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Australia v England - Fourth Test

Australia v England - Fourth Test

  • Over 65 - England 159/3 (Pietersen 34, Bell 20)
    Peter Siddle concedes a run - how expensive of him.
    KP gets it with a flick just past the right hand of mid-wicket. The announcer confirms that there is now a new record attendance for a cricket match at the MCG of 90,831. At least that's something to remember the day by...
    12/26/2013 5:16:09 AM
  • Over 66 - England 160/3 (Pietersen 35, Bell 20)
    A tickly-sweep," says David Lloyd of the paddle around the corner by KP for the only run off Lyon's latest over.
    Good description that. Crowd got a little excited when it went in the air, but there wasn't a fielder within 25 yards of it.
    12/26/2013 5:18:21 AM
  • Over 67 - England 160/3 (Pietersen 35, Bell 20)
    More dots from Siddle to KP - scorebook must have some pretty pictures in it now.
    Steve Smith swinging his arms around, suggesting he might be set for a bowl. England have managed 25 runs in the 13 overs since the tea break.
    12/26/2013 5:22:21 AM
  • Beefy believes England have been 'smothered' by Australia:
    [ianbotham] England have been smothered by Australia, who, in fairness, have not given them much to hit. Then again, sometimes you have to take the game to the opposition. Three England batsmen got starts and yet again the emphasis is on Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell, which is a it of a worry because you shouldn't get in and get out on this surface. The only positive for England is the injury to Shane Watson, who probably won't bowl again in this match.

    12/26/2013 5:22:46 AM
  • Over 68 - England 164/3 (Pietersen 35, Bell 24)
    Good running from Bell turns a possible two into a comfortable pair - also a milestone moment as that brings up 1,000 Test runs for him in the calendar year.
    I don't know if it's the plethora of pigs in blankets, the couple of games of Pictionary or the small glass of egg nog I had earlier, but this cricket is not doing much to keep me awake.
    12/26/2013 5:26:04 AM
  • Over 69 - England 165/3 (Pietersen 35, Bell 24)
    A leg bye.
    That is all.
    12/26/2013 5:29:34 AM
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    12/26/2013 5:33:31 AM
  • Over 70 - England 166/3 (Pietersen 36, Bell 24)
    RISKY! KP twice hit good shots in the over from Lyon straight at fielders, then almost in frustration whacks one straight to mid-off and then sets off for a single.
    He thinks a dive is needed and he's probably right, though fortunately for him there's no direct hit. Change now, the very reliable Siddle being replaced by the extremely reliable Harris.
    12/26/2013 5:34:19 AM
  • Over 71 - England 167/3 (Pietersen 37, Bell 24)
    KP sweetly times Harris' first ball back into the attack, driving on the up.
    Cover gets a hand to it but can't prevent a single being taken. That's all she wrote for the over - I say we all just pretend the next 10 overs have happened and get straight to the second new ball
    12/26/2013 5:37:16 AM
  • Over 72 - England 172/3 (Pietersen 39, Bell 27)
    A whopping great total of five runs from the latest Lyon over, Bell getting two of those when he rocks back to cut away a delivery a little too short in length.
    "Things drifting along," says Mike Atherton on commentary duty. That's been the case since about 20 minutes after lunch. Andrew Strauss, meanwhile, reveals that England's run-rate for the year is down to 2.85 an over.
    12/26/2013 5:40:54 AM
  • WICKET! Bell falls just before the second new ball for 27. Harris finds his edge and Haddin takes another catch. Eng 173-4 #ashes
  • [wicket]WICKET! Bell c Haddin b Harris 27

    And here is the danger of holding on for the second new ball.
    Bell gets caught into pushing at a good delivery from Harris, which only presents a comfortable catch through to wicketkeeper Haddin. The fluent Warwickshire batsman departs for 27 off 98 deliveries
    12/26/2013 5:45:14 AM
  • Over 73 - England 173/4 (Pietersen 40, Stokes 0)
    What a bowler Rhino has been for Australia in this series.
    Now has figures of 2-24 from 17 overs today, eight of which have been maidens. KP had denied him another by sneaking a single off the first delivery when a nicely-timed drive was again half stopped by the diving fielder at cover.
    12/26/2013 5:46:56 AM
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  • Over 74 - England 174/4 (Pietersen 41, Stokes 0)
    Pietersen works Lyon past mid-on for a single. Let's have a Christmas cracker joke. Liven things up. What do you call a train loaded with toffee? A chew chew train. Yeah. Ben Stokes blocks out the rest of Lyon's over.
    12/26/2013 5:51:44 AM
  • Drop! Another life for @KP24 . Bailey grasses a sharp chance at midwicket after a powerful pull from KP. Eng 174-4 #ashes #headon
  • Over 75 - England 179/4 (Pietersen 46, Stokes 0)
    Bizarre passage of play. Two short balls from Harris, and Pietersen goes after both of them. The first is hammered to midwicket where Bailey can't hold on to the catch, and the second is hit just over mid-on's head for four. After both deliveries, a distressed KP calls for the physio. Theory is that he's swallowed a fly. Doctor brings him a spider to swallow. Not really. After a lengthy delay, and plenty of boos from the crowd, play will resume. Pietersen definitely struggling here. Whether it's a fly or something else, he looks a bit poorly out there. He's down on his haunches after each delivery, but manages to see out the over. Even keeps the strike with a single to long-leg.
    12/26/2013 5:59:30 AM
  • Over 76 - England 182/4 (Pietersen 48, Stokes 1)
    Three singles off a less eventful Lyon over. Stokes using his feet to hit to mid-on and get off the mark. KP picks up a couple of singles down the ground to close on a second half-century in the series. New ball is four overs away.
    12/26/2013 6:02:53 AM
  • 50! @KP24 becomes the first batsman to reach his half-century. England need a big innings from their No.4, who has been dropped twice. 184-4
  • Over 77 - England 184/4 (Pietersen 50, Stokes 1)
    [50]Pietersen works Siddle through square-leg and picks up two to go through to his half-century. Not a typical KP innings; it's taken him 119 balls. He's been given a couple of lives as well, with Coulter-Nile and Bailey failing to take catching chances.
    12/26/2013 6:07:23 AM
  • Strauss on KP's latest and much-needed Test 50:
    [andrewstrauss] It's been scrappy and hasn't been vintage Pietersen by any means. He hasn't timed the ball how we'd expect him too but he's hung around and showed plenty of graft.

    12/26/2013 6:08:18 AM
  • Over 78 - England 187/5 (Pietersen 52, Stokes 2)
    Three runs off Lyon's over. Both sides seemingly marking time until the second new ball.
    12/26/2013 6:10:48 AM
  • Pietersen takes time out after swollowing a fly out in the middle

    12/26/2013 6:12:58 AM
  • Over 79 - England 190/4 (Pietersen 52, Stokes 4)
    Good-looking shot from Stokes, standing tall and punching through cover for a couple. It's a no-ball as well, as England grind towards 200. New ball around the corner now.
    12/26/2013 6:14:56 AM
  • Six! @benstokes38 brings up the England 200 in style. Skipping down and planting Lyon for a straight six. New ball taken. Eng 201-4 #ashes
  • Over 80 - England 201/4 (Pietersen 53, Stokes 14)
    Late counter-attack against the old ball from Stokes, who punches Lyon through cover for four and then skips down the track to hit a six down the ground. It's the 50th of the series.
    12/26/2013 6:19:16 AM
  • WICKET! Stokes c Watson b Johnson 14

    [wicket]The new ball strikes inside three balls as Johnson gets one to jag away from Stokes and find a healthy outside edge. Watson pouches the catch at first slip.
    12/26/2013 6:22:23 AM
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  • Over 81 - England 204/5 (Pietersen 54, Bairstow 2)
    Bairstow in at number seven for England on his return to the side in the new role of wicketkeeper-batsman. He's off the mark with a solid push through cover that brings a couple.
    12/26/2013 6:26:30 AM
  • Over 82 - England 205/5 (Pietersen 55, Bairstow 2)
    Pietersen knows what he's doing here. Gets a single from the first ball of Harris' over. Bairstow left to deal with the rest. Does so in tidy fashion.
    12/26/2013 6:31:08 AM
  • Over 83 - England 206/5 (Pietersen 56, Bairstow 2)
    Pietersen works Johnson into the legside for a single. He's faced just four of the 18 deliveries from the second new ball so far. Canny, senior pro. Bairstow looking solid enough, though.
    12/26/2013 6:35:48 AM
  • Over 84 - England 208/5 (Pietersen 58, Bairstow 2)
    Pietersen pulls to deep square-leg for a couple of runs. Didn't middle it perfectly, but played safely enough and hit straight down.
    12/26/2013 6:39:44 AM
  • WICKET! Bairstow b Johnson 10

    [wicket]Bairstow sends a top-edged hook sailing over Haddin and the boundary for six. Johnson's revenge is swift, though, spearing a quick delivery through a yawning gate as Bairstow defends with bat well away from pad.
    Pietersen pulls to deep square-leg for a couple of runs. Didn't middle it perfectly, but played safely enough and hit straight down.
    12/26/2013 6:43:48 AM
  • Over 85 - England 216/6 (Pietersen 58, Bresnan 0)
    Huge lbw appeal against Bresnan first ball. Apart from the fact it pitched outside leg, was swinging to miss leg stump, and the big inside edge, it was quite close.
    12/26/2013 6:46:58 AM
  • Over 86 - England 220/6 (Pietersen 62, Bresnan 0)
    Siddle into the attack looking to dismiss Pietersen for the 11th time. Not far away either, as KP fiddles at one outside off stump and edges just short of Watson at first slip. Not the best fielding effort - might still be struggling with the injury that forced him off the field earlier - and England get four.
    12/26/2013 6:51:06 AM
  • Two quick wickets from Mitchell Johnson have made this Australia's day

    12/26/2013 6:51:48 AM
  • Over 87 - England 222/6 (Pietersen 63, Bresnan 1)
    Perfect bouncer from Johnson has Bresnan fending at the ball and getting it just out of Harris' reach at leg gully. No such problems for Pietersen, who calmly works the next ball into the legside to go past Boycott's Test tally. He's up to fourth on England's all-time list, with Gower's 8231 the next target.
    12/26/2013 6:55:56 AM
  • Over 88 - England 226/6 (Pietersen 67, Bresnan 1)
    Long half-volley from Siddle to end the over - and his day's work - and Pietersen smashes it past a diving Rogers at mid-off to collect four. Rare bad ball. Johnson will have one more over tonight.
    12/26/2013 6:59:16 AM
  • Day One close: England 226-6 (Pietersen 67* Bresnan 1*) #ashes
  • Over 89 - England 226/6 (Pietersen 67, Bresnan 1)
    Bresnan plays out a maiden over from Johnson. But the real drama is Pietersen at the non-striker's end, suddenly very concerned about some mid-pitch gardening. Nothing to do with making this the last over of the day, of course.
    12/26/2013 7:05:21 AM
  • Close
    [close]Success for KP, who has battled and grafted for his unbeaten 67, but that tight bowling through the middle of the day and two wickets with the second new ball mean it's Australia's day at the MCG. Harris superb throughout - again - while Johnson was inconsistent for the most part but roared into life in the last 10 overs.
    12/26/2013 7:08:01 AM
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