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4th Test, Leeds, Aug 7 - 9 2009, Australia tour of England and Scotland
102 & 263
Australia won by an innings and 80 runs
Player Of The Match
110
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• The Bulletin by Andrew Miller at Headingley

Australia level with crushing win

Stuart Board lived up to his promise to provide late-innings resistance for England's beleaguered cricketers, as he and Graeme Swann compiled a spirited and thrilling eighth-wicket stand of 108 in just 12.3 overs

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Scorecard summary
England102/10(33.5 overs)1st INNINGS
Matt Prior*37 (43)
Peter Siddle5/21(9.5)
Stuart Clark3/18(10)
Australia445/10(104.1 overs)1st INNINGS
Marcus North110 (206)
Stuart Broad6/91(25.1)
England263/10(61.3 overs)2nd INNINGS

Marcus North wins the Man-of-the-Match award, and that just about wraps up our coverage of this enthralling match. It goes without saying that you are cordially invited, nay required, to join us - Will Luke and Brydon Coverdale - for the fifth Test a week on Thursday, and do have a read of the bulletin and check the video highlights. Until that fateful day in south London, it's goodbye, and thanks for your company.

More disgraceful booing as Ponting comes for a chat.. This is just not on, I'm afraid. Does he have a message for his booing fans? "Not really. Nope." Good on you, Ponting. "There was a little bit of cloud around and if we bowled well enough, we'd create chances, and we did. Clark was spot on - spinners have found it tricky at Headingley and the four quicks paid dividends for us." Coming together at the right time? "Couldn't have asked more for this game. We've dominated the game from the first ball and won it in two-and-a-half days and some of our guys are getting better and better [in the series]."

Right, here's Strauss: "It's pretty hard to take. We didn't really turn up at this game and we've got to take it on the chin. It's 1-1 in the series and we've got to lift ourselves [for The Oval]. Once you're bowled out for a hundred, it's pretty hard to come back." Any regrets about team selection? "We probably could've done with an extra batter, but we felt taking 20 wickets would be pretty forward." Changes for The Oval? "Depends on Freddie. We'll sit down and not get too emotional about things."

Full refunds for tomorrow, details on Yorkshire's club website and on the reverse of each ticket. "Day five tickets were non-refundable, but holders will be invited to any future Yorkshire game in 2009, which is nice," Andrew offers.

The umpires all go and collect their medals. A smiling nPower girl flashes a smile. Superb action.

2.10pm We'll have some of the post-match interviews shortly

End of match

What a comeback by Australia this has been - by Johnson, too. They looked a team lacking direction after Lord's, but two Tests later they've utterly outplayed England from the start, who have been beaten by an innings and 80 runs. That's an emphatic slapping if ever there was one. Crucially, the onus is now on England to win if they're to regain the Ashes. It's beautifully set up - 1-1 with one to play. Ponting waves to the crowd - still a few boos from the crowd, which is now no longer even vaguely amusing, and it's handshakes all round for Australia's players who make their way off the pitch.

61.3
W
Johnson to Onions, OUT

bowled him with a jaffa! Cut back sharply and Onions didn't have an answer. Australia level the series 1-1 and Johnson has five

Graham Onions b Johnson 0 (8m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0
61.2
Johnson to Onions, no run

slower ball but way, way too wide

61.1
Johnson to Onions, no run

fast, angled across him. Onions swishes and misses

end of over 614 runs
ENG: 263/9CRR: 4.31 
Steve Harmison19 (28)
Graham Onions0 (4)
Stuart Clark 11-1-74-0
Mitchell Johnson 19-3-69-4
60.6
Clark to Harmison, no run

and he leaves this alone outside off

60.5
Clark to Harmison, no run

full but wide and driven to cover

Poor old Stu Clark's chuntering away. He's not used to conceding so many...

60.4
Clark to Harmison, no run

prods and misses outside off

60.3
4
Clark to Harmison, FOUR runs

oh what a shot that is! A delicious clip off his legs through midwicket. Beautiful! Hold the pose, Harmy

60.2
Clark to Harmison, no run

defended to the off side

60.1
Clark to Harmison, no run

fantastic tail-end muppetry here, Harmison chipping him with a bat that sounded as though it was made of plywood, and the ball somehow fell short of mid-on. Outstanding

end of over 60Wicket maiden
ENG: 259/9CRR: 4.31 
Graham Onions0 (4)
Steve Harmison15 (22)
Mitchell Johnson 19-3-69-4
Stuart Clark 10-1-70-0
59.6
Johnson to Onions, no run

defended out to the off side

59.5
Johnson to Onions, no run

and again, he plays and misses outside off. Onions hasn't much of a clue here

59.4
Johnson to Onions, no run

huge appeal from Haddin and the slips, but not Johnson, as Onions plays and misses outside off. Yes, misses. Nowhere near it. No way was he near that.

Short leg's in

59.3
Johnson to Onions, no run

nearly bowled him! Horrid short ball hits him hard and nastily on the glove, and then very nearly dribbles onto his stumps

Australia on the verge of levelling the series. Just one to go: Mr Onions

59.2
W
Johnson to Swann, OUT

got him! Has he? Yes! The thinnest of edges on that as Swann drives outside off. Swann's utterly unconvinced but up goes the finger and that ends a fine, entertaining knock

Graeme Swann c †Haddin b Johnson 62 (100m 72b 7x4 1x6) SR: 86.11
59.1
Johnson to Swann, no run

well wide of the off stump, Swann swings and misses

end of over 5910 runs
ENG: 259/8CRR: 4.38 
Steve Harmison15 (22)
Graeme Swann62 (70)
Stuart Clark 10-1-70-0
Mitchell Johnson 18-2-69-3

Clark puts his cap back on and drops three almighty f-bombs in a row. He is chuntering some now! Not a happy chap at the moment.

58.6
Clark to Harmison, no run

cuts wider of the off stump, Harmison leaves it well alone

58.5
4
Clark to Harmison, FOUR runs

flicked finer for four more! Oh this'll upset Ponting no end.

58.4
4
Clark to Harmison, FOUR runs

shot! Attempted yorker on leg stump and Harmison unveils an Atherton-esque flick off his toes through midwicket for four. Beautiful

58.4
1nb
Clark to Harmison, (no ball)

leaves it alone outside off, and Clark's no-balled. They've not been very good today, Australia's bowlers. Plenty of no-balls, Hilfenhaus in particular. Schrecklich von Hilfenhaus, genau

58.3
Clark to Harmison, no run

shuffles across his stumps but it's wanged down the leg-side

Best performances - batters
Marcus North
MJ North AUS
110 runs (206)
13 fours
1 six
Control86%
Productive shot
leg glance
27 runs
1 four
0 six
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Michael Clark player pic
MJ Clarke AUS
93 runs (138)
13 fours
0 six
Control78%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
33 runs
4 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Stuart Broad portrait
SCJ Broad ENG
O
25.1
M
6
R
91
W
6
ECO
3.61
Peter Siddle player pic
PM Siddle AUS
O
9.5
M
0
R
21
W
5
ECO
2.13
Match details
Headingley, Leeds
TossEngland, elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of England and Scotland
Season2009
Player Of The Match
Marcus North
Marcus North
Series result5-match series level 1-1
Match numberTest no. 1929
Hours of play (local time)11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days7,8,9 August 2009 - day (5-day match)
Umpires
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Billy Bowden
TV Umpire
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Ian Gould
Reserve Umpire
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Jeff Evans
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle
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