Australian bowlers will be waiting to bowl to Essex batsmen © Getty Images
Australian bowlers will be waiting to bowl to Essex batsmen © Getty Images

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Live Cricket Score: Essex 299/3 | Overs 68.3 – Stumps

Ravi Bopara 86(144)

Two wickets then for Australia in the final session of play that too to Starc towards the close of play. What a day for Essex.  A very tough day for Australians. They did score 122 runs before getting bowled out with Marsh scoring 169. Essex though have comeback superbly to post a strong total, Westley’s ton has set the platform for their inning, he though got out at the stroke of stumps and Starc returned to bowl out Porter, the nightwatchman. Skipper, Bopara gave Westley good support with a fine knock and is nearing his ton. Australia will look to comeback hard tomorrow while Essex will want to continue batting with Bopara leading them well with the bat.

OUT! Tom Westley b Starc 144(209)

OUT! Jamie Porter b Starc 0(3)

Live Cricket Score: Essex 241/1 | Overs 57

Tom Westley 134(184) Ravi Bopara 42(103)

Play back on as the rain relented at last. Bopara is nearing his fifty and will be wanting to make this a big one. It has been a fine comeback from Essex.

Live Cricket Score: Essex 220/1 | Overs 53 – Match delayed by rain

Tom Westley 117(167) Ravi Bopara 38(96)

No success for Australia yet in the session as both Westley and Bopara are scoring runs freely. Australia will be disappointed with the way they have bowled so far.

Live Cricket Score: Essex 190/1 | Overs 44

Tom Westley 100(135) Ravi Bopara 31(74)

The 100-run stand is up between the two batsmen as Tom Westley brings up his century, his 10th in First-Class cricket. This has been a fine comeback by Essex after Australia posted huge total. Nathan Lyon has had an off day, his figures read 9-0-64-0!

Live Cricket Score: Essex 170/1 | Overs 37

Tom Westley 91(120) Ravi Bopara 24(47)

Mitchell Starc starts the session after Tea. Westley is nearing his ton and will first wish to get there and then continue batting. Ravi Bopara has played a patient knock at the other end.

Live Cricket Score: Essex 170/1 | Overs 36 – Tea Break

Tom Westley 91(120) Ravi Bopara 24(41)

Runs are flowing for Essex as Australia look for wickets. At Tea, Essex are in a strong position having lose just the one wicket. Australia will want more success in the final session of play.

Live Cricket Score: Essex 120/1 | Overs 28

Tom Westley 49(87) Ravi Bopara 18(25)

Australia continue to battle it out as Essex pile on runs. Tom Westley is just one shy of his half-century as Ravi Bopara seems to have settled down at the other end.

Live Cricket Score: Essex 78/1 | Overs 18

Tom Westley 30(52) Ravi Bopara 0(0)

Finally some success for Australia as Peter Siddle castles Mickleburgh and hands Essex the first blow of the day. Clarke will wish for many more in the rest of the day. Ravi Bopara, the captain comes out to bat.

OUT! Jaik Mickleburgh b Siddle 29(61)

Live Cricket Score: Essex 65/0 | Overs 14

Tom Westley 30(43) Jaik Mickleburgh 20(45)

Australia are still searching for a wicket as both the openers for Essex are looking good so far. Peter Siddle has just come into the attack. Michael Clarke will want his bowlers to be amongst the wickets going ahead into the Ashes.

Live Cricket Score: Essex 34/0 | Overs 7

Tom Westley 13(18) Jaik Mickleburgh 9(26)

After the expensive first over, both the batsmen are now batting sensibly. Josh Hazlewood has bowled a good spell already and Michael Clarke has brought in Mitchell Marsh for a bowl. He is welcomed with a couple of boundaries.

Live Cricket Score: Essex 9/0 | Overs 1

Tom Westley 8(6) Jaik Mickleburgh 0(0)

The Essex openers are out to bat. Mitchell Starc starts with the new ball for Australia. He concedes a boundary of the very second ball and also of the final ball of the over. Is that signs of things to come? Let’s see.

Live Cricket Score: Australia 562 | Overs 111 – Lunch

Peter Siddle 37(47)

Nathan Lyon’s brilliant cameo comes to an end as ten Doeschate takes his second wicket to dismiss him nine short of a half-century. And that is also Lunch on Day Two! Another fantastic session for Australia. They got past 500 with Marsh narrowly missing his double ton. The tail-enders have done the job of scoring quick runs for them and the bowlers will be itching to get bowling and keeping the good momentum.

OUT! Nathan Lyon c substitute b ten Doeschate 41(30)

Live Cricket Score: Australia 529/9 | Overs 108

Nathan Lyon 17(17) Peter Siddle 32(42)

Essex continue to have a torrid time as both Lyon and Siddle are scoring runs at will for Australia. With lunch coming soon, Australia will hope these two continue to score and get them a huge first innings total.

Live Cricket Score: Australia 489/9 | Overs 102

Nathan Lyon (1) Peter Siddle 9(22)

Play resumes after the rain break. And Mitchell Marsh misses out on his double ton. He gets bowled by Salisbury for a score of 169. Nathan Lyon is the last man in.

OUT! Mitchell Marsh b Salisbury 169(188)

Live Cricket Score: Australia 479/8 | Overs 99 – Match delayed by rain

Mitchell Marsh 161(174) Peter Siddle 7(19)

The rain has halted Australia’s progress in the game. Marsh is unbeaten on 161, with Siddle on 7. Might as well see the Australians bowling after the break.


Live Cricket Score: Australia 468/8 | Overs 96

Mitchell Marsh 153(169) Peter Siddle 5(6)

Mitchell Starc is running out of partners here, Josh Hazlewood departs as well. Porter takes his third wicket. Peter Siddle comes out to bat. Will Australia declare once they get past 500? Marsh in the meanwhile has brought up his 150!

OUT! Josh Hazlewood c ten Doeschate b Porter 0(4)

Live Cricket Score: Australia 449/7 | Overs 93

Mitchell Marsh 138(160) Josh Hazlewood 0(1)

Mitchell Starc does not last long and is caught by Nick Brown at slips. Josh Hazlewood is the new man in and Marsh might just go on the attack to get as many runs as possible.

OUT! Mitchell Starc c Brown b Porter 7(10)

Live Cricket Score: Australia 447/6 | Overs 91

Mitchell Marsh 136(152) Mitchell Starc 7(7)

Mitchell Starc is the new man in for Australia. He gets off the mark off the very first ball he faces. It will be interesting how Mitchell Marsh plays today given he was very aggressive yesterday.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the second day of the tour match between the Essex and the Australians at Chelmsford on Thursday. Australians beat Kent in their previous warm-up tie as they trashed them by a massive 255 runs. Read: Australia dent Kent with massive 255-run win in Ashes build-up

Australia were asked to bat first and put a mammoth score of 440 for six at the end of the first day. David Warner scored 94 while Mitchell Marsh is still batting with a score of 136 and might look to attack and then have his teammates steaming in at Essex. Read: Mitchell Marsh scores back to back tons, Australia reach 440 for 6 at Stumps

Essex would rue the decision of inserting Australia in as none of their bowlers got any help from the surface and will have to bat well to compete against the Australians who are in rich form. Read: Ashes 2015: Trevor Bayliss wants England to ‘fight fire with fire’ against Australia

Australia: Chris Rogers, David Warner, Michael Clarke (c), Adam Voges, Shane Watson, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.

Essex: Jaik Mickleburgh, Nick Browne, Tom Westley, Ravi Bopara (c), Jesse Ryder, Ryan ten Doeschate, James Foster (wk), Matt Salisbury, Aron Nijjar, Jamie Porter, Tom Moore.