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Dec 29, 2013
Mitchell Johnson has been adjudged as the Man of the Match, He took five wickets in the first innings and three in the second. Johnson has already taken 31 wickets in the series so far. He also received three Man of the Match awards in the four matches. So, there will be little doubt as to who will get the Man of the Series award come the end of the fifth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. That is it from us for now. Join us again for the New Year’s Test at the SCG.
Aus 231/2 | Overs 51.5 | Watson 83*, Clarke 6*
Clarke plays a cut shot off Stokes that races away to the backward-point boundary for a four to get to 8,000 runs in Test cricket. Watson smashes a four off Bresnan down the ground. Panesar misfields off his own bowling and allows Watson to take a single. Clarke then takes a single towards mid-wicket. Watson hits two more runs towards square-leg and that is the end of the match. Australia have won the fourth Test by eight wickets. They take a 4-0 lead in the series.
Aus 215/2 | Overs 48 | Watson 72*, Clarke 1* | OUT! Rogers 116 (155)
Stokes has been brought back into the attack. He bowls a wide and short delivery and Rogers cuts the ball away for another four in that third-man region. Panesar has been brought back into the attack. Watson takes a single and that brings up the 200 for Australia. Panesar bowls outside off-stump and Rogers tries to cut. It is a little too close for that shot and he gets a thin edge and Bairstow takes the catch. A very good innings has come to an end. The partnership between Rogers and Watson was worth 136 runs for the second wicket. Michael Clarke is the new man in. Clarke gets off the mark with a single behind square on the leg side off Panesar. Watson rocks back onto the back-foot and cuts a Panesar delivery for a four towards backward-point. Then he comes down the track and hits over mid-on for another four. He hist another four down the ground.
Superb century from Rogers. Wish we’d shown even a tenth of his grit and determination. #Ashes
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 29, 2013
Aus 190/1 | Overs 43 | Rogers 107*, Watson 57*
Anderson comes back into the attack. Rogers drives one past the cover fielder and gets a four. With that shot Rogers gets to his second Test century. Both have come against England. The first was in the fourth Ashes 2013 Test at Durham. Now at the MCG in front of his home crowd in Victoria. All the fans at the ground give a warm round of applause to Rogers. Watson then plays a cut shot off Bresnan for a four behind point. That gets him to his 22nd Test half-century. The next ball, he thumps it straight over Bresnan for another four. He then takes a single and Rogers drives square on the off side to get another four.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 29, 2013
Aus 172/1 | Overs 41 | Rogers 98*, Watson 48*
Broad bowls the first over after lunch, Watson leans forward to a full delivery and drives square on the off side for three runs. Broad then finds the edge of Rogers’s bat and Bairstow dives to his left and drops a very tough chance. England do need to take these chances to have any hope to win the match. They have missed three chances today itself. Stokes bowls a yorker on the pads and Rogers flicks it away for a single towards fine-leg. That brings up the 150 for Australia. Broad bowls a length delivery outside off-stump and Rogers plays a late cut and gets a four towards third-man. Broad bowls a back of a length delivery and Watson opens the face of the bat gets a four towards third-man. The 100-run partnership has come up between Rogers and Watson.
Aus 143/1 | Overs 35 | Rogers 81*, Watson 36*
Broad bowls short and wide and Watson plays a brilliant square-cut and gets a four through deep point. Broad then bowls a full delivery at the stumps and Watson punches it straight down the ground. Kevin Pietersen, the mid-off fielder, should have stopped the ball, but misfields and Anderson, from mid-on, makes sure the ball does not reach the boundary. Both the batsmen are targeting Panesar now. They take 10 runs of his over without hitting a boundary. Stokes comes into the attack to bowl the last over before lunch. Watson gets one run off the over and that will be lunch on Day Four. Australia only need 88 runs to win the match.
Aus 126/1 | Overs 36 | Rogers 74*, Watson 26*
Bresnan pitches one up and Watson hits the ball straight past him for a four. Next ball, he leans forward to a full and wide delivery and drives through covers for another four. Watson drives Anderson on the up and gets two runs through covers. Root bowls on the pads and Rogers plays it away for three runs towards fine-leg. Monty Panesar has been brought into the attack. Both Rogers and Watson get a run each in Panesar’s over. Broad has been brought back into the attack and gives away one run as Watson works a length delivery towards the leg side. Panesar offers width and Rogers plays that towards backward-point for three runs.
Chris Rogers has scored four half centuries in his last three tests #ashes
— BBC TMS (@bbctms) December 29, 2013
Aus 102/1 | Overs 26 | Rogers 66*, Watson 10*
Tim Bresnan has been brought into the attack and he bowls a maiden over first up to Watson. Stokes bowls one on the pads and Rogers flicks the ball away for three runs towards mid-wicket. Stokes finds the inside edge off Rogers’s bat, but the ball evades Bairstow and goes for a four behind the wicketkeeper. Next ball, he cuts in front of point and gets two runs to get to his sixth Test half-century. Rogers then uses the pace of Bresnan’s delivery and guides it for a four behind point. Anderson comes from round the wicket and bowls outside off-stump. Rogers opens the face of the bat and guides the ball to the third-man region for a four. Bresnan digs one in short and Watson gloves a hook shot over and wide of Bairstow on the leg side for a four. Rogers is getting the runs easily as he pushes a full delivery towards extra-cover for three runs.
Aus 70/1 | Overs 20 | Rogers 42*, Watson 2* | OUT! Warner 25 (47)
Joe Root has been brought into the attack. Warner plays one to mid-wicket for a single. Warner then cuts Stokes towards point for a single. Root then bowls a maiden over to Warner. Stokes offers width and Rogers cuts it behind backward-point for a four. Next ball, he drives a fuller delivery past mid-off for another four. Stokes bowls one slightly shorter and Warner attempts a lofted cut shot. He only edges it to wicketkeeper Bairstow, who takes the catch. Shane Watson is the next batsman in. He gets off the mark with an inside edge onto the pads and towards square on the leg side off Stokes. He gets another thick inside edge and gets a single towards the leg side.
Aus 53/0 | Overs 14 | Rogers 30*, Warner 23*
James Anderson begins proceedings on Day Four. He bowls a maiden to Chris Rogers. Stuart Broad will bowl from the other end. David Warner cuts a short and wide delivery for a four to get the first runs of the day. Broad, in his next over, finds the edge off Rogers’s bat and Jonny Bairstow does not go for the catch to his left. Alastair Cook has to dive to his right at first slip and drops a tough chance. The ball races away for a four. Next ball, Rogers plays the upper cut and gets a four towards third-man. Ben Stokes comes into the attack and finds the edge of Warner’s bat. This goes straight to Cook and he drops it. England got two great opportunities to send the openers back in the dressing room and they have not taken it.
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. Australia are at 30 for no loss, chasing a target of 231 to win the match against England.
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