The Ashes, 2019

England vs Australia - 4th Test

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

Date: 04 September-08 September, 2019

England 197/10

RR: 2.15 | Australia beat England by 185 runs

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That ends the fourth Test coverage at Old Trafford. It is Australia who are 2-1 up. Ashes is theirs, will the series be as well? England will want to say something about that in 4 days' time. Join us on Thursday, 12th September, 2019 at 11 am local (1000 GMT) for all the action from the 5th Test at The Oval. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

STEVEN SMITH HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH (Is anyone surprised?) 10 days ago, he was sitting in the dressing room, watching the agony of his side not being able to clinch a win. But here, come Old Trafford, a new dawn has been set.

Ohhh... with the Ashes over (even though the series is not over yet), the interviews keep coming, don't they? Josh Hazlewood trots up now. Hazlewood says it is a fantastic feeling and feels all the bowlers bowled really well. Further adds Cummins is a huge engine and Lyon was good too. States you need to be ready when the skipper calls you on and feels Marnus Labuschagne too contributed with an important wicket of Jack Leach. Tells he is still feeling pretty good now but might be a little sore tomorrow. Mentions another great Test match was visible. Informs his heart was definitely beating fast towards the end but he is pleased they got over the line. Ends by saying they would still be eager to win the series here and would go all out in the last game.

Marnus Labuschagne now comes up for a chat. Labuschagne says it means a lot to bring the urn back to Australia. States it is one of the best series he has played and it is even better since it is won in England. Further adds Test cricket was at its best as wickets came quickly but England's lower order played really well. Says the Brits will always come hard which was visible here. On him being given the ball by Paine and then getting the breakthrough, Marnus states he wanted to trust himself with the ball. Cheekily says that he dragged the previous ball before the wicket one down but then kept telling himself to believe in himself. Adds he is lost for words at the moment. Ends by saying it was a privilege to play for Australia, the opportunity that came to him, wasn't how he expected it to but he is delighted he did well then.

Time for some interviews. Steven Smith first up. Smith says it feels amazing that the Ashes is coming home now. Further adds he has come here a few times but things never went their way. States winning the Ashes here is one thing which he wanted to tick off his bucket list. Informs the boys were getting a little bit tired out there towards the end. Tells England fought really hard especially Overton, who was really good but fortunately the boys got the job done. Says he feels absolutely delighted with how he has performed in this series especially after what he has gone through.

England then. Playing with one bowler and 10 batsmen. But probably, there is some lack of application and lack of patience as well. They have batted better than Australia but the Aussies have been able to eke out mistakes from the hosts' batsmen. But they have done well in tiring out the Aussie bowlers, the effect of which could be seen in the final Test with not much of a gap. The Ashes cannot be regained but the series is there to be drawn.

Australian bowling. Was Mitchell Starc missed? Did he prove to be the difference? Probably not so much in the second innings. But he was a handful in that first innings with the bat and ball, scoring a half century and taking a 3-fer. Hazlewood and Cummins bowled well tirelessly but they did miss Nathan Lyon. That finger of his is hurting him and he is definitely not the offie we have been used to seeing. Had he been even half of his best, Australia might have even won this with a day to spare.

Where did the game and the urn go away from England then? Probably that second Test where Joe Root overbowled Jofra Archer. The third and fourth Tests have seen him whimper away without much pace and the effect has been seen on the Australian batting and the English bowling. Only Stuart Broad was the most consistent one, picking up wickets without anyone to support him. Steven Smith's 211 got Australia to a position from where they could not lose and England found it too tough to face a rampaging Australia.

There were very few doubts at the start of the final day as to what could happen. Australia were predicted to win and they won. But they had to huff and puff. Roy and Denly hung around for a while but then things started to happen. Wickets started to fall and at one stage, when Bairstow was dismissed in the 54th over, it seemed like the game would be over before Tea, with 51 overs left in the game and 4 wickets pending. But we were destined to be a part of another humdinger.

Take a bow, both Australia and England. The Aussies obviously, for winning it but England, wow. Hanging in there. Fighting it out. Keeping Australia at bay. The last 4 wickets added just 59 runs but FACED 230 BALLS. 127 between Buttler and Overton. 84 between Leach and Overton. Given the numbers, Craig might have almost seen his side over the line.

Phew. How do these two teams manage to do it? Nerve-wracker after nerve-wracker after nerve-wracker. First at Lord's. Then at Leeds. Now here at Manchester. Enough to give three heart attacks!

91.3
0
J Hazlewood to Overton, OUT! LBW! Three reds and Overton is a goner! Marvelous scenes out there as AUSTRALIA HAVE RETAINED THE ASHES! Overton's fighting innings comes to an end. It is Josh Hazlewood who gets the last wicket. A good nut. It lands on off and jags back in. Overton looks to defend but misses to get hit on the front pad. A huge appeal. It looked a touch high but up goes the finger. Overton has no choice but to review. He signals the 'T'. Time for the replays. Ultra Edge shows no bat. Time for the Ball Tracker and it shows the ball to be hitting the leg pole. Australia continue to celebrate. THEY WIN BY 185 RUNS AND LEAD THE SERIES 2-1!

Is that the game? Overton has been adjudged LBW. He has taken the review immediately. Hit on the knee roll. Is it a bit too high? Nothing on the Ultra Edge as the ball goes past the bat. Three reds on Ball Tracker. THE ASHES STAY WITH AUSTRALIA!

91.2
0
J Hazlewood to Overton, A short one and on the body, Overton looks to duck again but the ball hits him on the body. That must have hurt but you need to brush it off and continue.
91.1
0
J Hazlewood to Overton, Good length and on middle, this is defended.

Bowling change, again! Just one over for Marnus Labuschagne to break the stand. Hazlewood is on now. His numbers so far, 17-5-31-1.

90.6
0
N Lyon to Broad, Loopy ball on off, this one is pushed to covers. Both the balls are played out.
90.5
0
N Lyon to Broad, Negotiates one! This is just outside off, it is left alone.
90.4
1
N Lyon to Overton, Very short! Overton works it down to fine leg. It is going towards the fence. The fielder from square leg jogs after it. The ball though stops near the fence. The batters take only one. Just the two balls to face for Broad.
90.3
0
N Lyon to Overton, Shorter and outside off, the batter goes back and works it to short leg.
90.2
0
N Lyon to Overton, On middle again, it is kept out.
90.1
0
N Lyon to Overton, On middle, this is worked to mid-wicket.

Nathan Lyon into the attack! 28-12-50-2, his figures so far.

89.6
0
M Labuschagne to Broad, A full toss, may have caught Broad by surprise. He pushes it back to the bowler.

Stuart Broad is the last man in. Memories of Cardiff, 2009. Monty Panesar and Jimmy Anderson had to play out 11 overs to stave off a draw against Australia then. Broad and Overton have 15.1 overs. Are we in for an encore?

89.5
0
M Labuschagne to J Leach, OUT! Catch it... gone! No. 9 is down. This should settle some nerves that was building in the Australian side. Leach's resistance comes to an end. Excellent bowling change by Paine. I had written it is a surprise to many but he has delivered by ending this frustrating stand. A masterstroke by the skipper. Once again, Labuschagne lands it in the rough outside off. It pitches and turns back in sharply. Leach looks to work it on the leg side but due to the extra bounce, it hits the handle and lobs towards Wade who takes it nicely at short leg. Australians are elated. One wicket away now and 91 balls to go.
89.4
0
M Labuschagne to Leach, Another tossed up ball outside off, Leach keeps it out.

Sanchit Shetty - 'I have a funny feeling that this will go all the way down to the last over and both wickets will fall in that one!' @SS - Well, credit to these two and the England lower order for hanging in there. Australia haven't bowled badly but haven't been able to finish the job either.

89.3
0
M Labuschagne to Leach, Shorter and quicker and on the pads. JL looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
89.2
0
M Labuschagne to Leach, Lands it in the rough outside off, this one turns back in sharply. Leach looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
89.1
0
M Labuschagne to Leach, A leg spinner on middle, Leach looks to flick but it goes off the pads towards short leg. A muted appeal but nothing from the umpire.

A bit of leg spin now! Marnus Labuschagne is on. Trying everything here is Tim Paine. A surprising change to a lot of people.

88.6
0
M Starc to Overton, A shorter one on middle, Overton keeps it out nicely.

Starc comes running in! Overton though is not ready. Starc has to reload.

88.5
0
M Starc to Overton, Nicely played! This is shorter and around off, it angles away. Overton initially looks to defend but then bails out.
88.4
0
M Starc to Overton, Slightly fuller and outside off, the batter lets it be.
88.3
0
M Starc to Overton, Another solid defense! Less than 100 balls left now. Shorter and on off, Overton keeps it out.
88.2
0
M Starc to Overton, Attacks the stumps this time, Overton defends it onto the ground.
88.1
0
M Starc to Overton, A short one on middle, Overton ducks under it.

Mitchell Starc is back on now! His figures 15-1-46-1.

87.6
0
N Lyon to Leach, Slashes and misses! Not sure that shot is needed at the moment. This is shorter and outside off, it skids through. The batter looks to cut but is beaten.
87.5
0
N Lyon to Leach, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
87.4
0
N Lyon to Leach, Slower through the air this time on middle, Leach prods forward and keeps it out.
87.3
0
N Lyon to Leach, A little fuller and on middle, Leach blocks it easily.
87.2
0
N Lyon to Leach, Beauty! This is slightly shorter by Lyon and it is quicker. On middle, it pitches and turns away. Goes past the outside edge of Leach's bat.
87.1
0
N Lyon to Leach, Loopy ball on off, the batter prods forward and keeps it out.
86.6
0
Pat Cummins to Overton, Good length and on off, Overton manages to defend it nicely again.
86.5
0
Pat Cummins to Overton, Back of a length and on middle, Craig defends it nicely onto the ground.
86.4
0
Pat Cummins to Overton, One more bumper, Overton sits under it with ease.
86.4
0
Pat Cummins to Overton, NO BALL! Goes fuller but he has overstepped! Maybe he is pushing too hard, for that extra mile. This is on a length and outside off, Overton looks to defend but is beaten.
86.3
0
Pat Cummins to Overton, Third short ball in a row! Overton ducks under it for the second time in a row.
86.2
0
Pat Cummins to Overton, One more short one, this time, Overton is ready as he ducks under it.

The physio wants to come in again! Overton has been hit on the right hand by a bumper from Cummins. He removes his gloves and takes his time. The physio walks closer to the boundary rope and waits for a signal from Overton. However, Overton tells the physio not to come and gets ready to face the next ball.

86.1
0
Pat Cummins to Overton, That must have hurt! Overton needs to rub it off! Short and on the body, Craig looks to duck but is late in doing so. Overton gets hit on the arm. He takes his glove off.
85.6
0
N Lyon to Leach, And Leach plays out the over! This is on the pads, Leach tries to defend but misses to get hit on the pads.
85.5
0
N Lyon to Leach, 5 balls done in this over too! On the stumps. Blocked.
85.4
0
N Lyon to Leach, One more loud cheer as Leach blocks another delivery which is bowled on middle.
85.3
0
N Lyon to Leach, Another tossed up delivery, Leach is solid in defense once again. A huge cheer as he does so.
85.2
0
N Lyon to Leach, Slower through the air on off, it is kept out.
85.1
0
N Lyon to Leach, A muted appeal but nothing from the umpire! This lands around leg, Leach looks to flick but misses to get on the pads.

Paine goes to Nathan Lyon now. Australia getting into desperation mode again. 20 overs left. 2 wickets still needed. Lyon with a hurting finger. 26-10-50-2 so far.

84.6
0
Pat Cummins to Overton, This is angled into the batter, Overton pushes it to mid on. Another over played out. 20 more left.
84.5
1
Pat Cummins to Leach, No! Goes short again and on the body, Leach pushes it towards mid on and takes one.
84.4
0
Pat Cummins to Leach, One more short one and it is ducked under again. Time for a yorker now?
84.3
0
Pat Cummins to Leach, One more short one, Leach ducks under it nicely. Cummins gives the batter the stare. That is probably a sign of the Australians getting a little frustrated.

Well, the physio is out in the middle. It is definitely not for concussion. Leach is just cleaning up his glasses. The 12th man comes out now, with some drinks for Leach. Nasser Hussain on air reminds us about Cardiff, 2009 where England managed to stave off an innings defeat against Australia. The camera pans onto the then captain, Ricky Ponting, who was definitely not happy with the 12th man coming out and stalling the game. Tea pots were boiling and we might see some or more of the same as the game goes down to the wire here.

84.2
0
Pat Cummins to Leach, Nasty ball but Leach fends it nicely! A sharp short one on the body, Leach looks to fend it away but takes his eyes off the ball. It hits the glove and then lobs onto the helmet. Falls safely on the off side. Leach takes a breather as he removes his helmet and then his glasses.
84.1
0
Pat Cummins to Leach, A short one down the leg side, Leach watches it go through to the keeper.
83.6
0
J Hazlewood to Overton, Another block and another over goes by! On off, Overton gets right behind the line and keeps it out.
83.5
0
J Hazlewood to Overton, Attacks the stumps again, Overton easily keeps it out.
83.4
0
J Hazlewood to Overton, On the fuller side and on off, Overton defends it nicely.
83.3
3
J Hazlewood to Leach, Comes from around the wicket and angles it into the batter. Leach works it behind square on the leg side, uses the pace of the bowler. The fielder at leg gully runs after it and keeps it down to three.
83.2
0
J Hazlewood to Leach, Outside off, Leach need not play at those.
83.1
0
J Hazlewood to Leach, Goes very full and outside off, it is jammed out to covers.

Josh Hazlewood is back on! 16-5-25-1 are his numbers so far.

82.6
0
Pat Cummins to Overton, A solid defense this time to a ball on off.
82.5
0
Pat Cummins to Overton, Lovely delivery! This is lands on off and then straightens. Overton does the right thing as he plays the original trajectory but gets beaten.
82.4
0
Pat Cummins to Overton, A short one on the body, Overton ducks under it.
82.3
0
Pat Cummins to Overton, Outside off, Overton lets it be.
82.2
0
Pat Cummins to Overton, Good length again on off, Overton opens the face of the bat and guides it to gully.
82.1
0
Pat Cummins to C Overton, Good length and around off, Overton plays inside the line, it goes off the outer half towards gully.

23 overs left but the time is ticking away. It is getting darker. The shadows of the fielders can be seen. We might come down to the situation when Tim Paine is asked by the umpires to stop the seamers.

81.6
0
M Starc to Leach, Outside off this time, Leach doesn't fiddle with it.
81.5
4
M Starc to Leach, FOUR! On the pads on a fullish length of Leach and he crunches this behind square on the leg side for a boundary. The fielder from backward square leg chases the ball but comes second. Some shot that and gets the crowd going as well.
81.4
0
M Starc to Leach, Beaten! This is a superb bouncer and it is closer to the head of Leach. Leach looks to fend it off the back foot but it goes past the gloves of Leach.
81.3
0
M Starc to Leach, Good length on middle again, Leach is solid in defense. Starc looked at the landing area as soon as he delivered the ball. He looked in some discomfort as he landed bit awkwardly while delivering the ball. He checks his right calf but he is ready to go.
81.2
0
M Starc to Leach, Bowls a back of length ball outside off. Leach thought of playing it initially but bailed out quickly as this was too wide.
81.1
1
M Starc to Overton, On the pads on a good length, clipped towards square leg by Overton for a run.
80.6
0
Pat Cummins to Leach, That is a gem! Unlucky not to get a wicket there. This is slightly fuller and just outside off. It comes back in. Leach ends up playing outside the line, the ball sneaks through the gap between bat and pad and goes over the off pole.
80.5
0
Pat Cummins to Leach, Nicely played again! Fuller and on middle, this is hit to the right of mid on.
80.4
0
Pat Cummins to Leach, Down the leg side, Leach looks to flick but misses.

Ha ha ha... the crowd is having some fun now. A couple of spectators open up an umbrella in the stands, suggesting that is raining. Well, it isn't. Conditions are bright and sunny.

80.3
0
Pat Cummins to Leach, Fuller but it is outside off, left alone.
80.2
0
Pat Cummins to Leach, Shorter and on the body, it is worked to mid-wicket.

The second new ball has been taken! So one loosener with the old ball and then the new cherry is taken.

80.1
0
Pat Cummins to Leach, Good length and on off, Leach keeps it out.

Pat Cummins is back! The second new ball is now available so with Cummins coming on, Australia will be thinking of taking it. Also, Pat is one wicket away from a fifer.

79.6
0
M Starc to Overton, Shortish and it is angled into the pads, Overton looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. It rolls towards square leg. The batters think of a run but then don't take it.
79.5
4
M Starc to C Overton, EDGY FOUR! This is angled into the batter and it is fuller on off. The ball pitches and moves away. Overton looks to defend but it goes off the outside edge down to the third man fence. Runs needed below 200 but that is immaterial right now. 151 balls left to survive.
79.4
0
M Starc to Overton, One more short one outside off, Overton plays inside the line and lets it through.
79.3
0
M Starc to Overton, A short one on middle, the batter stands tall and keeps it out.
79.2
0
M Starc to Overton, Slightly fuller and on off, Overton keeps it out.
79.1
0
M Starc to Overton, Very full and on middle from around the wicket. It is pushed to the man at mid on.
78.6
0
N Lyon to Leach, Shorter and outside off, Leach looks to play the late cut but is beaten.
78.5
0
N Lyon to Leach, Floats it up outside off, Leach lunges to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge but lands well short of second slip.
78.4
0
N Lyon to Leach, Another loopy ball on off, this is kept out.
78.3
0
N Lyon to Leach, Floats it up around leg pole. Leach is solid in defense again.
78.2
0
N Lyon to Leach, On middle, the batter defends it nicely.
78.1
0
N Lyon to Leach, On the pads, Leach works it to leg slip.

Nathan Lyon is back! His figures 25-9-50-2.

77.6
1
Starc to Leach, Excellently bowled and it is played even better! A yorker, an inswinging one on off. Leach gets his bat down in time and jams it out towards mid on for one.
77.5
0
M Starc to Leach, A short one on middle, Leach gets on top of the bounce and keeps it out.
77.4
0
M Starc to Leach, Goes very full and on off, Leach watches it and strokes it to mid off.
77.3
0
M Starc to Leach, Beaten again! This is outside off again. Leach hangs his bat out and gets beaten.
77.2
0
M Starc to Leach, BEATEN! This one goes straight on after pitching on a length and outside off. Leach plays inside the line and gets beaten.

Santra The Orange - 'England should change the profile of Jack Leach. Left-arm spinner who can bat? Naah.... proper left-handed batsman who can bowl part-timers!' @STO - Wow. That is a bit harsh, isn't it mate?

77.1
0
M Starc to Leach, Cut him into half there! This is shorter and outside off, it jags back in sharply. Goes between the bat and the body of Leach.

Mitchell Starc is back into the attack. Can he finish it off for the visitors? His numbers so far, 12-1-36-1.

76.6
3
J Hazlewood to Leach, Too straight, Leach works it through mid-wicket and takes three. He keeps strike for the next over. Australia won't mind the three.
76.5
0
J Hazlewood to Leach, BEATEN! This is fuller and outside off, Leach looks to push at it but gets beaten.
76.4
1
J Hazlewood to Overton, This is angled into the pads, Overton works it around the corner for one.
76.3
0
J Hazlewood to Overton, Good length and on off, Overton defends it.
76.2
0
J Hazlewood to C Overton, Edged but short! Fuller and around off, Overton looks to drive but gets an outside edge which goes on the bounce to the second slip fielder. All of a sudden Overton seems to be struggling.
76.1
0
J Hazlewood to Overton, NOT OUT! FOUR LEG BYES! It indeed is missing leg! Excellent decision by Erasmus. Australia lose one of their reviews. Hazlewood bowls a corker of a yorker. It starts on off and it tails back in. Overton is late in bringing his bat down. The ball goes off the pads and down to the fine leg fence. The Australian players put in a loud appeal in the meantime but it is turned down. Marnus Labuschagne at short leg is extremely confident and indicates to Paine that there is no bat involved and wants it to be reviewed. Paine looks at him, then the bowler and does review. First, the Ultra Edge is checked. No bat. But where is Ball Tracker? Coming, coming, coming, coming, after a full whole minute, it arrives! Impact in line, but missing leg.

Review time! An appeal for an LBW has been turned down. Labuschagne is adamant it is off the pad and not the bat. He feels it is out and Paine reviews. Marnus is right, there is no bat. Looks to be slipping down leg.

75.6
0
N Lyon to Leach, Flatter ball on middle, blocked off the front foot this time.

175 balls left. 2 wickets needed. Jack Leach comes in now.

75.5
0
N Lyon to Archer, OUT! LBW! That's unlucky as long as Archer and England are concerned. Lyon pitches this around off on the rough. The ball has been bouncing high off those roughs but this time it keeps very low. Archer can't do anything about this. He is hit dead on the pads, in front of the stumps. Lyon and Australia appeal. The umpire agrees. Lyon and Australia celebrate. Archer thinks of the review but Overton suggests not to go for it. Archer walks back with a wry smile. Nothing he could've done about this one. Probably not worth reviewing at all. This was a grubber. Barely bounced. What does Ball Tracker show? Impact umpire's call but the ball crashing into the stumps. Review would have been retained but Jofra would have still been out. Just two wickets away are the Australians from retaining the Ashes.
75.4
0
N Lyon to Archer, This time a solid block from Archer.
75.3
0
N Lyon to Archer, Flatter ball on middle, Jofra comes forward to block but the ball goes off the inside edge towards the leg gully, just short.
75.2
0
N Lyon to Archer, Flighted ball on middle, Archer pushes it back to the bowler.

Australia on the attack here! One more man comes in as a close-in catcher. No square leg now. Will this tempt Archer to play the slog sweep?

75.1
0
N Lyon to Archer, Flatter one, pitched on a rough and bounces. Archer looks to fend it off but the ball gets high on him and balloons towards the short leg fielder.
74.6
1
J Hazlewood to Archer, Shorter and outside off, Archer guides it towards gully for one.
74.5
0
J Hazlewood to Archer, Outside off, it is left alone.
74.4
0
J Hazlewood to Archer, Archer almost kicked the ball onto the stumps. Would have been a comedy of errors. This is on a good length and around off, it comes back in late. Archer looks to defend but misses to get hit on the pads. The ball falls behind him and ahead of the stumps. Archer looks to kick it away but ends up kicking it on his other leg. The ball then rolls back once again but away from the stumps.
74.3
0
J Hazlewood to Archer, Good length and on middle, this is kept out.

Jofra Archer is the new man in. Can he resist along with Overton to help England draw this one.

74.2
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, OUT! TIMBER! Nelson strikes for England. He is dismissed on the 111th ball. Is this the Ashes for Australia? They have got the last recognized batsman. A gritty partnership and a gritty knock by Buttler comes to an end. Josh Hazlewood gets the breakthrough. Once again, Australia strike early after the break. Not sure what happened to Buttler there? He has been leaving the ball brilliantly till now. This time though maybe he misreads the length. Josh bowls this very full and it starts just outside off. Comes back in, Buttler shoulders arms to this one. The ball though crashes into the off pole. It turns out to be a bad leave. Buttler is distraught. Australia are ecstatic. Pin-drop silence here. 3 wickets away now are the visitors.
74.1
1
J Hazlewood to Overton, Goes short and on the body, it is pulled down to fine leg for one. Australia on the attack here, a short leg, a silly point and a leg gully in place.
73.6
0
N Lyon to Buttler, One more dot to end! This is on middle, Buttler works it to short fine leg.
73.5
0
N Lyon to Buttler, Nicely played! Tossed up outside off, it turns back into Buttler and there is extra bounce too. Buttler does well to play it with soft hands on the leg side.
73.4
1
N Lyon to Overton, A single now as this is worked wide of the fielder at mid-wicket.
73.3
0
N Lyon to Overton, Slightly shorter and on middle, Overton works it to mid-wicket. The fielder fumbles but no runs taken.
73.2
0
N Lyon to Overton, Loopy ball on off, Overton lunges and keeps it out.
73.1
0
N Lyon to Overton, Flatter and on middle, it spins down. Overton lets it be.
72.6
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, This is angled into the batter, it is worked to mid-wicket.
72.5
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, Good length and on off, Buttler guides it to point.
72.4
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, Slightly shorter, does not bounce a lot. Buttler evades it.
72.3
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, Outside off again, the batter need not play at those.
72.2
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, This is angled into the batter, it lands and then shapes away a long way. Buttler ends up playing inside the line and gets beaten.
72.1
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, Just outside off, Buttler knows where his off stump is and lets it be.
71.6
0
N Lyon to Overton, Quicker one on the pads, Overton works it down the leg side.
71.5
0
N Lyon to Overton, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
71.4
0
N Lyon to Overton, Quicker one on middle, worked down the leg side.
71.3
0
N Lyon to Overton, Flatter one outside off, Overton lets it go to the keeper.
71.2
0
N Lyon to Overton, Another solid block from Overton on the off side. This one bounced off the surface from off stump line.
71.1
0
N Lyon to Overton, Flatter and fuller, kept low as well. Blocked nicely by Overton.
70.6
4
J Hazlewood to Buttler, EDGY FOUR! Fuller ball, Buttler goes for the drive but gets an outside edge. The ball flies wide of the slip cordon and to the third man fence.
70.5
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, Good length ball outside off, Buttler wanted to play but after seeing the shape away, didn't play.
70.4
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, Another back of length ball but goes down the leg side.
70.3
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, Bumper outside off, Buttler sways away from it.
70.2
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, Fuller again, blocked nicely off the front foot.
70.1
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, Fuller outside off, Buttler blocks it well.

Josh Hazlewood to start from the other end. 14-5-22-0 so far.

69.6
0
N Lyon to Overton, This is quicker one on the pads, Overton looked to tickle it fine but misses. The ball lobs off the pads towards Warner at leg slip, he catches it but no appeal from the Australians this time.
69.5
0
N Lyon to Overton, Flatter this time, pushed towards mid-wicket.
69.4
0
N Lyon to Overton, Slightly shorter, worked towards the leg side.
69.3
0
N Lyon to Overton, Flatter this time, blocked off the back foot.
69.2
0
N Lyon to Overton, Fuller this time, Overton looks to drive but is hit on the pads and the ball lobs wide of the silly point fielder.
69.1
0
N Lyon to Overton, Australia celebrate and with such confidence. Dharmsena says no instantly. The Australian celebration ends. Lyon pitches it on middle and gets it to bounce sharply. The ball hits on the abdomen of Overton and lobs straight to the short leg fielder who pouches it and celebrates. Australia do not opt for the review as they probably knew there was no bat involved. They tried to put pressure on the umpire but that didn't work. A top decision.

The Australian players walk out to the middle one final time for this Test. Can they dislodge the remaining four wickets? Jos Buttler and Craig Overton follow them as well. 11 overs for the second new ball. Paine would be desperate to get that. How will he operate the bowlers then? Well, Lyon to start the proceedings for them.

... Day 5, Session 3 ...

Post Tea, England would hope that these two continue the fight and take the game as deep as possible. They have Stuart Broad, who has a century to his name and Jack Leach, the man who helped them win the last game waiting in the pavilion and they can battle too, IF needed. The visitors, on the other hand, they would be desperate to break this partnership and then take the remaining wickets to retain the urn. Looks like we are gonna go right down to the wire, as at Lord's. Join us back at 4.30 pm local (1530 GMT). 36 overs left.

Australia got rid of Joe Denly quickly after Lunch but Bairstow along with Buttler added 45 between them to frustrate the visitors. Starc broke that stand but none of the bowlers have managed to breach the Buttler-Overton one. There were a couple of close calls, especially Overton being adjudged LBW, only to be overturned on review. Nothing much is happening with this soft ball and when happening, the batsmen have been able to survive.

95 balls. That is the number of balls faced by Buttler and Overton for the 7th wicket so far. Many would have been imagining all the Aussies in the dressing room, putting their feet up and drinking champagne, to celebrate their retention of the urn. But no. It has been England's session. They would believe that they can draw this one now.

68.6
0
M Labuschagne to Buttler, This is tossed up outside off, Buttler does not play at it. THAT IS TEA ON DAY 5!
68.5
0
M Labuschagne to Buttler, A googly on off, defended. One ball to go for Lunch.
68.4
1
M Labuschagne to Overton, One more short one on off, it is whipped through mid-wicket for one.
68.3
0
M Labuschagne to Overton, Loud, loud shot! Not given again! This is a lovely delivery. It lands around middle and leg. It pitches and turns away. The batter looks to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. A huge appeal but the umpire shakes his head. The bowler, the skipper and Smith have a chat but then don't review. Rightly so as Ball Tracker shows it to be going over.
68.2
0
M Labuschagne to Overton, One more short ball on off, it turns away. It is left alone.
68.1
1
M Labuschagne to Jos Buttler, Very short and on middle, Buttler goes back and pulls it towards deep mid-wicket for one.

Marnus Labuschagne is back on.

67.6
0
N Lyon to Overton, Nicely played! This is bowled outside off, Overton goes back and works it with the turn to short leg. Three maidens in a row.
67.5
0
N Lyon to Overton, On middle, Overton goes right back and works it on the leg side.
67.4
0
N Lyon to Overton, Floats it up on off, Overton manages to keep it out again.
67.3
0
N Lyon to Overton, Flighted ball on off, Overton once again manages to block it.
67.2
0
N Lyon to Overton, Floats it up on off, it is kept out.
67.1
0
N Lyon to Overton, Outside off and it is in the rough. It comes back in sharply but not enough to make the batter play.
66.6
0
M Starc to Buttler, On off, Buttler defends it solidly.
66.5
0
M Starc to Buttler, One more delivery outside off, it is left alone.
66.4
0
M Starc to Jos Buttler, Takes this one away too and it is fuller on off, Buttler hits it to mid off.
66.3
0
M Starc to Buttler, A short one and on middle, Buttler ducks under it. Starc had the shiny part inside, not sure why he bowled it short. He could have got this one shaping back in after taking the last two away.
66.2
0
M Starc to Buttler, Does go full this time, Buttler looks to drive but mistimes it to mid off.
66.1
0
M Starc to Buttler, Left on length again! Shorter and on off, Buttler shoulders arms to this one. Starc needs to go fuller.
65.6
0
N Lyon to Overton, A dot to end! Shorter and on middle, Overton goes back and looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
65.5
0
N Lyon to Overton, Shorter and outside off, Overton initially looks to hit it through the off side but then seeing the turn back in, works it on the leg side.
65.4
0
N Lyon to Overton, Fuller and on middle, it is worked to mid-wicket.
65.3
0
N Lyon to Overton, A huge appeal from Lyon but not given! This is landed outside off, it turns back in. Overton looks to flick but there seems to be an inside edge onto the pads. It lands short of the diving short leg fielder. Lyon makes a huge shout for an LBW but it is turned down. Warner at leg slip signals there was bat.
65.2
0
N Lyon to Overton, Tosses it up on off, it is kept out.
65.1
0
N Lyon to Overton, Nicely played in the end! This is flatter and outside off, it stays low. Overton gets his bat down in time and works it to short fine leg.

Nathan Lyon is back into the attack. 19-4-49-1 so far. Australia need him to step up.

64.6
0
M Starc to Buttler, One more length ball outside off, Buttler does not fiddle with it.
64.5
0
M Starc to Buttler, Outside off, Buttler is in no mood to play at those.
64.4
4
M Starc to Buttler, FOUR! Gets it in the gap this time! Nicely played. This is fuller and outside off, Buttler waits for it and then just opens the face of the bat. Guides it through point and it races away.
64.3
0
M Starc to Buttler, Another fuller delivery around off, Buttler leans into it and strokes it to covers. A good shot but for no runs.
64.2
0
M Starc to Buttler, Shorter and outside off, it is left alone.
64.1
0
M Starc to Buttler, Good length and around off, Buttler opens the face of the bat and guides it to point.

Mitchell Starc is back! 10-0-32-1 so far. The ball is reversing but Starc needs to land it in the right areas. If he does, this could be over pretty soon. If he doesn't, Australia could be in for a long, long haul. Because all their seamers are tiring.

63.6
0
J Hazlewood to Overton, Fuller outside off, blocked easily towards mid on.
63.5
0
J Hazlewood to Overton, Going down the leg side this time as Overton looks to flick. He can not get bat on ball as Paine moves to his left to pouch this one. A muted appeal from behind the wicket but nothing from the bowler.
63.4
4
J Hazlewood to C Overton, FOUR! Brilliantly done! Length ball outside off, Overton leans into the drive and drills this through the covers for a boundary.
63.3
0
J Hazlewood to Overton, Bumper this time. Overton ducks under it.
63.2
0
J Hazlewood to Overton, Fuller ball on off this time, Overton drives it straight to the bowler.
63.1
1
J Hazlewood to Buttler, Fuller on middle, worked towards mid-wicket for a run.
62.6
2
Pat Cummins to Overton, A couple to end! This is worked through square leg for two.
62.5
0
Pat Cummins to Overton, NOT OUT! The impact is outside the line of off stump! There was also a doubt if there was bat involved. In the end, the important thing for England is, Overton survives. Their fans and their pavilion will breathe a big sigh of relief. However, brilliant from Cummins. He once again sets the batter up nicely. After a couple of outswingers, he gets this one to come back in a long way from outside off. Overton seems to have missed it and gets hit on the pads. A huge appeal and up goes the finger. Overton signals the 'T' and straightaway says that he has hit that. A huge cheer as the crowd sees the first replay as it seems there is an inside edge. The umpire is not sure as the bat also hits the pad before. Several replays are seen and then, the third umpire is confused and does not have enough evidence to overturn the decision. Time for the Ball Tracker now which shows the impact to be outside off. Once again a huge cheer by the crowd.

Overton is a goner! He reviews. He also indicates there is some bat. So it might just be overturned. Judging by the first replay, there seems to be an inside edge. The third umpire is taking a lot of time. Has the ball hit the bat? Or has the bat hit the pad alone? Looks very close. To the naked eye, it looks like the ball has hit the pad. But when Ultra Edge is shown, it is not conclusive. The third umpire is not sure and proceeds to Ball Tracker. Impact outside off and Overton survives!

62.4
0
Pat Cummins to Overton, Attacks the off pole again, Overton is solid in defense.
62.3
0
Pat Cummins to Overton, A sharp short one, Overton ducks under it nicely.
62.2
0
Pat Cummins to Overton, One more length ball on off, CO pushes it nicely to mid off.
62.1
0
Pat Cummins to Overton, This is on off and it comes back in. Overton works it to square leg.
61.6
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, Fuller around off, Buttler solidly pushes it towards cover.
61.5
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, Swing there but this is too wide for the batter to play. Buttler is not interested.
61.4
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, Bouncer around off, Buttler sways away from it.
61.3
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, In the channel on a good length, Buttler does not fiddle with it.
61.2
1
J Hazlewood to Overton, Good length ball around off, Overton pushes it towards cover and gets off strike.
61.1
0
J Hazlewood to Overton, Fuller and on off, Overton strokes it to mid off.

Josh Hazlewood is back into the attack. His numbers so far, 10-4-12-0.

60.6
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, On off, Buttler blocks it out.
60.5
0
Cummins to Buttler, Howzzat? The answer to that question is not out. Top stuff though from Cummins. He kept taking it out and now gets it in and a long way. The length is also fuller. Buttler is surprised by it and gets hit on the pads. An appeal but it is turned down. Going down leg.
60.4
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, This is angled into the batter, Buttler pushes it to mid on.
60.3
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Outside off, Buttler makes a leave.
60.2
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Just short! Shortish and on off, there is extra bounce on this one. Buttler looks to defend but does not get on top of the bounce. It goes off the outside edge but lands short of the third slip fielder. He makes a good stop diving to his left.
60.1
2
Pat Cummins to Buttler, On the fuller side around off, Buttler looks to defend but it goes off the outer half through backward point for two.
59.6
0
N Lyon to Overton, Flatter one on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
59.5
0
N Lyon to Overton, FOUR BYES! That misses everthing and Paine can't gather that either. A good ball, pitched on off. Overton looks to drive but it sneaks through the bat and through the legs of Paine to the fine leg fence. The boundary brings 150 up for the hosts.
59.4
0
N Lyon to Overton, Flighted one on middle, blocked towards mid on this time.
59.3
0
N Lyon to Overton, Shorter one this time, fended off by Overton towards the leg side this time.
59.2
0
N Lyon to Overton, Fuller again on off, pushed towards the off side.
59.1
0
N Lyon to Overton, Fuller one on middle, pushed back to the bowler by Overton.
58.6
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, And again! One more ball on a length and around off, it straightens after pitching. Whizzes past the outside edge as Buttler tries to defend. End of an outstanding over. The important thing is, Buttler survives and also, not a lot he could with those deliveries. Just needs to get it out of his mind.
58.5
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, That is another lovely nut! Whizzes past the outside edge again. Cummins goes wide of the crease and angles it into the batter. Buttler is drawn into a defensive stroke. The ball though shapes away and goes past the outside edge.
58.4
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Gets this one back in now but it is a touch shorter. Buttler leaves it on length.
58.3
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, BEATEN! Another top nut. The changed ball is really talking. This starts on off, pitches and then moves away. Jos tries to block it but gets beaten.
58.2
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Shorter and on off, Buttler looks to defend at first but then tries to bail out. Too late as it goes off the bottom half but on the bounce to the third slip fielder.
58.1
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, That is unplayable! That went away like a leg spinner. It is on a length and around off, it pitches and moves away sharply. Buttler tries to defend but is beaten, by a long way though.
57.6
0
N Lyon to Overton, A huge appeal but not given! This is floated up outside off, it turns back in. Overton gets his pad out of the line of off and tries to defend but misses to get hit on it.
57.5
1
N Lyon to Buttler, That stayed low but nicely played! This is on off, it stays very low. Buttler gets his bat down in time and works it through square leg for one.
57.4
1
N Lyon to Overton, Quicker and on middle, this is worked through square leg for one.
57.3
0
N Lyon to Overton, That lobs to short leg but it is off the pads. It lands around off and then turns back in. Overton looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
57.2
1
N Lyon to Buttler, Flatter and on off, Buttler goes right back and works it with the turn towards backward square leg for one.
57.1
1
N Lyon to Overton, Shorter and on middle, Overton works it through square leg and gets Buttler on strike.

The ball is being checked and it does not pass through the 8-ball gauge which means time for it be changed. Out come the boxes. One is chosen and on we go. Also, Nathan Lyon is brought back on. Change of ends for him.

56.6
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, A length ball outside off to end. Buttler lets it go. This is really been a watchful innings by Buttler.
56.5
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Crisp drive! Very full and on off, Jos creams it but to mid off.
56.4
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, This is angled into the stumps, Jos defends it back towards the bowler.
56.3
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Good length and outside off, it is left alone.
56.2
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, On the fuller side on off, Buttler punches it past the bowler. Bancroft the sub at mid off dives to his right and makes a good stop.
56.1
1
Pat Cummins to Overton, This is fuller and on off, it tails back in. Overton gets his front leg out of the way and works it down to fine leg for one.

Pat Cummins is back on now! He has four till now and been their best bowler in this innings. He would look to add to his wicket-tally.

Interesting thoughts from Michael Atherton on air. He observes that Starc has been more successful when he has hit the length, rather than going for the yorker. Examples can be seen from the Bairstow dismissals in both innings.

55.6
0
M Starc to Buttler, A leave to end as Starc bowls it outside off.
55.5
0
M Starc to Buttler, Well bowled! This is on a length and around middle, stays a touch low. Buttler does well to keep it out.
55.4
2
M Starc to Buttler, A couple! Fuller and on off, Buttler strokes it through cover-point for two.
55.3
0
M Starc to Buttler, A yorker outside off, Buttler jams it out to point.

Buttler pulls out as Starc was steaming in. The bowler needs to reload.

55.2
0
M Starc to Buttler, One more delivery outside off, Buttler does not fiddle with it.
55.1
0
M Starc to Buttler, Outside off, it is left alone.
54.6
0
N Lyon to Overton, A shorter delivery to end on middle, Overton works it to mid-wicket.
54.5
0
N Lyon to Overton, Nicely bowled! This is slower and it is tossed up outside off, Overton lunges and tries to defend but it goes off the inner half wide of short leg.
54.4
0
N Lyon to Overton, Flatter and outside off, Overton goes back and keeps it out.
54.3
0
N Lyon to Overton, Another one is worked to the mid-wicket region.
54.2
0
N Lyon to Overton, Floats it up on off, it is kept out.
54.1
0
N Lyon to Overton, On middle, it is worked to mid-wicket.

Nathan Lyon is back into the attack! His figures so far 16-2-45-1.

53.6
0
M Starc to Buttler, Around off, defended back to the bowler.
53.5
0
M Starc to Buttler, Outside off, left alone.
53.4
0
M Starc to Buttler, Landed outside off, left alone.
53.3
1
M Starc to C Overton, This is edged but played with soft hands. Hence, goes down to ground. Full and outside off, swinging away, Craig looks to drive but the ball goes off the outside edge, onto the ground and towards second slip who misfields and allows a single.
53.2
0
M Starc to Overton, That was on target as well. Full and just around off, stays low a touch, Overton gets down to keep it out.

Craig Overton walks in now, at number 8, replacing Bairstow, as Australia get into the bowlers. Or bowling all-rounders. Overton was the night watchman in the first innings.

53.1
0
Starc to Bairstow, OUT! LBW! Jonny Bairstow has to walk back. Starc strikes first ball after Drinks. How often do we see a wicket after the break! Beauty from him to wrap him in front of the stumps. Height was the only issue which could've had saved him but no, the Ball Tracker rolls in to show that the the ball is clipping the stumps. It was pitched on a good length and came back in sharply. Bairstow wanted to work it down the leg side but was hit flush on the pads. A huge appeal follows and umpire Dharmasena agrees with the Aussies. Bairstow though sends it upstairs after having a look at Buttler at the non-striker's end but he has to walk back. Second time Starc gets him in his Test and the 8th overall - most by any bowler against Jonny.

Starc takes out Bairstow again! LBW this time! Or is it? Review time... hit on the knee roll... here comes Ball Tracker. Umpire's call!

DRINKS! Australia got the wicket of Joe Denly early in the first hour of the second session but since then Jonny Bairstow along with Jos Buttler have done well to add 45 runs between them. Apart from that one wicket, the Australian bowling has not been good as they have been either too short or too straight. What's in the store for the next hour in this extended session? Change of ends for Starc after Drinks.

52.6
3
M Labuschagne to Bairstow, Misfield! Labuschagne comes from around the wicket to land it in the rough. He ends up bowling a full toss which Jonny works it through mid-wicket. Head in the deep gets to the ball but misfields and an extra run is taken. Three in total.
52.5
1
M Labuschagne to Buttler, A little too short, Buttler works it behind square on the leg side for one. These two are going along well here. Actually, it was an inside edge onto the pads and not right off the middle.
52.4
0
M Labuschagne to Buttler, Loopy ball around the pads, it is worked to the man at mid on.
52.3
0
M Labuschagne to Buttler, Flatter and outside off, Buttler lets it be.
52.2
0
M Labuschagne to Buttler, On middle. JB keeps it out.
52.1
0
M Labuschagne to Buttler, A full toss but Buttler misses out. He smashes it but straight back to the bowler.

Change of ends for Marnus Labuschagne.

51.6
0
T Head to Bairstow, This is wider outside off, it turns back in but not enough to make the batter play.
51.5
0
T Head to Bairstow, This is given a lot more air and the length is fuller around off. Bairstow defends it, off the front foot.
51.4
0
T Head to Bairstow, One more ball to which JB goes back and works it to short fine leg.
51.3
0
T Head to Bairstow, Loopy ball on off, JB flicks it with the turn to the leg side.
51.2
0
T Head to Bairstow, A little too straight, it is worked to the fielder at short fine leg.
51.1
0
T Head to Bairstow, Slower through the air outside off, Bairstow goes back and pushes it back to the bowler.

Travis Head is on now! Just the one over for Labuschagne.

50.6
0
M Starc to Buttler, Better! This is on a length and around off, Buttler is solid in defense.
50.5
0
M Starc to Buttler, Too short! Buttler guides it to point. Starc has been a touch short in this spell. He needs to get it up there.

Looking at Marnus Labuschagne, David Gower just remembers the era of the 70s and the 80s, while discussing with Michael Atherton. He recounts that while touring the country Down Under, almost every state had a leg spinner. As a batsman, you needed to adjust pretty quickly. Talk about that around 40 years later, there is hardly any leggie to talk about...

50.4
0
M Starc to Buttler, Slightly fuller than the last ball. Buttler pushes it to covers.
50.3
0
M Starc to Buttler, Short again, Buttler easily goes back and keeps it out.
50.2
0
M Starc to Buttler, Way too wide outside off, the batter need not play at those.
50.1
1
M Starc to Bairstow, A little too short and a little too straight, Bairstow works it through mid-wicket for one.
49.6
0
M Labuschagne to Buttler, A good nut to end! On middle, Buttler defends it outside the line. It goes off the inner half to the right of the bowler. Two good deliveries to end by ML.
49.5
0
M Labuschagne to Buttler, Good line and length! It is landed on middle, it turns away. Buttler gets right behind the line and keeps it out.
49.4
1
M Labuschagne to Bairstow, Another one which is a touch short. Bairstow this time goes back and pushes it through covers for one.
49.3
1
M Labuschagne to Buttler, Shorter again and on off, Buttler pushes it through covers for one.
49.2
0
M Labuschagne to Buttler, Big turn there! Tosses this one up outside off, Buttler shoulders arms to it as it turns away.
49.1
1
M Labuschagne to Bairstow, Flatter and on off, Bairstow guides it through point and gets to the other end.

Marnus Labuschagne is on now!

48.6
3
M Starc to Bairstow, Three to end the over! Easy for Bairstow. It is full and on the pads, Bairstow works it through mid-wicket. The sweeper runs to his left and stops it. Three taken.
48.5
0
M Starc to Bairstow, Shorter in length and on middle, Bairstow stands tall and pushes it to mid on.
48.4
0
M Starc to Bairstow, Better! This is angled into the stumps, JB keeps it out. Starc not getting the ball to do a lot till now.
48.3
0
M Starc to Bairstow, Shorter but down the leg side, Bairstow looks to flick but misses. Paine dives to his left and takes it nicely.
48.2
0
M Starc to Bairstow, Goes fuller this time but no swing visible. It is outside off, left alone.
48.1
0
M Starc to Bairstow, Starts off with a short ball so does not give the ball much time to do its bit. Bairstow ducks under it.

Mitchell Starc is back on now! The other pacers did get the ball to reverse. Can he do so? If he can, he can be handy.

47.6
0
N Lyon to Jos Buttler, Another one which is very full, Buttler flicks it to mid on. 9 from the over.
47.5
4
N Lyon to Buttler, FOUR! Lovely use of the wrists! Also, there is minimal risk in that shot as it was with the turn. On middle and it is fuller. Buttler whips it through mid-wicket and the ball races away to the fence.
47.4
1
N Lyon to Bairstow, Very full and on middle, this is worked through square leg for one.
47.3
0
N Lyon to Bairstow, Flatter and on off, Jonny defends it out.
47.2
4
N Lyon to J Bairstow, FOUR! Too full and it is put away! Full and on off, Bairstow leans into it and strokes it down to the long off fence.
47.1
0
N Lyon to Bairstow, Quicker and on off, Bairstow flicks but can't get past short leg.
46.6
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, One more ball outside off, Buttler shoulders arms to this one.
46.5
1
J Hazlewood to Bairstow, A little too straight, it is worked wide of mid on for one.
46.4
0
J Hazlewood to Bairstow, This starts on off and it comes back in. Bairstow looks to defend but it goes off the inner half towards square leg.
46.3
0
J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Attacks the stumps once again, Bairstow is solid in defense.
46.2
0
J Hazlewood to Bairstow, One more on a length and around off, Bairstow goes back and keeps it out.
46.1
0
J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Back of a length on off, Jonny stands tall and pushes it to covers.

Halt in play as Paine needs to go to the washroom! He is done and he rushes onto the field now.

45.6
0
N Lyon to Buttler, Floats it up and on off, Buttler goes back and keeps it onto the ground. He went back to a pretty full delivery there but that is how he has been playing Lyon throughout the series.
45.5
0
N Lyon to Buttler, On middle, Buttler works it to short fine leg for no runs.
45.4
0
N Lyon to Buttler, Very full outside off, Buttler defends it out.
45.3
1
N Lyon to Bairstow, Outside off, JB looks to play it late, it goes off the outer half towards short third man for one.
45.2
0
N Lyon to Bairstow, On off, Bairstow goes back and keeps it out.
45.1
0
N Lyon to Bairstow, Flatter and outside off, it spins back in again. Bairstow goes back and tries to defend but misses to get hit high on the pads.
44.6
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, Fuller ball but outside off, Buttler doesn't play at it.
44.5
0
J Hazlewood to Jos Buttler, Fuller ball this time, negotiated easily by Buttler.
44.4
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, Good leave that one as Buttler trusted the length. The ball pitches outside off and comes back in sharply. Buttler shoulders arms and watches it go over the stumps.
44.3
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, Another one angled into the batter. Another solid block from Buttler.
44.2
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, Good length ball which is angled into the batter, Buttler blocks it well.
44.1
0
J Hazlewood to Buttler, Shortish ball on middle, tucked towards the leg side.

Josh Hazlewood into the attack now!

Amit The Mastermind - 'Dear Garry, please keep your lengths a bit fuller. With these short stuff, you are taking LBW out of contention totally.'

43.6
1
N Lyon to Buttler, This lands on off but then turns back in. Buttler works it around the corner for one.
43.5
0
N Lyon to Bairstow, Changes the angle and bowls it from around the wicket. It is down the leg side, Paine fails to collect it and it goes down towards fine leg. A bye is taken.
43.4
1
N Lyon to Buttler, One more single! This time Buttler goes right back and works it behind square for one.
43.3
1
N Lyon to Bairstow, A single now as Jonny works it through square leg and gets to the other end.
43.2
3
N Lyon to Buttler, Nicely played! This is floated up outside off, Buttler gets his front leg to the pitch of the ball and then strokes it through covers for three. Just a mere push there.
43.1
1
N Lyon to Bairstow, On middle, Bairstow works it with the turn through mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
42.6
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Another length ball on off to end the over. Buttler goes back and keeps it out.
42.5
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Slightly fuller this time and it shapes back in. Buttler looks to defend but it goes off the inner half towards mid on.
42.4
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, That kept a bit low! On middle and it stays a touch low. Buttler looks to defend but it goes off the bottom part towards mid-wicket.
42.3
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Good length delivery outside off, Buttler does not play at it.
42.2
1
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, A little too straight this time from wide of the crease. Jonny nudges it through backward square leg and gets to the other end.
42.1
2
Pat Cummins to J Bairstow, Shorter in length and around off, Bairstow guides it behind point and takes two.
41.6
0
N Lyon to Buttler, Down the leg side, it is left alone.
41.5
0
N Lyon to Buttler, Another one which lands outside off and turns back in. Buttler looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
41.4
0
N Lyon to Buttler, Down the leg side, Buttler lets it be.
41.3
0
N Lyon to Buttler, Very full and on off, Buttler strokes it to mid off.
41.2
0
N Lyon to Buttler, This is flatter again outside off, it turns back in. Buttler goes back and tries to defend but misses to get hit high on the pads.
41.1
1
N Lyon to Bairstow, Flatter and quicker on the pads, it is worked through square leg for one.
40.6
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Beaten! A superb nut to finish the over. Pitched on middle on a length and shapes away to go past the outside edge.
40.5
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, FOUR BYES! Bumper but too high as Buttler ducks. Even Paine can't do much as it flies over him towards the fine leg fence.
40.4
2
Pat Cummins to Buttler, On the pads this time, clipped towards square leg for a couple. It brings 100 up for England and it gets huge cheer from the English supporters.
40.3
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Shortish ball outside off this time, Buttler shoulders arms.
40.2
4
Pat Cummins to Jos Buttler, EDGY FOUR! Goes slightly fuller around off, Buttler looks to push it towards the off side but the ball takes the outside edge and goes wide of the slip cordon to the third man fence.
40.1
0
Pat Cummins to Buttler, Good length ball angled into the batter, Buttler hops and pushes it towards mid on.
39.6
1
N Lyon to Buttler, Flighted ball outside off, it turns back in. Buttler tries to defend but it goes off the inner half through square leg for one. He is off the mark.
39.5
0
N Lyon to Jos Buttler, Very full this time, Buttler strokes it to mid on.
39.4
0
N Lyon to Buttler, Good ball again! Flatter and outside off, this one too turns back in. Buttler looks to flick but misses to get hit high on the pads.
39.3
0
N Lyon to Buttler, Good follow-up delivery after the wicket ball. This is floated outside off, it turns back in sharply. Buttler lets it be.

Birthday boy, Jos Buttler is the next man in for England.

39.2
0
N Lyon to Joe Denly, OUT! Finally, finally, Nathan Lyon gets a wicket. It is of the well set Denly and England now have half the side back in the hut. Denly once again falls shortly after getting to his half ton. This is an excellent delivery though. Turn, bounce, it had everything. It lands outside off and spins back in sharply. There is a lot of bounce on it. Denly goes back and tries to defend but the ball hits the handle and lobs towards short leg where Labuschagne takes a dolly. Early wicket for Australia after the break. Also, the visitors will hope, that wicket works wonders for Lyon.
39.1
1
N Lyon to Bairstow, On middle, it is worked through square leg for one.
38.6
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, OHHH! One more length ball around off, this one pitches and comes back in. Denly looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
38.5
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, One more short ball on middle, Denly ducks under it again.
38.4
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, A sharp bumper, Denly ducks under it.
38.3
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, One more back of a length ball on middle, Denly stays back and keeps it out.
38.2
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, Back of a length and on off, Joe defends it out.
38.1
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, Fuller and on middle, it is hit back to the bowler.
37.6
0
N Lyon to Bairstow, On the pads this time, nudged towards fine leg by Jonny.
37.5
0
N Lyon to Bairstow, Just short of the short leg fielder. That shoot off the surface after pitching. Bairstow wanted to work it fine down the leg side but extra bounce means he tries to fend off towards the leg side. It lobs but falls just short of Marnus Labuschagne at short leg.
37.4
0
N Lyon to Bairstow, Flatter one on off this time, another solid block from Bairstow.
37.3
0
N Lyon to Bairstow, Goes full and straight this time, blocked easily.
37.2
0
N Lyon to Bairstow, Fuller around off. Lyon aiming to rough outside off of the batsman. But this is too wide.
37.1
0
N Lyon to Bairstow, Floated around off, pushed towards point by Jonny.
36.6
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, Good nut to end! Just outside off, Denly is not sure whether to play at it or not. He tries to leave it in the end but it goes off the bottom part towards gully.
36.5
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, OHHH! Back of a length and on off, Denly looks to play it late but gets a bottom edge onto the pads.
36.4
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, Shorter and on the body, does not bounce a lot. Denly looks to duck but is hit on the body.
36.3
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, Back of a length on off, it is guided to point.
36.2
4
Pat Cummins to Denly, FOUR! Fifty for Denly! Excellent innings from him. He gets there with a delightful stroke. He creams this full delivery on off through mid off and it races away. He needs to make it big here, he just can't relax. It is his third in Tests.
36.1
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, Fullish and on off, Denly strokes it to mid off.
35.6
0
N Lyon to Bairstow, A little too straight again, Bairstow clips it to short leg.
35.5
0
N Lyon to Bairstow, On middle, it is worked to mid-wicket.
35.4
1
N Lyon to Denly, On middle and it is too short. Denly works it through square leg for one.
35.3
0
N Lyon to Denly, Very full on off, it is worked to mid on.
35.2
0
N Lyon to Denly, Denly comes down the track and works it to short fine leg for no runs.
35.1
0
N Lyon to Denly, On middle and turning away. Denly looks to flick but misses.

Nathan Lyon to share the attack with Cummins post Lunch. He is still in search of his first wicket of the match.

34.6
0
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, One more ball outside off, it is left alone. A maiden to begin with by Cummins.
34.5
0
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Outside off, the batter does not play at it.
34.4
0
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Very full around off, Bairstow strokes it to mid off.
34.3
0
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Another good ball! This is on off and it comes back in again. Bairstow looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
34.2
0
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Goes very full and on middle, it is hit down to mid on.
34.1
0
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Good start for Cummins! On a length and around off, it comes back in. JB looks to defend but misses to get hit near the stomach.

The Aussie players are out in the middle for the second session. Joe Denly and Jonny Bairstow walk out to the middle as well with a daunting task in front of them. Pat Cummins to start proceedings for the visitors post Lunch.

... Day 5, Session 2 ...

Coming to the second session, England would want to continue battling out in the middle while the visitors would want to finish this off as soon as possible to make sure that the Urn stays with them. Join us back for the second session to catch all the action.

For the visitors, it is all about one man at the moment, Pat Cummins. He took two yesterday and has two today. However, Hazlewood too is bowling well but not having the luck. Lyon is getting purchase but is not being able to hit the right lines and lengths. Starc hasn't had a lot to do as of now but he would surely have a part to play.

Australia's session in the end but it was hard work for them. England's overnight batters, Joe Denly and Jason Roy did well to negotiate the first hour of the session but Australia's bowling spearhead Pat Cummins returned for his second spell and castled Roy to end his resistance. Then came the massive moment. Stokes edged one behind and walked. We don't get to see that very often these days. He walked and with him, England's chances of staying in the game has taken a massive dive. However, Denly continues to battle out in the middle. He is nearing his half ton but he needs to make it big here and get able support from the batters coming in too.

33.6
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Denly survives but by just! Hazlewood lands this just outside off, it is bowled from wide of the crease so Denly plays at it. He is beaten as he does inside the line. LUNCH ON DAY 5!
33.5
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Nicely left! Just outside off, Denly shuffles across and shoulders arms to this one.
33.4
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, On middle, Denly pushes it to mid on.
33.3
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, That came back in a long way again! This lands outside off and jags back in. The length is shorter. Denly misses his shot and gets hit high on the thigh pad.
33.2
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, One more length ball on middle, Denly defends it off the back foot.
33.1
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Almost another one! This is on a length and around off, it stays very low. Denly gets his bat down in time and keeps it out.
32.6
0
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, An away swinger outside off, it is left alone.
32.5
2
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Bairstow is off the mark! He works it behind square and collects two.
32.4
0
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Shortish and on off, Jonny punches it to covers.
32.4
0
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, On middle, it is pushed to mid on. It is a NO BALL as Cummins has overstepped.
32.3
0
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Outside off, it is left alone.
32.2
0
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, A short one on middle, JB ducks under it.
32.1
0
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Back of a length on off, Bairstow guides it to point.
31.6
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Bumper to end the over. Denly sways away from it.
31.5
4
J Hazlewood to Denly, FOUR! Fuller ball on off, driven through covers nicely for a boundary. Denly moves to 48 with that one.
31.4
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Beaten! What a jaffa! Huge appeal as well but not given. Hazlewood pitches this around off, it tails back in to beat Denly's bat and go to Pant behind the wicket. They appeal but not given. Australia do not take the review. The Ball Tracker arrives to and shows that the impact was umpire's call. No inside edge either so can't be caught behind. A good decision from the umpire.
31.3
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Good length on off, tapped towards gully this time.
31.2
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, In the channel this time, Denly covers his stumps and lets it go to the keeper.
31.1
2
J Hazlewood to Denly, On middle stump on a good length, Denly whips it firmly through mid-wicket for a couple.

Josh Hazlewood is back!

30.6
0
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, End of a successful over. On off, it is kept out.
30.5
0
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, On the pads, it is worked to mid-wicket.
30.4
0
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, FOUR LEG BYES! This is on off again and it jags back in. Bairstow looks to defend but the ball hits the higher part of the back pad and goes between first slip and the keeper and down to the third man fence. There is an appeal from the players but nothing from the umpire.
30.3
0
Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Back of a length and on off, this is kept out.

Jonny Bairstow is the next man in for England.

30.2
0
Cummins to Stokes, OUT! Stokes walks! He is caught behind! This is a massive, massive wicket. Probably the biggest of them all as Stokes has been the man for England. Excellent sportsmanship by him though. Not many in modern day cricket walk but he does here and that too in a game which means so much. Brilliant. Brilliant by Cummins too. He is once again the man doing it for Australia. This is shortish and on off, Stokes initially looks to defend but then tries to leave it on length. Too late by then though as the ball hits the bottom part of the inside edge and goes to the right of Paine. He takes it with a dive and appeals, it is a very confident one. The umpire is unmoved but what do we see? Stokes walks. Australia are ecstatic. England in trouble now. Australia just 6 wickets away. They would hope to take another before Lunch. A rare failure for Stokes.
30.1
0
Pat Cummins to Stokes, Shorter and around middle, it is angled away. Stokes leaves it alone.
29.6
1
N Lyon to Stokes, A single to end the over! This is on the pads, it is worked through square leg for one.
29.5
0
N Lyon to Stokes, On middle, it is kept out.
29.4
0
N Lyon to Stokes, That must have hurt! Shorter and on off, Stokes goes back and pushes it but the ball hits the man at silly point.
29.3
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Loopy ball and on off, Stokes pushes it to mid off.
29.2
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Almost! Stokes misread the length there. He goes back to a delivery which he should be forward too. gets his bat down though and keeps it out.
29.1
0
N Lyon to Stokes, On middle, blocked.
28.6
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, Fuller and on off, Denly drives it to mid off.
28.5
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, Shortish and outside off, Denly looks to punch it through covers but is early in the shot. It goes off the inner half towards mid-wicket.
28.4
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, This is angled into the batter, Denly goes right back and keeps it out.
28.3
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, Shorter and on off, Joe pushes it to mid off.
28.2
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, BEATEN! Cummins goes wide of the crease and angles it just outside off. Denly plays inside the line and gets beaten.
28.1
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, Outside off, it is left alone.
27.6
0
N Lyon to Stokes, On middle, this time, Stokes gets behind the line of the ball and blunts it onto the pitch.
27.5
0
N Lyon to Stokes, On the pads, it is worked to mid-wicket.
27.4
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Quicker and on middle, Stokes blocks it easily.
27.3
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Sharp turn and bounce! Flatter and outside off, the ball pitches, spins away and also bounces. Stokes looks to defend but is beaten.
27.2
0
N Lyon to Stokes, On middle, Stokes gets right behind the line and defends it again.
27.1
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Floats it up on middle, Stokes keeps it out.
26.6
2
Pat Cummins to Denly, Nicely guided! This is just outside off, Denly opens the face of the bat and guides it through backward point for two.
26.5
4
Pat Cummins to Denly, LUCKY FOUR! This is just outside off, Denly is not sure whether to play at it or leave it. In the end he tries to leave but the ball hits the bat which is at an angle. Goes past the diving third slip fielder and into the third man fence.
26.4
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, Changes it up now and bangs it short on the body, Denly ducks under it.
26.3
0
Cummins to Denly, Goes extremely full and it is tailing back in from outside off. Denly jams it out.
26.2
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, Good length again and on off, Denly pushes it to mid off.
26.1
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, Ouch! Another good ball. This ball is shaping in nastily. It comes back from outside off and that too after landing. Denly fails to put bat and ball and is hit near the box.
25.6
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Flighted ball on middle, blocked off the front foot this time.
25.5
0
N Lyon to Stokes, Another one around off, Stokes blocks it off the back foot.
25.4
0
N Lyon to Stokes, On off and kept low. Stokes does well to block it towards the off side.
25.3
1
N Lyon to Denly, The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
25.2
0
N Lyon to Joe Denly, Dropped! A chance goes begging there! A beauty from Lyon as he pitches this again on rough. Denly looks to block but gets an inside edge onto the pads. The ball lobs high towards Paine's right who can't hold on. It goes towards fine leg for a run eventually.
25.1
0
N Lyon to Denly, Shorter one around off, this kept low. Pushed towards bowler.

Ben Stokes is the new man in. He played an innings of his life in the last game coming in with his team being in similar situation. Can he bail them out, again.

24.6
0
Cummins to J Roy, OUT! KABOOM! There's the breakthrough Australia needed. Cummins has provided it. They had to wait for quite a while today for the first wicket but they have now got it. Australia will hope this opens the floodgates. Once again we see the ball sneaking through Roy's bat and pad. Cummins bowls it just outside off and on a length. Roy lunges and tries to push at it but leaves a gap between bat and pad. The ball tails back in, goes between the gap and hits the stumps behind. Also, credit to Paine for the last minute change. Starc was ready to bowl but in the end, he got Cummins on and that has worked wonders. Roy walks back after getting off to a start.
24.5
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, In the channel outside off, left alone by Roy this time.
24.4
1
Pat Cummins to Denly, Fuller ball around off, Denly goes for a drive this time but gets an inside edge the ball goes towards fine leg. He gets a run.
24.3
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, Fuller ball on the pads, Denly looks to flick but is hit on the pads.
24.2
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, Good leave this form Denly. He trusts the length of the ball there. Pitched around off, comes into the batter who shoulders arms and sees the ball go over the timbers.
24.1
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, Fuller ball outside off to start with. Denly finds extra cover fielder to his firm drive.

Starc was ready to but last minute change of thought brings Cummins back into the attack. 6-2-13-2, his numbers so far.

23.6
3
N Lyon to Denly, Overthrows! Denly uses his feet and hits it to the right of Cummins at mid on. The batters take a quick run. Cummins fires it at the keeper's end but it is a wild one. No one backing up and hence, the fielder from slip hares after it and saves a run for his side.
23.5
0
N Lyon to Denly, Another loud shot but nothing! This is floated outside off, Denly pads it away with his bat behind the pad. An appeal but the umpire feels a shot is offered and he shakes his head.
23.4
2
N Lyon to Denly, Shorter and on off, Denly whips it with the turn through mid-wicket for two.
23.3
0
N Lyon to Denly, Another tossed up ball on off, Denly keeps it out.
23.2
0
N Lyon to Denly, Uses his feet again but once again does not get to the pitch of it. Looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads. An ambitious appeal from the bowler but nothing from the umpire.
23.1
0
N Lyon to Denly, Denly comes down the pitch, he does not get to the pitch of the ball so defends it.
22.6
2
M Starc to Roy, Good fielding! This is fuller and on off, Roy strokes it towards mid off. Cummins runs to his right and dives to push it to his right. Mid on then does the mopping up job. The batters take two.
22.5
0
M Starc to Roy, That was close! A yorker just outside off, Roy is late in bringing his bat down and the ball just about kisses the off pole.
22.4
0
M Starc to Roy, Another one on a length and outside off, it is left alone.
22.3
0
M Starc to Roy, Another one on a length and outside off, Roy pushes it to covers.
22.2
0
M Starc to Roy, Closer to the off pole this time, Roy pushes it to covers.
22.1
0
M Starc to Roy, Lands it just outside off, Roy shoulders arms to this one.
21.6
0
N Lyon to Denly, On the pads, guided towards fine leg by Denly.
21.5
1
N Lyon to Roy, Floated ball on middle this time, Roy comes down the track to work it towards mid on for a run.
21.4
0
N Lyon to Roy, And another one lands on the rough outside off and keeps low. Roy looks to block but misses to get hit on the back pad. Lyon appeals but nothing from the umpire. The Ball Tracker rolls in and confirms that the umpire was right. The impact was outside off and was clipping the stumps which means it would've been umpire's call on hitting the wicket. A good call from the umpire.
21.3
0
N Lyon to Roy, Another loopy ball on off, Roy blocks it nicely this time.
21.2
0
N Lyon to Roy, Another fuller ball which lands on the rough and bounces high into the mitts of Paine.
21.1
1
N Lyon to Denly, Floated fuller ball on middle, pushed towards mid on for a single by Denly.

DRINKS! Joe Denly and Jason Roy have negotiated the first hour of the first session well. They weathered the initial storm from Hazlewood and Cummins but they are looking solid now. Australia would want to break this stand as early as they could. They had a couple of chances but the rub of the green seems to be with England at the moment. Interesting hour of play awaits.

20.6
0
M Starc to Roy, Another fuller ball. Roy pushes it towards cover.
20.5
0
M Starc to Roy, Bowls this one on a slightly fullish length on middle. Roy is solid in defense this time.
20.4
0
M Starc to Roy, Squared up on that one. Starc pitches this on off and makes it jag away from Roy's defense and beat the outside edge.
20.3
4
M Starc to J Roy, FOUR! Crunched through covers. Starc overpitches outside off, Roy leans into the drive and creams it through covers.
20.2
0
M Starc to Roy, Length ball around off, Roy walks across, blocked.
20.1
1
M Starc to Denly, Shortish length on the body from round the wicket. Denly taps it towards mid on for a quick run.
19.6
0
N Lyon to Roy, On off, Roy gets behind the line and keeps it out.
19.5
0
N Lyon to Roy, Outside off, it is left alone.
19.4
2
N Lyon to Roy, Nicely played! 50 up for England a loud cheer by the crowd. The 50-run stand is also up, a vital one as England were 0 for 2 when the two joined association. Need to keep going. Roy pushes this nicely through covers and takes two.
19.3
0
N Lyon to Roy, The batsman defends it from within the crease.
19.2
0
N Lyon to Roy, Very wide outside off, it is a full toss. Roy drives it square to point.
19.1
0
N Lyon to J Roy, Extremely full outside off, Roy pushes it to mid off.
18.6
1
M Starc to Roy, Good running! This is on middle, Roy taps it towards mid on and takes one quickly.
18.5
3
M Starc to Denly, Gets one in the gap! Not right off the middle but enough to get three. Shorter and outside off, Denly slaps it through covers and takes one short of four.
18.4
0
M Starc to Denly, On the fuller side and outside off, Denly goes after it again but finds cover.
18.3
0
M Starc to Denly, Shortens his length a little and lands on middle, defended.

Goa Rocks - 'Me thinks that England are going for the win. Otherwise, why would they play shots like these?' @GR - Ummm... too early to say anything right now. One would feel that looking at the target is not the right way to approach the day. Go for it hour by hour and then session by session and then see post Tea where you stand. Regarding the strokes, it could be to try and put Nathan Lyon off. Remember, he has been struggling in the last 4 innings with the ball. So A. Play strokes to get Lyon off. B. By playing strokes, ensure that one does not get into a defensive mode as happened in the first Test.

18.2
0
M Starc to Denly, A solid drive but for no runs! Fuller and outside off, Denly hits it hard but to covers.
18.1
0
M Starc to Denly, OHHH! Australia making things happen now. A short one by Starc on the body. Denly may have been expecting a full one. He tries to fend it awkwardly but it goes off the handle and lands safe on the off side.
17.6
0
N Lyon to Roy, Very full outside off, Roy opens the face and guides it to point. An action-packed over by lyon comes to an end.
17.5
1
N Lyon to Denly, Just short now! Once again a heart in the mouth moment, this time for Denly. He brings out the sweep again but hits it uppishly towards deep mid-wicket. The fielder there runs in and then slides to take it but the ball lands short of him. Good stop in the end, saves three.
17.4
0
N Lyon to Denly, Quicker and on off, it is blocked.
17.3
1
N Lyon to Roy, In the air... safe! Heart in the mouth moment for Roy there. This is floated up outside off, it turns back in sharply. Roy looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It lobs over short leg and towards mid-wicket for one.
17.2
0
N Lyon to Roy, Shorter and outside off, it turns back in. Roy works it with soft hands towards the leg side.
17.1
1
N Lyon to Denly, Nice use of the feet from Denly and works it with the turn through mid-wicket for one.
16.6
0
M Starc to Roy, On a length, closer to off pole, Roy looks to block but it goes off the inner half of his bat towards mid on.
16.5
4
M Starc to Roy, FOUR! That's done nicely by Roy. Another attempt of bowling the yorker has gone wrong as Starc sends a full toss on the pads. Roy whips it firmly through the diving mid on fielder. The fielder gets up and chases but the ball wins the race.
16.4
1
M Starc to Denly, On the pads this time, Denly tucks it towards fine leg off the back foot to take a run.
16.3
0
M Starc to Denly, Good length ball outside off again. Denly has room to slash this through point but he mistimes the shot towards gully.
16.2
0
M Starc to Denly, Outside off this time, Denly lets it go to the keeper.
16.1
0
M Starc to Denly, Good ball and equally well played. Starc is targeting the stumps. He looks to bowl a yorker but dishes out a full toss on middle. Denly blocks solidly.
15.6
0
N Lyon to Roy, A tossed up ball on off to end, Denly defends it out.
15.5
1
N Lyon to Denly, One more sweep shot, this time to the fielder at deep mid-wicket so just a run.
15.4
0
N Lyon to Joe Denly, Loopy ball on off, it is worked with the turn to mid on.
15.3
4
N Lyon to Denly, FOUR! That is a top sweep shot. A shot which Denly looks really confident while playing. He drags it from outside off and gets it through square leg.
15.2
0
N Lyon to Denly, Another tossed up ball outside off, Denly lunges to defend but the ball turns back in, it goes off the inside edge and onto the pads and lobs safe on the off side.
15.1
0
N Lyon to Denly, Flighted outside off, Denly pads it away.

Spin time as Nathan Lyon is on now. He hasn't had a great game and he would love to change that in this innings.

14.6
1
M Starc to Denly, A single to end! Denly pushes this towards cover and gets to the other end.
14.5
4
M Starc to Denly, FOUR! EDGY! Lucky there was Denly. Not a good shot that. Denly is sucked into going after a wide delivery outside off. The ball flies off the outside edge over third slip. Marnus Labuschagne does not react in time and it goes over him and to the third man fence. That went really quickly.
14.4
0
M Starc to Denly, Outside off, left alone.
14.3
0
M Starc to Denly, Gets it right this time and lands it on off and on a length. Denly keeps it out.
14.2
0
M Starc to Denly, On the pads, Denly looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
14.1
1
M Starc to Roy, Starts with a fuller ball on the pads, Roy flicks it towards square leg for a run.

Mitchell Starc is on now! He seemed to find his rhythm towards the end of the second innings. If he can bowl well here, he could win Australia the game.

13.6
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, On middle, the batter pushes it to mid on.
13.5
1
J Hazlewood to Roy, This is on middle, it is worked down to fine leg for one.
13.4
0
J Hazlewood to J Roy, Almost! Just as a write that, Roy plays one out awkwardly. This comes back in after landing on off, Roy looks to put bat on ball but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
13.3
0
J Hazlewood to Roy, Down the leg side, Roy looks to flick but misses.
13.2
0
J Hazlewood to Roy, On off, it is kept out again. This is a good start for England, both the batters are looking solid.
13.1
0
J Hazlewood to Roy, One more ball on a length and on off, Roy pushes it to mid off.
12.6
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, A solid block from Denly to finish the over. A good length ball on off from Hazlewood. Denly gets behind the line and blocks it towards the off side.
12.5
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, Back of a length ball this time. Denly ducks under it.
12.4
1
Pat Cummins to Roy, Fuller ball on middle, Roy pushes this towards mid on and takes a run.
12.3
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, Bumper this time but this one goes down the leg side. Roy ducks under it.
12.2
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, Beaten with a beauty! On a length and jags back in. Roy looks to push with hard hands but the ball sneaks in between bat and pad. Wasn't too high from the stumps either.
12.1
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, Length ball on off, blocked by Roy easily.

Well, Cummins to continue!

11.6
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, A short one, Denly spots it early and ducks under it.
11.5
1
J Hazlewood to Roy, On the pads, it is worked down to fine leg for one.

Mitchell Starc is warming up. Does that mean shorter spells for the bowlers?

11.4
0
J Hazlewood to Roy, Shorter again, it comes slow off the surface. Roy gets right behind the line and defends it.
11.3
0
J Hazlewood to Roy, Outside off, Roy watches the ball nicely and lets it be.
11.2
0
J Hazlewood to Roy, A little too straight, Roy fails to put bat on ball and gets hit high on the pads.
11.1
0
J Hazlewood to Roy, Back of a length and it is coming back in. Roy defends it onto the ground.
10.6
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, Another solid push! On off, Denly pushes it towards covers but for no runs.
10.5
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, One more length ball on off, Denly is solid in defense.
10.4
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, Goes back to bowling length on off, it is blocked solidly.
10.3
0
Pat Cummins to Denly, On the fuller side and on middle, Denly strokes it nicely to mid on.
10.2
0
Cummins to Denly, Another loud appeal and a long one but nothing from the umpire! This is on middle and it jags back in. Denly fails to put bat on ball and is hit on the front pad. An appeal but not given. Paine signals it is going down leg.
10.1
0
Pat Cummins to Joe Denly, Just short! Pushing at a delivery Denly need not do. This is behind a length and outside off, Denly looks to stroke it on the up but then stops midway. He ends up chipping it just short of mid off.
9.6
0
J Hazlewood to Roy, Fuller ball on off for Roy. He pushes it back to the bowler.
9.5
1
J Hazlewood to Denly, Hezlewood continues bowling the perfect line and length to the right-hander. This is closer to Denly's off pole. He taps it towards cover and takes off for a quick run. First run for him.
9.4
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Another ball in the channel on a good length, this time Denly lets it go to the keeper.
9.3
0
J Hazlewood to Joe Denly, Good length ball again on off, blocked nicely this time.
9.2
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Beaten! A muted appeal follows but dies down quickly. A peach from Hazlewood. Good length in the channel outside off, the ball shapes away from the push of Denly to beat the outside edge.
9.1
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Good length ball closer to the off pole. Denly lunges forward and blocks.
8.6
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, A length delivery to end on middle, Roy pushes it to mid on.
8.5
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, Outside off, this is left alone.
8.4
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, Goes back to bowling length on off, Roy gets right behind the line and keeps it out.
8.3
4
Pat Cummins to Roy, In the air but wide! FOUR! First boundary and runs of Day 5. This is angled into the pads, Roy flicks it uppishly but wide of the diving mid-wicket fielder and bags a boundary.
8.2
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, That is a beauty! This is angled into the batter from wide of the crease which means Roy has to play at it. The ball straightens and beats the outside edge of the bat.
8.1
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, On a length and around off, Roy keeps it out.

Pat Cummins to bowl from the other end.

7.6
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Good length ball outside off this time. Denly watches it shape in and go to the keeper. A tight start from Hazlewood first up.
7.5
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, On the middle pole, Denly gets right behind the line and keeps it out.
7.4
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, One more good ball! Just outside off and it is shorter. Denly leaves it nicely.
7.3
0
Hazlewood to Denly, A loud appeal but that seems to be going down leg! Once again Hazlewood gets it to tail back in, this time it is fuller but a touch straighter. Denly looks to drive but misses to get hit on the pads. Ball Tracker confirms it is going down leg.
7.2
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Gets it right this time and bowls it outside off, it tails back in but not enough to make the batter play.
7.1
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Starts off with a full ball and on middle, Denly pushes it to mid on. A huge cheer for him as he played it nicely. That is how it is going to be today, England fans will be right behind their team.

The Australian players are out in the middle. Joe Denly and Jason Roy are out as well for the hosts to battle out the day. Josh Hazlewood to start the proceedings for the visitors. Here we go...

The equation could not have been any easier to understand, England need to bat out the day if they want to keep their hopes alive of regaining the Ashes. Australia, need 8 wickets if before Stumps if they are to retain the Ashes. There is also a third scenario where the English can score the remaining 365 runs and take a 2-1 lead but that seems improbable. We can surely expect an excellent day of Test cricket. The first session is a very crucial one so stay tuned for it. Welcome to the coverage.

... Day 5, Session 1 ...

England have a lot to ponder once again! Just like most of the times in this Ashes, they have their backs to the wall. Another excellent effort will be needed from them if they are to save this Test. Save is what I write as chasing this down looks improbable. They were in a similar position in the first Test too where they had one day to bat out to save the game and they could not do so. They went down without a fight there, will the same thing happen? We will have to find out. Join us for Day 5 at 1100 local (1000 GMT). Till then, take care goodbye!

Michael Holding is down with Pat Cummins for an interview. He congratulates him for his bowling effort. Cummins says that the ball was coming out of the hand nicely. Further adds he tried to bowl nice and full. He praises Smith's effort and says that he was unbelievable in the middle. On asked about what made them throw the second new ball to him, he says that they wanted to bowl at the stumps and that was their plan. Holding asks Cummins about his workload as Cummins has played all the four Tests. Cummins replies that first he will give the final push for the win on Day 5 and hopes that he will be all right for the final Test as well.

It has been a picture-perfect day for them! They started off by taking the remaining five English wickets quickly and then courtesy of Smith and Wade, Australia scored another 186 runs to add to the 196-run lead they got. They were eager to get at least a wicket in the final passage of play and they have got two, that too of Root and Burns who were excellent in the first innings. The Aussies could not have asked for anything better.

What a day for Australia! Looking at how things stand at the moment, you would probably say the Aussies will retain the Ashes on Day 5! They have 98 overs on Sunday and all they need to bowl is 8 wicket-taking deliveries and you can bet that their bowlers can do so.

6.6
0
M Starc to Roy, No he can not as he bowls a wasteful of a delivery. He goes for the bumper but bowls it way down the leg side. Roy lets it go to the keeper. THAT WILL BE STUMPS ON DAY 4.
6.5
3
M Starc to Denly, He looks for another yorker but this one is not the perfect one. It is a overpitched ball, Denly leans into the drive to cream it through. However, it doesn't have the legs to reach the fence. They take three before the cover fielder chase and return the ball. 1 more ball to go. Can Starc do something?
6.4
0
M Starc to Denly, Nah. Dishes out a yorker does Starc. This swung in the air. Denly does well to bring his bat down and jam it away.
6.3
0
M Starc to Denly, Another fuller ball, again wide outside off. No swing on offer for him. Denly watches it go back to the keeper again. A bumper now?
6.2
0
M Starc to Denly, Fuller again but too wide to make Denly play at it. He doesn't wanna chase these at this moment in time.
6.1
0
M Starc to Denly, Fuller ball on off, pushed towards point by Denly.

Starc into the attack. This could be the final over of the day.

5.6
1
N Lyon to Denly, A single as this is worked through square leg.
5.5
0
N Lyon to Denly, On middle, this is worked to mid on.
5.4
0
N Lyon to Denly, OHHH! That was close! Picked the wrong ball to sweep there. This is tossed up outside off, it is too full. Denly looks to sweep again but misses. It just misses the off pole. The positive approach is right but you need to pick the right balls.
5.3
0
N Lyon to Denly, On middle, it is kept out.
5.2
4
N Lyon to Denly, FOUR! That is a top shot. Minimal risk as it was with the turn and it was nicely hit. Stretches out and plays the sweep shot. Drags it outside off and hits it through mid-wicket for a boundary.
5.1
0
N Lyon to Denly, On off, Denly works it to mid-wicket.

Well, we have our answer! Nathan Lyon it is as he comes onto bowl now.

4.6
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, A dot to end! This is on middle again, Roy works it to mid-wicket.

Ha ha ha.... Interesting. 8 minutes left. Will Paine go to Starc or Lyon? Starc is warming up but looks like Paine is more interested in Lyon's direction!

4.5
2
Pat Cummins to Roy, This is angled into the pads, Roy gets it past short leg this time and takes an easy two.
4.4
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, One more ball outside off, Roy lets it be.

Ricky Ponting and Nasser Hussain dissect Australia's plan to Joe Root. Normally, Aussies target the opposition skipper and once again, they have been bang on. The key here is the length. Somewhere between full and good, just outside off. In this match, first innings, outside off, nipping back in, LBW. Second innings, slight nip away, hit the top of off. 3 ducks in the last 5 innings for the skipper.

4.3
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, Outside off, it is left alone.
4.2
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, Good work from Wade! This is on middle, Roy looks to defend but it goes off the inner half towards short leg where Wade shows good reflexes and stops it.
4.1
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, A little too short this time, Roy stands tall and pushes it to mid off.
3.6
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Short and on middle, Denly ducks under it.
3.5
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, One more ball on a good length and around off, it is guided towards point.
3.4
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Corrects his line and bowls it outside off, it is left alone.
3.3
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, A little too straight once again, Denly tries to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
3.2
2
J Hazlewood to Denly, A little too straight, Denly works it behind square on the leg side for two.
3.1
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, On the fuller side, no swing on offer for the bowler. Denly plants his front foot forward and strokes it to mid off.
2.6
4
Pat Cummins to Roy, FOUR! First boundary of the chase! This is easy for Roy. A half volley on the pads, it is worked through mid-wicket and the ball races away. Maybe Cummins was guilty of trying a little too hard and hence, ends up bowling a boundary delivery.
2.5
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, A crisp drive! Fuller and on off, Roy strokes it nicely but to mid off.
2.4
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, Roy is really watching the ball closely here. This is shorter and on off, Roy goes back and keeps it out solidly.
2.3
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, On middle and on a length. Roy gets right behind the line and keeps it out.

Wonder what is the reason behind Joe Root coming in at number 3. With 20 minutes to the close, surely a night watchman should have been sent? Craig Overton is seen in his whites in the dressing room, padded up. Ponting asks Nasser Hussain on air whether there is any specific rule in the England dressing room regarding the time to send a night watchman. Nasser replies saying that he is unsure about THIS English team but in general, England sends their night watchman if the time left for the close is 25 minutes or less.

2.2
2
Pat Cummins to Roy, England are underway! This is on the pads, Roy works it through square leg for two.
2.1
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, Another good delivery! This is angled into the batter from wide of the crease. It is on a length, pitches and straightens. Roy looks to defend but then drags his bat back.
1.6
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Fullish ball this time, tapped towards covers this time by Deny. Top over from Hazlewood to compliment the wicket maiden from Cummins.
1.5
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Beaten this time! Another ball in the channel outside off. Denly can't resist this time and has a poke. The ball goes past the outside edge.
1.4
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Oops! Shortish ball, Denly goes to block but it rises a bit to hit on the gloves and then on the elbow. Lucky that it didn't went onto the stumps.
1.3
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Good leave that one. Another good length ball but this is in the channel. Denly covers his stumps to let it go to the keeper.
1.2
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Same line and length as the last ball, Denly again solid in defense.
1.1
0
J Hazlewood to Denly, Starts with a length ball, closer to the off pole, Denly is right behind the line of the ball to block towards the off side.

Josh Hazlewood to start the proceedings from the other end. He will be trying to pile on the pressure after the fantastic start provided by Cummins.

0.6
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, One more length ball around off, Roy pushes it to mid on. End of a tremendous over. What a start by Cummins. England get no closer to the target they were set to achieve while Australia get a fist of the wickets they needed
0.5
0
Pat Cummins to Roy, Good length and on middle, it is kept out nicely.

Jason Roy is the next man in who will be facing the hat-trick ball.

0.4
0
Cummins to Joe Root, OUT! TIMBER! That is a peach! This is Pat Cummins, this is Australia at their best. Outstanding start for them! Root bags a first-baller. An absolute beauty! Exactly what a pace bowler is taught - to hit the top of off and Cummins has done that here. He lands this one on a length and around middle, it pitches and straightens. Root is squared up as he tries to defend. The ball goes past the outside edge and hits the off pole. Root can't believe it as he looks back once. He would probably be thinking, that why him? Why did he get such a perfect delivery first up. Pin-drop silence here. A slow walk towards the pavilion as he knows his side is in big, big trouble now.

Skipper Joe Root arrives early in the middle.

0.3
0
Pat Cummins to Burns, OUT! In the air... taken! Could Australia have asked for a better start than this? The ploy to start the bowling with Pat Cummins has worked wonders. Also, it is a big wicket as Burns has been the in-form player for the hosts. This is a soft, soft dismissal. It is a nothing delivery, down the leg side. Burns looks to flick but is early into the shot. A leading edge and it lobs towards Head at extra cover.
0.2
0
Pat Cummins to Burns, On the shorter side again, it is defended.
0.1
0
Pat Cummins to Burns, Shorter in length and on off, Burns guides it to point.