The Ashes - 5th Test

England v Australia

Match drawn

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

Actually, KP started moving the wrong way. Anyway, it's a four. Now, this is a big moment. Chris Woakes is back. Early nerves settled? Two slips and a gully

50.1

Woakes to Smith, no run, goes for a yorker first up, gets it pretty much on target, dug out to midwicket

50.2

Woakes to Smith, no run, full outside off, defended to cover

prof: "@Damian & @Andrew McGlashan: Cook still has Root & KP to bowl their off spin if Woakes/Kerrigan expt doesnt come off" The seven-man bowling attack?

50.3

Woakes to Smith, no run, full and straight, clipped firmly and with a bit of a flourish to midwicket

50.4

Woakes to Smith, no run, outside off, left alone, carries at Prior's bootlaces

50.5

Woakes to Smith, no run, hint of movement as this one wobbles as Smith leaves alone

50.6

Woakes to Smith, no run, wider of the stumps, left alone...a maiden to begin his second spell

Rob: "Watson's hundred confirms that he is not a Test player - we need to scrap the BBL and get back to playing first class cricket if we want to develop a decent Test side." A Test hundred is a Test hundred...obviously more would have been good.

End of over 51 (maiden) Australia 162/3
SPD Smith    8* (30b 1x6)      CR Woakes    6-2-30-0
SR Watson    108* (130b 17x4 1x6)      GP Swann    20-4-42-1

51.1

Swann to Watson, no run, round the wicket, played off the back foot to midwicket

51.2

Swann to Watson, 2 runs, full outside leg, flicked away quite fine and deep square-leg is able to stop the second

51.3

Swann to Watson, no run, pushed slightly wider outside off, no great spin back

51.4

Swann to Watson, no run, he's forward on off stump to a straighter delivery

51.5

Swann to Watson, no run, worked out to midwicket

Phil mellor: "Not forgetting Trott's medium pace dobbers. 8 man attack?"

51.6

Swann to Watson, no run, on off stump, Watson shuffles forward then defends...Swann has been very steady

End of over 52 (2 runs) Australia 164/3
SR Watson    110* (136b 17x4 1x6)      GP Swann    21-4-44-1
SPD Smith    8* (30b 1x6)      CR Woakes    6-2-30-0

52.1

Woakes to Smith, no run, edged! But short! A healthy nick from Smith as he fiddles outside off (in familiar style) but it falls in front of Cook at first slip. Good length outside off

52.2

Woakes to Smith, no run, now a strangled appeal for lbw, Smith trapping the ball with bat and pad together but it's well outside the line

52.3

Woakes to Smith, no run, short of a length, Smith across his crease and defends

52.4

Woakes to Smith, no run, on off stump, played towards mid-on

52.5

Woakes to Smith, no run, full and outside off, left alone...a game of patience between batsman and bowler. Who will crack first?

52.6

Woakes to Smith, no run, ends a tight, and more threatening over, with a delivery on a full length outside off

End of over 53 (maiden) Australia 164/3
SPD Smith    8* (36b 1x6)      CR Woakes    7-3-30-0
SR Watson    110* (136b 17x4 1x6)      GP Swann    21-4-44-1

53.1

Swann to Watson, no run, staying round the wicket, this is quite wide outside off and Watson defends to cover

53.2

Swann to Watson, no run, straight this time, pushed back to the bowler

53.3

Swann to Watson, no run, tries to get to the pitch and turns it to midwicket

53.4

Swann to Watson, 1 run, dragged down short, Watson flicks it through square leg

53.5

Swann to Smith, no run, stride forward, pushed to cover

53.6

Swann to Smith, no run, whipped with a flick of the bottom hand, on the bounce to Cook at short midwicket

Kerrigan doing a few looseners. Maybe an over or two before tea?

End of over 54 (1 run) Australia 165/3
SPD Smith    8* (38b 1x6)      GP Swann    22-4-45-1
SR Watson    111* (140b 17x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    7-3-30-0

54.1

Woakes to Watson, 2 runs, opens the face to a ball outside off, guides it through backward point

54.2

Woakes to Watson, no run, on off stump, Watson's front-foot block gets another workout

54.3

Woakes to Watson, no run, that's the straight one that has him trouble, flicking across the line, this one comes out of the middle

54.4

Woakes to Watson, FOUR, releases some of the pressure with a wide half volley, Watson drives it effortlessly between cover and mid-off

54.5

Woakes to Watson, no run, driven again, but this one goes straighter - the ball wasn't quite so floaty - to mid-off

54.6

Woakes to Watson, no run, full outside off, pushed to cover

End of over 55 (6 runs) Australia 171/3
SR Watson    117* (146b 18x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    8-3-36-0
SPD Smith    8* (38b 1x6)      GP Swann    22-4-45-1

OK, here's a moment. Simon Kerrigan back into the attack. About 12 minutes before tea, so maybe two overs for him

55.1

Kerrigan to Smith, no run, round the wicket, full on middle, hint of turn and defended to cover

55.2

Kerrigan to Smith, 1 run, this is short, very short, but only costs him a single as it's driven off the back foot to deep cover

55.3

Kerrigan to Watson, 1 run, short again, pulled through midwicket, the deep fielder again helps Kerrigan out and keeps it to a single

55.4

Kerrigan to Smith, no run, gets this one fuller, and outside off, there's a hint of spin as it's left alone

55.5

Kerrigan to Smith, no run, that's nicely bowled, draws him forward on off stump and it runs off a thick outer half of the bat to backward point

55.6

Kerrigan to Smith, no run, angled into Smith who punches it to the off side

End of over 56 (2 runs) Australia 173/3
SPD Smith    9* (43b 1x6)      SC Kerrigan    3-0-30-0
SR Watson    118* (147b 18x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    8-3-36-0

Greg: "Are we forgetting that Bell has a Test wicket? Cook has plenty of options" Mohammad Yousuf, too...a decent wicket

56.1

Woakes to Watson, no run, on middle and off, plays a touch across the line but no movement for Woakes

Ravi B: "Oh Watto! How I wish you had scored half of these runs at Durham in the 4th innings." I'm sure that sums up much of the feeling down under

56.2

Woakes to Watson, no run, squirts off a thick inside edge to midwicket

56.3

Woakes to Watson, 2 runs, gets too far to leg stump, Watson clips it off the pads and Trott only just gets around to prevent the boundary

56.4

Woakes to Watson, no run, on off stump, played up to mid-off

56.5

Woakes to Watson, no run, driven firmly to mid-on

56.6

Woakes to Watson, no run, shorter of a length, Watson on the back foot and runs off a thick outside to gully

End of over 57 (2 runs) Australia 175/3
SR Watson    120* (153b 18x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    9-3-38-0
SPD Smith    9* (43b 1x6)      SC Kerrigan    3-0-30-0

Perhaps the last over before tea

57.1

Kerrigan to Smith, (no ball) FOUR, oh dear, that's horrid...a huge, head-high, full toss that Smith pulls out to deep midwicket

57.1

Kerrigan to Smith, 1 run, now it's dragged down short and wide outside off, cut out to deep cover...this is chastening for Kerrigan

57.2

Kerrigan to Watson, no run, gets this on a length outside off, Watson prods forward to cover

57.3

Kerrigan to Watson, 1 run, this one is made into a low full toss by Watson as he uses his feet then bunts it down to long-on

57.4

Kerrigan to Smith, 1 run, this one is full again, driven to long-off on this occasion

57.5

Kerrigan to Watson, no run, full on off stump, defended

57.6

Kerrigan to Watson, no run, defended on the back foot to cover

That's tea. A decent session for England, two key wickets, and the bowling by the main three was very impressive. Kerrigan's nerves are providing Cook with a problem, but Woakes at least managed a decent holding spell before tea. Really, though, the day is all about Shane Watson so far. A very impressive hundred and he's guiding Australia at the moment. You do sense, though, that he has carry on for a while yet. We'll be back in 15 minutes at 4.00pm for the final session.

End of over 58 (8 runs) Australia 183/3
SR Watson    121* (157b 18x4 1x6)      SC Kerrigan    4-0-38-0
SPD Smith    15* (46b 1x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    9-3-38-0

Hello again, 32 overs left in the day so we've made good time so far. Chris Woakes to get us back underway...

58.1

Woakes to Smith, no run, very full on off stump, dug out into midwicket

58.2

Woakes to Smith, 1 run, full towards off stump, playing forward, he gets a thick inside edge towards deep square leg and Smith nearly runs himself out at the non-striker's end coming back for a second run that Watson didn't fancy

58.3

Woakes to Watson, no run, full on the stumps again, dug out into midwicket again

58.4

Woakes to Watson, no run, forward on off stump, pressed back to the bowler

58.5

Woakes to Watson, 1 run, a foot outside off, eased off a length out to the sweeper on the off side

58.6

Woakes to Smith, no run, forward on off again, blocking up the wicket

End of over 59 (2 runs) Australia 185/3
SPD Smith    16* (49b 1x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    10-3-40-0
SR Watson    122* (160b 18x4 1x6)      SC Kerrigan    4-0-38-0

Graeme Swann again, done a very good job today, economical...

59.1

Swann to Watson, no run, around the wicket, forward on off stump, pressed back to the bowler

59.2

Swann to Watson, no run, covered up across the off stump

59.3

Swann to Watson, no run, a step down and just blocking on the stumps into the on side

59.4

Swann to Watson, no run, pushed a touch further across the off stump, a step down again and rolled back to the bowler

59.5

Swann to Watson, no run, flatter and straight, Watson just blocking again

59.6

Swann to Watson, 1 run, steps down once more and finally gets a ball to flick down the ground, finds long-on

End of over 60 (1 run) Australia 186/3
SR Watson    123* (166b 18x4 1x6)      GP Swann    23-4-46-1
SPD Smith    16* (49b 1x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    10-3-40-0

60.1

Woakes to Watson, no run, full on the pads, Watson goes to flick to leg and misses, the umpire has no ear for the appeal, probably sneaking leg side, England for the third time today, gather before sensibly deciding not to review, Hawk Eye has this going way down

60.2

Woakes to Watson, no run, another lbw cry, sliding down once again, this too high too, more of a length ball

60.3

Woakes to Watson, no run, length two feet wide of off stump, pressed towards mid-off

60.4

Woakes to Watson, 1 run, angled in from a good length, tucked out towards deep square leg for a simple single

60.5

Woakes to Smith, 2 runs, played half-forward on off stump, ran off an inside edge through square leg and it rolls gently into the outfield so they get a couple

60.6

Woakes to Smith, no run, identical stroke but this finds midwicket

End of over 61 (3 runs) Australia 189/3
SPD Smith    18* (51b 1x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    11-3-43-0
SR Watson    124* (170b 18x4 1x6)      GP Swann    23-4-46-1

61.1

Swann to Watson, no run, forward on the stumps, ran up the wicket

61.2

Swann to Watson, no run, touch wider line, tucked with the spin to midwicket

61.3

Swann to Watson, 1 run, fuller and Watson able to smother the delivery and tuck it through midwicket for a single

61.4

Swann to Smith, no run, down the track and pushed forward from off stump towards mid-off, Swann fields

61.5

Swann to Smith, 2 runs, more flight and Smith caught in the crease gets a thick outside edge that runs quickly wide of a diving slip

61.6

Swann to Smith, 1 run, step down, very full, dug out back to the bowler, Swann fields and then shies at the stumps, it's quite wide so Prior can only parry and they get an overthrow

End of over 62 (4 runs) Australia 193/3
SPD Smith    21* (54b 1x4 1x6)      GP Swann    24-4-50-1
SR Watson    125* (173b 18x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    11-3-43-0

Brendan: "Having watched him bowl, I wonder whether Chris Woakes is a tad pedestrian for this level. The same reason I think Australia didn't persist with Trent Copeland."

62.1

Woakes to Smith, no run, good delivery in the channel just wide of off stump, Smith, who edged a similar ball earlier on, leave here

The umpires are having a check about the shape of the ball, it has been banged about a bit today. Looks like it might be changed, out come three boxes of replacements...

62.2

Woakes to Smith, no run, full delivery well wide of off stump and left alone

62.3

Woakes to Smith, no run, angled in towards off stump, Smith forward and late in blocking

62.4

Woakes to Smith, FOUR, wide on the crease, short outside off, awful delivery, pulled through midwicket and that brings the fifty partnership up

62.5

Woakes to Smith, no run, forward just outside off stump and pushed into the covers

62.6

Woakes to Smith, no run, full and well wide of off stump, left alone

End of over 63 (4 runs) Australia 197/3
SPD Smith    25* (60b 2x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    12-3-47-0
SR Watson    125* (173b 18x4 1x6)      GP Swann    24-4-50-1

63.1

Swann to Watson, FOUR, dragged down outside off and Watson hammers it through midwicket, powerful shot, 200 up and Watson's career-best score

63.2

Swann to Watson, 1 run, touch short again, just a measured push off the back foot to deep midwicket this time

63.3

Swann to Smith, no run, now a full toss outside off stump, driven firmly and Broad dives and saves very well at mid-on

63.4

Swann to Smith, 1 run, straighter line, touch short, and tucks this through midwicket

63.5

Swann to Watson, 1 run, straight line on a full length and flicks through midwicket

63.6

Swann to Smith, no run, stepped down the pitch and blocked back to the bowler

End of over 64 (7 runs) Australia 204/3
SPD Smith    26* (63b 2x4 1x6)      GP Swann    25-4-57-1
SR Watson    131* (176b 19x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    12-3-47-0

Stuart Broad "the enforcer" (chortle) returns...

64.1

Broad to Watson, 2 runs, length just outside off, guided gently away behind point and they get a couple

64.2

Broad to Watson, no run, full ball at the off stump from wide on the crease, driven towards mid-on

64.3

Broad to Watson, 2 runs, guided away again behind point and another couple

64.4

Broad to Watson, FOUR, lovely stroke, full blade of the bat, superbly timed down the ground

64.5

Broad to Watson, no run, big stride in again, just blocking this around off stump

64.6

Broad to Watson, no run, full angled in towards off stump, pushed firmly to short midwicket

End of over 65 (8 runs) Australia 212/3
SR Watson    139* (182b 20x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    13-2-43-0
SPD Smith    26* (63b 2x4 1x6)      GP Swann    25-4-57-1

65.1

Swann to Smith, no run, flat outside off, Smith across the off stump to dab up the wicket

65.2

Swann to Smith, no run, a step down the pitch and blocked from off stump back to the bowler

65.3

Swann to Smith, 1 run, middle and leg line, Smith comes down again, flicked into midwicket

65.4

Swann to Watson, 2 runs, paddle swept off the stumps, don't want to miss that, gets it fine and deep backward square runs to his right to field

65.5

Swann to Watson, no run, off stump now and blocked back to the bowler

65.6

Swann to Watson, no run, forward on off stump again and pressing back to the bowler again

End of over 66 (3 runs) Australia 215/3
SR Watson    141* (185b 20x4 1x6)      GP Swann    26-4-60-1
SPD Smith    27* (66b 2x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    13-2-43-0

66.1

Broad to Smith, no run, full delivery on off stump, Smith forward and dabs towards midwicket

66.2

Broad to Smith, no run, very full length on the stumps, worked towards midwicket

66.3

Broad to Smith, no run, just full of a good length, defended with an angled bat from off stump into the gully

66.4

Broad to Smith, no run, fuller and a touch wider, Smith with a good stride in to block this to cover

66.5

Broad to Smith, no run, wider on the crease, angled in to off stump, blocked hanging the crease

66.6

Broad to Smith, no run, touch straighter line and tucked backward of square leg for a single

End of over 67 (maiden) Australia 215/3
SPD Smith    27* (72b 2x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    14-3-43-0
SR Watson    141* (185b 20x4 1x6)      GP Swann    26-4-60-1

67.1

Swann to Watson, no run, flat delivery from around the wicket to off stump, blocked in the crease

67.2

Swann to Watson, no run, forward stride and pushed firmly back to the bowler

67.3

Swann to Watson, 1 run, touch shorter and flicked through midwicket for a single

67.4

Swann to Smith, no run, flat delivery from off stump, pressed from off stump back up the wicket

67.5

Swann to Smith, FOUR, goes after this, coming down the wicket and lifting it over the top wide of long-on for a one bounce four

67.6

Swann to Smith, no run, skip down the pitch and rolled back to the bowler

End of over 68 (5 runs) Australia 220/3
SPD Smith    31* (75b 3x4 1x6)      GP Swann    27-4-65-1
SR Watson    142* (188b 20x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    14-3-43-0

68.1

Broad to Watson, no run, full delivery, angled in from wider on the crease to off stump and blocked back to the bowler

68.2

Broad to Watson, no run, fuller and flicked to mid-on with the angle

68.3

Broad to Watson, no run, short outside off and easily left

68.4

Broad to Watson, FOUR, back of a length and pulled well through midwicket, nice controlled stroke, timed it well

68.5

Broad to Watson, no run, angled in and Watson a touch unsure in his footwork, ends up playing from the crease and pushing towards cover with his weight hanging back

68.6

Broad to Watson, FOUR, full but loses his line and this is flicked down to fine leg, 150 for Watson, fine effort

End of over 69 (8 runs) Australia 228/3
SR Watson    150* (194b 22x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    15-3-51-0
SPD Smith    31* (75b 3x4 1x6)      GP Swann    27-4-65-1

Frank: "England seriously paying the price for dropping Watson. This partnership is putting the match firmly in Australia's hands. England look flat." Hang on to your hats, Simon Kerrigan's coming back on...

69.1

Kerrigan to Smith, no run, a horrible long hop, slapped to midwicket, thank heavens it didn't carry

69.2

Kerrigan to Smith, no run, floated up and blocked forward just outside off stump

69.3

Kerrigan to Smith, no run, and again, much better from Kerrigan

69.4

Kerrigan to Smith, 2 runs, slightly too straight and flicked around the corner for a couple

69.5

Kerrigan to Smith, no run, played forward on off stump, strikes the pad, well outside off stump for an appeal

69.6

Kerrigan to Smith, no run, skip down the track and kicked away to cover, much better from Kerrigan who needs to settle

End of over 70 (2 runs) Australia 230/3
SPD Smith    33* (81b 3x4 1x6)      SC Kerrigan    5-0-40-0
SR Watson    150* (194b 22x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    15-3-51-0

James Anderson is back...

70.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, full and down leg side, flicked at and missed

70.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, steered away off a length towards point, Smith fancied a single, Watson didn't

70.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, full on the stumps, driven off the inner half of the bat to midwicket

70.4

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, forward and guided away from off stump to point again

70.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, full length on off stump, flicked to mid-on

70.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, full just outside off, dabbed into the covers staying in the crease

End of over 71 (1 run) Australia 231/3
SPD Smith    33* (83b 3x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    12-3-22-2
SR Watson    151* (198b 22x4 1x6)      SC Kerrigan    5-0-40-0

71.1

Kerrigan to Watson, 1 run, floated up on leg stump, rolled through square leg for an easy single

71.2

Kerrigan to Smith, 1 run, just back of a length allowing a back foot drive past cover to the sweeper

71.3

Kerrigan to Watson, no run, floated up on leg stump, turned to midwicket

71.4

Kerrigan to Watson, 1 run, similar length but a touch straight so this can be moved wide of midwicket for a single into the deep

71.5

Kerrigan to Smith, no run, poor short ball wide of off stump, cut hard off a bottom edge to cover

71.6

Kerrigan to Smith, no run, tighter line and blocked forward back to the bowler

End of over 72 (3 runs) Australia 234/3
SPD Smith    34* (86b 3x4 1x6)      SC Kerrigan    6-0-43-0
SR Watson    153* (201b 22x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    12-3-22-2

72.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, full just outside off stump, played forward and ran into the covers

72.2

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, tucked into midwicket

72.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, just back of a good length a foot outside off stump, played from the crease and dabbed into the covers

72.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, touch fuller outside off, dabbed towards point from the crease

72.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, full on the stumps, driven firmly back to the bowler

72.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, full on off stump, driven pleasantly but only finds short extra cover

End of over 73 (1 run) Australia 235/3
SPD Smith    34* (90b 3x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    13-3-23-2
SR Watson    154* (203b 22x4 1x6)      SC Kerrigan    6-0-43-0

73.1

Kerrigan to Watson, no run, floated up on off stump, pushed forward back to the bowler

73.2

Kerrigan to Watson, no run, similar line, ran off an inside edge to midwicket

73.3

Kerrigan to Watson, 1 run, step down the wicket and Kerrigan overpitched, ends up being a full toss and gets slapped down the ground

73.4

Kerrigan to Smith, no run, short just outside off, cut hard and backward point saves a boundary

73.5

Kerrigan to Smith, FOUR, tossed up, Smith uses his feet well and gets to the pitch quickly, driving nicely wide of mid-on and it's well timed and away for four

73.6

Kerrigan to Smith, no run, floated up on off stump, ran back to the bowler

Almost right on schedule today, drinks being taken on the hour with 16 overs left in the day. That's my stint done, Monty is coming in to take you to the close, see thee tomorrow...

End of over 74 (5 runs) Australia 240/3
SPD Smith    38* (93b 4x4 1x6)      SC Kerrigan    7-0-48-0
SR Watson    155* (206b 22x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    13-3-23-2

Anderson continues...

Hullo there. Well, this is pleasant, isn't it? Apart from the whole Kerrigan thing... Anyway. Shane Watson continues to run on, like a massive boulder that is now heading steadily downhill towards a village, and Steven Smith is looking dainty, doughty too.

74.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, fullish length, around off stump, pushed back on the off side

74.2

Anderson to Watson, no run, touch shorter, outside off and Watson sits back dabs square

74.3

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, lovely shot from Watto, stays back and carves himself four through the gully, that was a hefty chop of the bat for four - that brings up Australia's second hundred partnership for the innings

74.4

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, straighter line, worked off the pads for a single through midwicket

74.5

Anderson to Smith, 2 runs, drops short, Smith seizes on it and rattles a pull through deep backward square for a couple

74.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, on off stump, Smith crabs across and shows it a straight bat in defence

End of over 75 (7 runs) Australia 247/3
SPD Smith    40* (95b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    14-3-30-2
SR Watson    160* (210b 23x4 1x6)      SC Kerrigan    7-0-48-0

75.1

Kerrigan to Watson, 1 run, drops short again, Watson stares the ball down the ground to long-on (okay, it was actually a pull)

75.2

Kerrigan to Smith, no run, full and on leg stump, attempts to whip the ball through leg but Root dives on it at midwicket

75.3

Kerrigan to Smith, 1 run, flighted, outside off and gets a bit of dip, Smith drives through the covers and Bell, I think, is wrong-footed and falls over

75.4

Kerrigan to Watson, 1 run, gets this up towards the blockhole but Watson isn't in any mood for niceties and bludgeons the ball flat down the ground to long-on

75.5

Kerrigan to Smith, 1 run, tossed up outside off and Smith advances, pushes through mid-off for another single

75.6

Kerrigan to Watson, 1 run, hurries through his action and drops short again, Watson flat-bats down the ground for one more

"This is highly enjoyable, in the similar kind of way that an older brother enjoys seeing his smaller, weaker, younger brother have a modicum of success before crushing his hopes yet again!" That Ashes-winning feeling is yet to get old for Stewart

End of over 76 (5 runs) Australia 252/3
SR Watson    163* (213b 23x4 1x6)      SC Kerrigan    8-0-53-0
SPD Smith    42* (98b 4x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    14-3-30-2

Swann returns in place of Anderson, with the new ball a few overs away

76.1

Swann to Watson, no run, tossed up on around off, gets forward and defends

76.2

Swann to Watson, no run, flighted, outside off, on the front foot and shows it the face of the bat

76.3

Swann to Watson, 1 run, drags his length down a touch, works the ball with the turn for a single through midwicket

76.4

Swann to Smith, no run, pushed through wide of the stumps, Smith stays back and defends

76.5

Swann to Smith, no run, leans out and defends around his front pad

76.6

Swann to Smith, 1 run, flatter and drifting towards leg stump, Smith clips another single calmly through the leg side

End of over 77 (2 runs) Australia 254/3
SPD Smith    43* (101b 4x4 1x6)      GP Swann    28-4-67-1
SR Watson    164* (216b 23x4 1x6)      SC Kerrigan    8-0-53-0

"Kerrigan got his debut 50 off 5 fewer balls than Agar. Take that Ashton!" Durham Matt is taking the positive... Here's Chris Woakes, changing ends to replace Kerrigan

77.1

Woakes to Smith, FOUR, full and outside off, Smith disdainfully smears a square drive through the infield and away for four

77.2

Woakes to Smith, no run, drops a little shorter, around the line of off, Smith stands up to block

77.3

Woakes to Smith, no run, goes across his stumps and defends

77.4

Woakes to Smith, no run, good length, in the channel and maybe shaping back a touch, Smith lunges forward with bat next to pad

77.5

Woakes to Smith, no run, overpitched, outside off and punched back firmly towards mid-off, Broad stops it

77.6

Woakes to Smith, 1 run, on the drive again and this time Smith gets one, as mid-off is unable to stop it cleanly

End of over 78 (5 runs) Australia 259/3
SPD Smith    48* (107b 5x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    13-3-52-0
SR Watson    164* (216b 23x4 1x6)      GP Swann    28-4-67-1

78.1

Swann to Smith, no run, tossed up in the channel, Smith comes forward to block

78.2

Swann to Smith, no run, flighted, outside off, gets a stride in and defends on the front foot

78.3

Swann to Smith, 1 run, skips forward and meets the ball almost on the full, driving down the ground to long-on

78.4

Swann to Watson, no run, on the stumps, Watson gets in line to defend

78.5

Swann to Watson, 1 run, gets forward and tickles a single to long-on

78.6

Swann to Smith, no run, pushed through, quite a bit of bounce, Smith plays back outside off and punches the ball to Swann along the ground

End of over 79 (2 runs) Australia 261/3
SPD Smith    49* (111b 5x4 1x6)      GP Swann    29-4-69-1
SR Watson    165* (218b 23x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    13-3-52-0

"I wonder what are the the worst figures on a debut for spinner/bowler in general?" It's our good friend Bryce McGain, I believe, Dharmendra Rana - 0 for 149

79.1

Woakes to Watson, no run, dug in a little short, drops back and steers out towards point

79.2

Woakes to Watson, no run, plants the front foot and drives on the up back towards mid-off

79.3

Woakes to Watson, no run, shaping on around off stump, gets outside off and pushes back

79.4

Woakes to Watson, no run, on the stumps and Watson covers the line

79.5

Woakes to Watson, no run, good length, on off stump, Watson defends with a high front arm

79.6

Woakes to Watson, no run, pitched very full, Watson gets a stride in and drives, the ball clipping his front boot before Woakes collects and then has a shy at the stumps

End of over 80 (maiden) Australia 261/3
SR Watson    165* (224b 23x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    14-4-52-0
SPD Smith    49* (111b 5x4 1x6)      GP Swann    29-4-69-1

80.1

Swann to Smith, no run, shouts of "catch!" as Ian Bell tumbles but can't cling on at short leg, only came off Smith's pad though

80.2

Swann to Smith, 1 run, advances, gets to the pitch and punches on past mid-on for a single that brings up another fifty for Smith

80.3

Swann to Watson, no run, tossed up, spinning in, Watson defends from the crease

80.4

Swann to Watson, 1 run, punched back past the bowler to long-on

80.5

Swann to Smith, no run, angled in on off stump, not much turn off the pitch and Smith smothers it

80.6

Swann to Smith, no run, floated up outside the line of off, skips forwards and gets in behind to block into the off side

"Is Bryce going to be on the Huddle tonight? Would actually be great to hear his perspective on having a rough debut like his and Kerrigan's." He is indeed, Prash. I'm sure he'll be able to offer some insight, as long as he hasn't long-since walled off that part of his brain

End of over 81 (2 runs) Australia 263/3
SPD Smith    50* (115b 5x4 1x6)      GP Swann    30-4-71-1
SR Watson    166* (226b 23x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    14-4-52-0

81.1

Woakes to Watson, no run, gets across his stumps to defend on off

81.2

Woakes to Watson, no run, fullish length on the stumps, defended back to the bowler

81.3

Woakes to Watson, no run, good length, around off, Watson continues to show an immaculate defence

81.4

Woakes to Watson, no run, this jags back and stays a bit low, Watson is hit on the pad trying to pull and Dharmasena raises his finger. This is a bind for Watson, with his history, but after a brief consultation with Smith he calls for the review - he is on 160, after all. And Hawk-Eye shows it would have gone over the top! Watson has succeeded with a review!

So, Chris Woakes is denied a wicket by DRS ... Everything is going right for Watto today, he should head out and buy a lottery ticket at the close

81.5

Woakes to Watson, no run, good length, tight line around off, Watson gets across to defend

81.6

Woakes to Watson, no run, another length ball, off stump line, blocked comfortably from the crease

"Watson getting a century and most impressively he got a DRS right. What is the world coming to?" chuckles Daniel

End of over 82 (maiden) Australia 263/3
SR Watson    166* (232b 23x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    15-5-52-0
SPD Smith    50* (115b 5x4 1x6)      GP Swann    30-4-71-1

England take the new ball a couple of overs late, Graeme Swann hamming it up by showing it to the crowd... James Anderson is back on from the Vauxhall Road End

82.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, length ball in the channel outside off, hint of awayswing to begin with as Smith steps out and leaves

82.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, digs this in a little short, over the top of the stumps, Smith deals with it well on the back foot

82.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, angled in and straightening its line on a length, goes across and blocks into the covers

82.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, line and length outside off, Smith comes forward to defend

82.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, drops shorter again, around off stump, Smith sits back and gets on top of the bounce

82.6

Anderson to Smith, FOUR, pulled in the air and just wide of the diving Jonathan Trott at midwicket, Anderson dug the ball in but it sat up to be spanked and Smith did just that

End of over 83 (4 runs) Australia 267/3
SPD Smith    54* (121b 6x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    15-3-34-2
SR Watson    166* (232b 23x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    15-5-52-0

It will be the blond bomber Stuart Broad from the Pavilion End

83.1

Broad to Watson, FOUR, full and a touch wide, Watson levers this over gully, bit of an airy swipe but plenty on the ball and it skips away to deep backward point for four

83.2

Broad to Watson, no run, tighter line, Watson defends a length ball around off

83.3

Broad to Watson, no run, drags his length down a touch, Watson throws the hands but can't get the shot past point

83.4

Broad to Watson, no run, in the channel, just holding its line a little and Watson steps out and shoulders arms

83.5

Broad to Watson, no run, beats the outside edge, an injudicious attempted cut from Watson and a bit of extra bounce takes it through to Prior

83.6

Broad to Watson, no run, length delivery, comes forward and pushes into the covers

End of over 84 (4 runs) Australia 271/3
SR Watson    170* (238b 24x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    16-3-55-0
SPD Smith    54* (121b 6x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    15-3-34-2

84.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, line and length in the corridor outside off stump, Smith wisely elects to leave

84.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, gets another stride in outside the line of off and lets the ball through

84.3

Anderson to Smith, FOUR, slightly overpitched by Anderson, Smith lets it come to him and then punches elegantly down the ground, beats the dive of mid-off - that's phwoar

84.4

Anderson to Smith, FOUR, half-tracker from Anderson and this is given a tap on the behind to help the ball through backward square for another boundary

84.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, pitched up on the stumps, worked to leg but can't get it through

84.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, length delivery wide of the stumps, Smith plays at it with an angled bat and bottom-edges down on to the cut strip

"One Englishman who might celebrate Kerrigan's debut figures with a few beers is Monty Panesar!" Let's hope he settles for a cup of chamomile, Ananth. After all, he's got to bat for Essex tomorrow

End of over 85 (8 runs) Australia 279/3
SPD Smith    62* (127b 8x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    16-3-42-2
SR Watson    170* (238b 24x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    16-3-55-0

85.1

Broad to Watson, no run, drops short, the batsman stays back and defends

85.2

Broad to Watson, 1 run, straighter line, Watson comes forward venomously and drives, gets an inside edge through midwicket for one

85.3

Broad to Smith, no run, good length, nibbling away from Smith in the corridor, left alone

85.4

Broad to Smith, no run, yowzer, how has Smith survived that?! Broad pitches on the ball on a length outside off and it jerked sharply back, missed the off ball by a whisker, the inside edge by an inch - and then Prior took a superb, one-handed catch diving to his left after almost being wrong-footed

85.5

Broad to Smith, FOUR, the luck of the bowler, this time Smith squeezes out an attempted yorker and he does well, as it flies low wide of the slips and down to third man

85.6

Broad to Smith, no run, good length, outside off, comes forward and blocks short on the off side

End of over 86 (5 runs) Australia 284/3
SPD Smith    66* (131b 9x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    17-3-60-0
SR Watson    171* (240b 24x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    16-3-42-2

England have toiled manfully but they'll have wanted to nip out one or two with the second new ball... Who would have thought Shane Watson would be the man to give them Amla flashbacks?

86.1

Anderson to Watson, no run, full and outside the line, Watson leans into a languid punch towards mid-off

86.2

Anderson to Watson, FOUR, edged and that'll be another four, the ball staying low and skidding past the slips down to the unprotected third man area

86.3

Anderson to Watson, no run, gets across his stumps and blocks a length ball into the off side

86.4

Anderson to Watson, no run, slightly shorter, defended into the covers

86.5

Anderson to Watson, no run, goes for the big boomer, full and straightening on middle and off, the ball swings late but Watson covers it and pushes to mid-on

86.6

Anderson to Watson, 1 run, fullish and shaping back menacingly towards the bullseye on Watson's front pad but he is in his special place right now, just a hop and a skip from a double, and works the ball nonchalantly behind square for one more

End of over 87 (5 runs) Australia 289/3
SR Watson    176* (246b 25x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    17-3-47-2
SPD Smith    66* (131b 9x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    17-3-60-0

87.1

Broad to Watson, OUT, bouncer, another fierce lifter and hooked powerfully, out towards deep backward square... where Kevin Pietersen dives to take a quite brilliant catch! Broad has winkled out Watto - although only by a few millimetres of rubber after they check on the no-ball - and a superb innings comes to an end. It's not a double but definitely a daddy and Watson can walk off plenty satisfied. He's played the short ball well but just couldn't quite keep the shot down this time

SR Watson c Pietersen b Broad 176 (339m 247b 25x4 1x6) SR: 71.25

Pietersen went roaring off in celebration after taking that catch - it was a pearler. Peter Siddle is out as nightwatchman

87.2

Broad to Siddle, no run, pitched up outside off, gets forward to feel bat on ball straight away, pushes into the covers

87.3

Broad to Siddle, no run, shaping away in the corridor, Siddle shoulders arms

87.4

Broad to Siddle, FOUR, gets a bit luck this time, the ball leaving Siddle outside off, he tries to withdraw his bat but is too late and a thick edge flies low wide of third slip

87.5

Broad to Siddle, 3 runs, on the pads, manages to squeeze the ball out through square and Pietersen lollops round to field again

87.6

Broad to Smith, no run, good length, around off stump, Smith gets in line to defend

End of over 88 (7 runs) Australia 296/4
SPD Smith    66* (132b 9x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    18-3-67-1
PM Siddle    7* (4b 1x4)      JM Anderson    17-3-47-2

Three slips and a gully in four Anderson to Siddle

88.1

Anderson to Siddle, no run, this is the inswinger, swerves back at Siddle late and he wears it on the groin

88.2

Anderson to Siddle, no run, length ball, again shaping back at the batsman, who defends

88.3

Anderson to Siddle, FOUR, full and sliding down the leg side, just a tickle of bat on it but the ball races to fine leg for four

88.4

Anderson to Siddle, no run, that's a jaffa, not an orange but a banana ball, the outswinger fired in full and curling away past Siddle's outside edge as he pushed blindly at it

88.5

Anderson to Siddle, 1 run, full length and beginning to swing away from the batsman late again, gets some bat on this and squirts one through the covers

88.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, straight, over the top of off, Smith gets across to defend

"Call me skeptical," says Bhuvan the sceptic (English spelling), "Shane Watson is doing a better impersonation of Marcus North! Just when it seemed to be his last chance. Now Watson need not worry for the next year. Or two"

End of over 89 (5 runs) Australia 301/4
SPD Smith    66* (133b 9x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    18-3-52-2
PM Siddle    12* (9b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    18-3-67-1

There's just one more over left in the day and Peter Siddle is on strike. Cook brings in Trott under the helmet at short leg

89.1

Broad to Siddle, 2 runs, pitched up in the channel outside off, Siddle leans into a push-drive through the covers, plenty of gaps for him and they pick up two

89.2

Broad to Siddle, 2 runs, more runs, as Siddle fends at a length ball, seemed to be expecting something shorter, manages to guide it away through backward point off the outside half of the bat

89.3

Broad to Siddle, no run, digs the ball in short, it sails over Siddle as he folds himself neatly in half

Four slips in now, plus short leg

89.4

Broad to Siddle, no run, fullish and slightly wide of the stumps, prodded into the off side

89.5

Broad to Siddle, 2 runs, pitched up outside off, pushed into the covers on the walk and beats the diving fielder, holds up a few yards from the rope, they settle for two

89.6

Broad to Siddle, no run, full and holding its line in the channel, Siddle steps out and leaves, ensuring his safe passage to stumps

Jerusalem is belting out, there are some dark, satanic clouds over the back of the pavilion - brightened only by the floodlights - and Steven Smith and Peter Siddle are the piggies in the middle.

2.15pm: Afternoon everyone, Alan here, Alex has gone to towel himself off. It's always annoying to lose time to rain but that spritz could make for an interesting couple of hours... Normally a bit of "weather" and some cloud cover has bowlers clicking their heels but England don't like the ball to get wet and spoil their reverse-swing plans.

"When you say, 'Restart at 2.30pm', you mean the rain, right?" That zinger courtesy of Davidr R. We hope not, Dave, though even the best of us, and Michael Fish, get it wrong occasionally.

Aha, they've taken a call and we're going to restart at 2.30pm. Hurrah!

2pm So at least now we have some activity on the ground, some of the covers have been removed but the atmosphere remains heavy and there are dark clouds around the ground. All of the umpires are out having a looking but the drizzle looks to have returned because the main covers are being wheeled into position again. So not great. It was a brief break in the weather. But we have had a peak at the wicket which looks to have sweated under the covers a little and appears a touch darker.

Better news, the umpires will inspect at 1.55pm if there is no more rain. Covers are begging to be pulled back too so much better news.

1.45pm Talking of Ed Smith, he was part of our panel of experts at the first ESPNcricinfo for Cricket summit at The Oval on Monday, celebrating 20 years of ESPNcricinfo. Indian legend Rahul Dravid gave a fine speech about the primacy of Test cricket and his themes were later discussed by the panel, also including Nasser Hussain and chaired by Mark Nicholas. It was an interesting debate and you can watch it all here.

1.30pm Still drizzling and it might stay that way until at least the top of the hour by the looks of this radar, but who knows! All we know at the moment is that we still have a bit of a wait before the cricket can begin. While you wait, have a perusal at Ed Smith's latest offering about how sports can evolve.

1.10pm Hello again, lunch is now over and eyes move back from the dinner plates to the heavens where this annoying light rain is still yet to completely disappear. So unfortunately the covers are still on and we're not set to start just yet. The groundstaff are out there, busy with their machinery to try and clear the water off the covers, of which there is plenty. The good news is the radar has this rain clearing as the day goes on but it's hanging around for longer than expected. So no play immediately but prospects are good for at least half a day's cricket. Hopefully!

12.30pm, Lunch So now it's luncheon, taken half an hour early for the rain break. I'll be back in 35 minutes where hopefully we'll be getting underway on day two. In the meantime, Steven Lynch is with us today, taking your questions over on our match companion so head over and get your queries into Steven.

Graham: "Root has got out to some good balls in this series but on a number of occasions he has either missed or edged balls because he has hung on the back foot (and leg side of the ball) to fairly full bowling. He needs to get in behind the ball better and be more positive with his feet. He is temperamentally perfect and has great talent but there are still things that Goochy needs to iron out with him." I'll drop Gooch a line...

John: "The debate on Root ignores the fact that he has got out to some pretty good deliveries this series. He hasn't thrown his wicket away going after bad balls. He's only 22 and will take some time to settle in as an opener, but in the long term he's going to be a very good Test batsman."

Martin: "Just typical! Jonny Bairstow gets released back to his county, bats eight and gets a fifty against Notts." Unfortunate timing for Notts fans but for England, good to see that Bairstow is back in the runs. I think he should play the remainder of the season for Yorkshire and get some form under his belt for the winter Ashes tour, where you think he's likely to return for Brisbane, unless Woakes does something remarkable in this Test.

12.15pm A full schedule of County Championship matches going on at the moment, with play underway in nearly all of the fixtures. Head over to our live county blog for the best rolling news and views. Get involved with our writers around the grounds.

Glenn: "I find it incredible how much stick Root is getting. He has the second highest batting average of any England batsman in this series." That is a slightly skewed figure though, take out his 180 at Lord's - during which he was badly missed early in the innings - and he has had a pretty poor series.

12pm The rain is yet to relent unfortunately, it's not too heavy but enough to have wiped out the morning session. Lunch is going to be taken at 12.30pm so hopefully things will have dried up sufficiently so we can start at 1.10pm, but we wait and see.

Steve: "Given the relative failure of the top order in this Test Series, I would still prefer to see Compton opening with Cook, and Root back at No. 6." I bet it will take Root to fail in the Ashes down under before they consider shifting him back down the order. The opener's slot has seemingly been earmarked for him since Andrew Strauss retired.

11.45am The supersopper is busy at work and it doesn't look too bad overhead but there's still some light rain in the area that is preventing the groundstaff getting the covers off which is frustrating.

11.30am Some county news this morning, with Nick Compton's future being resolved. He has signed anew deal with Somerset, settling him at Taunton for another three years. Is there still a door open to the England Test side for Compton?

Winston: "I was at the SCG in 1992 watching Warnie get thumped. He didn't bowl all that badly. Ravi was on fire on a flat track that wasn't turning much. That said, on the evidence of that day I'd never have predicted what Warnie would go on to do."

Phil: "Can't believe the great Warnie served up the same selection of pies to Ravi Shastri as Kerrigan purveyed yesterday. I saw KP dish out similar punishment to Keriigan at Guildford two years ago. I wonder whether Kerrigan has what it takes against skillful and aggressive batsmen?"

11.15am Just a thin band of rain that seems to be coming right over London at the moment, could be perhaps an hour's delay.

Kenche: "If people remember. The great Warnie suffered more painful than Kerrigan, against Ravi Shastri in his first Test match played at SCG" Indeed, hopefully Kerrigan matches Warne's career path (on the field) after that Test!

11am There is some inclement weather around this morning. It was hammering down when I walked in but thankfully it seems to have cleared and we're set to start on time. Actually it seems I've spoken too soon! The light rain in the area has arrived back at the ground, the covers are on and we're not going to start on time after all.

10.50am England struggled yesterday on a flat wicket but no-one suffered as much as Simon Kerrigan,making his debut alongside Chris Woakes in a surprise move by England to play five bowlers. Kerrigan send down a miserable mix of full-tosses and long-hops and was suitable punished. George Dobell said it was painful to watch and he wasn't far wrong.

10.40am Watson is quite an enigma. Appearing to posses the power and timing to become another Matthew Hayden but so far failing to properly deliver on that promise. Jarrod Kimber said he has appeared in several guises as an Australian player. But this persona is the one he needs to remain in.

10.30am Morning everyone, welcome to day two from The Oval where once again it's been a case of win the toss and enjoy a solid opening day. Having best use of the wicket has been crucial. Yesterday was very much Australia's day and Brydon Coverdale suggested Shane Watson's first Ashes hundred was a sign that his a frustrated talent no longer.

6.20pm: Well, we've seen some sights in this Ashes, but... Shane Watson bestrode the first day at The Oval like the comic-book hero he was once sketched out to be, making his biggest and best Test ton to steer Australia to 307 for 4 at stumps, the sort of position they needed to be in after winning the toss and choosing to bat. England's experiments, with two new caps, didn't go quite to plan but their three-man attack all chipped in; they'll hope to run through Australia's lower half like a dodgy chicken curry tomorrow. David Hopps' final report will be up on the site shortly and Alex, Gnasher and myself will be back for more Tales of the Unexpected in the morning. Ta ra

End of over 90 (6 runs) Australia 307/4
PM Siddle    18* (15b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    19-3-73-1
SPD Smith    66* (133b 9x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    18-3-52-2

90.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, slightly back of a length and outside the line of off, Smith gets across and behind the line to defend

90.2

Anderson to Smith, 2 runs, fuller, leaving the batsman a touch and steered through gully off the outside half of the bat

90.3

Anderson to Smith, FOUR, this goes to a similar part of the pitch, again awayswing for Anderson but Smith played it well, opening the face and guiding it low, wide of the slips

"Alan, we're not planning on needing reverse swing today." Famous last words, Neil Harris?

90.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, not as full this time, around the line of off, Smith shows it the face

90.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, good length and angled in towards the stumps, holding its line off the pitch and defended coming forwards

90.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, touch fuller, pitching on off stump and stoutly pushed back to the bowler

"It seems whenever Australia start playing well, it rains!" The gods are clearly angered by the very thought, James Tate

End of over 91 (6 runs) Australia 313/4
SPD Smith    72* (139b 10x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    19-3-58-2
PM Siddle    18* (15b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    19-3-73-1

Stuart Broad is marking out his run-up from Pavilion End...

91.1

Broad to Siddle, no run, touch short of a good length but there's appreciable swing for Broad, Siddle leaving it alone outside off

91.2

Broad to Siddle, no run, coo, that's a ripper! On a length, angled towards the batsman and then zipping, kicking away off the pitch, climbing past the outside edge as Siddle jerked his bat inside like a man who has inadvertently touched a hot saucepan

Prior calls for another slip in, three men there now - though not sure why there weren't to begin with

91.3

Broad to Siddle, no run, fuller and sliding towards leg, Siddle walks across and it flicks the pads, Prior does well to stop it on the scramble to his left

91.4

Broad to Siddle, no run, length delivery in the channel, gets forward and pokes into the covers

91.5

Broad to Siddle, 2 runs, straighter, bit of extra bounce off a length and Siddle scoops it wide of midwicket, picks up a couple more

91.6

Broad to Siddle, no run, another steamy outswinger from Broad, in the channel but wide enough to be left alone

"I think the rain will spice this Test match up a bit," says Gordon Ramsey Jake. "Surely Australia will need England to bat by start of play tomorrow, so we should see some entertaining cricket as they try and get up a decent score to declare with."

End of over 92 (2 runs) Australia 315/4
PM Siddle    20* (21b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    20-3-75-1
SPD Smith    72* (139b 10x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    19-3-58-2

92.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, goes for the in-ducker to start the over, starting wide of the stumps and shaping back, not far enough to trouble off stump as Smith shouldered arms

92.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, this one bends the other way, in to out, on a good length and Smith gets in line

"To be fair, if the ball starts going round corners, Australia are in a great position: runs on the board," nods James, sagely

92.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, good length in the corridor outside off, strides out and blocks into the covers

92.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, Smith has started solidly enough, despite a testing line from Anderson, gets himself behind another delivery holding its line on off

92.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, touch fuller, pushed into the covers coming forwards

92.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, angled in and shaping nicely around the line of off, Smith again prods defensively into the off side

End of over 93 (maiden) Australia 315/4
SPD Smith    72* (145b 10x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    20-4-58-2
PM Siddle    20* (21b 2x4)      SCJ Broad    20-3-75-1

Tea will be taken at 4.40pm, by the way, with a scheduled close of 7pm and 63 overs to get through

93.1

Broad to Siddle, no run, dug in slightly back of a length, Siddle wears it in the bread basket, beaten for pace attempting to pull

93.2

Broad to Siddle, no run, not quite a play and a miss, as Sids thinks about flirting with a ball leaving him but just manages to rein himself in

93.3

Broad to Siddle, no run, definitely beaten this time, another snorter from Broad, too good for a tailender, really, the ball straightening and rising viciously past the edge of the bat

93.4

Broad to Siddle, no run, this maybe stopped in the pitch a touch, the ball popping up short off the bat on the leg side

93.5

Broad to Siddle, 3 runs, in the channel, maybe a touch overpitched and threaded through a gap in the covers

93.6

Broad to Smith, 1 run, on the body, sliding down the leg side and nudged off the hips

"re James Tate - does that explain why we've had such a dry summer?" Alan wonders whether Australian weakness may have kept the sun shining

End of over 94 (4 runs) Australia 319/4
SPD Smith    73* (146b 10x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    21-3-79-1
PM Siddle    23* (26b 2x4)      JM Anderson    20-4-58-2

Broad has now trotted off the pitch, to be replaced by Jason Roy

94.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, pitched up and shaping away, Smith is nearly drawn into an injudicious prod

94.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, gets a long stride in this time and shoulders arms

94.3

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, straighter line, the ball tailing back and clipped through the leg side for a single

94.4

Anderson to Siddle, OUT, bowled him with a beaut, Anderson has Siddle again! And just as Australia's nightwatchman was approaching his highest score of the summer... The ball has been shaping nicely for Anderson, this was speared on in off, appeared to be drifting on to the pads and Siddle went to whip it to leg, too late noticed the ball curling away to clip the top of off

PM Siddle b Anderson 23 (35m 27b 2x4 0x6) SR: 85.18

In comes Brad Haddin, in his usual No. 7 slot thanks to P Siddy. Anderson has now got Siddle out ten times in Tests, six in this series!

94.5

Anderson to Haddin, no run, testing ball first up, full and holding its line on off stump, Haddin has his wits about him to keep it out

94.6

Anderson to Haddin, no run, pitched up and bending in this time, again Haddin covers his stumps

End of over 95 (1 run) Australia 320/5
BJ Haddin    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    21-4-59-3
SPD Smith    74* (149b 10x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    21-3-79-1

95.1

Broad to Smith, no run, short of a length, straightening in the channel outside off, Smith hops back and leaves

95.2

Broad to Smith, no run, good length outside off and leaving the batsman, who leaves again

95.3

Broad to Smith, no run, oof, very nearly played on, Smith dropping back and defending late, the ball bouncing down and over off stump

95.4

Broad to Smith, no run, gets forward and nudges square

95.5

Broad to Smith, no run, straighter, on leg stump and pushed to mid-on

95.6

Broad to Smith, no run, full and straight and blocked back towards the bowler from in front of the stumps

Here's Kapil: "Hope Haddin plays his natural aggressive game here.. if he tries to survive in these conditions, may not help his and his team's cause"

End of over 96 (maiden) Australia 320/5
SPD Smith    74* (155b 10x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    22-4-79-1
BJ Haddin    0* (2b)      JM Anderson    21-4-59-3

96.1

Anderson to Haddin, FOUR, too full and drifting down the leg side, Haddin gets a meaty connection on the ball and sends it racing through midwicket for a boundary

96.2

Anderson to Haddin, no run, pushed through, down the leg side, Haddin doesn't get anything on it

96.3

Anderson to Haddin, no run, edged and it bounces in front of Cook at first slip! Anderson taking the ball away from Haddin, who pushed at it, the edge went low and dropped a yard or two short

96.4

Anderson to Haddin, no run, touch short and again down the leg side, Haddin again misses with a flick

96.5

Anderson to Haddin, no run, short of a good length, outside off this time, left alone

96.6

Anderson to Haddin, no run, on the stumps and Haddin gets in line to defend, head low over the ball

End of over 97 (4 runs) Australia 324/5
BJ Haddin    4* (8b 1x4)      JM Anderson    22-4-63-3
SPD Smith    74* (155b 10x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    22-4-79-1

"Something that really irks me is how bowlers are allowed to go off the field mid-spell, but then are allowed to bowl the very next over?! Fair enough if you've just bowled 15 overs, and it's 100 degrees, but Broad's only been on the pitch for less than half an hour! As they get a drinks break after an hour, surely Broad could have waited to go to the loo until then. Perhaps his need to go the loo explains his good spells when they do happen..." Are you saying a weak bladder is preventing Stuart Broad from reaching his full potential, Oliver Jones?

97.1

Broad to Smith, no run, line and length in the corridor, Smith lets the ball through

97.2

Broad to Smith, no run, length outside off, holds its line and Smith gets bat on it, the ball skidding low towards point

97.3

Broad to Smith, 1 bye, bouncer and the ball goes soaring over Smith, who thought about pulling but would have needed a barge poll to hit that, Prior does well to fingertip it for just one

97.4

Broad to Haddin, no run, defended sharply from the crease as the ball homed in on off

97.5

Broad to Haddin, no run, Haddin gets a little squared up defending a length ball on middle and off, hopping back in exaggerated fashion to block

97.6

Broad to Haddin, 1 run, straight line and the ball doesn't deviate, allowing the batsman to nurdle one to leg

"Siddle looking like a genuine number 6 in this team," says Chris, "series average for number 6 is currently 25.13."

End of over 98 (2 runs) Australia 326/5
BJ Haddin    5* (11b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    23-4-80-1
SPD Smith    74* (158b 10x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    22-4-63-3

Early change from Cook, with Chris Woakes replacing Anderson in swinging conditions

98.1

Woakes to Haddin, no run, decent line to start off, defended in front of off stump

98.2

Woakes to Haddin, no run, good bounce and carry through to the keeper as Haddin leaves on in the channel outside off

Seems as if a few drops of rain are malingering around The Oval again... Groundsmen at the ready

98.3

Woakes to Haddin, no run, lbw appeal as Woakes beats Haddin for pace, looked to be sliding past leg stump, though, and Aleem Dar agrees

98.4

Woakes to Haddin, no run, hurries him again and this time hits Haddin right in the baby-maker! Ouch... Haddin takes a few moments to rearrange himself but is ready to continue

98.5

Woakes to Haddin, 1 run, slightly back of a length, at the body, maybe testing whether Haddin's vision might still be blurred by a tear or two, he manages to work the ball through square for one

98.6

Woakes to Smith, no run, Smith gets across his stumps to defend a length ball from the crease

Good point from Tim: "If they cut down on the drinks breaks, they would need the loo less often."

End of over 99 (1 run) Australia 327/5
SPD Smith    74* (159b 10x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    16-5-53-0
BJ Haddin    6* (16b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    23-4-80-1

99.1

Broad to Haddin, no run, thunders through and sends a fullish ball down the leg side, Haddin is a whisker away from tickling the ball through to Prior

99.2

Broad to Haddin, 1 leg bye, short and at the batsman's body, comes off the padding and rolls behind square as Haddin fends at it

99.3

Broad to Smith, no run, cor, that's a blooming marvellous ball, one Smith will just have to shrug off, he was squared up as the ball angled in and then nibbled away late, past the edge of the bat, continuing to swing on its way into Prior's gloves

99.4

Broad to Smith, no run, continues to probe around off stump, Smith gets his bat in line to defend this time

99.5

Broad to Smith, 1 run, towards leg stump, Smith works a length ball on the up behind square leg

99.6

Broad to Haddin, no run, defended from the crease in front of off stump

"Sorry, am I reading that right; Woakes beats Haddin for pace? What happened to him not being quick enough?" He's had the gun ticking at around 85-86mph in this Test, Harlequin, seems to have added the proverbial yard

End of over 100 (2 runs) Australia 329/5
BJ Haddin    6* (19b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    24-4-81-1
SPD Smith    75* (162b 10x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    16-5-53-0
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