The Ashes - 2nd Test

England v Australia

England won by 347 runs

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

We're ready, the second Test is about to begin. Alastair Cook and Joe Root are settling in and James Pattinson is going to open the bowling from the Nursery End. Play...

Bell ringing duties at Lord's always go to a famous ex-player and today it is the turn of legendary Australian Steve Waugh. He, Shane Warne and Glen McGrath have been visiting the Australian team this week for some inspiration. How well will it serve them. They're out on the field now and here come the England batsman through the long room.

11.05 Ian Bell was England's star with the bat at Trent Bridge and he spoke to ESPNcricinfo after what turned out to be a match-winning century in the first Test.

Adam Hills: "When you say the Queen will probably 'stay for a session' ... #ginoclock?" Haha! I'm sure she'll have a cup of tea. A touch early for an elderly woman to be getting on the stiff stuff. More importantly, it really is gin o'clock, in fact, any cool beverage you fancy because it is so glorious, 30 degrees, not a cloud in the sky.

10.55am Right, formalities out of the way and we can start properly preparing for the Test, England to bat first remember. George Dobell has invented the ink blot test that England must face up to at Lord's. For Australia, they need to rally together once again and Michael Clarke needs to perform. Dan Brettig says he is in the zone back on a ground where he has very good memories.

Suchu: "Just curious. Is it only this time that the Queen's visit is happening? Will Her Majesty sit through the whole day?" No she generally always appears for the Lord's Test, a wonderful tradition. Three cheers go up and the Queen retreats into the pavilion, she'll probably stay for a session.

10.40am The players are lined up in front of the pavilion ready and waiting for our special guest, who is, of course, the most special of all guests, Her Majesty The Queen. The Royal Standard has been raised above the home dressing room, the MCC members are on their feet, and we await the Monarch of the United Kingdom, her Territories and the Commonwealth. What a moment for these players. Ashton Agar, for example, no idea he would be on the tour not so long ago and now he's at Lord's meeting the Queen. Crowds packing behind the pavilion for a view. And here she comes out to bat down the steps of the pavilion, accompanied by the president of MCC. She pauses to talk to Tim Robinson the fourth umpire, obviously a word about DRS.

Steve: "With Starc, is it not more likely that Australia actually see their best three seamers as Siddle, Pattinson and Harris? Harris has a brilliant Test record, but they know he won't last back to back Tests so they have simply picked him for the ground he is going to be most suited to."

Chris: "Completely the wrong call to drop Finn for Bresnan. Bresnan at the moment cannot bat, is a poor fielder and his bowling has been poor in red ball cricket. More pressure on Jimmy and Broad to produce now." You can hardly say Finn eased their pressure at Trent Bridge though? Produced one decent ball in the first innings and bowled a tight five overs in the second.

10.25 Five minutes ahead of the usual schedule, the captains are out there for the toss. Praying to win the call and bat first surely on this glorious morning. Up goes the coin, Michael Clarke calls heads, it lands a tail so England have won the toss and will bat first. There is a change in their team, Steven Finn misses out and Tim Bresnan comes in. Clarke would, of course, battled first, and confirms the team changes, Khawaja for Cowan and Harris for Starc.

England Alastair Cook, Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Greaeme Swann, James Anderson

Australia Shane Watson, Chris Rodgers, Usman Khawaja, Phil Hughes, Michael Clarke, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Ashton Agar, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Ryan Harris

The choice for England is whether or not to retain Steven Finn. He wasn't at his best at Trent Bridge and Tim Bresnan could be brought back. But Finn's record in Tests at Lord's is superb, surely England can't ignore that?

10.20am We've got a special visitor meeting the teams before the start of play so the toss is at 10.25 and the start is at 11.15 this morning.

Vinay Patel: "Sure, put Khawaja in for Cowan...but Starc should rightly feel a bit hard done by. Stats-wise, he certainly wasn't too bad in the first test." Maybe not, but Australia have this rotation policy they bring out regardless of the series situation. They say simply, sorry mate, you ain't playing today, to keep everyone fresh.

First news of the morning, is that Australia have made a couple of changes to their XI. First of all, Ed Cowan is out of the side. He looked so out of sorts at Trent Bridge that Australia haven't given him a second chance, he's gone and Usman Khawaja replaces him. The other change for the Aussies is Ryan Harris replacing Mitchell Starc. I suppose Harris is only going to be fit for so long so get him in while you can!

10.05am BST Morning everyone and welcome to live coverage of the second Test from Lord's, the home of cricket, in glorious blazing sunshine this week. England are one up after a thrilling first rubber at Trent Bridge and we're fearing hoping for more of the same in London.

0.1

Pattinson to Cook, no run, some movement down the hill and it catches Cook high on the front pad in line with middle and leg, too high for an appeal

0.2

Pattinson to Cook, FOUR, fuller, swings in but onto the pads and Cook clips it through midwicket, well timed and it races down the hill

0.3

Pattinson to Cook, no run, on a length, down the leg side and Haddin takes it a chest height going to his right

0.4

Pattinson to Cook, no run, down leg side again, good carry behind the wicket and Haddin is stretching for this at shoulder height to his right-hand side

0.5

Pattinson to Cook, 2 runs, full on leg stump and Cook clips it past square leg, long leg has to come in front of the Tavern stand so they get a couple

0.6

Pattinson to Cook, no run, tries to send this the other way I think, Cook solidly forward on off stump to block into the covers

End of over 1 (6 runs) England 6/0
AN Cook    6* (6b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    1-0-6-0
JE Root    0* (0b)     

And from the Pavilion End, Ryan Harris to bowl to Joe Root...

1.1

Harris to Root, no run, back of a length well outside off stump, ignored

1.2

Harris to Root, no run, similar delivery, similarly ignored

1.3

Harris to Root, no run, straighter line, blocked on the crease around middle

1.4

Harris to Root, no run, three feet outside off, left again, decent carry for Harris too

1.5

Harris to Root, no run, full on off stump, Root forward to driven gently towards cover point

1.6

Harris to Root, no run, good length, leg side, comes off the pad to the keeper

End of over 2 (maiden) England 6/0
JE Root    0* (6b)      RJ Harris    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    6* (6b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    1-0-6-0

Ranjith: "Alex can you tell us which end has that idiosyncratic slope?" Indeed, it slops from right to left as you look from the Nursery End; from the Grandstand down to the Tavern. So at the moment, the slop is going from Cook's off stump to leg...

2.1

Pattinson to Cook, no run, this nips down the slops and Cook, coming half-forward, is struck on the back pad quite high, some bounce evident

2.2

Pattinson to Cook, no run, pushed forward just outside off and runs it to third slip who dives and saves

2.3

Pattinson to Cook, FOUR, length on middle and leg and Cook tucks it past square leg, easy pickings and four more, that raced away, no chance at all for long leg

2.4

Pattinson to Cook, no run, full and outside off, it drags Cook out and he hangs the bat at it, very loose, gets beaten as it moved away

2.5

Pattinson to Cook, no run, similar length, a slightly tighter line, this time Cook leaves well alone

2.6

Pattinson to Cook, 2 runs, bowls on Cook's pads again and the England captain clips through midwicket for two more

Not a great start for Pattinson...

End of over 3 (6 runs) England 12/0
AN Cook    12* (12b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    2-0-12-0
JE Root    0* (6b)      RJ Harris    1-1-0-0

3.1

Harris to Root, no run, good length, off stump, Root forward and pushes into the gully

3.2

Harris to Root, no run, a foot and a half outside off stump, Root leaves, it carries very well through to the keeper, definitely more pace in this wicket

3.3

Harris to Root, FOUR, played forward just outside off stump and runs it down past third slip, played late and with soft hands, guided down and gets it in the gap

3.4

Harris to Root, no run, off stump line that nips away, good nut, Root square up and beaten as the delivery straightened

3.5

Harris to Root, no run, fuller and Root drives into the ground from off stump, Harris fields off his own bowling

3.6

Harris to Root, 2 runs, firm front-foot push down the ground, Root takes on mid-on who slides and fumbles so they'll get back for a second

End of over 4 (6 runs) England 18/0
JE Root    6* (12b 1x4)      RJ Harris    2-1-6-0
AN Cook    12* (12b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    2-0-12-0

You can tell already that there are plenty of runs available on a good hard surface that is coming on nicely with a fast outfield. Well, here's something Shane Watson replaces Pattinson, trying to shut up shop perhaps...

4.1

Watson to Cook, no run, slides across Cook who shoulders arms outside off

4.2

Watson to Cook, OUT, full ball, swings in, Cook wrapped on the front pad, umpire Erasmus has a long look before raising the finger what a change of bowling. Cook caught on the knee roll in front of middle, Cook doesn't review because it looks stone dead. Very nicely bowled, great length, Cook drawn forward and got beaten by a bit of movement down the slope

AN Cook lbw b Watson 12 (19m 14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

4.3

Watson to Trott, FOUR, awful ball, doesn't adjust for the right-hander and Trott gets a freebie to clip through square leg that races to the Grandstand rope

Hawk Eye had that plumb, going on to hit middle and off, good decison from the umpire and from Cook not to review...

4.4

Watson to Trott, FOUR, full and very well but Trott goes right out to drive and gets it backward of point for four, shock all around that Trott chose to drive it, it was very wide but Trott got a good stride in and timed it well

4.5

Watson to Trott, no run, tighter line on a better length and Trott leaves this alone

4.6

Watson to Trott, no run, length ball on off stump, Trott covers up and plays towards mid-on

Watson with an early strike, who would have though it...

End of over 5 (8 runs) England 26/1
IJL Trott    8* (4b 2x4)      SR Watson    1-0-8-1
JE Root    6* (12b 1x4)      RJ Harris    2-1-6-0

Australia can now settle in against two right-handers...

5.1

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

5.2

Harris to Root, OUT, full and straight, Root slapped on the front pad, is this going down? No! It's given out! Very well bowled, Root has reviewed it though, is it squeezing down leg? Actually scrap that, there's a huge edge but was it pad first? Root may have squeezed this onto the pad. It was given out remember, the third umpire is having a long look at the replays. Tony Hill is the TV umpire. Yes pad first, Hawk Eye has it hitting leg stump and Root is gone! Australia have a double strike and England lose a review. It was marginal but a fair enough call

JE Root lbw b Harris 6 (28m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

So Kevin Pietersen all of a sudden, what a start...

5.3

Harris to Pietersen, no run, forward just outside off, gets a thick edge into the gully who dives to his left to save

5.4

Harris to Pietersen, no run, straight line, blocked coming half-forward

5.5

Harris to Pietersen, 2 runs, this slides into Pietersen who comes forward on middle and off and gets a thick inside edge this time backward of square leg, they get a couple

5.6

Harris to Pietersen, OUT, full length just outside off, Pietersen forward, thin edge and caught behind! Harris has another! What a selection and what a start for Australia. Pietersen always vulnerable against the new ball and has nicked off here, a thin edge as the ball just shaped up the hill, superb bowling

KP Pietersen c †Haddin b Harris 2 (3m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 6 (2 runs) England 28/3
     RJ Harris    3-1-8-2
IJL Trott    8* (4b 2x4)      SR Watson    1-0-8-1

Wow what a start, Ian Bell to the wicket of all a sudden. Good toss to lose again perhaps? Pattinson comes back, it's all go...

6.1

Pattinson to Trott, no run, length ball wide of off stump, Trott shoulders arms

6.2

Pattinson to Trott, no run, full and moving away, Trott decides to drive again! What is going on, times it well but to point

6.3

Pattinson to Trott, no run, two feet outside off stump, left alone

6.4

Pattinson to Trott, no run, very wide of off stump, ignored

6.5

Pattinson to Trott, no run, full and swinging away, down the slope, well wide of off stump, Trott leave it alone

6.6

Pattinson to Trott, no run, full and again, some movement away from the right-hander, Trott shoulders arms

End of over 7 (maiden) England 28/3
IJL Trott    8* (10b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    3-1-12-0
IR Bell    0* (0b)      RJ Harris    3-1-8-2

It was essential that Australia made the most of the new ball and they've done just that, what a start for them. England have desperately got to get out this new ball period...

7.1

Harris to Bell, no run, good length a foot wide of off stump, Bell shoulders arms

7.2

Harris to Bell, no run, length ball just outside off, plays forward and runs it to the right of gully

7.3

Harris to Bell, no run, full on off stump, Bell out to block into the covers

7.4

Harris to Bell, no run, full and moving away, left alone outside off stump

7.5

Harris to Bell, no run, straighter line, Bell plays from the crease and runs it towards mid-on

7.6

Harris to Bell, no run, fuller and more middle and leg, Bell goes to flick it away but misses, it strikes the pad low but going well down

End of over 8 (maiden) England 28/3
IR Bell    0* (6b)      RJ Harris    4-2-8-2
IJL Trott    8* (10b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    3-1-12-0

8.1

Pattinson to Trott, no run, full and well down leg side, flicked at and missed

8.2

Pattinson to Trott, FOUR, gets this towards leg stump, very full again, flicked to long leg

8.3

Pattinson to Trott, no run, full just outside off stump, Trott leaves it alone

8.4

Pattinson to Trott, no run, shorter ball, Trott gets right up and gets hit on the shoulder, it falls short of gully

8.5

Pattinson to Trott, no run, very full now, Trott digs it out and runs it to mid-on

8.6

Pattinson to Trott, no run, well wide of off stump and ignored

End of over 9 (4 runs) England 32/3
IJL Trott    12* (16b 3x4)      JL Pattinson    4-1-16-0
IR Bell    0* (6b)      RJ Harris    4-2-8-2

Patch: "Are we being graced by some trumpet this Test match, or are the MCC fulfilling their reputation as buzz-kills?" No trumpets, no fancy dress, no anything at Lord's, the occasion is enough in itself. To be fair, they always sell the tickets so...

9.1

Harris to Bell, no run, full and wide, ignored

9.2

Harris to Bell, no run, full just outside off stump, dug into extra cover

9.3

Harris to Bell, no run, length ball just outside off stump, Bell forward and blocks into the covers

9.4

Harris to Bell, no run, fuller on off stump, some drift down the slope, pushed gently to extra cover

9.5

Harris to Bell, no run, back of a length on off stump, Bell up on his toes to drop it into the covers

9.6

Harris to Bell, 1 run, nips back down the slope on a length, Bell, playing from the crease, gets it down to long leg, that's the first single of the morning

End of over 10 (1 run) England 33/3
IR Bell    1* (12b)      RJ Harris    5-2-9-2
IJL Trott    12* (16b 3x4)      JL Pattinson    4-1-16-0

Watson comes back from the Nursery End...

10.1

Watson to Bell, no run, length ball just outside off stump, Bell leaves alone

10.2

Watson to Bell, no run, similar delivery, left again

10.3

Watson to Bell, no run, tighter to off stump and blocked forward up the wicket

10.4

Watson to Bell, no run, well wide and troubling no-one bar Haddin who takes it to his right

10.5

Watson to Bell, no run, tighter line, runs down the hill, left alone again

10.6

Watson to Bell, no run, another length ball in the channel just outside off stump, Bell watches it carefully and lets it go

End of over 11 (maiden) England 33/3
IR Bell    1* (18b)      SR Watson    2-1-8-1
IJL Trott    12* (16b 3x4)      RJ Harris    5-2-9-2

Pattinson is going to change ends, now from the Pavilion End...

11.1

Pattinson to Trott, 1 run, back of a length on the stumps, Bell across the off stump to block up towards mid-on

11.2

Pattinson to Bell, no run, fuller and played up towards mid-on again, this time on the front foot

11.3

Pattinson to Bell, no run, length ball, well wide of off stump, left alone

11.4

Pattinson to Bell, no run, full ball on a length a foot outside off stump, left alone

11.5

Pattinson to Bell, FOUR, very full and wide, Bell stretches out and drives it past point, had to reach for it but got a good stride in and guided it backward of point

11.6

Pattinson to Bell, no run, much better, a foot outside off stump, Bell covers up around off stump and shoulders arms

End of over 12 (5 runs) England 38/3
IR Bell    5* (23b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    5-1-21-0
IJL Trott    13* (17b 3x4)      SR Watson    2-1-8-1

Her Majesty has left the building...

12.1

Watson to Trott, FOUR, length ball on leg stump, timed perfectly through square leg, so well timed that, just tucked it away, I was thinking single to long leg but it went like a bullet

12.2

Watson to Trott, no run, off stump line, good length, blocked on the front foot up the wicket

12.3

Watson to Trott, no run, full and very wide, Trott shoulders arms

12.4

Watson to Trott, no run, too wide of off stump to induce a stroke

12.5

Watson to Trott, no run, fuller, still some swing around, too wide once more though and Trott shoulders arms again

12.6

Watson to Trott, no run, better, tighter line, on a good length, Trott has to look a little more closely at this but leaves again

And that's drinks. What a first hour, wickets, boundaries, DRS, Her Majesty the Queen, all adding up to superb viewing yet again and Australia on top. Here's Brydon...

End of over 13 (4 runs) England 42/3
IJL Trott    17* (23b 4x4)      SR Watson    3-1-12-1
IR Bell    5* (23b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    5-1-21-0

Thanks Alex. Quite a morning so far.

13.1

Pattinson to Bell, no run, nice line from Pattinson and a hint of outswing, it's defended from off stump

13.2

Pattinson to Bell, no run, good movement again from Pattinson, this time Bell leaves it outside off

13.3

Pattinson to Bell, no run, wider of off now and swinging further away, Bell leaves it again

13.4

Pattinson to Bell, no run, thickish edge away through square leg, can't quite find a run though

13.5

Pattinson to Bell, no run, left alone once more outside off

13.6

Pattinson to Bell, no run, fuller length, Bell pushes to mid-off

Jake Sanders: "If the Queen has gone, do you think you could ask whether I can take her seat? It seems a waste not to use it for the rest of the test match..."

End of over 14 (maiden) England 42/3
IR Bell    5* (29b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    6-2-21-0
IJL Trott    17* (23b 4x4)      SR Watson    3-1-12-1

14.1

Watson to Trott, no run, ooh, dangerous leave as this one swings in and does so late - it has nipped only just past off stump

"Well left, he knows where his off stump is," says Ian Botham on commentary. No question of that ... but you also have to know where the ball is.

14.2

Watson to Trott, no run, left alone well wider of off now

14.3

Watson to Trott, no run, leading edge from Trott flies in the air and only just short of gully - Trott was trying to whip through leg

14.4

Watson to Trott, no run, angling in this time and it's defended to leg

14.5

Watson to Trott, no run, a tempting length to drive now, and just outside off - Trott does drive but straight to mid-off

14.6

Watson to Trott, no run, left alone well wide of off stump

End of over 15 (maiden) England 42/3
IJL Trott    17* (29b 4x4)      SR Watson    4-2-12-1
IR Bell    5* (29b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    6-2-21-0

15.1

Pattinson to Bell, 1 run, Pattinson strays on to the pads now and Bell flicks a single behind square

15.2

Pattinson to Trott, no run, probing outside off and Trott defends

15.3

Pattinson to Trott, no run, swinging in to the off stump and fullish, it's driven straight to cover

15.4

Pattinson to Trott, 1 run, banged in shorter, and it's accurate, but Trott does well to work it down and behind square leg for a run, he got on top of that one nicely

15.5

Pattinson to Bell, FOUR, wrong line now, too far to leg, and it's whipped through midwicket for a boundary, lovely timing

15.6

Pattinson to Bell, no run, well wide of off and swinging further away, it's left alone

End of over 16 (6 runs) England 48/3
IR Bell    10* (32b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    7-2-27-0
IJL Trott    18* (32b 4x4)      SR Watson    4-2-12-1

Siddle gets his first chance now.

16.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, a little outswing from Siddle, Trott mistimes it to midwicket

16.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, accurate now on off stump, it's defended

16.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, fullish and it's driven away to the off side, can't beat mid-off

16.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, well wide of off and Trott leaves it alone elaborately

16.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, good ball, beats Trott outside off with a delivery that swings away just enough to tempt Trott, but too far to catch the edge

16.6

Siddle to Trott, FOUR, edged and this one beats Michael Clarke at second slip! It was a nice outswinger but the thick edge wasn't really catchable, runs away to third man

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 52/3
IJL Trott    22* (38b 5x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-4-0
IR Bell    10* (32b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    7-2-27-0

Harris is back now.

17.1

Harris to Bell, no run, just hits the deck outside off and it's left alone

17.2

Harris to Bell, no run, some outswing now, but it's safely left alone outside off

17.3

Harris to Bell, no run, on the off stump line and Bell works it to leg

17.4

Harris to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

17.5

Harris to Bell, FOUR, Bell goes for the cover drive now and he's timed that well, it was fullish and swinging away, well wide of off, and Bell leans into the drive and finds the gap for that to run away to the boundary

17.6

Harris to Bell, no run, left alone by Bell this time

End of over 18 (4 runs) England 56/3
IR Bell    14* (38b 3x4)      RJ Harris    6-2-13-2
IJL Trott    22* (38b 5x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-4-0

18.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, solidly defended to off

18.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, fullish and driven to mid-off

18.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, good probing stuff just outside off, it's left alone

18.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, swinging away and left alone

18.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, comes wide of the crease now and angles it in, Trott defends

18.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 19 (maiden) England 56/3
IJL Trott    22* (44b 5x4)      PM Siddle    2-1-4-0
IR Bell    14* (38b 3x4)      RJ Harris    6-2-13-2

You have to wonder what Ryan Harris might have been able to achieve had his body held up more over the past three years. Since his Test debut in early 2010 he has played only 13 of a possible 37 Tests, but has the best average among Australian bowlers in that time (at least, those who have played more than one or two Tests).

19.1

Harris to Bell, no run, beaten outside off with a lovely ball that moves just enough

19.2

Harris to Bell, no run, very full and swinging away, Bell reaches out for the drive but it bounces safely short of point

19.3

Harris to Bell, no run, straighter line now and Bell can't quite get it away through leg

19.4

Harris to Bell, no run, banged in short of a length and it's pushed to point

19.5

Harris to Bell, no run, wide of off again, and left alone

19.6

Harris to Bell, no run, right on line and it's defended back down the pitch

End of over 20 (maiden) England 56/3
IR Bell    14* (44b 3x4)      RJ Harris    7-3-13-2
IJL Trott    22* (44b 5x4)      PM Siddle    2-1-4-0

20.1

Siddle to Trott, 2 runs, banged in a bit short of a length, Trott plays it with a whippy sort of pull that runs away towards fine leg

20.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, curving away outside off, good probing line, and Trott leaves it alone

20.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, left alone outside off again

20.4

Siddle to Trott, 1 run, short again and Trott whips a pull through square leg this time, the man in the deep keeps it to one

20.5

Siddle to Bell, no run, swinging away outside off, left alone by Bell

20.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, straighter now from Siddle and Bell just manages to defend without that turning into a dangerous leading edge

End of over 21 (3 runs) England 59/3
IR Bell    14* (46b 3x4)      PM Siddle    3-1-7-0
IJL Trott    25* (48b 5x4)      RJ Harris    7-3-13-2

Siddharth: "Agree with your views on Harris. But then, Shane Bond would've probably been the best bowler of his era had his body held up.. Your fitness is just as important as your talent.."

Very valid point, Siddharth.

21.1

Harris to Trott, no run, flicked away to midwicket, can't find the gap

21.2

Harris to Trott, no run, a little bit of outswing, it's left alone

21.3

Harris to Trott, 1 run, on the stumps now and it's clipped away behind square leg

21.4

Harris to Bell, no run, swinging away outside off and it's left alone

21.5

Harris to Bell, no run, some width now and shortish, Bell cuts but straight to point

21.6

Harris to Bell, 2 leg byes, swinging down leg and Harris asks the question for lbw, but he's a sole voice. England pick up a couple of leg byes to fine leg

End of over 22 (3 runs) England 62/3
IR Bell    14* (49b 3x4)      RJ Harris    8-3-14-2
IJL Trott    26* (51b 5x4)      PM Siddle    3-1-7-0

22.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, angled in towards off stump, Trott defends

22.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, full and swinging away, it's driven to mid-off

22.3

Siddle to Trott, 1 run, shorter ball now, Trott does well to just wait on it, as it's slow off the pitch, and works it in front of square

22.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, Siddle angles it in to off, Bell pushes it back from whence it came

22.5

Siddle to Bell, no run, swinging away and left alone

22.6

Siddle to Bell, 1 run, strays too far onto the pads and it's clipped through square for a single

End of over 23 (2 runs) England 64/3
IR Bell    15* (52b 3x4)      PM Siddle    4-1-9-0
IJL Trott    27* (54b 5x4)      RJ Harris    8-3-14-2

23.1

Harris to Bell, no run, banged in short of a length and it's defended

23.2

Harris to Bell, 2 runs, nicely placed, it was angled in towards middle and leg and that's just been worked through the gap at midwicket

23.3

Harris to Bell, 1 run, swinging away outside off, Bell angles the bat on that and steers it behind point

23.4

Harris to Trott, no run, probing outside off and it's defended

23.5

Harris to Trott, no run, bouncer now and that is well directed, Trott can't stop that lobbing off his gloves as he aims to hook, and that pops up just short of Haddin running forward

23.6

Harris to Trott, FOUR, well played, Trott pushes at a cover drive that beats the field and runs away to the boundary

End of over 24 (7 runs) England 71/3
IJL Trott    31* (57b 6x4)      RJ Harris    9-3-21-2
IR Bell    18* (55b 3x4)      PM Siddle    4-1-9-0

24.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

24.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, on the stumps now and Bell defends

24.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, curving away wide of off, Bell leaves it alone

24.4

Siddle to Bell, 3 runs, fullish and wide of off, Bell does well to lean on a drive that runs way through cover, though it is reeled in inside the boundary

24.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, solidly defended by Trott

24.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, swinging away well wide of off and it's left alone

End of over 25 (3 runs) England 74/3
IJL Trott    31* (59b 6x4)      PM Siddle    5-1-12-0
IR Bell    21* (59b 3x4)      RJ Harris    9-3-21-2

Well, with lunch just a few minutes away, Michael Clarke has decided to give Ashton Agar an over before the break. Can he force something from one of these batsmen? He's around the wicket with a slip and short leg

25.1

Agar to Bell, 1 run, drifting on to the pads and it's tickled away behind square

25.2

Agar to Trott, no run, drifting in and it's defended to off

25.3

Agar to Trott, 3 runs, quicker and flatter now, Trott whips this through midwicket, a nice wristy stroke that nearly makes it to the boundary but is hauled in

25.4

Agar to Bell, no run, tossed up on the stumps, it's defended

25.5

Agar to Bell, 1 run, drifts down leg now and it's glanced away for a single

25.6

Agar to Trott, 1 leg bye, wrong line again and it's away off the pad towards fine leg

Lunch has been called. You'd have to say that's very much Australia's session, given they picked up three wickets early in sunny conditions, but the fact that Trott and Bell have now put on 52 runs for the fourth wicket gives England something to be pleased about. The ball is still swinging a little bit and all of Australia's fast bowlers have looked threatening at different times. Join us in 40 minutes for the resumption.

End of over 26 (6 runs) England 80/3
IJL Trott    34* (62b 6x4)      AC Agar    1-0-5-0
IR Bell    23* (62b 3x4)      PM Siddle    5-1-12-0

Welcome back everyone for the afternoon's action. England managed to steady things well after that blast from Harris and Watson had shocked them in the first hour. It was Australia's morning and now Trott and Bell have a lot of hard work to get themselves going this afternoon, they won the toss rememeber, and it's a glorious day seemingly perfect for batting. Peter Siddle from the Nursery End, to get us back underway...

26.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, length ball wide of off stump and Trott shoulders arms

26.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, good length again, a bit of shape down the hill, a touch wide so Trott able to leave again

26.3

Siddle to Trott, FOUR, poor ball on the pads and clipped through square leg, right in Trott's zone and that is, not the first time today, put away with aplomb through the on side

26.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, full and back outside off, ignored

26.5

Siddle to Trott, FOUR, wider on the crease, a little too full though and Trott drives and times i nicely again, there is a diving diving effort from Agar at cover but he can only parry it but not enough to save it running down the hill

26.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, length ball, just outside off and Trott leaves alone

End of over 27 (8 runs) England 88/3
IJL Trott    42* (68b 8x4)      PM Siddle    6-1-20-0
IR Bell    23* (62b 3x4)      AC Agar    1-0-5-0

James Pattinson the Pavilion End...

27.1

Pattinson to Bell, FOUR, back of a length outside off, Bell forces it nicely through the covers, Agar goes back to the grandstand, dives and flaps twice at it but misses

27.2

Pattinson to Bell, no run, length ball on the pads, tucked to midwicket

27.3

Pattinson to Bell, no run, straight line again, this a touch fuller, driven well and finds mid-on

27.4

Pattinson to Bell, no run, better line, angled in towards off stump, Bell forward to push up to mid-on

27.5

Pattinson to Bell, no run, well wide of off stump, Bell shoulders arms

27.6

Pattinson to Bell, no run, length ball on off stump, blocked from the crease up the wicket

End of over 28 (4 runs) England 92/3
IR Bell    27* (68b 4x4)      JL Pattinson    8-2-31-0
IJL Trott    42* (68b 8x4)      PM Siddle    6-1-20-0

Ricky Ponting is up in the stands...

28.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, length ball just outside off stump, Trott gets across his off stump and shoulders arms

28.2

Siddle to Trott, FOUR, full ball at the stumps and Trott comes forward and times it so well once again, crucially finds the gap wide of mid-on

28.3

Siddle to Trott, 2 runs, length ball on off stump, Trott comes half-forward pushes straight of mid-on, sets off for a quick single then realises he's timed it very well again, mid-on dives and misses and they get two

28.4

Siddle to Trott, 1 run, very full on the stumps, dug out and runs it to mid-on's left and they get a quick single

28.5

Siddle to Bell, no run, length ball on off stump, Bell forward to tap up the wicket

28.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, saw a little bit of width, goes to play through cover off the back foot but the line was a little too straight and gets an inside edge up the wicket

End of over 29 (7 runs) England 99/3
IR Bell    27* (70b 4x4)      PM Siddle    7-1-27-0
IJL Trott    49* (72b 9x4)      JL Pattinson    8-2-31-0

It must be very hot because the MCC have allowed jackets to be removed in the pavilion. That only happens in extreme circumstances...

29.1

Pattinson to Trott, 1 wide, bumper, big bumper, too big, wide, it was miles over Trott's head, 100 up

29.1

Pattinson to Trott, 1 wide, and another, and another wide!

29.1

Pattinson to Trott, no run, just back of a length on off stump, blocked on off stump

29.2

Pattinson to Trott, no run, this swings back in a long way and Trott is caught on the pad, did he get outside the line? Yes according to the umpire, no review either, it was high too, that came a long way back down the slope

29.3

Pattinson to Trott, no run, full ball just outside off stump, comes back again, Trott leaves again, covering off stump

29.4

Pattinson to Trott, no run, forward just outside of stump, plays firmly up the wicket

29.5

Pattinson to Trott, FOUR, any hint of straightness and Trott whips through the on side, times it very well again and it races down the hill, nice fifty for Trott but needs to go on today

29.6

Pattinson to Trott, no run, drives a full length ball from just outside off to cover, timed that well too

End of over 30 (6 runs) England 105/3
IJL Trott    53* (78b 10x4)      JL Pattinson    9-2-37-0
IR Bell    27* (70b 4x4)      PM Siddle    7-1-27-0

30.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, length ball just nips away and beats the bat, gone with the slope and Bell was beaten all ends up, cracking nut

30.2

Siddle to Bell, FOUR, very full on the stumps and Bell drives handsomely down the ground, lovely strike, well timed and it races away from mid-off and goes for four

Plenty of boundaries today...

30.3

Siddle to Bell, 1 run, length ball on middle, Bell stays in the crease and taps towards square leg and they run quickly for a sharp single before midwicket can get into field

30.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, full ball on off stump, Trott drives coming forward and gets it firmly to mid-on

30.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, short ball, always worth a try against Trott who ducks under it around off stump

30.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, forward just outside off stump to block towards gully, played very late

End of over 31 (5 runs) England 110/3
IJL Trott    53* (81b 10x4)      PM Siddle    8-1-32-0
IR Bell    32* (73b 5x4)      JL Pattinson    9-2-37-0

Fielding change, Rodgers for Starc...

31.1

Pattinson to Bell, no run, full on off stump, blocked up the wicket

31.2

Pattinson to Bell, FOUR, back of a length that drifts towards the body, Bell gets inside it and taps it down to long leg, delicately played

31.3

Pattinson to Bell, no run, length ball on off stump, pushed on the front foot into the covers

31.4

Pattinson to Bell, no run, length ball just outside off, Bell blocks from the crease to cover

31.5

Pattinson to Bell, no run, a touch fuller just outside off stump, Bell stays inside it and tries to dab down to third man opening the face but finds gully

31.6

Pattinson to Bell, no run, length ball just outside off, Bell stays in the crease and blocks under his nose

End of over 32 (4 runs) England 114/3
IR Bell    36* (79b 6x4)      JL Pattinson    10-2-41-0
IJL Trott    53* (81b 10x4)      PM Siddle    8-1-32-0

First change after lunch and it's Shane Watson at the Nursery End. Just one slip and a gully...

32.1

Watson to Trott, 1 run, starts with a poor ball on the pads but now there's a man back on the square leg fence so this is just a single

32.2

Watson to Bell, 4 leg byes, poor again, this is tickled very fine, off the pad in fact and four to fine leg

Glut of runs since the break. Australia need control...

32.3

Watson to Bell, no run, full on the stumps, pushed firmly back up the wicket

32.4

Watson to Bell, no run, just back in length, pushed on the back foot into the covers

32.5

Watson to Bell, no run, full on the stumps, driven gently towards mid-on

32.6

Watson to Bell, FOUR, played a little loosely outside off stump, it was in the air for a time but runs it past gully, not sure it would have carried anyway, and runs down to third man, risk and reward I suppose

End of over 33 (9 runs) England 123/3
IR Bell    40* (84b 7x4)      SR Watson    5-2-17-1
IJL Trott    54* (82b 10x4)      JL Pattinson    10-2-41-0

Double change, here's Ryan Harris from the Pavilion End, the dangerman this morning...

33.1

Harris to Trott, no run, full ball on middle and off, Trott tries to take this leg side, drives with a flick to mid-on

One slip, two gullies now...

33.2

Harris to Trott, no run, full again, nice and straight again, blocked back to the bowler

33.3

Harris to Trott, FOUR, too wide and cut for four, poor ball punished, didn't try to overhit it, just guided it away past point

33.4

Harris to Trott, no run, much more like it, full and gently swinging away from the bat, Trott leaves it alone

33.5

Harris to Trott, OUT, short ball, Trott pulls and gets it all wrong, there's a man at deep square leg and he takes a comfortable catch. Trott suckered in and gets a top edge on a pull stroke and from serene progress, England are back in trouble, Trott has given it away, he just hurried a little, tried to paddle it and put it a long way up in the air

IJL Trott c Khawaja b Harris 58 (137m 87b 11x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

33.6

Harris to Bell, no run, back of a length just outside off, good line, Bairstow manages to get inside the line

End of over 34 (4 runs) England 127/4
IR Bell    40* (85b 7x4)      RJ Harris    10-3-25-3
JM Bairstow    0* (0b)      SR Watson    5-2-17-1

Trott looked set for a bucketload but has given it away after another good start. England can't afford that with such a poor start and despite a stand of 99, Australia are still very much on top...

34.1

Watson to Bairstow, no run, full ball in the channel, goes down the hill as Bairstow shoulders arms

34.2

Watson to Bairstow, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, Bairstow stays in the crease and dabs past square leg to get off the mark

34.3

Watson to Bell, no run, full on the stumps, Bell forward and pushing back up the bowler

Short mid-on goes in...

34.4

Watson to Bell, no run, full ball just outside off, ignored

34.5

Watson to Bell, no run, full ball on the pads, Bell goes to flick it away and misses, strikes the pad, a brief cry for lbw but missing leg

34.6

Watson to Bell, FOUR, another boundary to end the over though, width outside off and guided away behind square, using the pace well to steer it past point

1,000 Test runs now for Bell at Lord's, an average of 58.88...

End of over 35 (5 runs) England 132/4
IR Bell    44* (89b 8x4)      SR Watson    6-2-22-1
JM Bairstow    1* (2b)      RJ Harris    10-3-25-3

More royalty here today, the Princess Royal is here...

35.1

Harris to Bairstow, 2 runs, full ball on the pads, tucked through square leg and they take a couple as long leg runs to his left

35.2

Harris to Bairstow, no run, loopy bumper just outside off stump, ignored

35.3

Harris to Bairstow, no run, back on a length, just outside off again, Bairstow leaves alone

35.4

Harris to Bairstow, no run, forward on off stump to block with an angled bat into the covers

35.5

Harris to Bairstow, no run, bouncer, good line, Bairstow watches it carefully and sways inside the line, well played

35.6

Harris to Bairstow, no run, fuller but wide enough outside off to let Bairstow leave again

End of over 36 (2 runs) England 134/4
JM Bairstow    3* (8b)      RJ Harris    11-3-27-3
IR Bell    44* (89b 8x4)      SR Watson    6-2-22-1

James: "This would be a good time and place for Bairstow to make a statement about his place in the England team. Not really established yet." No, he could do with a biggie because now he's in a settled England side as opposed to put in out of necessity last year...

36.1

Watson to Bell, no run, full ball on off stump, Bell forward and blocking up back to the bowler

36.2

Watson to Bell, no run, full a foot outside off stump, driven well to mid-off

36.3

Watson to Bell, no run, forward press just outside off, runs it into the covers

36.4

Watson to Bell, no run, off stump on a length, played forward and pushed to cover

36.5

Watson to Bell, no run, slightly wider on the creased, angled towards off stump, Bell is forward and playing with a straight bat to mid-on

36.6

Watson to Bell, no run, angled down leg side, runs off the thigh pad to Haddin

End of over 37 (maiden) England 134/4
IR Bell    44* (95b 8x4)      SR Watson    7-3-22-1
JM Bairstow    3* (8b)      RJ Harris    11-3-27-3

The Bomber to continue...

37.1

Harris to Bairstow, no run, full ball on off stump, blocked up the wicket

37.2

Harris to Bairstow, no run, full ball just wider of off stump, Bairstow able to ignore this

37.3

Harris to Bairstow, no run, even fuller still, dug back up the wicket, it balloons over the bowler's head but mid-off is in the field

37.4

Harris to Bairstow, 1 run, short ball and Bairstow shows Trott how to play with a swivelled pull out to deep square

37.5

Harris to Bell, no run, length ball on off stump, calmly blocked in the crease under Bell's nose

37.6

Harris to Bell, no run, well-directed bumper but Bell watches it and gets easily inside the line with a turn of his head

End of over 38 (1 run) England 135/4
IR Bell    44* (97b 8x4)      RJ Harris    12-3-28-3
JM Bairstow    4* (12b)      SR Watson    7-3-22-1

Rowan: "As an Aussie, England are stronger with Compton opening, Root at 6. Not sure why they have nervous boy opening and unsure boy at 6." Peter Siddle replaces Watto...

38.1

Siddle to Bairstow, 2 runs, loose start, short and wide, Bairstow cuts nicely but can't totally evade point who dives and takes the sting out of the stroke, extra-cover goes back to clean up but they still get two

38.2

Siddle to Bairstow, no run, short and even wider, full blown cut at this but finds point, missed out

38.3

Siddle to Bairstow, no run, straight line and full, Bairstow forward and pushing to mid-on

38.4

Siddle to Bairstow, no run, full again, this time just outside off, Bairstow drives but doesn't quite time it and finds mid-off

38.5

Siddle to Bairstow, no run, chance to cut again but again Bairstow has found point, ask Bell he'll show you how to play it properly, hitting it a little too hard for me, just steer those away

38.6

Siddle to Bairstow, FOUR, wahay! Finally gets it past point, took four goes at it but eventually gets four down the hill, poor over in truth

End of over 39 (6 runs) England 141/4
JM Bairstow    10* (18b 1x4)      PM Siddle    9-1-38-0
IR Bell    44* (97b 8x4)      RJ Harris    12-3-28-3

Thought it was drinks but they've been shooed away...

39.1

Harris to Bell, no run, full ball on off stump, pushed gently up the wicket

39.2

Harris to Bell, no run, full ball on off stump, pushed carefully up towards mid-on

39.3

Harris to Bell, no run, very full ball again, dug out up on the off side

39.4

Harris to Bell, no run, similar length, Bell carefully forward and plays with a straight bat up the wicket

39.5

Harris to Bell, no run, full ball on the stumps, Bell comes forward again but this time tucks to midwicket

39.6

Harris to Bell, no run, ends back full on off stump, rolls it up the wicket

And now it definitely is drinks with England scoring plenty since lunch but just pegged back by that Trott wicket, still plenty of work to do to get into a position this wicket and this glorious day deserves. Brydon is coming in to take you to tea...

End of over 40 (maiden) England 141/4
IR Bell    44* (103b 8x4)      RJ Harris    13-4-28-3
JM Bairstow    10* (18b 1x4)      PM Siddle    9-1-38-0

Thanks Alex. I will indeed take you to tea, but I'm not shouting. Ashton Agar is on again. Around the wicket to Bairstow with a slip and short leg.

40.1

Agar to Bairstow, no run, tossed up and fullish, driven to cover

40.2

Agar to Bairstow, no run, well wide of off and Bairstow just stands there, barely even moves

40.3

Agar to Bairstow, no run, drifting in and fullish again, driven to cover

40.4

Agar to Bairstow, no run, straighter line now, turning away from off stump and it's left alone

40.5

Agar to Bairstow, no run, on middle and leg, Bairstow leans forward to defend

40.6

Agar to Bairstow, 1 run, flatter and faster, but also shorter, and Bairstow cuts to deep point

End of over 41 (1 run) England 142/4
JM Bairstow    11* (24b 1x4)      AC Agar    2-0-6-0
IR Bell    44* (103b 8x4)      RJ Harris    13-4-28-3

Pattinson returns. Can he get his line right at last?

41.1

Pattinson to Bairstow, 4 leg byes, not this ball - too far towards leg and Bairstow tickles it away towards fine leg, off the thigh pad according to the umpire, though I think that was off the bat

41.2

Pattinson to Bairstow, no run, a long way outside off and swinging even further away, that creates some hard work for Haddin, who dives across in front of slip and makes the take

41.3

Pattinson to Bairstow, 2 runs, good placement this time, he waits on one that sits up outside off and punches between point and cover

41.4

Pattinson to Bairstow, no run, Pattinson keeps alternating between too wide of off and too far down leg, this one is down leg and Bairstow clips to midwicket

41.5

Pattinson to Bairstow, 1 run, shorter now and that's easy enough for Bairstow to whip from off through square leg with a pull along the ground

41.6

Pattinson to Bell, no run, straighter now and Bell defends

End of over 42 (7 runs) England 149/4
IR Bell    44* (104b 8x4)      JL Pattinson    11-2-44-0
JM Bairstow    14* (29b 1x4)      AC Agar    2-0-6-0

42.1

Agar to Bairstow, no run, Bairstow presses a long way forward to defend, no real turn for Agar

42.2

Agar to Bairstow, FOUR, really tossed up this time and Bairstow's eyes light up, he's driven this nicely wide of mid-off and all the way along the ground

42.3

Agar to Bairstow, no run, drifting down leg and it's clipped away to midwicket

42.4

Agar to Bairstow, no run, tossed up on the stumps, it's driven straight to the man at mid-off

42.5

Agar to Bairstow, no run, faster, quicker and flatter, and cut away to point, can't quite find the gap

42.6

Agar to Bairstow, no run, left alone outside off, still no turn for Agar

End of over 43 (4 runs) England 153/4
JM Bairstow    18* (35b 2x4)      AC Agar    3-0-10-0
IR Bell    44* (104b 8x4)      JL Pattinson    11-2-44-0

43.1

Pattinson to Bell, no run, better line now from Pattinson, probing outside off and it's left alone

43.2

Pattinson to Bell, no run, outside off again and left alone again

43.3

Pattinson to Bell, 2 runs, Pattinson drifts on to the pads now and Bell clips it behind square, and a really aggressive piece of running gets them two

43.4

Pattinson to Bell, no run, some outswing for Pattinson, but left alone by Bell

43.5

Pattinson to Bell, no run, probing outside off again and this one is defended with a straight bat

43.6

Pattinson to Bell, FOUR, almost a chance! But Bell picks up his half-century with a flashing square drive through point, it was in the air and Hughes hurled himself to his left, but it was just out of his reach

Another important innings from Bell after his hundred at Trent Bridge. He's already proving the real thorn in Australia's side in this series.

End of over 44 (6 runs) England 159/4
IR Bell    50* (110b 9x4)      JL Pattinson    12-2-50-0
JM Bairstow    18* (35b 2x4)      AC Agar    3-0-10-0

44.1

Agar to Bairstow, no run, tight leave, this one is not far away from off

44.2

Agar to Bairstow, no run, pushed away towards point

44.3

Agar to Bairstow, 1 no ball, Bairstow looks to pounce on a ball slipping down leg, he goes for the big sweep but doesn't connect, and Agar seems to have overstepped

44.3

Agar to Bairstow, 1 run, nudged away to the off side and they pick up a single

44.4

Agar to Bell, no run, Bell plays back in the crease and defends one that drifts to the leg-stump line

44.5

Agar to Bell, no run, forward to defend to off, no real turn there

44.6

Agar to Bell, no run, yorker length to finish, and it's accurate - Bell defends

End of over 45 (2 runs) England 161/4
IR Bell    50* (113b 9x4)      AC Agar    4-0-12-0
JM Bairstow    19* (39b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    12-2-50-0

45.1

Pattinson to Bairstow, 1 run, good running again as Bairstow just nudges this to the leg side and they take off

45.2

Pattinson to Bell, no run, left alone outside off, just a tiny hint of outswing

45.3

Pattinson to Bell, no run, swinging away outside off and Bell leaves it be

45.4

Pattinson to Bell, no run, good line, just outside off and curving a touch, but Bell can leave those alone and does

45.5

Pattinson to Bell, no run, left alone once more

45.6

Pattinson to Bell, 1 run, shorter now and Bell pulls this away for a single to the man in the deep

End of over 46 (2 runs) England 163/4
IR Bell    51* (118b 9x4)      JL Pattinson    13-2-52-0
JM Bairstow    20* (40b 2x4)      AC Agar    4-0-12-0

46.1

Agar to Bell, no run, drifting in towards off, Bell leans forward to defend

46.2

Agar to Bell, 3 runs, too far down leg now and Bell just tickles it fine for three, good running once again

46.3

Agar to Bairstow, no run, a touch shorter and Bairstow's cut doesn't beat point

46.4

Agar to Bairstow, no run, flatter outside off and it's left alone

46.5

Agar to Bairstow, no run, Agar drifts it in and tries to target the pads, but Bairstow leans out to defend

46.6

Agar to Bairstow, no run, solid in defence again

Agar is bowling reasonably full and not getting much turn. He hasn't really looked like a serious threat yet.

End of over 47 (3 runs) England 166/4
JM Bairstow    20* (44b 2x4)      AC Agar    5-0-15-0
IR Bell    54* (120b 9x4)      JL Pattinson    13-2-52-0

Clarke has had enough of Pattinson, who really hasn't been at his best. Time for Siddle to have another go.

47.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, he starts just outside off and no movement, Bell defends

47.2

Siddle to Bell, 1 run, shorter and outside off, the ball is really sitting up off this pitch without much pace, Bell swivels a pull that he hasn't quite timed and Ryan Harris at midwicket runs back and slides to make a somewhat ungainly save

47.3

Siddle to Bairstow, 1 run, straighter line now, nipping back in, and Bairstow clips it through midwicket

47.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, straight-bat defence outside off

47.5

Siddle to Bell, no run, probing just outside off and it is defended

47.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, Bell shoulders arms to a ball outside off

End of over 48 (2 runs) England 168/4
IR Bell    55* (125b 9x4)      PM Siddle    10-1-40-0
JM Bairstow    21* (45b 2x4)      AC Agar    5-0-15-0

Short leg has gone out now, there is a shortish cover in place now

48.1

Agar to Bairstow, no run, outside off and no real turn, watchful defence from Bairstow

48.2

Agar to Bairstow, no run, turning away from outside off and left alone

48.3

Agar to Bairstow, no run, drifting on to the pads and Bairstow misses his sweep, no appeal from the Australians

48.4

Agar to Bairstow, no run, big stretch forward now from Bairstow, who defends

48.5

Agar to Bairstow, no run, straight ball, defended again

48.6

Agar to Bairstow, no run, drifting in towards off and it's defended again

End of over 49 (maiden) England 168/4
JM Bairstow    21* (51b 2x4)      AC Agar    6-1-15-0
IR Bell    55* (125b 9x4)      PM Siddle    10-1-40-0

49.1

Siddle to Bell, 3 runs, lovely shot! It looked really well timed off the bat but has actually pulled up inside the rope, Siddle swung it in and Bell just pushed an on-drive all the way along the ground

49.2

Siddle to Bairstow, no run, left alone outside off

49.3

Siddle to Bairstow, 1 no ball, Siddle strikes! Or does he? No! If ever there was a dismissal that looked like replays could not overturn it was this. Siddle has bowled it full and straight and Bairstow has missed his drive and been clean bowled. But the umpire asks for a replay of the no-ball and this is tight! Oh so tight! The close-up shows that Siddle has just failed to land any part of his heel behind the line - it's a no-ball and Bairstow survives!

49.3

Siddle to Bairstow, no run, yorker again and Bairstow jams the bat down on this one!

49.4

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

49.5

Siddle to Bairstow, no run, just outside off and Bairstow defends

49.6

Siddle to Bairstow, 1 run, Siddle is really trying to attack the stumps but this one is too much on leg and it's whipped away through square

Well, how costly will that reprieve be? It's easy to say Siddle is unlucky, but the reality is fast bowlers know where the line is. Them's the rules, and Siddle showed no frustration at the decision. He knew he'd erred.

End of over 50 (5 runs) England 173/4
JM Bairstow    22* (57b 2x4)      PM Siddle    11-1-45-0
IR Bell    58* (126b 9x4)      AC Agar    6-1-15-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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