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The Ashes - 5th Test

Australia v England

England won by an innings and 83 runs

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

10.28am Here come the umpires, Aleem Dar and Billy Bowden, and the England players led by Andrew Strauss are huddled now, hoping for another 98 all out scenario. And here are Phillip Hughes and Shane Watson, welcomed by a roar from the SCG crowd. A nervous Usman Khawaja is padded up in the rooms, ready to come in next. The conditions are overcast, and this will be a challenging period for the batsmen.

Pablo emails in: "Late change at the SCG. Greta Bradman is padded up and ready to solve our batting woes."

It's James Anderson to start from the Randwick End.

10.20am The players have made their way out on to the field and the national anthems are being sung, Advance Australia Fair being sung by Greta Bradman, granddaughter of The Don, and classical soprano. You learn something new every day.

And the prize for most dedicated reader today goes to Cameron, in flood-ravaged Queensland: "No power in Mackay. Thank god for a charged laptop and ABC radio to listen."

10.10am Iain O'Brien, former NZ fast bowler and blogger and tweeter extraordinaire is following the commentary and tells us: "I picked Oz 3-1 at the start... whoops! Still going to stick with Oz, not that many of you lot are. So a 2-2 series finish for me..."

And Tim Lumb has sent us this: "Although spin bowling hasn't been the determinant in the Ashes (thus far) I can only feel utter sympathy for Nathan Hauritz. He averaged 30 per wicket in 2009 and but for a selection howler would've probably played an important hand at the Oval Test. What has he done wrong? The experiment with Smith has been a complete failure, he's struggling to be a test number 8 let alone 6 and our batters seem to relish the pies he chucks down. My prediction 3-1 within the next three and a half days and a hatful for Mister Swann."

Damo Pollock echoes the thoughts of many: "At this point I don't even care if we win lose or draw, just please play some cricket Australia & I don't mean 20/20 !!"

10am Michael Clarke has won his first toss as Test captain and Australia will bat first.

"It's an honour, I'm thrilled to be out here," says Michael Clarke. "The wicket looks good and hopefully the rain stays away."

"I'm not overly disappointed at all," says Andrew Strauss. "There's some green grass there and nice overcast conditions."

The teams are as expected, Beer and Khawaja in to debut for the injured Ponting and Harris, England are unchanged.

Australia 1 Shane Watson, 2 Phillip Hughes, 3 Usman Khawaja, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Michael Hussey, 6 Steven Smith, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Peter Siddle, 10 Michael Beer, 11 Ben Hilfenhaus.

England 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Alastair Cook, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Paul Collingwood, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Chris Tremlett, 11 James Anderson.

9.55am Mark Kidger isn't convinced that this series is over just yet: "Nervous as hell. This is a big big match and like all Englishmen I won't believe that the Australians are dead until the box is sealed and they've gone through the crematorium oven."

And here's Arthur Panos: "Another sleepless night in snowy Luxembourg supporting Australia. I've got a good feeling about the Phoenix that's about to rise from the ashes of Australia's performance so far."

9.45am Australia's team manager Steve Bernard reports that Shane Warne is presenting Michael Beer with his baggy green, while Usman Khawaja receives his from Mark Taylor.

I'm Brydon Coverdale and I'll be taking you through today's play along with Sahil Dutta. If you want to send us your thoughts, this is how you do it.

9.30am Hello everyone, welcome to the fifth and final Test in this Ashes series, which can still be drawn 2-2 even though England have retained the urn. What a match it promises to be, with Ricky Ponting missing a Test for the first time in six years and Michael Clarke to captain Australia for the first time in a Test.

Usman Khawaja will debut and bat at No.3, while the left-arm spinner Michael Beer is also set to make his debut having been 12th man for the past two Tests. He's replacing Ryan Harris, who injured his ankle in Melbourne. For England, things are pretty steady - they're not expected to make any changes as they aim to win the series 3-1.

Andrew Miller has tweeted: "Very heavy skies overhead this morning in Sydney, but no actual rain at the moment. Could be a good toss to lose."

0.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, full and straight, a hint of outswing first up and Shane Watson drives it towards mid off

And there's a false start from Anderson, who pulls out in his delivery stride. His right ankle has slid along the surface and he's very lucky not to have rolled it and injured himself.

0.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, good tight line just outside off, Watson leaves it alone

0.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, straighter and no swing from Anderson, it's pushed to the leg side by Watson

0.4

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, very good ball, that's shorter but moving away and it squares Watson up, his thick edge runs to point and he's gifted an overthrow as Pietersen at gully throws to Prior running in, but somehow throws behind him

0.5

Anderson to Hughes, no run, bouncer immediately for Hughes, but down leg side and he isn't worried by it

0.6

Anderson to Hughes, no run, 'wait on!' comes the bellowing call from Hughes as he jumps across to the off side and defends

End of over 1 (1 run) Australia 1/0
PJ Hughes    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0
SR Watson    1* (4b)     

Chris Tremlett to bowl from the Paddington End.

1.1

Tremlett to Watson, no run, ah, good ball from Tremlett, nipping it back in to Watson, who leaves it alone based on the height - though he's lucky not to have taken that on the body

1.2

Tremlett to Watson, no run, straight bat from Watson as Tremlett again attacks the straight line

1.3

Tremlett to Watson, no run, a big stride and extravagant leave from Watson, as this ball sails not all that far over the off stump

1.4

Tremlett to Watson, no run, Watson launches a big drive, trying to force it through the covers but gets a thick inside edge into the ground and it's collected by Cook at short leg

Good start from Tremlett here

1.5

Tremlett to Watson, 2 runs, that's a bit better from Watson, who takes a big stride forward and drives through cover, just punching it without too much follow-through

1.6

Tremlett to Watson, 1 no ball, again Watson tries to drive and gets an inside edge

1.6

Tremlett to Watson, no run, Watson leans forward to defend, and again Tremlett is probing just on off stump, good line once again

End of over 2 (3 runs) Australia 4/0
SR Watson    3* (11b)      CT Tremlett    1-0-3-0
PJ Hughes    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    1-0-1-0

2.1

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Anderson bangs it in, testing Hughes on the hips and he watches it through to Prior

2.2

Anderson to Hughes, 1 run, Hughes gets off the mark with a nudge off the hips down into the ground and away behind square leg

2.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, excellent delivery from Anderson, angling in and then nipping away from Watson, who gets a thick edge along the ground to gully

2.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, angling in towards the pads, trying to squeeze through Watson's gate, but he is good enough to defend

2.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, shorter from Anderson this time, and Watson leaves it alone

2.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, left alone once again as Anderson probes outside off, getting just a hint of movement away

There hasn't been any of the real hooping swing that we've seen from Anderson in some of the previous Tests. He's getting a little movement, but just a little.

End of over 3 (1 run) Australia 5/0
SR Watson    3* (15b)      JM Anderson    2-0-2-0
PJ Hughes    1* (4b)      CT Tremlett    1-0-3-0

Phillip Hughes is wearing a black armband, we've been told his godfather has died and that's the reason behind it.

3.1

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, solidly defended back down the pitch

3.2

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, on the pads and Hughes jams it towards leg, not too far from Cook under the helmet - he has to be careful there

3.3

Tremlett to Hughes, FOUR, good on-drive from Hughes as he gets the full face of the bat on this one, through mid-on and not leaving a big gate as he did in his first innings at the WACA, when he was bowled playing a similar shot

3.4

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, left alone outside off

3.5

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, left alone once again

3.6

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, half a shout for lbw as Hughes gets one swinging in, but it was certainly sailing down the leg side

End of over 4 (4 runs) Australia 9/0
PJ Hughes    5* (10b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    2-0-7-0
SR Watson    3* (15b)      JM Anderson    2-0-2-0

4.1

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, nothing more than a defensive push to the off side from Watson, but he gets a single to mid-off - better judgment than when he ran Hughes out in the last Test

4.2

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Hughes jumps back into his crease and defends

England aren't giving Hughes any room outside off, they're forcing him to play to leg

4.3

Anderson to Hughes, no run, ah, now this one gets the shoulder of the bat as it seams away a touch and squares Hughes up, running safely along the ground to gully

4.4

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Hughes gets another on the pads and turns it to leg

4.5

Anderson to Hughes, no run, straight line from Anderson - Hughes jumps back and defends

4.6

Anderson to Hughes, no run, on the pads again and Hughes can't quite get it away, it's off the pads to where short leg was earlier, but Cook has now been taken out

End of over 5 (1 run) Australia 10/0
PJ Hughes    5* (15b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-3-0
SR Watson    4* (16b)      CT Tremlett    2-0-7-0

5.1

Tremlett to Watson, no run, oh boy! How did Watson survive that!? Good movement in from Tremlett, a length that draws Watson forward to drive and it's nipped in off the seam, somehow missing the stumps - it's fizzed an inch or two over the bails

5.2

Tremlett to Watson, 1 run, another good ball angling in to Watson, who works it off the hips but in the air behind square leg, not exactly in control

5.3

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, pushed across Hughes, who leaves alone outside off

5.4

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, beaten outside off this time as Tremlett pitches it on off and moves it away a fraction

5.5

Tremlett to Hughes, 1 run, worked away off the hips to fine leg

5.6

Tremlett to Watson, no run, half a shout from behind the batsman as Watson leans forward and gets it off pad, and maybe bat, but the ball lands safely short of the slips

What a wonderful malapropism from Nadeem Khan here: "Anxiously waiting for one these two to go back to Pavlovian to see UT Khawaja."

End of over 6 (2 runs) Australia 12/0
SR Watson    5* (19b)      CT Tremlett    3-0-9-0
PJ Hughes    6* (18b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-3-0

6.1

Anderson to Hughes, 1 run, clipped off the pads through midwicket

6.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, angled on to the pads of Watson, who defends to leg

6.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, Anderson wants this lbw but Billy Bowden is not intersted - Watson was lunging forward and there was a big inside edge

6.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, another lbw shout and there's no bat on this one, but probably sailing down leg side and Watson for some reason couldn't get bat on that to clip it through midwicket

Replays confirm that was certainly missing leg

6.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, beaten outside off, very good delivery that looks to be moving in and then straightens off the seam

6.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, much shorter and left alone by Watson

End of over 7 (1 run) Australia 13/0
SR Watson    5* (24b)      JM Anderson    4-0-4-0
PJ Hughes    7* (19b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    3-0-9-0

Three slips and short leg in for Tremlett to Hughes

7.1

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, good line on middle stump and it's going well over the top - Hughes thinks about playing and then decides to leave

7.2

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, shouts of catch it as Hughes takes one on the side and Prior dives to his right, he can't quite get there and Aleem Dar calls it a dead ball - Hughes wasn't really playing a shot at that

7.3

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, terrific delivery! Good length to make Hughes play, and it jags away off the seam to beat the outside edge

Aleem Dar has just had a word to Tremlett about his follow-through.

7.4

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, worked to leg by Hughes - England are really testing him on the hips with short leg in

7.5

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, there's an appeal from England, for either a catch or lbw, but both are denied by Aleem Dar. Swinging down leg and striking Hughes above the knee roll before lobbing to gully - no bat involved and England don't challenge it

7.6

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, short and wide of off, Hughes goes for the slashing upper cut, but can't connect

End of over 8 (maiden) Australia 13/0
PJ Hughes    7* (25b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    4-1-9-0
SR Watson    5* (24b)      JM Anderson    4-0-4-0

8.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, guided off the face along the ground to point

8.2

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, nipping in to Watson but too much down leg and he works it away fine, not able to pick up two runs as he's slipped over touching his bat down for the first

8.3

Anderson to Hughes, no run, again Hughes works to leg, nudging it safely away square of the wicket

8.4

Anderson to Hughes, no run, good line just outside off and straightening, but Hughes patiently leaves it alone

8.5

Anderson to Hughes, no run, fuller and straighter from Anderson, Hughes drives to mid-on

8.6

Anderson to Hughes, no run, ah, this one moves away from Hughes and he's beaten outside off, just dabbing half-heartedly

End of over 9 (1 run) Australia 14/0
PJ Hughes    7* (29b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-5-0
SR Watson    6* (26b)      CT Tremlett    4-1-9-0

Iain O'Brien thinks Phil Hughes could be in for a big one: "If it's a slow deck, Hughs should do ok... http://ow.ly/3xak3 Bad memories!"

9.1

Tremlett to Watson, no run, left alone well wide of off

9.2

Tremlett to Watson, no run, again Watson lunges forward to defend a ball that moves in, again he doesn't quite get the full face of the bat on to it

9.3

Tremlett to Watson, no run, nudged away to leg safely wide of Cook

9.4

Tremlett to Watson, no run, left alone outside off

9.5

Tremlett to Watson, no run, oh, is that a half-chance? Watson gets an inside edge onto his pad and it's lobbed in front of Cook at short leg, he dives forward and can't get there.

9.6

Tremlett to Watson, no run, defended back down the pitch

End of over 10 (maiden) Australia 14/0
SR Watson    6* (32b)      CT Tremlett    5-2-9-0
PJ Hughes    7* (29b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-5-0

Time for Tim. Bresnan, that is.

10.1

Bresnan to Hughes, 1 run, immediately Bresnan is on the leg stump and Hughes works it through midwicket for a run

Three slips and a gully in place, no short leg for Bresnan

10.2

Bresnan to Watson, no run, swinging away - and quite a lot of swing, left alone by Watson

10.3

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, this one swings on to the pads and Watson pushes forward without much commitment, it runs away off his pad to square leg

10.4

Bresnan to Hughes, no run, nudged into the ground and away to midwicket

10.5

Bresnan to Hughes, no run, a bit of bounce this time surprises Hughes, who defends towards point

10.6

Bresnan to Hughes, no run, solidly defended by Hughes, who pushes towards the off side

End of over 11 (2 runs) Australia 16/0
PJ Hughes    8* (33b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-2-0
SR Watson    7* (34b)      CT Tremlett    5-2-9-0

11.1

Tremlett to Watson, no run, bounce and carry but too short to make Watson play, so he leaves it

11.2

Tremlett to Watson, no run, straighter line and Watson meets it with a straight bat, defending to leg

11.3

Tremlett to Watson, 1 leg bye, too much angle down leg this time and Watson works it away behind square

11.4

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, that's a good, probing line just outside off and full enough to entice the drive, but Hughes resists his urges and leaves it

11.5

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, left alone outside off and Prior ends up taking this at head height

11.6

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, nudged past short leg but Tremlett bounds across to do the fielding himself and prevent a run

"With this slow scoring rate, I would say, 10% of the match has been won by England already," Johnson says on email, rather mysteriously.

End of over 12 (1 run, maiden) Australia 17/0
PJ Hughes    8* (36b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    6-3-9-0
SR Watson    7* (37b)      TT Bresnan    1-0-2-0

12.1

Bresnan to Watson, 3 runs, Watson is squared up by Bresnan and gets a thick edge wide of the slips, it runs away towards third man and is chased down by Collingwood and Strauss, who can't keep it to two

12.2

Bresnan to Hughes, no run, down the leg side, Hughes doesn't play

12.3

Bresnan to Hughes, no run, punched away off the back foot towards point

12.4

Bresnan to Hughes, no run, excellent delivery from Bresnan beats the bat of Hughes and flies through to Prior, there's a shout for caught behind and Bowden says no - Strauss also decides against reviewing it

12.5

Bresnan to Hughes, FOUR, lovely shot from Hughes! He's got a hint of width outside off and punches it off the back foot through cover, good timing and Alastair Cook tries to chase this down, making a horrible mess off the boundary rope as he crashes into it with his slide

12.6

Bresnan to Hughes, FOUR, cut hard through point and that's two boundaries in succession! Good shot, but it was a bit too wide from Bresnan

End of over 13 (11 runs) Australia 28/0
PJ Hughes    16* (41b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-13-0
SR Watson    10* (38b)      CT Tremlett    6-3-9-0

13.1

Tremlett to Watson, no run, good ball with some bounce outside off, Watson looks to defend and then draws the bat inside it

13.2

Tremlett to Watson, no run, hmm, this one has swung both ways, moving away from Watson and then tailing back as it goes through to Prior

13.3

Tremlett to Watson, no run, left alone outside off

13.4

Tremlett to Watson, no run, bouncer and well directed, but Watson seems to have all the time in the world to duck underneath this

13.5

Tremlett to Watson, 3 runs, driven through the leg side though a touch uppishly - Watson gets it wide enough of mid on to be safe and Anderson does the chasing

13.6

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, ah, Hughes survives an edge just short of gully! Well bowled as it squared him up and his edge looked as if it would carry, but then bounced safely short

That's drinks. So, Australia have survived the first hour to be 0 for 31. Not exactly a thrilling scoring rate, but it's exactly what Australia needed after their horrid starts in the series so far. Here's Sahil to be your eyes and ears, and any other body parts required, through until lunch.

End of over 14 (3 runs) Australia 31/0
PJ Hughes    16* (42b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    7-3-12-0
SR Watson    13* (43b)      TT Bresnan    2-0-13-0

Indeed! Cheers Brydon. Very careful start from Australia's openers and they're beginning to earn their reward for it. They've left the ball far, far more frequently than they managed at the MCG and that has made all the difference. The new ball is getting older and the real good news for Australia is that they haven't lost a Test this series when Brydon has been on comms so things look in good order for them here.

14.1

Bresnan to Watson, no run, Bresnan continues and Watson is far happier jumping forward to him than Tremlett, blocks confidently to cover

14.2

Bresnan to Watson, no run, this thuds into the pads as Watson lunges forward, Bresnan offers an appeal but doesn't really mean it. It was going over

14.3

Bresnan to Watson, no run, marvellous, languid leave outside off stump. The leaving this morning has been sensational

14.4

Bresnan to Watson, no run, excellent judgement again outside off stump, Watson thundered forward as always, thought about playing before thinking better of it

14.5

Bresnan to Watson, 2 runs, ooh, Watson gets squared up, flinging his back leg out like a drunk dancer at an office party, it skews off the edge and runs away down towards third man

14.6

Bresnan to Watson, no run, no alarm this time, both front and back foot firmly grounded as Watson clunks a defence to cover

End of over 15 (2 runs) Australia 33/0
SR Watson    15* (49b)      TT Bresnan    3-0-15-0
PJ Hughes    16* (42b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    7-3-12-0

15.1

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Anderson replaces Tremlett and starts outside off stump, Hughes continues to exemplary leaving

15.2

Anderson to Hughes, FOUR, Hughes is rewarded with a fuller ball, in the slot outside off stump. He stepped forward and drove crisply, without timing it perfectly, but enough to pick up a good boundary

15.3

Anderson to Hughes, no run, this time it's outside off and left alone

15.4

Anderson to Hughes, no run, touch uncomfortable here for Hughes. Anderson's length ball nipped back and squeezed between bat an pad into the midriff

15.5

Anderson to Hughes, 1 leg bye, this drifts a touch leg side and Hughes is typically closed off around the hip area. Still manages to nibble it towards fine leg, but only off the thigh

15.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, beaten outside off to end the over. England have gone past the edge a lot this morning, which makes a change from others where they have found the edge

End of over 16 (5 runs) Australia 38/0
SR Watson    15* (50b)      JM Anderson    6-0-9-0
PJ Hughes    20* (47b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-15-0

16.1

Bresnan to Hughes, 2 runs, sign of Hughes's growing confidence as he drives on the up outside off stump through extra cover. Quite an audacious shot actually and similar to his MCG first-innings dismissal

16.2

Bresnan to Hughes, no run, this is a touch fuller from Bresnan and Hughes can do nothing but defend

16.3

Bresnan to Hughes, no run, decent delivery here, offering to nip away and Hughes is careful in defence

16.4

Bresnan to Hughes, 3 runs, another drive, expansive as well but not quite where Hughes intended. It was dished up outside off and Hughes launched into it, driving on the up with a touch of inside edge straight of mid-off for three

16.5

Bresnan to Watson, no run, Bresnan shoves this into Watson and strikes him on the top of the pad as he lunges forward

16.6

Bresnan to Watson, no run, not a great over that, Bresnan is scratching away at the footholes too. Ends the over with a delivery outside off that Watson watches go by harmlessly

End of over 17 (5 runs) Australia 43/0
SR Watson    15* (52b)      TT Bresnan    4-0-20-0
PJ Hughes    25* (51b 4x4)      JM Anderson    6-0-9-0

17.1

Anderson to Hughes, no run, oh dear, this is slipped a long way down the leg side. Hughes has no need to play, so doesn't

17.2

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Anderson aims full around off stump, willing Hughes to have a dart, but Hughes has nothing of it and leaves alone

17.3

Anderson to Hughes, no run, this is a touch shorter and Hughes gets back in defence, looking actually quite solid

17.4

Anderson to Hughes, no run, again Anderson offers Hughes some width to have a lash at outside off and Hughes expansively leaves alone. As if to make the point to everyone, not least himself

17.5

Anderson to Hughes, no run, this is defended securely as Hughes gets everything behind it

17.6

Anderson to Hughes, no run, maiden over, but a great one from Anderson. Finishes with a back-of-a-length delivery that flicks this hip as Hughes leaves alone

End of over 18 (maiden) Australia 43/0
PJ Hughes    25* (57b 4x4)      JM Anderson    7-1-9-0
SR Watson    15* (52b)      TT Bresnan    4-0-20-0

18.1

Bresnan to Watson, no run, robust defence from Watson as he gets forward to a Bresnan length ball

Ricky Ponting is in the Australian dressing room, by the way, sitting next to the next man in...

18.2

Bresnan to Watson, no run, more careful defence from Watson, who again looks in good order

18.3

Bresnan to Watson, 2 runs, Watson gets a chance to drive and does so well, threading it through cover. Pietersen gives chase before unleashing a dismal throw that sails over an unimpressed Matt Prior

18.4

Bresnan to Watson, no run, this is a touch shorter and Watson defends off the back foot

18.5

Bresnan to Watson, no run, no need for Watson to play here outside off stump, so he doesn't

18.6

Bresnan to Watson, no run, left all alone again outside off stump to end the over. In tough conditions, the Australian openers are doing a mighty fine job. Might be time for a touch of Swann

End of over 19 (2 runs) Australia 45/0
SR Watson    17* (58b)      TT Bresnan    5-0-22-0
PJ Hughes    25* (57b 4x4)      JM Anderson    7-1-9-0

19.1

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Anderson switches to around the wicket, possibly because of the footholes which he is unhappy with. The venture doesn't work here as it's fired well down the leg side

19.2

Anderson to Hughes, no run, banged in short, well directed too but Hughes easily pops under it

19.3

Anderson to Hughes, 1 leg bye, again Hughes has no real way of playing off his hip so feigns a shot and it thuds off the body to fine leg

19.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, good leave again here, judged it on length and allowed it to nip back over the top of middle

19.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, good cricket. Anderson pitches up and nibbles away in the corridor, Watson judges a leave well again

19.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, again Watson pulls his bat high above his head. Nothing fancy from Australia but they have done a fine, fine job

End of over 20 (1 run, maiden) Australia 46/0
SR Watson    17* (61b)      JM Anderson    8-2-9-0
PJ Hughes    25* (60b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-22-0

Good move from Strauss, here's Graeme Swann for his first bowl of the year. Slip and a short leg in place.

20.1

Swann to Hughes, no run, Swann from around the wicket, finds a good length and line and Hughes defends

20.2

Swann to Hughes, FOUR, touch too short, bit wide as well and the bounce at the SCG means it sits up asking to be put away, Hughes does the honours, chopping behind square for four to bring up a very good 50 partnership

20.3

Swann to Hughes, no run, this is left alone outside off stump

20.4

Swann to Hughes, no run, hint of spin here, but it starts a touch short and Hughes easily defends off the back foot

20.5

Swann to Hughes, no run, bit of spin here and plenty of bounce, off a good length too. Hughes leaves alone but Swann will like it

20.6

Swann to Hughes, no run, this is floated up a touch fuller and Hughes carefully pushes forward to defend

End of over 21 (4 runs) Australia 50/0
PJ Hughes    29* (66b 5x4)      GP Swann    1-0-4-0
SR Watson    17* (61b)      JM Anderson    8-2-9-0

21.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, Anderson locates the right length and line here and forces Watson to defend

21.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, ended up a strange shot as Anderson nipped one back from a length. Watson had shaped to cut but it got awkward as the ball came back into him so he ended up leaping and guiding to point

21.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, this time it's left well alone

21.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, cracker. Anderson hasn't been at his best today but this is an absolute pearler, jagged away from a length past the outside edge

21.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, this is shorter and Watson can leave alone more comfortably

21.6

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, Anderson just drifts towards the leg side and Watson helps himself to a leg-side nudge for a single to square leg

End of over 22 (1 run) Australia 51/0
SR Watson    18* (67b)      JM Anderson    9-2-10-0
PJ Hughes    29* (66b 5x4)      GP Swann    1-0-4-0

22.1

Swann to Watson, 1 run, Watson gets this on leg stump and fiddles around the corner for a single

22.2

Swann to Hughes, no run, no great turn here at all for Swann and Hughes defends from the crease

22.3

Swann to Hughes, no run, Hughes gets deep into his crease to defend back to the bowler

22.4

Swann to Hughes, no run, Hughes is again playing off the back foot, turning this to short fine leg

22.5

Swann to Hughes, no run, this time Swann drags Hughes forward to defend

22.6

Swann to Hughes, 1 run, touch of width allows Hughes to unfurl a chopped cut shot to point for a single

End of over 23 (2 runs) Australia 53/0
PJ Hughes    30* (71b 5x4)      GP Swann    2-0-6-0
SR Watson    19* (68b)      JM Anderson    9-2-10-0

23.1

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Anderson just manages to get Hughes to poke away from his body. As it is it's blocked well enough to point

23.2

Anderson to Hughes, no run, short and angled into Hughes, catches him on the hip and it trickles away

23.3

Anderson to Hughes, no run, Anderson finds a hint of away swing which means Hughes has to defend carefully

23.4

Anderson to Hughes, 1 run, fuller on leg stump and Hughes clips around the corner for a single

23.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, touch outside off stump and left all alone

23.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, full and straight from Anderson and Watson as it's patted up to mid-off

End of over 24 (1 run) Australia 54/0
SR Watson    19* (70b)      JM Anderson    10-2-11-0
PJ Hughes    31* (75b 5x4)      GP Swann    2-0-6-0

24.1

Swann to Hughes, no run, Swann brings Hughes forward to defend carefully to cover

24.2

Swann to Hughes, no run, again Hughes gets well forward to defend

24.3

Swann to Hughes, no run, outside off stump, Hughes has no need to play so turns his back on it

24.4

Swann to Hughes, no run, good delivery here, touch of flight and some spin too, just gets Hughes to push at the ball away from his body in defence

24.5

Swann to Hughes, no run, good to watch this, Hughes is really getting his entire being behind his defensive blocks

24.6

Swann to Hughes, no run, nudged around the corner to finish the over

End of over 25 (maiden) Australia 54/0
PJ Hughes    31* (81b 5x4)      GP Swann    3-1-6-0
SR Watson    19* (70b)      JM Anderson    10-2-11-0

Change in bowling, England's best bowler of the morning - Christ Tremlett - returns to the attack.

25.1

Tremlett to Watson, no run, starts well, bringing Watson forward around off stump in splice-jarring defence

25.2

Tremlett to Watson, no run, once again Tremlett bangs it down on a length in the outside-off-stump channel, Watson draws his bat inside the line to leave alone

25.3

Tremlett to Watson, no run, good judgement again from Watson, leaving the ball on length as it nips away from off stump

25.4

Tremlett to Watson, no run, grunt from Tremlett as he delivers, banging it in just short of a length and squares Watson up in defence

25.5

Tremlett to Watson, no run, more careful leaving from Watson, he's lined up his off stump perfectly this morning

25.6

Tremlett to Watson, no run, excellent leave this one, possibly the best of the morning, Tremlett's delivery landed on an off-stump line but nipped away and Watson had none of it

End of over 26 (maiden) Australia 54/0
SR Watson    19* (76b)      CT Tremlett    8-4-12-0
PJ Hughes    31* (81b 5x4)      GP Swann    3-1-6-0

26.1

Swann to Hughes, no run, quicker ball from Swann and Hughes thrusts his pad at it in defence

26.2

Swann to Hughes, no run, floated up a touch more and Hughes stretches forward to defend

26.3

Swann to Hughes, no run, angled into the pads and Hughes nudges to leg

26.4

Swann to Hughes, no run, Hughes is being pinned by Swann, not offering him anything and he has to defend

26.5

Swann to Hughes, no run, thrown up a touch more and Hughes can only defend

26.6

Swann to Hughes, no run, very careful defence to finish the over. Hughes is pinned to the crease, doesn't seem to be able to skip down the wicket and work the ball into gaps

End of over 27 (maiden) Australia 54/0
PJ Hughes    31* (87b 5x4)      GP Swann    4-2-6-0
SR Watson    19* (76b)      CT Tremlett    8-4-12-0

27.1

Tremlett to Watson, no run, interesting stuff this, Tremlett's natural length is heading over the stumps, which allows Watson to leave. But if Tremlett tries to go fuller it ends up floated a touch and Watson can drive

27.2

Tremlett to Watson, no run, again Watson gets to leave alone and it thuds into Prior's gloves. Needs to get Watson to play

27.3

Tremlett to Watson, 1 leg bye, this thuds into the thigh pad and it bobbles away for a single behind square

27.4

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, good delivery, nipping back from a length and Hughes skips back to defend

27.5

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, shortish delivery sends Hughes back and he whips the bottom hand off the bat as he defends to short leg

27.6

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, identical delivery to end a decent comeback over for Tremlett

End of over 28 (1 run, maiden) Australia 55/0
PJ Hughes    31* (90b 5x4)      CT Tremlett    9-5-12-0
SR Watson    19* (79b)      GP Swann    4-2-6-0

Swann has been taken out the attack and Bresnan gets one over before lunch.

28.1

Bresnan to Watson, no run, good start to a new spell as Bresnan finds a good length and line and Watson defends crisply

28.2

Bresnan to Watson, no run, thrown up full and wide, inviting a drive but Watson rejects the offer

28.3

Bresnan to Watson, no run, hint of swing here away from the off stump allowing Watson to leave alone

28.4

Bresnan to Watson, no run, Bresnan is trying desperately to draw Watson to push outside off stump but the batsman is leaving superbly

28.5

Bresnan to Watson, no run, this is bowling dry vs batting dry and it's working out very well for Australia

28.6

Bresnan to Watson, no run, good delivery to finish, this would have hit the top of off stump but Watson defended securely

End of over 29 (maiden) Australia 55/0
SR Watson    19* (85b)      TT Bresnan    6-1-22-0
PJ Hughes    31* (90b 5x4)      CT Tremlett    9-5-12-0

This will be the final over before lunch. If Australia can survive the six deliveries here they can be very, very happy with their morning's work. Short leg has moved to a very short leg gully. Good luck catching there!

29.1

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, banged in short, bit of waste really, outside off stump and Hughes gets to crouch under it

29.2

Tremlett to Hughes, no run, very short again, touch too wide of off and Hughes has nout to do with it

29.3

Tremlett to Hughes, OUT, The battle ends for Hughes! What a disappointment. Tremlett bangs it in on a length outside off, Hughes could have left it but instead fenced fatally and it nipped the edge and flew to Collingwood at third slip who took the chance above his head

PJ Hughes c Collingwood b Tremlett 31 (121m 93b 5x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Lunch Intriguing opening session. Australia batted first in testing conditions and worked incredibly hard to leave everything they could alone. Having battled through the new ball and all but seen off the session England's best bowler of the morning, Chris Tremlett, drew Hughes into an injudicious poke outside off, which means Usman Khawaja will have forty minutes to stew on his debut innings. Play will resume in 40 mins and until then have a look at Andrew McGlashan's lunchtime bulletin which will be ready shortly. We also have a Cricinfo YouTube channel to have a look at. I'm off in search of a 1.40am sandwich and Brydon will be back after the break.

Welcome back, everyone. It's Brydon with you again, while Sahil wanders the cold, dark streets of London in search of sustenance. And this will be a very interesting start to the session, because Usman Khawaja has now had 40 minutes to stew over the prospect of facing his first ball in Test cricket. He'll be up immediately after the break to face Chris Tremlett.

Here's Sam Cupitt's take on things: "Well Khawaja didn't want to bat until after lunch and England wanted a wicket before it. So everyone wins! ... except Phil Hughes."

Three slips and short leg in for Tremlett to Khawaja

29.4

Tremlett to Khawaja, 2 runs, and Khawaja is off the mark immediately, he gets a ball on the leg stump and works it safely past short leg for a couple

29.5

Tremlett to Khawaja, FOUR, magnificent start to Khawaja's Test career! He's laced a pull from just below chest height through midwicket, he really timed that to perfection

29.6

Tremlett to Khawaja, no run, left alone outside off stump now

And the Sydney fans are really cheering for their hometown boy, Usman Khawaja. He's been on the fringes of the Test side for a year and is making a good impression so far.

End of over 30 (6 runs) Australia 61/1
UT Khawaja    6* (3b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    10-5-18-1
SR Watson    19* (85b)      TT Bresnan    6-1-22-0

30.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, well wide of off stump from Anderson, and it's left by Watson

30.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, on middle and leg now, Watson defends, he's started cautiously after the break, as he was in the first session

30.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, defended back down the pitch

30.4

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, and finally Watson has struck his first boundary - it's taken 89 deliveries - and he clips through midwicket to a ball that strayed on to his pads

30.5

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, a quick single now as Watson pushes to leg

30.6

Anderson to Khawaja, 1 run, more scoring from Khawaja, as he nudges it wide of midwicket with soft hands

This has been a really positive start from Usman Khawaja, he hasn't shown any hint of nerves yet.

End of over 31 (6 runs) Australia 67/1
UT Khawaja    7* (4b 1x4)      JM Anderson    11-2-17-0
SR Watson    24* (90b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    10-5-18-1

31.1

Tremlett to Khawaja, no run, edged and it's short of Swann at second slip! That's the line that might test Khawaja, just outside off stump on a good length

Shahzad and Bresnan both picked up Khawaja caught behind outside off cheaply in the tour match in Hobart

31.2

Tremlett to Khawaja, 2 runs, again it's soft hands from Khawaja, as he angles the bat and guides it past gully for another couple of runs

31.3

Tremlett to Khawaja, FOUR, not a good ball, and not good fielding either, as Khawaja flicks a ball from wide of leg stump through square leg and it gets past the fielder, who probably should have stopped that

31.4

Tremlett to Khawaja, 2 runs, clunked into the turf outside off stump and that one bounces through the cordon

31.5

Tremlett to Khawaja, no run, probing outside off and Khawaja defends solidly

31.6

Tremlett to Khawaja, no run, Tremlett pushes this one across Khawaja, who shoulders arms

End of over 32 (8 runs) Australia 75/1
UT Khawaja    15* (10b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    11-5-26-1
SR Watson    24* (90b 1x4)      JM Anderson    11-2-17-0

32.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, left alone by Watson, who watches the ball nip back off the seam and sail well over off stump

32.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, Watson cuts into the ground but it's collected by Pietersen at gully

32.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, left alone outside off

32.4

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, shortish and wide of off, Watson cuts and it's a touch top-edgy but flies well and truly over the cordon and away to third man for a boundary

32.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, beautiful-looking on-drive from Watson, who leans forward and punches it off the middle of the bat, but he's managed to send it straight to mid-on

32.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, another big stride forward as Watson defends

Anderson took a tumble in his follow-through from that last ball, but he was up quickly and seems to be fine.

End of over 33 (4 runs) Australia 79/1
SR Watson    28* (96b 2x4)      JM Anderson    12-2-21-0
UT Khawaja    15* (10b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    11-5-26-1

33.1

Tremlett to Khawaja, no run, that's a better ball from Tremlett, good length and just outside off, Khawaja defends

33.2

Tremlett to Khawaja, no run, Khawaja jumps back into his crease to defend once again

33.3

Tremlett to Khawaja, no run, testing him outside off again, and Khawaja is happy to leave it alone

33.4

Tremlett to Khawaja, no run, a good defensive push to cover as Tremlett gets his line right - he was off the mark in that first full over after lunch

33.5

Tremlett to Khawaja, no run, pushed across wider of off and it's left alone

33.6

Tremlett to Khawaja, no run, straighter line now and Khawaja closes the face as he nudges the ball to square leg

End of over 34 (maiden) Australia 79/1
UT Khawaja    15* (16b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    12-6-26-1
SR Watson    28* (96b 2x4)      JM Anderson    12-2-21-0

34.1

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, crashing pull from Watson! Beautiful shot as he gets a slightly shorter ball and lashes that over midwicket, not trying to keep it down but there is nobody in the deep

34.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, Watson gets forward to defend this one outside off

34.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, there's an lbw appeal now as Watson ploughs that front foot a long way down the pitch, and Billy Bowden says not out. It struck him above the knee roll and that was comfortably going over the top of leg

34.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, left alone outside off

34.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, good yorker - we haven't seen many of them today - and Watson jams the bat down to keep it out

34.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, Watson meets this with the full face of the bat to defend

End of over 35 (4 runs) Australia 83/1
SR Watson    32* (102b 3x4)      JM Anderson    13-2-25-0
UT Khawaja    15* (16b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    12-6-26-1

35.1

Tremlett to Khawaja, no run, Tremlett pushes it across Khawaja, who leaves it

35.2

Tremlett to Khawaja, no run, another good, solid forward defensive shot from Khawaja

35.3

Tremlett to Khawaja, no run, that was driven well towards cover, but he couldn't beat Pietersen

35.4

Tremlett to Khawaja, no run, on the hips now and it's clipped to square leg

35.5

Tremlett to Khawaja, 1 run, on the pads again and Khawaja flicks it a tad uppishly through square leg to the man in the deep

35.6

Tremlett to Watson, no run, left alone on length - it sails safely over the stumps

Miller has got some bad news to prick the feelgood bubble that Khawaja has created: "Just seen the long-range forecast. It is going to hose down within the hour."

End of over 36 (1 run) Australia 84/1
SR Watson    32* (103b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    13-6-27-1
UT Khawaja    16* (21b 2x4)      JM Anderson    13-2-25-0

36.1

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, edgy from Khawaja, but it bounces short of second slip

36.2

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, pushed away towards point

Aha, James Anderson has been given an official warning for running down the centre of the pitch

36.3

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, defended solidly back down the pitch

36.4

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, fullish and wide of off, it's driven along the ground to cover

36.5

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, pushed away to the off side

36.6

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, straighter line now, Khawaja defends

Pete Kinger has an opinion: "Surely this is the end of 3 careers - Ponting, Hughes and (sadly) Harris. Saying Hughes is the best opener (after 2 makeshift ones) in Australia is rather like us considering Ramps for the 5th Test, 2009 ahead of Trott (ahh - hindsight!)"

End of over 37 (maiden) Australia 84/1
UT Khawaja    16* (27b 2x4)      JM Anderson    14-3-25-0
SR Watson    32* (103b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    13-6-27-1

37.1

Tremlett to Watson, no run, banged in short of a length and it's moving back in to Watson, who sways backwards to leave it

37.2

Tremlett to Watson, 1 run, Watson steps right back into his crease to glance this one behind square leg

37.3

Tremlett to Khawaja, no run, good ball - nipping back in to Khawaja, who is struck on the leg trying to work it through the on side

37.4

Tremlett to Khawaja, no run, defended towards the off side

37.5

Tremlett to Khawaja, no run, banged in short of a length and Khawaja defends

37.6

Tremlett to Khawaja, FOUR, shouts of 'caaatch' as Khawaja cuts in the air, but it's safely between the slips and gully, and it runs away for another boundary

Jarryd wants Hughes to stay in the team: "Call me soft, but I'd stick with Hughes. At least until our next summer. You don't carve up quality Sheffield Shield attacks and make two test centuries like he did without serious talent. He's only had problems since the selectors started telling him he did. That coupled with dropping him mid 2009 Ashes destroyed his confidence. Dropping him now would cripple him for the rest of his career. And right now Australia isn't in a position to throw away talent like that. Not like there's others banging the door down."

End of over 38 (5 runs) Australia 89/1
UT Khawaja    20* (31b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    14-6-32-1
SR Watson    33* (105b 3x4)      JM Anderson    14-3-25-0

Here's Bresnan to replace Anderson

38.1

Bresnan to Watson, no run, on off stump immediately, and Watson defends

38.2

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, angled towards the pads, Watson just helps this on its way behind square leg

38.3

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, good ball, just on off stump, but Khawaja's defence looks pretty solid

38.4

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, pushed across Khawaja and tempting him to drive, which he does, but straight to mid-off

38.5

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, pushed back down the pitch to Bresnan

38.6

Bresnan to Khawaja, 2 runs, more runs for Usman as he gets an edgy shot away wide of the slips - he really does have a soft way with the bat, all his edges have been bouncing safely short of catching men so far in this innings

End of over 39 (3 runs) Australia 92/1
UT Khawaja    22* (35b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    7-1-25-0
SR Watson    34* (107b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    14-6-32-1

Now, this is interesting. The umpires have conferred and the players are heading off for a rain delay, even though it's not pouring down just yet. But as the radar shows, it's expected to be heavy. This is very odd, as it's not raining yet. Or is it bad light? It seems the floodlights are being switched on. The groundsman Tom Parker, who has given up his job as Elvis Presley's manager, walks out to have a chat to Aleem Dar and Billy Bowden.

Come on fellas, get back out there and play until it rains!

And the umpires do seem to be calling the players back on. Sorry, but that little delay was just ridiculous. At least they're back on the field now. We've lost about 10 minutes, and the lights are now on.

39.1

Tremlett to Watson, no run, short of a length and outside off, Watson leaves it

39.2

Tremlett to Watson, no run, fullish on off stump and Watson drives, but straight to mid-off

39.3

Tremlett to Watson, no run, another limbo-like sway backwards and out of the way from Watson as the ball sails over the stumps

39.4

Tremlett to Watson, no run, Watson jumps back into his crease to defend to point

39.5

Tremlett to Watson, FOUR, well-timed by Watson, that's a confident flick through midwicket and although it was in the air it was safely wide of the fielder, that has positively raced to the boundary

39.6

Tremlett to Watson, no run, defended towards off

"Agree with Jarryd. Hughes might miss out a few times, but when he goes off, he could win you a test match. Hopefully that might be one or two times a series," says Tim.

End of over 40 (4 runs) Australia 96/1
SR Watson    38* (113b 4x4)      CT Tremlett    15-6-36-1
UT Khawaja    22* (35b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    7-1-25-0

40.1

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, inside edge on to the pad from Khawaja as he gets a good ball from Bresnan, just straightening down the line

40.2

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, pushed across Khawaja, who leaves one wide of off

40.3

Bresnan to Khawaja, 2 runs, not a bad cut from Khawaja there, he looked set to cut in the air off the front foot but managed to get it down into the turf and forward of point

40.4

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, a big stride from Khawaja across his stumps, as he leaves it alone

40.5

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, Bresnan is trying to tempt Khawaja outside off, but it's left alone

40.6

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, no shot offered again as it's angled across the left-hander

End of over 41 (2 runs) Australia 98/1
UT Khawaja    24* (41b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    8-1-27-0
SR Watson    38* (113b 4x4)      CT Tremlett    15-6-36-1

Time for a change, and it's Paul Collingwood.

41.1

Collingwood to Watson, no run, swinging away from Watson, who drives but can't find the gap through cover

41.2

Collingwood to Watson, no run, again it's moving away from Watson, who leaves it

41.3

Collingwood to Watson, no run, again Watson is happy to leave Collingwood alone outside off

41.4

Collingwood to Watson, no run, oh, almost! Watson drives uppishly and it's bounced short of the man at short cover - Watson didn't seem fully in control

41.5

Collingwood to Watson, 3 runs, that's a solid cut from Watson, who finds the gap behind point and has to settle for three as Anderson chases it down just inside the boundary

So, that's Australia's hundred on the board, and with only one wicket down. We haven't seen that too often in recent times.

41.6

Collingwood to Khawaja, no run, fullish and outside off, Khawaja defends

Here's Sahil to get you through until tea.

End of over 42 (3 runs) Australia 101/1
UT Khawaja    24* (42b 3x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-3-0
SR Watson    41* (118b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    8-1-27-0

Thanks Brydon.

42.1

Bresnan to Watson, no run, Bresnan continues to hustle around off stump and finds a very sturdy Watson defence

42.2

Bresnan to Watson, no run, and again Watson clunks another firm forward-block to cover

42.3

Bresnan to Watson, no run, ooh, this nips back and crashes into the flap of Watson's pad as he looked to leave. The bounce was taking it over so no referral from Strauss

42.4

Bresnan to Watson, no run, does anyone have more solid hands than Watson? Really bangs down on the ball in defence

42.5

Bresnan to Watson, no run, solid, sturdy defence, Watson happy to go slow

42.6

Bresnan to Watson, no run, touch of rain is forecast and Watson looks to be playing for it

End of over 43 (maiden) Australia 101/1
SR Watson    41* (124b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    9-2-27-0
UT Khawaja    24* (42b 3x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-3-0

43.1

Collingwood to Khawaja, no run, Collingwood shuffles up and delivers around off stump, Khawaja leans gently into a defence

43.2

Collingwood to Khawaja, no run, pushed across the left hander who has no reason to play

43.3

Collingwood to Khawaja, no run, oops, nothing delivery but Khawaja just played across the ball a touch and ended up with a leading-edge that trickled to cover

43.4

Collingwood to Khawaja, no run, beaten, wobbled away off the seam, Khawaja stretched forward to defend but it skimmed past the outside edge

43.5

Collingwood to Khawaja, no run, more secure this time, leaving all alone with a flourish

43.6

Collingwood to Khawaja, no run, patted back to the bowler to end a good maiden over

End of over 44 (maiden) Australia 101/1
UT Khawaja    24* (48b 3x4)      PD Collingwood    2-1-3-0
SR Watson    41* (124b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    9-2-27-0

44.1

Bresnan to Watson, FOUR, bit of a gift from Bresnan - leg-stump half-volley - and Watson clips it away firmly past midwicket for four to bring up an excellent 50 stand. Australia in good order today

44.2

Bresnan to Watson, no run, this is a touch shorter around off stump and defended

44.3

Bresnan to Watson, OUT, Watson is furious with himself and Bresnan is jumping and wooting in delight. All the hard work again comes to not enough for Watson. It was about a foot wide of off stump - the sort of line Watson has left alone all day - and Watson pushed hard in defence, it took the edge and went through gently to Strauss

SR Watson c Strauss b Bresnan 45 (182m 127b 5x4 0x6) SR: 35.43

All too predictable really, but Watson had played very well. His wicket brings the new Australia captain to the crease.

44.4

Bresnan to Clarke, 3 runs, Clarke's away! Not without a hint of nerves though. Bresnan asked for a drive wide of off stump and Clarke really pushed at it, wide of cover for three

44.5

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, real spring in Bresnan's step now and forces Khawaja to defend from the crease here

44.6

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, stylish drive down to mid-off to end the over

There was a shout of "oh no!" from Watson as he edged that ball. His mood won't be much cheered by the news that the rain is edging closer

End of over 45 (7 runs) Australia 108/2
UT Khawaja    24* (50b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    10-2-34-1
MJ Clarke    3* (1b)      PD Collingwood    2-1-3-0

45.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, again Clarke is pushing bat away from body, it comes off an inside edge back towards the bowler

45.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, this is outside off stump and Clarke calms everyone's nerves by leaving all alone

45.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, fuller from Anderson, straighter too, and Clarke pushes firmly to mid-on

45.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, once again Clarke judges the length and line well and decides to leave alone

45.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, Clarke gets another sighter outside off stump and has nothing to do with it

45.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, there is some good carry outside off but it means Clarke can happily leave alone

End of over 46 (maiden) Australia 108/2
MJ Clarke    3* (7b)      JM Anderson    15-4-25-0
UT Khawaja    24* (50b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    10-2-34-1

46.1

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, Bresnan hits back of a length and it runs off the face of Khawaja's defensive blade to the gully

46.2

Bresnan to Khawaja, 1 run, straightish delivery from Bresnan and Khawaja fiddles it through midwicket for a single

46.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, banged in very short wide of off stump, Clarke thought about a pull shot but decided rightly it would have been ridiculous

46.4

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, short again from Bresnan, straighter this time and it's tucked off this hip around the corner for a single

46.5

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, lots to like about Khawaja's batting, he seems to have that most precious of qualities - time

46.6

Bresnan to Khawaja, 1 run, flashing cut, really throws the hands and wrists at some width outside off. Only some flashing fielding at point prevents a boundary

End of over 47 (3 runs) Australia 111/2
UT Khawaja    26* (54b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    11-2-37-1
MJ Clarke    4* (9b)      JM Anderson    15-4-25-0

47.1

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, Anderson locates a good length and Khawaja is stuck on the crease in defence

47.2

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, touch of extra bounce here and Khawaja whips his bottom hand off the bat as he defends

47.3

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, this is awkward for the batsman, nipping back into the body past the inside edge

47.4

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, touch of width outside off stump and left alone

Meanwhile the groundmen are bringing the covers onto the boundary's edge. They sense trouble. Must be with Miller.

47.5

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, defended carefully to cover off a back-of-a-length delivery

4.03pm The players are out on the field, we're ready for the resumption.

3.40pm The rain has stopped, and the groundstaff are starting to take the covers off. Good signs!

And play will resume at 4.05pm.

3.30pm It's still raining, though Andrew McGlashan at the ground reports that it has lightened off a touch. That's something, at least.

Meanwhile, Marko has had a thought: "Imagine how tired David Shepherd would have got with all this time spent on 111."

The groundsman Tom Parker is talking to Mark Taylor on television: "I reckon we're going to get a fair break in the rain in the next 20 minutes or so at the longest. We may get some showers later in the day, but it's not all doom and gloom. Twenty minutes is ample time (to get the players back on when the rain stops)."

3.10pm For what it's worth, the tea break is over. Sadly Miller has this: "Proper rain now." Which suggests we won't get any action for a while. Before we all get too gloomy, Miller adds "at least we're not waiting for it anymore! Clear skies await on the other side." In the meantime, I'm in no way off for a nap. Brydon will take over to tell you all about the soon-to-clear rain.

Doesn't look very heavy but the covers are spread wide now, covering the entire square. And news is that the umpires have called an early tea. Which means you can read Andrew McGlashan's teatime bulletin. As if that's not enough you could also have a look at our Facebook page.

Rain stopped play. And there indeed does come the rain. Nothing dramatic, just a few spots but the umpires want to be proactive.Real shame that, was enjoyable watching Khawaja, he looks very well organised. England haven't been at their best but they'll be hugely relieved to have a couple wickets to their name.

47.6

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, right on line to start with, and Khawaja defends back down the pitch

Now, the new playing conditions are 86 overs to be bowled for the day, with a new stumps time of 6.30pm. It could go longer than that to squeeze the overs in, but rain and light will probably be more of an issue.

End of over 48 (maiden) Australia 111/2
UT Khawaja    26* (60b 3x4)      JM Anderson    16-5-25-0
MJ Clarke    4* (9b)      TT Bresnan    11-2-37-1

48.1

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, left alone outside off

48.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, angled in to the off stump of Clarke, who pushes it back to the bowler

48.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, a little edgy there as Clarke is squared up, it runs along the ground to gully

48.4

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, there's a big stride forward from Clarke, who defends

There's been no swing or seam movement after that rain delay. It could be challenging for the bowlers

48.5

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, well outside off and it's left alone

48.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, another one left alone by Clarke as Bresnan bangs it in short of a length

End of over 49 (maiden) Australia 111/2
MJ Clarke    4* (15b)      TT Bresnan    12-3-37-1
UT Khawaja    26* (60b 3x4)      JM Anderson    16-5-25-0

49.1

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, Khawaja leans forward to defend a ball on off

49.2

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, good line just outside off, it's defended by Khawaja

49.3

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, short of a length now from Anderson, and it's defended

49.4

Anderson to Khawaja, 1 run, there's the first run after the resumption as Khawaja tries to pull a ball off middle, but it didn't get up as high as he expected, and his bottom edge crashed into his pads and away to square leg

49.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, on the pads of Clarke, who dabs it to midwicket

49.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, good straight drive from Clarke but mid-on dives across to make the save

End of over 50 (1 run) Australia 112/2
MJ Clarke    4* (17b)      JM Anderson    17-5-26-0
UT Khawaja    27* (64b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    12-3-37-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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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
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