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Australia v England - Fifth Test

Australia v England - Fifth Test

  • Over 50 - England 112/8 (Borthwick 1, Broad 0)
    Borthwick plays out a maiden over from Lyon. England need 15 to avoid the follow-on. Don't think Clarke will enforce it but, given England's woes, he'll surely be sorely tempted.
    1/4/2014 3:36:33 AM
  • Over 51 - England 113/8 (Borthwick 1, Broad 1)
    Of all the many disasters befalling England in this series, one of the most alarming has been the total disintegration of Broad's batting. Currently a genuine tailender, and not just when Johnson's bowling. He may be the only batsman in the world who tries to play the yorker and the bouncer in exactly the same way: by jumping up in the air for some reason. Does manage to get a single here, flicking the ball into the legside. Borthwick plays out the over in more orthodox manner.
    1/4/2014 3:39:53 AM
  • Over 52 - England 125/8 (Borthwick 1, Broad 13)
    Lyon stays on even with Broad on strike. Like a condemned man scoffing his last meal, Broad - with an air of desperation - smacks over long-on for six, slogs over midwicket for four and slices over gully for two.
    1/4/2014 3:44:42 AM
  • Borthwick c Smith b Harris 1

    [wicket]Regulation edge from Borthwick is held by Smith at third slip. England still need two more to avoid the follow-on, and it's a while since Mitchell Johnson bowled. This is the first over of Harris' spell. I wouldn't rule it out.
    1/4/2014 3:48:07 AM
  • Siddle celebrates the wicket of Stokes, who made 47

    1/4/2014 3:48:23 AM
  • Over 53 - England 125/9 (Broad 13)
    Rankin strides out to join Broad. No obvious discomfort from that hamstring injury.
    1/4/2014 3:49:54 AM
  • Rankin drives England past the follow-on target with a boundary down the ground off Lyon! Eng 130-9 #ashes #stayup
  • Over 54 - England 130/9 (Broad 14, Rankin 4)
    Broad takes a single from the third ball of Lyon's over. England need one run to avoid the follow-on. Rankin gets four with a biff down the ground. That's that settled anyway.
    1/4/2014 3:51:58 AM
  • Rankin drives down the ground to cheers from England fans as the follow on is avoided #Ashes

  • Over 55 - England 135/9 (Broad 19, Rankin 4)
    Broad on the slog now. Might as well. Smears a short ball from Harris over midwicket for four, and swipes to deep square-leg for a single to leave Rankin one ball to survive, which he does by ducking underneath it.
    1/4/2014 3:55:59 AM
  • Over 56 - England 143/9 (Broad 26, Rankin 5)
    Fair play to Broad here. It's not elegant, it's not subtle, but it is effective. Lyon smashed through square-leg for four before a flick through midwicket brings another three runs. Rankin keeps the strike after edging the last ball of the over wide of slip.
    1/4/2014 4:00:19 AM
  • Over 57 - England 146/9 (Broad 26, Rankin 8)
    Australia right on the back foot now.  Rankin's hitting the ball over the top. Carnage. Only gets two runs for it. But still. Adds another single as, clearly growing in confidence, he once again farms the strike.
    1/4/2014 4:03:51 AM
  • Come on England declare ... You have got enough.... #Ashes
  • Over 58 - England 155/9 (Broad 30, Rankin 13)
    Might be the end of Lyon in this innings here. Rankin slog-sweeps him for four and then takes a single. Broad smears the last ball of the over down the ground for four more.
    1/4/2014 4:07:35 AM
  • Rankin b Johnson 13

    [wicket]Johnson back into the attack. Takes him five balls to end Rankin's entertaining resistance with a full delivery that tails in and ricochets into middle stump off the pad. That will be tea, as Rankin walks off with one more run than Cook, Carberry, Bell and Pietersen managed between them.
    1/4/2014 4:11:24 AM
  • Tea
    [tea]So a first-innings lead of 171 for Australia to build at their leisure over the next four or five sessions if they wish. If Clarke really is a funky captain, he'll forfeit his second innings. They've plenty. That 155 all out actually represents a fairly significant recovery by England is a damning indictment of the top order.
    1/4/2014 4:13:15 AM
  • Nasser bemoans the latest England batting no-show

    1/4/2014 4:15:52 AM
  • [shanewarne] England's only hope is if they can bowl Australia out for 150 or less in this second innings

    1/4/2014 4:32:12 AM
  • Over 1 - Australia 4/0 (Rogers 4, Warner 0)
    James Anderson takes the new ball for the final time in the series. Rogers prods around for four balls and then smashes the fifth behind point for four. Short and wide, asking to be hit.
    1/4/2014 4:34:19 AM
  • Nasser takes an aerial view of proceedings at the SCG

    1/4/2014 4:35:12 AM
  • Over 2 - Australia 12/0 (Rogers 4, Warner 8)
    Stifled appeal for caught behind down the leg-side against Warner from Broad and Bairstow. Replays show it was just thigh pad. Warner latches onto the first short ball he sees, rolling his wrists on a pull to send it racing away behind square for four and then gets four more via an inside edged pull that evades Bairstow.
    1/4/2014 4:39:58 AM
  • Over 3 - Australia 17/0 (Rogers 5, Warner 12)
    Warner has three boundaries already, the latest of them punched down the ground between bowler Anderson and mid-on.
    1/4/2014 4:44:19 AM
  • Over 4 - Australia 23/0 (Rogers 11, Warner 12)
    Too short again from Broad and this time it is Rogers pulling for four. No swing for either of England's new-ball bowlers.
    1/4/2014 4:48:19 AM
  • Over 5 - Australia 26/0 (Rogers 11, Warner 15)
    Good running turns two into three after Warner works off his hip. Anderson has again been generally too short, just as he was in the first innings.
    1/4/2014 4:51:56 AM
  • Over 6 - Australia 27/0 (Rogers 11, Warner 16)
    Warner has to jam the bat down late to keep out a Broad delivery that didn't bounce as much as expected. Diving stop from Anderson at extra cover prevents Warner getting more than a single for a well-timed drive.
    1/4/2014 4:56:30 AM
  • [wicket]Warner lbw b Anderson 16

    Anderson goes round-the-wicket and it does the trick, trapping Warner lbw on the back leg as he looked to defend a delivery that curved in on the angle. Warner considered reviewing but thought better of it after getting a stern look from Rogers.
    1/4/2014 5:03:52 AM
  • [mikeatherton] From round the wicket that delivery seemed to zip off the pitch. It seemed to really nip and hit Warner before the bat came down. Out!

    1/4/2014 5:05:38 AM
  • Over 7 - Australia 27/1 (Rogers 11, Watson 0)
    Seeing the replay of Warner's dismissal, it looked like the ball hit the seam and quickened up off the pitch. Warner was surprised by the pace.
    1/4/2014 5:06:35 AM
  • Rankin - who bowled only 8.2 overs in the first innings due to what England described as 'cramp' in his left leg - is into the attack to replace Broad.
    1/4/2014 5:07:07 AM
  • Over 8 - Australia 32/1 (Rogers 12, Watson 0)
    Rankin's first ball is down the leg-side and disappears for four byes and fails to find the right line throughout the remainder of a disappointing over.
    1/4/2014 5:11:11 AM
  • Over 9 - Australia 39/1 (Rogers 15, Watson 4)
    Anderson discomforts Rogers with a similar delivery to the on that did for Warner. Inside edge into the pad saved Rogers. Broad's chase and dive saves a run after Rogers flicks towards midwicket. Watson gets off the mark with a late cut to the boundary after Anderson offers too much width.
    1/4/2014 5:15:05 AM
  • Over 10 - Australia 42/1 (Rogers 17, Watson 5)
    Silver-haired former Aussie PM Bob Hawke, 84, is in attendance at the SCG today and has just necked a pint of the amber nectar in one go, much to the delight of a section of the crowd who are all dressed as Richie Benaud. What a country! Rankin still struggling for a consistent line and length, looks nervous.
    1/4/2014 5:18:53 AM
  • Around 300 spectators have 'come as Richie' in tribute to the Australia legend, who is back in hospital following a car crash

    1/4/2014 5:22:11 AM
  • [wicket]Watson c Bairstow b Anderson 9

    Bairstow dives in front of first slip to hold a one-handed catch. Watson pushed forward in defence but got a healthy edge through to the wicketkeeper.
    1/4/2014 5:22:29 AM
  • Over 11 - Australia 47/2 (Rogers 18, Clarke 0)
    The ball is seaming around for Anderson now and he finishes the over by beating new batsman Clarke outside off-stump.
    1/4/2014 5:26:01 AM
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  • Over 12 - Australia 51/2 (Rogers 21, Clarke 1)
    Clarke gets off the mark - and retains the strike - with a drop-and-run single from the final delivery of Rankin's over. Australia lead by 222.
    1/4/2014 5:30:03 AM
  • Over 13 - Australia 51/2 (Rogers 21, Clarke 1)
    Clarke is resolute in defence during a maiden, including a well-judged leave. Anderson has now bowled 183 overs in the series, the most on either side.
    1/4/2014 5:33:39 AM
  • Over 14 - Australia 59/2 (Rogers 25, Clarke 1)
    Rankin has been all over the place in this spell, no consistency of either line or length. Rogers drives a floaty, overpitched delivery through the covers for his third four. Australia also collect four more in leg byes to fine-leg via Rogers' pad.
    1/4/2014 5:37:54 AM
  • Rogers picks up seven runs from one shot! They ran three, Bell pulling it in just short of the rope at wide third-man before Bairstow shied Bell's return at the non-striker's stumps, missed, and it ran away for four overthrows. Reliably informed that is not the first time it's happened in Tests.
    1/4/2014 5:41:05 AM
  • Benedict is quickly onto previous overthrow stats:
    [benedictbermange] Michael Clarke hit a ‘seven’ at Adelaide in 2006 thanks to a three and four overthrows.  However, the most runs from a single stroke in an Ashes Test is eight, thanks to two sets of overthrows, by Patsy Hendren off Percy Hornibrook at Melbourne in March 1929

    1/4/2014 5:44:24 AM
  • Over 15 - Australia 71/2 (Rogers 32, Clarke 6)
    Lost amid the excitement of that seven was Clarke's drive just to the leg-side of straight for four earlier in the over. Anderson far from amused by all of this.
    1/4/2014 5:45:27 AM
  • WICKET! Broad bags Clarke! A loose poke from the Australia captain and another catch for Bairstow. Aus 72-3 - 243 ahead #ashes
  • [wicket]Clarke c Bairstow b Broad 6

    Broad strikes in his first over back, Clarke edging through to the wicketkeeper. Not a great shot from Australia's captain, could have left it alone but instead flirted with it.
    1/4/2014 5:48:46 AM
  • Over 16 - Australia 72/3 (Rogers 33, Smith 0)
    It's time for drinks at the SCG after Clarke's exit. Australia lead by 243.
    1/4/2014 5:50:59 AM
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