England tour of Australia, 1st Test: Australia v England at Brisbane, Nov 25-29, 2010
The Ashes - 1st Test
Match drawn
25,26,27,28,29 November 2010 (5-day match)
  • Overs 0-50

Right, this could get interesting. Strauss has had a fearful word at his England huddle, Katich and Watson are out there. The first 10 overs of this innings should be very lively. James Anderson is at the top of his mark, Watson to face, three slips and a gully wait...

0.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, quiet start to the innings, Anderson begins outside off, no movement and not much bounce off the track, Watson happily leaves alone

0.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, Anderson full and straight, aiming for the top of off, meets a very confident block from Watson

0.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, Anderson hugging an off-stump line, Watson defending carefully

0.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, this is a touch shorter, no great lateral movement as yet, Watson defends

0.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, very solid defence from Watson, striding forward into the shot

0.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, good start from Anderson and equally good work from Watson

End of over 1 (maiden) Australia 0/0

    • SR Watson 0 (6b)
    • SM Katich 0 (0b)
    • JM Anderson 1-1-0-0

Stuart Broad will share the new ball, opening things up from the Stanley Street End. Short leg stuck in behind square, other than that it's conventional - three slips and a gully. Broad around the wicket...

1.1

Broad to Katich, no run, dug in short, doesn't get too high but Katich has to stand tall to defend from under his eyes

1.2

Broad to Katich, no run, beaten! Good bounce here from Broad, aiming for the crack in the pitch around off stump, Katich fenced at it and it zipped past the edge

1.3

Broad to Katich, no run, much fuller this time, around about middle and Katich works it neatly to mid-on

1.4

Broad to Katich, 2 runs, Katich is away, Australia are away, opens the face and guides it behind square on the off side. The run chase is on!

1.5

Broad to Katich, no run, good delivery here, back of a length, touch of bounce, Katich on his toes to defend solidly

1.6

Broad to Katich, no run, sturdy defiance from Katich, aside from the one ball that hit a crack no great movement for Broad as yet

End of over 2 (2 runs) Australia 2/0

    • SM Katich 2 (6b)
    • SR Watson 0 (6b)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-2-0
    • JM Anderson 1-1-0-0
2.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, Anderson persisting with his full, hit-off-stump length, Watson very solid in defence

2.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, Anderson jumps wide of the crease and angles one in, again at that full length, but finds the middle of Watson's broad defensive bat

2.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, it's keeping very low, burrowing through to Prior from a line wide of off stump

2.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, very accurate from Anderson but Watson's defence is equally consistent

2.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, slightly straighter this time, attacking middle instead of off, but Watson continues to defy all

2.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, plenty of ooohs and aaahs from the England fielders, probably just excited to be on the park because this passes harmlessly by off stump

End of over 3 (maiden) Australia 2/0

    • SR Watson 0 (12b)
    • SM Katich 2 (6b)
    • JM Anderson 2-2-0-0
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-2-0
3.1

Broad to Katich, no run, Broad digs in a bouncer with a grunt, Katich ducks under it

3.2

Broad to Katich, no run, still back of a length, Katich nudges into the leg side

3.3

Broad to Katich, no run, Broad goes a touch fuller, but a touch wider too and Katich gets the luxury of a leave

3.4

Broad to Katich, no run, this time it is straight as well as full, Katich defends quietly

3.5

Broad to Katich, no run, scream of "wait!" from Katich as he pushes to mid-off

3.6

Broad to Katich, 1 wide, Broad switches to over the wicket and tests the angle by banging it in very shot indeed. Far too short for the umpire's liking

3.6

Broad to Katich, 1 run, Katich keeps the strike with a very Katich-like walk across the stumps and shuffle to leg

End of over 4 (2 runs) Australia 4/0

    • SM Katich 3 (12b)
    • SR Watson 0 (12b)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-4-0
    • JM Anderson 2-2-0-0
4.1

Anderson to Katich, no run, Anderson gets his first chance at Katich and begins just back of a length, hint of extra bounce finds the gloves but it goes straight down

4.2

Anderson to Katich, 1 run, this time Katich gets more decisively inside the line and works it round the corner

4.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, nothing much happening for the England bowlers here, Watson shoulders arms outside off

4.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, Strauss gives Anderson a clap, not entirely sure why, it was outside off and left alone

4.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, more encouragement from the England fielders here as Watson full-faces and defensive block

4.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, beaten! Good delivery here, just nipped away off the track, pitching on a length and whistling past the outside edge

End of over 5 (1 run) Australia 5/0

    • SR Watson 0 (16b)
    • SM Katich 4 (14b)
    • JM Anderson 3-2-1-0
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-4-0
5.1

Broad to Katich, no run, fuller length from Broad, dragging Katich forward to pat a defensive shot back up the pitch

5.2

Broad to Katich, OUT, Katich departs! Broad gets the breakthrough by digging one in back of a length, hitting a crack and moving away, Katich went fishing and could only edge to Strauss. No alarms yet, but Ponting will want some runs here

SM Katich c Strauss b Broad 4 (22m 16b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Two men out on the hook, short leg, three slips and two gully fielders wait. Massive roar from the England fans

5.3

Broad to Ponting, no run, bouncer, predictably, but it's wild and down the leg side, Ponting ducks

5.4

Broad to Ponting, no run, short again, better line this time and Ponting crouches low to get underneath it

5.5

Broad to Ponting, 1 run, Ponting is away, but not happily, gloves a short ball down past the short leg fielder for a single

Looks like it may have hurt him a wee bit, he's taken his gloves off to try and shake the pain away.

5.6

Broad to Watson, no run, Watson leaves alone outside off stump to end a wicket-taking over. First in a while

End of over 6 (1 run) Australia 6/1

    • SR Watson 0 (17b)
    • RT Ponting 1 (3b)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-5-1
    • JM Anderson 3-2-1-0
6.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, this stays low, Ponting jumps and jabs his bat down as if to emphasise the low bounce

6.2

Anderson to Ponting, 5 runs, good ball ends up going for five thanks to some needless, and frankly dreadful fielding from Pietersen, who stops the ball at point and hurls it wide of the bowler, and the fielder backing up for four

6.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, Watson gets a sighter outside off stump, happily lets it go

6.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, good delivery here, Anderson fuller and straighter and Watson's drive finds silly mid-on

6.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, beaten again! Anderson finding something in the wicket the Australian bowlers couldn't, this nips away off a full length and zips past the edge

6.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, slightly false shot to finish the session, skewing off the outer-half of that bat to cover

Tea Strauss will be delighted to have one Australian back in the hutch. Nine wickets in a session is too much to ask but every blow will dampen the Aussie spirits more after watching England rack up 1 for 517. That said Australia can still have the final word in the final session, if Ponting and Watson remain unbeaten they will take heart. Gnasher McGlashan has written a bulletin summarising all the afternoon's action. During the break you can entertain yourself with our Ashes venue guide. Brydon will be here after the break.

End of over 7 (5 runs) Australia 11/1

    • SR Watson 0 (21b)
    • RT Ponting 6 (5b)
    • JM Anderson 4-2-6-0
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-5-1

Welcome back. Time for the final session of the first Test. The players are in position, now, can England make further inroads into Australia's top order?

7.1

Broad to Ponting, 1 run, "oooh" from the England players as Ponting whips it off his hips past short leg

7.2

Broad to Watson, no run, crunchy cover drive from Watson but straight to the man at short cover

7.3

Broad to Watson, no run, angling in towards the off stump, Watson leaves that one on length

7.4

Broad to Watson, FOUR, not a good ball from Broad, down leg and Watson glances it off his pads for a boundary to fine leg

7.5

Broad to Watson, 1 run, a little bit of inswing onto the pads of Watson, who works a single through square leg

7.6

Broad to Ponting, no run, Ponting jumps across outside off to defend with a straight bat

End of over 8 (6 runs) Australia 17/1

    • RT Ponting 7 (7b)
    • SR Watson 5 (25b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-11-1
    • JM Anderson 4-2-6-0
8.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, Anderson probes outside off stump but without getting any swing, Watson shoulders arms

8.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, left alone outside off, this one carries well to Prior, who takes it at shoulder height

8.3

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, wonderful straight drive, Watson picks up the half-volley length and just punches the ball all the way along the ground, back past the bowler, that's a specialty of his

8.4

Anderson to Watson, 4 runs, late cut this time, and from pretty close to his body, but Watson gets enough power on that to get it almost to the boundary and they manage to get back for an all-run four

8.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, a little bit of shape away, Watson leaves it alone

8.6

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, inswing now, Watson works it away through square leg

A bit of argy-bargy between Anderson and Watson now - words were exchanged after the fifth ball of that over, and then they stared each other down once Watson ran through for that final single. Anderson brushed past Watson quite deliberately to collect his hat and Billy Doctrove got right in there to have a word with Anderson.

End of over 9 (9 runs) Australia 26/1

    • SR Watson 14 (31b 2x4)
    • RT Ponting 7 (7b)
    • JM Anderson 5-2-15-0
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-11-1
9.1

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

9.2

Broad to Watson, no run, again Watson defends with a straight bat

9.3

Broad to Watson, 3 runs, another good straight drive from Watson, although he hasn't quite timed it perfectly and Finn chases it down

9.4

Broad to Ponting, no run, short and Ponting tries to pull, but doesn't get it! Not a full-fledged pull, just attempting to turn it round the corner and it's a bottom edge onto the body of Ponting, who will feel he missed out there

9.5

Broad to Ponting, 1 run, nudged just past short leg, he'll have to be careful not to send one to hand, there

9.6

Broad to Watson, no run, probing outside off and Watson drives back down the pitch

End of over 10 (4 runs) Australia 30/1

    • SR Watson 17 (35b 2x4)
    • RT Ponting 8 (9b)
    • SCJ Broad 5-0-15-1
    • JM Anderson 5-2-15-0

Time for Graeme Swann to have a crack at the Aussies now. England want a few more wickets at least, even if they don't win the match, and time is pressing. Men in close on both sides now.

10.1

Swann to Ponting, no run, Ponting flicks that into the turf and away to short midwicket

10.2

Swann to Ponting, FOUR, lovely stroke! That seemed like nothing more than a defensive prod from Ponting, but it's turned into an on-drive to the boundary, great timing

10.3

Swann to Ponting, 1 run, lunges forward to defend with bat and pad close together, gets a single to cover

10.4

Swann to Watson, no run, a bit of turn in from outside off, Watson shuffles across and defends

10.5

Swann to Watson, no run, dropped! Oh dear, Swann should have the breakthrough! Watson gets a straightforward thick edge to a straight delivery, the ball is spilled by Collingwood at first slip. That really should have been taken, not quite as easy as Clarke's drop earlier in the day but not far off

10.6

Swann to Watson, 1 run, worked away through square leg

End of over 11 (6 runs) Australia 36/1

    • SR Watson 18 (38b 2x4)
    • RT Ponting 13 (12b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 1-0-6-0
    • SCJ Broad 5-0-15-1
11.1

Broad to Watson, no run, angled in to Watson, who flicks to square leg

11.2

Broad to Watson, no run, Broad is attacking the stumps now, Watson defends with bat and pad tightly positioned next to each other

11.3

Broad to Watson, no run, straight-bat defence again from Watson, who pushes to mid-on

11.4

Broad to Watson, no run, ah, Watson is squared up by one that doesn't angle in quite as much, a thick edge runs away towards gully

11.5

Broad to Watson, no run, left alone outside off, Watson judges that one well despite it moving in towards his off stump

11.6

Broad to Watson, no run, and again Watson shoulders arms as Broad continues to probe just outside off

End of over 12 (maiden) Australia 36/1

    • SR Watson 18 (44b 2x4)
    • RT Ponting 13 (12b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 6-1-15-1
    • GP Swann 1-0-6-0
12.1

Swann to Ponting, 1 run, spinning down leg side, Ponting flicks it through square leg for a run

12.2

Swann to Watson, no run, full and on the stumps, Watson drives hard but straight back to Swann

12.3

Swann to Watson, no run, tossed up more now, Watson defends outside off

12.4

Swann to Watson, no run, sharp turn there from Swann, but sailing a long way down leg - Prior does well to snaffle that and then whips the bails off for good measure

12.5

Swann to Watson, no run, solidly defended with bat and pad together

12.6

Swann to Watson, no run, pushed through a bit quicker outside off, Watson defends

End of over 13 (1 run) Australia 37/1

    • SR Watson 18 (49b 2x4)
    • RT Ponting 14 (13b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 2-0-7-0
    • SCJ Broad 6-1-15-1

fine leg and square leg are back for Ponting, waiting for that pull shot...

13.1

Broad to Ponting, 1 run, quick single from Ponting, who pushes to cover point

13.2

Broad to Watson, no run, Broad finds the good length outside off but Watson isn't interested

13.3

Broad to Watson, no run, straighter now, making Watson play, and he defends from off stump

13.4

Broad to Watson, no run, straight-bat defence from Watson on off stump, no real swing from Broad

13.5

Broad to Watson, no run, attacking the stumps again, Watson defends

13.6

Broad to Watson, 2 runs, too much on the pads now and Watson flicks it behind square for a couple more, that's sharp running between the wickets

The Barmy Army are in full voice now. I have no idea what they're chanting, but it's something that involves finger pointing as well.

End of over 14 (3 runs) Australia 40/1

    • SR Watson 20 (54b 2x4)
    • RT Ponting 15 (14b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 7-1-18-1
    • GP Swann 2-0-7-0

Broad jogs off the ground now and Bresnan comes on to do some fielding.

14.1

Swann to Ponting, 1 run, tip and run, Ponting clips to midwicket and hares through for a single and the fielder is far enough back that he can't prevent it

14.2

Swann to Watson, no run, pushed through quickish outside off, Watson leaves it

14.3

Swann to Watson, no run, probing around off stump and Watson leans forward to smother the spin

14.4

Swann to Watson, no run, straight bat from Watson again, pushing back to Swann

14.5

Swann to Watson, 1 run, no spin on this one, which is wide of off and punched through point for a single

14.6

Swann to Ponting, 1 run, a bit stride from Ponting, who gets outside off and defends

Swann hasn't found a lot of spin yet, and he's not flighting it quite as much as he sometimes does.

End of over 15 (3 runs) Australia 43/1

    • RT Ponting 17 (16b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 21 (58b 2x4)
    • GP Swann 3-0-10-0
    • SCJ Broad 7-1-18-1

"Australia's best chance of winning the Ashes is to lose this match. That way the selectors will be forced to cut the dead wood for the next match," Daryl reckons.

England will have to get a wriggle on for that to happen. Nine wickets required in 26 overs. Here's Steven Finn.

15.1

Finn to Ponting, FOUR, too full immediately from Finn, and Ponting latches on to that with a punchy straight drive that runs away for a boundary

15.2

Finn to Ponting, FOUR, that's Ponting's pull at his best! But it was also not that short - he's taken it from hip height and smashed it through midwicket, the power and timing there was wonderful. But it's the bouncier bouncers that will really test him

15.3

Finn to Ponting, 1 leg bye, and indeed, Finn does bang it in a touch more - not that much more - and Ponting tries to duck it, but the ball stays lower than he expects and he cops a blow on the helmet

Those two balls will encourage England that they can still get Ponting out on the pull. It's all about him being able to pick the length quickly, and the first ball shows he's more than happy to have a go, while the second shows he won't always get it right.

15.4

Finn to Watson, no run, pushed away defensively to the off side

15.5

Finn to Watson, 1 run, Watson pushes a quick single now

15.6

Finn to Ponting, 1 run, nudged away towards cover for a single

End of over 16 (11 runs) Australia 54/1

    • RT Ponting 26 (20b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 22 (60b 2x4)
    • ST Finn 1-0-10-0
    • GP Swann 3-0-10-0
16.1

Swann to Ponting, no run, some turn from Swann, but it's down leg side

16.2

Swann to Ponting, 1 run, straighter ball now, which Ponting cuts through cover point

16.3

Swann to Watson, no run, solidly defended by Watson

16.4

Swann to Watson, 1 run, there's some flight from Swann, but again it's misdirected down leg and Watson gets a sweep away comfortably

16.5

Swann to Ponting, no run, Ponting uses his feet now, gets to the pitch and drives straight to mid-on

16.6

Swann to Ponting, SIX, that one wakes up the Australian fans! Slog-swept with power, wonderful shot from Ponting, who gets down on one knee and smashes Swann over wide long-on for six

End of over 17 (8 runs) Australia 62/1

    • RT Ponting 33 (24b 3x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 23 (62b 2x4)
    • GP Swann 4-0-18-0
    • ST Finn 1-0-10-0
17.1

Finn to Watson, no run, left alone outside off

17.2

Finn to Watson, 1 run, the Australians keep rotating the strike, with a single nudged forward of cover

17.3

Finn to Ponting, FOUR, my word, that's a beautifully-placed pull from Ponting, he's swivelled that one from waist height behind square and somehow pierces the gap between fine leg and deep square - and it's not a big gap

17.4

Finn to Ponting, 1 run, again Ponting goes the swivel pull, again it heads straight down into the turf, but this time deep square is able to cut it off

17.5

Finn to Watson, no run, probing around the off stump of Watson, who defends

17.6

Finn to Watson, no run, pushed away to the off side

"Does Ponting still think Australia can win this?" Matthew Cooke wonders. I wouldn't have thought so, unless he is the most optimistic man in the world. But he certainly is keen to get some batting form under his belt before the second Test.

End of over 18 (6 runs) Australia 68/1

    • SR Watson 24 (66b 2x4)
    • RT Ponting 38 (26b 4x4 1x6)
    • ST Finn 2-0-16-0
    • GP Swann 4-0-18-0
18.1

Swann to Ponting, no run, leans forward and defends solidly

18.2

Swann to Ponting, no run, again Ponting smothers the spin with a big lunge down the pitc

18.3

Swann to Ponting, no run, backs away and cuts this one, which turns in a touch more than he expects and he clunks it into the turf

18.4

Swann to Ponting, 3 runs, edged and safe! That one wasn't a chance, though, it flew to the right of Collingwood, through where a second slip would be - not that you'll often see a second slip for an offspinner

18.5

Swann to Watson, no run, targeting off stump now, Watson defends

18.6

Swann to Watson, no run, tossed up outside off and that one is met with a solid bat

End of over 19 (3 runs) Australia 71/1

    • SR Watson 24 (68b 2x4)
    • RT Ponting 41 (30b 4x4 1x6)
    • GP Swann 5-0-21-0
    • ST Finn 2-0-16-0
19.1

Finn to Ponting, 1 run, banged in short again and Ponting rolls the wrists on this one, pulls it down into the ground and to square leg for a single

19.2

Finn to Watson, no run, left alone outside off, no real seam movement for Finn

19.3

Finn to Watson, FOUR, now Watson joins the pull-fest, getting hold of a short one from Finn, and it flies away in the air over midwicket and trickles into the boundary

19.4

Finn to Watson, no run, better from Finn this time as he finds a good length outside off, Watson defends

19.5

Finn to Watson, 1 run, angled in to the pads of Watson, who flicks it through square

19.6

Finn to Ponting, no run, angled in to the off stump and Ponting defends

Harry emails in: "I know that all the coverage will be on Australia's poor performance, but I have to say England have not impressed me much here. Besides Anderson, they dont look like taking 20 wickets in Australia. If they dont take another wicket (big if), they will have taken the same amount as Australia. So are they pop-gun as well?"

End of over 20 (6 runs) Australia 77/1

    • RT Ponting 42 (32b 4x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 29 (72b 3x4)
    • ST Finn 3-0-22-0
    • GP Swann 5-0-21-0
20.1

Swann to Watson, no run, turning in to Watson, who defends

20.2

Swann to Watson, 4 byes, and a lot of spin this time, so sharp that it fizzes down leg side and bounces sharply - Prior had no hope of stopping that

20.3

Swann to Watson, no run, pushed away towards gully

20.4

Swann to Watson, 2 runs, wide and full, but no spin on this one, so Watson gets a thick edge that runs away towards third man

20.5

Swann to Watson, no run, tossed up on middle stump, Watson leans down the pitch to block it away

20.6

Swann to Watson, no run, tossed up outside off and spinning in, Watson defends again

Ian emails in his thoughts: "It's not just about runs for Ponting. He knows that a good positive effort from Australia in this innings will go a long way to putting England's mammoth total in perspective, and will greatly reduce the psychological advantage England have going into the second test. Of course, if it goes wrong it'll have the opposite effect, but there's more to gain than lose after that demoralising effort in the field."

End of over 21 (6 runs) Australia 83/1

    • SR Watson 31 (78b 3x4)
    • RT Ponting 42 (32b 4x4 1x6)
    • GP Swann 6-0-23-0
    • ST Finn 3-0-22-0
21.1

Finn to Ponting, no run, another bouncer now - England are clearly keen to test Ponting on the short ball - but this one is too tall and he ducks under it

21.2

Finn to Ponting, 3 runs, outside off now and Ponting gets on the back foot to punch that through cover, that's one of his favourite shots, though this one wasn't perfectly timed

21.3

Finn to Watson, no run, probing outside off, Watson lets it go

21.4

Finn to Watson, no run, Watson gets forward with bat snugly in behind pad, and he defends

21.5

Finn to Watson, no run, angled in to Watson, who defends

21.6

Finn to Watson, no run, punchy drive from Watson, who finds the man at cover

End of over 22 (3 runs) Australia 86/1

    • SR Watson 31 (82b 3x4)
    • RT Ponting 45 (34b 4x4 1x6)
    • ST Finn 4-0-25-0
    • GP Swann 6-0-23-0
22.1

Swann to Ponting, 1 run, turned off his pads for a single through midwicket

22.2

Swann to Watson, no run, leans forward to defend outside off

There are two slips in now

22.3

Swann to Watson, 1 run, flicked away off the hips for a run through square leg

22.4

Swann to Ponting, 1 run, too quick down leg side here, Ponting whips it to fine leg

22.5

Swann to Watson, 1 run, shortish and turning in to Watson, who flicks a run through midwicket

22.6

Swann to Ponting, no run, tossed up outside off, Ponting drives but mistimes

That's it from me for this Test. Now here's Sahil Dutta to bring this thing home.

End of over 23 (4 runs) Australia 90/1

    • RT Ponting 47 (37b 4x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 33 (85b 3x4)
    • GP Swann 7-0-27-0
    • ST Finn 4-0-25-0

Right, as if to emphasise that this game is all but over, here's Kevin Pietersen into the attack.

Cheers Brydon. Top work from Ponting especially. He's been busy and aggressive. It's difficult to come out and make a statement after 1 for 517 but he's managing to.

23.1

Pietersen to Watson, 1 run, starts by dragging one down very shot outside off, it's patted to mid-off where Finn flings back an awkward throw at Prior, who fluffs it bobbles on to the helmet for five penalty runs!

23.2

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, turn! Genuine spin from outside off, the batsman is not concerned and nudges it around the corner for a single

23.3

Pietersen to Watson, 1 run, this is very short indeed and cut firmly to deep point

23.4

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, careful defence here runs off the face and away for a single

23.5

Pietersen to Watson, no run, patted back up the pitch

23.6

Pietersen to Watson, no run, turn and bounce surprises the batsman, and everyone else really

End of over 24 (9 runs) Australia 99/1

    • SR Watson 35 (89b 3x4)
    • RT Ponting 49 (39b 4x4 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 0.5-0-4-0
    • GP Swann 7-0-27-0
24.1

Swann to Ponting, 1 run, fifty for Ponting! Hasn't he played well, looked so confident, works this to leg and barely celebrates the landmark

24.2

Swann to Watson, FOUR, shot! Lovely shot from Watson, steps forward and cracks this down the ground, Swann's difficult Test continues

24.3

Swann to Watson, no run, better delivery from Swann, holding it back a fraction outside off stump, defended

24.4

Swann to Watson, no run, another careful defence but Watson's bat looks very broad indeed

24.5

Swann to Watson, 1 run, slugged hard into the deep midwicket region

24.6

Swann to Ponting, no run, resolute defiance from Ponting to finish the over

End of over 25 (6 runs) Australia 105/1

    • RT Ponting 50 (41b 4x4 1x6)
    • SR Watson 40 (93b 4x4)
    • GP Swann 8-0-33-0
    • KP Pietersen 0.5-0-4-0
25.1

Pietersen to Watson, no run, Pietersen finds some bounce, straight into the middle of Watson's blade

25.2

Pietersen to Watson, no run, Watson stands taller and defends

25.3

Pietersen to Watson, 1 run, touch fuller this time and Watson drops it into the off side for a single

25.4

Pietersen to Ponting, no run, Ponting stretches forward and nudges this into the leg side

25.5

Pietersen to Ponting, 1 run, Pietersen switches to around the wicket and celebrates by dragging down a very short ball that Ponting pats down to long-on for a single

This could be the last ball coming up now...

25.6

Pietersen to Watson, no run, Pietersen floats one down to Watson who defends from under his eyes, few handshakes and the players are heading off. Both captains agree they've flogged this horse as far as it will go and we head into to the next Test level at 0-0

Match drawn Alastair Cook leads the players off and into the line of handshakes. The opening Test to the 2010-11 Ashes ends in stalemate but it has been, for the first four days at least, a fascinating game. Both teams have something to take to Adelaide, especially after Ponting finished things off with an unbeaten half-century, but after conceding 1 for 517 it's probably Australia who have more issues to reflect on. It has to be said the wicket was not ideal, just got flatter and more benign as the match wore on and made life pretty miserable for the bowlers.

Australia announce their side for the next Test either later tonight or tomorrow morning. Mitchell Johnson and Marcus North must be concerned, though with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Peter English ponders the idea of North becoming Australia's full-time spinner. Johnson has had a horrible match, taking 0 for 170, making a 19-ball duck and dropping a catch. Stay with us to see who is named man of the match, but I expect it won't be him. And indeed, Alastair Cook is confirmed with the match award. Well deserved it is as well. A memorable game for him. Apologies for a lack of post-match quotes, but the broadcaster has decided move elsewhere.

We have a gallery of the best of today's action and Andrew McGlashan will have a final match bulletin later, which is a must-read. Elsewhere we have a competition where you can win Ashes shirts, just download our toolbar to enter.

Right, that's just about it from me, Sahil Dutta and from Brydon Coverdale. Look out for Andrew Miller and Peter English's words which will be up on the site soon. Thanks for all the emails, please join us for the second Test which starts on Friday at 10.30am (00.00GMT).

End of over 26 (2 runs) Australia 107/1

    • SR Watson 41 (97b 4x4)
    • RT Ponting 51 (43b 4x4 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 2-0-6-0
    • GP Swann 8-0-33-0
  • Overs 0-50
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