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Australia v England - Fourth Test

Australia v England - Fourth Test

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  • AND DOWN! Smith can't hang on to a chance at third slip

    12/26/2013 12:32:45 AM
  • Drinks: Eng 44-0. Cook (25*) & Carberry (18*) have negotiated the first hour with aplomb. Follow online:… #ashes
  • Nasser reflects on a promising first hour for England:
    [nasserhussain] It was a difficult decision at the toss and one that both captains would have been happy to lose. It hasn't done too much, a little bit of swing and seam. If the sun comes out it could be a very good pitch to bat on. England look like they've been told to be a lot more positive and they have.

    12/26/2013 12:35:31 AM
  • Over 15 - England 46/0 (Cook 26, Carberry 19)
    Thick inside edge into the legside brings Cook a single. If the first hour is as crucial as we're always told it is, then England have this Test in the bag. Siddle comes round the wicket to Carberry, who picks up a single for a miscued pull that lobs in the air but safely behind square-leg.
    12/26/2013 12:37:37 AM
  • Over 16 - England 46/0 (Cook 26, Carberry 18)
    Good over from Lyon to Carberry, who's deceived by a quicker, flatter delivery and decides unwisely to try and cut it. Misses, and almost loses his off bail. Misread the line and the length there.
    12/26/2013 12:40:33 AM
  • WICKET! Cook c Clarke b Siddle 27

    [wicket]Terrible shot from Cook, fencing at a ball way outside off stump with no footwork and giving catching practice to Clarke at second slip.
    12/26/2013 12:43:41 AM
  • Over 17 - England 49/1 (Carberry 19, Root 1)
    Joe Root off the mark first ball as he steers the ball to gully.
    12/26/2013 12:46:50 AM
  • Over 18 - England 51/1 (Carberry 19, Root 3)
    Johnson back after two indifferent overs with the new ball. Root steers him past gully off the back foot to pick up two and bring up England's 50. Root tries to duck a bouncer to end the over and takes a thudding blow on the shoulder. Great delivery, perfectly directed. Root: still smiling.
    12/26/2013 12:51:03 AM
  • Everyone is at the MCG...even the Mexicans

    12/26/2013 12:52:32 AM
  • Graeme Swann explains his decision to retire

    12/26/2013 12:52:59 AM
  • Over 19 - England 52/1 (Carberry 19, Root 3)
    Couple of far better deliveries than the wicket-taking one from Siddle in this over, going past a hesitant Root's outside edge.
    12/26/2013 12:55:00 AM
  • Over 20 - England 57/1 (Carberry 20, Root 7)
    Carberry works Johnson to midwicket for an easy single. Root picks up four with, let's be charitable, a controlled outside edge past the slip cordon.
    12/26/2013 12:59:24 AM
  • Over 21 - England 58/1 (Carberry 21, Root 7)
    Root looks like a kid at Christmas here. Not because of how's he batting. Just because, you know, it's Christmas. And he looks like a kid. Continues his plan to irritate Siddle by playing and missing with childlike enthusiasm. Siddle goes wide on the crease to lure Root into playing at another one he needn't. Another play and miss.
    12/26/2013 1:03:59 AM
  • Over 22 - England 66/1 (Carberry 25, Root 7)
    A brief glimpse of the ghost of Mitchell past as Johnson sprays one way down the legside, completely stuffing a helpless Brad Haddin and gifting England four byes. Three Christmas references there. There won't be any more. Shot! Carberry pulls a cracker to the midwicket boundary for four as Johnson drops short. (OK, now I'm done.)
    12/26/2013 1:07:57 AM
  • Over 23 - England 67/1 (Carberry 25, Root 8)
    The lights are on. That's not a Christmas reference. The floodlights have been turned on. Bit gloomy at the G. Root continues to look over-tired after all the excitement of Christmas Day, and squirts an unconvincing forward defensive into the covers for an easy single.
    12/26/2013 1:12:35 AM
  • Got him! Cook hangs his head after edging Siddle to Clarke

    12/26/2013 1:13:11 AM
  • Over 24 - England 68/1 (Carberry 25, Root 9)
    Better from Root, getting onto the back foot to defend Johnson into the offside and get through for a good quick single. Carberry goes under a sharp bouncer as a few spots of rain start to fall.
    12/26/2013 1:16:24 AM
  • Over 25 - England 69/1 (Carberry 25, Root 10)
    Root into double-figures with a nurdle off his pads. Just the second scoring shot off Harris today, and the first intentional one after Cook got four trying to leave the ball earlier. There are 90,000 people inside the MCG. And, it seems, at least that number of flies. Most of them appear to have set up camp on the back of Root's shirt. Keep thinking they're going to spell out his name, or perhaps a cheery festive message from the flies to the humans. Probably won't, though.
    12/26/2013 1:21:41 AM
  • latest crowd figure - 84,000 at the G
  • Over 26 - England 71/1 (Carberry 26, Root 11)
    Bit of Shane Watson before lunch. Couple of singles before Root plays the wrong line at a long half-volley and misses it. Just shaped away a touch, but should really have gone straight back past the bowler. Root never got into a position to play the shot, no footwork or weight transfer. Fighting his technique here.
    12/26/2013 1:26:37 AM
  • Over 27 - England 71/1 (Carberry 26, Root 11)
    Huge leg-before shout against Carberry as he shoulders arms to one that hoops back from round the wicket from Harris. It's desperately close, and Australia decide to have a second look on review. Hits Carberry outside off, which matters not as he offered no stroke, but was only clipping the bails, which matters a great deal. Bad leave, but Carberry survives, and has cannily caused enough of a delay to make that the last over of the session.
    12/26/2013 1:30:34 AM
  • Lunch
    [lunch]Curious session. England can be relatively pleased not to have suffered serious damage after being put in, but Cook gave his wicket away horribly and both Carberry and Root have looked more than a little iffy since the captain's departure. It feels a precarious 71/1.
    12/26/2013 1:32:09 AM
  • Our lunchtime feature is another Modern Classic on our very own @warne888 #ashes #stayup
  • Betting
    [betting]Australia have drifted from a pre-match 8/11 to 6/5 with Sky Bet after making just one breakthrough in that morning session. England are 9/4, and the draw 5/2. PRICE BOOSTS: Wicket in first over after lunch: 18/1, Root AND Carberry to score 50: 100/30.
    12/26/2013 1:40:28 AM
  • Andrew gives his lunchtime verdict:
    [andrewstrauss] It's been a positive start by England. It's not easy when you're asked to bat first on a wicket that is doing a little bit. England showed a lot of intent, Alastair Cook led the way with that approach but it also led to his downfall with an ambitious shot against Peter Siddle. Overall, though, England will be the happier side at the lunch break.

    12/26/2013 2:03:23 AM
  • Over 28 - England 75/1 (Carberry 26, Root 15)
    Watto continues after lunch - Root leaves the third ball of the afternoon session, possibly more in luck than judgement as it just travels a whisper past his off peg. Yorkshireman then twice fails to capitalise on leg-side deliveries; he's scratching around like a rooster in a hen house out in the middle. At least he does find a gap with a straight drive, Peter Siddle proving unable to cut the shot off before making contact with the rope.
    12/26/2013 2:13:56 AM
  • Over 29 - England 83/1 (Carberry 26, Root 18)
    BYE, BYE, BYE, BYE! In fairness, poor Brad Haddin was given no chance by Harris with the first ball of the over, one from around the wicket to Carberry that lands outside leg and just keeps on going further down due to the angle. Root punches a drive down the ground for three, shots like that should help get him going. Most importantly after such a sticky start, he's still standing
    12/26/2013 2:18:13 AM
  • [davidlloyd] Benedict tells me that Norman Graham, the former Kent bowler, drew a crowd of 130,000 to the MCG. Sorry not Norman Graham, Billy Graham...

    12/26/2013 2:18:17 AM
  • Over 30 - England 83/1 (Carberry 26, Root 18)
    Too wide from Watson - Root would do well to hit some of the deliveries in the over with a barge pole. Once Jacques Kallis retires after second Test against India, no bowler will block it up outside the off peg better than Watto. Maiden over that posed absolutely no danger whatsoever. None at all. Nadda. Nowt.
    12/26/2013 2:22:03 AM
  • Michael Carberry plays one of his favourite shots; the swivel pull

    12/26/2013 2:23:20 AM
  • The MCG is bathed in sunshine as the players begin the afternoon session. Eng 86-1 #ashes #stayup #catchup

  • Over 31 - England 87/1 (Carberry 29, Root 19)
    Singles to both batsmen off Harris, who has been a little down on both pace and accuracy since the lunch break.
    Perhaps he ate too much. Over finishes with a bouncer that Carberry ducks comfortably under.
    12/26/2013 2:25:50 AM
  • Over 32 - England 87/1 (Carberry 29, Root 19)
    Shane Warne says this is the wicket in Australia where it is most important to do damage with the new ball.
    In which case, seems a little strange captain Clarke is allowing Watson to waste what hardness is left in it by bowling two foot outside of off stump to Root. Dull maiden. At least Root did have to actually use his bat a couple of times to keep out ones relatively straight.
    12/26/2013 2:29:52 AM
  • Over 33 - England 92/1 (Carberry 34, Root 19)
    Johnson back on - four overs for 17 so far today.
    Carberry greets his return by cutting the second delivery of the over powerfully through the backward point region. It was at catchable height, but probably one of those where the fielder is glad it wasn't actually aimed anywhere close enough for him to have to risk a hand at it. Root has a poke at the final delivery of the over, then shakes his head in annoyance. Not even a smile follows, that's how annoyed he is.
    12/26/2013 2:34:54 AM
  • [wicket]WICKET! Carberry b Watson 38

    Oh dear.
    Oh dear, oh dear. After getting away with a close lbw for leaving alone a ball around the wicket before lunch, the left-hander's now gone and left another that has clipped the top of his off stick.
    12/26/2013 2:40:00 AM
  • A hostile reception for @KP24 as he makes his way out to the middle...
  • Over 34 - England 96/2 (Root 19, Pietersen 0)
    What a way to go after you've worked so hard.
    You just start to doubt if Carberry is one of those players that looks comfortable enough, but just can't find a way to kick on and make that big score every player needs at the start of their Test career. Oh well, here's KP now. His arrival should liven up proceedings.
    12/26/2013 2:41:38 AM
  • Nasser reflects on the dismissal of Carberry:
    [nasserhussain] That was a really disappointing end for Carberry. He's struggled with the round the wicket angle on this tour, he's struggled with the leave, and he's struggled in the 30s and 40s. It must infuriate him more than anyone else.

    12/26/2013 2:44:21 AM
  • Over 35 - England 97/2 (Root 20, Pietersen 0)
    Johnson turning up the speed now - first ball of the over gets into 96mph.
    Root does his best to provide a wicket, wafting away outside off with no conviction whatsoever. He almost has a carbon copy of his second-innings dismissal in Perth, nearly jamming his bat down in time to feather an edge to Haddin. The over ends with a scampered single, meaning KP will have to wait for his chance to take strike.
    12/26/2013 2:45:26 AM
  • Over 36 - England 98/2 (Root 21, Pietersen 0)
    Siddle back on - think we all know why that is.
    Root duly obliges with a single off the last, putting KP on strike to the man who has dismissed him 10 times in Test cricket. There's some rather risky looking drives from Pietersen, twice to balls you'd feel he would normally be slammed to the fence. A single is considered at the end of the over, but Root is sent back just in time.
    12/26/2013 2:49:56 AM
  • Over 37 - England 99/2 (Root 22, Pietersen 0)
    Root looks a little more comfortable outside off stick, albeit you can still see he's fighting against his natural odd to prod the bat at deliveries that are never going to endanger his furniture.
    Johnson gets just the one ball a KP, which is blocked defensively to mid-on.
    12/26/2013 2:54:31 AM
  • Over 38 - England 100/2 (Root 22, Pietersen 0)
    England's century comes up with a leg bye off Root's thigh pad.
    He then has to stay alert at the non-striker's end knowing that KP is likely to call him through for a risky single just so he's no longer stuck on zero. So far that call hasn't come - Pietersen has now faced nine deliveries without managing a run.
    12/26/2013 2:58:32 AM
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    12/26/2013 2:59:59 AM
  • Over 39 - England 100/2 (Root 22, Pietersen 0)
    Clarke posts five slips now for Root, hoping he will continue to be tempted outside off stump.
    There's acres of space in front of square, but the young Yorkshireman is not interested. The fifth ball of the over beats him all ends up from back of a length. In the end, it's a Mitchell maiden.
    12/26/2013 3:03:00 AM
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