3rd Test W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth 14 December 2017

Australia vs England

2nd Test, Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, 02 December 2017

Australia vs England

England 4th Inn:233/10 (84.2)

James Anderson 0 (0);
Mitchell Starc* 19.2-3-88-5; Josh Hazlewood 20-7-49-2;

Last bat: Jonny Bairstow

Result: Australia won by 120 runs.

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England 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Alastair Cook lbw Lyon 16 66 2 0 24.24
Mark Stoneman c Khawaja & b Starc 36 65 6 0 55.38
James Vince c Handscomb & b Starc 15 39 1 0 38.46
Joe Root(c) c Paine & b Hazlewood 67 123 9 0 54.47
Dawid Malan b Pat Cummins 29 80 4 0 36.25
Chris Woakes c Paine & b Hazlewood 5 10 0 0 50
Moeen Ali lbw Lyon 2 20 0 0 10
Jonny Bairstow(wk) b Starc 36 57 5 0 63.16
Craig Overton lbw Starc 7 34 1 0 20.59
Stuart Broad c Paine & b Starc 8 12 0 0 66.67
James Anderson not out 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 7, lb - 5, w - 0, nb - 0)12
Total(233 all out in 84.2 overs)233 (2.76 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/53 (Alastair Cook, 19.5 ov.) 2/54 (Mark Stoneman, 23.3 ov.) 3/91 (James Vince, 33.6 ov.)
4/169 (Dawid Malan, 59.5 ov.) 5/176 (Chris Woakes, 62.2 ov.) 6/177 (Joe Root, 64.5 ov.)
7/188 (Moeen Ali, 70.6 ov.) 8/206 (Craig Overton, 80.1 ov.) 9/224 (Stuart Broad, 82.6 ov.)
10/233 (Jonny Bairstow, 84.2 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Mitchell Starc 19.2 3 88 5 4.55  
Josh Hazlewood 20 7 49 2 2.45  
Pat Cummins 20 6 39 1 1.95  
Nathan Lyon 25 6 45 2 1.8  
               

Australia 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Cameron Bancroft c Bairstow & b James Anderson 4 8 1 0 50
David Warner c Root & b C Woakes 14 60 1 0 23.33
Usman Khawaja lbw James Anderson 20 49 3 0 40.82
Steven Smith(c) lbw C Woakes 6 12 1 0 50
Peter Handscomb c Malan & b James Anderson 12 42 0 0 28.57
Nathan Lyon c Broad & b James Anderson 14 30 2 0 46.67
Shaun Marsh b C Woakes 19 60 2 0 31.67
Tim Paine(wk) c C Overton & b C Woakes 11 27 0 0 40.74
Mitchell Starc c Moeen & b James Anderson 20 25 1 1 80
Pat Cummins not out 11 28 0 0 39.29
Josh Hazlewood c Malan & b C Overton 3 7 0 0 42.86
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 2, w - 2, nb - 0)4
Total(138 all out in 58 overs)138 (2.38 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/5 (Cameron Bancroft, 2.2 ov.) 2/39 (Usman Khawaja, 18.4 ov.) 3/41 (David Warner, 19.5 ov.)
4/50 (Steven Smith, 23.2 ov.) 5/71 (Nathan Lyon, 32.2 ov.) 6/75 (Peter Handscomb, 34.4 ov.)
7/90 (Tim Paine, 43.4 ov.) 8/122 (Shaun Marsh, 51.2 ov.) 9/128 (Mitchell Starc, 54.2 ov.)
10/138 (Josh Hazlewood, 57.6 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
James Anderson 22 7 43 5 1.95 (1w)
Stuart Broad 13 6 26 0 2 (1w)
Craig Overton 2 0 11 1 5.5  
Chris Woakes 16 3 36 4 2.25  
Moeen Ali 5 0 20 0 4  
               

England 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Alastair Cook c Steven Smith & b Lyon 37 90 3 0 41.11
Mark Stoneman lbw Starc 18 21 2 0 85.71
James Vince c Paine & b Hazlewood 2 10 0 0 20
Joe Root(c) c Bancroft & b Pat Cummins 9 10 1 0 90
Dawid Malan c Paine & b Pat Cummins 19 58 1 0 32.76
Moeen Ali c & b Lyon 25 57 2 0 43.86
Jonny Bairstow(wk) c & b Starc 21 50 2 0 42
Chris Woakes c & b Starc 36 62 4 0 58.06
Craig Overton not out 41 79 5 0 51.9
Stuart Broad c Paine & b Lyon 3 17 0 0 17.65
James Anderson lbw Lyon 0 3 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 15, w - 1, nb - 0)16
Total(227 all out in 76.1 overs)227 (2.98 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/29 (Mark Stoneman, 6.6 ov.) 2/31 (James Vince, 10.4 ov.) 3/50 (Joe Root, 15.3 ov.)
4/80 (Alastair Cook, 28.1 ov.) 5/102 (Dawid Malan, 37.1 ov.) 6/132 (Moeen Ali, 48.2 ov.)
7/142 (Jonny Bairstow, 53.1 ov.) 8/208 (Chris Woakes, 69.4 ov.) 9/227 (Stuart Broad, 74.4 ov.)
10/227 (James Anderson, 76.1 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Mitchell Starc 20 4 49 3 2.45  
Josh Hazlewood 16 3 56 1 3.5  
Pat Cummins 16 3 47 2 2.94 (1w)
Nathan Lyon 24.1 5 60 4 2.48  
               

Australia 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Cameron Bancroft runout (C Woakes) 10 41 0 0 24.39
David Warner c Bairstow & b C Woakes 47 102 5 0 46.08
Usman Khawaja c J Vince & b James Anderson 53 112 8 0 47.32
Steven Smith(c) b C Overton 40 90 3 0 44.44
Peter Handscomb lbw Broad 36 86 5 0 41.86
Shaun Marsh not out 126 231 15 1 54.55
Tim Paine(wk) c Moeen & b C Overton 57 102 6 1 55.88
Mitchell Starc c James Anderson & b Broad 6 29 0 0 20.69
Pat Cummins c Malan & b C Overton 44 90 7 0 48.89
Nathan Lyon not out 10 11 0 1 90.91
Josh Hazlewood dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 6, lb - 6, w - 1, nb - 0)13
Total(442 for 8 in 149 overs)442 (2.97 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/33 (Cameron Bancroft, 14.3 ov.) 2/86 (David Warner, 33.1 ov.) 3/139 (Usman Khawaja, 51.4 ov.)
4/161 (Steven Smith, 62.1 ov.) 5/209 (Peter Handscomb, 81.3 ov.) 6/294 (Tim Paine, 107.5 ov.)
7/311 (Mitchell Starc, 116.6 ov.) 8/410 (Pat Cummins, 145.2 ov.)  
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
James Anderson 31 5 74 1 2.39  
Stuart Broad 30 11 72 2 2.4  
Chris Woakes 27 4 84 1 3.11 (1w)
Craig Overton 33 3 105 3 3.18  
Moeen Ali 24 3 79 0 3.29  
Joe Root (c) 4 0 16 0 4  
               
All|Overs 1-50|Overs 51-100
4

to Stoneman, FOUR, classy stroke! gets the line of this inswinger a touch wrong, too straight and Stoneman essays a beautiful flick through mid-wicket. Idea was right from as he wanted to repeat the first innings dismissal

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, aerial but safe! Similar ball to the previous one, similar result as well. Another fuller inswinger that's too straight, Stoneman's flick this time is a touch uppish and just goes wide of mid-wicket

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, three in a row! All in the same zone and this was as good a shot as the first one. Full and around middle, swinging in, the leg stump line allows to Stoneman clip it away. Timed it really sweetly

4

to Cook, FOUR, clubbed away! This is refreshingly positive intent from England to start the chase. Fraction short from Cook and he is almost on the front foot as he pulls it past square leg

4

to Cook, FOUR, this length is bread-and-butter stuff for Cook, especially if it doesn't rise much. Attempted bouncer that doesn't climb much, Cook gets on top of it and pulls past mid-wicket. Didn't middle it completely but got enough wood on it

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, runs are coming for England. A bit streaky this time though. Fullish and just outside off, Stoneman drives with laden feet and the edge sneaks past the slip cordon

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, Stoneman is off to a flier here. He's putting these overcooked deliveries away in style. Too full from and it's drilled back past him. Beats mid-on easily and that's racing away

4

Cummins to Stoneman, FOUR, uppish but wide of gully! Slightly short and a hint of width, Stoneman hangs back and flays it behind square through the off-side. Right between gully and backward point. Impressive start from England thus far, really good intent

D

to Stoneman, 1 run, doesn't carry to Hazlewood at deep backward square.. An uppish paddle sweep that Stoneman picked up from in front of his pads. Perhaps Hazlewood was late to react. Ran in front and dived, but it was always falling short. Smith is distraught

W

to Cook, out Lbw!! bellows out an appeal and Smith goes for the review this time. He had to; missed one earlier. The ball drifts in from round the wicket and slides on, rapping Cook in front of leg-stump. There's no bat, as infrared images and snicko confirm. Time for ball-tracking, and hey, that's plumb. Three reds. Cook was far way forward with his stride but the ball hit him very low. Redemption for Australia and Smith, who hadn't reviewed a plumb leg-before against Cook early in the innings. Might just be the minute things turn around for Australia. Cook lbw b 16(66) [4s-2]

W

to Stoneman, out Caught by Khawaja!! That's a tame way to get out after whistling off England's chase on wheels of fire. tests him with a widish line in this new spell. And Stoneman, now confident and settled, goes on the back foot, pokes, and steers it straight to Khawaja at gully. Good, low catch. Stoneman c Khawaja b 36(65) [4s-6]

4

to James Vince, FOUR, tests him with a fuller length and look what James Vince does: gets a stride out and mocks the strategy with a cover drive. First boundary in 72 balls for England

4

to Root, FOUR, he takes four but has a smile on his face. It's an uppish square drive between gully and point. Did well to split the gap and got a boundary

4

to Root, FOUR, Root gets lucky. Streaky and he gets away. There are three slips in place and a gully, it was a short of length delivery outside off that rose a bit, Root was trying to steer that with an open face. Right into the gap between the three slips and the gully. No third man and four

W

to James Vince, out Caught by Handscomb!! Poor stroke. Very poor. The swing does it for . Threw it up outside off, tempter and Vince fell for it. Went for a big square drive and could only edge it behind where Handscomb takes it near his chest, reverse-cupped. and the Aussies are all smiles. Just when England didn't want to lose a wicket, they have and from here on in, things aren't going to get easy at all. James Vince c Handscomb b 15(39) [4s-1]

4

Cummins to Root, FOUR, Cummins comes back on and begins with a half-volley, is put away. Lovely cover drive as Root bent his knee and then hit the gap. Warner with a sprint and chase, but the timing beat him to the fence

4

to Root, FOUR, that's brilliant footwork from Root - the only thing that has made the shot possible. It is just a fraction short and Root is onto it in a flash. Rocks back and pummels the pull beating the man in the deep who is at deep mid-wicket. Raced away in a trice

OT

to Root, no run, my goodness. What has Root done there. Absolute brain-blast and he is lucky to survive. Very fortunate. This was the slider and he completely misjudged that. Skidded straight on and he just shouldered arms and allowed the ball a free passage to hit the leg. The only thing that could've saved him was the height as it struck him above the pad and it saves him. Going over and Aleem Dar's original decision has to be overturned. and the Aussies were exultant. Is that the moment that changes the game and the series? Let's wait and watch

4

to Root, FOUR, that's Root at his best. Was a tossed up delivery outside off, knows that there are two men in the deep, so has to get it spot on to hit the gap. And how well has he hit that? Nails the sweep, along the ground and beats the sprawling dive from deep mid-wicket. You won't see many better sweep shots than that

OT

Cummins to Root, no run, given not out for a caught behind appeal. Australia review. Nothing on HotSpot or on Snicko. So Australia will lose a review. Erasmus will check for the lbw as well which is the protocol. Impact - umpire's call and missing. Root will bat on. This was a vicious inswinger, zipped off the pitch as well and cut Root in half, missed the inside edge and flicked the back leg on the way to a diving Paine. Good catch but there was nothing on that. Good call from Chris Gaffaney and his decision is vindicated. One review gone!

OT

to Malan, no run, another review. This time for lbw. Smith takes it after a chat with . Given not out by Aleem Dar. Height again seems to be the issue. Has to be hitting mind you to be overturned. Clipping won't do. No inside edge onto the pad. Ball-tracking coming up. Missing and Australia won't have any more reviews left for the rest of the innings. Smith is seen closing his eyes as he sees it on the big screen. So both reviews burned in the space of three balls. If a decision goes against his side, they won't have anything to fall back on. Pitched in-line and rapped Malan above the kneeroll in-line. But the bounce saved Malan and it was going over. Strange call from Smith to go for it, having just lost one in the previous over. One has to say, that forced his hand there

4

to Malan, leg byes, FOUR, a pressure-releasing boundary. Even though it came off the thigh pad. Slips it down leg, beats the bat but takes the pad and long leg has too much ground to cover. He just gives up the chase

4

Cummins to Malan, FOUR, half-volley and put away. That breaks the shackles as far as Malan is concerned. He was getting bogged down and this shot should ease his nerves. Gets forward and drives wide of mid-off. Races away

4

to Root, FOUR, that's a half-volley on the pads, can't bowl there, with no protection in the deep for the flick. Easy for Root as he times it and places it well. A welcome boundary

4

to Root, FOUR, rarely does bowl bad balls. Not two in a row. Not two in a row on the pads. That's so unlike . Drifting into the pads once more, Root won't miss out. Flicks and hits the gap. Picks up consecutive boundaries and the target is cut short by 8 in a flash

D

to Malan, no run, dropped by Smith at slip. Reacted a bit late and it didn't stick in his right-hand. Went to grass. What a ball though. The perfect in-between length, drew the outside edge on the forward defence, the bat coming down at an angle, where the face is closed and carried to Smith as well. Low catch but once he got a hand to it, should've clasped it. Lucky break for Malan and England

4

to Root, FOUR, brilliant back-cut to get to fifty. The Barmy Army go "Rooooootttttttt". But still the job is far from over. Far from it. But he is playing a gem of an innings and more importantly there's the steely look in his eyes which augurs well for England. Fraction short outside off, supremely late-cut past the diving gully to reach the landmark. A raise of the bat and that's about it. Knows he has to kick on and back to concentrating

4

to Malan, FOUR, beautiful controlled square drive. went full and wide outside off, too much width, Malan opened the bat face and got it between gully and backward point. Once he hit the gap, it was four all the way

4

to Malan, FOUR, the luck going England's way. How close was that to clipping the bails. Again Malan hanging back, expecting the short ball, this is a inseamer, decking in, from a back of a length, since the feet didn't move, the bat comes down at an angle, catches the inside edge, misses the stumps and races away to the fine leg fence. Lucky lucky

4

to Malan, FOUR, runs suddenly starting to flow. And how well has Malan bisescted the two. Tremendous placement. went short, but didn't get enough height on the ball, Malan on the swivel hit the pull hard, beat long leg and deep square. They aren't too far from each other, but that's pinpoint placement. They do well to avoid bumping their heads and bodies. Three boundaries and 14 off that over

4

Cummins to Root, FOUR, straight through Bancroft's hands at short catching cover! Definitely catchable, may have not picked it from the background. By the time he put his hands up, the ball had flown past him. Overpitched outside off, Root cover-drove that and it was in the air. We were praising how good a fielder Bancroft is, he would feel disappointed that he didn't even get a fingertip on that. Races away once it beats him

W

Cummins to Malan, out Bowled!! Cummins you little rippaaaaaa! He is pumped. Knocks the off stump back and kicks the door wide open once again. From round the wicket, bowled on a good length and angled in, beat Malan for pace on the forward defence. Late in bringing his bat down, late in covering the line. A tiny gap is enough for Cummins to go through and that quietens the Barmy Army who were getting increasingly rowdy. Malan b Cummins 29(80) [4s-4]

W

to Woakes, out Caught by Paine!! Given out caught behind, Woakes reviews. What a start to the day this is eh? Woakes is completely squared up here. Aleem Dar thought there's an outside edge, just as Woakes prodded in front beside the line of the ball. Nothing on the infrared images/hotspot there. Barmy Army cheers. Of course. We will go over to snicko now. Remember that we need sufficient proof to overturn the on-field decision, which is out. Oh my, there's a wave on snicko when the ball passes the bat, so the original decision will stay. Bizarre, with two technologies at loggerheads out there but we have a proof. No way the noise could have come from anywhere else - the bat was far from the pad - so Woakes will have to go. Fair enough. Just couldn't get behind this ball that straightened a touch. So there's seam you'd say. Be wary England, for Australia have struck off the second ball of the day! Woakes c Paine b 5(10)

W

to Root, out Caught by Paine!! "This is a monster of a wicket" yells KP on air. That could be the Ashes - shows how big a wicket this is. Root is walking back shaking his head. What a start for Australia. What a bowler is. That nagging line and length outside off, came back in a tad, kept low and Root played a poor stroke. Was trying to keep it out, but it took a tiny bottom edge and Paine won't drop that. Off go the Aussies in delight. has struck in consecutive overs and all of a sudden the target looks so so far away. Root c Paine b 67(123) [4s-9]

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, superb drive. Overpitched by and Bairstow got forward to drive that well. Into the ground and wide of short cover. High elbow and all that. Raced away

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, edged and now lands short of second slip. In front of Smith and through him for four more. Brushed the left wrist of Smith on the dive on the way. On a good length and outside off, Bairstow in defending got an edge that didn't go to hand. All these runs count

W

to Moeen Ali, out Lbw!! Mo has been given out lbw. He reviews. Looks dead. No inside edge onto the pad or glove. Ball-tracking coming up. Impact and hitting is umpire's call and Moeen Ali has to go. It could've gone either way. Such is the vagaries of the DRS. Once you are given out in a scenario like this, mostly the on-field call stays. Bad shot though by Mo - he went to sweep a fullish flatter trajectory, missed and once he missed, it was left to Aleem Dar who raised the finger. strikes in his first over. It's getting over quickly. Moeen Ali lbw b 2(20)

4

Cummins to C Overton, FOUR, edged and wide of second slip. Smith was diving across full-length to his right to try and get to that, but couldn't. Genuine edge as Overton played away from the body, got lucky and what's more important is that he got a boundary

D

Cummins to C Overton, no run, dropped by Bancroft at third slip. Hit the wrist and went down. Easy take too. He is very close in with a helmet on his head. But still very catchable. Genuine edge and straight in before popping out. Khawaja goes up to Bancroft to offer words of consolation

W

to C Overton, out Lbw!! Can't get more plumber than that. How does he get it so spot on first ball? Dream delivery for a left-arm fast bowler to a right-hander from over the wicket. Swung in late, kept low and zoomed past the bat to hit the pad in front of all three. Overton is a big man and once that swung and ripped in at pace, he had no chance. Will this be over, in this over? Dar has one of the easiest decisions to make. C Overton lbw b 7(34) [4s-1]

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, that's the shot of the day. Lovely off-drive, can't much better than that. Presented the full face of the bat and drove it past Broad. Raced away. Covered the swing well

4

to Broad, byes, FOUR, how much has that swung? By miles. Gives Paine no chance. After pitching well outside leg, Paine dived but couldn't reach. Four byes

W

to Broad, out Caught by Paine!! Can't survive against with this kind of technique. Broad has totally lost his batting after having his nose broken by Varun Aaron back in England. Looks a pale shadow of the man who made a 160 odd at Lord's against Asif and Co. Shuffles across to a full one outside off, could've left that, should've, but the shuffle meant the edge was found as the bat came down at an angle. Low catch to Paine and Australia are one wicket away from winning this. Broad c Paine b 8(12)

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, pitched up outside off, Bairstow gets forward and drives, into the gap at cover. Raced away. The bat turned on impact, but still the cover region was vacant

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, what a shot. There are fielders in the deep, there's a deep point, but he is a spectator. As everyone opine, Bairstow shouldn't be batting so low down in this batting order. Pitched up and outside off, creamed through the off-side. Spanked and it scooted off the middle of the bat

W

to Bairstow, out Bowled!! Clatter and that's Australia going 2-0 up. has a Michelle as well! Was too close to dab it down, was on off-stump on a short of length, cramped for room was Bairstow. The inside edge takes the middle stump out and the celebrations begin. One has to feel for Bairstow. There's only a certain amount he can do. Bairstow b 36(57) [4s-5]

4

to Bancroft, FOUR, wide of third slip. Makes him playing away from the body with this outswinger but it's not a hard edge. Rolls wide of the slip cordon

OT

to Warner, no run, a neurotic review from Root. He thinks Warner has edged a very full outswinger to the keeper. Did Bairstow convince him into it? Might just have. Warne is ranting against it on the air. Not sure I heard anything off the bat there. Looked far from it. Nothing on the infrared images. Nothing on snickometer too. There's a spike but way after ball's crossed the bat. Daylight. Adelaide cheers. England flush a review down the drains

W

to Bancroft, out Caught by Bairstow!! This is how, as an opposition, you don't want to be bowling. Got an edge off the length ball last delivery, and pushes it further fuller this time. And it carries. Bancroft prods forward but there's nothing he can do. The ball keeps it (devastating) shape. A touch of outswing and there's a nick. Bancroft c Bairstow b 4(8) [4s-1]

4

to Khawaja, FOUR, soft outside edge here. Again that seam movement, Khawaja's not quite lunging in front to quell that, and elicits that edge. Runs wide and safe of the slip cordon

4

to Warner, FOUR, he's been getting these inswingers wrong from over the wicket. Starts from a leg-stump line and is glanced away to the fine leg fence

4

Overton to Khawaja, FOUR, prods at a fullish ball wide of off and runs the outside edge between the seond slip and the gully. Root strethes to his left but that sped through

4

Overton to Khawaja, FOUR, feroious pull shot. Front leg in the air and then goes through, finding the gap through square leg

W

to Khawaja, out Lbw!! And when he makes them play, he troubles them. Enough swing on offer at the moment and England didn't bowl enough deliveries at or close to the stumps. This was an unplayable delivery. Good length delivery from round the wicket, pitching on off and swinging away late, opening up the batsman completely. Khawaja had no clue about it on the defence, gets hit on the left leg, impact was marginally on off stump and umpire Aleem Dar raised his finger straightaway. Khawaja discussed with Warner and reviewed. The ball-track said umpire's call - clipping the top of off - and it was curtains for Australia's No. 3. Khawaja lbw b 20(49) [4s-3]

W

to Warner, out Caught by Root!! Lovely delivery and Warner nicks off. The ball does move around under lights and that is probably why England should have made the batsman play more. angles this length delivery across the left-hander, Warner was wanting to play on the on-side, the ball may have just nipped away off the pitch and that squared up Warner, who got a thick edge that flew straight to second slip. Warner c Root b 14(60) [4s-1]

OT

to Smith, no run, looked very not out to the naked eye and DRS saves Smith. Look at the roar from the Adelaide crowd for the Australian captain. Gee this angle from round the wicket to Smith has been troubling him. He's very lucky that this length ball just pitched outside leg. Inswinger from round the wicket, very tough to land it in line, Smith missed the flick, hit in line with the stumps, but he escapes. smiles and is hugged by one of his team-mates as England see the DRS process on the big screen. He tried everything against Smith at the Gabba, deserves to get him

4

to Smith, FOUR, this is brave batting. There is man close at short mid-wicket for the uppish flick, but Smith doesn't mind playing the shot, controls it well enough covering the inswing on his full ball and places it to the right of the fielder

W

to Smith, out Lbw!! Where was this sort of penetration in the first innings bowling, England? They have bowled quite well and reduced Australia to 50/4. This was a good length delivery just leaving the right-hander, Smith moves across and fails to get bat on ball trying to defend, impact looked iffy, just in line with the off stump according to ball-tracker and the ball was just kissing the top of off stump. Just. Because the on-field call was OUT, Smith had to go and Australia lose a review. Massive wicket, but Australia are 267 runs ahead. Way ahead in the game. Smith lbw b 6(12) [4s-1]

OT

to Handscomb, no run, not surprising in the end. Didn't fly through as is the case with bat/glove generally. It was a shortish length delivery and Handscomb played inside the line as the ball lobbed to Cook at first slip. England thought there was an edge and the decision was given quite late. Handscomb stayed put and reviewed it straightaway. Hot Spot and Snicko backed his call as they showed nothing. Off his shoulder it was

4

to Lyon, FOUR, what a response from Lyon! Another short ball and he seemed like he was about to duck again, adjusts to ramp it over the slips. Got it to the third man fence. The crowd roars in delight on that, 'Nice Garry!!' moment

4

to Lyon, FOUR, super shot! Nothing orthodox about this but entertaining to watch. Lyon backs away almost in advance, exposing his sticks and fetches some width of his own. Eases the pace through backward point and that rocketed away. isn't amused at all. No fast bowler would when he sees shots like this

W

to Lyon, out Caught by Broad!! One shot too many! Lyon wasn't going to die wondering and falls in the process. Backs away to create room but shortens his length considerably. No holding back from the stroke though as he looks to flat-bat it but ends up skewing it towards mid-off. Dolly for Broad. It was fun to watch while it lasted, Lyon as to walk back. Lyon c Broad b 14(30) [4s-2]

W

to Handscomb, out Caught by Malan!! Super catching! has his fourth and look at the English boys, they are pumped! Just short of a good length and there is a bit of width on offer, Handscomb tries to glide it with an open bat face. Cannot keep it down and Malan reacts sharply with a dive to his right at third slip. Excellent stuff and Australia lose their sixth. What an enthralling morning already! Lots of action. Handscomb c Malan b 12(42)

W

to Paine, out Caught by C Overton!! Now look at the irony. Paine made a living out of these short deliveries in the first innings, and now falls, again, to one that puts paid to an encore. A pulled top-edge that swirled over backward square leg - the fielder had no chance - and it never looked like carrying to long leg. Until, of course, Overton came running in and dived headfirst to take a really good catch. Yeah, the lead's over 300 but England can do with few of these moments. Paine's folly here: fetching that pull from outside off. Paine c C Overton b 11(27)

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, slashed over the slip cordon. Too short and too wide for a man in Marsh's form. And bracket. Plays late and opens the cut shot, lending it an assured thrust to clear the fielders behind

4

to Starc, FOUR, could have been straight to fly slip but there's none. Who has it, eh? Tries to take on with a swoosh across this over-the-wicket angle and shoots a thick uppish edge behind the wicket

4

Ali to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, how well has he used his feet here. Shimmied out, allowed the ball to dip by getting closer to the pitch of that, and then drove through extra cover

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Ali to Starc, SIX, that's how you carve out flesh. Gets low on the front foot that's not blocking Starc's swingin' room and then mauls the bat across, swiping the ball all the way over mid-wicket. Time to bowl without the flight, I guess; Starc's taken off with a 85 meter six!

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to Shaun Marsh, out Bowled!! Four wickets for . No surprises for how Marsh gets out here. To a very full ball, a length that England had nonplussedly shelved in the first innings. is from over the wicket to Marsh here, and gets the ball to seam in straight. Through the bat-pad gap - might have been a tickle off the inside edge - and clatterrrrrrrr. Through Shaun Marsh's attempted flick there. Shaun Marsh b 19(60) [4s-2]

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to Starc, no run, has hurt himself, torn his trousers at the knees and dropped his first potential five-wicket haul in Australia. Well, for now. Gets Starc top-edging here, calls for the catch himself without realizing that it's too far in front of him. Sprints, dives, but doesn't quite gets hold of the ball. So that's the catch dropped, technically. And the momentum takes his left foot hurtling into the stumps, which results into a very awkward slide-fall. He looks fine

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to Starc, out Caught by Moeen Ali!! First five-fer for in Australia. Smiles (in his new trousers). And shows the ball to the dressing room, rather subtly. Bowled a length ball this time, tempting Starc into a loft that's utterly miscued. Straight to Moeen Ali at wide mid-off. Starc c Moeen Ali b 20(25) [4s-1 6s-1]

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Overton to Hazlewood, out aught by Malan!! Fended staright to gully. This was always going to be the ploy. Hazlewood ouldn't quite get on top of the boune and popped one behind. Hazlewood Malan b Overton 3(7)

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to Stoneman, FOUR, in the air and wide of the flying gully. Pacy short of length delivery on the stumps, Stoneman's bat came across at an angle and the thick leading edge went well wide of the diving Khawaja. Quick outfield and that does the rest. has his hands on his head with a smile dotting his face

4

to Cook, FOUR, first poor delivery from and it's gone for a boundary. On the pads, Cook flicks through square leg and beats long leg with ease

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, slashed and slashed hard through gully and backward point region. Fraction short outside off, Stoneman didn't hold back on the square cut and because he went full throttle it just flew past the fielder's hands and into the boundary. Positive batting

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to Stoneman, out Lbw!! Stoneman reviews! Given out lbw by Chris Gaffaney and after a consultation with Cook he goes for it. It isn't even clipping but crashing into leg. Three reds and Stoneman has to go. That's a review lost as well. Pacy full inswinger at 148.4 clicks, attacking the middle and leg stump, Stoneman is late on the flick and it has pinged the pad very low. So no question about height and no inside edge as well. But to be fair to Stoneman, to the naked eye, it was worth a review as the ball's angle seemed to be drifting down. Good call by Gaffaney. Stoneman lbw b 18(21) [4s-2]

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to James Vince, out Caught by Paine!! Oh we have an early wicket, strikes in his first over. That is a bad shot from Vince very early in the piece. is tight with his lines, bowls a short of length delivery that comes back in with the angle from over the wicket, Vince was pushing at it off the back foot with hard hands and gets a thick edge that goes to the right of Paine. Played away from the body and paid the price, he couldn't handle the bounce too. Delight for Australia straightaway. James Vince c Paine b 2(10)

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Cummins to Root, FOUR, that's nicely played. Good length delivery outside off stump, Root defends with an angled bat, played with soft hands and the ball runs past gully off the outside half of the bat

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Cummins to Root, out Caught by Bancroft!! This is disaster for England. Their captain is out for a single digit score. He is distraught, doesn't want to leave, drags himself off. This is a juicy full ball to drive through cover was what Root thought, but it just left him late and took a thick edge. He went really hard at it and the edge went straight to third slip. Joy for Cummins and Australia as the players celebrate this massive wicket. On the replay, Root had a real go at it. Root c Bancroft b Cummins 9(10) [4s-1]

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Cummins to Cook, FOUR, pulled away through square leg, there was a man inside the ring, but Cook controlled the shot this time against this short ball and found the gap

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to Malan, FOUR, that's nicely played. Probably expected Malan to step out again, hence bowled flat and outside off stump, Malan stays in the crease and cuts late, beats backward point

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to Malan, no run, normally Aleem Dar makes his decisions quite quickly, but this time, it was almost as if he thought it was not out, but suddenly raised the finger. Malan was shocked for a moment. It was a huuuuge LBW shout from Australia as Malan was caught on the crease hopping trying to defend this length ball, was beaten for pace, looked not out to the naked eye because of the height, but Dar managed to convince himself very late. DRS proves that the ball would have jumped over the sticks and Malan survives

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to Cook, FOUR, some width and Cook's laid into it. Cuts it through backward point region

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to Malan, no run, Malan was gone there.. Fends a short ball to the left of forward short leg and runs. The fielder had a clear view of the stumps, Malan was no where in the frame but he misses. A life. Panic

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to Cook, out Caught by Smith!! And Cook's gone. Garry's got 'im, and his 50th wicket versus England. 's been bowling beautifully today, with the drift and a little bit of spin. Exactly how he bowled this ball. It curls in from round the wicket and the fuller length entices Cook forward. Doesn't have the turn covered, jabs at it away from his body and edges it straight to Smith at first slip. Cook c Smith b 37(90) [4s-3]

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to Moeen Ali, leg byes, FOUR, gets swing first ball. Curls in from round the wicket and takes

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to Moeen Ali, FOUR, he's latched onto it. Drifting onto the pads, he's slog-swept him through squarish mid-wicket. Open area there

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to Moeen Ali, FOUR, even better. Fetches the slog-sweep from outside off and pastes him through mid-wicket. He's settling in now, like how he likes

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Cummins to Malan, out Caught by Paine!! Strikes first ball in this new spell. Goes wide of the crease and gets the ball seaming in from back of a length. Trims the glove and sneaks through the bat-pad gap to the keeper. Malan c Paine b Cummins 19(58) [4s-1]

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Cummins to Bairstow, FOUR, this is good batting from Bairstow. Was beaten all ends up previous ball, but was ready for this full ball, came forward and out came the off-drive, hit past the bowler and mid-off had no chance

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Cummins to Bairstow, FOUR, Cummins tests Bairstow on the cover drive with a full ball and this time the England wicket-keeper has middled the ball and got the placement right

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to Moeen Ali, out Caught&Bowled!! My corneas are lit. 's so good with this one-handed catch that Garry can now officially be a spandex brand. Flights it full, draws a chip back from Moeen Ali and absolutely throws himself to his left in the followthrough. Stretching as far as he could, air-borne all the way while diving in front of the non-striker, and then clasping the ball (with the divine powers of elasticity invested in him). That's quite a catch. England don't have a way back now, I fear. Moeen Ali c and b 25(57) [4s-2]

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to Woakes, FOUR, this is a lovely hit. Spots the length early and smokes the uppish pull right over short leg

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to Bairstow, out Caught&Bowled!! , you juggler. Back to back return catches from Australia then. First Lyon and then now. Bairstow is early into his straight-batted shot. Pops it back, trying to play on the rise. deflects it off his non-bowling hand in the followthrough and then latches onto the rebound. He had 0.561 seconds to react there. Smiles once he takes it. Bairstow c and b 21(50) [4s-2]

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to Woakes, FOUR, nah, lets him get away. Short and wide, and the over the wicket angle helping the right-hander already with some room, and Woakes has latched on. Cuts it away

4

to C Overton, FOUR, gets on top of this short ball and stylishly cuts it in front of gully

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to C Overton, FOUR, drives it just behind a leaping Lyon at point. And places it well in front of the gully fielder. Good shot this

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to Woakes, FOUR, driven away nicely off the front foot, full and wide outside off stump from , Woakes reaches out and places it to the right of point

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to C Overton, leg byes, FOUR, off the thigh pad and England get four extra runs. Short delivery on the leg stump, Overton hops and fails to defend, the ball escapes past the keeper for four

4

to Woakes, FOUR, that's cruel on the bowler. He surprised the batsman with a bouncer. Woakes thought of cutting and then half-stopped on seeing the ball really rise on him, fends and the edge clears the cordon, escaping for four

4

to C Overton, FOUR, hit with the spin, slog-swept away over square leg and this lad has been impressive on debut. 200 up for England, 42 more to make Australia bat again

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to Woakes, out Caught&Bowled!! Oh no! This is a shame. Woakes and Overton were fighting so well and this is a very soft dismissal. Another wicket gifted away. hardly had to move for that return catch. Shortish ball, harmless, Woakes goes back and tries to pull, but ends up slicing it high in the air, a dolly of a catch for the bowler. He had to fetch that ball from outside off stump, could have left it alone. End of a 66-run stand - the best thus far for England in this game. Woakes c and b 36(62) [4s-4]

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to C Overton, FOUR, guided away nicely over the cordon. Width on offer from and Overton made full use of it. Deliberately hit it in the air and got it over gully

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to Broad, leg byes, FOUR, that's frustrating for the bowler. Broad was jumping across in the crease at this short ball, fails to tickle, the ball brushes the thigh pad and escapes Paine's dive

4

to C Overton, FOUR, what a shot to get off the mark in the session. Uses his feet and drills it through straightish mid-off. , bowling from round the wicket, had no chance at that

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to Broad, out Caught by Paine!! With 54 wickets, is now the joint-highest wicket-taker of 2017, alongside Rabada. He drags the length back here and gets the ball to turn and bounce. Broad was looking to turn it leg-side, is suprised by the spin and edges to Paine, who takes a good catch, given how the ball kicked off the turf there. The prospects of an impossible follow-on is still on.. Broad c Paine b 3(17)

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to Anderson, out Lbw!! And , now, has picked the most number of wickets in 2017. Rushes past Rabada's tally of 54 wickets. Finishes with 4 wickets in the innings. Now to the dismissal: Anderson was given out LBW and calls for the review.. Drifts in to pitch on leg-stump and then raps Anderson on the inside of the front thigh, just as he misses his sweep. No inside edge, as is obvious from the replays and infra-red images. Ball-tracking says that it's hitting the top of leg-stump. All over, in the first innings, for England. Anderson lbw b 0(3)

4

to Warner, FOUR, roar from the crowd and we get the first boundary of the game. goes slightly short and Warner pounces on it. Not much width on offer but Warner plays the cut close to the body and sends it past point, beats the fielder's race

4

to Warner, FOUR, that's the first time a ball has been cover-driven for four. floats this too full, Warner gets to the pitch of the ball by moving his front foot forward and places the drive in the gap

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to Warner, out Bancroft Run Out!! Dear holy me. That's what England needed. Harakiri in running. Never run on a misfield, they say. Warner pats one off the front foot to short cover, where Moeen fumbles. And Bancroft is off the blocks by then, taking the misfield for granted. Woakes charges in from widish mid-off, collects the ball and hits bull's-eye at the bowler's end. Bancroft is short. He responded to Warner's call and was sold down the river. We didn't even need the third umpire. Bancroft run out (Woakes) 10(41)

4

to Warner, FOUR, typically Warner. Pitched up with readymade width, Warner's eased it through covers. Really leaned into it and shot it off the middle

4

Overton to Khawaja, FOUR, pulled away. Not as short, and with his weight bak, Khawaja was in ontrol. Swivels this in front of square

4

Overton to Khawaja, FOUR, oh a bit of a top-edge on this pull but the fielder at deep bakward square was well away. Khawaja managed to get this finer with the swivel. Wasn't quite bak to play this pull. Perhaps surprised by the length, being aught off-guard on his front foot

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Overton to Warner, FOUR, shoots that away. Full and reamed towards the right of short over. That was very well-timed

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Overton to Warner, FOUR, gear up, fellas. Warner is opening up. Overton was driven last ball, so shortens the length. Warner waits and heks the uppish ut shot wide of the slip ordon. All intentional. Played late deliberately to get the plaement

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Ali to Khawaja, FOUR, some width and hit away through point. Australia rattling along

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Ali to Khawaja, FOUR, through backward point. Cut away and Vince has let it through. Doesn't help, Vince. Doesn't

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to Warner, out Caught by Bairstow!! Gone! That's a big wicket. is chuffed. He punches the air as he jumps in delight. Poor stroke though it must be said. Wasn't there for the cut or the steer. It was angled across him on a back of a length and Warner was cramped on the shot. A faint tickle and Bairstow makes no mistake. The nick was audible and clear enough to send Warner on his way. Reward for some persistent bowling. Warner was very disappointed with himself and looked at the toe of his bat before trudging back. Warner c Bairstow b 47(102) [4s-5]

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to Smith, FOUR, that's a gift to Smith allowing him to get off the mark. Long half-volley outside off, Smith lays into that and drives fiercely through cover and the ball raced away from the middle of the bat. A great way to get yourself going

4

to Khawaja, FOUR, poor, poor delivery. Down leg with long leg very square and easy for Khawaja. Tickled away and beats the man on the fence with ease

4

to Khawaja, FOUR, good cut and beats both point and cover. Remember here at the Adelaide Oval, the square boundaries are very short, once you find the gap, it generally races away, does so here

4

to Khawaja, FOUR, brilliant pull shot. We have seen Khawaja on the short ball and he is very good. This is around hip height and he has no trouble in swivelling and smashing this through square leg. Beats deep backward square with ease

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to Khawaja, 1 run, dropped by Stoneman at long leg! Look at the crowd behind his back. They are giving him grief. That's what the Aussies do. This is a good short ball, got it over the shoulder and Khawaja instinctively hooked, but got a top edge and Stoneman moving in, got both hands on the tumble and out it went. Once he got there, he should've hung on. How costly will this prove to be? Only time will tell

4

to Smith, FOUR, that's the third boundary of the over. Smith won't miss out on anything loose. This is an overpitched delivery on off and middle, emphatically flicked away through mid-wicket and the ball just purrs to the fence

4

Overton to Smith, FOUR, an't bowl so many half-volleys with that muh width outside off, Smith smokes this off the middle of the bat and wide of over to get himself another boundary

4

Ali to Khawaja, FOUR, 50 for Khawaja. This innings should get his confidence back. As soon as he saw the shortish length, went back and cut it late, desperate run and dive by Overton, but he pushed the ball along with him past the hoardings

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to Khawaja, out Caught by James Vince!! strikes and doesn't even celebrate. Stoneman will be a relieved man. Good grab at gully. threw it fuller and outside off, enticed Khawaja into a lazy drive and the edge flew to the left of gully where it was taken with both hands. England needed that and it is their main man who has done it. Vince was pumped after taking the catch. Khawaja c James Vince b 53(112) [4s-8]

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to Handscomb, FOUR, Handscomb tries to defend, again no feet from him, stays back to this fullish ball and luckily, the edge runs along the ground past gully to third man. Handscomb played with soft hands there

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Overton to Smith, out Bowled!! ath him! ath him someone! What a debut wiket! He will remember this forever. He is doing a lap of the Adelaide Oval. Smith an't quite believe it and has a look at the replay on the big sreen before he shakes his head and walks off. Fuller than a good length, pithed outside off and nipped bak in, Smith didn't get forward and therein he paid the prie for his dismissal. Hit the front pad and then landed on the stumps. No inside edge for sure and finally England have found a way to dismiss Smith. Root is the first to go to Overton to ongratulate. This is a giganti wiket if ever there was one. Replays show that there may have been a tiny feather after brushing the pad and then onto the stumps! Smith b Overton 40(90) [4s-3]

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to Handscomb, FOUR, my goodness! has his hands on his head with a big smile dotting his face. Silly mid-on went oooohhhhh as well. Handscomb shuffled across and then the bat came down at an angle, flicked it from there as he took on the full delivery and sent it to the fine leg fence. Had that missed the bat, Handscomb himself would've walked off for lbw. No need for the umpire to raise his finger

4

to Handscomb, FOUR, deftly glanced away. Poor line, down leg, needed a tickle which Handscomb provided, beating leg gully with ease

4

Overton to Handsomb, FOUR, where's the gully? Where? Maybe Handsomb wouldn't have played this steer had there been one. So I will give him the benefit of doubt, this rose on him and he went bak to steer, ouldn't keep it down and got luky as the ball ran away to the vaant third man fene

4

Overton to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, magnifient hook. Takes it from his head and hooks down and hard into the ground, raed away past deep bakward square leg. That ame off the middle of the bat. Looked like Shaun Marsh was ready this time for the short one and didn't hold bak

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, leg-stump half-volley put away through square leg. Good dive in the deep, where Overton has dived in front and flicked it back in.. err.. replays show otherwise. Hand in contact with the rope, so will be a boundary

4

to Handscomb, FOUR, short and wide, Handscomb steers that brutally between point and gully. Races away

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to Handscomb, out Lbw!! strikes third ball! Handscomb ponders a review but hey, that was plumb. When you're so far back in the crease, the ball has to traverse a lesser distance. That was dead plumb. In admission, Handscomb just decides to walk off. was shortish in length for the first two balls, and gets it fuller this time. And see what transpires. The ball seams in and raps the back pad bang in front of the off-stump, sneaking through the side of the bat. And with that skid off the deck, Handscomb had no time to get his bat in the way. Gone, GONE. Handscomb lbw b 36(86) [4s-5]

4

to Paine, FOUR, what a poor ball to follow up. Short and down leg, and moving down all the more with the seam movement, Paine just swivels it to the fine leg fence

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, Marsh in his gear now. Gets one on the pads, that intended to rap the pad with, and look at Marsh gloriously dispatching it through mid-wicket. All along the ground. Pure timing

4

to Paine, FOUR, second time 's done that this morning. Bowl a jaffa and follow it up with a short ball. Scythed away over mid-wicket with a royal pull. doesn't have the pace. Paine could stand tall, get into position early and slam it away

4

to Paine, FOUR, that's the worst place to deliver an outswinger. That is very wide of off-stump. And with the movement away in the air, Paine could reach out, free arms and slash it uppishly through backward point. Australia attacking!

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, now Marsh goes too. Just a touch of width and he's square-driven this fuller length through point. Reached out on front foot and used his wrists to open the drive and find the placement

4

Overton to Paine, FOUR, driven uppishly through the left of Overton. Wasn't a hane. Well wide for a tall man like Overton. He did try to get his left foot in the way but ouldn't stop that. And this overpithed ball goes all the way to the long-off fene

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to Shaun Marsh, no run, Marsh has been given out leg before.. and reviews. Where's the ball pitching? That looks dicey. It's a legal ball. Pitches around leg-stump and hits the front pad just on the knee-roll. Doesn't look like there's an inside edge, as snicko and hotspot confirm. Ball tracking, umm, says that it's going over! Woah. The ball pitched well on leg-stump. That was the only thing that could have gone wrong, but as it is, it's the other. Height. just got the ball to straighten in line of the stumps there. There's seam movement from this end, told ya! Good change of ends for

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to Paine, no run, Paine reviews? Yeah. Must. Looked high. gets the ball to jag in from a line outside off. Past the inside edge - hotspot and snicko confirm that - and then the ball hits the back thigh in front of middle. Missing the stumps again. Two decisions overturned for umpire Chris Gaffaney in two overs then. Decision overturned

4

Overton to Paine, byes, FOUR, so short that it's flown over Paine's head and then over keeper's one-handed leap to his left too. Foakes in the deep at fine leg who pulls fields but his hand was in ontat with the boundary there

4

Ali to Paine, FOUR, throws his hands there and smacks it over covers. Just a bit of away-drift there that allowed Paine the room to free arms

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, catching mid-on's not going to help if the line is outside off. Full and driven away with charm, well wide of Broad's dive at mid-off

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Ali to Paine, SIX, launches it over mid-wicket! This was coming. Ali flights this one up, Paine was on his front foot and gets the sloggin' room in front. A maximum. Expect more of these in the lead up to the dinner break

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to Paine, 2 runs, he's checked the drive there but gets enough timing on that to long-on. Mason Crane, the substitute, gives the chase. And a fifty for Paine - his 3rd in Tests! An aggressive fifty, I'd say, that didn't allow England to get away after that early wicket

4

Overton to Paine, FOUR, he will hit you if you don't get your lines right. Short and wide outside off stump, sat up niely for Paine to ut over point, hit deliberately over the infield and into the point boundary

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Overton to Paine, out aught by Moeen Ali!! And the short ball ploy works. This is what you get when you are a positive batsman, looking for runs. It was a well direted bumper, at the body, Paine went for the pull, didn't want to keep it down, England had a man perfetly in plae at deep square leg for the uppish pull and it goes straight to Mo, who makes no mistake. End of a good knok from Paine. Was hit twie on the right index finger that he broke in 2010, batted with pain and put up a gutsy show. England have managed to break this stubborn 85-run stand. Paine Moeen Ali b Overton 57(102) [4s-6 6s-1]

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Overton to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, quik single, diret-hit would have been very tight. Short of a length just outside off stump, Marsh taps it to point, slight hesitation but they go through, Star was well short when the ball rossed the stumps. Opportunity missed

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to Shaun Marsh, 2 runs, freebie and Marsh gets to fifty - his 9th in Tests - first ball with a flick to mid-wicket

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to Starc, out Caught by Anderson!! That's an easy chance for Anderson at mid-wicket, short delivery from , Starc doesn't control the pull shot, the bat turns in his hands and he ends up slicing the ball in the air. Anderson ran to his left from mid-on and completed the catch. strikes in the first over after tea as well. Starc c Anderson b 6(29)

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to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, what a shot, hit on the rise and hit from the middle of the bat. A stride forward to this fullish delivery and the drive comes out beautifully. HotSpot tells us that it came from the sweetest spot of the bat and raced past the man at cover

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, square-driven past the diving Mo at backward point. The length was very full from and Marsh played with an open bat face to hit the gap at point, the outfield is quick enough to take it to the boundary. Mo taps the ground in disappointment that he couldn't stop the ball

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to Shaun Marsh, leg byes, 1 run, loud LBW shout, not given, looked close, but umpire Chris Gaffaney shakes his head because he reckoned the ball pitched outside leg. Bairstow was convinced, too thought it was out and asked Root to signal the "T." It was a good length delivery that came back in, hit the pad just under the kneeroll, HawkEye shows the ball hitting the top of middle and off but it pitched just outside leg stump

4

Overton to Pat ummins, FOUR, and he's off the mark, off the 37th ball he faes and he gets a massive roar from the rowd as if he got to a milestone. Shortish delivery outside off stump, ummins guides that past gully, in fat he hit that twie, the ball fliked the outside half of the bat after the first ontat

4

Ali to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, flicked away nicely off the stumps, he's whipped that powerfully through mid-wicket to beat the man in the deep

4

Ali to Pat Cummins, FOUR, as soon as he saw the flight on that, Pat Cummins decided to smash that wide of mid-on. Planted his front foot forward and smoked it along the ground. Shaun Marsh did well to get out of the way

4

Overton to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, that's a fine pull shot. Overton dug in short, but not at shoulder height for it to ause any onern, a swivel pull and beats deep bakward square with ease. Rolled the wrists on that and got on top of the boune of the ball

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to Pat Cummins, FOUR, cracking square cut now. Again Pat Cummins shows that he can more than hold his own with the bat. Has talent with the willow and latches on to this short and wide delivery, rolls his wrists and plays the textbook cut shot, wide of point

4

to Pat Cummins, FOUR, again a poor delivery, half-tracker and spinning in, backward square is halfway from the fence, Pat Cummins swivelled and then hit it in the air, but well wide of the man there. Once it got past him, it was always a boundary

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, that's delicate and late. That's why he hit the gap. Wide of the diving gully. An off-pace delivery with width outside off, Shaun Marsh cut that very late and got it past the left of the diving fielder. Raced away

4

to Pat Cummins, FOUR, beautiful lofted drive. Even though he didn't get to the pitch of it, used his long levers to lift it back over the bowler. Mid-on was just a spectator and escorted the ball to the fence

4

Ali to Pat Cummins, FOUR, that's a slog. But a good slog. Tossed up and went for it, swung it across the line, wide of short leg, beats the men in the deep too. Runs continue to flow and England starting to bleed badly now

4

Ali to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, that's a brilliant shot. He plays spin so well. Is down the track in a flash and the ball is thrown up outside off, with a hint of turn away, the off-side ring is packed as well, there's a little gap which he has to hit and he does so effortlessly with a drive past cover and wide of mid-off. Exceptional batting and what made it risk-free was that he hit it all along the ground as well

4

Ali to Pat Cummins, FOUR, Pat Cummins isn't holding back against Ali especially when it is tossed up like this. Full and he cleared his front leg to heave it to the deep mid-wicket fence, almost all the way, one bounce over the ropes. 14 came off that over

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to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, pulled... and there's the 100. Right into the gap as well. Bisecting the two men in the deep. We all know that Shaun Marsh has been bred on the hard and pacy WACA wicket. He is a tremendous player of the short ball, so a bad idea to bounce him, but understandable with the field set, but Marsh hit that hard and into the gap giving deep square no chance. He removes the helmet and screams in delight, before kissing the crest on the helmet and then hugging his partner. His 5th hundred - which also takes him past his old man - Geoff Marsh who was a hard tough as nails opener you could hope to see back in the day. Rare show of emotion from Shaun who is generally a placid sort of individual. The crowd rise on their feet to applaud a fine hundred

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Overton to Pat ummins, out aught by Malan!! That's the end of Pat ummins. There was no room to play the slash or the upper-ut, as the ball was inoming at his body, ummins still went through with the shot, understandable as they are on the lookout for quik runs. Holes out to third man. Straight to the fielder. Pat ummins Malan b Overton 44(90) [4s-7]

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Overton to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, slashes it and it flies off the edge over ook, raed away beating gully's hase. an't give so muh width to a man batting on 100 plus

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Overton to Lyon, SIX, what if Lyon missed five in a row? Off the sixth, he gets off the mark with a biggie. Look at the smile on his fae and is walking around like Sir Viv used to do in his pomp, hewing on his gum. Short and down leg, hooked off a top edge and into the fine leg fene. No hane for the fielder. He was very happy with the shot too

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, the debutant Overton did a magnificent job but parries it into the hoardings. His jumper is soiled by that effort and he shows off his disappointment as well. Slugged wide of deep mid-wicket, long chase for Overton and despite all the effort, it all went in vain. 100 marks for the committment though

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to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, how has he got that to the fence? A yorker on the stumps, Shaun Marsh gets bat on the flick, and nutmegs himself on the way to the deep backward square fence. This time to the left of Overton, who wasn't in the picture. Smith and Warner like it

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to Shaun Marsh, SIX, wow! That's some hit. The legendary Adelaide Oval straight boundaries which are so long that it needs power, timing and brute force to clear them. But Shaun Marsh has shown all that and more with a clean tee-off to a full delivery right in the slot. Opened his shoulders and didn't hold back at all. Lands beyond the sightscreen. You won't see a cleaner strike than that in a Test match!