1st Test,
Sri Lanka tour of Bangladesh, 2018, Chittagong

Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka

31 January 2018 09:00 (IST)

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

Australia vs England

England 3rd Inn:218/10 (72.5)

James Anderson 1 (7);
Mitchell Starc 17-5-44-1; Pat Cummins 19.5-4-53-2;

Last bat: Chris Woakes

Result: Australia won by an innings and 41 runs.

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England 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Alastair Cook c & b Hazlewood 14 20 2 0 70
Mark Stoneman c Paine & b Hazlewood 3 8 0 0 37.5
James Vince b Starc 55 95 12 0 57.89
Joe Root(c) c Steven Smith & b Lyon 14 20 3 0 70
Dawid Malan c Paine & b Hazlewood 54 135 8 0 40
Jonny Bairstow(wk) b Hazlewood 14 26 3 0 53.85
Moeen Ali lbw Lyon 11 56 2 0 19.64
Chris Woakes c Paine & b Pat Cummins 22 48 3 0 45.83
Craig Overton c Khawaja & b Hazlewood 12 21 2 0 57.14
Stuart Broad c Paine & b Pat Cummins 0 2 0 0 0
James Anderson not out 1 7 0 0 14.29
             
Extras(b - 6, lb - 11, w - 0, nb - 1)18
Total(218 all out in 72.5 overs)218 (2.99 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/4 (Mark Stoneman, 1.5 ov.) 2/29 (Alastair Cook, 7.3 ov.) 3/60 (Joe Root, 14.1 ov.)
4/100 (James Vince, 29.5 ov.) 5/133 (Jonny Bairstow, 39.1 ov.) 6/172 (Moeen Ali, 54.5 ov.)
7/196 (Dawid Malan, 63.2 ov.) 8/210 (Craig Overton, 67.5 ov.) 9/211 (Stuart Broad, 68.2 ov.)
10/218 (Chris Woakes, 72.5 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Mitchell Starc 17 5 44 1 2.59  
Josh Hazlewood 18 6 48 5 2.67  
Mitchell Marsh 3 1 14 0 4.67  
Pat Cummins 19.5 4 53 2 2.67  
Nathan Lyon 15 4 42 2 2.8  
               

Australia 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Cameron Bancroft lbw Craig Overton 25 55 3 0 45.45
David Warner c Bairstow & b Craig Overton 22 36 1 0 61.11
Usman Khawaja lbw C Woakes 50 123 8 0 40.65
Steven Smith(c) lbw James Anderson 239 399 30 1 59.9
Shaun Marsh c Root & b Moeen 28 75 4 0 37.33
Mitchell Marsh lbw James Anderson 181 236 29 0 76.69
Tim Paine(wk) not out 49 85 6 0 57.65
Mitchell Starc runout (J Vince) 1 3 0 0 33.33
Pat Cummins lbw James Anderson 41 63 4 1 65.08
Nathan Lyon c Moeen & b James Anderson 4 3 1 0 133.33
Josh Hazlewood dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 4, lb - 16, w - 1, nb - 1)22
Total(662 for 9 in 179.3 overs)662 (3.69 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/44 (David Warner, 13.2 ov.) 2/55 (Cameron Bancroft, 17.2 ov.) 3/179 (Usman Khawaja, 51.1 ov.)
4/248 (Shaun Marsh, 74.4 ov.) 5/549 (Mitchell Marsh, 152.2 ov.) 6/560 (Steven Smith, 156.1 ov.)
7/561 (Mitchell Starc, 157 ov.) 8/654 (Pat Cummins, 177.6 ov.) 9/662 (Nathan Lyon, 179.3 ov.)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
James Anderson 37.3 9 116 4 3.09  
Stuart Broad 35 3 142 0 4.06  
Chris Woakes 41 8 128 1 3.12 (1w)
Craig Overton 24 1 110 2 4.58  
Moeen Ali 33 4 120 1 3.64  
Joe Root (c) 3 0 13 0 4.33  
Dawid Malan 6 1 13 0 2.17  
               

England 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Alastair Cook lbw Starc 7 16 1 0 43.75
Mark Stoneman c Paine & b Starc 56 110 10 0 50.91
James Vince c Paine & b Hazlewood 25 63 4 0 39.68
Joe Root(c) c Paine & b Pat Cummins 20 23 4 0 86.96
Dawid Malan c (sub)Handscomb & b Lyon 140 227 19 1 61.67
Jonny Bairstow(wk) b Starc 119 215 18 0 55.35
Moeen Ali c Steven Smith & b Pat Cummins 0 2 0 0 0
Chris Woakes c Pat Cummins & b Hazlewood 8 12 2 0 66.67
Craig Overton c Bancroft & b Hazlewood 2 7 0 0 28.57
Stuart Broad c Bancroft & b Starc 12 10 0 1 120
James Anderson not out 0 7 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 10, lb - 2, w - 1, nb - 1)14
Total(403 all out in 115.1 overs)403 (3.5 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/26 (Alastair Cook, 4.4 ov.) 2/89 (James Vince, 25.3 ov.) 3/115 (Joe Root, 32.4 ov.)
4/131 (Mark Stoneman, 37.5 ov.) 5/368 (Dawid Malan, 106.5 ov.) 6/372 (Moeen Ali, 107.2 ov.)
7/389 (Chris Woakes, 110.5 ov.) 8/389 (Jonny Bairstow, 111.2 ov.) 9/393 (Craig Overton, 112.6 ov.)
10/403 (Stuart Broad, 115.1 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Mitchell Starc 25.1 5 91 4 3.62  
Josh Hazlewood 28 9 92 3 3.29  
Pat Cummins 28 8 84 2 3 (1w)
Nathan Lyon 22 4 73 1 3.32  
Mitchell Marsh 9 1 43 0 4.78  
Steven Smith (c) 3 1 8 0 2.67  
               
All|Overs 1-50|Overs 51-100
W

to Stoneman, out Caught by Paine!! Edged and caught! has struck in his first over, but that's a nothing shot from Stoneman. On a good length and in that channel outside off, Stoneman wasn't fully forward, had a feel for the ball, played with an angled bat and nicked off. Paine moved across to his left and gobbles the chance. Stoneman would be disappointed with that, just didn't need to go poking so early in his innings. Stoneman c Paine b 3(8)

4

to Cook, FOUR, lovely shot, too straight from , ends up drifting onto Cook's pads, he gets inside the line and clips it behind square on the on-side, beats the fielder getting across from long leg

4

to James Vince, FOUR, cracking shot, Vince loves playing the drive, it has led to his downfall so many times, but when it comes off, he's a treat to watch. On a good length and well wide of off, Vince leans forward, presents the full face of the bat and drives it languidly through cover

4

to James Vince, FOUR, that's a poor ball, full and on Vince's pads, all he had to do was to get some bat on that, he does and sends the ball racing away to the long leg boundary

4

to James Vince, FOUR, gorgeous, how does this man average just 21 after 10 Tests? Fraction overpitched and wide of off, Vince leans forward and then lets his hands take over, creamed through cover and there's no need to run for those

4

to Cook, FOUR, that should give plenty of confidence for Cook, banged in short and well wide of off, Cook swivels across, rolls his wrists and pulls it into the gap through mid-wicket, teased the fielder all the way before hitting the ropes

W

to Cook, out Caught&Bowled!! Stunning return catch and Cook has another failure to his name. This is all about though, pitched up in that channel around off, might have stopped a bit on the batsman. Cook was looking to work it towards the on-side, he was playing against the angle, closed the bat-face early, the leading edge popped to the right of the bowler. was on his followthrough, stops and then sticks his right hand out, the ball stuck and it's time for the celebrations. England have lost both openers now. Cook c and b 14(20) [4s-2]

4

Marsh to James Vince, FOUR, split the two men in the deep nicely. Right into the gap. Takes on the short ball and hooks it between long leg and deep backward square. Kept it down as well

4

Marsh to James Vince, FOUR, tremendous shot. This one came back in and swung in the air too, but what wrists from James Vince, flicks that between mid-wicket and mid-on and beats both men, through the minutest of gaps. Splendid shot and shows that he has class

4

to Root, FOUR, even Warner with his speed can't pull it back with a head-first dive. It kept running away after Root pushed that in the gap off the front foot. Great timing and it beat Warner for pace

4

to Root, FOUR, tremendous shot. A length delivery outside off and Root was on the front foot in a flash, stroked the cover-drive in the gap and this time no-one bothered chasing it down. Positive footwork from Root there, right to the pitch of it

4

Marsh to Root, FOUR, his brother won't be happy with that effort. Shaun going to his left at deep square leg and tried to push the ball back, but it sneaked underneath his hands and went away. At best was a couple, but eventually it gives Root a boundary on the pull

4

Cummins to James Vince, FOUR, that's the shot of the innings so far. On a back of a length outside off, James Vince rocks back to punch that with a high backlift and the ball just scooted away. Timing was key and he hit that on top of the bounce

4

Cummins to James Vince, FOUR, hint of movement away after pitching on a fullish length on off, James Vince gets forward to defend and it runs off a thickish edge wide of the diving gully and to the unmanned third man fence

W

to Root, out Caught by Smith!! Garryyyyyyyyy! He strikes first ball. Root can't believe it. He is dragging himself off the ground. Lovely delivery first up. Tossed it up outside off, it drifted away and Root went for a big cover drive, edged it and Smith had to be quick at slip because it deflected off Paine's gloves. Keeps his eyes on the ball and takes it. Sort of looped to him but those ones are always difficult. The drift sucked Root in. What a big wicket for Australia and the game is slowly but surely slipping away from the visitors. Root c Smith b 14(20) [4s-3]

4

to Malan, FOUR, nice way to get off the mark. Just a tad short and outside off, chopped wide of backward point and it raced away. Played late and hit the gap

4

to James Vince, FOUR, he is playing some delightful strokes. A step out and then to the pitch before easing a drive between cover and mid-off. Superbly played

4

Cummins to James Vince, leg byes, FOUR, that has hit a crack and come back in sharply. Before the bat could come down, it has brushed the pad and went away to the fine leg fence. That big crack near the fullish length was found by Cummins

4

Cummins to James Vince, FOUR, beautiful cut. Wide of the crease and short outside off, James Vince stands tall and cuts behind backward point. Raced away

4

to James Vince, FOUR, since they are using their feet, goes short, allows James Vince to go back and punch wide of point. Class batting again from Vince

4

to James Vince, FOUR, superb back foot punch. He has dragged that down, and James Vince was quick to transfer his weight and punch that between point and cover. Has looked very good today

OT

to James Vince, 1 run, uses his feet and turns it wide of a diving short mid-wicket. Fifty for James Vince and he needs to kick on

4

to James Vince, FOUR, there comes the big sweep. Taken from around off and hit with power. Knelt down and got it wide of the deep square leg fielder. The length was full but James Vince trusted himself

W

to James Vince, out Bowled!! My word! That's one of the balls of the series. If not the best. James Vince who has played so well, has been opened up and decimated brutally like a soda can after a drink. This was the ball that was looking for. Angle in from round the wicket, pitch on the stumps, then hit a crack or with reverse happening get it to move away. This did move away and went on to demolish the stumps as Vince was trying to flick across the line. He was so early into the shot and missed the line by a long way. Understandably is pumped. Vince had a look at where the ball pitched before departing. James Vince b 55(95) [4s-12]

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, he is off the mark with a flick off the pads. Past square leg and raced away. went too full and bowled it down leg, which made it easy for Bairstow

4

Cummins to Malan, FOUR, that's just a push. Full and outside off, Malan gets forward to ease it past Cummins's legs. Wide of mid-off as well

4

Cummins to Malan, FOUR, plays the short one well too. Takes it from outside off and doesn't hold back. Hit with conviction and consecutive boundaries. Cummins didn't get that up higher

4

Cummins to Malan, FOUR, fine batting by Malan. He is carrying on his good form from the first innings. Another short ball attempted by Cummins, doesn't rise high and Malan has pulled that off the front foot and in front of square. Whistled off the bat

4

Cummins to Malan, FOUR, fourth boundary in the over. This time a delectable late dab. Shortish outside off, chopped down between gully and backward point. To the third man fence which is unprotected. Cummins wears a wry smile on his face after that

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, beautiful back foot punch. Bairstow has looked England's best player on tour. Rocks back to this back of a length delivery and times the shot through cover. Raced away

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, brilliant riposte from Bairstow. It is pitched up and he gets forward to caress the drive wide of mid-off. Warner didn't dive as he knew that it was past him in a flash

W

to Bairstow, out Bowled!! He's knocked the side of off-stump first ball. Bang on the money from , hits a good length and the ball stays down off the pitch. It scoots under Bairstow's forward defence to send Australia roaring. Unlucky for Bairstow, don't think he could have done much different. He might have been just a touch late on it actually as the ball skidded through. Bairstow b 14(26) [4s-3]

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, pitched right up around off, Ali drives it past mid-off for four

4

Cummins to Malan, FOUR, stands tall and punches this short of length delivery through the covers. Pretty good timing on it to beat mid-off's chase even though there was a valiant effort

4

to Malan, FOUR, lands this well down leg hoping for it to veer off the crack onto the stumps. It doesn't. Malan glances it away for four

OT

to Moeen Ali, 1 run, you don't want to do this. You don't want to get run out on day 5 while trying to save the match. Ali almost does this. But Warner had just one stump to aim at and he missed. Gently punched wide of mid-off, and Warner is so quick there. Didn't miss by much

4

to Moeen Ali, byes, FOUR, Paine has no chance. Zilch. A yorker well down leg, hits the footholes and flies away to his right

4

to Malan, leg byes, FOUR, full on leg-stump, deflects off Malan's pad past a diving Paine. Will run away for four

4

Cummins to Moeen Ali, FOUR, delightfully punched through the gap. Before this, he had creamed more than a couple of half-vollies straight to mid-off. But this time, Ali opens his bat-face a touch and gets it wide of Warner

W

to Moeen Ali, out Lbw!! This time, this time, yes! Drifting in from round the wicket, slips past the inside edge to hit the pad and up goes the finger. Malan has a word with him but Ali just keeps on walking. This looked very straight, and it's hard to see it missing the stumps. Just got beaten by the drift there, and then expected it to turn. It went straight on with the arm though. This is the fifth time has dismissed Ali in six innings. Moeen Ali lbw b 11(56) [4s-2]

4

Cummins to Malan, FOUR, fifty for Malan, he's had a wonderful Test on the personal front. Another gutsy knock from him, banged in short and on his hips, Malan prods across, rolls his wrists and pulls it very fine

4

to Woakes, FOUR, lovely hands from Woakes, this was pushed through flatter and quicker outside off, Woakes waited on it, opens the face of the bat at the last moment, used the pace on the ball and dabbed it past the lone slip

OT

to Malan, no run, loud shout for LBW and Australia want a review. Did it pitch outside leg? It's a fair delivery and it looks like it's pad first. Hot Spot confirms it. Ball tracking in and it's pitched outside leg. Will stay NOT OUT. Good call from umpire Erasmus, the ball pitched just outside leg, stayed a tad low, caught Malan in his crease and thudded into his pads, in front of off

4

to Woakes, FOUR, cracking shot, leg-stump half-volley from and it's duly punished, Woakes gets inside the line and whips it in front of square on the on-side, beats mid-wicket and rolls away to the fence

W

to Malan, out Caught by Paine!! That's a tame tame dismissal for Malan, is that the Ashes for Australia? This was a poor ball from , short and angling down the leg-sie, Malan saw some runs on offer, went for the pull and only managed a thin edge, easy take for the keeper and England have lost their seventh wicket. A fine innings under pressure from Malan, but surely not enough to save his team from a certain defeat. Walks away disgruntled, all the hardwork has been undone by one poor shot. Malan c Paine b 54(135) [4s-8]

D

Cummins to Craig Overton, no run, just short of Lyon at leg gully? The trap was set and Overton nearly fell into it. Lyon is running straight off, just carried to him and will go down as a dropped chance, hit his nail, that must be painful. Banged in short and at Overton's body, he was looking to ride the bounce, couldn't quite and fended it towards leg gully. Lyon dived forward, got to the ball but couldn't hold on, gets hit on his nails and immdediately hares acros towards the pavilion

4

to Craig Overton, FOUR, cracking shot, on a good length and well wide of off, Overton used his reach and slapped it in front of square on the off-side, beats mid-off and rolls away to the fence

4

to Craig Overton, FOUR, short, wide and four, width on offer and Overton threw his hands at that, smashes it over point and into the fence. The deficit is now 49

W

to Craig Overton, out Caught by Khawaja!! has five, Australia have eight now. Lovely delivery once again, this was the leg-cutter, must have missed the crack as it straightened just fractionally, Overton was lunging across on the flick, closed the bat-face early, the leading edge popped straight to gully and Khawaja will not drop those. WACA's last Ashes Test and Australia are looking good to end it on a high. Craig Overton c Khawaja b 12(21) [4s-2]

W

Cummins to Broad, out Caught by Paine!! Nine down now and Australia are just one away from regaining the Ashes. England's tail is being bounced away once again, this was banged in short, this was right at Broad's throat. He had nowhere to go as he fended at that, off the gloves and it's another easy catch to the keeper. Broad doesn't even bother to review, off he goes. Broad c Paine b Cummins 0(2)

4

to Woakes, FOUR, he's gone for it, and the top-edge has flown away into the boundary. Short and wide outside off, Woakes wanted to swing it away over square leg. Lucky

W

Cummins to Woakes, out Caught by Paine!! That's it. Australia win back the Ashes as Woakes edges the upper-cut to Paine. What a moment for this young team under Steve Smith. They're running around everywhere.. Woakes c Paine b Cummins 22(48) [4s-3]

4

to Warner, FOUR, cracking shot, tad overpitched and just outside off, Warner leans forward, presents the full face of the bat and beats mid-off's sprawling dive, the first boundary of the innings

4

to Bancroft, FOUR, lovely, that's a pleasing on-drive from Bancroft, should give him plenty of confidence. Length ball on the stumps, he leans forward, presents the full face of the bat and punches it in the gap between the stumps at the bowler's end and the non-striker, no need to run for those

4

to Bancroft, FOUR, short of a length and well wide of off, Bancroft was looking to dab it late, went finer than he wanted, beat gully and rolled away to the fence in a hurry

W

Overton to Warner, out aught by Bairstow!! Gone. That's the line and length to bowl on this pith. Just reward for Overton. Pithed it up outside off, indued the push from Warner who was tentative and the edge was snaffled by Bairstow. Overton has been impressive with the ball in the series and has his first wiket of this game. Warner Bairstow b Overton 22(36) [4s-1]

D

Overton to Khawaja, no run, missed aught and bowled. But a very diffiult grab. Overton is very disappointed with himself. He got there but ouldn't lasp on. A leading edge on the flik as Khawaja played the shot too early, the ball was looping to the left of the diving Overton, it didn't stik despite a full-length dive. Would've been a great ath. Overton thumps the turf in despair

4

to Bancroft, FOUR, that's a fine cover-drive. Can't bowl so full when there's nothing for you in the pitch. Half-volley and Bancroft gets forward to drive wide of cover and mid-off. Raced away

W

Overton to Banroft, out Lbw!! Root reviews! Given not out for an lbw against Banroft. Aleem Dar is the third umpire. He would want this to be done with as quikly as possible. Razor-sharp he is. No bat and Banroft looks in trouble here. There were two sounds and Erasmus didn't give it beause of that. Three reds and it's all over for Banroft. Aleem well done! Overton is doing it for England. The bat hit the pad and that was the sound that made Erasmus give it not out. But tehnology and Root give England their seond grab. Good delivery too, swung in late and Banroft got his front foot far too aross on the flik and missed. Dead. Overton was pretty sure that it didn't hit the bat and asked Root to go for it. What a good review too. Banroft lbw b Overton 25(55) [4s-3]

4

Overton to Smith, FOUR, you an't bowl there to Smith. Even though early on, there's a hane of a wiket with that line and length. Full outside off, Smith though lays into the drive and reams it wide of mid-off

4

to Smith, FOUR, anything loose and he will not miss. Just a fraction short, on a back of a length mind you, but Smith has punched that wide of a diving mid-off. "Unreal eyes" says KP on air about Smith

4

Ali to Khawaja, FOUR, clever from Khawaja. Sliding into the pads, Khawaja kneels down and then laps it to the vacant fine leg region. Short leg gives chase but the ball keeps running away

4

Overton to Smith, FOUR, pithed up on off, Smith just shows the full fae of the bat and drives it bak past the bowler. Mid-off is too wide to do anything

4

Overton to Smith, FOUR, he set the field on the leg-side and bowls a half-volley outside off, Smith is too good to miss out. Driven through the ares of spae in the over region and it's an easy boundary. Overton shouldn't get anywhere lose to off to Smith with the field set

4

Ali to Khawaja, FOUR, fine pull shot. Khawaja was quick to rock back to that one that was a bit short, the footwork made the shot possible, thumped the pull through the vacant mid-wicket region

6

to Smith, SIX, all the way! With the wind as well, to the short boundary. Short ball on the stumps, Smith gets inside the line and pulls, connects well and sends it sailing over Mo's head at fine leg. Smith backed himself and didn't hold back on the shot

4

to Khawaja, FOUR, poor over from . Short and wide outside off, Khawaja smashes the cut wide of point. Placed it in between the two fielders at point and cover. Raced away

4

to Smith, FOUR, too much width outside off and Smith punishes . Reaches out and flays the poor delivery with an open face. Wide of gully and to the unmanned third man fence

4

Ali to Khawaja, FOUR, hint of turn away, also the ball landed in whatever rough there is, gets the outside edge on the extra-cover drive but goes well wide of the lone slip. Races away downhill. Moral victory for Mo

4

to Smith, FOUR, that's right into the gap. Along the ground as well. Half-volley on the pads, flicked between mid-wicket and square leg. Easy for Smith as he puts another one away to the fence

4

to Smith, FOUR, Smith is surprised with his own bit of magic and wears a smile on his face as another one rockets to the fence. Was sort of tucked up by this short of length delivery but managed to whip-pull it between the two fielders on the on-side. Didn't fully committ himself on the shot, but he hit the gap which was the important thing

4

to Khawaja, FOUR, Root the culprit and he looks shocked to say the least. Khawaja on the cut, flashing away and a genuine edge which went maybe a bit too quickly to Root at second slip, but still very very catchable and before Root could react, it skipped past the England skipper's right-hand. Did he not pick it? meanwhile is a dejected man. If England have to gain the advantage, these sort of catches need to be taken

4

to Smith, FOUR, that's fifty for Smith and the WACA give him a good ovation. Keeps going does this guy. Was fractionally overpitched outside off and he got forward to drive wide of Broad at mid-off. Easy peasy when he's in this kind of mood

4

to Khawaja, FOUR, good shot by Khawaja and that releases the pressure on him. Sliding across him on a short of length, cut behind point and it races away. Delayed the shot till the last moment to hit the gap

4

to Smith, FOUR, don't come any tastier than that. What a half-volley from , just an absolute pie. Smith crunches it through the covers

4

to Khawaja, FOUR, flicked away off the pads through square leg. Such little margin for error here. You stray even a little, and it races off the bat

4

Overton to Smith, FOUR, oh dear, he got away with the previous one, but this is just asking for trouble. Hardly any pae behind the short of length delivery, and even though the line is outside off, Smith effortlessly whaks the pull through square leg

OT

to Khawaja, 1 run, 128kph, full ball outside off, Khawaja doesn't quite get his front foot across enough on the drive which causes him to mistime it to mid-off. 100 partnership up

4

to Smith, FOUR, short and wide, four. No problems. He isn't just caressing them to the boundary, he's belting them. Slapped off the back foot through cover-point

4

Overton to Khawaja, FOUR, short of length down leg, helped round the orner to the fine leg boundary. England need to seriously lift themselves

4

Overton to Smith, FOUR, 125kph, short and wide. Smith is having a blast out there. It's a hat-trik of boundaries for him. uts it away through bakward point for four. Too easy

4

Ali to Smith, FOUR, on the shorter side, Smith is back in the crease in a flash and he slices this behind backward point for four

OT

Ali to Khawaja, 1 run, knocked into the covers for one, and Khawaja's crept up to fifty too. He's had a chance, but other than that, he's played well. More than anything, he's had the best seat in the ground

W

to Khawaja, out Lbw!! Khawaja given out leg-before, but this looked high. There will be a review, as expected. The ball cut in sharply from round the wicket, trapped Khawaja in the crease and hit above the back pad. It's hit above the pad. What does ball-tracking have for us? They're still checking for the edge. But doesn't look to be one. Khawaja didn't go for the review spontaneously. But actually, there's a bit of a spike when the ball passes bat. However, the third umpire is now happy there's a gap. Let's move on. Impact - umpire's call. Hitting - umpire's call. It's shaving the bails basically. So Khawaja has to go. England desperately needed something, and they'll do with this. Khawaja lbw b 50(123) [4s-8]

4

to Smith, FOUR, does go at the stumps, and Smith still manages to flick him for four, right through the field. You can put an army there, and he'll still hit it for four

4

to Shaun Marsh, leg byes, FOUR, what a gift. Marsh still misses out on the opportunity to open his account. Straying on leg-stump, angling further down, the ball deflects off his thigh pad fine for four

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, streaky way to get off the mark, but after being stuck on nought for 17 balls, Marsh won't mind. He'd be relieved. Greedily chases a full ball outside off, and squirts it off a thick edge which rolls through gully

D

Ali to Shaun Marsh, no run, Stoneman almost created something out of nothing. Marsh would have been the most unlucky person in the world if he got out like that. Flicked away off the middle of the bat, and it pops up right out of short leg's boot. Looking at that again, it should really have been taken on the second attempt. What might have messed it up was that both Bairstow and Stoneman went for it and put each other off

4

to Smith, FOUR, beautifully played, too full and on the stumps, Smith gets across, plays with a straight bat and beats mid-on to his right with the on-drive, used his wrists to find the gap and the outfield does the rest, moves onto 98

4

to Smith, FOUR, 22nd Test hundred for Smith, his 2nd of the series, removes his helmet and acknowledges the applause from the crowd. What a player he has become after an uncertain start. Coming to the ball, it was a half-volley on his pads and he doesn't miss out, presses across and flicks it in front of square on the on-side. Teased Woakes all the way before beating him to the ropes, gets a big hug from his partner

4

Overton to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, lovely shot, full and coming back with the angle, Marsh uses the angle as he pressed across, closed the bat face and finds the gap to the left of mid-on, beat the fielder and raced away to the fence

4

to Smith, FOUR, cracking shot, tad too full and too wide of off, Smith leans forward and finds the gap past cover with a punchy drive, no need to run for those

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Ali to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, lovely, dropped this one short and just outside off, Marsh goes back and whips it in front of square on the on-side, beats mid-wicket and rolls away to the fence

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Ali to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, beautiful, Marsh isn't allowing to settle, excellent use of his feet, gets close to the ball, that allows him to play against the turn, beats mid-wicket and rolls away to the fence

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Ali to Shaun Marsh, out Caught by Root!! That's a perfect comeback from , should give him a huge lift. Lovely delivery from the off-spinner, drifted in with the angle and just about held its line, Marsh didn't get fully forward as he pushed at that, the edge is found and Root holds onto a simple catch at slip. Ideal time to get a wicket with the second new ball not too far away. Shaun Marsh c Root b Ali 28(75) [4s-4]

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Overton to Smith, FOUR, Smith has his reply, back of a length and just outside off, he waits on it, opens the face of the bat late and dabs it past the lone slip. Used the pace on the ball and hit the fence in no time

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Overton to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, cracking shot, too full and on Marsh's pads, he flicks it in the air and past the square leg umpire, the man in the deep is very square and has no chance

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to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, lovely shot, a floaty half-volley and Marsh puts it away in style, gets a big stride forward, presents the full face of the bat and drills it back past the bowler

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to Smith, FOUR, cracking shot, on a good length and well wide of off, Smith leans forward, drives it on the up and splits the gap between cover and mid-off, rolls away to the fence in a hurry

4

to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, beautifully played, Australia are enjoying this second new ball. was searching for swing, ends up offering a floaty half-volley outside off, Marsh leans forward and caresses it into the gap at extra-cover, no one moved

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to Smith, leg byes, FOUR, appeal for LBW and England want a review. It's a fair delivery, is the ball sliding down the leg-side? Nothing on the Hot Spot, RTS in and it confirms that there's no bat on that. Hawk-Eye coming, impact is umpire's call and the ball is missing the stumps. England lose a review. A speculative review and it's because Smith was the batsman. This was full and swinging into Smith's pads, he shuffled across on the flick and missed, the ball thudded into his back-pad and rolled away past the keeper

4

to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, full and just outside off, Marsh leans forward on the on-drive, gets it off the inner half of the bat, gets it wide of mid-on and rolls away to the fence in a hurry

4

to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, runs are coming in a hurry now, poor ball from , too straight and on Marsh's pads, all he needed to do was to get some bat, he does so and the ball rolls away to the fence

4

to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, short, wide and four. England are leaking runs now, Marsh gets on top of the bounce, gets a top-edge on the cut and beats backward point to his left, no need to run for those

4

to Smith, FOUR, there's nobody in front of square on the off-side, quite a quirky field, and Smith punches it in front of point for four. Short of length outside off, gentle medium pace, allowing Smith to climb all over it

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to Smith, FOUR, dominant as dominant can be. Phew, what a shot. Short of length from , the kind of ball which is just thrown in there without purpose, and Smith bludgeons it from outside off through mid-wicket

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to Smith, 2 runs, drives this through the cover region, wide of the sweeper, and hustles back for the second. 150 up for Smith. Has batting ever been so easy

4

to Smith, FOUR, there again, no one at mid-off, and Smith is just too good. is challenging him to play with a straight bat, which can't be easy against some of these short of length deliveries. But the Aussie skipper is still able to ride the bounce and pack a punch

4

to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, lashes it over gully! Saw the width on offer and flung his bat at it, no holds barred

OT

Ali to Mitchell Marsh, 1 run, pushes it wide of mid-off for his fifty. It's been a scorching innings this. Some of his timing with those drives has been breathtaking

4

Ali to Smith, FOUR, a wonder how Smith managed to get a thick edge on what was pretty much a half-volley. But it still races away. Overton chases back from point but can't catch up

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Ali to Smith, 2 runs, bit of a leading edge as the ball drifts across off, rolls away wide of point for two. 100 of the partnership comes up

4

Overton to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, another serious drive from Mitchell Marsh down the ground. Blistering timing on it as it races away past a helpless Broad at mid-off

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Overton to Smith, FOUR, beautifully tickled off his pads to the right of fine leg. Moeen Ali looks like stopping it, but then he slides into the cushions and the ball slides with him. Smith now has the highest individual score in a WACA Ashes Test

OT

to Smith, no ball, oh he's got the ball to swing in, traps Smith on the front leg. This looks close. Not out is the verdict. Root will go upstairs. And don't tell me he's overstepped. You've got to be kidding. It's a no-ball. England can now shatter into a million pieces. By the way, this wasn't going to be overturned anyway. It's umpire's call on leg-stump

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Overton to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, half-volley on off-stump, Mitchell Marsh drills this straight down the ground for four. Marsh has been excellent down the ground today. This was one of many drilled past the bowler today

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Overton to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Mitchell Marsh stays in the crease and cuts it to third man for four. The England attack looks demoralized and they need a pick-me-up ASAP

4

to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, back of a length just outside off, and Mitchell Marsh opens the face of the bat and steers it away to the third man fence for four

4

to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, attempted yorker, ends up bowling a full-toss on the pads and that is easily clipped away by Marsh to deep mid-wicket for a boundary

4

to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, short ball, not enough bounce and a lot of width, Mitchell Marsh stays back and punches it with a horizontal bat to the sweeper cover fence for four

4

to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, full on middle, Mitchell Marsh nails that straight down the ground, past the outstretched arm of the bowler and the umpire for four. The younger Marsh sibling looks in imperious touch

4

to Smith, FOUR, back of a length outside off, off-cutter, and Smith is now toying with the bowling as he guides it with soft hands to third man for four. The partnership between Smith and Mitchell Marsh is now 153!

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to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, full ball on off, drilled straight down the ground with a straight bat for four. The umpire might need a helmet here! Very swift evasion by umpire Marais Erasmus!

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to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, rank long-hop outside of, and Mitchell Marsh cuts it away easily to third man for four! He's just one shot away from an important hundred - important in the context of his career as an all-rounder

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to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, full outside off, Mitchell Marsh slices it to deep backward point for four and brings up his maiden Test hundred! Oh, the ecstatic feeling after scoring your first Test hundred! Excellent innings, and we have seen a more balanced Marsh today. He has made his technique more compact, has worked on his defensive technique and has played a lot of shots within the V, and he has reaped his rewards today! A hundred in front of his home crowd and his parents. What a moment this is for him! He exults in joy, and why not? After he has let it all out, he looks up at the heavens and shuts his eyes, takes in the applause from his home crowd, and kisses the crest on his helmet. This has been a characteristically attacking innings, but the modification to his technique was visible and he immediately looks like a more versatile player. A well-deserved hundred, this, and hopefully the first of many more!

4

Ali to Smith, FOUR, nicely played by Smith, pushed through flatter and turing into Smith's pads, he gets inside the line, uses the pace on the ball and tucks it fine, beats short fine and races away to the fence

4

Overton to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, hammered, Overton drops this one way too short, no second invitation needed for Marsh as he rocks back, rolls his wrists and pulls it in front of square on the on-side

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Ali to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, England are tiring under the onslaught and Anderson lets one go straight through, this was flighted wide of off, Marsh gets a big stride forward and drives it to the left of cover. Anderson dives over the ball and allows a boundary

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Overton to Mitchell Marsh, 3 runs, all too easy for Australia at the moment, gentle ball on Marsh's hips and he tucks it very fine. Moeen gets across from long leg, puts in the slide and pulls the ball back in, Smith hustles through and comes back for the third run, brings up the 200-run stand

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Ali to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, lovely shot, tad too short and wide of off, allows Marsh to rock back and punch it in front of square on the off-side, beats cover and rolls away to the fence

OT

Ali to Smith, 1 run, Steven Smith! 200! So easy. So simple. So Smith. Gets there with a flick wide of mid-on. A diving stop can't prevent the quick single and off goes Smith and WACA in celebration. The helmet goes off and there's a roar and the punching of the air with the bat. He is unreal. This guy. England have given up on getting him out. Any number of adjectives and praises won't be enough to describe what he has done here and at Brisbane. The record speaks for itself. Averaging over 60 and that's his second double ton in his career. Both against England

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to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, that's just a push and it has raced away wide of cover. Opens the body and makes room to drive it from around leg-stump and since it was so full, he was able to thread the drive through the little gap

4

to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, there was a loud grunt from one of the Englishmen after the ball was dragged down short. May have been . A grunt in frustration as Mitchell Marsh rocks back and thumps the back foot punch through the vacant point region. The runs continue to flow

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to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, superb shot. Not much width on that, just a fraction and Mitchell Marsh has opened the bat face to punch it through the vacant backward point. The third man region is unmanned and it races away

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Ali to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, a spirited effort from Overton but he was in contact with the ad-cushions when he pulled the ball back. A gentle nudge from outside leg and it was racing away downhill, but Overton didn't give up. Pity that he couldn't save the boundary. Third umpire confirms the same

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to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, smashed. That has been hit with so much power. Short and outside off, lashed the cut over backward point. Didn't hold back and muscled it to the fence

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to Mitchell Marsh, 1 run, 150 for Mitchell Marsh and dad Geoff is a proud man. He is there clapping away. Good delivery from , spat from a short of length and took the splice off the bat on the back foot defence, but no catching fielders close-in. Runs away through gully and no exuberant or wild celebrations this time from the younger one, he just raises his bat and breaks into a smile

4

Ali to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, can't bowl there, with just two men on the off-side. The entire region from cover-point and behind that is vacant. Tossed up outside off, a lashed square drive on a bent knee and that brings up the 250-run stand between the two. A handshake between the duo to cap that landmark

4

to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, how good is the timing on that? Incredible. Just a forward press and then an open bat face steer and it has rocketed to the fence beating Malan's desperate dive from sweeper cover. He raced to his right last ball and now didn't have the legs to cut that off

4

to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, this is brutal from Mitchell Marsh. Anything loose and he is punishing them. Short and he rocks back to pull in front of square, leaves deep mid-wicket with no chance

4

to Smith, FOUR, now equals his highest Test score. Threads the gap between cover and mid-off. Got forward and then drove it between the two men. Superb timing and placement

4

to Mitchell Marsh, FOUR, Anderson at mid-on gave up quickly and wisely too. It needed a dive to have any chance of cutting that off and he is no mood or physically able to dive after almost two days in the field. A half-volley on middle, flicked wide of him and races away

4

Ali to Smith, FOUR, rank long hop from Ali, Smith rocks back and slaps to the sweeper cover fence

OT

to Smith, 1 run, short-ish delivery on middle, Smith shuffles across to off-stump and tucks it away to fine leg for a single. The partnership between Smith and Mitchell Marsh is now 300!

W

to Mitchell Marsh, out Lbw!! Marsh has been given OUT LBW and he wants a review. It's a fair delivery, Hot Spot and RTS confirm that there's no edge on that, Hawk-Eye in and it says it's umpire's call on hitting the stumps. Marsh is OUT. That's just the start England wanted after a long day in the field yesterday, has struck with his second ball, on a good length and a hint of shape back into the right-hander, Marsh was caught in his crease as he looked to defend and misses, the ball went past the inside edge and rapped him just above the knee-roll, the impact was in front of off and it would have been crashing into the top of off-stump. Mitchell Marsh lbw b 181(236) [4s-29]

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to Smith, FOUR, cracking shot, too easy for Smith, half-volley on his pads, he gets inside the line and beats square leg with the clip, there are two men in the deep, but the ball bisects them to perfection

4

to Smith, FOUR, lovely from Smith, short of a length and just outside off, Smith waits on it, plays with an open face and steers it behind gully, no one in the deep and it's an easy boundary

W

to Smith, out Lbw!! Appeal for a LBW and England want a review. Looked a bit high to the naked eye, fair delivery, no bat on that, Hot Spot and RTS confirm it. 'It has missed the bat', says Aleem Dar. Three reds, the original decision is changed and finally Smith is OUT. The Australian captain walks off to a thunderous applause from the WACA faithfuls, excellent review from England and has his second for the day. Coming to the ball, it was a length delivery that zipped like a cobra after hitting a crack, the late away movement opened up Smith completely as he shaped to defend, rapped him on the back-pad, just below the knee-roll. The impact was in front of middle-stump and Hawk-Eye says it was going to crash into the top of middle. Gaffaney has to change his call and the hosts have lost both overnight batsmen. Smith lbw b 239(399) [4s-30 6s-1]

W

to Paine, out Starc Run Out!! Australia are losing wickets in a hurry at the WACA. Total confusion in the middle and both batsmen were stranded in the middle. In the end, Starc sacrifices his wicket as he crossed past his partner. The confusion was caused by a big LBW call, this was full and angling into the right-hander, Paine was looking to flick and fell over the shot, the impact was in front of leg and would have been sliding down the leg-side. Paine panicked as belted out an appeal, he didn't even know where the ball went and set-off for a single, Starc wasn't sure either, took a couple of steps and just froze. The ball rolled towards Vince at gully who ran across towards the striker's end and removed the bails. Starc run out (James Vince) 1(3)

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to Paine, FOUR, crunched, short and wide of off, Paine gets on top of the bounce and cracks it square behind point, beats the man in the ring and rolls away to the fence

OT

to Paine, no run, Paine has been given OUT LBW and he wants a review. It's a fair delivery, looks like it has missed the inside edge, HotSpot and RTS confirm it. Hawk-Eye in, impact is in line and the ball is missing the stumps, NOT OUT and Gaffaney has to change his original decision. That's a good review from Paine, not sure if he really meant it to be. Looked good to the naked eye, but the ball has jagged back enough to miss the leg-stump. Coming to the ball, it was pitched up, perhaps hit a crack and jagged back sharply into the right-hander, Paine was half-cock as he defended and missed, trapped on the knee-roll, in front of middle and leg

4

to Pat Cummins, FOUR, edged and four, on a good length and just outside off, Cummins was prodding forward in defence, to his credit, he played with low hands, the ball was always dying down, splits the gap between the lone slip and gully, no need to run for those

4

to Paine, FOUR, nicely done, but this is disappointing and too gentle from . Unlike Anderson, who was running in, he's just putting the ball there. Back of length outside off, floaty little delivery, Paine guides it behind backward point into the third man boundary

4

to Paine, leg byes, FOUR, now this goes the other way. Batting's almost impossible when it does this. What a far cry from yesterday. It slants in, deflects off the pad and runs away

4

to Paine, FOUR, genuine edge, but there's no first slip. Rather, Cook is standing at a wide slip - almost at second slip. Bairstow tries his best but can't get there. Well, what can you say? Just turn around like did there and shrug it over

4

to Pat Cummins, FOUR, pretty good timing on the punch, laces it through backward point for four. Just a touch of width from a back of length and Cummins capitalizes

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to Paine, FOUR, oh what timing! He's crunched this through point. Full ball just outside off, Paine opens the bat-face on the drive to beat the man at sweeper cover

4

Ali to Pat Cummins, FOUR, bit of an under-edge as Cummins sweeps. Fetches him more rewards than he would've got if he'd found the middle. Runs away fine of short fine leg

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Ali to Pat Cummins, SIX, this is 10 rows back into the crowd, and it's not the shortest boundary there. But Cummins's slog is helped by the breeze. He's known to hit a big ball. 94 metres

4

to Pat Cummins, FOUR, lovely, clear show of intentions from Cummins, backed away to a full delivery, made ample room and drilled it through cover, beat the infield and rolled away to the fence

4

to Paine, FOUR, aggressive intent from Paine, banged in short and angling down the leg-side, he got inside the line and helped it on its way, plays the fine pull, couple of bounces and over the ropes

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to Pat Cummins, out Lbw!! Cummins has been given OUT LBW and he wants a review. Looked quite adjacent, it's a fair delivery, there's no bat on that as well. HotSpot and RTS confirm it. Hawk-Eye in now: Three reds and Cummins is OUT. Cummins falls after a handy innings, third wicket of the morning for and he's deserved this. Coming to the ball, this was full and kept coming back into the right-hander, Cummins was looking to flick and fell over on the shot, struck low on the pads, the impact was in front of middle and leg, it would have been crashing into the leg-stump. Easy call for umpire Erasmus. Pat Cummins lbw b 41(63) [4s-4 6s-1]

4

to Paine, FOUR, lovely from Paine, shimmies down the track, gets close to the ball and lifts it through the line, went a long way in the air and wide of long-on, bounces just in front of the ropes

4

to Lyon, FOUR, slapped, back of a length and on the stumps, Lyon backs away, exposes all his stumps and plays a flat-batted lofted drive, back over the bowler's head and into the fence

W

to Lyon, out Caught by Moeen Ali!! Lyon falls and Australia have declared. Four wickets for and Smith makes sure that he doesn't have a crack at a five-for. The hosts have a handy 259-run first innings lead. Coming to the ball, it was a length delivery on the stumps, Lyon backed away for another monster blow, got a lot of height, but not the distance. Moeen called for the catch at mid-on, settled himself under the skier and holds on. Lyon c Moeen Ali b 4(3) [4s-1]

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to Stoneman, FOUR, smashed. That was right up there and Stoneman didn't hold back. No swing for that time and he layed into the cover drive. Cover is open and he found the gap with a ferocious drive. Nice way to get off the mark and that should pump him up

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, went for the yorker. But missed his line and slipped it down leg. Faint tickle and he gets four. Too easy

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, this is an encore. Another full-toss on the pads, Stoneman doesn't miss out. Clipped past square leg and once that beat the fielder it was four all the way. Just had to miss the man and he did so very easily

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, Stoneman is off to a flier. This is full and wide of off, looking for swing is . There's none of it. Stoneman gets forward and opens the face of the bat on the square drive, gets it between gully and backward point, he is scoring in boundaries

4

to Cook, FOUR, already looks like this is a batting beauty. Pitched up outside off, Cook leans into the drive and gets it wide of Warner at mid-off. Look at him run, sprints after it, but the timing and the pace on the shot, beats his head-first dive. If Warner can't cut it off, pretty sure not many can in this game

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to Cook, out Lbw!! That's dead. Plumb. So plumb that Cook just walks off. But why hang back to such a full ball and miss a straight one. It shows that Cook is mentally and technically not there in this series. Maybe was expecting the short one after full balls, the feet were rooted to the crease and the full delivery pinged the pads in front of all three. It was bowled at 147.6kph and did the trick. Cook fails again. Are we seeing the gradual but eventual end of a great opener? He has a look at the replay on the big screen before departing the scene. Cook lbw b 7(16) [4s-1]

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, when it is pitched up, he is taking toll of those ones. Very full on the stumps, punched through James Vince's legs and it races away. Showed the full face of the bat and the timing did the rest

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, he is racing along despite suffering against the short ball. This is his sixth boundary. On the pads, full and flicked past short leg. No-one in the deep and that's an easy four

4

Cummins to James Vince, FOUR, we saw how good a cover-driver of a ball is James Vince at Brisbane. This is a half-volley outside off, James Vince doesn't hold back, thumps into the gap at cover and it just raced off the middle of the bat to the fence

4

to James Vince, FOUR, shot. When it is on the pads and full, easy for anyone playing at this level of the game. Angled in and James Vince just nonchalantly flicks it away into the gap wide of mid-on

4

to Stoneman, byes, FOUR, it had to happen. Had to. Paine saved two with full-length leaps but this time the ball just rushes through. has a look at the spot where the ball landed and has a wry smile. Trampoline bounce from a short of a length and beats Paine's leap

4

Cummins to James Vince, FOUR, when it is pitched up and inviting the drive, James Vince doesn't hold back and is very good through the region between cover and point. This is a square drive, that raced off the open face and wide of backward point for four

4

Cummins to Stoneman, FOUR, doesn't matter if it is bowled at 146 clicks, if it is a half-volley, it is a half-volley. Stoneman hasn't missed out on the bad balls. Drives through Cummins and gets four

4

to James Vince, byes, FOUR, no chance for Paine. Already he has conceded 8 byes. Short and down leg, Paine went with his right-hand but didn't get a mitt on it as well

4

to James Vince, FOUR, I heard someone shout "Shot" on air. This is a fab shot. Full and sliding across James Vince, who is down the track in a flash and smashes a drive through the vacant cover region. Positive attacking batting and putting the offie under pressure

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, there comes the slog-sweep. From the stumps as well. Stoneman saw the fuller length and went for it. Knelt down and smashed it one bounce over the ropes at deep square leg. He doesn't want to get on top of him

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to James Vince, out Caught by Paine!! That's what does. Wear you down and then get you. Glenn McGrath was a master at that. As was Curtly Ambrose. Now it is . Pitched up fuller outside off, James Vince drove limply and feathered an edge to the keeper. He was leaving balls outside off well, but his patience ran out and another start but simply not good enough. Timely wicket before lunch for the Aussies. Vince was gutted with himself and cursed before walking back. James Vince c Paine b 25(63) [4s-4]

4

to Root, FOUR, streaky and four, runs to start the session for Root, on a good length and well wide of off, Root leaned forward on the drive, ends up skewing it off the outer half of the bat, beats gully to his right and rolls away to the fence

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, short, wide and four, poor ball from , lost his discipline completely, loads of width on offer. Stoneman stands tall and cuts it up and over the slip cordon, one bounce and over the ropes, raises his fifty as well, gets a good round of applause from England's support brigade

4

Cummins to Root, FOUR, lovely shot, England have started well after lunch, tad too full and too straight from Cummins, Root leans forward, lets the ball come onto him, uses his wrists and whips it in front of square on the on-side, beats mid-on and rolls away to the fence

4

Cummins to Root, FOUR, this is very good cricket from Root, short of a length and well outside off, Root stands tall and punches it behind square on the off-side, beats gully and rolls away to the fence

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to Stoneman, no run, edged and dropped, Mitchell Marsh is the culprit, that was a dolly and should have been taken. This was a lovely delivery from , fraction fuller and holding its line outside off, Stoneman was drawn into playing away from his body, gets a thick edge towards first slip. Marsh was on his heels, went for the catch with his fingers pointing up, it hit his thumb and then popped out, too far for Marsh to try and grab it on the rebound. Will this cost Australia?

4

Cummins to Root, FOUR, edged and four, but Root was playing with soft hands and the edge went straight to ground. On a good length and in that channel outside off, Root was half-forward on the defensive push, finds the edge and it rolls away past the second slip

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Cummins to Root, out Caught by Paine!! Root has been strangled down the leg-side, another soft dismissal for the England captain. This was short and angling down the leg-side, Root was looking to flick it fine as he got inside the line, perhaps the ball hurried onto him, he's beaten for pace and ends up gloving through to the keeper. Paine celebrates as soon as he took the catch, Root doesn't hang on, off he goes. Massive blow for England. Root was looking good, but a cameo isn't good enough for his side. Root c Paine b Cummins 20(23) [4s-4]

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to Stoneman, FOUR, that should relieve some pressure off Stoneman, on a good length and in that channel outside off, Stoneman pressed forward, played with an open face and finds the gap behind square on the off-side, beats gully and rolls away to the fence

4

to Malan, FOUR, will offer you gifts every now and then, this was full and this was on Malan's pads, all he had to do was to get some bat on that, he does so and the ball races away to the fence

4

to Malan, FOUR, edged and four, no control on that steer from Malan, but 's pace and the bounce on this WACA track meant that the ball flew over the slip cordon. Short and wide of off, Malan was way too late as he threw his hands at that

W

to Stoneman, out Caught by Paine!! Loud shout for a caught behind and Australia want a review. It's a fair delivery, did it brush Stoneman's gloves? Nothing conclusive on the hot-spot. RTS now and there's a spike as the ball went past the gloves. Yes, says Aleem Dar and Stoneman is OUT. Could be a controversial moment here, was Stoneman's left glove away from the bat handle? If so, he couldn't have been given out. Anyway, Stoneman doesn't look too disappointed as he walks away and Australia have their fourth. Coming to the ball, this was a rip-roaring bouncer from , Stoneman was trying his best to get out of the way, the ball kept getting big on him, it definitely brushed the gloves, at least that's what RTS said and Stoneman has been sent on his way. Stoneman c Paine b 56(110) [4s-10]

4

Cummins to Malan, FOUR, streaky and four, Malan looked very uncomfortable on the pull. Banged in short and on Malan's body, he was way too late on the pull, missed it completely and the ball rolled away past the keeper - off Malan's badge, given as runs though

4

to Malan, FOUR, cracking shot, fraction overpitched and wide of off, Malan gets a good stride forward and crunched it on the up, through extra-cover and into the fence

4

Cummins to Bairstow, FOUR, cracking shot, tad fuller and just outside off, Bairstow gets well forward, presents the full face of the bat and drives it back past the bowler, beats mid-off to his right and rolls away to the fence

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to Malan, SIX, top-edge and six, banged in short and angling across the left-hander, Malan was late on the pull, gets a top-edge that flies over the keeper. The straight boundaries are short and this has enough to clear the ropes on the full

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, lovely, tossed up just outside off, Bairstow gets a good stride forward and punches it past the non-striker, beats mid-off to his right and rolls away to the fence

4

Marsh to Malan, FOUR, lovely shot, too full and on the stumps, Malan closes the face of the bat and plays a wristy flick past mid-wicket. The fielder in the deep gets across, puts in a full scale dive, but the ball beats him to the ropes

4

to Malan, FOUR, really well executed back-cut. He left it as late as he could, so much so that he got it right off the toe-edge to chop it away past slip. Also the 50-run stand

OT

to Malan, 1 run, fifty for Malan. Nice little push down to deep mid-off to get him there. Been a positive innings this, much like Stoneman's. But he's looked more at ease against the short ball too. Has to kick on now. What England need is for these scores to be converted

4

Cummins to Malan, FOUR, drills this half-volley through cover-point. Won't be shying away from nailing these, despite having to stretch out outside off

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, gets away from Starc at mid-off.. and he can't retrieve it. Good stride in from Bairstow to drive this to the left of mid-off where Starc gets a hand with a big dive. But the ball keeps rolling away on this belter of an outfield

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, delicious delivery on the pads and Bairstow gobbles it through mid-wicket. Magnificent timing on that flick

4

to Malan, FOUR, pitched up just outside off, and Malan lays into it. Runs are flowing pretty regularly for England. This is a good pitch, good enough to drive through the line. Once the gap is found through extra-cover, the timing is good enough to take it all the way

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, gee, how stiff was that chase from Cummins. Running on a treadmill, was he. angling the ball on the pads from round the wicket and Bairstow punishing him for it through mid-wicket

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Cummins to Malan, no run, another delivery coming in with the seam, and this time it thuds Malan on the top of the pad as he shuffles across. Smith doesn't look like he will review, but then he reviews. This is a highly ambitious review, considering the bounce there's been all day, born mostly out of desperation. Yep, it's bouncing over. Impact was umpire's call too. But another brilliant delivery, troubling Malan from round the wicket with the ball coming in. He was caught on the shuffle there, pretty much an indication of being late on it

4

to Malan, FOUR, quickly down the pitch to to whip this one past mid-on. England, in general, have been pretty positive with their footwork against and Malan has been one of the best of them. Hits this very straight

4

Cummins to Malan, FOUR, sends this flashing through the gully region. Some cries of "catch" with Khawaja diving across, but this flew off the bat. Malan saw some width on offer and went after it, no holding back

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to Malan, 1 run, it's the 100-partnership between these two. Australia definitely feeling the heat at this point

4

to Malan, FOUR, big forward stride against this full-pitched ball, nails it through the covers. That's been the hallmark for him today. Any bad deliveries and he's put it away

4

Marsh to Bairstow, FOUR, a shot which is indicative of how these two are thinking. It's a back of length delivery pretty close to off, nothing wrong with it, and Bairstow chops it through gully for four. It's fifty for him as well. Really good stuff

4

Marsh to Bairstow, FOUR, these are free runs for England. Poor from Australia. Marsh strays down leg and is tickled down fine for four

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to Malan, 1 run, dropped! There's the edge straight away with the second new ball, and it's been put down in the slips. Full, swinging away from off, it's a poor stroke from Malan looking to flick it away. The edge travels very quickly between second and third slip, and Bancroft - at third slip - overshoots to his right. It goes right through his wrists. Oh dear

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, oooh, edgy! Immediately, things have livened up. Full, swinging in on middle and leg. It doesn't curl back in as much as Bairstow wants as he tries to flick, and the leading edge flies through gully

4

to Malan, FOUR, shottttt! Crunches this through the covers. Half-volley outside off, and as he's done all day, he smashes it through the gap. No reason for any caution against that

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to Bairstow, 1 run, back of a length on middle and off, nudges it in front of mid-on and sets off. Excellent run

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, runs.. four of them. The new ball races away off the middle of Bairstow's bat, screaming past mid-off. Full from , searching for swing, and Bairstow has it lined up with his off-drive

4

to Malan, FOUR, he's done it. Pulls it away backward of square for four. Maiden Test hundred from Dawid Malan, and what an iconic venue to do it at. It may not be the WACA of old, but the ball was flying off the pitch during that post lunch session when he came in. England could have so easily crumbled. But Malan stood defiant. Brilliant knock. Will it lead England's revival in the Ashes?

4

to Malan, FOUR, anything up full, and he hasn't been hesitant to drive. Gets confidently forward and dispatches it through extra-cover

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, helpless smile pasted across 's face as the outside edge scoots away through gully. Aiming for the yorker, he dishes out a low full toss and although he gets the edge, it's always burrowing through the turf

4

to Malan, FOUR, he's shredded another half-volley for four, punching it straight back past mid-off

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to Malan, no run, Australia have reviewed this. On first look, it looked to be going down leg. Very full ball, almost a yorker, and Malan plays all across it, beaten by pace. No bat involved, but yeah, it looks leg-sidish. Let's wait for ball-tracking.. and it's missing leg. Australia are out of reviews now

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, superb from Bairstow. This ball is not even there to drive. It's almost a good length ball outside off, and he confidently strides across, meets it on the up and goes through with it through the covers. Not much lateral movement off the seam here, so the shot is on. And he gets it off the middle

4

to Malan, FOUR, brilliantly timed. The fact that this is a low full toss helps. looking for that big yorker, and he's been smashed through the covers

4

Cummins to Bairstow, FOUR, huge chase for Bancroft and the ball teases him all the way before getting to the boundary. Full ball outside off, Bairstow does the right thing in not going after it hard but just caressing it through the covers. Lovely shot

4

Cummins to Bairstow, FOUR, this one's even better. It's been nailed through extra-cover. Even fuller from Cummins just outside off, and the timing is smoking. Phew, no one moved

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Marsh to Bairstow, 2 runs, slanted in full on middle and leg, flicked away behind square. The running is pretty good this time, unlike what it's been in the morning. They come back for two. And it's the 200 of the partnership. Big cheers as the both of them shake hands

4

Marsh to Bairstow, FOUR, flicked away for four. Runs starting to come now, after those four consecutive maidens at the top. Marsh bowls too full and too straight, and he's been dispatched behind square leg

4

Cummins to Malan, FOUR, slightly streaky but another boundary. All the pressure built earlier is shattering pretty quickly. Good length ball outside off, Malan wafts it away through gully

4

Cummins to Malan, FOUR, ordinary from Cummins. It's short, it's wide, and Malan climbs over it and back-cuts down to the third man boundary

4

Marsh to Bairstow, FOUR, and four more. Bairstow has sneaked up onto 97. Back of length just outside off, Bairstow hops back and punches this firmly through the covers. They're plundering runs now

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Marsh to Bairstow, 1 run, yells out a big "yeah" as he pulls the ball down to long leg. He's absolutely thrilled. Oh this celebration is just the best. He takes the helmet off and headbutts it, you show them Jonny! Then looks to the heavens, kisses the badge, and finally drowns in his partner's embrace. The England balcony is up on its feet. Oh Jonny! What a magnificent hundred. What a magnificent partnership

4

Marsh to Malan, FOUR, and this has been dispatched to the third man boundary as well. Marsh being taken apart

W

to Malan, out Caught by (sub)Handscomb!! That's a fine take from the substitute fielder, might have been Handscomb and Australia have eventually broken through. Lovely ball from , slowed down the pace and got it to drift across the left-hander, Malan was done in by the flight as he skipped out, he was looking to work it against the turn, closed the bat-face way too early, the leading edge popped up in the air and towards point. The fielder ran across to his left, dived full length sideways and completes a fine two-handed catch, made sure that the ball didn't pop out when he hit the ground. Malan walks away to a standing ovation. Malan c (sub)Handscomb b 140(227) [4s-19 6s-1]

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, nicely played by Bairstow, flatter and turning down the leg-side, Bairstow gets inside the line and tickles it fine, the WACA outfield does the rest

W

Cummins to Moeen Ali, out Caught by Smith!! Beautifully bowled by Cummins and Moeen has been dismissed for a second ball blob. The famed WACA bounce has done him here, this was short and rising onto the left-handed batsman, Moeen was pushing forward, doesn't ride the bounce, the bounce got big on him, hit his glove and lobbed for a simple catch to Smith at second slip. One brings two for Australia, can they restrict England under 450 now? Moeen Ali c Smith b Cummins 0(2)

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, edged and four, a rare bad shot from Bairstow, saw the width and threw his hands at that, gets a thick edge that splits the gap between second slip and gully. A third slip would have gobbled it up

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, lovely shot, width on offer from , Bairstow reaches out and then flat-bats it onto the ground. The ball then bounces over the head of a leaping Lyon at backward point and rolls away to the fence

4

Cummins to Woakes, FOUR, edged and four, short of a length and well wide of off, Woakes was looking to get on top of the ball, gets a healthy edge that flies over the slip cordon. Handy runs for England

4

to Woakes, FOUR, beautifully played, this was full and this was swinging away from off, Woakes leans into the drive and places it into the gap past cover, beat the fielder and raced away to the fence

W

to Woakes, out Caught by Pat Cummins!! That's another fine catch and Australia are giving themselves a chance at restricting England. This was short and on Woakes' hips, he was looking to flick it away for a single, got inside the line and timed it really well. Just that he didn't keep it all along the carpet, Cummins moved sideways and in front from long leg, keeps his eyes on the ball, slid forward and took a mighty fine catch. Deserving reward for , he's been outstanding so far. Woakes c Pat Cummins b 8(12) [4s-2]

W

to Bairstow, out Bowled!! Wickets are tumbling at the WACA and this is a huge one, Bairstow gets a big inside edge and the ball clatters into the middle-stump. He turns back, surveys the wreckage and walks away, another standing ovation as the wicket-keeper batsman walks back to the pavilion. Superb delivery from , this was full and seamed back in slightly, Bairstow was slightly caught in his crease as he looked to play it towards the on-side, the inside edge was found and the middle-pole was sent on a walk. Bairstow b 119(215) [4s-18]

W

to C Overton, out Caught by Bancroft!! Overton is livid with himself as he walks away, simple catch for Bancroft at FSL and England haved lost their ninth wicket. The short-ball ploy has worked wonders for , banged it short and got it to rise awkwardly at the batsman, Overton had nowhere to go as he hopped and fended ungainly, gets a top-edge onto the glove and pops straight up, simple dolly for Bancroft and has three. C Overton c Bancroft b 2(7)

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to Broad, SIX, smashed, that's a long hit and Broad has sent the ball out of the park. Banged in short and on the stumps, Broad backs away and pulls it high and over backward square leg, raises England's 400 as well, that was a 104m hit

W

to Broad, out Caught by Bancroft!! That's a very soft dismissal and England have been bowled out for 403. Banged in short and on the stumps, Broad went a long way across the stumps, all three stumps were visible, the idea was to get the pull very fine and past the keeper. Unfortunately for Broad, he only managed to toe-end it, straight up in the air and Bancroft runs to his right from FSL to complete the catch. Australia complete the comeback and players will take lunch as well. Broad c Bancroft b 12(10) [6s-1]