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The Ashes - 3rd Test

Australia v England

Australia won by 267 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

It'll be Ben Hilfenhaus to bowl the first ball now

0.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, fullish and swinging in, Strauss drives to mid off where Harris dives to his left to stop it

0.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, good shape - right on line and swinging in to Strauss, who gets it away square

0.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, wider of off now and Strauss lets it go

0.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, Strauss cuts now, trying to get off the mark but it's straight to point

0.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, good swing in again but wide of off, Strauss defends

0.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, curling in again, Strauss nudges it to leg with a dead-bat

End of over 1 (maiden) England 0/0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)     

Who gets the new ball with Hilfenhaus? And the answer is ... Ryan Harris.

1.1

Harris to Cook, 1 run, on the hips first up, Cook works it fine to get England's first run

1.2

Harris to Strauss, no run, edged and short! Ooooh my word, that really was a chance! Ponting should have caught that at second slip, it was short and looped off the glove, Ponting could have moved forward to take that as the ball wasn't travelling fast, but he held back, thinking it was flying quicker. Oh, big chance there.

1.3

Harris to Strauss, no run, left alone outside off

1.4

Harris to Strauss, 1 run, worked away off the hips this time

1.5

Harris to Cook, 1 run, too straight again, Cook clips it through square leg

1.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, fullish and wider of off, Strauss shoulders arms

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End of over 2 (3 runs) England 3/0
AJ Strauss    1* (10b)      RJ Harris    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    2* (2b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-1-0-0

2.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, again Hilfenhaus gets some nice shape in to Cook, who defends

2.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, pushed back down the pitch this time

Slight alteration to Australia's cordon with Marcus North having been dropped - Steven Smith comes in to third slip alongside Watson at first and Ponting at second.

2.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

2.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, swinging in but too straight, Cook clips it fine

2.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, beaten outside off this time, it doesn't swing in as the others have and just sails past the outside edge of Strauss

2.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, wider and Strauss is not intersted, he lets it go

End of over 3 (1 run) England 4/0
AJ Strauss    1* (12b)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-1-1-0
AN Cook    3* (6b)      RJ Harris    1-0-3-0

3.1

Harris to Cook, no run, clipped away off the pads to midwicket

3.2

Harris to Cook, SIX, Cook throws everything at this, what a shot! Six over backward point! Harris goes short and wide, Cook cuts hard and deliberately lifts it, that's a great shot

3.3

Harris to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

3.4

Harris to Cook, 1 run, wait there, wait there, says Cook, and then it's a yes as Hughes at square leg misfields badly, allowing a single. Not his day

3.5

Harris to Strauss, no run, bouncer, and it's quick! But Strauss has no trouble ducking under it

3.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, good ball, beating the edge as it rises sharply and angles across Strauss

End of over 4 (7 runs) England 11/0
AJ Strauss    1* (14b)      RJ Harris    2-0-10-0
AN Cook    10* (10b 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-1-1-0

4.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, left alone outside off, again this one shapes in

4.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, nudged back down the pitch defensively

4.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, clipped to the leg side and can't find the gap

4.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, again Cook really lashes hard at a wider one, again he's lifted his cut safely and aggressively over gully, this one bounces over the boundary. Really good stuff from Cook

4.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, swinging in again to the off stump, Cook leaves it

4.6

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

End of over 5 (4 runs) England 15/0
AN Cook    14* (16b 1x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-1-5-0
AJ Strauss    1* (14b)      RJ Harris    2-0-10-0

5.1

Harris to Strauss, no run, well bowled, and not well played - Harris bangs it in short of a length and angles it across Strauss, who tries to punch through cover where he probably should have left it alone

5.2

Harris to Strauss, no run, whoops, down leg side and Strauss lets it go

5.3

Harris to Strauss, FOUR, wrong line, right shot. Down leg side and Strauss tickles that away to fine leg, easy pickings for a good batsman

Where's the pressure from Australia? Build some and they might draw a silly shot from England, but there are too many bad balls already in this innings

5.4

Harris to Strauss, no run, nudged away to point

5.5

Harris to Strauss, 2 runs, too full, and with no man at mid-on Strauss simply punches that through the gap

5.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, down leg side again, and that wouldn't be pleasing Ricky Ponting

End of over 6 (6 runs) England 21/0
AJ Strauss    7* (20b 1x4)      RJ Harris    3-0-16-0
AN Cook    14* (16b 1x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-1-5-0

6.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Hilfenhaus gets some more inswing, but it's wide enough of off to be left alone without incident

6.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, better line on off, Cook clips to midwicket

6.3

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

6.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, pushed back to Hilfenhaus defensively

6.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, left alone again outside off

6.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, good line, swinging in to just outside off and Cook defends

End of over 7 (maiden) England 21/0
AN Cook    14* (22b 1x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-2-5-0
AJ Strauss    7* (20b 1x4)      RJ Harris    3-0-16-0

7.1

Harris to Strauss, no run, Harris continues, and pushes it across Strauss, who leaves it alone

7.2

Harris to Strauss, no run, on the back foot now, Strauss defends

7.3

Harris to Strauss, no run, pushed right across Strauss, who offers nothing

7.4

Harris to Strauss, no run, again it's angled across, again Strauss isn't interested

7.5

Harris to Strauss, no run, shorter, and it's quick at 139kph, Strauss ducks it

7.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, down leg side again, Strauss tries to glance but can't connect

It may not be long before we see Mitchell Johnson for the first time in his return. For now, it's Peter Siddle to take the ball from Ben Hilfenhaus.

End of over 8 (maiden) England 21/0
AJ Strauss    7* (26b 1x4)      RJ Harris    4-1-16-0
AN Cook    14* (22b 1x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-2-5-0

8.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, horrid start from Siddle, almost as if he's held that ball the wrong way around! It's swung waaaay down leg, and Haddin does tremendously to dive across and stop that with his right hand

8.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, again it's swinging in, but again it's the wrong line, down leg side again

Interesting. Leg slip comes in, almost as if bowling down leg will be a plan.

8.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, oh, good ball! Cook is drawn forward and prods just outside off, it beats the outside edge

8.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, ooh, a brave leave from Cook as this one swings in and sails just over the off stump

Leg slip comes out now, with Siddle finding his line. Backward point is the go, now.

8.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, probing outside off with another that swings in, Cook leaves it

8.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, banged in a touch shorter of a length, Cook leaves it alone

End of over 9 (maiden) England 21/0
AN Cook    14* (28b 1x4 1x6)      PM Siddle    1-1-0-0
AJ Strauss    7* (26b 1x4)      RJ Harris    4-1-16-0

Here's Mitchell Johnson for the first time in this innings. It was about this time of day a couple of years ago at the WACA that he skittled South Africa with a wonderful spell. But what's his bowling form like having had a Test off?

9.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, outside off stump to start with at 134kph, Strauss leaves it

9.2

Johnson to Strauss, no run, there's some swing away from Strauss, which isn't Johnson's natural swing - but it was much too wide of off

9.3

Johnson to Strauss, no run, ah, good ball - fullish and swinging away from Strauss, who gets it away to point

This is interesting, Johnson is getting the ball to swing away from the left-hander, which he has not been able to do consistently in recent times

9.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, straighter ball now and Strauss gets it to square leg

9.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, bouncer, and it's quick at 139kph, but Strauss ducks it easily

9.6

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, cut hard and just wide of gully! That was hit uppishly but timed well, and Hussey at gully wasn't ever going to catch that, a very good shot, if a tad more aerial than Strauss intended

End of over 10 (4 runs) England 25/0
AJ Strauss    11* (32b 2x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-4-0
AN Cook    14* (28b 1x4 1x6)      PM Siddle    1-1-0-0

10.1

Siddle to Cook, 2 runs, well played by Cook, he punches this off the back foot behind point and gets a couple

10.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, banged in short of a length, Cook works it to leg

10.3

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, good yorker, swinging in a touch but in this form Cook is good enough to clip that away behind square leg

10.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, that's a pretty good bouncer, well directed and Strauss squats under it

Three slips and Phillip Hughes under the helmet at short leg

10.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Strauss goes for the cover drive now, but can't beat the diving man in the infield

10.6

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, attacking the straight line now, Strauss defends to leg and manages to get a single

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 29/0
AJ Strauss    12* (35b 2x4)      PM Siddle    2-1-4-0
AN Cook    17* (31b 1x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    1-0-4-0

So this should be the last over of the day - can Strauss and Cook survive and give England a really good solid start?

11.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, fullish and angling in to the off stump of Strauss, who pushes to mid on

11.2

Johnson to Strauss, no run, left alone just outside off

11.3

Johnson to Strauss, no run, too short and too wide of off, Strauss is not interested

11.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, good carry through to Haddin as Johnson probes outside off at 141kph, Strauss leaves it

11.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, good delivery, fullish and straight, a hint of swing again but Strauss is good enough to work that to midwicket

11.6

Johnson to Strauss, no run, again he attacks the stumps and again Strauss defends, Johnson is looking pumped up and confident but can't get a wicket in his short spell

That's stumps on what has been another day dominated by England. Strauss and Cook have done well to get through until the close without any damage and they'll pick up tomorrow looking to chip away at Australia's 268, which was not a good enough score on a pretty good batting pitch. There was some swing early for England and Tremlett in particular bowled well, while the Australian top order, in what is becoming a recurring theme, simply couldn't handle the moving ball and couldn't judge which balls to play. There's a big task ahead of Ricky Ponting's men tomorrow as they face the prospect of seeing England retain the Ashes if the visitors win in Perth.

Andrew McGlashan's bulletin will be here shortly, and check out the post-match news and analysis from Peter English and Andrew Miller at the WACA.

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That's it from me, Brydon Coverdale, and my colleagues Sahil Dutta and Andrew McGlashan, join us again tomorrow for day two.

End of over 12 (maiden) England 29/0
AJ Strauss    12* (41b 2x4)      MG Johnson    2-1-4-0
AN Cook    17* (31b 1x4 1x6)      PM Siddle    2-1-4-0

Ryan Harris will start he action

Just a few moments away from the action...Cook and Strauss verses a ball that is 12 overs old. First hour a case of seeing off the rest of the shine

10.20am Hello folks, Gnasher here to bring you the first hour today. Vital for Australia to grab a few early wickets, while England will want more of the same that they've produced in their last two innings. Thanks to Brydon for holding the fort while I kicked my computer into life.

10.10am "I am English but I don't subscribe to the sack Ponting (and everyone else) brigade," says Tony. "It's easy to sack people but who do you replace them with that, hand on heart, could do a better job?"

Mike from Malvern has this for us: "Just to let you know that Andrew McDonald has just taken 2 wickets in 3 balls- let Watson keep his opening spot- bring McDonald in at 6 for the Test team."

McDonald was the in-form batsman at the start of the Sheffield Shield season until he broke his hand; he's in his first match back. And another Test contender, Callum Ferguson, just wafted outside off and edged off McDonald for a duck.

9.50am "Another scorcher in prospect today," says Andrew Miller at the WACA. "Fewer clouds than this time yesterday morning."

Here's the interestingly named MudCrab: "I can't see Cook getting up to close to the Don's record myself. Not because Cook isn't bloody good, but because the way these games are going so far he will only get to bat 2 more times this series - 1st innings Melb and 1st innings Sydney."

"I hope for Australia's sake that "Mr Angry Pants" Johnson carries over some of his aggression from yesterday. His action was looking a lot better," says Tom.

And an update from Hobart - Western Australia bowled out before lunch on the first day for 108. Xavier Doherty took 1 for 13 from 1.4 overs. I can't see this one being a bowl-off between him and Michael Beer, who flew from Perth yesterday to get some bowling with WA.

Now then, given that it's 2am in London right now, this should appeal to our UK readers. Feel like a bottle of Glenfiddich and a mini-bat signed by Michael Vaughan? Just enter our latest Ashes competition, in association with Glenfiddich. But, as if probably losing the Ashes wasn't enough for all my fellow Australians, I'm afraid this competition is only available for UK users.

9.30am Hello and welcome to the second day at the WACA, where in seven hours England could have the urn all but retained, if they bat through the day. Australia have four frontline fast bowlers who want to make sure that doesn't happen.

But to do that, they'll first need to get through England's wall - Alastair Cook. At least one Australian bookmaker is running a book named "Alastair Cook v The Don", the question being can Cook make more runs in this series than Bradman's 974 during the 1930 Ashes. Ridiculous as it seems, Cook already has 467 runs and we're not even halfway through the series. If he scores eight more this morning he'll have more than any batsman from either team scored in the 2009 Ashes. Gulp.

Here's an early email from David: "I think its fair to say that by the end of today we will know who will hold the Ashes and whether or not Mr Ponting needs to start looking for a new job."

Oh, and if you're interested, Marcus North made 2 for Western Australia today, though given Tasmania had them at 9 for 62, it's fair to assume the Bellerive pitch had branches growing off it.

12.1

Harris to Cook, no run, on off stump, defended carefully towards backward point

Three slips and a gully in place

12.2

Harris to Cook, no run, outside off, only carries through at knee height as Harris loosens up

12.3

Harris to Cook, no run, that's a good one outside off, more carry this time and Cook probably played at that although he tried to draw the bat inside the line

12.4

Harris to Cook, no run, back of a length, Cook stands tall in the crease and pushes into the covers

12.5

Harris to Cook, no run, full outside off, Cook comes half forward and drives without any timing towards mid-on

12.6

Harris to Cook, no run, a strangled shout from Harris, this takes Cook high on the pads and was nowhere near an lbw

Tidy start from Harris. It's vital that Australia manage to string maidens together and build pressure

End of over 13 (maiden) England 29/0
AN Cook    17* (37b 1x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    5-2-16-0
AJ Strauss    12* (41b 2x4)      MG Johnson    2-1-4-0

Ben Hilfenhaus will share the early duties

13.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, ooh, good start, extra bounce on off stump and Strauss has to defend awkwardly as he's taken by surprise

13.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, waits nicely for this and turns it off the body out towards deep square-leg and they hustle back for a second

13.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, swings into the pads and Strauss plays neatly with the movement as he whips it past square-leg...long leg comes around to tidy up

Hilfenhaus will be please to see the ball swing, but can't get too straight

13.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, gee, that was close to off stump as Strauss shoulders arms to one just outside off...heart-in-mouth for a few moments for the England captain

13.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, a little wider outside off, shapes back to the left hander but it's a more comfortable leave this time

13.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, on off stump, Strauss gets right behind the line and defends to the on side

Encouraging start from Hilfenhaus who has found some swing

End of over 14 (4 runs) England 33/0
AJ Strauss    16* (47b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-2-9-0
AN Cook    17* (37b 1x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    5-2-16-0

14.1

Harris to Cook, 3 runs, well played by Cook, full outside off and he leans into a cover drive which finds the gap at cover...not quite the legs to reach the boundary, but a pleasing start for him

14.2

Harris to Strauss, FOUR, dropped on my goodness, they've missed another. Back of a length, Strauss pushes hard and the edge flies between keeper and first slip but neither Haddin or Watson even went for the chance. What a let off for Strauss

A case of 'over to you' and nobody even bothered...bad miss for Australia

14.3

Harris to Strauss, no run, outside off and left alone

14.4

Harris to Strauss, no run, back of length on off stump, defended down to mid off

14.5

Harris to Strauss, no run, on off stump, pushed back down the pitch

Australia's fielding confidence is so low, they are missing easy chances on a regular basis

14.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, outside off, nice carry through to Haddin as Strauss shoulders arms

Well, what a moment in that over. Has that set the pattern for the day? Australia have got to lift themselves.

End of over 15 (7 runs) England 40/0
AJ Strauss    20* (52b 3x4)      RJ Harris    6-2-23-0
AN Cook    20* (38b 1x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-2-9-0

15.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, hint of swing into Cook who defends solidly up to mid-off

15.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, outside off and this one holds its line as Cook lets it go through

15.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, waits for this one to swing a touch then plays to mid-on

Hilfenhaus looks in good rhythm today

15.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, on off stump and played with soft hands down into the gully area

15.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, touch fuller on off stump which allows Cook to come into the front foot and drive to square cover

15.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, pushed too wide outside off this time, his first poor ball of the day and it harmlessly sails through to Haddin

End of over 16 (maiden) England 40/0
AN Cook    20* (44b 1x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-3-9-0
AJ Strauss    20* (52b 3x4)      RJ Harris    6-2-23-0

16.1

Harris to Strauss, no run, punched down to mid-on and the bowler liked the look of that delivery

16.2

Harris to Strauss, FOUR, dropped in short and Strauss puts it away through square leg with a confident pull shot...onto that in a flash

Man goes out to deep square-leg

16.3

Harris to Strauss, no run, back of a length, not quite so short and this time Strauss defends off the back foot

16.4

Harris to Strauss, no run, defended from middle and off into midwicket, plenty of time for Strauss to wait on the back foot...the edge came from a ball a touch fuller

16.5

Harris to Strauss, FOUR, another short one, this sits up and gives Strauss oodles of time to pull this off the front foot forward of square...deep square can't get around. That was a bit of a long hop

16.6

Harris to Strauss, FOUR, full on the pads this time, and Strauss tucks it away along the ground through midwicket with ease to bring up the 50 stand...brisk progress from England, poor bowling from Harris

End of over 17 (12 runs) England 52/0
AJ Strauss    32* (58b 6x4)      RJ Harris    7-2-35-0
AN Cook    20* (44b 1x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-3-9-0

17.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, tight on off stump, played with the inswing into the leg side

17.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, on the back foot and defend to mid-on

17.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, pushed outside, swings back into Cook but it's wide enough for him to leave it alone

17.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, played very nicely into the covers as he waited for the ball to move...good understanding for the quick single

17.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, full outside off, too wide to tempt Strauss into having a drive

17.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 run, tucked from middle and off into the gap at midwicket...good rotation between these two

End of over 18 (2 runs) England 54/0
AJ Strauss    33* (60b 6x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-3-11-0
AN Cook    21* (48b 1x4 1x6)      RJ Harris    7-2-35-0

First change of bowling and Mitchell Johnson replaces Ryan Harris who dropped too short in his last over. Massive day for Mitch. Maybe career-defining?

18.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, starts full on middle and Strauss punches it to mid-on

18.2

Johnson to Strauss, no run, very full on middle again, Strauss digs it out back to the bowler

Three slips and a gully in place

18.3

Johnson to Strauss, no run, on off stump, Strauss is firmly behind it and pushes up to mid-off...good line from Johnson

18.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, his first bouncer of the day, it's very short and flies comfortably over Strauss's head as he ducks underneath

After a day in the sun the pitch may be a little quicker today

18.5

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, oh, that's a lovely shot, a classic on-drive from off stump and the ball races down the ground. A sign of a batsman in form

Always a good sign for Strauss when he drives straight

18.6

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, stays very full on off stump, Strauss works it just to the left of mid-on and keeps the strike

End of over 19 (5 runs) England 59/0
AJ Strauss    38* (66b 7x4)      MG Johnson    3-1-9-0
AN Cook    21* (48b 1x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-3-11-0

19.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, outside off and swings back again at Strauss as he leaves alone

19.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 run, touch too straight, worked off the pads down to long leg

Two men out for the hook, so a field for the short ball. Surely they've got to pitch it up?

19.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, full outside off, squeezed out towards gully where Mike Hussey makes a good save to support his bowler

19.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, that's a good one from Hilfenhaus, after all the inswingers this one goes the other way and beats the outside edge by quite a distance

19.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, drags it down a little shot, allows Cook to bring out his favourite cut shot for the first time today and it whistles to the point boundary...that wasn't a shocking ball, very well played

19.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, good response, jags back on off stump and cramps Cook for room but he's able to get it away behind square

End of over 20 (6 runs) England 65/0
AN Cook    26* (52b 2x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    8-3-17-0
AJ Strauss    39* (68b 7x4)      MG Johnson    3-1-9-0

Change of gloves for Andrew Strauss. It's a warm day already.

20.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, good line outside off, Cook pushes it away towards gully...that's the area to target Cook as far as Johnson is concerned

20.2

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, goes straighter this time and it's neatly worked away into midwicket

20.3

Johnson to Strauss, no run, nearly a mix-up as Strauss pushes firmly into the covers and calls for a single, but then decides it not on and Cook has to hurry to get back and beat Michael Clarke's throw

20.4

Johnson to Strauss, 2 runs, on leg stump and worked away through square leg, this time there's good running to make it into a couple

20.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, full outside off with a hint of shape away from Strauss as he leaves

20.6

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, pushed outside leg stump and it's flicked away down to long leg...not a good delivery

"Well there goes the follow-on, that was getting a bit tight there," says Tim (from Australia)

End of over 21 (4 runs) England 69/0
AJ Strauss    42* (72b 7x4)      MG Johnson    4-1-13-0
AN Cook    27* (54b 2x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    8-3-17-0

21.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, Hilfenhuas has been very good today and this is another nice delivery, back of a length outside off stump and Strauss is beaten

21.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, fuller this time, Strauss defends up to mid-on

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21.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 run, back of a length and it gives Strauss plenty of time to work it down to long leg

21.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, a rare bouncer from Hilfenhaus which sails over Cook's head

21.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, this one swings again, but Cook is equal to it as he plays with the movement out to deep square

21.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, good line outside off, Strauss thinks of playing before lifting the bat high out of the line

End of over 22 (2 runs) England 71/0
AJ Strauss    43* (76b 7x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    9-3-19-0
AN Cook    28* (56b 2x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    4-1-13-0

22.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, on off stump, Cook waits on the back foot and defends to mid-off

22.2

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, short and wide, it came off the top edge but flew well over the slips down to third man...Cook didn't try to keep that down, although it went finer than he wanted

22.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, on leg stump but it straightens a touch and takes a leading edge into the covers as Cook tries to work through square leg

22.4

Johnson to Cook, no run, full on off stump, comes forward and drives to cover

22.5

Johnson to Cook, no run, good line on off stump, Johnson fields in his follow through

22.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, tight on off stump and it's defended to cover

"I think Michael may be right," says Peter. "The real australian cricket team is masquerading as the black caps, that is why we are going so badly - that it explains it all!"

End of over 23 (4 runs) England 75/0
AN Cook    32* (62b 3x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    5-1-17-0
AJ Strauss    43* (76b 7x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    9-3-19-0

Ricky Ponting has a chat with his bowler...he has plenty of problems. Deep square has come up into the off side to make it a 7-2 field

23.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, pushed wide outside off and left alone...that will have to the line with this field

It's a bit off considering he is getting the ball to move into the left handers

23.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, just like that! It's a ripper which zings back at Strauss from short of a length and he has to be quick to get his gloves out of the way

23.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, fuller this time and a much easier leave

23.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended into the on side

23.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, he pulls his bat inside the line this time with plenty of time to judge the delivery

23.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 no ball, outside off again, another leave and Hilfenhaus has overstepped this time

23.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, full outside off, Strauss drives with confidence through the covers but doesn't time it properly so mid-off can comfortably haul it in

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 78/0
AJ Strauss    45* (83b 7x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    10-3-22-0
AN Cook    32* (62b 3x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    5-1-17-0

Here's Ross: "Currently organising for a 'rain dance' at the work Xmas party tonight to appear over the WACA for the next three days....at least we will only be 1-0 down leaving Perth."

24.1

Johnson to Cook, OUT, gone! There's the breakthrough for Australia and it goes to Johnson. Full outside off, brings Cook into the drive and it flies low to gully where Hussey picks up a good low catch.

AN Cook c Hussey b Johnson 32 (91m 63b 3x4 1x6) SR: 50.79

Johnson's first wicket of the series. How he and Australia needed that. Cook goes for 32, which will count as a failure for him in this series.

Jonathan Trott is the new batsman, another in-form player

24.2

Johnson to Trott, no run, adjusts straight away to the right hander, outside off and left alone

24.3

Johnson to Trott, no run, good line, fuller outside off stump and Trott drives up to mid-off

24.4

Johnson to Trott, no run, ooh, well bowled, banged in short and Trott defends awkwardly, the ball looping onto the pitch

Johnson looking far better in this innings

24.5

Johnson to Trott, no run, back of length on off stump, defended to the off side

24.6

Johnson to Trott, no run, tight outside off stump, going across the right hander and it's defended to mid-off

Despite the wicket, the locals aren't happy. "One catch out of four attempts. Woeful," says Adrian

End of over 25 (wicket maiden) England 78/1
IJL Trott    0* (5b)      MG Johnson    6-2-17-1
AJ Strauss    45* (83b 7x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    10-3-22-0

25.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, outside off stump, left alone and Haddin takes it at waist height

25.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, full on middle, Strauss meets it with a neat straight drive. Hilfenhaus dives, doesn't make contact and the ball cannons into the non-striker's stumps

25.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, bouncer over leg stump and Strauss goes underneath it

25.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, full outside off and left alone

25.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, pitched up on off stump, Strauss defends down to mid-on

25.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, good stuff from Hilfenhaus, on off stump and defended to midwicket by Strauss. A maiden to back-up the wicket

End of over 26 (maiden) England 78/1
AJ Strauss    45* (89b 7x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    11-4-22-0
IJL Trott    0* (5b)      MG Johnson    6-2-17-1

26.1

Johnson to Trott, no run, good bouncer from Johnson, Trott plays a half-hearted pull and is beaten for pace. There's an appeal from Haddin, but it didn't touch the glove or top edge

Trott will need to adjust to the extra bounce

26.2

Johnson to Trott, FOUR, he's off the mark, a very full ball is squeezed into the ground and beats Clarke at third slip who didn't make the best of efforts to stop that

26.3

Johnson to Trott, OUT, gone! Johnson strikes again. Full on off stump, hint of swing back into the right hander and that's plumb. Trott driving and is beaten by the movement, superb stuff from Mitchell.

IJL Trott lbw b Johnson 4 (7m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Australia are back in the contest thanks to Johnson, first with the bat then with the ball. And, on that note, I'll hand over to Brydon

Thanks Gnasher, this has just got slightly interesting. Mitchell Johnson does enjoy bowling at the WACA, and he's getting some swing.

26.4

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

26.5

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, good line, just straightening down the off stump and Pietersen defends

26.6

Johnson to Pietersen, OUT, another one! Pietersen is gone for a duck! Beautiful bowling from Johnson as this one swings back down the line, Marais Erasmus gives it lbw and Pietersen wants a review. The bat was nowhere near it, and at first glance it looked like it could have slid down leg but that's a great decision - the replays show that crashing right into leg stump.

KP Pietersen lbw b Johnson 0 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Huge over from Johnson!

End of over 27 (4 runs) England 82/3
     MG Johnson    7-2-21-3
AJ Strauss    45* (89b 7x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    11-4-22-0

27.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, defended back down the pitch

27.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, pushed across Strauss, who leaves it

27.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, FOUR, good shot from Strauss, who clips this one off the leg-stump line and picks up a boundary through midwicket

27.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, sharp bouncer, but Strauss ducks it comfortably

27.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, Hilfenhaus just probes on off stump, Strauss with that non-existent backlift just dead-bats it back down the pitch

27.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, a little too straight and there's not enough cover on the leg side, so Strauss picks up runs through midwicket

That's the half-century for Andrew Strauss and it's an important one for England, given the wickets falling at the other end. Now, can Johnson rattle Paul Collingwood?

End of over 28 (6 runs) England 88/3
AJ Strauss    51* (95b 8x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    12-4-28-0
PD Collingwood    0* (0b)      MG Johnson    7-2-21-3

28.1

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, good line outside off stump, this one doesn't swing and Collingwood defends

28.2

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, there's some real lift as Haddin takes this one above head height, Collingwood left it alone outside off

28.3

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, pushed across again, Collingwood leaves it alone

28.4

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, bouncer now, but a little down leg side and Collingwood easily evades it

28.5

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood jumps on to the back foot and defends

28.6

Johnson to Collingwood, 1 run, a hint of swing back in again but this is outside off, Collingwood gets off the mark with a single pushed wide of cover

End of over 29 (1 run) England 89/3
PD Collingwood    1* (6b)      MG Johnson    8-2-22-3
AJ Strauss    51* (95b 8x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    12-4-28-0

And now Hilfenhaus gets a chance to bowl to a right-hander, with his outswing.

29.1

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, 2 runs, on line and just straightens a touch, Collingwood nurdles it through midwicket for a couple of runs

29.2

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, curving away outside off stump, Collingwood leaves it

29.3

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, left alone once again

29.4

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, no run, again it swings away, again Collingwood plays no shot

29.5

Hilfenhaus to Collingwood, 1 run, shorter and swinging away, Collingwood punches this one through cover

29.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, bouncer! That's fast and swinging as it goes over the batsman's head, Haddin jumps and can't reach it and Watson at first slip leaps up and stops that one, tapping the ball up like a volleyball player

End of over 30 (3 runs) England 92/3
AJ Strauss    51* (96b 8x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    13-4-31-0
PD Collingwood    4* (11b)      MG Johnson    8-2-22-3

30.1

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, thick edge from Collingwood and Smith at third slip hurls himself to his right to stop what would have run away to the boundary

There's a definite spark out there from the Australians now, things are starting to go right, just starting.

30.2

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood tries to pull one of the hips, can't connect

30.3

Johnson to Collingwood, 1 run, banged in at the hips, it's nudged away through square leg

"I've trashed Johnson since he's been in the team, but a couple more wickets here and he can best man at my wedding," says Morgan.

30.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, terrific ball, and well played! That's an outswinging yorker - starting at leg stump and straightening, right on line and Strauss does well to keep that out

Ponting is smiling out there, he senses the momentum shifting a fraction. He hasn't had much to smile about this series.

30.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, shorter and a bit of width, Strauss cuts straight to point

30.6

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, this one doesn't swing, and Strauss glances a single to fine leg

End of over 31 (2 runs) England 94/3
AJ Strauss    52* (99b 8x4)      MG Johnson    9-2-24-3
PD Collingwood    5* (14b)      BW Hilfenhaus    13-4-31-0

Ryan Harris comes back.

31.1

Harris to Strauss, no run, swinging, but down leg side and it floats through to Haddin

31.2

Harris to Strauss, no run, gets the line right now, and Strauss defends on off stump

31.3

Harris to Strauss, OUT, Harris joins the party! Strauss is gone! An edge behind and Haddin takes the straightforward catch! That was just a good line and length - across Strauss and with the swing that has been around he felt he had to play, this one if anything just straightened but didn't really swing

AJ Strauss c †Haddin b Harris 52 (125m 102b 8x4 0x6) SR: 50.98

Well, this has suddenly become very, very interesting. Ian Bell is in fine form, and he's going to need to show it here. England 4 for 94, who'd have thought.

31.4

Harris to Bell, no run, good probing line just outside off, Bell defends solidly

31.5

Harris to Bell, FOUR, oh, good shot! As if to confirm that he won't be worried by the situation, Bell just punches a confident off drive back between Harris and the man at mid-off, beautiful timing

31.6

Harris to Bell, no run, beaten! This one doesn't swing as much as Bell expected and it's flown between bat and pad - this is terrific stuff!

Well, there's plenty happening now, and you can discuss it all with Andrew Miller and Peter English during the lunch break. Send your questions in to chatterbox@cricinfo.com

End of over 32 (4 runs) England 98/4
IR Bell    4* (3b 1x4)      RJ Harris    8-2-39-1
PD Collingwood    5* (14b)      MG Johnson    9-2-24-3

32.1

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, cracking bouncer! Dead straight, and quick, and Collingwood jumps, trying to fend, and then tries to get out of the way - just managing to do so. That really tested him

32.2

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, pushed away to point

32.3

Johnson to Collingwood, OUT, another lbw shout as this one swings in, but it's given not out. Ponting asks for a review, but that looked high and off-side. But wait, the replays show that shape was enough to straighten it, and it's hitting the off stump cleanly! Decision overturned! Collingwood's gone!

PD Collingwood lbw b Johnson 5 (25m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 29.41

My word, that was a surprise! I though that was too high for sure, and Marais Erasmus gave it not out. But the replays showed Collingwood's leg was angled a little, so although it hit him above the knee roll it wasn't actually that high. And he was a long, long way back in his crease. Super bowling. Here's Matt Prior.

32.4

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

32.5

Johnson to Prior, no run, left alone outside off

32.6

Johnson to Prior, no run, another good inswinger, testing Prior early, and he's up to the task by clipping to leg

This is the Mitchell Johnson of 18 months ago. How he's turned it around since the Gabba Test I will never know, but he has done it.

End of over 33 (wicket maiden) England 98/5
MJ Prior    0* (3b)      MG Johnson    10-3-24-4
IR Bell    4* (3b 1x4)      RJ Harris    8-2-39-1

33.1

Harris to Bell, 3 runs, runs for Bell here, that's a superb cover-drive, just leaning in to this fullish outswinger, and it's chased down just inside the boundary

33.2

Harris to Prior, no run, this one doesn't swing, it's attacking the stumps and Prior defends

33.3

Harris to Prior, no run, straight again, Prior defends back down the pitch

33.4

Harris to Prior, no run, clipped off the pads to midwicket, can't find the gap

33.5

Harris to Prior, no run, full and angling in to off stump, it's pushed to mid off

33.6

Harris to Prior, no run, again it's probing outside off, again Prior defends

End of over 34 (3 runs) England 101/5
MJ Prior    0* (8b)      RJ Harris    9-2-42-1
IR Bell    7* (4b 1x4)      MG Johnson    10-3-24-4

Now we have a delay as the helmet and protective gear comes on for Phil Hughes to jump in to short leg. That could be a good move, it keeps the batsman thinking about the bouncer as well. Three slips and a gully.

34.1

Johnson to Bell, no run, and there is the bouncer, but Bell does well to keep that down with a fend to the off side

34.2

Johnson to Bell, no run, another good short ball, Bell again jumps back in to his crease to fend downwards

There are no fielders down the ground at mid off or mid on - so Johnson is going short now. But he needs to remember the swing has got him the wickets so far

34.3

Johnson to Bell, no run, just short of a length, Bell defends

34.4

Johnson to Bell, no run, good one, fullish and swinging in but just outside off, Bell leaves it alone

34.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, fuller and Bell drives, mid off has gone back to his position now and he collects it

34.6

Johnson to Bell, no run, full and just wide of off, Bell tries to square drive and doesn't connect

End of over 35 (maiden) England 101/5
IR Bell    7* (10b 1x4)      MG Johnson    11-4-24-4
MJ Prior    0* (8b)      RJ Harris    9-2-42-1

35.1

Harris to Prior, no run, Harris hurls himself down the pitch here, really trying hard, and Prior defends a ball just outside off

35.2

Harris to Prior, no run, ah, fullish and swinging back down the line a touch, Prior defends

35.3

Harris to Prior, 4 leg byes, not quite the right line this time as it doesn't swing, and Prior gets some pad on that, Haddin diving to his left can't stop it

35.4

Harris to Prior, 2 runs, pulled, top-edged! And safe! It's landed halfway to the square leg boundary, and there's no fielder there

35.5

Harris to Prior, no run, attacking the stumps again, Prior pushes to leg

35.6

Harris to Prior, no run, beaten outside off now, this one just swings a fraction away and Prior half-heartedly dabs at it

End of over 36 (6 runs) England 107/5
MJ Prior    2* (14b)      RJ Harris    10-2-44-1
IR Bell    7* (10b 1x4)      MG Johnson    11-4-24-4

Here comes Peter Siddle to replace Johnson - phew, that must have been a tough decision for Ponting, but Mitch could use a rest, I'm sure.

36.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, banged in short of a length, Bell doesn't play a shot

36.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, bouncer, over the head of Bell, who re-marks his guard and looks all focused and serious

36.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, short of a length again, Bell jumps back and nudges it to Hughes at short leg on the bounce

36.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, great ball, after all the short stuff, Siddle goes fuller and gets some movement away from Bell, who pushes outside off and misses the ball

36.5

Siddle to Bell, 3 runs, well placed, Bell just guides this through cover, punching it off the back foot and finding the gap

36.6

Siddle to Prior, 4 byes, d'oh! Wrong line entirely from Siddle as he sprays one down leg, Haddin has no chance of stopping this and it's been called byes

End of over 37 (7 runs) England 114/5
MJ Prior    2* (15b)      PM Siddle    3-1-7-0
IR Bell    10* (15b 1x4)      RJ Harris    10-2-44-1

Here comes what could be the last over before lunch. It'll be Ryan Harris to bowl it.

37.1

Harris to Bell, 1 wide, huge swing, and terribly wide of off, Haddin does well to dive in front of Watson at first slip and take it, but that's clearly a wide

37.1

Harris to Bell, no run, down leg side now, Haddin roars an appeal which is all the more noticeable as nobody else in the Australian team says a word!

37.2

Harris to Bell, no run, better line now outside off stump and it's defended safely back down the pitch

37.3

Harris to Bell, 3 runs, Harris draws Bell into a drive and it's a thick edge that runs away through point, not where Bell intended that ball to go

37.4

Harris to Prior, 1 run, ooh, Prior again miscues a pull and this one lobs safely just wide of midwicket, Prior was surprised by the speed of it and wasn't watching the ball when he connected with it in front of his eyes

37.5

Harris to Bell, no run, down leg side and Haddin takes another leaping catch, but this was off the pad only

37.6

Harris to Bell, no run, good line outside off, and it's left alone

That's lunch. What a session for Australia, and what a comeback by Mitchell Johnson, who took 4 for 7 in a terrific patch of fast, swing bowling, signalling his return to his best. Ryan Harris chipped in with the crucial wicket of Andrew Strauss and now England have a job ahead of them. Ian Bell and Matt Prior can regroup at lunch, but their chances of taking a first-innings lead have fallen away dramatically. Anyway, to chat to Peter English and Andrew Miller at the WACA during lunch, go here. We'll be back after the break, when it'll be Andrew McGlashan to guide you through the first hour.

End of over 38 (5 runs) England 119/5
IR Bell    13* (20b 1x4)      RJ Harris    11-2-49-1
MJ Prior    3* (16b)      PM Siddle    3-1-7-0

Welcome back. So, Australia fans, how you all feeling now? Superb session, led by Mitchell Johnson, and just what this series needed to add some spark to the contest. It was a fabulous spell and now Australia will be eyeing a lead of around 80 if all goes well this afternoon. England, what have you got? They fight really hard this team, but they are in a hole right now with Graeme Swann at No. 8 and three quicks to come. It's Gnasher, by the way, to take you through the first hour after lunch.

"I wonder if all the 'experts' that said Johnson should have played the state game will come out and say the Aussies got it right. I doubt it," asks Steve. There will be some interesting pieces written today, that's for sure.

And Jason adds this: "Looks like Troy Cooley earned his pay check."

"If you do not post any of our feedback, then why the hell have you given that option," says Jack. Ah, not sure he meant that to be published. Never mind. Jack, we get thousands of emails a day and it's quite a job to post them between deliveries when so much is happening.

38.1

Siddle to Prior, no run, starts full outside off, forced out into the off side

38.2

Siddle to Prior, 1 run, good yorker, Siddle trying for a repeat of how he did Prior at the Gabba, but's squeezed out through gully who will probably feel he should have cut it off

38.3

Siddle to Bell, 3 runs, lovely from Bell, boy he looks in good form, as he drives a delivery from off stump elegantly through the covers but mid-off manages to haul it in

38.4

Siddle to Prior, no run, good length on off stump, defended into the off side

38.5

Siddle to Prior, no run, well, what happened there? Looks like Prior lost that ball and almost lost his off stump too as he failed to pick up a low full toss which just misses the timber as Prior flays late at the ball

Not sure Haddin saw much of that either, may have come from just above the sightscreen

38.6

Siddle to Prior, no run, back outside off and left alone

End of over 39 (4 runs) England 123/5
MJ Prior    4* (21b)      PM Siddle    4-1-11-0
IR Bell    16* (21b 1x4)      RJ Harris    11-2-49-1

Ben Hilfenhaus, who was good this morning, will resume

39.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, starts with a bouncer, Bell goes for the pull but doesn't make contact although there's an appeal from Haddin. Nothing from the bowler

39.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, wide outside off and swinging away further, left alone

39.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, short of a length outside off, still getting nice shape away from the batsman

39.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 3 runs, another sweet drive from Bell as he leans on this outside off stump and finds the gap at cover

39.5

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, that's a good one, beats Prior with the movement as he fishes outside off

39.6

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, back of a length on off stump, Prior defends with an open face into gully

End of over 40 (3 runs) England 126/5
MJ Prior    4* (23b)      BW Hilfenhaus    14-4-34-0
IR Bell    19* (25b 1x4)      PM Siddle    4-1-11-0

40.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, on off stump, defended square into the off side

40.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, swings away outside off and no shot needed

"How do I feel?" responds Dave to my earlier question. "Great stuff, but give me two and a half more tests of it and I'll believe we're back. Thanks for standing up Mitch, I hope the top order were watching."

40.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, good line on off stump, keeping Bell in defensive mode

40.4

Siddle to Bell, 1 run, goes a little straighter and Bell tucks it away off his hip backward of square. He wants a second but it's not an option

40.5

Siddle to Prior, no run, good length outside off and Prior lets it go through

I'm sure Siddle will aim a full one at the stumps again soon...Prior is vulnerable there

40.6

Siddle to Prior, no run, well bowled, jags back into Prior who takes it on the thigh pad and it falls down by his feet

End of over 41 (1 run) England 127/5
MJ Prior    4* (25b)      PM Siddle    5-1-12-0
IR Bell    20* (29b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    14-4-34-0

41.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, a very full outswinger which brings a neat drive from Bell but he finds mid-off

41.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, shorter outside off and Bell watches this one shape past his off stump

41.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, defended back towards the bowler who collects in his follow through

41.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 1 run, steps across his crease and flicks this down to long leg, was in the air for a while but well clear of square leg

41.5

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, probing away on off stump, Prior plays back and defends

41.6

Hilfenhaus to Prior, 2 runs, brings out the pull again, and again doesn't connect very well as it loops into the gap at midwicket...Prior hasn't got his timing, yet, and has been troubled by the short ball

End of over 42 (3 runs) England 130/5
MJ Prior    6* (27b)      BW Hilfenhaus    15-4-37-0
IR Bell    21* (33b 1x4)      PM Siddle    5-1-12-0

42.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, fired down the leg side, Haddin makes a fine take as he takes off to his left

42.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, on off stump and defended towards the on side

42.3

Siddle to Bell, FOUR, he's creamed that, shows Prior how to play the pull with a crunching shot that races to the boundary. He picked it up very early and took it from an off-stump line

42.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, much fuller on off stump, hint of movement into Bell as he drives to mid-on

"Need to wrap up the tail and finish the job," says Michael. "We have been in good positions like this a couple of times in the last couple of years yet struggle to go for the jugular."

42.5

Siddle to Bell, no run, full outside off, driven firmly down to mid-off

42.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, full outside off and left alone to end the over

End of over 43 (4 runs) England 134/5
IR Bell    25* (39b 2x4)      PM Siddle    6-1-16-0
MJ Prior    6* (27b)      BW Hilfenhaus    15-4-37-0

"Forget Beer, this Australian team has found some spirit," says Warren. Beer made a duck today against Tasmania, by the way

43.1

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, outside off, left alone with the swing

43.2

Hilfenhaus to Prior, FOUR, neat stroke, full ball which is punched into the pitch and bounces over Hilfenhaus then beats mid-off and comfortably goes to the rope

43.3

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, back in his crease and defending square

43.4

Hilfenhaus to Prior, 2 runs, waits for this to swing and opens the face through backward point

43.5

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, a very short bounce which goes miles over Prior's head...not far from a wide. Umpires have been strict on them in this series

43.6

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, that's a better bouncer, makes Prior jerk his head back out of the line

End of over 44 (6 runs) England 140/5
MJ Prior    12* (33b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    16-4-43-0
IR Bell    25* (39b 2x4)      PM Siddle    6-1-16-0

Time for another burst from Mitchell? He was rested for a week, after all. For Siddle continues, but round the wicket. A bumper approach?

"Bring on Smithy," suggests Luke. "He may not get a wicket but his wristys in combination with some half-decent swing-bowling should break this partnership."

44.1

Siddle to Bell, 1 run, well played, rides the bounce nicely by taking his bottom hand off the bat and work it through leg gully

Short leg in place now for Siddle (it was there for Bell, too, but forgot to say)

44.2

Siddle to Prior, no run, a bouncer well outside leg stump and Prior barely has to move to avoid it

44.3

Siddle to Prior, no run, down the leg side again, but not too far from Prior's gloves as he has a little waft

44.4

Siddle to Prior, no run, short over leg stump and Prior jumps inside the line...hello Bodyline?

More tactics for Ponting to consider. This time from Jed. "Bring on Phil Hughes? With his batting technique, he must have been picked as a bowler."

Leg gully has now come in

44.5

Siddle to Prior, no run, stays short and over leg stump so Prior moves inside the line again...at least he's sticking to a plan

44.6

Siddle to Prior, no run, a wasted over as this one also flies down the leg side, harmlessly past the batsman

A team is five down, still 127 behind. You don't really need to be too clever as captain.

End of over 45 (1 run) England 141/5
MJ Prior    12* (38b 1x4)      PM Siddle    7-1-17-0
IR Bell    26* (40b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    16-4-43-0

45.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, full on off stump, defended carefully into the off side

45.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, good line outside, still getting some shape and it's left alone

45.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, full outside off and another leave alone from Bell

45.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, touch shorter outside off and plenty of time for Bell to watch it move away

45.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, keeps it outside off, trying to build some pressure, and left alone

45.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, and...wait for it...another leave

End of over 46 (maiden) England 141/5
IR Bell    26* (46b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    17-5-43-0
MJ Prior    12* (38b 1x4)      PM Siddle    7-1-17-0

Siddle is back over the wicket...good move

46.1

Siddle to Prior, 4 byes, that wasn't actually a bad bouncer, but it swings very late to beat Haddin's dive...well, I guess it was very short

46.2

Siddle to Prior, no run, another short one, this makes Prior play as he defends off the back foot from about leg stump

46.3

Siddle to Prior, no run, that's a good short ball, clangs Prior on the shoulder as he ducks into the line

46.4

Siddle to Prior, OUT, gone! Well, the short ball has worked in the end but probably not quite as they expected. The ball after getting hit, Prior moves across his stumps to work it away, but it deflects off his body, back down into his gloves, then down into leg stump to knock off the bail.

MJ Prior b Siddle 12 (62m 42b 1x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

That ends a useful partnership. Australia back in with the chance of a healthy lead.

Graeme Swann the new man...and he doesn't really like the short ball

46.5

Siddle to Swann, no run, very short to start with, not surprising, and Swann ducks underneath

46.6

Siddle to Swann, no run, another short one outside off, Swann drops his hands and lets it go through.

Swann will get plenty of short stuff. Mind those fingers.

End of over 47 (4 runs, wicket maiden) England 145/6
GP Swann    0* (2b)      PM Siddle    8-2-17-1
IR Bell    26* (46b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    17-5-43-0

47.1

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, behind the line and defends

47.2

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, outside off and left alone as it swings away

47.3

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, another leave outside off

This is tidy from Hilfenhaus, but time for Johnson to return and target the tail

47.4

Hilfenhaus to Bell, no run, nicely driven on the up but straight to mid-on

47.5

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 2 runs, very straight and whipped away through square leg

47.6

Hilfenhaus to Bell, 2 runs, latches onto a short one and plays it well through square leg

"Swann ducks underneath it too often. He should be looking to feather it away," says Harry. Very good.

End of over 48 (4 runs) England 149/6
IR Bell    30* (52b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    18-5-47-0
GP Swann    0* (2b)      PM Siddle    8-2-17-1

Siddle is back around the wicket. Guess where this will be going? Leg slip and short leg in place

48.1

Siddle to Swann, 1 run, double bluff, it's fuller on off stump and dropped into the off side...well played

48.2

Siddle to Bell, 1 no ball, stays round the wicket, short of a length and pushed outside off which is left alone...and he overstepped

48.2

Siddle to Bell, FOUR, top shot! He's middled that. Another short one and Bell cracks away a strong pull which bisects deep square and long leg

48.3

Siddle to Bell, 1 run, full on off stump, pushed back past the bowler and mid-on is very wide

48.4

Siddle to Swann, no run, a decent short ball this time and Swann turns his head as he sinks onto his knees

48.5

Siddle to Swann, 1 run, targeting the body again, flicked away off his hip through square leg...Swann slips so it means they can't make the second

48.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, jumps back in his crease and defends by taking the bottom hand off the bat

Another over dominated by short stuff

End of over 49 (8 runs) England 157/6
IR Bell    35* (56b 3x4)      PM Siddle    9-2-25-1
GP Swann    2* (5b)      BW Hilfenhaus    18-5-47-0

"I'd like to send a special "Thank you" to James Andersen who successfully fired Mitch up for us yesterday," says Mick

49.1

Hilfenhaus to Swann, no run, ah, now that's a good short one, well directed over off stump and it's close to Swann's gloves as he drops his hands. Short balls don't have to start very short here, if you know what I mean

49.2

Hilfenhaus to Swann, no run, another one which is a touch wider and Swann drops his hands again

49.3

Hilfenhaus to Swann, no run, fuller outside off and Swann pulls the bat inside the line

Third man is going out for Swann

49.4

Hilfenhaus to Swann, no run, swings away outside off and Swann doesn't play

49.5

Hilfenhaus to Swann, no run, swings away outside off...will Swann have a dart soon?

49.6

Hilfenhaus to Swann, 2 runs, here's the full one on off stump, Swann responds with a drive which goes in the air but finds the gap at cover

End of over 50 (2 runs) England 159/6
GP Swann    4* (11b)      BW Hilfenhaus    19-5-49-0
IR Bell    35* (56b 3x4)      PM Siddle    9-2-25-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 3-7, 2011
England won by an innings and 83 runs
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England won by an innings and 157 runs
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