Dec 13, 2013
Aus 326/6 | Overs 87 | Smith 103*, Johnson 39*
Some sparkling shots towards the end by Mitchell Johnson further frustrates England as Australia finish Day One at 326 for six. It was a long third session where Haddin and Smith shared a valuable 124-run partnership. Smith batting unbeaten on 103 has made the big difference.
Aus 308/6 | Overs 82 | Smith 103*, Johnson 21*
A good partnership is building between Smith and Mitchell Johnson now. Already 41 runs added by these two. Smith is looking solid after his ton and Johnson is getting the odd boundaries. England would have hoped for some more wickets with the new ball but no damage done so far.
Aus 296/6 | Overs 77 | Smith 100*, Johnson 9*
What an innings from Steve Smith. Gets to his century in style with a boundary. He has rescued Australia from a precarious situation and placed them into a comfortable situation. Plays a beautiful straight drive to get to 66 and then pulls the last ball of the Ben Stokes over to reach his second Test ton.
Aus 285/6 | Overs 76 | Smith 92*, Johnson 9*
Graeme Swann has not been used much despite being the strike bowler today picking two wickets. On the second ball, Johnson goes for a drive and the outside edge flies through point and the batsmen run three. On the other end Smith is inching closer to his maiden ton at home. The new ball is due and it will be interesting see what ploy Alastair Cook will adopt. Second drinks break being taken in this session.
Aus 268/6 | Overs 71 | Smith 85*, Johnson 1* OUT! Brad Haddin 55 (100b)
And there comes the big breakthrough. Haddin was set up for the dismissal. Short one again and Haddin is hurried to play the shot. Miscues the ball and gives a simple catch to James Anderson. Mitchell Johnson is the new man. Loud cheer for him on his home ground. Umpires checked for no-ball and turns out that Stokes had a small part of his foot behind the crease.
Aus 259/5 | Overs 64 | Smith 80*, Brad Haddin 52*
Dropped! Poor communication between the fielders. Haddin had slashed hard over covers. Michael Carberry in the deep came running in while Joe Root at covers ran backwards. It was Carberry’s catch but he was caught in two minds. A golden opportunity missed. Alastair Cook is dejected while Tim Bresnan is fuming.
Aus 254/5 | Overs 62 | Smith 76*, Brad Haddin 51*
Haddin has now joined the party. He completes his half-century with a lofted shot towards long-off. That’s four fifties in a row for Haddin. Earlier in the over he even smashed Bresnan for a six straight down the ground.
Brad Haddin now has over 300 runs in this #Ashes series. Last Ashes series in Australia in 2010/11 he had made 360 runs
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) December 13, 2013
Aus 238/5 | Overs 57 | Smith 68*, Brad Haddin 41*
Three boundaries in three overs post tea. Australia have increased the scoring and England bowlers are looking a touch concerned now. Smith being the more aggressive of the two.
Aus 220/5 | Overs 53 | Smith 58*, Brad Haddin 35*
A fine recovery from Australia. From 143 for five, Steve Smith’s aggressive approach has helped Australia go past 200 quickly. Smith is using his feet against Swann and has dealt with the pacers positively as well. England are behind in the over-rate. The last session is likely to be a bit longer. Haddin who was tested by short balls has started to play his strokes as well. And it’s tea.
Billy Bowden allows 7ball over-to err is human,ain’t it?!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) December 13, 2013
Aus 174/5 | Overs 45 | Smith 37*, Brad Haddin 11*
Australia playing some positive cricket in the last five overs. Steve Smith in particular has taken the charge attacking the bowlers. Hits two boundaries in the over from Ben Stokes. He has hit through the line, flicked the balls pitched on the leg and hasn’t missed any opportunity to score. A partnership here can make all the difference. Meanwhile, Billy Bowden has got his calculations wrong and ended up allowing a seven-ball over.
Aus 159/5 | Overs 40 | Smith 26*, Brad Haddin 7*
The pacers are testing Brad Haddin with short-pitched deliveries. After Stuart Broad tested the wicketkeeper with short balls, Bresnan too continued with the same as Haddin struggled to fend it off. Smith, though has been positive in his scoring.
Watching to see if ENG will take this chance they have created at Perth. Big opportunity!! #Ashes2013
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) December 13, 2013
Aus 144/5 | Overs 35 | Smith 18*, Brad Haddin 1* OUT! Bailey 7 (12)
There you go. Cook’s ploy has worked and Stuart Broad strikes with the wicket of George Bailey. The batsman was well aware that the pacers were targeting him with short deliveries. Bailey fell for the trap going after a ball which was way above his reach. The shot flies towards deep square-leg where two fielders were waiting for such a shot. Kevin Pietersen catches it comfortably and Australia are in trouble now.
Aus 143/4 | Overs 34 | Smith 18*, Bailey 7*
England bowling attack is pumped up after Warner’s dismissal. Looking at two new batsmen, skipper Alastair Cook has brought pace from both ends in the form of Stuart Broad and Tim Bresnan. The fast bowlers might look to extract some bounce against the new batsmen.
Aus 130/4 | Overs 31 | Smith 11*, Bailey 1* OUT! Warner 60 (77)
David Warner is beaten by the bounce and Graeme Swann gets a crucial wicket. Warner is out for 6o. He makes room for himself and tries to cut that ball from Swann. He gets a top edge and the ball flies to Michael Carberry at backward point. George Bailey is the new man in.
Aus 125/3 | Overs 29 | Warner 60*, Smith 7*
David Warner has completed his half-century and Steve Smith is looking to attack Graeme Swann. Smith is going after Swann using his feet more often. He even launched a tossed up delivery into the stands to get off the mark. And soon David Warner hits a flat stroke against Swann for a boundary. Australia have scored at a brisk rate today and continue to do so.
On the last ball of that over from Swann, Warner lofts the ball but doesn’t get the timing right. Luckily for him the ball lands safely in the outfield away from the fielder.
England will be happy after getting the wicket of Michael Clarke. The 54-run partnership had given great momentum to the Australian innings. Will be interesting to see how the Australians go about on a wicket which hasn’t been as supportive to the bowlers as expected. Do read the lunch report here.
Aus 106/3 | Overs 23 | Warner 48*, Smith 0* OUT! Clarke 24 (44)
Crucial wicket for England at the stroke of lunch. Alastair Cook introduces Graeme Swann who removes Michael Clarke. It was all going well for Australia. Swann tosses one up and Clarke comes down and flicks it straight to mid-wicket. It was caught brilliantly by Alastair Cook. England are right back in this game.
Aus 94/2 | Overs 19 | Warner 36*, Clarke 24*
Ben Stokes has been introduced in the bowling attack. He is bowling with a good pace and troubled Warner a bit. But both Clarke and Warner are looking in good form scoring steadily. Warner who was tested with few short deliveries eventually capitalised on it by scoring a boundary on one of the short ones by Broad. We are around five overs before lunch and Australia are already close to a hundred.
Aus 73/2 | Overs 15 | Warner 28*, Clarke 11*
Michael Clarke and David Warner have got Australia’s innings back on track. After Watson gave his wicket away with a needless drive, both Clarke and Warner have had no problems going for their shots. In the 14th over, Clarke played a beautiful shot through the line which went past the bowler for a boundary. The pitch has settled in and the bowlers will have to depend on accuracy to get their wickets.
Aus 53/2 | Overs 11 | Warner 22*, Clarke 1* OUT! Watson 18(29)
Yet another mistake from Shane Watson. He will have to look back and see how many times he has gifted his wicket away. Alastair Cook gets Stuart Broad to bowl from the other end with the wind behind him. Broad bowls a short of length delivery which was not full enough to be driven. But Watson pushes and the edge flies to Graeem Swann in the slips. Poor shot from Watson.
Michael Clarke playing his 100th Test has walked out to bat with David Warner. So two wickets gifted to England in the session so far.
Aus 41/1 | Overs 7 | Warner 22*, Watson 7*
David Warner is looking in fluent touch. After the wicket of Chris Rogers, Warner is on a boundary-hitting spree. But Stuart Broad in particular is to be blamed for poor bowling. He has conceded 22 in his first three overs. Broad has been bowling towards the leg and the batsmen have taken full advantage. There is enough bounce available on the pitch and the bowlers have occasionally gone past the bat, but the bad deliveries have been put away for boundaries. In the seventh over, Warner slapped two boundaries off James Anderson. Watson at the other end has looked comfortable too.
Aus 13/1 | Overs 2 | Warner 2* OUT! Rogers 11 (9)
There you go. First wicket for England. It’s not the bounce that got them the first breakthrough but a needless run-out. Rogers just flicks towards mid-wicket and calls for a single. A miscommunication ensues between Rogers and Warner. Rogers had hit it a bit hard towards the fielder. But credit to James Anderson who was quick to hit the stumps accurately. Earlier in the over, Rogers had struck consecutive boundaries. His judgement error has cost him the wicket.
Aus 2/0 | Overs 1 | Warner 1*, Rogers 1*
Nice bounce and carry for James Anderson in the first over. Chris Rogers is off the mark on the third ball with a defensive push on the leg-side. David Warner gets his first run in the Test as well. There’s enough bounce on offer and England pacers will have to control their line and make the most of the fresh wicket.
Toss: Australian skipper Michael Clarke has won the toss and elected to bat.
One change for England. Tim Bresnan comes in for Monty Panesar. Australia are playing with the same XI.
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), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Tim Bresnan, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.
You can read a special feature on Michael Clarke’s 100th Test here.
— CA Digital Media (@CricketAus) December 13, 2013
As Alastair Cook braces up for the toughest assignment, a feature on his 100 Tests here
— England Cricket (@ECB_cricket) December 13, 2013
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the third Ashes Test at Perth. I am Abhijit Banare and I will be bringing you the live updates from the match. England are under enormous pressure to fight their way back while Australia high on confidence. Meanwhile, congratulations for both the skippers on appearing in 100 test matches; a fine achievement. But both of them are completely focused on the game. Cook is not just under pressure to deliver a win but his own form is equally worrying. On a bouncy Perth wicket, the pace attack of both the teams will be hungry to make their presence felt.
Just to recount the past record, England have won just one match here in 1978 and have lost eight matches and drawn three.
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