England tour of Australia, 1st Test: Australia v England at Brisbane, Nov 21-24, 2013
The Ashes - 1st Test
Australia won by 381 runs
21,22,23,24 November 2013 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100

James Anderson, as always, with the new ball...here we go!

The umpires are in the middle, now we just need players...Kevin Pietersen leads out England in his 100th Test, followed by Chris Rogers and David Warner. The ground isn't full, yet, but it's a good atmosphere.

Tick tock, tick tock, just moments to go now. If smell-o-vision had come to fruition I'd been able to smell the tension all the way from Brisbane to London.

9.50am We have the official ceremonies - welcomes, anthems, mascots

Jon B: "I am happy to bowl first, give M.Carberry a chance to feel his way into an Ashes series. Nothing worse for the confidence than opening in your first ashes and getting out cheaply. Seen it too many times with new England openers."

LesP: "Just a quick request for a recap on any changes to DRS since last Ashes series? Will the Aussies be ravaged by the TV ump again?" Good point, Les. A full, enhanced DRS is available with Hot Spot and Real-Time Snicko (audio matched with pictures) to help detect edges.

9.45am Simon: "Shane Warne has said "it's a good toss to win" - about six times." -- and if Pup has lost it, he would have said "it's a good toss to lose" about six times..."

One contest I'm looking forward to this morning is Broad v Warner. Reckon that could be spicy.

Sanju Z: "Looking forward to seeing the growth of future captain Steve Smith. [Written seriously, but could you imagine such a sentence being written without sarcasm a year ago?]" Dan Brettig would certainly agree with you.

9.35am Big morning coming up for Prior's calf and Tremlett's form. George Bailey will hope he's not needed for most of the day.

Shane Warne has said "it's a good toss to win" - about six times.

Tony Hughes: "Cincinnati calling. Wife & 3 out of 4 kids out tonight. Sweet. Hoping Carbs especially does well.

Jamie: "Beers are in the fridge, tele on, cat is looked somewhat confused... let's go!"

Australia have won the toss and will bat first. "The wicket looks fantastic," says Michael Clarke.

Alastair Cook: "It's a very special day and can't wait to get going. We'd have batted first. But you can make some inroads."

wefinishthis: "Where's the consistency in selection again? Johnson wasn't taken on tour after a dreadful India series, Faulkner plays very well in his first test and then gets dropped for Johnson?"

9.30am England team confirmed: Prior is fit and Tremlett is third quick. For Australia, Lyon keeps his place and Faulkner is 12th man.

Tejas: "Office has given me a Mifi to use for emergencies while traveling. Using it to follow the first morning of the Ashes surely qualifies as one. Wouldn't you agree" Yep, for sure

9.25am Just a few minutes until the toss and we'll have answers to all our questions.

Roger Walker: "A full basket of firewood, pea soup defrosted and ready to warm up in the lunch interval, plenty of fags and a fresh pot of coffee, one rather puzzled dog asleep at my feet. All my friends here know they won't see much of me for the next 5 days."

9.15am George Dobell has the big news of the morning. "Fire alarm in gabba central apartments early this morning. Was rushing back in to save my press pass." What drama, who burnt the toast?

Nathan: "Down here in Vic we have had a epidemic go through the office.....11 out of 28 guys have the 'flu'....coincidence?" Nasty stuff, that flu.

Rich Lloyd: "Not the ideal day to be sitting waiting for a a flight from San Francisco home, doubtful I'll get cricinfo/TMS at 36,000ft! As I want to see Carbs bat I'll be hoping the Aussies bat first" Does your plane have wifi?

9.05am Brydon Coverdale is in situ in Melbourne and comes up with this wise tweet about Australia's much-vaunted strength in Brisbane. "Gabbatoir stats a bit skewed as it always hosts first Test of summer. Yes, England play there but otherwise often teams like NZ & WI"

Shehzad: "Just came from school, chilling by my swimming pool and can't wait for the match to start. Too bad I don't have a BBQ going on, @ Azam, send me some BBQ ribs and Rib-Eye steaks, mate. #DallasDude"

nithya: "Hi Gnasher, please tell Ramesh, another Indian in Cheshire is praying the Aussies win 5-0 O:-)"

Tim: "Currently teaching my Sixth Grade class about the importance of The Ashes. CricInfo in prime position on the interactive whiteboard!" Oh dear, the pressure is on me! Hello to everyone. Hope it's a fun lesson.

9.00am Kevin Pietersen has been given a silver cap to commemorate his 100th Test - the 10th England player to reach the milestone.

Matt Warwick: "I am far too excited. Many sleepless nights lie ahead, but it's okay, I'm a university student." Ah, the student life. Good times.

Azam: "Howdy Gnasher....got plenty of crickets here in Texas but not much Cricket but fixing to BBQ & hoping Cook and the Co. go after those damn Aussies with Broad & Finn blastin' ... yee-haaa !!" You sound a bit like @UScricketguy

Don't forget about another way to get involved with all the Ashes chat, and banter, in our new Ashes Witty Banter section. Dave's helped us put it together. He must be a nice bloke. Just use @espncricinfo and #ashesbanter in your tweets. Simples, as the meerkats would say

8.50am George Bailey has been presented with his baggy green by Mark Taylor.

George Dobell was confident Matt Prior would play yesterday. He may soon be proved right.

8.45am It's that time of the day when everyone is looking for clues. Chris Tremlett has been spotted marking out his run and Matt Prior is batting in the nets. Shane Watson was also seen putting down a bowling marker.

jatin: "4:15 am in india eagerly waiting for toss to happen and then i can update my fantasy team and go to sleep. still not sure about prior faulkner situation."

Ramesh: "Hi Gnasher, let Kannan know that there is an equal odd of another Indian sitting in surrey expecting England to win and retain Ashes :)"

8.35am kannan: "Hi Gnasher, what are the odds of an Indian sitting in Birmingham eagerly waiting for the Ashes to resume and praying for the English to get thumped by Oz (with a Bailey debut ton)" I suspect you aren't alone in a few of those categories!

Suleman: "I love cricket from Australia, its a clear evening at 4pm with -20C in Canada, and you can sit at home at your couch after work to enjoy the match ..!!" Blimey, minus 20...I thought it was cold over here.

8.30am We've got heaps of preview material for you to enjoy as the build-up continues: there's George Dobell on England, Dan Brettig on a nervous Michael Clarke and Mark Nicholas on Kevin Pietersen who will play his 100th Test today.

Richo: "Seriously, how can anyone be expected to work this morning. The nerves are tingling. Get it on. Go Aussies."

Matt: "Big Day today. We got the first day of an Ashes series, then I got cricket training, and then the AFL Draft. Best day all year!" Sounds epic, Matt.

Lalit: "It seems we are heading to non stop cricketing season again.. begining with tests being played between top teams,(ASHES & Ind vs SA), followed by T20 world cup in last..All the best Aussies !!!!" Indeed, Lalit...at one point next month there will Aus v Eng, SA v Ind, NZ v WI and Pak v SL.

OttawaSteve: "Not so excited that I need to change clothes yet, but looking forward to this with great anticipation."

8.20am We are back, folks, and with you throughout the day. The players have arrived at the Gabba and the warm-ups have started. No team news as yet, but suggestion is that Nathan Lyon will keep his place in the XI. The pitch, by the way, looks a belter from the pictures we've seen. We also still await confirmation of Matt Prior's situation, so we'll keep you posted.

Jamie 'O': "Pant-wettingly excited here in California !! COME ON ENGLAND !!!" Hope you've got a change of clothes, Jamie.

6am Morning to all you early-risers, or evening to those trying to stay up in England...or, in fact, hello to anyone around the world waiting for Ashes resumption. Just to let you know that the ESPNcricinfo team, both in Brisbane and London, will be with you from about 9am local time with all the build-up. For now, you can start by getting involved with one of our new toys for this series - The Ashes Witty Banter Zone, our new social hub (I think that's the term) where you can keep up with all the Ashes-related twitter action. It's all in association with our friends at Dave. If you tweet to @espncricinfo and include #ashesbanter your conversation will appear at the top of the page.

Of course, we'll also have all the usual fun for you here on the ball-by-ball with Gnasher (that's me, Andrew McGlashan), Alan Gardner and Brydon Coverdale, while reporting from the Gabba will be George Dobell, David Hopps, Dan Brettig alongside Jarrod Kimber on the drums, sorry video. There will also be columns from Mark Nicholas throughout the series and we have Ian Bell back with us for the players' view. It was, obviously, being our columnist which inspired him to be Man of the Series in England. So, get tweeting, coffee-drinking (or beer) and we'll see you in a couple of hours.

0.1

Anderson to Rogers, no run, good start by Anderson, full at off stump, hint of movement in the air, Rogers shuffles across and defends quite late, the ball runs to gully

Three slips and a gully in place

0.2

Anderson to Rogers, no run, pushed across outside off stump, 82mph, and left alone...carries at chest-height to Prior

0.3

Anderson to Rogers, no run, outside off again, fizzes through to the wicketkeeper

0.4

Anderson to Rogers, no run, makes him play this time, brings the ball back into Rogers who is behind the line defending towards leg

0.5

Anderson to Rogers, no run, nice shape for Anderson, pushing it up on a full length and it's moving away from Rogers who defends square to point

0.6

Anderson to Rogers, no run, touch shorter this time, outside off, Rogers judges well and lifts the bat high out of the line but that was a very steady over to begin with by Anderson

End of over 1 (maiden) Australia 0/0

    • CJL Rogers 0 (6b)
    • DA Warner 0 (0b)
    • JM Anderson 1-1-0-0

Here comes the man-with-no-name according to the Courier Mail. Stuart Broad gets greeted by massive boos around the ground. Terrific stuff. And he's bowling to Warner

1.1

Broad to Warner, (no ball) FOUR, first points to Warner! He unleashes a crunching pull shot as Broad drops it in short, pulled it high over backward square leg. And it was a no-ball

The battle lines are drawn

1.1

Broad to Warner, no run, gets it fuller now, Warner defends from around off stump to the off side

1.2

Broad to Warner, no run, full and speared down the leg side, Prior skips across to give his calf an early test

1.3

Broad to Warner, no run, that's a better delivery, on a good length just outside off and left alone...the ball is zipping off the surface

Before you all pile in, sorry for the mph reference. The TV I'm watching is in mph and I don't have time to convert

1.4

Broad to Warner, no run, down the leg side again

1.5

Broad to Warner, no run, adjusts his line and it goes wide outside off, through to the keeper

1.6

Broad to Warner, 2 runs, worked wide of mid-on, a punchy shot from Warner which earns him a couple...iffy start by Broad

End of over 2 (7 runs) Australia 7/0

    • DA Warner 6 (7b 1x4)
    • CJL Rogers 0 (6b)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-7-0
    • JM Anderson 1-1-0-0
2.1

Anderson to Rogers, no run, takes the pad into the leg side, Rogers got himself into a bit of a tangle as the ball moved late

2.2

Anderson to Rogers, 1 run, close! Late movement again, it finds Rogers' inside edge as he feels away from his body and it scoots between his legs down to fine leg

2.3

Anderson to Warner, FOUR, hammered again by Warner, full and wide from Anderson, he took a big stride forward and threw his hands through the ball

2.4

Anderson to Warner, no run, just short! Inches from the first wicket. Full length, Warner pushed forward firmly and the thick edge fell just in front of gully

2.5

Anderson to Warner, no run, gets a big stride forward then leaves alone

2.6

Anderson to Warner, no run, drags the length back a touch, Warner defends and the ball takes a think inside edge into his pads but it was never really a threat

End of over 3 (5 runs) Australia 12/0

    • DA Warner 10 (11b 2x4)
    • CJL Rogers 1 (8b)
    • JM Anderson 2-1-5-0
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-7-0

Stuart Broad has asked for some sawdust...that will probably be on the frontpage tomorrow

3.1

Broad to Rogers, OUT, gone! First wicket of the series. Excellent delivery from Broad, short of a length at the body, but Rogers didn't play it very well, just fending at it and lobbing an easy catch to gully off the splice. Broad (or 'that medium-pacer' as the local paper will have to say) enjoyed that.

CJL Rogers c Bell b Broad 1 (15m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.11

Plenty of early talk about pitching the ball up. Short ball gets the wicket. Here's Shane Watson. Hope the third umpire is ready

3.2

Broad to Watson, no run, squared up...Watson gets a good delivery first up, nips away off the seam from a good length and takes an outside edge (and perhaps back leg) towards the slips

3.3

Broad to Watson, no run, fuller at off stump, Watson gets forward and defends to the on side

Broad's wicket delivery was only registered at around 131kph

3.4

Broad to Watson, 3 runs, in the air, close! Just evades Carberry at point as Watson comes forward to drive, the ball skews off a thick outside edge and has enough to fly over the finger tips...3000 Test runs for Watson

3.5

Broad to Warner, 4 leg byes, poor ball, down the leg side, takes the pad and runs away fine past the keeper

3.6

Broad to Warner, FOUR, it's been fun so far, another clattering cover drive by Warner...a wide half volley served up by Broad and Warner leathered

End of over 4 (11 runs) Australia 23/1

    • DA Warner 14 (13b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 3 (3b)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-14-1
    • JM Anderson 2-1-5-0
4.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, full outside off, hint of shape away, left alone

Three slips and a gully in place

4.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, nervy stuff from Watson, this time he gets a leading edge into the off side as he tries to turn a delivery on leg stump through the on side. It straightened on him a fraction

4.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, gets forward, bat and pad together, defended to point

4.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, a little shorter, Watson defends to the off side

4.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, this one comes back into Watson who defends solidly into the off side

Trott is being moved out deep in front of square

4.6

Anderson to Watson, 2 runs, and Watson clips a leg-stump delivery towards that man, Anderson won't be happy with that, and the outfield is so large that it's a comfortable two

End of over 5 (2 runs) Australia 25/1

    • SR Watson 5 (9b)
    • DA Warner 14 (13b 3x4)
    • JM Anderson 3-1-7-0
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-14-1
5.1

Broad to Warner, FOUR, that's brilliant from Warner, he upper cuts this short delivery over the slips...completely intentional and it wasn't far off being six. This is thrilling stuff.

5.2

Broad to Warner, no run, now he gets forward to a fuller ball and drills it to mid-off

5.3

Broad to Warner, no run, full outside off, Warner not tempted into lashing this one through covers and instead leaves alone

5.4

Broad to Warner, no run, ooh! Nearly gets through as Warner drives, without any footwork, at a full delivery which swings back into the left hander and takes an inside edge to the pads

5.5

Broad to Warner, no run, big appeal for lbw from Broad but that pitched well outside leg stump...they have a chat about a review, but Broad is quickly talked down

5.6

Broad to Warner, no run, left alone outside off, tit-for-tat so far

End of over 6 (4 runs) Australia 29/1

    • DA Warner 18 (19b 4x4)
    • SR Watson 5 (9b)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-18-1
    • JM Anderson 3-1-7-0
6.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, tight on off stump, defended to the covers

Prior appears to moving fine behind the stumps

6.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, gets across the crease and plays this to midwicket

Josh: "Please please please don't get too carried away Dave Warner. I'm enjoying it as much as any other AUS fan, but prefer you to stick around till at least Lunch!"

6.3

Anderson to Watson, 1 leg bye, angled into the pads, deflects backward of square for a leg bye

6.4

Anderson to Warner, no run, back of a length, swings in a touch, defended to the leg side

6.5

Anderson to Warner, no run, short of a length outside off, Warner pushes firmly into the covers and can't steal a single

6.6

Anderson to Warner, no run, wider outside off, left alone

End of over 7 (1 run, maiden) Australia 30/1

    • DA Warner 18 (22b 4x4)
    • SR Watson 5 (12b)
    • JM Anderson 4-2-7-0
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-18-1
7.1

Broad to Watson, no run, that's a sweet shot, a handsome on-drive to a full delivery on off stump but he picks out mid-on who, as usual for Watson, is quite straight

7.2

Broad to Watson, no run, full outside off, 86mph/138kph, left alone

7.3

Broad to Watson, no run, finds mid-on again with a thud of a drive

7.4

Broad to Watson, no run, back of a length, hint of Watson being square up again as he defends to the off side

7.5

Broad to Watson, no run, back outside off stump, left alone

7.6

Broad to Watson, no run, on middle, defended to mid-on, so Broad completes his first maiden

Dale: "@Josh, This is his natural game. Let him play the way he always does. Putting shackles on him does him no good. All three of his centuries have been free flowing visual spectacles. Why ask him to do anything other than what he's good at? see the ball hit the ball"

End of over 8 (maiden) Australia 30/1

    • SR Watson 5 (18b)
    • DA Warner 18 (22b 4x4)
    • SCJ Broad 4-1-18-1
    • JM Anderson 4-2-7-0

First change of bowling and here comes Chris Tremlett. Last played for England in January 2012 and has one wicket on this tour so far.

8.1

Tremlett to Warner, 1 run, starts on a length at middle and off, 81mph/130kph, and it's tucked away through square leg

8.2

Tremlett to Watson, no run, short of a length on off stump, Watson stays back and defends to covers

8.3

Tremlett to Watson, FOUR, offers up width at 80mph/129kph and Watson dispatches it with a strong cut over point...no risk of the catch this time

8.4

Tremlett to Watson, no run, pitches it fuller outside off, left alone

Adrian Meredith: "How good is the pitch? How much do Australia need for a par score? 300? 350?" Looks like a 400 surface.

8.5

Tremlett to Watson, no run, pitches it up further, Watson leans forward and defends

8.6

Tremlett to Watson, no run, full at off stump, defended firmly to mid-off where Broad parries it but doesn't concede anything

End of over 9 (5 runs) Australia 35/1

    • SR Watson 9 (23b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 19 (23b 4x4)
    • CT Tremlett 1-0-5-0
    • SCJ Broad 4-1-18-1
9.1

Broad to Warner, 1 run, tucked off the hip down to fine leg

9.2

Broad to Watson, no run, full outside off, Watson gets that big front pad forward then defends with the middle of the bat

9.3

Broad to Watson, no run, left alone, zipping through to Prior and the pitch is expected to get a bit quicker

9.4

Broad to Watson, no run, shoulders arms again, but that's a decent line from Broad, not too wide

9.5

Broad to Watson, no run, defended to the off side

9.6

Broad to Watson, no run, blocked firmly to mid-off, another steady over

Some of that early frenetic cricket has calmed down a little

End of over 10 (1 run) Australia 36/1

    • SR Watson 9 (28b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 20 (24b 4x4)
    • SCJ Broad 5-1-19-1
    • CT Tremlett 1-0-5-0
10.1

Tremlett to Warner, no run, left alone outside off

10.2

Tremlett to Warner, no run, short of a length on off stump, 82mph/132kph, defended on his toes to the off side

10.3

Tremlett to Warner, no run, hmm, Tremlett will like that. It was a good length but flew through to Prior who took it with a jump over his head

10.4

Tremlett to Warner, 1 run, short on leg stump, pulled around the corner, in the air for a while, but is well short of Pietersen at fine leg

10.5

Tremlett to Watson, no run, back of a length outside off, left alone

10.6

Tremlett to Watson, no run, fuller and Watson responds by stretching forward, driving down to mid-on

Darren Lehmann has explained Australia's selection: "Probably a week or so ago with the way the weather was around Brisbane, and the way that the pitch looked. But it's dried out, it's a really good track and we needed those options. We did talk about it (four quicks) but we have to pick an attack that's got some variety and Shane can bowl a few overs so that will be fine. We'll go with our traditional side."

End of over 11 (1 run) Australia 37/1

    • SR Watson 9 (30b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 21 (28b 4x4)
    • CT Tremlett 2-0-6-0
    • SCJ Broad 5-1-19-1

Change of ends for James Anderson

11.1

Anderson to Warner, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended to the covers

11.2

Anderson to Warner, no run, full on middle and leg, worked to midwicket

11.3

Anderson to Warner, 1 run, gets forward to a ball outside off, it squeezes off a thick outside edge and runs along the ground towards gully where Ian Bell palms the ball towards point

11.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, full on off stump, defends and the ball runs out to midwicket

Patrick: "Jury still out on Rogers in my opinion. I reckon its worth an punt opening with Tim Paine. Although a keeper, he has the technique and class to open at this level." That's quite a harsh call on Rogers

11.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, left alone outside off

11.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, short of a length, no movement, defended off the back foot

End of over 12 (1 run) Australia 38/1

    • SR Watson 9 (33b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 22 (31b 4x4)
    • JM Anderson 5-2-8-0
    • CT Tremlett 2-0-6-0
12.1

Tremlett to Warner, no run, firmly driven, as he has done often this morning, but mid-off is in the way

Andrew: "Are Bill and Richie doing commentary for Australian's coverage? Was a travesty not having Bill going as Anderson ran in for ball 1" Neither of them around for the start of the series, so I read the other day

12.2

Tremlett to Warner, no run, full outside off to the left hander, left alone

12.3

Tremlett to Warner, no run, touch shorter and wider, 82mph/131mph, Warner isn't interested

12.4

Tremlett to Warner, no run, short ball over, or just outside, off stump...Warner bends his knees and arches his back

12.5

Tremlett to Warner, no run, decent delivery, fuller length, not giving Warner any width and he jabs a defensive push to cover

12.6

Tremlett to Warner, FOUR, oh, that's lovely from Warner, another well-timed cover drive as he leans into a full, wide delivery to end the first hour on a good note for Australia

And that's drinks. Pretty even in the early exchanges, I'd suggest. Until lunch it will be Alan Gardner.

End of over 13 (4 runs) Australia 42/1

    • DA Warner 26 (37b 5x4)
    • SR Watson 9 (33b 1x4)
    • CT Tremlett 3-0-10-0
    • JM Anderson 5-2-8-0

Anderson to continue, three slips and a gully in place...

G'day everyone, good to be with you for Ashes2Ashes - the sequel. The meat cleavers are still being sharpened at the Gabbatoir; but who is for the slaughtering? We may get a better idea over the next hour... If it's immediate rib-splitting you're after, however, perhaps our banterlicious Ashes Twitter zone (in association with Dave) is the place for you to head while the drinks are being drunk.

13.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, good length outside off, Watto gets a stride in and blocks towards cover-point

Here's Rick, who luckily has the Channel 9 roster to hand: "Yes, no Bill (on leave until the Boxing Day test as his wife is ill) or Richie (recovering from a car accident). But we still have Chapelli, Tubbs, Slats, Warnie, Vaughnie, Bumble, Mark Nicholas and James Brayshaw."

13.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, comes forward and plays a straight bat to Anderson in the channel once again

13.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, length delivery, not doing much off the straight, dabbed short on the off side but again there's no run

13.4

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, drops short, it's well directed but Watson is quickly back and freeing up the arms to pull in front of square, there's a man out there so just a single

13.5

Anderson to Warner, no run, tight line on the stumps, Warner stays back and blocks watchfully

13.6

Anderson to Warner, no run, slightly back of a length and slanted towards off stump from over the wicket, Warner stands tall (well, as tall as he can) and defends back down the wicket

So, Aussies breathing a little easier? England fans beginning to slip rum into the coffee? Chev has been in touch with an early example of some chucklesome Australian humour: "Good to see England's over rate has improved..."

End of over 14 (1 run) Australia 43/1

    • DA Warner 26 (39b 5x4)
    • SR Watson 10 (37b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 6-2-9-0
    • CT Tremlett 3-0-10-0
14.1

Tremlett to Watson, no run, off-stump line, gets across and defends

14.2

Tremlett to Watson, no run, this is what England like about Tremlett, steady as she goes around off, Watson again defends

Tremlett, by the way, is looking muscular and compact, like corned beef (as Garth Marenghi would say)

14.3

Tremlett to Watson, no run, touch shorter, this zips through outside off as Watson shoulders arms

14.4

Tremlett to Watson, no run, in the channel, nothing too threatening but Watson elects to waive it through again

14.5

Tremlett to Watson, no run, Tremlett straightens his line, blocked back towards mid-on with a firm push

14.6

Tremlett to Watson, no run, ooh, little bit of boing for Tremlett, catching the shoulder of the bat as Watson pushes forward, he manages to keep the ball down, though, as it rolls towards the slips

"If Beefy Botham thinks this is the weakest Aussie Test side ever, he should have a look at the commentary team," says Frocl, gravely

End of over 15 (maiden) Australia 43/1

    • SR Watson 10 (43b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 26 (39b 5x4)
    • CT Tremlett 4-1-10-0
    • JM Anderson 6-2-9-0
15.1

Anderson to Warner, 1 run, back of a length and on the pads, Warner tucks one through square and thinks about two but KP hares in and bullets a throw to Prior over the top of the stumps

15.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, probing stuff outside off, the ball isn't talking too loudly, though, Watto defends

15.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, touch too full and Watson plants his diplodocus front leg, times an on-drive back past Anderson, but straight to mid-on

15.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, offered width this time and Watson cuts, gets a bottom edge into the ground towards gully

15.5

Anderson to Watson, 3 runs, that's a nicely timed drive, too, this time through the vacant mid-off area, Tremlett gives chase and prevents a boundary

15.6

Anderson to Warner, no run, goodish length on middle and angled across, Warner chops defensively into the off side

"Not breathing easier at all," gasps Xavier. "Australia doesn't have an auto-pilot batting line-up who'd clock 400 consistently anymore. These days, we scrap for every run, we rebuild after each wicket." Even at the Gabba?

End of over 16 (4 runs) Australia 47/1

    • DA Warner 27 (41b 5x4)
    • SR Watson 13 (47b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 7-2-13-0
    • CT Tremlett 4-1-10-0
16.1

Tremlett to Watson, no run, short and over the top of middle and off, defended back towards the bowler

16.2

Tremlett to Watson, no run, Tremlett is getting good bounce, though still only at around 82mph (130ish?) - Watson again hangs back to defend

16.3

Tremlett to Watson, 1 run, fuller, outside off, pushed into a gap into the covers for one

16.4

Tremlett to Warner, no run, short and down the leg side, skids away off Warner's hip and Trott swoops in from square leg to prevent any damage

16.5

Tremlett to Warner, 1 run, excellent running, Warner riding another lifter, angling back at him off a length, dropping the ball towards cover and they're quick enough that Carberry doesn't even bother to throw at the stumps

16.6

Tremlett to Watson, no run, tight around off stump, again Watson covers up diligently in defence

End of over 17 (2 runs) Australia 49/1

    • SR Watson 14 (51b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 28 (43b 5x4)
    • CT Tremlett 5-1-12-0
    • JM Anderson 7-2-13-0

The contest feels like it is just settling... No boundaries for a few overs but the batsmen looking solid. And Alastair Cook decides we've all earned an early look at Graeme Swann. Slip and short leg in place

17.1

Swann to Warner, no run, round the wicket, tossed up outside off and Warner skips out, drives to the man set back at cover

17.2

Swann to Warner, FOUR, Warner's is bristling in attack already, launches Swann over the top and this isn't far from being a six, lofted towards long-off and that's the Australian 50 up too

Well, the plan had been set out, Warner is going to be the man to attempt to ruffle Swann's plumage early on

17.3

Swann to Warner, no run, length ball outside off, straightening a touch and pushed square

17.4

Swann to Warner, no run, floated up again, plenty of air, again punched on the front foot into the covers

17.5

Swann to Warner, no run, good footwork again from Warner, nimbly leaving the crease and driving back to the bowler, who fields

17.6

Swann to Warner, no run, pushed through outside off, flatter trajectory and Warner blocks this time

End of over 18 (4 runs) Australia 53/1

    • DA Warner 32 (49b 6x4)
    • SR Watson 14 (51b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 1-0-4-0
    • CT Tremlett 5-1-12-0
18.1

Tremlett to Watson, no run, length ball on the stumps, Watson shuffles across and defends

18.2

Tremlett to Watson, no run, fuller and straighter, Watson crouches behind his forward defensive like halberdsman preparing for a calvary charge

18.3

Tremlett to Watson, no run, again a touch full, outside off and pushed back down the wicket, towards mid-on

18.4

Tremlett to Watson, no run, tight on the stumps and Watson plunges forward to defend again

18.5

Tremlett to Watson, no run, Watson gets on the front foot outside off, dabs short into the covers but they think twice about running

"Ahhh, real cricket. It feels good!" Drink it in, Grant Ferstat, the fridge is well stocked

18.6

Tremlett to Watson, no run, blocked coming forward outside off - another maiden for "Tidy" Tremlett

End of over 19 (maiden) Australia 53/1

    • SR Watson 14 (57b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 32 (49b 6x4)
    • CT Tremlett 6-2-12-0
    • GP Swann 1-0-4-0
19.1

Swann to Warner, no run, tossed up, spinning and bouncing and prodded a little uncertainly on the off side

19.2

Swann to Warner, no run, full and wide of the stumps, Warner comes out to meet it and picks out cover

19.3

Swann to Warner, no run, flatter, bit of width, cut off the back foot to the fielder stationed at backward point

19.4

Swann to Warner, 1 run, Swann tries the rank full toss again - it did for Rogers at Lord's, I suppose - Warner isn't quite so stunned and leathers it into the leg side but the ball only bounces just short of the diving Anderson, who takes most of the pace off it with an outstretched hand

19.5

Swann to Watson, 1 run, over the wicket, tossed up, played with the spin from outside off stump through square leg

19.6

Swann to Warner, 1 run, back round to Warner, who picks a gap with a delicate cut for one

Lachlan has been on the old Google. You can print this off, cut it out and keep for the rest of the series: "Some conversions: 50mph = 80kph 55mph = 88kph 75mph = 121kph 80mph = 129kph 83mph = 134kph 85mph = 137kph 87mph = 140kph 90mph = 145kph"

End of over 20 (3 runs) Australia 56/1

    • DA Warner 34 (54b 6x4)
    • SR Watson 15 (58b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 2-0-7-0
    • CT Tremlett 6-2-12-0

Boos reverberate round the stadium as Douglas Jardine Stuart Broad gives his cap and sweater to the umpire...

20.1

Broad to Warner, 3 runs, starts off with a short ball again, Warner meets it with the same alacrity he displayed to his first delivery of the day, swivel-pulling through midwicket ... Anderson gives chase, reels it in and then takes out a few chunks of sandy turf as he slides on his knees. Bit of a grimace but, thankfully, there's no repeat of Simon Jones here a decade ago

20.2

Broad to Watson, no run, full and in the channel, punched into the covers, beats the first man but not the second

20.3

Broad to Watson, no run, sweetly timed on-drive from Watto, holds the pose but again a good diving stop from a straight mid-on denies his the expected reward - England have clearly got plans to throttle Watson, here

20.4

Broad to Watson, 1 run, pushed back wide of mid-on this time, and they scamper through for one

The umpires are having a conflab about the ball - looks like England might get in changed. Possibly gone out of shape. What are the chances?

Right, off we go again, replacement cherry in hand

20.5

Broad to Warner, 2 runs, touch short and wide from Broad, chopped away off the back foot but it's not out of the middle and Warner just gets two through point

20.6

Broad to Warner, no run, steepling bumper from Broad, soars through as Warner cranks himself down and out of the way

"Chris Tremlett, built like Tarzan and bowls like Jane!!" Ah, but Kev_07, Jane had an economy rate to die for

End of over 21 (6 runs) Australia 62/1

    • DA Warner 39 (57b 6x4)
    • SR Watson 16 (61b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 6-1-25-1
    • GP Swann 2-0-7-0
21.1

Swann to Watson, 1 run, full and drifting in towards the pads, Watson plays across the line and fiddles and inside edge past short leg

21.2

Swann to Warner, no run, tossed up in the channel, lets this one through

21.3

Swann to Warner, no run, spin and bounce and Warner defends watchfully square on the off side

21.4

Swann to Warner, no run, length delivery, outside off, Warner stays back and prods towards point

21.5

Swann to Warner, 1 run, full and flighted, Warner dances forward and drives through mid-off, the man is set back deeper now and they pick up one

21.6

Swann to Watson, no run, flighted, little bit of drift towards leg stump, nudged into the leg side

"England asking for a new ball, perhaps one that might take a wicket on a road?" They might need one with a fuse attached, Ryan

End of over 22 (2 runs) Australia 64/1

    • SR Watson 17 (63b 1x4)
    • DA Warner 40 (61b 6x4)
    • GP Swann 3-0-9-0
    • SCJ Broad 6-1-25-1
22.1

Broad to Warner, no run, goes across and defends in front of the off stump

22.2

Broad to Warner, 1 run, slightly back of a length, worked off the hips for a single through square leg

22.3

Broad to Watson, no run, slightly fullish length outside the line of off, Watto blunts this into the covers

22.4

Broad to Watson, no run, opens the face this time and steers a length ball towards backward point, who stops at the second attempt

22.5

Broad to Watson, no run, drops short and there's width for the batsman, Watson gets out the battle axe but crashes a cut straight to Carberry

22.6

Broad to Watson, FOUR, tempted on to the drive and edged, thick and flying fast between the two slips and gully - England hands on heads but that will be four to Watson. Probably would have been wide of a third slip, too

End of over 23 (5 runs) Australia 69/1

    • SR Watson 21 (67b 2x4)
    • DA Warner 41 (63b 6x4)
    • SCJ Broad 7-1-30-1
    • GP Swann 3-0-9-0

Two slips in for Swann now, short leg taken out

23.1

Swann to Warner, 1 run, hangs back and taps a length ball square on the off side

Here's Narendra : "Just like the approach of Watson, quite opposite to his natural batting. Showing his intent to stay there in middle. Thumb rule of a Test match, stay in middle for long for the total to be big."

23.2

Swann to Watson, 1 run, tossed up, around off stump, Watson comes forward and works a single into the leg side

23.3

Swann to Warner, no run, pushed through a little quicker, defended from the crease

23.4

Swann to Warner, no run, length, straightening a touch, Warner gets in line and defends

23.5

Swann to Warner, no run, Warner follows the ball as it straightens outside off, jabs it down into the off side

23.6

Swann to Warner, no run, flighted, angled in and defended on the front foot back to the bowler

Swann finding a smoother groove now, conceding just seven off 22 balls after being hit over the top. Maybe a couple more overs before lunch

End of over 24 (2 runs) Australia 71/1

    • DA Warner 42 (68b 6x4)
    • SR Watson 22 (68b 2x4)
    • GP Swann 4-0-11-0
    • SCJ Broad 7-1-30-1
24.1

Broad to Watson, no run, pitched up, in the channel, left alone

24.2

Broad to Watson, no run, full and quite wide, perhaps trying to tease a repeat of the last over out of Watson, he gives it the nod through to the keeper

24.3

Broad to Watson, OUT, he's been seduced this time, pushing with stiff hands and edged to second slip, smartly taken by Swann leaping to his right! England have broken through, it's Broad again, he got a little extra bounce once more, having pitched the previous two up, really Watto should have left again but he was compelled to jab at it and the Swann dive had England jubilant

SR Watson c Swann b Broad 22 (99m 71b 2x4 0x6) SR: 30.98

The Brisbane Courier Mail report is going to have some fairly big holes in it come the end of the day, at this rate... In comes Michael Clarke, gunslinger walk. Cook greets him with a short leg and a leg slip

24.4

Broad to Clarke, no run, length, around the line of off stump, Clarke gets across to defend

24.5

Broad to Clarke, no run, dug in short, there'll be plenty of this for Pup to deal with, you feel, but deal with it he does

Few of these coming in... Atal: "Good on ya, Narendra, for the Watto Jinx"

24.6

Broad to Clarke, no run, tight around the line of off, solidly blocked into the covers coming forwards - that, ladies and gents, will be lunch

2.05pm: How was that for you? Feels good, doesn't it... After an age of waiting (three months), we're back in the heat of Ashes battle again. Broad bookended the session with two sharp, wicket-taking deliveries but David Warner is homing in on a half-century and looks in pugnacious mood. That second breakthrough will make England's goji berry smoothies taste all the sweeter, evening things up after a solid second-wicket stand. Join us again for a full menu report in half an hour...

End of over 25 (wicket maiden) Australia 71/2

    • MJ Clarke 0 (3b)
    • DA Warner 42 (68b 6x4)
    • SCJ Broad 8-2-30-2
    • GP Swann 4-0-11-0

Graeme Swann to resume. Slip and a gully in place

Welcome back one and all. How did you all enjoy the opening exchanges? England's morning or honours even? I'd suggest the timing of the wicket, so close to the interval, edge it England's way. Stuart Broad and David Warner very impressive this morning. It was a very promising two hours for the series ahead. It's Gnasher with you for the first hour of the afternoon session. And if you want an alternative way to spend your time, you could try out our new Ashes Witty Banter zone. Suspect there's a bit about Broad on it.

25.1

Swann to Warner, no run, round the wicket, angled to leg stump, worked to midwicket

25.2

Swann to Warner, no run, comes forward and drives to cover

25.3

Swann to Warner, 1 run, he plays with quite hard hands against spin, this one runs off a thick outside edge wide of gully

Short leg in for Clarke, no gully

25.4

Swann to Clarke, no run, flicked from off stump to Cook at midwicket

25.5

Swann to Clarke, no run, touch wider outside off, defended

25.6

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, uses his feet, gets off the mark with a tuck through square leg which keeps the strike and, I presume, means he'll face Broad

End of over 26 (2 runs) Australia 73/2

    • MJ Clarke 1 (6b)
    • DA Warner 43 (71b 6x4)
    • GP Swann 5-0-13-0
    • SCJ Broad 8-2-30-2

ravi: "No TV here. How did our Larwood bowl pre-lunch? Did he deserve the two wickets?" He bowled well, good aggression. And he's continuing now

26.1

Broad to Clarke, no run, full outside off, still no short one to Clarke, and the Australian captain leaves alone

Short leg and leg gully in place, along with three slips

26.2

Broad to Clarke, no run, very full outside off, almost on the crease, Clarke drives without much footwork or timing back to Broad

26.3

Broad to Clarke, no run, that one was a bit floaty outside off, but Clarke's strong drive picks out mid-off

Sarah: "So, can we now safely say that the Shane Waston experiment is a failed one and it's time to let (him) go and move on with our lives?" Think he'll be around for a while, yet. Big hundred in previous Test he played

26.4

Broad to Clarke, OUT, he's got him! The first short ball. Clarke has popped it to short leg. What a moment in this match and, maybe, the series. After the full balls it was banged in short, at the body, but not too short (he had to play) and all Clarke could do was pop a simple catch in the air on the leg side

MJ Clarke c Bell b Broad 1 (7m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 10.00

26.5

Broad to Smith, no run, ooh, that was a close leave first ball, it pitched a decent way outside off but shaped back in

26.6

Broad to Smith, no run, gets forward on off stump, defended to cover

Excellent, searching, classy over from Broad. You couldn't have written it.

End of over 27 (wicket maiden) Australia 73/3

    • SPD Smith 0 (2b)
    • DA Warner 43 (71b 6x4)
    • SCJ Broad 9-3-30-3
    • GP Swann 5-0-13-0
27.1

Swann to Warner, 1 run, squeezed into the leg side with a slightly closed face

Jon B: "Maybe the Aussie's will think again before giving stick to one of the England players. Seems it has put an extra bit of determination into Broad"

27.2

Swann to Smith, no run, swift footwork from Smith, which we saw plenty of in England, and he clips to mid-on

27.3

Swann to Smith, no run, fraction shorter, Smith stays back and defends

27.4

Swann to Smith, no run, tossed wider outside off, Smith is well forward and blocks to cover

27.5

Swann to Smith, 1 run, down the pitch, drives just to the right of mid-off which gives him time for a sharp single

27.6

Swann to Warner, 1 run, driven off the back foot, square into the covers, Carberry is quick but so is Warner...Broad does some good backing up to prevent buzzers

End of over 28 (3 runs) Australia 76/3

    • DA Warner 45 (73b 6x4)
    • SPD Smith 1 (6b)
    • GP Swann 6-0-16-0
    • SCJ Broad 9-3-30-3
28.1

Broad to Warner, no run, fullish at off stump, defended to the covers

Charudatta: "Broady seems to be unfazed by all the talk by big Darren that the Aussie crowd will give him a tough time down under..Just going about his business..#greatattitude"

28.2

Broad to Warner, 2 runs, handsome drive, leans nicely into that wide delivery, but point has gone deep

28.3

Broad to Warner, no run, good delivery, full on middle and off, defended with a straigth bat to mid-off

28.4

Broad to Warner, 1 run, pushed firmly into the off side, he's an excellent judge of a single - so long as his partner is quick, which Smith is

28.5

Broad to Smith, 1 run, worked through the leg side with a turn of the wrists

Mark: "Good to see Lehmann has corrected technical flaws - Watson playing at wide ones and Clarke unhappy with short balls...sheesh !!"

28.6

Broad to Warner, no run, nearly a fourth for Broad...Warner trying to upper-cut again, this ball was as short as the one this morning, he gets cramped for room and is beaten on the top edge

End of over 29 (4 runs) Australia 80/3

    • DA Warner 48 (78b 6x4)
    • SPD Smith 2 (7b)
    • SCJ Broad 10-3-34-3
    • GP Swann 6-0-16-0

James Anderson coming back to have a go at Steve Smith. Duncan: "Totally Agree with Sarah. Watson should go. It doesn't matter if he had a century in his last test. It made a grand total of one in about 3 years! His century was actually bad for Australian cricket, because it stopped a better player getting a start."

29.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, full and wide, just a smidgen of away movement, left alone

29.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, a little closer to off stump, but another that Smith can watch go through

29.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, nice shape away from the right hander, trying to tempt the drive, but Smith lets it go

29.4

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, a fraction fuller, makes him play, Smith pushes into the covers to get off strike

Dale: "I still can't understand the need to play Clarke anywhere other than 5. His average at 5 is 64.05 compared to his average of 24.05 @ 4 I don't care how bad the top order fails that is an enormous gap that baffles the mind to ignore."

29.5

Anderson to Warner, 1 run, a neat whip from Warner from outside off, it was short of a length, and he fetched it wide of mid-on

A few words shared between batsman and bowler

29.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, back of a length, defended to mid-on

End of over 30 (2 runs) Australia 82/3

    • SPD Smith 3 (12b)
    • DA Warner 49 (79b 6x4)
    • JM Anderson 8-2-15-0
    • SCJ Broad 10-3-34-3
30.1

Broad to Warner, no run, comes forward to a fuller ball, takes a thick inside edge into his pads...a top-class spell from Broad

30.2

Broad to Warner, no run, full on off stump, defended back to the bowler

30.3

Broad to Warner, 1 wide, very short over leg stump, sails through to Prior, and it's called wide - much to delight of most of the crowd

30.3

Broad to Warner, OUT, oh, what's he done! Warner's slapped a short ball straight to cover. It wasn't a great delivery, short of a length outside off. Warner driving lazily off the back foot and it was a simple catch.

DA Warner c Pietersen b Broad 49 (142m 82b 6x4 0x6) SR: 59.75

What a spell from Broad, it's joining The Oval and Durham in his Ashes list

What a moment for George Bailey to walk in on debut

30.4

Broad to Bailey, 3 runs, and he's away first ball, full at the stumps and he drives it firmly through the vacant mid-on area...that will annoy Cook and Broad

30.5

Broad to Smith, no run, full at middle and off, defended to mid-off

30.6

Broad to Smith, no run, jeepers, that was a close leave but trusted the bounce of this pitch as it went over off stump

Damo in Perth: "Let's be honest here, Broad has bowled well but 3/4 wickets have been nothing short of amateur cricket shots!"

End of over 31 (4 runs) Australia 86/4

    • SPD Smith 3 (14b)
    • GJ Bailey 3 (1b)
    • SCJ Broad 11-3-38-4
    • JM Anderson 8-2-15-0
31.1

Anderson to Bailey, no run, swing outside off stump, left alone

31.2

Anderson to Bailey, no run, left again and this one doesn't quite bounce like previous deliveries, Prior takes it by his laces

31.3

Anderson to Bailey, no run, watches the line again, leaves alone, the carry is back to waist-height

31.4

Anderson to Bailey, no run, edged! And short of Prior! It was a healthy edge by Bailey as he played forward, he took the bottom hand off the bat and the ball died in front of first slip. Prior dived across, but bounced before his glove

Gocfe: "Can we change the ball back please... we did much better with the other one!"

31.5

Anderson to Bailey, 1 leg bye, worked behind square on the leg side

31.6

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, another typical Smith scampered single into the off side

End of over 32 (2 runs) Australia 88/4

    • SPD Smith 4 (15b)
    • GJ Bailey 3 (6b)
    • JM Anderson 9-2-16-0
    • SCJ Broad 11-3-38-4
32.1

Broad to Smith, no run, pitched up full at middle, drilled back by Smith but Broad gets down to it in his follow through

32.2

Broad to Smith, no run, pulls the length a tad shorter, defended towards the on side

32.3

Broad to Smith, no run, full outside off, left alone

32.4

Broad to Smith, FOUR, cracking short, it was a half volley from Broad and Smith stood tall, driving it perfectly straight of mid-off

32.5

Broad to Smith, no run, finds a thick outer half of the bat, ball is short of length, but Smith controlled it pretty well

32.6

Broad to Smith, no run, a temper from Broad, very full outside off, and Smith resists for now

End of over 33 (4 runs) Australia 92/4

    • SPD Smith 8 (21b 1x4)
    • GJ Bailey 3 (6b)
    • SCJ Broad 12-3-42-4
    • JM Anderson 9-2-16-0
33.1

Anderson to Bailey, no run, not convincing from Bailey, it was a well-directed bouncer, helmet-height, and he tried to pull through square leg but was well beaten

33.2

Anderson to Bailey, no run, gets across the crease and defends past short leg

Phil: "A hard watch for the ozzies, welcome to a NZ cricket fans world. Coming over for Boxing Day test, hope it's a better fight" Long way to go, yet

33.3

Anderson to Bailey, no run, hops behind the line and plays to the on side

33.4

Anderson to Bailey, no run, tight line from Anderson, no width, and it's played back to him...Bailey quite deep in the crease

33.5

Anderson to Bailey, no run, again, defended to the bowler

33.6

Anderson to Bailey, no run, back foot again, defended back to the bowler for a maiden

End of over 34 (maiden) Australia 92/4

    • GJ Bailey 3 (12b)
    • SPD Smith 8 (21b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 10-3-16-0
    • SCJ Broad 12-3-42-4

Broad has popped off the field, maybe to meet his fans, and here's Tremlett for a second spell

34.1

Tremlett to Smith, FOUR, drags his first ball down at 80mph/128kph, and Smith dispatches it through midwicket with a strong pull

34.2

Tremlett to Smith, no run, that's more like it from Tremlett, fuller at the stumps, defended to the covers

34.3

Tremlett to Smith, no run, outside off, the ball offering to move away, left alone

Scott: "There once was a bowler called Broad, And when he bowled temperatures soared, He took many wickets, Wasn't sent to the pickets, And the three English lions roared!"

34.4

Tremlett to Smith, no run, nice delivery, just outside off, on a full length and Prior takes it on the rise

Dean: "Its not all bad news...we still have 2 reviews left in the bank!"

34.5

Tremlett to Smith, no run, short of a length at off stump, played towards mid-off

34.6

Tremlett to Smith, FOUR, dragged down short again, poor delivery, it's outside off but Smith has all the time in the world to fetch it through midwicket with a front-foot pull

End of over 35 (8 runs) Australia 100/4

    • SPD Smith 16 (27b 3x4)
    • GJ Bailey 3 (12b)
    • CT Tremlett 7-2-20-0
    • JM Anderson 10-3-16-0
35.1

Anderson to Bailey, no run, back of a length outside off, Bailey shuffles across and plays to the off side

35.2

Anderson to Bailey, no run, a beauty! Jags away late from Bailey who feels for it, but the ball was too good as it snaked past the edge

35.3

Anderson to Bailey, OUT, and another! Australia five down. Bailey couldn't hit the last one, but thick-edged this time. Pushing outside off without any footwork, the edge carries low to Cook at first slip. Anderson is on the board for series

GJ Bailey c Cook b Anderson 3 (20m 15b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

Three balls before lunch Australia were 71 for 1. Now 100 for 5. It's over to Haddin in his 50th Test. Can he rescue them again?

35.4

Anderson to Haddin, 1 run, off the mark straight away, a full delivery is driven through the covers

Anderson completely worked over Bailey. A lesson in Test cricket.

35.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, full outside off, a shuffle Smith leaves alone but looked a little uncertain

35.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, defended back to the bowler

Keith Bennett: "The Courier Mail has got a wicket they can report on now."

End of over 36 (1 run) Australia 101/5

    • SPD Smith 16 (29b 3x4)
    • BJ Haddin 1 (1b)
    • JM Anderson 11-3-17-1
    • CT Tremlett 7-2-20-0
36.1

Tremlett to Haddin, 1 run, short of a length on off stump, Haddin works it into midwicket

Salinda: "Welcome to the australian Summer of Cricket !! It's all Mickey's fault isn't it Brad?"

36.2

Tremlett to Smith, 2 runs, angled into the pads, flicked neatly down to fine leg

36.3

Tremlett to Smith, no run, full at middle and off, played to mid-on

36.4

Tremlett to Smith, 1 run, nudged into the leg side, he judges the single well as Stokes, the sub fielder, comes around from midwicket

36.5

Tremlett to Haddin, 3 runs, short of a length, another edge, but this one goes to ground quite quickly and wide of third slip

36.6

Tremlett to Smith, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 37 (7 runs) Australia 108/5

    • SPD Smith 19 (33b 3x4)
    • BJ Haddin 5 (3b)
    • CT Tremlett 8-2-27-0
    • JM Anderson 11-3-17-1

The Australians may have forgotten how to bat but perhaps they could gain a few clues from our interview with Kevin Pietersen, in which you, the readers, posed the questions

37.1

Anderson to Haddin, no run, full at middle and off, punched firmly to Broad at mid-on

37.2

Anderson to Haddin, no run, this one also finds mid-on, length ball defended

37.3

Anderson to Haddin, no run, short ball over middle and leg, Haddin lets it go over his back

Some rapid judgments coming in on Bailey. It's one innings

37.4

Anderson to Haddin, 2 runs, edged again, and again short and wide of third slip...feeling for a delivery well outside off stump. Could have left it

37.5

Anderson to Haddin, no run, think this was the inswinger, Haddin is behind the line in defence

37.6

Anderson to Haddin, no run, he shoulders arms to this one

End of over 38 (2 runs) Australia 110/5

    • BJ Haddin 7 (9b)
    • SPD Smith 19 (33b 3x4)
    • JM Anderson 12-3-19-1
    • CT Tremlett 8-2-27-0
38.1

Tremlett to Smith, no run, full on off stump, defended square into the covers

38.2

Tremlett to Smith, no run, very full and very wide, bit of a waste

38.3

Tremlett to Smith, no run, back of a length outside off stump, tighter to the batsman who defends to mid-off

Growler: "And why wouldn't the judgements on Bailey come in? What first class form did he have to warrant selection?" I'm aware it's a selection that has split opinion, but once a player is selected he's worth more than one innings

38.4

Tremlett to Smith, no run, pushed fuller at the stumps, Smith defends to mid-on and needs to be careful he doesn't fall over the shot

38.5

Tremlett to Smith, no run, full outside off, Prior takes above his head from what was a driveable length

38.6

Tremlett to Smith, no run, good delivery to finish with, Smith gets square on as he defends from off stump to point

That's drinks in the afternoon session. It's been all England. To take you through to tea, it's over to Brydon Coverdale (who hosts a great wedding) for the first time this series

End of over 39 (maiden) Australia 110/5

    • SPD Smith 19 (39b 3x4)
    • BJ Haddin 7 (9b)
    • CT Tremlett 9-3-27-0
    • JM Anderson 12-3-19-1

Thanks Gnasher, hope it's the only one I have to host!

So, Australia were 5 for 108 when the sixth-wicket stand began in their first innings in England this year. This time around it was even worse - 5 for 100. So much for optimism. Stuart Broad has been excellent, even if the Courier-Mail in Brisbane may not agree. The one positive for Australia is Steven Smith has looked good.

39.1

Anderson to Haddin, FOUR, lovely swivelling pull from Haddin, he has punched that forward of midwicket and it runs away for a boundary, very positive and safe shot

39.2

Anderson to Haddin, no run, solidly defended just outside off

39.3

Anderson to Haddin, no run, swinging in towards off, Haddin defends to the leg side

39.4

Anderson to Haddin, 2 runs, clipped off the pads nicely now, along the ground through midwicket and Haddin picks up a couple more

39.5

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

39.6

Anderson to Haddin, no run, Anderson bangs this one in short but it doesn't get up, Haddin goes for the pull but doesn't get it, cops it on the body

End of over 40 (6 runs) Australia 116/5

    • BJ Haddin 13 (15b 1x4)
    • SPD Smith 19 (39b 3x4)
    • JM Anderson 13-3-25-1
    • CT Tremlett 9-3-27-0
40.1

Tremlett to Smith, no run, Smith pushes Tremlett away to the off side, then goes through his exhaustive routine of fidgets

40.2

Tremlett to Smith, no run, angling in just outside off and Smith leaves it alone

40.3

Tremlett to Smith, 1 run, clipped off the hips now and Smith and Haddin stroll through for an easy single to square leg

40.4

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, punched away to cover, Haddin is getting plenty off the middle of the bat

40.5

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, Jaws, sorry, Tremlett, continues to probe outside off, and Haddin nudges defensively to point

40.6

Tremlett to Haddin, no run, well wide of off and it's left alone by Haddin

Moose: "Weekend away with the boys this weekend, beers are packed, BBQ Packed, lets just hope we will be watching some cricket and the game wont be over otherwise we will have to talk to each other"

That would be a shame, Moose.

End of over 41 (1 run) Australia 117/5

    • BJ Haddin 13 (18b 1x4)
    • SPD Smith 20 (42b 3x4)
    • CT Tremlett 10-3-28-0
    • JM Anderson 13-3-25-1

Swann comes back on now

41.1

Swann to Smith, no run, turns the first one past the pads and Prior takes it after Smith leaves it alone

41.2

Swann to Smith, no run, huge strides down the pitch from Smith, he loves using his feet against spin, covers this one

41.3

Swann to Smith, no run, tossed up just outside off, Smith plays back and defends

41.4

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

41.5

Swann to Smith, no run, leans forward from the crease and defends outside off

41.6

Swann to Smith, 1 run, too leg-sidey this time and Smith works a single through midwicket

End of over 42 (1 run) Australia 118/5

    • SPD Smith 21 (48b 3x4)
    • BJ Haddin 13 (18b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 7-0-17-0
    • CT Tremlett 10-3-28-0
42.1

Tremlett to Smith, no run, short of a length from Tremlett, and Smith defends a straight one

42.2

Tremlett to Smith, 2 runs, wrong line from Tremlett, down leg and Smith is able to glance it away fine for a couple

42.3

Tremlett to Smith, no run, swinging in towards the top of off, but Smith leaves it on length

42.4

Tremlett to Smith, no run, attacking the off stump line again and Smith leans out to defend

42.5

Tremlett to Smith, no run, solid in defence again is Smith, no real swing from Tremlett, he's just trying for the off stump line

42.6

Tremlett to Smith, 1 run, clipped off the pads again towards fine leg

End of over 43 (3 runs) Australia 121/5

    • SPD Smith 24 (54b 3x4)
    • BJ Haddin 13 (18b 1x4)
    • CT Tremlett 11-3-31-0
    • GP Swann 7-0-17-0
43.1

Swann to Smith, 2 runs, oh, Smith has gone for it and just got away with it! He has danced down the pitch but not quite got it properly, a thickish edge lobs over the man at midwicket, just out of his reach

43.2

Swann to Smith, 1 run, clipped away to the leg side

43.3

Swann to Haddin, FOUR, this one Brad Haddin has gotten hold of, the length from Swann was fuller so Haddin didn't have to leave his crease, just planted the front foot and swings it over midwicket for four, clean and safe shot that

43.4

Swann to Haddin, no run, back into his crease to defend this time

43.5

Swann to Haddin, no run, tossed up outside off and just a little turn, Haddin defends

43.6

Swann to Haddin, no run, pushed to short leg on the bounce

End of over 44 (7 runs) Australia 128/5

    • BJ Haddin 17 (22b 2x4)
    • SPD Smith 27 (56b 3x4)
    • GP Swann 8-0-24-0
    • CT Tremlett 11-3-31-0
44.1

Tremlett to Smith, FOUR, Smith pounces now, this wasn't a good ball as Tremlett drops it a touch too short and on the hips, Smith waits on it and pulls it nicely, rolls the wrists to get that down on the ground and away behind square

44.2

Tremlett to Smith, no run, defended to the off side safely

44.3

Tremlett to Smith, OUT, Tremlett gets his first! He's in on the fun now as he attacks the line just outside off again and this one nips away just a tiny bit, Smith hangs the bat at it defensively and edges to first slip where it's swallowed comfortably

SPD Smith c Cook b Tremlett 31 (80m 59b 4x4 0x6) SR: 52.54

Not surprisingly, Kumar Dharmasena asks to check the front-foot no-ball and not surprisingly Tremlett is well and truly safe. I really do wonder if Dharmasena watches the front line sometimes.

Johnson is in now, with plenty of pressure on

44.4

Tremlett to Johnson, no run, good line and Johnson defends

44.5

Tremlett to Johnson, no run, left alone outside off

44.6

Tremlett to Johnson, no run, bang on off stump again and Johnson defends

Well, at 6 for 132 you'd have to say all the bluff and bluster that has come from the Australian camp prior to the series is looking like just that. Yet another batting collapse from the specialists.

End of over 45 (4 runs) Australia 132/6

    • MG Johnson 0 (3b)
    • BJ Haddin 17 (22b 2x4)
    • CT Tremlett 12-3-35-1
    • GP Swann 8-0-24-0
45.1

Swann to Haddin, 1 run, worked away towards square leg

Swann comes around the wicket to Johnson

45.2

Swann to Johnson, no run, goes back into his crease and defends

45.3

Swann to Johnson, 2 runs, draws the edge! But this one runs away wide of slip and Carberry does the chasing down to third man, Johnson is off the mark with a less-than-convincing shot

Two slips in now

45.4

Swann to Johnson, no run, on off stump, not much turn and it's defended

45.5

Swann to Johnson, no run, tossed up now and tempts Johnson to go the cover drive, shouts of 'catch him' but that one is well safe

45.6

Swann to Johnson, no run, too short this time but Johnson's cut can't quite beat the man at cover

End of over 46 (3 runs) Australia 135/6

    • MG Johnson 2 (8b)
    • BJ Haddin 18 (23b 2x4)
    • GP Swann 9-0-27-0
    • CT Tremlett 12-3-35-1

Stuart Broad is back, looking for his fifth.

46.1

Broad to Haddin, no run, good line to begin with, just outside off, and Haddin defends

46.2

Broad to Haddin, FOUR, just a touch of shortness and Haddin absolutely pounces on it, he's pulled that hard over the top of midwicket, safely away for another boundary

46.3

Broad to Haddin, no run, good line outside off and it's left alone

46.4

Broad to Haddin, no run, angling in towards the stumps now and Haddin defends with a straight bat

46.5

Broad to Haddin, no run, fuller now and that's a driveable length but Haddin's meaty shot finds the man at mid-off

46.6

Broad to Haddin, no run, solidly defended again, to mid-on this time

Mouse: "No-one should be surprised by this - the Australian tail scored all the runs in England and so the trend continues. It's all part of the plan people! (insert desperation here)"

End of over 47 (4 runs) Australia 139/6

    • BJ Haddin 22 (29b 3x4)
    • MG Johnson 2 (8b)
    • SCJ Broad 13-3-46-4
    • GP Swann 9-0-27-0

Two slips and a short leg in

47.1

Swann to Johnson, no run, skids through outside off and left alone by Johnson

47.2

Swann to Johnson, no run, flighted this time and Johnson drives to short cover

47.3

Swann to Johnson, no run, flatter outside off now and Johnson cuts hard, but again can't find the gap

47.4

Swann to Johnson, no run, leans forward to defend a straight one this time

47.5

Swann to Johnson, no run, drifts onto the pads now and Johnson defends

47.6

Swann to Johnson, no run, drifting in to off and goes on with the arm, Johnson shoulders arms and it misses off by not very much

"You fill a team with one-day players and they can't even make a one-day score," mutters Snodgrass.

End of over 48 (maiden) Australia 139/6

    • MG Johnson 2 (14b)
    • BJ Haddin 22 (29b 3x4)
    • GP Swann 10-1-27-0
    • SCJ Broad 13-3-46-4
48.1

Broad to Haddin, 1 leg bye, big, vociferous shout for lbw from Broad here as Haddin walks across to work it fine, but Dharmasena is not at all interested. They run a leg bye but Broad is very keen, and England have asked for a review. Ah, but what's happened here? They have taken too long to make their decision! They are not allowed to review!

Well, will that be costly? No! In fact it has helped England, because replays show that was missing leg.

48.2

Broad to Johnson, no run, clipped away to midwicket but straight to the fielder

48.3

Broad to Johnson, no run, good line, probing outside off, and Johnson lets it go

48.4

Broad to Johnson, 1 run, Johnson gets one on leg stump and swivels a little pull, sort of tucks it behind square

48.5

Broad to Haddin, 1 leg bye, banged in short and this one has crunched Haddin on the helmet! He got the bat up but not high enough, he realises too late and starts to duck the head and the ball flies away off the helmet over the keeper and first slip. England thought he may have got some bat on that but it was all helmet

48.6

Broad to Johnson, no run, left alone this time

End of over 49 (3 runs) Australia 142/6

    • MG Johnson 3 (18b)
    • BJ Haddin 22 (31b 3x4)
    • SCJ Broad 14-3-47-4
    • GP Swann 10-1-27-0
49.1

Swann to Haddin, 1 run, Swann is around the wicket to Haddin now, and he drives down past the bowler and mid-on

49.2

Swann to Johnson, no run, tossed up to tempt Johnson, who drives to short cover

49.3

Swann to Johnson, no run, again Johnson cracks it hard and again straight to cover

49.4

Swann to Johnson, no run, another drive, this one misses short cover but finds regular cover. He just can't find the gap there

49.5

Swann to Johnson, no run, drives straight down to mid-off now

49.6

Swann to Johnson, no run, flighted outside off and Johnson leaves it alone

Sneyd: "Well, with George Bailey's help Australia have managed to bat out the 50..."

End of over 50 (1 run) Australia 143/6

    • MG Johnson 3 (23b)
    • BJ Haddin 23 (32b 3x4)
    • GP Swann 11-1-28-0
    • SCJ Broad 14-3-47-4
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