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The Ashes - 1st Test

Australia v England

Match drawn

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

9.59am It's Ben Hilfenhaus to bowl the first ball to Andrew Strauss.

9.55am The Channel Nine cameras are in the Australian dressing rooms. Brad Haddin is fitting his gloves, warming up, Simon Katich is standing around holding a helmet, ready to field in close. The coaching staff are pacing up and down. Bring it on!

I'm Brydon Coverdale, by the way, and I'll be bringing you today's commentary along with Sahil Dutta, who's on the other side of the world. Sahil's as wired as it's possible to be at midnight in London without the aid of narcotics. Presumably.

The umpires are walking out on to the Gabba - Billy Doctrove and Aleem Dar are the men in charge. The UDRS is in play, as well, and Tony Hill is manning the camera.

Here come the Australians, led by Ricky Ponting. There's another big roar as they walk out and huddle together for one last message.

And here are Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook, a big cheer for them as well. Captain and vice-captain. Time to lead from the front.

9.45am The pitch is flat with a tinge of green. Shane Warne reckons it will be slow on day one and get quicker as the match wears on. Definitely a bat-first wicket, is the consensus among the commentators out in the middle.

There are some very questionable moustaches in this match. It's all in a good cause, Movember, but Kevin Pietersen's mo is particularly disturbing. He looks like a 1950s movie star. And in a throwback to the 1970s, there are hairy upper-lips galore in Australia's pace attack, though Siddle and Johnson haven't quite got the Dennis Lillee thing happening yet.

And with Australia bowling first, who will send down the first ball a-la Steve Harmison four years ago? Probably Ben Hilfenhaus, but heaven help us if it's Mitchell Johnson!

Time for the national anthems. But first, a minute's silence for the victims of the mining tragedy in New Zealand.

Right, the anthems are out of the way. This is getting tense! Massive roar around the Gabba as the teams make their last-minute preparations.

"Pretended to have a cold so the missus kicked me out of bed, now get to see what's going on!" emails the ingenious Will. "Man-flu is my saviour in these nasty London winters!"

One of those nasty five-day viruses, Will?

Toss Andrew Strauss has won the toss and England will bat.

"It looks like a pretty good wicket to me," says Strauss. "Obviously it's important to get through that first hour, as always, in Australia, but hopefully we can get a good score on the board."

"We were going to bat as well," says Ponting. "The wicket looks particularly good but there is some moisture on top, so there should be some assistance for our quicks this morning."

The teams have been confirmed and there are no surprises.

Australia 1 Simon Katich, 2 Shane Watson, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 Marcus North, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Xavier Doherty, 10 Peter Siddle, 11 Ben Hilfenhaus.

England 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Ian Bell, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn.

So, Xavier Doherty becomes the first Australian to make his Test debut in the opening match of an Ashes series since Michael Slater and Brendon Julian in 1993. Ricky Ponting - a fellow Launceston boy - presented Doherty with his baggy green cap.

9.29am The captains are walking out for the toss! We'll bring it to you as it happens.

9.20am "Disgraceful decision leaving Bollinger out," says Andrew - not Miller or McGlashan. "I would hate to be a batter facing up against NSW this week. He did not look like a happy rug."

Which raises the question - what does a happy rug look like?

"I would probably rather lose this toss If it was me," reckons Tim Cooper. "A pretty hard choice if Andrew Strauss wins, back the batting, or the bowling departments? Anyway - come on England."

Richard Stubbs is a bit of a realist: "Does it matter who wins the toss? If Strauss wins he will put Australia in and if Ponting wins he will bat anyway!"

Tim Mansfield answers my rhetorical question: "The 'Happy Rugs' range features ultra modern designs in very vibrant colours; for the more daring of us that want to make a strong design statement with something truly eye-catching. Handtufted with a high quality 100% polyacrylic pile which is soft yet durable and features a hand carved effect around the pattern to accentuate the design even further. Start at £54."

Polyacrilic? Yep, that sounds like Doug Bollinger.

9.10am The toss is 20 minutes away and the Gabba is buzzing. It's a sellout today and almost sold out for days two and three. Today the conditions are hot and humid - though there could be the odd short shower.

As always, we welcome your feedback.

Oz in NZ emails in: "Probably the most important toss of Punter's career. Could the toss of the coin here decide the series?"

"Awww, come on already," says Sara Torvalds. "It's past one in the morning in Finland and I've been waiting for months for this. Get that toss out of the way and give us some cricket. Go England!"

8.50am Both teams are pretty much settled. Peter Siddle beat Doug Bollinger for Australia's third fast-bowling spot, and the left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty will debut. England have known their best XI for quite some time. Barring any surprise changes or late injuries, this is how the teams will line up.

Australia 1 Simon Katich, 2 Shane Watson, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 Marcus North, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Xavier Doherty, 10 Peter Siddle, 11 Ben Hilfenhaus.

England 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood, 6 Ian Bell, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Steven Finn.

8.30am Good morning and welcome to the first day of the 2010-11 Ashes series. After months of build-up it's finally here! We're an hour from the toss of the coin in what promises to be the tightest Ashes series in Australia for more than two decades.

Peter English reports from Brisbane that the weather is sunny with a bit of cloud around, though the official forecast does mention showers. Bah! Who trusts weather forecasters, anyway.

What a place to start this series. Australia haven't lost a Test in Brisbane for 22 years, against a West Indies team whose attack was made up of Marshall, Patterson, Ambrose and Walsh. Not incidentally, this same Australian team has already broken a similar-vintage record this year. Against Pakistan at Headingley in July they were all out for 88, their lowest Test innings since 1984-85. And that was after Ricky Ponting won the toss and batted on a green pitch in swinging conditions. Gabba, anyone?

One thing we have for you this series is the ESPNcricinfo venue guide. Check out the Gabba - the Queensland wicketkeeper Chris Hartley gives you his thoughts on his home ground. Oh, and the two Sheffield Shield games at the Gabba this season make for interesting reading. The first was a washout in which only 31 overs were bowled, and in the second, Queensland were bowled out for 75 and 96 to lose by an innings. This could be a fun five days!

Now then, here's what ESPNcricinfo will be bringing you over the next seven weeks. Andrew Miller has arrived in Brisbane to join Peter English, our Australian editor, at all the matches while our other resident Aussie, Brydon, will be part of the coverage all the way too along with Andrew McGlashan, Sahil Dutta and Liam Brickhill. There will be the usual comprehensive packages from the guys at the grounds, but we want you lot (yes, I'm talking to you sat there on your living room couch) to get involved. There's loads of ways to do it.

Twitter will never be far away from this series. Join @espncricinfo on Twitter, and if you want us to take notice of you, don't forget to add the #CricinfoAshes hashtag to your prolific tweets. Andrew (@miller_cricket) and Peter (@Penglish77) also have their own accounts, so we are hoping for some friendly banter.

We're also collating Ashes tweets on our series homepage. That's fine handiwork of Will Luke, who some of you will remember from previous Ashes series. He's no longer on the editorial team, but I got the feeling that he wishes he was today. Also, don't forget our Facebook page which is full of goodies but, please, keep your sledging clean.

0.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, is it Harmison-esque? No it's not! A straightforward start outside off stump from Hilfenhaus, Strauss leaves it along and the keeper takes it - not second slip

Three slips and a gully

0.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, a little bit of shape in to Strauss, who defends towards the cordon

0.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, OUT, gone! Hilfenhaus strikes in the first over! Strauss cuts hard and tries to force it through gully, but he's hit it straight to Michael Hussey, who takes it in front of his eyes!

AJ Strauss c Hussey b Hilfenhaus 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

That is a massive psychological boost for Australia. Strauss trudges off, not believing what he's done. He wanted to get on top early, but now Jonathon Trott has to face up in the first over. He's the only one of the top six who hasn't got a fifty yet on the tour

0.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, good line, just outside off and swinging away a fraction, Trott defends

0.5

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, short of a length outside off, Trott turns it into the ground and away to midwicket

0.6

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, Hilfenhaus attacks the stumps and Trott defends safely

A huge wave of applause goes around the Gabba after that first over. Could it have been any more different to the first over four years ago?

End of over 1 (wicket maiden) England 0/1
IJL Trott    0* (3b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-1-0-1
AN Cook    0* (0b)     

Peter Siddle shares the new ball. He's coming in from the Vulture Street end with a short leg in place.

1.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, good line to start with, outside off and Cook defends towards gully

1.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, fuller ball just outside off, Cook steps back and defends, and slips over in the process - lucky he didn't slide back in to his stumps there

1.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, down leg side, Cook can't get anything on it

1.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, angled well across the left-hander, who leaves it alone

Remember this is Siddle's first Test since January. He missed the tours of New Zealand, England and India with a stress fracture in his back.

1.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, just a bit too leg-sidey, Cook watches it go by

1.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, probing outside off with no real swing from Siddle, Cook leaves it alone

So that's a maiden, Siddle just struggling with his line a little bit, but Cook was happy to watch the over out.

End of over 2 (maiden) England 0/1
AN Cook    0* (6b)      PM Siddle    1-1-0-0
IJL Trott    0* (3b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-1-0-1

2.1

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, a little outswing once more from the moustachioed Hilfenhaus, Trott leaves it alone

2.2

Hilfenhaus to Trott, FOUR, and England are off the mark - Trott plays with soft hands and gets a thickish edge away through the vacant fourth slip region for a boundary to third man. They're away!

2.3

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, left alone outside off, good shape away from Hilfenhaus

2.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, FOUR, lovely shot! Trott is showing no sign of nerves here - he gets on on the pads and flicks it confidently forward square leg for the second boundary of the over

2.5

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, fullish, wide and swinging away, Trott goes for the square drive and finds the debutant Doherty at point

2.6

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, straighter line this time, Trott leaves it

Good spot here from an eagle-eyed Eddie: "Exactly how the first wicket in the last Ashes fell! Opener cutting the ball from Hilfenhaus to Hussey at gully."

End of over 3 (8 runs) England 8/1
IJL Trott    8* (9b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-1-8-1
AN Cook    0* (6b)      PM Siddle    1-1-0-0

3.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, Siddle bangs it in at a mid 130kph region, Cook jumps back into his crease and defends outside off

Three slips and a gully still in place

3.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, outside off and no movement, Cook defends straight back down the pitch

3.3

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, Cook gets his first run, nudges a single through midwicket to a straight ball

3.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, bouncer time! It's on line, but Trott is watchful and ducks underneath it safely

3.5

Siddle to Trott, 1 no ball, Siddle continues to probe outside off, Trott lets it go through, and it's an overstep, says Aleem Dar

3.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, there's a big lbw shout, Dar says not out and Ricky Ponting wants a review. At first glance that looked like it may have been swinging down leg - and in fact Aleem Dar's decision has been upheld. Not out. The replay shows that would have clipped leg stump only - meaning it remains with the umpire's call.

3.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, good ball, nipping back in from a good length and Trott cops one in the midriff

What a start! Four overs in and Australia have already picked up a wicket and lost one of their two reviews!

End of over 4 (2 runs) England 10/1
IJL Trott    8* (13b 2x4)      PM Siddle    2-1-2-0
AN Cook    1* (9b)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-1-8-1

4.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, flicked off the pads and they take off for a quick single - Katich's throw hits the stumps at the striker's end! Ah, but Trott was fast - he's home comfortably

4.2

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, shaping away, as is Hilfenhaus' wont, and Trott lets it go

4.3

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, good outswing again from Hilfenhaus, once more Trott shoulders arms

4.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, big, hooping, curving outswing, too much to tempt Trott, who again leaves it

4.5

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, oh, what a good ball - after all the wider balls, this one is much straighter, angles in and straightens away from Trott, and it beats the outside edge. Great ball!

4.6

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, fuller and driven to mid-off, Trott can't beat the field

End of over 5 (1 run) England 11/1
IJL Trott    8* (18b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-1-9-1
AN Cook    2* (10b)      PM Siddle    2-1-2-0

"England look a bit nervy after Strauss' dismissal," says Lawrence Epps. "Aussie bowling looks right on the money. Interesting times to be a batsman."

5.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, angling well across Cook, who leaves it

5.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, fuller and straighter, tempting Cook to drive, he just pushes it back to the bowler

5.3

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, on the pads, Cook tickles it down to fine leg and gets a single

5.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, defended

5.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, left alone outside off

5.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, nips back in to Trott, who leaves a ball that sails over off stump

End of over 6 (1 run) England 12/1
IJL Trott    8* (21b 2x4)      PM Siddle    3-1-3-0
AN Cook    3* (13b)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-1-9-1

6.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 2 runs, clipped through midwicket, good stuff from Cook, who's looking to score

6.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, good running, Cook gets a straight one and nudges it away to cover for a single

6.3

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, huge shout of "Noooooo!" as Trott defends off the back foot

6.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, FOUR, well played, Trott swivels a pull behind square leg, all the way down to fine leg for a boundary, just helped it on its way

6.5

Hilfenhaus to Trott, 1 leg bye, full and swinging in, half an lbw shout from Hilfenhaus as Trott gets it away through square leg, but that one would have slid down leg

6.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, angled across Cook, who drives to mid-off, where Michael Clarke is hovering - he's not in the slips, where he'd have to bend over and risk hurting his dodgy back

End of over 7 (8 runs) England 20/1
AN Cook    6* (16b)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-1-16-1
IJL Trott    12* (24b 3x4)      PM Siddle    3-1-3-0

7.1

Siddle to Trott, 1 run, on the pads, Trott works a single behind square leg, good solid stuff from Trott so far

Katich is back at deep backward square leg now, waiting for a hook

7.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, pushed to gully, Hussey dives across to his left to cut the ball off, well fielded

7.3

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, banged in on a length and it's straight, Cook tries to flick through leg and gets a leading edge through cover

7.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, bouncer but wide of off, Trott simply leaves it alone

7.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, caught? No! Just short! Trott is square up just on off stump, his thick edge heads towards second slip and it's bounced a little short of Ricky Ponting

7.6

Siddle to Trott, 1 run, clipped through midwicket in the air, Trott gets a single

"Ponting is losing grip already - too many easy runs - no pressure being built," steady on Peter Byrnes!

End of over 8 (3 runs) England 23/1
IJL Trott    14* (28b 3x4)      PM Siddle    4-1-6-0
AN Cook    7* (18b)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-1-16-1

The groundsman is out on the pitch now, spreading some sawdust for Hilfenhaus to keep his footing. It's moist out there on the Gabba, though the weather is hot.

8.1

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, shaping away outside off stump, Trott leaves it again

Catching men at short midwicket and mid-on now

8.2

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, inswinger, Hilfenhaus wants to use those catching men, but Trott clips it into the ground

8.3

Hilfenhaus to Trott, 2 runs, good shot, instead of driving through midwicket Trott just goes straighter - drives it into the ground and back past the bowler, Johnson chases it down inside the boundary

8.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, oh, leading edge to gully, but it's bounced short! Trott tried to flick a fuller one through midwicket

8.5

Hilfenhaus to Trott, 2 runs, on the hips this time, Hilfenhaus gives Trott too much leeway and he clips it forward of square leg nicely, an easy two runs there

8.6

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, fullish outside off, Trott crunches a drive to mid-off and can't beat the field

End of over 9 (4 runs) England 27/1
IJL Trott    18* (34b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-1-20-1
AN Cook    7* (18b)      PM Siddle    4-1-6-0

9.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, angled across Cook but it's too wide to tempt him to play

9.2

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, on the hips, Cook gets an easy single down to fine leg

9.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, good, probing length outside off, Trott drives off a thickish edge to point

9.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, a bit wider now, Trott mistimes it trying to square drive, Hussey hares across from gully to do the fielding

9.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, this one swings away - but it's started too wide, so Trott isn't tempted

9.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, solid in defence now, Trott pushes to cover

End of over 10 (1 run) England 28/1
IJL Trott    18* (38b 3x4)      PM Siddle    5-1-7-0
AN Cook    8* (20b)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-1-20-1

And here's the first bowling change. Now then, which Mitch will turn up for this Ashes series? He's on at the Stanley Street End.

10.1

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, on the pads, Cook flicks it through square leg

Usman Khawaja is on the field, not sure at this stage who is off for Australia

Three slips and gully for Johnson to the right-hander

10.2

Johnson to Trott, no run, fullish and angling across, Trott drives and finds mid-off

10.3

Johnson to Trott, no run, driven to point, Johnson will be hoping for the edge here if Trott is happy to play his shots with the angle

10.4

Johnson to Trott, 1 run, nudged to cover and Trott takes off for a quick single, well run

Two slips only, for Cook

10.5

Johnson to Cook, no run, good line - right on off stump immediately to the left-hander, and Cook defends

10.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, on the back foot, Cook punches to cover - that's a decent first over from Johnson

"Sounds like a No. 10 and No. 11 batting, leading edges, balls going to slips, ball in the air... sure Anderson and Swann not there guys." Difficult to tell, nzwonderno1, difficult to tell.

End of over 11 (2 runs) England 30/1
AN Cook    9* (23b)      MG Johnson    1-0-2-0
IJL Trott    19* (41b 3x4)      PM Siddle    5-1-7-0

11.1

Siddle to Trott, FOUR, not a good ball, and Trott helps it on its way nicely. It's stomach-high and down leg side, Trott turns a pull away down to fine leg, much too fine for the fielder at deep backward square

11.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, driven back to the bowler off the face of the bat

11.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, well wide of off and swinging away, Trott won't chase it

11.4

Siddle to Trott, 1 run, angling in towards middle stump, Trott pushes to mid-on and takes off for a quick single, puts the pressure on Clarke, who misfields

Siddle comes around the wicket to Cook, but there's nobody in at short leg

11.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, no real movement from Siddle, Cook defends off the back foot

11.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, angled down leg, Cook flicks off his pads and can't find the gap at square leg

End of over 12 (5 runs) England 35/1
AN Cook    9* (25b)      PM Siddle    6-1-12-0
IJL Trott    24* (45b 4x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-2-0

Here's Mitchell Johnson again, complete with bad teenage moustache. Looks like the high-school kid who's trying to act tougher than he is. A bit too well built for a teenager, though.

12.1

Johnson to Trott, no run, angled across Trott, who defends

12.2

Johnson to Trott, 1 run, good shot again from Trott, he flicks it off his hips through square leg

12.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, defended away safely by Cook

No real swing or seam movement yet from Johnson

12.4

Johnson to Cook, no run, fullish on off stump, Cook drives to mid-on and can't find a gap

12.5

Johnson to Cook, no run, swinging down leg - not a good ball this time, but Cook can't get hold of it

12.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, good line, on off stump, Cook works it to midwicket

That's the first drinks break. It's quietened down a bit since that first eventful half-hour. Here's Sahil Dutta to take you through until lunch.

End of over 13 (1 run) England 36/1
AN Cook    9* (29b)      MG Johnson    2-0-3-0
IJL Trott    25* (47b 4x4)      PM Siddle    6-1-12-0

Right, new bowler for a new hour. It's Shane Watson with his right-arm medium. Or slow. Or slow medium. Will he find any swing?

Thanks Brydon. After all that build-up, where England were flawless and Australia hapless, it's the hosts who have had the best of the first hour. Strauss's third-ball dismissal is the latest instalment in the series of England's woeful Ashes starts and since then Australia have been disciplined. No great pace in the track and apart from a few early swingers from Hilfenhaus no great movement in the air either.

13.1

Watson to Trott, FOUR, not there he won't, dished up invitingly on leg stump, Trott flicks away easily through midwicket for a boundary

13.2

Watson to Trott, 1 wide, filth, utter Harmison-like filth, well wide of off stump

13.2

Watson to Trott, no run, Watson adjusts his line, as well he needed to, but still wide enough for Trott to leave alone

13.3

Watson to Trott, no run, you can almost hear the creaks as Watson goes through his action, no great pace at all, but a decent line and Trott full-faces to mid-off

13.4

Watson to Trott, no run, touch too wide of off stump again and Trott will have nothing to do with it

13.5

Watson to Trott, no run, Watson lands his first really good delivery, on a length, on a line, nipping back a touch and is rewarded by some cheers from his fielders

13.6

Watson to Trott, OUT, gone! Watson strikes! Who would've thought it!? Not me. Watson goes fuller, finds some movement off the wicket into Trott who drove loosely and it went through the gate and clattered into middle

IJL Trott b Watson 29 (62m 53b 5x4 0x6) SR: 54.71

Well well well. Over to you Mr Pietersen.

End of over 14 (5 runs) England 41/2
     SR Watson    1-0-5-1
AN Cook    9* (29b)      MG Johnson    2-0-3-0

14.1

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, Johnson slings one full and straight, Cook prods to cover and scampers off for one to bring Pietersen on strike

"The walking ego is in," declares Warne on Sky.

14.2

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, big roar from the crowd as Johnson was running in, in the end he gives Pietersen a sighter outside off stump

14.3

Johnson to Pietersen, 3 runs, Pietersen is away, huge relief for him as always, and a relief for his partner too, just back of a length and he stood tall and flicked to midwicket

14.4

Johnson to Cook, no run, sharp from Johnson, shortish and spearing into Cook's chest, played comfortably into the midwicket region

14.5

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, bang! Pretty authoritative that from Cook. Half-tracker from Johnson probably deserved it but Cook's pull went well in front of midwicket to the boundary in a flash

14.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, good line but perhaps still a touch short, Cook's weakness is full around off stump, here he can sit on the back foot and block

End of over 15 (8 runs) England 49/2
AN Cook    14* (33b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-11-0
KP Pietersen    3* (2b)      SR Watson    1-0-5-1

15.1

Watson to Pietersen, no run, good line and length from Watson, no pace at all, but enough nibble to draw a false shot from Pietersen, edging along the ground to gully

15.2

Watson to Pietersen, 1 run, more confident here, working from around middle stump into the midwicket region, not quite an emphatic flick, but comfortable enough and brings up England's 50

15.3

Watson to Cook, no run, Cook is slips slightly as he tries to get forward and work this into the leg side, no harm done

15.4

Watson to Cook, no run, good length from Watson, full and teasing Cook outside off stump, who has nothing to do with it

15.5

Watson to Cook, no run, Watson is dragging Cook reluctantly forward to defend carefully

15.6

Watson to Cook, no run, decent over from Watson ends with Cook leaving alone outside off stump

End of over 16 (1 run) England 50/2
AN Cook    14* (37b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-0-6-1
KP Pietersen    4* (4b)      MG Johnson    3-0-11-0

Change in bowling again, Hilfenhaus is back to test Pietersen.

16.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 1 run, swing first up, good start from the new bowler, fullish, off stump, movement away, Pietersen defends a touch uneasily into the covers and steals a single

16.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, that would have been a good ball to a right hander, but to Cook it was too leg-sided to trouble and worked around the corner to fine leg

16.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, Hilfenhaus tempts Pietersen outside off stump, the batsman resists

16.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, excellent delivery, touch of extra bounce and swing, good line too, Pietersen whipped his bottom hand off the bat as he defended

16.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 1 run, good running from Pietersen, the batting was a touch nervy though, following the swing with his hands to drop the ball to cover while the feet stayed planted

16.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Cook defends quietly outside off, good comeback over from Hilfenhaus

End of over 17 (3 runs) England 53/2
AN Cook    15* (39b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-1-23-1
KP Pietersen    6* (8b)      SR Watson    2-0-6-1

17.1

Watson to Pietersen, no run, decent pace from Watson, good length, the line was a fraction wide and allowed Pietersen to leave alone

17.2

Watson to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, Watson over-adjusts and slips this down the leg side, clips a thigh pad and bobbles away for a single towards fine leg

17.3

Watson to Cook, 1 wide, a bouncer, which is ambitious at Watson's pace, with the wicket quite slow as well it took a long time to loop through to Haddin, too high for the umpire's liking

17.3

Watson to Cook, no run, much better, full and outside off, the magic area for Cook, has his fiddling at thin air as the ball sneaks past the edge

17.4

Watson to Cook, no run, good again, attacking Cook on that full, off-stump line, the batsman defends with the fullest of faces

17.5

Watson to Cook, 1 run, nothing pretty by Cook, but pretty effective this morning, pops forward to pat this into the off side and take an easy single

17.6

Watson to Pietersen, no run, huge forward stride from Pietersen and with bat and pad together defends carefully, textbook stuff

End of over 18 (3 runs) England 56/2
KP Pietersen    6* (11b)      SR Watson    3-0-8-1
AN Cook    16* (42b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-1-23-1

18.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, off-stump line from Hilfenhaus, could afford to be a touch fuller though, and Cook defends easily

18.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, better length this time but wide enough for the batsman to shoulder arms

18.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, almost the right combination of length and line for the bowler, just outside off but again not quite full enough to drag Cook forward as he defends

18.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, good pressure being built from the bowler as Cook judges a good leave outside off

18.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 2 runs, Hilfenhaus searches for the inswinging variation, which allows Cook to clip firmly wide of mid-on for a couple

18.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 3 runs, ooh, good ball, has Cook searching with feet rooted outside off, finds the outer-half of the bat and runs past gully for three

End of over 19 (5 runs) England 61/2
AN Cook    21* (48b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-1-28-1
KP Pietersen    6* (11b)      SR Watson    3-0-8-1

19.1

Watson to Cook, 1 run, scream of "oh!" from Watson as Cook leans this towards midwicket, not sure why

19.2

Watson to Pietersen, FOUR, lovely shot, the ball was there for it - half-volley - but a good-looking shot nevertheless, punched straight back past the bowler for four

19.3

Watson to Pietersen, no run, this time it's outside off stump and studiously left alone

Two slips and a gully in place and two men on the drive, short cover and short midwicket.

19.4

Watson to Pietersen, no run, none of them involved here though as the batsman leaves alone

19.5

Watson to Pietersen, no run, once again it's a touch too wide to trouble Pietersen

Time for the King Xavier of Spain soon, you'd think

19.6

Watson to Pietersen, no run, flashing drive, with not great timing, squirts to point

End of over 20 (5 runs) England 66/2
KP Pietersen    10* (16b 1x4)      SR Watson    4-0-13-1
AN Cook    22* (49b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-1-28-1

Right, here's the moment. Xavier Doherty is into the attack. Slip in place. How will England approach this?

Don't forget to join Peter English and Andrew McGlashan to discuss how the first session at the Gabba went, during the lunch break. Send your questions in to chatterbox@cricinfo.com

20.1

Doherty to Cook, no run, good start that! Ripper! Lands outside off and spins quickly towards Cook who left alone

20.2

Doherty to Cook, 1 run, Cook more careful to play this time, working to leg for a single to bring Pietersen on strike

Plenty of chat from the Aussies, Pointing taking his time to set his field. Slip, short leg and short cover in place...

20.3

Doherty to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen stretches forward and defends carefully to a fullish off-stump ball

20.4

Doherty to Pietersen, 3 runs, down the track straight away! Couple of steps and flicked in front of midwicket for three, came off the toe-end slightly but clear intent

20.5

Doherty to Cook, no run, decent length and line, too full to spin much, Cook defends

20.6

Doherty to Cook, no run, good finish to a pretty good start for Doherty, Cook defends suspiciously around off stump, this one didn't turn as much as the first ball, but you only need one to turn to sow the seeds of doubt

End of over 21 (4 runs) England 70/2
AN Cook    23* (53b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-4-0
KP Pietersen    13* (18b 1x4)      SR Watson    4-0-13-1

21.1

Watson to Pietersen, no run, Watson full and straight and attacking off stump, Pietersen defends carefully

21.2

Watson to Pietersen, no run, touch of nibble back into the batsman, some extra bounce too, defeats Pietersen as he tries to work to leg

21.3

Watson to Pietersen, no run, good stop from North at cover, it was dished up full and invitingly and Pietersen climbed into a drive only to find North

21.4

Watson to Pietersen, no run, change of length, just a fraction shorter and Pietersen decides to leave alone

21.5

Watson to Pietersen, no run, "Yes Watto!" cry the Aussie fielder, and why not, it was a straight ball that Pietersen looked a touch uncomfortable defending

21.6

Watson to Pietersen, no run, enough width here for Pietersen to flash his arms but finds point

End of over 22 (maiden) England 70/2
KP Pietersen    13* (24b 1x4)      SR Watson    5-1-13-1
AN Cook    23* (53b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    1-0-4-0

22.1

Doherty to Cook, no run, pushed through quite flat from Doherty, no great turn this time from outside off, Cook defends

22.2

Doherty to Cook, no run, better length here, fuller outside off, Cook reaches forward to defend

22.3

Doherty to Cook, 2 runs, that will annoy the bowler, drifts on to Cook's legs who happily works into the midwicket region for a couple

22.4

Doherty to Cook, no run, really pushed though this time, very flat and quick, Cook blocks

22.5

Doherty to Cook, no run, good change of pace, slightly slower, finds some turn, Cook defends

22.6

Doherty to Cook, 1 run, the over ends with Cook leaning a fullish ball into the leg side, no great intent from England as yet against Doherty

End of over 23 (3 runs) England 73/2
AN Cook    26* (59b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-7-0
KP Pietersen    13* (24b 1x4)      SR Watson    5-1-13-1

23.1

Watson to Cook, no run, dropped! And it's the debutant! Similar to the Strauss dismissal, short and Cook cracked it straight to Doherty at point, who jumped to take it above his head, had a couple of grabs at it but it ends on the turf. Big moment that, how will he respond

23.2

Watson to Cook, 1 run, less excitement here, just worked into the leg side

23.3

Watson to Pietersen, no run, Doherty is smiling now, which is a good thing, but I'm not sure he means it. Poor fellow. In the meantime, Pietersen defends off the back foot

23.4

Watson to Pietersen, no run, again a touch short and wide of off, Pietersen turns his back on it by way of leaving alone

23.5

Watson to Pietersen, 1 run, misfield here from Johnson, Pietersen on his toes to defend with soft hands towards mid-off and take a single

23.6

Watson to Cook, no run, eventful over ends quietly, with Cook pushing to mid-on. Doherty will be feeling pretty awful, but has a chance to respond now

End of over 24 (2 runs) England 75/2
AN Cook    27* (62b 1x4)      SR Watson    6-1-15-1
KP Pietersen    14* (27b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    2-0-7-0

24.1

Doherty to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen positive straight away, skipping down the wicket and clipping to midwicket

24.2

Doherty to Pietersen, no run, good ball this, slower and finding proper spin off the wicket, Pietersen defends tetchily

24.3

Doherty to Pietersen, no run, big spin here, Pietersen left alone but it spun sharply off the surface, probably the dampness

24.4

Doherty to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen runs down the wicket and almost straight past it! Fired in towards the legs and Pietersen had to hurry to flick it, just, down to the fine leg boundary

24.5

Doherty to Pietersen, no run, driven firmly back to the bowler who collects, jumps up and aims to throw at Pietersen, good aggression from the young man

24.6

Doherty to Pietersen, no run, and again! Drive straight back to the bowler, this time he does fire a throw back and it's quite wide, leaving Haddin to dive well to collect. The crowd love it!

End of over 25 (4 runs) England 79/2
KP Pietersen    18* (33b 2x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-11-0
AN Cook    27* (62b 1x4)      SR Watson    6-1-15-1

Change of bowling, here's Johnson before lunch.

25.1

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, decent pace, decent line too, but Cook is solid, getting back to work to leg for a single

25.2

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, once again there is decent carry, but the line is a touch too far down leg and allows Pietersen to work towards square leg

25.3

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, ooh! Close here, full and Cook falls over towards the off side as he flicks this, one bounce, to short midwicket, the man is placed there for the shot, good work from Ponting

25.4

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, slung wide across Pietersen, who leaves alone

25.5

Johnson to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen falls over and ends up in a heap, but he managed to flick very powerfully into the midwicket region as he played the shot, Pietersen ended up on his face, but the timing was good enough to collect four

25.6

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, confident finish to the session from Pietersen, getting back, standing tall and punching firmly to cover.

Lunch Intriguing first session, just about even I'd say. If Doherty held that chance, Australia would feel in charge but as it is, Cook and Pietersen look in good order. The battle between Pietersen and Doherty is already fascinating, one to keep a close eye on as the day develops.

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End of over 26 (7 runs) England 86/2
KP Pietersen    23* (37b 3x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-18-0
AN Cook    29* (64b 1x4)      XJ Doherty    3-0-11-0

Welcome back, welcome back. That was an exciting first session. Now, what will the afternoon bring? Things might get a bit easier for the batsmen. Steve Bernard, the Australian team manager, tweeted shortly before lunch: "The wicket seems a bit slow but will quicken up as it dries out. The heavy rain lately has meant that it has some drying out to do yet."

26.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, great start from England, Alastair Cook is quickly on to a short ball and pulls it through midwicket, confident and easy pickings for Cook

26.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, nudged away to midwicket

26.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, fullish and angled across Cook, who pushes to cover

26.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, solid in defence, Cook sends it back down the pitch

No swing yet in this over for Ben Hilfenhaus

26.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 no ball, on target, aiming at the stumps, and Cook defends

26.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, left alone outside off, this just moves across Cook with the natural angle

26.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, solid in defence once more

End of over 27 (5 runs) England 91/2
AN Cook    33* (71b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    8-1-33-1
KP Pietersen    23* (37b 3x4)      MG Johnson    4-0-18-0

What can Mitch Johnson do?

27.1

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, defended back down the pitch

It's a battle of the Movembers here, Johnson v Pietersen. Personally I think KP's is more convincing. Which isn't saying much.

27.2

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, bouncer, leg side, and it's hooked around the corner to fine leg along the ground

27.3

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, bad ball, down leg side and Cook simply flicks it off his pads to fine leg

"That's reminiscent of the stuff Mitchell Johnson bowled at Lord's," says Ian Chappell. Ouch.

27.4

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, on the back foot, Pietersen defends

27.5

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, again that's too short and leg-sidey, Pietersen has no trouble helping that to fine leg

27.6

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, really good placement from Cook, angled down leg side and he's clipped it between the two men out on the leg side boundary, through square for four

"Australia will have some guys really come to the fore this series and do huge things nobody will expect," says Ronnie Berg from the US. "I predict they'll win at least 3. England won't win a single one. Just a prediction. PS Congrats William." What, Prince William? William Luke? William Windom, the eighty-something American actor?

End of over 28 (7 runs) England 98/2
AN Cook    38* (73b 3x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-25-0
KP Pietersen    25* (41b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    8-1-33-1

28.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, good solid defence from Pietersen

28.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, some shape away from Hilfenhaus now, KP lets it go

28.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 3 runs, on the pads, Pietersen clips it through midwicket and that's good, positive stuff, they hare back for a third

28.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, better line, Cook defends back to Hilfenhaus

28.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, flicked forward of midwicket for another run

28.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, straight line again, Pietersen can't get it away past mid-on

Mick weighs in on the Movember contest: "KP's winning the battle of the mo's, Mitchell's looks like an out of work porn star that has come to clean zee poooollll"

End of over 29 (4 runs) England 102/2
KP Pietersen    28* (45b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    9-1-37-1
AN Cook    39* (75b 3x4)      MG Johnson    5-0-25-0

The runs have come far too easily for Australia's liking after lunch. Johnson and Hilfenhaus have to get their lines right, and quickly.

29.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, better ball, just outside off stump, Cook defends

"If Johnson doesn't bowl well in this test will the selectors have the spine to drop him and bring Bollinger in?" asks Mark. And that is a very fine question.

29.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, ah, but Johnson gets an edge now, though it's into the ground and never in danger of being taken at gully

29.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, left alone outside off, no hints of swing for Mitch

Two slips and two gullies in now, as well as a man at point

29.4

Johnson to Cook, no run, probing outside off again, Cook just lets it sail by

29.5

Johnson to Cook, no run, same again, well wide of off and not making Cook play

29.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, much straighter ball, looking for an lbw, Cook simply drives it to mid-on

End of over 30 (maiden) England 102/2
AN Cook    39* (81b 3x4)      MG Johnson    6-1-25-0
KP Pietersen    28* (45b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    9-1-37-1

30.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, Hilfenhaus probes outside off stump now, Pietersen isn't interested

30.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, well wide of off once more, some swing away but the batsman again doesn't play

30.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, same again, much too wide from Hilfenhaus, he has to tempt Pietersen close to off

30.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 1 run, and this one is closer - Pietersen flashes a drive and gets a thick inside edge that rockets back into his leg, oh, the Australians wanted that to deflect on to the stumps!

30.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, angled across Cook, who leaves it

30.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, defended safely to the off side

End of over 31 (1 run) England 103/2
AN Cook    39* (83b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    10-1-38-1
KP Pietersen    29* (49b 3x4)      MG Johnson    6-1-25-0

31.1

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, pushed across Pietersen, who leaves it alone

31.2

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, banged in short of a length, Pietersen defends safely at waist height, which is an indication that there's not a great deal of bounce in this pitch

31.3

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, crunched away off the back foot, can't beat the man at cover

31.4

Johnson to Pietersen, FOUR, bad ball and Pietersen latches on to this, a cracking cover drive to a low full toss wide of off, Johnson was looking to entice the drive but clearly not with a full toss

31.5

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, that's the ball he wanted to bowl, well wide of off and pitches on a fullish length, but this time KP is not tempted

31.6

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, on the pads, he can't get that one away

End of over 32 (4 runs) England 107/2
KP Pietersen    33* (55b 4x4)      MG Johnson    7-1-29-0
AN Cook    39* (83b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    10-1-38-1

32.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, straight-bat defence from Cook, he's right in behind that one

32.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, left alone outside off, no swing there for Hilfenhaus

32.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, solid in defence, Cook gets forward

32.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, pushed to cover, trying to get the edge from Cook but he's looking in good touch

32.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

32.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, and Hilfenhaus keeps plugging away just outside off, no shot offered by Cook

End of over 33 (maiden) England 107/2
AN Cook    39* (89b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    11-2-38-1
KP Pietersen    33* (55b 4x4)      MG Johnson    7-1-29-0

33.1

Johnson to Pietersen, FOUR, that's an aggressive shot from Pietersen! Banged in short well outside off, KP launches an aerial pull over midwicket, it got a little top-edgey but there was nobody out on the boundary, so he was perfectly safe

33.2

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, defended this time by KP

33.3

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, angles it across Pietersen, who drives straight to the man at mid-on

33.4

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, pushed across the right-hander, Pietersen leaves it

33.5

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, edged and safe! Ah, Pietersen's patience for those deliveries pushed across him has worn out, he drives hard and in the air, but it bounces safely short of Doherty at point

33.6

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, left alone this time

There's nothing wrong with Johnson plugging away outside off against Pietersen, but until that over he'd been much too wide.

End of over 34 (4 runs) England 111/2
KP Pietersen    37* (61b 5x4)      MG Johnson    8-1-33-0
AN Cook    39* (89b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    11-2-38-1

34.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Cook's not interested, he lets this go outside off

34.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, solid in defence to a ball that is a little straighter

34.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, clipped off the body towards midwicket

34.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Hilfenhaus continues to try his luck angling across Cook, but he's not tempted

34.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, meets this one with the full face of the bat, but it's found the man at mid-off

There's a short cover in and Shane Warne isn't happy. He wants that man to go to a third slip, to encourage Cook to drive.

34.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, defended safely towards off

End of over 35 (maiden) England 111/2
AN Cook    39* (95b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    12-3-38-1
KP Pietersen    37* (61b 5x4)      MG Johnson    8-1-33-0

35.1

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, probing outside off, Pietersen defends

35.2

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, straighter ball, Pietersen clips it to square leg

35.3

Johnson to Pietersen, 2 runs, slower ball - we haven't seen many of them from any of the bowlers today - and it's flicked through square leg for a couple of runs

35.4

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, trying to tease Pietersen outside off, but he lets it go

35.5

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, again it's pushed across, again KP leaves it alone

35.6

Johnson to Pietersen, FOUR, magnificent cover drive! The men went back on the on-side boundary, trying to convince Pietersen it would be short. It was fullish outside off, and a handsome drive found the gap, racing away to the boundary

End of over 36 (6 runs) England 117/2
KP Pietersen    43* (67b 6x4)      MG Johnson    9-1-39-0
AN Cook    39* (95b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    12-3-38-1

Right, time to mix things up a little. Xavier Doherty. That's pronounced Zavier Dough-erty, not Ecksavier Dockerty, FYI. There's a leg slip in, and bat pad.

36.1

Doherty to Cook, no run, shortish and it spins, Cook pulls hard but can't beat midwicket

36.2

Doherty to Cook, no run, tossed up on off, Cook lunges forward to defend

36.3

Doherty to Cook, no run, some really sharp turn here, Cook nudges it down into the ground

36.4

Doherty to Cook, no run, outside off and turning in a fraction, well defended

36.5

Doherty to Cook, no run, a little shorter, but it does spin sharply once again, Cook cuts to point

36.6

Doherty to Cook, no run, defended back down the pitch

End of over 37 (maiden) England 117/2
AN Cook    39* (101b 3x4)      XJ Doherty    4-1-11-0
KP Pietersen    43* (67b 6x4)      MG Johnson    9-1-39-0

And we have a double change. Peter Siddle from the Vulture Street End. He's got the collar turned upwards, a-la Mark Waugh. White zinc cream on the lip, a-la Dean Jones. Moustache, a-la Merv Hughes. The ultimate retro cricketer.

37.1

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, driven back down towards mid-off

37.2

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, banged in short of a length outside off, Pietersen leaves it

37.3

Siddle to Pietersen, OUT, got him! Siddle does the job! And boy did Australia need that! He's pitched it up and it may have seamed away just the tiniest bit, Pietersen drives hard looking for a boundary, and it's snaffled by Ponting at second slip

KP Pietersen c Ponting b Siddle 43 (95m 70b 6x4 0x6) SR: 61.42

That's a big breakthrough, Pietersen was looking in ominous touch. Here's Collingwood. Three slips in place now.

37.4

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

That wicket has really brought the crowd back into the game, they're roaring as Siddle runs in

37.5

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood comes forward and drives uppishly to cover

37.6

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

So that's a wicket maiden from Siddle, excellent return for his first spell after lunch.

End of over 38 (wicket maiden) England 117/3
PD Collingwood    0* (3b)      PM Siddle    7-2-12-1
AN Cook    39* (101b 3x4)      XJ Doherty    4-1-11-0

38.1

Doherty to Cook, no run, turns in towards Cook's off stump, he defends

38.2

Doherty to Cook, no run, oh yes, oh yes! Sharp spin in from well outside off, Cook goes back to cut and is really cramped by that, but he gets it safely to point

38.3

Doherty to Cook, FOUR, a little too much spin this time, down leg, and Cook flicks it away through leg slip with soft hands, away to the boundary

38.4

Doherty to Cook, no run, leans forward to defend this one

38.5

Doherty to Cook, no run, oh, well bowled, and Haddin whips the bails off. It was tossed up well wide of off and importantly this one didn't spin, it beat the bat and Cook was lucky - he lifted his back foot but got it back down before Haddin got the bails off

38.6

Doherty to Cook, no run, defended safely this time

Doherty has looked really promising here. He's getting plenty of spin.

End of over 39 (4 runs) England 121/3
AN Cook    43* (107b 4x4)      XJ Doherty    5-1-15-0
PD Collingwood    0* (3b)      PM Siddle    7-2-12-1

39.1

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, nudged away to the on-side, Collingwood can't find a gap

39.2

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, left alone outside off

"Does Peter Siddle think he is yachting on the River Derwent? Or starring in a Vampire movie? Get your collar down young fella." That's a tweet from the Tasmanian fast bowler Brett Geeves.

39.3

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, outside off and short of a length, Collingwood thinks about a pull and then lets it go

39.4

Siddle to Collingwood, FOUR, lovely way to get off the mark! That was a half-volley on off stump, Collingwood waited for it and then simply punched an on-drive back past the bowler, so well timed that it raced to the boundary

39.5

Siddle to Collingwood, OUT, Siddle strikes again! This time it's North who snaps up the catch at third slip, pretty low to the ground as well, so it's a good sharp take. Collingwood came forward and pushed outside off, the thick edge was enough to do him in

PD Collingwood c North b Siddle 4 (9m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Ah, Peter Siddle, you've earned your recall. And it's his 26th birthday.

And the players have taken drinks during that wicket break. Here's Ian Bell.

39.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, oh, lbw shout, and a massive one from Peter Siddle! Huge shout, and Siddle was utterly convinced. But Aleem Dar gives it not out, and Ponting is not interested in a review. He's right not to go for it - big inside edge.

End of over 40 (4 runs) England 125/4
IR Bell    0* (1b)      PM Siddle    8-2-16-2
AN Cook    43* (107b 4x4)      XJ Doherty    5-1-15-0

40.1

Doherty to Cook, no run, tossed up outside off, Cook defends

40.2

Doherty to Cook, no run, defended safely again

40.3

Doherty to Cook, no run, turns in sharply, Cook leaves it outside off

40.4

Doherty to Cook, no run, defended back down the pitch

40.5

Doherty to Cook, no run, well flighted outside off, this one doesn't turn, and Cook defends

40.6

Doherty to Cook, no run, driven down towards mid-on, can't find a gap

End of over 41 (maiden) England 125/4
AN Cook    43* (113b 4x4)      XJ Doherty    6-2-15-0
IR Bell    0* (1b)      PM Siddle    8-2-16-2

41.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, Siddle's steaming in now, nips it back in from short of a length, Bell leaves it alone

41.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, again it's left alone outside off - Siddle's getting more bounce than any of the other quicks

41.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, probing outside off, Bell lets it go

41.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, same again, he's trying to tempt Bell, but the batsman isn't interested

41.5

Siddle to Bell, FOUR, crunched away through cover-point, what a good shot to get off the mark! Bell waits and gets on the back foot, getting down on that one to run it away to the boundary. He's in fine form after that 192 in Hobart

41.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, on the pads now, Bell can't get it away

I'll be back after tea for some more commentary. For now, it's time to read from the book of Sahil Dutta-ronomy.

End of over 42 (4 runs) England 129/4
IR Bell    4* (7b 1x4)      PM Siddle    9-2-20-2
AN Cook    43* (113b 4x4)      XJ Doherty    6-2-15-0

Cheers big B. What a time to come on, the innings is really in the balance now. Top work from Siddle, found the right length and has been rewarded.

42.1

Doherty to Cook, no run, Cook pops forward and defends quietly

Slip, leg slip, short leg and silly point in place. Ponting on the attack, good to see.

42.2

Doherty to Cook, no run, touch short from Doherty, Cook back to defend into the leg side

42.3

Doherty to Cook, no run, better length this time, drags Cook forward to defend outside off

42.4

Doherty to Cook, no run, pushed through flatter and quicker outside off, good change of pace, Cook flashed a cut but it was through him too quickly

42.5

Doherty to Cook, no run, this time it's back on a straighter line and Cook does nothing but defend

42.6

Doherty to Cook, no run, maiden over, and a pretty good one, ends with Cook getting over to the off side to defend into the leg side

End of over 43 (maiden) England 129/4
AN Cook    43* (119b 4x4)      XJ Doherty    7-3-15-0
IR Bell    4* (7b 1x4)      PM Siddle    9-2-20-2

Here's Sid...

43.1

Siddle to Bell, 2 runs, attempts to go very full and overdoes slightly, giving Bell a full toss on leg stump that is clipped to midwicket for a couple

43.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, good line, perhaps a just short of the ideal length, Bell defends solidly

43.3

Siddle to Bell, FOUR, too short and too wide, Bell's stylish cut was uppish and cleared point by a distance, for a moment the bowler thought he was in with a chance

43.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, still a fraction short from Siddle, but the line and the intent is good, Bell very calm in defence

43.5

Siddle to Bell, 2 runs, short again, Bell has to wait an age for it to arrive, rolls the wrists nicely as he pulls to deep square for a couple

43.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, frustrating over for Siddle, he looked annoyed at the end of it, finishes the over with a widish ball outside off

End of over 44 (8 runs) England 137/4
IR Bell    12* (13b 2x4)      PM Siddle    10-2-28-2
AN Cook    43* (119b 4x4)      XJ Doherty    7-3-15-0

44.1

Doherty to Cook, 2 runs, Cook is in his bubble now and nudges behind square for a couple

44.2

Doherty to Cook, no run, carefully defended off the front foot

44.3

Doherty to Cook, 1 run, once again Cook gets enough of an angle into his legs to work a single behind square on the leg side

44.4

Doherty to Bell, no run, Bell skips down the track straight away, ends up defending. The Aussie fielders seemed to like it, plenty of chat from them

44.5

Doherty to Bell, no run, once again Bell is down the track and driving firmly back to the bowler, who fumbles, the ground get excited but it's a bump-ball

44.6

Doherty to Bell, 2 runs, ooh! Bell down the wicket again and skewing a lofted drive, huge cry of catch from the bowler but it cleared mid-off comfortably in the end, still, Doherty won't mind that at all

End of over 45 (5 runs) England 142/4
IR Bell    14* (16b 2x4)      XJ Doherty    8-3-20-0
AN Cook    46* (122b 4x4)      PM Siddle    10-2-28-2

MJ is back after a brilliant spell from Siddle.

45.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, starts with a slinger outside off, far too short really, Cook has nothing to do with it

ESPNcricinfo's stats man Madhu has come up with something: "The lowest score made by a visiting team in its first innings in a victory at the Gabba is England's 286 in 1978. In contrast, the lowest total made by Australia in the team's first innings in a victory is 152 against England in 1990."

45.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, much better length and line from Johnson this time, forces Cook to defend off the front foot

45.3

Johnson to Cook, 3 runs, typically, unfussy work from Cook, gets a fullish ball on his legs and clips it firmly, wide of mid-on for three, edging up towards a half-century

45.4

Johnson to Bell, no run, decent pace from Johnson, but an indecent line - outside off - and length - too short

45.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, ah, much better, slower ball by the looks of things, but drawing Bell forward to defend

45.6

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, banged in short, Bell rocks back and pulls, more a controlled pull than anything expansive, picks up a single to deep square

End of over 46 (4 runs) England 146/4
IR Bell    15* (19b 2x4)      MG Johnson    10-1-43-0
AN Cook    49* (125b 4x4)      XJ Doherty    8-3-20-0

Ozzie is rather unhappy by the sounds of things: "I am an Australian and have always supported Aussies till now, but the injustice that has been metted out to the Victorians (Hodge, McDonald, Hussey Jnr and Co) has made me start supporting the opposition. Go the Poms! This is the only way to get the (NSW biased) Selection Panel replaced. Unless they go I'm supporting the opposition."

46.1

Doherty to Bell, 2 runs, quite flat from Doherty, coming around the wicket to Bell, who gets low and sweeps fine for a couple

46.2

Doherty to Bell, no run, once again Bell is looking to use his feet, decides against anything more expansive than defence this time

46.3

Doherty to Bell, 1 run, goodness, Bell was in position to sweep while Doherty was still in his run up pretty much, plays one of those gentle guides behind square for one

46.4

Doherty to Cook, no run, Cook leans forward to defend quietly, remains on 49

46.5

Doherty to Cook, 2 runs, and there is his 50 and what a valuable knock it's been, pushes into space and skips off for a couple

46.6

Doherty to Cook, no run, stretches forward and quietly knocks this towards midwicket

End of over 47 (5 runs) England 151/4
AN Cook    51* (128b 4x4)      XJ Doherty    9-3-25-0
IR Bell    18* (22b 2x4)      MG Johnson    10-1-43-0

47.1

Johnson to Bell, no run, very low arm from Johnson here, but the delivery is a good one, straight and on a length and defended

47.2

Johnson to Bell, no run, now then! What's this we have a referral! It was a length delivery that zipped past, very close to Bell's outside edge, there was a sound but no great appeal from Australia first of all, Katich at short leg was convinced and demanded the UDRS, but HotSpot shows nothing and the decision stands

47.3

Johnson to Bell, no run, good pace on this and Bell gets back in a hurry to drop into the leg side with soft hands

47.4

Johnson to Bell, no run, outside off stump and left all alone by Bell

47.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, Johnson tempts with a full, slower ball outside off stump but Bell resists

47.6

Johnson to Bell, no run, quickest delivery of the day I think, good line too, straight and Bell rocks back to defend with the fullest of faces

End of over 48 (maiden) England 151/4
IR Bell    18* (28b 2x4)      MG Johnson    11-2-43-0
AN Cook    51* (128b 4x4)      XJ Doherty    9-3-25-0

Word from Brydon: "I wonder if Ozzie realises that there hasn't been a New South Welshman on the selection panel for more than a decade."

48.1

Doherty to Cook, 3 runs, a fraction short and Cook is back in a flash, cutting almost with a touch of style there past point

48.2

Doherty to Bell, no run, Doherty looks tidy, it'd be nice if he threw a few up, but he's accurate here and Bell defends

48.3

Doherty to Bell, no run, touch of spin here, angled in from around the wicket and defended carefully

48.4

Doherty to Bell, no run, spin again from Doherty, who's action is not entirely unlike Daniel Vettori, left well alone

48.5

Doherty to Bell, no run, ripper! Spin and bounce and quick off the track too, zipping past Bell's outside edge. Top work from the X man

48.6

Doherty to Bell, 1 run, less alarm this time, prodded into space for a strike-stealing single

End of over 49 (4 runs) England 155/4
IR Bell    19* (33b 2x4)      XJ Doherty    10-3-29-0
AN Cook    54* (129b 4x4)      MG Johnson    11-2-43-0

49.1

Johnson to Bell, no run, Johnson seems to have found some rhythm here, better pace but far enough outside off for Bell to leave alone

49.2

Johnson to Bell, 2 runs, Johnson is doing everything, hurls it down swiftly and then hares off after the ball to collect Bell's firm push through mid-on

49.3

Johnson to Bell, no run, lovely delivery, that's the one for Johnson, full enough to leave Bell stuck on the crease, honing in around off stump, Bell defends uneasily

49.4

Johnson to Bell, no run, Bell is judging his off stump very well at the moment, leaving anything he doesn't need to play

49.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, oops, the first real clanger from MJ, slung down the leg side, but Haddin collects and no harm done

49.6

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, back of a length and Bell drops it with the softest hands into the off side and scampers off for a single

More from our stats man Madhu here: "There have been only four hundreds scored by English batsmen at the Gabba. The most recent was Mark Butcher's 116 in 1998. Ian Botham made 138 in England's last win at the Gabba in 1986." There you go.

End of over 50 (3 runs) England 158/4
IR Bell    22* (39b 2x4)      MG Johnson    12-2-46-0
AN Cook    54* (129b 4x4)      XJ Doherty    10-3-29-0
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Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 3-7, 2011
England won by an innings and 83 runs
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England won by an innings and 157 runs
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