The Ashes - 5th Test

England v Australia

Match drawn

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

Hello again, final hour and a bit coming up in the day with another 22 overs scheduled. England coming out to start their first innings, like at Old Trafford, under pressure after Australia have racked up the runs. 293 required to save the follow-on, that's the main target which, given Saturday's forecast, should secure the draw. But England will want their top order to find some confidence. Mitchell Starc to open up from the Vauxhall End...

0.1

Starc to Cook, no run, back of a length outside off, Cook dabs it towards point

0.2

Starc to Cook, 2 runs, back of a length again, pulled gently around the corner, Harris slides having run to his right at long leg and saves four

0.3

Starc to Cook, FOUR, full now but leg side and Cook tickles it for four

0.4

Starc to Cook, no run, gets it right fourth time up, length on middle and off, blocked in the crease

0.5

Starc to Cook, no run, length just outside off, Cook waits for it in the crease and angles to point

0.6

Starc to Cook, no run, length wide of off stump and left alone

End of over 1 (6 runs) England 6/0
AN Cook    6* (6b 1x4)      MA Starc    1-0-6-0
JE Root    0* (0b)     

Ryan Harris from the Pavilion End...

1.1

Harris to Root, no run, length ball on off stump, Root goes back on his off stump and pushes up the wicket

1.2

Harris to Root, no run, fuller, a foot wide of off stump, left alone

1.3

Harris to Root, no run, wider on the crease, angled in, Root covers up around off stump

1.4

Harris to Root, no run, fuller but wider of off stump, easily ignored

1.5

Harris to Root, no run, full, angled into the stumps, Root well forward and pushes up the wicket

1.6

Harris to Root, no run, full and wide of off stump, Root able to comfortably leave again

End of over 2 (maiden) England 6/0
JE Root    0* (6b)      RJ Harris    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    6* (6b 1x4)      MA Starc    1-0-6-0

If you are going to The Oval tomorrow, it will be a blue day. What? Well, it's "Cricket United" charity day - formed by The Lord's Taverners, Chance to Shine and PCA Benevolent Fund - and they want to make the ground "a sea of blue". So, if you are one of the lucky ones with a ticket dig out something to wear and join in...

2.1

Starc to Cook, no run, full and wide of off stump

2.2

Starc to Cook, 2 runs, back of a length at the body, tucked wide of long leg so they get a couple

2.3

Starc to Cook, no run, pitched up, swings away a little, Cook leaves well alone

2.4

Starc to Cook, no run, very full and probably too wide to induce a stroke but Cook gropes out at it and plays and misses, weak stroke

2.5

Starc to Cook, no run, wider and this time Cook does leave

2.6

Starc to Cook, no run, touch fuller and tighter to off stump, Cook trying to come forward, blocks to the bowler

End of over 3 (2 runs) England 8/0
AN Cook    8* (12b 1x4)      MA Starc    2-0-8-0
JE Root    0* (6b)      RJ Harris    1-1-0-0

3.1

Harris to Root, no run, full and straight, nice looking straight drive from Root but Harris makes a splendid save with his right hand

3.2

Harris to Root, no run, lovely length and it nips away and beats Root's outside edge, tasty

3.3

Harris to Root, no run, short and wide, cut firmly but on the bounce and only as far as point

3.4

Harris to Root, no run, good length two feet outside off, left alone

3.5

Harris to Root, no run, forward press just outside off stump, ran towards point

3.6

Harris to Root, no run, short outside off and pulled, but again Root can only find the field, gets this to mid-on

End of over 4 (maiden) England 8/0
JE Root    0* (12b)      RJ Harris    2-2-0-0
AN Cook    8* (12b 1x4)      MA Starc    2-0-8-0

4.1

Starc to Cook, no run, full and well down leg, Haddin dives to his right and takes it very well

4.2

Starc to Cook, no run, length ball on the stumps, tucked firmly to midwicket

4.3

Starc to Cook, no run, similar line, this time not quite as firm a push, finds the same fielder

4.4

Starc to Cook, 1 run, touch shorter and moved around the corner for a single to long leg

4.5

Starc to Root, no run, full and wide of off stump, Root watches it past him

4.6

Starc to Root, no run, fuller but again well wide of off stump and ignored

End of over 5 (1 run) England 9/0
JE Root    0* (14b)      MA Starc    3-0-9-0
AN Cook    9* (16b 1x4)      RJ Harris    2-2-0-0

5.1

Harris to Cook, no run, full and wide of off stump, Cook lets it go by

5.2

Harris to Cook, no run, same delivery, treated in the same manner

5.3

Harris to Cook, no run, again able to ignore it outside off

5.4

Harris to Cook, no run, left alone once more with a ball passing harmlessly outside off

5.5

Harris to Cook, no run, finally makes him play, Cook forward on off stump and plays with a thick outside edge to point

5.6

Harris to Cook, no run, fuller on off stump, Cook rolls it into the covers

End of over 6 (maiden) England 9/0
AN Cook    9* (22b 1x4)      RJ Harris    3-3-0-0
JE Root    0* (14b)      MA Starc    3-0-9-0

Just three overs for Starc, he wasn't great, and on comes James Faulkner on debut...

6.1

Faulkner to Root, no run, full just outside off, Root pokes at it a little without coming forward and gets a thick outside edge but it's down and short of second slip

6.2

Faulkner to Root, 3 runs, same line but back of a length so Root is able to get off the mark with a firm punch backward of point

6.3

Faulkner to Cook, no run, full on off stump, rolled up towards mid-on

6.4

Faulkner to Cook, no run, good length just outside off, Cook forward and playing off the inner half of the bat into midwicket

6.5

Faulkner to Cook, no run, full just outside off, Cook not-all-that forward and pushes gently up towards mid-off

6.6

Faulkner to Cook, no run, foot outside off, just back of a length, Cook stays in the crease and pushes into the covers

End of over 7 (3 runs) England 12/0
AN Cook    9* (26b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    1-0-3-0
JE Root    3* (16b)      RJ Harris    3-3-0-0

Double change, Harris whipped out of the attack too and on comes Peter Siddle from the Pavilion End...

7.1

Siddle to Root, no run, decent length on off stump, Root hangs back in the crease and dabs into the covers

7.2

Siddle to Root, no run, back in length outside off, great chance to cut but Root mistimes the stroke to cover

7.3

Siddle to Root, no run, full towards middle and leg, again it was a good scoring opportunity but Root's timing eludes him and he only finds midwicket

7.4

Siddle to Root, no run, wider on the crease, full length, Root forward not overly convincingly and a bit of a leading edge runs into the covers

7.5

Siddle to Root, 1 run, back of a length on a fourth-stump line, Root up on his toes to push wide of extra-cover and they get a single

7.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, leg side flick and miss

End of over 8 (1 run) England 13/0
AN Cook    9* (27b 1x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-1-0
JE Root    4* (21b)      JP Faulkner    1-0-3-0

Become a pleasant evening now in SE11, the sun has appeared and we have another 40 minutes until the close...

8.1

Faulkner to Root, no run, wide ball that Root chases and nearly gets a nick on, reached out a long way for it but didn't move his feet

8.2

Faulkner to Root, no run, pulls with a little short-arm jab, doesn't time it to mid-on, it was a little too full to try and pull from off stump

8.3

Faulkner to Root, 1 run, too straight on a length, clipped down to long leg

8.4

Faulkner to Cook, no run, yorker length just outside off, dug out back to the bowler

8.5

Faulkner to Cook, no run, drive and a miss outside off stump, full delivery that left Cook slightly off the seam, lovely delivery

8.6

Faulkner to Cook, no run, nice back foot punch from off stump but only as far as mid-off diving to his right

End of over 9 (1 run) England 14/0
AN Cook    9* (30b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    2-0-4-0
JE Root    5* (24b)      PM Siddle    1-0-1-0

9.1

Siddle to Root, no run, length ball just outside off, Root has a look and shoulders arms

9.2

Siddle to Root, FOUR, short and wide, punished, gets this right off the meat of the bat and it races to the point fence

9.3

Siddle to Root, no run, back of a length but this is much tighter to off stump, angled towards point

9.4

Siddle to Root, no run, forward just outside off stump, pushed firmly to cover point

9.5

Siddle to Root, no run, full but too wide of off stump, ignored

9.6

Siddle to Root, no run, wide on the crease, angled in on a full length to off stump, Root pushes forward and plays back to the bowler

End of over 10 (4 runs) England 18/0
JE Root    9* (30b 1x4)      PM Siddle    2-0-5-0
AN Cook    9* (30b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    2-0-4-0

Naren: "Clarke should give Steve Smith an over before close today." Maybe not Smith, but I fancy Lyon for an over or two...

10.1

Faulkner to Cook, FOUR, short at the body and pulled up and over square leg, lovely timing, poor bowling

10.2

Faulkner to Cook, no run, full length a couple feet wide of off, Cook shoulders arms

10.3

Faulkner to Cook, no run, full delivery tighter to off stump, Cook pushes gently to mid-on

10.4

Faulkner to Cook, no run, touch fuller still, at the stumps again, dug out up the wicket

10.5

Faulkner to Cook, no run, forward press just outside off playing with bat and pad together, think it was pad first but Cook was well outside the line

10.6

Faulkner to Cook, no run, tries to play this towards get off a length from off stump and got an inside edge into pad which runs to point

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 22/0
AN Cook    13* (36b 2x4)      JP Faulkner    3-0-8-0
JE Root    9* (30b 1x4)      PM Siddle    2-0-5-0

11.1

Siddle to Root, no run, full towards off stump, Root half-forward and blocks to cover

11.2

Siddle to Root, no run, length ball this time, same line, Root from the crease, angles to point

11.3

Siddle to Root, no run, forward on the stumps, hurried into the stroke and got that low on the bat back to the bowler

11.4

Siddle to Root, no run, short, first bumper of the innings I want to say, Root goes to hook above his head, poor stroke, lucky for him he missed

11.5

Siddle to Root, no run, wider on the crease again towards off stump, Root is desperately trying to get out of his crease to block into the covers

11.6

Siddle to Root, no run, forward on off stump to another excellent length ball, pressed into the covers

That's a lovely probing over from Siddle...

End of over 12 (maiden) England 22/0
JE Root    9* (36b 1x4)      PM Siddle    3-1-5-0
AN Cook    13* (36b 2x4)      JP Faulkner    3-0-8-0

Starc is giving another go...

12.1

Starc to Cook, no run, forward to a good length ball just outside off, dropped into the covers

12.2

Starc to Cook, 1 bye, length and leg side, fumbled by Haddin so they get a bye

12.3

Starc to Root, no run, full and swinging in towards off stump, Root squeezes it out into the covers

12.4

Starc to Root, no run, yorker length miles wide of off stump, it pitches in the footholds and skids along the floor to Haddin's right

12.5

Starc to Root, no run, length ball a good three feet wide of off stump, ignored

12.6

Starc to Root, 1 leg bye, little too straight and tickled down to long leg was it, nope just off the pad

End of over 13 (2 runs, maiden) England 24/0
JE Root    9* (40b 1x4)      MA Starc    4-1-9-0
AN Cook    13* (38b 2x4)      PM Siddle    3-1-5-0

13.1

Siddle to Root, no run, great length, drawing Root out of his crease, it swings away and beats the outside edge

13.2

Siddle to Root, FOUR, overpitched outside off and Root drives it for four past extra-cover, nice timing

13.3

Siddle to Root, no run, wide on the crease, angled in but too wide to get Root to play

13.4

Siddle to Root, no run, full length again but wide of off stump once again and Root able to leave again

13.5

Siddle to Root, no run, back to wide on the crease but again can't get it close enough to the off stump to bring Root into playing

13.6

Siddle to Root, no run, plays at this though and it holds it line just enough to beat the edge, lovely stuff from Siddle, manipulates the angle so well

End of over 14 (4 runs) England 28/0
JE Root    13* (46b 2x4)      PM Siddle    4-1-9-0
AN Cook    13* (38b 2x4)      MA Starc    4-1-9-0

14.1

Starc to Cook, no run, back of a length wide of the off stump, Cook shoulders arms

14.2

Starc to Cook, 1 run, full length on leg stump, clipped out to deep square leg

14.3

Starc to Root, no run, full length, swings down leg a bit, comes off the pad and Haddin dives and takes it to his left, strangled cry for a catch but only off the pad

14.4

Starc to Root, no run, length outside off stump, wide enough to leave alone

14.5

Starc to Root, no run, better delivery, good length in the channel just outside, Root covers off stump and shoulders arms

14.6

Starc to Root, no run, fuller and wide, easily left alone

End of over 15 (1 run) England 29/0
JE Root    13* (50b 2x4)      MA Starc    5-1-10-0
AN Cook    14* (40b 2x4)      PM Siddle    4-1-9-0

England have done well so far and now have their eyes firmly fixed on the close in 14 minutes time...

15.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, length ball on the off stump, Cook forward and struck on the pad below the knee roll, big cry for lbw, might have been outside the line, not out given, replays suggest a little toe edge too

15.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, blocked from the crease around off stump into the covers

15.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, back of a length on a straight line, Cook covers off stump and tucks to midwicket

15.4

Siddle to Cook, 1 run, back of a length again just outside off, been a little short this over, Cook dabs it into the covers and they get a quick single

15.5

Siddle to Root, no run, short ball wide of off stump, Root drops the hands on it

15.6

Siddle to Root, no run, fuller length, left alone outside off stump

End of over 16 (1 run) England 30/0
JE Root    13* (52b 2x4)      PM Siddle    5-1-10-0
AN Cook    15* (44b 2x4)      MA Starc    5-1-10-0

Harris comes back, maybe two overs for him left...

16.1

Harris to Cook, no run, just back of a length outside off, dabbed to point

16.2

Harris to Cook, no run, full and wide of off stump, ignored

16.3

Harris to Cook, no run, short but leg side and Cook ignores it

16.4

Harris to Cook, no run, full sliding onto the off stump, Cook forward and pushing into the covers

16.5

Harris to Cook, no run, touch wider and this time left

16.6

Harris to Cook, 2 runs, this time too straight and tucked into midwicket for a quick single

End of over 17 (2 runs) England 32/0
AN Cook    17* (50b 2x4)      RJ Harris    4-3-2-0
JE Root    13* (52b 2x4)      PM Siddle    5-1-10-0

17.1

Siddle to Root, no run, wide on the crease, angled in to off stump on a very full length, Root forward pressing into the covers

17.2

Siddle to Root, no run, wide on the crease but too wide a line and Root leaves easily

17.3

Siddle to Root, no run, full a foot outside off, Root though about having a drive at this and dabbled at it slightly before withdrawing the bat in time

Umpires gathering about the light and they're going off, probably only three balls out from the close. Michael Clarke isn't happy but he isn't missing out on too much cricket here. So that will be end of play for today with England surviving nicely through to the close, a good effort from Joe Root and Alastair Cook. But they will have plenty of batting to do tomorrow because Australia racked up a large total, today through Steve Smith, who made his maiden Test hundred, it was an attractive innings and pushed Australia along at a good lick after rain had reduced the day. He's put his side in a good position and now it will be down to the bowlers tomorrow, see you then...

Players: check. Sunshine: check. Annoying, jingoistic singing: check. We're ready to go again...

10.55am: "How can they make up time at the end of the day if they go off for bad light?" Now that's a good question, James.

Meanwhile, I think Bob has started early: "Well in this topsy turvy series (despite the one-sided scoreline) what price KP and Bell claiming double centuries at a run a ball to take England a hundred runs ahead and then Kerrigan to claim 8 for 25 in a last over victory..." Quite a long price, I think.

10.50am: Did you wake up this morning, pour the milk on your Cheerios, then suddenly wonder: What's next for England? Well, George Dobell beat you to it and he may have an answer or two. Brydon Coverdale, meanwhile, thinks Steven Smith has earned himself an extra slice of toast this morning (and Australia's No. 5 spot).

10.45am: If you're heading to The Oval today (and you'd better get a move on if you are) or you just like to get in the swing of things from your office chair/couch/park bench, then it's worth mentioning that today is Cricket United day, with everyone encouraged to wear something blue in support of the charity, which aims to improve the lives of disadvantaged, disabled, young and old people through cricket. Donating them money might also help (though you do look good in blue).

Here's Jordan: "I think this question needs to be answered, why are we not starting a half hour early to make up lost time?" Well, Jordan, answer I will. Tests never start early in England (I know not why) but they will make the time up at the end of the day - and tomorrow, and Sunday, weather permitting.

Neil is our man near the ground, with good news for Aussie quicks: "Feels quite humid in south London this morning. Reckon it will swing a bit early on."

10.35am: A look at the pitch suggests that it hasn't deteriorated much, still expected to be on the slow side and it was fairly placid when England batted last night; it will be interesting to see if Nathan Lyon can get anything out of it today.

"Alan, I suspect that we might just be looking at things differently if England come to the party today and close the day on 350-4." They've made a habit of arriving fashionably late in this series, Mark Kidger, and it hasn't done them much harm. But today would be a good day for punctuality.

Roger is whistling an Eric Idle tune: "Rather than be despondent I'm quite pleased that Watson and Smith have cemented their places in the Aussie batting line up for the winter - because their technique clearly isn't good enough and we'll be able to expose that even more over there. False sense of security methinks!"

And Johnny (England?) is also in confident mood: "England 10-1 to win this? That's a good outside bet in my view, there's a lot of cricket left in this game and I think the Aussies remain fragile. What odds for Kerrigan scoring the winning runs - it could happen."

10.30am: In the last ten years, the only team to have beaten Australia after they made more than 400 in the first innings has been India; for England, perhaps, Headingley 2001 is the inspiration, though should things get that far along, Michael Clarke might not be quite so generous with the declaration. To give this strange series a more respectable scoreline, Clarke and his team just need to do what they did at Old Trafford, but harder, faster, better, stronger. And keep their fingers crossed about the weather tomorrow. And it has been a strange series, as our editor Sambit Bal muses...

10.20am: Good morning, cricket fans. The sun is shining in sarf Lahndan and we are looking hotter than Darren Lehmann and Stuart Broad sitting in a sauna together for another riveting day of all-action Ashes antics. England will resume their innings on 32 without loss and an initial target of 293 to avoid the follow on after Steven Smith skipped, punched and crumped his way to a maiden Test hundred on Thursday. In recent times, The Oval has thrown up plenty of drama when Australia arrive, from Tufnell's Test to KP 158 and Warnie dropping the urn; with the series won by England and the bar seven limited-overs fixtures calling, will their be a bit of last-Test laxity? Or will they be boringly predictable and bat all day on a good pitch? I'm Alan Gardner and I'll be joined by Alex Winter and Andrew McGlashan to tell you how it goes.

17.4

Siddle to Root, no run, slightly back of a length from Siddle, over the top of off, Root shows it the face in defence

17.5

Siddle to Root, no run, touch short again, wider this time and left alone as it zips through to Haddin

17.6

Siddle to Root, no run, pitched up a tad further, on a length and holding its line in the channel as Root steps forward and leaves

We have a scheduled 98.3 overs today... So that's eight extra, if we get them in

End of over 18 (maiden) England 32/0
JE Root    13* (58b 2x4)      PM Siddle    6-2-10-0
AN Cook    17* (50b 2x4)      RJ Harris    4-3-2-0

Ryan Harris has the ball from the Vauxhall Road End

18.1

Harris to Cook, no run, length, shaping back in on middle and leg, Cook tucks it to the man at midwicket

18.2

Harris to Cook, no run, fullish, drifting on to the pads and again worked to the man on the edge of the square

18.3

Harris to Cook, 1 run, leg-stump half-volley and Cook picks up his first run of the morning off his pad - that takes him to 1500 Test runs against Australia

18.4

Harris to Root, no run, short of a length and fired down the leg side, Haddin thinks there might have been a tickle of bat on it but no one else does

18.5

Harris to Root, 1 no ball, wide of the stumps and moving away as Root leaves - he'd overstepped, though

18.5

Harris to Root, FOUR, goes straighter, at the stumps and hoping for some late swing to flummox Root but the ball doesn't cooperate and he neatly clips the ball off his toes through midwicket for four

18.6

Harris to Root, no run, lets another length ball pass through harmlessly outside off

End of over 19 (6 runs) England 38/0
JE Root    17* (62b 3x4)      RJ Harris    5-3-8-0
AN Cook    18* (53b 2x4)      PM Siddle    6-2-10-0

Here's Pangloss Glenn: "I agree Bob; England will bump the ball around for the next 6 sessions compiling 650 in the process. Australia skittled for 180 to seal a 4-0 historic victory."

19.1

Siddle to Cook, 1 leg bye, too leg side from Siddle, like Harris in the previous over and Cook gets one off his pads behind square

19.2

Siddle to Root, no run, touch short and in the corridor, steered square of the wicket

19.3

Siddle to Root, no run, nice shape on the ball, there's movement out there, as sweaty Neil suggested, though the delivery is wide enough for Root to ignore

19.4

Siddle to Root, no run, dug in, sharp and straight, defended from the crease

19.5

Siddle to Root, no run, that is a ripper from Siddle, swinging in and then out with a seductive beauty, if anything it went too much and Root managed to hold his bat inside at the last

19.6

Siddle to Root, no run, length, poked into the off side

"What's Cook and Root's highest partnership this series?" It's 47, Hoppo, nothing to write home to your mam about

End of over 20 (1 run, maiden) England 39/0
JE Root    17* (67b 3x4)      PM Siddle    7-3-10-0
AN Cook    18* (54b 2x4)      RJ Harris    5-3-8-0

20.1

Harris to Cook, no run, length ball in the channel outside off, holds its line as Cook shoulders arms

20.2

Harris to Cook, FOUR, full and wide, looking to tempt Cook into something harebrained but he gets his weight over the ball and keeps a rapier square drive down and away for four

20.3

Harris to Cook, no run, better length, outside off stump and left alone

20.4

Harris to Cook, no run, tighter, around off and Cook's bat scissors down a touch, comes off the outer half of the bat towards gully

20.5

Harris to Cook, no run, driving on the up, Cook watches it under his nose and punches to extra cover

20.6

Harris to Cook, no run, leg-stump line, nudged towards midwikcet

"Glenn: We need to get your fantasy to a logical conclusion," chirrups Vikram. "After scoring 650 and skittling Aus for 180, Eng wil need to score 23 for victory and they will collapse to 18 All Out."

End of over 21 (4 runs) England 43/0
AN Cook    22* (60b 3x4)      RJ Harris    6-3-12-0
JE Root    17* (67b 3x4)      PM Siddle    7-3-10-0

21.1

Siddle to Root, no run, good nut from Siddle, full and straightening late enough to square Root up as he tried to flick to leg, gets a low leading edge square on the off side

21.2

Siddle to Root, no run, opens the face and steers a length ball towards the cordon, Smith pounces on it and gets a pat on the back for preventing a potential boundary

21.3

Siddle to Root, no run, drops a little shorter, Root stays back and defends on a line with off stump

21.4

Siddle to Root, no run, again drops back and blocks square on the off side

21.5

Siddle to Root, no run, goodish length, outside off, Root steps across and pushes towards backward point

21.6

Siddle to Root, FOUR, ooh, by ecky thump, that were a lovely shot... We've only seen glimpses of Root's talent this series (all right, quite a long glimpse at Lord's) but that was picture perfect, leaning out to caress a cover drive to the fence - wasn't a bad ball from Siddle

"Can anyone explain why Tests always have to start at 11am in England?,They start earlier elsewhere don't they? How many overs were lost yesterday, 40-odd?" The English don't like their routine to be upset, Paul. Plus, it's probably something about the advertised start time and people already having made plans for how to get to the ground

End of over 22 (4 runs) England 47/0
JE Root    21* (73b 4x4)      PM Siddle    8-3-14-0
AN Cook    22* (60b 3x4)      RJ Harris    6-3-12-0

22.1

Harris to Cook, no run, on the pads, clipped towards the man at midwicket

22.2

Harris to Cook, no run, steps out and pushes a length ball into the covers

22.3

Harris to Cook, no run, gets across to defend a length ball on off stump, it rolls back past Harris but extra cover comes scampering in to prevent them stealing one

22.4

Harris to Cook, 1 run, first bumper of the morning, gets up a bit bigger than Cook expected but he managed to control a hook in the air out towards deep backward square

22.5

Harris to Root, no run, length delivery, holding its line and defended on the stumps

22.6

Harris to Root, 1 run, fuller and slides down the leg side, flicked to deep backward square for one more

This is now Cook and Root's best opening stand together...

End of over 23 (2 runs) England 49/0
JE Root    22* (75b 4x4)      RJ Harris    7-3-14-0
AN Cook    23* (64b 3x4)      PM Siddle    8-3-14-0

23.1

Siddle to Root, no run, slightly short and outside off, gets in line to defend

"When was the last time England amanged to score 600+ in an innings?" Against India at Edgbaston, I think, Andy?

23.2

Siddle to Root, no run, slides down the leg side, Root misses with an attempted glance

23.3

Siddle to Root, 1 run, dropped short on the off side and they hustle one, a direct hit at the striker's end would have been interesting but that's the first fifty opening partnership between Cook and Root

23.4

Siddle to Cook, 3 wides, big booming away swinger, this goes miles, Haddin can't grab it on the leap but there's good work done to stop it reaching the rope

23.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, left alone in the channel outside off

23.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, line and length, Cook is comfortable enough defending outside his off stump

23.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, leans out to push a length ball into the covers

"The 11am start is due to the cheap train fares available after 10am," suggests skeeter

End of over 24 (4 runs) England 53/0
AN Cook    23* (67b 3x4)      PM Siddle    9-3-18-0
JE Root    23* (78b 4x4)      RJ Harris    7-3-14-0

First change of the morning, Mitchell Starc and his bag of swingers into the mix

24.1

Starc to Root, 2 runs, slides the ball across Root, slightly full and guided through the covers for a couple, despite the man out there

24.2

Starc to Root, no run, pushed across, tighter and not a driveable length, Root offers no stroke

24.3

Starc to Root, no run, down the leg side this time, not much chance for the batsman to get anything on that

24.4

Starc to Root, no run, and he'll not be hitting this delivery either, not without a broom handle, as a length ball veers away towards first slip

Mitch II looking more like Mitch I again... Clarke jogs over to give him a pat on the bum and a word in the ear

24.5

Starc to Root, 1 no ball, straighter and defended from the crease... but this time he had overstepped

24.5

Starc to Root, no run, short and wide but Root misses out with an attempted slash, the ball bobbling into the ground towards point

24.6

Starc to Root, no run, that's a better line, full, quick and swinging late to hit Root on the pad, would have missed leg, though

"@Paul - it's also the length of the days," says James Kirk. "In England, even in August, you can start a test at 11 and normally play through till after 7.30. In most other countries, apart from NZ, daylight hours even in summer are shorter - you can't play at 7pm without lights in Brisbane or Mumbai, for example."

End of over 25 (3 runs) England 56/0
JE Root    25* (85b 4x4)      MA Starc    6-1-13-0
AN Cook    23* (67b 3x4)      PM Siddle    9-3-18-0

25.1

Siddle to Cook, no run, angled across, teasing length, do you go back or forward, Cook is a little sluggish but gets the bat down in time to block

25.2

Siddle to Cook, no run, tight line on off stump, Cook gets behind it

25.3

Siddle to Cook, no run, fuller and in the slot, Cook doesn't time the drive and it skims to cover

25.4

Siddle to Cook, no run, slightly short of a length, a foot outside off, left alone

"England scored 600+ twice in the last Ashes series in Oz - Adelaide in Dec 2010 and Sydney in Jan 2011, then they scored 710 against India at Edgbaston in summer 2011." Al comes over all nostalgic (and helpful, too)

25.5

Siddle to Cook, no run, pitched up and punched towards mid-off

There's a short extra cover in now, giving Cook another thing to think about when coming forward

25.6

Siddle to Cook, no run, immaculate line and length from Siddle and Cook shows it an honest forward defensive - splendid stuff

"Cheap train fares? Cheaper at that time, yes, but cheap? No." Karl sounds like a man on the verge of composing a polemic about the ruination of public services in modern Britain

End of over 26 (maiden) England 56/0
AN Cook    23* (73b 3x4)      PM Siddle    10-4-18-0
JE Root    25* (85b 4x4)      MA Starc    6-1-13-0

26.1

Starc to Root, no run, pushed across in the channel outside off stump, shapes back a little, Root leaves it well alone

26.2

Starc to Root, 2 runs, touch short, nudged off the hips behind square, the man in the deep has to jog in and Root scurries back like Jerry evading Tom to get two

26.3

Starc to Root, no run, length ball, stays back and pokes towards point

26.4

Starc to Root, no run, me oh my, that's not come out right, Starc unleashes a full toss which Root only manages to bunt to point on the bounce

26.5

Starc to Root, no run, full length, gets it to pitch this time, left alone outside off

26.6

Starc to Root, no run, full again, around off and Root is half forward to drive, plays the ball into his toe and it rolls back down the track

Here's Jeremy: "Starts before 11 am also have a dramatic effect on conditions - there is much more dampness (morning dew, etc) around and the ball just moves too much and is not a fair contest. 11 am makes the most sense. As said before - we also have longer evenings..."

End of over 27 (2 runs) England 58/0
JE Root    27* (91b 4x4)      MA Starc    7-1-15-0
AN Cook    23* (73b 3x4)      PM Siddle    10-4-18-0

Clarke shuffles his pack again, Harris changing ends to replace Siddle

27.1

Harris to Cook, no run, good length and a teasing line in the channel outside off, Cook lets it through

27.2

Harris to Cook, no run, attacking the stumps a little more this time, defended into the off side

27.3

Harris to Cook, no run, touch shorter, pitching in line with the stumps and punched into the ground on the back foot, Smith fields at extra cover

27.4

Harris to Cook, no run, goes for the inswinging yorker, there's only gently movement, though, and Cook pushes to mid-on

27.5

Harris to Cook, 1 run, close, Harris nearly pulls a rabbit out of his baggy green again, Cook getting a leading edge in front of square on the off side trying to tuck to leg, Warner then misfields after giving chase

27.6

Harris to Root, no run, oof, that's not far from being the breakthrough either, as Root defends a little loosely and an inside edge bounces down, between his legs and then over the stumps

"For all the talk of Aussie batting line up, England actually to score 351 in this innings to have scored more runs in the series..." Indeed, John, it's been a curious series, not unlike the 2009 Ashes. England's average per wicket this time is about 32, only a run or so better than Australia's - though that may improve with this innings

End of over 28 (1 run) England 59/0
JE Root    27* (92b 4x4)      RJ Harris    8-3-15-0
AN Cook    24* (78b 3x4)      MA Starc    7-1-15-0

28.1

Starc to Cook, 1 run, good pace from Starc, up towards 90mph but drifting towards the pads, tickled round the corner

28.2

Starc to Root, FOUR, angled across, bit of away shape and still at a good lick, Root gets the outer half of the bat on it but plays it well, keeping the edge down and it skips through the slips for a boundary

28.3

Starc to Root, no run, fullish, outside off and maybe whispering back a little as Root attempts to drive and gets an inside edge on to his front pad

28.4

Starc to Root, no run, good length, swerving away in the channel, not stroke

Starc's working up a head of steam now, found a little bit of a groove. Root grins like a schoolboy after a bit of chat

28.5

Starc to Root, no run, gets back and across to defend into the off side

28.6

Starc to Root, no run, banged hard into the deck, the ball shooting across high towards first slip as Root pulls out of a pull shot

"Re. Andy's question: 'When was the last time England amanged to score 600+ in an innings?' Surely our inability to reach 400 at the moment is more pressing than the inability to score 600?" Good point well made, Stev

End of over 29 (5 runs) England 64/0
JE Root    31* (97b 5x4)      MA Starc    8-1-20-0
AN Cook    25* (79b 3x4)      RJ Harris    8-3-15-0

29.1

Harris to Cook, no run, touch short and worked to midwicket

29.2

Harris to Cook, no run, hello, Cook is again hit on the front pad falling to the off side, Dharmasena shakes his head... and after a bit of debate, Australia decide to review. Only question is whether it pitched outside leg, as Cook was bang in front, ball would probably have hit middle and leg stump halfway up - but Hawk-Eye confirms it landed half a ball outside leg

29.3

Harris to Cook, no run, fullish and on middle and leg again, pushed towards mid-on this time

29.4

Harris to Cook, no run, hit on the pad again, Harris working Cook hard, thigh pad this time, I think, the ball a bit short on leg stump

29.5

Harris to Cook, no run, and once more, Cook's heart must be setting up home in his mouth, a length ball shaping back and thumping into the pad above the knee roll in front of off - high, but only just

29.6

Harris to Cook, no run, pushed across a bit wider, Cook is grateful to leave

End of over 30 (maiden) England 64/0
AN Cook    25* (85b 3x4)      RJ Harris    9-4-15-0
JE Root    31* (97b 5x4)      MA Starc    8-1-20-0

"Statistics and damned lies," mutters Mark H, darkly. "Let us not forget England didn't really have a 4th innings in the third Test. That skews any so-called analysis based merely on the total runs."

30.1

Starc to Root, no run, stays back and taps a shortish ball towards point

30.2

Starc to Root, no run, woof, beaten, that's a terrific ball, tight line and just leaving Root enough to draw him into a false push

30.3

Starc to Root, no run, gets a step out and holds his bat inside the line this time

30.4

Starc to Root, FOUR, attacks the stumps this time, looking for the full inswinger on to the pads, but the ball comes nicely on to the bat and Root pings it through midwicket for four more

30.5

Starc to Root, no run, Starc is up in the 90s consistently now, Root gets behind it to block on the back foot

"Wasn't a good review that. Impact and height were both questionable. Australia desperate now... Bring Lyon on, he would strike I say." Kapil has had enough of the fast stuff

30.6

Starc to Root, no run, brisk, whippy length ball down the leg side, scrapes pad on its way through as Haddin starts to go up again, no bat on it though

The end of a feisty over brings us to the drinks break. Something with an umbrella in, please!

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 68/0
JE Root    35* (103b 6x4)      MA Starc    9-1-24-0
AN Cook    25* (85b 3x4)      RJ Harris    9-4-15-0

No Lyon heat, though Harris is a pretty mean cat (on the pitch - off it he seems a gent) and he continues

31.1

Harris to Cook, no run, pushed across the left-hander, Cook blocks on the front foot

31.2

Harris to Cook, no run, gets forward and again defends towards mid-off

31.3

Harris to Cook, OUT, sliding across, Cook nicks off again and is gone! The umpires check for the no-ball but Harris was fine - Ryano, Australia's chief Thundercat, has roared through to remove England's captain for the third time in the series, again he was playing at a ball he could well have left, not really a drive, just a push and he's again caught between the devil of falling over straight ones and the deep blue sea of uncertainty outside off. Game on?

AN Cook c †Haddin b Harris 25 (138m 88b 3x4 0x6) SR: 28.40

Harris, in conjunction with the drinks break, strikes and Australia will feel a lift. Brad Haddin moves closer to the record for catches in an Ashes series, too... Here's Jonathan Trott

31.4

Harris to Trott, no run, good length, around off to start with, Trott gets in line

31.5

Harris to Trott, no run, again on a testing line, the ball coming back in and only an inch or two away from off stump as Trott shoulders arms

31.6

Harris to Trott, no run, crikey Charlie, that's not far off, either, Trott nearly knocked off his feet trying to flick a full straight ball to leg, hit on the front pad but he's saved by a sliver of bat

End of over 32 (wicket maiden) England 68/1
IJL Trott    0* (3b)      RJ Harris    10-5-15-1
JE Root    35* (103b 6x4)      MA Starc    9-1-24-0

32.1

Starc to Root, no run, left alone as the ball leaves him outside off stump

32.2

Starc to Root, no run, back of a length, played from the crease towards point, can't get it through

32.3

Starc to Root, no run, drops back and again steers the ball on the bounce to the man at point

32.4

Starc to Root, FOUR, opens the face, bit of luck about this but Root picks up four, driving away from his body and a thick, low edge fizzes between the slips and gully

32.5

Starc to Root, no run, angled across, slightly back of a length, left alone

32.6

Starc to Root, 1 run, gets forward and dabs a length ball in front of square, doesn't go straight to the fielder and they steal one

End of over 33 (5 runs) England 73/1
JE Root    40* (109b 7x4)      MA Starc    10-1-29-0
IJL Trott    0* (3b)      RJ Harris    10-5-15-1

"How does Cook's dismissal signify 'game on?' Cook hasn't been that great with the bat this series. Now if Aus get KP or Bell out cheaply, then it would be game on." Am I not allowed a bit of artistic licence, Sean?

33.1

Harris to Root, no run, line and length, tapped into the off side

33.2

Harris to Root, no run, full and speared on leg stump, Root falls over towards off and is hit on the pad, muted shout but would have been heading down

33.3

Harris to Root, no run, stays back to defend around off stump

33.4

Harris to Root, 1 run, dug in short, Root takes it on and although he doesn't find the meat of the bat, he keeps the hook down for a single to deep square leg

Two short midwickets in for Trott, plus a leg slip

33.5

Harris to Trott, no run, full and straight, firmly clipped in familiar Trott fashion but it's well stopped by one of the doormen at midwicket

33.6

Harris to Trott, no run, oof, Trott gets in an awful tangle there, a short ball surprising him and he fists it awkwardly away on the off side, in the air for a moment but again discombobulated by Harris' short stuff

End of over 34 (1 run) England 74/1
IJL Trott    0* (5b)      RJ Harris    11-5-16-1
JE Root    41* (113b 7x4)      MA Starc    10-1-29-0

34.1

Starc to Root, no run, goes round the wicket to Root, who gets across his stumps

34.2

Starc to Root, no run, stays back and defends a shortish ball square on the off side

34.3

Starc to Root, no run, continues to dig the ball in back of a length outside off, Root plays from the crease towards point

34.4

Starc to Root, no run, better length, comes forward outside off to defend

"Why is England's RR so poor this series? 2 runs per over in the modern Test arena simply isnt good enough!" I think Australia's bowlers have to take some credit for that, Frank

34.5

Starc to Root, no run, length delivery in the channel, defended coming forwards to the man coming in at cover

34.6

Starc to Root, no run, lovely stuff from Starc, taking the ball away from Root away angling it in with the arm, beats the bat and worth a bit of eyeballing in the follow through

End of over 35 (maiden) England 74/1
JE Root    41* (119b 7x4)      MA Starc    11-2-29-0
IJL Trott    0* (5b)      RJ Harris    11-5-16-1

35.1

Harris to Trott, 2 runs, straight and slightly overpitched, clipped through backward square, wide of the man in the deep

35.2

Harris to Trott, no run, length ball on the stumps, turned to midwicket

35.3

Harris to Trott, no run, very short, a telegraphed bouncer this time and Trott crouches underneath it

35.4

Harris to Trott, no run, hits the deck hard again, veering towards leg stump, ducks

35.5

Harris to Trott, 1 run, slightly short of a length, targeting the rib cage but played well enough, nudging down to fine leg

"Run rate? Who cares?" thunders Peter Collins. "The most important statistic is 3-nil."

35.6

Harris to Root, no run, Root gets on the front foot and defends a length ball coming back in towards his off peg

End of over 36 (3 runs) England 77/1
JE Root    41* (120b 7x4)      RJ Harris    12-5-19-1
IJL Trott    3* (10b)      MA Starc    11-2-29-0

"Won't someone give credit to the Australian attack rather than asking why England haven't x or haven't y? They've bowled magnificently." I thought I just did that. But yeah, what Will Mac said...

36.1

Starc to Trott, no run, Starc continues round the wicket to Trott, good length outside off, gets across to defend

Clarke has now put a man out on the hook at deep square

36.2

Starc to Trott, no run, slanted in with the arm, stays a bit low as Trott jerks his bat down to defend in front of off

36.3

Starc to Trott, 1 wide, drops very short, trying to tempt Trott into taking on the bouncer, he crouches out of the way again - and it's so high Dar calls wide

36.3

Starc to Trott, no run, full, yorker length this time, Trott blocks

36.4

Starc to Trott, no run, slings the ball down the leg side, attempted yorker again, up above 90mph and Trott is unable to connect with a glance

36.5

Starc to Trott, no run, good length, again a touch wild and down the leg side, no stroke

36.6

Starc to Trott, no run, gets forward to push back on the leg side, Starc fields and has a shy at the stumps, though Trott hadn't left his crease

Here's Ryan: "@Peter: Oh you should care about run rates. A low run rate means England have found Australia very difficult to play, even in their home conditions. What do you think is going to happen when England tours and play in the home conditions of their opponent? Still think run rate is not important?"

End of over 37 (1 run) England 78/1
IJL Trott    3* (16b)      MA Starc    12-2-30-0
JE Root    41* (120b 7x4)      RJ Harris    12-5-19-1

37.1

Harris to Root, no run, pitched up outside off, Root drives and the ball ricochets of the front boot back to the bowler

37.2

Harris to Root, no run, fullish, around off stump, again the batsman meets it coming forward

37.3

Harris to Root, no run, tight on the off, just needs a bit of nibble, as Root isn't all that far forward but there's not much assistance for the bowlers out there and the ball is pushed firmly to mid-on

37.4

Harris to Root, no run, stands up in the crease and defends a length ball

37.5

Harris to Root, no run, gets on the front foot to push a length ball into the covers

37.6

Harris to Root, no run, short and at the batsman, Root ducks his little noggin out of the way - another maiden for Harris, his sixth from 13 overs that have cost just 19 runs

End of over 38 (maiden) England 78/1
JE Root    41* (126b 7x4)      RJ Harris    13-6-19-1
IJL Trott    3* (16b)      MA Starc    12-2-30-0

"England have been poor this series but still lead 3-0," taunts Andy Ryder. "Class sides always find a way to win!!"

38.1

Starc to Trott, 1 run, touch short and paddled round the corner, wide of the diving fielder at leg slip and down towards the boundary rider

38.2

Starc to Root, no run, gets forward to defend outside off

38.3

Starc to Root, 1 leg bye, slingy, leg-stump delivery, on a length and Root plays across the line, clips the pad and rolls to fine leg

38.4

Starc to Trott, no run, dug in short and Trott again gooses out of the way

38.5

Starc to Trott, no run, line and length outside off, this is more like the Trott we know and love, happily leaving all day long

Keith Cheese agrees with Ryan: "Agree with Ryan - England do not accelerate through the gears 1-3, then too much pressure on KP. We need a Watson/Kallis in the top 3." I think Kallis bats at four, but point taken

38.6

Starc to Trott, no run, straighter, good pace again, gets behind it to cover his stumps in defence

End of over 39 (2 runs) England 80/1
IJL Trott    4* (20b)      MA Starc    13-2-31-0
JE Root    41* (128b 7x4)      RJ Harris    13-6-19-1

We have about 20 minutes to lunch, Australia have got through 21.3 overs so far. And now Clarke turns to Lyon for a spell...

39.1

Lyon to Root, no run, starts over the wicket, length ball, turning in from outside off, Root lines it up on the back foot

Slip and short leg in place

39.2

Lyon to Root, no run, tossed up, slow turn and Root punches off the back foot towards point

39.3

Lyon to Root, no run, flighted, outside off and played with the turn into the ground to short leg

39.4

Lyon to Root, no run, bit more air, drifting in towards off stump, Root gets forward and turns to midwicket

39.5

Lyon to Root, 1 run, drops back and chops the ball into a gap in front of point, they steal one

39.6

Lyon to Trott, no run, tossed up, spinning in and Trott pushes back on the front foot

"Can the Run Rate Obsessives please stick to watching hit-and-giggle T20s," chunters The Grassy Knoll

End of over 40 (1 run) England 81/1
IJL Trott    4* (21b)      NM Lyon    1-0-1-0
JE Root    42* (133b 7x4)      MA Starc    13-2-31-0

Changes at both ends, Siddle back into the attack

40.1

Siddle to Root, no run, full and pitching in line with off, forward defensive back down the pitch

40.2

Siddle to Root, no run, hit on the pad, Siddle is imploring for lbw, Dar takes a long look and shakes his head - probably sliding past leg and Australia decide against reviewing

40.3

Siddle to Root, no run, full and comes forward to tap a length ball into the covers

40.4

Siddle to Root, 3 runs, too full and wide enough for Root to open the shoulders and stab a drive through a gap at cover, pulled in before the rope

40.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, continues to pitch the ball up, Trott gets forward to block

40.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, line and length in the channel outside off, Trott sniffs and leaves

End of over 41 (3 runs) England 84/1
IJL Trott    4* (23b)      PM Siddle    11-4-21-0
JE Root    45* (137b 7x4)      NM Lyon    1-0-1-0

41.1

Lyon to Root, no run, round the wicket now, tossed up around off stump, defended coming forwards

41.2

Lyon to Root, no run, full and flighted, Root smothers it in defence

41.3

Lyon to Root, 1 leg bye, floated up very wide, spinning in and hitting the pads as Root drops back outside off, runs away behind point

41.4

Lyon to Trott, no run, tossed up and defended coming forwards

41.5

Lyon to Trott, no run, tossed up nicely, leans out to defend

41.6

Lyon to Trott, 2 runs, drops a little short, down the leg side and Trott flicks the ball behind square for a couple

"Faulkner clearly picked as a specialist batsman," him and Simon Kerrigan, Nathan

End of over 42 (3 runs) England 87/1
IJL Trott    6* (26b)      NM Lyon    2-0-3-0
JE Root    45* (140b 7x4)      PM Siddle    11-4-21-0

42.1

Siddle to Root, FOUR, good length, a touch too straight and Root plays a delicate flick through square, just a turn of the wrists and it bounds away to the boundary

42.2

Siddle to Root, no run, comes forward and defends a length ball

42.3

Siddle to Root, no run, full length, on off stump, worked towards midwicket

42.4

Siddle to Root, no run, slightly short, outside the line of off, gets across to defend into the off side

42.5

Siddle to Root, 1 run, drops a little short, at the body and pulled through backward square, nicely controlled for a couple - and that is Root's fifty, his first since that marvellous knock at Lord's

42.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, pitched up and played back down the track

"Over rate," begins padda, deliberately, "will the match referee be lenient on Aus with the over rate? He'll obviously have to allow for 3 over/hour while Trott is at the crease. He sometimes makes it painful to keep watching with his antics!" Think they'll have got through about 27 in the session, which isn't awful

End of over 43 (5 runs) England 92/1
IJL Trott    6* (27b)      PM Siddle    12-4-26-0
JE Root    50* (145b 8x4)      NM Lyon    2-0-3-0

43.1

Lyon to Root, no run, tossed up and defended coming forwards

43.2

Lyon to Root, 1 run, drops a little short, worked through the leg side for a single

43.3

Lyon to Trott, 3 runs, bit of width as the ball drifts across from round the wicket and Trott steers three more through the covers

43.4

Lyon to Root, no run, on the stumps, gets forward and taps to leg

43.5

Lyon to Root, 1 run, touch short, worked through square leg from back in the crease for a single

43.6

Lyon to Trott, no run, floated up on the stumps, Trott gets solidly behind it and that takes England to lunch on a solid 97 for 1

1.05pm: The pitch has played as advertised and, in this case, so has Joe Root. England's boy wonder batted with a serenity that we've seen a few times, though only once before in the series; his partnership with Trott as the ball gets old could provide the central plank of the big innings England have yet to produce in four previous Tests. Or they could fold like Superman on laundry day after lunch and leave it to I Ron Bell to save the follow on... Join Alex in 30 to see what's occuring

End of over 44 (5 runs) England 97/1
IJL Trott    9* (29b)      NM Lyon    3-0-8-0
JE Root    52* (149b 8x4)      PM Siddle    12-4-26-0

Hello again, England tootling along here... Time to have another look at James Faulkner and his left-arm something-or-other

44.1

Faulkner to Root, no run, good line to start off with, pitched up on off stump, Root punches into the covers

44.2

Faulkner to Root, no run, full and a touch wider, maybe nibbling back a little, Root drives and gets an inside edge on to his front foot

44.3

Faulkner to Root, no run, over the wicket, angled across on the full and punched to mid-off

44.4

Faulkner to Root, FOUR, gets this one through, fairly unthreatening stuff from Faulkner so far, too much width and Root slashes late past gully, off the toe of the bat but it skids away

44.5

Faulkner to Root, no run, tighter line, good length on off stump, Root stands tall to block

44.6

Faulkner to Root, FOUR, that's another lovely stroke, overpitched outside off again and Root reaches out to drive elegantly past mid-off

End of over 45 (8 runs) England 105/1
JE Root    60* (155b 10x4)      JP Faulkner    4-0-16-0
IJL Trott    9* (29b)      NM Lyon    3-0-8-0

It will be Peter Siddle from the other end, bustling in

45.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, good-length ball in the channel outside off, Trott leaves it be

45.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, length delivery, outside off, gets across and blocks

45.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, slightly back of a length, worked off the body into the leg side

45.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, fuller and again on middle stump, Trott closes the face and clips the ball straight to short midwicket

45.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, angled in from slightly wider on the crease, Trott goes across his stumps and is hit on the pad

45.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, probing around off stump, touch full of a length, punched back towards mid-on

Here's David: "With an eye on Aus winter - Root and Cook, as they are predominantly back-foot players, may be more likely to succeed in Australia. Certainly this is true of Cook, whose average at home is about 13 runs lower than his average overseas."

End of over 46 (maiden) England 105/1
IJL Trott    9* (35b)      PM Siddle    13-5-26-0
JE Root    60* (155b 10x4)      JP Faulkner    4-0-16-0

46.1

Faulkner to Root, no run, forward press just outside off stump, runs it not far enough to cover's left for a single

46.2

Faulkner to Root, no run, another forward press, this time played more under his nose and no chance of a single towards point this time

46.3

Faulkner to Root, no run, fuller and wider, driven at and gets a thickish outside edge to point, couldn't time it

46.4

Faulkner to Root, no run, length ball now just outside off, ran from the crease square on the off side again

46.5

Faulkner to Root, no run, touch fuller on a similar line, forward and guides this into the gully

46.6

Faulkner to Root, no run, forward again and pressing to cover

End of over 47 (maiden) England 105/1
JE Root    60* (161b 10x4)      JP Faulkner    5-1-16-0
IJL Trott    9* (35b)      PM Siddle    13-5-26-0

47.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, full length just outside off, forward and steadily pushing into the covers

47.2

Siddle to Trott, 3 runs, back of a length two feet outside off, dabbed away past gully, Warner chases back towards third man, slides and does very well to save four

47.3

Siddle to Root, no run, wide on the crease, angled into off stump, Root forward enough to block up the wicket

47.4

Siddle to Root, no run, forward again, driving this time, bounces it over the bowler's head, mid-on is quickly to his left to slide and save

47.5

Siddle to Root, no run, short and wide, cut hard, Root misses out and only finds point

47.6

Siddle to Root, no run, much better, full on a fourth-stump line, Root pushes it up the wicket

End of over 48 (3 runs) England 108/1
JE Root    60* (165b 10x4)      PM Siddle    14-5-29-0
IJL Trott    12* (37b)      JP Faulkner    5-1-16-0

48.1

Faulkner to Trott, no run, full outside off, Trott drives with an open face and finds point

48.2

Faulkner to Trott, no run, length ball just outside off, Trott stays in the crease and dabs it towards point

48.3

Faulkner to Trott, no run, fuller and a tighter off stump line, Trott unsure where to drive this, settle for mid-on and gets squared up a bit, getting a thick outside edge into the covers

48.4

Faulkner to Trott, no run, now a good length wide enough to leave alone outside off

48.5

Faulkner to Trott, no run, left alone outside off, a foot wide of the stumps

48.6

Faulkner to Trott, no run, covers up around off stump and taps to midwicket

End of over 49 (maiden) England 108/1
IJL Trott    12* (43b)      JP Faulkner    6-2-16-0
JE Root    60* (165b 10x4)      PM Siddle    14-5-29-0

49.1

Siddle to Root, no run, full ball on middle and off stumps, Root forward and taps up on the on side

49.2

Siddle to Root, no run, lovely delivery, just back in length, Root goes to push off the back foot and it swings after pitching, beating the bat

49.3

Siddle to Root, no run, length ball, Root plays from the crease and rolls it square on the off side

49.4

Siddle to Root, FOUR, short on off stump and pulled reasonably enough to send it past midwicket and trundling away to the rope, got it quite high on the bat but timed well enough

49.5

Siddle to Root, 1 run, dabbed off the back foot square on the off side

49.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, forward just outside off and pushed into the covers

End of over 50 (5 runs) England 113/1
IJL Trott    12* (44b)      PM Siddle    15-5-34-0
JE Root    65* (170b 11x4)      JP Faulkner    6-2-16-0
Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150
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