Dec 8, 2013
Eng 247/6 | Overs 90 | Prior 31*, Broad 22*
Broad drives one to deep point off Johnson for two runs. Broad flicks a length delivery from Harris for a four towards deep mid-wicket. Broad then plays a lofted drive and gets a four towards the long-off region. Broad cuts Lyon for a four through cover. Prior plays a convincing pull shot to a Johnson bouncer and gets a four through mid-wicket. Prior gets another four towards fine-leg. Stumps have been called and England need 284 runs to win. Australia, more likely, need four wickets to win the Test.
Eng 213/6 | Overs 85 | Prior 19*, Broad 1* | OUT! Stokes 28 (90)
Harris bowls a straight one and Stokes drives beautifully down the ground to get another four. Stokes flicks a single off the thigh pads towards fine-leg. While running he partially collides with Johnson and both the players exchange a few words before the umpire separates them. First ball of next over, Stokes edges Harris to Clarke at second slip. The ball just moved away from the left-handed Stokes. Stuart Broad is the next man in.
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Eng 203/5 | Overs 81 | Stokes 22*, Prior 17*
Prior opens the face of the bat to guide a short delivery from Johnson for a four through gully. Prior drives Lyon for two runs through covers. Stokes sweeps Smith for four and then cuts in front of square on the off side for another four. Australia finally reach the 200-run mark in the series. The new ball has been taken.
Eng 186/5 | Overs 73 | Stokes 12*, Prior 10*
After a couple of tight overs, Harris relieves the pressure with four overthrows. Stokes hits the ball back to him and Harris throws the ball in-between Haddin and Clarke and the ball races away for the boundary. Prior then gives Lyon the charge and hits a lofted shot over mid-wicket for another four. Stokes hits one from Siddle just in in front of George Bailey’s boot at forward short-leg and the ball bounces off his boot and Chris Rogers takes the catch at mid-wicket. The umpires review it and it is ruled not out as the ball hit the ground before bouncing off the boot.
Eng 175/5 | Overs 67 | Stokes 7*, Prior 4* | OUT! Root 87 (194)
Root punches a short delivery from Johnson off the back-foot for a four through extra-cover. Lyon drags one short and Stokes cuts the ball off the back-foot through covers for a four. Lyon strikes to dismiss Root. The ball takes an edge off the bat and hits the pads and lobs up. Brad Haddin takes a superb diving catch to his right. That was a very good innings from Root. But Australia are now that much closer to win the match. Matt Prior gets off the mark with a swipe over mid-on for a four off Lyon.
Eng 162/4 | Overs 61 | Root 82*, Stokes 3*
Johnson bowls the first over after the tea break and it is a maiden. Lyon comes in from the other end and Root pulls the first delivery for a four behind square-leg. Lyon bowls another long hop and Root again hits it for a four behind square-leg. Stokes then gets off the mark with a straight drive towards long-on for three of Johnson. Lyon then bowls a maiden over to Stokes. Root and Stokes show how good they are running between the wickets as they steal five runs from Johnson’s over. Johnson then appeals for an LBW against Stokes and it is turned down. But Clarke asks for the review and replays show that there is a huge inside edge onto the pads. So, the decision is not out. Root then walks down the track and inside-edges a Lyon delivery towards fine-leg for three runs.
Eng 143/4 | Overs 55 | Root 66*, Stokes 0* | OUT! Bell 6 (19)
Bell rocks back to his back-foot and cuts Lyon for a four through cover-point. Siddle then drifts one onto Root’s pads and he flicks it away for a four towards deep square-leg. Lyon tries his level best to stop it, but the ball touches the ropes. Bell then hit a low full-toss from Smith to Johnson at wide mid-on. Johnson took a good low catch to his right and Bell had to depart. Ben Stokes was the next man in. Teas was called.
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Eng 132/3 | Overs 50 | Root 60*, Bell 1* | OUT! Pietersen 53 (99)
After Smith comes in for a pounding from Pietersen, Clarke replaces him with Watson. He bowls a maiden to Root and that is followed by another maiden from Siddle to Pietersen. Then Watson bowls another maiden to Root. The pressure of not scoring a single run in three overs leads to Pietersen inside-edging a length delivery from Siddle onto the bail. Pietersen’s feet hardly moved and he will be disappointed to lose his wicket to a defensive shot. Australia have got the breakthrough from a delivery that probably didn’t deserve a wicket. The partnership between Root and Pietersen was worth 111 runs for the third wicket. Ian Bell is the new man in at No 5.
That was a wicket-maiden from Siddle and then Watson bowls another maiden to Root. Bell finally breaks the non-scoring phase with a quick single towards point off Siddle.
Eng 128/2 | Overs 43 | Root 59*, Pietersen 51*
Pietersen charges down the pitch and mistimes a lofted drive over wide mid-off for two runs. Johnson is bowling a lot of short deliveries at Root and that is followed by one-way verbal jousting. Watson, all the way from the slip cordon, also has a few words. But Root’s response is to just smile back. Root punches a short delivery off the back-foot from Johnson through cover-point for two runs. Pietersen then whacks a long hop from Smith over wide long-on for a big six. A few deliveries later, he hits another six and this is over long-off. Pietersen brings up his half-century as well.
Really good 50 by Root. Mitch trying his best to unsettle him – just smiles back angelically
— Jonathan Agnew (@Aggerscricket) December 8, 2013
Eng 104/2 | Overs 40 | Root 51*, Pietersen 35*
Root plays a square drive off Lyon for two runs. Johnson comes in from round the wicket to Root. Lyon bowls a full and wide delivery and Root pierces the off side field to get a four through cover. Lyon immediately drags one short and Root pulls it for a four through mid-wicket. Smith has been brought into the attack and bowls a lolly pop of a full-toss and Pietersen smacks that over long-on for a six. Root puts a length delivery from Johnson towards deep mid-wicket for two runs and reaches his half-century.
Eng 77/2 | Overs 33 | Root 34*, Pietersen 25*
Welcome back. Harris bowls the first over after lunch and it is a maiden to Pietersen. Lyon comes from the other end. The 50-run partnership comes up for Root and Pietersen in 114 balls. It has been slow going, but that is what England need. Their batsmen have to spend more time in the middle if they have to achieve anything in the series. Pietersen comes down the track and hits a full delivery from Lyon for a four towards long-off.
Eng 65/2 | Overs 27 | Root 29*, Pietersen 18*
Shane Watson too was brought into the attack. Johnson then bowled a back of a length delivery down the leg side and Root glanced it fine behind the wickets for a four. Johnson gives some width and Root plays that behind square on the off side for a four. Watson bowls an in-swinger and Pietersen clips it away for two runs towards deep mid-wicket. Leg-spinner Steven Smith has been brought into the attack. Lunch was called and England need an improbable 466 runs to win. Australia need a probable eight wickets to win.
Eng 45/2 | Overs 20 | Root 15*, Pietersen 12*
Clarke has kept an attacking field and has a short mid-on and a short mid-wicket for Pietersen. The cloud is a little grey around the Adelaide Oval. Siddle bowls one short and wide and Pietersen cuts that for a four through point. Root takes a couple of twos off Lyon before taking one on the full and driving it through extra-cover for a four. Johnson is brought back and he has two slips, two gullies, a point and one at extra-cover.
Eng 27/2 | Overs 14 | Root 4*, Pietersen 6* | OUT! Carberry 14 (39)
Nathan Lyon has been brought into the attack. Siddle comes in from round the wicket and bowls one short of a length and Carberry pulls it to Lyon at fine-leg. Carberry connected with that very well but Lyon took a good low catch to his right. Kevin Pietersen is the next batsman in. He gets off the mark with two runs towards fine-leg off Lyon. He then drives Lyon through the covers for another two runs.
In his last 7 tests against Australia Alastair Cook has scored 359 runs at an average of 25 #ashes
— BBC TMS (@bbctms) December 8, 2013
Eng 11/1 | Overs 8 | Carberry 8*, Root 1* | OUT! Cook 1 (7)
Australia captain Michael Clarke has made the declaration and set England a target of 531 runs. The reason for the early declaration is that there seems to be some rain on Day Four and Day Five predicted. Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry will open the batting for England. Ryan Harris will begin proceedings for Australia. Cook gets off the mark with a single towards long-leg. Mitchell Johnson shares the new ball with Harris. He digs one in short and Cook goes for the hook, but top edges it to Harris at fine-leg. Harris took a tumble, but England have already lost their first wicket.
Joe Root comes in at No 3. Harris bowls a full delivery and Carberry flicks it through square-leg for a four to get off the mark. Harris bowls another full delivery and Carberry drives through cover for another four. Root gets off the mark with a single through mid-wicket off Peter Siddle.
Hello I am Shrikant Shankar and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Day Four of the second Ashes 2013-14 Test at the Adelaide Oval. Australia won the toss on Day One and elected to bat first. Australia declared at 570 for nine. Michael Clarke top-scored with 148 and Brad Haddin scored 118. Stuart Broad took three wickets for England.
England were bowled out for 172 in their first innings. Ian Bell top-scored with an unbeaten 72 and Michael Carberry scored 60. Mitchell Johnson was the star with the ball as he picked up seven wickets. He was twice on a hat-trick, but on both occasions he could not complete the milestone. Australia were at 132 for three at stumps on Day Three with a lead of 530 runs.
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