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Australia v England - Fourth Test

Australia v England - Fourth Test

  • 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
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    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
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    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
  • [wicket]WICKET! Bresnan c Bailey b Johnson 1

    Bresnan gone first ball! It was a ripper as well from Mitchell the Moustache, right at the heart of the big Yorkshireman.
    He can do nothing but miscue it into the air, allowing short leg George Bailey to turn around and take a relatively comfortable catch. Here comes Stuart Broad, I hear the booing already...
    12/26/2013 11:36:42 PM
  • WICKET! Two in the over for Johnson! Pietersen this time, attempting a big shot, bowled middle stump. Ugly end. Eng 231-8 #ashes
  • [wicket]WICKET! Pietersen b Johnson 71

    And now it's got even worse for England.
    After a Broad single, Pietersen showed his intent by clearing his front leg before eventually choosing to duck under a bouncer. He can't resist one pitched up later on, only some late swing ruins his ugly-looking swipe and sees him castled in emphatic fashion.
    12/26/2013 11:41:32 PM
  • Over 91 - England 231/8 (Broad 0, Anderson 0)
    Correction to that Broad single - actually came off the thigh pad in the end as was given a leg bye.
    Still, fairly monumental second over to the day there! Johnson - who was a little expensive early on yesterday and was dealt with fairly well by England's top order - now has four wickets to his name. 300 looks a long, LONG way off for the tourists now.
    12/26/2013 11:43:50 PM
  • Beefy on the end of Kevin Pietersen...
    [ianbotham] You need to look at the whole circumstances of that dismissal. If it was up there he was always going to try and launch it as he’s probably thinking there’s not much batting to come. What stuffed him is that it swung, that made it look awful.

    12/26/2013 11:45:16 PM
  • Over 92 - England 240/8 (Broad 9, Anderson 0)
    Well, in three overs so far on the second morning we've seen more action than I think we did for an entire afternoon session on the opening day.
    Nothing to lose now for the last two remaining wickets - Broad gets two boundaries off Harris, the first off a thick edge past gully and the other with a much more emphatic cover drive, hit superbly on the up.
    12/26/2013 11:48:36 PM
  • Huge congratulations to @Swannyg66 on a great career in cricket.I will miss your constant put downs and abuse of my mental capacity.#loveyou
  • It's fair to say most of you are not happy with KP's dismissal... Read @BeefyBotham 's take in our match blog:… #ashes
  • Over 93 - England 241/8 (Broad 10, Anderson 0)
    Broad has adopted a rather 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' stance to deal with the short stuff coming his way.
    It's almost like he's ducking before Johnson has let it go from his hand. He ends up getting off strike when he bunts one just wide of the bowler for a single, then watches as Anderson just about survives the remaining four deliveries. Mitchell has taken 4-15 with this second new ball.
    12/26/2013 11:53:36 PM
  • Over 94 - England 242/8 (Broad 11, Anderson 0)
    Chance goes begging for Harris to get a wicket, at least this time he's dropped it himself.
    Broad gets in a tangle again with one dropped in short, again bunting it back towards the bowler. Unlike Johnson in the last over Harris has the chance to make the ground towards it, going to his right but then spilling the ball out of his right hand. In the end, having done so well to get across to it, the catch was a relatively simple one.
    12/26/2013 11:57:48 PM
  • [wicket]WICKET! Broad lbw Johnson 11

    Broad trapped leg before by Johnson, giving Mitchell his fifth of the innings.
    Not hit on the boot this time, but that was plummer than plum jam in the middle of plum season. Even Broad can't be bothered using up a review, despite England having two remaining.
    12/26/2013 11:59:54 PM
  • Over 95 - England 242/9 (Anderson 0, Panesar 0)
    Monty does marvellously well to survive the remainder of the Johnson over.
    This morning couldn't have gone much worse for England; they've lost 3-16 in the six overs of play so far on day two.
    12/27/2013 12:03:14 AM
  • Swing and a miss! Pietersen is bowled for 71

    12/27/2013 12:06:32 AM
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