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Australia v England - Fourth Test

Australia v England - Fourth Test

  • Australia win by eight wickets!
    12/29/2013 4:10:08 AM
  • Hello and a very merry Christmas to you all. Hopefully you haven't overdone the festive celebrations and you are feeling fresh and ready for Day One of the Boxing Day Test here in Melbourne!
    12/25/2013 9:14:39 PM
  • 12/25/2013 9:16:37 PM
  • Bumble believes England will select Bairstow over Prior at the MCG

    12/25/2013 9:37:03 PM
  • Preview: The series may be over, however you try telling any of the players, supporters or Sky Sports commentators there is nothing to play for. Australia are hunting a whitewash while England need to restore some pride after heavy defeats in Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. We are expecting a crowd of around 90,000 here at the MCG for what is the highlight of the Test cricket calender. Stay here throughout the day for over-by-over commentary and expert views from Bumble, Beefy, Shane, Nasser, Athers, Strauss, Lord Gower and Benedict.
    12/25/2013 9:48:43 PM
  • Benedict's pre-Test stats pack:
    • The Great Southern Stand boasts a capacity of 45,000.  The capacity of the whole of Lord’s currently stands at 28,000.
    • The first Test at Melbourne involving play on Boxing Day was in 1950, against England. The first Test to start on Boxing Day at the MCG was in 1968 against the West Indies.
    • This is the 95th Test Match to start on Boxing Day, with the 96th scheduled to start in a few hours’ time (South Africa v India).
    • The last 15 Tests at the MCG have all produced results with Australia winning 12 of them.
    • The record attendance for cricket at the ground is 90,800 on February 11, 1961 for the second day of the fifth Test of the Australia-West Indies series. 
    • Michael Clarke is 13 runs short of becoming the sixth Australian to score 8,000 Test runs.  At 32 he would be the second-youngest, after Ricky Ponting.
    • Matt Prior has played England’s last 60 Tests since March 2009, which is the sixth-longest streak for England, and among England wicket-keepers only Alan Knott’s 65 matches in a row from 1971 to 1977 is longer.

    12/25/2013 10:00:40 PM
  • Nasser speculates over England's team before the toss

    12/25/2013 10:24:29 PM
  • Michael also believes Bairstow is set for a recall:
    [mikeatherton] The Boxing Day Test is a fantastic experience. They are expecting a record crowd here today, it was 77,000 when I played here in 1994/95 so it’s a great opportunity to show how good a player you are. It’s a good opportunity for England’s younger players too, I think Jonny Bairstow may come in for Matt Prior and I think Monty Panesar will come in for Graeme Swann. The pitch looks to have a tinge of green and with that in mind I expect Tim Bresnan to retain his place.

    12/25/2013 10:27:43 PM
  • It looks absolutely certain that Bairstow will be keeping wicket. He has the gloves on during the warm-up and a slip cordon of Cook, Bell and Root are joining him in catching practice. The right call or should England be keeping faith with Prior? #skysportsashes
    12/25/2013 10:43:44 PM
  • [rain] A heavy shower has just hit the ground 10 minutes or so before the toss. The players have run in for cover but don't fret, the pattern of Melbourne weather suggests that it will be 40 degrees and glorious sunshine in around five minutes, then it could snow...
    12/25/2013 10:48:54 PM
  • Pietersen: I have no plans to retire

    12/25/2013 10:50:58 PM
  • [ianbotham] It's a no-brainer this morning folks. Win the toss and bowl!

    12/25/2013 10:57:51 PM
  • Australia unchanged. Two changes for England: Bairstow replaces Prior; Panesar in for Swann #ashes
  • Australia: Warner, Rogers, Watson, Clarke (c), Smith, Bailey, Haddin (wkt), Johnson, Siddle, Harris, Lyon.
  • England: Cook (c), Carberry, Root, Pietersen, Bell, Stokes, Bairstow (wkt), Bresnan, Broad, Anderson, Panesar #ashes
  • Australia win the toss and bowl first #ashes
  • Cook still yet to win a toss this series. Are you happy with the changes? #ashes #stayup
  • I can’t believe I’m saying this – we are going to have a bowl. There’s enough moisture and grass on the wicket, but the thing that has made my mind up is the overhead conditions. The expectation is exactly the same – our preparation and mind-set for this game has been the same as Brisbane.

    Michael Clarke seemed a little loss at what to do after getting the choice...
    12/25/2013 11:04:31 PM
  • It looks a good wicket, looks like it might do a little in the first session so we’ve got to get through that. It was very difficult decision (to leave out Matt Prior).  He needs a bit of time out of the firing line and it gives Jonny an opportunity. I know he will be desperate to take it.

    Alastair Cook - who has called incorrectly at every toss this series - reflects on batting first
    12/25/2013 11:06:24 PM
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    12/25/2013 11:21:16 PM
  • We're about to get underway at 'the G' after the national anthems were completed. Ground filling up quickly now...
    12/25/2013 11:30:56 PM
  • The players are in position at the MCG. Follow via the Events Centre and #catchup on the pre match build-up:… #ashes
  • Over 1 - England 1/0 (Cook 0, Carberry 0)
    Ryan Harris opens up - there were some concerns over his knee, and his ability to get into casinos in the early hours, but he's been passed fit to play.
    Cook gets England ahead for the first time in the series courtesy of a leg bye off his pad. Swing for certain, though lacking a lot in pace in comparison to Perth. Due to get warmer as the day goes on, so this first session is crucial for both teams.
    12/25/2013 11:37:29 PM
  • Over 2 - England 9/0 (Cook 8, Carberry 0)
    Johnson getting it to swing, and his pace is up already.
    Cook keeps his eye on a low full toss to clip it away for a couple through mid-wicket, then drives the next ball through the covers for two more. Mitchell makes the mistake of giving the England skipper some width, allowing him to free his arms and cut away past backward point for the first boundary on Boxing Day
    12/25/2013 11:42:41 PM
  • Over 3 - England 9/0 (Cook 8, Carberry 0)
    Carbs still yet to open his account.
    I had a lot of carbs myself on Christmas Day, over-dosing on roast potatoes. Meanwhile, England's Carbs nearly gets in trouble leaving one alone late, only just pulling his bat out of the line of a Harris delivery that seemed to zip off the surface a little. Maiden from 'Rhino'
    12/25/2013 11:46:43 PM
  • Over 4 - England 14/0 (Cook 13, Carberry 0)
    Cook places a long half-volley in front of point, then has to watch on and wait to find out if he has to go through an all-run four.
    He doesn't, the ball eventually trickling into the rope. This is a huge ground, serious possibility of a five being taken. England's skipper keeps the strike with a nudge down to fine leg for a single off the last.
    12/25/2013 11:51:14 PM
  • Alastair Cook lost his fourth toss in a row at the start of the day

    12/25/2013 11:52:42 PM
  • Over 5 - England 18/0 (Cook 17, Carberry 0)
    Cook is beaten outside off by the first delivery of the Harris over, then tries to leave the third and ends up running it down off the bottom edge past the diving Haddin and Watson for four more.
    Umpire Dar takes an interesting look at Harris' follow-through, not happy with where the seamer is landing.
    12/25/2013 11:55:05 PM
  • [andrewstrauss] If England are going to change their fortunes, they need Alastair Cook to score runs at the top of the order.

    12/25/2013 11:56:10 PM
  • Over 6 - England 23/0 (Cook 20, Carberry 2)
    Early change for Australia: Johnson off, Siddle on.
    England have hit  the home side's talisman out of the attack (though he could be just about to swap ends). Carberry finally off the mark from the opening ball of the over, a thick edge flying down to fine leg for one. Cook is then served up another long half-volley, allowing to push a drive down the park for three runs. Sun now starting to come out - Clarke  now wondering if he can play his wild card and opt to bat first instead.
    12/25/2013 11:59:18 PM
  • Drop! Smith spills a tough one-handed catch diving at third slip. Was probably Clarke's catch. Carberry (2) survives. England 23-0 #ashes
  • Over 7 - England 23/0 (Cook 20, Carberry 2)
    Carberry can't resist at driving a wide one from Harris, fortunately making no contact with the outside edge on that occason.
    It is located later in the over, only the chance is missed by a diving Smith at third slip. Looks like it might have made it to Clarke at second if his team-mate hadn't gone for it. Let-off for Carbs.
    12/26/2013 12:03:04 AM
  • Here we go with 85,000 in the house at the Boxing Day test match ! 🎄

  • Over 8 - England 28/0 (Cook 21, Carberry 6)
    Siddle full, looking for swing.
    Carberry capitalises on one pitched too far up, playing a rare straight drive back past his skipper for four. "Carberry's gone to the Michael Atherton school of ironing shirts," says Nasser Hussain on commentary. Australia pitching it as full as possible, perhaps hunting wickets rather than patiently waiting for them to come along. Vast difference when the pressure is on to perform after your skipper opts to bowl first.
    12/26/2013 12:07:54 AM
  • Over 9 - England 28/0 (Cook 21, Carberry 6)
    Maiden from Harris to Cook, though only because the batsman hammered a drive straight at Nathan Lyon at point.
    12/26/2013 12:12:07 AM
  • Over 10 - England 28/0 (Cook 21, Carberry 6)
    Clarke likes to ring the changes.
    After a couple for Johnson and Siddle it's time for some spin, he reckons. Reckon his good mate Warney will have told him to try this out. There's turn too, one going sharply away from Carberry as he left well alone. He does play at the fifth delivery, and is beaten by one that not only moves a little but also bounces more than the rest. Good, probing opening over from Lyon.
    12/26/2013 12:15:09 AM
  • Michael Clarke leads his team out onto the field on day one

    12/26/2013 12:15:37 AM
  • Over 11 - England 28/0 (Cook 21, Carberry 6)
    Australia get a little excited about a ball that strikes Cook on the front pad outside the line of off stick and also fails to make contact with the bat before reaching Haddin's gloves.
    Referral considered - referral not wasted. A play-and-a-miss to one full at England's skipper. That waft may keep Rhino on for one more over. He's now bowled six overs, five of which have been maidens.
    12/26/2013 12:19:05 AM
  • Over 12 - England 33/0 (Cook 21, Carberry 11)
    Carberry moves into double figures, cutting Lyon in front of point to beat the diving Rogers.
    He tries to repeat the shot immediately afterwards, only this time the sprawling fielder manages to cut it off.
    12/26/2013 12:21:57 AM
  • Harris is off - a bottom edge for four were the only runs he conceded in that spell. Siddle on in his place now.
    12/26/2013 12:23:04 AM
  • Watch Bumble's foray into football management

    12/26/2013 12:25:46 AM
  • It's got to be the greatest Boxing Day venue..... "The MCG" !!
    Will it be a record attendance beat 90,800 !!
  • Over 13 - England 44/0 (Cook 25, Carberry 18)
    Slice of luck for Carberry to Siddle's first ball, a cut shot played a little too close to his body going in the air but through a gap to the left of gully.
    He looks much more comfortable whipping one off his front pad for three. Cook plays into the same area for two more, then cuts nicely off the back foot to end an expensive over with another brace - Siddle going at comfortably more than a run-a-ball rate so far today.
    12/26/2013 12:27:15 AM
  • Over 14 - England 44/0 (Cook 25, Carberry 18)
    Maiden from Lyon.
    He and Siddle have combined to send down nine overs for nine runs. The other two used in the Australian attack have leaked 34 from their five. Time for drinks in Melbourne. Not sure if it's better to have something cold and refreshing, or go with something to warm the cockles instead. Sun is set to make a strong appearance as the day wears on.
    12/26/2013 12:30:52 AM
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