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ENG vs AUS, 2019 - Test Live Commentary

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Match Ended   
67&362/9 (125.4)
179&246
England beat Australia by 1 wicket
Right! A South African plays for Australia and fights hard. But a West Indian and a Kiwi featuring for England show that they are better. The first was a walkover, the second was nerve-wracking and what about the third? Lost for words. Let us not test the vocabulary of anyone. Let us all take a break and then come back refreshed for the next episode of probably the greatest Test rivalry of all time. The 4th match will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester, on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 11 am local (1000 GMT). The points table as of now, stand with Sri Lanka leading with 60 points, followed by Australia (32) and then England (8). But these will change after the Test matches going on in Sri Lanka and West Indies. You can follow those as well, if you have any energy left which has not been drained out. We take your leave and earn a nice break. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Who will be the Man Of The Match? Oh gosh... that is straight from the mystery novels of Agatha Christie, Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys. Right? Naahh... just kidding. Can't we? Given that we have been exhibited to some exorbitant amount of pressure and stress. Just trying to make things light all around. BEN STOKES GETS THE MAN OF THE MATCH AWARD, for the second game in a row. Take a bow, sir.
Phew! Now, about this Test match. What happened over the last 3 days? Australia bundled out for 179 after being inserted on a cloudy morning, but from 136/2. An Archer 6-fer hit the headlines. Then England matched that nicely, losing 10/67. A Hazlewood Michelle made that happen. In the second innings, when Australia rode on Marnus Labuschagne's 80 and set a target of 359, who would have thought the Ashes would be levelled 1-1?
...Till Pat Cummins came along again. Got Ben Stokes to miscue, but Marcus Harris put him down at deep backward point. 17 runs were needed. The next two balls went for boundaries and it was rubbing salt on Aussie wounds. Then, Paine took an LBW review, which was just an aim to waste some time. That proved costly. Because Stokes was out in the next over, LBW, but was not given by umpire Joel Wilson and Australia did not have any review left! Before that ball, Stokes miscued a six over long off, almost ran out Jack Leach but Lyon fumbled. Well, PRESSURE! It gets to everyone, doesn't matter how experienced you are!
First, Nathan Lyon. In the 119th over. Two sixes and he goes for 13. Under 50 needed. Next target, Pat Cummins. Goes for 11. 37 needed. Paine goes to Hazlewood. Ben sends him all around the park. 19 from the over and momentum now totally in favour of England. 18 needed. Well, England were favourites again, till...
Ben Stokes then decided to cut loose because he had nothing to lose. He tore into the Aussie bowlers and as in the first session, they started losing their lines and lengths. 73 needed with 1 wicket in hand, came down into the 60s. Then came the targets by Ben Stokes.
Then came Round 3. Everyone thought England were the favourites but it was their turn to show some nerves. From 245/4, they slipped to 286/9. Round won by Australia. Ashes retained. Or were they?
Day 5 began with England needing 203 runs, having 7 wickets in hand. First nervous moment. Root gone. 200 needed. Round 1 to Australia. Then the counter-attacking stand of 86 in 130 balls for the 5th wicket between Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. Pushed Australia back. Round 2 to England.
Right! In a game of nerves, both teams faltered and the one which faltered more, lost. Australia, it would have to be. They have could dismissed Ben Stokes a couple of times. Dropped him, missed Leach's run out and then reviewed an LBW decision against Leach, thereby losing out of reviews. Because in the next over, Stokes was dead plumb LBW.
Take a bow, Ben Stokes. The entire crowd at Leeds is standing as one. The Aussies wait for the two English lads to celebrate and then get across to congratulate the big Ben. What a knock. What a player.
125.4
4
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
FOUR! ENGLAND WIN BY 1 WICKET! The series is alive. 1-1 and kicking. Stokes roars. And then sinks to his knees. Emotions ebbing and flowing. Short and wide outside off, Stokes crunches the cut past short cover and the ball goes through! History is made - This is the first time in 130 years that a team has won a Test match after getting shot out for less than 70 in the first innings.
125.3
1
Pat Cummins To Jack Leach
SCORES LEVEL! England cannot lose now! Jack Leach gets off the mark with 2 needed. Calmly tucks a length ball behind short leg and scampers through!
125.2
0
Pat Cummins To Jack Leach
A length ball, around middle and leg, nudged past leg gully, but there is short fine leg in place as well.
125.1
0
Pat Cummins To Jack Leach
A bouncer, outside leg, Leach ducks.
Right. Jack Leach to face. Just 2 needed. A tickle here and there, a push and England will make this 1-1.
End Of The Over 125 : 357/9
6 Runs
  • 0124.1
  • 0124.2
  • 6124.3
  • 0124.4
  • 0124.5
  • 0124.6
B. Stokes
131 (218)
J. Leach
0 (14)
N. Lyon
39-5-114-2
124.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
SHOUT FOR AN LBW! Not given. It looks very close to the naked eye but Australia don't have any DRS left. Tossed up ball landing around leg, Stokes tries to sweep but misses and is pinged on the front pad. They put in an unsuccessful appeal. The replays later on show that the ball straightened after pitching and was going to hit the leg stump. Another controversial decision. 2 needed more for England to level things up in the series!
124.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
RUN OUT CHANCE MISSED! What have you done Lyon??? It was an easy opportunity but he has made a complete mess. A flatter full ball outside off, Stokes nails his reverse sweep but it goes straight to short third man. Stokes steps down the track looking for a run initially but then sends Leach back. The throw comes to the bowler but Lyon fails to collect it cleanly and Leach makes it safely. He would have been a goner had Nathan collected it. Pressure! It gets to everyone, doesn't matter how experienced you are!
124.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Shorter and on off, Stokes cuts it from the back foot but finds the point fielder.
124.3
6
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
SIX! Just over long off! Did he get his hands on it? Phew, that was really close. Loopy delivery, full and outside off, Stokes decides to go big downtown and towers it over the bowler's head. Labuschagne moves across to his left from long off, attempts to catch it with a jump but it goes over him. 2 needed more!
124.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Short again, outside off, Stokes moves back and cuts it through point. Another run declined.
124.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Short in length and outside off, Stokes goes back and punches it to deep cover. Denies the single as has been the case early in the over.
End Of The Over 124 : 351/9
9 Runs
  • 0123.1
  • 4123.2
  • 4123.3
  • 1123.4
  • 0123.5
  • 0123.6
J. Leach
0 (14)
B. Stokes
125 (212)
P. Cummins
24-5-75-1
123.6
0
Pat Cummins To Jack Leach
PITCHING OUTSIDE LEG! Cummins hurls in a very full ball as the follow-up delivery to the bouncer. Leach is beaten for pace and it goes off his pads to leg gully. They put in an appeal and then take the DRS after the umpire turns it down. The replays roll in and the first frame itself confirms everything. 8 needed more.
Tim Paine playing for some time. He has called for a review which looks a very bad call. Seems to be pitching miles outside leg. Don't think this is desperate, but just delaying the inevitable. Ball Tracker shows the pitching to be outside leg. Both reviews gone for Australia, though don't think it will matter.
123.5
0
Pat Cummins To Jack Leach
A bouncer around leg, Leach ducks at the last moment.
Short leg in. Leg gully in. Be ready to smell the leather.
123.4
1
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Length ball outside off, Stokes taps it down to mid off and decides to take a run. Two balls this time to negotiate for Leach. Has Stokes miscalculated?
123.3
4
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
FOUR! Smashed off the back foot! Runs needed now in single digits. Back of a length ball on middle, Stokes hangs on the back foot and packs a punch past the bowler. The long on fielder comes around and tries to cut it off with a dive but fails.
123.2
4
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
FOUR! Cummins gets full and Stokes decides to slog it across the line. Middles it nicely and it beats the desperate dive near the mid-wicket fence from Warner. The crowd cheers!
123.1
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
DROPPED BY HARRIS! Massive moment in this Test match! Width on offer outside off, Stokes goes hard at it and throws his bat. It flies off the top edge and Harris moves forward and across from third man. He then goes down low to collect the catch but it spills out of his hands. Heart in mouth stuff!
Tim Paine ringing in the bowling changes. Nerves everywhere. Pat Cummins replaces Josh Hazlewood after the latter went for 19 in his last over. 23-5-66-1 so far.
End Of The Over 123 : 342/9
1 Runs
  • 0122.1
  • 0122.2
  • 0122.3
  • 0122.4
  • 1122.5
  • 0122.6
J. Leach
0 (12)
B. Stokes
116 (208)
N. Lyon
38-5-108-2
122.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Jack Leach
Fires it in on middle and off at 56.9 mph, Leach draws forward and blocks it solidly back to the bowler. Jack must be praised for hanging in there!
People crowding Leach. Two slips, a short leg and a silly point.
122.5
1
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Short in length and outside off, Stokes goes on the back foot and cuts it through cover-point for one.
122.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Hangs on the back foot and punches it to covers.
122.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Misses again! Tossed up ball around off, Stokes initially looks for the paddle sweep but then tries to spoon it over first slip. Manages neither and gets beaten.
122.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Whoa! Some extra spin and bounce. This one lands on the footmarks outside off and spins away. Stokes tries to drive but misses. Warner collects it at first slip.
122.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Appeal for a caught behind! Flighted and full outside off, Stokes tries to play the reverse sweep but fails to connect. Paine collects the ball, appeals but nothing from the umpire. No DRS taken after Paine consulted with Lyon.
Final gamble from Paine. This could be match over in this over itself. Nathan Lyon to bowl. 37-5-107-2. Went for 13 in his previous over...
End Of The Over 122 : 341/9
19 Runs
  • 4121.1
  • 6121.2
  • 6121.3
  • 2121.4
  • 1121.5
  • 0121.6
J. Leach
0 (11)
B. Stokes
115 (203)
J. Hazlewood
31-11-85-4
121.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Jack Leach
Fullish delivery and it's down the leg side, Leach tries flicking but misses. 19 from the over and England can smell victory here.
121.5
1
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
18 needed more! Width on offer outside off, Stokes plays it with soft hands again, it's towards point and Stokes collects a run. Once again Leach has one ball to see off.
121.4
2
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Soft hands this time. Gently steers it through point and scampers back for the second run. Ben has planned this chase amazingly well. Taking calculative risks and then smartly rotating the strike.
121.3
6
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
SIX! Ben Stokes has turned it on! Yet another biggie and this one brings up the 50-run stand! Josh has served it short and close to off, Stokes is into top gear, just swivels and powers it over mid-wicket. Two fielders converge but it sails over them.
121.2
6
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
SIX! Into the crowd! A low full toss around leg, Stokes goes down on one knee and slogs it across the line. It flies in the air and goes all the way over square leg. Seemed like a mishit but it has still travelled the distance.
121.1
4
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
FOUR! 8TH TEST HUNDRED FOR BEN STOKES! Outstanding effort from the Big Ben. He has single-handedly kept the Ashes hopes alive for England. Headingley is on its feet. Ben ain't celebration, he knows that there is still some job left to do. A shortish ball on middle, angling in, Stokes hangs back and muscles his pull to the deep mid-wicket fence.
End Of The Over 121 : 322/9
11 Runs
  • 2120.1
  • 0120.2
  • 6120.3
  • 2120.4
  • 1120.5
  • 0120.6
J. Leach
0 (10)
B. Stokes
96 (198)
P. Cummins
23-5-66-1
120.6
0
Pat Cummins To Jack Leach
Shortish and on off, angling in, Leach gets across and taps it down towards mid on. Once again Leach has seen off the final ball safely!
Field adjustment for the number 11.
120.5
1
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single. One ball to survive for Jack Leach.
120.4
2
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
TWO RUNS AGAIN! Back of a length ball around middle and leg, Stokes nudges it behind square leg and attempts for the second run. He slips while turning for the second run and then nearly runs into his partner while going at the striker's end. Luckily for England, the throw is at the wrong end, i.e. the bowler's end and there is no harm done.
120.3
6
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
SIX! A batsman of this calibre won't miss every time. Cummins sticks to angling a length ball into the batsman and Stokes moves across his stumps to once again attempt for the paddle scoop. This time it finds the sweet spot of his willow and flies all the way over fine leg. 40 needed more.
120.2
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Play and a miss this time! Back of a length ball angling into the batsman from around middle, Stokes shuffles across the stumps to execute the paddle scoop but misses.
120.1
2
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Cummins begins his new spell by angling in a full ball on off, Stokes closes the face of his bat gently and eases it in front of square leg. Excellent running between the wicket to take two runs.
Gamble by Tim Paine. He removes his off spinner after getting treatment by Ben Stokes. Pat Cummins is on. 22-5-55-1 so far.
End Of The Over 120 : 311/9
1 Runs
  • 0119.1
  • 1119.2
  • 0119.3
  • 0119.4
  • 0119.5
  • 0119.6
J. Leach
0 (9)
B. Stokes
85 (193)
J. Pattinson
25-9-47-1
119.6
0
James Pattinson To Jack Leach
More cheers from the crowd! Leach has played out 4 balls in this over. Not that he is a mug with the bat anyways. A length ball outside off, Jack steers this watchfully towards point, with absolute composure!
119.5
0
James Pattinson To Jack Leach
Full and around off, solidly defended. The crowd cheers.
119.4
0
James Pattinson To Jack Leach
Outside off, on a length, guided straight to backward point.
Is everything okay? Stokes walks across and has a chat with his partner. After a few seconds, the thumbs up comes up from Leach to him and the dressing room. Fighting it out...
119.3
0
James Pattinson To Jack Leach
A length ball outside off, Leach looks to fend but gets hit on the glove. The ball dies in front of the slip cordon.
119.2
1
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
A low full toss outside off, Ben reaches out and drives it wide of long off. Stokes wants the second but it is not there. Is sent back.
A bit of a delay again. Some juice and painkillers coming out. Should be good enough to stay long till those 49 runs are made. The Aussie balcony is tensed. Smith and Langer are pensive. Everyone taking a breather now. Composing themselves. All right. Here we go again. Ben Stokes vs Australia, Round 2.
119.1
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
On the knee. A length ball outside off, Stokes swings hard but gets a thick inside edge onto his right knee. Ben just clasps his knee a touch. But he is smiling.
End Of The Over 119 : 310/9
13 Runs
  • 6118.1
  • 0118.2
  • 0118.3
  • 0118.4
  • 6118.5
  • 1118.6
B. Stokes
84 (191)
J. Leach
0 (5)
N. Lyon
37-5-107-2
118.6
1
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Risky run! Floated and outside off, Stokes walks forward and pushes it off the leading half of his bat to mid off. The fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end and they complete the single safely. 13 from the over and under 50 needed now by England. This is going right down to the wire.
118.5
6
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
SIX! Innovation at its best! Stokes must be credited for pulling off such a stroke at this stage. A tossed up ball landing full around off, Stokes gets into the position early for the reverse slog and nails it over cover-point for a biggie. The crowd goes wild!
118.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Spinning away from around off, Stokes pushes inside the line and misses.
118.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Floated and outside off, left alone by Ben.
118.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Quicker and on middle, Stokes clobbers it across the line and it goes straight to wide long on.
118.1
6
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
UP AND JUST OVER! It's a SIX! Loopy delivery, pitching full outside off, Stokes kneels and hammers it straight down the ground. Hazlewood moves across to his left from long off, tries his best to catch it with a leap but it goes over him. 56 needed more.
End Of The Over 118 : 297/9
4 Runs
  • 0117.1
  • 0117.2
  • 0117.3
  • 1 WD117.4
  • 2117.4
  • 1117.5
  • 0117.6
J. Leach
0 (5)
B. Stokes
71 (185)
J. Pattinson
24-9-46-1
117.6
0
James Pattinson To Jack Leach
Bouncer around leg, Leach sways away from the line. Safely negotiated the final ball.
Two slips and a gully in place. There is a bat-pad in place, standing really close to the batsman at short leg. A leg gully is also present.
117.5
1
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Fullish and outside off, Stokes throws his bat at it and slices his drive to deep point for a single.
117.4
2
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Excellent running between the wickets. Short in length and wide outside off, Stokes reaches out and pushes it gently through cover-point. He straightaway calls for two and completes it with ease. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Nicely backed up.
Just a bit of a delay as Ben Stokes wants a different bat. Shane Warne on air says that this is the bat which was used in the World Cup final. Another heroic day coming up?
117.4
wd
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Wide! The plan from Australia is to keep it away from Stokes' hitting zone. But in the process, Pattinson sprays it a little too wide outside off. The umpire exercises his arms.
117.3
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Fullish and outside off, Stokes drives it through covers but it has gone straight to the fielder in the deep. Another run turned down.
117.2
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Swing and a miss! Short in length and wide outside off, Stokes stands back and tries to slam it over point but misses. Warner at first slip appeals and then smiles. Just trying to pressurize the umpire.
117.1
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Fuller length delivery on middle, Stokes whips it to deep mid-wicket and turns down the single.
End Of The Over 117 : 293/9
7 Runs
  • 0116.1
  • 0116.2
  • 0116.3
  • 6116.4
  • 0116.5
  • 1116.6
B. Stokes
68 (180)
J. Leach
0 (4)
N. Lyon
36-5-94-2
116.6
1
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Strangely Australia have gifted a single to Stokes. A slider on middle, Stokes moves back and helps it behind square leg for one. 66 needed more!
116.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Goes on the back foot and pushes it with the turn to the off side.
116.4
6
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
SIX! It's a risky shot but has gone the distance. Floated full ball landing around off, Stokes clears his front leg and launches it over the bowler's head for a maximum.
116.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Tossed up ball on off, Stokes pushes it with the spin to covers.
116.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Miscued shot! Flighted and on off, Stokes tries to play the reverse sweep but gets a tickle on his gloves before it strikes him on the back leg.
116.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Flatter and shorter outside off, Stokes tries to cut it through the line but misses.
Three men out for the sweep.
End Of The Over 116 : 286/9
0 Runs
  • 0115.1
  • W115.2
  • 0115.3
  • 0115.4
  • 0115.5
  • 0115.6
J. Leach
0 (4)
B. Stokes
61 (174)
J. Pattinson
23-8-42-1
115.6
0
James Pattinson To Jack Leach
A touch short and on off, Leach defends it from the back foot to covers. A wicket maiden for Patto!
115.5
0
James Pattinson To Jack Leach
Here comes the yorker. It's on middle at 88.9 mph and Leach just about manages to dig it out on the leg side.
115.4
0
James Pattinson To Jack Leach
Bouncer again, on off, Leach drops his wrists and makes a leave. Seems he is setting him up for a big yorker.
115.3
0
James Pattinson To Jack Leach
Shortish ball around off, angling away, Leach allows it through.
Jack Leach is the number 11 batsman. Can Pattinson finish things off here?
115.2
W
James Pattinson To Stuart Broad OUT!
OUT! Number 9 goes down! There is no bat and everything is in line with the stumps. A 2-ball duck for Broady. Pattinson spears in a very full ball on middle at 88 mph, Broad tries his best to bring his bat down to block it but it sneaks past the bottom part of his willow and strikes him on the pads. The appeal goes up and so has the finger of umpire Gaffaney. Stuart thinks he has got some bat onto it and refers it upstairs. Ultra Edge picks no wood and the Ball Tracker confirms that it's hitting the stumps. 5 for 48 since Lunch and the end seems nigh for England.
Stuart Broad has been adjudged LBW! He is quick to refer it. Is there any bat? Ultra Edge comes...and it shows that there is NO BAT. Broad is a goner!
115.1
0
James Pattinson To Stuart Broad
Way wide outside off, on a good length, Broad has an easy leave.
Stuart Broad comes in at number 10. All he needs to do, is hang around with Ben Stokes. Just a bit of confusion as to whether the batsmen crossed or not. Yup, they have. So Broady will be on strike.
End Of The Over 115 : 286/8
9 Runs
  • 1114.1
  • 4114.2
  • 4114.3
  • 0114.4
  • 0114.5
  • W114.6
J. Archer
15 (33)
B. Stokes
61 (174)
N. Lyon
35-5-87-2
114.6
W
Nathan Lyon To Jofra Archer OUT!
OUT! Caught! The catch is legal. One shot too many by Jofra. That plan from Tim Paine works. Just for a while, he went in with two seamers and kept the field back. So, when Nathan Lyon was brought back on, Jofra's inner West Indian was challenged. The West Indian who looks to hit bowlers out of the park. One flight, boom, four. Second flight, boom, four again. Third flight, self-control, defend. Fourth flight, boom, self-destruct. Full and around off, plenty of loop. Archer gets down to mow again but this time, it takes the top edge. Travis Head gets across to his right at deep mid-wicket while Pat Cummins gets across to his left at long leg. Head takes the catch, but then tracks back. So he throws the ball in the air, then comes out and re-takes it, almost colliding with Cummins. Australia celebrate and Archer walks. But the umpires want to confirm and they do so. Replays show that the 25-run stand is broken. 73 more needed to win.
Is that a legal catch? Is that the end of Archer? Umpire Wilson refers it upstairs with the soft signal as OUT. Travis Head has taken a good catch under pressure at the mid-wicket fence. And replays confirm that the 8th wicket is indeed down.
114.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Jofra Archer
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
114.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Jofra Archer
Flighted delivery on off, defended off the front foot.
114.3
4
Nathan Lyon To Jofra Archer
FOUR! It's a mishit but still finds the fence. Loopy delivery, full and around off, Archer swings his bat across the line and it turns a bit to take the inside half of his bat. It flies towards wide long on, the fielder charges to attempt for the catch but it falls in front and then sneaks behind to fine the fence.
114.2
4
Nathan Lyon To Jofra Archer
FOUR! Archer has hammered this one! Under 88 needed now. Tossed up ball landing full on middle, Archer goes with the spin and clobbers it over mid-wicket. There is a fielder present in the deep but even he can't do much.
114.1
1
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Superbly flighted delivery. Full and wide outside off, Stokes strides forward and drives it through point for a single.
End Of The Over 114 : 277/7
0 Runs
  • 0113.1
  • 0113.2
  • 0113.3
  • 0113.4
  • 0113.5
  • 0113.6
J. Archer
7 (28)
B. Stokes
60 (173)
J. Pattinson
22-7-42-0
113.6
0
James Pattinson To Jofra Archer
Back of a length ball on off, Archer defends it off his back foot to the off side. Archer plays out a maiden and more importantly keeps his wicket.
113.5
0
James Pattinson To Jofra Archer
Spears in a full ball on middle at 85.5 mph, Archer sticks back, brings his bat down in time to keep it out safely.
113.4
0
James Pattinson To Jofra Archer
Back of a length ball angling down the leg side, Archer tries heaving across the line but misses.
113.3
0
James Pattinson To Jofra Archer
Bouncer to force Archer on the back foot, Jofra is quick to duck.
113.2
0
James Pattinson To Jofra Archer
Beaten all ends up! Good length ball outside off, shaping away, Archer with a static footwork flashes at it and misses.
'Hang on, hang on, hang on there, boys!' shouts Tim Paine.
113.1
0
James Pattinson To Jofra Archer
Lands it on a good length outside off, Archer stays back and taps it down to point.
Drinks break. 39 runs and 3 wickets in the 17 overs of play post Lunch. Australia have made a resounding comeback. England though will be still hoping to pull it off as Ben Stokes is standing in the middle, looking in full control. Another 82 runs to go and it promises to go right down to the wire.
End Of The Over 113 : 277/7
6 Runs
  • 0112.1
  • 0112.2
  • 1112.3
  • 1112.4
  • 4112.5
  • 0112.6
B. Stokes
60 (173)
J. Archer
7 (22)
N. Lyon
34-5-78-1
112.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Stokes has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
112.5
4
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
FOUR! Fancy footwork by Stokes. He runs down the track in a flash and hammers a full ball straight back past his partner at the other end. No chance for mid on.
112.4
1
Nathan Lyon To Jofra Archer
CATCHHHH is the shout but it falls in no man's land. Flighted off spinner landing full on middle, Archer swings his bat across the line and gets it away from the inside half. It loops in the air but drops safely at deep mid-wicket. One run added to the total.
112.3
1
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Stokes plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. One run added to the total.
112.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Loopy and full on off, Ben defends it back off the front foot.
112.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Stokes has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
Nathan Lyon (33-5-72-1) returns into the attack. A slip, gully and silly point in place. No one in the deep for the slog sweep.
End Of The Over 112 : 271/7
0 Runs
  • 0111.1
  • 0111.2
  • 0111.3
  • 0111.4
  • 0111.5
  • 0111.6
J. Archer
6 (21)
B. Stokes
55 (168)
J. Pattinson
21-6-42-0
111.6
0
James Pattinson To Jofra Archer
Good length ball on off, defended from the back foot to the off side.
111.5
0
James Pattinson To Jofra Archer
Stifled appeal for a caught behind! A well-directed bouncer, Archer tries to hook but it bounces over his gloves.
111.4
0
James Pattinson To Jofra Archer
Uneven bounce. Pattinson locks 87.9 mph and angles in a good length ball on off, Archer hangs on the back foot and defends it by really going down.
111.3
0
James Pattinson To Jofra Archer
Fractionally short and on top of off, Archer stands tall inside the crease and pushes it to covers.
111.2
0
James Pattinson To Jofra Archer
Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
111.1
0
James Pattinson To Jofra Archer
EDGED BUT SHORT! Pattinson hurls in a good length ball on off and gets it to angle back into the batsman. Archer sticks back to defend but it takes a thin outside edge and drops in front of Warner at first slip. James then turn to inquire for an lbw but nothing from the umpire. Warner smiles and indicates to Patto that it came off the bat.
End Of The Over 111 : 271/7
5 Runs
  • 0110.1
  • 4110.2
  • 0110.3
  • 0110.4
  • 1110.5
  • 0110.6
B. Stokes
55 (168)
J. Archer
6 (15)
P. Cummins
22-5-55-1
110.6
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Fullish and on off, Stokes is on the front foot in defense.
110.5
1
Pat Cummins To Jofra Archer
Indecision over a run! Back of a length ball on middle, Archer stays back and taps it past Head at short leg. He looks for a run but Stokes sends him back. In the meantime, Wade attacks the ball from mid-wicket, has a shy at the striker's end, Head ducks to avoid coming in between and the ball hits the stumps. However, Jofra is safely in by then. Now it gets deflected down to third man and the batsmen cross.
110.4
0
Pat Cummins To Jofra Archer
Wayward short delivery, sliding down the leg side, Archer winds up for a big pull shot but misses.
110.3
0
Pat Cummins To Jofra Archer
Bumper around middle and leg, Archer ducks this time.
110.2
4
Pat Cummins To Jofra Archer
FOUR! Boom! Archer is ready to fight fire with fire. Stokes has given him the license to play his natural game. Quick runs here will reduce the runs needed and will also transfer the pressure back on Australia. Short in length and outside off, Jofra latches onto it and spanks it through covers.
110.1
0
Pat Cummins To Jofra Archer
Shortish and on off, Archer remains on the back foot and defends it to the off side.
Double change in bowling. Pat Cummins (21-5-50-1) also returns into the attack. 93 more needed for a win.
End Of The Over 110 : 266/7
4 Runs
  • 0109.1
  • 0109.2
  • 1109.3
  • 0109.4
  • 1109.5
  • 2109.6
B. Stokes
55 (167)
J. Archer
1 (10)
J. Pattinson
20-6-42-0
109.6
2
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Good length ball on middle, Stokes turns it with gentle hands to mid-wicket and rushes back for the second run. So Ben is trusting Jofra here!
109.5
1
James Pattinson To Jofra Archer
Aerial but it's safe! Archer actually hit it really well. Fractionally short and around leg, Jofra flicks it by going on his toes and places it behind square leg. The batsmen take a single.
109.4
0
James Pattinson To Jofra Archer
Wrong line. Pattinson speeds in to deliver a short ball but it's down the leg side. Archer allows it through. A good take by Paine.
Two fielders deep on the leg side for Archer. Will he take on the bowler?
109.3
1
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Driven towards the mid off region. They pick up a single.
109.2
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
A bit aerial but doesn't carry back to the bowler. A fullish length ball on off, Stokes drives it back and Pattinson collects it from the ground.
109.1
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Angling away from the batsman outside off, Stokes covers his stumps before making a leave.
James Pattinson (19-6-38-0) is back into the attack. He will have to maintain the same pressure that Hazlewood was keeping.
End Of The Over 109 : 262/7
0 Runs
  • 0108.1
  • 0108.2
  • 0108.3
  • 0108.4
  • 0108.5
  • 0108.6
J. Archer
0 (8)
B. Stokes
52 (163)
N. Lyon
33-4-72-1
108.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Jofra Archer
Another front foot defense to complete the over.
108.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Jofra Archer
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
108.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Jofra Archer
Loopy and on off, defended off the front foot.
108.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Jofra Archer
In the air and it just evades a jumping short leg fielder! Lyon gets his off spinner to turn and bounce into the batsman. Archer is forward in defense but it takes the inner edge, brushes his pads and flies over Labuschagne at short leg. That was inches away from his right hand.
108.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Jofra Archer
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
108.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Jofra Archer
Full and flighted on off, turning in, Archer tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
End Of The Over 108 : 262/7
0 Runs
  • 0107.1
  • 0107.2
  • 0107.3
  • 0107.4
  • 0107.5
  • 0107.6
B. Stokes
52 (163)
J. Archer
0 (2)
J. Hazlewood
30-10-66-4
107.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Miscommunication again, but no harm done this time. A length delivery close to off stump, Stokes taps it down towards point and looks for a run after that. But Archer sends him back immediately.
107.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Another watchful leave outside the off stump by Ben Stokes.
107.4
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Another delivery on a driving length outside off, Stokes shoulders arms.
107.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Pitches it up and on off, Stokes drives it down the ground but finds mid off.
107.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Solid! Hazlewood lands it on a length around middle and off, Stokes blocks it back.
107.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
In the zone outside off, easily left.
End Of The Over 107 : 262/7
1 Runs
  • 0106.1
  • 0106.2
  • 0106.3
  • 1106.4
  • 0106.5
  • 0106.6
J. Archer
0 (2)
B. Stokes
52 (157)
N. Lyon
32-4-72-1
106.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Jofra Archer
Loopy off spinner pitching full on off, it's blocked off the front foot to cover-point.
106.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Jofra Archer
Slower through the air, full and around off, Archer presses forward in defense.
106.4
1
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Short and wide outside off, slapped to deep point for one.
106.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Tossed up ball on middle, Stokes pushes it out across the line to mid on.
106.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Stokes has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
106.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Flighted and full on off, defended off the front foot.
Jofra Archer is the new batsman.
End Of The Over 106 : 261/7
0 Runs
  • 0105.1
  • 0105.2
  • 0105.3
  • 0105.4
  • 0105.5
  • W105.6
C. Woakes
1 (8)
B. Stokes
51 (153)
J. Hazlewood
29-9-66-4
105.6
W
Josh Hazlewood To Chris Woakes OUT!
OUT! Straight into the hands of extra cover. Wheels are coming off for England. A wicket maiden again for Hazlewood. This one looks like a well-planned wicket. They did nearly the same to dismiss Buttler in the first innings and this time Woakes has fallen prey. Hazlewood just puts a length delivery in the channel outside off, Woakes thinks that it's a scoring opportunity and goes for a booming drive. But he fails to keep it down and Wade makes no mistake in catching that. 98 more left to score, 3 wickets remaining.
105.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Chris Woakes
Slips one delivery down the leg side, Woakes has nothing to do with it.
105.4
0
Josh Hazlewood To Chris Woakes
The batsman defends it from within the crease.
105.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Chris Woakes
This time Hazlewood gets a length ball to shape back into the batsman, Woakes defends it from the back foot.
105.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Chris Woakes
Shortish and outside off, Woakes drops his wrists and lets it through to the keeper.
105.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Chris Woakes
On and around off, a length ball, Woakes defends it from the back foot.
End Of The Over 105 : 261/6
2 Runs
  • 0104.1
  • 0104.2
  • 0104.3
  • 0104.4
  • 2104.5
  • 0104.6
B. Stokes
51 (153)
C. Woakes
1 (2)
N. Lyon
31-4-71-1
104.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
104.5
2
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
19TH TEST FIFTY FOR STOKES, 4th in Ashes and his slowest ever. Needless to say, it's him standing between Australia and Ashes. Shortish ball on off, Stokes moves back and punches it square of the wicket on the off side for a brace. The crowd gives him a resounding reception. Under 100 needed for a win.
104.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Gives this one good amount of air and lands it full outside off, Ben defends it solidly off his front foot.
104.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Flighted and on middle, defended back to the bowler.
104.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Loopy and on off, Stokes defends it off his front foot to the off side.
104.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Floated delivery around middle and leg, Stokes works it around off the pads to square leg. Woakes eyes a run but is sent back.
End Of The Over 104 : 259/6
2 Runs
  • 0103.1
  • 1103.2
  • 0103.3
  • 0103.4
  • 0103.5
  • 1103.6
B. Stokes
49 (147)
C. Woakes
1 (2)
J. Hazlewood
28-9-66-3
103.6
1
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
On the pads, it's eased through wide mid on for a run.
103.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Outside off, left alone.
Physio there near the boundary line! He is taping Lyon's left thumb, importantly not his bowling hand. Maybe he hurt himself while breaking the stumps during that run out.
103.4
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
A touch short in length around leg, Stokes plays it down towards mid-wicket.
103.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
On a length around middle and off, Stokes presents a straight bat in defense.
103.2
1
Josh Hazlewood To Chris Woakes
Straighter delivery this time, Chris helps it through square leg and gets off the mark with a single.
103.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Chris Woakes
Good length ball on off, it's blocked off the back foot by Woakes.
End Of The Over 103 : 257/6
4 Runs
  • 0102.1
  • W102.2
  • 0102.3
  • 0102.4
  • 4102.5
  • 0102.6
B. Stokes
48 (143)
C. Woakes
0 (0)
N. Lyon
30-4-69-1
102.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Loopy and wide outside off, Stokes allows it through to complete a successful over for Australia.
102.5
4
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
FOUR! Whacked! Short in length and outside off, Stokes rocks back and smashes it square of the wicket on the off side for a cracking boundary. It's now all up to Stokes, just like it was in the recently concluded World Cup final.
102.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Quicker and on off, defended watchfully.
102.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
Chris Woakes is the new batsman.
102.2
W
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes OUT!
OUT! Exceptional work by Travis Head. Wonderful passage of play for Australia. Coming to the delivery, it's full and on middle, Stokes eases it out towards mid-wicket and steps down looking for a run. Buttler responds and comes running down the track but then Stokes stops and sends Jos back. Head in the meanwhile attacks the ball and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end with an under-arm flick. The Aussies know that they have their man and start to celebrate. The onfield umpire takes it upstairs and the replays confirm that Buttler is miles away from the crease. Also, Lyon broke the stumps with his hands after the bails came off. All fair and Australia get the sixth wicket.
JOS BUTTLER IS RUN OUT! The Kangaroos are jumping up and down in celebration. Travis Head has produced a direct hit. The umpire is checking it upstairs. Buttler is miles short in the replays.
102.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Flighted delivery, full and on off, Stokes prods forward and defends it back.
End Of The Over 102 : 253/5
5 Runs
  • 0101.1
  • 4101.2
  • 0101.3
  • 1101.4
  • 0101.5
  • 0101.6
J. Buttler
1 (9)
B. Stokes
44 (137)
J. Hazlewood
27-9-64-3
101.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Jos Buttler
Beauty! A touch short in length and outside off, moving away off the seam, Jos feels for it and gets beaten.
101.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Jos Buttler
Edged but safe! Fullish and on off, Buttler has a nervous push inside the line and it goes off the outside edge to third slip. Doesn't carry to the fielder but he does well to stop it with a dive.
101.4
1
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
The line on this occasion is around middle and off, Stokes plays it quite late and pushes it out towards point. They spot the chance for a run and complete it rather comfortably.
101.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Outside off, an easy leave this time for Ben.
101.2
4
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
FOUR! Pulled firmly, the crowd is loving every act of Ben Stokes. What a player! Gives everything when he has the ball in his hand and now doing it with the bat. Short in length and on middle, Ben rides the bounce and pulls it with authority. The deep mid-wicket fielder runs across to his right but fails to pull it back.
101.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Slants across a length ball around off, Stokes covers the line and shoulders arms.
End Of The Over 101 : 248/5
3 Runs
  • 0100.1
  • 1100.2
  • 0100.3
  • 1100.4
  • 0100.5
  • 1100.6
B. Stokes
39 (133)
J. Buttler
1 (7)
N. Lyon
29-4-65-1
100.6
1
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Shortish and on middle, skidding down, Buttler gets back and turns it off his pads to backward square leg. The fielder there dives to his left to make a partial stop. The batsmen cross after that. Nelson needed more with 5 wickets left.
100.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Flatter and shorter on off, Stokes remains on the back foot and punches it to short extra cover.
100.4
1
Nathan Lyon To Jos Buttler
Edgy! Buttler is off the mark but it wasn't a convincing single. A flighted off spinner landing full on off, Buttler tries to drive it through covers but it takes the inside half and hurries past short leg for one.
100.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Jos Buttler
Loopy around off, spinning in, Buttler defends it off the back foot to short leg.
100.2
1
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Flatter one, full and on the pads, Stokes flicks it off the inner half to fine leg for a single.
100.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Tossed up ball on off, defended off the front foot to the leg side.
End Of The Over 100 : 245/5
0 Runs
  • W99.1
  • 099.2
  • 099.3
  • 099.4
  • 099.5
  • 099.6
J. Buttler
0 (5)
B. Stokes
37 (129)
J. Hazlewood
26-8-59-3
99.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Jos Buttler
Keeps probing around off with a length ball, Buttler defends it off his back foot. Impressive over by Josh, a wicket maiden.
99.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Jos Buttler
Good length ball on off, shaping in, Buttler covers the line and blocks it solidly.
99.4
0
Josh Hazlewood To Jos Buttler
Lets the ball go outside his off stump.
99.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Jos Buttler
Angling in around off, Jos defends it from the front foot to the off side.
99.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Jos Buttler
Serves a length delivery in the zone outside off, Buttler shoulders arms.
Jos Buttler is the new batsman. Straightaway a short cover comes into place. Usman Khawaja is the fielder. He caught Buttler there in the first innings. So definitely Australia have picked a chink in Buttler's armour.
99.1
W
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow OUT!
OUT! Gone! Bairstow is caught at second slip and Australia have an opening they dearly needed. Hazlewood has got a wicket with a really bad delivery. Short in length and wide outside off, Bairstow goes chasing after it and gets a thick outside edge behind to Labuschagne at second slip. He makes no mistake and immediately pumps his fists in celebration. 114 more needed and England will have to guard against any collapse.
End Of The Over 99 : 245/4
4 Runs
  • 098.1
  • 098.2
  • 098.3
  • 098.4
  • 098.5
  • 498.6
B. Stokes
37 (129)
J. Bairstow
36 (67)
N. Lyon
28-4-62-1
98.6
4
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
EDGED AND FOUR! Did that carry to Warner? A bit unsure. Loopy and on off, spinning away, Stokes is forward again in defense but it spins away to take the outside edge. Warner dives to his left at first slip but it hurries past his hand to the fence behind.
98.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Good tight bowling from Lyon. Solid defense from Stokes. Tossed up and around off, Stokes defends it off his front foot.
98.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Loopy and around off, Ben has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
98.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Quicker and fuller on middle, Stokes blocks it with a straight bat to mid on.
98.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Flighted and full on off, Stokes presses forward in defense.
98.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Stokes has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
End Of The Over 98 : 241/4
2 Runs
  • 097.1
  • 197.2
  • 097.3
  • 097.4
  • 197.5
  • 097.6
J. Bairstow
36 (67)
B. Stokes
33 (123)
J. Hazlewood
25-8-59-2
97.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
Shout for an lbw, nothing from the umpire. This time there is an edge. An inswinger around off, Jonny Bairstow tries to defend from the crease but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
97.5
1
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Shortish and on off, Stokes punches it down the ground and by the time the mid off fielder cleans it up, they take a run.
97.4
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
A length delivery angling away from the left-hander, this time Stokes picks the line early and decides not to offer any shot.
97.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Good length ball close to off, it's blocked from the back foot.
97.2
1
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
97.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
NOT OUT! Shortish ball outside off, shaping back in a hint, Bairstow stays back to flat-bat it through the line but is beaten on the inside edge. Paine collects the ball and appeals. Umpire Gaffaney agrees but Jonny is quick to take the DRS. It's reviewed with gusto and certainty, quips Michael Atherton on air. Ultra Edge finds nothing and the crowd roars. It's followed by boos for the umpire. Hmm...
Appeal for a caught behind! FINGER GOES UP! Jonny Bairstow immediately refers it. Ultra Edge finds nothing. Continue batting, Jonny.
Josh Hazlewood to share the attack from the other end after Lunch.
End Of The Over 97 : 239/4
1 Runs
  • 096.1
  • 096.2
  • 096.3
  • 096.4
  • 196.5
  • 096.6
B. Stokes
32 (120)
J. Bairstow
35 (64)
N. Lyon
27-4-58-1
96.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Flighted off spinner on off, Stokes is on the front foot to cover the spin as he defends it safely. Good start from Lyon!
Two slips for Ben Stokes.
96.5
1
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Uppish but wide of short leg! A long hop on middle, Jonny goes deep inside the crease and pulls it to deep square leg for a run.
96.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Spinning down the leg side, it's left alone easily.
96.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Floated delivery, it's a touch short outside off and breaking back in with extra bounce, Bairstow fails to work it around from the back foot and is hit high on the pads.
96.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Allows the ball to spin back into him from outside off and then Jonny defends it to short leg.
96.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Starts with a nicely flighted delivery, landing full and outside off, Bairstow goes back when he should have been forward and then blocks.
Back for more Test cricket! The way England batted before Lunch, it's looking more one-sided from hereon. But, the first 30 minutes will give us a clearer picture. The men concerned are out in the middle. Australia would have regrouped and thought about their plans. Another 120 runs for them to play with. Nathan Lyon, the most threatening bowler this morning, to kickoff proceedings...
... DAY 4, SECOND SESSION ...
So, the equation now has come down to - 121 runs and 6 wickets! England are the firm favourites from hereon and Australia need to produce a magical performance just like they did on Day 2. Can they succeed? Or will England continue to march towards victory? Do join us in a short while to find out.
Australia started the day's play with a plan to not give any easy runs. They bowled four straight maiden overs at the beginning and were executing the plan quite well. However, once the second new ball was taken, they completely lost the plot. Their pacers sprayed it around and the English batsmen made merry. Runs came thick and fast and it took all the pressure away from the hosts. Only Nathan Lyon bowled with some control and got good purchase from the surface as well. His spell holds the key as far as the Australians are concerned.
What a session! England bossed it and have put themselves in the driving seat. There was an early casualty when Warner's stunning catch dismissed the English skipper but Australia failed to capitalize on that opening. Jonny Bairstow batted positively and soon it brushed on Ben Stokes as well. The southpaw had a nervy beginning but he settled down and now, the current stand is worth 79 runs and run rate of this partnership is 4.27. Outstanding work under pressure by this pair.
End Of The Over 96 : 238/4
3 Runs
  • 195.1
  • 095.2
  • 095.3
  • 195.4
  • 095.5
  • 195.6
J. Bairstow
34 (59)
B. Stokes
32 (119)
M. Labuschagne
6-0-16-0
95.6
1
Marnus Labuschagne To Jonny Bairstow
A leg spinner on the shorter side around off, Bairstow goes deep inside the crease and punches it to sweeper cover for a single. The crowd has gone wild. They are giving a standing ovation to the two English batsmen as they head back to the dressing room. LUNCH ON DAY 4!
95.5
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Jonny Bairstow
Well tossed up delivery, pitching full and outside off, Bairstow pushes it off his front foot to point.
95.4
1
Marnus Labuschagne To Ben Stokes
Too full in length around leg, Stokes clips it past short leg and crosses for a run.
95.3
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Ben Stokes
Sharp spin and bounce, going down, Stokes tries to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
95.2
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Ben Stokes
Loopy delivery, landing full on off, Stokes gets forward and pushes it to mid on.
95.1
1
Marnus Labuschagne To Jonny Bairstow
A touch short and on off, Bairstow goes back and punches it down to point for a single.
Last over before Lunch and it will be bowled by Marnus Labuschagne. He's worth a punt at this stage. Has bowled decent 5 overs so far.
End Of The Over 95 : 235/4
0 Runs
  • 094.1
  • 094.2
  • 094.3
  • 094.4
  • 094.5
  • 094.6
B. Stokes
31 (116)
J. Bairstow
32 (56)
N. Lyon
26-3-57-1
94.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Flighted delivery, landing full on off, Stokes offers a straight bat in defense and it takes the outside edge. Falls in front of silly point. Excellent over, a maiden.
94.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Just a bit short in length, around middle, Stokes pushes his weight back inside the crease as he defends.
94.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Fuller and on off, quicker through the air, Stokes blocks it back to the bowler.
94.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
This is good bowling. Loopy and full on off, Ben lunges and defends it watchfully.
94.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Floated and full on leg, Stokes flicks but again finds short leg.
94.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Tossed up ball on middle, Stokes defends it down in front of short leg.
End Of The Over 94 : 235/4
0 Runs
  • 093.1
  • 093.2
  • 093.3
  • 093.4
  • 093.5
  • 093.6
J. Bairstow
32 (56)
B. Stokes
31 (110)
P. Cummins
21-4-50-1
93.6
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Length delivery outside off, holding its line, Bairstow has nothing to do with it. Back-to-back maidens from Pat Cummins.
93.5
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Identical to the last delivery, Bairstow plays it close to his body and defends it towards mid on.
93.4
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Targets the off stump and angles it on a length, Jonny blocks it back safely.
93.3
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
A gentle delivery, on a length outside off, Bairstow lets it through to the keeper.
93.2
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Bouncer on middle and leg, an easy leave for Bairstow.
93.1
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Angles in a length ball on off, Bairstow defends it back from the crease.
End Of The Over 93 : 235/4
6 Runs
  • 092.1
  • 092.2
  • 092.3
  • 192.4
  • 492.5
  • 192.6
J. Bairstow
32 (50)
B. Stokes
31 (110)
N. Lyon
25-3-57-1
92.6
1
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Turn and bounce from around off, Bairstow tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It loops wide of short leg and they cross.
92.5
4
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
FOUR! Thumped! The local boy is going great gun. He picks the off spinner early, as soon as it lands full on off, Jonny is ready with his sweep shot. Nails it behind square leg for a boundary much to the delight of the home crowd.
92.4
1
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Skidding down the leg side, Stokes helps it behind square leg for a run. He is still unhappy with something and complains to the umpire.
92.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Flatter one, short and on off, Stokes moves back and defends.
Still some issue with something near the sightscreen. The reserve umpire is out there getting things corrected.
92.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Beaten by a beauty! Full again, it lands on off and turns away, Stokes tries to defend but misses.
Some disturbance near the sightscreen. Slight hold up in play. The players wait and we resume after everything is fixed.
92.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Full and flighted on off, Stokes lunges and defends it back to the bowler.
End Of The Over 92 : 229/4
0 Runs
  • 091.1
  • 091.2
  • 091.3
  • 091.4
  • 091.5
  • 091.6
J. Bairstow
27 (48)
B. Stokes
30 (106)
P. Cummins
20-3-50-1
91.6
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Beaten! A touch short in length and outside off, some extra lift as it straightens, Bairstow pushes at it and misses.
91.5
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Straighter delivery, angling in, Bairstow works it around the corner but finds the fielder on the leg side.
91.4
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Bouncer around leg, Jonny ducks.
91.3
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Hurls a short delivery wide outside off, inviting the batsman to have a go, Bairstow restrains himself from going after it.
91.2
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
A length ball is angled into the batsman, Jonny plays it across the line but it goes straight to mid on.
91.1
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Shortish ball on off, Bairstow defends it off his back foot.
End Of The Over 91 : 229/4
1 Runs
  • 090.1
  • 190.2
  • 090.3
  • 090.4
  • 090.5
  • 090.6
B. Stokes
30 (106)
J. Bairstow
27 (42)
N. Lyon
24-3-51-1
90.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Lyon pulls his length back this time and delivers it on off, Stokes goes on the back foot and punches it to extra cover.
90.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Well bowled again. Lyon is getting some good turn from the surface. Full and flighted outside off, Stokes pushes at it and misses.
90.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Peach of a delivery. Turn and bounce. Lyon lets out an off spinner, it pitches around off, Stokes gets forward to defend but it spins away to beat the edge.
90.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Tossed up ball outside off, Stokes covers his stumps and allows it through.
90.2
1
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Loopy and around off, Jonny goes down and across to sweep it fine towards fine leg. Good stop in the deep and hence only a run.
90.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Full and flighted on off, Bairstow drives it off his front foot to covers.
Nathan Lyon is brought back into the attack. Australia need to snatch the momentum back from England.
End Of The Over 90 : 228/4
8 Runs
  • 689.1
  • 089.2
  • 189.3
  • 089.4
  • 089.5
  • 1 B89.6
J. Bairstow
26 (40)
B. Stokes
30 (102)
P. Cummins
19-3-50-1
89.6
b
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Australia have lost the plot completely. Paine fails to do a regulation collection behind the stumps. A length ball outside off, Jonny shoulders arms, Tim fumbles and they cross for a bye. 8 from the over. Entertaining action for the English crowd.
89.5
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Extra bounce from a good length around middle and leg, Bairstow tries working it on the leg side but misses. It hits him on the thigh pad, Cummins appeals but nothing from the umpire.
89.4
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
89.3
1
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Slightly short and on off, Stokes taps it down towards backward point and crosses.
89.2
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Good length ball on middle, Ben defends it from the back foot to mid on.
89.1
6
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
SIX! This one has gone all the way. Wow. Minimum power, maximum result. Cummins serves a back of a length ball around middle and leg, Stokes just glances it off his hips and it flies from the sweet spot of his bat. Clears backward square leg with ease.
As expected, Pat Cummins is back on. Three slips waiting...
End Of The Over 89 : 220/4
5 Runs
  • 088.1
  • 088.2
  • 088.3
  • 488.4
  • 188.5
  • 088.6
J. Bairstow
26 (37)
B. Stokes
23 (99)
J. Pattinson
19-6-38-0
88.6
0
James Pattinson To Jonny Bairstow
Better, much better from Pattinson. He delivers it on a length and just outside off, shaping away, Bairstow makes a watchful leave.
88.5
1
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Fuller this time and the line is on middle and leg, Stokes tucks it behind square leg for one.
88.4
4
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
FOUR! Slapped away! Short in length and outside off, Stokes camps back and whacks it through the gap between cover and cover-point. England are running away with this Test match.
Pat Cummins is warming up.
88.3
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Outside off, Stokes has nothing to do with it.
88.2
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Around off, a bit short, it's defended off the back foot by Ben Stokes.
88.1
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Good length delivery in the channel outside off, angling away, Stokes pokes inside the line and misses.
Australia have not been quite there with the second new ball. They were relentless with their lines with the first new ball but have been spraying it around with the second new nut. The visitors are feeling the pressure, feels Michael Atherton after looking at the pitch map. The advice is to bowl a boring line and length and dry out the runs.
End Of The Over 88 : 215/4
3 Runs
  • 087.1
  • 087.2
  • 087.3
  • 187.4
  • 087.5
  • 287.6
J. Bairstow
26 (36)
B. Stokes
18 (94)
J. Hazlewood
24-8-57-2
87.6
2
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
Back of a length ball outside off, Bairstow pushes inside the line and it goes off the outer half through point for a couple.
87.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
In the channel outside off, an easy leave for Jonny.
87.4
1
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
A length ball starting from off and moving down the leg side, Stokes nudges it to fine leg for a run.
87.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Slants in a full length ball on middle and off, Stokes defends it from the crease.
87.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Back of a length ball on off, defended off the back foot to covers.
87.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
Change of ends for Josh Hazlewood. This Test match is fast slipping away from the Aussies. They need to break this partnership quickly.
End Of The Over 87 : 212/4
13 Runs
  • 286.1
  • 086.2
  • 086.3
  • 4 LB86.4
  • 086.5
  • 5 WD86.6
  • 286.6
J. Bairstow
24 (34)
B. Stokes
17 (90)
J. Pattinson
18-6-33-0
86.6
2
James Pattinson To Jonny Bairstow
Short and on middle and leg, Jonny tickles it through backward square leg for a couple. 13 from the over, England are cruising.
86.6
wd
James Pattinson To Jonny Bairstow
FIVE WIDES! Australia are leaking runs here. Pattinson loses his line this time. Delivers an outswinger way wide outside off. Bairstow allows it through and it goes to Warner at first slip. He fails to catch it and the ball goes right through his legs. Labuschagne chases from second slip but fails to pull it back. 50-run stand comes up and it's met with a hugeeee cheer from the crowd.
86.5
0
James Pattinson To Jonny Bairstow
Shortish and on off, Bairstow moves back, rotates his wrists and plays it down in front of square leg. Straightaway shouts no to keep his partner informed.
86.4
lb
James Pattinson To Jonny Bairstow
Four leg byes! The crowd continues to love the action. Pattinson bowls an inswinger but the line is too straight. Bairstow fails to flick and it goes off his pads to fine leg. 154 needed more.
86.3
0
James Pattinson To Jonny Bairstow
A delivery in the channel outside off, Bairstow watchfully makes a leave.
86.2
0
James Pattinson To Jonny Bairstow
Too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
86.1
2
James Pattinson To Jonny Bairstow
Loose shot, it's aerial but in the gap! Huge cheer for a couple of runs. A length ball outside off, Jonny reaches out for it and drives it away from his body. It takes the outside half of his bat and goes through cover-point for a couple.
Australia want to regain some control. In comes James Pattinson to provide that.
End Of The Over 86 : 199/4
7 Runs
  • 085.1
  • 485.2
  • 185.3
  • 085.4
  • 285.5
  • 085.6
B. Stokes
17 (90)
J. Bairstow
20 (28)
J. Hazlewood
23-8-54-2
85.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Good length delivery close to off and straightening a bit, Ben shoulders arms to complete the over. 13 runs so far after the Drinks break, 33 against the second new ball.
85.5
2
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Crispy drive! A bit too full, around off, Stokes hits it on the up and strokes it past the bowler. The mid on chases it down and the batsmen take a couple of runs.
85.4
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Angling down the leg side at 84.7 mph, Stokes tries to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
85.3
1
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
Hazlewood over-corrects his line and length. He is very straight on a good length ball and Bairstow turns it through square leg for one.
85.2
4
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
FOUR! Beautiful shot! This pair is oozing confidence at the moment. Hazlewood overpitches around off, Bairstow presents the full face of the bat and executes a delightful off drive for a boundary. Australia would be feeling some pressure at the moment.
85.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
Hazlewood puts it on a length just outside off, Bairstow plants his front foot forward to cover his off stump and then makes a leave.
End Of The Over 85 : 192/4
6 Runs
  • 084.1
  • 484.2
  • 084.3
  • 084.4
  • 084.5
  • 284.6
B. Stokes
15 (87)
J. Bairstow
15 (25)
P. Cummins
18-3-43-1
84.6
2
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Eased away! Length delivery on off, Stokes closes the face of his bat and works it through mid-wicket for a couple. 6 from this one, Australia need to choke the flow of runs here. This partnership is now worth 33 off 45 balls, going at 4.4. 167 runs needed more!
84.5
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Bouncer from Cummins. The line is on middle and Stokes ducks.
84.4
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Good length ball on off, Stokes moves across the stumps and plays it with the angle of the bowler to mid on.
84.3
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Cummins immediately cuts down his length and goes fuller and on middle, Stokes brings his big bat down and pushes it out to mid on.
84.2
4
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
FOUR! Aggression from Stokes. Poor delivery to start with, it's short and wide outside off, plenty of room, Stokes flashes his bat at it, tries to slam it over point but it flies off the outside edge and goes to the third man fence.
84.1
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Fractionally short in length and close to off stump, Stokes hangs on the back foot and defends it to covers.
Drinks break. An hour of Day 4 done and we have already witnessed some exciting Test cricket. England have managed to score 30 runs but also lost the key wicket of Joe Root. The second new nut is only few overs old and the Aussies would love to make full use of it. There is plenty of support on offer for their bowlers and the next hour also promises to be brilliant.
End Of The Over 84 : 186/4
10 Runs
  • 083.1
  • 483.2
  • 483.3
  • 2 LB83.4
  • 083.5
  • 083.6
J. Bairstow
15 (25)
B. Stokes
9 (81)
J. Hazlewood
22-8-47-2
83.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
Short in length and in the zone outside off, Bairstow shoulders arms. 20 runs scored from the time the second new ball was taken!
83.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
More measured approach this time. Sticks on the back foot to a shortish ball and calmly taps it down to gully.
83.4
lb
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
Runs are coming now too quickly. Back of a length ball on middle and leg, going down, Jonny fails to flick and it goes off his thigh pad to fine leg. The batsmen steal a couple of leg byes.
83.3
4
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Australia won't mind Jonny driving here. This shot wasn't played with much control. Fuller and outside off, Bairstow tries to stroke it through the line but slices his drive through the gap between gully and point for a boundary.
83.2
4
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
FOUR! This will give some confidence to Jonny Bairstow. He just leans into the length ball outside off and drives it crisply past the diving extra cover fielder for a boundary.
83.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
Good length ball close to the off stump line, Bairstow defends it from the back foot.
End Of The Over 83 : 176/4
3 Runs
  • 082.1
  • 082.2
  • 082.3
  • 082.4
  • 182.5
  • 282.6
B. Stokes
9 (81)
J. Bairstow
7 (19)
P. Cummins
17-3-37-1
82.6
2
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
TOP EDGE! Falls safely! Back of a length ball angling into the batsman from 'round the wicket, Stokes swivels inside the crease with the pull shot but fails to middle it. The ball flies off the top edge and clears mid-wicket. They take a couple of runs.
82.5
1
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
This time the line is too straight and Jonny eases it to the right of mid on for a single.
82.4
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Play and a miss! Short in length and outside off, Jonny tries to cut from the back foot but it shapes in to beat the inside edge of his bat.
82.3
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Closer to the off stump this time, angling in from a length, Jonny defends it solidly by covering the line.
82.2
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Back of a length delivery just outside off, straightening a bit with extra bounce, Bairstow lifts his bat skywards and lets it through.
82.1
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Shortish and on off, Bairstow hangs back and plays it down to point. Slight misfield but no run conceded.
End Of The Over 82 : 173/4
6 Runs
  • 081.1
  • 081.2
  • 081.3
  • 2 LB81.4
  • 1 WD81.5
  • 381.5
  • 081.6
B. Stokes
7 (80)
J. Bairstow
6 (14)
J. Hazlewood
21-8-39-2
81.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Wow, big movement there. Hazlewood runs in from 'round the wicket for the left-hander and lands it on a length outside off. Stokes decides to leave it and after that it swings appreciably. It heads over the off stump and Paine has to stretch to his right to collect the ball. A wayward first over with the second new ball by Josh.
81.5
3
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
Good length ball around off, moving back in off the seam, Bairstow shuffles across to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It speeds down to fine leg where Cummins makes a sliding stop near the boundary line. The batsmen take three runs.
81.5
wd
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
Wide! A wild delivery. Josh loses the radar completely and hurls a shortish length ball way wide outside off.
81.4
lb
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
Every run is cheered by the English crowd. An inswinger probably but the line is down the leg side. Bairstow fails to flick and it goes off his pads towards fine leg. They take a couple of leg byes.
81.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
Beauty of a delivery. Can't do much about that one. This one angles into the batsman, lands on a length and nips away ever-so-slightly to beat the defensive bat of Bairstow.
81.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
Outswinger this time, on a length and outside off, Jonny plants his front leg forward and makes a leave.
81.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Jonny Bairstow
Good leave. A length ball around off, shaping in appreciably, Bairstow watches the line closely and then shoulders arms.
Josh Hazlewood to share the new cherry from the other end. He has 7 wickets in the match so far and would love a 10-wicket haul.
End Of The Over 81 : 167/4
1 Runs
  • 080.1
  • 080.2
  • 180.3
  • 080.4
  • 080.5
  • 080.6
B. Stokes
7 (79)
J. Bairstow
3 (9)
P. Cummins
16-3-34-1
80.6
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Shortish and on top of off stump, Stokes hangs on the back foot and defends it to the off side.
80.5
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Good length ball on off, angling in, Stokes defends it from the back foot to the leg side.
80.4
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
80.3
1
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Nasty delivery. Encouraging for Pat Cummins, he would have enjoyed it. Back of a length ball on off, climbing onto the batsman, Bairstow jumps and tries to fend it off. It goes off his gloves and flies past the vacant short leg region. A single is taken.
SECOND NEW BALL TAKEN! Three slips and a gully. No mid off.
80.2
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
Slightly short and on off, Bairstow defends it off his back foot.
80.1
0
Pat Cummins To Jonny Bairstow
A touch short and on leg, some extra bounce, Jonny fails to work it on the leg side and is hit on the thigh pad.
Second new ball is available now! But it has not been taken by Australia straightaway. However, there is a change in bowling. Pat Cummins to bowl for the first time this morning...
End Of The Over 80 : 166/4
5 Runs
  • 079.1
  • 179.2
  • 079.3
  • 479.4
  • 079.5
  • 079.6
B. Stokes
7 (76)
J. Bairstow
2 (6)
N. Lyon
23-3-50-1
79.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Skidding in from around off, Ben moves back and helps it to mid-wicket.
79.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Flatter this time, on off, Stokes defends it off his back foot.
79.4
4
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
FOUR! Superbly played! Extra flight on this occasion, a full ball pitching on middle, Stokes leans forward and flicks it beautifully through mid-wicket. The mid on fielder gives the chase but the ball wins the race. Stokes' first boundary in 74 balls and the crowd loved it.
79.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Nicely tossed up delivery, landing full on off, Ben lunges and defends it back.
79.2
1
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Full and flighted on off, Bairstow works it with the turn through backward square leg for a run.
79.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Flighted ball outside off, Bairstow leaves it alone.
End Of The Over 79 : 161/4
1 Runs
  • 078.1
  • 1 LB78.2
  • 078.3
  • 078.4
  • 078.5
  • 078.6
B. Stokes
3 (72)
J. Bairstow
1 (4)
J. Pattinson
17-5-24-0
78.6
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Beaten! A length delivery angling away from the southpaw again, Stokes has a nervous push inside the line and misses. Not too far away from the outside edge, that.
78.5
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Pattinson goes short and Stokes decides to let it go to the keeper.
78.4
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Angling across the batsman, outside off, Ben allows it through.
78.3
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
78.2
lb
James Pattinson To Jonny Bairstow
A touch short and on middle, angling down, Jonny fails to work it around and it goes off his thigh pad towards fine leg. A leg bye taken.
78.1
0
James Pattinson To Jonny Bairstow
Full in length and outside off, Bairstow lets it go safely.
End Of The Over 78 : 160/4
3 Runs
  • 177.1
  • 177.2
  • W77.3
  • 077.4
  • 177.5
  • 077.6
B. Stokes
3 (68)
J. Bairstow
1 (2)
N. Lyon
22-3-45-1
77.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. A wicket from the over, big wicket.
77.5
1
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Uses the spin this time and works it through square leg for a run. Under 200 needed now.
77.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Jonny Bairstow
Tossed up ball on off, Bairstow goes on the back foot in defense.
Jonny Bairstow is the new batsman with exactly 200 runs needed.
77.3
W
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root OUT!
OUT! STUNNER FROM DAVID WARNER! MASSIVE BREAKTHROUGH! David Warner, you beauty! How can you pull out such catches? He was blinded there. Still shows great reflexes to catch it. A wicket finally after the first innings of the second Test for Lyon, his 356th in Tests, going past Dennis Lillee. But to be honest, this is Warner's wicket. Lyon lets out an off spinner, it's full and around off, Root advances down the track and tries to heave it across the line. But it spins back in to take the inside edge, brushes his pads and lobs over Paine. Not sure when Warner saw that coming. But whenever he got the sight of it, he made sure to catch it with a full length dive to his left from first slip. Absolute ripper. Body blow to England. The Aussies are roaring.
77.2
1
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Flighted delivery, landing full on middle, Stokes leans forward and flicks it in front of square leg for one.
77.1
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Slow spin back into the batsman from around off, Root moves back and nudges it to fine leg for a run.
Three more overs left for the second new ball. In comes Nathan Lyon to bowl two of them, maybe. He's been wicket-less for quite some time.
End Of The Over 77 : 157/3
1 Runs
  • 076.1
  • 176.2
  • 076.3
  • 076.4
  • 076.5
  • 076.6
B. Stokes
2 (66)
J. Root
76 (203)
J. Pattinson
16-5-24-0
76.6
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Almost nicks it behind! Pattinson takes a length ball away from the left-hander, outside off, Stokes pushes inside the line without any footwork and misses.
76.5
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Delivers it on a fuller length around off, Stokes pushes it straight back and looks for a run. But the mid off fielder is quickly to the ball and he stays where he is.
76.4
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Clocks 89.2 mph and lands it around off, Stokes blocks it from the crease.
76.3
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Gets behind the line of the delivery and tries to drive. Mistimes it towards covers.
76.2
1
James Pattinson To Joe Root
First run of the morning and it's met with a huge cheer from the crowd. Good length ball on off, Root hangs back and taps it down to the right of the third slip fielder for a single.
76.1
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Some inward movement from a length outside off, Root sticks back and defends it off the inner half to mid-wicket.
End Of The Over 76 : 156/3
0 Runs
  • 075.1
  • 075.2
  • 075.3
  • 075.4
  • 075.5
  • 075.6
B. Stokes
2 (62)
J. Root
75 (201)
J. Hazlewood
20-7-35-2
75.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
FOUR MAIDENS IN A ROW! This is great bowling from Australia. Wickets not falling? No problem. Just choke the run flow and play on the patience of the batsmen. Full and outside off, Stokes makes a leave easily.
Physio comes out. Stokes is looking fine and trying to fix the extra protection on his helmet. A few concerned looking Aussies also surround him. All is well and we are ready to continue...
75.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
BANG ON THE HELMET! It has become a common occurrence now. Great bowling or poor technique, judge yourself. Hazlewood digs in a well-directed bouncer, Stokes is taken by surprise as he tries to pull. He fails to connect and takes a blow straight on the helmet. Due to the impact, the extra protections behind have come off.
75.4
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
In the channel outside off, Stokes covers his stumps and allows it through.
75.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
75.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Just short of Head! Hazlewood gets a back of a length ball to move into the batsman, Stokes works it across the line and it's a bit uppish. Doesn't carry to the fielder standing in front of square leg.
75.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Angling in a length ball on middle, Stokes defends it from the back foot to the leg side.
End Of The Over 75 : 156/3
0 Runs
  • 074.1
  • 074.2
  • 074.3
  • 074.4
  • 074.5
  • 074.6
J. Root
75 (201)
B. Stokes
2 (56)
J. Pattinson
15-4-23-0
74.6
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Extra bounce along with some late movement on this occasion. A bit short on middle and off, Root plays it out from the inside half of his bat to mid-wicket. Three maidens in a row.
74.5
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Some reverse happening. Pattinson hurls in a length ball around off and it shapes back in with the shine, Root presents a straight bat in defense and keeps it out off the inner half.
74.4
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Good length ball on off, Root remains on the back foot and defends it back to the bowler.
74.3
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
James is bowling impressive lines here. Keeping it on and around off, drawing the batsman forward, Root defends it close to his front pad.
74.2
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Serves it on a length close to off at 86.6 mph, Root is on the back foot trying to defend it on the leg side but it takes the leading half of his bat and rolls to covers.
74.1
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Beautifully bowled and nicely defended. Full and around off, a hint of movement in the air, Root is solidly behind the line in defense.
End Of The Over 74 : 156/3
0 Runs
  • 073.1
  • 073.2
  • 073.3
  • 073.4
  • 073.5
  • 073.6
B. Stokes
2 (56)
J. Root
75 (195)
J. Hazlewood
19-6-35-2
73.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Lands it on a length and close to off, Stokes gets forward a bit and defends it with gentle hands towards backward point. A couple of maidens to begin the day's play.
73.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Full and on off, angling in, Stokes presses forward with a straight bat and pushes it back to the bowler.
73.4
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Slants in a length ball on off, Stokes defends it from the back foot to the off side.
73.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Hurls a good length ball in the zone outside off, Ben allows it through to the keeper.
73.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
A bit of indecision from Stokes. Thinks about leaving a length ball around off but is late in withdrawing his bat. It takes a good chunk of his bat and rolls towards gully.
73.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Good length ball angling in middle, from 'round the wicket, Stokes defends it from the crease to the on side.
Josh Hazlewood (18-6-35-2) to operate from the other end.
End Of The Over 73 : 156/3
0 Runs
  • 072.1
  • 072.2
  • 072.3
  • 072.4
  • 072.5
  • 072.6
J. Root
75 (195)
B. Stokes
2 (50)
J. Pattinson
14-3-23-0
72.6
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Offers the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. Good start from Australia!
72.5
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
In the zone outside off, left alone.
72.4
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Huge shout for a caught behind! The umpire remains unmoved. There was some noise. What's happening? Paine runs up to his bowler, has a chat and then decides to drop the plan to refer it. Entire day left and they have just one review left. Fair call that way. Back of a length ball on middle and leg, angling down the leg side, Root tries to flick but seems to have missed it. It goes behind to Paine who catches and appeals. It's turned down and the replays later on show that the noise was off the ball clipping the thigh pad.
72.3
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Targets the off stump with a length ball, it angles in and meets the defensive bat of Joe Root.
72.2
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Pattinson keeping the old ball nice and full, it's on middle and Joe pushes it down to mid on.
72.1
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
A cracking beginning. Pattinson hits the blockhole straightaway, trying to catch Root off-guard but the English skipper does well to squeeze it out towards point. He looks for a run but his deputy is not interested.
Time to play the game! The players are already on the field. Joe Root and Ben Stokes stride out amidst a good ovation from the crowd. It's bright and sunny looking like great batting conditions. James Pattinson to kickoff proceedings. 2-0 or 1-1, let's find out...
Three days of enthralling action, with both teams domination at some point of time. This has been the story of the Leeds Test so far as we enter into the fourth day which very well could be the final day. After weathering the storm last evening, England have brought themselves into a position from where they can seriously challenge the Aussies. Joe Root has struck form at the best possible time and his century partnership with Joe Denly has made sure that Australia don't run away with the Ashes. Having said that, it's a new day which will bring new challenges and with another 203 runs to get, this game is wide open. Needless to say, the morning session will give us a hint of which way this clash will be heading. 8 overs to go for the second new ball and that may have a big say on the outcome. We are not far away from the start, stay tuned.
... DAY 4, FIRST SESSION ...
Right! 203 to win. 7 wickets in hand. 196 overs left in the game. But we will not need those! Because unless the weather intervenes, this game will not see a Day 5 for sure. Will Joe Root get to his first ever century in the 4th innings? Will Nathan Lyon be able to get back to wicket-taking ways on Sunday? Will the effect of Saturday's tiring work go awry or pay good heeds for the Aussie bowlers? Join us on Sunday, 25th August, 2019 at 11 am local (1000 GMT) for all the action from Day 4 which should also be the final day of this Test. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Perhaps this is the day which bowling coaches want to see. When the ball is moving around, many a bowler gets a wicket. But when the ball is doing nothing, it is the discipline and the patience of the bowlers which get tested. Australia had plenty. Cummins, Hazlewood and Pattinson kept clocking in high speeds and bowled tirelessly, beating the inside and outside edges, but without luck. Then, came the massive strangulation - 9-3-7-1 between Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon which eventually got rid of Joe Denly. It would have been easy for a bowling unit to get frustrated and leak runs. But on a good pitch with not much swing around, Australia only gave away runs at just over 2 an over, a testimony to their discipline. That has ensured that in spite of the century stand, England have not run away with the game. Yet.
Joe Denly. Who is he? With all due respect, not many know about this man. This guy has scored over 11,000 first-class runs and Saturday was the day when he made the world notice. Had a few nervy moments but importantly, he rode those and moved ahead. Eventually, it took a brute from Josh Hazlewood to get rid of the Canterbury-born. His score reads 50 from 155 balls but only he knows how easy he has made life for the rest of his batting mates.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Welcome back, Joe Root. He has arrived in the Ashes at last. A knock which pretty much defines his character. Absorbing all the overlaying pressure then slowly but surely, transferring it back to the opposition. He, along with Denly, fought Australia patiently and in a stand worth 126, kept the hungry Aussies at bay.
Yes! We have a Day 4! The game is alive. How many times did we feel in this Test that the game is gone? First, when the Aussies were 'bundled out' for 179. Then, when England were blown away for 67. Then, this morning, when they were 15/2 in the 7th over. But the two Joes joined forces and ensured that they gave no chance to their foe.
End Of The Over 72 : 156/3
1 Runs
  • 071.1
  • 171.2
  • 071.3
  • 071.4
  • 071.5
  • 071.6
B. Stokes
2 (50)
J. Root
75 (189)
N. Lyon
21-3-42-0
71.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Full and around off, watchfully blocked out. STUMPS ON DAY 3, ENGLAND NEED 203 MORE TO WIN!
71.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
71.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Full and around off, watchfully defended.
71.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Outside off, left alone.
71.2
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Punches this towards long on for a single.
71.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Around off, solidly defended.
Nathan Lyon to bowl the final over of the day.
End Of The Over 71 : 155/3
1 Runs
  • 070.1
  • 070.2
  • 070.3
  • 1 WD70.4
  • 070.4
  • 070.5
  • 070.6
B. Stokes
2 (46)
J. Root
74 (187)
P. Cummins
15-3-33-1
70.6
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Outside off, left alone. Paine initially looks at the skies in disappointment but then Cummins walks across to him and asks about the review. Paine comes down a long way, has a chat but then shakes his head, Then, jokingly asks Stokes whether he hit it. The Big Ben waits, waits, waits and when the allotted 15 seconds for a review are over, he shakes his head. The crowd loves that and Paine pats Stokesy on his arm. Nothing on the Ultra Edge when the ball passes the bat.
70.5
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
70.4
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
A length ball, tucked straight to short leg.
70.4
wd
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
WIDE. A slower bouncer, outside leg, Stokes ducks. Tim Paine gets a bad bounce and fumbles. The crowd cheers as a wide is signalled.
70.3
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Shortish and close to off, Stokes is on the back foot in defense.
70.2
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
Bouncer around off, Stokes allows it through.
70.1
0
Pat Cummins To Ben Stokes
In the channel outside off, Stokes hangs on the back foot and lets it go to the keeper.
Pat Cummins (14-3-32-1) is back for one final burst before Stumps.
End Of The Over 70 : 154/3
3 Runs
  • 069.1
  • 1 LB69.2
  • 169.3
  • 069.4
  • 069.5
  • 169.6
B. Stokes
2 (40)
J. Root
74 (187)
M. Labuschagne
5-0-13-0
69.6
1
Marnus Labuschagne To Ben Stokes
Fires a quicker one on the pads, Stokes brings down a straight bat and it takes the inner half before rolling through square leg for a run.
69.5
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Ben Stokes
A low full toss on middle, Ben lunges and pushes it to mid off.
69.4
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Ben Stokes
Very full and on middle, Stokes defends it back with a straight bat.
69.3
1
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Root
Shortish and on leg, Root tucks it to mid-wicket and crosses.
69.2
lb
Marnus Labuschagne To Ben Stokes
Shortish and skidding down the leg side, Stokes fails to get it away and it goes off the pads to square leg. A leg bye taken.
69.1
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Ben Stokes
Flatter delivery on off, Stokes hangs back and defends it on the off side.
Marnus Labuschagne to bowl with 11 minutes left in the day. 4-0-11-0 so far.
End Of The Over 69 : 151/3
0 Runs
  • 068.1
  • 068.2
  • 068.3
  • 068.4
  • 068.5
  • 068.6
J. Root
73 (186)
B. Stokes
1 (35)
N. Lyon
20-2-41-0
68.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and around off, the skipper comes down the track and defends.
68.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and outside off, Root looks to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Lyon appeals for LBW but umpire Wilson is not interested. Paine asks Lyon about the review but he says that it is spinning too much.
68.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and around off, flicked towards Matthew Wade at short mid-wicket.
68.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Around off, watchfully defended.
68.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Tossed up outside off, Root looks to drive but gets a bit of an inside edge back to the bowler.
68.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and around off, flicked straight to short leg.
End Of The Over 68 : 151/3
1 Runs
  • 067.1
  • 067.2
  • 067.3
  • 167.4
  • 067.5
  • 067.6
B. Stokes
1 (35)
J. Root
73 (180)
J. Pattinson
13-3-23-0
67.6
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Excellent delivery. Pattinson spears in a very full ball on middle, Stokes brings his bat down in time to dig it towards covers.
67.5
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
A touch short in length and close to off, Stokes remains on the back foot and defends it to the cover fielder.
67.4
1
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Back of a length ball on off, Joe taps it down towards point and crosses for a run.
67.3
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Covers the line of the delivery and pushes it back to the bowler.
67.2
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Digs it in around off, Root drops his wrists and sways away from the line.
67.1
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
On a good length close to off, Root blocks it from the crease.
End Of The Over 67 : 150/3
1 Runs
  • 166.1
  • 066.2
  • 066.3
  • 066.4
  • 066.5
  • 066.6
B. Stokes
1 (33)
J. Root
72 (176)
N. Lyon
19-2-41-0
66.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Fullish and on off, some extra bounce, Stokes goes back and defends it off the leading half of his blade.
66.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Full and around middle, flicked towards square leg.
66.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Full and around off, well blocked out.
66.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Outside off, defended solidly.
66.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
66.1
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and around middle, Root comes down the track and eases it down the ground for a single. 'ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!' cheers the crowd as the 150 is raised. 209 more to win.
End Of The Over 66 : 149/3
1 Runs
  • 065.1
  • 065.2
  • 165.3
  • 065.4
  • 065.5
  • 065.6
B. Stokes
1 (28)
J. Root
71 (175)
J. Pattinson
12-3-22-0
65.6
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Outside off, allowed to go through.
65.5
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Around off, watchfully defended.
65.4
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
A length ball outside off, watchfully defended.
65.3
1
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Outside off, Root looks to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge past second slip. A single taken.
65.2
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Full and outside off, driven towards cover.
65.1
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
On a length outside off, Root looks to defend but the ball comes back in a long way and beats the inside edge.
'C'mon guys, c'mon guys, c'mon guys, put the pressure on, put the pressure on, put the pressure on, we can get two more tonight!' A sleepy Predicto Praky suddenly has his eyeballs pop out on hearing that. '2 more?' he asks. Well, he has got something to look forward in the remaining 26 minutes...
End Of The Over 65 : 148/3
1 Runs
  • 164.1
  • 064.2
  • 064.3
  • 064.4
  • 064.5
  • 064.6
B. Stokes
1 (25)
J. Root
70 (172)
N. Lyon
18-2-40-0
64.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Outside off, punched towards cover.
64.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
64.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
64.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Landed outside off, a touch wide, let through.
64.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Outside off, punched off the back foot.
64.1
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and around middle, flicked through square leg for a single.
End Of The Over 64 : 147/3
1 Runs
  • 163.1
  • 063.2
  • 063.3
  • 063.4
  • 063.5
  • 063.6
B. Stokes
1 (20)
J. Root
69 (171)
J. Pattinson
11-3-21-0
63.6
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
63.5
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
63.4
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Outside off, angling away, left alone.
63.3
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Full and down the leg side, a wild ball, Stokes lets it go. Tim Paine dives full length to his right and stops it.
63.2
0
James Pattinson To Ben Stokes
Outside off, left alone.
63.1
1
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Outside off, played through point for a single.
Kamtishwar - 'Where is Patto? Where is Patto? Where is Patto? Oh looks like Paine has heard me.' Yes. Telepathy, mate. James Pattinson is back on for a final burst. 10-3-19-0 so far.
End Of The Over 63 : 146/3
0 Runs
  • 062.1
  • 062.2
  • 062.3
  • 062.4
  • 062.5
  • 062.6
B. Stokes
1 (15)
J. Root
68 (170)
N. Lyon
17-1-39-0
62.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Full and outside off, watchfully blocked out.
62.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
62.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Full and outside off, Stokes lets it go. Don't think he picked it. Guess he expected it to turn away but it was an arm ball. Just grazed off stump.
62.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
62.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Full and around off, watchfully defended.
62.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Ben Stokes
Outside off, punched off the back foot.
End Of The Over 62 : 146/3
1 Runs
  • 061.1
  • 061.2
  • 061.3
  • 061.4
  • 061.5
  • 161.6
B. Stokes
1 (9)
J. Root
68 (170)
J. Hazlewood
18-6-35-2
61.6
1
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Stokes gets off the mark. Down the leg side, nudged through square leg for a single.
61.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Landed outside off, left alone.
61.4
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
A bouncer, at the head, Stokes sways away.
61.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Full and outside off, easy to leave.
61.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Outside off, angling away, left alone.
61.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Full and outside off, solidly defended.
End Of The Over 61 : 145/3
4 Runs
  • 060.1
  • 460.2
  • 060.3
  • 060.4
  • 060.5
  • 060.6
J. Root
68 (170)
B. Stokes
0 (3)
N. Lyon
16-1-39-0
60.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Landed outside off, Joe gets down to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. Paine starts to appeal but then keep quiet as the impact is well outside off.
60.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
60.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Oohhh... beaten. Landed outside off, the skipper looks to defend but the ball just whizzes past the outside edge.
60.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Comes down the track this time and defends.
60.2
4
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
FOUR! Nicely played. Full and outside off, Root brings out his reverse sweep and gently laps it through the vacant slip position. There is a leg slip who is now moved to conventional first slip after that shot.
60.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler.
End Of The Over 60 : 141/3
1 Runs
  • 1 LB59.1
  • 059.2
  • W59.3
  • 059.4
  • 059.5
  • 059.6
B. Stokes
0 (3)
J. Root
64 (164)
J. Hazlewood
17-5-34-2
59.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Another one outside off, shouldered arms to.
59.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
The batsman defends it from within the crease.
59.4
0
Josh Hazlewood To Ben Stokes
Full and outside off, angling away, left alone.
Ben Stokes arrives in the middle. He got out playing a very ordinary shot in the last innings and would like to correct that this time around. England have a good platform courtesy the last stand and all he needs to do is to partner his skipper.
59.3
W
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly OUT!
OUT! Finally (in Rock's voice), Australia have managed to break the century partnership. The long and hard persistence from Hazlewood has paid off. A rip-roaring bouncer from him. It lands close to off and there's some steep bounce. It climbs onto the batsman, Denly takes his eyes off the ball but fails to take his gloves away. The ball brushes them and then ricochets off his helmet to Paine. The Aussie skipper grabs the simplest of catches and they all go up in a big appeal. The finger goes up and Denly looks down. He knows what has happened there. Root checks on him to know whether he wants to take the DRS but Denly declines the offer. Wicket number 3 goes down and England need another 218 runs from here to win.
59.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Back of a length ball on off, Denly defends it from the crease.
59.1
lb
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Good length ball on middle and leg, Root fails to work it around and it goes off his pads to square leg for a leg bye.
End Of The Over 59 : 140/2
0 Runs
  • 058.1
  • 058.2
  • 058.3
  • 058.4
  • 058.5
  • 058.6
J. Denly
50 (153)
J. Root
64 (163)
N. Lyon
15-0-35-0
58.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Safe as a house. Full and outside off, Denly drives it straight back to the bowler who fires a throw back at the stumps at the striker's end and hits them. Paine appeals and it is referred upstairs. Replays show that Denly had to scurry back but he is safe.
A run out? Direct hit but Root looks to be in.
58.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
58.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
NOT OUT. Missing leg. Cannot totally blame Paine there. That looked close but the pitch has now started to turn. Full and outside off, Denly looked to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Lyon screams his lungs but umpire Wilson shakes his head. Paine has a chat with his bowler and then takes the review. Tough luck as Ball Tracker shows it to be missing leg.
58.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
58.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Full and around off, watchfully defended.
58.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Huge shout for LBW! Turned down. Full and outside off, Denly looks to defend but the ball spins in a long way, hits the pads and then goes to short leg where Marnus Labuschagne dives to his right to take the catch. LBW? Bat-pad?
End Of The Over 58 : 140/2
0 Runs
  • 057.1
  • 057.2
  • 057.3
  • 057.4
  • 057.5
  • 057.6
J. Root
64 (163)
J. Denly
50 (147)
J. Hazlewood
16-4-34-1
57.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Outside off, left alone.
57.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Another jaffa! On a length outside off, the skipper looks to defend but the ball zips past the outside edge again.
57.4
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Outside off, shaping in, Root looks to defend but the ball whizzes past the outside edge. Hazlewood has some chirp which starts into a chatter. Root looks and looks and looks and then gives the cutest smile one can ever see. Even Hazlewood starts to smile. They say, if looks could kill. Here, it is, if looks could woo...
57.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Full and outside off, Joe looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
57.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Outside off, punched towards extra cover where a lazy Matthew Wade refuses to bend. Hence, the ball refuses to stop, goes off his legs and the batsmen think about the single. But the man who wanted to be a pilot if his cricketing career did not shape up, charged to the ball from mid off and Root went back. Usman Khawaja it was.
57.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
A length ball outside off, blocked towards cover.
End Of The Over 57 : 140/2
1 Runs
  • 056.1
  • 056.2
  • 156.3
  • 056.4
  • 056.5
  • 056.6
J. Denly
50 (147)
J. Root
64 (157)
N. Lyon
14-0-35-0
56.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Outside off, punched off the back foot back to the G.O.A.T.
56.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
56.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Full and around off, Denly looks to flick but hits it a bit uppishly. It falls short of the bowler.
56.3
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Outside off, gently paddled through fine leg for a single. 219 more to win. That is the 300th ball faced by this pair. Awesome. Their entire first innings lasted just 27.5 overs.
56.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full again, the skipper lunges and pushes it towards backward point.
56.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and outside off, Root comes forward and defends.
End Of The Over 56 : 139/2
1 Runs
  • 055.1
  • 155.2
  • 055.3
  • 055.4
  • 055.5
  • 055.6
J. Denly
50 (144)
J. Root
63 (154)
J. Hazlewood
15-4-34-1
55.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
55.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Huge caught behind shout, but not out. On a length outside off, Denly looks to defend but the ball jags back in and goes off something to the keeper. Paine throws the ball in the air but does not appeal ferociously. Replays show that the ball hit the pad.
55.4
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
55.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Outside off, left alone.
55.2
1
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Outside off, Root plays it very late, tapping the ball through gully. Travis Head dives to his right but cannot stop it. Parries it away and concedes a single.
55.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
A length ball outside off, coming in, defended solidly.
Drinks break. England are going strength from strength and this partnership has put them in a strong position. They still require 221 runs to level the series and hence cannot afford to relax a single bit. Australia have been decent with their bowling efforts but without much success. They will have to stay patient and focus on execution. Good part is that they are not leaking runs and keep England under check in that part. 21 more overs to go before Stumps. Can they pick a wicket or two?
End Of The Over 55 : 138/2
1 Runs
  • 054.1
  • 054.2
  • 054.3
  • 054.4
  • 054.5
  • 154.6
J. Root
62 (152)
J. Denly
50 (140)
N. Lyon
13-0-34-0
54.6
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Loopy ball on off, Root takes it on the full and sweeps it past forward short leg for a run. Catch it was the shout from somewhere but it was well wide.
54.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Floated and full on off, defended off the front foot.
54.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Inside edge saves Root there! He jumps down the track to play a big shot across the line but misses. Luckily for him, it takes the inner half of his bat, strikes him on the pads and then goes behind. Paine reacts a bit late and it gets deflected off his pads as well to his right. All that allows Root time to return inside the crease. Scary moment.
54.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
54.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Quicker and fuller outside off, Root tries to sweep but misses. The impact is well outside off.
54.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Flighted delivery, landing full outside off and spinning back in, Root gets forward to defend but inside edges it onto the pads.
End Of The Over 54 : 137/2
0 Runs
  • 053.1
  • 053.2
  • 053.3
  • 053.4
  • 053.5
  • 053.6
J. Denly
50 (140)
J. Root
61 (146)
J. Hazlewood
14-3-33-1
53.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Gets a length ball to angle into the batsman around off, Joe Denly prods forward and defends it back. Maiden!
53.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Outside off, left alone.
53.4
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
53.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Shout for an lbw! Not given. Tim Paine walks forward to have a chat with his bowler and then decides not to take the referral. Hazlewood gets a length ball to move back into the batsman from outside off. Denly shuffles across a bit to defend but misses and is pinged on the back leg. They appeal but it seems too high. The replays confirm that it's going well over the middle stump.
53.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Again the line is outside off, Denly once again makes a watchful leave.
53.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
In the channel outside off, it's left alone by Denly.
End Of The Over 53 : 137/2
2 Runs
  • 052.1
  • 052.2
  • 152.3
  • 052.4
  • 152.5
  • 052.6
J. Root
61 (146)
J. Denly
50 (134)
N. Lyon
12-0-33-0
52.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Flatter and on off, defended off the back foot to complete the over.
52.5
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
SECOND TEST FIFTY FOR JOE DENLY and his knock is well appreciated by the home crowd. He has applied himself superbly under pressure and has played his part in this big partnership with the skipper. Reaches to his landmark by easing a full ball with the spin to long on for a run. The bat goes up in acknowledgement.
52.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Flighted delivery, landing full on off and spinning in, Denly blocks it off his front foot.
52.3
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Loopy ball around off, Root gets down and across before playing the lap sweep down to fine leg for a run.
52.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Floated and full on off, this time Root presses forward and defends it back.
52.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Flatter through the air, the length is on the shorter side and there is some slow spin available, Root hangs on the back foot in defense.
Oh... we thought he had gone off. Finally, after an age, Paine turns to Nathan Lyon. 11-0-31-0 so far. But crucially, 15 in 3 since Tea. England have played him much better after that opening Test.
End Of The Over 52 : 135/2
1 Runs
  • 051.1
  • 051.2
  • 051.3
  • 151.4
  • 051.5
  • 051.6
J. Denly
49 (132)
J. Root
60 (142)
J. Hazlewood
13-3-33-1
51.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Around off, on a length, defended solidly to end the over.
51.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Fullish and on off, Denly drives it off his front foot to mid off.
51.4
1
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
51.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Root has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
51.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
MASSIVE INSIDE EDGE! Another onfield decision is overturned, all thanks to the DRS. It's a good delivery to begin with. On a length outside off and since the shine is inside, it heads towards the off stump. Root tries to defend but fails to do so from the middle of his bat. He is thudded on the pads, they appeal and the finger goes up. Honestly saying, we spotted an inside edge immediately and Root is also quick to take the review. The Ultra Edge picks a big chunk of wood and Root is safe.
Joe Root has been adjudged LBW. But he has straightaway signalled for the review. Seems to be a massive inside edge. Yup. The first replay confirms it. Huge, massive inside edge.
51.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
On a length and outside off, Root plays it down from the crease to point.
End Of The Over 51 : 134/2
9 Runs
  • 050.1
  • 050.2
  • 050.3
  • 450.4
  • 450.5
  • 1 NB50.6
  • 050.6
J. Denly
49 (130)
J. Root
59 (138)
P. Cummins
14-3-32-1
50.6
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Denly has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 9 from the over, England are scoring freely, without any issues.
50.6
nb
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
No ball called as it's the third bouncer in this over. Cummins bangs it in short around middle, Denly takes evasive action and immediately ducks. Good take by Paine.
50.5
4
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
FOUR! In spite of a sliding effort near the fence by Hazlewood. Once again Denly has nicely played it out. Shortish and on middle and leg, Joe moves inside the line and glances it fine down the leg side. Hazlewood tries to stop it but makes contact with the rope and the nut at the same time. The third umpire passes on that verdict to the onfield umpire and a boundary is signalled.
50.4
4
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
FOUR! Bang! Right from the middle of the bat. Width on offer outside off, Denly spots the chance to free his arms and throws his hands to it. Connects and connects well to fetch a boundary at deep cover.
50.3
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Short again and it's down the leg side, Denly makes another leave. He knows about the plan they are working on.
The leg gully has gone very fine. Almost at leg slip. The plan of action should be on and around the batsman's rib cage.
50.2
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Action replay of the last delivery. Once again Denly is content in letting it go.
50.1
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Bouncer around leg, sliding down, Denly easily ducks underneath it.
End Of The Over 50 : 125/2
0 Runs
  • 049.1
  • 049.2
  • 049.3
  • 049.4
  • 049.5
  • 049.6
J. Root
59 (138)
J. Denly
41 (123)
J. Hazlewood
12-2-32-1
49.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Clocks 86.9 mph and delivers it around off, Root blocks again from the crease. Tidy stuff from Josh, a maiden to start his new spell.
49.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Keeps his line on the middle stump line and Root defends it back by staying inside the crease.
49.4
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
A touch short and outside off, at 86 mph, Root plays it late and tries to guide it wide of the slip cordon but the third slip fielder dives across to his right to make the stop.
49.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
49.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
This one stays low after moving back into the batsman from a length outside off. Root does well to keep his eyes on the ball till the last second as he defends it towards mid on by going down low.
49.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Fuller in length on off, angling in, Root gets forward and defends it back to the bowler.
Josh Hazlewood is back on. 11-2-32-1 from him, so far.
End Of The Over 49 : 125/2
4 Runs
  • 048.1
  • 048.2
  • 1 LB48.3
  • 148.4
  • 148.5
  • 148.6
J. Root
59 (132)
J. Denly
41 (123)
P. Cummins
13-3-23-1
48.6
1
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
Cummins digs in another short delivery, this time it's outside off, Root hooks it across the line, rolls his wrists over the shot and keeps it all along the ground through square leg for a single.
48.5
1
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Short in length again, around middle and leg, Denly plays a nicely controlled glance wide of short backward square leg for a run.
48.4
1
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
Back of a length ball on middle, Root helps it through the gap between backward square leg and short leg for one.
A short backward square leg is already there and now a short leg also comes in.
48.3
lb
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Shortish on middle and leg, Denly tries flicking but misses. It brushes his pads and goes to fine leg for a leg bye.
Josh Hazlewood is loosening up. Australia desperately need a breakthrough.
48.2
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Picks the line of the length delivery is outside off and Denly takes his bat far away from the ball. Easy leave.
48.1
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Good length delivery in the corridor outside off, Denly watches the line closely before leaving it.
End Of The Over 48 : 121/2
1 Runs
  • 047.1
  • 047.2
  • 047.3
  • 047.4
  • 047.5
  • 1 LB47.6
J. Denly
40 (119)
J. Root
57 (130)
J. Pattinson
10-2-20-0
47.6
lb
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
Extra bounce on this occasion. On a good length around middle and leg, Denly fails to work it away on the leg side and it deflects off his pads to backward point. A leg bye picked.
47.5
0
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
Presses forward to a full ball moving back into him and then pushes it back to the bowler off the inner half of his blade.
47.4
0
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
Lands it on a length and outside off, going straight on, Denly shoulders arms.
47.3
0
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
Grunts and bowls. Shortish and on top of off, easily defended off the back foot by Denly.
47.2
0
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
Another delivery angling into the batsman, Denly is forward in defense and keeps it out from the outer half of his bat.
47.1
0
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
Too full in length and on off, Denly drives it confidently but finds the mid off fielder.
End Of The Over 47 : 120/2
1 Runs
  • 046.1
  • 046.2
  • 046.3
  • 046.4
  • 146.5
  • 046.6
J. Root
57 (130)
J. Denly
40 (113)
P. Cummins
12-3-20-1
46.6
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
Around off, on a full length, Root defends it from the middle of his bat.
46.5
1
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Shortish ball on middle, rising onto the batsman, Denly gets back and nudges it to fine leg for a run.
46.4
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Cummins tries to tempt Denly into a drive but Joe keeps his patience and makes a leave. Pat smiles.
46.3
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Very full and spearing in on off, Denly has his bat down in time as he keeps it out safely to mid on.
46.2
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Good leave. On a length and just outside off, shaping in just a hint, Denly covers his stumps and allows it through.
46.1
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Fuller length ball angling in around off, Denly is on the front foot as he pushes it from the middle of the bat to mid on.
End Of The Over 46 : 119/2
1 Runs
  • 045.1
  • 045.2
  • 145.3
  • 045.4
  • 045.5
  • 045.6
J. Root
57 (129)
J. Denly
39 (108)
J. Pattinson
9-2-20-0
45.6
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Closer to off stump, on a good length, the English skipper plays it down from the back foot. It takes the outer half and rolls to point again.
45.5
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Nicely played but not in the gap. Pattinson dishes out a length delivery in the zone outside off, Root takes a big stride forward and strokes it with nice timing square of the wicket on the off side. It goes straight to point.
45.4
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Drops it on a length and just outside off, Root strides forward and pushes it with soft hands to covers.
45.3
1
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
Just a touch short in length on off, Denly goes on his toes and turns it in the gap at mid-wicket for a run.
45.2
0
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
Effort ball. Pattinson lets out a grunt and hurls in a short ball around leg, Denly ducks with ease.
45.1
0
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
Too full and too straight, Denly covers the angle and pushes it to mid on.
End Of The Over 45 : 118/2
1 Runs
  • 044.1
  • 044.2
  • 044.3
  • 144.4
  • 044.5
  • 044.6
J. Root
57 (126)
J. Denly
38 (105)
P. Cummins
11-3-19-1
44.6
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
Cummins goes short with his length and darts it on off, Root offers a solid back foot defense.
44.5
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
Shortish and on off, angling in, Root allows the ball to meet his bat and taps it down late towards gully.
44.4
1
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Fullish and outside off, Denly leans forward and pushes it with soft hands at covers for one. All too easy at the moment. Australia need to step up their intensity in the field.
44.3
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Aerial bit safe! Back of a length ball on middle, Denly glances it across the line, it's uppish but drops short of mid-wicket.
44.2
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Puts it on a full length around off, a hint of inward shape there, Denly lunges to drive but it takes the inner half and rolls to mid on.
44.1
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Starts with a gentle loosener in the channel wide outside off, Denly has nothing to do with it.
Pat Cummins (10-3-18-1) returns into the attack, replacing Nathan Lyon.
End Of The Over 44 : 117/2
7 Runs
  • 443.1
  • 143.2
  • 043.3
  • 043.4
  • 143.5
  • 143.6
J. Denly
37 (101)
J. Root
57 (124)
J. Pattinson
8-2-19-0
43.6
1
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
Nice use of the wrists this time as Denly works it through mid-wicket for a run.
43.5
1
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Misfield at gully! Shortish and just outside off, Root plays it nice and late to tap it towards Khawaja. He gets down to stop it but there is some uneven bounce. The ball gets deflected behind and the batsmen take a run.
43.4
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Hurls a good length delivery in the zone outside off, Root covers his stumps and leaves it easily.
43.3
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Back of a length ball on off, Root sticks on the back foot and taps it down to point.
43.2
1
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
100-run stand comes up and the English crowd has gone bonkers! They are just loving this fightback. A delivery angling down the leg side, Denly eases it fine down the leg side for one. Slowly but steadily, England are pushing Australia in a corner with this partnership.
43.1
4
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
FOUR! Sublime! This time from the bat of Joe Denly. Pattinson delivers it on a length outside off, Joe strides forward and delightfully strokes it through covers. Three fours on the bounce and England are on the charge!
End Of The Over 43 : 110/2
8 Runs
  • 042.1
  • 042.2
  • 042.3
  • 042.4
  • 442.5
  • 442.6
J. Root
56 (121)
J. Denly
31 (98)
N. Lyon
11-0-31-0
42.6
4
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
FOUR! Down the leg side, Root goes back and gently tickles it to the fine leg fence. The fielder is a bit square and cannot get there! 249 more to win now.
42.5
4
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
FOUR! 'ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!' cheers the crowd. Ben Stokes stands up and applauds in the dressing room. Oh, the run machine is back. Two ducks on the bounce, but a hat-trick is avoided and how. Half century for Joe Root, so far so good but the battle is half done. Time for another 50 at least. Full and outside off, Root drives this through the covers and gets the boundary. Raises his bat to acknowledge the applause.
42.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and around off, Root comes down the track and flicks it towards short mid-wicket.
42.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and outside off, pushed towards mid on.
42.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Pushes this straight to point.
42.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and around off, watchfully defended.
End Of The Over 42 : 102/2
1 Runs
  • 041.1
  • 041.2
  • 041.3
  • 041.4
  • 041.5
  • 141.6
J. Root
48 (115)
J. Denly
31 (98)
J. Pattinson
7-2-12-0
41.6
1
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Strays down the leg side, tucked through fine leg for a single.
41.5
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Full and around off, driven straight back. Pattinson flings himself to his right and parries it towards mid on.
41.4
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Outside off, defended to the leg side.
41.3
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Outside off, dabbed straight to gully. 'That is a one-day shot,' chides Nasser Hussain on air. Yes, that shot can be avoided in this format. Especially with people waiting for you to play that and nick one.
41.2
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
A jaffa. The Aussies are getting frustrated. They are bowling well but not getting the edges. This one pitches outside off and then straightens a touch. Root tries his best to defend but the ball scoots past the outside edge.
41.1
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Outside off, solidly defended.
End Of The Over 41 : 101/2
6 Runs
  • 4 B40.1
  • 040.2
  • 140.3
  • 040.4
  • 040.5
  • 140.6
J. Root
47 (109)
J. Denly
31 (98)
N. Lyon
10-0-23-0
40.6
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and outside off, swept fine for a single.
40.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and outside off, Joe looks to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. An LBW appeal ensues but the impact is outside off.
40.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and around off, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
40.3
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Pushes this towards long on for a single to raise huge cheers from the crowd. 100 UP FOR ENGLAND.
40.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Outside off, left alone.
40.1
b
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
FOUR BYES! That is a grubber. Nothing a batsman can do about that. Or the keeper. Full and outside off, Denly goes right back to defend but the ball shoots low and goes beneath the bat. Paine tries to close his legs and stop that but the ball goes through.
End Of The Over 40 : 95/2
0 Runs
  • 039.1
  • 039.2
  • 039.3
  • 039.4
  • 039.5
  • 039.6
J. Root
46 (106)
J. Denly
30 (95)
J. Pattinson
6-1-11-0
39.6
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Around off, tight, compact defense from Root.
39.5
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Full and outside off, watchfully driven back. Stopped by the bowler.
39.4
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Huge, huge shout from Pattinson. Chats for a review. Thoughts ponder. Eventually, with 2 seconds left, the idea is dropped. A length ball outside off, coming in sharply, Root looked to defend but got hit on the pads. It seemed like the ball hit the pad first, but then, thoughts of an inside edge arose as well. Replays show that it was pad first but the impact was outside off.
39.3
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
39.2
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Outside off, punched towards cover.
39.1
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
A length ball outside off, Root plays inside the line and is beaten.
James Pattinson to bowl. 5-1-11-0 so far.
End Of The Over 39 : 95/2
5 Runs
  • 438.1
  • 038.2
  • 138.3
  • 038.4
  • 038.5
  • 038.6
J. Denly
30 (95)
J. Root
46 (100)
N. Lyon
9-0-21-0
38.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Outside off again, JD smothers the spin watchfully.
38.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Outside off, Joe looks to defend but the ball hits the bat, then sneaks between the legs and goes to short leg.
38.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Full and outside off, Denly gets a big stride forward and lets it through.
38.3
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Around off, tucked through square leg for a single.
38.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Outside off, pushed straight to cover.
38.1
4
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
MISFIELD, FOUR! Sloppy start by Australia to the session. Full and outside off, Root leans and drives it through the covers. Marcus Harris dives over the ball and it goes through.
We're back for the final session of the day. A big one for both teams. Australia would like to make amends and break the ongoing partnership as soon as possible. On the contrary, England will be delighted if Root and Denly manage to see off the day's play. The pitch seems to have eased out a bit after bathing in the sunlight all afternoon and it's now up to the skills of the Aussie bowlers. Nathan Lyon will be crucial. He will be kicking off this session.
... DAY 3, THIRD SESSION ...
On the flip side, the batsmen are coming after a break. Many times, a wicket falls after a break. If that happens, Australia will channel their hunger again. The pitch is not doing much but they will hope to get at least half the side back in the dressing room before they shut their own shop for the day. Join us back at 4.30 pm local (1530 GMT).
The second session is often called as the best one to bat on and England, albeit not making too many runs, have not lost too many wickets either. Now, comes the final session. This is usually a bowler's session but because England have not lost a wicket for so long, it could also mean that Australia are mentally tired and it is now time to feast. 38 overs left in the day, score more than 100 and ensure that the Ashes is still alive come Sunday.
It is often said that Test cricket is a test of one's character. David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne showed it on Thursday. Now, it is time for England. Root and Denly came together when the ball was moving like a hoop but to their credit, they gutted it out. Got some edges, got beaten but did not get out. They played on and on, tiring the Aussie bowlers and eventually succeeded in forcing Paine to bring on Marnus Labuschagne, the fifth bowler, which means, the fast bowlers were getting tired. Both the batsmen have faced more than 15 overs, which means that they have understood the pitch by now.
Fantastic session for England. The entire crowd stands up as one and applauds. The run rate is a bit low but who cares when you have 8 sessions to score a shade above 350? That is roughly just 45 a session and they have got more than that. Crucially, they lost just two wickets and those were pretty early, when many predicted that the game would be done today itself. Well, Joe and Joe have played toe to toe and ensured that there is a fight. Actually, more than a fight. We have a game, folks. We have a game.
End Of The Over 38 : 90/2
1 Runs
  • 037.1
  • 137.2
  • 037.3
  • 037.4
  • 037.5
  • 037.6
J. Denly
30 (92)
J. Root
41 (97)
M. Labuschagne
4-0-11-0
37.6
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Denly
Very full and outside off, it's pushed off the front foot to covers. That will be TEA ON DAY 3!
37.5
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Denly
Tossed up ball landing outside leg, Denly pads it away safely.
37.4
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Denly
Full and floated on middle and off, Denly defends it off his front foot.
37.3
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Denly
Shout for a bat-pad! Not given and no DRS taken. A leg spinner landing outside leg, Denly offers no shot and takes it on the pads. It deflects then onto his waists and lobs up. Wade catches it in the second attempt as he goes down. No appeal from him but Paine is excited. The umpire stays put and since Wade ain't sure, no technology is taken.
37.2
1
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Root
Root has played it to the point region. One run added to the total.
37.1
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Root
Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
End Of The Over 37 : 89/2
0 Runs
  • 036.1
  • 036.2
  • 036.3
  • 036.4
  • 036.5
  • 036.6
J. Denly
30 (88)
J. Root
40 (95)
P. Cummins
10-2-18-1
36.6
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Denly has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
36.5
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Bouncer. Ducked. But with a poor technique. He has his bat hanging like a periscope as he crouches. Archer got out doing the same in the first innings.
36.4
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
A delivery around off, Denly pushes it out from the crease to cover-point where Lyon makes a fine stop
36.3
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Fullish and on middle, Denly drives it back beautifully past his partner and mid on mops it up. One Joe wanted a single but the senior Joe turned it down.
36.2
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
UPPISHHHHH! Safe... Heart in mouth stuff for Joe Denly. Cummins dishes out a back of a length ball on middle and leg and it zips off the surface. Denly is caught in a tangle as he attempts to fend it away. But the ball climbs to gather the splice of his bat and loops in the air. It falls safely behind square leg as Head charges across to his right from mid-wicket. Joe survives a nervy moment.
36.1
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
End Of The Over 36 : 89/2
2 Runs
  • 035.1
  • 035.2
  • 235.3
  • 035.4
  • 035.5
  • 035.6
J. Root
40 (95)
J. Denly
30 (82)
M. Labuschagne
3-0-10-0
35.6
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Root
Labuschagne gives it a good rip and bowls it full around off, Root leans forward and defends it cautiously.
35.5
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Root
Root has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
35.4
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Root
Short and around leg, Root goes deep inside the crease with the pull shot but fails to connect. He gets hit on the thigh pad in the process.
35.3
2
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Root
Gets it past Head this time. Full and on middle, Root clips it through mid-wicket and comes back for the second run.
35.2
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Root
Tossed up ball on middle, Root turns it on the leg side from the crease but it goes on one bounce to Head at short leg.
35.1
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Root
Labuschagne bowls a flatter leg spinner from 'round the wicket. It's on middle and defended from the back foot by Joe Root.
Nasser Hussain throws the spotlight on Australia's plan to get rid of Joe Denly in this series. They pepper him with a few bouncers and then leave the cover open, inviting him to drive. Denly has obliged so far in this series and nicked behind. Here too, he has been polite to accept the frequent invitations but has been helped by Lady Luck with the ball either not taking the edge or the edges not carrying and going in gaps.
End Of The Over 35 : 87/2
0 Runs
  • 034.1
  • 034.2
  • 034.3
  • 034.4
  • 034.5
  • 034.6
J. Denly
30 (82)
J. Root
38 (89)
P. Cummins
9-1-18-1
34.6
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Solid this time. Good length ball on off, Denly covers the line and blocks it right under his watchful eyes.
34.5
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Fuller and on off, moving in a bit, Denly tries to play the off drive but it goes off the inner half to mid on.
34.4
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Fantastic take by Tim Paine! Cummins bends his back to dig in a short ball on middle, Denly ducks easily. Paine moves across to his left to collect the ball but it swirls away a bit to his right. Good reaction shown by the Aussie skipper to stick it in his right hand.
34.3
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Puts it a bit fuller this time, outside off, JD gets on the front foot and pushes it to short cover.
34.2
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Hurls a good length ball again, this time the channel is outside off and it holds its line a bit, Denly shoulders arms.
34.1
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Inside edge. Good length ball on off, a hint of inward shape, Denly tries defending from the back foot but it takes the inner half of his blade and strikes him on the pads.
Pat Cummins (8-1-18-1) returns into the attack.
End Of The Over 34 : 87/2
5 Runs
  • 133.1
  • 033.2
  • 133.3
  • 133.4
  • 033.5
  • 233.6
J. Root
38 (89)
J. Denly
30 (76)
M. Labuschagne
2-0-8-0
33.6
2
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Root
Another back foot square cut by Root and this time he manages to beat backward point. A couple of runs taken. Things going on smoothly at the moment for the hosts. Devil's number for Australia is up on the scoreboard.
33.5
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Root
Quicker one, short and close to off, a late cut by Root finds short third man.
33.4
1
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Denly
Labuschagne drags his length short on off, Denly goes back and punches it to sweeper cover for a run.
33.3
1
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Root
Presses forward to a full ball and pushes it with the spin through covers for one.
33.2
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Root
Tossed up ball landing full on off, Root is on the front foot in defense.
33.1
1
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Denly
Lunges to defend but it takes the inside edge and rolls behind square leg for a run.
End Of The Over 33 : 82/2
4 Runs
  • 132.1
  • 032.2
  • 032.3
  • 132.4
  • 132.5
  • 1 LB32.6
J. Denly
28 (74)
J. Root
35 (85)
J. Hazlewood
11-2-32-1
32.6
lb
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Some movement there but the line is too straight and it's going down. Denly fails to flick and it goes off his pads to square leg. A leg bye to close the over, 4 coming off it. This partnership has now moved on to England's first innings score. 277 needed more for a win.
32.5
1
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Tap and run. Doing it with ease, England. Good length ball close to off, JR plays it with soft hands in front of point and steals a run.
32.4
1
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Back of a length delivery on off, Denly stands back and pulls it through backward square leg. Cummins moves across to his left to stop the ball and interestingly, they take just a run.
Pat Cummins is loosening up...
32.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Full and on off, shaping back in, Denly presents the full face of the bat in defense.
32.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Lands it on a length and close to off stump, Denly pushes it out with an angled bat to point.
32.1
1
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Angles in a full length ball on off, Root defends it towards covers and scampers across to the other end.
End Of The Over 32 : 78/2
3 Runs
  • 031.1
  • 031.2
  • 031.3
  • 231.4
  • 131.5
  • 031.6
J. Denly
27 (70)
J. Root
33 (83)
M. Labuschagne
1-0-3-0
31.6
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Denly
Loopy and full outside off, Denly takes his front leg forward, covers the line and shoulders arms.
31.5
1
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Root
A real drag down by Marnus this time. Root uses the depth of his crease and pulls it behind square leg for one.
31.4
2
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Root
Fine delivery. Full and flighted just outside off, Root lunges to defend but it doesn't spin much and catches the inside edge. The ball races down to fine leg for a couple of runs.
31.3
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Root
Quicker delivery, on middle, Joe remains on the back foot as he defends it down.
31.2
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Root
Once again the length is on the shorter side, Root moves back and defends it to the off side.
31.1
0
Marnus Labuschagne To Joe Root
Flatter and shorter delivery on middle, Root gets back and helps it past short leg to mid-wicket.
Right then, with nothing much happening, Tim Paine has tossed the ball to a part-timer. Marnus Labuschagne to bowl some leg spin. A slip and short leg in place.
End Of The Over 31 : 75/2
9 Runs
  • 430.1
  • 030.2
  • 030.3
  • 130.4
  • 030.5
  • 430.6
J. Denly
27 (69)
J. Root
30 (78)
J. Hazlewood
10-2-29-1
30.6
4
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
FOUR! Well played! A pitched up delivery close to off, Denly presses forward, opens the face of his bat, allows the ball to come to him and then quietly guides it past gully. Hazlewood is getting frustrated, lets out some words for the batsman.
30.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Extra movement and bounce off the surface. It's around off, Denly tries working it away but misses. He takes a hit on his thigh pad.
30.4
1
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Hazlewood serves it on a fuller length around middle, Root clips it towards mid-wicket where Head dives and parries it towards mid on. A single is stolen.
30.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Back of a length ball on off, shaping in, Joe defends it from the crease.
30.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
On a length and around off, Root hangs on the back foot in defense.
30.1
4
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Soft edge and FOUR! Huge cheer from the English crowd as the home team goes past their first innings score. A length ball just outside off, Root pushes inside the line with a loose bottom hand and gets it away off the outside edge. It runs through the gap between gully and third slip for a boundary.
End Of The Over 30 : 66/2
1 Runs
  • 029.1
  • 029.2
  • 029.3
  • 129.4
  • 029.5
  • 029.6
J. Denly
23 (67)
J. Root
25 (74)
N. Lyon
8-0-16-0
29.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Down the leg side, flick shot missed.
29.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Played to mid-wicket region by the batsman.
29.4
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Around off, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
29.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
29.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
29.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and around off, worked through mid-wicket but straight to the fielder.
End Of The Over 29 : 65/2
1 Runs
  • 028.1
  • 028.2
  • 028.3
  • 128.4
  • 028.5
  • 028.6
J. Denly
23 (65)
J. Root
24 (70)
J. Hazlewood
9-2-20-1
28.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Full and outside off, Denly looks to drive but the ball comes back in and beats the inside edge. Hazlewood feels it is time for some pre-tea chat. Denly is not too keen though.
28.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
28.4
1
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
50-RUN STAND IS UP! It has taken more than 22 overs but it is okay. The message is clear - Do not allow the Aussies in. Tire the fast bowlers out, get the Labuschagnes and the Heads to bowl and then make the opposition's heads roll. Short and outside off, pulled through square leg for the single.
Interesting talk from Shane Warne. He says that after Stumps yesterday, he had a chat with Tim Paine, who recounts an incident before Hazlewood dismissed Jack Leach. The question asked by Paine was about the field setting Joshua would like. The answer, 'I don't care. I am going to bowl two bouncers and then get him out bowled.' And Hazlewood does exactly that. Something even the King Of Spin used to do in his hay days. Anyone remembers how he got out Marlon Samuels and Herschelle Gibbs in the 2000s? Predicted and then got them out in the same fashion. Genius. Legend.
28.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Around off, watchfully defended.
28.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
28.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Outside off, left alone.
End Of The Over 28 : 64/2
1 Runs
  • 027.1
  • 027.2
  • 027.3
  • 127.4
  • 027.5
  • 027.6
J. Denly
23 (63)
J. Root
23 (66)
N. Lyon
7-0-15-0
27.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
HOW CLOSE WAS THAT? Full and around middle, Denly comes forward and looks to flick. Gets it towards short leg. Marnus Labuschagne is late to react but the ball ricochets off his pads. Denly is out of his crease and has to hurry back but luckily for him, the ball misses the stumps!
27.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Around middle, flicked towards short mid-wicket.
27.4
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and around middle, Root gets down and sweeps it through square leg for a single.
27.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Around off, nicely blocked out.
27.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
27.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Around off, coming in, Root misses his flick and is hit on the pads.
End Of The Over 27 : 63/2
5 Runs
  • 026.1
  • 026.2
  • 026.3
  • 126.4
  • 026.5
  • 426.6
J. Denly
23 (61)
J. Root
22 (62)
J. Hazlewood
8-2-19-1
26.6
4
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
FOUR! SMASH! Shot of the innings. That says about England's confidence at the moment. Does not matter if you were 67 all out a day ago. Stay in the present. Make use of the presents as well. Hazlewood offers a Christmas gift, landing a half-tracker outside off and Denly pounces. Swivels and pulls it over mid-wicket. No one moves. Someone fetch that! Under 300 needed to win now.
26.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Outside off, let through to the keeper.
26.4
1
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Outside off, Joe looks to defend but the ball comes in, takes the inside edge and squirts to square leg. A single taken.
26.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Full and outside off, let through once again.
26.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Outside off, left alone.
26.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
This guy is a machine. And he is bowling to another machine. Nice. Watching Transformers on a sports channel. This bloke has just come off some rest, wandering around somewhere at fine leg or third man but no looseners for him. First ball, in the avenue of apprehension. Makes Root play. Gets the ball to move away and beat the outside edge. Joshua smiles.
It is Josh Hazlewood again. 7-2-14-1 so far. Around 45 minutes to go to Tea.
End Of The Over 26 : 58/2
1 Runs
  • 025.1
  • 025.2
  • 025.3
  • 025.4
  • 025.5
  • 125.6
J. Root
21 (58)
J. Denly
19 (59)
N. Lyon
6-0-14-0
25.6
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Goes back and gently nudges it through square leg for a single.
25.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
25.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and around off, watchfully kept out.
25.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Outside off, blocked from the crease.
25.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
A short ball, outside off, Root looks to pull but the ball barely comes off the pitch. Takes the under edge and goes to short mid-wicket. Excellent contest going on.
25.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and around off, watchfully defended.
End Of The Over 25 : 57/2
2 Runs
  • 124.1
  • 024.2
  • 024.3
  • 1 WD24.4
  • 024.4
  • 024.5
  • 024.6
J. Denly
19 (59)
J. Root
20 (52)
J. Pattinson
5-1-11-0
24.6
0
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
Played to the point region by the batsman.
24.5
0
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
Full and outside off, JD looks to drive but misses.
24.4
0
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
A bouncer, this time not that high, Joe ducks.
24.4
wd
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
WIDE. A bit harsh on Patto. Banged on a length, it hits the deck and then shoots up well above the batsman's head. My colleague Nabu, watching the replays closely, comments, 'Gosh. That just kicked up way too high!' Yup, mate. Which is why Shane Warne also feels that the umpire was a bit too harsh.
24.3
0
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
Outside off, played straight to point.
24.2
0
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
A length ball outside off, coming back in, Denly is caught in his crease as he looks to tuck but misses and is hit on the pads. Australia appeal for LBW but it is turned down. Ball Tracker shows it to be going over the top.
24.1
1
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Full and around off, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
End Of The Over 24 : 55/2
1 Runs
  • 023.1
  • 023.2
  • 023.3
  • 023.4
  • 123.5
  • 023.6
J. Denly
19 (54)
J. Root
19 (51)
N. Lyon
5-0-13-0
23.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
23.5
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and around middle, pushed towards mid on for a quick single.
23.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Outside off, Joe looks to play at that but misses.
23.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and outside off, tossed up slightly, driven straight to cover once again.
23.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Outside off, pushed straight to cover.
23.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full snd outside off, Root pads it away. Khawaja and Paine appeal but then stay quiet. Did not quite come back in.
End Of The Over 23 : 54/2
1 Runs
  • 022.1
  • 022.2
  • 022.3
  • 022.4
  • 022.5
  • 1 LB22.6
J. Root
18 (46)
J. Denly
19 (53)
J. Pattinson
4-0-9-0
22.6
lb
James Pattinson To Joe Root
The batsman has been struck on the thigh-pad. They pick up a single. Leg bye given by the umpire.
22.5
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Outside off, Joe initially looks to play but then tries to withdraw his bat. Is beaten as he is late.
22.4
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Outside off, on a length, Root looks to push it away from his body but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
22.3
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Another one down the leg side, flick shot missed again.
22.2
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Outside off, played straight to point.
22.1
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Down the leg side, flick shot missed.
End Of The Over 22 : 53/2
1 Runs
  • 021.1
  • 021.2
  • 121.3
  • 021.4
  • 021.5
  • 021.6
J. Denly
19 (53)
J. Root
18 (40)
N. Lyon
4-0-12-0
21.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Around off, watchfully defended.
21.5
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
21.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
21.3
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and outside off, swept through square leg for a single.
21.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
21.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Outside off, left alone.
End Of The Over 21 : 52/2
3 Runs
  • 1 WD20.1
  • 020.1
  • 020.2
  • 020.3
  • 020.4
  • 020.5
  • 220.6
J. Denly
19 (50)
J. Root
17 (37)
J. Pattinson
3-0-9-0
20.6
2
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
EDGED, OVER THE SLIP CORDON! A short ball, outside off, Denly looks to fend it off but suddenly, the ball rises, kicking off the seam, takes the top half of the bat and lobs over the slips! Three men run after it and manage to stop it before it touches the ropes. Two runs taken.
20.5
0
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
Ahhh... the patience almost goes. Full and wide outside off, Denly looks to drive but misses. Pattinson smiles.
20.4
0
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
Outside off, dabbed straight to gully.
20.3
0
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
Around off, solidly blocked out.
20.2
0
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
One more delivery in that play-and-try-to-gift-your-wicket channel, well outside off, Denly is not interested in being a Santa Clause.
20.1
0
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
Wide outside off, fuller in length, let through.
20.1
wd
James Pattinson To Joe Denly
WIDE. A wild bouncer, down the leg side, Denly ducks. The umpire wides it and the crowd cheers. 50 UP FOR ENGLAND! They were 6 down when they touched this score yesterday, so the applause. 309 more to win.
End Of The Over 20 : 49/2
2 Runs
  • 019.1
  • 019.2
  • 119.3
  • 019.4
  • 119.5
  • 019.6
J. Root
17 (37)
J. Denly
17 (44)
N. Lyon
3-0-11-0
19.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and outside off, watchfully pushed back.
19.5
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Outside off, pushed towards mid on for a run.
19.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
19.3
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and outside off, Root gets down and sweeps it through square leg for a single.
19.2
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Outside off, watchfully defended.
19.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Landed outside off, Root gets back and across, looks to defend but then tries to withdraw his bat. The ball just zips past the outside edge.
DRINKS BREAK. A good passage of play for England. They lost their openers pretty quickly but the two Joes have ensured that there is not a collapse. It has been a good partnership, reading 32, soaking in the pressure and picking bricks out of the target, slowly but surely. Australia have bowled well but these two have tested their patience.
End Of The Over 19 : 47/2
5 Runs
  • 018.1
  • 018.2
  • 018.3
  • 418.4
  • 018.5
  • 118.6
J. Root
16 (33)
J. Denly
16 (42)
J. Pattinson
2-0-6-0
18.6
1
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Outside off, tapped towards point for a single.
18.5
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
The batsman defends it from within the crease.
18.4
4
James Pattinson To Joe Root
FOUR! A bit of an outside edge but Root will take it. Outside off, Root looks to defend but the ball moves away, takes the outside edge, goes to ground and explores the gap between second slip and gully.
18.3
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Back of a length outside off, watchfully blocked out.
18.2
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Around off, blocked solidly.
18.1
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Outside off, defended solidly.
End Of The Over 18 : 42/2
5 Runs
  • 017.1
  • 117.2
  • 017.3
  • 017.4
  • 417.5
  • 017.6
J. Denly
16 (42)
J. Root
11 (27)
N. Lyon
2-0-9-0
17.6
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Full and around off, worked straight to short mid-wicket.
17.5
4
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
FOUR! Nice, positive intent! Well, that came out of the blue. Full and outside off, Denly comes down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and lofts it cleanly over mid off. No power used, just simple placement.
17.4
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Landed outside off, played off the back foot towards point.
17.3
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Denly
Outside off, left alone.
17.2
1
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Around off, flicked behind square leg for a single.
17.1
0
Nathan Lyon To Joe Root
Full and outside off, Root leans and drives it behind point. Travis Head dives full stretch to his left to stop it.
Spin time. Nathan Lyon is back on. Just a solitary over for 4. A slip and a short leg in place.
End Of The Over 17 : 37/2
1 Runs
  • 016.1
  • 016.2
  • 016.3
  • 016.4
  • 016.5
  • 116.6
J. Root
10 (25)
J. Denly
12 (38)
J. Pattinson
1-0-1-0
16.6
1
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Around off, on a length, tucked through square leg for a single. Root moves to double figures with that.
16.5
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Outside off, on a length, moving away, guided straight to gully.
16.4
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
16.3
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Back of a length outside off, blocked towards the bowler.
16.2
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
Around off, defended solidly.
16.1
0
James Pattinson To Joe Root
A short ball outside off, Root hops and pushes it towards point.
James Pattinson to bowl now.
End Of The Over 16 : 36/2
0 Runs
  • 015.1
  • 015.2
  • 015.3
  • 015.4
  • 015.5
  • 015.6
J. Denly
12 (38)
J. Root
9 (19)
J. Hazlewood
7-1-14-1
15.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Around middle, pushed towards mid on.
15.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Full and around off, watchfully defended.
15.4
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
A length ball outside off, Joe pushes it towards cover and sets off for a non-existent single but is sensibly sent back by Joe Root.
Ricky Ponting on air informs us that Cameron Bancroft is on as a substitute for James Pattinson. Does not reckon he will be on for too long though.
15.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Landed outside off, let through.
15.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Outside off, pushed straight to cover.
15.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Denly
Full and around off, pushed towards mid on.
End Of The Over 15 : 36/2
1 Runs
  • 014.1
  • 014.2
  • 014.3
  • 014.4
  • 014.5
  • 114.6
J. Denly
12 (32)
J. Root
9 (19)
P. Cummins
8-1-18-1
14.6
1
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
The crowd cheers as Denly gets a run. Outside off, coming in, Joe looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge towards mid on. A single taken.
14.5
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
14.4
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
A bouncer, outside off this time, ducked calmly once more.
14.3
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
14.2
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Outside off, left alone.
14.1
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
ANOTHER ONE DOES NOT BOUNCE. Joe Denly continues to be peppered with short stuff. Again, he takes his eyes off the ball, closing them and ducking ungainly. Gets hit on the left arm. Cummins appeals for LBW but the umpire shakes his head. He wants a review and Paine is interested but others advice him not to go for it as it looks high. Ball Tracker confirms. Going over the stumps. Denly has one thing in his favour for getting hit, if someone blames his technique. We have not seen too many balls misbehave, so indifferent bounce is slowly creeping into the equation now.
End Of The Over 14 : 35/2
4 Runs
  • 013.1
  • 013.2
  • 413.3
  • 013.4
  • 013.5
  • 013.6
J. Root
9 (19)
J. Denly
11 (26)
J. Hazlewood
6-1-14-1
13.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Outside off, let through to the keeper again.
13.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
A short ball outside off, Joe looks to pull but then bails out. Just a customary man in the deep on the leg side for Root, the fine leg. Probably that is why he thought about going after it initially.
13.4
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Outside off, left alone.
13.3
4
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
FOUR! Off the edge but Root need not be entirely unhappy. Full and outside off, the skipper looks to defend but the ball moves away at the last moment, takes the outside edge, goes along the ground and finds the gap between the slips and gully. Third man fence is the destination. The stand moves to 20.
13.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Outside off, this time the skipper lets it be.
13.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Full and outside off, Root looks to drive but there is no feet movement. A play and a miss.
End Of The Over 13 : 31/2
4 Runs
  • 012.1
  • 412.2
  • 012.3
  • 012.4
  • 012.5
  • 012.6
J. Denly
11 (26)
J. Root
5 (13)
P. Cummins
7-1-17-1
12.6
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Another unimpressive bouncer, down the leg side.
12.5
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
That is a jaffa. On a length outside off, Joe looks to fend it off but the ball jabs back in and goes in between bat and pad, almost cutting him into half.
12.4
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Another one down the leg side, ducked under again.
Third slip is moved to fourth, fourth-and-a-half slip. Ricky Ponting on air wants the deep square leg to be removed as well. He says that Denly's first reaction to a short ball is to close his eyes. So might as well get that square leg to the slip cordon and plug the gap. Michael Holding joins in, says that Paine is almost challenging Denly to buy a lottery ticket of getting the ball through that slip cordon. But there is this gap between the second slip and gully, which, according to these experts, should be plugged. And rightly so.
12.3
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
A bumper, but down the leg side, Joe ducks.
12.2
4
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
FOUR! Not too sure Denly was in total control of that shot. A length ball outside off, coming in, Joe looks to defend but is squared up as it moves away late. The ball takes the outside edge and flies through the vacant gully region to the third man fence.
12.1
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
A length ball, around middle, Denly ducks. The ball does not bounce that much.
End Of The Over 12 : 27/2
0 Runs
  • 011.1
  • 011.2
  • 011.3
  • 011.4
  • 011.5
  • 011.6
J. Root
5 (13)
J. Denly
7 (20)
J. Hazlewood
5-0-10-1
11.6
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
11.5
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Outside off, let through to his counterpart.
11.4
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
A length ball outside off, another one cutting in, Root misses his tuck and is hit on the pads.
11.3
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
Outside off, on a length, let through.
11.2
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
11.1
0
Josh Hazlewood To Joe Root
On a length outside off, Root looks to defend but misses and gets hit on the pads. Hazlewood appeals but the umpire shakes his head. The bowler is interested in the review but Matthew Wade at some close-in position, immediately shakes his head. Was there any wood involved? Yes. The first replay detects an inside edge onto his pads.
End Of The Over 11 : 27/2
1 Runs
  • 010.1
  • 110.2
  • 010.3
  • 010.4
  • 010.5
  • 010.6
J. Denly
7 (20)
J. Root
5 (7)
P. Cummins
6-1-13-1
10.6
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Around off, defended towards cover.
10.5
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Excellent delivery, in the blockhole, outside off, watchfully dug out.
The physio is out in the middle again. The good thing is that Joe Denly is smiling. Looks to be a bit jarred as well. This is the first time that an England batsman has been hit on the helmet. It has been or less Aussie batsmen getting hit ever since Jofra Archer has been inducted into the playing XI...
10.4
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
ON THE HELMET! This has happened for the third time today. A short ball outside off, Denly initially looks to duck but then he does not see the ball at all. He has got nowhere to go and just hopes that the cherry goes above him. Is hit bang on the helmet.
10.3
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Denly
Full and around off, watchfully defended.
10.2
1
Pat Cummins To Joe Root
Puts it on a fuller length outside off, it's pushed through covers for a single.
10.1
0
Pat Cummins To Joe Root