Pietersen floats one down to Watson who defends from under his eyes, few handshakes and the players are heading off. Both captains agree they've flogged this horse as far as it will go and we head into to the next Test level at 0-0
Match drawn Alastair Cook leads the players off and into the line of handshakes. The opening Test to the 2010-11 Ashes ends in stalemate but it has been, for the first four days at least, a fascinating game. Both teams have something to take to Adelaide, especially after Ponting finished things off with an unbeaten half-century, but after conceding 1 for 517 it's probably Australia who have more issues to reflect on. It has to be said the wicket was not ideal, just got flatter and more benign as the match wore on and made life pretty miserable for the bowlers.
Australia announce their side for the next Test either later tonight or tomorrow morning. Mitchell Johnson and Marcus North must be concerned, though with tongue firmly planted in cheek, Peter English ponders the idea of North becoming Australia's full-time spinner. Johnson has had a horrible match, taking 0 for 170, making a 19-ball duck and dropping a catch. Stay with us to see who is named man of the match, but I expect it won't be him. And indeed, Alastair Cook is confirmed with the match award. Well deserved it is as well. A memorable game for him. Apologies for a lack of post-match quotes, but the broadcaster has decided move elsewhere.
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Right, that's just about it from me, Sahil Dutta and from Brydon Coverdale. Look out for Andrew Miller and Peter English's words which will be up on the site soon. Thanks for all the emails, please join us for the second Test which starts on Friday at 10.30am (00.00GMT).
This could be the last ball coming up now...
Pietersen switches to around the wicket and celebrates by dragging down a very short ball that Ponting pats down to long-on for a single
Ponting stretches forward and nudges this into the leg side
touch fuller this time and Watson drops it into the off side for a single
Watson stands taller and defends
Pietersen finds some bounce, straight into the middle of Watson's blade
resolute defiance from Ponting to finish the over
slugged hard into the deep midwicket region
another careful defence but Watson's bat looks very broad indeed
better delivery from Swann, holding it back a fraction outside off stump, defended
shot! Lovely shot from Watson, steps forward and cracks this down the ground, Swann's difficult Test continues
fifty for Ponting! Hasn't he played well, looked so confident, works this to leg and barely celebrates the landmark
turn and bounce surprises the batsman, and everyone else really
patted back up the pitch
careful defence here runs off the face and away for a single
this is very short indeed and cut firmly to deep point
turn! Genuine spin from outside off, the batsman is not concerned and nudges it around the corner for a single
starts by dragging one down very shot outside off, it's patted to mid-off where Finn flings back an awkward throw at Prior, who fluffs it bobbles on to the helmet for five penalty runs!
Right, as if to emphasise that this game is all but over, here's Kevin Pietersen into the attack.
Cheers Brydon. Top work from Ponting especially. He's been busy and aggressive. It's difficult to come out and make a statement after 1 for 517 but he's managing to.
That's it from me for this Test. Now here's Sahil Dutta to bring this thing home.
tossed up outside off, Ponting drives but mistimes
shortish and turning in to Watson, who flicks a run through midwicket
|Brisbane Cricket Ground, Woolloongabba, Brisbane|
|Toss||England, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||5-match series level 0-0|
|Match number||Test no. 1981|
|Hours of play (local time)||10.00 start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00|
|Match days||25,26,27,28,29 November 2010 - day (5-day match)|
A chess match, not a bullfight
|SR Watson||not out||41||97|
|RT Ponting||not out||51||43|
|Extras||(b 4, lb 1, w 1, pen 5)|
|Total||107(1 wkt; 26 ovs)|