The Ashes, 2019

England vs Australia - 2nd Test

Venue: Lord's, London

Date: 14 August-18 August, 2019

Australia 154/6

RR: 3.24 | England drew with Australia

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That is all we have from this 5-day-cum-4-day match. Australia manage to cling on to the urn and series lead but one will believe that with Smith potentially ruled out of the next Test, England have the momentum and the arsenal to level the series. But then, Australia had the momentum coming into this one. Probably it will be best if we leave it to the players to get us a wonderful game of cricket. Join us on Thursday, 22nd August, 2019 at 11 am local (1000 GMT) for all the action from the third Test at Headingley, Leeds. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

BEN STOKES HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. It was his century which brought the game to life. England will hope that it spurs him on for the rest of the series.

Coming to the bowling. Two bowlers who were playing their first Test in this series - Josh Hazlewood and Jofra Archer - the latter playing his debut Test - lit up the Lord's. Hazlewood rocked up England's top order while Jofra Archer went for the head of every batsman. He kept reminding us of the fiery Caribbean pace of the 70s and 80s, hitting the Aussies hard and making them hop around like rabbits. Regardless of this result, one just feels that the Ashes has just begun for the English. Archer is probably the difference between the two sides and with 3 games to go, this series is waiting for a turnaround.

In cricket, they say that nothing is over till it is really over. Joe Root took a controversial catch to dismiss Marnus Labuschagne and the game turned. Next over, Matthew Wade was dismissed. 3 overs later, Paine threw his wicket away. Boy, the game was truly alive and kicking. But Cummins and Travis with a cool head managed to see off the remaining nervous moments and ensured that the Aussies still stay in the series lead.

Normally, with 10 wickets to play out 48 overs, you do expect the batting side to see those off. But Australia were reeling even before the first ball was bowled, as Smith was not there. They were reduced to 19/2 and then 47/3 before Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head staged a 85-run stand and almost saw the team home to stuff out a draw. ALMOST.

England were rocked early in their second innings as well, being reduced to 71/4 but then lives given to Ben Stokes - twice in 4 balls by David Warner let them off the hook. The scenario changed this morning when it was announced that Smith will miss the rest of this Test match. A new vigour came into the hosts' camp. They pummeled the bowling to all parts, with Stokes raising a century to remember.

That fourth day saw a lot of action. Steve Smith taking matters into his own hands and then that contest between him and Jofra Archer. Hit on the elbow, hit on the neck, felled over, concussed and eventually retiring hurt, before coming back on. He has been ruled out of the next Test as well but that is for now. What if he says he is fit on the 21st?

This Test match had all the ingredients. Rain robbed us off 5 sessions. Out of a potential 15. But in the 10 that we got, fantastic cricket was played. Australia's decision to bowl first surprised all, but their bowling unit got that in their favour by dismissing England for 258. But their own batting could not come to terms again and fell 8 runs short.

Well, umpire Aleem Dar takes the bails off. Australia have 4 wickets left, 3 balls left in the day and the time has ticked past 7.24 pm local time, which was the last permissible limit till when play could have gone on. Root walks over solemnly and shakes hands with Cummins. The second Test ends in a draw. We go 1-0 into Leeds.

47.3
0
J Leach to Cummins, Full and around off, Cummins lunges to smother the spin.
47.2
0
J Leach to Cummins, Around off, watchfully blocked out.
47.1
0
J Leach to Cummins, Full and around off, watchfully defended past short leg.
46.6
0
Joe Denly to Head, Fullish ball on off, Head drives it firmly through covers. The ball was going towards the fence but no one runs. Why would Head not take a single? As fate would have it, the ball stops near the ropes as Broad hares after it. That means Cummins would face the next over. Poor thinking from Head.
46.5
0
Joe Denly to Head, Another fullish ball from Leach which doesn't land on the rough. Head blunts it nicely.
46.4
0
Joe Denly to Head, Another fullish ball outside off, Head punches it towards mid off to get a couple.
46.3
0
Joe Denly to Head, Blocks it from the crease to this fullish ball.
46.2
0
Joe Denly to Head, Beaten this time! Fullish ball on fourth stump line. Head has a poke at it but is beaten.
46.1
0
Joe Denly to Head, Fullish ball on off, Head drives it straight to cover.
45.6
0
J Leach to Cummins, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
45.5
0
Jack Leach to Cummins, The batsman has offered no stroke to an incoming delivery.
45.4
0
Jack Leach to Cummins, NOT OUT. Missing off. Review in excitement and desperation. Pitched around leg, from over the wicket, Cummins pads it away. He is hit on the pads and Leach appeals. Root immediately goes for the review. Ball Tracker confirms that it was spinning away.

Root has gone for a review! Did the ball do enough to come back in? Cummins did not offer any shot. Here comes Ball Tracker. Missing off. Reviews done and dusted for England.

45.3
0
Jack Leach to Cummins, Outside off, left alone.
45.2
0
Jack Leach to Cummins, Full and around off, watchfully defended.
45.1
0
Jack Leach to Cummins, WAS THAT A CATCH? Probably. Full and outside off, Cummins comes forward to drive and almost spoons a catch to Rory Burns at silly point. Burns dives but cannot hang on!
44.6
0
Joe Denly to Head, Head blocks this well again to see off the over.
44.5
0
Joe Denly to Head, Fuller one on off again, Head pushes this to the cover fielder again.
44.4
0
Joe Denly to Head, Good shot but straight to the fielder. Fullish on off, timed it straight to the cover fielder.
44.3
0
Joe Denly to Head, Fullish one this time, taps it to the slip fielder.
44.2
0
Joe Denly to Head, Blocks this fullish ball from the crease.
44.1
0
Joe Denly to Head, Starts with one outside off on a fullish length which lands on the rough, Head looks play at it but is hit on the pads.

Interesting. The umpires feel that it is too dark right now. They reckon that Jofra Archer cannot bowl as his pace is too quick for the batsmen under this light. It has to be spin and Joe Denly it is to bowl.

43.6
0
J Leach to Cummins, Fuller this time, Cummins blocks it well to see off the over. 4 more overs to go.
43.5
0
J Leach to Cummins, Another good length ball to which Cummins blocks off his front foot.
43.4
0
J Leach to Cummins, Left that ball outside off.
43.3
0
J Leach to Cummins, Lunges and blocks this by coming forward.
43.2
0
J Leach to Cummins, Good length ball outside off, Cummins pushes this one towards gully.
43.1
0
J Leach to Cummins, Fullish one on the middle from Leach, Cummins blocks it well.
42.6
0
J Archer to Head, Another bumper on the hips from Archer. Head looks to work it down the leg side but is hit on the hands.
42.5
0
J Archer to Head, Another back of length ball on middle and leg, Head pushed it towards the fine leg fielder.
42.4
0
J Archer to Head, What was that? Shortish one outside off, Head looked to sway away at first but eventually played at it to get beaten.
42.3
0
J Archer to Head, Another bouncer! What a spell this is from Archer. This is on middle and off, Head leaps in the air to block this one to the point fielder.
42.2
1
J Archer to Cummins, In the air... just short! A length ball down the leg side, Cummins nudges it towards leg gully. Ben Stokes comes charging in but the ball lands in front of him. He is unable to stop it but has the presence of mind to duck as he understands that the batsmen are going for the single. Bairstow quickly gets across and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Head was well in.
42.1
0
J Archer to Cummins, A short ball, outside off, Cummins sways away.
41.6
0
J Leach to Head, Beaten! Gets this one to land on the rough and beat the outside edge of the left-hander. Kept slightly low as well. Bairstow removed the bails but Head never went out.
41.5
0
J Leach to Head, Good length on middle and kept slightly low. Head did well to block.
41.4
0
J Leach to Head, Fuller on off again as Head lunges to block.
41.3
0
J Leach to Head, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
41.2
4
J Leach to T Head, FOUR! Another fullish ball on off, Head leans into the shot and drives this beautifully. The ball races through mid off for a boundary.
41.1
0
J Leach to Head, Fuller ball on off, Head blocks it off his front foot.

Pat Cummins walks out now. Counting the balls, are both the teams...

40.6
0
J Archer to Paine, OUT! Caught! Is that a bird? Is that a plane? Is that Superman? No! It is Joe Denly. Take a bow. Plenty of drama left in this game. England 4 wickets away from levelling the series now. A short ball, outside off, Paine looks to pull but Joe Denly at square leg throws himself to his left, sticks out his hand and voila! It sticks! The entire English team is mobbing Denly who has probably made one of the biggest contributions of the match. That is a tough catch at this time of the night. Or evening, shall we say. Paine walks back shaking his head. 42 balls left. 4 wickets needed for England. 1-1 coming?
40.5
0
J Archer to Paine, Outside off, very full, good thinking from Jofra, Tim drives it towards cover.
40.4
0
J Archer to Paine, Another short ball, this is around his nose, the skipper rises and fends it down in front of short leg.
40.3
0
J Archer to Paine, FOUR BYES! Too high for everyone. A short ball, around off, Paine leaps with the bounce and the ball goes well over him and his counterpart behind. Bairstow leaps but to no avail. The ball races to the fine leg fence.
40.2
1
J Archer to Head, Down the leg side, tickled towards fine leg for a single.
40.1
0
J Archer to Head, Full and around middle, flicked straight to short mid-wicket.
39.6
0
J Leach to Paine, Another attempt to land it on the rough but no success as Paine blunts this with his pad.
39.5
0
J Leach to Paine, Leach is aiming for the rough but unable to land it there. Paine pads it.
39.4
4
J Leach to Paine, FOUR! SHOT! Fuller ball on the leg stump, the Aussie skipper slams this through the mid on region to get off the mark as the ball races to the fence.
39.3
1
J Leach to Head, Good length on middle, Head works it towards square leg to get a run.
39.2
0
J Leach to Head, Good length on middle, Head blocks it off his back foot.
39.1
0
J Leach to Head, Fuller on off, Head works it towards point with a push.
38.6
0
J Archer to Paine, Around middle, played in front of short leg where Buttler collects and flicks it back at the stumps, hitting them down. Bairstow appeals for a run out but Paine never left his crease.
38.5
0
J Archer to Paine, A bouncer now, TP ducks.
38.4
0
J Archer to Paine, Around off, the skipper looks to tuck but misses and is hit on the stomach.
38.3
0
J Archer to Paine, That has come in a long way! A length ball outside off, Tim looks to defend but the ball comes in a long way and cuts him into half, just going between bat and pad!
38.2
0
J Archer to Paine, A ripper of a bouncer. Right at the body, Paine leaps to fend it off but gets hit on the arm. Paine does not show any pain, nor does he flinch.
38.1
1
J Archer to Head, On a length outside off, coming in, pushed towards backward point for a single. 59 balls left.
37.6
0
J Leach to Paine, Tossed up outside off, solidly blocked towards the spinner. A wicket maiden for the left-arm spinner!
37.5
0
J Leach to Paine, Full and around off, pushed back to Jack the bowler.
37.4
0
J Leach to Paine, Lunges to defend and thrusts this off the splice, just short of Rory Burns at silly point!
37.3
0
J Leach to Paine, Around off, punched back to Leach again.
37.2
0
J Leach to Paine, Full and around middle, pushed back to the bowler. No hat-trick!
37.1
0
J Leach to Wade, OUT! CAUGHT! England are sensing a win now as Wade is outta here. Good length ball on middle, Wade comes forward to block this but the ball rises a tad bit to hit the gloves of Wade and lob towards the short leg fielder. Buttler is there and he is not going to drop that one. Leach doing a brilliant job here for the hosts.

Tim Paine walks in at number 7, replacing Wade. The door has been kicked wide open. England need 5 wickets. 65 balls remaining. Leach is on a hat-trick as well! Men everywhere. 4 men around the wicket plus the keeper.

36.6
1
J Archer to Wade, Shortish one this time, Wade works it towards mid-wicket to keep strike.
36.5
0
J Archer to Wade, Goes for a yorker for a change. But this went down the leg side as Wade missed his flick. A mild appeal from Bairstow there but nothing from others.
36.4
0
J Archer to Wade, And again. Archer continues sending the bouncers. Another superb bouncer but Wade does well this time to duck.

The physio is out in the middle to check on Wade. Just having a look at the helmet. The norm these days.

36.3
0
J Archer to Wade, FOUR LEG BYES! Where did that come from? Another bumper from Archer, aiming the head. Wade ducks at it but is hit on the helmet and the ball goes over the keeper for a boundary.
36.2
1
J Archer to Head, Goes for another bumper but this is on the leg side as Head works it fine to get a run.
36.1
0
J Archer to Head, Shortish length ball on off and middle, it didn't bounce much. Blocked well by Wade.

The match livens up again. 72 balls left. 6 wickets needed. Matthew Wade comes out to bat.

35.6
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, OUT! The decision is given as caught but Labuschagne does not agree. There are words exchanged between him and Joe Root but the latter says that he caught it. Anyways, it is an unlucky dismissal for the Ashes debutant. Full and around middle, Labuschagne looks to play the sweep but he hits it right into the left thigh of Jos Buttler at short leg. The ball lobs towards short mid-wicket where Joe Root dives forward and takes a stunner. England celebrate but Labuschagne is going nowhere. The two umpires have a chat and then refer it to their mate upstairs, with the soft signal as OUT. Here come the replays. From one angle looks like the ball has bounced. From another angle, it looks like the ball has gone into the hands. After a lot of checking, Wilson gives the decision as OUT. Labuschagne shakes his head and mutters some words to Root who says that he caught it cleanly. A sad way to go for the man who played so well. Coach Justin Langer will be remembering something. Flashback to Mumbai 2001. Batsman - Sachin Tendulkar. Bowler - Mark Waugh. Sachin pulls. Ball hits Langer at short leg. Ricochets to short mid-wicket where a certain Ricky Thomas Ponting dives to his right to take the catch. Both the men would be in the Aussie dressing room at the moment. Can comfort the youngster. End of a magnificent 85-run stand.

Labuschagne is caught! The umpires want to check that though for legality. The soft signal is OUT. Here come the replays. Has Joe Root taken that cleanly? Has the ball bounced before? From one angle, it seems like the ball has bounced. From another, it looks like it is clean. Third umpire Joel Wilson feels it is a wicket.

35.5
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Bowls one down the leg side. Marnus lets it go.
35.4
2
J Leach to Labuschagne, Reverse sweep this time. This on middle and leg from Leach who is looking to land the ball on the rough. Marnus brings the reverse sweep through point to take a couple.
35.3
2
J Leach to Labuschagne, Again comes down the track to this fullish ball outside off and drives it through cover to pick a couple this time. Didn't go hard at the ball.
35.2
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Blocked off the front foot this time by ML.
35.1
4
J Leach to Labuschagne, FOUR! Top Shot! Fullish ball on off, Marnus comes down the track to drive it superbly through covers to get another boundary.
34.6
0
J Archer to Head, Bowled the last one round the wicket looking for a shortish one but it is wide outside off, Head looks to go after the ball but he misses it.
34.5
1
J Archer to Labuschagne, Pushed towards square leg to get off strike.
34.4
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, That came in from outside off form a good length as ML left it alone.
34.3
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, This is another shortish one from Archer but this is on off, blocked nicely again by Marnus.
34.2
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Shortish one on middle and leg, ML blocks it off his back foot.
34.1
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Looks for a slower yorker first up but sends a full toss, Marnus reads it early to block.

Jofra Archer is back for a final burst. 10-2-26-2 so far. He might well bowl 7 on the trot here.

33.6
0
J Leach to Head, Comes down the track and drives it back to the bowler.
33.5
0
J Leach to Head, Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
33.4
0
J Leach to Head, Landed outside off, Head goes back and defends.
33.3
1
J Leach to Labuschagne, 50 up for Marnus Labuschagne! He is playing as a like-for-like substitute for Smith and is playing a gutsy knock just like Smith. Full on off from Leach, Marnus pushes it towards mid off to take a run and get to his second half century. Good innings this from him.
33.2
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Fullish one on middle, blocks it well.
33.1
4
J Leach to Labuschagne, FOUR! Good sweep shot! Looking for the rough around the leg side, Leach dishes a full toss on the legs of Marnus who sweeps it well through square leg to get another boundary. One away from his half century.

DRINKS BREAK. So Root is indeed taking the final hour. England have thrown everything that they had at Australia but Labuschagne and Head have played superbly. Guess Joe wants to give Jofra one final spell. If the hosts manage to pick up a wicket or two quickly, victory might still be in their grasp. The conditions have become bright and sunny, so if Joe Root wants to bowl all the 15 overs, he might be able to do it.

32.6
0
Joe Root to Head, Around off, blocked back to the bowler.
32.5
0
Joe Root to Head, Full and around off, watchfully blocked out.
32.4
0
Joe Root to Head, Outside off, left alone.
32.3
0
Joe Root to Head, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
32.2
4
Joe Root to Head, FOUR! Short and outside off. Easy pickings. Cut through the covers.
32.1
3
Joe Root to Labuschagne, Short and outside off, Labuschagne pushes this through point. The ball runs away and Jack Leach runs behind it in circles. Fumbles but manages to recover the ball before it touches the ropes. Three runs taken.

Joe Root brings himself on. After this over, he has a decision to make. Either shake hands with the batsmen and call this game off. Or take the final hour and bowl the remaining 15 overs, whichever comes later.

31.6
0
J Leach to Head, That's hit the batsman on his pads.
31.5
0
J Leach to Head, That kept low! Fuller one on middle from Leach. Head is watching the ball well as he blocks it.
31.4
0
J Leach to Head, Good length ball on middle and leg, Head blocks it off his back foot.
31.3
0
J Leach to Head, Fuller ball on off and middle, Head taps it towards gully.
31.2
1
J Leach to Labuschagne, Good length one on middle, ML works it towards the leg side to take a run.
31.1
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Middle and leg this time on a fullish length, Marnus pushes this towards the leg side.
30.6
0
Ben Stokes to Head, Fuller outside off, Head leans to drive this straight to cover. Maiden over from Stokes but Head was confident too in this over.
30.5
0
Ben Stokes to Head, Bumper outside off this time, no way Head is going to do anything on that.
30.4
0
Ben Stokes to Head, Fullish ball on middle and leg, Head works it towards the leg side nicely.
30.3
0
Ben Stokes to Head, Fullish one on middle this time, Head pushes it towards mid off.
30.2
0
Ben Stokes to Head, Fifth stump line outside off, Head covers his stumps and lets it go.
30.1
0
Ben Stokes to Head, Good length outside off, Head lets it go to the keeper.
29.6
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Another sweep shot attempted, again a miss, this time there is no appeal.
29.5
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, LBW appeal, turned down. Pitched outside leg. ML looked to sweep but missed and was hit on the pads.
29.4
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Pitched outside leg, Marnus looks to defend but the ball rips past the outside edge!
29.3
4
J Leach to Labuschagne, FOUR! Full and around middle, Labuschagne gets down and sweeps it through mid-wicket! Root now moves a man to deep mid-wicket for that slog sweep.
29.2
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
29.1
2
J Leach to Labuschagne, Works this through mid-wicket for a couple.
28.6
0
Ben Stokes to Head, Oopsss... a high full toss, around leg, Travis spots it late and flicks it towards short mid-wicket.
28.5
4
Ben Stokes to Head, FOUR! Much better. Full and outside off, Head leans and drives it through the covers.
28.4
0
Ben Stokes to Head, The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
28.3
4
Ben Stokes to Head, FOUR! A misfield now. 'Can't catch, can't field,' quips Michael Holding on air. Full and outside off, Head leans and drives it towards point. Joe Denly gets across from backward point and slides but the ball goes through. The boundary brings a 50-run stand between the two.
28.2
0
Ben Stokes to Head, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
28.1
0
Ben Stokes to T Head, EDGED, DROPPED! Well, Australia put down a few while bowling, now it is England's turn. Full and outside off, Head looks to drive but gets a thick, fat outside edge. Straight into the bread basket of Jason Roy at second slip who puts it down! He seems to indicate that he could not quite sight the ball.
27.6
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
27.5
0
J Leach to M Labuschagne, Good length ball outside off, ML pushes it towards the cover region where the fielder dives to stop the ball.
27.4
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Good length on off, Marnus blocks it onto the pitch.
27.3
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Beaten! Good delivery that. Went slightly away from Marnus as he looked to push it towards the off side but is beaten.
27.2
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Shortish one on middle, Marnus goes back and looks to cut but finds the fielder.
27.1
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Starts with a fuller ball on middle, Marnus pushes it towards mid on.

Spin again! Leach will look to use the rough.

26.6
4
Ben Stokes to Head, FOUR! Outside off, Head reaches out and looks to drive but gets a bit of an outside edge which squirts away behind point.
26.5
0
Ben Stokes to Head, Ohhh... gone. Plumb LBW. But... for the inside edge. Full and straight, Head looks to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. Stokes starts to appeal but then bails out on hearing the sound of wood.
26.4
0
Ben Stokes to Head, Short and outside off, cut straight to point.

A bit of a delay. Stokes is switching angle and coming from around the wicket. Head is waiting for the sightscreen to get moved. Also, a window is open somewhere and he has that closed.

26.3
0
Ben Stokes to Head, Outside off, left alone. 129 balls left.
26.2
0
Ben Stokes to Head, Around off, blocked solidly.
26.1
4
Ben Stokes to Head, FOUR! Short and outside off, Head punches this through cover-point and gets a boundary!

Ben Stokes to bowl now. 22 overs left in the day.

25.6
0
C Woakes to Labuschagne, Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
25.5
4
C Woakes to Labuschagne, FOUR! Neatly done. Full and outside off, Labuschagne steers this behind point for a boundary!
25.4
0
C Woakes to Labuschagne, Outside off, solidly defended towards cover.
25.3
0
C Woakes to Labuschagne, Walks across his stumps, exposing his leg stump and shoulders arms. That is the first time ML has done that. Perhaps Woakes can gamble by going down the leg side.
25.2
0
C Woakes to Labuschagne, This one stays low! A length ball outside off, Marnus looks to defend but gets squared up as the ball shoots low. Very lucky that the bat came down just in time to sneak an outside edge. Off it went along the ground to second slip.
25.1
0
C Woakes to Labuschagne, NOT OUT. Impact is outside. Good length ball on off, went slightly away from the right-hander Marnus' push towards the leg side to hit him on the pads. England players appeal but Aleem Dar says no. That looked a bit high to the naked eye but Root signals for a review very quickly. Interestingly, Woakes suggests him that it was high as well. No consultation there from the bowler it seemed. Ball Tracker arrives and it confirms the impact was outside off.

Root reviews one! May not be a bad call. Labuschagne has been hit in front but has been adjudged not out. Woakes feels it might be a bit high. Here comes Ball Tracker. Impact is outside off. Review lost by England but they may not mind it too much.

24.6
0
S Broad to Head, Shortish one on off and middle, Head blocks it onto the pitch.

Is this the first time in this whole match? England are trying desperately to get the ball changed. Chris Woakes shows it to umpire Chris Gaffaney who passes it through the 8-shaped gauge and then tosses it back to the bowler. Woakes smiles. At Edgbaston, both teams were aiming to change the ball frequently. But unsuccessfully.

24.5
0
S Broad to Head, Good length ball outside off, Head times it sweetly but finds the cover fielder.
24.4
4
S Broad to Head, FOUR! Poor ball! Dishes a fuller ball on the pads of Head this time. Head places it fine down the leg side to get his third boundary.
24.3
0
S Broad to Head, Good length ball on middle and off, Head comes forward and blunts this towards the leg side.
24.2
0
S Broad to Head, This time goes fuller on middle, Head works it straight to the fielder on the leg side.
24.1
0
S Broad to Head, Fullish length close to the off pole, Head blocks it towards cover.
23.6
1
C Woakes to Head, Shortish one outside off this time, Head gets behind the line of the ball to tap it towards cover and take a run.
23.5
1
C Woakes to Labuschagne, Full on middle this time as Labuschagne flicks it towards mid-wicket to take a run.
23.4
0
C Woakes to Labuschagne, Shortish on middle and leg from Broad, Marnus blunts it nicely towards the leg side off his back foot.
23.3
1
C Woakes to Head, Good length outside off on the fourth stump line, Head looked to leave that one but was late in doing so. The ball took the outside edge and went towards Jason Roy in the slip cordon who couldn't stop it cleanly and the batters change ends. Awkward shot that.
23.2
0
C Woakes to Head, Shortish one on middle and leg this time, Head works it towards the leg side off his back foot.
23.1
0
C Woakes to Head, Shortish ball to start with but the line is not right. Goes down the leg side as Head misses his flick.

Change from both the ends as Woakes is on. Also, lights are on. There is some rain coming in from the south-west. Hopefully, it misses us.

22.6
0
S Broad to Labuschagne, A length ball, around off, tucked towards short mid-wicket.
22.5
0
S Broad to Labuschagne, Outside off, let through to Bairstow.
22.4
4
S Broad to M Labuschagne, FOUR! MARVELLOUS! Overpitched wide outside off, Labuschagne leans and drives it through cover-point!
22.3
0
S Broad to Labuschagne, Full and outside off, flicked straight to mid-wicket.
22.2
0
S Broad to Labuschagne, A length ball outside off, Marnus shoulders arms.
22.1
0
S Broad to Labuschagne, Good length outside off to start with, Labuschagne lets this go to the keeper.

Broad time as Archer gets some rest. One guesses it will be a while before Jofra returns. Root is lucky that he can throw the ball to a person who can give you wickets at this time of the day. Who better than Broad to finish this Aussie batting off? Michael Atherton reckons that it is 7 times that Broad has taken a 5-fer in a single spell. Yes. Single spell. 60 all out fresh in memory? An 8th 5-fer might do well here.

21.6
0
J Leach to Head, Oohhh... that was almost similar to the grubber which got Bancroft. Head smiles. Landed outside off, Travis looks to defend but just about gets his bat down in time to block.
21.5
0
J Leach to Head, Gets well outside the line of off and looks to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads.
21.4
0
J Leach to T Head, Full again, outside off, Head looks to drive but mistimes it towards mid off.
21.3
0
J Leach to Head, Landed closer to the rough outside off, Travis lunges and dead-bats it. 159 balls left.
21.2
4
J Leach to Head, FOUR! MAJESTIC! Leach should not mind that. Tossed up outside off, just in front of the rough, Head leans and drives it through the covers.
21.1
0
J Leach to Head, Full and outside off, pushed past silly point towards cover.
20.6
0
J Archer to Head, Appeal from England but hardly anything from Jofra. Fullish ball on middle and leg to Head who looks to flick but is hit on the pads. The ball goes towards fine leg and the batters take a run. That looked going down and that's why no enthusiasm from Archer.
20.5
0
J Archer to Head, Shortish one this time, Head works it off his back foot.
20.4
0
J Archer to Head, Good length on middle and leg from Archer this time. It came in to Head who looks to work it towards the leg side but the ball hits the outer half of the bat and goes to point.
20.3
4
J Archer to Head, FOUR! Good length ball on middle and leg. Too easy for Head as he flicks this nicely through mid-wicket to get off the mark with a boundary.
20.2
1
J Archer to Labuschagne, Archer bangs this one from round the wicket looking to hit the ribs of the right-hander. The batter works it well off his back foot to take a run.
20.1
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Shortish ball on fourth stump line, Marnus looks to slice this over the slip cordon but misses to get bat on ball. A risky attempt that.
19.6
1
J Leach to Labuschagne, Good length ball on middle, Labuschagne works it towards mid-wicket for a run.
19.5
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Full one outside off, Marnus blocks it by coming forward.
19.4
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Shortish one on off, Marnus times it well towards cover but finds the fielder.
19.3
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Good length outside off, ML dabs the ball easily.
19.2
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Another fuller one but Marnus leans into the shot to push it towards cover.
19.1
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Looks for a fuller ball but dishes out a full toss on middle, Marnus blocks it back to the bowler.
18.6
0
J Archer to Head, Shortish ball on off and middle, this also came in to the left-hander who pushed towards the leg side awkwardly.
18.5
0
J Archer to Head, Short one outside off this time, Head lets it go to the keeper.
18.4
3
J Archer to Labuschagne, Fullish length on middle this time, Marnus flicks it nicely towards mid-wicket to get three. The deep square leg fielder hares at the ball to stop it.
18.3
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Another one on good length on middle, this nips back in slightly to the right-hander and rises a bit as well. The batsman looks to tap it towards the leg side but the short leg fielder does well to stop it.
18.2
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Good length ball on middle and leg, Marnus stands tall to tap this onto the pitch.
18.1
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, On a length around off, Labuschagne defends it solidly towards mid-wicket.
17.6
0
J Leach to Head, Landed outside off, Head gets a good stride forward and defends.
17.5
1
J Leach to Labuschagne, Full and around off, pushed towards long on for a single.
17.4
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Down the leg side, tucked towards fine leg.
17.3
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Pitched outside leg, on a fuller length, lands on the rough, spinning away. Marnus looks to defend but gets a thick outside edge which lands in front of second slip.
17.2
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Lunges to this one and blocks it in front of short leg.
17.1
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Full and outside leg, Labuschagne looks to defend but the ball spins in, takes the inside edge and goes past short leg towards square leg.
16.6
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, MIX-UP, RUN OUT CHANCE, MISSED! FOUR OVERTHROWS! Everything happening. Shortish length on off from Archer, coming into the batsman. Labuschagne looks to work it towards the leg side but he is hit on the stomach. The ball rolls towards the slip cordon. Now, Marnus is busy recovering from the blow but Head meanwhile calls him for the single. Rory Burns gets to the ball from gully and has a shy at the non striker's end but misses. Had he hit, ML was a goner. He was a yard short. Stuart Broad was backing up from mid on but he has no chance. The ball races away to the long on fence.
16.5
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Good length on off, ML blocks it awkwardly towards point.
16.4
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Another bumper attempted but the line is outside off and Labuschagne is not interested. The ball shapes further away as Bairstow collects it close to first slip.
16.3
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Shortish one outside off, Marnus lets that go.
16.2
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Beaten this time! Good length ball outside off, in the channel for Marnus. He fends at it but the ball shapes a tad bit away to go past the batsman.
16.1
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Good length ball on off and middle, ML taps it nicely off his back foot.
15.6
0
J Leach to Head, Again. This time played a bit better, off the face of the bat, towards backward point.
15.5
0
J Leach to Head, Oohhh... outside off, stays low, TH stays back to defend and gets a bit of the outer half of the bat towards point.
15.4
0
J Leach to Head, FOUR BYES! What was Travis doing there? His head is all over the place. Full and outside off, Head looks to sweep but at the last moment, he realizes that it is too full to be played. He looks to then guide it towards point but misses. The ball spins in, beats the bat and the keeper and races to the fence behind. 50 UP FOR AUSTRALIA. Runs do not matter. 194 balls left to negotiate.
15.3
0
J Leach to Head, Around off, spinning in, defended back to the bowler.
15.2
0
J Leach to Head, Down the leg side, tucked towards leg slip.
15.1
0
J Leach to Head, Full and outside off, Head looks to sweep but misses. The ball stays low and Bairstow does well to collect.
14.6
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Good length ball on off, Marnus blocks it off the outer half of the bat.
14.5
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Around off, Labuschagne looks to tuck it to the leg side but misses and wears it on his thigh pads.
14.4
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Good bouncer again. That came in from off. Marnus does well to sway away.
14.3
2
J Archer to M Labuschagne, Fullish ball outside off, Marnus leans forward to drive it through covers and take a couple. Woakes chases the ball and returns it to the keeper.
14.2
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, A bouncer outside off, Labuschagne drops his wrists and allows the ball to go through past his face.
14.1
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Full and outside off, watchfully pushed towards the bowler.

Travis Head is the next man for Australia. They are looking in a spot of bother here. Jofra Archer to continue from the other end for England.

13.6
0
Leach to Bancroft, OUT! LBW! That kept low. Never, never, never, play on the back foot to a spinner on the final day of a Test. You never know when one goes below. Bancroft will know now. Fullish ball on middle and leg from Leach, Cameron stays back to defend but misses. The ball stays low and hits him in front of the stumps. England appeal along with Leach and Aleem Dar has no hesitation in raising the finger. No way that is going to be reviewed. Absolutely plumb. A wicket in the first over after Tea for England.
13.5
0
J Leach to Bancroft, Another fullish length on off, Bancroft blocks it coming forward.
13.4
0
J Leach to Bancroft, Good length ball on off, Bancroft pushes this towards cover.
13.3
0
J Leach to Bancroft, Fuller on middle to Bancroft, he tucks it towards the leg side.
13.2
1
J Leach to Labuschagne, Leach is aiming the rough as he pitches another one on the same line as the last ball. This time the batter works it towards square leg to get the first run of the session.
13.1
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Good length ball on middle and leg, Marnus pads it away.

The English players are out in the field. Labuschagne and Bancroft walk to the middle now. Leach to start the proceedings for England. Labuschagne to face first up.

... Day 5, Session 3 ...

Coming to the visitors' batting, this phase reminds us of the 70s and 80s when West Indian bowlers used to terrorize the opposition batsmen. Australia need to find a way not only to survive but do so with dignity. Even if they do not get all out, losing more than 6 wickets would send a negative message and that is something they would want to avoid. Want to. But can they? Join us back at 5 pm local (1600 GMT) for the final stages of this riveting match.

Of course, England's bowling is not all about Jofra, is it? Broad and Woakes are terrific in their own right, while Jack Leach, in the solitary over that he bowled before the break, got some cobras to spit around. Australia will have their hands full.

There were doubts whether Joe Root declared a bit too late to give his bowlers enough time to bowl Australia out. Turns out that he is in a good shape to scare the visitors out of their wits and also level the series with the kind of bowling which has been exhibited in the 13 overs bowled.

Whoa, this Test is alive and kicking! 35 overs left and 8 wickets needed. Any doubts whether England can win this or not? Lot to do with the fiery Archer. Scary Archer. Pumped up Archer. We are going to have a frenetic final session for sure.

12.6
0
J Archer to Bancroft, Defended off the back foot by Bancroft. TEA ON DAY 5! England need 8 more wickets to win.
12.5
0
J Archer to Bancroft, The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper.
12.4
0
J Archer to Bancroft, On a length, going down leg, Bancroft tries to flick this one but misses and gets hit on the thigh pad. It lobs up and Stokes at leg gully catches it. England appeal mildly thinking some bat might be involved but nothing doing for the umpire.
12.3
0
J Archer to Bancroft, Bancroft shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the backfoot.
12.2
3
J Archer to Labuschagne, Length ball just outside off, ML guides it down to third man and they take three.
12.1
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Hit on the hand very hard. Archer is consistently bowling dangerous line and lengths and troubling the visitors. This was on a length just outside off, Marnus looks to block at it but gets hit on the glove and he writhes in pain.
11.6
1
J Leach to Labuschagne, Tossed up around middle and off, Leach sweeps it towards square leg and takes one.
11.5
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Floated full and on off, ML blocks it out.
11.4
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Full and floated this one, pitches on the rough and bounces way higher than expected. Marnus looks to flick it towards the leg side but misses.
11.3
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Floated and full on middle, Marnus blocks it out.
11.2
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Flat and on middle, blocked out off the back foot by Marnus.
11.1
0
J Leach to Labuschagne, Short and just on the off pole, pushed to the cover fielder.

Spinner on now. Jack Leach is into the attack. Feel it is to get one over done quickly so that Jofra can have one more burst before Tea.

10.6
0
J Archer to Bancroft, Another shorter one, again Bancroft ducks and evades this delivery.
10.5
0
J Archer to Bancroft, Bouncer! Bancroft ducks and lets that one through to JB.
10.4
0
J Archer to Bancroft, Length ball on middle and off, Bancroft blocks it out off the back foot.
10.3
0
J Archer to Bancroft, Bancroft has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
10.2
0
J Archer to Bancroft, Hit on the stomach. Length ball on middle and off, the ball this time comes back in and CB wasn't expecting it. He shoulders arms but the ball comes in and hits him on the stomach.
10.1
0
J Archer to Bancroft, Bancroft gets squared up again similarly. Length ball outside off, it pitches and nips away. He tries to defend but does so inside the line and misses the ball.

Change of ends for Jofra Archer.

9.6
0
C Woakes to Labuschagne, Lets the last ball through to the keeper. Good batting here by Marnus.
9.5
4
C Woakes to Labuschagne, FOUR! Full on off and middle, Marnus gets onto the back foot and flicks it nonchalantly towards the mid-wicket fence.
9.4
0
C Woakes to Labuschagne, Length ball on middle and off, Labuschagne blocks it out.
9.3
0
C Woakes to Labuschagne, Outside off, Marnus lets it through again.
9.2
0
C Woakes to Labuschagne, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
9.1
0
C Woakes to Labuschagne, Awkward leave by Marnus here, the ball pitches just outside off and comes in. Labuschagne hops away and lets it go.

Chris Woakes is into the attack for the hosts. He replaces Archer who was doing very well and also took both the wickets of this innings.

8.6
0
S Broad to Bancroft, Fuller this time on off pole, pushed towards mid on.
8.5
0
S Broad to Bancroft, Outside off again, CB shoulders arms to this one too.
8.4
0
S Broad to Bancroft, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
8.3
2
S Broad to Bancroft, Close again but just over short leg. Broad pitches this one outside off and gets it to nip back in off the surface. Bancroft looks to block it out but gets an inside edge on it and the ball then goes onto hit the thigh pad. It lobs over short leg and the ball goes towards square leg as they take a couple.
8.2
0
S Broad to Bancroft, Again on middle and leg, pushed towards mid on.
8.1
0
S Broad to Bancroft, Length ball just outside off, CB gets the outside half of his bat and the ball goes straight to the point fielder.
7.6
4
J Archer to Labuschagne, EDGED AND FOUR! Archer once again hits the deck hard on off, Labuschagne looks to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and goes through the vacant gully region for a boundary. End of another entertaining and scary Jofra over.
7.5
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Another beauty! Good length ball outside off, it zips away. Labuschagne looks to defend but once again gets squared up.
7.4
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Excellent bowling. Archer steams in and once again bends his back on this one. The way he has bowled short balls has been impressive. This one is also right in the money, close to the body. Marnus does really well to sway away from it.
7.3
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Outside off and pacy, Marnus looks to defend but the ball fizzes past him.
7.2
4
J Archer to Labuschagne, FOUR! This should give Marnus Labuschagne some much-needed confidence. Fuller on off, Labuschagne gets on his front foot and drives it through mid off for a boundary.
7.1
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Good length ball on off, Labuschagne looks to defend but misses.
6.6
4
S Broad to Bancroft, UPPISH AND JUST WIDE FOR FOUR! Agonizingly wide of the flying leg gully. They kept a leg gully in place as Bancroft is playing a lot of uppish flicks but they moved Stokes a bit wide as they expected him to flick it there. However, Cameron flicks it fine this time, just inches away to the right of the diving Ben Stokes. Had Ben stayed at his original position, Bancroft was a goner.
6.5
1
S Broad to Labuschagne, Length ball on middle, Labushagne flicks it towards square leg and gets off the mark.
6.4
0
S Broad to Labuschagne, Very good take from Bairstow. Broad strays his line and bowls one down the leg side, Marnus looks to flick but misses. The ball keeps going down, Bairstow dives to his left and stretches to save a certain 4 leg byes.
6.3
0
S Broad to Labuschagne, Full with very little movement on this one outside off, Labuschagne leaves it alone.
6.2
1
S Broad to Bancroft, Uppish but safe. Good length ball on top of middle and leg, Bancroft shuffles across and glances it uppishly towards the square leg region for a single.
6.1
2
S Broad to C Bancroft, Fuller around off, Bancroft gets on his front foot and drives it crisply through covers for a couple.
5.6
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Again squared up by Archer! The batsman was beaten and missed the line of the delivery.
5.5
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Beaten! Jofra follows the short ball up with a length ball outside off, Labuschagne goes for the defense but is squared up. Oohs and Aahs all around the ground.

Concussion test for the one who is substituting for the concussed? This is something new. Labuschagne is giving a thumbs up, showing that he is okay but the physio is out in the middle. A new helmet comes out for Marnus. Boy, are Australia already looking for the overs remaining in the day? All ready to go now.

5.4
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Ouch! Again on the helmet and this time it is Marnus. Jofra hits the deck hard and the ball shoots up off the surface. It rapidly rises on Marnus who fails to duck in time. He is hit flush on his helmet and falls down but quickly gets up and says that he is fine.
5.4
0
J Archer to Labuschagne, Wide! Bouncer but way over the head of Labuschagne. Welcomed to the crease by Archer well.

Marnus Labuschagne is the new man in. He was not in the actual playing XI but has come into the side as a concussion substitute for Steve Smith, who has been the best batsman in this series. Big shoes to fill for Labuschagne.

5.3
0
J Archer to Khawaja, OUT! Jofra takes his second and he is on fire here! Bowls this one on a length on the leg pole, the ball pitches and just drifts away from the southpaw. Khawaja looks to defend it but gets the faintest of outside edges on it. It carries to Jonny Bairstow behind the stumps and he completes the formalities. Now, Jofra barely appeals but someone does and umpire Aleem Dar raises his finger immediately. England are all smiles but Uzzie looks bemused. He is standing there, asking Bancroft something who comes running towards him. They chat about the review and Usman shakes his head to something. Surely, he must be knowing whether he nicked it or not? Now, he turns back and walks. Australia are 2 down (for now) before Tea.
5.2
2
J Archer to Khawaja, Full on middle and off, Khawaja punches it down the ground towards long off and takes a couple.
5.1
0
J Archer to Khawaja, Jofra bowls this one just outside off, Khawaja goes for the defense but it is squared up.
4.6
4
S Broad to Bancroft, FOUR! On the pads of Bancroft and he just flicks it away towards mid-wicket nonchalantly for a boundary.
4.5
0
S Broad to C Bancroft, Length ball just outside off, Bancroft tries to defend and gets a faint outside edge on it. It carries to first slip on a bounce.
4.4
0
S Broad to Bancroft, CB chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
4.3
0
S Broad to Bancroft, Full and wide outside off, Broad lures Bancroft into the cover drive. He goes for it but misses the ball completely. Australia might be panicking here.
4.2
0
S Broad to Bancroft, Good length ball on off, pushes this one towards mid off.
4.1
0
S Broad to Bancroft, Length delivery on middle and off, Bancroft blocks it out.
3.6
0
J Archer to Khawaja, Archer now comes steaming in and bowls a good length ball on off, Khawaja looks to defend but the ball hits him high on his bat and goes to point.
3.5
0
J Archer to Khawaja, Now full on the pads, Usman flicks it but straight to mid-wicket.
3.4
0
J Archer to Khawaja, Hostile welcome for Usman Khawaja. Archer has his tails up and there is no doubt about it. He steams in and bowls a pacy bouncer around off. Khawaja takes his eyes off the ball but it goes away to the keeper.

Usman Khawaja walks out at number 3.

3.3
0
J Archer to D Warner, OUT! CAUGHT! Warner is out and Australia are one down as Jofra takes the first one. He pitches this one on middle and off on a length, the ball pitches and moves away from Warner. He goes with hard hands at it and gets a thick outside edge which carries to gully where Rory Burns was stationed and he takes it cleanly. Australia again lose Warner cheaply. Well, no Smith first itself. Now, Warner fails to stand up. Could be a tough evening for the Aussies.
3.2
1
J Archer to Bancroft, Played through mid-wicket by Bancroft. They take a single.
3.1
0
J Archer to C Bancroft, Edged but falls short! Bancroft goes to push this one towards the off side but gets a thick outside edge on it. The ball falls just short of the slip cordon.
2.6
1
S Broad to Bancroft, Again full and on the pads, Bancroft pushes this one towards mid-wicket and takes a single.
2.5
1
S Broad to Warner, On the pads of Warner, he flicks it towards backward square leg and takes a single. The fielder has a shy at the keeper's end but misses. However, the batter was well in and it wouldn't have made any difference.
2.4
0
S Broad to Warner, Warner has a wild slash at this wide and short ball but misses it completely.
2.3
0
S Broad to Warner, Length ball on middle and off, Warner blocks this one out.
2.2
0
S Broad to Warner, Wide outside off, Warner shoulders arms to let that one through.
2.1
0
S Broad to Warner, FOUR LEG BYES! Down the leg side, Warner looks to flick this one but misses to get hit on the pads. It flicks his pads and goes towards the fine leg boundary.
1.6
0
J Archer to Bancroft, Fuller this time, Cb defends this one off the front foot back to the bowler.
1.5
0
J Archer to Bancroft, Outside off, the batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
1.4
0
J Archer to Bancroft, Bancroft has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
1.3
0
J Archer to Bancroft, Squared up completely! Jofra bowls this on a length outside off, it pitches and nips away. CB plays inside the line of the delivery and does not edge it.
1.3
0
J Archer to Bancroft, No ball! Archer oversteps this time. Outside off, CB lets it through.
1.2
0
J Archer to Bancroft, Bancroft survives! Length ball on off, swings a tad bit inside, Bancroft goes for the push but gets an inside edge on it and the ball hits his thigh pad. Cameron is a lucky man that the ball does not go onto chop the stumps.
1.1
0
J Archer to Bancroft, Smooth run up and length delivery outside off, Bancroft lets it through.

Speedster, Jofra Archer to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
S Broad to D Warner, Again angling in towards the southpaw, this time Warner gets an inside edge on this one and the ball rolls towards mid-wicket.
0.5
0
S Broad to Warner, Wide outside off, Warner shoulders arms to it.
0.4
0
S Broad to Warner, This time safely defended off the front foot by Warner.
0.3
0
S Broad to Warner, What a jaffa! Broad brings this one in with the angle, the ball pitches on middle and on a length. It pitches and nips away leaving Warner completely dazed.
0.2
4
S Broad to D Warner, FOUR! Beauty! Full and outside off, Warner just leans into his drive and gracefully pushes it through the covers for a boundry. Warner also off the mark with this.
0.1
1
S Broad to Bancroft, Off the mark straightaway! On the pads of Bancroft, he flicks it towards backward square leg and takes a run. First run of the fourth innings.