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

Australia vs England

1st Test, The Gabba, Brisbane, 23 November 2017

Australia vs England

Australia 4th Inn:173/0 (50)

David Warner* 87 (119);Cameron Bancroft 82 (182);
Joe Root* 6-1-17-0; Chris Woakes 11-1-46-0;

Last bat:

Result: Australia won by 10 wkts.

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Australia 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Cameron Bancroft not out 82 182 10 1 45.05
David Warner not out 87 119 10 0 73.11
Steven Smith(c) dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Usman Khawaja dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Peter Handscomb dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Shaun Marsh dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Tim Paine(wk) dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Mitchell Starc dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Pat Cummins dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Nathan Lyon dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
Josh Hazlewood dnb 0 0 0 0 0.00
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 2, w - 1, nb - 1)4
Total(173 for 0 in 50 overs)173 (3.46 runs per over)
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
James Anderson 11 2 27 0 2.45  
Stuart Broad 10 2 20 0 2  
Moeen Ali 4 0 23 0 5.75  
Chris Woakes 11 1 46 0 4.18  
Jake Ball 8 1 38 0 4.75 (1w)
Joe Root (c) 6 1 17 0 2.83  
               

England 2nd Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Alastair Cook c Starc & b Hazlewood 7 13 1 0 53.85
Mark Stoneman c Steven Smith & b Lyon 27 81 4 0 33.33
James Vince c Steven Smith & b Hazlewood 2 6 0 0 33.33
Joe Root(c) lbw Hazlewood 51 104 5 0 49.04
Dawid Malan c Steven Smith & b Lyon 4 17 0 0 23.53
Moeen Ali st Paine & b Lyon 40 64 6 0 62.5
Jonny Bairstow(wk) c Handscomb & b Starc 42 75 2 1 56
Chris Woakes c Steven Smith & b Starc 17 57 2 0 29.82
Stuart Broad c Paine & b Starc 2 9 0 0 22.22
Jake Ball c Handscomb & b Pat Cummins 1 5 0 0 20
James Anderson not out 0 1 0 0 0
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 0, w - 0, nb - 2)2
Total(195 all out in 71.4 overs)195 (2.72 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/11 (Alastair Cook, 3.3 ov.) 2/17 (James Vince, 5.3 ov.) 3/62 (Mark Stoneman, 27.4 ov.)
4/74 (Dawid Malan, 33.4 ov.) 5/113 (Joe Root, 40.6 ov.) 6/155 (Moeen Ali, 53.2 ov.)
7/185 (Chris Woakes, 68.2 ov.) 8/194 (Jonny Bairstow, 70.1 ov.) 9/195 (Stuart Broad, 70.5 ov.)
10/195 (Jake Ball, 71.4 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Mitchell Starc 16 1 51 3 3.19  
Josh Hazlewood 16 3 46 3 2.88  
Pat Cummins 12.4 4 23 1 1.82  
Nathan Lyon 24 4 67 3 2.79  
Steven Smith (c) 3 0 8 0 2.67  
               

Australia 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Cameron Bancroft c Bairstow & b Broad 5 19 0 0 26.32
David Warner c Malan & b J Ball 26 43 2 0 60.47
Usman Khawaja lbw Moeen 11 24 2 0 45.83
Steven Smith(c) not out 141 326 14 0 43.25
Peter Handscomb lbw James Anderson 14 17 1 0 82.35
Shaun Marsh c James Anderson & b Broad 51 141 8 0 36.17
Tim Paine(wk) c Bairstow & b James Anderson 13 42 2 0 30.95
Mitchell Starc c & b Broad 6 5 0 1 120
Pat Cummins c Cook & b C Woakes 42 120 5 1 35
Josh Hazlewood b Moeen 6 25 0 0 24
Nathan Lyon c Cook & b Root 9 22 1 0 40.91
             
Extras(b - 0, lb - 1, w - 2, nb - 1)4
Total(328 all out in 130.3 overs)328 (2.51 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/7 (Cameron Bancroft, 3.4 ov.) 2/30 (Usman Khawaja, 10.3 ov.) 3/59 (David Warner, 19.4 ov.)
4/76 (Peter Handscomb, 24.5 ov.) 5/175 (Shaun Marsh, 67.2 ov.) 6/202 (Tim Paine, 80.4 ov.)
7/209 (Mitchell Starc, 81.4 ov.) 8/275 (Pat Cummins, 113.6 ov.) 9/298 (Josh Hazlewood, 122.4 ov.)
10/328 (Nathan Lyon, 130.3 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
James Anderson 29 10 50 2 1.72  
Stuart Broad 25 10 49 3 1.96  
Moeen Ali 30 8 74 2 2.47  
Chris Woakes 24 5 67 1 2.79  
Jake Ball 18 3 77 1 4.28 (2w)
Joe Root (c) 4.3 0 10 1 2.22  
               

England 1st Innings

  R B 4s 6s SR
Alastair Cook c Handscomb & b Starc 2 10 0 0 20
Mark Stoneman b Pat Cummins 53 159 3 0 33.33
James Vince runout (Lyon) 83 170 12 0 48.82
Joe Root(c) lbw Pat Cummins 15 50 1 0 30
Dawid Malan c Shaun Marsh & b Starc 56 130 11 0 43.08
Moeen Ali lbw Lyon 38 102 2 1 37.25
Jonny Bairstow(wk) c Paine & b Pat Cummins 9 24 1 0 37.5
Chris Woakes b Lyon 0 4 0 0 0
Stuart Broad c Handscomb & b Hazlewood 20 32 3 0 62.5
Jake Ball c Warner & b Starc 14 11 3 0 127.27
James Anderson not out 5 9 1 0 55.56
             
Extras(b - 5, lb - 0, w - 1, nb - 1)7
Total(302 all out in 116.4 overs)302 (2.59 runs per over)
   

Fall of wickets

1/2 (Alastair Cook, 2.4 ov.) 2/127 (Mark Stoneman, 54.2 ov.) 3/145 (James Vince, 59.3 ov.)
4/163 (Joe Root, 70.4 ov.) 5/246 (Dawid Malan, 102.2 ov.) 6/249 (Moeen Ali, 103.3 ov.)
7/250 (Chris Woakes, 105.1 ov.) 8/270 (Jonny Bairstow, 110.3 ov.) 9/286 (Jake Ball, 113.4 ov.)
10/302 (Stuart Broad, 116.4 ov.)   
   

Bowling

O M R W Econ    
Mitchell Starc 28 4 77 3 2.75 (1w)
Josh Hazlewood 22.4 6 57 1 2.51  
Pat Cummins 30 8 85 3 2.83  
Nathan Lyon 36 12 78 2 2.17  
               
All|Overs 1-50|Overs 51-100
4

to Bancroft, FOUR, deftly done by Bancroft! This was coming into him sharply from a good length and he had to make the late adjustment. Got it a bit off the inner half but he was fairly in control. Lot of work to do for Ball at fine leg and he puts in a good effort as well but cannot haul it back in

4

to Bancroft, FOUR, that's flown away off the blade! Fuller and outside off, a hint of shape away as Bancroft steers it with an open bat face. Went off the outer half but he knew what he was doing there. Placed between gully and backward point

6

Ali to Bancroft, SIX, superb batting from the young man! Bancroft advances down the track and this time gets to the pitch of the ball. Makes clean connection as he goes straight down the ground. The umpires want to check if it is a four or a six. Eventually, a maximum is signaled as it did clear the ropes. Good proactive batting

4

to Warner, FOUR, finds the fence! It did come off the outer half but he was in control. Back of a length around middle, Warner stays leg-side of the ball just a bit and opens the bat face quite late. Off the outer half, bisects the slips and gully to perfection

4

Ali to Warner, FOUR, up and over! This is more of the Warner we all know. Dances down the track on seeing the flight and lifts it easily over mid-on. Didn't lose his shape in executing the stroke and the intent to play straight paid off

4

Ali to Warner, FOUR, whack! Warner has decided to open up and freebies like these will help. A juicy full toss that is swept away powerfully over mid-wicket. Nobody moved!

4

to Bancroft, FOUR, high quality stroke! Overpitched by and it's been put away by the debutant. Leans forward and drives it with a high elbow. All poise and elegance as he times it to perfection. Right between the bowler and mid-on

4

to Warner, FOUR, connects this time! Short of a length on off, sort of the length that got him in the first innings but that was a half-hearted stroke. This one is a full-blooded pull through mid-wicket. Races away

4

to Warner, FOUR, there's that short-arm jab pull from Warner. Hits this uppishly, mid-on stretches his right hand out but it goes past him

4

Ball to Bancroft, FOUR, inside edge and it's running away for four. Ball goes over the wicket, Bancroft wanted to on-drive this ball into the on-side, instead managed an inside edge that ran away fine to the fine leg boundary

4

to Warner, FOUR, that's short and Warner hangs back to cut this late, backward point has no chance as it was placed well to his right

4

Ball to Warner, FOUR, cut away between backward point and gully and that's Davey Warner's 25th Test fifty. Width on offer outside off stump, Warner plays with an open bat face to place it in the gap. Raises his bat to acknowledge the applause

4

Ball to Warner, FOUR, oh dear! Ball has been horribly off radar in this over. He tries the slower ball from round the wicket now and bowls down the leg-side, Warner waits and helps it on its way to the fine leg boundary

OT

to Bancroft, 2 runs, flicked past short leg and they rush back for the second. 100 up for Australia

4

to Bancroft, FOUR, tickled away and it's a fifty on Test debut for Bancroft. This has been an excellent knock. He was determined from the time he walked out today, looked at the opposition in their eyes and looked rock solid with his technique. This is a freebie ball down the leg-side, Bancroft sends it to the fine leg boundary. No real celebrations or emotions. Just raises his bat to the crowd and the dressing room

4

to Warner, FOUR, poor delivery and Warner puts it away. Shortish and down leg, deep backward square can't get there as Warner shovelled it away. Placed it well too

4

Ball to Bancroft, FOUR, finally he releases the pressure on himself and breaks the shackles with a flowing drive wide of the diving mid-off. Was a length delivery outside off, Bancroft thrashed that and more importantly evaded mid-off

4

Ball to Bancroft, FOUR, edged and four! ust wide of the diving Cook. Went too quickly and raced away. A loose push away from the body by Bancroft and he got lucky. Ball is a frustrated man. Those ones have to stick and Cook did pretty well by diving and stretching his right-hand out

OT

to Warner, 1 run, steers it to the man on the boundary on the off-side and that's the 150 of the partnership up

4

Ball to Warner, FOUR, ust over the head of a leaping Root at backward square leg. Was a short delivery on the stumps, Warner didn't keep it down and cleared the skipper. Long leg couldn't get across

4

to Bancroft, FOUR, four more. Low full-toss slipping down leg, the attempted yorker gone wrong. Fine tickle and long leg had no chance. Just needed to get bat on the shot which he did

4

to Bancroft, FOUR, scores are level now! Another low full-toss and easy for Bancroft to put it away. Got forward and drove it wide of the diving silly mid-off fielder. Needed to place it and did so. Poor bowling though from

4

to Bancroft, FOUR, that's it! Australia go 1-0 up! Bancroft on debut gets the honor of hitting the winning runs in an Ashes win. What more do you want! With Warner at the other end. This Bancroft has talent and the technique to succeed at the highest level. Looks very compact and plays straight. This is how the winning hit came: Was a pitched up delivery and Bancroft got forward to drill the drive, was in the air but cleared a leaping silly mid-off fielder. Bancroft and Warner shake hands and walk off to an ovation at The Gabba!

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, that's a poor ball and Stoneman almost managed to throw his wicket away. Short and way outside off stump, Stoneman cuts, doesn't control the shot, Lyon was there at backward point, but the ball evaded him to his right. England are away

4

to Cook, FOUR, soft hands on the defence and the outside edge runs away between third slip and gully. Length delivery just outside off stump, the ball just leaves the batsman and Cook gets a lucky boundary

W

to Cook, out Caught by Starc!! It's a shocker from Cook. I can't believe he's gone for it so early. Wasn't he watching Smith bat standing from the cordon? banged this ball short and got it to rise around Cook's right ear, he could have ignored that by swaying out or ducking under the ball, but the instincts took over and he went for the hook shot, wasn't in a great position and a top edge resulted. It was pretty healthy and carried all the way to fine leg, who moved to his left and took a tumbling catch. Australia have already prised out a massive wicket with the slender lead that they have got. Cook c Starc b 7(13) [4s-1]

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, goes for the yorker, Stoneman flicks along the ground, gets it past square leg and it rockets for four

W

to James Vince, out Caught by Smith!! We were wondering how would operate in the second effort and boy, he's definitely upped his game. Up on pace, hitting the deck hard and he's got two wickets now. More importantly, he's got England's best batsman from the first innings. What a ball, very hard to negotiate. Back of a length delivery on the off stump, nipping away off the seam, opening up the batsman completely and taking a thick edge, carried at a comfortable height to Smith at second slip. James Vince c Smith b 2(6)

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, overpitched and punished. Full delivery outside off stump, Stoneman leans forward and drives along the ground through the vacant cover region

4

to Root, FOUR, even though it is a good shot, shouldn't mind it. Half-volley outside off, inviting the cover-drive and Root obliged. Just that he bent his knee and then drove really well into the gap at cover. But that shot and the angle of the ball bowled will always bring the outside edge into play

4

to Root, FOUR, hit it down and hit it into the gap between gully and backward point, shortish and outside off, Root rolled his wrists on the cut and put it away

4

Cummins to Stoneman, FOUR, KP on air almost put the mockers on him. He was saying that Stoneman "looked the real deal" and next ball the thick edge flies away from the left-hand of a diving gully. Short and wide outside off, Stoneman went after it and didn't hold back, and managed to elude the fielder which gave him four

W

to Stoneman, out Caught by Smith!! has done it. Smith can do no wrong at the moment. The obdurate Stoneman goes. The danger on pitches where the ball turns and bounces is this type of dismissal; Stoneman didn't get a full stride forward and also the middle of the bat, turned away, took the edge and a low diving forward grab from Smith at slip. No doubts about the catch and will this spark Australia today, who have been a bit flat today to be honest. Stoneman c Smith b 27(81) [4s-4]

W

to Malan, out Caught by Smith!! That's made to look unplayable by Malan and strikes once more. Mind you it was a good ball, but Malan played it badly, the feet were stuck on the crease and pushed inside the line of a sharply turning delivery on middle, it took the shoulder of the bat and landed in first slip's hands. was looking for this kind of delivery to the left-hander and finally got it right - the pitch being an ally here. Malan c Smith b 4(17)

4

to Root, FOUR, gets inside the line and gloves the pull, beats Paine to his left and also Cummins on the dive from fine leg. A pressure-releasing boundary

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, first real bad ball in a while from and Moeen Ali cashes in. Went back and cut that hard wide of cover-point. Into the gap and raced away. Mo will certainly be positive and play his game which means runs will come when he is out there

4

to Root, FOUR, splits the two gullies to perfection. Trifle short outside off, cut between the two fielders and finds the gap, since there's no third man or sweeper, it was always a boundary

4

to Root, FOUR, what a sprint by Warner but he can't haul it back in. Long half-volley outside off, driven hard by Root and wide of Warner at mid-off, still the opener didn't give up and gave it his all, but all to no avail

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, down leg, may have wanted to bowl the magic ball, trying to turn it from there and across the batsman, but it slides on and a neat glance takes it to the fine leg fence

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, too full and Moeen Ali has it easy. Just needed to evade the stumps and the umpire at the other end, which he did with a drive. Raced to the shortest part of the ground

OT

to Root, 2 runs, the Barmy Army go "Rooooottttttt" and they are up cheering for his fifty - 33rd in Tests. Length ball on the pads, tucked into the gap at mid-wicket, easy two and up go the crowd. Root raises his bat and then has a chat with Moeen Ali. But he knows he needs to kick on

W

to Root, out Lbw!! Gone. Gone. Gone. KP on air is screaming for Joe Root to take the review, saying "you are too big a wicket" but the English skipper walks off cursing himself. Knew it was plumb and went away, with even Mo imploring him to have a go. Out lbw again. That could be the match-winning wicket. Look at , a roar and then punches the air. Like the first innings, it was a fuller length delivery on the stumps, Root's head fell over, the bat played down the wrong line and the ball pinged the pad. Not even umpire's call - hitting flush and a good call by Aleem Dar who had his finger up in a flash. So Root goes immediately after his fifty. A technical flaw has cropped up which he needs to work on soon to avoid getting out lbw again in the same way. Root lbw b 51(104) [4s-5]

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, good shot. Just a bit short and he is quick to go back and hammer the pull through mid-wicket. Had to beat mid-on which he did with ease. He is continuing to play his shots and that's good to see

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, good response from Ali! This is positive batting. Skips down the track and gets to the pitch of the ball, then lifts it cleanly over mid-on. Ensured that he was playing it straight and so, got the optimum result

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, superb shot from Ali! He is producing a gem here amidst all the ruins around him. Needs to carry on though. Gets down on one knee and nails the sweep through square leg. Fantastic execution! Lead breaches the 100-run mark

4

Cummins to Bairstow, FOUR, slapped away! Width on offer and the length is on the shorter side as well, Bairstow delays the cut to beat point. Lovely timing and it races away to the fence

4

to Bairstow, FOUR, crunched! This is a freebie from and it's been put away. Gives width and it's slightly too full as well, Jonny is too good a batsman to let it go unpunished. Creams the drive through cover

6

to Bairstow, SIX, superb batting! These two are counter-attacking at will. Bairstow skips down the track to this off break and lifts it effortlessly over wide long-on. Beautiful ball-striking

W

to Moeen Ali, out Stumped!! is the man for Australia! This is a huge strike by the off-spinner who just refuses to go out of the limelight. Credit must go to Paine though. Whipped off the bails in a flash as soon as Ali got beaten on the off break that kicked up a bit off the deck. Moeen's foot was on the line from the numerous replays that the third umpire saw and he was satisfied that there wasn't any part of the foot behind the line. Nobody was as excited as Paine but to be fair, nobody was as close to the action there either. Once again, just when England were gaining momentum, they have been derailed. Moeen Ali st Paine b 40(64) [4s-6]

4

to Woakes, FOUR, searches for a bit of swing, offers a full ball on the stumps, Woakes waits and flicks beautifully along the ground through mid-wicket for four

4

to Woakes, FOUR, width on offer outside off stump, Woakes doesn't try to hit it hard, places the cut through the backward point region and it runs away for four

W

to Woakes, out Caught by Smith!! That's jumped on the batsman and taken the thick outside edge. Smith is in the game again, with a diving catch to his right at second slip. changed the angle, came over the wicket and banged the ball into the pitch, got it to rise and got Woakes hopping in the crease. Obviously no control with the defence with feet in air for Woakes and he edges. Seven down, lead 159 now. Woakes c Smith b 17(57) [4s-2]

W

to Bairstow, out Caught by Handscomb!! Oh my god! Can't believe my eyes. That's a shocker from Bairstow and look at that smile on 's face. An embarrassing dismissal for the batsman. Bairstow tried guiding a short ball towards third man in his previous ball and missed. Smith now has a fielder at third man who is halfway in, Bairstow takes him on and tries to upper cut it squarer than it went and he ended up offering catching practice. Looked good for a longer fight, but he's gifted his wicket. Just a matter of time for the tail to be wiped off? Bairstow c Handscomb b 42(75) [4s-2 6s-1]

W

to Broad, out Caught by Paine!! Broad can't believe this has been given out. He didn't feel the edge probably. did not appeal at all, it was Paine who went up immediately and captain Smith, who was in the cordon, was convinced too and went for the review. In real time, one could not hear a noise, but HotSpot had a tiny mark and there was a spike on UltraEdge as well. Broad was hanging back expecting a bouncer, but tried the yorker and went with a very full ball, Broad tried to defend and got a thin outside edge. Broad c Paine b 2(9)

W

Cummins to J Ball, out Caught by Handscomb!! Okay, who wants it? And that clever field placing of having third man halfway in works for Australia. Handscomb takes the catch and England are bowled out for 195. This is the fourth successive bouncer of the over, Ball managed to negotiate three, but he had to play at it as it was coming straight to his head. No eyes on the ball, the ball flies off the bat over the cordon and Handscomb runs forward to complete the catch. J Ball c Handscomb b Cummins 1(5)

W

to Bancroft, out Caught by Bairstow!! A barrage of inswingers and then the ball goes the other way for the batsman to drive at it. He obliges and falls into the trap. The thick edge carries low to the right of the keeper and he gulps it down. The sucker ball does it for Bancroft. And credit to for the way he set up the batsman. Australia start on a vein similar to England. Bancroft c Bairstow b 5(19)

4

to Khawaja, FOUR, opens the batsman up, the ball takes the outer edge and races away past the third slip for a four. The fielder dived to his left but could not save it

4

to Khawaja, FOUR, too full, too wide, the batsman decides to have a go at that and the ball squeezes past the man at point for a four. The room provided was taken care of

4

Ali to Warner, FOUR, fuller length delivery and the batsman leans into the drive to time it through the covers for a four. The man at mid-off tried to chase it but in vain

W

Ali to Khawaja, out Lbw!! The ball slides on and the batsman is rapped on the pad for umpire Dar to signal it out. He was as dead as a doornail. The ball decked in and the batsman pushing forward, played down the wrong line. The bat was nowhere close and Warner at the non-striker's end knew his partner was a goner. So, they did not opt for a review as well. England's ploy of spin to Khawaja works immediately. Australia in early trouble. Khawaja lbw b Ali 11(24) [4s-2]

4

to Smith, FOUR, the big backlift comes down on the full ball and the drive was clipped past the dive from the man at mid-on. Pitched up delivery and the batsman was quick to take toll of that

4

Ali to Warner, FOUR, three fine deliveries and then a freebie! Slowish and on the shorter side outside off stump, Warner allows the ball to come, opens the bat face and then guides it past slip for four

W

Ball to Warner, out Caught by Malan!! Oh my, oh my! What on earth has Warner done? Look at Ball roar and it's an absolutely shocking dismissal. Warner walks back hiding his face. Harmless short of length delivery on the stumps, Warner was sort of playing a short-arm ab flick shot, there was no real intent behind the shot and he ended up chipping it straight to mid-wicket. In fact, the fielder uggled and then caught it on the rebound. Massive, massive wicket for England. Well, well, it's 59/3 and Australia are under pressure. Warner c Malan b Ball 26(43) [4s-2]

4

Ball to Handscomb, FOUR, edged but in the gap between gully and third slip. Handscomb tries to defend this good length delivery outside off stump, plays with soft hands and gets a thick edge that rolls past the diving fielder

W

to Handscomb, out Lbw!! gets a wicket in the first over after tea. That was full, the batsman had been hanging back and he missed the line and the length of the ball. The bat came down but the ball evaded it. Not even an inside edge and the impact was adjacent to the sticks. Umpire Dar had given it not out and after a deliberation with his mates, Root decided to review it. The balltracker showed it was pitching in line and was hitting the leg-pole as the batsman trying to play it across the line had missed it. Australia in a soup now. Handscomb lbw b 14(17) [4s-1]

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, what is more beautiful in life than a left-hander creaming a cover drive through covers! Full and wide, the batsman allowed his hands to take over. Leant into it and threaded the ball into the gap with clinical precision

4

to Smith, FOUR, lovely on-drive, it's tough to bowl to this lad. This is a fullish ball on the off stump and Smith, who was waiting for the ball to come in his zone, makes full use of the juicy half-volley and drove it along the ground past the non-striker

OT

to Shaun Marsh, no run, that's a dreadful leave, it must be said. Luckily the ball didn't come back enough from the round the wicket angle to hit the off stump. Angled in from a good length, Marsh strangely leaves a ball that was almost heading to the sticks, gets hit on the back pad, the appeal was very confident from , convinced his captain to go for the review, cost England one in the end as it was missing the sticks

4

to Smith, FOUR, it's a top edge in the airrr, luckily for Australia it's in the gap between fine leg and deep backward square leg. Short ball, Smith plays a half-hearted pull, hits the gap in the deep

4

to Smith, FOUR, now the man at fine leg has gone square and Smith hits this to his left, poor good length delivery down the leg-side, has a leg gully in place, but Smith was easily able to glance this away for four

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, short and outside off stump, Marsh cuts well through point, used the room on offer and timed the shot very well

4

Ali to Smith, FOUR, low full toss and Smith drives easily along the ground through extra-cover, moves to 46

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, that's a fine pull shot, not too short from , Marsh places it to the left of mid-wicket and the fielder in the deep had no chance. These two are slowly getting Australia back on track

OT

Ali to Smith, 1 run, fifty for the Australian captain. 22nd Test fifty. Fullish and outside off stump, Smith taps it to point. Raises the bat to the crowd. It's been an excellent innings, absorbed the pressure and held one end tight

4

Ali to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, he's taken a step forward and taken it on the full, Marsh flicks nicely through mid-wicket, hits the gap and it runs away for four

4

Ali to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, lovely inside-out drive. Flighted delivery outside off stump, Marsh jumps out, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it nicely, beating the sweeper in the deep

4

Ball to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, brilliant on-drive, Broad dives to his right this time, but the ball escapes. Ball overpitches this ball and Marsh creams a drive

4

to Smith, FOUR, brilliant back foot drive from Smith as bowls short and outside off stump, the fielder at cover hunts and dives but comes second. Looked like Stoneman was the fielder

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, outside edge, but flies past slip. Shortish and outside off stump, bounced a bit more than Marsh expected, the cut shot attempted and he got away with it, the ball came quickly at him

4

to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, Shaun Marsh has got going and his family are happy in the crowd. Shortish outside off but Marsh got on top of the bounce and cut it wide of backward point. Went away to the smallest part of the ground and gave the chasing fielder no chance

OT

to Shaun Marsh, 3 runs, gritty fifty from Shaun Marsh and he has got there with a nice square drive. Into the gap between point and cover and the backward point fielder hauls it back in with a dive. Saved a run there. As everyone knows he is a fine player, has to do justice to that enormous potential. A raise of the bat and that's about it

W

to Shaun Marsh, out Caught by Anderson!! Got himmmmmmmmmmm! That's a soft wicket. The plan has worked and is delighted, screams in Shaun Marsh's face as he starts running around celebrating. There has been a clear ploy from England today to bowl a lot of cutters and release the ball with a cutting action so that it grips and holds on the pitch. This one did just that and Marsh fell for it. Went through with the lofted drive and tamely lobbed a catch to mid-off. The stand is broken and once again it is who comes to the party. Shaun Marsh c Anderson b 51(141) [4s-8]

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Ball to Paine, FOUR, good shot and four. Slightly short outside off, Paine back-cuts and cuts late, wide of backward point and the ball ust raced away

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Ali to Paine, FOUR, loopy gentle full-toss outside off, Paine had to get it past cover and did so without any fuss, hammered that wide of him and beat the man at sweeper too. Poor ball and rightly dealt with

4

Ball to Smith, FOUR, can't bowl there, with fine leg square. Easy for Smith to get inside the line of that and glance this leg-sidish delivery to the fine leg fence. There was a backward short leg before this ball but the fielder was moved to silly point and the vacant gap was well exploited by Smith

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to Paine, out Caught by Bairstow!! strikes. Just needed four balls to get Paine. The new ball certainly producing the needed spice and a wonderful one-handed take by Bairstow diving to his right. Perfect delivery, short of length on off, making Paine play, who defended inside the line, the outside edge flew and Bairstow initially was slow to react but then on the dive stretched his right glove out to hang on. That's the wicket England needed to push the hosts further back. Paine c Bairstow b 13(42) [4s-2]

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to Starc, SIX, jeez! What was that! Effortless from Starc and has a big smile on his face, can't quite believe it. Pitched up outside off and Starc just let the bat flow through the line of the ball. Long levers, sweet timing and went a long way back at long-off. That came out of nowhere but what timing from Starc

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to Starc, out Caught&Bowled!! Now gets Starc. End of the fun as far as Starc is concerned. Good catch by on his followthrough, good length on the stumps, Starc was early into the stroke and popped a leading edge back into the path of the bowler who was tumbling and sliding, took it with both hands and then gave Starc a send-off. Not a big one, just a few words. England on the attack. Starc c and b 6(5) [6s-1]

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Ball to Pat Cummins, FOUR, now he does it well. Took into account the natural angle from Ball and went for the on-drive. With mid-on being slightly wider than the conventional position, all he needed was to put bat on it. Did so and it raced along the turf to the fence

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Ball to Smith, FOUR, stays on the back foot to a fuller ball and drives from there. Hard to find that shot in any manual. Keeps his bat straight on it and leaves mid-on redundant. Timing pretty sweet on that

4

to Pat Cummins, FOUR, Vince makes a head-first dive at the deep cover fence but fails to cut it off. A half-volley outside off and Cummins square drives through the gap. Vince gave it all but was always late for that one

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to Pat Cummins, FOUR, not bad for a surprise delivery. But the line could have been slightly better. Threw it full on middle and leg and Cummins got some bat to it, tickled it fine and apart from a leg-gully that region behind square is almost empty - so it raced to the fine leg fence

6

Ali to Pat Cummins, SIX, this has gone all the way over long-on. Tossed up ball around off and Cummins lofts with the turn. Did not step down the wicket, just got on the front foot and timed the ball. Packs a punch, and it showed this time. Big hit considering how he never went full throttle at this one. 88 metres, not bad

4

to Smith, FOUR, take a bow Steven Smith! What a hundred - 21st in Tests. Probably one of the finest Test knocks you will ever see. He takes the helmet off, raises his bat to a great applause from the crowd and then punches the Australian crest on his chest. Such a determined knock this. He's hardly played the drive through the innings, probably emulating Tendulkar's SCG effort, but the hundred came with a cover-drive. England threw everything at him. Cutters, short balls, slower balls, swinging balls, but he forced the bowlers to alter their plans. tried bowling outside off stump and wanting Smith to play away from the body, but Smith left and defended well. then switched to round the wicket and bowled one in the slot and out came the drive wide of mid-off. Look at that strike-rate, a hundred coming off 261 balls and we are in an era where modern day batsmen are craving for patience with all the limited overs cricket that's happening. I think this lad and Che Pujara are beautifying Test cricket with the old-school way of batting. Pujara's fifty at the Eden Gardens on a green pitch too was unbelievable

4

to Pat Cummins, FOUR, fullish ball outside off stump, Cummins drives and gets it on the outer half of the bat, goes well wide of backward point and it runs away for four

4

to Pat Cummins, FOUR, gee, Pat Cummins! What a cover drive, England look clueless in the outfield. bowls full and outside off stump, Cummins leans forward and creams the drive

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to Pat Cummins, out Caught by Cook!! gets rid of Cummins and England would be relieved seeing the back of a nagging Cummins. It's the fuller ball that eventually does the trick. Cummins, for sometime, now was trying to drive outside off unsuccessfully; once again repeats the same mistake as the ball shapes away ever so slightly to take the outside edge. Carries low to the right of Cook at slip who does not drop those. Much needed breakthrough minutes before tea. Pat Cummins c Cook b 42(120) [4s-5 6s-1]

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to Smith, FOUR, serves too much of room outside off. To make things worse, it's short as well. Smith rides the bounce and cuts through backward point

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to Smith, FOUR, short ball. He was expecting it, stayed leg-side to the ball, arched a bit and then ramped over backward point. Dribbles down to the fence

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Ali to Hazlewood, out Bowled!! Finally has a wicket. Deceived him well. Was angled on the stumps and Hazlewood tried to flick across the line, played all over it. Missed completely and the ball pinged the middle stump. This partnership was getting frustrating for England and has a smile on his face as he shares high fives with his teammates. Hazlewood b Ali 6(25)

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Ball to Smith, FOUR, AUSTRALIA ARE IN THE LEAD NOW. Where were you all yesterday? Did you see it coming? I did not! Shortish again, Smith moves across and whips over short fine leg

4

Ball to Smith, FOUR, gets a four to cap off the over. Fuller and too straight - ust where Smith wanted it to be. Was waiting on the back foot and drove it between mid-off and mid-on

4

to Lyon, FOUR, isn't he rubbing it in? Short ball, Lyon pulls it and places wide of the man at fine leg

4

to Smith, FOUR, premeditated but effective. Short ball outside off, Smith gets across on the back foot and pulls through mid-wicket

W

to Lyon, out Caught by Cook!! No joy just relief for as he high fives with his teammates. Turns from middle and leg and Lyon fails to keep the tuck down, carries to leg-slip who gets low in front to snaffle it. Smith walks out with everyone around giving him a standing ovation. Lyon c Cook b 9(22) [4s-1]

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to Cook, out Caught by Handscomb!! This was coming! had Cook on his toes for the first two deliveries and he's bowled the perfect ball to draw the edge and prise out a massive wicket. Full, close to the off stump, drawing the batsman forward and forcing him to play and then shaping away late. Thick outside edge and the man at first slip moves to his right to take the catch. Perfect start for Australia and , who jumps and fist pumps in celebration. Cook c Handscomb b 2(10)

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to James Vince, FOUR, overpitched and driven. Full and outside off stump, Vince leans forward and creams the drive through cover

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, too full and Stoneman takes full toll of it. Knows that even if he edged that it won't carry to the cordon. Deliberately opened the bat face and sliced the drive wide of gully

4

to James Vince, FOUR, what a shot! Inswinging ball, but the technique is there from Vince and he plays a delightful drive off the front foot. Played through cover for four

4

to James Vince, FOUR, now the flick shot through square leg and it's back-to-back fours. started this attempted inswinger too straight and ended up bowling on the pads, Vince places it wide of the fielder for four

D

Cummins to Stoneman, no run, edged but short of the man at third slip. Fullish and angled across, Stoneman defends with soft hands, hence the edge drops down

4

to James Vince, FOUR, gets the ball to straighten from round the wicket as the ball skidded on. The batsman offers the front footed push, the ball takes the edge and goes well past the man at first slip for a four

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Cummins to Stoneman, FOUR, full ball, too full for the batsman to just touch it and send it to the fence. The full face of the bat was presented and the ball ran away

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to James Vince, FOUR, charges out, converts the length into a half-volley and then creams the ball past cover and mid-off was never in contention to stop that. Excellent use of the feet to meet the ball on the up

4

Cummins to James Vince, FOUR, hops up, keeps the ball down by rolling his wrists over the ball and more importantly cuts the ball on top of the bounce to get it behind square on the off-side for a four

4

to James Vince, FOUR, maiden Test fifty for Vince. He has driven well all through out the day. The ball was pitched up outside off and the batsman square drove the ball away square of the wicket for a four. It has been a wonderful knock from England's #3

4

to James Vince, FOUR, one knee on the turf and the bat held at an angle screams the ball away with the help of a square drive. Pitched up too much and the batsman was dismissive with his strokeplay

4

to Stoneman, FOUR, lovely way to bring up the ton for your team!! Pitched up and subtle usage of the wrists ensures the ball was clipped away past mid-on for a four. Wonderful timing

OT

to Stoneman, 2 runs, Australia have a lethal bowling attack they said, but two inexperienced batsmen have come and recorded a hundred partnership in the first game of a big series. They've done it pretty easily. Full ball outside off stump, Stoneman leans into the cover-drive for a couple of runs

4

to James Vince, FOUR, now goes short and Vince is quick to go back and essay a back foot cover-drive, didn't try to hit that hard. Just picked up the length quickly and met the ball beautifully

OT

Cummins to Stoneman, 2 runs, edged but soft hands from Stoneman and it dies down in front of second slip. Anyway, he's played a very good innings here. Second Test fifty and he gets a good round of applause from the Barmy Army. This length ball left the left-hander late, but Stoneman showed good technique there by not going at it with hard hands

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to James Vince, no run, dropped. The wicket-keeper's role becomes really crucial in Tests. There was a lot of criticism about Paine's selection. Interestingly he wasn't keeping for Tasmania before being selected for the Ashes and he lets a big opportunity go. He'll be hoping Australia get Vince soon. Flighted delivery on the stumps, Vince was on the front foot to defend, the ball took the outside edge and Paine wasn't ready. Hit him on the left thumb and escaped

4

Cummins to James Vince, FOUR, oh delightful drive. Cummins tried the away-swinger there, but didn't swing, went straight and Vince middled that drive to perfection, hit between the sticks and Stoneman

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Cummins to Stoneman, out Bowled!! And there's the breakthrough Australia so desperately needed. Stoneman is gutted as he walks back to the dressing room. This is a very good length ball that comes back in at 140kph and it's gone through the defences of Stoneman, who was hanging back in his crease to defend. The sharp inward movement surprised him and he had no clue. He should be proud of the way he batted in the morning though. This wicket goes against Cummins, but a lot of credit should go to Lyon. He had Stoneman on his toes with some tight bowling and helped build the pressure. End of a very good 127-run partnership. Stoneman b Cummins 53(159) [4s-3]

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to James Vince, FOUR, oh he's squeezed that between gully and the slips. goes full and outside off stump, Vince gets his bat down at an angle, hits the bottom of the bat and it runs away to the third man boundary

4

to James Vince, FOUR, oh no! Talk about consistency and has been really poor first over after tea. He tried to shape the ball away from a middle stump line, but dragged it down the leg, easy glance fine to the fine leg fence. Vince into the 80s now

W

to James Vince, out James Vince Run Out!! Lyon roars a throw at the bowler's end and strikes. A direct hit ends the efforts of Vince. That was punched on the up into the off-side, the man at cover moved to his right, picked it up one-handed and hurled in the throw to catch the batsman well short of his crease. These are the moments of brilliance that can turn the game on its head. The crowd erupts. The Aussies are cock-a-hoop as well. There was never a single there. James Vince run out (Lyon) 83(170) [4s-12]

4

to Root, FOUR, swings in but onto the pads. Bread and butter for Root. He clips the ball away through square leg for a four. Had he missed it, he would have been a goner. He played it late and ensured he threaded the ball into the gap

4

to Malan, FOUR, too short and outside off stump, Malan rocks back and cuts through point, hits the gap and beats Khawaja's chase

W

Cummins to Root, out Lbw!! What a breakthrough and that's an excellent review. Cummins was jumping in his appeal and he knew he had the batsman. Convinced the captain to go for the review and Australia have got the big fish. Root has this tendency to fall over looking to flick the ball, Starc almost troubled him a few moments ago with a sharp inswinger that was flicked for four. This time it's reverse swinging late into the right-hander, the front foot went right across and the swing meant he had to adjust his leg late, but Cummins is quick to beat the bat and impact was right on the off stump. Looked OUT to the naked eye but umpire Marais Erasmus probably thought impact wasn't in line. Australia reviewed and got three reds to reverse the on-field call. Root lbw b Cummins 15(50) [4s-1]

4

to Malan, FOUR, first poor ball of the day probably from . Short and down the leg-side, Malan tries to glance fine and gets a thick edge that beats the keeper and escapes for four

4

Cummins to Malan, FOUR, lovely front foot cover drive from Malan as Cummins overpitches outside off stump, timed well and it escapes for four

6

to Moeen Ali, SIX, oh that's an audacious shot from Mo. He won't allow to settle. Good player of spin, 's bowled superbly well, gee, this is going to be some contest. This time though Mo smashed the slog-sweep right from the middle of the bat and cleared the mid-wicket boundary

4

Cummins to Malan, FOUR, that's too full to trouble the batsman and Malan essays a cover drive all the along the ground. Not from the middle of the bat, but he won't mind

4

Cummins to Malan, FOUR, this is full and angled into the pads, Malan flicks and hits the gap wide of mid-on, timing sweet enough for four

4

to Malan, FOUR, short ball, Malan takes the risk of playing the pull shot despite a man at square leg and gets it well wide of him. Timed well enough to head to the boundary

OT

to Malan, no run, it was a huge shout for LBW, umpire Marais Erasmus shakes his head and rightly so. knew it was slightly slipping down the leg side and had his hands on his head. Smith went for it, probably thought they'll get away with a review if it's umpire's call, but HawkEye showed that was ball was missing the leg stump. It was a very full ball from , Malan couldn't keep that out and wore it on the pad, impact was on leg and it was always missing the stumps

4

to Malan, FOUR, long, long chase for Cummins. Towards the biggest part of the ground and he loses the race despite a head-first dive from him. Half-volley on the pads, flicked away wide of mid-on and even though the ball travelled slowly, it had enough on it to beat the chasing pacer. But full marks to the committment though

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, this time a tease for Warner and it is towards the straight boundaries, which are not long here. A checked off-drive but hit in the air, since Warner was standing very close and not in a conventional position at mid-off, Moeen Ali can get away and does too. May have changed his mind at the last moment, but gets four nonetheless

4

to Malan, FOUR, "looks pretty pedestrian" says Shane Warne on air - referring to the start made by the Aussies. Floaty overpitched delivery outside off, Malan doesn't miss out. Times the shot and it is into the gap and races away. went full and looking for some swing or seam, got neither

4

to Moeen Ali, FOUR, nails the sweep and beats the two men in the deep for that shot to perfection. Fetched it from outside off and rolled the wrists on the shot to hit along the ground. Raced away

4

Cummins to Malan, FOUR, Lyon is at sweeper, for that shot, but such is the timing and pace on the ball, that he has no chance. A floaty half-volley outside off with no swing or seam, smashed off the front foot by Malan and it just made the offie a ball-fetcher. "That is a beauuuuuuuttyyyyyyy" is the comment from the articulate Mark Nicholas on air

4

to Malan, FOUR, dreadful ball. Short and wide outside off, easy for Malan as he cuts between backward point and cover-point, beats the chasing fielders as it went to the shortest part of the ground

OT

to Malan, 1 run, 50 for Malan. Typical gritty innings. Even though he plays some blinders in T20s, he has shown he can adapt to the longest format of the game. Healthy applause from the Barmy Army as well. Got there with a vertical bat sweep to fine leg. Raise of the bat and then a chat with Mo.

4

to Malan, FOUR, tremendous pull shot. Taken from around chest height and hit with authority. There are two men in the deep for the shot, but he has placed it superbly too. He looks a good player of the short ones, unlike Moeen Ali

W

to Malan, out Caught by Shaun Marsh!! Finally Australia have broken through. is too relieved to even celebrate wildly. The short ball tactic has worn out Malan. He looked set for the big one, but tried taking on one too many of this and perishes. Good short ball with height, rose on Malan's pull which found a top edge and Marsh at deep backward square has an easy grab. Malan is unhappy as he walks off, gestures that he should've rolled his wrists on that one. 150th Test wicket for . Malan c Shaun Marsh b 56(130) [4s-11]

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to Moeen Ali, out Lbw!! Review by Mo: Given out lbw onfield. Front foot is fine. Looked out to me. At best an umpire's call on this provided there's no bat. Now onto HotSpot. Nothing there. Snicko doesn't show anything either. Wickets - umpire's call and Mo has to go! Moeen Ali is seen shaking his head as he walks back, he has missed a straight ball. Often at the Gabba, you don't get to see too many lbws being given because of the bounce here, but this one rushed past the inside edge and kept low, hit Mo on the pad around middle and leg and Dar had the finger up. despite not bowling as well as he did yesterday, has got rid of the dangerman. Moeen Ali lbw b 38(102) [4s-2 6s-1]

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to Woakes, out Bowled!! Gone! The footholes may be troubling Starc but this wicket is all about them and 's ability. Throws it up floatingly outside off, invites the drive, Woakes takes the bait, but he hasn't accounted for the footmarks, the ball dips, beats his shot and turns from there to clip the stumps. Classic offie's wicket made more special by the fact, that he has got it from round the wicket instead of over. Suddenly England are wobbling. Woakes b 0(4)

4

to Bairstow, byes, FOUR, oof! How much has that spun? Too much and gives everyone no chance. Pitches down leg and turns, bounces a mile. Beats the dive of leg-slip and runs away. England on seeing this, would rue not picking Mason Crane here

4

to Broad, FOUR, there's 4 of the 100 for Broad. Shane Warne please take note. Pre-meditated but comes off, takes it on the full and cutely paddles it to the fine leg fence. Well played

4

Cummins to Bairstow, FOUR, smashing cut. Shortish and outside off, but Bairstow stayed well leg-side of the ball and hammered the back-cut, past gully and it zoomed to the fence

W

Cummins to Bairstow, out Caught by Paine!! Frustration has got the better of Bairstow here. There's no Stokes in this team and it is the turn of him to bat with the tail and score runs. Quick runs now as Broad is at the crease. Went for a big pull to a length ball outside off and could only top-edge it high up. Paine calls for it and takes it by moving to his left. All smiles in the Aussie camp. Bairstow c Paine b Cummins 9(24) [4s-1]

4

to J Ball, FOUR, thick edge and wide of the diving Smith at slip. Runs away to the third man fence. Ball is off the mark first ball. Strode forward to defend, the ball slid on and found the edge, landed short of the right-hand of the diving skipper

4

to J Ball, FOUR, now comes the sweep. May have been pre-meditated too. Took on the deep square fielder and beat him. Kneels down low and goes hard and aerial. Eludes the fielder and gets useful runs

4

to J Ball, FOUR, this is the best of the lot. Third boundary in the over. Short and outside off, Ball made his own room and cut late. Beat point and raced along to the shorter side of the ground. That was an authentic back foot cut with an open face as well. Glove love after that between Ball and Broad

W

to J Ball, out Caught by Warner!! Good catch at leg gully. Ball must be disappointed that he found the man, despite getting fair amount of bat on the whip, flew off the bat and Warner who was placed for that dives airborne and comes up with the catch. Easy for his standards one must say. That's the fifth wicket in the session for Australia. J Ball c Warner b 14(11) [4s-3]

4

Cummins to Anderson, FOUR, backs away and throws his bat wildly, connects and sends the top edge flying, beats the fine third man running around. Quick runs will help England

4

to Broad, FOUR, dropped by Marsh at deep backward square. Not an easy catch mind you! Top edge on the pull as Broad backed away and swung at it, was a swirler, Marsh backtracked and went sideways to his left, tried to reverse-cup that and it popped out. To make it worse, a spectator is seen giving him a mouthful even as the ball trickles away into the ropes. The cameras pan to his parents who are in the audience!

4

to Broad, FOUR, 300 up for England and their supporters are happy. The Barmy Army in full voice. Cracking pull, backed away and smashed that, in the gap, beating Marsh and mid-wicket. Came off the middle of the bat as Broad gave it everything

W

to Broad, out Caught by Handscomb!! The short ball gets Broad. Hitting to the longest part of the ground and Broad hasn't got enough bat on that to clear the deep backward square. Broad backed away and hit it well, but he has a huge boundary to clear, doesn't even manage to evade Handscomb who smartly moved to his left to take a low catch and then tumbled over. That brings an end to the innings and it will be lunch as well with that wicket. Broad c Handscomb b 20(32) [4s-3]