Australia tour of England and Scotland, 3rd Test: England v Australia at Manchester, Aug 1-5, 2013
The Ashes - 3rd Test
Match drawn
1,2,3,4,5 August 2013 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150

9.30am Hello and welcome to coverage of the third Investec Ashes Test from Old Trafford. Can England wrap up the series here or will Australia, against the odds, keep the contest alive? I'm Andrew McGlashan and along with Alex Winter and Alan Gardner will be bringing you all the action.

9.40am This is a hugely significant day for Old Trafford, hosting their first Ashes Test since 2005, and their first against anyone since 2010, after a huge redevelopment which has cost millions and pushed the clubbed to the brink a few times. Paul Edwards takes up the story.

The suggestions are that David Warner will play and bat at No. 6 and that Nathan Lyon will also be recalled. We'll confirm all the team news as we get it. Brydon Coverdale has caught up with another of Australia's batsmen, Usman Khawaja, to chat about his up-and-down start to international cricket.

Meanwhile, Kevin Pietersen has been in the nets testing his calf and the signs are promising that he'll be fit to play

9.45am Dan Rickard: "Yes. Cricket. Live. Soon!! After the stress of watching Essex get walloped while hoping Middlesex would fail in their run chase last night, I'm hoping for England to win the toss and to see Captain Cook finally fire and bat all day in the sun. Manager's are all out of the office for the day..."

ankit: "@Clarke: Please drop Hughes and Agar today and play Warner and Lyon. And more important Win the toss please."

9.50am As we build up to the toss, why not listen/watch the latest Switch Hit? OK, there are probably a few reasons but let's keep them to ourselves. Andy Zaltzman has also delved into statsguru like few other people on the planet can to bring you his pre-Test blog.

Sabbu: "@clark : Please find a place for faulkner too." Not sure that will happen. Mitchell Starc appears in line to replace James Pattinson. From the outside that seems quite harsh on Jackson Bird.

Sabareesh: "Would love to see warner and watson as the opening pair!" I'd quite like to see Joe Root bowl to David Warner, too

10.00am The forecast for the next five days is more changeable than we have had of late with the chance of showers from Friday to Monday. Today, though, is set very fair and very warm. Will be interesting to see what happens at the toss because it rained a lot yesterday and it's quite a muggy day. Could be some swing around.

Mark Kidger: "Michael Vaughan is suggesting that it has been decided that Steve Smith will move up to 5 with Warner at 6 and Phil Hughes dropped. In the 2nd Test it was already being suggested that Steve Smith (average 29) was 2 places too high at 6!"

10.10am The suggestion is that England will be unchanged. We'll know for certain in 20 minutes. The experts at the ground say there should be some pace in the pitch.

Dave Fern: "Does that mean the team who wins the toss will bowl? The thought of Anderson, Broad, Swann et al bowling in muggy conditions is a mouth-watering prospect. Can they get them out for a lower score than the 2nd Test first innings?" Tricky call. Good toss to lose.

Liam Smith: "As a Pom I don't think Agar should be dropped. Youngsters like that should be given a decent run of games to prove their worth. Then if they don't make it after being given a fair crack they can go away and work on their games just like a certain person named Jimmy Anderson did."

10.20am Dave McDonald: "Surely whoever wins the toss will want to bat first despite the muggy conditions and get the opposition batting last on this spinning track?" Yes, probably

Geoff: "Despite form, despite the conditions, despite common sense I'm going to go out on a limb here and tip Australia to win this one. At Lords they hit bottom, so the only way is up, and it's hard not to sense a bit of complacency from England." Also worth adding that the last two occasions in an Ashes when England have had their first chance to clinch the urn they have been thrashed: Headingley 2009, Perth 2010-11.

10.30am Australia have won the toss and will bat first for the first time in the series. Michael Clarke confirms the return of Warner, Lyon and Starc. England are unchanged, Pietersen is fit.

England 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Joe Root, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Jonny Bairstow, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Graeme Swann, 11 James Anderson

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

Mahesh: "With Australia batting first, the next couple of hours will show us whether this test match goes beyond the 3rd day."

Colin Barton: "@Geoff, I don't think the Aussies have hit bottom yet and certainly England haven't hit top form in this series - There have been exceptional performances from individuals but not as a collective. I expect a innings victory for England here"

10.40am Phillip Hughes is Australia's highest scorer on this tour but can't keep his place. New challenge for Warner, batting at No. 6, and the boy's own story of Ashton Agar is over for now.

Max Weber: "Third test in, and Australia's XI is finally what it should have looked like for the first one (barring the Pattinson injury). Bird has every right to feel aggrieved though."

JJ: "Australia's team looks a lot better balanced now. A left armer, an agressive siddle, accurate Harris and a spinner with experience. Not to mention a bit more aggression in the batting with Warner. Might not win but should be a much better fight."

10.45am Can Australia find a way to reach 400 and put pressure on England's top order? One of the areas England haven't been at their best is the top three - they were 28 for 3 and 30 for 3 at Lord's.

Dr.Scott: "Dropping Hughes is a huge mistake, he should be opening with Rogers. Watson should have been dropped"

10.50am We are 10 minutes away from the action. Last chance to grab a drink, take a comfort break, make sure the boss isn't watching...

John: "I don't think it's a bad idea to pick Warner, but why not drop Rogers, who is no more than a temporary fix, and open with Warner and Hughes, with Watson dropping down to 6? That would make a whole lot more sense."

Right folks, here we go. Let's ring the 'crucial first session' claxon. Out come England to warm applause. The ground isn't fill yet, but crowd is building up. Australia's openers follow down the steps from the new dressing rooms, the opposite end of the ground where they used to come from.

A proud moment for James Anderson, he'll bowl the first Test over at the 'New' Old Trafford...three slips and a gully in place. Let's play!

False start! Anderson pulls out of his run up. We'll try that again...

0.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, nice start, outside off stump, some swing away from Watson as he leaves alone

0.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, outside off, left alone, carries at shin height to Prior

0.3

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, Watson and Australia are away, comes forward and pushes this gently square through the off side

0.4

Anderson to Rogers, no run, pushed across outside off, decent pace and carry as Rogers leaves alone

0.5

Anderson to Rogers, FOUR, first boundary of the Test, Rogers comes forward and opens the face to a full delivery outside off...it perhaps goes finer than he wanted, through gully, but it was all along the ground to third man

0.6

Anderson to Rogers, no run, defended to cover

End of over 1 (5 runs) Australia 5/0

    • CJL Rogers 4 (3b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 1 (3b)
    • JM Anderson 1-0-5-0

Stuart Broad, on 199 Test wickets, will share the new ball

1.1

Broad to Watson, no run, short and a little wide to start with, Watson cuts firmly but picks out point

1.2

Broad to Watson, no run, full outside off, this one is still rising as Prior takes it in front of his chest

1.3

Broad to Watson, no run, sprayed very wide outside off, Prior takes close to first slip, very close to being called but Erasmus lets it go

1.4

Broad to Watson, FOUR, flashing! He can't resist driving at this one, he doesn't keep it down and it flies high over backward point

1.5

Broad to Watson, no run, first one aimed at the pads, Watson shapes to play across the line but it's angling down the leg side

1.6

Broad to Watson, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended square into the off side

End of over 2 (4 runs) Australia 9/0

    • SR Watson 5 (9b 1x4)
    • CJL Rogers 4 (3b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-4-0
    • JM Anderson 1-0-5-0
2.1

Anderson to Rogers, 2 runs, some movement away from Rogers from a full length, but he punches it into the off side between mid-off and cover

2.2

Anderson to Rogers, no run, good carry outside off, rises sharply through to Prior as Rogers shoulders arms

2.3

Anderson to Rogers, no run, a touch wider, just offering to move away from the left hander, left alone

2.4

Anderson to Rogers, no run, hint of variable bounce? This one, on a full length, doesn't reach Prior on the full...there are a few bare patches on the surface and the ball hit one of those

2.5

Anderson to Rogers, no run, goes across his crease and comes forward, drives to mid-off

2.6

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

End of over 3 (2 runs) Australia 11/0

    • CJL Rogers 6 (9b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 5 (9b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 2-0-7-0
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-4-0
3.1

Broad to Watson, no run, that's a decent line just outside off, Watson is nearly drawn into playing but pulls the bat inside the line at the last moment

3.2

Broad to Watson, no run, well bowled! That's even better, a little closer to off stump, it bounces and jags away off the seam to beat the outside edge

3.3

Broad to Watson, no run, tight around off stump, left on length as well as line

3.4

Broad to Watson, no run, goes fuller this time, shaping away from Watson who leaves it alone

3.5

Broad to Watson, no run, dragged a little wider outside off, Prior skips to his right to gather

3.6

Broad to Watson, no run, full at off stump, Watson comes forward and defends, the ball runs off a thickish edge to gully

End of over 4 (maiden) Australia 11/0

    • SR Watson 5 (15b 1x4)
    • CJL Rogers 6 (9b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 2-1-4-0
    • JM Anderson 2-0-7-0

Anderson comes round the wicket

4.1

Anderson to Rogers, 2 runs, full at off stump, Rogers shuffles forward and places it between mid-off and cover for another brace

4.2

Anderson to Rogers, no run, drags the length back, starts to shape in then moves away a touch off the seam...Rogers leaves

4.3

Anderson to Rogers, 2 runs, that's the one angled in towards the stumps, Rogers squirts it away behind square on the leg side with a closed face

4.4

Anderson to Rogers, no run, full and wide outside off, left alone

4.5

Anderson to Rogers, no run, left alone again

For those asking about the black armbands it's in memory of Graham Dixon, the former Queensland CEO, who died earlier this week

4.6

Anderson to Rogers, 1 run, pushed into the off-side gap again and he keeps the strike

End of over 5 (5 runs) Australia 16/0

    • CJL Rogers 11 (15b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 5 (15b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 3-0-12-0
    • SCJ Broad 2-1-4-0
5.1

Broad to Rogers, 3 runs, full and neatly driven, a punchy shot, which eludes the diving mid-off but doesn't quite have the legs to reach the boundary

5.2

Broad to Watson, no run, gets a good stride forward and defends an off-stump delivery into the covers

5.3

Broad to Watson, 1 run, straighter line this time, Watson plays straight and the ball pings off the inside edge towards long leg

5.4

Broad to Rogers, no run, full outside off, left alone

5.5

Broad to Rogers, FOUR, nice piece of timing from Rogers as he tucks this off middle and leg through straight midwicket, it runs away from the chasing mid-on

Matty Lyons: "I predict Watson and Rogers will bat all day, just like Marsh/Taylor at Nottingham in the 1989 Ashes Series. End of Day 1: Australia 0/356"

5.6

Broad to Rogers, no run, a bouncer, the first one of the day, and it's comfortably avoided by Rogers

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End of over 6 (8 runs) Australia 24/0

    • CJL Rogers 18 (19b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 6 (17b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 3-1-12-0
    • JM Anderson 3-0-12-0

Good start by Australia in good batting conditions

6.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, full outside off, gentle shape away, left alone

6.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, full outside off, apart from that earlier drive Watson hasn't really been tempted, leaves alone

6.3

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, full and straight, on middle and off, Watson plants that front leg across the stumps and whips it into the leg side...a few hands on heads from England fielders

Ian B: "I presume Matty Lyons, you mean 356/0?"

6.4

Anderson to Rogers, no run, round the wicket to Rogers, back of a length, defended back to the bowler

6.5

Anderson to Rogers, FOUR, gets another one behind square on the off side, drives with an open face and it runs backward of point

England strengthen the catching cordon...now two gullies along with three slips

6.6

Anderson to Rogers, no run, back of a length outside off, left alone...Rogers has looked very compact so far today

End of over 7 (5 runs) Australia 29/0

    • CJL Rogers 22 (22b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 7 (20b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 4-0-17-0
    • SCJ Broad 3-1-12-0
7.1

Broad to Watson, no run, big appeal for lbw, first proper shout of the day as Watson is caught on that front pad again, but there's extra bounce in this surface so lbws will be harder to get unless very full. England pondered a review for a moment, but shelved the idea

7.2

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

Replays show Watson was hit in line but the ball was going over

7.3

Broad to Watson, no run, on off stump, Watson forward again and defends square

7.4

Broad to Watson, FOUR, latches onto a short ball and pulls it confidently down to long leg...he was even coming forward to that to start with but still had plenty of time to roll his wrists

7.5

Broad to Watson, no run, outside off, left alone

Jon Phillips: "If Anderson has a bad day at the office, our attack would struggle to bowl Australia out." Hmmm

7.6

Broad to Watson, no run, fuller and a little closer to off stump, Watson watches it closely as he leaves alone

Brisk start by Australia. The pitch does look full of runs.

End of over 8 (4 runs) Australia 33/0

    • SR Watson 11 (26b 2x4)
    • CJL Rogers 22 (22b 3x4)
    • SCJ Broad 4-1-16-0
    • JM Anderson 4-0-17-0
8.1

Anderson to Rogers, no run, stays round the wicket to Rogers, outside off, left alone

Geoff: "Rogers striking at a run a ball and Watson with a S/R of 30 - is there some sort of Face/Off shenanigans going on here?"

8.2

Anderson to Rogers, no run, pushes this one fuller but Rogers again doesn't need to play

8.3

Anderson to Rogers, no run, left alone, carrying at chest height to Prior from a full length

8.4

Anderson to Rogers, FOUR, excellent shot, full delivery just outside off, he punches it straight down the ground with a little shuffle into the ball

8.5

Anderson to Rogers, no run, pulls his length back after that drive, Rogers on the back foot this time and defends square to point

8.6

Anderson to Rogers, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 9 (4 runs) Australia 37/0

    • CJL Rogers 26 (28b 4x4)
    • SR Watson 11 (26b 2x4)
    • JM Anderson 5-0-21-0
    • SCJ Broad 4-1-16-0
9.1

Broad to Watson, no run, he launches into a drive to this full delivery and almost offers a catch to point but it falls a couple of metres in front of him

9.2

Broad to Watson, no run, closer to off stump, defended with a straight bat and Broad collects in his follow through

Ashish Pande: "I like this Australian line-up...this should have been from first test"

9.3

Broad to Watson, 1 run, gets that front leg across to a straight delivery, but he gets bat to ball and finds space on the leg side

9.4

Broad to Rogers, no run, full on off stump, driven to mid-off where Pietersen is stood

Jack: "As an Aussie I am already worried about bowling on this pitch to Trott and Bell. They may each score a double :-(" If Australia can get 400+ that always puts some pressure on the opposition regardless of how good the pitch is

9.5

Broad to Rogers, no run, on middle and leg, sweetly flicked away but goes straight to square leg

9.6

Broad to Rogers, 1 run, comes around the wicket, Rogers works with the angle and tucks a short-of-a-length delivery into midwicket

End of over 10 (2 runs) Australia 39/0

    • CJL Rogers 27 (31b 4x4)
    • SR Watson 12 (29b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 5-1-18-0
    • JM Anderson 5-0-21-0

First change of bowling for the day as Tim Bresnan comes into the attack

10.1

Bresnan to Rogers, no run, good start, over the wicket, gets one to bounce a touch more from a good length and it squares up Rogers as he defends

10.2

Bresnan to Rogers, no run, on off stump, defended to mid-off

10.3

Bresnan to Rogers, no run, on middle and off, Rogers defends to the off side

10.4

Bresnan to Rogers, no run, short of a length, tucked into the leg side

10.5

Bresnan to Rogers, no run, back of a length, 84mph, angled across outside off, left alone

10.6

Bresnan to Rogers, no run, on middle and off, flicked with a strong flourish of the bottom hand to midwicket...Bresnan starts with a maiden

End of over 11 (maiden) Australia 39/0

    • CJL Rogers 27 (37b 4x4)
    • SR Watson 12 (29b 2x4)
    • TT Bresnan 1-1-0-0
    • SCJ Broad 5-1-18-0
11.1

Broad to Watson, no run, on off stump, Watson defends from the crease - no great stride this time - to the off side

11.2

Broad to Watson, no run, back of a length, defended to midwicket

11.3

Broad to Watson, 1 run, ooh, that was loose from Watson, he sees this one fuller outside off and shapes to play a booming cover...he wasn't quite to the pitch, his feet were stuck, and it comes off a thick inside edge past the stumps

11.4

Broad to Rogers, no run, a full length on middle and off, this one starts to tail back into Rogers who flicks it firmly to mid-on

11.5

Broad to Rogers, no run, short of a length on off stump, Rogers on the back foot this time and plays it square to point

11.6

Broad to Rogers, FOUR, very wide outside, Rogers goes after it, is barely able to reach it, but manages to keep it along the ground down to third man

End of over 12 (5 runs) Australia 44/0

    • CJL Rogers 31 (40b 5x4)
    • SR Watson 13 (32b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 6-1-23-0
    • TT Bresnan 1-1-0-0
12.1

Bresnan to Watson, no run, short of a length on off stump, defended back towards the bowler

12.2

Bresnan to Watson, no run, defended to the off side

12.3

Bresnan to Watson, no run, full outside off, swings away from Watson as he leaves it alone

12.4

Bresnan to Watson, no run, that's a good delivery, tighter to off stump, Watson always wanting to get forward and is beaten on the outside edge as this bounces a touch more

12.5

Bresnan to Watson, no run, bat and pad together as he defends to the off side

12.6

Bresnan to Watson, 3 runs, edgy! Watson driving again and it flies off the edge between third and gully although wasn't at a catchable height for very long

End of over 13 (3 runs) Australia 47/0

    • SR Watson 16 (38b 2x4)
    • CJL Rogers 31 (40b 5x4)
    • TT Bresnan 2-1-3-0
    • SCJ Broad 6-1-23-0
13.1

Broad to Watson, no run, left alone outside off and this one bounces well in front of Prior

13.2

Broad to Watson, no run, on off stump, Watson gets well forward and defends to cover

13.3

Broad to Watson, no run, back of a length and it runs off a thick outside edge, went straight to ground and rolled to gully

13.4

Broad to Watson, 2 runs, very full, almost a yorker, at middle stump and Watson is able to turn it through midwicket

13.5

Broad to Watson, no run, back outside off stump, and not by much, Watson's leave is a tight one

13.6

Broad to Watson, no run, gets across outside off stump and defends to the covers

That's the opening hour done and the players take a drink. Ideal start for Australia, so far, and apart from a couple of edges - which you'd expect early in a Test - it's been solid stuff. Especially from Rogers. I'm now going to hand over to Alan.

End of over 14 (2 runs) Australia 49/0

    • SR Watson 18 (44b 2x4)
    • CJL Rogers 31 (40b 5x4)
    • SCJ Broad 7-1-25-0
    • TT Bresnan 2-1-3-0

Howdy all. Three weeks in, we've finally had a quiet start to an Ashes Test. Led by Buck Rogers, Australia may already be humming "I think we're gonna make it, I think we're gonna save it, yeah" to themselves... Tim Bresnan is going to continue - it is Yorkshire Day, after all - with Rogers on strike

14.1

Bresnan to Rogers, FOUR, pitched up in the corridor outside off from over the wicket and Rogers continues to be assertive, opening the face to clip the ball low through square and away for four

14.2

Bresnan to Rogers, FOUR, punched down the ground this time, a real belter from Rogers, hit on the up and pushing through the line, slightly overpitched by Bresnan and that's consecutive boundaries

14.3

Bresnan to Rogers, no run, better length, around off stump and defended solidly back down the track this time

14.4

Bresnan to Rogers, 1 run, full and straight and whipped off the pads through backward square for a single

Midwicket comes in, to protect against Watson's leg-before whip

14.5

Bresnan to Watson, no run, good length, wide of the stumps and a hint of awayswing, as Watson leaves

14.6

Bresnan to Watson, no run, length, around off and maybe stops in the pitch a little, blocked towards mid-off, in the air for a couple of seconds but safe

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End of over 15 (9 runs) Australia 58/0

    • SR Watson 18 (46b 2x4)
    • CJL Rogers 40 (44b 7x4)
    • TT Bresnan 3-1-12-0
    • SCJ Broad 7-1-25-0

Anderson returns from the Statham End

15.1

Anderson to Rogers, no run, round the wicket, shaping on off stump, defended

15.2

Anderson to Rogers, FOUR, touch too straight this time and Rogers clips it wristily off his pads through midwicket, again the ball hares aware across the outfield

15.3

Anderson to Rogers, no run, a false stroke this time, the ball holding its line just a fraction as Rogers again tried to work to leg, a leading edge sailing into the gully but short of the fielder

15.4

Anderson to Rogers, FOUR, nothing misjudged about this one, pitched up in the slot outside off and driven with a flourish through the covers, beautiful timing

15.5

Anderson to Rogers, FOUR, slightly wider, again too full and Rogers carves the ball flat through point, he's whistling like a kettle on the hob right now and his tenth four takes him past 50 for the second time in Test cricket

15.6

Anderson to Rogers, no run, drops a little shorter, outside off, Rogers goes back and across and defends from the crease

End of over 16 (12 runs) Australia 70/0

    • CJL Rogers 52 (50b 10x4)
    • SR Watson 18 (46b 2x4)
    • JM Anderson 6-0-33-0
    • TT Bresnan 3-1-12-0
16.1

Bresnan to Watson, 1 run, length ball, Watson gets forward and dabs a single into a gap in the covers

16.2

Bresnan to Rogers, FOUR, pushed across the left-hander, wide and tempting and Rogers bites again, slapping a cut low through backward point - four more!

Well, the attack-and-defence opening combo is working for Australia at the minute, though I thought it was supposed to be the other way round

16.3

Bresnan to Rogers, 1 run, pitched up and driven hard again, lovely timing and it takes an excellent, reaching stop from Pietersen going to his right at mid-off to prevent four

16.4

Bresnan to Watson, no run, on the stumps, pushed back straight on the leg side

16.5

Bresnan to Watson, OUT, edged and got him, Bresnan has stormed the castle! Decent length and teasing Watson outside off - the other area that England like to work on with him - gets a thick snick off the shoulder of the bat and the ball seemed to loop in slow motion to first slip, Cook doesn't mess it up. That stop from Pietersen looks all the more crucial now, as it got Watson on strike

SR Watson c Cook b Bresnan 19 (82m 49b 2x4 0x6) SR: 38.77

Out strolls the stroller, Usman Khawaja, at No. 3

16.6

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, tight line on off stump, Khawaja gets his head over the ball and blocks

"Well at least Watson didn't get out LBW this time," chuckles Akshit

End of over 17 (6 runs) Australia 76/1

    • UT Khawaja 0 (1b)
    • CJL Rogers 57 (52b 11x4)
    • TT Bresnan 4-1-18-1
    • JM Anderson 6-0-33-0
17.1

Anderson to Rogers, no run, continues round the wicket, dug in short and Rogers ducks the bouncer

17.2

Anderson to Rogers, no run, length ball, on the stumps and Rogers walks forward to block back to the bowler, who thinks about a shy at the stumps

17.3

Anderson to Rogers, no run, wider, still on a length, rather than risking Roger's flashing drive, left along as the ball shapes away

17.4

Anderson to Rogers, no run, length delivery wide of the stumps, again Rogers lets it through

17.5

Anderson to Rogers, no run, tighter line, holding a foot outside off as Rogers raises his bat out of the way

17.6

Anderson to Rogers, no run, touch short and over the top of middle and off, defended stoutly back to the bowler

Rogers remains on 19,999 first-class runs. Maybe just reining it in, with the fall of that wicket

End of over 18 (maiden) Australia 76/1

    • CJL Rogers 57 (58b 11x4)
    • UT Khawaja 0 (1b)
    • JM Anderson 7-1-33-0
    • TT Bresnan 4-1-18-1

Willem jumps on the first Aussie-bashing opportunity to come along: "And now the tail is exposed"

18.1

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, slightly full of a length, angled across outside off, Khawaja leaves

18.2

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, good length, not doing much off the pitch or in the air, gets the front foot out and shoulders arms again

18.3

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, pushed much wider, slightly full, still nothing doing from Khawaja

18.4

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, left alone again in the corridor

18.5

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, goes a bit straighter, Khawaja gets in line and defends into the on side

18.6

Bresnan to Khawaja, no run, oof, a corker, that, this time the ball swerved away as Khawaja pushed forward on off, Bresnan rolled his fingers over the ball and suckered him into a false shot

"A nothing stock ball gets Watson again. How easy is it to get him out after he's faced 30 balls?" chirps Marcio

End of over 19 (maiden) Australia 76/1

    • UT Khawaja 0 (7b)
    • CJL Rogers 57 (58b 11x4)
    • TT Bresnan 5-2-18-1
    • JM Anderson 7-1-33-0
19.1

Anderson to Rogers, no run, angled in, slightly full of a length, Rogers dabs the ball towards mid-off

19.2

Anderson to Rogers, no run, shorter, around off, Rogers hops back to block

19.3

Anderson to Rogers, no run, good length, gets forward and pushes into the off side, can't pick a gap this time

19.4

Anderson to Rogers, no run, Anderson pings one down in the corridor of "You don't know what you're doing!" but Rogers is wise to it and leaves well alone

19.5

Anderson to Rogers, 1 run, straighter line, nudged short on the leg side and they scamper through for one - that's Rogers' 20,000th run in first-class cricket. No wonder he looks so weathered

"Two left handers? Surely Swanny needs a bowl?" David thinks it's time for tweak

19.6

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, slightly short of a length and defended around the line of off

"Well done to 'Buck' Rogers on 20,000 first-class runs - now to convert this into a century!" Becky Marland isn't satisfied yet

End of over 20 (1 run) Australia 77/1

    • UT Khawaja 0 (8b)
    • CJL Rogers 58 (63b 11x4)
    • JM Anderson 8-1-34-0
    • TT Bresnan 5-2-18-1

And Cook is listening to us, as ever, David - here comes Graeme Swann into the attack

20.1

Swann to Rogers, no run, tossed up, good length and straightening on off stump, Rogers leans forward in watchful defence

20.2

Swann to Rogers, no run, touch flatter, played on the back foot towards point

20.3

Swann to Rogers, no run, bit of loop and dip around off stump, Rogers plants the front foot in defence

20.4

Swann to Rogers, 2 runs, straightening on the stumps, gets forward and clips wide of mid-on for a couple

20.5

Swann to Rogers, 1 run, tossed up full on middle and leg, Rogers again works against the spin, gets a single in front of backward square

20.6

Swann to Khawaja, no run, short, skidding on outside off, Khawaja rocks back to chop the ball straight to the man at cover

End of over 21 (3 runs) Australia 80/1

    • UT Khawaja 0 (9b)
    • CJL Rogers 61 (68b 11x4)
    • GP Swann 1-0-3-0
    • JM Anderson 8-1-34-0

"Not that I wanted Watson to get out, but if there's a silver lining, at least he was caught in slips. That way he couldn't use up a precious DRS review on an LBW decision." Thanks, Graham, we never like to let an easy gag slip by

21.1

Anderson to Rogers, no run, pitched up in the channel, still a little movement for Anderson, Rogers watches it on to the bat and taps to cover

21.2

Anderson to Rogers, 1 run, touch fuller and wide of the stumps, Rogers opens the face and zings a single out to deep point

21.3

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, goes back over the wicket, left alone on a good length outside off by Khawaja

21.4

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, straighter line, Khawaja drops back in front of his stumps to defend

21.5

Anderson to Khawaja, no run, length delivery around the line of off, props forward and blocks

21.6

Anderson to Khawaja, 1 run, head down, Khawaja monkishly defends into the off side, he's alert to the possibility of a single, though and Rogers calls him through to get his partner off a blob

A good stat from Brydon Coverdale in this interview with Uzzie is that he has never been dismissed inside his first 30 balls in a Test innings

End of over 22 (2 runs) Australia 82/1

    • UT Khawaja 1 (13b)
    • CJL Rogers 62 (70b 11x4)
    • JM Anderson 9-1-36-0
    • GP Swann 1-0-3-0
22.1

Swann to Khawaja, no run, round the wicket, floated up and pushed into the off side

22.2

Swann to Khawaja, no run, again Khawaja gets across and shows Swann a solid defence

22.3

Swann to Khawaja, no run, tossed up, uses his feet this time and attempts to smother the ball

22.4

Swann to Khawaja, no run, pushed through, around the line of off, Khawaja leans out to defend

22.5

Swann to Khawaja, no run, there's a frantic appeal this time, as Khawaja uses the feet, plays across the line and is hit on the front pad - he was a little way down the pitch and it might have been sliding to leg and England decide against reviewing

22.6

Swann to Khawaja, OUT, full and this one rags away from Khawaja as he prods at the ball - England go up in unison again and Hill gives it! Khawaja looks a bit uncertain and calls for the review. The slo-mo is pretty inconclusive, there's a small sound on the audio but it appears to come before ball passes bat, maybe bat clipping pad; Hot Spot doesn't appear to show anything. They're looking at various angles... here we go then, and Hill raises the finger again! Well, I assume Kumar Dharmasena decided there wasn't enough evidence to overrule the on-field decision but Khawaja looks a little unlucky and Australia have been bitten by DRS again

UT Khawaja c †Prior b Swann 1 (26m 19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 5.26

End of over 23 (wicket maiden) Australia 82/2

    • CJL Rogers 62 (70b 11x4)
    • GP Swann 2-1-3-1
    • JM Anderson 9-1-36-0

Michael Clarke jogs out, knees and heels up high - and Stuart Broad replaces Anderson at the other end

23.1

Broad to Rogers, no run, slightly back of a length, defended into the off side from the crease

23.2

Broad to Rogers, no run, angled across and again tapped defensively into the off side

23.3

Broad to Rogers, no run, beats the bat, that's a good line from Broad and the ball rises past the outside edge as Rogers dabbled

23.4

Broad to Rogers, FOUR, too full and straight, on the pads and flipped neatly behind square, the ball skitters to fine leg

23.5

Broad to Rogers, no run, good pace and bounce from Broad, the ball ricocheting into the batsman via an inside edge

23.6

Broad to Rogers, no run, in the channel outside off, left alone

Snicko appears to show only a sound as the bat passed the pad, nothing on bat-ball - though that technology is not available to the third umpire

End of over 24 (4 runs) Australia 86/2

    • CJL Rogers 66 (76b 12x4)
    • MJ Clarke 0 (0b)
    • SCJ Broad 8-1-29-0
    • GP Swann 2-1-3-1

Anderson returns as England look to nip out another before lunch

24.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, slightly short and holding its line to dip past the outside edge as Clarke fenced from the crease

24.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, strays a little to leg, tries to work it off the pads but misses

24.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, gets forward and blocks into the off side

24.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, beaten again, tight line and the ball zips through as Clarke hops back and dabs at it outside off

24.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, good line and length, Clarke gets forward and blocks solidly into the off side

There's a wee conflab between the batsmen, maybe playing for lunch...

24.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, zips through outside off, Clarke playing inside

End of over 25 (maiden) Australia 86/2

    • MJ Clarke 0 (6b)
    • CJL Rogers 66 (76b 12x4)
    • JM Anderson 10-2-36-0
    • SCJ Broad 8-1-29-0

There's time for one more over before lunch, Broad to deliver it

25.1

Broad to Rogers, no run, angled across on a good length, lets this one through

25.2

Broad to Rogers, 1 run, touch shorter, rocks back and drops the ball into a gap in the covers

"Time to ditch DRS," says Dwayne Baraka. "Review shows no evidence of a snick, and the decision is upheld - what are we doing? About as reliable as a Zimbabwean election result." It did seem like a poor decision - but remember, he was given out on the field, so the absence of DRS would not have saved Uzzie either

25.3

Broad to Clarke, no run, length ball, around off, Clarke shows it the maker's name

25.4

Broad to Clarke, 2 runs, short and wide and Clarke has to reach to broomhandle a cut shot in front of point for a couple

25.5

Broad to Clarke, no run, pitched up and leaving Clarke, who watches it by

25.6

Broad to Clarke, 3 runs, straighter line and Clarke whips this one through midwicket, decent connection but won't quite make it to the fence - that will be lunch

1.05pm: Off jog the players and a session that bobbed along fairly calmly sailed straight into another DRS tempest just before lunch. From the views we had of it, there was precious little to support Tony Hill's call but the third umpire, Kumar Dharmasena, conservatively decided he couldn't be sure Khawaja hadn't hit it either. Of course, if there was no such recourse to technology, Khawaja would have been heading in early for his sandwiches anyway... but it looks like another ropey bit of DRS-ing from the umpiring team. Maybe they need more training, maybe we need specialist third umpires? Maybe we could just concentrate on a decent session for Australia...? I'll leave you to chew on those imponderables over lunch. Join us again in half an hour.

End of over 26 (6 runs) Australia 92/2

    • MJ Clarke 5 (10b)
    • CJL Rogers 67 (78b 12x4)
    • SCJ Broad 9-1-35-0
    • JM Anderson 10-2-36-0

The players are back out, Anderson has the ball. Michael Clarke was edgy before lunch. Three slips and a gully for him...

Welcome back folks. Gnasher here for the first hour after lunch. So, no stories from the morning session, were there? Wonder if Kumar Dhamsena had a good lunch. Plenty of comments about the decision coming in, here area few. Don't shoot the messenger!

Steve Ryles: "Time to ditch DRS??? You're kidding right? DRS was brought in to eliminate howlers and the decision that Khawaja got wasn't a howler - even now nobody is sure whether he got an edge, so the correct decision was to stay with the onfield umpire."

Sidharth Satpathy: "No Alan, the absence of DRS might have saved Usman. Umpires these days have a tendency to rule marginal decisions in the favor of the bowling side knowing that batsmen will review. In such circumstances we really need to ensure that the 'no evidence to overrule' clause needs to be looked at."

Ashish Pande: "Dharmasena have done right thing..there was no evidence so onfield call should stand...ask Marais...."

Billy: "It's a funny old game. DRS was supposed to allow the players to eliminate howlers, but instead it has allowed the umpires to introduce them."

Divy: "Sorry, but the point here is not whether the on-field decision was out or not? But in fact it pertains to the utility of DRS, if the teams despite having the option of a review cannot get a fair chance, then this system needs to be looked into and well defined. I am not against DRS, but it should be used only after it is full-proof, so as to avoid further controversies."

Feel free to continue the debate over on the Match Companion

26.1

Anderson to Clarke, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, dropped into the off side so he gets away from Anderson

26.2

Anderson to Rogers, no run, adjusts quickly to the left hander, outside off, left alone

Aaron: "This 'evidence to over rule' business is rubbish. If a player doesn't edge the ball, then by definition there will be no evidence! The umpire should require reasonable evidence to uphold the decision in this case."

26.3

Anderson to Rogers, no run, big appeal for lbw! Rogers shuffled right across his stumps. There's a brief chat about a review by they decided against it and the ball pitched well outside leg stump

26.4

Anderson to Rogers, no run, Anderson is targeting the pads here, Rogers getting across his stumps, tucks this from off stump to midwicket

26.5

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

Rob Lee: "Steve Ryles - are you kidding? There are only two people in the world who thought Khawaja hit that ball"

26.6

Anderson to Rogers, no run, good delivery, just outside off stump and offering to swing back, Rogers judges well and leaves alone

End of over 27 (1 run) Australia 93/2

    • CJL Rogers 67 (83b 12x4)
    • MJ Clarke 6 (11b)
    • JM Anderson 11-2-37-0
    • SCJ Broad 9-1-35-0

Stuart Broad remains in the attack

27.1

Broad to Clarke, no run, good start, full at off stump, defended to the off side

27.2

Broad to Clarke, no run, angled into the pads, Clarke goes to flick it away but misses and the ball trickles to a deep short leg

27.3

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, streaky again as he pushes forward at a full delivery which nips back in, takes the inside edge down to long leg

27.4

Broad to Rogers, FOUR, very neatly played by Rogers, timing and placement, it was a little short and wide, he waited a fraction longer and guided it behind square to beat the point sweeper

27.5

Broad to Rogers, no run, fuller outside off, he goes to drive but wasn't quite to the pitch and it takes a think inside edge to the leg side

27.6

Broad to Rogers, no run, pushed across wider outside off, left alone

End of over 28 (5 runs) Australia 98/2

    • CJL Rogers 71 (86b 13x4)
    • MJ Clarke 7 (14b)
    • SCJ Broad 10-1-40-0
    • JM Anderson 11-2-37-0
28.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, a slashing square drive by Clarke, Bairstow is quickly around from point

28.2

Anderson to Clarke, FOUR, excellent shot, leans into a half volley and drives between cover and mid-off to bring up Australia's 100

28.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, pulls the length back, at off stump, Clarke defends to the covers

28.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, full outside off, no swing this time, left alone

28.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, on off stump, he gets forward and defends towards Anderson in his follow through

28.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, nice delivery, nips away outside off stump, but Clarke isn't drawn into feeling for it

End of over 29 (4 runs) Australia 102/2

    • MJ Clarke 11 (20b 1x4)
    • CJL Rogers 71 (86b 13x4)
    • JM Anderson 12-2-41-0
    • SCJ Broad 10-1-40-0
29.1

Broad to Rogers, no run, full outside off, Rogers may have considered another cover drive but instead shouldered arms

29.2

Broad to Rogers, 1 run, this time he does drive, the delivery was fuller, and he places it out to deep point

29.3

Broad to Clarke, no run, good length outside off, although not that far outside, left alone

29.4

Broad to Clarke, no run, gee, that was a pretty tight leave but again the bounce helping the batsman out...that almost passed over the top of off

29.5

Broad to Clarke, no run, this time he plays, back of a length, defended to the off side

29.6

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, touch fuller, brings him onto the front foot and the ball drops in front of mid-on to allow a single

End of over 30 (2 runs) Australia 104/2

    • MJ Clarke 12 (24b 1x4)
    • CJL Rogers 72 (88b 13x4)
    • SCJ Broad 11-1-42-0
    • JM Anderson 12-2-41-0

John: "I'd love to know what Umpire Dharmasena would consider "conclusive evidence" sufficient to over-rule the decision. Perhaps he thought that there would be the magical words "not out" on Hotspot! No mark on hotspot has to be accepted as positive evidence of no contact, otherwise just what would be conclusive evidence"

30.1

Anderson to Clarke, no run, plays this late, defends with soft hands and the ball runs towards the slips

30.2

Anderson to Clarke, no run, what a beauty! That was unplayable from Anderson. Full outside off stump and shapes away late from Clarke who lunges at the ball without any great footwork...he's standing very much on leg stump this innings

30.3

Anderson to Clarke, 2 runs, that's played nicely off his hip, tucked through midwicket

Matt Price: "Surely snicko has to be added to the DRS review process to ensure the evidence on offer is as conclusive as possible?" They are working on a newer, faster, real-time version of snicko at the moment for just that role

30.4

Anderson to Clarke, FOUR, not convincing from Clarke, goes to leave a delivery outside off, was a late decision, and it runs off the face wide of second slip to third man

30.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, trying for a yorker, Clarke digs it out to mid-off

Anderson has to pull out at the last moment of his delivery stride when Clarke pulls away due to some movement behind the arm

30.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, on middle and off, defended to the leg side

End of over 31 (6 runs) Australia 110/2

    • MJ Clarke 18 (30b 2x4)
    • CJL Rogers 72 (88b 13x4)
    • JM Anderson 13-2-47-0
    • SCJ Broad 11-1-42-0
31.1

Broad to Rogers, no run, full outside off, Rogers continues to move across his crease and defends with a closed face

31.2

Broad to Rogers, FOUR, poor delivery, low full toss outside off, easily driven through the off side and beats deep point

31.3

Broad to Rogers, no run, short of a length outside off, left alone

31.4

Broad to Rogers, no run, a cracker! That seams away late from Rogers who is left groping at fresh air...it began around middle and off, did too much, really

31.5

Broad to Rogers, no run, back to leaving it alone

31.6

Broad to Rogers, 3 runs, another strong drive, it's been a profitable route for him, between cover and mid-off but this time it's hauled in just before the boundary

End of over 32 (7 runs) Australia 117/2

    • CJL Rogers 79 (94b 14x4)
    • MJ Clarke 18 (30b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 12-1-49-0
    • JM Anderson 13-2-47-0

Graeme Swann coming back into the attack. Slip and a short leg in place

32.1

Swann to Rogers, no run, round the wicket, on off stump, defended to the off side

32.2

Swann to Rogers, 2 runs, a touch too straight, worked through midwicket with a gentle flick of the wrists

32.3

Swann to Rogers, no run, back outside off stump, draws Rogers forward in defence

32.4

Swann to Rogers, no run, fuller and pushed to mid-off

32.5

Swann to Rogers, no run, good stride forward and outside off, bat and pad together as he defends

32.6

Swann to Rogers, no run, played from outside off down to mid-on, fractionally across the line

Gary: "If it was supposedly that conclusive - why did Khawaja delay for a second or so before calling for the review? He himself didn't seem too sure!"

End of over 33 (2 runs) Australia 119/2

    • CJL Rogers 81 (100b 14x4)
    • MJ Clarke 18 (30b 2x4)
    • GP Swann 3-1-5-1
    • SCJ Broad 12-1-49-0
33.1

Broad to Clarke, no run, full outside off, Clarke this time gets a good stride forward as he shoulders arms

33.2

Broad to Clarke, no run, well bowled, squares up Clarke with a full delivery on middle and it squirts into the off side along the ground

Rahul: "I don't think it's the failure of the technology, it's a failure of people using it. DRS is here to stay, provided ICC trains the umpires on its usage. But having said that, many in the BCCI would be smiling right now."

33.3

Broad to Clarke, no run, a bouncer, brisk at 88mph, Clarke looks a little awkward as he ducks underneath it

33.4

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, angling towards leg stump, blocked firmly to the right of mid-on

Beau: "Gary: If you'd just been given out on such a blatantly wrong decision you'd probably be bewildered for a second or two as well"

33.5

Broad to Rogers, no run, beaten again! Broad's bowled some excellent deliveries. Angled across outside off, seams away further and this Rogers is angry at himself for feeling for the ball

33.6

Broad to Rogers, no run, comes forward and plays this with an open face, the ball flies along the ground towards gully

End of over 34 (1 run) Australia 120/2

    • CJL Rogers 81 (102b 14x4)
    • MJ Clarke 19 (34b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 13-1-50-0
    • GP Swann 3-1-5-1
34.1

Swann to Clarke, no run, on off stump, stretches forward, defends to the covers

34.2

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, a fraction short, gives Clarke time to turn it off the back foot into the leg side

34.3

Swann to Rogers, no run, full from round the wicket, driven to mid-off

34.4

Swann to Rogers, no run, touch flatter and quicker this time, at off stump, 57mph, defended to the off side

34.5

Swann to Rogers, 1 run, driven off the back foot into the covers

34.6

Swann to Clarke, no run, this one turns into Clarke, it was a touch short and he pushes it off the back foot to mid-off

End of over 35 (2 runs) Australia 122/2

    • MJ Clarke 20 (37b 2x4)
    • CJL Rogers 82 (105b 14x4)
    • GP Swann 4-1-7-1
    • SCJ Broad 13-1-50-0

Broad's lively spell is over and Bresnan comes back into the attack

35.1

Bresnan to Rogers, no run, starts full on off stump, driven back down the pitch and Bresnan parries it with one hand

35.2

Bresnan to Rogers, no run, very loose from Rogers, it's full outside off and he goes for an expansive drive away from his body...nearly an edge

35.3

Bresnan to Rogers, no run, doesn't make the same mistake this time, lifts the bat high out of the line

35.4

Bresnan to Rogers, no run, defended to mid-off

35.5

Bresnan to Rogers, 2 runs, short of a length at leg stump, tucked through square leg

35.6

Bresnan to Rogers, no run, angling across full outside off, trying to encouraging another flat-footed drive but he leaves alone

End of over 36 (2 runs) Australia 124/2

    • CJL Rogers 84 (111b 14x4)
    • MJ Clarke 20 (37b 2x4)
    • TT Bresnan 6-2-20-1
    • GP Swann 4-1-7-1
36.1

Swann to Clarke, FOUR, well, Clarke was caught at leg slip at Lord's and now he's glanced this through that vacant position...turned off the face of the bat

Bell has now moved from short leg to leg slip

36.2

Swann to Clarke, no run, sharp spin there, second session of the match, Clarke gets into a bit of a tangle with bat and pads

36.3

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, chance?! Very tough one to Bell at leg slip as this spins and bounces. Bell leaps and gets finger tips on it. Well, this is interesting. Tony Hill gave it a run so would have given the catch, but replays showed it came off the thigh pad. Might have been another test for DRS

36.4

Swann to Rogers, no run, defended off the back foot to the covers

Signs that this pitch could spin big later in the match. Already going.

36.5

Swann to Rogers, no run, opens his stance a fraction at the last moment and drives to cover

36.6

Swann to Rogers, OUT, huge appeal! It's given! And Rogers walks off. Was a very full delivery, it just straightened, he went to play across the line and it looks to be heading towards middle and leg. He chatted to Clarke about a review, but conceded to the decision

CJL Rogers lbw b Swann 84 (171m 114b 14x4 0x6) SR: 73.68

Still no individual hundred for Australia in the series. Just before the dismissal there had been a bit of faffing due to movement behind the arm. Did that play a part in Rogers losing concentration or just a mistake? Hawk Eye confirms it was plumb.

End of over 37 (5 runs) Australia 129/3

    • MJ Clarke 25 (40b 3x4)
    • GP Swann 5-1-12-2
    • TT Bresnan 6-2-20-1
37.1

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, full outside off, left alone

Despite good batting conditions and a solid opening stand, this day is now very even with England chipping away

37.2

Bresnan to Clarke, 2 runs, short of a length, tucked off the hip down to long leg

37.3

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, tries to come forward, gets a think inside edge to deep square

37.4

Bresnan to Smith, no run, outside off, left alone

Simon: "Rogers should have reviewed. For all we know he may have actually been clean bowled off a no-ball. Or dropped over the boundary rope for a 6. Wasted non-review!"

37.5

Bresnan to Smith, no run, full at off stump, a good stride forward and solidly defended to the off side

37.6

Bresnan to Smith, no run, back of a length, Smith behind the line and defends

End of over 38 (3 runs) Australia 132/3

    • SPD Smith 0 (3b)
    • MJ Clarke 28 (43b 3x4)
    • TT Bresnan 7-2-23-1
    • GP Swann 5-1-12-2

SaS: "Rogers was full in control until that moment. It wasn't Swann's wicket. It's a wicket by the crowd."

38.1

Swann to Clarke, no run, fraction short on off stump, played from the back foot to midwicket

Short leg and a leg slip for Clarke

38.2

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, but he's able to get off strike, too short and it's an easy release for Clarke as he works to deep square

Leg slip to silly point for Smith

38.3

Swann to Smith, no run, cries of 'catch it' again! Smith lunges forward and the ball loops straight of Bell at short leg...but it was nowhere near that bat

38.4

Swann to Smith, no run, defended to the off side

38.5

Swann to Smith, no run, played off the back foot in defence

38.6

Swann to Smith, no run, strangled appeal for lbw but Smith got his front pad outside off stump on first glance...Swann causing problems

Another interesting hour unfolds. For the next one I'm handing back to Alan. Who can also be quite interesting...at times

End of over 39 (1 run) Australia 133/3

    • SPD Smith 0 (7b)
    • MJ Clarke 29 (45b 3x4)
    • GP Swann 6-1-13-2
    • TT Bresnan 7-2-23-1

Afternoon. Has everything simmered down yet? Bresilad to continue...

39.1

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, good length delivery in the channel, Clarke lifts his bat out of the way

39.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, goes across and blocks on the front foot into the off side

39.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, woof, that's close to the edge, a length ball lifting off the surface and whistling past the bat as Clarke fenced at it

39.4

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, angled in and holding its line, gets forward to block

39.5

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, leaves this on length, I think, well judged and the ball zings through just outside off

39.6

Bresnan to Clarke, 2 runs, pitched up slightly wide and cracked into the covers on the walk, terrific diving stop by Bairstow keeps to a couple

Here's Simon: "Come on Swanny. A Laker-esque 19 for still possible!!!"

End of over 40 (2 runs) Australia 135/3

    • MJ Clarke 31 (51b 3x4)
    • SPD Smith 0 (7b)
    • TT Bresnan 8-2-25-1
    • GP Swann 6-1-13-2
40.1

Swann to Smith, no run, tossed up and this spins big again, raps Smith in front - Tucker shakes his head this time so England review. This is going to be close, the replays show Smith was struck in front of middle and off... but it is narrowly umpire's call on the ball clipping leg, so Smith survives. A DRS call finally goes with Australia!

40.2

Swann to Smith, 1 leg bye, tossed up and turning a long way from off again, tries to nurdle off his pad and gets one behind square

40.3

Swann to Clarke, no run, floated up outside off, skips forward to defend

40.4

Swann to Clarke, no run, drifts down the leg side, Clarke drops his bat out of the way and lets it hit him on the thigh pad

40.5

Swann to Clarke, FOUR, good attacking stroke from Clarke, dancing out and timing an exquisite drive through the covers, keeps the fielder interested all the way to the boundary

40.6

Swann to Clarke, FOUR, goes after Swann again, skipping forward and lofting over mid-off, wasn't quite to the pitch but hits hard through the line and that will be four more

"Now that that decision has gone against England, does that mean it's my turn to whinge about the umpires?" tongue-in-cheeks Chris

End of over 41 (9 runs) Australia 144/3

    • MJ Clarke 39 (55b 5x4)
    • SPD Smith 0 (9b)
    • GP Swann 7-1-21-2
    • TT Bresnan 8-2-25-1
41.1

Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, goes very full and veering towards leg stump, Smith gets his bat down just in time to clip behind square

41.2

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, bumper, dug in and soaring over Clarke's head

41.3

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, good length, around the line of off, gets forward and blocks

41.4

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, again Clarke is active in the crease, pushes at a length ball around off and gets an inside edge through backward square leg

41.5

Bresnan to Smith, no run, good length, on the stumps, worked back towards mid-on

41.6

Bresnan to Smith, no run, in the corridor and Smith shoulders arms

"See that may have been a wasted review for England," says Gareth, "but my lord they are better at calling for reviews than us Aussies."

End of over 42 (2 runs) Australia 146/3

    • SPD Smith 1 (12b)
    • MJ Clarke 40 (58b 5x4)
    • TT Bresnan 9-2-27-1
    • GP Swann 7-1-21-2
42.1

Swann to Clarke, no run, Swann goes round the wicket now, tossed up around off stump and straightening, Clarke presses forward in defence

42.2

Swann to Clarke, no run, flatter and quicker, on middle and leg, Clarke gets in line and plays it late

42.3

Swann to Clarke, no run, on the stumps, leans out and pushes back down the track

42.4

Swann to Clarke, FOUR, tossed up and Clarke sizes him up early and again goes over the top, feet shimmering over the surface as he skips out and crumps the ball down the ground

42.5

Swann to Clarke, no run, flat trajectory, straightening on leg stump, blocked down on to the track

42.6

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, length ball, worked off the pads with the turn past short leg for one

Here's Mana: "@Chris: This is different. According to the DRS it was actually not-out, wasn't a wrong decision. Khawaja's wicket was."

End of over 43 (5 runs) Australia 151/3

    • MJ Clarke 45 (64b 6x4)
    • SPD Smith 1 (12b)
    • GP Swann 8-1-26-2
    • TT Bresnan 9-2-27-1
43.1

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, excellent leave from Clarke, again confident in the bounce, tight line from Bresnan but it zips over the top of off

43.2

Bresnan to Clarke, 1 run, pitched up and punched back fine of mid-on, nicely timed but Pietersen stretches out his long frame and then hits directly in retuning to the non-striker's end too

43.3

Bresnan to Smith, no run, gets across his stumps and defends a shortish delivery

43.4

Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, tip and run into the covers, good running by these two and Bairstow's throw hits Smith's bat as he grounds it in

43.5

Bresnan to Clarke, FOUR, drops short and Clarke is seeing it big now, swivels to crack and pull shot through square, so quick that the cameraman lost it - and that's Clarke's half-century, his second of the series and in consecutive innings too

43.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, over the top of off and Clarke is happy to let those sail through

End of over 44 (6 runs) Australia 157/3

    • MJ Clarke 50 (68b 7x4)
    • SPD Smith 2 (14b)
    • TT Bresnan 10-2-33-1
    • GP Swann 8-1-26-2

"In the umpire's defence, once an Australian batsman calls for a review 99 times out of 100 its absolutely plumb," chuckles Zenon

44.1

Swann to Smith, no run, tossed up, Smith presses forward to block

44.2

Swann to Smith, no run, goes back to an arm ball and defends into the ground outside off

44.3

Swann to Smith, no run, pushed through, around off stump, leans out and blocks down the track

44.4

Swann to Smith, 1 run, dances forward and punches into the ground back past Swann, they pick up one to long-on

44.5

Swann to Clarke, no run, round the wicket now, tapped defensively to off

Here's Ravi B: "Whenever I see Clarke leaving the ball, I remember that famous leave against Simon Jones during the 2005 Ashes." That was at Old Trafford too... but I think the bounce will come to his aid on this deck

44.6

Swann to Clarke, no run, strays down the leg side, short too and Clarke sniffs and waves it through

End of over 45 (1 run) Australia 158/3

    • MJ Clarke 50 (70b 7x4)
    • SPD Smith 3 (18b)
    • GP Swann 9-1-27-2
    • TT Bresnan 10-2-33-1
45.1

Bresnan to Smith, FOUR, short and on middle and leg stump, whipped forcefully through midwicket, keeps it down and transfer plenty of power through the stroke

45.2

Bresnan to Smith, no run, better line from Bresnan, keeps Smith honest

45.3

Bresnan to Smith, no run, touch short, gets forward and defends into the ground back towards the bowler

45.4

Bresnan to Smith, no run, is that a hint of reverse for Bresnan? Maybe, the ball tailing back from outside off, Smith does well to keep it out

45.5

Bresnan to Smith, 1 run, drops one into the off side and again they pinch a single

45.6

Bresnan to Clarke, no run, full and in the channel outside off, Clarke leans into a push towards mid-off

End of over 46 (5 runs) Australia 163/3

    • MJ Clarke 50 (71b 7x4)
    • SPD Smith 8 (23b 1x4)
    • TT Bresnan 11-2-38-1
    • GP Swann 9-1-27-2
46.1

Swann to Smith, no run, over the wicket to Smith, not much turn and the ball slides through past the outside edge as the batsman played back

46.2

Swann to Smith, no run, floated up around off stump, this time he gets forward to smother it

46.3

Swann to Smith, 3 runs, uses the feet well and drills the ball through the covers, not quite all the way for four but useful runs, turning into a handy partnership, this

46.4

Swann to Clarke, no run, stays over the wicket, spinning in from outside off, Clarke shows it a straight bat

46.5

Swann to Clarke, no run, tossed up on middle and off, advances and works back on the on side

46.6

Swann to Clarke, 2 runs, drops short and wide, Clarke waits on it and cuts into the ground, which takes some of the power off but they pick up a couple

End of over 47 (5 runs) Australia 168/3

    • MJ Clarke 52 (74b 7x4)
    • SPD Smith 11 (26b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 10-1-32-2
    • TT Bresnan 11-2-38-1

Bresnan continues - the ball, pitch and heat beginning to make England toil a little now

47.1

Bresnan to Smith, no run, good length outside off and Smith is able to usher the ball through to the keeper

47.2

Bresnan to Smith, no run, angled in around off stump, Smith gets forward and blocks into the off side

47.3

Bresnan to Smith, no run, covers his off stump and defends

47.4

Bresnan to Smith, no run, tight line, not doing anything off the straight, blocked into the covers

47.5

Bresnan to Smith, no run, slightly back of a length, Smith stands tall and defends into the leg side from in front of the stumps

47.6

Bresnan to Smith, no run, in the channel, good length and Smith plants the front foot, leaves

End of over 48 (maiden) Australia 168/3

    • SPD Smith 11 (32b 1x4)
    • MJ Clarke 52 (74b 7x4)
    • TT Bresnan 12-3-38-1
    • GP Swann 10-1-32-2
48.1

Swann to Clarke, no run, length ball, slow and spinning in, defended from the crease

48.2

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, drifts down the leg side and Clarke ignores the presence of two close catchers to work a single off his hips

48.3

Swann to Smith, no run, tossed up, Smith gets forward and there are cries of "Catch it, Bell!" but the ball wasn't in the air more than momentarily

48.4

Swann to Smith, 3 runs, full and flighted, outside off and Smith skips out to drive the ball through extra-cover, Broad gamely gives chase

48.5

Swann to Clarke, no run, Clarke gets outside the line of off and defends as the ball spins back at him

48.6

Swann to Clarke, no run, touch short, turn and bounce and Clarke gets on top of it, nudges to midwicket

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End of over 49 (4 runs) Australia 172/3

    • MJ Clarke 53 (78b 7x4)
    • SPD Smith 14 (34b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 11-1-36-2
    • TT Bresnan 12-3-38-1

Cook makes his first change since the drinks break, with Anderson replacing Bresnan

49.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, good length in the corridor outside off, holding its line and left alone

49.2

Anderson to Smith, FOUR, drops short, bit of a half-tracker and Smith seizes on it and thumps a pull to the midwicket boundary

49.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, driving on the walk and Prior takes the catch, England celebrate ... but it's never clear cut, is it, and England review! If anything it was a very faint nick, there's a sound as the ball passes the bat, can't be bat on ground or pad; Hot Spot doesn't show anything, once again. Dharmasena has several looks at it, this is going to be another squeaker. There's no visible deviation and after an age of rocking and rolling the replay, Erasmus is able to signal that the not-out decision is upheld

Anderson doesn't look happy this time - he barely appealed, so confident was he that Smith hit it. Given the dubious decisions that have gone before, that was probably the sensible call... Shall we call it even?

49.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, good length, gets outside off to defend

49.5

Anderson to Smith, 2 runs, pitched up in the channel and driven in front of square for a couple

49.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, full length, walks out and punches to mid-off

"The noise was after the ball passed the bat," says James. "I'm glad Marais gave that not-out because even though he clearly didn't hit that I feel that the third umpire wouldn't have overturned it."

End of over 50 (6 runs) Australia 178/3

    • SPD Smith 20 (40b 2x4)
    • MJ Clarke 53 (78b 7x4)
    • JM Anderson 14-2-53-0
    • GP Swann 11-1-36-2
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