England tour of Australia, 3rd Test: Australia v England at Perth, Dec 13-17, 2013
The Ashes - 3rd Test
Australia won by 150 runs
13,14,15,16,17 December 2013 (5-day match)
  Australia 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal CJL Rogers run out (Anderson) 11 11 9 2 0 122.22
1.6 from Broad, full and on the pads and flicked in front of midwicket, Rogers calls... but he won't make it to the other end! A direct hit from Anderson and Australia are one down! That was really smart work from Anderson, who moved a few paces to his left from mid-on, clean pick up and throw at the non-striker's end - there may have been a moment's hesitation between the batsmen and Rogers was well short. Is that the moment of inspiration that England need? 13/1
View dismissal DA Warner c Carberry b Swann 60 143 77 8 1 77.92
30.4 55.0 mph, Goddim! Bit of width, Warner cuts and sends a loopy top edge straight down the gullet of Carberry at backward point! That's a fire sale, a give-away wicket from Warner to England, who were striving for some control and have picked up Australia's top-scorer in the process. It wasn't really short enough to cut, the bat came down at an angle and there was no mistake with the catch this time from Carberry, in a very similar position to when he grassed Haddin a week ago 129/4
View dismissal SR Watson c Swann b Broad 18 43 29 3 0 62.06
10.3 69.9 mph, pushes with hard hands, edged and gone, Swann plucks the ball from above his head in the slips! Broad has another wicket, his 12th of the series. It was just the perfect length, drawing Watson forward and then surprising him with the bounce. Watto hung his bat out, rather, the bottom hand coming off the bat as he tried to drive... and England are cock-a-hoop 52/2
View dismissal MJ Clarke* c Cook b Swann 24 58 44 5 0 54.54
22.2 54.0 mph, comes forward, looking to attack immediately... but Clarke has picked out short midwicket, Cook diving to take a low catch! That could be a huge wicket, five minutes or so before lunch and it's one 100 man doing for another, Cook snapped up the chance, Clarke wasn't quite to the pitch and the bat turned in his hands. "Catch!" was the shout from Swann and his captain made no mistake 106/3
View dismissal SPD Smith c †Prior b Anderson 111 295 208 14 2 53.36
91.5 82.6 mph, this cuts through Smith as he props forward, there's a thin sound, Anderson goes up immediately... Umpire Marais Erasmus isn't convinced but England ask to review straight away. Smith stood his ground, unruffled, but we're going to find out what technology thinks; there may be a tiny mark on Hot Spot, quite faint, on the inside of the bat, Real Time Snicko now comes to the party and suggests a little scrape of wood too... Smith isn't happy but the decision has been overturned, he's gone for Nelson 338/8
View dismissal GJ Bailey c Pietersen b Broad 7 17 12 1 0 58.33
34.3 88.7 mph, and Bailey falls taking on the short ball, hooking to deep backward square where Pietersen clings on as he tumbles backwards! Broad has bounced him out, he tried to pull from outside off, was never in control of the shot - and Broad is bowling at some pace - it flew high into the clear blue Perth sky and came down with the batsman's number on it. England are in clover! 143/5
View dismissal BJ Haddin c Anderson b Stokes 55 152 100 5 2 55.00
70.5 87.1 mph, short and pulled and misues it to midwicket and England have a long-awaited breakthrough, mighty relief for them, they check the no-ball and once again Stokes is ever-so-close to the Popping crease but he's got a minuscule of a boot behind the line. It was banged in by Stokes, Haddin was hurried into pulling and spooned it to Anderson who got down to take the catch sliding forward 267/6
View dismissal MG Johnson c †Prior b Broad 39 78 62 6 0 62.90
88.2 85.2 mph, super ball, bounce and movement and Prior snaffles the edge - Johnson vanquished first up! That's the perfect start for England, no runs added and the dangerous Johnson back in the hutch. They said the pitch would be quicker today and we might just seen evidence of that, a length ball fizzing off the pitch from middle and leg to brush the shoulder of the bat... Though Mitch might not mind seeing that, either 326/7
View dismissal PM Siddle c †Prior b Bresnan 21 78 36 3 0 58.33
103.3 82.6 mph, holding its line outside off, Siddle dangles the bat and there's a tickle on it, an audible nick and visible deflection through to the keeper. Bresnan gets his first wicket, ending a sticky little 31-run association between Siddle and Lyon 385/10
View dismissal RJ Harris c Root b Anderson 12 22 19 1 0 63.15
95.5 88.3 mph, pushes at a length ball in the channel and this one goes to hand, caught in the gully! Harris is cut down before he can do too much damage, another wicket for Anderson and England are close to rounding up the innings 354/9
NM Lyon not out 17 40 25 4 0 68.00
Extras (lb 6, w 3, nb 1) 10
  Total (all out; 103.3 overs; 469 mins) 385 (3.71 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets JM Anderson 23 5 60 2 2.60 110 8 0 (1w)
91.5 to Smith, 82.6 mph, this cuts through Smith as he props forward, there's a thin sound, Anderson goes up immediately... Umpire Marais Erasmus isn't convinced but England ask to review straight away. Smith stood his ground, unruffled, but we're going to find out what technology thinks; there may be a tiny mark on Hot Spot, quite faint, on the inside of the bat, Real Time Snicko now comes to the party and suggests a little scrape of wood too... Smith isn't happy but the decision has been overturned, he's gone for Nelson 338/8
95.5 to Harris, 88.3 mph, pushes at a length ball in the channel and this one goes to hand, caught in the gully! Harris is cut down before he can do too much damage, another wicket for Anderson and England are close to rounding up the innings 354/9
View wickets SCJ Broad 22 2 100 3 4.54 95 18 0 (1w)
10.3 to Watson, 69.9 mph, pushes with hard hands, edged and gone, Swann plucks the ball from above his head in the slips! Broad has another wicket, his 12th of the series. It was just the perfect length, drawing Watson forward and then surprising him with the bounce. Watto hung his bat out, rather, the bottom hand coming off the bat as he tried to drive... and England are cock-a-hoop 52/2
34.3 to Bailey, 88.7 mph, and Bailey falls taking on the short ball, hooking to deep backward square where Pietersen clings on as he tumbles backwards! Broad has bounced him out, he tried to pull from outside off, was never in control of the shot - and Broad is bowling at some pace - it flew high into the clear blue Perth sky and came down with the batsman's number on it. England are in clover! 143/5
88.2 to Johnson, 85.2 mph, super ball, bounce and movement and Prior snaffles the edge - Johnson vanquished first up! That's the perfect start for England, no runs added and the dangerous Johnson back in the hutch. They said the pitch would be quicker today and we might just seen evidence of that, a length ball fizzing off the pitch from middle and leg to brush the shoulder of the bat... Though Mitch might not mind seeing that, either 326/7
View wicket TT Bresnan 23.3 4 81 1 3.44 111 10 2
103.3 to Siddle, 82.6 mph, holding its line outside off, Siddle dangles the bat and there's a tickle on it, an audible nick and visible deflection through to the keeper. Bresnan gets his first wicket, ending a sticky little 31-run association between Siddle and Lyon 385/10
View wicket BA Stokes 17 3 63 1 3.70 75 11 0 (1nb, 1w)
70.5 to Haddin, 87.1 mph, short and pulled and misues it to midwicket and England have a long-awaited breakthrough, mighty relief for them, they check the no-ball and once again Stokes is ever-so-close to the Popping crease but he's got a minuscule of a boot behind the line. It was banged in by Stokes, Haddin was hurried into pulling and spooned it to Anderson who got down to take the catch sliding forward 267/6
View wickets GP Swann 17 0 71 2 4.17 67 4 3
22.2 to Clarke, 54.0 mph, comes forward, looking to attack immediately... but Clarke has picked out short midwicket, Cook diving to take a low catch! That could be a huge wicket, five minutes or so before lunch and it's one 100 man doing for another, Cook snapped up the chance, Clarke wasn't quite to the pitch and the bat turned in his hands. "Catch!" was the shout from Swann and his captain made no mistake 106/3
30.4 to Warner, 55.0 mph, Goddim! Bit of width, Warner cuts and sends a loopy top edge straight down the gullet of Carberry at backward point! That's a fire sale, a give-away wicket from Warner to England, who were striving for some control and have picked up Australia's top-scorer in the process. It wasn't really short enough to cut, the bat came down at an angle and there was no mistake with the catch this time from Carberry, in a very similar position to when he grassed Haddin a week ago 129/4
  JE Root 1 0 4 0 4.00 5 1 0
  England 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal AN Cook* c Warner b Lyon 72 212 153 10 0 47.05
48.4 53.2 mph, back and cuts again and finds point what a poor dismissal and the change has worked with Warner diving forward to take a low chance. The England captain has rather thrown it away after a lot of hard work. Trying to replicate the stroke of two balls ago, he couldn't get on top of this and floated a catch low to Warner who took it well 136/3
View dismissal MA Carberry b Harris 43 104 76 8 1 56.57
25.4 87.6 mph, round the wicket, Carberry attempts to leave... but it hits the toe and cannons into the stumps! Harris has done it, the change of angle worked, though Carberry was a little unfortunate, not wanting to offer a stroke but he couldn't quite remove his bat quickly enough, the ball deflected on to the wicket and Australia have opened their window 85/1
View dismissal JE Root c †Haddin b Watson 4 23 16 1 0 25.00
30.5 84.0 mph, beats the bat again, a subtle curve away from Root as he plays forward ... Australia go up in unison and after a moment's thought, Erasmus gives it. Root, however, goes straight to the DRS, he seems certain he didn't hit it. We're getting numerous replays, can't see a mark on Hot Spot, no visible deviation. Real-Time Snicko doesn't prove anything either, though there is a sound, apparently after the ball had passed the bat. Tony Hill appears to be telling Erasmus he can't be certain that it was an error, so the decision will stay on field: Root is gone! 90/2
View dismissal KP Pietersen c Johnson b Siddle 19 96 59 3 0 32.20
51.5 82.6 mph, slightly short, Pietersen goes after Siddle - but he can't quite clear mid-on, where Johnson takes a brilliant leaping catch! Massive wicket for Australia and Siddle knows it, the veins in his temples pulsing, letting out a primal roar as the WACA goes bananas. Pietersen sticks his bat under his arm and heads off, it's the way he plays but he'll know that shot wasn't really what England needed. Superb snag by Mitchell Johnson, though 146/4
View dismissal IR Bell lbw b Harris 15 90 71 2 0 21.12
70.3 88.2 mph, the in-ducker this time, Bell is hit on the front pad but Erasmus shakes his head... Might have been outside the line? Height could also come into it; Australia decide to review, so we'll find out. And Hawk-Eye has it clattering into the top of middle stump, Bell's a goner! Looked to be DRS in hope rather than expectation from Clarke, with the knowledge that the reviews would be topped up in ten overs' time, but it has paid out big time 190/5
View dismissal BA Stokes c †Haddin b Johnson 18 94 57 3 0 31.57
73.6 90.7 mph, pitched up and inviting the drive, edged and gone! Johnson strikes again, England's pace nemesis too quick for Stokes, who wasn't forward enough to play that shot, swishing away from his body at a wide delivery and that's catching practice for Haddin 198/6
View dismissal MJ Prior c †Haddin b Siddle 8 35 24 1 0 33.33
77.3 82.9 mph, slightly back of a length, Prior pulls across the line and gets a thin bottom edge - Australia have another! Spot on tactics from Clarke, with Siddle getting Prior for the 11th time in Tests. It was not a shot he needed to attempt, particularly after playing and missing twice, and his woes continue. As do England's 207/7
View dismissal TT Bresnan c †Haddin b Harris 21 55 29 4 0 72.41
84.1 84.4 mph, good length, seaming a touch and Bresnan feathers through to Haddin, trying to take his bat away! He got caught on the back foot, hanging his bat out and there was a fatal tickle before he realised the danger 233/9
View dismissal SCJ Broad lbw b Johnson 5 23 13 1 0 38.46
81.4 81.2 mph, full, fast and pinning Broad in front, that's gone! The batsman caught hanging back and Johnson bursts through again, Bowden didn't need asking twice - that was crashing into the middle of middle stump about two inches up, would probably have splayed all three poles 229/8
GP Swann not out 19 34 23 4 0 82.60
View dismissal JM Anderson c Bailey b Siddle 2 22 9 0 0 22.22
87.6 84.3 mph, short, Anderson turns his head and spoons the ball up off the shoulder of the bat, straight to the man at short leg. Australia have mopped up the innings in efficient fashion - and they've earned themselves an early lunch, as well 251/10
Extras (b 11, lb 7, w 5, nb 2) 25
  Total (all out; 88 overs; 394 mins) 251 (2.85 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets RJ Harris 22 10 48 3 2.18 114 8 0 (1nb)
25.4 to Carberry, 87.6 mph, round the wicket, Carberry attempts to leave... but it hits the toe and cannons into the stumps! Harris has done it, the change of angle worked, though Carberry was a little unfortunate, not wanting to offer a stroke but he couldn't quite remove his bat quickly enough, the ball deflected on to the wicket and Australia have opened their window 85/1
70.3 to Bell, 88.2 mph, the in-ducker this time, Bell is hit on the front pad but Erasmus shakes his head... Might have been outside the line? Height could also come into it; Australia decide to review, so we'll find out. And Hawk-Eye has it clattering into the top of middle stump, Bell's a goner! Looked to be DRS in hope rather than expectation from Clarke, with the knowledge that the reviews would be topped up in ten overs' time, but it has paid out big time 190/5
84.1 to Bresnan, 84.4 mph, good length, seaming a touch and Bresnan feathers through to Haddin, trying to take his bat away! He got caught on the back foot, hanging his bat out and there was a fatal tickle before he realised the danger 233/9
View wickets MG Johnson 22 7 62 2 2.81 108 10 0 (1nb)
73.6 to Stokes, 90.7 mph, pitched up and inviting the drive, edged and gone! Johnson strikes again, England's pace nemesis too quick for Stokes, who wasn't forward enough to play that shot, swishing away from his body at a wide delivery and that's catching practice for Haddin 198/6
81.4 to Broad, 81.2 mph, full, fast and pinning Broad in front, that's gone! The batsman caught hanging back and Johnson bursts through again, Bowden didn't need asking twice - that was crashing into the middle of middle stump about two inches up, would probably have splayed all three poles 229/8
View wicket SR Watson 12 3 48 1 4.00 55 8 0
30.5 to Root, 84.0 mph, beats the bat again, a subtle curve away from Root as he plays forward ... Australia go up in unison and after a moment's thought, Erasmus gives it. Root, however, goes straight to the DRS, he seems certain he didn't hit it. We're getting numerous replays, can't see a mark on Hot Spot, no visible deviation. Real-Time Snicko doesn't prove anything either, though there is a sound, apparently after the ball had passed the bat. Tony Hill appears to be telling Erasmus he can't be certain that it was an error, so the decision will stay on field: Root is gone! 90/2
View wickets PM Siddle 16 5 36 3 2.25 79 4 0 (1w)
51.5 to Pietersen, 82.6 mph, slightly short, Pietersen goes after Siddle - but he can't quite clear mid-on, where Johnson takes a brilliant leaping catch! Massive wicket for Australia and Siddle knows it, the veins in his temples pulsing, letting out a primal roar as the WACA goes bananas. Pietersen sticks his bat under his arm and heads off, it's the way he plays but he'll know that shot wasn't really what England needed. Superb snag by Mitchell Johnson, though 146/4
77.3 to Prior, 82.9 mph, slightly back of a length, Prior pulls across the line and gets a thin bottom edge - Australia have another! Spot on tactics from Clarke, with Siddle getting Prior for the 11th time in Tests. It was not a shot he needed to attempt, particularly after playing and missing twice, and his woes continue. As do England's 207/7
87.6 to Anderson, 84.3 mph, short, Anderson turns his head and spoons the ball up off the shoulder of the bat, straight to the man at short leg. Australia have mopped up the innings in efficient fashion - and they've earned themselves an early lunch, as well 251/10
View wicket NM Lyon 16 6 39 1 2.43 83 7 1
48.4 to Cook, 53.2 mph, back and cuts again and finds point what a poor dismissal and the change has worked with Warner diving forward to take a low chance. The England captain has rather thrown it away after a lot of hard work. Trying to replicate the stroke of two balls ago, he couldn't get on top of this and floated a catch low to Warner who took it well 136/3
  Australia 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal CJL Rogers c Carberry b Bresnan 54 161 135 8 0 40.00
43.1 78.1 mph, length ball wide of off stump and slapped to point where Carberry dives to his left to take a smart catch and end England's torment for now. Loose stroke by Rogers trying to carve it away but not getting right into the stroke, flashing the ball in the air and Carberry pouched it easily 157/1
View dismissal DA Warner c Stokes b Swann 112 187 140 17 2 80.00
48.5 52.3 mph, swung high again this time doesn't catch it, Stokes does half-way back at mid-on. A total miscue of a slog sweep trying to find the terraces again and it went a long way up but not very long and Stokes had to shuffle in a few yards to steady himself for the chance, which he took easily, end of another blistering innings from Warner 183/2
View dismissal SR Watson run out (Bresnan) 103 169 108 11 5 95.37
83.1 from Bresnan, top-edged, high into the sky ... but Bell drops it ... and then Watson is run out! Shambles upon farce but Watto has to trudge off. He'd already given up on the cause when his swipe across the line went almost perpendicular, Bell had ages to settle under it but butchered the catch, only for the alert Bresnan to snatch the ball up, shrug off the disappointment of missing out on a wicket and throw down the stumps at the non-striker's end 331/5
View dismissal MJ Clarke* b Stokes 23 63 53 2 0 43.39
63.5 84.4 mph, bowled him! Stokes hits the seam and brings the ball back a fraction as Clarke went for an expansive drive down the ground, done through the gate and sent on his way with a crash of ash. Nicely bowled 223/3
View dismissal SPD Smith c sub (JM Bairstow) b Stokes 15 59 50 0 0 30.00
79.1 84.1 mph, dug in short and Smith picks out deep midwicket on the pull! Stokes has his second wicket, a small dividend but welcome, Smith connected with the shot pretty well but didn't keep it down and sent the ball straight to the man coming in off the fence 301/4
GJ Bailey not out 39 41 30 3 3 130.00
View dismissal BJ Haddin c Swann b Bresnan 5 14 6 1 0 83.33
85.4 82.3 mph, length, this time Haddin hacks across the line, it goes a bit further, over the head of point but Swann takes a decent catch on the run 340/6
MG Johnson not out 0 0 0 0 -
Extras (b 8, lb 5, w 5) 18
  Total (6 wickets dec; 87 overs; 347 mins) 369 (4.24 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
  JM Anderson 19 5 105 0 5.52 77 11 4 (1w)
View wickets TT Bresnan 14 3 53 2 3.78 62 9 0
43.1 to Rogers, 78.1 mph, length ball wide of off stump and slapped to point where Carberry dives to his left to take a smart catch and end England's torment for now. Loose stroke by Rogers trying to carve it away but not getting right into the stroke, flashing the ball in the air and Carberry pouched it easily 157/1
85.4 to Haddin, 82.3 mph, length, this time Haddin hacks across the line, it goes a bit further, over the head of point but Swann takes a decent catch on the run 340/6
View wickets BA Stokes 18 1 82 2 4.55 73 13 0
63.5 to Clarke, 84.4 mph, bowled him! Stokes hits the seam and brings the ball back a fraction as Clarke went for an expansive drive down the ground, done through the gate and sent on his way with a crash of ash. Nicely bowled 223/3
79.1 to Smith, 84.1 mph, dug in short and Smith picks out deep midwicket on the pull! Stokes has his second wicket, a small dividend but welcome, Smith connected with the shot pretty well but didn't keep it down and sent the ball straight to the man coming in off the fence 301/4
View wicket GP Swann 27 8 92 1 3.40 128 8 6
48.5 to Warner, 52.3 mph, swung high again this time doesn't catch it, Stokes does half-way back at mid-on. A total miscue of a slog sweep trying to find the terraces again and it went a long way up but not very long and Stokes had to shuffle in a few yards to steady himself for the chance, which he took easily, end of another blistering innings from Warner 183/2
  JE Root 9 1 24 0 2.66 36 1 0
  England 2nd innings (target: 504 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal AN Cook* b Harris 0 1 1 0 0 0.00
0.1 84.6 mph, bowled him, first ball, that's a beauty from Harris! Oh my, this is sensational, the ball shaping back and flipping the off bail, not even a single delivery's respite for Cook. The crowd goes absolutely nuts and well they might, nothing can go wrong for Australia at the moment. Cook maybe played a little inside the line, hoping the bounce would save him but it was a terrific ball, hinting at inswing and then nibbling a fraction to ping the bails 0/1
View dismissal MA Carberry lbw b Watson 31 85 53 6 0 58.49
18.6 84.4 mph, around the wicket, full at the pads, huge cry for lbw, it deflects up to the keeper, there's another appeal and Bowden gives it out. What's this for? Lbw I think, angled in, very full, and Carberry was late coming down on it and trapped in front of off stump. Another decent little innings from Carberry but no evidence so far that he can take his starts further. It would have been umpire's call on hitting in line, so a decent decision from Billy 62/2
View dismissal JE Root c †Haddin b Johnson 19 125 88 1 0 21.59
27.3 88.8 mph, full and wide, Root chops down on it and is there a thin edge? It's taken brilliantly by the diving Haddin and Erasmus gives it but the batsman immediately asks for the review. Root possibly thinks it was a bump ball, or the effect of the bat thumping into the ground confused him but there was a clear deflection and the decision will be upheld - Johnson mo's down another, England three down 76/3
View dismissal KP Pietersen c Harris b Lyon 45 88 57 6 1 78.94
39.2 55.2 mph, down the wicket and whacked down the ground, it goes, high, high, who's out there? Harris at long-on and he clings onto a fine catch, that was a right old steepler and Pietersen has gone trying to play another big shot 121/4
View dismissal IR Bell c †Haddin b Siddle 60 140 93 7 1 64.51
59.6 84.0 mph, dug in short, Bell tries to ramp the ball over the slips and there's a thin sound... Australia are convinced but it's not given by Erasmus and they have to resort to the DRS. There's no visible deflection, nothing on Hot Spot either but Real-Time Snicko detects a small blur of noise in the frame after the ball passes the bat and that's enough for Tony Hill, who overturns the decision. Bell's spritely resistance is over 220/5
View dismissal BA Stokes c †Haddin b Lyon 120 256 195 18 1 61.53
98.2 55.9 mph, now goes to sweep from outside off and gets a thin edge behind that is well held from Haddin and the Australians are cock-a-hoop with the big wicket, Stokes has played a blinding innings. He went to sweep a delivery at least a foot outside off, he went hard trying to fetch it towards midwicket but the ball again ran straight on, took a feather under-edge and Haddin held on well in his fingertips 336/7
View dismissal MJ Prior c †Haddin b Johnson 26 110 72 3 0 36.11
85.2 88.2 mph, good length, wide of the stumps, Prior swishes at it ... and nicks off! There was an audible noise, the ball was just too quick for him, didn't need to play out there but those attacking instincts got the better of him. Johnson takes the acclaim as a roar of relief ripples round the ground 296/6
View dismissal TT Bresnan c Rogers b Johnson 12 66 40 1 0 30.00
101.3 82.0 mph, slower ball, 82mph, Bresnan forward pushing hard and it presents a chance to Rogers at mid-off who dives and takes a fine catch to his right that is a perfect example of how well Australia have fielded in this series, a marvellous catch 349/9
View dismissal GP Swann c Smith b Lyon 4 8 6 1 0 66.66
100.2 53.7 mph, forward, a little turn, takes inside edge onto pad and it loops to short leg for a pretty cheap dismissal, easy catch for Smith and Lyon chips in again with a useful wicket. Swann propped forward on around middle and followed the ball that turned in and bounced a touch, he got a feather edge onto the pad and it popped up easily for Smith and Swann walked straight off 347/8
SCJ Broad not out 2 15 7 0 0 28.57
View dismissal JM Anderson c Bailey b Johnson 2 9 8 0 0 25.00
103.2 88.3 mph, back of a length on the stumps, Anderson square up and pops a chance into the leg side which Bailey dives forward to take and Australia have regained the Ashes. Pace doing for Anderson who got it high on the bat and presented a straightforward catch to Bailey and fittingly it is Mitchell Johnson that has finished it off 353/10
Extras (b 13, lb 13, w 6) 32
  Total (all out; 103.2 overs; 452 mins) 353 (3.41 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wicket RJ Harris 19 2 73 1 3.84 86 12 1
0.1 to Cook, 84.6 mph, bowled him, first ball, that's a beauty from Harris! Oh my, this is sensational, the ball shaping back and flipping the off bail, not even a single delivery's respite for Cook. The crowd goes absolutely nuts and well they might, nothing can go wrong for Australia at the moment. Cook maybe played a little inside the line, hoping the bounce would save him but it was a terrific ball, hinting at inswing and then nibbling a fraction to ping the bails 0/1
View wickets MG Johnson 25.2 6 78 4 3.07 115 8 0 (1w)
27.3 to Root, 88.8 mph, full and wide, Root chops down on it and is there a thin edge? It's taken brilliantly by the diving Haddin and Erasmus gives it but the batsman immediately asks for the review. Root possibly thinks it was a bump ball, or the effect of the bat thumping into the ground confused him but there was a clear deflection and the decision will be upheld - Johnson mo's down another, England three down 76/3
85.2 to Prior, 88.2 mph, good length, wide of the stumps, Prior swishes at it ... and nicks off! There was an audible noise, the ball was just too quick for him, didn't need to play out there but those attacking instincts got the better of him. Johnson takes the acclaim as a roar of relief ripples round the ground 296/6
101.3 to Bresnan, 82.0 mph, slower ball, 82mph, Bresnan forward pushing hard and it presents a chance to Rogers at mid-off who dives and takes a fine catch to his right that is a perfect example of how well Australia have fielded in this series, a marvellous catch 349/9
103.2 to Anderson, 88.3 mph, back of a length on the stumps, Anderson square up and pops a chance into the leg side which Bailey dives forward to take and Australia have regained the Ashes. Pace doing for Anderson who got it high on the bat and presented a straightforward catch to Bailey and fittingly it is Mitchell Johnson that has finished it off 353/10
View wickets NM Lyon 22 5 70 3 3.18 102 7 2 (1w)
39.2 to Pietersen, 55.2 mph, down the wicket and whacked down the ground, it goes, high, high, who's out there? Harris at long-on and he clings onto a fine catch, that was a right old steepler and Pietersen has gone trying to play another big shot 121/4
98.2 to Stokes, 55.9 mph, now goes to sweep from outside off and gets a thin edge behind that is well held from Haddin and the Australians are cock-a-hoop with the big wicket, Stokes has played a blinding innings. He went to sweep a delivery at least a foot outside off, he went hard trying to fetch it towards midwicket but the ball again ran straight on, took a feather under-edge and Haddin held on well in his fingertips 336/7
100.2 to Swann, 53.7 mph, forward, a little turn, takes inside edge onto pad and it loops to short leg for a pretty cheap dismissal, easy catch for Smith and Lyon chips in again with a useful wicket. Swann propped forward on around middle and followed the ball that turned in and bounced a touch, he got a feather edge onto the pad and it popped up easily for Smith and Swann walked straight off 347/8
View wicket PM Siddle 26 11 67 1 2.57 128 9 0
59.6 to Bell, 84.0 mph, dug in short, Bell tries to ramp the ball over the slips and there's a thin sound... Australia are convinced but it's not given by Erasmus and they have to resort to the DRS. There's no visible deflection, nothing on Hot Spot either but Real-Time Snicko detects a small blur of noise in the frame after the ball passes the bat and that's enough for Tony Hill, who overturns the decision. Bell's spritely resistance is over 220/5
View wicket SR Watson 11 1 39 1 3.54 51 7 0
18.6 to Carberry, 84.4 mph, around the wicket, full at the pads, huge cry for lbw, it deflects up to the keeper, there's another appeal and Bowden gives it out. What's this for? Lbw I think, angled in, very full, and Carberry was late coming down on it and trapped in front of off stump. Another decent little innings from Carberry but no evidence so far that he can take his starts further. It would have been umpire's call on hitting in line, so a decent decision from Billy 62/2

Match details


Toss - Australia, who chose to bat
Series - Australia led the 5-match series 3-0
Player of the match - SPD Smith (Australia)
Umpires - BF Bowden (New Zealand) and M Erasmus (South Africa)
TV umpire - AL Hill (New Zealand)
Match referee - JJ Crowe (New Zealand)
Reserve umpire - MD Martell
Close of play
  • Fri, 13 Dec - day 1 - Australia 1st innings 326/6 (SPD Smith 103*, MG Johnson 39*, 87 ov)
  • Sat, 14 Dec - day 2 - England 1st innings 180/4 (IR Bell 9*, BA Stokes 14*, 68 ov)
  • Sun, 15 Dec - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 235/3 (SR Watson 29*, SPD Smith 5*, 70 ov)
  • Mon, 16 Dec - day 4 - England 2nd innings 251/5 (BA Stokes 72*, MJ Prior 7*, 67 ov)
  • Tue, 17 Dec - day 5 - England 2nd innings 353 (103.2 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


Day 5
Day 4
Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
    • Australia 1st innings
    • Australia: 50 runs in 9.5 overs (59 balls), Extras 1
    • Drinks: Australia - 57/2 in 12.0 overs (DA Warner 25, MJ Clarke 2)
    • Australia: 100 runs in 20.6 overs (126 balls), Extras 5
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 63 balls (DA Warner 25, MJ Clarke 24, Ex 4)
    • Lunch: Australia - 107/3 in 24.0 overs (DA Warner 49, SPD Smith 0)
    • DA Warner: 50 off 57 balls (7 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Australia: 150 runs in 37.3 overs (225 balls), Extras 5
    • Drinks: Australia - 154/5 in 39.0 overs (SPD Smith 22, BJ Haddin 6)
    • Australia 1st innings: 1x5 ball over (39th over, bowled by SCJ Broad, called by Umpire BF Bowden)
    • SPD Smith: 50 off 76 balls (5 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 74 balls (SPD Smith 37, BJ Haddin 14, Ex 2)
    • Australia: 200 runs in 47.2 overs (284 balls), Extras 7
    • Tea: Australia - 220/5 in 53.0 overs (SPD Smith 58, BJ Haddin 35)
    • 6th Wicket: 100 runs in 149 balls (SPD Smith 55, BJ Haddin 43, Ex 2)
    • Australia: 250 runs in 61.3 overs (369 balls), Extras 7
    • BJ Haddin: 50 off 76 balls (5 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • Drinks: Australia - 260/5 in 65.0 overs (SPD Smith 80, BJ Haddin 53)
    • Drinks: Australia - 285/6 in 76.0 overs (SPD Smith 92, MG Johnson 9)
    • SPD Smith: 100 off 173 balls (13 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • Australia: 300 runs in 78.3 overs (471 balls), Extras 9
    • New Ball Taken: Australia 304/6 after 80.1 overs (SPD Smith 101, MG Johnson 19)
    • 7th Wicket: 50 runs in 81 balls (SPD Smith 18, MG Johnson 31, Ex 2)
    • End Of Day: Australia - 326/6 in 87.0 overs (SPD Smith 103, MG Johnson 39)
    • Attendance: 21,966
    • Over 91.5: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - SPD Smith (Upheld)
    • Over 92.2: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - BF Bowden, Batsman - RJ Harris (Struck down)
    • Australia: 350 runs in 92.5 overs (557 balls), Extras 9
    • Drinks: Australia - 366/9 in 99.0 overs (PM Siddle 15, NM Lyon 5)
    • Innings Break: Australia - 385/10 in 103.3 overs (NM Lyon 17)
    • England 1st innings
    • Lunch: England - 24/0 in 6.0 overs (AN Cook 17, MA Carberry 6)
    • England: 50 runs in 13.3 overs (82 balls), Extras 2
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 82 balls (AN Cook 26, MA Carberry 23, Ex 2)
    • Drinks: England - 72/0 in 20.0 overs (AN Cook 35, MA Carberry 35)
    • Over 30.5: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - JE Root (Struck down)
    • Tea: England - 91/2 in 34.0 overs (AN Cook 42, KP Pietersen 0)
    • England: 100 runs in 38.0 overs (229 balls), Extras 7
    • AN Cook: 50 off 127 balls (6 x 4)
    • Drinks: England - 118/2 in 45.0 overs (AN Cook 60, KP Pietersen 4)
    • England: 150 runs in 54.2 overs (327 balls), Extras 12
    • Drinks: England - 155/4 in 56.0 overs (IR Bell 1, BA Stokes 4)
    • Attendance: 19,845
    • End Of Day: England - 180/4 in 68.0 overs (IR Bell 9, BA Stokes 14)
    • Over 70.3: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - IR Bell (Upheld)
    • England: 200 runs in 74.6 overs (451 balls), Extras 20
    • Drinks: England - 217/7 in 80.0 overs (TT Bresnan 9, SCJ Broad 5)
    • New Ball Taken: England 221/7 after 80.2 overs (TT Bresnan 13, SCJ Broad 5)
    • Reviews used before 80th over: England 1 (0 successful, 1 unsuccessful); Australia 2 (1 successful, 0 unsuccessful)
    • Over 86.1: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - JM Anderson (Struck down)
    • England: 250 runs in 87.2 overs (526 balls), Extras 25
    • Lunch: England - 251/10 in 88.0 overs (GP Swann 19)
    • Australia 2nd innings
    • Australia: 50 runs in 14.2 overs (86 balls), Extras 0
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 86 balls (CJL Rogers 16, DA Warner 34, Ex 0)
    • Drinks: Australia - 67/0 in 17.0 overs (CJL Rogers 20, DA Warner 47)
    • DA Warner: 50 off 56 balls (9 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Australia: 100 runs in 25.2 overs (152 balls), Extras 0
    • 1st Wicket: 100 runs in 152 balls (CJL Rogers 31, DA Warner 69, Ex 0)
    • Tea: Australia - 123/0 in 34.0 overs (CJL Rogers 42, DA Warner 81)
    • CJL Rogers: 50 off 116 balls (8 x 4)
    • Australia: 150 runs in 40.3 overs (243 balls), Extras 8
    • 1st Wicket: 150 runs in 243 balls (CJL Rogers 52, DA Warner 91, Ex 8)
    • DA Warner: 100 off 127 balls (16 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Drinks: Australia - 177/1 in 48.0 overs (DA Warner 106, SR Watson 9)
    • Australia: 200 runs in 58.4 overs (352 balls), Extras 8
    • Drinks: Australia - 200/2 in 59.0 overs (SR Watson 19, MJ Clarke 7)
    • Over 68.5: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - BF Bowden, Batsman - SR Watson (Struck down)
    • End Of Day: Australia - 235/3 in 70.0 overs (SR Watson 29, SPD Smith 5)
    • Attendance - 18,790
    • Australia: 250 runs in 71.1 overs (427 balls), Extras 12
    • SR Watson: 50 off 78 balls (7 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 73 balls (SR Watson 34, SPD Smith 12, Ex 4)
    • Australia: 300 runs in 78.3 overs (471 balls), Extras 13
    • Reviews used before 80th over: Australia 2 (0 successful, 0 unsuccessful); England 1 (0 successful, 1 unsuccessful)
    • New Ball Taken: Australia 304/4 after 80.2 overs (SR Watson 86, GJ Bailey 1)
    • SR Watson: 100 off 106 balls (11 x 4, 5 x 6)
    • Drinks: Australia - 331/5 in 83.1 overs (GJ Bailey 6)
    • Australia: 350 runs in 86.2 overs (518 balls), Extras 18
    • Innings Break: Australia - 369/6 in 87.0 overs (GJ Bailey 39, MG Johnson 0)
    • England 2nd innings
    • Over 1.2: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - JE Root (Struck down)
    • Lunch: England - 24/1 in 7.0 overs (MA Carberry 8, JE Root 7)
    • England: 50 runs in 14.3 overs (87 balls), Extras 14
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 86 balls (MA Carberry 24, JE Root 14, Ex 14)
    • Drinks: England - 67/2 in 21.0 overs (JE Root 17, KP Pietersen 5)
    • Over 27.3: Review by England (Batting), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - JE Root (Struck down)
    • Tea: England - 95/3 in 34.0 overs (KP Pietersen 24, IR Bell 6)
    • England: 100 runs in 35.6 overs (216 balls), Extras 15
    • Drinks: England - 143/4 in 46.0 overs (IR Bell 15, BA Stokes 17)
    • England: 150 runs in 46.4 overs (280 balls), Extras 16
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 62 balls (IR Bell 28, BA Stokes 23, Ex 0)
    • England: 200 runs in 54.2 overs (326 balls), Extras 17
    • IR Bell: 50 off 81 balls (5 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Drinks: England - 206/4 in 57.0 overs (IR Bell 50, BA Stokes 44)
    • Over 59.6: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - IR Bell (Upheld)
    • BA Stokes: 50 off 69 balls (9 x 4)
    • England: 250 runs in 66.6 overs (402 balls), Extras 17
    • End Of Day: England - 251/5 in 67.0 overs (BA Stokes 72, MJ Prior 7)
    • Attendance - 15,958
    • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 103 balls (BA Stokes 37, MJ Prior 14, Ex 0)
    • Reviews used before 80th over: England 1 (0 successful, 1 unsuccessful); Australia 1 (1 successful, 1 unsuccessful)
    • New Ball Taken: England 278/5 after 80.1 overs (BA Stokes 90, MJ Prior 16)
    • Drinks: England - 283/5 in 82.0 overs (BA Stokes 93, MJ Prior 17)
    • England: 300 runs in 87.3 overs (525 balls), Extras 22
    • BA Stokes: 100 off 159 balls (16 x 4)
    • Lunch: England - 332/6 in 96.0 overs (BA Stokes 117, TT Bresnan 7)
    • England: 350 runs in 101.5 overs (611 balls), Extras 32
    • Attendance - 7,201
 
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Hours of play (local time) 10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30

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