England Vs Australia Live Score (TEST)

Date: Thursday, 22 August, 2019 15:30 IST Venue: Headingley, Leeds Match Status: Match Ended

England beat Australia by 1 wicket

179/10
Overs
52.1
R/R
3.44
Fours
21
Sixes
0
Extras
13
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Josh Hazlewood not out 1 3 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Stuart Broad 14 4 32 2
Jofra Archer 17.1 3 45 6
67/10
Overs
27.5
R/R
2.44
Fours
10
Sixes
0
Extras
3
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Stuart Broad not out 4 5 1 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Pat Cummins 9 4 23 3
Josh Hazlewood 12.5 2 30 5
246/10
Overs
75.2
R/R
3.27
Fours
29
Sixes
0
Extras
27
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Josh Hazlewood not out 4 5 1 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Jofra Archer 14 2 40 2
Stuart Broad 16 2 52 2
362/9
Overs
125.4
R/R
2.89
Fours
34
Sixes
8
Extras
31
Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Ben Stokes not out 135 219 11 8
Jack Leach not out 1 17 0 0
Bowling 0 M R W
Pat Cummins 24.4 5 80 1
Josh Hazlewood 31 11 85 4
  • All is not lost for Australia also. They have an excellent pace-bowling trio, who are capable of inflicting the same damage that England's bowlers did. Although, they won't be getting the same amount of assistance and it will come down to their skills and accuracy. We are not far away from the English reply, switch to the second innings for all the ball-by-ball updates.
  • Coming to Day 1 of this Test match, it was a rain-truncated day, where only 53 overs were possible still, we got to see some quality cricket wherein England were successful in bundling Australia under 200 which has given the hosts the upper hand and with conditions expected to ease out for batting, the English batsmen can make merry. The conditions on day one demanded a lot of application which the Australian batsmen, barring Warner and Labuschagne, failed to show. But the English have the problems of their own where their skipper has failed to inspire and the rest of the team has been found wanting for runs.
  • Hello and welcome folks to the coverage of Day 2 of the 3rd Ashes Test. First things first, the talking point of this English summer has been the weather. So for all the cricket lovers across the globe, the good news is that the weather for the remaining four days of this Test match is said to be clear with no signs of rains.
  • ... DAY 2 SESSION 1 ...
  • Right then! 179? Ummm... one would have to admit that England are not only on top but have the trump card of the best batting conditions over the next two days. The start-stop did not help the Aussies but they will always look back at the century stand and ponder what went wrong. They are well behind the 8-ball and unless they restrict England under 225, they might well be looking at this as a 2-match series with all square. Join us at 11 am local (1000 GMT) for all the action from Day 2. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • Marnus Labuschagne - the silver lining in Australia's batting cloud. Like Jofra has been for England, the South African born has strut his stuff for the Aussies. He has not made the absence of Steven Smith felt with the bat at least but one understands that had the former skipper been there, he would have taken matters in his hands once Warner got out. That is the difference between the first innings of the first Test and the first innings of this one.
  • Time to talk about the new sensation, Jofra Archer. England were banking on him and he delivered. And how. Every time Joe Root threw the ball to him, something happened. Well, outside the century partnership of course. But is Root overdoing his usage of the West Indian born? After all, he is a human being. Needs to be careful that he does not kill the goose with the golden egg. Broad, who is always brilliant in Anderson's absence was excellent but unlucky. The others did well, but were not required much.
  • It was at this point of time that England's bowling started to go awry. It looked like Australia were taking the game away but Archer came back and dismissed Warner. The rest as they say is history. Just three men managed double figures, in Warner, Labuschagne and Paine. The remaining 8, just contributed 20 amongst themselves.
  • Tim Paine must have known that the writing was on the wall when he was asked to bat in overcast conditions. And when his side slipped to 25/2 in the 9th over, memories of a low first innings score came to mind. But in stepped David Warner and the new number 4 - Marnus Labuschagne. The duo played the first 30 minutes watchfully and then after the second rain break, just opened its shoulders.
  • What a poor decision to bowl after winning the toss on a flat pitch! Says who? Says who? Says who? Come again! At 136/2 in the 31st over, it looked like England were in for some strong leather hunt. But Warner's wicket turned the tide as Australia lost their last 8 wickets for just 43 runs. An unbelievable collapse.
  • 52.1 OUT! LBW! That ends the innings in the last over of the day. Full and around off, swinging in, Lyon gets across to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. Archer appeals and umpire Gaffaney does not take much time to raise his finger. No reviews left but it would not have mattered. Ball Tracker shows it to be hitting leg. AUSTRALIA BOWLED OUT FOR 179!
  • Cheers from the crowd as Jofra Archer bowls the final over of the day.
  • 51.6 Full and around off, flicked past short leg for a run. 179/9
  • 51.5 Full and outside off, pushed through the covers for a single.
  • 51.4 A length ball, down the leg side, Hazlewood looks to tuck but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 51.3 Full and outside off, driven straight to mid off.
  • Josh Hazlewood is the last man in. 5 minutes to go for Stumps.
  • 51.2 OUT! LBW! Bizarre review from Labuschagne. Probably he just took a chance. It always looked plumb to the naked eye and with covered eyes taking technology's aid, it ain't looking any less plumb. A full toss, in line of the stumps, Labuschagne looked to work it to the leg side but was beaten by the late dip. He got hit on the pads and Stokes started to celebrate before appealing. Umpire Wilson took his time but then raised his finger. Labuschagne immediately took the review and so surprising it was that even Jonny Bairstow asked him, 'Mate, did you hit it?' Don't know what Labuschagne replied but when the Ultra Edge was queried at the time the ball passed the bat, there was no spike. After that, it became pretty clear what Ball Tracker was going to show. Three reds. Labuschagne shakes his head as he walks off but he has to go. End of a terrific innings.
  • Marnus Labuschagne has been adjudged LBW! He straightaway reviews though. Looks dead plumb. And Ball Tracking does not disappoint. Dead duck.
  • 51.1 Safe as a house. Full and around off, Labuschagne works it through mid-wicket and calls for two. Lyon has to stretch a bit as Buttler it is who is haring across and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end. They refer it upstairs and replays show that Lyon is well in.
  • A direct hit! Is Lyon short? Jos Buttler is the fielder. Here come the replays. Naah... Lyon is well in.
  • Archer gets some rest at last. Here comes Ben Stokes. 8-0-41-0 so far. Nice time to open his account.
  • 50.6 Around off, watchfully blocked out. 175/8
  • 50.5 Landed outside off, Lyon gets across and defends.
  • 50.4 Full and outside off, swinging in, Labuschagne is late in getting his bat down and the ball goes off the inside edge behind square leg. Marnus wants two but Archer attacks the ball, which makes it difficult for the plan to be executed. Just a single.
  • 50.3 Around off, on a length, defended from the crease.
  • 50.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 50.1 Full and around off, solidly defended.
  • 15 minutes to go for Stumps. Nathan Lyon walks in at number 10.
  • 49.6 OUT! Caught behind! The decision stays as it is and Cummins looks nonplussed. Full and outside off, Pat looks to drive but misses. There is a noise as the ball goes past and umpire Joel Wilson raises his finger. Cummins immediately reviews and now, here comes the joke. There are two noises heard - one before the ball even comes near the bat and the second, after the ball passes the bat. Ultra Edge is called for and it shows two spikes - one before the ball is a centimetre away from the bat and the one after the ball passes the willow! That is good enough for the third umpire who supports his mate downstairs. Cummins is surprised but has to walk back. 174/8
  • Has Jofra got five? Cummins has been adjudged caught behind. But he has sent it upstairs. Here come the replays. Ultra Edge detects a big spike as the ball passes the bat. Well bowled, Jofra!
  • 49.5 Down the leg side, flick shot missed.
  • 49.5 NO BALL! Archer oversteps as he bowls a length ball outside off, Cummins slashes but misses.
  • 49.4 Outside off, watchfully kept out.
  • 49.3 Landed outside off, watchfully left alone.
  • 49.2 Around off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 49.1 Full and outside off, Cummins just about gets his bat down in time to defend it towards the off side.
  • 48.6 A bit wide outside off, let through. 173/7
  • 48.5 Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 48.4 Full and around off, solidly blocked out.
  • 48.3 Landed outside off, left alone again.
  • 48.2 A length ball outside off, shouldered arms to.
  • 48.1 Full and outside off, left alone.
  • 47.6 Full and around off, pushed towards mid on. 173/7
  • 47.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 47.4 The full ball, very full, swinging in, PC looks to drive but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 47.3 A short ball outside off, Cummins sways away.
  • 47.2 Outside off, on a length, Patrick has a feel for it but misses.
  • 47.1 A length ball outside off, Cummins just about gets his bat down in time to defend.
  • Four wickets in the bag pf Jofra but the legend Michael Holding (on air) still feels that there isn't enough fire in his effort! The West Indian backs that statement with good evidence. He compares the delivery point of Archer at Lord's with Headingley. Jofra's head was going ahead of the popping crease at the time of delivery at Lord's but here, it's staying behind. That's the sign which has prompted Holding to comment so. Earlier, Ian Bishop has also expressed his concern over preserving Jofra Archer and managing his workload. When you are young, you don't realize but others around who are experienced must be using this raw talent with a bit of smartness.
  • 46.6 Full and outside off, watchfully blocked out. 173/7
  • 46.5 Landed outside off, coming in with the angle, ML has his stumps covered and lets the ball go on height.
  • 46.4 Around off, Marnus gets across and pushes it towards mid on.
  • 46.3 Full and around off, pushed towards mid on.
  • 46.2 Brave leave. Or he knows where his off stump is. A length ball outside off, Labuschagne shoulders arms but the ball jags back in. Just about misses the off stump.
  • 46.1 Outside off, on a length, left alone.
  • Amidst fading light, here comes Pat Cummins.
  • 45.6 OUT! Edged to first slip! Archer has four. He looks out of gas but finds something every now and then in his tank. Jofra lands this on a length outside off and then gets it to come back in with the angle. Pattinson looks like he has covered the line but while getting his bat down it hits his pad. That might be a signal that the willow came down a bit late. The ball takes the outside edge, on the higher part of the bat and goes straight to Joe Root at first slip who takes the catch near his chest. 173/7
  • 45.5 Full and outside off, watchfully defended. That almost sneaked through.
  • 45.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 45.3 Around off, Labuschagne tucks it to the leg side and scampers through for a quick run.
  • 45.2 Down the leg side, flicked towards fine leg for a single.
  • 45.1 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 44.6 Around off, worked wide of mid on, to his right. Jofra Archer lumbers across and allows the second easily. Labuschagne moves to 70. 171/6
  • 44.5 FOUR! Not totally controlled. Full and outside off, Labuschagne reaches out and looks to drive through point but the ball squirts off the outside edge behind point instead. Gets the boundary he was looking for.
  • 44.4 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 44.3 Down the leg side, nudged fine for a single.
  • 44.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 44.1 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • The umpires take the light metre out. However, they are continuing out there. Certainly not the best time to bat.
  • 43.6 Outside off, left alone. 164/6
  • 43.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 43.4 A short ball outside off, Marnus hops and cuts it towards backward point.
  • 43.3 Full and around off, Labuschagne flicks it through mid-wicket. Chris Woakes gives it a good chase from mid on to his right but while trying to return the ball, slips and that makes the second, looking extremely dicey at one stage, easily possible. Pattinson took a late call to go for the second and a better throw to Archer would have had Pattinson short.
  • 43.2 Length ball, on and around off, Marnus remains on the back foot in defense.
  • 43.1 Down the leg side, Labuschagne tries to flick but misses.
  • Into the bowlers. Or shall we say, tail? James Pattinson is the first of those. Given the conditions and the time left, we might well see England come out to bat tonight itself. Here comes the man who can make that possible. Jofra Archer. In line for a 5-fer. 13-2-40-3 so far.
  • 42.6 OUT! It's hitting leg! After mixing up his variations in this over, Woakes finally nails the batsman with an inswinger. The decision is overturned and the Aussie skipper is on his bike. Chris delivers a length ball on off and gets it to nip back in sharply. Paine is caught on the back foot as he tries to play across the line. But he fails in his attempt and is rapped on the pads. They appeal but the umpire remains unmoved. Joe Root decides to review the decision and the Hawk Eye returns three reds. The brief resistance is over and Australia are in a serious danger of getting bundled out under 200. A wicket maiden for Chris Woakes on his return. 162/6
  • Paine has been pinged on the pads! NOT OUT, says Gaffaney. Root has a chat with his bowler and keeper and takes the review. Here comes Ball Tracker. Hitting leg stump and the Australian skipper is gone! Beautiful use of the review by his counterpart.
  • 42.5 Delivers it on a length outside off, Paine makes a watchful leave.
  • 42.4 On and around off, Paine is on the back foot as he defends it to the off side.
  • More disturbance. Seems like there is a gentleman in the row above the sightscreen who is standing and disturbing Paine. Tim gestures him to sit and after some time, the gentleman sits down.
  • 42.3 Inswinger this time. Landing on a length outside off, shaping in, Paine has nothing to do with it.
  • 42.2 A hint of away movement there, from a length around off, another good leave by Paine.
  • Woakes comes running in but Paine stops him midway. Looks like there is some movement behind the sightscreen. Peter Siddle takes the initiative of getting whoever it was, away from the line of action.
  • 42.1 Good length delivery close to the off stump line, Paine stays back to cover the line and then shoulders arms.
  • Chris Woakes to bowl after the mini-break. 7-1-43-0, strangely he has been very expensive today.
  • Drinks break. Excellent comeback from England after a century partnership between David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne. Once again it was Jofra Archer who brought them back with an exemplary spell where he removed Warner and Wade in quick succession. Broad picked the other wicket to fall in this session. Australia are placed in a tight situation and need yet another partnership to revive their innings. So far, Paine has done a good job along with Labuschagne and the aim of this pair will be to see off the day's play without any more casualty. Another hour left. Let's see how it goes.
  • 41.6 Good length ball around off, Labuschagne stays on the back foot and defends it towards cover-point. 162/5
  • 41.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 41.4 Shortish length ball on off, Marnus pulls it from the front foot to deep mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 41.3 Lands it on a length outside off, Labuschagne has an easy leave.
  • 41.2 Short in length and outside off, Marnus shapes up for the pull shot but then pulls out.
  • 41.1 Labuschagne has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 40.6 Good chase and stop by Rory Burns. An outswinger around off, Marnus sticks back to play at it but it takes the outside edge and speeds past Burns at gully. He chases it down near the fence and the batsmen take three runs. 160/5
  • 40.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 40.4 Outswinger this time, wide outside off, it's left alone by ML.
  • 40.3 Some appreciable seam movement there. But the line is down the leg side, Marnus tries to flick but misses.
  • 40.2 Much better! Broad sticks to the same line and length, this time Labuschagne is more watchful and leaves it alone.
  • 40.1 Beaten on the drive! Full in length and outside off, tempting the batsman into a drive, Marnus is lucky not to have edged it.
  • 39.6 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 157/5
  • 39.5 Movement back into the batsman, Paine does well to pick it and works it through mid-wicket for a couple.
  • 39.4 Played to the mid-wicket region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 39.3 EDGED AND FOUR! Excellent delivery by Stokes. He hurls in a back of a length ball around off and Labuschagne goes back to defend it. But he gets squared up while doing so and the outside edge flies past the diving Rory Burns at gully for a boundary. The fielder picked that early but could not do anything.
  • 39.2 150 up for Australia! Sliding down the leg side, Paine eases it down to fine leg for a run. There was a thought about the second run but then they decide against it.
  • 39.1 Fuller length delivery in the channel outside off, holding its line, Paine allows it through to the keeper.
  • Labuschange is back up. But he is shaking his head and gritting his teeth. No one can do anything about this. He is doing a few situps for the time being.
  • The physio is out in the middle. Not sure what can he do! Just give some words of comfort perhaps. Ben Stokes who got hit in the same region in the last match, is scratching his head and is the only man who is beside Labuschagne and Paine. No other English player is even remotely interested. The umpires meanwhile have a chat with one another. Focus now shifts to Labuschagne again. He looks in terrible pain and it might be a while before we get going.
  • 38.6 Ouch! That would have hurt! Marnus Labuschagne is in immense pain. He is crawling inside the crease before going flat on the ground to catch some breath. Fractionally short in length around off, nipping in and beating the bat of Marnus. He takes a blow on the box and immediately goes down. Broad has no sympathy to show here as he gets back, collects his hat and moves away. We can see the physio coming out now. What will he do? 149/5
  • 38.5 Short of a length delivery on middle and leg, Paine drags his attempted pull shot down to fine leg for a run.
  • 38.4 Fullish and on off, Tim has a straight bat down in defense.
  • 38.3 Short in length on middle, Labuschagne pulls it down to the left of fine leg and takes just a run. Should have been two. Poor running.
  • 38.2 Good length ball close to off, Paine stays back to defend but it takes the inner half and runs down to fine leg for a run.
  • The sun is out now. Looks like we will definitely play till 7.30 pm local. (1830 GMT). There are around 19 overs left after this.
  • 38.1 Very full in length around off, Paine covers the line and blocks it solidly.
  • 37.6 Back of a length delivery just outside off, holding its line, Labuschagne withdraws his bat at the last point. 146/5
  • 37.5 Nice and straight this time by Stokes. Marnus defends it from the crease to mid on.
  • 37.4 Good length ball on middle, Paine turns it off his pads through square leg for a run.
  • 37.3 Some movement on this delivery. It shapes away after landing. But the line is too wide outside off to trouble the batsman.
  • 37.2 Good length delivery just outside off, not enough movement, Paine lets it through to Jonny.
  • 37.1 Starts well. Puts a length ball in the channel outside off, Tim is forward to cover the line and then makes a leave.
  • Ben Stokes is back on, replacing Jofra Archer. Ben was expensive in his first spell, going for 30 in 5 overs. Redemption time?
  • 36.6 Full and around off, Marnus drives but finds the extra cover fielder. 145/5
  • 36.5 On and around off, Labuschagne covers the line and blocks.
  • 36.4 Labuschagne has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 36.3 In the zone outside off, Marnus shoulders arms.
  • 36.2 Drifting down the leg side, Labuschagne tries flicking but misses.
  • 36.1 Lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 35.6 Back of a length ball around off, shaping in, Paine covers his stumps and shoulders arms. 145/5
  • 35.5 In the channel outside off, allowed through to Jonny.
  • 35.4 FOUR! A confidence booster! Archer pitches it up and around off, Paine takes a positive stride forward and unfurls a lovely off drive for a boundary. This will make the Aussie skipper feel a lot better about himself.
  • 35.3 Good length delivery outside off, left alone.
  • 35.2 Leading edge saves Tim Paine! Archer spears in a very full ball on middle, Paine brings his bat down just in time. On the point of impact, his willow turns and the ball takes the leading edge. It then rolls safely to covers. Archer is bowling with a lot of fire at the moment.
  • 35.1 Hurls in a good length delivery outside off, Paine has nothing to do with it.
  • 34.6 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 141/5
  • 34.5 Another watchful leave outside the off stump by Marnus.
  • 34.4 Lands it on a length and wide outside off, an easy leave for Marnus.
  • 34.3 On the pads, Paine tickles it fine down the leg side and collects a single to open his account. After two ducks, it's a welcome sight for the Aussie fans.
  • 34.2 Delivers it on a length and outside off, Tim shoulders arms.
  • 34.1 Short in length around off, Labuschagne nicely gets on top of the bounce and pulls it in front of square leg for a single.
  • The side is in pain and in comes Tim Paine. A captain's knock is needed since eternity. Could today be the day?
  • 33.6 OUT! BOWLED ROUND HIS LEGS! One can feel unlucky for Matthew Wade. But Jofra will take it. A length ball, down the leg side, Matthew gets across to tuck but is beaten by pace. He is caught on the thigh pads, and falls over. Sadly for him, the ball clips his pads, hits the bat and then rolls back. Trickle, trickle, trickle and onto the stumps. My colleague Kamtishwar calls that an own goal. Fancy term. Archer has his third and Australia have lost 3/3 in 15 balls! 139/5
  • 33.5 Down the leg side, left alone.
  • 33.4 HALF CENTURY FOR MARNUS LABUSCHAGNE! His second in as many innings. Come in as a substitute for the great Steven Smith, he has certainly not done any harm to his Test future. Another gutsy knock. Gets there with a gentle push through the covers and takes a single. A solid display once more. Raises his bat to the dressing room. Can he double this?
  • 33.3 A short ball down the leg side, Marnus lets it go.
  • Umpire Joel Wilson isn't a popular man anyway and now he is seen checking the light meter. The crowd starts to boo. Marnus Labuschagne is just ready to head off but nooo, Wilson decides that it's good enough to carry on. Boos turn into cheers and Joel wins a few fans here. Keep playing...
  • 33.2 A short ball outside off, Labuschagne hops to cut but is cramped for room. The ball hits his glove and drops down in front of gully.
  • 33.1 A bouncer down the leg side, Labuschagne ducks.
  • 32.6 Good length delivery outside off, Wade makes a watchful leave. 138/4
  • Matthew Wade is in next with Australia going downhill again.
  • 32.5 OUT! What a sight for a fast bowler! Kissing the top of off stump. A duck for Travis Head. Spectacular delivery by Broad. Told you, outswingers close to off stump from 'round the wicket line are very tough to negotiate. Stuart has dished it out in the line of the off stump and gets it to move just enough to beat the outside edge of Head's bat. The southpaw didn't cover the line too well there. Could have done better. But he got squared up while playing the trajectory of the ball. The ball clips the top of off stump and Head hears the death rattle loud and clear. Broad is up and running in joy. The crowd rejoice. Two quick wickets have brought England back in the contest again.
  • 32.4 Beauty by Broad! He has bowled such gems all day. An outswinger close to off stump, unplayable. Head tries his best to defend but misses.
  • 32.3 Broad moves to 'round the wicket for Travis Head. He delivers it on a length outside off, Travis calmly allows it through.
  • 32.2 Short in length on off, Marnus pulls it with the angle to deep square leg for a run. Interestingly, there is a sweeper in the deep on the leg side. Plan is to bounce him out?
  • 32.1 Full length delivery, it's served wide outside off, Labuschagne is patient enough not to chase it.
  • 31.6 Another play and a miss to end a terrific over from Jofra Archer. 11-2-35-2 so far. 137/3
  • 31.5 On a length outside off, Head flirts with it but is beaten by the away movement.
  • 31.5 A length ball outside off, left alone. THIS IS A NO BALL as Archer oversteps. Good for him that he was fine on the previous ball.
  • Travis Head walks in next at number 5 after a century partnership.
  • 31.4 OUT! Caught behind! No review this time. A legal delivery. A wicket at last. Nelson, surprisingly, has struck for England this time. The partnership was worth 111 and had taken just 137 balls before this one and was rocking the run rate up. Archer brings the crowd back to life. How similar are Warner and Harris when they bat? Very. Stance, stroke-making, footwork, running, you name it. And who dismisses both? One man - Jofra Archer. Mode of dismissal, both identical. Both jaffas. The Harris one had some extra bounce. This one did not have that much bounce but plenty of movement. On a length outside off, Warner stays back to defend. The ball comes in with the angle but then straightens a touch, to square the opener up. Takes the outside edge and Jonny Bairstow does the rest. No century for Warner again. He looked in the mood tonight. But England are up and running. Is a collapse around the corner now? They check for the overstepping but the West Indian is fine.
  • 31.3 Outside off, moving away, a play and a miss.
  • 31.2 A bouncer on middle, David ducks in time.
  • 31.1 Nicely done by Jos Buttler. My colleague was asking four hours ago (how time flies), where is Jos Buttler? There he is. Full and around off, Labuschagne flicks it through mid-wicket. Jos Buttler gives it a chase from short mid-wicket and dives full length to pull the ball back in. Three runs taken. The stand moves to 111 from 135 balls.
  • 30.6 Full and wide outside off, Warner plants his front foot forward and then makes a leave. 133/2
  • 30.5 NOTHING ON THE ULTRA EDGE! Not for the first time that the umpire is seen getting his decision overturned in this Test series. Warner was very confident right from the beginning and the replays have vindicated his decision to take the DRS. Excellent delivery to begin with. It's an outswinger which has troubled Warner quite often in this innings. Broad has planted his delivery in the off stump channel and Warner is forced to play the line. But the ball changes its direction just a shade to beat his bat. There is some sound though, the English players are jumping up and down in an appeal and then the next frame shows Broad pumping his fists in celebration. The finger has gone up. But David is going nowhere, he knows that he has not edged it and gets the decision changed by using the technology.
  • Edged and taken! At last, a wicket for England. Warner has been adjudged caught behind. However, he has taken the review. In a bit of anger too. As if to say to Labuschagne, 'Mate, no way I hit that!' Here comes Ultra Edge. Nothing. Absolutely nothing. When ball goes past bat, nothing. When bat goes past pad, nothing. What was the noise? Another decision overturned...
  • 30.4 Lands it on a length outside off, Warner allows it through this time.
  • 30.3 Full in length and on off, Warner closes the face of his bat in time and helps it through backward square leg for a couple of runs.
  • 30.2 Shout for an lbw! Good length ball on middle and leg, angling down with some extra bounce, David tries to glance from the back foot but fails to connect. He is hit high on the pads, Broad appeals but he is the only one doing so. Turned down by the umpire.
  • 30.1 Wrong line to begin a new spell. Angling down the leg side, Warner tries to work it away but misses.
  • Stuart Broad returns to partner Jofra Archer again. 8-3-21-1, so far from him.
  • 29.6 FOUR! Poor ball and punished! Short in length and wide outside off, Marnus camps back and whacks it through backward point for a boundary. 131/2
  • 29.5 Superbly negotiated. Top technique. Archer bangs in a well-directed short ball, Labuschagne sticks on the back foot, keeps his eyes on the ball, drops his wrists and then allows it through.
  • 29.4 Back of a length ball on middle and leg, Warner fails to work it around and it goes off his thigh pad to fine leg. A leg bye is taken.
  • 29.3 Jofra switches to 'round the wicket now and angles in a full ball around off. Warner pushes it with soft hands towards mid off, comes a few steps ahead and then shouts 'wait on'.
  • 29.2 Warner has donned the attacking mode now, it appears! Archer digs in a short ball just outside off, David leans back and slams it over point for a couple. 100-run stand comes up!
  • 29.1 Play and a miss! Width on offer outside off, Warner goes chasing after it but misses.
  • England losing the grip over this Test match and Joe Root dials Jofra Archer! 9-2-25-1, so far.
  • 28.6 Slips a length ball down the leg side, this time Marnus fails to get any bat behind it. 124/2
  • 28.5 In the channel outside off, easily left.
  • 28.4 FOUR! Australia are getting a bad ball now almost every over! The current run rate is 4.32, that's impressive under these conditions. Sliding down the leg side, Marnus Labuschagne helps it fine off his pads to the boundary line.
  • 28.3 Well left! Woakes hurls in a length ball just outside off, Labuschagne covers his stumps well and then shoulders arms.
  • 28.2 A length ball on off, angling in, Marnus keeps his bat close to his body and plays it out to mid on.
  • 28.1 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 27.6 FOUR! Eased away! A full toss outside off, a hint of away movement in the air, Warner just opens the face of his bat and guides it wide of backward point for a boundary. 12 from the over, Australia are going on nicely at the moment. 120/2
  • 27.5 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 27.4 FOUR! Up and over backward point! 30th Test fifty for David Warner, but most importantly, his first in this series. He raises his bat towards the Aussie dressing room. Some boos from the crowd, as has been the case with this moralistic English crowd. Anyway, David has stepped up in the absence of Steven Smith. A length ball around off, angling away, Warner pushes at it early and hence fails to control his shot. It flies and evades the leaping backward point fielder for a boundary. Fine knock so far but he cannot afford to relax under these demanding conditions. Go on, get a big hundred and silence everyone with your bat.
  • 27.3 Good length ball on middle and off, Warner stays back footed and defends it watchfully.
  • 27.2 FOUR! Bang! Short and wide outside off, Warner rocks back, latches onto it and slaps it square of the wicket on the off side for a cracking boundary. Moves to 49 now.
  • 27.1 Very full in length around off, Warner leans forward and pushes it out to covers.
  • Change of shoes for Marnus Labuschagne.
  • 26.6 Outside off, shaping away, Marnus allows it through to complete the over. 108/2
  • 26.5 FOUR! Woakes is a bit too straight in his line, Labuschagne gets his front leg forward and then flicks it superbly off his pads through square leg. The partnership is now 17 short of a century.
  • What happened there? Labuschagne delays things a bit. Picks out something out of his shoe. What's that? A spike? That is our guess. Hands it to umpire Joel Wilson who comes rushing in.
  • 26.4 This one is too wide outside off to make the batsman play.
  • 26.3 Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 26.2 Back of a length ball around middle and leg, Marnus tickles it down towards fine leg for a run. The deep fielder takes it casually, doesn't give the charge and the batsmen steal the second run also.
  • 26.1 FIVE RUNS! England in charity mood at the moment! A length ball on middle and leg, Warner tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It rolls behind square leg and they cross for a run. The fielder there has a shy at the striker's end but is not balanced. He misses the stumps and Jason Roy also misses to back up the throw with a dive. Bonus runs for Australia, 100 comes up!
  • 25.6 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 97/2
  • 25.5 In the channel wide outside off, Labuschagne shoulders arms.
  • 25.4 A muted appeal for a caught behind! Good length delivery on middle and leg, drifting down further, Labuschagne gets forward and across to attempt for the flick shot but fails to connect. It goes behind with some sound and Bairstow dives across to his left to collect the ball. The replays show that it clipped the trousers of Marnus.
  • 25.3 Bumper! Labuschagne ducks underneath it with ease.
  • 25.2 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 25.1 FOUR! Controlled pull shot! Stokes digs in a short delivery, Labuschagne fetches it from outside off and pulls it off his front foot. Doesn't middle it the way he wanted to but still it races away through square leg for a boundary.
  • 24.6 Shout for an lbw! Not given. Woakes delivers it on a length in the line of the stumps. The ball lands and straightens and pings Warner on the back leg as he fails to defend. The appeal is made but not entertained. Either an inside edge or too high. No replays shown. So your guess is as good as mine. 93/2
  • 24.5 Serves it on a length around leg, Warner is on his toes as he taps it down in front of square leg.
  • 24.4 On a length and around off, angling away from the batsman, Warner feels for it and misses.
  • 24.3 Good length delivery on middle and leg, Warner defends it from the crease to mid-wicket.
  • 24.2 Hurls in a fuller length ball close to off, shaping in, Labuschagne brings his bat close to the front pad to keep it out but it takes the inner edge and rolls towards short fine leg for a run.
  • 24.1 Good length delivery outside off, a little bit of outswing there, Labuschagne shoulders arms to let it go. After going past him, the ball becomes an inswinger as Jonny collects it.
  • 23.6 Outside off, a confident leave this time. 92/2
  • 23.5 On a length outside off, Warner has a tentative poke inside the line and misses.
  • 23.4 A length ball wide outside off, left alone. Almost goes to first slip. No, nowhere near the Harmison classic of the 2006 Ashes at the 'Gabba. This is collected by Bairstow himself.
  • Ricky Thomas Ponting on air - 'Might have the bowlers bowl full and outside off, keep cover open and encourage the Aussies to drive through cover.'
  • 23.3 Full and swinging in, but pitched outside leg. Stokes falls over in his attempt to flick but misses and is hit on the front pad, then the back pad.
  • 23.2 Down the leg side, flicked through square leg for a single.
  • 23.1 FOUR! Nice delivery from Ben Stokes. A length ball, around middle, angling away, Labuschagne looks to push but the away movement takes a bit of an... let's say educated edge. Marnus did well to play that with soft hands, hence the ball stayed down. Went past second slip and with no third man, that is a boundary.
  • 22.6 Beaten again to complete an eventful over! Fuller in length and outside off, curving away, Warner pushes inside the line and misses. 87/2
  • 22.5 Away swinger served to the left-hander again, Warner, a clueless Warner, pokes at it and misses.
  • 22.4 Shortish and on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 22.3 Movement away from the batsman. Warner has a tame push inside the line from the back foot and the outside edge runs wide of gully for a couple of runs.
  • 22.2 On middle and leg, Labuschagne pushes it down with gentle hands towards mid-wicket. They again attempt for a sharp run as the fielder misses his shy at the striker's end. No overthrows this time.
  • 22.1 FIVE RUNS! Tapped down to cover-point for a boundary at wide long on. No, I haven't lost it. Will explain how! A good length delivery around off, Warner plays it down softly with an angled bat to cover-point and tries to steal a run. The fielder there attacks the ball, takes aim and has a shy at the non-striker's end but misses. Instead, it has hit the bat of Warner and then the ball speeds past the mid on fielder for a boundary. Brings back the memory of the recently concluded World Cup final. England benefited then and are now at the receiving end. Karma?
  • 21.6 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 79/2
  • 21.5 Stokes eyes an inswinging yorker, may be. But he fails to land it. The ball reaches the batsman as a full toss and Marnus pushes it through cover-point for a couple of runs.
  • 21.4 A confident off drive by Warner but he will get just a single for it. Woakes has made and outstanding diving stop at mid off.
  • 21.3 Straighter delivery, Marnus drops it with soft hands towards mid-wicket for a quick run.
  • 21.2 Shortish and on off, Labuschagne pushes at it and misses.
  • 21.1 Bang on the abdomen! Stokes gets a back of a length ball to jag back into the batsman from around off, Labuschagne decides to leave it alone but fails to take his body away from the line, reason - he thought it may move away after landing. The ball luckily escapes his elbow and strikes him on more fleshier part of the body. Wear arm-guards, screams my fellow commentator.
  • Play halted! Movement right above the sightscreen. Everyone is waiting for the spectators to settle down. As if we haven't seen enough delays in this Test already.
  • 20.6 Back of a length ball on off, shaping away, David Warner allows it through to make it a maiden over. 75/2
  • 20.5 On middle and off, Warner is forced to play this time and he defends it down from the back foot.
  • 20.4 Woakes gets closer to the stumps this time but it's not close enough to bother the batsman. Warner shoulders arms.
  • 20.3 Identical to the last delivery, Warner is very much watchful at the moment and knows where his off stump is. Easily left.
  • 20.2 Watchfully left this time. In the corridor of uncertainty, David has nothing to do with it.
  • 20.1 Shortish delivery outside off, Warner sticks back to have a tentative push inside the line but gets beaten.
  • 19.6 FOUR! A rare bad ball and Marnus has made sure to get a boundary from it. Stokes lands it on a length around middle, Labuschagne neatly deflects it off his pads to fine leg. 50-run stand comes up! Decent recovery from Australia under testing conditions. 75/2
  • 19.5 Fine delivery. On a good length and outside off, moving away, Labuschagne initially shapes up to push inside the line but then withdraws his bat.
  • 19.4 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 19.3 Straighter in line, worked from the crease to mid-wicket.
  • 19.2 Short in length and outside off, there to be hit and Warner flat-bats it towards point. The fielder there dives to make a half-stop and the batsmen cross for one.
  • 19.1 Good leave in the end! On a shortish length around middle, moving away from the batsman, Warner decides not to offer any shot and lets it through. Michael Holding (on air) is wondering that why England haven't tried inswingers to Warner so far. Fair point.
  • Ben Stokes it is then. He will also get good purchase from the surface and it's important from England's point of view that he maintains pressure from his end. Three slips waiting...
  • 18.6 FOUR! MARVELLOUS! Good, confident stroke. Full and outside off, Labuschagne comes forward and drives it straight back past the bowler. Stuart Broad at mid off starts a jog but then gives it up as he sees mid on run after it. Allows him to do the job of bringing the ball back. 70/2
  • Ben Stokes is stretching and loosening up. Maybe, his time has come to bowl.
  • 18.5 Down the leg side, Labuschagne gets across to flick but misses.
  • 18.4 Outside off, on a length, moving away, ML pushes it behind gully for a couple.
  • 18.3 Outside off, on a length, Marnus pushes but misses.
  • 18.3 FIVE WIDES! How on earth? How on earth? How on earth? Unbelievable swing. Woakes cannot believe it. Neither can anyone else. This one is landed outside off, on a length. Labuschagne has no business with it but the ball pitches and then seams a mile. Poor Jonny Bairstow has no way of reaching it as the ball goes past Joe Root at first slip and into the third man fence!
  • 18.2 Full and outside off, David pushes it wide of mid off, initially says, 'WAIT IN!' but then quickly yells, 'YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH! YEAH!' Labuschagne is in two minds whether to run or not and eventually responds. Makes it in time.
  • 18.1 IN THE AIR, FOUR! A lucky escape to start off the final session. A length ball outside off, moving away, Warner pushes at it defensively, not moving his feet and almost guides it straight to the man at.... fifth slip. Luckily for him, there isn't any fifth slip. The ball flies between fourth slip and gully to the third man fence!
  • Back on! It has brightened up now and the covers are off. The players are done with the Tea break as well and we are good to go now. Chris Woakes to begin proceedings...
  • ... DAY 1, THIRD SESSION ...
  • Update 1610 local (1510 GMT) - Tea has been taken on Day 1. It has started to rain now as well. Things looking pretty gloomy at the moment. We will try again after 20 minutes. Let's try to be positive and hope for the best.
  • Update 1558 local (1458 GMT) - The players are off! NOT RAINING! This time it has gone dark. Joe Root and the entire English team ain't looking happy as they trudge off the field. The Australian batsmen are off as soon as they were told to. It's the decision of the umpires. They have taken the reading and that's not conducive for the game to carry on. This reading will be the benchmark for the rest of the days now. Boos from the crowd. It's been that kind of a day. Stay tuned for more updates...
  • 17.6 FOUR! This will provide some confidence to Marnus. Archer is too straight with his line, full in length and Labuschagne clips it with nice timing through mid-wicket for a glorious boundary. 54/2
  • 17.5 Bang on the thigh pad! Back of a length delivery landing close to off, there is a hint of inward shape there as well. Labuschagne decides to leave it only to know later that it has come in to hit him on the thigh pad. Error in judgement surely.
  • 17.4 Almost drags it on! Indecision there from Marnus, wanted to play, wanted to leave, wasn't sure what to do! The delivery is just outside off, Labuschagne tries withdrawing his bat at the very last moment but it takes the inside edge and strikes him on the pads.
  • 17.3 Full in length and on off, Labuschagne defends it right under his watchful eyes.
  • 17.2 Fullish and on middle, Warner leans forward and eases it past Broad at mid-wicket. The tall bowler runs with heavy legs and pulls it back near the fence. The batsmen complete two and then take the third run on the throw. 50 UP FOR AUSTRALIA.
  • 17.1 Good length ball on off, Warner stays back footed and defends it to the off side.
  • 16.6 Nice line and length, on and around off landing on a fuller length, it's solidly defended off the front foot to covers. 47/2
  • 16.5 Delivers it on a length and just outside off, Labuschagne covers his stumps and makes a safe leave.
  • 16.4 Pitches it up and around off, Warner does well to get forward and play at it as late as possible. He bunts it towards mid off and scampers across to the other end.
  • 16.3 The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single.
  • 16.2 Good length ball around off, shaping away a bit, Labuschagne defends it from the back foot.
  • 16.1 Starts his spell with a length ball close to off stump, Warner pushes it with soft hands towards cover-point. Denly there makes a partial stop with a dive and the batsmen cross for a run.
  • Stop the press! There is a bowling change! Chris Woakes gets the ball in hand.
  • 15.6 Well left in the end! Archer continues to vary his lengths smartly. Alters his length and bangs in a short ball in the line of the stumps, Marnus does well to keep his eyes on the ball as he makes a leave. 44/2
  • 15.5 Archer goes very full this time, it's around off and Labuschagne does well to keep it out at the last moment.
  • 15.4 Serves it on a length and just outside off, it's an outswinger, well picked by Marnus. He gets his front foot to the line of the delivery and then shoulders arms.
  • 15.3 Short in length and the line is outside off, Marnus drops his wrists and allows it through to the keeper.
  • 15.2 Pitches it up and around off, Warner pushes it down the ground through mid off. Doesn't overhit it and gets three runs.
  • 15.1 Archer doesn't need any time to strike the right chord. Straightaway on the mark. Angles in a length ball, around off, Warner gets a bit squared up and defends it out from the outer half of his bat to the off side.
  • Here comes Jofra Archer. Again. 7-2-15-1 so far.
  • Predicto Praky - I would so love to be a bowler now. A fast bowler at that. Come in, bowl 4 overs, then go back and take rest. Again come out, bowl 4 overs and again return. A seamer's day...
  • 14.6 Thriving for some movement, Broad overpitches outside off, Labuschagne drives it square of the wicket on the off side and returns for the second run. 41/2
  • The wait is over! The hover cover has left the ground. Two umpires walk out to the centre and they are followed by the English players. Out come Marnus Labuschagne and David Warner to resume their innings. Stuart Broad to finish his incomplete over.
  • A bit frustrating. Looks like the hover cover is coming off. The conditions stay heavily overcast and the English players, not surprisingly, are already at the boundary. No Aussie players to be seen yet.
  • Update 1523 local (1423 GMT) - The rain has eased off and the groundsmen are drying the covers. The resumption time is 1540 local. Stay with us.
  • RAINING! 'What a loss this match is!' screams my colleague Nabu in frustration. The players are off and the crowd boos but just as the players go out, it stops drizzling! Everyone is smiling and the hover cover is not even in place to cover the pitch. Root is happy to come out but the Aussies have already gone in and are in no mood to return. Hmmm.... the wind picks up and now, the umpires ask the hover cover to cover the pitch. Root and his team though, have not gone far inside. There is no dugout in Tests but if ever there was one, there is this area just beyond the boundary, into the shelters and the English are standing over there. Just as we type that, more covers come on. This might be a passing shower, so might not be too much of a delay.
  • 14.5 Lands it on a length and close to off stump, Labuschagne is behind the line and blocks it safely.
  • Marnus Labuschagne is taking a double guard there, picks Ricky Ponting on air. Takes the middle stump first and then takes the off stump guard. Maybe, that will help him more with his trigger movement.
  • 14.4 Spears in a very full ball on middle, Warner tries to dig it out on the leg side but it takes the leading edge and rolls to covers for a run.
  • 14.3 Fullish and on off, Warner strides forward and pushes it softly towards extra cover. Archer moves swiftly to his right from mid off and the batsmen take two.
  • 14.2 Lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 14.1 FOUR! A bit tentative with his footwork but he will get a boundary. Full in length and outside off, Warner draws forward and while his front foot is getting landed he has made contact with the ball. Luckily, it's fairly from the middle of his blade and it races through cover-point.
  • 13.6 Plays out a maiden! The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 32/2
  • 13.5 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 13.4 Goes very full this time, around off, Labuschagne digs it out to mid off. Varying not just varying his line but length as well. Keeping the batsman on the edge.
  • 13.3 Archer is bowling beautifully! Getting the ball to move away at a fair click and making the life difficult for the batsman. Labuschagne is not entirely forward as he tries to drive. Gets beaten once more.
  • 13.2 Good length delivery in the region outside off, Marnus sensibly makes a leave.
  • 13.1 Bumper! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 12.6 A big grunt from Broad as he serves a fuller length ball close to off, Warner has nothing to do with it. Second maiden in a row! 32/2
  • 12.5 Fullish and on middle, Warner runs down the track and pushes it to mid on. Some different method to counter the movement.
  • 12.4 Lands it on a length and close to off, Warner picks the line early and decides that there is no need to play at it.
  • 12.3 This one is very wide outside off. Too full and shaping away further, an easy leave for David.
  • 12.2 Full in length again, outside off, Warner plants his front foot forward and then shoulders arms.
  • 12.1 Beaten! Full and around off, nipping away, Warner is drawn into play and gets beaten. Five men in the slips waiting for an outside edge.
  • 11.6 Beaten all ends up! A lovely outswinger, landing full and outside off, inviting the drive. Marnus is lured into it and gets beaten. Lucky, very lucky. 32/2
  • 11.5 Full in length and close to off, Marnus forces it back to the bowler.
  • 11.4 Good length in the channel outside off again, this time Labuschagne makes a conventional leave, shoulders arms.
  • 11.3 In the zone outside off, Marnus makes a leave like Steven Smith makes, a different type of followthrough of the bat.
  • 11.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 11.1 Sliding down the leg side, Labuschagne tries flicking but misses.
  • 10.6 Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 11 overs done and Australia will be happy to see Warner surviving till now. 32/2
  • 10.5 Stifled appeal for an lbw! A scrambled seam delivery, on middle and leg and shaping down, Warner tries to work it on the leg side but misses. He is hit on the pads, they appeal but nothing from the umpire. Missing leg.
  • 10.4 Very full in length and on off, David drives but immediately shouts 'wait in' as it goes straight to mid off.
  • 10.3 Angles in a full ball on off, Warner lunges and closes the face of the bat in time to work it through square leg. Easy couple to keep the scoreboard ticking.
  • 10.2 That's nearly the ball that got Khawaja. A misdirected delivery sliding down the leg side, Warner tries to flick but misses.
  • 10.1 A little predicted plan now. Full and just around off, nipping away, Warner takes his front leg forward and then makes a leave.
  • 9.6 Outside off, left alone. Good testing over by Archer. 30/2
  • 9.5 Back of a length ball angling down the leg side, Warner fails to work it around and it goes off his hips to fine leg for a leg bye.
  • 9.4 On a good length outside off, David covers his stumps and shoulders arms.
  • 9.3 FOUR! And Warner finds the gap through covers. It's a pitched up ball outside off, Warner strides forward and pushes it through the line. Doesn't try to hit it hard, just a gentle push that and it has raced away to the fence.
  • Five slips in place now.
  • 9.2 Smelling another wicket here! Outswinger outside off, Warner has no footwork to show as he pushes and misses.
  • 9.1 Play and a miss! Archer just puts it on a fuller length outside off and invites the drive. Warner obliges but the ball moves away to beat his bat. Not far away from the outside edge.
  • 8.6 Another delivery in the channel wide outside off, Marnus shoulders arms to complete a successful over for England. 25/2
  • 8.5 Too wide outside off, the new batsman has nothing to do with it.
  • Marnus Labuschagne is the new batsman. Out next to face the music. For once, England will be happy that there is no Steven Smith to look out for. They would have been happy in the previous Test too but in this case, they will be on fire. Labuschagne was calm and composed at Lord's. His side needs him to show that calmness here.
  • 8.4 OUT! Khawaja is strangled down the leg side. Outswingers troubled but it's a misdirected inswinger that has fetched Broad a wicket. A length ball angling down the leg side, Khawaja tries to flick it off his pads but fails to middle his shot. There is some sound as it goes behind to Bairstow who catches and runs in appeal. Broad is also ecstatic but the umpire is unmoved. Root is convinced here and goes for the DRS. The replays come in and the Ultra Edge straightaway detects some wood. Second blow to Australia. Now both the new-ball bowlers have a wicket apiece.
  • Caught behind? Umpire Gaffaney is unmoved. Bairstow is adamant that a review be taken and Root obliges. Here comes Ultra Edge. Another decision will be overturned because there is a massive spike when the ball goes past bat!
  • Here are the revised session timings. The second session will be from 2 pm till 4.40 pm local time (1300-1540 GMT) while the last session will be of 2 hours from 5 pm local. Plus, an additional 30 minutes of play will be provided. All these, assuming, there is enough light of course.
  • 8.3 FOUR! Off the outside edge. Fuller and close to the off stump line, Khawaja tries defending but it takes the outside edge and runs through the gap between gully and point for a boundary. Gentle hands.
  • 8.2 Good length ball on off, defended from the crease by Usman.
  • 8.1 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 7.6 Nearly edges it! Away swinger for a left-hander from 'round the wicket line, David is drawn forward as he pushes inside the line. Gets beaten. Smiles exchanged. 21/1
  • First time David Warner will be facing Jofra Archer today!
  • 7.5 Back of a length ball around leg, Usman remains back footed and plays late at it. He eases it off his hips towards fine leg for a run.
  • 7.4 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 7.3 Full and around off, Khawaja covers the line and pushes it defensively to mid-wicket.
  • 7.2 Beaten! Moving away from the left-hander, Khawaja gets forward and pushes inside the line but only to get beaten.
  • 7.1 Fuller in length on off, Khawaja pushes it down to mid on.
  • 6.6 Huge shout for an lbw! Not given. No DRS taken. They didn't review a similar lbw shout in the first innings of the Edgbaston Test and David was later found to be plumb. Full in length, in fact very full, landing close to leg and straightening a bit, Warner tries flicking but misses. They appeal for an lbw, not given. No replays shown so far. 20/1
  • 6.5 On a good length close to off, Warner cover his sticks and shoulders arms.
  • 6.4 FOUR! This will give some confidence to David. A fullish ball around off, angling in, Warner leans forward and across and flicks it with gentle hands. The timing is brilliant and it races in front of square leg for a boundary.
  • 6.3 Wow, this is some excellent bowling by Broad. He is persisting with his line around off and is continuously bowling outswingers. Warner has a tame push inside the line and misses.
  • 6.2 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 6.1 EDGY! It's very tough to deal this line from 'round the wicket. An outswinger on middle and off, shaping away, David tries working it on the leg side but gets a soft leading edge towards point.
  • 5.6 Too full in length on middle and off, Khawaja hangs back and tentatively keeps it out towards cover-point. 16/1
  • 5.5 Wrong line. Good length going down the leg side, Khawaja shapes up to tickle it fine but fails in his attempt.
  • 5.4 In the corridor of uncertainty, Usman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 5.3 Good length ball just outside off, moving away, Khawaja feels for it and is beaten.
  • 5.2 A bit of a leading edge there. Fullish ball close to off, nipping away, Khawaja closes the face early as he tries to flick. It takes the leading edge and rolls in the gap at covers for a brace.
  • 5.1 Archer also steams in from 'round the wicket and pitches it very full on off, Usman sticks back inside the crease and digs it out on the leg side.
  • 4.6 Too wide this time, outside off, Warner makes a confident leave. 14/1
  • 4.5 The ball is too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 4.4 Phew! Had Khawaja missed this, he would have been a dead duck. Broad shifts his line to middle and serves an outswinger. Khawaja shuffles across the stumps and is lucky to have his bat down in time to play it out towards mid on. Another single taken.
  • Four slips and a gully now.
  • 4.3 What a delivery! Good luck playing that. Khawaja is really lucky not to have edged it behind. Lovely outswinger. It's close to off stump, Usman tries playing the line but is beaten by the movement.
  • 4.2 Goes very full and very straight this time, Warner works it on the leg side, picks the gap at mid-wicket and rotates the strike.
  • 4.1 Excellent start! Right on the money. Broad speeds in from 'round the wicket and puts it on a fuller length outside off. Warner is drawn forward as he pushes at it. But the away movement means that the bat is beaten.
  • The players are on the field. David Warner has Usman Khawaja for company. 76 overs to be bowled today, looks unlikely but who's complaining if they get all bowled. Three slips in place. Broad runs in...
  • Update 1345 local (1245 GMT) - Finally, we have some update from the ground. The covers are going off one by one and the resumption time is decided to be in 15 minutes. Let's hope there is no more rain intervention today.
  • Welcome back! We are waiting for any official news from the ground about the resumption time. Rain is no longer there is the latest we can tell you at the moment. Let's wait and watch how things unfold.
  • ... DAY 1, SECOND SESSION ...
  • Update 1245 local (1145 GMT) - Latest update is that an EARLY LUNCH has been taken and play will resume at 1325 local (1225 GMT) provided the rain stays away. We will see you soon.
  • Update 1225 local (1125 GMT) - RAIN IS BACK! Marcus Harris is leading all the players back to the pavilion. The hover cover meets the playing area again. The umpires will be thinking about an early Lunch. But nothing official as of now. We will let you know as soon as there's any update. Stay tuned.
  • 3.6 OUT! Caught behind! This was always coming after a barrage of outswingers! What a peach of a delivery by Jofra Archer! He hurls in a length ball close to the off stump line at 87.3 mph. Harris is stuck on the back foot in an attempt to defend. But to his bad luck, there is extra pace and bounce on this delivery. It kisses the outside half of his bat and flies to the left of Jonny Bairstow. The Yorkshire lad makes no mistake as he snaps it safely. Not a happy Ashes debut for Marcus. 12/1
  • 3.5 Extra pace and bounce on middle and leg, Harris tries to work it around but misses.
  • 3.4 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 3.3 EDGY FOUR! Uff, that nearly carried to the slip cordon. Good length ball around off, Harris tries blocking but it moves away to take the outside edge. It flies behind and Stokes at third slip makes a diving attempt. The ball drops just short, brushes his left hand and speeds behind for a boundary.
  • 3.2 Back of a length delivery in the zone outside off, Marcus sticks back and shoulders arms.
  • 3.1 In the channel outside off, Harris has an easy leave.
  • 2.6 Yet another play and a miss. You can't do much with such deliveries. Fullish and close to off, David tries his best to defend but it curls away to beat the edge. Smiles exchanged between Warner and Broad. 8/0
  • 2.5 Unplayable! Lucky to not edge it. Broad serves a length ball in the line of the off stump, Warner tries playing the trajectory but the away movement once again beats his bat.
  • 2.4 Swing and a miss! Broad shortens his length a bit and delivers it outside off. David thinks there is enough room to slap it through point but nopes, it has some movement in it and the bat is beaten once more.
  • 2.3 Beauty by Broady! A length delivery, on and around off, Warner tries defending but gets beaten by the slight away movement.
  • 2.2 Fullish and on middle, Warner middles his flick shot but finds the mid-wicket fielder.
  • 2.1 Four byes! Broad loses his line. Serves a full ball on leg and it goes further down with the angle. Warner fails to flick and it misses his pads before racing away to the fine leg fence.
  • 1.6 FOUR! Australia are away in this Test match! Another delivery sliding down the leg side, all Harris needs to do is to get some bat behind it. He does so and it races away to fine leg for a boundary. 4/0
  • 1.5 The line is straighter on this occasion. Some extra pace and bounce as it drifts down, Harris is beaten for pace as he tries to flick. Misses and takes a blow on his thigh pad.
  • 1.4 Another play and a miss! Slightly short in length and around middle, it moves away and Harris tries to push at it from the crease. Gets beaten comprehensively.
  • 1.3 Oohhh...this one missed the outside edge by a whisker! Archer gets closer to the off stump line this time. It lands full, drawing the batsman forward but then the angle leaves the batsman and beats his bat.
  • 1.2 This one is quite wide outside off, Marcus has his stumps covered as he makes a comfortable leave.
  • 1.1 Angling across the left-hander, on a length and around off, Harris shoulders arms.
  • Here comes the talk of the town! Jofra Archer is unleashed into the attack from the other end. First ball in the series for Marcus Harris.
  • 0.6 Hurls in a good length ball in the channel outside off, Warner has nothing to do with it. Good testing over first up by Stuart! 0/0
  • 0.5 That's a real tempter! Broad dishes one out on a driving length outside off, plenty of away movement on this delivery, Warner shows restrain as he allows it through.
  • 0.4 Gem of a delivery. That's the line and length. Beautiful. Angling in on a length around off, Warner tries defending from the back foot but it nips away to beat the outside edge.
  • 0.3 Broad pulls his length back this time. Back of a length ball on off, David goes on his toes and defends it down safely.
  • 0.2 This time Stuart goes fuller than the last time. It's around off and shaping in a bit, Warner is forward as he pushes it from the inner half of his blade to mid on.
  • 0.1 Broad runs in from 'round the wicket and angles in a good length ball on off, Warner covers everything well and blocks it back solidly.
  • Let's play! Please, say that again. Let's play! Oh yes, the rain is behind us now. But if we look up, there are still angry clouds hanging over the stadium. Scary! Anyway, no point looking up, so let's look down. David Warner and his new opening partner Marcus Harris make their way out in the centre. Joel Wilson is back to officiate in this match and he is partnered by Chris Gaffaney. Kumar Dharmasena is the TV umpire. The condition is tailor-made for bowlers. Stuart Broad to begin proceedings. Three slips and a gully in place. Here we go...
  • Update 1156 local (1056 GMT) - Good news! The rain has stopped for now and the play is expected to start at 1210 local (1110 GMT).
  • Update 1115 local (1015 GMT) - RAIN HAS RETURNED! The covers are back on as well. This is going to be a really frustrating day for everyone. Stay tuned for more updates...
  • Australia (Playing XI) - David Warner, Marcus Harris (in for Cameron Bancroft), Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine(C/WK), James Pattinson (in for Peter Siddle), Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
  • England (Unchanged Playing XI) - Rory Burns, Jason Roy, Joe Root(C), Joe Denly, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow(WK), Jos Buttler, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach.
  • Toss - Up goes the coin and it comes down in favour of Joe Root. ENGLAND WILL BOWL! The English skipper feels the pitch is a good one for batting but he cannot ignore the conditions on offer. Tim Paine wasn't too sure what to do and was hoping that Root wins the toss, he smiles and admits. Regarding the team changes, England are unchanged while Australia have brought Marcus Harris and James Pattinson in place of Cameron Bancroft and Peter Siddle. Marnus Labuschagne keeps his spot, in place of Steven Smith.
  • England are trailing in the series but they have the momentum in this quick turnaround. They retained an unchanged XII and then added Ollie Pope as a cover for Jason Roy, who got hit on the head during the net session. If all goes well, England in all likelihood will field the same eleven. Australia, on the other hand, will have to make one forced change in their batting and then it remains to be seen which set of pacers they will pick for this Test match. All will be answered soon. Stay with us...�
  • Minus Steven Smith, how will Australia cope is the real question at the moment as Jofra Archer will be raring to have another go at the Aussies. The Caribbean lad has to be the most fearsome bowler for England in the Ashes history (at least from the time I've been following). Of course, you can rattle the opposition with swing (James Anderson) and reverse swing (Andrew Flintoff) but to terrify the batsmen as Jofra did has put him in a different league, a league where last Mitchell Johnson registered his name.
  • Recovered from the humdinger at Lord�s? What a spectacle it was at the Home of Cricket! Hostile bowling and gritty batting. Jofra Archer and Steven Smith! For a moment the world stopped and a team game revolved only around these two players. Archer knocking out the world's best Test batsman in his debut game made the headlines everywhere. Smudge returning to bat even after that killer blow surprised many, everyone applauded his lion-hearted effort and it was so resounding that those few who booed failed to hear their own voices. Take two, Marnus Labuchangne got the chance to become the first concussion substitute and believe me, he didn't disappoint the great batsman he was replacing. A draw was earned, although in a nervy manner and Australia still have the lead heading to Leeds.�

England Vs Australia Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • Australia have gained a 112-run lead and on this surface, it looks like a big one. It's now time for their batsmen to capitalize and not spoil all the good work. Can they bat England out of this Test match? Stay with us to find out...
  • Just one batsman reached the double-digit and that tells you about the dominance of the Aussie speedsters. Cummins and Pattinson played the supporting cast well and Lyon was not required for more than one over. Catching was brilliant too and apart from Wade dropping one just before the last wicket, they were right on the money.
  • Amazing scenes! J for Jofra! J for Josh! Both are star bowlers. One intimidates and picks wickets, another bamboozles with his accuracy and cunning movement. Just like Archer last evening, it's Hazlewood leading his team off the park. What an outstanding piece of bowling! The conditions were never as helpful as Day 1 but sometimes too much movement doesn't help you as a bowler. They end up missing the edge more than kissing it. Australia got just enough deviation from the pitch and made life troublesome for the English batsmen. This is now the fourth time since 2018 England have been bundled out under 100. Serious, serious issue!
  • 27.5 OUT! Stumps shattered! Hazlewood is running in celebration, his 7th fifer in Tests! He decides to keep it nice and straight, the pace is right up there and Leach, who is expecting another short one, shuffles across and tries to flick. He misses and the leg stump takes a beating. ENGLAND BUNDLED OUT FOR 67!
  • 27.4 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 27.3 WADE DROPS! A rare miss in the field for Australia today. Well-directed short ball, Leach fends it away and hits it in the air towards backward short leg. Wade reacts to his left, runs and catches the ball with a dive but fails to hold on.
  • 27.2 Short ball down the leg side, Jack turns and allows it through.
  • 27.1 Back of a length ball on off, Leach defends it back from the crease. England's lowest score in Headingley is 76 against South Africa. Can they cross that mark?
  • 26.6 Short and jumping onto the batsman, Leach again fends it away and this time it goes over short leg. They take a run. 67/9
  • 26.5 Almost a catch again! A rising delivery on middle, Leach is on his toes as he fends it away. The ball goes up and falls down in front of backward short leg.
  • Jack Leach is the last man out to 'try to bat'.
  • 26.4 OUT! The famous PERISCOPE! Can't believe, we were discussing about this type of dismissal during the Lunch break and it has happened. Cummins digs in a short delivery around off, Archer decides to duck but he keeps his bat hanging like a periscope. The ball goes closely past it, Paine catches the ball and appeals immediately. The umpire obliges but Archer wants to review it. No help from the technology for the West Indian-born though. The Ultra Edge detects a big spike and that spells the end of a brief knock by Jofra.
  • Jofra Archer has been given out, caught behind! He thinks a bit before taking the DRS. It's the famous periscope dismissal, the Ultra Edge confirms.
  • 26.3 Fights fire with fire. Another short ball hurled at Archer and this time he decides to pull it. Doesn't middle it well and top edges it in the air. It falls in no man's land at mid on and they take a couple of runs.
  • 26.2 Bumper! A typical fast bowler's response. Archer decides to duck this time.
  • 26.1 FOUR! Archer tees off! The crowd roars! They just love this kid. Short in length and on middle, Archer hops back to make room and pulls it thunderously to the deep mid-wicket fence.
  • 25.6 FOUR! Very full and on the pads, Broad nudges it fine down the leg side for a boundary. The crowd loved it. 60/8
  • 25.5 Shortish and on middle, Broad tries to defend but is beaten for pace. It heads over the stumps to the keeper.
  • 25.4 Sliding down the leg side, Broad allows it through to the keeper.
  • 25.3 Extra bounce from a shortish length around middle and leg, Broad gets into a tangle and somehow keeps it out from the outer half of his bat.
  • 25.2 Back of a length ball around middle and leg, Broad defends it off his back foot.
  • Stuart Broad is the new batsman.
  • 25.1 OUT! Wicket straightaway for Hazlewood as well, his fourth in the innings. Buttler, England's last hope, is removed. Smart bit of field placement, that. There is a short cover for any uppish drive and Usman Khawaja is manning that area. Now coming to the delivery - It's nice and full, inviting the drive. Hazlewood bowls according to the plan and Buttler walks straight into the trap. He strides forward with a loose drive, fails to keep it down and rest is history. Australia are roaring!
  • Josh Hazlewood to bowl from the other end. He will be eyeing a fifer!
  • 24.6 Fullish and on off, Buttler drives it down towards mid on for one. 56/7
  • 24.5 Back of a length ball on off, angling in, Archer once again is caught in an awkward position while dealing it. It takes his gloves and runs down to fine leg for a run.
  • 24.4 Short again, around off, Archer moves away from the line awkwardly.
  • 24.3 Yet another bouncer fired at Archer who ain't trying anything fancy. Ducks.
  • 24.2 Greets Jofra with a well-directed bouncer, Archer ducks at the last moment.
  • Jofra Archer is in next.
  • 24.1 OUT! IT'S A LEGAL DELIVERY! By just. Woakes is sent packing first ball after Lunch! Excellent start yet again for the Aussies. Cummins delivers a shortish ball around middle and leg gets a steep bounce. Woakes shapes up to glance it across the line but instead gloves it behind to Paine. The Aussie skipper makes no mistake and they are all celebrating. The umpire checks it upstairs for the front foot no ball and the replays show that Pat is JUST fine with his landing. 7 down are England with not much to come in terms of batting.
  • Chris Woakes is caught down the leg side. The umpire is checking for the front foot no ball...
  • We're back for the afternoon session. The Australian team is in a huddle and Tim Paine is sharing some motivated words with his boys. Big task lies ahead of Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes. 14 wickets have fell in the last two sessions. How many in this one? Let's find out. Pat Cummins (7-4-14-1) to steam in...
  • ... DAY 2, SECOND SESSION ...
  • England are in massive trouble! The conditions were tough no doubt but they weren't tougher than Day 1. It appeared last evening that the hosts will make most of the batting conditions in the morning but that wasn't the case. They fell like a pack of cards and spoiled all the good work done by their pacers on the first day. Their batsmen lacked the required application and we witnessed some questionable shot selection as well. Just four wickets left in the kitty and their deficit is 125 runs. Can the hosts fight back post Lunch and reduce the deficit, if not wipe it off? Or will Australia continue to dominate proceedings? Do join us in a short while to find out.
  • Josh Hazlewood hit the right chord from the word go and made life difficult for the English batsmen. A flurry of wickets fell and out of the six batsmen to get out only one had the pleasure of getting in the double-digit. Pat Cummins also displayed good control while James Pattinson fetched wickets courtesy poor shots. A word of praise for David Warner also. He grabbed four catches in the slip cordon and bounced back with a bang after a disappointing show at Lord's. He just needs another two to snatch that joint-record from Steven Smith and Vic Richardson for most catches by an Australian fielder in a Test innings. In fact, five catches are the most taken by a fielder from any team. So a world record is waiting for David after the break.
  • Fiery response from the Aussie bowlers! What a morning session for them! Led by the spectacular Josh Hazlewood, Australia have routed England. It was supposed to be a brilliant day for batting with the ground bathed in sunshine but the theory that the ball moves only under overcast conditions has been proven wrong by some skillful bowling from the Aussie speedsters.
  • 23.6 Good length ball on off and middle,Buttler defends it off the front foot to end the first session. Lunch on Day 2. 54/6
  • 23.5 Outside off on a length. Buttler shoulders arms to it.
  • 23.4 Nicked but well short. Good length ball on off, Buttler looks to defend but the ball takes the outside edge and goes towards second slip on a bounce. The key here was Buttler played it with soft hands and hence it did not carry.
  • 23.3 On the pads, Woakes flicks it towards square leg and gets to the other end.
  • 23.2 Amazing ball this! A perfectly directed shot ball this. It is closer to the off pole. Woakes looks to defend but the ball just about misses his glove.
  • 23.1 Good length ball outside off, Woakes leaves it alone.
  • 22.6 Brave leave! Pattinson bowls an outswinger around off, it lands on length and nips in. Buttler offers no shot and it goes over his stumps. 53/6
  • 22.5 Almost a yorker on off, Buttler drives it out to mid off.
  • 22.4 Bouncer! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment.
  • 22.3 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 22.2 Extra bounce from around off, Buttler fails to work it around and is hit high on the pads.
  • 22.1 FOUR! This should give a lot of confidence to Buttler. Pattinson overpitches outside off and Jos just leans into the drive to cream the drive through covers for a boundary.
  • 21.6 On a length and outside off Woakes is happy to let the ball through for the keeper to do the rest. 49/6
  • 21.5 FOUR! Hazlewood bowls one on the pads and Woakes flicks it off his pads through mid-wicket to get off the mark with a boundary.
  • 21.4 A a length and outside off, woakes drives it with the straight bat to mid on.
  • 21.3 On a length and in line with the stumps, Woakes is late in bringing his bat down only to defend it off the outside half of his bat towards the leg side.
  • 21.2 On a length and around off, Woakes is glued to his crease as he has a tame poke outside off only to be lucky not to edge it behind.
  • Chris Woakes is the new man in.
  • 21.1 OUT! Caught! Seems like either the keeper will take the catch or David Warner. The sixth one is down for England. Good length ball outside off, Bairstow has a poke at it and ends up getting a thick outside edge which goes towards first slip. David Warner dives full length across to his left and snaps a sharp catch. His 4th of the day and 3rd wicket for Hazlewood. This is a masterclass in fast bowling that we have seen this morning from Josh.
  • 20.6 Buttler is calm and he once again leaves the ball outside off. 45/5
  • 20.5 On the leg side, Jos flicks it but misses.
  • 20.4 Good length ball outside off, Buttler leaves it alone.
  • 20.3 Length ball outside off, Jos calmly lets it carry to the keeper.
  • 20.2 Good length Buttler leaves it alone.
  • Jos Buttler is the new man in. England's deficit is 134 and if they want to reduce it then Jos has to boss.
  • 20.1 OUT! Caught! Half the side back in the hut and the score has not even reached 50. Denly's luck has run out. Pattinson bowls it full and outside off, Denly goes for the drive. He had been beaten a lot of times but this time the ball finds the outside edge. It goes to the right of Paine. The Australian skipper makes no mistake. Pattinson is pumped up. Denly charmed knock is over.
  • 19.6 FOUR! Hazlewood keeps it on a length and outside off tempting Bairstow to go for the drive and the Yorkshire man obliges by going hard at the ball only to edge it between the slips and point fielders The ball goes to the third man fence in a hurry. 45/4
  • 19.5 Bairstow comes on the front foot to defend this length ball towards the off side.
  • 19.4 Bairstow just lets go the length ball on the fourth stump channel for the keeper to do the rest.
  • 19.3 Bairstow plays strong defensive shot off his front foot to this length ball outside off.
  • 19.2 A length ball outside off and denly plays with soft hands past the backward point fielder for a single.
  • 19.1 Hazlewood keeps asking questions. As he keeps persisting with the outside off length and Denly is beaten once again as he goes to play a drive.
  • 18.6 A maiden to end. Bairstow plays a solid front foot defence to this length ball. 40/4
  • 18.5 Denly once again blocks blocks this length ball off his front foot.
  • 18.4 James corrects his line and bowls a length ball outside off and Denly plays the defensive shot once again.
  • 18.3 Pattinson strays in his line as he bowls one down leg and Denly looks to flick it off his pads only to get beaten and take a blow on his thigh pad.
  • 18.2 Pattinson again bowls one on a length and Joe defends it towards covers off his back foot.
  • 18.1 James bowls on a length and Bairstow is equally brilliant in defending it off his front foot.
  • 17.6 Full on off, Denly strokes it through point and gets a couple to end the over. 40/4
  • 17.5 Joe has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 17.4 Beaten again! Excellent bowling from Hazlewood. Continues asking question to the batsmen. Full on off, this one also skids off the surface and luckily for Denly it does not kiss the outside edge.
  • 17.3 On off, Denly keeps it out.
  • 17.2 Beats the outside edge once again. Good length ball outside off, it moves away after hitting the deck. Denly looks to defend but misses. Warner at first slip goes up in an appeal but Paine does not.
  • 17.1 Fuller on off, JD defends it off the front foot.
  • 16.6 Uppish but safe. Fuller on leg, Denly flicks it uppishly but in no man's land at square leg for a single. 38/4
  • 16.5 Denly's struggle to find the gap continues. It is a length ball on middle and leg, Joe flicks it but finds mid-wicket.
  • 16.4 On the pads, Denly tries to flick but misses and gets hit on the thigh pad.
  • 16.3 Ouch! That must have hurt. Good length ball on off, Denly looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto his toe. He grunts out an audible ouch as the ball goes towards cover.
  • 16.2 Now corrects his line and bowls it on off, Denly defends it off the front foot.
  • 16.1 Hits the deck hard around the pads, Bairstow looks to turn it on the leg side. The ball goes off his thigh pad towards backward square leg and they take a leg bye.
  • 15.6 Short ball outside off, Denly sways away from it. 36/4
  • 15.5 Denly continues to ride his luck here. Length ball outside off, Joe looks to play it on the off side with a flat-bat. The ball takes the inside edge and misses the stumps on its way to the fine leg region for a brace.
  • 15.4 Fuller on off, Denly tucks it towards mid-wicket and shouts 'wait on' to his partner.
  • 15.3 Length ball outside off, Denly looks to defend but misses it.
  • 15.2 Ohhs and ahhs are the shout from the Aussie players. Length ball outside off, Denly shoulders arms to it.
  • 15.1 Good length ball on off, JD defends it off the front foot.
  • 14.6 Bouncer! Bairstow sits under it to get through the over. End of a successful first from Pattinson. 34/4
  • 14.5 On the stumps, Jonny keeps it out.
  • 14.4 Fuller on off, Bairstow defends it off the front foot.
  • Jonny Bairstow comes out much earlier than he anticipated.
  • 14.3 OUT! Caught! Pattinson strikes in his very first over. Guess who is the man to take the catch? It is David Warner once again. Very questionable shot selection from Ben, this is the downside of having good form. You feel you can hit every ball. Sorry Stokes, it's a new day, new Test, new conditions and definitely new situation. Disappointing. Pattinson has managed to tempt the batsman with a fuller length ball way wide outside off. It should have been easily left alone but Stokes thinks about chasing it. He does so, throws his bat at it and gets a fat outside edge to the slip cordon. It reaches Warner at an awkward height at first slip but the Bull is ready to grab everything coming his way after a poor catching show at Lord's. The crowd here in Headingley is stunned. Only the Aussies are celebrating. England staring down the barrel big time.
  • 14.2 FOUR! No power just pure timing from Stokes! Fuller around off, Stokes just squeezes it through point for a boundary.
  • 14.1 Starts with a length ball down the leg side. Stokes goes for the flick but misses.
  • James Pattinson is on now.
  • 13.6 Almost chopped on. Full outside off, Stokes looks to go for the drive but finds the inside edge of the bat. It misses the stumps and goes towards the fine leg region. They take a single. Hazlewood is unlucky not to get one more. 30/3
  • 13.5 On the fourth stump line, Ben shoulders arms to this one.
  • 13.4 Outside off, Stokes does not disturb that.
  • 13.3 On the pads, Denly glances it towards square leg and gets to the other end.
  • 13.2 Outswinger which is full on off and middle. Denly looks to play it on the off side but it goes off the outside edge towards gully.
  • 13.1 Fuller on off, Denly defends it off the front foot.
  • 12.6 Almost chops it on. Good length ball outside off, Denly initially looks to defend but then has a change of mind. He retracts from it. Joe is late though as the ball takes the inside edge of his bat. Luckily for him and England the ball goes past the leg stump towards the fine leg region for a single. 28/3
  • Helmet on for Wade. Seems like he will now go to short leg.
  • 12.5 Good looking pull but just a single. Back of a length ball on off, Ben gets on his back foot and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for one.
  • 12.4 Cummins strays one down the leg side. Stokes tries to flick it but misses.
  • 12.3 Stokes is off the mark. Fuller ball outside off, Stokes drives it through covers for a couple.
  • 12.2 Incoming ball outside off, Stokes leaves it alone.
  • 12.1 Back of a length ball on off, Stokes pulls it but finds mid-wicket.
  • The second hour after the Drinks break has begun. Australia are all over England at the moment. They have got rid of the top three and are bowling with a lot of aggression and enthusiasm. The onus will be on the English middle order now to take them out of the puddle.
  • 11.6 Full on off, Denly pushes it to mid on. 24/3
  • 11.5 FOUR! Stop the press, Denly is off the mark and that too with a bang! Fuller on off, Denly picks the length early and creams his drive through covers for a boundary. This will give Joe a lot of confidence. A much-needed one too.
  • 11.4 Gem of a ball again. Length ball outside off, it zips back in. Denly looks to defend but the ball goes right through the bat and body.
  • 11.3 Bouncer! It is around off pole, Denly sways away from it. 22 balls played by Denly and he is yet to get off the mark.
  • 11.2 Full ball on off, Denly defends it towards mid on.
  • 11.1 Fuller ball on off, Denly taps it back to the bowler.
  • Just a single over from Lyon. Josh Hazlewood is back into the attack. His first spell, 4-2-6-2, was exemplary.
  • 10.6 On the pads, Stokes flicks it towards mid-wicket. 20/3
  • 10.5 Stokes starts his innings with a calm leave outside off.
  • Ben Stokes walks out now. His team is in deep trouble and he will have to play a key role if they want to get out of this mess.
  • 10.4 OUT! Caught! Things going from bad to worse for the hosts. Their best batter of the tournament is out of here. Not the best ball this one. It is short down the leg side, Burns goes for the pull but he ends up getting a thin edge to the keeper. Paine behind the stumps takes an easy catch. Three down in no time and Australia are all over the English team like a rash. A rare failure for Rory, his first single digit score in this Ashes.
  • 10.3 Length ball around off, Burns strokes it to point.
  • 10.2 Good length delivery on off, Burns defends it solidly.
  • 10.1 Good bouncer, It is around the body, Burns looks to duck but he is late in his reaction. It hits Burns around the shoulder. He searches for the ball which falls beside the pitch on the off side.
  • 9.6 On the pads, Denly turns it to square leg to get through Lyon's first. 20/2
  • 9.5 Shorter on off, Burns punches it to cover for one.
  • 9.4 Off spinner pitching on middle. Denly looks to flick but the ball lobs behind short leg. The batsmen take two as the fielder cleans it up. It initially looked like it came off the bat but umpire Wilson signals a delayed signal of leg bye.
  • 9.3 Floated on off, Denly gets on his front foot and blocks it.
  • 9.2 Spin and bounce on this one. Flighted outside off, Denly shoulders arms to this. Paine does really well and takes it around his chest.
  • 9.1 Starts with a tossed up ball on the pads, Burns glances it to the on side and gets to the other end.
  • Spinner into the attack now. For the first time in this game actually. Nathan Lyon on now.
  • 8.6 Another ripper. Good length ball outside off, Joe looks to defend but once again gets beaten. 17/2
  • 8.5 JAFFA! Cummins steams in and hits the deck hard outside off, it comes back in and dissects Denly in half who was looking to defend it.
  • 8.4 Another appeal for LBW, turned down. Good length ball around off, it comes back in. Joe looks to defend but misses. The ball hits him on the thigh pad of his back leg. There is an appeal from Cummins but nothing from the umpire again. Height was an issue here as confirmed by Ball Tracker later on.
  • 8.3 Dangerous leave from Denly. Good length ball around off, it nips back in. Denly shoulders arms to it and the ball hits him high on the thigh pad. There is a stifled appeal but once again the umpire is not interested.
  • 8.2 On the fourth stump line, Denly leaves it alone.
  • 8.1 Good cricket all around. Good length ball outside off, it comes back in after pitching. Denly is aware of his off pole and leaves it alone. Paine behind the stumps, dives to his left and takes a very good leave.
  • 7.6 Fuller on middle and leg, Burns flicks it through mid-wicket and gets a couple to end the over. 17/2
  • 7.5 Another beautiful ball. Fuller on middle and off, it comes back in. Burns looks to defend but misses. The ball kisses the inside edge onto the pads. There is a stifled appeal but the umpire is unmoved.
  • 7.4 On the pads, Denly looks to flick but the ball deflects off his thigh pads towards the on side. They take a leg bye.
  • 7.3 Fuller on off, Joe defends it from right under his eyes.
  • 7.2 On the pads, Denly looks to flick but gets hit high on the thigh pad.
  • 7.1 Hazlewood is throwing venom's here. Not the pacy ones but the the one which changes the way it is moving. Fuller around off, Denly looks to defend but gets beaten all ends up.
  • 6.6 Burns sees of the over with a solid front foot defence. 14/2
  • 6.5 Burns rises on his toes to defend this length ball to covers off the full face of the bat.
  • 6.4 Now the ball keeps a bit low. Cummins is generating variable bounce here. He bowls one again on the length and brings the ball in a bit. Burns again looks to drive but gets beaten once again as the ball keeps low and goes past the outside edge.
  • 6.3 Cummins is getting extra zip here. He bowls one on a length and outside off, Rory Burns is sucked into the drive here but luckily for him the ball passes the outside edge and settles into the mitts of the keeper.
  • 6.2 On a length and around off, Rory Burns comes on the front foot and defends it with the full face of the bat.
  • 6.1 FOUR! Cummins bowls on a length and on the off stump, Rory Burns just flicks it off his pads in the gap through mid-wicket and the ball races away to the fence in a flash. Burns seems to be batting on a different pitch. He is continuing his good form while his other teammates are struggling to find the middle of the bat.
  • 5.6 Very full on off, Denly does exceedingly well to push it to mid off. 10/2
  • 5.5 NOT OUT! Height seemed to be an issue and it was the issue. Good review from Joe Denly. Good length ball pitching around off, it comes in venomously. Denly looks to defend but gets squared up. The ball hits him high on the back pad. The Australian players put in a huge appeal and after a good thought, umpire Wilson raises his finger. Joe has a chat with his partner and takes it upstairs. Replay rolls in and Ball Tracker shows that the ball would have missed the stumps. Denly survives! Had it not been for the review, England would have been in big danger here.
  • Joe Denly has taken the review against the LBW decision against him. Height can be an issue here. Let us see what the replay's have to say.
  • 5.4 On the pads, Denly looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the thigh pad.
  • 5.3 Edged but safe. Good length ball on off, this one moves away from the angle. Denly looks to defend but gets a thick outside edge. Thankfully for Joe, he plays it with soft hands and hence the ball falls well short of second slip.
  • 5.2 Good ball! Length ball coming in with the angle on off. Denly defends it late from right beneath his eyes.
  • Joe Denly replaces his skipper out in the middle.
  • 5.1 OUT! Back to back ducks for the English skipper! Hazlewood strikes again. Another brilliant ball from the Aussie quick. It starts on middle and off and zips away from the batter. Forcing Root to have a poke at it. Root looks to defend but gets a fat outside edge which goes to first slip. Warner once again does a good job and takes a fine catch. For the first time in Test cricket, Joe Root registers back-to-back ducks. The idea of batting the skipper at number 3 has not worked so far.
  • 4.6 Back of a length ball on middle, RB defends it towards cover to get through the over. 10/1
  • 4.5 Confident duck from Burns. He expects Cummins to pepper a short ball and Cummins obliges. Rory calmly sits under it.
  • 4.4 Length delivery on off, Rory defends it with a straight bat.
  • 4.3 On the 4th stump line, Burns has no hesitation in leaving it alone.
  • 4.2 Hits the deck hard outside off. Little bit of away movement here as well. Burns looks to defend inside the line and gets beaten.
  • 4.1 Good length ball outside off, Burns leaves it alone.
  • 3.6 On middle and off, Root defends it off the front foot to start his innings. 10/1
  • Skipper, Joe Root walks out at number 3.
  • 3.5 OUT! Caught! Hazlewood wins the battle and Roy's unimpressive red-ball form continues. Hazlewood serves it full around off, there is late movement on this one as the ball moves away just a bit. He tempts Jason to drive and Roy falls in the trap. He goes for it and ends up edging it to the right of first slip. Warner there gets down and takes a good low catch. Early breakthrough for Australia, just what the doctor ordered.
  • 3.4 Good length ball outside off, Roy shoulders arms to it.
  • 3.3 Excellent shot but what a stop from Hazlewood too! Full on off, Roy gets on his front foot and drives it straight as an arrow. Josh gets down and saves a certain boundary.
  • 3.2 FOUR! Crisp! This will give Roy a whole host of confidence. Back of a length ball around off. Roy picks the length early, gets on his back foot and punches it off the meat through covers for a boundary.
  • 3.1 Back of a length ball on off, Roy keeps it out of his back foot.
  • 2.6 On the fourth stump line, Burns has nothing to do with it and calmly leaves it alone. Maiden from Cummins too now. 6/0
  • 2.5 Closer to the off pole, and on a length. Burns gets behind the line of the ball and defends it.
  • 2.4 Bouncer! It is around off, Rory sees it coming and sits under it.
  • 2.3 Fuller on off, Burns blocks it off his front foot.
  • 2.2 Cummins charges in and bowls a pacy ball on the pads. Burns looks to flick but the ball hits his thigh pad and falls just short of the diving short leg fielder. Would not have mattered had it carried as there was no bat involved.
  • 2.1 Good length delivery on middle, Burns defends it towards mid on.
  • 1.6 Maiden for Hazlewood to begin with. Length delivery on middle and leg, Roy tucks it towards mid-wicket to see off, what was a dangerous over. 6/0
  • 1.5 Hazlewood continues to trouble Roy. Bowls it fuller outside off, tempting Roy to drive. Roy falls in the trap and goes for it and luckily for Jason he does not get any edge on it.
  • 1.4 Back of a length on middle, Roy this time connects well as he pushes it to mid on.
  • 1.3 Steams in and bowls another gorgeous outgoing ball. This is on the pads though, Roy looks to flick but misses and it hits him high on his pad once again.
  • 1.2 On top of off and middle, Jason defends it in an awkward manner towards mid on.
  • 1.1 Height seemed to be an issue there. What a start from Hazlewood. Josh comes in and serves it on a length outside off. The ball comes back in viciously. Roy looks to defend but the ball beats him and hits him high on his pad. There is a stifled appeal but the umpire is unmoved. Ball Tracker later on shows that the ball was going onto miss the stumps.
  • Josh Hazlewood to bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Good running to end the over! Good length ball angling in to the right-hander. Roy tucks it wide of mid on and takes off for a quick single. 6/0
  • 0.5 Good length ball on off, Jason defends it right off the meat towards cover.
  • 0.4 FOUR! Roy is off the mark. Fuller ball on off, Roy looks to defend but the ball zips away a bit and goes off the outer half of Roy's bat through the vacant backward point region for a boundary.
  • 0.3 Well left! Cummins hits the deck hard outside off, Roy shoulders arms to it. The ball keeps on raising and goes to Paine around his head.
  • 0.2 England are underway! Back of a length ball on middle and off, Burns defends it with soft hands towards cover and calls for a quick single. Roy responds and though the fielder is quick to get to the ball Jason makes his way inside the crease.
  • 0.1 Cummins starts with a good length ball outside off. Not a lot of movement on this one. It comes in just a hint. Burns is sure where his off stump is and he lets it carry to the keeper.

England Vs Australia Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • Big challenge awaits England now! The surface still has plenty of juice for the seamers and it's going to be tough for the fragile English batting. First up, they will have to negotiate the tricky period before Lunch. Stay with us for England's reply.
  • It was yet another good bowling show by England but they were nowhere near their first innings attempt. That though was mainly due to some sloppy catching. Ben Stokes stood out due to his effort while Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer also were on the money. A word for Archer here, he got injured last evening but bounced back with some intensity today morning, terrorizing the batsmen with his pace and picking two wickets.
  • Right then, Australia have managed 75 runs this morning in bargain of four wickets. Marnus Labuschagne once again showed great fight and along with James Pattinson, he raised a half century partnership. Post that stand, the wickets fell in a hurry, although Marnus constructed little stands to make sure that the target is 350-plus.
  • 75.2 OUT! Lyon drags it on! Archer finishes things for England! A short delivery around off, at 90 mph, once again Lyon gives the charge and tries to flat-bat it through the line but gets a big inside edge onto the stumps. Australia are all out for 246, leading by 358 runs!
  • 75.1 Funny! Lyon gives the charge to Archer. He then forces a length ball down to mid on.
  • 74.6 A yorker just outside off, too quick for the number 11 batsman. By the time he brings his bat down, the ball has gone past. Lucky for him, it wasn't in the line of the stumps. 246/9
  • 74.5 Full and angling in on off, solidly blocked by Josh.
  • 74.4 Fullish and on off, Nathan bunts it down to mid off for a quick run.
  • 74.3 Inside edge. Sharp delivery, on a length around off and moving back in, Lyon winds up for a big heave across the line but inside edges it onto his pads.
  • 74.2 FOUR! Bad bounce for Woakes in the deep. Short delivery on middle, Lyon pulls it down to fine leg where Woakes kneels to stop it but the ball bounces extra and goes over him to meet the fence.
  • 74.1 Short and outside off, Lyon tries pulling but misses.
  • 73.6 Shortish and on middle, Hazlewood fails to move away from the line and takes a blow on his body. Another hostile over from Archer comes to an end. 241/9
  • 73.5 FOUR! Lead crosses 350! Archer dishes out a sharp yorker on middle at 92 mph, Hazlewood gets his bat down in time and flicks it through mid-wicket.
  • 73.4 Back of a length ball on off, Hazlewood defends it off his back foot.
  • Josh Hazlewood is the last batsman.
  • 73.3 OUT! Marnus Labuschagne is run out on 80 and he walks amidst a big ovation from the crowd. Archer offers width outside off, Marnus makes room and slaps it down to third man off the outer half. He runs the first run hard, turns for the second, wants it anyhow but before that a sharp and accurate throw from Denly comes to Bairstow and he breaks the stumps in a flash. Labuschagne is found short in the replays and the third umpire flashes OUT on the giant screen. The replays also showed that Denly had fumbled a bit before picking the ball but he managed to recover quickly.
  • Appeal for a run out! Marnus Labuschagne is in question. He seems short. The replays confirm the same. The crowd erupts.
  • 73.2 Smell the leather Labuschagne! Archer is after his head. Another rip-roaring bouncer, on middle, Marnus leans back and sways away from the line of fire.
  • 73.1 Spears in a length ball on middle at 89 mph, Marnus hops back to make space and then drives it to covers.
  • 72.6 Hurls a good length ball in the zone outside off, Nathan shoulders arms. 236/8
  • 72.5 Edgy! Stokes angles in a length ball on middle, straightening a bit after landing, Lyon tries to flick but gets a leading edge through covers for a couple.
  • 72.4 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 72.3 Another beautiful outswinger by Ben, Lyon has no answer to that beauty. Tries to flirt with it but gets beaten.
  • 72.2 Nipping away from the batsman outside off, Nathan pushes at it and misses.
  • 72.1 In the air... SAFE! Short in length on middle, Lyon tries to play the horizontal bat shot but fails to time it well. It flies over square leg and falls in no man's land. The fine leg fielder puts in a run and stops the ball. They cross for a couple of times.
  • 71.6 Short in length and angling down the leg side again, Labuschagne moves across and tries to work it around but misses. 232/8
  • 71.5 Follows the batsman down the leg side with a bouncer, Marnus attempts to hook but misses.
  • 71.4 Good length ball on middle and leg, angling down, Lyon tries flicking but misses. It goes behind off his pads, Bairstow only manages a half-stop and the batsmen take a leg bye.
  • 71.3 Interestingly takes a single and exposes Lyon to Archer. A length ball on middle is tucked through square leg for one.
  • 71.2 FOUR! Nicely placed! Maybe, he was trying this shot on the last ball. Connects well. Short in length and outside off, Labuschagne stays back and ramps it down towards third man. There are two fielders behind square on the off side but he bisects them beautifully.
  • 71.1 Labuschagne is rattled after facing a barrage of bouncers in Archer's last over. Back of a length ball around off, Marnus moves back inside the crease and tries to steer it through the line but misses.
  • 70.6 Another play and a miss outside off by Lyon. End of a wicket maiden! 226/8
  • 70.5 Stokes spears in a yorker this time, Lyon somehow digs it out safely.
  • 70.4 Beauty of a delivery, angling in around off and then shaping away, too good for a number 10 batsman. Lyon does his best but still fails to put bat on ball.
  • 70.3 Good length ball outside off, shaping away, Lyon pokes inside the line and misses.
  • Nathan Lyon is in next.
  • 70.2 OUT! Caught at gully! Stokes hurls in a short ball around off, it jumps a bit onto the batsman, Cummins takes his eyes off the ball as he pushes at it. The ball goes off the outside edge and Rory Burns grabs a diving catch at gully. Nothing much offered in terms of batting by Pat. Maybe, those snorters from Archer in the previous over was playing in his mind and hence he got scared to watch a ball climbing onto him.
  • 70.1 In the region outside off, Cummins leaves it alone.
  • 69.6 Back of a length ball on off, hitting 90 miles now, it's defended off the back foot to complete a hostile over. 226/7
  • 69.5 Snorter! Archer once again bangs in a well-directed bouncer, Marnus is caught in an awkward position trying to fend it off. It takes the splice of his bat and loops up. There is no silly point in place and it falls down safely.
  • 69.4 FOUR! Nicely played! Short in length and outside off, Labuschagne stays back patiently and then guides it over the slip cordon for a boundary.
  • 69.3 In the channel outside off, left alone.
  • Physio is out again to check for concussion. No major harm done it seems. Taking this opportunity, the umpires have called for the drinks break. Marnus Labuschagne is on his haunches. Looking winded. As far as this Test match is concerned, it's been a good hour for Australia. They have built on their lead which is 334 now. Pattinson has been the only casualty for them as Marnus continues to hold one end, with some good fortune.
  • 69.2 BANG ON THE HELMET! Archer steams in and digs in a well-directed bouncer, Labuschagne decides to make the leave but fails to take himself away from the line of fire. It smashes Marnus on the grille of the helmet and he goes down. Archer shows no sympathy and returns to his mark.
  • 69.1 Bowls a length delivery outside off, at 83 kph, Labuschagne allows it through and this one shoots up on its way to the keeper. A good take over his head by Jonny.
  • 68.6 Short delivery on middle, Pat helps it through square leg for a couple of runs. 7 from the over, the lead is worth 334 now. 222/7
  • 68.5 Stays back and strokes it towards mid off.
  • 68.4 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 68.3 FOUR! Soft hands! A length ball close to off stump, Cummins presents an angled bat to it, allows the ball to come to him. It takes the outer half and runs through gully.
  • 68.2 Sliding down the leg side, Marnus fails to flick and it goes behind off his pads. Bairstow fumbles and the batsmen take a leg bye.
  • 68.1 Serves a length ball outside off, Labuschagne pushes at it and gets it away off the outside half of his bat towards point.
  • Pat Cummins walks in next.
  • 67.6 OUT! England finally have a breakthrough they dearly wanted this morning. The lead has reached 327 now though. Archer speeds in from 'round the wicket and hurls in a length ball on off, Pattinson stays back to defend but it shapes away a bit and takes the outside edge. Root takes the catch safely at first slip. A valiant stand comes to an end. 215/7
  • 67.5 Lands it on middle, Pattinson defends it on the leg side.
  • 67.5 Archer oversteps this time and bowls a bouncer. Pattinson ducks.
  • 67.4 Straighter on middle, Marnus works it on the leg side for one. 50-run stand comes up!
  • 67.3 Good length ball on middle, defended from the crease.
  • 67.2 Four byes! This one just shoots off the surface. Goes over the batsman and Jonny also fails to collect it with a jump.
  • 67.1 Miscommunication! Direct hit would have been curtains for Marnus Labuschagne. Shortish and on off, Pattinson dabs it down to the right of backward point and Labuschagne calls for a run. It's not there and suicidal. The fielder luckily for Marnus misses his shy at the striker's end.
  • 66.6 Bouncer on middle and leg, Marnus gets across, crouches a bit and then lets it go behind to the keeper. 208/6
  • 66.5 An outswinger outside off, landing on a good length, Labuschagne shoulders arms.
  • 66.4 Nearly a drag on! Stokes serves a length ball in the line of the stumps, Pattinson tries to block it from the crease but it takes the inside edge, beats the stumps and runs down to fine leg for a run.
  • 66.3 Fuller in length and on middle, Pattinson gets behind the line and defends it back solidly.
  • 66.2 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 66.1 Beaten! A length ball on off, shaping away, James pushes inside the line and misses.
  • 65.6 Short and outside off, allowed to the keeper. 24 runs in the last three overs, Australia are scoring runs at a good rate now. 207/6
  • 65.5 FIVE RUNS! Not for the first time in this Test match, third five of the game. Slightly short in length and on middle, Pattinson helps it down towards mid-wicket and rushes for a quick run. Rory Burns has a shy at the bowler's end but misses as James dives in. The ball misses the stumps and there is no one backing up. It's a boundary.
  • 65.4 Shortish and sliding down the leg side, Pattinson fails to get any bat behind it.
  • 65.3 Driven towards the mid on region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 65.2 Fuller again, on middle, James helps it with soft hands towards mid-wicket and steals a quick run.
  • 65.1 Fullish and on off, at a gentle pace, Pattinson pushes it out to mid off.
  • Jofra Archer (8.4-2-16-0) is back into the attack. Can he finish things off?
  • 64.6 200 up for Australia. On middle and leg, skidding in, Pattinson helps it through square leg for a run. 200/6
  • 64.5 A wayward bouncer. Down the leg side, Pattinson doesn't bother even watching it as he allows it through.
  • 64.4 Stokes tries to tempt the batsman once more. Puts it on a driving length outside off but Pattinson doesn't get carried away and watchfully makes a leave.
  • 64.3 FOUR! Slapped away! Pattinson was holding himself back all this while but not this time. He gets width outside off and slaps it through point for a boundary.
  • 64.2 This time the shine is on the inside and the ball moves back in from a shortish length outside off. Labuschagne stays back to defend but it takes a thick inside edge and rolls behind square leg for one.
  • 64.1 Beaten! Labuschagne is a bit fidgety at the moment. Stokes delivers it on a length outside off and gets it to nip away, Labuschagne pushes inside the line and misses.
  • 63.6 On middle and leg, Labuschagne clips it through mid-wicket and takes three runs. 11 runs and a dropped catch in the over! 194/6
  • 63.5 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 63.4 Short in length and on off, Marnus pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • 63.3 DROPPED! Labuschagne gets yet another life. Broad screams in anguish, he cannot believe his luck. A lovely outswinger around off, Marnus tries driving through the line but it shapes away to take the outside edge. It goes to the right of Bairstow who flies in that direction but fails to hang on. The batsmen take two and Australia's lead crosses 300!
  • 63.2 FOUR! Glorious! In an attempt to get something extra from the surface, Broad overpitches around off. Labuschagne strides forward, shows the full face of the bat and drives it crisply past the left side of the mid off fielder.
  • 63.1 Good length ball on off, shaping away, Labuschagne drives it behind square on the off side and looks for a run. He is sent back as Denly misses his shy at the striker's end.
  • 62.6 Too much movement there. Stokes delivers it too straight and it moves down the leg side. James tries to keep it out but misses and is hit on the thigh pad. Another maiden from Ben! 183/6
  • 62.5 A lovely inswinging delivery, full and on off, Pattinson defends it back solidly.
  • 62.4 Fullish and on off, Pattinson gets his bat down and pushes it out safely to cover-point.
  • 62.3 Away swinger, landing on a length around off and moving away, Pattinson shoulders arms.
  • 62.2 Bouncer on middle, Pattinson easily sits underneath it.
  • 62.1 Finally Pattinson runs out of patience. Short in length and wide outside off, James stands back, flashes his bat at it and misses.
  • 61.6 Beauty by Broad. He angles in a length ball close to off, Marnus tries to defend by striding forward but it nips away just a bit to beat the outside edge. 183/6
  • 61.5 Wild delivery. Way wide outside off, Labuschagne is in no mood to chase it.
  • Physio comes out for the mandatory concussion check! All is well.
  • 61.4 TOP EDGE! FOUR! Not in any control of the shot, Marnus. Broad bangs it in short on middle, Labuschagne takes the challenge of pulling it across the line but it takes the top edge and flies down safely to fine leg for a boundary. Stuart Broad tells the umpires that he has not hit it and this should have been leg byes. The decision is reversed to FOUR LEG BYES after the two umpires check it with Labuschagne!
  • 61.3 Right-hand, left-hand combination always difficult to adjust. Broad comes from over the wicket for the righty but slips a length ball way down the leg side. Marnus leaves and Bairstow collects it with a dive to his left.
  • 61.2 Broad gets straighter with his line this time, Pattinson just closes the face of his bat and helps it down to fine leg for one. The lead is now 9 away from 300!
  • 61.1 Good length delivery in the region outside off, Pattinson is sticking to the plan of not taking any unnecessary chance. Calmly lets it be.
  • 60.6 Shortish and on off, shaping away a bit, Marnus sticks on the back foot and taps it down towards backward point. First maiden of the morning! 178/6
  • 60.5 Lands it on a length outside off, Labuschagne covers his stumps and allows it through to the keeper.
  • 60.4 Stokes goes short but the line is outside off, Labuschagne crouches and sways away from the line.
  • 60.3 An outswinger is hurled wide outside off, it's a comfortable leave for Marnus.
  • 60.2 Moving back into the batsman from outside off, Labuschagne goes inside the crease in defense.
  • 60.1 Fractionally short in length and outside off, Labuschagne goes back to steer it square of the wicket on the off side but fails to beat the diving gully fielder.
  • 59.6 Some width on offer outside off, Pattinson drives but finds the cover fielder. 178/6
  • 59.5 Stifled appeal for an lbw! Broad lands it on a good length around middle and off, some extra bounce too. Pattinson tries to defend from the crease but misses and is hit high on the back leg. The replays suggest that there might have been a little bit of outside edge too.
  • 59.4 Angles in a length ball on off, this time James has defended it from the middle of his bat.
  • 59.3 FOUR! Off the outside edge! Broad angles in a full ball on off, it heads towards the off stump after landing, Pattinson stays back to block it with soft hands but it takes the outside edge and speeds through the vacant gully region for a boundary.
  • FYI... Jofra Archer is allowed to bowl now as he has spent the needed time on the field after his injury break.
  • 59.2 On and around off, a length ball, Pattinson is on the front foot in defense.
  • 59.1 Hint of inward movement. On a length around middle, Labuschagne tucks it in front of square leg for a single.
  • 58.6 Stokes pulls his length back a bit and delivers it outside off, James is not tempted into any kind of shot as he allows it through. It's been a cautious beginning from the Aussies. 173/6
  • 58.5 Pitches it up and close to off, this one holds its line just a bit, Pattinson covers his stumps and leaves. That wasn't too far away from the off pole.
  • 58.4 Back of a length ball on off, shaping back in this time, Marnus moves back and taps it down in front of mid-wicket. Calls for a run and completes it with ease. Good running.
  • 58.3 A little bit of movement on this one. Full and outside off, Labuschagne drives off the front foot but finds the cover fielder.
  • 58.2 Effort delivery on this occasion. Ben bends his back and digs in a short ball on off, it's easily left by Labuschagne.
  • 58.1 Good length ball landing outside off and angling in, Marnus gets behind the line and blocks it down safely.
  • Ben Stokes (15.2-4-33-2) will continue from this end. He was exceptional last evening with his effort. Would like to continue from where he left off.
  • 57.6 Broad puts it on a full length and just outside off, there to be driven but Pattinson is very watchful as he lets it go. 172/6
  • 57.5 Another delivery in the region outside off, Pattinson has nothing to do with it.
  • 57.4 Angling in on middle and leg, a length ball, Pattinson defends it off his pads to the leg side.
  • 57.3 Switches his angle for the left-hander. Broad comes from 'round the wicket and serves a length ball in the zone outside off, Pattinson allows it through.
  • 57.2 This time it has been angled into the batsman, the length is quite full and it's clipped to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 57.1 Begins his spell with a delivery on the driving length outside off, Labuschagne watches the line and then makes a leave.
  • Time to get going. Marnus Labuschagne and James Pattinson walk out to the centre to resume the Australian innings. Stuart Broad (12-2-34-2) will kick off proceedings. Let's play.
  • It was a forgetful day for England and their performance of Day 2 has really hurt their Ashes hopes. First they got shot out for a minuscule total and then through some sloppy fielding allowed the Australian innings to prosper. There was an injury concern in the English camp during the closing hour of the day's play when Jofra Archer pulled up his side strain and the hosts will be hoping that he's fit to bowl today. Another 4 wickets left to take and they can still bounce back if they manage to pick them early in the morning session and then bat sensibly. The moving day is about to move, sit back and enjoy our coverage.
  • The Australians, who batted in one of the difficult conditions on the opening day, found the conditions yesterday a bit to their liking. They did not lose the momentum after bundling England out for just 67 and kept on building the lead. They are just 17 short of crossing the 300-run mark and with Marnus Labuschagne still in the middle, the Kangaroos would hope to stretch the lead as far as possible.
  • Hello and welcome one and all for the the third day of the 3rd Test match at Headingley. The previous two days were really a treat to watch for any cricket fan. The weather looks absolutely heart-warming for the day with the sun out and the lush green grass on the ground just looking like an Emerald.
  • ... DAY 3, SESSION 1 ...
  • 9 sessions left in the game. Will the ball continue to move around as it has been doing on the first two days? If yes, Sunday and Monday could be holidays. If no, we could be in for a wonderful chase as we don't know how much is really enough on this deck. Join us on Saturday, 24th August, 2019 at 11 am local (1000 GMT) for all the action from Day 3. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • The hosts then came out firing with the ball and had the Aussies reeling at 52/3 but Labuschagne, Head and Wade steered the ship out of troubled waters. The replacement for Steven Smith is again doing a wonderful job, getting his third half century on the trot and could be the key to Australia crossing, reaching or falling well below a lead of 350 come Saturday.
  • Sadly, for England, that is all they can take from Friday's action. A day which they would quickly like to forget, starting at a position from where they should have made 300 at least, stumbling to not even a 100 and then allowing Australia to take their lead close to 300. In an innings which had 9 single digits, it shifted the entire momentum.
  • Before we marvel over Australia's day and all that, a word of praise for one man. Born in New Zealand, playing for England, Man Of The 2019 World Cup final, Benjamin Andrew Stokes. Bowled with steam and fire, taking his heart out in a spell of 15.2-4-33-2. Almost in one single spell. Mind you, two catches went down off his bowling as well and he overstepped once when the batsman had nicked. Ben was tired but not down. Take a bow!
  • 56.6 Nope. A dot ball. Pattinson survives. A length ball outside off, James shoulders arms. STUMPS ON DAY 2, AUSTRALIA EFFECTIVELY 283/6! 171/6
  • Last ball of the day... a wicket????
  • 56.5 A length ball just outside off, Pattinson is tight in defense.
  • 56.4 Guess Labuschagne is done for the day. A length ball, Marnus gets across and tucks it towards long leg for a single.
  • 56.3 Half volley wide outside off, driven straight to short extra cover.
  • 56.2 Full and well outside off, could have been a wide but it is not signalled.
  • 56.1 Full and outside off, swinging in, Labuschagne falls over a touch and flicks it towards short mid-wicket.
  • Last over of the day coming up...
  • 55.6 Spears in a full ball on middle and leg, Pattinson tries flicking but closes the face of the bat early. It goes off the leading edge and rolls back to the bowler. 170/6
  • 55.5 On a length and outside off, Pattinson presses forward and confidently drives it through point for a couple of runs.
  • 55.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 55.3 This one is slanted into the batsman from 'round the wicket, James is forward in defense.
  • 55.2 Shortish again and this time Marnus pulls it for a run at deep backward square leg.
  • 55.1 Fifty for Marnus Labuschagne, third in a row! The first concussion substitute is turning out to be a super substitute for Australia. Short in length on off, Marnus pulls it off his front foot to deep mid-wicket for a couple. Another wonderful knock by him, he got a few lives this time but take nothing away from his application.
  • 54.6 On a length and around off, this one heads towards the stumps after pitching, Pattinson defends it from the back foot. 165/6
  • 54.5 Another outswinger around off, this time James lets it be.
  • 54.4 Beauty by Big Ben! What an effort from him! A lovely outswinger, close to off and nipping away, Pattinson pushes inside the line minus any footwork and misses.
  • 54.3 Angles in a full length ball on off, Pattinson defends it near his front pad.
  • 54.2 This one is on the pads, Labuschagne helps it to square leg for a run.
  • A leg gully in place.
  • 54.1 Stokes steams in and delivers a good length ball down the leg side, Marnus has a half-hearted attempt to flick and misses.
  • 53.6 Outside off, left alone. 164/6
  • 53.5 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 53.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • Right! The game is coming to life again. James Pattinson walks in at number 8, replacing Paine.
  • 53.3 OUT! CAUGHT! There is an inside edge. Big inside edge. But Paine shakes his head! Bizarre. A length ball, outside off, coming in again, Paine walks across to flick but misses and is hit on the pads. Now, England appeal and the umpire raises his finger! The slip cordon though, is busy looking at gully, where Joe Denly is coming running in to take the catch. Root is even more confident now and puts his entire strength in the appeal. Paine has a look at his partner, has a long discussion and then takes it upstairs. A bemused Root asks Paine why is he reviewing. Paine says he hit it. Then Root smiles and says that you are out caught! Shake of the head from the Aussie skipper. The third umpire is told by umpire Wilson that it is an LBW review. Dear me. Big inside edge, lobbing to gully. Umpire Wilson missed the nick. How on earth did Paine miss it? Waste of a review. Australia lose two quickly, bang bang. Effectively 276/6.
  • Paine has been adjudged LBW! But Root reckons that he is caught. Anyways, Paine has reviewed it, after a long discussion with Labuschagne. Here come the replays. Oh bother. Ultra Edged detects a spike when the ball passes the bat. This is a waste of a review.
  • 53.2 Huge LBW shout, turned down. A length ball, outside off, coming in, Paine looks to tuck it to the leg side but misses and is hit on the pads. Impact outside off.
  • 53.1 A short ball, swat-pulled through mid-wicket for a single.
  • Tim Paine comes in at a tensed passage of play again. Not much time left for Stumps but the position of the game allows him to breathe a bit.
  • 52.6 OUT! Bounced out! Caught behind. Salute to you, O big Ben, O lion-hearted fellow. You have tried and tried and tried, not given up, kept coming at the batsmen and eventually, in a 13-over spell, struck. And he throws a salute to the fans. A brute of a bouncer, outside off, Wade ducks but the ball kicks up suddenly. Wade cannot do much and the ball flies off the glove to the keeper who leaps to collect. The English appeal but Wade does not even wait a second to go. End of a 66-run stand. 163/5
  • 52.5 FOUR! Streaky. Full and outside off, Wade throws his bat at it and gets a thick outside edge which flies past a diving gully to third man!
  • 52.4 Almost a reminiscence of his first innings' dismissal! A terrific yorker, around middle, Matthew falls over and almost is late in getting his bat down. Luckily for him, the ball hits the bat and stops.
  • 52.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 52.2 That will test Archer's hamstring. Full and around middle, Labuschagne flicks it wide of mid on. Jofra Archer gives it a good chase from mid on to his right and stops the ball. Three runs taken. Had Labuschagne missed it, he would have been dead plumb LBW.
  • 52.1 A bouncer but down the leg side, calmly ducked under.
  • 51.6 Landed outside off, driven towards Jofra Archer at mid off. 156/4
  • 51.5 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 51.4 Full and outside off, let through.
  • 51.3 Outside off, left alone again.
  • 51.2 Well wide outside off, left alone.
  • 51.1 Full and outside off, Labuschagne drives it down the ground and the ball races away but Chris Woakes dives to his right and makes a terrific stop. Just a single.
  • Good news! The crowd cheers and roars. JOFRA ARCHER IS BACK. But not to bowl. Just on the ground. 27 minutes left. Will he be given the ball? Should he?
  • 50.6 Short ball on middle, pulled down fine on the leg side for one. Another luckless over for Ben comes to an end. 155/4
  • 50.5 Watchful this time. In the zone outside off, Marnus has nothing to do with it.
  • 50.4 DROPPED! Second life for Marnus Labuschagne! Stokes delivers it on a length close to off, it shapes in a shade as Labuschagne is forward to defend. But it takes the outside edge and flies in the direction of first slip. Bairstow realizes that it won't carry to Root and hence he puts in a dive across to his right. Catches it with his right hand but it pops out of his glove as soon as his elbow hits the ground. Tough chance but at this level, they need to catch these. Marnus continues to ride his luck.
  • 50.3 Back of a length ball on off, angling away from 'round the wicket, Labuschagne feels for it and gets beaten.
  • 50.2 In the channel outside off, Labuschagne shoulders arms.
  • 50.1 On and around off, Marnus has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 49.6 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump. 50 overs bowled. 154/4
  • 49.5 Works this through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 49.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 49.3 Full and around off, watchfully blocked out.
  • 49.2 Around off, defended solidly.
  • 49.1 Outside off, quietly left alone.
  • Time for some much-needed inspiration. Anyone there? No Archer. No Jimmy. Oh dear. Then who? Ahhh... the man who took a hat-trick at this ground 5 years ago, against Sri Lanka. The man whose family is instilled in cricket with his father being a match referee, comes on to try and revive England. Go for it, Stuart Broad. 8-2-26-1 so far.
  • 48.6 FOUR! A length ball around off, coming in, Wade gets across and looks to tickle and gets a bit of an inside edge onto his pads, towards fine leg. Chris Woakes runs across to his left, gets to the ball with a slide but then lets it through. 153/4
  • 48.5 Outside off again, another leave.
  • 48.4 Outside off, let through again.
  • 48.3 A length ball outside off, Matthew initially ducks, then sways. Watches the ball swing away late towards the keeper.
  • 48.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 48.1 A short ball, pulled through square leg for a couple. The lead is now 261.
  • 47.6 Outside off, left alone. 147/4
  • 47.5 FOUR! A full toss, a release ball, Labuschagne punches it through point. A few teapots boiling in the field, hands on hips and no Archer to turn to. 50-RUN STAND IS UP as well.
  • 47.4 Outside off, left alone.
  • 47.3 Outside off, a length ball outside off, Marnus looked to punch but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 47.2 Outside off, played straight to point.
  • 47.1 Another appeal for a caught behind. Not out again, says Wilson. Outside off, Labuschagne looked to punch but the ball came in and went off something to the keeper. The British thought about the review but did not take it. 'Ultra Edge detects a spike!', yells my dear Nabu. He is excited till his mate tells him to relax, showing the spike coming when the ball hit the pad.
  • In between overs, Roy and Wade were having a go at each other. A bit of a saying from one, probably Roy, then a response from the Aussie, to which the Surrey lad came barging in. Ohh... almost at blows. Just three quarters of an hour more, guys. Then the bar will be open...
  • 46.6 Ouch. On the box. Or just around it. Wade shows no pain. Stokes is furious with himself that he cannot get that a centimetre low. A length ball outside off, Wade shoulders arms but the ball comes back in a long way and hits him somewhere around the groin. 143/4
  • 46.5 A bouncer, but down the leg side, Matthew ducks.
  • 46.4 Full and outside off, driven straight to cover.
  • 46.3 One more leave outside off.
  • 46.2 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 46.2 NO BALL. Another overstepping. Stokes is frustrated. Oversteps by a bigger margin (as compared to the Labuschagne caught behind chance) and his fourth in 10 overs. Outside off, left alone.
  • 46.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 45.6 On a length and close to off, Marnus sticks on the back foot and defends it to the off side. 142/4
  • 45.5 Woakes tries to repeat the last delivery from the middle and leg line, Wade eases it to the left of mid on and crosses for a run.
  • 45.4 That's a peach. It's on a length close to off and leaves the batsman with the angle, Wade tries to defend by getting a bit forward but it beats the outside edge.
  • 45.3 Fractionally short in length and outside off, Wade once again has nothing to do with it.
  • 45.2 Back of a length ball outside off, angling away, Wade covers his stumps and shoulders arms.
  • 45.1 Woakes delivers it on a length close to off and gets it to move in a bit, Labuschagne helps it in front of square leg and crosses.
  • 44.6 Outside off, this time Wade pushes and misses. 140/4
  • 44.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 44.4 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 44.3 A length ball outside off, a waft from Marnus but missed.
  • 44.2 A short ball, Marnus ducks.
  • 44.1 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 44.1 NO BALL. But had Labuschagne nicked it? Shane Warne reckons yes and Ultra Edge confirms! Another let-off for the South African-born. A length ball outside off, Labuschagne looked to defend but at the last moment, thought about taking his bat away. There was a noise as the ball went past and England appealed but the umpire shook his head. The hosts went for the review but they could not get the technology as the first replay itself showed that Stokes had overstepped.
  • Review for a caught behind! Are England gambling or are they sure there is a nick? Wait. Stokes has overstepped!
  • 43.6 Outside off, left alone. 138/4
  • 43.5 Another LBW appeal, turned down again. A length ball, down the leg side, Marnus gets across to flick but misses. The ball hits his pads and England appeal but this is going down leg again. A leg bye taken.
  • 43.4 Around off, solidly defended.
  • 43.3 Landed outside off, Labuschagne lets it go. The ball comes in a long way and hits him on the pads and England appeal but umpire Wilson shakes his head. They do not take the review. Ball Tracker shows it to be missing off stump.
  • 43.2 Full and down the leg side, Labuschagne tickles it towards fine leg for a couple.
  • 43.1 Outside off, left alone.
  • 42.6 On a length and outside off, Wade has opted to leave the length ball outside off. 135/4
  • 42.5 Labuschagne flicks a length ball off his pads to mid-wicket for a run.
  • 42.5 Stokes has overstepped once again. He bowls one on a length but the line is down the leg side. Labuschagne looks to flick but fails to lay wood on the ball.
  • What is happening? Archer is walking off the park. Seems like a cramp. He is smiling, so that is good to see. However, that is the last we might see of him this evening. Ben Stokes to complete his pending over.
  • 42.4 Length ball outside off and Labuschagne lets the ball go through. And what are we seeing - ARCHER IS LIMPING! 'England are gone', says my colleague with a tongue-twisting name, Mrinal.
  • 42.3 Length delivery outside off, Labuschagne drives it straight to mid off.
  • 42.2 On a length and outside off, Labuschagne shoulders arms to it.
  • 42.1 Length delivery outside off, Labuschagne defends it to the off side.
  • Drinks break.Good hour of play for the Aussies. Except the wicket of Head there was no hiccup. Slowly but steadily, Australia are taking this match away from England. They have stretched their lead to 245 now. Labuschagne has hold fort and Wade is giving him good company here. English bowlers look tired as they have spray all over the place after Tea. An interesting passage of play coming up. Will Australia get bowled out? Lets wait and watch.
  • 41.6 Shortish and on middle, it's played down with soft hands to square leg for one. 133/4
  • 41.5 Loses his radar this time and serves it way down the leg side. The batsman lets it through and Bairstow dives across to his left to collect the ball.
  • 41.4 Another watchful leave outside the off stump.
  • 41.3 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 41.2 FOUR! Gorgeous! Plenty of width on offer outside off, it's on a length, Labuschagne reaches out for it and drives it a bit aerially but safely through covers for a boundary.
  • 41.1 Starts his new spell with a good length delivery outside off, Marnus watches the line closely before making a leave.
  • Chris Woakes is back on. 6-1-21-1 from him so far. His previous spell was up the hill, this time he will be bowling down the hill.
  • 40.6 Lands it on a length around middle and skidding down, Labuschagne fails to flick and it goes off his pads to square leg. They cross for a leg bye. 128/4
  • 40.5 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 40.5 Another effort delivery and this time Stokes has overstepped. Shortish and outside off, Marnus lets it through to the keeper.
  • 40.4 Fractionally short and outside off, Labuschagne goes on his toes and taps it down to point.
  • 40.3 Another delivery going down the leg side and it has been left alone. Stokes is working on a plan, it seems. There is a leg gully in place at the moment as well.
  • 40.2 Effort delivery but direction-less. Back of a length delivery sliding down the leg side, Marnus shoulders arms and watches it go down to the keeper.
  • 40.1 Full and on middle, Labuschagne flicks it with the angle of the bowler to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • 39.6 Marnus strokes a full ball towards wide mid off for one. 10 from the over, a good one for Australia. Lead is now 14 short of 250! 124/4
  • 39.5 Fuller and on middle, Wade runs down the track and eases it to mid on for one.
  • 39.4 Tossed up ball landing outside off and spinning back in, Wade tries to defend but misses. He is hit on the pads but the point of impact is well outside off.
  • 39.3 FOUR! Wade is on the attack! Bairstow's advice Leach follows. But Wade has also heard it. He premeditates his charge down the track, takes it on the full and slogs it over mid-wicket for a boundary. The Aussie keeper (who isn't keeping at the moment) is looking good now.
  • 39.2 FOUR! Boom! Leach serves a half-tracker on off, Wade goes deep inside the crease and pulls it with the spin to the deep mid-wicket fence. Bring the batsman forward is the advice from the keeper to the bowler.
  • 39.1 Loopy and full on off, Wade advances down the track and helps it with the spin to square leg.
  • 38.6 This time it's a big inswinger. Back of a length and outside off, Labuschagne attempts to defend from the crease but it whizzes past the outside edge of his bat. Top over, a maiden! 114/4
  • 38.5 Brilliant delivery. It's on a length outside off, shaping away, Marnus pushes inside the line with a tentative footwork and gets beaten.
  • 38.4 Bumper! Stokes just trying to push the batsman on the back foot. Labuschagne ducks.
  • 38.3 On middle and leg, played off the pads to mid-wicket.
  • 38.2 SAFE! Good length ball on middle and leg, sliding down with some extra bounce, Labuschagne tries to work it on the leg side but fails to middle his shot properly. There is some sound as it goes past Marnus and Bairstow collects the ball with a full length dive to his left. They appeal and the finger goes up quickly. Marnus wastes no time in signalling for the DRS and the Ultra Edge confirms that there was no bat. Decision overruled.
  • Labuschagne is given out, caught behind! Immediately, he takes the DRS. Marnus is very confident. Ultra Edge picks nothing.
  • 38.1 Bouncer! The batsman does well to evade it.
  • 37.6 NOT OUT! It's umpire's call. Leach delivers a full ball on the rough outside off and gets it to break back into the batsman. Wade is on the back foot when he should have been forward. Tries to work it around but is beaten for spin and bounce. The ball strikes Wade on the right thigh and they appeal. The umpire shakes his head and there is a delayed call by Root to take the DRS. The Ball Tracker finds that it's clipping the leg stump. Review is retained though. 114/4
  • Shout for an lbw! Umpire Joel Wilson shakes his head. Wade had gone across and the ball spun a lot. Here comes Ball Tracker. Clipping leg stump. Hitting the bails! Umpire's call and review is retained!
  • 37.5 Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 37.4 Well played! Loopy and full outside off, Wade goes down and across before sweeping it wide of backward short leg. There is a fine leg present and hence a couple of runs.
  • 37.3 Tossed up ball around off, Labuschagne gets down on one knee and paddles it to fine leg for one.
  • 37.2 Full and floated on off, driven off the front foot to covers.
  • 37.1 Loopy delivery, landing full on off, Labuschagne drives it past the diving cover fielder to mid off.
  • 36.6 Stokes bowls a half-tracker again. It's on middle and Wade moves away safely. Maiden. 111/4
  • 36.5 Back of a length delivery on middle, Wade stands tall inside the crease and defends it back.
  • 36.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 36.3 Stokes bangs it in again, Wade takes his eyes off it and lets it go over his head as he bends.
  • 36.2 Bouncer down the leg side, Wade ducks at the last moment.
  • 36.1 Digs in a short ball on middle and off, Wade arches back, drops his wrists and sways away from the line of fire.
  • 35.6 Nicely floated delivery, full and on off, ML prods forward and defends it back to the bowler. 111/4
  • 35.5 Hurls this delivery in the flatter trajectory, around off, Labuschagne is back in defense.
  • 35.4 Flatter and shorter outside off, turning back in, Wade hangs on the back foot and strokes it to sweeper cover for one.
  • 35.3 Tossed up ball on off, a touch short in length, Marnus gets back and punches it to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 35.2 Loopy and full on middle, Labuschagne lunges and defends it back.
  • 35.1 Full and flighted on off, Marnus uses his feet and drives it towards mid off.
  • 34.6 FOUR! Fine timing! Stokes is too straight with his line and the length is very full as well, Wade leans forward and clips it beautifully through mid-wicket. 109/4
  • 34.5 Fractionally short in length and around off, Wade picks the length early, leans back, drops his wrists, keeps his eyes on the ball and watches it till the ball disappears in Bairstow's gloves.
  • 34.4 Back of a length delivery down the leg side, Matthew tries to tickle it fine but fails to get any wood behind it.
  • 34.3 Slants across a length delivery outside off, Wade allows it through to the keeper.
  • 34.2 Full in length around off, Wade with an open stance defends it back to the bowler.
  • 34.1 Angling down the leg side, it's nudged to fine leg for one.
  • 33.6 Works it with the spin to the leg side but finds the mid-wicket fielder. 7 from the over after a wicket maiden! 104/4
  • 33.5 Aerial but just over the keeper! Loopy ball around off, turning back in, Wade tries to repeat the last shot but this one climbs onto his bat and catches the top edge. It flies over Bairstow and the first slip fielder runs after it. He pulls it back before the fence and the batsmen take a brace.
  • 33.4 FOUR! Poor piece of fielding in the deep by Denly. Floated full around off, Wade kneels down and sweeps it through backward square leg. Denly near the fence makes a complete mess and Wade opens his account with a boundary. 100 comes up for Australia as well.
  • 33.3 Quicker through the air, outside off, Wade shuffles across the stumps and then blocks it back.
  • 33.2 Skidding into the batsman from around middle, Marnus moves back and works it in front of square leg for a run.
  • Interesting points by Michael Atherton and Shane Warne on air. They are focussing on the dropped catch by Joe Root off Marnus Labuschagne. So Warney feels that England are standing very close to each other in the slip cordon, which means, there might be confusion as to who should actually go for the catch. Should I go to my left or will my mate take it to his right? Conversely, Australia had their slips positioned pretty wide when they were fielding.
  • 33.1 Loopy and full on off, Labuschagne is on the front foot in defense.
  • 32.6 On middle and leg this time, Wade works it off his pads to mid-wicket. A wicket maiden for Stokes. 97/4
  • 32.5 Stokes persists with his line on and around off and gets it to leave the left-hander. Wade feels for it a bit and gets beaten.
  • 32.4 Yet another delivery in the channel of apprehension, Wade is very watchful while making another leave.
  • 32.3 Back of a length delivery in the zone outside off, Wade makes a safe leave.
  • Matthew Wade walks in next. He bagged a duck in the first innings and would look to make amends here.
  • 32.2 OUT! Corker of a yorker and Head is a goner! Stokes has been bowling brilliantly in his first spell. One catch went down off his bowling but he didn't lose hope. Delivers a pinpoint yorker with good pace, right in the line of the stumps, Head brings his bat down to dig it out but it takes the inside edge and rattles the stumps. Looking at the replays, had his bat not come down in time, it would have missed the off stick. Bad luck in a way for the batter. The 45-run stand is broken and England would like to make use of this opening. The lead is 209 at the moment.
  • 32.1 Shortish and outside off, Head reaches out for it and plays it down towards cover-point.
  • 31.6 FOUR! Shot! Flighted delivery around off, Labuschagne dances down the track and powers it over Broad at mid on for a boundary. 97/3
  • 31.5 Floated one on middle, Labuschagne tries playing straight but it skids on to take the inside edge. Rolls safely to mid-wicket.
  • 31.4 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 31.3 Good half-stop by Broad! Loopy and full on off, Head shimmies down the track and drives it down the ground towards mid off. Broad dives across to his left to take the pace off the ball. The batsmen complete the single as the mid on fielder mops up. Was Stuart faking a throw there? Not sure. But if he did, that's against the new rules.
  • 31.2 Full and around off, turning in, Head tries another flawed drive again the spin and gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 31.1 Advances down the track and then allows the ball to spin back in from outside off. Head, then, gently pushes it out towards cover-point.
  • 30.6 A length ball outside off, coming in a long way, ML gets out of harm's way. That does not miss the off stump by much. 92/3
  • 30.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 30.4 A bouncer outside off, Marnus ducks.
  • 30.3 Full and outside off, driven through the covers for a couple.
  • 30.2 Outside off, pushed through point for a single.
  • 30.1 Full and outside off, pushed straight to cover.
  • 29.6 Shout for an lbw! Not given. Leach tosses this one in the air and lands it full around off, Labuschagne skips down the track and tries to play it near his front pad. The English players appeal thinking it's pad first but the umpire stays put. Root asks his teammates regarding the usage of the DRS but he's not getting any convincing answer. The time lapses. The replays are shown after that. It confirms that the ball struck Marnus first on the pads but the impact is an issue. Later on, it shows the ball to be hitting the off stump. Interesting. It looked like spinning away but the ball just skidded through the line on the Ball Tracker. Hmm... 89/3
  • 29.5 Short and outside off, it's cut square of the wicket on the off side for a run.
  • 29.4 Full and flighted on off, Head strokes it off his front foot to mid off.
  • 29.3 Once again Head uses footwork and pushes it down on the leg side.
  • 29.2 Walks forward to a full ball and eases it with the spin to mid on.
  • 29.1 Beaten! Quicker through the air, short and outside off, Head attempts to cut but misses.
  • 28.6 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. Good over by Stokes, deserved a wicket but the catch went down. 88/3
  • 28.5 Leans forward to a full ball and drives it in the direction of mid off.
  • 28.4 Fullish and on off, Marnus defends it off his front foot towards mid off.
  • 28.3 ROOT DROPS! Dear me, he is having a tough time! Back-to-back ducks and now a catch going down. Poor Stokes. He deserved a wicket. Lovely delivery. A touch short and around off, some late movement, Labuschagne sticks back to poke inside the line and gets a big outside edge behind at first slip. Root fails to grab it in his first attempt near his waist with a jump, tries again on the rebound but it doesn't stick and falls down.
  • 28.2 Lead touches 200! Angling down the leg side, Head nudges it down to fine leg for one.
  • 28.1 Brave, very brave! Head trusted the bounce there and left it alone. Good length ball close to off, it straightened a bit and Head offered no shot.
  • 27.6 Loopy and landing full on off, Labuschagne is watchful in his forward defense. The scorecard reads 87/3, the devil's number for Australia. 87/3
  • 27.5 On the pads, eased behind square leg for one.
  • 27.4 Spinning back into the batsman from around off, Head clips it with the spin but finds mid-wicket.
  • 27.3 Full and on off, it's driven through the line but straight to the fielder at extra cover.
  • 27.2 Lovely footwork. He is so smooth on his feet. Apt replacement for Steven Smith. He comes down the track for a fuller delivery and drives it through covers for a run.
  • 27.1 Flighted ball, full and just around off, Marnus leans forward and defends it right under his watchful eyes.
  • 26.6 In the corridor of uncertainty, Head lets the ball go outside his off stump. Maiden to start for Ben! 85/3
  • 26.5 Serves one on the pads, Head tries his best to flick but misses.
  • 26.4 A bit short and on off, Head punches from the back foot but finds the cover fielder.
  • 26.3 Peach of a delivery! Stokes lands it on a shorter length close to middle and gets it to jag back in sharply. Head waits on the back foot to deal with it but is beaten for extra bounce. Takes a blow on his stomach. Must have hurt but he isn't showing much.
  • 26.2 The line is straighter and Head has helped it off his pads to the leg side.
  • 26.1 Fantastic delivery first up. Stokes wastes no time in warming up. He is right on the money with a well-directed bouncer. Head is caught in a tangle as he takes his eyes off the ball. Tries to move away but fails and then somehow fends it off towards square leg.
  • Ben Stokes is brought into the attack for the first time in this innings. He is the fifth bowler to be used by Joe Root. Two slips and a gully in place.
  • 25.6 Shortish and close to off, Marnus plays a mistimed back foot punch to covers. 85/3
  • 25.5 A bit short and on off, played down from the crease to point.
  • 25.4 Flatter and shorter on off, Head rocks back and slaps it square of the wicket on the off side. Burns chases it down from point and they take three runs.
  • 25.3 Almost drags it on! Full and flighted outside off, spinning back in, Head attempts to drive against the turn but only manages to inside edge it onto his pads. Poor technique, if you want to play that shot, you need to get entirely forward to smother the spin.
  • 25.2 A low full toss on off, Travis lunges and pushes it down towards mid on.
  • 25.1 Sharp spin from the rough outside off, the length is on the shorter side and Head works it to square leg. He wants a run but his partner turns it down.
  • Back for another dose of Test cricket! The men concerned also back on the field. This is going to be a long session and it will decide which way this match and the coveted urn are going. Australia are effectively 194/3 and have every chance to bat England out of this game. Having said that, after seeing flurry of wickets go down in two days so far, we know that it's not as easy as it sounds. Impressive Marnus Labuschagne and fighter Travis Head to resume their innings. The hosts will know if they don't win this session, the writing will be on the wall. Jack Leach to continue from this end...
  • ... DAY 2, EVENING SESSION ...
  • 42 overs left in the day. Australia will hope to bat out the whole of those and get another 100 on board. That is possible, perhaps not possible too. England, on the other hand, will aim to be batting themselves before the day ends, looking to chase not more than 250. Join us back at 4.30 pm local (1530 GMT).
  • The top 3 were dismissed early but Labuschagne and Head have kept things at bay. They have added 30 runs in 10.5 overs and have been watchful, trying to ward off the threat. With so many days left in the game, you never know what is a good total. 400? 500? With the pitch spinning the way it is, even 200 could be enough for the G.O.A.T to get some fodder.
  • After a frenetic beginning to the day's play, Australia would have been mindful of a collapse themselves. Remember Cape Town, 2011? Shane Watson's heroics blew South Africa away for 96 but then Vernon Philander came into his own to send Australia packing for 47. For now, the visitors have avoided that.
  • Whose session is it? Australia in a dominant position for sure, with a lead of 194 but England have taken three wickets and kept themselves in the game. 82/3 looks good at this stage but as we saw in the first innings, Australian middle order and collapse are very good friends of one another.
  • 24.6 Last ball of the session and Labuschagne shoulders arms to this length delivery outside off form Archer. And that's TEA ON DAY 2! Australia are 82/3! 82/3
  • 24.5 Archer bowls on a length and outside off and once again Labuschagne is happy to play the leaving game here.
  • 24.4 Length delivery outside off, Labuschagne once again decides not to play at it. He is aware that Tea is around the corner here.
  • 24.3 On a length and outside off, Labuschagne shoulders arms to it.
  • 24.2 Length ball outside off, Head looks to tap it through point but gets soft leading edge which falls just short of Ben Stokes at third slip. He certainly saved a boundary for his team. Joe Denly from backward point does the cleaning act as the batsmen cross for a single.
  • 24.1 A short ball outside off, punched towards cover.
  • Jofra Archer changes ends with a minute left for Tea. 7-2-15-0 so far.
  • 23.6 Full and outside off, driven straight back to the bowler. 81/3
  • 23.5 Outside off, worked through square leg for a run.
  • 23.4 Around middle, flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 23.3 Tossed up delivery on the pads, Head works it around the corner for a single.
  • 23.2 Tossed up around off, Labuschagne works it towards the mid-wicket region for a single.
  • 23.1 Tossed up delivery on the stumps, Labuschagne drives it to covers.
  • Dying moments of the session. 5 minutes left. Jack Leach is back on. 2-0-9-1 so far. There are plenty of footholes for the left-hander outside his off stump. It is only Day 2 but the surface is dry.
  • 22.6 Outside off, left alone watchfully. 77/3
  • 22.5 A length ball, around middle, Travis gets across and helps it towards square leg.
  • 22.4 A length ball, around off, angling in, tucked straight to short mid-wicket.
  • 22.3 FOUR! PRISTINE! Full and outside off, Head leans and drives it through the covers. No soul moves.
  • 22.2 Full and around off, driven straight back to the bowler.
  • 22.1 A length ball outside off, punched straight to cover.
  • 21.6 On a length and down leg and Labuschagne lets it go to the keeper. 73/3
  • 21.5 FOUR! This time Labuschagne doesn't miss the flick. Archer bowls one on back of a length and on the pads and Labuschagne flicks it off his pads through fine leg for a boundary.
  • 21.5 Second No ball in the over. Archer again oversteps. He bowls one on a length and outside off, Labuschagne defends it off his back foot towards the off side.
  • 21.4 On a length and outside off, Labuschagne defends it off the back foot to the off side.
  • 21.4 No Ball! Jofra oversteps. He bowls one on a length and goes one down the leg side. Labuschagne looks to flick but fails to connect it.
  • 21.3 Length delivery on the pads, Labuschagne defends towards the leg side and luckily for him, the ball bounces just in front of short leg as the ball was in the air for quite some time.
  • 21.2 On a length and outside off, Labuschagne hops and defends it to the leg side.
  • 21.1 Length ball but the line is down leg and Labuschagne does what he has done till now, leave it.
  • 20.6 FOUR! Length ball and outside off, Head drives it crisply through covers and the ball crosses the fence in a flash. 67/3
  • 20.5 A swinging length ball on the stumps, Head plays a strong front foot defense.
  • 20.4 Labuschagne drives this length ball through covers and crosses over to the other end.
  • 20.3 Another length ball and another leave from Marnus. Great composure by the young lad here.
  • 20.2 Length delivery outside off, Labuschagne is in no mood to play the wide one here. He leave one for the keeper.
  • 20.1 On a length and around off, Head flicks it through mid-wicket and takes a single.
  • 19.6 Labuschagne is happy to shoulder arms to this length ball outside off from Archer. 61/3
  • 19.5 On a length and outside off, Labuschagne lets the ball go with out even fending with it.
  • 19.4 Archer has gone back to bowling short stuff, Labuschagne looks least interested to even play at it.
  • 19.3 Another bouncer and Labuschagne is happy to drop his wrists once again and get out of the line of fire.
  • 19.2 Short pitch stuff from Archer, Labuschagne drops his wrists to sway away from the line of the delivery.
  • 19.1 Length delivery outside off, Head taps it to covers for a single.
  • 18.6 Length delivery outside off, Labuschagne is aware off his front foot and cooly shoulders arms to it. 60/3
  • 18.5 Broad bowls one on the length but he is no way near to making the batsman play and Labuschagne is happy to leave it.
  • 18.4 Length ball and outside off, Labuschagne shoulders arms to it.
  • 18.3 On a length and around off, Labuschagne defends it towards the off side with soft hands.
  • 18.3 WIDE. Miles outside the off stump, outside the pitch, left alone. Collected in front of first slip by Bairstow.
  • 18.2 Beaten! Wasn't there a nick? Apparently no. Full and outside off, Labuschagne looks to defend but the ball whizzes past the outside edge. Someone appeals but no conviction.
  • 18.1 A length ball wide outside off, Labuschagne shoulders arms.
  • Time for Stuart Broad. 5-2-15-1 so far.
  • 17.6 Archer loses his line as he sprays one down leg and Head goes after it looking to flick it only to miss it. 59/3
  • 17.5 On a length and around off, Head comes right behind the line of the delivery to defend that.
  • 17.4 Head once again leaves the length ball outside off, only for the keeper to take it above his head.
  • 17.3 Length ball outside off, Head does a sensible thing of not playing the ball outside off.
  • 17.2 On a length and around off, Head looks to drive it but gets it off the outside half of his bat to covers.
  • 17.1 Archer goes short and Labuschagne pulls it to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 16.6 FOUR! Off the mark in style! Head stands tall on this length ball and drives it straight down the ground towards the long on fence for a boundary. 58/3
  • 16.5 Length ball but going down the leg, Head looks to flick but takes a blow on his thigh pad.
  • 16.4 Length delivery outside off from Woakes, Head drives it to find the fielder at mid off.
  • 16.3 On a Length and outside off Head stands tall defends it off the back foot.
  • 16.2 Labuschagne flicks this length ball from woakes towards mid-wicket and crosses over for a single.
  • 16.1 Labuschagne defends this length ball from Woakes towards the off side.
  • 15.6 On a length but the line is way down the leg side. Head goes for a flick but fails to connect. 53/3
  • 15.5 Archer goes down leg and Labuschagne fails to lay bat on ball as the ball takes the pad towards fine leg and the batsman cross for a leg bye.
  • 15.4 Labuschagne defends this length ball outside off towards the off side off the full face of the bat.
  • 15.3 Another length ball and outside off, Labuschagne defends it off his front foot.
  • 15.2 On a length and around off, Labuschagne defends it off his front foot to the off side.
  • 15.1 On a length but going down leg, Labuschagne looks to flick it but fails to connect it as the ball goes past him to the keeper.
  • Jofra Archer is back! 3-1-7-0 so far. The crowd roars. Another couple of wickets before Tea?
  • 14.6 Head once again plays this length ball outside off to point. 52/3
  • 14.5 Length delivery on the off stump, Woakes gets some movement too. Head at the last moment brings his bat down to play it straight down the pitch. Woakes does good work by diving in his followthrough.
  • 14.4 On a length and around off , Head stands tall and defends it down the pitch.
  • 14.3 On a length and outside off, Head plays it to point.
  • 14.2 Landed outside off, Head looks to defend but the ball comes in a long way. Now, he thinks of pulling his bat out but is late and almost gets an inside edge behind!
  • Travis Head walks in at number 5, replacing Khawaja.
  • 14.1 OUT! Edged and taken! The 13th wicket of the day already and we still have 52.5 overs left! How many more will we see? Full and around off, Usman looks to defend but the ball moves away slightly. The outside edge is taken and a hungry slip cordon is waiting for the meal. Here it comes. Whose is it? Whose is it? Jason Roy. At second slip. Moves to his right and takes it to his left. Confused? Well, he took the catch and that is what matters. Australia are effectively 164/3.
  • 13.6 Tossed up delivery outside off and Khawaja guides it through third man for a single. 52/2
  • 13.5 Khawaja once again drives this tossed up delivery but only finds the cover fielder. He is finding it diffult to split the gaps here.
  • 13.4 Tossed up outside off, a little bit of extra bounce too. Khawaja looks to cut it but the extra zip means the ball goes past the outside edge and Jonny collects it near his face.
  • 13.3 Tossed up outside off and Khawaja brings out the reverse sweep in play but only to find the fielder at backward point.
  • 13.2 Tossed up around off, Khawaja drives it crisply but finds the fielder at mid on.
  • 13.1 FOUR! A short of length ball from Leach and Khawaja stands tall and drives it through covers. Not a fielder moved. 50 up for Australia too.
  • 12.6 Outside off, left alone. 47/2
  • 12.5 Full and outside off, Khawaja looks to defend but gets another outside edge, again going to ground, this time past second slip. Joe Denly gives it a good chase from third man and dives, parrying the ball away. The umpires want to check whether he has touched the ropes but replays show that he is fine. Three runs are taken.
  • 12.4 A length ball outside off, Uzzie looks to defend but the ball sneaks in off the seam and goes over the stumps. Someone appeals for the catch as Bairstow dives to his right to collect but Woakes himself is not interested.
  • 12.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 12.2 EDGED, FOUR! A length ball, around off, Khawaja looks to defend but the ball moves away and squares him up. The outside edge is induced but because he played it with soft hands, the ball goes to ground. It goes in front of second slip where Ben Stokes does not bother going down and the ball slips through to the third man fence.
  • 12.1 A length ball around off, angling away, Khawaja shoulders arms.
  • 11.6 Tossed up ball outside off and Marnus drives it superbly only to find the fielder at covers to perfection. 40/2
  • 11.5 Leach is not afraid of tossing the ball up. He once again tosses one on the off stump only for Marnus to defend it off his front foot.
  • 11.4 Labuschagne defends once again off the front foot to this tossed up ball from Leach.
  • 11.3 Tossed up again outside off and Marnus comes on the front foot to defend it.
  • 11.2 FOUR! Tossed up delivery on the stumps and Labuschagne starts from where he left in the first innings, as he drives it through covers. The fielder from mid off gives the chase only to come second in the race.
  • Marnus Labuschagne, Australia's saviour in the first innings, comes out to bat at number 4, replacing Harris.
  • 11.1 OUT! BOWLED! This is just Day 2, mates, just Day 2! What a ball. Is he Warne? Is he Ashwin? Is he Murali? No. He is Jack Leach. What. A. Ball. You have everything in this delivery, turn, bounce and zip. Leach tosses one up outside off, Harris comes on the front foot to defend but the ball turns away and goes past the big gap between bat and pad to shatter the stumps behind. Harris' dodged stay in this match is over.
  • Time for spin. Jack Leach to bowl now. For the first time in this match.
  • 10.6 Khawaja flicks this length ball off his pads to mid- wicket where the fielder puts in a forward dive but the ball drops in front of him. 36/1
  • 10.5 Length delivery outside off, Harris plays one to point for a single.
  • 10.4 On a length and outside off, Harris leaves the ball by shouldering his arms.
  • 10.3 On a length and outside off, Harris looks to drive it but has a feel for it as the ball passes the outside edge.
  • 10.2 Full and outside off, pushed towards cover.
  • 10.1 Full and around middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 9.6 Khawaja is happy leaving the ball outside his off stump. Broad bowls one on a length and outside off, Khawaja shoulders arms to it. 35/1
  • 9.5 On a length and on the stumps Khawaja defends it off his back foot straight down the pitch.
  • 9.4 Length delivery outside off, Khawaja shoulders arms for the keeper to do the rest.
  • 9.3 On a length and around off, Harris taps it to covers and calls for a quick single. Khawaja responds to his partner ad they complete the run with ease.
  • 9.2 FOUR! Wayward from Broad, He attempts a Pattinson type of delivery but Harris is no Stokes, he slashes and finds the middle of the bat to send the ball racing through covers for a boundary.
  • 9.1 Fuller in length and around off, Harris defends it off his front foot towards the off side.
  • 8.6 Landed outside off, Khawaja looks to defend but the ball seams past the outside edge. 30/1
  • 8.5 Full and around off, well blocked out.
  • 8.4 Wide outside off stump, the batsman leaves it alone.
  • 8.3 This is wider outside off, let through once more.
  • 8.2 Outside off, angling away, left alone.
  • 8.1 FOUR! Short and down the leg side, Khawaja swivels and pulls it fine of fine leg for a boundary.
  • 7.6 Back of a length ball and outside off, Harris jumps onto his toes to defend it towards the off side. 26/1
  • 7.5 Length ball around off and Harris is happy in leaving it. He is in no hurry to score looking at the time they have.
  • 7.4 NOT OUT! Missing leg! England lose a review. Wilson has got it right this time. Have to admit, to the naked eye, it looked like hitting the stumps. Outside off, coming in a long way, Harris looked to tuck it to the leg side but missed. Got hit on the pads. Broad appealed and appealed but umpire Wilson shook his head. Broad has a long chat with Root and convinces his skipper to take the review. Ultra Edge does not detect any edge but here comes the surprise. The Ball Tracker shows it to be going down! Not even clipping! Strange. Loss of a review for England.
  • Review time again! This time by England. Broad has yelled his lungs out for an LBW appeal against Harris. Umpire Wilson has not given it and Root, after a thought and some discussion, signals for the review. Looks very close. Ummmm... Ball Tracker says MISSING LEG! England lose a review.
  • 7.3 Broad bowls one on a length but keeps it wide and Harris is in no mood to play at it.
  • 7.2 On a length and on the off stump, Harris drives it off the front foot towards mid off.
  • 7.1 Length ball directed towards off stump but Harris is really strong in his defense as he plays a strong front foot defense.
  • 6.6 Full and around middle, Harris looks to defend but the ball swings away and goes off the outside edge. Because he plays it with soft hands, it goes on the ground. Third slip dives to his left but cannot stop it cleanly. The ball goes through and Joe Denly mops it up from backward point. A single taken. 26/1
  • 6.5 Outside off, punched straight to cover.
  • 6.4 Down the leg side, Harris looks to flick but misses and is hit on the thigh pads.
  • 6.3 Outside off, punched through the covers for a couple.
  • 6.2 Around off, solidly defended.
  • 6.1 A length ball, around middle, tucked through square leg for a single.
  • First bowling change of the innings. Chris Woakes comes on to bowl.
  • 5.6 On a length and on off, Harris drives it off the front foot towards mid off where the fielder this time puts in a better effort and prevents any runs. 22/1
  • 5.5 Broad bowls one on a length and Khawaja flicks it off his pads to mid-wicket and goes to the other end for a single.
  • 5.4 Length ball outside off, Khawaja is staunch in his defense as he plays a compact front foot defense.
  • 5.3 FOUR! Broad overpitches in search of swing and serves a full length delivery. Khawaja sees the length early and drives it through point for a beautiful boundary.
  • 5.2 Length ball but way outside off and Khawaja is is no mood to play at it as he hangs his bat up.
  • 5.1 Length delivery outside off, Khawaja shoulders it.
  • 4.6 The batsman has played it to the point region. 17/1
  • 4.5 Outside off, on a length, Harris looks to defend but the ball swings away a great deal and beats him.
  • 4.4 That is too much for JB. This is way down the leg side, UK is nowhere near to connect the flick. The ball swings further away and poor Bairstow dives. Gets a glove to it and manages to parry it to fine leg. Just a bye, when it could have been four byes.
  • 4.3 A bouncer, around middle, Uzzie ducks. Bairstow leaps and makes a half-stop.
  • 4.2 Down the leg side, Usman looks to flick but misses. The ball goes down a long way and Jonny Bairstow dives full stretch to make a half-stop.
  • 4.1 Full and outside off, Khawaja looks to play an airy-fairy drive, without moving his feet and is beaten by the late swing.
  • 3.6 Good end to the over by broad. He bowls one on a length and around off and Harris comes on the front foot before making a leave for the keeper to grab it. 16/1
  • 3.5 On a length and around off, Harris is aware of his off stump as he leaves the ball for the Jonny Bairstow to do the rest.
  • 3.4 FOUR! Poor fielding effort there. Length delivery outside off, Harris drives it straight down to mid off. Jack Leach dives to his left but lets the ball through his hands. Once it passes Jack the ball has only one destination and that is the long off fence.
  • 3.3 On a length and around off, Harris is solid in his defense as he comes on the front foot to play it with full face of the bat.
  • 3.2 Length delivery on the off stump, Khawaja flicks it behind square on the leg side to get of the mark.
  • 3.1 On a length and around off, Khawaja hops in his crease and defends it into the pitch.
  • 2.6 Around off, defended solidly. 11/1
  • 2.5 On a length outside off, Marcus looks to defend but the ball comes in a long way and beats the outside edge.
  • 2.4 Landed outside off, pretty full, swinging away, left alone.
  • 2.3 Full toss, around middle, pushed towards mid on.
  • 2.2 Around off, Harris looks to punch but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 2.1 Outside off, left alone. That came a long way. Not far from the off stick.
  • 2.1 WIDE. Full and miles outside off, almost outside the pitch, left alone.
  • 1.6 Slips a length ball angling down the leg side, Khawaja tries flicking but misses. 10/1
  • 1.5 Lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 1.4 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 1.3 On a good length outside off, Khawaja shoulders arms.
  • Batsmen keep coming in, batsmen keep going back. Usman Khawaja gets another chance to make a name for himself.
  • 1.2 OUT! Impact is with the umpire's call and it's hitting the stumps. Australia retain their review but lose Warner early. Broad speeds in from 'round the wicket and hurls in a terrific length ball close to off stump. It nips back in after kissing the turf, beats the defensive prod of Warner and strikes him on the front pad. The appeal goes up and the umpire raises his finger after thinking for a while. Warner takes the DRS but to no avail. Umpire Joel Wilson is having a good day, another good decision from him.
  • David Warner is adjudged lbw! He wants to get it reviewed. Looks plumb though. Let's find out.
  • 1.1 Four leg byes! Broad delivers it down the leg side, Warner brings his bat down to flick but misses. It takes his pads and screams away to the fine leg fence.
  • Stuart Broad to share the new ball from the other end.
  • 0.6 Outside off, left alone. 6/0
  • 0.5 A length ball on middle, Harris defends it from the back foot to the leg side.
  • 0.4 On middle and off, Harris tries working it on the leg side but gets a leading edge. It rolls wide of point and they cross for a couple of runs.
  • 0.3 Back of a length ball on off, Marcus defends it by getting across the stumps.
  • 0.2 FOUR! Slapped! Width on offer outside off, too full in length, Harris leans and thumps his drive through cover-point for a glorious boundary.
  • 0.1 On a hat-trick, Archer runs in and delivers a length ball wide outside off, Harris throws his bat at it and misses. Almost a nick there. Archer would have become only the second bowled after Merv Hughes to take a hat-trick across three different overs.

England Vs Australia Live Score (TEST) Ball by Ball Commentary

  • Right! A South African plays for Australia and fights hard. But a West Indian and a Kiwi featuring for England show that they are better. The first was a walkover, the second was nerve-wracking and what about the third? Lost for words. Let us not test the vocabulary of anyone. Let us all take a break and then come back refreshed for the next episode of probably the greatest Test rivalry of all time. The 4th match will be played at Old Trafford, Manchester, on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 11 am local (1000 GMT). The points table as of now, stand with Sri Lanka leading with 60 points, followed by Australia (32) and then England (8). But these will change after the Test matches going on in Sri Lanka and West Indies. You can follow those as well, if you have any energy left which has not been drained out. We take your leave and earn a nice break. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • Who will be the Man Of The Match? Oh gosh... that is straight from the mystery novels of Agatha Christie, Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys. Right? Naahh... just kidding. Can't we? Given that we have been exhibited to some exorbitant amount of pressure and stress. Just trying to make things light all around. BEN STOKES GETS THE MAN OF THE MATCH AWARD, for the second game in a row. Take a bow, sir.
  • Phew! Now, about this Test match. What happened over the last 3 days? Australia bundled out for 179 after being inserted on a cloudy morning, but from 136/2. An Archer 6-fer hit the headlines. Then England matched that nicely, losing 10/67. A Hazlewood Michelle made that happen. In the second innings, when Australia rode on Marnus Labuschagne's 80 and set a target of 359, who would have thought the Ashes would be levelled 1-1?
  • ...Till Pat Cummins came along again. Got Ben Stokes to miscue, but Marcus Harris put him down at deep backward point. 17 runs were needed. The next two balls went for boundaries and it was rubbing salt on Aussie wounds. Then, Paine took an LBW review, which was just an aim to waste some time. That proved costly. Because Stokes was out in the next over, LBW, but was not given by umpire Joel Wilson and Australia did not have any review left! Before that ball, Stokes miscued a six over long off, almost ran out Jack Leach but Lyon fumbled. Well, PRESSURE! It gets to everyone, doesn't matter how experienced you are!
  • First, Nathan Lyon. In the 119th over. Two sixes and he goes for 13. Under 50 needed. Next target, Pat Cummins. Goes for 11. 37 needed. Paine goes to Hazlewood. Ben sends him all around the park. 19 from the over and momentum now totally in favour of England. 18 needed. Well, England were favourites again, till...
  • Ben Stokes then decided to cut loose because he had nothing to lose. He tore into the Aussie bowlers and as in the first session, they started losing their lines and lengths. 73 needed with 1 wicket in hand, came down into the 60s. Then came the targets by Ben Stokes.
  • Then came Round 3. Everyone thought England were the favourites but it was their turn to show some nerves. From 245/4, they slipped to 286/9. Round won by Australia. Ashes retained. Or were they?
  • Day 5 began with England needing 203 runs, having 7 wickets in hand. First nervous moment. Root gone. 200 needed. Round 1 to Australia. Then the counter-attacking stand of 86 in 130 balls for the 5th wicket between Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow. Pushed Australia back. Round 2 to England.
  • Right! In a game of nerves, both teams faltered and the one which faltered more, lost. Australia, it would have to be. They have could dismissed Ben Stokes a couple of times. Dropped him, missed Leach's run out and then reviewed an LBW decision against Leach, thereby losing out of reviews. Because in the next over, Stokes was dead plumb LBW.
  • Take a bow, Ben Stokes. The entire crowd at Leeds is standing as one. The Aussies wait for the two English lads to celebrate and then get across to congratulate the big Ben. What a knock. What a player.
  • 125.4 FOUR! ENGLAND WIN BY 1 WICKET! The series is alive. 1-1 and kicking. Stokes roars. And then sinks to his knees. Emotions ebbing and flowing. Short and wide outside off, Stokes crunches the cut past short cover and the ball goes through! History is made - This is the first time in 130 years that a team has won a Test match after getting shot out for less than 70 in the first innings.
  • 125.3 SCORES LEVEL! England cannot lose now! Jack Leach gets off the mark with 2 needed. Calmly tucks a length ball behind short leg and scampers through!
  • 125.2 A length ball, around middle and leg, nudged past leg gully, but there is short fine leg in place as well.
  • 125.1 A bouncer, outside leg, Leach ducks.
  • Right. Jack Leach to face. Just 2 needed. A tickle here and there, a push and England will make this 1-1.
  • 124.6 SHOUT FOR AN LBW! Not given. It looks very close to the naked eye but Australia don't have any DRS left. Tossed up ball landing around leg, Stokes tries to sweep but misses and is pinged on the front pad. They put in an unsuccessful appeal. The replays later on show that the ball straightened after pitching and was going to hit the leg stump. Another controversial decision. 2 needed more for England to level things up in the series! 357/9
  • 124.5 RUN OUT CHANCE MISSED! What have you done Lyon??? It was an easy opportunity but he has made a complete mess. A flatter full ball outside off, Stokes nails his reverse sweep but it goes straight to short third man. Stokes steps down the track looking for a run initially but then sends Leach back. The throw comes to the bowler but Lyon fails to collect it cleanly and Leach makes it safely. He would have been a goner had Nathan collected it. Pressure! It gets to everyone, doesn't matter how experienced you are!
  • 124.4 Shorter and on off, Stokes cuts it from the back foot but finds the point fielder.
  • 124.3 SIX! Just over long off! Did he get his hands on it? Phew, that was really close. Loopy delivery, full and outside off, Stokes decides to go big downtown and towers it over the bowler's head. Labuschagne moves across to his left from long off, attempts to catch it with a jump but it goes over him. 2 needed more!
  • 124.2 Short again, outside off, Stokes moves back and cuts it through point. Another run declined.
  • 124.1 Short in length and outside off, Stokes goes back and punches it to deep cover. Denies the single as has been the case early in the over.
  • 123.6 PITCHING OUTSIDE LEG! Cummins hurls in a very full ball as the follow-up delivery to the bouncer. Leach is beaten for pace and it goes off his pads to leg gully. They put in an appeal and then take the DRS after the umpire turns it down. The replays roll in and the first frame itself confirms everything. 8 needed more. 351/9
  • Tim Paine playing for some time. He has called for a review which looks a very bad call. Seems to be pitching miles outside leg. Don't think this is desperate, but just delaying the inevitable. Ball Tracker shows the pitching to be outside leg. Both reviews gone for Australia, though don't think it will matter.
  • 123.5 A bouncer around leg, Leach ducks at the last moment.
  • Short leg in. Leg gully in. Be ready to smell the leather.
  • 123.4 Length ball outside off, Stokes taps it down to mid off and decides to take a run. Two balls this time to negotiate for Leach. Has Stokes miscalculated?
  • 123.3 FOUR! Smashed off the back foot! Runs needed now in single digits. Back of a length ball on middle, Stokes hangs on the back foot and packs a punch past the bowler. The long on fielder comes around and tries to cut it off with a dive but fails.
  • 123.2 FOUR! Cummins gets full and Stokes decides to slog it across the line. Middles it nicely and it beats the desperate dive near the mid-wicket fence from Warner. The crowd cheers!
  • 123.1 DROPPED BY HARRIS! Massive moment in this Test match! Width on offer outside off, Stokes goes hard at it and throws his bat. It flies off the top edge and Harris moves forward and across from third man. He then goes down low to collect the catch but it spills out of his hands. Heart in mouth stuff!
  • Tim Paine ringing in the bowling changes. Nerves everywhere. Pat Cummins replaces Josh Hazlewood after the latter went for 19 in his last over. 23-5-66-1 so far.
  • 122.6 Fires it in on middle and off at 56.9 mph, Leach draws forward and blocks it solidly back to the bowler. Jack must be praised for hanging in there! 342/9
  • People crowding Leach. Two slips, a short leg and a silly point.
  • 122.5 Short in length and outside off, Stokes goes on the back foot and cuts it through cover-point for one.
  • 122.4 Hangs on the back foot and punches it to covers.
  • 122.3 Misses again! Tossed up ball around off, Stokes initially looks for the paddle sweep but then tries to spoon it over first slip. Manages neither and gets beaten.
  • 122.2 Whoa! Some extra spin and bounce. This one lands on the footmarks outside off and spins away. Stokes tries to drive but misses. Warner collects it at first slip.
  • 122.1 Appeal for a caught behind! Flighted and full outside off, Stokes tries to play the reverse sweep but fails to connect. Paine collects the ball, appeals but nothing from the umpire. No DRS taken after Paine consulted with Lyon.
  • Final gamble from Paine. This could be match over in this over itself. Nathan Lyon to bowl. 37-5-107-2. Went for 13 in his previous over...
  • 121.6 Fullish delivery and it's down the leg side, Leach tries flicking but misses. 19 from the over and England can smell victory here. 341/9
  • 121.5 18 needed more! Width on offer outside off, Stokes plays it with soft hands again, it's towards point and Stokes collects a run. Once again Leach has one ball to see off.
  • 121.4 Soft hands this time. Gently steers it through point and scampers back for the second run. Ben has planned this chase amazingly well. Taking calculative risks and then smartly rotating the strike.
  • 121.3 SIX! Ben Stokes has turned it on! Yet another biggie and this one brings up the 50-run stand! Josh has served it short and close to off, Stokes is into top gear, just swivels and powers it over mid-wicket. Two fielders converge but it sails over them.
  • 121.2 SIX! Into the crowd! A low full toss around leg, Stokes goes down on one knee and slogs it across the line. It flies in the air and goes all the way over square leg. Seemed like a mishit but it has still travelled the distance.
  • 121.1 FOUR! 8TH TEST HUNDRED FOR BEN STOKES! Outstanding effort from the Big Ben. He has single-handedly kept the Ashes hopes alive for England. Headingley is on its feet. Ben ain't celebration, he knows that there is still some job left to do. A shortish ball on middle, angling in, Stokes hangs back and muscles his pull to the deep mid-wicket fence.
  • 120.6 Shortish and on off, angling in, Leach gets across and taps it down towards mid on. Once again Leach has seen off the final ball safely! 322/9
  • Field adjustment for the number 11.
  • 120.5 Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single. One ball to survive for Jack Leach.
  • 120.4 TWO RUNS AGAIN! Back of a length ball around middle and leg, Stokes nudges it behind square leg and attempts for the second run. He slips while turning for the second run and then nearly runs into his partner while going at the striker's end. Luckily for England, the throw is at the wrong end, i.e. the bowler's end and there is no harm done.
  • 120.3 SIX! A batsman of this calibre won't miss every time. Cummins sticks to angling a length ball into the batsman and Stokes moves across his stumps to once again attempt for the paddle scoop. This time it finds the sweet spot of his willow and flies all the way over fine leg. 40 needed more.
  • 120.2 Play and a miss this time! Back of a length ball angling into the batsman from around middle, Stokes shuffles across the stumps to execute the paddle scoop but misses.
  • 120.1 Cummins begins his new spell by angling in a full ball on off, Stokes closes the face of his bat gently and eases it in front of square leg. Excellent running between the wicket to take two runs.
  • Gamble by Tim Paine. He removes his off spinner after getting treatment by Ben Stokes. Pat Cummins is on. 22-5-55-1 so far.
  • 119.6 More cheers from the crowd! Leach has played out 4 balls in this over. Not that he is a mug with the bat anyways. A length ball outside off, Jack steers this watchfully towards point, with absolute composure! 311/9
  • 119.5 Full and around off, solidly defended. The crowd cheers.
  • 119.4 Outside off, on a length, guided straight to backward point.
  • Is everything okay? Stokes walks across and has a chat with his partner. After a few seconds, the thumbs up comes up from Leach to him and the dressing room. Fighting it out...
  • 119.3 A length ball outside off, Leach looks to fend but gets hit on the glove. The ball dies in front of the slip cordon.
  • 119.2 A low full toss outside off, Ben reaches out and drives it wide of long off. Stokes wants the second but it is not there. Is sent back.
  • A bit of a delay again. Some juice and painkillers coming out. Should be good enough to stay long till those 49 runs are made. The Aussie balcony is tensed. Smith and Langer are pensive. Everyone taking a breather now. Composing themselves. All right. Here we go again. Ben Stokes vs Australia, Round 2.
  • 119.1 On the knee. A length ball outside off, Stokes swings hard but gets a thick inside edge onto his right knee. Ben just clasps his knee a touch. But he is smiling.
  • 118.6 Risky run! Floated and outside off, Stokes walks forward and pushes it off the leading half of his bat to mid off. The fielder misses his shy at the bowler's end and they complete the single safely. 13 from the over and under 50 needed now by England. This is going right down to the wire. 310/9
  • 118.5 SIX! Innovation at its best! Stokes must be credited for pulling off such a stroke at this stage. A tossed up ball landing full around off, Stokes gets into the position early for the reverse slog and nails it over cover-point for a biggie. The crowd goes wild!
  • 118.4 Spinning away from around off, Stokes pushes inside the line and misses.
  • 118.3 Floated and outside off, left alone by Ben.
  • 118.2 Quicker and on middle, Stokes clobbers it across the line and it goes straight to wide long on.
  • 118.1 UP AND JUST OVER! It's a SIX! Loopy delivery, pitching full outside off, Stokes kneels and hammers it straight down the ground. Hazlewood moves across to his left from long off, tries his best to catch it with a leap but it goes over him. 56 needed more.
  • 117.6 Bouncer around leg, Leach sways away from the line. Safely negotiated the final ball. 297/9
  • Two slips and a gully in place. There is a bat-pad in place, standing really close to the batsman at short leg. A leg gully is also present.
  • 117.5 Fullish and outside off, Stokes throws his bat at it and slices his drive to deep point for a single.
  • 117.4 Excellent running between the wickets. Short in length and wide outside off, Stokes reaches out and pushes it gently through cover-point. He straightaway calls for two and completes it with ease. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Nicely backed up.
  • Just a bit of a delay as Ben Stokes wants a different bat. Shane Warne on air says that this is the bat which was used in the World Cup final. Another heroic day coming up?
  • 117.4 Wide! The plan from Australia is to keep it away from Stokes' hitting zone. But in the process, Pattinson sprays it a little too wide outside off. The umpire exercises his arms.
  • 117.3 Fullish and outside off, Stokes drives it through covers but it has gone straight to the fielder in the deep. Another run turned down.
  • 117.2 Swing and a miss! Short in length and wide outside off, Stokes stands back and tries to slam it over point but misses. Warner at first slip appeals and then smiles. Just trying to pressurize the umpire.
  • 117.1 Fuller length delivery on middle, Stokes whips it to deep mid-wicket and turns down the single.
  • 116.6 Strangely Australia have gifted a single to Stokes. A slider on middle, Stokes moves back and helps it behind square leg for one. 66 needed more! 293/9
  • 116.5 Goes on the back foot and pushes it with the turn to the off side.
  • 116.4 SIX! It's a risky shot but has gone the distance. Floated full ball landing around off, Stokes clears his front leg and launches it over the bowler's head for a maximum.
  • 116.3 Tossed up ball on off, Stokes pushes it with the spin to covers.
  • 116.2 Miscued shot! Flighted and on off, Stokes tries to play the reverse sweep but gets a tickle on his gloves before it strikes him on the back leg.
  • 116.1 Flatter and shorter outside off, Stokes tries to cut it through the line but misses.
  • Three men out for the sweep.
  • 115.6 A touch short and on off, Leach defends it from the back foot to covers. A wicket maiden for Patto! 286/9
  • 115.5 Here comes the yorker. It's on middle at 88.9 mph and Leach just about manages to dig it out on the leg side.
  • 115.4 Bouncer again, on off, Leach drops his wrists and makes a leave. Seems he is setting him up for a big yorker.
  • 115.3 Shortish ball around off, angling away, Leach allows it through.
  • Jack Leach is the number 11 batsman. Can Pattinson finish things off here?
  • 115.2 OUT! Number 9 goes down! There is no bat and everything is in line with the stumps. A 2-ball duck for Broady. Pattinson spears in a very full ball on middle at 88 mph, Broad tries his best to bring his bat down to block it but it sneaks past the bottom part of his willow and strikes him on the pads. The appeal goes up and so has the finger of umpire Gaffaney. Stuart thinks he has got some bat onto it and refers it upstairs. Ultra Edge picks no wood and the Ball Tracker confirms that it's hitting the stumps. 5 for 48 since Lunch and the end seems nigh for England.
  • Stuart Broad has been adjudged LBW! He is quick to refer it. Is there any bat? Ultra Edge comes...and it shows that there is NO BAT. Broad is a goner!
  • 115.1 Way wide outside off, on a good length, Broad has an easy leave.
  • Stuart Broad comes in at number 10. All he needs to do, is hang around with Ben Stokes. Just a bit of confusion as to whether the batsmen crossed or not. Yup, they have. So Broady will be on strike.
  • 114.6 OUT! Caught! The catch is legal. One shot too many by Jofra. That plan from Tim Paine works. Just for a while, he went in with two seamers and kept the field back. So, when Nathan Lyon was brought back on, Jofra's inner West Indian was challenged. The West Indian who looks to hit bowlers out of the park. One flight, boom, four. Second flight, boom, four again. Third flight, self-control, defend. Fourth flight, boom, self-destruct. Full and around off, plenty of loop. Archer gets down to mow again but this time, it takes the top edge. Travis Head gets across to his right at deep mid-wicket while Pat Cummins gets across to his left at long leg. Head takes the catch, but then tracks back. So he throws the ball in the air, then comes out and re-takes it, almost colliding with Cummins. Australia celebrate and Archer walks. But the umpires want to confirm and they do so. Replays show that the 25-run stand is broken. 73 more needed to win. 286/8
  • Is that a legal catch? Is that the end of Archer? Umpire Wilson refers it upstairs with the soft signal as OUT. Travis Head has taken a good catch under pressure at the mid-wicket fence. And replays confirm that the 8th wicket is indeed down.
  • 114.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 114.4 Flighted delivery on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 114.3 FOUR! It's a mishit but still finds the fence. Loopy delivery, full and around off, Archer swings his bat across the line and it turns a bit to take the inside half of his bat. It flies towards wide long on, the fielder charges to attempt for the catch but it falls in front and then sneaks behind to fine the fence.
  • 114.2 FOUR! Archer has hammered this one! Under 88 needed now. Tossed up ball landing full on middle, Archer goes with the spin and clobbers it over mid-wicket. There is a fielder present in the deep but even he can't do much.
  • 114.1 Superbly flighted delivery. Full and wide outside off, Stokes strides forward and drives it through point for a single.
  • 113.6 Back of a length ball on off, Archer defends it off his back foot to the off side. Archer plays out a maiden and more importantly keeps his wicket. 277/7
  • 113.5 Spears in a full ball on middle at 85.5 mph, Archer sticks back, brings his bat down in time to keep it out safely.
  • 113.4 Back of a length ball angling down the leg side, Archer tries heaving across the line but misses.
  • 113.3 Bouncer to force Archer on the back foot, Jofra is quick to duck.
  • 113.2 Beaten all ends up! Good length ball outside off, shaping away, Archer with a static footwork flashes at it and misses.
  • 'Hang on, hang on, hang on there, boys!' shouts Tim Paine.
  • 113.1 Lands it on a good length outside off, Archer stays back and taps it down to point.
  • Drinks break. 39 runs and 3 wickets in the 17 overs of play post Lunch. Australia have made a resounding comeback. England though will be still hoping to pull it off as Ben Stokes is standing in the middle, looking in full control. Another 82 runs to go and it promises to go right down to the wire.
  • 112.6 Stokes has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 277/7
  • 112.5 FOUR! Fancy footwork by Stokes. He runs down the track in a flash and hammers a full ball straight back past his partner at the other end. No chance for mid on.
  • 112.4 CATCHHHH is the shout but it falls in no man's land. Flighted off spinner landing full on middle, Archer swings his bat across the line and gets it away from the inside half. It loops in the air but drops safely at deep mid-wicket. One run added to the total.
  • 112.3 Stokes plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. One run added to the total.
  • 112.2 Loopy and full on off, Ben defends it back off the front foot.
  • 112.1 Stokes has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Nathan Lyon (33-5-72-1) returns into the attack. A slip, gully and silly point in place. No one in the deep for the slog sweep.
  • 111.6 Good length ball on off, defended from the back foot to the off side. 271/7
  • 111.5 Stifled appeal for a caught behind! A well-directed bouncer, Archer tries to hook but it bounces over his gloves.
  • 111.4 Uneven bounce. Pattinson locks 87.9 mph and angles in a good length ball on off, Archer hangs on the back foot and defends it by really going down.
  • 111.3 Fractionally short and on top of off, Archer stands tall inside the crease and pushes it to covers.
  • 111.2 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 111.1 EDGED BUT SHORT! Pattinson hurls in a good length ball on off and gets it to angle back into the batsman. Archer sticks back to defend but it takes a thin outside edge and drops in front of Warner at first slip. James then turn to inquire for an lbw but nothing from the umpire. Warner smiles and indicates to Patto that it came off the bat.
  • 110.6 Fullish and on off, Stokes is on the front foot in defense. 271/7
  • 110.5 Indecision over a run! Back of a length ball on middle, Archer stays back and taps it past Head at short leg. He looks for a run but Stokes sends him back. In the meantime, Wade attacks the ball from mid-wicket, has a shy at the striker's end, Head ducks to avoid coming in between and the ball hits the stumps. However, Jofra is safely in by then. Now it gets deflected down to third man and the batsmen cross.
  • 110.4 Wayward short delivery, sliding down the leg side, Archer winds up for a big pull shot but misses.
  • 110.3 Bumper around middle and leg, Archer ducks this time.
  • 110.2 FOUR! Boom! Archer is ready to fight fire with fire. Stokes has given him the license to play his natural game. Quick runs here will reduce the runs needed and will also transfer the pressure back on Australia. Short in length and outside off, Jofra latches onto it and spanks it through covers.
  • 110.1 Shortish and on off, Archer remains on the back foot and defends it to the off side.
  • Double change in bowling. Pat Cummins (21-5-50-1) also returns into the attack. 93 more needed for a win.
  • 109.6 Good length ball on middle, Stokes turns it with gentle hands to mid-wicket and rushes back for the second run. So Ben is trusting Jofra here! 266/7
  • 109.5 Aerial but it's safe! Archer actually hit it really well. Fractionally short and around leg, Jofra flicks it by going on his toes and places it behind square leg. The batsmen take a single.
  • 109.4 Wrong line. Pattinson speeds in to deliver a short ball but it's down the leg side. Archer allows it through. A good take by Paine.
  • Two fielders deep on the leg side for Archer. Will he take on the bowler?
  • 109.3 Driven towards the mid off region. They pick up a single.
  • 109.2 A bit aerial but doesn't carry back to the bowler. A fullish length ball on off, Stokes drives it back and Pattinson collects it from the ground.
  • 109.1 Angling away from the batsman outside off, Stokes covers his stumps before making a leave.
  • James Pattinson (19-6-38-0) is back into the attack. He will have to maintain the same pressure that Hazlewood was keeping.
  • 108.6 Another front foot defense to complete the over. 262/7
  • 108.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 108.4 Loopy and on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 108.3 In the air and it just evades a jumping short leg fielder! Lyon gets his off spinner to turn and bounce into the batsman. Archer is forward in defense but it takes the inner edge, brushes his pads and flies over Labuschagne at short leg. That was inches away from his right hand.
  • 108.2 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 108.1 Full and flighted on off, turning in, Archer tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
  • 107.6 Miscommunication again, but no harm done this time. A length delivery close to off stump, Stokes taps it down towards point and looks for a run after that. But Archer sends him back immediately. 262/7
  • 107.5 Another watchful leave outside the off stump by Ben Stokes.
  • 107.4 Another delivery on a driving length outside off, Stokes shoulders arms.
  • 107.3 Pitches it up and on off, Stokes drives it down the ground but finds mid off.
  • 107.2 Solid! Hazlewood lands it on a length around middle and off, Stokes blocks it back.
  • 107.1 In the zone outside off, easily left.
  • 106.6 Loopy off spinner pitching full on off, it's blocked off the front foot to cover-point. 262/7
  • 106.5 Slower through the air, full and around off, Archer presses forward in defense.
  • 106.4 Short and wide outside off, slapped to deep point for one.
  • 106.3 Tossed up ball on middle, Stokes pushes it out across the line to mid on.
  • 106.2 Stokes has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 106.1 Flighted and full on off, defended off the front foot.
  • Jofra Archer is the new batsman.
  • 105.6 OUT! Straight into the hands of extra cover. Wheels are coming off for England. A wicket maiden again for Hazlewood. This one looks like a well-planned wicket. They did nearly the same to dismiss Buttler in the first innings and this time Woakes has fallen prey. Hazlewood just puts a length delivery in the channel outside off, Woakes thinks that it's a scoring opportunity and goes for a booming drive. But he fails to keep it down and Wade makes no mistake in catching that. 98 more left to score, 3 wickets remaining. 261/7
  • 105.5 Slips one delivery down the leg side, Woakes has nothing to do with it.
  • 105.4 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 105.3 This time Hazlewood gets a length ball to shape back into the batsman, Woakes defends it from the back foot.
  • 105.2 Shortish and outside off, Woakes drops his wrists and lets it through to the keeper.
  • 105.1 On and around off, a length ball, Woakes defends it from the back foot.
  • 104.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 261/6
  • 104.5 19TH TEST FIFTY FOR STOKES, 4th in Ashes and his slowest ever. Needless to say, it's him standing between Australia and Ashes. Shortish ball on off, Stokes moves back and punches it square of the wicket on the off side for a brace. The crowd gives him a resounding reception. Under 100 needed for a win.
  • 104.4 Gives this one good amount of air and lands it full outside off, Ben defends it solidly off his front foot.
  • 104.3 Flighted and on middle, defended back to the bowler.
  • 104.2 Loopy and on off, Stokes defends it off his front foot to the off side.
  • 104.1 Floated delivery around middle and leg, Stokes works it around off the pads to square leg. Woakes eyes a run but is sent back.
  • 103.6 On the pads, it's eased through wide mid on for a run. 259/6
  • 103.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • Physio there near the boundary line! He is taping Lyon's left thumb, importantly not his bowling hand. Maybe he hurt himself while breaking the stumps during that run out.
  • 103.4 A touch short in length around leg, Stokes plays it down towards mid-wicket.
  • 103.3 On a length around middle and off, Stokes presents a straight bat in defense.
  • 103.2 Straighter delivery this time, Chris helps it through square leg and gets off the mark with a single.
  • 103.1 Good length ball on off, it's blocked off the back foot by Woakes.
  • 102.6 Loopy and wide outside off, Stokes allows it through to complete a successful over for Australia. 257/6
  • 102.5 FOUR! Whacked! Short in length and outside off, Stokes rocks back and smashes it square of the wicket on the off side for a cracking boundary. It's now all up to Stokes, just like it was in the recently concluded World Cup final.
  • 102.4 Quicker and on off, defended watchfully.
  • 102.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Chris Woakes is the new batsman.
  • 102.2 OUT! Exceptional work by Travis Head. Wonderful passage of play for Australia. Coming to the delivery, it's full and on middle, Stokes eases it out towards mid-wicket and steps down looking for a run. Buttler responds and comes running down the track but then Stokes stops and sends Jos back. Head in the meanwhile attacks the ball and scores a direct hit at the bowler's end with an under-arm flick. The Aussies know that they have their man and start to celebrate. The onfield umpire takes it upstairs and the replays confirm that Buttler is miles away from the crease. Also, Lyon broke the stumps with his hands after the bails came off. All fair and Australia get the sixth wicket.
  • JOS BUTTLER IS RUN OUT! The Kangaroos are jumping up and down in celebration. Travis Head has produced a direct hit. The umpire is checking it upstairs. Buttler is miles short in the replays.
  • 102.1 Flighted delivery, full and on off, Stokes prods forward and defends it back.
  • 101.6 Beauty! A touch short in length and outside off, moving away off the seam, Jos feels for it and gets beaten. 253/5
  • 101.5 Edged but safe! Fullish and on off, Buttler has a nervous push inside the line and it goes off the outside edge to third slip. Doesn't carry to the fielder but he does well to stop it with a dive.
  • 101.4 The line on this occasion is around middle and off, Stokes plays it quite late and pushes it out towards point. They spot the chance for a run and complete it rather comfortably.
  • 101.3 Outside off, an easy leave this time for Ben.
  • 101.2 FOUR! Pulled firmly, the crowd is loving every act of Ben Stokes. What a player! Gives everything when he has the ball in his hand and now doing it with the bat. Short in length and on middle, Ben rides the bounce and pulls it with authority. The deep mid-wicket fielder runs across to his right but fails to pull it back.
  • 101.1 Slants across a length ball around off, Stokes covers the line and shoulders arms.
  • 100.6 Shortish and on middle, skidding down, Buttler gets back and turns it off his pads to backward square leg. The fielder there dives to his left to make a partial stop. The batsmen cross after that. Nelson needed more with 5 wickets left. 248/5
  • 100.5 Flatter and shorter on off, Stokes remains on the back foot and punches it to short extra cover.
  • 100.4 Edgy! Buttler is off the mark but it wasn't a convincing single. A flighted off spinner landing full on off, Buttler tries to drive it through covers but it takes the inside half and hurries past short leg for one.
  • 100.3 Loopy around off, spinning in, Buttler defends it off the back foot to short leg.
  • 100.2 Flatter one, full and on the pads, Stokes flicks it off the inner half to fine leg for a single.
  • 100.1 Tossed up ball on off, defended off the front foot to the leg side.
  • 99.6 Keeps probing around off with a length ball, Buttler defends it off his back foot. Impressive over by Josh, a wicket maiden. 245/5
  • 99.5 Good length ball on off, shaping in, Buttler covers the line and blocks it solidly.
  • 99.4 Lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 99.3 Angling in around off, Jos defends it from the front foot to the off side.
  • 99.2 Serves a length delivery in the zone outside off, Buttler shoulders arms.
  • Jos Buttler is the new batsman. Straightaway a short cover comes into place. Usman Khawaja is the fielder. He caught Buttler there in the first innings. So definitely Australia have picked a chink in Buttler's armour.
  • 99.1 OUT! Gone! Bairstow is caught at second slip and Australia have an opening they dearly needed. Hazlewood has got a wicket with a really bad delivery. Short in length and wide outside off, Bairstow goes chasing after it and gets a thick outside edge behind to Labuschagne at second slip. He makes no mistake and immediately pumps his fists in celebration. 114 more needed and England will have to guard against any collapse.
  • 98.6 EDGED AND FOUR! Did that carry to Warner? A bit unsure. Loopy and on off, spinning away, Stokes is forward again in defense but it spins away to take the outside edge. Warner dives to his left at first slip but it hurries past his hand to the fence behind. 245/4
  • 98.5 Good tight bowling from Lyon. Solid defense from Stokes. Tossed up and around off, Stokes defends it off his front foot.
  • 98.4 Loopy and around off, Ben has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 98.3 Quicker and fuller on middle, Stokes blocks it with a straight bat to mid on.
  • 98.2 Flighted and full on off, Stokes presses forward in defense.
  • 98.1 Stokes has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 97.6 Shout for an lbw, nothing from the umpire. This time there is an edge. An inswinger around off, Jonny Bairstow tries to defend from the crease but gets an inside edge onto the pads. 241/4
  • 97.5 Shortish and on off, Stokes punches it down the ground and by the time the mid off fielder cleans it up, they take a run.
  • 97.4 A length delivery angling away from the left-hander, this time Stokes picks the line early and decides not to offer any shot.
  • 97.3 Good length ball close to off, it's blocked from the back foot.
  • 97.2 Played to the point region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 97.1 NOT OUT! Shortish ball outside off, shaping back in a hint, Bairstow stays back to flat-bat it through the line but is beaten on the inside edge. Paine collects the ball and appeals. Umpire Gaffaney agrees but Jonny is quick to take the DRS. It's reviewed with gusto and certainty, quips Michael Atherton on air. Ultra Edge finds nothing and the crowd roars. It's followed by boos for the umpire. Hmm...
  • Appeal for a caught behind! FINGER GOES UP! Jonny Bairstow immediately refers it. Ultra Edge finds nothing. Continue batting, Jonny.
  • Josh Hazlewood to share the attack from the other end after Lunch.
  • 96.6 Flighted off spinner on off, Stokes is on the front foot to cover the spin as he defends it safely. Good start from Lyon! 239/4
  • Two slips for Ben Stokes.
  • 96.5 Uppish but wide of short leg! A long hop on middle, Jonny goes deep inside the crease and pulls it to deep square leg for a run.
  • 96.4 Spinning down the leg side, it's left alone easily.
  • 96.3 Floated delivery, it's a touch short outside off and breaking back in with extra bounce, Bairstow fails to work it around from the back foot and is hit high on the pads.
  • 96.2 Allows the ball to spin back into him from outside off and then Jonny defends it to short leg.
  • 96.1 Starts with a nicely flighted delivery, landing full and outside off, Bairstow goes back when he should have been forward and then blocks.
  • Back for more Test cricket! The way England batted before Lunch, it's looking more one-sided from hereon. But, the first 30 minutes will give us a clearer picture. The men concerned are out in the middle. Australia would have regrouped and thought about their plans. Another 120 runs for them to play with. Nathan Lyon, the most threatening bowler this morning, to kickoff proceedings...
  • ... DAY 4, SECOND SESSION ...
  • So, the equation now has come down to - 121 runs and 6 wickets! England are the firm favourites from hereon and Australia need to produce a magical performance just like they did on Day 2. Can they succeed? Or will England continue to march towards victory? Do join us in a short while to find out.
  • Australia started the day's play with a plan to not give any easy runs. They bowled four straight maiden overs at the beginning and were executing the plan quite well. However, once the second new ball was taken, they completely lost the plot. Their pacers sprayed it around and the English batsmen made merry. Runs came thick and fast and it took all the pressure away from the hosts. Only Nathan Lyon bowled with some control and got good purchase from the surface as well. His spell holds the key as far as the Australians are concerned.
  • What a session! England bossed it and have put themselves in the driving seat. There was an early casualty when Warner's stunning catch dismissed the English skipper but Australia failed to capitalize on that opening. Jonny Bairstow batted positively and soon it brushed on Ben Stokes as well. The southpaw had a nervy beginning but he settled down and now, the current stand is worth 79 runs and run rate of this partnership is 4.27. Outstanding work under pressure by this pair.
  • 95.6 A leg spinner on the shorter side around off, Bairstow goes deep inside the crease and punches it to sweeper cover for a single. The crowd has gone wild. They are giving a standing ovation to the two English batsmen as they head back to the dressing room. LUNCH ON DAY 4! 238/4
  • 95.5 Well tossed up delivery, pitching full and outside off, Bairstow pushes it off his front foot to point.
  • 95.4 Too full in length around leg, Stokes clips it past short leg and crosses for a run.
  • 95.3 Sharp spin and bounce, going down, Stokes tries to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 95.2 Loopy delivery, landing full on off, Stokes gets forward and pushes it to mid on.
  • 95.1 A touch short and on off, Bairstow goes back and punches it down to point for a single.
  • Last over before Lunch and it will be bowled by Marnus Labuschagne. He's worth a punt at this stage. Has bowled decent 5 overs so far.
  • 94.6 Flighted delivery, landing full on off, Stokes offers a straight bat in defense and it takes the outside edge. Falls in front of silly point. Excellent over, a maiden. 235/4
  • 94.5 Just a bit short in length, around middle, Stokes pushes his weight back inside the crease as he defends.
  • 94.4 Fuller and on off, quicker through the air, Stokes blocks it back to the bowler.
  • 94.3 This is good bowling. Loopy and full on off, Ben lunges and defends it watchfully.
  • 94.2 Floated and full on leg, Stokes flicks but again finds short leg.
  • 94.1 Tossed up ball on middle, Stokes defends it down in front of short leg.
  • 93.6 Length delivery outside off, holding its line, Bairstow has nothing to do with it. Back-to-back maidens from Pat Cummins. 235/4
  • 93.5 Identical to the last delivery, Bairstow plays it close to his body and defends it towards mid on.
  • 93.4 Targets the off stump and angles it on a length, Jonny blocks it back safely.
  • 93.3 A gentle delivery, on a length outside off, Bairstow lets it through to the keeper.
  • 93.2 Bouncer on middle and leg, an easy leave for Bairstow.
  • 93.1 Angles in a length ball on off, Bairstow defends it back from the crease.
  • 92.6 Turn and bounce from around off, Bairstow tries to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It loops wide of short leg and they cross. 235/4
  • 92.5 FOUR! Thumped! The local boy is going great gun. He picks the off spinner early, as soon as it lands full on off, Jonny is ready with his sweep shot. Nails it behind square leg for a boundary much to the delight of the home crowd.
  • 92.4 Skidding down the leg side, Stokes helps it behind square leg for a run. He is still unhappy with something and complains to the umpire.
  • 92.3 Flatter one, short and on off, Stokes moves back and defends.
  • Still some issue with something near the sightscreen. The reserve umpire is out there getting things corrected.
  • 92.2 Beaten by a beauty! Full again, it lands on off and turns away, Stokes tries to defend but misses.
  • Some disturbance near the sightscreen. Slight hold up in play. The players wait and we resume after everything is fixed.
  • 92.1 Full and flighted on off, Stokes lunges and defends it back to the bowler.
  • 91.6 Beaten! A touch short in length and outside off, some extra lift as it straightens, Bairstow pushes at it and misses. 229/4
  • 91.5 Straighter delivery, angling in, Bairstow works it around the corner but finds the fielder on the leg side.
  • 91.4 Bouncer around leg, Jonny ducks.
  • 91.3 Hurls a short delivery wide outside off, inviting the batsman to have a go, Bairstow restrains himself from going after it.
  • 91.2 A length ball is angled into the batsman, Jonny plays it across the line but it goes straight to mid on.
  • 91.1 Shortish ball on off, Bairstow defends it off his back foot.
  • 90.6 Lyon pulls his length back this time and delivers it on off, Stokes goes on the back foot and punches it to extra cover. 229/4
  • 90.5 Well bowled again. Lyon is getting some good turn from the surface. Full and flighted outside off, Stokes pushes at it and misses.
  • 90.4 Peach of a delivery. Turn and bounce. Lyon lets out an off spinner, it pitches around off, Stokes gets forward to defend but it spins away to beat the edge.
  • 90.3 Tossed up ball outside off, Stokes covers his stumps and allows it through.
  • 90.2 Loopy and around off, Jonny goes down and across to sweep it fine towards fine leg. Good stop in the deep and hence only a run.
  • 90.1 Full and flighted on off, Bairstow drives it off his front foot to covers.
  • Nathan Lyon is brought back into the attack. Australia need to snatch the momentum back from England.
  • 89.6 Australia have lost the plot completely. Paine fails to do a regulation collection behind the stumps. A length ball outside off, Jonny shoulders arms, Tim fumbles and they cross for a bye. 8 from the over. Entertaining action for the English crowd. 228/4
  • 89.5 Extra bounce from a good length around middle and leg, Bairstow tries working it on the leg side but misses. It hits him on the thigh pad, Cummins appeals but nothing from the umpire.
  • 89.4 Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 89.3 Slightly short and on off, Stokes taps it down towards backward point and crosses.
  • 89.2 Good length ball on middle, Ben defends it from the back foot to mid on.
  • 89.1 SIX! This one has gone all the way. Wow. Minimum power, maximum result. Cummins serves a back of a length ball around middle and leg, Stokes just glances it off his hips and it flies from the sweet spot of his bat. Clears backward square leg with ease.
  • As expected, Pat Cummins is back on. Three slips waiting...
  • 88.6 Better, much better from Pattinson. He delivers it on a length and just outside off, shaping away, Bairstow makes a watchful leave. 220/4
  • 88.5 Fuller this time and the line is on middle and leg, Stokes tucks it behind square leg for one.
  • 88.4 FOUR! Slapped away! Short in length and outside off, Stokes camps back and whacks it through the gap between cover and cover-point. England are running away with this Test match.
  • Pat Cummins is warming up.
  • 88.3 Outside off, Stokes has nothing to do with it.
  • 88.2 Around off, a bit short, it's defended off the back foot by Ben Stokes.
  • 88.1 Good length delivery in the channel outside off, angling away, Stokes pokes inside the line and misses.
  • Australia have not been quite there with the second new ball. They were relentless with their lines with the first new ball but have been spraying it around with the second new nut. The visitors are feeling the pressure, feels Michael Atherton after looking at the pitch map. The advice is to bowl a boring line and length and dry out the runs.
  • 87.6 Back of a length ball outside off, Bairstow pushes inside the line and it goes off the outer half through point for a couple. 215/4
  • 87.5 In the channel outside off, an easy leave for Jonny.
  • 87.4 A length ball starting from off and moving down the leg side, Stokes nudges it to fine leg for a run.
  • 87.3 Slants in a full length ball on middle and off, Stokes defends it from the crease.
  • 87.2 Back of a length ball on off, defended off the back foot to covers.
  • 87.1 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • Change of ends for Josh Hazlewood. This Test match is fast slipping away from the Aussies. They need to break this partnership quickly.
  • 86.6 Short and on middle and leg, Jonny tickles it through backward square leg for a couple. 13 from the over, England are cruising. 212/4
  • 86.6 FIVE WIDES! Australia are leaking runs here. Pattinson loses his line this time. Delivers an outswinger way wide outside off. Bairstow allows it through and it goes to Warner at first slip. He fails to catch it and the ball goes right through his legs. Labuschagne chases from second slip but fails to pull it back. 50-run stand comes up and it's met with a hugeeee cheer from the crowd.
  • 86.5 Shortish and on off, Bairstow moves back, rotates his wrists and plays it down in front of square leg. Straightaway shouts no to keep his partner informed.
  • 86.4 Four leg byes! The crowd continues to love the action. Pattinson bowls an inswinger but the line is too straight. Bairstow fails to flick and it goes off his pads to fine leg. 154 needed more.
  • 86.3 A delivery in the channel outside off, Bairstow watchfully makes a leave.
  • 86.2 Too wide on the off side for the batsman to make any contact.
  • 86.1 Loose shot, it's aerial but in the gap! Huge cheer for a couple of runs. A length ball outside off, Jonny reaches out for it and drives it away from his body. It takes the outside half of his bat and goes through cover-point for a couple.
  • Australia want to regain some control. In comes James Pattinson to provide that.
  • 85.6 Good length delivery close to off and straightening a bit, Ben shoulders arms to complete the over. 13 runs so far after the Drinks break, 33 against the second new ball. 199/4
  • 85.5 Crispy drive! A bit too full, around off, Stokes hits it on the up and strokes it past the bowler. The mid on chases it down and the batsmen take a couple of runs.
  • 85.4 Angling down the leg side at 84.7 mph, Stokes tries to flick but misses and is hit on the pads.
  • 85.3 Hazlewood over-corrects his line and length. He is very straight on a good length ball and Bairstow turns it through square leg for one.
  • 85.2 FOUR! Beautiful shot! This pair is oozing confidence at the moment. Hazlewood overpitches around off, Bairstow presents the full face of the bat and executes a delightful off drive for a boundary. Australia would be feeling some pressure at the moment.
  • 85.1 Hazlewood puts it on a length just outside off, Bairstow plants his front foot forward to cover his off stump and then makes a leave.
  • 84.6 Eased away! Length delivery on off, Stokes closes the face of his bat and works it through mid-wicket for a couple. 6 from this one, Australia need to choke the flow of runs here. This partnership is now worth 33 off 45 balls, going at 4.4. 167 runs needed more! 192/4
  • 84.5 Bouncer from Cummins. The line is on middle and Stokes ducks.
  • 84.4 Good length ball on off, Stokes moves across the stumps and plays it with the angle of the bowler to mid on.
  • 84.3 Cummins immediately cuts down his length and goes fuller and on middle, Stokes brings his big bat down and pushes it out to mid on.
  • 84.2 FOUR! Aggression from Stokes. Poor delivery to start with, it's short and wide outside off, plenty of room, Stokes flashes his bat at it, tries to slam it over point but it flies off the outside edge and goes to the third man fence.
  • 84.1 Fractionally short in length and close to off stump, Stokes hangs on the back foot and defends it to covers.
  • Drinks break. An hour of Day 4 done and we have already witnessed some exciting Test cricket. England have managed to score 30 runs but also lost the key wicket of Joe Root. The second new nut is only few overs old and the Aussies would love to make full use of it. There is plenty of support on offer for their bowlers and the next hour also promises to be brilliant.
  • 83.6 Short in length and in the zone outside off, Bairstow shoulders arms. 20 runs scored from the time the second new ball was taken! 186/4
  • 83.5 More measured approach this time. Sticks on the back foot to a shortish ball and calmly taps it down to gully.
  • 83.4 Runs are coming now too quickly. Back of a length ball on middle and leg, going down, Jonny fails to flick and it goes off his thigh pad to fine leg. The batsmen steal a couple of leg byes.
  • 83.3 FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries! Australia won't mind Jonny driving here. This shot wasn't played with much control. Fuller and outside off, Bairstow tries to stroke it through the line but slices his drive through the gap between gully and point for a boundary.
  • 83.2 FOUR! This will give some confidence to Jonny Bairstow. He just leans into the length ball outside off and drives it crisply past the diving extra cover fielder for a boundary.
  • 83.1 Good length ball close to the off stump line, Bairstow defends it from the back foot.
  • 82.6 TOP EDGE! Falls safely! Back of a length ball angling into the batsman from 'round the wicket, Stokes swivels inside the crease with the pull shot but fails to middle it. The ball flies off the top edge and clears mid-wicket. They take a couple of runs. 176/4
  • 82.5 This time the line is too straight and Jonny eases it to the right of mid on for a single.
  • 82.4 Play and a miss! Short in length and outside off, Jonny tries to cut from the back foot but it shapes in to beat the inside edge of his bat.
  • 82.3 Closer to the off stump this time, angling in from a length, Jonny defends it solidly by covering the line.
  • 82.2 Back of a length delivery just outside off, straightening a bit with extra bounce, Bairstow lifts his bat skywards and lets it through.
  • 82.1 Shortish and on off, Bairstow hangs back and plays it down to point. Slight misfield but no run conceded.
  • 81.6 Wow, big movement there. Hazlewood runs in from 'round the wicket for the left-hander and lands it on a length outside off. Stokes decides to leave it and after that it swings appreciably. It heads over the off stump and Paine has to stretch to his right to collect the ball. A wayward first over with the second new ball by Josh. 173/4
  • 81.5 Good length ball around off, moving back in off the seam, Bairstow shuffles across to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It speeds down to fine leg where Cummins makes a sliding stop near the boundary line. The batsmen take three runs.
  • 81.5 Wide! A wild delivery. Josh loses the radar completely and hurls a shortish length ball way wide outside off.
  • 81.4 Every run is cheered by the English crowd. An inswinger probably but the line is down the leg side. Bairstow fails to flick and it goes off his pads towards fine leg. They take a couple of leg byes.
  • 81.3 Beauty of a delivery. Can't do much about that one. This one angles into the batsman, lands on a length and nips away ever-so-slightly to beat the defensive bat of Bairstow.
  • 81.2 Outswinger this time, on a length and outside off, Jonny plants his front leg forward and makes a leave.
  • 81.1 Good leave. A length ball around off, shaping in appreciably, Bairstow watches the line closely and then shoulders arms.
  • Josh Hazlewood to share the new cherry from the other end. He has 7 wickets in the match so far and would love a 10-wicket haul.
  • 80.6 Shortish and on top of off stump, Stokes hangs on the back foot and defends it to the off side. 167/4
  • 80.5 Good length ball on off, angling in, Stokes defends it from the back foot to the leg side.
  • 80.4 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 80.3 Nasty delivery. Encouraging for Pat Cummins, he would have enjoyed it. Back of a length ball on off, climbing onto the batsman, Bairstow jumps and tries to fend it off. It goes off his gloves and flies past the vacant short leg region. A single is taken.
  • SECOND NEW BALL TAKEN! Three slips and a gully. No mid off.
  • 80.2 Slightly short and on off, Bairstow defends it off his back foot.
  • 80.1 A touch short and on leg, some extra bounce, Jonny fails to work it on the leg side and is hit on the thigh pad.
  • Second new ball is available now! But it has not been taken by Australia straightaway. However, there is a change in bowling. Pat Cummins to bowl for the first time this morning...
  • 79.6 Skidding in from around off, Ben moves back and helps it to mid-wicket. 166/4
  • 79.5 Flatter this time, on off, Stokes defends it off his back foot.
  • 79.4 FOUR! Superbly played! Extra flight on this occasion, a full ball pitching on middle, Stokes leans forward and flicks it beautifully through mid-wicket. The mid on fielder gives the chase but the ball wins the race. Stokes' first boundary in 74 balls and the crowd loved it.
  • 79.3 Nicely tossed up delivery, landing full on off, Ben lunges and defends it back.
  • 79.2 Full and flighted on off, Bairstow works it with the turn through backward square leg for a run.
  • 79.1 Flighted ball outside off, Bairstow leaves it alone.
  • 78.6 Beaten! A length delivery angling away from the southpaw again, Stokes has a nervous push inside the line and misses. Not too far away from the outside edge, that. 161/4
  • 78.5 Pattinson goes short and Stokes decides to let it go to the keeper.
  • 78.4 Angling across the batsman, outside off, Ben allows it through.
  • 78.3 Chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 78.2 A touch short and on middle, angling down, Jonny fails to work it around and it goes off his thigh pad towards fine leg. A leg bye taken.
  • 78.1 Full in length and outside off, Bairstow lets it go safely.
  • 77.6 Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. A wicket from the over, big wicket. 160/4
  • 77.5 Uses the spin this time and works it through square leg for a run. Under 200 needed now.
  • 77.4 Tossed up ball on off, Bairstow goes on the back foot in defense.
  • Jonny Bairstow is the new batsman with exactly 200 runs needed.
  • 77.3 OUT! STUNNER FROM DAVID WARNER! MASSIVE BREAKTHROUGH! David Warner, you beauty! How can you pull out such catches? He was blinded there. Still shows great reflexes to catch it. A wicket finally after the first innings of the second Test for Lyon, his 356th in Tests, going past Dennis Lillee. But to be honest, this is Warner's wicket. Lyon lets out an off spinner, it's full and around off, Root advances down the track and tries to heave it across the line. But it spins back in to take the inside edge, brushes his pads and lobs over Paine. Not sure when Warner saw that coming. But whenever he got the sight of it, he made sure to catch it with a full length dive to his left from first slip. Absolute ripper. Body blow to England. The Aussies are roaring.
  • 77.2 Flighted delivery, landing full on middle, Stokes leans forward and flicks it in front of square leg for one.
  • 77.1 Slow spin back into the batsman from around off, Root moves back and nudges it to fine leg for a run.
  • Three more overs left for the second new ball. In comes Nathan Lyon to bowl two of them, maybe. He's been wicket-less for quite some time.
  • 76.6 Almost nicks it behind! Pattinson takes a length ball away from the left-hander, outside off, Stokes pushes inside the line without any footwork and misses. 157/3
  • 76.5 Delivers it on a fuller length around off, Stokes pushes it straight back and looks for a run. But the mid off fielder is quickly to the ball and he stays where he is.
  • 76.4 Clocks 89.2 mph and lands it around off, Stokes blocks it from the crease.
  • 76.3 Gets behind the line of the delivery and tries to drive. Mistimes it towards covers.
  • 76.2 First run of the morning and it's met with a huge cheer from the crowd. Good length ball on off, Root hangs back and taps it down to the right of the third slip fielder for a single.
  • 76.1 Some inward movement from a length outside off, Root sticks back and defends it off the inner half to mid-wicket.
  • 75.6 FOUR MAIDENS IN A ROW! This is great bowling from Australia. Wickets not falling? No problem. Just choke the run flow and play on the patience of the batsmen. Full and outside off, Stokes makes a leave easily. 156/3
  • Physio comes out. Stokes is looking fine and trying to fix the extra protection on his helmet. A few concerned looking Aussies also surround him. All is well and we are ready to continue...
  • 75.5 BANG ON THE HELMET! It has become a common occurrence now. Great bowling or poor technique, judge yourself. Hazlewood digs in a well-directed bouncer, Stokes is taken by surprise as he tries to pull. He fails to connect and takes a blow straight on the helmet. Due to the impact, the extra protections behind have come off.
  • 75.4 In the channel outside off, Stokes covers his stumps and allows it through.
  • 75.3 Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 75.2 Just short of Head! Hazlewood gets a back of a length ball to move into the batsman, Stokes works it across the line and it's a bit uppish. Doesn't carry to the fielder standing in front of square leg.
  • 75.1 Angling in a length ball on middle, Stokes defends it from the back foot to the leg side.
  • 74.6 Extra bounce along with some late movement on this occasion. A bit short on middle and off, Root plays it out from the inside half of his bat to mid-wicket. Three maidens in a row. 156/3
  • 74.5 Some reverse happening. Pattinson hurls in a length ball around off and it shapes back in with the shine, Root presents a straight bat in defense and keeps it out off the inner half.
  • 74.4 Good length ball on off, Root remains on the back foot and defends it back to the bowler.
  • 74.3 James is bowling impressive lines here. Keeping it on and around off, drawing the batsman forward, Root defends it close to his front pad.
  • 74.2 Serves it on a length close to off at 86.6 mph, Root is on the back foot trying to defend it on the leg side but it takes the leading half of his bat and rolls to covers.
  • 74.1 Beautifully bowled and nicely defended. Full and around off, a hint of movement in the air, Root is solidly behind the line in defense.
  • 73.6 Lands it on a length and close to off, Stokes gets forward a bit and defends it with gentle hands towards backward point. A couple of maidens to begin the day's play. 156/3
  • 73.5 Full and on off, angling in, Stokes presses forward with a straight bat and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 73.4 Slants in a length ball on off, Stokes defends it from the back foot to the off side.
  • 73.3 Hurls a good length ball in the zone outside off, Ben allows it through to the keeper.
  • 73.2 A bit of indecision from Stokes. Thinks about leaving a length ball around off but is late in withdrawing his bat. It takes a good chunk of his bat and rolls towards gully.
  • 73.1 Good length ball angling in middle, from 'round the wicket, Stokes defends it from the crease to the on side.
  • Josh Hazlewood (18-6-35-2) to operate from the other end.
  • 72.6 Offers the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. Good start from Australia! 156/3
  • 72.5 In the zone outside off, left alone.
  • 72.4 Huge shout for a caught behind! The umpire remains unmoved. There was some noise. What's happening? Paine runs up to his bowler, has a chat and then decides to drop the plan to refer it. Entire day left and they have just one review left. Fair call that way. Back of a length ball on middle and leg, angling down the leg side, Root tries to flick but seems to have missed it. It goes behind to Paine who catches and appeals. It's turned down and the replays later on show that the noise was off the ball clipping the thigh pad.
  • 72.3 Targets the off stump with a length ball, it angles in and meets the defensive bat of Joe Root.
  • 72.2 Pattinson keeping the old ball nice and full, it's on middle and Joe pushes it down to mid on.
  • 72.1 A cracking beginning. Pattinson hits the blockhole straightaway, trying to catch Root off-guard but the English skipper does well to squeeze it out towards point. He looks for a run but his deputy is not interested.
  • Time to play the game! The players are already on the field. Joe Root and Ben Stokes stride out amidst a good ovation from the crowd. It's bright and sunny looking like great batting conditions. James Pattinson to kickoff proceedings. 2-0 or 1-1, let's find out...
  • Three days of enthralling action, with both teams domination at some point of time. This has been the story of the Leeds Test so far as we enter into the fourth day which very well could be the final day. After weathering the storm last evening, England have brought themselves into a position from where they can seriously challenge the Aussies. Joe Root has struck form at the best possible time and his century partnership with Joe Denly has made sure that Australia don't run away with the Ashes. Having said that, it's a new day which will bring new challenges and with another 203 runs to get, this game is wide open. Needless to say, the morning session will give us a hint of which way this clash will be heading. 8 overs to go for the second new ball and that may have a big say on the outcome. We are not far away from the start, stay tuned.
  • ... DAY 4, FIRST SESSION ...
  • Right! 203 to win. 7 wickets in hand. 196 overs left in the game. But we will not need those! Because unless the weather intervenes, this game will not see a Day 5 for sure. Will Joe Root get to his first ever century in the 4th innings? Will Nathan Lyon be able to get back to wicket-taking ways on Sunday? Will the effect of Saturday's tiring work go awry or pay good heeds for the Aussie bowlers? Join us on Sunday, 25th August, 2019 at 11 am local (1000 GMT) for all the action from Day 4 which should also be the final day of this Test. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
  • Perhaps this is the day which bowling coaches want to see. When the ball is moving around, many a bowler gets a wicket. But when the ball is doing nothing, it is the discipline and the patience of the bowlers which get tested. Australia had plenty. Cummins, Hazlewood and Pattinson kept clocking in high speeds and bowled tirelessly, beating the inside and outside edges, but without luck. Then, came the massive strangulation - 9-3-7-1 between Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon which eventually got rid of Joe Denly. It would have been easy for a bowling unit to get frustrated and leak runs. But on a good pitch with not much swing around, Australia only gave away runs at just over 2 an over, a testimony to their discipline. That has ensured that in spite of the century stand, England have not run away with the game. Yet.
  • Joe Denly. Who is he? With all due respect, not many know about this man. This guy has scored over 11,000 first-class runs and Saturday was the day when he made the world notice. Had a few nervy moments but importantly, he rode those and moved ahead. Eventually, it took a brute from Josh Hazlewood to get rid of the Canterbury-born. His score reads 50 from 155 balls but only he knows how easy he has made life for the rest of his batting mates.
  • Cometh the hour, cometh the man. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Welcome back, Joe Root. He has arrived in the Ashes at last. A knock which pretty much defines his character. Absorbing all the overlaying pressure then slowly but surely, transferring it back to the opposition. He, along with Denly, fought Australia patiently and in a stand worth 126, kept the hungry Aussies at bay.
  • Yes! We have a Day 4! The game is alive. How many times did we feel in this Test that the game is gone? First, when the Aussies were 'bundled out' for 179. Then, when England were blown away for 67. Then, this morning, when they were 15/2 in the 7th over. But the two Joes joined forces and ensured that they gave no chance to their foe.
  • 71.6 Full and around off, watchfully blocked out. STUMPS ON DAY 3, ENGLAND NEED 203 MORE TO WIN! 156/3
  • 71.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 71.4 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 71.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 71.2 Punches this towards long on for a single.
  • 71.1 Around off, solidly defended.
  • Nathan Lyon to bowl the final over of the day.
  • 70.6 Outside off, left alone. Paine initially looks at the skies in disappointment but then Cummins walks across to him and asks about the review. Paine comes down a long way, has a chat but then shakes his head, Then, jokingly asks Stokes whether he hit it. The Big Ben waits, waits, waits and when the allotted 15 seconds for a review are over, he shakes his head. The crowd loves that and Paine pats Stokesy on his arm. Nothing on the Ultra Edge when the ball passes the bat. 155/3
  • 70.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 70.4 A length ball, tucked straight to short leg.
  • 70.4 WIDE. A slower bouncer, outside leg, Stokes ducks. Tim Paine gets a bad bounce and fumbles. The crowd cheers as a wide is signalled.
  • 70.3 Shortish and close to off, Stokes is on the back foot in defense.
  • 70.2 Bouncer around off, Stokes allows it through.
  • 70.1 In the channel outside off, Stokes hangs on the back foot and lets it go to the keeper.
  • Pat Cummins (14-3-32-1) is back for one final burst before Stumps.
  • 69.6 Fires a quicker one on the pads, Stokes brings down a straight bat and it takes the inner half before rolling through square leg for a run. 154/3
  • 69.5 A low full toss on middle, Ben lunges and pushes it to mid off.
  • 69.4 Very full and on middle, Stokes defends it back with a straight bat.
  • 69.3 Shortish and on leg, Root tucks it to mid-wicket and crosses.
  • 69.2 Shortish and skidding down the leg side, Stokes fails to get it away and it goes off the pads to square leg. A leg bye taken.
  • 69.1 Flatter delivery on off, Stokes hangs back and defends it on the off side.
  • Marnus Labuschagne to bowl with 11 minutes left in the day. 4-0-11-0 so far.
  • 68.6 Full and around off, the skipper comes down the track and defends. 151/3
  • 68.5 Full and outside off, Root looks to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Lyon appeals for LBW but umpire Wilson is not interested. Paine asks Lyon about the review but he says that it is spinning too much.
  • 68.4 Full and around off, flicked towards Matthew Wade at short mid-wicket.
  • 68.3 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 68.2 Tossed up outside off, Root looks to drive but gets a bit of an inside edge back to the bowler.
  • 68.1 Full and around off, flicked straight to short leg.
  • 67.6 Excellent delivery. Pattinson spears in a very full ball on middle, Stokes brings his bat down in time to dig it towards covers. 151/3
  • 67.5 A touch short in length and close to off, Stokes remains on the back foot and defends it to the cover fielder.
  • 67.4 Back of a length ball on off, Joe taps it down towards point and crosses for a run.
  • 67.3 Covers the line of the delivery and pushes it back to the bowler.
  • 67.2 Digs it in around off, Root drops his wrists and sways away from the line.
  • 67.1 On a good length close to off, Root blocks it from the crease.
  • 66.6 Fullish and on off, some extra bounce, Stokes goes back and defends it off the leading half of his blade. 150/3
  • 66.5 Full and around middle, flicked towards square leg.
  • 66.4 Full and around off, well blocked out.
  • 66.3 Outside off, defended solidly.
  • 66.2 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 66.1 Full and around middle, Root comes down the track and eases it down the ground for a single. 'ROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT!' cheers the crowd as the 150 is raised. 209 more to win.
  • 65.6 Outside off, allowed to go through. 149/3
  • 65.5 Around off, watchfully defended.
  • 65.4 A length ball outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 65.3 Outside off, Root looks to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge past second slip. A single taken.
  • 65.2 Full and outside off, driven towards cover.
  • 65.1 On a length outside off, Root looks to defend but the ball comes back in a long way and beats the inside edge.
  • 'C'mon guys, c'mon guys, c'mon guys, put the pressure on, put the pressure on, put the pressure on, we can get two more tonight!' A sleepy Predicto Praky suddenly has his eyeballs pop out on hearing that. '2 more?' he asks. Well, he has got something to look forward in the remaining 26 minutes...
  • 64.6 Outside off, punched towards cover. 148/3
  • 64.5 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 64.4 The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • 64.3 Landed outside off, a touch wide, let through.
  • 64.2 Outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 64.1 Full and around middle, flicked through square leg for a single.
  • 63.6 The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 147/3
  • 63.5 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 63.4 Outside off, angling away, left alone.
  • 63.3 Full and down the leg side, a wild ball, Stokes lets it go. Tim Paine dives full length to his right and stops it.
  • 63.2 Outside off, left alone.
  • 63.1 Outside off, played through point for a single.
  • Kamtishwar - 'Where is Patto? Where is Patto? Where is Patto? Oh looks like Paine has heard me.' Yes. Telepathy, mate. James Pattinson is back on for a final burst. 10-3-19-0 so far.
  • 62.6 Full and outside off, watchfully blocked out. 146/3
  • 62.5 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 62.4 Full and outside off, Stokes lets it go. Don't think he picked it. Guess he expected it to turn away but it was an arm ball. Just grazed off stump.
  • 62.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 62.2 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 62.1 Outside off, punched off the back foot.
  • 61.6 Stokes gets off the mark. Down the leg side, nudged through square leg for a single. 146/3
  • 61.5 Landed outside off, left alone.
  • 61.4 A bouncer, at the head, Stokes sways away.
  • 61.3 Full and outside off, easy to leave.
  • 61.2 Outside off, angling away, left alone.
  • 61.1 Full and outside off, solidly defended.
  • 60.6 Landed outside off, Joe gets down to sweep but misses and is hit on the pads. Paine starts to appeal but then keep quiet as the impact is well outside off. 145/3
  • 60.5 Full and outside off, watchfully defended.
  • 60.4 Oohhh... beaten. Landed outside off, the skipper looks to defend but the ball just whizzes past the outside edge.
  • 60.3 Comes down the track this time and defends.
  • 60.2 FOUR! Nicely played. Full and outside off, Root brings out his reverse sweep and gently laps it through the vacant slip position. There is a leg slip who is now moved to conventional first slip after that shot.
  • 60.1 Full and outside off, driven back to the bowler.
  • 59.6 Another one outside off, shouldered arms to. 141/3
  • 59.5 The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 59.4 Full and outside off, angling away, left alone.
  • Ben Stokes arrives in the middle. He got out playing a very ordinary shot in the last innings and would like to correct that this time around. England have a good platform courtesy the last stand and all he needs to do is to partner his skipper.
  • 59.3 OUT! Finally (in Rock's voice), Australia have managed to break the century partnership. The long and hard persistence from Hazlewood has paid off. A rip-roaring bouncer from him. It lands close to off and there's some steep bounce. It climbs onto the batsman, Denly takes his eyes off the ball but fails to take his gloves away. The ball brushes them and then ricochets off his helmet to Paine. The Aussie skipper grabs the simplest of catches and they all go up in a big appeal. The finger goes up and Denly looks down. He knows what has happened there. Root checks on him to know whether he wants to take the DRS but Denly declines the offer. Wicket number 3 goes down and England need another 218 runs from here to win.
  • 59.2 Back of a length ball on off, Denly defends it from the crease.
  • 59.1 Good length ball on middle and leg, Root fails to work it around and it goes off his pads to square leg for a leg bye.
  • 58.6 Safe as a house. Full and outside off, Denly drives it straight back to the bowler who fires a throw back at the stumps at the striker's end and hits them. Paine appeals and it is referred upstairs. Replays show that Denly had to scurry back but he is safe. 140/2
  • A run out? Direct hit but Root looks to be in.
  • 58.5 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 58.4 NOT OUT. Missing leg. Cannot totally blame Paine there. That looked close but the pitch has now started to turn. Full and outside off, Denly looked to defend but misses and is hit on the pads. Lyon screams his lungs but umpire Wilson shakes his head. Paine has a chat with his bowler and then takes the review. Tough luck as Ball Tracker shows it to be missing leg.
  • 58.3 Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 58.2 Full and around off, watchfully defended.
  • 58.1 Huge shout for LBW! Turned down. Full and outside off, Denly looks to defend but the ball spins in a long way, hits the pads and then goes to short leg where Marnus Labuschagne dives to his right to take the catch. LBW? Bat-pad?
  • 57.6 Outside off, left alone. 140/2
  • 57.5 Another jaffa! On a length outside off, the skipper looks to defend but the ball zips past the outside edge again.
  • 57.4 Outside off, shaping in, Root looks to defend but the ball whizzes past the outside edge. Hazlewood has some chirp which starts into a chatter. Root looks and looks and looks and then gives the cutest smile one can ever see. Even Hazlewood starts to smile. They say, if looks could kill. Here, it is, if looks could woo...
  • 57.3 Full and outside off, Joe looks to defend but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
  • 57.2 Outside off, punched towards extra cover where a lazy Matthew Wade refuses to bend. Hence, the ball refuses to stop, goes off his legs and the batsmen think about the single. But the man who wanted to be a pilot if his cricketing career did not shape up, charged to the ball from mid off and Root went back. Usman Khawaja it was.
  • 57.1 A length ball outside off, blocked towards cover.
  • 56.6 Outside off, punched off the back foot back to the G.O.A.T. 140/2
  • 56.5 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman.
  • 56.4 Full and around off, Denly looks to flick but hits it a bit uppishly. It falls short of the bowler.
  • 56.3 Outside off, gently paddled through fine leg for a single. 219 more to win. That is the 300th ball faced by this pair. Awesome. Their entire first innings lasted just 27.5 overs.
  • 56.2 Full again, the skipper lunges and pushes it towards backward point.
  • 56.1 Full and outside off, Root comes forward and defends.
  • 55.6 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 139/2
  • 55.5 Huge caught behind shout, but not out. On a length outside off, Denly looks to defend but the ball jags back in and goes off something to the keeper. Paine throws the ball in the air but does not appeal ferociously. Replays show that the ball hit the pad.
  • 55.4 The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 55.3 Outside off, left alone.
  • 55.2 Outside off, Root plays it very late, tapping the ball through gully. Travis Head dives to his right but cannot stop it. Parries it away and concedes a single.
  • 55.1 A length ball outside off, coming in, defended solidly.
  • Drinks break. England are going strength from strength and this partnership has put them in a strong position. They still require 221 runs to level the series and hence cannot afford to relax a single bit. Australia have been decent with their bowling efforts but without much success. They will have to stay patient and focus on execution. Good part is that they are not leaking runs and keep England under check in that part. 21 more overs to go before Stumps. Can they pick a wicket or two?
  • 54.6 Loopy ball on off, Root takes it on the full and sweeps it past forward short leg for a run. Catch it was the shout from somewhere but it was well wide. 138/2
  • 54.5 Floated and full on off, defended off the front foot.
  • 54.4 Inside edge saves Root there! He jumps down the track to play a big shot across the line but misses. Luckily for him, it takes the inner half of his bat, strikes him on the pads and then goes behind. Paine reacts a bit late and it gets deflected off his pads as well to his right. All that allows Root time to return inside the crease. Scary moment.
  • 54.3 Defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 54.2 Quicker and fuller outside off, Root tries to sweep but misses. The impact is well outside off.
  • 54.1 Flighted delivery, landing full outside off and spinning back in, Root gets forward to defend but inside edges it onto the pads.
  • 53.6 Gets a length ball to angle into the batsman around off, Joe Denly prods forward and defends it back. Maiden! 137/2
  • 53.5 Outside off, left alone.
  • 53.4 The batsman lets the ball go outside his off stump.
  • 53.3 Shout for an lbw! Not given. Tim Paine walks forward to have a chat with his bowler and then decides not to take the referral. Hazlewood gets a length ball to move back into the batsman from outside off. Denly shuffles across a bit to defend but misses and is pinged on the back leg. They appeal but it seems too high. The replays confirm that it's going well over the middle stump.
  • 53.2 Again the line is outside off, Denly once again makes a watchful leave.
  • 53.1 In the channel outside off, it's left alone by Denly.
  • 52.6 Flatter and on off, defended off the back foot to complete the over. 137/2
  • 52.5 SECOND TEST FIFTY FOR JOE DENLY and his knock is well appreciated by the home crowd. He has applied himself superbly under pressure and has played his part in this big partnership with the skipper. Reaches to his landmark by easing a full ball with the spin to long on for a run. The bat goes up in acknowledgement.
  • 52.4 Flighted delivery, landing full on off and spinning in, Denly blocks it off his front foot.
  • 52.3 Loopy ball around off, Root gets down and across before playing the lap sweep down to fine leg for a run.
  • 52.2 Floated and full on off, this time Root presses forward and defends it back.
  • 52.1 Flatter through the air, the length is on the shorter side and there is some slow spin available, Root hangs on the back foot in defense.
  • Oh... we thought he had gone off. Finally, after an age, Paine turns to Nathan Lyon. 11-0-31-0 so far. But crucially, 15 in 3 since Tea. England have played him much better after that opening Test.
  • 51.6 Around off, on a length, defended solidly to end the over. 135/2
  • 51.5 Fullish and on off, Denly drives it off his front foot to mid off.
  • 51.4 Played to the point region by the batsman. One run added to the total.
  • 51.3 Root has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 51.2 MASSIVE INSIDE EDGE! Another onfield decision is overturned, all thanks to the DRS. It's a good delivery to begin with. On a length outside off and since the shine is inside, it heads towards the off stump. Root tries to defend but fails to do so from the middle of his bat. He is thudded on the pads, they appeal and the finger goes up. Honestly saying, we spotted an inside edge immediately and Root is also quick to take the review. The Ultra Edge picks a big chunk of wood and Root is safe.
  • Joe Root has been adjudged LBW. But he has straightaway signalled for the review. Seems to be a massive inside edge. Yup. The first replay confirms it. Huge, massive inside edge.
  • 51.1 On a length and outside off, Root plays it down from the crease to point.
  • 50.6 Denly has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 9 from the over, England are scoring freely, without any issues. 134/2
  • 50.6 No ball called as it's the third bouncer in this over. Cummins bangs it in short around middle, Denly takes evasive action and immediately ducks. Good take by Paine.
  • 50.5 FOUR! In spite of a sliding effort near the fence by Hazlewood. Once again Denly has nicely played it out. Shortish and on middle and leg, Joe moves inside the line and glances it fine down the leg side. Hazlewood tries to stop it but makes contact with the rope and the nut at the same time. The third umpire passes on that verdict to the onfield umpire and a boundary is signalled.
  • 50.4 FOUR! Bang! Right from the middle of the bat. Width on offer outside off, Denly spots the chance to free his arms and throws his hands to it. Connects and connects well to fetch a boundary at deep cover.
  • 50.3 Short again and it's down the leg side, Denly makes another leave. He knows about the plan they are working on.
  • The leg gully has gone very fine. Almost at leg slip. The plan of action should be on and around the batsman's rib cage.
  • 50.2 Action replay of the last delivery. Once again Denly is content in letting it go.
  • 50.1 Bouncer around leg, sliding down, Denly easily ducks underneath it.
  • 49.6 Clocks 86.9 mph and delivers it around off, Root blocks again from the crease. Tidy stuff from Josh, a maiden to start his new spell. 125/2
  • 49.5 Keeps his line on the middle stump line and Root defends it back by staying inside the crease.
  • 49.4 A touch short and outside off, at 86 mph, Root plays it late and tries to guide it wide of the slip cordon but the third slip fielder dives across to his right to make the stop.
  • 49.3 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 49.2 This one stays low after moving back into the batsman from a length outside off. Root does well to keep his eyes on the ball till the last second as he defends it towards mid on by going down low.
  • 49.1 Fuller in length on off, angling in, Root gets forward and defends it back to the bowler.
  • Josh Hazlewood is back on. 11-2-32-1 from him, so far.
  • 48.6 Cummins digs in another short delivery, this time it's outside off, Root hooks it across the line, rolls his wrists over the shot and keeps it all along the ground through square leg for a single. 125/2
  • 48.5 Short in length again, around middle and leg, Denly plays a nicely controlled glance wide of short backward square leg for a run.
  • 48.4 Back of a length ball on middle, Root helps it through the gap between backward square leg and short leg for one.
  • A short backward square leg is already there and now a short leg also comes in.
  • 48.3 Shortish on middle and leg, Denly tries flicking but misses. It brushes his pads and goes to fine leg for a leg bye.
  • Josh Hazlewood is loosening up. Australia desperately need a breakthrough.
  • 48.2 Picks the line of the length delivery is outside off and Denly takes his bat far away from the ball. Easy leave.