The Ashes - 5th Test

England v Australia

Match drawn

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

Out come the umpires, followed by England, followed by the Australia. Fantastic atmosphere at The Oval. By England standards, a "new-look" team. Adds to the intrigue. James Anderson is still in the England XI and he's going to open the bowling from the Vauxhall End...

James: "Just looked up that Trent Bridge test in 1997. Didn't go well for England, against a very good Aussie side, admittedly. The Hollioakes did OK though."

10.50am A lot to take in this morning but one thing that hasn't changed in the last half hour is that England are on the verge of history, a remarkable feat awaiting Alastair Cook says George Dobell.

James: "Odd. The problem for both sides this summer has been misfiring batting. So both respond by dropping a batsman for an untried all rounder/bits and pieces player."

Tahmid: "I actually quite like the changes, while I feel sorry for Chris Tremlett, I actually like that England for once are willing to experiment and get out of the uber-conservative consistent approach, and with all the talk about intensity, a few debutants in this game should spice it up."

10.35am This is the first time that England have fielded two debutants in an Ashes Test match since the Hollioake brothers made their debut in the Trent Bridge Test of 1997. Appears as if Woakes is going to slot in at No. 6 in place of Bairstow, which means Matt Prior can retain his usual No. 7 spot that England prefer him at. But the makeup of their side puts extra pressure on their top order who have disappointed during this series.

What a whirlwind morning so far but finally it's time for the toss. Up goes the coin and Australia have won the toss and, surprise, surprise, Michael Clarke chooses to bat first, could be a big toss. Alastair Cook would also have liked to have batted first and confirms the team changes. Woakes for the injured Tim Bresnan and reckons the wicket is dry enough to warrant two spinners. He says it's the side they would have picked regardless of the series score.

England: 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Joe Root, 3 Jonathan Trott, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Ian Bell, 6 Chris Woakes, 7 Matt Prior (wk), 8 Stuart Broad, 9 Graeme Swann, 10 James Anderson, 11 Simon Kerrigan

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

10.20am All this team speculation has overshadowed the extraordinary outburst by Australian coach Darren Lehmann overnight on Australian radio. He blasted Stuart Broad for "cheating" and urged the Australian public to berate Broad in the return series this winter. Quite a surprised for someone who seems cool and collected even in the face of adversity.

Mark Kidger: "Bairstow dropped for Woakes? That is a turnup. And Kerrigan for Bresnan. They must be expecting this to be a pretty peculiar pitch." That's what it's looking like. Bairstow not justifying his place and England thinking this wicket is dry enough to justify two spinners at home for the first time since 2009 in Cardiff.

Edis Bevan: "If we are going to bring in new caps, sensible to do it in a home test. Looks like Woakes at least is in the frame for Australia this winter. Kerrigan I suspect is on the longer term prospect development list." Perfect time for England to have a look at a few other players but of course, there is a Test match to win and England can make history here. If they complete victory, it will be the first time they have won four Tests in a home Ashes series.

10.10am There has been a further cap presented this morning with a fresh baggy green also been presented to James Faulkner who is set to make his debut for Australia, who named their XI yesterday with Mitchell Starc also returning. Usman Khawaja, predictably, and Jackson Bird, who enjoyed a reasonable game up at Durham, are the men to miss out.

We have some early breaking news. Big news about the England XI. Ian Bothan is out on the outfield and has presented caps to both Simon Kerrigan and Chris Woakes so two players set to make their debuts for England. But we don't, as yet, know who those guys are in the side for. Suggestions that James Anderson might be rested? We simply don't know at the moment.

10am BST Hello everyone and welcome along to live coverage of the final Test of the summer, the fifth Investec Ashes Test from The Oval. It's a glorious day in SE11 and the forecast is set fair for the week so we're set for a stunning end to the summer weatherwise and hopefully we get some cricket to match.

0.1

Anderson to Rogers, no run, full just outside off stump, played forward and pushed up the wicket

0.2

Anderson to Rogers, no run, much wider of off stump, too wide to induce a stroke

0.3

Anderson to Rogers, no run, wide again and, concerningly, it carries through at about ankle height

0.4

Anderson to Rogers, no run, this is better carry as Rogers leaves again outside off stump

0.5

Anderson to Rogers, no run, made to play at this around off stump, Rogers following a little bit of away movement and dabbing towards point

0.6

Anderson to Rogers, no run, leg side, Rogers flicks at it and misses, Prior takes it well with his right hand

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

Stuart Broad, the champion of Chester-le-Street, from the Pavilion End...

1.1

Broad to Warner, no run, nice and full and Warner hurried into blocking around off stump up the wicket

1.2

Broad to Warner, 1 run, touch fuller and straighter, flicked down to long leg

1.3

Broad to Rogers, no run, full again on the stumps, Rogers forward not quite in control and gets a thick outside edge to point, good start from Broad this

1.4

Broad to Rogers, no run, more length and Rogers tries to push into the leg side but is struck on the thigh pad

1.5

Broad to Rogers, no run, genuine nick from just outside off but it doesn't carry through to Cook, it was nicely bowled and had Rogers poking around his off stump, decent edge but it fell a good yard short of slip

1.6

Broad to Rogers, no run, now fuller and draws the batsman forward, it swings back and strikes the front pad, appeal for lbw but probably outside the line, not out given and England decline the review

End of over 2 (1 run) Australia 1/0
CJL Rogers    0* (10b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-1-0
DA Warner    1* (2b)      JM Anderson    1-1-0-0

Oh, the Hawk Eye has that lbw far closer than I expected, it was a very tight umpire's call on hitting Rogers in line with off stump and would have gone on to hit the off stump on the full...

2.1

Anderson to Warner, no run, more swing, and Warner tucks it up on the leg side from the crease around middle and leg

2.2

Anderson to Warner, 1 run, this is the outswinger and Warner plays against the movement into middle and leg stump to work it down to long leg

2.3

Anderson to Rogers, no run, swing down the leg side and Rogers flicks and misses

2.4

Anderson to Rogers, no run, well wide of off stump and left alone

2.5

Anderson to Rogers, no run, tight off stump line on a length, Rogers blocks in the crease

2.6

Anderson to Rogers, 4 leg byes, hint of swing into the pads and it runs off the front pad very fine for four extras

End of over 3 (5 runs) Australia 6/0
CJL Rogers    0* (14b)      JM Anderson    2-1-1-0
DA Warner    2* (4b)      SCJ Broad    1-0-1-0

3.1

Broad to Warner, no run, Warner shaped to cut this but some movement in meant the line was all wrong for the stroke, he exposed off stump and thankfully for him got a thick inside edge into his pad which saved him

3.2

Broad to Warner, no run, full and wide, Warner disciplined enough to leave alone

3.3

Broad to Warner, no run, full and swinging in, Warner drives and gets it off the inner half of the bat to midwicket

3.4

Broad to Warner, no run, back of a length, Warner in a bit of a tangle in fending it off towards square leg, they take a leg bye but umpire Dharmasena doesn't reckon a shot has been played at that and calls dead ball, little harsh

3.5

Broad to Warner, no run, full on the off stump, Warner forward and pressing up on the off side

3.6

Broad to Warner, FOUR, tries to cut this again when the line wasn't there for the stroke, goes through with it though and gets a thick inside edge that goes quickly to fine leg past the stumps, pretty lucky

End of over 4 (4 runs) Australia 10/0
DA Warner    6* (10b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    2-0-5-0
CJL Rogers    0* (14b)      JM Anderson    2-1-1-0

4.1

Anderson to Rogers, 1 run, Anderson is around the wicket bowling full at the stumps, Rogers works it down to long leg

4.2

Anderson to Warner, OUT, full just outside off, Warner drives very loosely at it and gets a thin nick to the keeper. Pretty ordinary stroke and a tame dismissal but reward for some decent early overs, the ball has swung and England have put it in the right place. Warner had been a touch edgy and tried to put bat and ball but simply didn't move his feet and got a regulation edge to Prior

DA Warner c †Prior b Anderson 6 (20m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 54.54

So now Shane Watson at his new No. 3 slot...

4.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, nice delivery in the channel, it swings away and Watson leaves well

4.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, tighter line and forces Watson to come forward to play at this, it seams away and beats the outside edge, very nicely bowled

4.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, tighter again and Watson plays at this and blocks it up the wicket

4.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, solidly defended coming forward just outside off stump

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

5.1

Broad to Rogers, no run, just back of a length on the stumps, tucked to square leg

5.2

Broad to Rogers, no run, length ball wide enough of off stump to leave alone

5.3

Broad to Rogers, no run, full delivery sliding across the batsman who leaves alone

5.4

Broad to Rogers, no run, similar probing area but still just wide enough for Rogers to shoulder arms

5.5

Broad to Rogers, no run, this swings in a little but not enough to trouble Rogers' again leaving alone outside off stump

5.6

Broad to Rogers, FOUR, slightly overpitched and nicely punched down the ground through mid-off for four, good stroke

End of over 6 (4 runs) Australia 15/1
CJL Rogers    5* (21b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-9-0
SR Watson    0* (4b)      JM Anderson    3-1-2-1

c Prior b Anderson is now the second most-often occurring dismissal for England in Tests, what is the first?

6.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, middle and off line, Watson forward to push up the wicket

6.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, full delivery angled in, Watson forward again and manages to get the bat in front of the pad to block up the wicket

6.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, more off stump the line now, Watson forward again to block up on the off side

6.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, big inswinger, Watson tries to drive off a length and gets a thick inside edge into his back pad, nearly beaten, nearly played on, well bowled

6.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, started on a similar wide angle but instead of coming in it held its line and to be fair Watson played inside the line

6.6

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, fuller and driven nicely through extra-cover for four, well-timed stroke, didn't over hit it, Anderson won't mind being driven though

End of over 7 (4 runs) Australia 19/1
SR Watson    4* (10b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-1-6-1
CJL Rogers    5* (21b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    3-0-9-0

Shyam R: "Caught Knott Bowled Willis?" Is the best suggestion so far...

7.1

Broad to Rogers, no run, full and a hint of movement but again it's just wide enough to allow Rogers to leave again

7.2

Broad to Rogers, no run, off stump line, Rogers forward and pops up back towards the bowler, nearly a chance to the bowler

7.3

Broad to Rogers, no run, able to leave again because it's too wide of off stump

7.4

Broad to Rogers, no run, just back in length, Rogers across the off stump to dab into the covers

7.5

Broad to Rogers, no run, good length and it moves away from Rogers who followed it outside off and got beaten, fine delivery that probably did too much

7.6

Broad to Rogers, no run, touch shorter and Rogers able to cover up around off stump again

End of over 8 (maiden) Australia 19/1
CJL Rogers    5* (27b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-1-9-0
SR Watson    4* (10b 1x4)      JM Anderson    4-1-6-1

TJ: "c Knott b Botham?" Carl: "ctTaylor b Botham?" Shaun: "c Evans b Laker?" All good ideas...

8.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, middle stump line, hint of away-movement, Watson defends carefully in the crease

8.2

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, too leg stumpish and Watson gets a tickle on it that runs very fine for four into the pavilion

8.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, full on the stumps, Watson shapes to play to leg and misses, huge cry for lbw, is this sneaking down? Not out given and England again decline the review, probably the correct call again. Yep indeed, umpire's call on hitting leg stump

8.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, full ball outside off stump, Watson leaves alone and it carries through to Prior at shoulder height

8.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, angles in, seams away, Watson beaten playing forward, a superb delivery

8.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, firmly driven from a length ball just outside off to point

End of over 9 (4 runs) Australia 23/1
SR Watson    8* (16b 2x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-10-1
CJL Rogers    5* (27b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    4-1-9-0

And the answer is...c Taylor b Botham with 60 dismissals in 51 Tests...

9.1

Broad to Rogers, FOUR, nice drive, full ball punched down the ground through mid-off, good piece of timing

9.2

Broad to Rogers, no run, great comeback, this seams away from Rogers who again was drawn into playing just outside off stump and was fortunate not to snick it behind

9.3

Broad to Rogers, no run, line here started a touch wider and Rogers left alone

9.4

Broad to Rogers, no run, touch shorter and pushed from the back foot into the covers

9.5

Broad to Rogers, no run, good length on off stump, pushed firmly to mid-off who had just come in there from gully

9.6

Broad to Rogers, no run, touch wide of off stump and left alone

End of over 10 (4 runs) Australia 27/1
CJL Rogers    9* (33b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    5-1-13-0
SR Watson    8* (16b 2x4)      JM Anderson    5-1-10-1

Excellent opening 10 overs from England...

10.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, this is angled in, Watson comes forward and is struck on the pad probably too high, he also got an inside edge which stymied the appeal

10.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, full a foot outside off, Watson watches it closely and lets it go, in a real battle here

10.3

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, a touch full and Watson is onto it in a flash, driving firmly through the covers

10.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, superb delivery again, it seams away and beats the outside edge from off stump, so unlucky not to take the edge

10.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, full and down the leg side, flicked at and missed, Anderson going for the pads and overdoing it

10.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, length ball around off stump, blocked into the covers

End of over 11 (4 runs) Australia 31/1
SR Watson    12* (22b 3x4)      JM Anderson    6-1-14-1
CJL Rogers    9* (33b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    5-1-13-0

Well we know it's a dry wicket and Graeme Swann is getting an early go from the Pavilion End. Slip and a short leg and a man on the drive on the off side...

11.1

Swann to Rogers, no run, around the wicket, off stump, Rogers back and playing back to the bowler

11.2

Swann to Rogers, no run, forward on off stump, it bounces a little, Rogers blocks it up on the off side

Short leg goes to silly point...

11.3

Swann to Rogers, no run, oh this turns and Rogers gets a thick outside edge to point

11.4

Swann to Rogers, no run, touch shorter length, driven to point from just outside off

11.5

Swann to Rogers, no run, pushed forward again into the covers from off stump

11.6

Swann to Rogers, no run, too short and Rogers able to hang back and push gently to short extra-cover

Well that was alarming, some turn in the first hour...

End of over 12 (maiden) Australia 31/1
CJL Rogers    9* (39b 2x4)      GP Swann    1-1-0-0
SR Watson    12* (22b 3x4)      JM Anderson    6-1-14-1

Double change and one of two debutants for England, Chris Woakes come on from the Vauxhall End...

12.1

Woakes to Watson, no run, full on off stump, driven gently to mid-on

Watson must be weighted Anderson is out of the attack...

12.2

Woakes to Watson, no run, full ball at the stumps, 86mph so not bad pace, pushed to midwicket on the front foot

12.3

Woakes to Watson, no run, very tight line that shapes in a little, Watson shoulders arms outside off and it was a jolly good leave

12.4

Woakes to Watson, 2 runs, angled in and whipped off the stumps through midwicket, deep square leg runs to his left and saves four

12.5

Woakes to Watson, no run, forward press on the stumps, cry for lbw but surely an inside edge, not out given, yep big edge

12.6

Woakes to Watson, FOUR, short and pulled hard into the pavilion, ruins a good first over in Tests from Woakes

End of over 13 (6 runs) Australia 37/1
SR Watson    18* (28b 4x4)      CR Woakes    1-0-6-0
CJL Rogers    9* (39b 2x4)      GP Swann    1-1-0-0

13.1

Swann to Rogers, no run, full on off stump, driven to cover and some confusion in eventually refusing the single

13.2

Swann to Rogers, no run, floated up on off stump, Rogers blocks forward on off stump back to the bowler

13.3

Swann to Rogers, no run, back on the off stump and pushing gentle towards point

13.4

Swann to Rogers, no run, forward again in a similar area, this runs off the inner half of the bat up on the leg side

13.5

Swann to Rogers, no run, flatter and blocked on the back foot towards the bowler

13.6

Swann to Rogers, no run, touch short, cut but only as far as backward point

An entertaining first hour, been a good contest between bat and ball. It's drinks so that's what I'm going to find as Gnasher comes in to take up the commentary...

End of over 14 (maiden) Australia 37/1
CJL Rogers    9* (45b 2x4)      GP Swann    2-2-0-0
SR Watson    18* (28b 4x4)      CR Woakes    1-0-6-0

Hello everyone. Lovely to be with you. England playing two spinners at home, whatever next? There has been some swing this morning. Broad impressive.

14.1

Woakes to Watson, no run, full on off stump, Watson gets forward and defends

14.2

Woakes to Watson, no run, slightly shorter, 85mph, Watson plays into the off side

Stephen Holt: "So I was correct with my "c Taylor b Botham" guess."

14.3

Woakes to Watson, no run, pushed down the leg side, Prior shows his diving skills as he springs to his left

14.4

Woakes to Watson, no run, back outside off stump, runs square to point

14.5

Woakes to Watson, no run, angling into Watson from just short of a length, defended towards mid-on

Three slips in place

14.6

Woakes to Watson, no run, in the channel outside off, a thud of a block from Watson into the off side

Ravi B: "This is a huge toss to win for Australia. Had England batted big on this dry pitch for 2 days with Starc and Faulkner bowling plenty, that would have given Swann enough cracks to run through the Aussie batting on days 3, 4 and 5."

End of over 15 (maiden) Australia 37/1
SR Watson    18* (34b 4x4)      CR Woakes    2-1-6-0
CJL Rogers    9* (45b 2x4)      GP Swann    2-2-0-0

15.1

Swann to Rogers, no run, on middle and off, Rogers gets well forward to defend

15.2

Swann to Rogers, no run, same again, Rogers ensuring he pushes his bat in front of his pad to try and avoid a bat-pad

15.3

Swann to Rogers, no run, slightly fuller this time, Rogers plays slightly around the delivery towards midwicket

15.4

Swann to Rogers, no run, pushed back to the bowler

Colin: "Glad England are finally going with a 5-man attack. Will be interesting to see how it works out."

15.5

Swann to Rogers, no run, a little shorter, Rogers hangs back and plays with an open face to point

15.6

Swann to Rogers, no run, this one drifts into middle and leg, tucked off the pads to square leg

End of over 16 (maiden) Australia 37/1
CJL Rogers    9* (51b 2x4)      GP Swann    3-3-0-0
SR Watson    18* (34b 4x4)      CR Woakes    2-1-6-0

16.1

Woakes to Watson, no run, he plants that left foot down the pitch and punches this one firmly to mid-on

16.2

Woakes to Watson, FOUR, 85mph, that's dispatched through the covers, was just full enough and wide enough for him to stretch forward into a meaty drive

16.3

Woakes to Watson, no run, drilled out of the middle of the bat again, this time Anderson gets around from mid-off

16.4

Woakes to Watson, FOUR, finds the outside this time, 83mph, but it's controlled by Watson, to a degree, and the ball went straight to ground and runs wide of third man

16.5

Woakes to Watson, no run, that's a good nut, outside off stump and not full enough to drive...Watson is still coming forward and the ball scoots past the edge

16.6

Woakes to Watson, FOUR, now he gets too straight, full on middle, Watson flicks it sweetly wide of Pietersen at midwicket...a productive over for him

Not as bad an over as 12 runs would suggest

End of over 17 (12 runs) Australia 49/1
SR Watson    30* (40b 7x4)      CR Woakes    3-1-18-0
CJL Rogers    9* (51b 2x4)      GP Swann    3-3-0-0

17.1

Swann to Rogers, 1 run, worked off middle into the leg side...that's the first run Swann has conceded

17.2

Swann to Watson, 1 run, over the wicket to Watson who uses his feet and clips this down to long-on

17.3

Swann to Rogers, no run, plenty of flight this time, tossed up outside off, Rogers drives without much timing to mid-off

17.4

Swann to Rogers, no run, goes back to a slightly shorter delivery and plays to point

17.5

Swann to Rogers, no run, blocked off the back foot

17.6

Swann to Rogers, no run, on off stump, perhaps just a little shorter, pushed to silly point

JP: "If England wanted an allrounder at 6 I would have went with Ben Stokes. Better bowler and better batsman." Everyone loves playing selector

End of over 18 (2 runs) Australia 51/1
CJL Rogers    10* (56b 2x4)      GP Swann    4-3-2-0
SR Watson    31* (41b 7x4)      CR Woakes    3-1-18-0

Samiuddin Khaja: "Watson into nervous 30's now.." Woakes is continuing. Down to two slips, now a man catching at short cover

18.1

Woakes to Watson, no run, back of a length outside off, 84mph, left alone

18.2

Woakes to Watson, no run, angling in a fraction from outside off, defended to mid-on

18.3

Woakes to Watson, no run, this pings off the middle of Watson's bat to mid-off

18.4

Woakes to Watson, 1 run, pulls his length back, Watson pushes it into the off side in front of point

18.5

Woakes to Rogers, no run, adjusts to the left hander, short of a length outside off, left alone, Prior takes at waist height

18.6

Woakes to Rogers, 2 runs, fuller, but on middle and leg, neatly clipped backward of square

End of over 19 (3 runs) Australia 54/1
CJL Rogers    12* (58b 2x4)      CR Woakes    4-1-21-0
SR Watson    32* (45b 7x4)      GP Swann    4-3-2-0

Will Mac: "Ah well, different Stokes for different Woakes" Oh, that's very good

19.1

Swann to Watson, no run, floated up around off stump, patted gently to the off side...does he fancy the slog-sweep?

19.2

Swann to Watson, no run, uses his feet, hammers this into the ground and it rockets back to Swann

19.3

Swann to Watson, no run, touch slower by Swann, 55mph, defended towards short leg

19.4

Swann to Watson, no run, starts to come down the pitch again, he's not to the pitch and defends

19.5

Swann to Watson, 1 run, spins into the pads, allows Watson to flick it through midwicket

19.6

Swann to Rogers, no run, back around the wicket, Rogers blocks back down the pitch

Martin S: "Woakes has better first class batting and bowling averages than Stokes. A well-deserved selection and great to see him playing for England with the red ball."

End of over 20 (1 run) Australia 55/1
CJL Rogers    12* (59b 2x4)      GP Swann    5-3-3-0
SR Watson    33* (50b 7x4)      CR Woakes    4-1-21-0

20.1

Woakes to Watson, FOUR, too short from Woakes, sits up gently and Watson pulls it in front of square

20.2

Woakes to Watson, no run, gets it fuller at off stump, defended to the covers

20.3

Woakes to Watson, no run, steps across his stumps, defends a delivery from outside off towards mid-on

20.4

Woakes to Watson, FOUR, that's glorious...a rifled straight drive which leaves Aleem Dar needing to pull off some fancy footwork. From too short to too full

20.5

Woakes to Watson, 1 run, nudged into the gap at midwicket

20.6

Woakes to Rogers, no run, outside off stump, left alone

Lots of early judgements being made on Woakes. Yes, his spell has been inconsistent. The guy is on debut

End of over 21 (9 runs) Australia 64/1
CJL Rogers    12* (60b 2x4)      CR Woakes    5-1-30-0
SR Watson    42* (55b 9x4)      GP Swann    5-3-3-0

21.1

Swann to Watson, no run, thrown up a bit wider outside off, Watson pushes to cover

21.2

Swann to Watson, SIX, now Watson takes it to Swann, he dances down the pitch and lofts him straight down the ground...mid-on had been brought up, but it wouldn't have mattered if he'd been on the rope. That was easily into the stand

Changes his line, comes round the wicket. Slip and a short leg in

21.3

Swann to Watson, no run, keeps the aggressive approach, comes down at Swann again and clips it to mid-on

21.4

Swann to Watson, no run, stays in his crease this time, stretches forward and works to midwicket

21.5

Swann to Watson, 1 run, starts quite wide of leg stump, Watson meets it down the pitch and beats midwicket with a firm flick

21.6

Swann to Rogers, no run, full on middle and off, Rogers more sedate as he blocks back to Swann

Time for Kerrigan?

End of over 22 (7 runs) Australia 71/1
CJL Rogers    12* (61b 2x4)      GP Swann    6-3-10-0
SR Watson    49* (60b 9x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    5-1-30-0

Indeed, it is time for Simon Kerrigan. For the second time this morning we'll see another first ball in Test cricket. Watson took to Kerrigan in the Lions game at the weekend

22.1

Kerrigan to Watson, 1 run, his first ball is a fraction short, Watson rocks back and cuts it through point...there's cover on the boundary. Takes Watson to a very compact half-century from 61 balls

22.2

Kerrigan to Rogers, 1 run, over the wicket, flicked past short leg

22.3

Kerrigan to Watson, FOUR, a low full toss gets hammered down the ground, Watson is flowing...he used his feet and drilled this straight

22.4

Kerrigan to Watson, no run, defended to the leg side

22.5

Kerrigan to Watson, FOUR, another boundary, this is terrific batting from Watson, as he's down the pitch again and this time flicks it through straight midwicket

22.6

Kerrigan to Watson, no run, on middle, angled into Watson, defended

A nervous start from Kerrigan. Understandable. Watson making it tough, too, with some very smart batting

End of over 23 (10 runs) Australia 81/1
SR Watson    58* (65b 11x4 1x6)      SC Kerrigan    1-0-10-0
CJL Rogers    13* (62b 2x4)      GP Swann    6-3-10-0

23.1

Swann to Rogers, no run, full and defended back to Swann

23.2

Swann to Rogers, no run, 54mph, pushed into the off side

23.3

Swann to Rogers, no run, a little short but it doesn't cost him as Rogers cuts to backward point

23.4

Swann to Rogers, no run, blocked to Bell at silly point

23.5

Swann to Rogers, no run, driven off the back foot square into the covers, again can't find a gap

23.6

Swann to Rogers, FOUR, ah, that's lovely, he just opened himself up a little and picked the gap wide of cover with a flick of the wrists in his cover drive

End of over 24 (4 runs) Australia 85/1
CJL Rogers    17* (68b 3x4)      GP Swann    7-3-14-0
SR Watson    58* (65b 11x4 1x6)      SC Kerrigan    1-0-10-0

24.1

Kerrigan to Watson, no run, lands this on a good length, Watson defends to the off side

24.2

Kerrigan to Watson, FOUR, this one, though, is very short - a long hop - and Watson has all the time in the world to rock back and pull strongly through midwicket

24.3

Kerrigan to Watson, FOUR, a calculated assault from Watson, this time he lofts him straight down the ground...it wasn't an awful delivery, just the approach from Watson

24.4

Kerrigan to Watson, 2 runs, now he drops short again, cut through the covers and only the sweeper keeps it to a couple

24.5

Kerrigan to Watson, FOUR, another short one, another pull...this is a tough welcome for Kerrigan as he gets pulled through midwicket with a hint of disdain

24.6

Kerrigan to Watson, FOUR, an over of carnage, Kerrigan just can't find his length at all, it's awfully short again and Watson has so much time...pulled through straight midwicket, not far from a six

End of over 25 (18 runs) Australia 103/1
SR Watson    76* (71b 15x4 1x6)      SC Kerrigan    2-0-28-0
CJL Rogers    17* (68b 3x4)      GP Swann    7-3-14-0

Hundred before lunch for Watson?

25.1

Swann to Rogers, no run, full on middle and off, blocked to the leg side

Not sure Cook has a choice but to take Kerrigan off

25.2

Swann to Rogers, no run, two different games at the moment, this one is blocked

25.3

Swann to Rogers, no run, tight line and length from Swann, played into the off side

JimDavis: "With Woakes - I hope at the end of the day people remember he is playing as the third seamer, which is total madness for an allrounder on debut."

25.4

Swann to Rogers, no run, very full, Rogers tries to repeat his drive in Swann's previous over but picks out cover

Comes over the wicket

25.5

Swann to Rogers, 1 run, that's a good delivery, gets it to spin across Rogers and it takes the outside edge but goes straight to ground, wide of slip

25.6

Swann to Watson, 2 runs, round the wicket, too short, clipped in front of square

End of over 26 (3 runs) Australia 106/1
SR Watson    78* (72b 15x4 1x6)      GP Swann    8-3-17-0
CJL Rogers    18* (73b 3x4)      SC Kerrigan    2-0-28-0

Alastair Cook recalls some experience. Broad back into the attack. It had to happen.

26.1

Broad to Rogers, no run, full at off stump, 83mph, driven to mid-off

26.2

Broad to Rogers, no run, defended from outside off towards the leg side

26.3

Broad to Rogers, no run, a touch shorter, Rogers shuffles across and defends towards mid-on

26.4

Broad to Rogers, no run, drives a full a delivery but can't beat mid-off...for a moment he thought there might be a single

26.5

Broad to Rogers, no run, back of a length, pushed to mid-off

26.6

Broad to Rogers, 1 no ball, Rogers punches another full delivery to mid-on

26.6

Broad to Rogers, no run, a good diving save at point by Kerrigan cuts off a strong square drive

End of over 27 (1 run) Australia 107/1
CJL Rogers    18* (80b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    6-1-14-0
SR Watson    78* (72b 15x4 1x6)      GP Swann    8-3-17-0

27.1

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

27.2

Swann to Watson, 1 run, more on leg stump, Watson flicks it backward of square

27.3

Swann to Rogers, no run, defended off a thick outside edge to backward point

27.4

Swann to Rogers, no run, played to the leg side

27.5

Swann to Rogers, no run, pushed to mid-on

Now a gully comes in catching

27.6

Swann to Rogers, no run, over the wicket, on middle and leg, tapped to the leg side

End of over 28 (1 run) Australia 108/1
CJL Rogers    18* (84b 3x4)      GP Swann    9-3-18-0
SR Watson    79* (74b 15x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    6-1-14-0

Daniel: "This may be a 5 man attack but lets be honest theres only 3 you can rely upon. I can understand picking one on debut but selecting 2 easy targets for the Aussie batsmen is just madness."

Down to one slip now...

28.1

Broad to Watson, no run, good (or tight) leave as this tails back from outside off

Sorry, I made a mistake earlier about the seven-ball over. I missed the no-ball

28.2

Broad to Watson, 1 run, gets too full on leg stump, flicked through midwicket but the deep sweeper gets around to keep them to a single

Back to two slips for Rogers

28.3

Broad to Rogers, no run, leans into a full delivery and drives to mid-off

28.4

Broad to Rogers, no run, full at off stump, Rogers getting well across his crease, played to mid-off

28.5

Broad to Rogers, 3 runs, gets too straight, on leg stump in fact, Rogers works it through midwicket and it brings up the hundred partnership. Excellent effort, from two contrasting innings

Aleem Dar having a look at the ball. Has Watson hit it out of shape? They are putting it through the rings. They are happy with it.

keith cheese: "Perfect session for Aus - score at 4 an over, lose 1 wicket, knock two bowlers out of the attack and force Eng to bowl their spinner defensively to try to get some control"

28.6

Broad to Watson, no run, worked into the leg side

And that short delay with the ball means that's the last over of the session, time for some lunch. Australia have had a super morning, especially Shane Watson who has heaped the pressure on England's two debutants. Anderson and Broad started well, Swann has been tight, but Cook has a few issues to ponder. Australia looking to pile on the runs in this first innings on a pitch that won't get any better. We'll be back in just over half an hour at 1.35pm for the afternoon session.

End of over 29 (4 runs) Australia 112/1
SR Watson    80* (77b 15x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    7-1-18-0
CJL Rogers    21* (87b 3x4)      GP Swann    9-3-18-0

Hello and welcome back for the afternoon session, can Watson continue his blistering innings? England were given the runaround in the the second hour of the morning and will need to have regrouped over luncheon. Graeme Swann to get us back underway...

29.1

Swann to Rogers, no run, floated up on to leg stump, blocked up the wicket

29.2

Swann to Rogers, no run, covered up around off stump from a length delivery

29.3

Swann to Rogers, no run, driven from off stump to point on the front foot, confident nudge

29.4

Swann to Rogers, no run, tossed up on middle, ran to mid-on

29.5

Swann to Rogers, no run, driven off the stumps into the ground to short extra-cover

29.6

Swann to Rogers, no run, floated up, Rogers forward on off stump to run it up the wicket

End of over 30 (maiden) Australia 112/1
CJL Rogers    21* (93b 3x4)      GP Swann    10-4-18-0
SR Watson    80* (77b 15x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    7-1-18-0

Stuart Broad is taking his hat off to bowl at the Vauxhall End...

30.1

Broad to Watson, no run, full ball on the stumps, blocked on the crease into midwicket

30.2

Broad to Watson, no run, full on off stump, flicked across the line to short midwicket

30.3

Broad to Watson, no run, full and wide, Watson reaches out for it and drives but doesn't time the stroke and cover is able to field

30.4

Broad to Watson, no run, full on off stump, lovely straight drive, timed gorgeously, only finds mid-on though

30.5

Broad to Watson, no run, blocked in the crease around off stump

30.6

Broad to Watson, no run, standing in the crease, pushed from a foot wide of off stump towards point

End of over 31 (maiden) Australia 112/1
SR Watson    80* (83b 15x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    8-2-18-0
CJL Rogers    21* (93b 3x4)      GP Swann    10-4-18-0

31.1

Swann to Rogers, no run, floated up on the stumps, patted back to the bowler

31.2

Swann to Rogers, no run, straighter line, goes to turn it to leg but misses out

31.3

Swann to Rogers, no run, hangs back and dabs towards point from off stump

31.4

Swann to Rogers, 1 run, more flight, driven towards point, Kerrigan fumbles and they take a single

31.5

Swann to Watson, 1 run, straight line, full length, tucked into midwicket for a single

31.6

Swann to Rogers, no run, floated up, there's a drive to short extra-cover where Cook fields

End of over 32 (2 runs) Australia 114/1
CJL Rogers    22* (98b 3x4)      GP Swann    11-4-20-0
SR Watson    81* (84b 15x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    8-2-18-0

32.1

Broad to Watson, no run, straight line, Watson goes to flick to leg, it runs off the pad and Prior is able to field and save the run

32.2

Broad to Watson, no run, forward on off stump and pressed into the covers

32.3

Broad to Watson, no run, length ball wide of off stump, left alone

32.4

Broad to Watson, no run, tighter line, forward on off stump to push into the covers

32.5

Broad to Watson, 3 runs, back foot press from just outside off, gets a thick outside edge and Swann fumbles in the gully so they get three down to third man and Broad is not impressed at all

32.6

Broad to Rogers, 1 run, sharp bouncer, great line too, and Rogers is jumping up and trying to drop it down towards square leg, would have been a chance to short leg

End of over 33 (4 runs) Australia 118/1
CJL Rogers    23* (99b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    9-2-22-0
SR Watson    84* (89b 15x4 1x6)      GP Swann    11-4-20-0

33.1

Swann to Rogers, OUT, edged and taken at first slip on the back foot, a little turn takes a thick outside edge and it's very well taken down low from Trott to his left-hand side, smart grab. Just a little bit of turn decieved Rogers who was playing tentatively from the crease, it was a similar dismissal to Durham and the sixth time in the series Rogers has fallen to Swann this series

CJL Rogers c Trott b Swann 23 (135m 100b 3x4 0x6) SR: 23.00

33.2

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, stays around to Clarke and tucks from the stumps past short leg to get off the mark

33.3

Swann to Watson, no run, also around to Watson, off stump line, blocked on the back foot

33.4

Swann to Watson, 1 run, tossed up, Watson down the wicket and clipping through midwicket for a single to the man in the deep

33.5

Swann to Clarke, no run, sliding across Clarke who leaves outside off stump

33.6

Swann to Clarke, no run, forward to block on off stump into the leg side

End of over 34 (2 runs) Australia 120/2
MJ Clarke    1* (3b)      GP Swann    12-4-22-1
SR Watson    85* (91b 15x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    9-2-22-0

England will desperately be hoping for another wicket soon, this is a dangerous pair...

34.1

Broad to Watson, 1 run, just back of a length, tucked down to long leg, they take a single and only a single, the fielder does well

Two men out on the leg side and a backward short leg...

34.2

Broad to Clarke, no run, just back in length down the leg side, Clarke flicks at it and misses

34.3

Broad to Clarke, no run, full on the stumps, forward press towards mid-on, wasn't totally sure about the footwork

34.4

Broad to Clarke, 1 no ball, bumper on the stumps, Clarke ducks

34.4

Broad to Clarke, no run, back in length on off stump, Clarke back to block towards the bowler

34.5

Broad to Clarke, no run, touch fuller, similar line, tucks it towards cover

34.6

Broad to Clarke, no run, nice bumper, Clarke has no idea where it is, fends it off awkwardly, it pops up short of the fielder and bowler running it and then very nearly spins back onto leg stump, lucky for Clarke

End of over 35 (2 runs) Australia 122/2
MJ Clarke    1* (9b)      SCJ Broad    10-2-24-0
SR Watson    86* (92b 15x4 1x6)      GP Swann    12-4-22-1

35.1

Swann to Watson, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, flicked past midwicket for a single

35.2

Swann to Clarke, no run, off stump line, driven steadily back to the bowler

35.3

Swann to Clarke, no run, more of a good length, forward and pressed back to the bowler

35.4

Swann to Clarke, no run, better stride forward this time, pressed back to the bowler again

35.5

Swann to Clarke, no run, similar good length on off stump, pressed forward on off stump again

35.6

Swann to Clarke, no run, straight line on the stumps, Clarke again well forward and defending up the wicket

End of over 36 (1 run) Australia 123/2
MJ Clarke    1* (14b)      GP Swann    13-4-23-1
SR Watson    87* (93b 15x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    10-2-24-0

Rowan: "Clarke is still traumatized from being badged by broad. The helmet might save you brain damage but still can't protect the psyche of being hit in the forehead." Good job he's off strike...

36.1

Broad to Watson, FOUR, poor delivery, overpitched outside off and nicely driven past extra cover, well timed this is

36.2

Broad to Watson, no run, forward on a fourth-stump line, pressed to cover

36.3

Broad to Watson, no run, oh sharp bumper and this has caught Watson on the helmet, or has it missed the helmet, he's down. Watson tears the lid off and is on the ground. Watson took his eye off the ball completely, turned his head and got hit on the head under the left ear, nasty. Thankfully he's back on his feet, gets a polite round of applause, and is gathering his thoughts

36.4

Broad to Watson, (no ball) 1 run, another short one but not nearly high enough, Watson able to tuck through midwicket and get safely down the other end

36.4

Broad to Clarke, no run, full and straight and pressed up back past the bowler, mid-on slides and saves the single

36.5

Broad to Clarke, 2 leg byes, short again, Clarke tickles it, no just off the pad in fact, down the leg side out of the reach from Prior

36.6

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, another short one, Clarke pulls but only a little paddle stroke, manages to steer it past forward short leg and leg gully

End of over 37 (9 runs) Australia 132/2
MJ Clarke    2* (17b)      SCJ Broad    11-2-31-0
SR Watson    92* (97b 16x4 1x6)      GP Swann    13-4-23-1

37.1

Swann to Clarke, no run, forward on off stump and pressed up the wicket

37.2

Swann to Clarke, no run, forward on middle and leg, drops it up towards mid-on

37.3

Swann to Clarke, no run, tossed up on off stump, Clarke rolls it back towards the bowler

37.4

Swann to Clarke, no run, Clarke skips down the wicket and plays back to the bowler

37.5

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, too short and steered wide of midwicket for a single

37.6

Swann to Watson, no run, tried to come down, this turns and bounces a little and takes the thigh pad up the wicket

End of over 38 (1 run) Australia 133/2
SR Watson    92* (98b 16x4 1x6)      GP Swann    14-4-24-1
MJ Clarke    3* (22b)      SCJ Broad    11-2-31-0

38.1

Broad to Clarke, 1 no ball, another good short ball, Clarke fends it off, oh, so close to short leg diving forward to his right, no ball anyway so by the by, but well bowled

Watson calls for some more treatment. Painkiller I think he's got...

38.1

Broad to Clarke, 2 runs, short again, pulled from wide of off stump, wrong line from Broad

38.2

Broad to Clarke, 1 run, short again, pulled through square leg out to the man in the deep

38.3

Broad to Watson, no run, full at the stumps, played forward and ran into midwicket

38.4

Broad to Watson, no run, full on off stump, Watson tries to drive up the wicket and gets a thick inside edge into the pad that runs into the off side

38.5

Broad to Watson, no run, full on off stump, driven firmly to mid-off

38.6

Broad to Watson, no run, short on a fourth-stump line, Watson drops his hands

End of over 39 (4 runs) Australia 137/2
SR Watson    92* (102b 16x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    12-2-35-0
MJ Clarke    6* (25b)      GP Swann    14-4-24-1

39.1

Swann to Clarke, 1 run, floated up, driven up the wicket, it spins a little in front of Swann and it slips past time and away from him for a single

39.2

Swann to Watson, no run, forward on off stump, just pushing back to the bowler

39.3

Swann to Watson, 1 run, touch fuller and flicked through midwicket

39.4

Swann to Clarke, no run, floated up on off stump, Clarke forward and blocked back to the bowler

39.5

Swann to Clarke, no run, straight line, blocked in the crease up the wicket

39.6

Swann to Clarke, no run, skip down and pushed back to the bowler again

End of over 40 (2 runs) Australia 139/2
MJ Clarke    7* (29b)      GP Swann    15-4-26-1
SR Watson    93* (104b 16x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    12-2-35-0

Change of bowling and James Anderson is replacing Broad...

40.1

Anderson to Watson, 2 runs, length ball two feet outside off, firm drive through cover, wide of the sweeper so they get two

40.2

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, full ball on the stumps, Watson goes to flick it to leg and nearly misses, getting a thick inside edge through square leg

40.3

Anderson to Clarke, no run, full and swings in a little, Clarke blocks coming only half-forward out of his crease

40.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, good length on a good off stump line too, Clarke half-forward again and tucks towards square leg off the inner half of the bat

40.5

Anderson to Clarke, no run, back of a length outside off, Clarke aims a horrible slash it it and misses, that bounced a little, the footwork was absent from the batsman

40.6

Anderson to Clarke, no run, fuller and on the stumps again, pressed forward and runs it up towards mid-on

End of over 41 (3 runs) Australia 142/2
MJ Clarke    7* (33b)      JM Anderson    7-1-17-1
SR Watson    96* (106b 16x4 1x6)      GP Swann    15-4-26-1

One hit will do for Watto...

41.1

Swann to Watson, no run, forward on off stump, pushes into the covers

41.2

Swann to Watson, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, rolled steadily through midwicket for a single

41.3

Swann to Clarke, no run, step down but just blocking up the wicket

41.4

Swann to Clarke, no run, another step down, this time driven from a straight line, finds the bowler

41.5

Swann to Clarke, no run, back on the stumps, hurried into blocking around off stump towards cover

41.6

Swann to Clarke, no run, lovely delivery, flat slider that beats the outside edge with Clarke playing forward on off stump

End of over 42 (1 run) Australia 143/2
MJ Clarke    7* (37b)      GP Swann    16-4-27-1
SR Watson    97* (108b 16x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    7-1-17-1

42.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, length just outside off, big stride in and a firm drive towards mid-off, slightly mistimed

42.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, forward just outside off stump, solid block from high on the bat

42.3

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, touch wider line and Watson able to drop this into the covers for a quick single, few words between Watto and Anderson

42.4

Anderson to Clarke, no run, just backward of a length, Clarke up on his toes to ride the bounce and drop it down on the off side

42.5

Anderson to Clarke, OUT, good length, forward press and Clarke is slow on the stroke, too slow, it comes off the pad and ricochets into the top of off stump. Anderson strikes again with a fine delivery that just shaped in slightly and beat Clarke's inside edge, it flicked the top of the bat but before they could go up for an appeal, the off stump had been pegged back

MJ Clarke b Anderson 7 (46m 39b 0x4 0x6) SR: 17.94

Anderson moves ahead of Willis. Only Botham above him now among England bowlers. They're taking drinks with the fall of the wicket, so Gnasher is coming in to take you to tea...

Thanks Alex. This has been a gripping, high-intensity period of Test cricket. Steven Smith the new batsman.

42.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, whosh...he starts with a wild drive outside off, a really lazy shot, nowhere near the pitch. Nearly an edge

End of over 43 (1 run) Australia 144/3
SPD Smith    0* (1b)      JM Anderson    8-1-18-2
SR Watson    98* (111b 16x4 1x6)      GP Swann    16-4-27-1

43.1

Swann to Watson, 1 run, tucked from off stump through midwicket...takes him to 99

Andrew: "Looks like my tactic of dropping Jimmy from my fantasy team is working! Ohhhh Jimmy, Jimmy. Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy Anderson!"

43.2

Swann to Smith, no run, stays round the wicket, floated across outside off, gets well forward and defends

43.3

Swann to Smith, no run, a little shorter so he goes back this time

Daniel: "If Watson doesn't get out Bannerman's record is in danger."

43.4

Swann to Smith, no run, uses his feet, as he likes to do, but is still in defence

Comes back over the wicket

43.5

Swann to Smith, no run, spins a touch from outside off, Smith is back and blocking

43.6

Swann to Smith, no run, pitches this one a touch wider, drawing Smith forward and defends towards cover

The key moment this afternoon will be when Cook has to recall either Woakes or Kerrigan

End of over 44 (1 run) Australia 145/3
SPD Smith    0* (6b)      GP Swann    17-4-28-1
SR Watson    99* (112b 16x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    8-1-18-2

44.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, full at off stump, bunted up to mid-on

The fielders tight trying to save the single

44.2

Anderson to Watson, 3 runs, there it is! Watson's first hundred in 25 Tests...just a hint of width, he leans forward and places it square through the off side

He takes off his helmet, raises his arms and soaks up the applause. That's a very fine innings, flowing for the most part but more battling of late. Is this the start of a new phase in Watson's career?

44.3

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

44.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, full outside off, this time Smith is more restrained and lets it pass off stump

44.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, good stride forward, played to cover

44.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 45 (3 runs) Australia 148/3
SPD Smith    0* (10b)      JM Anderson    9-1-21-2
SR Watson    102* (114b 16x4 1x6)      GP Swann    17-4-28-1

45.1

Swann to Watson, 1 run, worked off his pads through midwicket

45.2

Swann to Smith, no run, comes down the pitch, driven in the air for a little while and doesn't quite beat mid-off

45.3

Swann to Smith, no run, shorter, but some decent spin on that into Smith...defended to cover

45.4

Swann to Smith, 1 run, flicked through the on side, beats a diving short midwicket

45.5

Swann to Watson, 1 run, full delivery, flicked through square leg

45.6

Swann to Smith, no run, a smidgen quicker, 55mph, defended to midwicket

That Bannerman record that was mentioned was highest percentage of runs in a complete innings

End of over 46 (3 runs) Australia 151/3
SPD Smith    1* (14b)      GP Swann    18-4-31-1
SR Watson    104* (116b 16x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    9-1-21-2

46.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, dropped, oh what a moment! Excellent delivery, extra bounce from a good length, takes the shoulder of the bat and carries comfortably to the right of Cook

46.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, driven firmly to mid-off

46.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, gets forward and drives again, the bat skews in his hands and the ball fumbles its way to mid-on

46.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, defended from outside off to cover

46.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, tight on off stump, defended solidly to Anderson who will be ticking at the moment

46.6

Anderson to Watson, no run, played into the pitch and it bounces back to the bowler

England's bowling has been very good since lunch, but it's been the main three in operation

End of over 47 (maiden) Australia 151/3
SR Watson    104* (122b 16x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    10-2-21-2
SPD Smith    1* (14b)      GP Swann    18-4-31-1

47.1

Swann to Smith, SIX, big shot...couple of skips down the pitch and drives this high and handsome over long-of

47.2

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

47.3

Swann to Smith, no run, onto the back foot and defends

47.4

Swann to Smith, 1 run, drifting onto leg stump, tucked off the pads through short fine-leg

47.5

Swann to Watson, no run, round the wicket, Watson gets well forward

47.6

Swann to Watson, no run, leading edge, but doesn't carry to mid-off...he came down the pitch, tried to work into the leg side and the ball looped half way towards Broad

End of over 48 (7 runs) Australia 158/3
SR Watson    104* (124b 16x4 1x6)      GP Swann    19-4-38-1
SPD Smith    8* (18b 1x6)      JM Anderson    10-2-21-2

48.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, good save at gully...Smith defends with an open face, it looked like it would get through but Bell leapt to his right

48.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, good length outside off, left alone

Ian: "So assuming that no. 3 now becomes Watson's position, what happens to the Australian middle order from here? Looks good for Phil Hughes, I'd say." I'd guess we'll see a few more revolving doors

48.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, defends on the walk to cover

48.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, fuller this time, Smith drives to mid-off

Matt: "Is this the start of a new phase in Watto's career? No, it's a 100 in a dead rubber test. He should have been scoring these runs much earlier in the series." I was more thinking it's a point to build from. Of course, I could be completely wrong

48.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, played to cover from the front foot

48.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, wide outside off, the batsman isn't interested

Damian: "Probably not the best time to re-introduce the debutant bowlers with arguably Australia's best limited overs batsmen at the crease." It's a tricky call for Cook. He has to show faith in them at some point

End of over 49 (maiden) Australia 158/3
SPD Smith    8* (24b 1x6)      JM Anderson    11-3-21-2
SR Watson    104* (124b 16x4 1x6)      GP Swann    19-4-38-1

49.1

Swann to Watson, no run, flicked to midwicket where it finds the England captain

49.2

Swann to Watson, no run, blocked up the pitch

49.3

Swann to Watson, no run, at off stump, 52mph, not quite in the 'red zone'...defended

49.4

Swann to Watson, no run, outside off, Watson eager to get down the pitch but is also keeping himself together

49.5

Swann to Watson, no run, defended again to cover

49.6

Swann to Watson, FOUR, dragged down very short, Watson pulls powerfully through midwicket...Pietersen is near the boundary and just stands there, having not picked up the ball. He might not have stopped it anyway

End of over 50 (4 runs) Australia 162/3
SR Watson    108* (130b 17x4 1x6)      GP Swann    20-4-42-1
SPD Smith    8* (24b 1x6)      JM Anderson    11-3-21-2
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Match drawn
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Aug 25, 2013

Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook celebrate England's Ashes victory with fans, England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 5th day, August 25, 2013

Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook celebrate England's Ashes victory with fans

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Aug 25, 2013

Kevin Pietersen interacts with the fans, England v Australia, 5th Investec Test, The Oval, 5th day, August 25, 2013

Kevin Pietersen interacts with the fans

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