Ashes: Australia v England, third Test, day one, Perth, as it happened

Australia finish on 326-6 against England on day one in Perth after recovering from 143-5 as Steve Smith hits a century.

13 December 2013 Last updated at 01:30

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  1. 1027: 

    So there you have it. It's another damning verdict from Geoffrey and I'm not going to argue with him on the evidence of day one. Even when Australia were five down, England never really looked like they believed they would roll them over, and you always felt someone would put their hand up and get Australia out of jail.

    Time for us to say goodbye, with a gentle nod in the direction of BBC Radio 5 live and Sportsday Live on the BBC website for more reaction. Until the 'morrow.

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

    "England don't have an ace like Mitchell Johnson and are finding some of their other bowlers aren't quite there. England are being outplayed. The batting has been poor and the players know that, but the bowling is not what the English public are used to. Swann isn't in the game and neither is the third seamer."

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  3. 1021: 

    Wow - David Saker admits England might have made a mistake with their team selection for this game. It really is baffling that not one of our three lanky pacemen was deemed worthy of selection on the bounciest pitch around.


    England bowling coach David Saker: "It was a disappointing day for all the bowlers. We pride ourselves at being able to restrict scoring and we weren't able to do that.

    "We had a chance, but we weren't able to take it. We probably bowled a little bit too short.

    "It's drilled into this group not to bowl short. We probably got a little bit excited.

    "We thought we bowled full early doors, but there wasn't a lot of swing, then we pulled it back too far.

    "But the game is still alive. We will come back tomorrow, fight to get the four wickets and then hopefully bat really well.

    "We assess selection all the time. We make mistakes, and we might have made a mistake in this game. We picked a side that we thought would get 20 wickets and that still could happen."

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

    "I like Steve Smith, he's got attitude and is quite cocky and belligerent. He's not aesthetic like Ian Bell but he's a gutsy player and he got a score when it mattered. His team were in trouble and those are the runs that count. Brad Haddin has produced influential innings in three matches now. He's made runs when the pressure is on."

  6. 1014: 

    Wanted - a strike bowler. Need to be available immediately and capable of knocking over Australian lower order batsmen.

    Here's an interesting stat for you. Since the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge, Jimmy Anderson is averaging over 45 with the ball. Has the Burnley Express hit the buffers?

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

    "At five down, England were not good enough to grasp the opportunity. The concern for England is that James Anderson is not doing anything with the ball, he was straight up and down. Graeme Swann has been a matchwinner for England and controlled matches when he isn't taking wickets. He could do neither today - he was gifted his two wickets."

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

    "Wonderful cricket to watch but England must be sat in their dressing room wondering how Australia got 326-6. I thought Father Christmas had come early because Australia gifted their wickets on a very flat deck. We were in the game and now England will be close to crying. They just got away, like they did in Brisbane."

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    Maurice from Luton: This is only going one way. A double hundred for Smith and a hundred for Johnson. Australia get 500+ and bowl England out twice in two days. Innings victory and Test series settled by the time I go back to work on Monday.

  10. 1006: 

    So there it is then. A day of two halves. Midway through the afternoon session, Australia were in full-on self-destruct mode as they fell to 144-5 to a succession of injudicious shots. But a brilliant partnership of 124 between Steve Smith and Brad Haddin, followed by an unbroken 59 between Smith and Johnson, has put Australia back on top.

  11. 1003: 
    CLOSE OF PLAY- Aus 326-6 (Smith 103, Johnson 39)

    As the big screen confirms an attendance of 21,996, Bresnan fires down five dot balls before Johnson works the final delivery off his pads for a couple.

  12. 0959: 
    Aus 324-6

    Anderson looks exhausted as he gives Johnson the easiest of singles off his hips. Broad pulls off a fine stop at mid-off and receives the congratulations of several team-mates, which wastes a bit more time much to chagrin of the Aussie crowd.

    We will have time for one more over, and it will be Tim Bresnan's 21st of the day.


    Anthony Mills: England's problem: a lack of runs, England's selection: add a bowling all-rounder and blindly hope that batting form, discipline and confidence returns overnight.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special
    Mitchell Johnson

    "It's like Michael Bevan in the last over of a one-day game."

  15. 0953: 
    Aus 323-6 (Smith 103, Johnson 36)

    Broad gets booed for what the crowd seems to think is time-wasting as he takes an age to start his over.

    Johnson knows what to do about it. Smash - pulled in front of square for four. Smash again - flat-batted over mid-off for four more.

    Broad tries to give Johnson a bit of chat, but he just looks a bit silly to be honest.

  16. 0948: 
    Aus 314-6
    A fan with a painted-on Mitchell Johnson moustache

    No, Mitchell Johnson hasn't suddenly morphed into a 10-year-old. This young tribute act has been watching all day.

    Johnson gets a single to square leg, then the luckless Anderson slides one past Smith's outside edge.

  17. 0942: 
    Aus 313-6 (Smith 103, Johnson 26)

    England's bowling attack looks like an out-of-shape boxer who has somehow made it to the 12th round. They are throwing punches but not landing anything of note - Mitchell Johnson striking Stuart Broad for a boundary before pulling a single towards the midwicket boundary. This is like a one-day field now as England retreat. They can't wait for the sanctuary of the dressing room.

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    Stuart: I hope Steve Smith retorted to Prior's sledge with something like "we only need this game".

  19. 0938: 
    Aus 308-6

    Michael Vaughan is urging Jimmy to bowl at the stumps as he runs in with the new ball. A thick outside edge earns (I nearly wrote urns) Johnson a single. Smith on strike now. Two to third man.

  20. 0935: 
    Aus 305-6

    Broad bowls the first over with the new ball. Not with any great pace or gusto though. Smith gets squared up by the last ball, but keeps enough to control to keep the ball low - and safe.

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

    "Australia's tail fancies getting runs against England's attack, yet England's lower order just cannot handle the pace of the Australian attack. England's batsmen need to score 80% or more of their runs for the team to have any chance."

  22. 0930: 
    NEW BALL- Aus 304-6

    Swann's last over before the new ball is milked for a couple.

    Right, here comes the shiny new nut. Can England knock a couple more over tonight and finish the day in the fast lane?


    Alister Stone: Broadly speaking I've Haddin-ough. My Prior expectations have gone down the Swanny and the SS England is sinking without Bells and whistles. We've been Harrised and Rogersed every step of the way which has Warners down, Anderson of John's moustache is the Root of the problem. Every time we need to Siddle things down we don't seem to know Watson going on, and can't seem to Bailey ourselves out of trouble - our innings just Pieterson out. Playing more like Tim-id Pups than Lyons at the minute. As I write this, we Cook something up to Stokes the fire...Brad's Haddin-ough for the time being. Don't start the Carberry just yet...

  24. 0927: 
    Aus 302-6

    Johnson is doing his best to wipe what he called the "cute smile" of Joe Root's face by thrashing him down the ground for four to tkae Australia past 300. I wonder if Smith has had a little pop back at Prior yet, just to politely remind him of the aforementioned sledge.

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    Steve Smith

    Chris Beck: Matt Prior told Steve Smith he was 'one game away from getting dropped'. Are we sure someone hadn't walked past with a mirror?

  26. 0924: 
    Aus 298-6

    Too short from Swann and Johnson thanks him kindly before cutting him through the off side for four. Two more overs before the new ball, which can't come soon enough for England.

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

    "He's played the short ball as well as anybody, some fantastic batting. He's got a hundred before, but this was under real pressure. It could be career-defining."

  28. 0921: 
    SMITH 100- Aus 293-6
    Steve Smith

    Ooh - frustration for Stokes and England as a genuine edge off Smith's bat falls just short of Cook at slip. Smith responds with a beautiful on-drive that takes him within another boundary of three figures. Two balls, later, he gets there with a controlled pull in front of square for four more. It's his second Test hundred and it's come from 173 balls.

    Smith century: 173 balls, 13 fours, two sixes.

    Match scorecard

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

    "The average score on this wicket is 323 but England haven't scored that all series. If Australia get 375 here, history tells you that England don't play well at the Waca and we'll see cracks begin to open up on the pitch. England will have to play out of their skins to get any sort of lead and put Australia under some pressure."

  30. 0914: 
    Aus 285-6

    Johnson guides Swann to third man for three, then one more to Smith to take him to 92. It seems a very long time ago now that the stump microphone picked up Matt Prior telling Steve Smith he was "one game away" from the chop.

  31. 0912: 
    Aus 281-6 (Smith 91, Johnson 6)

    A better over for Australia as they pick up four runs off Stokes, with Smith moving into the nineties with a whip off the pads.

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    Chris Gunn: I think Australia batting first in all these Tests has been the biggest difference between the teams. Changed everything.

  33. 0907: 
    Aus 277-6

    Smith tucks Jimmy through midwicket for a single to edge to 88. For the moment, it doesn't look like Smith is going to make the same mistake he made at Old Trafford when he holed out for 89 when a ton was there for the taking.

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

    "These fast bowlers like dishing it out but they don't like a couple under the ribs. England need to hurt Johnson - he won't want to hang around then."

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  35. 0902: 
    Aus 276-6

    Billy the Trumpeter parps out "Ring of Fire" - a reference to Stokes's flame-coloured nut perhaps? The Durham all-rounder is called wide for a bouncer but otherwise it's another tidy set of six. Seven overs from the new ball, but Cook is going to give Jimmy Anderson a bit of a bowl here.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "This could be a breakthrough innings for Steve Smith. He did get a century in the fifth Test at the Oval last summer but this one matters more - the Ashes are at stake in this match."

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  37. 0857: 
    Aus 272-6 (Smith 85, Johnson 5)

    We've had 11 runs in the last nine overs, and given that Haddin got out pulling you have to say England's tactic of frustrating the Aussies has worked. Johnson breaks the shackles by cutting Bresnan for four.

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    Marc Cohen: Massive. Brilliant play by Stokes. Hard work but well deserved.

  39. 0852: 
    Aus 268-6

    Stokes is a lucky man as replays show his front foot was right on the borderline of the crease and thus very close to being a no-ball.

    There's a huge cheer for Mitch the Merciless (see 0130) as he walks out to bat on his home ground. He gets off the mark with one to long leg.

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

    "Another batsman out hooking, another player who is dozy. Nobody has learnt - once it gets big on you here, you can't control it."

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  41. 0849: 
    WICKET- Haddin c Anderson b Stokes 55 (Aus 267-6)
    Ben Stokes celebrates after dismissing Brad Haddin

    Chants of "Barmy Army" ring around the ground as Ben Stokes embarks on his 11th over. Short, a mis-hit pull shot and the ball loops to midwicket, where Jimmy swoops to take a low catch.

    Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Rogers 11), 2-52 (Watson 18), 3-106 (Clarke 24), 4-129 (Warner 60), 5-143 (Bailey 7), 6-267 (Haddin 55)

    Stokes's figures: 10.5-2-36-1


    Match scorecard


    Gary Blanchard, TMS inbox: It feels to me like the selection of the team today was very conservative. Why not risk Finn and his pace? Anderson, yes has been fantastic this year, but the pitch doesn't suit him and he hasn't really troubled the Aussies in the past couple of Tests, so why not swap Finn in for him? It's not as if it could get much worse!

  43. 0845: 
    Aus 267-5

    Who is going to blink first? Not Bresnan and not the Aussies batters just yet as another quiet over slips by for the loss of just a single run.

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

    "Australia are getting out of jail. They gifted a number of wickets to England - Stuart Broad earned his wicket by peppering George Bailey but the rest were gifts - and the pitch is flat. If England can bat as well as we know they can, they can get runs on this. I hope their batsmen and Matt Prior have realised that you can't hook on this pitch. Cut out that shot and there's a bundle of runs available here."

  45. 0841: 
    Aus 266-5 (Smith 85, Haddin 54)

    Stokes now and this relatively quiet period of the day continues, with just a single apiece to Smith and Haddin. England are bowling much fuller at the moment and are not offering up nearly as many gimmes.

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    James Anderson, Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes

    Peter Vaz: England are paying for a lack of ambition as much as a lack of real pace. Bresnan always the safe option not the best option.

    Jay: This is simply lazy captaincy from Cook. Why is there no silly point or short leg? It's Perth for crying out loud?

  47. 0836: 
    ASHES CATCH-UP- Aus 264-5

    If you are just waking up, I can tell you that the day was looking far rosier for England a couple of hours ago. Some ropey shots from the top order saw them tumble to 143-5, but this unbroken sixth-wicket partnership between Smith and Haddin had really changed the complexion of things.

    Bresnan seems to have settled for a line well outside off stump and the result is a second consecutive maiden. I guess England's hope now is that by drying up the runs the might prompt a mistake.

  48. 0833: 
    Aus 264-5 (Smith 84, Haddin 53)

    Broad has bowled a lot of bad balls today and here's another - a half-volley that Smith smacks through cover for four. Broad turns and returns to his mark, beads of sweat covering his reddening brow. He finishes with four dots, but his weary gait rather sums up England's predicament.

  49. 0830: 
    Aus 260-5

    Bresnan resumes, watched by England women's captain Charlotte Edwards, who looks to be burning up a touch as she soaks up the rays from one of the grassy banks. Maiden over.

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    Jamie Shepherd: Never going to trouble anyone trundling it at 83mph!! Eng throwing the Ashes away with a whimper.

  51. 0824: 

    Thanks Marc. Well, what can I say? Yet again, England's attack have just lacked that cutting edge required to slice through the lower order and it is costing them dearly. Contrast this with Mitchell Johnson, who has been taking apart England's tail with the ease of a toddler breaking up some Lego.

  52. 0821: 
    Aus 260-5

    The worrying thing for England is that this pitch is expected to quicken up in the next few days. I bet Mitchell Johnson is licking his lips while tucking into some raw meat in the Australian dressing room. Peter Siddle is licking his lips and having a banana. Stuart Broad has maintained his pace over the course of a hot day. One from the over - time for drinks and a change of commentator. Here comes Sam Sheringham...

    Ed Smith, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special
    Michael Carberry

    "There are a few misconceptions about Michael Carberry's fielding. I played with him at Kent - he's a terrific athlete and he's very quick over the ground, but he did drop some catches."

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  54. 0816: 
    Aus 259-5 (Smith 80*, Haddin 52*)

    It's just not going England's way now - Brad Haddin carving one into the air but the opportunity drops between Joe Root at point and the boundary fielder, Michael Carberry. Haddin loves it when that happens - he can have a little chirp and wind up the bowler. The bowler, Tim Bresnan, has his hands on his head. Sums it up really.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Haddin is the fourth wicketkeeper in history to score four half-centuries in a row. Clyde Walcott, Andy Flower and Adam Gilchrist are the other three."

  56. 0811: 
    Aus 258-5

    Stuart Broad bounces up and down at the end of his mark, ties the drawstring on his whites and bounds in to bowl. How England could do with one of those magic spells now. Steve Smith continues to frustrate though, driving through the covers for four. England's balloon has been well and truly popped. Again.

    Bowling figures: Anderson 13-4-38-0, Broad 12-1-58-2, Bresnan 15-2-64-0, Stokes 9-2-34-0, Swann 14-0-60-2.

    Glenn McGrath, Ex-Australia fast bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Haddin is the traditional, hard, old-school Test cricketer. He doesn't care how he looks as long as he achieves it and he's definitely doing it for Australia this series."

    Glenn McGrath, Ex-Australia fast bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "There's no real sense of urgency from England - it has been a problem all series. They are not pushing to get through their overs."

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  59. 0806: 
    50 FOR BRAD HADDIN- Aus 254-5 (Smith 76*, Haddin 51*)
    Brad Haddin

    What a shot. Brad Haddin is dismissive of Tim Bresnan as he lofts the big Yorkshireman back over his head for six. The keeper goes aerial again, slicing one over cover to bring up the 15th half-century of his Test career. This is an innings Adam Gilchrist would have been proud of.

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    Peter Vaz: Cook captain of the ICC Test team of the year and Kohli nowhere to be seen in the ODI team of the year!? Seriously!?

  61. 0801: 
    Aus 246-5

    As James Anderson sends down another maiden - his third of the innings - it makes me wonder if England wish they had selected Steven Finn. Yes he goes for a few, but Anderson and Stuart Broad keep it tight enough for it not to matter too much. Or am I wrong?

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

    "England are tired - not tired physically, but tired of Australia being on top in the series. History tells you that 300 is a good score at this ground."

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  63. 0758: 
    Aus 246-5 (Smith 76*, Haddin 43*)

    With every confidence-sapping boundary struck from an Australian bat, you sense England's chances of winning this match diminish. It's no lost cause yet but Steve Smith continues to be rampant - driving Graeme Swann for yet another boundary. He's bullied the England offie today.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Australia's 6th and 7th wicket are averaging 91 in this series. England's 6th and 7th average 11.8."

  65. 0754: 
    Aus 238-5

    While Michael Clarke smuggles bottles of water out of the Australian changing room and passes them to the good folk sat in front of the players' balcony, James Anderson sends down a maiden to Steve Smith. He's getting a couple to reverse swing, but only ever so slightly.

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    Joe in Sussex: My eyes must be playing tricks on me at this early hour.. how is Virat Kohli not in the ODI team of the year?

  67. 0750: 
    Aus 238-5 (Smith 69*, Haddin 42*)

    Graeme Swann changes his angle of attack, coming round the wicket to try and run it past the outside edge a la Nathan Lyon. The off-spinner lets out an almighty roar as Brad Haddin plays all around one - but the Aussie keeper is lucky and the ball beats his bat and the stumps. Two more singles to the score.

  68. 0744: 
    Aus 236-5
    The Waca

    There is a gentle hum around the Waca as spectators soak up the scorching sunshine and closely follow the tense action out in the middle. Steve Smith continues to enjoy taking on the pull shot as he picks up a couple off James Anderson before creaming a boundary through midwicket. That tennis-ball bounce is looking very predictable and easy-paced now.

  69. 0742: 
    Aus 229-5 (Smith 62*, Haddin 40*)

    This could be a long session for England as Steve Smith drills another boundary off Graeme Swann. The youngster has his eyes on a century before the close of play tonight.

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

    "It's been a really good partnership between these two - it's deja vu from the Gabba and once again Haddin is the thorn in England's side. There was a key moment in the afternoon when Broad bowled a great spell and I really felt Anderson should have followed him, but Cook went for Stokes. The rate Australia are scoring, England really need to be batting today."

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  71. 0740: 
    Aus 225-5

    Brad Haddin greets James Anderson's return to the England attack by unfurling a sumptuous cover drive which races away to the boundary. Anderson soon discovers the right line and length but the wicketkeeper is going nowhere. He's enjoying the sun on his back, the flat pitch and the tiring England attack.

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    Dan Morrison, London, via text: About time England introduced a specialist coin toss coach to join the army of other coaches. Could be the missing link!

  73. 0736: 
    Aus 221-5 (Smith 57*, Haddin 36*)

    Graeme Swann, sporting shades and a little grimace, gets us under way after tea. The field is spread as England try and keep a tight grip on the run-rate. Brad Haddin takes a single and it's time for the king of swing. Step forward, Jimmy Anderson.

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    The Pete: Bit of a cliché and the first two today can lay claims to being this as well....but this could be a pivotal session.

  75. 0730: 

    So what do you make of those ICC awards? Should Alastair Cook be captain when Michael Clarke is the player of the year? Did Mike Hussey do enough to earn his inclusion? Send me your awards - and don't be afraid to make up one!

  76. 0730: 

    Test team of the year: Alastair Cook (Eng, capt), Cheteshwar Pujara (Ind), Hashim Amla (SA), Michael Clarke (Aus), Mike Hussey (Aus), AB de Villiers (SA), Mahendra Dhoni (Ind, wk), Graeme Swann (Eng), Dale Steyn (SA), James Anderson (Eng), Vernon Philander (SA). 12th man: Ravichandran Ashwin (Ind).

    ODI team of the year: Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL), Shikhar Dhawan (Ind), Hashim Amla (SA), Kumar Sangakkara (SL), AB de Villiers (SA), Mahendra Dhoni (Ind, capt/wk), Ravindra Jadeja (Ind), Saeed Ajmal (Pkn), Mitchell Starc (Aus), James Anderson (Eng), Lasith Malinga (SL). 12th man: Mitchell McClenaghan (NZ).

  77. 0722: 
    Michael Clarke

    Australia captain Michael Clarke has been announced as the International Cricket Council's cricketer of the year and Test cricketer of the year, while English winners were Sarah Taylor (women's T20 cricketer of the year) and Richard Kettleborough (umpire of the year), while Ireland's Kevin O'Brien was associate & affiliate cricketer of the year.

    The other winners were: Women's ODI cricketer of the year - Suzie Bates (New Zealand); ODI cricketer of the year - Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka); emerging cricketer of the year - Cheteshwar Pujara (India); T20 international performance of the year - Umar Gul (Pakistan); Spirit of Cricket award - Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka); People's Choice - Mahendra Dhoni (India).

  78. 0713: 
    TEA INTERVAL- Aus 220-5 (Smith 57*, Haddin 31*)

    Is Brad Haddin the most valuable wicketkeeper in world cricket at the moment? He's now averaging 100 in this Ashes series as England struggle to work out a way of removing him. Just one run from Tim Bresnan's over before Billy Bowden theatrically signals the tea break. Australia take the honours in that afternoon session.


    Bowling figures: Anderson 9-2-27-0, Broad 11-1-54-2, Bresnan 14-2-56-0, Stokes 9-2-34-0, Swann 10-0-45-2.

    Match scorecard

  79. 0709: 
    Aus 219-5

    The Barmy Army sing "Swann will tear you apart" more in hope than expectation as the off-spinner toils away but is expertly dealt with by both Steve Smith and Brad Haddin. Four from the over as things slow down before the tea break.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Waca

    "The temperatures out there are quite brutal. Earlier on, journalists were putting their laptops in the fridge to keep them working; it's now their heads. The heat is also now on the England attack - after the slap-dash giveaways of the first five batsmen, Smith and Haddin are profiting from their windfall ways."

  81. 0706: 
    Aus 215-5 (Smith 57*, Haddin 31*)

    With 39 overs left in the day, England will be acutely aware of the need to find a breakthrough otherwise Australia could be sitting pretty by the close of play. Tim Bresnan looks weary as he sends down another lung-busting over which goes for a couple of singles.


    Jim Snipe, TMS inbox: Far too short to Smith and Haddin and now they are settled and a game pulls away from England... again. Why can a professional cricketer not grasp the basics?

  83. 0703: 
    Aus 213-5

    Brad Haddin has changed gloves two or three times this afternoon as the sizzling heat takes its toll in the middle. England are finding it tough going now as their heads begin to droop and their chirpiness disappears. Just a single apiece from Steve Smith and Brad Haddin from another Graeme Swann over.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Steve Smith has played well. I like the cut of his jib. He's a little fighter."

  85. 0700: 
    Aus 211-5 (Smith 55*, Haddin 29*)

    So far there have been 33 sixes hit in this series, which is the third highest for any Ashes contest. The record is the 51 maximums which were cracked in 2005. Tim Bresnan begins a new spell by bowling a peach of an outswinger to Brad Haddin, but ends by conceding consecutive boundaries to the Aussie keeper. Fetch that.

    Glenn McGrath, Ex-Australia fast bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "This is what Australia need - a little fightback. England have let them off the hook in the first two Tests - they will be desperate not to do it again."

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  87. 0655: 
    ASHES CATCH-UP- Aus 203-5

    To all those who got up at 6am when it all looked so rosy for England - the Aussies were 144-5 - maybe you should all go back to bed and we'll try again. Steve Smith and Brad Haddin continue to seize the initiative - the latter swiping a maximum over square leg. England chasing leather again.

  88. 0651: 
    50 FOR STEVE SMITH- Aus 196-5 (Smith 55*, Haddin 14*)
    Steve Smith

    This is an impressive innings by Steve Smith, the type which helps propel careers to the the next level. Ben Stokes continues to bustle in and drops short again - being pulled to the boundary as Smith brings up his sixth half-century in 15 Tests. Another short one disappears to the midwicket boundary. Time to take a breather, Ben.


    Rachel T: Cricket is such a classy game. It's got me shrieking about going for the kill, foot on the throat, going for the jugular...

  90. 0647: 
    Aus 187-5

    Steve Smith is beginning to look dominant at the crease - shovelling Graeme Swann back over his head for six. It wasn't the most orthodox of shots, but it was certainly effective. Brad Haddin is also on the front foot - slicing into the vast open spaces of the outfield for two runs. That could have ended up anywhere. 14 from an expensive over.

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    Martin Horne: All very entertaining, but surely just passing the time until Mitchell Johnson is thrown the new ball?

  92. 0642: 
    Aus 173-5 (Smith 36*, Haddin 11*)
    Steve Smith

    For those who haven't seen much of Ben Stokes, he's a muscular bowler who angles into the crease before getting in close to the stumps in his delivery stride. He bowls a tight line, but does occasionally stray - which proves costly when Steve Smith helps himself to a boundary through midwicket. He drops short later in the over and is clubbed for another four runs. England need another breakthrough here.

  93. 0637: 
    Aus 165-5

    Time for Graeme Swann to try and tempt Australia into breaking the shackles applied by Tim Bresnan and Ben Stokes. Steve Smith controls himself and plays back five dot balls before turning a single behind square.

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

    "Ben Stokes is doing a really good job for the team. He is building some pressure through dot balls, which is exactly what you want from your fourth seamer."

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  95. 0635: 
    Aus 164-5 (Smith 27*, Haddin 11*)

    Brad Haddin, like Ian Bell in the English summer, seems to revel in these difficult circumstances and he is most certainly Australia's unsung hero of the series. Without his batting exploits in the first two Tests, the 2-0 scoreline which England are faced with might be much different. Another maiden from Ben Stokes, that's two in two for England.

  96. 0630: 
    Aus 164-5

    Steve Smith's cherry-stained reveals how much time he's been spending in the nets working on his technique, which is holding up well so far. He passes another Tim Bresnan examination as the Yorkshireman bustles through another maiden.


    Mark in Bangkok, TMS inbox: Not wanting to be a harbinger of doom but did we not have the Aussies at 132-6 in the first Test only for it all go to hell in a hand basket? Chickens do not need counting yet.

  98. 0627: 
    Aus 164-5 (Smith 27*, Haddin 11*)

    Ben Stokes, with collar upturned, tattoos bursting out of his arms and sporting the type of bandages which seems to hold all all-rounders together, races in for his second spell. His pace hovers in the late eighties as Brad Haddin expertly steers a boundary through the gully region. Otherwise it's a tidy over from the young Durham all-rounder.

  99. 0622: 
    Aus 159-5

    Steve Smith seems to have reined it in in the last couple of overs - defiantly middling the ball back to Tim Bresnan and waiting for the loose delivery, which is clipped through midwicket for three. Brad Haddin continues to get a working over, taking his eye off a heavy ball from Big Tim and copping one on his shoulder. He's relieved to take a single and get down the other end. Smith ends the over with an unconvincing pull. There's only so long a young pup can behave...

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

    "In that first session Australia had a great chance, but they were playing so positively that they were always going to give England some opportunities. England have had five gifts - not one wicket has gone to a belting delivery. England need to bowl them out for 225-250 now and be batting tonight."

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    Liam David: Haddin if you're going to make me wake up the house shouting in excitement, at least do it by getting out rather than teasing us.

  102. 0614: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Aus 154-5 (Smith 22*, Haddin 6*)

    Stuart Broad is consistently finding the middle of this pitch now - getting both the batsmen and his wicketkeeper Matt Prior hopping about. Brad Haddin doesn't know whether to play forward or back and almost gets an inside edge on to his own stumps. With his tail up, Broad is getting up towards the 90mph mark. Just one wide from the over. Time for drinks.

    Bowling figures: Anderson 9-2-27-0, Broad 11-1-54-2, Bresnan 9-1-40-0, Stokes 5-1-11-0, Swann 5-0-18-2.

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

    "Australia are doing the inexplicable things that England did during the first few Test matches. Don't let them off the hook fellas."

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  104. 0609: 
    Aus 153-5

    Brad Haddin's aggressive approach to batting continues to frustrate England in this series, the wicketkeeper blazing Tim Bresnan through the covers for four before getting away with one when he goes on the pull and the ball drops between backward square leg and the onrushing boundary rider, Stuart Broad. Keep taking the bait, lads.

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    From Adam in Wallingford via text: Just woken up. Sounds like the Aussie batsmen have caught the English disease of 'givingitawayitis'. Inflammation of loose shots and the rashness of being run out.

  106. 0606: 
    Aus 148-5 (Smith 22*, Haddin 1*)

    Alastair Cook is chirpy in the slip cordon as he cajoles his troops into finding one more wicket which could expose Australia's tail. Steve Smith continues to be positive as he pulls Stuart Broad to the boundary. In other news, Ashes breakfast is just beginning on BBC Radio 5 live. Get stuck in.

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    Joseph Burns: If the passengers on the early bus to work weren't awake before they are now with my scream of 'GET IN!!' just then.

    Journalists cool their laptops

    With the mercury in Perth rising above 40C, journalists in Perth devise a novel way to cool their laptops.

  109. 0601: 
    ASHES CATCH-UP- Aus 144-5

    Just waking up? I greet you with good news. England have finally enjoyed a good couple of sessions on the opening day of this decisive third Test. All five Australian batsmen back in the hut have gifted their wickets - Chris Rogers run out, Shane Watson flaying to slip, Michael Clarke chipping to short mid-on, David Warner slapping one straight to point and George Bailey out on the hook. Plenty of bad shots and decision-making, but England don't care. A maiden over from Tim Bresnan.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "You can feel it. England's confidence is up and they look like a different team."

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  111. 0557: 
    Aus 144-5 (Smith 18*, Haddin 1*)

    Get rid of the new batsman Brad Haddin cheaply and England will fancy their chances of bowling out the Aussies today. Stuart Broad, white war paint plastered across his reddening face, is steaming in as he mixes bumpers with length balls. England firmly on top.

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

    "We've seen England get out to the hook shot and the opposition fall for the same trap. It's very dangerous to hook and pull here because the ball gets big on you but they can't resist it. All credit to Stuart Broad, he set him up."

  113. 0553: 
    WICKET- Bailey c Pietersen b Broad 7 (Aus 143-5)
    George Bailey

    It's Australia's time to listen to some chin music, and guess what? They don't like it up 'em. After Stuart Broad bowls a bit of short stuff in the direction of George Bailey, the Australian batsman tries a one-handed, half-hearted pull shot and Kevin Pietersen takes a smart catch at deep backward square leg.

    Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Rogers 11), 2-52 (Watson 18), 3-106 (Clarke 24), 4-129 (Warner 60), 5-143 (Bailey 7)

    Broad's figures: 8.3-1-48-2


    Match scorecard

  114. 0552: 
    Aus 143-4 (Smith 18*, Bailey 7*)

    Big Tim's back into the attack too and, like Stuart Broad, he is also getting a bit of shape from the cherry. England are trying to turn the screw and apply some pressure now. Just two from a very tidy over.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Waca

    "Is this England's moment to seize? If something is going to be rescued from the wreckage of this series, now is surely the pivotal point - two inexperienced Test players, both technically vulnerable, the bigwigs shaved and back in the sheds. And, right on cue, the Doctor has come calling - the flags on the scoreboard that indicated a weak east wind this morning and then hung limp over lunch are now snapping briskly again from the Fremantle direction. If it's going to swing, it might swing soon."

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

    "I think England are doing well. We've been gifted four wickets and we're into the action. I think it's going to be hard to stop the scoring on this fast outfield but if you can keep getting wickets you are in the game. Wickets are priceless."

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  117. 0545: 
    Aus 141-4

    Stuart Broad comes into the attack and immediately gets a hint of reverse swing from the ball which is now 32 overs old. Steve Smith responds by creaming three through the covers off the back foot. Lovely. George Bailey also helps himself to a confidence-boosting boundary in a similar region as the bowler serves up a juicy half-volley. Nine from another expensive Broad over.

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    James McCarthy: Massive wicket, England finally showing some fight in this series. Possibly less than 200 for Aussies, am I dreaming?

  119. 0541: 
    Aus 132-4

    Daniel's turkey (see tweet below) is going to taste better with each passing Australian batsman. Even James Anderson has a smile breaking through his furrowed expression as the mercury reaches 43.2 degrees in the middle and the hosts struggle. George Bailey helps himself to a single as he and Steve Smith go about repairing the damage done by some rash strokes further up the order.

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    Daniel Curwen: Up at 4:30 to put a turkey in for student Christmas dinner. Not bad news to wake up to, let's keep it going.

  121. 0537: 
    Aus 130-4 (Smith 11*, Bailey 1*)

    Another good over from Graeme Swann, who has kept his nerve and tipped the momentum in England's favour. Just one run conceded and now Australia need big runs from George Bailey and Steven Smith.

    Glenn McGrath, Ex-Australia fast bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a big wicket - the dangerous Dave Warner. It wasn't the best ball - a bit short and wide but the extra bounce gets him. You have to stay on top of the ball, but it got big on Warner and he just looped it to backward point."

  123. 0534: 
    WICKET- Warner c Carberry b Swann 60 (Aus 129-4)
    Graeme Swann celebrates after dismissing David Warner

    Live by the sword, die by the sword. David Warner plays one attacking shot too many and slaps the ball straight into the grateful hands of Michael Carberry at backward point. He wasn't going to drop that one.

    Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Rogers 11), 2-52 (Watson 18), 3-106 (Clarke 24), 4-129 (Warner 60)

    Swann's figures: 4.4-0-17-2

    Match scorecard

    Glenn McGrath, Ex-Australia fast bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Both of these batsmen aren't going to die wondering. They are both shot-makers who are looking to put the pressure back on the England bowlers."

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  125. 0532: 
    Aus 129-3

    These two Australian batsmen might be taking a risk or two but they are certainly being assertive - Steve Smith creaming James Anderson through the leg-side when the Burnley Express strays on to the pads. It's a shot-a-ball from Smith in particular, I think he's been watching Adam Gilchrist videos in the build-up to this match. Just the one boundary from the over, but not for the want of trying on Smith's part.

  126. 0528: 
    Aus 125-3 (Warner 60*, Smith 7*)

    Steve Smith is treating Graeme Swann like a club bowler, dancing down the scorched Waca track at every opportunity. He takes a single before his sparring partner David Warner clubs a boundary through mid-on before going aerial and watching with relief as the ball drops safely in the outfield. You lucky man, David.

  127. 0524: 
    Aus 116-3
    James Anderson

    James Anderson strays too short and is pulled for a couple by David Warner before landing the cherry on a sixpence for the rest of the over. Michael Carberry's smart fielding at point spares England any more damage from the over and the tension ratchets up again. Smith v Swann II is next...

  128. 0520: 
    Aus 114-3 (Warner 50*, Smith 6*)

    Something has to give here, as both David Warner and Steve Smith look determined to stay on top of the run-rate. After four failed attempts at taking runs off Graeme Swann, Smith finally succeeds with a straight drive for six. First blood to the Aussie batsman, but this one will run a little longer I suspect.

  129. 0517: 
    Aus 108-3 (Warner 50*, Smith 0*)

    Even in stout defence to James Anderson, there is a hint of menace about David Warner. The Burnley Express has found a decent line on this pitch and he tempts Warner into driving at a delivery which is too full and the ball cannons off the inside edge and agonisingly towards the slip cordon. A maiden over, good stuff from England.

    Glenn McGrath, Ex-Australia fast bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia are looking to play Graeme Swann aggressively, just as they did in Brisbane and Adelaide. But there is some extra bounce for the spinners here - Shane Warne used to love bowling here - and I think they will have an impact in this game."

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  131. 0513: 
    DAVID WARNER 50- Aus 108-3 (Warner 50*, Smith 0*)
    David Warner

    David Warner, re-fastening his batting gloves religiously between deliveries, takes a single off Graeme Swann to reach the 10th half-century of his career from just 57 balls. At the other end, Steve Smith has ants in his pants as he fidgets around the crease desperately looking to get off the mark and assert his dominance over the England off-spinner. Swann is up to the job so far today though and rattles through an over which costs just one run.

  132. 0510: 
    Aus 107-3 (Warner 49*, Smith 0*)

    The players are refreshed and it's time for more cricket. Play.

  133. 0507: 

    Shall we have a quick recap? Basically, Australia won the toss again and looked to make hay under the scorching Perth sunshine. Some superb fielding from James Anderson did for Chris Rogers early on and it was 52-2 when Shane Watson was smartly caught at slip by Graeme Swann. Michael Clarke and David Warner then took control as Australia ominously motored past 100 until the skipper was snaffled by Alastair Cook off the bowling of Swann. Australia 107-3 at lunch. Game on.

  134. 0504: 

    Afternoon, everyone. Or should that be good morning? Anyway, all to play for in the second session at the Waca. A couple more wickets and England will fancy this. Fail to break through and the Aussies could race away to an imposing first-day total. Over to you, Jimmy and Co.

  135. 0437: 

    Ok folks, time for me to chow down too. Have a listen to Brett Lee on TMS if you can but make sure you are back with us by 0510 GMT when my colleague Marc Higginson will guide you through the afternoon session.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Waca

    "A fast-forward morning of cut and thrust - Australia have lobbed away three wickets on a pitch desperate to be batted on, but England - after at times looking as if the match was escaping them - have fought back well, and will lunch with some satisfaction. With Steve Smith and George Bailey in their sights, England will be optimistic of pressing on in the dog-day afternoon."

    Trent Boult leads New Zealand off

    Elsewhere in the world of cricket, New Zealand have beaten West Indies by an innings and 73 runs inside three days in the second Test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. The Kiwis made 441 in their first innings, and the Windies began day three 158-4 in reply, but they lost 16 wickets in the day as they were skittled for 193 and 175, with left-arm semer Trent Boult returning match figures of 10-80. The Kiwis lead the three-match series 1-0.

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

    "It's a level morning but I always like runs on the board and at the minute Australia are 100 ahead of England. If they had gone in two down, England would have been down in the dumps but now they have the skipper they will be thinking they can get a couple more after lunch and make it 125-5. England have to somehow bowl the Aussies out for 250. It's a batsman's dream of a wicket really. England have to keep chipping away and hope Australia continue to keep making mistakes."

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  139. 0430: 
    LUNCH INTERVAL- Aus 107-3
    The Waca

    Neat and tidy from Stokes as he concedes just one off the last over before lunch. The Durham man has figures of 5-1-11-0. England's morning? They've leaked a few but with captain Clarke back in the hutch I think they'll be feeling fairly chipper about things as they chow down.

    Bowling figures: Anderson 5-1-19-0, Broad 7-1-39-1, Bresnan 6-0-33-0, Stokes 5-1-11-0, Swann 1-0-1-1.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "It's the 15th time that Graeme Swann has got a wicket in his first over of a spell. He averages 22.5 in that time."

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  141. 0426: 
    Aus 106-3 (Warner 48, Smith 0)

    Sledging on the stump mic? Love it. Matt Prior reminds new man Steve Smith that he's "one game away" from being dropped. A clip to midwicket. "Catch" shout the crowd, but it went straight into the ground. A good energy about England at the moment.

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

    "There was talk of England not playing Graeme Swann in this match, but that was nonsense to me. He got that one to grip and Michael Clarke has given his wicket away. Steve Smith is in now and he's not in the best of form."

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    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Michael Clarke has given his wicket away there. The Australian captain got ahead of himself there by trying to attack Swann so early."

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  144. 0423: 
    WICKET- Clarke c Cook b Swann 24 (Aus 106-3)
    Michael Clarke (right) walks off after being caught by Alastair Cook (centre)

    The Aussies will take on Swann, won't they? Yes they will, but it proves their downfall as Clarke chips a low catch to Cook at short mid-on. Massive blow for England on the stroke of lunch.

    Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Rogers 11), 2-52 (Watson 18), 3-106 (Clarke 24)

    Swann's figures: 0.2-0-1-1


    Match scorecard

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    Frank Meehan: Flower should have realised Lehmann would get the Aussie team fired up. His "blame the batsmen" reminds me of Mickey Arthur.

    Philip: Australia are ahead 2.5-0 in the series.

  146. 0422: 
    Aus 105-2

    A thick outside edge from Clarke falls short of Carberry at point in the middle of a maiden from the relatively miserly Stokes.

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

    "If that had stuck, it would have been a remarkable catch. Instead, he's just saved four runs really. Australia sense this is their moment to win the Ashes. They can go out and smash 380 in the first day and it's game over."

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  148. 0416: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Aus 105-2

    I feel a bit mean using the dropped catch icon to describe this but technically that's what it is. Warner has a cross-batted slap at Bresnan, who sticks out a hand but can't hold on to the toughest of chances. Warner rubs it in with a cover drive for four and a huge heave over cow corner for six.

    Bowling figures: Anderson 5-1-19-0, Broad 7-1-39-1, Bresnan 6-0-33-0, Stokes 3-0-10-0.

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

    "I think we'll see plenty of the 12th man, running out to give the batsmen drinks and a change of gloves. It's very hot out there and England have gone on the defensive now. They are just hoping to build some dots and pray that David Warner or Michael Clarke play the wrong shot to the wrong ball. It's the type of day where the batsmen feel they can score a boundary whenever they want."

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  150. 0413: 
    Aus 95-2

    How's it going out there? Anyone pulling an all-nighter to hang out with us? I can already see some pretty resigned-looking faces among the England supporters in the crowd. Keep the faith folks - remember the old adage about adding two wickets to the score?

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    Laurie Armitt: Finn's economy rate would be ok in comparison to the way the others have started. He might have even got a wicket as well.

    Ben Franklin: England need a bit of magic to get these two out before the game gets away from them!

  152. 0408: 
    Aus 94-2

    Bresnan drops short, Clarke spins and pulls hard for four. Can't be long before Graeme Swann is given is a twirl. The temperature in Perth? A sweltering 40.1C.

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    Scott Shanahan: Have you seen Chanderpaul bat before, Tom Lambert [0345]?

  154. 0404: 
    Aus 90-2

    Ominously easy for the Aussies - try saying that after a few sherbets. Clarke cuts Stokes for four with the ease of a man reclining on a lilo lifting a cocktail from a floating tray.

    Warner, however, is awoken from his own chill-out zone by a short, fast bouncer from Stokes, which he avoids with a sway.

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

    "England don't lose anything by giving Ben Stokes a few overs. He's a skiddy bowler and there's not many of them about in Test cricket these days. Because he bats at number six too, he is not expected to bowl too many overs but he might just snaffle somebody pretty decent during the course of the day."

  156. 0358: 
    Aus 85-2
    David Warner

    The England wives and girlfriends have arrived in Perth and are tucking into some early morning white wine. No sign of a grinning and grubby Allen Stanford in amongst them this time. Warner's eye-catching knock continues with two more boundaries - one helped deliberately over the slips and the second laced through the covers. A man in prime form.

  157. 0354: 
    Aus 77-2

    Loose start from the Durham man and Clarke bashes a wide full toss square on the off side for four. Stokes's line isn't quite right early - no doubt a tad nervous in only his second Test.

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

    "There's nothing wrong with Ben Stokes's character or temperament but he needs a bit of polishing up - certainly on his batting and a little on his bowling."

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    Joe in Manchester: Am I the only person who noticed Shane Watson mutter "oh no!" when he edged behind?

  160. 0350: 
    Aus 73-2

    Better from Broad. He keeps Warner honest with a tidy maiden, featuring a couple of well-judged leaves. Time for another change for England as all-rounder Ben Stokes enters the attack.

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    Alex Alderson: Warner will get himself out as usual. Love to see Clarke go before lunch. Being careful not to be too optimistic yet though.

    Tom Lambert: Let's talk about David Warner: is he the most successful batsman to have such an ugly style?

  162. 0345: 
    Aus 73-2

    Too full from Bres - four more to Clarke - the 11th boundary of the day already. Current run rate 5.21 but that's fairly common in Perth and Cook needs to hold his nerve and keep his catchers at close quarters.

    Brett Lee and Michael Vaughan

    On Test Match Special during today's lunch interval, there will be a special feature on fast bowling at the Waca - with TMS summariser Glenn McGrath, the top Test wicket-taker in Perth, joined by his former Australia new-ball partner Brett Lee, and the leading first-class wicket-taker on the ground - Terry Alderman.

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  164. 0342: 
    Aus 69-2

    Broad may have taken a wicket but he is still going all over the park here. Three to Warner then an easy first boundary to Clarke as he pummels a leg stump half-volley down the ground.

    Then a wild swipe from Warner, heaving at Broad but connecting with absolutely nothing. Broad fixes his man with a stare.

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

    "It's a fairly equal morning for both sides. England have got two wickets, which is key. It's hard to stop people scoring here so you just need to keep picking up wickets. Warner and Clarke are good players and if England can get these two out, they shouldn't be worried about the others. But I've said that before and they let Brad Haddin get a hundred."

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  166. 0335: 
    Aus 57-2

    Bouncer from Bresnan and he's lucky to avoid being called for a wide as the ball sails over Watto's head. Warner picks up three runs through the off side to give Clarke the strike. Bresnan tests out his dicky back with a short straight ball which the Aussie skipper ducks underneath.

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    Owen Riley: England need a series-altering spell from somebody here. Step forward Stuart Broad.

    John Lloyd: That was worth being awake to see. Broad may have been costly but wickets count. Two down before lunch - a good start.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "There have only been two Tests in which two or more players have appeared in their 100th Test: Michael Atherton and Alec Stewart for England against West Indies in 2000, and Jacques Kallis, Shaun Pollock and Stephen Fleming in the match between South Africa and New Zealand in 2006."

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  169. 0330: 
    Aus 53-2

    Out strides Michael Clarke to a standing ovation in his 100th Test. And the skipper gets off the mark with one into the covers. One more wicket and England will be delighted with their morning's work.

    Glenn McGrath, Ex-Australia fast bowler on BBC Test Match Special
    Stuart Broad celebrates after dismissing Shane Watson

    "That's what you get at the Waca - Broad got the length right and the edges will always carry here. Shane Watson looked good today, he was leaving well but then he was tempted by that one."

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  171. 0325: 
    WICKET- Watson c Swann b Broad 18 (Aus 52-2)
    Shane Watson is caught by Graeme Swann

    Broad changes ends to replace Jimmy, who is given a rest after five overs in this searing heat. And the change pays off! Watson swipes, gets a thick edge and Swann takes off to pouch a sharp catch above his head.

    Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Rogers 11), 2-52 (Watson 18)

    Broad's figures: 3.4-0-22-1


    Match scorecard

    Glenn McGrath, Ex-Australia fast bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm not sure if any of the tourists to Perth have been going for a swim at the local beaches but there have been a lot of big shark sightings in the last couple of days. There's a lot of Great Whites around here so it's always worth bearing that in mind before you go for a dip."

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  173. 0322: 
    Aus 52-1

    Watson has a slash - so to speak - and cracks Bresnan over the slips for four. A meaty push into the covers earns him two more. Already, you can sense Cook scratching his head and wondering where to turn next?

  174. 0316: 
    Aus 45-1

    Who was the fool who said England were offering no threat? Anderson slants a peach of a ball across Dave Warner that has the Aussie leftie groping at thin air.

  175. 0312: 
    Aus 45-1

    "Welcome to the Ashes Big Tim," says Shane Watson with a booming cover drive for four. Cut to Andy Flower, glowering away in the England dressing-room. I'm not going to lie to you - there is not a huge amount of threat being posed by the England attack at the moment.

    Glenn McGrath, Ex-Australia fast bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "All fast bowlers love the Waca, but I know some batsmen who loved it here too - Justin Langer was one. He knew he could trust the bounce and get good value for his shots. I don't think the pitch is as quick today - it will be days two, three and four when it's at its fastest."

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  177. 0308: 
    Aus 41-1

    Australia's fast start continues, with Warner twice smashing Jimmy through the covers. Broad is being hauled off after three over for 22. Here's Tim Bresnan...

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    Tom Lambert: Another quick single. English sledge 'this is a Test match, calm down'. Not quite same aggression as Clarke's broken arm sledge.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Waca
    Fans in fancy dress at the Waca

    "A real 1970s vibe about the Waca - concrete everywhere, very little shade (sun-tanning is good for you, right?), floodlight pylons so large it's as if they weren't entirely certain of their structural integrity. For those sitting on the grassy banks square of the wicket, it's brutally hot; for those on the metal and plastic seats beyond that, the nearest shade is probably Billy Bowden's sun-hat. They might as well be sitting in frying pans."

  180. 0302: 
    Aus 31-1

    Shot of the day so far from Warner, driving Broad down the ground for four. Then a shorter ball is effortlessly pulled for another boundary. Broad pushes two men back to leg side fence now.

    Nice touch in the crowd - two kids who can't be a day over 10 with painted-on Mitchell Johnson moustaches.

  181. 0258: 
    Aus 22-1

    Ooh - Warner is a lucky man. An inside edge cannons onto his pad and loops over middle stump. Fortune favours Watson too as a thick edge keeps low and races away past the slips for four. Watson leaves the last ball - which is on a length - very late and Prior catches it in front of his nose. This place is a fast bowler's paradise.

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

    "There's no better fielder in the world who also has to open the bowling. Most other opening bowlers like to graze in the outfield between overs."

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  183. 0252: 
    Aus 17-1

    Awesome from Anderson again as he dives full-length from mid-on to prevent a certain four. Broad has already taken out his short leg and moved him to gully. Seems a very odd decision on this trampoline of a surface. Better over from Stuey Broad though, sending the cherry down at about 86mph.

    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special
    England celebrate after Chris Rogers is run out

    "You can see how that run-out has given England a massive lift. Stuart Broad now needs to improve with the ball out of the hand - it's almost a surprise when he bowls a bad over like that these days."

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    Richard Powell: Well done, Jimmy, lad! Derek Randall-like fielding from Anderson! Advantage England!

    Pete: Handsome and an amazing fielder, what a man Jimmy Anderson is!

  186. 0248: 
    Aus 15-1

    It was a fatal mid-pitch hesitation that cost Rogers there, but Anderson still had plenty to do when he picked up the ball. A quick change of direction and a ferocious throw did the business for England though.

    Now, can Jimmy feed off the buzz of that run out with the ball is his hand? He's bowling a good pace, and a particularly high bouncer gets called a wide. Watto off the quacker with a dab to leg.

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

    "Rogers was out by a good yard. What a start from England - Stuart Broad bowled a first over as bad I have seen but then there is that bit of magic from James Anderson."

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  188. 0241: 
    WICKET- Rogers run out (Anderson) 11 (Aus 13-1)
    Chris Rogers is run out

    Wow - amazing fielding from Anderson - and Rogers is gone. The left-hander pushed the ball to mid-on and set off, but Jimmy was on to the ball in a flash to pick up and throw down the stumps. Rogers dived but his bat was in the air. Thrilling stuff.

    Fall of wicket: 13-1 (Rogers 11)

    Match scorecard

  189. 0240: 
    Aus 13-0

    Dross from Broad - a half-volley on leg stump that is meat and drink to Rogers. The next ball is shorter and even more leg side, allowing Rogers an easy clip to fine leg for another boundary.

  190. 0236: 

    It looks like Pete and Jean from Weston-super-Mare have made the trip over to Perth for this Test. There's plenty of support for England in this one...

  191. 0234: 
    Aus 2-0

    Early signs of the tennis ball bounce this pitch is famous for as a ball from Anderson that isn't drastically short rises over Rogers's shoulder before Prior takes a full-length delivery by his ribs. The veteran Aussie opener gets off the mark with a tickle to leg. Davey Warner does the same and our story has begun.

  192. 0230: 

    Right then, it's Friday the 13th, can Jimmy Anderson put the frighteners up Chrissy Rogers? Let's play cricket.

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

    "This is a session England have to win, and win well, to put Australia on the back foot. In terms of selection, they have got it right. They have told the experienced players that they have got us into this mess, and they have to get us out of it. England have to bowl Australia out today to have any chance because the cracks will open up. For a batting line-up with such brittle confidence, that will unsettle them when they take guard."

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


    James in Stoke: There is just a 12.5% chance of calling three coin tosses in a row incorrectly...but Alastair Cook has pulled it off. How's yer luck England?

  195. 0227: 

    Now the national anthems and some lusty warbling from what looks like a very large contingent of Brits abroad. As the camera pans across the Aussie team, it strikes me what a calm confident, and dare I say "cocky" bunch they look, compared with their slightly hapless demeanour over the summer. It's amazing what a difference a couple of wins makes.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Waca

    "A blow for Alastair Cook to lose his third successive toss of the series, but keep upper lips stiff: the same happened to Andrew Strauss three years ago, and Australia were six wickets down for less than 70. Admittedly before winning the match by more than 200 runs, but still. And with five bowlers in the England line-up, they at least have the resources for this brutal heat."

  197. 0221: 

    Perth is a picture, with the flags of Australia and England being stretched out by bright yellow mascots.

    The two skippers are walking out now through a guard of honour being formed by six of the XI Australians to reach 100 Tests, including those recent tormentors-in-chief Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.

    Joe Root and Mitchell Johnson

    Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who has taken 17 wickets in the series so far, has been continuing his attempts to undermine England's batsmen off the pitch as well as on it.

    Joe Root scored 87 in the second innings in Adelaide and showed great courage under fire as he patiently blocked, ducked and shouldered arms against Johnson and his fellow quicks.

    The 22-year-old also ignored Johnson's "verbal intimidation" with a wry laugh, prompting Johnson to quip that the Yorkshireman had a cute smile.

    Watch the interview on the BBC Sport website.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Local knowledge tells us that this pitch will be slightly slower on the first day and then quicken up as the game goes on."

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

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Robert Highton: What's the point in having people like Finn and Mills if we aren't going to use them on a pitch that suits them?

    Nick Gregory: Usually, hearing the TMS jingle is cause for great excitement; this evening I fear it's the death knell for England's Ashes.

  201. 0213: 

    England's record at the Waca could not get much worse, and their individual records at the ground are not much better. Only skipper Alastair Cook has scored a century at Perth of the current squad. How about their nemesis Mitchell Johnson? Well he's got 36 wickets at 19.66 in his five Tests, including a career-best 8-61 against South Africa. Ryan Harris's record isn't too shabby either - 11 wickets at 15.72. Good luck, England.

  202. 0211: 
    Fans enjoy the view from the boundary

    The ground known as the Waca, an acronym for the Western Australian Cricket Association, has traditionally produced pitches offering pace and bounce, especially when the sea breeze known as the Fremantle Doctor comes calling in the afternoon.

    As in Brisbane, England have a disappointing Test record at Perth, with only one victory in 12 Tests, against a Packer-weakened Australia in 1978-79.

    Read more about the venue in a BBC Sport feature

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

    "Steven Finn has got a decent record and takes wickets. Batsmen get runs and bowlers get wickets, that's their job. Now he seems to have gone to the back of the queue and I find it odd that Ben Stokes is bowling here and batting at number six when he would be at number eight in a good Test side. When you have a knack of bowling fast and taking wickets, you play - it doesn't matter if he knocks the stumps every now and again. What have the England coaches been doing with him since the summer?"

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

  204. 0208: 
    GET INVOLVED- Can England save the series?

    I'm not sure if any of you are tuned in to TMS, but Geoffrey Boycott is already coming off his long-run, spitting bile at the selectors as he bemoans the continued absence of Steven Finn.

    Be good to hear your views on the England team, ton-up boys Clarke and Cook or simply a Perth prediction. You can email us at (with "For Sam Sheringham" in the subject line, text 81111 if you're in the UK, or tweet us via #bbccricket on Twitter.

  205. 0204: 

    Australia: Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (capt), Steve Smith, George Bailey, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Nathan Lyon.

    England: Alastair Cook (capt), Michael Carberry, Joe Root, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Ben Stokes, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.


    England captain Alastair Cook, speaking at the toss: "We have bowled pretty well in the first innings of all these games. We would like to have batted, it feels like a batting day, but we can't use it as an excuse. I will always back my ability with the bat, you go through spells like this but I got a good ball from Mitchell in the first innings at Adelaide and played a poor shot in the second."


    Australia captain Michael Clarke, speaking at the toss: "It's special to represent Australia 100 times but my focus is on having success in this Test, we have a lot to focus on. It's a very good wicket and it will do a bit this morning but it will play well. We're in a good position in the series but we both start on zero today."

  208. 0202: 
    Tim Bresnan

    As predicted, England make just the one change to their Adelaide XI, with Tim Bresnan coming in for Monty Panesar and Ben Stokes keeping his place at number six. Ryan Harris has passed a fitness test on his knee injury and takes his place in an unchanged Australia side.

    Michael Clarke tosses the coin

    Three tosses - three wins for Australia. Not the start England wanted.

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Huw Corcoran: What's the point in having Finn and Tremlett if you're not going to bowl them at the Waca? Swann will be ineffective.

    Rob Ferguson: Come on England. Now the underdogs again we might have a chance, given our amazing record on this wicket!

  211. 0158: 

    The weather in Perth? Up to 38C for the next five days. Scorchio...

  212. 0156: 

    A glimmer of hope for England arrived from the unlikeliest of sources this week as former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist batsman bizarrely suggested that his own team might actually be under greater pressure in Perth given the unchartered territory in which they find themselves. In case you were wondering, that's the same Adam Gilchrist who butchered a tiring England attack at this ground in 2006, scoring the second fastest century in Test history off 57 balls and catapulting his team to the Ashes.

  213. 0155: 

    Also hearing that Australia are unchanged. Just five minutes until the most crucial of tosses.

  214. 0150: 
    Michael Clarke

    Michael Clarke played down his achievement of playing in 100 Tests, saying it comes second behind getting his hands on the urn for the first time as captain.

    "That's why it's most special for me - the fact that we have a chance to win the Ashes," he said. "With regards to being your 100th Test, it's not a focus for me at all. There's enough other reasons as to why this Test match is so special to me, and this team."

  215. 0148: 
    Andy Flower address his squad at the Waca

    England captain Alastair Cook has has had just three days to prepare his team since Australia took the tourists' last four wickets in 11.4 overs on the final morning of the second Test.

    He said: "I don't think it is a problem lifting the players. The hunger and desire that has been questioned has always been there in this side and we have another chance to show it this week.

    "We have to make sure we're very clear individually of our plans both with bat and ball and, as a team, how we want to operate in this game."

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  217. 0145: 

    The phone rings here in our Salford HQ and it's our man Tom Fordyce at the Waca to deliver the news that it looks very likely that England will make only one change to the team that was thrashed in Adealide, with Tim Bresnan coming in for Monty Panesar.

  218. 0143: 
    The Waca pitch

    England have failed to reach 400 runs in any of their innings in seven Tests against Australia this year and Cook has warned his top order need to take special care early on in Perth.

    "It's one of those wickets where, as an Englishman, you have to get used to the bounce in the first half an hour," said the 28-year-old, who batted for six and a half hours for a century at the Waca in 2006.

    "The actual carry on this wicket is always good, it can be a fantastic place to bat, but you've to get 'in' to make the most of it."

  219. 0139: 

    For the first time in the esteemed history of Test cricket, the captains of both teams will be playing their 100th Test match at the same time; Alastair Cook is the 11th to do so for England and Clarke the 12th for Australia.

    Cook made his debut in 2006 and reaches the milestone at the age of 28 years and 353 days; Clarke, who made his debut in 2004, will be 32 years and 255 days.

    For the record, Cook has scored 7,883 runs at an average of 47.20 with 25 hundreds, while Clarke has made 7,940 runs at 52.58 with 26 centuries.

    However, Cook's recent record does that exactly match up to his stellar career stats: in seven Tests against Australia since the start of July he has averaged only 25.64. With his team 2-0 down and facing the loss of the urn, it's time for the Cookie to stop crumbling..

    Read more on the captains from chief sports writer Tom Fordyce on the BBC Sport website.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: Lots of 'guess the team' going on. Watched Swann and Bresnan bowling on the square...

  221. 0134: 

    Yep, it's the tallest of orders facing Alastair Cook's men as they look to tame Mitch the Merciless and emulate Don Bradman's 1936-37 Australia side by fighting back from 2-0 down to win the Ashes. Kick-off at the Waca in Perth is at 0230 GMT.

    The Waca
  222. 0130: 

    Poor old England. They've just been annihilated twice in a row by the fastest, bounciest bowler in the world and now - with the Ashes on the line - they are facing him again on the fastest, bounciest pitch in the world. Oh, and it happens to be his home ground. And the venue where he blew away a far superior England side three years ago… And it's Friday the 13th…

Live Scores - Australia v England


  • Australia beat England by 150 runs
  • Australia: 385 & 369-6 (87.0 overs)
  • England: 251 & 353 (103.2 overs)
  • Venue: Perth

England 2nd Innings

All out
View full scorecard
Cook b Harris 0
Carberry lbw b Watson 31
Root c Haddin b Johnson 19
Pietersen c Harris b Lyon 45
Bell c Haddin b Siddle 60
Stokes c Haddin b Lyon 120
Prior c Haddin b Johnson 26
Bresnan c Rogers b Johnson 12
Swann c Smith b Lyon 4
Broad not out 2
Anderson c Bailey b Johnson 2
Extras 6w 13b 13lb 32
Total all out 353

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