Ashes 2017 LIVE: Australia vs England – 3rd Test Day 2

LUNCH REPORT : Jonny Bairstow celebrated his maiden Ashes hundred with a playful butting of his helmet before Australia landed some meatier pre-lunch blows.

: Jonny Bairstow celebrated his maiden Ashes hundred with a playful butting of his helmet before Australia landed some meatier pre-lunch blows.

A tour that has proved a magnet to off-field issues – including Bairstow’s headbutting of Australia’s Cameron Bancroft in the now infamous Avenue nightclub up the road – reached crisis point from a series perspective this week.

But Bairstow took advantage of his promotion ahead of Moeen Ali in the batting order, sharing a new record fifth-wicket partnership for England against Australia with Dawid Malan of 237, to provide Joe Root’s team with a semblance of control for the first time in the series.

Their 403 all out, a total limited by the loss of their final six wickets for just 35 runs, was comfortably their highest so far and came at a ground at which batting first has been key in recent years.

England were in jeopardy of wasting that benefit at 131-4 when Bairstow walked to the crease at number six on the opening afternoon.

It is a position he clearly enjoys – as an average in excess of 50, 10 runs greater than his overall Test record attests.

And he prospered on the second morning as his sweet timing of the ball on a pacy WACA surface saw him reach three figures from 185 deliveries.

The celebratory moment came – shortly after he and Malan had surpassed the 206-run alliance between Eddie Paynter and Denis Compton at Trent Bridge during the 1938 Ashes – when he swung a short ball from Mitchell Marsh to short leg for a single.

Not so long after a flurry of boundaries from both batsmen during a period which reaped 36 runs in four overs.

Australia failed to separate the pair before drinks, despite concerted efforts during an impressive start of four maidens which included Steve Smith wasting the home team’s second review by challenging Marais Erasmus’ not out to a full Mitchell Starc delivery spearing into Malan’s pads in the third over of the morning.

Once Smith’s team did break through with Nathan Lyon’s dismissal of Malan, however, momentum shifted spectacularly.

Lured down the pitch, the Middlesex left-hander’s first Test hundred was terminated when a leading edge was snaffled by the diving Peter Handscomb – on as a substitute – at backward point.

Moeen lasted just two deliveries, Chris Woakes picked out fine leg with precision and Bairstow – who looked increasingly flustered batting with the tail – had his stumps demolished by Starc.

Australia’s bumping of England’s bowlers had its desired effect and despite Stuart Broad providing a riposte with a huge pulled six that travelled 104 metres, he replicated Craig Overton’s mode of dismissal by spooning a catch to short leg a dozen minutes into the extra half-hour granted to finish the innings.

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ENGLAND showed day one was no fluke as it dominated much of the opening session on day two. Jonny Bairstow reached his hundred and combined with Dawid Malan for a 237-run stand before the Poms suffered a shock collapse.

The Aussies took 6/35 from 51 balls in the final 40 minutes before lunch to bowl the tourists out for 403.

Stuart Broad was the last man to fall, caught by Cameron Bancroft at short leg for 12 in bizarre fashion.

Facing a short ball barrage from the Aussie quicks he was looking to swat everything away through the leg side, but he got it horribly wrong against Mitchell Starc, who was bowling around the wicket to the left-hander.

Broad moved way across to the off side and tried to pull the ball, but he hit it bang on the toe and it somehow lobbed straight up to Bancroft.

“He can’t believe he has got caught at bat pad off the toe of the bat,” former Aussie skipper Mark Taylor said in commentary. “That’s one of the most unusual dismissals I have ever seen.”

ENG lose last 6 wickets for 35 runs 17th biggest batting collapse by a Test side from 4-368 or better Biggest since IND vs SL in 2009 #Ashes

Craig Overton top scored for England in the first innings on Test debut in Adelaide but he couldn’t muster the same resistance at the WACA.

The tall quick got himself in a tangle when he copped a short ball from Josh Hazlewood and fended it to Cameron Bancroft at short leg on two.

Woakes flicked a ball off his hip for what he was probably expecting would be a single but he hit the Kookaburra too sweetly and it miraculously carried all the way to Pat Cummins on the boundary, who made good ground to take a smart catch.

Then Mitchell Starc sent Jonny Bairstow packing for 119 when he nipped a ball back into the right-hander to knock his stumps over and the Poms had lost 4/21.

Pat Cimmins gave Australia two wickets in four balls when he dismissed Moeen Ali for a two-ball duck.

Ali was squared up by some extra bounce and his defensive push edged to Steve Smith at second slip. It left England 6/372.

Peter Handscomb took an absolute stunner running back against the flight of the ball to give Australia the breakthrough the home side desperately needed.

Handscomb, on the field as a substitute fielder, took a diving catch in the outfield after Nathan Lyon coaxed Malan to sky a leading edge over Handscomb’s head at point.

Malan danced down the pitch to try and drive Lyon, but his shot skied to Handscomb square of the wicket.

“What a catch by the substitute fielder.” Malan is OUT. ENG 5/368 #Ashes pic.twitter.com/6Sidg8aUsh

A quality hundred and what about the celebration from Jonny Bairstow! #Ashes #MagellanMilestones pic.twitter.com/kS6G8IM77I

“What great bit of humour from Jonny Bairstow in a moment of personal triumph” commentator Alison Mitchell told ABC Grandstand.

“What a brilliant hundred from a brilliant, brilliant cricketer. Take a bow, Bairstow.” ENG 4/352 #Ashes pic.twitter.com/JKWZuJEeh4

Wow Jonny Bairstow celebrates his hundred in style, headbutts his helmet. Top moment of the Ashes so far? #Ashes

Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow are within reach of producing England’s greatest partnership in Perth.

Their partnership reached 200 from 365 balls early on day two — becoming just the third English pair to score 200 in a partnership in Perth.

Their rescue mission from 4/131 is also the highest-scoring fifth-wicket partnership by England in Australia.

Malan-Bairstow partnership reaches 200, the highest 5th stand EVER by an England pair in Australia #Ashes

This p’ship now the highest for either side for the 5th wicket at the WACA, and also the highest by any team v Aus here for this wicket.

Australia lost its final review when Mitchell Starc and Steve Smith referred a hopeful LBW appeal through the DRS.

Starc’s delivery over the wicket to Dawid Malan in the third over of play pitched on middle stump, but was clearly sliding down leg.

Smith was criticised by Aussie Test legend Shane Warne for not consulting with wicketkeeper Tim Paine before making the “gut call” to burn Australia’s second review.

It comes after former Aussie Test captain Mark Taylor said Smith should lean on the umpires to give his team the benefit of the doubt with any 50-50 decisions in Adelaide after they had also burned their reviews in the space of one over in the Second Test.

So Australia have burned through their reviews again. The umpires will now give them the benefit of the doubt, knowing England can review if they don’t like the decision. Trouble is, Umpires Call is a big factor in reviews. Don’t like this tactic from Smith. #Ashes

The umpires will now give them the benefit of the doubt, knowing England can review if they don’t like the decision. Trouble is, Umpires Call is a big factor in reviews.

The pressure was building on England early with Starc and Josh Hazlewood bowling four straight maidens at the start of day two.

Mitchell Marsh’s selection re-call and promotion to field at first slip has destabilised the Australian slips cordon, Test great Simon O’Donnell reckons.

Third slip Cameron Bancroft also put down Dawid Malan off the bowling of Mitchell Starc when the English batsman was on 92.

O’Donnell said the decision to drop Peter Handscomb — who had also come into the slips this series as a replacement for Matt Renshaw — shows the Aussie cordon behind the stumps looks lost.

He said selectors have forgotten that fielding in the slips is a specialist position — reinforcing the argument that Australia should not have made any changes to the team that won comfortably in Brisbane and Adelaide.

“In general cricketers can field in lots of different positions because they have in junior cricket, but slips becomes a specialist area when you go through your cricketing journey,” O’Donnell said on SEN Breakfast .

“In general cricketers can field in lots of different positions because they have in junior cricket, but slips becomes a specialist area when you go through your cricketing journey,” O’Donnell said on SEN

“Peter Handscomb’s basically been there [first slip] since Matt Renshaw was dropped at the start of the series, and they’ve all got used to fielding in those positions. He was in third slip when Renshaw was there.

“That whole dynamic now changes for the Test in Perth. One, you’ve got a bit more bounce in the pitch and, two, Peter Handscomb’s not there.

“Steve Smith’s got to figure out where he stands, compared to where Mitch Marsh now stands and Cam Bancroft’s got to work out that Steve Smith’s now in a different spot.

“We always think about batting and bowling in cricket, but yesterday’s slip cordon to me just didn’t look right, and it definitely didn’t function right.

“Mitch Marsh dropping that ball, it can happen, but you just think a good first slipper just gobbles that up.”

“What was really disappointing was the times we put them down, especially the one there at the end, the first ball with the new ball,” Haddin told Optus Sport’s Stumps .

“What was really disappointing was the times we put them down, especially the one there at the end, the first ball with the new ball,” Haddin told Optus Sport’s

“We know if we can get into the England tail, especially with that new ball, it can happen really quick.

“It was disappointing to put those ones down especially the way our quicks worked, I thought they did a really good job.”

After all, the cricket news has largely been about how bad of a batsman he is, or England’s off-field woes.

But the 30-year-old will relish the contents of his Friday paper after producing the finest knock of his career during the opening day of the third Ashes Test against Australia at the WACA Ground.

Malan struck an unbeaten 110 on Thursday to guide England to 4-305 at stumps. When England first arrived in Australia, their squad was ridiculed for being filled with a bunch of no-names.

Stoneman now has two half-centuries to his name this series after producing a gutsy 56 at the WACA ground.

Vince scored 83 in the first Test to show he has some potential at this level. And Malan’s maiden Test century has given the left-hander plenty of belief that he is no fraud either.

“Whether you’re talked about as a no-name, or they know your name, it’s always nice to score 100 for your country and put the doubts to bed,” Malan said. “Inside the team, we never felt under pressure, the three of us. We always felt like we had the backing from the coaches and captain.

“It is nice to tick a box and prove to yourself that you can play at this level and you can score hundreds.

“At the end of the day, it’s the amount of hundreds you score that you get rated on when you retire.” England’s off-field incidents remain a big talking point, and will probably dog them for the rest of the series, even if they remain squeaky clean from this point.

From headbutt greetings to pouring drinks over each other, England’s players have been slow to grasp the concept that their every move is being analysed. Malan is confident the message has finally hit home.

“But we also know that some of these situations have been blown into things that aren’t really anything, and on a normal tour you probably wouldn’t hear about them.

“So I think we know we have to be smarter with the way we do things. “We have done silly things at silly times which has grabbed the headlines, but we have spoken about it as a team.

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Day 1 report: Dawid Malan hit a maiden century in an unbeaten 174-run stand with Jonny Bairstow as England took the honors on the opening day of the third Ashes Test at the WACA on Thursday.

Dawid Malan hit a maiden century in an unbeaten 174-run stand with Jonny Bairstow as England took the honors on the opening day of the third Ashes Test at the WACA on Thursday.

After electing to bat first, England was in some bother at 131-4. Then Malan, with a chancy 110 not out, and Bairstow, 75 not out, lifted the tourists’ sagging fortunes to finish the day on 305-4.

England was helped in its cause by Australia dropping three catches and missing an opportunity to run out Malan.

Malan survived a run out on 32, and was dropped on 92 by Cameron Bancroft off Mitchell Starc’s first delivery with the second new ball.

He brought up his maiden Test ton in his eighth Test by pulling Josh Hazlewood for his 13th four. He batted for 242 minutes in all and faced 174 balls. He hit 15 boundaries and a top-edged six off Starc.

The first century by an England batsman in the series couldn’t have come at a better time, as England must win this Test to keep the series alive. Australia won the first two Tests convincingly.

“(The Australia pace attack) have tested you in different ways, and not only technically but tested your heart as well,” Malan said.

“It was exciting to walk out there, it’s obviously not comfortable – you don’t really feel like you’re enjoying it at the time – but looking back it was great fun to get through those situations.”

“Every time you open the newspaper, you read how poor you are and how bad you are,” he said. “It is nice to tick a box and prove to yourself that you can play this level and that you can score hundreds.”

Bairstow was promoted to bat at No. 6 in a small change to the unchanged lineup. He joined Malan after opener Mark Stoneman was contentiously dismissed for 56.

Stoneman played a dogged innings against a barrage of short-pitch bowling. He was dropped twice and hit on the helmet all within five deliveries.

Out of Stoneman’s shadow, Malan dominated Australia’s three-pronged pace attack that had rattled the tourists.

Upon reaching his half-century with a top-edged cut off fast bowler Hazlewood, Stoneman was dropped on 52 by first slip Mitchell Marsh, and then felled by a Hazlewood bouncer that broke his helmet. He received medical attention on the field.

Still on 52, Stoneman fended another short delivery but a diving Nathan Lyon couldn’t get his fingers under the falling ball.

After staying on the same score for more than 30 minutes, Stoneman finally edged Hazlewood for his 10th boundary to move to 56.

But his dour innings was cut short when he was adjudged caught behind after Australia referred a not out decision to television umpire Aleem Dar. The videos were inconclusive as to whether the Starc delivery brushed Stoneman’s gloves en route to wicketkeeper Tim Paine. But there was a small amount of evidence indicating ball on glove, and Stoneman was given out. Players in the England dressing room were visibly upset over the decision.

England started the day positively, with Stoneman stroking four boundaries in the space of five balls, including three in succession against Starc.

Alastair Cook was first out, the former skipper managing just 7 off 26 balls in his 150th test before Starc pinned him on the crease and trapped him.

Stoneman shared a 63-run second-wicket stand with James Vince (25), which was broken by Hazlewood just before lunch.

Published Date: Dec 15, 2017 08:00 am
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ENGLAND has showed the 2017-18 Ashes series is far from over after batting themselves into a dominant position on day one of the Third Test in Perth.

Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow frustrated the Aussie bowlers, as they went the final 50 overs of the day without a wicket.

The pair’s unbeaten 174-run partnership also featured Dawid Malan’s first Test century — which also happened to be England’s first triple-figure score this series.

Australia woke up to chaotic scenes as news broke of a reported spot-fixing scandal descending on the Ashes.

The Sun reported they thwarted a network of illegal bookmakers as they planned to sell details of rigged session of play which could be bet on to win millions of dollars . The ICC’s Anti-corruption unit is investigating the incident.

The Sun reported they thwarted a network of illegal bookmakers as they planned to sell details of rigged session of play which could be bet on to win millions of dollars

Controversy erupted again in the second session of play when England captain Joe Root appeared to storm out onto the balcony of the England dressing room to protest a DRS decision which saw Mark Stoneman dismissed caught behind in an overturned review.

Stoneman copped a fearsome blow on the helmet as Australia’s trio of quicks — Mitchell Starc (2-79), Josh Hazlewood (1-62) and Pat Cummins (1-60) — literally went for the jugular in the middle session.

Hazlewood struck Stoneman with a vicious short ball but the England opener, after receiving medical checks and a fresh helmet, continued batting — and became an unwitting victim in a day-one flashpoint.

Stoneman tried to fend off a head-high Starc delivery which the Australians maintained brushed a glove en route to wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who leapt high and, at full stretch, caught the ball with one hand.

Umpire Marais Erasmus gave Stoneman not out but the Australians reviewed, with one replay appearing to show the ball brushed the English opener’s glove which wasn’t holding the bat.

When replays using noise technology indicated a sound, television umpire Aleem Dar gave Stoneman out.

As Stoneman trudged off, English skipper Joe Root Root appeared at the changeroom door and seemingly urged him to stay on the field. But after initially hesitating, Stoneman walked off — a later replay from a different angle showed the correct call was made as the ball flicked the opener’s glove which was holding his bat.

But the London-born Malan, who aged seven moved to South Africa for 11 years before returning to England, and Bairstow then figured in a pivotal unbroken partnership of 174 runs.

The stand was punctuated by Malan, on 92, being dropped at third slip by Cameron Bancroft from Starc’s first delivery with the second new ball.

Bancroft’s blunder was one of three dropped catches — Mitchell Marsh, recalled at Peter Handscomb’s expense — and Nathan Lyon also turfed opportunities.

England survived through to stumps with Dawid Malan (110) and Jonny Bairstow (75) seeing off Australia’s pace trio and the second new ball to give them control of the Third Test after day one.

Malan scored the first century by an Englishman this series — after he was dropped by Cameron Bancroft in the slips on 92.

England’s ability not to lose a wicket in the final session of play prompted former Aussie captain Mark Taylor to declare: “An excellent day for England and in particularly Dawid Malan”.

Malan and Bairstow guided England to 4/305 at stumps after they met at the crease with the game in the balance at 4/131. Their unbeaten partnership has been worth 174 runs heading into day two.

Dawid Malan celebrated as special moment in his career when he reached his hundred with six overs remaining on day one.

Malan was criticised by Graeme Swann on the BBC for not attacking Steve Smith when the Aussie captain bowled in the final session — knowing the second new ball was just around the corner.

However, Malan showed he could survive a new ball barrage from Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood, to bring up his first Test century.

The left-hander was dropped on 92 by Cameron Bancroft at third slip, while David Warner missed a chance to run him out on 32.

Magnificent from Malan and terrific fightback just when it was needed, maybe there’s life in the embers of these #Ashes yet pic.twitter.com/HtJiuMRf9x

Magnificent from Malan and terrific fightback just when it was needed, maybe there’s life in the embers of these

Jonny Bairstow was put down on the first delivery after Mitchell Starc was given the second new ball.

Starc pitched up the new ball and collected Bairstow’s outside edge as the Kookaburra flew to the right of Cam Bancroft at third slip.

Bancroft moved across in front of second slip Steven Smith, but spilled the catch as he leaned across.

“How costly is that going to be!” – @MClarke23 on another missed opportunity by Australia. ENG 4/272 #Ashes pic.twitter.com/k7eCeoMg3A

Australia didn’t take the second new ball when available, giving Mitchell Marsh a seventh over instead.

Former Aussie skipper Michael Clarke told Channel 9 the decision not to take the new ball would be a plan from Steve Smith to give the new rock to Mitchell Starc at the right end where he will be bowling with a breeze at his back.

Smith even put his hand up to bowl three overs before the new ball was taken before the 81st over. Allrounder Mitchell Marsh had also bowled just seven overs.

Bowling around the wicket to the left-hander, Cummins got the Kookaburra to cut back into Malan, however, the delivery pitched too short and the DRS showed the ball was going to sail over the top of Malan’s off stump.

Smith elected to review the on-field decision after a passionate appeal by Cummins, despite Nathan Lyon signalling from square leg that he thought the delivery was going to be too high.

Australia review the original decision, but it remains not out. ENG 4/217 #Ashes pic.twitter.com/Tno5LzMl5S

Lyon signalled from square of the wicket that ball was too high but Cummins excitement won the skipper over. #Ashes

Lyon signalled from square of the wicket that ball was too high but Cummins excitement won the skipper over.

Ricky Ponting says Joe Root was made to look “silly” in a “horrible look for the game” over the controversial decision which saw Mark Stoneman dismissed via an overturned DRS decision.

Root was spotted blowing up after walking out onto the balcony from the England change room before the tourists sent out a 12th man to inform Stoneman not to walk off despite the DRS verdict going Australia’s way.

The decision has been heavily criticised by English cricket commentators after third umpire Aleem Dar used only inconclusive video replays and suggestive Snicko technology to overturn the on-field decision.

Despite Snicko spiking at the moment the ball appeared to make contact with Stoneman’s glove, the initial video replays were obstructed by the presence of Stoneman’s shoulder getting in the way.

Dar’s quick decision was later validated by alternative video angles which supported the DRS overturn.

“The thing about the decision being made when it was as well, it’s actually made Joe Root and a lot of the England guys look silly,” Ponting told BT Sport.

“They’re out on the balcony complaining about the decision which they should have been, but as it’s turned out, it was the right call.

“Stoneman’s three-quarters of the way off, knowing probably in his own heart of hearts that he’s got a glove on it. Then he’s been told that he has to go back out because they can’t see it. He thinks he’s out and then suddenly he’s back in. It’s a horrible look for the game.”

“It’s made Joe Root and a lot of the England guys look silly…” Ricky Ponting and @MichaelVaughan agree that Mark Stoneman was out, and the team were wrong to react the way they did. #Ashes pic.twitter.com/XO1EUKgdlD

Mitchell Starc controversially dismissed Mark Stoneman with a vicious bouncer that sailed under the batsman’s nose and collected a piece of his glove.

The ball was caught behind by Tim Paine, but umpire Marais Erasmus waved away the appeals from the Aussie fielders.

Third umpire Aleem Dar took just a quick look at the replays and inconclusive Snicko technology before informing the on-field umpire to reverse the decision.

The Snicko technology showed a spike as the ball sailed pass Stoneman’s glove, however the decision was complicated by Stoneman’s shoulders obstructing the view of the ball at the moment of the spike.

Aussie Test legend Michael Slater questioned if the spike on Snicko came as the ball was already past the glove.

The questionable overturned decision brought about an incredible response from the England dressing room as captain Joe Root stormed out of the front door on their Waca balcony with an angry expression on his face.

He was followed by England assistant coach Paul Collingwood, who also looked furious that the decision had been changed based solely on the Snicko evidence.

Collingwood reported yelled out for Stoneman to stay out on the ground in protest. despite the DRS decision going against him.

England even sent a 12th man out to the middle to tell Stoneman to stand his ground. After a brief exchange between the 12th man and the umpires, Stoneman was waved off and he trudged off back to the dressing room.

Despite being encouraged to stay on the field, Mark Stoneman is giving his marching orders… Joe Root and Paul Collingwood’s reaction says everything #Ashes pic.twitter.com/qmgeuxori2

“The fact that we’ve looked at it in slow motion 15 times and we can’t tell, yet he’s overturned the decision on flimsy evidence at best…I don’t think there’s anyway you can overturn the decision on that evidence.” @Swannyg66 Live #Ashes #bbccricket pic.twitter.com/F0UGCyCfJL

“The fact that we’ve looked at it in slow motion 15 times and we can’t tell, yet he’s overturned the decision on flimsy evidence at best…I don’t think there’s anyway you can overturn the decision on that evidence.”

Surely Aleem Dar asks for an off-side camera angle – or any other camera angle – with snicko in-screen before triggering an overturn. C9 angles post-dismissal are more definitive. But on what Dar saw at the time, NO WAY you overturn this. #Ashes

Surely Aleem Dar asks for an off-side camera angle – or any other camera angle – with snicko in-screen before triggering an overturn. C9 angles post-dismissal are more definitive. But on what Dar saw at the time, NO WAY you overturn this.

Plenty of debate after that review! Thoughts? #Ashes @Gillette #CloseMatters pic.twitter.com/NozC4L6O8T

On the Stoneman dismissal … Understand all England’s fans anger as no way was there enough evidence with the initial replays to overturn the decision .. But once all the replays had been seen it was clear to me to be Out … #Ashes

On the Stoneman dismissal … Understand all England’s fans anger as no way was there enough evidence with the initial replays to overturn the decision .. But once all the replays had been seen it was clear to me to be Out …

FYI when it’s an official review we are in the hands of the 3rd umpire. We showed the 3rd umpire everything he requested to make his decision and followed the process as we always do on reviewed decision. Not fair to blame us on Ch 9. The right decision was made !

Root was spotted hitting the glass door with a backhand fist, but there was not significant force behind the whack.

“The England team feel aggrieved, you can see that from the dressing room,” former England captain Michael Vaughan said.

Former Aussie captain Michael Clarke also told Channel 9 there was too much “uncertainty” based on the early replays for the decision to be overturned.

However Clarke conceded replays from different angles appeared to show the ball collecting the glove much more clearly than the replays used during the DRS decision.

“I think it’s Paul Collingwood, who came out and told Stoneman to stay out on the ground, to not walk off,” he said.

“Then we saw more footage and then I think there is clear footage of the ball hitting the glove. The top glove on the bat.

“I think If Joe had have seen that footage, he mightn’t have made that same decision to come out onto the balcony.”

Joe Root fell for 20 when he tickled a short ball from Pat Cummins down the leg side to keeper Tim Paine.

Root’s departure — the third time he has been dismissed this series by Cummins — left England 3/115.

Josh Hazlewood worked over Mark Stoneman with a series of brutal short balls — leaving the opener lucky to survive the ruthless spell.

Hazlewood peppered the Englishman’s helmet, including one delivery which smashed a piece of the opener’s helmet.

The ball smashed into Stoneman’s helmet just above his cheekbone after he took his eyes off the ball and turned away late.

He very nearly lost his wicket later in the over from another Hazlewood short ball, that bobbled up off Stoneman’s gloves and was nearly caught by Nathan Lyon fielding at point.

Marsh spilled a regulation catch at first slip off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood which would have given Australia a crucial breakthrough early in the second session.

Marsh has taken dropped batsman Peter Handscomb’s place in the slips cordon. His first impact in the contest was not missed by fans, still confused about the allrounder’s Test re-call.

Kevin Pietersen said: “It’s the worst thing in cricket. You know the cameras are going to be on you. It looks like an absolute soda”.

Dear, oh dear Mitchell Marsh has shelled an absolute sitter #Ashes pic.twitter.com/8OZdTpeKux

DROPPED! Mark Stoneman survives a chance after going past 50. Mitchell Marsh drops a simple catch off Josh Hazlewood #ashes #AUSvENG Live: pic.twitter.com/9MptB06qaQ

DROPPED! Mark Stoneman survives a chance after going past 50. Mitchell Marsh drops a simple catch off Josh Hazlewood

Alastair Cook’s form slump is so significant it prompted an earnest response of sympathy from fierce Ashes rival and Aussie cricket legend Shane Warne.

Cook was gone for just seven runs in the fifth over of play when he was trapped in front by a Mitchell Starc delivery that was on track to cannon into middle stump.

Another batting failure for the former England captain has again piled pressure on him to perform or face being retired by English selectors.

Cook’s recent form is statistically his second worst period with the bat across his 150-test career.

Cook has made 130 runs in his last 9 innings, with no 50s. It’s his 2nd worst 9-innings sequence in Tests; he made 129 runs in 9 inns in 2014, which was the only other time in he has gone 9 inns without a 50. He has never had 10 consecutive inns without a 50.

“I felt for Alastair Cook in his 150th Test match.” – words I never thought I’d hear from Shane Warne #ashes

“I felt for Alastair Cook in his 150th Test match.” – words I never thought I’d hear from Shane Warne

Alastair Cook is out in his 150th Test. Mitchell Starc the wicket-taker for Australia #Ashes Live: pic.twitter.com/So0vh4WUYc

Just as England looked to have the session neatly wrapped up, James Vince fell to Josh Hazlewood in the dying minutes before lunch.

The Aussie quick caught the right-hander’s outside edge and sent a clean catch through to wicketkeeper Tim Paine.

The wicket of Vince brings captain Root to the crease just before the break: #Ashes pic.twitter.com/VfMJfBEyXM

Nathan Lyon was brought into the attack for the final half hour before lunch as Steve Smith attempted to stem the Poms’ steady 4.20 run rate.

Mark Stoneman and James Vince stook on the Aussie spinner with a number of sweeps before dancing down the wicket to toy with his length.

Stoneman worked his way into the 40s with his seventh boundary as Josh Hazlewood began firing in short balls to shake things up.

Mitchell Starc responded to being worked around the park with ease with an absolute jaffa to catch Alastair Cook by surprise.

The former England skipper, who is playing in his 150th Test, was hit on the pads by a searing 147 km/h delivery from the Aussie paceman and was given out LBW for 7.

James Vince arrived at the crease and took a few balls to sort out the Aussies’ pace attack but soon began finding the middle of the bat.

Mark Stoneman continued his quick scoring into the drinks break, hitting 34 from 39 balls in the first hour.

Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood began swining the ball from the first over to put England’s opening batsmen on their toes.

A full delivery from Hazlewood caught Mark Stoneman on his pads but had his LBW shout turned down. Stoneman replied soon after with a perfect cover drive to the boundary for four before taking on Mitchell Starc in similar fashion.

Cook saw his partner race into double figures and followed suit, driving Hazlewood through the covers for four the following over.

Steve Smith announced Peter Handscomb’s fate at the toss, confirming Mitchell Marsh’s return to the Australian side to provide an extra seam option on the batsman-friendly wicket.

England made no changes to its line-up but did promote wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow to No. 6 with all-rounder Moeen Ali slotting in at seven.

Former Aussie spinner Gavin Robertson took aim at Australia’s move to recall all-rounder Mitchell Marsh into the squad as pressure grows on struggling batsman Peter Handsomb’s spot in the side.

Handscomb failed to pass 50 in the first two Tests and looked visibly shaken by England’s James Anderson, prompting former Aussie opener Michael Slater to declare he was “gone in the head”.

Handscomb failed to pass 50 in the first two Tests and looked visibly shaken by England’s James Anderson,

But Robertson said the fact Australia was 2-0 up in the series was grounds to keep the 26-year-old in the side.

“It’s like saying ‘look, mate, you’re averaging 47 but you’ve had a few bad Tests, so we’re going to drop you to teach you a lesson’.”

England’s Ashes locomotive officially fell off the rails over the weekend — and former England batsman Ian Bell isn’t happy.

The ECB was forced to suspend touring England batsman Ben Duckett for pouring a drink over fast bowler Jimmy Anderson in the same Perth bar Jonny Bairstow headbutted Cameron Bancroft in.

“What’s happening is pretty disgraceful, and not fair on Trevor,” he wrote in a column for PaddyPower.com . “He would’ve hated every minute of having to front up to the media, again. Especially as he was talking about someone on the Lions tour.”

. “He would’ve hated every minute of having to front up to the media, again. Especially as he was talking about someone on the Lions tour.”

The 118-Test star said he’d make a number of changes to the Test side before the first ball at the WACA.

“We have too many left-handers, which isn’t working against Nathan Lyon, so I’d move Dawid Malan to three, even though it’s not his natural position.

“He’s played quite cautiously so far, but if you can get the top three working, and through the new ball, we’ll have a chance. That would mean dropping James Vince, and getting Ben Foakes to keep wicket.

“I’d also move Johnny Bairstow up the order to five, to give him the opportunity to bat with the batters, rather than stuck with the weak tail.”

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When England won the toss and batted this morning, they wouldn’t have dared ask for more than a score of 305 for four at the close. It’s already theirir highest total of the series. They were in a bit of trouble before Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow gave a lesson in how to bat in Australian conditions. Malan made his maiden Test century, an innings that was so impressive in so many different ways; and Bairstow, promoted to No6, reached his highest score against Australia. England aren’t back in the series just yet, but at least they have identified a route back.

this morning, they wouldn’t have dared ask for more than a score of 305 for four at the close. It’s already theirir highest total of the series. They were in a bit of trouble before Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow gave a lesson in how to bat in Australian conditions. Malan made his maiden Test century, an innings that was so impressive in so many different ways; and Bairstow, promoted to No6, reached his highest score against Australia. England aren’t back in the series just yet, but at least they have identified a route back.

Australia bowled pretty well on an excellent pitch, with Hazlewood the pick of their attack. They have a newish ball to work with tomorrow morning and will still feel they can dismiss England for under 400. England will want at least 450, ideally 500. It should be a cracking second day. Thanks for your company, bye!

89th over: England 305-4 (Malan 110 , Bairstow 75) Bairstow, who looks mentally tired, plays a nothing stroke at Cummins and is beaten. Cummins is still steaming in, but he can’t get the late wicket that Australia crave. It’s the end of a superb day for England.

Bairstow, who looks mentally tired, plays a nothing stroke at Cummins and is beaten. Cummins is still steaming in, but he can’t get the late wicket that Australia crave. It’s the end of a superb day for England.

88th over: England 305-4 (Malan 110 , Bairstow 75) Hazlewood has switched ends to replace Starc. He’s been the best bowler today. And though this has been England’s best day of the series, a late wicket would change the mood and maybe the match. Remember Adelaide 2002: England were 295 for three before Michael Vaughan was dismissed for 177 off the last ball of the first day. The next morning they were blown away for 342 and lost the match by an innings.

Hazlewood has switched ends to replace Starc. He’s been the best bowler today. And though this has been England’s best day of the series, a late wicket would change the mood and maybe the match. Remember Adelaide 2002: England were 295 for three before Michael Vaughan was dismissed for 177 off the last ball of the first day. The next morning they were blown away for 342 and lost the match by an innings.

There are no wickets in that over, just a majestic off drive for four by Malan. I doubt he has ever played better than this.

87th over: England 300-4 (Malan 106 , Bairstow 74) Cummins replaces Hazlewood and goes straight around the wicket to Malan, who defends watchfully. He’ll sleep well tonight. There are five minutes until the close, so Australia might have time for two more overs.

Cummins replaces Hazlewood and goes straight around the wicket to Malan, who defends watchfully. He’ll sleep well tonight. There are five minutes until the close, so Australia might have time for two more overs.

86th over: England 300-4 (Malan 106 , Bairstow 74) Bairstow survives a big LBW appeal after flicking around a Starc inswinger. Australia choose not to risk their last review; it’s the correct decision as it was swinging leg. The next ball is a swinging attempted that Bairstow thick-edges for four, and a quick two into the leg side brings up the 300. It’s been a good day for England. Australia haven’t done much wrong. Maybe they’ve overdone the short stuff at times, but it’s been bloody hard yakka since the first new ball started to get old.

Bairstow survives a big LBW appeal after flicking around a Starc inswinger. Australia choose not to risk their last review; it’s the correct decision as it was swinging leg. The next ball is a swinging attempted that Bairstow thick-edges for four, and a quick two into the leg side brings up the 300. It’s been a good day for England. Australia haven’t done much wrong. Maybe they’ve overdone the short stuff at times, but it’s been bloody hard yakka since the first new ball started to get old.

85th over: England 294-4 (Malan 106 , Bairstow 68) Malan swivel pulls Hazlewood smoothly for four to reach a memorable hundred, full of patience, grit, intent and skill. It’s England’s first century of the series. He celebrates modestly – unlike the England balcony, who are all on their feet, with Joe Root punching the air with happy anger. Malan has played some beautiful cover-drives, and he unfurls another later in the over that rushes to the boundary.

Malan swivel pulls Hazlewood smoothly for four to reach a memorable hundred, full of patience, grit, intent and skill. It’s England’s first century of the series. He celebrates modestly – unlike the England balcony, who are all on their feet, with Joe Root punching the air with happy anger. Malan has played some beautiful cover-drives, and he unfurls another later in the over that rushes to the boundary.

84th over: England 286-4 (Malan 98 , Bairstow 68) Bairstow plays tip and run off Starc to bring up a thoroughly admirable 150 partnership, and later in the over he drives supremely through extra cover for four. That is a great shot – but the next two are poor, loose wafts outside off stump that fail to connect. It’s so important for England that they don’t lose another wicket tonight.

Bairstow plays tip and run off Starc to bring up a thoroughly admirable 150 partnership, and later in the over he drives supremely through extra cover for four. That is a great shot – but the next two are poor, loose wafts outside off stump that fail to connect. It’s so important for England that they don’t lose another wicket tonight.

83rd over: England 280-4 (Malan 97 , Bairstow 63) Hazlewood shares the new ball with Starc. After hitting Malan in the box, he overpitches and is driven gracefully for four more. That takes Malan to 97, and he can’t resist a short ball outside leg stump. Thankfully for him he misses the ball and it ends up in the hands of Tim Paine.

Hazlewood shares the new ball with Starc. After hitting Malan in the box, he overpitches and is driven gracefully for four more. That takes Malan to 97, and he can’t resist a short ball outside leg stump. Thankfully for him he misses the ball and it ends up in the hands of Tim Paine.

82nd over: England 276-4 (Malan 93 , Bairstow 63) Malan is dropped off the first delivery with the second new ball! He edged a drive at Starc towards third slip, where Bancroft moved too far across to his right and felt the ball whoosh between his arms. It’s a wonderful first over back from Starc. Bairstow is beaten, edges along the floor to the boundary and finally digs out a yorker. This should be a tremendous half-hour.

off the first delivery with the second new ball! He edged a drive at Starc towards third slip, where Bancroft moved too far across to his right and felt the ball whoosh between his arms. It’s a wonderful first over back from Starc. Bairstow is beaten, edges along the floor to the boundary and finally digs out a yorker. This should be a tremendous half-hour.

81st over: England 271-4 (Malan 92 , Bairstow 59) Marsh is continuing with the old ball, a surprising decision as the one is available. When he drifs onto the pads, Bairstow flicks easily for four and probably ensures this will be Marsh’s final over of the day.

Marsh is continuing with the old ball, a surprising decision as the one is available. When he drifs onto the pads, Bairstow flicks easily for four and probably ensures this will be Marsh’s final over of the day.

80th over: England 267-4 (Malan 92 , Bairstow 55) Smith canh’t get through his over quickly enough. He bowls six dot balls to Mailan, who thus stays on 92. It’s time for the second new ball .

Smith canh’t get through his over quickly enough. He bowls six dot balls to Mailan, who thus stays on 92. It’s time for the

79th over: England 267-4 (Malan 92 , Bairstow 55) Starc and Hazlewood are preparing for one last crack with the second new ball. Marsh bowls a maiden to the watchul Bairstow.

Starc and Hazlewood are preparing for one last crack with the second new ball. Marsh bowls a maiden to the watchul Bairstow.

78th over: England 267-4 (Malan 92 , Bairstow 55) Malan late cuts Smith four three to move into the nineties. That drum-and-bass track you can hear is his heartbeat. He’s eight runs away from a Test century. A Test century . A Test century.

Malan late cuts Smith four three to move into the nineties. That drum-and-bass track you can hear is his heartbeat. He’s eight runs away from a Test century. A Test

77th over: England 262-4 (Malan 89 , Bairstow 53) Marsh (4-0-18-0) switches ends and is glided sweetly for four by Bairstow. That takes him to a superb fifty , an innings of impressive authority. Two balls later he does well to dig out a beautiful yorker from Marsh.

Marsh (4-0-18-0) switches ends and is glided sweetly for four by Bairstow. That takes him to a superb

, an innings of impressive authority. Two balls later he does well to dig out a beautiful yorker from Marsh.

76th over: England 257-4 (Malan 89 , Bairstow 48) Steve Smith replaces Mitchell Marsh and tempts Malan into chasing a very wide delivery beats the bat. Don’t do it Dawid!

Steve Smith replaces Mitchell Marsh and tempts Malan into chasing a very wide delivery beats the bat. Don’t do it Dawid!

“Perth Tests are the only ideal ones in Oregon – starts after the workday and ends at a reasonable time to sleep 2-30 ish,” says Zaph Mann. “But I sense you are in a sleep limbo, so calm is your commentary, or are you just hoping that massive placation ensures this duo continue as long as possible?”

75th over: England 254-4 (Malan 87 , Bairstow 47) Four singles from Lyon’s over. This feels like filler before the excitement of the second new ball. Any wickets before then would be a huge bonus for Australia.

Four singles from Lyon’s over. This feels like filler before the excitement of the second new ball. Any wickets before then would be a huge bonus for Australia.

74th over: England 250-4 (Malan 85 , Bairstow 45) Steve Smith is getting loose, which suggests he’ll bowl a couple of overs of legspin before the second new ball is due. Bairstow taps Marsh into the leg side and steals a second run, another demonstration of his excellence between the wickets. Right here, right now, England are in control.

Steve Smith is getting loose, which suggests he’ll bowl a couple of overs of legspin before the second new ball is due. Bairstow taps Marsh into the leg side and steals a second run, another demonstration of his excellence between the wickets. Right here, right now, England are in control.

73rd over: England 246-4 (Malan 85 , Bairstow 41) Malan drives Lyon nicely for two more, which makes this the highest score by an England batsman in the series. For a left-hander, he has played Lyon superbly.

Malan drives Lyon nicely for two more, which makes this the highest score by an England batsman in the series. For a left-hander, he has played Lyon superbly.

72nd over: England 243-4 (Malan 83 , Bairstow 40) Mitchell Marsh replaces Cummins. His first ball is too wide and punched for three by Bairstow, who nearly drags on later in the over. This would be a great time for Australia to take a wicket, with the second new ball due in eight overs’ time. England were 246 for four at Brisbane and lost their last six wickets for 56.

Mitchell Marsh replaces Cummins. His first ball is too wide and punched for three by Bairstow, who nearly drags on later in the over. This would be a great time for Australia to take a wicket, with the second new ball due in eight overs’ time. England were 246 for four at Brisbane and lost their last six wickets for 56.

71st over: England 238-4 (Malan 82 , Bairstow 36) A single off Lyon brings up a very good hundred partnership, England’s first since the opening day of the series, and then Malan laces an emphatic cover-drive for four. He has played so well today.

A single off Lyon brings up a very good hundred partnership, England’s first since the opening day of the series, and then Malan laces an emphatic cover-drive for four. He has played so well today.

70th over: England 230-4 (Malan 75 , Bairstow 35) Malan guides Cummins wide of gully for four more. He’s playing beautifully and has been the dominant partner in a fine fifth-wicket stand of 99. That’s drinks.

Malan guides Cummins wide of gully for four more. He’s playing beautifully and has been the dominant partner in a fine fifth-wicket stand of 99. That’s drinks.

69th over: England 225-4 (Malan 70 , Bairstow 35) Lyon replaces Starc. Malan walks down the track to drive a lovely boundary wide of mid-on. That takes him past his highest Test score He’ll be so frustrated if he doesn’t make his first Test hundred today, because at the moment he’s batting with great comfort.

Lyon replaces Starc. Malan walks down the track to drive a lovely boundary wide of mid-on. That takes him past his highest Test score He’ll be so frustrated if he doesn’t make his first Test hundred today, because at the moment he’s batting with great comfort.

68th over: England 217-4 (Malan 64 , Bairstow 33) Cummins is starting to cause Malan a few problems, even with a ball that is 68 overs old. It’s another maiden.

Cummins is starting to cause Malan a few problems, even with a ball that is 68 overs old. It’s another maiden.

Cummins has a big shout for LBW against Malan turned down by Marais Erasmus. This being Perth, it was almost certainly too high – but Steve Smith wants to review . It’s a poor decision, with replays confirming it would have bounced over the stumps.

Cummins has a big shout for LBW against Malan turned down by Marais Erasmus. This being Perth, it was almost certainly too high – but Steve Smith wants to

67th over: England 217-4 (Malan 64 , Bairstow 33) A maiden from Starc to Bairstow. There’s no sign of England trying to cash in before the second new ball; they are more intent on ensuring they are still in for the second new ball.

A maiden from Starc to Bairstow. There’s no sign of England trying to cash in before the second new ball; they are more intent on ensuring they are still in for the second new ball.

66th over: England 217-4 (Malan 64 , Bairstow 33) Pat Cummins, on for Hazlewood, has a huge shout for caught behind against Malan turned down by the umpire. The ball roared back through the gate from around the wicket, similar to his dismissal of Malan in rhe first innings at Adelaide, but this time there was no inside edge. An excellent over from Cummins, who is such a threat with the old ball.

Pat Cummins, on for Hazlewood, has a huge shout for caught behind against Malan turned down by the umpire. The ball roared back through the gate from around the wicket, similar to his dismissal of Malan in rhe first innings at Adelaide, but this time there was no inside edge. An excellent over from Cummins, who is such a threat with the old ball.

“I’m torn,” writes

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Sarah Bacon. “I like that Bairstow was (finally!) moved up the order so he might do something memorable with equally competent partners, but am less happy that you lot are putting on such a good show. Didn’t all the press pre-match indicate England would fail? Again? Are your boys finally going to put all those nasty, giggly rumours to rest? And actually DO something resembling anything? Sigh. Oh don’t mind me. I’m still waiting for the snow to melt, and those blistering blue Perth skies are making me antsy.”

Sarah Bacon. “I like that Bairstow was (finally!) moved up the order so he might do something memorable with equally competent partners, but am less happy that you lot are putting on such a good show. Didn’t all the press pre-match indicate England would fail? Again? Are your boys finally going to put all those nasty, giggly rumours to rest? And actually DO something resembling anything? Sigh. Oh don’t mind me. I’m still waiting for the snow to melt, and those blistering blue Perth skies are making me antsy.”

65th over: England 215-4 (Malan 62 , Bairstow 33) The pitch looks really flat when the ball gets older, with little of the zing we saw in the first half of the day. England have a chance, no more or less than that, to bat themselves back into the series in the next hour and a half. At the moment Malan and Bairstow are playing with sensible restraint, waiting for bad balls – like that one from Starc, which drifts onto the pads and is clipped through midwicket for four by Bairstow.

The pitch looks really flat when the ball gets older, with little of the zing we saw in the first half of the day. England have a chance, no more or less than that, to bat themselves back into the series in the next hour and a half. At the moment Malan and Bairstow are playing with sensible restraint, waiting for bad balls – like that one from Starc, which drifts onto the pads and is clipped through midwicket for four by Bairstow.

I know about the $7 flat whites here, but this is Weimar Republic hyperinflation from Adelaide to Perth. #Ashes pic.twitter.com/R9hmEa63hj

I know about the $7 flat whites here, but this is Weimar Republic hyperinflation from Adelaide to Perth.

64th over: England 211-4 (Malan 62 , Bairstow 29) A rare poor ball from Hazlewood is dismissed to the midwicket boundary by Bairstow, and Malan completes an excellent over for England by threading a drive wide of mid-off for four more. He’s three away from equalling his highest Test score.

A rare poor ball from Hazlewood is dismissed to the midwicket boundary by Bairstow, and Malan completes an excellent over for England by threading a drive wide of mid-off for four more. He’s three away from equalling his highest Test score.

63rd over: England 200-4 (Malan 56 , Bairstow 24) A double bowling change, with Starc on for Lyon. That’s a nice, aggressive move from Steve Smith, who is evidently tired of England’s serene accumulation either side of tea. There are some more hints of reverse swing in his first over, though nothing extravagant. A single to fine leg from Bairstow brings up the England 200.

A double bowling change, with Starc on for Lyon. That’s a nice, aggressive move from Steve Smith, who is evidently tired of England’s serene accumulation either side of tea. There are some more hints of reverse swing in his first over, though nothing extravagant. A single to fine leg from Bairstow brings up the England 200.

62nd over: England 197-4 (Malan 55, Bairstow 23) Hazlewood, the best bowler so far, returns in place of Cummins. His first over is a quiet one, with just a no-ball and a single. I thought it was starting to reverse a few overs ago but we haven’t seen anything since.

Hazlewood, the best bowler so far, returns in place of Cummins. His first over is a quiet one, with just a no-ball and a single. I thought it was starting to reverse a few overs ago but we haven’t seen anything since.

61st over: England 196-4 (Malan 54, Bairstow 23) Bairstow drives Lyon for four, helped by a misfield from Starc. It might be time for Australia to bring Starc back into the attack; at the moment England look really comfortable.

Bairstow drives Lyon for four, helped by a misfield from Starc. It might be time for Australia to bring Starc back into the attack; at the moment England look really comfortable.

“Rob,” says Matt Emerson. “Morning from the commute through leafy Surrey to That London. There are signs in this innings that Malan is becoming a little like Thorpe in his approach. He’s assessed the situation when coming out to bat and realised that England needed to counterattack, regardless of the threat to his position in the side, just like Thorpe did in almost every innings.”

Yes, good point that, it was very Thorpish – race to 30 through calculated risk, change the momentum and then settle in for the long haul.

60th over: England 192-4 (Malan 54, Bairstow 19) A wide half-volley from Cummins is nailed for four by Malan. Shot! There’s a serenity to England’s batting that has rarely been seen in this series. We know one wicket would change the mood completely, but for now it’s Australia who are on the defensive.

A wide half-volley from Cummins is nailed for four by Malan. Shot! There’s a serenity to England’s batting that has rarely been seen in this series. We know one wicket would change the mood completely, but for now it’s Australia who are on the defensive.

59th over: England 188-4 (Malan 50, Bairstow 19) Malan drives Lyon for a single to reach a really good half-century , full of purpose and determination. England will be desperate for him to become their first centurion of the series. Their conversion rate has become such a problem. Some say it’s down to frivolous batting, and the influence of white-ball cricket – but since May 2015, when England discovered limited-overs cricket, they have a significantly better conversion rate in ODIs than in Tests. How absurd is that?

, full of purpose and determination. England will be desperate for him to become their first centurion of the series. Their conversion rate has become such a problem. Some say it’s down to frivolous batting, and the influence of white-ball cricket – but since May 2015, when England discovered limited-overs cricket, they have a significantly better conversion rate in ODIs than in Tests. How absurd is that?

58th over: England 186-4 (Malan 49, Bairstow 18) Bairstow works Cummins off the pads for a couple, and then snaps his head out the way of a beautiful bouncer. He has 18 from 51 balls and looks really solid. Batting at No6 means he doesn’t have to force the innings as in previous Tests.

Bairstow works Cummins off the pads for a couple, and then snaps his head out the way of a beautiful bouncer. He has 18 from 51 balls and looks really solid. Batting at No6 means he doesn’t have to force the innings as in previous Tests.

57th over: England 183-4 (Malan 49, Bairstow 15) Malan has shown good intent against Lyon, and is going down the track at least once an over. A classy back cut for four takes him to 49 and brings up a vital fifty partnership with Bairstow.

Malan has shown good intent against Lyon, and is going down the track at least once an over. A classy back cut for four takes him to 49 and brings up a vital fifty partnership with Bairstow.

56th over: England 177-4 (Malan 44, Bairstow 14) Geoff Boycott has been full of praise for Malan’s innings, particularly his courage and discipline. We’ll surely see him next summer, barring a shocker in the last five innings of the series.

Geoff Boycott has been full of praise for Malan’s innings, particularly his courage and discipline. We’ll surely see him next summer, barring a shocker in the last five innings of the series.

“Morning Rob,” says Kim Thonger. “Seems to me match-fixing may be the only way England can save this match and the Ashes. Some or (in my view) all of the government’s international development fund might be usefully diverted to that end? Surely beating Australia at cricket is worth 0.7% of UK GDP any day of the week?”

55th over: England 176-4 (Malan 43, Bairstow 14) Lyon, though not yet as threatening as in the first two Tests, is doing an excellent holding job. Malan drives a single down the ground, and that’s the lot. All the batsmen apart from Cook have got a start today; none have yet gone past 56. That has been such a problem for England in the series. They haven’t had a hundred partnership since the first day at Brisbane, never mind an individual century.

Lyon, though not yet as threatening as in the first two Tests, is doing an excellent holding job. Malan drives a single down the ground, and that’s the lot. All the batsmen apart from Cook have got a start today; none have yet gone past 56. That has been such a problem for England in the series. They haven’t had a hundred partnership since the first day at Brisbane, never mind an individual century.

54th over: England 175-4 (Malan 42, Bairstow 14) This will be a long session, with 36 overs still to be bowled. Pat Cummins, on for Mitchell Marsh, starts with a maiden to Bairstow that includes a suggestion of reverse swing. This session might be England’s last chance in the series. If they close on 310 for five, they will sleep hopefully. If they are rolled for 250, it’s over.

This will be a long session, with 36 overs still to be bowled. Pat Cummins, on for Mitchell Marsh, starts with a maiden to Bairstow that includes a suggestion of reverse swing. This session might be England’s last chance in the series. If they close on 310 for five, they will sleep hopefully. If they are rolled for 250, it’s over.

“Afternoon Rob,” says Phil Withall. “My main beef with the DRS system, and video assistant referees in football, is that no matter what technology is available to the third umpire the final decision is made by a human being and humans are fallible. I once spent an evening attempting to convince someone that the penalty Sylvester Stallone saved in Escape to Victory wasn’t the same one that was struck by the German player. They just couldn’t see it. People make mistakes.”

says Phil Withall. “My main beef with the DRS system, and video assistant referees in football, is that no matter what technology is available to the third umpire the final decision is made by a human being and humans are fallible. I once spent an evening attempting to convince someone that the penalty Sylvester Stallone saved in Escape to Victory wasn’t the same one that was struck by the German player. They just couldn’t see it. People make mistakes.”

53rd over: England 175-4 (Malan 42, Bairstow 14) Lyon is milked for three in the last over before tea. Malan flicks the last ball into the body of Bancroft at short leg; it would have been a miraculous catch. That was a brilliant session of play. Australia bombed England in the first hour, picking up the wickets of Joe Root and Mark Stoneman, before Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow restored some calm with a good partnership of 44. See you in 10 minutes for the evening session.

Lyon is milked for three in the last over before tea. Malan flicks the last ball into the body of Bancroft at short leg; it would have been a miraculous catch. That was a brilliant session of play. Australia bombed England in the first hour, picking up the wickets of Joe Root and Mark Stoneman, before Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow restored some calm with a good partnership of 44. See you in 10 minutes for the evening session.

52nd over: England 172-4 (Malan 41, Bairstow 12) Malan plays and misses at a good delivery from Marsh, angled across him on an excellent length. The last ball of the over is too straight and clipped nicely through midwicket for four. Malan has shown superb temperament again.

Malan plays and misses at a good delivery from Marsh, angled across him on an excellent length. The last ball of the over is too straight and clipped nicely through midwicket for four. Malan has shown superb temperament again.

51st over: England 168-4 (Malan 37, Bairstow 12) “Hang on,” says Jen Oram. “If BT have got footage showing Stoneman was out (or showing anything, come to that), why wasn’t it shown to Aleem Dar? Isn’t the idea that the review umpire gets to see all the stuff available before deciding?”

“Hang on,” says Jen Oram. “If BT have got footage showing Stoneman was out (or showing anything, come to that), why wasn’t it shown to Aleem Dar? Isn’t the idea that the review umpire gets to see all the stuff available before deciding?”

That particular angle didn’t appear for 10 minutes. I think it takes a while to find/load up all the footage, although if I’m completely honest I haven’t a clue what I’m talking about. It’s a classic example of a DRS decision that was both right and wrong. In absolute terms he was out, but he shouldn’t have been given out.

50th over: England 168-4 (Malan 37, Bairstow 12) The fifth bowler Mitchell Marsh replaces Hazlewood. He took some good wickets in the 2015 Ashes – Cook, Bell, Root, Stokes, Buttler – and knows these conditions so well. His first over is a bit loose and milked for three singles.

Mitchell Marsh replaces Hazlewood. He took some good wickets in the 2015 Ashes – Cook, Bell, Root, Stokes, Buttler – and knows these conditions so well. His first over is a bit loose and milked for three singles.

49th over: England 165-4 (Malan 36, Bairstow 10) England are still struggling to get after Lyon, who rushes through another maiden to Malan. His figures are 9-3-22-0.

England are still struggling to get after Lyon, who rushes through another maiden to Malan. His figures are 9-3-22-0.

48th over: England 165-4 (Malan 36, Bairstow 10) Stoneman and Malan are, as I type, the specialist England batsmen with the highest averages in this series. The problem has been the lack of big runs from the established quintet of Cook, Root, Bairstow, Stokes and Moeen. Bairstow has started well in this innings, playing with impressive certainty in attack and defence. His buddy Bancroft denies him four runs with a superb diving stop at short extra-cover.

Stoneman and Malan are, as I type, the specialist England batsmen with the highest averages in this series. The problem has been the lack of big runs from the established quintet of Cook, Root, Bairstow, Stokes and Moeen. Bairstow has started well in this innings, playing with impressive certainty in attack and defence. His buddy Bancroft denies him four runs with a superb diving stop at short extra-cover.

47th over: England 162-4 (Malan 33, Bairstow 10) Lyon’s record at Perth is poor, which will give England a bit of optimism. Malan comes down the pitch to work a single to mid-on.

Lyon’s record at Perth is poor, which will give England a bit of optimism. Malan comes down the pitch to work a single to mid-on.

46th over: England 160-4 (Malan 32, Bairstow 9) Hazlewood, who has bowled magnificently today, replaces Starc. Malan plays out a maiden. He has started to settle down after a skittish start to the innings. England cannot afford to lose another wicket in the 25 minutes before tea.

Hazlewood, who has bowled magnificently today, replaces Starc. Malan plays out a maiden. He has started to settle down after a skittish start to the innings. England cannot afford to lose another wicket in the 25 minutes before tea.

“Morning, Rob,” says Ian Copestake. “It all seems to be continually in the balance. I find myself longing for the days of Boycs and Tavare seemingly doing nothing, before awaking to find a large number next to a rather small number. Though Tavare would not yet have hit double figures (God bless him).”

45th over: England 160-4 (Malan 32, Bairstow 9) BT have just shown new footage which suggests the ball did brush the glove of Stoneman’s top hand, which is the one that was on the bat, and that therefore he was out. That may douse England’s ire a touch, though it doesn’t change the fact that Aleem Dar made the wrong decision based on the evidence he had at the time. Back in the present, Bairstow pushes Lyon down the ground for four before chipping the ball whence it came. Lyon flies to his left, attempting another Superman catch, but can’t quite get there.

BT have just shown new footage which suggests the ball did brush the glove of Stoneman’s top hand, which is the one that was on the bat, and that therefore he was out. That may douse England’s ire a touch, though it doesn’t change the fact that Aleem Dar made the wrong decision based on the evidence he had at the time. Back in the present, Bairstow pushes Lyon down the ground for four before chipping the ball whence it came. Lyon flies to his left, attempting another Superman catch, but can’t quite get there.

44th over: England 156-4 (Malan 32, Bairstow 5) It’s hard to know what a par score is, though I suspect both teams would be reasonably happy if England made around 350. Bairstow takes a really tight single into the off side, with Warner’s throw whistling just wide of the stumps. I think Malan would have bene out with a direct hit.

It’s hard to know what a par score is, though I suspect both teams would be reasonably happy if England made around 350. Bairstow takes a really tight single into the off side, with Warner’s throw whistling just wide of the stumps. I think Malan would have bene out with a direct hit.

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Yes, 6-for-35. Malan and Bairstow were magnificent and flying. Australia were leaking runs and losing their way. Smith was running out of options. Then the left-hander took on Lyon, top-edged, and it was on. Batting with the tail again, Bairstow went from complete control to hectic. His downfall was inevitable. Between times, Moeen edged his second ball. The short ball took care of the bowlers. Now? From nowhere, it is Advantage Australia.

With that news, I’m going to leave you for some lunch. Back shortly. If looking to take your mind off what just happened, have a listen to our chat with Guardian columnist Jason Gillespie from after the Adelaide Test. On a lot more than cricket. He was fantastic.

With that news, I’m going to leave you for some lunch. Back shortly. If looking to take your mind off what just happened,

Broad tries to repeat the smack of the previous over, making room for himself. But gets none of it, spooning Starc straight up in the air, taken by the man at short leg. They have lost their last six wickets for 35. What a shocker. A bit more on that in a tic. It is lunch.

115th over: England 403-9 (Broad 12, Anderson 0) Broad hits a MASSIVE SIX off Hazlewood’s first ball. Big swing, perfect contact. Nearly out of the ground at backward square! 104 metres! Whoa! Pushes England to 400 as well. Not the way they fancied getting there, but that’s old news now. Off strike to fine leg, leaving Jimmy with three balls to see off. The barrage continues, Paine doing very well to save four byes when the bowler misdirects. Finishes with a yorker. Anderson up to the task.

off Hazlewood’s first ball. Big swing, perfect contact. Nearly out of the ground at backward square!

as well. Not the way they fancied getting there, but that’s old news now. Off strike to fine leg, leaving Jimmy with three balls to see off. The barrage continues, Paine doing very well to save four byes when the bowler misdirects. Finishes with a yorker. Anderson up to the task.

114th over: England 396-9 (Broad 5, Anderson 0) An hour ago England were hoping for 500, now they will be lucky to get 400. Especially if Starc gets it on the stumps. Has a great record doing just that to the tail. Not initially though, Broad backing away and Starc following him with a bouncer. He still managed to lob it over mid-off though, so well played, I guess. Nearly makes it to the rope, in the end they get three. A bit of confusion nearly creates a run out, but they’re still there. Starc continues to short approach, Anderson going inside the line each time in order to leave outside leg by the time the ball arrives. Ducks a bouncer to finish. Bit of a waste there, for mine.

An hour ago England were hoping for 500, now they will be lucky to get 400. Especially if Starc gets it on the stumps. Has a great record doing just that to the tail. Not initially though, Broad backing away and Starc following him with a bouncer. He still managed to lob it over mid-off though, so well played, I guess. Nearly makes it to the rope, in the end they get three. A bit of confusion nearly creates a run out, but they’re still there. Starc continues to short approach, Anderson going inside the line each time in order to leave outside leg by the time the ball arrives. Ducks a bouncer to finish. Bit of a waste there, for mine.

Sam Howard captures the sentiment of my inbox. “Ridiculous. England, having been brilliant all day yesterday, have unstitched all of it in the last 30 minutes. 5 for 25. England should have been at least 450. It’s the hope…”

He’s fended a bumper straight into the air, Bancroft completing the catch at short leg. It was on the cards, Broad twice flirting with the man under the lid earlier in the set. Fantastic, accurate short bowling from the Australian. England have lost 5-for-25. Lunch will be delayed, with the visitors nine down. What a mess.

He’s fended a bumper straight into the air, Bancroft completing the catch at short leg. It was on the cards, Broad twice flirting with the man under the lid earlier in the set. Fantastic, accurate short bowling from the Australian.

112nd over: England 392-8 (Overton 2, Broad 1) Customary boos for Stuart Broad as he arrives. He’s away with a pull behind square. As is Overton, pushing to cover for a couple. Starc goes by his outside edge next up. That’s really moved. A crack, maybe? Good batting from Overton to get his bat out of the way of the final ball of the over.

Customary boos for Stuart Broad as he arrives. He’s away with a pull behind square. As is Overton, pushing to cover for a couple. Starc goes by his outside edge next up. That’s really moved. A crack, maybe? Good batting from Overton to get his bat out of the way of the final ball of the over.

Oh, and sorry to all those I dismissed earlier for predicting an inevitable England collapse. You were right, I was wrong.

YJB misses a flick, inside edging onto middle stump. Stump out of the ground. His first ball back into the attack and straight into the book. Tremendous innings, but another poor dismissal. “He wouldn’t have played that shot half an hour ago when batting with Malan,” observes Simon Katich on radio. Not wrong. The collapse is 4/21. England could be all out by lunch and the Waca crowd know it.

Another wonderful catch! Cummins resting down at fine leg makes significant ground, coming forward to complete the take on his knees. It was a flick off the hips from Woakes, he made good contact, but that matters little now. England lose three wickets in a hurry. 15 minutes to lunch. Uh oh.

110th over: England 384-6 (Bairstow 118, Woakes 4) Cummins gets progressively shorter as the over goes on. Woakes is confident enough to have a lash at the fuller stuff, a bit of luck required off an edge but it is another boundary. Plenty of those this morning. Off the mark. By the end of the over he is around the wicket to, sure enough, bounce him.

Cummins gets progressively shorter as the over goes on. Woakes is confident enough to have a lash at the fuller stuff, a bit of luck required off an edge but it is another boundary. Plenty of those this morning. Off the mark. By the end of the over he is around the wicket to, sure enough, bounce him.

“In a world where the conspiring forces of last night’s poor decisions and poorly managed deadlines have left me pulling an all-nighter while still feeling the nauseating effects of cheap alcohol,” begins Adam Giles, “it appears that a fantastically verbose coverage of what’s setting out to be a very interesting day is all that is keeping me tethered to sanity. Many thanks. Returning to Robert Wilson’s romantic musings, I’ve always felt that English-Aussie sporting relations have all the intensity of English-Scottish or Aussie-Kiwi, but with not quite so much malice. The underlying (yet often begrudging) respect that underlies such a rivalry is what defines the Ashes, and shows itself best when, regardless of the result, Day 5 stumps is very shortly followed by sharing of the local watering holes. You lads and ladies down under may often be the ones we love to hate, but are just as often the ones we hate to admit that we love. Here’s to a thrilling test.” Well said.

109th over: England 380-6 (Bairstow 118, Woakes 0) Hazlewood is back from the Prindiville Stand End. Good shout. Lyon’s done the job, but have to back the quicks in here. Would have worked immediately if a third slip was there, Bairstow edging a drive. Instead, four goes onto his score. Important he finds a way to do what Smith and Marsh did in the first two tests and eeks out a meaningful lower-order stand. Oh, not with that he won’t, a loose waft beating his edge. But he’s back into stride by the end of the over, securing a second boundary with a far more convincing stroke, carving past point.

Hazlewood is back from the Prindiville Stand End. Good shout. Lyon’s done the job, but have to back the quicks in here. Would have worked immediately if a third slip was there, Bairstow edging a drive. Instead, four goes onto his score. Important he finds a way to do what Smith and Marsh did in the first two tests and eeks out a meaningful lower-order stand. Oh, not with that he won’t, a loose waft beating his edge. But he’s back into stride by the end of the over, securing a second boundary with a far more convincing stroke, carving past point.

108th over: England 372-6 (Bairstow 110, Woakes 0) Woakes gets a bumper first up. Well directed. Ducks competently. Has himself a job to do here. A man around at leg gully, and he’s into the game with the new man fending a second short one. Every ball is into his body. Does well to defend and evade. Wicket maiden.

Woakes gets a bumper first up. Well directed. Ducks competently. Has himself a job to do here. A man around at leg gully, and he’s into the game with the new man fending a second short one. Every ball is into his body. Does well to defend and evade. Wicket maiden.

Brian Withington is here and loving it. Or at least he was when writing this note a couple of overs ago. “What a bloody marvellous moment to see not so YJB score and celebrate his first Ashes century. Don’t need to be an England supporter to appreciate that, just a pulse. Wiping a small tear…”

Two wickets in four balls! Moeen steers to Smith at second slip, it’s a soft dismissal, and it is game on. Catching practice. A bit of extra bounce maybe, but not that’s all there is. High on the bat, no mistake made by the captain in the cordon. Five minutes ago this was getting ugly for Australia, now they are very much back in business with half an hour to lunch.

107th over: England 372-5 (Bairstow 110, Moeen 0) Lyon finishes the set to Bairstow, as they crossed. And he gets a boundary tickled to fine leg. Eventful over. And Pete Handscomb jobs to the boundary rope, his little cameo has gone wonderfully. The crowd give him a round of applause as well. He responds with a thumbs up.

Lyon finishes the set to Bairstow, as they crossed. And he gets a boundary tickled to fine leg. Eventful over. And Pete Handscomb jobs to the boundary rope, his little cameo has gone wonderfully. The crowd give him a round of applause as well. He responds with a thumbs up.

From nowhere! Malan tries to take Lyon down the ground but gets a fat leading edge. A magnificent snaffle from Peter Handscomb, the dropped batsman on the field as a sub and taking the catch with a full-stretch dive. Huge standing ovation for the dismissed man. Poor way to get out, “had Australia on their knees” according to Chris Rogers. But that doesn’t diminish his masterful hand.

from Peter Handscomb, the dropped batsman on the field as a sub and taking the catch with a full-stretch dive. Huge standing ovation for the dismissed man. Poor way to get out, “had Australia on their knees” according to Chris Rogers. But that doesn’t diminish his masterful hand.

106th over: England 368-4 (Malan 140, Bairstow 106) Cummins into his fifth over of this spell by my count. Might need a blow. His pace is still there, a couple of bouncers banged in there at either end of the over. Between times, Bairstow plucks a couple through midwicket. Four maidens to begin this morning, only one since.

Cummins into his fifth over of this spell by my count. Might need a blow. His pace is still there, a couple of bouncers banged in there at either end of the over. Between times, Bairstow plucks a couple through midwicket. Four maidens to begin this morning, only one since.

105th over: England 366-4 (Malan 140, Bairstow 104) Three more easy singles, on the legside. Nothing doing at all for Lyon here.

This has been a tough innings for Bairstow, facing some high-quality bowling and scoring has been difficult. However, his release zones have been classical, scoring at 4.84rpo through the covers, and 12rpo down to third man. #Ashes pic.twitter.com/JYGU8QWWX5

This has been a tough innings for Bairstow, facing some high-quality bowling and scoring has been difficult. However, his release zones have been classical, scoring at 4.84rpo through the covers, and 12rpo down to third man.

104th over: England 363-4 (Malan 139, Bairstow 102) Cummins starts short then beings the length up to Malan. But a tad too straight, allowing a clip to midwicket. Bairstow does likewise. The dot ball pressure from the first four overs today now long gone. Ticking it over with relative ease.

Cummins starts short then beings the length up to Malan. But a tad too straight, allowing a clip to midwicket. Bairstow does likewise. The dot ball pressure from the first four overs today now long gone. Ticking it over with relative ease.

“Hope you are doing fine in these dark dark times,” emails Stephen Cryan. “Just wanted to let you know that you’re not alone out there.” Alone, Together.

103rd over: England 361-4 (Malan 138, Bairstow 101) Boutros Boutros-Ghali (Nathan Nathan-Lyon) for his first twist of the day, replacing Marsh. By the end of the summer all the kids will be saying it. Promise. Speaking of, I saw a teenager out the front before play with a t-shirt reading “SMOKING WINNIES, DRINKING TINNIES” with a picture of Warne with a fag in his gob. A couple to Malan, on the front foot driving, to begin. That’s the intent we heard about pre-match when addressing the offie. Another to point, then YJB clips one too. Malan picks up a fifth run in the over to mid-on. “They look in no trouble,” says Chris Rogers on the radio. “This is why they picked Mitch Marsh, because Nathan Lyon cannot control the run-rate the same way at the WACA.” He’s reminded that Marsh has gone for plenty today as well. But his point is sound. This was the venue where Lyon’s confidence took a battering last year.

Boutros Boutros-Ghali (Nathan Nathan-Lyon) for his first twist of the day, replacing Marsh. By the end of the summer all the kids will be saying it. Promise. Speaking of, I saw a teenager out the front before play with a t-shirt reading “SMOKING WINNIES, DRINKING TINNIES” with a picture of Warne with a fag in his gob. A couple to Malan, on the front foot driving, to begin. That’s the intent we heard about pre-match when addressing the offie. Another to point, then YJB clips one too. Malan picks up a fifth run in the over to mid-on. “They look in no trouble,” says Chris Rogers on the radio. “This is why they picked Mitch Marsh, because Nathan Lyon cannot control the run-rate the same way at the WACA.” He’s reminded that Marsh has gone for plenty today as well. But his point is sound. This was the venue where Lyon’s confidence took a battering last year.

“I know what Patrick O’Brien (91st Over) is saying but, as a Mick, I’d say that Pom self-deprecation is both comfortable and organic. And played for laughs. The real secret of the Aussie/Brit hypertension is that it is the ghastliest schoolboy crush in politico-cultural history.

In the chill English evenings, I’ve often seen some random Aussie playing the whole downunder deck, going full ocker – despite their PHD in Comparative Philosophy from the Sorbonne. No matter how loudly, obnoxiously or preposterously they play it, there’s never one solitary Brit there who does not desperately pant and pine for the blithe arm around the shoulder and the fulsomely drawled (and richly surprised) You’re awright, mate . It’s very touching but you guys need to get a room.”

In the chill English evenings, I’ve often seen some random Aussie playing the whole downunder deck, going full ocker – despite their PHD in Comparative Philosophy from the Sorbonne. No matter how loudly, obnoxiously or preposterously they play it, there’s never one solitary Brit there who does

desperately pant and pine for the blithe arm around the shoulder and the fulsomely drawled (and richly surprised)

102nd over: England 356-4 (Malan 134, Bairstow 100) A more sedade set here. Cummins to Bairstow, defending then ducking. Very good bumper to finish. Maiden. Have a drink, fellas. I will too.

A more sedade set here. Cummins to Bairstow, defending then ducking. Very good bumper to finish. Maiden. Have a drink, fellas. I will too.

101st over: England 356-4 (Malan 134, Bairstow 100) Short, back, cut, four! Mash cannot bowl there to Bairstow, who is seeing them beautifully. Two behind square makes 99. And there it is! What a wonderful ton! Pulled behind square to get the single he needs. Leaps into the air. THEN HEADBUTTS HIS HELMET IN CELEBRATION! OH, THAT IS BRILLIANT! Take a bow, YJB. Malan joins in the celebration with a slash behind point for four to third man to end the over. “That was junk,” says Nannes of the offering. England making it count. They have put on 225, the highest England stand ever at the WACA. “Heady times,” adds Ali Mitchell.

Short, back, cut, four! Mash cannot bowl there to Bairstow, who is seeing them beautifully. Two behind square makes 99.

OH, THAT IS BRILLIANT! Take a bow, YJB. Malan joins in the celebration with a slash behind point for four to third man to end the over. “That was junk,” says Nannes of the offering. England making it count. They have put on 225, the highest England stand ever at the WACA. “Heady times,” adds Ali Mitchell.

100th over: England 345-4 (Malan 130, Bairstow 93) Cummins again. After watching a couple, Malan throws his hands at one outside the off-stump and it runs away to the third man boundary. Everything coming up England here. Now a couple of byes, Paine unable to glove cleanly. He’s in the action again next up with a high bouncer. Australia hanging in there, but they need something to break their way. Not with that it won’t, some rare trash here from Cummins, Malan cutting with easy behind point for another boundary. Ten from the over. Positively racing! “They’re bowling one or two bad balls an over,” says Dirk Nannes on ABC. “And they are being punished for it.” Sure are.

Cummins again. After watching a couple, Malan throws his hands at one outside the off-stump and it runs away to the third man boundary. Everything coming up England here. Now a couple of byes, Paine unable to glove cleanly. He’s in the action again next up with a high bouncer. Australia hanging in there, but they need something to break their way. Not with that it won’t, some rare trash here from Cummins, Malan cutting with easy behind point for

Ten from the over. Positively racing! “They’re bowling one or two bad balls an over,” says Dirk Nannes on ABC. “And they are being punished for it.” Sure are.

99th over: England 335-4 (Malan 122, Bairstow 93) Mitchell Marsh into the act from the Prindiville Stand End. Malan off strike straight away with a clip. JB’s turn. He does the same, for two, bringing up the 200 partnership. What a brilliant stand. When they came together it was hot and heaving with Australia’s quicks doing as they pleased. Now, England are well ahead in this Test. To celebrate, Bairstow goes again with glorious timing past square leg. Just a flick of the wrists, but races to the rope. Into the 90s now. That was quick.

Mitchell Marsh into the act from the Prindiville Stand End. Malan off strike straight away with a clip. JB’s turn. He does the same, for two,

What a brilliant stand. When they came together it was hot and heaving with Australia’s quicks doing as they pleased. Now, England are well ahead in this Test. To celebrate,

with glorious timing past square leg. Just a flick of the wrists, but races to the rope. Into the 90s now. That was quick.

98th over: England 328-4 (Malan 121, Bairstow 87) Cummins replaces Starc at our Lillee-Marsh End. So close to our commentary position that I feel like I can push him to begin his long run. Such a beautiful approach. Like a sprinter out of the blocks. Said to Geoff the other week when he was on the OBO tools that I can imagine him running the 100m at the Olympics one day. He probably could. That kind of bloke. Oh, I better keep a lid on it though because as I type Bairstow has gone bang, bang! First through covers with ease, no risk of him overhitting anything this morning. Then repeats the dose, with a touch more gusto. Superly timed.

Cummins replaces Starc at our Lillee-Marsh End. So close to our commentary position that I feel like I can push him to begin his long run. Such a beautiful approach. Like a sprinter out of the blocks. Said to Geoff the other week when he was on the OBO tools that I can imagine him running the 100m at the Olympics one day. He probably could. That kind of bloke. Oh, I better keep a lid on it though because as I type Bairstow has gone

First through covers with ease, no risk of him overhitting anything this morning. Then repeats the dose, with a touch more gusto. Superly timed.

“My boss carried on drinking with me to 2am for the office do,” explains Dave Brown. “Should I stay up for a few hours reading your fine summary in this enthralling session and hope there’ll be no come back going into work late? Do I have a free pass? It’s the Ashes after all!!” If you don’t, you’re out of the family. Stick with us all night. Roll in ragged. It’s the only way.

@collinsadam I’m suffering from a new sensation – optimistic pessimism. Not sure if I’m comfortable with it

97th over: England 320-4 (Malan 121, Bairstow 79) Short, short, full. Hazlewood’s plan is clear. Malan’s approach sound. Into his groove now, the left-hander pulls a couple through midwicket then a couple more driven through cover. One hand off the bat though, watching the replay. Hazlewood spot on here.

Short, short, full. Hazlewood’s plan is clear. Malan’s approach sound. Into his groove now, the left-hander pulls a couple through midwicket then a couple more driven through cover. One hand off the bat though, watching the replay. Hazlewood spot on here.

96th over: England 316-4 (Malan 117, Bairstow 79) Yes, Dave. Malan gets a full swing in at a full and fast Starc delivery, driven through cover. Mad skillz. The bumper follows, naturally enough. Then the yorker again to end, Malan less comfortable this time, barely getting an inside edge. Through his legs for a single though, so he’ll keep the strike.

Yes, Dave. Malan gets a full swing in at a full and fast Starc delivery, driven through cover. Mad skillz. The bumper follows, naturally enough. Then the yorker again to end, Malan less comfortable this time, barely getting an inside edge. Through his legs for a single though, so he’ll keep the strike.

“I think I am the only patron of the 720 bus from ucla to koreatown currently following your coverage,” believes Ian Copestake. My challenge: get another to click through. You can do it. “Grind out the century, Jonny B!” I predict he’ll do just that. Go Jonny go go.

95th over: England 311-4 (Malan 112, Bairstow 79) Shot. Bairstow leans onto the front foot and strokes Hazlewood through the gap at cover. Not really there to drive either, making it look all the prettier, on the up. The bowler finds the edge later in the over, but with soft hands it drops well in front of the cordon.

Shot. Bairstow leans onto the front foot and strokes Hazlewood through the gap at cover. Not really there to drive either, making it look all the prettier, on the up. The bowler finds the edge later in the over, but with soft hands it drops well in front of the cordon.

176 – Bairstow and Malan’s 176-run partnership is England’s biggest in Australia since November 2010 (329 – Cook, Trott at Brisbane). Essence. #Ashes pic.twitter.com/06KGDc0KsW

176 – Bairstow and Malan’s 176-run partnership is England’s biggest in Australia since November 2010 (329 – Cook, Trott at Brisbane). Essence.

94th over: England 306-4 (Malan 111, Bairstow 75) Runs! Well, a run anyway! Took 27 balls for England to open their account this morning, through a single to fine leg as Malan jams out a Starc yorker. Another short delivery that really takes off, Paine taking it high above his head. This is hard yakka. It’s YJB’s first look at Starc today and he gets a full and straight one too. Juuuuust keeps it out with a little edge. And another! Not the most convincing defensive stroke. Excellent early contest.

Runs! Well, a run anyway! Took 27 balls for England to open their account this morning, through a single to fine leg as Malan jams out a Starc yorker. Another short delivery that really takes off, Paine taking it high above his head. This is hard yakka. It’s YJB’s first look at Starc today and he gets a full and straight one too. Juuuuust keeps it out with a little edge. And another! Not the most convincing defensive stroke. Excellent early contest.

93rd over: England 305-4 (Malan 110, Bairstow 75) Make that four maidens. Defending, leaving, ducking, driving. Hazlewood gets the final delivery to crash into Bairstow’s hip, or thereabouts.

Make that four maidens. Defending, leaving, ducking, driving. Hazlewood gets the final delivery to crash into Bairstow’s hip, or thereabouts.

“I am sitting in Port Moresby reading your wonderful coverage,” writes Tom McPhee. Most kind. Hi Tom. “I simply had to say thank you to Paris Bob Wilson; what a wonderful comment. My hat is off to him for such an evocative short piece, and add that it is surely a wonderful example of why twitter is so limited. As a native of WA a long way from the clear bright air of Perth, I have to tell you that I take a an slightly perverse sense of pride in my home being described in such a fashion, particularly by an Englishman.” He does it better than, well, probably anyone.

“I look forward to the forthcoming descriptions of England’s inevitable and lamentable collapse with glee, and expect it will be completed before I have had the time to mix my afternoon gin and tonic in 2 hours hence (to keep the malaria at bay of course).”

“Sometimes it’s more hope, if it’s just touching the stumps we’re all right. It’s something I can work on and get as consistent as I can.” Steve Smith on how his use of DRS has changed since new rules came in. Aust have no reviews left #ashes

“Sometimes it’s more hope, if it’s just touching the stumps we’re all right. It’s something I can work on and get as consistent as I can.” Steve Smith on how his use of DRS has changed since new rules came in. Aust have no reviews left

92nd over: England 305-4 (Malan 110, Bairstow 75) Starc running away from us here building up some serious speed. Before the leg before shout he won Malan’s inside edge. After the review he has to keep another yorker out. “He’s not timing it,” says Vic Marks next to me. Three maidens to begin.

Starc running away from us here building up some serious speed. Before the leg before shout he won Malan’s inside edge. After the review he has to keep another yorker out. “He’s not timing it,” says Vic Marks next to me. Three maidens to begin.

Nick Bron writes in on the elephant in the room: the torrential rain reportedly heading Perth’s way on Sunday. “Don’t tell the Aussies I’m saying this but looking at the forecast, England need 500, then bowl out Australia under 300, force the follow on and knock em over for 200.” Easy peasy, then.

Great to have Victoria’s Attorney-General, Marty Pakula, with us over in the Inverarity Stand. He loves this stuff. The Waca is a top away day if you can handle the heat. Have wonderful memories flying over here for a frolic during the 2010 Ashes Test.

NOT OUT! Nup. That’s a bad review. It is missing by more than a stump down the legside. They lose their second referral. England still have both in hand.

Nup. That’s a bad review. It is missing by more than a stump down the legside. They lose their second referral. England still have both in hand.

HAS STARC TRAPPED MALAN? Not out on the field, but they’re very confident after the left-armer’s yorker slipped under the bat. We’re going upstairs!

Not out on the field, but they’re very confident after the left-armer’s yorker slipped under the bat. We’re going upstairs!

91st over: England 305-4 (Malan 110, Bairstow 75) Hazlewood was Australia’s best yesterday, for mine. He’s at it from the Prinvidille Stand End. Makes YJB play from the get-go, beating him with a tidy delivery that does a bit off the seam. We’re only 11 overs into the new ball, so after a good rest this should be a lively hour or so. Back to back maidens.

Hazlewood was Australia’s best yesterday, for mine. He’s at it from the Prinvidille Stand End. Makes YJB play from the get-go, beating him with a tidy delivery that does a bit off the seam. We’re only 11 overs into the new ball, so after a good rest this should be a lively hour or so. Back to back maidens.

“Surely Paris Bob should know that the Poms’ level of self-loathing is such that they hate themselves even more than the Aussies do,” emails Patrick O’Brien. My experience, too. So bloody hard on yourselves.

90th over: England 305-4 (Malan 110, Bairstow 75) A fully from Starc to begin, but Malan doesn’t have a go. He stays full, landing a yorker with the penultimate offering, before going upstairs to finish off. Gets serious bounce, nearly making it over Tim Paine’s head as he did a couple of times yesterday. Maiden.

A fully from Starc to begin, but Malan doesn’t have a go. He stays full, landing a yorker with the penultimate offering, before going upstairs to finish off. Gets serious bounce, nearly making it over Tim Paine’s head as he did a couple of times yesterday. Maiden.

Eng’s 4-305 their highest Day 1 Close of Play score in Aus since Melbourne, 1965-66 (5-312), 52 years ago. In that series, they also made 5-328 at SCG earlier. Only other higher scores were in 1897 and 1892.

Eng’s 4-305 their highest Day 1 Close of Play score in Aus since Melbourne, 1965-66 (5-312), 52 years ago. In that series, they also made 5-328 at SCG earlier.

Ian Healy in full suit with keeping gloves on, Mark Taylor standing at first slip, Warne at second, with Mark Nicholas gently lobbing balls at them. DRINK! #Ashes

Ian Healy in full suit with keeping gloves on, Mark Taylor standing at first slip, Warne at second, with Mark Nicholas gently lobbing balls at them. DRINK!

Amazing what a difference a good Ashes day makes. The ECB could secretly un-ban and un-fine Ben Duckett and no one would actually mind. Scapegoat no longer required.

A moment he’ll never forget Dawid Malan brings up his maiden Test match century! What a special innings under pressure! #ItsTheAshes BT Sport 1 HD pic.twitter.com/sJnmU02aWg

In the back of an uber to the Waca. Not quite a Paul Kelly lyric, is it? But what I can tell you now that I couldn’t before is that it’s hot! Not, as Bob puts it below, melt through your strides stuff. But not eerily mild either, as it was yesterday. No clouds either. Gorgeous. Ten minutes from the re-start. Buckle up.

Not quite a Paul Kelly lyric, is it? But what I can tell you now that I couldn’t before is that it’s hot! Not, as Bob puts it below, melt through your strides stuff. But not eerily mild either, as it was yesterday. No clouds either. Gorgeous. Ten minutes from the re-start. Buckle up.

Bairstow has justified the rise up the order, but his success could prove doubly useful. Moeen has proved excellent at flogging tired attacks – in overs 110+, the all-rounder averages 56.20, and scores at almost 5rpo. #Ashes

Bairstow has justified the rise up the order, but his success could prove doubly useful. Moeen has proved excellent at flogging tired attacks – in overs 110+, the all-rounder averages 56.20, and scores at almost 5rpo.

Paris Bob Wilson, tell us a story. “Sainted Adam, (Lovely piece about the quicks earlier),” thanks Robert. Take it away…

“I’ve been thinking about we Northern Europeans’ and our dread and delight in the WACA. Sure, Adelaide’s lovely, everyone likes Sydney but Perth is the one that makes us tell stories around the campfire. It says something troubling about us that it hits our sweet spot so. Because the WACA is all about Australia being just awful . In a country where the butterflies can kill you and the fieldmice have Kalashnikovs, there’s a cricket ground where it’s so hot your trousers catch fire and it’s so fast and bouncy that a broken jaw or nose is an absolute blessed outcome. AND it has a wind that is ominously called the Doctor. In this hellish place, a conscienceless society allows its most carnivorous and indefatigably disobliging men to project hard missiles at middle-aged and affable Englishmen and everyone applauds mightily. You try telling that to a continental and they just stare at you. So, my questions is this; why do we like it so much?”

“I’ve been thinking about we Northern Europeans’ and our dread and delight in the WACA. Sure, Adelaide’s lovely, everyone likes Sydney but Perth is the one that makes us tell stories around the campfire. It says something troubling about us that it hits our sweet spot so. Because the WACA is all about Australia being just

. In a country where the butterflies can kill you and the fieldmice have Kalashnikovs, there’s a cricket ground where it’s so hot your trousers catch fire and it’s so fast and bouncy that a broken jaw or nose is an absolute blessed outcome. AND it has a wind that is ominously called the Doctor. In this hellish place, a conscienceless society allows its most carnivorous and indefatigably disobliging men to project hard missiles at middle-aged and affable Englishmen and everyone applauds mightily. You try telling that to a continental and they just stare at you. So, my questions is this; why do we like it so much?”

Opening to the batting on the email. Is a cynical Simon Powell. “Excited for today, but (sadly) we all know what happens in the first hour, don’t we…” Wash your mouth out. Malan proved the tough stuff is he made of yesterday. He was in lovely form at the press conference too, talking about the emotions of getting to a ton and all the sacrifices his parents made for him to live the dream. Well played. I’m backing him for a Daddy Ton.

Is a cynical Simon Powell. “Excited for today, but (sadly) we all know what happens in the first hour, don’t we…” Wash your mouth out. Malan proved the tough stuff is he made of yesterday. He was in lovely form at the press conference too, talking about the emotions of getting to a ton and all the sacrifices his parents made for him to live the dream. Well played. I’m backing him for a Daddy Ton.

Yesterday’s nine over love letter to the Waca. A lot of people below the line are screaming at me for not saying more about England, but this is a tribute to how well they did to survive one of the most brutal periods of Test cricket I’ve ever witnessed.

A lot of people below the line are screaming at me for not saying more about England, but this is a tribute to how well they did to survive one of the most brutal periods of Test cricket I’ve ever witnessed.

I missed something. I feel like we have a lot to talk about. Share it all. Just photocopyied your body at your work Christmas do? That’s still what people do, isn’t it? Send me a screenshot. In the old money or the new , I’m here for you. Tell me about it.

I feel like we have a lot to talk about. Share it all. Just photocopyied your body at your work Christmas do? That’s still what people do, isn’t it? Send me a screenshot. In the

This is usually the bit where I reveal what a brilliant/dreadful day it is outside. But I’ll level with you: I’m yet to open the curtains of my Perth hotel room. Because last night our circuit ended at The Avenue. Nobody poured a pint over me. I didn’t headbutt anyone (other than for photos). But there we have it. My line and length will come, it might just take an over or two.

I went along with OBO regular Will Macpherson, who is writing about the experience, in great depth, for Another Place. So I won’t cut his grass too badly with the nitty gritty. But needless to say, I HAVE NO EARTHLY IDEA WHY THE ENGLAND TEAM KEEP GOING BACK. No (current) players were there last night though, I can confirm, even if Davey Dawid Malan and Mark Stoneman earned a night on the tiles.

Wasn’t yesterday great? I was in my element grinning like an idiot telling strangers why the hour after lunch was some of the best Test cricket I’ve ever seen. More of the same today. We should be so lucky. Can’t wait to join with Tim de Lisle to bring it all to you on the mighty OBO.

Adam will be here shortly. In the meantime, here’s Ali Martin on the tremendous knock that has put England in a decent position heading into day two at the Waca.

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England have lost 6 for 35 and with it some of the momentum as well. At 368/4, with two batsmen batting well past hundred, they looked set for a huge first innings score. Malan and Bairstow had done well to see off the second new-ball, Starc and Hazlewood were done with their first spell and it was time to make merry. Lyon broke the 237-run stand by dismissing Malan, the woefully out-of -form Moeen Ali was sent packing immediately, Woakes failed to make an impact and Bairstow was dismissed almost immediately. There was very little resistance from the tail, 4 wickets for Starc, 3 for Hazlewood and 2 for Cummins. Still 403 is a decent effort, but the visitors will feel they are at least 100 short of what could have been an imposing total. The cracks are widening, but it should still be a good batting surface. Australia will look to impose themselves on the visiting attack when play resumes at 1:20 PM .

England have lost 6 for 35 and with it some of the momentum as well. At 368/4, with two batsmen batting well past hundred, they looked set for a huge first innings score. Malan and Bairstow had done well to see off the second new-ball, Starc and Hazlewood were done with their first spell and it was time to make merry. Lyon broke the 237-run stand by dismissing Malan, the woefully out-of -form Moeen Ali was sent packing immediately, Woakes failed to make an impact and Bairstow was dismissed almost immediately. There was very little resistance from the tail, 4 wickets for Starc, 3 for Hazlewood and 2 for Cummins. Still 403 is a decent effort, but the visitors will feel they are at least 100 short of what could have been an imposing total. The cracks are widening, but it should still be a good batting surface. Australia will look to impose themselves on the visiting attack when play resumes at

Starc to Broad, out Caught by Bancroft!! That’s a very soft dismissal and England have been bowled out for 403 . Banged in short and on the stumps, Broad went a long way across the stumps, all three stumps were visible, the idea was to get the pull very fine and past the keeper. Unfortunately for Broad, he only managed to toe-end it, straight up in the air and Bancroft runs to his right from FSL to complete the catch. Australia complete the comeback and players will take lunch as well . Broad c Bancroft b Starc 12(10) [6s-1]

. Banged in short and on the stumps, Broad went a long way across the stumps, all three stumps were visible, the idea was to get the pull very fine and past the keeper. Unfortunately for Broad, he only managed to toe-end it, straight up in the air and Bancroft runs to his right from FSL to complete the catch. Australia complete the comeback and players will take

Hazlewood to Anderson, no run, very full and on the stumps, Anderson shuffles across and defends it back at the bowler

Hazlewood to Anderson, no run, Hazlewood keeps it short and down the leg-side, Anderson goes a long way across on the flick and misses

Hazlewood to Anderson, no run, banged in short and down the leg-side, Anderson got inside the line on the flick and gloved it, Paine dives across to his left and saves a boundary

Hazlewood to Broad, 1 run, short of a length and on Broad’s hips, pulled away to the right of long leg. Starc gets acrss quickly, slides and keeps them down to a single

Hazlewood to Broad, SIX , smashed , that’s a long hit and Broad has sent the ball out of the park. Banged in short and on the stumps, Broad backs away and pulls it high and over backward square leg, raises England’s 400 as well , that was a 104m hit

, that’s a long hit and Broad has sent the ball out of the park. Banged in short and on the stumps, Broad backs away and pulls it high and over backward square leg, raises England’s

Hazlewood to Broad, no run, short of a length and following Broad as he backed away, he was looking to ramp it over the slip cordon and missed

We have an extended session with England nine down. 30 minutes for Australia to take the last wicket

LUNCH REPORT : Jonny Bairstow celebrated his maiden Ashes hundred with a playful butting of his helmet before Australia landed some meatier pre-lunch blows.

: Jonny Bairstow celebrated his maiden Ashes hundred with a playful butting of his helmet before Australia landed some meatier pre-lunch blows.

A tour that has proved a magnet to off-field issues – including Bairstow’s headbutting of Australia’s Cameron Bancroft in the now infamous Avenue nightclub up the road – reached crisis point from a series perspective this week.

But Bairstow took advantage of his promotion ahead of Moeen Ali in the batting order, sharing a new record fifth-wicket partnership for England against Australia with Dawid Malan of 237, to provide Joe Root’s team with a semblance of control for the first time in the series.

Their 403 all out, a total limited by the loss of their final six wickets for just 35 runs, was comfortably their highest so far and came at a ground at which batting first has been key in recent years.

England were in jeopardy of wasting that benefit at 131-4 when Bairstow walked to the crease at number six on the opening afternoon.

It is a position he clearly enjoys – as an average in excess of 50, 10 runs greater than his overall Test record attests.

And he prospered on the second morning as his sweet timing of the ball on a pacy WACA surface saw him reach three figures from 185 deliveries.

The celebratory moment came – shortly after he and Malan had surpassed the 206-run alliance between Eddie Paynter and Denis Compton at Trent Bridge during the 1938 Ashes – when he swung a short ball from Mitchell Marsh to short leg for a single.

Not so long after a flurry of boundaries from both batsmen during a period which reaped 36 runs in four overs.

Australia failed to separate the pair before drinks, despite concerted efforts during an impressive start of four maidens which included Steve Smith wasting the home team’s second review by challenging Marais Erasmus’ not out to a full Mitchell Starc delivery spearing into Malan’s pads in the third over of the morning.

Once Smith’s team did break through with Nathan Lyon’s dismissal of Malan, however, momentum shifted spectacularly.

Lured down the pitch, the Middlesex left-hander’s first Test hundred was terminated when a leading edge was snaffled by the diving Peter Handscomb – on as a substitute – at backward point.

Moeen lasted just two deliveries, Chris Woakes picked out fine leg with precision and Bairstow – who looked increasingly flustered batting with the tail – had his stumps demolished by Starc.

Australia’s bumping of England’s bowlers had its desired effect and despite Stuart Broad providing a riposte with a huge pulled six that travelled 104 metres, he replicated Craig Overton’s mode of dismissal by spooning a catch to short leg a dozen minutes into the extra half-hour granted to finish the innings.

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Dawid Malan said it was time for England to pile the pressure on Australia after his maiden Test century helped the besieged visitors fight back on the opening day of the vital third Ashes Test in Perth on Thursday. After Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat, Malan’s unbeaten 110 helped the tourists to breathe life back into their Ashes defence by countering hostile Australian bowling on a bouncy wicket at the WACA Ground, which is hosting an Ashes Test for the last time. At stumps, the visitors were 305 for four after their best day of the series, and Malan said the challenge for England was to grasp their chance. “We’ve just not capitalised on the crucial moments,” Malan said of the series thus far. “The first hour tomorrow is crucial for us and if we give them any sniff with the second new ball, we will give the momentum right back to them,” he added. “We will have to be quite ruthless in the way we play tomorrow morning.” As one of the players identified as suspect going into the series and after failing to get a big score in the first two Tests, Malan said he was relieved to get the monkey off his back. “I was under a bit of pressure coming into the game so it was nice to score some runs,” he said. “It was nice to do it when the team needed it and cash in when I made a start” Malan admitted it was tough when he came to the crease against the rampaging Australian fast bowlers, but said he enjoyed the challenge. Already down 2-0 in the five-match series, the visitors were wavering at 131 for four against some fiery pace bowling after lunch, but Malan steadied the innings with an unbroken 174-run stand for the fifth wicket alongside Jonny Bairstow (75 not out), England’s highest partnership of the series. England overcame the controversial dismissal of opener Mark Stoneman for 56 on a third-umpire decision, and their cause was helped by some generosity from the Australian fielders, who dropped three catches and missed a run out. Malan was one of the chief beneficiaries as the 30-year-old notched his first century in his eighth Test, and England’s first hundred of the series. He would have been run out for 32 had David Warner managed a direct hit, and was dropped by Cameron Bancroft in the slips on 92. He steadied his nerves to reach a century with a powerful pull shot off Josh Hazlewood, having faced 159 balls in 221 minutes at the crease, hitting 13 fours and one six. Malan came to bat with England under pressure against short-pitched bowling from Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, who terrorised the tourists with aggressive bowling that was often more than 145 kilometres (90 miles) per hour. Stoneman was dropped twice on 52 and struck on his helmet by a fierce delivery while on the same score. He survived all that, only to be contentiously given out for 56. The opener fended at a sharply-rising delivery from Starc and wicketkeeper Tim Paine pulled off a brilliant one-handed catch, but on-field umpire Marais Erasmus turned down the Australian appeal. The hosts called for a review and third umpire Aleem Dar took little time overturning the original decision, although there did not appear to be any conclusive evidence to support the reversal. The decision clearly upset the England camp, with Root and fielding coach Paul Collingwood coming out of the dressing rooms to voice their concern as Stoneman trudged off. Unfortunately for England, former skipper Alastair Cook’s form woes continued when he was trapped leg before wicket by Starc for just seven, on his landmark 150th Test appearance. Cook has more than 11,000 Test runs, but the former England skipper has scored just 69 in this series at 13.80.

Australia bowled their heart out yesterday but didn’t get the rewards they deserved. It was shaping up to be the similar story today morning as well but their fortunes changed after the first hour. Mitchell Starc led from the front with a 4-wicket haul while Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins also played their part. The short ball ploy reaped rich dividends for them and the extra mile of pace they had played a crucial part also, something the English bowlers would like to take a cue from. Do join us after a short while for the post-lunch session.

After winning his third toss on this tour, Joe Root for a change decided to have a bat first. It was yet another flop show from Alastair Cook but Mark Stoneman played a gritty knock and was involved in an early partnership with James Vince to steady the nerves. Their innings however lost way when they lost Stoneman and Root in quick succession and it required a record fifth wicket partnership between Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow to bail them out. The duo added 237 runs and also notched up their respective tons, Malan’s first in Tests, while Jonny’s first in Ashes.

Outstanding comeback by Australia after the drinks break. England were going great guns on the back of a stupendous partnership between Jonny Bairstow and Dawid Malan. The hosts were looking down and out but then Nathan Lyon produced a breakthrough in the form of Malan’s wicket. That triggered a collapse and England lost the last six wickets for only 35 runs. The visitors, although crossed the 400-run mark, will be disappointed with the way their innings ended.

115.1 M Starc to Broad, OUT! What was that? For a moment we thought Broad has hit that for a boundary to fine leg but no, that’s not the case. He is caught at short leg. Starc speeds in and bangs in a short ball around leg, angling across the left hander from round the wicket. Broad jumps across the stumps and tries to pull it down towards fine leg. But he gets a top edge which loops up and falls down into the safe hands of Bancroft. That will be it, England are bowled out for 403! 403/10

M Starc to Broad, OUT! What was that? For a moment we thought Broad has hit that for a boundary to fine leg but no, that’s not the case. He is caught at short leg. Starc speeds in and bangs in a short ball around leg, angling across the left hander from round the wicket. Broad jumps across the stumps and tries to pull it down towards fine leg. But he gets a top edge which loops up and falls down into the safe hands of Bancroft. That will be it, England are bowled out for 403! 403/10

114.6 J Hazlewood to Anderson, Anderson offers the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 403/9

J Hazlewood to Anderson, Anderson offers the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 403/9

114.5 J Hazlewood to Anderson, The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it and misses. 403/9

J Hazlewood to Anderson, The ball is down the leg side but the batsman still goes after it and misses. 403/9

114.4 J Hazlewood to Anderson, Sliding down the leg side, Anderson gets across the line to flick but ends up gloving it behind. Paine dives and stops it. 403/9

J Hazlewood to Anderson, Sliding down the leg side, Anderson gets across the line to flick but ends up gloving it behind. Paine dives and stops it. 403/9

114.2 J Hazlewood to Broad, SIX! Whoa! That’s the way to bat probably, take the attack to the bowler. Broad receives yet another short ball and pulls it powerfully. It comes from the middle of the bat and flies over square leg for a maximum. That’s a gigantic one, 104m on the radar. 400 up for England. 402/9

J Hazlewood to Broad, SIX! Whoa! That’s the way to bat probably, take the attack to the bowler. Broad receives yet another short ball and pulls it powerfully. It comes from the middle of the bat and flies over square leg for a maximum. That’s a gigantic one, 104m on the radar. 400 up for England. 402/9

114.1 J Hazlewood to Broad, Play and a miss! Back of a length delivery, following the batsman down the leg side, Broad attempts to play a late upper cut but is too late into it. Ends up missing it completely. 396/9

J Hazlewood to Broad, Play and a miss! Back of a length delivery, following the batsman down the leg side, Broad attempts to play a late upper cut but is too late into it. Ends up missing it completely. 396/9

113.6 M Starc to Anderson, Bouncer, well-directed at the batsman, Anderson ducks to end the over. 396/9

113.5 M Starc to Anderson, Shortish and down the leg side again, Anderson shuffles across and lets it be. 396/9

M Starc to Anderson, Shortish and down the leg side again, Anderson shuffles across and lets it be. 396/9

113.3 M Starc to Anderson, Poor Anderson. He is also expecting to get bombarded with shorter ones. Starc dishes it around leg, Jammy somehow keeps it out safely after getting across the stumps. 396/9

M Starc to Anderson, Poor Anderson. He is also expecting to get bombarded with shorter ones. Starc dishes it around leg, Jammy somehow keeps it out safely after getting across the stumps. 396/9

113.2 M Starc to Broad, Starc hurls across a short ball again, Broad is expecting it, goes way deep inside the crease after walking back and punches it over wide mid off. No one in that region and Broad wanted to run all four. However, Anderson is late in responding and by that time Lyon has returned the ball in play. Cummins and Starc who were at the non-striker’s end are smiling. That shot did look a bit funny. 396/9

M Starc to Broad, Starc hurls across a short ball again, Broad is expecting it, goes way deep inside the crease after walking back and punches it over wide mid off. No one in that region and Broad wanted to run all four. However, Anderson is late in responding and by that time Lyon has returned the ball in play. Cummins and Starc who were at the non-striker’s end are smiling. That shot did look a bit funny. 396/9

113.1 M Starc to Broad, Starc is making Broad dance to his tunes. He switches to over the wicket and serves a lethal short ball outside off, angling away, Broad jumps and tries pushing at it but fails to make any connection. 393/9

M Starc to Broad, Starc is making Broad dance to his tunes. He switches to over the wicket and serves a lethal short ball outside off, angling away, Broad jumps and tries pushing at it but fails to make any connection. 393/9

112.6 J Hazlewood to C Overton, OUT! The short-ball ploy is working big time for the Aussies. Another one bites the dust here. Hazlewood bangs it short on the stumps, Overton, the tailender that he is, gets into a tangle as he deals with it. He looks to walk across and work it on the on side but the bounce gets to him. The ball lobs off his gloves straight into the waiting hands of Bancroft at short leg. The end looks nigh for England. 393/9

J Hazlewood to C Overton, OUT! The short-ball ploy is working big time for the Aussies. Another one bites the dust here. Hazlewood bangs it short on the stumps, Overton, the tailender that he is, gets into a tangle as he deals with it. He looks to walk across and work it on the on side but the bounce gets to him. The ball lobs off his gloves straight into the waiting hands of Bancroft at short leg. The end looks nigh for England. 393/9

112.3 J Hazlewood to Broad, Gets away yet again does Stuart Broad! Another bouncer rising at around chest high. Broad looks to turn it away to the leg side. Does so aerially agonizingly close to Bancroft at short leg. The ball rolls through square leg and Stuart will be relieved to get to the other end. 393/8

J Hazlewood to Broad, Gets away yet again does Stuart Broad! Another bouncer rising at around chest high. Broad looks to turn it away to the leg side. Does so aerially agonizingly close to Bancroft at short leg. The ball rolls through square leg and Stuart will be relieved to get to the other end. 393/8

112.2 J Hazlewood to Broad, Another back of a length delivery around off and middle, blocked from the crease. 392/8

J Hazlewood to Broad, Another back of a length delivery around off and middle, blocked from the crease. 392/8

112.1 J Hazlewood to Broad, Broad is going to be given a lot of short stuff here! Gets away with this one. Hazlewood lands it on a back of a length around leg, Broad moves back and across and looks to tuck it away. Ends up almost giving a catch to short leg. The ball lands just short of Bancroft there. 392/8

J Hazlewood to Broad, Broad is going to be given a lot of short stuff here! Gets away with this one. Hazlewood lands it on a back of a length around leg, Broad moves back and across and looks to tuck it away. Ends up almost giving a catch to short leg. The ball lands just short of Bancroft there. 392/8

111.3 M Starc to Broad, As expected, Broad is welcomed with a short ball near his rib cage. He does well to stand tall and work it around the corner for a single. 390/8

M Starc to Broad, As expected, Broad is welcomed with a short ball near his rib cage. He does well to stand tall and work it around the corner for a single. 390/8

111.2 M Starc to Bairstow, OUT! England are falling like nine pins, have now lost 4 for 21! Starc spears in a fuller length ball on middle, a late bit of swing on that one as Bairstow tries whipping it across the line. But he gets a thick inside edge which destroys his stumps. Jonny was bowled in a similar fashion by Starc in Adelaide as well, only difference is that he has a century to his name this time. Can Australia stop England before 400? 389/8

M Starc to Bairstow, OUT! England are falling like nine pins, have now lost 4 for 21! Starc spears in a fuller length ball on middle, a late bit of swing on that one as Bairstow tries whipping it across the line. But he gets a thick inside edge which destroys his stumps. Jonny was bowled in a similar fashion by Starc in Adelaide as well, only difference is that he has a century to his name this time. Can Australia stop England before 400? 389/8

111.1 M Starc to Bairstow, Right on the mark, full and on middle, Bairstow gets forward and defends it. 389/7

M Starc to Bairstow, Right on the mark, full and on middle, Bairstow gets forward and defends it. 389/7

110.6 J Hazlewood to Overton, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 389/7

J Hazlewood to Overton, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 389/7

110.5 J Hazlewood to Woakes, OUT! Another wicket goes down in quick time and Australia are enjoying a great passage of play since the drinks break. This wicket is the result of hitting the shot too well. A back of a length delivery on middle and leg, angling down, Woakes stands tall in an attempt to glance it off his hips for probably a single. But he middles it so well that it flies all the way down to fine leg where Pat Cummins grabs the catch diving forward. The short ball ploy keeps on working for Australia. 389/7

J Hazlewood to Woakes, OUT! Another wicket goes down in quick time and Australia are enjoying a great passage of play since the drinks break. This wicket is the result of hitting the shot too well. A back of a length delivery on middle and leg, angling down, Woakes stands tall in an attempt to glance it off his hips for probably a single. But he middles it so well that it flies all the way down to fine leg where Pat Cummins grabs the catch diving forward. The short ball ploy keeps on working for Australia. 389/7

110.4 J Hazlewood to Woakes, FOUR! What a brilliant piece of timing on that shot by Woakes. Not a bad delivery, it’s full and swinging away as it lands outside off, there is an element of risk in driving it but Woakes takes it and crunches it through covers for a boundary. 389/6

J Hazlewood to Woakes, FOUR! What a brilliant piece of timing on that shot by Woakes. Not a bad delivery, it’s full and swinging away as it lands outside off, there is an element of risk in driving it but Woakes takes it and crunches it through covers for a boundary. 389/6

110.3 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Fractionally short on middle, Jonny eases it in front of square leg for a single. 385/6

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Fractionally short on middle, Jonny eases it in front of square leg for a single. 385/6

110.2 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 384/6

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 384/6

110.1 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Bouncer, around off, Jonny drops his hands and lets it through. 384/6

109.6 Pat Cummins to Woakes, Cummins steams in from around the wicket with a leg gully, short leg and deep square leg in place. The length was quite predictable with that field. Woakes anticipates the short ball and ducks under it comfortably. The on air commentator was expecting the double bluff but Cummins disappointed him. 384/6

Pat Cummins to Woakes, Cummins steams in from around the wicket with a leg gully, short leg and deep square leg in place. The length was quite predictable with that field. Woakes anticipates the short ball and ducks under it comfortably. The on air commentator was expecting the double bluff but Cummins disappointed him. 384/6

109.4 Pat Cummins to Woakes, Woakes has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 384/6

Pat Cummins to Woakes, Woakes has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 384/6

109.3 Pat Cummins to Woakes, FOUR! Intentional from the batsman. Cummins digs in a shortish ball outside off. The width on offer made Chris play at it. He opens the face and lofts it over the slip cordon for a boundary. 384/6

Pat Cummins to Woakes, FOUR! Intentional from the batsman. Cummins digs in a shortish ball outside off. The width on offer made Chris play at it. He opens the face and lofts it over the slip cordon for a boundary. 384/6

109.2 Pat Cummins to Woakes, Drifting down the leg side, Woakes tries getting some bat behind it but misses. 380/6

Pat Cummins to Woakes, Drifting down the leg side, Woakes tries getting some bat behind it but misses. 380/6

109.1 Pat Cummins to Woakes, Short in length on middle and off, Woakes plays it down from the back foot. 380/6

Pat Cummins to Woakes, Short in length on middle and off, Woakes plays it down from the back foot. 380/6

108.6 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, FOUR! Just over leaping Lyon! Back of a length delivery outside off, Bairstow rocks back and punches it in front of point. It goes on one bounce over Lyon for a boundary. 8 from the over! 380/6

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, FOUR! Just over leaping Lyon! Back of a length delivery outside off, Bairstow rocks back and punches it in front of point. It goes on one bounce over Lyon for a boundary. 8 from the over! 380/6

108.5 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 376/6

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 376/6

108.4 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Sliding down the leg side, Bairstow this time lets it through. 376/6

108.3 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Play and a miss! Intentions quite clear from Bairstow now. He is going after every delivery. Gets width outside off, once again throws his bat at it but fails to make any connection. 376/6

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Play and a miss! Intentions quite clear from Bairstow now. He is going after every delivery. Gets width outside off, once again throws his bat at it but fails to make any connection. 376/6

108.2 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, FOUR! Streaky from Jonny! Goes after a length delivery outside off, tries to drive but gets a thick outside edge right through the gap between second slip and gully. 376/6

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, FOUR! Streaky from Jonny! Goes after a length delivery outside off, tries to drive but gets a thick outside edge right through the gap between second slip and gully. 376/6

107.6 Pat Cummins to Woakes, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. End of a successful over for Cummins, a wicket maiden. 372/6

Pat Cummins to Woakes, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. End of a successful over for Cummins, a wicket maiden. 372/6

107.4 Pat Cummins to Woakes, Back of a length delivery on middle and leg. Woakes gets across to work it on the leg side but misses to take a blow near his rib cage. 372/6

Pat Cummins to Woakes, Back of a length delivery on middle and leg. Woakes gets across to work it on the leg side but misses to take a blow near his rib cage. 372/6

107.2 Pat Cummins to Ali, OUT! Moeen gone for a duck! All of a sudden, Australia have made a comeback in this game. Cummins softens Moeen with a bouncer on the previous delivery and that did all the trick for him. Follows it up with a length delivery outside off, angling in from wide of the crease, Moeen is caught back on the back foot (expecting another bouncer) and has a tame push inside the line at the last moment. The extra bounce from that length takes his gloves and flies behind to Steven Smith at second slip who accepts it gleefully. 372/6

Pat Cummins to Ali, OUT! Moeen gone for a duck! All of a sudden, Australia have made a comeback in this game. Cummins softens Moeen with a bouncer on the previous delivery and that did all the trick for him. Follows it up with a length delivery outside off, angling in from wide of the crease, Moeen is caught back on the back foot (expecting another bouncer) and has a tame push inside the line at the last moment. The extra bounce from that length takes his gloves and flies behind to Steven Smith at second slip who accepts it gleefully. 372/6

107.1 Pat Cummins to Ali, Bouncer to greet the new batsman! Moeen ducks under it at the last moment. 372/5

Pat Cummins to Ali, Bouncer to greet the new batsman! Moeen ducks under it at the last moment. 372/5

106.6 N Lyon to Bairstow, FOUR! Flighted ball on off, turning down, Jonny gets back and nudges it fine down the leg side for a boundary. 372/5

N Lyon to Bairstow, FOUR! Flighted ball on off, turning down, Jonny gets back and nudges it fine down the leg side for a boundary. 372/5

106.5 N Lyon to Malan, OUT! STUNNING DIVING CATCH! Peter Handscomb, take a bow! Australia needed something special to break this partnership and it has arrived in the form of a special catch by the substitute fielder. Lyon with the breakthrough here. He serves a flighted ball around off, getting it to spin away a shade after kissing the turf. Malan steps out and tries to flick it over the leg side but it turns away to gather the leading edge. It balloons in the air and Handscomb moves across swiftly to his left from backward point and grabs a stupendous diving catch. The Australian crowd finally gets the opportunity to make some noise. The hosts would like to capitalize from here on. Dawid Malan walks back to a warm ovation, top knock by the 30-year old. 368/5

N Lyon to Malan, OUT! STUNNING DIVING CATCH! Peter Handscomb, take a bow! Australia needed something special to break this partnership and it has arrived in the form of a special catch by the substitute fielder. Lyon with the breakthrough here. He serves a flighted ball around off, getting it to spin away a shade after kissing the turf. Malan steps out and tries to flick it over the leg side but it turns away to gather the leading edge. It balloons in the air and Handscomb moves across swiftly to his left from backward point and grabs a stupendous diving catch. The Australian crowd finally gets the opportunity to make some noise. The hosts would like to capitalize from here on. Dawid Malan walks back to a warm ovation, top knock by the 30-year old. 368/5

106.4 N Lyon to Malan, Malan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 368/4

106.2 N Lyon to Malan, Interesting! A touch short in length and on off, Malan gets back to play the square cut but it hits the handle of his bat and rolls towards the bowler. 368/4

N Lyon to Malan, Interesting! A touch short in length and on off, Malan gets back to play the square cut but it hits the handle of his bat and rolls towards the bowler. 368/4

106.1 N Lyon to Malan, A nicely tossed up ball outside off, turning away, Malan reads the delivery well before making a leave. 368/4

N Lyon to Malan, A nicely tossed up ball outside off, turning away, Malan reads the delivery well before making a leave. 368/4

105.6 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Another short ball down the leg side, waste of energy from the bowler. Jonny is not at all bothered as he allows it through. 368/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Another short ball down the leg side, waste of energy from the bowler. Jonny is not at all bothered as he allows it through. 368/4

105.5 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Short and down the leg side, Bairstow walks across the stumps and lets it go to the keeper. 368/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Short and down the leg side, Bairstow walks across the stumps and lets it go to the keeper. 368/4

105.4 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Getting a bit too predictable here, Cummins. Another bouncer, the batsman is expecting it, offers no shot and just ducks underneath it. 368/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Getting a bit too predictable here, Cummins. Another bouncer, the batsman is expecting it, offers no shot and just ducks underneath it. 368/4

105.2 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Shortish again, bowled from wide of the crease, almost cutting the back line, Bairstow helps it through mid-wicket and collects a couple of runs. 368/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Shortish again, bowled from wide of the crease, almost cutting the back line, Bairstow helps it through mid-wicket and collects a couple of runs. 368/4

105.1 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Cummins bangs in a short ball down the leg side, running in from around the wicket for the right hander also now. Bairstow just ducks underneath it. 366/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Cummins bangs in a short ball down the leg side, running in from around the wicket for the right hander also now. Bairstow just ducks underneath it. 366/4

104.6 N Lyon to Bairstow, Quicker this time, full and on middle, 86.3 kph, Bairstow tickles it through mid-wicket and crosses for a single. 366/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Quicker this time, full and on middle, 86.3 kph, Bairstow tickles it through mid-wicket and crosses for a single. 366/4

104.5 N Lyon to Malan, A little shimmy down the track by Malan as he flicks a full ball wide of mid on for a single. 365/4

N Lyon to Malan, A little shimmy down the track by Malan as he flicks a full ball wide of mid on for a single. 365/4

104.3 N Lyon to Malan, Switches his angle to round the wicket for the left hander. A tossed up ball on off, landing full, Malan draws forward in defense. 364/4

N Lyon to Malan, Switches his angle to round the wicket for the left hander. A tossed up ball on off, landing full, Malan draws forward in defense. 364/4

104.2 N Lyon to Bairstow, On the shorter side is Lyon. Bairstow goes back, picks it from around off and hits it in front of square leg for a single. 364/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, On the shorter side is Lyon. Bairstow goes back, picks it from around off and hits it in front of square leg for a single. 364/4

104.1 N Lyon to Bairstow, Allows the ball to spin back in and plays it down from the back foot to short leg. 363/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Allows the ball to spin back in and plays it down from the back foot to short leg. 363/4

103.6 Pat Cummins to Malan, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 363/4

103.5 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Slightly short and around off, from over the wicket to the right hander, Jonny turns it down to fine leg for a single. 363/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Slightly short and around off, from over the wicket to the right hander, Jonny turns it down to fine leg for a single. 363/4

103.4 Pat Cummins to Malan, Cummins keeps running from round the wicket. This time he goes wide of the crease as he angles in a length ball. Too straight in line though as Malan nudges it in the gap at mid-wicket for a single. 362/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Cummins keeps running from round the wicket. This time he goes wide of the crease as he angles in a length ball. Too straight in line though as Malan nudges it in the gap at mid-wicket for a single. 362/4

103.3 Pat Cummins to Malan, This time the bowler attempts a length ball, keeps it just outside off, Malan stays on the back foot and punches it to the cover region. Highest score by an English number 5 at Perth, Dawid in the record books. Proud moment for him! 361/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, This time the bowler attempts a length ball, keeps it just outside off, Malan stays on the back foot and punches it to the cover region. Highest score by an English number 5 at Perth, Dawid in the record books. Proud moment for him! 361/4

103.2 Pat Cummins to Malan, Cummins cooks up yet another lethal short delivery. Well-directed one, Malan leans back and sways away from the line of fire. 361/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Cummins cooks up yet another lethal short delivery. Well-directed one, Malan leans back and sways away from the line of fire. 361/4

103.1 Pat Cummins to Malan, Cummins runs in, bends his back and hurls across a sharp short ball outside off. Malan arches back and allows it through to the keeper. 361/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Cummins runs in, bends his back and hurls across a sharp short ball outside off. Malan arches back and allows it through to the keeper. 361/4

102.5 N Lyon to Malan, Malan comes down yet again and pushes it through mid on for a single. 361/4

102.3 N Lyon to Bairstow, Lyon continues round the wicket to Jonny, who flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. 360/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Lyon continues round the wicket to Jonny, who flicks it through mid-wicket for a single. 360/4

102.1 N Lyon to Malan, Good shot. Landed around off, Malan gets a stride forward and drives it through covers for a brace. 358/4

N Lyon to Malan, Good shot. Landed around off, Malan gets a stride forward and drives it through covers for a brace. 358/4

NATHAN LYON to roll his arm over now. Would be good to see how much purchase he generates from the surface today.

Drinks are on the field. England have just carried on with confidence. Bairstow got to his first ton in the Ashes and he has looked solid so far. The Aussies have a task at hand to separate this pair. Hope the break comes with a potion for them.

101.6 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Another bouncer to end the over. Bairstow crouches low to let it pass. 356/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Another bouncer to end the over. Bairstow crouches low to let it pass. 356/4

101.4 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 356/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 356/4

101.3 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Bumper in line of the stumps, Jonny gets low and lets it pass. 356/4

100.6 M Marsh to Malan, FOUR! Malan continues his boundary-scoring spree from the other end. Looks to cut this length ball outside off. Ends up getting it through the gap between third slip and gully for a boundary. 11 runs came off this over. 356/4

M Marsh to Malan, FOUR! Malan continues his boundary-scoring spree from the other end. Looks to cut this length ball outside off. Ends up getting it through the gap between third slip and gully for a boundary. 11 runs came off this over. 356/4

100.5 M Marsh to J Bairstow, There it is, first Ashes ton for Jonny Bairstow! His 4th in Tests, 2nd away from home. How elated he is with this knock! He wanted it so badly after a string of poor scores. He was batting down the order for many’s liking. But here he came in at no.6 and has grabbed his opportunity with both hands. He pulls this short ball towards long leg and gets to the other end to get to his landmark. Leaps high, kisses the helmet and soaks in the applause. He is pumped up so much that he headbutts his helmet too. Well played, sir. 352/4

M Marsh to J Bairstow, There it is, first Ashes ton for Jonny Bairstow! His 4th in Tests, 2nd away from home. How elated he is with this knock! He wanted it so badly after a string of poor scores. He was batting down the order for many’s liking. But here he came in at no.6 and has grabbed his opportunity with both hands. He pulls this short ball towards long leg and gets to the other end to get to his landmark. Leaps high, kisses the helmet and soaks in the applause. He is pumped up so much that he headbutts his helmet too. Well played, sir. 352/4

100.4 M Marsh to Bairstow, Gets it? No! Flicks the full ball straight to the man at square leg. 351/4

100.3 M Marsh to Bairstow, The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper. 351/4

100.2 M Marsh to Bairstow, Fuller on the pads, flicked through backward square leg. Before the man from fine leg can get to the ball, a couple results. 351/4

M Marsh to Bairstow, Fuller on the pads, flicked through backward square leg. Before the man from fine leg can get to the ball, a couple results. 351/4

100.1 M Marsh to Bairstow, FOUR! This gets Bairstow to 97! On a length outside off, Jonny stands tall and just punches it through covers. Such has been the timing on that that the ball goes all the way to the fence. 349/4

M Marsh to Bairstow, FOUR! This gets Bairstow to 97! On a length outside off, Jonny stands tall and just punches it through covers. Such has been the timing on that that the ball goes all the way to the fence. 349/4

99.6 Pat Cummins to Malan, FOUR! Clever! Back of a length delivery angling across Malan. He stays in the crease and guides it past third slip for a boundary. 345/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, FOUR! Clever! Back of a length delivery angling across Malan. He stays in the crease and guides it past third slip for a boundary. 345/4

99.4 Pat Cummins to Malan, Oh dear! Now it’s all coming down for Australia. Cummins bowls it on a length outside off, Malan covers his stumps and lets it go. The ball moves in a touch and that undoes Paine behind, who lets it through for two byes. 341/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Oh dear! Now it’s all coming down for Australia. Cummins bowls it on a length outside off, Malan covers his stumps and lets it go. The ball moves in a touch and that undoes Paine behind, who lets it through for two byes. 341/4

99.3 Pat Cummins to Malan, FOUR! Malan slashes and slashes hard. Shouts of ‘catch it’ follow but there’s no one to do so. Full ball outside off, Malan goes at it with hard hands. Ends up getting it through backward point for a boundary. 339/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, FOUR! Malan slashes and slashes hard. Shouts of ‘catch it’ follow but there’s no one to do so. Full ball outside off, Malan goes at it with hard hands. Ends up getting it through backward point for a boundary. 339/4

98.5 M Marsh to Bairstow, FOUR! Marsh has lost his line here. Angles it full on the pads, all Bairstow has to do is flick it away. He does so and the ball goes through square leg for a boundary. Runs have suddenly started to come at a quick pace. Into the 90s goes Jonny. 335/4

M Marsh to Bairstow, FOUR! Marsh has lost his line here. Angles it full on the pads, all Bairstow has to do is flick it away. He does so and the ball goes through square leg for a boundary. Runs have suddenly started to come at a quick pace. Into the 90s goes Jonny. 335/4

98.3 M Marsh to Bairstow, 200-run partnership between Malan and Bairstow! 11th such stand by England against Australia in Australia. Well played, gentlemen. They have looked in good control and the runs seem to be flowing pretty fluently. This one is clipped behind square on the leg side for a brace. Also, Bairstow is on 89 now. 331/4

M Marsh to Bairstow, 200-run partnership between Malan and Bairstow! 11th such stand by England against Australia in Australia. Well played, gentlemen. They have looked in good control and the runs seem to be flowing pretty fluently. This one is clipped behind square on the leg side for a brace. Also, Bairstow is on 89 now. 331/4

97.3 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, FOUR! This is the highest 5th wicket stand for England against Australia in Australia now. It is worth 197 runs. What’s more, Bairstow is 13 short of his ton and has thirteen boundaries to his credit. Talk about superstition. Coming back to the shot, it is a fuller delivery outside off, Bairstow drives it through the gap between covers and mid off for a boundary. 328/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, FOUR! This is the highest 5th wicket stand for England against Australia in Australia now. It is worth 197 runs. What’s more, Bairstow is 13 short of his ton and has thirteen boundaries to his credit. Talk about superstition. Coming back to the shot, it is a fuller delivery outside off, Bairstow drives it through the gap between covers and mid off for a boundary. 328/4

97.2 Pat Cummins to J Bairstow, FOUR! There’s nothing stopping this one. Cummins bowls it full outside off, Bairstow drives it confidently through covers. Bancroft gives it the chase and puts in the dive too. All turns out to be futile as a boundary result. 324/4

Pat Cummins to J Bairstow, FOUR! There’s nothing stopping this one. Cummins bowls it full outside off, Bairstow drives it confidently through covers. Bancroft gives it the chase and puts in the dive too. All turns out to be futile as a boundary result. 324/4

96.6 J Hazlewood to Malan, Full outside off, Malan hits it on the up through covers. The men from covers and mid off chase it down. The former parries it to Warner who came in from the latter position. Meanwhile the batters have run only two. Not the best of running between the wickets that. 320/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, Full outside off, Malan hits it on the up through covers. The men from covers and mid off chase it down. The former parries it to Warner who came in from the latter position. Meanwhile the batters have run only two. Not the best of running between the wickets that. 320/4

96.5 J Hazlewood to D Malan, Not a wise shot with a man at square leg and mid on in place. Short ball around off, Malan swivels and pulls it through the gap between the two. Gets a brace for doing so here. 318/4

J Hazlewood to D Malan, Not a wise shot with a man at square leg and mid on in place. Short ball around off, Malan swivels and pulls it through the gap between the two. Gets a brace for doing so here. 318/4

96.1 J Hazlewood to Malan, Short ball down the leg side, Malan withdraws his bat after shaping up to pull. The ball goes to the keeper. 316/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, Short ball down the leg side, Malan withdraws his bat after shaping up to pull. The ball goes to the keeper. 316/4

95.6 M Starc to Malan, Brilliantly bowled, well played too. Starc dishes out a toe-crusher around middle and leg, Malan does well to dig it out through square leg. Picks up a run as the ball rolls through the vacant region. 316/4

M Starc to Malan, Brilliantly bowled, well played too. Starc dishes out a toe-crusher around middle and leg, Malan does well to dig it out through square leg. Picks up a run as the ball rolls through the vacant region. 316/4

95.5 M Starc to Malan, On a fuller length outside off, the southpaw covers his stumps and lets that go. A bit of movement away on that occasion after the ball passes the batter. 315/4

M Starc to Malan, On a fuller length outside off, the southpaw covers his stumps and lets that go. A bit of movement away on that occasion after the ball passes the batter. 315/4

95.4 M Starc to Malan, A misdirected bouncer from Starc. Bowls it down the leg side, Dawid ducks under that one. 315/4

M Starc to Malan, A misdirected bouncer from Starc. Bowls it down the leg side, Dawid ducks under that one. 315/4

95.3 M Starc to Malan, Straight delivery outside off, Malan points his bat skywards to let that go. 315/4

M Starc to Malan, Straight delivery outside off, Malan points his bat skywards to let that go. 315/4

95.2 M Starc to Malan, Length ball down the leg side, Malan wants to get runs off that too. He looks to flick but misses. 315/4

M Starc to Malan, Length ball down the leg side, Malan wants to get runs off that too. He looks to flick but misses. 315/4

95.1 M Starc to Malan, FOUR! Malan gets a boundary with his taped up bat now. Moves to 116 now. Starc bowls a low full toss outside off, Malan drives it with aplomb timing through covers. There is plenty of real estate there and no hindrance for the ball to race away to the fence. 315/4

M Starc to Malan, FOUR! Malan gets a boundary with his taped up bat now. Moves to 116 now. Starc bowls a low full toss outside off, Malan drives it with aplomb timing through covers. There is plenty of real estate there and no hindrance for the ball to race away to the fence. 315/4

94.5 J Hazlewood to J Bairstow, Edged! Another length delivery around off, Bairstow is squared up a touch. The ball goes off the outer edge towards third slip on a couple of bounces. This should boost Josh as he has managed to trouble a set batter here. 311/4

J Hazlewood to J Bairstow, Edged! Another length delivery around off, Bairstow is squared up a touch. The ball goes off the outer edge towards third slip on a couple of bounces. This should boost Josh as he has managed to trouble a set batter here. 311/4

94.3 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Length ball around off, JB stands tall and blocks it towards mid off. 311/4

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Length ball around off, JB stands tall and blocks it towards mid off. 311/4

94.2 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, FOUR! Good shot. First runs for Bairstow in the day and it comes off a confident drive. On a length outside off, Jonny leans ahead and times it through covers. The quick outfield takes the ball to the fence. First boundary for the day. 311/4

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, FOUR! Good shot. First runs for Bairstow in the day and it comes off a confident drive. On a length outside off, Jonny leans ahead and times it through covers. The quick outfield takes the ball to the fence. First boundary for the day. 311/4

93.6 M Starc to Bairstow, Similar delivery around middle, flicked towards mid on. The fielder gets to right and slides to stop that. Cummins the fielder there. 306/4

M Starc to Bairstow, Similar delivery around middle, flicked towards mid on. The fielder gets to right and slides to stop that. Cummins the fielder there. 306/4

93.5 M Starc to Bairstow, Good bowling this. Starc lands this on a length on the stumps, Jonny is late to bring his flick shot. Gets an inside edge onto his pads. 306/4

M Starc to Bairstow, Good bowling this. Starc lands this on a length on the stumps, Jonny is late to bring his flick shot. Gets an inside edge onto his pads. 306/4

93.4 M Starc to Bairstow, Straight delivery angling across the batsman, JB just lets it through. 306/4

93.3 M Starc to Malan, Finally a run! Full on the pads, clipped away to fine leg for a single. This should ease the nerves for Dawid, if any. 306/4

M Starc to Malan, Finally a run! Full on the pads, clipped away to fine leg for a single. This should ease the nerves for Dawid, if any. 306/4

93.2 M Starc to Malan, The counter is ticking, taking the dot ball count to 33 in a row. This ball is worked round the corner towards square leg. 305/4

M Starc to Malan, The counter is ticking, taking the dot ball count to 33 in a row. This ball is worked round the corner towards square leg. 305/4

92.6 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, On the pads, Bairstow misses the flick. The ball rolls to the keeper off his pads. Four maidens in a row from the Aussies at the beginning of the day here. What’s more, it has been 31 balls since England last scored! 305/4

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, On the pads, Bairstow misses the flick. The ball rolls to the keeper off his pads. Four maidens in a row from the Aussies at the beginning of the day here. What’s more, it has been 31 balls since England last scored! 305/4

92.4 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Some chin music now. Bouncer on the stumps, ducked under by the English wicketkeeper. 305/4

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Some chin music now. Bouncer on the stumps, ducked under by the English wicketkeeper. 305/4

Very interesting. Generally, wicketkeepers’ movement gives indication as to whether the ball is sliding down the leg side or no. In the LBW appeal, it is seen that Paine never moved to his right, the angle that the delivery was going. This is what made the hosts seem confident. More creditable here, is the fact that the on-field umpire didn’t base his decision on Paine’s movement and went ahead with what he saw and felt.

91.5 M Starc to Malan, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 305/4

M Starc to Malan, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 305/4

91.3 M Starc to Malan, NOT OUT! It indeed is missing the stumps. Australia lose both their reviews now. This didn’t look right in the first view and hence the call to review that was always dicey. For starters, this delivery is almost like the one that got Cook. The only difference was that this one wasn’t in the line of the stumps like that one was. Starc hurls it very full but around middle and leg and further sliding down. Malan misses the flick to get hit on the front pad which draws appeal from the Australians. The umpire shakes his head in negation. Smith, desperate for a wicket doesn’t consult with his keeper and takes it upstairs. As it seemed on the first look, the angle of the ball is taking it down the leg side and so the stumps aren’t hit by the ball. Malan stays, Australia continue with their agony. 305/4

M Starc to Malan, NOT OUT! It indeed is missing the stumps. Australia lose both their reviews now. This didn’t look right in the first view and hence the call to review that was always dicey. For starters, this delivery is almost like the one that got Cook. The only difference was that this one wasn’t in the line of the stumps like that one was. Starc hurls it very full but around middle and leg and further sliding down. Malan misses the flick to get hit on the front pad which draws appeal from the Australians. The umpire shakes his head in negation. Smith, desperate for a wicket doesn’t consult with his keeper and takes it upstairs. As it seemed on the first look, the angle of the ball is taking it down the leg side and so the stumps aren’t hit by the ball. Malan stays, Australia continue with their agony. 305/4

Review early in the day! Malan is struck low on his front pad and the Aussies appeal for LBW. The umpire turns that down. Smith decides to take it upstairs. Looks to be missing the stumps due to the angle of the ball…

91.2 M Starc to Malan, Length delivery around off, Malan hangs on the back foot and defends it towards point. 305/4

M Starc to Malan, Length delivery around off, Malan hangs on the back foot and defends it towards point. 305/4

91.1 M Starc to Malan, Almost! Starc delivers it fuller around off, Malan looks to play the cover drive. Ends up getting an inside edge onto his pads. The ball didn’t roll far from the leg stick. 305/4

M Starc to Malan, Almost! Starc delivers it fuller around off, Malan looks to play the cover drive. Ends up getting an inside edge onto his pads. The ball didn’t roll far from the leg stick. 305/4

90.6 J Hazlewood to J Bairstow, Around off on a fuller length, driven straight to mid off. A couple of maidens to start the day for the Aussies. 305/4

J Hazlewood to J Bairstow, Around off on a fuller length, driven straight to mid off. A couple of maidens to start the day for the Aussies. 305/4

90.4 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, On a length in the corridor of uncertainty, Bairstow has a feel for that. The ball misses the edge of the bat by not much. 305/4

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, On a length in the corridor of uncertainty, Bairstow has a feel for that. The ball misses the edge of the bat by not much. 305/4

90.3 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Straight ball outside off, Bairstow lunges forward and lets that pass. 305/4

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Straight ball outside off, Bairstow lunges forward and lets that pass. 305/4

90.2 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Full delivery around off, hit back straight to the bowler. Josh throws it back to the keeper. 305/4

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Full delivery around off, hit back straight to the bowler. Josh throws it back to the keeper. 305/4

90.1 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Starts off with a full ball around off, Bairstow mistimes it back to the bowler. 305/4

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Starts off with a full ball around off, Bairstow mistimes it back to the bowler. 305/4

89.6 M Starc to Malan, Maiden to begin the day from Starc. Bangs in a bouncer around off, all Malan has to do is sway away from the line and let the ball pass. 305/4

M Starc to Malan, Maiden to begin the day from Starc. Bangs in a bouncer around off, all Malan has to do is sway away from the line and let the ball pass. 305/4

89.5 M Starc to Malan, Sprayed down the leg side, Dawid misses the flick. Paine dives to his right to collect that one. Good bounce on that one as Paine had to collect it high on the right side in spite of the ball being on a fuller length. 305/4

M Starc to Malan, Sprayed down the leg side, Dawid misses the flick. Paine dives to his right to collect that one. Good bounce on that one as Paine had to collect it high on the right side in spite of the ball being on a fuller length. 305/4

89.3 M Starc to D Malan, Fuller outside off, Malan hits it to the mid off fielder off the bottom part of the blade. 305/4

M Starc to D Malan, Fuller outside off, Malan hits it to the mid off fielder off the bottom part of the blade. 305/4

89.2 M Starc to Malan, Length ball next up, outside off. Dawid covers his stumps and lets the ball go unharmed to the keeper. 305/4

M Starc to Malan, Length ball next up, outside off. Dawid covers his stumps and lets the ball go unharmed to the keeper. 305/4

89.1 M Starc to Malan, Starc begins with a low full toss around middle, Malan keeps it out from the crease. 305/4

M Starc to Malan, Starc begins with a low full toss around middle, Malan keeps it out from the crease. 305/4

With blue skies and the sun shining bright at the WACA, the Australian players make their way out to the middle with a spring in their steps. The ton-man DAWID MALAN and the run-hungry JONNY BAIRSTOW have a look upwards before shadow-practicing their shots on the way to the middle. As expected, MITCHELL STARC will begin the proceedings with the 8-over old new ball. Three slips and a gully in place. Let’s roll…

Talking about Australia, they weren’t as ineffective as the scorecard may suggest. The seam bowlers were on the money throughout and the Englishmen made merry because of some untidy catching. Stoneman and Malan were the beneficiaries of the dropped catches. While the former couldn’t add on much after the reprieve, the latter completed his maiden ton and is still in the middle. The second new ball is just 8 overs old. As we saw towards the end yesterday, it isn’t very easy to negotiate that. The home side would look to make use of this opportunity and look to break this stand and run through the tail. Will they do so? We’ll find out soon.

A crisp Dawid Malan century, a gritty 75 by Jonny Bairstow and a fighting half century from Mark Stoneman were on display on the first day of the Perth Test. Malan and Bairstow are amidst a yet-undefeated 174-run partnership and the first aim would be to see off the first hour in order to inflict more misery on the hosts. We welcome you to the second day of this third Ashes Test match with the prospect of a double hundred stand and a ton for the English wicketkeeper.

Finally, England have batted to their potential and have put up a good score. What is to be seen is whether this is just a one-off day or can they prolong this good period of play for them. Day 2 promises thrills to no end. We will resume this battle tomorrow at 1030 local time (0230 GMT). Do join us then. Till then, take care and goodbye!

Michael Slater has a chat with Mitchell Starc on the sidelines. He reckons Malan has batted really well. States that there is a bit of bounce on the track but not much sideways movement. Opines that they didn’t bowl in the right areas consistently. Feels that this is the quickest outfield in the country. Mentions that it has been a pretty even day for both sides even though they would have loved to pick up a few wickets and have their noses in front. Ends saying that England took their risks and they came off.

Australia will be disappointed with the result of the last session but they won’t be disappointed with the efforts of their bowlers. Led by Mitchell Starc, all the seamers were right on the money most of the time and consistently tested the English batsmen. Nathan Lyon didn’t look at his usual best but he too cannot be faulted for the effort. The hosts would hope for a change in fortunes tomorrow morning. The second new ball is only 8 overs old and they will expect some assistance. Also, they would want to get disciplined with their catching as a few went down today.

A wicketless evening session and England have taken the advantage home courtesy the unbeaten 174-run stand between Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow. These two joined forces when Mark Stoneman got dismissed and things were not looking too promising for England. The Aussie speedsters had their tails up and were bowling with fire. Not only did the current pair survive the onslaught, they also made sure that the runs kept coming. Malan, in particular, fought fire with fire and dealt with Aussies’ short pitch tactic with full confidence. Deservingly, he completed his maiden Test hundred and in the process also became the leading run-scorer in this series.

88.6 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Cummins charges in one final time for the day. Serves a length ball around off and it shapes back in, Bairstow gets forward and defends it with a loose bottom hand. It takes the inside edge and rolls behind towards the slip cordon off his pads. David Warner walks up and shakes hand with the centurion. Stumps on day 1! 305/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Cummins charges in one final time for the day. Serves a length ball around off and it shapes back in, Bairstow gets forward and defends it with a loose bottom hand. It takes the inside edge and rolls behind towards the slip cordon off his pads. David Warner walks up and shakes hand with the centurion. Stumps on day 1! 305/4

88.5 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Sharp delivery, full and nipping back into the batsman, Bairstow keeps it out from the inner half of the bat to mid-wicket. 305/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Sharp delivery, full and nipping back into the batsman, Bairstow keeps it out from the inner half of the bat to mid-wicket. 305/4

88.4 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Brave leave! Cummins hurls across a full length ball outside off, moving back in a little, Bairstow covers his stumps and shoulders arms. That wasn’t very far from the off stick. 305/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Brave leave! Cummins hurls across a full length ball outside off, moving back in a little, Bairstow covers his stumps and shoulders arms. That wasn’t very far from the off stick. 305/4

88.3 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Beats the edge! Terrific delivery, on a length just outside off, shaping in a bit, Jonny plays inside the line, flat-footed completely and is beaten. 305/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Beats the edge! Terrific delivery, on a length just outside off, shaping in a bit, Jonny plays inside the line, flat-footed completely and is beaten. 305/4

The Australian players rush to change over. The clock is showing one more minute left and the hosts want to slip in another over. Pat Cummins charges in…

87.6 J Hazlewood to Malan, Short ball around off, ducked under by Malan. He shut shop for the day and started making his way to the dressing room. The umpire though decides that there is time for one more over. 305/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, Short ball around off, ducked under by Malan. He shut shop for the day and started making his way to the dressing room. The umpire though decides that there is time for one more over. 305/4

87.5 J Hazlewood to Malan, FOUR! Such shots are a delight to watch at any part of the day, let alone towards the end of day’s play. Hazlewood spears it full around off, Malan drives it crisply down the ground. Josh gets out his right hand but fails to stop that. A boundary results. This stand is now worth 174 runs, THE HIGHEST OF THIS SERIES! 305/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, FOUR! Such shots are a delight to watch at any part of the day, let alone towards the end of day’s play. Hazlewood spears it full around off, Malan drives it crisply down the ground. Josh gets out his right hand but fails to stop that. A boundary results. This stand is now worth 174 runs, THE HIGHEST OF THIS SERIES! 305/4

87.4 J Hazlewood to Malan, Back of a length delivery outside off, Dawid arches back to let the ball fly to the keeper. 301/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, Back of a length delivery outside off, Dawid arches back to let the ball fly to the keeper. 301/4

87.2 J Hazlewood to Malan, Josh comes around the wicket for the southpaw and delivers it outside off. Malan doesn’t bother playing that. 301/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, Josh comes around the wicket for the southpaw and delivers it outside off. Malan doesn’t bother playing that. 301/4

87.1 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Full delivery outside off, Bairstow is again loose on the drive. Looks to go through the off side but gets an inside edge towards backward square leg. One run is what he gets for that. 301/4

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Full delivery outside off, Bairstow is again loose on the drive. Looks to go through the off side but gets an inside edge towards backward square leg. One run is what he gets for that. 301/4

86.5 Pat Cummins to Malan, Good length delivery landing outside off and shaping back into the batsman, Malan deals with an inswinger well. Brings his bat and front pad close in defense. 300/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Good length delivery landing outside off and shaping back into the batsman, Malan deals with an inswinger well. Brings his bat and front pad close in defense. 300/4

86.4 Pat Cummins to Malan, Shortish and on off, Malan goes on his toes to play that one. Blocks it safely. 300/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Shortish and on off, Malan goes on his toes to play that one. Blocks it safely. 300/4

86.2 Pat Cummins to Malan, Malan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 300/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Malan has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 300/4

86.1 Pat Cummins to Malan, Steams in from around the wicket and bowls it down the leg side. Malan lets it be. 300/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Steams in from around the wicket and bowls it down the leg side. Malan lets it be. 300/4

85.6 M Starc to Bairstow, Fullish and on middle, Jonny flicks it through backward square leg for a couple of runs. 300 up for England! 300/4

M Starc to Bairstow, Fullish and on middle, Jonny flicks it through backward square leg for a couple of runs. 300 up for England! 300/4

85.5 M Starc to J Bairstow, FOUR! Not the desired result for the bowler. He wanted to hurl in a yorker but ends up dishing a full toss, at 143.8 kph. Starc is cranking it up. Bairstow tries driving but it takes the outer half of the bat and speeds through the gap between gully and slips for a boundary. 298/4

M Starc to J Bairstow, FOUR! Not the desired result for the bowler. He wanted to hurl in a yorker but ends up dishing a full toss, at 143.8 kph. Starc is cranking it up. Bairstow tries driving but it takes the outer half of the bat and speeds through the gap between gully and slips for a boundary. 298/4

85.4 M Starc to Bairstow, Shout for an lbw! Bairstow has failed to connect with his flick shot here. The umpire remains unmoved. The replays show it to be pitching outside leg. 294/4

M Starc to Bairstow, Shout for an lbw! Bairstow has failed to connect with his flick shot here. The umpire remains unmoved. The replays show it to be pitching outside leg. 294/4

85.3 M Starc to Bairstow, Fuller in length and on middle, Bairstow gets half forward and defends it back. 294/4

M Starc to Bairstow, Fuller in length and on middle, Bairstow gets half forward and defends it back. 294/4

85.1 M Starc to Bairstow, Slips a length ball down the leg side, Bairstow tries to flick but misses. 294/4

M Starc to Bairstow, Slips a length ball down the leg side, Bairstow tries to flick but misses. 294/4

84.5 J Hazlewood to Malan, Fullish again, outside off, Josh wants him to keep driving and err once. This time though he middles his shot and defends it back. 294/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, Fullish again, outside off, Josh wants him to keep driving and err once. This time though he middles his shot and defends it back. 294/4

84.4 J Hazlewood to Malan, FOUR! He is not done yet, this time displays his range of shots like he has done all innings. Receives a full ball and nails his drive through covers for a boundary. 294/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, FOUR! He is not done yet, this time displays his range of shots like he has done all innings. Receives a full ball and nails his drive through covers for a boundary. 294/4

84.2 J Hazlewood to Malan, FOUR! Here it is, maiden Test hundred for Dawid Malan. First time since 2006 an England number 5 has made an Ashes ton Down Under. Also the first century by an Englishman in this series. What a moment for Malan! He brings it up with a pull shot. The shot he has played really well in this innings. Connects well and sends this short ball down to long leg for a boundary. The Barmy Army gets into action now. A loud cheer for the 30-year old. An Ashes ton, something every cricketer dreams of! 290/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, FOUR! Here it is, maiden Test hundred for Dawid Malan. First time since 2006 an England number 5 has made an Ashes ton Down Under. Also the first century by an Englishman in this series. What a moment for Malan! He brings it up with a pull shot. The shot he has played really well in this innings. Connects well and sends this short ball down to long leg for a boundary. The Barmy Army gets into action now. A loud cheer for the 30-year old. An Ashes ton, something every cricketer dreams of! 290/4

84.1 J Hazlewood to Malan, Back of a length delivery on middle, played straight to mid-wicket. 286/4

83.6 M Starc to Bairstow, Poor shot attempted! Starc delivers it very full and outside off, Bairstow attempts to drive it through covers but is probably beaten for pace. Needs to be careful here. England don’t want to lose a wicket and expose the lower half against the new ball. 286/4

M Starc to Bairstow, Poor shot attempted! Starc delivers it very full and outside off, Bairstow attempts to drive it through covers but is probably beaten for pace. Needs to be careful here. England don’t want to lose a wicket and expose the lower half against the new ball. 286/4

83.5 M Starc to Bairstow, Effort ball, it’s short and wide outside off, Bairstow flashes and misses. Jonny getting carried away now. 286/4

M Starc to Bairstow, Effort ball, it’s short and wide outside off, Bairstow flashes and misses. Jonny getting carried away now. 286/4

83.4 M Starc to J Bairstow, FOUR! Wow, great shot! A pitched up delivery on off, Bairstow presses forward and drives it handsomely past the left side of the mid off fielder for a boundary. All of a sudden, runs are flowing. That’s one of the disadvantages of taking the new ball. It’s hard and will come onto the bat nicely. 3000 Test runs for Jonny as well! 286/4

M Starc to J Bairstow, FOUR! Wow, great shot! A pitched up delivery on off, Bairstow presses forward and drives it handsomely past the left side of the mid off fielder for a boundary. All of a sudden, runs are flowing. That’s one of the disadvantages of taking the new ball. It’s hard and will come onto the bat nicely. 3000 Test runs for Jonny as well! 286/4

83.3 M Starc to Malan, Starc attempts to spear in a yorker but instead it’s a friendly full toss on the pads, Malan helps it to fine leg for a run. 282/4

M Starc to Malan, Starc attempts to spear in a yorker but instead it’s a friendly full toss on the pads, Malan helps it to fine leg for a run. 282/4

83.2 M Starc to Bairstow, Gentle hands by Bairstow. He taps a length ball to mid on and scampers across to the other end. The stand is now worth 150! 281/4

M Starc to Bairstow, Gentle hands by Bairstow. He taps a length ball to mid on and scampers across to the other end. The stand is now worth 150! 281/4

83.1 M Starc to Bairstow, Full and on middle, Bairstow drives it straight back past the bowler. The mid off fielder dives and parries it to Cummins at mid on. 280/4

M Starc to Bairstow, Full and on middle, Bairstow drives it straight back past the bowler. The mid off fielder dives and parries it to Cummins at mid on. 280/4

82.6 J Hazlewood to Malan, Short and angling down the leg side, Malan tries to pull but misses. 280/4

82.4 J Hazlewood to D Malan, FOUR! This will release some pressure. He moves to 97 and can smell his maiden Test century. A full length delivery outside off, Malan leans forward and caresses it through covers. 280/4

J Hazlewood to D Malan, FOUR! This will release some pressure. He moves to 97 and can smell his maiden Test century. A full length delivery outside off, Malan leans forward and caresses it through covers. 280/4

82.2 J Hazlewood to Malan, Stifled appeal for an lbw. A short delivery angling into the batsman, Malan fails to defend and is hit on the front pad. They appeal but it’s too high. 276/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, Stifled appeal for an lbw. A short delivery angling into the batsman, Malan fails to defend and is hit on the front pad. They appeal but it’s too high. 276/4

82.1 J Hazlewood to Malan, Sliding down the leg side, Malan tries to flick but misses. Paine dives across to his right to collect the ball. He has dived around the whole day today. 276/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, Sliding down the leg side, Malan tries to flick but misses. Paine dives across to his right to collect the ball. He has dived around the whole day today. 276/4

81.6 M Starc to Bairstow, Fuller and around off, Bairstow keeps it out safely at point. Top over! 276/4

81.5 M Starc to J Bairstow, Bairstow is living dangerously. This time attempts a cover drive to a full delivery but it seams back in to gather the inside edge. It hits him on the leg. Could have easily gone onto the stumps. 276/4

M Starc to J Bairstow, Bairstow is living dangerously. This time attempts a cover drive to a full delivery but it seams back in to gather the inside edge. It hits him on the leg. Could have easily gone onto the stumps. 276/4

81.4 M Starc to J Bairstow, EDGY FOUR! Bairstow is very lucky here. It could have easily gone into gully’s hands. Starc runs in again and darts in a fuller length ball on middle. Jonny is early into the shot as he tries to flick through mid-wicket. Closes the face of the bat early and the outside edge flies behind past the gully fielder for a boundary. 276/4

M Starc to J Bairstow, EDGY FOUR! Bairstow is very lucky here. It could have easily gone into gully’s hands. Starc runs in again and darts in a fuller length ball on middle. Jonny is early into the shot as he tries to flick through mid-wicket. Closes the face of the bat early and the outside edge flies behind past the gully fielder for a boundary. 276/4

81.3 M Starc to Bairstow, Angles across a length ball outside off, Bairstow with minuscule front foot movement tries to drive and gets beaten. It’s all happening now. 272/4

M Starc to Bairstow, Angles across a length ball outside off, Bairstow with minuscule front foot movement tries to drive and gets beaten. It’s all happening now. 272/4

81.1 M Starc to D Malan, DROPPED BY BANCROFT! Action immediately after the second new ball is taken. Starc steams in and spears in a fuller length ball outside off. Some movement off the pitch there as Malan tries flicking it across the line. It gets to him quicker than he expects and as a result, he edges it behind. It flies towards second slip, Steven Smith stretches to his left to take the catch but Bancroft from third slip intervenes and spills the chance. Oh dear, they waited for this opportunity for so long and have dropped it when it’s offered. They cross for a single. Malan will be a relieved man. He is in the nervous 90s! 272/4

M Starc to D Malan, DROPPED BY BANCROFT! Action immediately after the second new ball is taken. Starc steams in and spears in a fuller length ball outside off. Some movement off the pitch there as Malan tries flicking it across the line. It gets to him quicker than he expects and as a result, he edges it behind. It flies towards second slip, Steven Smith stretches to his left to take the catch but Bancroft from third slip intervenes and spills the chance. Oh dear, they waited for this opportunity for so long and have dropped it when it’s offered. They cross for a single. Malan will be a relieved man. He is in the nervous 90s! 272/4

80.6 M Marsh to Bairstow, Another bouncer, down the leg side, a harmless one, Bairstow gets underneath that one. Safely negotiated. 271/4

M Marsh to Bairstow, Another bouncer, down the leg side, a harmless one, Bairstow gets underneath that one. Safely negotiated. 271/4

80.5 M Marsh to Bairstow, Angling into the batsman, on middle, Bairstow gets behind the line and defends it to mid-wicket. 271/4

M Marsh to Bairstow, Angling into the batsman, on middle, Bairstow gets behind the line and defends it to mid-wicket. 271/4

80.3 M Marsh to Bairstow, Back of a length delivery on off, Bairstow punches it from the back foot to mid off. 271/4

M Marsh to Bairstow, Back of a length delivery on off, Bairstow punches it from the back foot to mid off. 271/4

80.2 M Marsh to Bairstow, FOUR! Easy runs! On the pads, fuller in length, Jonny gets some part of bat behind it and it happily races away to the fine leg fence. 271/4

M Marsh to Bairstow, FOUR! Easy runs! On the pads, fuller in length, Jonny gets some part of bat behind it and it happily races away to the fine leg fence. 271/4

Second new ball is now available but not taken. Steven Smith signals one more. Mitchell Marsh continues…

79.6 S Smith to Malan, A low full toss outside off, Malan tries to play an extravagant cover drive but it takes the inside edge of his bat and rolls to mid-wicket. 267/4

S Smith to Malan, A low full toss outside off, Malan tries to play an extravagant cover drive but it takes the inside edge of his bat and rolls to mid-wicket. 267/4

79.5 S Smith to Malan, Tossed up delivery outside off, Malan reaches out and drives it to covers. 267/4

78.5 M Marsh to Bairstow, Gets behind the line of the delivery and blocks it with a straight bat. 267/4

Mitchell Starc is warming up. Second new ball is just 8 balls away. We will see him bowling soon in all likelihood.

78.3 M Marsh to Bairstow, Good length ball on off, Bairstow turns it on the leg side but finds the fielder at mid-wicket. 267/4

M Marsh to Bairstow, Good length ball on off, Bairstow turns it on the leg side but finds the fielder at mid-wicket. 267/4

78.2 M Marsh to Bairstow, A hint of reverse there, full and moving into the batsman, Jonny gets forward and pushes it down to mid on. 267/4

M Marsh to Bairstow, A hint of reverse there, full and moving into the batsman, Jonny gets forward and pushes it down to mid on. 267/4

78.1 M Marsh to Bairstow, Good length ball on off, Bairstow gets on his back foot and defends it to the off side. 267/4

M Marsh to Bairstow, Good length ball on off, Bairstow gets on his back foot and defends it to the off side. 267/4

77.6 S Smith to Bairstow, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. Easy going for England. 267/4

S Smith to Bairstow, The batsman works it down the leg side. They pick up a single. Easy going for England. 267/4

77.5 S Smith to Bairstow, Tossed up ball on off, Bairstow plays it out with the spin but finds the point fielder. 266/4

S Smith to Bairstow, Tossed up ball on off, Bairstow plays it out with the spin but finds the point fielder. 266/4

77.4 S Smith to Malan, Moves into the 90s! Smith serves it short and wide outside off, Malan reaches out for it and forces it past the first slip fielder for three runs. 266/4

S Smith to Malan, Moves into the 90s! Smith serves it short and wide outside off, Malan reaches out for it and forces it past the first slip fielder for three runs. 266/4

77.2 S Smith to Bairstow, Loopy and on middle, Bairstow leans forward and eases it down to fine leg for a run. 263/4

S Smith to Bairstow, Loopy and on middle, Bairstow leans forward and eases it down to fine leg for a run. 263/4

76.5 M Marsh to Bairstow, A cracking delivery, yorker on middle and leg, Jonny does really well to dig it out. 261/4

M Marsh to Bairstow, A cracking delivery, yorker on middle and leg, Jonny does really well to dig it out. 261/4

76.3 M Marsh to Bairstow, FOUR! Change in batting order and Jonny Bairstow is back in business, scoring runs for England. His 18th Test half century. A brilliant shot to get there too. Marsh dishes out a length delivery just outside off, Jonny delays his shot and plays an extremely late cut fine down to third man for a boundary. Wonderful knock! 261/4

M Marsh to Bairstow, FOUR! Change in batting order and Jonny Bairstow is back in business, scoring runs for England. His 18th Test half century. A brilliant shot to get there too. Marsh dishes out a length delivery just outside off, Jonny delays his shot and plays an extremely late cut fine down to third man for a boundary. Wonderful knock! 261/4

75.6 S Smith to Malan, A full toss on middle, helped on the leg side but straight to mid-wicket. 257/4

75.3 S Smith to Malan, This time Malan connects with his attempted square cut and finds the gap. Returns for the second run. Dawid now becomes the leading run-scorer in this series! 257/4

S Smith to Malan, This time Malan connects with his attempted square cut and finds the gap. Returns for the second run. Dawid now becomes the leading run-scorer in this series! 257/4

75.1 S Smith to Bairstow, As expected, first delivery is short and around middle and leg, Bairstow nudges it through square leg for a run. 255/4

S Smith to Bairstow, As expected, first delivery is short and around middle and leg, Bairstow nudges it through square leg for a run. 255/4

Steven Smith introduces himself into the attack! He used to be a leg spinner, then became a part-timer and now is an occasional bowler who just fills in if the new ball is around the corner or some bowler needs a change of ends.

74.6 N Lyon to J Bairstow, A hint of inward spin from a fuller length around middle, Bairstow gets on the front foot and knocks it down to long on for a single. 254/4

N Lyon to J Bairstow, A hint of inward spin from a fuller length around middle, Bairstow gets on the front foot and knocks it down to long on for a single. 254/4

74.4 N Lyon to Bairstow, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 253/4

74.3 N Lyon to Malan, Skidding back into the batsman from outside off, Malan draws forward and pushes it to covers for one. 253/4

N Lyon to Malan, Skidding back into the batsman from outside off, Malan draws forward and pushes it to covers for one. 253/4

74.2 N Lyon to Bairstow, Bairstow plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. The batsmen have run through for a single. 252/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Bairstow plays it with an angled bat and guides it to third man. The batsmen have run through for a single. 252/4

74.1 N Lyon to D Malan, Flighted ball outside off, Malan jumps out of the crease and drives it through mid off for a single. 251/4

N Lyon to D Malan, Flighted ball outside off, Malan jumps out of the crease and drives it through mid off for a single. 251/4

73.6 M Marsh to Bairstow, Full and angling into the batsman, Jonny flicks it off his pads to short mid-wicket. 250/4

M Marsh to Bairstow, Full and angling into the batsman, Jonny flicks it off his pads to short mid-wicket. 250/4

73.4 M Marsh to Bairstow, Width on offer outside off, Jonny stands tall and steers it down towards third man for a couple of runs. 250/4

M Marsh to Bairstow, Width on offer outside off, Jonny stands tall and steers it down towards third man for a couple of runs. 250/4

73.3 M Marsh to J Bairstow, Rising delivery, on middle, Bairstow does well to play it through backward square leg for a couple of runs. 248/4

M Marsh to J Bairstow, Rising delivery, on middle, Bairstow does well to play it through backward square leg for a couple of runs. 248/4

72.5 N Lyon to Malan, Loopy full ball outside off, Malan drives it through covers for a couple of runs. This is now the highest score by an Englishman in this series. 246/4

N Lyon to Malan, Loopy full ball outside off, Malan drives it through covers for a couple of runs. This is now the highest score by an Englishman in this series. 246/4

72.4 N Lyon to Bairstow, Walks down the track and pushes it off the inner half of the bat. It sneaks past the short mid-wicket fielder to the widish long on region for one. 244/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Walks down the track and pushes it off the inner half of the bat. It sneaks past the short mid-wicket fielder to the widish long on region for one. 244/4

72.3 N Lyon to Bairstow, Spinning back into the batsman from outside off, Jonny goes deep inside the crease and helps it to backward square leg. He needs to be careful with these shots as Cameron Bancroft at short leg is quite sharp with his reflexes. 243/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Spinning back into the batsman from outside off, Jonny goes deep inside the crease and helps it to backward square leg. He needs to be careful with these shots as Cameron Bancroft at short leg is quite sharp with his reflexes. 243/4

72.1 N Lyon to Bairstow, Sharp spin into the batsman from a full length outside off, Bairstow tries to defend but gets an inside edge. It rolls past short leg. 243/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Sharp spin into the batsman from a full length outside off, Bairstow tries to defend but gets an inside edge. It rolls past short leg. 243/4

71.6 M Marsh to Malan, Fractionally short in length on off, Dawid defends it off his back foot. 243/4

71.5 M Marsh to Bairstow, Angling down the leg side, too straight in line, Bairstow clips it in front of square leg and picks up a single. 243/4

M Marsh to Bairstow, Angling down the leg side, too straight in line, Bairstow clips it in front of square leg and picks up a single. 243/4

71.4 M Marsh to Bairstow, Good length delivery outside off, once again Bairstow sticks back and taps it down to point. 242/4

M Marsh to Bairstow, Good length delivery outside off, once again Bairstow sticks back and taps it down to point. 242/4

71.3 M Marsh to Bairstow, Nearly chops it on! This delivery nips back in a little bit, Jonny tries playing at it from the crease but gets an inside edge onto the back leg. 242/4

M Marsh to Bairstow, Nearly chops it on! This delivery nips back in a little bit, Jonny tries playing at it from the crease but gets an inside edge onto the back leg. 242/4

71.1 M Marsh to J Bairstow, Pitches it full outside off, Jonny takes his front leg to the pitch of the ball and drives it through covers for three runs. Not quite the timing to take it past the ropes. 241/4

M Marsh to J Bairstow, Pitches it full outside off, Jonny takes his front leg to the pitch of the ball and drives it through covers for three runs. Not quite the timing to take it past the ropes. 241/4

70.6 N Lyon to Malan, Sliding down the leg side, worked behind square leg for a couple of runs. 238/4

70.4 N Lyon to Malan, FOUR! Growing in confidence with every shot and is nearing his maiden Test ton. A flighted full ball outside off has been drilled through covers for a boundary. 236/4

N Lyon to Malan, FOUR! Growing in confidence with every shot and is nearing his maiden Test ton. A flighted full ball outside off has been drilled through covers for a boundary. 236/4

70.2 N Lyon to Malan, 100-run stand comes up! What a fruitful partnership this has been! England were struggling after losing Mark Stoneman and that was the moment when the Aussie pacers were dominating proceedings. These two weathered the early storm and have now settled in. Dawid Malan in particular has batted with a lot of intent. Coming to the delivery, it was a full ball which got driven through covers for one. 231/4

N Lyon to Malan, 100-run stand comes up! What a fruitful partnership this has been! England were struggling after losing Mark Stoneman and that was the moment when the Aussie pacers were dominating proceedings. These two weathered the early storm and have now settled in. Dawid Malan in particular has batted with a lot of intent. Coming to the delivery, it was a full ball which got driven through covers for one. 231/4

70.1 N Lyon to Malan, A touch short in length and around off, Malan gets back and plays it down to covers. 230/4

N Lyon to Malan, A touch short in length and around off, Malan gets back and plays it down to covers. 230/4

Time for Drinks. Dawid Malan is the man that the Aussies dearly want as he is carrying on well post his half century. This was evident in the review that they decided to take against him. At the other end, Bairstow is looking good with a solid 35 and is amidst a 99-run stand. The hosts would want to get a break before the day’s play to make inroads into the opposition.

69.4 Pat Cummins to Malan, Full outside off, Malan reaches out and drives it straight to the man at deep backward point for a single. 230/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Full outside off, Malan reaches out and drives it straight to the man at deep backward point for a single. 230/4

69.2 Pat Cummins to Malan, FOUR! Risky but effective in this case. Length ball outside off, Malan slashes at it with hard hands. The ball flies off the edge past a diving gully fielder and races away to the third man fence. 229/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, FOUR! Risky but effective in this case. Length ball outside off, Malan slashes at it with hard hands. The ball flies off the edge past a diving gully fielder and races away to the third man fence. 229/4

68.4 N Lyon to Bairstow, Quicker one on the pads, Bairstow clips it in front of square on the leg side for a single. 224/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Quicker one on the pads, Bairstow clips it in front of square on the leg side for a single. 224/4

68.2 N Lyon to Malan, FOUR! Gorgeous! Lyon floats it around middle and leg, Malan comes down the track and pushes it past the bowler’s left side. Such pristine is the timing that it beats mid on and goes to the fence. This is Malan’s best Test score now. 222/4

N Lyon to Malan, FOUR! Gorgeous! Lyon floats it around middle and leg, Malan comes down the track and pushes it past the bowler’s left side. Such pristine is the timing that it beats mid on and goes to the fence. This is Malan’s best Test score now. 222/4

68.1 N Lyon to Bairstow, Lyon serves it around middle and leg, Jonny works it with the spin through square leg for a single. 218/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Lyon serves it around middle and leg, Jonny works it with the spin through square leg for a single. 218/4

67.6 Pat Cummins to Malan, Fuller around off, Malan gets his bat down in time to defend it towards mid on. 217/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Fuller around off, Malan gets his bat down in time to defend it towards mid on. 217/4

67.4 Pat Cummins to Malan, Bouncer around off, angling into the batter. DM ducks under that. 217/4

67.1 Pat Cummins to Malan, The cheer from the Barmy Army shows that the decision returned is NOT OUT! Height turns out to be a factor indeed as suggested by the Hawk Eye. Cummins steams in from over the wicket and spears it on a length outside off. The ball nips back in after pitching. Malan hops to flick it away but fails to do so and gets hit above the knee roll. The Australians put in a HUUGEEEEE appeal only to see it turned down. There was some signal from covers saying height could be a factor. But considering Malan is on 64, Smith decides to take it upstairs. However, the ball goes on to miss the stumps as returned by the Ball Tracker. It showed that the impact was umpire’s call yet the home side loses a review as the ball would go on to miss the stumps. 217/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, The cheer from the Barmy Army shows that the decision returned is NOT OUT! Height turns out to be a factor indeed as suggested by the Hawk Eye. Cummins steams in from over the wicket and spears it on a length outside off. The ball nips back in after pitching. Malan hops to flick it away but fails to do so and gets hit above the knee roll. The Australians put in a HUUGEEEEE appeal only to see it turned down. There was some signal from covers saying height could be a factor. But considering Malan is on 64, Smith decides to take it upstairs. However, the ball goes on to miss the stumps as returned by the Ball Tracker. It showed that the impact was umpire’s call yet the home side loses a review as the ball would go on to miss the stumps. 217/4

Big appeal for LBW from the Aussies against Malan. The umpire says NO. After much deliberation, Smith opts for the DRS. Height could be a factor…

66.1 M Starc to Bairstow, Starc bowls a very full delivery with a scrambled seam. Bairstow digs it out towards mid off. 217/4

M Starc to Bairstow, Starc bowls a very full delivery with a scrambled seam. Bairstow digs it out towards mid off. 217/4

65.6 Pat Cummins to Malan, Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicket-keeper. 217/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Some chin music for the batsman, he lets that bouncer through to the wicket-keeper. 217/4

65.5 Pat Cummins to Malan, Short delivery down the leg side, Malan looks to pull it initially but then decides against it. 217/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Short delivery down the leg side, Malan looks to pull it initially but then decides against it. 217/4

65.3 Pat Cummins to Malan, Oh Cummins, you little beauty! You almost did it! He bowls a length delivery angling into Malan, the Englishman looks to clip it away and it goes off something to the keeper. Paine gets low to his right, catches that and along with the bowler, rises in appeal. The umpire stays unmoved. On second look, you realise the umpire is right as it came off the thighs. Hot Spot is shown from the off side but not from the other side. The incoming nippy delivery seems to be Dawid’s weakness as in the previous game, he got out to such similar delivery twice. 217/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Oh Cummins, you little beauty! You almost did it! He bowls a length delivery angling into Malan, the Englishman looks to clip it away and it goes off something to the keeper. Paine gets low to his right, catches that and along with the bowler, rises in appeal. The umpire stays unmoved. On second look, you realise the umpire is right as it came off the thighs. Hot Spot is shown from the off side but not from the other side. The incoming nippy delivery seems to be Dawid’s weakness as in the previous game, he got out to such similar delivery twice. 217/4

65.2 Pat Cummins to Malan, Short delivery around off, Malan swivels and pulls it in front of square on the leg side. Before Shaun Marsh can get to his right and stop that, a couple of runs result. 217/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Short delivery around off, Malan swivels and pulls it in front of square on the leg side. Before Shaun Marsh can get to his right and stop that, a couple of runs result. 217/4

65.1 Pat Cummins to Malan, Cummins comes round the wicket and lands it around off, Malan defends. 215/4

64.5 M Starc to Bairstow, FOUR! This is one of the disadvantages of coming around the wicket. Most of the fielders are manning the off side area and the natural angle of the left arm bowler angles the ball into the batsman. This makes it a touch easier for the batter to score through the on side. Starc angles in a length delivery into Jonny, who flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. This partnership is now worth 84! 215/4

M Starc to Bairstow, FOUR! This is one of the disadvantages of coming around the wicket. Most of the fielders are manning the off side area and the natural angle of the left arm bowler angles the ball into the batsman. This makes it a touch easier for the batter to score through the on side. Starc angles in a length delivery into Jonny, who flicks it through mid-wicket for a boundary. This partnership is now worth 84! 215/4

64.1 M Starc to Bairstow, Starc comes around the wicket to Bairstow and lands it on a fuller length around off. Jonny stands tall and blocks it from the crease. 211/4

M Starc to Bairstow, Starc comes around the wicket to Bairstow and lands it on a fuller length around off. Jonny stands tall and blocks it from the crease. 211/4

63.6 J Hazlewood to D Malan, FOUR! The quality of a stroke is often judged by how it is described. Normally Warner is a good fielder and hence the final outcome isn’t often predicted when he is chasing the ball. But looking at the way the ball was struck, Mark Taylor on air said it’s a four. It stayed that way. Fuller delivery around off, Malan drives it crisply through the gap between covers and mid off. The ball has just one destination – the boundary fence. 211/4

J Hazlewood to D Malan, FOUR! The quality of a stroke is often judged by how it is described. Normally Warner is a good fielder and hence the final outcome isn’t often predicted when he is chasing the ball. But looking at the way the ball was struck, Mark Taylor on air said it’s a four. It stayed that way. Fuller delivery around off, Malan drives it crisply through the gap between covers and mid off. The ball has just one destination – the boundary fence. 211/4

63.4 J Hazlewood to Malan, Length ball going away from Dawid. He has nothing to do with that. 207/4

63.3 J Hazlewood to Malan, Josh continues over the wicket to Malan and bowls it fuller around off. Malan defends it from the crease. 207/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, Josh continues over the wicket to Malan and bowls it fuller around off. Malan defends it from the crease. 207/4

63.2 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Outside off, crunched towards covers. There’s a slight misfield and that enables JB to complete a quick run. 207/4

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Outside off, crunched towards covers. There’s a slight misfield and that enables JB to complete a quick run. 207/4

63.1 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, FOUR! Majestic! Hazlewood errs in his line and ends up serving it around middle and leg. Bairstow is really watching the ball well and clips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. The Hot Spot shows that the ball made contact with the middle of the bat. Great feeling. 206/4

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, FOUR! Majestic! Hazlewood errs in his line and ends up serving it around middle and leg. Bairstow is really watching the ball well and clips it through mid-wicket for a boundary. The Hot Spot shows that the ball made contact with the middle of the bat. Great feeling. 206/4

62.6 M Starc to D Malan, Very full delivery around off, driven beautifully through covers. Gets a brace for that shot. 202/4

M Starc to D Malan, Very full delivery around off, driven beautifully through covers. Gets a brace for that shot. 202/4

62.5 M Starc to Bairstow, Good length delivery on the pads, Bairstow clips it fine down the leg side and hares across to the other end as he wants two. The fine leg fielder runs to his right and returns the throw to the keeper. Jonny slipped as he turned and hence couldn’t complete the second. Cheers go around the ground as ENGLAND REACH 200! 200/4

M Starc to Bairstow, Good length delivery on the pads, Bairstow clips it fine down the leg side and hares across to the other end as he wants two. The fine leg fielder runs to his right and returns the throw to the keeper. Jonny slipped as he turned and hence couldn’t complete the second. Cheers go around the ground as ENGLAND REACH 200! 200/4

62.4 M Starc to Bairstow, Here comes the bouncer. It is down the leg side, Jonny ducks to let it go. 199/4

M Starc to Bairstow, Here comes the bouncer. It is down the leg side, Jonny ducks to let it go. 199/4

62.2 M Starc to Bairstow, On a length outside off, Bairstow is unsure of his footwork and ends up chopping it back towards the bowler. 199/4

M Starc to Bairstow, On a length outside off, Bairstow is unsure of his footwork and ends up chopping it back towards the bowler. 199/4

62.1 M Starc to D Malan, Full delivery searching for the reverse swing, Malan pushes it towards covers and scampers across for a quick run. 199/4

M Starc to D Malan, Full delivery searching for the reverse swing, Malan pushes it towards covers and scampers across for a quick run. 199/4

Starc runs in to bowl but has to abort his run up. Malan had some issues with the sightscreen there.

61.6 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Hazlewood comes over the wicket and bowls it around off, pushed towards point. 198/4

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Hazlewood comes over the wicket and bowls it around off, pushed towards point. 198/4

61.3 J Hazlewood to Malan, Malan blocks this delivery from the crease. No ball signaled as Josh has overstepped big time. 197/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, Malan blocks this delivery from the crease. No ball signaled as Josh has overstepped big time. 197/4

61.2 J Hazlewood to Malan, Fuller on the line of off stump, Malan meets the ball with a straight bat face. 196/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, Fuller on the line of off stump, Malan meets the ball with a straight bat face. 196/4

61.1 J Hazlewood to Malan, What’s that? Hazlewood comes into the attack and there’s some action right away. Bowls a length ball from round the wicket, Malan looks to pull it. But the ball doesn’t climb as expected and ends up striking him high on the thigh pad. 196/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, What’s that? Hazlewood comes into the attack and there’s some action right away. Bowls a length ball from round the wicket, Malan looks to pull it. But the ball doesn’t climb as expected and ends up striking him high on the thigh pad. 196/4

JOSH HAZLEWOOD is back on. Often he gives the breakthrough when his skipper requires one. Can he do so now?

60.6 N Lyon to Bairstow, Jonny hangs back in his crease and negotiates it safely to end the over. 196/4

60.5 N Lyon to J Bairstow, FOUR! Oh Starc! Floated around off, Bairstow gets nicely forward and drives it through covers. Starc runs to his left from mid off, puts in the dive but fails to stop that. Gets up, chases the ball and again dives but the ball beats him to the fence. 196/4

N Lyon to J Bairstow, FOUR! Oh Starc! Floated around off, Bairstow gets nicely forward and drives it through covers. Starc runs to his left from mid off, puts in the dive but fails to stop that. Gets up, chases the ball and again dives but the ball beats him to the fence. 196/4

60.3 N Lyon to Bairstow, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 192/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 192/4

59.6 Pat Cummins to Malan, Sometimes the sound that is made when the ball and the bat make contact shows how confidently a batter is playing. This one is blocked off the front foot towards mid off. 192/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Sometimes the sound that is made when the ball and the bat make contact shows how confidently a batter is playing. This one is blocked off the front foot towards mid off. 192/4

59.4 Pat Cummins to Malan, Bouncer around off and angling in to Dawid. He crouches low to let the keeper do the rest. 192/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Bouncer around off and angling in to Dawid. He crouches low to let the keeper do the rest. 192/4

59.2 Pat Cummins to D Malan, FOUR! This is what runs under the belt can do to you, to the extent that Pietersen calls it as the shot of the game so far. Cummins spears an overpitched delivery outside off. Malan gets his right foot forward and drives it magnificently through covers for a boundary. There’s nothing stopping that. 192/4

Pat Cummins to D Malan, FOUR! This is what runs under the belt can do to you, to the extent that Pietersen calls it as the shot of the game so far. Cummins spears an overpitched delivery outside off. Malan gets his right foot forward and drives it magnificently through covers for a boundary. There’s nothing stopping that. 192/4

58.6 N Lyon to Bairstow, Flatter outside off, cut straight to the man at point. Shouts a huge NO as soon as he played that. 188/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Flatter outside off, cut straight to the man at point. Shouts a huge NO as soon as he played that. 188/4

58.5 N Lyon to Malan, 4th Test fifty for Dawid Malan! Knocks this one down to long off for a single. How different has he played! He wasn’t shy on taking on the seamers when they were peppering him with short stuffs and against Lyon, he is using all his freedom to use his feet. He would know, however, that his job is just half done. 188/4

N Lyon to Malan, 4th Test fifty for Dawid Malan! Knocks this one down to long off for a single. How different has he played! He wasn’t shy on taking on the seamers when they were peppering him with short stuffs and against Lyon, he is using all his freedom to use his feet. He would know, however, that his job is just half done. 188/4

58.4 N Lyon to Malan, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 187/4

N Lyon to Malan, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 187/4

58.3 N Lyon to Bairstow, Quicker one around middle and leg, turned through mid-wicket for one. 187/4

58.2 N Lyon to Bairstow, Bairstow flicks it aerially towards mid on. Mitchell Marsh dives to his left from short mid-wicket and doesn’t concede a run. 186/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Bairstow flicks it aerially towards mid on. Mitchell Marsh dives to his left from short mid-wicket and doesn’t concede a run. 186/4

58.1 N Lyon to Bairstow, Floated around off and middle, JB gets a stride forward and defends it towards covers. 186/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Floated around off and middle, JB gets a stride forward and defends it towards covers. 186/4

57.6 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Length ball on the pads, nudged down to fine leg for a single. 186/4

57.4 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Full delivery on the pads, turned through square leg for a brace. 185/4

57.3 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Length ball outside off, Jonny covers the sticks and lets it pass safely. 183/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Length ball outside off, Jonny covers the sticks and lets it pass safely. 183/4

57.1 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Full length ball around off, defended off the front foot onto the ground. 183/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Full length ball around off, defended off the front foot onto the ground. 183/4

56.6 N Lyon to Malan, Malan slinks down and blocks this one towards mid off. Wants a run to take him to fifty but Lyon gets to the ball quickly. Malan stays on 49. 183/4

N Lyon to Malan, Malan slinks down and blocks this one towards mid off. Wants a run to take him to fifty but Lyon gets to the ball quickly. Malan stays on 49. 183/4

56.5 N Lyon to Malan, FOUR! 50-run stand up between these two in style! Malan had come down the track on a couple of occasions and this forced Lyon to shorten his length. There is width on offer as well and Dawid goes back and deftly guides it through short third man for a boundary. This is another good stand developing for England and they would want it to carry on for long. 183/4

N Lyon to Malan, FOUR! 50-run stand up between these two in style! Malan had come down the track on a couple of occasions and this forced Lyon to shorten his length. There is width on offer as well and Dawid goes back and deftly guides it through short third man for a boundary. This is another good stand developing for England and they would want it to carry on for long. 183/4

56.3 N Lyon to Malan, Flatter on the stumps, Malan gets down the track and looks to flick it through mid-wicket but gets it off the inner half past short leg for a single. 178/4

N Lyon to Malan, Flatter on the stumps, Malan gets down the track and looks to flick it through mid-wicket but gets it off the inner half past short leg for a single. 178/4

55.6 Pat Cummins to Malan, Doesn’t let this be a maiden over as Dawid pushes it towards covers for a single. 177/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Doesn’t let this be a maiden over as Dawid pushes it towards covers for a single. 177/4

55.5 Pat Cummins to Malan, Full and well outside off, Malan does the right thing by not going for it. 176/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Full and well outside off, Malan does the right thing by not going for it. 176/4

55.4 Pat Cummins to Malan, Cummins bangs in a bouncer around off, Malan sways away from the line to let it go. 176/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Cummins bangs in a bouncer around off, Malan sways away from the line to let it go. 176/4

55.3 Pat Cummins to Malan, Length ball around off, Malan stays in the crease and defends it towards gully. 176/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Length ball around off, Malan stays in the crease and defends it towards gully. 176/4

55.1 Pat Cummins to Malan, Cummins comes round the wicket and lands it around off. Malan defends it off the front foot. 176/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Cummins comes round the wicket and lands it around off. Malan defends it off the front foot. 176/4

54.6 N Lyon to Bairstow, Bairstow lunges forward and blocks it off the front foot onto the ground. 176/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Bairstow lunges forward and blocks it off the front foot onto the ground. 176/4

Hit out or get out? That’s what Kevin Pietersen opines on air. He says you’d be well off going for your strokes and getting out caught in the deep rather than defend and get out in some close-in area. What this would do is disturb the spinner’s rhythm which will aid England.

54.2 N Lyon to Malan, Malan makes use of his feet to come down the track but all he does post that is block it to the off side. 175/4

N Lyon to Malan, Malan makes use of his feet to come down the track but all he does post that is block it to the off side. 175/4

54.1 N Lyon to Malan, Straighter delivery well outside off, Dawid covers his stumps and lets that go. 175/4

N Lyon to Malan, Straighter delivery well outside off, Dawid covers his stumps and lets that go. 175/4

53.4 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Another harmless delivery outside off, Jonny lets that one go through the keeper. 175/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Another harmless delivery outside off, Jonny lets that one go through the keeper. 175/4

53.3 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, On a length around off, Bairstow stays in the crease and keeps it out watchfully. 175/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, On a length around off, Bairstow stays in the crease and keeps it out watchfully. 175/4

53.1 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Starts off with a back of a length delivery outside off, Bairstow covers his stumps and shoulders arms to that. 175/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Starts off with a back of a length delivery outside off, Bairstow covers his stumps and shoulders arms to that. 175/4

We’re back! 37 overs left in the day’s play. Will we get all of those? Not sure. The Australians are done with their final planning in the huddle and rush out to the center. DAWID MALAN and JONNY BAIRSTOW will resume their innings. The latter will face PAT CUMMINS for the first ball in this session. How long can this pair keep the hosts at bay? Here we go…

The pitch looks a good one for stroke-making but the extra pace and bounce available has tested the batsmen. Dawid Malan adopted an aggressive approach to deal with Australia’s short ball tactics and has succeeded so far. Jonny Bairstow has also looked quite at ease and England will be banking on this partnership to take them through the day’s play. The hosts, on the contrary, will be aiming to make early inroads after the break to get into the tail. Do join us in a short while for the last session.

Enthralling session! The Aussie pacers bowled with a lot of intent and pace to unsettle the English batsmen. Pat Cummins removed Joe Root early and Mark Stoneman after crossing his fifty had a real torrid time in the middle against the short pitch bowling dished at him. He eventually succumbed to it, however, it was a controversial decision.

52.6 N Lyon to Malan, Was there a chance? An off spinner landing on middle, Malan flicks it across the line, a shade uppish and it hits the short leg fielder who was late in reacting. Too tough to catch those. That will be TEA ON DAY 1! 175/4

N Lyon to Malan, Was there a chance? An off spinner landing on middle, Malan flicks it across the line, a shade uppish and it hits the short leg fielder who was late in reacting. Too tough to catch those. That will be TEA ON DAY 1! 175/4

52.5 N Lyon to Malan, Change of angle for Nathan Lyon. Comes from over the wicket and bowls a tossed up delivery on leg, Malan defends it off his front foot. 175/4

N Lyon to Malan, Change of angle for Nathan Lyon. Comes from over the wicket and bowls a tossed up delivery on leg, Malan defends it off his front foot. 175/4

52.2 N Lyon to Malan, Flatter and on off, punched off the back foot towards cover-point for a run. 174/4

N Lyon to Malan, Flatter and on off, punched off the back foot towards cover-point for a run. 174/4

51.6 M Marsh to Malan, FOUR! Good shot! This time Marsh is too full and too straight in his line and length, Malan flicks it with good timing through mid-wicket. It beats the diving mid on fielder, Starc and races through. Shaun Marsh runs a marathon from deep mid-wicket, puts in a dive just before the rope but fails to pull it back. 172/4

M Marsh to Malan, FOUR! Good shot! This time Marsh is too full and too straight in his line and length, Malan flicks it with good timing through mid-wicket. It beats the diving mid on fielder, Starc and races through. Shaun Marsh runs a marathon from deep mid-wicket, puts in a dive just before the rope but fails to pull it back. 172/4

51.4 M Marsh to Malan, A pitched up delivery on middle and off, Malan drove off the front foot to mid off. 168/4

M Marsh to Malan, A pitched up delivery on middle and off, Malan drove off the front foot to mid off. 168/4

51.3 M Marsh to Malan, Bowls it wide outside off, on a length, Dawid shoulders arms. Watchful. 168/4

51.2 M Marsh to Malan, Play and a miss! Marsh hurls across a full delivery around off, Malan pushes inside the line and is beaten. Nearly edged it. 168/4

M Marsh to Malan, Play and a miss! Marsh hurls across a full delivery around off, Malan pushes inside the line and is beaten. Nearly edged it. 168/4

51.1 M Marsh to Malan, Good length delivery on middle and off, Malan stays on the back foot and defends it to the off side. 168/4

M Marsh to Malan, Good length delivery on middle and off, Malan stays on the back foot and defends it to the off side. 168/4

50.6 N Lyon to Bairstow, Fullish and on off, Jonny strides forward to meet the ball and jams it out. 168/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Fullish and on off, Jonny strides forward to meet the ball and jams it out. 168/4

50.4 N Lyon to Bairstow, Floated and fuller on off, Bairstow presses forward and defends it back. 168/4

50.3 N Lyon to Bairstow, Shortish and on off, Jonny goes on the back foot and punches it to covers. 168/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Shortish and on off, Jonny goes on the back foot and punches it to covers. 168/4

50.1 N Lyon to Bairstow, Flighted and outside off, a bit on the shorter side, Bairstow watches the line closely before making the leave. 168/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Flighted and outside off, a bit on the shorter side, Bairstow watches the line closely before making the leave. 168/4

49.3 M Marsh to Malan, Too full in length outside off, Malan squeezes out his drive through backward point. Nathan Lyon anticipates it well, immediately rushes across to his right and slides to stop the ball. Only a single taken. 167/4

M Marsh to Malan, Too full in length outside off, Malan squeezes out his drive through backward point. Nathan Lyon anticipates it well, immediately rushes across to his right and slides to stop the ball. Only a single taken. 167/4

49.2 M Marsh to Bairstow, Probably attempts a yorker but it turns out to be a full toss on middle, Jonny flicks it in front of square leg for a single. 166/4

M Marsh to Bairstow, Probably attempts a yorker but it turns out to be a full toss on middle, Jonny flicks it in front of square leg for a single. 166/4

49.1 M Marsh to Bairstow, Starts with a good length delivery on off, Bairstow defends it back. 165/4

MITCHELL MARSH is introduced into the attack. The local lad is greeted with a big cheer from the crowd.

48.6 N Lyon to Malan, A slider around off, skidding through and cramping the batsman, Malan moves back and defends it at the last moment. 165/4

N Lyon to Malan, A slider around off, skidding through and cramping the batsman, Malan moves back and defends it at the last moment. 165/4

48.3 N Lyon to Malan, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 165/4

N Lyon to Malan, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 165/4

48.2 N Lyon to Malan, A touch short and around off, skidding back in, Malan gets deep inside the crease and defends it back. 165/4

N Lyon to Malan, A touch short and around off, skidding back in, Malan gets deep inside the crease and defends it back. 165/4

47.6 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Brilliant fielding, Bancroft! Hazlewood pitches it full and outside off, Bairstow unfurls a delightful cover drive which is stopped by Cameron with a dive. Saved a certain boundary. 165/4

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Brilliant fielding, Bancroft! Hazlewood pitches it full and outside off, Bairstow unfurls a delightful cover drive which is stopped by Cameron with a dive. Saved a certain boundary. 165/4

47.5 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Presses forward to a length ball and drives it towards mid off. 165/4

47.4 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Angling into the batsman, targeting the top of off stump, Bairstow defends it to the off side. 165/4

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Angling into the batsman, targeting the top of off stump, Bairstow defends it to the off side. 165/4

47.3 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Good length delivery on off, Bairstow punches it from the back foot to covers. 165/4

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Good length delivery on off, Bairstow punches it from the back foot to covers. 165/4

47.2 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 165/4

J Hazlewood to Bairstow, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 165/4

47.1 J Hazlewood to Malan, Full in length outside off, Malan leans forward and across before flicking it with good timing through mid-wicket. Three runs added to the total. Shades of Alastair Cook in that flick. 165/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, Full in length outside off, Malan leans forward and across before flicking it with good timing through mid-wicket. Three runs added to the total. Shades of Alastair Cook in that flick. 165/4

46.6 N Lyon to Bairstow, Another quicker delivery on middle, Jonny keeps it out safely on the leg side to end the over. 162/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Another quicker delivery on middle, Jonny keeps it out safely on the leg side to end the over. 162/4

46.5 N Lyon to Bairstow, Quicker one, 93 kph, around middle, Bairstow goes deep inside the crease and helps it towards square leg. 162/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Quicker one, 93 kph, around middle, Bairstow goes deep inside the crease and helps it towards square leg. 162/4

46.4 N Lyon to Malan, Uses his feet on this occasion and flicks it wide of mid on for a single. 162/4

46.3 N Lyon to Malan, Another delivery skidding back into the batsman, Malan deals with it from the crease and pushes it to covers. 161/4

N Lyon to Malan, Another delivery skidding back into the batsman, Malan deals with it from the crease and pushes it to covers. 161/4

46.2 N Lyon to Malan, A touch short and around off, skidding back into the batsman, Malan punches it off his back foot to covers. 161/4

N Lyon to Malan, A touch short and around off, skidding back into the batsman, Malan punches it off his back foot to covers. 161/4

46.1 N Lyon to Bairstow, Loopy and full on middle, it’s flicked in front of square leg for a single. 161/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Loopy and full on middle, it’s flicked in front of square leg for a single. 161/4

45.6 J Hazlewood to Malan, Malan picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper. Maiden. 160/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, Malan picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper. Maiden. 160/4

45.5 J Hazlewood to Malan, Hurls in a length ball in the corridor of uncertainty, Malan makes a watchful leave. 160/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, Hurls in a length ball in the corridor of uncertainty, Malan makes a watchful leave. 160/4

45.4 J Hazlewood to Malan, Good length delivery on off, Malan remains back and defends it towards cover-point. 160/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, Good length delivery on off, Malan remains back and defends it towards cover-point. 160/4

45.3 J Hazlewood to Malan, This was coming, a bouncer. It’s around middle and leg, Malan easily ducks. 160/4

J Hazlewood to Malan, This was coming, a bouncer. It’s around middle and leg, Malan easily ducks. 160/4

45.2 J Hazlewood to D Malan, Another textbook forward defense offered by Malan to a full delivery. 160/4

J Hazlewood to D Malan, Another textbook forward defense offered by Malan to a full delivery. 160/4

45.1 J Hazlewood to Malan, Full length ball angling into the batsman, Malan defends it back. 160/4

44.5 N Lyon to Bairstow, Flatter and a touch short around off, Jonny defends it from the back foot. 160/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Flatter and a touch short around off, Jonny defends it from the back foot. 160/4

44.3 N Lyon to Bairstow, Almost a return catch! Floated full ball on off, spinning back in, Bairstow tries driving through the line but there is some overspin on this delivery and he ends up pushing it back aerially. Lyon flies to his left but it goes wide of him. He took a stunner in Adelaide and nearly repeated the same. 160/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Almost a return catch! Floated full ball on off, spinning back in, Bairstow tries driving through the line but there is some overspin on this delivery and he ends up pushing it back aerially. Lyon flies to his left but it goes wide of him. He took a stunner in Adelaide and nearly repeated the same. 160/4

44.2 N Lyon to Bairstow, Tossed up ball on middle, Bairstow gets forward and defends it to the leg side. 160/4

N Lyon to Bairstow, Tossed up ball on middle, Bairstow gets forward and defends it to the leg side. 160/4

44.1 N Lyon to J Bairstow, FOUR! Fine shot! A flighted full ball on middle and off, Bairstow draws forward, shows the full face of the bat and drives it through mid off for a boundary. 160/4

N Lyon to J Bairstow, FOUR! Fine shot! A flighted full ball on middle and off, Bairstow draws forward, shows the full face of the bat and drives it through mid off for a boundary. 160/4

43.4 M Starc to D Malan, Direct hit would have been curtains for Malan! A back of a length delivery on off, Jonny goes back and taps it down at covers. They scamper across for a quick single as Warner attacks the ball. He has a shy at the striker’s end but misses. The replays show that Dawid would have been a goner in case of a direct hit. A chance missed. 156/4

M Starc to D Malan, Direct hit would have been curtains for Malan! A back of a length delivery on off, Jonny goes back and taps it down at covers. They scamper across for a quick single as Warner attacks the ball. He has a shy at the striker’s end but misses. The replays show that Dawid would have been a goner in case of a direct hit. A chance missed. 156/4

43.3 M Starc to Bairstow, Shout for a catch! Starc sprays it down the leg side, Bairstow fails to flick and there is some deflection along with noise as it goes past Jonny. Paine collects the ball, throws it in the air and Steven Smith joins him in appeal. It lacks conviction though. Nothing from the umpire. 155/4

M Starc to Bairstow, Shout for a catch! Starc sprays it down the leg side, Bairstow fails to flick and there is some deflection along with noise as it goes past Jonny. Paine collects the ball, throws it in the air and Steven Smith joins him in appeal. It lacks conviction though. Nothing from the umpire. 155/4

43.2 M Starc to Bairstow, Puts it on a length around off, Jonny gets half forward and defends it to point. 155/4

M Starc to Bairstow, Puts it on a length around off, Jonny gets half forward and defends it to point. 155/4

43.1 M Starc to Bairstow, Fractionally short in length and angling away from the batsman, around off, Bairstow stands back and allows it through to the keeper. 155/4

M Starc to Bairstow, Fractionally short in length and angling away from the batsman, around off, Bairstow stands back and allows it through to the keeper. 155/4

42.5 N Lyon to Malan, Walks down the track to a full ball and defends it to the off side. A little bit of outside edge there. 155/4

N Lyon to Malan, Walks down the track to a full ball and defends it to the off side. A little bit of outside edge there. 155/4

42.4 N Lyon to D Malan, Lyon drops it short outside off, Malan fails to cash in on the gift and cracks it straight to the point fielder. 155/4

N Lyon to D Malan, Lyon drops it short outside off, Malan fails to cash in on the gift and cracks it straight to the point fielder. 155/4

42.3 N Lyon to Malan, Flighted and on off, turning away a bit, Malan tries playing a little lap sweep but fails to connect. He is hit on the pads, they appeal but the umpire disagrees. Impact well outside off. 155/4

N Lyon to Malan, Flighted and on off, turning away a bit, Malan tries playing a little lap sweep but fails to connect. He is hit on the pads, they appeal but the umpire disagrees. Impact well outside off. 155/4

42.2 N Lyon to Malan, Loopy and full around off, Malan takes a step down the track and presents a straight bat in defense. 155/4

N Lyon to Malan, Loopy and full around off, Malan takes a step down the track and presents a straight bat in defense. 155/4

42.1 N Lyon to Malan, Flighted full ball on off, Malan gets on the front foot and defends it to the leg side. 155/4

N Lyon to Malan, Flighted full ball on off, Malan gets on the front foot and defends it to the leg side. 155/4

41.6 M Starc to D Malan, Another rib-tickler by Starc, Malan plays a strong pull shot. Sends it to deep backward square leg for a single. 155/4

M Starc to D Malan, Another rib-tickler by Starc, Malan plays a strong pull shot. Sends it to deep backward square leg for a single. 155/4

41.3 M Starc to Malan, Angling away from the left hander, short in length, Malan drops his wrists and allows it through. 154/4

M Starc to Malan, Angling away from the left hander, short in length, Malan drops his wrists and allows it through. 154/4

41.2 M Starc to Malan, SIX! Malan is fighting fire with fire! Starc digs in another short delivery, sharp pace, Dawid tries pulling it with a swivel but gets a thick top edge which flies all the way over fine leg for a biggie. 154/4

M Starc to Malan, SIX! Malan is fighting fire with fire! Starc digs in another short delivery, sharp pace, Dawid tries pulling it with a swivel but gets a thick top edge which flies all the way over fine leg for a biggie. 154/4

41.1 M Starc to Malan, Starc steams in from around the wicket and lets out a short delivery around leg, Malan ducks. 148/4

M Starc to Malan, Starc steams in from around the wicket and lets out a short delivery around leg, Malan ducks. 148/4

40.5 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper. 148/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper. 148/4

40.4 Pat Cummins to J Bairstow, FOUR! Gets off the mark in style. A juicy half-volley outside off, Bairstow drives it with all the elegance through mid off for a boundary. 148/4

Pat Cummins to J Bairstow, FOUR! Gets off the mark in style. A juicy half-volley outside off, Bairstow drives it with all the elegance through mid off for a boundary. 148/4

40.3 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Back of a length delivery on off, Bairstow punches it off his back foot but finds the point fielder. He is not off the mark yet. 144/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Back of a length delivery on off, Bairstow punches it off his back foot but finds the point fielder. He is not off the mark yet. 144/4

40.2 Pat Cummins to Malan, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. They pick up a single. 144/4

40.1 Pat Cummins to Malan, Short and around leg, Malan once again takes the challenge of pulling it but fails to connect. There is an element of risk in this shot at the moment. Australia have set a trap on the leg side. 143/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Short and around leg, Malan once again takes the challenge of pulling it but fails to connect. There is an element of risk in this shot at the moment. Australia have set a trap on the leg side. 143/4

39.6 M Starc to Malan, In better control with his pull shot this time. Keeps it all along the ground through square leg and takes a single. 143/4

M Starc to Malan, In better control with his pull shot this time. Keeps it all along the ground through square leg and takes a single. 143/4

39.5 M Starc to Malan, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 142/4

M Starc to Malan, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 142/4

39.3 M Starc to D Malan, Unconvincing from Malan. He takes on Starc’s short delivery and tries to pull. Gets a big top edge but luckily for him it falls safely in the deep mid-wicket region. A couple of runs taken. 142/4

M Starc to D Malan, Unconvincing from Malan. He takes on Starc’s short delivery and tries to pull. Gets a big top edge but luckily for him it falls safely in the deep mid-wicket region. A couple of runs taken. 142/4

39.2 M Starc to Malan, Pulls his length back a bit and keeps it on off, Malan defends it from the back foot. 140/4

M Starc to Malan, Pulls his length back a bit and keeps it on off, Malan defends it from the back foot. 140/4

39.1 M Starc to D Malan, FOUR! Cracking shot! This will settle down some nerves. A full pitched delivery outside off, Malan takes his front leg forward and drives it crisply through extra cover for a boundary. 140/4

M Starc to D Malan, FOUR! Cracking shot! This will settle down some nerves. A full pitched delivery outside off, Malan takes his front leg forward and drives it crisply through extra cover for a boundary. 140/4

38.6 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Another watchful leave outside the off stump by Bairstow to end the over. 136/4

Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Another watchful leave outside the off stump by Bairstow to end the over. 136/4

38.4 Pat Cummins to Malan, Short and around middle, worked to deep backward square leg for a run. 136/4

38.3 Pat Cummins to Malan, Angling into the batsman, on a length, Malan is strong in his front foot defense. 135/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, Angling into the batsman, on a length, Malan is strong in his front foot defense. 135/4

38.2 Pat Cummins to Malan, FOUR! Not in control. Short delivery arrowed into the batsman, Malan tried to pull but probably got a top edge which sped past the keeper to the fine leg fence. On the replays, it seems it came off Malan’s helmet. Given as runs. 135/4

Pat Cummins to Malan, FOUR! Not in control. Short delivery arrowed into the batsman, Malan tried to pull but probably got a top edge which sped past the keeper to the fine leg fence. On the replays, it seems it came off Malan’s helmet. Given as runs. 135/4

JONNY BAIRSTOW is the new batsman. The umpires were looking at further replays to see if the ball had indeed brushed the gloves. Meanwhile, Joe Root and Paul Collingwood don’t seem one bit amused with that decision as inspite of not having conclusive evidence, the on-field call was overturned. This has resulted in a small halt in play.

37.5 M Starc to Stoneman, OUT! Stoneman fails to survive the tough period. He made a strong fifty but looked very uncomfortable against the short pitch bowling. That has finally brought his downfall. A well-directed one by Starc. Fearsome pace. Stoneman tries fending at it and in the process his bottom hand comes off the handle. There is some noise as it flies behind to Paine. He catches it with a jump, they appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Now, Steven Smith goes for the DRS and the replays roll in. There is nothing on the Hot Spot but the Snicko shows some spike. But it’s not conclusive whether it came after hitting the bottom hand or the top. The third umpire watched just one angle and requested umpire Marais Erasmus to change his decision. Stoneman walks back to the pavilion. The English players in the dressing room are not looking too pleased with the call. There was a shade of doubt. If that deflection was off the bottom hand which was off the bat handle, it cannot be termed out. A controversial moment. 131/4

M Starc to Stoneman, OUT! Stoneman fails to survive the tough period. He made a strong fifty but looked very uncomfortable against the short pitch bowling. That has finally brought his downfall. A well-directed one by Starc. Fearsome pace. Stoneman tries fending at it and in the process his bottom hand comes off the handle. There is some noise as it flies behind to Paine. He catches it with a jump, they appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Now, Steven Smith goes for the DRS and the replays roll in. There is nothing on the Hot Spot but the Snicko shows some spike. But it’s not conclusive whether it came after hitting the bottom hand or the top. The third umpire watched just one angle and requested umpire Marais Erasmus to change his decision. Stoneman walks back to the pavilion. The English players in the dressing room are not looking too pleased with the call. There was a shade of doubt. If that deflection was off the bottom hand which was off the bat handle, it cannot be termed out. A controversial moment. 131/4

Tim Paine has plucked a catch out of thin air and is appealing. The umpire shakes his head and Australia take the referral.

37.4 M Starc to Stoneman, Another delivery on middle and off, good accurate bowling, Mark keeps it out safely towards mid on. 131/3

M Starc to Stoneman, Another delivery on middle and off, good accurate bowling, Mark keeps it out safely towards mid on. 131/3

37.3 M Starc to Stoneman, Good length delivery on off, Mark covers the line, goes on his toes and defends it back to the bowler. 131/3

M Starc to Stoneman, Good length delivery on off, Mark covers the line, goes on his toes and defends it back to the bowler. 131/3

37.2 M Starc to Stoneman, Slips a length delivery down the leg side, Stoneman tries flicking but misses. Michael Clarke on air feels that this pitch has quickened up a little bit. 131/3

M Starc to Stoneman, Slips a length delivery down the leg side, Stoneman tries flicking but misses. Michael Clarke on air feels that this pitch has quickened up a little bit. 131/3

37.1 M Starc to Malan, Straighter in line, Malan turns it in the gap at mid-wicket and takes a single. 131/3

M Starc to Malan, Straighter in line, Malan turns it in the gap at mid-wicket and takes a single. 131/3

36.6 Pat Cummins to Stoneman, Switches to over the wicket for the last delivery and serves a shortish ball on off, angling away, Mark goes on his toes and defends it down with gentle hands. 130/3

Pat Cummins to Stoneman, Switches to over the wicket for the last delivery and serves a shortish ball on off, angling away, Mark goes on his toes and defends it down with gentle hands. 130/3

36.5 Pat Cummins to Stoneman, Back of a length delivery on off, Stoneman defends it from the back foot. 130/3

Pat Cummins to Stoneman, Back of a length delivery on off, Stoneman defends it from the back foot. 130/3

36.3 Pat Cummins to Stoneman, Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him. 130/3

36.2 Pat Cummins to Stoneman, On a length around off, Stoneman defends it off his back foot. 130/3

35.6 M Starc to Malan, FOUR! Streaky! Short delivery wide outside off, Malan throws his bat at it and it flies off the outside edge over the slip cordon for a boundary. Loose! 130/3

M Starc to Malan, FOUR! Streaky! Short delivery wide outside off, Malan throws his bat at it and it flies off the outside edge over the slip cordon for a boundary. Loose! 130/3

35.5 M Starc to Malan, FOUR! Starc goes for the magic delivery to follow-up his shorter one. But it turns out to be a fuller length ball down the leg side. Malan tickles it fine down the leg side for a boundary. 126/3

M Starc to Malan, FOUR! Starc goes for the magic delivery to follow-up his shorter one. But it turns out to be a fuller length ball down the leg side. Malan tickles it fine down the leg side for a boundary. 126/3

35.4 M Starc to Malan, Some chin music for Malan. It whistles past his face as he tries to duck. 122/3

35.3 M Starc to Malan, Just short of short leg! Starc bangs in a short ball on middle and off, Malan probably picks the length late and hence gets into an awkward position. Tries avoiding the delivery but it takes his gloves and pops out. Bancroft under the lid stretches to his right but it falls just short of his outstretched hand. 122/3

M Starc to Malan, Just short of short leg! Starc bangs in a short ball on middle and off, Malan probably picks the length late and hence gets into an awkward position. Tries avoiding the delivery but it takes his gloves and pops out. Bancroft under the lid stretches to his right but it falls just short of his outstretched hand. 122/3

35.2 M Starc to Malan, Angles in a length ball on off, Malan draws forward with a straight bat and defends it back. 122/3

M Starc to Malan, Angles in a length ball on off, Malan draws forward with a straight bat and defends it back. 122/3

34.6 Pat Cummins to Malan, A delightful drive through the gap between extra cover and mid off. Warner gives it the chase and pulls it back just before the rope. Saves a run for his side. Top effort! 122/3

Pat Cummins to Malan, A delightful drive through the gap between extra cover and mid off. Warner gives it the chase and pulls it back just before the rope. Saves a run for his side. Top effort! 122/3

34.5 Pat Cummins to Malan, The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper. 119/3

Pat Cummins to Malan, The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper. 119/3

34.4 Cummins to Malan, Huge appeal for a caught behind but only from the bowler. He bowls it short and down the leg side, Malan tries getting it away fine but misses. Paine collects the ball and Cummins appeals. Nothing from the umpire! 119/3

Cummins to Malan, Huge appeal for a caught behind but only from the bowler. He bowls it short and down the leg side, Malan tries getting it away fine but misses. Paine collects the ball and Cummins appeals. Nothing from the umpire! 119/3

34.3 Pat Cummins to Malan, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 119/3

Pat Cummins to Malan, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 119/3

34.2 Pat Cummins to Malan, Good length delivery angling into the body of the batsman, Malan tries working it away but is beaten for pace. He takes a hit on his thigh pad as it rolls to the leg side. 119/3

Pat Cummins to Malan, Good length delivery angling into the body of the batsman, Malan tries working it away but is beaten for pace. He takes a hit on his thigh pad as it rolls to the leg side. 119/3

33.5 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Movement away from the batsman, Stoneman tries to drive without getting entirely forward and is beaten. 119/3

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Movement away from the batsman, Stoneman tries to drive without getting entirely forward and is beaten. 119/3

33.4 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Stoneman is having a really tough time. Josh tests him with yet another well-directed short delivery, Mark fails to get away from the line and takes a blow near his right shoulder. 119/3

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Stoneman is having a really tough time. Josh tests him with yet another well-directed short delivery, Mark fails to get away from the line and takes a blow near his right shoulder. 119/3

33.3 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, FOUR! Just used the pace of the bowler. A length ball around off, Stoneman stands back with an open face of the bat and guides it through backward point for a boundary. 119/3

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, FOUR! Just used the pace of the bowler. A length ball around off, Stoneman stands back with an open face of the bat and guides it through backward point for a boundary. 119/3

33.2 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, And a bouncer to soften the batsman. His alteration in lengths have kept Stoneman guessing. As a result, Mark is not getting either entirely forward or backward. 115/3

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, And a bouncer to soften the batsman. His alteration in lengths have kept Stoneman guessing. As a result, Mark is not getting either entirely forward or backward. 115/3

33.1 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Beaten! Hazlewood continues to flirt with the outside edge of Stoneman’s bat. Bowls it on a length outside off, sucking the batsman into a drive. The extra movement beats the bat. 115/3

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Beaten! Hazlewood continues to flirt with the outside edge of Stoneman’s bat. Bowls it on a length outside off, sucking the batsman into a drive. The extra movement beats the bat. 115/3

32.6 Pat Cummins to Malan, Cummins uses the crease well. Goes wide this time as he dishes out a lethal short delivery, 144.2 kph in pace. Malan just manages to evade it. Cracking over, a wicket maiden! 115/3

Pat Cummins to Malan, Cummins uses the crease well. Goes wide this time as he dishes out a lethal short delivery, 144.2 kph in pace. Malan just manages to evade it. Cracking over, a wicket maiden! 115/3

32.4 Pat Cummins to Root, OUT! Gone! Big wicket for Australia and the crowd roarrrrrsss… Another effort delivery by Pat, bends his back and darts in a shortish delivery around middle and leg. It angles down after pitching and Root tries glancing it off his hips. He fails to middle his shot and gets it away off the bottom of the gloves. Paine makes no mistake behind the stumps and they all go up in a huge appeal. The finger goes up immediately and Joe takes a long walk back to the hut. Cummins hunts down England’s premier batsman for the third time in the series. Making him his bunny. 115/3

Pat Cummins to Root, OUT! Gone! Big wicket for Australia and the crowd roarrrrrsss… Another effort delivery by Pat, bends his back and darts in a shortish delivery around middle and leg. It angles down after pitching and Root tries glancing it off his hips. He fails to middle his shot and gets it away off the bottom of the gloves. Paine makes no mistake behind the stumps and they all go up in a huge appeal. The finger goes up immediately and Joe takes a long walk back to the hut. Cummins hunts down England’s premier batsman for the third time in the series. Making him his bunny. 115/3

32.1 Pat Cummins to Root, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 115/2

31.6 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Good length outside off, defended to the off side to end the over. A testing one. 115/2

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Good length outside off, defended to the off side to end the over. A testing one. 115/2

31.5 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Beaten! Hazlewood cooks yet another full delivery outside off, tempting the batsman into the drive. Stoneman obliges but gets beaten by the slight away movement. This is extraordinary stuff from Josh, just toying with the batsman who has scored a fifty. 115/2

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Beaten! Hazlewood cooks yet another full delivery outside off, tempting the batsman into the drive. Stoneman obliges but gets beaten by the slight away movement. This is extraordinary stuff from Josh, just toying with the batsman who has scored a fifty. 115/2

31.4 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Bumper! The batsman ducks under the bouncer at the last moment. 115/2

31.3 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Alters his length and bowls it a tad fuller outside off, Stoneman sticks back and plays it out to the off side. 115/2

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Alters his length and bowls it a tad fuller outside off, Stoneman sticks back and plays it out to the off side. 115/2

31.2 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Nearly a wicket next ball! It’s a cruel sport. Hazlewood shows no mercy after delivering a blow on the last ball. Serves yet another sharp short delivery around middle. Stoneman is not at all comfortable dealing with it. Fends at it awkwardly, it flies off the splice of the bat and Lyon running in from point nearly snapped it inches off the surface. Another life for Stoneman. 115/2

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Nearly a wicket next ball! It’s a cruel sport. Hazlewood shows no mercy after delivering a blow on the last ball. Serves yet another sharp short delivery around middle. Stoneman is not at all comfortable dealing with it. Fends at it awkwardly, it flies off the splice of the bat and Lyon running in from point nearly snapped it inches off the surface. Another life for Stoneman. 115/2

Physio comes out! Mark Stoneman seems fine though. He is just buying some time to catch his breath after that blow. Maybe, a change of helmet as well.

31.1 Hazlewood to Stoneman, OUCH! Stoneman is hit on the helmet by a Hazlewood bouncer. A well-directed one, Mark takes his eyes off the ball as he tries to duck. He fails to get away from the line of fire and takes a nasty blow on the right side of the grille as the extra protection comes off. Concerned looking Aussies surround him. Everybody checking with him. Stoneman is slowly walking away from the pitch. He is moving freely, that’s good to see. 115/2

Hazlewood to Stoneman, OUCH! Stoneman is hit on the helmet by a Hazlewood bouncer. A well-directed one, Mark takes his eyes off the ball as he tries to duck. He fails to get away from the line of fire and takes a nasty blow on the right side of the grille as the extra protection comes off. Concerned looking Aussies surround him. Everybody checking with him. Stoneman is slowly walking away from the pitch. He is moving freely, that’s good to see. 115/2

30.6 Pat Cummins to Root, Good length delivery angling in, Root helps it towards mid-wicket to end the over. 115/2

Pat Cummins to Root, Good length delivery angling in, Root helps it towards mid-wicket to end the over. 115/2

30.5 Pat Cummins to Root, An effort delivery to hurry up the English skipper. Cummins bangs in short, around middle and leg, Root rises on his back foot and tries to fend it away. He is hurried up by the extra pace and somehow keeps it out safe towards short leg. No bat-pad around! 115/2

Pat Cummins to Root, An effort delivery to hurry up the English skipper. Cummins bangs in short, around middle and leg, Root rises on his back foot and tries to fend it away. He is hurried up by the extra pace and somehow keeps it out safe towards short leg. No bat-pad around! 115/2

30.4 Pat Cummins to Root, Pitches it full this time, around off and shaping back in, Root is on the front foot as he meets the ball with a straight bat. Nicely blocked. 115/2

Pat Cummins to Root, Pitches it full this time, around off and shaping back in, Root is on the front foot as he meets the ball with a straight bat. Nicely blocked. 115/2

30.3 Pat Cummins to Root, Back of a length delivery on off, Root rocks back and punches it to the off side. 115/2

Pat Cummins to Root, Back of a length delivery on off, Root rocks back and punches it to the off side. 115/2

30.1 Pat Cummins to Joe Root, EDGY FOUR! Cummins bowls it on a length outside off, moving away a bit, Root strides forward, opens the face of the bat and gets it away off the outer half. It runs wide of the slip cordon and races away to the fence. 115/2

Pat Cummins to Joe Root, EDGY FOUR! Cummins bowls it on a length outside off, moving away a bit, Root strides forward, opens the face of the bat and gets it away off the outer half. It runs wide of the slip cordon and races away to the fence. 115/2

29.6 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, On a length around off, Stoneman defends it solidly. Excellent over by Josh, unlucky not to have Stoneman. 111/2

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, On a length around off, Stoneman defends it solidly. Excellent over by Josh, unlucky not to have Stoneman. 111/2

29.5 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Pitches it up and outside off, Stoneman drives it off his front foot to mid off. 111/2

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Pitches it up and outside off, Stoneman drives it off his front foot to mid off. 111/2

29.4 J Hazlewood to M Stoneman, EDGED AND DROPPED! Mitchell Marsh, what have you done? Hazlewood keeps probing around the off stump line and delivers this one outside off on a length. Stoneman plays a loose drive away from his body and gets big fat outside edge behind. It flies straight in and out of Marsh’s hands at first slip. He tried pouching it with his fingers pointing skywards but his hands never came together. A sitter has gone down. 111/2

J Hazlewood to M Stoneman, EDGED AND DROPPED! Mitchell Marsh, what have you done? Hazlewood keeps probing around the off stump line and delivers this one outside off on a length. Stoneman plays a loose drive away from his body and gets big fat outside edge behind. It flies straight in and out of Marsh’s hands at first slip. He tried pouching it with his fingers pointing skywards but his hands never came together. A sitter has gone down. 111/2

29.3 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, A touch short and around off, angling in, Mark leans back, drops his wrists and allows it through. 111/2

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, A touch short and around off, angling in, Mark leans back, drops his wrists and allows it through. 111/2

29.2 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Hurls on a length outside off, Stoneman has nothing to do with it. 111/2

29.1 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Gets behind the line of the delivery and dead bats it watchfully. 111/2

28.6 Pat Cummins to Root, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 111/2

Pat Cummins to Root, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 111/2

28.5 Pat Cummins to Root, FOUR! No stopping Root if it’s short and around off. He just camps back, rides the bounce and strokes it with all the timing in the world. Finds the gap through point and fetches another boundary in the over. Australia need to be careful here, Root is known to score in brisk manner. 111/2

Pat Cummins to Root, FOUR! No stopping Root if it’s short and around off. He just camps back, rides the bounce and strokes it with all the timing in the world. Finds the gap through point and fetches another boundary in the over. Australia need to be careful here, Root is known to score in brisk manner. 111/2

28.3 Pat Cummins to Root, FOUR! Fab shot! Cummins overdoes his length and bowls it fuller around middle and leg. Root leans forward and across before flicking it wide of mid on for a boundary. 107/2

Pat Cummins to Root, FOUR! Fab shot! Cummins overdoes his length and bowls it fuller around middle and leg. Root leans forward and across before flicking it wide of mid on for a boundary. 107/2

28.2 Pat Cummins to Root, Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 103/2

28.1 Pat Cummins to Root, Back of a length delivery outside off, Root takes a liking to that length. Just stays back and punches it through cover-point for a couple. 103/2

Pat Cummins to Root, Back of a length delivery outside off, Root takes a liking to that length. Just stays back and punches it through cover-point for a couple. 103/2

28.1 Pat Cummins to Root, Wide called for height! Cummins bowls a bouncer first up and it sails over the batsman. 101/2

Pat Cummins to Root, Wide called for height! Cummins bowls a bouncer first up and it sails over the batsman. 101/2

27.6 J Hazlewood to M Stoneman, FOUR! Connects and connects well this time to reach his third Test fifty. Another half-tracker outside off, this time Mark whacks it over the point fielder for a boundary. Fantastic knock by him! He was positive from the onset, punished most of the full balls coming his way, although struggled against the shorter ones. Good part is that he is still out there and looking good for a big one. 100/2

J Hazlewood to M Stoneman, FOUR! Connects and connects well this time to reach his third Test fifty. Another half-tracker outside off, this time Mark whacks it over the point fielder for a boundary. Fantastic knock by him! He was positive from the onset, punished most of the full balls coming his way, although struggled against the shorter ones. Good part is that he is still out there and looking good for a big one. 100/2

27.5 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Play and a miss! Hazlewood serves it short and wide outside off, Stoneman stands back to slap it through the line but misses. Needs to be careful as there is some extra lift on this surface. 96/2

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Play and a miss! Hazlewood serves it short and wide outside off, Stoneman stands back to slap it through the line but misses. Needs to be careful as there is some extra lift on this surface. 96/2

27.4 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 96/2

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 96/2

27.3 J Hazlewood to Root, An inswinger this time, but it’s too full and too straight. Root clips it off his pads to fine leg and gets off strike. 96/2

J Hazlewood to Root, An inswinger this time, but it’s too full and too straight. Root clips it off his pads to fine leg and gets off strike. 96/2

27.2 J Hazlewood to Root, Good length delivery in the region outside off, Root shoulders arms. 95/2

27.1 J Hazlewood to Root, FOUR! A bit edgy, half a victory for the bowler. He pitches it full and outside off, forcing the batsman forward, Root plays the drive away from his body but fails to middle it the way he would have liked. It comes off the outer half of his willow and runs behind backward point for a boundary. 95/2

J Hazlewood to Root, FOUR! A bit edgy, half a victory for the bowler. He pitches it full and outside off, forcing the batsman forward, Root plays the drive away from his body but fails to middle it the way he would have liked. It comes off the outer half of his willow and runs behind backward point for a boundary. 95/2

Welcome back for the afternoon session. The players are taking the field again. It will be JOE ROOT on strike with his partner MARK STONEMAN at the other end on 48. JOSH HAZLEWOOD to continue. Three slips and a gully in place. Sun out in its full glory, here we go…

The Aussie seamers were right on the money from the word go. In search of swing early on, they offered freebies but Cook’s wicket reduced those vague offerings. Cricket is a team sport and their bowling efforts so far show exactly that. All the bowlers have looked threatening in their own way. What will the post-Lunch session have in store for us? A few more wickets? Runs galore? Staunch resistance? Join us to know.

The session ends on an equilibrium! We wouldn’t have said that 10 balls before the break as the 63-run partnership between Stoneman and Vince seemed to tilt the initial balance of the game in their favour. But Vince’s untimely shot changed that. He would be kicking himself as he had largely looked at ease unlike the southpaw who looked troubled by the short delivery. Nevertheless, he is still unbeaten on 48.

26.6 N Lyon to Stoneman, Stoneman will go into LUNCH, DAY 1, unbeaten on 48 as he blocks this delivery from the crease. 91/2

N Lyon to Stoneman, Stoneman will go into LUNCH, DAY 1, unbeaten on 48 as he blocks this delivery from the crease. 91/2

26.4 N Lyon to Root, Root clips it off his pads through backward square leg for a run to get off the mark. 91/2

N Lyon to Root, Root clips it off his pads through backward square leg for a run to get off the mark. 91/2

26.3 N Lyon to Stoneman, A touch short outside off, Stoneman cuts it to the man at deep backward point for a run. 90/2

N Lyon to Stoneman, A touch short outside off, Stoneman cuts it to the man at deep backward point for a run. 90/2

26.1 N Lyon to Stoneman, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 89/2

N Lyon to Stoneman, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 89/2

25.5 J Hazlewood to Root, Root shoulders arms to this length delivery. The ball moves in prodigiously after pitching. Good for him that it was far from the off stick. 89/2

J Hazlewood to Root, Root shoulders arms to this length delivery. The ball moves in prodigiously after pitching. Good for him that it was far from the off stick. 89/2

25.4 J Hazlewood to Root, Full delivery outside off, Root lets it go. The keeper had to collect it in front of his face. Shows the carry off the surface. 89/2

J Hazlewood to Root, Full delivery outside off, Root lets it go. The keeper had to collect it in front of his face. Shows the carry off the surface. 89/2

JOE ROOT, the English skipper, walks in to the middle. He has had a quiet series so far and this is the game for him to come good, we believe. Will he? Three minutes left before Lunch…

25.3 J Hazlewood to Vince, OUT! Hazlewood is the man! His consistent lines and lengths have got him the desired result – a wicket. Full delivery outside off, Vince looks to drive this one. Ends up getting the faintest of nicks to Paine who doesn’t miss such chances. Know a thing or two about earning your scalp? This is it. Hazlewood had bowled three consecutive maidens prior to this, just a couple of leg byes had come off them. Post that, Vince was the man facing the remaining deliveries. The batter had been watchful so far but his concentration gave way at the wrong time for England, who are rocked just before the break now. The 63-run stand that looked so promising is a thing of the past now. The timing of this dismissal won’t please the visitors one bit. 89/2

J Hazlewood to Vince, OUT! Hazlewood is the man! His consistent lines and lengths have got him the desired result – a wicket. Full delivery outside off, Vince looks to drive this one. Ends up getting the faintest of nicks to Paine who doesn’t miss such chances. Know a thing or two about earning your scalp? This is it. Hazlewood had bowled three consecutive maidens prior to this, just a couple of leg byes had come off them. Post that, Vince was the man facing the remaining deliveries. The batter had been watchful so far but his concentration gave way at the wrong time for England, who are rocked just before the break now. The 63-run stand that looked so promising is a thing of the past now. The timing of this dismissal won’t please the visitors one bit. 89/2

24.6 N Lyon to Stoneman, Dropped but a tough chance that. Lyon delivers it around middle and leg, Stoneman flicks it. Ends up hitting it straight on the boot of Bancroft at short leg. The ball lobs up but Cameron isn’t able to get to that and catch it. Very tough chance this. These are the sort that stick. 89/1

N Lyon to Stoneman, Dropped but a tough chance that. Lyon delivers it around middle and leg, Stoneman flicks it. Ends up hitting it straight on the boot of Bancroft at short leg. The ball lobs up but Cameron isn’t able to get to that and catch it. Very tough chance this. These are the sort that stick. 89/1

24.4 N Lyon to Stoneman, Nicely bowled. Lyon darts it around middle, Stoneman looks to defend. Gets an inside edge that goes on the bounce to short leg. 89/1

N Lyon to Stoneman, Nicely bowled. Lyon darts it around middle, Stoneman looks to defend. Gets an inside edge that goes on the bounce to short leg. 89/1

24.1 N Lyon to Stoneman, Flatter delivery around 91.8 kmph, Stoneman stays back and offers a straight bat face to that. 89/1

N Lyon to Stoneman, Flatter delivery around 91.8 kmph, Stoneman stays back and offers a straight bat face to that. 89/1

23.4 J Hazlewood to Vince, Hazlewood goes wide of the crease and angles it into Vince. The latter is good in judging this and points his bat skywards as he lets it go. 89/1

J Hazlewood to Vince, Hazlewood goes wide of the crease and angles it into Vince. The latter is good in judging this and points his bat skywards as he lets it go. 89/1

23.3 J Hazlewood to Vince, Back of a length delivery around off, Vince arches back and lets it go through to the keeper. 89/1

J Hazlewood to Vince, Back of a length delivery around off, Vince arches back and lets it go through to the keeper. 89/1

23.1 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Length ball on the pads, Stoneman fails to flick it away. Gets it off his thigh pad towards fine leg for a leg bye. 89/1

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Length ball on the pads, Stoneman fails to flick it away. Gets it off his thigh pad towards fine leg for a leg bye. 89/1

22.3 N Lyon to Stoneman, Now Mark does the sensible thing of pushing it towards covers and crossing over to the other end. 88/1

N Lyon to Stoneman, Now Mark does the sensible thing of pushing it towards covers and crossing over to the other end. 88/1

22.2 N Lyon to Stoneman, FOUR! Wow! Lunch-break looming? Best spinner around? Who cares! Lyon lands it around off, Stoneman gets low and slog sweeps it aerially. The ball lands just inside the rope before crossing over the square leg boundary. 87/1

N Lyon to Stoneman, FOUR! Wow! Lunch-break looming? Best spinner around? Who cares! Lyon lands it around off, Stoneman gets low and slog sweeps it aerially. The ball lands just inside the rope before crossing over the square leg boundary. 87/1

21.6 J Hazlewood to Vince, Landed outside off, Vince gets a half-stride forward and lets it go. 83/1

21.1 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Fuller but the line is wrong. It is on the pads. Stoneman misses the flick and gets it off his pads towards fine leg. A leg bye taken. 83/1

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Fuller but the line is wrong. It is on the pads. Stoneman misses the flick and gets it off his pads towards fine leg. A leg bye taken. 83/1

20.5 N Lyon to Vince, FOUR! Wonderful use of the feet. Lyon serves it around off, Vince comes down and hits it through covers against the spin. The ball finds the gap and races away to the boundary. He moves to 25. 82/1

N Lyon to Vince, FOUR! Wonderful use of the feet. Lyon serves it around off, Vince comes down and hits it through covers against the spin. The ball finds the gap and races away to the boundary. He moves to 25. 82/1

20.2 N Lyon to Stoneman, Stoneman is following the risk-reward policy. He uses his feet to spin yet again but is not to the pitch of the ball. Hits it a touch aerially towards mid on. Starc the man there, Mark takes him on and gets a run. 78/1

N Lyon to Stoneman, Stoneman is following the risk-reward policy. He uses his feet to spin yet again but is not to the pitch of the ball. Hits it a touch aerially towards mid on. Starc the man there, Mark takes him on and gets a run. 78/1

20.1 N Lyon to Stoneman, Flatter around off and middle, a bit of spin there. Stoneman pushes it back towards the bowler. 77/1

N Lyon to Stoneman, Flatter around off and middle, a bit of spin there. Stoneman pushes it back towards the bowler. 77/1

19.6 J Hazlewood to Vince, Has to play this time. Length delivery angling into the batsman, Vince stands tall and keeps it out. 77/1

J Hazlewood to Vince, Has to play this time. Length delivery angling into the batsman, Vince stands tall and keeps it out. 77/1

19.5 J Hazlewood to Vince, Leave no.4! Hazlewood offers this well outside off, JV lets the keeper do the rest. 77/1

J Hazlewood to Vince, Leave no.4! Hazlewood offers this well outside off, JV lets the keeper do the rest. 77/1

19.4 J Hazlewood to Vince, Another ball outside off is left alone by Vince. He is in no hurry to get bat to ball. 77/1

J Hazlewood to Vince, Another ball outside off is left alone by Vince. He is in no hurry to get bat to ball. 77/1

18.4 N Lyon to Stoneman, Hello, Stoneman! What are you upto? The sweep isn’t the safest option against the off spinner but he doesn’t care. He plays that shot to the man at fine leg for a run. Brings up the 50-RUN STAND between Stoneman and Vince. These two have done well to hold fort post Cook’s departure. Even in the first game these two were among the runs with fifties to their names and they would do well to not miss the chance yet again. 76/1

N Lyon to Stoneman, Hello, Stoneman! What are you upto? The sweep isn’t the safest option against the off spinner but he doesn’t care. He plays that shot to the man at fine leg for a run. Brings up the 50-RUN STAND between Stoneman and Vince. These two have done well to hold fort post Cook’s departure. Even in the first game these two were among the runs with fifties to their names and they would do well to not miss the chance yet again. 76/1

18.3 N Lyon to Vince, Lyon continues round the wicket to Vince. Vince uses his feet and turns it through mid-wicket for a single. 75/1

N Lyon to Vince, Lyon continues round the wicket to Vince. Vince uses his feet and turns it through mid-wicket for a single. 75/1

18.2 N Lyon to Stoneman, Stoneman’s intent is to attack Lyon it seems. He comes down and sweeps it towards fine leg for a single. 74/1

N Lyon to Stoneman, Stoneman’s intent is to attack Lyon it seems. He comes down and sweeps it towards fine leg for a single. 74/1

18.1 N Lyon to Stoneman, Floated around off, Stoneman defends with his bat and pad close together. 73/1

Spin time! NATHAN LYON comes into the attack. Two things – one, the over rate will get a boost because of this. Two, with a southpaw at the crease, a wicket before lunch would be helpful. A slip and a short leg in place.

17.5 M Starc to Vince, Four Byes! Poor Paine, how he’d hope that he had been much more taller to stop such deliveries. Starc bowls it short down the leg side, Vince crouches in response. Paine leaps to his left but fails to get a hand to that. 73/1

M Starc to Vince, Four Byes! Poor Paine, how he’d hope that he had been much more taller to stop such deliveries. Starc bowls it short down the leg side, Vince crouches in response. Paine leaps to his left but fails to get a hand to that. 73/1

17.4 M Starc to Vince, Vince pushes this length ball around middle and leg defensively towards mid on. 69/1

M Starc to Vince, Vince pushes this length ball around middle and leg defensively towards mid on. 69/1

17.3 M Starc to Vince, Length ball outside off, Vince this time does well to not play at that. 69/1

17.1 M Starc to Vince, Nearly! Starc bowls it very full outside off, Vince looks to drive it without great feet movement. Ends up hitting the bat on the ground. This is how he was dismissed in the previous game and he seems to be falling to the trap there. 69/1

M Starc to Vince, Nearly! Starc bowls it very full outside off, Vince looks to drive it without great feet movement. Ends up hitting the bat on the ground. This is how he was dismissed in the previous game and he seems to be falling to the trap there. 69/1

16.6 Pat Cummins to Stoneman, Beauty to end the over. Length ball just outside off, making Stoneman play. He has a feel for that and gets beaten. 69/1

Pat Cummins to Stoneman, Beauty to end the over. Length ball just outside off, making Stoneman play. He has a feel for that and gets beaten. 69/1

16.5 Pat Cummins to Stoneman, Perfect reply from a fast bowler after being hit for a boundary. Pat bangs in a bouncer from wide of the crease, Stoneman ducks to let it pass. 69/1

Pat Cummins to Stoneman, Perfect reply from a fast bowler after being hit for a boundary. Pat bangs in a bouncer from wide of the crease, Stoneman ducks to let it pass. 69/1

16.4 Pat Cummins to Stoneman, FOUR! The boundaries have slowed, says Ian Healy on air and immediately comes this shot. Cummins hurls it full around off, something that hasn’t troubled the English opener. Stoneman drives it straight back past the bowler and gets a boundary. 69/1

Pat Cummins to Stoneman, FOUR! The boundaries have slowed, says Ian Healy on air and immediately comes this shot. Cummins hurls it full around off, something that hasn’t troubled the English opener. Stoneman drives it straight back past the bowler and gets a boundary. 69/1

16.3 Pat Cummins to Stoneman, A bit fuller around off, Mark presents a straight bat in defense. 65/1

16.1 Pat Cummins to Vince, Where’s the ball? Cummins bowls it around off, Vince gets it off the inside half of his bat towards mid-wicket for one. But the camera pans to the cover region to cover the region of the original shot. 65/1

Pat Cummins to Vince, Where’s the ball? Cummins bowls it around off, Vince gets it off the inside half of his bat towards mid-wicket for one. But the camera pans to the cover region to cover the region of the original shot. 65/1

15.6 M Starc to Stoneman, A touch closer to the off stump this time. Blocked solidly off the front foot. 64/1

M Starc to Stoneman, A touch closer to the off stump this time. Blocked solidly off the front foot. 64/1

15.5 M Starc to Stoneman, Back of a length ball well outside off, easy leave for the southpaw. 64/1

15.4 M Starc to Stoneman, What happened there? Starc spears it full outside off, Stoneman’s concentration lapses a bit. He looks to drive it away from the body but just misses the ball by a whisker. Smith, strangely, is seen thinking about a review for caught behind as he seems to have heard something there. Strange because the nick is generally spotted by the keeper and the bowler first, who on this occasion weren’t excited. 64/1

M Starc to Stoneman, What happened there? Starc spears it full outside off, Stoneman’s concentration lapses a bit. He looks to drive it away from the body but just misses the ball by a whisker. Smith, strangely, is seen thinking about a review for caught behind as he seems to have heard something there. Strange because the nick is generally spotted by the keeper and the bowler first, who on this occasion weren’t excited. 64/1

15.2 M Starc to Vince, Back of a length delivery around leg, Vince hops and fends it towards fine leg for one. 64/1

M Starc to Vince, Back of a length delivery around leg, Vince hops and fends it towards fine leg for one. 64/1

15.1 M Starc to Vince, Full ball on the pads, James fails to flick it away and wears it on the protective gear. 63/1

M Starc to Vince, Full ball on the pads, James fails to flick it away and wears it on the protective gear. 63/1

14.6 Pat Cummins to Stoneman, Delivered on a length outside off, MS stands his crease and defends it towards point. 63/1

Pat Cummins to Stoneman, Delivered on a length outside off, MS stands his crease and defends it towards point. 63/1

14.5 Pat Cummins to Stoneman, Stoneman gets forward to this one and blocks it towards covers. 63/1

14.3 Pat Cummins to Stoneman, Post the drinks break, Stoneman has been a bit assured in dealing with the short ball, observed my colleague Praky. There might have been a message sent to him from the dressing room he reckons. Mark picks this bouncer early and crouches low for the keeper to do the rest. 63/1

Pat Cummins to Stoneman, Post the drinks break, Stoneman has been a bit assured in dealing with the short ball, observed my colleague Praky. There might have been a message sent to him from the dressing room he reckons. Mark picks this bouncer early and crouches low for the keeper to do the rest. 63/1

14.2 Pat Cummins to Vince, Similar delivery around off, Vince gets it off the inner half towards fine leg for a single. 63/1

Pat Cummins to Vince, Similar delivery around off, Vince gets it off the inner half towards fine leg for a single. 63/1

14.1 Pat Cummins to Vince, On a length outside off, Vince shoulders arms to that. Good judgement there as the ball moved in after passing the batsman. 62/1

Pat Cummins to Vince, On a length outside off, Vince shoulders arms to that. Good judgement there as the ball moved in after passing the batsman. 62/1

13.5 M Starc to Vince, Fuller outside off, Vince drives it through covers. The ball doesn’t have enough legs to go to the fence and the batsmen get three for that. 62/1

M Starc to Vince, Fuller outside off, Vince drives it through covers. The ball doesn’t have enough legs to go to the fence and the batsmen get three for that. 62/1

13.2 M Starc to Stoneman, Howzzat? Nothing from the Aussies there. Starc angles it on the pads, Stoneman looks to flick it but the ball goes off something to Paine who dives to his right to catch that. No real appeal from the home side as it seems to have gone off the pads. 58/1

M Starc to Stoneman, Howzzat? Nothing from the Aussies there. Starc angles it on the pads, Stoneman looks to flick it but the ball goes off something to Paine who dives to his right to catch that. No real appeal from the home side as it seems to have gone off the pads. 58/1

13.1 M Starc to Stoneman, First loose shot attempted by Stoneman. Length ball outside off, he looks to flay it through the off side but gets beaten. 58/1

M Starc to Stoneman, First loose shot attempted by Stoneman. Length ball outside off, he looks to flay it through the off side but gets beaten. 58/1

Drinks are on the field now. The first hour of play has seen the hosts strike a crucial blow on the visitors. Cook’s sorry run continues as he failed to trouble the scorers much. All the seamers have looked incisive and look like picking up a wicket every single ball. Would be good to see how long Vince and Stoneman can keep them quiet.

12.6 Pat Cummins to Vince, FOUR! There will be deliveries that may be unplayable but it is all about forgetting that and playing the next ball on its merit. Proved rightly by Vince. This one is fuller outside off. He forgets what happened a ball before and drives it confidently through point for a boundary. Good to see. 58/1

Pat Cummins to Vince, FOUR! There will be deliveries that may be unplayable but it is all about forgetting that and playing the next ball on its merit. Proved rightly by Vince. This one is fuller outside off. He forgets what happened a ball before and drives it confidently through point for a boundary. Good to see. 58/1

12.4 Pat Cummins to Vince, Brilliant delivery. On a fuller length around off, Vince is caught on the crease. Thankfully gets an inside edge onto the front pad and the ball rolls towards first slip. If not for that edge, another man would have been sent packing. 54/1

Pat Cummins to Vince, Brilliant delivery. On a fuller length around off, Vince is caught on the crease. Thankfully gets an inside edge onto the front pad and the ball rolls towards first slip. If not for that edge, another man would have been sent packing. 54/1

12.2 Pat Cummins to Stoneman, Stoneman pushes it towards covers and crosses over to the other end. 54/1

11.6 M Starc to Stoneman, Four Byes! This is what I was talking about earlier. Another effort ball from Starc, the batsman ducks under it. In spite of Paine’s high jump, the ball flies over him and into the boundary fence. These runs would be mistaken to be the keeper’s fault but not this one. 52/1

M Starc to Stoneman, Four Byes! This is what I was talking about earlier. Another effort ball from Starc, the batsman ducks under it. In spite of Paine’s high jump, the ball flies over him and into the boundary fence. These runs would be mistaken to be the keeper’s fault but not this one. 52/1

11.5 M Starc to Stoneman, Back of a length delivery around middle, Stoneman looks to fend it but wears it on the side of the stomach. Ouch that must have hurt! 48/1

M Starc to Stoneman, Back of a length delivery around middle, Stoneman looks to fend it but wears it on the side of the stomach. Ouch that must have hurt! 48/1

Ian Chappell makes a good observation here. He is of the opinion that the proper bouncer should be aimed at the batsman’s helmet grill. Anything higher than that is easier to negotiate by ducking under and anything below could be played with the bat. At the level of the grill, the batsman is unsure whether to play at it or let it go and that could cause problems for him.

11.3 M Starc to Stoneman, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 46/1

M Starc to Stoneman, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 46/1

11.2 M Starc to Stoneman, Don’t know who has a task cut out to the short ball – the batsman or the keeper. Starc bangs it short on the stumps, Stoneman ducks under that. Paine has to leap high yet again to prevent the ball from passing him. 46/1

M Starc to Stoneman, Don’t know who has a task cut out to the short ball – the batsman or the keeper. Starc bangs it short on the stumps, Stoneman ducks under that. Paine has to leap high yet again to prevent the ball from passing him. 46/1

10.5 Pat Cummins to Vince, Now Vince is caught being unsure of his footwork here. Length delivery, a touch on the fuller side this time. James presents a straight bat but ends up getting an inside edge onto the front pad. 46/1

Pat Cummins to Vince, Now Vince is caught being unsure of his footwork here. Length delivery, a touch on the fuller side this time. James presents a straight bat but ends up getting an inside edge onto the front pad. 46/1

10.4 Pat Cummins to Vince, Cracking shot, straight to the fielder. Cummins bowls it on a length outside off, Vince stands tall and cuts it. Finds the man at point, who mimes a throw to the non-striker’s end. 46/1

Pat Cummins to Vince, Cracking shot, straight to the fielder. Cummins bowls it on a length outside off, Vince stands tall and cuts it. Finds the man at point, who mimes a throw to the non-striker’s end. 46/1

10.1 Pat Cummins to Stoneman, An edge for the umpteenth time! This time the ball rolls towards the vacant third slip region. Smith from second slip puts in the dive and stops the ball. 45/1

Pat Cummins to Stoneman, An edge for the umpteenth time! This time the ball rolls towards the vacant third slip region. Smith from second slip puts in the dive and stops the ball. 45/1

9.6 J Hazlewood to Vince, FOUR! The margin for error on this surface is very little. Hazlewood angles it full into the batsman, Vince shows good balance as he clips it through mid-wicket. The timing is so good that a boundary is what he gets. 45/1

J Hazlewood to Vince, FOUR! The margin for error on this surface is very little. Hazlewood angles it full into the batsman, Vince shows good balance as he clips it through mid-wicket. The timing is so good that a boundary is what he gets. 45/1

9.4 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Stoneman is playing for the short ball. Not looking good this. This is a length ball, not too short. Since the batter is on the back foot he gets the toe end of the bat as he looks to keep it out. The ball goes towards covers and he gets a run. 41/1

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Stoneman is playing for the short ball. Not looking good this. This is a length ball, not too short. Since the batter is on the back foot he gets the toe end of the bat as he looks to keep it out. The ball goes towards covers and he gets a run. 41/1

9.3 J Hazlewood to M Stoneman, The batsman gets an inside edge and the ball hits him on the pads. 40/1

9.2 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Smell the ball, did you? Hazlewood bangs it short at 143.4 kmph. Stoneman is alive to this one and ducks to let the ball pass. Paine has to leap up and gets his right hand to collect that but doesn’t do so cleanly. 40/1

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Smell the ball, did you? Hazlewood bangs it short at 143.4 kmph. Stoneman is alive to this one and ducks to let the ball pass. Paine has to leap up and gets his right hand to collect that but doesn’t do so cleanly. 40/1

9.1 J Hazlewood to M Stoneman, Another one! Stoneman stays in the crease to block this one but gets a thick outside edge. The ball rolls towards gully. 40/1

J Hazlewood to M Stoneman, Another one! Stoneman stays in the crease to block this one but gets a thick outside edge. The ball rolls towards gully. 40/1

8.5 Pat Cummins to Vince, FOUR! Beautiful stroke. Cummins delivers this on a length on the fuller side outside off. Vince gets forward and drives it through covers. Gets a boundary for doing so. A nice way to get off the mark. 40/1

Pat Cummins to Vince, FOUR! Beautiful stroke. Cummins delivers this on a length on the fuller side outside off. Vince gets forward and drives it through covers. Gets a boundary for doing so. A nice way to get off the mark. 40/1

8.3 Pat Cummins to Vince, Another full ball around off, Vince looks to block it from the crease. Gets an inside edge onto his pads. 36/1

Pat Cummins to Vince, Another full ball around off, Vince looks to block it from the crease. Gets an inside edge onto his pads. 36/1

The on-air commentators have just analyzed what Stoneman has shown in this innings so far. You pitch the ball upto him and he looks at ease in banishing it to the fence or negotiates it without much ado. Bowl him something on a back of a length and he is all at sea. There were a couple of edges in the vacant short leg region and some behind point on the off side. All safe as yet.

8.2 Pat Cummins to J Vince, Fuller on the stumps, flicked towards wide mid on, where the fielder dives to prevent a run. 36/1

Pat Cummins to J Vince, Fuller on the stumps, flicked towards wide mid on, where the fielder dives to prevent a run. 36/1

8.1 Pat Cummins to Vince, Begins with a length delivery outside off, Vince shoulders arms to that. 36/1

Pat Cummins to Vince, Begins with a length delivery outside off, Vince shoulders arms to that. 36/1

More fire! PAT CUMMINS is brought into the attack. He wanted to emulate Mitchell Johnson and here is his chance.

7.6 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Bouncer around off, Stoneman picked that one early and evaded it. 36/1

7.4 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, FOUR! Stoneman is looking very comfortable against the full ball and hence Australia would need to realise this sooner than later. Hazlewood angles it into the batsman on a full length. Mark clips it away through mid-wicket for a boundary. 36/1

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, FOUR! Stoneman is looking very comfortable against the full ball and hence Australia would need to realise this sooner than later. Hazlewood angles it into the batsman on a full length. Mark clips it away through mid-wicket for a boundary. 36/1

A bat-pad in place now. The on-air commentators reckon that this is a good field position to have at this venue.

7.2 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Back of a length delivery around off, Stoneman gets squared up and gets an outside edge towards backward point. 32/1

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Back of a length delivery around off, Stoneman gets squared up and gets an outside edge towards backward point. 32/1

6.5 M Starc to Stoneman, The short ball is back. Stoneman keeps it out uncomfortably towards the vacant short leg region. A run is what he gets though. 32/1

M Starc to Stoneman, The short ball is back. Stoneman keeps it out uncomfortably towards the vacant short leg region. A run is what he gets though. 32/1

6.4 M Starc to Stoneman, FOUR! This should ease Stoneman’s nerves a bit. Starc looks to do the double bluff and bowls it full around off and middle. Stoneman is up to the task and drives it straight back. The ball races past mid on for a boundary. 31/1

M Starc to Stoneman, FOUR! This should ease Stoneman’s nerves a bit. Starc looks to do the double bluff and bowls it full around off and middle. Stoneman is up to the task and drives it straight back. The ball races past mid on for a boundary. 31/1

6.3 M Starc to Stoneman, Edged but safe! Bowled on a back of a length around off, Stoneman looks to keep it away from the crease. Ends up getting an edge off the shoulder of the bat and the ball lands just short of backward point. He is not looking at ease against the short ball. 27/1

M Starc to Stoneman, Edged but safe! Bowled on a back of a length around off, Stoneman looks to keep it away from the crease. Ends up getting an edge off the shoulder of the bat and the ball lands just short of backward point. He is not looking at ease against the short ball. 27/1

Broken bat for Stoneman! He got the previous ball high on the blade and needs a change of willow as a result.

6.1 M Starc to Stoneman, The news is out – Stoneman isn’t comfortable with the short length delivery. Starc bowls it on a back of a length around middle and leg, Stoneman presents a straight bat face but the ball hits the blade near the handle before dying down on the pitch. 27/1

M Starc to Stoneman, The news is out – Stoneman isn’t comfortable with the short length delivery. Starc bowls it on a back of a length around middle and leg, Stoneman presents a straight bat face but the ball hits the blade near the handle before dying down on the pitch. 27/1

5.3 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Short leg, where art thou? This could have been a potential catch if that man would have been there. Hazlewood bends his back and bowls it short around middle. Stoneman looks to fend it away but gets a glove on that. The ball lobs on the leg side and a run results. 27/1

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Short leg, where art thou? This could have been a potential catch if that man would have been there. Hazlewood bends his back and bowls it short around middle. Stoneman looks to fend it away but gets a glove on that. The ball lobs on the leg side and a run results. 27/1

5.1 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Hazlewood continues round the wicket and lands it on a length outside off. Stoneman has a feel for that just to find the ball whiz past the edge of the bat. 26/1

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Hazlewood continues round the wicket and lands it on a length outside off. Stoneman has a feel for that just to find the ball whiz past the edge of the bat. 26/1

JAMES VINCE walks in at the fall of the first English wicket. He has a fifty in this series and nothing thenceforth. Can he make amends now?

4.4 M Starc to Cook, OUT! Alastair Cook’s wretched form on this tour ensues! Starc’s persistence with the fuller delivery has reaped dividends. Hurls it full around middle and leg, Cook doesn’t move his feet and looks to keep it out from the crease. Misses the ball and gets caught adjacent to the stumps. As plumb as it gets. He doesn’t bother reviewing that and he never should on such occasions. This is his 34th Test innings without an Ashes ton. Notably, this was Starc’s fastest ball in this innings so far – 147.6 kmph! Australia are up and running at the WACA. 26/1

M Starc to Cook, OUT! Alastair Cook’s wretched form on this tour ensues! Starc’s persistence with the fuller delivery has reaped dividends. Hurls it full around middle and leg, Cook doesn’t move his feet and looks to keep it out from the crease. Misses the ball and gets caught adjacent to the stumps. As plumb as it gets. He doesn’t bother reviewing that and he never should on such occasions. This is his 34th Test innings without an Ashes ton. Notably, this was Starc’s fastest ball in this innings so far – 147.6 kmph! Australia are up and running at the WACA. 26/1

4.3 M Starc to Cook, Starc hurls it on a length around middle and angling down leg. Cook flicks it through backward square leg. Hazlewood gets to his right from fine leg, slides and parries it to Shaun Marsh who returns the throw. Two runs is the result. 26/0

M Starc to Cook, Starc hurls it on a length around middle and angling down leg. Cook flicks it through backward square leg. Hazlewood gets to his right from fine leg, slides and parries it to Shaun Marsh who returns the throw. Two runs is the result. 26/0

4.2 M Starc to Stoneman, Full ball around middle and leg, clipped straight to the man at deep mid-wicket for a single. 24/0

M Starc to Stoneman, Full ball around middle and leg, clipped straight to the man at deep mid-wicket for a single. 24/0

4.1 M Starc to Stoneman, Full length ball outside off, Stoneman gets it off the outer half of his bat. The ball rolls past gully and the batsman gets a brace. 23/0

M Starc to Stoneman, Full length ball outside off, Stoneman gets it off the outer half of his bat. The ball rolls past gully and the batsman gets a brace. 23/0

3.6 J Hazlewood to Cook, Length delivery outside off, Cook has a feel for it but gets beaten. Good one to end the over from the bowler. 21/0

J Hazlewood to Cook, Length delivery outside off, Cook has a feel for it but gets beaten. Good one to end the over from the bowler. 21/0

3.3 J Hazlewood to A Cook, FOUR! It’s so good to see how strokes from a particular batter gets his partner going. This one is fuller outside off, Cook gets his stride forward and drives it through wide mid off. The proof of how good the outfield is, is evident as even Warner’s hare to cut that off proved futile. He dived like one does in a swimming pool yet the ball trickled away to the fence. 21/0

J Hazlewood to A Cook, FOUR! It’s so good to see how strokes from a particular batter gets his partner going. This one is fuller outside off, Cook gets his stride forward and drives it through wide mid off. The proof of how good the outfield is, is evident as even Warner’s hare to cut that off proved futile. He dived like one does in a swimming pool yet the ball trickled away to the fence. 21/0

2.6 M Starc to Stoneman, FOUR! Ahhh! The square drive is such a glorious shot in the game. More so if it earns you a third consecutive boundary. Fuller outside off, driven through backward point from Stoneman. Another boundary results. 13 from this over. 17/0

M Starc to Stoneman, FOUR! Ahhh! The square drive is such a glorious shot in the game. More so if it earns you a third consecutive boundary. Fuller outside off, driven through backward point from Stoneman. Another boundary results. 13 from this over. 17/0

2.5 M Starc to Stoneman, FOUR! Encore from Starc! Another very low full toss around leg, Stoneman clips it through square leg to earn himself another boundary. Not a wrong strategy this from the bowler but shows how narrow the margin for error is. 13/0

M Starc to Stoneman, FOUR! Encore from Starc! Another very low full toss around leg, Stoneman clips it through square leg to earn himself another boundary. Not a wrong strategy this from the bowler but shows how narrow the margin for error is. 13/0

2.4 M Starc to Stoneman, FOUR! A low full toss in search of a yorker. Ends up being a run-yielding delivery. It is on the pads of Stoneman, who does well to get some bat to that. The ball speeds away to the fine leg fence. 9/0

M Starc to Stoneman, FOUR! A low full toss in search of a yorker. Ends up being a run-yielding delivery. It is on the pads of Stoneman, who does well to get some bat to that. The ball speeds away to the fine leg fence. 9/0

2.3 M Starc to Stoneman, Beauty! Starc and swing is a treacherous combination for a batsman to negotiate. He lands it on a length around off, the ball moves away from the batsman just a touch. Stoneman looks to whip it to the on side but the ball just spears past the outside edge and flies to the keeper. 5/0

M Starc to Stoneman, Beauty! Starc and swing is a treacherous combination for a batsman to negotiate. He lands it on a length around off, the ball moves away from the batsman just a touch. Stoneman looks to whip it to the on side but the ball just spears past the outside edge and flies to the keeper. 5/0

2.2 M Starc to Cook, Well done, Cook. Gets off the mark with a quick run. Length delivery on the stumps, Alastair taps it in front of mid-wicket and hares to the other end. 5/0

M Starc to Cook, Well done, Cook. Gets off the mark with a quick run. Length delivery on the stumps, Alastair taps it in front of mid-wicket and hares to the other end. 5/0

1.6 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, A touch shorter than the previous one, well outside off. Left alone by Mark. Four runs from the over, courtesy a boundary. 4/0

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, A touch shorter than the previous one, well outside off. Left alone by Mark. Four runs from the over, courtesy a boundary. 4/0

1.5 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, FOUR! First runs for Stoneman and England! Hazlewood shouldn’t mind it though. He bowls it fuller outside off, the opening batsman reaches out to it with a stride and drives it through covers for a boundary. Good for the bowler that the batter is reaching out to such deliveries. Increases the chances of inducing a nick. 4/0

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, FOUR! First runs for Stoneman and England! Hazlewood shouldn’t mind it though. He bowls it fuller outside off, the opening batsman reaches out to it with a stride and drives it through covers for a boundary. Good for the bowler that the batter is reaching out to such deliveries. Increases the chances of inducing a nick. 4/0

1.3 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Good tactic from Josh to make the batsman play. Bowls it full around off, Stoneman drives it to the man at covers. 0/0

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Good tactic from Josh to make the batsman play. Bowls it full around off, Stoneman drives it to the man at covers. 0/0

1.2 Hazlewood to Stoneman, Appeal straightaway, for LBW! Turned down. Hazlewood spears this full around leg, Stoneman misses the flick and gets hit low on the pads. On the question being asked, umpire Erasmus replied in the negation. Pitching outside leg the reason. Hawk Eye confirms the same. 0/0

Hazlewood to Stoneman, Appeal straightaway, for LBW! Turned down. Hazlewood spears this full around leg, Stoneman misses the flick and gets hit low on the pads. On the question being asked, umpire Erasmus replied in the negation. Pitching outside leg the reason. Hawk Eye confirms the same. 0/0

1.1 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Starts off with a delivery outside off, Stoneman watches it sail to the keeper. 0/0

J Hazlewood to Stoneman, Starts off with a delivery outside off, Stoneman watches it sail to the keeper. 0/0

Starc’s partner in crime, JOSH HAZLEWOOD to bowl from the other end. Same fielding set up for him too.

0.6 M Starc to Cook, Maiden from Starc to begin the game! Outside off, swinging away, shouldered arms to by Cook. 0/0

M Starc to Cook, Maiden from Starc to begin the game! Outside off, swinging away, shouldered arms to by Cook. 0/0

0.4 M Starc to Cook, This ball is delivered around off and middle, Cook gets ahead and defends it with a straight bat. 0/0

M Starc to Cook, This ball is delivered around off and middle, Cook gets ahead and defends it with a straight bat. 0/0

With Handscomb out of the side, Mitchell Marsh is seen standing at first slip. We mentioned in our build-up that he was seen practicing to man that position.

0.2 M Starc to Cook, Fuller and well outside off, it swings away from the batter. Cook is experienced enough to know that these deliveries can be left unharmed. Does so. 0/0

M Starc to Cook, Fuller and well outside off, it swings away from the batter. Cook is experienced enough to know that these deliveries can be left unharmed. Does so. 0/0

0.1 M Starc to Cook, Starts on the money! Spears in a full length delivery around middle and off. A bit of shape towards the slip cordon. Cook stays in the crease, hops a touch and keeps it out towards mid-wicket. 0/0

M Starc to Cook, Starts on the money! Spears in a full length delivery around middle and off. A bit of shape towards the slip cordon. Cook stays in the crease, hops a touch and keeps it out towards mid-wicket. 0/0

Day 1 report: Dawid Malan hit a maiden century in an unbeaten 174-run stand with Jonny Bairstow as England took the honors on the opening day of the third Ashes Test at the WACA on Thursday.

Dawid Malan hit a maiden century in an unbeaten 174-run stand with Jonny Bairstow as England took the honors on the opening day of the third Ashes Test at the WACA on Thursday.

After electing to bat first, England was in some bother at 131-4. Then Malan, with a chancy 110 not out, and Bairstow, 75 not out, lifted the tourists’ sagging fortunes to finish the day on 305-4.

England was helped in its cause by Australia dropping three catches and missing an opportunity to run out Malan.

Malan survived a run out on 32, and was dropped on 92 by Cameron Bancroft off Mitchell Starc’s first delivery with the second new ball.

He brought up his maiden Test ton in his eighth Test by pulling Josh Hazlewood for his 13th four. He batted for 242 minutes in all and faced 174 balls. He hit 15 boundaries and a top-edged six off Starc.

The first century by an England batsman in the series couldn’t have come at a better time, as England must win this Test to keep the series alive. Australia won the first two Tests convincingly.

“(The Australia pace attack) have tested you in different ways, and not only technically but tested your heart as well,” Malan said.

“It was exciting to walk out there, it’s obviously not comfortable – you don’t really feel like you’re enjoying it at the time – but looking back it was great fun to get through those situations.”

“Every time you open the newspaper, you read how poor you are and how bad you are,” he said. “It is nice to tick a box and prove to yourself that you can play this level and that you can score hundreds.”

Bairstow was promoted to bat at No. 6 in a small change to the unchanged lineup. He joined Malan after opener Mark Stoneman was contentiously dismissed for 56.

Stoneman played a dogged innings against a barrage of short-pitch bowling. He was dropped twice and hit on the helmet all within five deliveries.

Out of Stoneman’s shadow, Malan dominated Australia’s three-pronged pace attack that had rattled the tourists.

Upon reaching his half-century with a top-edged cut off fast bowler Hazlewood, Stoneman was dropped on 52 by first slip Mitchell Marsh, and then felled by a Hazlewood bouncer that broke his helmet. He received medical attention on the field.

Still on 52, Stoneman fended another short delivery but a diving Nathan Lyon couldn’t get his fingers under the falling ball.

After staying on the same score for more than 30 minutes, Stoneman finally edged Hazlewood for his 10th boundary to move to 56.

But his dour innings was cut short when he was adjudged caught behind after Australia referred a not out decision to television umpire Aleem Dar. The videos were inconclusive as to whether the Starc delivery brushed Stoneman’s gloves en route to wicketkeeper Tim Paine. But there was a small amount of evidence indicating ball on glove, and Stoneman was given out. Players in the England dressing room were visibly upset over the decision.

England started the day positively, with Stoneman stroking four boundaries in the space of five balls, including three in succession against Starc.

Alastair Cook was first out, the former skipper managing just 7 off 26 balls in his 150th test before Starc pinned him on the crease and trapped him.

Stoneman shared a 63-run second-wicket stand with James Vince (25), which was broken by Hazlewood just before lunch.

Published Date: Dec 15, 2017 08:00 am
| Updated Date: Dec 15, 2017 02:34 am

Dawid Malan struck England’s first century of the Ashes series as the tourists saw off Australia’s marauding pace attack to emerge on top of an enthralling first day of the third test at the WACA on Thursday. The middle order batsman’s unbeaten 110 anchored a flourishing 174-run stand with wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow (75 not out), the pair pushing England to 305 for four at the close of a glorious day in Perth. England captain Joe Root and his predecessor Alastair Cook may have failed with the bat, but the skipper won perhaps the most important contest of the day when he guessed correctly at the toss and opted to bat first. Criticised for electing to bowl in the second test defeat in Adelaide, Root was rewarded this time with three of his batsmen passing 50. Get live cricket score of Ashes third Test between Australia vs England, Day 2 here.

England were 33/2, leading Australia by seven runs at the close on Day 3 of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba on Saturday. Joe Root was unbeaten on five with Mark Stoneman on 19 after Josh Hazlewood took two early wickets. Earlier, Steve Smith scored a century as Australia managed 328. England have only lost once at the Gabba when scoring at least 300 in their first innings. That was in 2002-03, when they made 325. Get full cricket score of Australia vs England, 1st Test, day 3 here. ( India vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Updates )

England were 33/2, leading Australia by seven runs at the close on Day 3 of the first Ashes Test at the Gabba on Saturday. Joe Root was unbeaten on five with Mark Stoneman on 19 after Josh Hazlewood took two early wickets. Earlier, Steve Smith scored a century as Australia managed 328. England have only lost once at the Gabba when scoring at least 300 in their first innings. That was in 2002-03, when they made 325. Get full cricket score of Australia vs England, 1st Test, day 3 here. (

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Joe Root’s side are attempting to battle back from 2-0 down and have made an encouraging start against the odds at the Waca.

Nov 23-27 First Test (Brisbane) – lost by 10 wickets
Dec 2-6 Second Test (Adelaide) – 4am
Dec 14-18 Third Test (Perth) – 2.30am
Dec 26-30 Fourth Test (Melbourne) – 11.30pm (Xmas Day)
Jan 4-8 Fifth Test (Sydney) – 11.30pm (Jan 3 GMT)

On the night England celebrated beating the Aussies 3-2 in the summer of 2015, BT Sport announced the coup.

BT will show every Test, with all ODIs also to be shown as part of the 210 days of Australian cricket being broadcast by the channel – costing them PS16million.

Jan 11 vs CA XI (Sydney)
Jan 14 First ODI (Melbourne)
Jan 19 Second ODI (Brisbane)
Jan 21 Third ODI (Sydney)
Jan 26 Fourth ODI (Adelaide)
Jan 28 Fifth ODI (Perth)

However, Cook and Co won the Third Test by eight wickets and the Fourth Test by an innings and 78 runs to secure the series, before the Aussies won the Fifth Test by an innings and 46 runs.

Stuart Broad falls for 12 in bizarre fashion as England’s entertaining innings comes to an end at 403. Mitchell Starc took the last wicket, with Broad taking a huge stride to the off side and awkwardly pulling one straight up in the air into the waiting clutches of Cameron Bancroft. Starc finished with four wickets after all that. Josh Hazlewood snared three, Pat Cummins got a double and Nathan Lyon claimed the key wicket of top scorer DaWid Malan. They’ve departed for lunch duties and we might take a spell ourselves. See you back here in about half an hour.

Stuart Broad just stands and delivers against Josh Hazlewood, hooking a huge six over square leg to take England past 400. That went 104m. As Ian Chappell has just pointed out, Broad has a top score of 169 in Test cricket and does know his way around a piece of willow.

They were due to take lunch at 12.30pm local time, but the umpires will allow an extra half an hour’s play here given England are nine wickets down. The Aussie quicks are having a ball taking pot shots at the visiting number 10 and 11 with just about every fielder behind the bat. You get the feeling they’ll be in for lunch soon enough.

Craig Overton falls for two, failing to handle a Josh Hazlewood short ball which is caught at short leg by Cameron Bancroft. England might not even make it to 400 here which would be a major failure. Their last five wickets have fallen for just 25 runs. Such a shame for the tourists after Malan and Bairstow’s heroics before that fifth wicket fell.

Jonny Bairstow is gone for 119! Mitchell Starc cleans him up neck and crop with a superb swinging delivery that leaves the middle stump lying flat on its back. That was Bairstow’s fourth Test hundred and comes after being promoted up to number six in the order. He rightly earns himself a standing ovation as he walks off the ground. England now teetering on the edge before lunch which I think the Aussies are going to enjoy a whole lot more. We’ll bring you updates on just what gets headbutted in the dressing room as they come to hand.

Chris Woakes departs for eight, after clipping one all the way down to fine leg where Pat Cummins takes a superb running catch! Hazlewood deservedly takes the wicket and England’s innings continues to crumble late in the first session. Craig Overton is the next man in…expect the short stuff to continue. Overton averages 48 with the bat by the way. After scoring an unbeaten 41 in his only other Test, in Adelaide.

Get the feeling Chris Woakes is going to get a right old working over here from Pat Cummins and co. Then Craig Overton, then Stuart Broad and then Jimmy Anderson. So far so good for Woakes who plays one away from his body down to the third man boundary. Bairstow at the other end is playing his role, and dispatched one beautifully to the square fence last over to keep the scoreboard ticking over. Good old fashioned Test match cricket this!

Jonny Bairstow slashes away at one of Josh Hazlewood’s outside off and it finds the gaping hole at third slip en route to the boundary. I reckon Hazlewood has been the pick of the Aussie attack, having bowled without luck for most of this innings. What do you think constitutes a par score for England?

Pat Cummins strikes to dismiss Moeen Ali for a second-ball duck. Moeen didn’t know too much about that as it climbed up to find the edge of his bat, which steered it into the safe hands of Steve Smith in the slips. All of a sudden Australia has gone bang bang and they’re well and truly back in the game. Jonny Bairstow looks on forlornly from the other end unbeaten on 110. Chris Woakes the next man in.

Finally a breakthrough! Dawid Malan falls for a well-made 140 after Nathan Lyon drew him into a false shot. Very well taken by the sub fielder, Peter Handscomb, diving at full stretch on the off side. Sub fielders often do make the best fielders. That ought to get the Handscomb fans going given Mitchell Marsh’s ordinary spill at first slip yesterday.

Could that be a series changing knock by Malan? That was the first Test century by an Englishman so far this summer and has given them an excellent foundation from which to build now at the WACA. You feel they need another 100 runs or so though to really stamp their authority on this one.

This has been a tough innings for Bairstow, facing some high-quality bowling and scoring has been difficult. However, his release zones have been classical, scoring at 4.84rpo through the covers, and 12rpo down to third man. #Ashes pic.twitter.com/JYGU8QWWX5

This has been a tough innings for Bairstow, facing some high-quality bowling and scoring has been difficult. However, his release zones have been classical, scoring at 4.84rpo through the covers, and 12rpo down to third man.

Nathan Lyon has come into the attack after England have done an excellent job of knocking the shine off this new ball. Meanwhile, Jonny Bairstow is surely now everyone’s favourite English cricketer. Fair play to him in scoring a wonderful ton, but to have the poise to headbutt his helmet afterwards…that’s a thing of beauty. His rather robust head potentially brought about England’s downfall during the Gabba Test, but it now appears to have finally placed the visitors in a rare position of command.

By the way. this is only his fourth Test century but he has a bit of a habit of going on with it and he won’t get many better batting conditions than this throughout his career. His other three Test tons were, chronologically, 150 not out against South Africa, 140 against Sri Lanka and 167 not out also against Sri Lanka

100s for England in last 2 Ashes in Australia:

At Perth – 3 (Stokes, Malan, Bairstow)
Elsewhere – 0 #Ashes