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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

50.1

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, Bresnan attacks the off stump again, Khawaja defends again

50.2

Bresnan to Khawaja, 1 run, there's an interesting shot from Khawaja, just a soft-handed dab to midwicket, it went in the air for a while but was well judged by the batsman

50.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, clipped away to the leg side

50.4

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, solidly defended by Clarke, who nudges to cover

50.5

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, watchful stuff from Clarke, who meets the ball with the full face of the bat

50.6

Bresnan to Clarke, OUT, gone! Clarke has been caught at gully, cutting hard and in the air, really not a smart shot from the Australian captain and Anderson takes the catch

MJ Clarke c Anderson b Bresnan 4 (25m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 19.04

And in the aftermath of that wicket, Bresnan and Kevin Pietersen managed to collide during the celebrations and both fell over - I think they're both fine, but it did get a good laugh from Matt Prior. Anyway, that wicket has swayed things in England's favour a little now. Here's Hussey.

End of over 51 (1 run) Australia 113/3
     TT Bresnan    13-3-38-2
UT Khawaja    28* (66b 3x4)      JM Anderson    17-5-26-0

51.1

Anderson to Khawaja, 1 run, on the pads of Khawaja again, and he clips it to fine leg

51.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, edged an short of Swann at second slip! How often in this series has Hussey had a lucky moment like that early in his innings...

51.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, beaten outside off now! Very good delivery, nipping away just enough to beat the bat

51.4

Anderson to Hussey, 2 runs, Hussey gets off the mark with an edgy shot through third slip and gully, safely away to third man

51.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, a bit more leg-side-ish from Anderson, and Hussey defends

51.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

Mark Taylor has just noted that Clarke's tendency to hit balls in the air straight to fieldsmen is rather the same problem he had a few years ago when he was dropped from the Test team. Prophetic words?

End of over 52 (3 runs) Australia 116/3
MEK Hussey    2* (5b)      JM Anderson    18-5-29-0
UT Khawaja    29* (67b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    13-3-38-2

52.1

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, meanwhile, Khawaja still looks solid, and defends another one back down the pitch

52.2

Bresnan to Khawaja, FOUR, that is confidence! This ball was not that short, and on leg stump, but Khawaja has gone for the pull, lifting it up into the air but safely over square leg, that has bounced just short of being a six

52.3

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, well wide of off and left alone

52.4

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, again Bresnan gives Khawaja some width, and he leaves it

52.5

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, ah, good one from Bresnan! Beaten outside off stump by a ball that has pitched on leg and seamed away fiercely

52.6

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, shoulders arms again to a ball outside off

End of over 53 (4 runs) Australia 120/3
UT Khawaja    33* (73b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    14-3-42-2
MEK Hussey    2* (5b)      JM Anderson    18-5-29-0

53.1

Anderson to Hussey, 3 runs, more runs through the cordon for Hussey, as he opens the face and runs it through gully and third slip, along the ground so it was safe, and with the rain from earlier in the day the outfield isn't quick enough for that to reach the boundary

53.2

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, another terrific delivery beats the bat, pitching outside leg and jagging away

53.3

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, defended to the leg side

53.4

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, 'waaaait', comes the shout from Khawaja, as he nudges the ball to midwicket

53.5

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, opens the face now and pushes to point

53.6

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, pushed across Khawaja, who lets it go

"Hmm, hitting the ball into the air straight to fielders is what held me back from playing for Australia too," says Joel. "I solved that problem by getting bowled instead."

End of over 54 (3 runs) Australia 123/3
UT Khawaja    33* (78b 4x4)      JM Anderson    19-5-32-0
MEK Hussey    5* (6b)      TT Bresnan    14-3-42-2

54.1

Bresnan to Hussey, 1 run, on the pads, Hussey clips a single to square leg

54.2

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, pushed across Khawaja, who shoulders arms

54.3

Bresnan to Khawaja, FOUR, oooh, a little risky, Khawaja drives hard and in the air behind square through backward point, well out of the reach of the fielder though and runs through to the boundary

54.4

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, left alone outside off

54.5

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, defended away to the off side

54.6

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, and again Khawaja lets one through to Prior

End of over 55 (5 runs) Australia 128/3
UT Khawaja    37* (83b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    15-3-47-2
MEK Hussey    6* (7b)      JM Anderson    19-5-32-0

55.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, pushed defensively to the leg side

55.2

Anderson to Hussey, 2 runs, another one guided wide of slips there from Hussey, third slip Paul Collingwood dives to his left and gets a hand to it to stop it running away to the boundary

55.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, solidly defended back towards the bowler

55.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

55.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, Hussey jumps back into his crease and defends, then abruptly shouts 'no!'

55.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, there's a shout for caught behind! It bounced much more than Hussey anticipated and jagged back in, and flicked something on the way through to Prior as Hussey tried to evade it. Aleem Dar says not out, and Strauss is indicating to the bowler that he feels it was off the shirt, so he's not reviewing it

And the replays confirm that was off the shirt, the bat was nowhere near the ball

End of over 56 (2 runs) Australia 130/3
MEK Hussey    8* (13b)      JM Anderson    20-5-34-0
UT Khawaja    37* (83b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    15-3-47-2

56.1

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, solidly defended by Khawaja

56.2

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, defended safely again

56.3

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, and Khawaja's drawn into a defensive push this time, hanging the bat outside off, but he's good enough to nudge it to point

56.4

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, Bresnan pushes another one across Khawaja, who leaves it alone

56.5

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, left alone once more

56.6

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, good ball and well played - Bresnan tightens up the line and Khawaja gets the bat down in time to defend on off

End of over 57 (maiden) Australia 130/3
UT Khawaja    37* (89b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    16-4-47-2
MEK Hussey    8* (13b)      JM Anderson    20-5-34-0

Tremlett is back into the action now

57.1

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, on line immediately, and Hussey blocks it back down the pitch

57.2

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, again Hussey defends solidly back to Tremlett

57.3

Tremlett to Hussey, FOUR, more runs behind point for Hussey - that's been a productive region for him so far - as he cuts late and along the ground all the way to the boundary

57.4

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, tighter line but it's short of a length and Hussey is happy to leave

57.5

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, on the off stump and no movement from Tremlett, it's defended

57.6

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 58 (4 runs) Australia 134/3
MEK Hussey    12* (19b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    16-6-40-1
UT Khawaja    37* (89b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    16-4-47-2

Time for some spin. It's Swann from the Randwick End. He's around the wicket with a short leg in close

58.1

Swann to Khawaja, no run, fullish length immediately and Khawaja defends a straight one

58.2

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

58.3

Swann to Khawaja, no run, there's some curve in from Swann and he straightens it, Khawaja blocks it away

There's a silly point in now, really crowding Khawaja

58.4

Swann to Khawaja, no run, and the batsmen responds by advancing down the wicket, and flicking to mid-on along the ground

58.5

Swann to Khawaja, no run, squared up a little by a ball that straightens, it's defended to off

58.6

Swann to Khawaja, OUT, Swann strikes in the first over of his spell! And it comes from a top-edged sweep, as Swann tossed it up on the stumps, Khawaja went for the shot and saw the ball lob up to be taken comfortably at square leg

UT Khawaja c Trott b Swann 37 (120m 95b 5x4 0x6) SR: 38.94

5.50pm Stumps Right, that is indeed it. All over for the day. Rain interrupted plenty of it but you can find out all about what happened in Andrew McGlashan's bulletin, which will be ready shortly. That will be all from us today, don't forget the early start tomorrow so we'll be live at 9.15am, please join us then.

5.30pm Still bad news I'm afraid. Pelting it down now at the SCG. As things stand England will be pleased with how things have gone today and you can see the best photos in our gallery. What's more Andrew Miller and Peter English have finished their plays of the day. If that is it for the day we'd have lost 31 overs, some of which will be made up by starting 30 minutes early tomorrow. Happily the forecast for the next few days is brighter as well.

5.15pm The umpires are out in the middle but there is nothing to suggest that the covers will come off any time soon. And this from Miller tells seems to confirm the worst: " I suspect this is curtains. There's another band of rain set to clip the ground shortly."

5.00pm The ground looks bright, but the floodlights may have something to do with that. The rain doesn't look too heavy but no signs of it clearing off as yet, sadly.

4.50pm So that ends a promising innings from Khawaja on debut, and with that dismissal we have more rain. The players have gone off the field for the third time today.

End of over 59 (wicket maiden) Australia 134/4
     GP Swann    5-3-6-1
MEK Hussey    12* (19b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    16-6-40-1

10.00am What is a good score? England will be pleased with 220ish and Australia 300 I guess. Anyway, here is Tremlett to Hussey with three slips in place...

9.50am The weather, though a touch overcast, is set to be better than yesterday and while we wait for the start why not have a look at Ian Chappell's thoughts on the opening day or have a read of Christian Ryan's wonderful blog.

Second day Hello and welcome. He may have only made 37, but the first day at the SCG belonged to Usman Khawaja. Australia have needed some cheer and in an innings of bright assuredness, he provided it. Just a pity he top edged last delivery of the day off Graeme Swann. It leaves England in control, again, but Australia's best two batsmen are at the wicket this morning and they alone could carry the home side to dominant first-innings score. I'm Sahil Dutta and I'll be joined by Brydon Coverdale to bring you all today's action.

59.1

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, tidy start, nothing dramatic but Tremlett eases in, hits a fullish length around off stump and finds the familiar forward defence of Hussey

59.2

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, this is a touch shorter, enough for Hussey to try and turn it into the leg side, but without enough power to pick up a single

59.3

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, Hussey has shown good judgement outside off stump all series, it's why he's Australia's highest runscorer and here the foot of width outside off is left alone

59.4

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, again Tremlett finds the channel a fraction outside off and Hussey flags it through to Prior

59.5

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, good delivery here, Tremlett adjusts his line to off stump and forces Hussey to defend under his eyes. Tremlett watches before dragging himself back to his mark, doesn't seem like a bloke who does many things in a hurry

59.6

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, good finish to a solid opening over, Tremlett again banging away back of a length around off stump and Hussey solid in defence

End of over 60 (maiden) Australia 134/4
MEK Hussey    12* (25b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    17-7-40-1
BJ Haddin    0* (0b)      GP Swann    5-3-6-1

James Anderson will share the morning's work and these murky skies ought to please him.

60.1

Anderson to Haddin, no run, decent start for Haddin, the new batsman from last night, defending carefully outside off stump

60.2

Anderson to Haddin, no run, Anderson has locates his off-stump line straight away and Haddin watchfully defends

60.3

Anderson to Haddin, no run, touch too short from the bowler, means Haddin has plenty of time to stroke his defence to cover

60.4

Anderson to Haddin, 1 run, fuller and it seems to cause trouble straight away as Haddin is stuck on the crease and inside edges to fine leg to get himself and Australia's morning off the mark

60.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, careful defence from Hussey as always

60.6

Anderson to Hussey, 2 runs, just a fraction leg-sided from the bowler and that's all Hussey needs to busily clip to midwicket for a single

End of over 61 (3 runs) Australia 137/4
MEK Hussey    14* (27b 1x4)      JM Anderson    21-5-37-0
BJ Haddin    1* (4b)      CT Tremlett    17-7-40-1

61.1

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, excellent delivery from Tremlett, well negotiated by Haddin. It was just short of a full length, nipped away from an off-stump line and Haddin's soft hands in defence meant it went down to slip

61.2

Tremlett to Haddin, 2 runs, Tremlett throws this up fuller, he doesn't seem overly comfortable aiming fuller and the line is wrong allowing Haddin to clip to fine leg for a couple

61.3

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, full again from Tremlett but the line is better this time and Haddin eases into his customary full-faced drive back to the bowler

61.4

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, good delivery here, hitting the pitch on a fullish length and maintaining a very straight line. Haddin again drives cautiously back to the bowler

61.5

Tremlett to Haddin, (no ball) 1 run, very rare no ball from an England bowler, they really don't bowl many, but Tremlett oversteps as he lands a good delivery fullish around middle that Haddin's inside edge earns him a single

61.5

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, Hussey gets another sighter outside off stump that he happily leaves alone

61.6

Tremlett to Hussey, no run, good finish to a good Tremlett over, up and around off stump and Hussey is sturdy in defence

End of over 62 (4 runs) Australia 141/4
MEK Hussey    14* (29b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    18-7-44-1
BJ Haddin    4* (9b)      JM Anderson    21-5-37-0

62.1

Anderson to Haddin, no run, Anderson is just short of an ideal length and it allows Haddin to defend off the back foot

62.2

Anderson to Haddin, 2 runs, enough width, and it's only about a couple of feet, outside off for Haddin to stroke a square drive for a couple

62.3

Anderson to Haddin, no run, good response from Anderson, fuller inswinger, Haddin trapped on the crease a touch, not moving his feet much this morning and inside edges onto his pads

62.4

Anderson to Haddin, OUT, big wicket for England! Anderson gets his man again. Poor shot really, the last ball swung in but this just held its line wide of off stump and Haddin, feet rooted to the spot, flashed a airy drive. Flicked the edge and Prior did the rest

BJ Haddin c †Prior b Anderson 6 (15m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 46.15

Steve Smith, demoted to No. 7 after his struggles this series, now has a huge job to do with Hussey.

62.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, good delivery to the new batsman, fired just short of a length and into the body and Smith gets into a typically awkward position - squared up - to defend

62.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, Anderson dishes up a tempter full outside off stump, Smith is wise enough to let it go by

End of over 63 (2 runs) Australia 143/5
SPD Smith    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    22-5-39-1
MEK Hussey    14* (29b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    18-7-44-1

63.1

Tremlett to Hussey, 2 runs, Tremlett gets his line a touch wrong here to Hussey, allowing a controlled leg-side clip around the corner for a couple

63.2

Tremlett to Hussey, 1 run, classic Hussey batting this, watches a good delivery onto the bat, drops to cover and skips a single

63.3

Tremlett to Smith, no run, touch short but very straight as always and Smith hops back, gets squared up, but defends well

63.4

Tremlett to Smith, no run, this is the sort of shot that makes Smith look a No. 8, solid delivery moving away from an off-stump channel and Smith fences a defence, bat far away from body

63.5

Tremlett to Smith, no run, this is defended more securely around off stump

63.6

Tremlett to Smith, no run, precious leave alone as Smith lifts his bat high out of trouble

End of over 64 (3 runs) Australia 146/5
SPD Smith    0* (6b)      CT Tremlett    19-7-47-1
MEK Hussey    17* (31b 1x4)      JM Anderson    22-5-39-1

64.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, good delivery to a right-hander, but not to a southpaw as it is slipped down the leg side

64.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, too wide of leg the ball before and a touch too wide of off this time, Hussey happily lets it go

64.3

Anderson to Hussey, no run, good delivery here, fullish and aiming for around off stump, Hussey sniffs the ball in defence

64.4

Anderson to Hussey, no run, there is a touch of extra bounce here from a good length, Hussey always plays late so is in a comfortable position to stand tall and nudge to leg

64.5

Anderson to Hussey, no run, once again Hussey clips to leg off the back foot, finding midwicket as he does so

64.6

Anderson to Hussey, no run, England's fielding has been nothing short of sublime all tour, it's been central to their 'bowling dry' strategy, and here a leg-side clip finds Tim Bresnan diving smartly at square leg to prevent one

End of over 65 (maiden) Australia 146/5
MEK Hussey    17* (37b 1x4)      JM Anderson    23-6-39-1
SPD Smith    0* (6b)      CT Tremlett    19-7-47-1

65.1

Tremlett to Smith, no run, Tremlett wills himself to a fullish length and Smith wills himself to get forward in defence

65.2

Tremlett to Smith, no run, another very smart piece of fielding allows Tremlett to get away with a short and wide one, Bell at point dives to save a powerfully struck back-foot drive to keep Smith pinned on 0

65.3

Tremlett to Smith, no run, excellent line and length here from Tremlett ensures Smith can do nothing but defend off the front foot

65.4

Tremlett to Smith, no run, once again Bell at cover point saves a powerful shot, diving to his right to stop Smith's cover drive. Pressure building

65.5

Tremlett to Smith, no run, grunt from Tremlett as he bangs this in much shorter, Smith has plenty of time to duck underneath it

65.6

Tremlett to Smith, no run, maiden over, frustrating one for Smith, ends with Tremlett hitting a full length around off stump and forcing careful defence

End of over 66 (maiden) Australia 146/5
SPD Smith    0* (12b)      CT Tremlett    20-8-47-1
MEK Hussey    17* (37b 1x4)      JM Anderson    23-6-39-1

66.1

Anderson to Hussey, no run, just back of a good length from Anderson, the line is bang on off stump and Hussey hops back to defend

66.2

Anderson to Hussey, no run, beaten outside off stump, Hussey completely stuck on the crease and this zipped away off a fullish length past a hanging defensive blade

66.3

Anderson to Hussey, 3 runs, Hussey loves anything short, easy for him to rock back and pull firmly behind square. His excellent running earns three

66.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, Smith continues his watchful start by letting this go by outside off stump

66.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, similar ball - on a length, wide of off stump - Smith has nothing to do with it again

66.6

Anderson to Smith, 2 runs, Smith is away, and that will annoy England, particularly because it was due to a misfield. Fullish from Anderson driven carefully straight of mid-on where Tremlett couldn't quite get down in time as he dived and it went through him. Brings up the 150

End of over 67 (5 runs) Australia 151/5
SPD Smith    2* (15b)      JM Anderson    24-6-44-1
MEK Hussey    20* (40b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    20-8-47-1

Tremlett's punishment for the mis-field is to be whipped out of the attack and replaced by Tim Bresnan.

67.1

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, starts well enough finding a line just outside off stump that Hussey leaves alone

67.2

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, better delivery this time, just a touch fuller, and Hussey stretches forward to defend

67.3

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, once again Hussey leaves alone outside off stump

67.4

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, if he doesn't have to play, he won't. Wide of off stump and Hussey has nothing to do with it

67.5

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, well judged this leave, started around middle but the angle took it wide of off

67.6

Bresnan to Hussey, FOUR, Hussey's reward for all this leaves is a half-volley that is clunked very firmly back past the bowler for four. Really high class batting that over

End of over 68 (4 runs) Australia 155/5
MEK Hussey    24* (46b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    17-4-51-2
SPD Smith    2* (15b)      JM Anderson    24-6-44-1

Double change, Graeme Swann into the attack. This should be interesting against Smith, who has been monastic with his patience today but must want to have a dash.

68.1

Swann to Smith, no run, touch short to begin with and it sits up but Smith only defends to cover

68.2

Swann to Smith, no run, better delivery, fuller and teasing Smith to drive, but drive he does not

68.3

Swann to Smith, no run

68.4

Swann to Smith, no run, really short delivery this time but Smith had committed early to sweep and earns him nothing as his straight-arm jab finds midwicket

68.5

Swann to Smith, no run, short again but the cut picks out cover

68.6

Swann to Smith, no run, hint of spin here from outside off stump and Smith watchfully pats it to cover

End of over 69 (maiden) Australia 155/5
SPD Smith    2* (21b)      GP Swann    6-4-6-1
MEK Hussey    24* (46b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    17-4-51-2

69.1

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, Bresnan hits a good length and line and finds typically compact Hussey defence

69.2

Bresnan to Hussey, 2 runs, really good shot this, minimal risk but Hussey strokes a length ball on the up between cover and point for a couple

69.3

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, touch shorter this time and Hussey leaves alone outside off stump

69.4

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, patted back to the bowler

69.5

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, decent pace from Bresnan, and there is still a bit of bounce with the old ball, but the line is wide enough for Hussey to let go

69.6

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, this one keeps a touch low, which suggests some uneven bounce is around, too wide of off to cause trouble though

End of over 70 (2 runs) Australia 157/5
MEK Hussey    26* (52b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    18-4-53-2
SPD Smith    2* (21b)      GP Swann    6-4-6-1

70.1

Swann to Smith, no run, Smith shuffles across his stumps to defend off the back foot

70.2

Swann to Smith, no run, Smith looks twitchy but his defence here is solid

70.3

Swann to Smith, 1 run, quicker, fuller and Smith was late on it. Squeezed it off the toe-end down to short fine leg to get away from the strike

70.4

Swann to Hussey, no run, Swann angles one into Hussey's pads from around the wicket, Hussey flicks to leg only to find Cook

70.5

Swann to Hussey, no run, spinner of paceman, wide of off Hussey will leave alone. You bowl to him, that's the rule

70.6

Swann to Hussey, no run, Swann does force Hussey to play this time, defending off the front foot to cover

End of over 71 (1 run) Australia 158/5
MEK Hussey    26* (55b 2x4)      GP Swann    7-4-7-1
SPD Smith    3* (24b)      TT Bresnan    18-4-53-2

71.1

Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, Bresnan bangs in a short ball and Smith looks rushed on a pull shot, ends up swiping it away one-handed, didn't look at all comfortable

71.2

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, Hussey on the other hand looks serene, stroking a back-foot drive to point

71.3

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, wide of off stump again from Bresnan to Hussey, and we all know what that means

71.4

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, excellent length and line this time, forces Hussey to busily defend back to the bowler

71.5

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, tempter, dished up full and pushed across Hussey from over the wicket, but Hussey will not fall for such tricks

71.6

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, and once again it's left alone outside off stump

England bowling dry, Australia batting dry and with everyone parched it's high time for a drink. There is not very much happening with the old ball but England are keeping it tight and there are just eight more overs until they get a new one.

End of over 72 (1 run) Australia 159/5
MEK Hussey    26* (60b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    19-4-54-2
SPD Smith    4* (25b)      GP Swann    7-4-7-1

72.1

Swann to Smith, no run, Swann is throwing it up, trying to tempt Smith into something immoral, but nothing but the most upright defence

72.2

Swann to Smith, 1 run, this time Smith gets away from the strike, with a touch of help from inside edge as it squirts away square on the leg side

72.3

Swann to Hussey, no run, Hussey watches carefully, defending from the crease

72.4

Swann to Hussey, 3 runs, ah, this is such a good shot and backed up by excellent running. Hussey skips down the wicket in a flash, turns his wrists over the ball to send it towards deep midwicket and scampers three

72.5

Swann to Smith, no run, Smith doesn't try anything as expansive and instead defends from the crease

72.6

Swann to Smith, no run, watchful defence from Smith, he's really buckled down this morning but should Australia try to attack the old ball?

End of over 73 (4 runs) Australia 163/5
SPD Smith    5* (29b)      GP Swann    8-4-11-1
MEK Hussey    29* (62b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    19-4-54-2

73.1

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, Hussey is happy to play the waiting game, leaving alone anything outside his eyeline wide of off stump

73.2

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, Bresnan adjusts his line, hugging off stump here and forcing a slightly open-faced defence

73.3

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, good delivery here, this really does bounce from a length, Prior collected above his head as Hussey leaves well alone

73.4

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, good carry and plenty of cheers from the England slips, but Hussey is simply leaving alone

73.5

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, Bresnan hits a very straight line on a length and Hussey offers a perfect forward defence

73.6

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, maiden over ends with Hussey flagging another one through to Prior

End of over 74 (maiden) Australia 163/5
MEK Hussey    29* (68b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    20-5-54-2
SPD Smith    5* (29b)      GP Swann    8-4-11-1

74.1

Swann to Smith, no run, Smith shuffles down the wicket here, causing all kinds of excitement for the England fielders, but he only defends

74.2

Swann to Smith, no run, this time it's patted away into the off side

74.3

Swann to Smith, 1 run, nicely played this time, Smith skipping up the wicket and clipping to a deep-sit mid-on. Quite why mid-on isn't saving one is beyond me

74.4

Swann to Hussey, no run, Hussey is down the track this time, pushing wide of Swann who skips round to field off his own bowling

74.5

Swann to Hussey, no run, nicely bowled here, just a touch slower and Hussey defends with an open face

74.6

Swann to Hussey, no run, oooh, lovely bowling, touch of spin from a slower, looped up delivery. Hussey tried to turn to leg but played too early and it came off a leading edge

End of over 75 (1 run) Australia 164/5
MEK Hussey    29* (71b 2x4)      GP Swann    9-4-12-1
SPD Smith    6* (32b)      TT Bresnan    20-5-54-2

75.1

Bresnan to Smith, no run, back of a length from Bresnan around off stump, quality defensive bowling

75.2

Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, Smith toe-ends a drive towards cover where Collingwood scoots around, picks up smartly and narrowly misses the stumps with his throw. Smith would have been home but it was tight because he had to run around Bresnan, which is no mean feat

75.3

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, careful and resolute defence from Hussey again

75.4

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, Hussey has done nothing wrong in defence this morning

75.5

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, out of nowhere Bresnan lands a cracker! Slanted across the left hander but it jumped and zipped away off a length, climbing past the outside edge

75.6

Bresnan to Hussey, no run, fuller this time but the line remains impeccable, as does Hussey's defence

End of over 76 (1 run) Australia 165/5
MEK Hussey    29* (75b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    21-5-55-2
SPD Smith    7* (34b)      GP Swann    9-4-12-1

76.1

Swann to Smith, no run, Swann hangs this outside off stump asking Smith to attack, but nothing from the batsman

76.2

Swann to Smith, no run, once again Smith does his best Atherton impression, albeit without the technique

76.3

Swann to Smith, no run, this is slower and a touch loopier, bounces too and Smith sniffs the ball in defence

76.4

Swann to Smith, 1 run, urgh, horrid delivery, really dragged down short and Smith had a long, long time to get into position and pull to deep square

76.5

Swann to Hussey, no run, angled into Hussey quick and flat from around the wicket, but Hussey remains solid in defence

76.6

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, lovely shot again from Hussey, skipping down the track and flicking to deep midwicket

End of over 77 (2 runs) Australia 167/5
MEK Hussey    30* (77b 2x4)      GP Swann    10-4-14-1
SPD Smith    8* (38b)      TT Bresnan    21-5-55-2

Change in bowling, nothing heralds the waiting-for-the-new-ball overs quite like Paul Collingwood. And with three to go, here he is. Slip and a gully in place.

77.1

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, starts wonderfully straight, as all the England bowlers seam to, and Hussey can do nothing but defend

77.2

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, this is a touch leg-sided and allows Hussey to flick to short midwicket, where Trott dives smartly to field

77.3

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, nothing more than a foot and a half outside off stump but that's all the invitation Hussey needs to shoulder arms

77.4

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, head over ball in sublime Hussey defence. He's seeing off the old ball

77.5

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, touch short this time, means Hussey can sit and wait for a long time on the back foot before pushing to cover

77.6

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, almost some luck for England here! Hussey, for no good reason, inside edges his defence onto pad and it loops up, Collingwood runs forward and dives to try and take the catch but can't

Enough of me, here's Brydon.

End of over 78 (maiden) Australia 167/5
MEK Hussey    30* (83b 2x4)      PD Collingwood    3-2-3-0
SPD Smith    8* (38b)      GP Swann    10-4-14-1

Thanks Sahil.

78.1

Swann to Smith, no run, turning on to the pads and Smith works it to leg

78.2

Swann to Smith, no run, again Smith flicks it wide of short leg

78.3

Swann to Smith, 1 run, fuller ball now, Smith drives down the ground to long-on

78.4

Swann to Hussey, no run, Hussey leans forward to defend Swann, who is over the wicket to the left-hander

78.5

Swann to Hussey, no run, again Hussey defends solidly

78.6

Swann to Hussey, 1 run, good placement from Hussey, as he opens up his stance to steer a drive through cover, Pietersen at mid-off runs across to keep it to a single

End of over 79 (2 runs) Australia 169/5
MEK Hussey    31* (86b 2x4)      GP Swann    11-4-16-1
SPD Smith    9* (41b)      PD Collingwood    3-2-3-0

79.1

Collingwood to Hussey, 2 runs, yes, well, a short ball from Paul Collingwood to Mike Hussey is always going to be pulled - but he hasn't placed it well enough to reach the boundary, and it's cut off at deep square leg

79.2

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, driven to cover this time, there's a man at short cover, but Hussey goes along the ground to the man deeper at cover

79.3

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, again Hussey drives hard and straight to the man at cover

79.4

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, width from Collingwood, tempting Hussey, who crunches it to cover again

79.5

Collingwood to Hussey, no run, full, wide, driven, fielded at cover

79.6

Collingwood to Hussey, OUT, oh, Collingwood has struck! And it's Hussey who goes - what a very good ball from Paul Collingwood! He'd set up Hussey with several wider balls and this one swung back in, getting the inside edge on to the stumps

MEK Hussey b Collingwood 33 (113m 92b 2x4 0x6) SR: 35.86

And to add to the joy for England, they can now take the new ball with a new batsman coming to the crease. It'll be Mitchell Johnson and Steven Smith to face it, unless Strauss gives Swann another bowl.

End of over 80 (2 runs) Australia 171/6
     PD Collingwood    4-2-5-1
SPD Smith    9* (41b)      GP Swann    11-4-16-1

The new ball has been taken immediately. It's James Anderson to take it from the Randwick End. Three slips are in place, and a short cover.

80.1

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, there's a hint of outswing and Smith leans in to this gentle push, which he steers wide of short cover to pick up a run

80.2

Anderson to Johnson, no run, pushed really wide across Johnson, who leaves it alone

80.3

Anderson to Johnson, 1 run, full and swinging away a touch, Johnson gets it off a thickish edge through point to get off the mark

80.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, well wide of Smith's off stump, and he shoulders arms

80.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, a tighter, attacking line from Anderson, and it's defended

80.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, crowd catch! Smith drives a big outswinger to cover, who takes it above his head - though it was a bump ball off the bat

End of over 81 (2 runs) Australia 173/6
SPD Smith    10* (45b)      JM Anderson    25-6-46-1
MG Johnson    1* (2b)      PD Collingwood    4-2-5-1

Tremlett to share the new ball from the Paddington End.

81.1

Tremlett to Johnson, no run, Tremlett starts by probing outside off, and it's defended by Johnson

81.2

Tremlett to Johnson, 1 run, pushed to the leg side, the batsmen take off for a quick single

81.3

Tremlett to Smith, no run, right on line from Tremlett, who squares Smith up and gets a thick edge to gully along the ground

81.4

Tremlett to Smith, 1 run, nudged away through square leg for one more run

Smith has been watchful so far in this innings, which isn't always his natural game

81.5

Tremlett to Johnson, 1 leg bye, on the hips, Johnson works it fine for another run

81.6

Tremlett to Smith, no run, and the over finishes with an elaborate leave from Smith

"This snooze-inducing batting is exactly what I don't need at work in the afternoon. The wickets counter seems to be moving faster than the runs!" Brad reckons.

End of over 82 (3 runs) Australia 176/6
SPD Smith    11* (48b)      CT Tremlett    21-8-49-1
MG Johnson    2* (5b)      JM Anderson    25-6-46-1

82.1

Anderson to Johnson, no run, Anderson gets a bit of swing away from Johnson, who lets it through to Prior

82.2

Anderson to Johnson, no run, good ball, this one bounces sharply off a good length and surprises Johnson, who nonetheless manages to defend it

82.3

Anderson to Johnson, no run, beaten outside off, good ball from Anderson as he gets some terrific movement away from the left-hander

82.4

Anderson to Johnson, no run, Johnson chases this one a little, and ends up just pushing it to cover

82.5

Anderson to Johnson, no run, and now Anderson sends down the inswinger, which Johnson manages to keep out and work to leg

82.6

Anderson to Johnson, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 83 (maiden) Australia 176/6
MG Johnson    2* (11b)      JM Anderson    26-7-46-1
SPD Smith    11* (48b)      CT Tremlett    21-8-49-1

83.1

Tremlett to Smith, FOUR, genuine edge and that will run away to the boundary at third man! That wasn't what Smith had in mind for his first boundary of the innings - it safely bounced short of the cordon and in any case it was wide of third slip

83.2

Tremlett to Smith, no run, there's a bit of a caught-behind shout from England, but none of the players seemed entirely convinced and neither was Aleem Dar. Replays show that went between bat and body, and flicked Smith's jumper on the way through

83.3

Tremlett to Smith, 3 runs, confident cover drive from Smith, he beats the fielder but the outfield isn't super fast and they have to settle for three

83.4

Tremlett to Johnson, no run, Johnson defends from the off stump

83.5

Tremlett to Johnson, no run, Tremlett is testing Johnson on off stump with the ball that just goes on with the natural angle - the batsman defends

83.6

Tremlett to Johnson, FOUR, width for Johnson and he has a dip - cutting hard and finding the space just wide of third slip, that gets to the boundary at third man

End of over 84 (11 runs) Australia 187/6
MG Johnson    6* (14b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    22-8-60-1
SPD Smith    18* (51b 1x4)      JM Anderson    26-7-46-1

84.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, good outswing from Anderson, but Smith doesn't have to play a shot, and doesn't

84.2

Anderson to Smith, OUT, Anderson strikes! Smith has gone for the big expansive off drive and has only managed to edge it to Collingwood, who takes a standard catch at third slip. Good outswing bowling, not clever batting

SPD Smith c Collingwood b Anderson 18 (85m 53b 1x4 0x6) SR: 33.96

England in this series have really exposed a weakness of Smith's - he can't resist driving outside off for too long, and edges have been all too frequent. And, incidentally, that is drinks.

The new batsman is Peter Siddle, who has shown something with the bat in this series

84.3

Anderson to Siddle, no run, fullish and swinging away, Siddle defends

Three slips and a gully in place

84.4

Anderson to Siddle, 2 runs, and Siddle just rides this short-of-a-length delivery outside off, he steers it nicely fine of gully and picks up some runs

84.5

Anderson to Siddle, no run, shorter and wider, Siddle leaves it alone

84.6

Anderson to Siddle, OUT, Anderson has two in the over! Siddle has edged this to first slip, and Strauss takes a catch fairly low to the ground as the ball seemed to take forever to reach him

PM Siddle c Strauss b Anderson 2 (2m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

That was again wonderful outswing bowling from Anderson, he's a pleasure to watch with the new ball

End of over 85 (2 runs) Australia 189/8
     JM Anderson    27-7-48-3
MG Johnson    6* (14b 1x4)      CT Tremlett    22-8-60-1

The new man in is Ben Hilfenhaus. I haven't seen Michael Beer bat before, but if he's at No. 11 behind Hilfenhaus, that's not a good sign for Australia. Now, can England keep Australia to under 200?

85.1

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

85.2

Tremlett to Johnson, no run, wider of off and Johnson leaves it alone

85.3

Tremlett to Johnson, no run, on the leg stump, Johnson defends back down the pitch

85.4

Tremlett to Johnson, 1 bye, well now, that's interesting, the ball has shaped a little after being left alone by Johnson and Prior has taken it on the thumb, allowing a bye as it deflects. He's lucky not to have broken his thumb, there

85.5

Tremlett to Hilfenhaus, no run, good ball, excellent delivery first up for Hilfenhaus to have to deal with! It's a good length but has really risen sharply and struck Hilfenhaus on the shoulder. How that has bounced that much is a mystery!

85.6

Tremlett to Hilfenhaus, no run, pushed away to point and can't find the gap

Steve has a response to Brad's earlier comment about Australia's run-rate: "Sorry Brad but that's part of what is wrong with Aust cricket at the moment. No-one will dig in and bat for the day. They all bat to please the media and crowds instead of to win the match."

End of over 86 (1 run, maiden) Australia 190/8
BW Hilfenhaus    0* (2b)      CT Tremlett    23-9-60-1
MG Johnson    6* (18b 1x4)      JM Anderson    27-7-48-3

86.1

Anderson to Johnson, no run, again Anderson gets it moving away from Johnson, who looks to play outside off but can't connect

86.2

Anderson to Johnson, FOUR, Johnson breaks the shackles now with a confident drive over the man at cover, he hasn't tried to keep that down at all, just driving hard and gets enough on it to reach the boundary

86.3

Anderson to Johnson, no run, pushed across Johnson, who looks to play and then brings the bat back inside the line

86.4

Anderson to Johnson, no run, on the back foot, Johnson punches to mid-on

86.5

Anderson to Johnson, 3 runs, Anderson goes the fuller ball, looking for the inswinger, but Johnson is good enough to drive this back past the bowler along the ground and he collects three more

86.6

Anderson to Hilfenhaus, 2 runs, and Hilfenhaus gets off the mark with a gentle nudge behind point, also ensuring that he gets back for two to give Johnson the strike

End of over 87 (9 runs) Australia 199/8
BW Hilfenhaus    2* (3b)      JM Anderson    28-7-57-3
MG Johnson    13* (23b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    23-9-60-1

87.1

Tremlett to Johnson, no run, Johnson pushes off the back foot down towards mid-off

87.2

Tremlett to Johnson, no run, Johnson has some width outside off, he's driven hard to deep cover but declines the single, interesting

Strauss has men back on the boundary, happy to give Johnson the singles and attack Hilfenhaus. But Johnson wants the strike.

87.3

Tremlett to Johnson, no run, driven to deep point, and some slow-hand clapping begins now as again Johnson refuses the single

87.4

Tremlett to Johnson, 2 runs, good running from Johnson, he's got a shortish ball and pulled hard into the ground and away to deep midwicket, running hard to get back for two

The field comes in now, trying to keep Johnson on strike

87.5

Tremlett to Johnson, 1 run, ah, but Tremlett goes down leg and allows a single as Johnson glances off his hip

87.6

Tremlett to Hilfenhaus, no run, ouch! Hilfenhaus takes another blow to the body as this one angles in towards him on a good length, getting Hilfenhaus in the midriff

"I agree with Steve - Boonie, Border, Marsh, et al didn't play the prettiest cricket, but they dug in and got the job done. Katich is of a similar ilk," says Wayne.

End of over 88 (3 runs) Australia 202/8
BW Hilfenhaus    2* (4b)      CT Tremlett    24-9-63-1
MG Johnson    16* (28b 2x4)      JM Anderson    28-7-57-3

88.1

Anderson to Johnson, no run, swinging in to Johnson's pads, and he works it to leg

88.2

Anderson to Johnson, no run, again Anderson swings it in, looking to get through Johnson, but he defends solidly

88.3

Anderson to Johnson, no run, yikes, that's ugly! That swipe from Johnson isn't in the textbook, and he didn't connect as he tried to heave it over midwicket from outside off

88.4

Anderson to Johnson, no run, pushed further across Johnson, who leaves it

88.5

Anderson to Johnson, 1 leg bye, Johnson gets off the strike now with a leg-bye worked square

88.6

Anderson to Hilfenhaus, FOUR, ah, he's drawn the genuine outside edge from Hilfenhaus but that has gone finer than the man at gully and runs away for a boundary - unlucky for Anderson

Jarrod: "That patience is what was so encouraging about Khawaja. He reminded my quite a lot of Mark Taylor in the way that he was very compact and simple in his movement at the crease. Even in leaving the ball he was more functional than flamboyant. Still has a way to go....he's a shadow of Taylor (literally & figuratively) at this stage."

End of over 89 (5 runs) Australia 207/8
BW Hilfenhaus    6* (5b 1x4)      JM Anderson    29-7-61-3
MG Johnson    16* (33b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    24-9-63-1

Time for Bresnan to have a go

89.1

Bresnan to Johnson, 1 run, a mix-up here, as Johnson gets it away off his legs and there's an easy single, but the batsmen haven't decided whether to take it! Eventually they go, Prior collects and hits the stumps but Hilfenhaus was just home

89.2

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, no run, left alone well outside off

89.3

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, no run, great ball! Outstanding delivery from Bresnan, who angles it in to off stump and then swings it away, just beating both the outside edge and the stumps

89.4

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, no run, again Hilfenhaus steers it towards gully, can't find the gap this time

89.5

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, no run, swinging away, and it's left alone

89.6

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, no run, swinging in to the pads of Hilfenhaus, who pushes to mid-on

End of over 90 (1 run) Australia 208/8
BW Hilfenhaus    6* (10b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    22-5-56-2
MG Johnson    17* (34b 2x4)      JM Anderson    29-7-61-3

The field is absolutely spread again, Strauss is going overly defensive here. Why not attack and try to get Johnson out?

90.1

Anderson to Johnson, no run, defended away to the off side

90.2

Anderson to Johnson, no run, swinging down leg, and Johnson can't connect

90.3

Anderson to Johnson, 1 run, driven down to long-on for an easy single

90.4

Anderson to Hilfenhaus, no run, that's pretty well negotiated by Hilfenhaus, because it was a good inswinger on the stumps and he's driven it hard back to Anderson, who also did very well to field it

90.5

Anderson to Hilfenhaus, FOUR, a boundary for Hilf! Anderson has swung that on to the pads a touch too much and it's been lifted uppishly over square leg and bounces away to the boundary

90.6

Anderson to Hilfenhaus, no run, left alone outside off, and Johnson will keep the strike

This is turning into a handy little partnership for Australia.

End of over 91 (5 runs) Australia 213/8
BW Hilfenhaus    10* (13b 2x4)      JM Anderson    30-7-66-3
MG Johnson    18* (37b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    22-5-56-2

91.1

Bresnan to Johnson, no run, angled across Johnson, who lets it go through to Prior

91.2

Bresnan to Johnson, no run, bouncer, and well directed - Johnson is in two minds and tries to swipe a hook but doesn't connect

91.3

Bresnan to Johnson, no run, again Johnson leaves a ball that is pushed across him

91.4

Bresnan to Johnson, no run, nudged defensively to cover

91.5

Bresnan to Johnson, 2 runs, pulled high in the air, and Johnson doesn't quite time it but gets just enough on that for it to land safely out of the reach of mid-on, who was running back

91.6

Bresnan to Johnson, FOUR, that's a much better pull from Johnson, as he gets one down leg and rolls the wrists to run that away along the ground to the boundary at deep backward square

End of over 92 (6 runs) Australia 219/8
MG Johnson    24* (43b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    23-5-62-2
BW Hilfenhaus    10* (13b 2x4)      JM Anderson    30-7-66-3

Tremlett returns, and he could have a full over at Hilfenhaus

92.1

Tremlett to Hilfenhaus, no run, Hilfenhaus dances down the pitch! Hugely entertaining, even though his swipe didn't connect. Tremlett, not surprisingly, looks a bit miffed by that!

92.2

Tremlett to Hilfenhaus, 1 run, bouncer from Tremlett but it's on the leg side and Hilfenhaus helps the pull on its way, in the air to fine leg and walks through for the single, allowing Johnson to take the strike

92.3

Tremlett to Johnson, 1 run, worked away off the legs through square for a single

92.4

Tremlett to Hilfenhaus, no run, wide of off and swinging away - Hilfenhaus chases it and tries to guide it through gully but doesn't connect

92.5

Tremlett to Hilfenhaus, no run, attacking the body now, it's pushed away to mid-on

92.6

Tremlett to Hilfenhaus, 1 leg bye, swinging down leg again, Hilfenhaus gets it away behind square for a run and he'll retain the strike

End of over 93 (3 runs) Australia 222/8
BW Hilfenhaus    11* (18b 2x4)      CT Tremlett    25-9-65-1
MG Johnson    25* (44b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    23-5-62-2

93.1

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, no run, another good ball from Bresnan, who beats Hilfenhaus outside off with an outswinger

Bresnan is probably bowling too well to Hilfenhaus - he needs to swing it a little less

93.2

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, 2 runs, Hilfenhaus decides attack is the best form of defence, swiping hard at a wide one outside off, and he's launched it high and safe over the head of point

93.3

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, no run, pushed along the ground to gully now, just trying to find that gap again

93.4

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, no run, beaten! Another really lovely piece of bowling, swinging away and unluckily for England not finding the outside edge

93.5

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, no run, almost identical! Again, it's beaten the outside edge as it curves prodigiously

93.6

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, no run, and the inswinger finishes the over, but it's defended safely by Hilfenhaus

End of over 94 (2 runs) Australia 224/8
BW Hilfenhaus    13* (24b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    24-5-64-2
MG Johnson    25* (44b 3x4)      CT Tremlett    25-9-65-1

94.1

Tremlett to Johnson, FOUR, more runs for Johnson, wrong line from Tremlett as he strays on the pads and Johnson just glances it fine and runs it away to the boundary

94.2

Tremlett to Johnson, no run, pushed really wide of off now, and Johnson looks to pull but this one then swings further away and he can't connect

94.3

Tremlett to Johnson, no run, Johnson cuts hard in the air to deep point, and declines the single with only three more balls to come until lunch

94.4

Tremlett to Johnson, 1 run, down leg side again, Johnson pulls it fine and thinks about taking two but has to settle for a single

94.5

Tremlett to Hilfenhaus, 1 run, edged and it's just safe! Hilfenhaus gets a single as this one flies in the air to the left of the diving gully, not far away at all!

94.6

Tremlett to Johnson, no run, cut to point and can't find the gap

Lunch has arrived. That was a pretty good session for England, all things considered, as they got rid of Haddin, Hussey, Smith and Siddle, but they'd be frustrated by this partnership from Johnson and Hilfenhaus, which has pushed Australia along to 8 for 230. For a while there it seemed they might not even reach 200. James Anderson bowled terrific outswing with the new ball, which will encourage Australia's fast men as long as the sun doesn't come out later in the day.

While you enjoy a 40-minute break, why not do some ESPNcricinfo Facebooking. Sahil Dutta will be back after the break.

End of over 95 (6 runs) Australia 230/8
MG Johnson    30* (49b 4x4)      CT Tremlett    26-9-71-1
BW Hilfenhaus    14* (25b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    24-5-64-2

Afternoon everyone, Sahil here. It's of course not the afternoon here, it's 2.08am. Anyway, Johnson and Hilfenhaus have changed the feeling of this match with their stand, suddenly the 250 that's on looks a decent total with the ball nipping about. I suspect England have spent their 40 minutes rethinking their strategy and there are three slips and a gully in place for Tim Bresnan.

95.1

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, 1 run, Hilfenhaus thick-edges again to begin the session, it sails through a gap to third man. Good start for Australia

95.2

Bresnan to Johnson, no run, Johnson has spent his lunch time watching Michael Hussey videos and mocks the style by leaving well alone outside off stump

95.3

Bresnan to Johnson, 2 runs, wow, that's some shot! Maybe Johnson was watching Trescothick videos as well at lunch, he stands still here and thumps a perfectly-straight batted drive down the ground. It deserved four but a tumbling stop from Trott saves the boundary

95.4

Bresnan to Johnson, 1 run, field set very deep in the leg side means Johnson can pick off a single

95.5

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, no run, flash and a miss. Bresnan aims full and it swings past an airy drive

95.6

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, 4 byes, oh no! Horrid delivery. Bresnan fires this a mile down the leg side, Prior diving at full stretch can't reach it. Should have been wides but either way, Australia are flying after lunch

End of over 96 (8 runs) Australia 238/8
BW Hilfenhaus    15* (28b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    25-5-68-2
MG Johnson    33* (52b 4x4)      CT Tremlett    26-9-71-1

Change of pace here - Graeme Swann has been brought into the attack. Three men out on the leg side boundary. A long off and deep point out as well.

96.1

Swann to Johnson, no run, full and Johnson crisply picks out the one infielder on the leg side

96.2

Swann to Johnson, 1 run, single for Johnson brings up the 50 stand from 68 balls, hugely valuable partnership is reached with a push to cover

96.3

Swann to Hilfenhaus, no run, studious defence from Hilfenhaus on the front foot

96.4

Swann to Hilfenhaus, no run, that demon Hilfenhaus edge skews this towards point, batsmen thought about one but didn't take it

96.5

Swann to Hilfenhaus, no run, England appeal as this spins past the inside edge and bobbles off to Collingwood at slip

96.6

Swann to Hilfenhaus, no run, this time Hilfenhaus leans it gently to leg to finish the over

End of over 97 (1 run) Australia 239/8
BW Hilfenhaus    15* (32b 2x4)      GP Swann    12-4-17-1
MG Johnson    34* (54b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    25-5-68-2

97.1

Bresnan to Johnson, no run, Bresnan shoves this wide across Johnson who leaves well alone. The field is set far and wide

"Looks like Mojo Mitch has turned up. Game on!" I think Marcio has a point!

97.2

Bresnan to Johnson, 2 runs, two more now, Johnson aims a booming drive and it skews off an inside edge towards deep midwicket

97.3

Bresnan to Johnson, 2 runs, ooh dear, England are ticking now! Thoroughly unamused as Johnson lands a crisp cover drive out to long off, somehow Johnson gets two for it

97.4

Bresnan to Johnson, no run, this is a bit of a whoosh, swiping across the line at thin air

97.5

Bresnan to Johnson, 1 run, Johnson gets his single, good work from him! Each run being cheered now, there is a feelgood factor to Australia at the moment. Johnson backs away, gets a yorker from Bresnan and digs it out wide of cover to scamper a single

97.6

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, SIX, hello! What about that!? Incredible stroke. Hilfenhaus saunters down the wicket and thumps this over long-on, scattering the crowds

End of over 98 (11 runs) Australia 250/8
BW Hilfenhaus    21* (33b 2x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    26-5-79-2
MG Johnson    39* (59b 4x4)      GP Swann    12-4-17-1

98.1

Swann to Johnson, FOUR, bang! Resounding crack reverberated all around the SCG as Johnson came down the wicket and clumped this to cow corner, flat and hard for four

98.2

Swann to Johnson, SIX, even better! Johnson down the wicket as Swann offers up some air. Johnson swings powerfully across the line, hammering a long way into the stands at cow corner

98.3

Swann to Johnson, no run, massive cheer as Johnson stretches forward to defend

98.4

Swann to Johnson, 1 run, fifty for Johnson - what a knock! Nudges this around the corner for a single to earn a standing ovation

98.5

Swann to Hilfenhaus, no run, Hilfenhaus skips down the wicket this time, only to defend. Huge cheers for everything now

98.6

Swann to Hilfenhaus, no run, very correct forward block to finish the over

End of over 99 (11 runs) Australia 261/8
BW Hilfenhaus    21* (35b 2x4 1x6)      GP Swann    13-4-28-1
MG Johnson    50* (63b 5x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    26-5-79-2

Great atmosphere now at the SCG, plenty of noise and Johnson is on a roll.

99.1

Bresnan to Johnson, 2 runs, touch wide from Bresnan and it's punished with a clunking cut shot that speeds out to deep point for a couple

99.2

Bresnan to Johnson, 1 run, better delivery from Bresnan, fuller and straighter, clipped firmly to long-on and Johnson happy to take the single

99.3

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, no run, banged in short and sharp from Bresnan and Hilfenhaus aims an almighty hoik, swishing at fresh air as it zips through to Prior

99.4

Bresnan to Hilfenhaus, 1 run, back of a length delivery around off stump finds a thickish edge that skews to point for a single

99.5

Bresnan to Johnson, OUT, that will be all, ends a brilliant counter-attacking innings from Johnson. Maybe he didn't need to play this but he was on a roll. Full from Bresnan around off stump and Johnson aimed a cow-corner swish and missed it, allowing it to clip the top of off stump

MG Johnson b Bresnan 53 (89m 66b 5x4 1x6) SR: 80.30

Huge relief to England, who really lost their head for a while there. Brings Michael Beer to the crease after a 76-run partnership.

99.6

Bresnan to Beer, no run, Beer gets a massive cheer for successfully defending his first ball in Test cricket

"If we reach 300 I am going to jump up and scream 'This is SPARTA'!" shouts an excited Cam.

End of over 100 (4 runs) Australia 265/9
MA Beer    0* (1b)      TT Bresnan    27-5-83-3
BW Hilfenhaus    22* (37b 2x4 1x6)      GP Swann    13-4-28-1
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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
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Match drawn
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