Australia will hope their bowlers bowl well against Essex © Getty Images
Australia will hope their bowlers bowl well against Essex © Getty Images

(Australia had a tough day yesterday, will Essex continue with the good work? Catch all the live cricket updates here)

Live cricket score Australia: 212/8 | Lead by 360

A day of ups and downs for both sides. Essex were 299/3 overnight, and reached 414 despite the absence of Browne. Bopara rekindled memories of his hundred at the same ground for the same team against the same opposition with an organised 107. Ten Doeschate and Foster added 67, taking the score to 399/5 before Starc intervened. He ran through the Essex line-up with 6/51 as Australians took a 148-run lead.

The Australians lost Warner early, but Rogers and Clarke took the score to 77 for 1. Thereafter a collapse ensued with all bowlers taking a wicket or two. The Australians finished on 212 for 8, and still hold the upper hand with a 360-run lead. Clarke will ideally declare overnight. Will Bopara & co. go for the chase? It will be worth a watch.

Chris Rogers 32 David Warner 4 Michael Clarke 77 Adam Voges 1 Shane Watson 6 Mitchell Marsh 37 Peter Nevill 12 Mitchell Starc 13 Josh Hazlewood 9* Peter Siddle 13* Jamie Porter 1/38 Thomas Moore 1/18 Matt Salisbury 2/24 Ryan ten Doeschate 1/27 Aron Nijjar 2/80 Ravi Bopara 1/19

Hazlewood hits Moore for four to bring up 200 for the Australians. Essex’s target touches the 350-mark. Siddle hits another boundary, and it does not seem Essex will gt a chance to bat tonight. Bopara runs in for the last over, and Hazlewood starts with a boundary.

Live cricket score Australia: 197/8 | Lead by 345

Josh Hazlewood 1, Peter Siddle 6

Moore comes back and removes Starc. Siddle walks out. Finally Siddle gets going, with a two and boundary. Six overs left. Thoughts of a declaration tonight is probably ruled out. Maybe overnight. Or maybe Clarke may bat on tomorrow. Let us see.

OUT! Mitchell Starc c Aron Nijjar b Thomas Moore 13!

Live cricket score Australia: 186/7 | Lead by 334

Mitchell Starc 9, Josh Hazlewood 0

Foster lets four byes go, and Starc follows up with another boundary. Nevill’s inexplicable vigil comes to an end as Bopara picks up his first wicket. Ryder takes a catch.

OUT! Peter Nevill c Jesse Ryder b Ravi Bopara 12!

Live cricket score Australia: 172/6 | Lead by 320

Peter Nevill 11, Mitchell Starc 1

On comes Bopara, and Clarke welcomes him with consecutive boundaries and gets into a shell immediately afterwards. Nevill comes out of his 31-ball-4 stupor and hits Nijjar for four, but Nijjar has his immediately, removing Clarke! Yet. Another. Batsman. Bowled.

OUT! Michael Clarke b Aron Nijjar 77!

Live cricket score Australia: 150/5 | Lead by 298

Michael Clarke 67, Peter Nevill 3

A quiet phase of cricket. The Australians do not seem to be in any kind of hurry. Everything points at an overnight declaration, and perhaps a Clarke hundred. Remember, Essex boasts of Westley, Bopara, Ryder, and ten Doeschate, and the wicket is playing well — so a declaration may turn out to be tricky. A maximum of 20 overs left in the day.

Live cricket score Australia: 142/5 | Lead by 290

Michael Clarke 62, Peter Nevill 0

Blogger’s curse! Just when I was getting optimistic about Marsh’s chances, he ends up losing his wicket, and a bowler hits timber yet again! Matt Salisbury has run through his defence as Peter Nevill walks out to impress the selectors.

OUT! Mitchell Marsh b Matt Salisbury 37!

Live cricket score Australia: 136/4 | Lead by 284

Michael Clarke 58, Mitchell Marsh 35

Clarke seems be set for a big one 0ut there with Mitchell Marsh for company. This match will probably get Marsh the all-rounder’s spot at Cardiff ahead of Watson. No sign of Ryder with the ball today.

Live cricket score Australia: 122/4 | Overs 37

Michael Clarke 50(91) Mitchell Marsh 29(45)

Three dot balls and finally half-century for Michael Clarke. Only one run from the over.

Live cricket score Australia: 107/4 | Overs 33

Michael Clarke 47(79) Mitchell Marsh 17(33)

While Clarke holds fort for the Australians, Marsh decides to go after the bowlers post their Tea break.

Live cricket score Australia: 97/4 | Overs 30 – Tea

Michael Clarke 44(67) Mitchell Marsh 10(27)

Tea at Chelmsford as Australians are in a spot of bother. Michael Clarke has looked good and will want to lead his team well with the bat. He has the in-form Mitchell Marsh to give him company.

Live cricket score Australia: 81/4 | Overs 25

Michael Clarke 40(59) Mitchell Marsh 0(5)

Wickets continue to fall as Shane Watson’s woes continue. He falls to ten Doeschate who traps him in front of the stumps. Mitchell Marsh comes in.

OUT! Shane Watson lbw ten Doeschate 6(6)

Live cricket score Australia: 71/3 | Overs 22

Michael Clarke 28(47) Shane Watson 6(5)

Australia are not quite having best of the times. Adam Voges departs to Aron Nijjar for a low score of 1.  Shane Watson is the new man in who gets off the mark with a boundary.

OUT! Adam Voges lbw Nijjar 1(11)

Live cricket score Australia: 58/2 | Overs 17

Michael Clarke 22(31) Adam Voges 0(2)

Chris Rogers departs falling to Salisbury. The contest heats up for the opening slot for Australia. Will Shaun Marsh be fit in time to play the first Ashes Test.

OUT! Chris Rogers c Foster b Salisbury 32(59)

Live cricket score Australia: 17/1 | Overs 5

Michael Clarke 0(2) Chris Rogers 13(18)

First strike for Essex as Jamie Porter bowls David Warner and that is a welcome strike for them. Warner had scored 94 in the first innings.

OUT! David Warner b Porter 4(10)

Live cricket score Australia: 12/0 | Overs 2

David Warner 4(6) Chris Rogers 6(6)

Australia start their innings in usual fashion with flurry of boundaries. Both David Warner and Chris Rogers are batting freely for now. Think Australia might be looking at setting a target here or will they just bat out and gain confidence?

Live cricket score Essex: 414/9 | Overs 91.2 – Lunch

Aron Nijjar 11(17)

A fantastic session for Australia. Starc has run through them taking six wickets in all, four today. Essex have save the follow-on and will want to bowl well second time around against the Australians. And with that Essex are bowled out since Brown is injured and will not come out to bat.

OUT! Tom Moore b Starc 0(7)

Live cricket score Essex: 409/8 | Overs 90

Tom Moore 0(5) Aron Nijjar 8(10)

Starc takes his fifth wicket as he dismissed James Foster who tried to steer one down to gully and was caught by David Warner.

OUT! James Foster c Warner b Starc 23(32)

Live cricket score Essex: 403/7 | Overs 86

James Foster 22(21) Aron Nijjar 4(2)

Twin strikes for Starc again as he first has ten Doeschate caught behind for a quick 36, he then cleans up Salisbury. Aron Nijjar comes out and hits a four first ball to get Essex past 400.

OUT! Ryan ten Doeschate c Nevill b Starc 36(33)

OUT! Salisbury b Starc 0(2)

Live cricket score Essex: 379/5 | Overs 83

James Foster 13(11) Ryan ten Doeschate 28(28)

The players observed a minute of silence to observe respect to the lives lost in last week’s Tunisian tragedy. ten Doeschate and Foster are batting well for Essex after the quick strikes.


Live cricket score Essex: 344/5 | Overs 78

James Foster 1(1) Ryan ten Doeschate 12(8)

Australia get one more wicket and this time it is a big one, Marsh has Bopara caught by Michael Clarke. Marsh has stepped up big time in this tour game. James Foster is the new man in along with ten Doeschate who gets off the mark with a boundary and follows it up with a six to Nathan Lyon.

OUT! Ravi Bopara c Clarke b Marsh 107 (175)

Live cricket score Essex: 325/4 | Overs 75

Ravi Bopara 100(166)

Bopara gets off the mark for the day with a fine boundary. He then hits a couple of boundaries off the bowling of Hazlewood. Runs are flowing for Essex here. He brings up his ton off the bowling of Marsh and it works against Essex as Marsh dismisses the dangerous Ryder.

OUT! Jesse Ryder c Lyon b Marsh 10(17)

Live cricket score Essex: 300/3 | Overs 69

Ravi Bopara 86(146) Jesse Ryder 1(1)

Jesse Ryder joins Ravi Bopara at the crease. Ryder gets off the mark right away. Mitchell Starc completes his over and will want more wickets today. Josh Hazlewood is bowling from the other end for Australia.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live blog of the third 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 562. David Warner scored 94 while Mitchell Marsh missed out on his double ton as he got out after hitting a belligerent 169. The tail helped Australia post a strong total. Read: Ashes 2015: Chris Gaffaney ready to police teams to control sledging

Essex got off to a good start and despite Mickleburgh getting out early, Tom Westley scored a ton to steady Essex. Mitchell Starc was the best bowler for Australia, he took two quick wickets to keep Australia in the game. Essex are 299 for 3 with Ravi Bopara nearing his ton. Read: Essex batsmen punish wayward Australian bowlers

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.