The Ashes - 5th Test

England v Australia

Match drawn

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

100.1

Woakes to Smith, FOUR, overpitched, although only fractionally, and Smith hits through the line, excellent timing and uses "Speedy" Woakes' pace to send it dancing past a diving mid-off for four

100.2

Woakes to Smith, no run, straighter line and drags it back a touch, worked to leg

100.3

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

100.4

Woakes to Smith, no run, touch short of a length, punched into the off side from the crease

"You can't dehydrate though! Maybe not today but on a sunny day." You're right, Shakib. We usually get one of those during the summer

100.5

Woakes to Smith, 1 wide, that's a lively bouncer from Woakes, more "guns for show" though, dug in so short that Smith had no chance and called wide, too

100.5

Woakes to Smith, no run, good discipline around off stump, Smith continues to defend stoically

100.6

Woakes to Smith, no run, this isn't a bad start for Woakes, who zips one past the bat again, Smith trying to force the ball off the back foot, gets a little lucky - though Prior actually dropped it, I think

End of over 101 (5 runs) Australia 334/5
SPD Smith    79* (168b 11x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    17-5-58-0
BJ Haddin    6* (19b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    24-4-81-1

Still looking grey and gloomy around the ground, not pluvial enough to take the players off, though

101.1

Broad to Haddin, 1 leg bye, back of a length, on the hips and the ball spoons up short on the leg side, Prior runs up to collect but they steal one

101.2

Broad to Smith, no run, on the stumps, doesn't get up off a length, Smith pokes to towards mid-on

101.3

Broad to Smith, no run, full and tailing in towards off stump, Smith pats it back to the bowler

101.4

Broad to Smith, no run, Smith is beaten on the inside this time, shuffling across his stumps as the ball boomed in at him off a length, hit on the thigh pad

101.5

Broad to Smith, FOUR, that's a comeback, not overly full from Broad, a touch wide and Smith absolutely clatters it through point, not much foot movement but a real flourish on that stroke

101.6

Broad to Smith, 4 leg byes, short and veering down the leg side, Smith doesn't get any bat on it but it rattles away off the pad to fine leg

End of over 102 (9 runs) Australia 343/5
SPD Smith    83* (173b 12x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    25-4-85-1
BJ Haddin    6* (20b 1x4)      CR Woakes    17-5-58-0

102.1

Woakes to Haddin, no run, Woakes induces another play and a miss, on that nagging line outside off

102.2

Woakes to Haddin, FOUR, boshed straight back down the ground, lovely on drive from Haddin to a full, straight ball, no one is chasing that

Double bubble for Haddin, there, as it seems the ball ended up in a puddle by the boundary, England trying to wring it out now...

102.3

Woakes to Haddin, no run, slightly full and a little wide, allowing Haddin to open the arms but he chops it into the ground towards cover

102.4

Woakes to Haddin, FOUR, slashed and edged high over gully, not really in any danger there, the ball in the air for a while and clearing the ring on its way down to third man

102.5

Woakes to Haddin, no run, better line, on off stump, Haddin gets back and across to defend

102.6

Woakes to Haddin, no run, stays a touch low, blocked on the back foot in front of off

"Clouds malingering? Malinger - To feign illness or other incapacity in order to avoid duty or work. Are we therefore already reduced to hoping the clouds do their duty and hold up play? Or is a cloud's duty to disperse?" Important philosophical questions, Crawford Scholes, which I'm sure plenty will be eager to answer

End of over 103 (8 runs) Australia 351/5
BJ Haddin    14* (26b 3x4)      CR Woakes    18-5-66-0
SPD Smith    83* (173b 12x4 1x6)      SCJ Broad    25-4-85-1

Haddin signals to the dressing room and Jackson Bird brings out some eye drops... "Broad must wonder what he has to do to get another wicket, despite being England's best bowler all innings. It seems drought or flood for him." Well, he'll not be getting one now, Matt, as Anderson has replaced him from the Pavilion End. Actually, I think Broad has gone off the pitch again

103.1

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, touch short, on leg stump and nudged through square

103.2

Anderson to Haddin, no run, in the channel, Haddin gets forward to a length balll

103.3

Anderson to Haddin, no run, tight line around off stump, slightly back of a length and defended from the crease

103.4

Anderson to Haddin, 1 run, angled in, towards middle and leg, turned through the on side

Ah, here comes Broad, ambling back on again

103.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, pitched up outside off, Smith gets in line and blocks to cover

103.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, fired in a little fuller and straighter, Smith is squared up a touch but pushes to mid-on safely enough

For all the near misses and eye-catching swing, England have only managed to nip out the nightwatchman... job's a good un for Australia so far. Anyway, on come the drinks and here's a refreshed Alex to take you to tea

End of over 104 (2 runs) Australia 353/5
SPD Smith    84* (176b 12x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    23-4-65-3
BJ Haddin    15* (29b 3x4)      CR Woakes    18-5-66-0

Cheers Monty, hello again. Good bowling conditions today but only once success for England so far...

104.1

Woakes to Haddin, no run, full and straight, driven handsomely down the ground, Broad slides and saves from mid-on

104.2

Woakes to Haddin, no run, slightly looser drive from a foot outside off, again full, stopped at point

104.3

Woakes to Haddin, no run, more of a length ball this time, tucked to midwicket from a straight line

104.4

Woakes to Haddin, no run, full and straight again, punched firmly back to the bowler

104.5

Woakes to Haddin, no run, even fuller, off stump line, driven off low on the bat to mid-off

104.6

Woakes to Haddin, no run, better length on off stump, defended with an awkward forward press, squeezes it into the covers

End of over 105 (maiden) Australia 353/5
BJ Haddin    15* (35b 3x4)      CR Woakes    19-6-66-0
SPD Smith    84* (176b 12x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    23-4-65-3

105.1

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, just back of a length, tucked behind square on the leg side for a single

105.2

Anderson to Haddin, no run, Haddin gives himself a little room outside off stump and goes for a square drive from a ball on a fourth-stump line, ends up a reasonably ugly hack and gets a bottom edge to point

105.3

Anderson to Haddin, no run, full down the leg side, Haddin flicks at it and Prior goes up for an appeal, nothing from Anderson, not out given but Cook tries a review. Haddin has missed it by an absolute mile, that is a truly ridiculous review and shame on Matt Prior for cajoling his captain into asking the question, a total waste. For some reason they check the lbw too even though it quite clearly hit Haddin outside the line of leg stump. A few minutes we'll never get back there

105.4

Anderson to Haddin, FOUR, leg side again, Haddin does hit this and gets it very fine to the boundary

105.5

Anderson to Haddin, no run, forward press from just outside off stump just in front of point, fielder is up quickly to save the single

105.6

Anderson to Haddin, no run, back of a length outside off, Haddin plays a wristy cut stroke and misses, not the greatest stroke

End of over 106 (5 runs) Australia 358/5
BJ Haddin    19* (40b 4x4)      JM Anderson    24-4-70-3
SPD Smith    85* (177b 12x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    19-6-66-0

Plenty of sawdust being applied to the popping crease and...and...the sun comes out!!

106.1

Woakes to Smith, no run, full and tail in a little, driven from off stump to cover

106.2

Woakes to Smith, no run, full and straight again, driven without timing back to the bowler

106.3

Woakes to Smith, no run, another full straight delivery, driven firmly to mid-off

106.4

Woakes to Smith, no run, good length ball on off stump, blocked in the crease

106.5

Woakes to Smith, no run, just back in length, similar off stump line, pushed hanging back into the covers

106.6

Woakes to Smith, no run, full on the stumps, tucked up towards midwicket

End of over 107 (maiden) Australia 358/5
SPD Smith    85* (183b 12x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    20-7-66-0
BJ Haddin    19* (40b 4x4)      JM Anderson    24-4-70-3

107.1

Anderson to Haddin, no run, good length on off stump, Haddin blocking in the crease

107.2

Anderson to Haddin, no run, tight line a foot outside off, it tails in a little as Haddin shoulders arms, good leave

107.3

Anderson to Haddin, no run, fuller length on off stump, Haddin stays in the crease again and blocks up on the leg side

107.4

Anderson to Haddin, no run, similar delivery, almost identically played

107.5

Anderson to Haddin, 1 run, full on the stumps, driven firmly towards mid-off and Broad misfields allowing them a single

107.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, full on off, Smith tries to driven with the angle and pushes towards mid-on

End of over 108 (1 run) Australia 359/5
SPD Smith    85* (184b 12x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    25-4-71-3
BJ Haddin    20* (45b 4x4)      CR Woakes    20-7-66-0

108.1

Woakes to Haddin, no run, good length on middle and off, Haddin squared up playing forward and gets a thick edge into the covers, it held its line a bit that delivery

108.2

Woakes to Haddin, 1 run, touch straight and able to tuck this down to long leg

108.3

Woakes to Smith, no run, wider on the crease, played off the back foot towards point from just outside off

108.4

Woakes to Smith, FOUR, only very slightly short of a length outside off and Smith onto it in a flash to pull hard over midwicket, times it well

108.5

Woakes to Smith, no run, fuller length on off stump, just blocked on the crease this time

108.6

Woakes to Smith, no run, fuller still on off stump, driven without timing and finds mid-off

End of over 109 (5 runs) Australia 364/5
SPD Smith    89* (188b 13x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    21-7-71-0
BJ Haddin    21* (47b 4x4)      JM Anderson    25-4-71-3

Like yesterday morning, Australia may have weathered the best bowling conditions for the loss of only one wicket, seems to have calmed down in the last four overs...

109.1

Anderson to Haddin, no run, length on off stump, defended on the back foot up the wicket

109.2

Anderson to Haddin, no run, fuller a foot outside off, Haddin gropes out at it and plays and misses by a whisker

109.3

Anderson to Haddin, 1 run, length ball, dabbed into midwicket, they take a sharp single and Trott's throw coming in from mid-on is wild so they get the single comfortably

109.4

Anderson to Smith, FOUR, back of a length outside off and nicely guided away behind point, just a careful nudge, using the pace and steers it down towards wide third man, timed it nicely

109.5

Anderson to Smith, no run, better length and Smith shoulders arms this time outside off

109.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, fuller and a touch wider, left well alone

End of over 110 (5 runs) Australia 369/5
SPD Smith    93* (191b 14x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    26-4-76-3
BJ Haddin    22* (50b 4x4)      CR Woakes    21-7-71-0

Change now and, hmm, Jonathan Trott is coming on from the Vauxhall End...

110.1

Trott to Haddin, 1 run, full length on off stump, Haddin is hurried into coming forward, tucks it into midwicket and they take a single to bring up the fifty partnership

110.2

Trott to Smith, no run, a little seam movement in and Smith gets an inside edge into the front pad playing forward on off stump

110.3

Trott to Smith, no run, much wider line and left alone

110.4

Trott to Smith, no run, good length just outside off, Smith forward and blocking to cover

110.5

Trott to Smith, no run, decent line and length again, Smith forward to block once again

110.6

Trott to Smith, no run, floaty full delivery a foot wide of off stump, driven at but only rolled to cover

End of over 111 (1 run) Australia 370/5
SPD Smith    93* (196b 14x4 1x6)      IJL Trott    1-0-1-0
BJ Haddin    23* (51b 4x4)      JM Anderson    26-4-76-3

Kapil: "Now that Haddin has survived the initial burst.. Hope he goes to play an ODI kind of innings and scores quickly. How Australia bat till close of play will dictate this game's result"

111.1

Anderson to Haddin, no run, length on off stump, Haddin hangs back in the crease and plays up the wicket

111.2

Anderson to Haddin, 3 runs, back of a length outside off, pulled, gets it in front of square, long chase for deep square leg, they run hard for three

111.3

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, pulled again, this is from a straight line and plays it straight to the man at deep square leg

111.4

Anderson to Haddin, no run, back foot push from just outside off, played to point

111.5

Anderson to Haddin, FOUR, gorgeous stroke, length ball, perhaps just a touch short, and with a touch width that allows Haddin to punch off the back foot through cover, the timing is as beautiful as the Scottish West Coast on a sunny day

111.6

Anderson to Haddin, no run, slightly tighter line and just blocked back to the bowler

End of over 112 (8 runs) Australia 378/5
BJ Haddin    30* (56b 5x4)      JM Anderson    27-4-84-3
SPD Smith    94* (197b 14x4 1x6)      IJL Trott    1-0-1-0

James: "Not sure Australia will bat till close. Clarke is an aggressive captain. He might fancy a quick dip at England before stumps." Especially as these conditions are so good to bowl in...

112.1

Trott to Smith, SIX, length ball on off stump and Smith drives him down the ground, in fact it's a great shot, up and over and all the way! Smith goes to his maiden Test hundred with an outrageous lofted drive, well played that man, ballsy way to bring it up, fair play man

112.2

Trott to Smith, no run, wider and full and left alone

112.3

Trott to Smith, no run, length two feet wide of off stump and ignored

112.4

Trott to Smith, 1 run, played forward just outside off, a little unsure in the stroke, gets a thick inside edge behind square leg

112.5

Trott to Haddin, OUT, full ball a foot outside off, Haddin tries to stay leg side of it and drags it on. No really the right ball to try to dab away off the back foot because it was too full. He didn't even try to play it like a late cut, which might have been better, thick bottom edge into the base of middle and off stumps

BJ Haddin b Trott 30 (88m 57b 5x4 0x6) SR: 52.63

112.6

Trott to Faulkner, no run, full on off stump, played forward and pushed up the wicket

End of over 113 (7 runs) Australia 385/6
JP Faulkner    0* (1b)      IJL Trott    2-0-8-1
SPD Smith    101* (201b 14x4 2x6)      JM Anderson    27-4-84-3

So will Australia sound the bugle and go for a charge now?

113.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, oh nicely bowled, seams away a little outside off and beats the bat with Smith rather hanging the bat outside off stump

113.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, fuller length on off stump, played forward on off stump and pushes into cover

113.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, oh lovely away seaming delivery again and Smith beaten once more

113.4

Anderson to Smith, no run, full ball, forward on off stump, it tails in a little, but this is blocked up the wicket

113.5

Anderson to Smith, FOUR, nice shot, gorgeously timed driven through extra cover, everything perfect about that

113.6

Anderson to Smith, no run, more of a good length and blocked up the wicket

End of over 114 (4 runs) Australia 389/6
SPD Smith    105* (207b 15x4 2x6)      JM Anderson    28-4-88-3
JP Faulkner    0* (1b)      IJL Trott    2-0-8-1

114.1

Trott to Faulkner, no run, very full and very wide, totally ignored and it kicks out of the popping crease to slip

114.2

Trott to Faulkner, 1 run, forward on off stump, dropped into the covers and they get a rather cheap single, not the best fielding, Joe Root caught napping there

114.3

Trott to Smith, 3 runs, another lovely drive from Smith, timed well through extra-cover, Root in the action again and this time does well running around from deep cover, sliding and saving four and then returning the ball to prevent them running four

114.4

Trott to Faulkner, no run, full ball a foot wide of off stump, driven without timing to cover

114.5

Trott to Faulkner, no run, too wide to induce a stroke

114.6

Trott to Faulkner, no run, tight off stump line, pushed forward and rolled towards point

End of over 115 (4 runs) Australia 393/6
JP Faulkner    1* (6b)      IJL Trott    3-0-12-1
SPD Smith    108* (208b 15x4 2x6)      JM Anderson    28-4-88-3

115.1

Anderson to Smith, no run, full two feet wide of off stump, left alone

115.2

Anderson to Smith, no run, forward on off stump, blocked off the inner half of the bat into midwicket

115.3

Anderson to Smith, no run, full ball on off stump, blocked up the wicket this time

115.4

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, loses his line and gets tucked down to long leg

115.5

Anderson to Faulkner, no run, length ball and wide of off stump, easily left

115.6

Anderson to Faulkner, no run, great length and it nips away a little, Faulkner follows it and gets beaten

End of over 116 (1 run) Australia 394/6
JP Faulkner    1* (8b)      JM Anderson    29-4-89-3
SPD Smith    109* (212b 15x4 2x6)      IJL Trott    3-0-12-1

Stuart Broad is coming on just before tea...

116.1

Broad to Smith, no run, full length wide of off stump, Smith leaves alone

116.2

Broad to Smith, no run, striving for a full length, ends up bowling a full toss on off stump, pushed to mid-on

116.3

Broad to Smith, 2 runs, full and wide of off stump, driven, gets it wide of deep point and they take two

116.4

Broad to Smith, no run, wide on the crease, angled in on a length, still wide enough to leave alone

116.5

Broad to Smith, 1 run, length ball on off stump, Smith back and dabbed into midwicket for a quick single

116.6

Broad to Faulkner, no run, full ball just outside off, Faulkner sort of plays at it and it comes off the toe of the bat to gully

4.40pm, tea Australia have enjoyed a productive session and Steve Smith has a maiden hundred, it's been their day so far, what little we've had of it. Still 36 overs left in the day though so a long evening session coming in, with play possible until 7.30pm, so rejoin Monty in 15 minutes...

End of over 117 (3 runs) Australia 397/6
JP Faulkner    1* (9b)      SCJ Broad    26-4-88-1
SPD Smith    112* (217b 15x4 2x6)      JM Anderson    29-4-89-3

Hello all, been a decent day for those of a baggy green persuasion. First Watto, now Smiffy! There are still 36 overs or so left in the day, though not sure we'll get them all...

"When was the last time Australia had two centurions in a Test match innings?" wonders Dom. Well, they did it a couple of times against South Africa last year but, I think the last time they achieved the feat in an away Test was in Colombo in 2011.

117.1

Woakes to Smith, 1 run, full and straight and punched straight back, though Woakes got a fingertip on it to take the pace off

117.2

Woakes to Faulkner, no run, good length, around off stump, Faulkner gets in line

117.3

Woakes to Faulkner, 2 runs, pitched up a little wide and this time an open bat face squirts the ball out behind point

117.4

Woakes to Faulkner, no run, drags this a little short, outside off and no stroke

117.5

Woakes to Faulkner, no run, dug in short again, weaves out of the way comfortably enough

117.6

Woakes to Faulkner, 1 run, short of a length, outside off and Faulkner reaches out, taps it into the covers and they pick up one more

End of over 118 (4 runs) Australia 401/6
JP Faulkner    4* (14b)      CR Woakes    22-7-75-0
SPD Smith    113* (218b 15x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    26-4-88-1

Broad is limbering up at the Vauxhall Road End

118.1

Broad to Faulkner, FOUR, full and wide and chipped over cover, not really in control of that but the ball cleared the jumping Root and just about had the legs to get four

118.2

Broad to Faulkner, 1 run, gets forward outside off, drops this one into the covers for another single

118.3

Broad to Smith, 1 run, looks to be a bit of intent about these two, Smith throws the hands and slices one down to third man

118.4

Broad to Faulkner, FOUR, that's not a bad shot for a debutant, saw the short ball coming and stepped away to Federer a forearm smash over cover point for another boundary

118.5

Broad to Faulkner, FOUR, Faulkner makes room again, plays an extravagant late cut from in front of the stumps, even as a length ball followed him, the ball flowing off the face of the bat down to the unguarded third man area

118.6

Broad to Faulkner, 2 runs, hacks at another length delivery on off, gets it through point and although there's a man out there for cover they scamper back for two

"Clarke standing in the balcony, I can smell a declaration." Daniel Alexander has his nose to the wind

End of over 119 (16 runs) Australia 417/6
JP Faulkner    19* (19b 3x4)      SCJ Broad    27-4-104-1
SPD Smith    114* (219b 15x4 2x6)      CR Woakes    22-7-75-0

Plenty of cover for Woakes, deep point, couple on the leg side, just one slip...

119.1

Woakes to Smith, 1 run, back of a length, tight line but Smith drops the hands and softly runs it on the off side for a single as Woakes fields

119.2

Woakes to Faulkner, FOUR, another four for Faulkner, who's brought his T20 form into the Test arena, backing away to leg again, Woakes followed him but the batsman clipped it firmly into the gap between fine leg and deep backward square

119.3

Woakes to Faulkner, OUT, goes hard again, top-edged ... and Trott takes a super catch running round from deep backward square! Chris Woakes has his first Test wicket, fellow debutant James Faulkner the victim - decent little cameo, playing for the team but got a bit cramped for room trying to hit across the line

JP Faulkner c Trott b Woakes 23 (28m 21b 4x4 0x6) SR: 109.52

The batsmen crossed, so Mitch Starc will be at the non-striker's end

119.4

Woakes to Smith, 2 runs, length ball, angled towards leg stump, worked off the pads for a couple

119.5

Woakes to Smith, no run, on the stumps, turns a length ball to midwicket this time

119.6

Woakes to Smith, 1 run, touch short, Smith pulls in front of square for a single out into the deep

"Hey commentators," says Justin, in a way that always demands attention. "Can we remind viewers that England haven't got to 400 once in four Tests. Second time Australia have been there. Eat that with your blood sausage." Good point, Justin, though I suppose I should also remind viewers that the score is 3-0 to England

End of over 120 (8 runs) Australia 425/7
SPD Smith    118* (223b 15x4 2x6)      CR Woakes    23-7-83-1
MA Starc    0* (0b)      SCJ Broad    27-4-104-1

120.1

Broad to Smith, 2 runs, good length, Smith stuck on the crease and prodding, edged short and wide of Prior and it runs away towards third man

120.2

Broad to Smith, no run, zips one through off a length outside off, decent line from Broad

120.3

Broad to Smith, no run, fired in towards off stump, Smith gets behind it and defends

120.4

Broad to Smith, 1 run, bit of width, Smith sticks his bat out into the wind and dabs a single through point

Just a slip and a gully for Starc, several men protecting against those leg-side heaves

120.5

Broad to Starc, 2 runs, and the ball does go to leg, though only because Broad dropped short at the body, glanced fine and they run hard for two

120.6

Broad to Starc, 1 run, mini bumper from Broad, swatted in the air out towards long leg but it bounces well in front of Graeme Swann coming in

Here's Sam: "I may be putting the kiss of death on England but unless this pitch deteriorates drastically or England implode (not impossible this summer) I really cant see Australia bowling England out twice and batting again themselves. Especially if any more time is lost to rain. My money is going on a draw."

End of over 121 (6 runs) Australia 431/7
MA Starc    3* (2b)      SCJ Broad    28-4-110-1
SPD Smith    121* (227b 15x4 2x6)      CR Woakes    23-7-83-1

121.1

Woakes to Starc, 2 runs, length ball pushed across the left-hander, who hail Marys across the line and gets a huge outside edge over extra cover

121.2

Woakes to Starc, FOUR, slower ball from Woakes but it goes back pretty quickly in the opposite direction, Starc picked it and thumped a half-volley through mid-on

121.3

Woakes to Starc, 1 run, shortish and tabbed into the covers

121.4

Woakes to Smith, 1 run, field is spread for Smith, he stays back and pushes a back-of-a-length ball to long-on

England ask Dharmasena to look at the ball again... He does and then tells them to get on with it

121.5

Woakes to Starc, 1 run, angled across, slightly short and steered with an open face through point for one more

121.6

Woakes to Smith, FOUR, Woakes tries to bounce Smith, it tennis-balls up in front of Smith's eyeline and he comes up with an overhand right to belabour the ball over midwicket, nearly holds up in the damp outfield but eventually trickles into the rope

End of over 122 (13 runs) Australia 444/7
SPD Smith    126* (229b 16x4 2x6)      CR Woakes    24-7-96-1
MA Starc    11* (6b 1x4)      SCJ Broad    28-4-110-1

Australia threatening to run amok here, Cook turns to his tweaker-in-chief, Graeme Swann

122.1

Swann to Starc, 2 runs, tossed up and worked into a gap at midwicket, good placement from Starc and they get back for a comfortable second

"I see scoreline in favour of Australia with some more guts and good umpiring," chirps Anshu. "Except the Lord's Test, England was nowhere near to Australia, they just need little more guts and scoreline should read 3-1 by now."

122.2

Swann to Starc, OUT, gives it a bit of air, tossed up on middle and off, and bowled him! Like Faulkner, Starc perishes in the line of duty, trying to hit Swann into Pimlico but done by the flight, it dropped under the bat, straightened and felled timber

MA Starc b Swann 13 (15m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 162.50

The Rhino Harris trundles out... Wouldn't be surprised to see Clarke declare eight or nine down

122.3

Swann to Harris, no run, continues round the wicket, tossed up and straightening, defended in front of off stump

122.4

Swann to Harris, 1 run, gets forward and tucks the ball square on the off side, Trott scurries in but the underarm to Prior won't beat Smith

122.5

Swann to Smith, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, worked through midwicket for a single

122.6

Swann to Harris, no run, sliding across towards slip, Harris pushes into the covers on the front foot but can't get the ball through

"Hey commentators, thanks for sending my thoughts to your viewers." You're very welcome, Justin... Do go on. "Please remind them that although Australia have made 400+ 2/2 times they have won the toss. England are 0/3. The sooner we get that uncontroversial DRS system in to investigate how England always win the toss in un-rain-affected games the better. Is it chewing gum or do they apply KP's special bat resin to the coin?"

End of over 123 (4 runs) Australia 448/8
RJ Harris    1* (3b)      GP Swann    31-4-75-2
SPD Smith    127* (230b 16x4 2x6)      CR Woakes    24-7-96-1

123.1

Broad to Smith, 1 run, back of a length outside off, steered through point

Slip comes in for Harris

123.2

Broad to Harris, no run, lively bouncer from Broad, the batsman ducks for cover

123.3

Broad to Harris, 1 run, drops a little short, at the man and Harris pulls pretty competently down to long leg for one

123.4

Broad to Smith, 1 run, short and over the top of the stumps again, Smith swipes across the line for a single to deep midwicket

123.5

Broad to Harris, 1 run, Broad goes round the wicket, maybe trying to tuck Harris up, the ball is a touch too leg side though and just helped round the corner to long leg

123.6

Broad to Smith, 1 run, continues round the wicket to Smith, angled across towards the slips, the batsman sits back and paddles it round the corner through square

"Saucer of milk with your sour grapes Justin?" simper Kev

End of over 124 (5 runs) Australia 453/8
SPD Smith    130* (233b 16x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    29-4-115-1
RJ Harris    3* (6b)      GP Swann    31-4-75-2

"That Watson drop has cost England this Test," says Damian. "Without his huge innings I don't think the Australian lower order would have batted with such freedom and success."

124.1

Swann to Smith, 1 run, length ball on the stumps, worked through the leg side for one

124.2

Swann to Harris, no run, tossed up on off stump, Harris drops back and attempts to cut, bottom edges on to the pitch

124.3

Swann to Harris, SIX, HUMPTY! Harris gives Swann the Rhino charge - which must be a terrifying sight - reaches the pitch and heaves the ball into the crowd at wide long-on

124.4

Swann to Harris, 1 run, slightly short and Harris punches down the ground to long-off

124.5

Swann to Smith, no run, tossed up outside leg stump and turning away from the bat, Smith misses with a flick

124.6

Swann to Smith, 1 run, on the stumps, skips forward and works one past mid-on for a single to keep the strike

End of over 125 (9 runs) Australia 462/8
SPD Smith    132* (236b 16x4 2x6)      GP Swann    32-4-84-2
RJ Harris    10* (9b 1x6)      SCJ Broad    29-4-115-1

Here's James: "@Damian: Have you been watching this series? Our lower order is better than our top order."

125.1

Broad to Smith, 1 run, good length, outside off and pushed into a gap in the covers

125.2

Broad to Harris, no run, pitched up, Harris shuffles across and drives towards mid-on

125.3

Broad to Harris, no run, steepling bouncer over the batsman, who sticks out his bum and crouches out of the way

125.4

Broad to Harris, 1 run, short and at the body, paddled round the corner to long leg again

"I am a big KP fan Justin, and I am OFFENDED." I don't know if Manish is being serious but I love a man who expresses his anger with caps lock

125.5

Broad to Smith, 1 run, continues with the back-of-a-length stuff, pulled through midwicket

125.6

Broad to Harris, 1 run, Harris follows suit and pulls meatily out to deep midwicket, straight to the man, thoguh, and just a single

"I think Kerrigan needs to get another opportunity here, might bowl well to the tail and might pick up a wicket or two with Aussies trying to get a move on. Might do a world of good to his confidence." Shane Warne suggested the same thing on Sky, Varun Rao

End of over 126 (4 runs) Australia 466/8
RJ Harris    12* (13b 1x6)      SCJ Broad    30-4-119-1
SPD Smith    134* (238b 16x4 2x6)      GP Swann    32-4-84-2

126.1

Swann to Harris, SIX, tossed up, here comes Ryano again, plants the front foot and sends the ball straight and high down the ground for another Dorothy

126.2

Swann to Harris, no run, frees the arms again and drives, straight alone the ground and fielded by Swann

126.3

Swann to Harris, 2 runs, Swann is bowling over the wicket to Harris, the ball sliding towards leg and delicately flicked fine for a couple this time

126.4

Swann to Harris, no run, flatter and angled in, Harris gets an inside edge on to his front pad trying to drive

126.5

Swann to Harris, 1 run, drops back and chops a cut shot through point

126.6

Swann to Smith, 2 runs, round the wicket, drops a little short and Smith nudges the ball into a gap towards mid-on, again there's an easy two

"I'm quite enjoying this game," chortles Kev, "it's good to see the Australians doing so well in a dead Test, much the way England did in the dark days of the 90s against the Aussies!"

End of over 127 (11 runs) Australia 477/8
SPD Smith    136* (239b 16x4 2x6)      GP Swann    33-4-95-2
RJ Harris    21* (18b 2x6)      SCJ Broad    30-4-119-1

Pippy Hughes has just trotted out with a bottle to pass on a message to Steven Smith. Don't think anyone got a slug of juice, though...

127.1

Broad to Harris, FOUR, length ball on off stump, Harris backs away and flat-bats the ball past mid-off, bit of tonk behind that and it flew to the boundary, Broad looking distinctly unimpressed

127.2

Broad to Harris, 2 runs, Harris, on his toes like Nureyev, backs away but Broad follows him, hacks across the line and gets an inside edge on to his thigh pad, past Prior but Root prevent four at fine leg

127.3

Broad to Harris, no run, back of a length, climbing vertiginously over the stumps as Harris swings hard and misses

127.4

Broad to Harris, no run, steps away again, Broad drops short and wide of off and there's another flailing swing from Harris

127.5

Broad to Harris, 2 runs, squeezes the ball through square on the leg side, two more to the total

127.6

Broad to Harris, 1 run, fuller and outside off, Harris leans back and chips the ball aerially through mid-off, down to the man on the rope

"Declare at 500 and let the bowlers have a go?" Reckon you might be right, David R.

End of over 128 (9 runs) Australia 486/8
RJ Harris    30* (24b 1x4 2x6)      SCJ Broad    31-4-128-1
SPD Smith    136* (239b 16x4 2x6)      GP Swann    33-4-95-2

James Anderson is brought back on, just a slip in for Harris. Partnership worth 40

128.1

Anderson to Harris, 1 run, fullish and again Harris drives on the up through a vacant mid-off

Here's a worried-looking Sam: "Is this a dastardly England trick to try and lull Australia into a false sense of security before next summer's series?"

128.2

Anderson to Smith, 1 wide, one for the blooper reel, as Anderson attempts a cutter that nearly ends up off the cut strip

128.2

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, pitched up outside off, Smith nearly knocks himself off his feet carving one through the covers

128.3

Anderson to Harris, 2 runs, gets forward and pushes towards long-off, the man has to come in and they pick up two

128.4

Anderson to Harris, OUT, sliced, high into the air, and Anderson claims it, sprawling forward to complete the dismissal off his own bowling! Harris got right under the ball, swinging across the line, the ball upwards, descending towards mid-off, where Anderson caught up with and caught hold of it to end a spirited bash from the No. 10

RJ Harris c & b Anderson 33 (31m 27b 1x4 2x6) SR: 122.22

Nathan Lyon does come out now, so no declaration yet. The batsmen crossed so Smith is on strike...

128.5

Anderson to Smith, 1 run, steps away and swats a single through the covers

6.05pm: And now the signal does come, Australia have declared on 492 for 9, giving England 20-odd overs to see out this evening. Again they've made good work of batting first, thanks to their two centurions, Shane Watson and Steven Smith. Take that, haters. The pitch still looks good to bat on, as the likes of Faulkner and Harris showed, but with the new ball and a bit of cloud cover, Australia will fancy their attack to knock a couple over this evening. Winter will be here to call the action in 10... Cheerio

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