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Australia v England - Fifth Test

Australia v England - Fifth Test

  • Missed The Verdict? Bob and Jason preview day two

    1/3/2014 10:52:58 PM
  • Nasser on Cook's captaincy:
    [nasserhussain] What Alastair Cook must realise is that the wins and losses go against his name. If he’s got a gut feeling he must go with that as oppose to the bowler’s.

    1/3/2014 10:59:31 PM
  • Preview: It is fair to say that there is very little optimism in the commentary box that England will get up close to Australia's first-innings total of 326. The general consensus is that England may once again get blown away by Johnson, Harris and co on a pitch which is already showing signs of uneven bounce. A reminder of the state of play; Cook (7*) and nightwatchman Anderson (1*) will return to the middle shortly with England 8-1.
    1/3/2014 11:20:29 PM
  • [sunny] The players jog out of the famous old pavilion and into glorious sunshine at the SCG. It's a perfect day for cricket and we are not expecting any disruptions (apart from movement behind the sightscreen) on day two
    1/3/2014 11:29:11 PM
  • It's a perfect day for cricket in Sydney. Watch D2 live on SS2 or follow via the Ashes Events Centre:… #ashes #stayup
  • [wicket]Cook lbw Harris 7

    Cook shoulders arms at the second ball of the day and umpire Aleem Dar can't get his finger up quick enough in response to Harris' lbw appeal. It shaped back slightly but was a terrible leave. Cook briefly contemplates a review but decides against it and Hawkeye shows it would have hit off-stump.
    1/3/2014 11:31:37 PM
  • [dropped-catch]Ian Bell is dropped first ball by Shane Watson at first slip. Regulation chance but Watson closed his hands too early. What a start to the day!
    1/3/2014 11:33:35 PM
  • [mikeatherton] What a goober that was from Watson. That over had everything!

    1/3/2014 11:36:49 PM
  • Over 7 - England 8/2 (Anderson 1, Bell 0)
    Bell continues to live dangerously after his early life. He plays and misses at the next one from Harris outside off-stump and almost gets a leading edge to mid-on from the final delivery of the over.
    1/3/2014 11:37:28 PM
  • Over 8 - England 9/2 (Anderson 2, Bell 0)
    Johnson immediately follows on from where he left off last night and nightwatchman Anderson is lucky to survive; twice he has to fend off from in front of his face, the second time wearing it on the glove to earn himself a single.
    1/3/2014 11:40:47 PM
  • Physio is out to tend to Anderson, although it is his left thumb that is the problem. He was also hit flush on the right glove during Johnson's over. He gets some magic spray on the sore digit and will carry on.
    1/3/2014 11:42:05 PM
  • Anderson cops a nasty blow on the hand from a Johnson bouncer #ashes

  • Over 9 - England 10/2 (Anderson 3, Bell 0
    Anderson gets right in line against Harris, although he fends one just out of the reach of short-leg. Lyon's mis-field from the final ball of the over means Anderson will be on strike for the start of Johnson's next over - sure he's delighted about that.
    1/3/2014 11:49:33 PM
  • [wicket]Anderson c Clarke b Johnson 7

    Anderson edges one over the wicketkeeper's head for four but his torrid stay ends - mercifully - with an edge to second slip, where Clarke took the catch tumbling to his right.
    1/3/2014 11:50:25 PM
  • [andrewstrauss] This has been a blistering start from Australia. Ryan Harris was bang on the money to Alastair Cook and England are right on the back foot.

    1/3/2014 11:54:23 PM
  • Over 10 - England 14/3 (Bell 0, Pietersen 0)
    Pietersen joins Bell in the middle and defends the final two deliveries of Johnson's over safely enough.
    1/3/2014 11:54:49 PM
  • [umpire-review]Over 11 - England 14/3 (Bell 0, Pietersen 0)
    Australia waste a review after Bell is struck on the pad, always looked to be sliding past the leg-stump and Hawkeye confirms that was the case. Excellent, probing stuff from Harris this morning and the over ends with another half-appeal for lbw against Bell, again was missing leg-stump and this time Australia don't send it upstairs.
    1/3/2014 11:58:35 PM
  • Take me home: Cook trudges off just two balls into the second day

    1/3/2014 11:58:41 PM
  • A selection of former international captains reveal what makes a great leader

    1/4/2014 12:02:14 AM
  • Over 12 - England 17/3 (Bell 0, Pietersen 3)
    Pietersen decides against a pull shot at the last moment and then opens his account with a couple down to fine-leg after Johnson strays onto his pads. Ambitious from Pietersen later in the over, swishing and missing with a wild drive/carve well outside off-stump (almost launched himself off his feet) and then almost running himself out - David Warner missing the stumps after swooping in from the covers. Frenetic.
    1/4/2014 12:02:23 AM
  • [wicket]Pietersen c Watson b Harris 3

    Watson holds on this time to another regulation chance. Pietersen felt for it outside off-stump and the edge flew to first slip above waist height. Watson didn't take it cleanly but it stayed in. Top bowling from Harris this morning.
    1/4/2014 12:04:36 AM
  • England 17-4 and Ballance makes his way to the middle to face his first ball in Test cricket.
    1/4/2014 12:05:00 AM
  • 17 for 4 .. Good luck Gary Balance... Although it could be worse... It could be 2 for 4.....
  • Over 13 - England 17/4 (Bell 0, Ballance 0)
    Tough introduction to Test cricket for Ballance, who plays out the remainder of Harris' over with some watchful defence.
    1/4/2014 12:10:02 AM
  • Beefy reflects on a disastrous start to day two for England

    1/4/2014 12:10:26 AM
  • Over 14 - England 17/4 (Bell 0, Ballance 0)
    Johnson is operating exclusively above 90mph. Bell equal to the task for the time being, although he's now faced 19 balls without getting off the mark.
    1/4/2014 12:13:16 AM
  • Over 15 - England 22/4 (Bell 2, Ballance 3)
    Ballance gets his first runs in Test cricket with a pleasing drive wide of mid-off for three. Bell is always up and running with a couple into the leg-side, Harris finally offering him something on the pads.
    1/4/2014 12:16:25 AM
  • First bowling change of the day, Siddle on for Johnson.
    1/4/2014 12:17:09 AM
  • Over 16 - England 22/4 (Bell 2, Ballance 3)
    Ballance cuts straight to the fielder at point, looks keen to play his shots through the off-side. Siddle gets one past Ballance's outside edge later in the over, didn't do much, should have been left alone.
    1/4/2014 12:21:10 AM
  • Double change, Watson replaces Harris.
    1/4/2014 12:21:41 AM
  • Another one bites the dust: Pietersen made only three at the SCG

    1/4/2014 12:25:51 AM
  • Over 17 - England 22/4 (Bell 2, Ballance 3)
    Double change, Watson replaces Harris after a spell of 5-3-6-2 this morning. Distinct change of pace, Bell comfortably blocking out a succession of 80mph stump-to-stump deliveries.
    1/4/2014 12:26:02 AM
  • [wicket]Bell c Haddin b Siddle 2

    Bell edges through to the wicketkeeper, playing slightly inside the line of a delivery from Siddle that didn't appear to do all that much. Decent off-stump line, shaping in if anything from Siddle's wide angle of delivery. Bell was guilty of playing with a slightly open bat face
    1/4/2014 12:28:41 AM
  • Brilliant bowling from Australia... Pace, Full length and movement... No Comment on England's Batting... Don't want to swear... #Ashes .
  • Bumble reflects on a chaotic first hour on day two:
    [davidlloyd] I said before play, this is going to be one tough day for England. 326 is a brilliant score on this pitch. England have absolutely no answer to this pace and movement from Australia. Start the car.

    1/4/2014 12:32:55 AM
  • Over 18 - England 23/5 (Ballance 4, Stokes 0)
    Bell faced 32 balls for his two runs, so much for him adding some impetus at number three. England have lost 15-4 in 12 overs during the first hour of the day.
    1/4/2014 12:33:41 AM
  • Over 19 - England 25/5 (Ballance 6, Stokes 0)
    Ballance works Watson past short-leg for two runs. This makes it one of England's better overs this morning.
    1/4/2014 12:39:16 AM
  • Over 20 - England 25/5 (Ballance 6, Stokes 0)
    Big appeal for caught behind against Stokes, but he's missed the ball fairly comfortably. Noise was bat on pad.
    1/4/2014 12:42:30 AM
  • Over 21 - England 28/5 (Ballance 7, Stokes 2)
    A legside shovel brings a single for Ballance - he's now co-topscorer in the innings with Cook and Anderson on seven - before a neat clip off the toes brings Stokes two. That and with Ballance's drive to get off the mark are the only shots of any authority to be played by England this morning.
    1/4/2014 12:47:33 AM
  • Over 22 - England 28/5 (Ballance 7, Stokes 2)
    Ballance unconvincingly negotiates a maiden over from Siddle, deflecting one ball into the slips as he makes a late decision to try and leave it alone.
    1/4/2014 12:50:22 AM
  • @piersmorgan : Probably the kiss of death but I like the look of Ballance. #Ashes ” So do I.. He has time...
  • The softer side of Australia pace demon Mitchell Johnson

    1/4/2014 12:52:45 AM
  • Over 23 - England 33/5 (Ballance 7, Stokes 7)
    Stokes joins the seven gang with a booming drive straight back past the bowler as Harris bowls a rare half-volley before keeping the strike with a single.
    1/4/2014 12:55:33 AM
  • Over 24 - England 36/5 (Ballance 7, Stokes 10)
    An inside edge from Stokes just fails to carry to Haddin, with replays confirming the ball bounced just short of the keeper's gloves, before the Durham all-rounder becomes the first England player to get through the nervous sevens with a clip off his toes that brings three runs and takes him to the giddy heights of double-figures.
    1/4/2014 12:59:14 AM
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