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The Ashes - 4th Test

Australia v England

England won by an innings and 157 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

The sun is out now

50.1

Harris to Cook, no run, easily left by Cook, well outside off

50.2

Harris to Cook, 1 run, that's the line, full and right on off stump. Cook presses forward and a thick inside edge sends the ball to fine leg

50.3

Harris to Strauss, no run, Harris keeps the length full, Strauss steps forward and taps to cover

50.4

Harris to Strauss, no run, nicely left by Strauss, stepping right across to cover the off stump

50.5

Harris to Strauss, no run, the England captain is solidly behind the line in defence this time

50.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, dropped towards cover in defence once again, Clarke trots round to field

End of over 51 (1 run) England 159/0
AJ Strauss    64* (157b 5x4)      RJ Harris    12-4-31-0
AN Cook    82* (151b 11x4)      PM Siddle    12-5-14-0

51.1

Siddle to Cook, OUT, edged! Does it carry to Watson at second slip? Yes it does, he's gone! Finally the breakthrough comes for Australia, and it was a good ball that did it. Landing on middle and leg and drawing Cook forward into a defensive poke, the ball just left him off the seam and did enough to take a healthy edge

AN Cook c Watson b Siddle 82 (212m 152b 11x4 0x6) SR: 53.94

In comes Jonathan Trott. Siddle is waiting at the end of his run while Trott re-fastens all his pad straps, scrapes at his guard and does a little bit of gardening on the wicket in front of him

51.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, good delivery first up, full and straight and wobbling in slightly through the air. Trott jabs down to get the ball to mid-off

51.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, flicked off the pad, but good fielding at midwicket prevents the run

51.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, landing just outside off, Trott gets right across to defend

51.5

Siddle to Trott, 2 runs, forced away through cover point off the front foot, and Trott is off the mark

I hope the wicket has cheered Chris up. But he does make a good point about blooding youngsters in the middle of an important series: "What does it take for these guys to be dropped? Clarke and Ponting have a combined total of 228 runs (dont forget Clarke pulled out an 80). They are selected simply because of their names now. This is embarassing. Greg Chappel , we shouldve been blooding the youngsters 12 months ago, not halfway through the ashes! God ...help Australian Test cricket. This is a deep hole we have to dig ourselves out of now."

51.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, bouncer to finish the over, Trott is quickly underneath it

End of over 52 (2 runs) England 161/1
IJL Trott    2* (5b)      PM Siddle    13-5-16-1
AJ Strauss    64* (157b 5x4)      RJ Harris    12-4-31-0

52.1

Harris to Strauss, no run, Harris launches into an appeal as Strauss is struck on the pad, but it dies in the bowler's throat even as he shouts it as that was obviously pitching outside leg

52.2

Harris to Strauss, no run, full and straight, Strauss steps forward to defend

52.3

Harris to Strauss, 2 runs, glanced to fine leg, Strauss picked this up from outside off

52.4

Harris to Strauss, no run, full, straight and fast. Strauss drives it hard back towards the bowler, who picks it up and threatens to throw the stumps down

52.5

Harris to Strauss, no run, nicely driven again by Strauss, great sound off the bat but straight to mid-on

52.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, slightly slower through the air and dying off the pitch, Strauss leaves alone outside off and the ball reaches Haddin on the bounce

End of over 53 (2 runs) England 163/1
AJ Strauss    66* (163b 5x4)      RJ Harris    13-4-33-0
IJL Trott    2* (5b)      PM Siddle    13-5-16-1

53.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, back of a length, Trott thrusts the bat away from the body to guide to point

53.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, fuller, left alone outside off this time

Still two slips and a gully for the new batsman, short midwicket too

53.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, beaten by a ripper outside off! That leapt off a length, rearing up and away from Trott and bursting past the outside edge

53.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, full, driven hard to the right of Ponting at mid-off, who does really well to tumble over and stop it one-handed

53.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, outside off but not quite full enough for the drive, Trott leaves

53.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, full and moving in through the air, Trott gets bat and pad right together in defence

End of over 54 (maiden) England 163/1
IJL Trott    2* (11b)      PM Siddle    14-6-16-1
AJ Strauss    66* (163b 5x4)      RJ Harris    13-4-33-0

54.1

Harris to Strauss, no run, cracking straight drive from Strauss, but Harris bends in his follow-through to cut the shot off

54.2

Harris to Strauss, 3 runs, worked very effectively through the leg side, picking the gap and maintaining control in the shot. Three runs the result

54.3

Harris to Trott, 2 runs, after a fairly lengthy wait for Trott to be ready, Harris charges in and dishes one up on a leg stump line. The batsman whips across the front pad to pick up two through midwicket

54.4

Harris to Trott, no run, solidly defended into the off side with a loud shout of "no!"

54.5

Harris to Trott, 1 run, a short ball is worked down to fine leg with a nicely controlled pull

54.6

Harris to Strauss, no run, on a length on off stump, calm defence from Strauss

End of over 55 (6 runs) England 169/1
AJ Strauss    69* (166b 5x4)      RJ Harris    14-4-39-0
IJL Trott    5* (14b)      PM Siddle    14-6-16-1

55.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, just short of a good length but well-directed on an off stump line, defended by Trott

55.2

Siddle to Trott, 1 run, too straight from Siddle, picked off for a single to fine leg

Worryingly, the plan already seems to be to target Trott's pads, not too sure of the wisdom of that

55.3

Siddle to Strauss, OUT, gone! Two wickets for Siddle, this one courtesy of a leaping, one-handed catch from Mike Hussey at backward point. It was another back of a length effort ball from Siddle, and he found alarming lift off the pitch to surprise Strauss, who was looking to work this quietly to leg. A thick leading edge sent the ball in the opposite direction, and Hussey did the rest. The game moves on once more!

AJ Strauss c Hussey b Siddle 69 (232m 167b 5x4 0x6) SR: 41.31

55.4

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen is forced into slightly ungainly defence as this one hits the seam and jags away from him

55.5

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off this time

Even with the wicket, Pandit will be still be smiling: "Hahahaha.... Lord Snooty (Ganguly) must be chuckling right now.Perfect recipe to destroy a team: bring in Greg Chappell. Greg, we love you!!!

55.6

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, good, testing ball to finish - full, fast and swinging. Pietersen digs it out to mid-off

End of over 56 (1 run) England 170/2
KP Pietersen    0* (3b)      PM Siddle    15-6-17-2
IJL Trott    6* (16b)      RJ Harris    14-4-39-0

First change as Hilfenhaus comes on. The ball has just done a little off the seam this morning, but not too much through the air. Hilfenhaus should at least keep things tight

56.1

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, not the best start, speared down the leg side. Trott misses the attempted glance

56.2

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, this one does do something through the air, coming back in to the right-hander and drawing a hurried defence

56.3

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, nudged watchfully into the leg side this time

56.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, metronomic stuff from Hilfenhaus, good length and right on off stump. Trott can only defend

56.5

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, Hilfenhaus hits that length yet again, Trott defends to off

56.6

Hilfenhaus to Trott, 1 run, a sharp single ruins what would have been a good, tight maiden from Hilfenhaus. Tap and run to cover, the shy hits the stumps but Pietersen is easily in

End of over 57 (1 run) England 171/2
IJL Trott    7* (22b)      BW Hilfenhaus    10-3-27-0
KP Pietersen    0* (3b)      PM Siddle    15-6-17-2

57.1

Siddle to Trott, 1 run, chopped down in front of point, another quick single is taken

57.2

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, just short of a good length on off stump, Pietersen stands tall and taps to the man fielding at that much maligned position at short, straight mid-on

57.3

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, fuller, driven to that man once again. Clarke it is

57.4

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, full and straight, solidly defended by Pietersen and Siddle charges through after his follow-through to field. He's pumped up after those wickets

57.5

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, easily left alone by KP, getting across to off and lifting his hands extravagantly over the ball

57.6

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, edged, but falling short of third slip! That was a genuine edge but fell well short of the fielder. Pietersen thrust the bat out away from his body at one that seamed away, after the good leave he had just played he really needn't have done that

End of over 58 (1 run) England 172/2
KP Pietersen    0* (8b)      PM Siddle    16-6-18-2
IJL Trott    8* (23b)      BW Hilfenhaus    10-3-27-0

58.1

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, Hilfenhaus is swinging them in quite sharply here, and there would've been a much bigger appeal if this hadn't hit the inside edge before cannoning into the pad

58.2

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, short of a good length, pushed back to the bowler

58.3

Hilfenhaus to Trott, 1 run, fired at the pads, Trott accepts the gift and nudges to fine leg

58.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, more defence from KP

58.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen pushes away from his body once more to a full, wide delivery. It wasn't there for the drive, not that he was even attempting one. A nothing shot really, and Australia won't mind seeing that

58.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 2 runs, worked off the hip down to fine leg

End of over 59 (3 runs) England 175/2
KP Pietersen    2* (11b)      BW Hilfenhaus    11-3-30-0
IJL Trott    9* (26b)      PM Siddle    16-6-18-2

59.1

Siddle to Trott, 1 run, full, tapped into space at cover and he's quickly called through for a quick single

59.2

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, a hint of swing through the air, Pietersen lunges forward to defend and a thick inside edge goes to leg

59.3

Siddle to Pietersen, FOUR, slapped back down the ground! Pietersen was waiting on the front foot for this, cracking it straight back past the bowler

59.4

Siddle to Pietersen, FOUR, another boundary, but this one is accompanied by a cry of "catch it!" from the bowler. Pietersen shuffled across to off and whipped powerfully through midwicket, but in the air and only just past a diving Michael Clarke

59.5

Siddle to Pietersen, 1 run, good calling, good running as another one is tapped into the covers

59.6

Siddle to Trott, 3 runs, forced away through the covers, Trott wasn't nearly to the pitch of this one, driving a full ball off the back foot, but the connection and placement are good

End of over 60 (13 runs) England 188/2
IJL Trott    13* (28b)      PM Siddle    17-6-31-2
KP Pietersen    11* (15b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    11-3-30-0

60.1

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, Hilfenhaus continues to keep things tight, banging this down on a good length to get Trott defending

60.2

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, landing on middle, Trott flicks to the fielder at midwicket

60.3

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, did this keep a little low? Trott certainly made a show of bending to play it as if it did. No great alarm though

The leg side is reinforced with another fielder at midwicket. The plan: to bowl straight and search for the lbw?

60.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, straight it is, tapped back defensively to the bowler

60.5

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, slightly too straight, clipped into the leg side but straight to the fielder

60.6

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, outside off this time, Trott gets right across to cover it and defends away from his body

And with that, drinks are brought onto the field. Good work from Australia to get themselves back into the game in the first hour. Plenty more to do, however, and Sahil will pick things up when play resumes

End of over 61 (maiden) England 188/2
IJL Trott    13* (34b)      BW Hilfenhaus    12-4-30-0
KP Pietersen    11* (15b 2x4)      PM Siddle    17-6-31-2

Thanks Liam. Excellent two-wicket spell from you to start the day. Amazing what a bit of cloud does, Australia barely passed the bat yesterday. Mitch has to have a go soon, much will ride on which version turns up. Here's a word from Mr Andrew Miller: "Drinks. And that's been Australia's mini-session. Their first victorious hour of the match." Indeed it has. Oh, and look who it is, Mitchell Johnson has been called into the attack.

61.1

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, starts with a nondescript pudding delivery outside off stump. I'm not sure what a pudding delivery is, but gentle is probably what I mean

61.2

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, this, bless Mitch, is straight, the pace isn't bad either and Pietersen defends

61.3

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, another off-stump delivery, no real snap or verve in the action as yet, quite ginger - like Collingwood - Pietersen steals a single to cover by virtue of soft hands

61.4

Johnson to Trott, 2 runs, touch too short, but no Harmison-like wide nonsense, Trott stands tall and flaps a two into deep midwicket

61.5

Johnson to Trott, no run, hello!? Is that Mitch the destroyer? Looked like it as it spat off a length and reared into Trott's gloves. Johnson is so pleased he even has a sledge at Trott, who looks entirely nonplussed

61.6

Johnson to Trott, 2 runs, Trott will make thousands of runs like this, stepping over to the off side and working a couple to midwicket

End of over 62 (5 runs) England 193/2
IJL Trott    17* (37b)      MG Johnson    8-0-47-0
KP Pietersen    12* (18b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    12-4-30-0

62.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, this is full and swinging in a touch, Pietersen squeezes out to mid-on

62.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, smashing leave here, Pietersen's leaving has been poor this innings but this time he climbs into the shot, thrusting his arms high above his head

62.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, another excellent leave rewards a good Hilfenhaus delivery, hanging the ball around off stump

62.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, Hilfenhaus cuddles up even closer to off stump and forces an uncertain defensive prod from Pietersen

62.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, much more secure in defence here, the length was possibly a fraction - 1/8th perhaps - shorter than the delivery before and made all the difference as Pietersen could defend comfortably

62.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, maiden over, and a good one, ends with Pietersen defending to extra cover

End of over 63 (maiden) England 193/2
KP Pietersen    12* (24b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    13-5-30-0
IJL Trott    17* (37b)      MG Johnson    8-0-47-0

63.1

Johnson to Trott, no run, Johnson slings up a full one and spins on his heels in alarm as he sees Trott drive firmly back down the ground, fortunately for the bowler mid-off scooted around in time

63.2

Johnson to Trott, no run, Trott shuffles a long way to the off side here and plays across his pads, drawing an "oooh" from the bowler

63.3

Johnson to Trott, no run, touch wider of off here, perhaps it was an intentional tempter, but I'm not sure Johnson can intend anything to great effect, Trott squeezed his drive to point

63.4

Johnson to Trott, no run, this is a decent delivery, nothing fancy, just on and around off stump

63.5

Johnson to Trott, no run, with his low, low arm Johnson has to dig it in very short to get a bouncer up, gives Trott eras to get under it

Bluey spreads some festive cheer: "you may be a cabbie from Calcutta, an orthopedic surgeon from Adelaide, a brickies labourer from Bristol, or a layabout aussie in Chiang Mai (thats me btw!)................but this great game doesn't care who we are or what we do.....coz its cricket........even with us aussies at the short end of the stick, there's still nothing better than a good game of cricket"

63.6

Johnson to Trott, no run, right, note this moment, I saw swing. Swing for Johnson! Reverse swing too, nothing huge but it just bent away late to Trott as he defended. Worth keeping an eye on

End of over 64 (maiden) England 193/2
IJL Trott    17* (43b)      MG Johnson    9-1-47-0
KP Pietersen    12* (24b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    13-5-30-0

64.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, maybe my eyes are failing me but there is some reverse for Hilfenhaus now, wobbling it back into Pietersen who defends

Aw, Mitch is signing autographs on the boundary edge. Or is he drawing on his arms again?

64.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, good work from Hilfenhaus again, hanging the ball around off stump and getting a touch of wobble in the air, Pietersen stands still and feels for the ball, doesn't look secure in the process

64.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, this is a touch straighter from the bowler and Pietersen is in a better position to defend

64.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, careful defence again towards mid-on

64.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 3 runs, neatly played here, Pietersen uses the angle to flick one between mid-on and midwicket, timing it nicely

64.6

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, bouncer to finish the over, Trott ducks under it

End of over 65 (3 runs) England 196/2
IJL Trott    17* (44b)      BW Hilfenhaus    14-5-33-0
KP Pietersen    15* (29b 2x4)      MG Johnson    9-1-47-0

65.1

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, good line from Johnson, good pace too and Pietersen plays a defence on the walk

65.2

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, Johnson searches for some swing by pitching it full, there is no swing other than Pietersen's bat, which slams it to mid-off

65.3

Johnson to Pietersen, 3 runs, lovely shot, Pietersen at his best, picking up runs where most players would block, he just got across to off stump and whipped through midwicket for three

65.4

Johnson to Trott, no run, oops, that's the Mitch that terrifies everyone in Australia, shoved well across the batsman outside off stump

65.5

Johnson to Trott, 1 run, good delivery here, caught Trott on the hop as a shortish ball zipped through and hurried Trott as he tried to pull, still collected a safe single to fine leg to bring up England's 200

65.6

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, very wide again of off, not a great delivery but Johnson still has plenty to say to Pietersen, something along the lines of "when I get one straight, then you'll see", presumably

End of over 66 (4 runs) England 200/2
KP Pietersen    18* (33b 2x4)      MG Johnson    10-1-51-0
IJL Trott    18* (46b)      BW Hilfenhaus    14-5-33-0

66.1

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, no sledging from Hilfenhaus, he just bowls straight and gets on with his life, must seem like another world for Mitch

66.2

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, more good lines from Hilfenhaus, good length too and Trott has to defend

66.3

Hilfenhaus to Trott, 2 runs, without having quite the same elan, Trott has flicked this from outside off through midwicket in a very Pietersen-like way, top shot really

66.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, having taken the couple Trott can now reward himself with an expansive leave

"Is this the crucial partnership of the match?" asks Mark Kidger. "Break it and Australia will think that they can keep the lead to under 150. If these two can see off the Australian thrust though it may still be a long, hard day in the field for Ricky PontingĀ“s men. Definitely Australia are up for it today."

66.5

Hilfenhaus to Trott, 1 wide, oops, Hilfenhaus slips in delivery and serves up a Johnson-esque wide one outside off, so wide in fact that the umpire has to say something

66.5

Hilfenhaus to Trott, 1 run, flicked around the corner for a strike-turner

66.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, very crisp Pietersen defence to end the over, worrying signs for Australia fans that

End of over 67 (4 runs) England 204/2
KP Pietersen    18* (34b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    15-5-37-0
IJL Trott    21* (51b)      MG Johnson    10-1-51-0

67.1

Johnson to Trott, 1 run, since I mentioned Johnson might have swung one it has all been gun-barrel straight, this is too short anyway and Trott works his short-arm pull to fine leg for one

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67.2

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, ah, touch of reverse here, but it starts outside off and goes further, Pietersen leaves with disdain

67.3

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, yup, good swinging signs for Johnson, but it must be said Pietersen is lining him up very well at the moment and drills this to mid-off

67.4

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, plenty of action for a single, touch short from Johnson, found perhaps a hint of extra bounce but Pietersen nailed the pull shot, it reached deep square in a flash

67.5

Johnson to Trott, no run, pushed up fuller and wide of Trott, who thinks better of playing

67.6

Johnson to Trott, no run, careful defence to end the over, not a bad one from Johnson

"The day's first glimpse of blue sky. Australia's window of opportunity is closing," says Miller.

End of over 68 (2 runs) England 206/2
IJL Trott    22* (54b)      MG Johnson    11-1-53-0
KP Pietersen    19* (37b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    15-5-37-0

68.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen wills himself to get fully across with his feet and defend carefully back down the pitch

68.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, good delivery outside off stump that Pietersen leaves studiously

68.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, very careful head-over-ball defence

68.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen is bubbling, he just looks in very good order, even defending to mid-off

68.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, 54 deliveries without a boundary now as Pietersen punches a drive to mid-off

68.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, some very good defence from Pietersen but emphasis Hilfenhaus's good work this morning, Australia have not allowed England to get (further) away this morning

End of over 69 (maiden) England 206/2
KP Pietersen    19* (43b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    16-6-37-0
IJL Trott    22* (54b)      MG Johnson    11-1-53-0

69.1

Johnson to Trott, 2 runs, Johnson searching for swing again, allows Trott to lean a couple through cover

69.2

Johnson to Trott, no run, pushed across Trott, the swing tailing away with the angle is not as worrying for the batsman as the inducking variety, so Trott leaves comfortably

69.3

Johnson to Trott, 1 run, nurdled to leg in the most routine of fashions

69.4

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, patted firmly to mid-off

69.5

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, banged in short and Pietersen is hurried on the pull shot, sending it one-bounce to Hilfenhaus at fine leg

69.6

Johnson to Trott, no run, solid back-foot defence from Trott to finish the over

End of over 70 (4 runs) England 210/2
IJL Trott    25* (58b)      MG Johnson    12-1-57-0
KP Pietersen    20* (45b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    16-6-37-0

70.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, a straight ball is met by a straight bat. Can't put it fairer than that

70.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, more careful defence from the batsman

70.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, after some early fencing outside off, Pietersen has settled into some well-executed leaves

70.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, neat piece of fielding from Ponting at short midwicket saves runs after Pietersen clips confidently

70.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen defends off the front foot and spins on his heels to refocus, he looks in determined mood

70.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, more careful and studious defence means another Hilfenhaus maiden over. the Hilf has bowled very well today

Kevin might not be the only one feeling this way: "i don't get Ponting's bowling strategy...he's letting the Eng get comfortable by maintaining this pattern. I would have expected short sharp spells!"

End of over 71 (maiden) England 210/2
KP Pietersen    20* (51b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    17-7-37-0
IJL Trott    25* (58b)      MG Johnson    12-1-57-0

Time for a change in pace, Steve Smith is into the attack. Should be interesting. Slip and a short leg in place...

71.1

Smith to Trott, no run, very good start from Smith, tossed up and finds a good length and line, Trott gets forward to defend

71.2

Smith to Trott, no run, again Trott carefully is forced forward to defend a tossed-up delivery

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71.3

Smith to Trott, 1 run, plenty of drift for Smith with the breeze, touch overpitched and allows Trott to sweep a single

71.4

Smith to Pietersen, FOUR, ooh, Pietersen gets a boundary but wasn't all that convincing, he sauntered down the wicket and launched it over mid-on, but with more inside edge than he wanted

71.5

Smith to Pietersen, no run, down the wicket again, but this time only to defend

71.6

Smith to Pietersen, FOUR, ah, this time Pietersen gets all of it, down the wicket a third time, Smith went wider of off but that only gave Pietersen the width to free his arms and thrash it over mid-off for four

End of over 72 (9 runs) England 219/2
KP Pietersen    28* (54b 4x4)      SPD Smith    7-1-31-0
IJL Trott    26* (61b)      BW Hilfenhaus    17-7-37-0

72.1

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, Hilfenhaus finds a touch of extra bounce and it zips past the edge of Trott's defensive blade

72.2

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, Trott plays back when he should have played forward and as a result gets into an awkward, hurried position as he defends

72.3

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, this is outside off and gives Trott to relief of a leave

72.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, excellent length, dragging Trott forward, good line too and defence is the only option

72.5

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, patted firmly to mid-on, if you want to know more about the delivery you should really be sending your questions in to chatterbox@cricinfo.com

72.6

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, careful defence to end another probing Hilfenhaus over

End of over 73 (maiden) England 219/2
IJL Trott    26* (67b)      BW Hilfenhaus    18-8-37-0
KP Pietersen    28* (54b 4x4)      SPD Smith    7-1-31-0

Mid-on has gone out to the boundary at long on. Will it affect Pietersen?

73.1

Smith to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen hurries down the track but the drift into him means he can't get his shot away

73.2

Smith to Pietersen, no run, careful defence here, Smith finding plenty of drift but not so much turn

73.3

Smith to Pietersen, no run, after coming down the wicket a couple of times Pietersen hangs back and defends

73.4

Smith to Pietersen, no run, touch too short, Pietersen leaps back to try and get this away through the off side but can't quite time it

73.5

Smith to Pietersen, no run, this time it's fuller and Pietersen defends with utmost respect, good stuff from Smith

73.6

Smith to Pietersen, no run, maiden over, good work from the legspinner, Pietersen unable to beat the infield with his cut shot

End of over 74 (maiden) England 219/2
KP Pietersen    28* (60b 4x4)      SPD Smith    8-2-31-0
IJL Trott    26* (67b)      BW Hilfenhaus    18-8-37-0

74.1

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, just back of a good length outside off stump and Trott gets everything behind a defensive block

74.2

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, more good lines and lengths from the luckless Hilfenhaus, more good defence from Trott

74.3

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, touch fuller here, draws Trott forward to block back to the bowler

74.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, 1 run, the fifty stand is up thanks to a leg-side nudge for one, very patient stand but an important one after the two early wickets

74.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, this is short but not short enough for the shot - an ambitious pull - that is through Pietersen too quickly. Hilfenhaus is unimpressed and wishes Pietersen some future ill-fortune

74.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 2 runs, banged in short again and this time Pietersen gets plenty on his pull shot, it races wide of deep square who scoots round quickly to keep it to two

End of over 75 (3 runs) England 222/2
KP Pietersen    30* (62b 4x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    19-8-40-0
IJL Trott    27* (71b)      SPD Smith    8-2-31-0

75.1

Smith to Trott, no run, Smith finds an excellent length and line and a hint of spin too, Trott watches it all and defends

75.2

Smith to Trott, no run, hint of a false shot here as Trott is hurried in defence

75.3

Smith to Trott, no run, very good line from Smith around off stump, Trott pops forward to block

75.4

Smith to Trott, no run, very studious, head-over-ball defence

75.5

Smith to Trott, 4 runs, tossed up but the drift slips this a touch too far to leg stump and Trott works it firmly through midwicket, runs very hard to pick up an all-run four

75.6

Smith to Trott, no run, carefully defended to end the session

Brydon will not be chatting during the lunchbreak but he has written this bulletin to tell you all about the morning. During the break you may also want to have a glance at our magnificent review of the year stuff we have.

Just a reminder, if you'd like to pick the brains of two of cricket's foremost writers, don't forget to join Andrew Miller and Peter English to discuss this Test, during this lunch break. Send your questions in to chatterbox@cricinfo.com

Lunch Well, having been on the wrong end of every hour yesterday Australia had a good start to the second morning. Two wickets in the first hour and then plenty of accuracy during the second hour. Pietersen and Trott were very patient and could be rewarded with big runs if the soon-to-be-taken new ball doesn't deliver wickets after lunch.

End of over 76 (4 runs) England 226/2
IJL Trott    31* (77b)      SPD Smith    9-2-35-0
KP Pietersen    30* (62b 4x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    19-8-40-0

Welcome back everyone, Liam here. Australia need wickets, and they need them fast. And to that end, Shane Watson has the ball in his hand ...

76.1

Watson to Pietersen, FOUR, gentle start from Watson, and Pietersen is up and running straight away with a firm swipe through midwicket that teases the fielder all the way to the rope

76.2

Watson to Pietersen, no run, an appeal second ball as Pietersen is hit on the front pad, but it's a hopeful one ... too high

76.3

Watson to Pietersen, 1 run, angling in to the legs once more, this time Pietersen gets bat on it to send the ball to fine leg

76.4

Watson to Trott, no run, a watchful start from Trott, getting across to off and defending into the leg side

76.5

Watson to Trott, FOUR, poor bowling this, lobbed down on leg stump and Trott just had to get bat on it to get that down to the fine leg boundary

76.6

Watson to Trott, no run, better finish as Watson hits a good length on off stump, but the damage has been done in this over...

The new ball is just three overs away, and it can't come quickly enough for Australia

End of over 77 (9 runs) England 235/2
IJL Trott    35* (80b 1x4)      SR Watson    6-1-23-0
KP Pietersen    35* (65b 5x4)      SPD Smith    9-2-35-0

Steve Smith to continue

77.1

Smith to Pietersen, 1 run, tossed up very full on middle and off, cracked hard into the off side

A slip and a short leg are in place

77.2

Smith to Trott, no run, Trott stays deep in the crease and defends quietly to off

77.3

Smith to Trott, no run, nicely flighted, Trott stays back all the same and defends

77.4

Smith to Trott, no run, tossed up once again, not much turn though as Trott defends

77.5

Smith to Trott, no run, Trott is finally drawn onto the front foot, leaning forward to tap this back down the track

77.6

Smith to Trott, no run, whipped with powerful forearms into the leg side, but straight to the midwicket fielder

End of over 78 (1 run) England 236/2
IJL Trott    35* (85b 1x4)      SPD Smith    10-2-36-0
KP Pietersen    36* (66b 5x4)      SR Watson    6-1-23-0

78.1

Watson to Pietersen, 1 run, Watson gets this to tail in through the air, but it starts just too straight and is clipped out to deep square

78.2

Watson to Trott, no run, on a length outside off, defended firmly into the covers

78.3

Watson to Trott, no run, gentle medium pace on a decent length, nudged back by Trott

78.4

Watson to Trott, no run, fuller this time, Trott closes the bat face slightly too early as he aims to drive and the ball dribbles towards mid-on

78.5

Watson to Trott, no run, defended stubbornly into the leg side

78.6

Watson to Trott, no run, dished up outside off and inviting the drive, Trott leans forward and gets a good connection on the shot, but places it right towards the extra cover fielder

End of over 79 (1 run) England 237/2
IJL Trott    35* (90b 1x4)      SR Watson    7-1-24-0
KP Pietersen    37* (67b 5x4)      SPD Smith    10-2-36-0

Smith to Pietersen now, this should be interesting

79.1

Smith to Pietersen, 1 run, or not, as KP immediately gets off strike by thumping a drive into the covers. The fielder does well to slid and cut it off, but can't prevent the single

79.2

Smith to Trott, 1 run, sliding down the leg side, nudged in that direction for one

79.3

Smith to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen continues to look to be positive, driving into space between mid-off and cover for one

79.4

Smith to Trott, no run, good line from Smith, steady defence from Trott

79.5

Smith to Trott, no run, Trott bends into a premeditated sweep and is beaten somewhat by the flight as the ball hits his front pad ... definitely heading down leg however

79.6

Smith to Trott, no run, Trott stays back this time, tapping to cover

And the new ball is now due... but will they take it?

End of over 80 (3 runs) England 240/2
IJL Trott    36* (94b 1x4)      SPD Smith    11-2-39-0
KP Pietersen    39* (69b 5x4)      SR Watson    7-1-24-0

A change of bowling ... but the instrument is the same as Hilfenhaus replaces Watson but keeps the old ball

80.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, FOUR, full and straight, and Pietersen is on the front foot waiting for this. Smashed back down the ground

"Watson is surely a candidate for the worlds ugliest cricketer," says Steve, slightly uncharitably. "He forever looks as though he's just taken a bite from an unripe lemon."

And that's enough to convince Ponting to take the new ball

80.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, a hint of shape away from the bat, Pietersen drives watchfully to cover

80.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, curving gently away, Pietersen has a good look and leaves this alone outside off

80.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, Hilfenhaus continues to plug away outside off, Pietersen leaves well alone though

80.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, outside off and left once again. They should really get the batsmen playing at this new pill... surely

Miller is knee deep in Statsguru again: On 21 occasions in Test history, a side has avoided defeat after making less than 100 in their first innings. England did it in Galle in 2007, but they needed a lot of rain!"

80.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 2 runs, off the outside edge as Pietersen is drawn forward into a half-hearted drive, but the ball goes almost straight down and into the gap between gully and slip

End of over 81 (6 runs) England 246/2
KP Pietersen    45* (75b 6x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    20-8-46-0
IJL Trott    36* (94b 1x4)      SPD Smith    11-2-39-0

Ryan Harris will share the new ball

81.1

Harris to Trott, FOUR, inside edge! Not the most dangerous start from Harris, but a loose drive from Trott sees the ball take a thick inside edge and rocket just past the leg stump

81.2

Harris to Trott, no run, this one snakes away through the air and Trott is much tighter in defence

81.3

Harris to Trott, 1 run, tapped between midwicket and mid-on for one

81.4

Harris to Pietersen, no run, full again from Harris, driven to mid-off

81.5

Harris to Pietersen, no run, good length from Harris, but the line is too wide to get Pietersen playing

81.6

Harris to Pietersen, no run, straighter this time, and Pietersen steps forward to drive to mid-on

End of over 82 (5 runs) England 251/2
KP Pietersen    45* (78b 6x4)      RJ Harris    15-4-44-0
IJL Trott    41* (97b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    20-8-46-0

82.1

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, Hilfenhaus goes full in the search for swing, but there's not a lot on offer and Trott hammers a good-looking drive to mid-on

82.2

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, full again, Trott moves forward to defend

82.3

Hilfenhaus to Trott, 2 runs, just slightly too straight from Hilfenhaus, it's the line for the outswinger but it's just not swinging and is easily flicked to fine leg

82.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, better line this time, right on off stump and Trott defends

82.5

Hilfenhaus to Trott, 1 run, short, not the bouncer though and Trott is in no hurry cracking a pull out into the deep

82.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, punched firmly back towards the bowler, the ball ricochets into the stumps but Trott is safely home

End of over 83 (3 runs) England 254/2
KP Pietersen    45* (79b 6x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    21-8-49-0
IJL Trott    44* (102b 2x4)      RJ Harris    15-4-44-0

83.1

Harris to Trott, no run, whoa! Where has that come from? This hit the pitch and jagged away from Trott, who was leaning forward to defend. Beaten on the outside edge by surprising bounce from that length, great seam position from Harris too

83.2

Harris to Trott, no run, slightly wider of off, this time Trott opts for safety and leaves alone

83.3

Harris to Trott, no run, Trott hops back to defend this to cover

83.4

Harris to Trott, 1 run, with the weight on the back foot once more, Trott works to leg to pick up one

83.5

Harris to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen presents the full face of the bat on a checked straight drive to send the ball rocketing back past Harris! He's on to 49 now

83.6

Harris to Pietersen, no run, Great reply from Harris, getting this one to hit the seam and burst past the inside edge ... but what's this? Haddin is vociferous in his appeal and convinces them to ask for a review. Nope, nothing there and Pietersen remains.

But Ponting really isn't happy about this and is having a go at Aleem Dar ... finger wagging and pointing going on, apparently Ponting is sure there was something on that. There was a bright spot right at the bottom of the bat, nowhere near where the ball was. This isn't good to see

End of over 84 (5 runs) England 259/2
KP Pietersen    49* (81b 7x4)      RJ Harris    16-4-49-0
IJL Trott    45* (106b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    21-8-49-0

84.1

Hilfenhaus to Trott, 1 run, a thick inside edge bounces past the stumps and down to fine leg, single taken

84.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, outside off and left well alone by Pietersen

84.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, Hilfenhaus pitches it up outside off, Pietersen steps forward to crunch a drive at mid-off

84.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, good length from Hilfenhaus, and some wobble through the air too. Defended to leg this time

here's Miller's view on things: "Ponting is losing it in front of our eyes. This is not pretty. No evidence for the third umpire to give a decision, but he's off on one"

84.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen goes to fifty in calm style, nudging gently into space on the leg side for a quick single

84.6

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, nicely straight from Hilfenhaus, tapped back to the bowler

End of over 85 (2 runs) England 261/2
IJL Trott    46* (108b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    22-8-51-0
KP Pietersen    50* (85b 7x4)      RJ Harris    16-4-49-0

85.1

Harris to Pietersen, 1 run, the ball takes the inside half of the bat and rolls into the leg side

85.2

Harris to Trott, no run, Trott takes a length delivery on the walk and works it to mid-on

85.3

Harris to Trott, no run, full in the channel outside off, Trott is solid in defence

85.4

Harris to Trott, no run, beaten by a fabulous ball from Harris! He's been seaming them in, but this one hit the pitch and moved away from the bat to beat the edge

85.5

Harris to Trott, no run, just short of a good length, chopped down to gully

85.6

Harris to Trott, no run, and a well-judged leave to end the over

End of over 86 (1 run) England 262/2
IJL Trott    46* (113b 2x4)      RJ Harris    17-4-50-0
KP Pietersen    51* (86b 7x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    22-8-51-0

Change in the attack now, and it's one that's hardly likely to calm the mood: here's Siddle. The Barmy Army have also been awakened, and are filling the 'G with noise

86.1

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, good start, on a length outside off and forced back to the bowler

86.2

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen tries to fiddle this away through gully, but can't beat the field. A bit of a nothing shot

86.3

Siddle to Pietersen, OUT, this one keeps low, jags in and hits Pietersen plumb in front! Siddle strikes again! He launched himself into the appeal as soon as ball hit pad, he knew he had his man. Pietersen, after looking so good on either side of lunch, falls to some variable bounce and appreciable seam movement

KP Pietersen lbw b Siddle 51 (127m 89b 7x4 0x6) SR: 57.30

86.4

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, good start, full and curling in on off stump. Solid defence from Collingwood

86.5

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, hitting the seam and going the other way, but Colly watches it closely and plays it down to gully

86.6

Siddle to Collingwood, 1 run, Collingwood is off the mark, but it's not in entirely convincing fashion as a thick inside edge bounces past the stumps and trickles to short fine leg

Plenty of emails in about Ponting, pretty much can be summarised by this from Tim: "Ponting is an embarrassment. He MUST NOT be allowed to resign, he MUST be SACKED. Such a display of arrogance towards one of the best umpires in the game cannot go unpunished. Mr Crowe - you must invoke the full force of your position. My kids play cricket and this idiot is the one they are supposed to be looking up to." Anyway, the wicket has given us something else to focus on for now.

End of over 87 (1 run) England 263/3
PD Collingwood    1* (3b)      PM Siddle    18-6-32-3
IJL Trott    46* (113b 2x4)      RJ Harris    17-4-50-0

87.1

Harris to Collingwood, no run, a horrid, ungainly swipe to leg from Collingwood, unsurprisingly ball beats bat and strikes pad ... but that's going over the top, and the appeal for lbw is quickly turned down. Collingwood really doesn't look in the best nick here

87.2

Harris to Collingwood, no run, fuller, driven to mid-off

87.3

Harris to Collingwood, no run, driven, harder this time and back towards the bowler, who tumbles in his follow-through to cut it off

87.4

Harris to Collingwood, no run, Harris is keeping up an attacking line here, right at the stumps, and Collingwood plays back down the track

87.5

Harris to Collingwood, no run, coming in off the seam from outside the off stump, Collingwood wears this one on the inner thigh off the inside edge

87.6

Harris to Collingwood, FOUR, edged, but through the gap between the two gully fielders! It was full again, but well outside off this time and Collingwood was only half forward into the drive. Close!

End of over 88 (4 runs) England 267/3
PD Collingwood    5* (9b 1x4)      RJ Harris    18-4-54-0
IJL Trott    46* (113b 2x4)      PM Siddle    18-6-32-3

88.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, full and snaking in through the air, driven to cover

88.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, Trott leans forward with perfect balance and aims another drive at mid-off this time

88.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, the stock inswinger from Siddle, full outside off and driven to cover

88.4

Siddle to Trott, 3 runs, starting too straight from Siddle, and Trott flicks confidently through the midwicket field ... Ponting is up and after the ball and hurls in an accurate throw, Trott has to get the dive out to get back but is he safe? The third umpire is called into action ... and he's just safe. That was tight!

A final word from Miller on the Ponting incident: " Sky's stump mics couldn't pick up the exchange, but the consensus up here is that the Aussies saw the white mark at the bottom of the bat where KP flicked his pad in his followthrough, and were trying to argue that that it was caused by the ball. I guess we'll have to wait for the official explanation later."

88.5

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, rushing on to Collingwood from a good length, defended late and right under the eyes

88.6

Siddle to Collingwood, no run, a good, testing delivery on off stump, but Collingwood is resolute in defence

End of over 89 (3 runs) England 270/3
PD Collingwood    5* (11b 1x4)      PM Siddle    19-6-35-3
IJL Trott    49* (117b 2x4)      RJ Harris    18-4-54-0

89.1

Harris to Trott, 1 run, fifty for Trott, and he gets it with a tap-and-run single into the leg side. A far better call than the last one...

89.2

Harris to Collingwood, 3 runs, the first one Collingwood has timed in what seems like weeks, he threads the gap at cover and good running fetches him three runs

89.3

Harris to Trott, no run, Trott reaches out to a delivery outside off and defends to cover point

89.4

Harris to Trott, no run, slightly wider of off, left alone by Trott

89.5

Harris to Trott, no run, pushed wide of off once again, but Trott's patience is exemplary and he lets it go by unmolested

89.6

Harris to Trott, 3 runs, too short and Trott swivels into a controlled pull in front of square

It's a sunny afternoon in Melbourne, and the players are in need of a drink. Speaking of which, Sahil has just brought a fresh round of tea, and he'll pick up comms after the break

End of over 90 (7 runs) England 277/3
IJL Trott    53* (122b 2x4)      RJ Harris    19-4-61-0
PD Collingwood    8* (12b 1x4)      PM Siddle    19-6-35-3

Thanks Liam. Plenty of action in that last hour, really bubbling now after Ponting's rant. It might have been enough to take the decision about Ponting's immediate future out of the selectors' hands. Australia did manage to remove Pietersen during the hour but with the lead already 179 things don't look rosy.

90.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, Siddle resumes, it's been a different game from his end, and he starts full around off stump and Trott full-faces to mid-off

90.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, this finds a false shot of sorts as Trott inside edges to square leg

90.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, enough width outside off stump and it stays low on its way through to Haddin's ankles

90.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, back of a length and Trott punches with no great power to cover

90.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, ooh, good delivery from Siddle, who is still pounding up to the crease, nips back from a length and Trott is hurried in defence, just about jabbing an inside edge down on time

90.6

Siddle to Trott, FOUR, that's an excellent shot, really was, Siddle was only a fraction short and Trott short-arm flicks a pull shot through midwicket for four

End of over 91 (4 runs) England 281/3
IJL Trott    57* (128b 3x4)      PM Siddle    20-6-39-3
PD Collingwood    8* (12b 1x4)      RJ Harris    19-4-61-0

Time for a change, it's Mitchell Johnson into the attack. Two slips and two gully fielders in place.

91.1

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, oh no, bad start for Mitch, wild and down the leg side, Collingwood flings at it but can't connect

91.2

Johnson to Collingwood, no run, much better delivery here, finding some extra bounce from back of a length and Collingwood defends with an angled bat

91.3

Johnson to Collingwood, OUT, Collingwood fails again, he was trying to be positive and has managed to lift a Johnson long-hop straight to fine leg who held on gleefully! Johnson celebrates and maybe that will kick-start his Test

PD Collingwood c Siddle b Johnson 8 (27m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 53.33

England's form man, Ian Bell is in now. He really should have been in ahead of Collingwood.

91.4

Johnson to Trott, 1 run, touch short again and Trott whips it to midwicket for a single

91.5

Johnson to Bell, 1 run, Bell plays the pull shot, and does so much more successfully than Collingwood, rolling his wrists nicely to stroll a single

91.6

Johnson to Trott, no run, Trott shuffles into a forward block and Johnson gets a cheer for his wicket-taking over

End of over 92 (2 runs) England 283/4
IJL Trott    58* (130b 3x4)      MG Johnson    13-1-59-1
IR Bell    1* (1b)      PM Siddle    20-6-39-3

92.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, ooh, cracker from Siddle, hits the seam and nips away past the outside edge of Bell, takes a lot to beat Bell in this form

92.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, this time Bell is forward and blocking more confidently

92.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, Siddle errs on the short side and Bell creams a cut shot but straight to cover

92.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, once again Bell gets into line to defend solidly

92.5

Siddle to Bell, no run, Siddle is settled on a good line and length but he's finding nothing but the middle of Bell's broad defensive blade

92.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, good line outside off stump, good length too but Bell has everything lined up nicely and leaves alone

End of over 93 (maiden) England 283/4
IR Bell    1* (7b)      PM Siddle    21-7-39-3
IJL Trott    58* (130b 3x4)      MG Johnson    13-1-59-1

93.1

Johnson to Trott, no run, Johnson's run up is a touch more sprightly after his wicket and he lands this around off stump, worked to midwicket

93.2

Johnson to Trott, no run, pushed across outside off stump and left alone

93.3

Johnson to Trott, 1 run, back of a length and Trott works to deep square for a single

93.4

Johnson to Bell, no run, slung full and wide of Bell outside off stump, left well alone by Bell

93.5

Johnson to Bell, no run, Bell is a vastly more confident man these days, so much so he thinks he can flirt wantonly outside off, played it well enough but not a great shot

93.6

Johnson to Bell, no run, this is defended more securely, close to the body into the off side. No great threat from that Johnson over

End of over 94 (1 run) England 284/4
IR Bell    1* (10b)      MG Johnson    14-1-60-1
IJL Trott    59* (133b 3x4)      PM Siddle    21-7-39-3

94.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, Siddle hurries up to the crease and delivers a good ball outside off stump that Trott leaves alone

94.2

Siddle to Trott, 2 runs, this is worked in typical Trott fashion to deep square for one, no fuss, just another couple

94.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, touch shorter of a length and Trott stands taller to punch a defence to cover

94.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, similar ball, hitting the deck hard and a similar shot, Trott punching his defence into the off side

94.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, Siddle has earned himself a future five-for here, he's really done well, maintaining good lines and good pace too, Trott defends

94.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, left all alone outside off stump to finish the over

End of over 95 (2 runs) England 286/4
IJL Trott    61* (139b 3x4)      PM Siddle    22-7-41-3
IR Bell    1* (10b)      MG Johnson    14-1-60-1

95.1

Johnson to Bell, no run, England have done well to remain patient today, Australia have bowled tidily and again here an off-stump ball is calmly repelled

95.2

Johnson to Bell, no run, more cool and calm defence from Bell, who seems to have days to play

95.3

Johnson to Bell, OUT, Johnson has another and Bell has gone! Short ball, gets up a touch higher than Bell expected and he top-edged a hook down towards Siddle who ran in and dived to hold on to an excellent catch

IR Bell c Siddle b Johnson 1 (19m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 7.69

Well well well, England seemed to be cruising with Trott and Pietersen together but somehow Australia have clawed their way through the middle order and exposed an out-of-form Matt Prior. The MCG is heaving now, plenty of noise.

95.4

Johnson to Trott, no run, nothing happening in the air or off the pitch here, just slung outside off stump and left alone

95.5

Johnson to Trott, no run, Trott stands tall to defend to point

95.6

Johnson to Trott, no run, goodness me, another short ball almost finds success, nothing more than a long-hop really and Trott aims a pull but misses

End of over 96 (wicket maiden) England 286/5
IJL Trott    61* (142b 3x4)      MG Johnson    15-2-60-2
MJ Prior    0* (0b)      PM Siddle    22-7-41-3

Change in bowling, Siddle takes a blow and Ben Hilfenhaus gets another go. He's had plenty of work to do here. Shame for those wanting to watch another Siddle v Prior brawl.

96.1

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, first ball to Prior is pitched up and jabbed out to midwicket

96.2

Hilfenhaus to Prior, 1 run, this is worked away for a single into the leg side, gets Prior off the mark

96.3

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, touch outside off stump and Trott leaves alone

96.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, Hilfenhaus adjusts his line and finds a walking forward block from Trott

96.5

Hilfenhaus to Trott, 2 runs, Trott's off-side shuffle earns him another couple as he picks it off to fine leg

96.6

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, careful defence to end another Hilfenhaus over

End of over 97 (3 runs) England 289/5
IJL Trott    63* (146b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    23-8-54-0
MJ Prior    1* (2b)      MG Johnson    15-2-60-2

Right, this could be bumper warfare to Prior. Will he duck or hook?

97.1

Johnson to Prior, no run, neither here, because it's outside off stump and Prior steers to gully

97.2

Johnson to Prior, no run, this is short, but very short and Prior flinches inside the line to let it go by

97.3

Johnson to Prior, no run, this is much too wide of off to draw Prior into a shot. Not ideal from the bowler really

97.4

Johnson to Prior, no run, urgh, it's another horrid wide delivery well outside off stump, Prior ignores it

97.5

Johnson to Prior, 1 wide, oh crickey, this is so short it almost hit his own toe, predictably it gets up very high, too high for the umpire's liking

97.5

Johnson to Prior, no run, Johnson lands a straight ball and celebrates by giving Prior a stare after he defended carefully

97.6

Johnson to Prior, FOUR, ah, good finish to the over for Johnson but gets four against his name, swung away a fraction and flicked the outside edge going down wide of the slips to the third man rope

End of over 98 (5 runs) England 294/5
MJ Prior    5* (8b 1x4)      MG Johnson    16-2-65-2
IJL Trott    63* (146b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    23-8-54-0

98.1

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, Hilfenhaus continues his exhibition of 'steady' and Trott blocks securely

98.2

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, this time Trott blocks off the front foot

98.3

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, nothing particularly threatening from the bowler but at least the line is good and Trott pats to mid-off

98.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, a fraction short this time and Trott blocks to cover

98.5

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, steady defence from bowler and batsman really

98.6

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, left all alone outside off stump, Hilfenhaus spins on his heels after delivering and marches off to his fielding position

End of over 99 (maiden) England 294/5
IJL Trott    63* (152b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    24-9-54-0
MJ Prior    5* (8b 1x4)      MG Johnson    16-2-65-2

99.1

Johnson to Prior, no run, shortish bouncer, touch too far down the leg side and Prior easily lets it go by

99.2

Johnson to Prior, no run, fuller this time and outside off, a slash-at-me-please type of delivery but Prior does nothing of the sort and instead leaves alone

99.3

Johnson to Prior, 1 no ball, gone this time! Johnson gets another! Or has he!? It was a clear nick behind but umpire Dar thinks it might be a no ball. The replay suggests it might be! Ricky Ponting might explode here... Really good work from umpire Dar, he clearly felt there might be a problem and just as Australia were celebrating he called Prior back and consulted the third umpire which proved Johnson had overstepped the line

99.3

Johnson to Prior, 1 run, well, after all that action this is a quiet clip to leg for a single

Incredible really, Dar had given Prior out but then glanced down at the ground where the boot would have landed and just felt there could have been a problem so called Prior back.

99.4

Johnson to Trott, no run, calm and careful defence from Trott, I bet he's barely noticed what's been going on, such is his bubble

99.5

Johnson to Trott, 1 run, worked off the pads for a single to midwicket

99.6

Johnson to Prior, FOUR, this will make Johnson even more annoyed, lovely drive from Prior, stroking through extra cover and making Ponting chase all the way to the rope

End of over 100 (7 runs) England 301/5
MJ Prior    10* (13b 2x4)      MG Johnson    17-2-72-2
IJL Trott    64* (154b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    24-9-54-0
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Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 3-7, 2011
England won by an innings and 83 runs
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England won by an innings and 157 runs
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Australia won by 267 runs
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