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Australia v England - Fifth Test

Australia v England - Fifth Test

  • [wicket]Bailey c Cook b Broad 1

    Bailey prods outside off stump and the edge goes to Cook's left at first slip. The England captain makes the grab at the second attempt, doing well to correct his error and scoop it up before it hit the ground.
    1/3/2014 2:22:10 AM
  • Shane reflects on a juggling act from Cook:
    [shanewarne] You need a little luck on this pitch and Cook had it there. He had the presence of mind to take it at the second attempt and in the end it's a good catch. Having said that, he's lucky that it didn't hit his hand and just go straight down.

    1/3/2014 2:25:31 AM
  • Over 29 - Australia 97/5 (Smith 10, Haddin 0)
    Bailey looked all at sea during his brief stay. There is some debate in the commentary box as to whether Bairstow should have gone for that catch, he could certainly have reached it with one hand. Haddin, who has rescued Australia from this sort of position regularly, plays out a wicket maiden.
    1/3/2014 2:29:19 AM
  • Over 30 - Australia 97/5 (Smith 10, Haddin 0)
    Smith bottom edges a pull into his pads and is then content to leave as much as possible during an Anderson maiden.
    1/3/2014 2:31:12 AM
  • Over 31 - Australia 101/5 (Smith 10, Haddin 4)
    Haddin gets off the mark with a straight drive down the ground for four but is then pinned back on his stumps by some excellent deliveries from Broad, including a couple that shoot through low and one that takes off past his shoulder. Variable bounce on day one is not a great sign if you're down to bat last in the match...
    1/3/2014 2:35:33 AM
  • Broad wheels away in delight after dismissing Bailey for one

    1/3/2014 2:39:11 AM
  • Over 32 - Australia 103/5 (Smith 11, Haddin 5)
    Smith shoulders arms at a delivery from Anderson that comes back and hits him on the pad. England consider reviewing but decide against, rightly so as it was a couple of inches too high. Smith picks up a single to deep square-leg with a huge flourish of the bat. Haddin drives down the ground for a single and the over ends with another dangerous leave, again taking it on the pad offering no shot. England again decline to review and again their judgment is correct, this time it was not coming back enough to hit off-stump.
    1/3/2014 2:40:30 AM
  • "@sawoodland2 : @BumbleCricket @BeefyBotham englands over rate is shocking again. surely they should be fined?" sites teen would be good
  • Australia's batsmen have struggled with this pitch. Michael and Shane assess it before play

    1/3/2014 2:42:42 AM
  • Over 33 - Australia 108/5 (Smith 11, Haddin 9)
    Haddin plays a risky game staying back in defence to a series of full balls from Broad, several of which stay low. As soon as Broad drops short, Haddin throws his hands at it and the resulting edge flies high and wide of third slip and away for four. Haddin retains the strike courtesy of a leg-bye.
    1/3/2014 2:44:12 AM
  • Over 34 - Australia 109/5 (Smith 11, Haddin 10)
    England lose their first review after sending an lbw/caught behind appeal against Haddin upstairs. Replays reveal the two noises were the ball hitting both pads in quick succession - and it was far too high to be lbw. Bairstow took the 'catch' diving to his right. Later in the over Anderson gets one to rear up sharply off the pitch and Smith wears it on the gloves.
    1/3/2014 2:50:20 AM
  • Over 35 - Australia 111/5 (Smith 11, Haddin 12)
    Rankin is back on to replace Broad. Haddin drives for a couple into the off-side, although the bat turns in his hand to take some power out of the shot. Rankin's pace is around the 84mph mark.
    1/3/2014 2:55:48 AM
  • Over 36 - Australia 112/5 (Smith 12, Haddin 12)
    Smith drives for a single and Haddin is resolute in defence during the remainder of Anderson's over, again preferring to stay back to give himself some extra time to judge the bounce. That is probably it for Anderson's seven-over spell (7-1-15-1) either side of lunch.
    1/3/2014 2:59:56 AM
  • Over 37 - Australia 121/5 (Smith 17, Haddin 15)
    Smith turns the strike over with a single into the leg-side and Haddin picks up three by fetching a pull - cross-court forehand style - after Rankin drops short. The last ball of the over - the seventh due to a no-ball - is short, wide and Smith gleefully chops it away for four.
    1/3/2014 3:04:43 AM
  • [ianbotham] Scott Borthwick is warming up but I'm not sure that's the way England should be going. They need to hammer home this advantage with the seam bowlers. The pitch is helping them out!

    1/3/2014 3:05:01 AM
  • Over 38 - Australia 126/5 (Smith 17, Haddin 20)
    Stokes replaces Anderson. Haddin pulls a short ball in front of square for four, dismissive shot. Haddin adds a single down the ground later in the over. Broad has just returned to the field after about 25 minutes off for unknown reasons, he looks pretty perky, don't think it's anything serious.
    1/3/2014 3:09:07 AM
  • Over 39 - Australia 131/5 (Smith 21, Haddin 21)
    Smith carves a short ball from Rankin for four, it went wide and comfortably over the head of third slip. Well-judged leave from Smith later in the over to a delivery that came back and passed close to his off-stump. Time for drinks at the SCG.
    1/3/2014 3:12:30 AM
  • [nasserhussain] England will be starting to think this is Groundhog Day. Brad Haddin is back in and back shifting the momentum of the match in Australia's favour

    1/3/2014 3:18:04 AM
  • Lot of short stuff now ...not way to go
  • Over 40 - Australia 144/5 (Smith 21, Haddin 33)
    All across England, grown men are rocking back and forth muttering "It's happening again, it's happening again". Haddin takes three boundaries off Stokes' over, the first driven gloriously through the covers before a pair of pull shots played first behind and then in front of square. Another non-striker's stumps prang takes the total to 13 off the over.
    1/3/2014 3:23:50 AM
  • Nothing a Captain can do when bowlers badly..... #justsaying
  • Over 41 - Australia 151/5 (Smith 23, Haddin 38)
    Haddin on the charge here after Smith gets him back on strike with a quick single. Rankin attacks him with the short stuff and gets smacked over mid-on for four and whacked to deep square-leg for a single. Smith adds another quick single. You can set your watch by Australia's first-innings batting in this series. Top-order nonsense, Haddin-inspired recovery.
    1/3/2014 3:24:16 AM
  • "@MKA91 : @BumbleCricket spinner spinner spinner" No! Just bowl properly
  • Over 42 - Australia 155/5 (Smith 27, Haddin 38)
    Smith gets a whack on the finger from a ball that bounces dramatically from a good length. Rattled, he's camped on the back foot and has an ugly swipe at a full delivery outside the off stump. Somehow, and Smith himself may not quite be able to tell you how, the ball races off the middle of the bat through point for four.
    1/3/2014 3:29:16 AM
  • With leg-spinner Borthwick on for his first bowl. Bumble says...:
    [davidlloyd] He'll be very excited to get into the attack but he's coming on during the first innings on a green pitch when the quick bowlers have just had a really poor spell.

    1/3/2014 3:30:13 AM
  • Over 43 - Australia 160/5 (Smith 31, Haddin 39)
    Here it is. A man is bowling legspin in a Test match for England. Borthwick's first over is a mixed bag. A short ball that Haddin cuts away for one. A full-toss that Smith hits straight back to the bowler. A long-hop that he plays carefully to mid-on in the manner of a man who's bowled plenty of similarly rubbish deliveries and seen them take wickets. A good ball is in there to keep everyone interested before a full-toss to end the over that Smith flips past mid-on for four.
    1/3/2014 3:33:45 AM
  • Rankin leaves the field one ball into his ninth over. Looks like a hamstring injury. Big blow #ashes
  • Over 44 - Australia 163/5 (Smith 31, Haddin 42)
    Couple of gentle looseners from Broad. Haddin gives himself room before steering the ball past gully for two and adds a quick single next ball. Big test for Cook's captaincy if he has to get through the rest of the day - possibly even the match - with just his three seamers and a rookie legspinner.
    1/3/2014 3:39:41 AM
  • [benedictbermange] Since 1970, England leg-spinners have taken just 24 wickets. Two of those were claimed by our very own Michael Atherton

    1/3/2014 3:41:48 AM
  • Over 45 - Australia 170/5 (Smith 35, Haddin 45)
    They're going after the legspinner, to no-one's great surprise. Haddin dabs a delicate late cut past slip for three before Smith thumps a drive down the ground for four.
    1/3/2014 3:43:04 AM
  • Over 46 - Australia 170/5 (Smith 35, Haddin 45)
    Hard to escape the notion that England have massively let Australia off the hook in helpful bowling conditions here. Broad sends balls jagging past Haddin's outside and inside edges in a fine maiden over.
    1/3/2014 3:47:17 AM
  • Over 47 - Australia 179/5 (Smith 40, Haddin 49)
    This is brutal. Smith hammers a full-toss through the covers for four and looks set to add another boundary with a hammer of a straight drive that Broad does well to cut off at mid-on. Haddin smacks the last ball of the over past mid-off for four more.
    1/3/2014 3:50:21 AM
  • Over 48 - Australia 181/5 (Smith 40, Haddin 49)
    Confirmation from the ECB that Rankin has an injury to his left hamstring. Injury currently being assessed. Maiden over from Broad, although Australia get two byes as Bairstow is deceived by some movement after the ball passes the bat.
    1/3/2014 3:54:36 AM
  • 50! Haddin is tormenting England once again. He moves along to 50* following on from series scores of: 94, 53, 118, 55, 5, 65 #ashes #stayup
  • [nasserhussain] Haddin is in one day mode. He knows England are going to bowl full so he can clear that front foot and hit through the line. He is trying to frustrate England, who will have regrouped at tea

    1/3/2014 3:59:28 AM
  • Over 49 - Australia 184/5 (Smith 40, Haddin 50)
    [50]He's done it again. AGAIN. Comes to the crease with his side in trouble, counterpunches 50 like it's nothing at all. He's not even scored all of them with the edge this time. Couple of good short balls from Stokes to Smith, but the all-rounder is called for two no-balls. First for overstepping, then for another breach of Finn's Law.
    1/3/2014 3:59:38 AM
  • Over 50 - Australia 188/5 (Smith 40, Haddin 54)
    Anderson back on. Haddin smacks him over mid-on for four more. Hard work for England's three remaining bowlers here.
    1/3/2014 4:03:55 AM
  • Over 51 - Australia 193/5 (Smith 45, Haddin 54)
    Glorious shot from Smith, leaning into a cover-drive and dispatching the ball to the fence. A clip to leg brings a single, and this pair sense they've got control of the match right now. On the plus side, no crease or stump-bothering infractions from Stokes in that over.
    1/3/2014 4:08:05 AM
  • Over 52 - Australia 201/5 (Smith 48, Haddin 59)
    Smith pulls an Anderson long-hop through midwicket for three. Haddin repeats the shot with better timing and gets four. The 200 is up, and so too is the 100 partnership. Desperate session for England.
    1/3/2014 4:12:33 AM
  • The ECB announce that Rankin will return to the field later today #ashes
  • Nasser believes England have bowled too short at Haddin

    1/3/2014 4:14:21 AM
  • Tea
    [tea]Just the 107 runs at better than four an over in that session. England are a bowler down, Borthwick looks way out of his depth, and Haddin is Haddining things again. Australia past 200 on a pitch that has offered plenty of assistance to bowlers not bowling half-volleys, full-tosses and long-hops. Broad and Anderson bowled superb spells straight after lunch, but England have let things slip horribly since then.
    1/3/2014 4:14:27 AM
  • The ECB hope* that Rankin will return to the field later today #ashes
  • Betting
    [betting]Big change in the betting after another Haddin-inspired Aussie fightback. The 5-0 whitewash now just 1/2 with Sky Bet. England out to 100/30, and the draw coming back in slightly to 5/1. Haddin's 5/4 for another century in his astonishingly good series.
    1/3/2014 4:18:23 AM
  • [50]Over 53 - Australia 206/5 (Smith 48, Haddin 59)
    Broad gets us under way after tea and there is some good news for England as Rankin is back out on the field after some treatment on his left hamstring. Smith brings up his sixth Test half-century (87b, 10x4) with a cover drive for four.
    1/3/2014 4:35:59 AM
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