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Australia v England - Fourth Test

Australia v England - Fourth Test

  • I guess it's been a bit frustrating. Kev is not out, which is a good sign for us, but a lot of guys got starts so it's disappointing no one has gone on and got a big score. On a good surface, we'd like to be a few wickets less but Australia bowled well. Hopefully we'll get close to 300-plus and put a bit of pressure on Australia possibly.
    Ian Bell gives his verdict on day one in Melbourne
    12/26/2013 7:14:42 AM
  • I suppose it's justified, those couple of late wickets they got with the new ball probably justifies the decision. Australia are in a pretty good position. If we knock the tail over quickly and get them out for 250-260, we could then go on and get a big score. I think he (Clarke) was 50-50. It wasn't one of those days when you definitely bowl. Given those circumstances, 3-0 up, pressure on Cook, humid conditions, you can understand him bowling. It was not like Nasser Hussain in Brisbane!
    [shanewarne]Shane on Australia's decision to bowl first
    12/26/2013 7:19:55 AM
  • Australia bowled a bit short in that first session but they just smothered England after that. They did not allow England to get away, and England did not try to improvise in any way, they just tried to survive and that's playing into the hands of Australia. When you just try to survive, there is no pressure on the fielding side and they are thinking 'we have nothing to worry about'.
    [ianbotham]Ian on England's batting approach
    12/26/2013 7:23:05 AM
  • A lot of people stay he should have hung around but now England have the opportunity to see who the next man is. I think it's a brave move from Graeme Swann to draw a complete line under it. Because of his body, he's struggling, and he doesn't feel he can do what he needs to, to win games for England, so I think it's a brave move.
    Ashes Breakfast has kicked off and Rob Key has given his view on Graeme Swann's retirement
    12/26/2013 7:39:23 AM
  • Australia have a classy five-man attack. Ryan Harris was outstanding all day, Peter Siddle very disciplined, Lyon and Watson all disciplined and Johnson adds that x-factor. Pietersen really knuckled down and showed great diligence and discipline. It was not the most swashbuckling innings Kevin Pietersen has ever played but I thought he showed a lot of pride in his performance, which was welcome.
    [mikeatherton]Michael was impressed by Pietersen's innings
    12/26/2013 7:46:30 AM
  • The Aussies gesture towards the Barmy Army following the dismissal of Bairstow

    12/26/2013 7:55:27 AM
  • Getting ready at The Shane Warne Foundation for their big net session tomorrow Piers Morgan and Brett…

  • To play in front of 91,000 people here is an amazing feeling. There were times when it was pretty noisy so it's great to have that at home and have people behind us. We didn't bowl as well as we could have early and England played well but I think we pulled it back pretty well. We'd take 6 for 226 after putting them in, and we dropped a couple of chances as well, so it could have been a different day.
    Ryan Harris gives his verdict
    12/26/2013 8:20:08 AM
  • FREE highlights: #CatchUp with the action from Day 1 of the Fourth #Ashes Test in Melbourne.

    12/26/2013 8:22:08 AM

    12/26/2013 8:22:33 AM
  • Great Breaking News... At 3.15pm tomorrow at the MCG @piersmorgan will be seriously hurt...If you fancy watching please visit the nets...
  • Sometimes against the seamers, there is not much you can do. They hit a line and length and Johnson bowls thunderbolts but it's against the spin when you show your intent. England need to show some intent, if not against the seamers, then certainly against the spinner. On a good wicket you keep things tight and that is why England keep getting out for 20s, 30s, 40s. You use so much mental energy just staying in that you are going to nick one. Your footwork is not as positive.
    Rob Key on how England are struggling to score at a good rate
    12/26/2013 8:29:18 AM
  • Kevin Pietersen knuckled down to play an innings full of character on day one, says Mike Atherton:… #Ashes #CatchUp
  • England's batsmen were 'smothered' on D1 at the MCG and must show more invention, says @BeefyBotham :… #Ashes #CatchUp
  • PODCAST: Strauss & Hussain praise @KP24 ’s discipline & reflect on @MattPrior13 ’s omission.… #Ashes #CatchUp
  • Did @MattPrior13 deserve to be axed for the 4th #Ashes Test? Andrew Strauss & Nasser Hussain would have kept faith...…
  • @newman_cricket : @AddersAkram @BumbleCricket nightmare . I was substituted six times! There's no substitute for experience. Impact player
  • Ryan Harris praised the home support at the MCG, but what have you made to his bowling this series? #AshesVerdict
  • An unexpected guest appearance from Darren Lehmann there, do you think England can survive the morning session on Day Two?
  • Final call to vote in our poll, should Matt Prior have been dropped? As usual, make sure you use #AshesVerdictYes or #AshesVerdictNo .
  • Good morning everyone and welcome to interactive text commentary of day two of the fourth Test. England will resume on 226-6 with Kevin Pietersen (67*) pivotal to England's hopes of posting a competitive total
    12/26/2013 9:51:23 PM
  • Missed any of day one? Catch up with our highlights

    12/26/2013 9:51:35 PM
  • There you have it, 56 per cent think Prior should have been dropped! Remember to #StayUp as coverage of Day Two starts at 11pm on SS2 HD.
  • Bumble previews day two

    12/26/2013 10:12:09 PM
  • Members have been queuing outside the MCG very early on day two

    12/26/2013 10:22:52 PM
  • Sky Sports Ashes Podcast - 4th Test, Day 1 by Sky Sports News Radio via #soundcloud…
  • Athers is closing in on a payday from Nasser:
    [mikeatherton] Well 33 more runs, that's what Kevin Pietersen needs to get me $50 from Nasser! He gave me 5/1 yesterday on a Pietersen hundred  He had obviously lost faith in England's great batsman but I had every faith. I saw him in the nets a couple of days ago and he looked in form and engaged so he just needs 33 more! If England can get beyond 280 they will feel they are competitive here.

    12/26/2013 10:39:35 PM
  • [andrewstrauss] I'm not sure who I want to win that bet...

    12/26/2013 10:41:31 PM
  • Ian Bell spoke of his frustration after 'getting in then getting out' on day one

    12/26/2013 10:54:58 PM
  • A total of around 300 and the Sky Sports commentators will be happy enough. Can they get there? #skysportsashes
    12/26/2013 11:11:35 PM
  • Nasser's kids could be hungry tonight if Pietersen reaches 100

    12/26/2013 11:12:01 PM
  • [twitter]
    12/26/2013 11:19:50 PM
  • Preview: A reminder of the state of play; England will resume in around 10 minutes on 226-6 after a painstaking scoring rate of 2.53 runs an over on day one. Kevin Pietersen, dropped twice yesterday, holds the key to England's first-innings destiny and he will start again on 67 not out with Tim Bresnan for company. For over-by-over updates and input from Bumble, Beefy and co, stay right here throughout the day!
    12/26/2013 11:20:51 PM
  • Shane Warne and Michael Clarke in discussion...plans for New Year perhaps?

    12/26/2013 11:23:03 PM
  • [twitter]

    12/26/2013 11:25:08 PM
  • Over 90 - England 230/6 (Pietersen 71, Bresnan 1)
    Some said Pietersen scored too slowly yesterday.
    Perhaps he heard or read as much, seen as the first ball of the day is slapped just over the top of the head of point for four. To be fair, Harris started it wide and it was only swinging further away - deserved a good slap to the boundary.
    12/26/2013 11:34:04 PM
  • Over 45 - Australia 104/3 (Rogers 58, Smith 14)
    Maiden from Anderson to Rogers.
    The Burnley Express could do with pitching it a little fuller to the left-hander; too many deliveries being defended from the crease.
    12/27/2013 4:45:40 AM
  • Over 46 - Australia 108/3 (Rogers 58, Smith 14)
    England seemingly still don't know that Steve Smith likes the pull shot.
    Broad gives him another chance to get the shot out, dropping it too short and paying the price. He's fuller to finish the over, and Smith decides not to bother offering the bat. Broad thinks it's out when it strikes him on the pad, but Cook and the committee decide against reviewing. Right call - ball was going over the top and was also slightly missing off stick.
    12/27/2013 4:50:20 AM
  • Over 47 - Australia 108/3 (Rogers 58, Smith 18)
    Bresnan back on, pace a little down.
    He's averaging just over 80mph in this match. Still, he's managed a maiden to Rogers.
    12/27/2013 4:53:58 AM
  • Over 48 - Australia 108/3 (Rogers 58, Smith 18)
    Singing battle going on in the ground - probably the Barmy Army winning at the moment.
    Meanwhile, out in the middle, the match has become a case of joining the dots in the scorebook. A third of the overs bowled by England in this innings so far have been maidens.
    12/27/2013 4:58:42 AM
  • Over 49 - Australia 110/3 (Rogers 59, Smith 19)
    I can't decide if I prefer players getting out carelessly with reckless abandon or scoring rates dropping to around 2.
    5 runs an over. Either way, both give us something to complain about. A single apiece for the two Australian batsmen off Bresnan.
    12/27/2013 5:02:20 AM
  • Ooops! Michael Clarke pays a dear price for an error in judgement

    12/27/2013 5:04:20 AM
  • WICKET! Brilliant catch from Bell at second slip to remove Smith for 19. Broad runs off in delight. Aus 110-4 #ashes
  • [wicket]WICKET! Smith c Bell b Broad 19

    Broad strikes! A short ball sees Smith's eyes light up, except all he does is cut the ball towards second slip.
    It's not Swann but Bell standing there, and despite seeming a little confused at one stage he takes the chance going backwards.
    12/27/2013 5:06:53 AM
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