Siddle Vicious is on a hat-trick, and he is pumped! Full and straight and Prior loses his middle stump, a little late on his attempted drive

MJ Prior b Siddle 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Now then, Peter Siddle is on a hat-trick, and Stuart Broad is a bit late coming to the crease, he wasn't expecting those two wickets so closely together!

Right, so we have four slips and a gully, but interesting that there is no short leg in place

65.5

Siddle to Broad, OUT, he's got it! Siddle has taken a hat-trick! Full and swinging in, Broad is too slow on that ball, he's struck on the toe and Aleem Dar gives it lbw! Broad asks for the review, leaving Siddle nervously awaiting his hat-trick fate. Tony Hill views the replay: it's a super yorker, hitting on the full on the toe, in line, hitting the stumps and no bat involved

SCJ Broad lbw b Siddle 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

And it's Siddle's fifth wicket for the innings. On his birthday!

65.6

Siddle to Swann, no run, swinging in, Swann defends

And the Gabba crowd stand as one at the end of that over. That could be a match-changing over from Peter Siddle. And the Australian selectors, take a bow!

End of over 66 (wicket maiden) England 197/7

    • GP Swann 0 (1b)
    • IR Bell 39 (94b 3x4)
    • PM Siddle 12-3-33-5
    • BW Hilfenhaus 17-4-47-1

So that is the first Test hat-trick since Ryan Sidebottom in 2007-08, and the first by an Australian since Glenn McGrath in 2000-01

66.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, ah yes, Ian Bell is still in! Driven to cover safely

66.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

66.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, shaping away, left alone

The crowd is absolutely buzzing now! Siddle is signing autographs down on the boundary

66.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, pushed away to cover

66.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, (no ball) FOUR, great shot from Bell, just to remind the crowd that this innings ain't over yet, he's latched on to a fullish outswinger and driven through cover point

66.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, outswinger again, defended this time

66.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 3 runs, leg side this time, it was on the pads and Bell clips through midwicket to pick up three and retain the strike

"So many bowlers around the world should take a good look at that display," Hosford says on email. "I readily admit I didn't pick Siddle in my first XI because he feels like such an unspectacular line and length bowler. But on a pitch like this nice full fast straight stuff is all you need."

End of over 67 (8 runs) England 205/7

    • IR Bell 46 (101b 4x4)
    • GP Swann 0 (1b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 18-4-55-1
    • PM Siddle 12-3-33-5
67.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, good line, swinging in to Bell, who defends

67.2

Siddle to Bell, FOUR, ah, lovely stroke! It's swinging in on the pads, Bell picks it up to lift it in the air over square leg, it beats deep backward square to reach the boundary

That's Ian Bell's half-century from 103 balls. He's played really well today, carrying on from where he left off in Hobart last week

67.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, straight, right on off stump, and it's defended

67.4

Siddle to Bell, 3 runs, another fine shot, Bell clips this through midwicket to pick up another three

67.5

Siddle to Swann, no run, oh, awkward again, nipping in and strikes Swann on the pad, no lbw appeal as that was sailing down leg

67.6

Siddle to Swann, 3 runs, good shot, and Swann gets off the mark with three driven through cover

That's drinks. What an hour that was - or more specifically, what a 15 minutes it's been. Sahil Dutta has been comprehensively perked up by that little spell. Here he is to take you through until stumps.

End of over 68 (10 runs) England 215/7

    • GP Swann 3 (3b)
    • IR Bell 53 (105b 5x4)
    • PM Siddle 13-3-43-5
    • BW Hilfenhaus 18-4-55-1

Thanks BC, thanks. What drama! The Gabbatoir is alive and, more importantly, I'm awake. Stunning work from the nutcase that is Sid Vicious. England in all kinds of bother and Mitchell Johnson has been recalled into the attack. If he could learn anything from Siddle it's length - go full!

68.1

Johnson to Swann, no run, ooh, swing and a miss outside off stump! Swann flashes a drive but the ball skims past the edge

68.2

Johnson to Swann, no run, good length and line again from MJ, Swann slips over a touch, as many batsmen have today, as he aims a leg-side flick

68.3

Johnson to Swann, FOUR, rancid delivery, Swann has an equally ugly swipe at it, upper cutting with a bit more up than cut, but effective enough to get four over the slips. Swann will play his shots here, which is exactly what he should do

68.4

Johnson to Swann, 3 runs, too much width from Johnson and Swann flays his arms at it, timing it not perfectly but clearing the infield and collecting three

68.5

Johnson to Bell, FOUR, ah, that is dreamy, Bell has absolutely creamed that through extra cover, timed perfectly, just opening the face to beat cover, it flew to the boundary. He's on top of his game here

68.6

Johnson to Bell, no run, play and a miss! Bell looking to come at Johnson, edging down the wicket and aiming an expansive drive, doesn't connect

End of over 69 (11 runs) England 226/7

    • IR Bell 57 (107b 6x4)
    • GP Swann 10 (7b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 13-2-57-0
    • PM Siddle 13-3-43-5

Here's Siddle again. Might be worth banging a few in short at Swann.

69.1

Siddle to Swann, 2 leg byes, opts to stick with the full length that has brought all his success, thuds into the pads and bobbles away into the leg side, scampers a couple

69.2

Siddle to Swann, OUT, Siddle strikes again! Magnificent stuff! He has rocked England, full and straight, Swann tries to work it to leg, playing around his front leg and was stuck bang in front. Swann asked for a review, but it only confirmed his worst fears. Siddle is on fire!

GP Swann lbw b Siddle 10 (21m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 111.11

And to add to the drama it's raining! Heavy enough to force the players off. Should just be a passing cloud. Hurrah! Players coming back on, that all happened in a flash.

Wonderful, breathless cricket at the Gabba. Here's James Anderson...

69.3

Siddle to Anderson, no run, the crowd are roaring Siddle to crease and he delivers a full ball outside off stump, Anderson leaves expansively

69.4

Siddle to Anderson, 1 wide, the crowd love that! Anderson hopping as Siddle bangs in a sharp, short ball and it whistles past the helmet

69.4

Siddle to Anderson, no run, somehow Anderson has to try and hold up an end for Bell, who is playing a different game out there, this is left alone outside off

69.5

Siddle to Anderson, no run, dropped! This crazy day won'y relent, Siddle won't relent, full, probing around off stump, Anderson prods nervously at it, gets the outside edge but Haddin diving to his left can't hold on. Tough chance but Siddle should have seven

69.6

Siddle to Anderson, no run, line is slightly wrong but no harm done for the bowler, crashes into Anderson's pads

End of over 70 (3 runs) England 229/8

    • JM Anderson 0 (4b)
    • IR Bell 57 (107b 6x4)
    • PM Siddle 14-3-44-6
    • MG Johnson 13-2-57-0

Bell might try his luck here, Ponting seems to think so, four men on the boundary - two on the leg side, two on the off.

70.1

Johnson to Bell, no run, not much Bell can do with that, good length and line and carefully blocked

70.2

Johnson to Bell, no run, haha! Marvellous stuff, Bell skips down the wicket and has an almighty heave-ho, missing the ball and getting a hilarious stare from the mustachioed MJ

70.3

Johnson to Bell, no run, quieter this time, on a length and line and defended watchfully

70.4

Johnson to Bell, FOUR, lovely shot here, Johnson goes full and Bell creams a straight drive with perfect timing, beats mid-off and races to the rope

70.5

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, slashed wide of the slips! Bell gets the single he wants, not quite how he wanted it but it was well wide of the cordon and third man fields, Johnson has one ball at Anderson

70.6

Johnson to Anderson, no run, full, straight and blocked. Anderson does his job for the over, keeping out a good delivery and it's over to Bell to try and resist the Siddle storm

End of over 71 (5 runs) England 234/8

    • JM Anderson 0 (5b)
    • IR Bell 62 (112b 7x4)
    • MG Johnson 14-2-62-0
    • PM Siddle 14-3-44-6

Two slips but nobody else near Ian Bell at the moment. Given how well Siddle is bowling that doesn't make any sense.

71.1

Siddle to Bell, 2 runs, well, Bell is not under any pressure with a field like this and a inside edge runs away gently towards square leg, but with the field set deep Bell has the time to come back for a second

71.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, good delivery, wicket-taking full length and a touch of nibble off the wicket, Bell leaves alone

71.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, Siddle is in perfect rhythm here, generating good pace and Bell tries the most delicate of late cuts, but it's too close for him to time and ends up bottom-edging into the ground to slip

71.4

Siddle to Bell, 1 run, Bell content to give Anderson two deliveries, dropping this into the off side with soft hands

71.5

Siddle to Anderson, no run, excellent work from Siddle, attacking a full length, Anderson showed good judgement to leave alone and let the ball pass close to off stump

71.6

Siddle to Anderson, FOUR, poor shot and no luck for Siddle there. Plenty for Anderson, driving loosely outside off, getting a thickish edge that flies wide of the slips at catchable height to the third man boundary

End of over 72 (7 runs) England 241/8

    • JM Anderson 4 (7b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 65 (116b 7x4)
    • PM Siddle 15-3-51-6
    • MG Johnson 14-2-62-0
72.1

Johnson to Bell, 2 runs, Johnson slings down a short ball that Bell is back and pulling in a flash, he immediately called two and got them as deep midwicket ran round to field on the boundary

72.2

Johnson to Bell, no run, some width outside off stump, Bell steers to deep point but rejects the single, drawing a few boos from the pumped-up Aussie crowd

72.3

Johnson to Bell, 2 runs, this is some innings from Bell, driven hard into a gap wide of extra cover, straight away he called for two and got them

72.4

Johnson to Bell, no run, better delivery from Johnson here, tighter on off stump, Bell rocks forward to defend comfortably

Field comes in now for the final two balls, gives Bell a chance to try and be expansive...

72.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, gets the width he would have wanted but probably tried to overhit the ball a touch, picked out cover with his drive

72.6

Johnson to Bell, no run, good finish from Johnson, giving Bell no chance to get either the single or a boundary, banged in short and zipping past Bell's ear as he swayed inside the line. Anderson has to face Siddle now

End of over 73 (4 runs) England 245/8

    • IR Bell 69 (122b 7x4)
    • JM Anderson 4 (7b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 15-2-66-0
    • PM Siddle 15-3-51-6
73.1

Siddle to Anderson, 1 run, that'll do nicely for Anderson, gets a full ball that he drops to cover and races off for a single, happy to get away from the strike

73.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, excellent work from Siddle, spears in a yorker that Bell clamps down on just in time

73.3

Siddle to Bell, 1 run, Siddle overdoes the yorker, ends up a low full toss that Bell clips down the ground, he wanted two, but picked out long-on and Anderson is back on strike

73.4

Siddle to Anderson, no run, good judgement this time from Anderson, just outside off stump but Anderson shoulders arms

73.5

Siddle to Anderson, 1 no ball, good length and line from Siddle, what a spell this is, Anderson blocks

73.5

Siddle to Anderson, no run, resolute defence from Anderson, played right out the textbook

73.6

Siddle to Anderson, no run, beaten outside off! Anderson gets half forward and prods nervously at the ball that zips past his outside edge

End of over 74 (3 runs) England 248/8

    • JM Anderson 5 (12b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 70 (124b 7x4)
    • PM Siddle 16-3-54-6
    • MG Johnson 15-2-66-0

Doherty is back into the attack, Ponting perhaps trying to buy a wicket, Doherty probably deserves one too.

74.1

Doherty to Bell, no run, touch of turn, nothing massive, but enough to keep Bell's defence careful

74.2

Doherty to Bell, 1 run, Australia won't mind this, Bell picks a single to mid-off bringing Anderson on strike

Slip and short leg lurk...

74.3

Doherty to Anderson, no run, some spin and bounce from outside Anderson's off stump back into him

74.4

Doherty to Anderson, no run, Anderson reluctantly gets forward and defends

74.5

Doherty to Anderson, no run, fired in very flat and quick, Anderson back and defending

74.6

Doherty to Anderson, no run, another swift, straight ball, doesn't pretend to spin but is through Anderson in a hurry, beating him outside off

End of over 75 (1 run) England 249/8

    • JM Anderson 5 (16b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 71 (126b 7x4)
    • XJ Doherty 13-3-35-0
    • PM Siddle 16-3-54-6

So after what could be a matchwinning spell, Siddle is replaced by Hilfenhaus.

75.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, good start from the perma-bearded one, on a length and line and Bell defends

75.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, FOUR, magnificent stuff, Bell down the wicket and driving over mid-off powerfully, beautiful shot really, he's in total command

75.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, Hilfenhaus bangs it in short in response - lesson 26 from the book of fast-bowling cliches, Bell tries to wheel a pull shot away but misses

75.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 1 run, good cricket here, Bell down the wicket, Hilfenhaus dropping it short in response, Bell hops, turns it to midwicket for one

75.5

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, no run, up and around off stump, Anderson does the right thing for his side and defends

75.6

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, no run, poor shot this, flat-footed waft outside off

End of over 76 (5 runs) England 254/8

    • JM Anderson 5 (18b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 76 (130b 8x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 19-4-60-1
    • XJ Doherty 13-3-35-0
76.1

Doherty to Bell, OUT, that's it! Bell's masterful vigil comes to an end and Doherty has his first Test wicket! Bell down the wicket and aiming a chipped cover drive, probably got to much on it and it looped out to deep cover who gleefully snaffled the chance

IR Bell c Watson b Doherty 76 (183m 131b 8x4 0x6) SR: 58.01

So, No. 10 and No. 11 together, how many can they add?

76.2

Doherty to Anderson, FOUR, can any more happen today! Anderson has just pulled a perfect reverse-sweep out of his locker, timed it perfectly, beat short third man and collects four!

76.3

Doherty to Anderson, 2 runs, this time he's on the conventional paddle sweep, dabbing it finely for a couple round the corner

76.4

Doherty to Anderson, no run, slog sweep this time, he's trying everything, doesn't get much of it

76.5

Doherty to Anderson, OUT, gone this time! That will be all. Quicker ball, Anderson attempts an expansive reverse sweep and it crashes into his leg stump. Fine work from Australia, after all the build up it's the hosts who are on top now

JM Anderson b Doherty 11 (38m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Right then, this should be fun. The players are out there, England bounding around but they won't be happy. There was a bit of swing about, what can Anderson do?...

Andrew Miller sums things up quite nicely here: "Right, 11 overs until the close. This is possibly the most monstrous mini-session of a massive day." Indeed, England will probably need two wickets feel happy and if they want any pointers, Siddle's full length was what they should emulate.

There was a swift interview with Siddle where he tried (and failed) to capture the feeling of the occasion - "I was nervous, the crowd was all behind me, which pumped me up," he said of the hat-trick ball. "I'd like to say it was exactly what I wanted but I was looking to hit the top of off."

Peter Siddle has ignited the Gabba today with 6 for 54, including a hat-trick that ripped the heart out of England's powerful lower order. He becomes the first Aussie since Glenn McGrath to take a Test hat-trick - here's the full list of Test hat-tricks.

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