The Ashes: England v Australia, Fifth Test, The Oval, day one as it happened

Shane Watson dismantles England's debutant bowlers and scores his first Ashes century as Australia reach 307-4.

22 August 2013 Last updated at 08:56

Get involved

To get involved contact us in any of the following ways

As it happened

  1. 1843: 

    That's about it from us - "Bring a hat" is Aggers' message to anyone going to The Oval tomorrow, as TMS draws to a close - Sam Sheringham's match report is already up on the website, you can hear more reaction (including some from England, we would hope) on BBC Radio 5 live from 1900 BST, while 5 live's Ashes page includes the two-minute "Pint Sized Ashes" round-up, as well as commentary clips.

    We'll be back tomorrow for day two - make sure you join us bright and early. TTFN.

  2.  

    Richard Ryan: Nice to see young blood in the England set up, but they are not ready for the big arena.

  3.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm not sure Jonny Bairstow was dropped, I'm more inclined to think they wanted a second spinner. They went with a bowler who can bat because they were worried about the make-up of their batting order."

  4.  

    Tattz in Anglesey, via text on 81111: Watson got lucky today with two or three lbw decisions. On another day he'd have been out. You can see why, even on a day like today, he makes the Aussie management tear their hair out. He will never be a "great" player.

  5.  
    AUSTRALIA VIEW

    Australia centurion Shane Watson on TMS: "A century is something I have searched for for a long time. Getting hit on the head helped me because it took my mind off getting through the nineties. I thought the lbw decision was going to be umpire's call when I reviewed it, but I'm not a good umpire - I usually get it wrong. The wicket is only going to get more up and down and turn more so it's important we get a big score in this first innings. I faced Simon Kerrigan in the tour match at Northampton last week and I knew what to expect."

  6.  

    Ex-England all-rounder Paul Collingwood: I hope the boys are giving Kerrigan a big hug right now and opening a beer for him. That's what good teams are all about, stick together.

    England paceman Chris Tremlett: Disappointed not to be playing but best of luck to the rest of the team and the boys on their debuts. Durham bound to join Surrey.

  7.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The difference with Shane Watson was that he was positive against Graeme Swann and he used his feet well. His shots were crisp and his driving was good. There were a couple of lbw shouts but he's not going to get rid of that fault overnight. This was one of his best innings, it's a big one for Australia."

  8.  

    JonGRyder: How do you expect to bring on new Test players without giving them the necessary experience at that level?

  9.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "England need to let Kerrigan settle down tonight, then go and see him in his room and put some confidence back into him. Then he needs to get into the nets tomorrow morning because England need him to bowl."

  10.  

    Tony on a tram in Croydon, via text on 81111: My recollection of the Aussies of old not taking their foot off the throat when the series was won is different to many. Were they not renowned for losing dead rubbers?

  11.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Simon Kerrigan was not talked about as playing for England until Monty Panesar had his problems. They've gone and thrust him in, but he's bowling in the second division of the Championship this season. That doesn't cut it in international cricket. Look at his performance for the Lions last week, he didn't pull up any trees. The selectors have got this one wrong."

  12. 1829: 
    REMEMBER THE OVAL 2012?

    Looking back, Shane Watson's dismissal was reminiscent of last year's Oval Test against South Africa. England were cruising on 251-2 when Kevin Pietersen was out playing the hook shot with 10 overs left in the day. England's fate? They collapsed early on the second day and were skittled for 385. Hashim Amla made almost as many on his own (311 not out) for South Africa and England fell to defeat by an innings and 12 runs. Ominous?

  13.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Chris Woakes bowled stuff that got the batsmen in. He needs lateral movement but he won't find it in Test cricket because we play on such flat pitches these days."

  14. 1827: 

    Watson and Smith were together for 45 overs, half the day, adding 145 for the fourth wicket, before Watson fell to the new ball when he hooked Stuart Broad and was superbly caught by Kevin Pietersen at fine leg. Then, we were entertained by a night-watchman cameo by Peter Siddle, leaving Australia 307-4 after the first day.

  15.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "We put no pressure on Australia, it was too easy once the opening bowlers went off. Graeme Swann got the left-hander (Chris Rogers) out but he didn't really get much spin to the right-handers."

  16. 1825: 

    It seemed for a while as if we had two games going on simultaneously, with Rogers remaining watchful, while Watson - switched up and down the order but now batting at three - attacked, particularly tucking into the two debutants. Rogers and Watson added 107 before Rogers edged Graeme Swann to slip early in the afternoon session. Michael Clarke didn't last long, being bowled by a superb delivery from Anderson, but Watson found another prolific partnership with Steve Smith.

  17.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "James Anderson and Stuart Broad bowled some wonderful stuff with the new conker and they needed the third seamer to come in after them and keep it up, but Woakes is nothing more than military medium and ordinary. Graeme Swann bowled superbly but he shouldn't have bowled so many overs. It was a bridge too far for Kerrigan, nerves got the better of him. I would have played Chris Tremlett or Steven Finn."

  18. 1822: 

    Looking back at the day, it began with the news that Woakes and Kerrigan were being handed their Test debuts, along with Aussie bowling all-rounder James Faulkner - a fellow Test rookie whose selection was announced yesterday. Australia won the toss and batted first, and although they lost David Warner early, the stage was set for a big stand between Chris Rogers and Shane Watson.

  19.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a strange and interesting day. It's not often that we have been able to say that the selectors have got it wrong but, quite frankly, I hope they don't pick Chris Woakes and Simon Kerrigan again because it hasn't worked."

  20.  

    Andrew Priestley: Hats off to Watson. He's taken a lot of criticism, but he's answered his critics with a fine innings. Interesting Test match now.

  21.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on Test Match Special

    "England have always been very calculated with their selections in the past. They have four bowlers and then people lining up behind them. It was a shocker this morning, it sent everyone into chaos."

  22. 1820: 

    So, a day which began with a curious England selection, ended with a curious un-night-watchman-like innings. Stand by for Aggers and Geoffrey (who has been coming off the long run for most of the day) to review the day, which will be available later as the TMS podcast.

  23.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Peter Siddle looked confident out there. His knock is reminiscent of Robin Marlar, who was once stumped second ball for six after being sent out as nightwatchman."

  24.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on Test Match Special

    "I bumped into Merv Hughes in the lift this morning - he's still scary. I just turned around and he was there. He had a few pops at me when I was batting against him."

  25. 1817: 
    CLOSE OF PLAY- Australia 307-4 (Smith 66*, Siddle 18*)

    Stuart Broad to send down the last over - rather oddly, Jonathan Trott is donning a helmet to move to short leg, while regular short-leg fielder Ian Bell is, curiously, at gully. Trott doesn't even have any shin guards on. Siddle pushes a two through the covers but declines a third because as night-watchman, he is trying to stay on strike. A poke past backward point brings him a couple more. As Siddle ducks a bouncer, Trott - still with no shin guards - is standing a lot deeper than short-leg fielders normally do. Another cover drive brings Siddle two more, he shoulders arms to the last ball of the day, and Australia finish on 307-4 - Siddle has a very un-night-watchman-like 18 from 15 balls, while Smith has 66 from 133.

  26.  

    Jonathan Sykes, TMS inbox: It's boring but three quickies and a spinner works. We changed the balance in '09 series at Headingley and almost threw the series away. Feel sorry for debutants as it's hardly one for the bowlers either. Tremlett and Finn's plane tickets are booked and Monty is not discounted now.

  27.   
    Mark Butcher, Ex-England batsman on BBC Radio 5 live

    On Twitter: Didn't bump into one person at the Oval who predicted England's selection today. If that is what is meant by being "funky" you can keep it!

  28. 1811: 
    OUCH!- Australia 301-4 (Smith 66*, Siddle 12*)

    Anderson gets one to nip back at Siddle and the night-watchman manages to inside-edge the ball into his, erm, unmentionables. But another inswinger is punished as Siddle flicks it down the leg side for four to bring the 300 up for Australia. Anderson then sends down a late outswinger which has Siddle playing at fresh air. A single off the fifth ball means Siddle will be on strike for the last over, and Anderson (2-52 from 18 overs) is done for the day. Last over coming up.

  29.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "I've just asked Phil Tufnell about his Test debut, which came in the Boxing Day Ashes Test at the MCG in 1990. Tuffers recalled: 'I can't remember my first two balls but Dean Jones came down the wicket to my third delivery, hit me at the point of the ankle and woke me up to what was going on.

    "'I was told the night before that I was playing, which made for a sleepless night, but at least gave me time for the news to sink in. Maybe Simon Kerrigan was only told he was playing today because nerves clearly played a part. You just want to get a couple of good overs under your belt, but Shane Watson never let him settle and he never really recovered from a disappointing start'."

  30. 1807: 
    Australia 296-4 (Smith 66*, Siddle 7*)

    Peter Siddle is pushed out as Australia's night-watchman, even though they have no more front-line batsmen to protect - only keeper-batsman Brad Haddin and bowling all-rounder James Faulkner. Roared on by the crowd, Broad charges in but Siddle withdraws his bat at the last minute. Broad goes wide of the crease, Siddle gets an edge past third slip as again, he tries to withdraw the bat, but it flies off the middle and away for four. It's not your day when the opposition are middling the ball, even when trying to leave it... Siddle plunder three more through mid-wicket, and we'll have two more overs.

  31.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special
    Kevin Pietersen celebrates taking the catch to dismiss Shane Watson

    "It's a brilliant catch and a magnificent innings from Shane Watson. He took a hard blow to the head in the nineties but he's played with power and his technique has been good."

  32. 1801: 
    WICKET- Watson c Pietersen b Broad 176 (Aus 289-4)
    Shane Watson departs for 176

    Watson hooks Broad and is brilliantly caught by the diving Kevin Pietersen at fine leg - oh no, they're waiting for a no-ball call. It's marginal... but legal. Just. And England have snared their man, with 17 balls left of the day's play.

    Fall of wickets: 11-1 (Warner 6), 118-2 (Rogers 23), 144-3 (Clarke 7), 289-4 (Watson 176)

    Bowler's figures: Broad 17.1-3-60-1

    Full match scorecard

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary

    Test Match Special highlights from the Ashes series

  33.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "England need to get Shane Watson out tonight. They need to put extra cover into third slip and tempt Shane Watson into playing through that gap. If he scores a couple of boundaries, what does that matter in the grand scheme?"

  34. 1759: 
    Aus 288-3 (Watson 175*, Smith 66*)

    Four overs left tonight. Another four through third man, this time from a deliberate open-face prod by Watson rather than a streaky edge - Michael Vaughan on TMS is urging Cook to reinforce the off-side field. This stand is now worth 145.

  35.  

    Tim in Marlow, TMS inbox: This morning (0949) you reported that Nasser Hussain blamed "tinkering" with his action as the reason for Steven Finn's decline. Now Damien Martyn (1713) says that "tinkering" is the reason for Shane Watson's renaissance. I'm confused - is tinkering a good thing or a bad thing? Anyone got Rafa Benitez's phone number so I can seek some advice?

  36. 1755: 
    Aus 284-3 (Watson 171*, Smith 66*)

    Single from Watson, then Smith lives dangerously as Broad whistles one between his bat and pad as he attempts a back-foot prod, and it only missed the top of off stump by inches, the ball still swinging as it passes the stumps as Prior has to dive to his left to prevent any byes. A streaky edge then shoots between the slips and backward point as four more are added to Smith's total.

  37.  

    Diccon Thornely: Three quick wickets and it's England's day! Simple, Kerrigan to take three, Geoffrey to call his mum in tears!

    Phil Ashford: A strong Yorkshire only means a strong England if you pick our players! Still, why should we grumble!

  38. 1751: 
    Aus 279-3 (Watson 170*, Smith 62*)

    Smith cracks Anderson for four back past the bowler, before unleashing a fluent pulled four which Hot Spot shows was right off the middle of the bat. Not necessarily pretty - he'll never challenge Gower, Bell, Jayawardene or AB de Villiers for a middle-order place in the oft-mentioned Aesthetically Pleasing XI - but pretty effective, is young Smith.

  39.  

    Jon Dunn: Many of us were bemused by the team selection at 10.30am and 75 overs later, feel exactly the same.

  40.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I hope it doesn't affect Simon Kerrigan long term. It's not been nice for anybody to watch today, the nature of his deliveries - full tosses and half-trackers - and he has looked overawed by the occasion. Hopefully he learns from it, goes to bed tonight and comes out in the morning a freer cricketer. The one which does so well for Lancashire."

  41. 1746: 
    Aus 271-3 (Watson 170*, Smith 54*)

    Stuart Broad to share the second new cherry with Anderson, jumping up and down before his first delivery as he likes to do. But that opening delivery is too wide and is swiped for four down to third man by Watson. Ouch. But a modicum of revenge for Broad as he has Watson playing and missing when he aims another expansive shot.

  42.  

    John, on a train in London, via text on 81111: Unbelievable negative rubbish again from a number of punters. What a great time to try out and give proper experience to a couple of younger players.

    Hector in London, via text on 81111: If Shane Watson makes 200, I think I may cry.

  43. 1741: 
    NEW BALL TAKEN- Aus 267-3 (Watson 166*, Smith 54*)

    So belatedly, England take the new ball after 82 (rather than the permitted 80) overs, and after a short rest it's time for James Anderson to charge in for his last spell of the day. He's bowling to Smith, who plays out the first five balls before pulling the last for four. And the TV pictures show there's (very light) rain in the air, despite blue skies behind the pavilion...

  44.  

    James Gadbury, TMS inbox: Blooding young players is what Australia didn't do when they were dominant for a decade, and look what happened to the Aussies once the Waughs, Warnes and McGraths retired. The fact that we're giving so many young players a chance can only bode well for the future.

  45. 1737: 
    Aus 263-3 (Watson 166*, Smith 50*)

    Reprieved, Watson plays out a maiden over from the unfortunate Woakes. Given his lack of luck at hitting the target, I can see why people have compared him facially to Fernando Torres.

  46.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Shane Watson's got one right and you can see why. It was going over the top of the stumps. Poor Chris Woakes thought he had got his first Test match wicket there. That sums up England's day really."

  47.  
    NOT OUT
    Shane Watson is adjudged not out

    Now, the replay shows the ball hitting Watson on the right thigh pad, there's no Hot Spot, it looks like only height can save him... and it's missing the stumps, going clearly over the top according to the ball-tracker. It isn't Woakes's day...

  48.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Shane Watson hasn't got a good record with lbw reviews... he's reviewed nine in his career and lost them all."

  49.  
    UMPIRE REVIEW

    Woakes finally has his first Test wicket as Watson tries a pull shot, misses and is trapped lbw... but then Watson reviews it!

  50.  

    Mike, via text on 81111: I see a lot of people on Kerrigan's back. I remember Shane Warne in his first Test, getting hit for about 150 runs, and didn't look like getting a wicket! (Warne took 1-150 against India at Sydney in January 1992)

    Dave in Chester, via text on 81111: Feel really sorry for Kerrigan. Still, I'm struggling to remember a worse Test debut by an England bowler. Chris Schofield, maybe? (Harsh - Schofield wasn't required to bowl on his debut as England cruised past Zimbabwe)

  51. 1731: 
    SMITH FIFTY- Aus 263-3 (Watson 166*, Smith 50*)

    So, the new ball is available... but not taken as Swann continues for his 30th over, ensuring he'll have bowled at least a third of today's overs. Smith finally reaches his fifty, from 113 balls, with a single, while Watson continues to forge ahead - he has 166 from 226 balls.

  52.   
    Henry Blofeld, BBC Test Match Special

    "Everything in the Australian garden is looking rosy. If they can keep the boat steady, they will go to sleep very happy tonight."

  53. 1728: 
    Aus 261-3 (Watson 165*, Smith 49*)

    Woakes to bowl the 80th over, but he keeps it fairly tight against Watson, who can reflect on a day in which he has made comfortably his highest Test score (which was previously 126). Maiden over for Woakes, his fourth of the day - he has 0-52 from 14 overs, though he does blot his copybook somewhat by throwing the ball back at Watson and hitting him on the backside (on the bounce) - we can generously assume he was aiming for the stumps, though it was a lousy throw if it was.

  54.  

    Billy in Kent, via text on 81111: Australia would never have risked putting in two new players if they were 3-0 up in a series. England talk of being hungry to win 4-0 but in reality we lack ruthlessness.

    John in Kent, via text on 81111: Good old English fans. Young lads on debut and already it's get 'em out, load of rubbish etc... again I'll say it, some people don't deserve a good team.

    Karim at The Oval, via text on 81111: Bryce McGain must be relieved. No longer the worst spinner to play Test cricket?

  55. 1724: 
    Aus 261-3 (Watson 165*, Smith 49*)

    Swann begins what is likely to be the penultimate over with the old ball, there's a slip and a short leg in, but fielders back at long-off and long-on mean there are plenty of singles available. Smith moves up to 49, Watson adds another, and Swann has 1-69 from 29 overs.

  56.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval
    The view from the roof

    "The roof terrace at the top of the OCS Stand is not only a fantastic place to watch the cricket, it also offers a spectacular view of the central London skyline, with the Shard rising high above all the other buildings."

  57. 1721: 
    Aus 259-3 (Watson 164*, Smith 48*)

    It's a double bowling change as England prepare for the second new ball - while Jonathan Trott might occasionally have expected a trundle in the 78th over, it's his Warwickshire team-mate Chris Woakes back. Woakes's first ball is too wide and Smith smacks it through the covers for four, while a punched straight drive earns him a single as he moves to 48.

  58.  

    Graeme in Bath, TMS inbox: Don't think this is necessarily a bad day for England. One batsman is playing a blinder, but two others out very cheaply, and two more scratching around for runs - England restricted Australia to 70 runs in the middle session. Use the Boycott-o-meter - add two wickets to the score, and see whether you'd be happy? I'd say honours even, pretty much, with credit to Watson for a once-in-an-Ashes-series daddy hundred.

  59.   
    Damien Martyn, Ex-Australia batsman on Test Match Special

    "Shane Watson bats well against spin, as you would expect from somebody from New South Wales. I played for Western Australia and we'd go and play in Sydney and be bowled out in two days. Similarly, the lads from NSW would be bowled out for 180 in Perth. You have to adapt to all conditions."

  60. 1718: 
    Aus 254-3 (Watson 164*, Smith 43*)

    A change of bowling as with four overs left before the second new ball becomes available, Swann replaces Anderson at the Vauxhall End. For once he's not bowling in his sunglasses, delicately placing them on the brim of the umpire's hat. Watson guides a single past the diving Cook at mid-wicket. Smith is also inching towards another fifty, and Ed Smith on TMS notes how comfortable Australia are looking.

  61.  

    Mike Fabb, TMS inbox: Selection of Kerrigan and Woakes is the most baffling selection by an international team since Mike Bassett called up Ron Benson and Tony Hedges.

    Andy Bryan, TMS inbox: Batting all-rounder for England? Why not look at Adil Rashid?

  62.   
    Damien Martyn, Ex-Australia batsman on Test Match Special

    "It's probably just as well Steve Smith didn't get out first ball playing that wild shot. His skipper had just been dismissed and he would have had to sit next to him in the changing room. That would have been awkward. Since then, Smith's batted well and has accumulated runs quite steadily while still playing the odd attacking shot."

  63. 1713: 
    Aus 252-3 (Watson 163*, Smith 42*)

    Watson and Smith find easy pickings against Kerrigan, the pair exchange singles before Watson clubs another down to Swann at long-on to bring up Australia's 250. Smith pokes a single to long-off - indeed, with long-on and long-off back, there are free singles there, and Watson plunders another, while Swann shares a bit of banter with some members of the crowd on the Oval boundary.

  64.  

    Injured England and Durham seamer Graham Onions: Every time I watch Steven Smith bat he looks as though he's got ants in his pants #fidgit.

    Injured England and Yorkshire seamer Tim Bresnan: Is Jonny Bairstow driving a tractor up to Trent Bridge? Taking his sweet time. Hurry up lad the Tykes need you.

    Former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood: I really feel for Kerrigan. It's easy to criticise but it's hard to explain the nerves you have playing for your country.

  65.   
    Damien Martyn, Ex-Australia batsman on Test Match Special

    "In the dressing room, you always talk about the importance of partnerships as much as individual performances. Australia will be pleased to have two partnerships over 100 today. Shane Watson has always had the talent, it was just about tinkering with his technique a little."

  66. 1709: 
    Aus 247-3 (Watson 160*, Smith 40*)

    The players refreshed, they return for the final half-session. Watson fluently cuts Anderson for four to bring up the century partnership, before guiding a single through mid-wicket. Smith adds a couple more, this has been a long old day in the field for England, but I sense the debate over their team selection will rage for a while.

  67.  

    Scott Whittlesea: I don't get this. Won't ever play two spinners in Australia so surely the priority would be to look at Tremlett? And he can bowl.

    Selly: I've had the yips as an off break bowler and it was horrible with 10 people watching let alone in an Ashes Test match!

    Ned Bartholomew: And I thought Australia's spinners were bad... Root as second spinner and four seamers (with Tremlett) would have made more sense.

  68.   
    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Graeme Swann has bowled too many overs today, 27 on the first day. If you ask any spinner, they see their job as being the chief wicket-taker in the second innings."

  69. 1702: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Aus 240-3 (Watson 155*, Smith 38*)
    Simon Kerrigan on the floor as Steve Smith runs

    After a single from Watson, Smith uses his feet before launching Kerrigan for another four to the cow corner boundary. Time for the last drinks break of the day (which the stadium DJ for the Auckland Test earlier this year always seemed to make a "70s disco drinks break" with his choice of music).

  70.  

    Andrew Bagchi, TMS inbox: Re: 1647 - Here are the terms and condition of entry to the Gabba - Oversized items will be not be permitted into the venue; that is items which are unable to fit under your seat. Backpacks, Baby bags, ladies handbags and gentleman's satchels will be permitted into the venue. Bags permissible into the venue must meet the following conditions:

    Maximum bag height - 40 cm. Maximum bag width - 40 cm. Maximum bag depth - 40 cm. Pliable nature (soft to touch). Bags that do not meet these requirements must be cloaked at a venue match office.

  71.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The game is just coasting along in Australia's favour. England need to work out a way of getting a wicket before the new ball arrives. Usually our selectors do pretty well for us, they are pretty sensible guys, but if I'm batting here, I know if I can see off the two main bowlers, it's help yourself time."

  72. 1658: 
    Aus 235-3 (Watson 154*, Smith 34*)

    A slip, a gully and a short extra cover catching on the square as Anderson begins a new over. Watson guides a single to leg but Anderson, as befitting the leader of the attack, retains commendable economy, having figures of 13-3-23-2. England have seven more overs before the new ball is available - and with 17 overs left in the day, it looks like we'll be into overtime past 1800 BST, despite having two spinners in the side.

  73.  

    Stacy Phillips: There's two baby pigeons on the pitch: Woakes & Kerrigan have been flapping around aimlessly. Back to the nest maybe?

  74. 1655: 
    Aus 234-3 (Watson 153*, Smith 34*)
    Simon Kerrigan dives

    Watson and Smith milk Kerrigan for three singles, the debutant now has 0-43 from six overs.

  75.   
    Tom Fordyce, BBC chief sports writer at The Oval

    "This is one of the more unbalanced scoreboards in recent Test history: Shane Watson has now scored 65% of his side's runs. After coming in as an opener, at four and at six in these series, three is clearly the magic number."

  76. 1653: 
    Aus 231-3 (Watson 151*, Smith 33*)

    James Anderson returns after Broad took a bit of a pounding in his last over, but as this is the 71st over, you'd think this wouldn't be a long spell as he'll want to bowl with the second new ball after 80. England team director Andy Flower and managing director Hugh Morris are deep in conversation on the England balcony as Watson pushes a single.

  77.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "We'll be at the Gabba nearly three months to the day from today - and if you're going to the Gabba, don't take a bag with more than one zip along as they'll confiscate it. They're quite ruthless on security there."

  78. 1647: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 230-3 (Watson 150*, Smith 33*)

    Spinner Simon Kerrigan back into the attack... oh dear, his first ball is another long-hop, and he's lucky Smith hits it straight to a fielder. Smith then helps himself to a two, while Kerrigan appeals loudly for lbw but it clearly hit Watson well outside the line of off stump, so the shout was more in hope than genuine expectation.

  79.  

    Ed in Wiltshire, via text on 81111: For Tuffers' benefit, a baby pigeon is called a squab. They are pretty ugly and so probably don't want to be seen out in public until they grow up!

  80. 1645: 
    WATSON 150- Aus 228-3 (Watson 150*, Smith 31*)
    Australia fans at the Kia Oval

    Anderson is feverishly working on the ball between deliveries before handing it to Broad, but a bouncer is effortlessly pulled by Watson - who was hit on the head earlier by the same bowler, let's not forget - for four through mid-wicket. A loose delivery is helped down the leg side for four, and that's 150 up for Watto from 194 balls.

    And it's not all bad news for Chris Woakes - he has today qualified for an incremental England contract by virtue of having played seven ODIs, a T20 and today's Test in the last 12 months.

  81.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Talking to people who know him and have played with him, they say Kerrigan's a tough character, but he seems consumed by nerves."

  82.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "England's problem is that Woakes is a fourth seamer rather than a third, he hasn't really done anything with the ball, and the other spinner (Kerrigan) can't really bowl and is leaking so many runs you daren't bowl him, which hampers the captain as he can't move his bowlers around as much. It's sad the situation Monty Panesar's got himself in, he should be bowling here."

  83. 1640: 
    Aus 220-3 (Watson 142*, Smith 31*)

    Swann continues to bowl round the wicket, Watson adds a single before Smith uses his feet to launch Swann over the top for a first-bounce four.

  84.  
    HOW'S STAT?
    James Ormond

    Unfortunately for Simon Kerrigan and Chris Woakes, the career figures for the last nine England bowlers to make their debuts at The Oval don't make particularly good reading. Have a look for yourself:

    James Ormond (pictured above) debut 2001 - 2 Tests, 2 wickets (average 92.5); Ed Giddins 1999 - 4 Tests, 12 wkts (20.0); Robert Croft 1996 - 21 Tests, 49 wkts (37.2); Joey Benjamin 1994 - 1 Test, 4 wkts (20.0); Neil Williams 1990 - 1 Test, 2 wkts (74.0); Alan Igglesden 1989 - 3 Tests, 6 wkts (54.8); Jonathan Agnew 1984 - 3 Tests, 4 wkts (93.2); Richard Ellison 1984 - 11 Tests, 35 wkts (29.9); Geoff Miller 1976 - 34 Tests, 60 wkts (30.9).

  85. 1637: 
    Aus 215-3 (Watson 141*, Smith 27*)

    Finally England stem the flow of runs as Broad sends down a maiden to Smith, bowling a fuller length and keeping the young right-hander under wraps.

  86.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "You get the sense here that Australia are getting away. Woakes and Kerrigan have not been threatening, and nobody drops catches on purpose, but you sense that the quicks could have nipped in and got a couple of wickets."

  87. 1633: 
    Aus 215-3 (Watson 141*, Smith 27*)

    Swann wheels away for his 26th over, Australia are finding the ones and twos easy to come by - England's premier spinner has figures of 26-4-60-1. And whether or not they're able to get this replacement ball to swing, they're still 14 overs away from the second new ball being available.

  88.  
    ASHES VOTE - RESULT

    Voting is now closed on our question: Who will take more wickets in this Test - Broad or Anderson?

    Here's what you thought: 32% said that Broad would but 68% thought Anderson would. Thanks for taking part.

  89. 1630: 
    Aus 212-3 (Watson 139*, Smith 26*)
    Chris Woakes

    Woakes takes a rest with figures of 0-47 from 12 overs, and England turn back to Stuart Broad, but he's unable to stem the flow of runs from Watson as the number three adds a couple of twos before unleashing a thumping straight drive past the bowler for four.

  90.  
    WEATHER UPDATE

    BBC Weather's Nick Miller: "Thursday's weather is looking less straight forward. Overnight rain will make for a cloudier start tomorrow with the last of that rain possibly still around when play is due to start. It will brighten up in the afternoon although a further shower can't be ruled out."

  91.  

    Alistair Smalley: With Kerrigan struggling with the ball surely it's worth giving Root a bowl, as his line and length has looked immaculate.

    Robert Jones: It's not Woakes being too slow or wayward, it's that he doesn't move it. Even when Jimmy was all over the shop he still moved it.

  92. 1626: 
    Aus 204-3 (Watson 131*, Smith 26*)

    This long-hop lark is contagious, that's too short from Swann and Watson effortlessly clubs his 19th four of the day, before guiding a single off his legs. Smith then has a go, bashing the ball past the bowler but Broad puts in a good dive to save a likely boundary. A single brings Watson back on strike, he uses his feet well to spear a single to Kerrigan coming in from the mid-wicket boundary but the youngster's throw is as wild as some of his bowling has been today, as Jim Maxwell notes on TMS, and Prior has to leap to prevent an overthrow.

  93.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on Test Match Special

    "Woakes hasn't created much, for me. Australia are digging in, trying to get themselves towards 200. It's been a tough day for England, but they'll know if they can get one or two more wickets, they'll have had a good afternoon."

  94. 1621: 
    Aus 197-3 (Watson 125*, Smith 25*)

    Woakes continues his elongated over with the replacement ball but finds Smith firm in defence, before Woakes sends down a long-hop which Smith sees early and pulls towards cow corner for four. That's the fifty partnership.

  95. 1619: 
    BALL CHANGE

    While Phil Tufnell entertains Henry Blofeld on TMS by asking "why don't you ever see any baby pigeons?", after one ball of Woakes's over, England aren't happy with the state of the ball (which is now 62.1 overs old) and so hand it to the umpires, who use their handcuff-like calipers to determine whether it's gone out of shape. And it looks as though it has - fourth umpire Richard Kettleborough is summoned with a box of balls, and the players take an impromptu drinks break. But we've lost nearly five minutes now.

  96.  
    HOW'S STAT?

    Cridler (see 1524) is right about the oldest Test record (batsman with the highest percentage of runs in a Test innings) being under threat. But it is a long way to go to before the record is broken as Australia have only lost three wickets so far. Watson is currently on about 68%, marginally ahead of Bannerman's 67.34. But he will need to maintain that through the whole innings.

  97. 1615: 
    Aus 193-3 (Watson 125*, Smith 21*)

    Watson smears Swann for a single, Smith edges past Trott at slip and they run a couple, while the blond youngster moves to 21 with a single that allows him to pinch the bowling.

  98.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on Test Match Special
    Steve Smith

    "Graeme Swann has spent the day taking a leaf out of Nathan Lyon's book and bowling around the wicket. I'd be tempted to go over the wicket to Steve Smith."

  99. 1612: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 189-3 (Watson 124*, Smith 18*)

    Watson wafts across the line at Woakes, there's an appeal... but Woakes is denied his first Test wicket and that did look like it was slanting down the legside. Watson forges ahead with a single, Smith adds a two off a fortunate edge through square leg.

    Meanwhile, some news from the counties - Woakes's county Warwickshire have made a formal approach to sign England internationals Nick Compton and Jos Buttler, who are both out of contract at Somerset after the end of this season. It's not the first time that the Bears have come in for players on the fringe of England selection, I remember reading of failed bids for Ravi Bopara and Eoin Morgan a couple of years ago.

  100.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval
    Fans at The Oval

    "It was all fairly quiet on the Oval concourses before tea, with most spectators staying in their seats to take in a fascinating session. Behind the pavilion, a woman with a guitar struggled to generate much of an audience with her Shania Twain and Jack Johnson ballads, and it took me three-quarters of a lap before I found anyone in fancy dress. Mind you, this eclectic trio made the wait worthwhile."

  101. 1607: 
    Aus 186-3 (Watson 123*, Smith 16*)

    Kerrigan is out of the attack as Graeme Swann returns for what will likely be a long bowl in this afternoon session. Just a Watson single from his opening over.

  102.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on Test Match Special

    "They've not allowed Kerrigan to settle and it's easy to drop short when under pressure. It's a learning curve for him but he will be disappointed not to contribute."

  103. 1604: 
    Aus 185-3 (Watson 122*, Smith 16*)

    The rosy-cheeked Chris Woakes to resume England's attack after the interval, his figures have improved slightly to the extent he has 0-38 from nine overs - the same figures Kerrigan has from four. Steve Smith pushes a risky quick single but just about makes his ground at the bowler's end in time. Shane Watson guides a single to Kerrigan who moves in off the cover boundary, as his own score moves up to 122.

  104.  

    Final bit from ex-Australia coach Mickey Arthur, who was talking to ABC Radio: "I've watched every ball of the Ashes - staying up through the night. My family have been telling me to let it go but I can't. I've spent too much time with these boys trying to make them better cricketers.

    "I have been talking to the television. As a coach with a trained eye and knowing the psyche of the players I know what's coming. Saying 'they're trying to set you up for the lbw - hit straight, through the line, hit it straight - no, he's got you'."

  105. 1600: 

    Some interesting thoughts there from Mickey Arthur on TMS - England and Australia are out and ready to begin the evening session. We have 32 more overs due to be bowled today.

  106.  

    More from Mickey Arthur on TMS: "Shane Watson is a nice guy - I've got no qualms with Shane at all. I probably did lose Shane after India - I've always tried to grow people rather than cricketers. I guess Shane lost a bit of respect for me and that was tough because I rate him as a cricketer - he's underachieved in Test cricket and that is by his own admission."

  107. 1559: 
    RECAP
    Jonathan Trott catches Chris Rogers off Graeme Swann

    A quick recap on the day's events if you're just tuning in for the first time...

    England sprang a couple of surprises by dropping Jonny Bairstow and handing Warwickshire seamer Chris Woakes (regarded as an all-rounder by England) and Lancashire spinner Simon Kerrigan their Test debuts. But Australia, who named their team yesterday, won the toss and batted, though they lost David Warner early.

    But that brought in Shane Watson, who scored his first Ashes century and is still there on 121 not out, having added 107 with Chris Rogers (23), but while England's three main bowlers (Anderson, Broad and Swann) have bowled well, they have struggled for back-up with Watson particularly harsh on Woakes and Kerrigan.

  108.  

    More from Mickey Arthur on TMS: "India was a tough tour in so many ways. Those were the worst conditions I'd ever seen. They clearly wanted revenge for the 4-0 series defeat in Australia and you go back to the Perth Test which was a green pitch that played to our strengths and they wanted retribution.

    "They produced some of the toughest conditions I'd ever seen. We were starting Test matches on wickets that were like day three. We were hijacked in terms of conditions. they clearly went out of their way to prepare those strips and I can't argue with that."

  109. 1554: 
    SOCIAL MEDIA

    Want to follow the Ashes on social media? @bbcsport on Twitter has all the breaking news and action, while @bbctms provides the match facts and statistics, and @bbc5live brings you the best audio.

    There are also behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram and a gallery of action from the match on Facebook.

  110.  

    Jack Panton, TMS inbox: I saw Finn on my work high street in Hertfordshire this lunchtime and he looked like he was in good shape to take a few Australian wickets!

    Didn't he tweet earlier that he was on his way to Derby to play for Middlesex?

  111.  

    Former Australia coach Mickey Arthur discussing his sacking on TMS: "I was told there was discipline issues. David Warner was the last straw but we have to be realistic, the team hadn't performed. It's a good team of good young players and it was up to us as coaches to make them great players. But we haven't got the results and somebody had to go and it's always the head coach."

  112. 1551: 
    ON THE MOVE

    If you're off home for the day in the near future, don't forget you can follow every moment of the 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. 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 the BBC iPlayer Radio app.

  113.  

    Alastair McNair: Simon Kerrigan will be a little disappointed with those figures (4-0-38-0) on his T20 debut.

    Ceri Holmes: Kerrigan's bowling like a deer in the headlights... and Watson is behind the wheel!

    Richard Powell: Never seen Simon Kerrigan bowl before... Incidentally, what part of Australia is he from?

  114. 1546: 

    Right then, after Kevin Howells has rounded up the county scores, keep listening to TMS as they have an interview with former Australia coach Mickey Arthur, who was sacked just before the Ashes but recently reached a settlement with Cricket Australia.

  115.  

    Chris Butt: Kerrigan found more turn and bounce in the three balls he got right than Swann has managed all afternoon.

  116. 1545: 

    Night-watchman? That's cheeky, Higginson, though I've already been called a partnership-breaker this series...

  117. 1544: 

    I reckon Australia edged that session and, if they continue to bat properly, they could be on for a big un'. It's now time for me to hand over to Mark Mitchener. He's raring to go, ready to take you through to the close of play. A live text nightwatchman, if you will.

  118.  
    Ashes Vote

    Who will take more wickets in this Test? Broad or Anderson?

    Have your say by voting here.

    The BBC Sport online vote will close at 1620 BST. Please note that votes are tallied by an external company, which uses IP addresses and cookies to process the results. For more information, read the terms and conditions.

  119. 1542: 
    TEA- Aus 183-3 (Watson 121*, Smith 15*)
    Simon Kerrigan

    Oh dear. Simon Kerrigan begins his fourth over of the day with a head-high full toss which Steve Smith gratefully dispatches to the boundary for four. Nerves seem to be getting the better of the Lancashire slow left-armer, who drags the next one down and Shane Watson helps himself to a single. Two more of the one-run variety for Smithy and Watto as the players head for some tea.

  120.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Robert Stokes: Bhaji's and Falafel?! What about the humble Scotch Egg or Melton Mowbray? Now THAT is a lunch sir!

    Small Man Peaky: On an incredibly boring family holiday in Spain. Jimmy please save me by tearing a couple of the Aussie stumps out.

    SteveK: It's all gone a bit quiet. We need a DRS controversy to spice things up.

  121. 1538: 
    Aus 175-3 (Watson 120*, Smith 9*)

    England have subconsciously surrendered the initiative as they spread the field for Chris Woakes and Simon Kerrigan - Shane Watson helping himself to an easy two when the Warwickshire seamer strays on to the centurion's pads. Otherwise, in fairness to Woakes, it's a tidy over.

  122. 1532: 
    Aus 173-3 (Watson 118*, Smith 9*)

    Slow left-armer Simon Kerrigan, with a minimalistic run-up, comes around the wicket to Steve Smith and a long hop is worked for a single. That's the cue for the field to scatter as Shane Watson takes strike and creams another short one to Joe Root at deep midwicket. The Lancashire youngster recovers well to bowl three dots and he takes his hat at the end of the over to warm applause from the crowd.

  123.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Woakes needs to accept that they're going to drive him, but if he concentrates on one side of the wicket, that's where he's going to have to bowl"

  124. 1528: 
    Aus 171-3 (Watson 117*, Smith 8*)
    James Anderson and Chris Woakes

    Stuart Broad is grazing in the outfield and I've got the feeling he might be used as England's 'enforcer' in this Test - he's being readied for another short, sharp burst after tea. Shane Watson continues to bully Chris Woakes, helping himself to two past backward point before he smashes a gentle half-volley outside off stump through the covers for four. Just what Simon Kerrigan needs as he warms up ready to return to the attack.

  125.   
    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "We saw this in New Zealand - without Swann, England struggle to exert pressure."

    Geoff Boycott adds: "They could exert more pressure with Tremlett or Finn in rather than Woakes."

  126. 1524: 
    Aus 165-3 (Watson 111*, Smith 8*)

    Graeme Swann is doing a sterling job in this afternoon session, keeping the run-rate down and keeping England in the game at the same time. Shane Watson moves to 111 not out with the only single of the over.

  127.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Cridler in Holmfirth, via text on 81111: Is the oldest record in Test cricket under threat? Bannerman's 165 out of 245 is highest percentage of runs scored by a batsmen in an innings and that was in Test 1!

    Martyn in Essex, via text on 81111: Not withstanding Watson's hundred, that dropped catch is going to cost us. Watson has been middling the ball all day. Cook should put himself out on the fence.

  128. 1522: 
    Aus 164-3 (Watson 110*, Smith 8*)

    The good news for England is that they have already taken more wickets at The Oval than they did against South Africa last year when Hashim Amla went run mad. Chris Woakes has tightened up since that chastening first session, bowling a maiden to Steve Smith while nipping it about off the seam. Top work.

  129.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Watson's played Swann very positively without getting silly - he's got down the pitch a few times, which I advocated the England players to do against Nathan Lyon, because if you just play from the crease it makes it very easy for the spinner. But that Steve Smith looks like a club player - if he gets 50, anybody can get 50 in Test cricket."

  130.  
    GET INVOLVED

    DeathApeDisco: Re: 1431: Falafel is the unsung hero of any lunchbox, filling the stomach once the shrimp puffs and salmon roulade are all gone.

    Dave in Hitchin, via text on 81111: Re: picnic. Yes, I would always go for a Graham Onions bhaji too.

  131. 1518: 
    Aus 164-3 (Watson 110*, Smith 8*)

    It's still Graeme Swann from the other end and Shane Watson helps himself to a couple past deep square leg. A fairly decent over as England try to maintain a measure of control.

  132.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Adrian in Staffs (still not getting any work done), via text on 81111: I'm still annoyed by Boof's cheating allegation. As Merv Hughes said, "We have a very simple saying in Australia, you never walk unless you have run out of petrol."

    Paul in Haywards Heath, via text on 81111: Anderson back amongst the wickets after 2 quiet tests, quality always comes good.

  133. 1515: 
    Aus 162-3 (Watson 108*, Smith 8*)

    Chris Woakes is brought into the attack and is given a crash course in reverse swing as James Anderson - the king of the swingers himself - passes the youngster the cherry and points out the scuffed side of the ball. A nice start for Woakes as a yorker is dug out by Steve Smith and a length ball is given due respect - no mean feat against the cavalier Smith. In fact, it's a maiden over for young Chris.

  134.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Chris Woakes coming on. This is a pressure situation for a young debutant - he bowled a couple of good overs early on, then Watson got after him, but I think Alastair Cook needs to be smart here, realise he can't over-attack and restrict the runs. They can't allow Woakes to bowl a couple of half-volleys and suddenly Steve Smith's away."

  135. 1511: 
    Aus 162-3 (Watson 108*, Smith 8*)

    Shane Watson looks to have reined it in post-century, playing with determined concentration before dispatching Graeme Swann's final delivery - a rank long hop - to the boundary.

  136.   
    Tom Fordyce, BBC chief sports writer at The Oval
    Shane Watson celebrates his century

    "Shane Watson has endured a miserable summer, the object of frequent derision - much of it justified - from England supporters. He had bagged nine Test fifties in Ashes cricket but famously failed to push on before today; his reaction on finally reaching three figures - arms outstretched, head thrown back - spoke of immense relief more than wild celebration."

  137.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's always talk about what's being done to the ball when there's reverse swing, but I think England are brilliant at looking after the ball. Because of the abrasive nature of the square at The Oval, they'll get some scuff marks on one side and if they keep the other side shiny, the ball will start moving around and it's a team effort as they won't let anyone sweaty touch the ball. Ian Bell is now the chief polisher, while Alastair Cook doesn't sweat so he's perfect. Other teams try to do it but I don't think they have the attention to detail England have."

  138. 1508: 
    Aus 158-3 (Watson 104*, Smith 8*)

    There's two slips and a gully in for Steve Smith as James Anderson tries to tempt an indiscretion outside off stump. Even Smith's defensive shots have an air of attack about them - a front foot push to mid-off his version of the forward defence. Jimmy is showing signs of getting reverse swing now too.

  139.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Matt, via text on 81111: That ton was bound to happen, since the papers have been writing off his Test career since Chester-le-Street. Still, well played Watson. Now he can lbw in peace.

    Rob in Cambridge, via text on 81111: Well done Shane Watson, half the Aussie first innings total! A bit early for that? But they need a tail like a kangaroo, not a Manx cat to get out of this one with a bit of respect. Shame on you Lehmann for winding up the English bowlers.

    Colin in Bedford (not Falls), via text on 81111: Jimmy/Stuart. Is there a better bowling partnership in world cricket that also sounds like a famous Hollywood actor?

  140.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "How many times has Phillip Hughes been dropped by Australia now? Jonny Bairstow has now been dropped by England three times, and it becomes more and more difficult for these young players when the selectors don't have confidence in them."

  141. 1504: 
    Aus 158-3 (Watson 104*, Smith 8*)

    He who dares and all that. Steve Smith comes dancing down the track and puts Graeme Swann into Row Z. The England bowler won't mind the young tyro chancing his arm. Seven from the over.

  142.  

    BBC Weather: Temp now close to 25C at the Oval for the #Ashes Thursday just as warm after a cloudier start and Friday warmer still.

  143.   
    Jim Maxwell, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a fine spell of bowling by Anderson, but he should have had Watson there. Cook went to his right with both hands, it went in - and went out."

  144. 1501: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Aus 151-3

    Alastair Cook drops an absolute dolly as Shane Watson makes his first mistake of the day - edging James Anderson to the England skipper at first slip. Will England be made to pay for that? A maiden over for the Burnley Express.

  145. 1458: 
    HOW'S STAT?
    Jimmy Anderson celebrates the dismissal of Michael Clarke

    James Anderson has now dismissed Michael Clarke eight times in Test cricket, more than any other bowler. Dale Steyn, Stuart Broad and Ishant Sharma have all claimed his wicket on seven occasions.

    Graeme Swann has dismissed Chris Rogers six times in the series. Rogers has scored 79 runs off 230 balls from Swann in the series, at an average of 13.16.

  146. 1457: 
    Aus 151-3 (Watson 104*, Smith 1*)

    Every time he scores a run, Shane Watson seems to glare in the direction of the bowler with the type of facial expression which screams 'Have some of that, punk'. England spread the field as they try to tempt the big man into a rash shot. As for Steve Smith, he's played every shot in the book on his way to one not out from 14 balls. Three singles from Swann's latest over.

  147.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "The move to number three has worked for Watson - he got after the two young debutants, and he's played straighter all day. It's been 48 Test innings since his last hundred in October 2010. Maybe this is the position where he'll finally find a home in Test cricket. This is a key period of the game as Anderson, Broad and particularly Swann have bowled brilliantly for England - it's so important that Swann holds that end, but it's crying out for another outstanding seamer like Tremlett or Finn. England have made a dangerous call with Woakes, as someone bowling at only 78-80 mph needs to be extremely skilful."

  148.   
    Jim Maxwell, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a relieving moment, and one of joy for Shane Watson, his first Ashes hundred. Well played Watson."

  149. 1453: 
    100 FOR SHANE WATSON- Aus 148-3 (Watson 102*, Smith 0*)

    It's still more of a grimace than a smile, but there's relief etched all over Shane Watson's face as he eases three into the off side, takes off his helmet and soaks up the applause on reaching three figures for the first time in three years. It's his first ton in 25 Tests and his innings includes 16 fours and one six. Now he's got to make it a daddy.

  150. 1450:  
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "Lance Hall, Simon Kerrigan's coach in club cricket, has backed the Lancashire spinner to bounce back from his difficult start to life in Test cricket. 'He just has such drive,' said Hall. 'He wants to win all the time and the fact that he has just been slapped around the park by Shane Watson will not bother him in the slightest. I can guarantee you that he will be in Cook's ear again now saying 'go on, get me on at the other end, I'll get him out'. He has such self-confidence and self-belief without being arrogant."

  151. 1450: 
    Aus 145-3 (Watson 99*, Smith 0*)

    A single to Shane Watson takes him to 99, before Steve Smith patiently plays out the rest of Graeme Swann's over in the manner of a man who got a flea in his ear following that crazy shot first up in the last over.

  152.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Oliver in Suffolk, via text on 81111: I smell a batting collapse just around the corner. All out for 225.

    Martyn in Essex, via text on 81111: Broad set that wicket up. Clarke can't settle against either if these two. Thank goodness for Jimmy and Stuart. Now if we can stop Watson reaching his hundred that will change the whole day around.

  153. 1447: 
    HOW'S STAT?

    James Anderson's dismissal of Michael Clarke was his 326th in Tests, lifting him above Bob Willis (325) to be the sole holder of second place in the all-time England list. But he's got a while to go before knocking Sir Ian Botham (383) off top spot.

    Graeme Swann (246) is down in eighth but can entertain hopes of overtaking seventh-placed Matthew Hoggard (248) and possibly sixth-placed Brian Statham (252) in this match.

  154. 43 overs: 
    Aus 144-3 (Watson 98*, Smith 0*)

    Just one delivery for James Anderson to finish his over following drinks, and Steve Smith tries to hit the cover off the ball and fails to make any connection. Not fancy a sighter today, Smithy?

  155. 1445: 
    DRINKS BREAK

    And with that wicket comes the drinks break. By the way, can you remember a series where one batsman was dismissed by so many worldy deliveries? Jimmy Anderson at Trent Bridge, Stuart Broad at Chester-le-Street and now Jimmy again at The Oval. Poor old Michael Clarke. At least he doesn't have to face Stuart Broad any more.

  156.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on Test Match Special

    "That was a big nip-backer. Good delivery, Clarke's had a few of those in this series - that one absolutely jagged back. England are just edging their way back into it here. Anderson is a world-class performer and he's become England's go-to man."

  157.   
    Jim Maxwell, BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a huge wicket for England. It nicked his pad and went onto his off stump, it would have been a big shout for lbw if he hadn't."

  158. 1442: 
    WICKET- Clarke b Anderson 7 (Aus 144-3)

    Michael Clarke ends the series as he began it - having his off stick pegged back by James Anderson, who nips one back and skittles the skipper's timbers via a deflection off the batsman's pads. Lovely.

    Michael Clarke is bowled by Jimmy Anderson

    Fall of wickets: 11-1 (Warner 6), 118-2 (Rogers 23), 144-3 (Clarke 7)

    Bowler's figures: Anderson 7.5-1-18-2

    Full match scorecard

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary

    Test Match Special highlights from the Ashes series

  159.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I wonder if England's team selection came because they wanted to look at Kerrigan because of Monty Panesar's problems. And once they'd picked Kerrigan, they really had to pick that back-up seamer in Woakes. Kerrigan's only bowled two overs, in his first Test, but if he struggles it does make selection interesting as they're never going to play two spinners in Australia.

    "So you don't need a balance with a left-arm and a right-arm spinner, you should take your two best spinners - and with all Australia's left-handers, they could easily take James Tredwell. Either Tremlett or Finn will almost certainly start the series down under, so one of them could have played here. We will watch with interest."

  160. 1439: 
    Aus 143-2 (Watson 97*, Clarke 7*)

    It's a hot day to be rocking the long-sleeved look, but it's not put off Graeme Swann. The England offie continues to apply plenty of pressure as he slides one across Michael Clarke and into the safe hands of keeper Matt Prior. Just one from the over as Shane Watson moves to within three runs of a first century since 2010, when Joe Root was about six.

  161.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Dougie Turner: Why is Shane Watson not taken off after being hit on the head by an 88mph bumper from Broad?!? It's mad.

    Matt Bentall: Watson can thank Lehman for that blow. Good contest this.

  162.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Great aggression and hostility from Stuart Broad... how England could do with Tremlett or Finn to carry on the attack?"

  163. 1436: 
    Aus 142-2 (Watson 96*, Clarke 7*)
    General view of the Oval

    England flexing their muscles? Stuart Broad is taken out of the attack, but there's no respite for Michael Clarke and Shane Watson as England's second-greatest bowler of all time - wickets-wise - returns to the attack. Like Broad before him, there's plenty of aggression about James Anderson as he fires a few words in the direction of Shane Watson after a mid-pitch shoulder barge. There's extra zip about Jimmy today too as he tempts Michael Clarke into a rash stoke outside off stump.

  164.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "I've just been having a chat with Lance Hall, who coached Simon Kerrigan as a youngster at Fulwood and Broughton Cricket Club near Preston.

    "Here's what he had to say about the England debutant: 'Simon started off as a seamer as a 12-year-old but he was a very forthright and pushy young player and he would constantly badger you about why he was not bowling. Under ECB bowling directives, a player of his age was only allowed to bowl four overs in a spell in senior cricket, unless he was bowling spin. He used to get so frustrated because he wanted to be in the game constantly. Simon's way of getting around it was to become a spinner. He took a wicket with his second ball and didn't look back. I think he took at least one wicket in every game he played for us after that, and usually followed up with several more'."

  165. 1431: 
    Aus 139-2 (Watson 93*, Clarke 7*)

    There's some superb-looking picnic boxes being cracked open in the stands. What's your cricket lunchbox essential? I always like an onion bhaji for the afternoon session. Another tidy over from Graeme Swann, just two singles coming from it.

  166.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Gareth, via text on 81111: Plenty of panic from the usual suspects - but look at the Aussie batting line up. One more wicket and we're into the tail.

    Jack in Bristol, via text on 81111: Who would you rather face? Woakes or Tremlett? Similarly you'd much rather bowl at Woakes than Bairstow. Very poor selection.

  167.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's funny how these pitches change over time. It would have been rock-hard in 1997 when Tuffers bowled England to victory, but you wouldn't recognise it now from that."

  168. 1426: 
    Aus 137-2 (Watson 92*, Clarke 6*)

    "It's like Bodyline this," quips Phil Tufnell on Test Match Special as Stuart Broad peppers Michael Clarke with more of the short stuff. The England paceman has extra 'Boof' about him today. While England send for extra helmets to get more men around the bat, the Australian physio runs out with some tablets, likely to be pain relief, for Shane Watson. When you are under fire like this, you need your best mate at the other end. Unfortunately for 'Pup' and 'Watto', they have seemed about as close as Ian Botham and Ian Chappell on this tour.

  169.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Garry in London, via text on 81111: Anyone got the odds on Clarke to run Watson out for 99?

    Alan in Chelmsford, via text on 81111: For all the moaning, this could have been a very different scorecard had the early appeals against Watson and Rogers (both were umpire's call on hawkeye) been given out on field when on 8 and 1 respectively.

  170. 1420: 
    Aus 133-2 (Watson 92*, Clarke 3*)

    Graeme Swann, perhaps taking note of Nathan Lyon's success at Durham, comes around the wicket to the right-handed Michael Clarke and does an embarrassing Uncle-style jig when he almost runs one past the Australian skipper's outside edge. Just a single from the over.

  171.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on Test Match Special

    "When I used to go out to bat, I used to make sure the physio was down by the gate. None of this waiting for him to come down the steps, he was on full alert."

  172.   
    Damien Martyn, Ex-Australia batsman on Test Match Special

    "He was going to play the pull shot, but took his eye off it there and it just hit him flush in the back of the head, on the top of his neck. It caught him by surprise. I had my nose broken once by [Richard] Johnson playing for Somerset, the ball came through the grille."

  173. 1417: 
    OUCH!- Aus 132-2
    Shane Watson on the floor after being hit on the head by Stuart Broad

    Shane Watson moves past that unlucky 87 mark with a lovely drive through the covers, but he's floored next up when he takes his eyes off a Stuart Broad bouncer and cops one just behind the ear. Collective cries of 'Ouch' as replays flash up on the big screen while Watson receives treatment on the field. I'm sure he's currently thanking his coach for rattling Broad's cage this morning as he gets a single which takes him to the relative sanctuary of the other end. This is a hostile spell from the big man, who has Clarke hopping around with more chin music. Pace.

  174.   
    Damien Martyn, Ex-Australia batsman on Test Match Special

    "Watson was scoring freely, suddenly he's on 87 which is an unlucky number for Australians, he thinks he's 13 short of a century which he hasn't got for a long time and he slows down, while Michael Clarke's just come in and his nerves must still be jangling."

  175. 1410: 
    Aus 123-2 (Watson 87*, Clarke 1*)

    You know it's hot when paper scorecards assume the role of fans for spectators in the stands. The heat has been ratcheted up in the middle too, both sides knowing this is a crucial period with Shane Watson closing in on that elusive Test century and Michael Clarke knowing he's the domino in the Australian batting order which, once knocked down, often triggers a catastrophic collapse. Another tidy over from Graeme Swann.

  176.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Matthew in Cambridge, via text on 81111: For all of the many snipers out there taking a pot shot at the two debutants today , it might be worth remembering a certain Graham Gooch's first match. Just saying!

    Ian Hodgson, via text on 81111: This UK-based Aussie was appalled at Lehmann's incitement of the public down under over Stuart Broad. Thanks to Jim Maxwell for recovering our national composure.

  177.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval
    Jonathan Trott (left) celebrates taking the catch to dismiss Chris Rogers

    "Is Chris Rogers now Graeme Swann's bunny? The England off-spinner has now dismissed the left-handed opener six times in the series. Now it's Stuart Broad's chance to see if he can reprise his dominance over Michael Clarke, a player he has removed five times in his last seven innings."

  178. 1406: 
    Aus 122-2 (Watson 86*, Clarke 1*)
    Michael Clarke scrambles back as the ball just misses the stumps

    Stuart Broad is really bending his back today, he's desperate to deflect some heat back in the direction of Darren Lehmann. He bangs a couple in and Michael Clarke ducks under them with ease before a third is fended off and bounces just past the stumps. Cue hands on heads from the England fielders.

  179. 1401: 
    Aus 120-2 (Watson 85*, Clarke 1*)

    Australia captain Michael Clarke joins his old mate Shane Watson at the crease and gets off the mark with a single past short leg. The skipper has been playing with a straight bat all day - deflecting questions about Darren Lehmann's comments at the toss by suggesting we ask Boof himself.

  180.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Mike Wren in London, via text on 81111: Re: 1972 Test. I was there as a boy the day the Chappell brothers scored their centuries. I sat on the grass and it was my first day of live Ashes cricket. I've been to at least one days play in every subsequent Ashes series. Was at Trent Bridge and Old Trafford this year.

    Steve in Atherstone, via text on 81111: Watson since going into attacking mode has been going nearly at a run a ball against Swann yet we're writing off two debutants because they aren't being economical to him?!?

  181.   
    Damien Martyn, Ex-Australia batsman on Test Match Special

    "Just a little bit of turn there, Trott takes a low catch to his left and well done to Swann as he's been hanging in there while Watson was attacking him. Rogers didn't really find his form today, he likes to play from the crease and needed to use his feet more to change Swann's line. A big wicket for England, as the partnership was going along beautifully, Swann is going to have to bowl a lot of overs for his captain Cook today."

  182. 1356: 
    WICKET- Rogers c Trott b Swann 23 (Aus 118-2)

    Chris Rogers has not looked comfortable against Graeme Swann all day, and the Australian opener is sent packing by the England offie when he guides one into the safe hands of Jonathan Trott at first slip. A big breakthrough for England.

    Alastair Cook celebrates the wicket of Chris Rogers with Graeme Swann

    Fall of wickets: 11-1 (Warner 6), 118-2 (Rogers 23)

    Bowler's figures: Swann 11.1-4-20-1

    Full match scorecard

    Test Match Special highlights from the Ashes series

  183. 1355: 
    Aus 118-1 (Rogers 23*, Watson 84*)

    Glorious blue skies above The Oval now, the only white stuff above the action created by the trail of aeroplanes. Stuart Broad continues to land it on a sixpence and throws his hands to his head as Shane Watson angles three down to third man. A vicious short ball follows and Chris Rogers is jumping about in his crease like a cat on a hot tin roof as he fends it off for a single.

  184.   
    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Rogers has struggled to get off strike against Swann, he's been marooned there, so he'll be pleased to get down the other end."

  185. 1351: 
    Aus 114-1 (Rogers 22*, Watson 81*)

    The crowds are gathering on rooftops all around The Oval, hoping to catch a cheeky - and free - glimpse of the action. Graeme Swann continues to twirl, being worked for a couple of singles. A little appeal from the bowler at the end of the over as Chris Rogers drives one into the ground and into the hands of Alastair Cook at short cover, via Ian Bell's foot. Not out, but a good excuse for Swann to exercise the old vocal chords.

  186.  
    GET INVOVLED

    Andrew Priestley: Yes, Watson has batted well, but he's been made to look a lot better by a very poor bowling attack. Pull up your socks men!

    Michelle Garland: You know that commentators curse thing? My presumptuous tweet has done the reverse for Wato. My bad!

    Christian Reilly: Woe-kesful and Kerri-gone scream tomorrow's tabloid headlines. Good job we're 3-0 up

  187. 1346: 
    Aus 112-1 (Rogers 21*, Watson 80*)

    England captain Alastair Cook, standing in the slips, tries to rally the troops after lunch with a little shout of "come on" followed by a tame clap of the hands. England's plans are apparent as Shane Watson's head falls away as he tries to fetch one from off stump and steer it into the leg side. The technical deficiency is still there - England just need to exploit it. A maiden over for Stuart Broad.

  188.   
    Damien Martyn, Ex-Australia batsman on Test Match Special

    "Cook will have got the England bowlers together and said 'how are we going to bowl to Shane Watson', so he shouldn't get ahead of himself - but the outfield's quick and you don't want to miss out."

  189. 1342: 
    Aus 112-1 (Rogers 21*, Watson 80*)

    Graeme Swann, a cricketing Cantona with his collar up and shades on, gets us under way after lunch with a maiden over - Chris Rogers continuing to dig in for the afternoon. It's going to take something special to dig the little fella out.

  190. 1339: 

    Another excellent lunchtime chat there from Aggers and the boys. Now it's time to return to the action as Shane Watson puts on his helmet and catches up with Chris Rogers who is already striding to the middle. Graeme Swann has the ball in hand. Let's play.

  191.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The one Oval Test which stands out for me was the one in 2005 because we didn't know what was going to happen with The Ashes. People were hanging out of windows in tower blocks all around the ground. Like Headingley 1981, it was a landmark moment in our recent cricketing history. It was hairs on the back of the neck stuff as England held on for the draw to win back the urn."

  192. 1335: 
    TEST MATCH SPECIAL

    In 1972, Australia beat England by five wickets at The Oval thanks to centuries from Ian and Greg Chappell.

    "Many people credit that as a key victory in Australia's cricketing history," observes cricket writer Gideon Haigh. "England might have retained the Ashes, but there were a couple of wonderful knocks from Ian and Greg.

    "It was also the first cricket match in England which was broadcast in its entirety in Australia."

  193.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Sebastian Clare: England got 903-7d at The Oval in 1938? Why on earth wouldn't you keep going to get to the millennium?

  194. 1327: 
    TEST MATCH SPECIAL

    In 1948, Donald Bradman was bowled for nought knowing that four runs would have given him a career average of 100.

    "It appeals to everybody that was there was a little bit of infallibility about the great Don Bradman," said cricket writer Gideon Haigh.

    Simon Hughes adds: "Warwickshire leg-spinner Eric Hollies predicted how he was going to get Bradman out that day. He reckoned the Australian couldn't pick his googly and said he would bowl one second ball. He did just that and got the great man out for a duck."

  195. 1323: 
    TEST MATCH SPECIAL

    Cricket writer Simon Hughes on Test Match Special: "England scored 903-7 declared against Australia here at The Oval in 1938. That number is something which was etched on my mind as a child. Imagine being a fielder for that? The Yorkshire wicketkeeper came to the crease at about 624-6 and told his batting partner he was just the man for the 'crisis'.

  196. 1320: 
    SOCIAL MEDIA

    Want to follow the Ashes on social media? @bbcsport on Twitter has all the breaking news and action, while @bbctms provides the match facts and statistics, and @bbc5live brings you the best audio.

    There are also behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram and a gallery of action from the match on Facebook.

  197. 1319: 
    ON THE MOVE

    If you're off on your travels, don't forget you can follow every moment of the 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. 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 the BBC iPlayer Radio app.

  198.  

    Rob in Bristol, via text on 81111: Any chance of a shout out for Rockhampton CC from Gloucs playing at Lord's in the Village Cup final on 8 September?

    That's your live text equivalent to a 'shout out', Rob.

  199. 1315: 
    TEST MATCH SPECIAL

    Simon Hughes and Gideon Haigh have joined Jonathan Agnew for a lunchtime discussion about The Oval's history. And what better place to start than with WG Grace?

    "He was a pioneer of batting," says Hughes. "He was the first batsman who was able to play on the back foot and then the front foot."

  200. 1313:  
    QUESTION OF SPORT TEASER

    Earlier, we asked who are the seven bowlers to take five or more wickets in an innings of an Oval Ashes Test since 1997?

    The answer? Glenn McGrath, Phil Tufnell, Michael Kasprowicz, Andy Caddick, Shane Warne, Andrew Flintoff and Stuart Broad. Well done if you got all seven.

  201.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Robert Allen: Too much negativity today. If you can't experiment by bringing in two promising players in a dead rubber, when can you?

    Akhil Sharma: England's bowling selection seemed to have spectacularly backfired in the first session. Long way to go yet.

    Fi: Deep breath & refocus needed for the debutants for England over lunch. Come back stronger after a sticky bun or two!

  202. 1311: 

    On the subject of England's team selection, I wonder if they made their decision based on Australia's team which was named a day earlier. They knew the tourists had dropped a batsman, so it might have tipped their thinking? Would they have done the same if Australia had brought in an extra batsman?

  203.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Fred in London, via text on 81111: Only positive is for Mrs Woakes and Mrs Kerrigan who will have their boys at home for Christmas.

  204.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's going to be difficult for Simon Kerrigan now. Shane Watson has done a psychological job on him and the next time he gets the ball he is going to be even more nervous. Australia have treated the debutants in exactly the right way. This is not county cricket anymore."

  205.   
    Tom Fordyce, BBC chief sports writer at The Oval

    "A chastening morning for England's selectors, and a chasing one for their fielders. Debutants Chris Woakes and Simon Kerrigan will be hoping the afternoon session brings a reversal of fortune after both were plundered by Shane Watson, their aggregate seven overs going at an average of more than eight an over. In a series played at a mainly sedate run-rate, Australia's scoring has catapulted them into the ideal luncheon position."

  206. 1307: 

    Thanks Mark. There's plenty to talk about after that first session. But fear not - we all know it only takes a few gentle outswingers to draw Shane Watson across his crease and then Jimmy will pin him in front. That's the hope anyway.

  207. 1304: 
    Chris Rogers and Shane Watson depart for lunch

    While the outfield is guarded by a large phalanx of stewards, it's time for lunch - so pin your ears back to listen to Aggers, Simon Hughes and Gideon Haigh, and I'll pass you into the safe hands of Marc Higginson for the afternoon.

  208.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Shane Watson is the third number three Australia have used in this series, but the change seems to have worked. He has gone after the England youngsters. I just cannot understand why England have made the changes. You grind the opposition into the ground."

  209.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Watson got stuck into Kerrigan when he played for the Lions last week, he'll need to bowl better than this, but I remember how hard it was in my first Test."

  210.  

    Laura, OCS Stand, TMS inbox: At The Oval. Paid £150 for husband and I to be here. Enjoying myself (it is cricket after all) but a little disgruntled to feel that selectors may have treated this match as an experiment for the winter. For us, though, it's our only Ashes cricket of the summer and we expected better.

  211. 1302: 
    HOW'S STAT?

    Shane Watson currently has nine fifties against England without a century yet, including today. This is currently the most for Australia in Ashes Tests. Watson previously held the record with Alec Bannerman on eight.

    The most fifties before making a first Ashes century is 11 by Ian Bell. The most for Australia is currently seven by Bobby Simpson.

  212.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I can't believe England didn't play two spinners in the first Test in India last year, but they're playing two spinners here."

  213. 1301: 
    LUNCH INTERVAL- Aus 112-1 (Rogers 21*, Watson 80*)

    This may be the last over before lunch, if Broad takes his time and they spend enough time shuffling the field... Watson takes a single to wide mid-on, Rogers flicks a well-run three towards the old Oval gasometer, and that's the century stand - of which Watson has contributed a mere 80. England aren't happy with the condition of the ball and give it to umpire Aleem Dar to have a look - genuine concern, or trying to ensure this will be the last over? Umpires confer, and throw the old ball back to Broad. Watson defends, and that's lunch. Australia's session, I sense.

  214.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's no doubt that Monty Panesar is the second best spinner in the country. Simon Kerrigan is a very good bowler but I'm not sure he is ready yet. What happens to Jonny Bairstow now? I'd have given him one more game to guarantee his place on the tour this winter. He can't really go as the reserve keeper because he has hardly kept for Yorkshire this summer."

  215.  

    Dan in Qatar, TMS inbox: My mum and I made a great combination at our cricket club. I got picked regularly for the 1st XI because my mum made great teas; I would never have made it without her and she would only make them if I was playing. Despite being very average, I was always guaranteed a game and never had to travel to an away fixture.

  216. 1255: 
    Aus 108-1 (Rogers 18*, Watson 79*)

    Watson guides Swann for a single, before the field moves in and there are two slips and a short extra cover in catching positions for Rogers, who plays out the rest of the over.

    Meanwhile, listen out for the lunchtime discussion on TMS where Aggers will be joined by Simon "The Analyst" Hughes and noted Australian writer Gideon Haigh to discuss the history of cricket at The Oval. And at the risk of self-publicity, have you seen our ground guide for The Oval?

  217.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval
    Shane Watson hits a boundary

    "Is it too early to say England's team selection has backfired? Judging by the groans and gasps of disbelief from the crowd, possibly not. Meanwhile, Shane Watson's morning assault has the rows of green-shirted Aussies in the OCS Stand in and out of their seats like Jack-in-the-boxes in a shop window. Or should that be Jacks-in-the-box?"

  218.  

    James Standen: Nerves showing from Woakes and Kerrigan, and Watson is taking them apart.

    Toby Tarrant: If Geoffrey's mum can play Woakes then she must be able to take Kerrigan apart.

    Simon Knock: England bringing out the buffet in Woakes and Kerrigan.

  219. 1251: 
    Aus 107-1 (Rogers 18*, Watson 78*)

    Captain Cook has been pretty much forced into a bowling change here, Kerrigan was leaking runs like a colander and so Stuart Broad is going to have to have another trundle before lunch. He manages to put the brakes on temporarily as Rogers continues his limpet-like crease occupation. His 18 from 80 balls contrasts with Watson's 78 from 72. That's a maiden.... or rather it would have been if there hadn't been a rather late call of no-ball, after the players had started moving for the next over. The extra delivery is cut to point where Kerrigan makes a good stop, and Ian Bell is quick to give the young spinner a pat on the posterior to congratulate him from saving a likely boundary.

  220.   
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: Not convinced we will ever see this bowling attack line up for England again.

  221.   
    Jim Maxwell, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is like declaration bowling from England at the moment."

  222.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I hope England have made their call based on this surface, I hope it's not just giving a game to someone so they can have a look at them. I believe three seamers and a spinner is enough and tall, hit-the-deck bowlers will always get something out of the pitch."

  223. 1245: 
    Aus 106-1 (Rogers 18*, Watson 78*)

    I wonder whether Finn and Tremlett will actually become better bowlers in some people's estimation by virtue of not playing in this game, considering the hammering Watson is giving England's second-string bowlers? Rogers edges Swann for a single to short third man while Watson, as hungry for runs as some of the crowd will be for their lunch in 15 minutes' time, snaffles another two.

  224.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "England are going to have to turn to Anderson and Broad again. Kerrigan is rolling it out, trying to get a few dot balls to get into the game, but Watson knows he is nervous on his debut and is saying 'I'm going to take you down'. Brilliant batting from Watson. I am staggered England haven't gone with Tremlett or Finn for this Test."

  225. 1242: 
    Aus 103-1 (Rogers 17*, Watson 76*)

    Too short from Kerrigan... that's meat and drink to Watson, who pulls him for four, before launching the young spinner over his head for a first-bounce four. Kerrigan needs some protection here, there's a long-on and long-off back now, opening gaps through which Watson helps himself to another two. Watson, like a school bully targeting the new pupil, pulls two more fours off the last two deliveries.

    That's 18 runs off the over. Kerrigan has 0-28 from two overs, and the combined Woakes/Kerrigan figures are 7-1-58-0.

  226.  

    James Burrows in Norfolk, via text on 81111: My grandad once played against Geoffrey's mum. He commented she had a very solid defence & was incredibly watchful but had questionable running between the wickets!

    Bobby D, via text on 81111: Is there better mother/son combination in Test cricket than Mrs Boycott and her son Geoffrey? I can't think of one.

  227. 1238: 
    Aus 85-1 (Rogers 17*, Watson 58*)

    Again, it's like two different games are being played out simultaneously. While Watson has enjoyed tucking into Woakes, Kerrigan and even Swann, the Swann-Rogers duel is a more tense affair - Swann spins down five dot balls to the opener, who has the last laugh by guiding the last ball for four through the covers.

  228.   
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Shane Watson has got a great opportunity now. The pitch is fair and there is no seam or spin. He's gone on the attack to Chris Woakes and Simon Kerrigan, trying to disrupt their lengths. I think they have given Kerrigan a game with a view to the winter. They want to see what he can do before they take him on tour."

  229.  

    Rafe Carter: Sometimes I do wonder what planet Boycott is on. Woakes should have been in a long time ago. He will be a great Test player.

    Matthew Allat: How on earth has Woakes got into the Test side? I think half the Devon League's seamers must be thinking "I'm better than this".

  230. 1235: 
    WATSON FIFTY- Aus 81-1 (Rogers 13*, Watson 58*)
    Simon Kerrigan

    A change at the Vauxhall End as medium-fast seamer Woakes is replaced by Lancashire left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan. His first ball in Test cricket is short, and it's cut by Watson for a single which brings up his 21st Test fifty from 61 balls. Rogers scores his first run for four overs, bringing Watson back on strike, and the all-rounder punches another four back past the diving bowler, before flicking four more through mid-wicket. Welcome to Test cricket, Simon...

  231.   
    Damien Martyn, Ex-Australia batsman on Test Match Special

    "It's an interesting little battle between Shane Watson and Graeme Swann, and the Australian batsman is winning because Swann has gone around the wicket now."

  232. 1231: 
    Aus 71-1 (Rogers 12*, Watson 49*)

    Watson comes down the track to Swann and launches him for a big six over his head into the pavilion! Bosh. Then, as if channelling his inner Jonathan Trott, he takes a fresh guard. Swann, inscrutable as ever behind his dark sunglasses, spins the ball from hand to hand before Watson moves to 49 with a single to deep mid-wicket. Rogers, who looks like he's playing in an entirely different game from his partner, sees off the over.

  233.  

    Barney in Ashford, TMS inbox: Winning the toss has been crucial this series. Perhaps if the toss was taken the night before and teams announced after and in response to the toss, would this not tip the balance back a bit?

  234. 1227: 
    Aus 64-1 (Rogers 12*, Watson 42*)
    Shane Watson hitting a boundary

    Woakes drops a little short and Watson gratefully pulls him for his eighth four, which is energetically signalled by some canary yellow-clad Aussie fans in the stands. They're on their feet again as Watson powerfully whacks another four back past the bowler, which has both umpire and non-striker taking evasive action. A single takes Australia's new number three to 42 - I wonder how long he'll stay there before getting moved up or down the order again? Woakes has 0-30 from five overs.

  235.   
    Damien Martyn, Ex-Australia batsman on Test Match Special

    "Watson has come out and been aggressive from ball one - he's scored 33 from 50 balls, but the next hurdle is important for him."

  236. 1222: 
    Aus 55-1 (Rogers 12*, Watson 33*)

    Henry Blofeld takes the mic on TMS, fresh from playing 19 consecutive nights at the Edinburgh Festival. Swann, from the Pavilion End, keeps Watson tied down until he can work a single to deep mid-wicket - this stand is now worth 44.

  237. 1222: 
    HOW'S STAT?
    James Anderson and Matt Prior

    Matt Prior and James Anderson now have 58 dismissals as a keeper/bowler combination (including Warner today). The only combination with more for England is Bob Taylor and Ian Botham with 60.

    Also, the last time two bowlers debuted in the same Test for England was when Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions made their debuts against West Indies at Lord's in 2009.

  238. 1220: 
    Aus 54-1 (Rogers 12*, Watson 32*)

    Woakes has a word with Anderson at mid-off before beginning his fourth over - only two slips in now, the third has been moved to short extra cover. Watson helps himself to a quick single, and Rogers guides a two off his legs. Better from Woakes.

  239.  

    Jack Byrne: Swann coming on with new ball only 11 overs old, it's worth a try but does it prove what England are using Woakes for?

    Christo El: There there Geoffrey. Wheeling out your dear old mother to face Woakes. How about manning up yourself to the first few balls!

    Rachel T: Chris Woakes is a superbly ruddy-cheeked yeoman, the like of which we haven't seen since Matthew Hoggard.

  240. 1215: 
    Aus 51-1 (Rogers 10*, Watson 31*)

    Swann finally concedes a run with the 19th ball of his spell when Rogers moves into double figures with a single which also brings up 50 for Australia. Watson rotates the strike, giving Swann the rest of the over at the left-handed Rogers, which he defends.

  241.   
    Tom Fordyce, BBC chief sports writer at The Oval

    "A steady first few overs in Test cricket for Chris Woakes - pace up in the mid 80s, pitching the ball up, looking for some late swing. Captain Cook has backed him with three slips and no men out sweeping; Shane Watson has picked up four boundaries, but Woakes won't mind him aiming those big front-foot drives when he is also finding the edge and beating the bat."

  242.   
    Damien Martyn, Ex-Australia batsman on Test Match Special

    "Shane Watson has come out aggressive and is batting positively. Chris Rogers is happy to wait at the other end and see what happens."

  243.  

    Chris Parry, a Lancastrian in Aberdeen, TMS inbox: We already have a Yorkshire day, can we make today Lancashire day? Two Yorkshire players out of the team, a Lancashire debutant, Boycott unhappy. A perfect day!

  244. 1212: 
    Aus 49-1 (Rogers 9*, Watson 30*)
    Chris Woakes

    If you've not seen Chris Woakes bowl, we reckon "medium-fast" is the best description in cricketing terms - he's certainly not the pace of Anderson, Broad, Finn, Bresnan or Tremlett, but a shade sharper than Trott or Collingwood. Watson unleashes another four, clubbed to the extra cover boundary, and then gets four more when it flies off the edge down to third man - how frustrating for Woakes. "Moral victory for the bowler," agree Aggers and Damien Martyn. But an expensive over ends with another boundary when Watson smacks a four past the diving Kevin Pietersen at short mid-wicket.

  245.   
    Damien Martyn, Ex-Australia batsman on Test Match Special

    "I like a settled side but Australia have changed it again by bringing in James Faulkner. I always worry when the keeper bats six. We had Adam Gilchrist - one of the best ever - in our team but he felt more pressure batting at six and didn't like it. At seven, he felt he had more freedom."

  246. 1208: 
    Aus 37-1 (Rogers 9*, Watson 18*)

    Swann is "absolutely on the money" according to Aggers on TMS - three maidens from three against the watchful Rogers.

  247.  

    Deano from Cheadle Hulme via text on 81111: Just how good was Geoffrey's Mum? Woakes has taken 284 first-class wickets at 25 and recently took 8-105 v Yorks.

    Andy, via text on 81111: I am in an exhibition of clouds in Arles (France). Irony is no clouds outside. Wife looking at pics. So this is sneaky text. You have not mentioned the weather yet at The Oval.

    Poolyfluff in Snaith, via text on 81111: So I've watched the review of the Watson lbw appeal... The ball pitched in line, impact was in line and it was going to hit leg stump... How can that be umpire's call? The ball is going to hit the timbers - the bloke's out surely? This system is a nonsense!

  248. 1205: 
    Aus 37-1 (Rogers 9*, Watson 18*)

    When the players return from lunch, Boycs on TMS is still letting Chris Woakes have it with both barrels as he begins his second over - but it's a tighter over from the Warwickshire man, a maiden as it happens.

  249. 1203: 

    By the way, if you've not heard or seen Aggers' appearance on BBC Radio 1's "Innuendo Bingo" yesterday with Scott Mills (which he's just mentioned on TMS), I can highly recommend it - you can watch on Radio 1's website.

  250.   
    Tom Fordyce, BBC chief sports writer at Chester-le-Street

    "James Anderson has endured rather than enjoyed the last three Tests in this series, struggling to reproduce the brilliant 10-wicket display at Trent Bridge which did so much to give England control of these Ashes. So far today he has looked better, even though his record at The Oval is not as good as at other English grounds - in 10 years, he's yet to take a five-for here, and his 27 wickets over that decade have come at an average of 36, compared to his overall Test number of 30."

  251. 1200: 
    WEATHER FORECAST

    Wondering what the weather will do for this Test match? Wonder no more, because our colleagues at the BBC Weather Centre have produced a video.

  252.   
    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The Middlesex players I have spoken to say that Chris Rogers likes to sit it out against spinners, he's not known to be destructive. He likes to score his runs off the seamers at the other end."

  253. 1159: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Aus 37-1 (Rogers 9*, Watson 18*)

    Swann's opening spell extends to 12 dot balls as Rogers remains on the defensive for a second maiden over, although he cuts the last ball straight to point. Maiden over, and time for drinks (a minute early by my watch).

  254.  

    Nigel Matthews, TMS inbox: I've seen a few people talking about dropping Matt Prior. Why? He's had a bad series, happens to every player, should we think about dropping Trott, Cook and Anderson using that logic?

  255.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a long hop from Chris Woakes. It was a 'hit me' ball, you can't bowl deliveries like that when you are a medium pacer. Only Frank Tyson could bowl in areas like that."

  256. 1157: 
    Aus 37-1 (Rogers 9*, Watson 18*)
    Shane Watson hits a boundary

    And it's a double change in the bowling as Chris Woakes replaces Anderson at the Vauxhall End. The medium-fast right-arm seamer has three slips in, and his first ball in Test cricket is driven by Watson to mid-on for a dot ball. He concedes his first runs when Watson guides a two through mid-wicket. There's an exuberant appeal for lbw, but there was a thick inside edge on that - and when Woakes drops short with the final ball of his first over, Watson dismissively pulls him for four.

  257.  

    England bowler Steven Finn on Twitter: Gutted not to be playing again today. But good luck to Woakesy and Kegs. Great occasion to Test debut. Off to Derby I go to play for Middlesex.

  258. 1152: 
    Aus 31-1 (Rogers 9*, Watson 12*)

    England make their first bowling change as they turn to Graeme Swann's off-spin for the 12th over of the day. He's bowling round the wicket to the left-handed Rogers, with a slip and a helmeted short leg in attendance, though the latter soon moves over to silly point. There's a hint of some early turn for Swann, and Rogers dutifully plays out a maiden.

  259.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Chris Woakes is a good cricketer but I don't see him bowling teams out, he's a one-day bowler. I look at people like Ian Botham who was a bowler first and foremost. Kapil Dev was the same."

  260.  
    HOW'S STAT?
    Chris Woakes

    Chris Woakes is just the fourth player to make a Test debut having scored 3000 runs and taken 200 wickets in first-class cricket with a batting average that is 12 or more higher than his bowling average. Woakes averages 37.67 with the bat and 25.50 with the ball (difference 12.17). The others are:

    WG Grace (Eng) 20748 runs @ 49.51 and 1445 wickets @ 14.38 (difference 35.13)

    Vijay Hazare (Ind) 7237 runs @ 66.39 and 285 wickets @ 22.38 (difference 44.01)

    Roy Kilner (Eng) 10204 runs @ 30.04 and 518 wickets @ 16.12 (difference 13.92)

  261. 1149: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 31-1 (Rogers 9*, Watson 12*)

    It's still Anderson from the Vauxhall End. Another over to Watson, another lbw appeal... this one not quite so convincing, there was an inside edge onto the top of the pad. Watson responds by reaching at a wider delivery and steering it to the extra cover boundary.

  262.  

    Scotty, via text on 81111: Surely the odds are in Woakes' favour after all Christopher Woakes is simply an anagram of 'Work, O Ashes Pitcher'. Sadly it's also an anagram of 'Poor Hit, Ashes Wreck'. Fingers crossed for the new boys though.

    Simon in Kirby Muxloe, via text on 81111: Can we all stop knocking Woakes before he's even done anything. The selectors think he's up to standard so let's see. People were still knocking Bell after the 1st Test!

  263.   
    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport at The Oval

    "The Oval has sold out for all five days of this final Test, and those fortunate enough to be here today are basking in perfect cricket-watching conditions. Bright and sunny, a warm but not roasting 23C, a light breeze blowing across the ground, and an early wicket to awaken the senses."

  264. 1143: 
    Aus 27-1 (Rogers 9*, Watson 8*)
    Rogers

    Rogers straight-drives Broad past the non-striker for four, but once again Broad has the left-hander playing and missing. Steady start by Australia here.

  265.   
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I didn't see England's changes coming. I've seen Chris Woakes bowl before and, I'm sorry, he wouldn't trouble my mum. With regards to Simon Kerrigan, Monty won't be too pleased. He's ruined his chances of playing a Test here with his antics. Not smart, Monty."

  266. 1140: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 23-1 (Rogers 5*, Watson 8*)

    Geoffrey Boycott joins Jim Maxwell on TMS, and not unpredictably is getting stuck into England's team selection. Watson helps a loose delivery down the leg side for four, but then Watson is rapped on the pad, now, was that out? The umpire is unmoved and England decide against a review. The ball-tracker shows it would have been "umpire's call" for hitting leg stump - so had Watson been given out and reviewed it, he'd still have been out, but as he wasn't given, England were wise not to invoke the DRS.

  267.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on Test Match Special

    "You know what you will get with The Oval. You want to bat first knowing it will deteriorate later in the match. England have covered all bases by naming five bowlers and they will fancy their chances if they can bowl Australia out for 300."

  268. 1135: 
    Aus 19-1 (Rogers 5*, Watson 4*)

    Still three slips and a gully in for Rogers, not surprising considering the number of times he played and missed on the way to his maiden Test ton in the last game. And he swishes at thin air as Broad whistles one past his outside edge. Maiden over.

  269.  

    Michelle Garland: Watson lbw to somebody. Just getting in early.

  270. 1130: 
    Aus 19-1 (Rogers 5*, Watson 4*)

    Wherever he's batted, Shane Watson has been an lbw waiting to happen for much of this series, but he makes sure he gets his bat firmly in line as Anderson bowls a probing line and length. The right-hander is off the mark when he punches a four through the covers, and he exchanges a word or two with Anderson at the end of the over. Banter, or something brewing?

  271.  

    James in Sherston, TMS inbox: Re: 1117 - Bairstow is playing for Yorkshire today. Good move for Yorkshire, especially with the Lions taking Gary Ballance. Hope he gets plenty and helps push Yorkshire to the title and gets good time in the middle to come back stronger in the winter.

  272. 1126: 
    Aus 15-1 (Rogers 5*, Watson 0*)

    Rogers looks determined on another session of crease-occupation after his marathon session at Chester-le-Street, waiting for the right delivery before pushing Broad for four between extra cover and mid-off.

  273.   
    Malcolm Ashton, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "James Anderson's dismissal of David Warner means he draws level with Bob Willis on 325 wickets at second on England's all-time leading Test wicket-takers list."

  274.  

    Scott Mabbutt: Bairstow hit twice as many runs as Prior this series. Let him keep wicket and bat 7 or is Prior untouchable?

    Jack Blackburn: Lehmann: "I don't advocate walking, but when you hit it to first slip it's pretty hard." So, really you're cross with blind umpire.

    Ashley Hibben: If England are going to win, they need to bat for one innings so Aus bat last against two spinners. Could be tough otherwise.

  275.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on Test Match Special

    "It seems that every time Shane Watson comes to the crease, it is a career-defining innings. He has batted at every position from number one to six and it can't be good for him. A batsman needs rhythm."

  276. 1123: 
    Aus 11-1 (Rogers 1*, Watson 0*)

    I wonder if there's a one-armed bandit machine in the Australian dressing-room, with a lever which is pulled to randomly determine their batting order or the position of Shane Watson in particular. Having batted at number one, four and six in his last four innings, he's now in at number three, but is solid in defence for the rest of the over.

  277.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on Test Match Special

    "Well bowled Jimmy Anderson, but it was a flat-footed waft outside off stump by David Warner and the catch was easily taken by Matt Prior. England will be delighted with that - when you lose the toss on a flat pitch you need to make early inroads."

  278. 1119: 
    WICKET- Warner c Prior b Anderson 6 (Aus 11-1)

    Rogers is off the mark with a single but Anderson makes the breakthrough when he induces a drive from Warner and that's a regulation outside edge which is safely held by Prior behind the stumps.

    James Anderson celebrates dismissing Warner

    Fall of wickets: 11-1 Warner (6)

    Bowler's figures: Anderson 2.2-1-2-1

    Full match scorecard

    Test Match Special highlights from the Ashes series

  279. 1117: 
    Aus 10-0 (Rogers 0*, Warner 6*)

    Warner gets an inside edge onto his pads, but the ball rebounds kindly for the Aussie opener when it could so easily have deflected onto his stumps. Broad is bowling nice and straight, Warner is hit on the thigh pad, attempts a leg bye and is sent back by the umpire on the quite reasonable grounds that he wasn't attempting a shot. But he takes Australia into double figures by attempting a fierce cut shot but the ball disappears off an edge past the stumps for four.

    And The Woakes/Bairstow Debate rages - Geoff Boycott has not been on commentary yet, but I'd imagine he may express similar views to Chris in the inbox (below) sticking up for his fellow Yorkie and family friend Bairstow.

  280.  

    Chris in Taverham, TMS inbox: Jonny Bairstow appears to have been handled pretty badly by England in the last 12 months. Carrying the drinks for three months in India before being drafted in cold for one Test there. He did OK against New Zealand in spring, then spent the next six weeks carrying drinks again during Champions Trophy. Now dropped, not playing for Yorkshire today either, well done England. Does Woakes really look Test match standard, let alone batting number six?

  281. 1112: 
    Aus 6-0 (Rogers 0*, Warner 2*)

    Warner repeats his "single to fine leg" shot against Anderson, and when Jimmy strays down the leg side again, Australia benefit from four leg byes.

    And for those of you debating Chris Woakes's inclusion an interesting stat has been tweeted by Stephen Brenkley of the Independent newspaper - "Woakes is at six on team sheet. If that's where he bats it won't be from experience. Only 10 inns there for Warwickshire (from 102). HS 80."

  282.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on Test Match Special

    "The ball is doing a bit for England's bowlers, so they need to make the most of it. It won't swing for long because it's a perfect day for batting."

  283.  

    Howard Thornton from Preston, via text on 81111: "Firstly congrats to Simon Kerrigan, good to see a local lad do well and secondly Mr Lehmann seems to have forgotten Michael Clarke hit one off the middle of the bat to short leg last series and didn't walk. Can't have it both ways...

    Ged in Manchester, via text on 81111: So after coaching his side to 3 out of 4 defeats, Lehmann now decides it's the perfect time to rile England's best bowler from the last Test. Brilliant. Let's see how that works out.

  284. 1108: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 1-0 (Rogers 0*, Warner 1*)

    Fresh from his "reign of terror" in that final session at Chester-le-Street, Stuart Broad takes the second over, the left-handed David Warner gets Australia under way with a single tickled down the leg side. Rogers gets an edge... but it doesn't carry to captain Alastair Cook at first slip, bouncing well in front of him. Last ball, Rogers is hit on the pad, Broad appeals and has a chat with his captain... and England decide against burning their first DRS review this early. The replay shows it was a decent shout... though it was "umpire's call" on point of impact.

  285.   
    Phil Tufnell, Ex-England spinner on Test Match Special

    "Michael Clarke will have prayed that he called right at the toss this morning and he will have had no hesitation about batting first. The pitch is dry and will be good to bat on for the first two days. It's a good opportunity for Australia's batsmen to fill their boots."

  286. 1103: 
    Aus 0-0 (Rogers 0*, Warner 0*)

    James Anderson shines the new ball and opens with a couple of looseners to the left-handed Rogers, who will have played here in Middlesex colours. Rogers shoulders arms several times, though the last ball swings away past his legs and is taken well by Matt Prior down the leg side. Maiden.

  287.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Robin Gray: Important for people to note that Woakes' best game is the longer form, his performance to date in ODIs doesn't matter.

    Andrew Abraham: Lehman: Keeganesque emotional rant or Fergusonesque calculated taunt? Time will tell.

    Adrian Bennion: Pleased with England, positive team selection, and dropping Bairstow showing the team isn't the closed shop everyone makes out.

  288. 1058: 

    England have their "huddle", while Australia's David Warner races out down the Oval steps before belatedly waiting for his partner Chris Rogers at the bottom of the steps - shades of 50 years ago when amateur and professional opening partners would emerge from separate dressing-rooms?

  289. 1057: 
    HOW'S STAT?

    Kerrigan and Woakes are the 656th and 657th players to represent England in Tests and numbers 436 and 437 to play in an Ashes Test for England.

    They are numbers 73 and 74 of England players to make their Test debuts at The Oval. The only ground that has seen more debutants for England is Lord's (87).

  290. 1056: 
    SOCIAL MEDIA

    As "Jerusalem" belts out over the Oval public address and umpires Aleem Dar and Kumar Dharmasena walk out, if you want to follow the Ashes on social media? @bbcsport on Twitter has all the breaking news and action, while @bbctms provides the match facts and statistics, and @bbc5live brings you the best audio.

    There are also behind-the-scenes photos on Instagram and a gallery of action from the match on Facebook.

  291.   
    Tom Fordyce, BBC chief sports writer at The Oval

    "This is the first time that England have played two spinners in a home Test since Cardiff 2009. Their supporters will be hoping that Simon Kerrigan's primary impact isn't in a match-saving 10th wicket stand on the final evening, as Monty Panesar's was on that occasion. Talking of Monty, everyone is - without his much-publicised off-field problems, he'd be in Ashes action here today rather than walking out for Essex at Castle Park in Colchester."

  292. 1055: 

    Thinking about it, was the last time England played five front-line bowlers in a Test, the second Test in Bangladesh in 2010 after one-Test-wonder (so far) Michael Carberry was omitted to make way for one-Test-wonder (so far) James Tredwell as the second spinner?

  293. 1054: 
    ON THE MOVE

    If you're off on your travels, don't forget you can follow every moment of the 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. 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 the BBC iPlayer Radio app.

  294. 1053: 

    Thanks, Higgy. The Ashes is the gift that keeps on giving... Kerrigan, Woakes, Faulkner, and Lehmann hoping Broad "cries and goes home". Stand by your beds - there's no such thing as a dead rubber in this series.

  295. 1050: 

    Right, we've got 10 minutes left before the players take to the field. It's time for me to hand over to Mark Mitchener. Enjoy the first session and I'll see you at lunch.

  296.   
    Jim Maxwell, BBC Test Match Special

    Speaking about Darren Lehmann's comments [0906]: "It's obviously an issue that's been simmering since the Trent Bridge Test match and for some reason Darren's gone public. It sounds a bit like pub talk but he is the Australia team coach and he should be a little more careful. It's incendiary to be saying that before a home Test series against England. We all know what happens when people have a bit of juice at a Test match. Cricket Australia needs to tell Darren to zip it. He's out of order. Broad's going to cop a bit of heckling, but don't pour petrol on it."

  297. 1047:  
    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Here's today's #QSTeaser from @QofS_Official:

    Who are the seven bowlers to take five or more wickets in an innings of an Oval Ashes Test since 1997?

    We'll let you know the answer later.

  298. 1045: 
    WOAKES AT SIX?

    There is some suggestion that Chris Woakes will bat at number six for England, with Matt Prior sticking to number seven. This season, Woakes has scored 385 runs for Warwickshire at an average of 42.78 with a top score of 72.

  299. 1042: 
    HOW'S STAT?

    James Anderson (324) needs two wickets to overtake Bob Willis (325) as England's second highest Test wicket taker behind Sir Ian Botham (383).

    Ian Bell will join Sir Donald Bradman, Wally Hammond and Herbert Sutcliffe as the only players to score four centuries in an Ashes series if he reaches three figures at The Oval.

    Kevin Pietersen has scored four Test centuries at The Oval. Only Herbert Sutcliffe (5) has struck more.

  300.  
    GET INVOLVED

    Lewis James Brown: Miffed at decision not to play Tremlett. Surely need him match fit for next series?

    Andrew Frayn: Kerrigan has looked excellent over the last couple of years, but still not quite convinced about Woakes.

    Jamie Green: Think Bairstow is very unlucky, I don't think Woakes is amongst England's five best bowlers or six best batsman so risky choice, but hope I'm wrong!

Live Scores - England v Australia

 

  • England drew with Australia
  • England: 377 & 206-5 (40.0 overs)
  • Australia: 492-9 & 111-6 (23.0 overs)
  • Venue: The Oval

England 2nd Innings

Close
View full scorecard
Cook lbw b Faulkner 34
Root c Haddin b Harris 11
Trott lbw b Faulkner 59
Pietersen c Warner b Harris 62
Bell run out (Starc) 17
Woakes not out 17
Extras 2nb 4lb 6
Total for 5 206

The Ashes

England captain Alastair Cook and James Anderson with the Ashes urn

Squads, fixtures, scorecards, results and reports from Australia's Ashes tour of England