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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

This should be the last over before tea. Trott's relentless scratching of the crease will make sure of it.

100.1

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, this is full outside off stump and left alone

"Exceptional umpiring by Aleem Dar," writes Jai. "To admit doubt, use the technology and get the result, shows great character."

100.2

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, well, Australia need a lesson in leaving after their first-innings display and Trott is giving a fine exhibition of the shot at the moment

100.3

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, this is a touch shorter and Trott flicks to midwicket but picks out the fielder

100.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, 1 run, Hilfenhaus's line errs leg side so Trott works a single around the corner, simple tactic - making the bowler come to you - but mighty effective

100.5

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, very careful defence from Prior this time

100.6

Hilfenhaus to Prior, 2 runs, touch short and enough width for Prior to unfurl a stylish back-foot drive through cover for a couple to end a very lively session!

Tea Well 78 runs added for the cost of three wickets that session but beyond the runs and wickets there was plenty of incident. Ponting lost his rag, and probably his match fee, ranting at the umpires after an unsuccessful review against Pietersen. Then later in the session Matt Prior was given out caught behind before the umpire rightly decided it was actually a no ball. I could try to keep describing but Brydon's bulletin will do a better job.

End of over 101 (3 runs) England 304/5
MJ Prior    12* (15b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    25-9-57-0
IJL Trott    65* (158b 3x4)      MG Johnson    17-2-72-2

After a short tea interval the players are back out in the middle, and Australia face another testing session. England's lead has already passed 200 and the ball's not doing a great deal

101.1

Johnson to Trott, 2 runs, Trott picks up where he left off, accumulating another couple of runs with a neat flick to leg

101.2

Johnson to Trott, 2 runs, Trott scores so many runs in the area between midwicket and mid-on and now he picks up two more with another carbon-copy nudge into the leg side

101.3

Johnson to Trott, 1 run, identical ball from Johnson, short of a good length on off stump, and for the third time Trott targets midwicket ... this time it's just the one run

101.4

Johnson to Prior, 2 runs, hooked, top-edged, and the slip cordon charges back ... but the ball drops safely in no-man's land behind them. The luck remains with Prior

101.5

Johnson to Prior, no run, short of a good length, Prior resists the urge to play an attacking horizontal bat stroke this time, tapping the ball back down the wicket

101.6

Johnson to Prior, no run, short again, a true bouncer this time and Prior sways out of the way in a hurry

End of over 102 (7 runs) England 311/5
MJ Prior    14* (18b 2x4)      MG Johnson    18-2-79-2
IJL Trott    70* (161b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    25-9-57-0

102.1

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, Hilfenhaus on the mark straight away, zoning in on off stump as Trott defends

102.2

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, width offered this time, but the cut shot goes straight to point

102.3

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, this one curves in through the air and may have kept a little low. Trott gets the bat down in good time to defend, however

102.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, 1 run, tapped into the gap at cover, and they take the chance for a quick single

102.5

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, Prior leans into an aggressive drive ... the ball goes nowhere though, he's not found the middle of the bat with much regularity yet

102.6

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, very full on off stump, dug out to mid-off

End of over 103 (1 run) England 312/5
MJ Prior    14* (20b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    26-9-58-0
IJL Trott    71* (165b 3x4)      MG Johnson    18-2-79-2

103.1

Johnson to Trott, no run, full of length to start from Johnson, and Trott drives gently to mid-on

103.2

Johnson to Trott, no run, Johnson keeps the ball in Trott's half, this time the drive goes into the off side

103.3

Johnson to Trott, no run, Trott looks for runs at midwicket with that characteristic shuffling clip, but picks out the field

103.4

Johnson to Trott, 1 run, short on off stump, but not quite the bouncer and Trott is in no trouble getting right on top of the ball and pulling down to fine leg

103.5

Johnson to Prior, no run, moving towards the slips slightly after pitching, chopped down to gully

103.6

Johnson to Prior, no run, pushed fuller and wider by Johnson, too wide to play a controlled shot to and Prior wisely opts to leave alone

End of over 104 (1 run) England 313/5
MJ Prior    14* (22b 2x4)      MG Johnson    19-2-80-2
IJL Trott    72* (169b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    26-9-58-0

104.1

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, full outside off, Trott can't break through the off-side field with the drive however

104.2

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, straighter and shorter of length this time, Trott presents the full face to push the ball to mid-on

104.3

Hilfenhaus to Trott, FOUR, four runs! Hilfenhaus was aiming for the surprise yorker but just got it slightly wrong and sent the ball down the leg side. Is that bat or pad? Given as runs

Hilfenhaus is well into his run with Trott still scratching at his mark ... the bowler arrives at the crease but the batsmen is not ready, so he'll have to try this one again

104.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, ouch! A thick inside edge cannons into the inside of Trott's knee, behind the pad. He's down immediately and looks to be in some pain. Prior calls the physio out straight away ... he's flexing the knee now, and is up once again. He hasn't asked for a runner, just a couple of painkillers and a sip of water

104.5

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, width on the ball invites the forcing shot through the off side, but the ball goes straight to the man at point

104.6

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, pinged down right at off stump, Trott gets into line to defend

End of over 105 (4 runs) England 317/5
IJL Trott    76* (175b 4x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    27-9-62-0
MJ Prior    14* (22b 2x4)      MG Johnson    19-2-80-2

105.1

Johnson to Prior, no run, testing line and good pace from Johnson, Prior stays deep in the crease and plays the ball down behind square on the off side

105.2

Johnson to Prior, 1 run, short from Johnson, but down the leg side and the ball is hooked down to fine leg ... all along the ground

105.3

Johnson to Trott, no run, fuller, Trott shuffles across to off and drives to mid-on

105.4

Johnson to Trott, 3 runs, full and wide, Trott places the drive in front of cover point and picks up three runs

105.5

Johnson to Prior, no run, on a length, defended into the off side

105.6

Johnson to Prior, no run, leaving the batsman off the pitch, Prior plays away from the body to guide the ball to point

End of over 106 (4 runs) England 321/5
MJ Prior    15* (26b 2x4)      MG Johnson    20-2-84-2
IJL Trott    79* (177b 4x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    27-9-62-0

106.1

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, hint of inswing from Hilfenhaus, Trott plays watchfully to mid-on. He bends and flexes the knee after playing the shot, and still looks to be in considerable discomfort after that blow

106.2

Hilfenhaus to Trott, 1 run, flicked down to fine leg for one

106.3

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, keeping a touch low and moving in through the air, Prior is back when he should be forward but manages to keep it out all the same

106.4

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, a flowing drive ... but the timing is completely off and the ball trickles slowly to mid-on

106.5

Hilfenhaus to Prior, FOUR, top-edged pull, and the ball balloons over Haddin's head! Down to the boundary, four more for Prior

106.6

Hilfenhaus to Prior, 2 runs, Hilfenhaus is mixing his lengths up well here, going very full again. He doesn't quite hit the yorker mark, though, and Prior works the ball through the leg side field

End of over 107 (7 runs) England 328/5
MJ Prior    21* (30b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    28-9-69-0
IJL Trott    80* (179b 4x4)      MG Johnson    20-2-84-2

First change of the session, Ryan Harris is back into the attack. He's in conference with his captain over field placings now. Two slips and a gully are the result.

107.1

Harris to Trott, no run, a real loosener first up, not much pace at all as Trott leaves outside off. Harris still manages to get it through to Haddin without a bounce

107.2

Harris to Trott, no run, short of a good length, Trott gets back and across and jabs the ball hard back down the wicket

107.3

Harris to Trott, no run, another inside edge onto the inside of the left leg! This one hits the pad though. Trott can see the funny side, smiling as he walks away from the wicket. He's been in the wars in the last few overs

Ian Bell has just been spotted waiting in full kit on the sidelines ... just in case Trott needs a runner

107.4

Harris to Trott, FOUR, superb on-drive from Trott! Mid-on was wide, so he went straight and got great timing and placement on the shot

Another change in the field after that, Clarke moves from second slip to midwicket

107.5

Harris to Trott, 1 run, Trott picks up the length early, getting across to work the ball off his hip and out through square leg

107.6

Harris to Prior, FOUR, slashed in the air through gully! The shot was on as the ball was short and wide, and Prior went through with it. That brings up the fifty partnership

End of over 108 (9 runs) England 337/5
MJ Prior    25* (31b 4x4)      RJ Harris    20-4-70-0
IJL Trott    85* (184b 5x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    28-9-69-0

108.1

Hilfenhaus to Trott, 1 run, nudged into the leg side, splitting the field for a single

108.2

Hilfenhaus to Prior, no run, full, Prior squirts a sliced drive towards point ... it was briefly in the air but falling well short

108.3

Hilfenhaus to Prior, 1 run, jabbed defensively down behind square on the leg side, the ball taking the inner half of the bat, and Trott calls him through for a quick single

108.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, chopped down hard, but straight to gully on the bounce

108.5

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, full on off stump from Hilfenhaus this time, driven to mid-on

108.6

Hilfenhaus to Trott, 1 run, strange little shot, almost a tennis forehand, but straight down towards midwicket. One run the result

End of over 109 (3 runs) England 340/5
IJL Trott    87* (188b 5x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    29-9-72-0
MJ Prior    26* (33b 4x4)      RJ Harris    20-4-70-0

109.1

Harris to Trott, no run, wide, not quite full enough for the drive and Trott toe-ends into the covers

109.2

Harris to Trott, no run, very full this time, perhaps the attempted yorker from Harris. It tailed in through the air, too, but Trott was equal to it and dug the ball out into the off side

109.3

Harris to Trott, no run, nicely driven this time, but picking the extra cover fielder

109.4

Harris to Trott, no run, gentle seam movement away from the bat off a good length, but wide of off and easily left alone

109.5

Harris to Trott, no run, fuller and wider still, Trott leans forward into a classical leave

109.6

Harris to Trott, no run, after such a good leave, just a bit of a nothing shot from Trott. It was full and wide and he might well have left it - or aimed a drive into the covers. He did neither, just pushing the bat softly out and letting the ball hit it

End of over 110 (maiden) England 340/5
IJL Trott    87* (194b 5x4)      RJ Harris    21-5-70-0
MJ Prior    26* (33b 4x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    29-9-72-0

This is interesting, it appears Michael Clarke is going to have his first bowl of the series now. Just a slip in place

110.1

Clarke to Prior, 1 run, flat on leg stump to start, Prior is cautious as he taps it down behind square

110.2

Clarke to Trott, 2 runs, Clarke continues from round the wicket, nudged down to fine leg

110.3

Clarke to Trott, 1 run, Clarke labours to the crease, looking very stiff as he does so, and Trott jabs through midwicket

110.4

Clarke to Prior, 1 run, tapped through square leg for one

110.5

Clarke to Trott, 1 run, speared down the leg side, another easy single taken

110.6

Clarke to Prior, 1 run, another single milked down to fine leg as Clarke spears this at the leg stump. Not sure what the plan is here...

End of over 111 (7 runs) England 347/5
MJ Prior    29* (36b 4x4)      MJ Clarke    1-0-7-0
IJL Trott    91* (197b 5x4)      RJ Harris    21-5-70-0

111.1

Harris to Prior, no run, good yorker from Harris, but Prior digs it out easily enough

111.2

Harris to Prior, no run, driven with rather more verve into the covers this time, but a diving fielder cuts it off

111.3

Harris to Prior, no run, Harris pulls the length back, Prior guides the ball down to point

111.4

Harris to Prior, no run, straighter this time, nudged to midwicket

111.5

Harris to Prior, no run, this one holds its line outside off, and Prior is beaten on the outside edge as he aims a loose-looking drive into the off side

111.6

Harris to Prior, no run, beaten once again outside off, good bowling from Harris here

And with that, the players take drinks. Sahil will be your commentator after the break

End of over 112 (maiden) England 347/5
MJ Prior    29* (42b 4x4)      RJ Harris    22-6-70-0
IJL Trott    91* (197b 5x4)      MJ Clarke    1-0-7-0

Thanks Liam. Field spread like missionaries for Clarke.

112.1

Clarke to Trott, 1 run, worked off the pads to one of those boundary riders on the leg side

112.2

Clarke to Prior, no run, straight ball defended to cover

112.3

Clarke to Prior, no run, simple defence from Prior to the low-slung left-arm rollers

112.4

Clarke to Prior, no run, Clarke whizzing through his over and Prior hurries into defence

112.5

Clarke to Prior, no run, more secure defence from Prior

112.6

Clarke to Prior, no run, good line and length from Clarke, forces Prior to block

End of over 113 (1 run) England 348/5
MJ Prior    29* (47b 4x4)      MJ Clarke    2-0-8-0
IJL Trott    92* (198b 5x4)      RJ Harris    22-6-70-0

113.1

Harris to Trott, no run, Trott aims a off drive to a fullish delivery it skews off the inside edge to mid-on

More Miller magic: "Ponting never lost a Test when he had both Warne and McGrath playing in his team (W19 L5), and averaged 78.73. He's since lost 12 out of 41, and averages 41.31 ..."

113.2

Harris to Trott, no run, this is driven with more than a hint of outside edge straight to point

113.3

Harris to Trott, no run, good wheels from Harris pints Trott back in defence

113.4

Harris to Trott, no run, Trott is desperately shuffling across his stumps trying to work another to leg, but Harris follows further outside off

113.5

Harris to Trott, no run, wide outside off stump and Trott has a dart, flashing and missing

113.6

Harris to Trott, no run, good tactics from Australia, trying to dry Trott up in the 90s by landing outside off, Trott happy to have a go but keeps picking out fielders

End of over 114 (maiden) England 348/5
IJL Trott    92* (204b 5x4)      RJ Harris    23-7-70-0
MJ Prior    29* (47b 4x4)      MJ Clarke    2-0-8-0

114.1

Clarke to Prior, 1 run, something approaching flight from Clarke, rewarded with a handsome drive out to deep cover for a strolled single

114.2

Clarke to Trott, 1 run, Trott's trusty inside edge earns him a single into the square leg region

114.3

Clarke to Prior, 1 run, Prior this time works to leg for a strike-turner. This is turning into a a milk

114.4

Clarke to Trott, 1 run, yup, the milking of Clarke has begun, Trott picking off a riskless single to deep midwicket

Clarke's generous offerings are part of a plan to "lull the English into a false sense of security", reckons Jeff

114.5

Clarke to Prior, no run, this time Prior can only defend with a full face back to the bowler

114.6

Clarke to Prior, no run, patted back down the pitch to end a gentle over

End of over 115 (4 runs) England 352/5
MJ Prior    31* (51b 4x4)      MJ Clarke    3-0-12-0
IJL Trott    94* (206b 5x4)      RJ Harris    23-7-70-0

115.1

Harris to Trott, no run, Harris has settled into a decent groove here and hurries Trott in defence around off stump

115.2

Harris to Trott, no run, Harris fires another up outside off and Trott happily driving to cover

115.3

Harris to Trott, 1 run, this time the drive pierces the ring of offside fielders, gets Trott a single to take him to 95

115.4

Harris to Prior, no run, Prior has a flat-footed poke outside off, nothing shot but it looked worse thanks to the low bounce through to Haddin

115.5

Harris to Prior, no run, this is stroked with a clock-shop full of timing but straight to mid-off

115.6

Harris to Prior, 1 run, very swift single keeps Trott off strike as Prior smoothly strokes another off-drive to a fullish delivery

End of over 116 (2 runs) England 354/5
MJ Prior    32* (54b 4x4)      RJ Harris    24-7-72-0
IJL Trott    95* (209b 5x4)      MJ Clarke    3-0-12-0

"A batsman in 90s .. and aussies using a part timer?" questions Rakesh, incredulously. Well Rakesh, here's Steven Smith. Hope that helps. I think it's a good move. Slip in place.

116.1

Smith to Prior, no run, good start, bit of air, bit of drift, bit of turn, Prior's defence is careful

116.2

Smith to Prior, no run, bowler lucky to get away with this, dragged down very short but it stuck in the pitch and Prior couldn't time his cut

116.3

Smith to Prior, no run, this is a touch short again but the cut shot finds point

116.4

Smith to Prior, no run, ah, much better, fuller with more air and Prior defends with utmost respect

116.5

Smith to Prior, no run, shorter length means some spin from around leg stump, Prior stands tall and blocks

116.6

Smith to Prior, no run, maiden over ends with Prior pushing gently back to the bowler

End of over 117 (maiden) England 354/5
MJ Prior    32* (60b 4x4)      SPD Smith    12-3-39-0
IJL Trott    95* (209b 5x4)      RJ Harris    24-7-72-0

117.1

Harris to Trott, 2 runs, lovely stroke, Harris has been feeding Trott drives outside off and this one is timed very well into a gap at extra cover for a couple

117.2

Harris to Trott, FOUR, that is a superb hundred from Trott, gets there fittingly with a leg-side flick off his toes through the midwicket region for four, celebrates with his customary single arm lofted in the air. It's been a pretty chanceless knock and he's helping take England out of sight here

117.3

Harris to Trott, no run, ideal post-hundred delivery for the batsman, outside off stump and left alone

117.4

Harris to Trott, no run, Trott is forced to play at this but does so with consummate ease in defence

117.5

Harris to Trott, FOUR, four more! Not where he intended but a full ball finds the outside edge of a loose drive, it sped past the slips to the third man boundary

117.6

Harris to Trott, 1 run, this is driven again, but more carefully to cover for a single

End of over 118 (11 runs) England 365/5
IJL Trott    106* (215b 7x4)      RJ Harris    25-7-83-0
MJ Prior    32* (60b 4x4)      SPD Smith    12-3-39-0

118.1

Smith to Trott, 1 run, Smith floats up a full ball on Trott's toes which can only mean one thing - a leg-side nurdle for one

118.2

Smith to Prior, no run, pushed straight back down the pitch

118.3

Smith to Prior, no run, Prior edges down the wicket and gets a full toss for the effort, but can only pat it straight to mid-off

118.4

Smith to Prior, no run, Prior down the wicket again, looking for something expansive but picks out mid-on with a drive

118.5

Smith to Prior, no run, fullish and flighted delivery stroked back down the wicket where mid-on scoots round to field

118.6

Smith to Prior, 1 run, short ball to end the over but no harm done as Prior's cut finds point

End of over 119 (2 runs) England 367/5
MJ Prior    33* (65b 4x4)      SPD Smith    13-3-41-0
IJL Trott    107* (216b 7x4)      RJ Harris    25-7-83-0

Finally Siddle is recalled into the attack to have a blast at Matt Prior. It's been two hours since Siddle has last had a bowl.

119.1

Siddle to Prior, no run, Siddle lands his first ball on a length and line, Prior defends and Siddle follows through a long way in his direction

119.2

Siddle to Prior, no run, full and outside off, looking to draw Prior into a drive but the batsman is having none of it

119.3

Siddle to Prior, no run, this time Prior does have a nibble, pushing at the ball outside off in a very Australia-in-the-first-innings type of way, luckily for the batsman it beats the edge

119.4

Siddle to Prior, no run, good length from Siddle, imploring Prior to have a dart, this is steered to point

119.5

Siddle to Prior, no run, Siddle happy to continue with a drive-me length and Prior equally happy to keep playing the shot, picks out cover though

119.6

Siddle to Prior, FOUR, width, width was all Prior needed to free his arms and time a square drive behind point for four

End of over 120 (4 runs) England 371/5
MJ Prior    37* (71b 5x4)      PM Siddle    23-7-45-3
IJL Trott    107* (216b 7x4)      SPD Smith    13-3-41-0

120.1

Smith to Trott, no run, Smith going around the wicket now, looking to land it in some rough, Trott is not bothered and defends from the back foot

120.2

Smith to Trott, 1 run, Trott has scored plenty off his legs, and gets another here as Smith's line errs

Hughes has been shoved into the short leg position.

120.3

Smith to Prior, 2 runs, floated up a touch too much, reaching Prior on the full and he steers it straight of midwicket for a couple

120.4

Smith to Prior, 1 run, too short and with the angle Prior has plenty of room to free his arms in a cut shot

120.5

Smith to Trott, 1 run, very short again and Trott bunts through straightish midwicket

120.6

Smith to Prior, 2 runs, ah lovely shot, Prior hanging on the back foot and waiting before gliding a neat back-cut past the keeper for a couple

End of over 121 (7 runs) England 378/5
MJ Prior    42* (74b 5x4)      SPD Smith    14-3-48-0
IJL Trott    109* (219b 7x4)      PM Siddle    23-7-45-3

121.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, Siddle bustles in, looking like it's the first over of the series, finds a good line but is a touch short and Trott has time to defend off the back foot

121.2

Siddle to Trott, FOUR, Trott gets four for this but he looked hurried on the shot, steering a back-cut past the slips to the third man rope, the extra bounce meant he lost his bottom hand as he played the shot but still controlled it well

121.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, confidently driven but straight to mid-off

121.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, Siddle hugging off stump with his line but only to find the middle of a secure defensive blade

121.5

Siddle to Trott, 2 runs, maybe a sign of indrift here, but the line was too close to Trott's pads and he flicked two more wide of fine leg

121.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, this keeps a touch low, which is the sort of thing which will excite England no end, Trott jabs away a defence

End of over 122 (6 runs) England 384/5
IJL Trott    115* (225b 8x4)      PM Siddle    24-7-51-3
MJ Prior    42* (74b 5x4)      SPD Smith    14-3-48-0

122.1

Smith to Prior, 1 run, too short again from Smith and it is cut to deep cover

122.2

Smith to Trott, 1 run, better delivery, more air and fuller, but Trott does what he does best and works a single to midwicket to bring up the 100-run stand

122.3

Smith to Prior, no run, Prior stretches forward and defends

122.4

Smith to Prior, 1 run, the length is too short and with precious little spin around it's a help-yourself-to-one type of delivery

122.5

Smith to Trott, no run, studious defence off the back foot from Trott

122.6

Smith to Trott, 1 run, good shot for a single here, Trott flicking to midwicket with good timing

End of over 123 (4 runs) England 388/5
IJL Trott    117* (228b 8x4)      SPD Smith    15-3-52-0
MJ Prior    44* (77b 5x4)      PM Siddle    24-7-51-3

123.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, Siddle hustles and bustles and lands this outside off stump, all of which means nothing but a leave

123.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, Trott wafts at this, connects fine so no alarms but a bit of a nothing shot

123.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, this is stroked out into the off side

123.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, Siddle pinning Trott back only to find a very sturdy defensive pat to cover

123.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, good ball, excellent yorker with a touch of inswing, surprised Trott but he managed to stab down in time to keep it out

123.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, another yorker, good one too and blocked out

The players are taking drinks so I shall hand over to Liam.

End of over 124 (maiden) England 388/5
IJL Trott    117* (234b 8x4)      PM Siddle    25-8-51-3
MJ Prior    44* (77b 5x4)      SPD Smith    15-3-52-0

Thanks Sahil. Second drinks break of an extended final session here. Smith to continue

124.1

Smith to Prior, 1 run, a flighted delivery to start, but the length is not quite right and Prior leans back to pick up a single to cover

124.2

Smith to Trott, no run, Trott stays deep in the crease to defend a gentle legbreak

124.3

Smith to Trott, no run, same again from both batsman and bowler, Trott just goes on and on in the same vein

124.4

Smith to Trott, no run, fuller this time, Trott steps forward and drives it back to the bowler

124.5

Smith to Trott, FOUR, bad ball from Smith - a low full toss - but what superb timing and placement from Trott, threading the gap at midwicket perfectly

124.6

Smith to Trott, no run, good finish from Smith, nice and tight on middle and off and Trott defends

End of over 125 (5 runs) England 393/5
IJL Trott    121* (239b 9x4)      SPD Smith    16-3-57-0
MJ Prior    45* (78b 5x4)      PM Siddle    25-8-51-3

125.1

Siddle to Prior, 3 runs, curving in to Prior's pads, the batsman leans across and flicks powerfully out to deep square

125.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, full and wide of off, Trott nails a square drive but finds Hughes at point

125.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, Siddle bustles in and still, at this late stage, finds the energy to extract some life out of the pitch, hitting the deck hard and getting the ball to seam away and beat the outside edge of Trott's defensive push

125.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, just short of a good length, tapped defensively to leg

125.5

Siddle to Trott, FOUR, long half-volley from Siddle, and Trott dispatches him through cover with great authority. There's England's 400

125.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, back of a length on off stump, Trott extends himself to his full height and prods it down behind point

End of over 126 (7 runs) England 400/5
IJL Trott    125* (244b 10x4)      PM Siddle    26-8-58-3
MJ Prior    48* (79b 5x4)      SPD Smith    16-3-57-0

126.1

Smith to Prior, no run, tossed up slow on middle, Prior hangs back and pushes to mid-on

126.2

Smith to Prior, FOUR, too short from Smith, and Prior wallops him up and over wide mid-on to get to fifty

126.3

Smith to Prior, no run, fuller, and this time Prior defends

126.4

Smith to Prior, no run, a low, dipping full-toss is whipped hard but straight to mid-on

126.5

Smith to Prior, no run, tossed up nicely on middle, Prior lunges forward to defend

126.6

Smith to Prior, no run, this time Prior plays back, nudging defensively to leg

End of over 127 (4 runs) England 404/5
MJ Prior    52* (85b 6x4)      SPD Smith    17-3-61-0
IJL Trott    125* (244b 10x4)      PM Siddle    26-8-58-3

Johnson returns

127.1

Johnson to Trott, no run, loosener on middle and off, it keeps slightly low as Trott works to leg

127.2

Johnson to Trott, no run, mis-directed down the leg side. Not a horribly wide delivery, but would've been called wide in a limited-overs game

127.3

Johnson to Trott, no run, Johnson finds a line outside off, Trott is solid in defence

127.4

Johnson to Trott, no run, well-directed bouncer from Johnson, Trott is taken slightly by surprise and pulls out of the hook at the very last moment

127.5

Johnson to Trott, no run, outside off this time, judiciously left alone by Trott

127.6

Johnson to Trott, 1 run, full and very wide indeed from Johnson, Trott really has to stretch to get to this one but manages to get it through gully

End of over 128 (1 run) England 405/5
IJL Trott    126* (250b 10x4)      MG Johnson    21-2-85-2
MJ Prior    52* (85b 6x4)      SPD Smith    17-3-61-0

128.1

Smith to Trott, no run, a gentle legbreak from Smith, Trott gets right back and cracks it to mid-on

"Just texted my girlfriend in Scotland news of Trott's century," says Adam. "She hates cricket, and objects to me reading her cricinfo reports in bed, but has a soft spot for Trott after being incensed at the way TMS special commentators were so sniffy about him before he came to the crease at the Oval last year. I've told her this must be the best Christmas present she's ever had -- hoping she buys that as I haven't got her one yet. (PS -- Where are the Palestinian Territories in your list of countries?)"

128.2

Smith to Trott, 1 run, tapped out through cover point for an undramatic single

128.3

Smith to Prior, FOUR, big shot from Prior! Too short from Smith and he seized on the length very quickly, lifting the ball powerfully over midwicket ... just short of the rope

128.4

Smith to Prior, 1 run, the ball comes off the inner half of the bat, and they take a quick single

128.5

Smith to Trott, no run, tapped back to the bowler

128.6

Smith to Trott, FOUR, such timing! This was nothing more than a firm push down the ground, but it beat the bowler and once it was past mid-on, raced away!

End of over 129 (10 runs) England 415/5
IJL Trott    131* (254b 11x4)      SPD Smith    18-3-71-0
MJ Prior    57* (87b 7x4)      MG Johnson    21-2-85-2

129.1

Johnson to Prior, FOUR, up and over gully! It was a short ball from Johnson that rose up at Prior and took the shoulder of the bat, looping high over the slip cordon. Ponting just stands and shakes his head at the injustice of it all

129.2

Johnson to Prior, 1 run, very full this time, driven hard out to deep point

"Steven Smith has this habit of giving at least one full toss or short ball per over," declares Shishank Dahiya. "In that sense he is much similar to Stuart MacGill. But what MacGill could do Smith cant. MacGill turned theball square and had this knack of taking wickets at regular intervals by bowling some really good balls in between one or two bad balls."

129.3

Johnson to Trott, no run, Johnson slams the ball down at his feet and the ball balloons high over Trott. Is that not a wide? Apparently not

129.4

Johnson to Trott, no run, short again, much better direction this time and the ball appears to burst past the glove on the way through to Haddin ... the 'keeper wants a review here, but that seems pretty unlikely. That must've been mighty close to the glove

129.5

Johnson to Trott, 1 run, dropped into the covers for one

129.6

Johnson to Prior, FOUR, a controlled, placed late cut from Prior sends the ball down to the third man boundary. He started in scratchy fashion but seems to have settled in nicely since then

End of over 130 (10 runs) England 425/5
MJ Prior    66* (90b 9x4)      MG Johnson    22-2-95-2
IJL Trott    132* (257b 11x4)      SPD Smith    18-3-71-0

Change in the attack: here's Watto! Just the one slip in place, two men out at fine leg and deep square

130.1

Watson to Trott, 2 runs, short to start, and Trott aims a swivel-pull down to that man at fine leg

And that takes Trott and Prior to the record for the highest sixth-wicket partnership by England at Melbourne

130.2

Watson to Trott, no run, fuller this time, driven back to the bowler

130.3

Watson to Trott, no run, gentle inswing from Watson, Trott defends to mid-on

130.4

Watson to Trott, no run, this time Trott is looking for runs on the leg side, but a well-played glance finds the fielder

130.5

Watson to Trott, no run, swinging in to the off stump, pushed to mid-on

130.6

Watson to Trott, no run, solid defence to cover

End of over 131 (2 runs) England 427/5
IJL Trott    134* (263b 11x4)      SR Watson    8-1-26-0
MJ Prior    66* (90b 9x4)      MG Johnson    22-2-95-2

131.1

Johnson to Prior, 1 leg bye, nudged close on the leg side, there is some hesitation before the single is taken ... Johnson charges through and aims the ball towards the stumps with his right boot, but it goes wide. Would've been in all the same

I wonder what kind of measured reaction Ameena will get for this: "I am following both the test matches in the south of the Equator. While England is growing in stature, India is loosing out to some very good bowling and juicy pitches. Wonder why India is no 1 in test ranking when based on performance both South Africa and England appear more deserving test sides to be ranked no 1 ranked."Bookmark

131.2

Johnson to Trott, no run, a harmless bouncer sails over Trott's head

"Ponting couldn't captain a side out of a wet paper bag!" exclaims Darren. But why would he need to?

131.3

Johnson to Trott, no run, there's some spice from Johnson! A much better ball than the last, he gets this one to rise from just short of a good length. Past the outside edge

Srikanth is in cruel mood: "Steve Smith is the all-rounder Australia have been looking for. The specialist batsmen are showing their ineptitude only with the bat and the specialist bowlers are showing their ineptitude only with the ball. He is showing his ineptitude at both in equal measure. All he has to do now is to drop a couple of catches to show that he is a complete all-rounder."

131.4

Johnson to Trott, FOUR, paddle-pull to another short ball, Hilfenhaus runs round at fine leg to cut it off but the ball evades him, much to the Barmy Army's amusement

131.5

Johnson to Trott, no run, another wasted short ball that bounces high over the batsman. No danger

131.6

Johnson to Trott, no run, and another bouncer to finish, this time a reasonable one. A mixed over from Johnson, to say the least

End of over 132 (5 runs) England 432/5
IJL Trott    138* (268b 12x4)      MG Johnson    23-2-99-2
MJ Prior    66* (91b 9x4)      SR Watson    8-1-26-0

132.1

Watson to Prior, no run, on a length on or around off stump, Prior defends to cover

132.2

Watson to Prior, FOUR, a loopy half-volley outside off is creamed away through cover, Prior down on one knee to play the shot. And that's their 150 partnership

132.3

Watson to Prior, 1 run, more effort in this one from Watson, Prior nudges to midwicket

132.4

Watson to Trott, no run, appreciable inswing for Watson, but at a gentle pace and easily defended

132.5

Watson to Trott, no run, fuller on off stump, pushed back to the bowler on the bounce

132.6

Watson to Trott, no run, curling in from outside off, defended into the leg side

End of over 133 (5 runs) England 437/5
IJL Trott    138* (271b 12x4)      SR Watson    9-1-31-0
MJ Prior    71* (94b 10x4)      MG Johnson    23-2-99-2

133.1

Johnson to Prior, 2 runs, steered down wide of third man, and they're back for the second. Ton up for Johnson...

133.2

Johnson to Prior, no run, fuller and aimed at the off stump, Prior defends to cover

Johnson switches to round the wicket now

133.3

Johnson to Prior, no run, flung down round-arm and very wide of the off stump. Must've been very close to a wide

133.4

Johnson to Prior, no run, wide again, this time Prior throws the bat at it but can't get a touch on it

Two slips, two gullys in place

133.5

Johnson to Prior, no run, left alone outside off

133.6

Johnson to Prior, no run, very full but still wide outside off, Prior thinks about the drive but this late in the day opts instead for caution and leaves alone

End of over 134 (2 runs) England 439/5
MJ Prior    73* (100b 10x4)      MG Johnson    24-2-101-2
IJL Trott    138* (271b 12x4)      SR Watson    9-1-31-0

134.1

Watson to Trott, 1 run, leg-stump half-volley, clipped firmly out to deep square leg

134.2

Watson to Prior, no run, nice and tight on the off stump, Prior defends to mid-on

134.3

Watson to Prior, 2 runs, too straight from Watson, whipped off the front pad out behind square on the leg side

A short delay as Prior bends, unties his shoe-laces, and ties them up again. I think he'd like this to be the last over of the day

134.4

Watson to Prior, no run, full outside off, dug out to point

134.5

Watson to Prior, no run, full and swinging in, defended to point once again

134.6

Watson to Prior, no run, defended back down the track ... and we will have one more over

End of over 135 (3 runs) England 442/5
MJ Prior    75* (105b 10x4)      SR Watson    10-1-34-0
IJL Trott    139* (272b 12x4)      MG Johnson    24-2-101-2

Johnson will continue from round the wicket, this is definitely going to be the last over of the day. Time-wasting from both teams, field changes and Trott wandering down the pitch

135.1

Johnson to Trott, no run, good length, but well wide of off and Trott is only too happy to leave alone. A wasted delivery

135.2

Johnson to Trott, no run, back of a length and angled into the body this time, Trott stays deep in the crease and works into the leg side

135.3

Johnson to Trott, no run, outside off, Trott leans into his umpteenth leave of the day

135.4

Johnson to Trott, no run, straighter, and the crowd are brought alive as Johnson collects the ball in his follow-through and threatens to throw the stumps down

135.5

Johnson to Trott, no run, gentle stuff from Johnson at the end of the day, and Trott defends off the front foot

135.6

Johnson to Trott, 2 runs, runs off the final ball, two of them as Trott taps a full, wide ball through cover point. They run the second and as the Australian fielders start to wander off, Trott re-marks his guard, as is his wont

And that's stumps on day two at the MCG, with England miles ahead at 5 for 444. Australia had an opening when both England openers departed early today, but Pietersen, Prior and most especially Trott have continued England's total dominance of this game. With Trott accumulating runs in typically understated fashion in the course of the afternoon, the real talking point has been the behaviour of a couple of the Australians - and particularly Ricky Ponting - when a review went against them. Read all about the day's events in Brydon's bulletin, and about the Ponting incident in Peter's piece.

End of over 136 (2 runs) England 444/5
IJL Trott    141* (278b 12x4)      MG Johnson    25-2-103-2
MJ Prior    75* (105b 10x4)      SR Watson    10-1-34-0

Ryan Harris will get things going this morning. Two slips in place. Quite quiet at the MCG but the sun is out. Here we go...

10.30am Why thanks Liam. At this stage I think it's important to read what somebody called Gus has to say: "What is forgotten here is that England is not only full of foreigners but that the ecb controls what we see and read (hence why this will never be publicised) because the UK cannot handle expectation, so you try to manage it by overtly restraining when you are weak and pronouncing when (rarely) you are strong). This will never be published because you are weak. You will forever be Robin top the rest of the world's Batman, "By Scott, Robin, protect yourself..." you are nothing, FACT. Do pleaase email me a response, unless you too are like England." Bah? I want what he's drinking.

With play just moments away, I'll hand over to Sahil Dutta to take you through the first hour.

10.25am What do you all make of the Ponting/Dar/Hill spat? Do Australia have a hope of saving this match, or do England have one hand on the Ashes? Tell us what you think on our Facebook page.

10.15am The big story yesterday was Ricky Ponting's very public on-field meltdown after what he believed was a contentious review decision. That shouldn't detract from some sterling performances of the right sort on both sides, Jonathan Trott locking the game down with another Ashes hundred, and Peter Siddle doing his best to keep Australia alive with the ball. There's also Christian Ryan's latest blog to peruse, and as always it's well worth a read.

10.05am Hello everyone, and welcome to our coverage of the third day of the fourth Ashes Test at Melbourne. Could this be the pivotal day of the Ashes? A good day for England, and the urn is practically in the bag. Australia will have to bat for at least two days to save this match, and on current form that is a mighty task. I'm Liam Brickhill, and Sahil Dutta and I will be your commentators today. As ever, Andrew Miller and Peter English are at the ground and will be providing updates and analysis as the day progresses, and Brydon Coverdale will be on bulletin duty.

136.1

Harris to Prior, no run, good start from Harris, right on the money, moving away a fraction too and Prior shuffles along the crease and defends

136.2

Harris to Prior, no run, again Harris finds an ideal length and line and Prior defends watchfully

136.3

Harris to Prior, no run, this has been a feature of England's batting and, if you want to be fancy, you could say it separates the teams in this test, Prior judging a leave outside off stump perfectly

136.4

Harris to Prior, no run, hint of some reverse here back to Prior who gets half forward to defend

136.5

Harris to Prior, no run, careful defence as Harris bangs away on a length and line

136.6

Harris to Prior, no run, excellent opening over from Harris, if only Australia weren't 346 behind, Prior has to defend again

End of over 137 (maiden) England 444/5
MJ Prior    75* (111b 10x4)      RJ Harris    26-8-83-0
IJL Trott    141* (278b 12x4)      MG Johnson    25-2-103-2

Peter Siddle shares the morning duty. He was incredible yesterday, running in like a maniac all day.

137.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, starts well, hitting a fullish length around off stump and Trott defends

137.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, this is full again and straight, Trott is nonplussed as always and shuffles across his stumps to defend

137.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, Siddle ventures outside off stump, Trott of course doesn't and leaves alone

137.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, oh, tough luck for Siddle here, nips one away from a good length, finds a genuine outside edge but it falls short of Watson at first slip. Haddin might have had a go at diving across perhaps

137.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, this is back to a full length on the stumps and Trott defends

137.6

Siddle to Trott, 3 runs, first runs of the morning and comes not from Trott's routine leg-side nudge but instead a stylish back-foot drive square of the wicket on the off side

End of over 138 (3 runs) England 447/5
IJL Trott    144* (284b 12x4)      PM Siddle    27-8-61-3
MJ Prior    75* (111b 10x4)      RJ Harris    26-8-83-0

138.1

Harris to Trott, no run, Harris continues to hammer away on a good length and line, decent wheels too, Trott defends crisply to mid-on

138.2

Harris to Trott, no run, a fuller length draws Trott forward and a skewed drive finds point

138.3

Harris to Trott, no run, Harris has been excellent this morning and finds a good length that Trott defends

138.4

Harris to Trott, no run, sharp delivery, shaping in a touch and Trott hurries into a defensive prod

138.5

Harris to Trott, no run, Trott can't resist a bit of width and flashes an edgy drive that is smartly fielded in the gully

138.6

Harris to Trott, no run, maiden over for Harris and a good one too, finishes with Trott hurrying to defend

End of over 139 (maiden) England 447/5
IJL Trott    144* (290b 12x4)      RJ Harris    27-9-83-0
MJ Prior    75* (111b 10x4)      PM Siddle    27-8-61-3

139.1

Siddle to Prior, 3 runs, Siddle offers Prior width outside off, which is a long empty road for a happy driver like him, he throws his arms through the line and it requires a pair of scurrying Australians to keep it to three

139.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, this is closer to the stumps and Trott watches it carefully onto his defensive blade

139.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, full and straight from the bowler, much the same from the bat

139.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, Siddle drags his length back a fraction and it zips off the wicket over a slightly loose outside edge

139.5

Siddle to Trott, 2 runs, this time Trott manages to connect with an off-side push, sending it past cover for a couple

139.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, resolute forward defence to finish the over, not the sort of thing you want to see if you are an Australian

End of over 140 (5 runs) England 452/5
IJL Trott    146* (295b 12x4)      PM Siddle    28-8-66-3
MJ Prior    78* (112b 10x4)      RJ Harris    27-9-83-0

140.1

Harris to Prior, no run, flash and a miss outside off, Prior will always have a drive if you give him half a chance, but just doesn't connect with this

140.2

Harris to Prior, no run, Harris continues to hug off stump with his line and Prior has to defend

140.3

Harris to Prior, FOUR, drive-me length and a drive-me line, Prior does the obvious and flashes a square drive past point all along the ground for four. Lovely shot

140.4

Harris to Prior, no run, Harris happy to offer another drive and this one isn't timed as well and point fields

140.5

Harris to Prior, no run, fuller and straighter this time, Harris looking for a yorker and Prior has to jab down a defence

140.6

Harris to Prior, 3 runs, ah excellent stroke here, this was more on the up but Prior used the offer of width to ease a cover drive away

End of over 141 (7 runs) England 459/5
MJ Prior    85* (118b 11x4)      RJ Harris    28-9-90-0
IJL Trott    146* (295b 12x4)      PM Siddle    28-8-66-3

141.1

Siddle to Prior, OUT, that will be that, soft dismissal in the end but Siddle deserves some luck, fullish ball just stuck in the wicket a fraction and Prior chipped it straight to mid-on. He stood motionless for a moment, realising he'd thrown away a possible Ashes hundred but it ends a fine innings

MJ Prior c Ponting b Siddle 85 (201m 119b 11x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

After an unsteady start Prior played very fluently and it's a shame for England he's gone now because he would have scored quickly this morning. Tim Bresnan is the new man and he's no mug. With the bat in his hand at least.

141.2

Siddle to Bresnan, no run, ooh, Bresnan aims a leave but is late on it and it ends up clipping his bat as he shouldered arms

141.3

Siddle to Bresnan, 3 runs, Bresnan is away with a solid clunk through midwicket, the sort of shot Prior was trying to play

141.4

Siddle to Trott, 1 run, this is steered behind point for a quick single

141.5

Siddle to Bresnan, no run, back of a length from Siddle and Bresnan is solid in defence

141.6

Siddle to Bresnan, no run, very confident and crisp block to finish a wicket-taking over for Siddle

End of over 142 (4 runs) England 463/6
TT Bresnan    3* (4b)      PM Siddle    29-8-70-4
IJL Trott    147* (296b 12x4)      RJ Harris    28-9-90-0

142.1

Harris to Trott, no run, this keeps a little low outside off stump, beyond that there is little to say about the delivery

142.2

Harris to Trott, no run, again this burrows through to Haddin outside off stump

142.3

Harris to Trott, 1 run, Harris ventures onto a line closer to off stump line and is rewarded with a forward push to cover for one

142.4

Harris to Bresnan, no run, Bresnan defends carefully on the front foot, looks in good order so far

Oh no. This doesn't look good at all. Harris was half way through his run up and just pulled out, hobbling. Looks like he's gone over his ankle perhaps. For a man with such a horrendous injury record this is very worrying and he's gingerly shuffling off the field now. The good sign is that Harris can walk off unassisted but Michael Clarke will finish his over.

142.5

Clarke to Bresnan, no run, decent start from Clarke, finding a line around off stump and Bresnan very confidently rocks forward to defend

142.6

Clarke to Bresnan, 1 run, is this Tim Bresnan or VVS Laxman? Who knows! With a flick of the wrists Bresnan turns this to midwicket for a single

End of over 143 (2 runs) England 465/6
TT Bresnan    4* (7b)      MJ Clarke    3.2-0-13-0
IJL Trott    148* (299b 12x4)      PM Siddle    29-8-70-4

143.1

Siddle to Bresnan, no run, good yorker from Siddle, who is pretty much Australia's barmy one-man army, pounding in like it's the first ball of the series, Bresnan digs it out

143.2

Siddle to Bresnan, no run, fullish and straightish again and Bresnan gets half forward to block

143.3

Siddle to Bresnan, no run, touch of width outside off and Bresnan unfurls a classical leave

143.4

Siddle to Bresnan, no run, decent line from Siddle and a touch of away nibble too, all of which doesn't trouble Bresnan who leaves alone with a flourish

143.5

Siddle to Bresnan, no run, fuller and a touch of indrift finds a squeezed inside edge onto pad, Siddle began an appeal before deciding against it

143.6

Siddle to Bresnan, no run, excellent over ends with Siddle hitting an off-stump line on a full length forcing Bresnan to defend carefully

End of over 144 (maiden) England 465/6
TT Bresnan    4* (13b)      PM Siddle    30-9-70-4
IJL Trott    148* (299b 12x4)      MJ Clarke    3.2-0-13-0

Big Ben Hilfenhaus will replace Ryan Harris. Fair to say Hilf could do with a few wickets.

144.1

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, starts well enough, finding some gentle inswing, Trott shuffles across his stumps and nudges to leg

144.2

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, Trott has a flash at some width outside off stump and picks out Steve Smith at point who collects and throws down the stumps, likeable fellow Smith

144.3

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, good length and line as always from Hilfenhaus, but just not much devil and Trott can easily defend

144.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, again Trott can easily defend but at least Hilfenhaus's line is good

144.5

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, beaten outside off, which won't happen much now that this pitch has settled, Trott had a flat-footed waft outside off and the ball kept a touch low

144.6

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, quiet over ends with more defence. It will be interesting to compare England's seamers with Australia's now that this pitch has flattened out

End of over 145 (maiden) England 465/6
IJL Trott    148* (305b 12x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    30-10-72-0
TT Bresnan    4* (13b)      PM Siddle    30-9-70-4

145.1

Siddle to Bresnan, no run, significant reverse swing for Siddle here, tailing back into Bresnan, who presents a full face to the ball in defence

145.2

Siddle to Bresnan, no run, bouncer this time, Bresnan shapes to duck but doesn't really need to

145.3

Siddle to Bresnan, no run, ah, another lovely leave outside off, close to off stump but Bresnan picked the length and left alone

145.4

Siddle to Bresnan, OUT, Siddle has a five! He's really earned that, gets Bresnan with a classic feathered outside edge to a forward push, might have nibbled away off the pitch a fraction

TT Bresnan c †Haddin b Siddle 4 (22m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 23.52

Good reward for Siddle and he'll fancy his chances against the new man Graeme Swann. Could be in for a few bumpers here.

This should be fun, Swann is always happy to play his shots. Couple of slips in place.

145.5

Siddle to Swann, no run, Siddle searches for some reverse with a full length and Swann rocks forward to defend

145.6

Siddle to Swann, 1 leg bye, Siddle finds some reverse this time, but the line starts leg side and it flicks the pad and runs down to fine leg

End of over 146 (1 run, wicket maiden) England 466/7
GP Swann    0* (2b)      PM Siddle    31-10-70-5
IJL Trott    148* (305b 12x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    30-10-72-0

Aaron's opinion of Steve Smith: "Smith, Likeable Yes. Number 6 batsman or spin bowler. Unfortunately not!" Not yet perhaps. Confirmation that Harris does have an ankle injury, he won't bowl again this innings.

146.1

Hilfenhaus to Swann, no run, bouncer to Swann, generates plenty of jeers and cheers from the crowd as Swann has to jerk out the line in a hurry

146.2

Hilfenhaus to Swann, no run, pretty well-judged leave this outside off stump, Swann wanted to play but somehow willed himself not to

146.3

Hilfenhaus to Swann, no run, back of a length this time and Swann stands tall to block

146.4

Hilfenhaus to Swann, no run, touch of indrift to Swann who shaped as if he was about to try something expansive before deciding to defend

146.5

Hilfenhaus to Swann, no run, hint of extra bouncer here outside off stump, doesn't trouble Swann who pushes to cover

146.6

Hilfenhaus to Swann, no run, Swann is basically a front-foot driver at the crease, he plays the shot so well but when the ball is back of a length he's not so smart and here the ball zips past the edge

End of over 147 (maiden) England 466/7
GP Swann    0* (8b)      BW Hilfenhaus    31-11-72-0
IJL Trott    148* (305b 12x4)      PM Siddle    31-10-70-5

Change of bowling, Siddle's reward for collecting five is to be whipped out of the attack and replaced by Mitchell Johnson.

147.1

Johnson to Trott, 3 runs, one day Australia will learn not to bowl to Trott on his pads, until then he'll clip through midwicket happily, timing it well enough to bring up his 150

147.2

Johnson to Swann, no run, sharp bouncer to Swann who hops to try and duck, never understood why batsmen do that, Johnson thinks about a few words before remembering that the scoreboard might not back him up

147.3

Johnson to Swann, no run, fuller this time and outside off, Swann shaped to drive but pulled out the shot

147.4

Johnson to Swann, FOUR, Johnson drifts down the leg side and Swann gloves a flap at it, sending it hurrying down to the fine leg rope

147.5

Johnson to Swann, no run, beaten all ends up, pushed across the right hander and ghosting past the edge

147.6

Johnson to Swann, no run, and again, good over that from Johnson, pushed full and across Swann who aims a nothing sort of push and misses

End of over 148 (7 runs) England 473/7
GP Swann    4* (13b 1x4)      MG Johnson    26-2-110-2
IJL Trott    151* (306b 12x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    31-11-72-0

148.1

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, Hilfenhaus does plenty of things right as a bowler, bit of swing, good lines, good lengths but just seems to find the middle of the bat too often

148.2

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, outside off stump and Trott won't play there

"I can only assume the people bashing on Smith failed to see his fluent 177 for NSW," writes GK. "He's probably not the best pick at the moment, but finally it seems the Aussie selectors are looking towards the future."

148.3

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, touch of swing back into Trott beats his defence and raps him on the thigh but it was heading over

148.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, once again Hilfenhaus locates the middle of a defensive bat

148.5

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, carefully stroked to cover, Australia want to keep Trott at this end

148.6

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, good delivery outside off stump is met with careful defence meaning that after drinks Swann will be on strike

Steady first hour for England, lost a couple of wickets but extended the lead to 375. Liam will be here after the break to take you through to lunch.

End of over 149 (maiden) England 473/7
IJL Trott    151* (312b 12x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    32-12-72-0
GP Swann    4* (13b 1x4)      MG Johnson    26-2-110-2

Thanks Sahil. Well, Trott just keeps on going, and he's certainly on for the double here. Despite Siddle's commendable efforts, the match continues to slip away from Australia. Johnson to continue to Swann, three slips in place.

149.1

Johnson to Swann, no run, gun-barrel straight from Johnson, and Swann taps defensively back down the track

149.2

Johnson to Swann, FOUR, slapped on the up through the off side! Swann doesn't need to worry much about swing from Johnson, and just swings his arms through the line of this wide delivery to send the ball bouncing away to the cover boundary

149.3

Johnson to Swann, no run, straighter from Johnson, tucked off the hip

Here's the official word on Harris, via Andrew Miller: "Harris is unlikely to bowl again in this innings, says a CA spokesman. No more details at this stage, though he is still being assessed by the medical team."

Change of line from Johnson, as he switches to round the wicket. Short extra cover comes in.

149.4

Johnson to Swann, 3 runs, crashed over cover point! Full and wide from round the stumps, Swann steps well forward and scoops this over the off side field

Rod just wants everyone to get along: "Everyone has been so down on the Aussies. These same players actually did pretty well against Pakistan in England and gave the supposed world champions India a pretty close couple of games in India. So why won't everyone stop saying how bad Australia are and start showing some repect for what England have done?"

149.5

Johnson to Trott, no run, tighter line from Johnson, and Trott is utterly solid in defence

149.6

Johnson to Trott, 3 runs, short and angling in to the ribs, Trott gets across and up on one leg to swivel-pull this down to fine leg. Good, controlled shot

End of over 150 (10 runs) England 483/7
IJL Trott    154* (314b 12x4)      MG Johnson    27-2-120-2
GP Swann    11* (17b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    32-12-72-0
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Series Results
Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 3-7, 2011
England won by an innings and 83 runs
Australia v England at Melbourne - Dec 26-29, 2010
England won by an innings and 157 runs
Australia v England at Perth - Dec 16-19, 2010
Australia won by 267 runs
Australia v England at Adelaide - Dec 3-7, 2010
England won by an innings and 71 runs
Australia v England at Brisbane - Nov 25-29, 2010
Match drawn
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