The Ashes - 2nd Test

Australia v England

Australia won by 218 runs

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

Typical Clarke, Australia have declared so England have two full days to bat out to save this game. Ryan Harris is going to open the bowling as Australia search for a second victory...

10.20am England weren't destroyed by mystery spin, a dodgy wicket or miracle balls yesterday, they were simply blown away by raw pace. It takes heart and courage to face up to that and England had absolutely not of it. George Dobell described it as one their most humiliating collapses, a display wretched and weak and staggeringly gormless.

10.10am What a revelation Johnson has been, 7 for 40 yesterday was the best return by a fast bowler in an Ashes Test at Adelaide. It was one of the great spells in an Ashes series, one to stand alongside Larwood, Tyson, Thompson and Lee. It was a spell for the ages, wrote Daniel Brettig, and displayed how Johnson appears to have discovered how to harness his formidable gifts.

Thomas: "What's the weather like?" Seems fine. There are a few showers around today and especially tomorrow but nothing to get too concerned about and there should be enough cricket left in this match to get a fair result.

10am Hello everyone, we're here again for day four from Adelaide, a day which could well see Australia take a 2-0 lead in the Ashes after the bulldozing display yesterday of Mitchell Johnson. England were picked off like tin cans being kicked off a wall - it was that easy too. Johnson was simply too fast and Australia can now smell blood.

0.1

Harris to Cook, no run, length ball around off stump, Cook leaves, a good leave

0.2

Harris to Cook, no run, tighter line and Cook comes forward on off stump to play into the leg side

0.3

Harris to Cook, no run, yorker length on off stump, Cook digs it out up the wicket

0.4

Harris to Cook, 1 run, too straight, Cook tickles down to long leg and England are away

0.5

Harris to Carberry, no run, full length angled across Carberry who shoulders arms

0.6

Harris to Carberry, no run, around the wicket, length ball on off stump, Carberry blocks it towards point

End of over 1 (1 run) England 1/0
MA Carberry    0* (2b)      RJ Harris    1-0-1-0
AN Cook    1* (4b)     

This was a very late declaration by Clarke who was told of the weather forecast and let England know 10 minutes before the start of play. Here he is, Mitchell Johnson, take cover...

1.1

Johnson to Cook, no run, full loosener way outside off, ignored

1.2

Johnson to Cook, no run, length delivery a foot wide of off, Cook leaves it alone

1.3

Johnson to Cook, OUT, short ball, Cook hooks and gets a top edge, long leg comes in and takes a tumbling catch! Can you believe it. Harris with a fine effort running in off the boundary and claiming a low chance just above the ground diving forward. Cook decided to go the aggressive route this time but Plan B has also failed

AN Cook c Harris b Johnson 1 (7m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

Joe Root stays at No. 3...

1.4

Johnson to Root, no run, full and sliding across Root at 91mph, he leaves it alone

1.5

Johnson to Root, no run, full on off stump, Root blocks from the crease up on the off side

1.6

Johnson to Root, no run, full and wide and left alone, wicket maiden to start for Johnson

End of over 2 (wicket maiden) England 1/1
JE Root    0* (3b)      MG Johnson    1-1-0-1
MA Carberry    0* (2b)      RJ Harris    1-0-1-0

2.1

Harris to Carberry, no run, stays around the wicket, length delivery on off stump, Carberry forward blocking

2.2

Harris to Carberry, no run, nicely bowled, draws Carberry outside off stump and his forward push is beaten

2.3

Harris to Carberry, no run, wider and comfortably left alone

2.4

Harris to Carberry, no run, full just outside off, driven off an edge via the ground to gully

2.5

Harris to Carberry, no run, driven again, this time a more controlled stroke from off stump to cover

2.6

Harris to Carberry, no run, bumper, too high and Carberry easily under it

End of over 3 (maiden) England 1/1
MA Carberry    0* (8b)      RJ Harris    2-1-1-0
JE Root    0* (3b)      MG Johnson    1-1-0-1

3.1

Johnson to Root, no run, full just outside off, Root forward and dabbing up towards point

3.2

Johnson to Root, no run, back of a length, blocked back on off stump

3.3

Johnson to Root, no run, dabbed off the back foot into the covers, chance of a single quickly dismissed

3.4

Johnson to Root, no run, slightly fuller, blocked in the crease up on the leg side

3.5

Johnson to Root, no run, fuller again, this time towards off stump, Root dabs it into the covers again playing from the crease

3.6

Johnson to Root, no run, full and wide, left alone

End of over 4 (maiden) England 1/1
JE Root    0* (9b)      MG Johnson    2-2-0-1
MA Carberry    0* (8b)      RJ Harris    2-1-1-0

Matthew: "One thing that mustn't happen now is a loss of support for England. We got to celebrate and enjoy our years of success, now we have to endure the tough times and get behind the team." I thought that stage was supposed to have been the 1990s?

4.1

Harris to Carberry, no run, good length on off stump, Carberry defends

4.2

Harris to Carberry, no run, fuller ball, again towards off stump, Carberry digs it out into the covers

4.3

Harris to Carberry, no run, full ball at the stumps, Carberry goes to whip it into the leg side and was late on it, smashing it into his front pad

4.4

Harris to Carberry, 1 no ball, length ball around off stump, Carberry blocks towards midwicket

4.4

Harris to Carberry, no run, length ball angled in from wider on the crease, Carberry tucks with the angle to midwicket

4.5

Harris to Carberry, no run, yorker, well-directed, Carberry digs it out

4.6

Harris to Carberry, no run, forward on off stump to defends up on the leg side

End of over 5 (1 run) England 2/1
MA Carberry    0* (15b)      RJ Harris    3-1-2-0
JE Root    0* (9b)      MG Johnson    2-2-0-1

5.1

Johnson to Root, no run, length ball sliding across Root who shoulders arms

5.2

Johnson to Root, no run, bumper down the leg side of no concern

5.3

Johnson to Root, no run, length ball on middle and leg, defended solidly in the crease

5.4

Johnson to Root, no run, full and wide of off stump, left easily alone

5.5

Johnson to Root, no run, tighter line on a better length, blocked

5.6

Johnson to Root, no run, length on the stumps again, blocked up the wicket

End of over 6 (maiden) England 2/1
JE Root    0* (15b)      MG Johnson    3-3-0-1
MA Carberry    0* (15b)      RJ Harris    3-1-2-0

Tom: "Could be a long boring day." England will certainly be hoping so. It's still a very good pitch remember...

6.1

Harris to Carberry, no run, staying around the wicket, Carberry if forward blocking again on off stump

6.2

Harris to Carberry, FOUR, fuller and Carberry uses the angle to flick through square leg, finally off the mark

6.3

Harris to Carberry, no run, back over the wicket now, full on off stump, driven to extra cover

6.4

Harris to Carberry, FOUR, lovely stroke, overpitched and nicely put away from just outside off

6.5

Harris to Carberry, no run, drops his length and Carberry just blocks

6.6

Harris to Carberry, no run, wider line and left alone

End of over 7 (8 runs) England 10/1
MA Carberry    8* (21b 2x4)      RJ Harris    4-1-10-0
JE Root    0* (15b)      MG Johnson    3-3-0-1

First change of the morning and on comes Peter Siddle at the City End...

7.1

Siddle to Root, no run, good length on off stump, Root knocks it back up the wicket

7.2

Siddle to Root, no run, slightly wider line, dabbed in front of point from the crease

7.3

Siddle to Root, 1 run, fuller length, Root forward and gets a thick inside edge through midwicket and after 18 balls, Root is off the mark

7.4

Siddle to Carberry, no run, length on off stump, Carberry blocks it up the wicket

7.5

Siddle to Carberry, no run, similar line, just back of a good length here, dead-panned again

7.6

Siddle to Carberry, no run, almost identical delivery, blocked in the crease

End of over 8 (1 run) England 11/1
MA Carberry    8* (24b 2x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-1-0
JE Root    1* (18b)      RJ Harris    4-1-10-0

Abhishek: "So Clarke looked at the weather forecast and did something about it. New Zealand, hello, pay attention." Haha, they might not have counted on a marvellous double century from Darren Bravo...

8.1

Harris to Root, no run, well wide of off stump and left alone

8.2

Harris to Root, 2 runs, fuller length, firmly punched up the wicket and it evades Harris's dive and they get a couple

8.3

Harris to Root, no run, good length but Root hangs back and drops it up on the off side

8.4

Harris to Root, no run, shorter ball, Root went to tickle it around the corner but got hit on the thigh pad

8.5

Harris to Root, no run, fuller length and Root out to meet it, blocking to extra cover

8.6

Harris to Root, 1 wide, bumper outside off, Root stays well away from it

8.6

Harris to Root, no run, another bumper, better directed, Root under it quickly

End of over 9 (3 runs) England 14/1
JE Root    3* (24b)      RJ Harris    5-1-13-0
MA Carberry    8* (24b 2x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-1-0

Fergie: "I'm a Scotsman who supports England. Even at the best of times (e.g. 2010/11) my mates would question my sanity at staying up all night. I'm now starting to wonder whether they have a point." Garde tafoy bonnie lad...

9.1

Siddle to Carberry, no run, full length towards off stump, Carberry calmly forward blocking

9.2

Siddle to Carberry, no run, fuller length, Carberry forward a little and leaving

9.3

Siddle to Carberry, 2 runs, length on the hip and tucked through square leg for a couple, Harris does well running to his right at long leg

9.4

Siddle to Carberry, no run, fuller length at the stumps, Carberry comes forward and plays back up to the bowler

9.5

Siddle to Carberry, 1 run, tucked through square leg again off the hip but this time just for a single because it runs too close too soon to Harris

9.6

Siddle to Root, no run, forcing stroke off the back foot, line was perhaps a little too close for the attempted stroke, gets a thick inside edge to short leg

End of over 10 (3 runs) England 17/1
JE Root    3* (25b)      PM Siddle    2-0-4-0
MA Carberry    11* (29b 2x4)      RJ Harris    5-1-13-0

Nathan Lyon gets his first opportunity...

10.1

Lyon to Carberry, no run, around the wicket, tossed into the footholds, it turns away and Carberry leaves

10.2

Lyon to Carberry, no run, forward to a straighter line and blocked up to the bowler

10.3

Lyon to Carberry, no run, more air, driven with the turn to mid-off

10.4

Lyon to Carberry, no run, floated up and firmly punched from outside off, into the shins of silly point

10.5

Lyon to Carberry, no run, wider line and left this time

10.6

Lyon to Carberry, 1 run, touch short and worked in front of midwicket for a quick single

End of over 11 (1 run) England 18/1
MA Carberry    12* (35b 2x4)      NM Lyon    1-0-1-0
JE Root    3* (25b)      PM Siddle    2-0-4-0

11.1

Siddle to Carberry, no run, full, wide delivery left alone and it barely carries to Haddin

11.2

Siddle to Carberry, 2 runs, a little straight and worked out through the leg side for an easy couple

11.3

Siddle to Carberry, no run, around the wicket, length delivery just wide enough of the off stick to allow Carberry to leave

11.4

Siddle to Carberry, OUT, short of a length, pulled and finds a diving Nathan Lyon at long leg. You can't make this up, outrageous. Absolutely no trouble whatsoever, this delivery isn't quick or even that short, Carberry has simply picked it up straight to long leg. It's another good catch with Lyon getting down low to his right

MA Carberry c Lyon b Siddle 14 (52m 39b 2x4 0x6) SR: 35.89

11.5

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, length delivery wide of off stump, left alone

11.6

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, forward to a full ball on off stump, dropped into the covers and the fielder comes in quickly to save the single

End of over 12 (2 runs) England 20/2
KP Pietersen    0* (2b)      PM Siddle    3-0-6-1
JE Root    3* (25b)      NM Lyon    1-0-1-0

So without having to do much at all, Australia have two wickets...

12.1

Lyon to Root, 1 run, played with the turn and tickled out to deep-backward square

12.2

Lyon to Pietersen, 2 runs, around the wicket, Pietersen takes a step down and flicks behind square to get off the mark

12.3

Lyon to Pietersen, 2 runs, floated up outside off and a firm punch gets past mid-off, nicely timed and gives the fielder a long chase back

12.4

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, short and down the leg side, ignored

12.5

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, pads up to a ball pitching outside leg stump

12.6

Lyon to Pietersen, 1 run, touch fuller and flicked through square leg

End of over 13 (6 runs) England 26/2
KP Pietersen    5* (7b)      NM Lyon    2-0-7-0
JE Root    4* (26b)      PM Siddle    3-0-6-1

13.1

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery well wide of off stump, Pietersen shoulders arms

13.2

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, touch fuller and straighter but left again

13.3

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, full delivery well wide of off stump, left again

13.4

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, bit of inswing here, tighter off stump line and Pietersen drives off low on the bat to extra cover

13.5

Siddle to Pietersen, 1 run, similar delivery patted back up past the bowler and they get an easy single

13.6

Siddle to Root, no run, forward on off stump, blocked to extra cover

That's drinks with nothing much happening at all for the bowler and Mitchell Johnson's pace not really a threat...but England have still managed to lose two wickets. Australia well on their way as Brydon arrives to take you to luncheon...

End of over 14 (1 run) England 27/2
JE Root    4* (27b)      PM Siddle    4-0-7-1
KP Pietersen    6* (12b)      NM Lyon    2-0-7-0

Thanks Alex. Australia couldn't have asked for much more than two wickets in that first hour, both openers are gone. Lyon to conitnue

14.1

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, Lyon from around the wicket, Pietersen clips off the pads

14.2

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen uses the feet and then takes it on the pad

14.3

Lyon to Pietersen, 1 run, turning too far down leg and KP is able to flick it away behind square leg

Over the wicket to Root, with leg slip and short leg in

14.4

Lyon to Root, no run, defends away to the off side

14.5

Lyon to Root, no run, plenty of air from Lyon, this is defended easily though by Root

14.6

Lyon to Root, no run, sharp turn now, he draws Root forward and gets past the bat, strikes Root on the pad

End of over 15 (1 run) England 28/2
JE Root    4* (30b)      NM Lyon    3-0-8-0
KP Pietersen    7* (15b)      PM Siddle    4-0-7-1

Bri: "As a Leicestershire supporter I've got used to watching this standard of batting for the last 5 summers.I'd like to thank England for giving my life some consistency by enabling me to watch it through the winter as well."

15.1

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, solidly defended to the off side

15.2

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen pushes towards point with bat and pad close together

15.3

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen leans forward to defend as Siddle keeps probing in that line just outside off

15.4

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, again Pietersen defends, trying to be patient

15.5

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, short of a length and Pietersen leaves this one alone

15.6

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, straighter ball to finish the over and Pietersen resists the temptation to flick through midwicket, where there are two catching men - he defends to off

End of over 16 (maiden) England 28/2
KP Pietersen    7* (21b)      PM Siddle    5-1-7-1
JE Root    4* (30b)      NM Lyon    3-0-8-0

16.1

Lyon to Root, no run, turning in from around the wicket, Root flicks to leg

16.2

Lyon to Root, no run, flighted and plenty of turn, Root lobs it off the thigh towards short leg

16.3

Lyon to Root, no run, leans out to defend

16.4

Lyon to Root, 1 run, goes right back on to his stumps to clip through square leg

16.5

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, around the wicket to Pietersen, who advances and drives along the ground towards short mid-on

16.6

Lyon to Pietersen, 1 run, advances again and flicks another one through square leg

End of over 17 (2 runs) England 30/2
KP Pietersen    8* (23b)      NM Lyon    4-0-10-0
JE Root    5* (34b)      PM Siddle    5-1-7-1

17.1

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, Siddle keeps probing outside off, keeping things tight as KP leaves alone

17.2

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, solidly defended to the off side

17.3

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off

17.4

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, banged in short of a length and a touch straighter, Pietersen defends

17.5

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, on the back foot, Pietersen punches down the pitch

17.6

Siddle to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen goes for one this time, gets a strong cut away through point as Siddle continues to probe outside off, but just a fraction shorter

Mark Tiller: "As an Aussie living in England I thought last series 3-0 flattered England a little, but in my wildest dreams I didnt expect what we see now."

End of over 18 (4 runs) England 34/2
KP Pietersen    12* (29b 1x4)      PM Siddle    6-1-11-1
JE Root    5* (34b)      NM Lyon    4-0-10-0

18.1

Lyon to Root, 2 runs, spinning down leg and Root moves with the spin to clip it forward of square leg

18.2

Lyon to Root, no run, steps out of his crease to defend from off stump

18.3

Lyon to Root, 2 runs, rocks on to the back foot and punches through point this time, it is chased down inside the boundary

18.4

Lyon to Root, FOUR, full toss gifts an opportunity for Root to pick up a boundary, and he does so, placing a drive through cover

18.5

Lyon to Root, 1 run, touch short now and Root whippily works this forward of square leg

18.6

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, around the wicket to KP, who plays back and looks as if he's going to cut, then has to readjust when the ball turns too much, ugly flick back to the bowler in the end

Andrew: "I wonder, if England were to drop Prior (which one could make a case for), would they promote Bairstow, or would they consider drafting in Buttler, who is over there for the EPP tour."

End of over 19 (9 runs) England 43/2
KP Pietersen    12* (30b 1x4)      NM Lyon    5-0-19-0
JE Root    14* (39b 1x4)      PM Siddle    6-1-11-1

Heeeeeere's Johnson.

19.1

Johnson to Root, no run, yorker-ish delivery but it's outside off and a thick low edge bounces to second slip

19.2

Johnson to Root, no run, straighter ball now at 142.1kph, Root defends

19.3

Johnson to Root, 1 run, Root uses the angle across him and prods a gentle little drive through the gap at cover

19.4

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, banged in at the body, but just a touch too wide to really get at Pietersen, who tried to glance but there was much daylight between bat and ball

19.5

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, digs in in towards the hips again, Pietersen jumpily defends

19.6

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 wide, bouncer, but too short to worry Pietersen - and in fact it's so high it's been called a wide

19.6

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, pushed across Pietersen, who leaves it alone

End of over 20 (2 runs) England 45/2
KP Pietersen    12* (33b 1x4)      MG Johnson    4-3-2-1
JE Root    15* (42b 1x4)      NM Lyon    5-0-19-0

Shane Watson gets a turn now. Two catching midwickets in for Root.

20.1

Watson to Root, 2 runs, clipped through square leg for a couple as Johnson does the fielding on the boundary

20.2

Watson to Root, 1 run, worked away behind square leg for another one

catchers at midwicket (x2) and at short cover for Pietersen, trying to get him flicking or driving

20.3

Watson to Pietersen, no run, nudged away defensively to leg

20.4

Watson to Pietersen, no run, fuller and wider of off, Pietersen carefully pushes to point and can't find the gap

20.5

Watson to Pietersen, no run, closes the face on one on the pads, just works it to midwicket

20.6

Watson to Pietersen, no run, defended towards the off side

William Mac: "Impressed with Root's temperament here - don't want to jinx it but I've got that Faf du Plessis feeling ..."

Long, long way to go William Mac. But Faf was amazing in Adelaide last year, albeit against an Australian attack short one injured member.

End of over 21 (3 runs) England 48/2
KP Pietersen    12* (37b 1x4)      SR Watson    1-0-3-0
JE Root    18* (44b 1x4)      MG Johnson    4-3-2-1

21.1

Johnson to Root, FOUR, on the pads at 142.9kph and Root manages to glance this fine enough to pick up a boundary

21.2

Johnson to Root, no run, 146.6kph from Johnson as Root leaves alone outside off

21.3

Johnson to Root, no run, 'wait no!' is the call as Root goes on the back foot to punch to point

21.4

Johnson to Root, FOUR, lovely placement from Root, he just waits on this one outside off and uses Johnson's pace to steer this behind point all the way along the ground, he's starting to look pretty comfortable at the crease

21.5

Johnson to Root, no run, good line, just on off stump and Root defends

21.6

Johnson to Root, no run, steered away to gully along the ground, Johnson is in the mid 140kph region here, not quite hitting the 150

End of over 22 (8 runs) England 56/2
JE Root    26* (50b 3x4)      MG Johnson    5-3-10-1
KP Pietersen    12* (37b 1x4)      SR Watson    1-0-3-0

22.1

Watson to Pietersen, 1 run, angled in to the pads of Pietersen, who gets a thick inside edge onto the flap of the pad and this lobs up into the leg side - but safely

Haddin is up to the stumps to Watson

22.2

Watson to Root, no run, pushed away defensively to off

22.3

Watson to Root, no run, bat and pad close together as Root defends

22.4

Watson to Root, no run, some genuine swing now from Watson, coming in towards the pads and does hit Root on the leg, but it's moving too far

22.5

Watson to Root, no run, again Watson attacks the stumps - 136kph - and Root defends

22.6

Watson to Root, no run, swinging in again and Root goes back to defend

End of over 23 (1 run) England 57/2
JE Root    26* (55b 3x4)      SR Watson    2-0-4-0
KP Pietersen    13* (38b 1x4)      MG Johnson    5-3-10-1

23.1

Johnson to Pietersen, no run, banged in short of a length and Pietersen defends off the back foot

23.2

Johnson to Pietersen, 1 run, flicked off the hips through midwicket for a single

23.3

Johnson to Root, no run, angled across Root, who leaves one alone and this dies a bit as it goes through to Haddin

Johnson comes around the wicket now

23.4

Johnson to Root, no run, probes outside off at 147kph, Root just pushes calmly to the off side

23.5

Johnson to Root, no run, beaten outside off now as Root plays inside the line, thinking this will come in more than it does

23.6

Johnson to Root, no run, solidly defended once more

End of over 24 (1 run) England 58/2
JE Root    26* (59b 3x4)      MG Johnson    6-3-11-1
KP Pietersen    14* (40b 1x4)      SR Watson    2-0-4-0

Jeremy: "Just a fun fact, Watson is bowling faster than Siddle currently. He bowls faster than many people think."

Haddin goes back now, he was up to the stumps only to Root last over.

24.1

Watson to Pietersen, no run, defends from middle and off

24.2

Watson to Pietersen, no run, watchful, careful is Pietersen as he just leans a long way forward and defends

Bat pad has come in now

24.3

Watson to Pietersen, no run, straight ball and Pietersen uses his wrists to close the face on this and work it to mid-on

24.4

Watson to Pietersen, no run, straight-bat defence again

24.5

Watson to Pietersen, no run, Watson continues to attack the stumps, Pietersen continues to defend

24.6

Watson to Pietersen, 2 runs, tailing in to the pads and Pietersen takes the opportunity to work this through midwicket, safely along the ground most of the way, but it is chased down inside the boundary

End of over 25 (2 runs) England 60/2
KP Pietersen    16* (46b 1x4)      SR Watson    3-0-6-0
JE Root    26* (59b 3x4)      MG Johnson    6-3-11-1

Now then, with five minutes until lunch, Michael Clarke is trying something different. Steven Smith has a bowl.

25.1

Smith to Root, 1 run, short to start with, a loosener, and Root pulls to deep midwicket

25.2

Smith to Pietersen, no run, oh, what a lovely legbreak! Really tossed up and drifting in, then turns sharply away and beats Pietersen's edge - Haddin doesn't glove it

25.3

Smith to Pietersen, no run, a crowd catch as Pietersen drives into the turf to short cover

25.4

Smith to Pietersen, no run, outside off and turning further away, KP leaves it

25.5

Smith to Pietersen, 1 run, straighter line now and Pietersen clips through midwicket

25.6

Smith to Root, 1 run, tossed up well above the eye-line and turns into a low full toss, which Root is happy to drive down towards mid-off for a single

End of over 26 (3 runs) England 63/2
JE Root    28* (61b 3x4)      SPD Smith    1-0-3-0
KP Pietersen    17* (50b 1x4)      SR Watson    3-0-6-0

This will be the last over before lunch, and it will be bowled by Nathan Lyon. He's around the wicket.

26.1

Lyon to Root, no run, turning down leg, Root leaves it alone

26.2

Lyon to Root, no run, lovely ball, drifting across to pitch on off, turns back just enough and the thick inside edge onto pad lobs up but safely wide of bat-pad

26.3

Lyon to Root, no run, clipped towards midwicket

26.4

Lyon to Root, 1 run, too short now, which allows Root to swivel a pull to deep square leg

26.5

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, tossed up on the stumps, Pietersen leans out to defend

26.6

Lyon to Pietersen, 1 run, plenty of flight from Lyon, Pietersen drives to deep mid-on for a single

That's lunch on day four. Australia remain on track for victory, although Pietersen and Root have looked pretty solid in this 45-run partnership. Michael Clarke declared ten minutes before the start of play, perhaps wary of the forecast that suggests there could be some rain around later in the day, or maybe that was his plan all along. In any case, Australia couldn't have asked for a much better start than Cook hooking a catch off Johnson, and then Carberry did the same off Siddle. Australia need eight wickets to go 2-0 up, England need, ahem, 466 more runs to win, or to bat for five sessions for a draw. After the break, Winter is coming. Alex Winter, that is, to take you through the next hour of play.

End of over 27 (2 runs) England 65/2
KP Pietersen    18* (52b 1x4)      NM Lyon    6-0-21-0
JE Root    29* (65b 3x4)      SPD Smith    1-0-3-0

Pot of tea steadily brewing, I'm back for the start of the afternoon session. Can England finally make a score? No excuses not to. Ryan Harris to get things back underway...

27.1

Harris to Pietersen, no run, full delivery on off stump that Pietersen isn't totally forward to, gets a thick inside edge to midwicket

27.2

Harris to Pietersen, no run, wider line and left well alone

27.3

Harris to Pietersen, no run, full at the off stump, blocked back up the wicket

Anyone got a scone?

27.4

Harris to Pietersen, no run, full onto off stump, blocked coming forward

27.5

Harris to Pietersen, no run, slips this past the outside edge, it just left Pietersen enough, he was fiddling for it slightly outside off

27.6

Harris to Pietersen, no run, full and wide and left alone

End of over 28 (maiden) England 65/2
KP Pietersen    18* (58b 1x4)      RJ Harris    6-2-13-0
JE Root    29* (65b 3x4)      NM Lyon    6-0-21-0

Spin to begin from the other end with Nathan Lyon around the wicket...

28.1

Lyon to Root, no run, short and Root goes to pull down the leg side, it stops on him and takes the thigh pad to leg slip

28.2

Lyon to Root, no run, thigh pad again via some turn to short leg this time

28.3

Lyon to Root, no run, fuller length, kept out playing back in the crease

28.4

Lyon to Root, no run, forward reach on off stump, pushed into the covers

28.5

Lyon to Root, 1 run, floated up outside off, Root pushes in front of point and calls a sharp single, Pietersen is through but the thrown in from David Warner hits him on the arm

28.6

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, forward on the stumps, a polite enquiry for lbw but not particularly close

End of over 29 (1 run) England 66/2
KP Pietersen    18* (59b 1x4)      NM Lyon    7-0-22-0
JE Root    30* (70b 3x4)      RJ Harris    6-2-13-0

29.1

Harris to Root, 1 run, full length and some in-drift, Root plays forward and runs it out through midwicket

29.2

Harris to Pietersen, no run, good length a foot and a half wide of off stump, left alone

29.3

Harris to Pietersen, no run, touch shorter and Pietersen plays a nicely-timed back foot drive that is marvellously saved by a diving Chris Rogers at point

29.4

Harris to Pietersen, no run, straighter line, Pietersen tries to play to leg and finds midwicket along the floor

29.5

Harris to Pietersen, 2 runs, short ball pulled without timing and gets a couple through midwicket

29.6

Harris to Pietersen, no run, forward dropping this in front of point, loud cry of "no" to possibly indicate that Pietersen didn't want a single

End of over 30 (3 runs) England 69/2
KP Pietersen    20* (64b 1x4)      RJ Harris    7-2-16-0
JE Root    31* (71b 3x4)      NM Lyon    7-0-22-0

Third cup from the pot, this will be a strong one...

30.1

Lyon to Root, no run, turn onto the pads going well down leg and high, no stroke offered

30.2

Lyon to Root, no run, angled across Root who blocks forward around off stump

30.3

Lyon to Root, no run, blocked in the crease, dropping it in front of short leg

30.4

Lyon to Root, 1 run, four men around the bat, Root forward and edging through midwicket

Fifty partnership in 114 balls, finally something to work with for England...

30.5

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, a skip down the wicket and drive to extra cover

30.6

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, tossed up and flicked firmly to midwicket

End of over 31 (1 run) England 70/2
KP Pietersen    20* (66b 1x4)      NM Lyon    8-0-23-0
JE Root    32* (75b 3x4)      RJ Harris    7-2-16-0

Guruprasad: "Barring his double century at Lord's, Joe Root has done little of note. This is a good opportunity for him to get a good look at the Aussie bowlers and improve his confidence."

31.1

Harris to Root, no run, full on the stumps, forward and nudged to midwicket

31.2

Harris to Root, 2 runs, fuller ball nicely punched down the ground

31.3

Harris to Root, no run, short ball, Root under it early, has a smile about it too

31.4

Harris to Root, no run, a foot wide of off stump, ignored

31.5

Harris to Root, no run, full length wide of off stump, left alone

31.6

Harris to Root, no run, firm push forward and blocked to extra cover, solid

End of over 32 (2 runs) England 72/2
JE Root    34* (81b 3x4)      RJ Harris    8-2-18-0
KP Pietersen    20* (66b 1x4)      NM Lyon    8-0-23-0

32.1

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, still around the wicket, off stump line, Pietersen backs away and cuts to point

32.2

Lyon to Pietersen, FOUR, first sign of aggression from Pietersen against the spinner, a silky stride down and whacks it through mid-off, good timing

32.3

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, down again and clipping to Lyon's right who saves well

32.4

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, forward pushing into the covers from off stump

32.5

Lyon to Pietersen, 1 run, flicked via short leg into the leg side for an easy single, playing with the spin

32.6

Lyon to Root, no run, back on the stumps and tucking in front of short leg

End of over 33 (5 runs) England 77/2
JE Root    34* (82b 3x4)      NM Lyon    9-0-28-0
KP Pietersen    25* (71b 2x4)      RJ Harris    8-2-18-0

I've rescued this third cuppa with a good glug of milk...

33.1

Harris to Pietersen, no run, full on off stump, blocked firmly into the covers

33.2

Harris to Pietersen, 1 run, touch shorter in length and Pietersen can work this away from mid-off so they get a quick run

33.3

Harris to Root, no run, back of a length, Root up on his toes just outside off stump to push to point

33.4

Harris to Root, 1 run, forward just outside off and carefully ran into the gap at cover

33.5

Harris to Pietersen, no run, short and Pietersen was in a position to hook but pulled out of the stroke

33.6

Harris to Pietersen, no run, full ball that Pietersen plays slightly across to midwicket on the floor, decent set that from Harris

End of over 34 (2 runs) England 79/2
KP Pietersen    26* (75b 2x4)      RJ Harris    9-2-20-0
JE Root    35* (84b 3x4)      NM Lyon    9-0-28-0

34.1

Lyon to Root, 2 runs, full and wide enough to whip the hands through and get a couple as point chases back, good running to get back for the second

34.2

Lyon to Root, no run, forward on off stump playing on the bounce to silly point

34.3

Lyon to Root, no run, slightly wider and Root reaches for it a bit, pushing up to mid-off

34.4

Lyon to Root, no run, straighter line, blocked in front of the sticks

34.5

Lyon to Root, no run, full on the stumps this time, knocked up the wicket with a bend of the front knee

34.6

Lyon to Root, 1 run, flatter delivery, Root tickles it out to deep square leg

End of over 35 (3 runs) England 82/2
JE Root    38* (90b 3x4)      NM Lyon    10-0-31-0
KP Pietersen    26* (75b 2x4)      RJ Harris    9-2-20-0

Mitchell Johnson for the first time this afternoon. Being used in short, sharp blasts, can he force a mistake here...

35.1

Johnson to Root, no run, around the wicket and bowls on a length, Root blocks it in the crease

35.2

Johnson to Root, no run, fuller delivery just outside off, Root forward blocking to cover

Clarke comes down for a chat with Johnno...

35.3

Johnson to Root, no run, drops his length and Root gets up and knocks it towards point

35.4

Johnson to Root, no run, blocked going back and across off stump

35.5

Johnson to Root, no run, straighter line, tucked from the crease to midwicket

35.6

Johnson to Root, no run, over the wicket, slides one full to just outside off, Root comes forward and dabs it towards point

End of over 36 (maiden) England 82/2
JE Root    38* (96b 3x4)      MG Johnson    7-4-11-1
KP Pietersen    26* (75b 2x4)      NM Lyon    10-0-31-0

36.1

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, step across the stumps and touched into midwicket

36.2

Lyon to Pietersen, 1 run, more air and whipped through midwicket for an easy single

36.3

Lyon to Root, FOUR, tossed up into the rough outside off, Root comes right out to meet it and times a drive nicely through the covers

36.4

Lyon to Root, FOUR, now short and pulled for four more, controlled stroke and finds the gap

36.5

Lyon to Root, no run, nearly caught in two minds, ends up blocking in front of off stump

36.6

Lyon to Root, 1 run, more flight, straighter line and turned with the spin behind square on the leg side

End of over 37 (10 runs) England 92/2
JE Root    47* (100b 5x4)      NM Lyon    11-0-41-0
KP Pietersen    27* (77b 2x4)      MG Johnson    7-4-11-1

Chris: "Sometimes it's better to just get a new pot of tea, rather than reviving an elderly one with milk." This is true but that would involve leaving my commentary chair. I need a minion. It was a decent third cup anyway, no complaints...

37.1

Johnson to Root, no run, short of a length on off stump, Root up on his toes dabbing into the covers

37.2

Johnson to Root, no run, bit meaner this, dug in and Root keeps it down from shoulder height

37.3

Johnson to Root, no run, fuller ball slid across Root who leaves alone

37.4

Johnson to Root, no run, full just outside off, driven quite sweetly but straight to extra cover

37.5

Johnson to Root, no run, full and sliding across Root who feels for it and gets beaten, first mistake really and he'll be mighty relieved to have gotten away with it, Root smiles

37.6

Johnson to Root, no run, short ball down the leg side, Root gets nicely inside it, Johnson has a word, Root again grins back at him

End of over 38 (maiden) England 92/2
JE Root    47* (106b 5x4)      MG Johnson    8-5-11-1
KP Pietersen    27* (77b 2x4)      NM Lyon    11-0-41-0

Change up and Steve Smith is on to replace Lyon. Stevie S to his borther-in-law...

38.1

Smith to Pietersen, SIX, horrendous full bunger and Pietersen smashes it over long on, big strike that

38.2

Smith to Pietersen, no run, that's better, decent length, Pietersen out to it kicking it away to the off side

38.3

Smith to Pietersen, 1 run, floated up on leg stump, Pietersen with a giant stride forward playing in front of mid-on for a single

38.4

Smith to Root, 1 run, long hop pulled out to deep midwicket and the hundred comes up

38.5

Smith to Pietersen, 1 run, plays around with mid-on again and takes a quick single having advanced down the track

38.6

Smith to Root, 1 run, back and pulled and the deep midwicket made a fabulous diving save, David Warner with a full-length slide to his left to save four and in fact just keeps them to one

End of over 39 (10 runs) England 102/2
JE Root    49* (108b 5x4)      SPD Smith    2-0-13-0
KP Pietersen    35* (81b 2x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    8-5-11-1

EnjoyingAshes: "I absolutely love Joe Root's temperament. Love how he gives a smile every time Johnson tries to stare him down!" He is a cool cookie and has a great chance here to spend a lot more time smiling at the bowlers...

39.1

Johnson to Root, no run, sharp bumper that Root sharply gets underneath

I reckon that play and miss has livened Johnson up...

39.2

Johnson to Root, no run, fuller at the stumps, Root keeps it out with a straight bat

39.3

Johnson to Root, no run, back of a length angled towards the off stump, Root punches to extra cover

39.4

Johnson to Root, no run, slingy bumper, 93mph, got up very high and wasn't too threatening

39.5

Johnson to Root, 2 runs, full length that nearly sneaks past Root's forward push but he gets it through midwicket and goes to fifty, a nice little innings and proves to some extent that he can deal with No. 3

39.6

Johnson to Root, no run, full wide one, a tempter that Root ignores

End of over 40 (2 runs) England 104/2
JE Root    51* (114b 5x4)      MG Johnson    9-5-13-1
KP Pietersen    35* (81b 2x4 1x6)      SPD Smith    2-0-13-0

40.1

Smith to Pietersen, 2 runs, Pietersen charges and wasn't quite to the pitch, has to reach out for it and chips it over mid-off, bit of a let off for KP

40.2

Smith to Pietersen, no run, more air, driven all along the floor to mid-off

40.3

Smith to Pietersen, no run, forward just blocking in front of leg stump

40.4

Smith to Pietersen, no run, back on his stumps and Smith did him for the length and beat Pietersen flirting outside off, close to the off stump too

40.5

Smith to Pietersen, 1 run, now a full toss that Pietersen slaps to Warner who's a touch deep at mid-on so the single's on, Warner throws down the stumps but Pietersen is easily home

40.6

Smith to Root, 1 run, dragged down and pulled to the deep midwicket

Always a danger to underestimate the part-timers and Pietersen almost paid the price there...

End of over 41 (4 runs) England 108/2
JE Root    52* (115b 5x4)      SPD Smith    3-0-17-0
KP Pietersen    38* (86b 2x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    9-5-13-1

41.1

Johnson to Root, no run, full and wide and Root went for the drive and missed again, just being lulled into a few of these drives outside off, dangerous chasing them; more smiles

41.2

Johnson to Root, 2 runs, tighter line, Root casually runs it through cover and they take two

41.3

Johnson to Root, no run, length delivery on off stump, blocked up the wicket

41.4

Johnson to Root, 2 runs, full on off stump and handily driven back past mid-off, not perfectly timed but a nicely nudged couple

41.5

Johnson to Root, no run, bumper, right over the stumps, Root bounces down under it

41.6

Johnson to Root, 2 runs, around the wicket now, firm punch off the back foot and they get a couple more through the covers

End of over 42 (6 runs) England 114/2
JE Root    58* (121b 5x4)      MG Johnson    10-5-19-1
KP Pietersen    38* (86b 2x4 1x6)      SPD Smith    3-0-17-0

Decent hour for England. Just the four and a half sessions to go!

42.1

Smith to Pietersen, SIX, long hop and pulled into the stands over midwicket, nicely timed and the hundred partnership is up, what a novelty

42.2

Smith to Pietersen, no run, dragged down again and Pietersen pulls to mid-on off the toe

42.3

Smith to Pietersen, 1 run, chance to go off side off the back foot now and finds deep cover

42.4

Smith to Root, no run, floated up on the stumps, played firmly to mid-on

42.5

Smith to Root, 1 run, back on the stumps and tucked against the turn into the vacant midwicket

42.6

Smith to Pietersen, SIX, tossed up on the stumps, whacked down the ground and Pietersen goes to fifty in fine style, another lovely strike

Drinks comes out with England in much better shape but Australia just need to sit tight; they have so much time, new balls etc. Brydon is back to take you to tea...

End of over 43 (14 runs) England 128/2
KP Pietersen    51* (90b 2x4 3x6)      SPD Smith    4-0-31-0
JE Root    59* (123b 5x4)      MG Johnson    10-5-19-1

Thanks Alex. Siddle takes over now.

43.1

Siddle to Root, no run, probing on off stump and it's defended

43.2

Siddle to Root, no run, accurate again and Root defends

43.3

Siddle to Root, no run, fuller length and Root drives to mid-off

43.4

Siddle to Root, 1 run, fullish outside off and Root drives forward of point

43.5

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, not controlled this time as Siddle nips it in and it holds up off the pitch, the drive lobs wide of the catching midwicket

43.6

Siddle to Pietersen, 2 runs, tries for the yorker but just not quite there and Pietersen clips through square leg uppishly

End of over 44 (3 runs) England 131/2
KP Pietersen    53* (92b 2x4 3x6)      PM Siddle    7-1-14-1
JE Root    60* (127b 5x4)      SPD Smith    4-0-31-0

Double-change. No surprise that Smith is off. It's Watson from the River End.

44.1

Watson to Root, no run, straight ball to begin with and it's defended with a straight bat

44.2

Watson to Root, no run, some inswing from Watson, Root defends

44.3

Watson to Root, no run, again it swings in a touch, Root is solid in defence

44.4

Watson to Root, no run, fullish and straight, it's prodded back to the bowler

44.5

Watson to Root, no run, this one swings a fraction the other way, but Root is happy to let it alone

44.6

Watson to Root, no run, driven back to the bowler

End of over 45 (maiden) England 131/2
JE Root    60* (133b 5x4)      SR Watson    4-1-6-0
KP Pietersen    53* (92b 2x4 3x6)      PM Siddle    7-1-14-1

45.1

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, Siddle hits his usual line just outside off, it is defended once more

45.2

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, again Pietersen leans outside off to defend

45.3

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off, no swing for Siddle, unlike Watson

45.4

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, fuller and straighter, it's defended

45.5

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, too wide of off now to make Pietersen play

45.6

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, solid in defence once more

End of over 46 (maiden) England 131/2
KP Pietersen    53* (98b 2x4 3x6)      PM Siddle    8-2-14-1
JE Root    60* (133b 5x4)      SR Watson    4-1-6-0

46.1

Watson to Root, no run, swinging in from outside off, but Root is happy leaving it alone

46.2

Watson to Root, no run, again Watson gets some movement in, again Root meets it with a straight bat

46.3

Watson to Root, no run, Watson is getting good movement and it's going a little both ways - this one curls away a touch and is left alone

46.4

Watson to Root, no run, banged in short and Root ducks underneath it

46.5

Watson to Root, no run, again this one straightens a bit and is left alone

46.6

Watson to Root, no run, clipped away to leg

Colin: "Surely Steve Smith's position in this team has got to be in jeopardy. No contribution with the bat or ball....not a world class cricketer."

He scored an unbeaten 138 two Test ago, Colin. And was one of Australia's best on the tour of India. Might not look pretty with the bat but I think he's earned a little longer in the team yet.

End of over 47 (maiden) England 131/2
JE Root    60* (139b 5x4)      SR Watson    5-2-6-0
KP Pietersen    53* (98b 2x4 3x6)      PM Siddle    8-2-14-1

47.1

Siddle to Pietersen, OUT, gone! Siddle has made the breakthrough that Australia desperately needed, and it has come with an inside edge onto off stump. Siddle didn't nip it back much, but just enough, and it has caught the inside edge and Pietersen has played on. Huge breakthrough.

KP Pietersen b Siddle 53 (151m 99b 2x4 3x6) SR: 53.53

Umpire Dharmasena asks for a check of the no-ball and hardly any of Siddle's foot was in front of the line. Yes, nearly the whole thing behind the line. Proof, I would argue, he doesn't watch for no-balls.

47.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, Bell drives to cover for his first ball, solid

47.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, steers it away to backward point

47.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, swinging in towards middle and leg, it's defended

47.5

Siddle to Bell, no run, pushed away defensively to backward point

47.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 48 (wicket maiden) England 131/3
IR Bell    0* (5b)      PM Siddle    9-3-14-2
JE Root    60* (139b 5x4)      SR Watson    5-2-6-0

48.1

Watson to Root, no run, punched away off the back foot towards cover

48.2

Watson to Root, no run, Root is solid in defence once more as Watson probes outside off

48.3

Watson to Root, no run, fullish and straighter, Root drives towards mid-off

A little bit of discussion between Watson and Erasmus about following through on the danger area. Seems as though he's been warned.

48.4

Watson to Root, no run, some good inswing here from wider of the crease, but it's far enough outside off that Root can leave it alone

48.5

Watson to Root, no run, Watson bends his back now, bangs in a bouncer at 136kph but it's far enough down leg that the batsman can evade it easily

48.6

Watson to Root, no run, probing on off, and it's defended

Interesting look on the face of Marais Erasmus there. He looks very tempted to tell Watson he's still running on the danger area, might be giving him one last chance.

End of over 49 (maiden) England 131/3
JE Root    60* (145b 5x4)      SR Watson    6-3-6-0
IR Bell    0* (5b)      PM Siddle    9-3-14-2

Alex: "Watson also worked hard for that Siddle wicket. As they say, 3 maidens equals a wicket."

49.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, Siddle hits the right line just outside off, Bell puts the head down and defends

49.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, driven to cover, can't find a run to get off the mark

49.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, fullish from Siddle, Bell drives to the off sid

49.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, shortish but this one doesn't get up much, Bell tries the swivel pull but the ball sails past the bat and through to Haddin

49.5

Siddle to Bell, 1 run, Bell gets off the mark, but with a pretty tight single - he's pushed to backward point and taken off, thinking Harris the fielder wouldn't be quick - the throw missed at the striker's end and that may have been tight

A delay now as Steve Smith straps on the shin pads and gets the helmet, he's coming in to bat-pad. Or is he? After all that, he seems to be standing at short midwicket, unless I'm mistaken.

49.6

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

End of over 50 (1 run) England 132/3
JE Root    60* (146b 5x4)      PM Siddle    10-3-15-2
IR Bell    1* (10b)      SR Watson    6-3-6-0
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