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Australia v England - Fourth Test

Australia v England - Fourth Test

  • Former slip fielder Strauss reflects on the dismissal of Smith:
    [andrewstrauss] That was a brilliant catch from Ian Bell. He's a newly installed second slip fielder and that snare would have done his confidence the world of good.

    12/27/2013 5:08:53 AM
  • Over 51 - Australia 111/4 (Rogers 60, Bailey 0)
    Rogers nicks the strike with a single off the last from Bresnan.
    Puts Australia onto Nelson...brace yourselves...
    12/27/2013 5:11:33 AM
  • Over 52 - Australia 112/4 (Rogers 61, Bailey 0)
    Nelson fails to work for England, Rogers getting a run to point when Carberry can only half stop a nicely-timed square drive.
    Not sold on the brightly-coloured bolts on George Bailey's helmet. Think they're worse than Clarke turning the waistband over on his trousers to reveal those bright yellow strings.
    12/27/2013 5:16:39 AM
  • It must be said that the England support has been fantastic today
  • [wicket]WICKET! Rogers c Pietersen b Bresnan 61

    Not quite sure what's happened here - Rogers has gone to play an expansive drive at Bresnan, yet seems to get done for either a lack of pace or a bit of extra lift from the pitch.
    All he results in doing is coughing up a catch towards mid-off, with Pietersen pouching the chance as he moves around to his right.
    12/27/2013 5:18:20 AM
  • Over 53 - Australia 114/5 (Bailey 0, Haddin 2)
    Replays show the ball that Rogers hit to mid-off landed in a foot mark.
    Still, was nowhere near full enough to be attempting to drive. Brad Haddin - Australia's expert in escapology on a couple of occasions in this series - is in again with his team in need. He's off the mark first ball, clipping a full delivery towards mid-on for a couple.
    12/27/2013 5:22:00 AM
  • It's heading your way, Mr Bell...

    12/27/2013 5:23:19 AM
  • Bumble analyses the state of play as things stand:
    [davidlloyd] We were all critical of England scoring slowly yesterday but today Australia have been guilty of doing the same. These have been timely wickets for England in the final session but the glue of the Australia team, Brad Haddin, is now at the crease. He needs to be shifted tout suit.

    12/27/2013 5:23:45 AM
  • Over 54 - Australia 114/5 (Bailey 0, Haddin 2)
    Broad's adamant he's got Bailey lbw to the last ball of the over, with the right-hander shuffling across to a delivery that drifts back in.
    Cook, however, has spotted the massive inside edge. Only thing that saved the Australian.
    12/27/2013 5:26:25 AM
  • Over 55 - Australia 118/5 (Haddin 6, Bailey 0)
    Stokes comes on, nearly gets Haddin with his third ball back into the attack.
    A thick outside edge leaks towards backward point but is still a fair distance from the diving Carberry. The all-rounder has bowled much fuller so far in this match, then using the short ball sparingly to keep the batsmen honest in their crease. Australia still trail by 137.
    12/27/2013 5:29:45 AM
  • Over 56 - Australia 118/5 (Haddin 6, Bailey 0)
    Anderson v Bailey: Last time these two were going toe-to-toe, the batsman smashed the bowler for a record-equalling 28 runs in an over.
    Match situation a little different here than it was in that second innings in Perth. This time there are no shots in anger from Bailey - yet another England maiden
    12/27/2013 5:34:29 AM
  • Over 57 - Australia 122/5 (Haddin 10, Bailey 0)
    Stokes with a lazy short ball at Haddin, allowing him to rock back and play the pull shot superbly.
    T'was a sweetly-timed boundary well in front of square - hopefully that will teach the all-rounder to pitch it up from now on, or if you're going to bang it in then make sure it's up around his chin, not at chest height and outside off stump.
    12/27/2013 5:37:58 AM
  • WICKET! Bailey gone on review! Anderson finds a thin edge through to Bairstow. Australia 122-6 #ashes
  • [wicket]WICKET! Bailey c Bairstow b Anderson 0

    Bit of controversy here.
    England are adamant Bailey's edged an attempted cut shot through to wicketkeeper Bairstow. Umpire Dar and the batsman are certain that isn't the case, so Cook calls for a referral. Real-time Snicko shows something, and you can detect an noise on slow-mo replays. Despite Hot Spot not showing anything, umpire Bowden tells his colleague on the field to reverse his original decision and send Bailey on his bike for a duck.
    12/27/2013 5:45:29 AM
  • Over 58 - Australia 122/6 (Haddin 10, Johnson 0)
    Remember Root was given out on evidence provided by real-time Snicko in the last Test, though on that occasion he was trying to get a decision overturned after initially being given out.
    One benefit from Swann's retirement - England appear to now have a second slip willing to try and stop a ball that bounces in front of him. Bell made sure Bailey was still stuck on zero at the start of the over, diving to his right to stop an outside edge running away for four.
    12/27/2013 5:48:13 AM
  • don't forget this 10 match series is 3-3 !!
  • I just asked Athers if the right decision was made…
    [mikeatherton] I’m not sure. Can I say that? The on-field umpire gave it not out, there was a mix of technological signals, nothing on Hot Spot, something on Snicko and some audio. In the end Billy Bowden has deemed there is enough evidence to overturn the decision. Is that the right call? I’m just not sure.

    12/27/2013 5:50:05 AM
  • Over 59 - Australia 133/6 (Haddin 19, Johnson 2)
    Haddin shows his hand immediately, pumping a length delivery from Stokes back over the bowler's head all the way over the rope.
    That blow also means this series now boasts the most number of sixes in the history of cricket, and there's still a Test to go yet! Three more come with a flick through mid-wicket, then Johnson gets off the mark with a couple out to fine leg as he correctly takes on Panesar's arm.
    12/27/2013 5:52:58 AM
  • England react as George Bailey is given out by the third umpire

    12/27/2013 5:53:41 AM
  • [benedictbermange] Haddin’s six off Stokes was the 52nd six of the series, setting a new record for any Test series

    12/27/2013 5:55:38 AM
  • Over 60 - Australia 134/6 (Haddin 20, Johnson 2)
    Remember these two pulled Australia out of a hole on day one in Brisbane. They're going to look to be aggressive, so England - and captain Cook in particular - must keep their cool. At least the tourists are actually in a good situation on a second day in this series. In the other matches they've had their chances on day one, then ended up chasing their tail from then on.
    12/27/2013 5:57:36 AM
  • Over 61 - Australia 135/6 (Haddin 21, Johnson 2)
    Little surprised to see Stokes still on.
    Broad was briefly off the field but has now trotted back out. Just a single in the over, Haddin getting it courtesy of a badly-timed pull shot out towards deep backward square leg.
    12/27/2013 6:00:34 AM
  • Over 62 - Australia 147/6 (Haddin 33, Johnson 2)
    More productive hitting from Haddin.
    Anderson offers width to start the over, so is duly despatched past backward point for four. He goes fuller and straighter, only to be pumped over the top of mid-off. The hits don't end there, however, as a leg-side delivery is tickled away off the hip for another boundary. Haddin on the march again, England's advantage now down to 108.
    12/27/2013 6:04:55 AM
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    12/27/2013 6:06:45 AM
  • Over 63 - Australia 147/6 (Haddin 33, Johnson 2)
    Drop! Anderson put down a tough chance earlier. Now he's shelled a dolly at cover. Johnson driving on the up and miscues the ball just to Anderson's right, but the chance goes begging.
    12/27/2013 6:08:30 AM
  • Over 64 - Australia 148/6 (Haddin 34, Johnson 2)
    Panesar back into the attack with a good over. Haddin has an almighty swipe at one and gets a thick inside edge to square-leg. He gets a single next ball before Panesar goes past Johnson's outside edge twice in three balls.
    12/27/2013 6:12:39 AM
  • Over 65 - Australia 149/6 (Haddin 35, Johnson 2)
    England may have missed that chance to dismiss Johnson, but they have got things back under control a tad after the Haddin boundary flurry.
    12/27/2013 6:17:33 AM
  • WICKET... or is it?! Panesar pins Haddin lbw but he reviews...
  • NOT OUT! Just sliding down leg! So, so close. Haddin breathes again 149-6 #ashes
  • Over 66 - Australia 150/6 (Haddin 36, Johnson 2)
    More DRS fun as Haddin is given out lbw propping forward to Panesar. He reviews it in a sort of 'why not?' kind of way, and Virtual Eye has the ball missing leg stump by the proverbial coat of varnish and he survives.
    12/27/2013 6:22:13 AM
  • WICKET! Johnson c Anderson b Bresnan 2

    [wicket]Anderson's drop of Johnson costs precisely no runs. Rank long-hop from Bresnan, and Johnson hammers it to midwicket where Anderson now finds himself. This time, no mistake. That one very much the middle difficulty tariff of the three chances he's had.
    12/27/2013 6:26:04 AM
  • Over 67 - Australia 151/7 (Haddin 37, Harris 0)
    Ryan Harris promoted above Peter Siddle. Plays out the over solidly enough.
    12/27/2013 6:28:29 AM
  • Over 68 - Australia 156/7 (Haddin 38, Harris 4)
    Haddin pops Panesar down the ground for a single before Harris gets off the mark with a flashing shot outside off stump that sends the ball flying past slip and down to the third-man boundary.
    12/27/2013 6:32:16 AM
  • Nasser praises England's fightback with the ball:
    [nasserhussain] England have bowled really well. They’ve had to be patient because it’s not a pitch you blow the opposition away on. There has been a bit of nibble and sideways movement and as a unit they’ve kept going really well. England still have to switch on though because Haddin and Harris can hurt you. The atmosphere is unbelievable here.

    12/27/2013 6:34:02 AM
  • Over 69 - Australia 157/7 (Haddin 39, Harris 4)
    Good-looking cover-drive from Haddin off Bresnan, but it brings only a single with an in-out field deployed for Australia's innings-rescuer-in-chief. Harris sees out the rest of the over.
    12/27/2013 6:35:55 AM
  • Over 70 - Australia 159/7 (Haddin 40, Harris 5)
    England giving the single to Haddin. He's happy to take it, which is sound enough given what Harris has shown with the bat in this series. He picks up a single with a curious shot. It's a cross between a leave and a late cut, that ends up squirting the ball past gully for a single.
    12/27/2013 6:41:54 AM
  • Over 71 - Australia 161/7 (Haddin 41, Harris 6)
    Single apiece for Harris and Haddin from Bresnan's over. Harris looking pretty solid here.
    12/27/2013 6:45:35 AM
  • WICKET! Harris c Root b Broad 6

    [wicket]Harris undone by a Broad short ball, and can only fiddle it into the hands of Root at short-leg off the splice of the bat.
    12/27/2013 6:50:43 AM
  • Over 72 - Australia 162/8 (Haddin 42)
    Haddin running out of partners as Siddle strides to the middle. Australia still trail by 93.
    12/27/2013 6:52:46 AM
  • Over 73 - Australia 164/8 (Haddin 43, Siddle 0)
    A Haddin single and a leg-bye from the over. Crucially, Haddin is unable to find a single from the last couple of balls, so Siddle will be on strike for what may well be the last over of the day.
    12/27/2013 6:56:42 AM
  • WICKET! Siddle c Bresnan b Broad 0

    [wicket]Another one before the close as Siddle tries to drive on the up and miscues the ball into the hands of Bresnan at cover.
    12/27/2013 6:59:59 AM
  • Close
    [close]That will be stumps on day two with Australia 164/9 and still 91 adrift of England's seemingly in adequate first-innings total. England's bowling unit has done what Australia's has done all series long: applied pressure, given nothing away and induce errors from the batsmen.
    12/27/2013 7:01:41 AM
  • Watch action from today’s play on #Ashes Breakfast from 7.30am on SS2, with highlights starting from 4pm – On Demand from 6.30pm #CatchUp
  • The #Ashes Verdict returns at 9pm on SS2 ahead of #Ashes Extra at 10.30am, before our live coverage of day 3 begins at 11pm #StayUp
  • Coming up… day two of the 2nd Test between SA and India, from 7.25am on Sky Sports 2 via the red button.
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