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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  | Overs 151-200

Proud moment for Michael Clarke as he bounds out leading his side for the first time in a Test. He's followed by England's openers, who have a mighty job piercing Australia's bubble. Hilfenhaus begins with two slips and two gully fielders to Strauss.

0.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 run, ooh, good delivery first up, right on the money, swinging back into a nervy Strauss who prods a defence from the crease and it squirts off an inside edge towards fine leg for one

0.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, movement in the air into Cook this time and with no short leg in place Cook happily lunges forward in defence and it clips the inside edge, running away square for one

0.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 1 run, definite swing for Hilfenhaus and Strauss clips airily for another single

0.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, this time it's a fraction outside off, Cook thinks about playing before deciding better of it

0.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, similar ball, hanging outside off stump, offering to swing in a touch and Cook shoulders arms

0.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, the first over ends with Cook lifting his arms high out of trouble to let it go by

End of over 1 (3 runs) England 3/0
AN Cook    1* (4b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-3-0
AJ Strauss    2* (2b)     

Right then, interesting move. Clarke offers the new ball to Mitchell Johnson, hoping to ride the crest of his batting wave. Three slips, a gully and forward short leg in place. Will it swing??

1.1

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, yes, definite swing for Johnson first up, and the line is good too. Just bends away late from a fullish length and Strauss carefully prods towards mid-on for one

1.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, Johnson has started very well, landing this fullish and tailing away late, Cook gets forward late in defence

1.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, very straight again from Johnson, good start from him and Cook defends

1.4

Johnson to Cook, no run, no swing this time from Johnson, dragged down a touch short and wide enough of off stump to allow Cook to leave

1.5

Johnson to Cook, FOUR, don't bowl there, Cook is very strong off the back foot and this was very short, a touch wide, it sat up to be hit and Cook thumped it behind point for four

1.6

Johnson to Cook, 2 runs, two more this time, less authoritative from Cook and he played a little bit away from his body, but timed it well enough to collect two. It was too short from the bowler to swing

End of over 2 (7 runs) England 10/0
AN Cook    7* (9b 1x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-7-0
AJ Strauss    3* (3b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-0-3-0

2.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, FOUR, Hilfenhaus bangs in a short ball, not really a smart idea with the swing about and Strauss gets deep into his crease, wheeling a controlled pull shot to fine leg for four

2.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, FOUR, short again from the bowler, Strauss too is very strong off the back foot and plays this excellently, hitting down on the ball and sending it rocketing to the square leg boundary

2.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, much more Hilfenhaus here, outside off stump, touch of nibble off the wicket and left alone

2.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, for no real reason Strauss just fences at this outside off and is beaten

2.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, big appeal from the bowler, but not much else as this swings in past Strauss's defence into his thigh. It was heading over though

2.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 2 runs, neatly played, always good to see Strauss cover driving, and he picks up a couple stroking carefully through that region

Positive start from the England openers and here is Brydon to tell you more.

End of over 3 (10 runs) England 20/0
AJ Strauss    13* (9b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-13-0
AN Cook    7* (9b 1x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-7-0

Thanks Sahil

3.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, no swing there, it's pushed to point where Khawaja hurls himself to his right to make the save

3.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, Cook cuts hard this time and again it's collected by Khawaja

3.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, this one swings down leg and Cook can't get anything on his attempted glance

Three slips in place, and Hughes is under the helmet at short-leg

3.4

Johnson to Cook, no run, oh, good ball beats the bat as it swings away outside off

3.5

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, on the pads and Cook clips it fine to Hilfenhaus, who keeps it to a single

3.6

Johnson to Strauss, no run, Strauss goes for the hook now as Johnson bangs it in short outside off, the bat doesn't connect

End of over 4 (1 run) England 21/0
AJ Strauss    13* (10b 2x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-8-0
AN Cook    8* (14b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-0-13-0

4.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, curving in towards the off stump and Cook defends with a straight bat

4.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, swings in again, Cook nudges wide of cover and thinks about a quick single, before sending Strauss back

4.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Cook blocks it back down the pitch again

4.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, pushed further across Cook, who leaves it

4.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

4.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, pushed away defensively towards cover

"If ever Hilfy needs to fire, it's in this innings! Fairly scant returns for his efforts this series and mounting criticism means he needs a big haul here," says Robdog.

End of over 5 (maiden) England 21/0
AN Cook    8* (20b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-1-13-0
AJ Strauss    13* (10b 2x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-8-0

5.1

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, ah, too wide and short and Strauss cuts hard in the air and safely away behind point, the eyes really were lighting up there as Strauss saw his chance

5.2

Johnson to Strauss, 1 run, nudged away now for a single through midwicket, that's a clever follow-up from Strauss

5.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, swinging in to Cook, who defends

5.4

Johnson to Cook, no run, Cook goes for the cut now, as Johnson drops short again, but it sails over the top edge

5.5

Johnson to Cook, no run, ouch! Cook has clipped this off the meat of the bat and straight into the left forearm of Phillip Hughes at short-leg. It was on the full but moving so quickly that Hughes couldn't react, so not really a chance

5.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, defended back down the pitch

"With Ponting out, what does the Aussie slip cordon look like?" asks Mithun from Taiwan. I can tell you, it's Watson at first, Clarke at second and Smith at third - just as it was in the Melbourne Test when Ponting was fielding at mid-on to protect his finger.

End of over 6 (5 runs) England 26/0
AN Cook    8* (24b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-13-0
AJ Strauss    18* (12b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-1-13-0

6.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, swinging back in again, but Strauss has no trouble defending

6.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, again it's swinging in on a good length, worked to midwicket

6.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, 3 runs, good off-drive from Strauss, as he just punches this fuller one confidently down the ground through mid-off, and it's chased down inside the boundary by Siddle

6.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, short of a length and pushed across Cook, who leaves it

6.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, clipped to midwicket where Beer hurls himself to his left to do the fielding

6.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, short of a length again and left alone

End of over 7 (4 runs) England 30/0
AJ Strauss    21* (16b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-1-17-0
AN Cook    9* (26b 1x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-13-0

The Johnson new-ball experiment hasn't produced a wicket, so Clarke is handing the ball to Peter Siddle at the Paddington End.

7.1

Siddle to Cook, 1 leg bye, on the pads, it's worked away behind square

7.2

Siddle to Strauss, 2 runs, driven uppishly through cover, there was a shout of catch it from one of the Australians but that was optimistic, as it was comfortably into the gap

7.3

Siddle to Strauss, no run, pushed across, Strauss leaves it and the ball carries high to Haddin behind the stumps

7.4

Siddle to Strauss, 2 runs, more runs for Strauss as he clips it with soft hands past short leg and through midwicket

7.5

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, just a touch short and it's pulled around the corner behind square, where Hilfenhaus collects it on the boundary

7.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 8 (6 runs) England 36/0
AN Cook    9* (28b 1x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-5-0
AJ Strauss    26* (20b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-1-17-0

8.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, Hilfenhaus just works it across the left-hander, who leaves it alone

8.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, no shot offered once again

8.3

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, SIX, well played by Strauss, he's got under a shortish ball and lifted his pull over square leg - in fact, so well that it's cleared the boundary!

8.4

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, and now Strauss jumps back and defends to the off side, not a lot of swing in this over from Hilfenhaus

8.5

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, fuller length now and it's defended

8.6

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, FOUR, another boundary, this one from a thick outside edge that runs away past gully and the runs are really flowing here

An exasperated James emails in: "Can any of our bowlers land six balls in the one area?? This game is once again being torn away by Strauss and Cook."

End of over 9 (10 runs) England 46/0
AJ Strauss    36* (26b 4x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-1-27-0
AN Cook    9* (28b 1x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-5-0

9.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, angling across Cook, who lets it go

9.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

Aleem Dar has just had an unofficial chat to Siddle about running down the pitch

9.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, bad ball, that's swinging way down leg side and Haddin does well to take that diving to his right

9.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, defended back down the pitch safely

9.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, pushed across Cook again on a good length, it's left alone

9.6

Siddle to Cook, FOUR, crashing shot! That's a wonderful pull from Cook, he rocks back and goes high and long over midwicket, no danger there as there's nobody in the deep. What a shot.

End of over 10 (4 runs) England 50/0
AN Cook    13* (34b 2x4)      PM Siddle    2-0-9-0
AJ Strauss    36* (26b 4x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    5-1-27-0

Time for a new plan from Michael Clarke. This plan involves Shane Watson.

10.1

Watson to Strauss, 2 runs, ah, full and swinging in immediately, but Strauss is good enough to flick it through square leg and that's a good stroke

10.2

Watson to Strauss, no run, flicked away to square leg again

10.3

Watson to Strauss, no run, again it's leg-sidey and Strauss nudges to square leg

10.4

Watson to Strauss, no run, outside off now and it's defended safely

10.5

Watson to Strauss, 2 byes, whoopsie-doodle, Watson swings it down leg and Haddin's dive to his right only allows him to get a fingertip to it, knocking it down on its way to fine leg

10.6

Watson to Strauss, no run, solid in defence once again

"Clarke is getting a crash course in why Ponting has been so stressed these past 2 years. Imagine trying to set fields to this rubbish," says Paul.

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 54/0
AJ Strauss    38* (32b 4x4 1x6)      SR Watson    1-0-2-0
AN Cook    13* (34b 2x4)      PM Siddle    2-0-9-0

11.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, angled across Cook, who leaves it alone

11.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, fuller, wider, and left alone

11.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, Siddle is probing outside off, and it's defended with consummate ease

11.4

Siddle to Cook, 1 bye, oh dear, Australia's vice-captain Brad Haddin has let a bye go through here as the ball drops on him and goes straight between his legs

11.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, fullish outside off, Strauss offers no shot

11.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, just outside off again and it's defended back down the pitch

End of over 12 (1 run, maiden) England 55/0
AJ Strauss    38* (34b 4x4 1x6)      PM Siddle    3-1-9-0
AN Cook    13* (38b 2x4)      SR Watson    1-0-2-0

12.1

Watson to Cook, no run, better line now from Watson, Cook defends a ball outside off

12.2

Watson to Cook, 1 run, swinging down leg again as Watson tries to attack the lbw option, and Cook flicks it behind square leg

Okay, we're only four days into 2011 but already I have the celebrity sighting of the year: David Hasselhoff is at the SCG, wandering around with Glenn McGrath.

12.3

Watson to Strauss, no run, nudged away to point

12.4

Watson to Strauss, no run, fullish and wide of off, Strauss tries for a big cover drive and can't beat the diving fieldsman

12.5

Watson to Strauss, 2 runs, oh, down leg side again, and Strauss gets more easy runs with a glance that is well collected by a sprinting Siddle at fine leg

12.6

Watson to Strauss, no run, straighter ball and it's defended

End of over 13 (3 runs) England 58/0
AJ Strauss    40* (38b 4x4 1x6)      SR Watson    2-0-5-0
AN Cook    14* (40b 2x4)      PM Siddle    3-1-9-0

13.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, pushed across Cook, who leaves it alone

13.2

Siddle to Cook, 1 leg bye, attacking the leg stump now and it almost gets through as Cook walks across and gets it off the pad behind square

13.3

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Siddle angles it across Strauss again, and he leaves it

13.4

Siddle to Strauss, FOUR, beautiful shot! Ah, the straight drive always looks so classy when it's timed like that, as Strauss just crunches it back down the pitch past the bowler for a boundary

13.5

Siddle to Strauss, 1 run, clipped away off the pads to fine leg

13.6

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, clunked away to the leg side by Strauss, who can't find a gap

"Get the Hoff on from the Randwick end...pronto," says Steve.

End of over 14 (7 runs) England 65/0
AN Cook    15* (43b 2x4)      PM Siddle    4-1-15-0
AJ Strauss    45* (41b 5x4 1x6)      SR Watson    2-0-5-0

14.1

Watson to Cook, no run, probing outside off, it's pushed back down the pitch

14.2

Watson to Cook, no run, pushed across Cook, who tries to drive and mistimes it to mid-on

14.3

Watson to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

14.4

Watson to Cook, 2 runs, good running now, as Cook clips it through leg and hares back for a couple of runs

14.5

Watson to Cook, 2 runs, flicked off the pads through square leg and that's well fielded on the boundary by Siddle

14.6

Watson to Cook, no run, left alone outside off, a bit of swing back in

Shane Warne is down in the players' race bowling to David Hasselhoff. His technique isn't textbook, but he's connected off the meat of the bat.

"He could bowl Hoff Spin," reckons Wayne Harrington. Very punny.

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 69/0
AN Cook    19* (49b 2x4)      SR Watson    3-0-9-0
AJ Strauss    45* (41b 5x4 1x6)      PM Siddle    4-1-15-0

15.1

Siddle to Strauss, no run, Strauss watches another one sail by outside off without any threat

15.2

Siddle to Strauss, no run, pushed across Strauss again, and he leaves it again

15.3

Siddle to Strauss, FOUR, cracking cover drive! Enough said. Okay, I'll say more, that found the gap wide of cover and was right off the meat of the bat, no chance of any fielder reeling that in

15.4

Siddle to Strauss, no run, 'no, no', says Strauss as he nudges to point

15.5

Siddle to Strauss, no run, angled right across Strauss, who leaves it alone

15.6

Siddle to Strauss, no run, straight on the stumps, and it's defended back down the pitch

That'll be tea. What a wonderful start for England, led by Andrew Strauss as he motored along to 49 at better than a run a ball. He's left Alastair Cook in his shadow. Michael Clarke has some thinking to do at the break, as England on 0 for 73 can set themselves to knock off a huge chunk of Australia's total by stumps today. Sahil will be back after the break, even though it's stupid o'clock in London.

"Now I have seen it all," says Andrew Miller, referring presumably to the sight of David Hasselhoff being interviewed by Shane Warne at the SCG. And boy was it vacuous stuff.

Oh, but Miller is secretly excited: "The view from the press box ...of the Hoff!"

End of over 16 (4 runs) England 73/0
AJ Strauss    49* (47b 6x4 1x6)      PM Siddle    5-1-19-0
AN Cook    19* (49b 2x4)      SR Watson    3-0-9-0

Evening all. Sahil here, fair to Australia have had a shocker before the break. Having done so well to reach 280 they let all the impetus leak away with some dreadful bowling that Strauss took full advantage of. Clarke must be fuming, doesn't make him look good at all. Anyway, here is Hilfenhaus around the wicket to Cook...

16.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, oops, not a great start to the new session, slipped down the leg side and Cook misses his leg-side fiddle

16.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, this is well wide of off stump this time and Cook lets it go by

16.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, hmm, touch of swing here, bending in late to Cook who defends from under his eyes

16.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 wide, cripes, this is a horror. Barely hit the cut strip, well, well wide of off stump

16.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, better delivery that drags Cook wide of off stump to defend off an inside edge

16.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, "catch" is the cry for the bowler. Not sure why. It swung a long way from outside off into the pads and Cook clipped firmly, but airily, and it raced through midwicket for four

16.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, finds a better delivery around off stump this time and Cook defends. Not a great first over after the break there

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 78/0
AN Cook    23* (55b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-1-32-0
AJ Strauss    49* (47b 6x4 1x6)      PM Siddle    5-1-19-0

Mitchell Johnson is into the attack. Two slips and a gully in place. Strauss on 49...

17.1

Johnson to Strauss, no run, slung short and down the leg side, Strauss ducks, though he doesn't have to and Haddin collects

17.2

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, fifty for Strauss! It's been a rapid one off 49 balls - equalling his quickest - and fittingly gets there by upper-cutting over the slips for four. It was very short and wide and got exactly what it deserved

17.3

Johnson to Strauss, no run, better delivery this time, around off stump from back of a length and Strauss stands tall to block

17.4

Johnson to Strauss, no run, Johnson dares a full ball that climbs through to Haddin as Strauss lets it go outside off stump. The ball is flying off a length and sitting up when it's short. Pretty obvious what the bowlers should be doing

17.5

Johnson to Strauss, no run, ooh, all kinds of bother here. Firstly Strauss nearly plays on as he inside edges an attempted cut shot, it squirts behind square on the leg side, Strauss sets off for one before being sent back, if the throw had hit he'd have gone

17.6

Johnson to Strauss, no run, well down the leg side to finish the over

End of over 18 (4 runs) England 82/0
AJ Strauss    53* (53b 7x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    4-0-17-0
AN Cook    23* (55b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    6-1-32-0

18.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Hilfenhaus is finding some swing, but it is going early, and Cook defends carefully

18.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, good line from the bowler - outside off stump - the length is a touch short and Cook - who has reached 600 runs in the series - defends

18.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, swing again, good line again, and a better length this time, dragging Cook forward to block

18.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 2 runs, three good balls is followed by a poor one, overpitched and swinging to leg, allowing Cook to clip a couple

18.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Hilfenhaus reverts to a good line and shorter length and Cook defends

18.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, Cook gets a single but it wasn't a great shot at all, pushing with bat far away from his body outside off stump wide of point for one

Steve is rightly disgusted: "Six balls on the spot, I'd settle for Australia to bowl six balls on one side of the wicket. This is amateur stuff."

End of over 19 (3 runs) England 85/0
AN Cook    26* (61b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-1-35-0
AJ Strauss    53* (53b 7x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    4-0-17-0

19.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, this has swung a mile! Johnson finds the full length and Cook was rooted to the crease and missed it by a long way as it swung past the edge

19.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, touch too short to swing this time, so Cook gets to block easily

19.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, this is much fuller and offers to swing a touch, not enough to worry Cook who blocks firmly to mid-on

19.4

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, Cook earns a single by pushing wide of mid-off from the back foot, the sort of strike-rotation Watson could do with learning

19.5

Johnson to Strauss, FOUR, four more for Strauss, poor bowling again as Johnson lands a shortish ball down the leg side and Strauss fiddles it fine of a square fine leg for another boundary

19.6

Johnson to Strauss, 1 wide, Johnson is furious as this is called a wide. It was very short and very high so I'm not sure what he's complaining about

19.6

Johnson to Strauss, no run, rare leave-alone from Strauss outside off stump

End of over 20 (6 runs) England 91/0
AJ Strauss    57* (55b 8x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    5-0-23-0
AN Cook    27* (65b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    7-1-35-0

As billions of you on feedback have been chuckling, it looks time for a Beer. But Clarke clearly doesn't fancy one and instead sticks to Hilfenhaus.

20.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Hilfenhaus has his hands on his head as Cook's mistimed drive almost reaches short midwicket

20.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, more compact defence from Cook this time

20.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, plenty of swing here, if only Hilfenhaus could settle into a line and length, Cook gets forward to defend

20.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, slightly edgy defence from Cook, pushing with bat away from body outside off stump

20.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, much better shot this time, bat and pad coming at the ball together to defend to cover

20.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, maiden over, and about time too. Touch of swing back into Cook and it's defended carefully

End of over 21 (maiden) England 91/0
AN Cook    27* (71b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    8-2-35-0
AJ Strauss    57* (55b 8x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    5-0-23-0

21.1

Johnson to Strauss, 3 runs, Johnson goes full again, which is far better than short, but the line is a fraction wrong and with no swing Strauss is happy to clip with the angle to midwicket where only some swift fielding saves a boundary

21.2

Johnson to Cook, 2 runs, a little bit short and with enough width for Cook to stroke a back-foot drive through cover for a couple

21.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, oh dear. It's bad Mitch. Really grubby delivery fired full and very wide down the leg side

21.4

Johnson to Cook, no run, much, much better. It could hardly be worse I suppose, but this is back of a length on off stump and Cook stands tall to block

21.5

Johnson to Cook, 2 runs, top-class shot, this wasn't even a bad delivery but Cook is in fine form and stood tall to flick it, at the top of its bounce, wide of mid-on for a couple

21.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, more rubbish down the leg side to finish the over. And hopefully the spell

Josh is saying what a few people seem to be: "Clarke has been taught well by Ponting. Don't mix it up just keep going with something that clearly isn't working. I want a beer!"

End of over 22 (7 runs) England 98/0
AN Cook    31* (76b 3x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-30-0
AJ Strauss    60* (56b 8x4 1x6)      BW Hilfenhaus    8-2-35-0

22.1

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, no run, this time it's Hilfenhaus's turn to land one well wide, of off stump though, and Strauss leaves alone

22.2

Hilfenhaus to Strauss, OUT, the variation works! Strauss falls to the straight delivery. He's played all around a full ball that swung in and just offered to move away off the pitch. It was a loose shot to get out to but Strauss had played superbly

AJ Strauss b Hilfenhaus 60 (92m 58b 8x4 1x6) SR: 103.44

That has come out of nowhere and Australia desperately needed it. They will be relieved but Jonathan Trott is the new man, he's in top form.

Two slips and two gully fielders, Hilfenhaus staying around the wicket.

22.3

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, Trott starts as he means to go on, shuffling across his stumps to push to leg

22.4

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, fuller this time from around the wicket, Trott shuffling across his stumps again to poke to leg

22.5

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, this is around off stump and Trott defends

22.6

Hilfenhaus to Trott, no run, full and straight ball meets Trott's broad defensive blade. Much-needed wicket-taking over, can Australia build on it?

End of over 23 (wicket maiden) England 98/1
IJL Trott    0* (4b)      BW Hilfenhaus    9-3-35-1
AN Cook    31* (76b 3x4)      MG Johnson    6-0-30-0

23.1

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, Cook nurdles a single into to midwicket

Trott takes an age to mark out his guard. Keeps everyone waiting.

23.2

Johnson to Trott, no run, good start to the new batsman, fullish and around off stump and Trott defends

23.3

Johnson to Trott, OUT, Johnson strikes! Shades of Perth anyone!? Slung full across Trott who aimed a drive but could only inside edge onto his stumps. Johnson celebrates wildly, maybe that can spark him to life

IJL Trott b Johnson 0 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

At Perth 78 for 0 became 98 for 5. To prevent any such disaster England need their supposed gun batsman - Kevin Pietersen - to perform.

23.4

Johnson to Pietersen, FOUR, ooh, Pietersen is away with a boundary, but Johnson won't mind. There was a hint of swing back into Pietersen who clipped around his front pad to send it flying away to fine leg for four

23.5

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, more secure this time with Johnson giving Pietersen a sighter outside off stump

The crowd have come to life, giving Pietersen a huge round of boos for everything he does.

23.6

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, full and straight and Pietersen defends. Johnson is so pleased to have a wicket that he unleashes a string of verbals at Pietersen, who doesn't seem to notice

End of over 24 (5 runs) England 103/2
KP Pietersen    4* (3b 1x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-35-1
AN Cook    32* (77b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    9-3-35-1

24.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, Hilfenhaus is finding plenty of swing, but it's going from the arm and Cook has his off stump covered as he defends

24.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, the swing, with the angle as well, means that Cook's defence comes off the face into the midwicket region for a single

Two slips in place for Pietersen. Hilfenhaus over the wicket...

24.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, good delivery here, fullish and swinging away, Pietersen is forward in hesitant defence

24.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen didn't really need to play this but he stepped forward and pushed a blocked single to Siddle at mid-off

24.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, beaten outside off stump as this swings in and just holds its line outside off stump, past a dangling Cook outside edge

24.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, defended edgily to end the over, with bat far away from pad

Some of you may be interested to know that that was the first duck in Jonathan Trott's Test career. There you go.

End of over 25 (2 runs) England 105/2
AN Cook    33* (81b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    10-3-37-1
KP Pietersen    5* (5b 1x4)      MG Johnson    7-0-35-1

25.1

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, Johnson has another chat at Pietersen as this is defended off the inside edge into the body

25.2

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, good line and length from Johnson, you can't say that too often, Pietersen defending crisply outside off stump

25.3

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, massive appeal from Australia but no referral as Pietersen shoulders arms to one that ducks back at him a touch, just glances the pad and it was heading over

With the swing about Johnson is suddenly a dangerous bowler.

25.4

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, this is fuller, doesn't swing and goes with the angle wide of off stump and Pietersen is happy to leave alone

25.5

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, good delivery here, good enough for Johnson to spit some more poetry at Pietersen. Full and straight and Pietersen plays around his front pad to clip to fine leg

25.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, out of nowhere Johnson looks likely to strike, the slight swing drags Cook outside off stump and beats the outside edge. Nervy times for England and Pietersen has called for the physio, looks like an elbow problem of some sort

End of over 26 (1 run) England 106/2
AN Cook    33* (82b 3x4)      MG Johnson    8-0-36-1
KP Pietersen    6* (10b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    10-3-37-1

26.1

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, ooh, Hilfenhaus finds swing from a full length and Pietersen skews a drive to cover

26.2

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, more solid in defence this time, looks like Pietersen lined up the swing more confidently here

26.3

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, Hilfenhaus pulls his length back a fraction and Pietersen misses his attempted whip to leg

26.4

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen laces a drive to Smith at cover, who fields well enough to get the crowd very excited. Michael Clarke is full of smiles too

26.5

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, 2 runs, ooh, Pietersen tried to leave here but made the decision too late and it clipped the toe end and cannoned back towards his stumps. Hilfenhaus has his hands on his head again

26.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, no run, carefully and nervously defended into the off side to end the over

Pietersen is getting some pain killers now from the physio

End of over 27 (2 runs) England 108/2
KP Pietersen    8* (16b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    11-3-39-1
AN Cook    33* (82b 3x4)      MG Johnson    8-0-36-1

27.1

Johnson to Cook, 3 runs, banged in short and wide, not a great delivery but Cook's flashing upper-cut shot has all the Australia fielders excited and three race back to the point boundary to save the four

27.2

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, Johnson locates a reasonable length and line and forces Pietersen to defend

27.3

Johnson to Pietersen, 2 runs, a grunt and jerk back of the head as Pietersen tries to pull a sharp short ball that beat him for pace a touch, in the end he played the shot well but didn't look at all comfortable. Johnson is fired up out there

27.4

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, as if to prove the point to himself as much as the bowler, Pietersen gets very far forward in textbook defence

27.5

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, good leave this time outside off, Pietersen's judgement around off stump has been poor this innings before this

27.6

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, very straight bat in defence here from Pietersen, timed it well too and it raced to mid-on

End of over 28 (5 runs) England 113/2
KP Pietersen    10* (21b 1x4)      MG Johnson    9-0-41-1
AN Cook    36* (83b 3x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    11-3-39-1

28.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, nothing on offer for Cook here as Hilfenhaus locates an off-stump line from around the wicket

28.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, this is a touch shorter but the line remains exemplary and Cook stands tall to block

28.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, excellent stuff from Hilfenhaus, who has stumbled into some good rhythm here, Cook defends off the front foot

28.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, again Cook is forced into careful back-foot defence. Australia managing to string some dot balls together

28.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, good batting from Cook gets him off strike, standing tall and defending with soft hands to point for a scampered single

28.6

Hilfenhaus to Pietersen, FOUR, top shot, really classy stuff as Pietersen stretches forward and punches a drive wide of mid-off for four

Good way for Pietersen to head to drinks but it's been a good period for Australia and who better than Brydon to tell you more?

End of over 29 (5 runs) England 118/2
KP Pietersen    14* (22b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    12-3-44-1
AN Cook    37* (88b 3x4)      MG Johnson    9-0-41-1

Thanks Sahil, go and have a nap under the desk. Shane Warne is convinced it's now Beer o'clock. Surely it can't be long before we see what Australia's newest spinner has got. But for now, it's Peter Siddle.

29.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, pushed across Cook, who leaves it alone

29.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, again it's left alone outside off

29.3

Siddle to Cook, FOUR, on the pads and Cook tickles this one very fine past Brad Haddin for a boundary to fine leg

29.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, better from Siddle, just probing outside off stump and Cook watchfully sees it through to Haddin

29.5

Siddle to Cook, 2 runs, wrong line from Siddle, on the pads of Cook, who pushes it through the gap at midwicket and picks up a couple of runs

29.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, way down leg, so much so that Cook doesn't get across far enough to glance it

End of over 30 (6 runs) England 124/2
AN Cook    43* (94b 4x4)      PM Siddle    6-1-25-0
KP Pietersen    14* (22b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    12-3-44-1

At last, Michael Clarke takes Beer off ice and gives him a chance. And it'll be KP on strike first up. This could be very, very interesting. One slip in place, mid on and mid off are both deepish.

30.1

Beer to Pietersen, FOUR, welcome to Test cricket! Beer's first ball is tossed up outside off an Pietersen drives confidently through the gap at cover, all the way along the ground for a boundary

30.2

Beer to Pietersen, 1 run, plenty of air once again from Beer, and this time KP's cover drive is fielded by a diving Hussey, who saves another boundary

And now Beer comes over the wicket to the left-hander Cook.

30.3

Beer to Cook, no run, tossed up and it turns in a fraction, Cook just thrusts the pad out to leave it alone

30.4

Beer to Cook, no run, full toss and Cook can't find the gap, just flicks it along the ground to midwicket

30.5

Beer to Cook, no run, gives it some air once again, Cook drives down to mid-on

30.6

Beer to Cook, 1 run, well waited by Cook as he watches the turn off the pitch and flicks with the spin through midwicket

So, Beer's first over in Test cricket wasn't too bad, but nor was it very threatening. He gives it air, got a bit of spin if not prodigious turn.

End of over 31 (6 runs) England 130/2
AN Cook    44* (98b 4x4)      MA Beer    1-0-6-0
KP Pietersen    19* (24b 3x4)      PM Siddle    6-1-25-0

31.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, pushed across Cook, who lets it go again

31.2

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, tippity run from Cook here as he nudges to off and hares through, Siddle can't get across to prevent the run

31.3

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, punched back down the pitch

31.4

Siddle to Pietersen, 3 runs, nicely clipped through midwicket as Siddle gets too straight again, Khawaja does the chasing and Pietersen picks up three

31.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, angling it across Cook, who drives to cover

31.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, angling again, but Cook doesn't go fishing outside off

End of over 32 (4 runs) England 134/2
AN Cook    45* (102b 4x4)      PM Siddle    7-1-29-0
KP Pietersen    22* (26b 3x4)      MA Beer    1-0-6-0

32.1

Beer to Pietersen, no run, too short this time, Pietersen throws everything at a cut but doesn't time it and finds the man at extra cover

32.2

Beer to Pietersen, 1 run, another confident shot from Pietersen, who drives Beer back past his right hand, but mid-on is deep enough to ensure that doesn't get to the boundary

32.3

Beer to Cook, no run, tossed up outside off, Cook leaves it

32.4

Beer to Cook, 1 run, just a soft-handed nudge through leg gets Cook a single

32.5

Beer to Pietersen, no run, curving in from around the wicket but no real turn, and KP defends

32.6

Beer to Pietersen, 1 run, drifting down leg this time and Pietersen clips a single through square leg

End of over 33 (3 runs) England 137/2
KP Pietersen    24* (30b 3x4)      MA Beer    2-0-9-0
AN Cook    46* (104b 4x4)      PM Siddle    7-1-29-0

33.1

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, Siddle sends this one down outside off, Pietersen punches it to point

33.2

Siddle to Pietersen, 2 runs, on the pads again, and again Pietersen flicks it through square leg for more runs

33.3

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, a big stride forward from Pietersen, who defends a ball on middle stump

33.4

Siddle to Pietersen, 1 no ball, oh, what a good ball! Siddle hasn't got any swing this over, but this one swings in and then seams away, beating the outside edge as Pietersen launches a big drive

Siddle's probably happy there was no edge there, actually, as he had overstepped

33.4

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, good straight drive from Pietersen, but it's cut off at mid-on

33.5

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, hmmm, a bit of extra bounce has tested Pietersen, he stretched forward and this one lobbed to the on side from high on his bat

33.6

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off, and this one swings away after it passes the batsman

End of over 34 (3 runs) England 140/2
KP Pietersen    26* (37b 3x4)      PM Siddle    8-1-32-0
AN Cook    46* (104b 4x4)      MA Beer    2-0-9-0

34.1

Beer to Cook, no run, a bit of spin in from outside off, but Cook easily defends

34.2

Beer to Cook, 1 no ball, Beer has a wicket! Or does he? Cook has gone for a big slog sweep and skied it to mid-on, where Hilfenhaus hovers underneath it and takes the catch. But Beer's celebrations are short-lived - Billy Bowden asks for the third umpire to check on a suspected no-ball - and Beer has overstepped! Oh, a horrible moment for the debutant!

34.2

Beer to Cook, no run, this time Cook leans forward and defends

34.3

Beer to Cook, 1 run, from outside off, Cook works a single to midwicket, just easing it with the spin

34.4

Beer to Pietersen, 2 runs, flicked off the stumps and Pietersen gets a couple of runs through midwicket

34.5

Beer to Pietersen, no run, no spin from around the wicket, Pietersen leans forward to defend

34.6

Beer to Pietersen, 1 run, turned away through square leg

Well, Beer must be feeling pretty flat after that over. But Cook has learnt it's a good idea not to hit the Beer when you're on the job.

End of over 35 (5 runs) England 145/2
KP Pietersen    29* (40b 3x4)      MA Beer    3-0-14-0
AN Cook    47* (108b 4x4)      PM Siddle    8-1-32-0

35.1

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, defended away safely

35.2

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, ah, beaten outside off stump, that's a good delivery that just nips away a touch

35.3

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, and again Siddle has beaten Pietersen, really good line and length

35.4

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, driven wide of mid-on, who gets across to save a single

35.5

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, solidly defended by Pietersen

35.6

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, and again Pietersen leans forward to defend with the full face of the bat

"Since when did the umpires stop looking at the bowlers feet when delivering the ball?" wonders Philweb.

Well, in fact Bowden did watch and because it was such a close call he didn't call it a no-ball live. He immediately went upstairs to double check and Cook was rightly reprieved. I think it's an excellent use of technology.

End of over 36 (maiden) England 145/2
KP Pietersen    29* (46b 3x4)      PM Siddle    9-2-32-0
AN Cook    47* (108b 4x4)      MA Beer    3-0-14-0

36.1

Beer to Cook, no run, defended back down the pitch

36.2

Beer to Cook, 1 run, flicked away off the pads through square leg

36.3

Beer to Pietersen, no run, tossed up outside off, Pietersen defends

36.4

Beer to Pietersen, no run, a bit of turn away from Pietersen, who defends with a dead bat

36.5

Beer to Pietersen, no run, tossed up outside off and it's left alone

36.6

Beer to Pietersen, no run, well wide of off and KP stands up as that ball passes through to Haddin, almost in contempt of the line employed by Beer

End of over 37 (1 run) England 146/2
KP Pietersen    29* (50b 3x4)      MA Beer    4-0-15-0
AN Cook    48* (110b 4x4)      PM Siddle    9-2-32-0

37.1

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, punched through cover for some more runs

37.2

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, solidly defended with a straight bat

37.3

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, probing outside off and Pietersen plays inside it, dragging the bat away

37.4

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, again this one sails through to Haddin untouched

37.5

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, Siddle gets a bit of curve away from Pietersen, who leaves it

37.6

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, again it's left alone outside off

"We've been having a go at the poor efforts of the fast bowlers, how dare Beer bowl a front foot no ball. If Steve Finn can get wickets bowling half a metre behind the line, a spinner who walks up to the crease can ensure he stays within the limits," Simon says.

End of over 38 (1 run) England 147/2
KP Pietersen    29* (55b 3x4)      PM Siddle    10-2-33-0
AN Cook    49* (111b 4x4)      MA Beer    4-0-15-0

38.1

Beer to Cook, no run, turns in towards Cook, who defends

38.2

Beer to Cook, 1 run, flicked through midwicket and Cook brings up another half-century, what a wonderful series he's had

38.3

Beer to Pietersen, no run, good ball, Beer drags Pietersen outside off and then gets one to spin more than the others have, it beats the outside edge

38.4

Beer to Pietersen, no run, straighter and fuller, it's driven to mid-on

38.5

Beer to Pietersen, no run, tossed up outside off, Pietersen drives wide of cover

38.6

Beer to Pietersen, no run, drifting in to the stumps, it's defended

End of over 39 (1 run) England 148/2
KP Pietersen    29* (59b 3x4)      MA Beer    5-0-16-0
AN Cook    50* (113b 4x4)      PM Siddle    10-2-33-0

It's not all Beer and Siddle. Here's Hilfenhaus.

39.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, good ball as he swings it in from around the wicket, and Cook defends

39.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, well played by Cook as he walks across and clips this one from on off stump to fine leg for a boundary, that's a good eye

39.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, curving in again, Cook defends

39.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, pushed down the ground and can't find a run

39.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, nudged away to cover and it's fielded by Khawaja

39.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, pushed to cover and again he can't find a gap

Nick has an idea: "Why not have a system like they do with tennis lines for the no-ball. Simply connected to earpiece of umpire... that way he doesn't have to look down at the no-ball at all."

I must admit, Nick, that is something I've wondered as well. Cyclops seems to work for foot-faults in tennis. Why not let the umpires just watch the batsman?

End of over 40 (4 runs) England 152/2
AN Cook    54* (119b 5x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    13-3-48-1
KP Pietersen    29* (59b 3x4)      MA Beer    5-0-16-0

40.1

Beer to Pietersen, no run, good variety from Beer as this one skids on with the arm, but Pietersen is good enough to defend

40.2

Beer to Pietersen, no run, left alone well outside off

40.3

Beer to Pietersen, no run, tossed up just outside off, inviting a drive, but KP declines

40.4

Beer to Pietersen, FOUR, ah, just a touch too short and Pietersen lashes a cut through point, that was asking to be hit

40.5

Beer to Pietersen, 2 runs, that's a confident sweep this time, Pietersen gets it through square leg

40.6

Beer to Pietersen, no run, flighted and turning away outside off, it's left alone

End of over 41 (6 runs) England 158/2
KP Pietersen    35* (65b 4x4)      MA Beer    6-0-22-0
AN Cook    54* (119b 5x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    13-3-48-1

41.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, FOUR, on the pads now, and Cook flicks it comfortably to fine leg for more runs - Hilfenhaus has to bowl more off stumpish that that

41.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, straighter from Hilf, Cook works it to midwicket

41.3

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, defended away to the leg side

41.4

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, swinging in again, Cook leaves it alone

41.5

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, fuller and wider of off, Cook tries to steer it through cover but can't find the gap

41.6

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, defended back down the pitch

End of over 42 (4 runs) England 162/2
AN Cook    58* (125b 6x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    14-3-52-1
KP Pietersen    35* (65b 4x4)      MA Beer    6-0-22-0

42.1

Beer to Pietersen, no run, tossed up outside off, Pietersen defends

42.2

Beer to Pietersen, 1 run, fuller and down leg, Pietersen drives to mid-on and collects a single

42.3

Beer to Cook, no run, defended again by Cook

42.4

Beer to Cook, 1 run, tossed up and turning in to Cook, who works to leg and takes a quick single, diving at the bowler's end to beat a throw from Johnson

42.5

Beer to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen strides forward and defends

42.6

Beer to Pietersen, no run, well flighted, Pietersen waits and drives it to mid-on

Ian puts the kibosh on Cyclops: "Cyclops couldnt work - Fielders and even batsman would be in its eye as the bowler approached the line, too many false calls then."

End of over 43 (2 runs) England 164/2
KP Pietersen    36* (69b 4x4)      MA Beer    7-0-24-0
AN Cook    59* (127b 6x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    14-3-52-1

Clarke is ringing the changes here, it's Johnson now

43.1

Johnson to Cook, 1 run, flicked away off the pads to fine leg

43.2

Johnson to Pietersen, OUT, and there's a wicket! Beer is involved, as he's taken a good catch at deep backward square. Pietersen hooked a high bouncer and didn't keep it down, Beer runs in and almost misjudges his position, but takes it in front of him and sends Pietersen on his way

KP Pietersen c Beer b Johnson 36 (87m 70b 4x4 0x6) SR: 51.42

So, this is a very interesting little period now, with just a few overs remaining in the day's play and the nightwatchman James Anderson has joined Cook.

43.3

Johnson to Anderson, no run, there's an appeal for lbw, but it's immediately declined by Aleem Dar. It looked straight, but clearly inside edge on to pad

43.4

Johnson to Anderson, no run, good yorker now, but Anderson is good enough to clip that away to square leg, where Siddle fields and keeps Anderson on strike

43.5

Johnson to Anderson, no run, bouncer, but wide enough of off to allow Anderson to leave it

43.6

Johnson to Anderson, no run, fullish and straight, Anderson defends

End of over 44 (1 run) England 165/3
JM Anderson    0* (4b)      MG Johnson    10-0-42-2
AN Cook    60* (128b 6x4)      MA Beer    7-0-24-0

So now it's Cook to face up with four overs left in the day's play. He's ticked over 5000 Test runs, as you may have noticed. Not bad for a 26-year-old!

44.1

Beer to Cook, no run, tossed up outside off, and Cook leaves it

44.2

Beer to Cook, no run, good, sharp spin now, and it's off the pad short of Hughes at short leg

44.3

Beer to Cook, no run, pushed back down the pitch to Beer

44.4

Beer to Cook, no run, really well flighted outside off, Cook clips it to leg

44.5

Beer to Cook, 1 run, soft hands from Cook, who guides a glance behind square

44.6

Beer to Anderson, no run, turning down leg and Anderson plays it into the ground

End of over 45 (1 run) England 166/3
JM Anderson    0* (5b)      MA Beer    8-0-25-0
AN Cook    61* (133b 6x4)      MG Johnson    10-0-42-2

45.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, good line on off stump, Cook defends with a straight bat

45.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, nudged away to cover

45.3

Johnson to Cook, no run, probing outside off, though no real swing, and Cook leaves it

45.4

Johnson to Cook, no run, pushed to point and Cook seems happy enough just to see these last few overs through

45.5

Johnson to Cook, no run, straight-bat defence once again

45.6

Johnson to Cook, no run, again Cook defends and Anderson will have to face Beer

End of over 46 (maiden) England 166/3
AN Cook    61* (139b 6x4)      MG Johnson    11-1-42-2
JM Anderson    0* (5b)      MA Beer    8-0-25-0

Slip, leg slip, short leg and silly point are all crowding Anderson.d

46.1

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

46.2

Beer to Anderson, no run, turns in to Anderson, who blocks

46.3

Beer to Anderson, no run, tossed up outside off, Anderson gets a big stride in to defend

46.4

Beer to Anderson, 1 run, nudged away behind point, and Anderson takes the single to give Cook the strike

46.5

Beer to Cook, no run, Cook defends to the leg side

46.6

Beer to Cook, no run, oooh, almost a catch for Hussey at leg slip! Beer gets some turn and Cook works it just to the right of the diving Hussey

End of over 47 (1 run) England 167/3
AN Cook    61* (141b 6x4)      MA Beer    9-0-26-0
JM Anderson    1* (9b)      MG Johnson    11-1-42-2

Here comes what should be the last over of the day. It's Johnson to bowl it, and he's coming around the wicket. Three slips and a leg gully are waiting.

47.1

Johnson to Anderson, no run, bangs it in to the hips of Anderson, who gets bat on ball and it bounces through to Haddin

And now Hughes comes in to short-leg. Clarke is piling the pressure on Anderson.

47.2

Johnson to Anderson, no run, great bouncer, angled in to the chest and Anderson does a terrific job to jump and defend it down into the ground

47.3

Johnson to Anderson, no run, another ripping bouncer sails past the eyes of Anderson! He's evaded it, but that must be a scary thing to face in the last over of the day!

47.4

Johnson to Anderson, no run, pushed across this time but too wide to make Anderson play

Johnson comes over the wicket for the final two balls of the day. Leg gully, short leg, short cover, two gullies and three slips!

47.5

Johnson to Anderson, no run, ah, but Johnson goes too wide and again Anderson lets it go

47.6

Johnson to Anderson, no run, and Anderson survives the final ball of the day, leaving another one that's outside off

At stumps on the second day the match is in England's favour, but not by an enormous amount. A couple of early wickets tomorrow and it could be back on an even keel. Some tail-end hitting from Johnson and Hilfenhaus earlier in the day got Australia to 280, and then Strauss and Cook gave England the perfect start, until Hilfenhaus and Johnson started to make inroads.

Before you log off, check out Andrew McGlashan's bulletin, and we also have a photo gallery of all the day's action. Andrew Miller and Peter English will have more for you over the next couple of hours. And don't forget to join @espncricinfo on Twitter, and if you want us to take notice of you, don't forget to add the #CricinfoAshes hashtag to your prolific tweets.

That's it for today, and don't forget that play will start at 10am local time tomorrow - do join us then. On behalf of myself and Sahil Dutta, this is Brydon Coverdale signing off.

End of over 48 (maiden) England 167/3
JM Anderson    1* (15b)      MG Johnson    12-2-42-2
AN Cook    61* (141b 6x4)      MA Beer    9-0-26-0

9.55am We're almost ready for the first ball, with play starting half an hour early to catch up on the lost time due to the rain on day one. There is the chance of showers later in the day, incidentally, but nothing expected early on.

And it's Jane McGrath Day at the SCG, where the venue turns pink and raises money for the McGrath Foundation, which supports breast cancer treatment and awareness. The Ladies Pavilion is renamed the Jane McGrath Stand, the players walked out on a pink carpet, and even the digital clock on the scoreboard has gone pink.

I'm Brydon Coverdale, and I'll be joined later by Sahil Dutta, who almost certainly will be wearing pink just as a fashion statement.

9.30am Hello and welcome to day three of this gripping contest at the SCG, where England hold the upper hand but Australia are well and truly still in it. A few early wickets this morning and things could become very interesting.

The weather at the ground is fine and dry, there is a bit of cloud around but it's warming up and that won't be the best news for Australia's bowlers, who would have liked helpful conditions to swing the ball.

If you haven't already, go and check out Peter English on how Mitchell Johnson's batting form sometimes gives him confidence with the ball, Andrew Miller on England's captaincy and batting, Ian Chappell on England's puzzling tactics, and Christian Ryan's latest Ashes blog.

48.1

Hilfenhaus to Cook, no run, down leg side to start with and Haddin hurls himself to his right and makes the take

48.2

Hilfenhaus to Cook, 1 run, swinging in to the pads, Cook clips it square and gets a run

48.3

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

48.4

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, no run, shortish outside off stump, Anderson is jumpy again but lets it go through to Haddin

48.5

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, no run, short of a length on off stump, it's defended

48.6

Hilfenhaus to Anderson, no run, how is that one? Hilfenhaus gets an inswinger to beat the bat of Anderson and he's struck on the pad, but Billy Bowden says not out - it might have been sliding down leg and there's no review from Clarke

It's only taken five Tests, but the teams seem to have finally worked out that the review system is meant only to eradicate the howler. Strauss, Clarke and the batsmen have been extremely judicious with their use, or non-use, of the system in this Test.

End of over 49 (1 run) England 168/3
JM Anderson    1* (19b)      BW Hilfenhaus    15-3-53-1
AN Cook    62* (143b 6x4)      MG Johnson    12-2-42-2

Peter Siddle to take up the attack from the Paddington End.

49.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, pushed away to the off side defensively

49.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, defended back down the pitch

49.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, left alone outside off

49.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, pushed right across Cook, who shoulders arms

49.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, good line, just outside off and making Cook play, he defends to the off side

49.6

Siddle to Cook, 2 runs, on the pads now and Cook works it through square leg, and very good running as he gets back for two

End of over 50 (2 runs) England 170/3
AN Cook    64* (149b 6x4)      PM Siddle    11-2-35-0
JM Anderson    1* (19b)      BW Hilfenhaus    15-3-53-1
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Series Results
Australia v England at Sydney - Jan 3-7, 2011
England won by an innings and 83 runs
Australia v England at Melbourne - Dec 26-29, 2010
England won by an innings and 157 runs
Australia v England at Perth - Dec 16-19, 2010
Australia won by 267 runs
Australia v England at Adelaide - Dec 3-7, 2010
England won by an innings and 71 runs
Australia v England at Brisbane - Nov 25-29, 2010
Match drawn
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