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Australia Vs England Live Score (Test)

5th Test | 04 January, 2018 | Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney

180 / 9 Overs88.1 R/R2.04 Fours13 Sixes0 Extras7

Match Status: Match Ended

Match Result: Australia beat England by an innings and 123 runs

Batsman Status R B 4s 6s
Tom Curran 23 40 5 0
  • Hope you had as much fun being with as we did bringing the coverage to you. Thank you for being wonderful readers. That's not the end of these two sides in action, though. Both these sides now clash for the ODI series. The first game of the series is on Sunday, the 14th of January, 2018 at the MCG. Catch us then at 1420 local time (0320 GMT). For some more Test cricket, you can switch to the South Africa-India game, which is in the balance and has good weather forecast for the last couple of days. Till the next time, ta-ta and take care!
  • Phew! That brings us to the end of Ashes 2017-18. A bit of mixed feelings. A bit dejected as it has ended yet feeling glad and upbeat for the way it happened. All things have to end, eventually. England will certainly look at this series as many opportunities missed. It is said that opportunity knocks the door twice. It did so more than that for England but they had bolted the door and lost the key. Give an inch to Australia and they grab a mile. The home side did just that and the end results is there for all to see.
  • That look on his face says it all. Ever tried giving a kid the candy that it always desired? And then had a look at its face? That's how Steven Smith looks as he goes up to collect the trophy. The entire team joins him on the podium and they all rejoice. Post all the posing and the photo shoots, they all take a lap of honour around the SCG. Lovely to see them give it back to the fans who have come out in large numbers in support. Autographs are signed as well. Always good to see success being celebrated the way it is being done now.
  • Australian skipper STEVEN SMITH is also the Player of the Series. Huge applause engulfs the SCG and deservingly so. He says everything went to plan. Appreciates the fact that they have managed to pick up 80 wickets in the series. Stresses on the collective efforts of his bowlers as well as his batters. Reckons that although England have had a foot in the door in all the games, his side did extremely well to seize those key moments and prevail. States how good it feels to not have an injury casualty throughout these five games. Thanks his team from the bottom of his heart for the same. About his batting he keeps it simple and says that he aims to practice a lot at the nets and does nothing different.
  • Since Joe Root, the English skipper is down with illness, vice-captain JAMES ANDERSON has a chat in his absence. Says that Root is fast asleep as he hasn't recovered completely from his gastro bug. Agrees that they have been in the game on many occasions but haven't been able to capitalise on the key moments. Lauds the opposition's bowling attack as well as the batters' efforts to score runs, something that they themselves failed to do. Ends being grateful to the Barmy Army who have supported his side through thick and thin.
  • Player of the Match, PAT CUMMINS, says he can't ask for more. Adds that it is fun to play with the bunch that he has. States that they (the bowlers) always run in and attack and think nothing else. Reckons that every kid dreams of playing in the Ashes and he is happy to realise the same.
  • Every Australian batter apart from Cameron Bancroft made hay while the sun shone to get scores above a fifty. Usman Khawaja and the Marsh brothers went to the extent of notching up their tons. This meant that the hosts ended up having a 303-run lead over the visitors. From then, it was all about when rather than if. The formalities were done completed and here we are on the other side. Time for the presentation now...
  • Picture this. England were 228/3 on the first day before losing the plot and slipping to 251/6. This is just a sample of the entire stock. All along the tour they have been in such dominant positions at various times before letting things drift away from them. A lower order surge helped them post what seemed like a decent score at that point. But the Aussie batters came out like a storm to quell all such thoughts.
  • This has been yet another abject surrender from the tourists. Yes, they were on the ground for a long time but they themselves were the cause for the same. After getting a chance to bat again, they somehow barely managed to bring the game to the last day but it was just about delaying the inevitable. With a sick Joe Root in the dressing room, the task on the final day grew all the more monumental.
  • Nathan Lyon is really delighted with the win. Feels good to do well another Smith's captaincy who has been really good with his tactics, he reckons. Adds it wouldn't have been possible to come out good with the ball without the three quicks (Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins). States is happy to be a part of the best bowling attack. Opines it has been a complete team effort on their part. Credits selectors for believing in each one of them. Ends by saying the best feeling is to get that urn back. Can't wait to celebrate he says and runs towards his team.
  • Mitchell Marsh is next up. He feels elated to be a part of the victorious side. Reckons that feels crazy to win 4-0 and contribute with a couple of tons. Admits it was a special feeling to be with his brother at the time of their tons. Adds further that he was more emotional for his brother's ton.
  • First is Usman Khawaja. Ashes win feels great he says. Reckons that all the firt three games were in the balance. Feels good that he has contributed in some way in this victory. Lauds his bowlers for their collective efforts. Says that they were consistent and hence the results show. Jokes that having Smith helps as well.
  • Clinical performance from the hosts! This is the 8th highest victory in the Ashes, pings my colleague. Nevertheless, even without those figures the performances speak for themselves. Let's hear the players speak on the sidelines first as Mark Nicholas and Michael Slater catch up with some of the Aussies.
  • 88.1OUT! Is that it? Yes it is! Length ball angling away from Anderson. As he has been trying all along, looks to fend away from his body. This time the ball doesn't miss the outside edge and goes straight to Paine behind. They appeal and umpire Dharmasena takes his time before ruling it out. Anderson wants to take the review but he is informed that there isn't any in the bank. Birthday gift for Hazlewood who gets his first scalp of the innings. It is confirmed that Root won't come out to bat and thus, another unconverted fifty lies against his name. AN INNINGS AND 123 RUNS VICTORY FOR AUSTRALIA to take the series 4-0.
  • Time for some liquid intake!
  • 87.6Negotiates this one with a forward defense. 180/8
  • 87.5Five Penalty runs! This one goes straight past the outside edge as it stays low. Beats the batter as well as the keeper. Goes on to strike the helmet behind and hence the penalty.
  • 87.4Arm ball outside off, Tom lets it be.
  • 87.3FOUR! What a stroke! This is tossed up outside off, Curran charges down, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it inside out through covers, all along the ground. Gets a boundary that takes him to 23 off 37.
  • 87.2Another one around off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 87.1Curran has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • Nathan Lyon to bowl.
  • 86.6Short of length, Jimmy hops and keeps it down next to him. Was a bit early into the shot there. 171/8
  • 86.5Josh comes over the wicket and angles it across. Anderson ones again tries his best to nick it but fails.
  • 86.4The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • The previous one might have been Cummins' last. Smith is seen having a chat with Lyon. Warne reckons the latter would be requesting his skipp to let Pat bowl another.
  • 86.3This length ball is defended with an angled bat towards point.
  • 86.2Bumper in line of the stumps, evaded.
  • 86.1Short outside off, Anderson doesn't poke at that.
  • Happy Birthday Josh Hazlewood! Here's his chance to get his name in the wickets column.
  • 85.6Just away from short leg! Back of a length ball angling in, fended away just past Bancroft for nothing. 171/8
  • 85.5Oh my god! That'll ruffle his feathers. Banged short, Tom fails to crouch under that completely and takes it on his left shoulder. That's one for tomorrow, says Clarke on air. Bank on him to sledge the opposition even when he isn't playing.
  • 85.4Curran misses the pull shot on this one.
  • 85.3Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 85.2FOUR! Bang! Take that! Short in length, pulled confidently through mid-wicket for another boundary.
  • Sixth over on the trot for Pat. Warne says that Hazlewood was seen warming up about 8 times in the last few minutes. At the same time, with a five-fer in sight, it would be hard to get the ball off Pat's hands.
  • 85.1FOUR! Where did that come from? Full in length and a line just around off. Curran drives it on the up through mid off for a boundary.
  • 84.6Well played Jimmy. Hops up and keeps this short ball down towards backward square leg. 163/8
  • 84.5Full on the pads, Anderson clips it away through mid-wicket for a brace. Gets off the mark after 14 balls, drawing an applause from the crowd.
  • 84.4Bouncer angling down leg, Anderson gets out of the line in time.
  • 84.3This is blocked from the crease to the off side.
  • 84.2Short ball around off, Jimmy hops up and keeps it down towards gully. Anderson took his bottom edge off the handle which saved him here.
  • 84.1Short ball on the stumps, nudged through backward square leg for one.
  • 83.6Fuller around off, dug out towards backward point off the outer edge. Another maiden. 160/8
  • Look what extra pace can do. Looking at the track yesterday, most thought Lyon to run through the opposition and end up with a fifer. But Cummins has bent his back well and has been rewarded with wickets - 4 of them so far.
  • 83.5This is outside off, Anderson looks to play at that but decides against that and lets it go.
  • 83.4Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 83.3That stayed low! It wasn't in line of the stumps though. Anderson hops up based on the length but the ball goes below his bat.
  • Another update about Root. He's asleep in the dressing room. So that should indicate the end. Get well soon, Joey!
  • 83.2Spears a yorker aiming at the stumps, Jimmy digs it out.
  • 83.1Banged short in line of the stumps, the batter ducks.
  • Clarke and Warne are of the opinion that Joe Root would definitely come out to bat, being the captain of the side. But the medical staff and the team management should consider that based on their assessment as it could prove to be dangerous apart from being futile.
  • 82.6The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper. 160/8
  • 82.5Length ball outside off, defended towards point.
  • 82.4Is that it? No! Fuller in line of the stumps, Curran gets hit on the pads. Big appeal turned down. Pitching outside leg, perhaps.
  • 82.3FOUR! The Barmy Army cheers this boundary loudly as positives have been as hard to find as water in a desert. Curran slices this full ball and collects runs as the ball rolls through point.
  • 82.2This ball is kept out from the crease.
  • 82.1Short ball angling away, Curran looks to pull but misses.
  • 81.6Another play and a miss. Maiden for Cummins. 156/8
  • 81.5Anderson evades this bouncer by ducking under this.
  • Joe Root isn't seen sitting in the balcony and this could be the last pair, opines Michael Clarke on air.
  • 81.4Length ball on off is blocked from the crease.
  • 81.3Another one. Shane Warne says that Anderson is trying hard to give Pat a fifer. The latter fishes at a wide one yet again.
  • 81.2Almost a fifer! Back of a length ball outside off, Jimmy has a wild poke at it but misses.
  • James Anderson walks in next. Last batter? No Joe Root? That's how things look right now.
  • 81.1OUT! Waste of a review which means Australia are just moments away from going up 4-0! Cummins bends his back and bangs it short outside off. Crane goes back and looks to fend it but seems to have edged it to the keeper. The umpire agrees and gives him the marching order. Mason opts for the DRS though. A first look at Hot Spot shows that it isn't a great idea as he had gloved it indeed. Wonder how can someone not realise that he has gloved a ball. Cummins gets his fourth and becomes the leading wicket-taker in the series.
  • DRS time! Crane has been ruled out caught behind but he feels he hasn't edged it. Takes it upstairs.
  • 80.6The batsman defends it from within the crease. 156/7
  • 80.5Almost played on. Starc runs in from round the wickets and bowls it full in line of the stumps. Tom looks to drive but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
  • Fine leg moves to leg slip.
  • 80.4Short ball down the leg side, pulled away towards fine leg for two.
  • 80.3FOUR! Off the mark with an edge. He does so off the 18th ball that he faces. Goes chasing this full ball outside off and gets a thick outside edge through the vacant gully region. Nobody to stop the ball from going all the way.
  • 80.2Yorker on the stumps, well dug out by Tom.
  • 80.1Full on middle and leg, flicked away through fine leg for one.
  • More agony for England? Australia hope to pile up the misery as they opt for the second new ball as soon as it is available. Mitchell Starc to make first use of it.
  • 79.6Cummins goes round the stumps and bangs this short down the leg side. Left alone. 149/7
  • 79.5Another bouncer, well evaded.
  • Good point. The on-air commentators laud Australia's field placements. They reckon that hosts are ready with their plans and are just executing it on the field like a click of a mouse. On the contrary, England always seemed unsure of their field settings and the players were just moving about, observes Ian Chappell.
  • 79.4The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 79.3Just in time! This is a bumper on the stumps, Tom just manages to evade it in the nick of time. He could have got hit and then it would have been hard to explain if he would have been pained by the hit or the plight of his side.
  • 79.2Length ball on the pads, tucked away just past leg gully for one.
  • 79.1Length ball on the stumps, defended from the crease.
  • 78.6Maiden over this as Curran defends it from the crease. 148/7
  • 78.5Floated around off, eased towards mid on.
  • 78.4Lunged forward and blocked.
  • 78.3Tom gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
  • 78.2Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 78.1Curran stays back to this one and blocks.
  • Mason Crane walks in with the bat now.
  • 77.6OUT! Pat Cummins has come out all guns blazing after the break. 7th wicket for him in this game. He runs in and bangs it short on the body of the batter. Broad is caught by surprise as he tries to fend it away. The ball takes the gloves and goes in the air for Paine to catch that. Short stay for him as the hosts are just three wickets away from glory, theoretically. 148/7
  • 77.5FOUR! Lucky runs! Broad expects a short one and hangs back but gets a full one just around off. Plays at it and gets an outside edge through the slip cordon for a boundary.
  • Stuart Broad is the next man in. News from the English camp is that Root was exhausted in the Lunch break.
  • 77.4OUT! This is the big one in the context of this scenario. Bairstow could have been THAT thorn in the flesh that would have frustrated the Aussies. How often in the sport have we seen a break get a wicket for a team? Cummins angles this full on the stumps, Bairstow fails to clip it away and gets hit on the front pad. An appeal made and Joel Wilson - as has been his habit recently - thinks over it and then raises the dreaded finger. Jonny talks to his partner about the review. Everyone of us screams to him to take it but sadly for us, he can't hear us. He walks without opting for one and that's a good call as Hawk Eye returns three reds. Jubilation on the face of the Australians.
  • 77.3Length ball outside off, Jonny gets squared up and defends it towards gully.
  • 77.2On the pads, flicked away towards square leg.
  • 77.1Bowled in line of the stumps, kept out from the crease.
  • 76.6Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 144/5
  • 76.5Another one around off, Curran smothers it.
  • 76.4Worked away to the on side with the spin.
  • 76.3Tom prods forward and bunts it down.
  • 76.2The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 76.1Flatter on off and middle, flicked away.
  • Nathan Lyon back on.
  • 75.6Fuller in length, driven back towards the bowler. Pat your back, Pat, as it is a maiden. 144/5
  • 75.5This one is kept out towards mid-wicket.
  • Just a reminder. Curran had a decent time with the bat in the first essay. He scored a strokeful 39 then.
  • 75.4Putting a brave front even after taking a blow. Bairstow looks to evade this short ball angling down leg but is unable to do so. Hits him on the arm and rolls towards the left of the keeper. He holds the pose though, as if nothing had happened.
  • 75.3Similar ball, blocked from the crease.
  • 75.2On a length in line of the stumps, defended from the crease.
  • 75.1Full ball to start with, in line of the stumps, turned towards mid-wicket.
  • Grit and perseverance had to be on show. England stood gritty while Australia persevered. More of the same? Let's find out as we head to the action. Here's another surprise to greet us. Joe Root has retired due to illness and TOM CURRAN has come out to bat. Bairstow will face the first delivery of this session to be bowled by Pat Cummins.
  • ... Last Day, Penultimate Session ...
  • Australia have been good, especially Nathan Lyon who held one end up. Bowled a marathon spell this morning but the surface hasn't worn out as one would have expected it to. Still they are in the driver's seat and all they need is to break this stand. The second new ball is just 5 overs away. Will we get to see the third session? Join us back shortly...
  • Next walked, Joe Root to resume his innings. Mind you, the bout of illness didn't get the better of him. In fact, he looked all the more in the zone. He didn't score a boundary yesterday and scored one on the 6th ball that he faced today - should tell you the man's mindset. He registered yet another fifty and got perfect support from his keeper-batsman, who has consumed 133 balls. Their stand is worth 48 and they are still 159 runs adrift. All that doesn't matter but it's the dodgy resistance that will.
  • One box ticked, two more to go for England. It came as a shocker in the morning when Root was hospitalized and it seemed like the task will be all the more easy for the Aussies to wrap things up. But, it wasn't. Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali negotiated the first hour and it was that man again who picked the only wicket to fall. Yes, Lyon dismissed Ali (his bunny) in the series for the 7th time to get the crowd going.
  • 74.6Fuller in length at the base of the stumps, Root brings his bat down at the angle and wrists it towards short mid-wicket. LUNCH ON DAY 5! 144/5
  • 74.5Good length delivery outside off, nipping back in just a touch, Root presses forward to defend but gets an inside edge on the pads as the ball rolls towards cover.
  • 74.4Shortish delivery on middle, Root gets on top of the bounce and pulls it along the ground through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 74.3Angling in from outside off, clipped by hopping across to the leg side.
  • 74.2Marginally ahead of a length, in the corridor outside off, a solid defense on offer from JR.
  • 74.1Back of a length delivery outside off, Root stays back in defense.
  • 73.6Now this one stays low! Nearly got the better of Bairstow! Similar length but instead of rising it stays really low. Jonny manages to get some bat to it. Maiden for Marsh, a good one. 142/5
  • 73.5This one literally took off! A real good take from Paine as well! Shorter in length and kicking off the deck, Bairstow initially tries to fiddle with it but then withdraws the bat.
  • The keeper is up to the stumps now. Interesting move...
  • 73.4Wider outside off, nothing doing says Jonny.
  • 73.3Pitches it up this time, driven off the middle but straight to mid off.
  • 73.2Drags his length back, it's outside off, Jonny hangs back and punches it towards cover.
  • 73.1Steams in from over the wicket, lands it just around off, nips back in appreciably. Bairstow gets his front foot across and makes a leave. It wasn't far from the off pole.
  • Mitchell Marsh is brought into the attack for the first time in this innings.
  • 72.6Good length delivery, this one stays a touch low, Root keeps it out towards the cover fielder. 142/5
  • 72.5Reverse happening here! Hazlewood targets the stumps, keeps it really full and gets a bit of curl inwards. Root jams it out towards the leg side. Nearly falls over in doing so.
  • 72.4Bangs in a short one on middle and off, Joe Root sits under the bumper.
  • 72.3Covers the line nicely and answers it with a straight blade.
  • 72.2Shortish and outside off, JR arches back to place it towards point.
  • 72.1Some movement in the air! Fuller and curling back in a touch, Root looks to drive but gets it off the inner half back to Josh.
  • 71.6Hangs back, allows the ball to turn and tucks it past short leg. 142/5
  • 71.5On a flatter trajectory, Bairstow sees the line is outside the off stump and hence, keeps his opposite number busy.
  • 71.4Goes against the turn does Joe! Flighted delivery outside off, Root takes a big stride forward and drives it through cover. Cummins gives it a chase and slides to pull the ball back in play. Three runs picked up.
  • 71.3Nudges it through the leg side. Another dot.
  • 71.2Presses forward and defends it towards the silly point fielder.
  • 71.1Keeps it full around off, Root leans across and works it with the spin off the inner half towards short mid-wicket.
  • 70.6Bangs in a short one outside off, Jonny B drops his wrists to let it be. 139/5
  • 70.5Hazlewood is very straight on this occasion. Jonny walks across and flicks it neatly through square leg to collect a couple.
  • 70.4Fuller in length and on the stumps, pushed towards the man at silly mid on.
  • 70.3Drops it a bit short and it's outside off, stabbed off the back foot.
  • 70.2Back of a length delivery on middle and off, defended by getting right behind the line.
  • 70.1Josh comes in from over the wicket and hides the ball in his left hand. Delivers it full on middle and leg, clipped through square leg for a single.
  • Josh Hazlewood is back on.
  • 69.6A shout for an LBW! Turning in from a shorter length outside off, Bairstow misses his tuck to wear it high on the thigh pad. Lyon puts in an appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Hawk Eye shows impact is well outside the line and also missing the stumps. 136/5
  • 69.5Cameron Bancroft at it again. He's a busy man reckons Mark Nicholas on air. Loopy delivery around middle and off, Josh works it with the spin. It hits Bancroft low on the left boot at short leg and doesn't lob.
  • 69.4Goes deep in the crease and tucks it towards mid-wicket for nothing.
  • 69.3Flatter one but the line is wide outside the off stump line. Bairstow plants his front foot across before making a leave.
  • 69.2Quicker one outside off, defended with bat and pad together.
  • 69.1Turning in from a shorter length outside off, turned towards short leg.
  • 68.6This one is fired at 140.7 kph, Root is hurried onto this one as he manages to defend it back to the bowler. 136/5
  • 68.5Stays behind the line and stabs it out comfortably.
  • Cameron Bancroft has asked for a new helmet. The physio is out but the Aussie opener seems fine.
  • 68.4That's hit him flush on the helmet! But no reaction from Bancroft whatsoever! Goodness me! This bloke is seriously made of steel or what? Shortish ball at 124.3 kph, Root picks up the length early and swivels to pull it away. He does so but it hits Cameron's helmet grill at short leg. The ball goes off it onto the left shoulder and then dies down. Root shows concern but the Aussie opener reckons he is completely alright.
  • 68.3The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 68.2Short and strangled down leg, Root swivels to pull but misses it completely. The keeper takes it with a move to his left.
  • 68.1Starc comes in from over the wicket and hits the deck hard, Root quickly sits under it.
  • 67.6Goes around the wicket and serves it around middle and off. Jonny comes down the track and nearly yorks himself. Squeezes it out to mid off. 136/5
  • 67.5The ball turns back in slowly from outside off, tucked past short leg and comes back for a double.
  • 67.4The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 67.3Clips it with the turn towards short mid-wicket.
  • 67.2Flattish ball on middle, Bairstow hangs back in defense.
  • 67.1Darted on the stumps, nudged towards mid on.
  • 66.6Hits Bancroft again! Fuller in length and angling in, flicked straight to short leg wear Cameron gets hit on the right shin. Joe walks to him and is seen showing some concern towards him. Good to see. 134/5
  • 66.5Hazlewood hits the stumps from fine leg. Bang on Joshyyy! Bairstow clips one down towards fine leg and gets to the other end. The Aussie pacer scores a direct hit from fine leg at the striker's end but Root was easily in.
  • 66.4On the stumps, driven towards back to the bowler.
  • 66.3Strangles one down the leg side, Bairstow misses the clip.
  • 66.2Bumper on middle and leg, easily ducked under.
  • Okay then! We get a clarification about the English skipper's health. For all you users out there, Joe Root was down with a gastro bug. So, it has got nothing to do with the scorching heat yesterday, clarifies Mark Nicholas on air.
  • 66.1Fuller and angling in on the stumps, blocked by getting behind the line.
  • 65.6Howzzzaat? Flatter ball outside off, skidding a touch after pitching. Root tries to cut but the ball sneaks under his bat to the keeper. They appeal but then bail out immediately. 133/5
  • 65.5Eases this loop ball outside off against the turn through cover for one.
  • 65.4Dances down the track to bunt it back to Lyon.
  • 65.3The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 65.2Spinning in from outside off, tucked with the spin past short leg.
  • Good plan from Lyon. The wily spinner spots that Bairstow is standing outside the off stump. So what does Lyon do? He goes wider of the crease from over the wicket and is trying to spin it through the gate...
  • 65.1Floated delivery outside off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 64.6Driven but off the inner half! Slater on air goes, Root has certainly loosened up today! Fullish in length on off, Joe leans to drive but gets it off the inner half back to Starc who mimes a throw at the striker's end. 132/5
  • 64.5Fuller ball on the stumps, Root gets across and tries to clip this one away. It deflects off Bancroft's right shin at short leg and rolls further away. They think about the run but then decide against it.
  • 64.4Fuller and angling in, worked towards the man at mid on.
  • 64.3Shorter in length and zipping off the surface, left alone by Joe.
  • 64.2Fuller in length and just outside off, nicely leans into it and drives it towards cover.
  • 64.1Back of a length delivery outside off, the English skipper hangs back and punches it towards Warner at mid off.
  • 63.6Outside off, pushed quicker through the air, left alone. 132/5
  • 63.537th Test fifty for Joe 'Unwell' Root! The moment he stepped in, it seems like nothing had happened to him overnight. Gets a huge applause from the crowd as he raises the bat. Well played! But now the question is, will we finally see him converting this? Ball - Full on middle and leg, clipped right between short leg and leg slip. The ball goes towards the fine leg fence and by the time the fielder hunts it down they take three.
  • 63.4Beaten! Flatter and quicker through the air outside off, Joe stays deep in the crease to defend but there is a bit of extra bounce which nearly kisses the outside edge of his bat.
  • 63.3Swept hard! Floats it up outside off, Root gets down and nails the sweep but it hits Bancroft on the right shin at short leg. That must have stung.
  • 63.2Good shot! Leans forward and across to a tossed up delivery and drives it through covers to come back for a couple. Slater on air says that he is certainly playing more shots today than he did yesterday. Moves to 49!
  • 63.1Shortish ball outside off, turning back in, Root goes back and defends.
  • 62.6Full outside off, left alone. 127/5
  • 62.5Length ball on the stumps, defended from the crease.
  • 62.4Nicely flicked through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 62.3FOUR! First one for Root in this innings. This is sprayed wide outside off, Joe reaches out to it and gets it off the outer edge through backward point. The ball races away to the fence, although it wasn't far from the fielder there.
  • 62.2Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 62.1On the pads, flicked away round the corner for one.
  • Mitchell Starc into the attack now.
  • 61.6This is defended off the front foot onto the ground. A successful over for Lyon. 121/5
  • 61.5Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 61.4Root goes back and keeps it out to short leg.
  • 61.3Around off, defended from the crease.
  • Joe Root comes out to resume his innings. He is on 42 without a boundary yet. Rightly so, he is greeted with a warm applause by the SCG crowd. Observed this many times, the Aussie crowd is one of the sportiest.
  • 61.2OUT! Nathan Lyon gets Moeen Ali for the 7th time in the series! Bunny or no? We'll let you decide that. This one is pushed slower through the air in line of the stumps, Ali lunges forward to defend. He did that expecting the turn but the ball skids on with the arm, with a puff of dust. Hits him on the pads right in front of the stumps. A huge cry of success follows which is agreed to by Joel Wilson after a thought. Ali shakes his head as he knows he has been undone by the wily tweaker yet again. Doesn't waste a review even after thinking about it. Selfless? Maybe not, as he was a dead duck there. Australia 5 wickets away now.
  • 61.1This ball is turned through mid-wicket for one.
  • 60.6FOUR! First one edged in the day and it results in a boundary. This is on a length just outside off, Ali hangs his bat at that and he gets an edge. The ball lands just short of second slip and goes to the fence for a boundary. 120/4
  • 60.5This one is tucked down to fine leg for one.
  • 60.4Another one, this time in line of the stumps, JB ducks.
  • 60.3Bouncer but down the leg, Jonny lets it be unhindered.
  • 60.2Ouch! That will sting. Ali looks to duck under this looking at the length. But the ball doesn't climb as expected and he gets it off his arms towards the right of the keeper. A leg bye taken.
  • 60.1This is outside off, left alone.
  • 59.6The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 114/4
  • 59.5Jonny gets nicely forward to bunt this into the ground.
  • 59.4Straighter in line, worked away through mid-wicket for one.
  • 59.3The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 59.2This is served outside off, Ali lets it be.
  • 59.1Tossed up on off, defended off the front foot.
  • Absence of wind? A spectator is seen wearing a cap with a fan on it. But the fan is not seen moving. Thus, although the temperature is lower than yesterday, there's no wind blowing.
  • 58.6Full outside off, Jonny times his drive through covers and gets a couple. 113/4
  • 58.5This is outside out on a fuller length, Bairstow points his bat skywards to let it go.
  • 58.4Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • Positive news. Root is seen in his whites and is padded up. Good to bat, perhaps.
  • 58.3On a length outside off, punched towards covers.
  • 58.2Slower one on a fuller length, Bairstow reads it well and pushes it to mid on.
  • 58.1Bumper on the stumps, he ducks.
  • 57.6Another one outside off, left alone. 111/4
  • 57.5Flat and outside off, Ali lifts his bat to let it go.
  • 57.4Served outside off, defended towards covers.
  • 57.3Turn and beaten. Ali lunges forward to defend but the ball spins away and he gets beaten all ends up.
  • 57.2Fuller this time, allows Ali to get forward and keep it out.
  • 57.1Flatter on off, Ali gets an outside edge towards backward point.
  • 56.6Length ball outside off, defended towards the cover region. 111/4
  • 56.5The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 56.4Punched off the back foot towards covers and seeing Warner get to the ball, Jonny shouts NO.
  • 56.3This is short down the leg side, JonnyB crouches low to let that go.
  • 56.2Banged short on the stumps, ducked under by Jonny.
  • 56.1Length ball on the pads, clipped through square leg for a couple.
  • 55.6Ali lets go off another one that is outside the line of the stumps. 109/4
  • 55.5Straighter outside off, left alone.
  • 55.4Moeen gets half-forward and defends it watchfully.
  • 55.3MA has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 55.2Ali defends this off the front foot.
  • 55.1Floated on off, turned with the spin through mid-wicket for a single.
  • 54.6Jonny flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total. 108/4
  • Don't mind a flat pitch if it offers spin, helps the pacers as well, says Shane Warne on air. He reckons that a track like the one at MCG isn't good for the game but this one is, as there's something for everyone.
  • 54.5Jonny defends this one from the crease.
  • 54.4The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot.
  • 54.3Just over the fielder! This is bowled fuller outside off, Ali slices it without any foot movement and hits it aerially towards point. Mitchell Marsh gets to his left from backward point and times his jump to perfection. Yet the ball evades him, just like grapes did in that 'Fox and the grapes' tale. This allows Ali to pick up three there. Moeen was hanging on the back foot expecting a short stuff and hence played it in the air when offered full.
  • 54.2Clipped away through square leg for one.
  • 54.1Fuller on off, defended off the front foot.
  • Pat Cummins to have a bowl now.
  • 53.6Floated on the stumps, kept out with a lunge. 103/4
  • 53.5The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 53.4Outside off, left alone.
  • 53.3Forward defense exhibited to this one.
  • 53.2This one is clipped through mid-wicket for a brace. But hello! The throw was at the keeper's end and Ali was in the firing line. He had to duck-dive to evade the ball. Ian Healy quips that Ali is getting bouncers all over the place!
  • 53.1The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
  • Pressure or something else? Before this series Ali had played 120 balls and and scored 84 runs without losing his wicket to Lyon. But in these series alone, he has lost it 6 times to the spinner and has faced 176 balls for his 89 runs.
  • 52.6The batsman defends it from within the crease. 101/4
  • 52.5Length delivery outside off, cut straight to Lyon at point.
  • 52.4Full just outside off, full face of the bat shown in defending that.
  • 52.3Banged short outside off, JB says, nothing doing.
  • 52.2FOUR! Nicely timed. This is full outside, Bairstow gets his stride out and drives it beautifully through covers. Lyon gives it a chase from point, slides yet is unable to stop that. Michael Vaughan comments that the batter did well to hold his shape there.
  • 52.1Length ball on the stumps, Ali taps it towards mid-wicket and rotates strike.
  • 51.6Comes over the wicket for the final delivery and lands it around off, the English keeper defends it to the on side. Lyon is back with another maiden. 96/4
  • 51.5Goes back to this one to keep it to the leg side.
  • 51.4This is landed just outside off, JB prods forward and buries it.
  • 51.3Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 51.2Fuller on off, driven towards mid off.
  • 51.1Floated full on off, driven to mid-wicket. Good thing that he's playing it with the turn.
  • 50.6Length ball outside off, Ali plays inside the line and lets the keeper do the rest. Josh continues bowling maidens. 96/4
  • 50.5Fuller this time, driven to mid on.
  • 50.4The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 50.3Ali shoulders arms to let this delivery outside off pass.
  • Danger zone! That's what Hazlewood treaded on after bowling the previous one due to which Dharmasena told him to get off that area. No warning yet.
  • 50.2Another bouncer, same response from Moeen.
  • 50.1Banged short from round the wicket, Ali ducks to let it go.
  • Short leg in place now. Short stuff in the radar?
  • 49.6Another one to end the over and MA turns this through mid-wicket. 96/4
  • 49.5Now JonnyB picks up his first run by turning this through square leg for one.
  • 49.4Flatter on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 49.3First run for the day, first for Ali, one on the board. This one is nudged through square leg for one.
  • 49.2Clever bowling. Darts in an arm ball next up, Ali lunges forward and gets an inside edge to short leg.
  • 49.1Beauty! Floated around off, Ali strides forward for a defense but the ball spins past the outside edge. How good it feels to see spin available outside the subcontinent. And that being used as well.
  • Another problem with the Kookaburra in this match. The umpire has it with him for a check. All good to play now. Meanwhile, a man comes under the helmet at short leg to go with the couple of slips.
  • 48.6Fuller on off, defended with a half-stride forward. Third maiden in a row from the hosts. They are really keeping it tight here. 93/4
  • 48.5Josh pulls his length back and serves this just outside off. Bairstow punches it towards covers.
  • Slip goes out to a straight mid-wicket.
  • 48.4Again outside off, easy leave for JB.
  • 48.3This is angled on around off, defended with a straight bat.
  • 48.2Banged short on the stumps, Jonny ducks to let that pass.
  • 48.1Outside off, left alone.
  • 47.6Quicker around off and middle, Ali gets forward to defend but gets an inside edge onto the front pad. Maiden for Lyon as well. 93/4
  • 47.5Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 47.4Lyon has been a touch fuller for anybody's liking so far. Ali is happy to keep it out with a dead-bat. This length won't allow the ball to turn.
  • 47.3Fuller and straighter, bunted with a lunge forward.
  • 47.2This is around off, defended off the front foot.
  • 47.1Beautiful Gary, shouts Paine from behind. This is floated around middle, met with a straight defensive bat face.
  • Nathan Lyon to bowl from the other end. Facing him is Moeen Ali, who has been dismissed 6 times by the spinner in this series. A couple of slips right away.
  • 46.6Maiden to begin the day. Bairstow pushes this length ball towards covers for nothing. 93/4
  • 46.5Full and moving in appreciably, Jonny does well to play it to mid on.
  • 46.4Another one outside off, left alone.
  • 46.3Another one outside off, Bairstow covers his sticks and lets it pass.
  • They just showed Root appearing on the ground. His face was a bit flushed and he had the hospital band on his wrists still. Hope he gets well soon.
  • 46.2This is full outside off, Jonny B just lets it be.
  • 46.1Gentle start. Fuller delivery in line of the stumps, Bairstow presents a straight bat face to keep it out.
  • So, it's time for the action to begin on the field. It is Moeen Ali who walks out to the middle along with Jonny Bairstow. The dehydration bout has rendered the skipper Joe Root unable to start immediately. We'll know in a while as to when he can come out. It'll be Josh Hazlewood who will begin the day with the cherry. A couple of slips in place.
  • This is a day about grit, perseverance and glory. While the hosts will come out all guns blazing to make this 4-0, the tourists will give their all to deny it from being the same. Jonny Bairstow has been out there for a while giving company to his skipper, who has stayed at the crease on a boundaryless 42. All the Aussie bowlers were on their marks yesterday. After the soaring temperature that we had on the fourth day, it is imperative for us to believe that the track would have dried up further, making it a haven for someone like Nathan Lyon. Will he spin them to a win? Can we expect England to hang on to this one like a mountaineer does to his life? Let's stay together for this final sojourn.
  • Hang on! Hold on all the applause for later. It is bad news for England. JOE ROOT HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED due to severe dehydration and vomiting. Perhaps yesterday's heat has got to him big time. He braved a hit to his finger and saw the day off but lo! He's consumed by the heat now. This is a big blow for the tourists considering he did well to get this game to this final day. Although an update has just come saying that he is out of the hospital and is making his way to the ground, we aren't sure that he'll start the day straightaway.
  • The Ashes 2017-18. Final Test. Final Day. (Tears rolling down...) The series is already decided. Only the final scoreline remains to be seen. Don't know if this has some different sound to it yet, welcome to the end! Those who dig out numbers for a living, and although it doesn't have a direct bearing on the end result, have come up with this - this is the first time since 1994-95 that all the five games in this iconic series have progressed to the fifth day. Applause for England.
  • ... Last Day, First Session ...
  • Steven Smith and his men will walk off with a feeling that they need one more wicket to expose the shaky lower order. The floodgates shall open or maybe not if... if England batsmen decide to dig in out there. So, Australia hold the aces and are likely to go 4-0. They were on the back foot at the MCG but salvaged a draw on the final day. Will England take a leaf out of that? What do we have in store? A meek surrender or a remarkable fight back? Join us tomorrow at 1030 Local (1130 GMT) for the final day of this Ashes series. You can catch some more action from the first Test between South Africa and India in Cape Town where the match is nicely poised. We take your leave because... Eyes shutting!!! Take care and cheers!
  • Joe Root walked in next with huge responsibility on his shoulders. The whole of England would be happy that he is still out there. To be honest, he looked really confident and perhaps is the only wall standing upright. James Vince and Dawid Malan both succumbed but it was Jonny Bairstow who saw off the remainder of the day and made sure there is no further hiccup. Still the job is not even half done. Three full sessions to go and the right way would be to take it over-by-over and drag the game till the end.
  • The Australian bowlers got good amount of rest and were raring to have a go. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were right on the money and in fact, the former removed Mark Stoneman for a duck to further dent the visitors' hopes. Smith didn't waste anytime to bring his ace spinner, Nathan Lyon, into the attack and got the reward instantly as the offie removed Alastair Cook with a peach of a delivery.
  • Excellent finish to the day for Australia. Once again they dominated the proceedings and are on the cusp of a huge victory here. The day started with the Marsh brothers continuing from where they left off. Both scored their respective tons and then Tim Paine came in to have some more fun. The hosts swelled the lead to a massive 303 before the verdict came from the dressing room.
  • 45.6Flighted delivery outside off, Root leans forward and drives it straight to Khawaja at silly point to end the day. STUMPS, DAY 4! 93/4
  • 45.5Tossed up delivery outside off, asking him to drive against the spin but Root resists and blocks it down watchfully.
  • 45.4Flighted delivery around middle and off, Root tucks it towards short leg.
  • 45.3Allows the ball to come back in, blocked gently.
  • 45.2Loopy delivery outside off, turns in, Joe with an angled bat dabs it wide of his opposite number at first slip. Doesn't run.
  • 45.1Outside off, spinning in just a touch, Root hangs back to stab it away.
  • Last over of the day coming up...
  • 44.6Harmless delivery to end the over. The English keeper ignores as it is well outside the line. 93/4
  • 44.5Makes him play by attacking the stumps. Jonny wrists this length ball towards square leg.
  • 44.4This one skids off the surface, it's at 141.3 clicks, nothing doing again says Bairstow.
  • 44.3Teases him by bowling it in the corridor of uncertainty, Jonny B has got nothing to do with that one.
  • 44.2Angling in on middle, Joe tucks it through square leg for a single.
  • 44.1Back of a length delivery, closer to off, Root rises on the toes to punch it through the line but gets an inside edge back on the track.
  • 43.6Loopy ball around off, Bairstow lunges forward to defend it into the ground. 92/4
  • 43.5Sees the line outside off so decides to pad it away.
  • 43.4Quicker through the air, 92.6 kph, Jonny stays deep in the crease to keep it out.
  • 43.3Flattish ball on the stumps, Bairstow goes back in defense.
  • 43.2Quicker one around off, turning back in from a shorter length, clipped towards short leg on the bounce.
  • 43.1Bowls it wider outside off, Bairstow plants his front foot across to pad it away but fails to do so.
  • Nathan Lyon is called back into the attack. Can he strike again? There is a discussion going on between Lyon, Hazlewood and Starc. Khawaja is waiting for the substitute fielder to get him a helmet. Short leg, silly point and a slip in place...
  • 42.6Stands tall and taps this length ball to point to end the over. 92/4
  • 42.5In the probing zone outside off, Joe makes an assured leave.
  • 42.4Bangs in a short one on middle and off, Root lets it sail over him to the keeper.
  • 42.3Similar length just like the previous ball, Root punches it nicely through cover and comes back for a brace.
  • 42.2Tad short on middle and off, punched towards mid off.
  • 42.1Back of a length delivery, from over the wicket, Root covers the line and defends.
  • Pat Cummins comes back into the attack.
  • 41.6FOUR! Half-tracker and it's put away! Bairstow goes back and murders the pull to deep backward square leg to end the over with a boundary. 90/4
  • 41.5The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball.
  • 41.4The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 41.3Flighted ball on off, smothered into the ground.
  • 41.2Flatter one around middle and off, JB hangs back in defense.
  • 41.1Tossed up on off, driven through cover for a single.
  • 40.6Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 85/4
  • 40.5Back of a length ball on middle, defended with a straight bat.
  • 40.4Good length delivery, angling in, worked off the inner half towards mid on.
  • 40.3Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
  • 40.2FOUR! Glorious! Fuller in length and outside off, wants Bairstow to go after it. The English keeper obliges and drives it sweetly to find the gap at cover. Third boundary of the English innings.
  • 40.1Good length delivery on off, defended down.
  • 39.6Spinning down leg, Root misses his glance and so does the keeper to collect it. They look to steal a bye but Bancroft from short leg denies them. 81/4
  • 39.5Floated delivery around middle, defended down into the ground.
  • 39.4Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 39.3Shorter in length, Root goes back and defends it towards short leg.
  • 39.2Around middle and leg, flicked through the leg side for a single.
  • 39.1Tossed up delivery going down leg, Bairstow looks to go back and tickle it away. Misses.
  • Steven Smith is here to bowl now.
  • 38.6Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 80/4
  • 38.5Angling in on middle, Joe tries to tuck it away but misses and is hit high on the thigh pad.
  • 38.4Beaten! Hint of reverse there! Hazlewood hits it around off, it nips back in and stays low a bit. Root is undone by the lack of bounce and gets beaten all ends up.
  • Steven Smith is warming up. This is because he is looking to give some rest to Lyon who has bowled 17 overs on the trot..
  • 38.3Shortish in length and outside off, cut straight to Lyon at backward point.
  • 38.2Another bumper, this time it's well-directed, Root takes evasive action.
  • 38.1Shortish delivery, angling in on middle and leg, Root moves inside the line and leaves it for the keeper.
  • 37.6Wide down the leg side, No trouble at all for the batsman. 80/4
  • 37.5Spinning down leg, Jonny lets it be.
  • 37.4Bairstow leans ahead and kills it.
  • 37.3The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 37.2Flighted ball on middle and off, defended off the front foot.
  • 37.1Outside off, Root reaches out to that one and dabs it wide of Smith at first slip for one.
  • 36.6Outside off, JB leaves it alone. 79/4
  • 36.5The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
  • 36.4Shortish on off, cut again towards point.
  • 36.3FOUR! Edgyyy! Fuller in length and outside off, Bairstow looks to drive but gets it off the outer half past the man who is placed squarer at gully for a boundary.
  • 36.2Stands back and cuts it towards point for nothing.
  • 36.1Flicked through the leg side for a single.
  • Josh Hazlewood is back into the attack.
  • 35.6The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot for a single. 74/4
  • 35.5Chance of a run out! Bairstow drives it uppishly past Root. He waits at first and then all of a sudden sets off. Seeing this Root without even looking back starts to run. Hazlewood the man at mid off, picks up the ball and throws it at the striker's end but the English skipper makes it in.
  • 35.4The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 35.3Goes back and turns it past the short leg fielder for a couple.
  • 35.2Comes down the track and bunts it back to Lyon.
  • 35.1Floats it up around middle, Bairstow leans forward in defense.
  • 34.6JB is away! Good length delivery on the pads, clipped through square leg for a single. 70/4
  • 34.5Angling away on a fuller length outside off, Jonny chases it as he pushes it towards cover.
  • 34.4Fuller and angling in, driven towards the cover fielder.
  • 34.3Angles it away on a length outside off, pushed towards point off the back foot.
  • 34.2Fuller and on the stumps, Bairstow brings his bat down in time to work it away.
  • 34.1Strays a bit on the pads, clipped down to fine leg for a single.
  • 33.6Flatter one outside off, pushed towards point off the back foot. 68/4
  • 33.5The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads.
  • Jonny Bairstow is the new man in.
  • 33.4OUT! Clipping the wickets, umpire's call! Dawid Malan has to walk back. Big thing for Australia as Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins and now Nathan Lyon have picked up 20 wickets in the series. Big, big feat this! After bowling a few balls outside off, Lyon slides one in at 93 kph. Malan goes back and quickly tries to bring his bat down to it. Is it pad first or bat? Australians appeal and umpire after taking his time, raises the dreaded finger. Malan walks towards his skipper and after a thought, takes the DRS! Replays show it's clearly pad first and then Hawk Eye shows it's pitched in line and would have clipped the top of the stumps. That's it. The hosts are 6 wickets away from 4-0!
  • LBW shout and after a long thought Joel Wilson gives it out. Is it pad first? Dawid Malan's reaction suggests so. Let's wait and find out...
  • 33.3Loopy ball, turning further away, Dawid makes a leave.
  • 33.2Floated ball outside off, pushed towards mid off.
  • 33.1Tossed up delivery outside off, Malan prods forward in defense.
  • 32.6A cry for an LBW! Where is it pitching? Too high? Well, Starc feels it's the latter. Let's wait for the Hawk Eye. Oh dear, hate this when something like this happens on the last ball of the over and immediately an ad is shown next. Ball - Starc bowls it on a length, at 141.8 kph, Root is beaten for pace at once and wears it on the pads. Mitchell turns back to appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Smith asks about the review but Starc suggests height. And rightly so, Hawk Eye confirms the same. 68/3
  • 32.5Slants it on the fifth stump line, Joe shoulders his arms to leave it alone.
  • 32.4And as expected, Starc bangs in a short one on middle and leg. Root is quick to duck and then shares a smile.
  • Root seems to be in agony. He coped a blow on his right index finger and the physio is out to have a look. He is seen having a tablet and tries to shake hand with the physio but he's not too comfortable at all. Gets a bit of taping on his fingers. A bit of a delay and in the meanwhile, the players enjoy some refreshments. Good news for England, Joe Root is fine to continue. Brave lad!
  • 32.3Shortish delivery on middle, Root goes to pull but gets it off the gloves to square leg and rings his right hand straightaway.
  • 32.2Sprays a wide yorker, Joe crouches low and digs it out towards point.
  • 32.1Good length delivery on the stumps, JR stays deep in the crease to tap it back to Mitchell Starc.
  • 31.6Quicker one on middle and off, defended by getting behind the line. 68/3
  • 31.5Slows it through the air, lands it full outside off. Dawid with a stride forward pushes it towards point.
  • 31.4Pitches it outside off, turns miles away. Malan watches it till the last moment before making a leave.
  • 31.3Hops back and tucks it past the man at short leg for one.
  • 31.2From around the wicket, pitches it on middle, turning in, since it's on the shorter side, Root has time to go back and tuck it away.
  • 31.1Drifting in on middle and leg, Root nudges it wide of the man at short mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
  • There is some issue with the ball. It doesn't pass through the 8-shaped loop and the umpires are changing it...
  • 30.6Lovely shot! Arches back to this short ball and places it square of the wicket on the off side and picks up three running runs. 65/3
  • 30.5Shortens his length and angles it in from outside off, Root with an angled bat pushes it to point.
  • 30.4Fuller in length and angling down leg, Root leans across and flicks it along the ground towards the square leg fielder. Remember, he got out in a similar fashion in the first innings. Only difference was he played that uppishly.
  • 30.3Strangles one down the leg side, Root moves inside the line to let it be. A good take from Paine behind.
  • 30.2Keeps it full at 124.7 kph, Root leans forward and drives it towards short cover.
  • 30.1Hits it around the back of a length mark, Root arches back and punches it towards point.
  • 29.6Loops it up outside off, blocked off the front foot comfortably. 62/3
  • 29.5Pushes it quicker through the air outside off, Malan makes a watchful leave.
  • 29.4Aaahhhh. Almost! Lures Malan forward, drifts in at a quicker pace and then fizzes past the outside edge to the keeper. Hands on head for Nathan.
  • 29.3The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 29.2Quicker one on middle and leg, worked away through mid-wicket for a brace.
  • 29.1Turning away outside off, slapped towards the fielder at point.
  • 28.6Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 60/3
  • 28.5On middle and leg, worked towards the leg side.
  • 28.4Back of a length on the stumps, defended from within the crease.
  • Pat Cummins is lauded for his efforts. He has picked up 20 wickets in the series and more often he has relied on the raw pace. Has bent his back and always has troubled the batsmen. What will amaze you will be the fact that he was in some serious discomfort at the MCG Test but still came out and delivered for his skipper. Shows his mental strength and hunger to perform...
  • 28.3On a length and angling in on middle and leg, wristed through the gap at mid-wicket for an easy single.
  • 28.2On a length and outside off, Malan plays inside the line to make a leave.
  • 28.1Fuller but a bit too straight, Root gets inside the line and flicks it through square leg for a single.
  • 27.6Loopy delivery outside off and again Root eases the drive through covers. This time he picks up three. 58/3
  • 27.5Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They manage to come back for the second.
  • 27.4Tosses it wider outside off, Root drives it against the turn through cover for a brace.
  • 16 off the 19 wickets that Nathan Lyon has picked up in the series have been of the left-handers. They show his heat map in which it's seen that most of the deliveries that he pitches are around the off stump so he forces the batsman to play at everything that he throws. Very rare has he slid one down the leg side. Tidy stuff, Gary!
  • 27.3Flatter one on middle and off, dealt off the back foot.
  • 27.2Outside off, turning in a touch, Root counters it with a stride forward.
  • 27.1Drifting in on the pads, easy for Dawid to work it past short leg for a single.
  • 26.6Eases this full ball down towards mid off. Starc gets a hand to it in his followthrough. 50/3
  • 26.5Bangs in a short one on middle and off, Root winds up for a pull but gets a bottom edge and then gets hit on the right arm as the ball further rolls towards the slip cordon. Ian Healy says, it's good to see that the English skipper is still looking to score and not getting bogged down.
  • 26.4Fuller and attacking the stumps, Joe walks across and clips it towards mid-wicket.
  • 26.3Ahead of a length and arrowing it in, a bit of bounce off the deck but Root watches it till the last minute and defends it down.
  • 26.2Angles it in from outside off, it's on a back of a length. Root sticks deep in the crease to keep it out with an angled blade towards point.
  • 26.1Comes from over the wicket and keeps it full outside off, Root leans forward and digs it out towards cover. Starc immediately turns back and has a look near the landing zone.
  • Mitchell Starc is back into the attack, replacing Cummins.
  • 25.6From around the wicket, Lyon lands it full around off, Malan comes nicely forward and defends it under his nose. 50/3
  • 25.5Gets forward and nudges it through mid-wicket to bring the half century up for England.
  • 25.4Allows the ball to turn back in and then crouches low to meet it with a straight bat.
  • 25.3This stays a touch low! Goes back again does Root and works it past short leg.
  • 25.2On a flatter trajectory, turning back in from outside off, Root goes back and clips it on the bounce to short leg. It hits Bancroft on the stomach.
  • 25.1Tossed up outside off, driven straight to covers.
  • Drinks time! Probing bowling by the Aussies. Shows in the snail's pace that England are crawling at the moment. Good thing for them is that the skipper is still in the middle along with Malan who has been in good touch of late. Their task isn't any easier with Lyon going on in full flow apart from the firing pace bowlers.
  • 24.6This is well outside off, no need for Malan to play those. 49/3
  • 24.5Length ball around off, blocked from the crease.
  • 24.4Played to the point region by the batsman.
  • 24.3Appeal, turned down. Cummins runs in from round the wicket and hurls it on a length angling in. Malan hops and fails in his attempt to flick. Gets rapped high on the front pad. Pat shouts in appeal but doesn't get the umpire's nod. Height definitely the factor, as confirmed by the Ball Tracker. Everything on this looked similar to Stoneman's dismissal. Only the bowling hand differed apart from the height.
  • 24.2One of the better shots off Root's blade so far. Length ball outside off, Root strides forward and drives it through covers for three.
  • 24.1Another play and a miss. Cummins hurls it with a cross seam outside off on a length, Root fishes out at it but just misses.
  • 23.6The batsman defends it from within the crease. 46/3
  • 23.5Flatter outside off, he slaps it towards cover-point.
  • Crowd around the batsman. A slip and a gully apart from bat-pad and short cover stand in attention.
  • 23.4Joe gets back and punches it through covers for one.
  • 23.3Nathan comes round the wicket and delivers it in line of the stumps. Root turns it towards mid-wicket.
  • 23.2Root blocks this one from the crease.
  • 23.1Floated around off, Dawid gets off the mark with a clip through mid-wicket.
  • 22.6Another bouncer to end the over, Joe evades this one with a duck. 44/3
  • 22.5Defended off the back foot by the batsman.
  • 22.4On the pads, clipped to mid-wicket.
  • 22.3In the firing line! Cummins bangs this short at 144.8 kph. Root is hurried into ducking under it and manages to do so.
  • 22.2Fuller ball on off, blocked off the front foot.
  • 22.1Length ball, defended from the crease.
  • 21.6Gets behind this one and blocks. 44/3
  • 21.5Lovely ball. Draws Malan forward and then beats him with just a tiny amount of turn on that.
  • 21.4The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 21.3Root picks up a run by cutting it towards point.
  • 21.2Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 21.1This one is turned away towards mid-wicket.
  • Dawid Malan walks to the middle now. He is coming on the back of a half century.
  • 20.6OUT! Edged, almost fluffed but eventually taken! Cummins runs in and launches this on a length at 141.2 kph just outside off. James Vince has always been troubled in this series in that channel of apprehension. Looks to punch that with hard hands and that's that. The ball flies off the outside edge and goes straight to Smith at widish slip. He takes it on the second attempt and then makes an expression of a kid caught copying in an examination. End of Vince's tour with the bat and that could also be the last of him that we see for sometime now. Cummins has his first wicket in the innings, fifth in the game and 20th wicket in the series - joint second-most in this Ashes. England are still 10 runs more than 250 behind Australia, who are 7 wickets away from an innings win. 43/3
  • 20.5Length ball around off, James lets it come on to him before dead-batting that.
  • 20.4The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 20.3Banged in line of the stumps, JV ducks.
  • 20.2Another edge, runs again. Length ball around off, Vince gets squared up in defense. Gets it off the outer edge on the bounce past Smith at first slip for a couple.
  • 20.1The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 19.6A run taken by playing this to the point region. 41/2
  • 19.5James gets forward confidently in defense.
  • 19.4The dim sounds at the SCG says that the final decision is NOT OUT! Lyon floats it up nicely outside off, Vince looks to drive it through covers. Seems to have nicked it to the keeper as the Aussies go up in jubilation. You wouldn't be faulted for thinking it to be gone looking at the confidence of the hosts. Wilson agrees with them. Vince was as sure as he has ever been and uses the DRS that eventually comes to his aid. The Snicko shows a spike after the ball passes the bat, meaning the sound was of the bat hitting the ground. James stays on, the players get to their positions.
  • Another one gone? Vince is given out caught behind but he seeks to review it immediately.
  • 19.3Root drives it through covers for one. The fielder there did well to stop it with a dive.
  • 19.2Root presents a forward defense to this delivery.
  • 19.1Edged but safe. Lyon serves it just outside off, the ball spins in greatly. Root looks to present a straight defensive bat but gets it off the inner edge through the gap between FSL and leg gully.
  • 18.6This is outside off, left alone. 39/2
  • 18.5Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 18.4Jaffa! Not Australia but my colleague here jumps up in appeal. This is bowled on a length outside off, Vince hangs his bat out at that but just misses out on getting out caught behind. That climbed up a bit as it was delivered with a cross seam.
  • 18.3Slower ball on a length at 121.9 kph. Vince lets it come on and dead-bats it. Seems as if Cummins left leg stuck in the ground in one of the steps.
  • 18.2Length ball slanting on the pads, nudged down to fine leg for one.
  • 18.1Length ball on off, defended towards covers.
  • 17.6The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 38/2
  • 17.5Flatter and spinning in, Vince pads it away. The ball goes off his pads towards fine leg. No run taken as no stroke was offered there. Lyon asks a quiet question to the umpire who stays unmoved.
  • 17.4Outside off and spinning him, blocked with a straight bat.
  • 17.3What was that? Vince gets down the track and defends it in an awkward manner towards covers. Semblance of MS Dhoni in that defense there.
  • 17.2This time stays back and defends it with a straight bat.
  • 17.1Floated outside off at 89.1 kph, James slides down the track and gets an inside edge onto the thigh.
  • 16.6Around off, defended from the crease. 38/2
  • 16.5Length ball outside off, tapped towards covers. Root wanted a run initially but decided against it eventually.
  • 16.4This ball is flicked through square leg to rotate strike.
  • 16.3Length ball on the hips nudged away through square leg for one.
  • 16.2Gets on top of the bounce and pushes it back towards the bowler.
  • 16.1Runs in from over the wicket and angles it into Vince. He clips it to fine leg for one.
  • Pat Cummins into the attack now. He picked up a 4-fer in the first essay and would be raring to have a go yet again.
  • 15.6Another forward defense to this ball on the stumps. 35/2
  • 15.5The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 15.4Vince eases this one to the cover region for a single.
  • 15.3Almost! Floated outside off, Root gets forward in defense. The ball doesn't spin much and takes the outside edge and goes on the bounce to the right of Smith. He dives and gets a hand to that but a run results. On first look, it seemed that a catch had gone down.
  • 15.2Root defends this one off the front foot.
  • 15.1Floated up on off, worked away through mid-wicket to rotate strike.
  • 14.6Root defends this one from the crease. 32/2
  • 14.5Banged short on the stumps, ducked under by Joe.
  • 14.4Hurled fuller outside off, Joe covers the stumps and points his bat skywards as he lets that go.
  • 14.3JR defends it from within the crease.
  • 14.2Vince plays one of the most elegant cover drives in the game. He does so this time but gets a triple as the ball didn't have legs to go all the way.
  • 14.1Hurled in line of the stumps, defended with a straight bat back to the bowler. Josh isn't happy with something as he looks a bit disappointed. Not sure what.
  • 13.6Outside off, played towards point. 29/2
  • 13.5The batsman works it down the leg side.
  • 13.4Nicely played. Root goes back and just punches this through cover-point for a couple.
  • 13.3Root strides forward and defends it off the inner half towards short leg.
  • 13.2Streaky! Root goes back to play this one towards the point but gets the inner edge towards slip on the bounce. Perhaps it turned more than Joe expected it to.
  • 13.1Good line. He bowls it in line of the off stump, Root covers the stumps and blocks it from the crease.
  • Nathan Lyon will continue with his spell.
  • 12.6A bit fuller than the previous one, James looks to turn it to the on side but gets it off the outer edge back towards the bowler. 27/2
  • 12.5Angles in from outside off, Vince gets an inside edge onto his pads on the defense.
  • 12.4Vince keeps this one out with a back foot defense.
  • 12.3Variable pace on the track? Josh bowls this at 135.3kph but down the leg side. Vince just lets it be. It goes on the bounce to the keeper.
  • 12.2This is full around off, defended off the front foot onto the ground.
  • 12.1Full delivery to start off, pushed down past mid off for a couple.
  • Here we are. Among the things that we can measure, 40 overs are left. It would require unmeasurable amounts of patience, grit and stamina to come out unscathed on the other side of it. James Vince will face Josh Hazlewood to set things going. Joe Root stands at the other end.
  • ... Penultimate Day, Final Session ...
  • It isn't easy to spend long time on the field and then come back and be on the money with the bat straightaway. To be honest, a staunch resistance wasn't something expected from the tourists, too, with the way the tour has panned out for them. The conditions aren't the easiest ones either. With the temperature being on the north side of 40s, it could get to both the sides. But the continuous fall of wickets is just the ice that would cool the Aussies. James Vince, Joe Root, Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow have the potential, will they use it today? Don't go anywhere as another testing session of play is just upon us.
  • If you had any doubts till the previous break as to who was bossing the game, this period would have put those to ease. The name of the side starts and ends with an A! Their bowlers were right on the mark from the word go and the result is there for all to see. Mark Stoneman? Gone. Alastair Cook? Let off but then sent off! The hosts aren't someone who'd give the opposition an inch. But with that dropped catch, they did. Fortunately for them, it didn't prove costly as Nathan Lyon got down with his task of weaving magic with the ball.
  • 11.6Root negotiates the final ball of the session that is full in length by going back and bunting it towards short leg. That's TEA, DAY 4! 25/2
  • 11.5The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 11.4Another one around off, Root goes back and blocks.
  • 11.3Darted on the stumps, Joe lines behind it and keeps it out.
  • Luring tactics. Australia have left the cover region open, telling the English captain, 'Go on, drive it against the spin.' All wicket-taking tactics these.
  • 11.2Tossed up on off, defended solidly.
  • 11.1Floated outside off, James takes a run by playing it through the point region.
  • 10.6This is full outside off, Root lets it go unharmed. 24/2
  • 10.5Nice off drive for nothing as it finds the man at mid off.
  • 10.4Length ball outside off, defended towards point.
  • 10.3Vince taps it towards covers and gets to the other end.
  • 10.2Is he a goner? No! Hazlewood delivers it on a length that is a bit short. Vince sways back to let it go but doesn't drag his body away. The ball goes off his shoulder and Paine dives in front of slip to take that. Painful for Vince? Maybe.
  • 10.1This is outside off, left alone.
  • 9.6Flatter on the stumps, blocked from the crease. 23/2
  • 9.5Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • 9.4This is around off, Joe plays this one towards point.
  • 9.3Floated in line of the stumps, wristed to mid on.
  • 9.2Root gets nicely forward to this one and presents a straight defensive bat.
  • 9.1Tossed up on leg, knocked towards mid-wicket.
  • 8.6A touch fuller on off, Vince gets ahead and defends. 23/2
  • 8.5Length ball on the stumps, James keeps it out from the back foot.
  • 8.4This is outside off, left alone.
  • 8.3The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 8.2Length ball on the pads, Root clips it through square leg. Lyon gets to his left and does the mopping up job, saves a run for his side.
  • 8.1On off, defended with a straight bat from Root.
  • Josh Hazlewood gets a change of end.
  • 7.6Vince negotiates the last one safely with a defense. Another maiden for Lyon. 20/2
  • 7.5Vince goes back to this one and keeps it out.
  • 7.4Lyon comes over the wicket now, Vince turns this to mid-wicket with the spin.
  • 7.3The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 7.2Vince gets down the track and bunts it.
  • 7.1Floated on the stumps, blocked off the front foot.
  • Nice point by Shane Warne. He observes that Lyon set Cook up nicely there. First he invited him forward with a loopy ball that spun and beat him. Then he slid in an arm delivery. Again he pulled his length back. Seeing that there is turn available and the new ball can skid on, he slipped in the delivery that got him at a length that was a bit short which also spun. Cook although should have been forward to the one which proved to be his demise. Yet full marks to Lyon. As clever as a spinner can get.
  • 6.6This one is blocked from the crease. 20/2
  • 6.5The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot.
  • 6.4Again on the pads, clipped to fine leg for a couple.
  • 6.3A yorker jammed out well by Root.
  • 6.2Strays on the pads on this one, Root nudges it through backward square leg for a couple.
  • 6.1Starc continues round the wicket to the right-hander and bowls it full. Joe drives it towards mid on.
  • 5.6Root gets off the mark with a flick through mid-wicket. 16/2
  • Joe Root walks in next with his team in trouble early. Every delivery bowled by the Aussies seems like a goblet of fire now.
  • 5.5OUT! Gone! Big wicket for the tweaker, considering the aura of the batsman. Lyon strikes in his first over. He darts this one at 96 kph around middle and off. Cook goes back to negotiate this one but is beaten by the away turn as well. That spells his doom as the ball makes contact with the off stump behind. The staid look on Cook's face couldn't be more evident. He knows how important it was for him to be out there. He was given a chance earlier in the innings but has failed to make it count. To be fair to him, the crumbling track made it spin a touch more than he expected. That's not to be counted for now, as England lose two in the piece. They are still 289 runs adrift.
  • 5.4Blocked watchfully from the crease.
  • 5.3The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • 5.2Cook hangs back and defends this one.
  • 5.1Ripper first up! Lyon floats it around off, Cook comes forward to defend but the ball spins away past the outer edge of the bat. A puff of dust seen on that occasion as well.
  • Yes, here he is! The king of the jungle. Nathan Lyon gets an opportunity to bowl. We could see the track spitting some dust when England were bowling and that could help this guy now.
  • 4.6AC shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the backfoot. They pick up a single. 15/1
  • 4.5Nicely punched through mid off on the up for a couple.
  • 4.4Starc runs in from round the wicket and bowls it on the pads. Vince takes a leg bye as he misses the flick.
  • 4.3Alastair clips it down to fine leg and gets to the other end.
  • 4.2AC has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 4.1Length ball on off, defended from the crease.
  • 3.6FOUR! Bad line, punished. Hazlewood strays on the pads and pays the price. Vince just helps it away and the ball goes to the fine leg fence quickly. Gets off the mark with that. 10/1
  • 3.5Vince doesn't bother putting bat to this ball outside off.
  • 3.4Outside off, left alone.
  • 3.3The batsman defends it from within the crease.
  • 3.2This is outside off, left alone.
  • 3.1DROPPED! Yes, you read that right. Australia's horrid time with the catching continues. Who's the guy to have got the reprieve? Alastair Cook! Michael Vaughan reckons it would have been game, set, match had this been taken. Hazlewood continues round the wicket and lands it on a length just outside off. Cook has a poke at it and gets a nice thick edge that flies towards first slip. Shaun Marsh there is a bit late to react and gets his right hand out but fails to catch that. Perhaps the heat is getting onto them as well as he was out in the middle for a significant while today. Nevertheless, Cook survives and gets to the other end. Interestingly, the ball wasn't far from the keeper's helmet behind.
  • James Vince walks in next with Australia breathing fire.
  • 2.6OUT! England lose Stoneman and a review as well! Starc bowls it on a length in line of the stumps, Stoneman hops and looks to clip it away but fails to do so. Gets struck on the front pad and that is enough for Starc and the Australians to yell in appeal. They get the umpire's nod. Mark talks to his partner and takes it upstairs but the Hawk Eye upholds the original decision. This is how difficult life can get. Stoneman was under the lid at short leg the whole day yesterday and even this morning. He copped a few blows on his glute and his body. Now when he gets a chance to do what his primary skill is, he has to walk back early. Had a good time to show the world that he had a nature akin to his name but that opportunity is now gone. He falls to Starc for the fourth time in the series. England rocked back early, this would certainly pump the hosts up. 5/1
  • The SCG roars as Stoneman is ruled out LBW on-field! The batter has a chat with his partner and opts for the DRS.
  • 2.5This is outside off, Mark lets it go.
  • 2.4That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads.
  • 2.3Is it a bird or an airplane? No it's Tim Paine! Starc sprays this down leg, Mark looks to flick but misses. Paine leaps full stretch to his right and takes it cleanly.
  • 2.212000 Test runs for Alastair Cook! Starc angles it in on a length, Cook hops a touch and looks to flick. Ends up getting an inside edge onto his pads as the ball rolls towards square leg. He picks up a run and raises his bat after his partner tells him about the landmark.
  • 2.1Full outside off, left alone.
  • 1.6The batsman has played it to the point region. 4/0
  • 1.5Cook drives this through covers for a single.
  • 1.4Another one outside off, left alone.
  • 1.3Length ball outside off, pushed through covers for a brace.
  • 1.2This is outside off, left alone.
  • Surprise for Ian Healy already! The move from Hazlewood to start from round the wicket does that to him. He reckons that when Josh comes over the wicket, he gets it to move in after angling it away. But it becomes slightly easier when the angle is from round the stumps. The first innings dismissal of Cook was from over the wicket by Hazlewood. All these points defy the bowler's logic.
  • 1.1Josh runs in from round the wicket and bowls it on a length outside off. Cook covers the sticks and lets it go.
  • Josh Hazlewood will run in from the other end with the new ball.
  • 0.6Blocks this one from the crease to end the first over safely. Decent start for both sides. 1/0
  • 0.5Very full outside off, Stoneman looks to dig it out but fails.
  • 0.4Another ball outside off, Stoneman just lets it be.
  • 0.3Nicely bowled outside off, left alone.
  • 0.2Cook is underway. He just turns it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end to open his and his side's account.
  • 0.1Beaten straightaway! Trust Australia to take full advantage of the opposition's low time. Starc runs in from over the wicket and spears a 142.7 kph delivery on a length outside off. Cook gets squared up a touch as he pokes his bat at that. Thankfully for him, the edge was left alone by the new cherry.

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1st Test, DAY 2: West Indies 49/0John Campbell on strike