The Ashes - 4th Test

England v Australia

England won by 74 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Out come the players, generous applause ripples round the ground, "Jerusalem" being played over the tannoy... Harris has the new ball in hand; the last time he played three Tests in a row was during the 2010-11 Ashes (though that didn't go too well).

"That is now 10 of the last 12 Ashes Tests in England that England have won the toss and got to bat first," says Chris, hugging himself in delight.

10.50am: I think, for the first time, we have a tail (Australia's) worthy of name - two men, in Nathan Lyon and Jackson Bird, who have a first-class best of 40 not out between them. But the top-order turned up at Old Trafford, so their reliance on the tenth wicket has been lessened... Starc might feel a little hard done by, after scoring 66 and taking 3 for 76 in the last Test, though Australia have perhaps now decided that his footmarks are aiding Swann far more than Lyon.

"FINALLY!!! I've been waiting for 3 games now to see Ryan Harris and Jackson Bird bowl together!" exclaims wefinishthis. "This is absolutely Australia's best bowling line-up minus O'Keefe (who is invisible to the selectors), Pattinson (who is injured and had a disaster in England) and Cummins/Sayers/Faulkner who are all banging on the door." So, sixth best, then?

Here's Steve on Starc: "Mitchell Starc in Test and ODI in 2013 - Played, missed, played, missed, played, missed, missed, played, missed, played, missed. And Australia wonder why they have no consistency in their performances."

"Durham is Cuddy country, not Mackem," clarifies Keith Woodcock. Now I'm confused.

10.40am: Not a bad toss to lose, I reckon, Australia certainly have the attack to make use of any help from the pitch and/or cloud cover. England's top three could do with restating their credentials.

"Alastair Cook's going to be tested this morning," suggests John. "Harris and Bird can both bowl the ball that dips in and hits him on the pad, which is his Achilles heel (or rather Achilles shin)."

Chris is after some informed player management already: "No Onions or Tremlett? Are England planning on picking Broad and Anderson for 10 consecutive Tests without a break then? Ridiculous decision."

Harlequin has a correction: "@Matty Jane - Onions is a Gateshead lad, traditionally more Geordie than Mackem. His club growing up (Gateshead Fell) are definitely black and white!"

And Mustafa is happy: "You know its going to be a good day of cricket when the commentary starts off with an Arrested Development reference. If only we could have a chicken dance today." I bet Watto's would be a classic.

10.30am: England have won the toss and will bat, Alastair Cook says the wicket looks dry and the sun is now peeking out. The team is unchanged, so no side order of Onions, sadly for the punsters. Michael Clarke reckons the pitch looks good to bat on too but instead will we get a look at their latest Ashes debutant, Bird, who replaces Starc; Harris is taped (just regular sticky stuff, nothing untoward) together and ready to rumble. We'll have to wait to find out Australia's batting order.

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

10.20am: It's looking a little cloudy, a little breezy at the ground, patches of blue sky visible too. The pitch was described as dry and straw-coloured during the build-up. Will it turn? Nathan Lyon will certainly hope so. You can discuss this and other matters with Alex on Match Companion, which is fired up and ready to go.

"Onions will make the ball talk Mackem if he plays," points out Matty Jane. It'll just be Graeme Swann chatting Geordie, then.

Paul Waide is spot on with this: "Nice allusion Alan but I seem to remember there was also a spot of bother when Blind Pugh knocked on the door of the Admiral Benbow."

And here's the inside line from Dan: "Boof was on Aussie radio overnight - Ryan Harris definitely set to play."

10.10am: Already the Chinese whispers from the ground have begun - apparently James Anderson hasn't been warming up, neither has Mitchell Starc, prompting the first in a deluge of "Bird is the word" tweets... The forecast isn't too bad for today, though I think there were some showers around overnight and the ball usually does a bit at Durham.

"Morning all, and let's hope it stays fine for this Test. Riverside is a lovely ground, and I've stayed at Lumley Castle a couple of times: beautiful. Only disturbance was seeing the ghost of Shane Watson, disappearing back to the pavilion after wasting a review!" You and Darren Gough both, James.

Dave, you might be about to get lucky: "Hoping Bird gets a run this Test. Let us know if you see Harris on the ground doing fielding drills."

10am: One of the big questions for the Chester-le-Street crowd will be whether one of their own is going to make the XI today. Graham Onions has only played one Test since early 2010 but if ever there was man who knew about how to make a ball talk Geordie (or whatever the Durham equivalent is), it's him. We'll find out about the make-up of both sides - can Ryan Harris hold it together for a third successive Test? Will Jackson Bird get a run-out? - at the toss in half an hour. Until then, here's Switch Hit, for your aural pleasure.

9.50am: Not since Lady Macbeth got into a bit of a lather during her ablutions has there been such bother over a spot. Anyone who has ever used a Cornballer will know that technology has its drawbacks but, while the tale of the tape has unravelled, attention has drifted from an Ashes series that seemed little more than a pile of charred remains ten days ago but may have rediscovered its spark. The series, just like Flash Gordon, remains alive, so let's hope the only DRS we hear about for the next few days is Durham's Riverside Stadium, which is all set to host its first Ashes Test. I'm Alan Gardner and I'll be joined by Alex Winter, Andrew McGlashan and Kanishkaa Balachandran to bring you live coverage of the fourth Test - it's going to be so smooth that Hot Spot wouldn't stand a chance.

0.1

Harris to Cook, 1 no ball, excellent line to begin with and a lovely shape as the ball comes back and Cook leaves - Harris had started with a overzealous front foot, though

0.1

Harris to Cook, no run, good length, the ball zipping through to Haddin in the channel outside off

0.2

Harris to Cook, no run, Harris is already making the ball curve seductively back at Cook, who leaves just in the nick of time

0.3

Harris to Cook, no run, fired across much fuller and wider, nothing doing from the batsman

0.4

Harris to Cook, no run, wide of the stumps, again Cook eschews a shot

0.5

Harris to Cook, no run, pushed across, lightly full of a length and shaping away towards the slips, left again

0.6

Harris to Cook, no run, line and length, the ball seaming back a little but wide enough for Cook to let through - still to feel bat on ball after a maiden opening over

End of over 1 (1 run) England 1/0
AN Cook    0* (7b)      RJ Harris    1-0-1-0
JE Root    0* (0b)     

Jackson Bird is into the side and straight into the attack, his swinging styles preferred to Peter Siddle's subtle seam for the new ball

1.1

Bird to Root, 2 runs, touch too short to begin with, the ball doesn't deviate much off the pitch and Root immediately goes on the attack, cutting low past third slip for a couple

"Do Mackem/Geordie bowlers 'burrrl in the corridurrr of uncertainty, lake'? Where the batsman muses 'mebbees I should play this one' before it swings haway." Yes, yes and yes, Mike Collier

1.2

Bird to Root, no run, better line, Root stays back and is beaten pushing a little tentatively from the crease

1.3

Bird to Root, no run, gets across to defend outside off

1.4

Bird to Root, no run, edged but Root keeps it down, just a little prod at a length ball and it bobbles low towards Clarke at second slip

1.5

Bird to Root, no run, wicket-to-wicket stuff from Bird, still not much sign of swing, Root covers up in front of off stump

1.6

Bird to Root, no run, gets a stride out and defends a little more confidently into the covers - accurate start from Bird

Here's Matt: "Keith Woodcock is right; the Mackems are from Sunderland. I thought Durhamites were 'Yakkas' though."

End of over 2 (2 runs) England 3/0
JE Root    2* (6b)      JM Bird    1-0-2-0
AN Cook    0* (7b)      RJ Harris    1-0-1-0

2.1

Harris to Cook, no run, this rears off a length as Cook thinks about playing before jerking his hands back inside the line

2.2

Harris to Cook, no run, tight line outside off, little bit on shape back in, Cook leaves

2.3

Harris to Cook, no run, angled across, slightly wide of the wicket, again Cook is happy to usher the ball through

2.4

Harris to Cook, no run, good length, a foot or so outside off, Cook nods howdy-do and then the ball carries on its way

2.5

Harris to Cook, no run, good length, pushed across towards the cordon, no stroke offered

2.6

Harris to Cook, no run, tighter to the stumps and this time Cook plays - just a solid little poke back down the track but it's a start

End of over 3 (maiden) England 3/0
AN Cook    0* (13b)      RJ Harris    2-1-1-0
JE Root    2* (6b)      JM Bird    1-0-2-0

"Cannot believe Onions isnt playing," chunters Jimmy B. "Tremlett needs to get some game time in as well before the return fixtures he will surely have to play a part in Australia on bouncy wickets with his height. Not understanding this, the bowlers looked tired in Old Trafford as it was."

3.1

Bird to Root, no run, pitched up, outside the line of off, pushed into the covers half forward

3.2

Bird to Root, no run, angled in and holding its line in the channel, left alone

3.3

Bird to Root, no run, straighter, good length and Root shows it the full face of the bat in front of off

3.4

Bird to Root, no run, maintains a disciplined line and length around off stump, Root comes across to blokc

3.5

Bird to Root, no run, pitched up, defended on the front foot into the off side

3.6

Bird to Root, no run, speared in towards off stump, fullish length and defended on the front foot back down the track

Solid start from both teams, poker faces on

End of over 4 (maiden) England 3/0
JE Root    2* (12b)      JM Bird    2-1-2-0
AN Cook    0* (13b)      RJ Harris    2-1-1-0

4.1

Harris to Cook, no run, slightly full of a length, pitching and straightening outside off, Cook ignores it

4.2

Harris to Cook, no run, Cook, tired of playing hard to get, has a little flirt with this one and is beating pushing forward outside off

4.3

Harris to Cook, 1 bye, strays down the leg side, slightly short and Cook misses trying to flick off his hips, Haddin can't take it cleanly though and they pick up a bye

Harris to Root now, still three slips and a gully

4.4

Harris to Root, no run, good, tight line on off, Root gets across his stumps to defend

4.5

Harris to Root, 1 no ball, pitched up and blocked solidly towards cover again - and Harris had overstepped

4.5

Harris to Root, 1 run, tip and run short on the off side, Root loves to pick a pocket in the covers and he scuttles down the track for a single

4.6

Harris to Cook, 1 run, short of a length and on the hips, nudged through backward square and Cook is off a blob

Here's Josh, who sounds dangerously like he's talking sense (until the assumption that Australia won't win): "England may have retained the Ashes but they still want to win the series. I believe they feel that Broad/Bresnan/Swann/Anderson are the best bowling attack at present. Once the series is won (ie. draw/victory here) then they might rest their bowlers and give Onions/Tremlett a go for the final match."

End of over 5 (4 runs) England 7/0
AN Cook    1* (17b)      RJ Harris    3-1-4-0
JE Root    3* (15b)      JM Bird    2-1-2-0

Let's see what Bird can do to the left-hander...

5.1

Bird to Cook, no run, length delivery, shaping back a touch on off stump, blocked staunchly back down the pitch

5.2

Bird to Cook, no run, angled across, slightly wide and left alone

5.3

Bird to Cook, no run, pitched up very full around the line of off stump, Cook drives but the bat turns in the hands and it dribbles towards mid-off

5.4

Bird to Cook, no run, full and in the channel again, Cook jams the bat down and squirts it short on the leg side

5.5

Bird to Cook, no run, fullish and going on across Cook's bows outside off stump, lets this one through

5.6

Bird to Cook, no run, touch short and over the top of middle and off, Cook gets behind it in defence

"I'm watching the Free-to-Air coverage of the test here in Oz, which is 30 seconds delayed. Using Cricinfo commentary, I am able to impress my girlfriend as I am 'somehow' able to predict what each ball wall result as. Just wait until we get to the more livelier parts of the Test." Simon Gandhi, you either have the perfect relationship or an imaginary other half

End of over 6 (maiden) England 7/0
AN Cook    1* (23b)      JM Bird    3-2-2-0
JE Root    3* (15b)      RJ Harris    3-1-4-0

6.1

Harris to Root, 1 run, slightly overpitched and Root gets forward to pootle a drive into the covers, Warner hustles across from cover-point to prevent a second

6.2

Harris to Cook, no run, length ball, speared across, still too wide to make Cook play

6.3

Harris to Cook, no run, gets forward and defends outside off

6.4

Harris to Cook, 1 leg bye, drifts on to the pads, there's half an appeal as the ball deflects away behind square but it was outside the line of leg

6.5

Harris to Root, no run, off-stump line, worked to leg with a closed bat face, straight to midwicket

6.6

Harris to Root, 2 runs, drags the ball short and Root keeps it down, shovelling towards fine leg where Bird pulls of a terrific sliding stop to prevent four

End of over 7 (4 runs) England 11/0
JE Root    6* (18b)      RJ Harris    4-1-7-0
AN Cook    1* (26b)      JM Bird    3-2-2-0

7.1

Bird to Cook, no run, good pace from Bird, 85-86mph, Cook gets forward to block in front of his stumps

7.2

Bird to Cook, 3 runs, very full and swinging on to the pads this time, Cook likes it there, clipping the ball through backward square, again it's reeled in before the rope

7.3

Bird to Root, no run, full and around off stump, the ball has by and large stayed on the straight, Root gets forward to defend

7.4

Bird to Root, no run, now that one has gone, bending like a banana in and then out past Root's groping check-drive - lovely delivery from Bird

7.5

Bird to Root, no run, this one goes on towards off stump, Root plays with bat next to pad, maybe pad first but he was outside the line

7.6

Bird to Root, 1 run, straighter line and a touch short, worked off his body past the shortish square leg for one

Here's Steve: "Although the early overs have been tighter than George Osborne's underpants I'm reckoning Siddle and Watson could come in for some stick today. Especially Watson who is about half the player in Tests than he is in ODI."

End of over 8 (4 runs) England 15/0
JE Root    7* (22b)      JM Bird    4-2-6-0
AN Cook    4* (28b)      RJ Harris    4-1-7-0

Speaking of Watto, here he is...

8.1

Watson to Root, 1 wide, there's certainly some swing for Shane straight up but this has done far too much, only just pitching on the cut strip before Haddin's diving take in front of first slip

"Perfect relationship and imaginary girlfriend are not necessarily mutually exclusive attributes," observes Disco Bob drily

8.1

Watson to Root, no run, in the channel, little bit of shape and left alone

8.2

Watson to Root, 1 wide, another Harmison ball from Watson, swinging wildly outside the tramlines

8.2

Watson to Root, no run, goes a little straighter, on the stumps and worked towards midwicket across the front leg

8.3

Watson to Root, no run, touch short of a length, sits back and tucks square

8.4

Watson to Root, no run, pitched up, the ball does a wee bit of Hokey Cokey in the corridor outside off and Root leaves

8.5

Watson to Root, no run, full of a length and swinging away, the batsman shoulders arms again

8.6

Watson to Root, no run, full and on the stumps, Root chops defensively into the on side

"Is Chris Tavare the new England batting coach?" Only in our dreams, Andy M

End of over 9 (2 runs) England 17/0
JE Root    7* (28b)      SR Watson    1-0-2-0
AN Cook    4* (28b)      JM Bird    4-2-6-0

9.1

Bird to Cook, no run, pitched up in the channel, after 1679 leaves Cook now thinks about driving and punches to mid-off

9.2

Bird to Cook, no run, touch shorter, the ball rises sharply and zangs away from Cook, who leaves

9.3

Bird to Cook, no run, another good delivery outside off that does just enough to leave Cook and beat the bat as he fiddles at it off the back foot

9.4

Bird to Cook, no run, pitched up outside off, Cook's a little stuck in the crease and prods it back to the bowler

9.5

Bird to Cook, no run, line and length ball in the channel, left alone

9.6

Bird to Cook, no run, that's the perfect line to any left-hander, pitching on leg and angling across, Cook knows just were his off stump is, though, and leaves

"Simon has just reminded me of the time I shared a house with two other guys who used to bet on car races," says Gocfe, "it took the constant loser about six months to wake up to the fact that the races were replays of the previous day's racing..."

End of over 10 (maiden) England 17/0
AN Cook    4* (34b)      JM Bird    5-3-6-0
JE Root    7* (28b)      SR Watson    1-0-2-0

10.1

Watson to Root, no run, angled in towards off stump, covers the line in defence

10.2

Watson to Root, no run, length delivery outside off, the ball keeps a little low and Root stays back, raises the arms out of the way

10.3

Watson to Root, no run, continues to probe outside off, the ball ducking away as Root turns his nose up again

10.4

Watson to Root, 1 run, drops short, nothing more than a half-tracker outside off but Root's pull doesn't connect cleanly and they get just one wide of mid-on

10.5

Watson to Cook, no run, pitched up on leg stump, chops down late and the ball trickles towards midwicket

10.6

Watson to Cook, no run, slightly back of a length, outside off and holding its line, Cook draws his bat inside at the last

"Whilst I accept, given the conditions, it's probably the correct way to play for today at least, I think England have a notable problem at the top of the order," chin-strokes Patrick. "Cook, Root and Trott all score at SRs of 50 at best, often slower, and when they're out of form, we can often find ourselves 2-3 wickets down for very little. It was even more of a problem when Compton was opening. England could do with a more attacking opener from time to time. I would say Bell, but I'm loath to move him from 5 when he's in such good form. Having said that, he had one Test at 3 and got 200!"

End of over 11 (1 run) England 18/0
AN Cook    4* (36b)      SR Watson    2-0-3-0
JE Root    8* (32b)      JM Bird    5-3-6-0

England just want to keep wickets intact at this stage - they'll not be bothered by the RR

11.1

Bird to Root, 2 runs, short ball from Bird, first time we've seen that, Root pulls in controlled fashion through backward sqaure for a couple

11.2

Bird to Root, no run, left alone in the corridor of certainly-not-going-to-play

11.3

Bird to Root, no run, straighter line and Root gets forward to block

11.4

Bird to Root, no run, again gets across his stumps to tap into the leg side

11.5

Bird to Root, no run, the odd ball has moved appreciably for Bird but this one goes on straight again and Root defends in front of off

11.6

Bird to Root, FOUR, overpitched and Root punches crisply through the covers, head over the ball and weight coming forward to rattle England's first boundary of the morning - the crowd have been waiting for that

End of over 12 (6 runs) England 24/0
JE Root    14* (38b 1x4)      JM Bird    6-3-12-0
AN Cook    4* (36b)      SR Watson    2-0-3-0

Harris comes back on after a short breather

12.1

Harris to Cook, FOUR, well, there's your second bus... overpitched first delivery from Harris and Cook drills it back past mid-off, two fielders give chase but there's another lazy cheer as the ball hits the rope

12.2

Harris to Cook, no run, comes forward, feet moving a bit better now, pushes into the covers

12.3

Harris to Cook, no run, angled across, too wide to make the batsman play

12.4

Harris to Cook, no run, touch short, in the corridor, the ball rising to be taken by Haddin in front of his chest

12.5

Harris to Cook, no run, off-stump line, pushed back on the on side

12.6

Harris to Cook, 3 runs, fullish and drifting on to the pads, Cook tucks in with a glance in front of square that holds up just in front of the rope

End of over 13 (7 runs) England 31/0
AN Cook    11* (42b 1x4)      RJ Harris    5-1-14-0
JE Root    14* (38b 1x4)      JM Bird    6-3-12-0

13.1

Bird to Cook, no run, pitched up and pushed towards mid-off on the front foot

"The floodgates have opened, consecutive boundaries," says Kevin. "The 1st hour very much England's."

13.2

Bird to Cook, no run, slightly full, outside off and tailing back a touch, Cook leaves

13.3

Bird to Cook, no run, digs the ball in short and Cook's arms are a-whirl as he muscles a flat pull shot straight to square leg

13.4

Bird to Cook, no run, pushed across, in the channel outside off, Cook makes like a tree

13.5

Bird to Cook, no run, hops back and across and lifts his arms out of the way as a length ball zips through, seaming away

Here's Balaji, voice of reason: "England going at 2.5. Not bad at all for a pitch where the ball was supposed to be 'doing something' for a couple of hours."

13.6

Bird to Cook, no run, tighter to the off stump, Cook stays in his crease and block back to the bowler

And here's Kanishkaa, voice of expertise. He'll take you to lunch, after drinks

End of over 14 (maiden) England 31/0
AN Cook    11* (48b 1x4)      JM Bird    7-4-12-0
JE Root    14* (38b 1x4)      RJ Harris    5-1-14-0

Thanks Alan. Steady start by England

14.1

Harris to Root, no run, right on target after drinks, keeps Root on the back foot as he pushes it to point

14.2

Harris to Root, no run, gets a touch forward and pushes this one down to mid-off

14.3

Harris to Root, 1 run, good length delivery on the pads and he easily works it down to fine leg, not the line to bowl

14.4

Harris to Cook, 1 run, stays on the back foot and he pushes it softly towards cover and sets off quickly

14.5

Harris to Root, no run, that was a neat drive off the front foot, off the middle of the bat but straight to mid-off

14.6

Harris to Root, no run, that's more the line and length, pitched up outside off and teasing Root to drive, which he does but very close to the outside edge

End of over 15 (2 runs) England 33/0
JE Root    15* (43b 1x4)      RJ Harris    6-1-16-0
AN Cook    12* (49b 1x4)      JM Bird    7-4-12-0

15.1

Watson to Cook, no run, Watson should thank Haddin for saving four byes, this was too wide down the leg side and Haddin gave it everything

15.2

Watson to Cook, no run, drifts a bit on the pads and he turns the face of the bat and works it to mid-on

Short midwicket in place

15.3

Watson to Cook, no run, better line, keeps it around the off stump and Cook prods forward and pushes it to the off side

15.4

Watson to Cook, no run, pitched a shade outside leg and clipped the pads as he tried to flick, stifled appeal from Watson

15.5

Watson to Cook, no run, angles across the left-hander and he gets behind the line and pushes it to the off side

Mick: "For not the first time in the series, I don't understand why Clarke is waiting so long to give Siddle a bowl..."

15.6

Watson to Cook, no run, full and wide outside off and Cook doesn't find the gap at cover on the drive

The sun's out

End of over 16 (maiden) England 33/0
AN Cook    12* (55b 1x4)      SR Watson    3-1-3-0
JE Root    15* (43b 1x4)      RJ Harris    6-1-16-0

16.1

Harris to Root, no run, Harris continues, short of a length outside off and he stays back and punches it to the off side

16.2

Harris to Root, no run, good length outside off and well left by Root, moves away slightly before reaching the keeper

16.3

Harris to Root, no run, Harris bowls that full on the pads and as Root tries to flick the ball clips the pads and lobs to the off side, that was missing leg stump

16.4

Harris to Root, no run, another neat drive off the front foot, straight to mid-off though

16.5

Harris to Root, 1 run, good running this time, Root drops it with soft hands towards cover and calls, beats the under-arm throw at the bowler's end

16.6

Harris to Cook, no run, good length just a shade outside off and he stays back and defends

End of over 17 (1 run) England 34/0
AN Cook    12* (56b 1x4)      RJ Harris    7-1-17-0
JE Root    16* (48b 1x4)      SR Watson    3-1-3-0

17.1

Watson to Root, no run, this was a touch too wide outside the off stump and Root withdraws the shot

17.2

Watson to Root, no run, this was angling in on the pads and he firmly pushes it to mid-on

17.3

Watson to Root, no run, he bowls that full and a touch wide outside off, Root's not interested in chasing that

Dave, London: "Watson has been parsimonious with the ball as ever - but with a SR of 384 for the series you do wonder why he has been favoured with the newish cherry ahead of Siddle."

17.4

Watson to Root, OUT, there's a loud appeal for a caught behind and Root's been given not out and Clarke wants it reviewed, Watson bowled it in the channel just outside off, Root was half forward to defend, there was a sound as the ball passed the bat and Hot Spot detected an edge, the Australians were confident from the start, Hot Spot showed only a small mark. Good enough for the dismissal though

JE Root c †Haddin b Watson 16 (78m 52b 1x4 0x6) SR: 30.76

Snicko too confirmed that edge, in case you were wondering

17.5

Watson to Trott, no run, this was sliding down the leg side and far too wide really, too much for Trott to chase

17.6

Watson to Trott, no run, good length outside the off stump and he stays back and punches it to mid-on

Dan the Man: "As someone who wants this series to stay vaguely interesting, all I have to say is "thanks Dave" #comment(ators) curse"

End of over 18 (wicket maiden) England 34/1
IJL Trott    0* (2b)      SR Watson    4-2-3-1
AN Cook    12* (56b 1x4)      RJ Harris    7-1-17-0

18.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, not the best start for Siddle, down the leg side, actually not a bad ball to bowl to Cook

18.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, this time he pushes it wide outside the off stump and he doesn't offer a shot

18.3

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, drifts a bit on the pads and he shuffles and works it away down to fine leg

18.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, lands it on a good length outside off and he doesn't offer a shot

18.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, full and moving away from him and he prods well forward and steers it to the off side

18.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, that's a goo bouncer from Siddle, Trott bends only slightly before evading it

Jay: "I get the feeling that Clarke has made a concious effort to hold Siddle back for the middle order (Pietersen in particular) he tends to get more out of the older ball than the other bowlers. Seems to have worked mostly this series..."

End of over 19 (1 run) England 35/1
IJL Trott    0* (5b)      PM Siddle    1-0-1-0
AN Cook    13* (59b 1x4)      SR Watson    4-2-3-1

19.1

Watson to Cook, no run, tucks him up for room around the off stump, he comes well forward and defends

Midwicket and square leg are up close

19.2

Watson to Cook, no run, good length just outside the off stump and he punches it towards cover

19.3

Watson to Cook, no run, this was fuller and wider outside the off stump and he doesn't offer a shot

19.4

Watson to Cook, no run, good line from Watson, honing in on the off stump and he gets forward and defends

19.5

Watson to Cook, no run, Watson's creating the opportunities! Pitched up and moving away from him and Cook went forward to drive, bowler unlucky he didn't edge that

19.6

Watson to Cook, no run, keeps a touch low and he gets across the stumps and drives

End of over 20 (maiden) England 35/1
AN Cook    13* (65b 1x4)      SR Watson    5-3-3-1
IJL Trott    0* (5b)      PM Siddle    1-0-1-0

20.1

Siddle to Trott, FOUR, streaky way to get off the mark, pitched up outside off and moving away, he gets forward and gets an outside edge that drops short of first slip and rolls to third man

20.2

Siddle to Trott, 3 runs, drifts a bit on the pads and he uses his wrists well and tucks it wide of midwicket for three

20.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, moves across the stumps and defends with soft hands to the on side

20.4

Siddle to Cook, 1 no ball, doesn't give him room again and he gets across and defends, big overstep by Siddle though

Paul: "What an absolute yawn fest. I think England will be punished for a yet again negative batting display. Cook and Trott at the crease so expect more yawns. Yet again gonna be up to the middle order to make an impact into Australian bowling"

20.4

Siddle to Cook, 2 runs, this was full and wide outside off and Cook drives on the up, wide of cover

20.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, this was fullish on the pads and Cook works it towards midwicket

20.6

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, at least Cook is pushing the odd single, this time he steers it softly towards backward point and sets off quickly

End of over 21 (11 runs) England 46/1
AN Cook    16* (70b 1x4)      PM Siddle    2-0-12-0
IJL Trott    7* (7b 1x4)      SR Watson    5-3-3-1

21.1

Watson to Cook, no run, strays down the leg side and Cook tries to flick it away, he will always keep Haddin interested

21.2

Watson to Cook, 2 runs, on the pads this time, not the right length as he easily flicks it to deep square leg

21.3

Watson to Cook, no run, faint sounds of 'catch' as the ball passes the bat, Cook comes forward to drive and the ball moves away and beats the edge

21.4

Watson to Cook, 3 runs, drifts a bit on the pads and Cook shuffles and works it away wide of midwicket for three

21.5

Watson to Trott, no run, stays beside the line and he punches it towards point

21.6

Watson to Trott, no run, wide outside off and Trott is happy to let that go

Steve: "I think the people who are complaining about 'slow play' need to get back to their T-20 highlights package, or their X-Boxes, or something else that satisfies their demand for instant gratification. For the rest of us, this appears to be a solid English start to a game that lasts for five days."

End of over 22 (5 runs) England 51/1
IJL Trott    7* (9b 1x4)      SR Watson    6-3-8-1
AN Cook    21* (74b 1x4)      PM Siddle    2-0-12-0

22.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, keeps it a shade outside the off stump and he gets across and leaves it alone

22.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, this is full and moving away and Cook moves across and leaves it alone

22.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, hits a good length outside off and he goes back and across and defends

22.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, moves away after pitching and hits a good length, Cook doesn't want to play at that either

22.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, Siddle nearly gets Cook there, lands it on the channel outside off and Cook pokes his bat out and nearly gets an edge, the ball just moved away

22.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, hits a good length outside off and Cook this time decides to play at it, punches it towards point

End of over 23 (maiden) England 51/1
AN Cook    21* (80b 1x4)      PM Siddle    3-1-12-0
IJL Trott    7* (9b 1x4)      SR Watson    6-3-8-1

23.1

Watson to Trott, no run, Trott moves right across the stumps and shows the full face of the bat as he pushes it down to mid-on

23.2

Watson to Trott, no run, he gets across and pushes it softly towards mid-on

23.3

Watson to Trott, no run, lands it a shade outside off and he moves across and leaves it alone

23.4

Watson to Trott, no run, gets right across his stumps and tucks it to the on side

23.5

Watson to Trott, no run, that was full on the off stump and he moves across and pushes it towards mid-on

23.6

Watson to Trott, no run, nips back in and Trott gets a slight inside edge to the pads

David: "I agree with Paul. This is a 5 day battle of bat on ball. This is also the first morning of a test match. The job of the openers and the number 3 is to make things easier for the middle order. Just look at Cook & Trott's states. You don't want your opener throwing his wicket away. T20 is spoiling peoples views of proper cricket."

End of over 24 (maiden) England 51/1
IJL Trott    7* (15b 1x4)      SR Watson    7-4-8-1
AN Cook    21* (80b 1x4)      PM Siddle    3-1-12-0

24.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, he bangs it in short and Cook was in two minds whether to hook or not, plays a half-hearted stroke and the ball passes his helmet

24.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, good length outside off and angling away and he doesn't offer a shot

24.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, moves across the stumps and he defends softly

24.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, hits a good length on the off stump and he stays back and defends

24.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, chance for Cook to put that away, this was drifting on the pads and he tucked it straight to short midwicket

24.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, he stays right back at the crease and defends to the on side

James The Scorebox: "Steve, it's not about wanting instant gratification, it's about wanting to see some intent. A 'solid' start - i.e. not losing many wickets - is not much use if you are making little attempt to score, because you're inviting pressure from the opposition. When one of these two gets out the impetus is entirely with the Aussies. Regardless how long the game lasts, you've got to try and score runs."

End of over 25 (maiden) England 51/1
AN Cook    21* (86b 1x4)      PM Siddle    4-2-12-0
IJL Trott    7* (15b 1x4)      SR Watson    7-4-8-1

Here's Jackson Bird. There are two fielders very close to each other at short mid-on

25.1

Bird to Trott, 2 runs, this was full and angling away and Trott finds the gap at cover

Two slips in place

25.2

Bird to Trott, no run, this was fuller in length outside off and he pushes it towards cover

25.3

Bird to Trott, no run, hits a good length on the off stump and he goes across and defends

25.4

Bird to Trott, 1 run, full and angling away and Trott times the drive well off the front foot and just beats mid-off

25.5

Bird to Cook, no run, this is a probing line just outside the off stump, Cook went across and in the last minute decided to leave it alone

25.6

Bird to Cook, no run, Cook shuffles across, shows the full face of the bat and pushes it to mid-on

End of over 26 (3 runs) England 54/1
AN Cook    21* (88b 1x4)      JM Bird    8-4-15-0
IJL Trott    10* (19b 1x4)      PM Siddle    4-2-12-0

Final over before lunch

26.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, he drifts down the leg side and he doesn't offer a shot

26.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, good length outside off and he leaves it alone

26.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, touch fuller and he moves across and punches it towards cover

26.4

Siddle to Trott, 3 runs, he angles it towards the pads and Trott works it away wide of midwicket

26.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, this appeared to keep a little low, Cook stabbed at one moving away and the outside edge dropped short of second slip

26.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, stays beside the line and punches it to the off side and that's lunch

1pm: A watchful session for England and though Australia picked up a wicket, they should feel fairly satisfied. The bowlers created opportunities by bowling tight lines outside off and the field sets were attacking. Looks like Cook is slowly gearing up for a big knock. He's due for runs.

Will hand back to Alan Gardner after lunch. Enjoy the break

Adrian: "Quite simply test cricket relies on getting through the first couple of sessions with as few wickets down as possible, runs will come. Look at the Ashes in 1989 the rise of the great Australian team, first test end of day 1 they were 207/3 went on to make 601/7 and won the series 4-0. This is a test match not T20"

End of over 27 (3 runs) England 57/1
AN Cook    21* (90b 1x4)      PM Siddle    5-2-15-0
IJL Trott    13* (23b 1x4)      JM Bird    8-4-15-0

Jackson Bird is on his perch, ready to start the session

Hello everyone. Here are some highlights of this morning's staring contest for you. And here's one of our pukka new galleries, too. Wake up, now - we're about to get going again.

27.1

Bird to Trott, no run, slightly full, on off stump, punched back to the bowler

27.2

Bird to Trott, no run, slightly shorter and played from the crease, standing up to work to midwicket

27.3

Bird to Trott, 1 run, back of a length and at the body again, clipped with a close of the bat face past midwicket

Mid-on is quite straight too but he's picked the gap

27.4

Bird to Cook, no run, tight line on middle stump, turned to leg

27.5

Bird to Cook, FOUR, pulls, comes quite high off the bat but placed well between midwicket and mid-on, the ball was in the air for a while but its got enough gas to reach the rope

27.6

Bird to Cook, no run, good length, on the stumps, gets forward to defend

End of over 28 (5 runs) England 62/1
AN Cook    25* (93b 2x4)      JM Bird    9-4-20-0
IJL Trott    14* (26b 1x4)      PM Siddle    5-2-15-0

It'll be Rhino Harris from the other end...

28.1

Harris to Trott, no run, good length, Trott comes forward to defend in front of the stumps

28.2

Harris to Trott, no run, shuffles across and works the ball into the leg side

28.3

Harris to Trott, FOUR, drives, a little loose from Trott and an inside edge skitters past the stumps and away to the fine leg boundary - almost another drag-on for Trotty

28.4

Harris to Trott, no run, touch shorter, gets in line to block

28.5

Harris to Trott, no run, gets a stride in to a length ball in the channel and shoulders arms

28.6

Harris to Trott, no run, full and straight, gets forward and punches back to the bowler

End of over 29 (4 runs) England 66/1
IJL Trott    18* (32b 2x4)      RJ Harris    8-1-21-0
AN Cook    25* (93b 2x4)      JM Bird    9-4-20-0

29.1

Bird to Cook, no run, speared across slightly wide of the wicket, Cook leaves

29.2

Bird to Cook, no run, good-length delivery, angled across and defended from the crease in front of off

29.3

Bird to Cook, no run, good, tight line from Bird - there's more than a touch of Onions about his action and style, as my colleague Alex Winter says - Cook defends

29.4

Bird to Cook, no run, goes back and across and steers a length delivery towards point

29.5

Bird to Cook, no run, pitched up on the stumps, Cook chops his bat down and blocks into the leg side

29.6

Bird to Cook, 2 runs, a half-volley into the corridor and this is laced through the covers for a couple off the front foot, they think about a third but after a brief moment of confusion settle for two

"While most so called hardcore cricket fans are criticizing the ones calling this game slow and people not having the patience to see Test cricket because of T20 matches these days, I want to remind all these so called Test cricket fans that Dravid was criticized for playing too slow in TEST CRICKET much before T20 had arrived." Bit of a tangent from Peeyush Sharma but, yes, there's slow and there's Cook slow

End of over 30 (2 runs) England 68/1
AN Cook    27* (99b 2x4)      JM Bird    10-4-22-0
IJL Trott    18* (32b 2x4)      RJ Harris    8-1-21-0

30.1

Harris to Trott, 1 run, dug in short, at the body and worked through backward square for one

30.2

Harris to Cook, no run, pitched up and pushed back down the pitch, the bat turning in the hands

30.3

Harris to Cook, no run, short of a good length, on leg stump, Cook misses out trying to glance

30.4

Harris to Cook, 1 run, on the pads again and this time Cook gets a firm connection, steering the ball through square leg for one

There's a leg gully in for Trott, by the way

30.5

Harris to Trott, no run, bouncer from Harris, down the leg side but swinging late on its way past Trott, who gets his gear out of the way

30.6

Harris to Trott, FOUR, strays to leg again, Harris' radar has been a bit wonky today, jabbed firmly in front of square and the chase from midwicket is doomed to failure

Here's Graham: "I'm happy with this slow start, two out-of-form batsmen are trying to play themselves in. Unlike a Watson who sees ball, hits ball no matter what! Look at their averages, both sides would love to have either Cook or Trott compared to Watson for example! #longgame"

End of over 31 (6 runs) England 74/1
IJL Trott    23* (35b 3x4)      RJ Harris    9-1-27-0
AN Cook    28* (102b 2x4)      JM Bird    10-4-22-0

31.1

Bird to Cook, no run, sliding across the left-hander from over the wicket, Cook leaves

31.2

Bird to Cook, no run, pitched up a little closer to off stump, leans forward and taps into the covers

Clarke has brought a short extra cover in for Cook

31.3

Bird to Cook, no run, on leg stump, length ball, Cook walks across and nudges it short of square

31.4

Bird to Cook, no run, pitched up, the ball swinging late away from Cook, who covers the line and punches to cover

31.5

Bird to Cook, no run, this pushed a little wider, maybe hoping to draw Cook into driving again, he shoulders arms

31.6

Bird to Cook, no run, tight on off stump, slightly short of a length and defended into the off side standing up

"No, there's slow, there's Cook slow and then there's Misbah," sniggers Ozzy

End of over 32 (maiden) England 74/1
AN Cook    28* (108b 2x4)      JM Bird    11-5-22-0
IJL Trott    23* (35b 3x4)      RJ Harris    9-1-27-0

Harris gets the shepherd's crook and on comes Peter Siddle

32.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, good length, gun-barrel straight in the channel outside off, Trott gets forward and leaves

"Cook slow?" exclaims Nate. "These people must have missed Boycott, Tavare, Broad (his dad!)"

32.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, maintains that accurate line, Trott this meets a length ball with the face of the bat in defence

32.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, angled in around off stump, turned towards midwicket

32.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, very wide, Trott's been suckered by one of those already this series, and stays in his shell

32.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, fullish length around off stump, on the front foot to block

32.6

Siddle to Trott, FOUR, lovely timing from Trott, waits for the ball to come to him and then delicately glides the ball off the face through backward point for four

"Cook is playing for himself - he wants a century, end of story, he doesn't want to wins this Test match he wants a draw and he wants to put big score next to his name. I was afraid this would happen when the last Test match was stolen from Aus by the weather. Unless Aus win the toss next test match we will see the same thing, slow batting on a good wicket." I think, Wozza, most England fans would agree that Cook playing for a big score increases their chances of winning

End of over 33 (4 runs) England 78/1
IJL Trott    27* (41b 4x4)      PM Siddle    6-2-19-0
AN Cook    28* (108b 2x4)      JM Bird    11-5-22-0

33.1

Bird to Cook, FOUR, overpitched in the channel and Cook slams the ball through the covers off the front foot, rare sign of aggression but he put that one away

33.2

Bird to Cook, no run, length ball, wide of the stumps, lets it through

33.3

Bird to Cook, no run, full and slightly wide, fiddles a little indeterminately and the ball deflects off the inside half of the bat to leg

33.4

Bird to Cook, no run, pushed across on a good length and again Cook is happy to usher it through

33.5

Bird to Cook, no run, touch full, around middle and off, plays a check-drive towards mid-on

33.6

Bird to Cook, no run, full of a length again, slightly outside off, leans into a push to mid-off

"Boycott, Tavare, Broad were facing bowlers like Marshall and Ambrose," points out Peter. "Slightly more difficult to score against them!"

End of over 34 (4 runs) England 82/1
AN Cook    32* (114b 3x4)      JM Bird    12-5-26-0
IJL Trott    27* (41b 4x4)      PM Siddle    6-2-19-0

34.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, pitched up in the channel and seaming further away, Trott isn't going to be drawn into playing at those today

34.2

Siddle to Trott, 3 runs, just a touch overpitched outside off and Trott threads a cover drive into a gap, won't go all the way but that brings up the fifty partnership and at a run every other ball, too

34.3

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, on the pads and Cook nudges one to leg

34.4

Siddle to Trott, 1 run, short and around the line of off, hops back and flips the ball through square leg

34.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, on leg stump, length ball, tapped defensively towards midwicket

"England are 82-1 having already secured the Ashes for the fourth time in five series and people are writing in to complain!" despairs Robin. "Somebody send them some old Wisdens to read at bedtime."

34.6

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, on the stumps, Cook works a length ball through square leg to the man in the deep

End of over 35 (6 runs) England 88/1
AN Cook    34* (117b 3x4)      PM Siddle    7-2-25-0
IJL Trott    31* (44b 4x4)      JM Bird    12-5-26-0

Clarke turns to Nathan Lyon, first spell of twirl in the Test

"Hang on guys - we've scored 28 runs in the first half hour after lunch. There is NOTHING wrong with the pace of this game." The game's moved on so quickly people are struggling to keep up, Ben

35.1

Lyon to Cook, no run, round the wicket, tossed up and straightening nicely outside off, Cook lets it through to Haddin

Slip and short leg in place

35.2

Lyon to Cook, no run, full, useful bit of dip, gets forward and prodded back to the bowler

35.3

Lyon to Cook, no run, half, maybe a third of a shout from Lyon, as Cook plays back and is hit on the pad, probably missing leg

35.4

Lyon to Cook, no run, angled in with the arm, Cook covers the line

35.5

Lyon to Cook, no run, full and on the stumps, leans out to defend

35.6

Lyon to Cook, no run, floated up on middle and off, Cook again plays round his front pad and pushes back to the bowler

Maiden to start with from Lyono, who's certainly got a touch of the Thundercats about him

End of over 36 (maiden) England 88/1
AN Cook    34* (123b 3x4)      NM Lyon    1-1-0-0
IJL Trott    31* (44b 4x4)      PM Siddle    7-2-25-0

36.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, line and length outside off stump, Trott leaves it well alone

36.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, gets forward and plays an exaggerated leave as the ball nips away

36.3

Siddle to Trott, 1 run, goes for the throat-bothering bouncer, Trott is not entirely comfortable, taking one hand off the bat as he fends it away behind square, in the air for a while but safe

36.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, pushed across, thinks about playing but draws up the drawbridge at the last minute

36.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, good-length delivery in the corridor, sits in the crease and raises his bat out of the way

36.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, sprays this one down the leg side, Cook flicks and misses and Haddin takes it at full stretch again, good keeping

Here's the sage Tom Wragg: "Old cricketing logic: the longer you bat, the easier it becomes. The RR is increasing, 300-1/2 at the end of day 1 is very good. Stop complaining about the RR."

End of over 37 (1 run) England 89/1
AN Cook    34* (126b 3x4)      PM Siddle    8-2-26-0
IJL Trott    32* (47b 4x4)      NM Lyon    1-1-0-0

37.1

Lyon to Trott, no run, pushed through a little flatter outside off, defended coming forwards

Usman Khawaja is crouched under the helmet

37.2

Lyon to Trott, FOUR, Trott gets his front foot out and paddles the ball neatly over his shoulder, playing with what minimal turn Lyon is extracting and using the pace to run it down to fine leg for another boundary

37.3

Lyon to Trott, 2 runs, worked off the legs and immediately Trott wants two, though Cook has to scramble to get back in at the non-striker's end

37.4

Lyon to Trott, no run, length ball, spinning in from outside off, defends on the front foot and an inside edge rolls past short leg

37.5

Lyon to Trott, no run, tossed up and drifting in towards off stump, worked to mid-on

37.6

Lyon to Trott, 3 runs, bit of width, Trott is moving more freely than he has in recent innings and tickles the ball through the covers for three more

"Okay, enough whinging about the run rate, and enough whinging about people whinging about the run rate. Stop it now!" Fair enough, Precio. So, DRS has had a good day so far?

End of over 38 (9 runs) England 98/1
IJL Trott    41* (53b 5x4)      NM Lyon    2-1-9-0
AN Cook    34* (126b 3x4)      PM Siddle    8-2-26-0

38.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, stands tall to defend on off

38.2

Siddle to Trott, FOUR, drops a little short, sliding towards leg stump and Trott, who was moving across his crease, only has to help it on its way to fine leg - the hundred's up and England are just one down for the first time in the series

38.3

Siddle to Trott, FOUR, now, that's a gorgeous shot, perhaps even more so because of the identity of the batsman, stepping out to crunch a flowing cover drive to the fence - this is looking ominously like Trott's relocated his groove

38.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, better line and length this time, keeps Trott honest in defence

38.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, advances and pings another front-foot drive into the covers, can't get it through this time

38.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, bangs this in very short and the ball climbs high as Trott crouches low

End of over 39 (8 runs) England 106/1
IJL Trott    49* (59b 7x4)      PM Siddle    9-2-34-0
AN Cook    34* (126b 3x4)      NM Lyon    2-1-9-0

39.1

Lyon to Cook, 1 run, tossed up nice and straight, bit of turn and Cook gets an inside edge past short leg

39.2

Lyon to Trott, OUT, flicks off his pad, caught at short leg - and that's got him! It's that simple, Tony Hill raises his finger confidently this time and Trott knows he's hit it, looks ruefully at the sky and mooches off. It was a thin scrape off the inside edge trying to work square, it popped off the knee roll and Khawaja plunged to his right to complete the dismissal

IJL Trott c Khawaja b Lyon 49 (89m 60b 7x4 0x6) SR: 81.66

Succour for Nathan Lyon and there'll be no Trott special. In comes KPP at No. 4

39.3

Lyon to Pietersen, 2 runs, continues round the wicket, Pietersen skips out to attack from the get-go and miscues a loft over midwicket, falls beyond the fielder running back

Ho ho, this could get interesting...

39.4

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, pushed across a bit wider, pushed into the off side

39.5

Lyon to Pietersen, 1 run, length ball on leg stump, nurdled round the corner for a single

39.6

Lyon to Cook, no run, floated up full and straight, leans out to defend down the track

"Well thank you very much for using your curse upon Trott! You just had to go and say he was looking like he was in good form didn't you." Sorry, James, but, like Roy Walker, I say what I see

End of over 40 (4 runs) England 110/2
AN Cook    35* (128b 3x4)      NM Lyon    3-1-13-1
KP Pietersen    3* (3b)      PM Siddle    9-2-34-0

40.1

Siddle to Pietersen, 1 run, gets forward and pushes hard at the ball, gets an inside edge behind square on the leg side

40.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, pitched up in the channel and dabbed towards cover

40.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, tight line, gets forward to defend

40.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, good length, on middle stump and this sticks in the pitch slightly, Cook trying to play across the line and gets a leading edge to mid-off

40.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, angled across, quite wide and leaving the batsman, who leaves

40.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, slightly back of a length, stays back and blocks around leg stump

"Interesting to see Cook and Pietersen exchanging places on the all-time runs scored list (for England). I wonder who will come out on top after this innings?" Gonna be a thriller, Steven Jouanny

End of over 41 (1 run) England 111/2
AN Cook    35* (133b 3x4)      PM Siddle    10-2-35-0
KP Pietersen    4* (4b)      NM Lyon    3-1-13-1

41.1

Lyon to Pietersen, FOUR, floated up outside off, a nice juicy half-volley and drilled down the ground to long-off

41.2

Lyon to Pietersen, FOUR, better length from Lyon, drawing Pietersen out and although he's not the pitch he hits through the line, not right out of the middle and it sails in the air, a good few feet fine of mid-off for another boundary

PK trying to hit Lyon out of the attack again - will Clarke blink?

41.3

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, angled across a bit flatter, played respectfully short on the off side

41.4

Lyon to Pietersen, 1 run, again Pietersen leaves the crease and drives towards mid-off, who is set back a bit, they get one

41.5

Lyon to Cook, no run, leans out and prods defensively into the off side

41.6

Lyon to Cook, no run, tossed up a little wide, sits back and cuts hard but straight to backward point

And after that little flurry, on come the drinks. Nathan Lyon might need a stiff one. Here's Kanishkaa again

End of over 42 (9 runs) England 120/2
AN Cook    35* (135b 3x4)      NM Lyon    4-1-22-1
KP Pietersen    13* (8b 2x4)      PM Siddle    10-2-35-0

Thanks Alan. KP looks like he wants to push on quickly. Not surprising.

Paul: "1983 Chris tavare v Pakistan reached 50 in 236 balls...... Cook 35 off 133"

42.1

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, short of a length and Pietersen stays back and pokes it towards slip, played it softly

42.2

Siddle to Pietersen, 1 run, good running, pushed it softly towards cover and set off immediately, Cook's quick on his feet too

42.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, this was full and moving away from him and he safely leaves it alone

42.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, Siddle bowls another wide one outside off and Cook is happy to let it go

42.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, that's a better line, closer to the off stump and Cook doesn't play at it, good carry too

42.6

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, that's a better length, fuller and getting it to swing back in, gets an inside edge to the on side

End of over 43 (2 runs) England 122/2
AN Cook    36* (139b 3x4)      PM Siddle    11-2-37-0
KP Pietersen    14* (10b 2x4)      NM Lyon    4-1-22-1

43.1

Watson to Cook, no run, good length ball on the pads and Cook shuffles and clips it towards midwicket

43.2

Watson to Cook, no run, moves it across him and Cook presses forward and leaves it alone

43.3

Watson to Cook, FOUR, exquisite stuff from Cook, half volley outside off and Cook leans forward, behind the line, balance perfect, off the middle of the bat past cover. Kids, this is how you play it

43.4

Watson to Cook, no run

43.5

Watson to Cook, no run, skids through outside off and moves away before reaching the keeper

43.6

Watson to Cook, no run, gets forward and defends very close to the pad, pushes it to the off side

James The Scorebox: "Boycott took four and a half hours for a fifty against Pakistan in 1977 at Lahore, ending with 63 off 267! Those were the days..."

Steve Howe: "Tavare Schmavare - at Brisbane in 1958 Trevor Bailey took 350 balls to reach fifty." Any of you saw that knock?

End of over 44 (4 runs) England 126/2
AN Cook    40* (145b 4x4)      SR Watson    8-4-12-1
KP Pietersen    14* (10b 2x4)      PM Siddle    11-2-37-0

44.1

Harris to Pietersen, no run, leans forward and stabs at it, it was in the air for the few seconds before rolling towards mid-off

44.2

Harris to Pietersen, no run, lands it outside off and gets it to move away, he leaves it alone

44.3

Harris to Pietersen, no run, fuller in length outside off and he drives it towards cover

44.4

Harris to Pietersen, no run, fullish in length outside off and he drives this one back to the bowler

44.5

Harris to Pietersen, 2 runs, drifts on the pads and he clips it towards fine leg, Bird charges from deep square and does a good job stopping it

44.6

Harris to Pietersen, no run, keeps it outside the off stump and he pokes at it, KP keeping the bowlers interested

Rob: "Not sure why people quoting boycott & tavare strike rates? The game has moved on a million miles since then - zero relevance. Cook is scoring slowly, fair enough if he makes a ton, if not he'll look pretty silly. I don't mind the low SR in itself just the over-defensive mindset. 2-0 up we should take the game to the aussies!"

End of over 45 (2 runs) England 128/2
KP Pietersen    16* (16b 2x4)      RJ Harris    10-1-29-0
AN Cook    40* (145b 4x4)      SR Watson    8-4-12-1

45.1

Watson to Cook, 1 run, close call for Cook! Nipped back in and he gets a thick inside edge past the stumps as he looks to cut

45.2

Watson to Pietersen, no run, beaten this time prodding forward, may have come on a bit quicker than expected

45.3

Watson to Pietersen, no run, fullish on middle and leg and shows the full face of the bat as he pushes it to mid-on

45.4

Watson to Pietersen, no run, good length on the off stump and he goes back and pushes it towards mid-on

45.5

Watson to Pietersen, no run, fuller in length outside off and he drives towards mid-off

45.6

Watson to Pietersen, 1 run, fullish in length outside off and he moves forward and across and drives towards point, Cook has to hurry and he's lucky there was no direct hit

End of over 46 (2 runs) England 130/2
KP Pietersen    17* (21b 2x4)      SR Watson    9-4-14-1
AN Cook    41* (146b 4x4)      RJ Harris    10-1-29-0

46.1

Harris to Pietersen, FOUR, lovely square drive! Half volley wide outside the off stump and he gets on his knee and finds the big gap wide of point

46.2

Harris to Pietersen, no run, better delivery from Harris as he fires this on a yorker length, Pietersen manages to dig it out

46.3

Harris to Pietersen, no run, gets forward and across and drives it towards cover

46.4

Harris to Pietersen, FOUR, classic flick, a half volley on the pads and Pietersen walks across his stumps and whips it wide of midwicket, finds the gap and it races away

46.5

Harris to Pietersen, no run, lands it outside the off stump and he watchfully leaves it alone

46.6

Harris to Pietersen, no run, fullish in length outside off and he pushes it firmly to the off side

End of over 47 (8 runs) England 138/2
KP Pietersen    25* (27b 4x4)      RJ Harris    11-1-37-0
AN Cook    41* (146b 4x4)      SR Watson    9-4-14-1

47.1

Watson to Cook, 2 runs, loosener on the pads and he easily works it away wide of square leg

47.2

Watson to Cook, no run, another fuller one, this time outside off and he drives towards cover

47.3

Watson to Cook, 4 runs, excellent stop at the boundary but they run an all-run four, half volley on the pads and he flicks it more firmly this time wide of midwicket, Lyon chases, pulls it back before the rope but it's a long boundary

47.4

Watson to Cook, no run, better line and length, outside off and he safely leaves it alone

47.5

Watson to Cook, no run, gets across his stumps and defends towards mid-off

47.6

Watson to Cook, no run, keeps a touch low and he stabs it to the off side

Mick of the Lemon.: "Geez, Warner has had a few big run out opportunities recently and hasn't taken them. He's a bulldog in the field. Takes good catches, makes saves and creates opportunities. If he wants to be the whole package he's got to hit the stumps."

End of over 48 (6 runs) England 144/2
AN Cook    47* (152b 4x4)      SR Watson    10-4-20-1
KP Pietersen    25* (27b 4x4)      RJ Harris    11-1-37-0

New spell for Bird

48.1

Bird to Pietersen, no run, lands it around the off stump line and he clips it away down to midwicket

48.2

Bird to Pietersen, no run, tucks him up for room and he gets an inside edge to the pads

48.3

Bird to Pietersen, 1 run, shuffles a long way across his stumps and whips it away towards deep square leg

48.4

Bird to Cook, FOUR, should have been stopped, moves forward and across to a ball angling away, gets an outside edge that beats wide third slip, the fielder didn't get down quickly enough, no third man and that's a hardworking fifty for Cook

48.5

Bird to Cook, no run, good carry to the keeper, left alone by Cook

48.6

Bird to Cook, no run, good length on the off stump and he gets forward and drives down the track

Joe: "@Mick: David Warner needs the Ponting treatment - shoot down 100 stumps every night after training."

End of over 49 (5 runs) England 149/2
AN Cook    51* (155b 5x4)      JM Bird    13-5-31-0
KP Pietersen    26* (30b 4x4)      SR Watson    10-4-20-1

Nathan Lyon returns

49.1

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, round the wicket to KP, he drags it back to the bowler

49.2

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, tossed up on middle and leg and he blocks it out

49.3

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, he comes forward and drives back to the bowler

49.4

Lyon to Pietersen, no run, pushes it towards cover and tells Cook to wait

49.5

Lyon to Pietersen, OUT, Pietersen edges and he walks! Lyon continues round the wicket, tossed up outside off, the ball goes through with the arm, Pietersen was forward and across but didn't cover the line, thick outside edge and he didn't wait for the umpire to give him out, he walked

KP Pietersen c †Haddin b Lyon 26 (50m 35b 4x4 0x6) SR: 74.28

49.6

Lyon to Bell, no run, gets well forward and defends

KP did tweet recently that if he knows he has edged it, he would walk

End of over 50 (wicket maiden) England 149/3
IR Bell    0* (1b)      NM Lyon    5-2-22-2
AN Cook    51* (155b 5x4)      JM Bird    13-5-31-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100
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