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Australia v England - Fourth Test

Australia v England - Fourth Test

  • Over 22 - Australia 54/2 (Rogers 23, Clarke 9)
    Double change for England - Anderson now back on.
    It's also a switch of ends for the Burnley Express. He's a little offline to the right-handed Clarke, twice being tucked off the hip for runs. On the second occasion Bairstow has to do the chasing down to the fine leg fence, putting in a fine dive even with his pads on before then launching a throw in that ends up saving a run. You wouldn't get that if Prior was still playing, would you?
    12/27/2013 2:54:26 AM
  • Rogers receives treatment for a cut around his right cheeckbone

    12/27/2013 2:56:38 AM
  • Over 23 - Australia 58/2 (Rogers 27, Clarke 9)
    Rogers plays a lovely straight drive to a delivery over-pitched by Bresnan - it was there to hit but was put away with a minimum of fuss.
    Clearly he's not having any long-term issues from that blow to the noggin earlier in the session. England have no need to be too concerned right now, add a couple of wickets to the score and suddenly they look in a great position. Just need to sit tight and try and remove one of these two dependable players.
    12/27/2013 2:57:48 AM
  • Over 24 - Australia 62/2 (Rogers 30, Clarke 10)
    Scott Borthwick not only recently called up to this England squad but now called into action as a replacement fielder, taking over while Broad is off the field.
    "Not a cloud in the sky now," states Bumble on commentary. Had been a threat of rain earlier in the day, but forecast did say it would brighten up in the afternoon. Anyway, Rogers gets two off his hip as Anderson angles in from around the wicket, then pinches the strike with a single off the last towards mid-on.
    12/27/2013 3:02:15 AM
  • Over 25 - Australia 62/2 (Rogers 30, Clarke 10)
    Bresnan a little too wide for the first two deliveries, allowing the very patient Rogers to leave them alone.
    The bowler straightens his lines up and manages to get the left-hander to block out the rest of the over. Maiden. Australia trail by 193.
    12/27/2013 3:05:46 AM
  • [wicket]WICKET! Clarke b Anderson 10

    BOWLED HIM! Clarke doesn't bother offering a stroke to one that does come back in a little bit from Anderson, in fact it comes back in just enough to knock the bails off. Still, that was a bad, bad, bad, bad leave from Australia's best batsman.
    12/27/2013 3:07:54 AM
  • Over 26 - Australia 66/3 (Rogers 30, Smith 4)
    Smith in at five and quickly off the mark, Anderson gifting him the chance to get four runs with a leg-side delivery that drifts nicely towards the right-hander's hip.
    12/27/2013 3:11:52 AM
  • Shane analyses the demise of his great mate:
    [shanewarne] Michael Clarke will not be happy with that. He's too good a player not to offer a stroke there and it was a ball he really should have played at. It came back and it was a good delivery but it didn't just clip the stump, it cannoned into it.

    12/27/2013 3:13:03 AM
  • Over 27 - Australia 70/3 (Rogers 34, Smith 4)
    Lovely shot from Rogers, taking full advantage of a wide, floaty half-volley from Bresnan and smashing it to the cover boundary. Bresnan's famed heavy ball there proving light as a feather.
    12/27/2013 3:16:02 AM
  • Over 28 - Australia 71/3 (Rogers 34, Smith 5)
    Smith works Anderson into the legside for a single, before Rogers defends stoutly to keep out the rest of the over. Smith's Slazenger has got some superb stickers on it. That's all the analysis you'll get from me.
    12/27/2013 3:20:57 AM
  • Over 29 - Australia 72/3 (Rogers 34, Smith 6)
    Stokes continues to impress, almost squeezing the ball through Smith's defences before forcing Rogers to duck under a good ball to end the over. This isn't the first time England have managed to take early top-order wickets, but right now they've got a lid on the scoring as well. Australia going at a very English 2.48 runs per over.
    12/27/2013 3:25:31 AM
  • Over 30 - Australia 76/3 (Rogers 37, Smith 6)
    A neat and tidy clip off the toes from the neat and tidy Rogers brings two runs before a push to cover brings a single. Smith leaves the last ball of the over and, unusually for this match, the ball DOESN'T smash into the stumps.
    12/27/2013 3:29:59 AM
  • For those asking we will be showing @BrettLee_58 v @piersmorgan at tea. Brett limbering up outside comm box and has an evil glint in eyes
  • Over 31 - Australia 82/3 (Rogers 43, Smith 6)
    Rogers shovels Stokes through the legside for a couple and then picks up four with some sweet timing off his toes as the England all-rounder's line briefly deserts him. Rogers looking really good now after battling his way through a tough examination.
    12/27/2013 3:33:42 AM
  • Don't miss Piers Morgan V Brett Lee at the tea interval on Sky and Channel 9.....will he survive ??
  • Over 32 - Australia 82/3 (Rogers 43, Smith 6)
    Drop! Almost something sensational from Anderson here, diving away to his right at midwicket but failing to cling on to Smith's well-struck pull shot. Saved four runs, almost produced a wicket out of nothing for Bresnan.
    12/27/2013 3:37:56 AM
  • Over 33 - Australia 86/3 (Rogers 47, Smith 6)
    Monty on for his first real spell after the Obligatory Over Before Lunch earlier. Starts with a dirty full-toss that Rogers dispatches through the covers for four. The bowls four decent deliveries before ending with a long-hop that should really have been four more. Rogers, though, picks out Carberry and Panesar gets away with it.
    12/27/2013 3:42:02 AM
  • Over 34 - Australia 87/3 (Rogers 47, Smith 8)
    Just a single from Bresnan's over. Run-rates in this match a surprise. Both sides struggling to get above three an over, while batsmen who've tried to force the pace have not lasted long.
    12/27/2013 3:45:44 AM
  • Over 35 - Australia 91/3 (Rogers 47, Smith 12)
    Not the best start from Panesar. England cannot afford for him to release the pressure that has been built up. Two long-hops in this over, one of which is smashed to the cover fence by Smith.
    12/27/2013 3:49:18 AM
  • Over 36 - Australia 93/3 (Rogers 49, Smith 12)
    Rogers plays an awkward pull shot. Not in control at all, but gets it away safely in the end behind square-leg and picks up two to reach 49. Bresnan keeps him waiting for the milestone, though.
    12/27/2013 3:52:16 AM
  • DROPPED! James Anderson can't quite hang on at mid-wicket

    12/27/2013 3:53:23 AM
  • Over 37 - Australia 94/3 (Rogers 49, Smith 13)
    Much better over from Panesar. Just a single from it for Smith.
    12/27/2013 3:56:47 AM
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  • Over 38 - Australia 94/3 (Rogers 49, Smith 13)
    Watsonian bowling from Bresnan here. Another maiden played out by Smith, who is able to leave the last three balls of the over well alone.
    12/27/2013 3:59:28 AM
  • Over 39 - Australia 94/3 (Rogers 49, Smith 13)
    Panesar settling into a decent rhythm now. Rogers can't find a way to pick up that single he needs to reach 50.
    12/27/2013 4:02:48 AM
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    12/27/2013 4:06:25 AM
  • Over 40 - Australia 94/3 (Rogers 49, Smith 13)
    Three maidens in a row. That means there is an 85% chance. Of something.
    12/27/2013 4:06:51 AM
  • 50! A very brave half-century from Rogers. His fifth in Test cricket and third of the series. Aus 95-3 #ashes #stayup
  • Over 41 - Australia 96/3 (Rogers 50, Smith 14)
    [50]Two singles off Panesar's over, the first of which takes Rogers through to a hard-earned half-century. There was an 85% chance of that happening, I reckon.
    12/27/2013 4:09:10 AM
  • Nasser praises a battling 50 from Rogers:
    [nasserhussain] Rogers has played well, especially after taking that blow. That would have knocked a lot of people out! In fact it’s actually woken him up and he’s played better since then. He’ll be disappointed with this series because there have been a lot of soft dismissals for him. He’ll want to convert now and get a hundred.

    12/27/2013 4:09:28 AM
  • Over 42 - Australia 96/3 (Rogers 50, Smith 14)
    Another maiden from Stokes to conclude the session. Five sessions into this Test match, it remains an actual contest.
    12/27/2013 4:13:18 AM
  • Tea
    [tea]Attritional afternoon session there. Only one wicket to fall, but it was the big one of Clarke. Australia scored at only two an over, as England were able to retain a control over the proceedings that has generally eluded them. This Test match is currently fascinatingly poised, which is worth celebrating after what we've seen over the last five weeks.
    12/27/2013 4:15:53 AM
  • Piers Morgan v Brett Lee coming up...
  • Rogers brings up the Australia 100 with a boundary immediately after tea. #catchup on every ball of day two here: eventcentre.skysports.com/videoplayer_sk…
  • Over 43 - Australia 101/3 (Rogers 55, Smith 14)
    No finer way to start the final session of day two than with a glorious cover drive from Rogers, a fine way to take Australia's total into three figures.
    He pinches the strike by turning the final delivery of the Anderson over down to fine leg for one.
    12/27/2013 4:36:10 AM
  • Over 44 - Australia 104/3 (Rogers 58, Smith 14)
    "He's one of those players that gets to 40 and you think 'I don't remember any of the shots he's played'," says Andrew Strauss of Rogers, a Middlesex man just like himself.
    Glowing tribute. We will surely start to remember his cover drive, no? Another example of it in this over, though it's come off the bottom-end of the bat and results in him having to run two.
    12/27/2013 4:41:05 AM
  • 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
  • Over 50 - Australia 110/4 (Rogers 59, Bailey 0)
    Timely wicket for England, and now it's most certainly game on.
    Good grab from Bell; one replay shows him at one stage searching for the ball, then suddenly he picks it up and realises it's coming straight at him! He reversed his hands and took it going backwards in front of his right shoulder.
    12/27/2013 5:08:30 AM
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