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Australia v England - Third Test

Australia v England - Third Test

  • Hello and welcome to build-up to day two of the third Ashes Test of the 2013/14 series in Perth. It's do-or-die for England and both sets of players are going through their final practice sessions before day one.
    12/12/2013 1:27:57 AM
  • It's another glorious day in WA

    12/12/2013 1:29:07 AM
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  • PODCAST: @BeefyBotham & Strauss debate Eng's selection, bowling lengths & victory prospects. podcasts.skysports.com/podcasts/SkySp… #Ashes #CatchUp
  • Wonderful hospitality from @warne888 . Memorable , great music, too!
    Thank you
  • England can't bottle it when they face @MitchJohnson398 on a pacy Perth pitch, says @BeefyBotham : www1.skysports.com/cricket/news/1… #Ashes #CatchUp
  • WATCH: Is @MichaelVaughan the new Temuri Ketsbaia? Is @BumbleCricket the new Harry Redknapp? You decide... bit.ly/ITKbpP
  • Fantastic night with all the Ch 9 & Sky commentators. Thank you so much to everyone at Crown Casino Perth for the amazing service & food ????
  • Over 96 - Australia 354/9 (Siddle 8, Lyon 0)
    Last man Nathan Lyon has some company; a short leg, a leg gully and then a shortish mid-wicket.
    Anderson duly pitches the final delivery of the over up, finding the edge but seeing the ball bounce comfortably in front of second slip. Ben Stokes had been given the signal to have a bowl, but the wicket in the Anderson over means Broad will now carry on.
    12/14/2013 3:18:37 AM
  • Over 97 - Australia 360/9 (Siddle 12, Lyon 0)
    Good batting from Siddle; he is solid in defence, not tempted by anything too wide and then aggressive when he gets a ball he thinks can be hit.
    A short one from Broad is hooked away extremely well (and leads to Cook following the ball and placing a man out there at deep backward square leg) for four, while one pitched up is chipped back over the bowler's head for a couple more. A bumper to finish means Lyon will be on strike.
    12/14/2013 3:22:46 AM
  • Over 98 - Australia 364/9 (Siddle 14, Lyon 4)
    Lyon gets off the mark with a lovely straight drive down the ground, showing how good it can be to bat no this pitch and also giving the already knackered Broad the chance to stretch his legs with a run to the boundary rope.
    12/14/2013 3:26:45 AM
  • Ben Stokes into the attack as England hunt for this final Australia wicket. Follow via Events Centre: eventcentre.skysports.com/videoplayer_sk… #ashes
  • Over 99 - Australia 366/9 (Siddle 15, Lyon 5)
    First change of the morning - Stokes on in place of Anderson.
    His first delivery swings, which is just what England's openers wanted to see as they prepare to bat. Siddle gets a single down to third man off an outside edge, with Lyon getting a run of his own with a flick off his hip to a wide fine leg. Time for some DRINKS at the WACA.
    12/14/2013 3:32:24 AM
  • Nasser reflects at drinks:
    [nasserhussain] That was a decent first hour for England but they will need to think about their field at the drinks break.

    12/14/2013 3:33:06 AM
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    12/14/2013 3:34:29 AM
  • Shane joins the 'field-setting' debate:
    [shanewarne] It seems to me that they have followed the ball. Wherever it's gone they've put a fielder there. It's not just Alastair Cook, the bowlers need to take charge as well.

    12/14/2013 3:38:28 AM
  • Over 100 - Australia 370/9 (Siddle 15, Lyon 9)
    Tim Bresnan into the attack, and Lyon biffs him down the ground for four as this last-wicket pair continue to frustrate. But also show the pitch remains true and the outfield slick. England still in this game if they don't bat like nutters.
    12/14/2013 3:38:41 AM
  • Over 101 - Australia 379/9 (Siddle 16, Lyon 17)
    Partnership status upgraded from frustrating to infuriating as Siddle takes a quick single before Lyon edges through The Gap for four and then drives Stokes on the up through cover for four more.
    12/14/2013 3:43:21 AM
  • Ouch! Bresnan hits Lyon flush on the helmet. The Australia No.11 took it well and calls for a new lid. Aus 384-9 #ashes
  • Over 102 - Australia 384/9 (Siddle 21, Lyon 17)
    Siddle pushes Bresnan through cover for two and then gets a thick inside edge to a legside heave to collect two more. A fend into the legside takes the partnership up to 30, a total it will no doubt take England's batsmen a good hour to match. A well-directed bouncer crunches into the side of Lyon's batting helmet, and there's a delay here while that dented lid is replaced. England's players take the opportunity to take on some drinks.
    12/14/2013 3:50:10 AM
  • Bumble believes England should have been batting a while ago

    12/14/2013 3:53:58 AM
  • Over 103 - Australia 385/9 (Siddle 21, Lyon 17)
    Siddle gets a leg-bye before Lyon is beaten a couple of times as Stokes gets the ball through nicely. Followed by inevitable shots of Johnson and Harris watching on quite happily from the Aussie changing room.
    12/14/2013 3:54:47 AM
  • WICKET! Siddle c Prior b Bresnan 21

    [wicket]Final wicket finally falls. Regulation nick through to Prior to leave Lyon stranded 83 short of a deserved hundred. TRICKY LITTLE SESSION for England to survive before lunch.
    12/14/2013 3:56:55 AM
  • Nasser's verdict at the break:
    [nasserhussain] It was a poor morning for Alastair Cook. I thought his bowlers bowled well but not to have catchers in third, fourth, fifth slip, gully area was negative. So many runs went down there and England could have wrapped the innings up quicker. I think Cook was thinking about his batting and leaving the bowlers to set their own fields but he shouldn't and this is going to be a hard 25 minutes for England.

    12/14/2013 4:03:14 AM
  • And we're away! @carbs646 punches Johnson down to the mid-off boundary. Eng 6-0 #ashes #stayup
  • Over 2 - England 9/0 (Cook 3, Carberry 5)
    Good start for Michael Carberry, leaning on a full, swinging delivery from Johnson and watching the ball ping off the blade for four through mid-off. Little more than a defensive push, but it raced across the parched outfield, leaving fielders in its wake. Works the next ball calmly into the legside for a single to get the main event under way. Johnson v Cook. A thick but safe outside edge brings the England captain three to third-man, Lyon doing well to flick the ball back just inside the rope, and Carberry goes under a bouncer with no great fuss to end the over.
    12/14/2013 4:15:52 AM
  • Drop! Smith puts down Cook diving to his left at fourth slip. A cracking effort to get a hand on it. Eng 9-0 #ashes #stayup
  • Over 3 - England 13/0 (Cook 7, Carberry 5)
    Drop! Cook tries to work Harris into the legside and gets a leading edge that loops to the left of Smith at third slip. He dives and gets his left hand to it but can't hold on. Does well to get a hand on it, but having done so may well feel he should've taken out. Made harder by the fact that the line of the ball and the shot means that you're not really expecting the ball to come to you at third slip. Another slip comes in, and Cook responds by leaning on a full delivery and sending it back past the bowler for four. There's great value for shots if you get in here.
    12/14/2013 4:19:35 AM
  • Johnson operating 90mph+ on his home ground but Cook and Carberry are standing firm. Lunch looming. Eng 19-0 #ashes #stayup
  • Over 4 - England 19/0 (Cook 12, Carberry 6)
    Flowing cover-drive from Carberry is half-stopped but he gets a single. Cook then puts his bat on another full straight ball from Johnson and it races back past the bowler for four more. Johnson responds with a searing yorker, but Cook bunts it into the offside and gets a quick single.
    12/14/2013 4:23:43 AM
  • Over 16 - England 62/0 (Cook 35, Carberry 25)
    Having tried to give Cook four with a short, wide one that is cracked straight at point, Watson serves up a half volley for the England captain to put away instead.
    As if to further suggest he's no interest in bowling for too much longer, Watson finishes the over with another short delivery outside off that allows Cook to make it back-to-back boundaries.
    12/14/2013 5:56:34 AM
  • Six! Carberry welcomes Lyon into the attack by dancing down and hitting him back down the ground for six. Eng 68-0 #ashes #stayup
  • Over 17 - England 68/0 (Cook 35, Carberry 31)
    First spin of the innings.
    Lyon sends down just the one delivery before Carberry decides to come down the track, lofting Nathaniel over the rope for six. Crowd loved that, Haddin tells the England opener to have another go. He rejects the request, patting back the rest of the over.
    12/14/2013 5:59:41 AM
  • Over 18 - England 68/0 (Cook 35, Carberry 31)
    Watson off - three overs from him have gone for 21 runs, more than I think he went for during the entire series in England earlier this year.
    Siddle called straight back into the attack. Maiden to Cook - England trail by 317.
    12/14/2013 6:04:05 AM
  • Carberry has dealt with the pace and bounce of the WACA well so far

    12/14/2013 6:06:14 AM
  • Over 19 - England 72/0 (Cook 35, Carberry 35)
    Carberry draws level with his skipper when he rocks back to cut away Lyon for a boundary through point.
    Good effort from old man Rogers running out into the deep, only he manages to flick the ball back up and over his own head as he dives across the rope.
    12/14/2013 6:06:41 AM
  • Over 20 - England 72/0 (Cook 35, Carberry 35)
    Quiet over from Siddle, with Cook looking solid.
    It's so quiet that umpire Bowden forgets how many he's counted, attempting to call a halt to the over after five deliveries. I think he needs a drink. I think everyone needs a drink. Time for a break in Perth.
    12/14/2013 6:11:24 AM
  • Over 21 - England 72/0 (Cook 35, Carberry 35)
    You should score bonus points for partnerships where both batsmen have the same number of runs. What you shouldn't score bonus points for are lazy cut shots against the spinner that almost throw away an hour-and-a-half's good work. Carberry lucky not to get an edge after half-bailing on the shot.
    12/14/2013 6:18:17 AM
  • Over 22 - England 79/0 (Cook 38, Carberry 39)
    Three years ago here, England got to 78/0 before the wheels came off against Johnson's swing. That 78/0 became 98/5 became 187 all out became a thumping Australia win. The good news is that England are now past 78 without loss as Cook pulls Harris for two and then nurdles a single before Carberry drives sweetly through point for four to take a one-run lead over his skipper.
    12/14/2013 6:21:12 AM
  • Over 23 - England 79/0 (Cook 38, Carberry 39)
    Another maiden over from Lyon, played out carefully and safely by Cook.
    12/14/2013 6:23:34 AM
  • Over 24 - England 79/0 (Cook 38, Carberry 39)
    This is England's second-highest opening partnership of 2013. Got a way to go to catch the leader, though: Cook and Nick Compton (remember him?) made 231 in Dunedin.
    12/14/2013 6:26:44 AM
  • Just woke up back home? Want highlights of day two? #catchup on all the action via the Events Centre: eventcentre.skysports.com/videoplayer_sk… #ashes
  • Over 25 - England 84/0 (Cook 39, Carberry 43)
    Slightly top-edgey sweep from Cook, but it's played into a safe area and brings a single. Carberry then deceived by some drift from Lyon and ends up playing a cut shot at a ball far too straight. He just about gets bat on it, and picks up four to third-man for his troubles.
    12/14/2013 6:30:35 AM
  • WICKET! Carberry b Harris 43

    [wicket]Carberry decides too late in the piece that he's going to leave the ball from Harris outside the off stump and chops it into his stumps.
    12/14/2013 6:32:57 AM
  • Beefy has never been a fan of the leave:
    [ianbotham] We seem to complicate the leave don't we. He'll feel unlucky but that was just what Australia needed and England didn't. He looked good and I thought today was going to be the day he'd get a big score.

    12/14/2013 6:35:31 AM
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