The Ashes, 2019

England vs Australia - 1st Test

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Date: 01 August-05 August, 2019

England 146/10

RR: 2.78 | Australia beat England by 251 runs

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So that is it from the first Test of this year's Ashes. It is Australia who take a 1-0 lead and they also win the first game of the World Test Championship. The whole Test match was a roller coaster ride. If this is anything to go by, it is going to be a cracking series. The second Test is to be played at Lord's on the 14th of August 2019. It begins at 1100 local (1000 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

MAN OF THE MATCH - Steve Smith for his magnificent tons in both the innings. There was absolutely no doubt about him being given the award. It is because of him, Australia won this game.

Day 5 though saw the Aussie bowlers blow away the England batting line-up. Cummins and Nathan Lyon being the star with both sharing 10 wickets amongst them. An outstanding display of character was shown by the Aussies in this game. They were booed and bullied throughout the game by the English fans but they never let it get into their heads and they came out on top that too convincingly.

Despite that fightback, England batted extremely well and ended Day 2 on 267 for 4 with Rory Burns scoring a ton. They would have surely eyed a lead in excess of 150 but the Australian bowlers bowled brilliantly on the morning of Day 3 and ensured England did not take their lead past 100 which saw the game evenly poised. However, three wickets even before the deficit was wiped off, surely made England favorites. Yet again though Steve Smith and another comeback man, Matthew Wade, batted Australia out of the game with tons. Australia managed to score 487, giving England a target of 398 which was impossible to chase on the last day but a draw was on the cards.

Now then, the scorecard suggest, Australia won by 251 runs but the game was never so one-sided as it suggests. Instead, for the first three days, it seemed like, it would be England who would take a 1-0 lead. They had Australia on the mat after the visitors elected to bat at 122 for 8 courtesy a fifer from Broad. However, the comeback men, rose to the occasion. Smith showed why he is one of the best going around with a brilliant ton. Siddle hung around with him and his knock also proved to be very handy. Also, a crucial last wicket stand saw Australia get to a competitive first innings score.

What a performance from the Australian bowlers today! They have breached the Edgbaston fortress. Well, one would assume there might not be a lot of difference in a 4th day wicket and a 5th day wicket but it seemed like Australia bowled on a completely different surface than what England bowled on yesterday. They managed to take 4 wickets in the first session and 6 in around an hour and 30 minutes in the second. The star with the ball for Australia - Nathan Lyon. Credit has to be given to Pat Cummins as well as he was brilliant on a wicket which did not assist the pacers a lot.

52.3
0
Pat Cummins to C Woakes, OUT! Caught! That is it! Woakes' lone battle comes to an end! Cummins bangs one short, Woakes looks to leave but the ball is close to the body and he ends up playing it late. The ball lobs off the upper half of his bat towards second slip. Fittingly, the last catch is taken by Steve Smith! Australia win the first Ashes Test by 251 runs.
52.2
0
Pat Cummins to Woakes, Bouncer! Woakes plays a no-look-pull but he plays it in a controlled manner towards backward square leg. They do not take the run.
52.1
0
Pat Cummins to Woakes, Good length ball on off, Woakes pulls it to mid-wicket.

Pat Cummins is back into the attack.

51.6
4
N Lyon to J Anderson, EDGED AND FOUR! Flighted on off, James looks to defend but the ball takes the fat outside edge of the bat and runs wide of first slip and to the third man fence for a boundary.
51.5
1
N Lyon to Woakes, Woakes comes down the track and whips it to wide long on.
51.4
0
N Lyon to Woakes, Short outside off, Woakes looks to cut but misses.
51.3
0
N Lyon to Woakes, On the stumps, Chris keeps it out.
51.2
0
N Lyon to Woakes, On the pads, CW turns it wide of short leg.
51.1
0
N Lyon to Woakes, Floated on the stumps, Woakes defends it off the front foot.
50.6
1
P Siddle to Woakes, Fuller on off, Woakes defends off his back foot but it goes off his outside edge and Smith dives to make a half-stop, Woakes takes a single to keep the strike.
50.5
4
P Siddle to C Woakes, DROPPED AND FOUR! Good length ball outside off, Woakes goes chasing after it. It takes the outside edge and goes to second slip. Smith, who has not put a foot wrong in this game, manages to make one error and drops the catch. The ball goes through him for a boundary.
50.4
0
P Siddle to Woakes, Full on middle and off, Woakes defends it towards mid on.
50.3
0
P Siddle to Woakes, Woakes continues the battle. He defends it off the front foot.
50.2
0
P Siddle to Woakes, Good length ball outside off, Woakes keeps it out of his back foot.
50.1
0
P Siddle to Woakes, Length delivery outside off, Woakes has a push at it but misses.
49.6
0
N Lyon to Anderson, Anderson negotiates Lyon! Flatter on off, James defends it off the outer half of his bat towards backward point.
49.5
0
N Lyon to Anderson, Tossed up on off, James blocks it out.
49.4
0
N Lyon to Anderson, Floated on off, Anderson does well to keep it out.
49.3
0
N Lyon to Anderson, The cheer continues as Anderson pushes this shot ball towards mid on.
49.2
0
N Lyon to Anderson, Huge cheer from the crowd as Anderson blocks this one off his front foot.
49.1
0
N Lyon to Anderson, Flighted on off, Anderson does well to defend it.
48.6
0
P Siddle to Woakes, Good length ball outside off, Woakes taps it towards point and gets through the over. No chance of taking any quick run considering Anderson's calf problem.
48.5
0
P Siddle to Woakes, Very full on off, Woakes does well to defend it to mid off.
48.4
0
P Siddle to Woakes, Pacy ball on the pads, Woakes looks to flick but gets hit on the thigh pad.
48.3
0
P Siddle to Woakes, Length delivery just outside off, CW defends it to cover.
48.2
0
P Siddle to Woakes, Fuller on off, Woakes pushes it to cover.
48.1
0
P Siddle to Woakes, Good length ball outside off, Woakes has a poke at it but misses.
47.6
0
N Lyon to Anderson, BEAUTY! This lands on off and then turns away. Anderson looks to defend but is beaten. What an over from Lyon. 2 wickets and a run from it.
47.5
0
N Lyon to Anderson, No hat-trick! A good solid block by Anderson. On middle, JA lunges and keeps it out.

James Anderson walks out at number 11. He will come out to face the hat-trick ball from Lyon. 6 catching fielders around the bat for this ball!

47.4
0
N Lyon to Broad, OUT! Caught at slip! A golden duck for Broad. Two wickets in two balls for Lyon. He has 6 now. Another left-hander falls prey to him. He floats it on off and gets this one to turn away too. Broad plays the original trajectory. The ball kisses the outside edge and this time Smith at first slip takes it. Australia a wicket away now and Lyon is on a hat-trick.

Stuart Broad is the next batsman in.

47.3
0
N Lyon to Ali, OUT! TAKEN! Any guesses who gets Moeen Ali? It can't be that difficult for you to guess. I'll give you a hint, he has dismissed Moeen Ali 8 times in Tests before this one. Nathan Lyon it is. His fifth wicket. His 15th five-fer in Tests. It was him who Australia were going to rely on today and he delivers. Lyon tosses it up on middle, it pitches and turns away. Moeen Ali does not account for the turn. An outside edge which goes straight to Warner at second slip.
47.2
1
N Lyon to Woakes, A little too full this time outside off, Woakes strokes it through covers for one.
47.1
0
N Lyon to Woakes, WOW! That is some delivery. It lands in the rough outside off. Woakes goes back and looks to defend but the ball turns back in sharply and hits the batsman high on the pad.

Nathan Lyon is back on! Just the single over for Smith.

46.6
0
P Siddle to Ali, On the fourth stump line, Moeen lets it carry to the keeper.
46.5
0
P Siddle to M Ali, IN THE AIR...BUT JUST WIDE! Fuller ball on off, Moeen drives it on the up. He does so uppishly as the ball sticks on the surface. Luckily it goes wide of Siddle's outstretched right hand to mid off.
46.4
0
P Siddle to Ali, Length delivery on off and middle, this is the one that moves away. Moeen does well to defend it. Ohhs and ahhs are the shout from the Aussie players.
46.3
0
P Siddle to Ali, Good ball and a good leave. It pitches outside off and comes in. Moeen though is aware of his off pole and leaves it alone.
46.2
2
P Siddle to Ali, On off, Moeen strokes it through covers and gets a couple.
46.1
0
P Siddle to Ali, Full on off, Moeen pushes it to mid off.

Drinks Break! Australia continue to dominate this final day. They have got three wickets in the first hour of the second session and are just 3 wickets away from a memorable win at Edgbaston. Woakes and Moeen have put up a fight but the question is how long can they continue this?

45.6
0
S Smith to Woakes, Full toss on leg, Woakes hits it to mid-wicket.
45.5
0
Smith to Woakes, Flighted delivery on off, Woakes keeps it out.
45.4
0
S Smith to Woakes, Tossed up on off, Woakes plays it to the off side.
45.3
0
S Smith to Woakes, Floated delivery on leg, Woakes again pads it away.
45.2
0
S Smith to Woakes, Tossed up on leg, Woakes pads it away.
45.1
0
S Smith to C Woakes, Flighted delivery on off, Woakes drives it to covers.

Australia's hero with the bat, Steve Smith to have a go with the ball now. Huge boos from the English fans but nothing new in that as he has received that reception throughout the game.

44.6
0
P Siddle to Ali, Fuller on off, Ali keeps it out to get through the over unscathed.
44.5
0
P Siddle to Ali, Another appeal for LBW but once again it is turned down. This one comes back in too but once again hits high on the pad. Siddle puts a desperate appeal but nothing from the umpire. Australia do not take the review this time.
44.4
0
P Siddle to Ali, NOT OUT! Height is indeed the issue. Australia lose one of their two reviews. Length ball nipping in, Ali looks to defend but gets beaten. The ball hits him high on the pads. Australia ask the question but the umpire is not interested. Tim Paine signals the 'T'. Replays roll in and Hawk Eye shows that the ball was just over the leg stump.

LBW appeal referred by Australia. Moeen Ali is the man in question. Height seems to be an issue. Let us see what the replays think.

44.3
0
P Siddle to Ali, Length delivery outside off, Ali leaves it alone.
44.2
1
P Siddle to Woakes, Length ball on off, Woakes drives it straight on the up, Siddles does well to get his hand on it and take the pace off. The ball goes wide of mid off and the batsmen take a run.
44.1
0
P Siddle to Woakes, That cut him in half! Terrific ball to start his new spell. Good length ball pitching outside off, it moves in sharply. Woakes looks to defend but the ball goes through the gate between pad and bat to the left of the keeper. Gem of a ball!

Peter Siddle is back on!

43.6
0
N Lyon to Ali, Slightly shorter around middle, Ali pushes it back to the bowler.
43.5
0
N Lyon to Ali, On middle, Ali lunges and keeps it out.
43.4
0
N Lyon to Ali, Another loopy ball just outside off, Ali lets it be.
43.3
0
N Lyon to Ali, Slower through the air outside off, Ali lets it be.
43.2
0
N Lyon to Ali, Flatter and on middle, Moeen defends it.
43.1
0
N Lyon to Ali, Floats it up on middle, Ali looks to defend but the ball turns away. It goes off the outer half to point.
42.6
4
J Pattinson to Woakes, FOUR! Poor delivery from James Pattinson. Bowls short and wide outside off, Woakes cuts it hard through point for a boundary. 12 runs have come from the over.
42.5
0
J Pattinson to Woakes, Good length delivery on off, Woakes defends it out.
42.4
4
J Pattinson to Woakes, FOUR! Consecutive boundaries for Chris Woakes. This is Chris Woakes' fifth boundary. Full on middle, Woakes flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. This is excellent batting from him.
42.3
4
J Pattinson to Woakes, FOUR! Cracking shot! Short of a length delivery, Woakes pulls it hard through mid-wicket for a boundary. The timing was so good on that.
42.2
0
J Pattinson to Woakes, On a good length on off, Woakes plays it to mid off.
42.1
0
J Pattinson to Woakes, Pattinson bowls a short delivery, Woakes manages to keep it out.
41.6
0
N Lyon to Ali, That stays low! Flatter and on the pads, Ali gets his bat down in time and keeps it out.
41.5
0
N Lyon to Ali, Gives it a little more air on middle, MA keeps it out.
41.4
0
N Lyon to Ali, On middle this time, Moeen once again is solid in defense.
41.3
0
N Lyon to Ali, Floats it up on off, this is kept out.
41.2
0
N Lyon to Ali, Outside off, left alone.
41.1
2
N Lyon to Ali, Plays the sweep shot through square leg. The fielder in the deep runs to his right and then parries it to the fielder running to his left. He fumbles but only two taken.
40.6
0
J Pattinson to Woakes, Goes for a bouncer again, this is aimed at the body but does not rise as Woakes attempts a pull to get hit on the body.
40.5
0
J Pattinson to Woakes, This on a good length on the fourth stump, Woakes lunges and blocks it towards off side.
40.4
0
J Pattinson to Woakes, Goes for a short ball but misses his line and strays way outside the leg stump. Woakes leaves it alone.
40.3
0
J Pattinson to Woakes, Around off stump line on a good length, Woakes blocks it off his back foot.
40.2
4
J Pattinson to C Woakes, FOUR! On the fourth stump line, Woakes leans forward and drives it past the gully fielder and the ball races to the fence.
40.1
0
J Pattinson to Woakes, Pattinson sends this on the fourth stump line and the ball comes into the batsman as Woakes blocks it well.

James Pattinson is back!

39.6
0
N Lyon to Ali, Outside off and once again Ali leaves it alone.
39.5
0
N Lyon to Ali, Flighted outside off, Ali leaves it alone and there is a huge cheer from the crowd.
39.4
1
N Lyon to Woakes, This time flicks it wide of square leg for a single.
39.3
0
N Lyon to Woakes, Turns it with the spin but finds square leg.
39.2
0
Lyon to Woakes, Shorter on the pads, Woakes looks to defend but once again it hits his thigh pad.
39.1
0
N Lyon to Woakes, Off the pad. Flighted on middle and leg, Woakes looks to defend but the ball lobs up off his thigh pad towards short leg.
38.6
1
Pat Cummins to Woakes, Fast inswinging ball on middle, Woakes tucks it with the swing towards square leg for one.
38.5
0
Pat Cummins to Woakes, Bouncer! This one rises. It is away outside off, Woakes leaves it alone.
38.4
2
Pat Cummins to Woakes, Fuller on off, Woakes pushes it through covers for a couple.
38.3
0
Pat Cummins to Woakes, This one keeps low. It is on middle, Woakes though does well to defend it.
38.2
0
Pat Cummins to Woakes, FOUR LEG BYES! Cummins bowls this fast but on the pads, Woakes looks to flick but the ball clips his thigh pad and goes fine down the leg side to the fence.
38.1
4
Cummins to Woakes, FOUR! Something for the English fans to cheer about! Full outside off, Woakes drives it uppishly but in the gap through point for a boundary.
37.6
0
N Lyon to Ali, Another floated delivery outside off, this one pitches and turns away. Also, stays low. Moeen makes a leave.
37.5
0
N Lyon to Ali, Just outside off, unlike the first innings, this time, Moeen keeps his eyes on the ball and lets it be.
37.4
0
N Lyon to Ali, On middle, Moeen Ali blocks it out.
37.3
1
N Lyon to Woakes, Uppish but wide! Loopy ball on middle, Woakes whips it uppishly but wide of mid-wicket. Mid on does well to dive to his right and save three. Also, due to that single, Moeen Ali is on strike to Lyon.
37.2
4
N Lyon to Woakes, FOUR! A lovely way to get off the mark! This is very full outside off, Woakes strokes it through covers and the ball races away to the fence.

Two wickets in two balls sees Chris Woakes walk out to bat now.

37.1
0
N Lyon to Stokes, OUT! EDGED AND TAKEN! Two-in-two for Australia. 350th Test wicket for Lyon. Ben Stokes is out of here now. Three wickets away from a victory are Australia. Lyon has 4 to his name. Another tossed up ball around off, it pitches and turns away. Stokes defends inside the line, the ball kisses the outside edge and goes into the mitts of Paine. Wickets tumbling at the moment. This can end before the Drinks Break.

Moeen Ali is the new man in. He has struggled with the bat and was poor with the ball too but a gritty fight here might just make him the English hero.

36.6
0
Cummins to J Bairstow, OUT! That is off the strap of the glove, since Bairstow has the bat in his hand, he has been adjudged out. The hosts have lost both their reviews now. England six down and Bairstow walks back after another failure. Cummins has his third. Another good short one, this one though does not rise a lot. Bairstow looks to sway out of the way but the ball seems to hit the glove and lob towards third slip where Bancroft takes it. An appeal, the umpire thinks, thinks and then gives it. Bairstow reviews. Replays roll in and it shows that it is off the strap.

Bairstow is caught. He has been given out but he has reviewed. He has signaled that it is off the arm.

36.5
0
Pat Cummins to J Bairstow, Slightly fuller and around off, Jonny works it to mid on.
36.4
0
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Outside off, JB makes a leave.
36.3
0
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, OUCH! Short and on the body, Bairstow looks to evade it but it keeps coming in. Hits the body and lobs to the slip fielder.
36.2
4
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, FOUR! Nicely timed! Cummins angles it into the batter, Bairstow works it through wide mid on and the ball races away to the fence.
36.1
0
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Back of a length and on off, Bairstow keeps it out.
35.6
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Outside off and turning away. Stokes lets it be.
35.5
0
N Lyon to Stokes, On the pads, Stokes looks to work it on the leg side but it turns away. A soft leading edge back to the bowler.
35.4
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Flatter and on middle, Stokes works it to the left of the bowler.
35.3
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Floats it up on middle, Stokes blocks it nicely.
35.2
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Floats it up on middle, Stokes lunges and keeps it out.
35.1
1
N Lyon to Bairstow, Outside off, turning back into the batter. Bairstow flicks it through square leg for one.
34.6
0
Pat Cummins to Stokes, Cummins goes wide of the crease and fires this outside off on a shorter length, Stokes leaves this one.
34.5
0
Pat Cummins to Stokes, This one came into the batsman from a good length on off, Stokes leans forward to block it firmly.
34.4
0
Pat Cummins to Stokes, Good ball this from Cummins, Stokes looks to drive this but misses it.
34.3
0
Pat Cummins to Stokes, This one came in from the off stump, Stokes goes right behind the line of the delivery to block this one.
34.2
4
Pat Cummins to Ben Stokes, EDGY FOUR! This one is on outside off, Stokes looks to defend but this flies off through the third man region for a boundary.
34.1
0
Pat Cummins to Stokes, On a good length on the fifth stump line, Stokes has no business with it.
33.6
1
N Lyon to Ben Stokes, Good, disciplined bowling! Flights it on middle and leg, Stokes looks to defend it but it goes off the inner half of his bat towards square leg for a single.
33.5
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Short on off, Stokes defends it off the back foot.
33.4
1
N Lyon to Bairstow, Bairstow is up and running! Off spinner on off, Jonny glances it with the spin towards square leg and gets to the other end.
33.3
1
N Lyon to Stokes, First run of the session. Floated on off, Stokes tucks it towards square leg against the turn and gets a single.
33.2
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Beauty! Sharp turn on this one, it pitches around off and spins away. Stokes looks to defend but misses. The ball carries to Paine at chest height.
33.1
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Shorter and closer to the off pole, Stokes defends it off the back foot.

Jonny Bairstow walks out to bat next. Also, Nathan Lyon to bowl from the other end.

32.6
0
Pat Cummins to Jos Buttler, OUT! Knocked him over! Australia are all over England at the moment. Half the side back in the hut for England. Ideal start to the session for the visitors. 5 wickets away now from taking a 1-0 lead. He started the over with a beauty and ends it with another one. This is slightly fuller around off, it pitches and comes back in. Buttler should have been playing ahead but he opts to stay back. The ball till then sneaks through and hits the top of off. Cummins is absolutely elated. His second today. He has been superb in this innings.
32.5
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Bowls the sucker ball now, it is full and outside off, Buttler lets it be.
32.4
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Lovely stuff! Cummins goes for the inswinging yorker. Buttler though is ready for it, he gets his bat down in time and jams it out.
32.3
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Slightly fuller this time and on off, Buttler defends it nicely.
32.2
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Goes wide of the crease and angles it into the off pole, Buttler defends it out.
32.1
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, BEATEN! A beauty to begin this session. On a length and around off, it pitches and straightens. Buttler pokes at it and gets beaten.

We are back for the second session. Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler will resume their innings. Australia are six wickets away from a victory. Pat Cummins will start the proceedings for this session.

... DAY 5, SESSION 2 ...

Well, it has been a disastrous morning for England. They would have hoped to not lose more than a couple of wicket in the first session but have all their top 4 batsmen back in the hut. The onus will now be on the duo of Buttler and Stokes. The same pair who won them the World Cup will now have to fight it out in the longest form of the game if the hosts want to salvage this Test and avoid a defeat at the venue where they have enjoyed a lot of success. How will the second session pan out? Join us after the break to find out.

Lunch! No question who this session belonged to. Australia have dominated the morning session on Day 5. They wanted wickets in the first session and they have got 4 of them. It all hinged on how would Nathan Lyon do on this turning wicket and he has done remarkably. The GOAT has picked three wickets, including the big wicket of English skipper, Joe Root. Denly and Roy were his other victims. Lyon has been well supported by the trio of fast bowlers. In a pitch where there has been nothing for the seamers, Cummins, Siddle and Pattinson have bowled with determination and aggression not allowing England to get any easy runs. Cummins was the other one to get into the wickets column.

31.6
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Almost had another one! Floated on off, Stokes looks to defend but does so off the inner half of his bat. The ball hits his boot and luckily falls short of silly point. That will be the end of morning session. LUNCH ON DAY 5.
31.5
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Floated outside off, Stokes leaves it alone.
31.4
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Another one pitched on the rough. This one spins away, Stokes has nothing to do with it. Paine behind the stumps does well to take it.
31.3
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Spin and bounce on this one. It pitches on the rough outside off, it bounces over Paine. Smith though stretches out his right hand at first slip and saves a certain bye.
31.2
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Slower through the air on off, Stokes defends it with confidence.
31.1
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Short and wide outside off, Stokes cuts but finds point.
30.6
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Outside off, Buttler gets through the over with a solid leave.
30.5
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Smartly bowled short ball! It does not raise a lot. It is just below the chest area, Buttler tucks it to mid-wicket.
30.4
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Australia was not far away from striking another one here. Full ball outside off, Buttler gets tempted to drive and goes for it. He misses and the ball just misses the outside edge. There was a noise as the ball went past the bat but it was of the bat hitting the surface.
30.3
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Outside off, Buttler calmly lets it carry to the keeper.
30.2
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Cummins hits the deck hard on off, Buttler defends it towards point.
30.1
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Good length ball on off, Buttler defends it off the front foot.
29.6
0
N Lyon to Ben Stokes, Edged but safe! Shorter and spins away sharply off the deck. Stokes looks to defend off the back foot with soft hands but gets a thick outside edge. Luckily it goes to the left of slip on the bounce. Smith there dives to that side and saves runs for his side.
29.5
0
N Lyon to Stokes, On middle and leg, Stokes tucks it to the on side.
29.4
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Floated on off, Stokes bends his back and keeps it down.
29.3
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Slightly shorter on off, Ben defends this one off the back foot.
29.2
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Flighted on off, Stokes starts his innings with a solid front foot defense.

Vice captain replaces the skipper out in the middle. Ben Stokes is the new man in.

29.1
0
N Lyon to Root, OUT! Caught! Body blow for England! Their skipper is out of here and the man who was going to be dangerous has got his third victim. A proper off spinners wicket this. Flighted delivery outside off, it spins in. Root looks to defend but the ball spins more than he expected. It takes the inside edge of the bat and goes straight to short leg. Bancroft there does really well and takes a very good sharp catch. Root has been the pillar of this English batting line-up and he was going to be crucial if they wanted to survive this Test but this wicket has massively turned the match in Australia's favour.
28.6
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, This time Buttler defends it off the front foot.
28.5
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, NOT OUT! Umpire's call it is. Good length ball pitching around off, it nips back in sharply. Buttler looks to defend but gets hit on the pads. Australian players put in a huge and confident appeal. The umpire though is unmoved. Paine takes the review straightaway. Hawk Eye rolls in and shows that the ball was clipping the leg pole but not enough to overturn.

Australia have taken a review for LBW! They have taken it straightaway. Let us see what the replays have to say.

28.4
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Proper bounce on this one. It is once again outside off, Jos is not going to tease that.
28.3
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, OHH! That was close. Good length ball outside off, it comes back in and also keeps low. Buttler shoulders arms to it and luckily for him it misses the stumps.
28.2
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Short ball on off and middle, this one rises. One of the odd one that has raised. Buttler ducks under it.
28.1
1
Pat Cummins to Root, Good length ball on off, Root glances it to the on side and gets to the other end.

Pat Cummins is now brought on.

27.6
0
N Lyon to Buttler, Flighted on off, this ball keeps low. Buttler flicks it wide of short leg but does not take a run.
27.5
0
N Lyon to Buttler, Flighted on the pads, Buttler looks to flick but the ball spins away and lobs in front of first slip.
27.4
0
N Lyon to Buttler, Floated on off, Buttler defends it off the inner half of his bat.
27.3
0
N Lyon to Buttler, Tossed up outside off, Jos leaves it alone.
27.2
0
N Lyon to Buttler, Off spinner on off, Buttler flicks it wide of short leg.
27.1
0
N Lyon to Buttler, Drifter outside off, Buttler covers his off pole and leaves it alone.
26.6
2
P Siddle to Root, Nicely flicked. Fuller on middle and off, Root flicks it through mid-wicket and gets a couple.
26.5
0
P Siddle to Root, Outside off, Root defends it to point.
26.4
0
P Siddle to Root, Length ball around off, Root defends it towards point and looks for a non-existent run and Buttler sensibly sends him back.
26.3
1
P Siddle to Buttler, Buttler is off the mark! Length delivery on the body, Jos tucks it towards backward square leg and gets a single.
26.2
1
P Siddle to Root, Good length ball on off, JR defends it towards cover and gets to the other end.
26.1
0
P Siddle to Root, Fuller ball on off, Root defends it off the front foot.

Pat Cummins was given the ball but at the last minute the ball is given back to Siddle.

25.6
0
N Lyon to Buttler, A brave leave! A good one in the end. Lyon bowls this flatter and outside off, Buttler covers his off pole and lets it be. Why brave? Because with the ball turning so much, you would not want to take that risk. End of another successful over for Lyon.

Jos Buttler is the new man in.

25.5
0
N Lyon to Denly, OUT! There is a clear edge! Not sure how he did not know that. England have lost one of their reviews. Lyon takes another. Denly's poor run with the bat continues and England in deep, deep trouble here. Lyon's ploy to come from around the wicket has worked. He floats it up on off, it pitches and turns back in. Denly looks to work it on the leg side but the ball hits the inside edge then the pad and lobs to Bancroft at short leg. Australia are celebrating and the umpire gives it out for caught. Denly walks upto his partner and reviews at the very end. Replays roll in and Ultra Edge shows a spike. Denly has to take the long walk back. Australia 7 wickets away now.

Denly reviews right at the end. He has been given out caught at short leg. Is there an edge? He would surely know.

25.4
0
N Lyon to Denly, Quicker and on off, Denly defends it nicely.
25.3
1
N Lyon to Root, Lands on off and this is shorter. Root goes back and works it through square leg for one.
25.2
1
N Lyon to Denly, On middle and turning back in. Denly works it through square leg for one.
25.1
1
N Lyon to Root, Fires it full and on the pads, Root plays the sweep towards deep square leg for one.
24.6
0
P Siddle to Denly, Good length delivery on off, Denly blocks it off the back foot.
24.5
0
P Siddle to Denly, BEATEN! Beauty of a delivery! On a good length and just outside off, Denly looks to defend but misses it due to the sharp inswinger on this one.
24.4
0
P Siddle to Denly, On a good length on off, Denly plays it to covers.
24.3
0
P Siddle to Denly, Good length delivery outside off, Denly lets it go.
24.2
0
P Siddle to Denly, Full again on middle, Denly plays it to mid-wicket.
24.1
0
P Siddle to Denly, Siddle bowls full on middle, Denly flicks it to short mid-wicket.
23.6
0
N Lyon to Root, FOUR BYES! No chance for the keeper there. This is down the leg side, it spins away further. Root lets it be. Paine fails to collect it and it goes to the fine leg fence.
23.5
1
N Lyon to Denly, That stays low! Well played in the end! This is flatter and outside off, does not take off. Denly gets his bat down in time, works it through mid-wicket for one.
23.4
0
N Lyon to Denly, Loopy ball outside off, Denly once again plays the sweep but this time it hits the short leg fielder.
23.3
1
N Lyon to Root, Plays the sweep shot and does so nicely but only for a run towards deep square leg.
23.2
0
N Lyon to Root, Down the leg side, this is worked to short fine leg.
23.1
1
N Lyon to Denly, Flatter and on middle, Denly works it through square leg for one.
22.6
0
P Siddle to Root, On a length and outside off, Root taps it to point.
22.5
0
P Siddle to Root, Outside off, the skipper leaves it alone.
22.4
0
P Siddle to Root, Bowls it down the leg side, Root looks to go after it but misses it.
22.3
0
P Siddle to Root, Good length delivery on off, Root blocks it off the back foot.
22.2
0
P Siddle to Root, On a good length on off, Root keeps it out.
22.1
2
P Siddle to Root, Full on middle, Root flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
21.6
4
N Lyon to Denly, FOUR! Another sweep shot! Denly may have realized that is one way to counter the big spin. He hits it well enough again, this time through mid-wicket for a boundary. End of an action-packed over. 9 and a wicket from it.
21.5
4
N Lyon to Denly, FOUR! Nicely played! Brings the sweep shot out, hits it really well through mid-wicket and bags a boundary.
21.4
0
N Lyon to Denly, Almost! This is lovely by Lyon. This is floated up outside off, it turns back in. Denly looks to defend but the ball hits the inside edge, then hits the pads and just about kisses the off pole.
21.3
0
N Lyon to Denly, Another appeal! This is on off and turns back in sharply. Denly looks to work it on the leg side but it clips the pads and goes to Paine who appeals but the umpire shakes his head.

Joe Denly is the new man in.

21.2
0
N Lyon to Roy, OUT! TIMBER! What was Roy doing there? He has literally thrown his wicket away. His patience runs out. He was playing so well, leaving the balls outside off, showing so much responsibility but eventually rush of blood has cost England here. Two down now 8 to go. Roy dances down the track as Lyon tosses it up outside off. Roy is nowhere near the pitch of the ball but still tries to go big. The ball turns back in. He misses and the stumps behind are disturbed.
21.1
1
N Lyon to Root, Swept and done so nicely, towards deep square leg for one.
20.6
1
P Siddle to Root, A single to end as Root works this one through square leg.
20.5
4
P Siddle to Joe Root, EDGY FOUR! This is just outside off, it is on a length. Root plays inside the line with soft hands. It goes off the outside edge down to third man for a boundary.
20.4
0
P Siddle to Root, Back of a length on off, this is guided to point.
20.3
0
P Siddle to Root, Outside off, the batter lets it be.
20.2
0
P Siddle to Root, On off, blocked.
20.1
0
P Siddle to Root, BEAUTY! This is just outside off, Root has a poke at it and gets beaten.
19.6
0
N Lyon to Roy, Flatter and outside off, this one turns back in. Roy at the very end, keeps it out.
19.5
0
N Lyon to Roy, Loopy ball on off, Roy defends it out.
19.4
2
N Lyon to Roy, Another good shot! This is very full and on off, Roy leans into it and strokes it through mid off for two.
19.3
4
N Lyon to Roy, FOUR! Excellent shot. Tossed up on middle, Roy sweeps it hard through square leg for a boundary.
19.2
1
N Lyon to Root, Flighted delivery on middle, Root comes down the track and flicks it towards square leg for a run.
19.1
0
N Lyon to Root, Floated delivery outside off, Root looks to sweep but misses it and gets hit low on the pads.
18.6
0
P Siddle to Roy, A beauty to end a top over! On off and it straightens again. Roy looks to push at it but gets beaten.
18.5
0
P Siddle to Roy, Too high! This is around middle and it jags back in. Roy looks to defend but gets hit high on the pads. An appeal but it is turned down.
18.4
0
P Siddle to Roy, Good length on off, Roy defends it.
18.3
4
P Siddle to Roy, EDGED AND FOUR! Paine was wrong footed there. Lucky escape for Roy. Siddle goes wide of the crease and angles it into the batter. Paine looking at the original trajectory, moves to his left. The ball pitches and straightens. Roy is squared up as he tries to defend. The ball goes off the outside edge past the diving Paine who does so to his right and to the third man fence. Paine was moving towards the left as the ball came towards him and hence, it was difficult to adjust.
18.2
0
P Siddle to Roy, On a good length and outside off, Roy shoulders his arms to this one.
18.1
0
P Siddle to Roy, Full on middle, Roy drives it to mid on.

DRINKS BREAK!

17.6
0
N Lyon to Root, Another appeal but this is doing too much. This lands on middle and turns back in. Root looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal but it is turned down.
17.5
0
Lyon to Root, Floats it up outside off, it turns back in. Root plays it with his bat behind the pad. It hits the pad. An appeal but the umpire shakes his head. He feels Root has played a shot there and Paine is not happy with that as he feels Root did not.
17.4
0
N Lyon to Root, That spit off the surface! It pitches around off and turns back in and there is also extra bounce. Root does well to take one hand off the handle and work it on the leg side.
17.3
2
N Lyon to Root, Flatter and shorter outside off, Root goes back and pushes it through covers for two.
17.2
0
N Lyon to Root, Uses his feet but does not quite get to the pitch of the ball. He works it to mid on.
17.1
0
N Lyon to Root, Shorter on off, this is worked with the turn to mid-wicket.

Nathan Lyon is on!

16.6
1
P Siddle to Root, Fuller and on off, Root pushes it towards cover for one. Another eventful over comes to an end.
16.5
0
P Siddle to Root, Outside off, left alone.
16.4
0
Siddle to Joe Root, NOT OUT! There is an inside edge and a big one! The umpire is really not having a good day here. His second wrong decision today. This is on off and it jags back in. Root looks to defend but there are two sounds. One is surely of the ball hitting the pad. An appeal follows and the umpire raises the finger. Root reviews and Ultra Edge shows there is a big spike.

Root is given out LBW again! He reviews again. If no inside edge, it looks out.

16.3
0
P Siddle to Root, BEATEN! On a good length and outside off, Root looks to play inside the line of the delivery but misses it.
16.2
0
P Siddle to Root, Good length delivery outside off, Root leaves it alone.
16.1
0
P Siddle to Root, On a good length and outside off, Root shoulders his arms to this one.

Peter Siddle is on!

15.6
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
15.5
4
Pat Cummins to J Roy, FOUR! Creamed! Fuller and on off, Roy leans into it and drives it crisply through covers. Bags another boundary.
15.4
1
Pat Cummins to Root, The batsman defends it from within the crease. They pick up a single.
15.3
0
Pat Cummins to Root, Back of a length on middle, Root defends it late. He almost ends up chopping it onto the stumps. He though was aware to hit as he was ready to push it away with the bat.
15.3
0
Pat Cummins to Root, NO BALL! Cummins oversteps. A bumper on middle, Root ducks under it.
15.2
0
Pat Cummins to Root, Back of a length on off, Root stands tall and keeps it out.
15.1
0
Pat Cummins to Root, On a good length on middle, Root defends it off the back foot.
14.6
0
J Pattinson to Roy, Good length delivery on off, Roy keeps it out.
14.5
0
J Pattinson to Roy, Bowls a bouncer outside leg, Roy does well to duck under it. Tim Paine dives to his left to collect it.

Roy once again complains about some noise coming from the stumps area. The umpires have called the ground staff out. A change of stumps maybe? Yes, the middle stump has been changed.

14.4
0
J Pattinson to Roy, On off, Roy defends it to mid off.

There is some issue with the stumps here. The umpire is having a look. Not sure what the exact issue is. It has been solved and we are all set to continue.

14.3
4
J Pattinson to Roy, FOUR! Just a push there by Roy! Pattinson goes fuller and around off, Roy leans into it and strokes it through covers. Mid off gives it a chase but he has no chance.
14.2
0
J Pattinson to Roy, On the stumps, Roy defends it towards mid on.
14.1
0
J Pattinson to Roy, Good length and outside off, Roy lets it be.
13.6
4
Pat Cummins to Joe Root, FOUR! A little too full this time and Root bags a boundary. On off, Root strokes it with the full face of the bat past mid off. Mid on gives it a chase but finishes second best.
13.5
0
Pat Cummins to Root, Just outside off, Root once again looks to play at it at first but then bails out.
13.4
1
Pat Cummins to Roy, Works it with the angle down to fine leg and gets to the other end.
13.3
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, Outside off, Roy covers his off pole and leaves it.
13.2
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, Cuts him into half there! This is outside off and on a length. It comes back in. Roy pushes outside the line and misses. The ball goes close past the off pole.
13.1
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, On a good length on off, Roy defends it off the front foot.
12.6
0
Pattinson to Root, NOT OUT! Going down leg! A successful review by Root. England will breathe a sigh of relief as this would have been a body blow for England. Pattinson angles this into the pads. Root looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. The ball rolls towards the leg side as the batters run a leg bye. In the meantime, the bowler is appealing. The umpire raises his finger. Root reviews immediately. Replays roll in and they show the on-field call has to be overturned. Also, the run will be cancelled as the umpire had given Root out.

Big moment in the game! Root has been given out LBW. He reviews. This could be a good review.

12.5
4
J Pattinson to Root, FOUR! Too short and too easy for Root. He gets off the mark with a boundary. Shorter and around off, Joe stands tall and punches it through covers. No stopping that.
12.4
0
J Pattinson to Root, Way too wide outside off, Root lets it be.
12.3
0
J Pattinson to Root, Was there an edge? Paine did feel so. Warner had a 'not very sure' look on his face. This is shorter and outside off, Root looks to punch it through the off side but misses. The ball goes low and to the right of Paine who takes and appeals. He is the only one doing so. The umpire is not interested. He does not review. Ultra Edge does show a small spike but not sure what was that off.
12.2
0
J Pattinson to Root, Once again a good stop! Lyon it is! Shorter and around off, Root guides it towards point where Nathan dives to his left and saves two at least.
12.1
0
J Pattinson to Root, Even the fielders are backing up the bowlers! A good stop by the fielder. This is on the pads, Root works it towards mid-wicket. The fielder dives to his left and stops it.
12.1
0
J Pattinson to Root, Pattinson is giving him good support. He oversteps this time but still. He lands it outside off and on a length. Root makes a leave.
11.6
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, That is a rippa! Lethal stuff from Cummins. Once again goes wide of the crease and lands it on off, gets it to straighten. Roy is beaten all ends up as he tries to defend. Cummins is amidst a brilliant spell here. Exactly what we are use to seeing from him and something we missed in the first innings.
11.5
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, Cummins looks up for it today! He bowls a sharp bumper now which Roy ducks under it.
11.4
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, Goes wide of the crease and bowls it just outside off, left alone.
11.3
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, Another good ball! This lands outside off and straightens. Roy keeps it out.
11.2
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, Another one on a length and around off, it is defended.
11.1
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, Just behind a driving length outside off, Roy lets it be. A cautious approach maybe by the opener or he tends to go hard at such deliveries.
10.6
0
J Pattinson to Root, Slightly fuller and around off, Root defends it out.
10.5
0
J Pattinson to Root, Back of a length and on off, Root defends it onto the ground.
10.4
0
J Pattinson to Root, OHHH! Outside off, Root initially looks to play at it but then realizes he need not so lets it be.
10.3
1
J Pattinson to Roy, A little too straight, Roy works it through mid-wicket and a single taken.
10.2
0
J Pattinson to Roy, Back of a length and on off, Roy stands tall and defends it out.
10.1
0
J Pattinson to Roy, A good short one by Pattinson this time. It is on the body, Roy moves out of the way.
9.6
0
Pat Cummins to Root, Goes shorter again, not the same zip on it as the last ball. Root blocks it out.

Joe Root is the new batsman in.

9.5
0
Pat Cummins to Burns, OUT! In the air... taken! 1 down, 9 to go! Cummins bowls an absolute brute of a delivery to get the centurion of the first innings. It is shorter in length and Cummins bends his back on this one. Skids through and also gets big on the batter. Burns does not have enough time to move out of the way so he looks to fend at it. The ball hits the higher portion of the bat and lobs towards point where Lyon takes a dolly. Early wicket for Australia, ideal start for them.
9.4
0
Pat Cummins to Burns, On the fuller side again on middle, Burns strokes it back to the bowler.
9.3
0
Pat Cummins to Burns, Around off and on a fuller length, Rory pushes it towards covers.
9.2
0
Pat Cummins to Burns, Bowls it outside off, Burns lets it be.
9.1
1
Pat Cummins to Roy, Goes wide of the crease and angles it into the batter, Roy looks to defend but it goes off the inner half wide of mid on for one.
8.6
0
J Pattinson to Burns, Down the leg side, the batter looks to flick but misses.
8.5
0
J Pattinson to Burns, Back of a length on middle, blocked.
8.4
1
J Pattinson to Roy, A loud shout but nothing from the umpire! This is angled into the pads. Roy looks to work it on the leg side but misses to get hit on the pads. An appeal but it is going down leg. The ball rolls towards the leg side and a leg bye is taken. No signal from the umpire so there might be a faint edge. Ultra Edge confirms that.
8.3
0
J Pattinson to Roy, Goes fuller this time and on middle, Roy shows the full face of the bat and strokes it to mid on.
8.2
0
J Pattinson to Roy, Closer to the off pole this time but not close enough to make the batter play.
8.1
0
J Pattinson to Roy, A loosener to begin! Full and wide outside off, Roy lets it be.

James Pattinson to bowl from the other end.

7.6
0
Pat Cummins to Burns, Another one outside off, Burns lets it be. A good comeback by Cummins after going for a boundary on the first ball.
7.5
0
Pat Cummins to Burns, This lands on middle and then angles away. Burns goes back and keeps it out.
7.4
0
Pat Cummins to Burns, Another delivery which is outside the off pole, Burns shoulders arms to this one.
7.3
0
Pat Cummins to Burns, This one is bowled outside off, Burns lets it be.
7.2
0
Pat Cummins to Burns, A beauty! Excellent comeback! He drags his length back a little and lands it on off, it goes away with the angle. Burns looks to defend but does so inside the line. The ball whizzes past the outside edge.
7.1
4
Pat Cummins to Burns, FOUR! That is a confident start by Burns. A lovely defensive push for a boundary. On a length and around off, Burns pushes it through extra cover and the ball races away to the fence.

We are all set to begin Day 5. It is bright and sunny at the moment which is probably good for England. Their batters, Jason Roy and Rory Burns, will resume their innings. The Australian players are out in a huddle. They seemed quite relax. The visitors now make their way to the middle. Pat Cummins, who did not bowl an over yesterday, will start the proceedings for Australia. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go...

The equation is simple today, Australia need 10 wickets to take a 1-0 lead whereas England have to score 385 in around 90 overs if they are to win the first Test. The latter part looks improbable so one would assume, the hosts would look to play out for a draw. The wicket yesterday was on the slower side but being the 5th day, there might just be more wear and tear and more assistance to the bowlers. It is not going to be easy for the home side. The first session, actually, the first hour is the important one. If England play that out without much damage, they would back themselves to save this game. An exciting day of cricket waits ahead. Welcome to the coverage.

... Day 5, Session 1 ...

England on the other hand, will probably first try and save this game! They need another 385 runs but scoring that in one day, is quite impossible. The hosts need to go session by session, analyze their position and then see how they need to go about things. They have a batting line-up capable of surviving a whole day but will they be able to do so? We will find out on Day 5 as all the action begins at 1100 local (1000 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!

Australia can be very pleased with where they are in the game at the moment! However, one could argue they could have declared a lot earlier. Hindsight is always a good thing. They still are favorites to win this game after tons from Smith and Wade. They have around 90 overs on Monday to take the 10 England wickets and by the look of things, the wicket is assisting the spinner so probably, Nathan Lyon will be the key for them.

England will enter Day 5, without any damage being done! Their openers have survived the nervy period. There were many oohs and aahs but they will be happy with the fact that they have not lost a wicket. They though are still way behind in the game.

6.6
0
J Pattinson to Roy, Almost does produce some magic on the last ball! A beauty to start the over, a jaffa to finish. Still though, one would feel, he was pretty short in the last over. The last ball though was bowled just behind a driving length outside off, Roy initially looks to push at it, does so tentatively but luckily for him, he gets beaten. He survives. THAT IS STUMPS ON DAY 4!
6.5
0
J Pattinson to Roy, Too short again! Easy for Roy. He goes back and keeps it out. One ball to negotiate for Jason.
6.4
2
J Pattinson to Roy, Once again on the shorter side, Roy works it through square leg and takes an easy two.
6.3
0
J Pattinson to Roy, A bit short again, Roy stands tall and keeps it out. Pattinson needs to be a little fuller here. Three balls to go before Stumps.
6.2
0
J Pattinson to Roy, Goes short and on the body, Roy looks to play it cautiously but misses to get hit on the thigh pad.
6.1
0
J Pattinson to Roy, That is a gem! Can't do a lot about it. This is angled into the off pole, pitches and moves away. Roy plays the original trajectory but the ball whizzes past the outside edge.
5.6
0
N Lyon to Burns, The straighter one to end. It is on middle, Burns defends it out.
5.5
0
N Lyon to Burns, That is a beauty! Just unplayable! This pitches on middle and then turns square. Burns does nothing wrong as he tries to defend but due to the spin, the ball almost kisses the outside edge and the off pole.
5.4
1
N Lyon to Roy, Extremely full, the spin is out of contention there. Roy jams it out towards covers for one.
5.3
0
N Lyon to Roy, Quicker and fuller outside off, a waste of a delivery. Roy lets it be.
5.2
0
N Lyon to Roy, Gives it air and bowls it slightly fuller outside off, Roy defends it out.
5.1
0
N Lyon to Roy, Flatter and on off, this one turns back in. Roy goes back and keeps it out.
4.6
0
J Pattinson to Burns, On the pads of Burns, he flicks it towards square leg.
4.5
0
J Pattinson to Burns, Again length ball on off, Burns plays this one towards mid off.
4.4
0
J Pattinson to Burns, This time shorter in length, Burns defends it off the back foot towards mid off.
4.3
0
J Pattinson to Burns, Solid front foot defense offered by Burns. Pattinson bowls it full on middle and off, Rory gets on the front foot and defends it back to the bowler.
4.2
0
J Pattinson to Burns, On the hips of Burns, he tucks it towards square leg.
4.1
0
J Pattinson to Burns, Outside off to start off by Pattinson. Burns lets it go.

James Pattinson is into the attack.

3.6
0
N Lyon to Roy, Brilliantly bowled again! Slows it up one more time and floats it wider outside off. He wants Roy to go after it. Roy does so with hard hands. The ball turns back in and it goes off the inner half to mid-wicket. A good over this by Lyon.
3.5
0
N Lyon to Roy, Lovely! Excellent! Gives it flight and lands it around off, Roy lunges and tries to defend but due to the turn back in, it goes off the inner half to mid-wicket.
3.4
2
N Lyon to Roy, Very short this time, Roy has enough time to go back and push it through covers for two.
3.3
0
N Lyon to Roy, Not the right shot that. This is shorter and outside off, Roy goes back and looks to cut but the ball skids through and beats the bat.
3.2
0
N Lyon to Roy, That was good! Fuller than the last one. Roy goes back to a ball he should play forward to. It stays low. Roy though does well to get his bat down in time.
3.1
0
N Lyon to Roy, Flatter and outside off, Roy goes back and pushes it to covers. Once again Lyon is a little too short.
2.6
0
P Siddle to Burns, Again outside off but the ball nips back in this time. Burns again leaves it as he exactly knows where his stumps are.
2.5
0
P Siddle to Burns, Outside off on a length, Burns shoulders arms to it.
2.4
0
P Siddle to R Burns, Fuller this time, just outside the off pole, it takes the leading edge of Burns' bat and goes towards the 4th slip fielder as he dives to his left and stops it.
2.3
0
P Siddle to Burns, Length ball outside off, it shapes away after pitching. Burns shoulders arms to it.
2.2
0
P Siddle to Burns, Short of a length ball on off, Burns blocks it out to the off side.
2.1
2
P Siddle to R Burns, Full ball on the off pole, Burns pushes it through long on. The fielders give it a chase and cut it off as the batters take two.
1.6
0
N Lyon to Roy, Gives it a lot of air and lands it on off, Roy leans forward and keeps it out. Lyon was a little too short in his first over. Needs to get it right quickly, not a lot of overs to be bowled today.
1.5
0
N Lyon to Roy, Flatter and shorter again, Roy goes back and works it to short leg.
1.4
0
N Lyon to Roy, Well bowled! He floats it up outside off, the ball pitches and then turns back in. Roy lunges and keeps it out.
1.3
3
N Lyon to Burns, Flatter and on middle, it is shorter in length. Burns works it through mid-wicket and takes three.
1.2
1
N Lyon to Roy, Flatter and on middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
1.1
0
N Lyon to Roy, Flatter but down the leg side. Roy lets it be.
0.6
0
P Siddle to Burns, Length ball outside off, Burns shoulders arms to it.
0.5
0
P Siddle to Burns, Again on the hips of Burns, he tucks it towards mid-wicket.
0.4
0
P Siddle to Burns, On the pads of Burns, he has flicked this one onto the leg side.
0.3
0
P Siddle to Burns, Goes back to bowling length and on off, Burns defends it onto the ground.
0.2
2
P Siddle to R Burns, England are underway! A fuller ball around off, Burns strokes it through covers and the batsmen take two.
0.1
0
P Siddle to Burns, On a good length and outside off, Burns lets it be.