England tour of Australia, 4th Test: Australia v England at Melbourne, Dec 26-29, 2010
The Ashes - 4th Test
England won by an innings and 157 runs
26,27,28,29 December 2010 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150
  • Overs 151-200

Out come England's openers, there is still cloud around but the sun is out and there's plenty of blue sky too. Ponting leads his team's huddle, although I can't imagine what he might say to them to pep them up after the trainwreck of their first innings...

0.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, flung down well wide of off stump to start, Strauss has a good look and leaves well alone

0.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, Hilfenhaus straightens his line and draws a defensive stroke from the England captain

0.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, a touch of swing there, bringing the ball back in to Strauss, who tucks to leg

0.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, again pushed very wide of off. The ball swings back in appreciably, but is still a good foot-and-a-half away from Strauss, who leaves

0.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, this time Strauss is struck on the pad, but there's barely even a hint of an appeal as that was clearly going down

0.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 run, tapped into space at cover, and Strauss is away

End of over 1 (1 run) England 1/0

    • AJ Strauss 1 (6b)
    • AN Cook 0 (0b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 1-0-1-0

Ryan Harris will share the new ball. He could well be the key for Australia, especially if he can find the right length

1.1

Harris to Strauss, no run, ... and that's not it. Too short, too wide and easily left. A hint of movement away, but it's wasted

1.2

Harris to Strauss, no run, that's closer to the target, landing on off stump. He could go fuller still, as this is defended off the back foot

1.3

Harris to Strauss, no run, pushed wide of off, and left once more

1.4

Harris to Strauss, no run, Harris hasn't quite settled into a rhythm yet, as this one lands on a leg stump line and is clipped to square leg

1.5

Harris to Strauss, no run, was that a leave, or a miss? Strauss certainly thought about playing at this length delivery, but just at the very last moment whipped his bat inside the line

1.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, very full and very wide from Harris, and Strauss has nothing to do with it

End of over 2 (maiden) England 1/0

    • AJ Strauss 1 (12b)
    • AN Cook 0 (0b)
    • RJ Harris 1-1-0-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 1-0-1-0
2.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, outside off, and it's Cook this time leaving alone

2.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, these new-ball bowlers have got to get the batsmen playing here. Another delivery is allowed to sail harmlessly outside off

2.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, and again, the line is closer to the off stump but there's not much swing and certainly not enough to bring the ball back in line with the stumps

2.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, over-adjustment from Hilfenhaus, and Cook picks up a single to fine leg

2.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, short on middle, a decent bouncer but Strauss is underneath it in good time

2.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, short-ish once more, but this doesn't get up too high and is cracked out to deep square on the pull ... two runs the result

End of over 3 (3 runs) England 4/0

    • AJ Strauss 3 (14b)
    • AN Cook 1 (4b)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 2-0-4-0
    • RJ Harris 1-1-0-0
3.1

Harris to Cook, no run, testing line and length from Harris, as Cook comes forward and sends the ball bouncing towards point off the splice

3.2

Harris to Cook, 2 runs, just a touch too full this time, and Cook leans into a cautious drive. He finds the gap, but the ball is hauled in and they're kept to two

3.3

Harris to Cook, no run, this time Cook keeps the weight back, defending to extra cover

3.4

Harris to Cook, 1 run, landing on a leg stump line, Cook shuffles across and helps the ball down to fine leg

3.5

Harris to Strauss, 1 run, good pace and late swing for Harris, but the movement takes the ball towards Strauss's legs and he clips through midwicket for one

3.6

Harris to Cook, FOUR, off the edge, but it's a controlled edge and the ball goes down through gully to third man for four! Cook wasn't quite in control of this, but played it with soft hands to at least send the ball downwards

Wicks has a joke for you all: "What is the difference between a man ironing his pants and an Australian batsman?....

Man ironing his pants stays longer at the crease." Chortle.

End of over 4 (8 runs) England 12/0

    • AN Cook 8 (9b 1x4)
    • AJ Strauss 4 (15b)
    • RJ Harris 2-1-8-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 2-0-4-0
4.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, another leave/miss from Strauss. He's wary of the swing back in that Hilfenhaus is capable of, although there's not been a lot of that on show as of yet

4.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, crisply placed through the covers off the front foot, and they sprint back for the second

4.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, tapped defensively into the off side

4.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, chopped down in defence once more, this time the ball goes behind square

4.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, good line from Hilfenhaus, landing on middle and off, but Strauss is solid in defence

4.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, this one hits the seam and appears to move away towards the slips just a touch. Hint of extra bounce too, as Strauss takes the bottom hand off the bat in defence

End of over 5 (2 runs) England 14/0

    • AJ Strauss 6 (21b)
    • AN Cook 8 (9b 1x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 3-0-6-0
    • RJ Harris 2-1-8-0

Ponting needs an early wicket here, and he's turned to Mitchell Johnson. There's certainly a breeze out there, although I'm not sure it's blowing in the right direction to aid his own style of swing. Three slips and a gully to start

5.1

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, well, nothing dramatic to start with. Johnson hurls one down on a length, Cook plays a slightly ungainly nudge to leg, and they steal a sharp single

5.2

Johnson to Strauss, no run, beaten on the outside edge! Although the delivery was even worse than the shot. Horribly short and wide from Johnson, and Strauss can be forgiven somewhat for having a go at that. He looked to uppercut it over gully, but didn't get close

5.3

Johnson to Strauss, 2 runs, into the pads this time, and the ball is firmly clipped down to fine leg

5.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, that's better from Johnson, full and straight and Strauss pushes to mid-on. But can he land two balls on the same spot?

5.5

Johnson to Strauss, (no ball) 3 runs, perhaps not, as there's width on offer this time and Strauss cuts well, into the ground and bouncing over point. What's more, it's a no-ball

5.5

Johnson to Cook, no run, good length from Johnson, but it's just too wide of off to get Cook playing

5.6

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, ah, another horrid long-hop from Johnson, and this time he's spanked up and over gully by Cook. It was a rank delivery, and put away in style. Cook nails the shot Strauss was attempting earlier

Here's Sahil to pick up commentary

End of over 6 (11 runs) England 25/0

    • AN Cook 13 (12b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 11 (25b)
    • MG Johnson 1-0-11-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 3-0-6-0

Here's Ryan Harris...

6.1

Harris to Strauss, FOUR, ooh, Strauss gets a touch of width and he's a flasher around there, flash he did and it flew past a flying Hussey in the gully for four

6.2

Harris to Strauss, no run, good length and a good line, Strauss does well to leave alone

6.3

Harris to Strauss, no run, more classy leaving from Strauss, more probing bowling from Harris

6.4

Harris to Strauss, 1 run, he's slippery that Harris, plenty of pace and it hurries Strauss in defence and squirts into the midwicket region for one

6.5

Harris to Cook, no run, Cook nudges to leg, he too looked in a hurry, growls "naaaaw" when he sees Strauss looking for a single

6.6

Harris to Cook, no run, good end to a good over with Harris locating a length outside off stump and Cook defending

End of over 7 (5 runs) England 30/0

    • AN Cook 13 (14b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 16 (29b 1x4)
    • RJ Harris 3-1-13-0
    • MG Johnson 1-0-11-0
7.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, Johnson dished up a poor opening over but he's started this one well, fullish outside off and left alone

7.2

Johnson to Strauss, no run, very straight from Johnson, no swing, but at least it's a good delivery that forces a defence from Strauss

7.3

Johnson to Strauss, no run, touch shorter, the line remains good though so Strauss can do nothing but nurdle to leg

7.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, false shot, first real one we've seen this innings, Strauss trying to be too cute, working a straight ball to leg, found a leading edge that went to gully

7.5

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, yorker slung up quickly, Strauss clamps down just in time and earns himself a single to mid-on for the effort

7.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, short and wide, Cook cracks his cut into the ground and finds Hughes at point, the crowd think they have something. They don't

End of over 8 (1 run) England 31/0

    • AN Cook 13 (15b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 17 (34b 1x4)
    • MG Johnson 2-0-12-0
    • RJ Harris 3-1-13-0
8.1

Harris to Strauss, 1 run, Harris finds his customary full length and Strauss works it, with a hint of inside edge, into the leg side, he wants two, absurdly and there is almost a mix up, but no

8.2

Harris to Cook, 1 run, Cook this time picks up a sharp single, made easier by a Ponting misfield

8.3

Harris to Strauss, no run, this beats Strauss for pace and thuds into the thigh

8.4

Harris to Strauss, no run, Strauss is hanging back in defence and it gives him plenty of time to play the shot

8.5

Harris to Strauss, no run, Strauss plays back to a fullish ball and nudges towards midwicket

8.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, similar ball, similar shot, Strauss looking secure as he defends from the back foot

End of over 9 (2 runs) England 33/0

    • AJ Strauss 18 (39b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 14 (16b 2x4)
    • RJ Harris 4-1-15-0
    • MG Johnson 2-0-12-0
9.1

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, Johnson loses his line, possibly his mojo too but it's too early to tell, Cook clips around the corner for a single

9.2

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, ah good delivery here but it costs the bowler four, full and seaming away, Strauss playing with the softest of hands it and it goes down and wide of the second slip for four

9.3

Johnson to Strauss, 4 byes, ooops, that's the bad Mitch that terrifies Australia fans, no ball and fired a country mile down the leg side, Haddin had no chance and it sped to the fine-leg boundary

9.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, phew! This one is straight, and Johnson celebrates that mercy by following through a long way towards a nonplussed Strauss

9.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, straight again and comes off the inside edge to square leg

9.6

Johnson to Strauss, no run, this is outside off stump and Strauss leaves alone expansively, almost making a show to the opposition

End of over 10 (9 runs) England 42/0

    • AJ Strauss 22 (44b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 15 (17b 2x4)
    • MG Johnson 3-0-17-0
    • RJ Harris 4-1-15-0
10.1

Harris to Cook, no run, Harris runs up quickly, delivers outside off stump quickly, turns on his heels quickly and heads back to his mark

10.2

Harris to Cook, no run, good delivery this, teasing the corridor and Cook does well to leave alone

10.3

Harris to Cook, 2 runs, Cook earns himself a couple by working this from around middle towards deep square leg

10.4

Harris to Cook, no run, fuller and asking for a drive, Cook duly plays the shot with a hint of edge and Hughes slides at point to field

10.5

Harris to Cook, no run, Cook does well here to thrust his pad forward and defend

10.6

Harris to Cook, no run, Harris again delivers a slippery good-length ball that Cook defends in a hurry back to the bowler

End of over 11 (2 runs) England 44/0

    • AN Cook 17 (23b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 22 (44b 2x4)
    • RJ Harris 5-1-17-0
    • MG Johnson 3-0-17-0

Ponting has had enough Johnson for now, so Peter Siddle, the local boy, gets his first bowl of the match.

11.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, wow, what a start for the new bowler, this pitches on middle, nips away past a tentative outside edge and the crowd goes mental

Siddle has always struck me as a verve bowler, when the crowd gets behind him he gathers a yard of pace and menace.

11.2

Siddle to Strauss, 2 runs, here's another good ball and Strauss aims an ill-judicious drive that skews down the ground

11.3

Siddle to Strauss, no run, this is defended firmly down to mid-on where Johnson picks up and flings back to the keeper

11.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, hmm, looked a good shot but Strauss flicked across the line here, picking out midwicket for the effort

11.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, good delivery here, old-fashioned hit-the-top-of-off tactic, finds the middle of a solid Strauss defence

11.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, too wide to draw a shot from Strauss here but a promising first over from Siddle

End of over 12 (2 runs) England 46/0

    • AJ Strauss 24 (50b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 17 (23b 2x4)
    • PM Siddle 1-0-2-0
    • RJ Harris 5-1-17-0
12.1

Harris to Cook, no run, Harris throws this up outside off stump, Cook looks carefully before shouldering arms

12.2

Harris to Cook, no run, this is a touch too short and means Cook can leave alone comfortably outside off

12.3

Harris to Cook, no run, Cook leans very confidently into an off drive only to find Ponting at mid-off

12.4

Harris to Cook, no run, full and pushed across the left hander who leaves all alone

12.5

Harris to Cook, no run, slightly nervy shot there from Cook, poor shot really, just poking at a shorter ball outside off stump

12.6

Harris to Cook, no run, this is more solid from the batsman in defence, ending a good over from Harris

End of over 13 (maiden) England 46/0

    • AN Cook 17 (29b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 24 (50b 2x4)
    • RJ Harris 6-2-17-0
    • PM Siddle 1-0-2-0
13.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, excellent take from Haddin down the leg side, it went low and a long way to his right

13.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Siddle goes full around off stump and finds a sturdy Strauss defence

13.3

Siddle to Strauss, 2 runs, very full, Siddle imploring some movement off the pitch or in the air, finds neither and Strauss leans into a mistimed drive for a couple

13.4

Siddle to Strauss, FOUR, this is timed very well, Strauss flicking off his toes wide of mid-on and Johnson follows the ball all the way to the boundary, without ever quite catching up with it. England's 50 is up

13.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, much better delivery from Siddle, straight on a good length and Strauss can do nothing but defend

Three slips in place, but a deep square leg has headed out. Short ball anyone?

13.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, yes please, says Siddle, in answer to my offer, possibly, either way it was banged in short and Strauss comfortably ducked under to finish the over

End of over 14 (6 runs) England 52/0

    • AJ Strauss 30 (56b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 17 (29b 2x4)
    • PM Siddle 2-0-8-0
    • RJ Harris 6-2-17-0

Time for another chance. Ben Hilfenhaus comes back into the attack.

14.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, no sign of any lateral movement, but the line and length is good and Cook defends

14.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, another slightly edgy defensive shot, skews off the outer half of the bat to point

14.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, back of a length, Cook looked like he wanted to leave alone but ended up poking a drive to point

14.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, fuller here and draws Cook forward to push to mid-off

14.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, this is too wide of off to interest Cook

14.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, maiden over ends with Cook defending with an open face to point. High time for a drink apparently

End of over 15 (maiden) England 52/0

    • AN Cook 17 (35b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 30 (56b 3x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 4-1-6-0
    • PM Siddle 2-0-8-0
15.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Siddle bangs in a short ball to Strauss, two men out on the hook, Strauss ducks underneath

15.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, pushed fuller and across the left-hander, who shoulders arms

15.3

Siddle to Strauss, no run, good wheels from Siddle, plenty of pace, but it's wide enough of off for Strauss to leave alone

15.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, once again Strauss leaves alone

15.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, this is a good lesson from Strauss to his opposition, anything with a hint of width outside off is being left alone

15.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, full, outside off, and you guess it, left all alone by the England captain

End of over 16 (maiden) England 52/0

    • AJ Strauss 30 (62b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 17 (35b 2x4)
    • PM Siddle 3-1-8-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 4-1-6-0
16.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, Cook picks up a sharp single by angling a defensive prod towards gully where Hussey fields with a dive, pick-up and throw

16.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, Strauss flicks across the line, gets two for it to deep square, but looked a touch risky

16.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, excellent leaving from Strauss, not being drawn into anything outside off

16.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, carefully defended from under his eyes

16.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, this finds the hint of outside edge, but no more than a hint and it runs away to gully

16.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, Strauss again works across the line of the ball, but he's clearly seeing it well enough now, and earns his team a couple

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 57/0

    • AJ Strauss 34 (67b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 18 (36b 2x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 5-1-11-0
    • PM Siddle 3-1-8-0
17.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, England's exhibition of leaves continues with Cook unfurling the 'bat above head' edition

17.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, yup, left well alone outside off, excellent batting really, not chasing the ball like Australia were

17.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, very simple challenge laid down from Cook to Siddle, bowl straight or I won't play, Siddle refuses to bowl straight and Cook refuses to play

17.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, this is just about close enough to off stump to draw Cook into a defensive block

Here's a definitive list of Australia's sub-100 totals. All 35 of them.

17.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, shoved outside off and Cook has nothing to do with it

17.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, excellent over of five leaves from Cook, maiden for Siddle but never looked like breaking through

End of over 18 (maiden) England 57/0

    • AN Cook 18 (42b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 34 (67b 3x4)
    • PM Siddle 4-2-8-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 5-1-11-0
18.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, Hilfenhaus lands the perfect hit-the-top-of-off length and line, only to find the middle of Strauss's defence

18.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, again width is offered and again it's resisted

18.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, too wide of off stump to draw Strauss into anything other than a leave

18.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, some excitement here for the Australian fielders as Strauss unfurls the curtain-rail leave instead of the arms-over-head version

18.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, ah, this time it's the "pfft, I ain't playing that" leave, where Strauss stays perfectly still in his stance to let the ball go by

18.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, and finally Strauss offers no shot by ducking under a shorter ball

End of over 19 (maiden) England 57/0

    • AJ Strauss 34 (73b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 18 (42b 2x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 6-2-11-0
    • PM Siddle 4-2-8-0
19.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, Siddle has not quite bowled straight enough to make Cook play

19.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, clap from the slip cordon, I hope they are clapping Cook for his lesson on how to leave the ball

19.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, a shot! A defensive shot! That's what you get for bowling straight, solidly played off the back foot to cover

19.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, finally Cook has a dart at one outside off, it was probably the short length which tempted him into it, the cut shot was solid though and found point

19.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, ooh, big imploring, pleading appeal from Siddle as Cook plays around his front pad in defence, umpire Dar gave it not out and after plenty of thought Australia decided against a review. Good choice as it was heading over

19.6

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, ooh, touch of movement back into Cook here and he gets in a tangle playing around his front pad again, an inside edge means he gets a single to midwicket

End of over 20 (1 run) England 58/0

    • AN Cook 19 (48b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 34 (73b 3x4)
    • PM Siddle 5-2-9-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 6-2-11-0
20.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Hilfenhaus goes full in search of that swing Siddle just located, doesn't find it but the line is tidy and Cook defends

20.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Cook decisively forward in defence to another good ball

20.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, solid and sturdy defence from Cook, he's really digging in here

20.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Hilfenhaus is doing all he can, bowling the outside-off channel on a good length, but Cook's defence is proving solid

20.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, and again Cook rocks forward in defence

20.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, carefully prodded into the off side to end a good over from Hilfenhaus

Time for a change here, Liam to take over comms

End of over 21 (maiden) England 58/0

    • AN Cook 19 (54b 2x4)
    • AJ Strauss 34 (73b 3x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 7-3-11-0
    • PM Siddle 5-2-9-0

Thanks Sahil. Perfect conditions for batting out there at the moment, or so it seems. The pitch has flattened out, the sun is out, and the ball is ageing.

21.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, decent nip from Siddle, but it's angled wide and left alone

21.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, and again, trying to tempt Strauss into something indiscreet outside off, but he's having none of it

21.3

Siddle to Strauss, no run, fuller and a touch straighter, Strauss leans forward to drive to mid-off

21.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, great bouncer, and that's really taken Strauss by surprise! It didn't get up all that high, but as it rose up at him he turned his head away in self-preservation. The ball didn't pass too far away from the glove...

21.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, back of a length again outside off, Strauss keeps his bat inside the line and lets the ball past

21.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, full, inviting the drive once again. This time Strauss has a go, but cracks it on the bounce straight to mid-off

End of over 22 (maiden) England 58/0

    • AJ Strauss 34 (79b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 19 (54b 2x4)
    • PM Siddle 6-3-9-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 7-3-11-0
22.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, crisply-punched down the ground! That was nothing but a checked defensive push, but it pinged right out of the middle and down to long-on

22.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, much better length, Cook leans half forward to defend

22.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, four more, on the off side this time! An offering - short and wide outside off - is gleefully accepted and slapped hard behind point

22.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Hilfenhaus recovers his line and length and Cook defends

22.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, more defence from Cook, rolling into the covers

22.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, tapped into the leg side, but this time Cook picks out the square leg fielder

End of over 23 (8 runs) England 66/0

    • AN Cook 27 (60b 4x4)
    • AJ Strauss 34 (79b 3x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 8-3-19-0
    • PM Siddle 6-3-9-0

Siddle, who looked like he was bowling with good rhythm, is given a rest and replaced by Ryan Harris.

23.1

Harris to Strauss, 4 byes, not the greatest start, short and speared down the leg side. The ball balloons over the batsman and evades a leaping Brad Haddin

23.2

Harris to Strauss, no run, good comeback from Harris, landing one on the perfect line to beat Strauss's defensive push. Strauss didn't follow the ball, however, just playing the line as it seamed away from him

23.3

Harris to Strauss, no run, a hint of seam movement towards the slips once again, but the line isn't quite right this time and Strauss leaves

23.4

Harris to Strauss, no run, Strauss steps forward to defend back down the track

23.5

Harris to Strauss, no run, another good bouncer to the England captain! He was surprised by this one too, flapping his bat at it even as he buckled his knees to try and get underneath it. Lucky not to get a touch on that

23.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, defended firmly with bat and pad close together into the off side

End of over 24 (4 runs, maiden) England 70/0

    • AJ Strauss 34 (85b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 27 (60b 4x4)
    • RJ Harris 7-3-17-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 8-3-19-0
24.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, attempted yorker from Hilfenhaus, but it lands outside off and is easily dug out back to the bowler

24.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Hilfenhaus strikes, Cook is out leg before! Or is he? He was deep in the crease as the ball thudded into the pad, and he asks for the review. And he's vindicated, a massive inside-edge on that, much to the enjoyment of the Barmy Army, who can see the replay on one of the big screens

24.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, long half-volley outside off, driven into the covers where the fielder cuts it off

24.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 2 runs, Cook aims for a pull, but the ball comes off the splice and loops over mid-on...

24.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, punched down the ground, and Hilfenhaus is on the ground as he watches the ball fizz past him. Nicely played straight drive

24.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, a thick inside edge rolls into the leg side for a quick single

End of over 25 (7 runs) England 77/0

    • AN Cook 34 (66b 5x4)
    • AJ Strauss 34 (85b 3x4)
    • BW Hilfenhaus 9-3-26-0
    • RJ Harris 7-3-17-0
25.1

Harris to Cook, no run, banged in, he's trying to get this up into Cook's ribs but the batsman does well to stand tall and ride the bounce

25.2

Harris to Cook, 2 runs, flicked into the leg side, as Johnson charges round to cut it off they sprint back for a second

25.3

Harris to Cook, no run, judicious leave by Cook, getting his front pad across to cover the off stump and raising the bat above his head

25.4

Harris to Cook, 1 run, short, and Cook swivels into a pull out to deep square

Watto is engaged in some sort of bizarre stretching routine at the moment ... wonder if he's going to have a bowl

25.5

Harris to Strauss, 1 bye, plaintive cry of "catch it!" from Harris as he digs this one in and has Strauss in an awkward position as he tries to pull ... didn't appear to be anything on it, and Haddin couldn't hold the ball cleanly down the leg side anyway

25.6

Harris to Cook, 1 run, now Harris tests Cook with the short ball, but it's easily pulled out into the deep

End of over 26 (5 runs) England 82/0

    • AN Cook 38 (71b 5x4)
    • AJ Strauss 34 (86b 3x4)
    • RJ Harris 8-3-21-0
    • BW Hilfenhaus 9-3-26-0

And Shane Watson will indeed have a bowl here. Two slips in place for him

26.1

Watson to Cook, no run, gentle loosener outside off to start, and Haddin collects it on the bounce

26.2

Watson to Cook, no run, left alone once more as Watson chugs in and hurls one down outside off

26.3

Watson to Cook, FOUR, too easy for Cook, short wide and decidedly medium-paced from Watson. Cut away past gully

26.4

Watson to Cook, no run, Cook unfurls the cut once more, this time the width wasn't quite there for the shot and Hughes fields at point

26.5

Watson to Cook, no run, well outside off again, but fuller this time. Cook wisely opts to leave

26.6

Watson to Cook, no run, Watson keeps plugging away at that line outside off, and once again the delivery is left alone

End of over 27 (4 runs) England 86/0

    • AN Cook 42 (77b 6x4)
    • AJ Strauss 34 (86b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 1-0-4-0
    • RJ Harris 8-3-21-0
27.1

Harris to Strauss, 1 run, short - with two men out on the hook - but Strauss does well to control the shot and keep it down, collecting one to long leg

27.2

Harris to Cook, no run, beaten outside off! More by the line and length than any great movement, but Cook was drawn forward into an unnecessary push all the same. The luck not with Australia

27.3

Harris to Cook, no run, pushed slightly wider this time, left alone

27.4

Harris to Cook, no run, full on off stump, nudged watchfully to mid-off

27.5

Harris to Cook, 1 run, Cook shuffles right across to off as the ball is bowled and taps just wide of mid-on

27.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, very short, Strauss keeps his eye on the ball as he ducks easily underneath it

End of over 28 (2 runs) England 88/0

    • AJ Strauss 35 (88b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 43 (81b 6x4)
    • RJ Harris 9-3-23-0
    • SR Watson 1-0-4-0
28.1

Watson to Cook, no run, a bottom-edged cut bounces twice on its way to Haddin

28.2

Watson to Cook, no run, decent wheels on this delivery, but the line outside off means Cook doesn't have to play at it

28.3

Watson to Cook, no run, and again, Watson tests Cook's patience outside off. So far, it's holding

28.4

Watson to Cook, 1 run, wider still from Watson, this time Cook believes the width is sufficient to cut and aims a shot out to the man at deep point

28.5

Watson to Strauss, no run, Strauss leaves this time as Watson maintains his line

28.6

Watson to Strauss, 1 run, guided down behind square on the off side

And with that, drinks are taken. We were promised a record-breaking crowd, as it is it peaked at 84,345. Not bad but plenty of Aussies have already left the ground after what they've seen today

End of over 29 (2 runs) England 90/0

    • AJ Strauss 36 (90b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 44 (85b 6x4)
    • SR Watson 2-0-6-0
    • RJ Harris 9-3-23-0
29.1

Harris to Strauss, no run, Harris changes to round the wicket, Strauss hops to defend to cover

29.2

Harris to Strauss, 3 runs, back of a length from Harris, Strauss pulls with the angle out to deep square. The ball plugs in the lush outfield metres from the boundary

29.3

Harris to Cook, no run, Cook has more leaving practice as Harris goes wide of off

29.4

Harris to Cook, FOUR, the bowler over-corrects, and Cook is waiting on the back foot to thump a pull in the air in front of square!

29.5

Harris to Cook, 1 bye, and England achieve parity as Harris fires one way down the leg side and Haddin, diving athletically to his right, can't quite stop it cleanly

29.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, Strauss keeps his weight on the back foot and defends to midwicket

End of over 30 (8 runs) England 98/0

    • AJ Strauss 39 (93b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 48 (88b 7x4)
    • RJ Harris 10-3-30-0
    • SR Watson 2-0-6-0
30.1

Watson to Cook, no run, does this keep slightly low? It certainly died off the surface ... Cook defends easily enough into the off side

30.2

Watson to Cook, no run, pushed slightly wider, and Cook raises his bat to leave

30.3

Watson to Cook, 1 run, and England are in the lead, Cook chopping a cut down behind square. Not the greatest timing

30.4

Watson to Strauss, FOUR, cracking shot to bring up the 100! Strauss steps into a balanced on drive, sending the ball bouncing past Watson's out-stretched left hand and away to the boundary

30.5

Watson to Strauss, no run, just a hint of shape back in to the left-hander there, taking the inner half of the bat as Strauss comes forward to drive once more

30.6

Watson to Strauss, no run, Strauss's leaving hasn't always been well-judged in this series, but this is a good one. He gets across to cover the off stump, and though this comes back in off the seam he is able to leave on angle as it slants across him. I like a good leave

End of over 31 (5 runs) England 103/0

    • AJ Strauss 43 (96b 4x4)
    • AN Cook 49 (91b 7x4)
    • SR Watson 3-0-11-0
    • RJ Harris 10-3-30-0

Back comes Mitchell Johnson. What can we expect from him? The ball may start to reverse soon. Two slips and a gully, man out on the hook.

31.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, loosener from Johnson, pinging one down outside off as Cook leaves well alone

31.2

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, well, the signs aren't good for Johnson. His second ball is short and wide, and Cook goes to his fifty with a powerful cut that speeds past Hughes at point

31.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, good comeback from Johnson, targeting the stumps and finding just a hint of wobble through the air. But can he maintain that line?

31.4

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, slipping into the pads this time, Cook nudges behind square on the leg side for a single

31.5

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, short, and Strauss was waiting on the back foot. There's a man out on the pull, so just the one run

31.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, a tight end to what has been a real mixed bag from Johnson, and Cook defends back down the track

End of over 32 (6 runs) England 109/0

    • AN Cook 54 (96b 8x4)
    • AJ Strauss 44 (97b 4x4)
    • MG Johnson 4-0-23-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-11-0
32.1

Watson to Strauss, no run, full outside off and left alone by Strauss. This ball does swing, but unfortunately only does so once it is well past the batsman

32.2

Watson to Strauss, no run, gun-barrel straight outside off, and Strauss has nothing to do with it

32.3

Watson to Strauss, no run, fuller and tighter on off stump, Strauss leans forward to defend

32.4

Watson to Strauss, no run, full again from Watson, but pushed a foot outside off and Strauss won't be tempted

32.5

Watson to Strauss, no run, out of nowhere Watson gets one to shape back in, but at a gentle pace and Strauss has time to adjust his defence

32.6

Watson to Strauss, no run, and another leave to finish the over

End of over 33 (maiden) England 109/0

    • AJ Strauss 44 (103b 4x4)
    • AN Cook 54 (96b 8x4)
    • SR Watson 4-1-11-0
    • MG Johnson 4-0-23-0
33.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, decent start from Johnson, good pace and the right length, tight on off stump. Cook is well in though, and defends without alarm

33.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, just short of a good length, but the line is still good and Cook stays back to defend this time

33.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, three in three on the spot for Johnson, is he getting some rhythm going? Plenty of encouragement from the field for him, and Ponting is also talking to him after every ball

33.4

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, too short for this placid pitch, and Cook rolls the wrists on a controlled pull

33.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, on a length outside off, Strauss watches it closely and leaves alone

33.6

Johnson to Strauss, 2 runs, flicked off the pads out to deep midwicket for Strauss's 6,000th and 6,001st Test runs

And here's Sahil to take you to the close of play

End of over 34 (3 runs) England 112/0

    • AJ Strauss 46 (105b 4x4)
    • AN Cook 55 (100b 8x4)
    • MG Johnson 5-0-26-0
    • SR Watson 4-1-11-0
34.1

Watson to Cook, no run, the 7-8am shift is always the best, and Watson starts it by shoving this outside off stump for Cook to leave alone

34.2

Watson to Cook, 1 run, crunched cut shot finds deep point for a jogged single

34.3

Watson to Strauss, no run, Strauss leaves all alone just outside off stump and the ball creeps through to Haddin

Strauss is the 11th England batsman to pass 6,000 Test runs. A short mid-on has come in place for him to celebrate.

34.4

Watson to Strauss, 1 run, picked off the legs for a single to deep square

34.5

Watson to Cook, no run, Cook gets forward with his bat and pad clamped together, blocking very solidly

34.6

Watson to Cook, 1 run, flicked off middle around the corner to fine leg for a strike-stealing single

End of over 35 (3 runs) England 115/0

    • AN Cook 57 (104b 8x4)
    • AJ Strauss 47 (107b 4x4)
    • SR Watson 5-1-14-0
    • MG Johnson 5-0-26-0
35.1

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, Cook gets four here, not entirely where he wanted, he just pushed forward to defend with soft hands and it ran off the face wide of the slips for four

35.2

Johnson to Cook, 1 wide, Johnson's response is a bouncer, a very very short one and Cook stands entirely still to leave alone

35.2

Johnson to Cook, 3 runs, oops, not a great ball here, short and wide and Cook crashes a cut shot towards the point boundary

35.3

Johnson to Strauss, no run, careful defence off the back foot to this straight Johnson ball

35.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, fullish and straightish from Johnson and Strauss stands tall to defend

35.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, back of a length outside off stump, Strauss doesn't move his feet but defends to cover

35.6

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, touch short again and Strauss wheels away a controlled pull shot for a single

End of over 36 (9 runs) England 124/0

    • AJ Strauss 48 (111b 4x4)
    • AN Cook 64 (106b 9x4)
    • MG Johnson 6-0-35-0
    • SR Watson 5-1-14-0

Change in bowling, and a first look in the series at Steven Smith's legspin. Short leg and a slip in place...

36.1

Smith to Strauss, 1 run, decent start, tossed up a fraction around middle, Strauss turns it around the corner for one

36.2

Smith to Cook, 1 run, touch of spin here to Cook, who gets deep into his crease to work a single to leg

36.3

Smith to Strauss, no run, Strauss gets right forward to defend this under his eyes

36.4

Smith to Strauss, 1 run, fifty for Strauss, gets there with a minimum of fuss, clipping a single to a deep-set mid-on

36.5

Smith to Cook, no run, carefully blocked back to the bowler

36.6

Smith to Cook, 1 run, pushed through a touch quicker, Cook nudges into a gap square of midwicket for a single

End of over 37 (4 runs) England 128/0

    • AN Cook 66 (109b 9x4)
    • AJ Strauss 50 (114b 4x4)
    • SPD Smith 1-0-4-0
    • MG Johnson 6-0-35-0
37.1

Johnson to Cook, 2 runs, Johnson floats this up wide and full, Cook obliges with a drive and though he doesn't time it ideally, picks up a couple

37.2

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, timed firmly to mid-on where Siddle manages to collect with a speculative thrust-out hand

37.3

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, uppish but no chance, short and a touch wide and Strauss sliced the cut shot over gully for four

37.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, Johnson finds the right length and line and Strauss has to defend

37.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, back of a length again, Strauss aims a more controlled cut shot but finds point

37.6

Johnson to Strauss, no run, careful and considered defence from Strauss as Johnson ends an over well

End of over 38 (7 runs) England 135/0

    • AJ Strauss 54 (118b 5x4)
    • AN Cook 69 (111b 9x4)
    • MG Johnson 7-0-42-0
    • SPD Smith 1-0-4-0
38.1

Smith to Cook, 1 run, too short from Smith and Cook has an age to get back and cut, no great damage though as the deep point fields

38.2

Smith to Strauss, no run, much better delivery here and Strauss has to defend carefully under his eyes

38.3

Smith to Strauss, 1 run, ooh, good stop from the bowler, Strauss sauntered down the wicket and drilled a drive back at Smith who shoved two hands to take most of the pace off the ball

38.4

Smith to Cook, 1 run, touch short again, and Cook cuts to point

38.5

Smith to Strauss, no run, Strauss carefully forward and defending to the bowler

38.6

Smith to Strauss, no run, prodded with due care and attention into the off side

End of over 39 (3 runs) England 138/0

    • AJ Strauss 55 (122b 5x4)
    • AN Cook 71 (113b 9x4)
    • SPD Smith 2-0-7-0
    • MG Johnson 7-0-42-0

Peter Siddle gets another go. He had a good first spell.

39.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, starts well here, up and around off stump and Cook defends carefully

39.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, very sturdy and determined defence but good accuracy from Siddle

39.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, Siddle goes full and Cook gets forward to defend back to the bowler

39.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, punched firmly off the front foot to a deepish mid-off

39.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, Cook's bat is looking Brisbane-broad in defence here

39.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, another very firm drive from Cook finds Ponting at mid-off

End of over 40 (maiden) England 138/0

    • AN Cook 71 (119b 9x4)
    • AJ Strauss 55 (122b 5x4)
    • PM Siddle 7-4-9-0
    • SPD Smith 2-0-7-0
40.1

Smith to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss picks of a single driving stylishly to deep cover

40.2

Smith to Cook, no run, this finds the outer-half of the bat and squirts to point

40.3

Smith to Cook, no run, full and driven down to mid-off

40.4

Smith to Cook, no run, Cook aims a leg-side nudge but finds short leg

40.5

Smith to Cook, FOUR, ah, just a touch too short from Smith and that's asking for trouble, sits up asking for a beating which Cook dishes out, pulling firmly through midwicket

40.6

Smith to Cook, FOUR, and another! Too short and Cook gave this some humpty, looking for a six, but the boundary is a long way away and he has to settle for four

End of over 41 (9 runs) England 147/0

    • AN Cook 79 (124b 11x4)
    • AJ Strauss 56 (123b 5x4)
    • SPD Smith 3-0-16-0
    • PM Siddle 7-4-9-0
41.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Siddle finds something approaching an outside edge but it goes down on the bounce to gully

41.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Strauss gets firmly behind this in defence

41.3

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, quickly-taken single as Strauss pushes to mid-on

41.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, Cook looking very solid indeed in defence

41.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, attempted drive trickles off a toe-end to cover

41.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, good work from Siddle, banging away on a length and line but Cook's defence looks unbreachable

End of over 42 (1 run) England 148/0

    • AN Cook 79 (127b 11x4)
    • AJ Strauss 57 (126b 5x4)
    • PM Siddle 8-4-10-0
    • SPD Smith 3-0-16-0
42.1

Smith to Strauss, no run, Smith floats up a fullish ball outside off and Strauss drives to cover

42.2

Smith to Strauss, no run, nudged carefully into the leg side

42.3

Smith to Strauss, no run, good bowling here, nice flight, good line outside off, Strauss defends carefully

42.4

Smith to Strauss, 2 runs, ooh, edged past slip for a couple more, Strauss had a drive at a wider ball and it slides off the edge past slip to bring up the 150 stand

42.5

Smith to Strauss, 1 run, another run here as Strauss drives to deep cover

42.6

Smith to Cook, no run, Cook picks out a diving extra cover

End of over 43 (3 runs) England 151/0

    • AN Cook 79 (128b 11x4)
    • AJ Strauss 60 (131b 5x4)
    • SPD Smith 4-0-19-0
    • PM Siddle 8-4-10-0
43.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Siddle still charging in, he's found good wheels today, the line here is a touch too wide and Strauss has nothing to do with it

43.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, back of a length here and Strauss clips to leg but finds the field

43.3

Siddle to Strauss, 2 runs, careful short-arm pull from Strauss earns him a couple down to fine leg

43.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, sturdy and steady defence from Strauss

43.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, patted gently to short cover from the crease

43.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Strauss's leaving has been nothing short of sublime, anything outside his range he's ignored

End of over 44 (2 runs) England 153/0

    • AJ Strauss 62 (137b 5x4)
    • AN Cook 79 (128b 11x4)
    • PM Siddle 9-4-12-0
    • SPD Smith 4-0-19-0
44.1

Smith to Cook, no run, Cook stretches a long way forward in defence

44.2

Smith to Cook, 1 run, full toss isn't punished as savagely as it could have been, instead it's patted straight of cover for one

44.3

Smith to Strauss, 2 runs, Strauss hangs on the back foot and turns this around the corner for a couple

44.4

Smith to Strauss, no run, oh unlucky for Smith! Finds a genuine outside edge and it lands just short of slip

44.5

Smith to Strauss, no run, Strauss gets forward to defend and it beaten on the outside edge

Gully added to the slip in place...

44.6

Smith to Strauss, no run, more careful defence to end the over, decent over from Smith there

End of over 45 (3 runs) England 156/0

    • AJ Strauss 64 (141b 5x4)
    • AN Cook 80 (130b 11x4)
    • SPD Smith 5-0-22-0
    • PM Siddle 9-4-12-0
45.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, back of a length from Siddle, only to find the middle of Cook's defensive blade

45.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, an emphatic pull shot finds Ryan Harris tumbling at square leg to save well

45.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, Cook's bat and pad are moving in unison and there is no gap as he defends

45.4

Siddle to Cook, 1 no ball, good slower ball here, but it's a no ball

45.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, Cook steps forward and defends carefully again

45.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, spirit-sapping defence from Cook, Siddle not doing anything wrong, but doesn't look like breaking through

45.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, another very solid, sturdy defence to end the over

End of over 46 (1 run) England 157/0

    • AN Cook 80 (137b 11x4)
    • AJ Strauss 64 (141b 5x4)
    • PM Siddle 10-4-13-0
    • SPD Smith 5-0-22-0

Right, one over to go. Can Strauss see it out?

46.1

Smith to Strauss, no run, Smith goes flat, full and wide outside off and Strauss leaves alone

46.2

Smith to Strauss, no run, pushed across quickly again and Strauss watches it go by

46.3

Smith to Strauss, no run, good delivery here, spinning back into Strauss who pops forward to block

46.4

Smith to Strauss, no run, nudged carefully into the leg side, Strauss knows his perfect day is almost done here

46.5

Smith to Strauss, no run, floated up outside off stump and Strauss watches carefully before deciding to leave alone

46.6

Smith to Strauss, no run, blocked again to finish a stunning day for the tourists and a horrible one for the hosts

Stumps From the moment the coin went up at the toss and Andrew Strauss called correctly England have been all over Australia. So much was promised for this Boxing Day Test but England used some helpful conditions and hapless Australian batting to bundle them out for 98. Almost as soon as the innings was over the sun came out and combined with a heavy roller to rid the pitch of any devils, allowing Strauss and Cook to knock off the runs and leave England sitting pretty with a 59-run lead at the end of the day. Could not have gone any better for England and you can assess the carnage on our gallery. Brydon has his bulletin ready to tell you all about it and if that's not enough we even have a Facebook page where you can discuss all the details.

That's all from me, Sahil Dutta, and from Liam Brickhill, please join us tomorrow at 10.30am to see how the second day unravels.

End of over 47 (maiden) England 157/0

    • AJ Strauss 64 (147b 5x4)
    • AN Cook 80 (137b 11x4)
    • SPD Smith 6-1-22-0
    • PM Siddle 10-4-13-0

10.25am The ground seems to be filling up quite nicely, we didn't quite see the record-breaking numbers we were promised yesterday and after the batting collapse the ground emptied pretty swiftly. Maybe a couple of early wickets will lure some optimistic Victorians to the G today.

Here's Mr Kidger's Christmas message: "Please can you give me a century for both Cook and Strauss for Christmas and an innings victory. Oh and by the way, a few runs for that nice boy Paul Collingwood would be good if you have any space left in my stocking. I know that the Australians have not been so good, but I would still like Santa to bring them a present: a large slice humble pie."

And with that I'll hand over to Liam for the first hour.

10.15am There was a bit of rain in the air earlier but things seemed to have cleared now. The clouds should give something for Australian hopes to form around but they need something dramatic.

Second day 10.00am Hello one and all and welcome to the second day at Melbourne. Absolute rout on day one. From the moment the day started until the close Australia were under the pump and England have one finger clasped firmly around that urn now. If you didn't know (and I only just found out) ESPNcricinfo have a YouTube channel now and it features things like Geoffrey Boycott moaning about Australian batting. It's actually superb, he had plenty of material to discuss.

47.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, loosener to start on a cool morning, but it's on target and draws a defensive stroke from Cook

Two slips and a gully, and a man out on the hook to start

47.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, fuller this time, Cook gets well forward and defends under the eyes

It's an overcast morning with a fairly chilly breeze, the Australians all in jumpers

47.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, the first leave of the day from Cook, and it's a good 'un as he steps right across and lifts his bat high out of harm's way

47.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, full enough to draw a speculative drive from Cook, the ball rolls gently to cover

47.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, another leave from Cook as Siddle slams one down outside off. Not quite of the class and grace of the first, but does its job

47.6

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, first runs, Cook gets forward and jabs to leg in slightly ungainly fashion

Edo is hanging tough: "Am in the office at 7.35am in Singapore with the worst hangover imaginable and the only thing keeping me going is the silence from my Aussie colleagues."

End of over 48 (1 run) England 158/0

    • AN Cook 81 (143b 11x4)
    • AJ Strauss 64 (147b 5x4)
    • PM Siddle 11-4-14-0
    • SPD Smith 6-1-22-0

Ryan Harris, from the Southern Stand End

48.1

Harris to Cook, no run, very full first up, this may well have been an attempted yorker but slipped out as a low full toss outside off. Dug out back down the track

48.2

Harris to Cook, no run, well-left by Cook, no need to play at this as Harris sends one down on a length outside off

48.3

Harris to Cook, no run, a long half-volley from Harris, but Cook is still slightly circumspect this early in proceedings and drives cautiously to cover

48.4

Harris to Cook, no run, full again, driven to Ponting at mid-off, who fields somewhat gingerly to protect his fractured pinkie

48.5

Harris to Cook, no run, top leave from Cook, stepping across on the bat foot and lifting his hands over the ball

48.6

Harris to Cook, no run, fuller and closer to the off stump, Cook defends and Harris starts with a maiden

End of over 49 (maiden) England 158/0

    • AN Cook 81 (149b 11x4)
    • AJ Strauss 64 (147b 5x4)
    • RJ Harris 11-4-30-0
    • PM Siddle 11-4-14-0
49.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Strauss is up and leaving now too, as Siddle sends one down in the channel outside off

49.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, fuller, attacking the off stump as Siddle searches for the right length. The ball does nothing through the air, and is driven to cover

49.3

Siddle to Strauss, no run, just short of a length, the line is very good as Strauss is slightly cramped in defence

49.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Siddle bustles in and hurls one down outside off, Strauss has nothing to do with it

49.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, much better line from Siddle, this pitches on about off stump and goes towards the slips on the angle. Strauss has got to play, and defends to off

49.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, nice and straight again, and the length keeps Strauss back in the crease as he defends once more

End of over 50 (maiden) England 158/0

    • AJ Strauss 64 (153b 5x4)
    • AN Cook 81 (149b 11x4)
    • PM Siddle 12-5-14-0
    • RJ Harris 11-4-30-0
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