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The Ashes - 1st Test

Australia v England

Match drawn

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

Anderson has the new ball, three slips, two gully fielders wait...

0.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, Anderson finds a length first ball, but the line is a touch wide and allows Watson to leave alone

0.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, once again Watson gets a sighter, some nervous looks from the England fielders

0.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, similar line from Anderson, not drawing Watson into a shot yet

0.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, better this time, a touch fuller, a touch straighter, Watson rocks forward to defend

0.5

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, crack! Very simple, very effective. Anderson goes full in search of swing, finds the swing of Watson's bat, thumping it wide of mid-off for four

0.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, having taken the boundary Watson can happily leave the last ball alone. Good start by him

End of over 1 (4 runs) Australia 4/0
SR Watson    4* (6b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-4-0
SM Katich    0* (0b)     

Stuart Broad, as expected, will share the new ball. The crowd, which numbers 35,339 apparently, is really lively, great atmosphere.

1.1

Broad to Katich, no run, Katich begins with his familiar off-side shuffle, ends up outside off stump while the ball whistles past leg stump

1.2

Broad to Katich, no run, wow, he's really going a long way across to the off side, touch of extra bounce defeats the attempted nurdle

1.3

Broad to Katich, no run, nicely played here, Broad drops it a touch shorter and he gets into a good position to glance it down to short leg

1.4

Broad to Katich, no run, lively start from Broad, good pace and some bounce too, surprises Katich as he attempts to defend

1.5

Broad to Katich, no run, good carry for Broad, flies past Katich's chest. Looks good, but probably would do well to attack the stumps soon

1.6

Broad to Katich, 2 runs, much fuller, good ball, homing in on off stump, but the Katich shuffle is completed well in time to knock past mid-on

End of over 2 (2 runs) Australia 6/0
SM Katich    2* (6b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-2-0
SR Watson    4* (6b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-4-0

2.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, Anderson chasing some swing but none around at the moment, full and left alone outside off

2.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, better delivery this time, attacking the stumps with an inducker, Watson is up to the task and defends well

2.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, that's the ball for Anderson, fullish, around off stump and a touch of nibble, nervy defence

2.4

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, good again from the bowler, nipping back this time, extra bounce too raps Watson on the gloves and bobbles away for a single

2.5

Anderson to Katich, 1 leg bye, first sign of swing for Anderson, just offering to come back into the batsman, flicks the body and runs away to fine leg

2.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, solid finish to the over from Watson, getting crisply forward in defence

End of over 3 (2 runs) Australia 8/0
SR Watson    5* (11b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-5-0
SM Katich    2* (7b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-2-0

Short leg has been moved to leg gully, which suggests England fancy bouncing Katich out. Not convinced with that.

3.1

Broad to Katich, no run, this is short and a touch outside off stump, Katich pokes it, firmly to point

3.2

Broad to Katich, 1 run, back of a length again, Katich up on his toes and turning past the leg gully for a single

3.3

Broad to Watson, no run, big appeal here, was it pad first!? Full and spearing into Watson's pads, looked like it was squeezed with bat and pad, England did well not to review there

3.4

Broad to Watson, no run, less incident this time, full and straight and defended

3.5

Broad to Watson, no run, good ball here, the best length Broad has found yet, touch of swing too and Watson gets into an awkward position as he tries to defend

3.6

Broad to Watson, 2 runs, nicely done by Watson, Broad feeds him a leg-side delivery and it's worked around the corner for a couple

End of over 4 (3 runs) Australia 11/0
SR Watson    7* (15b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-5-0
SM Katich    3* (9b)      JM Anderson    2-0-5-0

4.1

Anderson to Katich, no run, oops, horror from Anderson, well down the leg side, how that's not called a wide I don't know

4.2

Anderson to Katich, no run, good, decisive crabbing from Katich across to off stump, gets in a good position to defend under his eyes

4.3

Anderson to Katich, no run, good shape back into the left-hander but Anderson could probably go a touch fuller

4.4

Anderson to Katich, no run, this time Anderson follows Katich outside off who thinks about playing, before thinking better of it

4.5

Anderson to Katich, no run, sound defence from Katich, he's clear about what he's doing, if Australia make it to stumps unscathed they will have had an ideal series opener

4.6

Anderson to Katich, no run, swing back into Katich who defends carefully

End of over 5 (maiden) Australia 11/0
SM Katich    3* (15b)      JM Anderson    3-1-5-0
SR Watson    7* (15b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-5-0

This will be the last over of the day, and what a day it's been. Can Broad create one more drama?

5.1

Broad to Watson, no run, not with this line, too far outside off, Watson is thrilled to leave alone

5.2

Broad to Watson, no run, touch of movement in the air back into Watson, who squeezes a defence just in the nick of time and it runs off an inside edge

5.3

Broad to Watson, no run, touch too wide this time, outside off stump Watson eager to leave alone at this stage

5.4

Broad to Watson, 1 run, good length, good line too but defended carefully into the leg side where Watson collects a single

5.5

Broad to Katich, 3 runs, neat work from Katich, gets a full ball and clipped firmly down the ground where Finn sets off in pursuit, needed a gallant slide on the boundary to save it, but given what happened to Simon Jones on this ground it looks a touch foolish

5.6

Broad to Watson, no run, Broad finishes with a full and straight ball that is defended

End of over 6 (4 runs) Australia 15/0
SR Watson    8* (20b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-9-0
SM Katich    6* (16b)      JM Anderson    3-1-5-0

Well, looks like we'll have one final over. Not sure how, but good stuff because Graeme Swann is on. Slip, leg slip, silly point, short leg. Can the first over specialist do it again?

6.1

Swann to Katich, FOUR, not like this, short, Katich back and climbs into a firm leg-side flick, sending it pinging to the boundary for four

6.2

Swann to Katich, FOUR, lovely shot this time! Swann's first two balls in Australia have disappeared to the boundary, Katich down the wicket slightly and crisply driving wide of mid-off

6.3

Swann to Katich, 1 run, cry of catch but it's well short of mid-on as Katich works against the spin

6.4

Swann to Watson, no run, thrown up devilishly by Swann, Watson rocks forward to defend

6.5

Swann to Watson, no run, another flighted tempter outside off, but Watson is fully in control

6.6

Swann to Watson, 1 run, nudged round the corner for a single to end a wonderful first day's cricket and a wonderful first day for Australia

Stumps Intriguing opening day to the 2010-11 Ashes. Australia end firmly on top with England skittled out for 260 on a friendly batting track. Peter Siddle was the hero - a second Ashes five-for which included Cook, Prior and Broad in three balls, a hat-trick that brought the Gabba crowd to life and ended up flipping England's fortunes in a flash.

Andrew McGlashan will have an end of day bulletin ready for you shortly to tell you all about it and there is also a growing gallery with the best photos from today's action. Beyond that we have a Facebook page that's worth checking out and a Twitter account that drip feeds all kinds of gems.

Just before we go, if you're in the UK and would like to see highlights of today's play you can do so courtesy of ecbtv.co.uk. But only if you're in the UK mind! That will be all from me Sahil, and Brydon today, please join us tomorrow at 10am (midnight GMT) to see how the second day unravels.

End of over 7 (10 runs) Australia 25/0
SR Watson    9* (23b 1x4)      GP Swann    1-0-10-0
SM Katich    15* (19b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-9-0

9.58am Andrew Strauss has just led his men out on to the Gabba, and here come Shane Watson and Simon Katich to follow. The crowd looks pretty good once again. Here's Stuart Broad to get things under way from the Stanley Street End...

9.50am The pitch is looking good once again, and it should get quicker as the day progresses, which is typical of the Gabba as the sun dries it out. There are runs available for Katich and Watson if they start well.

But there was also plenty of spin for Doherty yesterday, so expect Graeme Swann to play a big role. We have a very interesting day coming up!

9.45am Josephus gets the (metaphorical) prize for best email so far today: "I love Antiques Roadshow. In fact, when I saw Australia's top order, I thought I'd accidentally switched over to the show."

Here's David Smith with an interesting story: "I rang Channel 9 in Brisbane to ask why the cricket was replaced for Antiques Roadshow at 5pm and they said "because the cricket is finished for the day". I said - "uummm, no it isn't; I'm watching live updates on Cricinfo". Two minutes later ... cricket back on TV in Brisbane! People Power!!!!"

9.35am "I'm not sure which is my favourite overnight news headline, 'Peter Skittle', 'Blazing Siddles' or 'Pom Disposal Unit'," says the fascinatingly named TT McSnee.

"I was at the Gabbatoir yesterday when it erupted," emails Jon. "If Harmison's wide set the tone for the last series then getting the Pommy skipper in the first over sets this one up."

And here's Joseph in the US: "Thanksgiving meal eaten and cleaned up, kids in bed, time to settle into a bit of cricket, New Jersey style! To think I was in Brisbane for three weeks up to the 17th. Should have stuck around for the first day at the Gabba."

And if New Jersey isn't a far-enough corner of the earth for cricket lovers, here's Matt: "I am currently in the very cold north of China. Currently -12 but having the cricket on is more than enough to keep me happy!!"

9.25am We should be starting on time, which is a good sign given that there were a few showers forecast for all five days of this match.

Mark Kidger emails in: "I am just bemused by how many people have called the match and the series after the first day. Are we really so sure that we will not see things differently at the end of today's play?"

I'm certainly not calling the match or the series. Australia had the better of yesterday, but that could change. It was just fantastic that the first day of such a highly anticipated series did in fact live up to the hype.

"Following Justin in NSW, in Queensland the last 30 mins was replaced by Antiques Roadshow!" sputters an apoplectic Sean. "So none of the Aussie innings was shown."

9am Good morning, good morning. Welcome to the second morning of the Ashes. If today is half as good as yesterday we'll be in for a treat. I'm Brydon Coverdale and I'll be joined later on by Sahil Dutta.

I'm sure you voracious readers of ESPNcricinfo have already pored over our stories from the first day's play, but just in case you haven't, do make sure you check out Peter English on Peter Siddle's triumphant return to Test cricket, and Andrew Miller's take on the day's action.

Justin Thomas is our first emailer of the day: "After rushing home yesterday to catch the last 30 mins of the cricket Channel 9 had the news on in NSW. Surely they realise every day of the Brisbane test is likely to go beyond 6pm. Why can't they push the news back until after the last ball is bowled?"

They tend to push the news back on weekends, but not on weekdays unless someone is on the verge of a hundred or a hat-trick or something. It is annoying, but as our UK readers would probably attest, Australians are lucky to get the cricket on free-to-air TV.

7.1

Broad to Watson, 1 no ball, Broad oversteps with his first ball of the day, Watson nudges it in to the ground to short leg

7.1

Broad to Watson, no run, good carry there for Broad, he's probed outside off and nipped the ball away a touch, Watson lets it go and Prior takes it still on the rise

7.2

Broad to Watson, no run, left alone outside off again

7.3

Broad to Watson, no run, good shape away there from Broad, though it's done most of its swinging after it has gone past Watson, who shoulders arms

7.4

Broad to Watson, no run, solid in defence to a straighter delivery

7.5

Broad to Watson, no run, Watson lunges forward for a good solid drive, can't beat mid-off

7.6

Broad to Watson, no run, outside off, making Watson play, and a thickish edge runs away to gully

End of over 8 (1 run) Australia 26/0
SR Watson    9* (30b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-10-0
SM Katich    15* (19b 2x4)      GP Swann    1-0-10-0

Here's Anderson with two slips, leg gully and a catching man at short midwicket

8.1

Anderson to Katich, no run, banged in on the hips, Katich can't get it away

8.2

Anderson to Katich, 1 run, worked away off the hips this time for a single through square leg

A third slip comes in for the right-hander. And we have a slight delays as the groundstaff test their muscles, pushing the sightscreen in to place

8.3

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, and there's a roar around the Gabba as Watson latches on quickly to a shortish ball, he pulls it over midwicket and despite that one coming almost off the toe of the bat with a dull cracking sound, it has beaten the diving fielder

8.4

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, clipped away off the pads behind square leg

8.5

Anderson to Katich, no run, big shout, huge caught-behind shout, Anderson and Prior are totally convinced but Aleem Dar is not at all interested. Andrew Strauss decides not to use the review, and wisely, that was clearly off the flap of the pad, not bat

8.6

Anderson to Katich, 2 runs, just a gentle push through cover here, gets enough on it to pick up two runs

End of over 9 (8 runs) Australia 34/0
SM Katich    18* (23b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-1-13-0
SR Watson    14* (32b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-10-0

9.1

Broad to Watson, no run, that's a good line from Broad, trying to tempt Watson just outside off - he leaves it

9.2

Broad to Watson, no run, this one nips away off the seam, a thickish edge runs down towards gully, who misfields, but Watson isn't interested in a run

9.3

Broad to Watson, no run, no shot offered outside off, this one swings in just a fraction

9.4

Broad to Watson, 3 runs, ah, on the pads now, Watson works that confidently through midwicket and it's hauled in by Collingwood before the rope

Broad comes around the wicket now, with three slips and a gully

9.5

Broad to Katich, no run, outside off, Katich walks across and defends

England believe this is the way to get Katich, who walks a long way across his stumps - come around the wicket and drag him even further outside off than he likes to go, to draw an edge

9.6

Broad to Katich, no run, swinging in now, Katich leaves it

End of over 10 (3 runs) Australia 37/0
SM Katich    18* (25b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-13-0
SR Watson    17* (36b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-1-13-0

10.1

Anderson to Watson, 1 leg bye, swinging on to the pads, Watson works it away behind square off the pad

10.2

Anderson to Katich, no run, angled across Katich, who leaves it

10.3

Anderson to Katich, no run, pushed wider across Katich, who once again shoulders arms

10.4

Anderson to Katich, no run, good ball, driveable length just outside off, Katich shuffles across and pushes to cover

10.5

Anderson to Katich, no run, again, Katich is almost standing outside off stump when he plays this, a defensive prod back down the pitch

10.6

Anderson to Katich, FOUR, nicely played by Katich, Anderson wants to get the edge and draw him across outside off but Katich is good enough to angle the bat, working the ball down into the turf and safely through the gap between slips and gully

End of over 11 (5 runs) Australia 42/0
SM Katich    22* (30b 3x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-17-0
SR Watson    17* (37b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-13-0

11.1

Broad to Watson, no run, good ball, angling in and attacking the stumps, Watson defends solidly

And that's what England will be targeting to Watson - the lbw with the ball nipping in, where he was a little vulnerable during the 2009 Ashes

11.2

Broad to Watson, no run, pushed away defensively to off

11.3

Broad to Watson, no run, another one swings in a touch, but Watson can leave it alone

11.4

Broad to Watson, no run, bouncer, Watson ducks safely underneath it

11.5

Broad to Watson, no run, Watson jumps back into his crease and defends

11.6

Broad to Watson, no run, another good ball, and there's an lbw shout from Broad as Watson lunges forward, the line looked okay but Billy Doctrove was unmoved, and there was no sign of England being desperate for a review

Replays show there was a thick inside edge

End of over 12 (maiden) Australia 42/0
SR Watson    17* (43b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-13-0
SM Katich    22* (30b 3x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-17-0

12.1

Anderson to Katich, no run, pushed across Katich, who leaves it

12.2

Anderson to Katich, no run, run-out chance missed! Katich pushes to cover and takes off for a run, which was there, but Watson didn't want it, Katich turns back and dives back in to his ground - the throw from Cook misses the stumps and Katich was gooone!

12.3

Anderson to Katich, no run, left alone outside off

12.4

Anderson to Katich, no run, beaten outside off! Ah, Anderson sucks Katich in to this one, dabbing as he walks across his stumps, the batsman is lucky

12.5

Anderson to Katich, no run, left alone this time

12.6

Anderson to Katich, no run, pushed to cover, can't find the gap

End of over 13 (maiden) Australia 42/0
SM Katich    22* (36b 3x4)      JM Anderson    6-2-17-0
SR Watson    17* (43b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-13-0

13.1

Broad to Watson, no run, shaping away from Watson, who lets it go

13.2

Broad to Watson, no run, oh, another one beats the outside edge! Lovely bowling, good bounce and straightening off the seam, great ball

13.3

Broad to Watson, FOUR, good shot, Watson meets this half-volley with a solid drive, just a push, really, but it is timed so well that it runs away to the long-off boundary

A man goes out into the deep now, at square leg, waiting for the hook shot

13.4

Broad to Watson, no run, defended back down the pitch

13.5

Broad to Watson, no run, this one nips in off the seam, Watson adjusts his shot and defends

13.6

Broad to Watson, no run, swings in again, Watson mistimes his drive to mid-off

This is a good battle - Watson wants to keep scoring but he is being well challenged. And at the other end Katich has had some nervy moments, yet has survived.

End of over 14 (4 runs) Australia 46/0
SR Watson    21* (49b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-17-0
SM Katich    22* (36b 3x4)      JM Anderson    6-2-17-0

14.1

Anderson to Katich, no run, pushed away off the face of the bat to gully

14.2

Anderson to Katich, no run, nudged away to midwicket

14.3

Anderson to Katich, no run, pushed across Katich, who walks outside his off stump and then leaves it alone

14.4

Anderson to Katich, no run, left alone once more

14.5

Anderson to Katich, no run, that one's too wide of off, not tempting Katich to drive

14.6

Anderson to Katich, 1 run, better line, a touch straighter, but Katich is good enough to push through the gap at cover

End of over 15 (1 run) Australia 47/0
SM Katich    23* (42b 3x4)      JM Anderson    7-2-18-0
SR Watson    21* (49b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-17-0

Broad remains around the wicket to Katich, with two slips and two gullies

15.1

Broad to Katich, no run, left alone outside off, not tempted

15.2

Broad to Katich, no run, no shot offered again - not much swing there for Broad

15.3

Broad to Katich, no run, this one gets the edge but it's straight down in to the ground, collected by the finer of the two gullies

15.4

Broad to Katich, 1 run, now this one does swing - it curves in to the middle stump line and Katich walks across to flick it behind square leg

15.5

Broad to Watson, no run, wow! Great bouncer from Broad and he's almost broken through! Well directed and quick, Watson is totally out of position and is struck on the under-side of his bicep, the ball drops down behind him and almost on to the stumps - he kicks it away just in time!

And that gives Bill Lawry a chance to bring out his old favourite line: "It's all happening!"

15.6

Broad to Watson, no run, solid in defence this time

End of over 16 (1 run) Australia 48/0
SR Watson    21* (51b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    8-1-18-0
SM Katich    24* (46b 3x4)      JM Anderson    7-2-18-0

Here comes Steven Finn for his first Ashes spell. The Australians won't have seen much of him.

16.1

Finn to Katich, no run, down leg side to start with, Katich watches it sail by

16.2

Finn to Katich, no run, shortish on the stumps, Katich ducks it easily

16.3

Finn to Katich, 3 runs, Finn attacks the stumps and it's pitched up, Katich is good enough to clip that through midwicket to bring up the 50 partnership

16.4

Finn to Watson, no run, good line just outside off, Watson pushes to gully

16.5

Finn to Watson, FOUR, beautiful stroke! Best shot of the day so far, that's too full and Watson is quickly on to the half-volley, just steps forward to on-drive off the middle of the bat, all the way along the ground to the boundary

16.6

Finn to Watson, no run, fullish and wide of off, Watson chases it but mistimes his drive, then throws his head back - is he chastising himself for chasing the wide one, or simply for not timing it, I wonder?

End of over 17 (7 runs) Australia 55/0
SR Watson    25* (54b 4x4)      ST Finn    1-0-7-0
SM Katich    27* (49b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    8-1-18-0

This has been a good, positive start for Australia. England have to find a wicket pretty soon.

17.1

Broad to Katich, no run, left alone outside off

17.2

Broad to Katich, no run, angling in this time, Katich defends to leg

17.3

Broad to Katich, no run, left alone outside off, Katich hasn't been tempted much by the wider line

17.4

Broad to Katich, no run, good bouncer, well directed and Katich takes it on the back, tries for a leg-bye, but Billy Doctrove is having none of it, calls a dead ball and it's the right call - he wasn't trying to evade that

17.5

Broad to Katich, no run, left alone outside off this time

17.6

Broad to Katich, no run, no shot offered once again

"I haven't got too much body hair," says Shane Warne, after teasing Katich about his hirsuteness. "Last ball, and thank goodness," says the always cricket-focused Bill Lawry.

End of over 18 (maiden) Australia 55/0
SM Katich    27* (55b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    9-2-18-0
SR Watson    25* (54b 4x4)      ST Finn    1-0-7-0

18.1

Finn to Watson, no run, probing outside off, Shane Watson is not interested

18.2

Finn to Watson, no run, left alone once more, trying to tempt him with a driveable length outside off

18.3

Finn to Watson, 1 run, ah, there's a thickish inside edge from Watson, which gets him a run through midwicket - he was trying for the cover-drive

18.4

Finn to Katich, no run, Katich walks a long, long way across again, and pushes to cover

18.5

Finn to Katich, no run, better line, straighter and just a touch outside off, Katich leaves it based on the bounce

18.6

Finn to Katich, no run, good yorker to finish the over, not quite on the stumps though, and Katich pushes it to the off side

End of over 19 (1 run) Australia 56/0
SM Katich    27* (58b 3x4)      ST Finn    2-0-8-0
SR Watson    26* (57b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    9-2-18-0

Here's Anderson from the Stanley Street End, he's switching ends after his first spell. "I'm really surprised Graeme Swann hasn't bowled today," says Shane Warne, not surprisingly.

19.1

Anderson to Watson, 2 runs, clipped off his pads through square leg, well played

19.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, good line now, on off stump and making Watson play, he gets a thickish edge away

19.3

Anderson to Watson, 1 leg bye, full and swinging in, but too much on the pads, Watson works it away behind square

19.4

Anderson to Katich, no run, pushed across Katich and this one doesn't swing, the batsman leaves it

19.5

Anderson to Katich, no run, that was a bit slower, at 126kph, and Katich nudges to leg

19.6

Anderson to Katich, no run, left alone outside off and Katich has both feet outside off stump when the ball sails past him

That's drinks and the first hour has belonged to Australia. They've moved the score along steadily without losing a wicket. Here's Sahil Dutta to steer you, Simon Katich style, to the safety of the lunch break.

End of over 20 (3 runs) Australia 59/0
SM Katich    27* (61b 3x4)      JM Anderson    8-2-20-0
SR Watson    28* (60b 4x4)      ST Finn    2-0-8-0

Why thank you Brydon, I'd like to think I have all the style and grace of that hairy deity. Hello everyone. Australia's hour obviously, the openers have taken the Kookaburra well past its sale by date and, despite a couple of scares, are scoring freely. England have been okay but not a lot more and with the sun out plenty rests on Graeme Swann. Bring him on!

20.1

Finn to Watson, no run, ooh good post-break opener from Finn, jagging back a touch to clear off-stump, sound judgement from Watson, leaving on length

20.2

Finn to Watson, no run, touch too wide this time, Watson happy to let it go by. He looks in fine order this morning

20.3

Finn to Watson, FOUR, crunch! The clarity of the stroke is almost obnoxious. Perfect footwork, thumping a straight drive with a full face straight back past the bowler for four

20.4

Finn to Watson, no run, better line and a better length too, full but not too full, Watson steps into a crisp defence

20.5

Finn to Watson, no run, dug in a touch shorter, Watson sways inside the line, Prior collects and cheers his bowler on

20.6

Finn to Watson, no run, plenty of oohs and aahs from the England fielders, not entirely sure why, Watson leaves a regulation ball outside off stump

End of over 21 (4 runs) Australia 63/0
SR Watson    32* (66b 5x4)      ST Finn    3-0-12-0
SM Katich    27* (61b 3x4)      JM Anderson    8-2-20-0

21.1

Anderson to Katich, no run, Katto, as I presume he's known, shuffles across his stumps as usual and defends an off-stump ball into the leg side

21.2

Anderson to Katich, no run, Anderson decides if Katich is going to wander away to the off side he's going to follow him, but goes too far and it's left alone

21.3

Anderson to Katich, no run, this is a better line, just outside off stump, Katich defends easily enough

21.4

Anderson to Katich, no run, oops, filthy ball, attempted slower ball perhaps, whatever it was it ended up shoved a long way down the leg side

21.5

Anderson to Katich, no run, some precious movement for Anderson, nipping back into Katich and drawing yelps from the England fielders

21.6

Anderson to Katich, no run, maiden over, Anderson bowling within himself, already focussing on 'joining the dots'

End of over 22 (maiden) Australia 63/0
SM Katich    27* (67b 3x4)      JM Anderson    9-3-20-0
SR Watson    32* (66b 5x4)      ST Finn    3-0-12-0

"Phew!! Australia have avoided the follow-on. Was looking dicey there for a while," notes Jason.

22.1

Finn to Watson, no run, simple length and line stuff from Finn met by classic defence from Watson

22.2

Finn to Watson, no run, careful defence, not much life in the wicket for Finn, but he's found a good enough length and line

22.3

Finn to Watson, no run, Finn seems to have settled on a length, which is a relief for him, not causing Watson any undue alarm

England have shoved in one of those short mid-on fielders.

22.4

Finn to Watson, no run, and he's into the action straight away as Watson defends a fullish ball crisply

22.5

Finn to Watson, FOUR, lovely shot, very decisive, gets a fullish ball and calmly stepped into a firm drive, beating mid-off for a boundary

22.6

Finn to Watson, no run, Finn consults the fast-bowlers guide to cliches and follows up the boundary with a bouncer, or attempted bouncer I should say, that is shoved well down the leg side

End of over 23 (4 runs) Australia 67/0
SR Watson    36* (72b 6x4)      ST Finn    4-0-16-0
SM Katich    27* (67b 3x4)      JM Anderson    9-3-20-0

23.1

Anderson to Katich, no run, Anderson strikes! Does he? Referral - this looks very tight, Katich took a long time to ask for the replay, he shuffled across his stumps, a touch of nip-back struck him in front but the bounce is taking it over off stump

23.2

Anderson to Katich, FOUR, Anderson is not pleased and after this he'll be really annoyed, gets his line slightly wrong and Katich fiddles it down to the fine leg boundary

23.3

Anderson to Katich, no run, better line this time, outside off stump and Katich shoulders arms

23.4

Anderson to Katich, 3 runs, touch of impatience from Anderson this time, searching for some swing that isn't there, Katich eases the full ball down the ground

23.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, good line and length but Watson's defence looks very secure

23.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, another clunking defensive shot, there is something almost belligerent about his defence. Looks in very good order

End of over 24 (7 runs) Australia 74/0
SR Watson    36* (74b 6x4)      JM Anderson    10-3-27-0
SM Katich    34* (71b 4x4)      ST Finn    4-0-16-0

Still no sign of Swann...

24.1

Finn to Katich, no run, wow, touch of devil in this from Finn, length ball bounced more than Katich expected, struck him on the arm as he tried to leave

24.2

Finn to Katich, no run, fuller and straight, Katich blocks solidly

24.3

Finn to Katich, 2 runs, how many runs does Katich make like this? Plenty I reckon. Fullish ball squirts off the inside edge through midwicket for a couple

24.4

Finn to Katich, 2 runs, buzzers! The crowd loves it! Katich drops a single to Anderson at mid-off, who picked up and flung an awful through past the bowler

24.5

Finn to Katich, no run, after all that excitement things calm down with a leave outside off stump

24.6

Finn to Katich, no run, tidy over from Finn but not overly threatening, finishes with Katich leaving alone outside off

End of over 25 (4 runs) Australia 78/0
SM Katich    38* (77b 4x4)      ST Finn    5-0-20-0
SR Watson    36* (74b 6x4)      JM Anderson    10-3-27-0

25.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, massive appeal from England! Another big lbw shout but this time Doctrove gave it not out, England decided to refer but it was bouncing over and missing leg. Not a great referral that, sign of desperation perhaps

25.2

Anderson to Watson, OUT, got him this time! Anderson strikes and boy did they need that! Anderson and Watson had been having a few words and the bowler has the last laugh. Length ball around off stump, nibbled away a fraction perhaps, got the shoulder of the bat and went straight to Strauss

SR Watson c Strauss b Anderson 36 (113m 76b 6x4 0x6) SR: 47.36

Here comes a certain Ricky Ponting. Will England test him with some short stuff?

25.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting leaves his first ball, good judgement too because it was quite close to off stump

25.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, more comfortable leave this time, Anderson finding the right length but slightly wide

25.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, another sighter for Ponting, Anderson trying to draw a drive out of him but Ponting's having none of it

25.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, touch of movement back into the batsman has the England fielders excited, but a comfortable leave for Ponting

End of over 26 (wicket maiden) Australia 78/1
RT Ponting    0* (4b)      JM Anderson    11-4-27-1
SM Katich    38* (77b 4x4)      ST Finn    5-0-20-0

Strauss responds to the wicket by recalling Stuart Broad into the attack. two slips and two gully fielders lurk...

26.1

Broad to Katich, no run, Katich is unmoved, happy to leave alone again

26.2

Broad to Katich, no run, better length from Broad, fuller and drawing Katich into a defensive prod. Plenty of noise from the England fielders

26.3

Broad to Katich, no run, bouncer this time, doesn't worry Katich much as he tucks under it

26.4

Broad to Katich, no run, good change of length, fuller, the line was tidy too

26.5

Broad to Katich, 1 run, single taken as Katich feathers a full ball into the cover region

Short leg in place for Ponting. Could be a fun battle...

26.6

Broad to Ponting, no run, this is a touch short, but Ponting comfortably knocks it down to that short leg fielder

End of over 27 (1 run) Australia 79/1
RT Ponting    0* (5b)      SCJ Broad    10-2-19-0
SM Katich    39* (82b 4x4)      JM Anderson    11-4-27-1

27.1

Anderson to Katich, no run, searching full length from Anderson, finds an outer-half of Katich's bat and it squirts along the ground to the slips

27.2

Anderson to Katich, no run, Anderson tries his luck with a leg-stump line, Katich had crabbed too far across to the off side to reach it

27.3

Anderson to Katich, no run, the line reverts to outside off stump and Katich leaves happily enough

27.4

Anderson to Katich, 1 run, familiar Katich scoring shot, skewing off the inside edge into the midwicket region for one

27.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, good delivery to Ponting early on, full and attacking the stumps, Ponting plays across his front pad to defend

27.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, that will annoy Anderson, too far outside off stump to draw a shot from Ponting

End of over 28 (1 run) Australia 80/1
RT Ponting    0* (7b)      JM Anderson    12-4-28-1
SM Katich    40* (86b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    10-2-19-0

28.1

Broad to Katich, no run, arrowed across the left-hander, Katich happy, eager almost to leave alone

28.2

Broad to Katich, no run, this is a better delivery, fuller and attacking the stumps, quietly defended

28.3

Broad to Katich, no run, Broad gets this slightly wrong, going too far wide of off stump and allowing Katich to let it go

28.4

Broad to Katich, 1 run, nudged to cover, scampers a single and now the Ponting Broad show can restart

28.5

Broad to Ponting, no run, short ball, yes, but the line is wrong and Ponting could have stood perfectly still to avoid it, as it was, he ducked

28.6

Broad to Ponting, no run, Broad tries to surprise Ponting with a fuller ball, but the line goes awry and it ends up shoved down the leg side

End of over 29 (1 run) Australia 81/1
RT Ponting    0* (9b)      SCJ Broad    11-2-20-0
SM Katich    41* (90b 4x4)      JM Anderson    12-4-28-1

29.1

Anderson to Katich, no run, Anderson has found the right length here, fullish and Katich defends

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29.2

Anderson to Katich, 2 runs, this time Katich uses the fuller length to his advantage, driving through the line for a couple

29.3

Anderson to Katich, 1 run, this time it's fiddled into the leg side, good work from Katich, edging up towards his fifty

29.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, again Anderson is too wide of off stump to draw a shot from Ponting, but he remains pinned on 0

29.5

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, ooh! Close there! Fullish outside off again but this time Ponting fenced at it, got a genuine edge that flew between second slip and gully and ran away to the boundary

29.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, quietly defended this time

End of over 30 (7 runs) Australia 88/1
RT Ponting    4* (12b 1x4)      JM Anderson    13-4-35-1
SM Katich    44* (93b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    11-2-20-0

Broad round the wicket to Katich now. Still no sign of Swann, surely it's time...

30.1

Broad to Katich, no run, arrowed in from back of a length, Katich stands tall to defend

30.2

Broad to Katich, 1 run, fiddled into space for a comfortable single. Looks like Swann is warming up...

30.3

Broad to Ponting, no run, probing length and line from Broad, Ponting defending with the outer half of his bat

30.4

Broad to Ponting, 1 run, first Ponting pull shot of the series and it's a bit of an anti-climax, wheeled away off the bottom edge down to fine leg

30.5

Broad to Katich, no run, very calm and tidy defence from Katich

30.6

Broad to Katich, no run, just outside off stump, Katich has nothing to do with it

End of over 31 (2 runs) Australia 90/1
SM Katich    45* (97b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    12-2-22-0
RT Ponting    5* (14b 1x4)      JM Anderson    13-4-35-1

31.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, cracker from Anderson, real beauty, full and seaming away past the outside edge. Only two slips in place

31.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, this one is slightly shorter and Ponting blocks solidly

31.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, another excellent delivery, Anderson full and angling it in before seaming it away, squares Ponting up as it runs off the outer-half of the bat towards gully

31.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, strangled shout from the bowler as he raps Ponting on the pads, heading down leg though

31.5

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, this time Anderson drifts too far down the leg side and Ponting picks off a single, relived to get off strike I reckon, Anderson had found his range there

31.6

Anderson to Katich, no run, good over ends with Katich defending into the slips, soft hands as always

End of over 32 (1 run) Australia 91/1
SM Katich    45* (98b 4x4)      JM Anderson    14-4-36-1
RT Ponting    6* (19b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    12-2-22-0

England will be desperate for another wicket before lunch and finally, they turn to the world's No. 2 bowler - Graeme Swann. Slip and short leg in place

32.1

Swann to Ponting, 1 run, short ball here that Ponting gets back and pulls firmly to deep square

32.2

Swann to Katich, 1 run, again a touch short, Katich nudges towards square leg for another strike-turner

32.3

Swann to Ponting, no run, better, much better from the bowler, draws Ponting forward to defend

32.4

Swann to Ponting, no run, no great turn as yet, but the line - just outside off stump - is good

32.5

Swann to Ponting, no run, bit of a scream from Prior as Ponting edges down the track and defends with his pads

32.6

Swann to Ponting, 3 runs, ooh, touch of spin this time but Ponting is back and cutting in a flash, timing it well enough to pick up three - with the help of a misfield - and that is firmly Australia's morning

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Lunch Just what Australia wanted from the opening session. Watson the only casualty. England were tidy but not much more, Swann curiously was given just an obligatory pre-lunch over. Plenty happening during the break to keep you entertained, most excitingly you can join Andrew Miller and Peter English to discuss this Test. Send your questions in to chatterbox@cricinfo.com

End of over 33 (5 runs) Australia 96/1
RT Ponting    10* (24b 1x4)      GP Swann    2-0-15-0
SM Katich    46* (99b 4x4)      JM Anderson    14-4-36-1

Welcome back after lunch. England are making their way out on to the field for a session that needs to bring them a couple of wickets. Simon Katich is looking solid; Ricky Ponting can expect some short stuff. I've got a large coffee, Sahil in London has fallen asleep onto his keyboard is raring to go when the second hour of this session arrives. Bring it on!

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33.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, good inswing to start with from Anderson, Ponting defends with a straight bat on off stump

33.2

Anderson to Ponting, OUT, gone! Anderson strikes straight after the break! Not his best ball, it's swung down the leg side and Ponting's attempted glance becomes a thin edge through to Prior

RT Ponting c †Prior b Anderson 10 (34m 26b 1x4 0x6) SR: 38.46

That's the perfect start for England, it's always a bit of a bonus to get a leg-side caught-behind, but Anderson has bowled pretty well today. Here's Michael Clarke.

33.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, beaten! Clarke chases an outswinger well wide of off and he's lucky not to tickle that through to Prior. Wow, this day has suddenly come to life!

33.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, edgy, edgy - moving in to Clarke and his thick inside edge runs back on to the pad

33.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, probing outside off, this time Clarke is happy to leave it alone

33.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, again Clarke shoulders arms, happy not to have to play after a couple of nervy deliveries

Super over from Anderson, who has both the wickets. I really rate him highly as a bowler; and it seems he's learnt how to bowl in Australian conditions.

End of over 34 (wicket maiden) Australia 96/2
MJ Clarke    0* (4b)      JM Anderson    15-5-36-2
SM Katich    46* (99b 4x4)      GP Swann    2-0-15-0

34.1

Finn to Katich, no run, full and angled across Katich, who pushes to mid off

34.2

Finn to Katich, no run, nudged to the leg side, Katich is trying to keep things steady

34.3

Finn to Katich, no run, left alone outside off, angled across the left-hander

34.4

Finn to Katich, FOUR, that is classic Katich to bring up his half-century, Finn attacks the middle-stump line and Katich walks across to flick it down to fine leg for a boundary - gosh that's a good eye, he misses that and he's gone

34.5

Finn to Katich, no run, defended to the off side

34.6

Finn to Katich, no run, banged in on off stump, Katich defends again

End of over 35 (4 runs) Australia 100/2
SM Katich    50* (105b 5x4)      ST Finn    6-0-24-0
MJ Clarke    0* (4b)      JM Anderson    15-5-36-2

35.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, Anderson's bouncing now, he looks confident, probes outside off on a good length and it's left alone

35.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, there's an lbw shout with a ball that nips back in, Billy Doctrove says not out, and Anderson wasn't confident enough to encourage Strauss to ask for a replay

And it seems there was a thin inside edge on that

35.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, beaten outside off! Lovely work from Anderson

35.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, another one nibbles back in off the seam, Clarke can't get it away properly

35.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, shaping away, Clarke lets this one go

35.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, swinging in and Clarke lunges forward to push to point

End of over 36 (maiden) Australia 100/2
MJ Clarke    0* (10b)      JM Anderson    16-6-36-2
SM Katich    50* (105b 5x4)      ST Finn    6-0-24-0

Here's Steven Finn. And if Finn-lands it, he'll sink-i Simon Katich. Thankyou very much, I'm here all week.

36.1

Finn to Katich, OUT, gone! Finn gets Katich with a cracking return catch! He's driven it on the up straight back down the pitch, Finn bends down to take the chance with both hands at ankle height. Great moment for Finn - his first Ashes wicket!

SM Katich c & b Finn 50 (159m 106b 5x4 0x6) SR: 47.16

Well, well, well. Three holes in the ground. Or in Australia's top order. This quarter-hour after lunch has really brought England back in to the contest. And here's an extremely under-pressure Michael Hussey

36.2

Finn to Hussey, no run, chance? Yes? No? I think that has just fallen short of Swann at second slip, Finn drew the edge from a nervy Hussey and Swann diving low to his right nearly put Finn on a hat-trick

36.3

Finn to Hussey, no run, pushed away to leg safely

36.4

Finn to Hussey, 1 run, oh, plenty happening here! Hussey gets off the mark with a desperate quick single to cover, Clarke collided with the bowler during the run, then dropped his bat as he made his ground, it was pretty sloppy stuff in the field not to have more pressure on Hussey

36.5

Finn to Clarke, no run, beaten! Great ball, angling in and seaming away from just outside off, Clarke played with a straight bat and wasn't good enough to edge that

36.6

Finn to Clarke, no run, bouncer to finish off, angling in from wide of the crease and Clarke sways out of the way

Thomas Westaway: "Re Finn-land... I don't know if I can handle such pun-ishment all week."

End of over 37 (1 run) Australia 101/3
MJ Clarke    0* (12b)      ST Finn    7-0-25-1
MEK Hussey    1* (3b)      JM Anderson    16-6-36-2

Sanchez brings back a bit of seriousness: "Most important innings of Hussey's career. He fails here, I am going to call his career is over. This is the exact situation where Australia have been so weak over the past few years."

37.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, angled across Hussey, who leaves it

37.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, banged in short of a length and Hussey defends on the back foot

37.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, angled bat from Hussey, who pushes to point

37.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, pushed across Hussey, who leaves it alone

37.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, 'no!' comes the shout from Hussey, as he turns it off his hips to leg

37.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, straightening down the line to test Hussey on middle stump, he defends

End of over 38 (maiden) Australia 101/3
MEK Hussey    1* (9b)      JM Anderson    17-7-36-2
MJ Clarke    0* (12b)      ST Finn    7-0-25-1

38.1

Finn to Clarke, no run, bang on target, Clarke defends back down the pitch and Finn hurls himself to his right to stop that, the hurls it back towards the stumps - he is all enthusiasm after that wicket!

38.2

Finn to Clarke, no run, oh my word, that was a close leave! Angling in to Clarke, who shoulders arms to a ball that whizzes just over off stump

Clarke has got out exactly that way a few times, leaving a ball that angles in and knocks out his off stump

38.3

Finn to Clarke, no run, review time! England are convinced they have Clarke caught behind, Aleem Dar says no. Let's find out! Clarke has the bat away from his body and there is a noise as it goes past, but Hot Spot doesn't show anything. Not out is the final call!

Now then, England have lost both their reviews! They were utterly convinced that was out. Strauss is shaking his head after that. He is still sure there was an edge.

38.4

Finn to Clarke, 1 run, nudged to midwicket and Clarke gets off the mark

I must say, when that was shown live I thought it was out, the sound was so convincing. But on replay, nothing suggested there was an edge. Aleem Dar gets another one right.

38.5

Finn to Hussey, no run, pushed away defensively to off

Three slips and gully in for Hussey

38.6

Finn to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 39 (1 run) Australia 102/3
MEK Hussey    1* (11b)      ST Finn    8-0-26-1
MJ Clarke    1* (16b)      JM Anderson    17-7-36-2

39.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, swinging in to Clarke, who gets it away to midwicket

39.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, solid in defence now, Clarke pushes to off

39.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, oh, another one beats the bat, wonderful bowling from James Anderson, Clarke plays away from the body against a legcutter and if this keeps up, an edge is only a matter of time

39.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, clipped off the pads to midwicket, Trott does the fielding

39.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, solid in defence this time, prodded back to Anderson

39.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, curving away from Clarke, who leaves it

A couple of emails about why Snicko can't be used on reviews. My understanding - and I'm happy to be corrected - is that there is too much possibility of human error, as the sound and vision come from separate sources and are matched by a human being, not by a machine, which can create doubt about when a noise occurred.

End of over 40 (maiden) Australia 102/3
MJ Clarke    1* (22b)      JM Anderson    18-8-36-2
MEK Hussey    1* (11b)      ST Finn    8-0-26-1

40.1

Finn to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

40.2

Finn to Hussey, FOUR, brutal pull from Hussey! That's a confident shot from a man under pressure, he quickly picks the length and pulls from in front of his eyes through midwicket

40.3

Finn to Hussey, no run, pushed back down the pitch to the bowler

40.4

Finn to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off stump

40.5

Finn to Hussey, no run, angled across Hussey, who pushes to off

40.6

Finn to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off, too wide to tempt Hussey

End of over 41 (4 runs) Australia 106/3
MEK Hussey    5* (17b 1x4)      ST Finn    9-0-30-1
MJ Clarke    1* (22b)      JM Anderson    18-8-36-2

Here comes Stuart Broad for his first spell after lunch. Can he maintain the pressure? He was off the field earlier with what might be a heel or Achilles niggle. But he's ready to have a bowl now.

41.1

Broad to Clarke, no run, left alone outside off

41.2

Broad to Clarke, no run, good line, on off stump and Clarke defends solidly

41.3

Broad to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off, Clarke leaves it - he's in no hurry at all

41.4

Broad to Clarke, no run, swinging in and trying to sneak through the gate - Clarke clips it to leg, though not terribly convincingly

41.5

Broad to Clarke, 4 runs, good shot from Clarke, he punches this through cover, no more than a well-timed prod and it's hauled up inside the boundary, but Clarke and Hussey are so quick they get back for four all run

41.6

Broad to Clarke, no run, worked away to gully, can't find the gap

"Aleem Dar, how come you are so perfect?" sighs Ali. He is a fine umpire, but I'm equally impressed at his flawless coiffure. How does he keep it so neat and bouncy under that hat all day?

End of over 42 (4 runs) Australia 110/3
MJ Clarke    5* (28b)      SCJ Broad    13-2-26-0
MEK Hussey    5* (17b 1x4)      ST Finn    9-0-30-1

42.1

Finn to Hussey, no run, defended back to the bowler

42.2

Finn to Hussey, no run, nudged to cover, wants a quick single but decides against it

42.3

Finn to Hussey, FOUR, well, Mike Hussey pulls another boundary, that's a really positive sign for Australia. He's quickly found the length again, and gets this one all the way along the ground behind square leg

Finn is around the wicket to Hussey

42.4

Finn to Hussey, no run, good ball, yorker length and Hussey keeps it out

42.5

Finn to Hussey, no run, worked away off the hips, but Hussey can't find a run

42.6

Finn to Hussey, no run, angling in to Hussey again, he defends

End of over 43 (4 runs) Australia 114/3
MEK Hussey    9* (23b 2x4)      ST Finn    10-0-34-1
MJ Clarke    5* (28b)      SCJ Broad    13-2-26-0

43.1

Broad to Clarke, no run, bang! This is not getting any easier for Michael Clarke! Broad has dug this in nice and short and straight, Clarke is the proverbial rabbit in the headlights, not quite ducking, certainly not playing, and cops a blow to the helmet

43.2

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, clipped away wide of short leg for a run, gasps around the crowd as they think maybe it's going to hand, which it doesn't

43.3

Broad to Hussey, no run, angling across Hussey, who leaves it

43.4

Broad to Hussey, no run, that's a good, tight line on off stump, Hussey defends

43.5

Broad to Hussey, no run, no shot offered to a ball well across the left-hander

43.6

Broad to Hussey, no run, left alone again

Clarke = scratchy. Hussey = positive. That's the reverse of what I'd have expected had you asked me this morning

End of over 44 (1 run) Australia 115/3
MEK Hussey    9* (27b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    14-2-27-0
MJ Clarke    6* (30b)      ST Finn    10-0-34-1

Time for Graeme Swann, which judging by the feedback emails we've received, is long overdue. He's in his sunglasses, with a slip, short leg and short catching midwicket. And he's around the wicket

44.1

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, nudged away off the pads for a single

44.2

Swann to Hussey, no run, Swann attacks the off stump with a straight one, Hussey watches that like a hawk and defends

44.3

Swann to Hussey, SIX, that's one way to assert yourself on the spinner! Hussey had one sighter, and now dances down the pitch to lift Swann over long-on for a six! Importantly, he got all the way to the pitch of that ball

44.4

Swann to Hussey, no run, angled bat, pushed to off

44.5

Swann to Hussey, FOUR, cuts hard through point for another boundary, cracking shot from Hussey - this is the Hussey of four years ago, if only he can keep it up

44.6

Swann to Hussey, no run, solid in defence, pushes it back to Swann

There wasn't much spin there for Swann, and he looks a little dejected, naturally, after going for 11 from that over.

End of over 45 (11 runs) Australia 126/3
MEK Hussey    19* (32b 3x4 1x6)      GP Swann    3-0-26-0
MJ Clarke    7* (31b)      SCJ Broad    14-2-27-0

45.1

Broad to Clarke, no run, bouncer, Clarke ducks underneath it

45.2

Broad to Clarke, no run, short of a length outside off, Clarke on the back foot defends

45.3

Broad to Clarke, no run, banged in short again, Clarke does enough to keep that one down, could easily have popped that up to Cook at short leg

Good aggressive bowling from Broad here, Clarke does not look comfortable against him, especially against the short stuff

45.4

Broad to Clarke, no run, there's another bouncer, which Clarke evades

45.5

Broad to Clarke, no run, oh dear, beaten again, a lovely outswinger well wide of off and Clarke plays and misses

45.6

Broad to Clarke, no run, left alone outside off

That's drinks, and Sahil will take this cracking session through until tea.

End of over 46 (maiden) Australia 126/3
MJ Clarke    7* (37b)      SCJ Broad    15-3-27-0
MEK Hussey    19* (32b 3x4 1x6)      GP Swann    3-0-26-0

I will, thanks Brydon. It's been electric, looks like the Aussie batsmen are going to come hard at Swann. Will be one of the most intriguing aspects of this series. Tell you what though, touring spinners struggle in Australia.

Australia trailing by 134, Clarke looking very nervy indeed but Hussey has found clarity in the last chance saloon, he's playing like a dream.

46.1

Swann to Hussey, no run, bit of flight from Swann, Hussey times a drive very well and a diving Anderson at cover saves runs

46.2

Swann to Hussey, no run, slightly straighter from Swann, no great turn as yet but the length is good and Hussey defends

46.3

Swann to Hussey, FOUR, short again, four again! Top work from Hussey and Swann is under the pump, far too short, Hussey back quickly and pulling through midwicket

46.4

Swann to Hussey, no run, good response, fuller, straighter and blocked

46.5

Swann to Hussey, FOUR, this is excellent work from Hussey, Swann only dropped a touch short but Hussey was back in a flash and flat-bat slapped it in front of midwicket for another boundary

46.6

Swann to Hussey, no run, beaten! That will make Swann feel better, really ripped and kicked, the length was still a touch too short but the spin was encouraging and surprised Hussey

End of over 47 (8 runs) Australia 134/3
MEK Hussey    27* (38b 5x4 1x6)      GP Swann    4-0-34-0
MJ Clarke    7* (37b)      SCJ Broad    15-3-27-0

47.1

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, welcome single for Clarke, nudging past the short leg fielder, all along the ground

47.2

Broad to Hussey, no run, Broad around the wicket to Hussey, trying to create some uncertainty around off stump perhaps, this is wide enough to be left alone comfortably

I wonder what Swann is thinking, not quite the dream start to his Ashes experience in Australia.

47.3

Broad to Hussey, no run, touch too wide again and Hussey leaves alone with relish

47.4

Broad to Hussey, no run, this time he's forced to play, and does so without a hint of worry, patting back up the pitch

47.5

Broad to Hussey, no run, Broad is inviting a drive and Hussey is happy to oblige but picks out mid-off with his well-timed stroke

47.6

Broad to Hussey, no run, strange shot this, Hussey defends by opening the face and guiding it to slip along the ground, quite why you'd want to do that I have no idea

End of over 48 (1 run) Australia 135/3
MEK Hussey    27* (43b 5x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    16-3-28-0
MJ Clarke    8* (38b)      GP Swann    4-0-34-0

Swann v Clarke now...

48.1

Swann to Clarke, no run, down the track straight away, but only to defend

48.2

Swann to Clarke, no run, bit of air this time! Clarke again skips down and nudges into the leg side

48.3

Swann to Clarke, no run, after coming down Clarke this time stays deep in the crease, Swann was short but the cut shot found point

48.4

Swann to Clarke, no run, good ball, touch slower, Clarke advances and has to defend

48.5

Swann to Clarke, no run, lovely battle brewing here, again Clarke comes down and drives this time, but straight to mid-off

48.6

Swann to Clarke, no run, maiden for Swann, needed that, Clarke drives crisply, but straight to extra cover

End of over 49 (maiden) Australia 135/3
MJ Clarke    8* (44b)      GP Swann    5-1-34-0
MEK Hussey    27* (43b 5x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    16-3-28-0

49.1

Broad to Hussey, no run, Broad spears this in from round the wicket, fullish length but Hussey's defence is certain

49.2

Broad to Hussey, no run, too far outside off stump to draw Hussey into anything other than a leave

49.3

Broad to Hussey, no run, Broad has not made Hussey play much of late, hanging the ball outside off stump

49.4

Broad to Hussey, no run, much better from the bowler, aiming to the top of off, an ageless tactic, Hussey's defence remains very crisp

49.5

Broad to Hussey, FOUR, lovely shot, really good work from Hussey, gets a fraction of width and cuts down, with control, just waiting that extra moment to beat point

49.6

Broad to Hussey, no run, Broad's response is to go further outside off stump, to which Hussey turns his back disdainfully at

End of over 50 (4 runs) Australia 139/3
MEK Hussey    31* (49b 6x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    17-3-32-0
MJ Clarke    8* (44b)      GP Swann    5-1-34-0
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Series Results
Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 3-7, 2011
England won by an innings and 83 runs
Australia v England at Melbourne - Dec 26-29, 2010
England won by an innings and 157 runs
Australia v England at Perth - Dec 16-19, 2010
Australia won by 267 runs
Australia v England at Adelaide - Dec 3-7, 2010
England won by an innings and 71 runs
Australia v England at Brisbane - Nov 25-29, 2010
Match drawn
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Nov 29, 2010

Alastair Cook clips to leg, Australia v England, 1st Test, Brisbane, 5th day, November 29, 2010

Alastair Cook clips to leg

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