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Nov 21, 2013
Aus 273/8 | Overs 90 | Haddin 78*, Harris 4* | OUT! Siddle 7 (18)
The floodlights at the Gabba have been switched on. Anderson gets his second wicket of the day as he finds the edge of Siddle’s bat and Cook takes another catch at first slip. The last few overs have become quiet, but that was expected. As the stumps have been taken, Haddin is batting on 78 and Harris is on four.
England have the advantage after Day One in Brisbane.
Anderson bowls one short to Siddle, who pulls the ball to get a four towards the deep mid-wicket region. Siddle is quite capable with the bat. Haddin is making sure that Australia do not lose any more wickets as he tries to take most of the strike.
Johnson is batting like a top-order batsman. He just stands and delivers. Broad bowls one slightly fuller and Johnson hits the ball through cover and it hits the fence. He smashes another one, but Tremlett stops hit from getting past him at short extra-cover.
But the new ball has done the trick. Broad bowls an in-swinger and Johnson has a bit of a gap between bat and pad as he goes for a drive. The ball clips the bails and Johnson has to head back to the dressing room for a brilliant 64. The partnership was worth 114 runs for the seventh wicket.
Broad got his five-wicket haul as well. Peter Siddle is the new batsman.
Cook took the new ball as soon as the 80th over was bowled. The first ball from Broad was hit for three runs by Haddin at the wide long-off region. The pitch is hardly offering anything to the bowlers and the batsmen are taking advantage of the situation. Just looking at the conditions, the Australian top-order must be kicking themselves for not making the most off the pitch.
That is the slowest of the 9 half centuries made by Mitchell Johnson in Test cricket #Ashes
— BBC TMS (@bbctms) November 21, 2013
Haddin reaches his fifty. An interesting fact this — Haddin reached 50 at a strike-rate of 50 in his 50th Test. Johnson then gets underneath a ball from Swann and hits a four towards the mid-wicket region. Haddin then plays a delightful straight drive off Tremlett which races away for a four.
Johnson reaches his half-century with another lofted drive over extra-cover off Swann that races away for a four. He then cuts one square of the wicket to get two runs.
Johnson hits a lofted drive off Swann down the ground to get another four. He is looking increasingly comfortable against Swann. Cook is still keeping an attacking field with two slips and a gully. Johnson is quite confident that he tries to play the upper-cut as Broad bowls a bouncer. He misses, but he is playing his shots. Johnson launches Swann again for a four down the ground. Australia have gone past the 200-run mark.
Johnson then goes one better and smashes a straight six over Swann’s head.
The 50-run partnership between Haddin and Johnson comes along now. Johnson is taking his back-foot away and playing Swann inside-out to play with the spin. Swann then bowls one slower and Johnson nearly chops it onto his stumps. Tremlett then bowls a bouncer to Johnson, but he makes sure that his pull is kept down and does not go in the air. After 69 overs, their partnership is worth 58 runs.
Johnson punches one from Swann off the back-foot and the ball races away to the fence on the off-side. Joe Root could have stopped that, but fumbles at the boundary. Haddin then slaps a wide delivery from Anderson for a four through point. This partnership is just reviving Australia now. It is now worth 47 for the seventh wicket.
The post-tea session begins quietly, but in the second over, Haddin gets the crowd going with a six off Anderson. The ball is not that short, but Haddin rocks back onto his back-foot and gets underneath the ball and pulls over deep square-leg for a six.
Anderson then bowls a testing over to Johnson, but the left-hander manages to survive. As one would expect, there is not much wear and tear on the wicket. As a result, Swann is not getting the ball to bounce unevenly.
Good test now for the Australian team. They are under huge pressure & struggling. England all over them like a cheap suit.. Time to fight..
— Shane Warne (@warne888) November 21, 2013
Johnson launches Swann for a massive six over long-on. There was no hint of a slog, pure hitting. Tea has been taken as Australia are at 153 for six. It is all up to Haddin and Johnson to bail them out in the next session.
The scoring-rate has just slowed down a little. Broad is full of confidence as he is making the batsmen very uncomfortable with the line and length he is bowling. He gets one to really bounce and Haddin is struck on the helmet right at the middle.
Swann is getting a little spin, but not much bounce. Cook is not letting the opportunity go as he employs an attacking field. There are three slips and a gully.
The England bowlers just seem to have tired a bit as the batsmen are scoring more freely. Smith has used his feet very well against Swann. He twice comes down the track and lofts him in the air with confidence. He then pulls Tremlett for a four towards square-leg.
The next ball from Tremett takes a wicked bounce and Smith can only edge it to Cook at first slip. Australia have lost more than half their side. Mitchell Johnson is the new man in.
Brad Haddin has not come out there to just hang around. He is playing his shots and finding the middle of the bat. He pulls Anderson for a four through mid-wicket. This is an important phase for Australia as England are right on top now. Smith has been a little subdued now, especially after the fall of Bailey’s wicket.
Tremlett has been ineffective so far. He is not bowling at a brisk pace, neither is he getting the ball to swing much. He is, however, getting the ball to bounce a bit extra.
Smith has looked to score runs and has already struck three fours so far. Bailey on the other hand has been quiet. Anderson then tests him with a lot of probing deliveries around the off-stump and eventually gets his man. A good length delivery just moves away from Bailey, but he has to play at it. There is not a lot of feet movement and he edges it to Cook at first slip.
Brad Haddin is the new batsman.
Swann begins proceedings after lunch. Clrake gets off the mark in the first over after lunch with a single towards square-leg. Broad then strikes again as his short ball completely surprises Clarke and the Australian captain had to play at it. But the ball hit the gloves and the handle of the bat and lobbed up in the air. Bell took a simple catch at forward short-leg.
Steven Smith is the new batsman. Anderson has been brought back into the attack. But it is broad that strikes again. Broad bowls a loosener and Warner gifts him another wicket. The length delivery, which is also wide of off-stump, is hit half heartedly by Warner. The ball goes straight to Kevin Pietersen, who takes the catch at extra-cover. George Bailey is the new batsmen and he three runs off the first ball he faces in Test cricket.
Aus 71/2 | Overs 25 | Warner 42*, Clarke 0* | OUT! Watson 22 (71)
Both Warner and Watson have batted quite at ease as the England bowlers are not getting much swing. Tremlett has not looked very convincing. Although he is getting the ball to bounce a bit. Swann has just probed that off-stump channel while bowling to Warner.
Just as lunch was approaching, Broad struck again. another short of length delivery dismissed Watson for 22. The ball was angling in from well outside off-stump, but just straightened after pitching and Watson poked at and found the edge. Swann took the catch at second slip. Michael Clarke was the new batsman, but he remains on zero as lunch is taken.
Finally, Watson nibbles at one that bounces a little from Broad and is caught at second slip by Swann. Aus 71-2
— mike selvey (@selvecricket) November 21, 2013
Aus 43/1 | Overs 15 | Warner 26*, Watson 10*
Chris Rogers and David Warner opened the batting for Australia. James Anderson and Stuart Broad began proceedings for England with the ball. Warner hooked the first ball he faced for a four towards fine-leg. But England and Broad struck quickly as Rogers was the first wicket to fall. The left-hander got a short of a length delivery from Broad and the bounce surprised him as he tried to fend it off. The ball took a thick edge and Ian Bell took a simple catch at gully. He was dismissed for one off nine balls.
Shane Watson was the next man in. But the duo have added 31 runs for the second wicket. Warner has looked confident and has taken the attack to the opposition. He has struck five fours so far. He has looked comfortable on both sides of the wicket. Watson played a cut shot over point to get his first four of the innings. Chris Tremlett is the third bowler used by captain Alastair Cook so far.
Let Battle commence… May the best team win… #Ashes.
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) November 20, 2013
As expected Michael Carberry is included in the England team and will open with captain Alastair Cook. Chris Tremlett is the third seamer for England. Matt Prior also plays after certain injury fears before the Test.
Australia: Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (c), Steven Smith, George Bailey, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon.
England: Michael Carberry, Alastair Cook (c), Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson, Chris Tremlett.
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