The Ashes - 2nd Test

Australia v England

Australia won by 218 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200

Right a cricket match is threatening to break out. England led out by Cook and David Warner and Chris Rogers - both beslipovered - are striding out with giant grins across their faces at the wicket in front of them. James Anderson, in a slight breeze, has the new ball from the Giant New Stand end...

10.20am Nearly all set for the action but unfortunately we have what is becoming a frustratingly-ubiquitous pre-match ceremony. The players are lined up and here come the anthems. God Save The Queen and Advance Australia yeah yeah whatever get on with the cricket. Goodness me, this girl doesn't even know the words! It is not God Save OUR Queen. Her Majesty The Queen does not belong to the people. Not that I'm bothered...

Ravindra: "As a neutral, was behind Australia before the last Test match - they were scrapping and falling short, but doing so with character. This time round, after the Australians' shenanigans in the previous match, I'm firmly behind England."

10.10am The moisture level in the Brisbane wicket was 76% at the start of the game - whatever that means - but here it's only 24%, which I'm assuming means it's much drier. Suggestions also that this wicket, being a drop in, won't break up as much a conventional wicket.

If you hadn't noticed, George Dobell is out in Australia for us, and he's suggested that Cook is looking to his senior players to up their game as England search for a revival in this series that could be all but sealed if England lose here.

9.55am Howdy folks, welcome to showtime. That was briefly Brydon Coverdale, with me for this second Test, and this is Alex Winter as we approach the toss...

Jimmy Stewart: "Not enough runs? SHORTEN your batting card. Genius, England *facepalm*"

Here's the toss and if Australia win, it will give them the perfect chance to take a very firm grip on this series. Mark Nicholas has the captains and Michael Clarke has the coin. Alastair Cook calls heads, it lands tails and Australia have won the toss and will bat first. Clarke confirms the unchanged XI.

Cook says he'd like to replicate the start England enjoyed in 2010-11 and confirms Ben Stokes's debut and Monty Panesar's inclusion as the second spinner - but batting second slightly negates the impact two spinners could have.

GW: "@Jimmy Stewart - horses for courses, this track is expected to be as flat as a road, adding more bowling resources might not be a bad idea."

9.40am There has been some rain around this morning but the weather has improved, so let's hope for an on-time start.

John wonders how Australia will back up on a very different surface: "This could be interesting... I wonder if the Aussie fast bowlers can adjust quickly to the drop-in pitch? Most of the wickets at the GABBA fell to the extra bounce, something drop-in pitches don't give you that often. Time will tell."

And a different John: "The inclusion of Panesar suggests a lack of faith in Bresnan being 100% fit and a lack of faith in Finn, Tremlett and Rankin altogether more than it does faith in Monty I think. I'd pick Bairstow or Ballance before Stokes on batting alone but, with two spinners, including Stokes for his bowling seems prudent."

Aakash has a gloomy prediction: "My office is in Mawson Lakes, 10 km north of Adelide Oval. I can see black patch of clouds looming on the north-east side from my office window. I would expect stop-play-stop-play day today."

9.30am Good morning, good evening, good midday - wherever you are in the world - to our coverage of the second Test at Adelaide Oval. And it's a very different looking Adelaide Oval because of the redevelopment of the ground to become a joint cricket-AFL stadium. If you haven't already done so, you can real Daniel Brettig on the new-look venue via this link.

The news from the ground is that it appears Ben Stokes will make his debut for England, he has been handed his cap on the outfield by Andrew Strauss. And it also seems likely that Monty Panesar will be back in England's side, giving them two spin options on a drop-in pitch that won't offer much for the fast bowlers. That would mean no Tim Bresnan, perhaps a surprise after he was included in the official squad a few days ago. We'll have to wait for the toss for official team lists, but that seems to be the case.

Australia named their XI yesterday - no change from the first Test. Interestingly, though, they have placed Doug Bollinger and Nathan Coulter-Nile on standby for the third Test at the WACA, in anticipation of their fast bowlers having heavy workloads in Adelaide. There is a short turnaround between Tests, but even so that seems a slightly odd move this far out from the third Test. It means neither Bollinger nor Coulter-Nile will play the Sheffield Shield round that starts on Sunday.

0.1

Anderson to Rogers, no run, real loosener, full on the off stump, blocked towards point with no foot movement

0.2

Anderson to Rogers, no run, similar delivery, kept out with more of a forward stride

0.3

Anderson to Rogers, no run, more of a length ball that allows Rogers to play from the crease, hint of inswing, he pushes up on the on side

0.4

Anderson to Rogers, no run, short length and it doesn't get up anywhere near where Rogers thought it might, he wears it on the shoulder and the ball rolls up his sweater

0.5

Anderson to Rogers, no run, good length wide of off stump to leave alone, steady carry through but it looks pretty easy-paced

0.6

Anderson to Rogers, no run, tighter line and Rogers blocks it back to the bowler from the crease

10.35am How about this, it's raining and the players are forced to skip off the ground. Just a passing shower but what on earth is going on, rain in Australia. Over she blows and the players return, they could easily have stayed out there. They're taking their time getting the stumps back in. Come on chaps what the hell is going on! Finally we're ready for a restart...

End of over 1 (maiden) Australia 0/0
CJL Rogers    0* (6b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0
DA Warner    0* (0b)     

And Stuart Broad can now open the bowling from the Still Looks Like a Cricket Ground End...

1.1

Broad to Warner, no run, length on middle and off, blocked firmly up towards mid-off

1.2

Broad to Warner, no run, worked from a straighter line, again on a decent length, to square leg

1.3

Broad to Warner, no run, fuller and Warner asked to come forward to block up towards mid-on, nice pace, 86mph

1.4

Broad to Warner, 1 run, touch straighter and Warner able to tuck to the left of the debutant Stokes at forward square leg and the innings is underway

1.5

Broad to Rogers, no run, nice this, sliding past the outside edge with Rogers pressing forward just outside off, hint of away movement there

1.6

Broad to Rogers, no run, touch wider and Rogers able to leave but a nice start from Broad

End of over 2 (1 run) Australia 1/0
CJL Rogers    0* (8b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-1-0
DA Warner    1* (4b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0

Colleen: "If the ball had fallen out of Rogers jumper and onto the stumps, would he have been given out?" Good question, probably yes because the ball only becomes dead if it lodges in a batsman's clothing or equipment...

2.1

Anderson to Warner, no run, full on off stump, a flicked drive into the covers, not timed and extra cover fields

2.2

Anderson to Warner, FOUR, this time gets the drive through, just a touch wide from Anderson and Warner able to flash the hands at it and got plenty of bat on it through cover point

2.3

Anderson to Warner, no run, nipping back a little and Warner caught on the crease, big cry for lbw, not out given, they briefly discuss the review but decide against it because the ball pitched just outside leg and was probably too high n'all

2.4

Anderson to Warner, no run, off stump line, blocked towards point from the crease

2.5

Anderson to Warner, 2 runs, strong press forward on middle and forces wide of mid-on for a quick couple

2.6

Anderson to Warner, no run, good length a foot wide of off stump and left alone

End of over 3 (6 runs) Australia 7/0
DA Warner    7* (10b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-1-6-0
CJL Rogers    0* (8b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-1-0

6H: "26 very excited 12 year old boys watching cricinfo on the interactive whiteboard. We love our Ashes cricket! Last day of primary school. What could be better than an Adelaide Test?" Superb...

3.1

Broad to Rogers, no run, full length on off stump, Rogers forward to drive without timing to mid-off

3.2

Broad to Rogers, 1 run, slightly shorter length and slightly straighter too, dropped down in front of point and they steal a single

3.3

Broad to Warner, FOUR, flashing cut stroke in the air but finds the gap backward of point, just a hint of width and all the encouragement Warner needed, risky though, it wasn't right out there, or indeed that short

3.4

Broad to Warner, no run, fuller on the stumps, blocked up on the on side

3.5

Broad to Warner, no run, length delivery on middle, Warner tucks from the crease into midwicket, Stokes comes to his right to field

3.6

Broad to Warner, 3 runs, full of length and driven down the ground, not perfectly timed and the 90 yard boundary down the ground is too much for this stroke

End of over 4 (8 runs) Australia 15/0
DA Warner    14* (14b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-9-0
CJL Rogers    1* (10b)      JM Anderson    2-1-6-0

4.1

Anderson to Warner, 2 runs, full length on the stumps and Warner clips through midwicket for a couple, bright and breezy opening for Davey W as his cousins call him

4.2

Anderson to Warner, 2 runs, more runs, this time through gully, a forward press comes off a thick outside edge and squirts past a diving Ian Bell

4.3

Anderson to Warner, no run, firm drive back up the wicket and Anderson gets down well with a right boot to save runs, the delivery wasn't right up there to drive but Warner went after it on the front foot

4.4

Anderson to Warner, 1 run, straighter line and flicked down to long leg

4.5

Anderson to Rogers, no run, nervy forward prod on the stumps, runs off a thick outside edge, along the ground, into the gully

4.6

Anderson to Rogers, no run, a carefully considered forward press, dropped into the covers but no quickie available

End of over 5 (5 runs) Australia 20/0
CJL Rogers    1* (12b)      JM Anderson    3-1-11-0
DA Warner    19* (18b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-9-0

Already the umpires are having a look at the ball with a suggestion it's gone out of shape! Remarkable. It's okay for now though...

5.1

Broad to Warner, FOUR, overpitched outside off and a sumptuous drive back up past the bowler, Warner is on for a ton before lunch, best piece of timing so far

Another look at the ball but with the gauges but fine for now...

5.2

Broad to Warner, no run, length on off stump, blocked from the crease into the covers

5.3

Broad to Warner, no run, pulled from a length no where near short enough to do so, hurried and mistimed off high on the bat to square leg

5.4

Broad to Warner, 1 run, plays a more sensible stroke this time, tucking into the gap at midwicket, enough for a single

5.5

Broad to Rogers, no run, length ball two feet wide of off stump, allowed past the bat

5.6

Broad to Rogers, no run, fuller length and driven from just outside off to mid-on

Looks like it could be a tough gig for the seamers on this early evidence...

End of over 6 (5 runs) Australia 25/0
CJL Rogers    1* (14b)      SCJ Broad    3-0-14-0
DA Warner    24* (22b 3x4)      JM Anderson    3-1-11-0

GK: "@6H. Coolest teacher ever! We weren't even able to listen to the call of the Melbourne Cup at my school. Granted I was probably the only one with money on the race at such a tender age." Haha! I remember very carefully listening to my radio in school when the Cheltenham festival was on. And we had a 20p gambling club too...

6.1

Anderson to Warner, no run, around the wicket, full length and runs off the thigh pad to the wicketkeeper

6.2

Anderson to Warner, no run, touch shorter, clipped with the angle to square leg

6.3

Anderson to Warner, no run, off stump on a length, blocked from the crease back to the bowler

6.4

Anderson to Warner, 1 run, fuller length, angled in and Warner tucks with the degrees down to long leg

6.5

Anderson to Rogers, no run, back over to Rogers, who comes forward on off stump and defends with the inner half of the bat towards midwicket

6.6

Anderson to Rogers, 4 runs, 84mph, a pleasant press down the ground from just outside off stump and I mentioned the long boundaries, they can run four here before Pietersen returns

End of over 7 (5 runs) Australia 30/0
CJL Rogers    5* (16b)      JM Anderson    4-1-16-0
DA Warner    25* (26b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-14-0

7.1

Broad to Warner, no run, length on the stumps and Warner has bags of time to block around the off stick from the crease

7.2

Broad to Warner, no run, by contrast, Warner a touch surprised here in keeping out a ball on off stump that was a little fuller than he expected

7.3

Broad to Warner, FOUR, just back in length and Warner is onto it in a flash to pull through midwicket, short square fences and that's four

7.4

Broad to Warner, no run, fuller length on off stump, blocked forward

7.5

Broad to Warner, no run, decent length again, kept out back up towards the bowler

7.6

Broad to Warner, OUT, got him! Poor stroke, clipped straight to point. Just short of a length and Warner has picked out Carberry square on the off side. He lives and dies by the sword and in trying to be uber-aggressive again, Warner pops up an easy catch with a flicked back-foot drive. The delivery might have just stopped in the wicket a little, and it actually just nipped away a touch, it certainly didn't come on as Warner was hoping. Important strike for England after leaking a few runs early doors

DA Warner c Carberry b Broad 29 (36m 32b 4x4 0x6) SR: 90.62

End of over 8 (4 runs) Australia 34/1
     SCJ Broad    4-0-18-1
CJL Rogers    5* (16b)      JM Anderson    4-1-16-0

Big dangerman gone and now England can work on Shane Watson...

8.1

Anderson to Rogers, no run, forcing stroke off the back foot just in front of point, Carberry does the fielding again

8.2

Anderson to Rogers, no run, bumper, well directed and easily ducked

8.3

Anderson to Rogers, 1 run, touch straight and clipped down to Panesar stationed at long leg

8.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, aha a right hander, full length outside off and left alone

8.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, full length angled in towards off stump, Watson forward to block up the wicket

8.6

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, length ball too close to the pads, Watson tucks it in front of midwicket and they take a single

End of over 9 (2 runs) Australia 36/1
SR Watson    1* (3b)      JM Anderson    5-1-18-0
CJL Rogers    6* (19b)      SCJ Broad    4-0-18-1

Jesse: "I'm in science while sneaking my computer under the table to read Cricinfo! That's the life!" Crack on. Jose: "@GK. Listening to the BBC commentary was discretely allowed in my school days. The English teacher, one Ms Nigley, an expat's daughter, thought it will improve our English!"

9.1

Broad to Watson, no run, full length arrowed at the biggest pads in world cricket, Watto gets the willow down in time in front of off stump

9.2

Broad to Watson, no run, fuller length, again at the stumps, driven firmly to the straight mid-on

9.3

Broad to Watson, no run, full length again, Watson strides out, punishing the turf with his huge boots, and blocks into the covers

9.4

Broad to Watson, no run, more of a good length this time, dropped in front of point, Watson immediately turns down the single that Rogers was keener for

9.5

Broad to Watson, no run, good length around off stump, patted back to the bowler on the front dog

9.6

Broad to Watson, no run, straighter line on a good length, blocked coming forward into midwicket

End of over 10 (maiden) Australia 36/1
SR Watson    1* (9b)      SCJ Broad    5-1-18-1
CJL Rogers    6* (19b)      JM Anderson    5-1-18-0

More cloud has rolled back in, not your stereotypical Adelaide day this...

10.1

Anderson to Rogers, 1 run, just back of a length on a straight line, dropped into square leg and they get a single to the right of Stokes

10.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, forward just outside off stump and pressed into the covers

Righty ho, play will be back in a couple of minutes and Brydon is moving into position to talk you through to lunch...

Brightening up so it looks like play will be back with us before long. And in fact they've announced a restart at 11.45am. But in terms of conditions, England will be very pleased at this weather. Having lost the toss they would have feared chasing leather in 35 degrees but so far they are getting off rather lightly.

11.25am We're going off again because a squalid shower has turned up. And if you didn't know what was going on, the very large big screen has "Rain Stopped Play" displayed. Once again, this won't be too long an interruption but while we're off, why not pop down to Dunedin to see by how many West Indies are losing by...

Thanks Alex. Might just be one of those frustrating days.

10.3

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, Watson gets a run immediately after the break with a clip off his pads to square leg

10.4

Anderson to Rogers, no run, Anderson asks the question for lbw, quite vociferously, but that was clearly pitching outside leg. Turned down and no question of a review from England

10.5

Anderson to Rogers, no run, Rogers goes for the cover drive but can't beat the field

10.6

Anderson to Rogers, no run, down leg side to end the over, Rogers tries to pick up some easy runs with a glance but he can't get any bat on ball

End of over 11 (2 runs) Australia 38/1
CJL Rogers    7* (23b)      JM Anderson    6-1-20-0
SR Watson    2* (11b)      SCJ Broad    5-1-18-1

Stuart Broad continues, two slips in place.

11.1

Broad to Watson, no run, straight ball to start, Watson defends to the leg side

11.2

Broad to Watson, no run, defensive again from Watson, a thickish edge runs along the ground towards gully

11.3

Broad to Watson, no run, probing outside off, and Watson gives it the full face of the bat

11.4

Broad to Watson, FOUR, crunching drive from Watson, just leans into a half-volley outside off and the timing is super, it beats mid-off and runs away to the boundary

11.5

Broad to Watson, FOUR, slower ball and well wide of off, but Watson picks it and waits for his square drive, all he had to do was find the gap between point and cover, and he does it without any problem

11.6

Broad to Watson, no run, on middle and leg now and Watson defends

End of over 12 (8 runs) Australia 46/1
SR Watson    10* (17b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-26-1
CJL Rogers    7* (23b)      JM Anderson    6-1-20-0

Anderson comes around the wicket to Rogers, who still looks a little scratchy.

12.1

Anderson to Rogers, no run, swinging down leg and nothing makes contact with that on its way through to Prior

12.2

Anderson to Rogers, no run, straighter line from Anderson and Rogers drives back past the bowler but not past mid-on

12.3

Anderson to Rogers, no run, oh, almost a false shot! Rogers gets one on middle and off and spoons it up uncontrolled on the leg side, there is a short catching midwicket in place but this lobs too straight for him

12.4

Anderson to Rogers, no run, pushed away to the off side safely

12.5

Anderson to Rogers, no run, defended solidly from the off stump now

12.6

Anderson to Rogers, no run, bouncer to finish the over, Rogers is not interested at this stage of his innings and ducks under it

End of over 13 (maiden) Australia 46/1
CJL Rogers    7* (29b)      JM Anderson    7-2-20-0
SR Watson    10* (17b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-26-1

So, time for some spin. Can Graeme Swann find a little bit of turn early on day one? There's a short-leg in place for Watson, also a catching midwicket.

13.1

Swann to Watson, no run, Watson uses his feet immediately to get to the pitch of the ball and defend

13.2

Swann to Watson, no run, again Watson comes out and dead-bats the ball just outside off

13.3

Swann to Watson, no run, Swann goes fuller this time, almost a low yorker length, but Watson can't get his drive past the bowler

13.4

Swann to Watson, no run, more movement of the feet, Watson doesn't always play this way, but he's come out of the crease to meet the ball again

13.5

Swann to Watson, no run, straighter ball now and turns just a touch, Watson defends

13.6

Swann to Watson, no run, too full to tell if there's much spin at this stage, as Watson again takes a couple of small steps out and pushes it back to the bowler, he wants to get on top of Swann but hasn't been able to in this first over

End of over 14 (maiden) Australia 46/1
SR Watson    10* (23b 2x4)      GP Swann    1-1-0-0
CJL Rogers    7* (29b)      JM Anderson    7-2-20-0

14.1

Anderson to Rogers, no run, short of a length from Anderson, who is still around the wicket, and Rogers defends

14.2

Anderson to Rogers, no run, Anderson angles it in just outside off, Rogers defends

12.10pm An early lunch has been taken. The weather has cleared up, though, so hopefully play won't be further delayed after the break. So, in a very truncated first session, which featured three rain delays, David Warner made a quick start before throwing his wicket away. Shane Watson and a scratchy Chris Rogers are still at the crease. Given the flat nature of the pitch, England would be happy enough with that one big wicket in the session. Join us after the break for the resumption.

12.00pm And we have yet another rain delay. None of the showers have been particularly heavy this morning, and this one isn't either, but there's been enough to force the players off the field three times already. What a frustration for all the players.

American Cricket Fan: "Honestly, i think these rain delays are worse for England. The bowlers are gearing up and getting in the mindset to bowl, and have to stop, whereas batsmen can remain in the batting zone for a long time. (As a batsman i can relate)"

Michael disagrees: "I think rain delays are worse for Australia. The batsmen gear up and get into 'the zone', then have to stop, whereas bowlers can put their feet up every half hour."

Right, the skies have cleared, the players are fed and we're back out for the afternoon session on this opening day, having not really got properly stuck into the Test match so far. Anderson to complete his over...

14.3

Anderson to Rogers, no run, length on off stump, blocked in the crease up the wicket

14.4

Anderson to Rogers, no run, bumper, easily ducked and it went through pretty slowly

England have got two fielders catching short either side of the wicket...

14.5

Anderson to Rogers, FOUR, punching drive through cover point, his best stroke, let a length ball come to him just outside off and guided it away to the rope

14.6

Anderson to Rogers, no run, fuller and straighter, pushed up to mid-on

End of over 15 (4 runs) Australia 50/1
CJL Rogers    11* (35b 1x4)      JM Anderson    8-2-24-0
SR Watson    10* (23b 2x4)      GP Swann    1-1-0-0

Swann will start from the other end, two men around the bat...

15.1

Swann to Watson, no run, flicked into the on side having taken a step down, fielded by Cook at midwicket

15.2

Swann to Watson, 1 run, another step down the wicket and a flick this time to deep mid-on for an easy single, not quite long-on that fielder

15.3

Swann to Rogers, no run, length ball that Rogers tries to drive off the back foot, it's so slow to him and he mistimes a stroke into the covers

15.4

Swann to Rogers, FOUR, pushed forward and finds the gap at point, beautiful timing and it races for four, fine stroke off the front foot

15.5

Swann to Rogers, no run, press from a foot outside off to backward point, playing with the turn

15.6

Swann to Rogers, no run, straighter line and Rogers comes forward to block around middle and off this time

End of over 16 (5 runs) Australia 55/1
CJL Rogers    15* (39b 2x4)      GP Swann    2-1-5-0
SR Watson    11* (25b 2x4)      JM Anderson    8-2-24-0

Mike: "Any feedback on the new look Adelaide Oval? One of my moles on the ground describes it as 30% building site, 70% AFL ground, with long queues for everything." I definitely think Adelaide has finally conceded the title of prettiest cricket ground in the world to Cape Town...

16.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, length ball on middle stump, forward defence up towards mid-on

16.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, fuller and a flourishing drive to mid-on this time

16.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, hint of movement in towards the right hander as Watson leaves a length ball that started a foot and a half outside off

16.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, straighter line and Watson plays a forward defence around middle and off

16.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, full length outside off, for a moment I thought Watson was looking to cover drive but he left it in the end

16.6

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, too straight and tucked to Panesar at deep-backward square leg

End of over 17 (1 run) Australia 56/1
SR Watson    12* (31b 2x4)      JM Anderson    9-2-25-0
CJL Rogers    15* (39b 2x4)      GP Swann    2-1-5-0

17.1

Swann to Watson, 1 run, not one ball has Watson played from the crease to Swann so far, skips down again and gets it off low on the bat to deep mid-on

17.2

Swann to Rogers, 2 runs, a drive from just outside off, squirts off a thick outside edge behind point and they take a couple, even Rogers isn't going to block Swann

17.3

Swann to Rogers, no run, tossed up on off stump, carefully pushed to cover

17.4

Swann to Rogers, no run, straighter line and blocked up the wicket

17.5

Swann to Rogers, no run, forward on off stump, pushed to extra cover

17.6

Swann to Rogers, 1 run, touch fuller and navigates a drive just wide enough of Carberry at cover point for a single

End of over 18 (4 runs) Australia 60/1
CJL Rogers    18* (44b 2x4)      GP Swann    3-1-9-0
SR Watson    13* (32b 2x4)      JM Anderson    9-2-25-0

Jason: "Adelaide still looks good, but I'd say Sydney is the best ground in Australia now." Perth for me, Sydney is unfortunately too much of a mega dome now...

18.1

Anderson to Rogers, no run, length ball on off stump, blocked up the wicket from the crease

18.2

Anderson to Rogers, no run, full on the stumps, pushed firmly to midwicket

18.3

Anderson to Rogers, no run, back of a length, Rogers up on his toes to dab it down into the off side

18.4

Anderson to Rogers, no run, bumper, ducked, simple

18.5

Anderson to Rogers, no run, back of a length on off stump, Rogers dabbing towards point

18.6

Anderson to Rogers, no run, full now on off stump, driven gently to cover

End of over 19 (maiden) Australia 60/1
CJL Rogers    18* (50b 2x4)      JM Anderson    10-3-25-0
SR Watson    13* (32b 2x4)      GP Swann    3-1-9-0

Smudgeon: "I've heard people from Cape Town saying how much prettier Bellerive is." They must have been drunk on the beer from the brewery across the road...

19.1

Swann to Watson, 1 run, guess what, a step down the track and a flick for one to the deep mid-on

19.2

Swann to Rogers, no run, length on off stump, carefully blocked to silly point's right

19.3

Swann to Rogers, no run, Rogers tries to advance and squeezes a delivery to midwicket that's well fielded

19.4

Swann to Rogers, 3 runs, bad line, tickled fine and they get three, Swann will be annoyed with that loose delivery

19.5

Swann to Watson, no run, nicely flighted just outside off, Watson PLAYS FROM THE CREASE!! and defends in front of short leg

19.6

Swann to Watson, 2 runs, big stride out to this and flicks wide of midwicket for a couple, nicely tucked away

End of over 20 (6 runs) Australia 66/1
SR Watson    16* (35b 2x4)      GP Swann    4-1-15-0
CJL Rogers    21* (53b 2x4)      JM Anderson    10-3-25-0

Gaurav: "There is NOTHING better then seeing close to 90K on the boxing day Test match in Melbourne." Of course there is, couple of thousand in Dunedin is a far more pleasant sight. Monty Panesar comes on, and to think his career was in serious jeopardy in the summer...

20.1

Panesar to Rogers, no run, tossed up just outside off, blocked forward to cover

20.2

Panesar to Rogers, no run, length ball that Rogers hangs back to just outside off and plays to cover

20.3

Panesar to Rogers, no run, played off the back foot again from just outside off, tucked to cover

20.4

Panesar to Rogers, no run, forward this time, again just outside off, blocked back up to the bowler

20.5

Panesar to Rogers, no run, step down the wicket and flicked with the turn to midwicket

20.6

Panesar to Rogers, 1 run, a gentle press to a full ball in the direction of mid-on and Rogers immediately calls a quick single

End of over 21 (1 run) Australia 67/1
CJL Rogers    22* (59b 2x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-1-0
SR Watson    16* (35b 2x4)      GP Swann    4-1-15-0

21.1

Swann to Rogers, no run, looked like the arm ball, blocked with the inner half of the bat just outside off stump

21.2

Swann to Rogers, no run, hangs back and punches to point

21.3

Swann to Rogers, no run, back on the off stump and dropping this in front of silly point

21.4

Swann to Rogers, 1 run, forward outside off stump and gets a genuine outside edge that runs backward of point

21.5

Swann to Watson, no run, forward to quite a flat delivery just outside off, blocked

21.6

Swann to Watson, no run, reaches outside off and presses into the covers

End of over 22 (1 run) Australia 68/1
SR Watson    16* (37b 2x4)      GP Swann    5-1-16-0
CJL Rogers    23* (63b 2x4)      MS Panesar    1-0-1-0

Matt: "A couple of thousand at Dunedin?! I can think of at least 38 things that look a hell of a lot better than that! 1. Miranda Kerr..." Well now you're moving the goalposts...

22.1

Panesar to Rogers, no run, off stump defensive forward block

22.2

Panesar to Rogers, no run, tossed up wide of the off stick, Rogers leaving alone covering his stumps

22.3

Panesar to Rogers, no run, up the wicket he comes and fends outside off, it bounces a little and takes the glove, bouncing in front of short leg

22.4

Panesar to Rogers, no run, fuller length and shovelled to cover

22.5

Panesar to Rogers, 2 runs, touch short and forced away square beating Carberry's dive, they get back for two

22.6

Panesar to Rogers, no run, a step down the track and tries to work this to leg, only gets as far as silly point

End of over 23 (2 runs) Australia 70/1
CJL Rogers    25* (69b 2x4)      MS Panesar    2-0-3-0
SR Watson    16* (37b 2x4)      GP Swann    5-1-16-0

23.1

Swann to Watson, no run, covering up and blocking towards the bowler

23.2

Swann to Watson, 1 run, a shimmy down and flick to the deeper man at mid-on

23.3

Swann to Rogers, no run, two slips now, a little turn and Rogers follows it and plays in front of Cook off the back foot

23.4

Swann to Rogers, no run, fuller length and squeezed out on the off side

23.5

Swann to Rogers, no run, straighter line now and rolled up the wicket

23.6

Swann to Rogers, no run, good length and Rogers is well forward blocking back to the bowler

End of over 24 (1 run) Australia 71/1
CJL Rogers    25* (73b 2x4)      GP Swann    6-1-17-0
SR Watson    17* (39b 2x4)      MS Panesar    2-0-3-0

Gav: "Perth? Seriously? One of the grandstands doesn't even face the pitch, it's looking across at Burswood!" That's the beauty of it, some idiosyncrasy is most welcome to any sports ground...

24.1

Panesar to Watson, 1 run, miserable long hop but Watson can only power it as far as mid-off's right hand for just a single

24.2

Panesar to Rogers, no run, back on the stumps and pushed into the covers

24.3

Panesar to Rogers, no run, little short again, cut but only finds Carberry who dives and saves well to his right

24.4

Panesar to Rogers, no run, off stump line, Rogers back again dabbed into the off side

24.5

Panesar to Rogers, no run, tries to step down and flick to leg, does so but only as far as mid-on

24.6

Panesar to Rogers, no run, left alone outside off stump, Rogers a little tied down here

End of over 25 (1 run) Australia 72/1
CJL Rogers    25* (78b 2x4)      MS Panesar    3-0-4-0
SR Watson    18* (40b 2x4)      GP Swann    6-1-17-0

25.1

Swann to Watson, no run, nicely floated up just outside off, forward and blocked up the wicket

25.2

Swann to Watson, no run, forward again, this time more carefully to defend from off towards leg

25.3

Swann to Watson, no run, one step down and blocking with bat and pad together up the wicket

25.4

Swann to Watson, no run, flat delivery a foot outside off, just blocked again into the covers

25.5

Swann to Watson, no run, touch shorter, Watson back and tucking to midwicket

25.6

Swann to Watson, FOUR, a shimmy down and whacked past mid-off, firm stroke and something that was coming really, nicely struck

End of over 26 (4 runs) Australia 76/1
SR Watson    22* (46b 3x4)      GP Swann    7-1-21-0
CJL Rogers    25* (78b 2x4)      MS Panesar    3-0-4-0

26.1

Panesar to Rogers, 2 runs, nice drive to a floated delivery a foot outside off, timed reasonably well through the covers

26.2

Panesar to Rogers, no run, forward just outside off to block up the wicket

26.3

Panesar to Rogers, no run, tucked with the turn towards midwicket from just outside off stump

26.4

Panesar to Rogers, no run, huge cry for lbw as Rogers plays across the line, not out give but England review. Was this turning down? No. Is it too high? He was hit below the knee roll. No bat involved either. But Hawk Eye has it taking a large slice of leg stump but not more than 50% so it stays with Dharmasena

26.5

Panesar to Rogers, no run, just back of a length and prodded into the covers

26.6

Panesar to Rogers, no run, similar back foot stroke, this time played more firmly to cover

You can't blame England at all for that review, live, it looked a very good shout and it wasn't far away on Hawk Eye...

End of over 27 (2 runs) Australia 78/1
CJL Rogers    27* (84b 2x4)      MS Panesar    4-0-6-0
SR Watson    22* (46b 3x4)      GP Swann    7-1-21-0

27.1

Swann to Watson, no run, flat on off stump, Watson forward and blocked just in front of short leg

27.2

Swann to Watson, no run, forward block again just outside off stump

27.3

Swann to Watson, 2 runs, back and late cuts, nicely guided behind point and they take a couple

27.4

Swann to Watson, 1 run, flicked with the turn through square leg to a delivery that was just a touch short

27.5

Swann to Rogers, no run, full delivery, Rogers blocks back up the wicket

27.6

Swann to Rogers, no run, full on middle and leg, clipped to midwicket who gets down well

End of over 28 (3 runs) Australia 81/1
CJL Rogers    27* (86b 2x4)      GP Swann    8-1-24-0
SR Watson    25* (50b 3x4)      MS Panesar    4-0-6-0

The spinners have done rather well since the early lunch...

28.1

Panesar to Watson, no run, touch short, cut hard but Pietersen is down well at point to make the save, Hugo Lloris-esque

28.2

Panesar to Watson, no run, forward on off stump blocking back up to the bowler

28.3

Panesar to Watson, no run, firm drive back to the bowler from off stump, Panesar does enough to save any runs

28.4

Panesar to Watson, no run, Watson back to cut and finds Pietersen again at point

28.5

Panesar to Watson, FOUR, cuts again and this time finds the gap at extra cover to bring the fifty partnership up, poor ball that

28.6

Panesar to Watson, no run, floated up on off stump and driven firmly to mid-on

End of over 29 (4 runs) Australia 85/1
SR Watson    29* (56b 4x4)      MS Panesar    5-0-10-0
CJL Rogers    27* (86b 2x4)      GP Swann    8-1-24-0

29.1

Swann to Rogers, no run, forward just outside off and dabbed to cover

29.2

Swann to Rogers, FOUR, floated up and Rogers enticed to drive and does so pleasantly through cover, good timing

29.3

Swann to Rogers, no run, blocking on off stump again, Bell the fielder at silly point

29.4

Swann to Rogers, no run, straight line and Rogers bats it back up the wicket

29.5

Swann to Rogers, no run, same again, defensive push to the bowler

29.6

Swann to Rogers, no run, back foot stroke in the direction of cover

End of over 30 (4 runs) Australia 89/1
CJL Rogers    31* (92b 3x4)      GP Swann    9-1-28-0
SR Watson    29* (56b 4x4)      MS Panesar    5-0-10-0

30.1

Panesar to Watson, 1 run, full toss on middle and leg, flicked out to a man who is out at cow corner for Panesar

30.2

Panesar to Rogers, FOUR, too short and cut for four, the pressure just being released here

30.3

Panesar to Rogers, no run, floated up and rolled back to the bowler

30.4

Panesar to Rogers, no run, full just outside off, punched back to the bowler

30.5

Panesar to Rogers, no run, just back in length, played off the back foot to cover

30.6

Panesar to Rogers, no run, flat delivery on off stump and Rogers pushes carefully back to the bowler

End of over 31 (5 runs) Australia 94/1
CJL Rogers    35* (97b 4x4)      MS Panesar    6-0-15-0
SR Watson    30* (57b 4x4)      GP Swann    9-1-28-0

Time for a change and here's Ben Stokes for a bowl on debut, on at the Cathedral End...

31.1

Stokes to Watson, no run, 83mph, length just outside off, Watson leaves alone

31.2

Stokes to Watson, FOUR, touch overpitched and driven very nicely through extra cover, lovely stroke

31.3

Stokes to Watson, no run, straighter line and a much better length, tucked to midwicket

Andrew Strauss presented Stokes with his cap earlier...

31.4

Stokes to Watson, no run, good length on the stumps, Watson forward not particularly convincingly and keep it out to cover

31.5

Stokes to Watson, no run, forward to a good length ball just outside off, blocked to cover, 87mph that, fastest ball of the day

31.6

Stokes to Watson, no run, good off stump line and Watson blocks a good length ball

Players are going to take a little drink with a decent partnership building between Watson and Rogers, having seen off the spin combination just after lunch.

End of over 32 (4 runs) Australia 98/1
SR Watson    34* (63b 5x4)      BA Stokes    1-0-4-0
CJL Rogers    35* (97b 4x4)      MS Panesar    6-0-15-0

Panesar to continue...

32.1

Panesar to Rogers, no run, full straight delivery is blocked

32.2

Panesar to Rogers, 1 run, pushed carefully to cover and finds the gap for a single

32.3

Panesar to Watson, no run, off stump on a length, Watson taps it up the wicket

32.4

Panesar to Watson, no run, big stride up the wicket but Watto just blocks it back to the bowler

32.5

Panesar to Watson, no run, good line and length, Watson plays with the inner half of the bat in front of short leg

32.6

Panesar to Watson, no run, fuller and dug out to mid-off

End of over 33 (1 run) Australia 99/1
SR Watson    34* (67b 5x4)      MS Panesar    7-0-16-0
CJL Rogers    36* (99b 4x4)      BA Stokes    1-0-4-0

33.1

Stokes to Rogers, no run, length ball just outside off stump, played from the crease to cover

33.2

Stokes to Rogers, no run, good length on off stump, Rogers hangs back and plays back to the bowler

33.3

Stokes to Rogers, no run, just back in length a few inches outside off stump, forced into the covers

33.4

Stokes to Rogers, no run, played from the crease when he might have been forward, gets it towards point from just outside off

33.5

Stokes to Rogers, no run, nudged again square on the off side off the back foot

33.6

Stokes to Rogers, no run, throws in the bumper and Rogers ducks successfully

End of over 34 (maiden) Australia 99/1
CJL Rogers    36* (105b 4x4)      BA Stokes    2-1-4-0
SR Watson    34* (67b 5x4)      MS Panesar    7-0-16-0

34.1

Panesar to Watson, no run, touch short allows Watson to hang back and cut hard, finds point

34.2

Panesar to Watson, no run, floated up and Watson leaves it alone, quite tight to the off stump that, have to say good judgement

34.3

Panesar to Watson, no run, firm drive to mid-on coming forward

34.4

Panesar to Watson, no run, forward trying to get out to Panesar, ends up blocking towards short leg

34.5

Panesar to Watson, no run, quicker, flat ball nearly catches Watson out, he jams the bat down to cover his stumps

34.6

Panesar to Watson, no run, big stride forward and runs it past Bell but not far enough for a single

End of over 35 (maiden) Australia 99/1
SR Watson    34* (73b 5x4)      MS Panesar    8-1-16-0
CJL Rogers    36* (105b 4x4)      BA Stokes    2-1-4-0

35.1

Stokes to Rogers, no run, full and driveable but only to cover, mistimed

35.2

Stokes to Rogers, no run, length ball on off stump, blocked on the stumps

35.3

Stokes to Rogers, no run, length ball sliding across the off stump, Rogers leaves it alone

35.4

Stokes to Rogers, no run, length delivery again and a hint of shape takes the inside edge of Rogers's defensive stroke aimed at the off side

35.5

Stokes to Rogers, no run, much fuller and blocked firmly back up towards the bowler

35.6

Stokes to Rogers, no run, length ball down the leg side, Rogers flicks at it and misses

End of over 36 (maiden) Australia 99/1
CJL Rogers    36* (111b 4x4)      BA Stokes    3-2-4-0
SR Watson    34* (73b 5x4)      MS Panesar    8-1-16-0

36.1

Panesar to Watson, no run, forward on off stump and Watson unsure where to defend coming forward

36.2

Panesar to Watson, no run, 23rd dot ball in a row to Watson, who pats it back up the wicket from off stump

36.3

Panesar to Watson, SIX, and Watson goes for a release and whacks a delivery over the bowler's head for six, powerful stroke, got right to the pitch of the ball and it's a long way to carry that straight rope

36.4

Panesar to Watson, no run, shuffle across the in crease and cut hard but only to Pietersen at point

36.5

Panesar to Watson, no run, blocking on off stump again now

36.6

Panesar to Watson, no run, angled in from wider on the crease, another forward defence on the stumps

End of over 37 (6 runs) Australia 105/1
SR Watson    40* (79b 5x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    9-1-22-0
CJL Rogers    36* (111b 4x4)      BA Stokes    3-2-4-0

Golden Boy: "I notice that Stokes is born in NZ. When was the last time England fielded a test 11 that were all actually born in England?" I would say that is a very rare occurrence indeed. England players have always been born in the Empire. Place of birth is a slim measure of nationality anyway...

37.1

Stokes to Rogers, no run, length on off stump, tucked into the covers from the crease

37.2

Stokes to Rogers, no run, slightly shorter ball and straighter, forced a little jumpy to square leg

37.3

Stokes to Rogers, no run, fuller on off stump, Rogers forward pressing into the covers

37.4

Stokes to Rogers, no run, back of a length, Rogers tries to force off the back foot but gets cramped up and gets it off high on the bat to point

37.5

Stokes to Rogers, FOUR, full on leg stump and Rogers tucks it nicely through midwicket, just loosing his line there Stokes

37.6

Stokes to Rogers, no run, better length and on a better line, just blocking is Rogers

End of over 38 (4 runs) Australia 109/1
CJL Rogers    40* (117b 5x4)      BA Stokes    4-2-8-0
SR Watson    40* (79b 5x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    9-1-22-0

The Barmy Army have sprung to life. 20 years old this tour they are...

38.1

Panesar to Watson, no run, Watson back on his stumps and keeps out a flat delivery

38.2

Panesar to Watson, no run, forward on off and pressed towards the bowler

38.3

Panesar to Watson, no run, back and creates a little room for himself, punched to extra cover

38.4

Panesar to Watson, no run, gentle drive towards cover, finds the fielder

38.5

Panesar to Watson, no run, forward press back to the bowler

38.6

Panesar to Watson, no run, another press back to the bowler

End of over 39 (maiden) Australia 109/1
SR Watson    40* (85b 5x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    10-2-22-0
CJL Rogers    40* (117b 5x4)      BA Stokes    4-2-8-0

39.1

Stokes to Rogers, no run, back of a length just outside off stump, dabbed into the covers

39.2

Stokes to Rogers, no run, almost an identical delivery and stroke

39.3

Stokes to Rogers, FOUR, too wide and this is cut well for four, nicely put away

39.4

Stokes to Rogers, no run, goes for a pull and is there way to soon and misses, brief cry from behind the stumps but the bowler wasn't interested

39.5

Stokes to Rogers, no run, low full toss that Rogers pokes to cover point

39.6

Stokes to Rogers, (no ball) FOUR, another cut for, just a bit of width for Rogers to work with and Stokes clipped the bowler's end stumps and that is now a no-ball for "Finning" or "Smithing" as it should be dubbed

39.6

Stokes to Rogers, no run, back of a length and a much better line, pushed into the covers

End of over 40 (9 runs) Australia 118/1
CJL Rogers    48* (124b 7x4)      BA Stokes    5-2-17-0
SR Watson    40* (85b 5x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    10-2-22-0

40.1

Panesar to Watson, no run, back and patting to cover from just outside off

40.2

Panesar to Watson, no run, forward to this, pushing up the wicket

40.3

Panesar to Watson, 2 runs, right back on his stumps to late cut, nearly got caught out by an arm ball that skidded through, manages to force it away backward of point for a couple

40.4

Panesar to Watson, 1 run, cut and finds the gap between point and cover

40.5

Panesar to Rogers, no run, forward just outside off, pats this back to the bowler

40.6

Panesar to Rogers, no run, back now and waits for the gentle turn to come to him, knocks it into the covers

End of over 41 (3 runs) Australia 121/1
CJL Rogers    48* (126b 7x4)      MS Panesar    11-2-25-0
SR Watson    43* (89b 5x4 1x6)      BA Stokes    5-2-17-0

Another change at the Cathedral End with Stuart Broad returning for the first time this afternoon...

41.1

Broad to Watson, no run, forward to a full length ball on off stump, finds mid-on

41.2

Broad to Watson, no run, full delivery at the pad, flicked firmly to midwicket

41.3

Broad to Watson, no run, length delivery on off stump, Watson blocks it from the crease

41.4

Broad to Watson, no run, forward to a ball full of a length an inch outside off, finds cover

The umpires are having another look at the ball, in she goes through one hoop and the other and we carry on...

41.5

Broad to Watson, no run, full delivery angled in, Watson is forward and driving firmly to mid-on

41.6

Broad to Watson, no run, firm flick to short midwicket where Ian Bell makes a nice save

Brydon is back until tea...

End of over 42 (maiden) Australia 121/1
SR Watson    43* (95b 5x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    7-2-26-1
CJL Rogers    48* (126b 7x4)      MS Panesar    11-2-25-0

Thanks Alex. Monty to continue...

42.1

Panesar to Rogers, no run, Rogers is beaten outside off and there's a bit of excitement but Prior doesn't glove the ball, although Rogers was safely in his ground in any case

42.2

Panesar to Rogers, 2 byes, again Rogers is beaten outside off, and again Prior doesn't take it - this time it bounces away for a couple of byes

42.3

Panesar to Rogers, no run, solidly defended this time

42.4

Panesar to Rogers, no run, prodded back down the pitch

42.5

Panesar to Rogers, no run, some turn in from outside off, Rogers stands and defends

42.6

Panesar to Rogers, 1 run, Rogers uses the feet this time and clips the ball towards mid-on, gets through for a quick single to take him within one run of fifty

End of over 43 (3 runs) Australia 124/1
CJL Rogers    49* (132b 7x4)      MS Panesar    12-2-26-0
SR Watson    43* (95b 5x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    7-2-26-1

43.1

Broad to Rogers, no run, Broad angles it across Rogers with plenty of men forming a ring on the off side, Rogers isn't tempted to play

43.2

Broad to Rogers, no run, fuller and straighter, Rogers leans into a drive but can't beat mid-off

43.3

Broad to Rogers, FOUR, lovely shot from Rogers to bring up his half-century, he pounces on one just a touch short and cuts between the fielders to find a boundary forward of point

That's the fourth time Rogers has passed fifty in Test cricket now. It wasn't that long ago he looked like losing his Cricket Victoria contract as the state looked towards youth.

43.4

Broad to Rogers, no run, defended away solidly

43.5

Broad to Rogers, no run, shorter this time and Rogers goes the cut again, but this one really gets up and the extra pace and bounce beats Rogers, fortunately for him, because that could easily have turned into an edge behind

43.6

Broad to Rogers, no run, probing outside off and Rogers defends

End of over 44 (4 runs) Australia 128/1
CJL Rogers    53* (138b 8x4)      SCJ Broad    8-2-30-1
SR Watson    43* (95b 5x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    12-2-26-0

44.1

Panesar to Watson, no run, Panesar is around the wicket to Watson, he tosses it up outside off and Watson leans out to defend

44.2

Panesar to Watson, no run, tossed up again and just a bit of turn, Watson defends

44.3

Panesar to Watson, no run, drifting in towards leg now and again Watson just pushes it away defensively

44.4

Panesar to Watson, no run, well flighted and just straightening on the stumps, Watson is back in his crease and defends again

44.5

Panesar to Watson, no run, Watson leans out again to push it back to the bowler

44.6

Panesar to Watson, no run, again Watson watches closely and defends

Panesar is bowling pretty well here, keeping Watson fairly quiet.

End of over 45 (maiden) Australia 128/1
SR Watson    43* (101b 5x4 1x6)      MS Panesar    13-3-26-0
CJL Rogers    53* (138b 8x4)      SCJ Broad    8-2-30-1

45.1

Broad to Rogers, no run, Broad tempts Rogers outside off, he obliges with a drive that doesn't beat cover

45.2

Broad to Rogers, 1 run, strays onto the pads now and Rogers clips it away to fine leg

45.3

Broad to Watson, 1 run, Watson gets one on his hip area as well, he also gets a single away through square leg

45.4

Broad to Rogers, 1 run, Broad is trying to mix things up a little, bangs it in short and accurate, Rogers goes for the hook and takes his eyes off the ball but does manage to get it down into the ground and away to deep square

45.5

Broad to Watson, no run, defended off the back foot

45.6

Broad to Watson, FOUR, poor delivery this time, swinging down leg and Watson gets a tickle on that to pick up a boundary to fine leg

End of over 46 (7 runs) Australia 135/1
SR Watson    48* (104b 6x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    9-2-37-1
CJL Rogers    55* (141b 8x4)      MS Panesar    13-3-26-0

Jay has an interesting idea: "Clarke should just elect to just bat the five days out. Leave the English bowlers broken and the Aussies fresh for Perth."

Anyway, it's to be Graeme Swann now. Two slips and silly point for Swann around the wicket to Rogers.

46.1

Swann to Rogers, no run, curves in and Rogers defends

46.2

Swann to Rogers, no run, drifting in towards the stumps, Rogers dead-bats it

46.3

Swann to Rogers, 2 runs, drifting again, but too far down leg, and with a stacked off-side field it allows Rogers to work it along the ground through a big gap at square leg

46.4

Swann to Rogers, no run, prods forward to defend

46.5

Swann to Rogers, no run, quicker from Swann and Rogers goes back into his crease to defend from leg stump

46.6

Swann to Rogers, no run, watchful from Rogers, he is happy to just see Swann off

That will be drinks, it's an extended session due to the rainy morning and early lunch.

End of over 47 (2 runs) Australia 137/1
CJL Rogers    57* (147b 8x4)      GP Swann    10-1-30-0
SR Watson    48* (104b 6x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    9-2-37-1

"Is this pitch the driveway that the Shield games were played on? And if so surely they have to put up 500 on it," Seb asks.

Well Seb, I haven't seen the Shield matches live but it certainly doesn't seem to have much in it for the bowlers. It's seriously flat. Australia are taking things a bit slower than on the first day against South Africa last year, though - they made 5 for 482 that day on an old-school Adelaide pitch.

47.1

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

47.2

Broad to Watson, no run, oh, beaten outside off! It almost sounded like an edge from Watson, but as it was a slower ball it faded before it got to Prior. Daylight between bat and ball in any case, but the movement away did for Watson

47.3

Broad to Watson, no run, pushed away defensively this time

47.4

Broad to Watson, 1 run, goes for the shorter ball now, Watson pulls it away through square

47.5

Broad to Rogers, no run, Rogers defends safely to the leg side

47.6

Broad to Rogers, FOUR, good placement from Rogers, he gets a wider one from Broad and cuts behind point, getting it just wide of the fielder and picks up another boundary. Rogers looks very solid against the pace here, a little less so against spin

End of over 48 (5 runs) Australia 142/1
CJL Rogers    61* (149b 9x4)      SCJ Broad    10-2-42-1
SR Watson    49* (108b 6x4 1x6)      GP Swann    10-1-30-0

48.1

Swann to Watson, 1 run, Watson gets his half-century now with a single through midwicket, just closes the face and works it safely away through the gap

48.2

Swann to Rogers, no run, tossed up on off stump, Rogers defends

48.3

Swann to Rogers, no run, plenty of flight for Swann, not a huge amount of turn - Rogers defends

48.4

Swann to Rogers, no run, Rogers goes back into his crease to defend a straight one

48.5

Swann to Rogers, no run, drifting in towards off again, Rogers leans out to defend

48.6

Swann to Rogers, no run, again, not much turn there for Swann, again Rogers bunts it back down the pitch

End of over 49 (1 run) Australia 143/1
CJL Rogers    61* (154b 9x4)      GP Swann    11-1-31-0
SR Watson    50* (109b 6x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    10-2-42-1

James Anderson comes back now. Stuart Broad was trying a few different things, slower balls, bouncers etc - what can Anderson do?

49.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, straight ball to start with and Watson gives it the full face, drives it back at Anderson, who gets some part of his body on it to prevent any runs

49.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, probing outside off and Watson defends

49.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, short of a length now and Anderson clips it to midwicket

49.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, a touch of width outside off, Watson goes the late cut but it's straight to gully on the bounce

49.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, pushes off the back foot to cover

49.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, Watson drives down the ground, but mid-on is there to cut it off

End of over 50 (maiden) Australia 143/1
SR Watson    50* (115b 6x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    11-4-25-0
CJL Rogers    61* (154b 9x4)      GP Swann    11-1-31-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150  | Overs 151-200
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Dec 9, 2013

Shane Watson, Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin enjoy the moment of victory, Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 5th day, December 9, 2013

Shane Watson, Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin enjoy the moment of victory

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Dec 9, 2013

Ryan Harris completed victory with the final wicket of Monty Panesar, Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 5th day, December 9, 2013

Ryan Harris completed victory with the final wicket of Monty Panesar

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