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England vs Australia, 4th Test Commentary, Live Updates

ENG vs AUS, 2023 - Test Live Commentary

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Match Ended   
592
317&214/5 (71.0)
England drew with Australia
That is it from this game then! Just the one game to go. Australia head into the last Test with a 2-1 lead. England can't retain the Ashes but they would love to level the series. Australia on the other hand, will be eager to win a series in England after a long time. The 5th Test will be played on the 27th of this month. That game begins at 1530 IST (1000 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
Pat Cummins says he is hapy with how the boys played and the boys are proud of it. States this result does not change their ideas for the next game. States the ground is an amazing one and it will be special moment at the Oval. Adds England batted well, they tried a few different things but it did not come off and England were brilliant. Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Marsh were brilliant and they batted really well. Ends by saying they are fully focused on winning the last game.
Ben Stokes says it is tough one but they need to accept it. Adds the equation they were in, played in their hands, States, Pope's injury had to re-think the structure of the team but Wood and Moeen have been really good. Ends by saying they want to win the last game they play. Credits Zak Crawley for the way he played. Ends by congratulating Stuart Broad on his 600 Test wickets and says he and James Anderson have been brilliant for them.
Zak Crawley MAN OF THE MATCH, says they are disappointed, they played really good cricket but they now need to look ahead. He feels they had chances to win the game but the rain cost them the game. Adds this is one of his best innings for England. Adds he will take a lot of confidence from this knock and he is very pleased with it. Adds every game is massive and they will give it their all in the next game.
Rain though played spoil-sport in the days after that. Especially on Day 4 and Day 5. We only had around one session on Day 4 and none of Day 5. England will feel hard done by as they wre in a very strong position to win this game and level the series but that was not the case. Australia still lead 2-1.
Right from Day 1 it was the hosts who dominated the game. They elected to bowl and bundled Australia out for an average score. Woakes was the star for them with a five-for. Then it was their batters who were brilliant! They came out all guns blazing. Zak Crawley was the highlight with a massive ton. There were contributions from others too. Root was really good and Jonny Bairstow down the order was unlucky to not get to a ton. They ammased over 500 and took a lead of over 250.
The umpires are having a word with the captains! That should probably be it, should not be long before it is called off!
UPDATE 2033 IST (1503 GMT) - Well, we should not be far away from the day being abandoned which means, the match will end a draw. Pretty sure with the amount of rain that we have had, it is very difficult to see any kind of play even if the rain stops.
UPDATE 2000 IST (1430 GMT) - With every passing minute, hope of any kind of play is fading away as the rain keeps on falling. There are puddles out there on the field and it would be a miracle if we get to see some action now.
UPDATE 1855 IST (1325 GMT) - The rain continues to come down and this match seems to be heading for a draw! England fans will be praying for it to stop at the moment.
UPDATE 1810 IST (1240 GMT) - The story is the same as the first session, the rain continues to fall and the covers are firmly in place. For now, our wait continues...
... DAY 5, SESSION 2 ...
UPDATE - 1727 IST (1157 GMT) - Lunch has been taken! The rain continues to fall and chances of any play on Day 5 is reducing with each passing minute.
UPDATE - 1645 IST (1115 GMT) - Well, the good news did not last for long as the covers are back on and the rain is now steady! The wait continues.
We have some better news for you! The skies are clearing up and the rain has eased out a lot. The groundsmen could start their mopping up job in a bit. Fingers crossed for now. The news now gets better! THE COVERS ARE COMING OFF!
Nothing new to update! It continues to rain and it is steady rain! We probably won't be having any play in the first session.
Play should have started by now but the rain continues to come down and the wait continues. HOWEVER, it is a lot lighter than it was earlier on.
There was an insepction scheudled at 11 local but that does not seem possible now as it has started raining again! It s pouring now, it is raining quite hard. Not good news for England!
Well, scratch what we wrote below as it is raining in Manchester and the covers are on. Let us hope it passes by quickly.
It was rain which dominated Day 4 as we only managed around one session of play! However, the Aussies, courtesy Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Marsh fought back strongly in that session but England did manage to get the centurion out. Australia still trail by another 61 runs and England will be dearly hoping, they get a full day's play here and they can force a result. Difficult however, as the forecast is not the best. For now though, it is dry but quite overcast. Let us keep our fingers crossed and hope we get good amount of play.
... DAY 5, SESSION 1 ...
So, as expected it is Stumps on Day 4, we should be happy that there was some action as the forecast was showcasing rain for the full day. At the start of Day 4, the pressure was on the Aussies but the way Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Marsh handled themselves, they deserve the credit to build a stand. Marnus Labuschagne got his 11th Test ton but fell later to Root. England were bit wayward with the ball, too many balls on the pads or some avoidable short balls often. Australia trail by 61 runs now. The forecast for Day 5 is similar so it will be yet another day where we will be checking with the weather page. Let's be optimistic and hope for the best. Join us back at 3.30 pm IST (10 am GMT). Till then, cheers!
It continues to drizzle and the covers are placed firmly. It doesn't look like we will get any more action. Still, let's stay optimistic and hope for the best.
Well, play should have resumed by now but it has started to rain and the start has been delayed.
... DAY 4, SESSION 3 ...
A good session for the Aussies and they continue their fightback! Marnus Labuschagne and Mitchell Marsh batted really well. They both went after the bowlers and added a 100-plus stand. Marnus Labuschagne was the mainstay with a brilliant ton. They were also helped with the fading light as England were not allowed to bowl the pacers. England though continued with the spinners and they leaked runs. However, Root got the massive wicket of the centurion and the wicket has started turning. Cameron Green has looked fidgety to begin with and England would hope they can get him soon after the break. Can they do so? We will find out.
End Of The Over 71 : 214/5
0 Runs
  • 070.1
  • 070.2
  • 070.3
  • 070.4
  • 070.5
  • 070.6
C. Green
3 (15)
M. Marsh
31 (107)
M. Ali
13-2-44-0
70.6
0
Moeen Ali To Cameron Green
THERE IT IS! There comes the call! The day has been called off and the game ends in a draw! Australia will believe they have got away with one here. It would have been very difficult for them to turn this around. England on the other hand, have no chance of winning the Ashes back now. All they can do is level the series but the Ashes is going to the Aussies.
70.5
0
Moeen Ali To Cameron Green
On off, defended.
70.4
0
Moeen Ali To Cameron Green
On off, defended.
70.3
0
Moeen Ali To Cameron Green
Tossed up on off, this is pushed to mid off.
70.2
0
Moeen Ali To Cameron Green
On off, blocked.
70.1
0
Moeen Ali To Cameron Green
On the stumps, kept out.
End Of The Over 70 : 214/5
0 Runs
  • 069.1
  • 069.2
  • 069.3
  • 069.4
  • 069.5
  • 069.6
M. Marsh
31 (107)
C. Green
3 (9)
J. Root
6-1-32-1
69.6
0
Joe Root To Mitchell Marsh
Around off, defended.
69.5
0
Joe Root To Mitchell Marsh
On off, blocked.
69.4
0
Joe Root To Mitchell Marsh
Flatter and on middle, this is blocked.
69.3
0
Joe Root To Mitchell Marsh
On off, defended.
69.2
0
Joe Root To Mitchell Marsh
Around off, this is pushed to cover.
69.1
0
Joe Root To Mitchell Marsh
On off, blocked.
End Of The Over 69 : 214/5
0 Runs
  • 068.1
  • 068.2
  • 068.3
  • 068.4
  • 068.5
  • 068.6
C. Green
3 (9)
M. Marsh
31 (101)
M. Ali
12-1-44-0
68.6
0
Moeen Ali To Cameron Green
On middle, blocked.
68.5
0
Moeen Ali To Cameron Green
On middle, kept out.
68.4
0
Moeen Ali To Cameron Green
On off, this is pushed to cover.
68.3
0
Moeen Ali To Cameron Green
BEATEN! This lands outside off and goes on with the arm. Cameron Green is beaten as he tries to defend.
68.2
0
Moeen Ali To Cameron Green
Around off, this is pushed to mid on.
68.1
0
Moeen Ali To Cameron Green
On off, blocked.
End Of The Over 68 : 214/5
3 Runs
  • W 67.1
  • 067.2
  • 067.3
  • 367.4
  • 067.5
  • 067.6
M. Marsh
31 (101)
C. Green
3 (3)
J. Root
5-0-32-1
67.6
0
Joe Root To Mitchell Marsh
On off, defended.
67.5
0
Joe Root To Mitchell Marsh
Almost another one! Tossed up on off, this lands and spins back in. Mitchell Marsh looks to defend, it goes off the inside edge but lands short of short leg.
67.4
3
Joe Root To Cameron Green
Shorter and outside off, this is pushed through covers for three.
67.3
0
Joe Root To Cameron Green
On off, this lands on off and turns back in, Cameron Green looks to defend but misses to get hit on the body.
67.2
0
Joe Root To Cameron Green
On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.
67.1
W
Joe Root To Marnus Labuschagne OUT!
EDGED AND TAKEN! Wait, the umpire does not feel so but Jonny Bairstow wants it reviewed and it is. There is a noise. OUT! ULTRA EDGE SHOWS A SPIKE! Marnus Labuschagne falls and that is a big scalp. The centurion walks back and it is Root who gets it. He just got a little loose after getting to his ton and now falls. Half the side back in the hut for the Aussies and they still trail by 64! Shorter and outside off, Marnus Labuschagne looks to cut, it finds the edge and it is taken by the keeper.
End Of The Over 67 : 211/4
1 Runs
  • 166.1
  • 066.2
  • 066.3
  • 066.4
  • 066.5
  • 066.6
M. Marsh
31 (99)
M. Labuschagne
111 (172)
M. Ali
11-0-44-0
66.6
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
On off, blocked.
66.5
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
On middle, defended well.
66.4
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
Flatter and on off, blocked.
66.3
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
Around off, this is pushed to cover.
66.2
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
On off, defended.
66.1
1
Moeen Ali To Marnus Labuschagne
On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
End Of The Over 66 : 210/4
1 Runs
  • 065.1
  • 065.2
  • 165.3
  • 065.4
  • 065.5
  • 065.6
M. Marsh
31 (94)
M. Labuschagne
110 (171)
J. Root
4-0-29-0
65.6
0
Joe Root To Mitchell Marsh
Sharp turn! This lands outside off and spins back in, Mitchell Marsh looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
65.5
0
Joe Root To Mitchell Marsh
The arm ball, this one shapes away, Marsh pushes it to cover.
65.4
0
Joe Root To Mitchell Marsh
On middle, blocked.
65.3
1
Joe Root To Marnus Labuschagne
A single as this is pushed through covers for one.
65.2
0
Joe Root To Marnus Labuschagne
On off, this is pushed to cover.
65.1
0
Joe Root To Marnus Labuschagne
Pushes it through and on off, defended.
End Of The Over 65 : 209/4
3 Runs
  • 064.1
  • 164.2
  • 064.3
  • 064.4
  • 064.5
  • 264.6
M. Marsh
31 (91)
M. Labuschagne
109 (168)
M. Ali
10-0-43-0
64.6
2
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
Shorter and on off, this is pushed through covers for a couple.
64.5
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
Around off, this is blocked.
64.4
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
On off, defended.
Dark clouds approaching!
64.3
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
Flatter and on off, Mitchell Marsh goes back and defends.
64.2
1
Moeen Ali To Marnus Labuschagne
Another single as this is nudged on the leg side.
64.1
0
Moeen Ali To Marnus Labuschagne
On middle, this is flicked but to mid-wicket.
End Of The Over 64 : 206/4
9 Runs
  • 163.1
  • 163.2
  • 063.3
  • 263.4
  • 463.5
  • 163.6
M. Labuschagne
108 (166)
M. Marsh
29 (87)
J. Root
3-0-28-0
63.6
1
Joe Root To Marnus Labuschagne
He had to hit that! This lands on off and turns back in, Marnus Labuschagne works it through square leg for one.
63.5
4
Joe Root To Marnus Labuschagne
FOUR! Cut away! That was played quite late! Shorter and outside off, Marnus Labuschagne waits and then guides it past point. This one races away to the third man fence.
63.4
2
Joe Root To Marnus Labuschagne
Shorter and outside off, this is pushed through covers for two.
63.3
0
Joe Root To Marnus Labuschagne
Fuller and outside off, Marnus Labuschagne looks to drive it through the off side but it goes off the inner half back to the bowler.
63.2
1
Joe Root To Mitchell Marsh
Outside off, Mitchell Marsh pushes it through covers and takes one.
63.1
1
Joe Root To Marnus Labuschagne
Flatter and on off, this is pushed wide of cover for one.
End Of The Over 63 : 197/4
3 Runs
  • 062.1
  • 162.2
  • 062.3
  • 062.4
  • 162.5
  • 162.6
M. Labuschagne
100 (161)
M. Marsh
28 (86)
M. Ali
9-0-40-0
62.6
1
Moeen Ali To Marnus Labuschagne
Century for Labuschagne! An excellent knock under tremendous pressure! 11th already in Test. Flat and outside off, Labuschagne plays it through point for one.
62.5
1
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
A quick single as this is hit to covers.
62.4
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
Fuller and around off, blocked out.
62.3
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
Tossed up, outside off, blocked.
62.2
1
Moeen Ali To Marnus Labuschagne
Fuller and on off, Labuschagne works it to long on for one. On 99 now.
62.1
0
Moeen Ali To Marnus Labuschagne
Full and on off, defended out.
End Of The Over 62 : 194/4
11 Runs
  • 661.1
  • 461.2
  • 161.3
  • 061.4
  • 061.5
  • 061.6
M. Marsh
27 (83)
M. Labuschagne
98 (158)
J. Root
2-0-19-0
61.6
0
Joe Root To Mitchell Marsh
Flat and outside off, Marsh gets across to defend it out.
61.5
0
Joe Root To Mitchell Marsh
Too full and around off, Marsh pushes it to mid off.
61.4
0
Joe Root To Mitchell Marsh
Tossed up, outside off. Marsh blocks.
61.3
1
Joe Root To Marnus Labuschagne
Outside off, driven through covers for a single.
61.2
4
Joe Root To Marnus Labuschagne
FOUR! CHANCE! This is very full and around off, quick. Labuschagne looks to defend but gets an outside edge to first slip. Too quick for Zak Crawley to react on it.
61.1
6
Joe Root To Marnus Labuschagne
SIXX! Runs coming fast! Full and on off. Labuschagne skips down and tonks it over long on for yet another biggie.
End Of The Over 61 : 183/4
6 Runs
  • 060.1
  • 460.2
  • 060.3
  • 060.4
  • 160.5
  • 160.6
M. Labuschagne
87 (155)
M. Marsh
27 (80)
M. Ali
8-0-37-0
60.6
1
Moeen Ali To Marnus Labuschagne
Around off, this is tucked to mid-wicket for one.
60.5
1
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
Tossed up, outside off, knocked to covers for a single.
60.4
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
Fuller ball, outside off, defended well.
60.3
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
Full and around off, Marsh goes back and blocks.
60.2
4
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
FOUR! A full toss, outside off. Marsh creams it through covers for a boundary.
60.1
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
Drifts it outside off, Marsh looks to push but misses.
End Of The Over 60 : 177/4
8 Runs
  • 259.1
  • 059.2
  • 059.3
  • 059.4
  • 059.5
  • 659.6
M. Labuschagne
86 (154)
M. Marsh
22 (75)
J. Root
1-0-8-0
59.6
6
Joe Root To Marnus Labuschagne
SIX! That is sweet from Labuschagne! Too full on off. Labuschagne skips down and tonks it over long on for a biggie.
59.5
0
Joe Root To Marnus Labuschagne
On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.
59.4
0
Joe Root To Marnus Labuschagne
Too full and around off, Labuschagne keeps it out.
59.3
0
Joe Root To Marnus Labuschagne
On the pads, Labuschagne clips it to square leg.
59.2
0
Joe Root To Marnus Labuschagne
This is on middle, blocked out.
59.1
2
Joe Root To Marnus Labuschagne
Shorter and outside off, Labuschagne cuts it wide of deep point for two.
End Of The Over 59 : 169/4
3 Runs
  • 258.1
  • 058.2
  • 158.3
  • 058.4
  • 058.5
  • 058.6
M. Marsh
22 (75)
M. Labuschagne
78 (148)
M. Ali
7-0-31-0
58.6
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
On off, kept out.
58.5
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
Well outside off, Marsh prods and blocks.
58.4
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
A bit of bounce, around off. Marsh blocks off his gloves.
58.3
1
Moeen Ali To Marnus Labuschagne
Flat and on middle, Labuschagne plays it to square leg for one.
58.2
0
Moeen Ali To Marnus Labuschagne
Outside off, this is guided to point.
58.1
2
Moeen Ali To Marnus Labuschagne
Flat and on off, this is slapped to deep cover for a couple.
The ground staffs are getting ready. The umpires are having a chat with Ben Stokes. Mostly about the light and that means a spinner has to bowl. The light meter is out now. Looks fine.
End Of The Over 58 : 166/4
3 Runs
  • 057.1
  • 157.2
  • 157.3
  • 057.4
  • 057.5
  • 157.6
M. Labuschagne
75 (145)
M. Marsh
22 (72)
J. Anderson
17-5-30-0
57.6
1
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
Angling on the pads, Labuschagne helps it to fine leg for one.
57.5
0
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
Length ball on middle, Labuschagne blocks.
57.4
0
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
Very full on off, Labuschagne eases it to mid on.
57.3
1
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
A length ball, angling down, Marsh bunts it to deep square leg for one.
The ball fails to pass the ring test and a new ball is required.
57.2
1
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
Length and on off, tucked to mid-wicket for a single.
57.1
0
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
Outside off, Labuschagne lets it go.
End Of The Over 57 : 163/4
2 Runs
  • 056.1
  • 156.2
  • 056.3
  • 156.4
  • 056.5
  • 056.6
M. Marsh
21 (71)
M. Labuschagne
73 (140)
S. Broad
12-2-47-0
56.6
0
Stuart Broad To Mitchell Marsh
On the pads, nudged to mid-wicket.
56.5
0
Stuart Broad To Mitchell Marsh
Down the leg side, left alone.
56.4
1
Stuart Broad To Marnus Labuschagne
On middle, Labuschagne pulls it to square leg for a single.
56.3
0
Stuart Broad To Marnus Labuschagne
This is short and on off, Labuschagne gets across and pulls it. It hits the leg of man at short leg but it went on a bounce.
56.2
1
Stuart Broad To Mitchell Marsh
On a length on off, Marsh plays it to covers for one.
56.1
0
Stuart Broad To Mitchell Marsh
A length ball, outside off, Marsh leaves.
End Of The Over 56 : 161/4
2 Runs
  • 055.1
  • 155.2
  • 055.3
  • 155.4
  • 055.5
  • 055.6
M. Labuschagne
72 (138)
M. Marsh
20 (67)
J. Anderson
16-5-27-0
55.6
0
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
Slightly short and on  leg, Labuschagne pulls it to square leg.
55.5
0
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
Outside off, Labuschagne lets it go.
55.4
1
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
Short in length on middle, Marsh plays it to mid-wicket for one more.
55.3
0
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
On middle, kept out.
55.2
1
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
Short again on middle, Labuschagne pulls it to square leg for a single.
55.1
0
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
This is short and around leg. Labuschagne lets it go.
End Of The Over 55 : 159/4
7 Runs
  • 054.1
  • 454.2
  • 254.3
  • 054.4
  • 154.5
  • 054.6
M. Marsh
19 (65)
M. Labuschagne
71 (134)
S. Broad
11-2-45-0
54.6
0
Stuart Broad To Mitchell Marsh
Length ball, down leg. Marsh lets it go to the keeper.
54.5
1
Stuart Broad To Marnus Labuschagne
Short and on middle, pulled to square leg for one.
54.4
0
Stuart Broad To Marnus Labuschagne
Length and outside off, Labuschagne leaves.
54.3
2
Stuart Broad To Marnus Labuschagne
Full again and this time Labuschagne flicks it through mid-wicket for a couple.
54.2
4
Stuart Broad To Marnus Labuschagne
FOUR! Beautiful shot! Too full, outside off, Labuschagne drives it through point for a boundary.
54.1
0
Stuart Broad To Marnus Labuschagne
Outside off, left alone.
End Of The Over 54 : 152/4
0 Runs
  • 053.1
  • 053.2
  • 053.3
  • 053.4
  • 053.5
  • 053.6
M. Marsh
19 (64)
M. Labuschagne
64 (129)
J. Anderson
15-5-25-0
53.6
0
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
This is full and outside off, Marsh dead bats it.
53.5
0
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
Full and on off, blocked out.
53.4
0
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
Length and around off, Marsh defends.
53.3
0
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
Length and outside off, it is punched to cover.
53.2
0
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
Length and on off, Marsh blocks.
53.1
0
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
On middle, this is hit to silly mid on.
End Of The Over 53 : 152/4
2 Runs
  • 052.1
  • 052.2
  • 052.3
  • 252.4
  • 052.5
  • 052.6
M. Labuschagne
64 (129)
M. Marsh
19 (58)
S. Broad
10-2-38-0
52.6
0
Stuart Broad To Marnus Labuschagne
Length and on middle, blocked out.
52.5
0
Stuart Broad To Marnus Labuschagne
This is outside off, Labuschagne leaves.
52.4
2
Stuart Broad To Marnus Labuschagne
This is short and on middle, Labuschagne pulls it behind square leg for two.
52.3
0
Stuart Broad To Marnus Labuschagne
Length and outside off, Labuschagne lets it go.
52.2
0
Stuart Broad To Marnus Labuschagne
Fuller and outside off, this is pushed  to cover.
52.1
0
Stuart Broad To Marnus Labuschagne
A length ball, outside off, Labuschagne lets it go.
End Of The Over 52 : 150/4
4 Runs
  • 051.1
  • 151.2
  • 051.3
  • 051.4
  • 351.5
  • 051.6
M. Marsh
19 (58)
M. Labuschagne
62 (123)
J. Anderson
14-4-25-0
51.6
0
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
Keeps it full on middle, Marsh plays it back to the bowler.
51.5
3
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
THREE RUNS! 150 up! Too full and outside off, Labuschagne drives it through covers for three more.
51.4
0
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
Outside off, left alone.
51.3
0
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
This is short and on off, it is pulled to mid-wicket.
51.2
1
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
On middle, this is clipped to deep square leg for a single.
51.1
0
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
On off, pushed to cover.
End Of The Over 51 : 146/4
5 Runs
  • 050.1
  • 050.2
  • 450.3
  • 150.4
  • 050.5
  • 050.6
M. Labuschagne
59 (120)
M. Marsh
18 (55)
S. Broad
9-2-36-0
50.6
0
Stuart Broad To Marnus Labuschagne
Short in length, outside off, Labuschagne leaves.
50.5
0
Stuart Broad To Marnus Labuschagne
Outside off, left alone.
50.4
1
Stuart Broad To Mitchell Marsh
Angles it on middle, Marsh plays it behind square leg for a single.
50.3
4
Stuart Broad To Mitchell Marsh
FOUR! Good shot! A bit of width, outside off, Marsh punches it through covers for a boundary.
50.2
0
Stuart Broad To Mitchell Marsh
Targets the middle pole. Marsh defends well.
50.1
0
Stuart Broad To Mitchell Marsh
A length ball, around off, Marsh blocks.
End Of The Over 50 : 141/4
2 Runs
  • 049.1
  • 049.2
  • 049.3
  • 149.4
  • 049.5
  • 149.6
M. Marsh
13 (51)
M. Labuschagne
59 (118)
J. Anderson
13-4-21-0
49.6
1
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
On a length ball on off, drifts in. Marsh tucks it to square leg for one.
49.5
0
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
Length and on top of off. Marsh defends.
49.4
1
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
A length ball, around off, Labuschagne clips it to square leg for one.
49.3
0
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
A yorker, around off, Labuschagne blocks it well.
49.2
0
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
Close to the off pole, defended out.
49.1
0
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
Fuller and on off, Labuschagne tucks it to mid-wicket.
End Of The Over 49 : 139/4
2 Runs
  • 048.1
  • 048.2
  • 048.3
  • 148.4
  • 148.5
  • 048.6
M. Marsh
12 (49)
M. Labuschagne
58 (114)
M. Wood
11-0-27-3
48.6
0
Mark Wood To Mitchell Marsh
Length and on middle, blocked.
48.5
1
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
On the middle, this is nudged to square leg for one.
48.4
1
Mark Wood To Mitchell Marsh
Very full and on off, reverse swing for the first time. Marsh looks to push but inside edges it to square leg for one.
48.3
0
Mark Wood To Mitchell Marsh
Bouncer on middle, Marsh lets it go yet again.
48.2
0
Mark Wood To Mitchell Marsh
Well outside off, Marsh leaves.
48.1
0
Mark Wood To Mitchell Marsh
Drops it short and on leg, Marsh sits under it.
End Of The Over 48 : 137/4
4 Runs
  • 447.1
  • 047.2
  • 047.3
  • 047.4
  • 047.5
  • 047.6
M. Labuschagne
57 (113)
M. Marsh
11 (44)
C. Woakes
12-5-31-1
47.6
0
Chris Woakes To Marnus Labuschagne
A length ball, outside off, Labuschagne makes a solid block again.
47.5
0
Chris Woakes To Marnus Labuschagne
On off, defended out.
47.4
0
Chris Woakes To Marnus Labuschagne
Length and on off, Labuschagne blocks it out.
47.3
0
Chris Woakes To Marnus Labuschagne
This is full and outside off, Labuschagne keeps it out.
47.2
0
Chris Woakes To Marnus Labuschagne
Outside off, blocked.
47.1
4
Chris Woakes To Marnus Labuschagne
FOUR! Well played! Woakes goes short and outside off. Labuschagne dabs it past gully and it races to the fence.
End Of The Over 47 : 133/4
1 Runs
  • 046.1
  • 046.2
  • 046.3
  • 046.4
  • 046.5
  • 146.6
M. Labuschagne
53 (107)
M. Marsh
11 (44)
M. Wood
10-0-25-3
46.6
1
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
A single to end the over as this is hit to mid-wicket.
46.5
0
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
Shorter and outside off, Labuschagne dabs it to the slip cordon.
46.4
0
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
This is way outside off, Labuschagne is happy to leave it.
46.3
0
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
A length ball, around off, Labuschagne blocks it out.
46.2
0
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
Short in length and on off. Labuschagne gets on his toes and blocks.
46.1
0
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
Short and on off,Labuschagne ducks under it.
End Of The Over 46 : 132/4
0 Runs
  • 045.1
  • 045.2
  • 045.3
  • 045.4
  • 045.5
  • 045.6
M. Marsh
11 (44)
M. Labuschagne
52 (101)
C. Woakes
11-5-27-1
45.6
0
Chris Woakes To Mitchell Marsh
Length and angling on leg, Marsh misses his flick. Sliding down.
45.5
0
Chris Woakes To Mitchell Marsh
Around off, kept out.
45.4
0
Chris Woakes To Mitchell Marsh
Jonny Bairstow stands up to the stumps. This is around off. Marsh blocks.
45.3
0
Chris Woakes To Mitchell Marsh
Full and on middle, blocked out.
45.2
0
Chris Woakes To Mitchell Marsh
Length ball, outside off, some swing but Marsh leaves.
45.1
0
Chris Woakes To Mitchell Marsh
Way outside off, it is left alone.
The physio is out to check on Labuschagne. He is feeling discomfort on his right finger.
End Of The Over 45 : 132/4
6 Runs
  • 144.1
  • 044.2
  • 1 LB 44.3
  • 244.4
  • 244.5
  • 044.6
M. Labuschagne
52 (101)
M. Marsh
11 (38)
M. Wood
9-0-24-3
44.6
0
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
A sharp bouncer on middle, Labuschagne evades it well.
44.5
2
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
TWO MORE! Length and angling on middle, Labuschagne flicks it through mid-wicket for two more.
44.4
2
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
On the pads, Labuschagne flicks it through square leg for a couple of runs. Fifty for Labuschagne! A hard fought fifty from him.
44.3
lb
Mark Wood To Mitchell Marsh
Leg bye! Too straight on the pads. Marsh misses his clip and it rolls to square leg. A leg bye.
44.2
0
Mark Wood To Mitchell Marsh
Swings it on middle. Marsh blocks it out.
44.1
1
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
Short in length and angling on middle, Labuschagne pulls, not off the middle and it rolls to the man at leg gully. One. Labuschagne looks in pain. On his finger.
End Of The Over 44 : 126/4
9 Runs
  • 143.1
  • 043.2
  • 443.3
  • 443.4
  • 043.5
  • 043.6
M. Marsh
11 (36)
M. Labuschagne
47 (97)
C. Woakes
10-4-27-1
43.6
0
Chris Woakes To Mitchell Marsh
This is full and outside off, Marsh leaves it alone.
43.5
0
Chris Woakes To Mitchell Marsh
Around off, this is defended out.
43.4
4
Chris Woakes To Mitchell Marsh
FOUR MORE! Just wide of the man! Full and angling on middle, Marsh heaves, not off the middle and gets height on it. Moeen Ali at deep mid-wicket runs to his left but it was well wide of him.
43.3
4
Chris Woakes To Mitchell Marsh
FOUR! FIrst boundary of the day! Length and outside off, Marsh punches it through cover-point for a boundary.
43.2
0
Chris Woakes To Mitchell Marsh
On middle, this is blocked out.
43.1
1
Chris Woakes To Marnus Labuschagne
Slants it on middle, Labuschagne plays it to mid-wicket for a single.
Chris Woakes is ready to steam in.
End Of The Over 43 : 117/4
2 Runs
  • 142.1
  • 042.2
  • 042.3
  • 042.4
  • 142.5
  • 042.6
M. Marsh
3 (31)
M. Labuschagne
46 (96)
M. Wood
8-0-19-3
42.6
0
Mark Wood To Mitchell Marsh
A length ball, on middle, Marsh makes a solid block.
42.5
1
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
Slanting on the pads, Labuschagne tucks it to square leg for a single.
42.4
0
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
A bumper on middle, Labuschagne leaves as he sits down.
42.3
0
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
Full and it swings in, around off. Labuschagne is long way across as he looks to defend. A big inside edge onto the pads.
42.2
0
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
Steams in and serves it on middle, Labuschagne makes a solid block.
42.1
1
Mark Wood To Mitchell Marsh
Length ball on middle, Marsh tucks it to square leg for a single.
End Of The Over 42 : 115/4
2 Runs
  • 141.1
  • 041.2
  • 141.3
  • 041.4
  • 041.5
  • 041.6
M. Labuschagne
45 (92)
M. Marsh
2 (29)
J. Anderson
12-4-19-0
41.6
0
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
Length and on middle, blocked out.
41.5
0
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
This is outside off again, Labuschagne leaves it.
41.4
0
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
A length ball, outside off, Labuschagne hops and blocks it to cover.
41.3
1
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
Shapes it on middle, this is clipped to deep square leg for one.
41.2
0
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
Length ball, way outside off, Marsh shoulders arms to it.
41.1
1
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
Length ball, angling on middle, Labuschagne tucks it to deep mid-wicket for a single. We are underway...
We are all set. The players are out in the middle. The conditions are superb. James Anderson to have a go....
The inspection is done and we have some brilliant news. The play is set to start at 7.15 pm IST (1.45 pm GMT). This is excellent news. Stay tuned. 59 overs are to be bowled. The Aussies have to gear up to face the music. The start is very close.
Some good news for everyone! The rain has stopped and one of the covers is coming off. Still, a lot of water has accumulated so it will take a long time to get things ready. Some optimistic news for now though. There will be an inspection at 6.30 pm IST (1 pm GMT). Let's hope for good news.
Still raining here which means the first session is a wash out! The radar is not the best going ahead today and we doubt if we can get any play on Day 4. Let's just be optimistic for now and hope this rain passes by quickly.
We have nothing new to update! The rain continues to fall and there are puddles on the outfield now! Not great news if you are an England fan but the Aussies won't mind.
Wood is marking is run-up, Mitchell Marsh and Marnus Labuschagne are in all readiness, the crowd here is buzzing, we are all set for the first ball of the day! WELL, THIS IS WHAT WE WOULD BE WRITING IF THERE WAS NO RAIN! For now though, it is POURING DOWN and the wait continues.
Well, we have some bad news to begin with, it is raining for now and the covers are in place. The start is surely going to be a delayed one but the forecast for the day is not the best. All we can do now is hope and continue to wait.
Rain, rain go away, come again some other day! Pretty sure all the England fans will be singing this for remaining two days of the game as weather is the only thing we believe can save the Aussies. They still trail by another 162 runs and have just the 6 wickets in hand. The Australian's won't mind the weather gods not showing any mercy. The forecast is not the best as a lot of rain is predicted. Let's keep our fingers crossed and hope we get some action. Welcome to the coverage of Day 4.
... DAY 4, SESSION 1 ...
Australia took the beating in the park. They bowled well in the first couple of sessions but once Jonny Bairstow walked in, it turned out to a nightmare. In a blink of an eye, England took the lead over 250. Australia needed a good start with the bat but lost Usman Khawaja cheaply. David Warner was victim to Chris Woakes once again. Steven Smith batted well but failed to stay in and late in day, Australia lost Head as well. They have Marnus Labuschagne out there, and still batting left but the pressure is on them. That's it from Day 3, we believe only rain can now save the visitors and a lot of it is predicted over the next few days. Let's hope though there is none and we get a full day's play. Action begins at 1530 IST (1000 GMT). Till then, goodbye and take care.
That will be end of Day 3. What a day for England. They are in complete control and 6 wickets away from equalling the series. Day 3 started with Ben Stokes and Harry Brook continue to add to the lead. Both added fifties and it was going all well until Lunch but the action turned into fireworks when Jonny Bairstow joined in. He hit the bowlers all around the park and along with the tail batted brilliantly. However, missed out on his century by just one run as James Anderson didn't survive.
End Of The Over 41 : 113/4
1 Runs
  • 140.1
  • 040.2
  • 040.3
  • 040.4
  • 040.5
  • 040.6
M. Marsh
1 (27)
M. Labuschagne
44 (88)
M. Ali
6-0-28-0
40.6
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
On middle, blocked. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 3!
40.5
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
On the stumps, blocked.
40.4
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
Around off, kept out nicely.
40.3
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
On middle, defended well.
40.2
0
Moeen Ali To Mitchell Marsh
On off, this is pushed to cover.
40.1
1
Moeen Ali To Marnus Labuschagne
On off, this is pushed to cover for one.
End Of The Over 40 : 112/4
1 Runs
  • 139.1
  • 039.2
  • 039.3
  • 039.4
  • 039.5
  • 039.6
M. Marsh
1 (22)
M. Labuschagne
43 (87)
J. Anderson
11-4-17-0
39.6
0
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
On middle, kept out.
39.5
0
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
Around off, this is pushed to cover.
39.4
0
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
On off, defended well.
39.3
0
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
Around off, defended well.
39.2
0
James Anderson To Mitchell Marsh
On off, kept out.
39.1
1
James Anderson To Marnus Labuschagne
Shorter and outside off, this is guided through point for one.
End Of The Over 39 : 111/4
1 Runs
  • 138.1
  • 038.2
  • 038.3
  • 038.4
  • 038.5
  • 038.6
M. Marsh
1 (17)
M. Labuschagne
42 (86)
M. Wood
7-0-17-3
38.6
0
Mark Wood To Mitchell Marsh
Very full on middle, Marsh punches it back to the bowler.
38.5
0
Mark Wood To Mitchell Marsh
Short ball on middle, Marsh ducks under it.
38.4
0
Mark Wood To Mitchell Marsh
On a length and on middle, Marsh blocks it out.
38.3
0
Mark Wood To Mitchell Marsh
This is down the leg side, Marsh lets it go.
38.2
0
Mark Wood To Mitchell Marsh
A bouncer on middle, Marsh lets it go to the keeper.
38.1
1
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
Shorter and on middle, pulled behind square leg for one.
End Of The Over 38 : 110/4
1 Runs
  • 037.1
  • 037.2
  • 037.3
  • 037.4
  • 037.5
  • 1 NB 37.6
  • 037.6
M. Marsh
1 (12)
M. Labuschagne
41 (85)
C. Woakes
9-4-18-1
37.6
0
Chris Woakes To Mitchell Marsh
Good length and on middle, kept out.
37.6
nb
Chris Woakes To Mitchell Marsh
On the stumps, blocked. No ball signaled. One more ball left in the over.
37.5
0
Chris Woakes To Mitchell Marsh
On off, this is pushed to cover.
37.4
0
Chris Woakes To Mitchell Marsh
On the stumps, kept out nicely.
37.3
0
Chris Woakes To Mitchell Marsh
On off, blocked.
37.2
0
Chris Woakes To Mitchell Marsh
On middle, fuller, Mitchell Marsh shows the full face of the bat and pushes it to mid on.
37.1
0
Chris Woakes To Mitchell Marsh
Another one on a good length and around off, kept out.
End Of The Over 37 : 109/4
1 Runs
  • W 36.1
  • 036.2
  • 036.3
  • 036.4
  • 036.5
  • 136.6
M. Marsh
1 (5)
M. Labuschagne
41 (85)
M. Wood
6-0-16-3
36.6
1
Mark Wood To Mitchell Marsh
Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
36.5
0
Mark Wood To Mitchell Marsh
Solid! On a length and around off, blocked.
36.4
0
Mark Wood To Mitchell Marsh
Around off, this is pushed to cover.
36.3
0
Mark Wood To Mitchell Marsh
Outside off, left alone.
36.2
0
Mark Wood To Mitchell Marsh
Good length and on off, defended.
36.1
W
Mark Wood To Travis Head OUT!
OUT! TAKEN! Wood strikes again! Travis Head walks back now! Australia slip further. The crowd here is ecstatic. Another short one on middle, Travis Head looks to fend but takes his eyes off the ball as he tries to do so. It goes off he shoulder and towards gully. Ben Duckett takes the easiest of catches. Third for Wood. He is on fire here.
End Of The Over 36 : 108/3
5 Runs
  • 135.1
  • 035.2
  • 035.3
  • 435.4
  • 035.5
  • 035.6
M. Labuschagne
41 (85)
T. Head
1 (6)
C. Woakes
8-4-17-1
35.6
0
Chris Woakes To Marnus Labuschagne
On middle, this is nudged to mid-wicket.
35.5
0
Chris Woakes To Marnus Labuschagne
Goes back to bowling it on off and on a fuller length, kept out.
35.4
4
Chris Woakes To Marnus Labuschagne
FOUR! Pulled away! Don't think Marnus Labuschagne will have a problem facing short balls from Woakes! On middle, this is pulled through mid-wicket and this one races away to the fence.
35.3
0
Chris Woakes To Marnus Labuschagne
Around off, Marnus Labuschagne lets it come to him and defends.
35.2
0
Chris Woakes To Marnus Labuschagne
On off, blocked.
35.1
1
Chris Woakes To Travis Head
On the pads, Head works it down towards fine leg for a run.
End Of The Over 35 : 103/3
5 Runs
  • 034.1
  • 034.2
  • 434.3
  • 034.4
  • 1 WD 34.5
  • 034.5
  • 034.6
M. Labuschagne
37 (80)
T. Head
0 (5)
M. Wood
5-0-15-2
34.6
0
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
Fuller again and on off, Marnus Labuschagne pushes it to covers.
34.5
0
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
Around off, this is pushed to cover.
34.5
wd
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
WIDE! This one is very wide outside off, Marnus Labuschagne leaves it alone. Wided. Do not see that often in a Test match.
34.4
0
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
Another short one, on the body, Marnus Labuschagne evades it.
34.3
4
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
FOUR! Lovely use of the pace there! Angled into the pads, Marnus Labuschagne walks across and then clips it through mid-wicket. A boundary results.
34.2
0
Mark Wood To Marnus Labuschagne
A nasty short one on middle, Marnus Labuschagne hops and defends it onto the ground.
34.1
0