Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Paul Dawson: "Dunno if you publish comments on comments, but Elvin's reference to Cardiff has lifted my spirits. "

Shahidul Arman: "As a England I'm looking for those guy who will say it's raining just 2/3 km away from the stadium."

1:27pm So Australia have batted 21 balls after lunch to declare. Neither the 300 lead, nor a half-century for a batsman has been achieved. The plan was to bat till No. 10 then. Paine's unbeaten on 49, Anderson's stopped one short of a five-for. And Broad has just finished with his worst figures in Tests, 0 for 142 in 35 overs. England will have to erase a deficit of 259.

Anderson to Lyon, OUT, he's holed out and they've declared. Anderson goes full just outside off, Lyon clears the front leg and heaves for midwicket. Not quite the connection he hoped for. It's gone high and it's wobbly, but Moeen Ali is smart as he gets under it at mid-on

NM Lyon c Ali b Anderson 4 (8m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

Anderson to Lyon, FOUR runs, shot Garry. A straight-drive-slog-tennis-forehand hybrid, straight over the bowler's head, to a length ball in the corridor
Anderson to Lyon, no run, back of a length and down leg side, no bat on the attempted glance

179 | 4 Runs | AUS: 658/8

  • Tim Paine49 (85b)
  • Nathan Lyon0 (0b)
  • Stuart Broad35-3-142-0
  • James Anderson37-9-112-3

Elvin Zammit: "This test reminds me of Ashes 1st test in Cardiff. England made 435, Australia hit back with 4 centuries, 674/6 Dec, and England held on 9/252 .. Exactly what's happening here" --- Yep. This is the one he's talking about.

Broad to Paine, no run, short and wide and moving away after pitching. Paines heaves at this and might have got eight if he'd connected

Comprehensive series wins


Number of times an Ashes series of 5+ Tests has been decided by the third Test. 9 of those have been wins for Australia; England's only such win was in 1928-29

WACA dominance


Number of successive Test wins for Aus v Eng at the WACA, starting 1991. The last time they didn't win was in 1986, when the Test was drawn

Malan's WACA feat


England batsmen who have passed 50 in each innings in a WACA Test. The others, apart from Malan, are Pietersen (2006), Randall (1982), and Boycott (1970)

Lyon bosses Moeen


Number of times Nathan Lyon has dismissed Moeen Ali in this series. Moeen has scored 68 from 169 balls off him, for an average of 13.60

Bowler centuries


England bowlers who conceded 100 or more runs in Australia's 1st innings, only the eighth such instance in Test history, and the third for England

Top Scores for Aus in Aus


Runs made by Australia in this Test - Third highest score for Australia at home. The highest was 735 for 6 in 2003 also at Perth

Captain's knock


Runs scored by Steven Smith - Third highest score for a captain from Australia in an Ashes Test behind Bob Simpson and Don Bradman.

Mr Consistent


Consecutive years in which Smith has scored more than 1000 runs- Second cricketer to achieve this behind Mathew Hayden who did it five times between 2001-05.

Centurion Smith


Innings in which Steven Smith scored 22 Test centuries - Third quickest to this feat behind Don Bradman(58 innings) and Sunil Gavaskar(101 innings).

Warner at WACA


Centuries for Warner at the WACA . Before this innings he averaged 89.22 at this ground - Highest for Warner at a venue in Australia.

Double Trouble


Last instance of a 200 run partnership for the fifth wicket for England against Australia. Compton and Paynter added 206 in Nottingham.

Strong Day 1 performance


Runs scored by England on Day 1 of A test in Australia - Highest since 2002 when they made 295 for 4 in Adelaide.

Maiden century


Century for David Malan in Tests. This is the first century for England in Australia since the 120 made by Ben Stokes at Perth in 2013.

Long time coming


Last instance of England adding more than 100 runs for the fifth wicket in Australia. Pietersen and Bell added 116 in Adelaide.