4th Test, Melbourne, December 26 - 29, 2013, England tour of Australia
255 & 179
(T:231) 204 & 231/2

Australia won by 8 wickets

Player Of The Match
5/63 & 3/25
England 1st Innings
Australia 1st Innings
England 2nd Innings
Australia 2nd Innings
Match Flow
England 1st Innings 
c Clarke b Siddle2747703057.44
b Watson381031466036.89
c †Haddin b Harris24821162029.26
b Johnson711612545144.09
c †Haddin b Harris27981231027.55
c Watson b Johnson1423371160.86
b Johnson1017190158.82
c Bailey b Johnson11427007.14
lbw b Johnson1116212068.75
not out 1124421045.83
b Lyon216240012.50
Extras(b 10, lb 7, nb 1, w 1)19
TOTAL100 Ov (RR: 2.55, 444 Mins)255
Fall of wickets: 1-48 (Alastair Cook, 16.5 ov), 2-96 (Michael Carberry, 33.6 ov), 3-106 (Joe Root, 42.1 ov), 4-173 (Ian Bell, 72.6 ov), 5-202 (Ben Stokes, 80.3 ov), 6-216 (Jonny Bairstow, 84.4 ov), 7-230 (Tim Bresnan, 90.1 ov), 8-231 (Kevin Pietersen, 90.5 ov), 9-242 (Stuart Broad, 94.2 ov), 10-255 (Monty Panesar, 99.6 ov)
42.1 to JE Root, lovely outswinger, right on the money and that's out! Root has been making half-promises and forget-me-not motions at balls outside off all innings and finally he gets something on one, pulled on to the front foot, bat dangling away from the pad and a thin but audible nick sails through to the keeper. 106/3
72.6 to IR Bell, gone! Harris again. What a bowler. In the channel outside off, hint of movement away - perhaps reverse - Bell plays this time and gets a thin edge to Harris. Another start, another start that doesn't count. 173/4
80.3 to BA Stokes, gone, Johnson's pace does for Stokes! It was in the right area, just holding its line on a good length as Stokes prodded at it indeterminately, too good for the newish batsman and a healthy edge flew to first slip. 202/5
84.4 to JM Bairstow, bowled him, another one knocked over! Bairstow wasn't up to the challenge, couldn't learn his lines quickly enough and the ball clattered into the top of off! Excellent delivery from Johnson, just a little movement back in, ugly gap between bat and pad and cleaned him up. 216/6
90.1 to TT Bresnan, ripping bouncer to start with, slamming into the shoulder of the bat as Bresnan fends at it... and snaffled over the shoulder at square leg! Johnson has battered through with his first delivery, it would have done for better batsmen, to be fair, good bit of work from George Bailey, too, turning and running back a few yards as the ball looped past him. That was a snorter of a ball, rising sharply towards the chest and neck, Bresnan heard the executioner's song too late and trudged off shaking his head. 230/7
90.5 to KP Pietersen, steps away again, swings the arms - and bowled! Pietersen is castled, two in the over for Johnson, a malevolent cat among spooked pigeons! That Bresnan ball had clearly flicked the switch for KP, who was aiming to cart a length ball towards deep midwicket, there was a flicker of inswing for Johnson, with the breeze at his back, and the ball steamed through to clatter leg stump. 231/8
94.2 to SCJ Broad, now the yorker, gottim! Almost a re-run of the sandal-crusher that injured Broad in Perth, he was way back in front of the stumps and pinned right in front of middle. Broad thinks about reviewing, perhaps hoping just to waste a few more seconds (England might need them later), but there was no doubt about Dar's decision. Johnson raises the ball to salute another bone-juddering five-for. 242/9
16.5 to AN Cook, pushed across, Cook nibbles and he's gone! Caught at second slip, an indecorous prod from Cook that seemed to betray the muddled state of mind he has got into with his batting, gulled into hanging his bat out and a thick edge flew to Clarke. Like a man reaching for another chocolate late on Christmas day, Cook couldn't resist temptation there. 48/1
99.6 to MS Panesar, leaves a straight one and is bowled, Lyon ties a bow on the England innings. We'll kindly call that a misjudgement from Monty, who planted the front foot and confidently lifted his bat in the air as an arm ball drifted on to rattle the top of middle and off. 255/10
33.6 to MA Carberry, That's right on target! Superb bowling. Followed the outswinger with the inswinger. Completely does Carberry who shoulders arms and sees the ball clip off stump. Another start not built on for him. Terrific skill from Watson. 96/2
Australia 1st Innings 
c Pietersen b Bresnan611712248035.67
c †Bairstow b Anderson914282064.28
c †Bairstow b Stokes1015232066.66
b Anderson1034610029.41
c Bell b Broad1977973024.67
c †Bairstow b Anderson01938000.00
c †Bairstow b Anderson65681447195.58
c Anderson b Bresnan23039006.66
c Root b Broad627251022.22
c Bresnan b Broad058000.00
not out 1834433052.94
Extras(lb 4)4
TOTAL82.2 Ov (RR: 2.47, 369 Mins)204
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (David Warner, 6.3 ov), 2-36 (Shane Watson, 11.2 ov), 3-62 (Michael Clarke, 25.2 ov), 4-110 (Steven Smith, 49.5 ov), 5-112 (Chris Rogers, 52.1 ov), 6-122 (George Bailey, 57.5 ov), 7-151 (Mitchell Johnson, 66.2 ov), 8-162 (Ryan Harris, 71.6 ov), 9-164 (Peter Siddle, 73.3 ov), 10-204 (Brad Haddin, 82.2 ov)
6.3 to DA Warner, breakthrough! Bairstow gets his first Test catch as a keeper. Was short of a length, Warner tried to flip/whip it into the leg side - wasn't really a full-blown pull - and it looped into the air behind the stumps, giving Bairstow plenty of time to settle underneath it. 19/1
25.2 to MJ Clarke, nip-backer, Clarke elects to leave and it costs him his off stump! Anderson punches the air, he seems to being playing with a bit more vim again... That was a decent ball, shaping in from outside off, though it will go down as another misjudgement, similar to Carberry's dismissal in England's innings. Actually, it was reminiscent off Clarke's dismissal off Simon Jones way back in 2005, though the angle was more predictable. 62/3
57.5 to GJ Bailey, offers him a bit of width now and Bailey throws the bat, England think there's a sound but Aleem Dar shakes his head. Cook asks for the review, those in the cordon did seem confident... so here we go: no visible nick, Hot Spot it pretty inconclusive; however, there's a faint noise as Billy Bowden rock-and-rolls the replay and, crucially, Real-Time Snicko is picking up a murmur, too. Yep, it's enough for Bowden and up goes the finger, the decision reversed and Australia are six wickets down!. 122/6
82.2 to BJ Haddin, that will do it! Dug in and chasing Haddin as he backs away, cramping an attempted pull and the ball loops off the top edge, possibly via the helmet, Bairstow jogs to backward square leg to take a comfortable catch - his fourth of the innings - and England, despite a few flutters, have wrapped up the innings with a lead of 51. 204/10
49.5 to SPD Smith, bit of width, Smith finally loses patience... and edges to second slip! England have bored Smith out, they dried up the runs and when the chance came, Bell clung on superbly well. The ball wasn't quite there to cut, slightly cramping Smith for room, it flew off the top edge and Bell seemed to lose it momentarily, only to readjust and snap up the catch. 110/4
71.6 to RJ Harris, eight down! Short leg had been brought in after the previous short ball and now he takes the catch. Wasn't a full-on bouncer, instead short of a length and Harris tried to work it away but couldn't roll his wrists in time and it was a sharp grab by Root who held his nerve and didn't turn away from the shot although it didn't come very quickly.. 162/8
73.3 to PM Siddle, and another! Broad strikes again. Rather limp from Siddle as he drives early at a full delivery - been a tough pitch to drive on - and spoons to cover. What a day for England. 164/9
11.2 to SR Watson, gone! But he's held this one. Stokes strikes. Full outside off, hint of movement back off the seam, loose drive just before lunch and it's a thin inside edge to Bairstow. They check the no-ball, and this time he's fine. As in first innings at Perth, a poor stroke from Watson. 36/2
52.1 to CJL Rogers, oh my, what has Rogers done? A rare attacking stroke, he manages to slice it somewhat and Pietersen takes the catch running to his right from mid-off. England have another! He had been so patient, yet with a new partner at the other end, Rogers has tossed it away. Bresnan just kept plugging, the ball full and in the channel, Rogers wanted to loft down the ground and it possibly just stopped on him a little after hitting a footmark. 112/5
66.2 to MG Johnson, gone! This one is out for certain. And Anderson holds it. Johnson picks out midwicket with pull, he middle it well but it went straight, at knee height to Anderson who grabs it moving to his right. Relief for England. 151/7
England 2nd Innings 
lbw b Johnson5164917079.68
lbw b Siddle12811221014.81
run out (Johnson)1524371062.50
c Harris b Lyon49901586054.44
c Johnson b Lyon012000.00
c Smith b Lyon1955681034.54
c †Haddin b Johnson2128472275.00
b Lyon0816000.00
c Clarke b Lyon034000.00
not out 16170016.66
lbw b Johnson067000.00
Extras(b 5, lb 6)11
TOTAL61 Ov (RR: 2.93, 289 Mins)179
Fall of wickets: 1-65 (Alastair Cook, 21.3 ov), 2-86 (Michael Carberry, 27.5 ov), 3-86 (Joe Root, 28.2 ov), 4-87 (Ian Bell, 28.4 ov), 5-131 (Ben Stokes, 44.5 ov), 6-173 (Jonny Bairstow, 54.3 ov), 7-174 (Tim Bresnan, 57.2 ov), 8-174 (Stuart Broad, 57.5 ov), 9-179 (Kevin Pietersen, 59.4 ov), 10-179 (Monty Panesar, 60.6 ov)
21.3 to AN Cook, appreciable reverse swing for Johnson and that's trapped Cook in front! Thinks about the review but doesn't find much support from his partner, so off he goes. It was a good delivery, homing back at Cook and past the inside edge, struck on the knee roll, would have hit middle and leg. Never mind Cook looking fluent - Johnson does it again. 65/1
54.3 to JM Bairstow, pitched up, wide of the stumps - and Bairstow is caught at the wicket driving! Another huge blow, wrenching the game back towards Australia. Bairstow absolutely didn't need to play at that, fishing at a full, fast delivery in the channel without moving his feet, might have been a half-volley in ordinary circumstances but this was 91mph and beat him for pace. Australia, licking their lips, are into the tail. 173/6
60.6 to MS Panesar, stone dead! All over. Panesar opts to review as England have them left, but that was full, hint of late movement and it strikes him in front of off stump. Last five wickets have gone for six runs.. 179/10
28.4 to IR Bell, would you believe it?! Bell has just chipped to mid-off. The wheels are coming off again for England. Flighted on off stump, Bell had to reach for his drive and just spooned towards Johnson who appears to be everywhere at the moment. Awful dismissal. Australia could barely believe it. 87/4
44.5 to BA Stokes, Stokes on the attack... but he's chipped straight to mid-off! England lose their fifth, the lead still less than 200, and Nathan Lyon wins a mini-battle for Stokes. He had mixed aggression and defence well until that moment but this dipped on him a little, maybe turned and the strike wasn't clean, picked out Smith - maybe halfway between mid- and long-off - and the 'G roared again. 131/5
57.2 to TT Bresnan, and another goes! Lyon bags his third. Bresnan going for the pull and gets a thin bottom edge onto the top of his stumps. He wasn't sure if Haddin and knocked the bails off so stood his ground, but didn't take long to confirm the news. Another poor shot. Wasteful from England.. 174/7
57.5 to SCJ Broad, 100 Test wickets! Donated, it has to be said, by Broad. Nicely flighted outside off, tempting the drive and Broad obliges with a belated Christmas present. The edge is safely held at slip. Some of England's shot selection today has bordered on brainless. Australia have applied pressure, yes, but they've been handed some gifts. 174/8
59.4 to KP Pietersen, five for Lyon! What an afternoon for him. Pietersen tries to clear the straight boundary but can only pick out long-off. He didn't really have much choice over how he had to play. England folding again.. 179/9
27.5 to MA Carberry, round the wicket to Carberry, hit on the pads and given! Siddle ends a tortuous innings from Carberry, good use of the angle and the delivery seemed to beat him for pace, he had shuffled across and the ball ducked back at him. Root and Carberry had a chat about reviewing until Dharmasena told them time was up but Hawk-Eye suggests it would have stayed as umpire's call, the ball just clipping leg stump. 86/2
Australia 2nd Innings (T: 231 runs)
c †Bairstow b Panesar11615520713074.83
c †Bairstow b Stokes2547752053.19
not out 839015811092.22
not out 620261030.00
Extras(nb 1)1
TOTAL51.5 Ov (RR: 4.45, 234 Mins)231/2
Fall of wickets: 1-64 (David Warner, 17.6 ov), 2-200 (Chris Rogers, 45.5 ov)
45.5 to CJL Rogers, Monty strikes! Rogers trying to force through the off side with a cut, perhaps a little close for the shot but he's played it well all day, gets a thin edge which is well held by Bairstow. 200/2
17.6 to DA Warner, caught this time! Slash and edged by Warner. Short of a length from Stokes, Warner went after it, aiming up and over he slips, and it went straight to Bairstow. Muted celebrations from Stokes, it has to be said. 64/1
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Thu, 26 Dec - day 1 - England 1st innings 226/6 (Kevin Pietersen 67*, Tim Bresnan 1*, 89 ov)
Fri, 27 Dec - day 2 - Australia 1st innings 164/9 (Brad Haddin 43*, 73.3 ov)
Sat, 28 Dec - day 3 - Australia 2nd innings 30/0 (Chris Rogers 18*, David Warner 12*, 8 ov)
Sun, 29 Dec - day 4 - Australia 2nd innings 231/2 (51.5 ov) - end of match
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • Australia: 50 runs in 13.3 overs (81 balls), Extras 0
  • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 81 balls (CJL Rogers 30, DA Warner 22, Ex 0)
  • CJL Rogers: 50 off 73 balls (6 x 4)
  • Drinks: Australia - 85/1 in 23.0 overs (CJL Rogers 55, SR Watson 4)
  • Australia: 100 runs in 25.6 overs (157 balls), Extras 1
  • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 64 balls (CJL Rogers 28, SR Watson 21, Ex 1)
  • Lunch: Australia - 143/1 in 35.0 overs (CJL Rogers 81, SR Watson 36)
  • Australia: 150 runs in 36.3 overs (220 balls), Extras 1
  • 2nd Wicket: 100 runs in 130 balls (CJL Rogers 54, SR Watson 46, Ex 1)
  • CJL Rogers: 100 off 135 balls (11 x 4)
  • SR Watson: 50 off 70 balls (6 x 4)
  • Australia: 200 runs in 45.1 overs (272 balls), Extras 1
  • Drinks: Australia - 215/2 in 48.0 overs (SR Watson 72, MJ Clarke 1)
  • Attendance - 38,522
  • Total Attendance: 271,865
Melbourne Cricket Ground
TossAustralia, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Series resultAustralia led the 5-match series 4-0
Match numberTest no. 2110
Hours of play (local time)10.30am start, Lunch 12.30-13.10, Tea 15.10-15.30, Close 17.30
Match days26,27,28,29 December 2013 - day (5-day match)
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