Ashes 2013: England v Australia, first Test, day four as it happened

Day four as it happened: England reduce Australia to 174-6, chasing 311 to win, at the close on day four of the first Ashes Test.

13 July 2013 Last updated at 20:18

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As it happened

  1. 1905: 

    And with that, I shall depart.

    Already excited for tomorrow? Are England on the verge, or are Australia about to pull off a remarkable victory? Edgbaston 2005, anyone?

    Join Marc Higginson from 0900, I'll be in for the start of the action. Until then, enjoy your Saturday evening.

  2. 1901: 

    Before we return at 0900 tomorrow, be sure to feast your eyes and ears on the BBC's extensive Ashes coverage.

    Sam Sheringham's match report is the place to start, and follow that with the thoughts of BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew.

    Want to listen too? 6-Duck-6 is on BBC Radio 5 live right now, while you can also hear highlights and podcasts on the 5 live Ashes page.


    England centurion Ian Bell on his 109: "It is great to put together an innings when your team needs you to put you in a position to hopefully win a Test match.

    "It was definitely my number one Ashes innings so far. Every Test match you play you want to construct the right innings at the right time and that's what I managed to do on this occasion."

    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "England should win, it's going to take a miracle for Australia. Ashton Agar has to play even better than he did in the first innings and I don't think it's going to happen. England have put a lot into it, they were tired at the end. There was a point in the afternoon where they were worried. I don't think they bowled badly - the pitch is just so slow that if you wait for it, you can get runs."

  5. 1856: 

    And that is where we're at. England will enjoy the sounder sleep, but the ebb and flow of this game suggest their may, just may, be one final twist in the offing. Do you dare miss it?

    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia need Brad Haddin or Ashton Agar to get a fifty. That will take a huge chunk from the target but I don't like the way Haddin plays on these pitches. He plays too far in front of his pads and if the ball stops or reverses, the bowler will fancy his chances. If Agar plays another special knock, I would love to watch it. He looks an accomplished player for a naive 19-year-old kid."

  7. 1855: 

    The England juggernaut powered through the final session to leave the home side on the brink of a 1-0 lead. They return tomorrow in need of four wickets. The Aussies, though, are only 137 short. Shades of Edgbaston 2005? Trent Bridge is sold out. Should be some Sunday morning.

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Trent Bridge

    "Another remarkable rollercoaster of a day ends with England's supporters singing and high-fiving as they stagger out of the ground. Ashton Agar could yet be a hero for a second time, but a Test that has been tighter than a snake's sleeping-bag for four days could yet end up as a thumping 100-run plus win for the home side."

  9. 1853: 

    Skipper Michael Clarke and Steven Smith dig in. Clawing the Aussies back into the game, England twitching. But Broad again, never far from the action, returns to do for the captain. Edged, reviewed twice, Clarke must go. Now Swann in on the act, Smith and Phil Hughes leg before. Three wickets for three runs, England's victory charge stalled until the close by Brad Haddin and Ashton Agar.

    Listen to Graeme Swann dismisses Phil Hughes on BBC Test Match Special.

  10. 1850: 

    Pressure on Graeme Swann, pitch expected to turn, but it's disappointing from the Notts man. Joe Root called into the attack to remove Ed Cowan, Rogers falling after tea to Anderson after an adhesive half-century. Momentum with England.

    Listen to James Anderson dismiss Chris Rogers on BBC Test Match Special.

    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special
    Stuart Broad

    "Stuart Broad blows hot and cold. We've seen him have powderpuff days and then we see match-winning performances. He is a very good, match-winning cricketer and I think, bowling straight, he is always going to be a handful on this pitch. He doesn't spray it too much. Steven Finn is quicker but he drags it down and it's too easy for the batsmen."

  12. 1848: 

    Australia begin the chase with aplomb, Shane Watson the aggressor, Chris Rogers the limpet. An opening stand of 84 raises hopes until Stuart Broad traps Watson with an in-ducker.

    Listen to Watson's wicket on BBC Test Match Special.

  13. 1847: 

    Four wickets lost for 19 runs, the home side 375 all out. Australia need 311 on a pitch that permits run-scoring, but offers turn and reverse swing.

    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Ian Bell played wonderfully well, it was exactly what England wanted from him. If I had played an innings like that, I would have been proud. He has so much talent, he can play any shot in the book. He is deft, technically correct and sometimes he gets out and you could grab him around the neck because he has so much talent. He is a special player and he played a beautifully composed innings in this match."

  15. 1841: 

    England began the day in charge, the main order of the early business the personal milestones of Stuart Broad's half-century and, more importantly, Ian Bell's 18th, and perhaps best, Test century. Both completed, but after their stand of 138 was broken, England would subside.

  16. 1839: 

    Got your breath back? Ready to recap? Let's do it.

  17. 1838: 

    Australia captain Michael Clarke, speaking to Test Match Special: "You never know what is going to happen in this game. We need Ashton Agar to play the type of innings he played in the first dig. Brad Haddin looks solid too. The wicket is dead but the ball is reverse-swinging. We need to start well tomorrow morning and think positively. We have some batting to do and if we do it well, we can win this Test match."

    Listen to BBC Test Match Special commentary of Michael Clarke's wicket.

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "Brad Haddin is still there and he is a tough cricketer, a fighter. When he was recalled to the team, I was pleased because he brings toughness and experience - hopefully we see those qualities tomorrow."

  19. 1835: 

    Ah, Glenn McGrath, there to remind us of the fight that remains in the Aussie side. This is a team that added 163 for the final wicket in the first innings. That man Ashton Agar sleeps on one not out, in tandem with the old man Brad Haddin. Australia require 137 runs to win.

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "England still have to take four wickets. In the first innings, we didn't expect Australia to get 280 from the position they are in. Australia will have their fingers crossed that this really is Ashton Agar's Test match."

  21. 1833: 

    A gripping final session. Just when it seemed that Australia have clawed their way into the run chase, England pounced. Three wickets for three runs puts the home side on the verge of a 1-0 lead in this series. They will return tomorrow needing four wickets for victory.

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been an action-packed four days and it's only the first match of 10 - the crowd are being treated to something special."

  23. 1831: 
    CLOSE OF PLAY- Aus 174-6 (target 311)

    Here we go, Anderson roared in by "Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy Anderson". Haddin leaves - that's so close to off stump. Anderson, noise growing with every delivery, is angling the in-ducker then darting the away swinger. Two balls left, Matt Prior stands up to the stumps. Brave. Inspired? Haddin unmoved, one to go. Defended on the back foot, applause all round. We head for the pavilion. Stumps on another exhilarating day.


    World 100m champion Yohan Blake: Wow am loving the #Ashes. This match can go to any team. Hmmmm let's see what happens.

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special
    Ashton Agar

    "This is the position that I think Agar should be batting in. Siddle, Starc and Pattinson wouldn't begrudge him that."

  26. 1826: 
    Aus 174-6 (target 311)

    Agar is shotless in defence, so England give him plenty of company. Slip, gully, short leg, silly point. A Mexican wave laps the ground as Swann gives it some air, then fires it in. Agar, though, remains defiant. He's 19! He should be playing on video games and being awkward around girls, not battling to win a Test match! Final over the day coming up.


    In the famous Edgbaston Ashes Test Match in 2005, Australia closed overnight needing 107 runs to win with two wickets in hand.

  28. 1823: 
    Aus 174-6 (Eng need 4 wickets)

    Aussies still solid. Anderson on a full length but Haddin, recalled for his experience and fighting qualities, builds the biggest bat-pad barrier. Speaking of big, the beer snake of empty beer glasses being made by the Aussie fans is looking epic. Won't be long before a steward spoils their fun.


    Rik in Barnsley, TMS inbox: My granddad often tells a good non-walking story. Someone on his team once hit a ball straight to cover, but the umpire had jumped the gun and already called wide before bat made contact with ball. They argued that as the umpire had already called wide, he couldn't be out. The umpire agreed and the batsman stayed in.

    A few weeks later the same happened again, but this time when my granddad's team were bowling. They then argued that it had to be out, as a ball can't be a wide when the batsman has hit it. They won that argument too and the batsman was given out.

    You can hear more stories on 6 Duck 6 on BBC Radio 5 live, which is live on air now.

  30. 1818: 
    Aus 172-6 (need 139 more to win)

    The Aussies playing for the close, almost sniffing the ball as Swann is defended. Haddin on the back foot, Agar prodding forward. Trent Bridge crowd, perhaps thoroughly hydrated, still in fine voice. Got a ticket for Sunday? I fancy you'll see some play. Who'd have thought that after 14 wickets went down on day one?

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special
    Alastair Cook

    "The one thing that has impressed me is the way Alastair Cook has used DRS. He hasn't just used it when he thinks it's 50/50. He's a good example for captains around the world."

  32. 1816: 
    Aus 171-6 (target 311)

    England's attack dog, James Anderson, returns for a final burst in the evening glow. Around the wicket to left-hander Agar, the ball still ducking this way and that. Aussie coach Darren Lehmann appears to sit in the seats closest to the boundary, next to England assistant coach Richard Halsall. Not a word spoken between them.


    Apart from Ashton Agar, there are only nine other players who have taken two wickets and scored as many as 98 runs on Test debut. Another notable player to achieve this feat was WG Grace who made 152 and 9 not out on debut and had match figures of 3-66 against Australia at The Oval in 1880.

  34. 1811: 
    CLOSE!- Aus 171-6 (Haddin 8*, Agar 1*)

    Shadows lengthening, Swann ripping it. Agar prods forward, edged! Just past the diving Alastair Cook at gully. Haddin, the grisly veteran, counter-punches with the perfect cover drive. Trent Bridge ever so slightly becalmed, is the drama done for the day? 30 deliveries remain. Swann has 2-63 from 26 overs, but 2-21 from 11 overs in this spell.


    Peter Rees, TMS inbox: Re Mark [1748] There's no element of doubt with Hawkeye at Wimbledon because the ball actually hits the ground. Hawkeye in cricket is different - it has to predict the path the ball would have taken. Hence the uncertainty.

  36. 1808: 
    Aus 166-6 (Eng need 4 wickets)
    Stuart Broad

    What might England have to do to want the extra half an hour? Perhaps one more wicket? As Haddin crouches low to keep out the grubbers from Broad, Ashton Agar, so carefree in the first innings, looks decidedly worried at the non-striker's end. Pressure-free cricket from the 19-year-old on Thursday, a world away from the situation he faces now. Six overs remain in the day.


    Paul Lummis: Note how much smarter Cook has been with his reviews than Clarke. Australia on the rocks, England rocking!

    Nick Bruzon: An abject lesson for Michael Clarke in how to use the review system.

    Bailey Noyes: The momentum is back with England, Clarke's poor decisions to use reviews will cost the Aussies, this is ours to lose now.

  38. 1803: 
    CHANCE!- Aus 166-6 (target 311)

    Another chance for England, albeit a very tough one for Matt Prior. Haddin's inside edge, off the batsman's body, loops up but hits the dusty turf before the bearded keeper can swoop for the catch. After a disappointing afternoon, Swann is making this wicket look like a snake pit, deliveries fizzing, biting and spitting.

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Trent Bridge
    England celebrate

    "Trent Bridge, 15 minutes ago a place of dread and tortured silence, is now alive. Three wickets in four overs may be the decisive twist in what has been a relentlessly absorbing Test match. Memories of those crazy finishes of the summer of 2005 are now starting to fade, and no England fan in the ground minds in the slightest."

    Malcolm Ashton, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Australia's last three wickets went for three runs in 18 deliveries."

  41. 1800: 
    Aus 165-6 (Eng need 4 wickets)

    In all the fuss of the review, the decision and the celebrations, we may have not done justice to how good a delivery that was from Graeme Swann. The angle from around the wicket would normally have that ball going way down the leg side, but it spun so much to straighten and arrow in on the stumps. Just four deliveries, four good bits of cricket, stand between England and victory.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia have just got to change the momentum. Someone has got to be a little more proactive."

  43. 1755: 
    Aus 164-6

    Hold your horses, though. Here comes Ashton Agar...

  44. 1754: 
    WICKET- Hughes lbw Swann 0 (Aus 164-6)
    Graeme Swann

    He's gone! The only thing that could saved Hughes was where the ball pitched, Dharmasena reasoning it landed outside the line of leg stump. The review, though, says differently, three red lights spelling the end for the left-hander. England jubilant, Trent Bridge delirious. Victory is in sight.

    Fall of wickets: 1-84 (Watson 46), 2-111 (Cowan 14), 3-124 (Rogers 52), 4-161 (Clarke 23), 5-161 (Smith 17), 6-164 (Hughes 0).

    Match scorecard

    Listen to the best clips from Trent Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live.

  45. 1753: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Aus 164-5

    Out! Must be? It's got to be! Phil Hughes is plumb in front from Swann. No says Dharmasena. How can that be? Has it pitched outside leg stump? England want a review. What on earth could have saved him?


    Mark, TMS inbox: Am I the only one who thinks the review system is inherently unfair? On leg-before decisions a batsman can effectively be out and not out at the same time, where an appeal against the decision is pre-determined to fail. There's no element of doubt with Hawkeye at Wimbledon, it's taken as gospel down to the millimetre. It should be used in exactly the same way in cricket.

  47. 1748: 
    Aus 163-5 (target 311)

    11 overs or 45 minutes (whichever comes first) remain in the day. However, England can request an extra 30 minutes' play if they think they can win this match tonight. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, though. Hughes was a hero of the Aussie first-innings, Haddin is tougher than a cheap steak. The Aussies may be only one good stand from being back in contention.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "Trent Bridge is as noisy as it has been in all four days of this Test. Lots of fans are on their feet chanting "Barmy Army", while a chorus of "You're not singing any more" is being aimed at the Australians."

  49. 1742: 
    Aus 162-5 (Eng need 5 wickets)
    Michael Clarke

    Trent Bridge is rocking. "You're not singing anymore," followed by "Swann will tear you apart" are the songs from the well-oiled crowd. Two new men, Phil Hughes and Brad Haddin are at the crease. What number will Ashton Agar bat? Catchers all around the batsmen, funereal atmosphere on the Aussie balcony.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "What a moment. What a turning point. Two in two and two key men. Brilliant bowling from Graeme Swann, sharp spin from the off-stump and it caught Smith in two minds."

  51. 1740: 
    WICKET- Smith lbw Swann 17 (Aus 161-5)

    And another! Surely England have this in the bag now! It's Steven Smith, pinned on the back foot by Graeme Swann. It looks plumb and ump Kumar Dharmasena agrees. Two wickets in two balls for England. Trent Bridge alive with noise. This amazing Test match may have taken it's final, decisive turn.

    Fall of wickets: 1-84 (Watson 46), 2-111 (Cowan 14), 3-124 (Rogers 52), 4-161 (Clarke 23), 5-161 (Smith 17).

    Match scorecard

    Listen to the best clips from Trent Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "I can't believe that you review that as a captain when you have hit it behind. You know you have snicked it. That's a massive breakthrough for England with 12 overs left to bowl. It's a crucial point of the match."

  53. 1737: 
    WICKET- Clarke c Prior b Broad 23 (Aus 161-4)

    Got him! A huge moment in this game. HotSpot replays show the tiniest mark around a third of the way up Clarke's bat. England in love with technology again, the irony that Stuart broad is the bowler not lost on anyone. Clarke, accompanied back to the dressing by the songs of England fans, rips his helmet off. England on top again. Broad has 2-33 from 13 overs.

    Fall of wickets: 1-84 (Watson 46), 2-111 (Cowan 14), 3-124 (Rogers 52), 4-161 (Clarke 23).

    Match scorecard

    Listen to the best clips from Trent Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live.

  54. 1735: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Aus 161-3

    Out! Surely! It's Michael Clarke edging Stuart Broad to Matt Prior. Has it carried? The umpires confer. Words between Clarke and Broad. Replays say it's carried. Finger goes up, but Clarke doesn't think he's hit it, so we've got another review...


    Steve Smith, TMS inbox: Whilst touring Holland, Trucidator CC had a no celebration rule. Cue immense confusion when the middle stump of the opening batsman was sent flying to no celebrations or emotion at all until after the outgoing batsman had stepped over the boundary rope!

  56. 1730: 
    Aus 156-3 (need 155 to win)

    Is Smith getting frustrated? Fidgety? He charges towards Swann and winds up a blow aimed towards Derby, but gets only an inside edge that trickles to short mid on. Calmer now, he punches the single that takes Australia to 156, past halfway to the target. Change in the field, two short legs for Clarke. Catch it! Inside edge flies on the leg side, but Clarke survives.

    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's getting very tight now. By the close of play I think Australia will have got another 30 or 40 runs. I think England need another wicket by the close."

  58. 1725: 
    Aus 155-3 (target 311)
    Trent Bridge

    Tense, tense, tense. Every run takes the Aussies closer, makes England more desperate for a wicket. Still plenty for England to play with, are they still favourites? Just. Maybe? Finn concedes his first runs for some time as Clarke edges past the slips for four. That ball barely got off the ground, the pace has absconded from this pitch.


    Mark Richard, TMS inbox: Listening from Taipei in Taiwan with Typhoon Soulik-snapped branches strewn around my park bench.

    Barney Ambrose, TMS inbox: We are in Estepona in Spain listening to the Ashes. Come on England.

    Tom, TMS inbox: Sat in a bar with my girlfriend in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, following the cricket.

  60. 1721: 
    Aus 151-3 (Clarke 19*, Smith 11*)

    Steve Smith strikes me a prankster, the annoying kid at school. The team-mate who would cut the toes off you socks or put dog food in your boots. A Bart Simpson-type. He's probably an annoying opponent too. How is he surviving? How did he play that shot? After an impressive first-innings showing, he's dealing well against Swann here. 15 overs left today.


    Jack Mendel: This is excellent from Finn. Very controlled...good pace near 90. Attacking lines. Dot balls building pressure. Wicket coming.

    Adrian Scoyne: The Aussies have got this in the bag. Nearly half way to their total with over a day left to bat. England have thrown this away!

  62. 1718: 
    Aus 149-3 (Eng need 7 wickets)

    More good stuff from Finn. He's firing it down a tube on and around off stump, testing the patience of this Aussie pair. The odd one just nipping away. Should I play, should I leave alone? If I was fond of a cliche, I'd be mentioning the corridor of uncertainty. Yet another maiden.


    Joe Frost, TMS inbox: Worst non walk ever - last night Jack Palmer caught behind in the garden by Flower Pot, bowler Joe Frost. Refused to walk despite the neighbours even hearing the snick. Shocking scenes. Still haven't talked to each other 20 hours later.

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Trent Bridge
    Michael Clarke

    "First clouds of the weekend building over Trent Bridge, adding humidity to the sunny swelter that's built up during the day. No immediate threat of any rain - there are thunderstorms knocking about, but they're due to bypass the ground - but it might just help England's pacemen find a little more movement. Nervy, nervy atmosphere around the ground, from both sets of spectators."

  65. 1712: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 149-3 (target 311)

    Another appeal, another conflab, another correct decision for England not to review. Smith again, this time lunging at Swann, sending the ball looping into the heavy Trent Bridge air. Ian Bell takes the snaffle, and an enquiry, rather than a plea, to ump Dharmasena from the hosts. Nothing doing, board meeting adjourned, time for a drink.

    Cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "He has not been at his best, but that over was more like Steven Finn. He was running in hard."

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  67. 1707: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 148-3 (Clarke 17*, Smith 8*)

    Now then, a big in-ducker from Steven Finn. Surely that's hit Smith's pad first? Huge appeal, but Aleem Dar shakes his head. Finn wants a review. Big mother's meeting from about six England players, but captain Cook is not for gambling. He's right too, Smith just got the tiniest bit of shin outside the line of off stump.

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "I would promote Ashton Agar up the Australia batting order and bring him between Haddin and Siddle. He looks like a quality player and can bat, no doubt about it. He's no myself or Phil Tufnell is he?"

  69. 1703: 
    Aus 144-3 (need another 167)
    Michael Clarke

    Clarke is light-footed, balletic against Swann. Looking to get forward, but quick enough to push back when the length dictates. Swann, expected to do the damage on this wearing pitch, currently not posing the threat England would like. The Notts offie looks frustrated.


    Brian, near Loughborough, via text: Gentle rumble of thunder, some greying cloud and a spot of rain. Had to call an abrupt halt to my picnic. Then the sun appears and cooks everything in sight! About as unpredictable as the cricket.

  71. 1700: 
    Aus 142-3 (Eng need 7 wickets)

    Dark clouds then bright sunshine at Trent Bridge as Finn pumps his arms and legs towards the busy Smith. Very good line from Finn, but Smith, defending on the walk, is up to playing back another maiden.

    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "When I was struggling to bowl my line, wicketkeeper Jack Russell used to say 'Tuffers, just bowl to my gloves'. Around a foot outside of off-stump and then you start to feel your rhythm before bringing it in. Then you get your jaffa out."

  73. 1657: 
    Aus 142-3 (target 311)

    The contest between Graeme Swann and Michael Clarke was a feature of the 2009 Ashes. Clarke made a magnificent 136 in the second Test at Lord's before being bowled by Swann in a key moment of a huge, ultimately unsuccessful, run chase. Both men aren't quite at their best here. Swann serving up a juicy full toss, but Clarke unable to cash the cheque.


    In the last nine Tests (including this one), Australia's top three batsmen have totalled 1536 runs at an average of 30.11 with 13 fifties. The last time an Australia player batting in the top three in the order scored a hundred was David Warner against South Africa in November 2012. The highest score in the past nine Tests by a player batting in the top three was 87 by Phil Hughes versus Sri Lanka at Sydney.

  75. 1653: 
    Aus 138-3 (Clarke 13*, Smith 4*)

    Ah, the lesser-spotted Steven Finn is asked to have a roll. The beanpole pacer has bowled only three of England's 48 overs today. He might be asking for a refund on his match fees. As the Barmy Army tell the world who they are Finn, with a 6-3 off-side field, keeps his end of the bargain. A second successive maiden.

    James Anderson

    James Aubrey: Anderson's ability is not reflected in stats: big wickets at big moments. Special players do special things at special times.

    Anand Dahihandekar: The beauty of a tight Test match crosses all boundaries. I am sure all connoisseurs across the world are tuned in to this match.

  77. 1648: 
    Aus 138-3 (target 311)

    Catch it! Clarke prods forward, but the ball is out of short leg Ian Bell's reach. Was there some bat on that? Hard to tell, and now it's irrelevant. Swann probing on a full length. A maiden. 23 overs left in the day.

    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "There's a bit of nervous energy from Steve Smith, but that's his preparation - a tuck of the collar and sorting out the shoulders on his shirt. It's evenly poised at the moment. But England just in front for me."

  79. 1645: 
    Aus 138-3 (Clarke 13*, Smith 4*)

    The sun back high in the sky, each man on the field casting a shadow right to left from where we look on. Smith, knees bent, body making an 'S' shape as he waits for Anderson, covers his off stump as the ball hoops this way and that.


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  81. 1641: 
    Aus 135-3 (target 311)

    You know it's warm when Graeme Swann eschews his usual long-sleeved shirt for the shorter variety. Swann back to bowl at two good players of spin, getting big revs as he pitches the ball outside off stump. The sun reappears as Clarke plays the deftest of paddled sweeps for three.


    David Maher, TMS inbox: I was playing in Shanghai last week, strange enough to start with, and a plumb lbw appeal was turned down by the umpire as he was on his phone and missed it! I know the mobile phone rules in all social situations in China, but never in cricket...

  83. 1636: 
    Aus 132-3 (Eng need 7 wickets)

    Steve Smith, you may remember, was a late addition to the Aussie squad, a good call by selectors John Inverarity and Rod Marsh, who are watching on. Another man inside Trent Bridge is Alex Hales, I wonder if he knows we've been talking about him? Smith off the mark with a cover driven four off Anderson, but the Lancashire pacer is getting the ball to hoop around. Danger.

    John Inverarity (left), Australian chairman of selectors and Rod Marsh, Australian selector
    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Rogers played superbly and he has been one of the best batters against Jimmy Anderson that I've seen for a long time. He lined him up superbly."

  85. 1633: 
    Aus 128-3 (Clarke 7*, Smith 0)

    No wonder Michael Clarke has a bad back. It must be tough carrying a nation on your shoulders. The stress has also broken his shaver, too. A chin of stubble for 'Pup'. Broad, two slips in place, loses his line to be flicked for four, but then beats Clarke with a screamer.

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce analyses Michael Clarke at Trent Bridge

    "Michael Clarke's batting average against England might be marginally down on his numbers overall - 44.1 compared to 51.9 - but he remains the prize scalp for Alastair Cook's men, his batting displays as captain (he averages 64.5 as skip), vast experience and class against the turning ball elevating him above his more prosaic team-mates. With dismissal of Chris Rogers, the weight on his shoulders grows heavier still."

  87. 1629: 
    Aus 124-3 (target 311)

    More replays show Anderson shouting his appreciation to Saker. The England bowling coach, remember, is an Aussie. Some inside knowledge shared? Steven Smith, one of Australia's unlikely first-innings heroes, is the new man.

    Listen to the wicket fall on BBC Test Match Special.

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a leading edge. We have seen a few of them in this match. Unfortunately for Australia that's a big blow. England will be very happy."

  89. 1625: 
    WICKET- Rogers c Bell b Anderson 52 (Aus 124-3 42.4 ovs)
    James Anderson points to David Saker

    A huge moment. Chris Rogers, the wall between England and glory, makes the mistake he seemed to be incapable of. Anderson around the wicket, full, straight and chipped straight to Ian Bell at short mid-wicket. Trent Bridge explodes, Anderson celebrates by pointing to bowling coach David Saker on the England balcony. Saker punches the air then flicks his wrist like an off-cutter. A plan coming together?

    Fall of wickets: 1-84 (Watson 46), 2-111 (Cowan 14), 3-124 (Rogers 52).

    Match scorecard

    Listen to the best clips from Trent Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live.


    John in Sutton Coldfield, via text: Re: 16.04 in the Black Country à guzzunder is à potty, because it guzzunder the bed.

  91. 1622: 
    Aus 124-2 (target 311)

    Hello, what's going on here? Chris Rogers has his lid off, with umpire Kumar Dharmasena doing something that looks suspiciously like he's plucking an eyebrow. Little grab, then a swift pull. Surely male grooming is not part of an ump's job? Broad, heels kicking behind him, loses his radar and is kicked for four leg byes by Clarke.

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "England will be looking to dry up the runs and make it hard for Australia by building up the pressure. 195 runs is still a lot to get. Australia will slowly look to whittle away the runs - they won't be thinking of 311 at the moment, as long as the scoreboard keeps ticking over."

  93. 1618: 
    Aus 118-2 (Rogers 52*, Clarke 3*)

    England not over-attacking to Rogers, just one slip as Anderson comes around the wicket to the leftie. Some clouds have rolled in over Trent Bridge. They're whiteish, but it's definitely getting darker. We've also heard reports of rain in the Midlands. It won't, will it?


    Nathan, TMS inbox: The rain is coming. Currently chucking it down just outside Loughborough despite looking gloriously sunny out.

  95. 1614: 
    Aus 116-2 (target 311)

    Tune in to BBC Radio 5 live at the close of play for 6-Duck-6 with Michael Vaughan. Vaughan earlier tweeted to ask club cricketers for their stories of players not walking. I once played in a game where Alex Hales, England's T20 opener, edged the ball shin-high to gully and got away with saying it didn't carry. Plenty of cricket going on around the country today, too. Let me know of any notable occurrences in the game you're at. Teams all out for 7, bowlers taking 10-wicket hauls, comedy instances etc. Text, tweet and email.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "I've caught up with former England captain and BBC columnist Alec Stewart. Here's what he told me about the state of play:

    "'I think England have erred by using a heavy roller first thing this morning because when you use that it deadens the pitch down and the ball will keep lower. They obviously did it with their quick bowlers in mind, but with so much rough out there, Swann could be the key and he doesn't just want bounce, he wants turn as well'."

  97. 1610: 
    Aus 115-2 (Rogers 52*, Clarke 2*)

    "Well bowled, Joe. Have a little rest." Root is pulled from the attack, replaced by James Anderson. Remember Anderson pulled out an unplayable delivery to bowl Michael Clarke in the first innings. The Lancashire man is finding some reverse swing, Clarke not reading which way the ball will dart. In, out, then in again, the Aussie skipper batting out of his crease in an attempt to nullify the swing.

    Listen to BBC Test Match Special describe Root's maiden Test wicket.


    Adam Dickens: I'd bowl Root and Swann at either end until the close if I were captain.

  99. 1604: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 114-2 (Eng need 8 wickets)

    Ooowwwwzzzaaatttt! The scream of Stuart Broad as the ball thuds into Chris Rogers' pads. Not out, the batsman saved by the inside edge. That delivery highlighting one of the problems these batsmen will face: low bounce. Not quite a mullygrubber, but very definitely a guzzunder.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "Just eavesdropped a very lively discussion in the 5 live commentary box between former England openers Chris Broad, Alec Stewart and presenter Mark Pougatch over the Stuart Broad "to walk or not to walk" furore. Chris Broad and Stewart were adamant that every player should wait for the umpire's decision, with Stewart likening walking to turning yourself in at a police station for driving 35mph in a 30mph zone. Pougatch asked Chris Broad if he felt his son was a little sheepish after being dismissed. 'Well I did text him to ask him how on earth he kept a straight face,' he replied."

  101. 1600: 
    Aus 112-2 (target 311)

    Clarke avoids a pair, working his second ball through square leg for a single. I fancy Root may be withdrawn from the attack. Expect pace from both ends.

  102. 1558: 

    The Aussie batsmen wait next to a row of drying batting gloves on the boundary edge. England's fielders appear, then Rogers and Clarke follow behind. Joe Root has two balls of his over to complete. Slightly early start to the session...

  103. 1555: 

    But Rogers continues, reprieved on review after being given out caught behind off Graeme Swann. Other than that, England's premier spinner has struggled. Part-timer Joe Root called on, a false shot from Ed Cowan before tea giving England their second wicket. Eight more needed for victory, the Baggy Greens 200 adrift. Rogers to resume on 50, skipper Michael Clarke to enter the fray.

  104. 1553: 

    They made a good start to the chase too. The England attack causing few problems for Aussie openers Shane Watson and Chris Rogers. An opening stand worth 84 until Broad tails one into Watson's pads. Given out leg before, upheld on review.

    Listen to Test Match Special's commentary on Watson's wicket.

  105. 1551: 

    The first hour belonged to Ian Bell, England's number five completing his 18th and probably best Test century for England. Once his stand of 138 with Stuart Broad was broken, England lost their last four wickets for 19 runs. 375 all out, Australia need 311 to win.

    Listen to the moment Ian Bell completed his century on BBC Radio 5 live.

  106. 1549: 

    Thanks Marc. England's session? Even Stevens? I'm not sure. Where are we up to?


    Ollie, Kent, via text: Ed Cowan has got to be the worst Australian no.3 ever. Drop him for Warner - forget the practice game in South Africa.

  108. 1547: 
    England celebrate a wicket

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    Gary Cooper: The magic of 111 strikes again! Chuffed for Root, great time to take a wicket! Clarke is the big one now.

    Anthony Beckingham: So it's not just the English who are cursed by Nelson.

  110. 1546: 

    Has young Joe blown a decisive hole in the hull of the good ship Australia? We'll find out after tea. To steer you through the final session of the day is Stephan Shemilt. Enjoy.

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Trent Bridge

    "Part-timer? Joe Root has done what Graeme Swann could not in 15 overs and made the breakthrough England so badly needed. With the target down to 200 and the pitch not deteriorating as many thought it would, it was absolutely Australia's session until that moment. A poor shot from Ed Cowan; the first wicket fell to the first ball after drinks, the second with the tourists on Nelson's 111. A tantalising Test turns once again."

    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a three-card trick. Root's a batsman who bowls occasionally and you know why he has been put in - because nothing is happening for England. They have not looked like getting a wicket and the pitch is slow. Cowan was sucked in. The ball was right up there, just wide and it turned a bit as Cowan went to drive. That was not the most clever cricket from him."

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge
    Joe Root

    "Joe Root's celebration was priceless. He simply took off through the covers with his arms spread out like an aeroplane then switched to a single arm a la Shearer before the first of his team-mates caught up with him."

  114. 1543: 
    TEA- Australia 111-2 (Rogers 50*, target 311)

    That was a horrible shot from Ed Cowan, who should have taken a leaf out of the book of the watchful Chris Rogers. The 35-year-old moved to his maiden Test 50 just moments before his batting partner played that kamikaze drive outside off stump. England head into the tea interval with fire in their bellies. The Aussies? Well, they've probably got a bit of indigestion.

  115. 1539: 
    WICKET- Cowan c Trott b Root 14 (Aus 111-2)

    Lovely stuff, Joe Root. The Australian number three, who has looked about as comfortable as a Manchester City fan sat in the Stretford End while out in the middle, falls for the bait and goes for an expansive drive outside off stump. Jonathan Trott takes the catch and Trent Bridge a cacophony of cheers envelop Trent Bridge.

    Fall of wickets: 1-84 (Watson 46), 2-111 (Cowan 14).

    Match scorecard

    Listen to the best clips from Trent Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live.

  116. 1537: 
    Aus 110-1 (Rogers 49*, Cowan 14*, target 311)

    Another maiden over sent down by Graeme Swann as Ed Cowan nervously goes through every shot in the book between balls. I reckon England could do with some Monty Panesar magic here - somebody who bowls a little quicker on this slow turner.

  117. 1534: 
    Aus 110-1 (Rogers 49*, Cowan 14*, target 311)

    Joe Root's gentle off-spinners are carefully watched by Chris Rogers, who reaches for one at the end of the over and late cuts for four. That target is now down to 201 required.


    Neale, Birmingham, via text: Can't believe there are calls for Steven Finn to be dropped, he fits the bill and gets the job done no matter how erratic he is.

  119. 1531: 
    Aus 106-1 (Rogers 45*, Cowan 14*, target 311)

    There's certainly some old-fashioned Aussie grit being displayed by Chris Rogers out there, who is being compared to Justin Langer by some observers. A nice little compliment as Joe Root comes into the England bowling attack...


    Jonnie Rueben: Re 1515: Sobers waiting area? Sounds like where all the designated drivers congregate.

  121. 1527: 
    Aus 105-1 (Rogers 44*, Cowan 14*, target 311)

    After giving Chris Rogers an easy single, Steven Finn goes around the wicket to Ed Cowan and bowls a couple of decent deliveries which cramp the left-hander for room - an outside edge landing short of the slip cordon. In other news, Damien Martyn is a guest of Test Match Special during the tea break in around 10 minutes' time.

    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Rogers nicked one early on which was short of first slip, but after that he hasn't looked in any trouble."


    Gilly in the garden, via text: Clarke is the key! Get him and it's all over - the Aussies will crumble. But we need to look at the late order batting as Prior gets out too easy and Broad apart there are no runs to be had.

  124. 1523: 
    Aus 104-1 (Rogers 43*, Cowan 14*, target 311)

    The vultures have been circling around Ed Cowan's bat for the last couple of overs but Graeme Swann looks to have let his prey off the hook with a couple of 'hit me' deliveries which the opener dispatches to the boundary. England expect better from their star spinner.

    Graeme Swann

    John, Chatham, via text: Hoping for some serious mockers here but Finn's gotta be dropped...

    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "All those people who thought it would be a foregone conclusion, well, I told you earlier that people can bat on here. We have seen people from England bat well, so why couldn't people from Australia? You have to adapt to the situation. And that is by playing the length and sitting back. When you do get forward, get right in front and smother it. There's not any terror - this pitch is getting slower and slower."

  127. 1519: 
    Aus 95-1 (Rogers 42*, Cowan 6*, target 311)

    Steven Finn, with a top speed of more than 92mph, has been the fastest bowler in this match but, rather like the second fastest James Pattinson, he bowls too many boundary balls. Despite being the leading wicket-taker in the series at the time, he was dropped after two Tests in the last Ashes contest of 2010-11 for being too expensive. He concedes three runs in his latest over.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "There's certainly a question over Steven Finn's confidence. Ed Cowan is coming in on a pair and hits Finn for four, with a field set for bad bowling. That's not a great sign."

  129. 1515: 
    Aus 92-1 (Rogers 40*, Cowan 5*, target 311)

    Like a vulture circling his prey, England captain Alastair Cook has placed three close catchers on the off side and somebody under the helmet. Ed Cowan looks like he is playing on a raging turner in Mumbai as he plays out a maiden to Graeme Swann and then breathes the hugest sigh of relief when it's all over and done with. This could be a long - or short - afternoon for poor Ed.

    Sam Sheringham in the New Stand, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "Imaginative name isn't it, the New Stand? Must have taken some time to come up with that one. And poor old Sobers only gets a waiting area. The pick of the songs are still coming from the Fanatics, the Aussie equivalent of the Barmy Army. Most of them are unrepeatable I'm afraid, although Shane Warne's relationship with Liz Hurley is very much the Topic du Jour."

    Sobers Waiting Area
  131. 1510: 
    Aus 92-1 (Rogers 40*, Cowan 5*, target 311)

    Finally, 28 overs into the innings, Steven Finn is given a chuck. With Tim Bresnan, Graham Onions and even Chris Tremlett breathing down his neck, this is a big day or so for the Middlesex paceman. It's not going to plan so far as he bowls a freebie to Ed Cowan and the nervy opener is off the mark with a four down past backward point from the 16th ball he faces.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia have got to forget that 224 for now - it's irrelevant. They have got to be disciplined and focused in these next 43 overs and then see where they are."


    Phil Brown in Leicester, TMS inbox: We all know that Ashton Agar's 98 in the first innings was his highest first class score, beating 71 not out. But it is interesting to see the circumstances in which he made that score of 71*. Western Australia had been set an unlikely 357 in a little less than two days against Tasmania. Agar came in at number eight with his team on 203-6. He was still batting when Western Australia reached their target as they won by two wickets.

  134. 1506: 
    Aus 87-1 (Rogers 40*, Cowan 0*, target 311)

    Chris Rogers wears more armour than a tank - the squat left-hander struggling to get down on any that keep low because of a bulky chest guard. England's big gun Graeme Swann hasn't managed to fire him out just yet but, with just two runs being conceded, the infantry is closing in.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "Steven Finn hasn't bowled yet so he has a bit of a problem. He will be thinking 'does the captain trust me?' Has that spell he bowled against Ashton Agar affected his thinking?"

  136. 1503: 
    Aus 85-1 (Rogers 38*, Cowan 0*, target 311)

    The stifling heat, the vociferous Trent Bridge crowd and the chirpy England fielders are suffocating the Aussie batsmen and Ed Cowan looks paralysed by nerves - only just jabbing his bat down to dig out a Stuart Broad yorker. There's a few clouds overhead now too, which is great news for Jimmy and Co.

  137. 1500: 

    Shane Watson has now been dismissed lbw 22 times in Test Match cricket - that accounts for 29.33% of all his dismissals. For players who have been dismissed 70 times in Test cricket, only Daren Ganga has been out lbw more often than Shane Watson.

  138. 1500: 
    NOT OUT- Aus 85-1 (Rogers 38*, Cowan 0*, target 311)

    As suspected, when Chris Rogers instantly reviewed the decision, the batsman failed to get an edge on that one and the umpire is over-ruled. Nevertheless, the Aussies suddenly look like they are on the ropes. A few decent blows now and England will fancy their chances.

  139. 1458: 

    Have England got their second wicket? Graeme Swann sneaks a low one past Chris Rogers's outside edge and Matt Prior goes up for a caught behind. The umpire raises his finger but it's time to take another trip upstairs.


    Anthony Percival: I love how overrated Watson is. Two hundreds in 40 odd Tests. We dropped someone with two hundreds this calendar year!

    Phill Arrowsmith: Another frivolous review. Have they learned nothing? These Australian reviews are just not in the spirit of the game!

    Diccon Thornely: Loving the panic from us English supporters!!? Obviously can't afford many 80 run partnerships, but no need to criticise yet!

  141. 1454: 
    Aus 85-1 (Rogers 38*, Cowan 0*, target 311)

    Ed Cowan should have left his fishing gear back in the dressing room. Sat on a king pair, he casts his bat outside off stump like an amateur angler. The longer England keep him on nought, the more likely it is nerves will get the better of the opener turned number three.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't know why Shane Watson is walking off shaking his head. He's wasted a review for his team. As we saw yesterday they are crucial. Unless you're sure it's a howler or a stinker from the umpire you can't review it. If he inside-edged it then fair enough - but he didn't. Reviews can be the difference between winning and losing."

    Stuart Broad celebrates
    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Trent Bridge

    "Classic Watson. Makes an untroubled 40-ish, then falls before he can do real damage. 22nd time in 75 Test dismissals that he's gone lbw, a flaw that's becoming a fault-line. England needed that. Badly."

  144. 24.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Watson lbw b Broad 46 (Aus 84-1)

    Once again, Shane Watson gets a start and gets out and, once again, a wicket falls after a drinks break. The replays show the ball was just about clipping leg stump - and the umpire's decision is upheld. Shane Watson shakes his head and drags his heavy body from the middle and Trent Bridge erupts. England back in this.

    Fall of wickets: 1-84 (Watson 46)

    Match scorecard

    Listen to the best clips from Trent Bridge on BBC Radio 5 live.

  145. 24.1 overs: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Aus 84-0 (Watson 46*, Rogers 38*)

    Stuart Broad, you beauty. The first ball after drinks, the England paceman bowls a perfect in-ducker which crashes into Shane Watson's pads. The batsman is going to review it.


    Former England captain Andrew Flintoff: The lads are looking anxious and pushing too hard; settle down and build pressure. Biggest test of Cook's captaincy yet today!


    Nathan Cronk: This is sounding ominous. Toothless attack, Australia helping themselves to post-lunch buffet.

    James Gallagher: Just 49 runs added this morning looks pretty poor now.

    Matt Parkinson: England. The only nation capable of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory...consistently, regardless the sport.

  148. 1442: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Aus 84-0 (Watson 46*, Rogers 38*)

    Ever since Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis ground the England bowling attack into The Oval dirt last year, there have been long spells where they have struggled to make a breakthrough and Australia have now scored 237 runs for the loss of one wicket. They are in need of inspiration now as they head for drinks. Steven Finn, anyone?

    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is the danger period for Watson. He has made plenty of 40s and 50s but the criticism is that he never goes on to make big scores. This could be the day that he does and if he does it will be a match-winning innings."

    Shane Watson
    Sam Sheringham in the New Stand, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "A lone England fan does his best to rouse his fellow countrymen into some kind of response by bellowing out 'where do you come from?' He gets absolutely no response to the obvious delight of the Aussies."

  151. 1439: 
    Aus 81-0 (Watson 45*, Rogers 36*, target 311)

    A TMS listener reckons thunderstorms are heading in the direction of Trent Bridge. A spot of cloud cover and moisture might liven up this pitch for England, who look a little sloppy in the field as Graeme Swann and Jonny Bairstow make a hash of things. Australia are beginning to chug along nicely now - Shane Watson and Chris Rogers helping themselves to four runs each at either end of Stuart Broad's over.


    Jack, TMS inbox: As each over passes without a wicket, the 'big ask' is beginning to look like an 'easy task' for Australia.

  153. 1435: 
    Aus 72-0 (Watson 40*, Rogers 32*, target 311)

    I don't think I've ever seen Graeme Swann looking as trim as he is this summer and the England spinner has decided to come around the wicket to the left-handed Chris Rogers. Still no joy - only the odd delivery keeping low or spinning sharply.

    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special
    Graeme Swann bowls

    "The Australian openers are making this look comfortable. Rogers is getting behind the line and playing late, while Watson is looking to attack Swann. When you have a couple of brilliantly hot days, it does suck the life out of the pitch sometimes."

  155. 1432: 
    Aus 71-0 (Watson 39*, Rogers 32*, target 311)

    At what point do England supporters begin to get worried here? Shall we try some classic mockers? Okay...the Australian openers are looking comfortable out there as Shane Watson shaves another from the target...


    Andy, Doncaster, via text: Is this another case of England thinking they had the game won? Reminds me of when Australia were 117-9.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "The Aussie Fanatics in the new stand are giving boundary fielders Finn and Pietersen an absolute hammering. Finn's every step is being met with an ironic cheer and KP is being serenaded by a song about how he 'only has two mates.' Pietersen gives them an icy stare and mimes a yawn."

  158. 1430: 
    Aus 70-0 (Watson 38*, Rogers 32*, target 311)

    Gone are the days when the youngest member of the side was given a helmet and told to field at short leg. Nope, England centurion Ian Bell is in the firing line today - perhaps he wants to field there - and he has to move pretty sharpish when Graeme Swann drops short and Shane Watson's eyes light up as he hammers a single to deep midwicket. That puts Chris Rogers on strike who watches one rip past his outside edge. That was a snorter - and certainly livened up the England fielders.

    The England slip fielders
  159. 1425: 
    Aus 69-0 (Watson 37*, Rogers 32*, target 311)

    Stuart Broad is brought into the attack by Alastair Cook, which strikes me as a good move. The combative fast bowler might just be able to tap into Shane Watson's ego and induce a rash shot. The muscular Aussie takes a single before Chris Rogers sees out the rest of the over unscathed.


    Mike in Dartford, TMS inbox: Australia making this look easy, I say they will have knocked them off by around 12 pm Sunday.

  161. 1419: 
    Aus 68-0 (Watson 36*, Rogers 32*, target 311)

    It's as though Chris Rogers had a word with himself after that difficult over against James Anderson. The nervy pokes outside off stump have been replaced by some fluid footwork back in his crease and a willingness to try and give the bad ball some treatment - Graeme Swann being dispatched to the boundary by the dogged opener when he drops short. Throw in a Shane Watson four too and England are suddenly beginning to feel the pressure.


    BBC TMS: If Australia reach their target, it will be the joint 23rd highest target chased by any team in Tests and the 8th best for Australia.

  163. 1415: 
    Aus 59-0 (Watson 31*, Rogers 28*, target 311)

    Chris Rogers might have had his awkward moments but he's worked too hard for this opportunity to let some fella from Burnley spoil his afternoon. The 35-year-old, with copious amounts of zinc war paint on his lips, helps himself to a couple through midwicket before middling a glorious boundary through point.


    Ade, via text: I like the way the Aussies are playing the ball as it comes. The exact opposite of England's recent openers tactic of 'go at two an over, whatever the bowling is like, whatever the pitch is like, whatever the match situation'.

  165. 1411: 
    Aus 53-0 (Watson 31*, Rogers 22*, target 311)

    While Chris Rogers is having his technique examined at the other end, Shane Watson is looking fairly comfortable as he reins in his attacking tendencies. He manages to work two past square to deny Graeme Swann a maiden.

    Chris Rogers defends
  166. 1408: 
    Aus 51-0 (Watson 29*, Rogers 22*, target 311)

    Chris Rogers is beginning to look like a cat on a hot tin roof as he fends off a shortish delivery and watches with relief as it lands safely behind him. He is being worked over by James Anderson and edges a four through the slips. It was about this time in the match that England took their first wicket at Edgbaston 2005...


    Pete_Luxford_PT: Why is everyone writing the Aussies off? 10 wickets, 2 days, we may be slight favourites but it's hardly a lost cause...

    Helen Penwill: Need a wicket to fall soon before this partnership gets too strong.

  168. 1404: 
    Aus 47-0 (Watson 29*, Rogers 18*, target 311)

    With Graeme Swann a likely fixture from one end for the rest of the afternoon, Jonathan Trott is stationed at slip ready to gobble up any sort of edge. Ian Bell is under the helmet and he has to take evasive action as Shane Watson carves a boundary into the leg side. However, England will be happy that the opener is willing to play his shots - and that the ball is beginning to keep low every now and again.

  169. 1401: 
    Aus 43-0 (Watson 25*, Rogers 18*, target 311)
    A fan takes on water

    It's definitely a day to keep hydrated as the sun beats down, but I'm not sure there's any excuse for wearing a red top with white spots and a mini-brolly on your head. A maiden over from James Anderson as England try and build some pressure.

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce watching Shane Watson at Trent Bridge

    "Shane Watson's overall Test average is nothing to email home about - just 35.04. Against England, however, he's had much more success, averaging 45.86 from his 16 Ashes innings. The reason that he's not as feared as someone like Michael Clarke that he seldom converts good starts into match-winning starts; although he has reached 50 in Test cricket 21 times, he's only gone on to a century on two occasions. Will today be the day that he finally cashes in, just when his country needs him most?"

  171. 1358: 
    Aus 43-0 (Watson 25*, Rogers 18*, target 311)

    Graeme Swann is desperate to extract turn from this slow surface but it's slow spin so far and easy for the openers to work into gaps. Four runs knocked from the target by the Aussies.

    Shane Watson defends Graeme Swann
  172. 1353: 
    Aus 39-0 (Watson 22*, Rogers 17*, target 311)

    The small, organised left-hander Chris Rogers looks up for this one and clips James Anderson for four through square leg. The Middlesex opener might have played a fair bit of county cricket down the years but I doubt he has bumped into the Burnley Express on the circuit too often. Jimmy decides to try his luck around the wicket and ends the over with his hands on his head as Rogers mistimes one.

  173. 1349: 
    Aus 35-0 (Watson 22*, Rogers 13*, target 311)

    There's no chance I'm writing Australia off yet, but even if they don't win they can take a lot out of the game if they make a good fist of their second dig. Just look at the confidence England gained from their second innings in Ahmedabad last winter. Once they worked out a method of playing the Indian bowlers on their own patch they never looked back. One more single to Chris Rogers.

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia have made a decent start. The worst thing they can do is focus on the 311, they will be setting targets like reaching 50, 100, tea and then revaluate once they have reached them. They need to spend time in the middle getting used to the pace of ball."

  175. 1345: 
    Aus 34-0 (Watson 22*, Rogers 12*, target 311)

    In his pristine, crisp, ironed whites, James Anderson continues after lunch and Chris Rogers works a single to square leg. The Trent Bridge crowd is fairly relaxed as copious amounts of sandwiches and snacks are consumed but those cheese butties will be thrown into the air in celebration the moment England make their first breakthrough. A tidy over from Jimmy.

  176. 1341: 
    Aus 33-0 (Watson 22*, Rogers 11*, target 311)

    Graeme Swann, not looking too burdened by the hopes of a nation, glides in to bowl to Chris Rogers who pulls Shane Watson through for a quick single. I've seen oil tankers move quicker but Watson manages to make his ground - ending the over with a flourish, rocking on to the back foot to carve a short ball for four through the off side.

  177. 1338: 
    Aus 28-0 (target 311)
    Rafe Spall

    I trust you enjoyed Jonathan Agnew's chat with Rafe Spall during the lunch break. Shane Watson and Chris Rogers are back out in the middle and Graeme Swann, with upturned collars and shades on, rocks up to send down the opening over of the afternoon session. Let's play.

  178. 1336: 

    So can this Australian batting line-up rewrite history and chase down this target? They'd have to play out of their skins but, one to eleven, the team's Test averages add up to 404. Of course that matters very little, but it means the ability is there. Admittedly, that score is swelled by 98 from Ashton Agar.


    Josh Bramwell: The way this game has changed throughout the match, we can only be sure of one thing. It's going to be a nail biter.

    Jonathan Brook: Am I alone in fearing that if Australia get past 100 without loss they'll win by nine wickets?

  180. 1326: 
    Trent Bridge

    In fact, it's hotter in Nottingham than it is in Mexico City today. That must be why there's some sun-seeking blokes in sombreros knocking around the East Midlands...

  181. 1323: 

    I've just had a sneaky look at the weather forecast in Melbourne and it's absolutely tipping it down there while we all bask in 30 degree heat in the UK. With England massive favourites to win the first Ashes Test and barbecues being lit around the British Isles, it strikes me that the world has turned upside down.

  182. 1320: 

    There's no doubt that Trent Bridge has produced another superb Test match. Opened in 1838 by William Clarke, the landlord of the adjoining Trent Bridge Inn, it was used as a football ground once upon a time too. Cricket writer and historian Peter Wynne-Thomas has been looking through photos from the ground's library and archive for BBC News. Check out the video online.

  183. 1314:  

    Earlier, we asked: Since 1990, which six men have played Test cricket for England whose surnames begin with the letter R?

    The answers are: Mark Ramprakash, Chris Read, Dermot Reeve, Steve Rhodes, Joe Root and Jack Russell.

    Did you get all six? I know one or two of you on email did. Well done.

  184. 1311: 
    Trent Bridge

    Want to see some of the best fancy dress outfits at Trent Bridge? Then go to the BBC Test Match Special Facebook page to check out Nottingham's fashion show.

    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Shane Watson is a good player with a good record. But the only criticism, which I'm sure is levelled at him by the Australians, is that he doesn't score enough centuries. Two centuries in the amount of Tests he has played. Pah."


    Jamie Baker: Feeling even more so hot under the collar looking at this run-rate and speed of scoring...

  187. 1308: 

    Thanks Stephan. How are we all feeling about the Test now then? Over on TMS, actor Rafe Spall has joined Aggers for a chat. Rafe is the star of the television sitcom 'Pete versus Life' - it's well worth watching if you have never seen it. Very funny.

  188. 1303: 

    So what do we make of that? If there's more of that Aussie progress, maybe there will be the slight hint of nerves in the England dressing room. All of that is a long way away though, the hosts still huge favourites, this target of 311 still a long way away. Talking you through the next stage of Australia's chase will be Marc Higginson.

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Trent Bridge

    "A steady start for Australia off those first seven overs - if they keep scoring at that rate, they could be closing in by stumps. But Graeme Swann will look to make hay on this baking afternoon, and the pace attack may find they get more joy reversing the older ball than they do conventionally swinging this new one."

    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "You've got to convince yourself you can bat on this wicket. It's not a minefield, it's not a road. You might have to bat in a slightly different way, be compact and patient, but you can bat on this. We've seen it from Pietersen and Bell."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  191. 1301: 
    INTERVAL- Aus 28-0 (target 311)

    The last over before lunch? Aussie coach Darren Lehmann, round-headed like Uncle Fester, watches on as Watson caresses Anderson through extra cover for four. No swing for Jimmy. Final ball...edged...short of Swann in the slips and running for four more. Australia get to the break unscathed on 28-0. They need 283 more to win.

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce analyses Stuart Broad at Trent Bridge

    "Broad also has a mid-off, midwicket and fine leg in for the left-handed Rogers. He's bowling at around 85 mph, and when he gets the angle right - starting it on middle, moving across the batsman - it's horrible to face. If he drops short, on this slow and low pitch, the batsman can put him away into the wide open spaces."

  193. 1256: 
    Aus 20-0 (Watson 10*, Rogers 10*)

    Leggy from Broad, picked off by Rogers for his first boundary. Fans in yellow shirts and singlets (vests, if we're being honest) signal four like an army of boozy umpires. Rogers beaten by one that hurries through, but then on the back foot to punch through the covers for four more. Good contest.


    Sam, at work, via text: Re Nelson Herbert - Why is there talk of a repeat performance from Agar? Could it not just be, as good an innings as it was, that it was a complete one off? We need to deal with the top order before we start worrying about what a bowler could do to us! Really can't see him having a big impact on another innings.

  195. 1251: 
    Aus 12-0 (target 311)
    James Anderson

    Rogers, who fields in specs, is bare-eyed when batting. Contact lenses? Is it possible to stick those in your eyes and pad up in a 10-minute break? His eyes are in good enough order to play a lovely straight drive off Anderson, but Broad's swooping dive keeps it to a single.

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce analyses Stuart Broad at Trent Bridge

    "About as attacking a field for Stuart Broad against Chris Rogers as the bowler has ever had - three slips, a gully, point and mid-off. Broad generally prefers to have a cover in so he can pitch the ball up a little more without worrying about conceding big runs, and he's usually happy to take gully out, believing that he very rarely gets wickets there."

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge
    Trent Bridge

    "A high number of the Trent Bridge faithful headed off at the change of innings to seek shade/refreshment/fodder. Quite a few were still missing at the start of the Aussie innings, but there's hardly an empty seat in the house now as the tension rises during this crucial little passage of play."

  198. 1247: 
    CLOSE!- Aus 11-0 (target 311)

    Could have been a goner! Rogers, looking for the single to get off the mark, is ball-watching, dawdling. Jonny Bairstow's shy, the dive, Rogers short of his ground, but the throw is wide of the timbers. England sharp, Australia up against it. Chances, but no breakthrough yet.

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Trent Bridge

    "Normally the rapid fall of four England wickets in less than an hour would be the cause of long faces and wobbling lower lips among the England support. But the mood around Trent Bridge is bullish: we have enough, the pitch is too dry, the footholes too big."

  200. 1243: 
    Aus 10-0 (Watson 10*, Rogers 0*)

    Watson, big front foot lunging down the track, plays all around the front pad. If he misses, England are singing, but instead it's whipped wide of mid on for four. Change in the field, mid-wicket goes straighter, but Watson takes another leggy delivery to square leg. England hoping Watson's strength will also be a weakness, but don't forget to bowl for those three slips too.


    Chris Davies: Let's hope the old theory 'when-Broad-bats-well-he-bowls-well' works for England today.

    Nelson Herbert: The decisive factor in this run chase could be where Agar bats.

  202. 1238: 
    CLOSE!- Aus 2-0 (target 311)

    Stuart Broad, affected by a shoulder injury earlier in this match, is fit to share the new ball. Single to Watson, leaving Rogers to face the music. A chest guard visible under his shirt, Rogers, minimal foot movement, batting in the style of Justin Langer. Edged! But short of Alastair Cook at first slip. Grabbers need to come closer on this slow pitch.

    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "If Australia have any chance of winning they have got to think 'nothing is impossible - it's just very difficult'. It is very difficult and it will take some special batting and some special mental toughness. They can't afford any 'Flash Harry' shots."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  204. 1233: 
    Aus 1-0 (target 311)

    My word, what a rozzer for Anderson to dish out first up. Big movement away from Watson's groping bat. Oooohs and aaaahhs, before Watson nudges off the mark. Swing away, then in to left-hander Rogers, who is up to the task.


    Ady Wood: Great idea of the boys to collapse pre lunch. Nasty 25 mins coming up for the Aussies 15-2 come 1pm I reckon.

    Dan Hunter: I've got one of those feelings that this won't be enough! Needed 350+. Great knock from Bell.

  206. 1230: 

    Here we go then. Players back out already. James Anderson removes the navy blue Three Lions cap and marks out his run. Shane Watson takes strike, Chris Rogers at the other end. Three slips, a gully. Strains of "Oh Jimmy, Jimmy," from the crowd. Play. 311 needed. Or 10 wickets...

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "Swann, along with Anderson, are the key men here. The way the England wickets fell was telling - they lost wickets in clumps. It is a difficult wicket to go in on, but if you apply yourself and be watchful then it's been shown you can score runs once you get through that difficult period."

  208. 1228: 

    A quick turnaround for Australia before this huge run chase begins. England are clear favourites - no team has scored more than 300 to win a Test at Trent Bridge. The ball will spin and reverse swing, while the slowness of the pitch makes quick scoring tricky. However, look at the innings scores in this match - 215, 280, 375. A steady increase. Run-scoring is possible, but surely England have too many?

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia won't be too disappointed with that - it's better to have 20 minutes or half an hour before lunch rather than a testing five or 10 minutes. The openers can get used to the pace of the ball, work it around and then go off for a nice lunch if all goes well."

    Listen to more from Glenn on BBC Test Match Special.

  210. 1221: 
    WICKET- Anderson c Hughes b Siddle 0 (Eng 375 all out)

    No final-wicket heroics from England's number 11 as James Anderson comes and goes in a flash, chipping Siddle to mid-wicket. No matter, his main job today is to come with the ball. Four wickets have gone down this morning, England bowled out for 375. Australia need 311 runs to win.

    Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Root 5), 2-11 (Trott 0), 3-121 (Pietersen 64), 4-131 (Cook 50), 5-174 (Bairstow 15), 6-218 (Prior 31), 7-356 (Broad 65), 8-371 (Bell 109), 9-375 (Swann 9), 10-375 (Anderson 0).

    Match scorecard

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special
    Graeme Swann

    "Swann has not played his natural game today and that shot allowed Clarke to take an easy catch. Clarke made it look like the easiest catch on the planet."

  212. 1218: 
    WICKET- Swann c Clarke b Siddle 9 (Eng 375-9)

    Graeme Swann's torturous ordeal is over, his tentative prod at Peter Siddle flying towards first slip. Skipper Michael Clarke takes the catch at waist height. Just one more wicket between Australia and the start of a record run chase.

    Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Root 5), 2-11 (Trott 0), 3-121 (Pietersen 64), 4-131 (Cook 50), 5-174 (Bairstow 15), 6-218 (Prior 31), 7-356 (Broad 65), 8-371 (Bell 109), 9-375 (Swann 9).

    Match scorecard


    It might be Saturday, but we've still got a Question of Sport teaser to keep your brain ticking over. Have a crack at this and we'll publish the answer at lunch:

    Since 1990, which six men have played Test cricket for England whose surnames begin with the letter R?

  214. 1216: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 374-8 (lead by 309)

    Further to my last entry, Graeme Swann isn't having much fun in the Trent Bridge sunshine. Twice he's pinned on the pads by the dark-haired Starc, with both lbw appeals met by the shake of umpire Dharmasena's stupidly large sunhat. Starc, head shaking, has his mood turned from frustration to down right livid when Swann somehow chips past mid off for two.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "All the seamers on show in this game have put in a tremendous effort, but Pattison and Starc particularly as relatively inexperienced bowlers, the heart they have shown and the effort they have put in will certainly bode well for Australia's future."

  216. 1212: 
    Eng 372-8 (Swann 7*, Finn 1*)

    If I was an England tail-ender, I'm not sure I'd be all that keen to be batting here. 307 lead already on the board, ball spinning and reverse swinging, I'd much rather be having a bowl than letting Peter Siddle use my chin for target practice. Steve Finn, though, is much less of a coward than I am, and plays back a Siddle maiden with some ease.


    Ben Royle: What a fantastic innings by Ian Bell could be one of his most important for England! Great knock well played.

    Graham Stokoe: Brilliant innings by Ian Bell. Lets hope the England tail can wag like the Aussies and make the win a safe bet.

  218. 1207: 
    Eng 372-8 (lead by 307)
    Mitchell Starc

    Replays of the Bell dismissal show just good a delivery that was from Starc. Around the wicket, angled in then holding its line. Lovely images of Bell too, bat raised, crowd standing in applause behind him. Steven Finn is the new man. He's on a king pair after a first-baller on day one, but he's off the mark right away.


    Sam in a cold and rainy Melbourne, TMS inbox: Fantastic, Ian Bell. The knock we needed when it counts. Easily his best ton. As an Englishman growing up in the nineties though, I still think we need another 100!

    Former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a very fine innings - an innings Bell really needed. They say he hasn't been in the best of form, so in the first Test with nine more innings to go he would have wanted to get off to a good start and he's done just that. He was solid, wasn't nervous and adapted to the conditions out there."

  221. 1201: 
    WICKET- Bell c Haddin b Starc 109 (Eng 371-8)

    The end of a great innings, probably the finest that Ian Bell has played for England. Mitchell Starc around the wicket, reverse swing, little feather through to the keeper. Aussie delight, but the focus of the Trent Bridge crowd is on Warwickshire's Bell. Helmet off, hair drenched in sweat, he spins 360 degrees to show his bat to every corner of the ground. All of the England team are on the balcony applauding their man from the park. If the home side go on to win this match, they will owe much to Ian Ronald Bell.

    Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Root 5), 2-11 (Trott 0), 3-121 (Pietersen 64), 4-131 (Cook 50), 5-174 (Bairstow 15), 6-218 (Prior 31), 7-356 (Broad 65), 8-371 (Bell 109).

    Match scorecard


    In all Test history, teams have successfully chased 300 26 times in Tests out of the 554 times that a target of 300 or more has been set (4.7%). Teams chasing more than 300 have lost 336, drawn 191 and tied once.

  223. 1200: 
    Eng 371-1 (lead by 306)

    Aussie heads drop as Swann edges through the gully to take England's lead past 300. Back to Chris Rogers - he seems to be Australia's designated ball shiner, polishing the cherry on his sleeve. For this job, he's wearing a shirt that's extra large, one he's borrowed from his dad.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge

    "When a new England batsman walks out to bat on a duck he is greeted by a chorus of "quack, quack, quack" by the green and gold-clad Aussie Fanatics (the name of their tour group). The quacking continues in the build-up to every ball faced by Graeme Swann, until he finally gets off the mark from his 11th ball. Chastened, the fanatics return to their seats to dream up their next taunt."


    OptaJim: 138 - Ian Bell and Stuart Broad's stand of 138 is the fourth highest seventh-wicket partnership for England in Ashes Tests. Teamwork.

  226. 1155: 
    Eng 365-7 (Bell 109*, Swann 1*)

    Swann, collar turned up, is off the mark with a punch through the covers. Cue a cheer usually reserved for men scoring their 100th run, not the first. Fielding done by the spectacled Chris Rogers, who has also been seen moisturising his lips this morning. Some deride a man for moisturising, but to me it's just good sense. Baby soft typing fingers.

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Trent Bridge

    "Some days of Test cricket are played out in half-empty stadiums, the weather grey, the cricket stodgy. Walking round Trent Bridge this morning is the complete, joyous opposite - thousands of beaming faces, the smell of sun-cream and cold lager, the sun bright, the sky clear and the cricket thrilling. There can be few happier places in the country today."

  228. 1151: 
    Eng 364-7 (lead by 299)

    What is more glorious, Trent Bridge under a cloudless blue sky, or Ian Bell playing the most perfect of cover drives? Siddle half-volley leant into, back knee on the ground, full follow through with the bat ending around the ears. Followed by a late cut for four, Aussies being ground into the dirt.


    Steve Briant, TMS inbox: I'm watching Neil Robertson play Mark Selby in Bendigo, Victoria. In frame two, Robertson called a foul on himself for touching a red. He then laughed to the crowd and said "I don't think Stuart Broad would've done that". Cue a roar of patriotic Aussie laughter! It's 2-2 at the interval by the way.

  230. 1147: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 356-7 (Bell 101*, Swann 0*)

    Now then, do Australia fast bowlers read BBC Sport's live text? James Pattinson, whose default setting seems to be angry, is banging it in to Graeme Swann, with the England spinner getting in a tangle and almost taking a blow. When Pattinson goes full, there's an appeal for leg before, but it's heading down the leg side.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at Trent Bridge
    Stuart Broad

    "Broad is given a standing ovation (slightly ironic perhaps?) for his highest score against Australia in a partnership of 138 with Ian Bell. There are plenty of cheers, mixed in with a few jeers from the Aussie contingent."

  232. 1142: 
    Eng 356-7 (lead by 291)

    Graeme Swann the new man, can't imagine he'll be doing much hanging around. His main job is to bowl. In fact, if I was an Aussie pacer, I'd be targeting the fingers of Swann's right hand. No chance just yet, though. He's at non-striker's end while Bell plays back a Siddle maiden.

    Jim Maxwell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Broad walked straight away. He didn't hesitate."

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "What an innings Stuart Broad has played. Brilliant. It is a great feeling to play on your home Test match ground and do something special like he has done."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  235. 1135: 
    WICKET- Broad c Haddin b Pattinson 65 (Eng 356-7)
    Stuart Broad

    And finally, Australia break this partnership. And of course, when Stuart Broad was dismissed, it had to be via a catch behind. An edge off Pattinson, taken by the diving Haddin, a big enough nick that even Broad can do nothing but walk. Anyone inside Trent Bridge think less of him because of what happened last night? Not on your life. A standing ovation and richly deserved. He has played his part in putting England in a match-winning position.

    Fall of wickets: 1-11 (Root 5), 2-11 (Trott 0), 3-121 (Pietersen 64), 4-131 (Cook 50), 5-174 (Bairstow 15), 6-218 (Prior 31), 7-356 (Broad 65).

    Match scorecard

    Malcolm Ashton, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Broad has now recorded his highest score against Australia, surpassing his 61 at Headingley in 2009."

  237. 1132: 
    Eng 355-6 (Bell 100*, Broad 65*)

    Predictably, Mitchell Starc is given the long hook out of the attack and replaced by the bustling/whole-hearted/workhorse Peter Siddle (choose your adjective). So often now we are seeing the ball bounce and the pitch explode puffs of dust like tiny mushroom clouds, not a good sign for the team batting last. Shot! Again Broad is down the ground, pushing straight off the back foot for four.


    Jamie, Cheshunt, via text: There really is a Starc contrast between the quality of the bowlers of the two teams. Looks like it'll be the difference in this first test.

    Malcolm Ashton, BBC Test Match Special statistician
    Stuart Broad and Ian Bell

    "This is a record-breaking seventh-wicket partnership at Trent Bridge in a Test for England. The previous best was 119 between Matt Prior and Tim Bresnan against India in 2011."

  240. 1126: 
    Eng 348-6 (Bell 100*, Broad 59*)

    It's another el scorchio day at Trent Bridge, sun hats the order of the day for the Nottingham crowd. A Broad push down the ground from Pattinson takes England's lead to 283, meaning Australia now have to match the highest Test run chase on this ground if they are to go 1-0 up the series.


    Benjamin Pelc: One of the great modern Ashes 100's, desperately needed by England, Bell scoring runs under the highest pressure. Well played.

    Doc Windage: Ian Bell - playing like the player we all WANT him to be. Often seen glimpses.

    Liam Quinn: Superb knock by Ian Bell. One of the all time greats. Remains England's most technically gifted player. Important 100.

  242. 1122: 
    Eng 345-6 (Bell 100*, Broad 56*)

    And to add to that stat of Malcolm's, Bell joins Michael Vaughan and David Gower on 18 Test tons, joint-10th on the all-time list of England hundred-hitters. You know, Mitchell Starc might have to be careful here. Another full toss, this time about thigh-high, is sent down to Bell. I'm not sure if he was warned after that first-ball howler, but bowlers can be ordered out of the attack for constant beamers.

    Malcolm Ashton, BBC Test Match Special statistician
    Ian Bell

    "That is Ian Bell's 18th Test 100, his second against Australia, his first against Australia in England. It took 237 balls with 13 fours."

  244. 1118: 
    Eng 344-6 (lead by 279)

    The wagon wheel graph of Ian Bell's innings (showing where he has scored his runs) is amazing. Not one run has been scored in the 'V' between mid off and mid on. Everything has come in the two thirds of the ground from extra cover around to mid-wicket. So often has he late cut to third man or worked on the leg side. On a pitch as slow as this, Bell has had to be so patient.

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce on Ian Bell at Trent Bridge

    "Australia tried to strangle Ian Bell when he was perched on 99 - a slip, two gullies, a ring of close fielders - but when he went to his ton the entire ground rose to him. His England team-mates on the dressing-room balcony all on their feet, applauding over their heads, and for a man who famously averaged just 21 in 16 innings against Australia, that is the perfect riposte."

    Henry Blofeld, BBC Test Match Special commentator

    "Ian Bell has played himself into the England team for the next four Tests with this innings. No-one is doubting his presence now. Sensational is the only word I can think of that fits."

  247. 1112: 
    100 FOR IAN BELL- Eng 341-6 (Bell 100*, Broad 52*)

    Well played Ian Bell! Surely the best of the 18 Test centuries he has scored for England. A drive, a misfield at point, the single taken. Bat raised before the run is completed, Trent Bridge, including his wife and child, rise to applaud. A kiss of the helmet and a hug with Stuart Broad. Bell has had his critics, but this is a wonderful moment for the Warwickshire man. Has he played the match-winning knock in this first Ashes Test?

    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "That is a great 50 from Stuart Broad - at a very crucial time for England. It has really come together with Ian Bell. Broad just gave England that injection and momentum they needed."

  249. 1108: 
    50 FOR STUART BROAD- Eng 339-6 (Bell 99*, Broad 51*)

    Wake up you Aussies! So impressed were they by Broad's actions last night, Shane Watson and Michael Clarke gift Stuart Broad the runs that take him to a 10th Test half-century and first since February 2012. A slash at James Pattinson, flying between the slips... no-one moves. They watch as the ball flies between them and to the boundary for four. After you, Claude. Broad, not for the first time in this knock, looks sheepish, but raises his bat to acknowledge his home crowd.

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Trent Bridge
    Trent Bridge

    Fancy dress a-go-go at Trent Bridge. Surgeons, brides, Super Marios, umpires, chain-gang convicts and what I think were a collective of Timmy Malletts.

  251. 1103: 
    Eng 335-6 (Bell 99*, Broad 47*)

    When Starc lands one on the cut strip, Bell prods forward. Edged! But along the ground and through the slips for four. Bell on to 99, Stuart Broad in the starting blocks ready for a quick single, but it can't be found. Bell must wait.

    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think Nottingham Airport picked Starc's first ball up on the radar. That was a shocking delivery!"

  253. 1101: 

    I say this with no hint of exaggeration. Mitchell Starc's first ball of the day is simply the worst delivery I have ever seen in Test cricket. So, so wide, but also a beamer, bouncing past the dive of wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. It runs away for five no balls. A bit stiff, Mitch?


    Tom Wilkinson: Do people not remember that the Aussies got a free Trott wicket? And I would rather Trott in than Broad....all square.

    Tattz: Vaughan's 'we' means the media. I'll remember the brilliant knock from Bell, the frenetic first two days and THAT ball from Jimmy.

    James: As Sir Boycs perfectly put it: "I don't see bowlers asking you back when the ball is sliding down leg." End of story.

  255. 1059: 
    Michael Clarke

    Ian Bell is 95 not out - on the verge of perhaps his best Test century, one that would answer the critics who say he doesn't score important runs. Broad, meanwhile, is three short of a half ton. Standing ovation from the Trent Bridge crowd as the players emerge. Mitchell Starc is at the end of his run-up, but he has to wait for a man in a grey suit to finish singing Jerusalem. Are you done mate? Good. Play.

    Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia have got to start quickly - they know the game is slipping away from them. But there have already been some good partnerships in this innings.

    "It shows if you apply yourself on this wicket you can do well. A few records have been made in this game - I wouldn't be surprised if another one is around the corner."

  257. 1056: 

    Just for once, is this first session not quite so crucial in the context of the game? England may already have enough, the most important action of the day will probably be when Australia come to bat. Before that, the Aussies have to wrap up this England innings, with the two not-out batsmen eyeing personal milestones.

  258. 1054: 

    Thanks Marc. Morning all. Are we still talking about Stuart Broad? Walk or not walk, out or not out, the bottom line is that he remains at the crease. Time to move on and begin day four of this remarkable Test match. In case you need reminding, England are 326-6, 261 runs ahead.

    Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "The spirit of the game doesn't come down to one moment - it's across the five days and the series. How about we focus on the positives?"

  260. 1050: 

    Cracking point from Michael Vaughan there.

    So we're about to witness the continuation of a great innings in a great Test. Time for a great man. Instead, you'll have to make do with Stephan Shemilt, who will talk you through the first session of the day...

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "This will be a game we will talk about for a very long time because of Agar and because of Broad, but I hope we will talk about Ian Bell scoring what will be one of the great Ashes centuries. When we talk about the spirit of the game no-one talks about Graeme Swann taking a catch at cow corner to dismiss Agar for 98 and then running about 70 yards to congratulate him. That was a great moment."


    John Stainton, TMS inbox: No apologies necessary for embedding 'Should I stay or Should I go' in my brain [0907]. It's a corker of a song. On the issue of Stuart Broad, those claiming by not walking it goes against the spirit of the game seem to conveniently forget that once the spirit of the game was that the umpire's decision was final. Now we have the DRS to undermine that spirit. No-one questions Michael Clarke's decision to review the non-lbw decision against Jonny Bairstow as being against the spirit of the game."

    Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce at Trent Bridge

    "Another day of Aussiesque searing heat at Trent Bridge, another day of drama ahead. With England's lead stretching past 260, they will look to bat, and bat, and bat, even though most wise observers feel they already have enough runs to seal this see-saw first Test. The first milestone to watch out for? Ian Bell, five runs short of what would arguably be his best Test century - not his biggest, but his most important in the context of the match and when he entered it."

    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "There are more and more foot holes showing on the pitch, the cracks have opened up so you will get more low balls, but I don't think it's alarming. We've not seen many jump but it will turn a bit more. You must wait with patience for a ball to hit, but I'd like a bat on it."

  265. 1038: 

    Stuart Broad will resume the day on 47 not out, just one shot from recording the 10th half-century of his career. Is the Notts man showing a new-found maturity with the bat? This 122-ball knock follows his gutsy score of six runs from 77 balls when he helped England saved the match against New Zealand in Auckland in March.

  266. 1034: 

    Stuart Broad's last Test fifty was 58 versus Pakistan at Abu Dhabi in February 2012. In 23 innings since then (before the current one), he scored 282 runs at an average of 13.42 with a best of 37.

  267. 1032: 

    Returning to 'Broadgate' for a moment, have you heard Geoffrey Boycott's interview with BBC Radio 5 live's Peter Allen? It's worth a listen, but here's a little taster for you...

    Peter Allen: "Why can't we have it played straight where cricketers do act like gentlemen and do what they know is right?"

    Geoff Boycott: "Why don't we have your Tottenham players stop mouthing at linesmen and referees and swearing, if you want to be moral about it."

    Peter Allen: "That would be a fine thing but cricket, I always thought, was slightly different."

    Geoff Boycott: "You're living in cuckoo land".

  268. 1030: 
    Trent Bridge

    The outfield is currently very busy with players warming up ahead of day four. With temperatures rising all the time, it is fair to say that the watching crowd are already quite warm too!


    Phil Slocombe: Belly is having a great knock, hope he can get 150 plus and Broady can get a ton.

    Luke Bryant: Broad drama will do Bell good, means he can go about his business with less pressure, which he seems to need.

    Andrew Webb: Bell always plays his best under pressure. He deserves a century for the way he has played. C'mon Belly Boy!

  270. 1025:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraTEST MATCH SPECIAL

    Just a quick heads up that the Test Match Special team will be hitting the airwaves on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra in five minutes' time. You can also listen via the BBC iPlayer Radio app and the BBC Sport website app.

  271. 1024: 

    Heading into this series, Ian Bell did not have a great record against Australia on home soil. He's changing all that with this little knock which could eventually prove the difference between the two sides.

    "This is one of Ian Bell's finest innings because it was tough when he went in," said former England skipper Alec Stewart. "He was the last recognised batsman. He's batted well with Stuart Broad. He should be applauded. If England go on to win this game then, for me, there is every chance Ian Bell could get man of the match. Bell has created a match-winning situation for his team.

    "England may already have enough runs. The pitch is very dry and where the bowlers have followed through there are lots of rough areas for Graeme Swann to exploit. I'd expect England to win."

  272. 1021: 

    Ian Bell's slowest Test hundred is 293 balls at Nagpur last December and his second slowest is 232 balls at Faisalabad in 2005. He has currently faced 228 balls in this innings. If Bell reaches his 100, it is likely to be the second slowest for England in an Ashes Test since 1995. The only slower one in that period would be Alastair Cook's 257 balls at Perth in 2006.

  273. 1018: 
    Ian Bell

    Let's talk about Ian Bell. The Warwickshire batsman has just played one of his finest innings in an England shirt and it has gone slightly under the radar because of other talking points. But what superb application he showed on the third day to edge towards his 18th Test century. He has now passed 6,000 Test runs for England - just how good is he now?

  274. 1013: 

    If you want to follow the Ashes on social media then we have some suggestions for the key BBC accounts to follow during the summer. On Twitter, @bbcsport will provide you with all the breaking news and action on the field as it happens; @bbctms will provide you with all the match facts and statistics to impress your friends, and @bbc5live will alert you to all the best audio to listen to on a match day and a non-match day.

  275. 1012: 

    So what are you up to today? Whether you are out in the garden, being dragged around the supermarket or cleaning the barbecue, you can still follow every moment of this year's Ashes with the BBC iPlayer Radio app and the BBC Sport app. On the radio app, you can listen live to Test Match Special and download the Aggers and Boycott close-of-play podcasts. The BBC's ever-popular live text commentary, with analysis and insight from our reporters at the ground, is available on the BBC Sport app.

    Download the BBC Sport website app and Download the BBC iPlayer Radio app.

  276. 1009: 

    Stuart Broad has certainly got plenty of support from the England dressing room as he tries to extend his side's lead over Australia this morning.

    "Each and every player that plays for their country, club side, county, province or franchise has the opportunity to wait for the decision the umpire makes, and you respect the umpire's decision," said Kevin Pietersen.

    "We play hard, we play fair and each individual makes his own judgement in the middle. Aleem Dar is a fantastic umpire and has been rated one of the best over the past few years. Wait and respect his decision."


    Nick Plant in Macau: Am I the only one who thinks that the Trott and Broad controversies cancel each other out and we should just get on with it?

  278. 1004: 
    Michael Clarke catches Stuart Broad

    So what did the BBC's very own cricket correspondent, Jonathan Agnew, think about the Stuart Broad incident?

    "Broad should have walked when he clearly edged Ashton Agar to Michael Clarke at slip," wrote Aggers in his BBC Sport column. "Some batsmen walk, others don't. Broad should have done.

    "There is nothing within the laws of cricket that says Broad had to depart. But when he chose not to, it became an issue for the spirit of the game.

    "If you decide to stay, you decide to accept the consequences. You must accept the questions of sportsmanship. You must accept all the abuse that comes your way."

  279. 0958: 

    There may have been a lot of debate around the Stuart Broad decision on Friday, but the most tweeted about moment of the game remains the 15-minute passage of play around the dismissal of Ashton Agar. During that period there were 1,325 tweets per minute about the Ashes. Follow @bbctms for all the latest cricket statistics around the England-Australia series.

  280. 0957: 

    Australia have only once successfully chased more than 250 in England. This was when they made 404-3 at Leeds in 1948, which is their highest successful chase in any Test. Their second highest successful chase in England is 242-5 at The Oval in 1972.

    Apart from the 404 by Australia, England have only lost two other Tests at home conceding a higher total than their current lead of 261: 344-1 by West Indies at Lord's in 1984 and 283-5 by South Africa at Birmingham in 2008.

  281. 0954:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    Former England captain Alec Stewart has also been an early bird this morning, telling BBC Radio 5 live that Stuart Broad had every right to stand his ground.

    "No (I'm not a walker)," said Stewart. "To begin with in my career I was. Stuart Broad has not done absolutely nothing wrong. The umpire is out there to give a decision and once he has given a decision the batsman, bowlers and fielders then accept that decision.

    "Umpiring is the hardest job in cricket as every single decision is scrutinised. Umpires and players have always made errors and you just accept it and move on.

    "If you noticed, none of the Australia players had an issue with Stuart Broad. The Australians are brought up not to walk. I played a lot of grade cricket in my formative years in Western Australia and I was told by my club that you do not walk. You wait for the umpire's decision."


    Graham Broome: Not many people seem to be saying how if Clarke hadn't wasted Australia's reviews, they'd have still have had one spare for Broad.

    Matt Warwick: Of course you won't walk. It's the Ashes, you are desperate not to get out, in the heat of the moment anyone would stay.

  283. 0948:  
    BBC Radio 5 live

    So what did Stuart Broad's dad Chris - an ICC match official - think about his son's decision not to walk?

    "It's an Ashes Test match," the former England opener told BBC Radio 5 live. "I remember when Ian Botham said to me in my first Ashes Test match in Brisbane that 'if any of you blokes walk out in the middle you will have me to answer to'. I didn't walk. Most players want to see an umpire give a decision. The umpire gave a not out decision, you get on with the game."

  284. 0945: 
    Trent Bridge

    Those arriving on the Trent Bridge Inn side of the ground in Nottingham were greeted to some fantastic singing from a local community gospel choir this morning. There are a range of activities put on by Nottinghamshire CCC and the ECB to keep fans entertained before the start of play.

  285. 0943: 

    So how is everyone's Saturday morning going so far. If you fancy some cricketing chat on the radio, why not check out Greg James, Graeme Swann and James Anderson's Not Just Cricket programme. It's on BBC Radio 5 live now.

  286. 0940: 

    In the Daily Mail, Martin Samuel has also defended Stuart Broad's reputation, but admits the batsman should probably have walked.

    "Does this make England's all-rounder a bad lad? Not really," writes Samuel. "It just makes him no different. His behaviour wasn't extraordinary. He knows his Australian opponents would probably have behaved the same way, given the opportunity.

    "That doesn't make it right, though. Certainly, it wasn't a positive step for cricket. Maybe if Broad had walked it would have inspired sportsmanship in this Ashes series; maybe young cricketers would have watched and taken note."

  287. 0935: 

    Former England captain Michael Atherton also backed Stuart Broad in the Times newspaper.

    "Non-walking was introduced to cricket by the Australians, and they became a victim of its charms, when Stuart Broad was judged not out after a thick edge ended up in the hands of Michael Clarke at first slip," said Athers.

  288. 0933: 

    Stuart Broad's decision not to walk when he edged a catch to slip has the Australian Daily Telegraph's Malcolm Conn saying: "So 44 years after man landed on the moon, all the modern gismos in the world could not right a dreadful wrong because of inadequate and arbitrary rules. The whole idea of technology is to rid the game of the umpiring howler but it continues to remain a lottery. Broad will be wrongly pilloried for not walking but no-one walks in the modern game."

    Check out the Ashes gossip column on the BBC Sport website


    Rachel T: Don't you think that the fire and the ire should really be directed at the absolutely appalling levels of umpiring so far?

    Ben Fox: If Ian Bell creates decent partnerships with the remaining England batsmen - England will take this first Test.

  290. 0928: 

    As you can probably imagine, most of the nationals are leading with the Stuart Broad story this morning and there are some particularly strong headlines.

    The Mirror goes with 'Ban Stu' after West Indies legend Michael Holding suggested Broad should be suspended, much like Denesh Ramdin was for claiming a catch he had dropped during the Champions Trophy.

    The Daily Mail has the headline 'Walk into a storm' while the Express plumped for 'On Edge'. I particularly liked the Express's picture caption of Aleem Dar, which says 'Broad walk umpire'. Clever.

  291. 0924: 

    England are slight favourites heading into the fourth day, but there's still plenty of time left in the game if they were to be rolled over this morning. All together now: 'The first hour is crucial'.

  292. 0922: 

    Right then. We'll talk about Broady in more detail shortly, but first let's have a look at what unfolded yesterday. England were 80-2 overnight but looked to have taken the sting out of the Aussies' morning burst through a mixture of Kevin Pietersen's aggression and Alastair Cook's resoluteness.

    However, both men were dismissed after passing their half century and it was eventually left to Ian Bell (95 not out) and Stuart Broad (47 not out) to rescue England after Matt Prior has been dismissed for a belligerent 31 with the home side still only 150 or so runs in front.

  293. 0917: 
    Trent Bridge

    Unlike other days during the Test at Trent Bridge, where it has been cloudy first thing, the ground has been surrounded in bright blue skies all morning and temperatures are rising all the time. With a high of 29C predicted for today, whether you are coming to the ground or following the live text and audio commentary in the garden, it will be a day where wearing sunscreen will be essential.

  294. 0914:  
    Sam Sheringham, BBC SportAUSSIES WALK

    "I've just seen Darren Lehmann and several other members of Australia's coaching staff setting off on foot for Trent Bridge via the city's canal towpath. With their matching shirts, shorts, hats and backpacks they resembled a group of overaged boy scouts setting off on an expedition. I wonder, however, if their decision to walk was intended as a subtle hint to England's Stuart Broad?"


    We'll begin the build-up to another fascinating, potentially decisive, day of Ashes cricket shortly. However, let me first tell you how you can get involved today. You can send us a tweet, via #bbccricket, fire across a text to 81111 or ping us an email to (putting 'For Marc Higginson' in the subject line). Let's crack on.

  296. 0909: 
    Alastair Cook

    England captain Alastair Cook arrived at the ground just before 9am this morning. As well as signing autographs for young fans, he even obliged a request from a supporter to record a birthday video message for their daughter.

  297. 0907: 

    Before we go any further, I should probably apologise to all of you who read the opening entry. You will probably have that song in your head for the rest of the day now. I know I can't shake it - at least it's a good 'un.

  298. 0905: 
    Stuart Broad

    I suspect Stuart Broad would have been damned if he did and damned if he didn't. What would the reaction have been if he had walked when given not out by the umpire? England are still not safe in this Test, remember.

    And, after deciding to stand his ground, the 27-year-old now has to face the flak that has inevitably come his way.

    Whatever you think about the issue, it doesn't change the fact the England number eight is 47 not out overnight and, with Ian Bell unbeaten on 95 in England's 326-6, the Three Lions look in good shape with a lead of 261 runs.

  299. 0900: 
    The Ashes

    "Should I stay or should I go? If I go there will be trouble, and if I stay it will be double."

    The lyrics are taken from The Clash classic of 1982 but the sentiments apply to Stuart Broad. England might be edging into a commanding position heading into the fourth day of the first Ashes Test, but the controversy continues after England's all-rounder failed to walk - after being given not out - when edging Ashton Agar to Michael Clarke at slip.

    The Ashes just got fiery.

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Live Scores - England v Australia


  • England beat Australia by 14 runs
  • England: 215 & 375 (149.5 overs)
  • Australia: 280 & 296 (110.5 overs)
  • Venue: Nottingham

Australia 2nd Innings

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Watson lbw b Broad 46
Rogers c Bell b Anderson 52
Cowan c Trott b Root 14
Clarke c Prior b Broad 23
Smith lbw b Swann 17
Hughes lbw b Swann 0
Haddin c Prior b Anderson 71
Agar c Cook b Anderson 14
Starc c Cook b Anderson 1
Siddle c Cook b Anderson 11
Pattinson not out 25
Extras 1nb 11b 10lb 22
Total all out 296

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