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The Ashes - 4th Test

Australia v England

England won by an innings and 157 runs

Overs 0-50

Anderson will start with the new ball, three slips and gully in place. Watson to face...

10.30am Thanks Liam. The first hour cliché could not ring much truer. Plenty of pressure on Jimmy Anderson, Chris Tremlett and the Ashes newcomer Tim Bresnan with Strauss's decision to bowl first. What juice there is in the wicket will evaporate soon and England would probably want three inroads before lunch. Australia's top order has faltered through the series, it will be fascinating to watch how Phillip Hughes approaches this. Before the serious action, there's this: "Beer still on ice then?" chuckles Rohan. The man is a headline-writer's dream.

10.20am Adding to the grand sense of occasion on show, the teams line up for the anthems. Stirring stuff. Big crowd in now, and play is under 10 minutes away. And on that note, here's Sahil to take you through the first hour.

Patrick thinks Strauss may have erred in his decision to bowl: "Johnson's spell in Perth has coloured Englands thinking. They should have batted 1st."

"England obviously feel they have the Australian batting lineups - bar Hussey - measure and want to rub it in," reckons Michael G. "A poor first hour from Aus and they may spend the next 5 days trying to rescue a draw."

10.05am Here's a stat from our Switch Hit friend Lawrence Booth: "Last eight captains to win toss here have batted, but four of them won and four lost." So, that clears up any uncertainty.

10.00am Strauss calls heads, England have won the toss and will bowl first. What's more, it's confirmed that Tim Bresnan comes in for Steven Finn. Australia field an unchanged team, Punter says he wasn't sure what he was going to do first thing this morning - his instinct told him bat, but with the grass and moisture in the wicket the bowlers are likely to control proceedings for at least the first hour, if not session.

9.38am What to do upon winning the toss? Nasser Hussain, Shane Warne and Sir Ian have been looking at the wicket, which has patches of green and patches of dry turf. "If it seams, it spins," reckons Shane, who thinks this pitch will take turn and may become slightly two-paced. The new ball will be crucial, it appears, with the wicket likely to settle out thereafter and the spinner coming into the game later on.

How the wicket might play also bring up questions about team selection. Do Australia pick Beer? Will England rest Finn? How important will a spinner be on this surface? Only one finger-spinner has taken five wickets at the MCG in the last 29 Tests played there. Can anyone guess who?

9.35am For the first time today, here's Andrew Miller with an update from the ground: "Definite buzz of excitement. Streams of people making their way to the 'G as I walked in from town this morning. Lovely day for it too. Not too hot, not too cold."

9.15am Hello one and all and a very merry Christmas to all those celebrating. For those in the UK, the Boxing Day Test is normally a case of supping the dregs of Christmas grog, laying into the lunchtime leftovers and dozing off to the routine sight of Australia pummelling some hapless visiting team... This time, it's different.

After England's total dominance at Adelaide the Ashes ignited dramatically at Perth and suddenly we're level as we head towards the finish line. The headline story - 1-1 with two to play - is exciting enough but all kinds of intrigue lurk in the smaller narratives. Will it be Mitch the terrifying or Mitch the terrified? Does captain Ponting have another great innings left in him? Can Collingwood eek out one final defiance? Is Anderson fully fit? Is Finn knackered? And most fascinatingly, who can withstand the pressure of the 90,000-seater cauldron?

I'm Sahil Dutta and I, together with the esteemed Liam Brickhill, will be bringing you all the ball-by-ball action throughout the Test. The great Andrews, Miller and McGlashan are at the ground alongside the deceptively-named Australian, Peter English. What's more Brydon Coverdale, who wrote this stirring preview will be providing bulletins at the end of each session.

0.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, touch of swing first up, but no great pace by the looks of things, Watson lets it go by outside off stump

0.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, more action here, Anderson goes full in search of swing, finds some and Watson flashes a drive, connecting firmly but only to find Bell who fields smartly at point. The fielder earns plenty of pats and cheers for his efforts, betrays the nerves out there

0.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, again some swing, nothing dramatic and Watson lines it up early enough to leave comfortably

0.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, touch too short from the bowler, allows Watson to survey the bounce outside off stump

0.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, edged and it looks like it's carried to Collingwood at third slip, dropped, dramatic start, perfect delivery, full and swinging away late, found a thickish edge that flew low to Collingwood's left but he couldn't hold on

0.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, ooh, closer to off stump and left alone. Ends an eventful first over, Strauss will be relieved to have seen the swing first up

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

Here's Chris Tremlett, who enjoyed a fine Test comeback at Perth. He's had Hughes in plenty of trouble throughout this tour...

1.1

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, Tremlett starts well, finding the right length, the line is slightly too wide though and Hughes gets a sighter first up

1.2

Tremlett to Hughes, FOUR, shot! Good stuff from Hughes, I think this is how he has to play, gets a fraction of width and smashes past point for four

1.3

Tremlett to Hughes, 2 runs, more runs, Tremlett goes fuller, in search of some swing, Hughes eases it wide of mid-on for a couple

1.4

Tremlett to Hughes, FOUR, four more! What a start this is. Tremlett floats up a fuller ball and Hughes climbs all over it, thrashing through the covers for another boundary

1.5

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, good comeback from Tremlett, touch of extra bounce and tucks Hughes up in defence

1.6

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, left alone outside off, the ball barely reaches Prior who has to collect low down, ends a lively first over for Hughes

End of over 2 (10 runs) Australia 10/0
PJ Hughes    10* (6b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    1-0-10-0
SR Watson    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0

2.1

Anderson to Watson, 2 runs, dropped! Watson gets another life, Pietersen this time has put down a straightforward chance, it was short and wide, Watson flashed a cut that flew quickly at around head height to Pietersen who got two hands to it, but it burst through

2.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, beaten this time outside off stump, touch of away swing past the outside edge

2.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, this time Watson lands a very solid defence, clunking forward on the front foot

2.4

Anderson to Watson, 3 runs, full and swinging, (like a Christmas party?), Watson drives firmly, without quite timing it well enough to get four

Ahmed Akbar with a flattering comparison: "Hughes said his ambition was to play like Sehwag, he looks like a mirror image."

Two slips, a gully and a short leg for Hughes...

2.5

Anderson to Hughes, no run, ooh, edgy defence from Hughes, gets tucked up again with a shortish ball and fends off towards short leg

2.6

Anderson to Hughes, no run, touch of inswing to the left-hander, Hughes plays around his front pad and can't quite connect

End of over 3 (5 runs) Australia 15/0
PJ Hughes    10* (8b 2x4)      JM Anderson    2-1-5-0
SR Watson    5* (10b)      CT Tremlett    1-0-10-0

Tremlett gets his first chance at Watson...

3.1

Tremlett to Watson, no run, touch of extra pace here, forces Watson back and beats the attempted work-to-leg, crashes into the thigh

3.2

Tremlett to Watson, OUT, third time lucky for England, Tremlett strikes with a cracker of a delivery, climbed from a length and rapped the glove, it looped gently to gully, simple enough chance for England to finally hold one

SR Watson c Pietersen b Tremlett 5 (14m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 41.66

Massive cheer greets Ricky Ponting's arrival to the crease. England have their early breakthrough and fair to say this is a massive, massive innings for the Australian captain

3.3

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, gets an early sighter, just what he wants a few of, outside off stump, touch of extra bounce, Ponting leaves alone expansively

3.4

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, oh great take from Prior flying to his left down the leg side, Tremlett fired it in short, Ponting had a flap at it but didn't connect

3.5

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, that's just about the perfect delivery for Tremlett, finding extra bounce from a fullish length, Ponting defends well but whips his bottom hand off the bat as he does so

Even Gareth's mum has been stirred by the hype: "For those who doubt how much Test Cricket and the Ashes mean to Aussies, i just had my mum, who hates cricket, sitting next to me asking me about LBW and field settings as this game got underway."

3.6

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, this is close to off stump but Ponting's judgement is sound enough to let it go by. Good over, wicket maiden

End of over 4 (wicket maiden) Australia 15/1
RT Ponting    0* (4b)      CT Tremlett    2-1-10-1
PJ Hughes    10* (8b 2x4)      JM Anderson    2-1-5-0

4.1

Anderson to Hughes, no run, definite swing here, the clouds have come over the ground, which will make Jimmy smile, this swings down the leg side though and Prior collects

4.2

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Hughes tucks this to short leg to defend

4.3

Anderson to Hughes, no run, ideal delivery from Anderson, full, swinging in late and Hughes gets in a tangle as he defends, luckily for him an inside edge prevented drama

4.4

Anderson to Hughes, no run, nicely played here, Hughes drops this into the covers off the back foot, looks for a single but the fielders rush in in a hurry

4.5

Anderson to Hughes, 1 run, neatly tucked around the corner for a single to get off strike and begin another round of the Anderson v Ponting battle

Three slips and a gully in place...

4.6

Anderson to Ponting, no run, Ponting gets firmly behind a defiant defensive block to cover

Something from Miller: Watto's first single-figure score in Ashes cricket

End of over 5 (1 run) Australia 16/1
RT Ponting    0* (5b)      JM Anderson    3-1-6-0
PJ Hughes    11* (13b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    2-1-10-1

5.1

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, ah, another snorter here and Tremlett follows through a long way to smile at Hughes, this leapt off a length and climbed past the outside edge

5.2

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, bouncer, very short indeed and Hughes could have stood still to leave, as it was he ducked

5.3

Tremlett to Hughes, 1 run, worked away around the corner for a single to fine leg

5.4

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, good delivery here, on and around off stump on a length, Ponting defends busily and marches down the wicket for some gardening

5.5

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, good length and line from Tremlett but Ponting is secure in defence, turning this to short leg who fields and shapes to throw all in one movement

5.6

Tremlett to Ponting, 1 run, ooh, mix up between the batsman and if Cook's throw had hit from backwards short leg Hughes would have gone! Ponting nudged it just wide of Cook who scampered after it and the batsmen eventually decided on a single that was never there, fortunately for them, Cook missed

End of over 6 (2 runs) Australia 18/1
RT Ponting    1* (8b)      CT Tremlett    3-1-12-1
PJ Hughes    12* (16b 2x4)      JM Anderson    3-1-6-0

6.1

Anderson to Ponting, no run, inswinger from Anderson, just showing Ponting he has one, comes in a long way from outside off but quite early and Ponting can line up a defence

6.2

Anderson to Ponting, no run, this is an outswinger and Ponting has nothing to do with it

6.3

Anderson to Ponting, 1 run, angled into Ponting this time and he works a much more secure single into the midwicket region

6.4

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Anderson has been luckless this morning, this is a beauty that nips away off the seam, past a dangling outside edge on its way to Prior

6.5

Anderson to Hughes, no run, very smartly taken from Prior down the leg side here, Anderson got his line wrong and it just flicked Hughes's thigh, made it very difficult for Prior collecting on the half-volley but he did so with ease

6.6

Anderson to Hughes, no run, solid, defiant defence from Hughes to end the over, really willing himself forward and into line

End of over 7 (1 run) Australia 19/1
PJ Hughes    12* (19b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-1-7-0
RT Ponting    2* (11b)      CT Tremlett    3-1-12-1

7.1

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, big appeal from Tremlett, less from behind the stumps as Ponting is struck flush on the pads outside off stump. Umpire Dar wasn't interested

7.2

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, good length finds a touch of extra bounce and Ponting jabs to short leg, playing on the hop a touch

7.3

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, ah lovely length and line, Ponting doesn't want to get forward to a 10ft bowler, who would? But get forward he does, just about and late and it finds the outer half of the bat in defence

7.4

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, Tremlett is really steaming in here, but when the line is like this - fired down the leg side - it's pointless

7.5

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, good solid defence from Ponting, gets all of this and it trickles towards cover

7.6

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, movement back into the batsman raps Ponting on the thigh as he leaves alone, ends an excellent over

End of over 8 (maiden) Australia 19/1
RT Ponting    2* (17b)      CT Tremlett    4-2-12-1
PJ Hughes    12* (19b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-1-7-0

8.1

Anderson to Hughes, no run, plenty of nip and nibble about, this swings late into Hughes who gets into an awkward position in defence

8.2

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Hughes looked like he wanted to leave this but saw some late swing and poked at it uneasily

8.3

Anderson to Hughes, 1 run, nicely done from Hughes, good intent here, looking for an attacking offside stroke, the late swing meant he couldn't free his arms but still picked up a single towards cover

8.4

Anderson to Ponting, no run, snorter, absolute beauty from Anderson here, pitch on a length and went like a legbreak past the outside edge

8.5

Anderson to Ponting, 1 leg bye, this time Anderson jumps wider of the crease and angles it in before swinging it away, the bowler was probably looking for too much though and it thuds off the pads for a single

8.6

Anderson to Hughes, no run, worked firmly off the hip but straight to Cook at short leg who aims a throw back to the stumps

End of over 9 (2 runs) Australia 21/1
PJ Hughes    13* (23b 2x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-8-0
RT Ponting    2* (19b)      CT Tremlett    4-2-12-1

9.1

Tremlett to Ponting, 5 no balls, Tremlett angles one down the leg side, no ball too, and it slips off the thigh pad for a boundary

9.1

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, wrong line again, sliding down the leg side

David may be onto something here: "Looks to me like England are trying to fire in the occasional ball down leg side to try and get Ponting out - since he's already been out in that fashion a couple of times this series."

9.2

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, this time Tremlett reverts to the outside off-stump attack and it's left alone

9.3

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, touch short, and again this is angling past the leg stump, Ponting aims a pull shot but doesn't connect

9.4

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, much better ball, fuller and straighter and Ponting defends in a hurry

9.5

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, ooh, extra bounce has Ponting hopping in defence, the ball then trickles back just the off stump

9.6

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, massive appeal from Tremlett as he lands a fuller ball that traps Ponting on the pad, it was heading over and missing leg though so England were right not to review

End of over 10 (5 runs) Australia 26/1
RT Ponting    2* (26b)      CT Tremlett    5-2-17-1
PJ Hughes    13* (23b 2x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-8-0

10.1

Anderson to Hughes, no run, the sun is out in Melbourne now but Anderson is still finding some movement and Hughes defends carefully

10.2

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Anderson will begin to curse his luck how, Hughes defends and the ball bobbles back and bounces just over the top of the stumps

10.3

Anderson to Hughes, no run, massive appeal and a review from England! They thought they had Hughes out caught down the leg side but replays showed it brushed nothing but a shirt, so England lose a review

10.4

Anderson to Hughes, no run, very firm in defence now, Hughes has his movements in better order now that he's been in for a while

10.5

Anderson to Hughes, no run, touch of inswing finds a hopping Hughes in defence, Hughes does enjoy a hop though

10.6

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Anderson has bowled very well this spell but still has no rewards as Hughes defends well

End of over 11 (maiden) Australia 26/1
PJ Hughes    13* (29b 2x4)      JM Anderson    6-2-8-0
RT Ponting    2* (26b)      CT Tremlett    5-2-17-1

First opportunity for Bresnan as he replaces Chris Tremlett, who has headed off the field.

11.1

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, good start from Bresnan, finds the length and line that he's in the side to bowl, and Ponting defends

SMG believes the stage has been set for Ponting: "Ponting looks nervous, but he is set for a BIG score in this match. It is a make or break for him, and since he is a champion, he is going to pull one out of the hat. You watch!"

11.2

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, definite swing for Bresnan early on, starts a touch too wide though and Ponting can leave comfortably

11.3

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, this time the line is awry, shoved well down leg

11.4

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, full and straight, Ponting jabs out a defence and Bresnan fields smartly off his own bowling

11.5

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, up and around off stump, touch too wide to interest Ponting, who leaves alone expansively

11.6

Bresnan to Ponting, no run, good hustle from Bresnan, finds an off-stump line just short of a good length and Ponting defends

End of over 12 (maiden) Australia 26/1
RT Ponting    2* (32b)      TT Bresnan    1-1-0-0
PJ Hughes    13* (29b 2x4)      JM Anderson    6-2-8-0

12.1

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Hughes looks a touch hurried but he's getting into good positions to defend now

12.2

Anderson to Hughes, 3 runs, more runs for Hughes, he's dangerous when he has room outside off, throws his arms at it, playing it well and only the snail-like outfield prevents four

12.3

Anderson to Ponting, no run, good signs for Ponting here, leaving alone the sort of delivery close to off stump that he fences at very early in his innings normally

12.4

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, that's an even better sign! Really good shot this, Anderson was only a fraction short and Ponting eased into a classic Ponting pull shot, in front of square for four

12.5

Anderson to Ponting, no run, solid and sturdy defence this time, almost as emphatic as the pull shot

12.6

Anderson to Ponting, FOUR, short again, pulled again, four again! Fantastic stuff from Ponting, he's earned a big cheer from the crowd and rightly so, Anderson only a touch short and Ponting was all over him

End of over 13 (11 runs) Australia 37/1
RT Ponting    10* (36b 2x4)      JM Anderson    7-2-19-0
PJ Hughes    16* (31b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    1-1-0-0

13.1

Bresnan to Hughes, OUT, Bresnan has his first Ashes wicket and Hughes has gone. Full and wide, inviting a slash but Hughes didn't get enough of it, instead the edge flew straight to Pietersen who made no mistake in the gully

PJ Hughes c Pietersen b Bresnan 16 (59m 32b 2x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

That's a real shame for Hughes who was looking like he was beginning to settle. Dream start from Bresnan, striking in his second over. Brings the under-pressure Michael Clarke to the crease... The players have used the opportunity to steal a drink, which means it's time to hand over to Liam.

Thanks Sahil

13.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, nervy start for Clarke, who is neither forward nor back as he drops a defensive stroke towards cover

13.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, leaning forward in defence from deep in the crease, Clarke defends back to the bowler

13.4

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, Clarke is getting into line with increasing confidence, and defends towards mid-off this time

13.5

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, Bresnan pulls the length slightly shorter, Clarke blocks under his eyes into the off side

13.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, short from Bresnan, but that's much too short to bother Clarke and he's easily underneath it

End of over 14 (wicket maiden) Australia 37/2
MJ Clarke    0* (5b)      TT Bresnan    2-2-0-1
RT Ponting    10* (36b 2x4)      JM Anderson    7-2-19-0

Good news, Tremlett fans: He's back on the field and will in fact take up the attack for England now, change of ends for him

14.1

Tremlett to Ponting, no run, chopped down to gully, Ponting riding the bounce on a back-of-a-length delivery

14.2

Tremlett to Ponting, OUT, gone! Tremlett strikes again, what a delivery. Spitting off a length and going away off the seam, Ponting is rooted to the crease and pushes at the delivery. A thick edge flies straight to Graeme Swann

RT Ponting c Swann b Tremlett 10 (52m 38b 2x4 0x6) SR: 26.31

Australia are in quite a hole here, England's seamers are making the most of helpful conditions. Mike Hussey has seen it all before - he's helped Australia out of a few sticky situations in this series alone - and he'll have it all to do once again

14.3

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, solid defence from Hussey first up

14.4

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, and he follows that up with a judicious leave, stepping across to off stump and letting this one past

14.5

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, that's well-judged once again, Hussey leaving on length this time. The ball pitched and seamed back in to him, but was short enough to be safely left alone

14.6

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, emotive appeal from Tremlett as he goes fuller and straighter and Hussey is rapped on the back pad. And Strauss asks for a review ... but that's going over the top. It him him well above the knee-roll. And England have used up all their reviews for this innings

End of over 15 (wicket maiden) Australia 37/3
MEK Hussey    0* (4b)      CT Tremlett    6-3-17-2
MJ Clarke    0* (5b)      TT Bresnan    2-2-0-1

15.1

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, nibbling away off the seam, Clarke steps across and shoulders arms

15.2

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, tapped just to gully's right, and Clarke is called through for a tight single ... the throw at the non-striker's end is wide though, and Clarke is off the mark

15.3

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, full on off stump, Hussey leans forward into a solid defence

15.4

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, half an appeal from Bresnan as ball ricochets off pad once again ... but Aleem Dar says no, and England have no reviews. Probably going down, by the looks of the replay. Late swing in to the left-hander there

15.5

Bresnan to Hussey, 1 run, neatly tucked down to fine leg

15.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, tempting line outside off, but Clarke opts for caution and leaves alone

End of over 16 (2 runs) Australia 39/3
MJ Clarke    1* (8b)      TT Bresnan    3-2-2-1
MEK Hussey    1* (7b)      CT Tremlett    6-3-17-2

16.1

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, full and aimed right at off stump, Hussey punches defensively to cover

16.2

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, well-left. Hussey's leaving was a feature of his innings at Perth - even catching Geoffrey Boycott's eye - and he's shown good judgement so far today

16.3

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, slanted even wider across the batsman, no need to play at that

16.4

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, again Tremlett pushes one across him, just short of a good length. Left again. Is Hussey being set up for the one that comes back into the pads?

"Since the end of the 1st Test, Huss has come in (3rd drop) on 2, 98, 28, 38 and 37," good work from Jake Howe

16.5

Tremlett to Hussey, FOUR, it appears not! Tremlett dishes up a gift on off stump, and Hussey drives a long half-volley to the extra cover boundary. He looks in good touch

16.6

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, and another watchful leave to end the over

End of over 17 (4 runs) Australia 43/3
MEK Hussey    5* (13b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    7-3-21-2
MJ Clarke    1* (8b)      TT Bresnan    3-2-2-1

17.1

Bresnan to Clarke, 2 runs, neatly punched between mid-off and cover by Clarke, the ball is pulled up well short of the rope but that was a confident stroke. Pushed through the gap on the up

17.2

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, bad line from Bresnan, on the toes and flicked to fine leg

17.3

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, yet another harmless delivery is easily left by Hussey. England need to get him playing early on

17.4

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, that's better, on a length and straight and Hussey is drawn into a hurried defence

17.5

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, fuller still, but nice and straight once more and Hussey is slightly squared up as he defends to off

17.6

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, landing short of a length on off and going further off the seam, Hussey is quite happy to leave

End of over 18 (3 runs) Australia 46/3
MEK Hussey    5* (17b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    4-2-5-1
MJ Clarke    4* (10b)      CT Tremlett    7-3-21-2

18.1

Tremlett to Clarke, no run, probing length from Tremlett, this would've crashed into the off stump had Clarke not jammed down to defend it

Short leg in, and a man out on the hook. Can Clarke expect some short stuff here?

18.2

Tremlett to Clarke, 1 leg bye, off the pad and trickling down to short fine leg, and they're through for a leg bye

18.3

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, Tremlett pulls the length back to get the ball popping up towards Hussey's ribs, but the batsman rides the bounce to play the ball straight down on the leg side

18.4

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, Tremlett errs slightly in line, and Hussey shoulders arms to one outside off

18.5

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, Tremlett attacks the stumps and immediately appears a far more dangerous prospect ... ball thumps into pad as Hussey lunges forward, but there's a massive inside edge involved

18.6

Tremlett to Hussey, 2 runs, another testing delivery, curving back in to the pads through the air and nudged into the leg side at midwicket

End of over 19 (3 runs) Australia 49/3
MEK Hussey    7* (21b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    8-3-23-2
MJ Clarke    4* (12b)      TT Bresnan    4-2-5-1

19.1

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, dug in very short on off stump, Clarke ducks quickly underneath it

19.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, this one comes in off the seam slightly after pitching on a length and straight, Clarke nudges into the leg side

19.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, Clarke steps forward, looking for the on-drive, but he's not to the pitch of it and a thick inside edge rolls to mid-on

19.4

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, Bresnan invites the drive outside off this time, but Clarke won't be tempted and leaves well alone

19.5

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, similar ball, this time Clarke pushes the bat out at it to send the ball towards backward point

19.6

Bresnan to Clarke, FOUR, in the air, but in the gap between slip and gully! That flew off the bat as he threw himself into a cut, and went fast and possibly too high to be caught anyway. Either way, it brings up Australia's 50

End of over 20 (4 runs) Australia 53/3
MJ Clarke    8* (18b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    5-2-9-1
MEK Hussey    7* (21b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    8-3-23-2

20.1

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, yet another studied leave from Hussey, he could do this all day

20.2

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, again Tremlett pushes this just too far from off to get Hussey playing. The ball does swing back in through the air, but only really once it has passed him

20.3

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, left alone once more, this one really went off the seam back in to Hussey. Left on length, as that shot over middle and off

20.4

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, Tremlett has got to pitch it up here, fourth leave in four for Hussey

20.5

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, and pitch it up he does. Hussey is caught at the crease as he defends, but the ball pings off a defensive blade

20.6

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, rare play and a miss from Hussey! First error in judgement he's made today. He might have left this as well, but just thrust the bat out at it with his weight back

End of over 21 (maiden) Australia 53/3
MEK Hussey    7* (27b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    9-4-23-2
MJ Clarke    8* (18b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    5-2-9-1

21.1

Bresnan to Clarke, FOUR, shot! Full on middle and off, and Clarke leans into a cracking straight drive

21.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, was that held back a touch by Bresnan? It looked like it may have been the leg cutter. Defended to extra cover

21.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, on a length but just too wide to have Clarke playing

21.4

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, identical ball, and the response from the batsman is the same too

21.5

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, this one comes back in off the seam, but it lands quite wide once again and he leaves safely enough

What will England's next move be? Will we see Swann before lunch?

21.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, landing on off stump this time, and fuller too. Clarke defends into the off side

End of over 22 (4 runs) Australia 57/3
MJ Clarke    12* (24b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    6-2-13-1
MEK Hussey    7* (27b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    9-4-23-2

And the change has come sooner rather than later, here's Swann! Short leg under the helmet, slip and a short extra cover in too, and Swann will start round the wicket to the left-hander

22.1

Swann to Hussey, no run, darting this one in at off stump to start, and Hussey leans forward to defend right under the nose

22.2

Swann to Hussey, no run, pitching slightly wider of off and kicked away by Hussey. That seemed to grip just a touch, definitely something there

22.3

Swann to Hussey, no run, speared in much quicker through the air, and rushing on with the arm. Defended by Hussey

22.4

Swann to Hussey, no run, this time the batsman uses his feet, getting nicely to the pitch and whipping to midwicket ... but straight to the fielder, who immediately fires in a return to have Hussey hurrying back to the crease

22.5

Swann to Hussey, no run, Hussey stretches out to smother this one

22.6

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, slipping just down the leg side, and it's tickled round the corner for a single

End of over 23 (1 run) Australia 58/3
MEK Hussey    8* (33b 1x4)      GP Swann    1-0-1-0
MJ Clarke    12* (24b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    6-2-13-1

23.1

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, pushed right across Hussey from over the wicket, landing outside off and going even further and there's no way he's going to play at that

23.2

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, Bresnan straightens his line but Hussey is watchful in defence, bristling with nerdish intensity even as he defends

23.3

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, left on length this time, just too short there

23.4

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, fuller, but wider again and Hussey wisely has nothing to do with it

23.5

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, Bresnan attacks the stumps, but the bat comes down in vertical defence

23.6

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, and - surprise, surprise - an exemplary leave to finish the over

End of over 24 (maiden) Australia 58/3
MEK Hussey    8* (39b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    7-3-13-1
MJ Clarke    12* (24b 2x4)      GP Swann    1-0-1-0

24.1

Swann to Clarke, no run, Clarke makes his intentions to the offspinner clear straight away, dancing down the track and driving hard to cover

24.2

Swann to Clarke, no run, again he's down the track, tapping to mid-on this time

24.3

Swann to Clarke, no run, this time Clarke stays very deep in the crease, defending behind square on the off side

24.4

Swann to Clarke, no run, Clarke uses his feet once again, pushing the ball back to the bowler

24.5

Swann to Clarke, no run, and again, he doesn't quite get to the pitch but does enough to smother the spin

24.6

Swann to Clarke, no run, Clarke keeps his weight back and aims a delicate late cut through gully, but a diving Pietersen cuts it off

End of over 25 (maiden) Australia 58/3
MJ Clarke    12* (30b 2x4)      GP Swann    2-1-1-0
MEK Hussey    8* (39b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    7-3-13-1

Anderson returns for another spell before lunch. Two slips and a gully in place

25.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, loosener to start, curving away from Hussey who leaves alone

25.2

Anderson to Hussey, OUT, edged! Anderson strikes straight away, and what a delivery to do it with. Landing on middle and off and shooting towards the slips, the length was full and Hussey was drawn into the drive, getting a good, healthy edge that flies through to Prior

MEK Hussey c †Prior b Anderson 8 (44m 41b 1x4 0x6) SR: 19.51

That was the one England really wanted before the interval. Hussey didn't look like playing a false shot, but has been done in by a quality piece of swing bowling from Anderson

25.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, and this one curves away to tease the outside edge of Smith's bat first ball!

An early lunch is taken at the MCG as the groundstaff work to get the covers on. Well, the luck didn't quite go England's way first thing as two chances went down, but that wicket has come in the nick of time for them. No-one was quite sure how this wicket would play, and while it certainly doesn't have much pace in it - and nowhere near the bounce that was on show at the WACA - there's definitely some help for the seamers. The scoreboard certainly reflects as much, and it'll be a tense Australian dressing room in the break.

Read all about what has been a riveting first session in Brydon's lunchtime bulletin, which will be up presently. There's also our Facebook page to engage with, where you can - hopefully - spread a little Christmas cheer and share your opinions on the first session. There's also some other Boxing Day cricket going on, and in Auckland Tim Southee, of all people, has just become the third player to take an international Twenty20 hat-trick.

And, almost from nowhere, it is now raining and the players are jogging off the field. Where did that come from? It's still fairly bright out there, and hopefully this is just a passing shower.

1.50pm Enough tattle, the players are out there and Anderson has an over to finish. Oh, okay, one more quick piece of tattle from Damo: "I know it won't happen but just for speculation, how rare would it be for a team to drop both captain & vice-captain simultaneously? Clarke may yet make some runs but what if he doesn't?" These conditions, dank and cloudy, are made to order for Anderson and he has three slips and a gully waiting. The floodlights are on as well.

1.40pm Miller's determination to bring good news has come good. He puts it simply: "Covers coming off." Word has it we'll be ready to start in 15 minutes. Happy times.

1.30pm Rain stopped play "Looks as though the rain has eased," starts Miller. "Although the lights are on for the moment." As our scorer Sanjay points out, Symonds was batting at No. 7 in that innings because Brett Lee had been used as a nightwatchman. The point, if there was one, still stands though. The covers are still out there.

1.20pm Here's Miller's take on things: " A shower passing straight over the middle of the city. Looks dramatic for the moment, but it will pass soon enough." Just a word of caution to excited England fans, on this ground four years ago Australia were 5 for 84 before a hapless-looking No. 6 came out and smashed 156.

1.10pm Covers on now. Not ideal, as soon as I know more so will you. Oh no, the normally flawless Mark Kidger has used the word 'momentum'. He's a scientist too! "The momentum in the series might be with Australia now, but I know who will be the happier of the two skippers. And with Phil Hughes averaging 10 in the series and Ricky Ponting 15.5, the axe must be swinging closer to both with each failure."

Meanwhile Matt J has been thoroughly unimpressed by his side's batsmen: "Enough is enough. Khawaja MUST play in Sydney. I don't care which batsman he replaces."

1.05pm Having said that the rain had relented it has promptly started drizzling, nothing dramatic, but enough to keep the players off for a while longer.

1.00pm Right, the rain relented during the lunch break and we're now ready to go again. Sahil here back on comms, I hope you enjoyed your lunch. I certainly did, tucking into Christmas goose at 1.50am is quite the treat. Can't imagine Anderson had the same, he has an over to finish. England, by the way, were superb before lunch. The conditions offered a bit and they hammered away around off stump on a length and were rewarded for it.

25.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, full and straight on the resumption from Anderson, Smith flicks to leg, looking like a man who's wandered out to the middle from a bar, odd style but this was firmly played

25.5

Anderson to Smith, 3 runs, Smith is away, and in some style too, driving crisply square of the wicket on the off side, the outfield is as slow as a Turkish arthouse film so Smith doesn't get the boundary he deserves

25.6

Anderson to Clarke, 2 runs, neatly played by Clarke this time, flicking to leg with a touch more grace than Smith managed for a couple more

End of over 26 (5 runs) Australia 63/4
MJ Clarke    14* (31b 2x4)      JM Anderson    8-2-24-1
SPD Smith    3* (3b)      GP Swann    2-1-1-0

Tim Bresnan gets the honour of starting after lunch. His opening salvo was tidy. Plenty of hustle.

26.1

Bresnan to Smith, no run, Smith as usual gets into a funny position to defend a length ball, but does so well

26.2

Bresnan to Smith, no run, this keeps a fraction low, Smith was hanging back which made the whole thing look even more dangerous, as it was he defended quite securely

26.3

Bresnan to Smith, 3 runs, lovely shot for three here, gets the slightest bit of width outside off and punches a back-foot drive through extra cover

26.4

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, touch too short from Bresnan, but if his job is to defend than back of a length is the best option, Clarke gets into a good position, right behind the ball, to defend

26.5

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, word from the Australian camp is that the pitch is a bit two paced, which sounds like a bad excuse for 4 for 66, but this sticks in the track a bit and means Clarke's defence is slightly airy to mid-off

26.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, solid, sturdy defence to finish the over, again it's a touch too short from Bresnan to be a wicket-taking length

End of over 27 (3 runs) Australia 66/4
MJ Clarke    14* (34b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    8-3-16-1
SPD Smith    6* (6b)      JM Anderson    8-2-24-1

27.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, nothing back of a length from Anderson, he's on the lookout for swing, and finds some here, late and back into Smith, who gets nowhere near this and it thuds him on the pads

27.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, Smith has a good eye and looks like he has good hands too, makes up for a quirky technique, he defends here with his hands way away from his body

27.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, good judgement sees this left well alone outside off

27.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, this time Anderson's length is wrong - too short - and the line it a touch wide as well

27.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, waa? This almost went through the stumps! Smith leaves alone and watches in horror as the ball snakes back and goes just over the top of middle

27.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, nicely driven but straight to cover, another maiden for Anderson

End of over 28 (maiden) Australia 66/4
SPD Smith    6* (12b)      JM Anderson    9-3-24-1
MJ Clarke    14* (34b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    8-3-16-1

Given all the noise at Perth, there has been very little chatter so far from the players. Perhaps the scoreboard is doing the talking. Imagine a talking scoreboard...

28.1

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, Bresnan bustles up to the crease, and hits the bat hard, he's a euphemism type of bowler

28.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, splice-hitting length and line, no real danger for Clarke

28.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, this is left alone outside off stump

28.4

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, Bresnan finds a fuller length for the first time since lunch, but also locates the middle of Clarke's defensive blade

28.5

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, careful, head-over-ball defiance from Clarke

Something of a Christmas story, from Gareth: "Yesterday i asked Santa for an Ashes Miracle. Today Australia are four down in the first session, it's Boxing Day Test, it's the old enemy, and a vice captain playing to retain his spot. Maybe I should have just asked for a Ferrari instead..."

28.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, another maiden, good work from Bresnan, Clarke's defence is solid

End of over 29 (maiden) Australia 66/4
MJ Clarke    14* (40b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    9-4-16-1
SPD Smith    6* (12b)      JM Anderson    9-3-24-1

29.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, ooh, England have no reviews left, if they did you reckon Strauss would be all over it here, inswinger from Anderson traps Smith on the crease, big inside edge though

29.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, outside off stump this time, Smith is sensible enough to leave alone

29.3

Anderson to Smith, OUT, Smith gone now, always looked a matter of time, pushed very hard at this outside off, touch of nibble away off the pitch found the edge and Prior did the rest

SPD Smith c †Prior b Anderson 6 (18m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

No way Smith should be batting at No. 6, this man though - Brad Haddin - could be batting in the top three. He's a very classy player and Australia need something special from him.

29.4

Anderson to Haddin, FOUR, edged straight away, but Haddin gets four, big gap between second slip and gully and this runs along the ground straight through it to the third man rope

29.5

Anderson to Haddin, 1 run, Haddin is on his way straight away, driving sweetly wide of mid-off, Haddin has a way of getting under England's skin, his way is quite simple actually, score runs and tell the England boys all about every one of them

29.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, careful and calm defence from Clarke to finish another wicket-taking over

End of over 30 (5 runs) Australia 71/5
MJ Clarke    14* (41b 2x4)      JM Anderson    10-3-29-2
BJ Haddin    5* (2b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    9-4-16-1

30.1

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, straight ball meets a very straight bat, Haddin timing a defensive block perfectly to mid-on

30.2

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, Bresnan offers a bit of hit-me width, but Haddin is prepared to get his eye in and leave alone

30.3

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, lovely delivery this, fuller length and Bresnan finds some away movement, sneaks past a nervy push from Haddin

30.4

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, swing from the bowler, swing from the batsman, not a great shot, just a waft outside off stump

30.5

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, this time Haddin leaves alone, almost to punish himself for the previous shot

30.6

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, fuller and straighter from Bresnan and it earns him his fifth maiden in 10 overs, fine work from him

End of over 31 (maiden) Australia 71/5
BJ Haddin    5* (8b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    10-5-16-1
MJ Clarke    14* (41b 2x4)      JM Anderson    10-3-29-2

31.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, Clarke has an eager, head-over-the-ball way about him at the moment, and he pushes to mid-off and screams "waiiit on"

31.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, this is a touch outside off stump and Clarke wants nothing to do with it

31.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, lovely delivery, Anderson swinging it this way and that, not sure Clarke knows which way it's going, this bends in and crashes into the inner thigh

31.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, enough width to give Clarke the luxury of a leave

31.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, fuller and attacking the stumps, Clarke very studious in defence back to the bowler

31.6

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, yorker attempted, doesn't quite get it full enough and Clarke flicks it down to Tremlett at fine leg

End of over 32 (1 run) Australia 72/5
MJ Clarke    15* (47b 2x4)      JM Anderson    11-3-30-2
BJ Haddin    5* (8b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    10-5-16-1

32.1

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, Atherton on Sky has used another Bresnan euphemism "English type seamer" - and the gritty Yorkshireman finds a length, a line and a careful defence

32.2

Bresnan to Clarke, 2 runs, nicely played here, banged in short and Clarke's pull shot was controlled down to midwicket for a couple

32.3

Bresnan to Clarke, 3 runs, ooh, iffy drive from Clarke, just throwing his hands at some width outside off, it flew wide of Morgan at point who leapt in classic salmon fashion but just couldn't reach it

32.4

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, very firm and classy drive straight back down the ground, Bresnan tumbles inelegantly but saves runs as he fields

32.5

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, pushed into the off side

32.6

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, clipped firmly to mid-on, no run but the sort of shot that should settle the frazzled Australian nerves

End of over 33 (5 runs) Australia 77/5
BJ Haddin    5* (11b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    11-5-21-1
MJ Clarke    20* (50b 2x4)      JM Anderson    11-3-30-2

33.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, touch loose again from Clarke, just flinging his arms at this outside off, comes off an inside edge and runs to mid-on

33.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, this time Clarke reverts back to leaving the ball

33.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, Anderson has settled into a perfect groove and Clarke can do nothing but defend

33.4

Anderson to Clarke, OUT, brilliant bowling from Anderson, he's just worked Clarke over with consistent, probing away swing and this time it finds the edge, Clarke pushing at the ball, feathered edge and Prior collects the simple chance. Australia in total disarray

MJ Clarke c †Prior b Anderson 20 (89m 54b 2x4 0x6) SR: 37.03

The bowling has been brilliantly disciplined and simple, the batting hasn't and it means Perth's man of the match Mitchell Johnson has to blast a miracle.

Anderson and Johnson had plenty to say at Perth.

33.5

Anderson to Johnson, no run, but here Anderson finds a length, line and a defensive blade before spinning on his heels and marching back to his mark. 'Can't talk now, I have wickets to take'

33.6

Anderson to Johnson, no run, careful defence from Johnson to end a fine, fine over

End of over 34 (wicket maiden) Australia 77/6
MG Johnson    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    12-4-30-3
BJ Haddin    5* (11b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    11-5-21-1

34.1

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, Haddin is a wanton driver, just can't resist it, and why would he when he plays the shot so well? Sadly for him, he finds a diving Ian Bell at short cover here

34.2

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, good delivery here, just enough away nibble to make Haddin's drive uncertain

34.3

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, swing for Bresnan, plenty of it but from the hand, swing from Haddin too as he drives to point

34.4

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, Bresnan's hard work is rewarded with an outside edge, but it runs along the ground to point

34.5

Bresnan to Haddin, OUT, Bresnan has another and Haddin has gifted him this, flat-footed waft of a drive, flicked the edge and went through to Strauss. Pretty miserable stuff this from the home side

BJ Haddin c Strauss b Bresnan 5 (23m 16b 1x4 0x6) SR: 31.25

Modern batsman eh... can play anything but a moving ball. Some of the shots this innings have been awful. Anyway, here's Ryan Harris.

34.6

Bresnan to Harris, no run, Bresnan locates an off-stump line and Harris somehow jabs a bat down on time, another maiden from Bresnan but this time with the added sauce of wicket

End of over 35 (wicket maiden) Australia 77/7
RJ Harris    0* (1b)      TT Bresnan    12-6-21-2
MG Johnson    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    12-4-30-3

35.1

Anderson to Johnson, no run, Johnson surely has to have a go now, but he won't reach this, slid down the leg side

35.2

Anderson to Johnson, OUT, Anderson has his man! Johnson's gone for a duck, this is a cracking delivery, seams away off a full length, finds the edge and Prior has his fourth catch

MG Johnson c †Prior b Anderson 0 (8m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

8 for 77 at the MCG and Peter Siddle is the new man. Anderson looking for another Ashes five-for.

35.3

Anderson to Siddle, no run, you can always expect a scrap from Siddle, here he leaves alone outside off stump. Sounds obvious, but his colleagues haven't managed it

35.4

Anderson to Siddle, 1 run, big cheer as Siddle gets one, working down to fine leg for a single

35.5

Anderson to Harris, no run, Harris this time watches the line outside off stump and leaves well alone

35.6

Anderson to Harris, no run, good delivery to finish the over, swinging in and Harris defends carefully

The Army isn't quite so Barmy now. Supporting England is a sensible pursuit, they are in full voice now.

End of over 36 (1 run) Australia 78/8
RJ Harris    0* (3b)      JM Anderson    13-4-31-4
PM Siddle    1* (2b)      TT Bresnan    12-6-21-2

36.1

Bresnan to Siddle, no run, Bresnan goes full and straight and Siddle defends

36.2

Bresnan to Siddle, FOUR, rare bad ball from Bresnan and Siddle takes full toll, nothing expansive, just a leg-stump line tickled down to fine leg for four

36.3

Bresnan to Siddle, no run, having gone leg side once Bresnan makes sure this is outside off stump

36.4

Bresnan to Siddle, no run, push and a miss outside off, bit of a tailender prod there

36.5

Bresnan to Siddle, no run, Siddle corrects himself after the last delivery by leaving alone

36.6

Bresnan to Siddle, no run, has it carried? Don't think it has, Swann, who collected the edge, wasn't sure. Bresnan found the outside edge as Siddle pushed outside off stump, went very low and probably carried to Swann, but on replay these things are rarely given out

End of over 37 (4 runs) Australia 82/8
PM Siddle    5* (8b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    13-6-25-2
RJ Harris    0* (3b)      JM Anderson    13-4-31-4

37.1

Anderson to Harris, FOUR, four for Harris, I'm not sure he knew much about it, just swished across the line, got a top edge that sailed over the slips down to the third man rope

37.2

Anderson to Harris, no run, first sledge of the day from Anderson, probably deserves to as well, lovely ball zips past the edge

37.3

Anderson to Harris, no run, umpire Dar has called this a dead ball, much to Harris's annoyance because an inswinger clipped the thigh and ran away for four, but Harris was so late on the attempted nurdle that Dar thought he hadn't played a shot

37.4

Anderson to Harris, no run, left alone studiously outside off stump

37.5

Anderson to Harris, no run, England have barely bowled any short balls this innings, very good discipline, Harris blocks another full delivery

37.6

Anderson to Harris, no run, left alone quietly outside off stump. It's been all England since lunch and they can reward themselves with a drink. Liam will be here after the break

End of over 38 (4 runs) Australia 86/8
RJ Harris    4* (9b 1x4)      JM Anderson    14-4-35-4
PM Siddle    5* (8b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    13-6-25-2

Thanks Sahil. Yep, it's all a bit dire for Australia at the moment, as Vic's sardonic comment reflects: "This ought to silence the critics of Ponting and Clarke. Both are among the top three scorers of the innings." A wistful Shekhar Suman adds: "8 for 77... There was a time when Mcgrath/Warne used to have such bowling figures. Now they are gone, gone." Here's Tremlett, to bowl at Siddle with three slips and a gully

38.1

Tremlett to Siddle, 3 runs, long half volley from Tremlett to start, and it's slapped through the covers by Australia's No. 10

38.2

Tremlett to Harris, no run, Tremlett straightens his line and pulls the length back a touch, Harris stays at the crease to defend

38.3

Tremlett to Harris, no run, seaming in to thump into the front pad this time, but that's too high and heading down the leg side too

38.4

Tremlett to Harris, no run, Harris has an airy swish outside off, and is lucky not to get an edge on this

38.5

Tremlett to Harris, no run, forced out towards cover point, where there is a slight misfield ... but not enough to warrant chancing a single upon

38.6

Tremlett to Harris, no run, Harris defends solidly into the off side and screams "no!" at his partner

End of over 39 (3 runs) Australia 89/8
RJ Harris    4* (14b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    10-4-26-2
PM Siddle    8* (9b 1x4)      JM Anderson    14-4-35-4

39.1

Anderson to Siddle, no run, snaking away through the air, but outside off and easily left alone

39.2

Anderson to Siddle, no run, landing on a length on off stump, tapped defensively to cover

39.3

Anderson to Siddle, 3 runs, slapped with rather more intent this time, the ball beats a diving cover fielder but rolls to a halt in the outfield

39.4

Anderson to Harris, no run, good, testing follow-up ball. But Harris is solid in defence

39.5

Anderson to Harris, no run, and again, Anderson keeping it tight but Harris is hanging in there doggedly

39.6

Anderson to Harris, no run, and nudged gently into the leg side to end

End of over 40 (3 runs) Australia 92/8
RJ Harris    4* (17b 1x4)      JM Anderson    15-4-38-4
PM Siddle    11* (12b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    10-4-26-2

40.1

Tremlett to Siddle, no run, beaten outside the off stump as Tremlett maintains an impeccable line. Possibly too good for the facing batsman...

40.2

Tremlett to Siddle, no run, Siddle whips the bat out of the way this time

40.3

Tremlett to Siddle, OUT, there we go, another one is on his way and Australia are nine down. Tremlett pitches one up invitingly outside off, a touch of movement through the air and off the pitch takes the ball away from the bat and a regulation edge lands safely in Prior's gloves. His fifth catch today

PM Siddle c †Prior b Tremlett 11 (25m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 73.33

Not many people know this, but they should because it's excellent. Cricinfo have a YouTube channel. It features things like Geoffrey Boycott's Ashes analysis. I imagine he'll be in savage mood after this batting display.

40.4

Tremlett to Hilfenhaus, no run, Tremlett bursts another one past a tailender's outside edge, finding a great length: full on off stump

40.5

Tremlett to Hilfenhaus, no run, now he uses his height, this is back of a length and jags towards the slips off the seam. Acres of sunlight between bat and ball

40.6

Tremlett to Hilfenhaus, no run, a yorker goes awry and ends up as a full toss on off stump, which Hilfenhaus biffs to mid-off

End of over 41 (wicket maiden) Australia 92/9
BW Hilfenhaus    0* (3b)      CT Tremlett    11-5-26-3
RJ Harris    4* (17b 1x4)      JM Anderson    15-4-38-4

Anderson continues his search for a first Test five-for on Australian soil

41.1

Anderson to Harris, no run, nicely done by Harris, who is tight in defence

41.2

Anderson to Harris, FOUR, good shot there, the ball was there to be hit - short and wide - but Harris didn't try to make too much of hit, just getting himself into a good, balanced position on the back foot and scything a cut through gully

41.3

Anderson to Harris, no run, swinging in, Harris takes this one the thigh pad as he tries to work to leg

41.4

Anderson to Harris, 2 runs, this time he gets bat on it, clipping to square leg

41.5

Anderson to Harris, no run, defended straight back into the pitch with a vertical bat

41.6

Anderson to Harris, no run, again curving in late through the air, Harris can't get a touch on an attempted leg glance and is struck on the pad. Heading way down leg though, not even a hint of an appeal

End of over 42 (6 runs) Australia 98/9
RJ Harris    10* (23b 2x4)      JM Anderson    16-4-44-4
BW Hilfenhaus    0* (3b)      CT Tremlett    11-5-26-3

42.1

Tremlett to Hilfenhaus, no run, banged in, 'Tremors' keeps Hilfenhaus pegged back with a lifting delivery outside off

42.2

Tremlett to Hilfenhaus, no run, back of a length once more, Hilfenhaus pokes at it and then whips his bat inside the line at the last moment

42.3

Tremlett to Hilfenhaus, no run, that is simply too good for a No. 11, landing full on off stump and moving away off the seam. Beaten.

42.4

Tremlett to Hilfenhaus, no run, ball hits bat this time, as Tremlett attacks the stumps but Hilfenhaus manages to keep him out

42.5

Tremlett to Hilfenhaus, OUT, all over, Australia are out for 98 as Hilfenhaus feathers a sixth catch through to Prior

BW Hilfenhaus c †Prior b Tremlett 0 (10m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

That's tea in Melbourne. The hosts are all out for their lowest score against England at the MCG since Test cricket's very first game, way back in 1877. They've simply been blown away by seam and swing bowling of the highest standard. There are no real demons in this pitch - it's not hooping around corners. England were just the more disciplined team out there today. They gave nothing away, and Australia's batsmen, in comparison, were unforgivably loose and 10 catches were presented behind the wicket.

Here's Miller: "Australia have only made three lower scores in home Tests since the 19th Century. But it's not their lowest of 2010."

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