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Dec 27, 2013
Aus 164/9 | Overs 73.3 | Haddin 43* | Siddle 0 (5)
Peter Siddle is the new batsman in. In the last over of the day, Siddle scoops a length delivery from Broad to Bresnan at short cover. So, the umpires have called for stumps on Day Two. Haddin is batting on 43. Australia trail England by 91 runs. Join us tomorrow for live updates from Day Three.
Aus 162/8 | Overs 72 | Haddin 42* | OUT! Harris 6 (27)
Haddin drives one off Bresnan towards long-off for a single. Haddin then cut one to deep point off Broad to take another single. Broad then bowled a short delivery at Harris and he only managed to hit it to Joe Root at short-leg, who took a good catch.
Brad Haddin passes his own record for the most number of runs by an Australian wicketkeeper in an #ashes series
— BBC TMS (@bbctms) December 27, 2013
Aus 156/7 | Overs 68 | Haddin 38*, Harris 4* | OUT! Johnson 2 (30)
Panesar has been brought back into the attack. Haddin inside edges on to short fine-leg off Panesar for a single. Cook is keeping a highly spread-out field for Haddin and he takes a simple single towards long-on off Bresnan. haddin then misses a straight one from Panesar and the England players appeal. The umpire immediately raises his finger, but Haddin asks for the review. Hawk Eye shows that the ball would have just missed the leg-stump and the decision is overturned.
Johnson then pulls a short delivery from Bresnan to Anderson at mid-wicket and this time he takes the catch. Ryan Harris is the new batsman in. He gets off the mark with a cut shot off Panesar that takes the edge of the bat and goes wide of first slip and for a four.
Aus 147/6 | Overs 63 | Haddin 33*, Johnson 2*
Stokes bowls a length delivery and Haddin smashes that for a six over long-on. Stokes then bowls a bit straight and Haddin clips it away for three runs through mid-wicket. Johnson gets off the mark with two runs towards long-leg as Stokes bowls a back of a length delivery. Anderson bowls one wide on the off side and Haddin cuts it away for a four behind point. Anderson bowls a full delivery and Haddin hits it over mid-off for another four. Next ball, Anderson strays onto the hips and Haddin flicks it away for a four towards fine-leg. Johnson hits a full delivery from Bresnan to Anderson at short cover, but he drops it.
Aus 122/6 | Overs 58 | Haddin 10*, Johnson 0* | OUT! Bailey 0 (19)
Stokes bowls a bouncer and Haddin swats that away for a four towards wide long-on. Anderson then gets Bailey out for a 19-ball duck. He pitched the ball on a back of a length outside off-stump. Bailey plays a cut shot without moving his feet and he edges it to Bairstow behind the wickets. The umpire says not at first and Cook immediately asks for the review. The replays show no major deflection and the Hot Spot also does not show any mark on the bat. But the real-time Snicko shows a faint edge and eventually Bailey is given out. Mitchell Johnson is the next batsman in.
Aus 118/5 | Overs 56 | Bailey 0*, Haddin 6* | OUT! Rogers 61 (171)
Bresnan bowls a fuller delivery outside off-stump and Rogers, rather uncharacteristically tries to hit the leather out of it. He completely mishits it and Kevin Pietersen takes a good catch running to his right at mid-off. Brad Haddin is the next batsman in and he gets off the mark straight away with two runs down the ground. Stokes comes into the attack and Haddin cannot keep his cover drive on the ground as the ball takes a thick edge off the bat and flies to the left of Michael Carberry at point. The ball races away for a four. Anderson bowls a maiden over to Bailey.
Aus 112/4 | Overs 52 | Rogers 61*, Bailey 0* | OUT! Smith 19 (77)
The England bowlers are testing the patience of the Australian batsmen by bowling outside the line of off-stump. As a result, Broad bowls another maiden over to Smith. England’s tactics forces Rogers to go across to the off side and flick one towards mid-wicket for a single. Smith then plays one towards deep backward square-leg and runs for a single. He collides with Bresnan, who is in his follow-through and knocks the burly bowler over. England’s patience is finally rewarded as Smith edges a cut shot to a length delivery straight to Ian Bell at second slip. Bell was surprised by the flight of the ball moved away from it before getting his hands behind it to catch. George Bailey is the new batsman in.
Aus 108/3 | Overs 47 | Rogers 58*, Smith 18*
Anderson bowls the first ball after tea wide and full and Rogers flays that away towards the covers for a four. Broad bowls a full delivery outside off-stump and Rogers dabs it away for two runs towards covers. The England bowlers are bowling way wide of off-stump to Smith and limiting his scoring opportunities. He is a better leg-side batsman and they want him to force a shot on the off-side. The one time Broad bowls in line with the stumps, Smith pulls it away for a four towards deep backward square-leg. Broad then bowls an in-swinging delivery and Smith leaves it. The ball hits him on the pads and the England players appeal for a LBW. The umpire says not out and England decide not to review it. Replays show that the ball would have gone over the stumps and wasn’t in line as well.
Aus 96/3 | Overs 42 | Rogers 50*, Smith 14*
Panesar bowls a maiden over to Rogers. Then Stokes bowls a maiden over to Smith. Rogers finally gets his half-century with a quick single off Panesar towards extra-cover. That is his fifth half-century in Test cricket. Stokes bowls another maiden over to Smith and that is tea on Day Two. Australia trail England by 159 runs
Aus 94/3 | Overs 38 | Rogers 49*, Smith 13*
Panesar comes into the attack and bowls a full-toss. Rogers hits that for a four through the covers. Bresnan bowls a back of a length delivery and Smith plays it behind square on the leg side for a single. Panesar offers Smith room outside off-stump and he cuts it away off the back-foot for a four in front of point. Bresnan bowls one at Rogers and he plays a jab behind square on the leg side for two runs.
Aus 82/3 | Overs 32 | Rogers 43*, Smith 7*
Anderson bowls a short delivery and Smith plays a pull shot for a single towards square-leg. Stokes bowls one on Smith’s thighs and he tucks it away for a single towards long-leg. Anderson bowls a length delivery at off-stump and Rogers turns it away behind square on the leg side for two runs. Stokes bowls a back of a length delivery and Rogers jabs it away towards mid-wicket for another two runs. Stokes then bowls a full delivery on the leg side and Rogers glances it away for a four towards deep square-leg. Bresnan bowls a short delivery and Smith pulls it to mid-wicket. Anderson dives in the air to his right and attempts a one-handed catch, but drops a tough chance.
The ninth time that James Anderson has dismissed Michael Clarke in test cricket but the first time in this series #ashes
— BBC TMS (@bbctms) December 27, 2013
Aus 70/3 | Overs 27 | Rogers 34*, Smith 4* | OUT! Clarke 10 (34)
Clarke flicks a leg side delivery for a single behind square-leg. Anderson comes in from round the wicket and angles one in to Rogers, who clips it behind square on the leg side for two runs. Anderson then bowls a short delivery and Rogers plays it to mid-on and takes a single. Bresnan then bowls a maiden over to Rogers. Next over, Anderson gets Clarke out bowled. The ball pitches outside the line of off-stump and comes in after pitching. Clarke offers no stroke and the ball clips the bails. Brilliant delivery from Anderson.
Steven Smith is the new batsman in and he gets off the mark with a four behind square on the leg side off Anderson. Rogers then plays a beautiful cover drive to a full delivery from Bresnan to get another four.
Aus 58/2 | Overs 23 | Rogers 27*, Clarke 9*
Stokes bowls a full delivery outside off-stump and Clarke drives on the up through the covers for a three. Stokes then bowls on Rogers’s pads and he flicks it away for a three towards mid-wicket. Rogers gets two runs off Broad straight down the ground. Then he plays a straight delivery behind square on the leg side for a single. That brings up Australia’s 50 in the first innings. Tim Bresnan has been brought into the attack and he bowls a maiden over to Rogers. In Bresnan’s next over, Rogers plays a brilliant straight drive for four.
Aus 41/2 | Overs 18 | Rogers 16*, Clarke 5*
Welcome back. Clarke plays the first delivery after lunch for a two runs with an on-drive off Broad. Stokes bowls a maiden over to Rogers. Clarke then gets a single off Broad towards point. Stokes then bowls a maiden over to Clarke. Broad bowls a back of a length deliver and Rogers tries to duck underneath the ball thinking it might be shorter than it was. The ball hits him flush on the side of the helmet near his right ear. Most of the England players and Clarke surround Rogers as the team physio gives him some treatment. After a few minutes, Rogers is ready to play. There might be some cut on the cheek as a medical tape has been put there.
Aus 38/2 | Overs 13 | Rogers 16*, Clarke 2* | OUT! Watson 10 (15)
Stokes gets Watson to give England something to cheer about before lunch. The ball pitches on a good length and comes in. Watson plays a straight drive, but the ball takes the inside edge and Bairstow takes the catch. Michael Clarke is the new batsman in. Alastair Cook decides to bring Monty Panesar into the attack and the crowd cheer the decision. He bowls a waist-high full-toss at Rogers, but he defends it away. He bowls a maiden over and that is lunch on Day Two. Australia trail England by 217 runs.
Aus 33/1 | Overs 10 | Rogers 15*, Watson 8* | OUT! Warner 9 (14)
Anderson bowls a back of a length delivery and Warner goes for the pull. He gets a thick top-edge and the ball goes really high in the air. Jonny Bairstow takes the catch behind the stumps. Shane Watson is the new batsman and he gets off the mark with a glorious on-drive for four. Broad bowls a length delivery and Rogers edges it again and the ball goes in-between third-slip and gully for a four. Watson then plays a late cut off Anderson and gets a four towards backward-point. Ben Stokes has been brought into the attack. He bowls a full delivery and it hits Rogers on the pads. There is an appeal, but it is turned down by the umpire. England do not review it. Replays show that there was an inside edge.
Aus 19/0 | Overs 6 | Rogers 9*, Warner 9*
Chris Rogers and David Warner walk out into the middle for Australia. James Anderson will open the bowling for England. First ball is a full delivery and it hits Rogers on the pads. There is an appeal but it is turned down as the ball pitched just outside the line of leg-stump. Rogers gets off the mark with a single down the ground. Stuart Broad shares the new ball with Anderson and he bowls a maiden over to Rogers. Warner then gets off the mark with a straight drive off Anderson for four. Rogers gets his first four with an on-drive off Anderson.
Warner then plays a square-drive off Broad for a four in front of point. Anderson then bowls a maiden over to Rogers. Warner takes a single off Broad down the ground. Rogers then edges a good length delivery from Broad, but it runs along the ground and evades Ben Stokes at third-slip and goes for a four.
Eng 255/9 | Overs 100 | Anderson 11* | OUT! Panesar 2 (16)
Panesar gets hit right on the groin guard by Peter Siddle and he is in a lot of pain. It takes some time for him to take strike again. He does get off the mark with two runs towards the leg side. Lyon then bowls Panesar with a straight delivery. Panesar offered no strike at all. So, England are all out for 255. This is however England’s highest first innings total of the series.
With the new ball Mitchell Johnson bowled 9 overs 3 maidens 5 wickets for 18 runs #ashes
— BBC TMS (@bbctms) December 27, 2013
Eng 250/9 | Overs 98 | Anderson 8*, Panesar 0* | Broad 11 (16)
Johnson bowls a yorker at middle-stump and Broad misses the line as the ball hits the pads. The Australians appeal and the umpire raises his finger and Johnson gets his fifth wicket in the innings. Anderson has taken the onus of scoring upon himself now. He lofts Nathan Lyon over mid-on for a four. And that brings up the 250 for England.
England batted in 1st gear yesterday and have decided to come out and bat in 6th gear today…!!! #Ashes.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 26, 2013
Eng 242/8 | Overs 94 | Broad 11*, Anderson 0* | OUT! Bresnan 1 (14), Pietersen 71 (161)
Ryan Harris opens proceedings on Day Two at the MCG. Kevin Pietersen is on strike and he flays a full and wide delivery to the extra-cover boundary for four. Mitchell Johnson comes from the other end. First ball he bowls a sharp bouncer and Tim Bresnan fends it off and the ball lobs up in the air. George Bailey takes a diving catch at short-leg. Stuart Broad is the next batsman in. He gets off strike with a leg-bye. Pietersen gets a quick bouncer first up and he ducks out of it. Next ball goes down the leg side.
Next ball Pietersen goes for an almighty whack off a good length over mid-wicket, but misses and Johnson does not as he hits the stumps. So, in the first two overs itself, England have lost two wickets. James Anderson is the new man in. Harris then bowls a full delivery and Broad gets a thick edge which runs away for a four through gully. Two balls later, Harris bowls another full delivery and Broad plays a brilliant cover drive for four.
Hello I am Shrikant Shankar and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the Ashes 2013-14. Australia won the first three Tests and have taken a 3-0 lead in the five-match series. England are at 226 for six at stumps on Day One of the fourth Test. Kevin Pietersen is batting on 67.
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