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Live Reporting

Stephan Shemilt and Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    So, all the problems seem to be Australia's at the end of the first Test. Who would have thought that when we gathered on Wednesday morning?

    It is England who will take a 1-0 lead to Lord's on Thursday. See you at the home of cricket.

  2. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Want to relive the moment England won this first Test? Listen again to Jonathan Agnew describing the final wicket thanks to our friends on the 5 live website.

  3. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician


    "Root also had the highest score in the match again. The eighth time in his 28 Test match career. Bradman is the only one who has a higher percentage."

  4. Post update

    Alastair Cook. England's leading Test runscorer. Captain. Photographer.

    Cook poses for a selfie, waits as a chap can't get his phone sorted, then decides to do the business himself.

  5. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Matthew Burnett: Cardiff hosted a fantastic Test Match in the Ashes once again. Proud to be a Welshman. Stand tall and proud Cardiff, great game.

  6. Post update

    Stuart Broad on England's tactics with the ball: "We decided that width was going to be easy. We'd prefer to be driven than cut, and I can't really remember us being cut.

    "Cooky had a really good game as captain - he put fielders in places in front of the bat that could apply some pressure."

  7. 6-Duck-6

    BBC Radio 5 live

    There will be plenty of chance to talk about this England victory on BBC Radio 5 live tonight as Michael Vaughan hosts 6-Duck-6. (The football version is 6-0-6. Geddit?)

    Michael will be on air from 19:00. You can call 0900 909 693 or text 85058.

  8. Post update

    Stuart Broad, who took 3-39 in the second innings: "We're really happy. It's always hard work, especially on a wicket where you had to run in on and hit the pitch hard to get anything out of it.

    "But a four-day win by 169 runs - it was a really good performance. There are a lot of proud players up there."

  9. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ross Chambers: So great for England, stepped it up and silenced a lot of critics who shouted whitewash, great job.

  10. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Michael Clarke is right up there with the best captains but Alastair Cook has just out-captained him this week, he has tactically manoeuvred his field better, who thought we'd be saying that? I just don't think there will be any draws in this series unless the weather comes in. Batting first is a big advantage, if Australia win the toss at Lord's these things can turn around quickly. Whatever happens it is going to be a very, very entertaining series."

  11. Post update

    The England players are out of the dressing room and on the edge of the field, meeting fans and signing autographs. Ben Stokes seems to be a particularly sought-after signature. Adam Lyth and Mark Wood are there too, while Jos Buttler chats away to two friends.

  12. Captain's view

    Alastair Cook: "It's a start. It's a long series, it would be nice if it was a one-match series! We are going to have to play well for a long period of time but I am fully confident the guys are up to it."

  13. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia had a big problem with Harris, now it is Starc's ankle. Lord's usually has a bit in it for the fast bowlers and the slope helps you. Starc has to be a doubt. Watson keeps getting out lbw and Haddin as well at 37, has he lost it? I question whether he's up to it. On top of that they want to have a big talk about their tactics and their batsmen getting out for 30."

  14. Post update

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Alastair Cook on Joe Root: "The world is his oyster with how good he is but you don't get there without hard work."

  15. Man of the match

    England's Joe Root: "I think it was my most important hundred in this match. It's great to get that win, hopefully we can now back it up at Lord's.

    On his counter-attacking style: "When they attack, it's the best time to attack them. There are more gaps in the field. And I've always had people at the other end to build a partnership with, contributions from people like Gary Ballance and Ben Stokes were important and shouldn't be forgotten about."

  16. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    England leave the field after winning test

    "I don't think anyone really expected England to win. We wanted to get rid of the horror show of Australia, but we were hoping not expecting. We got a big surprise which shows when it's a two-horse race, you never know what is going to happen."

  17. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Andrew Russe: A couple of months ago I was livid with the ECB and the politicking - still am - but I'm SO PROUD of these boys. Well done lads.

  18. Player's view

    Man of the match Joe Root on Test Match Special: "We've got to keep taking all the confidence from the one-day series and this match.

    "Australia are a very good side and they've proven that for a number of years. We've got to make sure we're right on the money when we go out there at Lord's."

  19. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Everything Cook has touched has worked. He has been backed up very nicely by his bowling attack - they all have different styles.

    "Broad has been outstanding - he has been the pick of the seamers. Then you've got the skiddy, quick Mark Wood, the swing of Jimmy Anderson, and Ben Stokes has a bit of licence.

    "And the 12th and 13th man in the stands - the crowd has been excellent this week."

  20. Captain's reaction

    England captain Alastair Cook: "It was a brilliant performance. The crowd have been fantastic. We really appreciate the support we've got.

    "The one-day and Test series against New Zealand was exciting and people appreciated the way we went about it. This Test couldn't have gone any better and we'll enjoy tonight. Joe Root was fantastic and the bowlers were superb.

    "Everyone was talking about what's gone on in the past, but this is a different side. We had to look forward. We always took the attacking option in this game.

    "We have four or five experienced players and the rest are inexperienced in terms of Ashes cricket. It helps when you're on top and it's been a really good four days."

  21. Captain's reaction

    Australia captain Michael Clarke: "We tried to play our natural game. Some guys played positive, others backed their defence a little more. Whatever we tried didn't work today."

  22. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia must be the most surprised. They would have been thinking Johnson was going to blow them away again and now we also have Starc at 90mph, but we never saw that the pitch was going to pull their teeth and they weren't going to be as effective."

  23. Player's view

    Joe Root

    England batsman and man of the match Joe Root, who made 134 and 60 and took 2-28 in the second innings, on Test Match Special "We were up against it in the first innings but Gaz Ballance scrapped his way through it.

    "It's hard to single anyone out in particular because it was such a good team performance."

    On the manner of England's win: "We weren't surprised by it at all. We know we're capable of beating Australia because we've got some talented players."

  24. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Laura Kirk: Ok ok let's not get carried away..............5-0 IT'S GOING TO BE 5-0 I PREDICT A RIOT.

    FranKO: Stand up if you're 1-0 up! More of the same next week please

  25. Post update

    The presentation is about to begin. The England players not involved are sitting on the balcony, still in their whites, most with a beer. They look the cast of The History Boys.

  26. Captain's view

    Australia captain Michael Clarke on TMS: "We were outplayed in all three facets. England batted well on day one, we didn't take our catches and our batting let us down in both innings. We look forward to making amends in the second Test."

    Will Mitchell Starc be fit for the second Test at Lord's, starting on Thursday? "I hope so. I haven't got a last update but I'm confident the fact he bowled in the second innings means he will be fit to bowl at Lord's."

    Is Shane Watson's place under threat? "I'm sure the selectors will look at everyone's performance and make a decision about the second Test."

  27. Post update

    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport at Cardiff

    "As some complementary sponsors' booze is plonked on our desks in the press box, one Aussie journalist quips: 'Australians will need two of those.'"

  28. Post update

    Jos Buttler already has a beer in his hand, Gary Ballance a bottle of water (or vodka). Trevor Bayliss and Darren Lehmann, good mates, are sharing a joke. "Can you believe I've turned up late and spanked your boys out of sight, Boof?"

  29. Post update

    The presentation stage has been erected on the outfield, very few spectators have left. Alastair Cook and Joe Root are down the steps, so it's probably safe to assume that Root is man of the match.

  30. Final scorecard

  31. Post update

    We'll be rolling for a while, getting all the reaction from both sides after England's four-day victory. To repeat (in case you can't quite believe it), England have won in four days. Keep your texts, tweets and emails coming.

  32. Post update

    Glenn McGrath

    BBC Test Match Special

    "There had been talk England had turned it round but England in their own back yard are a different team. Anderson and Broad with the Duke ball are as deadly a combination as there is in world cricket. England have won the big moments and seem to have a lot more confidence."

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  34. Player's view

    England's Mark Wood, speaking to Sky Sports: "It's fantastic to go 1-0 up. We put the pressure on Australia and they didn't expect that. We bowled to our strengths on this pitch. When the crowd started singing 'stand up if you're 1-0 up', I was laughing. I was doing my best to stay professional."

  35. Post update

    I wonder what Trevor Bayliss is thinking? The Aussie has just won his first Test in charge. He's already in conversation with Alastair Cook and Paul Farbrace on the England balcony.

  36. Post update

    Glenn McGrath

    BBC Test Match Special

    England team celebrate

    "Thinking what positives Australia can take and there are not too many. England have basically outplayed Australia in every department."

  37. Post update

    Remember, England had not won any of their last six Test against Australia. However, Australia have now won only two of the last 16 they have played against England in the UK. They have the advantage of being the Ashes holders, but all the problems are theirs. How can they turn this around before Thursday at Lord's?

  38. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Alastair Cook celebrates

    "It was fitting that Joe Root took the winning the catch, it was his innings that grabbed the game England's way. How different the game could have been if Haddin had caught that when Root was on nought."

  39. Post update

    Jubilant celebrations from the England players and fans inside Cardiff. Group hugs, a run to grab the stumps, songs. Michael Clarke pats his players on the back, but has a face like thunder. Joe Root leads the England players up the stairs to a standing ovation. Handshakes, good natured.

  40. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think many pundits - any pundits thought they would win this game, let alone in four days."

  41. England win by 169 runs

    Hazlewood c Root b Moeen 14 (Aus 242 all out)

    Jos Buttler celebrates

    That's it! England have won! Josh Hazlewood is the last man to go, skying Moeen Ali to Joe Root at deep mid-off. England win by 169 runs and lead the 2015 Ashes 1-0.

  42. Aus 242-9

    "Stand up if you're 1-0 up" is the chant in Cardiff, followed by some Aussie baiting. "Sit down if you're 1-0 down."

  43. Aus 242-9 (Root 6-0-28-2)

    Nathan Lyon is the last man in. Cardiff sings Joe Root's name. Fielders buzz around the Aussie number 11. Not long, now.

  44. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a Yorkshire combination again - Root and Lyth. Mitchell Johnson had played so well, powerful, he played a really good hand. He's a fighter but England are just one wicket away from going one up in the series."

  45. WICKET

    Johnson c Lyth b Root 77 (Aus 242-9)

    Joe Root celebrates wicket

    England are nearly there! It's that man Joe Root again, ending a very good innings by Mitchell Johnson. We knew Johnson's attacking instincts would lead to a chance and, eventually, he dances and edges to Adam Lyth at slip. I'm glad we got the power back in time for that. Only one wicket between England and some Saturday celebrations in the Welsh capital.

  46. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jamie Smith: Come on England, please wrap this up tonight! Winning in four days makes a big statement!

  47. Aus 242-9

    Sorry for the lack of updates, we've just had a power cut. Insert some comedy line about the lights going out on the Aussies here. Not much happened while we were away...

  48. Aus 223-8 (Root 4-0-23-1)

    Josh Hazlewood is the new man, the penultimate line of defence. Cardiff gives us a "Roooooot" and a chorus of Hey Jude.

  49. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    Lyth celebrates

    "Brilliant by England, it was short by Root - wasn't a good ball by any stretch of the imagination. Cook reacted brilliantly and got a hand to it and Lyth got the rebound, you don't care how they come at this point."

  50. WICKET

    Starc c Lyth b Root 17 (Aus 223-7)

    Joe Root celebrates wicket

    Whadda catch! Adam Lyth is alive to snaffle Mitchell Starc and England are one wicket closer to a 1-0 lead. Joe Root has the golden arm, enticing Strac to force the ball straight towards Alastair Cook at gully. Cook can only parry, but Lyth, at slip, dives for the rebound, ala Geraint Jones in the 2005 Ashes. Cardiff roars its approval. England are two balls away.

  51. Post update

    Graeme Swann

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "The Barmy Army have a new song for Watson to the tune of the Andy Williams classic "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" you know that bit where it builds to the chorus? It goes 'lb, lb, lbw'" they were singing it and sure enough Shane got out lbw!"

  52. Aus 222-7 (Eng need 3 wickets)

    I'm happy to stick my neck out and say that Johnson can't keep playing like this without giving a chance. England's task is to take it when it comes. A dance at Moeen, almost deceived into giving a catch to point. Another skip, a leading edge that evades the bowler. Whatever way you look at it, it's entertaining.

  53. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Mitchell Johnson plays a shot

    Nigel Baker: I should have realised they'd picked Mitchell Johnson as a specialist batsman after I saw him bowl.

    Jack: At what stage do we get worried?

  54. Aus 221-7 (partnership 70)

    A sweep for a couple and a single on the on side means Johnson takes 17 from the over. He's up to 70 from 79 balls. In the crowd, a man in waistcoat and bow tie holds a tray full of lager. Fancy dress, or waiter? I hope it's the latter.

  55. Aus 218-7

    Fetch it! Six over long-on. England won't mind Johnson getting after Root, but Johnson quite likes it too.

  56. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    JoElle: That's a century and a 50 from Mitch Johnson in this match.

  57. Aus 212-7

    Mitchell Johnson plays a shot

    Johnson isn't going to let Root settle. Two dances, two fours down the ground. Good contest.

  58. Aus 204-7

    Moeen Ali appeals

    Johnson points his tattoos at Moeen Ali while the Barmy Army ask someone to give us a song. I can't quite hear who they want to sing. Maybe Robert Croft? Makes sense, we're on his patch. England ask the question against Mitchell Starc, but he's got outside the line. I think we may see some Joe Root from t'other end.

  59. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Maria: Mitchell Johnson could score big, rain cancels out day 5 - Draw.

  60. 50 for Mitchell Johnson

    Aus 203-7

    Mitchell Johnson celebrates his 50

    The English quite like a pop at Mitchell Johnson, but there's no doubt that he's a fierce competitor. Even when his team's batsmen have failed pretty miserably, Johnson is still battling, going to a shot-laden half-century with a back-foot punch through the covers. It's starting to look pretty flat out there. England might look to spin from both ends to eat a few overs before the second new ball.

  61. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Sam Rao: And here comes the traditional 100 run stand for the eighth wicket...

    Evan Samuel: At least the Mitches look like it matters to them.

  62. Aus 197-7 (target 412)

    England turn to spin, the offies of Moeen Ali to play on the patience of this pair of left-handers as well as posing the danger of turning away from the bat. Johnson sees no danger, mind. He dances to belt straight for four and is closing in on a half-century. Watching these two bat, you really wonder how Australia have got themselves into such a pickle.

  63. Post update

    Henry Blofeld

    BBC Test Match Special

    "They're batting so well these two you think how on earth did seven of them get out for so little?"

  64. Aus 192-7 (Johnson 44, Starc 15)

    I'm told that the 'Not For Sale' sticker on the bottom of Starc's bat is an anti-slavery campaign. Good for him. Still Broad, long of leg, round the wicket to Johnson, who looks fairly hacked off with the situation he finds himself in. When Broad drops short, Johnson takes out his frustration on the ball, pulling for four. Next delivery, with three men on out the fence, Johnson tries to hit the ball out Wales and nearly loses his poles.

  65. Post update

    Glenn McGrath

    BBC Test Match Special

    "England have so many runs to play with but as a bowler you still don't want to give runs away. I hated giving boundaries away..or even singles away."

  66. Aus 186-7 (Eng need 3 wickets)

    To be fair to this Aussie eighth-wicket pair, they look reasonably comfortable. Starc drives Broad handsomely through the covers for four. Did I say they were looking comfortable? Forget that. Wood finds the edge of Starc's bat, the ball flying between the slips, bouncing well short so there's no chance of a catch. Having said that, it is the only moment of discomfort since tea. Patience, young grasshopper.

  67. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Kendall: Johnson and Starc to go all Ashton Agar and Tino Best on us here?

  68. Aus 175-7 (target 412)

    The trumpeter leads the songs of the England fans as Mark Wood slips in round the wicket to Starc. Left-hander Starc drills through the off side for four, but a few poxy boundaries aren't going to spoil the boundaries aren't going to spoil the England party. Indeed, we get a chorus of the national anthem. Please be upstanding.

  69. Post update

    Glenn McGrath

    BBC Test Match Special

    Moeen Ali bowls

    "This game certainly isn't petering out to a draw. Pretty much from day one there has been something happening."

  70. Aus 171-7 (Eng need 3 wkts)

    Stuart Broad, excellent for 3-22 today, is round the wicket to Mitchell Starc, with Joe Root in that silly slip position again. Broad locates Starc's off stump and has a good look around, probing. A play-and-miss, a drive, a defensive prod. At the bottom of Starc's bat is a sticker that reads 'not for sale'. What's not for sale? His bat? I'll be honest, Mitch, I don't want it.

  71. Aus 170-7

    Moeen Ali watches play

    Moeen Ali was off the field for the first over of the session. What could he possibly have been doing? He runs back out with a jumper in his hand. Was that the problem? Could he not find his sweater?

  72. Aus 170-7 (Johnson 34, Starc 4)

    Three slips and a short mid-off, though Johnson begins with an edge for four and lovely straight-driven boundary. England won't worry about runs, a touch of patience is the order of the day for the celebrations to begin. Wood switches to round the wicket and beats the outside edge, to much oohing and aahing in the Welsh capital.

  73. Aus 162-7 (Eng need 3 wickets)

    The England players come down the steps, probably for the last time in this match. Only the Australia tail remains - the Mitchells, followed by Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon. In the Cardiff sunshine, Mark Wood has the ball to begin the evening session.

  74. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Mitchell Johnson bats

    "If Australia can get runs on the board I can see Mitchell Johnson causing some damage in this series but English conditions generally require some old fashioned basics and I don't think Australia have delivered the basics for long enough. I think they could bring in Peter Siddle to bowl with Josh Hazlewood, full of length and that could be a good combination."

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  76. Post update

    Thanks, Marc. It's matter of when England win this match, rather than if. All done tonight? You'd think so. Three more wickets for a 1-0 lead in the 2015 Ashes.

  77. Post update

    And with that, I pass over the baton to Stephan Shemilt. The finisher.

  78. How's stat?!

    In the last 17 Ashes series, the team who has won the urn has won the opening Test 15 times.

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  81. Beware the weather

    Weather forecast

    If - and it's a big, massive, monstrous if - Australia can survive until the end of the day, the weather might lend a helping hand tomorrow.

  82. The end for Watto?

    Shane Watson
  83. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "What a session for England. The bowling has been excellent, the combinations have worked, they have bowled in partnerships with a better length and really good lines. Moeen Ali has picked up crucial wickets and the captaincy from Cook has been excellent. The atmosphere is going to be rocking after tea."

  84. Tea scorecard

    Tweet it, like it, share it. Just soak this tea-time buzz up. If you're English, of course.

  85. Aus 162-7 (36 overs remaining)

    So, Australia lost five wickets for just 65 runs in that afternoon session. Middle order like a chocolate fireguard today.

  86. Tea

    Mitchell Johnson drives powerfully through the off side - sending the close fielders scattering like seagulls. England are crowding Australia that much, it wouldn't surprise me if they sat on the same table as the Aussies at tea. There's no let-up.

    Anyway, time for some cake. It's tea-time.

  87. Aus 159-7 (England need 3 wickets to win)

    Mitchell Starc flicks four off his hips then plays a firm defensive shot to a lifter from Mark Wood, who has gone round the wicket to the left-hander.

  88. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Watson keeps making the same mistake. He's a senior player and Mitchell Marsh is waiting in the wings but I've always said when you start a series with a team I don't see why you'd change it after one game. If he is at Lord's you can bet England will keep targeting those pads, bowl it in the channel, try to get one to nip back and he'll play across it eventually. It must be so frustrating for the Australia coaches to see players keep getting out the same way."

  89. Aus 155-7

    Mark Wood celebrates

    Is Mark Wood the find of the summer? Simon Cowell would be proud of unearthing this talent - somebody who can bowl 90mph and takes wickets while the opening bowlers graze in the outfield. The field is set for some short stuff. But what else should Mitchell Johnson expect? MJ takes a single. Mitchell Starc on strike.

  90. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I hope its a normal Lord's pitch for the next match, with enough pace - the slope always helps - and that you can bat on it and make runs. This has been a good pitch but it has been slower and lower."

  91. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think Wood has been a revelation, he has given England something different they have not had for a while. Forget what he does, and he gets them down at 90mph, it's his energy, his love for the game. He's always smiling and you need that in your team."

  92. Aus 152-7 (England need three wickets to win)

    Moeen gives the ball some air and it almost sneaks beneath Mitchell Johnson's bat. It's a matter of when, not if, England will wrap this up.

  93. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Neil Worrall: Watson's Law - If you are hit on the pad, you will look surprised; shake your head & review the decision. You will always be out.

    Stuart Mitchell: Not sure there is much need to announce the type of dismissal for Watson, so obvious every time. Three to go, come on England.

  94. Aus 151-6 (Wood 10-4-27-2)

    Mark Wood celebrates with team

    It's almost as if England were bowling within themselves before that wicket, saving their energies for the second Test which begins at Lord's on Thursday. Mark Wood's pace had dropped 10mph. Nothing wrong with that though - as that great philosopher John Barnes once said: "You've got to hold and give but do it at the right time. You can be slow or fast but you must get to the line..."

    England are almost over the line now. Just three to go - Mitchell Starc the new man to the crease.

  95. Post update

    Simon Mann

    BBC Test Match Special

    Shane Watson leaves the field

    "He walks off very slowly. I wonder if this is going to be his last Test innings."

  96. WICKET

    Watson lbw Wood 19 (Aus 151-7)

    Shane Watson is dismissed

    Shane Watson troops off for the 29th time in his career, having been given out leg-before. Could that be an ironic denouement to his Test career?

  97. Review

    Aus 151-6

    It's becoming a standing joke now. Shane Watson plays round his front pad, the ball crashes into it at pace and the umpire raises his finger. Watson reviews it, almost for a laugh.

  98. Aus 151-6 (England need four wickets to win)

    I've not seen new England coach Trevor Bayliss leave his seat for this Test match. He's just watching on from the boundary, always saying 'yes' when a tea round is being made. On the opposition balcony, Darren Lehmann looks like he's been slapped round the chops with a wet kipper. He's a bit stunned, I think.

  99. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Hamid Gharda: Two men went to Mo, went to Moeen Ali, he spun them round & wowed the crowd, and sent them back to Aussie!

  100. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Tom Little: Managed to find the only people showing the test in Zürich. Nothing will stop a father son Saturday cricket session.

  101. Aus 150-6 (target 412)

    England's field is slowly spreading. Not sure why - perhaps they want to try and tempt the Aussies into playing shots and scoring runs - hence inducing a mistake. It almost works when Shane Watson shows Swayze-like footwork to drive a single down the ground and then Mitchell Johnson hoicks another boundary which just about clears a catcher inside the circle.

  102. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "England have certainly opened some cracks in the Australian team but it will take another performance at Lord's to make them wider. The toss of the coin is going to be quite crucial, batting first, because the pitches are going to be dry."

  103. Aus 145-6 (England need four wickets to win)

    Mitchell Johnson plays a shot

    Mitchell Johnson is another natural stroke-maker, with a Test century to his name, but he too is having to rein it in. He's playing the patience game, only playing a shot when he knows there is nobody there to catch him out - like he did to Moeen earlier. Miserly from Ben Stokes. Another maiden. Dot the dot.

  104. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Matt Elwell: Rain spotted in Newport.

  105. Aus 145-6 (target 412)

    Everybody, and I mean everybody, doubted if England could take 20 wickets in a match against Australia before this series so huge credit must go to new and returning bowling coach Ottis Gibson. Moeen is keeping a tight grip on England's dominance, aiming for the rough and leaking just one in another excellent over.

  106. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Broad today, every spell has been fantastic - his accuracy, his movement when he has hit the deck. The number of times he beat Warner playing forward - wow, he beat him six times at least, that's a lot for a top player. Somebody should be saying to Ben Stokes listen, you've got talent but on this pitch you've got to pitch it up."

  107. Aus 144-6 (Stokes 6-1-22-0)

    A father and son nod off in the mid-afternoon sunshine - heads rolling as though they are too heavy for their weary bodies. Anybody got a pillow? Wake them up when England get another wicket, will you?

    Ben Stokes is thrown the ball and the red-haired all-rounder is dispatched to the mid-wicket boundary by Shane Watson's dismissive pull shot. It's not a bad pitch this... England have just bowled very well.

  108. Aus 136-6 (England need four wickets to win)

    The Cardiff crowd is silent, almost in expectation, as Mitchell Johnson has a little mouse-like nibble on a Moeen Ali turner out of the rough. Realising there might be one with his name on it, Mitch decides to hit out and plants a maximum into the cow corner stands.

  109. Aus 130-6 (Watson 10, Johnson 7)

    James Anderson bowls

    Good tweet that, Marc Gridley (see below). England have got Shazy backed into a corner here that's for sure. James Anderson has close catchers all round the wicket. Another maiden though.

  110. Post update

  111. Aus 130-6 (England need four wickets to win)

    In the last Ashes series, just six of the England XI which started the first Test played in the fifth one. I reckon there might be a few Aussies nudged closer to the bingo hall during this series if such performances continue. Another Moeen maiden.

  112. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Michael Clarke dismissal

    "That Clarke dismissal was poor. It was wide and he sat back. If you're sat back waiting for it then when it is pitched up and you go forward to it you are a little late."

  113. Aus 130-6 (48 overs remaining)

    Shane Watson looks like he's breathing heavily. A natural strokemaker - he has a career strike-rate of 53 in Test cricket - he is having to be very disciplined just to try and stretch this game into tomorrow. He almost topples over in batting back a booming James Anderson inducker.

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    Andy Donley: This England team is a Strauss and a Swann away from being the best Test outfit in the world.

  115. Aus 127-6 (Moeen 5-2-23-2)

    "I'm sorry... but the number you are trying to reach in Australia is currently out of service or turned off. Please send a text message instead."

    Moeen Ali continues to twirls away and Shane Watson plays and misses outside off. He's fishing.

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  117. Aus 126-6 (Anderson 10-0-30-0)

    We're witnessing a master at work. James Anderson beats Shane Watson's outside edge with a snorter. As Ricky Ponting points out on the telly box... you've got to be a good batsman to hit those.

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    Brett Mills: Just throwing it out there, Shane Watson in his helmet = Ed Sheeran?

  119. Aus 122-6

    Shane Watson grunts as James Anderson hurries him up with a little rib-tickler. Still got it.

  120. Scorecard update

    England squad celebrate

    Australia 122-6 (38 overs) - target 412

    Batsmen: Watson 9* (17), Johnson 0* (5)

    Fall of wickets: 19-1 (Rogers 10), 97-2 (Warner 52), 101-3 (Smith 33), 106-4 (Clarke 4), 106-5 (Voges 1), 122-6 (Haddin 7)

    Bowling figures: Anderson 9-2-26-0, Broad 10-3-22-3, Moeen 4-2-22-2, Stokes 5-1-14-0, Wood 9-3-27-1, Root 2-0-5-0

    First innings: England 430 & 289; Australia 308

    Full scorecard

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    Glenn McGrath

    BBC Test Match Special

    "There was a fair bit of talk about whether they were going to play Moeen or Rashid. I don't think there will be any more talk about that. I'm sort of lost for words about this match."

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    Alastair Cook takes a catch

    Rory Payne: What a catch Cooky! I take my shades off to you.

    Richard Parfitt: Two men went to Mo!

  123. Aus 122-6 (England need 4 wickets to win)

    Kangaroo steak for tea tonight? Australia have now lost five wickets for 25 runs. Looking like a Sunday off for both sides.

    Mitchell Johnson is booed to the crease and plays out the rest of a wicket-maiden.

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    Brad Haddin leaves the field

    James Levy: Sat on a bus in London getting very odd looks every time I pump my fist at an Aussie wicket.

    Ian: Remember panicking Jamie Chisholm of Southwark email at 12.45 saying the Aussies would win? Where is he now? Never had a chance.

    Michael Petchey: Almost starting to feel sorry for the Aussies. No I'm not. I'm definitely not.

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    Glenn McGrath

    BBC Test Match Special

    "England can't do a thing wrong. That ball was hit at a rate of knots and Australia's woes continue. Moeen Ali would nearly have to put his hand up for man of the match. There have been two key moments in this game - when Joe Root was dropped on nought and then that wicket just before lunch today changed the whole mood."

  126. WICKET

    Haddin c Cook b Moeen 7 (Aus 122-6)

    Moeen Ali celebrates

    It's going ridiculously right for England now. They have earned their good luck, however, with some magnificently disciplined bowling and inventive field positioning.

    One such canny placing does for Brad Haddin when he tries to hoick Moeen Ali out of south Wales but ends up getting a bottom edge to Alastair Cook at short mid-wicket. The skipper parries the ball into the air and takes a tumbling catch as the ball drops behind him. Catching flies now.

  127. Aus 122-5 (England need five more wickets)


    Our man at the ground, Sam Sheringham, has been meeting some superheroes on the Cardiff concourses. Incredible scenes. Geddit?

    James Anderson, without a wicket in this innings yet, is delivering the ball from different points on the crease to try and get inside Shane Watson's muddled mind. The big man's front pad is sticking out like the proverbial sore thumb in the Cardiff gloom but when he does get it right, the ball whistles off the middle and down the ground for four.

  128. Aus 118-5 (Wood 9-3-27-1)

    Did you know that in the whole of Australia, only one in 10,000 families own a umbrella*? Inside the Swalec, one in two Australians* seem to be poking a brolly in the air as they try and catch the attention of the umpires at the moment some big ugly clouds come into view.

    Sit down, joke the jubilant English as Brad Haddin pulls Mark Wood for a couple.

    * Made-up stats

  129. Post update

    Glenn McGrath

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia have to keep the scoreboard ticking over. They still have to have intent or it plays into England's hands."

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    England Captain Alastair Cook looks on

    Lee Robson: England smashing Australia and Mike Ashley just spent £14.5m on a signing for Newcastle. No-one wake me from this dream.

  132. Aus 116-5 (target 412)

    This is what Saturdays are made for. When I was growing up, they generally consisted of Australia declaring on 600 at noon and then forcing England to follow on by 5. How times change. James Anderson has the ball in hand now and is making it sing. Nipping it this way. Swinging it that way. Two from the over.

  133. Post update

    Glenn McGrath

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Swanny had a smile like a Cheshire cat when he left. It has been a rough old half an hour since lunch, including the ball before lunch. It was looking ok but it's getting tougher."

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    Disco Stu: Enjoy your small moment Poms, much like your summer. You're either elated or suicidal. Four games to go.

  135. Aus 114-5 (Watson 4, Haddin 4)

    Custer's Last Stand now in Cardiff. Little (Brad Haddin) and big (Shane Watson) hold the key for the Aussies. Old Crazy Horse, Mark Wood, is bringing the ball in at pace and Haddin misjudges a pull shot which runs away past the keeper for four streaky runs.

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    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport at Cardiff

    "This is starting to feel unmistakably like a Stuart Broad day. So often he has been England's man for the big occasion especially at the Ashes. In 2009 at the Oval, he took 5-37 on the second afternoon to set up England's series-winning victory. Then, two years ago, he was England's match-winner in Durham, with a spell of 6-20 in 45 balls."

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