Second Ashes Test: Australia v England day five as it happened

Live text and Test Match Special commentary as Australia beat England by 218 runs to take a 2-0 lead in the Ashes series.

8 December 2013 Last updated at 23:29

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    Well, with this early finish, I'm going to let you get back to bed and have a half-decent night's sleep before you wake up on Monday morning and realise you've been living through a nightmare for the last five nights. Penny for the thoughts of anyone heading out to watch any of the last three Tests...

    The third Test starts in Perth on Friday the 13th (gulp!) - the time difference in Western Australia means play will start at 0230 GMT, so we'll be with you from about 0130 on Friday morning to bring you all the build-up. Until then, look after yourselves and sleep tight.

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    Paul: Any chance we can drag Flintoff out of retirement?. Even with his dodgy knee he would have done better than they have in this Test.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "When we came out here, we all thought England would win, though not as comfortably as they did in the summer - Michael Vaughan and I thought 2-1. We've been proved badly wrong, but England still have the ingredients of a good team. Their performance here was pathetic."

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    Obamas Hangover: None of the balls that took England's 10 wickets (even KP's) would have hit the stumps.

    Ollie Bunting: Maybe Mitch Johnson will tread on a ball between now and Perth.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "The Barmy Army sang that song at Mitchell Johnson again today, but he just gave them a casual wave and ran in to bowl another thunderbolt. England haven't quite fallen off a cliff, but they're on a downward path. Anderson, Pietersen and Swann have been big players for England, but they all seem to have tipped over the edge. I'm not actually as worried for them in Perth as some people are - as if they can take their catches in the next Test, bolster the batting and find a way to combat Johnson, they can compete."

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    Phil in Wrexham: I would still drop Prior. That score when the match is already gone and expectations low is too little, too late, we needed that in the first innings. Time for a change.

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    BBC Radio 5 live

    Test Match Special have gone off air, you'll be able to hear the Aggers and Boycott TMS podcast later, but there's more reaction on BBC Radio 5 live.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "I presume Root will stay at three, but there will be other selectorial issues. Bresnan will be on red alert to play and there will probably be a new number six. You need someone to bowl into the breeze, which is why they will think about Bresnan. It also swings, so Anderson will be important. They might agonise over the spinner, but they have to get runs to put Australia under pressure."

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    By the way, if you've just tuned in hoping for an England rearguard... you're too late. They didn't even last an hour.


    More from Michael Clarke on TMS (via ABC): "I'm extremely happy with the way the boys performed. We've backed up Brisbane and now we have to back-up Adelaide in Perth.

    "When you win the toss and bat on a good wicket, you have to make a big score. We had a lot of guys to stand up.

    "The number one focus was to do whatever it takes to win this game, but it was in the back of my mind to manage them for Perth.

    "Every Test I play I want to win. It's not a surprise that we've had this success."

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    David Langley: In 2006-07 Warne, Ponting, Gilchrist etc destroyed England. In 2013-14 so far, England have pushed the self-destruct button.

    Darth Titchmarsh: Panic over guys. We've got Tremlett and Rankin to call up.


    More from Alastair Cook: "The Ashes are not gone. We have had a big hit, but if we believe they are gone they might as well be gone. We have to dust ourselves off, work bloody hard and believe it can turned around.

    "I don't know what has gone wrong in the past couple of games. At the moment our skills are letting us down. We are dropping catches and not scoring enough runs. I have to get more runs and so do others.

    "We are very good players, but you can only say that for so long. We have to deliver. Shot selection and execution is a concern. Some poor shots have been played in this Test. We have to be better than that.

    "Trott's experience was hard to replace, but Rooty played well. We have to draw on little things like that.

    "My back isn't affecting my batting, it hasn't flared up for a while.

    "We have to look deep into the inner soul to drag something out of ourselves. A 2-0 lead is not insurmountable. It's a big like football, the next goal is vital."

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "Clarke will be absolutely cock-a-hoop, after the very first day of the series when he was out for nought, Cook had no problems and Clarke was under the cosh. But two hundreds later, and two victories later, the boot is on the other foot. You look back at the disastrous 06-07 tour, but England got 551-6 here at Adelaide in the first innings. Clarke has never been universally popular in Australia, but they all love him now. It's going to take a lot to knock them off, and Perth is probably not the place to knock them off."


    More from Mitchell Johnson on TMS (via ABC): "Unbelievable to be 2-0 up going into Perth, we've done a lot of hard work and it's paying off. It was an emotional end to the Test, it wasn't the nicest feeling here last time so we just want to enjoy it. The bowling unit has been outstanding, we all back each other up and it was good to share the wickets around."

    Michael Clarke and Alastair Cook

    Australia captain Michael Clarke: "The follow-on wasn't a tough decision because I thought our bowlers needed a rest. It was tough not to let David Warner score a hundred because he played so well.

    "Our fielding is improving and that's credit to our support staff.

    "It's still the hardest game in the world, but it's enjoyable. The thing that is most pleasing is that we are getting results after all the hard work we have put in.

    "We have to be realistic. That's a second Test win in 11. It's a long way back to being number one in the world, which is where we want to be."


    Australia coach Darren Lehmann on TMS: "The boys played well, a special spell from Mitchell Johnson broke the game open and he's really confident going into his home ground in Perth. We know England will come back hard, we had a discussion after the Lord's Test in England and came back hard in the last three Tests, but the challenge for us is to be consistent day in, day out. All the Australian sides of the past have fielded well, and the fielding's been our benchmark."

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's often the hardest thing for the captain to do is to get his own game going. The best thing he can do is cut himself off, go to the nets and work with Goochie - it's not selfish as if England are going to to get runs at the top of the order, he's going to have to get them. Cook has never looked beautiful, but he's always found a way, and always looked mentally tough. But he looked frail in this match."


    England captain Alastair Cook on TMS: "We have to work as hard as we can on our games, look deep at ourselves - no-one's going to do it for us. Australia re getting in dominant positions and making the most of it. We have to keep trying to put them under pressure, but cricket has strange ways of changing and we have to keep believing."


    Australia paceman Mitchell Johnson: "It's a pretty special feeling. The performance by our bowlers was outstanding.

    "I'll keep the mo for the rest of the series, I'm still trying to raise money.

    "I like bowling in Perth, hopefully there will be more pace and bounce there."


    More from England captain Alastair Cook: "It has been a difficult five days. We had the chance to put pressure on Australia, missed a few chances and then they made us pay.

    "You don't get too many chances on good wickets and the main difference was that Australia took their chances in the field.

    "We have to work on dealing with Johnson. We have to look at the way we are playing, especially shot selection.

    "It's tough times at the moment, but we can't moan about that. The only people who can put things right are the guys in the changing room."

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    Angus Oliver: It has been like watching immature boys with drunken mindsets. England have lost six out of last six Tests at Perth. Time to rewrite history and not repeat it.

    Dave: I don't agree with Geoffrey often, but look at stats for our top order batsmen. They don't think in terms of five days' play.

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

    "I thought Cook was very honest, you can sense he is disappointed but he didn't try to make excuses. It's in the mind. They can talk a good game, but what are they going to do to change the mindset between now and Perth?"

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

    "There will be changes in the England side. Somebody different will probably come in at number six, and players will be looking over their shoulders. But the senior players need to step up to the plate."


    Australia pace bowler Ryan Harris: "We know England will bounce back at some stage but we want to make sure the series is wrapped up before they do."

    Australia celebrate

    Australia pace bowler Peter Siddle: "We are working on consistency and patience and it is coming together nicely.

    "We have plans to individuals and the plan to Broad came off today.

    "This has been a long time coming so we will enjoy the moment."


    England captain Alastair Cook on TMS: "It's obviously a disappointing performance, we bowled well at times in the first innings but didn't take our chances and they capitalised. We were behind in the game by a long way. The batting is frustrating for us at the moment and it's costing us dear. That starts with me - I haven't scored enough runs - and the batters need to do that. I thought Joe Root played very well, and Matt Prior spent time in the middle which was encouraging. But we can't feel sorry for ourselves. There's no point in moping about it. I just want to thank the Barmy Army and all the English people who have come over - we're trying our best to turn it round. We have to look at ourselves."

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

    "3-0 flattered us in England. We could have lost in Durham, I'd have put my house on us losing in Manchester [if not for the rain]."


    Australia batsman George Bailey: "I was nervous this morning when I opened the curtains and saw the rain, but we deserved to get the job done because we played some good cricket.

    "Everyone is contributing. That was a really good batting wicket and the way our bowlers toiled away was fantastic."

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

    "The Australians have played a great brand of cricket. England played all right in the second innings, but they only scored 312 - even if they'd scored that in the first innings, they still wouldn't have won. If they're getting out playing the pull shot on a slow wicket, what's it going to be like at the Waca? I see a few technical flaws with England, but it's in their minds - unless they twist the mentality round, it's going to be 5-0."

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

    "Ian Bell, for instance, has pleayed beautifully at times, but has given his wicket away twice with bad shots. If those decent innings are 150s or 200s then great, but we're only scoring 20 or 30 and getting out to bad shots. Of our top seven, 14 of the 28 dismissals in four innings have been to bad shots."

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    Jack Kerr: Nice of England not to give us any hope of a defence. Nice early night now for everyone.

    Ged Sweeney: Miracle in Perth needed to avoid shellacking?

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

    "The tail-enders are not there to make runs, you're not going to make 400 without your top seven making runs. They have to do it - but there are some scrambled minds out there from what I've seen in four innings, and I don't see anybody learning from it."

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    TMS on Twitter: This is only the second time in Test history that England have lost successive Tests by a margin of over 200 runs.

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    Aggers is off down to get some interviews, fear not, we'll bring you plenty of reaction. Captain Cook may have some difficulty justifying the approach taken by many of his batsmen - himself included.

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

    "The batting has been as abject as it was in Brisbane. If you can't bat, you can't win Test matches. You can get away with moderate bowling, but not batting, because you have no runs to play with."

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    So, England failed to last an hour of play, after we started 10 minutes late because of the rain. England's players and backroom staff are out on the field to shake hands with their Australian counterparts. I can see Tim Bresnan there - I think he can expect to play at Perth on Friday.

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    Kevwill: Against a workmanlike Australian side, we just look clueless.

    Richard Parry: You'd rather play five-a-side with four than bat with some of these guys.

    Andrew Pile: Boycott says Australia are not that good a side - well that says a lot for England!

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been a sorrowful performance by England, that's all you can say. The batting in this Test has been woeful. Australia are juggernaut that will take some derailing."



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    WICKET- Panesar c Rogers b Harris 0 (Eng 312 all out)
    Australia celebrate

    Monty defends valiantly against Harris for three balls, but it's all over as he tries to drive and is caught at short cover. "At least he was caught on the off side, and not the leg," notes Aggers. But the Aussies are jubilant, and rightly so.

    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Cook 1), 2-20 (Carberry 14), 3-131 (Pietersen 53), 4-143 (Bell 6), 5-171 (Root 83), 6-210 (Stokes 28), 7-255 (Broad 29), 8-293 (Swann 6), 9-301 (Prior 69), 10-312 (Panesar 0)

    Harris' figures: 19.4-3-54-3

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

    "What's more disappointing, even than all the poor shots, is that Australia aren't that good a side."

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    OUCH!- Eng 312-9 (79 overs left)

    Three slips and a gully, a short cover, a leg slip, a leg gully, a forward short leg and a backward short leg (albeit in front of square) in for Anderson. Bodyline, anyone? Anderson is hit in the ribs by one, fends off another for four between the keeper and leg slip, and then plays a more aggressive blast past the bowler for four when he has the rare luxury of a ball pitched up. And the next one smacks him under the armpit... ouch indeed.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "What a result this will be for Australia. I can't imagine for a minute they thought they would go to Perth 2-0 up."

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    Eng 304-9 (80 overs left)

    Harris charges in to Anderson, he fends one off between short leg and leg slip, then bashes a three over mid-off. Monty ducks a bouncer. And another one. Three balls, three bouncers. "They're weak, these umpires," moans Geoffrey on TMS.

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

    "They can't resist pulling and hooking the short ball. It's almost compulsive. Malcolm Marshall once told me that he wins every time. Even if he got hooked, four, five times, he'd take one wicket for 20. If you hook and and pull, you have to get a lot of runs to be the winner."

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    Eng 301-9 (81 overs left)

    Last man Monty takes guard - he and Anderson survived 11.3 overs together in that famous Ashes Test at Cardiff, they have 81.1 to get through today. Panesar's first ball is inevitably short... he ducks it.


    Former England seamer Matthew Hoggard: What is our mindset? Time to take ego out of the equation and make it hard to get us out!

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    WICKET- Prior c Harris b Siddle 69 (Eng 301-9)
    Matt Prior leaves the field

    It's still Siddle from the River End, Anderson guides a single past short leg and at least Prior is keeping the crowd entertained, guiding a two through the covers to push England past 300. A short ball brings another hook shot... but he misses the ball as keeper Brad Haddin takes it down the leg side. Another short ball.. and Prior becomes the latest England player to fall to a leg-side catch when he whacks one down long leg's throat. Monty Panesar, if England ever needed you...

    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Cook 1), 2-20 (Carberry 14), 3-131 (Pietersen 53), 4-143 (Bell 6), 5-171 (Root 83), 6-210 (Stokes 28), 7-255 (Broad 29), 8-293 (Swann 6), 9-301 (Prior 69)

    Siddle's figures: 17.5-4-49-4

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

    "It was just like my mum hanging out the washing. Here's a catch for second slip. It was short, not too quick, but a poke outside off stump. That was poor. The damage has been done by Mitchell Johnson."

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    Eng 298-8 (82 overs left)

    Swann - who, according to some pundits, may not be sure of his place in the side in Perth - is replaced by James Anderson, who's on a king pair... but he defends his first ball off the back foot, and he's then off the mark with a single to fine leg. Prior doesn't look as though he's intent on farming the strike - as he expertly cuts the last ball for four, rather than looking for a single.

    Jim Maxwell, BBC Test Match Special commentator

    "He just sparred at that bouncing ball, a shot you expect from a lower-order player."

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    WICKET- Swann c Clarke b Harris 6 (Eng 293-8)
    Graeme Swann falls for six

    A minor victory as England have seen off Mitchell Johnson's first spell of the day - and he's been wicketless since capturing Captain Cook in his first over yesterday morning. Australia turn to Ryan Harris, Prior works a single... but then Swann dabs one straight to second slip, as if he's giving them slip-catching practice. Two down, two to go.

    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Cook 1), 2-20 (Carberry 14), 3-131 (Pietersen 53), 4-143 (Bell 6), 5-171 (Root 83), 6-210 (Stokes 28), 7-255 (Broad 29), 8-293 (Swann 6)

    Harris' figures: 17.3-3-46-2

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    Eng 292-7 (83 overs left)

    Swann shows a straight bat to Siddle, then pulls a single to deep square leg but carefully keeps the ball down. Shot of the day so far from Prior, a firm straight drive past the non-striker for four. Then he hits one in the air over point... but safely and they run a single. Meanwhile on TMS, Jim Maxwell - as ever - takes great pleasure in announcing an imminent Shipping Forecast for Radio 4 LW listeners.

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

    "Broad is obviously mentally shot. The short ball has got to him. In the first innings he got out shuffling across his stumps, worried about the bouncer. You can see that he doesn't fancy it."

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    Jim Maxwell, BBC Test Match Special commentator

    "Prior has taken on everything - the short ball and anything else the Aussies have thrown at him."

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    Eng 286-7 (84 overs left)

    Johnson, still with a man back on the fly at third man, bangs it in to Prior who is hopefully channelling the spirit of Auckland earlier this year. The England keeper tries a flashing square drive but it's straight to a fielder. Johnson manages five dot balls, but Prior then slashes one wide of the slips and wide of that third man for four more. "Streaky," grumbles Geoffrey Boycott on TMS.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "This will do Prior good. In the context of the series, this is good for England. They need Prior to be one of the hard men of the team again."

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    PRIOR 50- Eng 282-7 (85 overs left)

    Swann may fancy the right-arm fast-medium of Siddle more than the left-arm fast of Johnson, and he guides a single to leg. Prior, on 48, hooks a short ball for four through mid-wicket - that's his 27th Test fifty (from 88 balls) and his first in 17 innings, the longest he's ever gone without passing 50. A single brings Swann back on strike, he sways away from a bouncer.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Adelaide Oval

    "The good news for England? It's now a full day since Mitchell Johnson took a wicket - 135 deliveries and counting. Although with three tail-enders to take aim at, expect that stat to self-destruct shortly."

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    Josh Davies: What's actually the problem with blocking and leaving all day? The job is to not get out after all.

    Cliff Pike: Is there even one brain cell amongst these players? Bat all day is the task so Broad tries a mad hook and gone!

    Anthony Murray: Terrible lack of fight by Broad contrasts with determination of Root/Bell. Somebody pls remind them of what/who they represent!

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    Eng 276-7 (86 overs left)
    Fans sing to Mitchell Johnson

    Johnson bangs in a bouncer to Swann, which is signalled as an aerial wide - even the Barmy Army manage a brief chorus of the well-known Mitchell Johnson song about him bowling to the left and to the right. Gallows humour, it seems. "He'd better not bowl there in Perth, it'll go for four byes over the keeper's head," warns Vic Marks on TMS. Swann manages a single to get off strike, Prior guides a two to third man where David Warner is lurking. You don't normally stick one of your best fielders at third man - it's normally somewhere for the Montys of this world to hide - but it seems he's there for the uppercut. Prior magnificently pulls Johnson for a first-bounce four towards cow corner, and suddenly the Sussex man is closing on a half century. Only a great stop by George Bailey in the covers prevents him from reaching it this over.

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    Paul Wilkinson: Is it all a Scooby Doo plot? Perhaps the real England cricket team is tied up in a warehouse somewhere.

    Adam Tillsley: What an embarrassing Test match this has been for England. Appalling cricket.

    Bill Quinn: This just in: UK productivity set to leap 36% this week as thousands of Brits head to bed early.

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    Eng 268-7 (87 overs left)

    The floodlights are on (it's free entry today at the Adelaide Oval, but still plenty of empty seats), and Swann is off the mark as he pushes Siddle for a two and a single through the covers. A firm off drive brings Prior two more.

    And for those of you operating outside the normal realms of reality, England are just over halfway to their victory target in terms of runs - they need 263 more from 87 overs, at a run rate of just over three an over.

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    Michael Perera: Does Broad not realise what the aim is today?

    Australia celebrate

    Tom Lambert: That was some of the most baffling defensive batting I've ever seen.

    Ben: Broad shamed... Off to bed. Start again Friday.

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    Eng 263-7 (88 overs left)

    Mitchell Johnson to charge in from the Cathedral End with the famous old scoreboard behind him. Neither Johnson's Fu Manchu/Max Walker moustache, or the state of the scoreboard, are a pretty sight at the moment. Prior drives Johnson's first ball for four, then pulls the third to the boundary through mid-wicket - but in the air. Get ready for a catch, boundary riders. And Prior ducks a bouncer and nearly uppercuts it to the slips... you wouldn't put your house on them getting to drinks here, let alone lunch.

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special
    Stuart Broad walks off

    "It's not that hard to believe with Broad, I'm afraid. He has no discretion. He can't play the odds. He's already hit him for six, but it's a big shot to play. He's a fast bowler, Broad, and he must know that another bouncer is coming. Siddle went shorter, Broad still went for it and didn't get the correct contact."

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    Eng 255-7 (89 overs left)

    So, Broad departs before the first over is completed. Maybe he has a lunch appointment to attend? His replacement is Graeme Swann, who can play a few shots but who's not particularly known for playing long, defensive innings, although he defends the last ball easily enough. One down, 89 to go (overs). One down, three to go (wickets).

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "Would you believe it? A wicket in the first over over the day. The third England batsman to be caught hooking or pulling the short ball."

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    WICKET- Broad c Lyon b Siddle 29 (Eng 255-7)
    Stuart Broad

    We may be starting 10 minutes late but we can lose up to an hour before overs start being chalked off. Peter Siddle will open the day from the River End, and Stuart Broad helps the first ball to fine leg for a single. One down, 539 to go (in terms of deliveries). Matt Prior forces a single to long leg. Siddle drops it short, and Broad clubs it for a flat six over deep mid-wicket! Not what we expected in the first over. And Broad goes for the same shot again... and is caught on the square-leg boundary. Words fail me.

    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Cook 1), 2-20 (Carberry 14), 3-131 (Pietersen 53), 4-143 (Bell 6), 5-171 (Root 83), 6-210 (Stokes 28), 7-255 (Broad 29)

    Siddle's figures: 13.5-4-29-3

    Match scorecard

    Vic Marks, Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's a lot for Prior to play for, just to find some form. He's been nowhere near his best either here or in the last series in England, but he played pretty well last night."

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    Players walking out to the middle, most of the Aussies in their good old-fashioned cable-knit sleeveless sweaters. England batsmen Stuart Broad and Matt Prior manage a glove-pump before they've even taken guard...

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

    "England have got a real problem with scoring first-innings runs - they know at the Waca on Friday, it's going to be short, sharp and hostile, with the Fremantle Doctor at Johnson's back. But I want to see fight right to the end here."

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    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "This idea of 'regimes' is very cyclical. You feel with the Darren Lehmann 'relax and have a few beers' regime, it's all very well until they start losing."


    Former Australia spinner Kerry O'Keeffe on TMS: "I don't think Australian cricketers like being micro-managed, and under Mickey Arthur's regime, that's what came in."

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    Jethro Swanzy: I'd have thought Clarke's mountains of runs alone would be enough to endear him to the Aussie fans!

    Jonathan Hemming: Not sure who's going to last longer, me trying to stay awake after 26 hr journey from Colombia no sleep, or England's tail.

    Kieran Davey: Being an optimistic Englishman and betting on a draw. Can't tell whether my hope's on rain or Monty's batting really.

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

    "Clarke has got to go into press conferences every game now and announce the England team. That's gold dust. He's a good combination with Darren Lehmann, who's a bit old-school. I'm all for the modern science stuff, but the best way to learn about the game is to just sit around with your mates, and your coach, and chat."

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    Joe Wilson, BBC Sport at the Adelaide Oval

    On Twitter: They've been playing 'don't dream it's over' at the Adelaide Oval. Seems a touch pessimistic...

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    Play to start in 10 minutes.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "We won't start on time now, but it'll be a promptish resumption once the ground staff have finished their work."

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    While the covers are being taken off, our daily Ashes gossip column has a round-up of the latest news and rumours from England and Australia, including reaction to the fourth day's play and former Aussie fast bowler Brett Lee's challenge to bowl at chat show host Piers Morgan in the nets. It may even unite English and Australian fans (not to mention plenty of Americans) in delight if Lee gives him a good working-over...

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    KPJW: So here's to you Monty Panesar, England loves you more than you can know, oh who who who.

    Andrew Harvey: If we lose to four genuinely excellent wickets, I shan't complain. If they're stupid wickets, I shall be very vexed.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "All that stuff about Michael Clarke with James Anderson and the broken arm seems to have improved Clarke's standing with the Australian fans - he seems to have shown he's not a Hooray Henry who drives around in an Aston Martin with a pretty girlfriend."

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    Mitchell Johnson and Ben Stokes

    After the fourth day, players from both sides sought to play down the simmering tensions that had threatened to boil over and required the intervention of the umpires. "Myself and Broady exchanged a few words," admitted Mitchell Johnson, which may be the sporting understatement of the year.

    England batsman Joe Root said: "You want to play hard cricket. You'd be disappointed if there wasn't a bit of rivalry. It's certainly good to be involved in a battle where you have to front up and fight for your country."

    And Australia paceman Peter Siddle added: "There wasn't a lot to it. There's no more than we've ever seen in the history of cricket. Being out there, there's not much being said at all."

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    The scene at the Adelaide Oval

    Some umbrellas are coming down. Apart from the one being wielded by ex-England captain Andrew Strauss, who's on TV in the middle.

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    Jonathan Lara: Heart says 'watch the cricket', head says 'don't be stupid and go to bed.'

    Ed Moys: The world just doesn't seem right unless England cricket fans are hopelessly praying for rain in Australia just before bed.

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    So, can the impossible become possible? Will we have some names to add to Atherton and Russell in Jo'burg, Monty and Jimmy in Cardiff, Graham Onions in Centurion and Cape Town, and Monty and Prior in Auckland?

    You can email us at (with "For Mark Mitchener" in the subject line, text 81111 if you're in the UK, or tweet us via #bbccricket - hey, let's try to get through to lunch at least...


    Former Australia spinner Kerry O'Keeffe on TMS: "Only 1% to 2% of sledging is ever funny. Most of it is just personal abuse."

  88. 2345: 

    So, we doubt the weather will help England. but can (metaphorical rather than actual) lightning strike twice? Just over a year ago, an astonishing rearguard action helped save a Test at the Adelaide Oval. Set 430 to win in a day and a half, South Africa were 45-4 when Test debutant Faf du Plessis arrived at the crease and defied Australia with an unbeaten 110 from 376 balls, batting for 466 minutes to force a draw.

    Australia's fast bowling resources were stretched to the limit - James Pattinson had broken down in the first innings, leaving Ben Hilfenhaus and Peter Siddle to bowl themselves into the ground in search of victory on the final day. All three had to be replaced for the next Test - by Mitchell Starc, debutant John Hastings, and an out-of-favour left-armer who hadn't played a Test for a year. Mitchell Guy Johnson.

    Faf du Panesar, anyone?

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

    "The rain dances back home seem to be working, but I don't think it's going to last."

  90. 2342: 

    Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who has taken eight wickets in the match, on Test Match Special: "I'm pretty sore after a long day yesterday but I had a good ice bath and I won't feel too bad once I get out there and the adrenaline kicks in."

  91. 2340: 

    It's raining. Covers coming back on!

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "James Anderson and Monty Panesar are out practising their batting, which is the reality for England today. Graeme Swann is playing a few expansive drives, though I'm not sure he'll get too many in his half when he bats."

    Listen to Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra.

  93. 2339: 

    In his latest BBC Sport video, Simon 'The Analyst' Hughes looked at Cook's dismissal in detail. He asked whether it was a bad shot or bad luck, and said the lesson for all England's batsmen was that they must "bide their time" before attempting "extravagant shots".

  94. 2336: 

    England managed to bat for a full 90 overs on Sunday - which some people hadn't expected - but the biggest talking point arrived after just nine balls when captain Alastair Cook top-edged an attempted hook to Ryan Harris at long leg.

    BBC cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew expressed his bafflement at England's batting tactics and his concern over the skipper's state of mind.

    "Cook has a huge amount on his mind," Agnew wrote in his BBC Sport column. "He is under massive pressure and it is affecting his form. But why he should play a shot that he normally wouldn't dream of attempting so early in his innings is beyond me."

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "No team has batted through a final day starting with six (or even five) wickets down. Three teams have batted through a final day having been four down overnight: England v South Africa at Johannesburg in 1995, South Africa v Australia at Adelaide in 2012 and England v New Zealand at Auckland in 2013.

    "England have only ever lost consecutive Tests by 200 or more runs once: 1908 in Australia (lost by 245 runs at Adelaide and 308 at Melbourne)."

  96. 2334: 

    The satellite picture doesn't look as if the weather will save England either...

    Weather graphic
  97. 2332: 

    Hold your breath... it's been raining in Adelaide.

    The good news for any of you hoping for some help from the weather: there was a bit of a shower about 20-25 minutes ago. The bad news: the covers are coming off and the groundsman still expects play to start on time at 000 GMT. This is the BBC weather forecast: the drizzle is not expected to last.

    Weather graphic
  98. 2330: 

    Evening, everyone. It's eyes down for the final day of the second Test in Adelaide. All the smart money is on it being the last rites for England, who have lost their top six batsmen - leaving numbers 7-11 to survive what should be a full 90-over day against an Australian attack which seems to have put the wind up them.

    So, Australia set to go 2-0 up, and no hope for England. Really. Or is there...?

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Live Scores - Australia v England


  • Australia beat England by 218 runs
  • Australia: 570-9 & 132-3 (39.0 overs)
  • England: 172 & 312 (101.4 overs)
  • Venue: Adelaide

England 2nd Innings

All out
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Cook c Harris b Johnson 1
Carberry c Lyon b Siddle 14
Root c Haddin b Lyon 87
Pietersen b Siddle 53
Bell c Johnson b Smith 6
Stokes c Clarke b Harris 28
Prior c Harris b Siddle 69
Broad c Lyon b Siddle 29
Swann c Clarke b Harris 6
Anderson not out 13
Panesar c Rogers b Harris 0
Extras 1nb 4w 1lb 6
Total all out 312

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