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Australia v England - Fourth Test

Australia v England - Fourth Test

  • WICKET! Panesar lbw b Johnson 0

    [wicket]Panesar pinned leg-before, and the desperation review can't save him. England blown away at a windy MCG. Woeful batting effort from England, handing the initiative back to Australia.
    12/28/2013 6:14:52 AM
  • The hero of the hour for the hosts: Nathan Lyon

    12/28/2013 6:23:50 AM
  • Rogers and Warner take guard. A crucial little spell coming up before stumps. Australia need 231 to win... #ashes #stayup #catchup
  • Over 1 - Australia 2/0 (Rogers 2, Warner 0)
    Anderson beats Rogers first ball, before a push through point brings Australia the first two of the 231 runs they need. A good straight drive is well stopped with the left boot by the bowler.
    12/28/2013 6:28:09 AM
  • Over 2 - Australia 9/0 (Rogers 6, Warner 3)
    Warner cuts Broad hard through point. Looks sure to pick up four, but Carberry does superbly well to chase it down and flick the ball back just inside the rope. Saves a run. Could be all-important. No stopping this, though, as Rogers chops the ball between slips and gully to pick up four.
    12/28/2013 6:33:24 AM
  • Beautiful sunshine in Durban for day 3 of the 2nd Test between SA & India. Join us on SS2 Red button at 7.25am. Play starts at 7.30am.
  • The Big Bash is from Brisbane today. The Heat take on the Hobart Hurricanes at the 'Gabba. Join us on SS3 at 8am. #BBL03
  • Over 3 - Australia 9/0 (Rogers 6, Warner 3)
    Warner plays out a maiden from Anderson. A half-hearted lbw appeal turned down on the not unreasonable grounds that it pitched six inches outside leg stump.
    12/28/2013 6:38:42 AM
  • Over 4 - Australia 16/0 (Rogers 9, Warner 7)
    Two long-hops from Broad give poor old Monty a couple of chases to the midwicket boundary as both batsmen go on the pull but don't quite time the ball well enough to reach the big square boundary. He keeps Rogers down to three, but a laboured pursuit and almost comically weak throw means Warner gets an all-run four.
    12/28/2013 6:42:56 AM
  • Over 5 - Australia 19/0 (Rogers 11, Warner 8)
    No orthodox swing at all for England here. They need this ball reversing. Soon. Sooner than that. Three singles knocked into the legside in this over, with batting looking very easy. Which, in fairness, it did when England started batting too.
    12/28/2013 6:46:52 AM
  • Over 6 - Australia 21/0 (Rogers 13, Warner 8)
    Rogers knocks Broad away into the legside for an easy two runs. These sort of short sessions are usually portrayed as tough ones for batsmen. This never felt like it would be one of those.
    12/28/2013 6:52:16 AM
  • Australia finishing the day strongly here at the MCG. Warner playing his shots. Looking bleak for England. Aus 25-0 - 206 more reqd #ashes
  • David Warner has helped Australia get off to an excellent start

    12/28/2013 6:55:44 AM
  • Over 7 - Australia 25/0 (Rogers 13, Warner 12)
    Panesar on. There's a man stationed two-thirds of the way back at deepish-midwicket. Warner pops it over his head for four.
    12/28/2013 6:55:53 AM
  • [ianbotham] England have tried their hardest to throw this away. It was a pretty pathetic batting performance from them this afternoon and as for the dismissals, when are these guys going to get it?

    12/28/2013 6:56:04 AM
  • Fantastic day for Australia so far, great day ahead tomorrow
    Glad you're enjoying the commentary too. Thanks guys, see you at the "G" tmrw ????
  • Over 8 - Australia 30/0 (Rogers 18, Warner 12)
    Stokes on for what various time-wasting endeavours from both sides will ensure is the final over of the day. Rogers cuts him hard to point, where a diving Carberry gets a good hand on the ball to save two runs. Rogers drives the last ball through cover for three to leave Australia needing 201 to win on the fourth day.
    12/28/2013 7:01:46 AM
  • Close
    [close]Another horror day for England on this desperate tour. They managed to lose three for one and five for six in the same innings, on a good pitch, in ideal batting conditions to give up all the hard-won advantage over from the first two days. After Cook fell for a well-made 51, every single England player was woefully, often embarrassingly, culpable for their dismissal. Dreadful.
    12/28/2013 7:04:38 AM
  • Coming up… #Ashes Breakfast reflects on the day’s play from 7.30am on Sky Sports 2 before highlights begin at 4pm #CatchUp
  • The #Ashes Verdict is back at 9pm, followed by Ashes Extra at 10.30pm ahead of all the build up to day four from 11pm #StayUp
  • Before that… coverage of D3 of the 2nd Test between SA & India begins at 7.25am on Sky Sports 2 via the red button
  • Today’s Big Bash clash sees the Brisbane Heat take on the Hobart Hurricanes – that’s from 8am on Sky Sports 3
  • It was a shock, on that wicket, against that off-spinner. He's a very decent off-spinner and he plays a role for Australia. If the tail or middle-order are blown away by Mitchell Johnson, we say fair enough. But, on a non-spinning pitch, for an off-spinner to blow England away? The batting has not been good enough for a while now.
    [nasserhussain]Nasser on England's pair of day three collapses
    12/28/2013 7:11:13 AM
  • KP finds the time to take a picture with a spectator late on day three

    12/28/2013 7:11:23 AM
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    12/28/2013 7:13:59 AM
  • No punches pulled on tonight's podcast from @BeefyBotham and Strauss. Available to download shortly #ashespodcast
  • A losing team, you tend to have changes of personnel, and sometimes it is not easy, coming in and making a mark immediately. You have a combination of good Australian bowling, fragility and frailness because of the earlier collapses in this series, and new personnel and changing personnel. It all adds up to difficult circumstances for England.
    [mikeatherton]Mike ponders the causes of England's poor batting display
    12/28/2013 7:24:17 AM
  • After the start we got, it is disappointing to end the day in the field but I'm sure we can go out tomorrow and get those 10 wickets, like we did in the first innings. I got off to a decent start, just disappointed I could not go on. Without a doubt I think we can do it, in the first innings we bowled them out for less than they are having to chase. We know, if we can get it going sideways, with conventional or reverse swing, how dangerous our bowlers can be.
    Jonny Bairstow remains upbeat
    12/28/2013 7:35:47 AM
  • It's Kieswetter v Shah today at the Gabba. @HeatBBL have wo the toss and will bat first. @kiesy_22 will open. Join us at 8am on SS3 #BBL03
  • FREE highlights: #CatchUp with the action as England collapse to 179 all out on Day 3 of the fourth #Ashes Test. bcove.me/entydf7w
  • I'm pretty proud (to get 100 wickets in Test cricket). Nobody can take it away from me so I'm pretty excited but we've got a big job to do and that's what I'm more worried about. The ball is coming out pretty well. I feel like I've been bowling pretty well and I was lucky enough to get the rewards today. But I couldn't have done it without the other boys doing a god job at the other end. We needed to come out and perform as a unit.
    Nathan Lyon savours a memorable day
    12/28/2013 8:11:34 AM
  • Terrific to be on with Bill Lawry today . Memorable for me . A true gentleman
  • @denorich : I hear Eng lost 5 wickets for 6 runs? Excuse me! They just want to go home #homesick @BumbleCricket @HazeCricket ” U R excused
  • England's batsmen are running out of excuses after folding again, says Nasser Hussain: www1.skysports.com/cricket/news/1… #Ashes #CatchUp
  • It has been an extraordinary day's cricket and England have had a shocker. I have been working with the great Bill Lawry and he said England's batting was the worst he's ever seen and he's been around a long time! I felt sorry for Alastair Cook, he gave England a good lead but nobody could stay with him. Australia are not flash on small totals but this is a great batting pitch and it's going to be a lot cooler tomorrow. There is a glimmer of hope for England but not much!
    [davidlloyd]Bumble thinks England are big outsiders now
    12/28/2013 8:27:50 AM
  • I'm not sure it's a great batting pitch, nobody has got over 250 yet, so at some stage we have to conceded that it's not an absolute belter. They got stuck, the England batsmen, and they have got too many players out of form. They have got players that haven't faced the type of bowler that Mitchell Johnson is, so, when you've only really got Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook looking like they can score runs, certainly in this innings, you're going to struggle.
    Rob Key discusses England's problems on Ashes breakfast
    12/28/2013 8:31:55 AM
  • ENGLAND ANALYSIS



    12/28/2013 8:36:22 AM
  • BAIRSTOW STAYS UPBEAT


    12/28/2013 8:36:41 AM
  • Kiewetter smashes a 103m six off Hilfenhaus! He's 36 from 16 now! Heat are 56-1 from 5. BBL03
  • Here's how Sky Bet price up Australia's batsman market, with David Warner the 5/2 favourite to make their most runs in the second innings. Bet on the Ashes here.

    12/28/2013 8:40:07 AM
  • Kieswetter is now 42 from 18 balls. heat 65-1 from 6. Fantastic stuff from the Somerset gloveman #BBL03
  • Kieswetter's 50 from just 23 balls. He's out now though, holing out to deep midwicket. 82-2 BBL03
  • Joe Burns has carried on where @kiesy_22 left off. 47 from 35 and the Heat are 119-2 from 13.1 #BBL03
  • Quite remarkable six from Dan Christian! flamingo flat to long on! #BBL03
  • "The Heat are flying at the Gabba." 179-2 from 17 now on SS3. A quite outstanding batting display from the Heat #BBL03
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