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The Ashes - 3rd Test

Australia v England

Australia won by 267 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Just moments away from the start now...Anderson verses the Australia openers. The England players look desperate to get going, and the batsmen aren't slow to get out there, either. This should be a cracker. Phil Hughes back in Test cricket alongside Shane Watson

10.20am The crucial thing when a side wins the toss is that the bowlers don't try too hard. Easier said than done, of course, but the key is to make the batsmen play early and often.

"I think trouble will be brewing without Beer," says Alistair. It might turn out a good thing he isn't playing. I'm afraid there just isn't time to use all your fine efforts. There's a cricket match about to start.

10.15am Morning folks, Gnasher here. This is almost too exciting for words. Big gamble from Andrew Strauss to stick Australia in: a jeg-lagged Anderson, recalled Tremlett and young Steven Finn. Massive morning for those three.

May as well get another Beer pun in: ""Beer must be bitter about his omission from the team," says Nick. While Bryan adds: "It's now time for the sacking of Ricky Ponting, with the pitch expected to crack on day 4 and 5. Ricky Needs a Beer!!!" Outstanding work from you all.

10.10am "I can't believe they've gone in without Michael Beer," says Mark Taylor on Channel Nine. "The Aussies have missed a trick here by not picking Beer and giving themselves some options to take wickets on day three and four."

True, Steve Smith isn't the best spinner in the country, but don't forget he played two Tests in England this year against Pakistan as the No. 1 spinner.

It should be a decent batting pitch, despite some grass. A pretty flat surface, actually, so this could be a very interesting first session.

Just when I thought all the beer puns were exhausted, Nath has come good: "Beer out, midstrength fast bowlers in, and a pure blonde batting allrounder."

I'm Brydon Coverdale, by the way, and I'll be joined very shortly by Andrew McGlashan, who'll take you through the first hour.

10am England have won the toss and decided to bowl first. So Strauss has taken a gamble on a greenish pitch.

"We were going to have a bowl as well," says Ricky Ponting, in a very un-Ponting-like admission. "It's nice and green, so you'd expect some pace and bounce for the first couple of days."

And here are the teams:

Australia 1 Shane Watson, 2 Phillip Hughes, 3 Ricky Ponting (capt), 4 Michael Clarke, 5 Michael Hussey, 6 Brad Haddin (wk), 7 Steven Smith, 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Ryan Harris, 10 Peter Siddle, 11 Ben Hilfenhaus.

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

So England have brought in Tremlett for the injured Broad. Australia have made for changes: Hughes in for Katich, Smith in for North, Johnson in for Bollinger, Hilfenhaus in for Doherty.

9.50am "Beer left out of the Australian side. Now a minute's silence for sub-editors around the world," Michael says. Well, yes, but of course we can make the point that Beer has gone flat already.

"Might be a good toss for Punter to lose," says the magnificently named Kurt Magnus. "The winner makes the call and immediately has to bat placing pressure on his openers. Australia opens fire.....England collapse." Kurt Magnus. Are you, like, an action film star or something?

"The team with no Beer. How un-Australian," says Rob 'Slim' Badman.

"Beer on ice," Jarrod notes.

Trevor Wucher: "Going in with four quicks on a green wicket is fine providing you bowl first. The curator said that cracks will appear by the fourth day. If England bat last Australia might regret leaving Beer out. Clarke is hardly an option as a left arm spinner with his suspect back."

9.30am Hello and welcome to the third (and deciding?) Ashes Test at the WACA. If England win, the urn remains in their grasp. If Australia win, 1-1 heading to Boxing Day at the MCG will be a cracking scenario. A draw, though unlikely in sunny Perth, would leave Australia needing to win both remaining Tests to take the Ashes.

The big early news is that Michael Beer has been left out of Australia's starting XI, as confirmed by Cricket Australia on Twitter. Yes, Beer is carrying the drinks.

That means an attack full of pace, with Steven Smith the main spinner and Michael Clarke the only backup slow bowler. There'll be plenty of chance for Ricky Ponting to rotate his quicks - Mitchell Johnson, Ben Hilfenhaus, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris and Shane Watson.

Chris Tremlett looms as the likely addition to England's attack, although that has not yet been confirmed. The WACA pitch looks a bit green, by the way.

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0.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, outside off stump, hint of swing away and left alone outside off stump

0.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, dragged down a touch wide outside off and it's another comfortable leave

Will be interesting to see how James Anderson holds up during the day after his trip back to England

0.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, tighter line, closer to off stump, but Watson is again able to shoulder arms

0.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, the batsman hasn't had to play yet as this one is left to fly past off stump...no great carry through to Matt Prior

0.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, on a good length, not much movement and for the fifth time Watson lifts his bat high

0.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, Review drama already, this one slants down the leg side and takes a deflection through to Prior who takes a good catch. It's given out, but Watson calls for the review straight away and it's correctly overturned as the replays show it took the thigh pad. UDRS works again

That was a superb take from Prior, but no bat involved

End of over 1 (maiden) Australia 0/0
SR Watson    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0
PJ Hughes    0* (0b)     

Well, here we go. Chris Tremlett with the new ball on his recall

1.1

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, good line on off stump, touch of extra bounce and it's defended square on the off side

1.2

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, short and outside off, rises gently through to Prior as Hughes drops his hands

1.3

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, that's a good short one, makes Hughes goes down on his knees and sway out the line but he had plenty of time to do so

The quicks can't afford to get carried away with the bounce here

1.4

Tremlett to Hughes, 2 runs, well bowled by Tremlett, squares Hughes up on off stump and the edge squeezes through gully towards third man to get Australia underway

1.5

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, ooh, that's a cracker, fuller on off stump and Hughes is late as he plays and is beaten

1.6

Tremlett to Hughes, OUT, gone! Tremlett strikes, early breakthrough. Brilliant bowling. Went fuller at the stumps, Hughes tried to play it to the leg side and is beaten all ends up. Perfect comeback for Tremlett, but not for Hughes

PJ Hughes b Tremlett 2 (10m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

That's just what Tremlett needed...he's a massive confident cricketer

End of over 2 (2 runs) Australia 2/1
     CT Tremlett    1-0-2-1
SR Watson    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0

2.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, outside off and left alone...Anderson isn't quite on target yet

Corey isn't happy: "Today we finally recall a 22yo opener who has 2 centuries and 2 fifties in 7 tests and averages over 50. A great snapshot of our clueless selection policy."

2.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, that's better, jags back off a good length and goes over the stumps

2.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, fuller on off stump, brings Watson forward and he drives to backward point

"It's the follow-up ball that gets you out" - P Hughes, Dec 15 when asked about facing the short stuff. Damn right.

2.4

Anderson to Watson, no run

2.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, too wide outside off again as Watson gets plenty of sighters early on...Anderson needs to make the most of the new ball

2.6

Anderson to Watson, 2 runs, better line from Anderson, finds the edge of Watson's bat but it's well controlled and runs safely between third slip and gully

End of over 3 (2 runs) Australia 4/1
SR Watson    2* (12b)      JM Anderson    2-1-2-0
RT Ponting    0* (0b)      CT Tremlett    1-0-2-1

Tremlett to Ponting. Three slips, two gullies and a short leg in catching positions

3.1

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, back of a length outside off, nice carry through to Prior as Ponting lets it go

3.2

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, outside off and he doesn't need to play at that

3.3

Tremlett to Ponting, FOUR, oh boy! England have a packed slip cordon but this flies between third slip and gully as it climbs and takes the shoulder of the bat...England can't believe it

Extra slip in now...no mid-on. Six in the cordon

3.4

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, and he's in action straight away as Ponting plays off the back foot and it goes towards the slips

3.5

Tremlett to Ponting, FOUR, dragged down short, Ponting latches on with a pull shot and despite not quite timing it there's enough power for it to dribble into the midwicket rope...that will make him feel better

3.6

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, good stuff from Tremlett, this one climbs quickly off the surface and Ponting has to be quick to get his bat out of the line. This is promising from Tremlett

End of over 4 (8 runs) Australia 12/1
RT Ponting    8* (6b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    2-0-10-1
SR Watson    2* (12b)      JM Anderson    2-1-2-0

4.1

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, dropped but it would have been a stunner. Wide from Anderson, Watson flashes hard and gets a top edge. Strauss leaps, one-handed at first slip but can't cling on. He had to change hands at the last minute

4.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, outside off and left alone, just a hint of movement

Plenty of action already today

4.3

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, poor from Anderson this time, on leg stump and that's comfortably flicked away through square leg

4.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended into the covers

Andrew Strauss had some impressive hang-time with that catch

4.5

Anderson to Ponting, OUT, GONE! My oh my. What a catch. This makes up for Strauss's drop. Paul Collingwood has pulled off a ripper at third slip. Anderson gets some extra bounce which takes the shoulder of Ponting's bat as he pushed forward hard and Collingwood dives high to his right to pluck the ball out of the air.

RT Ponting c Collingwood b Anderson 12 (11m 10b 3x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

England on fire early on at the WACA. Anderson had been too wide to start with, but that was a perfect ball. Ponting was trying to be positive

Michael Clarke, under pressure, facing the music at No. 4

4.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, full outside off, hint of swing away and Clarke isn't lured into a drive as he leaves alone

Two massive breakthroughs for England after Strauss put Australia in.

End of over 5 (5 runs) Australia 17/2
MJ Clarke    0* (1b)      JM Anderson    3-1-7-1
SR Watson    3* (13b)      CT Tremlett    2-0-10-1

There's a man gone out at a deep-ish square-leg turned midwicket. Quite an odd position

5.1

Tremlett to Watson, no run, outside off and left alone, more decent carry through to the keeper

5.2

Tremlett to Watson, no run, on the stumps and worked down in front of short leg

Paul Collingwood dropped a few earlier in this tour, but he was back to his best with that effort last over. Took a good one to remove Ponting in Adelaide, too

5.3

Tremlett to Watson, no run, shoulders arms outside off again...can leave on Tremlett's bounce on this pitch

5.4

Tremlett to Watson, 1 run, comes forward and drives into the covers without much power or timing

Leg gully in for Clarke

5.5

Tremlett to Clarke, no run, good line and length on off stump, defended solidly square on the off side

Plenty of talk from the England fielders now...they sense more wickets this morning

5.6

Tremlett to Clarke, no run, uncertain footwork from Clarke as this one takes the inside edge but doesn't carry to Cook at short leg. Another good over from Tremlett.

End of over 6 (1 run) Australia 18/2
MJ Clarke    0* (3b)      CT Tremlett    3-0-11-1
SR Watson    4* (17b)      JM Anderson    3-1-7-1

6.1

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, worked around into the leg side wide of short leg

6.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, full on off stump, Clarke tries to get forward as he drives towards mid-off

6.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, touch shorter outside off and it doesn't require the batsman to play

6.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, dragged down too wide outside off, maybe trying a little too hard, and Clarke isn't at all interested

6.5

Anderson to Clarke, FOUR, another ball flies in the air behind square on the off side as Clarke chases some width, just goes out of the reach of Ian Bell at backward point...not convincing from Clarke

6.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, good finish from Anderson, close to off stump and it's a well-judged leave from Clarke

"At least Australia had Border in the 80s... what do we have now? Big fat nothing!" says Marto. It's not over yet, guys

End of over 7 (5 runs) Australia 23/2
MJ Clarke    4* (8b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-1-12-1
SR Watson    5* (18b)      CT Tremlett    3-0-11-1

7.1

Tremlett to Watson, no run, good ball from Tremlett, nips back off a good length and strikes Watson right in the stomach

7.2

Tremlett to Watson, no run, on middle and off, Watson stays back in his crease and defends down to mid-on

7.3

Tremlett to Watson, FOUR, powerful from Watson as he latches onto a full, wide delivery from Tremlett and drives it handsomely through the covers with a flourish at the end

Mark has this for us: "People complain about Hughes' technique against the short ball, but it was his tendency to try to force every ball to the leg side that worried me..."

7.4

Tremlett to Watson, 1 run, tucked off the pads towards deeps square-leg

7.5

Tremlett to Clarke, no run, full outside off, a little shape away from the right hander and it's left alone

7.6

Tremlett to Clarke, OUT, gone! And another. Australia in real trouble. That was a bit weak from Clarke as he pokes outside off stump at a ball that bounces a little, giving a simple edge through to Matt Prior for his 100th catch in Test cricket

MJ Clarke c †Prior b Tremlett 4 (13m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

England are all over the hosts yet again, completely justifying Andrew Strauss's decision to bowl first. Tremlett, also, has repaid the faith shown by the selectors and management.

Mike is in festive spirit. "Dear Santa, I have been a good boy, for Christmas I would like my cricket team back. Thank you."

End of over 8 (5 runs) Australia 28/3
     CT Tremlett    4-0-16-2
SR Watson    10* (22b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-1-12-1

Mike Hussey in to try and bail his team out of another hole, but it's Watson on strike to Anderson

8.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, full on off stump, defended with bat and pad together

8.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, onto the front foot, bat and pad together as he defends back to the bowler

8.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, good ball outside off which nearly draws Watson into having a push but he pulls out at the last minute

8.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, ah, that's gone a bit wrong from Anderson as he sprays it well wide of off stump

8.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, too wide again and Watson leaves alone...Anderson has quite been able to replicate his Adelaide form so far

8.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, that's more like it, back of a length on off stump and Watson defends to the off side

End of over 9 (maiden) Australia 28/3
SR Watson    10* (28b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-2-12-1
MEK Hussey    0* (0b)      CT Tremlett    4-0-16-2

Mike Hussey to face his first ball...on his homeground

9.1

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, down the leg side but it isn't a million miles away from Hussey's gloves as it bounces through to Prior

9.2

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, good ball, jags back off a good length and strikes Hussey high on the back leg as he leaves the ball knowing it will bounce

9.3

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, down the leg side again, there's a noise and a strangled shout from England but the bat wasn't anywhere near it

9.4

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, he's just lost his line a little to the left hander as this scoots down the leg side again

9.5

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, that's a beauty! Perfect length on off stump, draws Hussey into playing at it and the ball moves away to beat the outside edge

9.6

Tremlett to Hussey, 1 run, full on off stump and Hussey pushes into the covers to open his account

"Can we bend the rules and replace our No.3 and No.4 batsmen for the second innings?," asks Kevin

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 29/3
MEK Hussey    1* (6b)      CT Tremlett    5-0-17-2
SR Watson    10* (28b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-2-12-1

First change of bowling for the day as Steven Finn replaces Anderson after a five-over spell. Four slips in place

10.1

Finn to Hussey, no run, outside off, a fairly gentle loosener, and left alone

10.2

Finn to Hussey, no run, full on off stump, Hussey gets onto the front and drives up to mid-off

10.3

Finn to Hussey, no run, pulled down short outside off stump and Hussey makes sure his bat and gloves are well out of the way

10.4

Finn to Hussey, no run, pushed wide outside off and Hussey is again able to watch it sail through

10.5

Finn to Hussey, no run, low full toss outside off but Hussey can't time it as he gets an inside edge towards mid-on

10.6

Finn to Hussey, no run, nice ball to finish with as this climbs outside off through to Prior

End of over 11 (maiden) Australia 29/3
MEK Hussey    1* (12b)      ST Finn    1-1-0-0
SR Watson    10* (28b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    5-0-17-2

11.1

Tremlett to Watson, no run, left alone outside off

11.2

Tremlett to Watson, no run, gee, that was close, outside off and shapes back into Watson who lets it go

11.3

Tremlett to Watson, no run, well bowled, banged in from Tremlett and Watson fends it off just in front of Cook at short leg. Climbed off a good length and caught Watson by surprise

11.4

Tremlett to Watson, no run, defends with soft hands so the outside edge falls well short of gully

11.5

Tremlett to Watson, no run, pushed down the leg side and another excellent take from Prior who is having a good morning

11.6

Tremlett to Watson, no run, good length outside off, good carry to the keeper and another fine over from Tremlett

End of over 12 (maiden) Australia 29/3
SR Watson    10* (34b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    6-1-17-2
MEK Hussey    1* (12b)      ST Finn    1-1-0-0

12.1

Finn to Hussey, no run, pushed wide outside off, Finn appears to have a few issues with the footholes

12.2

Finn to Hussey, FOUR, this full delivery draws a drive from Hussey and the edge flies away between gully and third slip but all along the ground

12.3

Finn to Hussey, no run, outside off and a hint of movement back into Hussey as he leaves alone

12.4

Finn to Hussey, no run, goes full on the stumps this time and worked down to mid-on

Comes round the wicket

12.5

Finn to Hussey, no run, and that's a good ball as Hussey doesn't adjust to the new angle and pushes at this one outside off

12.6

Finn to Hussey, no run, outside off and left alone...and that's drinks

Right, after all that excitement it's over to Brydon until lunch

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End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 33/3
MEK Hussey    5* (18b 1x4)      ST Finn    2-1-4-0
SR Watson    10* (34b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    6-1-17-2

Thanks Gnasher. I'm not sure if Beer was shouting during that drinks break, the giant Gatorade bottle being its own beast these days.

"Clarkey would suit carrying the drinks seeing as though he turns to water everytime there's even a hint of pressure on him," Jake says. Ouch.

13.1

Tremlett to Watson, no run, short of a length, Watson jumps back into his crease to defend

13.2

Tremlett to Watson, 1 run, attacking the stumps now and Watson works it wide of mid on to sneak through for a single

13.3

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, good bowling, Tremlett goes fuller and swinging in to Hussey, who defends

13.4

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

13.5

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, oooh yes Goober! So say the England cordon as Tremlett pushes one across Hussey, who leaves it.

Four slips in place, by the way

13.6

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, oooh yes Goober! Come on boys, a bit of variety in the encouragement please. Pushed across Hussey and again he leaves it

End of over 14 (1 run) Australia 34/3
MEK Hussey    5* (22b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    7-1-18-2
SR Watson    11* (36b 1x4)      ST Finn    2-1-4-0

14.1

Finn to Watson, 1 run, full and on off stump, Watson tries to drive straight and gets a clunky inside edge away through midwicket

Finn comes around the wicket to Hussey

14.2

Finn to Hussey, no run, full and wide of off, Hussey jams the bat down on it

14.3

Finn to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off, good bounce from Finn

14.4

Finn to Hussey, no run, good one - Finn swings this one in towards Hussey, who shoulders arms and sees the ball sail not far past off stump

14.5

Finn to Hussey, no run, yorker length again, Hussey defends

14.6

Finn to Hussey, no run, left alone again, the ball angles in to Hussey and sails past off stumpo

Optimistic Dave: "Whats the problem, we were 3 for 2 in Adelaide- being 3/35- am I the only one who thinks the boys are flying?"

End of over 15 (1 run) Australia 35/3
MEK Hussey    5* (27b 1x4)      ST Finn    3-1-5-0
SR Watson    12* (37b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    7-1-18-2

Here comes James Anderson for his second spell

15.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, on the stumps immediately, Watson defends

15.2

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, on the pads now, Watson clips it to square leg for a single

15.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, probing outside off, Hussey waves his bat above the ball and lets it through to Prior

15.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, no shot offered again, a bit of swing back in from Anderson but too wide of off to worry Hussey

15.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, shorter and straighter, Hussey jumps on the back foot to defend

15.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, left alone again, this one just pushes across Hussey

Darren has an answer for Dave: "Flying? Yep, out of Perth on day four...."

End of over 16 (1 run) Australia 36/3
MEK Hussey    5* (31b 1x4)      JM Anderson    6-2-13-1
SR Watson    13* (39b 1x4)      ST Finn    3-1-5-0

16.1

Finn to Watson, OUT, Finn gets Watson! What a terrific yorker! Straight and fast, Watson is late with the bat and it's ball on toe before ball on bat, Billy Doctrove gives it out. Rather forlornly, Watson wants a review, but that remains out! Umpire's call on whether it hit in line, it's crashing into off stump, so Finn gets his man.

SR Watson lbw b Finn 13 (72m 40b 1x4 0x6) SR: 32.50

That's a huge wicket, as Watson has been one of the few Australian batsmen to show some fight in this series. And now, before lunch on the first day, we see Steve Smith batting at No. 6.

16.2

Finn to Smith, no run, wide of off, Smith lets it go

16.3

Finn to Smith, 1 run, Smith gets off the mark with a flick off his pads to fine leg, just the single there

16.4

Finn to Hussey, no run, bouncer from around the wicket, Hussey ducks under it

16.5

Finn to Hussey, FOUR, ah, finally a loose ball that Hussey can latch on to! Finn tries for the yorker but overpitches, it's full and outside off, Hussey drives through the gap between cover and mid-off, well placed

16.6

Finn to Hussey, FOUR, well placed again! Thought not particularly controlled. Hussey gets a thick edge into the ground and between gully and the slips cordon, I'm not convinced that was deliberate, but he gets four runs for it

End of over 17 (9 runs) Australia 45/4
MEK Hussey    13* (34b 3x4)      ST Finn    4-1-14-1
SPD Smith    1* (2b)      JM Anderson    6-2-13-1

17.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, Anderson attacks the stumps of Smith, who clips the ball to leg

17.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, oh, good ball, jagging in off the pitch and sizzling over the top of off stump as Smith shoulders arms

17.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, beaten! Smith didn't know what to do there, in the end he prodded uncertainly outside off and that's nipped in between bat and pad, beating the inside edge

17.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, swings out from wide of off, Smith leaves it

17.5

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, another push outside off from Smith, this one goes into the gap wide of cover and gets him a single

17.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, leaves it alone outside off

Adam Gilchrist is on Channel Nine, telling of his experience with Michael Beer, who until recently worked at the Puma factory in Melbourne. Gilly used to go in and sign a few hundred bats every year; Beer's job was to unpack them all and get them ready for Gilchrist.

End of over 18 (1 run) Australia 46/4
MEK Hussey    13* (35b 3x4)      JM Anderson    7-2-14-1
SPD Smith    2* (7b)      ST Finn    4-1-14-1

Camo: "Just wondering.. to save time, can Australia follow-on for its 2nd innings before England bats?"

18.1

Finn to Smith, no run, on the back foot, Smith defends

18.2

Finn to Smith, no run, there's the bouncer, but too far down leg side to worry Smith

Fine leg and deep square are in place, tempting Smith to hook

18.3

Finn to Smith, 1 run, fuller on the stumps, it's clipped through midwicket

18.4

Finn to Hussey, no run, defended back down the pitch, Finn does his own fielding

18.5

Finn to Hussey, no run, swinging back in from around the wicket, Hussey leaves another close one

18.6

Finn to Hussey, no run, another one left alone outside off

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 19 (1 run) Australia 47/4
MEK Hussey    13* (38b 3x4)      ST Finn    5-1-15-1
SPD Smith    3* (10b)      JM Anderson    7-2-14-1

19.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, probing outside off and this one doesn't swing, Smith leaves it, rather elaborately

19.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, again Smith leaves a wideish one

19.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, beaten! Good line from Anderson, comes a bit straighter and nips it away, this fizzes past the outside edge

19.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, another one is left alone

19.5

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, quick running from Smith, he nudges wide of cover and takes off

19.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, pushed across Hussey, who lets it go

End of over 20 (1 run) Australia 48/4
MEK Hussey    13* (39b 3x4)      JM Anderson    8-2-15-1
SPD Smith    4* (15b)      ST Finn    5-1-15-1

20.1

Finn to Smith, no run, this one isn't straight enough, heads down the leg side and Smith can't get anything on it

20.2

Finn to Smith, 1 run, good, smart stuff from Smith, he's happy to nudge and run, and keep turning the strike over, again pushing wide of cover

20.3

Finn to Hussey, no run, too wide of off from around the wicket, Hussey isn't interested

20.4

Finn to Hussey, no run, that is a sharp, rising ball! Gee, it didn't even seem that short, but it's on the rise at head height as it goes past Hussey, who tried to hook and didn't connect. It was outside off, had that been on target it would have been interesting

20.5

Finn to Hussey, no run, Hussey leaves this one alone

20.6

Finn to Hussey, no run, no shot once again, Finn hasn't quite got the line right to Hussey, although he is drying up the runs

End of over 21 (1 run) Australia 49/4
MEK Hussey    13* (43b 3x4)      ST Finn    6-1-16-1
SPD Smith    5* (17b)      JM Anderson    8-2-15-1

21.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, fast and straight from Anderson, Smith defends it back down the pitch

21.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, Smith launches a big drive, can't connect properly through cover and ends up clunking it back to Anderson

21.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, attacking the off stump, Smith defends

21.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, left alone this time, no swing there for Anderson

21.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, angling in to Smith, who nudges it to leg

21.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, good line, right on off stump and Smith blocks it

If you haven't seen the footage of Collingwood's catch to get rid of Ponting, check out this photo. It was a cracker.

End of over 22 (maiden) Australia 49/4
SPD Smith    5* (23b)      JM Anderson    9-3-15-1
MEK Hussey    13* (43b 3x4)      ST Finn    6-1-16-1

22.1

Finn to Hussey, 1 run, bouncer, and this time Hussey connects with the pull, rolling the wrists and keeping it down through square leg

22.2

Finn to Smith, no run, good ball, testing Smith on off stump, and he defends

22.3

Finn to Smith, 1 leg bye, yowser, that must have hurt a bit, Smith tries to work the ball around fine but takes it in the ribs, but he's tough enough to shake it off and take a leg bye

22.4

Finn to Hussey, SIX, my oh my! That's the WACA for you, Hussey has got a genuine top edge here, trying to pull, and it has absolutely flown over the keeper's head, and carries so far that it's six!

22.5

Finn to Hussey, FOUR, oops, bad ball from Finn, that's a poor full toss outside off just below waist height, Hussey punches a confident drive through mid off

22.6

Finn to Hussey, 1 run, that's a lovely pull, straight into the ground but there's a man at deep square leg to keep it to a single

End of over 23 (13 runs) Australia 62/4
MEK Hussey    25* (47b 4x4 1x6)      ST Finn    7-1-28-1
SPD Smith    5* (25b)      JM Anderson    9-3-15-1

Tremlett now, and he's around the wicket

23.1

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, angling in to Hussey, who leaves it

23.2

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, good ball on the stumps, Hussey tries to work it to leg and it flies off his body towards slips

23.3

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, good work from Prior, who runs across to his right to prevent a leg bye as Hussey gets it away fine

23.4

Tremlett to Hussey, 1 run, this time Hussey gets it away fine and rotates the strike

23.5

Tremlett to Smith, no run, shortish ball at the body, Smith just stands there and bunts it down into the turf

23.6

Tremlett to Smith, no run, edged an short of second slip! Smith nearly got whiplash turning around to watch that one, but it was safely bouncing before the cordon

End of over 24 (1 run) Australia 63/4
SPD Smith    5* (27b)      CT Tremlett    8-1-19-2
MEK Hussey    26* (51b 4x4 1x6)      ST Finn    7-1-28-1

Here's Paul Collingwood from the River End.

24.1

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, good ball swinging in to Hussey, who clips it to leg

24.2

Collingwood to Hussey, 2 runs, curving onto the pads again, Hussey does well to work it through square and he does it gently enough to allow him to get back for two, to the man in the deep

24.3

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, pushed across Hussey now, who lets it go

24.4

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, sprayed a bit too wide of off, Hussey watches it through to Prior

24.5

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, again Hussey leaves it alone

24.6

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, solid in defence, Hussey pushes it back to Colly

End of over 25 (2 runs) Australia 65/4
MEK Hussey    28* (57b 4x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    1-0-2-0
SPD Smith    5* (27b)      CT Tremlett    8-1-19-2

25.1

Tremlett to Smith, no run, short ball, but wide of off and Smith can easily sway out of the way

25.2

Tremlett to Smith, no run, straighter now, Smith clips it into the ground and the ball is snapped up at short leg

25.3

Tremlett to Smith, no run, squared up by Tremlett, the ball runs away to point

25.4

Tremlett to Smith, no run, again Smith prods into the ground and to short leg

25.5

Tremlett to Smith, no run, a very extravagant leave by Smith, who thrusts his body outside off and raises the bat above his head as the ball flies past

25.6

Tremlett to Smith, no run, guided along the ground to gully, the ball is collected safely

So that's lunch. Another Test, another magnificent bowling performance from England. Tremlett has been outstanding on his return to Test cricket, Anderson was always threatening with his pace and swing, and Finn bowled well at times but was a little loose at other times. Michael Hussey has a monstrous task ahead of him. Remember to jump straight across to our live chat now, where Andrew Miller and Peter English are on hand to discuss the opening session.

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End of over 26 (maiden) Australia 65/4
SPD Smith    5* (33b)      CT Tremlett    9-2-19-2
MEK Hussey    28* (57b 4x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    1-0-2-0

Welcome back to the second session of the opening day. Gnasher here to take you through the first hour. England looking to build on their excellent morning and Australia needing Mike Hussey to stage another recovery.

"Bring in Warnie as captain and pick the best bunch of under 23-year-old players in the country and let them play the last two tests," suggets Shaugn . "Can't do any worse. Australia might need to keep the ball and bails and burn them because this is the daeth of Australian cricket."

James Anderson will resume after the break

26.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, great start from Anderson, back of a length on off stump and beats the edge...right on the spot straightaway

26.2

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, on leg stump and tucked down to long leg

26.3

Anderson to Smith, 1 leg bye, down the leg side, takes the pad and Prior can't quite collect this and it's palmed towards fine leg

26.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, pushed across the left hander and left alone

26.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, full but wide of the stumps again so no need for Hussey to play

26.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, drags the length back a little but Hussey can again leave it well alone

End of over 27 (2 runs) Australia 67/4
MEK Hussey    29* (62b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    10-3-16-1
SPD Smith    5* (34b)      CT Tremlett    9-2-19-2

27.1

Tremlett to Smith, 2 runs, goes for the pull and gets a big top edge over midwicket, it falls safely but England won't mind him having a dart at the short balls

27.2

Tremlett to Smith, no run, back of a length and defended into the leg side

27.3

Tremlett to Smith, OUT, gone! Tremlett strikes again, pitched fuller outside off stump which brought Smith onto the front foot and a comfortable edge flies to Strauss at first slip. Brilliant bowling from Tremlett, short followed by full, and he's having a day to remember

SPD Smith c Strauss b Tremlett 7 (46m 37b 0x4 0x6) SR: 18.91

What a hole Australia are in...can Haddin and Hussey save the day?

Three slips, gully and short leg in place

27.4

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, good start, banged in short and rises past Haddin but he pulled the bat nicely inside the line

27.5

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, what a beauty, another full one to follow the short one and Haddin is caught flat-footed on the crease as he plays and misses

27.6

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, back of a length, Haddin squared up a little as he defends to the off side...an superb over from Tremlett

End of over 28 (2 runs) Australia 69/5
BJ Haddin    0* (3b)      CT Tremlett    10-2-21-3
MEK Hussey    29* (62b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    10-3-16-1

28.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, pain for Anderson as Hussey punches this back down the pitch and takes the bowler on the shin...that's goin' to hurt

Anderson walking back to his mark slowly

28.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, on off stump and defended to the off side

28.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, good line just outside off but Hussey knows exactly where his off stump is

28.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, more good judgement, on line and length, as this goes through to Prior

28.5

Anderson to Hussey, 2 runs, forces this off a thick inside through midwicket...not time, and was probably aiming straight, but it's runs

28.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, on middle and off, Hussey defends towards mid-on

End of over 29 (2 runs) Australia 71/5
MEK Hussey    31* (68b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    11-3-18-1
BJ Haddin    0* (3b)      CT Tremlett    10-2-21-3

29.1

Tremlett to Haddin, 3 runs, drifts a little straight and Haddin is able to push this firmly through the vacant on-side field...no one beyond short leg in front of square

29.2

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, short ball outside off and Hussey watches it carefully

29.3

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, fuller outside off stump, Hussey plants his front foot forward then leaves alone

29.4

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, back of a length and that really climbs on the way through to the keeper

29.5

Tremlett to Hussey, 1 run, worked into the leg side...big gaps with deep square-leg back on the fence

29.6

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, pushed down the leg side and Haddin steps inside the line

End of over 30 (4 runs) Australia 75/5
BJ Haddin    3* (5b)      CT Tremlett    11-2-25-3
MEK Hussey    32* (72b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    11-3-18-1

30.1

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, more busy batting from Hussey as he tucks this off his hip out to deep square-leg

Much more of a split field for Anderson to Haddin...mid-on and midwicket in place

30.2

Anderson to Haddin, no run, angled into leg stump, takes the pad out to the leg side

30.3

Anderson to Haddin, 1 run, firmly blocked into the covers and it's a well-judged single

30.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, comes forward on off stump and defends into the off side

30.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, full outside off and driven down to mid-on

30.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, touch short on middle and off, comfortably turned towards midwicket

End of over 31 (2 runs) Australia 77/5
MEK Hussey    33* (76b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    12-3-20-1
BJ Haddin    4* (7b)      CT Tremlett    11-2-25-3

31.1

Tremlett to Haddin, 1 run, well bowled again, banged in short at the body and Haddin fends it just wide of Cook at short leg...actually played it quite well in the end

31.2

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, pitched up on middle and leg, pushed down to mid-on

31.3

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, strangled shout from England as this takes the pad but it's a)pitching outside leg, b) hit the bat and c) was going over. So not out.

31.4

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, pushed way down the leg side, that just went wrong from Tremlett

31.5

Tremlett to Hussey, 1 run, nice use of the wrists to work this down to long leg

31.6

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, hops back in the crease and pushes out to midwicket

End of over 32 (2 runs) Australia 79/5
BJ Haddin    5* (9b)      CT Tremlett    12-2-27-3
MEK Hussey    34* (80b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    12-3-20-1

32.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, almost for Anderson as he finally gets Hussey to play at one of those outside off stump...very close to an edge

32.2

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, pushed into the off side, they set off quickly and despite Ian Bell's shy Hussey was safe

Anderson is almost taken out by seagull right at the moment of delivery so doesn't let go

32.3

Anderson to Haddin, no run, this time there are no birds in the way and it nips back into Haddin who defends in a tangle

32.4

Anderson to Haddin, FOUR, that's a positive response, driven confidently on the up through the covers...it wasn't a bad ball, played on the up by Haddin

32.5

Anderson to Haddin, 2 runs, defended firmly from middle and off, Anderson can't get a hand on it and it's also too straight for mid-off

32.6

Anderson to Haddin, no run, he's not holding back, goes for another drive and this time it takes an inside edge into the leg side

"Don't suppose we could get Broad back?" asks Greg

End of over 33 (7 runs) Australia 86/5
BJ Haddin    11* (13b 1x4)      JM Anderson    13-3-27-1
MEK Hussey    35* (82b 4x4 1x6)      CT Tremlett    12-2-27-3

33.1

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, pushed outside off and left alone

Three slips in place for Hussey

33.2

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, finds the edge, was fuller on middle and off, but it falls well short of third slip. Hussey played it with soft hands

33.3

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, full on middle and worked down to mid-on...England still think Hussey is an lbw candidate

33.4

Tremlett to Hussey, 1 run, worked off the pads down to long leg

Short leg back in for Haddin

33.5

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, goes back in the crease and defends very correctly to mid-on

33.6

Tremlett to Haddin, 2 runs, almost a run out, and probably should have been. Haddin clips it off his pads towards deep square and decides he wants a second. There was hesitation and the throw from Trott wasn't on target, leaving Prior too much to do even though his flick hit the stumps. Replays show Haddin was in by a few inches

End of over 34 (3 runs) Australia 89/5
BJ Haddin    13* (15b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    13-2-30-3
MEK Hussey    36* (86b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    13-3-27-1

34.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, what a pearler...you don't play them. Seams away late from Hussey who, even in his fine form, can't edge it. Excellent from Anderson

34.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, touch wider and left alone outside off

34.3

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, strong drive from Hussey, punched from off stump straight down the ground...he's looking solid yet again

34.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, worked from outside off stump to midwicket

34.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, right behind the line, defended down to mid-off

34.6

Anderson to Hussey, 2 runs, touch too straight and allows Hussey to clip through the leg side...swift running brings another brace

End of over 35 (6 runs) Australia 95/5
MEK Hussey    42* (92b 5x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    14-3-33-1
BJ Haddin    13* (15b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    13-2-30-3

35.1

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, on off stump and defended firmly into the off side

35.2

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, probing stuff from Tremlett and Haddin defends solidly back down the pitch

35.3

Tremlett to Haddin, FOUR, a cracker from Haddin...floated up full on off stump, met with a crunching straight drive. The batsman can just stand and watch

35.4

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, responds with a very short bouncer, close to a wide but it's not called

35.5

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, extra bounce causes problems again, takes the shoulder of the part but doesn't carry towards gully

35.6

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, lovely ball to end the over, seams away from Haddin who pushes away from his body and is lucky not to edge it

End of over 36 (4 runs) Australia 99/5
BJ Haddin    17* (21b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    14-2-34-3
MEK Hussey    42* (92b 5x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    14-3-33-1

36.1

Anderson to Hussey, FOUR, dismissive from Hussey, latches onto a powerful pull shot as Anderson drops short...no chance for long leg to get around

36.2

Anderson to Hussey, 1 run, this time hops back and works a single wide of midwicket...good batting from Hussey

Hard to believe Hussey nearly lost his place before this series

36.3

Anderson to Haddin, no run, short of a length and Haddin is again quickly onto the back foot in defence

36.4

Anderson to Haddin, no run, played into the off side

36.5

Anderson to Haddin, 3 runs, dropped in short again, Haddin responds with a pull that he isn't fully in control of but gets enough of it to clear the infield

36.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, big appeal from Anderson as this swings back into Hussey, but lbws are tough to get on a pitch with bounce like this unless it's very full

End of over 37 (8 runs) Australia 107/5
MEK Hussey    47* (95b 6x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    15-3-41-1
BJ Haddin    20* (24b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    14-2-34-3

Change of bowling as Steven Finn comes back into the attack

37.1

Finn to Haddin, no run, starts full on the stumps and Haddin defends to mid-on

37.2

Finn to Haddin, FOUR, very full outside off, driven hard into the ground and it bounces over Ian Bell at point to then race away

A counterattack from Australia from these two

37.3

Finn to Haddin, no run, pushed down the leg side

37.4

Finn to Haddin, no run, stands tall and defended down to mid-on

37.5

Finn to Haddin, no run, short on off stump, Haddin waits and pushes square into the off side

37.6

Finn to Haddin, 1 run, short again and Haddin brings out the pull, this time picking out deep square-leg

End of over 38 (5 runs) Australia 112/5
BJ Haddin    25* (30b 3x4)      ST Finn    8-1-33-1
MEK Hussey    47* (95b 6x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    15-3-41-1

Time for the first spin of the day. Here's Graeme Swann with a slip and a short leg

38.1

Swann to Haddin, no run, bounce outside off and it's cut to backward point

38.2

Swann to Haddin, no run, touch fuller outside off, Haddin onto the front foot and defends to cover

38.3

Swann to Haddin, FOUR, aggression from Haddin, down the pitch and lofts clear of mid-off...wasn't quite out of the middle, but well out of reach of the fielder

38.4

Swann to Haddin, no run, little flatter and it's defended

38.5

Swann to Haddin, SIX, superb footwork from Haddin, excellent batting, as he skips out of his crease and launches this over long-on

38.6

Swann to Haddin, no run, outside off, pushed to the off side

These two, once again, leading Australia's fightback

End of over 39 (10 runs) Australia 122/5
BJ Haddin    35* (36b 4x4 1x6)      GP Swann    1-0-10-0
MEK Hussey    47* (95b 6x4 1x6)      ST Finn    8-1-33-1

Finn comes round the wicket

39.1

Finn to Hussey, no run, on off stump, defended to the off side

39.2

Finn to Hussey, no run, outside off, continues to carry through nicely as it's left alone

39.3

Finn to Hussey, FOUR, another boundary, runs flowing, as Hussey goes to fifty with a cut shot backward of square...what a machine this man is. On another rescue mission

39.4

Finn to Hussey, FOUR, dropped in short, Finn is really struggling here as Hussey hammers away another pull through midwicket

England losing control at the moment, full credit to Australia

39.5

Finn to Hussey, no run, back of a length and it's defended this time to cover

Finn doing a few stretches between deliveries

39.6

Finn to Hussey, FOUR, another short ball, not clever bowling, and Hussey swings it with perfect placement through backward square

A great little momentum-boost for Australia in the last two overs. And on that more positive note for the home side, it's back to Brydon until tea.

End of over 40 (12 runs) Australia 134/5
MEK Hussey    59* (101b 9x4 1x6)      ST Finn    9-1-45-1
BJ Haddin    35* (36b 4x4 1x6)      GP Swann    1-0-10-0

Thanks Andrew, indeed that was a useful little half hour or so from Haddin and Hussey. It's just that they need another seven or eight such half hours. But what a career renaissance from Michael Hussey - he's made 50+ in every innings of the series.

40.1

Swann to Haddin, 1 run, driven down the ground to the man at long-on, easy single there

40.2

Swann to Hussey, 2 runs, oh, lucky from Hussey there, he's chopped the ball down into the ground and between the legs of Prior - could easily have gone back onto his stumps

40.3

Swann to Hussey, no run, solidly defended this time as Hussey leans forward

40.4

Swann to Hussey, OUT, Swann strikes! What a breakthrough as Hussey gets a thin edge behind and Prior takes the catch. Initially the umpire gives it not out, but Prior races down the pitch to Swann and signals for the review himself - Strauss then officially asks for the review, Hot Spot shows a clear edge there, and Hussey is gone!

MEK Hussey c †Prior b Swann 61 (139m 104b 9x4 1x6) SR: 58.65

That's a good ball from Swann, angling in from around the wicket and straightening completely - not turning away from Hussey as such, and Prior knew that was an edge. Hussey played well, but Australia needed a hundred from him. Here's Mitchell Johnson.

40.5

Swann to Johnson, 1 run, Johnson gets off the mark by squeezing it away wide of short leg

40.6

Swann to Haddin, 1 run, a comfortable single for Haddin as he works the ball to long-on

End of over 41 (5 runs) Australia 139/6
BJ Haddin    37* (38b 4x4 1x6)      GP Swann    2-0-15-1
MG Johnson    1* (1b)      ST Finn    9-1-45-1

41.1

Finn to Haddin, no run, angling in to the pads of Haddin, who can't get bat on that one

41.2

Finn to Haddin, FOUR, that's a terrific piece of batting from Haddin, almost in one-day mode as he waits on a short ball at chest height, then just guides it over the slips, fully intending to land that ball down at the vacant third man area. Well played.

41.3

Finn to Haddin, no run, solidly defended to the off side

41.4

Finn to Haddin, no run, just to confirm that Haddin is in limited-overs mode, he backs away and advances down the pitch, trying to cut over point but this one bounces over his bat and safely through to Prior

41.5

Finn to Haddin, FOUR, another boundary from Haddin, though this one wasn't deliberate. Finn goes fuller and draws an edge, but it runs away safely wide of the slips to third man - though it would have bounced short of a third slip anyway

41.6

Finn to Haddin, no run, crunched back down the pitch to Finn

"Tough call that Hussey needed a hundred," says Rob. "Captain or Vice Captain probably had a greater obligation to put their heads down!!"

Couldn't agree more, Rob, but I meant from the situation as the match stood when Hussey departed. Certainly Clarke and Ponting must stand up for Australia to have any hope in the series - of course, maybe it's too late already.

End of over 42 (8 runs) Australia 147/6
BJ Haddin    45* (44b 6x4 1x6)      ST Finn    10-1-53-1
MG Johnson    1* (1b)      GP Swann    2-0-15-1

42.1

Swann to Johnson, no run, leans forward to defend

42.2

Swann to Johnson, no run, angling in to the off stump, Johnson defends

42.3

Swann to Johnson, no run, good ball curving in, flighting towards leg stump, Johnson's drive doesn't connect and he's struck on the pad

42.4

Swann to Johnson, 1 run, just a solid push back past the bowler now, Johnson gets a single

42.5

Swann to Haddin, no run, tossed up outside off, Haddin gets forward and defends

42.6

Swann to Haddin, no run, really flighted this time, fullish on the stumps and Haddin drives it back to Swann

End of over 43 (1 run) Australia 148/6
BJ Haddin    45* (46b 6x4 1x6)      GP Swann    3-0-16-1
MG Johnson    2* (5b)      ST Finn    10-1-53-1

43.1

Finn to Johnson, no run, on the pads, Johnson can't get that one away fine enough

43.2

Finn to Johnson, no run, short of a length and right on line, Johnson defends with a straight bat

43.3

Finn to Johnson, FOUR, that's a good shot from Johnson, he's cracked that through cover, finding the gap to run that away for a boundary

Now then, Finn really seems to be struggling here, he was wincing in pain after that delivery, clearly some sort of problem with his leg, though whether it's hamstring or calf or what, I don't know.

43.4

Finn to Johnson, no run, clipped away to leg

43.5

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

43.6

Finn to Johnson, FOUR, Johnson slashes hard and at the WACA if you go hard, chances are you'll get it safely over slips, that one bounces over the boundary at third man

Aha, Steven Finn is leaving the ground now, and he's walking fairly slowly in doing it. I wonder if England are down a bowler now, or if he'll be back.

End of over 44 (8 runs) Australia 156/6
MG Johnson    10* (11b 2x4)      ST Finn    11-1-61-1
BJ Haddin    45* (46b 6x4 1x6)      GP Swann    3-0-16-1

44.1

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

44.2

Swann to Haddin, no run, sharp turn there from Swann, onto the pads of Haddin, the ball lobs up to the vacant leg slip area

44.3

Swann to Haddin, 1 run, tossed up outside off, tempting Haddin to drive - he does, and finds a single at long-off

44.4

Swann to Johnson, no run, there's a strong lbw shout from Swann but this ball from around the wicket looked to be sliding down leg - Doctrove says not out and England don't review it

44.5

Swann to Johnson, 1 run, this time Johnson takes a hefty swipe and gets a bottom edge away for a single

44.6

Swann to Haddin, no run, pushed to mid-off, can't beat the field this time

"When you say Haddin is in one-day mode, does that mean he is trying to get Australia through to the 50 overs?" says Robert from Moss Vale.

End of over 45 (2 runs) Australia 158/6
BJ Haddin    46* (50b 6x4 1x6)      GP Swann    4-0-18-1
MG Johnson    11* (13b 2x4)      ST Finn    11-1-61-1

So it's Tremlett to replace Finn. Two slips and two gullies in for Johnson.

45.1

Tremlett to Johnson, no run, fullish and straight, Johnson pushes it to the leg side

45.2

Tremlett to Johnson, no run, on the hips and Johnson works it into the ground to short leg

45.3

Tremlett to Johnson, no run, beaten outside off, good line just outside off, tempting Johnson to dab at it

45.4

Tremlett to Johnson, 1 run, clipped off the pads to fine leg, Johnson gets a single

45.5

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, ah, another lovely delivery that beats the outside edge, this one angles in and then straightens

45.6

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, straight and fullish, Haddin defends

End of over 46 (1 run) Australia 159/6
BJ Haddin    46* (52b 6x4 1x6)      CT Tremlett    15-2-35-3
MG Johnson    12* (17b 2x4)      GP Swann    4-0-18-1

46.1

Swann to Johnson, no run, quick and flat, outside off and Johnson leaves it. Swann groans, as if that nearly bowled Johnson, but it was quite wide of off

46.2

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

46.3

Swann to Johnson, FOUR, that's how Johnson likes to play - he takes a big stride forward and slog sweeps this one over the top, safely out to midwicket for a boundary

46.4

Swann to Johnson, no run, well flighted, Johnson smothers the spin and drives to mid off

46.5

Swann to Johnson, no run, pushed away to cover, can't find the gap

46.6

Swann to Johnson, no run, attacking the stumps but Johnson does enough to defend that one

End of over 47 (4 runs) Australia 163/6
MG Johnson    16* (23b 3x4)      GP Swann    5-0-22-1
BJ Haddin    46* (52b 6x4 1x6)      CT Tremlett    15-2-35-3

47.1

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, defended safely back down the pitch

47.2

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, banged in short of a length, Haddin defends

47.3

Tremlett to Haddin, 1 run, good ball, swinging in and on off stump, but Haddin does well enough to work that through midwicket

47.4

Tremlett to Johnson, no run, angled across Johnson, who punches to point

47.5

Tremlett to Johnson, FOUR, great cut shot from Johnson, he gets that one off the middle and finds the gap between the two gullies, that's Johnson at his best with the bat

47.6

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

Apparently KP was off the field earlier with a hamstring twinge, but he's back out there now. That's a relief for England, and Finn has come back onto the field as well.

End of over 48 (5 runs) Australia 168/6
MG Johnson    20* (26b 4x4)      CT Tremlett    16-2-40-3
BJ Haddin    47* (55b 6x4 1x6)      GP Swann    5-0-22-1

48.1

Swann to Haddin, no run, defended safely back to Swann

48.2

Swann to Haddin, no run, Haddin leans forward and pushes it back to Swann

48.3

Swann to Haddin, no run, tossed up, Haddin drives back to the bowler again

48.4

Swann to Haddin, no run, again fullish and straight, Haddin chips it back to Swann

48.5

Swann to Haddin, 1 run, on the pads now, Haddin gets it away through square leg

Swann comes around the wicket to Johnson

48.6

Swann to Johnson, no run, pushes it away defensively

End of over 49 (1 run) Australia 169/6
MG Johnson    20* (27b 4x4)      GP Swann    6-0-23-1
BJ Haddin    48* (60b 6x4 1x6)      CT Tremlett    16-2-40-3

49.1

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, probing outside off, Haddin shoulders arms

49.2

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, bouncer! Haddin ducks it, though.

49.3

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, pushed away to cover, well fielded

49.4

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, banged in short of a length, Haddin defends

49.5

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, again Haddin gets in behind it with a straight bat

49.6

Tremlett to Haddin, 1 run, shouts of 'caaaaatch' as Haddin hooks, but that bounces safely short of fine leg

End of over 50 (1 run) Australia 170/6
BJ Haddin    49* (66b 6x4 1x6)      CT Tremlett    17-2-41-3
MG Johnson    20* (27b 4x4)      GP Swann    6-0-23-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
Series Results
Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 3-7, 2011
England won by an innings and 83 runs
Australia v England at Melbourne - Dec 26-29, 2010
England won by an innings and 157 runs
Australia v England at Perth - Dec 16-19, 2010
Australia won by 267 runs
Australia v England at Adelaide - Dec 3-7, 2010
England won by an innings and 71 runs
Australia v England at Brisbane - Nov 25-29, 2010
Match drawn
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Dec 19, 2010

Steven Smith held a catch at slip to get rid of Steven Finn, Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth, 4th day, December 19, 2010

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