The Ashes - 3rd Test

Australia v England

Australia won by 150 runs

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

James Anderson will take the new ball, with Chris Rogers scratching out his mark... Three slips and a gully bend their knees and prepare to try and cling on to scorched leather.

10.25am: Australia fair is advancing, and don't England know it. The tourists are on the brink, folks, and so are we. It's green for GO! GO! GO!

10.20am: Perth, by all accounts, is hotter than the sun, with temperatures expected to hit 38C during the Test. The central heating in our office is enough to bring me out in a sweat... Anyway, here come the teams for the anthems, the ground brightly lit and shimmering gently.

"Is there any point in asking about the condition of the pitch at the WACA or is that like asking if water is wet?" Does the pope do his business in the woods, Kal? It's hard, flat and bouncier than that dog from Neighbours.

"Don't forget Billy's back too!!" Michael is almost as excited about Billy Bowden's return as the man himself.

10.10am: We'll not get a glimpse of England's (friendly) giants here, then, with Chris Tremlett, Steven Finn and Boyd Rankin all missing out. Stuart Broad might enjoy himself here, though, being a bit of a beanpole himself - he missed out three years ago, having gone home injured. Johnson took nine wickets in that match, the Fremantle Doctor giving a whispering curve to his blistering pace; but it's his batting team-mates who will be up first. One sliver of a glimmer for England might be the fact that Clarke averages just 37 here, his worst record on an Australian pitch.

"Amazing how last summer we were rotating players to keep them fresh and well-rested," says Rob. "All of a sudden we start to perform, and low and behold, three Tests in a row without a change..." Well, I think the plan was to make sure a few of those guys were fit for the Ashes, wasn't it? So, barring all the injured quicks (Starc, Bird, Pattinson), it's worked quite well.

"That's three out of three loses on the toss. Has Cook changed the call or stuck to heads and failed every time?" He said he'd kept with heads, JGras. Something about England, losing and heads...

10am: Australia have won the toss and chosen to bat, Clarke's luck holds in his 100th Test, that's three out of three in the series. "It looks a fantastic wicket," he says, before confirming an unchanged line-up. Hup, hup, Pup. Cook declares it's not the end of the world to bowl first (though it may be when Johnson gets a crack, ooh, around tea tomorrow). Cook was presented with a silver cap before the toss, much like the one Kevin Pietersen got a couple of weeks ago, to mark his 100th. When it comes to a two-horse race, however, silver is second best - and England have several furlongs to make up.

Australia 1 Chris Rogers, 2 David Warner, 3 Shane Watson, 4 Michael Clarke (capt), 5 Steven Smith, 6 George Bailey, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Mitchell Johnson, 9 Peter Siddle, 10 Ryan Harris, 11 Nathan Lyon.

Toss T-minus 1: The England team is in... and Graeme Swann is in it. Just the one change, Tim Bresnan replacing Monty Panesar from the team in Adelaide. So four horsemen and a man on a pony and trap it is.

England 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Michael Carberry, 3 Joe Root, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Tim Bresnan, 10 Graeme Swann, 11 James Anderson.

9.55am: England, by the way, have only ever won once at the WACA, way back in 1978. They've also lost their last six in Perth. And only one team has ever come from 2-0 down to win an Ashes series (Bradman, natch). So you could say this looks a real poser for Cook and co. Anyway...

"If England wins the toss, they need to bat," declares Rajeev, getting his motivational fist pumps going. "Positive intent needed to be shown to face the likes of Johnson & co upfront. Aussies are sure to bat if they win the toss!!"

Nathan thinks bottle may come into it: "Guessing Cook won't be too disappointed to lose this toss… I doubt he wants to bat first, but batting first is probably the better option in this heat"

Gocfe has some advice (presumably not just for me): "Alan, Let me tell you... to win a match at the WACA, you've got to pitch the ball up. If you fall for the trap of bowling short-pitched stuff all day long on this pitch, you're going to lose.... That's unless of course the England side still are the happy hookers!"

And I bet Andrew likes it hord and forst: "Acutally ball-blistering reminds me of The 12th Man's player comfort meter, which was based on that very same part of the male anatomy."

9.45am: We're 15 minutes from the toss, when we'll also find out the teams. Will Ryan Harris be taped together thoroughly enough to make the XI? Might England go spinnerless? We'll know the answers soon.

"I think people get a bit deluded about the WACA," says Peter of Mitcham. "I believe it has produced some fine batting performances also. So if they start bowling pies they'll get carted." You're right that the runs can come fast here, too, vis Hashim Amla and Graeme Smith last year. But quick wickets is more England's thing at the moment.

Tim Ryan, meanwhile, wants some Ashes in his belly: "Feeling irritable as I'm getting pretty hungry at work here in Melbourne waiting for the cricket to start. Taking a late lunch so I can watch the first ball."

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9.30am: Hello there. It's Friday the 13th, it's Australia v England, it's Mitchell Johnson at his homeground - the WACA, world cricket's speedway circuit - and it's a potential series decider. It. Is. On.

G'day, I'm Alan "Speed Freak" Gardner and I'll be joined by Alex "Destruction Derby" Winter to bring you live and only occasionally interrupted ball-by-blistering-ball coverage of the third Ashes Test in Perth - as Dan Brettig's preview outlines, this is a crucial encounter. Alastair Cook is less than two weeks from his 29th birthday and he is about to play his 100th Test. Now he faces his greatest challenge: resurrecting England's challenge in the boneyard of western Australia. Should his Christmas (and birthday) be ruined, it will be down in no small part to his Australian counterpart, Michael Clarke, who will also step out for his 100th Test - currently in charge of a noticeably more united bunch (writes Brydon Coverdale). Cook and Clarke, a fairground hall-of-mirrors-image of each other, and their two worlds are about to collide again. To the victor the spoils (or a slim chance of getting back into the series).

0.1

Anderson to Rogers, no run, starts round the wicket, good length outside off, just holds its line and Rogers lets this one through

0.2

Anderson to Rogers, no run, Anderson gets a bumper in early, halfway down the track and Rogers rocks forwards and then back, flinching out of the way

0.3

Anderson to Rogers, no run, pushed through in the channel outside off stump, another leave

0.4

Anderson to Rogers, 1 run, this is angled in a bit straighter, Rogers closes the bat face and nurdles one in front of midwicket for a single to get things up and running

0.5

Anderson to Warner, 1 run, again too straight from Anderson, decent pace though, up around 87mph/140kph - Warner works it off his legs

0.6

Anderson to Rogers, no run, length ball on off, doesn't do much off the straight and patted back down defensively into the off side

"Alan, Clarke does only average 37 here, which must please England," chirps Shaun. "I wonder how they feel about Warner's average of 74 at the WACA?" Er, queasy?

End of over 1 (2 runs) Australia 2/0
CJL Rogers    1* (5b)      JM Anderson    1-0-2-0
DA Warner    1* (1b)     

It will be Stuart Broad bounding in from the other end...

1.1

Broad to Warner, no run, over the wicket, back of a length at the body and this kicks off the pitch, hurries Warner who gets hit on the glove fending the ball into the leg side

1.2

Broad to Warner, 1 run, better length, around leg stump, Warner presses forwards and gets an inside edge behind square

1.3

Broad to Rogers, 2 runs, fullish, on the pads, Rogers looks like his has plenty of time to adjust and taps a couple through midwicket

Bell is in under the helmet at short leg now

1.4

Broad to Rogers, FOUR, pitched up again, this swings a little but that puts it on a leg-stump platter for Rogers, who licks his lips and picks the bones clean for the first boundary through square

1.5

Broad to Rogers, FOUR, way down the leg side, poor delivery that, and it's helped on its way off Rogers' pads for four more

Short leg comes out, at Broad's request

1.6

Broad to Rogers, OUT, full and on the pads and flicked in front of midwicket, Rogers calls... but he won't make it to the other end! A direct hit from Anderson and Australia are one down! That was really smart work from Anderson, who moved a few paces to his left from mid-on, clean pick up and throw at the non-striker's end - there may have been a moment's hesitation between the batsmen and Rogers was well short. Is that the moment of inspiration that England need?

CJL Rogers run out 11 (11m 9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 122.22

End of over 2 (11 runs) Australia 13/1
     SCJ Broad    1-0-11-0
DA Warner    2* (3b)      JM Anderson    1-0-2-0

Shane Watson will face his first ball from Anderson, who's already got a wicket

Matthew has Georgia Adelaide on his mind: "A superb piece of fielding and a run out helped spark England's dominance in 2010/11 - perhaps the same will happen here? One can hope."

2.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, line and length in the corridor, Watson gets a stride in and shoulders his armaments

2.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, fullish, bit of shape and the ball straightens on off stump, Watson gets in line to defend

2.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, length delivery outside off, nibbles away and left alone

Good spot, from Miki: "Friday the 13th, first wicket on 13 runs... Naughty Friday"

2.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, an in-ducker from Anderson this time, wide enough that Watson can leave safely, though

2.5

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, pitched up on middle and leg, clipped into a gap at midwicket, no confusion this time

2.6

Anderson to Warner, 1 wide, Anderson goes round the wicket and thunders in a bouncer outside off, Warner ducks but it turns out he didn't need to - it was over head height

2.6

Anderson to Warner, no run, good length ball on off stump, defended watchfully

"Is that the only time Jimmy has hit the stumps this summer?" titters Mark. Such is Australia's dominance in the series thus far that their supporters can afford to laugh at a calamitous run-out inside the first two overs

End of over 3 (2 runs) Australia 15/1
DA Warner    2* (4b)      JM Anderson    2-0-4-0
SR Watson    1* (5b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-11-0

3.1

Broad to Watson, no run, full, outside the line of off, Watson comes forward and drives gently to extra cover

3.2

Broad to Watson, 2 runs, drifts on to the pads and Watson nudges the ball through backward square for a couple

"@Miki - but will 13 wickets fall in the day too?" wonders Tim. "I'm sure England would be hoping so."

3.3

Broad to Watson, no run, overpitched and in the slot to drive, Watson leans into a creamy punch that looks destined to thud into the boundary boards at deep extra cover, only for Anderson to throw himself to his left and snag the ball one-handed. In a trice, he's up on his feet and ready to throw, too

3.4

Broad to Watson, no run, angled in, towards off stump, not coming back that much though and left alone

3.5

Broad to Watson, no run, Watson gets outside off and shoulders arms again

3.6

Broad to Watson, no run, slightly short of a length, outside off and defended straight down into the ground, Watson thinks about one but eventually bellows "No!"

"Run out! England have finally found an effective strategy to take 10 Aus wickets." A cunning plan worthy of Baldrick, PK

End of over 4 (2 runs) Australia 17/1
SR Watson    3* (11b)      SCJ Broad    2-0-13-0
DA Warner    2* (4b)      JM Anderson    2-0-4-0

4.1

Anderson to Warner, no run, inside edge on to pad and just over the stumps! That verily nearly snuck through, Warner left a little gap and the ball clipped the inside of the bat and just missed the timber

4.2

Anderson to Warner, no run, good length in the channel, lets this one through to the keeper

4.3

Anderson to Warner, 1 run, comes forward, dabs the ball into the covers and Warner is off straight away, Watson with a little less alacrity but he makes his ground

4.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, touch short, Anderson still operating in the mid-80s, pushed square

4.5

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, full, bit of extra bounce and the ball thunks the outer shoulder of the bat, goes to ground quickly and past the dive of Swann at third slip, away to the rope for four

4.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, more lift for Anderson, off a good length outside off, forcing Watson to drop is hands at the last minute

"Warner/Watson within two overs... What is known as 'voting Feldman/Haim' in Australia. But somehow it doesn't seem like a bad gamble at the moment." I don't know what Pete is referring to, but I'm interested

End of over 5 (5 runs) Australia 22/1
SR Watson    7* (14b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-9-0
DA Warner    3* (7b)      SCJ Broad    2-0-13-0

Short leg is back in...

5.1

Broad to Warner, no run, slightly full and outside the line of off, Warner gets forward to push a drive towards mid-off

5.2

Broad to Warner, FOUR, lovely stroke from Warner, transferring the weight quickly forward to fillet a drive back down the ground, a very fine - in both senses - off drive

5.3

Broad to Warner, FOUR, short and straight, clattered through square leg for another boundary! Just a short-arm jab from Warner but it flew away

And out goes short leg again, doing the hokey-cokey

5.4

Broad to Warner, no run, much better line from Broad, outside off and rising off a length, Warner judges his leave well

5.5

Broad to Warner, 1 run, comes forward and taps one into the covers ... Broad clocking 87mph/140kph there

5.6

Broad to Watson, no run, pitched up in the hallway of disquiet outside off, driven calmly to mid-off

"Jimmy certainly isn't just 'putting it there'. He is regularly hitting the 138-140k mark," declares Deep. "Now, let's see if the rest of the 'jaded and tired' brigade is up for it."

End of over 6 (9 runs) Australia 31/1
SR Watson    7* (15b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-22-0
DA Warner    12* (12b 2x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-9-0

6.1

Anderson to Warner, FOUR, Anderson pitches the ball up, looking for any late movement on offer, but Warner gets over the top of it and drills another silky four down the ground - flying start from Australia

6.2

Anderson to Warner, 2 runs, driven on the up this time, playing away from his body into a gap through the covers

6.3

Anderson to Warner, no run, straighter line, angled in from round the wicket, worked to leg

6.4

Anderson to Warner, no run, length ball around off stump, Warner gets on the front foot to block

6.5

Anderson to Warner, FOUR, overpitched again, little bit of width and Warner throws the hands through a crisp drive through the covers, four more. Oh, and ¡shot!

6.6

Anderson to Warner, no run, leg-stump line, up towards 88mph, this jumps and catches Warner on the thigh but drops safely

"I believe Pete is referring to Corey Feldman and Corey Haim, who were teen hearthrobs/megastars in Hollywood in the 80s/90s," says Dayne. "As to how he has linked this to Watto and Warner I have no clue, but I too am interested." So did Australians vote them into public office?

End of over 7 (10 runs) Australia 41/1
DA Warner    22* (18b 4x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-19-0
SR Watson    7* (15b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-22-0

An early change, with Tim Bresnan replacing Broad, whose three overs leaked 22 runs

7.1

Bresnan to Watson, FOUR, gentle loosener wide of the stumps and crumped for four, past the diving Anderson at mid-off, whose efforts this time are in vain

7.2

Bresnan to Watson, no run, slightly full but on a tighter line outside off, this time Watson leaves

7.3

Bresnan to Watson, no run, length ball outside off stump, tails back in and through to the keeper

7.4

Bresnan to Watson, no run, line and length from England's steady Eddie (Timmy), Watson leaves

7.5

Bresnan to Watson, no run, gets forward and shoulders arms again

7.6

Bresnan to Watson, no run, Bresnan is hitting mid-80s (135kph), in the corridor outside off, Watson remains happy to leave after his opening thrust

"Voting Feldman/Haim' is a line from a song from the US cartoon 'The Family Guy'" So were Warner and Watson in that episode, Brett? I still don't understand

End of over 8 (4 runs) Australia 45/1
SR Watson    11* (21b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-4-0
DA Warner    22* (18b 4x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-19-0

8.1

Anderson to Warner, no run, goes over the wicket, tight line around off stump, Warner stays back to defend

8.2

Anderson to Warner, no run, good length, nipping away outside off, left alone

8.3

Anderson to Warner, no run, pushed across on the angle, lets the ball zip through to the keeper

8.4

Anderson to Warner, no run, comes forward and taps towards point with an open bat face

8.5

Anderson to Warner, no run, Warner goes back and across and defends in front of off stump

8.6

Anderson to Warner, no run, Anderson sees immediate dividends from going over the wicket, keeping Warner honest around his off stump - that's the first maiden of the morning

End of over 9 (maiden) Australia 45/1
DA Warner    22* (24b 4x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-19-0
SR Watson    11* (21b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-4-0

"I seem to recall Watson could only secure his spot when Bresnan wasn't playing?" You think his spot is secure, Jon?

9.1

Bresnan to Watson, no run, continues to probe in the channel outside off stump, another leave from Watson

9.2

Bresnan to Watson, FOUR, oof, a streaky four, Watson swatting at the ball like a man trying to put out a fire, the bounce does for him but a thick edge flies over the cordon to an unattended third man

9.3

Bresnan to Watson, no run, gun-barrel straight outside off, Watson is back to leaving

9.4

Bresnan to Watson, no run, this comes back a long way, from wide of the stumps as Watson again shoulders arms

9.5

Bresnan to Watson, 3 runs, driven on the up, Watson doesn't quite catch this and the ball is briefly in the air before skittering wide of mid-off, it won't get four but will bring up the Australian fifty

9.6

Bresnan to Warner, no run, Warner hops back to defend around his off stump

I think Anth has cleared things up: "When Pete said 'What is known as 'voting Feldman/Haim', he meant 'only in my living room' rather than 'in Australia'."

End of over 10 (7 runs) Australia 52/1
DA Warner    22* (25b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-11-0
SR Watson    18* (26b 3x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-19-0

Cook has got twitchy again, with Broad swapping ends to replace Anderson

10.1

Broad to Watson, no run, starts with a length delivery that pops off the surface and hits up towards the splice as Watosn leans out to defend

"Watson has been failing consistently for about 3 years yet the only time he's out of the team is if he's injured or if he forgets to do his homework. What makes you think his spot isn't safe?" Touche, Dale

10.2

Broad to Watson, no run, length delivery outside off, nothing doing from Watson

10.3

Broad to Watson, OUT, pushes with hard hands, edged and gone, Swann plucks the ball from above his head in the slips! Broad has another wicket, his 12th of the series. It was just the perfect length, drawing Watson forward and then surprising him with the bounce. Watto hung his bat out, rather, the bottom hand coming off the bat as he tried to drive... and England are cock-a-hoop

SR Watson c Swann b Broad 18 (43m 29b 3x4 0x6) SR: 62.06

Well, well... The WACA has gone a little quiet, as Michael Clarke strides out, whirling his arms, his country in need again

10.4

Broad to Clarke, no run, angled in, pitching off and heading towards middle and leg, Clarke defends a little cautiously from back in the crease

10.5

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, length ball, on the stumps, tapped into the covers and there's a sharp single there for the taking

10.6

Broad to Warner, no run, good length, around off, pushed watchfully in front of square

End of over 11 (1 run) Australia 53/2
DA Warner    22* (26b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-23-1
MJ Clarke    1* (2b)      TT Bresnan    2-0-11-0

Bresnan will continue; there's a short leg in for Clarke. Here's Brad: "Don't know what is more disgraceful, that shot from Watto or the fact that there is no one really pushing to take his spot off him..."

11.1

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, good leave from Clarke, the ball snaking through a few inches outside, and maybe over, the top of off

11.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, touch wide and angled back in, again lets it through

11.3

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, speared in towards middle and off stump, Clarke nudges the ball to midwicket for one

11.4

Bresnan to Warner, no run, bumper from Brezzie, this gets up and over the head of Wee Davey Warner

11.5

Bresnan to Warner, 3 runs, touch short and just a little width, pushed across and neatly punched in front of square, Carberry gives chase from point to reel it in short of the boundary

11.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, digs this ball in again, 84.7mph and over the ducking Clarke

Out come the drinks, they're going to need 'em out in that heat. Mine's a double, please.

Here's Tony, with further insight (and a dig at Watson): "It would seem the Feldman/Haim reference is about the increasing number of Hollywood types in US politics. Perhaps the Warner/Watson reference is about flashy players, rather than your traditional top order Test batsman. Watson really has to be on the chopping block, can he seriously be in our top 6 bats in the country?"

End of over 12 (4 runs) Australia 57/2
MJ Clarke    2* (6b)      TT Bresnan    3-0-15-0
DA Warner    25* (28b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-23-1

Broad, topped up with electrolytes, will continue

12.1

Broad to Warner, 3 runs, slightly back of a length, outside off and neatly steered between two men on the off side for three

12.2

Broad to Clarke, 4 leg byes, strays down the leg side, flicks a bit of padding and that diverts the ball past Prior for four leg byes

12.3

Broad to Clarke, FOUR, Clarke looking busy early on, steadies himself and swings the arms through a free-flowing punch down the ground, too full from Broad and cracked through straight mid-on

12.4

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, shortish and dropped towards point off the back foot, Clarke takes off immediately for another run to his name

12.5

Broad to Warner, no run, length ball, outside off and leaving the lefty, who leaves in turn

12.6

Broad to Warner, no run, play and a miss, a big woolly woof from Warner, attempting to hit a home run, I think, ends up on one knee looking towards long-on as the ball settles into Prior's gloves and the England catchers murmur their interest

End of over 13 (12 runs) Australia 69/2
DA Warner    28* (31b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-31-1
MJ Clarke    7* (9b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-15-0

13.1

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, extra bounce again for Bresnan, hitting Clarke in the bread basket as he hangs back

"I find it difficult to understand why Watson is being dismissed in Tests so cheaply and so lamely, so consistently," laments Mal. "Surely, surely, surely he should be back to being dismissed cheaply and lamely in Shield cricket, and someone with some fight and some mental strength should come into the Test side."

13.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, slightly full, hinting at inswing and Clarke rattles the wrists through a drive, gets an inside edge on to this front pad

13.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, in the channel, watches this one through

13.4

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, pitched up, gets on the front foot and drives to the man at short cover

13.5

Bresnan to Clarke, FOUR, this isn't all that full but Clarke hits through the line with aplomb, sending the ball racing past mid-off and away to the rope

13.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, good length, jabs down on it, no run

"Poms have obviously done their homework on Watson and discovered a key weakness - batting," chuckles Tom

End of over 14 (4 runs) Australia 73/2
MJ Clarke    11* (15b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    4-0-19-0
DA Warner    28* (31b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-31-1

14.1

Broad to Warner, no run, length ball, there's that lift off a length again, the ball popping into the off side off the face of the bat

14.2

Broad to Warner, no run, hits the deck and balloons a bouncer over Warner, who thinks about pulling only to pull out

14.3

Broad to Warner, no run, goes back and defends with an open face towards point

14.4

Broad to Warner, no run, short and at the man, Warner limbos sweetly underneath

14.5

Broad to Warner, no run, slightly back of a length, nibbles back a touch and Warner gets an inside edge on to his body

14.6

Broad to Warner, no run, good line, good leave, a length ball shooting through just outside the line of off

James is advocating for the devil: "Has everyone forgotten that Watson scored the most runs for Australia in the last Ashes series in England?"

End of over 15 (maiden) Australia 73/2
DA Warner    28* (37b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-31-1
MJ Clarke    11* (15b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    4-0-19-0

Expect there'll be lots of rotation, given the heat, with Ben Stokes called on for a bowl in his second Test, replacing Bresnan...

15.1

Stokes to Clarke, no run, starts with a length ball, quite wide of the stumps but left alone by Clarke

They're all coming out now... Here's Simon: "I think everyone need to lay off poor Watson and just give him another chance, like the selectors keep doing."

15.2

Stokes to Clarke, FOUR, low full toss from Stokes and this time Clarke is happy to play, bunting it through the covers for what it deserved

15.3

Stokes to Clarke, no run, short and slightly wide again, pace is up above 85mph (137ish) but Clarke doesn't have to concern himself too much with stuff out there

15.4

Stokes to Clarke, no run, better line, length delivery, lets this through

15.5

Stokes to Clarke, no run, Clarke goes back and across and defends short towards point, that delivery got up a little for Stokes

15.6

Stokes to Clarke, no run, comes out very full again, instead of driving Clarke dabs benevolently into the off side

End of over 16 (4 runs) Australia 77/2
MJ Clarke    15* (21b 3x4)      BA Stokes    1-0-4-0
DA Warner    28* (37b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-31-1

"People always bag Watson, just referring to his batting without considering his bowling," says Frank. "Having a 5th bowler adds a lot to the balance of the side, allowing Johnson to bowl short spells and be a strike bowler. With an average of 35 he probably should be batting lower down the order, but it's not his fault there is no-one else better around."

16.1

Broad to Warner, no run, good length, outside off stump, defended with a straight bat

16.2

Broad to Warner, FOUR, Broad goes wide on the crease and drops short, the batsman takes him on an scoops the ball confidently over the cordon for a boundary - nicely done

16.3

Broad to Warner, no run, slightly short, good line, blocked into the off side

16.4

Broad to Warner, no run, keeps things tight around the off stump, again defended on the back foot

16.5

Broad to Warner, FOUR, terrific shot from Warner, on the up and right out of the middle, piercing the off side field and the ball scoots on rails to the boundary

16.6

Broad to Warner, no run, bumper, flies through outside off, Warner cocks the trigger but then re-holsters his weapon

Broad is going at more than 5 an over... We said it would be fast

End of over 17 (8 runs) Australia 85/2
DA Warner    36* (43b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-39-1
MJ Clarke    15* (21b 3x4)      BA Stokes    1-0-4-0

17.1

Stokes to Clarke, no run, pitched up on middle and juuuuuussssst beginning to shape at the last minute, Clarke getting a low leading edge as he played across the line

17.2

Stokes to Clarke, FOUR, slightly short and there's width for Clarke to glide the hands through a back-foot steer, off the toe of the bat but it flies through gully and there's no man down there to cut it off

17.3

Stokes to Clarke, no run, tighter line, short again, defended going back

17.4

Stokes to Clarke, no run, shortish, at the body, Clarke defends with a straight bat into the on side

17.5

Stokes to Clarke, 1 run, dug in again, dropped down past short leg with soft hands by Clarke and they get one

17.6

Stokes to Warner, no run, tasty from Stokes (though barely a sizzle compared to the flame-grilling Mitchell Johnson may serve up), short and searing through at above 87mph/140kph as Warner sways adroitly out of the way

End of over 18 (5 runs) Australia 90/2
DA Warner    36* (44b 6x4)      BA Stokes    2-0-9-0
MJ Clarke    20* (26b 4x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-39-1

Bresnan back into the attack for Broad

18.1

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, short and defended on the back foot

18.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, outside off, the ball plops through a little forlornly to Prior, as Clarke narrows his eyes

18.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, length and a touch wide, fats hands from Clarke but can't beat backward point

18.4

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, angled in towards middle and off, tapped to leg

18.5

Bresnan to Clarke, FOUR, Bresnan drops short and Clarke is unhurried in pulling a boundary through backward square, it was in the air but through a vacant part of the field

18.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, better length, closes the face and works to midwicket

"That last ball leave from Davey shows a sign of a much improved cricketer," says Ben Johansson, harking back an over or two. "The relentless Warner of old would have been too carried away from hammering Broad around the park, forced into a false stroke. Not this new batsman though. Very impressive."

End of over 19 (4 runs) Australia 94/2
MJ Clarke    24* (32b 5x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-23-0
DA Warner    36* (44b 6x4)      BA Stokes    2-0-9-0

19.1

Stokes to Warner, 1 run, floated up, again a low full toss and Warner punches to mid-off and takes on Pietersen, who hits directly but the batsman was in... the ball then deflected away and might have cost a few more had it not thudded into Marais Erasmus' meaty paw

19.2

Stokes to Clarke, no run, slightly full, around off, punched back to the bowler

19.3

Stokes to Clarke, no run, gets across and lets a length ball through

19.4

Stokes to Clarke, no run, fullish, defended into the covers coming forward in front of off

19.5

Stokes to Clarke, no run, digs the ball in short and Clarke rocks back and drops his hands

An important linguistic/philosophical question from PK: "Can a left-hander such as Warner do anything adroitly?"

19.6

Stokes to Clarke, no run, little bit of width, back cut from Clarke but he sends the ball skidding straight to a man in the gully

End of over 20 (1 run) Australia 95/2
MJ Clarke    24* (37b 5x4)      BA Stokes    3-0-10-0
DA Warner    37* (45b 6x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-23-0

Here's Tom: "Yeah Watson has to go, we should put Khawaja at 3... oh, that didn't work? Ok fine, how about Phillip Hughes... that didn't work either? Ok how about Rob Quiney..."

20.1

Bresnan to Warner, no run, short and pulled and ... dropped, though Bresnan wouldn't have known too much about it, he just stuck out his right hand and the ball clanged off the fingertips. The ball seemed to stop on Warner, who was through the shot early, needed a worldy from the bowler, though

20.2

Bresnan to Warner, no run, pushed across, slightly back of a length, defended

20.3

Bresnan to Warner, FOUR, another lovely stroke, judicious decision making from Warner, who laces another boundary through the covers, head still, bat flowing

20.4

Bresnan to Warner, no run, touch shorter in length, again he drops back and defends around off stump

20.5

Bresnan to Warner, no run, gets forward and defends into the off side

20.6

Bresnan to Warner, SIX, scorchio! Warner pulls Bresnan for six over wide long-on to bring up the hundred. That's the shot he was going for at the start of the over, this comes right out of the screws and sails flat into the crowd. Superb

End of over 21 (10 runs) Australia 105/2
DA Warner    47* (51b 7x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    6-0-33-0
MJ Clarke    24* (37b 5x4)      BA Stokes    3-0-10-0

21.1

Stokes to Clarke, no run, very full outside off, Clarke drives and times this well, Stokes does well to stop it in his follow through

21.2

Stokes to Clarke, no run, pitched up outside off, pushed into the covers but straight to a fielder

21.3

Stokes to Clarke, no run, fullish, holds its line outside off and Clarke gets a thick outside edge that diesa yard or two in front of point

21.4

Stokes to Clarke, no run, length ball on the stumps, worked to leg

21.5

Stokes to Clarke, no run, mixing up his length, this is short and snakes through at head height, Clarke nods out of the way

21.6

Stokes to Clarke, no run, another bouncer, at the body, Clarke rolls underneath it

Lovely stuff, from Linguo: "PK - The modern meaning of "adroitly" conveys neither right-handedness nor left-handedness. You may be interested to know that the French word you are almost certainly referring to itself comes from a Latin word meaning "straight" ... much like some of Warner's drives."

End of over 22 (maiden) Australia 105/2
MJ Clarke    24* (43b 5x4)      BA Stokes    4-1-10-0
DA Warner    47* (51b 7x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    6-0-33-0

On comes Graeme Swann for a twirl before lunch...

22.1

Swann to Warner, 1 run, round the wicket, tossed up and pushed into the covers for a single

Short leg and a slip in for Clarke

22.2

Swann to Clarke, OUT, comes forward, looking to attack immediately... but Clarke has picked out short midwicket, Cook diving to take a low catch! That could be a huge wicket, five minutes or so before lunch and it's one 100 man doing for another, Cook snapped up the chance, Clarke wasn't quite to the pitch and the bat turned in his hands. "Catch!" was the shout from Swann and his captain made no mistake

MJ Clarke c Cook b Swann 24 (58m 44b 5x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

Another good sign for England, a first-over wicket for Swann. Out comes Steven Smith at No. 5

22.3

Swann to Smith, no run, tossed up, uses the feet and drives into the ground, Swann catches in his follow through

22.4

Swann to Smith, no run, worked into the leg side on the bounce

22.5

Swann to Smith, no run, looped up outside off stump, Smith gets forward and drives past the bowler, mid-off is set back a little and stops the ball diving to his right

22.6

Swann to Smith, no run, tossed up around off stump, leans on a push square

End of over 23 (1 run) Australia 106/3
SPD Smith    0* (4b)      GP Swann    1-0-1-1
DA Warner    48* (52b 7x4 1x6)      BA Stokes    4-1-10-0

We might get a couple more over before lunch...

23.1

Stokes to Warner, no run, goes back and across to defend

23.2

Stokes to Warner, no run, sharply rising bouncer, slightly down the leg side, Warner leaves it be

23.3

Stokes to Warner, 1 run, pushed across, good length, good pace, Warner opens the face and steers one in front of point

23.4

Stokes to Smith, no run, length delivery in the channel, Smith ushers it through, a brisk 88mph from Stokes there

23.5

Stokes to Smith, no run, tighter line around off stump and defended back down the track

23.6

Stokes to Smith, no run, springy bounce on the way through to Prior, shaping back from wide of the stumps and left alone as Smith gets a big stride in... and that will be lunch, decides Erasmus

12.30pm: Plenty going on in that first session, as advertised. Chris Rogers went off at such a pace he wiped himself out on the first corner and, although the runs flowed, Australia got in a couple more prangs. The wicket of Clarke moments before the interval will have England plenty chuffed with their efforts, having been told to stand in the sweltering sun (again) - though David Warner's calculated aggression has served his side well. Join us again in half an hour to see if one team can open up a gap over the next few laps.

End of over 24 (1 run) Australia 107/3
SPD Smith    0* (7b)      BA Stokes    5-1-11-0
DA Warner    49* (55b 7x4 1x6)      GP Swann    1-0-1-1

Alritey, refreshed? Off we go again, then. Graeme Swann, will continue after his trademark opening salvo before lunch. Slip and short leg in

24.1

Swann to Warner, no run, angled in towards middle and off, Warner shows it a straight bat

24.2

Swann to Warner, 1 run, pushed through a little quicker on leg stump, squirts the ball through backward square with an angled bat - and that's a smooth half-century for the mocha-moustachioed Warner

24.3

Swann to Smith, no run, floated up on the stumps, Smith comes forward and drives with a high follow through straight to mid-on

24.4

Swann to Smith, no run, angled in, on off stump, defended

24.5

Swann to Smith, no run, gets on the front foot and drives into the ground back to the bowler

24.6

Swann to Smith, no run, pushed through a little flatter outside off, Smith gets across to defend

Here's Ian, picking up Linguo's thread: "Adroit is straight from the French: to/on the right. Simple transference to English - no Latin interference. Right-handedness generally approved (Latin for left: sinster!) Hence adroit: skilful, deft, etc! Of course dexter is Latin, for right..."

End of over 25 (1 run) Australia 108/3
SPD Smith    0* (11b)      GP Swann    2-0-2-1
DA Warner    50* (57b 7x4 1x6)      BA Stokes    5-1-11-0

James Anderson back into the attack

25.1

Anderson to Warner, no run, over the wicket, good length ball, defended on the back foot

25.2

Anderson to Warner, no run, fired across outside off stump, again Warner drops back in the crease and shows it the maker's name

25.3

Anderson to Warner, no run, on the front foot, driving on the up, gets an inside edge to leg

25.4

Anderson to Warner, no run, full and maybe just whispering back a touch, there's a gap between bat and pad as Warner goes at the ball, getting a thick inside edge on to his pads and then away past the stumps

25.5

Anderson to Warner, no run, pitching on leg stump, good length, blocked short to the on side

25.6

Anderson to Warner, no run, touch short, around the line of off, Warner again covers up in defence - another maiden for Anderson

End of over 26 (maiden) Australia 108/3
DA Warner    50* (63b 7x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    6-2-19-0
SPD Smith    0* (11b)      GP Swann    2-0-2-1

26.1

Swann to Smith, no run, tossed up and chopped into the ground, Cook fields at short midwicket on the bounce

26.2

Swann to Smith, no run, again Smith is on the walk, drives into the turf and straight back to the bowler

26.3

Swann to Smith, no run, drifting in towards middle and leg, turned short on the on side

26.4

Swann to Smith, no run, sliding down the leg side, Smith flicks and misses as Prior collects

26.5

Swann to Smith, SIX, dances out, this time Smith connects, something was going to give and it is Swann's figures, a sweetly struck thump down the ground sends the ball thudding into the sightscreen

26.6

Swann to Smith, no run, tossed up, skips forward again and defends

On the subject of Devereux, here's Davros: "Is it just me or does every other Australian watch Steve Smith bat with their heart in their mouth but wishing him well nontheless?"

End of over 27 (6 runs) Australia 114/3
SPD Smith    6* (17b 1x6)      GP Swann    3-0-8-1
DA Warner    50* (63b 7x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    6-2-19-0

27.1

Anderson to Warner, 2 runs, half-tracker from Anderson and Warner goes after him, doesn't connect as intended, though, and the ball loops over midwicket into the outfield for a couple

27.2

Anderson to Warner, no run, gets across and defends a shortish-length ball around off stump

27.3

Anderson to Warner, no run, tight line and well left, a length delivery darting past the stumps through to Prior

27.4

Anderson to Warner, no run, on the stumps, Warner gets behind it to block

27.5

Anderson to Warner, no run, stays back in the crease and defends around middle and leg

Cook sends square leg back to patrol the boundary

27.6

Anderson to Warner, no run, angled across, wide of the stumps, Warner opens the shoulders and steers the ball to point

"Huge opportunity for Smith here, and also a HUGE opportunity for England," mulls Dayne. "Australia were mindless in that first session, aggressive, but mindless. In the first two Tests we wrested the momentum from England over the course of the first couple of days, seems like the plan here was to wrest it from them in the first couple of overs and it backfired 3 times. Time to grind this session out, 3 an over, and NO wickets."

End of over 28 (2 runs) Australia 116/3
DA Warner    52* (69b 7x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    7-2-21-0
SPD Smith    6* (17b 1x6)      GP Swann    3-0-8-1

28.1

Swann to Smith, no run, full and flighted, Smith smashes the ball back along the ground and it nearly takes a couple of Swann's fingertips with it

28.2

Swann to Smith, 1 run, flatter, on the legs and dabbed round the corner for a single

28.3

Swann to Warner, no run, goes round the wicket, angled in and defended

28.4

Swann to Warner, FOUR, tossed up on the stumps, Warner leaves his crease and lofts four down the ground, firmly hit and clearing mid-on

28.5

Swann to Warner, 2 runs, Swann drops short and outside off, goes back and spears a couple through cover point

28.6

Swann to Warner, 2 runs, now this time Warner gets his calculation wrong but he also gets away with it, swatting hard across the line and aiming for deep midwicket, instead he gets a big top edge that steeples out towards long-on, over the fielder running back but stopping dead on landing a few metres from the boundary

End of over 29 (9 runs) Australia 125/3
DA Warner    60* (73b 8x4 1x6)      GP Swann    4-0-17-1
SPD Smith    7* (19b 1x6)      JM Anderson    7-2-21-0

29.1

Anderson to Smith, FOUR, too full and too straight from Anderson, whipped through midwicket and that will go for four - nicely timed

29.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, fullish, closer to the off stump, Smith gets in line to defend

29.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, goes short, at the body, Smith swivels into a pull stroke but miscues down on to the pitch

29.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, a more testing line from Anderson, in the channel and bouncing a fraction more than Smith expected, he does well to keep it down towards gully

29.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, goes across and blocks with soft hands to the on side

"Dayne, if we want grinding, these are are exactly the two worst batsmen in the side to ask for it," observes Mike

29.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, pitched up around the line of off, defended on the front foot towards mid-on

End of over 30 (4 runs) Australia 129/3
SPD Smith    11* (25b 1x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    8-2-25-0
DA Warner    60* (73b 8x4 1x6)      GP Swann    4-0-17-1

30.1

Swann to Warner, no run, flighted, dipping around middle stump, Warner pokes it short on the leg side

30.2

Swann to Warner, no run, pushed through on the off stump, leans out to defend with a straight bat

30.3

Swann to Warner, no run, Warner sits back and shovels across the line, straight into the man standing at short leg

30.4

Swann to Warner, OUT, Goddim! Bit of width, Warner cuts and sends a loopy top edge straight down the gullet of Carberry at backward point! That's a fire sale, a give-away wicket from Warner to England, who were striving for some control and have picked up Australia's top-scorer in the process. It wasn't really short enough to cut, the bat came down at an angle and there was no mistake with the catch this time from Carberry, in a very similar position to when he grassed Haddin a week ago

DA Warner c Carberry b Swann 60 (143m 77b 8x4 1x6) SR: 77.92

"Gorgeous" George Bailey is next man in

30.5

Swann to Bailey, 1 run, over the wicket, angled in and worked behind square for a single to get off the mark

30.6

Swann to Smith, no run, skips forward and defends a full delivery outside off stump

End of over 31 (1 run) Australia 130/4
SPD Smith    11* (26b 1x4 1x6)      GP Swann    5-0-18-2
GJ Bailey    1* (1b)      JM Anderson    8-2-25-0

31.1

Anderson to Bailey, no run, slightly full, around off stump, Bailey shuffles across and defends

There's a short leg in under the helmet

31.2

Anderson to Bailey, no run, good pace from Anderson, he's up at 87-88mph, again Bailey defends on the back foot outside off

31.3

Anderson to Bailey, no run, length delivery in the channel, lets this one through

31.4

Anderson to Bailey, no run, tight around off stump, defended coming forwards

31.5

Anderson to Bailey, 1 run, straighter line, Bailey turns the wrists and dabs a single past the close catcher to midwicket

"That's the 3rd time Warner has been out cutting just in this series," chides CSB. "Needs to do some serious work on that shot."

31.6

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, too straight again and nudged into the leg side for one more

End of over 32 (2 runs) Australia 132/4
SPD Smith    12* (27b 1x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    9-2-27-0
GJ Bailey    2* (6b)      GP Swann    5-0-18-2

Swann has landed a one-two, so Cook brings back Broad for a burst

32.1

Broad to Smith, no run, good length in the corridor, tailing back a little as Smith comes forward and shoulders arms

32.2

Broad to Smith, 3 runs, back of a length, room for Smith to free his arms and he plays a controlled back-foot punch through the covers

32.3

Broad to Bailey, FOUR, overpitched outside off, going away from Bailey and he leans out and spanks it through the covers for a handsome boundary

32.4

Broad to Bailey, 1 run, sharp pace from Broad, on off stump and Bailey jabs down on it, steered past third slip for one

32.5

Broad to Smith, 1 run, on the stumps, Smith goes across and closes the face, takes one through square

32.6

Broad to Bailey, no run, Broad up at 89mph/143kph with that bouncer, which Bailey jerks underneath

End of over 33 (9 runs) Australia 141/4
GJ Bailey    7* (9b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    8-1-48-1
SPD Smith    16* (30b 1x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    9-2-27-0

Bresnan replaces Anderson after a short spell

33.1

Bresnan to Smith, 2 runs, angled in and Smith turns this through the leg side for a couple

33.2

Bresnan to Smith, no run, no stroke outside off

33.3

Bresnan to Smith, no run, good length in the corridor outside off, left alone

33.4

Bresnan to Smith, no run, bit in movement back off the seam for Bresnan, striking Smith high on the pad

33.5

Bresnan to Smith, no run, military medium stuff, outside the line of off, Smith happy to let those through

33.6

Bresnan to Smith, no run, good length on off stump, Smith gets forward and shows it the maker's name

End of over 34 (2 runs) Australia 143/4
SPD Smith    18* (36b 1x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    7-0-35-0
GJ Bailey    7* (9b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    8-1-48-1

Two slips are in, with a deep backward square for the hook

34.1

Broad to Bailey, no run, Broad goes for the throat straight away, dug in short and Bailey ducks and weaves successfully

A third slip is brought in now

34.2

Broad to Bailey, no run, another feisty lifter, again the batsman gets out of the way

34.3

Broad to Bailey, OUT, and Bailey falls taking on the short ball, hooking to deep backward square where Pietersen clings on as he tumbles backwards! Broad has bounced him out, he tried to pull from outside off, was never in control of the shot - and Broad is bowling at some pace - it flew high into the clear blue Perth sky and came down with the batsman's number on it. England are in clover!

GJ Bailey c Pietersen b Broad 7 (17m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 58.33

Out comes Brad Haddin, a man for a crisis if ever there was one

34.4

Broad to Haddin, 1 run, shortish, at the batsman, who plays it well behind short leg and down

34.5

Broad to Smith, no run, line and length to Smith, outside off and left alone

34.6

Broad to Smith, no run, good length in the channel and again Smith gets his bat out of the way

"Here we go again - need the tailenders to save the match again!" mutters Glen

End of over 35 (1 run) Australia 144/5
SPD Smith    18* (38b 1x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    9-1-49-2
BJ Haddin    1* (1b)      TT Bresnan    7-0-35-0

35.1

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, angled in, met on the front foot in defence

35.2

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, touch short, goes across and defends on the back foot

35.3

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, pitched up and on the stumps, worked into the leg side but can't beat the infield

35.4

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, good length and right over the top of off stump, Haddin gets in line to defend

35.5

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, goes short, rising bumper that Haddin ignores

35.6

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, slightly full and on middle and off, Haddin goes across his stumps and pushes the ball back towards mid-on

"Somehow I can't shake that feeling, that Australia is not that good as the media is hyping at the moment and England looks quite good today." Media hype, Gert? Sounds unlikely to me

End of over 36 (maiden) Australia 144/5
BJ Haddin    1* (7b)      TT Bresnan    8-1-35-0
SPD Smith    18* (38b 1x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    9-1-49-2

36.1

Broad to Smith, no run, length ball in the corridor, coming back in off the seam but wide enough to leave

36.2

Broad to Smith, no run, well outside off, again nipping back off the pitch, Smith shoulders arms

36.3

Broad to Smith, no run, angled in towards off stump, defended back towards the bowler

36.4

Broad to Smith, no run, Broad digs the ball in short, plenty of bounce in this pitch and it sails harmlessly through

36.5

Broad to Smith, no run, continues to examine the fibre of Smith's fabric outside off, able to leave on length this time

36.6

Broad to Smith, FOUR, short again and this time Smith picks up the gauntlet, pirouetting on the spot to crunch the ball in front of square for a boundary

Bill is coming in off his long run: "Five wickets, five gifts. The poms must have all said their prayers last night. Surely Watson and Bailey have to go after their performances today (Smith too unless he gets runs)."

End of over 37 (4 runs) Australia 148/5
SPD Smith    22* (44b 2x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    10-1-53-2
BJ Haddin    1* (7b)      TT Bresnan    8-1-35-0

37.1

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, goes back and defends in front of the stumps

37.2

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, good length outside off, Haddin defends with an open face towards backward point

37.3

Bresnan to Haddin, FOUR, pitched up in the slot and Haddin leans out to leather a drive through the covers, sweetly picking the gap - that's the 150, too

37.4

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, full and on off stump, comes forward to block

37.5

Bresnan to Haddin, 1 run, Brezzie bumper and it almost pays out for England again, Haddin billowing a top-edged hook out towards long leg but it bounces a few yards ahead of Broad as he hurries in

Little bit of luck for Haddin... he exchanges a word and a grin with Bresnan

37.6

Bresnan to Smith, no run, covers up across his stumps

End of over 38 (5 runs) Australia 153/5
SPD Smith    22* (45b 2x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    9-1-40-0
BJ Haddin    6* (12b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    10-1-53-2

Broad was going to be given a rest but he's asked for one more, it seems...

38.1

Broad to Haddin, no run, and that's why, he's extracting plenty from this surface, nearly sconing Haddin, who thrusts his hands up, gets a bit of glove, a bit of forearm, and the ball drops short of the cordon

38.2

Broad to Haddin, no run, pitched up in the channel outside odd and left alone

38.3

Broad to Haddin, 1 wide, thumps this one in very short and it's called wide on height

38.3

Broad to Haddin, no run, Broad bowls this cross seam and it deviates back in off the surface, clips the inside edge and then hits the thigh, ricochets just past the stumps

38.4

Broad to Haddin, no run, short and this time well defended on the back foot

38.5

Broad to Haddin, no run, length ball, around off stump, solidly pushed into the covers coming forwards

Seems like the umpire was so keen to get drinks on the field, he's called a five-ball over. Anyway, here's Alex to keep you company until tea

End of over 39 (1 run) Australia 154/5
BJ Haddin    6* (17b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    10.5-1-54-2
SPD Smith    22* (45b 2x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    9-1-40-0

Cheers Monty, hello everyone. England are suddenly back in the series with their work so far today but they need to make this position count...

39.1

Bresnan to Smith, no run, length ball a foot outside off, Smith is across the off stump to defend

39.2

Bresnan to Smith, no run, fuller and a touch wider, left alone

39.3

Bresnan to Smith, 3 runs, very full and tucked through midwicket, it races away and they get three

39.4

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, short ball, Haddin turns it back and gets hit on the shoulder, it pops up and lands just behind the stumps

39.5

Bresnan to Haddin, 1 run, length ball but at the pads and tucked down to long leg

39.6

Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, short ball, another pull and totally clothed just over midwicket, poor stroke, in no kind of control at all, lucky to get away with that

End of over 40 (5 runs) Australia 159/5
SPD Smith    26* (49b 2x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    10-1-45-0
BJ Haddin    7* (19b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    10.5-1-54-2

Here's the change that was going to made just before drinks with Ben Stokes coming into the attack...

40.1

Stokes to Smith, 1 run, good length at middle and off, forward and dabbed into midwicket, Pietersen is up from mid-on but can't get in quickly enough to save the single

40.2

Stokes to Haddin, no run, just back of a length on off stump, Haddin playing back on the off stump, taps to cover

40.3

Stokes to Haddin, no run, touch shorter, Haddin gets up on his toes and defends into point

40.4

Stokes to Haddin, no run, fuller and Haddin leans out to push to cover, fielder in too soon for a single

40.5

Stokes to Haddin, FOUR, back of a length a touch wide of off stump and Haddin guides is between slip and gully, steered away but it was in the air

40.6

Stokes to Haddin, no run, straightens his line and gets pushed up to Pietersen

End of over 41 (5 runs) Australia 164/5
BJ Haddin    11* (24b 2x4)      BA Stokes    6-1-16-0
SPD Smith    27* (50b 2x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    10-1-45-0

41.1

Bresnan to Smith, no run, forward just outside off and played back to the bowler

41.2

Bresnan to Smith, no run, too wide and easily left alone

41.3

Bresnan to Smith, no run, tighter to off stump but left again

41.4

Bresnan to Smith, no run, fuller and a tighter line, driven firmly to mid-off

41.5

Bresnan to Smith, no run, touch wider and left again

41.6

Bresnan to Smith, no run, more of a length ball that Smith leans out to defend up the wicket

End of over 42 (maiden) Australia 164/5
SPD Smith    27* (56b 2x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    11-2-45-0
BJ Haddin    11* (24b 2x4)      BA Stokes    6-1-16-0

42.1

Stokes to Haddin, no run, full on off stump and firmly driven back up to the bowler

42.2

Stokes to Haddin, no run, bumper and Haddin pulls out of the stroke

42.3

Stokes to Haddin, no run, full on off stump, Haddin forward and blocks to extra-cover

42.4

Stokes to Haddin, no run, length ball wide enough to leave alone outside off

42.5

Stokes to Haddin, no run, back of a length, Haddin up on his toes and dabbing into the covers

42.6

Stokes to Haddin, no run, off stump line again, fuller and blocked up towards mid-on

End of over 43 (maiden) Australia 164/5
BJ Haddin    11* (30b 2x4)      BA Stokes    7-2-16-0
SPD Smith    27* (56b 2x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    11-2-45-0

Graeme Swann returns to the attack...

43.1

Swann to Smith, no run, length on off stump, blocked in the crease

Slip and a short leg...

43.2

Swann to Smith, no run, touch shorter, played off the back foot firmly to point

43.3

Swann to Smith, no run, floated up, forward just outside off and knocked down in front of short leg

43.4

Swann to Smith, no run, tighter line and quicker, nudged on the bounce to short leg

43.5

Swann to Smith, no run, fuller and smothered coming out of his crease

43.6

Swann to Smith, 1 run, length ball, a touch straight and tickled with the angled down to deep-backward square leg

End of over 44 (1 run) Australia 165/5
SPD Smith    28* (62b 2x4 1x6)      GP Swann    6-0-19-2
BJ Haddin    11* (30b 2x4)      BA Stokes    7-2-16-0

Rajeev: "Nice to see England make a match of it. If they can restrict Aussies to less than 250, they have a good chance. But if Aussies inch closer to 280-300, England will be on the back foot. This match will be won or lost with a smaller margin."

44.1

Stokes to Smith, FOUR, full on the off stump and a flamboyant flick - almost Dhoni-like - through midwicket

44.2

Stokes to Smith, no run, length on off stump and blocked back to the bowler

44.3

Stokes to Smith, no run, overpitched just outside off, a firm drive is well saved by Broad diving to his right

44.4

Stokes to Smith, no run, wider of off stump and Smith shoulders arms

44.5

Stokes to Smith, FOUR, short and nicely pulled, he gets right on top of the bounce and times is very well in front of square, good stroke, that's how to do it George

44.6

Stokes to Smith, 1 no ball, this is less clever, trying an audacious uppercut from outside off that he misses

We've had a five-ball over and now Billy Bowden gives us a seven-ball over...

44.6

Stokes to Smith, 1 run, back of a length and pulled in controlled fashion to deep square leg

End of over 45 (10 runs) Australia 175/5
SPD Smith    37* (69b 4x4 1x6)      BA Stokes    8-2-26-0
BJ Haddin    11* (30b 2x4)      GP Swann    6-0-19-2

45.1

Swann to Smith, SIX, down the track and lifted over long-on, nicely played and nearly decapitates a steward

45.2

Swann to Smith, 1 run, back on his stumps and moved with the turn to deep-backward square

45.3

Swann to Haddin, 1 run, touch short and dabbed through square leg for an easy single

45.4

Swann to Smith, 2 runs, easily dabbed through the leg side again, this a touch finer so they get back for two

45.5

Swann to Smith, 1 run, floated up and flicked from outside off to long-on

45.6

Swann to Haddin, 2 runs, down the track and lifted in the air off low on the bat and more fortune for Haddin as this just eclipses a retreating Bresnan at mid-off

End of over 46 (13 runs) Australia 188/5
BJ Haddin    14* (32b 2x4)      GP Swann    7-0-32-2
SPD Smith    47* (73b 4x4 2x6)      BA Stokes    8-2-26-0

Not content with his timing so far, Haddin has changed his bat...

46.1

Stokes to Smith, no run, full on off stump, a nice straight-drive, well-timed that and Stokes saves well off his own bowling

46.2

Stokes to Smith, no run, left alone outside off to a delivery just back in length

46.3

Stokes to Smith, FOUR, short and not for the first time Smith pulls really nicely through midwicket and that brings Smith fifty and it's been a vital innings

46.4

Stokes to Smith, no run, full and Smith leans out to push up towards mid-on

46.5

Stokes to Smith, FOUR, pulled again and four more - I think we can safely say that Smith can play that stroke - without midwicket cover that is a freebie

46.6

Stokes to Smith, no run, a bigger short ball and this Smith sways inside the line from

End of over 47 (8 runs) Australia 196/5
SPD Smith    55* (79b 6x4 2x6)      BA Stokes    9-2-34-0
BJ Haddin    14* (32b 2x4)      GP Swann    7-0-32-2

47.1

Swann to Haddin, no run, floated up on the stumps, forward press to midwicket

47.2

Swann to Haddin, SIX, step across the stumps and slog swept over square leg, the change of bat does the trick!

47.3

Swann to Haddin, no run, full length on off stump, rolled back up the wicket

47.4

Swann to Haddin, no run, back now and defending in front of off stump

47.5

Swann to Haddin, no run, forward and kicks it away outside off stump

47.6

Swann to Haddin, 1 run, floated up on the stumps, Haddin forward and manages to steer it wide of midwicket

End of over 48 (7 runs) Australia 203/5
BJ Haddin    21* (38b 2x4 1x6)      GP Swann    8-0-39-2
SPD Smith    55* (79b 6x4 2x6)      BA Stokes    9-2-34-0

Tim Bresnan replaces Stokes...

48.1

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, good length on off stump, blocked going across the off stump

48.2

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, fuller and Haddin is drawn across his off stump to play and he misses

48.3

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, shapes back a touch as Haddin tries to drive off the back foot, gets a thick inside edge to midwicket

48.4

Bresnan to Haddin, no run, full length shapes back a touch and Haddin works it to midwicket going across his stumps

48.5

Bresnan to Haddin, FOUR, full length and nicely drive, beautiful cover drive, finds the gap and the timing was perfect

48.6

Bresnan to Haddin, FOUR, short and pulled for four, Haddin's best stroke off the back foot so far

End of over 49 (8 runs) Australia 211/5
BJ Haddin    29* (44b 4x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    12-2-53-0
SPD Smith    55* (79b 6x4 2x6)      GP Swann    8-0-39-2

England continue to leak boundaries and Australia are quickly working themselves back into a good position having slipped at the start of this session...

49.1

Swann to Smith, no run, floated up on off stump, Smith forward and plays out to backward point

49.2

Swann to Smith, no run, forward on the stumps and tapped back up to the bowler

49.3

Swann to Smith, no run, wider line, Smith leans out to block

49.4

Swann to Smith, 1 run, fuller length and pushed wide of mid-off for a quick single

49.5

Swann to Haddin, 1 run, floated up on the stumps, punched down to long-on

49.6

Swann to Smith, no run, floated up outside off, Smith gets a big stride in to push into the covers

End of over 50 (2 runs) Australia 213/5
SPD Smith    56* (84b 6x4 2x6)      GP Swann    9-0-41-2
BJ Haddin    30* (45b 4x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    12-2-53-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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Ben Stokes walks off after making 120, Australia v England, Test, Perth, 5th day, December 17, 2013

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