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Australia v England - Fourth Test

Australia v England - Fourth Test

  • Coming up… day two of the 2nd Test between SA and India, from 7.25am on Sky Sports 2 via the red button.
  • Plus, Sydney Thunder take on the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash from 8.30am on Sky Sports 3.
  • England's bowlers have been able to exact the same sort of pressure that Australia's bowlers have been doing this series. They were able to suffocate the Australia batsmen, who could not find a way to get away from the England bowlers. I think we are all a bit surprised. When England lost their last four wickets quickly this morning, we were thinking 'here we go again'!
    [andrewstrauss]Andrew reflects on a great day for England
    12/27/2013 7:10:35 AM
  • We have said 'this looks a lovely pitch,  a nice covering of grass,' but the players have found it very difficult to score consistently and England have got a handy lead. Haddin is in great nick. He just goes out, not a care in the world, blasts away and he's still there.
    [davidlloyd]David thinks it's a trickier wicket than it looks
    12/27/2013 7:13:31 AM
  • It's been a very disappointing day. England bowled well and we were probably a little bit careless at times. It's the worst day we have had in the series so far but it happens and England are still a very good side. It's one of those surfaces where, if you bowl in good areas, it is hard to score. England bowled very well today and we got bogged down. It wasn't until Haddin came in at the end and played a few shots that we got away.
    Aussie opener Chris Rogers admits the hosts have had a poor day
    12/27/2013 7:17:30 AM
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    12/27/2013 7:24:08 AM
  • We knew it was a hard wicket to score on and that, if we bowled well, we might get some reward. We stuck to our plan. There are no demons in the pitch but it is hard to score on. We just tried to bang out our areas and be as boring and patient as possible throughout the whole day. In games previously maybe we've got a bit excited and gone away from our plan. That's something we concentrated on for this game.
    James Anderson on England's tactics at Melbourne
    12/27/2013 7:27:59 AM
  • He cops a bit - but @StuartBroad8 just ran 50 metres to sign autographs... and the kids loved it #kudos @ECB_cricket

  • This has been England's best day (of the series) by a distance. The bowlers, as they have done on so many occasions previously, stood up and bowled magnificently. There was some good catching, some good ground fielding, and England deserve to be where they are. Batsmen on both sides have struggled with confidence. That sounds a bit crazy when you are 3-0 up, as Australia are, but the hard work has been done by the bowlers.
    [ianbotham]Sir Ian was impressed by England's performance
    12/27/2013 7:43:32 AM
  • Much more like it from England today. Lifted by the fans who took over the MCG #ashes
  • Good to see Eng. competitive today ...Beware Brad ...#rockinRod
  • Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan and Chris Woakes are all on show this morning in the Big Bash. We are live on Sky Sports 3 at 8.30am #BBL03
  • @davidanders2 : @BumbleCricket or is it the Aussies are not bothered because they have already won it #tolatenow ”Ashes Test , not bothered?
  • @bigtomrob1 : @BumbleCricket Mitchell Johnson for me is a one trick bouncing pony.... Just a shame we keep falling for it.” Tricked 228 ..
  • England controlled the game, which they haven't really done. For the first time in the series, England went through that lower order. Their plans and methods all worked out perfectly. Bairstow was good. I always think if you don't notice a keeper, it's a good thing, because it means they have not done anything wrong.
    Rob Key thinks Bairstow has done well behind the stumps
    12/27/2013 8:25:23 AM
  • FREE highlights: #CatchUp with the action as Eng reduce Aus to 164-9 on D2 of the 4th #Ashes Test in Melbourne.
  • Weather is good in Sydney and there's a Hales storm on the way. Strikers to bat first with Alex Hales opening with Michael Klinger #BBL03
  • England proved they have some fight left after suffocating Australia on Day 2, says Andrew Strauss:… #Ashes #CatchUp

    12/27/2013 8:39:57 AM

    12/27/2013 8:40:36 AM
  • England must press home their advantage after taking control of the fourth #Ashes Test, says @BeefyBotham :… #CatchUp
  • Good morning everyone and welcome to interactive text coverage of day three of the fourth Ashes Test between Australia and England at the MCG
    12/27/2013 9:22:39 PM
  • Over 54 - England 172/5 (Pietersen 43, Bairstow 21)
    Litter stopped play.
    The wind is causing all sorts to be blown across the field, crisp packets, carrier bags, even the occasional beach ball. It all makes for a very long over from Harris that includes a couple of runs to Pietersen out to deep square leg and then a single off the last to mid-on. He keeps the strike as England's lead reaches 222 with this pair having put on 41 in just 55 deliveries.
    12/28/2013 5:30:45 AM
  • [wicket]WICKET! Bairstow c Haddin b Johnson 21

    Just as England appeared to be weathering the storm, appropriate considering the strong wind, Bairstow waves his hands at a full, wide delivery from Johnson to be caught behind by fellow gloveman Haddin. And now the lower order is definitely exposed
    12/28/2013 5:33:53 AM
  • For Johnson ..30 wkts
  • [davidgower] Bairstow tried to be positive but played away from his body and is the latest batsman to fall in his 20s. Live by the sword, die by the sword, it seems.

    12/28/2013 5:37:04 AM
  • Over 55 - England 173/6 (Pietersen 43, Bresnan 0)
    Bresnan survives the rest of a wicket maiden for Johnson.
    So what does KP do now? He has faith in BresiLad, but showed in the first innings he can't fully trust the rest that follow.
    12/28/2013 5:37:32 AM
  • Kevin Pietersen just about takes evasive action in time!

    12/28/2013 5:38:19 AM
  • Over 56 - England 174/6 (Pietersen 45, Bresnan 0)
    Harris off, Lyon back on.
    No surprise considering the conditions, plus the spinner can play on Pietersen's ego. He takes a single down to long-on, then watches Bresnan bat out the remainder of the over. Lead now at 225.
    12/28/2013 5:40:28 AM
  • Pietersen's views on batting with the England tail at the moment...

    12/28/2013 5:42:32 AM
  • "@tidoo : @BumbleCricket he'll be lucky to get 10 in his next series against SA." Long time off is that
  • Over 57 - England 174/6 (Pietersen 45, Bresnan 0)
    Maiden from Mitchell to KP, who looks to do nothing but defend in stoic fashion and leave anything he can alone.
    He's doing now what he probably should've done in the first innings; taking the majority of deliveries from Johnson knowing the paceman only operates in short, sharp bursts. Time for DRINKS at the MCG - that first 75 minutes of this extended session still really leave us none the wiser over who exactly is favourite to win this Test match. What a Christmas cracker it's proving to be.
    12/28/2013 5:46:53 AM
  • "@randomfive : @BumbleCricket if england lose this test they will be 5th in world rankings.... lol" Another obsessed with Eng. ..Amazing!!
  • Mitch loses his cool and takes aim at KP

    12/28/2013 5:49:10 AM
  • WICKET! Bresnan b Lyon 0

    [wicket]Another one down. Bresnan tries to whack a short ball from Lyon and only manages to get an inside edge that flicks the off stump. He hangs around, perhaps believing that Haddin or the wind had dislodged the bails. Yeah, that's not what happened, Bres.
    12/28/2013 5:52:32 AM
  • "@randomfive : @BumbleCricket if world no1 is gone down to 5th in 1 year surely everyone will b ininterested" wouldn't think so
  • WICKET! England falling to pieces here. Broad edges Lyon to slip and that's 100 Test wickets for the off-spinner! Eng 174-8 #ashes
  • WICKET! Broad c Clarke b Lyon 0

    [wicket]Best get slogging, KP. A hundredth Test wicket for Lyon as Broad has a big woof outside off stump and edges the ball to Clarke at slip.
    12/28/2013 5:55:27 AM
  • Need 50 more ..from somewhere
  • Over 58 - England 174/8 (Pietersen 45, Anderson 0)
    Anderson blocks the last ball of a double-wicket maiden for Lyon, who now has a potentially decisive 4/49 in this innings.
    12/28/2013 5:57:29 AM
  • Nasser on England's batting today...
    [nasserhussain] It's been woeful, I can't think of another word for it! It's a flattish pitch, it's not spun and they've let Lyon get four wickets. Bairstow came in and showed how to play the off-spinner but they've been absolutely woeful. Kevin Pietersen, he'll probably get out now, but you can see why he has no confidence in the tail.

    12/28/2013 6:00:48 AM
  • Over 59 - England 178/8 (Pietersen 49, Anderson 0)
    Genuinely disgraceful antics from Haddin here. The bails are on the floor and the Australia wicketkeeper is telling anyone who'll listen that Pietersen did it, that he trod on his stumps. He didn't. He was a foot away from the stumps. The wind did it. It's not out. Pietersen has a big slog and misses, before smacking Johnson down the ground for four. Looks for a single from the final ball to reach 50 and keep the strike. Can't get it.
    12/28/2013 6:02:37 AM
  • WICKET! Pietersen c Harris b Lyon 49

    [wicket]Five for Lyon. Pietersen had little choice but to try and smash some quick runs. Perishes, caught on the rope as Harris takes a good catch in the swirling wind.
    12/28/2013 6:06:13 AM
  • [ianbotham] I don't blame Pietersen. The others need to take a long, hard look at themselves.

    12/28/2013 6:08:28 AM
  • Over 60 - England 179/9 (Anderson 1, Panesar 0)
    That's Lyon's first five-wicket haul in Australia. England's lead is just 230.
    12/28/2013 6:08:41 AM
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