The Ashes - 5th Test

Australia v England

Australia won by 281 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

James Anderson with the first over. Three slips and a gully in place, plus a short leg...

Right, just a few moments away from the action now at the new-look, redeveloped SCG

10.25am The players out there for the pre-match formalities - welcomes and anthems. A tricky time for the opening batsmen as they try to keep their focus

Rob: "Sending the opposition in at Sydney? Nathan Lyon will be licking his chops at the prospect of another first innings haul. Mind you, he does tend to top score when there's a bit of seam in the wicket..."

Mark Long: "So glad Ballance is in this team now. Have been saying for 4 or so years he will be a world class test batsman for England some day, today is the day he starts proving me right (well once we get batting) (I'm not even a Yorkshireman!)" A word of caution: don't judge any of these debutants on this match, they have had precious little cricket in recent times.

Henry: "how long will it take before the first reference to the English having a more Ballanced batting line up? Or is this first ?" You can have the honour, Henry

10.20am For a moment, I though PK was being nice about England's chances. "Losing Root actually strengthens the batting lineup, because it's forced England to move Bell to 3. It looks very strong, if you ignore the fact that Cook is out of form, Carberry only has two speeds, Bell keeps giving his wicket to Lyon and KP doesn't care. Oh, and you don't look any further down the order."

10.15am John: "Can I just ask, why didn't England put Ian Bell at No 3 and Root at No 6 after Trott left? Having arguably your best batsman at No 6 doesn't make sense! Unlucky for Root. Remember that 87 in Adelaide?" Yep, Bell should have batted No. 3 once Trott went home. Senior batsman having a terrific year. Suggestions are he wanted to bat there, but Flower saw it differently.

David: "Not sure why, but every single decision Cook makes seems to bite him on the bum, making him look clueless. Aus 364/2 at close." In honour of Nasser?

Want to know a bit more about Ballance? Here's something Alan Gardner wrote when the squad was selected

10.10am Mark Kidger: "With a nice bright, green pitch, just how relevant is a spinner anyway?" You have to pick a team for the whole match, not just the first innings...but I suppose if you haven't got a Test-quality spinner

Paul: "Shock, horror hold the press.....England have finally won something; a toss! What do they do? Throw it away and bowl, thus proving they have zero confidence." Well, we'll see. Clarke would have bowl. Take away the emotion of being 4-0 down and plenty pointed to bowling.

Dale: "I know you're not supposed to change a winning side. But Bailey really has been exposed in this series. He's a short form specialist and his only highlight this series was a one over bonanza which strengthens my point about his fetish for white ball cricket." This might be one last chance for him to get a trip to South Africa. He is certainly one of Australia's weak links

10.00am England have won the toss and will bowl. Cook says "there's quite a lot of green grass and with the overheads, too. Don't think the pitch will change much." He confirms the three debuts and says he expects Root to "play a lot for England in the future".

Michael Clarke confirms the same XI with a smile on his face, the pays credit to the Australian physios who have kept his players fit. Also shows his knowledge of previous captains to name unchanged teams throughout a series.

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

England 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Michael Carberry, 3 Ian Bell, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Gary Ballance, 6 Ben Stokes, 7 Jonny Bairstow (wk), 8 Scott Borthwick, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 James Anderson, 11 Boyd Rankin.

Borthwick the first legspinner to play for England since Ian Salisbury against Pakistan in 2000. Ian Bell back to No. 3

9.55am Damian: "With Root dropped, it means England don't have a decent part time spinner if Borthwick gets blown out of the attack. He better do well!"

Australia are unchanged, which means for the first time ever they use just 11 players in a five-Test series. Harris and Watson have made it, Bailey gets another chance. It's a great story, but is it a gamble by Australia?

Henry: "I'm stunned that England have gone without Prior (again) and now Root. These are 2 guys that have a bit of ticker and are surely better than their replacements. England got it wrong playing Root at 3, and now it's his fault. It makes no sense to me at all."

9.45am The forecast for the Test is pretty decent although a few showers possible depending on which version you look at and it's a cloudy morning. Tempting to bowl first again.

Andrew: "Interesting choices for England. Mark Butcher's comments on Switch Hit are looking pretty prescient." Watching a team try to rebuild is often fascinating, although how far England have slumped has been a surprise. That's a topic, Geoffrey Boycott discusses in his latest show.

John: "Surely England must have heard about what Australia did to Imran Tahir last year at the Adelaide Oval. #don'tsayyouweren'twarned"

Kym Farnik: "Poms: Battered in Brisbane; Awful in Adelaide; Pathetic in Perth; Meltdown in Melbourne; and expecting to be Smashed in Sydney." You should write headlines for the Aussie papers.

9.35am The pitch still has a nice covering of grass, but not quite as green as yesterday. Still waiting on confirmation of Australia's XI but they could yet be unchanged through all five Tests. How have Ryan Harris' knees managed it? Full credit to the Australian medical team.

As ever, the first morning of a Test is pretty hectic but here are a few interesting pieces for your perusal. Dan Brettig looks at what is ahead for Michael Clarke after achieving Ashes glory and if you want to know a bit more about Scott Borthwick, George Dobell has been in front of the camera.

Jake's view is pretty clear. "Wrong move selecting Borthwick, he's gonna get annihilated..." It's certainly brave after what happen to Simon Kerrigan at The Oval. The Australians have promised to attack Borthwick.

9.30am Hello everyone. I know this isn't the first cricket of the New Year (we've already had a world record), but I'd like to wish everyone a happy 2014 anyway. The Sydney Test is always a special occasion and this year it has Australia going for a 5-0 whitewash. I don't think anyone saw that coming a couple of months ago. I'm Andrew McGlashan and along with Alex Winter will bring you all the action. The first bit of significant news is that Joe Root appears to have lost his place in the England side in favour of Gary Ballance, which means Michael Carberry gets another chance. I'll confirm all the teams news as soon as we get it, but Boyd Rankin is also set for his debut while Scott Borthwick is expected to play - the first time since Nagpur 2006 that England will have fielded three debutants (back then it was Cook, Panesar and Blackwell). And, in fact, caps have just been presented on the SCG outfield to Ballance, Borthwick and Rankin.

0.1

Anderson to Rogers, no run, on a length at off stump, Rogers shuffles across behind the line and defends

0.2

Anderson to Rogers, no run, outside off, left alone, carries at waist-height to Bairstow...England's keeper will be under pressure today

0.3

Anderson to Rogers, no run, defended into the leg side

0.4

Anderson to Rogers, no run, touch wider outside off, more carry this time from a good length as it's taken above his head by the keeper

Ballance is at short leg

0.5

Anderson to Rogers, no run, hint of movement from a full length, takes a thick outside edge along the ground to point

0.6

Anderson to Rogers, no run, full at off stump, defended towards mid-on and a maiden to start to the Test

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

A new year, but Stuart Broad still gets booed as his name is announced. Perhaps not quite as loudly as previously

1.1

Broad to Warner, no run, good full length first ball, at off stump, Warner prods forward to defend

The imposing new stand is behind Warner as he faces up...we have a small delay as some sawdust is brought out

1.2

Broad to Warner, no run, big appeal for lbw! Full and a hint of swing into Warner who whips across the line, but it pitched outside leg stump. He might have it, too

1.3

Broad to Warner, no run, full again, swings into Warner's pads who misses his whip to the leg side...good length and encouraging movement

1.4

Broad to Warner, 2 runs, that's a positive start from Warner, leans into a delivery outside off and places it through cover

1.5

Broad to Warner, no run, not quite so full, outside off, 136kph, defended towards mid-off

1.6

Broad to Warner, no run, left outside off, hint of shape back into Warner

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

2.1

Anderson to Rogers, no run, short of a length on off stump, Rogers defends...too short from Anderson

Here's some good news for England from Brydon Coverdale: "Chris Rogers' last 3 first-class innings at the SCG: 125, 106 and 159."

2.2

Anderson to Rogers, no run, back of a length again, nips back into Rogers and takes the thigh pad to the off side

2.3

Anderson to Rogers, no run, pushed across the left hander, he draws his bat inside the line but it was pretty wide in any event

2.4

Anderson to Rogers, FOUR, forcing off the back foot, gets a thick edge which goes into the ground and wide of third slip...too short, again, from Anderson. You have to get the batsman coming forward

2.5

Anderson to Rogers, no run, left alone on length as well as line

2.6

Anderson to Rogers, no run, that's getting onto a better length, climbs off a good length as Rogers pulls his bat inside the line...Bairstow takes it above his head

End of over 3 (4 runs) Australia 6/0
CJL Rogers    4* (12b 1x4)      JM Anderson    2-1-4-0
DA Warner    2* (6b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-2-0

3.1

Broad to Warner, FOUR, crunching drive, wasn't a full half volley but Warner just out his foot towards the line and drove handsomely straight of mid-off

The sun is peeping through which will please Australia

3.2

Broad to Warner, no run, drags the length back a bit, defended to cover

3.3

Broad to Warner, FOUR, close! Unconvincing this time, he flaps a short-of-a-length delivery, a touch more bounce, and he flies off a top edge just out of reach of a flying Carberry at point

Warner passes 500 runs for the series

3.4

Broad to Warner, FOUR, into another drive, Warner is up and running, big stride forward and mid-off is far to wide to get anywhere near it

3.5

Broad to Warner, 1 run, full on off stump, not quite in control of this drive as the ball swings back into Warner who pushes it wide of mid-on

3.6

Broad to Rogers, no run, climbs off a length outside off, looks good but Australian batsmen will leave that type of delivery alone

Pat White: "One positive for Australia about Cook's choice to bowl is that it gives Watson and Harris extra rest time. If all goes well with the bat neither will need to bowl until tomorrow..." Darn, Cook can't take a trick

End of over 4 (13 runs) Australia 19/0
CJL Rogers    4* (13b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-15-0
DA Warner    15* (11b 3x4)      JM Anderson    2-1-4-0

4.1

Anderson to Warner, no run, outside off, defended to the covers

Warner using a patched-up bat, but the middle appears to be function perfectly well

4.2

Anderson to Warner, no run, touch of extra bounce, Warner fends it off to the leg side but short leg has already vanished

4.3

Anderson to Warner, no run, seams past the outside edge, but was still short enough for Warner to have enough time to see the ball move although he was beaten this time

4.4

Anderson to Warner, no run, inswinger, worked off the stumps to midwicket

4.5

Anderson to Warner, no run, jags back off the seam, takes the thigh pad behind square on the leg side...almost a mix-up looking for a single before Warner gets send back

4.6

Anderson to Warner, no run, slips down the leg side

End of over 5 (maiden) Australia 19/0
DA Warner    15* (17b 3x4)      JM Anderson    3-2-4-0
CJL Rogers    4* (13b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-15-0

5.1

Broad to Rogers, 1 run, on leg stump, flicked down to long leg

5.2

Broad to Warner, no run, reasonably full at off stump, but Warner is able to hang back as he defends

5.3

Broad to Warner, 1 run, short of a length, punched off the back foot straight off mid-off and he judges well that Anderson can't stop the single

Warner the first Australia opener to get 500 runs in an Ashes series since Matthew Elliott in 1997

5.4

Broad to Rogers, 1 run, tucked to the left of mid-on where Rankin is lurking

5.5

Broad to Warner, OUT, got 'im! Broad gets rewarded for a full length. Holds its line on Warner whose footworks lets him down this time, and Broad zips it past the outside edge to take off stump. Lovely delivery

DA Warner b Broad 16 (26m 20b 3x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

5.6

Broad to Watson, FOUR, nice way for Watson to start, drives a full, wide delivery powerfully through the covers but with the ball swinging that shouldn't worry Broad at the moment

End of over 6 (7 runs) Australia 26/1
SR Watson    4* (1b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-22-1
CJL Rogers    6* (15b 1x4)      JM Anderson    3-2-4-0

6.1

Anderson to Rogers, no run, short outside off, left alone

6.2

Anderson to Rogers, no run, pushes this one fuller at off stump, brings Rogers into the front foot and he pushes back to the bowler

6.3

Anderson to Rogers, no run, defended to the leg side

6.4

Anderson to Rogers, no run, back of a length outside off, Rogers shoulders arms

6.5

Anderson to Rogers, no run, he'll be happy to watch those go through all day as it bounces nicely outside off

6.6

Anderson to Rogers, 2 runs, flicked off the pads, hits Ballance at short leg then rebounds behind him

End of over 7 (2 runs) Australia 28/1
CJL Rogers    8* (21b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-2-6-0
SR Watson    4* (1b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-22-1

7.1

Broad to Watson, no run, onto the front foot, defends to cover

7.2

Broad to Watson, no run, straight on off stump, bat and pad together in defence

7.3

Broad to Watson, 2 runs, comes forward into another nice drive, places it wide of mid-off and he lumbers through for a brace

7.4

Broad to Watson, no run, big appeal for something...an inside edge, perhaps. It nipped back into Watson who was lunging forward. The ball flicked the top of the pad through to Bairstow

A policeman holds up play behind the bowler's arm

7.5

Broad to Watson, 1 run, comes forward on off stump, defends and a thick inside edge rolls into midwicket

7.6

Broad to Rogers, no run, full at off stump, Rogers across his crease and defends to backward point

England have confirmed that Monty Panesar was fit for selection, so he's been dropped. Wonder if that's end for him?

End of over 8 (3 runs) Australia 31/1
CJL Rogers    8* (22b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-25-1
SR Watson    7* (6b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-2-6-0

8.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, hint of swing outside off, left alone

The lower part of the new SCG looks good, but the top part resembles something out of Transformers

8.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, touch fuller, left alone again

8.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, tighter to off stump but left again...Bairstow drops a delivery that went straight to him

8.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, another one scoots through to the keeper and this time it's gloved cleanly

8.5

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, too straight, worked off the pads down to a wide long leg

8.6

Anderson to Rogers, no run, full at off stump, pushed to mid-off

End of over 9 (1 run) Australia 32/1
CJL Rogers    8* (23b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-2-7-0
SR Watson    8* (11b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-0-25-1

First change of bowling and it's Ben Stokes

9.1

Stokes to Watson, FOUR, dispatched first ball, very full and it's driven wide of mid-off...a floaty delivery at 132kph, awful loosener

9.2

Stokes to Watson, no run, bit better from Stokes, on a length outside off, left alone

9.3

Stokes to Watson, no run, nothing offered outside off

9.4

Stokes to Watson, no run, touch too short, compensating too much for his first delivery, and it's an easy leave

9.5

Stokes to Watson, no run, comes forward and drives firmly to mid-off

9.6

Stokes to Watson, no run, short of a length on off stump, Watson goes back and defends to point

End of over 10 (4 runs) Australia 36/1
SR Watson    12* (17b 2x4)      BA Stokes    1-0-4-0
CJL Rogers    8* (23b 1x4)      JM Anderson    5-2-7-0

10.1

Anderson to Rogers, no run, round the wicket, on a length outside off, attractive carry through to the keeper

Paul: "I am at a loss to understand the concept of a "loosener". Don't these guys spend a couple of hours warming up before the match? Pathetic." That's pretty much what the Channel Nine commentators are saying

10.2

Anderson to Rogers, no run, across on off stump, defended back to Anderson

10.3

Anderson to Rogers, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended

10.4

Anderson to Rogers, no run, too short, gives Rogers plenty of time to play this on the back foot

10.5

Anderson to Rogers, 1 run, angled in from round the wicket, poor length, Rogers tucks into midwicket

10.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, fuller outside off but wide enough for Watson to leave alone...it hasn't been a great spell from Anderson

End of over 11 (1 run) Australia 37/1
SR Watson    12* (18b 2x4)      JM Anderson    6-2-8-0
CJL Rogers    9* (28b 1x4)      BA Stokes    1-0-4-0

11.1

Stokes to Rogers, no run, full at off stump, punched firmly with a straight bat towards Stokes in his follow through

11.2

Stokes to Rogers, no run, tucked into the leg side

11.3

Stokes to Rogers, 1 run, works this wide of square leg

11.4

Stokes to Watson, no run, on middle and off, Watson gets well forward and defends to midwicket

11.5

Stokes to Watson, 3 runs, he's driving well so far today, onto the front foot and through the covers but it's a good chase and flick by Carberry

11.6

Stokes to Rogers, no run, outside off, Rogers lifts his bat high out of the line

End of over 12 (4 runs) Australia 41/1
CJL Rogers    10* (32b 1x4)      BA Stokes    2-0-8-0
SR Watson    15* (20b 2x4)      JM Anderson    6-2-8-0

Boyd Rankin is introduced for his first bowl in Test cricket

12.1

Rankin to Watson, no run, not far from an edge first ball as Watson's attempts to cut a short, wide delivery...beaten by extra bounce, but wasn't actually a great delivery

12.2

Rankin to Watson, no run, now then, now then...extra bounce from short of a length, and some pace, has Watson in an awkward position as it fends at it. The ball passes over his gloves

12.3

Rankin to Watson, no run, fuller and wider, Watson flashes at it and gets a toe-end towards third slip

12.4

Rankin to Watson, 3 runs, gets this one fuller at off stump, 136kph, neatly clipped through midwicket with a roll of the wrists

Three slips, gully and a short leg for Rogers

12.5

Rankin to Rogers, no run, sprayed down the leg side

12.6

Rankin to Rogers, no run, back of a length at off stump, defended back to the bowler and he'll feel so much better to have that first over out of the way

That's drinks on the first morning. England haven't been brilliant with the ball, a bit too short, but there is time to make amends while Australia have shown their normal positive intent. To take you through to lunch it's over to Alex.

End of over 13 (3 runs) Australia 44/1
CJL Rogers    10* (34b 1x4)      WB Rankin    1-0-3-0
SR Watson    18* (24b 2x4)      BA Stokes    2-0-8-0

Cheers Gnasher, Alex Winter back in the chair. As my colleague says, hasn't been the best hour for England for saying there's enough happening to get the bowlers interested. But then, wasting opportunities has been England's thing this series...

13.1

Stokes to Watson, no run, nice delivery, good length on off stump and nibbles away from Watson's forward press

13.2

Stokes to Watson, no run, similar area but a touch wider so Watson able to leave but forced to think carefully about it

13.3

Stokes to Watson, no run, wider still and left alone easily

13.4

Stokes to Watson, no run, shorter length and Watson gets a bit of a leading edge looking to turn to leg, lands well short of any fielder

13.5

Stokes to Watson, no run, fuller and Watson takes a big stride forward on off stump and blocks back to the bowler

13.6

Stokes to Watson, no run, fuller again and Watson drives back to the bowler

End of over 14 (maiden) Australia 44/1
SR Watson    18* (30b 2x4)      BA Stokes    3-1-8-0
CJL Rogers    10* (34b 1x4)      WB Rankin    1-0-3-0

Still quite gloomy around, Sydney not quite as it's resplendent best...

14.1

Rankin to Rogers, no run, full but leg side and ignored

14.2

Rankin to Rogers, 1 run, length on leg stump, tucked down to long leg

14.3

Rankin to Watson, 4 byes, full down the leg side and it evades Bairstow's dive and runs to fine leg

14.4

Rankin to Watson, no run, length on the off stump, defended in the crease

14.5

Rankin to Watson, no run, bounces a little but left outside off

14.6

Rankin to Watson, 1 run, fuller on the stump, Watson turns it to leg off inside edge and pad, it runs into midwicket and they take a quick single

End of over 15 (6 runs) Australia 50/1
SR Watson    19* (34b 2x4)      WB Rankin    2-0-5-0
CJL Rogers    11* (36b 1x4)      BA Stokes    3-1-8-0

15.1

Stokes to Watson, 1 run, full but too straight and clipped down to long leg

15.2

Stokes to Rogers, no run, back of a length on the stumps, Rogers nicely on top of it dabbing it down into square leg

15.3

Stokes to Rogers, no run, decent fourth-stump line, well-judged leave

15.4

Stokes to Rogers, OUT, just back of a length and pulled and Rogers drags it into leg stump. The delivery not short enough for the stroke and it's taken a bottom-edge via the front pad into the base of leg stump. Not the best stroke, trying to force it away but it was a misjudgement from Rogers and his hardwork hitherto has been wasted

CJL Rogers b Stokes 11 (73m 39b 1x4 0x6) SR: 28.20

15.5

Stokes to Clarke, 1 run, very full on off stump, Clarke digs it into the covers and takes a quick single to get off the mark

15.6

Stokes to Watson, FOUR, short and pulled hard, not totally struck but enough clump to find the square leg rope

End of over 16 (6 runs) Australia 56/2
SR Watson    24* (36b 3x4)      BA Stokes    4-1-14-1
MJ Clarke    1* (1b)      WB Rankin    2-0-5-0

England would like another one quickly, these two are dangerous...

16.1

Rankin to Clarke, no run, length delivery just outside off and Clarke plays a funny dabbing stroke towards gully without moving his feet

16.2

Rankin to Clarke, no run, this is very awkward, no footwork again, goes to pull and misses from outside off

16.3

Rankin to Clarke, no run, fuller length, a foot outside off, left alone

16.4

Rankin to Clarke, no run, back of a length, Clarke much more comfortably goes across the off stump to defend up the wicket

16.5

Rankin to Clarke, no run, touch fuller and straighter, defended in the crease

16.6

Rankin to Clarke, 1 run, straighter again and this is tucked down to long leg

End of over 17 (1 run) Australia 57/2
MJ Clarke    2* (7b)      WB Rankin    3-0-6-0
SR Watson    24* (36b 3x4)      BA Stokes    4-1-14-1

Rankin definitely adding something different for England, he's been interesting to watch so far. Stuart Broad is back, short ball barrage to Clarke?

17.1

Broad to Clarke, no run, slightly back in length, forced from off stump to point

17.2

Broad to Clarke, no run, just back in length on the stumps, defended in the crease

17.3

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, forcing stroke in front of point off the back foot, Clarke takes a very sharp single and might have been struggling had Carberry thrown the bowler's end stumps down

17.4

Broad to Watson, no run, full and wide, Watson takes a big swing at it and misses, little bit of away swing there

17.5

Broad to Watson, no run, full again but straighter and Watson just blocks this up the wicket

17.6

Broad to Watson, no run, similar delivery, played in almost identical fashion

End of over 18 (1 run) Australia 58/2
SR Watson    24* (39b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    5-0-26-1
MJ Clarke    3* (10b)      WB Rankin    3-0-6-0

18.1

Rankin to Clarke, no run, full and wide, ignored

18.2

Rankin to Clarke, 1 run, full on the stumps, eased in front of point for an easy single

18.3

Rankin to Watson, FOUR, full on the stumps, touch too full, decent timing with a flick that beats the chase round of deep square leg

18.4

Rankin to Watson, no run, better length, Watson playing from the crease around off stump, angles this into the gully

18.5

Rankin to Watson, no run, good length, angled in a little and it bounces a bit, Watson leaves it alone

18.6

Rankin to Watson, no run, straight line and Watson is forward on the stumps to block back to the bowler

End of over 19 (5 runs) Australia 63/2
SR Watson    28* (43b 4x4)      WB Rankin    4-0-11-0
MJ Clarke    4* (12b)      SCJ Broad    5-0-26-1

19.1

Broad to Clarke, no run, back of a length just outside off, forced into the covers but too close to the fielder for a single

19.2

Broad to Clarke, no run, bumper, ducked comfortably

19.3

Broad to Clarke, no run, full on off stump, blocked only getting half-forward

19.4

Broad to Clarke, no run, touch shorter, blocked getting up on his toes

19.5

Broad to Clarke, FOUR, short ball and Clarke onto it quickly, playing a nice pull through midwicket, good timing

19.6

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, forces off the back foot just wide of mid-off and gets a quick single

End of over 20 (5 runs) Australia 68/2
MJ Clarke    9* (18b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    6-0-31-1
SR Watson    28* (43b 4x4)      WB Rankin    4-0-11-0

Ben Stokes is back into the attack, changing to the Paddington End...

20.1

Stokes to Clarke, no run, full length, this nips back and takes inside edge into the pad

20.2

Stokes to Clarke, no run, same length on off stump, blocked from the crease

20.3

Stokes to Clarke, no run, fuller and well driven, Stokes saves well with his right hand

20.4

Stokes to Clarke, (no ball) 1 run, Stokes clips the stumps so is no-balled for "Finning" and gets clipped down to long leg off the hip

20.4

Stokes to Watson, FOUR, full toss wide of off stump and punched for four past mid-off, freebie that

20.5

Stokes to Watson, no run, back on it, good length at the stumps, Watson with a big stride forward plays back to the bowler

20.6

Stokes to Watson, no run, full length, bit of a teaser outside off and Watson watches it very closely before leaving alone

End of over 21 (6 runs) Australia 74/2
SR Watson    32* (46b 5x4)      BA Stokes    5-1-20-1
MJ Clarke    10* (22b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    6-0-31-1

Rob: "The last Aussie captain with a perceived weakness against the short ball was Steve Waugh. Averaged 50+ despite the supposed deficiency."

21.1

Broad to Clarke, no run, decent length blocked from the crease in front of middle

21.2

Broad to Clarke, no run, off stump line and blocked in similar fashion

21.3

Broad to Clarke, no run, fuller and Clarke hurried into coming forward to push up to mid-on

21.4

Broad to Clarke, no run, fuller length but much wider and left alone

21.5

Broad to Clarke, no run, length delivery at middle and off, dabbed from the crease towards the covers

21.6

Broad to Clarke, no run, bit of nip back in and Clarke is carefully watching this blocking in front of off stump

End of over 22 (maiden) Australia 74/2
MJ Clarke    10* (28b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-31-1
SR Watson    32* (46b 5x4)      BA Stokes    5-1-20-1

22.1

Stokes to Watson, no run, full length blocked coming forward

22.2

Stokes to Watson, 1 no ball, another "Finn", bumper down leg this side

22.2

Stokes to Watson, 3 runs, full outside off and a handsome drive through extra cover, Rankin goes back to field

22.3

Stokes to Clarke, OUT, edged and taken at second slip! Stokes gets it spot on and England have a third wicket and the big one of Michael Clarke. He was playing from the crease around off stump, followed a good length ball slightly and got a thick edge to Ian Bell who held a regulation chance slightly to his right

MJ Clarke c Bell b Stokes 10 (32m 29b 1x4 0x6) SR: 34.48

22.4

Stokes to Smith, no run, decent length on the stumps, blocked coming forward

22.5

Stokes to Smith, FOUR, too full and driven handsomely for four through extra cover, lovely timing

22.6

Stokes to Smith, no run, nips back a touch and catches Smith on the crease, too high for the lbw

End of over 23 (8 runs) Australia 82/3
SPD Smith    4* (3b 1x4)      BA Stokes    6-1-28-2
SR Watson    35* (49b 5x4)      SCJ Broad    7-1-31-1

Decent morning this for England now, three good wickets, all cheap too. Another and they'll be giggling over the cucumber sarnies. James Anderson back for a couple before lunch...

23.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, back of a length only just outside off and Watson tries a big uppercut and misses, wasn''t quite the line for that stroke

23.2

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, good length, nibbles away, takes a thick outside edge and right where third slip would have been but he ain't there, he's at extra cover

23.3

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, another flashing cut stroke, gets this like a rocket over gully, good luck catching that, wasn't entirely in control of that but hit it so hard

23.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, just back of a good length and played carefully into point from just outside off

Extra cover now into third slip...

23.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, full and it nips back a little, catches the front pad but too high for the lbw

23.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, full again, wide enough to leave alone outside off

Exciting over that...

End of over 24 (8 runs) Australia 90/3
SR Watson    43* (55b 7x4)      JM Anderson    7-2-16-0
SPD Smith    4* (3b 1x4)      BA Stokes    6-1-28-2

24.1

Stokes to Smith, no run, full length wide enough outside off to leave alone

24.2

Stokes to Smith, FOUR, full and nicely driven, just eases into the stroke and times it nicely in front of point

24.3

Stokes to Smith, no run, full again but this time it's a tighter line and Smith shoulders arms

24.4

Stokes to Smith, no run, straighter again and blocked in front of off stump

24.5

Stokes to Smith, no run, full on off stump again, Smith leant towards it and didn't quite get to the pitch, almost chipping it back towards the bowler

24.6

Stokes to Smith, no run, similar line, forcing Smith out of his ground again to play to the bowler's right hand

End of over 25 (4 runs) Australia 94/3
SPD Smith    8* (9b 2x4)      BA Stokes    7-1-32-2
SR Watson    43* (55b 7x4)      JM Anderson    7-2-16-0

Last set before lunch, only 26 overs in the session...

25.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, forced off the back foot on the bounce to gully's right who dives and saves well

25.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, good length on off stump, blocked in the crease

25.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, full length, Watson shoulders arms and gets struck on the pad, appeal for lbw, not out given and they decline the review, probably wise, indeed it was according to Hawk Eye

25.4

Anderson to Watson, OUT, fuller delivery and this nips back to strike the pad right in front of off stump absolutely plumb lbw and England strike right on the stroke of lunch. That's their first leg before dismissal of the entire series! Stone dead that, nipped back to take the big front pad and it would have crashed into middle and leg

SR Watson lbw b Anderson 43 (93m 59b 7x4 0x6) SR: 72.88

12.30pm That wicket makes it a superb session for England, they go to lunch in good shape having finally won the toss for the first time this series. They haven't been right on the money but have done enough to create problems with some seam movement and a bit of swing around. Gnasher back with you in 35 mins...

Anderson has two balls to complete the over...

1.05pm Welcome back, folks. We've been here before, haven't we? Australia in some trouble with the bat before being rescued. Will it happen again today?

Matt: "Surely Lyon must be asking the captain when he can get a promotion - yet to be dismissed in 4 tests with 50+ runs to his name. Better than most of his top order!"

gibbo: "As an Aussie fan, what a great session by England! It sets the stage to see how Bailey copes with his first bit of pressure. Or will it be the customary tail end rescue?" Bailey playing for a South Africa tour spot.

25.5

Anderson to Bailey, 1 run, short of a length at the body, gets off the mark straight away as he tucks it behind square

25.6

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

Kush: "What was the par score on this batting first before this innings started? I'd say anything around 250 is good." The way England have batted, maybe 175

End of over 26 (1 run) Australia 95/4
SPD Smith    8* (10b 2x4)      JM Anderson    8-2-17-1
GJ Bailey    1* (1b)      BA Stokes    7-1-32-2

Stuart Broad is back for his third spell

26.1

Broad to Bailey, no run, excellent fielding at mid-on, Bailey on-drove a full delivery very nicely but Anderson got down with his left hand

26.2

Broad to Bailey, no run, keeping it very full at off stump, driven to mid-off on this occasion

26.3

Broad to Bailey, no run, short of a length outside off, 138kph, left alone

Dan: "So Australia loses a few cheap wickets and suddenly the sky is falling?" No, but their top order has been an issue all series. Especially in the first innings. England have failed to make the most of it

26.4

Broad to Bailey, no run, that's a beauty! Nips away from a full length at off stump and beats Bailey who is caught in the crease

26.5

Broad to Bailey, no run, and another! Perhaps even better. Beaten again outside off stump, and extra bounce this time as Bairstow takes it on the rise

26.6

Broad to Bailey, no run, shorter, Bailey stays on the back foot and defends to the off side...nervous times for the No. 6

End of over 27 (maiden) Australia 95/4
GJ Bailey    1* (7b)      SCJ Broad    8-2-31-1
SPD Smith    8* (10b 2x4)      JM Anderson    8-2-17-1

27.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, shoulders arms to a straight delivery but is saved by the extra bounce from a good length which means he's taken high on the leg

27.2

Anderson to Smith, 2 runs, angled in towards the hip, Smith works it away fine but Pietersen gets around the boundary to cut it off

27.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, back of a length, allowing the batsman to hang back, defended to the leg side

27.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, more seam movement, nips back at Smith and again he's taken high on the back leg

27.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, nice delivery, shaping back into Smith as he shoulders arms but the carry makes it easier to leave

27.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, now he makes one go the other way, or hold its line, from back of a length...Smith pulls his bat away but think he'd played first and been beaten

End of over 28 (2 runs) Australia 97/4
SPD Smith    10* (16b 2x4)      JM Anderson    9-2-19-1
GJ Bailey    1* (7b)      SCJ Broad    8-2-31-1

Four slips in place...

28.1

Broad to Bailey, OUT, caught at the second attempt! Oh boy, it looked like Cook had spilled it. Bailey's problems continue. Fiddling outside off stump at a length ball, it was a lovely catching height for Cook but it spilled out however the England captain managed to snatch it inches off the turf

GJ Bailey c Cook b Broad 1 (11m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

Bailey completely worked over which, apart from a couple of fleeting occasions, he has been all series. Not sure he'll be facing Steyn and co next month

Here's the man to lift Australia - Brad Haddin. Due a failure?

28.2

Broad to Haddin, no run, full outside off stump, drives his first delivery to mid-off

Sam: "I doubt the Saffers will fail to make the most of top order collapses like we've had this series. February looms..."

28.3

Broad to Haddin, no run, short of a length, nips back into Haddin and loops towards the slips but falls short of third. Not sure if there was an inside edge

28.4

Broad to Haddin, no run, hops into line and defends towards mid-on

28.5

Broad to Haddin, no run, short of a length outside off, defended at the top of the bounce to point

28.6

Broad to Haddin, no run, full at off stump, 136kph, confidently driven to mid-off

End of over 29 (wicket maiden) Australia 97/5
BJ Haddin    0* (5b)      SCJ Broad    9-3-31-2
SPD Smith    10* (16b 2x4)      JM Anderson    9-2-19-1

Brandan: "What is going on out there? Reading as much of the commentary as I can from work, starting to get very worried with this collapse!" Decent bowling in helpful conditions. You've still got Mitch to come.

29.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, goes to pull a shorter delivery but gets a bottom edge into his pads

29.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, leaves on length as this passes pretty close to off stump, shaping back into the right hander

29.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, takes his bottom hand off the bat as he jabs into the off side

marcus: "People will say Bailey should have been dropped earlier. I disagree, its high time we gave our new batsman long rope (although some like Watson get too long) and I am glad they persisted with him, at least now we know definitively that he is not quite up to the mark. It also re-enforces the fact that FC runs count more than ODI runs."

29.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, touch too short, allowing Smith to stay on the back foot and defend to cover

29.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, outside off, shaping back into Smith but wide enough for him to leave

29.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, touch fuller, Smith plants his front foot forward and leaves alone

End of over 30 (maiden) Australia 97/5
SPD Smith    10* (22b 2x4)      JM Anderson    10-3-19-1
BJ Haddin    0* (5b)      SCJ Broad    9-3-31-2

30.1

Broad to Haddin, FOUR, he's off the mark with a lovely straight drive, overpitched from Broad and he's seeing it like the beach balls you seen confiscated from the crowd

30.2

Broad to Haddin, no run, drags the length back, on his toes defending to the leg side

Geoff: "Looks like Bailey just signed Doolan's ticket to South Africa." He certainly appears the next in line

30.3

Broad to Haddin, no run, beats the inside edge, nips back and doesn't bounce as Haddin expected. Trying to force it off the back foot

30.4

Broad to Haddin, no run, back of a length, on off stump, defends and takes a thick inside edge to the leg side

30.5

Broad to Haddin, no run, good bouncer over off stump, the ball follows him as he jerks his head out of the line...he left the bat up like periscope and wasn't far away from touching the ball

30.6

Broad to Haddin, no run, now he goes full, Haddin a little caught on the crease but is able to defend square to point

james: "It would have been disrespectful to our great Aussie team of the past, with Gilly Warne etc, if we completed this white wash. This is just our way of paying respects to the greats." Don't rule out the whitewash yet!

End of over 31 (4 runs) Australia 101/5
BJ Haddin    4* (11b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    10-3-35-2
SPD Smith    10* (22b 2x4)      JM Anderson    10-3-19-1

31.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, full on middle and off, Smith walks into his defensive shot to mid-off

31.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, not shot offered! Big appeal for lbw, nipping back. Height the issue again and Cook declines to review. Plenty of movement for Anderson. Replays show it was missing

Tim: "Marcus: While I think Watson has some problems with temperament, at the moment he's not travelling too badly 103, 80-odd not out and 43 in his last five innings is not too shabby."

31.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, this one holds its line outside off, 140kph, left alone

31.4

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, goes for a drive as this nips into him, his feet don't move and it flies off a thick outside edge down to long leg...Anderson offers some advice

31.5

Anderson to Haddin, 1 run, forward and driven to the left of mid-off

31.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, again padding up! And again bounce saves him. Nipping back from outside off. Lovely bowling from Anderson

Hamish: "@Geoff- Don't be surprised to see a certain PJ Hughes in the squad to South Africa. Might be reinvented at No. 6, or even back at 3 and everyone drops down 1 and Clarke goes back to his preferred spot at No. 5."

End of over 32 (2 runs) Australia 103/5
SPD Smith    11* (27b 2x4)      JM Anderson    11-3-21-1
BJ Haddin    5* (12b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    10-3-35-2

32.1

Broad to Haddin, no run, full at middle and off, defended firmly into the pitch and Broad jumps to collect in his follow through

32.2

Broad to Haddin, no run, shorter, defended on the back foot to midwicket

32.3

Broad to Haddin, no run, a touch fuller, almost catches Haddin out of position as he goes back to defend again

Four slips in place. A new Alastair Cook?

32.4

Broad to Haddin, no run, on a length outside off, left alone

32.5

Broad to Haddin, FOUR, up and over those slips, a poor delivery as he dropped short and wide, Haddin deliberately upper cut down to third man

32.6

Broad to Haddin, 1 leg bye, takes the pad wide of the keeper

End of over 33 (5 runs) Australia 108/5
BJ Haddin    9* (18b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    11-3-39-2
SPD Smith    11* (27b 2x4)      JM Anderson    11-3-21-1

33.1

Anderson to Haddin, no run, short, angling down the leg side, glances the hip and Bairstow can't hold on diving to his right

33.2

Anderson to Haddin, no run, nipping back of a good length, beats Haddin on the back foot takes him very close to delicate area

33.3

Anderson to Haddin, no run, we have a review! Is there an inside edge into the pad? Bairstow took it sharply, diving to his right. The initial appeal was for lbw as well. Appears to have beaten the inside edge, and takes the back leg through to the keeper. Yes, it was front pad then back thigh pad. He'll be fine, here

33.4

Anderson to Haddin, 1 run, finds the inside edge as Haddin jumps into his defensive prod...400 runs in the series

33.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, ouch! Now there's extra bounce from a good length, strikes Smith on bottom hand and he whips the glove off the bat

graham: "The wicket looks two paced, variable bounce and seaming I'm not going to judge until both teams have batted. I was in favour of giving Bailey the series to see how he went but don't think he is up to it. Ferguson for South Africa." Certainly plenty in this pitch. It will probably spin, too

33.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, well played, solidly behind the line and defends to the off side

End of over 34 (1 run) Australia 109/5
SPD Smith    11* (29b 2x4)      JM Anderson    12-3-22-1
BJ Haddin    10* (22b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    11-3-39-2

First change since lunch as Rankin comes on. Can he sustain the pressure?

34.1

Rankin to Haddin, no run, starts with a gentle delivery, 129kph, outside off and left alone

34.2

Rankin to Haddin, no run, goes full at off stump, 136kph, driven straight and Rankin sticks out his left hand

Haddin pulls away. What would Mitchell say?

34.3

Rankin to Haddin, 2 runs, full at off stump, comes forward to drive and the bat skews in his hand which means he loses some timing

34.4

Rankin to Haddin, no run, short of a length outside off, defended to point

Justin : "Aust 100/5. That's nothing. You aussies have smith, haddin, johnson and the tail to come. 300 at least in other words."

34.5

Rankin to Haddin, no run, that's sharper from Rankin, more effort, 136kph, nips back from short of a length and clatters into Haddin who is jumping in defence

34.6

Rankin to Haddin, no run, left alone outside off, a reasonably full length and Bairstow took it above his head

End of over 35 (2 runs) Australia 111/5
BJ Haddin    12* (28b 2x4)      WB Rankin    5-0-13-0
SPD Smith    11* (29b 2x4)      JM Anderson    12-3-22-1

35.1

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, hint of swing as he pitches full on off stump, driven into the space at cover

35.2

Anderson to Haddin, no run, short of a length, on off stump, defended

35.3

Anderson to Haddin, no run, a touch fuller, Haddin defends this quite late and it runs to point

35.4

Anderson to Haddin, no run, on the back foot, defended towards mid-off, Anderson fields it himself

Stokes loosening up

35.5

Anderson to Haddin, no run, back of a length outside off, driven from the back foot to cover

35.6

Anderson to Haddin, no run, short of a length outside off, left alone...that might be it for this spell from Jimmy. It's been classy.

End of over 36 (1 run) Australia 112/5
BJ Haddin    12* (33b 2x4)      JM Anderson    13-3-23-1
SPD Smith    12* (30b 2x4)      WB Rankin    5-0-13-0

36.1

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

Nathan: "Is every one forgetting that Hughes has been tried and tested. He isnt worth another try. What about Klinger from SA bring him in at 3 and drop watson down"

36.2

Rankin to Smith, no run, defended square of the wicket to point

36.3

Rankin to Smith, 1 run, drifts onto leg stump, flicked out to deep square leg

36.4

Rankin to Haddin, no run, full and wide, 136kph, left alone...a little floaty

Ballance is being brought into short leg

36.5

Rankin to Haddin, 3 runs, there's the short ball, and Haddin responds with a pull wide of mid-on...not quite out of the middle and it's flicked back just before the rope. Haddin was waiting for that

36.6

Rankin to Smith, 1 no ball, shoved way down the leg side...just seems to be 'putting' in there at the moment

36.6

Rankin to Smith, FOUR, and the extra ball costs four, short and wide, slapped over point

End of over 37 (9 runs) Australia 121/5
SPD Smith    17* (35b 3x4)      WB Rankin    6-0-22-0
BJ Haddin    15* (35b 2x4)      JM Anderson    13-3-23-1

Anderson is off. Stokes is back. Key passage of play.

37.1

Stokes to Haddin, no run, full at off stump, 132kph, Haddin caught on the crease as he defends

37.2

Stokes to Haddin, no run, defended on the back foot to the off side

Richard: "Rankin lacks a yard for mine. Prefer Finn long term: easier to teach a fast bowler control than the other way round." Finn has a lot to sort out, but think the selectors see him for long term, too

37.3

Stokes to Haddin, no run, still seam movement offer, Haddin falls across this as it nips back

37.4

Stokes to Haddin, FOUR, he gets another pull shot away, dangerous signs for England, Stokes dragged it down short and Haddin went over midwicket

37.5

Stokes to Haddin, 1 run, this time he's forward outside off to a full ball, driving neatly to the left of mid-off where Root is on as the sub (Broad the man off)

37.6

Stokes to Smith, no run, full outside off, driven firmly to mid-off

David: "Why would you try Klinger, the guy is has half his leg in the pension line? Hughes has and always will be an international level player. He deserves the crack at it that Bailey was given." Suspect Mr Winter will be pleased if they leave Klinger alone, too, so that he can stay at Gloucestershire

End of over 38 (5 runs) Australia 126/5
SPD Smith    17* (36b 3x4)      BA Stokes    8-1-37-2
BJ Haddin    20* (40b 3x4)      WB Rankin    6-0-22-0

38.1

Rankin to Haddin, 1 run, full, angling into the pads, nudged wide of mid-on

Broad now back on the field

38.2

Rankin to Smith, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended

sri: "Not to be harsh, but I can see why Rankin wasn't given a run in the first 4 tests. He's been either wide of off or spraying down leg." He's barely bowled since the Test series began. Tough ask.

38.3

Rankin to Smith, no run, short, outside off, drops his hands and lets it through

38.4

Rankin to Smith, FOUR, over the slips, Smith went hard at a short delivery, flew off the top edge and went way over third slip

38.5

Rankin to Smith, no run, that's a good length, fuller outside off, shaping back towards the stumps and it's a fairly tight leave

38.6

Rankin to Smith, no run, another one down the leg side

And that's drinks. Another recovery being marshalled by Haddin. England need him soon. It's over to Alex until tea

End of over 39 (5 runs) Australia 131/5
SPD Smith    21* (41b 4x4)      WB Rankin    7-0-27-0
BJ Haddin    21* (41b 3x4)      BA Stokes    8-1-37-2

Hello again, this partnership just beginning to bubble. Haddin's not going to rescue Australia again is he? Drinks has come at a good time for England I reckon...

39.1

Stokes to Haddin, no run, full on off stump, blocked in the crease towards point

39.2

Stokes to Haddin, no run, defended in a similar fashion to a similar ball

39.3

Stokes to Haddin, no run, full on the stumps, Haddin hurried a little into blocking in the crease

39.4

Stokes to Haddin, FOUR, touch wider and crashed through the covers, imperious drive on the up, timed to perfection

39.5

Stokes to Haddin, (no ball) FOUR, Stokes "Finn's" again and goes back of a length at the body, Haddin flicks it wide of long leg

39.5

Stokes to Haddin, no run, almost four more, cut hard but can only find backward point

39.6

Stokes to Haddin, FOUR, this is four more, pulled hard from just back in length and gets it over square leg

End of over 40 (13 runs) Australia 144/5
BJ Haddin    33* (48b 6x4)      BA Stokes    9-1-50-2
SPD Smith    21* (41b 4x4)      WB Rankin    7-0-27-0

40.1

Rankin to Smith, no run, full length but well wide of off stump, left alone

40.2

Rankin to Smith, 1 run, good length at the stumps, dabbed from the crease through midwicket and they get an easy single

40.3

Rankin to Haddin, FOUR, back of a length and pulled over mid-on, some stroke, enough bat on it to get it well over the fielder and it brings the fifty partnership up, things sliding out of control for England here

40.4

Rankin to Haddin, 1 run, pulled again and nearly picks out long leg, lands a yard or two short of him

40.5

Rankin to Smith, no run, slides the past the outside edge with Smith poking at it slightly outside off stump

40.6

Rankin to Smith, 1 run, fuller and dropped into midwicket for an easy single

End of over 41 (7 runs) Australia 151/5
SPD Smith    23* (45b 4x4)      WB Rankin    8-0-34-0
BJ Haddin    38* (50b 7x4)      BA Stokes    9-1-50-2

Richard Hartley: "Put Haddin @ No. 3, he is clearly the best batter."

41.1

Stokes to Smith, no run, length on off stump, blocked back up the wicket

41.2

Stokes to Smith, no run, extra bounce here and it nips up and takes the fingers, could be nasty, Smith walks away to assess the damage, physio comes out

41.3

Stokes to Smith, no run, fuller length and Smith not coming out of his ground to block it

41.4

Stokes to Smith, no run, better stride in forward to play back to the bowler from off stump

41.5

Stokes to Smith, FOUR, a flashing drive with absolutely no foot movement at all, get a thick outside edge that flies backward of point, had he played the stroke in the nets, everyone would have raised their eyebrows

41.6

Stokes to Smith, no run, bothers to move the front foot forward this time, drives again but off a thick inside edge into midwicket

End of over 42 (4 runs) Australia 155/5
SPD Smith    27* (51b 5x4)      BA Stokes    10-1-54-2
BJ Haddin    38* (50b 7x4)      WB Rankin    8-0-34-0

Time for a change and it's Scott Borthwick coming on with his leggers on debut. Good luck dear boy...

42.1

Borthwick to Haddin, 1 run, touch short and wide and cut out to deep cover

42.2

Borthwick to Smith, no run, floated up, ends up a full toss slapped back on the bounce to the bowler

42.3

Borthwick to Smith, no run, nice this time, smith forward just outside off pushing a length ball towards point

42.4

Borthwick to Smith, no run, wider and slapped into the covers, not too far away from short extra cover

42.5

Borthwick to Smith, no run, little short, worked off the back foot to mid-on

42.6

Borthwick to Smith, FOUR, skip down the wicket, meets it on the full and clips wide of mid-on for four

1000 Test runs for Smith...

End of over 43 (5 runs) Australia 160/5
SPD Smith    31* (56b 6x4)      SG Borthwick    1-0-5-0
BJ Haddin    39* (51b 7x4)      BA Stokes    10-1-54-2

Boyd Rankin is back into the attack...

43.1

Rankin to Haddin, no run, goes to pull, a little short for the stroke and plays over the top of it, goes through to the keeper

Rankin has pulled up here and on comes the England physio. Rankin feeling his right leg it looks like, indeed hamstring it is, and he's going off, that spell didn't last long!

Broad to replace Rankin, who himself was limping a little earlier...

43.2

Broad to Haddin, no run, full, wide delivery, driven wristily to cover

43.3

Broad to Haddin, 2 runs, length on off stump, Haddin steps away and creates room for a dab through gully for a couple, innovative

43.4

Broad to Haddin, 1 run, dropped into the covers from the crease and they get a quick single

43.5

Broad to Smith, no run, full and left alone a good two feet wide of off stump

43.6

Broad to Smith, no run, wide enough to leave again outside off

End of over 44 (3 runs) Australia 163/5
SPD Smith    31* (58b 6x4)      SCJ Broad    11.5-3-42-2
BJ Haddin    42* (55b 7x4)      SG Borthwick    1-0-5-0

44.1

Borthwick to Haddin, no run, touch short, Haddin backing away cuts hard but mistimes it to short extra

44.2

Borthwick to Haddin, no run, shorter still and Haddin goes to slap it away but only toe-ends it back to the bowler

44.3

Borthwick to Haddin, 3 runs, better length but Haddin is right back in his crease late-cutting and they get three as Cook chases back to third man

44.4

Borthwick to Smith, FOUR, skip down the wicket and slapped straight back past the bowler, firm strike

44.5

Borthwick to Smith, no run, tossed up on off stump, forward and ran straight back to the bowler

44.6

Borthwick to Smith, no run, step down the pitch and nearly catches Smith out but he gets a big stride in to push into the covers

End of over 45 (7 runs) Australia 170/5
SPD Smith    35* (61b 7x4)      SG Borthwick    2-0-12-0
BJ Haddin    45* (58b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    11.5-3-42-2

Runs flowing merrily for Australia, once again the run-rate is exceptionally healthy...

45.1

Broad to Haddin, no run, full and swinging away, Haddin flashes at it without moving his feet and misses

45.2

Broad to Haddin, no run, dabbed from the crease into the covers

45.3

Broad to Haddin, no run, touch wide and gracefully pushed towards backward point where Carberry slides and saves

45.4

Broad to Haddin, no run, back in the crease and blocked up on the off side

45.5

Broad to Haddin, no run, full a foot wide of off stump, left alone

45.6

Broad to Haddin, no run, excellent delivery, good length and it jags back alarmingly and almost cuts Haddin in two, zips between bat and pad, misses the off stump too

Much-needed maiden for England...

End of over 46 (maiden) Australia 170/5
BJ Haddin    45* (64b 7x4)      SCJ Broad    12.5-4-42-2
SPD Smith    35* (61b 7x4)      SG Borthwick    2-0-12-0

46.1

Borthwick to Smith, FOUR, floated up too much outside off and slapped for four past extra cover

46.2

Borthwick to Smith, 1 run, down the wicket, meets this on the full and hammers it past Haddin first of all at the non-striker's end but no Broad who dives superbly at mid-on to save four

46.3

Borthwick to Haddin, no run, kicked away outside off

46.4

Borthwick to Haddin, no run, driven on the front foot to short extra cover

46.5

Borthwick to Haddin, no run, better bowled, pushed off the back foot to backward point

46.6

Borthwick to Haddin, FOUR, tossed up just outside off and slapped down the ground past mid-off, good timing

End of over 47 (9 runs) Australia 179/5
BJ Haddin    49* (68b 8x4)      SG Borthwick    3-0-21-0
SPD Smith    40* (63b 8x4)      SCJ Broad    12.5-4-42-2

Mark Newman: "Spare a thought for Scott Borthwick and remember on the same ground 21 years ago a certain Shane Warne made his debut. His figures were 1 for 150."

47.1

Broad to Smith, no run, full length angled in, Smith pushes firmly to mid-off

47.2

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

47.3

Broad to Smith, no run, full delivery on off stump, pushed again up on the off side

47.4

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

47.5

Broad to Smith, no run, similar delivery, ignored again

47.6

Broad to Smith, 2 byes, full length, left alone, it moves in on Bairstow who can't gather it cleanly behind the sticks and they'll get a couple of byes

End of over 48 (2 runs, maiden) Australia 181/5
SPD Smith    40* (69b 8x4)      SCJ Broad    13.5-5-42-2
BJ Haddin    49* (68b 8x4)      SG Borthwick    3-0-21-0

Just the three overs for Borthwick as back comes Stokes with 15 minutes to tea...

48.1

Stokes to Haddin, no run, good length on off stump, blocked in the crease

48.2

Stokes to Haddin, 1 run, similar delivery, blocked in almost identical fashion but this runs back past the bowler and they steal a single inside mid-on, another fifty for Haddin, he's rescued his side yet again

48.3

Stokes to Smith, no run, good length on off stump, blocked coming half-forward

48.4

Stokes to Smith, 1 no ball, goes to pull a ball not quite there for the stroke and gets an underedge not too far from the stumps

48.4

Stokes to Smith, no run, shorter and hurries Smith into ducked beneath it

48.5

Stokes to Smith, 1 no ball, Stokes now "Finns" again, sends it down leg side

48.5

Stokes to Smith, no run, foot and a half wide of off stump, left alone

48.6

Stokes to Smith, no run, ignored again outside off

End of over 49 (3 runs) Australia 184/5
SPD Smith    40* (75b 8x4)      BA Stokes    11-1-57-2
BJ Haddin    50* (70b 8x4)      SCJ Broad    13.5-5-42-2

Anderson is back and England are desperate for a breakthrough...

49.1

Anderson to Haddin, FOUR, oh wow, just back in length on off stump and he whacks it to cow corner, outrageous stroke

49.2

Anderson to Haddin, no run, better fuller length just outside off, left alone

49.3

Anderson to Haddin, no run, length delivery dabbed into the covers from the crease

49.4

Anderson to Haddin, no run, goes to pull a straight delivery but gets it wrong and gets struck high on the pad

49.5

Anderson to Haddin, no run, just back of a length, Haddin covers up on the stumps

49.6

Anderson to Haddin, no run, blocking from a fourth-stump line sitting in the crease

End of over 50 (4 runs) Australia 188/5
BJ Haddin    54* (76b 9x4)      JM Anderson    14-3-27-1
SPD Smith    40* (75b 8x4)      BA Stokes    11-1-57-2
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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