England tour of Australia, 2nd Test: Australia v England at Adelaide, Dec 3-7, 2010
The Ashes - 2nd Test
England won by an innings and 71 runs
Played at Adelaide Oval
3,4,5,6,7 December 2010 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100

Morning/Evening all, tense times already. Not just because I've been slanderously misquoted by Brickhill but mainly because the players are out there. The new ball is ludicrously important, I imagine that is what Andrew Strauss is reminding his side in the huddle. James Anderson will begin at Shane Watson. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go...

10.26am Right, now that I've set him up nicely with that Bresnan/Harris quip, here's Sahil for a spot of commentary in the first hour.

"Hilfenhaus is as stiff as a honeymooners to miss out," writes Dave L. What?

"Give me a Heath Streak over this lot any day!" says Ricky Pont... I mean David.

10.18am Ponting and Strauss lead their teams out for the anthems. It's Punter's 150th Test by the way.

"Can we have some Aussie commentary over you cocksure English plonkers?" fumes Phantom Wilson. "Bresnan, please. Bloke would be flat out getting a game for Otago in the NZ domestic comp." Unfortunately I'm Zimbabwean, so as far as I'm concerned both Harris and Bresnan are decrepit, bankrupt Elton Chigumburas. There, I said it.

"So, is it a result pitch (as the Aussie spin suggested), or another Adelaide shirtfront?" Well Mr Mark Kidger, as a scientist yourself, you know it's difficult to judge without a ball being bowled yet but the pitch doesn't scream result. Mind you, a talking pitch would be news.

"There are only three certainties in life, death, taxes, and a century at Adelaide!" chuckles Hayden.

10.05am Another, slightly cryptic (to me anyway) update from Mr. Miller: "Great excitement in the press box as the Pura Milk Cup is put on display."

Must say, this picturesque Adelaide ground is a welcome change from the Orwellian concrete horror that was the Gabba. Mind you , the memories of Adelaide for England fans are far less idyllic after the nightmare capitulation four years ago.

10.00am Toss: Finally something's gone right for Ricky, Australia have won the toss and will bat. Surprise, surprise. Andrew Strauss counters that it wasn't a massively important toss as he believes the wicket will be batsman-friendly for five days anyway.

There've been some changes to Australia's line-up too: 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 Xavier Doherty, 9 Peter Siddle, 10 Ryan Harris, 11 Doug Bollinger.

England, on the other hand, have the luxury of naming an unchanged XI for this game. 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.

9.56am Miller alert!: "Not a cloud in the sky for this one. Win the toss and bat at Adelaide for the 18th year running," he muses.

9.50am We've just heard that Ryan Harris will replace Ben Hilfenhaus in the line-up for this match. Obviously, that's not entirely unexpected but make of it what you will. Harris will reverse swing it, so they say, but he's also the man (famously) described by Sahil as "a poor man's Tim Bresnan" during Australia's summer in England earlier this year.

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9am Hello everyone, wherever you're reading this from, and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's coverage of the second Ashes Test at Adelaide. I'm Liam Brickhill and I and my esteemed colleague, Sahil Dutta, will be your commentators throughout this match. Andrew Miller and Peter English are in Adelaide and will be providing regular updates, news, analysis and much more besides.

Play is still about an hour away, but while you're waiting there's plenty of preview material to be getting through: There's Peter's, well, preview for starters, which will tell you everything you need to know about both teams and likely conditions ahead of the second Test. In case you hadn't heard, Mitchell Johnson has been dropped from the Australian side for this game, and has said he needs to "get his head straight" before he gets back into the starting XI.

Despite the draw at Brisbane, Australia are the team under pressure (and when was the last time you heard that?) but Andrew Miller suggests that England's joy at their strong finish in that game will be firmly tempered by the realisation that, for the first three days of the series, they were worryingly off the pace.

0.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, accurate start to the new Test, fullish ball heading for off stump meets a solid Watson defence

0.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, Watson really enjoys a rollicking defensive thud, slams his front foot forward and full-faces back to the bowler

Hint of swing around, hint of grass too.

0.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, oops, this is fired well down the leg side and despite his best efforts Watson can't flick it away

0.4

Anderson to Watson, OUT, chaos! Katich has gone and that's a horror start for Australia! Watson fiddled into the leg side with a hint of pad and set off for a single, Katich didn't respond until it was too late, Trott at midwicket had an age to line up the throw and he hit direct. Phew! Drama already!

SM Katich run out 0 (2m 0b 0x4 0x6) SR: -

Goodness me what a time to arrive at the crease but Ricky Ponting, in his 150th Test, is probably the right man for the job.

0.5

Anderson to Ponting, OUT, Anderson strikes this time! Two in two! Ponting has gone! Classic outswing bowling, full, drew Ponting into that lunged drive he can play early in his innings, nicked the edge and flew low to Swann at second slip who gleefully took the chance

RT Ponting c Swann b Anderson 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Delirious start for England and Ponting has joined Steve Waugh as a man with a duck in his 150th Test.

Michael Clarke is the new man, he had a real struggle at Brisbane but he must come good now.

0.6

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, tidy start from Clarke, flicking a single into the leg side but an abomination of a first over for Australia

End of over 1 (1 run) Australia 1/2

    • MJ Clarke 1 (1b)
    • SR Watson 0 (4b)
    • JM Anderson 1-0-1-1

Stuart Broad will share the new ball, he gave Clarke the working over at Brisbane but only took one wicket in the match. There are still some people streaming into the ground, fair to say they've missed some action.

1.1

Broad to Clarke, no run, nervous times for Clarke, flat-footed flash outside off stump, just missed the edge and Broad had a few words to say

1.2

Broad to Clarke, no run, lovely length from Broad, dragging Clarke forward and whatever grass there is on the pitch is working a treat for the new ball, this zipped away and past a tentative outside edge

1.3

Broad to Clarke, no run, good carry through to Prior, this time Clarke's judgement is more certain and he leaves alone outside off stump

There is a short leg in place by the way, England fancy getting Clarke in that area.

1.4

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, there is the short ball and it's a good one, rearing up into the neck area, Clarke fended it away past the short leg but didn't know too much about it

1.5

Broad to Watson, no run, good, solid, calming defence from Watson, Australia just need things to settle down

1.6

Broad to Watson, no run, excellent over from Broad finishes with a fullish, hit-the-op-of-off delivery that Watson defended crisply

End of over 2 (1 run) Australia 2/2

    • SR Watson 0 (6b)
    • MJ Clarke 2 (5b)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-1-0
    • JM Anderson 1-0-1-1

Anderson bowled beautifully at the Gabba without much luck, could this be his time?

2.1

Anderson to Clarke, OUT, Two for Anderson! Clarke departs! Another perfect, pitched-up outswinger, Clarke has looked all at sea and walks into a nothing drive that flicks the edge and flies to Swann again

MJ Clarke c Swann b Anderson 2 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Impossible drama at the Adelaide Oval and Michael Hussey has got to try and cool things down.

2.2

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, typical no-nonsense stuff from Hussey, working to leg for a single, he wanted two but Watson was hesitant, as well he might be

2.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, full and straight and more solemn defence

2.4

Anderson to Watson, 3 runs, Anderson is trying to trap Watson in front which means he's attacking the stumps, gives Watson the chance push this wide of mid-on confidently

2.5

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, that's ideal from Hussey, busy as always, pops forward and defends with soft hands into the covers, stealing a swift single

"In six of the last eight Tests at Adelaide, the team batting first has gone on to lose the match," Miller reminds us.

2.6

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, first boundary of the morning brings up Australia's double figures, Watson clips a full leg-sided ball off his pads and to the midwicket boundary

End of over 3 (9 runs) Australia 11/3

    • SR Watson 7 (9b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 2 (2b)
    • JM Anderson 2-0-10-2
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-1-0

Wow, it's only been three overs. Feels like a session already the amount of action we've had.

3.1

Broad to Hussey, no run, sharp, very sharp from Broad. It was short but leapt past Hussey, who swayed inside the line, and Prior had to jump to take it over his head

Tell you what, for a supposedly batsman-friendly wicket this is lively stuff!

3.2

Broad to Hussey, no run, beaten, big appeal from England as this pitches and zips past the edge, Hussey flicked bat on pad as he tried to defend, creating enough noise to set the England fielders off

3.3

Broad to Hussey, no run, ah, some calm at last as Broad fires this wide of off and Hussey leaves alone

3.4

Broad to Hussey, no run, precious sighter for Hussey again, gleefully letting this go outside off

3.5

Broad to Hussey, no run, good crisp defence from Hussey off the front foot, but there is plenty of hurry in the wicket at the moment

3.6

Broad to Hussey, no run, this time Hussey stands tall to defend to cover and end an excellent, probing maiden over from Broad

End of over 4 (maiden) Australia 11/3

    • MEK Hussey 2 (8b)
    • SR Watson 7 (9b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 2-1-1-0
    • JM Anderson 2-0-10-2

There are still just three slips and a gully in place for Watson. Strauss not going overboard with attacking fielders.

4.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, Anderson's length all morning has been the key, insisting the batsman comes forward, but here not needing him to play

4.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, full and straight once more and straight into the middle of Watson's defensive blade

4.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, oops, bouncer, or an attempted one at least, horrid delivery, shoved miles outside off

4.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, Watson has shown good judgement around off stump and again leaves alone here

4.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, possibly straining for pace Anderson drags this too short and too wide of off stump

4.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, More drama review time! England didn't use them well at the Gabba and this is another gamble review rather than howler one, it was full and straight from Anderson thudded into Watson's pads, Umpire Tony Hill gave it not out and the decision is a good one because it was heading over

Well another wasted review from England, it's easy to understand why they went for it but Tony Hill's judgement is good.

End of over 5 (maiden) Australia 11/3

    • SR Watson 7 (15b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 2 (8b)
    • JM Anderson 3-1-10-2
    • SCJ Broad 2-1-1-0
5.1

Broad to Hussey, no run, good start to the new over from Broad, nipping this back into Hussey from a good length and the batsman had to hurry into a defensive shot

5.2

Broad to Hussey, no run, more movement into the pads from a full length, Hussey defends securely but plenty of ooohs and aaahs from the fielders

Brydon Coverdale has this: At 3 for 2, it was Australia's worst start to a Test innings in 60 years.

5.3

Broad to Hussey, 1 run, nicely done from Hussey, this is what Australia must do to prick England's bubble, quick single worked into the leg side

5.4

Broad to Watson, no run, Watson, aside from his mix-up with Hussey, has looked in good order this morning and defends well again

5.5

Broad to Watson, no run, strangely low bounce here off a length, harmless enough because it's outside off and left alone, but one to keep an eye on

5.6

Broad to Watson, no run, another precious leave-alone for Watson outside off

End of over 6 (1 run) Australia 12/3

    • SR Watson 7 (18b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 3 (11b)
    • SCJ Broad 3-1-2-0
    • JM Anderson 3-1-10-2
6.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, ooh, Hussey gets a full ball that he chips firmly, low back to Anderson who stuck a hand out and dropped the chance. Just stuck in the pitch a bit but a huge escape for Hussey

6.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, welcome calm defence this time, it's been a breathless morning

6.3

Anderson to Hussey, 2 runs, lovely shot, eased into the covers, minimum of fuss but nicely played indeed

6.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, wow, the first ball stuck in the track a wee bit but this took off from around off stump and Hussey had to hurry to get his arms out the way

6.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, enough inswing here at a full length to cause problems for Hussey, he wanted to leave but then suddenly realised he couldn't

6.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, good attacking bowling meets good defensive batting on a pitch that is doing something. Heady timed indeed

End of over 7 (2 runs) Australia 14/3

    • MEK Hussey 5 (17b)
    • SR Watson 7 (18b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 4-1-12-2
    • SCJ Broad 3-1-2-0
7.1

Broad to Watson, 1 run, ideal length from Broad, like Anderson he's trying to trap Watson lbw, and Watson has to hurry a defensive prod that squeezes away into the leg side for a single

7.2

Broad to Hussey, no run, another sharp bouncer, Hussey sways inside but Prior has to leap to take this high above his head

Three slips, gully, backward point in place...

7.3

Broad to Hussey, 2 runs, this will do nicely for Hussey, working a couple into the leg side with a flick of the wrists

7.4

Broad to Hussey, no run, beaten again outside off, this bounced a touch more than Hussey expected and beat the edge

7.5

Broad to Hussey, 3 runs, nicely played, good crisp forward-push from Hussey, runs past mid-off but is hauled up inside the rope

7.6

Broad to Watson, FOUR, flashing blade and this rockets to the cover boundary! Pitched up again from Anderson but Watson has seen enough and climbs into a sweet cover drive

End of over 8 (10 runs) Australia 24/3

    • SR Watson 12 (20b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 10 (21b)
    • SCJ Broad 4-1-12-0
    • JM Anderson 4-1-12-2
8.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, just short! Hussey was forward and driving, a bit of nip away off the seam that takes a thick edge but falls short of a tumbling Graeme Swann at third slip

8.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Anderson pushes this one slightly wider, on a length, and this time Hussey has the good sense to leave well alone

8.3

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, tap-and-run into the covers, and they sprint through for a quick single. Good running, the call came immediately

8.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, Watson is slightly squared up as Anderson gets this one to jag away towards the slips after pitching. Movement off the seam, rather than through the air. Well-played though, right in line and forward

8.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, wide outside off, Watson has a good look and leaves well alone

8.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, close! Well, what a leave. Spitting back in at him off the seam this time from quite wide, left alone and that shoots over the top of off

End of over 9 (1 run) Australia 25/3

    • SR Watson 12 (23b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 11 (24b)
    • JM Anderson 5-1-13-2
    • SCJ Broad 4-1-12-0

Change of bowling, Strauss has called up his Middlesex colleague Steven Finn into the attack. We've seen a bit of bounce this morning and at six-foot plenty, Finn should find some too. But it's the full length that has brought England results so far.

9.1

Finn to Hussey, 1 run, no-nonsense Hussey greets the new bowler with a single worked to square leg off the pads

9.2

Finn to Watson, no run, Finn finds a decent, fullish length but an indecent line, too far outside off stump to draw a Watson shot

9.3

Finn to Watson, no run, once again this is a touch too far outside off stump to interest Watson

9.4

Finn to Watson, FOUR, uppish but fairly secure, Finn invited Watson to drive and he obliged with a touch more outside edge than he would have planned, flew quickly to the rope though

9.5

Finn to Watson, 1 run, "yooooh" from Finn as Watson squeezes this with an inside edge and bit of pad behind square on the leg side for a single

9.6

Finn to Hussey, no run, very crisp forward block from Hussey

End of over 10 (6 runs) Australia 31/3

    • MEK Hussey 12 (26b)
    • SR Watson 17 (27b 3x4)
    • ST Finn 1-0-6-0
    • JM Anderson 5-1-13-2
10.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, Anderson happy to attack at a full length, Watson crunches the straightest of drives back at the bowler who fields with his feet. Meanwhile Hussey, fearing the deflection on the the stumps, dives back into the crease at the non-strikers end

10.2

Anderson to Watson, 1 leg bye, another single earned off the pads, bobbles into the leg side

10.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, fullish and outside off, Hussey happy to leave alone

10.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, just enough inswing here to keep Anderson smiling, which is a rare thing, Hussey aims a leg-side flick without connecting securely

10.5

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, ah good cricket, full swinging delivery meets a neat forward push, well timed by Hussey and rolls all the way to the boundary

10.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, just signs that Hussey is looking more secure here, defending very solidly

End of over 11 (5 runs) Australia 36/3

    • MEK Hussey 16 (30b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 17 (29b 3x4)
    • JM Anderson 6-1-17-2
    • ST Finn 1-0-6-0
11.1

Finn to Watson, FOUR, Finn has a man placed at short cover for the chipped drive, didn't have any chance here though as Watson rocked forward and with a textbook high elbow cracked a picture-perfect cover drive away for four

11.2

Finn to Watson, no run, this is good fun, Finn is feeding Watson's drive with a full length, but this one is not timed so well

11.3

Finn to Watson, 2 runs, yet another full ball draws another drive, but this was lucky for the batsman, squeezed off the toe end, bounced by the stumps and flew over Prior's head

11.4

Finn to Watson, no run, full and driven once more, Hussey again is sprawling back to his mark as Finn saves this with an speculative hand thrust at the ball

11.5

Finn to Watson, no run, oops, too full this time, full-toss indeed, Watson punches a drive to mid-off

11.6

Finn to Watson, no run, Finn drags back his length and is rewarded with some extra bounce, Watson stands tall to defend

Andy Zaltsman's last Ashes prediction may have been Siddled into obscurity, but he assures us that his latest effort is totally, utterly, 100% foolproof and accurate. You decide for yourself

End of over 12 (6 runs) Australia 42/3

    • SR Watson 23 (35b 4x4)
    • MEK Hussey 16 (30b 1x4)
    • ST Finn 2-0-12-0
    • JM Anderson 6-1-17-2

Anderson has another over, his seventh of the morning, must be his last.

12.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, starts outside off stump, Hussey decides early to leave well alone

12.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, signs that this is probably one over too many, and Anderson is getting a polite word from Tony Hill for running on the wicket as Hussey leaves alone outside off

Thanks, George, for flagging this one - "More wickets than FIFA votes already.. Took us just 15 mins.." says Michael Vaughan on Twitter. Haha....

12.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, ooh, fiddle outside off, poor shot really, was a full ball that should have been left alone but ghosted past the edge

12.4

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, pushed into space for a swiftly taken single

Right, Tony Hill was so quiet about it but Anderson was officially warned for running on the wicket. If he does that again he won't be allowed to bowl in the innings.

12.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, left alone outside off, welcome leave for Watson

"This is the same Anderson who was struggling in last Ashes??" asks an incredulous Arpit. "I think this time the whole English team is mentally much more tougher then the previous tour ...and that's making difference .....this Ashes is going to be a thriller from the audience point of view ...and I am loving it..."

12.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, right, after a dramatic morning it's time for a drink. Hasn't Anderson deserved that, finished with a fullish ball outside off that's left alone

Drinks Stunning first hour really and while I catch my breath Liam Brickhill will take over comms.

End of over 13 (1 run) Australia 43/3

    • SR Watson 23 (37b 4x4)
    • MEK Hussey 17 (34b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 7-1-18-2
    • ST Finn 2-0-12-0

Thanks, Sahil. Yes, what a start is has been. After all the talk of the Adelaide pitch being an absolute road, Anderson's run in and knocked a few over with the ball hooping around in the first hour. So much riding on Watson and Hussey's partnership now. Finn to continue

13.1

Finn to Hussey, 3 runs, full, too full, on Hussey's legs and he's clipped neatly through midwicket for a couple

Two slips and a gully for Watto

13.2

Finn to Watson, no run, Finn keeps it full, but not quite full to drive as Watson mistimes to mid-on

13.3

Finn to Watson, no run, full on middle and off, Watson gets a bit more on the drive this time but the ball rolls straight to mid-on once again

13.4

Finn to Watson, 2 runs, cries of anguish from the bowler as the ball takes the inside edge, strikes the pad and rolls out towards square leg. No harm done though

"Are they using the kookaburra or the duke ball?" asks Saif, the scorecard looks like it but no, it is indeed the Kook.

13.5

Finn to Watson, no run, an extra bit of puff on this one as Finn pulls the length back outside off. Watson keeps his eyes on the ball and raises his arms to leave well alone

13.6

Finn to Watson, no run, Watto's not quite finding the middle with these drives after the break, pushing this one to mid-off with a horrible, hollow sound off the bat

End of over 14 (5 runs) Australia 48/3

    • SR Watson 25 (42b 4x4)
    • MEK Hussey 20 (35b 1x4)
    • ST Finn 3-0-17-0
    • JM Anderson 7-1-18-2

Good grief, Sahil's just pulled out a beast of a snackwich machine. We'll be feasting at lunchtime, that much is clear. Meanwhile, here's Broad to Hussey, two slips and a gully

14.1

Broad to Hussey, 2 runs, full and swinging in to Hussey's pads, hands on heads for England but he's managed to get that down to fine leg off the face of the bat. They fancy Hussey's pads here, one feels, and that swung nice and late too. But Huss survives this time

14.2

Broad to Hussey, no run, on a length, the ball holds its line this time and Hussey aims a studied defensive stroke towards mid-off

14.3

Broad to Hussey, 2 runs, not quite the length to get the ball swinging from Broad, too short on the hips and Hussey brings up the fifty partnership with a clipped nudge to backward square

14.4

Broad to Hussey, no run, looped up with much less pace, and well wide of off too. That barely carries through to Prior after Hussey shoulders arms

14.5

Broad to Hussey, no run, nicely straight from Broad, but short enough for Hussey to defend back down the track from the crease

14.6

Broad to Hussey, no run, this is much closer to the perfect length, and Hussey is slightly late on the forward defensive as the ball wobbles away slightly through the air

End of over 15 (4 runs) Australia 52/3

    • MEK Hussey 24 (41b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 25 (42b 4x4)
    • SCJ Broad 5-1-16-0
    • ST Finn 3-0-17-0

Simon "would like to see Swanny have a turn while the pressure is still on the Aussie batsmen." Not a bad shout to get him in the game soon, especially after his struggles in Brisbane.

15.1

Finn to Watson, no run, yorker, but really very wide of off stump and Watson jams it out towards point

15.2

Finn to Watson, FOUR, shot! He's found the middle now, slapping this half volley through straight mid-on with consummate balance and power. And a wonderfully high left elbow, a pleasure to watch

15.3

Finn to Watson, 1 run, punched through wide mid-off this time. Not with quite the finesse of his last shot, but enough to squeeze in a single

15.4

Finn to Hussey, no run, Hussey pushes defensively to off as Finn tumbles over in his follow through and tastes some Adelaide dirt. He's up and fine though

15.5

Finn to Hussey, FOUR, thick edge, down to third man through the vacant third/fourth slip area. Played with soft hands and may not even have reached a man placed there, and the runs will be welcomed by Australia

15.6

Finn to Hussey, no run, just short of a good length, nudged defensively to midwicket

End of over 16 (9 runs) Australia 61/3

    • MEK Hussey 28 (44b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 30 (45b 5x4)
    • ST Finn 4-0-26-0
    • SCJ Broad 5-1-16-0
16.1

Broad to Watson, no run, shaping away ever so slightly from the right-hander, but Watson opts for caution and leaves alone

16.2

Broad to Watson, no run, another leave from Watto as the ball goes the other way off the seam. No danger though, that was well outside off

16.3

Broad to Watson, no run, nice, tight line just outside off. But it's met with an equally tight forward defensive by Watson

16.4

Broad to Watson, no run, Broad pulls the length back, Watson steps back and guides to gully where Pietersen makes a good, diving stop

16.5

Broad to Watson, no run, Watson gets nicely in line as Broad keeps him on the back foot once again and the ball bounces away towards point

16.6

Broad to Watson, no run, fuller, wider outside off, but Watson won't be tempted into a drive and raises his bat above his head to let the ball through unmolested

End of over 17 (maiden) Australia 61/3

    • SR Watson 30 (51b 5x4)
    • MEK Hussey 28 (44b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 6-2-16-0
    • ST Finn 4-0-26-0

Ah, now this could be interesting. Graeme Swann is going to have a bowl. Australia's batsmen - particularly Hussey - took him on in Brisbane, but they're in a different situation now. Short leg and a slip in place, as well as a man close in at extra cover

17.1

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, full outside off, cracked very hard into the covers but the fielder gets a hand to it

"Can we have Finn on from both ends please," chirps Rastawookie.

17.2

Swann to Watson, no run, looped up on a decent length outside off, not much in the way of turn yet as Watson tucks to leg

the man catching at extra cover is at midwicket for Watson

17.3

Swann to Watson, no run, fuller this time, flicked to leg but straight to the fielder

17.4

Swann to Watson, no run, nicely flighted by Swann, Watson lunges forward into what appears to be a water-tight defence

17.5

Swann to Watson, no run, thumped back at the bowler. It looked as though Watson was going for the straight boundary there, but certainly didn't get all of it. Toe-ended back to Swann

17.6

Swann to Watson, no run, wider of off this time, squeezed out to backward point

End of over 18 (1 run) Australia 62/3

    • SR Watson 30 (56b 5x4)
    • MEK Hussey 29 (45b 2x4)
    • GP Swann 1-0-1-0
    • SCJ Broad 6-2-16-0
18.1

Broad to Hussey, no run, hurled wide of Hussey, and going further on the angle. Left alone

18.2

Broad to Hussey, no run, much straighter this time, aimed right at middle. Slower through the air though, and Hussey isn't hurried as he defends back to the bowler

18.3

Broad to Hussey, no run, quicker, aimed at off stump this time. Perhaps a touch of seam movement away from the bat, but nothing extravagant at all and Hussey defends to cover

18.4

Broad to Hussey, 2 runs, swinging gently into the pads, Hussey shuffles across and glances wide of fine leg for a couple

Broad comes round the wicket now

18.5

Broad to Hussey, no run, coming in on the angle, and with a touch of wobble into the pads through the air too. But wide of off, and Hussey is in not trouble leaving alone

18.6

Broad to Hussey, no run, this one holds its line outside off, and Hussey isn't the least bit interested in playing any sort of stroke

End of over 19 (2 runs) Australia 64/3

    • MEK Hussey 31 (51b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 30 (56b 5x4)
    • SCJ Broad 7-2-18-0
    • GP Swann 1-0-1-0
19.1

Swann to Watson, no run, Watto presents the full face of the bat and pushes a full, flighted ball firmly back to the bowler

19.2

Swann to Watson, no run, pitching half a foot outside off, and full. Watson defends to cover

19.3

Swann to Watson, no run, bat and pad are firmly together as the ball is defended back up the track

19.4

Swann to Watson, no run, a touch straight from Swann, but not much turn as Watson pushes to leg

19.5

Swann to Watson, no run, again Swann fires this at middle, flicked towards the fielder at a close midwicket

19.6

Swann to Watson, 2 runs, the first time Swann has pitched one too short, but the punishment is not severe as Watson clips him to deep square leg off the back foot

End of over 20 (2 runs) Australia 66/3

    • SR Watson 32 (62b 5x4)
    • MEK Hussey 31 (51b 2x4)
    • GP Swann 2-0-3-0
    • SCJ Broad 7-2-18-0

Broad will stay round the wicket to Hussey

20.1

Broad to Hussey, no run, and he sticks to a line that is well wide of off, allowing Hussey to leave well alone

20.2

Broad to Hussey, no run, fired at middle and off on a testing length, but Hussey leans forward and defends towards mid-off

20.3

Broad to Hussey, no run, nibbling away slightly off the seam, Hussey has a good look and shoulders arms

20.4

Broad to Hussey, no run, slightly closer to off, but still far enough away - even with the angle - for Hussey to leave calmly alone

20.5

Broad to Hussey, 1 run, too straight from Broad, Hussey works it with the angle through the leg side for runs. Or a run.

20.6

Broad to Watson, no run, muscled, but not without style, to mid-on

End of over 21 (1 run) Australia 67/3

    • SR Watson 32 (63b 5x4)
    • MEK Hussey 32 (56b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 8-2-19-0
    • GP Swann 2-0-3-0

Swann will also come round the wicket to Hussey

21.1

Swann to Hussey, no run, Hussey skips down the track to meet the ball on the half volley, cracking it back at Swann, who collects and fires in a return to send Huss scampering back to his crease

21.2

Swann to Hussey, no run, watchful defence this time

21.3

Swann to Hussey, no run, again Hussey uses his feet, thrashing a drive to cover this time. But the fielder - is it Bell? - gets a hand to it and parries the ball back towards the stumps

21.4

Swann to Hussey, no run, tossed up on middle, defence from Hussey

21.5

Swann to Hussey, no run, similar ball, same result

21.6

Swann to Hussey, no run, Hussey dances down, whipping powerfully to midwicket this time. Again, he hits the fielder though

End of over 22 (maiden) Australia 67/3

    • MEK Hussey 32 (62b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 32 (63b 5x4)
    • GP Swann 3-1-3-0
    • SCJ Broad 8-2-19-0
22.1

Broad to Watson, no run, there's still a hint of movement for the quick bowlers on this green-ish pitch. But this one, curving away, is wide of off and left alone

22.2

Broad to Watson, no run, another leave from Watson as this one bites into the surface and seams back in. Good judgement, no danger in the leave

22.3

Broad to Watson, no run, three in three as Watto leaves once again. There's definitely still a touch of swing, but nothing too extravagant. Broad is swinging it late though, and is still looking dangerous

22.4

Broad to Watson, FOUR, there we go! Watson is finally tempted into, it must be said, a slightly injudicious drive. The ball squirts off the outer half of the bat, flying at a very catchable height but right between point and gully

22.5

Broad to Watson, 4 leg byes, back of a length and fired at leg stump this time, the ball strikes the thigh pad as Watson shapes to glance, that's gone very fine down to fine leg. Back to back boundaries

22.6

Broad to Watson, 1 run, pushed firmly into the leg side, he's found enough space for a quick single

End of over 23 (9 runs) Australia 76/3

    • SR Watson 37 (69b 6x4)
    • MEK Hussey 32 (62b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 9-2-24-0
    • GP Swann 3-1-3-0
23.1

Swann to Watson, no run, floated up temptingly, well wide of off. Watson resists this time, leaving well alone

23.2

Swann to Watson, no run, straighter, and with less loop, and Watson nudges to leg

23.3

Swann to Watson, no run, a touch of drift, a hint of turn, but Watto flicks to short leg on the bounce without too much discomfort

23.4

Swann to Watson, no run, just short of a good length from Swann, and Watson aims a beefy jab to mid-on

23.5

Swann to Watson, no run, much fuller this time, Watson stretches forward in defence

23.6

Swann to Watson, SIX, where has that come from? Watson picks the full length early and absolutely murders this over wide long-on! That landed several rows back

End of over 24 (6 runs) Australia 82/3

    • SR Watson 43 (75b 6x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 32 (62b 2x4)
    • GP Swann 4-1-9-0
    • SCJ Broad 9-2-24-0

Don't forget to join Andrew Miller and Peter English to discuss this Test, during the lunch break. Send your questions in to chatterbox@cricinfo.com. Finn replaces Broad and he too will attack Hussey from around the wicket

24.1

Finn to Hussey, no run, full outside off, coming in on the angle, and Hussey drives neatly to extra cover

24.2

Finn to Hussey, no run, pushed wider of off and left alone this time. There's already some variable bounce in this pitch, and this one has really died on the way through to Prior

24.3

Finn to Hussey, no run, the bounce is truer this time as Finn pulls the length back a touch and aims right at off stump. Hussey shimmies into defence

24.4

Finn to Hussey, no run, big swipe, fresh air! That was shorter still, Hussey tried to seize on the length with a swivelled pull but the ball shot past the inside edge. Not quite short enough for the shot

24.5

Finn to Hussey, FOUR, short, wide and slapped away with ease through cover point. Horrible ball, and dealt with accordingly, Hussey not bothering to keep it down

24.6

Finn to Hussey, 1 no ball, ouch! Finn readjusts the line but keeps the same length. Again Hussey is beaten on the pull, but this time he's struck a painful blow on the hip

24.6

Finn to Hussey, no run, straightening just outside off, Hussey guides to backward point, riding the bounce

End of over 25 (5 runs) Australia 87/3

    • MEK Hussey 36 (69b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 43 (75b 6x4 1x6)
    • ST Finn 5-0-31-0
    • GP Swann 4-1-9-0
25.1

Swann to Watson, no run, nicely flighted by Swann, but tight defence from Watson

25.2

Swann to Watson, no run, just a touch to short, Watson flicks to leg but the ball strikes the man under the helmet at short leg and rolls back towards the bowler

25.3

Swann to Watson, no run, looped down very slowly, Watson is deceived a touch in the flight but eventually pushes forward to defend

25.4

Swann to Watson, no run, there's some life in the pitch for the spinner! That's bounced more than turned, taking the inside edge high on the bat but going straight to ground

25.5

Swann to Watson, no run, solid defence this time from Watson

25.6

Swann to Watson, 3 runs, too short and far too wide, Watson steps back and slices behind point and they hurry back for a third

End of over 26 (3 runs) Australia 90/3

    • SR Watson 46 (81b 6x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 36 (69b 3x4)
    • GP Swann 5-1-12-0
    • ST Finn 5-0-31-0
26.1

Finn to Watson, FOUR, clubbed! That wasn't all that short, but he's slammed a front foot pull through midwicket to bring up a valuable fifty. That was in the air but in the gap, and hit very hard to race away to the boundary

26.2

Finn to Watson, no run, back of a length, Watson gets in line and taps it back to the bowler

26.3

Finn to Watson, no run, fuller this time, Watson comes forward to defend to cover

Top morning's work from Watson, among the carnage, but plenty left for him to go. That's the 12th time he's passed 50 but he's only got two centuries.

26.4

Finn to Watson, no run, more back of a length stuff from Finn, Watson stays back and pushes to leg this time

26.5

Finn to Watson, no run, left alone outside off, shouts of encouragement from the England slip cordon for young Finn

"Finn lulling the Aussies into a true sense of security here," chuckles Paul. It's certainly an issue for England six boundaries from his six overs.

26.6

Finn to Watson, no run, full and on the toes, but Watson can't quite make the most of it as he clips straight to the man at midwicket

And that will be lunch on what has been England's morning. Hussey and Watson dug in with an as yet unbeaten 92-run stand but they're going to have to bat at least until tea to calm Australia's nerves. What a start Anderson gave his team, removing both captain and vice-captain very early. Incredibly, Australia were 3 for 2 when Clarke fell, and seen in that light Hussey and Watson have done marvellously well. The wicket is probably greener and grassier than many were expecting - has all the rain around had an effect? - and there was swing on offer for most of the first session.

Mr Rohit Balasubramanian is in a chipper mood after his summary of the morning: "This seems like another Great Husscape for Australia, eh? - Elementary, my dear Watson!"

Brydon Coverdale's lunchtime bulletin will land any moment now, and will provide a succinct and thoughtful dissection the morning's play. And again, don't forget to join Andrew Miller and Peter English to discuss this Test, during the lunch break. Send your questions in to chatterbox@cricinfo.com

End of over 27 (4 runs) Australia 94/3

    • SR Watson 50 (87b 7x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 36 (69b 3x4)
    • ST Finn 6-0-35-0
    • GP Swann 5-1-12-0

Swann will gets things going after lunch...

Hello everyone, Sahil here for the next hour. Hope you've enjoyed your lunch. I've spent my break battling with the toastie machine. Success was hard fought. Much like wickets will be this afternoon I suspect. Hussey and Watson looked very well set indeed before lunch and with the ball older it felt rather more like the Adelaide we're used to.

27.1

Swann to Hussey, no run, starts on a good length, good line too and finds careful Hussey defence

27.2

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, precious little spin today which makes Hussey's skip down the wicket safe, and he pushes a single to a deep-set mid-off

27.3

Swann to Watson, no run, no spin, no drift but a good line, solidly blocked by Watson

27.4

Swann to Watson, no run, Watson isn't as vicious as Hussey on anything Swann drops a fraction short, instead stands tall to defend

27.5

Swann to Watson, no run, touch fuller this time, draws Watson forward, which he's perfectly happy to do

27.6

Swann to Watson, 1 run, plenty of excitement from Prior here, largely because Swann has dragged Watson well outside off stump to defend to cover

End of over 28 (2 runs) Australia 96/3

    • SR Watson 51 (91b 7x4 1x6)
    • MEK Hussey 37 (71b 3x4)
    • GP Swann 6-1-14-0
    • ST Finn 6-0-35-0

Strauss goes to his man of the morning Jimmy Anderson for the second over after lunch. Two slips and a gully in place.

28.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, touch of indrift here, enough for Anderson to get all hands-on-heads as Watson squeezes out a forward block

28.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, pushed into the off side more firmly this time, squirting off the outer-half of the bat

28.3

Anderson to Watson, OUT, Anderson strikes! It's all happening again early in the session! Inviting length for a drive but the line is quite far outside off, Watson goes hard at it but the hint of outswing does the business and Pietersen takes a sharp catch in the gully and punches the air in delight

SR Watson c Pietersen b Anderson 51 (127m 94b 7x4 1x6) SR: 54.25

Huge wicket for England, brings an fragile Marcus North to the wicket and Watson again fails to convert a good start.

28.4

Anderson to North, no run, false shot first up, nothing alarming, but North pushed very hard at a defensive shot and it skewed off the inside edge back to the bowler who picked up and mocked a throw back at North, who seemed fairly nonplussed by it

28.5

Anderson to North, no run, precious leave early on for North, we all know how bad a starter he is

28.6

Anderson to North, no run, more calm defence from him this time, patted back down the pitch

End of over 29 (wicket maiden) Australia 96/4

    • MJ North 0 (3b)
    • MEK Hussey 37 (71b 3x4)
    • JM Anderson 8-2-18-3
    • GP Swann 6-1-14-0
29.1

Swann to Hussey, no run, Hussey again advances down at Swann, but doesn't quite get there and defends

29.2

Swann to Hussey, no run, secure defence, it's strange to think Hussey was on the verge of being dropped now, seems so confident

29.3

Swann to Hussey, no run, quietly pushed into the off side

29.4

Swann to Hussey, no run, ah lovely bowling from Swann, saw Hussey advancing again and speared it in down leg side, Hussey got in a tangle and pushed the ball off the pads airily past short leg

29.5

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, punched to mid-on and a misfield makes a sharp single into an easy one

29.6

Swann to North, no run, ooh, Swann fancies himself against North, and this is very full and defended uncertainly

If you were Shane Warne, you'd have taken more wickets here than anyone else since 2000 - seamers included.

End of over 30 (1 run) Australia 97/4

    • MJ North 0 (4b)
    • MEK Hussey 38 (76b 3x4)
    • GP Swann 7-1-15-0
    • JM Anderson 8-2-18-3
30.1

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, Australia's hundred is up and in no small part thanks to Hussey who brings it up in style, pushing a controlled cover drive into the gap and it races away for four. He's a lovely cover driver when in form, which he certainly is in now

30.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, quieter this time, defended back to the bowler

Jordan has some encouragement for the new man at the crease: "When coming in with Australia on less than 150, North averages less than 7...this should be interesting."

30.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, another gorgeous cover drive but this time Hussey picks out the man at extra cover

30.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Anderson happy to test Hussey on the drive, the batsman equally happy and punches a drive very firmly back to Anderson who fields with a boot

30.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, better delivery this, just a fraction shorter and Hussey defends from under his eyes

30.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, driven crisply but Hussey knew straight away it was "no run" because he picked out the fielder

End of over 31 (4 runs) Australia 101/4

    • MEK Hussey 42 (82b 4x4)
    • MJ North 0 (4b)
    • JM Anderson 9-2-22-3
    • GP Swann 7-1-15-0
31.1

Swann to North, no run, goodness me, North is thrusting his pad at the line of the ball and defending around it, keeps Swann excited

31.2

Swann to North, no run, lovely delivery, North advanced but it was slower and dipped and North had to defend

31.3

Swann to North, no run, stays pinned on zero, plenty of chat from the England fielders as North prods a defence

31.4

Swann to North, 1 run, relief for North! He's away, not in great style but it does not matter, mistiming a cover drive for one

31.5

Swann to Hussey, no run, Hussey down the track as usual but has to defend

31.6

Swann to Hussey, no run, good from Swann, he's been much happier to give it some air here than he was at the Gabba, and looks all the better for it, defended calmly

End of over 32 (1 run) Australia 102/4

    • MEK Hussey 42 (84b 4x4)
    • MJ North 1 (8b)
    • GP Swann 8-1-16-0
    • JM Anderson 9-2-22-3
32.1

Anderson to North, no run, North shows good judgement to leave alone outside off, but is rewarded with a stare from Anderson. For all his qualities Anderson's snarl must be the least threatening in the game

32.2

Anderson to North, no run, touch of nibble back into the left-hander, but North's defence is solid

32.3

Anderson to North, no run, touch shorter, North stands taller to defend

32.4

Anderson to North, no run, North reminds me so much of Hashan Tillakaratne, very upright and, at times, uptight looking at the wicket

32.5

Anderson to North, FOUR, ah lovely shot, wasn't even a half-volley, North just stepped forward and drove through the line, pinging it back past the bowler

32.6

Anderson to North, no run, ooh, beaten this time! Nips back between bat and pad - the gate was wide open - as North aimed another booming drive

End of over 33 (4 runs) Australia 106/4

    • MJ North 5 (14b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 42 (84b 4x4)
    • JM Anderson 10-2-26-3
    • GP Swann 8-1-16-0
33.1

Swann to Hussey, no run, some air from Swann and more uber-secure defence from Hussey

33.2

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, ideal batting, Hussey skips down the wicket and pushes a risk-free single to mid-on

33.3

Swann to North, no run, Matt Prior likes it, he's a generous judge though, North defends safely

33.4

Swann to North, no run, short ball, which has been rare from Swann this game, North toe-ends it to point

33.5

Swann to North, no run, decent shout from Swann and Prior in particular as North shuffled across his stumps to defend and was struck on the pads, it looked like it was heading down and after a debate England chose not to review

33.6

Swann to North, no run, North gleefully lets one go by harmlessly outside off

End of over 34 (1 run) Australia 107/4

    • MJ North 5 (18b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 43 (86b 4x4)
    • GP Swann 9-1-17-0
    • JM Anderson 10-2-26-3

Anderson to continue, and with three wickets to his name why wouldn't he. 7-2 off side field, so no surprises on the line here.

34.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, this is indeed outside off, but too far to interest Hussey

34.2

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, slightly closer to off stump this time, finds a very crisp drive from Hussey

"North should take inspiration from Cook," reckons Ritchie Vachhrajani. "Both could have been dropped before Ashes, only last test century (Cook against Pak and North against India) saved them. Cook made it count, North has the golden opportunity!"

34.3

Anderson to North, no run, good ball, this seams away from just back of a length, North happy to trust the bounce and leave alone, good judgement

34.4

Anderson to North, no run, short of a length again, North stands taller to block

34.5

Anderson to North, no run, solemn defence from North, he knows all he needs to do is get a start

34.6

Anderson to North, no run, sturdy defence to end another probing Anderson over

End of over 35 (1 run) Australia 108/4

    • MJ North 5 (22b 1x4)
    • MEK Hussey 44 (88b 4x4)
    • JM Anderson 11-2-27-3
    • GP Swann 9-1-17-0
35.1

Swann to Hussey, no run, smart work from Cook at short leg cuts off Hussey's flick

35.2

Swann to Hussey, no run, punched off the back foot firmly but straight to short cover

35.3

Swann to Hussey, no run, this time Hussey stretches forward to defend. Swann doing a good, economical job which is doubly important with Finn going for a few

35.4

Swann to Hussey, no run, pushed back to the bowler who fields with a tumble

35.5

Swann to Hussey, FOUR, lovely shot, Hussey skips down the wicket, finds it on the half-volley and with a flick of the wrists sends it back past the bowler for four

35.6

Swann to Hussey, no run, having taken a single boundary a tight over becomes a good one for Australia and Hussey happy to defend

Capacity crowd at the Adelaide Oval, bright and sunny, some boozy picnics going down on the bank, lovely scene.

End of over 36 (4 runs) Australia 112/4

    • MEK Hussey 48 (94b 5x4)
    • MJ North 5 (22b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 10-1-21-0
    • JM Anderson 11-2-27-3
36.1

Anderson to North, no run, North has been resolute in defence so far and stands very upright to block here

36.2

Anderson to North, no run, head right over the ball, high elbow, textbook defence

36.3

Anderson to North, FOUR, good cricket, North has been waiting for something loose, Anderson risks a drive ball slightly wider to see if he can find an edge, but North's drive is perfect and it speeds to the rope. He barely moved after playing the shot, suspect he enjoyed it

36.4

Anderson to North, no run, having swung at the wide on North is happy to block carefully again

36.5

Anderson to North, no run, another pitched-up drive-me wide one, North accepts the offer but finds a diving Ian Bell, who fields smartly and is rewarded with plenty of loving pats from his team-mates

36.6

Anderson to North, no run, quietly defended this time to finish the over

End of over 37 (4 runs) Australia 116/4

    • MJ North 9 (28b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 48 (94b 5x4)
    • JM Anderson 12-2-31-3
    • GP Swann 10-1-21-0
37.1

Swann to Hussey, 3 runs, swept fine off the gloves, helping it down to fine leg to bring up a very well-played, busy half-century for Hussey

37.2

Swann to North, no run, Swann is full and straight and finds quiet defence from North

37.3

Swann to North, no run, North has an enormous backlift, which makes his defence seem more rushed than it should be

37.4

Swann to North, no run, shortish ball that North wants to cut away but it's too close to his body to time

37.5

Swann to North, 1 run, Swann looking for some turn drags this a touch short and down the leg side, turned away towards midwicket for one

37.6

Swann to Hussey, no run, twinkle-toed Hussey is on the move again, but only to defend

End of over 38 (4 runs) Australia 120/4

    • MEK Hussey 51 (96b 5x4)
    • MJ North 10 (32b 2x4)
    • GP Swann 11-1-25-0
    • JM Anderson 12-2-31-3

Strauss has seen enough of Anderson and has turned to Stuart Broad, who has bowled well without luck throughout this series. Just two slips and a gully in place now.

38.1

Broad to North, no run, starts with a very gentle full ball that North, fortunately for the bowler, pushes tamely to mid-on

38.2

Broad to North, no run, bit more devil in this, finds some bounce for the effort but North has plenty of time to stand tall and defend

38.3

Broad to North, 1 run, Broad is operating from around the wicket, by the way, and this creates enough angle for North to nurdle into the leg side for a single. Dare I say it, the all-or-nothing man looks in 'all' mode

38.4

Broad to Hussey, 1 run, bustling stuff again from Hussey, picking off a single to leg

38.5

Broad to North, no run, pretty quiet start to the new spell from Broad, no real menace, North defends serenely from around off

38.6

Broad to North, no run, North defends calmly, while I make a hash of my tea-drinking and empty half a cup over my lap. Grr.

End of over 39 (2 runs) Australia 122/4

    • MJ North 11 (37b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 52 (97b 5x4)
    • SCJ Broad 10-2-26-0
    • GP Swann 11-1-25-0
39.1

Swann to Hussey, no run, no real spin for Swann as yet, plenty of movement from Hussey though, who hares up the pitch to defend

39.2

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, worked with a flick of the wrists into the leg side for a single

39.3

Swann to North, no run, that's an inch-perfect leave from North, good or bad depending on how you view these things but the England fielders were up in arms as North let it ghost past off stump

39.4

Swann to North, no run, this time North does play and it's defended nicely

39.5

Swann to North, no run, careful, quiet defence

39.6

Swann to North, 1 run, touch too short from Swann, allows North to get deep into his crease and work a single to square leg

"We need a good old-fashioned Western Warriors partnership here," reckons Bryn (from Perth?). "North looks good so far, touch wood. Husscape is on the cards also touch wood."

End of over 40 (2 runs) Australia 124/4

    • MJ North 12 (41b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 53 (99b 5x4)
    • GP Swann 12-1-27-0
    • SCJ Broad 10-2-26-0
40.1

Broad to North, no run, defensive length and line from Broad, outside off stump and left alone

40.2

Broad to North, no run, fuller this time, and the line is good as well, no great nip of the deck but the ball is old and it's time for the bowlers to sit back, North squeezes a defence

40.3

Broad to North, no run, short ball that North aims a big pull shot at, probably too keen and gets on it a touch too quick, ends up bottom-edging into his pads. All of which earns a stare from the angel face that is Broad

40.4

Broad to North, no run, ah good bouncer this, nothing angelic about it, sharp and North has to hurry to sway out the way

40.5

Broad to North, no run, bouncer is followed by a slower ball, which tells you all you need to know about the state of the ball and wicket, good bowling really but North is secure

40.6

Broad to North, no run, good over ends with quiet defence

End of over 41 (maiden) Australia 124/4

    • MJ North 12 (47b 2x4)
    • MEK Hussey 53 (99b 5x4)
    • SCJ Broad 11-3-26-0
    • GP Swann 12-1-27-0

Wake up everyone! It's Andrew Miller: This is Marcus North's average when he gets past 10

41.1

Swann to Hussey, no run, flighted by Swann, blocked by Hussey

41.2

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey's footwork against Swann has been nothing short of wonderful, really so good to watch, skips down the wicket and pushes a single into the covers

You're not getting bored already are you? "how about bowling a part timer now?" asks Ryan, while Ross clearly isn't having fun: "North=boring - bring out Haddin!!"

41.3

Swann to North, FOUR, good shot here, quicker ball from Swann, North stood perfectly still and thumped it past point for four

41.4

Swann to North, no run, resolute forward defence to follow up the boundary

41.5

Swann to North, no run, touch more air from Swann brings North forward but only to defend again

41.6

Swann to North, no run, solid defence, very solid indeed

"Not sure how Graeme Wood (also WA) would feel about all this touching..." chirps Roger

End of over 42 (5 runs) Australia 129/4

    • MJ North 16 (51b 3x4)
    • MEK Hussey 54 (101b 5x4)
    • GP Swann 13-1-32-0
    • SCJ Broad 11-3-26-0
42.1

Broad to Hussey, no run, Broad dishes up something juicy outside off, imploring Hussey to drive, which he duly does but only to cover

42.2

Broad to Hussey, no run, it might just be my eyes failing me at 3.40am, but it looked like there was a hint of swing there, certainly was a swing of the bat, but Hussey's firm drive found cover

42.3

Broad to Hussey, no run, banged in a touch shorter, Hussey watches carefully and blocks

42.4

Broad to Hussey, no run, very good stuff from Broad, doing all he can to make something happen, finds the inside-edge of Hussey's blade here as he's rushed on a defence

42.5

Broad to Hussey, no run, steered carefully to point, not quite enough width on offer to cut

42.6

Broad to Hussey, no run, very good maiden over from Broad, ends with a fuller ball that Hussey pushes into the leg side

Time for a drink and after the break it will be Mr Liam "Cremer would be devastating on this" Brickhill.

End of over 43 (maiden) Australia 129/4

    • MEK Hussey 54 (107b 5x4)
    • MJ North 16 (51b 3x4)
    • SCJ Broad 12-4-26-0
    • GP Swann 13-1-32-0

Thanks, Sahil. Cremer could turn it off porcelain. Best young leggie in the world, some say. Well, I said that. Here's Swann

43.1

Swann to North, no run, he comes round the wicket and lobs it up on middle and off, watchfully prodded into the off side

43.2

Swann to North, no run, pitching on middle this time, not much turn on offer though and it's defended back down the track easily enough

43.3

Swann to North, no run, quicker through the air, the ball grips a touch but North's bat is jammed down in good time

43.4

Swann to North, 1 run, width, slapped firmly to backward point, where Finn can't quite field cleanly and lets them through for one

Swann switches to over the wicket to Hussey

43.5

Swann to Hussey, no run, Hussey comes forward, angling the bat in defence to cover the turn

43.6

Swann to Hussey, no run, full, pitching on middle and leg and defended back down the track

End of over 44 (1 run) Australia 130/4

    • MEK Hussey 54 (109b 5x4)
    • MJ North 17 (55b 3x4)
    • GP Swann 14-1-33-0
    • SCJ Broad 12-4-26-0

Earl has emailed this so many times he deserves an answer. "I have a very important question to ask: Everybody knows that if the EagleEye [that's Hawk-Eye normally] shows the ball just clipping the stumps (meaning it's 50/50) then UDRS will give it as umpire's call. What happens if the ball is JUST MISSING the stumps according to EagleEye (therefore it is again 50/50) and the umpire has given it out? Is it sill umpire's call?" No, if the replay shows it missing the stumps entirely it's not out no matter what.

44.1

Broad to North, no run, full, and a softening Kookaburra is easily nudged to mid-on

44.2

Broad to North, no run, Broad steams in from round the wicket and bangs it in halfway down with a grunt, North sways out of the way in a hurry

44.3

Broad to North, no run, slower - much slower, in fact - but North spots the change and waits on a defensive push

44.4

Broad to North, no run, effort ball again from Broad, short and fast. This time he has North ducking out of the way

44.5

Broad to North, no run, on a length and wide of off, North lets it through without a stroke

Brian is pleased with his stattage here. And rightly so - "Fancy this! Batting at No. 4, Michael Clarke has an average of 31. Whereas, his previous batting position at No. 5 boasts an average of 73!"

44.6

Broad to North, FOUR, gracefully clipped! It was another slower one from Broad, but it was pitched up on North's pads this time and was flicked with great balance to midwicket. Top shot

End of over 45 (4 runs) Australia 134/4

    • MJ North 21 (61b 4x4)
    • MEK Hussey 54 (109b 5x4)
    • SCJ Broad 13-4-30-0
    • GP Swann 14-1-33-0
45.1

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey's used his feet well to the spinner today, and continues to do so as he shimmies down and drives to deep mid-off

"Is Earl serious?? If it's missing the stumps how is that 50/50?" Judging by his 38 emails, J, he is deadly serious.

45.2

Swann to North, no run, ooh, that's another very brave leave from North! Similar to the one he played to Swann before the drinks break, tossed up from round the wicket , North shoulders arms but it doesn't turn much and isn't far away from off stump

45.3

Swann to North, no run, defended back to the bowler this time

45.4

Swann to North, no run, punched defensively to cover, but no single on offer

45.5

Swann to North, no run, nudged to short midwicket

45.6

Swann to North, no run, another leave from North, this one undeniably the safer of the two this over, wider of off and going further with the turn

Meanwhile, no sooner has Baz dished out some praise then he's sharpening the knives. "This has got to be North's defining moment, a fantastic chance to get a big score when the stakes actually matter and rescue that horrid, horrid start. Surely Clarke is next on thechopping block?"

End of over 46 (1 run) Australia 135/4

    • MJ North 21 (66b 4x4)
    • MEK Hussey 55 (110b 5x4)
    • GP Swann 15-1-34-0
    • SCJ Broad 13-4-30-0

Broad takes a rest as Strauss turns to Paul Collingwood. He won't find much grip in the surface with his cutters and this old ball won't swing, but he should at least keep it full and straight. Eoin Morgan makes an Ashes appearance, he's on for Broad who's having blisters treated

46.1

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, looped up temptingly outside off, and Hussey takes the bait as he leans out to drive. Straight to cover though

Hurrah! Paul wins the Best Feedback of the Test award: "At the risk of being seen as unpatriotic to a great Australian brand - does anyone else think our unyielding attachment to the Kookaburra ball seems a bit belligerent, given that it swings less, turns less, and generally does less than the SG & Duke balls? Who else uses the Kookaburra apart from us, out of interest?"

Strauss has quite a defensive field for Collingwood, just one wide third slip, tight ring in the covers

46.2

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, on a length and straight, bunted back to the bowler

46.3

Collingwood to Hussey, 2 runs, was that an inside edge? It's come off the inner half of the bat, for sure, and rolled down to fine leg. Collingwood and Prior are of the opinion that was fairly close but it's actually well-played by Hussey

46.4

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, full and driven hard into the covers, but there are men there and he can't find the gap

46.5

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, Collingwood pushes the angle slightly wider, and Hussey leaves alone

46.6

Collingwood to Hussey, 1 run, driven back past the bowler, mid-on runs round and gets a hand to it to keep them to one

End of over 47 (3 runs) Australia 138/4

    • MEK Hussey 58 (116b 5x4)
    • MJ North 21 (66b 4x4)
    • PD Collingwood 1-0-3-0
    • GP Swann 15-1-34-0
47.1

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, Hussey punches a full ball just wide of mid-off, and they scamper through

47.2

Swann to North, no run, Swann is certainly testing North's technique outside off, this one landing just wide enough for North to leave, but close enough to draw appreciative oohs and aahs from the close fielders

47.3

Swann to North, no run, straighter, this time it's met with solid defence

47.4

Swann to North, no run, nudged defensively to leg this time

47.5

Swann to North, no run, North steps back and pushes defensively down the track

47.6

Swann to North, no run, defended to cover, right under the eyes

Eric's opening gambit certainly won't threaten Paul's trump position: "I must say it's very early to be handing out the Best Feedback of the Test award."

End of over 48 (1 run) Australia 139/4

    • MJ North 21 (71b 4x4)
    • MEK Hussey 59 (117b 5x4)
    • GP Swann 16-1-35-0
    • PD Collingwood 1-0-3-0
48.1

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, forced hard off the back foot, but straight to mid-off

48.2

Collingwood to Hussey, 3 runs, wide of off, Hussey thrusts the bat out and chops the ball down between the wide slip and backward point, collecting a couple as the ball rolls down to third man

48.3

Collingwood to North, no run, well, he's picked the right ones to leave so far - again North steps forward and shoulders arms. Not far from off stump though, and Collingwood has his hands on his head

48.4

Collingwood to North, no run, driven straight back and crashing into the stumps at the non-striker's end. Did Collingwood get a touch on that? A muted appeal comes from someone in the covers, but he's not got a hand to that

48.5

Collingwood to North, no run, pushed very wide of off, and that's an easy one to let go

48.6

Collingwood to North, 1 run, on the hip, nudged through backward square

End of over 49 (4 runs) Australia 143/4

    • MJ North 22 (75b 4x4)
    • MEK Hussey 62 (119b 5x4)
    • PD Collingwood 2-0-7-0
    • GP Swann 16-1-35-0
49.1

Swann to North, 2 runs, tapped in front of square on the leg side this time, and they hurry back for two

Cracking stuff here from somebody calling themselves Ozgolfer - "By giving Paul the award for best feedback for the test match, are you trying to discourage anyone else from giving feedback?" No, no it's a 'so far' type of award. And, if true, which I can't be bothered to check, this is worthy of it: "Did you know 'feedback' is the shortest word in the English language that contains the letters, a,b,c,d,e and f."

49.2

Swann to North, no run, North is back and across and defending to the man under the helmet at silly mid-off

49.3

Swann to North, no run, much fuller, but again pushed defensively to that man

49.4

Swann to North, no run, very full, almost a yorker, and North digs it out back to Swann

49.5

Swann to North, no run, guileful flight! Swann's not turning them, but he's floated this one up wonderfully and beaten North in the flight ... his front pad is in the way though, half an appeal but that was always going down

49.6

Swann to North, 1 run, nudged through square leg, and that takes their partnership to fifty

End of over 50 (3 runs) Australia 146/4

    • MJ North 25 (81b 4x4)
    • MEK Hussey 62 (119b 5x4)
    • GP Swann 17-1-38-0
    • PD Collingwood 2-0-7-0
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