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Australia v England - Fourth Test

Australia v England - Fourth Test

  • Over 40 - England 104/2 (Root 22, Pietersen 4)
    In the end it's Siddle who gives in to lose the game of patience, trying to bounce Pietersen.
    The response is to pull the short delivery away emphatically for four, meaning he's finally off the mark. He's nearly gone next up, a ball jagging back slightly and going in between KP's inside edge and front pad.
    12/26/2013 3:08:01 AM
  • Over 41 - England 106/2 (Root 24, Pietersen 4)
    A drive off a thick outside edge beats the diving fielder at point and nets Root a couple.
    He's not so sure when defending off the back foot in the Johnson over, nicking one just shy of captain Clarke at second slip. Again, he poked outside the line of the body before trying to draw his bat back in. In doing so, he may just have taken some of the sting out of the edge and that's why it dropped so far short of the catcher. Time for some DRINKS in Melbourne - fairly stodgy first hour of the afternoon.
    12/26/2013 3:12:08 AM
  • A costly misjudgment from Carberry when on 38

    12/26/2013 3:12:35 AM
  • Over 42 - England 106/2 (Root 24, Pietersen 4)
    The Siddle-Pietersen contest continues. Call this one a no-score draw. It's a maiden over, but safely played by Pietersen who nails one straight drive only to see the bowler make a boundary-saving stop in his followthrough.
    12/26/2013 3:19:57 AM
  • WICKET! Root c Haddin b Harris 24

    [wicket]This, it's fair to say, had been coming. Root's looked in horror nick here, and must have played and missed a dozen times. His luck runs out as the returning Harris manages to find rather than beat that outside edge, and Haddin does the rest.
    12/26/2013 3:21:06 AM
  • Bumble analyses the end of Joe Root for 24:
    [davidlloyd] Root's innings had ground to a halt there. Australia are bowling to a plan, wide of the wicket but England have had a number of scoring opportunities which have gone begging. England's batsmen need to play more effectively.

    12/26/2013 3:24:14 AM
  • Comms all want KP to play his natural game, worried England going nowhere
  • Over 43 - England 106/3 (Pietersen 4, Bell 0)
    Wicket-maiden for Harris. There really is such a familiar pattern to England's innings during this series. Bright start, early run-rate up above three followed by suffocation and wickets, with the England players seemingly unable to break the pattern.
    12/26/2013 3:25:53 AM
  • Over 44 - England 106/3 (Pietersen 4, Bell 0)
    Pietersen playing almost ludicrously, and certainly ostentatiously, defensively here. Every exaggerated forward defensive shot seemingly a message to his critics. It's better when he plays other shots, though.
    12/26/2013 3:30:04 AM
  • Over 45 - England 107/3 (Pietersen 4, Bell 1)
    Bell breaks the run of dot balls, dabbing Harris to third-man for a single. Pietersen still sticking with that forward defensive.
    12/26/2013 3:33:06 AM
  • Over 46 - England 108/3 (Pietersen 4, Bell 2)
    There was a slightly end-of-term feeling to Australia's bowling for much of the morning session. Bit looser than it has been as they've battered England in the first three Tests. They've put that right since lunch. England having to scrap and fight for every run here. Bell gets one to end Watson's over.
    12/26/2013 3:37:48 AM
  • Over 47 - England 110/3 (Pietersen 4, Bell 4)
    Bell clips Harris away behind square-leg for two runs. After that minor error in line, Harris puts things right and is on the spot for the rest of the over. Bell solid in defence, but Australia doing a superb job of stifling England's two best batsmen.
    12/26/2013 3:41:56 AM
  • Over 48 - England 110/3 (Pietersen 4, Bell 4)
    Watson pulls up lame in his run-up attempting to bowl the fifth ball of the over. He trudges off the field looking dischuffed with proceedings. Nathan Coulter-Nile on as sub fielder, with Lyon completing the over.
    12/26/2013 3:47:40 AM
  • Watson hobbles off with an unconfirmed injury

    12/26/2013 3:51:54 AM
  • Over 49 - England 110/3 (Pietersen 4, Bell 4)
    Harris completely controlling this game at the moment. He's bowled 14 overs for 15 runs.
    12/26/2013 3:52:00 AM
  • Over 50 - England 115/3 (Pietersen 6, Bell 7)
    Five actual runs from this over. Pietersen gets a single to the sounds of ironic cheers from the 86000 (well, probably not all of them) inside the MCG before Bell plays a couple of legside nurdles for two then a single. Pietersen repeats the shot for another single.
    12/26/2013 3:55:35 AM
  • Out, no, six! Sub-fielder Coulter-Nile catches Pietersen on the long leg boundary but can't keep himself inside the rope. Eng 122-3 #ashes
  • Over 51 - England 122/3 (Pietersen 13, Bell 7)
    Close! Huge let-off for Pietersen, who top-edges a hook shot to long-leg. Coulter-Nile catches the ball a couple of yards inside the rope, but then his momentum takes him over it and Pietersen gets six. Really did look like he should have been able to take that and stay inside the boundary. Bad misjudgement. Pietersen gets a quick single off the last ball of the over after doubling his score with that lucky six.
    12/26/2013 4:01:41 AM
  • Over 52 - England 127/3 (Pietersen 15, Bell 10)
    That moment of fortune has sparked these two back into life. Much busier batting against Lyon here, with three singles taken to go with a cut shot that brings Bell two.
    12/26/2013 4:05:00 AM
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  • Over 53 - England 132/3 (Pietersen 19, Bell 11)
    Johnson back into the attack for just one over before tea. Pietersen works him to mid-on's right hand for a single, and Bell adds another run off a thick inside edge. Pietersen collects two more legside runs as the run-rate continues to SOAR since that hilarious six a couple of overs ago. Pietersen gets a tip-and-run single as the pre-tea run splurge continues with reckless abandon.
    12/26/2013 4:09:20 AM
  • Over 54 - England 135/3 (Pietersen 20, Bell 11)
    Close! Sharp spin from Lyon sends the ball between Pietersen's bat and pad, but it somehow bounces enough to clear the off bail and run away for a couple of byes. A back-foot punch brings Pietersen a single before Bell negotiates the last two balls of the session.
    12/26/2013 4:12:41 AM
  • Tea
    [tea]Slow progress for a becalmed England in that session. Carberry and Root fell after becoming becalmed, and Pietersen really should've joined them when Coulter-Nile somehow contrived to stumble over the boundary after appearing to take a catch with plenty of room to spare inside the rope. England need a sizable contribution from one of these two, you feel, after the top three got starts but failed to kick on.
    12/26/2013 4:14:59 AM
  • Tea: Slow going for England, who reach the interval on 135-3 (KP 20* Bell 11*). Anyone for cake? #ashes #stayup http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BcYj8nTCcAAdiSS.jpg

  • Betting
    [betting]Australia odds-on again after controlling that afternoon session. They're 8/11 with Sky Bet, while England are 7/2 and the draw is 3/1. Bell and Pietersen both 5/6 to be next man out.
    12/26/2013 4:18:20 AM
  • The reaction of the crowd, as well as Coulter-Nile, speaks volumes...

    12/26/2013 4:30:46 AM
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    12/26/2013 4:32:24 AM
  • Over 55 - England 136/3 (Pietersen 21, Bell 11)
    We're back after the tea break - seemed short to me but apparently it's always around the 20-minute mark.
    There's a single to KP and a ridiculous suggestion for an lbw shout against Bell to one that not only pitched outside the leg stump but also looked too high.
    12/26/2013 4:37:34 AM
  • Over 56 - England 141/3 (Pietersen 22, Bell 15)
    After nearly being run out by a KP quick single to mid-wicket, Bell lamps a Lyon long hop to the boundary rope at square leg.
    England's run-rate for the day at 2.52.
    12/26/2013 4:39:50 AM
  • Over 57 - England 145/3 (Pietersen 23, Bell 17)
    90,581 is apparently the crowd today - 90,800 is the record for the venue.
    However many have come in today, and I'm a little dubious of that number considering the gaps in places, have simply been thrilled by England's aggressive approach to proceedings. Bell at least gives the scorers something to write about, pushing the ball past cover off the front foot for a couple more. Mitch and his moustache now wicketless through 14 overs. Still, he's probably saving himself for numbers seven and lower.
    12/26/2013 4:44:54 AM
  • Over 58 - England 148/3 (Pietersen 26, Bell 17)
    Bell twice fails to pierce the off-side field with nicely-timed shots, both coming after KP had picked up three with a dodgy inside edge that went right where a leg slip could have been positioned.
    No runs given for style, though.
    12/26/2013 4:48:51 AM
  • Swann opens up, Bumble inspires the England media and every ball of day one. #catchup on the Boxing Day Test here: eventcentre.skysports.com/videoplayer_sk…
  • Over 59 - England 149/3 (Pietersen 27, Bell 17)
    Lots of replays of the Coulter-Nile 'catch' that happened not long before tea.
    Both myself and Dave Tickner believe the sub made a bit of a meal of it, panicking once he saw the rope. Still, at least he made sure it was a six by chucking the ball about five rows back into the crowd. Just a single off the latest Johnson over. Spectators getting a little restless.
    12/26/2013 4:52:57 AM
  • Over 60 - England 150/3 (Pietersen 28, Bell 17)
    England (finally) reach 150 with a paddle-sweep by KP for a comfortable single out to long leg.
    The last 50 was the slowest of the three half-centuries so far, taking 130 deliveries. Bell ends the Lyon over with an ugly attempt at the slog-sweep.
    12/26/2013 4:56:00 AM
  • Over 61 - England 150/3 (Pietersen 28, Bell 17)
    Warne wonders on commentary if captain Clarke may fling on someone like Smith or Warner for an over or two, maybe even himself (as in Clarke, not Warne stepping back onto the field).
    Instead, Australia's wise leader simply brings back Siddle for another go at KP. Maiden over.
    12/26/2013 5:00:22 AM
  • Over 62 - England 152/3 (Pietersen 28, Bell 19)
    England continue to limp along - new ball now looming on the horizon.
    So should they stick or twist before then? Damned if they do, damned if they don't I suppose. It's just good old-fashioned Test crickeeeeeet. Here comes the latest round of Siddle v KP. Shane Watson now back on the field having earlier pulled up with a groin problem. Whilst he's out in the middle, would be a surprise to see him risk doing further damage to the injury by having a bowl.
    12/26/2013 5:04:43 AM
  • Over 63 - England 154/3 (Pietersen 30, Bell 19)
    Another maiden from Siddle - looked like the run of dots for KP was going to be broken when he pinged the last delivery down the ground, only for mid-off to dive across and stop what would have been a certain four had the ball got past him.
    12/26/2013 5:07:57 AM
  • Over 64 - England 158/3 (Pietersen 33, Bell 20)
    The 50-run stand comes up between Pietersen and Bell - it took them 127 deliveries to reach the milestone.
    It nearly comes to an end soon after, though, as Pietersen comes mightily close to flicking a return catch back to the diving Lyon. No doubt that he finds the spinner tricky to deal with when he comes around the wicket.
    12/26/2013 5:10:38 AM
  • 12/26/2013 5:12:26 AM
  • New world record Boxing Day attendance here at the MCG - 90,831 #ashes
  • 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
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