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AUS vs ENG, 2022 - Test Live Commentary

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416/8d&265/6d
294&270/9 (102.0)
Australia drew with England
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Right then! That is all we have from this exciting Test match! The Ashes is reaching the final Test now. The fifth Test will take place at Hobart on 14th January. The first ball is set to be bowled at 8 am IST (2:30 am GMT) but make sure that you join us for the buildup before that. Take care and cheers!
No second guesses here! Usman Khawaja is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH! He says that it was a great fight from England and this is what makes Test cricket great. Adds that Smith was batting really well in the first innings and they wanted to get a partnership there and not thinking too far ahead. Khawaja says that he is enjoying the game despite the ups and downs that he has faced in his career and he loves playing red-ball cricket. Mentions that there is a lot of cricket coming up and hopefully they can carry their current momentum moving forward.
Pat Cummins, Australia's captain, says that it was a great game of Test cricket and they got really close. Adds that a bit less weather would have produced a result for sure. He adds that the forecast was hopeless and it said that Day 4 was going to rain so that played on his mind while making decisions. Says that it was good fun to captain today and lead his bowlers. About giving the ball to Steven Smith over Marnus Labuschagne, he says that Smith talked his way to get the ball in his hand.
Joe Root, the England skipper, says that it was important to draw this game. He adds that it has been a tough tour but he is happy that they have shown grit and determination this time. He mentions that they needed to show character and still have a long way to go as a team but says that he is pleased to see the fight shown by the guys here. He applauds Zak Crawley and says that he has the quality to succeed at the international level and has good technique. He adds that Jos Buttler will be going home as his injury is bad but it is part of playing Test cricket and applauds his fighting spirit.
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The stage was set for Australia to take 10 wickets on the final day but England showed brilliant grit and patience to save the Test here. Looking back, Cummins' late declaration would be probably questioned. If they had given themselves a bit more time, then Australia would have probably won this game. But some things are just not meant to be.
Australia had a lead of 122 runs and they wanted to set a target for England which the visitors would not even attempt to chase. It was once again Usman Khawaja to lead them with the bat. He scored another ton to become the third batter after Doug Walters and Ricky Ponting to score twin tons at the SCG. Cameron Green also got a fifty and Australia had set a massive target of 388 for England.
The first innings for England was an interesting one. They were reeling at 36 for 4 and it looked like they would not be able to avoid the followon either. But a brilliant stand between Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes led the recovery. They both took their time but scored quickly once they had their eyes in. Ben Stokes got a fifty and Jonny Bairstow scored a brilliant ton to make sure that they avoid the followon. For Australia, it was a good performance by all their bowlers but it was Scott Boland with his 4 wickets who impressed the most.
The Test started under quite a bit of cloud cover and we had a frustrating Day 1. Players went on and off with almost half the day getting washed out. But still, it was a pretty good show by Australia. Led by a brilliant ton by Usman Khawaja in his comeback Test, the hosts declared at 416 for 8 towards the end of Day 2. Stuart Broad took a 5-wicket haul for England as the rest of the bowlers had a tough time.
Cummins had a decision to make. Who to bowl along with Lyon? Marnus Labuschagne or Steven Smith? Both are not frontline spinners but the former has been bowling quite a bit in the recent past. But the skipper decided to go with Steven Smith. He delivers so often with the bat but now he had the ball in his hand. The golden boy of Australian cricket got the wicket of Leach and Australia were just a wicket away from victory. James Anderson joined Stuart Broad in the middle. This pair has delivered with the ball for England on countless occasions but now they had the bat in their hand. It was all down to Anderson to face Steven Smith in the last over and the pacer delivered once more for his side. Not with the ball, but with the bat!
The second new ball was due and Pat Cummins even had Steven Smith bowl a few overs before it was taken. But it was the bowling of Nathan Lyon that provided them with the wicket of Ben Stokes. That opened up the lower order with the second new ball in hand. That proved to be a gamechanger as Pat Cummins got two wickets in the same over and then Jonny Bairstow's resistance ended too. With two wickets remaining, the Aussies smelled victory especially with the new ball in hand and their pacers breathing fire. But Jack Leach and Stuart Broad frustrated the bowlers and kept their hopes alive. The Aussies tried everything from bouncers, to yorkers, to length deliveries but couldn't break this stand. It got to a point where the umpires decided that pacers can't bowl due to bad light.
Plenty of fight was shown by England in this innings. First, it started with Zak Crawley playing his natural game and scoring a sublime fifty. The rest of the batters did go in a bit of shell but the fight was there. The stand between Ben Stokes and Joe Root was particularly good as they played more than 150 deliveries in the middle. It was expected that the wicket of Joe Root would trigger a collapse given that the three main batters after that were nursing injuries but England did not give up. Despite struggling with a side strain, Ben Stokes carried out really well and got to his fifty. His stand with Jonny Bairstow took England to the last session of the game and there must have been a few nerves in the Aussie camp then.
Phew! What a game that was! Probably the last time that James Anderson will play at the SCG and he delivered for his team. A nail-biter and England will take heart from the fact that they showed plenty of fight in this match. This is why we love Test cricket. The series might be done but both teams gave it their all till the very last ball to get the desired result!
End Of The Over 102 : 270/9
0 Runs
  • 0101.1
  • 0101.2
  • 0101.3
  • 0101.4
  • 0101.5
  • 0101.6
J. Anderson
0 (6)
S. Broad
8 (35)
S. Smith
4-1-10-1
101.6
0
Steven Smith To James Anderson
THE MATCH IS DRAWN! James Anderson delivers with the bat for England! Smith looks to land it in the rough, outside off. But he drops it too short. Anderson keeps it away and the match ends in a hard-fought draw!
101.5
0
Steven Smith To James Anderson
DOWN TO THE FINAL BALL! Ben Stokes cannot watch it! Flatter, on off. Blocked out by Anderson after coming to the front foot!
101.4
0
Steven Smith To James Anderson
A solid front-foot defence by James Anderson! 2 to go!
Usman Khawaja goes to have a chat with the bowler. There are plenty of fielders around the bat.
101.3
0
Steven Smith To James Anderson
Shorter, around off. Blocked out by James Anderson yet again.
101.2
0
Steven Smith To James Anderson
Blocked again! Full, on off. James Anderson blocks it.
101.1
0
Steven Smith To James Anderson
Dot ball! 5 to go! Flatter, around middle and leg. Anderson works it to short leg.
End Of The Over 101 : 270/9
0 Runs
  • 0100.1
  • 0100.2
  • 0100.3
  • 0100.4
  • 0100.5
  • 0100.6
S. Broad
8 (35)
J. Anderson
0 (0)
N. Lyon
22-10-28-2
100.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Stuart Broad
DOT BALL! 1 over to go in this clash and James Anderson will face it! Broad trusts his fellow pacer to survive. Full, on off. He blocks it out. Everyone, hold on to your seats.
100.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Stuart Broad
Tossed up, on middle. Broad works it to the leg side.
100.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Stuart Broad
Full, on off. Blocked out.
100.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Stuart Broad
Beaten! But not out! Tossed up, around off. It turns away and goes past Broad's attempted block. Not too far from the off pole too. 9 balls left.
100.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Stuart Broad
Fuller, around off. Blocked out nicely again.
100.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Stuart Broad
Full, on off. Blocked out well. 11 balls to go.
James Anderson walks out to bat. Apparently, he is the man with most not outs in Test cricket. 101 and counting!
End Of The Over 100 : 270/9
2 Runs
  • 099.1
  • 099.2
  • 099.3
  • 099.4
  • 299.5
  • W99.6
J. Leach
26 (34)
S. Broad
8 (29)
S. Smith
3-0-10-1
99.6
W
Steven Smith To Jack Leach OUT!
OUT! TAKENNNNN! SMITH HAS DONE IT! He tosses it well, around off. Leach has to play at it. But the ball takes the outside edge. It goes towards first slip after taking a small deflection off Carey's gloves and David Warner takes a good low catch to his right. First wicket for Smith in 6 years and what a time to get it! He is surrounded by his teammates! Jack Leach who played so well so far has to walk back now, disappointed. This is getting quite intense and exciting here. Test cricket at it's best!
99.5
2
Steven Smith To Jack Leach
Shorter and outside off. It stays low but Leach cuts it past point for a couple.
99.4
0
Steven Smith To Jack Leach
Well played! Flatter, on middle. A bit of extra bounce but Leach goes back and blocks it nicely.
99.3
0
Steven Smith To Jack Leach
Flatter, on off. Leach goes back and blocks it.
99.2
0
Steven Smith To Jack Leach
Full, on off. Blocked out. 16 balls to go.
99.1
0
Steven Smith To Jack Leach
Tossed up, on off. A nice defence by Leach.
A chat again between the umpires. Spin is the way now as the umpires have decided that the pacers won't bowl now. Who will it be? Steven Smith is given the ball!
End Of The Over 99 : 268/8
0 Runs
  • 098.1
  • 098.2
  • 098.3
  • 098.4
  • 098.5
  • 098.6
S. Broad
8 (29)
J. Leach
24 (28)
N. Lyon
21-9-28-2
98.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Stuart Broad
Quicker and flatter delivery on off.  Broad blocks it out yet again. 18 balls to survive now for England.
98.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Stuart Broad
Another delivery that is fuller and slower in the air on off. Broad blocks it out solidly yet again.
98.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Stuart Broad
Another loopy delivery on off. Broad is nicely forward to defend it.
98.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Stuart Broad
Nicely tossed up on off. Broad is well forward to block it.
98.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Stuart Broad
Drifting on the pads. Broad stays on the back foot and blocks it towards the leg side.
Marnus Labuschagne is getting chatty with Pat Cummins, who is under the lid. They are giggling but they must be a bit nervous too.
98.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Stuart Broad
A loppy delivery on off. Broad defends it quite well.
End Of The Over 98 : 268/8
8 Runs
  • 097.1
  • 397.2
  • 097.3
  • 097.4
  • 197.5
  • 497.6
J. Leach
24 (28)
S. Broad
8 (23)
P. Cummins
22-5-80-2
97.6
4
Pat Cummins To Jack Leach
FOUR! Boundary for Leach! A full delivery on off. Leach drives it beautifully towards long off for a boundary. Runs don't matter here though.
97.5
1
Pat Cummins To Stuart Broad
Fuller this time on off. Broad drives it to covers and takes a single.
97.4
0
Pat Cummins To Stuart Broad
Back of a length, on off. Broad hops and looks to defend it. The ball catches the outside edge of his blade and goes off the bounce to Starc at gully.
97.3
0
Pat Cummins To Stuart Broad
Back of a length, angling into body. Broad jumps to defend it and gets hit high on the pads.
97.2
3
Pat Cummins To Jack Leach
A fuller delivery by Cummins on middle. Leach nicely clips it through mid-wicket. The batters run three again. Broad will be on strike now.
97.1
0
Pat Cummins To Jack Leach
Ohh..jaffa! Too good a delivery to catch an edge! A good-length delivery around off. Jack Leach looks to defend but the ball seams away sharply to beat the outside edge of his blade.
The umpires are having a chat with each other about the light and informing the batters to not take too long.
End Of The Over 97 : 260/8
3 Runs
  • 096.1
  • 096.2
  • 096.3
  • 096.4
  • 396.5
  • 096.6
S. Broad
7 (20)
J. Leach
17 (25)
N. Lyon
20-8-28-2
96.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Stuart Broad
Nicely floated in the air on middle. Broad defends this off the inside half of his blade towards short leg. Another over down.
Plenty of chatter from the close-in fielders. Broad is taking his own time to pat the pitch and take his guard. Mind games.
96.5
3
Nathan Lyon To Jack Leach
A tad fuller and Jack Leach drives it through covers. The batters run three.
96.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Jack Leach
Another loopy delivery around off. Jack Leach leaves it alone.
96.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Jack Leach
A full ball, on off. Defended towards the off side.
96.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Jack Leach
This is the line and pace he should bowl at! A tossed up delivery around off. Leach leaves it alone but the ball is close to the off stump.
96.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Jack Leach
Shorter length on off. Leach punches it to covers off the back foot.
Nathan Lyon comes on now. He took the wicket of Stokes when his captain needed it. Can he take one again? Let me count. There are three slips, two leg slips, a silly point, a short leg and a silly mid-wicket in place.
End Of The Over 96 : 257/8
0 Runs
  • 095.1
  • 095.2
  • 095.3
  • 095.4
  • 095.5
  • 095.6
S. Broad
7 (19)
J. Leach
14 (20)
P. Cummins
21-5-72-2
95.6
0
Pat Cummins To Stuart Broad
A length ball, on off. Broad defends it solidly again. 6 overs to go now.
95.5
0
Pat Cummins To Stuart Broad
Broad is down but not out!  A good short ball from 'round the wicket angling into the body. Broad sways away from the line of the ball and falls down in the process.
95.4
0
Pat Cummins To Stuart Broad
Another good-length delivery outside off. Broad lets it go again. They need to make him play here.
95.3
0
Pat Cummins To Stuart Broad
A good-length delivery outside off. Stuart Broad leaves it alone comfortably.
Too dark? Not yet says the umpire after Broad asks him politely. It has certainly gotten much darker in the last few overs.
95.2
0
Pat Cummins To Stuart Broad
Back of a length, on off. Broad defends this off the back foot again. Rides the bounce very well.
95.1
0
Pat Cummins To Stuart Broad
A length ball from 'round the wicket angling into body. Good bounce there as Stuart Broad hops and blocks it.
Time is running out now. Cummins needs to do something in these last 7 overs. The plan of sticking with Starc and Boland hasn't worked.
There comes the change in bowling. Pat Cummins decides to take matters in his own hand.
End Of The Over 95 : 257/8
8 Runs
  • 094.1
  • 194.2
  • 094.3
  • 194.4
  • 494.5
  • 294.6
J. Leach
14 (20)
S. Broad
7 (13)
M. Starc
18-2-68-0
94.6
2
Mitchell Starc To Jack Leach
Fuller, around off. Driven past covers for a couple.
94.5
4
Mitchell Starc To Jack Leach
FOUR! Whipped away! Full, on the pads. Leach whips it off his pads for a boundary.
94.4
1
Mitchell Starc To Stuart Broad
Starc goes full, on off. Broad gets the outside edge past cover for one.
Starc changes the angle. Going 'round the wicket now.
94.3
0
Mitchell Starc To Stuart Broad
Back of a length, outside off. Left alone.
94.2
1
Mitchell Starc To Jack Leach
Single taken! Full, on off. Leach pushes it past mid off for one. That brings up the 250 if anyone is couting.
94.1
0
Mitchell Starc To Jack Leach
A bumper, on off. Leach sits under it.
End Of The Over 94 : 249/8
2 Runs
  • 093.1
  • 093.2
  • 093.3
  • 093.4
  • 093.5
  • 293.6
S. Broad
6 (11)
J. Leach
7 (16)
S. Boland
24-11-30-3
93.6
2
Scott Boland To Stuart Broad
Another over gone! 8 left in the day! Full, on off. Pushed past covers for a couple.
93.5
0
Scott Boland To Stuart Broad
JAFFA! This lands on a length, just outside off and takes off. Broad is forward to defend it but the ball zips past the outside edge.
93.4
0
Scott Boland To Stuart Broad
Short of a length, around off. Blocked out.
93.3
0
Scott Boland To Stuart Broad
Nicely left! Short ball, on off. Right on the off pole. Broad sways away and drops his bat down at the right point.
93.2
0
Scott Boland To Stuart Broad
Fuller and wider outside off. Broad pulls his bat back at the last moment and leaves it.
93.1
0
Scott Boland To Stuart Broad
On a length, on off. Blocked out.
End Of The Over 93 : 247/8
6 Runs
  • 092.1
  • 092.2
  • 192.3
  • 292.4
  • 192.5
  • 292.6
J. Leach
7 (16)
S. Broad
4 (5)
M. Starc
17-2-60-0
92.6
2
Mitchell Starc To Jack Leach
Full, lands on off and comes back in. Leach pushes it past mid on for a couple.
92.5
1
Mitchell Starc To Stuart Broad
Short again, around off. Broad rises up and pushes it past cover for one.
Four slips, silly point, short leg and a leg slip in place. Exciting stuff!
92.4
2
Mitchell Starc To Stuart Broad
Full and on the pads. Flicked wide of deep mid-wicket for a couple.
92.3
1
Mitchell Starc To Jack Leach
Short of a length, around off. Leach taps it past the slip cordon for one.
92.2
0
Mitchell Starc To Jack Leach
Short of a length, outside off. Left alone.
92.1
0
Mitchell Starc To Jack Leach
Length and down the leg side. Leach misses the flick.
Mitchell Starc is back into the attack now. Can he finish off the tail?
End Of The Over 92 : 241/8
4 Runs
  • 091.1
  • W91.2
  • 091.3
  • 091.4
  • 191.5
  • 391.6
J. Leach
4 (12)
S. Broad
1 (3)
S. Boland
23-11-28-3
91.6
3
Scott Boland To Jack Leach
Fuller, around off. Leach works it past mid on and runs three. He will keep the strike.
91.5
1
Scott Boland To Stuart Broad
Length, on off. Broad pushes it past cover for one.
91.4
0
Scott Boland To Stuart Broad
Length, on the pads. Broad gets it past short leg.
91.3
0
Scott Boland To Stuart Broad
Length ball, on off. Blocked out.
Stuart Broad walks in at number 10.
91.2
W
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! GONE! That should seal the Test for Australia! Length ball, lands way outside off but it snakes back in. Bairstow wants to block it from the crease but gets the inside edge on the pads. The ball pops up to Marnus Labuschagne at silly point and he takes a sharp catch! He surely heard the edge this time and one can hear the cheers getting louder. Just two wickets away Australia now and new ball has done the trick for them.
91.1
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Full, on off. Bairstow blocks it from the crease.
End Of The Over 91 : 237/7
5 Runs
  • 090.1
  • 090.2
  • 090.3
  • 490.4
  • 190.5
  • 090.6
J. Leach
1 (11)
J. Bairstow
41 (103)
C. Green
10-1-38-1
90.6
0
Cameron Green To Jack Leach
Short of a length, outside off. Leach is beaten while looking to block. Another over gone.
90.5
1
Cameron Green To Jonny Bairstow
Single! On a length, on off. Bairstow taps it towards mid-wicket and sets off for a quick single.
90.4
4
Cameron Green To Jonny Bairstow
FOUR! Huge cheers from the Aussie fans as this reaches the fence! Short, on off. Jonny Bairstow pulls it to the square leg fence for a boundary.
90.3
0
Cameron Green To Jonny Bairstow
Back of a length, outside off. Left alone.
90.2
0
Cameron Green To Jonny Bairstow
On a length, on off. Blocked out.
90.1
0
Cameron Green To Jonny Bairstow
Short and way outside off. Left alone.
Cameron Green is back into the attack.
End Of The Over 90 : 232/7
0 Runs
  • 089.1
  • 089.2
  • 089.3
  • 089.4
  • 089.5
  • 089.6
J. Leach
1 (10)
J. Bairstow
36 (98)
S. Boland
22-11-24-2
89.6
0
Scott Boland To Jack Leach
A jaffa to end the over! A good-length delivery coming in with the angle from 'round the wicket. Jack Leach looks to defend it but the balls straightens after pitching and beats the outside edge of his blade.
89.5
0
Scott Boland To Jack Leach
Back of a length, on middle. Leach looks to work it away but gets hit on the thigh.
Review time! Not the most convincing review but Marnus Labuschagne says that he heard something! Nope, no bat on that one. Well, at least this time Marnus Labuschagne said this while standing at silly point and not at cover!
89.4
0
Scott Boland To Jack Leach
NOT OUT! A good-length delivery around off. Jack Leach pushes at it tentatively but misses. Australian players are not convinced but they still go for a review. No one with the exception of Marnus Labuschagne seems convinced but the review is taken out of hope. The replays roll in and it shows nothing on the Hotspot. It also does not show anything on UltraEdge. So Leach survives.
89.3
0
Scott Boland To Jack Leach
A good-length delivery outside off. Jack Leach leaves it alone.
89.2
0
Scott Boland To Jack Leach
This time a solid defence! A length ball, on off. Jack Leach gets behind it and blocks it.
89.1
0
Scott Boland To Jack Leach
A length ball angling into off from 'round the wicket. Jack Leach defends and gets the inside edge onto his pads.
End Of The Over 89 : 232/7
5 Runs
  • 088.1
  • 088.2
  • 1 NB88.3
  • 088.3
  • 088.4
  • 088.5
  • 488.6
J. Bairstow
36 (98)
J. Leach
1 (4)
P. Cummins
20-4-72-2
88.6
4
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
FOUR! Good shot but Jack Leach will be on strike now! A short ball around off. Jonny Bairstow upper-cuts it over the slip cordon for a boundary.
88.5
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
A good-length delivery around off. Jonny Bairstow pushes this ball to point.
88.4
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
A full ball, on off. Jonny Bairstow gets across and pushes it to mid on.
88.3
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
A length delivery outside off. Jonny Bairstow leaves it alone.
88.3
nb
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
NO BALL! Overstepping by Cummins! A short ball on off. Jonny Bairstow ducks under it.
88.2
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
A length ball, on off. Jonny Bairstow defends this out.
88.1
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
A length ball, on middle. Jonny Bairstow works it to backward square leg. Denies a single here.
End Of The Over 88 : 227/7
3 Runs
  • 087.1
  • 287.2
  • 087.3
  • 087.4
  • 187.5
  • 087.6
J. Leach
1 (4)
J. Bairstow
32 (91)
S. Boland
21-10-24-2
87.6
0
Scott Boland To Jack Leach
A length ball nipping into Leach. He looks to defend but the ball beats his blade and brushes his pads on its way to keeper.
87.5
1
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
This is insane! The fielder wants that ball to go for a boundary while the batter wants only a single. A full ball on middle. Jonny Bairstow drives it past mid on but the ball fails to clear the fence. Nathan Lyon casually runs behind it while Jonny Bairstow casually takes a single. All this because Jonny Bairstow wants Leach to face the last ball and keep the strike for the next over.
87.4
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
A length ball, on off again. Jonny Bairstow blocks it.
87.3
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
A length ball, on off. Jonny Bairstow blocks it out.
87.2
2
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Back of a length, on off. Jonny Bairstow punches this off the back foot through covers and he sprints back for the second.
87.1
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Boland bowls this around leg. Jonny Bairstow looks to clip it but misses. The ball brushes his pads. Mitchell Starc dives to his right from leg slip and Carey to his left to catch it but they both fail to pouch it. There is no bat involved anyway.
Drinks break! The last hour of play begins. The match will go on for an hour or at least 15 more overs. 3 wicket-taking deliveries and Australia will have a 4-0 lead while going for the final Test at Hobart. How long can Jonny Bairstow hold off? Australia have gone back to Scott Boland to provide them with a wicket.
End Of The Over 87 : 224/7
6 Runs
  • 186.1
  • 086.2
  • 4 LB86.3
  • 186.4
  • 086.5
  • 086.6
J. Leach
1 (3)
J. Bairstow
29 (86)
P. Cummins
19-4-67-2
86.6
0
Pat Cummins To Jack Leach
Cummins goes slightly fuller around off. Jack Leach resists the drive and leaves it alone. Jack Leach can bat solidly and he has shown that at this level earlier. An interesting passage of play coming up.
86.5
0
Pat Cummins To Jack Leach
A length ball, outside off. Jack Leach lets it go.
All English hopes on Jonny Bairstow. He needs to pull off a Headingley here. Not go for the win of course, but save the Test with Jack Leach as his partner. Seems very tough though.
86.4
1
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
A length ball on middle. Jonny Bairstow works it to leg side and gets a single.
86.3
lb
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
FOUR LEG BYES! Back of a length, around leg. Jonny Bairstow is surprised by the bounce and looks to clip it. He misses. The ball hits his body and goes in the gap between leg slip and keeper for a boundary.
86.2
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Ohh...another jaffa! A good-length delivery around off. This one first comes in with the angle as Jonny Bairstow looks to defend it but the ball seams away sharply and beats the outside edge of his blade.
86.1
1
Pat Cummins To Jack Leach
A full ball on middle. Leach drives it past mid on and gets a single.
End Of The Over 86 : 218/7
0 Runs
  • 085.1
  • 085.2
  • 085.3
  • 085.4
  • 085.5
  • 085.6
J. Bairstow
28 (83)
J. Leach
0 (0)
M. Starc
16-2-54-0
85.6
0
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
A short ball this time on middle. Jonny Bairstow ducks under it.
85.5
0
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
Starc goes fuller on off. Jonny Bairstow drives it off the inside half of his blade back to the bowler.
85.4
0
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
A length ball and down the leg side. Jonny Bairstow looks to clip it but misses.
85.3
0
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
Dropped! A chance gone down! A good-length delivery around off. Jonny Bairstow looks to drive but gets a thick edge. The ball goes towards Smith at second slip and is dipping on him. He fails to grab it and this can prove costly for Australia.
85.2
0
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
A good-length delivery outside off. Jonny Bairstow lets it go again.
85.1
0
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
A good-length delivery around off. Jonny Bairstow leaves it alone. A hint of in-swing there.
Jack Leach is the next batter in.
Review! Mark Wood has been given LBW here! He reviews it! It looks dead straight. The replays roll in and Ball Tracker shows THREE REDS! So the original decision stays and Mark Wood has to walk back!
End Of The Over 85 : 218/7
0 Runs
  • 084.1
  • 084.2
  • 084.3
  • W84.4
  • 084.5
  • W84.6
M. Wood
0 (2)
J. Bairstow
28 (77)
P. Cummins
18-4-65-2
84.6
W
Pat Cummins To Mark Wood OUT!
OUT! LBW! That is as plumb as it gets! A yorker, on off. Wood fails to get his bat down in time and gets hit on the boot. That has hurt him but there is a big appeal and the finger goes up right away. Wood has a word with Bairstow and he knows that he is likely out but the review is taken with a second left on the clock. The replays roll in. No bat on that and the ball is hitting the stumps! This over has changed the game and Australia can smell the victory.
84.5
0
Pat Cummins To Mark Wood
A short ball, on middle. Wood taps it to the leg side.
84.4
W
Pat Cummins To Jos Buttler OUT!
OUT! LBW! GONE! First wicket for Pat Cummins in this innings and what a time to strike! He bowls a fiery yorker, on middle. Buttler looks to flick it away but the bat hits the left boot and the ball goes onto hit the back pad! There is a big appeal but the umpire is unmoved. The review is taken by Cummins. UltraEdge shows a spike but that is of the bat hitting the boot. Ball Tracker rolls up and it has three reds! Mark Wood is the new man in.
Review! Australia have taken a review for LBW against Jos Buttler. Replays roll in and the Hotspot shows no bat involved. Ball Tracker rolls and it shows Three Reds. So the decision will be reversed and Jos Buttler has to walk back. Big wicket for Australia.
84.3
0
Pat Cummins To Jos Buttler
Fuller, outside off. Left alone.
84.2
0
Pat Cummins To Jos Buttler
Length ball, on off. Blocked out.
84.1
0
Pat Cummins To Jos Buttler
Jaffa! Beautiful bowling. Cummins comes wide of the crease and pushes the ball in through the air towards the ball. It lands around off so Buttler is forced to play at it. But it shapes away after landing to go past the outside edge.
End Of The Over 84 : 218/5
2 Runs
  • 083.1
  • 083.2
  • 083.3
  • 083.4
  • 283.5
  • 083.6
J. Bairstow
28 (77)
J. Buttler
11 (34)
M. Starc
15-1-54-0
83.6
0
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
Length ball, way outside off. Bairstow won't chase that. 18 overs left in the day.
83.5
2
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
Full, on the pads. Worked to fine leg for a couple.
83.4
0
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
Short of a length, outside off. Slapped to point.
83.3
0
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
Back of a length on middle and leg. Jonny Bairstow looks to clip it but misses. The ball hits him on the thigh and rolls towards short leg.
83.2
0
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
Oohs and ahhs from the slip cordon. This lands on off and shapes away just enough to go past the off pole as Bairstow leaves it. If that comes in a bit, Bairstow could be in trouble.
83.1
0
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
Length ball, angling across off. Left alone with ease.
End Of The Over 83 : 216/5
1 Runs
  • 082.1
  • 082.2
  • 182.3
  • 082.4
  • 082.5
  • 082.6
J. Buttler
11 (34)
J. Bairstow
26 (71)
P. Cummins
17-3-65-0
82.6
0
Pat Cummins To Jos Buttler
Full, on off. Blocked out by Jos Buttler to end another over. 19 remaining in the game.
82.5
0
Pat Cummins To Jos Buttler
Length ball, on off. Blocked out.
82.4
0
Pat Cummins To Jos Buttler
Beaten! Length ball, around off. Buttler reaches out for it with his hands looking to block but pulls his bat back in time. There is a big gap between the bat and the ball but the excited Marnus Labuschagne puts in a big appeal. Not from the slips, but from cover!
82.3
1
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Full, on middle. Worked past mid-wicket for one.
82.2
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Back of a length, on middle and leg. Jonny Bairstow looks to clip it but misses. The ball hits him on the thigh and rolls towards square leg.
82.1
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Length ball, on off. Bairstow goes back to block it.
End Of The Over 82 : 215/5
0 Runs
  • 081.1
  • 081.2
  • 081.3
  • 081.4
  • 081.5
  • 081.6
J. Buttler
11 (31)
J. Bairstow
25 (68)
M. Starc
14-1-52-0
81.6
0
Mitchell Starc To Jos Buttler
Full, on off. Blocked out.
Review! Australia have taken a review for LBW against Jos Buttler. The replays roll in and the Ultra Edge shows no bat involved. The Ball Tracker rolls and it shows that the ball is missing the stumps and going over the stumps. So the original decision stays and Jos Buttler survives.
81.5
0
Mitchell Starc To Jos Buttler
NOT OUT! Shapes back in a bit too much! Length ball, lands on middle and shapes back in. Buttler looks to flick it away but gets rapped on the pads. There is a big appeal but not given. Cummins decides to take the review though. There is no bat on that, in fact, the umpire doesn't need more than one replay to ask for Ball Tracker. The ball would have been going down the leg stump.
81.4
0
Mitchell Starc To Jos Buttler
Nice and full, angling across off. Buttler blocks it off the front foot.
81.3
0
Mitchell Starc To Jos Buttler
Even better! Length, on middle. Buttler looks to block but gets hit on the back thigh.
81.2
0
Mitchell Starc To Jos Buttler
Better. Length ball and closer to the off pole. But Buttler is happy with leaving it.
81.1
0
Mitchell Starc To Jos Buttler
Starc bowls it full, outside off. Buttler won't chase it.
Mitchell Starc (13.0-0-52-0) is back into the attack now.
End Of The Over 81 : 215/5
8 Runs
  • 180.1
  • 480.2
  • 180.3
  • 1 NB80.4
  • 080.4
  • 080.5
  • 180.6
J. Buttler
11 (25)
J. Bairstow
25 (68)
P. Cummins
16-3-64-0
80.6
1
Pat Cummins To Jos Buttler
On a length, around off. Buttler gets the outside edge but the ball goes along the ground through the slip cordon for one.
80.5
0
Pat Cummins To Jos Buttler
Back of a length, around off. Buttler lets Carey collect the new cherry.
80.4
0
Pat Cummins To Jos Buttler
Length, on off. Buttler stays in the crease to block it.
80.4
nb
Pat Cummins To Jos Buttler
On a length, on off. Buttler blocks it from the crease. No ball called.
80.3
1
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
On a length, on off. Pushed past cover for one.
80.2
4
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
FOUR! Slashes it away! Short and outside off. Bairstow rocks back and cuts it past point for a boundary.
80.1
1
Pat Cummins To Jos Buttler
Short of a length, on middle. Buttler rises and works it past deep square leg for a single.
New ball is now available! Pat Cummins takes it straightaway! He is back into the attack to use the new cherry. Three slips, a gully and a short leg in place.
End Of The Over 80 : 207/5
7 Runs
  • 079.1
  • 279.2
  • 079.3
  • 079.4
  • 379.5
  • 279.6
J. Bairstow
20 (66)
J. Buttler
9 (20)
S. Smith
2-0-8-0
79.6
2
Steven Smith To Jonny Bairstow
Again drifting on the pads. Jonny Bairstow works it behind square on the on side for a couple.
79.5
3
Steven Smith To Jos Buttler
Drifting on the pads now. Buttler clips it to fine leg and the batters run three. Wrong line and gives away three runs.
79.4
0
Steven Smith To Jos Buttler
Flatter on middle. Buttler blocks it out.
79.3
0
Steven Smith To Jos Buttler
A low full toss on off. Buttler drives it to covers.
79.2
2
Steven Smith To Jos Buttler
A fuller ball on middle. Buttler works it to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
79.1
0
Steven Smith To Jos Buttler
Around leg this time. Buttler looks to clip it but gets hit on the pads and ball goes towards short fine leg.
End Of The Over 79 : 200/5
0 Runs
  • 078.1
  • 078.2
  • 078.3
  • 078.4
  • 078.5
  • 078.6
J. Bairstow
18 (65)
J. Buttler
4 (15)
N. Lyon
19-8-25-2
78.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Shorter length again on off. Jonny Bairstow is right behind it to block it.
78.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Shorter length on middle. Jonny Bairstow defends this off the back foot.
78.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
On off. Jonny Bairstow blocks it out again.
78.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
A fuller ball on middle. Jonny Bairstow is solid in defence.
78.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Lyon pulls his length back a little. Jonny Bairstow defends this off the back foot.
78.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Lyon bowls this fuller outside off. Jonny Bairstow blocks this off the front foot.
End Of The Over 78 : 200/5
1 Runs
  • 077.1
  • 177.2
  • 077.3
  • 077.4
  • 077.5
  • 077.6
J. Buttler
4 (15)
J. Bairstow
18 (59)
S. Smith
1-0-1-0
77.6
0
Steven Smith To Jos Buttler
Tossed up wider outside off. Jos Buttler leaves it alone.
77.5
0
Steven Smith To Jos Buttler
On middle and leg. Blocked out by Buttler.
77.4
0
Steven Smith To Jos Buttler
On middle this time. Buttler watchfully defends it to the leg side.
77.3
0
Steven Smith To Jos Buttler
Another loopy delivery outside off. Buttler drives it to point.
77.2
1
Steven Smith To Jonny Bairstow
A full ball, outside off. Jonny Bairstow drives it crisply to deep cover for a single.
77.1
0
Steven Smith To Jonny Bairstow
Smith bowls it right on the spot. Fuller, on off. Jonny Bairstow defends this solidly off the front foot.
Wow. Pat Cummins is ringing in the changes before the second new ball is available. Steven Smith is brought on. Haven't seen him bowl in a long time.
End Of The Over 77 : 199/5
0 Runs
  • 076.1
  • 076.2
  • 076.3
  • 076.4
  • 076.5
  • 076.6
J. Buttler
4 (11)
J. Bairstow
17 (57)
N. Lyon
18-7-25-2
76.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Jos Buttler
Fuller, on off. Buttler gets forward to block it.
76.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Jos Buttler
Shorter, on off. Blocked out.
76.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Jos Buttler
Fuller, on middle. Worked to short leg.
76.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Jos Buttler
Sharp turn! This is shorter, lands outside off and comes back in. Buttler looks to block it from the crease but gets rapped on the pads. There is an appeal but not given.
76.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Jos Buttler
Shorter, around off, Buttler goes back to block it.
76.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Jos Buttler
Tossed up, on off. Buttler gets forward to block it.
End Of The Over 76 : 199/5
6 Runs
  • 175.1
  • 375.2
  • 175.3
  • 075.4
  • 175.5
  • 075.6
J. Bairstow
17 (57)
J. Buttler
4 (5)
M. Starc
13-0-52-0
75.6
0
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
Length ball, around off. Bairstow blocks it.
75.5
1
Mitchell Starc To Jos Buttler
Length ball, down the leg side. Worked to fine leg for one.
Marnus Labuschagne is at third slip. He is quite close and has a helmet on. He is there for the ball that may not carry due to the batters playing with soft hands.
75.4
0
Mitchell Starc To Jos Buttler
On a length, on off. Blocked out.
75.3
1
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
Shorter, around off. Pushed past cover for one.
75.2
3
Mitchell Starc To Jos Buttler
Ooh, that will interest Starc! He bowls it full and wide outside off. Buttler goes at it with his hands and drives it past covers. Green chases and slides to stop it. Three taken.
75.1
1
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
Length, on the pads. Worked to deep square leg for one. Brilliant by Marnus Labuschagne. He sprints in from the fence and fires a direct hit at the bowler's end. Bairstow is well in though.
End Of The Over 75 : 193/5
4 Runs
  • 074.1
  • 074.2
  • 474.3
  • W74.4
  • 074.5
  • 074.6
J. Buttler
0 (2)
J. Bairstow
15 (54)
N. Lyon
17-6-25-2
74.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Jos Buttler
Loopy ball, on off. Blocked out.
74.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Jos Buttler
Shorter, on off. Blocked out.
Jos Buttler walks in at number 7.
74.4
W
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! GONE! Lyon does it! Stokes is furious with himself and he cannot believe what has just happened! He thinks about slamming his bat on the ground for a brief moment. This is good bowling by Lyon. A bit of drift, a bit flatter, on off. Stokes stays in the crease looking to block it out but Lyon gets a bit of turn and gets the outside edge. The ball goes to Steven Smith at first slip. He fumbles a bit but manages to hold on! Australia needed to break this partnership and they have finally broken through before the second new ball.
74.3
4
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
FOUR! Ooh, that is interesting! Tossed up, on off. Stokes comes down the track but doesn't reach the pitch of the ball. He goes through the shot though and lifts it to the long off fence.
74.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Tossed up, outside off. Left alone.
Sigh. Throughout the Test, there have been countless instances of people walking near the sightscreen. Once again, the same happens and Stokes backs away.
74.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Shorter, on middle. Worked to the leg side.
End Of The Over 74 : 189/4
2 Runs
  • 073.1
  • 073.2
  • 073.3
  • 173.4
  • 173.5
  • 073.6
J. Bairstow
15 (54)
B. Stokes
56 (119)
M. Starc
12-0-46-0
73.6
0
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
Pacy, full, on off. Easily blocked out yet again. 28 overs to go.
73.5
1
Mitchell Starc To Ben Stokes
Full and on the pads. Nicely flicked away by Stokes for a single.
73.4
1
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
Starc goes 'round the wicket and bowls a short one, on off. Bairstow has to take off his hand from the handle due to the injury. It goes past short leg for a single.
73.3
0
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
Fuller and just outside off. Left alone.
73.2
0
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
Length ball, on middle. Jonny misses the flick.
73.1
0
Mitchell Starc To Jonny Bairstow
Beaten! Length ball, lands on off and angles away. Bairstow looks to block from the crease but the ball zips past the outside edge.
Mitchell Starc (11.0-0-44-0) is back into the attack.
End Of The Over 73 : 187/4
2 Runs
  • 072.1
  • 172.2
  • 172.3
  • 072.4
  • 072.5
  • 072.6
B. Stokes
55 (118)
J. Bairstow
14 (49)
N. Lyon
16-6-21-1
72.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Now, Stokes comes down the track and pushes it back to Lyon.
72.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
A bit quicker and flatter, outside off. Stokes leaves it.
72.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Flatter, around off. Pushed to cover,
72.3
1
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Tossed up, on off. Bairstow pushes it to long on for one.
72.2
1
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
A single as this is pushed to long off.
72.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Loopy ball, on off. Blocked out.
Change. Nathan Lyon gets a chance to bowl now.
End Of The Over 72 : 185/4
0 Runs
  • 071.1
  • 071.2
  • 071.3
  • 071.4
  • 071.5
  • 071.6
J. Bairstow
13 (48)
B. Stokes
54 (113)
S. Boland
20-10-21-2
71.6
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Here comes the lose shot! A length ball, outside off. Jonny Bairstow drives it away from his body and gets beaten as the ball goes past the outside edge.
71.5
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
On a length but his one nips back in sharply! There is an appeal but the umpire is unmoved. A length delivery on off. Jonny Bairstow looks to defend but the ball nips in sharply to hit him high on the pads. Cummins decides not to review this one.
71.4
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Boland bowls this on a length again. Jonny Bairstow solidly blocks it.
71.3
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Another length ball on middle. Jonny Bairstow blocks it out.
71.2
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
A length ball, on off. Jonny Bairstow defends this from his crease comfortably.
71.1
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
A length ball, on off. Jonny Bairstow is solid in defence.
End Of The Over 71 : 185/4
4 Runs
  • 070.1
  • 070.2
  • 070.3
  • 470.4
  • 070.5
  • 070.6
B. Stokes
54 (113)
J. Bairstow
13 (42)
P. Cummins
15-3-56-0
70.6
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Shorter delivery again but down the leg side. Stokes ducks under it.
70.5
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
A full ball, on middle. Stokes drives it to mid on now.
70.4
4
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
FOUR! Short ball and pulled away by Stokes! A shorter delivery on middle. Stokes pulls it to backward square leg for a boundary. He is looking quite comfortable now. Boland there thought that he was in play for a brief moment but he had no chance.
70.3
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Length, on off. Blocked out by Stokes.
70.2
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Back of a length, on middle. Worked to leg side.
70.1
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
On a length, on off. Blocked out.
The Barmy Army is getting louder now. They can sense a draw here.
End Of The Over 70 : 181/4
2 Runs
  • 069.1
  • 069.2
  • 069.3
  • 269.4
  • 069.5
  • 069.6
J. Bairstow
13 (42)
B. Stokes
50 (107)
S. Boland
19-9-21-2
69.6
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
A solid front-foot defence to end another over.
69.5
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Nice and full, around off. Bairstow blocks it from the crease.
69.4
2
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Length ball, on middle and leg. Bairstow works it towards fine leg for a couple.
69.3
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Length, on off. Extra bounce but Jonny blocks it well.
69.2
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
On a length, around off. Pushed to covers.
69.1
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
On a length, on off. Blocked out.
End Of The Over 69 : 179/4
5 Runs
  • 068.1
  • 168.2
  • 068.3
  • 068.4
  • 068.5
  • 468.6
B. Stokes
50 (107)
J. Bairstow
11 (36)
P. Cummins
14-3-52-0
68.6
4
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
FOUR! Fifty for Ben Stokes! England under the pump and Ben Stokes delivers again! A fuller delivery on middle. Stokes flicks it wide of mid on and gets it in the gap for a boundary. Superb shot and Australia need to take out Ben Stokes quickly if they want to win this game.
68.5
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
A length ball again, on off. Stokes blocks it out.
68.4
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
A length ball, on off. Defended off the back foot solidly.
68.3
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
A length ball, on off with that steep bounce. Stokes defends it out with soft hands after getting surprised a bit by that bounce.
68.2
1
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Drifting on the pads this time. Jonny Bairstow clips it to fine leg for a single.
68.1
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
A length ball, on off. Jonny Bairstow blocks this off the back foot towards the leg side.
Pat Cummins to start from the other end.
End Of The Over 68 : 174/4
0 Runs
  • 067.1
  • 067.2
  • 067.3
  • 067.4
  • 067.5
  • 067.6
B. Stokes
46 (103)
J. Bairstow
10 (34)
S. Boland
18-9-19-2
67.6
0
Scott Boland To Ben Stokes
Length, on the pads. Worked to the leg side.
67.5
0
Scott Boland To Ben Stokes
A good-length ball on off angling into the body. Stokes plays it well with soft hands and blocks it.
67.4
0
Scott Boland To Ben Stokes
A length delivery outside off. Stokes leaves it alone.
67.3
0
Scott Boland To Ben Stokes
On a length, outside off. Left alone.
67.2
0
Scott Boland To Ben Stokes
Beaten! Length ball, around off. Stokes looks to block but is beaten.
Right then. The final session is underway. Nathan Lyon is unlikely to get many overs to bowl once the second new ball is taken so it is likely that he could bowl before that. Also, a good move by Cummins to go Boland right away as he has looked their best bowler so far.
67.1
0
Scott Boland To Ben Stokes
Length ball, outside off. Left alone. Scott Boland is straightaway on the mark.
... DAY 5, SESSION 3 …
A beautiful piece of bowling by Scott Boland saw Joe Root walk back but apart from that, it was an uneventful session. The English batters have done well so far but they will face a big challenge when the second new ball will presumably be taken by Pat Cummins. These two batters haven't let their injuries hamper them so far and would want to see their team to safety. Pat Cummins would need to be innovative and lead from the front now. 35 overs and 6 wickets, one would feel that 2 more wickets and Australia will seal the game, but given the grit shown by the English batters in this game, one shouldn't count them out just yet. Do join us at 10:30 am IST (5 am GMT) for the final session.
This is going right down to the wire! England have lost Root but apart from that, it has been a good session for them. Bairstow and Stokes are fighting with all their might in the middle. This sets up a brilliant final session with the second new ball just 13 overs away.
End Of The Over 67 : 174/4
0 Runs
  • 066.1
  • 066.2
  • 066.3
  • 066.4
  • 066.5
  • 066.6
J. Bairstow
10 (34)
B. Stokes
46 (97)
N. Lyon
15-6-19-1
66.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Quicker and flatter on off. Jonny Bairstow is solid in defence again. So England are 174/4 at Tea on Day 5.
66.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Shorter and around off. Jonny Bairstow defends this off the back foot square on the off side.
66.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Flatter and slightly shorter on off. Jonny Bairstow blocks it out.
66.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Loppy delivery around off. Carefully defended off the front foot.
66.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Slower in the air on middle. Bairstow gets back and blocks it.
66.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Lyon bowls this flat and on off. Jonny Bairstow defends it towards the leg side.
End Of The Over 66 : 174/4
3 Runs
  • 165.1
  • 165.2
  • 065.3
  • 065.4
  • 165.5
  • 065.6
B. Stokes
46 (97)
J. Bairstow
10 (28)
M. Labuschagne
2-0-9-0
65.6
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Ben Stokes
A quicker delivery and very full on off. Stokes blocks it out.
65.5
1
Marnus Labuschagne To Jonny Bairstow
Fuller again on off. Jonny Bairstow drives it to long off for a single.
65.4
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Jonny Bairstow
Fuller on middle. Jonny Bairstow drives this off the inside half of his blade towards the leg side.
65.3
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Jonny Bairstow
Ohh..nicely bowled by Marnus Labuschagne. Tossed up on middle. Jonny Bairstow defends this towards short leg.
A halt in play. Stokes is having a word with the umpire. Looks like someone in the crowd was saying something to Stokes.
65.2
1
Marnus Labuschagne To Ben Stokes
A quicker delivery on middle. Stokes pushes it past mid on for a single.
65.1
1
Marnus Labuschagne To Jonny Bairstow
A fuller ball on off. Jonny Bairstow drives it to covers for a single.
End Of The Over 65 : 171/4
1 Runs
  • 064.1
  • 064.2
  • 064.3
  • 064.4
  • 064.5
  • 164.6
J. Bairstow
8 (24)
B. Stokes
45 (95)
N. Lyon
14-5-19-1
64.6
1
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
On middle and leg. Worked behind square on the leg side for a single.
64.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Lyon bowls this on middle. Jonny Bairstow works it towards mid-wicket.
64.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Lyon goes little fuller but solidly defended by Jonny Bairstow.
64.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Slightly shorter in length on off. Jonny Bairstow defends this off the back foot.
64.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
A flatter and quicker ball on off. Jonny Bairstow defends this off the back foot.
64.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Flatter and shorter in length on middle. Jonny Bairstow works it towards the leg side.
End Of The Over 64 : 170/4
6 Runs
  • 063.1
  • 463.2
  • 063.3
  • 163.4
  • 163.5
  • 063.6
B. Stokes
45 (95)
J. Bairstow
7 (18)
M. Labuschagne
1-0-6-0
63.6
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Ben Stokes
Tossed up, on off. Stokes gets forward to block it.
63.5
1
Marnus Labuschagne To Jonny Bairstow
A single as this is worked to long off.
63.4
1
Marnus Labuschagne To Ben Stokes
Loopy ball, on off. Pushed to mid on.
63.3
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Ben Stokes
Shorter, on middle. Blocked away.
63.2
4
Marnus Labuschagne To Ben Stokes
FOUR! Whacked away! A high full toss, on off. Stokes smacks it over mid-wicket and gets a boundary.
63.1
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Ben Stokes
Tossed up, wide outside off. Blocked out.
End Of The Over 63 : 164/4
2 Runs
  • 062.1
  • 062.2
  • 062.3
  • 062.4
  • 062.5
  • 262.6
J. Bairstow
6 (17)
B. Stokes
40 (90)
S. Boland
17-8-19-2
62.6
2
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Edge but falls short! A length ball, outside off. Jonny Bairstow looks to defend but the ball catches the outside edge of his blade. Bairstow plays it with soft hands and the ball doesn't carry to the slips. It runs through the gap between second and third slip but it is cut off near the third man fence. Two taken.
Change in bowling. Marnus Labuschagne comes on now.
62.5
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
A touch wider outside off, on a length. Jonny Bairstow leaves it alone.
62.4
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Boland hits the hard length again and bowls this on off. Jonny Bairstow defends it right under his eyes.
62.3
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Back of a length, on off. Jonny Bairstow solidly blocks this from his crease.
62.2
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
A length ball, on off. Jonny Bairstow defends this nicely off the front foot.
62.1
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Boland goes fuller on off. Jonny Bairstow pushes it to mid on.
End Of The Over 62 : 162/4
0 Runs
  • 061.1
  • 061.2
  • 061.3
  • 061.4
  • 061.5
  • 061.6
B. Stokes
40 (90)
J. Bairstow
4 (11)
N. Lyon
13-5-18-1
61.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Quicker and flatter on off. Stokes blocks it out.
61.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Slower in the air this time on off. Stokes defend this off the front foot.
61.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Flatter outside off. Stokes leaves it alone.
61.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Lyon bowls this quicker again but fuller. Stokes pushes this off the front foot to covers.
61.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Shorter and quicker on off. Stokes gets back and defends it.
61.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Tossed up around off. Stokes defends this towards point.
End Of The Over 61 : 162/4
0 Runs
  • 060.1
  • 060.2
  • 060.3
  • 060.4
  • 060.5
  • 060.6
J. Bairstow
4 (11)
B. Stokes
40 (84)
S. Boland
16-8-17-2
60.6
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Boland goes fuller on off. Jonny Bairstow drives it to mid off.
Reverse swing! Michael Hussey reckons that the ball might be reversing a bit. The fourth ball of this over when Bairstow was beaten, Hussey reckons did reverse a bit.
60.5
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Back of a length, on off. Jonny Bairstow works it towards the leg side.
60.4
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
A hint of reverse swing there! A length ball, around off. Jonny Bairstow pushes forward to defend but the ball beats the outside edge of his blade.
60.3
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Full and around off. Jonny Bairstow defends it towards the off side.
60.2
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Full and outside off. Left alone.
60.1
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
A length ball, outside off. Jonny Bairstow looks to drive but gets the inside half of his blade towards the on side.
End Of The Over 60 : 162/4
2 Runs
  • 059.1
  • 259.2
  • 059.3
  • 059.4
  • 059.5
  • 059.6
B. Stokes
40 (84)
J. Bairstow
4 (5)
N. Lyon
12-4-18-1
59.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Loopy ball, on off. Stokes blocks it nicely.
59.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Quicker, on off. Blocked out.
59.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
A quicker delivery outside off. Stokes leaves it alone.
59.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
A fuller ball, around off. Pushed off the front foot to covers.
59.2
2
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
A flatter ball again coming in with the arm. Stokes defends this off the inside half of his blade and gets a single behind square on the on side.
59.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Flatter ball on off. Stokes defends this off the front foot.
End Of The Over 59 : 160/4
4 Runs
  • W58.1
  • 058.2
  • 058.3
  • 258.4
  • 058.5
  • 258.6
J. Bairstow
4 (5)
B. Stokes
38 (78)
S. Boland
15-7-17-2
58.6
2
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Direct hit could have been curtains for Jonny Bairstow! Length ball, on the pads. He gets the inside edge towards deep square leg. He wants the second and sprints back for it. But the throw comes in and it looks on target. Bairstow dives and luckily for him, the ball misses the stumps. Good work by Carey though. The square leg umpire has a word with him and Carey immediately says that it is not out. Replays show that his hand brushed the stumps while the ball missed out. Saved time for all of us did Carey.
Incredible consistency by Scott Boland. Mark Howard on air talks about the 'hanky' referring to bowlers bowling at the same spot over and over with great consistency but he reckons that Boland has shrunk the hanky further due to his brilliant consistency.
58.5
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
On a length, on off. Blocked out.
58.4
2
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Length, on the pads. Flicked away for a couple. Bairstow gets off the mark.
58.3
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
Length, on off. Blocked out.
58.2
0
Scott Boland To Jonny Bairstow
On a length, quite wide outside off. Left alone.
Jonny Bairstow walks in at number 6.
58.1
W
Scott Boland To Joe Root OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! The dream continues for Scott Boland in Test cricket! He must be over the moon currently! That is the big wicket of Root and Australia are delighted now. Boland bowls a length ball, around the fifth-stump channel. Root puts in half a stride to block it. But the ball moves away just enough to get the faintest outside edge! Carey does the rest and Root is disappointed. He cannot believe it and he stays in that position for a couple of seconds after playing that shot.
End Of The Over 58 : 156/3
5 Runs
  • 057.1
  • 057.2
  • 057.3
  • 057.4
  • 157.5
  • 457.6
B. Stokes
38 (78)
J. Root
24 (84)
N. Lyon
11-4-16-1
57.6
4
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
FOUR! Up and over! A bit more flight and Stokes dances down the track. He hits it over mid on for a boundary.
57.5
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Loopy ball, on off. Pushed down to long on for one.
57.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Flatter, on middle. Blocked out.
57.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Shorter, wide outside off. Root leaves it alone.
57.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Flatter, on off. Blocked out.
57.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Flatter, on off. This comes back in and bounces a bit extra too. Root works it nicely round the corner though.
End Of The Over 57 : 151/3
1 Runs
  • 056.1
  • 1 LB56.2
  • 056.3
  • 056.4
  • 056.5
  • 056.6
B. Stokes
34 (77)
J. Root
23 (79)
S. Boland
14-7-13-1
56.6
0
Scott Boland To Ben Stokes
Fuller, angling across off. Stokes stays in the crease to block it.
56.5
0
Scott Boland To Ben Stokes
On a length, on middle. Pushed to mid on.
56.4
0
Scott Boland To Ben Stokes
Short of a length, on off. Stokes comes down the track and blocks it.
56.3
0
Scott Boland To Ben Stokes
Back of a length, outside off. Left alone.
56.2
lb
Scott Boland To Joe Root
Ohh! Length ball, on middle and leg. Root gets hit on the pads while looking to glance it away. The ball goes to fine leg and they cross off. There is a big appeal for LBW but not given. Carey comes up to have a chat with Boland as Cummins comes forward too but they decide not to take the review. Good decision as it was going over and down the leg stump as confirmed by the Ball Tracker.
56.1
0
Scott Boland To Joe Root
Back of a length, around off. Root goes back to block it.
End Of The Over 56 : 150/3
0 Runs
  • 055.1
  • 055.2
  • 055.3
  • 055.4
  • 055.5
  • 055.6
B. Stokes
34 (73)
J. Root
23 (77)
N. Lyon
10-4-11-1
55.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Lyon goes fuller this time on off. Stokes pushes this right of Lyon. He dives and stops it.
55.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Shorter and quicker on off. Stokes gets back and blocks it.
55.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
A fuller ball, on off. Stokes drives it and hits the silly point fielder.
55.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Slightly quicker around off. Stokes leaves it alone.
55.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Nicely tossed up and this time on middle. Stokes is again well forward to defend it.
55.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Tossed up around off. Stokes defends this off the front foot.
Lyon is here! He has been brought back on. Hasn't bowled much today just 9 overs so far.
End Of The Over 55 : 150/3
0 Runs
  • 054.1
  • 054.2
  • 054.3
  • 054.4
  • 054.5
  • 054.6
J. Root
23 (77)
B. Stokes
34 (67)
S. Boland
13-6-13-1
54.6
0
Scott Boland To Joe Root
Ohh..this is superb bowling by Boland! A good-length delivery around off. Root pushes forward to defend but the ball seams away a little and beats the outside edge of his blade.
54.5
0
Scott Boland To Joe Root
Another delivery on that good length, on off. Root blocks it solidly.
54.4
0
Scott Boland To Joe Root
A full ball by Boland, on off. Root pushes this off the front foot to mid on.
54.3
0
Scott Boland To Joe Root
Full, on off. Blocked out.
54.2
0
Scott Boland To Joe Root
On a length, on off. Another solid defense by Root.
54.1
0
Scott Boland To Joe Root
Pitched up, on off. Root gets forward to block it.
Change. Scott Boland (12-5-13-1) is brought back. Can the man with the golden arm provide Australia with a wicket here?
End Of The Over 54 : 150/3
3 Runs
  • 253.1
  • 053.2
  • 053.3
  • 053.4
  • 153.5
  • 053.6
B. Stokes
34 (67)
J. Root
23 (71)
C. Green
9-1-33-1
53.6
0
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
Back of a length, around off. Stokes rides the bounce and punches it to covers.
53.5
1
Cameron Green To Joe Root
A shorter delivery on off. Root pulls it to deep square leg for a single. Another shot with good timing.
53.4
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Another good shot and equally good fielding by Lyon. A short and wide delivery outside off. Root cuts it towards point. Lyon dives to his left and stops it.
53.3
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
A fuller delivery on middle. Root flicks it to mid on. Good shot but no run.
53.2
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Green hits the hard length again and bowls this on middle. Root defends this off the back foot towards the on side.
53.1
2
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Nicely done! Short of a length, outside off. Root rises with the bounce and punches it past point for a couple.
End Of The Over 53 : 147/3
7 Runs
  • 152.1
  • 052.2
  • 252.3
  • 052.4
  • 452.5
  • 052.6
B. Stokes
34 (66)
J. Root
20 (66)
M. Starc
11-0-44-0
52.6
0
Mitchell Starc To Ben Stokes
Very full now, on off. Blocked out.
52.5
4
Mitchell Starc To Ben Stokes
FOUR! Thumped away but that will hurt Stokes! Any time that he plays a cross-batted stroke, he has a grimace on his face. Short, on middle. He rocks and pulls it away for a boundary. That brings up the 50-run stand and these two are looking quite good now.
52.4
0
Mitchell Starc To Ben Stokes
Short of a length, on off. Pushed back to the bowler.
52.3
2
Mitchell Starc To Ben Stokes
Fuller, on off. Pushed past mid on for a couple.
52.2
0
Mitchell Starc To Ben Stokes
Starc goes fuller on off. Stokes drives it to mid off.
52.1
1
Mitchell Starc To Joe Root
A length ball, on off. Root defends it solidly off the back foot.
End Of The Over 52 : 140/3
4 Runs
  • 051.1
  • 051.2
  • 451.3
  • 051.4
  • 051.5
  • 051.6
B. Stokes
28 (61)
J. Root
19 (65)
C. Green
8-1-30-1
51.6
0
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
Ohh..awkward negotiation! A length ball with some extra bounce angling into body. Ben Stokes is surprised with that delivery as he takes his eyes off the ball. The ball hits him on the body.
51.5
0
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
Green bowls a yorker on off this time. Stokes does well to dig it out.
'A minimum of 41 overs from the resumption of play must be bowled prior to the commencement of the final hour of play, in which a minimum of a further 15 overs must be bowled.' says the latest tweet from Cricket Australia. Tea will be taken at 10:10 am IST (4:40 am GMT) and the scheduled close of play will be at 12:30 pm IST (7 am GMT).
51.4
0
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
A length ball, on off. Stokes defends it towards point this time.
51.3
4
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
FOUR! Fluent shot from Ben Stokes. An overpitched delivery outside off. Stokes drives this off the front foot crisply through covers for a boundary.
51.2
0
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
A length ball, around off. Stokes gets slightly across and defends this off the front foot.
51.1
0
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
A full ball, angling into middle from 'round the wicket. Stokes works it to mid-wicket.
End Of The Over 51 : 136/3
1 Runs
  • 050.1
  • 050.2
  • 050.3
  • 150.4
  • 050.5
  • 050.6
J. Root
19 (65)
B. Stokes
24 (55)
M. Starc
10-0-37-0
50.6
0
Mitchell Starc To Joe Root
A full ball, on off. Root drives it to covers watchfully.
50.5
0
Mitchell Starc To Joe Root
He bowls the money ball this time. A yorker on off, at 144 clicks. Root digs it out quite well in the end. The pace is also up here now.
50.4
1
Mitchell Starc To Ben Stokes
On a length, on off. Stokes pushes it to mid on and gets a single now.
50.3
0
Mitchell Starc To Ben Stokes
A length ball angling into middle. Stokes looks to work it towards the on side but gets the leading edge towards the off side.
50.2
0
Mitchell Starc To Ben Stokes
Starc pulls his length back a little. A good-length delivery around off. Stokes lets it go.
50.1
0
Mitchell Starc To Ben Stokes
A full ball, on off. Stokes drives it to mid off.
Wonder when Lyon will be brought back on. He has bowled quite well and got the wicket here but hasn't bowled much. With the pitch not doing much for the pacers, might be worthwhile to have him operate from one end. His first spell was only a 3-over one and the second one was 6 overs. No long spells so far.
End Of The Over 50 : 135/3
0 Runs
  • 049.1
  • 049.2
  • 049.3
  • 049.4
  • 049.5
  • 049.6
J. Root
19 (63)
B. Stokes
23 (51)
C. Green
7-1-26-1
49.6
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Full and outside off. Left alone.
49.5
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Nice and full, around off. Root pushes it to cover.
49.4
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Short of a length, outside off. Root leaves it alone with ease.
49.3
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Full and on off. Pushed to cover.
49.2
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Short of a length, on off. Root goes back and blocks it.
49.1
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Length ball, outside off. Root gets forward to block it.
Cameron Green is getting some repairing work done on his shoe.
End Of The Over 49 : 135/3
6 Runs
  • 048.1
  • 648.2
  • 048.3
  • 048.4
  • 048.5
  • 048.6
B. Stokes
23 (51)
J. Root
19 (57)
M. Starc
9-0-36-0
48.6
0
Mitchell Starc To Ben Stokes
Back of a length, around off. Stokes looks to block but the ball rises a bit more than he expected. He takes his bottom half off in the end.
48.5
0
Mitchell Starc To Ben Stokes
Full, on off. Pushed to mid off by Stokes.
48.4
0
Mitchell Starc To Ben Stokes
Beaten! Fuller, outside off. Stokes gets forward to block it but his hands go wider. The ball zips past the outside edge.
48.3
0
Mitchell Starc To Ben Stokes
Play and a miss! Short and outside off. Stokes goes back to cut it but misses.
48.2
6
Mitchell Starc To Ben Stokes
SIX! All the way! Short ball, on middle and leg. Stokes rocks and pulls it nicely over the square leg fence.
Some news about the Ashes then. No, not from this game but for the next Test. Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of the fifth Test as he has failed to recover from the side injury that ruled him out. Also, Sam Billings has been called up to join the English side after Jos Buttler and Jonny Bairstow got injured in this game. He drove 9 hours from Brisbane to reach Sydney and he was reportedly 90 minutes away from taking a flight back home!
48.1
0
Mitchell Starc To Ben Stokes
Back of a length, on off. Stokes goes back and taps it to point.
End Of The Over 48 : 129/3
3 Runs
  • 147.1
  • 047.2
  • 047.3
  • 247.4
  • 047.5
  • 047.6
J. Root
19 (57)
B. Stokes
17 (45)
C. Green
6-0-26-1
47.6
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Short of a length, outside off. Left alone by Root.
47.5
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Full and on off. Pushed to mid off.
47.4
2
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Full and on the pads. Root works it wide of deep square leg for a couple.
47.3
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Again! Back of a length, on off. Root goes back to block it but gets hit near the box.
47.2
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
On a length, on off. Blocked out.
47.1
1
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
Nice and full, on off. Pushed down the ground by Stokes. The man from mid off gets across and keeps it to one.
Cameron Green (5.0-0-23-1) to start from the other end.
End Of The Over 47 : 126/3
4 Runs
  • 046.1
  • 046.2
  • 046.3
  • 046.4
  • 446.5
  • 046.6
J. Root
17 (52)
B. Stokes
16 (44)
M. Starc
8-0-30-0
46.6
0
Mitchell Starc To Joe Root
Length, on off. Blocked out.
This will be a test for Pat Cummins the captain too. He will have a couple of things on his mind. Rain and bad light. England will not go for a win now but if these two put on a good stand then Cummins could be under a bit of pressure. Will be interesting to see how he responds then.
46.5
4
Mitchell Starc To Joe Root
FOUR! Top shot! Back of a length, angling away from Root. He cuts it past backward point for a boundary.
46.4
0
Mitchell Starc To Joe Root
Full, on off. Blocked out.
46.3
0
Mitchell Starc To Joe Root
Length and on middle. Root stays in the crease and blocks it.
46.2
0
Mitchell Starc To Joe Root
Length, way down the leg side. Root leaves it alone.
46.1
0
Mitchell Starc To Joe Root
Back of a length, outside off. Root cuts it away but the man at backward point dives and stops it.
We are back for the middle session! Australiam players stride out to the middle. Joe Root and Ben Stokes jog out to resume their innings. Mitchell Starc will start with the ball for Australia and Joe Root will be on strike to face him. Here we go...
UPDATE - 8.18 am IST (2.48 am GMT) - The rain has eased down at SCG. The groundstaff are in the middle doing their work. Hopefully, we will get some action soon. The covers are coming off! We have start time folks! Play will resume at 8:40 am IST (3:10 am GMT).
As Covid-19 seems to be taking center stage again, there are some question marks arising on the scheduling of the India- West Indies series that is set to start on February 6. The six white-ball games are originally scheduled to take place at six different venues but there have been reports that the BCCI might conduct these games in just one or two venues. Nothing official as of now, just unconfirmed reports.
Meanwhile in Christchurch, the second Test between New Zealand and Bangladesh is underway. The toss was won by the visitors but it is New Zealand who have dominated the game. A fifty by Will Young and a brilliant ton by Tom Latham has taken them to 184/1 at the end of the 48th over. They would now look to put on a massive score in the first innings after losing the first game of the series to Bangladesh. Do join my colleagues just by switching tabs as they bring you all the action from that game. We will bring you updates from Sydney as and when we get them.
UPDATE - 7.38 am IST (2.08 am GMT) - There is some bad news folks! We should have been starting in a few minutes time but the rain has started pouring in at SCG. The covers are on and hopefully, this will not be a long delay. It is light rain so it is not terminal for sure.
... DAY 5, SESSION 2 …
Post the wicket of Crawley, Stokes and Root have gone quiet. They are simply looking to block each and every delivery. There were a couple of big heaves by Stokes and one by Root each but other than that, they have been content with blocking and leaving. How long they continue to bat like this remains to be seen though. Another big issue would be the injuries of Bairstow and Buttler and how well they manage to bat here. A tough session awaits England but if they can manage to get through the next session without much damage, then the Aussies would be under a bit of extra pressure with bad light likely to play a role later on. Do join us for the second session at 7:40 am IST (2:10 am GMT) to find out which team gets closer to their desired result here.
A nice session for the Aussies. They were a bit flat at the start but knew that it was only a matter of time before a wicket came. Hameed was dropped early but the tall Boland continued his dream run in Tests to get that wicket. Malan too did not last long and Australia had their second. But there was one batter who must have made the hosts a bit nervous and that was Crawley. Boy, the tall right-hander was looking in sublime touch. Punishing the bad deliveries and scoring at a nice pace. The question was who will get the wicket of Crawley? Green obliged when he served a brilliant yorker and ended Crawley's innings and that wicket put Australia right on top of the game.
A really good session for Australia as they have sent the English top order back early. The rain stayed away thankfully and the Aussies have two more sessions to go 4-0 up in the Ashes.
End Of The Over 46 : 122/3
1 Runs
  • 045.1
  • 145.2
  • 045.3
  • 045.4
  • 045.5
  • 045.6
B. Stokes
16 (44)
J. Root
13 (46)
N. Lyon
9-3-11-1
45.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Darted on the pads. Stokes pushes it to mid-wicket. That will be Lunch on Day 5!
45.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Stokes comes down the track and blocks this one.
45.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Flatter and shorter, around off. Stokes blocks it from the crease.
45.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Loopy ball, on off. Blocked out.
45.2
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Shorter, around off. Pushed past covers for one.
45.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Tossed up, on off. Blocked out.
End Of The Over 45 : 121/3
6 Runs
  • 044.1
  • 044.2
  • 044.3
  • 2 NB44.4
  • 444.4
  • 044.5
  • 044.6
B. Stokes
16 (40)
J. Root
12 (44)
P. Cummins
13-3-47-0
44.6
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
A good-length delivery outside off. Stokes lets it go.
44.5
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
DROPPED! Ben Stokes has been dropped here by Marcus Harris! A shorter-length delivery. Stokes looks to work it away towards the on side. Hits it straight to Marcus Harris at short leg. He gets in a good position but fails to pouch it. It hits his palms and goes back to hit his abdomen but he fails to hold onto it. Maybe, it was a bit too fast. Will this prove costly for Australia?
44.4
4
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
FOUR! A slight misfield gives away a boundary! A short ball around leg. Stokes pulls it well towards backward square leg. Scott Boland there slides and tries to stop it but fails and the ball goes past the fence.
44.4
nb
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
NO BALL! Pat Cummins has overstepped here! A short ball on off. Root pulls it to deep square leg and gets a single.
44.3
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
A length ball and down the leg side. Root looks to clip it but misses.
44.2
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
Back of a length, on off. Root defends it onto the turf. The ball rolls back but Root stops it in time. Not sure it would have gone onto hit the stumps though.
44.1
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
A length ball and nipping in. Root looks to defend but the ball jags in sharply to hit him high near the box. Not again!
End Of The Over 44 : 115/3
0 Runs
  • 043.1
  • 043.2
  • 043.3
  • 043.4
  • 043.5
  • 043.6
B. Stokes
12 (37)
J. Root
11 (40)
N. Lyon
8-3-10-1
43.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Shorter-length outside off. Stokes pushes this off the back foot towards the off side.
43.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
A tossed-up delivery on off. Stokes defends this nicely off the front foot.
43.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Fuller on off. Stokes is right behind it to block it.
43.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Fuller and slower in the air on middle. Nicley defended off the front foot.
43.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Shorter-length delivery on off. Stokes pushes this off the back foot towards the off side.
43.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
A tossed-up delivery on middle. Stokes defends this off the front foot towards the on side.
End Of The Over 43 : 115/3
6 Runs
  • 142.1
  • 042.2
  • 042.3
  • 1 LB42.4
  • 442.5
  • 042.6
J. Root
11 (40)
B. Stokes
12 (31)
P. Cummins
12-3-41-0
42.6
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
A length ball on middle. Root defends this towards the on side.
42.5
4
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
FOUR! Nice shot by Root! A shorter-length delivery on off. Root is quick to pick the length and pulls it strongly towards deep square leg for a boundary.
42.4
lb
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Fuller and drifting on the pads. Stokes looks to flick it but misses. The ball hits his pads and a leg bye is taken towards fine leg.
42.3
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Pulls his length back a little this time. Bowls this on a length, outside off. Stokes lets it go again.
42.2
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
A fuller delivery outside off from 'round the wicket. Stokes leaves it alone.
42.1
1
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
This one keeps low and comes back in a little. Root looks to defend and gets the inside edge onto his pads. A single taken square on the on side.
End Of The Over 42 : 109/3
2 Runs
  • 041.1
  • 241.2
  • 041.3
  • 041.4
  • 041.5
  • 041.6
B. Stokes
12 (28)
J. Root
6 (37)
N. Lyon
7-2-10-1
41.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Shorter and quicker on off. Defended towards the off side.
41.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Nicely bowled on off. Stokes skips down the track and defends this off the front foot. Lyon almost beats him in the flight.
41.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
An arm ball this time on off. Stokes defends it quite well.
41.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Another loopy delivery on off. Stokes defends this off the front foot.
41.2
2
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Nice use of the feet! A fuller ball on middle. Stokes skips down the track and pushes it past mid on for a couple.
41.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Tossed up on middle. Stokes defends this off the front foot solidly.
End Of The Over 41 : 107/3
0 Runs
  • 040.1
  • 040.2
  • 040.3
  • 040.4
  • 040.5
  • 040.6
J. Root
6 (37)
B. Stokes
10 (22)
P. Cummins
11-3-36-0
40.6
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
Back of a length, around off. Pushed to point.
40.5
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
Cummins fires it in full, on off. Root blocks it from the crease.
40.4
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
Short of a length, on off. Root taps it towards point.
40.3
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
On a length, around off. Left alone.
40.2
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
Off the pads! Length ball, down the leg side. Root looks to flick but it comes off the pads. Carey dives to his left and gathers it but it won't matter.
40.1
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
Length ball, outside off. Left alone.
End Of The Over 40 : 107/3
4 Runs
  • 039.1
  • 039.2
  • 039.3
  • 039.4
  • 039.5
  • 439.6
B. Stokes
10 (22)
J. Root
6 (31)
N. Lyon
6-2-8-1
39.6
4
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
FOUR! There comes the release! Tossed up, on off and coming back in with the angle. Stokes gets low and slog-sweeps it to the square leg fence. He would look to play such shots at regular intervals to not let the pressure get to him.
39.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Darted on off. Blocked out.
39.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Tossed up, outside off. Stokes pushes it square of the wicket.
39.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Shorter, around off. Stokes goes back to block it.
39.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Nicely defended off the front foot again.
What must be going on in Root's mind? He is one of the best batters in the world, capable of scoring runs in any conditions and any format but his captaincy and the team's result must be weighing on his mind. How does he in such a situation then just ignore those thoughts and focus on saving the Test for his team? A tough task indeed.
39.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Tossed up, around off. Stokes gets forward to block it.
End Of The Over 39 : 103/3
0 Runs
  • 038.1
  • 038.2
  • 038.3
  • 038.4
  • 038.5
  • 038.6
J. Root
6 (31)
B. Stokes
6 (16)
P. Cummins
10-2-36-0
38.6
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
Shorter, outside off. Left alone.
38.5
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
Length ball, on middle. Root misses the block and gets hit on the pads.
38.4
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
Root gets on the front foot and nicely pushes it to mid off.
38.3
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
Short of a length, around off. Root taps it towards the slip cordon.
38.2
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
Full, on middle. Root blocks it off the front foot.
38.1
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
Back of a length, landing outside off and coming back in. Root looks to block but gets the inside edge on the pads.
Pat Cummins (9.0-1-36-0) is back into the attack.
End Of The Over 38 : 103/3
1 Runs
  • 037.1
  • 137.2
  • 037.3
  • 037.4
  • 037.5
  • 037.6
B. Stokes
6 (16)
J. Root
6 (25)
N. Lyon
5-2-4-1
37.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
A bit shorter, outside off. Punched to covers.
37.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Nice and full, on off. Stokes blocks it off the front foot.
37.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Now, Stokes comes down the track to block it out.
37.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Flatter, on off. Stokes goes back to block it.
37.2
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Fuller, on middle. Root works it past mid-wicket for one.
37.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Loopy ball, on off. Blocked out.
End Of The Over 37 : 102/3
2 Runs
  • 036.1
  • 036.2
  • 036.3
  • 036.4
  • 236.5
  • 036.6
B. Stokes
6 (12)
J. Root
5 (23)
C. Green
5-0-23-1
36.6
0
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
Shorter, down the leg side. Left alone.
36.5
2
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
Past short leg! Full, landing on off and coming back in with the angle. Stokes looks to block but gets the inside edge on the thigh pad. The ball goes past Harris at short leg. He goes to his left but it goes past him in a jiffy. Two taken.
This is going to be a test for England now. Stokes is injured and so are the next two batters slotted to come in after him. Plus, their natural game is to look for runs constantly but the match situation requires them to show tremendous patience. Will be interesting to see how these supremely talented players respond.
36.4
0
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
Length, on off. Blocked out with ease by Stokes.
36.3
0
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
Back of a length, on off. Blocked out.
36.2
0
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
A bit fuller, wide enough to be left alone with ease.
36.1
0
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
Back of a length, outside off. Stokes offers no shot.
End Of The Over 36 : 100/3
0 Runs
  • 035.1
  • 035.2
  • 035.3
  • 035.4
  • 035.5
  • 035.6
J. Root
5 (23)
B. Stokes
4 (6)
N. Lyon
4-2-3-1
35.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Loopy ball, around off. Blocked out.
35.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Nicely tossed up, on off. Root gets forward to block it.
35.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Flatter, on off. Blocked out.
35.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Nice and full, outside off. Root comes forward to block it well.
35.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Flatter, on off. Root goes back and blocks it.
35.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Tossed up, on off. Root comes forward to block it.
Nathan Lyon (3-1-3-1) is back into the attack. A slip and short leg in place.
End Of The Over 35 : 100/3
4 Runs
  • 034.1
  • 034.2
  • 034.3
  • 034.4
  • 434.5
  • 034.6
B. Stokes
4 (6)
J. Root
5 (17)
C. Green
4-0-21-1
34.6
0
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
A solid defence to end the over.
34.5
4
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
FOUR! Straight as an arrow. Full, on off. Stokes offers the full face of the bat and drives it to the long on fence. 100 up for England now. They have scored at a decent rate this morning.
34.4
0
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
Just over the off pole! On a length, lands outside off and comes back in. Stokes shoulders his arms and the ball goes just over the off pole. Well, Stokes must have probably thought that it wouldn't have mattered even if it clipped the off pole. Given what happened in the first innings!
34.3
0
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
Short of a length, around off. Left alone.
34.2
0
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
Length ball, on off. Blocked out.
34.1
0
Cameron Green To Ben Stokes
Full, outside off. Left alone.
End Of The Over 34 : 96/3
0 Runs
  • 033.1
  • 033.2
  • 033.3
  • 033.4
  • 033.5
  • 033.6
J. Root
5 (17)
B. Stokes
0 (0)
S. Boland
12-5-13-1
33.6
0
Scott Boland To Joe Root
A solid front foot defence to end the over.
33.5
0
Scott Boland To Joe Root
Back of a length, no room on it whatsoever but Root is solid in his defence.
33.4
0
Scott Boland To Joe Root
Nice and full, around off. Root is solid in his defence.
33.3
0
Scott Boland To Joe Root
Length, on off. Blocked out.
33.2
0
Scott Boland To Joe Root
Short of a length, outside off. Left alone.
33.1
0
Scott Boland To Joe Root
Length ball, on off. Blocked out.
Ben Stokes is the next batter in. He has a bit of side strain to deal with so will be interesting to see how he bats.
End Of The Over 33 : 96/3
5 Runs
  • 432.1
  • 032.2
  • 032.3
  • 132.4
  • 032.5
  • W32.6
Z. Crawley
77 (100)
J. Root
5 (11)
C. Green
3-0-17-1
32.6
W
Cameron Green To Zak Crawley OUT!
OUT! LBW! And, out of nowhere, Green produces a corker of a yorker! Nicely done by him. He pushes Crawley back in his crease and then fires in the perfect yorker. Right on the middle pole. Zak Crawley looks to get his bat down in time but fails to do so. The ball hits him low on the pads and the umpire raises the finger right away. That looks plumb but Zak Crawley has a word with Root and then decides to review it. It looks like a review taken in hope. The TV umpire checks Hotspot and UltraEdge but finds no evidence of any bat on it. Then comes the Ball Tracker, impact in line and it is hitting the middle of the middle stump! Zak Crawley walks back to the hut after what has been a brilliant knock by him. A delight to watch and cover this knock by the young lad.
Review! Zak Crawley has been given LBW here! It looks dead straight! The replays roll in and Hotspot shows no sign of bat involved. There is nothing on UltraEdge either. The Ball Tracker rolls in and it shows THREE REDS. So Zak Crawley has to walk back and Australia get the third wicket.
32.5
0
Cameron Green To Zak Crawley
Short of a length, outside off. Chopped to backward point. A loud 'NO RUN' follows.
32.4
1
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Length, on middle. Root gets the inside edge past square leg for one.
32.3
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Full and outside off. Left alone.
32.2
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Well bowled by Green. He goes for the length and just outside off. Root thinks of playing it but leaves it in the end.
32.1
4
Cameron Green To Joe Root
FOUR! Easy pickings for Root! Too full and down the leg side. Root flicks it nicely to the fine leg fence. Nice way to get off the mark.
End Of The Over 32 : 91/2
4 Runs
  • 031.1
  • 031.2
  • 031.3
  • 431.4
  • 031.5
  • 031.6
Z. Crawley
77 (98)
J. Root
0 (7)
S. Boland
11-4-13-1
31.6
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Full, on off. Blocked out.
31.5
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Fuller, on off. Blocked out.
31.4
4
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
FOUR! What timing on that! Length ball, on the pads. Zak Crawley flicks it nicely towards deep square leg. Starc runs to his left from deep backward square leg and puts in a slide but cannot stop it. A boundary off Boland, don't really remember the last time that happened. Also, the required runs are under 300 now if anyone is counting.
31.3
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Similar delivery to the previous one and like all morning, Zak is solid with his defence.
31.2
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Back of a length, just outside off. Crawley goes back and taps it out.
31.1
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
On a length, around off. Left alone.
End Of The Over 31 : 87/2
5 Runs
  • 030.1
  • 430.2
  • 130.3
  • 030.4
  • 030.5
  • 030.6
J. Root
0 (7)
Z. Crawley
73 (92)
C. Green
2-0-12-0
30.6
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Green digs it short, around off. Root has no interest in playing that one.
30.5
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
A bit too full, on off. Root blocks it off the crease.
30.4
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Back of a length, lands outside off and comes back in. Root leaves it alone.
30.3
1
Cameron Green To Zak Crawley
Length ball, on off. Worked wide of mid on for one.
30.2
4
Cameron Green To Zak Crawley
FOUR! Crawley keeps growing in confidence and this innings by him has been a delight to watch! Full, on off. He drives it past mid on and collects another boundary. Into the 70s now.
30.1
0
Cameron Green To Zak Crawley
Nice and full, outside off. Crawley leaves it alone.
End Of The Over 30 : 82/2
1 Runs
  • 029.1
  • 029.2
  • 029.3
  • 029.4
  • 129.5
  • 029.6
J. Root
0 (4)
Z. Crawley
68 (89)
S. Boland
10-4-9-1
29.6
0
Scott Boland To Joe Root
Fuller, on off. Blocked out.
29.5
1
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Quick single. Length ball, on off. Zak taps it to mid on and sets off for a single. Lyon runs in and underarms the ball but misses the stumps at the bowler's end.
29.4
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Length, on off. Blocked out.
29.3
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
On a length, on off. Tapped towards gully but the fielder dives and stops the attempt to take a single.
29.2
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Length, outside off. Zak shoulders his arms.
29.1
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
On a length, on off. Pushed to mid off.
Scott Boland (9-4-8-1) is back on.
End Of The Over 29 : 81/2
7 Runs
  • 028.1
  • 028.2
  • 428.3
  • 328.4
  • 028.5
  • 028.6
J. Root
0 (3)
Z. Crawley
67 (84)
C. Green
1-0-7-0
28.6
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Root goes for a big pull shot but misses! Back of a length, outside off. Root stays in his crease and looks to pull but misses.
28.5
0
Cameron Green To Joe Root
Back of a length again, outside off. Root plays away from his body and towards the point fielder.
28.4
3
Cameron Green To Zak Crawley
Back of a length, outside off. Zak Crawley punches this off the back foot through covers and the batters run three.
28.3
4
Cameron Green To Zak Crawley
FOUR! Zak Crawley just enjoys anything short of the length. A short delivery on off. Zak Crawley pulls it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
28.2
0
Cameron Green To Zak Crawley
A good-length delivery on off. Zak Crawley defends this solidly off the front foot.
28.1
0
Cameron Green To Zak Crawley
Back of a length on off. Zak Crawley defends this off the back foot.
Change. Cameron Green is on now.
End Of The Over 28 : 74/2
2 Runs
  • 027.1
  • 027.2
  • 127.3
  • 127.4
  • W27.5
  • 027.6
J. Root
0 (1)
Z. Crawley
60 (80)
N. Lyon
3-1-3-1
27.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Nicely tossed up on off. Root looks to drive but gets the inside edge onto his pads.
Drinks! That wicket would make Australia very happy. The English batters were having a good session so far but are in a spot of bother now. With Stokes, Buttler and Bairstow carrying injuries, the onus lies on Crawley and Root now to bat for a long, long time. The Aussies just need to be patient and keep sticking to their plans. Smith is having a word with the broadcasters. He mentions that they are trying to bowl at the stumps and hoping that the Day 5 pitch will have some uneven bounce to assist them.
27.5
W
Nathan Lyon To Dawid Malan OUT!
OUT! BOWLED! This one skids through and shatters the off stump! A natural variation from Lyon that goes straight on with the arm. He bowls this on off and quicker in pace. Malan stays on the back foot and looks to play it square on the off side but misses. The ball shatters the off pole and Dawid Malan departs. Australia get the second wicket just at the stroke of Drinks and they will be looking to capitalise on it now. England have started cautiously and they will hope that they can go to Lunch without further damage,
27.4
1
Nathan Lyon To Zak Crawley
A shorter length delivery around off. Zak Crawley pushes it to square on the off side for a single.
27.3
1
Nathan Lyon To Dawid Malan
A quicker delivery on off. Malan defends this square on the off side and gets a single.
27.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Dawid Malan
A fuller delivery around leg this time. Malan works it towards the on side.
27.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Dawid Malan
A fuller delivery on middle. Malan defends it solidly.
End Of The Over 27 : 72/1
8 Runs
  • 026.1
  • 026.2
  • 026.3
  • 026.4
  • 426.5
  • 426.6
Z. Crawley
59 (79)
D. Malan
3 (25)
M. Starc
7-0-26-0
26.6
4
Mitchell Starc To Zak Crawley
FOUR! Another boundary! Back of a length outside off. Zak Crawley plays it away from the body. It dabs it onto the ground and it bounces back up to go over the leaping gully fielder for a boundary.
26.5
4
Mitchell Starc To Zak Crawley
FOUR! Nicely played! A fuller delivery drifting on the pads this time. Zak Crawley is very good with the flick shot. He flicks and gets this through mid-wicket for a boundary.
26.4
0
Mitchell Starc To Zak Crawley
This is good line from Starc! A good-length delivery around off. Zak Crawley leaves it alone. He is testing the patience of Zak Crawley here.
26.3
0
Mitchell Starc To Zak Crawley
A fuller delivery outside off. Zak Crawley plants his front foot forward and lets it go.
26.2
0
Mitchell Starc To Zak Crawley
A good-length delivery around off. Zak Crawley leaves it alone.
26.1
0
Mitchell Starc To Zak Crawley
Back of a length, around off. Zak Crawley hops and pushes it to point.
End Of The Over 26 : 64/1
0 Runs
  • 025.1
  • 025.2
  • 025.3
  • 025.4
  • 025.5
  • 025.6
D. Malan
3 (25)
Z. Crawley
51 (73)
N. Lyon
2-1-1-0
25.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Dawid Malan
A fuller ball on off. Malan drives it wide of mid off.
25.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Dawid Malan
Slightly shorter on off. Malan pushes this off the back foot to covers.
25.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Dawid Malan
A fuller delivery on middle this time. Malan defends this off the front foot.
25.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Dawid Malan
Nicely bowled! A fuller ball around off. Malan leaves it the ball.
25.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Dawid Malan
A fuller delivery on off again. Defended off the front foot.
25.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Dawid Malan
Tossed up on off. Malan drives it and the ball goes hit the silly point fielder.
End Of The Over 25 : 64/1
2 Runs
  • 124.1
  • 024.2
  • 124.3
  • 024.4
  • 024.5
  • 024.6
Z. Crawley
51 (73)
D. Malan
3 (19)
M. Starc
6-0-18-0
24.6
0
Mitchell Starc To Zak Crawley
Back of a length on middle. Zak Crawley looks to clip it but misses. The ball hits his pads but it is too high for even to make a loud appeal there.
24.5
0
Mitchell Starc To Zak Crawley
Pulls his length back a little and bowls this on a good length outside off. Zak Crawley lets it go.
24.4
0
Mitchell Starc To Zak Crawley
A fuller ball on off. Zak Crawley drives it to mid on this time.
24.3
1
Mitchell Starc To Dawid Malan
Little fuller this time from Starc, on off. Malan defends this off the front foot to covers and gets a single.
24.2
0
Mitchell Starc To Dawid Malan
Back of a length on middle. Malan defends it solidly left of the bowler.
24.1
1
Mitchell Starc To Zak Crawley
Back of a length on middle. Zak Crawley clips it to square leg. The fielder there gets a bit of bad bounce and fumbles. Single.
End Of The Over 24 : 62/1
1 Runs
  • 123.1
  • 023.2
  • 023.3
  • 023.4
  • 023.5
  • 023.6
D. Malan
2 (17)
Z. Crawley
50 (69)
N. Lyon
1-0-1-0
23.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Dawid Malan
A bit of drift there for Lyon. Bowls this fuller around off. Malan defends this off the front foot.
Michael Hussey reckons that having Marnus Labuschagne at silly point is a good move against Malan. He says that the left-hander doesn't like a fielder placed there and this might have him do something outside his comfort zone early in the innings.
23.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Dawid Malan
Slightly shorter on middle. Malan blocks it solidly.
23.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Dawid Malan
Slightly quicker this time on middle. Malan defends this again off the front foot.
23.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Dawid Malan
Nicely tossed up on off. Malan is right forward to defend it.
23.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Dawid Malan
Quicker and flatter on off. Malan defends this off the back foot.
23.1
1
Nathan Lyon To Zak Crawley
FIFTY for Zak Crawley! A brilliant innings and his team would like him to get a big one here! A fuller ball on off. Zak Crawley drives it to covers and gets a single. Top innings so far. The English openers have not had the best of series here but this lad has looked quite solid, at least in this game.
Right then. Time for some spin action as Nathan Lyon will bowl now. He will likely play a big role here. A silly point, a short leg and a slip in place for him.
End Of The Over 23 : 61/1
6 Runs
  • 122.1
  • 422.2
  • 122.3
  • 022.4
  • 022.5
  • 022.6
D. Malan
2 (12)
Z. Crawley
49 (68)
M. Starc
5-0-16-0
22.6
0
Mitchell Starc To Dawid Malan
Starc finally goes fuller, on off. Malan drives it to covers. These two need to pick the right ball to attack here.
22.5
0
Mitchell Starc To Dawid Malan
Back of a length around off. Malan rides the bounce and punches it to covers.
22.4
0
Mitchell Starc To Dawid Malan
Starc goes shorter again, outside off. Dawid Malan leaves it alone comfortably.
22.3
1
Mitchell Starc To Zak Crawley
Back of a length on middle. Zak Crawley works it to mid-wicket for a single this time.
22.2
4
Mitchell Starc To Zak Crawley
FOUR! Zak Crawley again, superb shot! A shorter delivery on middle and leg. Zak Crawley picks the length quickly again and pulls it to backward square leg for a boundary. He moves to 48.
22.1
1
Mitchell Starc To Dawid Malan
Starc bowls this on a shorter side around leg. Malan works it to fine leg for a single.
Change in bowling now. Mitchell Starc (4-0-10-0) comes into the attack.
End Of The Over 22 : 55/1
1 Runs
  • 021.1
  • 021.2
  • 021.3
  • 121.4
  • 021.5
  • 021.6
Z. Crawley
44 (66)
D. Malan
1 (8)
S. Boland
9-4-8-1
21.6
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
A good-length delivery and seaming away from off. Zak Crawley leaves it alone. Good over from Scott Boland.
21.5
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
A good-length delivery outside off. Zak Crawley leaves it alone comfortably.
21.4
1
Scott Boland To Dawid Malan
On a length, on off and steep bounce there. Malan works this behind square on the leg side for a single.
21.3
0
Scott Boland To Dawid Malan
A length ball on off. Malan goes across and looks to defend and gets rapped up on the pads. There is a slight appeal again but no damage done.
21.2
0
Scott Boland To Dawid Malan
Ohh..an appeal there but the umpire is unmoved! A good-length delivery around off, coming in with the angle and then straightens after pitching. Malan looks to defend it but the ball goes past the outside edge and there is a bit of noise. There is a pretty loud appeal by Boland but the rest of his mates are not as enthusiastic as he is. A good decision by the umpire as the replays show that there was no bat on it.
21.1
0
Scott Boland To Dawid Malan
On a length angling into off from 'round the wicket. Malan defends this off the front foot.
End Of The Over 21 : 54/1
8 Runs
  • 020.1
  • 420.2
  • 020.3
  • 020.4
  • 420.5
  • 020.6
Z. Crawley
44 (64)
D. Malan
0 (4)
P. Cummins
9-1-36-0
20.6
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Cummins bowls this on a good length, outside off. Zak Crawley leaves it alone.
20.5
4
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
FOUR! Another superb shot! A short delivery on off again. Zak Crawley picks the length quickly and pulls this well in front of square for a boundary. Top shot!
20.4
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
On a length, on off. Zak Crawley defends this off the front foot towards the off side.
There is a man at fine leg and one at deep square leg. Might see some chin music here.
20.3
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Back of a length, on off. Zak Crawley defends this solidly onto the pitch.
20.2
4
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
FOUR! Zak Crawley is looking in good touch here. A slight misfield in the deep gives him a boundary. A short ball around leg. Zak Crawley pulls this towards fine leg and Scott Boland there slides to stop it but fails and it's a boundary for Zak Crawley. That brings up the 50 for England. They would have liked Hameed to still be out there to get their first 50-run opening stand of the series though.
20.1
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Cummins bowls this back of a length, outside off. Zak Crawley lets it go.
Boland gets a nice welcome as he goes to field at fine leg. Not the biggest crowd here but they show their appreciation for the tall pacer.
End Of The Over 20 : 46/1
0 Runs
  • 019.1
  • W19.2
  • 019.3
  • 019.4
  • 019.5
  • 019.6
D. Malan
0 (4)
Z. Crawley
36 (58)
S. Boland
8-4-7-1
19.6
0
Scott Boland To Dawid Malan
On a length, on off. Blocked out.
19.5
0
Scott Boland To Dawid Malan
Length ball, outside off. Malan plays it towards gully.
19.4
0
Scott Boland To Dawid Malan
Boland comes 'round the wicket now and bowls a length ball, outside off. Malan blocks it well.
19.3
0
Scott Boland To Dawid Malan
On a length, angling across off. Left alone.
Dawid Malan walks in at number 3.
19.2
W
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! This time Carey takes it! He redeems himself! Ruthless Boland provides Australia with the first wicket to get them started. The best opening stand for England in the series comes to an end. They looked together so far but Hameed has to depart now. Boland yet again hurls a length ball, right on the off pole. As we have seen many times in the series, Hameed looks to block it from the crease with his feet glued to the crease. The away movement takes the outside edge. Carey dives to his right now and takes it nicely. Australia have the opening now and would be ruthless.
19.1
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
Fuller, around off. Hameed gets forward to block it well.
End Of The Over 19 : 46/0
8 Runs
  • 418.1
  • 018.2
  • 018.3
  • 018.4
  • 418.5
  • 018.6
Z. Crawley
36 (58)
H. Hameed
9 (56)
P. Cummins
8-1-28-0
18.6
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Full, outside off. Crawley shoulders arms to it.
18.5
4
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
FOUR! Top shot again! Full, on middle and leg. Crawley flicks it nicely past mid-wicket to get a boundary. This is nice and positive batting by Crawley.
18.4
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
That takes off! Back of a length, outside off. It takes off after landing but Crawley leaves it well.
18.3
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Fuller, on off. A nice stride by Zak Crawley to block it out.
18.2
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Length, outside off. Zak gets forward and then leaves it alone.
18.1
4
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
FOUR! Lovely timing on that! Length, on the pads. Crawley works it nicely past deep backward square leg for a boundary.
End Of The Over 18 : 38/0
1 Runs
  • 017.1
  • 017.2
  • 017.3
  • 017.4
  • 117.5
  • 017.6
H. Hameed
9 (56)
Z. Crawley
28 (52)
S. Boland
7-3-7-0
17.6
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
Full, on off. Hameed blocks it from the crease.
17.5
1
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
A length ball, drifting on the pads this time. Crawley clips it to mid-wicket and gets a single as the fielder there fails to stop it cleanly.
17.4
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Good-length ball, on off. Crawley gets forward to block it.
17.3
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Length ball, on middle. Zak taps it to mid on.
17.2
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Length, around off. Left alone.
17.1
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Short of a length, outside off. Left alone.
End Of The Over 17 : 37/0
1 Runs
  • 016.1
  • 016.2
  • 016.3
  • 116.4
  • 016.5
  • 016.6
H. Hameed
9 (55)
Z. Crawley
27 (47)
P. Cummins
7-1-20-0
16.6
0
Pat Cummins To Haseeb Hameed
DROPPED! Second catch that Carey has dropped in this game! Full, on off. Hameed is once again looking to block it from the crease. He gets a nice healthy outside edge but the ball is dipping on its way to the keeper. Carey dives low and to his right with his right hand stretched out but the ball hits the wrong part of the glove and the catch goes down!
16.5
0
Pat Cummins To Haseeb Hameed
Jaffa! The perfect delivery by Cummins. Length, on off. Hameed is stuck in the crease while looking to block. The ball goes past the outside edge.
16.4
1
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Length ball, outside off. Crawley plays it wide of gully and takes off for a single. Green gets across in no time and fires a throw at the batter's end but misses.
16.3
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
On a length, on off. Blocked out.
16.2
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Fuller, on off. Blocked out.
16.1
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Was there an edge there? Length ball, around off. It shapes away a bit after landing and beats Crawley's attempted defence. There is a noise as the ball goes past the bat and even a mild appeal but the umpire is not interested. Marnus Labuschagne is the excited one as he says that he heard a noise but Cummins is not convinced and opts against the review. Good decision as Hotspot and UltraEdge show nothing.
Interesting conversation between Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne. The former keeper-batter feels that these two batters should look to play their natural game here. Going in a shell and looking to block it out may not suit every batter. Warne says that Hameed would be happier to block every ball away as it suits his natural game but Crawley is someone who likes to score runs and he shouldn't look to go in a shell. Both of them agree that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution though.
End Of The Over 16 : 36/0
0 Runs
  • 015.1
  • 015.2
  • 015.3
  • 015.4
  • 015.5
  • 015.6
H. Hameed
9 (53)
Z. Crawley
26 (43)
S. Boland
6-3-6-0
15.6
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
Length, outside off. Left alone.
15.5
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
Length and on off. Blocked out.
15.4
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
Nice and full, on off. Pushed to mid off.
15.3
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
Fuller, on off. Blocked out.
15.2
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
Back of a length, around off. Hameed taps it towards gully.
15.1
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
Length ball, fifth-stump line. Hameed gets forward and plays it with soft hands towards gully.
End Of The Over 15 : 36/0
0 Runs
  • 014.1
  • 014.2
  • 014.3
  • 014.4
  • 014.5
  • 014.6
Z. Crawley
26 (43)
H. Hameed
9 (47)
P. Cummins
6-1-19-0
14.6
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Fuller, on off. Pushed back to the bowler.
14.5
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Length ball, wide outside off. Left alone with ease again.
14.4
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Short of a length, down the leg side. Crawley looks to glance it away but misses.
14.3
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
A bit too wide and Crawley leaves it after getting to the pitch of the ball.
14.2
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Length ball, lands outside off. Crawley has no qualms in leaving this alone.
14.1
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Nice and full, on off. Crawley blocks it from the crease.
Shane Warne on the air opines that Australia are looking a bit flat right now. He points out that there isn't a big crowd at this point and the Aussie players have gone quiet here. Warne feels that they need a wicket to get that energy back and get chirping again.
End Of The Over 14 : 36/0
1 Runs
  • 013.1
  • 013.2
  • 113.3
  • 013.4
  • 013.5
  • 013.6
H. Hameed
9 (47)
Z. Crawley
26 (37)
S. Boland
5-2-6-0
13.6
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
Fuller, on off. Blocked out.
13.5
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
Full, on off. Hameed blocks it from the crease.
13.4
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
Length ball, on off. Blocked out.
13.3
1
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
A single as this length ball is worked to fine leg.
13.2
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
On a length, lands outside off and comes back again. Left alone. Nice carry on that as Carey collects it over his head.
How will the English batters approach the final day? Attack is the best form of defence. This is a phrase thrown around way too many times but by no means it is expected that the batters will 'attack' here on Day 5. The other option is to go in a shell and undertake a blockathon. But doing that for 98 overs will take heaps of patience as a player. Well, the middle path of punishing the bad balls and respecting the good ones is the most ideal one but it is easier said than one.
13.1
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Length ball, on off. Crawley gets forward and blocks it out.
End Of The Over 13 : 35/0
5 Runs
  • 1 LB12.1
  • 112.2
  • 312.3
  • 012.4
  • 012.5
  • 012.6
H. Hameed
9 (44)
Z. Crawley
25 (34)
P. Cummins
5-0-19-0
12.6
0
Pat Cummins To Haseeb Hameed
Bit of away shape! A similar delivery to the previous one but this shapes away after landing. Hameed looks to block but it goes past the outside edge. It doesn't carry to the keeper as Carey collects it on the bounce.
12.5
0
Pat Cummins To Haseeb Hameed
Fuller and outside off. Wide enough for Hameed to leave it with ease.
12.4
0
Pat Cummins To Haseeb Hameed
This one lands on a length, outside off and comes back in sharply. Hameed leaves it alone and Carey has to move a bit to his left to gather it.
12.3
3
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Nicely done. Fuller and straighter. Worked past deep square leg and the batters get three.
12.2
1
Pat Cummins To Haseeb Hameed
Length ball, on middle. Hameed works it to deep backward square leg for one leg bye.
12.1
lb
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Length, on the pads. Crawley gets some pad on it and it goes to fine leg for one.
Pat Cummins to start from the other end.
End Of The Over 12 : 30/0
0 Runs
  • 011.1
  • 011.2
  • 011.3
  • 011.4
  • 011.5
  • 011.6
H. Hameed
8 (40)
Z. Crawley
22 (32)
S. Boland
4-2-5-0
11.6
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
On a length, on off. Hameed takes the bottom hand off as he blocks it out. One over gone 97 to go for England.
11.5
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
A bit of extra bounce. A touch fuller, just outside off. Hameed gets forward to block but it rises and hits him on the chest.
11.4
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
On a length, on off. Hameed gets behind the line of the ball and taps it out.
11.3
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
Boland hits the deck on a length, on off. Hameed blocks it from the crease.
11.2
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
Back of a length, around off. Hameed shoulders his arms.
11.1
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
A mild appeal right away! Length, on middle and leg. Hameed gets rapped on the pads. It pops up to Harris at short leg and there is a polite inquiry but not given.
Here we go! Live visuals show the openers walking out! Australian players stride out to the middle. The English openers, Zak Crawley and Haseeb Hameed jog out to the middle as well. Haseeb Hameed will be on strike and Scott Boland will start with the ball for Australia. Here we go...
Well, the English team could take inspiration from how India played in Sydney in early 2021. Chasing a target of 407, the Indian team earned a well-deserved draw. Despite the injuries to Pujara, Pant, Vihari and Ashwin, these four batters batted with all they had to save the game. The stand between Ashwin and Vihari was particularly impressive as they were struggling big time with their injuries but made sure that the series stood 1-1 going into the final Test. It is quite unlikely that this English side would go for a win here but a draw is within the realms of expectation and would be a big morale booster for the visitors given how the series has gone.
The first session could well turn to be the deciding session of this Test match and whichever team manages to clinch it would get a big boost in their attempt to get the desired result at the end of this Test. It is time for England to show some character as a Test side. Can they salvage a draw here? Or will the rampant Australian team take a 4-0 lead in the series? We have mentioned that there are 98 overs to be bowled but rain is a big factor. It stayed away on Day 4 but the weather in Sydney has been quite unpredictable during this game. Well, let us hope that the weather gods stay away.
England have shown the fighting spirit they lacked throughout the series in this Test match. Their performance with the bat in the first innings will go a long way in building their confidence coming into the final day and with some astute batting they can salvage a draw here. The pitch is still decent to bat and if English batters bat to their potential we might see some happy English faces at the end of this Test match. But how they play the GOAT, Nathan Lyon, here would be a big, big factor on Day 5. England would also hope that the fitness of Bairstow and Buttler doesn't hurt them. Australia, on the other hand, will go all out to get those 10 wickets required and they have shown time and again in this series that they are more than capable to do so.
Hello and a warm welcome to Day 5 of the fourth Test match between Australia and England. The series has been dominated by Australia so far and this is the day for England to redeem themselves. By that, I don't necessarily mean winning the game here. The equation is quite simple - Australia need 10 wickets to win this Test match and England need to bat out 98 overs to save this Test. They also need 358 runs to win this Test but even the most optimistic English supporters will not have that equation in their mind. England might also get some help from rain but let's hope that it’s cricket that will take the centre stage for the most part of the day.
... DAY 5, SESSION 1 …
Right then. This is the game. 98 overs. 10 wickets. A bit of wet weather. How will Sunday pan out? The first ball will be bowled at 4.30 am IST (2300 GMT), WEATHER PERMITTING. But our buildup will begin well in advance. So do tune in early then. In the meanwhile, you can catch all the action from the Big Bash and also the first ODI between West Indies and Ireland. Also, Sunday marks the opening day of the second New Zealand-Bangladesh Test and as per the instagram post by the Black Caps, one can hardly differentiate between the grass on the pitch and beside. Enjoy the carnival of cricket but do remember to catch the fifth day's action here and see if we get a good game of cricket. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
All is not gloomy for England, though. They may not be in a position to win this game but certainly can make a statement with a solid batting display in the fourth innings. They will hope for some help from the weather but would ideally prefer to get the draw by grinding it out, than by luck. They have begun well, with Adam Gilchrist informing on air that this is the best opening stand for England in the series!
That ends a mixed day of cricket. Australia began well, dismissing England off quickly but then the visitors fought back with the ball, taking 4 wickets reasonably quickly. However, the Khawaja-Green stand just pushed the English out of the Test.
End Of The Over 11 : 30/0
3 Runs
  • 010.1
  • 010.2
  • 010.3
  • 210.4
  • 110.5
  • 010.6
Z. Crawley
22 (32)
H. Hameed
8 (34)
P. Cummins
4-0-15-0
10.6
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
He does survive! Length and on off, this one shapes back in a touch. Crawley looks to defend but it goes off the inner half to square leg. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 4!
10.5
1
Pat Cummins To Haseeb Hameed
A single which means Hameed has done his job for the day! Shorter and on the pads, Hameed nudges it on the leg side for one. Crawley will face the last ball of the day.
10.4
2
Pat Cummins To Haseeb Hameed
Two! Hameed wanted two there! On the pads, this is worked through square leg for a couple.
It has gone dark and the umpires are having a quick discussion. Play on for now.
10.3
0
Pat Cummins To Haseeb Hameed
Three balls played, three to go! On the stumps, it is played back to the bowler.
10.2
0
Pat Cummins To Haseeb Hameed
Yet again on a length and outside off, it is left alone.
10.1
0
Pat Cummins To Haseeb Hameed
Good length and on off, at 140 KPH. defended.
End Of The Over 10 : 27/0
4 Runs
  • 49.1
  • 09.2
  • 09.3
  • 09.4
  • 09.5
  • 09.6
Z. Crawley
22 (31)
H. Hameed
5 (29)
S. Boland
3-1-5-0
9.6
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
That is brilliantly taken! Down the leg side, Crawley looks to flick but misses. This one seams away further. Carey dives and takes it with one hand. The crowd gets excited but the Australians are rushing to the other end as they want another one to be bowled.
9.5
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Outside off, Crawley shoulders arms to this one.
9.4
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Outside off, left alone.
9.3
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
On middle, Crawley blocks.
9.2
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Another delivery outside off, left alone.
9.1
4
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
EDGY FOUR! That is a nasty delivery! First ball to misbehave in this innings! Fortune favors Crawley. This is also the highest opening stand for England in this series. Length and on off, this one takes off after landing. Crawley looks to defend but it hits the shoulder and over the slip cordon. Warner hares after it and then dives but his effort goes in vain.
End Of The Over 9 : 23/0
2 Runs
  • 18.1
  • 08.2
  • 08.3
  • 08.4
  • 08.5
  • 18.6
Z. Crawley
18 (25)
H. Hameed
5 (29)
P. Cummins
3-0-12-0
8.6
1
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Good shot but only one! Fuller and on off, this is driven nicely but Lyon at mid off dives to his left, makes a half stop. Keeps it to one.
8.5
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Outside off, left alone.
8.4
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Just outside off yet again, another very good leave by Crawley.
8.3
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
That one skid through nicely! Outside off, left alone. Crawley lets it be. That slapped into Carey's gloves.
8.2
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Back of a length and on middle, Crawley blocks.
8.1
1
Pat Cummins To Haseeb Hameed
Shorter and on the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
Pat Cummins has decided to have one last push.
End Of The Over 8 : 21/0
1 Runs
  • 07.1
  • 07.2
  • 07.3
  • 07.4
  • 17.5
  • 07.6
Z. Crawley
17 (20)
H. Hameed
4 (28)
S. Boland
2-1-1-0
7.6
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Good leave! Just outside off, Crawley knows where his off pole is, moves across and lets it be.
7.5
1
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
On middle, Hameed works it towards mid on and wants a quick run. Cummins runs in but misfields, Labuschagne runs after it from short leg and keeps it down to one.
7.4
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
On middle, Hameed plays it right under his eyes.
7.3
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
On off again, Hameed this time gets in a better stride and defends.
7.2
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
Soft hands! Good stop by Smith! Length and on off, Hameed is rooted to his crease as he tries to block. This goes off the outside edge, it does not carry as Hameed did not push at it. Smith makes a good stop at second slip.
7.1
0
Scott Boland To Haseeb Hameed
Back of a length and on off, Hameed plays it to point.
End Of The Over 7 : 20/0
5 Runs
  • 06.1
  • 06.2
  • 06.3
  • 06.4
  • 16.5
  • 46.6
Z. Crawley
17 (19)
H. Hameed
3 (23)
M. Starc
4-0-10-0
6.6
4
Mitchell Starc To Zak Crawley
FOUR! That is a terrific shot! Full and on the pads, Crawley flicks it nicely and this one races away to the fence.
6.5
1
Mitchell Starc To Haseeb Hameed
Lands it on a length yet again, Hameed plays it towards mid off and gets to the other end.
6.4
0
Mitchell Starc To Haseeb Hameed
That is a full toss, Hameed misses out though as he drives but straight to mid off.
6.3
0
Mitchell Starc To Haseeb Hameed
On middle, Hameed gets right behind the line once again.
6.2
0
Mitchell Starc To Haseeb Hameed
This one does not carry! Outside off, Hameed leaves it alone. The keeper takes it on the bounce.
6.1
0
Mitchell Starc To Haseeb Hameed
Outside off, left alone.
End Of The Over 6 : 15/0
0 Runs
  • 05.1
  • 05.2
  • 05.3
  • 05.4
  • 05.5
  • 05.6
Z. Crawley
13 (18)
H. Hameed
2 (18)
S. Boland
1-1-0-0
5.6
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Well played! On off, length again, Crawley takes one hand off the handle and defends.
5.5
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Just a little too wide outside off, left alone.
5.4
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Good areas! On a length and on off, this one lands and holds its line. Crawley looks to block but it goes off the outer half to point.
5.3
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
That took off! Outside off, Crawley leaves it alone. This one takes off after landing. Good take.
5.2
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
Angles it on middle, Crawley keeps it out.
5.1
0
Scott Boland To Zak Crawley
On middle, Crawley plays it to mid on.
Scott Boland is into the attack now. The clouds are building up...Looks like the rain is just around the corner. Hope we get through the Day's play.
End Of The Over 5 : 15/0
3 Runs
  • 14.1
  • 04.2
  • 04.3
  • 04.4
  • 24.5
  • 04.6
H. Hameed
2 (18)
Z. Crawley
13 (12)
M. Starc
3-0-5-0
4.6
0
Mitchell Starc To Haseeb Hameed
Goes back to bowling it on a length and outside off, easy leave.
4.5
2
Mitchell Starc To Haseeb Hameed
Hameed gets off the mark! That will make him feel really good! Starc serves a tempter, full and outside off, Hameed plays it through covers for two.
4.4
0
Mitchell Starc To Haseeb Hameed
Good fielding from Cummins! Keeps Hameed on 0. Fuller and on middle, Hameed drives nicely but Cummins at mid on, moves to his left and stops it. Hameed might just get a little frustrated now.
4.3
0
Mitchell Starc To Haseeb Hameed
Really good from Starc again! Hameed might be wondering, why are all the good balls being bowled to him here? Back of a length and just outside off, extra bounce too. Hameed shoulders arms to this one.
4.2
0
Mitchell Starc To Haseeb Hameed
Relentless stuff to Hameed! Just continue to build the pressure! On a length and outside off, left alone.
4.1
1
Mitchell Starc To Zak Crawley
More runs then for Crawley! Or run we should write! On the pads, it is worked down to fine leg for one.
End Of The Over 4 : 12/0
9 Runs
  • 03.1
  • 43.2
  • 23.3
  • 23.4
  • 13.5
  • 03.6
H. Hameed
0 (13)
Z. Crawley
12 (11)
P. Cummins
2-0-10-0
3.6
0
Pat Cummins To Haseeb Hameed
Hameed negotiates the last ball. Remains on 0. Australia just giving nothing away to him. On off, Hameed blocks it right under his eyes.
3.5
1
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Better! This time he's a lot still when the ball arrives, clips it through square leg and takes one. This is a good over for England.
3.4
2
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Close! Crawley almost falls over there. He plants his front foot a little too across. Cummins bowls this on middle, Crawley ends up playing this ahead of his body. It goes off the outer half through point for two.
3.3
2
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Misfield and two more! Now the on-drive! Length and on middle, this is played to mid on. The fielder lets it through, two taken.
3.2
4
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
FOUR! Classy! That is as good as it gets. Just shows how true a wicket this has become. Length and on off, Crawley creams it through mid off and this one races away to the fence.
3.1
0
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Again, the ball comes onto the bat nicely. It is on off, skids through. Blocked to covers.
End Of The Over 3 : 3/0
1 Runs
  • 02.1
  • 02.2
  • 12.3
  • 02.4
  • 02.5
  • 02.6
H. Hameed
0 (12)
Z. Crawley
3 (6)
M. Starc
2-0-2-0
2.6
0
Mitchell Starc To Haseeb Hameed
On middle, Hameed works it on the leg side. Hameed remains on 0. Just the one run from the over.
2.5
0
Mitchell Starc To Haseeb Hameed
Yet again on a length and on middle, Hameed keeps it out solidly.
2.4
0
Mitchell Starc To Haseeb Hameed
Back of a length and on middle, kept out well.
2.3
1
Mitchell Starc To Zak Crawley
Infact, drags his length back a little and bowls it on the body. Crawley looks to flick but it hits the glove and goes down to fine leg for one.
2.2
0
Mitchell Starc To Zak Crawley
And again, slants this one across from outside off, Crawley watches it go to the keeper. Be ready for a full inswinger now.
2.1
0
Mitchell Starc To Zak Crawley
On the fuller side just outside off, Crawley shoulders arms to this one. Starc looking for that inward movement but none so far.
Some issue with the side screen. Actually with the public sitting behind it.
End Of The Over 2 : 2/0
1 Runs
  • 11.1
  • 01.2
  • 01.3
  • 01.4
  • 01.5
  • 01.6
H. Hameed
0 (9)
Z. Crawley
2 (3)
P. Cummins
1-0-1-0
1.6
0
Pat Cummins To Haseeb Hameed
Going down leg! Angled into the pads. Hameed looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. A huge appeal but turned down.
1.5
0
Pat Cummins To Haseeb Hameed
The ball seems to be coming on nicely at the moment! Angled into the pads, skids through. Hameed clips it but the short leg fielder makes a good stop.
1.4
0
Pat Cummins To Haseeb Hameed
On the fuller side and on middle, Hameed works it to mid on.
1.3
0
Pat Cummins To Haseeb Hameed
Solid! On middle, Hameed defends with his bat and pads close to each other.
1.2
0
Pat Cummins To Haseeb Hameed
Good leave! That was the one which comes in. The length is slightly short. Hameed picks it and leaves it well by covering his off pole.
1.1
1
Pat Cummins To Zak Crawley
Starts off with one on middle, Crawley walks across and works it on the leg side for one.
Who will bowl from the other end then? It is the skipper, Pat Cummins.
End Of The Over 1 : 1/0
1 Runs
  • 00.1
  • 10.2
  • 00.3
  • 00.4
  • 00.5
  • 00.6
H. Hameed
0 (4)
Z. Crawley
1 (2)
M. Starc
1-0-1-0
0.6
0
Mitchell Starc To Haseeb Hameed
Length ball, way outside off. Easy leave for Haseeb Hameed.
0.5
0
Mitchell Starc To Haseeb Hameed
Short of a length, around off. Hameed drops his wrists and lets it through to the keeper.
0.4
0
Mitchell Starc To Haseeb Hameed
A full ball, this one goes with the angle, outside off. Left alone.
0.3
0
Mitchell Starc To Haseeb Hameed
On a length, on middle. Hameed blocks it out.
0.2
1
Mitchell Starc To Zak Crawley
England and Zak Crawley are off the mark! A length ball, a little bit of inward shape. Crawley tucks it to mid-wicket and takes a quick single.
0.1
0
Mitchell Starc To Zak Crawley
Starc starts with a length ball, angling across, outside off. Crawley leaves it alone.
Match Info
  • Venue Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney
  • Weather Overcast
  • Toss Australiawon the toss and elected to bat
  • Result Australia drew with England
  • Player of the Match Usman Khawaja
  • Umpire Paul Reiffel (AUS), Rod Tucker (AUS) and Paul Wilson (AUS)
  • Referee Steve Bernard (AUS)
Match Notes
  • Stumps: Australia 126/3 in 46.5 overs
  • Rain Stoppage: Australia 126/3 in 46.5 overs
  • Drinks: Australia 108/1 in 37.0 overs
  • 2nd wkt Partnership: 51 off 79 balls between M Harris (18) and M Labuschagne (21)
  • Australia 100/1 in 32.3 overs
  • Tea: Australia 56/1 in 21.4 overs
  • Rain Stoppage: Australia 56/1 in 21.4 overs
  • 1st wkt Partnership: 50 off 116 balls between D Warner (30) and M Harris (13)
  • Australia 50/0 in 19.0 overs
  • Lunch: Australia 30/0 in 12.3 overs
  • Rain Stoppage: Australia 30/0 in 12.3 overs
  • Rain Stoppage: Australia 8/0 in 4.3 overs
  • Stumps: England 13/0 in 5.0 overs
  • Innings Break: Australia 416/8 dec in 134.0 overs
  • Australia 403/8 in 133.0 overs
  • S Broad 19th Test 5-wicket haul: 5/88 (27.5)
  • Drinks: Australia 384/7 in 127.0 overs
  • Referral 5 (126.3 ovs): M Starc against ENG (Caught) Successful (AUS: 3, ENG 2)
  • 8th wkt Partnership: 53 off 75 balls between U Khawaja (29) and M Starc (23)
  • Australia 351/7 in 118.1 overs
  • Referral 4 (117.4 ovs): ENG against M Starc (Caught) Unsuccessful (AUS: 3, ENG: 2) (Retained)
  • Australia 331/7: P Cummins c J Buttler b S Broad 24(47)
  • Referral 3 (113.5 ovs): ENG against P Cummins (Caught) Successful (AUS: 3, ENG: 2)
  • Referral 2 (111.2 ovs): P Cummins against ENG (LBW) Successful (AUS: 3, ENG: 2)
  • Tea: Australia 321/6 in 111.0 overs
  • U Khawaja 9th Test hundred: 102 runs in 201 balls (11x4) (0x6)
  • Australia 300/6 in 108.4 overs
  • Drinks: Australia 257/5 in 92.4 overs
  • Australia 253/5 in 91.2 overs
  • U Khawaja Test fifty: 50 runs in 134 balls (4x4) (0x6)
  • Referral 1 (83.2 ovs): ENG against S Smith (LBW) Unsuccessful (AUS: 3, ENG: 2)
  • New ball taken: Australia 221/3 in 80.1 overs
  • 4th wkt Partnership: 100 off 235 balls between S Smith (56) and U Khawaja (40)
  • Lunch: Australia 209/3 in 78.0 overs
  • S Smith 33rd Test fifty: 50 runs in 116 balls (2x4) (0x6)
  • Australia 200/3 in 75.0 overs
  • U Khawaja dropped on 28 by J Root in 70.4 overs
  • 4th wkt Partnership: 51 off 136 balls between S Smith (28) and U Khawaja (21)
  • Rain Stoppage: Australia 163/3 in 61.5 overs
  • Australia 152/3 in 57.4 overs
  • Rain Stoppage: Australia 148/3 in 57.3 overs
  • Stumps: England 258/7 in 70.0 overs
  • J Bairstow 7th Test hundred: 103 runs in 138 balls (8x4) (3x6)
  • England 250/7 in 66.2 overs
  • Referral 2 (65.3 ovs): AUS against M Wood (Caught) Successful (AUS: 3, ENG 3)
  • 7th wkt Partnership: 50 off 55 balls between J Bairstow (21) and M Wood (24)
  • Drinks: England 205/6 in 59.0 overs
  • England 200/6 in 57.0 overs
  • England 152/4 in 49.0 overs
  • J Bairstow 23rd Test fifty: 50 runs in 80 balls (6x4) (0x6)
  • 5th wkt Partnership: 101 off 150 balls between B Stokes (52) and J Bairstow (47)
  • Tea: England 135/4 in 46.0 overs
  • B Stokes 25th Test fifty: 50 runs in 70 balls (8x4) (0x6)
  • England 101/4 in 39.0 overs
  • 5th wkt Partnership: 50 off 83 balls between B Stokes (37) and J Bairstow (12)
  • Drinks: England 72/4 in 34.0 overs
  • Referral 1 (30.1 ovs): B Stokes against AUS (LBW) Successful (AUS: 3, ENG 3)
  • England 53/4 in 28.4 overs
  • B Stokes dropped on 9 by P Cummins in 27.4 overs
  • Lunch: England 36/4 in 21.5 overs
  • Z Crawley dropped on 7 by M Harris in 10.3 overs
  • H Hameed dropped on 2 by A Carey in 7.1 overs
  • Rain Stoppage: England 13/0 in 5.0 overs
  • Stumps: England 30/0 in 11.0 overs
  • Innings Break: Australia 265/6 dec in 68.5 overs
  • Drinks: Australia 258/4 in 67.0 overs
  • U Khawaja 10th Test hundred: 100 runs in 131 balls (10x4) (2x6)
  • Referral 2 (65.6 ovs): ENG against U Khawaja (LBW) Unsuccessful (AUS: 3, ENG 1)
  • Australia 250/4 in 66.0 overs
  • C Green 2nd Test fifty: 50 runs in 96 balls (5x4) (0x6)
  • Australia 200/4 in 58.0 overs
  • 5th wkt Partnership: 100 off 161 balls between U Khawaja (61) and C Green (34)
  • U Khawaja Test fifty: 50 runs in 86 balls (6x4) (0x6)
  • Tea: Australia 149/4 in 48.0 overs
  • 5th wkt Partnership: 50 off 88 balls between U Khawaja (25) and C Green (19)
  • Australia 100/4 in 34.1 overs
  • Drinks: Australia 99/4 in 34.0 overs
  • Lunch: Australia 66/2 in 21.0 overs
  • Australia 50/1 in 15.5 overs
  • Drinks: Australia 25/1 in 10.0 overs
  • Referral 1 (2.5 ovs): ENG against M Harris (LBW) Unsuccessful (AUS: 3, ENG 2)
  • Innings Break: England 294/10 in 79.1 overs
  • Referral 3 (71.6 ovs): AUS against J Leach (Caught) Unsuccessful (AUS: 2, ENG 3)
  • England 250/8 in 94.2 overs
  • Referral 5 (89.4 ovs): AUS against J Leach (Caught) Unsuccessful (AUS: 1, ENG 1)
  • Drinks: England 224/7 in 87.0 overs
  • England 218/7: M Wood lbw b P Cummins 0(2)
  • Referral 4 (84.6 ovs): ENG against M Wood (LBW) Successful (AUS: 2, ENG 2)
  • England 218/6: J Buttler lbw b P Cummins 11(38)
  • Referral 3 (84.4 ovs): AUS against J Buttler (LBW) Successful (AUS: 2, ENG 2)
  • Referral 2 (81.5 ovs): AUS against J Buttler (LBW) Unsuccessful (AUS: 2, ENG 2)
  • New ball taken: England 208/5 in 80.1 overs
  • England 200/5 in 77.2 overs
  • B Stokes 24th Test fifty: 50 runs in 107 balls (8x4) (1x6)
  • Tea: England 174/4 in 67.0 overs
  • England 150/3 in 53.5 overs
  • 4th wkt Partnership: 50 off 120 balls between J Root (61) and B Stokes (34)
  • Rain Stoppage: England 122/3 in 46.0 overs
  • Lunch: England 122/3 in 46.0 overs
  • England 100/3 in 34.5 overs
  • England 96/3: Z Crawley lbw b C Green 77(100)
  • Referral 1 (32.6 ovs): Z Crawley against AUS (LBW) Unsuccessful (AUS: 3, ENG 2)
  • Drinks: England 74/2 in 27.5 overs
  • Z Crawley 5th Test fifty: 50 runs in 69 balls (8x4) (0x6)
  • England 50/1 in 20.2 overs
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