Ashes 2013: England v Australia, second Test day three as it happened

Joe Root's unbeaten 178 carries England to 333-5 on day three in the second Ashes Test - leading Australia by 566.

20 July 2013 Last updated at 18:07 GMT

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  1. 1831: 

    That's all from us today. We'll be back at 0900 in the morning to bring you all the build-up to day four. Before then, make sure you read Sam Sheringham's match report, the thoughts of Jonathan Agnew and check out the 5 live Ashes page. Enjoy your Saturday night.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "We shouldn't be playing back-to-back series against the same country like we are with Australia this winter because stuff like people not walking, problems with technology means ill-feeling can carry over. I would prefer a period before they play again, that would be wise and sensible."

    Former Australia seamer Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think England will bat on to rub more salt into the wounds. Graeme Swann and James Anderson will be keen to bowl but England will want to keep their foot on Australia's throat. The only positive for Australia in this match was Ryan Harris's performance in the first innings."


    More from Root:" I knew how important hammering it home and getting as many as possible was important.

    "You just want to score runs it doesn't really matter where I just want to keep contributing and scoring runs for England.

    "[On the declaration] No idea, that's up to Cookie I just want to concentrate on playing my part."


    England centurion Joe Root: "Last night was tough. They bowled exceptionally well and we knew today we were going to have to scrap for a bit and earn the right to score runs later in the day.

    "It was pretty special, as a kid growing up playing the Ashes is the pinnacle and to get a hundred and at Lord's as well was a nice feeling.

    "[On having his brother as 12th man for his century] That was nice yes. Mum and dad are here too, I'm sure they'll be slightly worse for wear this evening, hopefully not too bad!"

    Former Australia seamer Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a horror day for Australia, it was probably even worse than Friday. England saw them off early on and then the runs starting to tick over as the day wore on. I am curious why Australia didn't take the new ball, run in hard and have a red-hot go at England to show they won't lie down. It became too easy at times. Nothing shy of a miracle can save them from here."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "If Bangladesh had been bowled out for 128 like Australia were, people would be saying they are pathetic and shouldn't be playing Test cricket."

  8. 1823: 

    And, with Australia now batted out of this game, is the series almost over? If England go 2-0 up, are Australia capable of winning the final three Tests? It seems unlikely. We may already know where the urn is heading.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Ashton Agar is very ordinary. He has got talent but he's not ready for Test cricket yet. Steve Smith is useful and will take wickets and score runs but to have them both bowling at the end was like going to a carvery. It was help yourself."

  10. 1821: 

    Now in tandem with Jonny Bairstow, Root would push the lead past 550 and his own score to 178. Australia's bowlers toiled late in the day, next to no chances created on a pitch offering increasing help for the spinners. On tomorrow's resumption, we wait to see how many Root and England will get.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "Joe Root is a modern player who has been raised on Twenty20 cricket. The reverse sweep is part of his game but players like myself and Cowdrey didn't even know that shot existed. It never crossed our minds to play it."

  12. 1818: 

    Root would continue untroubled, completing his second Test century, first at Lord's and maiden ton as an England opener. Even after Bell fell, smashing a Smith long-hop to mid-wicket, Root's accumulation would not abate.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "The Steve Smith catch was out, it was as blatant as anything. The umpire had a clear view at gully and wasn't confident enough to give it. That's not good, he chickened out on making a decision. He wanted technology to do his job for him."

  14. 1816: 

    Bell would go on to make 74, but the Aussies thought they had their man for just three. A cut to Steven Smith in the gully, catch held. But did it carry? The third umpire said not. Controversy, and added to by an expletive-laded tweet from the official Cricket Australia account. CA say their account was hacked and that an investigation is under way.

  15. 1814: 

    The Yorkshire pair would add 99 for the fourth wicket, a stand ended when Bresnan swiped James Pattinson to mid-wicket. If Australia thought that would signal an England collapse, they were greeted by the in-form Ian Bell.

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    David Tomlinson: Massive lead, wearing pitch, flagging Aussies, crushing dominance - England bat on and on.....

    Phil Howard: That's got to be the most humiliating day in Australian cricket since.......err yesterday.

    Ashley Whitmore: If you end on a triple nelson at stumps, do you have to keep a foot in the air all night?

  17. 1812: 

    The hosts began on 31-3, a lead of 264. Joe Root was 18 not out, night-watchman Tim Bresnan yet to score. Under the clouds of a London morning, Australia were disciplined in the opening exchanges, but England weathered the storm. After that, it was one-way traffic.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been a great day for England - they scored 300 runs in a day in front of a full house and Joe Root showed that he looks a pretty good prospect as an opener. He's not short of patience, application or talent."

  19. 1810: 

    This is usually the point where we reflect on the day's play, but the story has been very simple. England have simply ground Australia in the increasing dust of the Lord's pitch, batting them out of this game and the series.

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think England will declare, there is no reason to bat any longer. If Australia were capable of getting those runs, they deserve it. However, they haven't got a cat in hell's chance. You shouldn't bat on just to let a player get his 200."

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "Another harrowing day for Australia. On Friday they couldn't bat; today, they have watched England go on, and on, and on. For home supporters raised on a diet of Ashes humiliations, this monumental lead with two clear days still to come is some revenge indeed. Joe Root has been the star, just as Graeme Swann was yesterday; with the ball turning sideways for Australia's comparatively inferior spinners, Sunday should be Swann's turn to dominate once again."


    Rahul Singh, TMS inbox: Given that Darren Lehmann said that Plan B was to get England out for 150ish, then what plan are they currently on now? Seems more like Plan F.

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    Ralph Brooker: A long overdue 'put yer feet up lads' from England's middle order to England's bowlers. Favour to be repaid tomorrow. Day 5 off!

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Joe Root will be out to get his 200 in the morning, England will bat on for another hour. With those sixes at the end, Root hinted to his captain."

    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Joe Root will be a happy chappie tonight, he is now taking the rich applause from the Lord's crowd. Perhaps he might have a half tonight? I reckon it will be the first century of many."

  26. 1803: 

    Root removes his helmet and acknowledges the applause of the Lord's crowd. Cheered through the Long Room, he gets pats on the back from the members as he heads towards the England dressing room. The clapping stops before the last Aussie player has made his way to through the door.

  27. 1801: 
    CLOSE OF PLAY- Eng 333-5 (lead by 566)

    The final over of a tough day for the Aussie is floated down by Ashton Agar. Jonny Bairstow sees it off and heads for the pavilion in the company of Joe Root, the hero of the hour. He is unbeaten on 178, England 333-5. The already lead by 566. At some point over the next two days, they will lead this series 2-0.

    Fall of wicket: 22-1 (Cook 8), 22-2 (Trott 0), 30-3 (Pietersen 5), 129-4 (Bresnan 38), 282-5 (Bell 74)

    Jim Maxwell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Talk about playing as you please. This is serious cafeteria bowling."

  29. 1758: 
    Eng 333-5 (Root 178*, Bairstow 11*)

    Steven Smith is looking to keep himself entertained by going through his repertoire. He probably shouldn't have bothered. A horrible attempt at a googly is pulled over cow corner for a Root maximum, with a long hop going in the same direction for another six. "Roooot," shout the crowd, almost sounding like boos. The Yorkshireman has not missed out on the Steve Smith buffet. One over to go.

    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "In this situation it's difficult because you can't use the seamers too much. They say Test runs are always hard to come by but Root's last 20 have been pretty easy."

  31. 1754: 
    Eng 315-5 (108 overs)

    We may not see any pace bowling for the rest of this innings. Ashton Agar, the left-arm spinner, still has a spring in his step as he twirls away. Over the wicket to the right-handers, only a single from it.

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  33. 1750: 
    Eng 314-5 (lead by 547)

    With the chances of Australia batting tonight now all but over, a few are just drifting away from Lord's. Has the Saturday at the home of cricket been the spectacle it might have been? Not really. Jonny Bairstow goes long down the ground, the ball bouncing for four. A man in the crowd helps the umpires by signalling as much.


    England batsman Nick Compton: Well played Joe Root, great effort and well deserved pal.

  35. 1748: 
    Eng 307-5 (lead by 540)

    There's a suggestion that England might declare overnight. Does that mean Alastair Cook will wander to Michael Clarke's room at about two in the morning? Graham Gooch pyjamas on, candle to light the way, teddy under his arm. Knock on the door, Clarke, rubbing his eyes. "You can bat in the morning, Michael".


    Eric Kyte, TMS inbox: Surely the reason for the lack of a declaration is psychological. This isn't about just winning the Test, it's about leaving a searing mark on Aussie souls for the whole series and indeed on into the series later in the year. Putting them in their place and thus inflicting huge mental scars.

  37. 1745: 
    Eng 306-5 (lead by 539)

    The England players remain in their blue training gear, static in their position on the balcony as if posing for a portrait. Even Darren Lehmann has had enough. He's dispensed with the earpiece that was keeping him up to date with TV commentary.


    Thomas Watts, via text on 81111: If KP is properly injured and misses the next Text, will the selectors return to The People's Republic Of Yorkshire to summon up the next big new thing? Three lads (plus the two already wearing the three lions) averaging 55+ this season in Gale, Ballance and Rashid. Make that four with Lees hitting 275* in the latest win. A strong Yorkshire means a strong England?

    Anish in New Malden: Agar missed out narrowly on a century in the first Test. But he's closing in on one now!

  39. 1743: 
    Eng 305-5 (lead by 538)

    Agar around the wicket. No sign of new ball, no sign of declaration. England continue. Nothing happneing. Nothing. Zip. Nathan. Nada.

    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I find it odd the reluctance to give the seamers a chance with the new ball, this is benefit bowling."

  41. 1741: 
    Eng 301-5 (103 overs)

    The clouds gather to make Lord's very, very gloomy. Steven Smith throws his hands into the air as Joe Root edges through the vacant slip area. Taking off the over that is about to begin and the two for change of innings, England would have only four overs at the Aussies tonight. With Cook not looking like moving, we may not have a declaration until tomorrow.

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    James Swaby: Only thing which could match dominating the Aussies at cricket would be dominating the Germans at football!

    Geoff Lantern: Getting a bit silly now. There's more chance of a random tornado wiping out Sunday/Monday than there is of Australia getting 522.

    hahhoho: So England 500+ ahead. Will Australia get that in their second innings and the next Test combined?

  43. 1736: 
    Eng 297-5 (lead by 530)

    I'm not sure where Michael Clarke is looking in this picture, but I like to think it's at the England dressing room. "Please, Alastair. We've fielded enough, just let us have a bat now". Or something like that. Only eight overs remain in the day, six if England declare.

    Michael Clarke

    Ben Hobson, TMS inbox: Remarkable amount of symmetry to the two England innings - three down for around 30, partnership of 99 followed by one of around 150. Expect Steve Smith to take a few more quick wickets and Anderson as night watchman before close.

  45. 1733: 
    150 FOR JOE ROOT- Eng 292-5

    There it is, a dab on the leg side takes Joe Root to 150. Lord's rises, with cameras focussing on England skipper Cook. He claps, but there's no hint of waving the players in. Jonny Bairstow now in on the act, biffing a Steve Smith full toss wide of mid on for four.

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    Michael Evamy: I would quite like a lead of 900 or so. Then bowl Australia out for 50. Has a team ever won an Ashes Test by 850 runs?

    Neil: Oh Mr Bell, another century was waiting for you! Time to continue the grinding into the ground, this is for the 1990s!

    Henry Hadaway: Beautiful weather at Lords for a "streaker" to appear. Come on let's be having you !

  47. 1730: 
    Eng 287-5 (100 overs)

    Are England now waiting for Joe Root to post 150? As some evening sunshine cast shadows on the decaying wicket, the Yorkshire opener pulls out the deftest reverse dab and sprints three to move to 149. Cook, shades on, applauds his appreciation. He has been sitting in that spot for so long, I fancy a groove will be left when he stands.


    James Atkins, TMS inbox: This must be very distressing for a nation, so mad on sport, that they even call each other 'sport'.

  49. 1726: 
    Eng 282-5 (lead by 515)

    Bell, by the way, has missed out on the chance for a fourth successive Ashes hundred. Jonny Bairstow the new man, how much of an opportunity might he be given before Caesar Cook gives Australia the thumbs down?

    Former Australia seamer Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "You could say Bell had 71 bonus runs there after what happened when he was on three. I've always said the full toss is a very under-rated delivery, the other one is the half tracker. Bell saw it but just hit it straight to mid-wicket. Smith has picked up four wickets in this Test match, before it he only had four to his name."

  51. 1721: 
    WICKET- Bell c Rogers b Smith 74 (Eng 282-5)

    When everything else fails, bowl a long hop. Ian Bell cannot believe that he managed to hit a horrible delivery from Steven Smith straight to Chris Rogers at mid-wicket. He drops to his haunches, throws his bat into the air, then leaves to a rapturous ovation. The signal of a declaration? Don't you believe it.

    Fall of wicket: 22-1 (Cook 8), 22-2 (Trott 0), 30-3 (Pietersen 5), 129-4 (Bresnan 38), 282-5 (Bell 74)


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    Sam in Leeds, via text on 81111: I've just completed the 3 peaks in Yorkshire, it's only natural that Joe Root gets a century the day I am accepted to be a true Yorkshireman.

    John, Isle of Wight: Why all this talk of declaration? I'm looking forward to a Bell century and a Root double.

    Harriet in Southampton: Shall we declare on 500, 600 or 700? Wow, this must be what it felt like to be Australian circa 1991-2008.

  53. 1721: 
    Eng 281-4 (98 overs)

    Remember when we wondered if Australia would take the new ball? Well, they still haven't and probably won't. An Ian Bell cut for four takes his fifth-wicket stand with Joe Root past 150. The applause is led by Jonny Bairstow, padded up ready to come in next. Alastair Cook, aware that only he has the answer to the question on everyone's lips, sits back in his chair, as comfy as a man enjoying a sherry at Christmas.

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    Alex McFarlane: Why declare? Carry on smashing the Aussies round the ground and humiliate them. Ground and pound.

    Chris Parker: Let's not kid ourselves we had enough runs two hours ago, this is just rubbing salt in the wound.

    Charlie B: Aussies may as well forfeit and head to the nearest walkabout - make the most of the English summer.

  55. 1717: 
    Eng 270-4 (lead by 503)

    Steve Smith has restyled the cap hair that was afflicting him earlier in the day, thrusting his arms around like John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever as he runs in to bowl. Again he does a decent job of keeping England quiet, just two from it.

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    Harry John White: The twenty quid I put on a whitewash at the start of the series feels a lot safer now than it did last week.

    Tom Paulin: Would quite like a lead of 700ish.

    Chris Painter: Not enjoying the Ashes right now. Spineless cricket from Aussies - embarrassing - and I'm an England fan...

  57. 1715: 
    Eng 268-4 (lead by 501)

    Some evening gloom at Lord's, plenty of empty space on the white benches that form the members' area. With the only fielder visibly close to the batsman a very straight short fine leg, Ian Bell reverse sweeps Ashton Agar for four to take England's lead past 500.


    Joe, wishing he wasn't working, in Bath, TMS inbox: Don't go giving them time to turn it around - I'm sure we would bowl them out easily some time tomorrow if we put them in but why give them a chance? Exhaust them in the field by batting through aggressively (just like these two are currently) until the close tonight, come back and swing the willow some more in the morning then get them in for 10 overs before lunch. If we're really lucky we could even have Root past 200 and Bell past his third successive hundred (fourth including the last series) by that point too, and that confidence will do wonders for the team.

  59. 1711: 
    Eng 263-4 (lead by 496)

    Steven Smith, a bowling action like one of those huge inflatable figures that stand outside used-car showrooms, is the latest Aussie asked to hold back the England tide. He has a little success, conceding only two singles.

    Former Australia seamer Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special
    Ashton Agar

    "I think this is a very important period for Australia. They can't just wait for Alastair Cook to declare they need to show there is plenty of fight left. I would have taken the new ball now, I'm not sure what they're thinking here."

  61. 1705: 
    Eng 261-4 (lead by 494)

    If England are feeling a little vengeful, a few of their number may be thinking of the first Test at Brisbane in 2006. In that game, Australia kept England in the field long enough to set the tourists 648 to win, the resulting massive defeat the first of a 5-0 whitewash. Of the England XI that played then, Cook, Bell, Pietersen and Anderson remain.


    The BBC Sport website online vote on the Ashes is now closed. Thanks to those who voted - only 23% said Ian Bell should have walked when Steve Smith claimed that catch at gully, while 77% thought he was right to stand his ground.


    William Lawrenson, TMS inbox: If the Aussies can bat for five sessions then they are worthy of a draw. Averages up, no mercy, leave them five sessions to score 550 and then destroy them in 40 overs. Don't want a contest, just a performance and those wonderful Ashes.

    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Joe Root is showing great placement, that very fine kayak sweep he plays, and those beautiful cover drives, that's not luck it's great placement."

  65. 1700: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 255-4 (lead by 488)

    Australia not even bothering to post a slip for Root, who moves through the gears with a thrusting cut shot that flashes through point quicker than you can say "England opener for years to come". With 17 overs remaining in the day, minus two for the change of innings, England have time to reach a 550 lead and have a quick bash at the Aussies tonight. Drinks.


    Mark Embury in Billericay, via text on 81111: I would bat till 12ish tomorrow, make them have another hour in field and with a lead of over 500, watch them try and stay in when there natural instinct is to attack.

    Julius: Bell is showing how mature he is demonstrating unselfish leadership. Brilliant team building stuff.

    Patrick: First Ashes series for me was us getting horsed in '89. Watching this hammering makes it all worth it!

  67. 1656: 
    Eng 249-4 (lead by 482)

    It's oh so simple for Joe Root as the evening sunshine pokes through the fluffy clouds. First a paddle off an Agar full toss, then a textbook cover drive, both bringing boundaries. Agar, a batting hero at Trent Bridge, has match figures of 0-98 in 31 overs.


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  69. 1651: 
    Eng 240-4 (lead by 473)

    If this was a boxing match, the referee would have come between the fighters long ago. One-sided stuff as Bell leans in to a magnificent drive on-the-up through the covers. All the returning Peter Siddle can do is flash his side grin. Alastair Cook is handed a pair of binoculars on the England balcony, there's no sign that he is moving from his seat just yet.

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    Ollie Long: I'd say 500 lead then declare. the pitch is tearing up, cue Graeme Swann on days 4 and 5

    Will Leyland: Will England declare before Bell gets out or wait until he gets another 100?

    Ken Smith: Who is still beating the Nick Compton drum, anyone?!

  71. 1647: 
    50 FOR IAN BELL- Eng 230-4
    Ian Bell

    Another drink taken on to these England batsmen, with a physio also appearing to do a little work on Ian Bell's left leg. Bell angles Smith to third man for two to bring up the 100 partnership, with a nudge on the leg side taking him to 50. He really is in rare form, the Warwickshire man, adding a half-century to the two tons he's already scored in the series.


    Richard Rosser, TMS inbox: What on earth makes you think that England need to 'sprint' for a declaration? Test match cricket is a five-day game. You never give the other side a chance, you never write off the Aussies. Last year, Michael Clarke scored 1,595 Test runs including three double hundreds, a triple century and a few more centuries on top. One day he'll find his form again and I'd rather we didn't gift him the opportunity of having two days to play himself in. The current run-rate isn't exciting but I'd rather be getting runs on the board than the sound of clattering stumps as batsmen throw the wickets away.

  73. 1643: 
    Eng 225-4 (lead by 458)

    England are definitely putting the foot down here, increasing the prospect of Australia having to bat tonight. Ashton Agar switches ends, the breeze flapping at his sleeves as he skips in. Bell is down the track, lofting over mid off for four, then getting low to lap through fine leg for another boundary. England have scored 54 runs since tea, there are 21 overs remaining in the day.

    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's tough for the bowlers. You know the game is slipping away; you've just got to keep a bit of your pride and just try to do a job for your captain. For England, a lead of 443, so have a bit of a dart now and get them in for 10 overs."

  75. 1639: 
    Eng 216-4 (lead by 449)

    A little drink for the England batsmen, run on by Billy Root. A handshake and a cuddle for brother Joe. Maybe even a little declaration message? Steve Smith back for a chuck of his leg-breaks, with Joe Root missing out on the opportunity to hit the rankest long hop to the moon. He does, however, feed a drive through extra cover for four.

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    Rick Ambler: Where are those fickle armchair England 'fans' now? Back under their rock? Get in Rooty.

    Steve Ash: It's a 'double-o' moment, Root, Froome and Westwood.

    Dennis Edwards: Looks like Australia will have to be blocking and defending for two days, do they have the temperament for it? I don't think so.

  77. 1635: 
    Eng 210-4 (lead by 443)

    Shots of the Long Room show members sitting on raised chairs, almost like barstools, in order to see over the bottom of the windows and out to the middle. They don't look very comfortable, not my idea of the best way to watch cricket all day. Will England declare tonight? How many is enough? Ian Bell enjoying himself, clip to fine leg then a savage cut shot bringing boundaries in the Pattinson over.

    Fall of wicket: 22-1 (Cook 8), 22-2 (Trott 0), 30-3 (Pietersen 5), 129-4 (Bresnan 38)


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    Joe Root and Ian Bell

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  79. 1632: 
    Eng 200-4 (lead by 433)

    Cricket is a poorer sport for this little exchange. Agar is bowling a country mile outside of Root's leg stump, landing the ball in a different county. Kick away, leave, kick away, tiny tickle for four. One lands in the footholes and spits across Root, encouraging for England.

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    Richard Jones: Take a bow Joe Root. 22 and maiden #ashes century at Lords. To think the only Aussie sinking I was doing at 22 was at the bar

    Aashish: C'mon England grind the Aussies into yellow-green smudges bat till lunch tomorrow - physical disintegration!

    Adam: Watching the middle order in the first and now in this Test the top guys must be ashamed especially Pietersen. Q: Do we need him?

  81. 1628: 
    Eng 196-4 (lead by 429)

    One reason Australia may not take the new ball is that it will come quicker off the bat, aiding England's sprint towards a declaration. James Pattinson returns with the ancient conker, but the home side are upping the ante regardless. Bell tickles fine for four, with England then showing some good intent with their scampering. Eight off.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "In Test match cricket no matter where you bat if you get three low scores in a row you get a bit anxious, but more so if you've moved to the top of the order. But the move has worked and Cook and Root looks like a good combination at the top of the order."

  83. 1623: 
    Eng 188-4 (lead by 421)

    A feature of Root's play has been some flowing straight drives. His strength is to sit on the back foot and play square of the wicket, but on numerous occasions today he has come forward to play lovely strokes down the ground. With Root to three figures, England may look to step on the gas, and Bell has an unsuccessful charge at Ashton Agar.

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    Matt Lloyd: Absolutely superb innings from Joe Root, that will shut a lot of people up.

    Karl Bowers: I love how Joe Root looks about 12 and he's teaching the Australians how to bat. What a talent!

    Neal Cannell: I think somebody forgot to delete Mickey Arthur's official twitter feed access.

  85. 1619: 
    Eng 185-4 (lead by 418)
    Joe Root

    Root celebrated the century with his helmet off, both arms raised in the air before a kiss for the England badge on his lid. The England balcony rose to applaud, while 12th man brother Billy Root was cheering on the boundary edge. Root's ton may have pushed the Aussies to take the new ball, but no sign yet.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "He's a class act, a nice moment. His brother's part of the 12th man team and has his day-glo jacket on down on the boundary. You could see him show a huge sigh of relief when his brother got his century - a great moment."

  87. 1613: 
    100 FOR JOE ROOT- Eng 178-4

    Brilliant from Joe Root. The 22-year-old cuts Ashton Agar through the covers for four to move to his second Test century, his first at Lord's and maiden ton as England opener. He had a life last night when an edge flashed through the slips, but since then he has been the personification of patience. Only 22, scoring a hundred for England at Lord's in an Ashes Test match. What a moment, the stuff dreams are made of.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "Joe Root has been magnificent, it's like an old-school opener's innings."

  89. 1612: 
    Eng 172-4 (Root 97*, Bell 17*)

    New ball not taken, Shane Watson trudging in with the ragged old leather. Lord's in a post-interval malaise, perhaps waiting in anticipation for the moment Joe Root can be roared. A maiden, six chances for Root coming up.

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    James Benson: 450? 500? Bat, declare, attack, defend? Who cares? This session is irrelevant. The game is over. The ashes are all but won.

    Tom Lambert: Re 10 years time: if Root is 22 it's terrifying that our ashes hopes will rely on someone who is currently as old as Root looks

    Liam: Is it just me that prefers watching England bowl?

  91. 1608: 
    Eng 172-4 (lead by 405)

    A sure sign that a team is on the defensive is when the left-arm spinner operates from over the wicket to the right-handed batsmen. That's just what Ashton Agar does to Ian Bell, perhaps looking for some assistance from the footholes outside Bell's leg stump. Single pinched, another chance for Root, but there's nothing doing. 80 overs done, the new ball is available.


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  93. 1604: 
    Eng 171-4 (Root (97*, Bell 16*)

    Still Root must wait. A force through the off side looks to be the magic moment, but the tumbling Steve Smith pulls off a flying save at gully. Not the first time gully Smith has been mentioned today, and I suspect it won't be the last.

  94. 1600: 

    Back come the players. England batsmen Ian Bell and Joe Root, unbeaten on 97. The first order of business in this session will be the prospect of Root's maiden Ashes hundred. He's on strike to Shane Watson.

  95. 1557: 

    Thanks Marc. Slow and steady progress for England in the afternoon, not always exciting, but further strides made towards a 2-0 lead. As for Australia, the furore caused by the rogue tweet is all rather entertaining.

  96. 1554: 

    It's now time for me to sign off and hand you back to Stephan Shemilt. He's primed to take you through all the action during the final session of the day. Enjoy.


    Robbo, TMS inbox: Re Rob Clark (1537) I'd agree with most of that team, but I reckon Shiv Thakor and Daniel Bell-Drummond will be playing for England in eight years. And you can't forget Alex Lees after 275 not out the other day.

  98. 1550: 
    Steve Smith

    Here's an interesting little tale for you during tea...

    Cricket Australia is investigating how a tweet containing expletives was sent from its official account during the afternoon session.

    The offensive message was posted on Twitter when England batsman Ian Bell was controversially given not out by the television umpire Tony Hill after appearing to be caught in the gully by Steve Smith.

    "We are looking into it," a Cricket Australia spokesman told BBC Sport. "We don't know how it happened."

    Listen to the TMS commentary of the incident

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "That afternoon session may not have been rock 'n' roll, but England will like it - inch by inch, run by run, batting Australia completely out of the match. With two days still to go and the lead past 400, we are entering the realms of the impossible for Australia."

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    Mark Lacrouts: RE: 15:14 Alex Hales. Class act, surely should be included?

    Ted Edmondson: We should take some DNA from Jimmy and clone him now. Then we'd have him for the Ashes in 20 years!

    Hammers_1974: My son will be playing in the Ashes in 12 years if he is allowed by Champions League winners West Ham who he will also play for.

  101. 1546: 
    Eng 171-4 (Lead by 404 runs)

    I think we can only award the afternoon session honours to one team - England. What kind of target do they have in mind for the Australians? 450? 500? I suspect Jonny Bairstow and Matt Prior may be being readied for a post-tea assault on the down and out Australian bowling attack.

    Former Australia seamer Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "It has been a tough session for Australia. They took one wicket and there should have been a second wicket, wrong decision there, but it has been a long day for Australia and it is going to feel longer unless something happens pretty quickly."

  103. 1544: 
    TEA- Eng 171-4 (Root 97*, Bell 16*)

    Steve Smith is given a pre-tea over and Joe Root smacks the leg-spinner's first ball through the covers for four. Knowing he is one shot away from reaching his ton, he middles the next two straight to a fielder before taking a single into the off side - to groans from the crowd who wanted to see the youngster raise his bat before the interval. He'll have to wait as the players head off for some refreshments - England's lead now 404 runs.

    Joe Root

    Fall of wicket: 22-1 (Cook 8), 22-2 (Trott 0), 30-3 (Pietersen 5), 129-4 (Bresnan 38)


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    Benjamin Wier: "Re: 15:14 I'm sure the 12th man from the first test Ben Foakes will be in the Ashes XI in a decade's time (Essex wicketkeeper).

    Scott James Cooper: With all these reviews on every dismissal, can you see a day where the umpires are just replaced with a hat stand?

    Peter Gowers: They should let the 3rd umpire listen to the commentators and then go with the consensus. Life would be much easier for them.

  105. 1537: 
    Eng 166-4 (Root 92*, Bell 16*)

    The most pleasing aspect of this Joe Root knock is his play on and around off stump. The nibbles have been removed and dumped in the bin. Peter Siddle is still bustling in and the Aussie paceman is driven down the ground for four by Root before the Yorkshire youngster and Ian Bell trade in singles for the rest of the over. England's lead is now 399.

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    Rob Clark: Ashes side in 8 years time: Cook*, Root, Taylor, Bairstow, Ballance, Northeast, Stokes, Woakes, Kerrigan, Harris, Topley.

    Jon Veck: Re 15:14 James Vince and Danny Briggs deserve a mention, great potential.

    Freddie Mickshik: I reckon Trott will be around forever. Not that there'll be an Ashes series in 10 years... make it 12.

  107. 1533: 
    Eng 159-4 (Root 86*, Bell 15*)

    Ian Bell, with more luminous yellow on his batting gear than a lollipop lady might sport, is almost run out going for a quick single to the bespectacled Chris Rogers at point. Joe Root then moves to within 14 runs of his second Test century with another easy single.

    Former Australia seamer Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "That one has jumped and hit Bell on the top hand, the previous one kept low, I think the wicket is getting dangerous, should we call the match off?!"

  109. 1529: 
    Eng 157-4 (Root 85*, Bell 14*)

    The demons in the Lord's wicket begin to rear their ugly head as a length delivery from Peter Siddle spits at Ian Bell and hits the batsman on the hand at the top of the bat. That was one to make old 'poppadom fingers' himself - Nasser Hussain - wince. Just one leg bye for England, whose lead is now 390.

  110. 1525: 
    Eng 156-4 (Lead by 388 runs)

    A steady over from Ashton Agar, both Ian Bell and Joe Root advancing their scores with another single each. Will Joseph get his ton before tea? He's got 15 minutes to do so.


    Paul Boardman: Second game in a row the 3rd umpire is having a mare. That definitely carried, should have been given out.

    Sean Whittall: This Ashes series is turning DRS and television replays into a farce. Ruining our beloved game of cricket.

    Robert Allan: Poor decision there. That carried to Smith.

    Steve Smith and Ian Bell
  112. 73 overs: 
    Eng 154-4 (Root 84*, Bell 13*)

    Michael Clarke, Baggy Green off and ruffling his hair in conversation with a grumpy-looking Shane Watson in the slip cordon, has a lot of batting ahead if Australia are to get out of this Test match still 1-0 down. Peter Siddle, with excellent figures of 3-44 from 17 overs, blots his copybook slightly with two wide deliveries, either side of the wicket, which Ian Bell works to the boundary. Are England going to go through the gears?

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    Rob Cross: Re: 1514, James Taylor will get his chance surely?

    Matt Cowlam: Am I the only one who can see the ball touching the floor as it hits Smith's hands?!

    Gary: Aussies can moan all they want but that decision won't change the game, it's their sorry excuse for batting they need to review.

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Lord's

    "There is widespread disbelief in the press box that Ian Bell was not given out following what looked a clear catch by Steve Smith at gully. Usually, television replays of those incidents are inconclusive, but to most people here Smith's fingers were clearly under the ball. Yet another controversial moment in this rollercoaster of an Ashes series."

  115. 1518: 
    Eng 146-4 (Root 84*, Bell 5*)

    Rather like Brad Haddin targeted Steven Finn in the first Test, you sense that England might look to take on Ashton Agar in the next couple of hours. Joe Root and Ian Bell take a couple of singles each, using their feet to disrupt the line and length of the 19-year-old slow left-armer.

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    Adam Wheeler: Bell was out. Good catch. It never rains it always pours for Australia.

    Jack Ralston: Smith got his fingers underneath that, that was out, it just was.

    Jamie Frost: Dear umpires, appreciate the gesture, but we definitely don't need your constant assistance to beat this rabble

  117. 1514: 
    Eng 142-4 (Root 80*, Bell 3*)

    There's no doubt that Joe Root is going to be a fixture in this England team for the next 10-15 years, while Jonny Bairstow should also rack up a few caps during his career. But who else is catching the eye in county cricket? What might England's Ashes XI look like in a decade's time. I'm going to throw Lancashire's Simon Kerrigan and Karl Brown into the mix. Another single by JR extends England's lead to 375.

    A Question of Sport Teaser, BBC

    A reminder of today's Ashes #QSTeaser from @QoSOfficial: Which six England players whose surnames end in 'L' have made their Test debut since 2000? And the answers: Usman Afzaal, Ian Bell, Shaun Udal, Ian Blackwell, James Tredwell, Samit Patel.

  119. 1511: 
    Eng 141-4 (Root 81*, Bell 3*)

    Steve Smith is upset with that decision, shaking his head in the gully and looking like he might burst into tears if you poked him. I have sympathy - he will know if he caught it clean or not. Ashton Agar returns to the attack and Joe Root steals the strike with a single at the end of the over.

    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "That's a bad a decision as when they gave Ashton Agar not out for the stumping at Trent Bridge. I bet I could go along the corridor to all the ex-players working on the game and most of them will say out; we just know from experience. That's not technology; it's human error."

    Ed Smith, BBC Test Match Special commentator

    "Cricket people who've played the game know that is out. Television cameras foreshorten the pictures."

  122. 1507: 
    NOT OUT- Eng 140-4 (Lead by 373 runs)

    Boos echo around Lord's as the umpires decide there is sufficient evidence to suggest Steve Smith's catch was not clean and Ian Bell survives. Whatever happened to asking if your opponent has caught it and then accepting their verdict?

  123. 1506: 

    Has that new ball worked the oracle for Australia? Ryan Harris pins Ian Bell back with a short one and the England batsman fends it straight into the hands of Steve Smith at gully. There is some doubt as to whether the catch was clean and we're going upstairs...

    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's not the best for cricket; we'd like a challenging series."

  125. 1500: 

    Hmmm....we're going to have a delay here. Umps Erasmus and Dharmasena are inspecting the ball. No sign of the fourth umpire with the box of balls - what else does the fourth ump do? Here he comes, someone must have woken him up.

    HOW'S STAT?!

    England's two 99-run partnerships for the fourth wicket in this match is the first time any team has had two 99-run partnerships for any wicket in a Test.

  127. 1458: 
    Eng 140-4 (Root 80*, Bell 3*)

    Joe Root has shown incredible levels of concentration in this knock, but he's almost induced by Shane Watson's carrot outside off stump. The youngster is unperturbed, smiles and then flicks the next delivery off his pads and to the boundary. The perfect riposte.

  128. 1455: 
    Eng 134-4 (Lead by 367)

    Australia captain Michael Clarke continues to remain fairly positive, despite England's massive lead, as he stations himself at first slip and positions a short mid-on - the latter almost reaping rewards when Ian Bell mistimes a shot and almost chips into the fielder's hands. Just two runs for Bell in Ryan Harris's latest over.

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    David Owens: Most important thing today could be Root century... would be a massive boost for him.

    James Wall: I'd bat for the entire day, come out tomorrow morning, defend the first ball and then declare. That would rile the Aussies.

    Martin Liptrot: Must bat all day 500+ run lead, declare mid morning and start to skittle them as it breaks up..and the Sunday drinkers sing.

  130. 1449: 
    Eng 132-4 (Root 74*, Bell 1*)

    It's 32 years to the day since Ian Botham scored that incredible 149 not out to turn the tables on Australia at Headingley. Is there a Beefy in the Australian ranks today? Speaking of powerfully built all-rounders, Shane Watson has been cranked up for another spell and Ian Bell takes the opportunity to get off the mark with a single. Joe Root plays out the rest of the over.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special
    Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris and Michael Clarke

    "You can tell from the body language of the two England players and the Australian team that that they know this is the long haul, they know this is England turning the screw."

  132. 1443: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 131-4 (Lead by 364 runs)

    There's some miles going on the clock of the Australian fast bowlers in this Test match. England are enjoying wearing down the arsenal of their rivals. Ryan Harris, who definitely doesn't needs extra miles on the clock, sends down a maiden to the resolute Joe Root. Time for some liquid refreshments.

    Jim Maxwell, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's gone very quiet here, nothing for the crowd to roar about and the trumpeter is not allowed in to get them going."


    Tim in Indiana, TMS inbox: Re: nonsensical cricket terms: Gully. Does he stand in the drainage ditch?

    Susan Wales: Why is it called "The Nursery End"?

    Ian Love, Kewsick: The phrase "didn't trouble the scorers" when scoring a duck is wrong! You have to write: time out, how out, bowler, score, score at fow, entry on bowlers area, new batter's details. All before next batter as taken guard!

  135. 1439: 
    Eng 131-4 (Root 74*, Bell 0*)

    A light breeze sets the flags fluttering at Lord's while Joe Root keeps the Aussie infielders on their toes with a nifty single into the leg side. The bowler, James Pattinson, isn't impressed.

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    Ian Clarke: I would keep the Aussies in the field all today and make them sweat tomorrow on when the declaration is going to come.

    Stuart Turner: In the 90's and situation was switched Gilchrist used to come in and smash 100 off 70 balls... Just to crush any hope remaining.

    Jack Mendel: Bet Ian Bell is the last bloke the Aussie bowlers want to see now. Root set, Bell in nick.. this could get very ugly.

  137. 1435: 
    Eng 130-4 (Root 73*, Bell 0*)

    Ryan Harris, with stubble increasingly apparent on his furrowed expression, tests Ian Bell's discipline outside off stump but England's number six isn't going fishing today. He's here to bat. And bat properly.

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    Jonathan Brook: The Ashes may follow the 2012 Olympics in the way that the county of Yorkshire single handedly out performs Australia.

    Bob Hawkins: Bresnan looked more like an Aussie opener than either of the Aussie openers.

  139. 1430: 
    Joe Root

    The BBC Sport website online vote on the Ashes is now closed. Thanks to those who voted - 61% thought Joe Root should open the batting, and 39% thought he should bat in the middle order.

  140. 1430: 
    Eng 129-4 (Root 72*, Bell 0*)

    That wicket has fired up James Pattinson, who greets Ian Bell with some nippy stuff - England's first innings centurion having to dig out a particularly useful yorker which ends the over. England lead by 362 runs.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "He's played well, Tim Bresnan, like a proper batsman today. I guess the short ball will be the one area they know they can target him, he looked a bit uncomfortable with the odd short, sharp delivery, but a good partnership with Joe Root."

  142. 1426: 
    WICKET- Bresnan c Rogers b Pattinson 38 (Eng 129-4)

    England's nightwatchman Tim Bresnan is relieved of his duties by James Pattinson, who follows up a short one with another bumper which the big Yorkshireman pulls straight to Chris Rogers in front of square.

    James Pattinson

    Fall of wicket: 22-1 (Cook 8), 22-2 (Trott 0), 30-3 (Pietersen 5), 129-4 (Bresnan 38)


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    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Lord's
    Cricket bats

    "There's a stall behind the pavilion at Lord's demonstrating how a cricket bat is made. The main materials are willow and cane, with rubber, string and glue also required for the handle. Once the willow tree has been felled, a trunk will be cut into lengths of 2ft 4in, which are split into sections known as clefts. These are stacked in a drying yard for 9-12 months of seasoning. The blade is then pressed and cut into bat shape. Meanwhile, the handle is made from a type of cane grown in the East Indies called Sarawak and bound to the sanded blade with tape and string before the rubber grip is applied. The bats are then branded before being despatched to be sold."

  144. 1425: 
    Eng 129-3 (Lead by 362)

    Like a lovely old sports car which is kept in the garage for most of the year but dragged out for special occasions, Ryan Harris is brought back into the Australian attack. If only he had been fit more often in the last year or so. A good over to Tim Bresnan, who ends with three through square leg.


    Martin Duckworth, TMS Inbox: I'm hearing disconcerting talk about England upping the tempo this afternoon and putting Australia in for a tricky hour tonight. This Test is only halfway gone and with little prospect of rain/hurricane/Act of God coming to the tourists' rescue we must ask ourselves what Messrs Border and Waugh would've done in this situation. That's right, they wouldn't be declaring would they? No sir.

  146. 1421: 
    Eng 126-3 (Root 72*, Bresnan 35*)

    Joe Root and Tim Bresnan have scored just 12 runs since lunch. It's the type of resistance that gets a pat on the back from your mum and dad in Yorkshire. They are doing England proud as they edge towards their 100 partnership, Root playing out a maiden over to James Pattinson.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "You can tell the ball has gone soft, it's hard for the England players to time. It really has to be a very bad ball for them to get it through the field."

  148. 1418: 
    Eng 126-3 (Root 72*, Bresnan 35*)

    Apparently, before each day's play, a different member of the Australian team has to tell a joke to the rest of the lads. Peter Siddle looks like a tough man to raise a chuckle from as he continues to chunter between deliveries in an over which brings just one more run for England. Tim Bresnan is slipped a bouncer - a delivery more to do with anger than tactics.


    Sam Bigland: TMS commentators always use the term 'plays no stroke', which, if you think about it, makes no sense. You can't play no stroke!

    Peter Bartholemew: Nonsensical cricket terms. Box.

  150. 1412: 
    Ouch!- Eng 125-3 (Root 71*, Bresnan 35*)

    The fresh-faced James Pattinson, now displaying the angst of Ashes torment, is throwing himself down the pitch in the direction of Joe Root and England's baby-faced assassin is left wincing himself when he gets an inside edge to the thigh. He pinches a single and then wonders why he bothered. It's the end of the over and he could have done with a minute or two to let the pain subside.

    Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin

    Ollie in St Ives, TMS inbox: How crucial could the Haddin/Clarke drop off Root when he was 8* be on the international future of Nick Compton? One more failure and surely the selectors would have had another think, but is Nick now consigned to county cricket for good?

  152. 1408: 
    Eng 124-3 (Root 70*, Bresnan 35*)

    Joe Root disappoints many a wag with his latest boundary - a clip wide of mid-on which brings four and takes him from 65 not out to 69, thus preventing any 'Root 66' gags. He then finishes Peter Siddle's over by taking a single which brings up 1,000 first class runs for the summer for Sheffield's finest. He is the second Englishman to achieve that this year behind Varun Chopra.

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    Paul Thompson: The longer this pairing goes on, the more embarrassing it gets for the Aussies. Can't see past a 5-0 whitewash at this rate.

    Marcher Lord: Remember when the Aussies used to call English bowlers 'Pie throwers'?

    Barry Williams: Tim Bres-Guns to bat at 4 from now on. Pietersen to work on his bowling to keep his place?

  154. 1404: 
    Eng 119-3 (Lead by 352 runs)

    James Pattinson suggested he might target Joe Root with a bit of sledging during this series but there's no chirp today. To be fair, I'd stay quiet if Tim Bresnan was standing close by. The England all-rounder is a real unit - plenty of muscle behind every forward defensive to JP. Another maiden over.

    Former England spinner Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's all a little bit deflated really because of the game situation. It was so 'edge of the seat up' at Nottingham, it's almost as if everyone's thinking 'OK, England are going to get a few more and declare and then the game will start again'."

  156. 1359: 
    Eng 119-3 (Root 65*, Bresnan 35*)

    Peter Siddle, snarling as he races towards the delivery crease, never gives up - getting one to shape away from Joe Root's outside edge before moving one the other way as the ball begins to show signs of reverse swing. A maiden over as the young Yorkie continues to play with real patience.

    Fall of wicket: 22-1 (Cook 8), 22-2 (Trott 0), 30-3 (Pietersen 5)


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  157. 1355: 
    Eng 119-3 (Root 65*, Bresnan 35*)

    Just look at Tuffers and Vaughan (below). Why is it that cricket produces so many fine dancers? Mark Ramprakash and Darren Gough have also got a little bit of magic in their dancing shoes. All the lads I have ever played with in club cricket didn't know the can-can from the birdie dance. James Pattinson continues to race in and Tim Bresnan works a short one for two before getting an inside edge on to one which crashes into his pads.

  158. 1351: 
    Gary Rose, BBC Sport at Lord's
    Michael Vaughan and Phil Tufnell

    "He may have spent 35 minutes trapped in a lift at Lord's yesterday but Michael Vaughan is in fine spirits in the Test Match Special studio today. Here the former England captain shows off his best dancing moves with ex-England spinner Phil Tufnell, with Stricty Come Dancing judge Len Goodman scrutinising in close attendance."

  159. 1350: 
    Eng 117-3 (Root 65*, Bresnan 33*)

    Perhaps the Aussies are just employing rope-a-dope tactics here? Maybe they are going to let England batter them for three days and then come roaring back on the final two? Nope, thought not. Peter Siddle looks like he might need a wrecking ball rather than a cricket ball to get rid of this stubborn Yorkshire pair. A single apiece for Tim Bresnan and Joe Root.

  160. 1345: 
    Eng 115-3 (Lead by 348)

    Did England strike a psychological blow by sending out Tim Bresnan as nightwatchman last night? They knew he was likely to survive until the close and now he has batted through the morning session too. When a bowling side fails to dislodge a nightwatchman it must be so deflating. Joe Root is under way after lunch with a single off James Pattinson, who then nips one back into Big Tim's groin. That one hurt, but you won't find the big Yorkie bothering about such things.

  161. 1341: 

    So while Jonathan Agnew disappoints his lunchtime guest Len Goodman by declaring he will not be appearing on Strictly Come Dancing, the players have made their way back out to the middle. James Pattinson will bowl the first over after lunch and Joe Root is on strike. Let's go.

  162. 1337: 

    Shall we remind ourselves what happened in the morning session? Well, it was all England really. Or should that read 'all Yorkshire'.

    Joe Root (63 not out) and nightwatchman Tim Bresnan (32 not out) extended England's lead to 347 runs with some good old-fashioned Yorkshire grit. It was dig in cricket - and just what the Three Lions needed. One more session like that and Australia will have been batted out of the game. They might already have been.


    Adrian North, TMS inbox: I can beat Len's feat [1314]. I captained my school cricket team in our one and only match, and carried my bat with a score of two. We were all out for seven.


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  165. 1325: 
    Hedley Verity

    Fancy some lunchtime reading? I've got just the thing...

    When Graeme Swann took five wickets yesterday, he became the first England spinner to take five wickets in an innings of an Ashes Test at Lord's in 79 years. The last person to do it was Yorkshire left-arm great Hedley Verity.

    Verity took 144 wickets in 40 Test matches, at an average of 24.37, but died fighting for his country in Sicily on 31 July 1943. BBC Sport's Simon Austin has produced a stunning feature on the great man, which can be read on the BBC Sport website.

  166. 1319: 

    Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman, speaking to Test Match Special: "I pride myself on being a good dance teacher, but miracles are beyond me. I don't think I could do anything about Henry Blofeld's dancing."


    Dan Sawyer, via text on 81111: Re 1250: Nelson was blinded in one eye but didn't lose it. His legs were fine, no injuries at all. So Nelson should probably be 122.

  168. 1314: 

    Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman, speaking to Test Match Special: "I was no good at cricket. My proudest moment was carrying my bat for nine when I left school. Cricket is a tough game - you've got some bloke throwing the ball as fast as he can in your direction and you have just a piece of wood to do something about it. That wasn't for me."

    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a very good morning for England, we've had some funny old sessions here and at Trent Bridge but this has been a nice controlled morning for them. Except for a couple of play and misses everything else has been pretty comfortable.

    "Joe Root has looked very solid, he's let it come to him, played tighter, more controlled, and looked in charge more, rather than being worried about the new ball moving. Bresnan has been pretty poor batting for England yet he can bat and today he has played a lot better, he has played and missed a bit more but you expect that a bit more from a bowler who can bat, and him and Root have got England into an excellent position."

    A Question of Sport Teaser

    It's quiz time... Today's Ashes #QSTeaser from @QoSOfficial: Which six England players whose surnames end in 'L' have made their Test debut since 2000?

  171. 1310: 

    Thanks Stephan. Right then, let me begin lunch by telling you that Jonathan Agnew's guest on Test Match Special is Strictly Come Dancing judge Len Goodman. Shall we kick off with a Question of Sport teaser before we go any further?

  172. 1307: 

    With that, I shall temporarily take my leave. Marc Higginson is here to talk you through the afternoon.


    Jason in Bristol, via text on 81111: 111 is a "Nelson" as he only had one eye, one arm and one leg later in life. So hence unlucky.

  174. 1303: 
    Michael Clarke

    That morning was, quite simply, everything England could have hoped for. The unbroken stand of 84 between Root and Bresnan is pushing the lead towards the insurmountable (if it isn't already), with Australia already 347 behind. The tourists would have wanted wickets, but got nothing. They are being battered into submission.

  175. 1302: 
    LUNCH- Eng 114-3 (lead by 347)

    Agar to complete the session, one that has belonged entirely to England. Bresnan prodding forward with all the duty of a Grenadier Guard, wanting to take his lunch still unbeaten. In comes silly point, but Bresnan is unmoved. He and Root head for the pavilion with England 114-3, a lead of 347.

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    Tom Heywood: Most confusing cricket term is an Aussie saying the score!

    Leo Watson: A 'dolly'... why? Seriously, why?

    Chris Hatton: Is the 'third man' really the third man? Peculiar...

  177. 1258: 
    Eng 114-3

    Steve Smith looks like he might dislocate an elbow every time he delivers the ball from his awkward, jarring action. He isn't quite landing the leggies that earned him three wickets on the first evening, but England aren't fully tucking in to the long-hops and full-bungers. Time for one more over...


    Oli on 'cricket' tour in Canterbury, via text on 81111: Re: Russell Allen, 1228, you can be run out off a no-ball, in fact, if you attempt a run. You just cannot be dismissed by the other usual methods! See explaining this game is simple.

    Alan in London: Russell, of course you can be run out off a no-ball - otherwise you could just run up 500 runs off a single ball!

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Lord's

    "Here's the latest on Kevin Pietersen's fitness, and the good news is that he hasn't suffered a recurrence of the knee injury that plagued him for such a large part of this year. We're told by the ECB that he is suffering from a tight left calf and did not take part in the warm-up as a precaution."

  180. 1256: 
    Eng 108-3 (Root 59*, Bresnan 30*)

    Ashton Agar switches ends, now trying to turn his left-armers against the slope. Straightish run up from around the wicket, arms thrown out as he delivers the ball. Root prods forward, eventually taking a single from a full toss. Possibly only one more over before lunch, which will probably suit both teams.

    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm surprised Kevin Pietersen's got a calf injury - I thought it might be to his brain after last night's shot [caught at point for 5]. He's destroyed attacks all over the world but you wonder what he's thinking sometimes. You could hardly have reached that ball with a sweeping brush."

  182. 1253: 
    Eng 107-3 (lead by 340)

    The always excited Steve Smith is given the chance to reprise the heroics of his part-time leg-breaking first-innings heroics. His blonde locks are not quite as styled today, the flat cap-hair reflecting the deflated nature of his team-mates. A mixed start, but only three singles taken.

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    Ryan Dixon: Through the gate. What gate? I can't see any gate...

    Rhys Barnett: Calling a score of 111 a Nelson is something I will never really understand

  184. 1250: 
    Eng 104-3 (lead by 337)

    Ryan Harris looks like an honest Aussie working bloke. Hint of stubble, spiky hair, the sort who would enjoy a schooner of something cool and frothy after a day grafting in the sun. He comes around the wicket in an attempt to test Bresnan's mettle, but that bumper is not in the same post code.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "At the risk of instantly turning him into Shane Warne, Ashton Agar's performance with the ball in this series is increasingly worth examination. In his 60 overs so far he has taken just two wickets; while he has been relatively economical, going for 2.7 runs an over, that lack of wickets on pitches offering sharp turn for the other spinners is a more important statistic than his famous 98 with the bat in the first innings at Trent Bridge. His strike rate of a wicket every 179 balls is comfortably the worst in the Australian attack - Ryan Harris's is 40, Peter Siddle's 44, even the struggling James Pattinson's 82 - while his bowling average is also almost double that of any of this team-mates."

  186. 1245: 
    Eng 103-3 (lead by 336)

    Root and Bresnan have taken the sting out of the game. Without a great deal to test them this morning, they are giving England the platform to up the scoring this afternoon. Agar looks to go quicker, but it's so wide that Bresnan can only just reach the cut for four.

    Former England opener Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special
    Joe Root

    "In Joe Root the England selectors see something for a few years and they're right. He's got a bit to do yet but he can play."

  188. 1242: 
    Eng 99-3 (lead by 332)

    This pitch has been baked under the burning sun for the two previous days of this Test match and goodness knows how long before that. Now is this time that it may just start to show signs of wear, the odd ball bursting through or sticking in the surface. Ryan Harris, wound up for another knee-jarring spell, is taken for a single by Bresnan.

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    Paul: The fizzer, whizzer, flipper, flopper, wowza, howzat, bumble, fumble, MCC membership criteria.

    David Thompson: 'Spirit of the game' sure has me confused

  190. 1238: 
    Eng 98-3 (Root 55*, Bresnan 24*)

    England in no rush here. They have all the time they need to set Australia a target of 450, 500, or even more. How long will they want to bowl Australia out? Two days? Maybe a bit less? Agar, fingers split around the seam, twirls away for a maiden at the barn-door wide bat of Root.

    BBC Sport's Marc Higginson

    "The term nightwatchman has been discussed at length this morning, and Headingley could have done with one in 1975 when campaigners calling for the release of robber George Davis from prison vandalised the pitch. The vandals dug holes in the pitch and poured oil over one end of the wicket and forced the abandonment of the third Ashes Test on the final day, when Australia were 220-3 chasing 445 to win. The fourth Test was also drawn and the tourists won the series 1-0."

  192. 1235: 
    Eng 98-3 (lead by 331)

    James Pattinson went at nearly five runs per over in England's first innings, but has performed better this time around. Tongue poking as he runs in, flash of yellow on his shirt collar, he delivers another tidy over. He has 0-19 from 11.

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    Mark Sutherland: Why a "maiden" over? It's not your first, it's just no runs conceded. Why?

    Andrew Stone: 'Fly slip' could be a great dance move or drunken bug.

  194. 1231: 
    Eng 97-3 (lead by 329)

    Risky from Bresnan, aiming to play Agar square on the leg side, against the spin. No danger in the end, though, two taken on the leg side, with a sweep bringing another single. If Australia had a slither of hope last night, this Yorkshire pair have whipped it from them. The rest of the day will see England batting the Aussies out of this game.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer, BBC Sport at Lord's
    Joe Root

    "It's been a watchful knock from Joe Root so far, the young Yorkshireman inching along at just over a run every three balls. That contrasts with his more liberated approach batting down at five against New Zealand earlier in the summer, when during the second Test on his home track at Headingley he raced along at almost twice that rate - a reflection not only of the magnitude of this occasion and differing pressures of opening, but also his desire to make the most of this start after a testing first three innings in this Ashes series."

  196. 1228: 
    50 FOR JOE ROOT- Eng 91-3

    Well played Joe Root. After offering a chance to the slips last night, he has weathered the storm that saw England slump to 30-3 and goes to his first half-century as a Test opener with his favourite punch off the back foot. Following that up with a similar, but better, shot that hits the fence, Root is playing the sort of knock that England hoped for when they pushed him up the order.

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    Lucille Rose: Most confusing cricketing term? Glenn McGrath coming out of the woodwork and saying the Aussies will win 5-0 each time.

    Russell Allen: You can't be run out if its a no-ball. Try explaining why to the wife!

    Flying Pig: Cow corner?

  198. 1223: 
    Eng 85-3 (lead by 318)

    Nice stuff from Agar, bowling around the wicket to Bresnan. The left-armer has the slope to help him spin the ball away from the right-hander. The temptation would be to start the ball too straight, aiming for the magic pitch-leg-and-hit-off delivery, but Agar keeps a tight off-stump line.

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    James Chamberlain: Most confusing cricket term has to be Chinaman aka Michael Bevan used to bowl left arm Chinamen weird!

    Robert@tradejustice: Surely "corridor of uncertainty" tops the lot when it comes to cricketing terminology.

  200. 1220: 
    Eng 85-3 (Root 48*, Bresnan 20*)

    I will remain effusive in my praise of Lord's, but some outfits leave a little to be desired. I'm a fan of the egg and bacon (yellow and red) MCC ties, but an accompanying jacket and cap is surely taking it too far? Jazzers. Yet another glorious straight drive from Root, this one going wide of mid on. Wait, wait, wait, then ease the weight into Siddle's long half-volley.

    Former Australia seamer Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a bit like the first innings: Australia took 3-30 and then there was a partnership and again in this innings, 3-30 followed by this partnership. Not even halfway through the match yet and England lead by 314. I think Australia have been batted out of the Test match already. It just looks like a decision for Cook as to how many runs he wants to have."

  202. 1216: 
    Eng 81-3 (Root 44*, Bresnan 20*)

    A lovely hum around Lord's, the murmur of a Test ground seems warmer at the home of cricket. Conversation abounds, but the cricket is always the main focus of attention. Agar finding a hint of turn, encouraging Australia to post a slip, gully and short leg for Bresnan, but he remains composed.

    Fall of wicket: 22-1 (Cook 8), 22-2 (Trott 0), 30-3 (Pietersen 5)


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    Martin in Skegness, TMS inbox: I think Aussie bowler Ryan Harris looks a bit like Corrie's Roy Cropper - if you imagine him with a fringe, brown hair and carrying a leather shopping bag.

    Lisa Kelly, TMS inbox: At last Joe Root looks set to show the Aussies what he is capable of. Looking forward to a Root ton.

  204. 1213: 
    Eng 77-3 (lead by 310)

    Some solemn looks on the faces of the Aussie fielders. A high hands-on-hips and hands-in-pockets ratio. Still the big-hearted Siddle, met by a dreamy straight drive from Joe Root. One of the hardest cricketing strokes to execute, it just misses the non-striker's stumps as it runs for four.

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    Phil Brown: Another term likely to intrigue the uninitiated is 'gardening'.

    Peter Liddle: On the subject of confusing cricket terms, how about the flipper? Not even sure I know what that one means......

    Craig Mold: My missus likes the idea of a couple of people up all night watching the wicket for tampering. A small part of me died.

  206. 1207: 
    Eng 73-3 (36 overs)

    Spin after the break, Ashton Agar getting a first bowl of the innings. Agar has played a bit-part role since that unbelievable 98 in the first innings at Trent Bridge, and though he starts well here, Root can still push through the covers for three.

  207. 1200: 

    The BBC Sport website online vote on the Ashes is now closed. Thanks to those who voted - 90% believed that England will be able to set Australia a victory target of 400-plus.

    Former Australia seamer Glenn McGrath, BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia really needed to come out this morning and hit the ground running from ball one to have any chance at all. I was hoping for miracle, 7-40 in the first session, but it hasn't quite happened."

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    James Prest: The most confusing term is half-volley. Surely everything that pitches is a half-volley?

    ickledot: More confusing is 'bench' in football when they really mean heated padded seat …

    Aaron Weatherall: Big call: Kerrigan to play the next Test on his home ground. Just taken 12 wickets in a match.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "Watson just looks in pain when he bowls. The body language that sends out is, he's not enjoying it and the world's on his shoulders I think it's so important you send positivity. Just act - even if you feel the worst in the world!"

  211. 1202: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 70-3 (lead 303)

    Peter Siddle to have a go from the Nursery End, greeted by a classy back-foot punch from Root, running down the slope for three runs. Comparisons of Root to former England skipper Mike Atherton seem most pertinent when Root plays that back-foot drive. Like James Pattinson before him, Siddle only seems to get movement when the ball is wide of off stump. Drinks signals the end of a good first hour for England.

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Lord's
    Tim Bresnan

    "With Tim Bresnan just starting to open his big shoulders and fling the willow, the Lord's crowd have been awoken from their Saturday morning slumber. During the first half-hour of play, it felt as if someone had pressed the pause button on a series that has been playing out in fast forward mode since the first ball at Trent Bridge."

  213. 1157: 
    Eng 67-3 (Root 33*, Bresnan 17*)

    It feels like a bowling morning, but Australia have barely come close to the breakthrough. Tim Bresnan is clearly a very capable batsman, but the Aussies will have hoped to have sent him on the way by now. Relaxed mood on the England balcony, with something of an old players' convention going on in the posh boxes. Mark Butcher, Nick Knight, Aussie legend Jeff Thomson. Matthew Hoggard sporting a multi-coloured shirt.

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    Jonathan Bell: Tried explaining the concept of a nightwatchman to my girlfriend last night. We've never been more spiritually divided...

    Richard Wilkinson: Is Pietersen's injury a bruised ego?

  215. 1152: 
    Eng 67-3 (lead by 300)

    Still overcast at Lord's. Clouds not grey as such, but dark enough to cast a certain gloom. Bresnan tested by Harris. Flashing drive missed, bumper ducked. Flick to fine leg takes England's lead to 300.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "There was a small chance Australia would have arrived this morning and though if they could get three quick wickets they could be left with a chase of 320, but England have just calmed that situation down."

  217. 1148: 
    Eng 66-3 (lead by 299)
    Shane Watson

    The baby-faced Joe Root has the comfort of his brother running a drink out. He's not an imposter, rather England's 12th man Billy Root. Buoyed by brotherly love, Root nicely opens the face off Watson and gets four to third man. England one short of the 300 lead.


    Michael Perkins, TMS inbox: I was in the pavilion yesterday with a good view of Kevin Petersen when he left the field. He sat down on the grass while some attention was given to the insole inside his cricket boot. As to a possible replacement, don't overlook the claims of Warwickshire's Varun Chopra.

  219. 1145: 
    Eng 62-3 (Root 29*, Bresnan 16*)

    One theory that Bresnan was used as nightwatchman instead of usual employee James Anderson is that the Yorkshireman is more likely to up the scoring this morning. No real sign of that as yet, but he pounces on the width presented by Harris to flash through the covers for four, then takes a couple through mid-wicket. Australia have bowled well, but it's England's morning so far.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer, BBC Sport at Lord's
    Kevin Pietersen

    "A testing first morning for England's Yorkshire pair, the overcast conditions creating swing for the Australian attack. After two days in which 23 wickets fell in near perfect batting conditions, this has been a more attritional period. Away from the middle, a few rumours going round about the state of Kevin Pietersen's fitness. He didn't warm up with the rest of the England side this morning; while he insisted before the series that his knee injury had healed, he was limping in the field on Friday and seemed inhibited in his brief spell at the crease. Watch this space."

  221. 1141: 
    Eng 56-3 (30 overs)

    Another change, the lumbering Shane Watson having a roll down the slope from the Nursery End. Hair gelled almost to rigidity, Watson sees no movement in the air, but is as accurate as he has been over the series. Two from it.

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    Ali: Surely the term silly point is the most confusing rather than night watchman.

    rottweiler2u: Best nightwatchman for England was Derek Underwood - I think he only failed once.

  223. 1136: 
    Eng 54-3 (Root 28*, Bresnan 9*)

    The first bowling change of the day, Ryan Harris replacing Peter Siddle. It's easy to see why Harris has had knee problems, those legs have to carry a huge frame. His coat-hanger shoulders warm to their task right away - keeping Bresnan honest on a straight line.

    Former England captain Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "This Yorkshire and England pair have played pretty well this morning, very watchful, exactly the right thing to do. The cloud cover is certainly making the ball do a little bit and Australia have got the ball going through the air more than England did. That short ball Bresnan got off the mark with and got a glove to, I think he'll get a few more of those."

  225. 1132: 
    Eng 54-3 (lead by 287)

    Is this a big day for Joe Root? England are already in a match-winning position and his place in the side is under no pressure, but he is yet to make an impression in his new role at the top of the order. His footwork can sometimes be a little sluggish, a reluctance to come forward, but he has been in good order this morning.


    Michael Hopkins, TMS inbox: Why does Tim Bresnan seem to get such a bad rap? He consistently takes the big wickets like yesterday. Aus were 42-0 and cruising along after Jimmy and Broad had a go with the new ball, on comes big Tim and takes a wicket, then the floodgates opened! He does this time and time again yet he seems to only be judged on the number of wickets, not the 'quality' of them!

  227. 1128: 
    Eng 50-3 (lead by 283)

    Peter Siddle, the hulking appearance of one who could have passed as the school bully in Neighbours, continues his exploration of England's off-stump channel. Edged! Falls short, Bresnan gets four through the slips. This is more convincing, picked up through the leg side for another boundary. Siddle, fuming, head shaking, responds with a bumper. Typical bully reaction.

  228. 1123: 
    Eng 42-3 (Root 28*, Bresnan 1*)

    Tim Bresnan finally off the mark, 44 minutes and 30 deliveries into his duties as night-watchman. He didn't know much about it, though, Pattinson's bumper hurrying him an ugly, one-handed pull shot. Warm applause, matched when Root eases into a square drive through the covers for four.


    Henry Dunn in Exeter, TMS inbox: What this series is showing so far is that, if we were playing South Africa or India, we wouldn't get away with such poor performances by the majority of our batsman. We would get taken apart. In the meantime, let's enjoy beating a substandard Aussie team while we can.

  230. 1119: 
    Eng 37-3 (lead by 270)
    Peter Siddle

    Is night-watchman the most bewildering term to those for whom cricket is an alien concept? Does it conjure images of a man with a pillow and a teddy heading out for a night-long vigil by torchlight? Reverse swing is tough to explain, too. Yorkers and googlies have comic undertones. Battle of wills between Siddle and Root. Ball hung outside off stump, Root not fishing.

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    Simon Aindow: Feel has though Big Tim could do with a half-century and a couple more wickets yet to nail the no.8 spot.

    Tom Scarborough: I think Pattinson's been found out. He's not all that. Siddle, Harris and Cummins is the Aussies' best attack.

    Toby Denholm: Order of the day is to humiliate the Aussies. 100's for Root & Bell, cheeky 50 from Bres & a rally of 6's from Broad at the end.

  232. 1115: 
    Eng 37-3 (lead by 270)

    Patient beginning from England. Pattinson, upright action, moves the ball from a line that doesn't threaten the off stump, but gets no assistance when he straightens up. Root, who prefers to play from the crease, is comfortable with Pattinson's just-back-of-a-length.

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    Nick Bruzon: Impressive from Bresnan & Root so far. Patient batting. KP would do well to take note for the third Test (IF he's not dropped).

    Rod Jones: Hoping to get my kicks before lunch with the scoreboard showing Root 66.

    Jack Mendel: Bell, Bairstow, Prior in next and Swann at 10. Why an earth did England need a nightwatchman?

  234. 1111: 
    Eng 36-3 (Root 23*, Bresnan )*)
    Joe Root

    Lord's patrons still just shuffling into place. Squinting at tickets, finding seats, "excuse me, can I just squeeze past". That funny sideways walk you only do at sport or the cinema, edging along while trying not to kick over the popcorn/brew/beer. Nothing worse than knocking over someone else's drink then having to ask them to move every time you need the loo. Siddle, as he did last night, probes on off stump, but England are resolute.

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    Sean Whittall: For the neutral, shame the way Ashes is going. We all like to see a competitive series & if Australia just crumble its an anti-climax.

    Mike Bell: Bresnan survived the first ball of the day today. Has a Test player ever been out to first ball of the day twice in same match?

    Boryc Hulse: Come on England, time to turn the screw!

  236. 1106: 
    Eng 35-3 (lead by 268)

    James Pattinson, rather than Ryan Harris, shares bowling duties this morning. Harris has done his best work from the Pavilion End in this match, whereas Pattinson is taking the ball down the slope from the Nursery End here. Three slips and a gully wait, Pattinson on the money. Bresnan pushing back a maiden.


    Harry Wall: Has there ever been an instance when the same batsmen (Bresnan) has been in overnight on consecutive nights but different innings?


    The BBC Sport website online vote on the Ashes is now closed. Thanks to those who voted - 90% believed that England will be able to set Australia a victory target of 400-plus.

  239. 1102: 
    Eng 35-3 (lead by 268)

    Aussies expecting swing, three slips in place, but Root is under way immediately by working through mid-wicket for four. Siddle, lips zinced, collar up, is extracting movement away from the right-hander.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It doesn't get much better than this, the Saturday of a Lord's Test, the excitement, people looking at their tickets and finding out where they are."

  241. 1059: 

    To remind you, England resume on 31-3, a lead of 264. Joe Root, unbeaten on 18, and the world's most over-qualified night-watchman Tim Bresnan, 0 not out, are at the crease. Peter Siddle, 3-4 last evening, has the ball.

  242. 1056: 

    The heatwave is over, summer is ended. 40 days of rain etc etc. Not quite, but we have been spoilt by the weather during this Ashes series, so it feels slightly odd for the players to emerge from the Long Room in to anything other than brilliant sunshine. A little help for the Aussie pacers, perhaps?

  243. 1054: 

    Thanks Marc. What are those grey balls of fluff hovering over Lord's this morning? Clouds? When was the last time we saw those?


    John Andrews: A simple solution for Darren Lehmann - every DRS request when you've nicked it gets a fine of 10% of match fee. Problem solved.

  245. 1049: 

    It's now time for me to hand over to Stephan Shemilt who, after a lively curry last night, is now ready to talk you through the first session. Enjoy.


    Dave from Sheffield, TMS inbox: First they lost to the Lions, now they're losing the Ashes, and tonight Australia take on South Korea at football. Sitting in my favourite sports bar near Seoul, cricket on one screen, football on the other, proudly wearing my South Korea shirt.


    Daily Telegraph's Nick Hoult: Asked Lehmann last night why he listens to the TV comm. "I don't have all the ideas. There are some legends of the game up there."

  248. 1045: 

    While some forensically analyse the poor shot selection of the Australian batsmen, England's former Ashes hero Ian Botham says the bowlers should take most of the credit.

    "The way the Aussies batted was a result of tremendous pressure," Botham said in his Daily Mirror column. "England's bowlers are at the top of their games. England's bowlers gave them nothing. The fields were good, the bowling accurate and the pressure told in the end."

  249. 1041: 

    Even if Australia run through the England batting line-up on this cloudy Lord's morning, they will still need to bat at least 120 overs to win the game. That is the challenge which faces Australia coach Darren Lehmann now and in the next few years.

    "It was more one-day batting than Test much batting," admitted Lehmann. "We know we have to improve our batting over periods of time and bat a lot more than 55 overs. We believe the plans are right. Our shot selection was poor. Simple as that. I think eight out of the 10 were self-inflicted to be perfectly honest.

    "There's freedom but there's also rules within that, and at the moment we're not following them as a batting group."


    Toby Ling, TMS inbox: I'm not sure where all this confidence in an England victory is coming from, given that we're 31-3 again. If Root and Bairstow fail, Bell doesn't rescue the innings with a century, the tail doesn't wag quite as vigorously as last time and Australia are batting by the end of today, we could be in for a slightly tighter finish than everyone seems to be expecting."

    Geoffrey Boycott, BBC Test Match Special

    "England aren't batting well and Australia are even worse. If England ever get to bat well, it won't be a contest."

  252. 1036: 
    HOW'S STAT?!

    Australia have won only four Ashes Tests in England after conceding a first-innings deficit: The Oval 1882 (deficit 38), Leeds 1948 (deficit 38), Manchester 1961 (deficit 177) and Nottingham 1981 (deficit 6).

    Although England have so far had three unsuccessful reviews to Australia's two in this match, they still have a much better success rate in the series. England have had four out of seven reviewed decision overturned (57.14%), while Australia have only been successful twice out of 11 reviews (18.18%).

    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia were a shambles yesterday. As soon as England got the first wicket, you could see the confidence drain from them. They will be very disappointed. England didn't cover themselves in glory with the bat either. Don't let the opposition back at you."

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer, BBC Sport at Lord's

    "England's batsmen have finished their warm-ups in the Nursery Ground nets - Jonny Bairstow spending a long time in there with batting coach Graham Gooch - and Gooch is now giving the slip cordon some catching practice on the Lord's outfield. Both parties should expect to see considerable action today; England will want to bat as long as possible, but it's entirely conceivable that Australia will be batting again long before the close."


    Jon Tattz: Today's order of play - pancakes for breakfast, a cheeky 50 from Bres, 100s for Root & Bell, Ashes secured by 6pm.

    John Talbot: Australia aren't done yet. England get bowled out for 120 and they're in trouble.

    Zippy Hawkes: Would like the Aussies to put up a bit more of a fight. But I am enjoying the agony on their faces.

  256. 1031: 

    England's plan will be to bat and bat today, but we should should know by now that even the best laid plans get burnt in the heat of Ashes battle. Will the game go five days like last weekend's Trent Bridge classic? The MCC's head of cricket, John Stephenson, certainly hopes so.

    "The game is at an interesting stage," Stephenson told BBC Radio 5 live. "Let's just hope someone bats well today. I have to say I want England to win, I'm patriotic like anyone else. But it would be in the vested interests of the club that it goes to five days."

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Lord's

    "It's colder, greyer and breezier at Lord's today, which may or may not put a spring in the step of the Aussie swing bowlers when they look to make further inroads into the England batting order today. It feels like a big morning for Joe Root, who had a lucky escape when he edged between keeper and slip last night. Having survived until the close to make a slightly painstaking 18 of 60 balls, he has an opportunity today to really establish himself as an England opening batsman."

  258. 1025:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extraTEST MATCH SPECIAL

    Just a quick heads up that the Test Match Special team will be hitting the airwaves on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra in five minutes' time. You can also listen via the BBC iPlayer Radio app and the BBC Sport website app.

    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Three quick wickets fell late last night because of poor shots played by England. I know it's been very hot out there but I think the sun got to the batsmen's heads. It's just given Australia a little way back into this, but all England need is another 150 to 200 and they'll be out of sight.

    "It was a really strange shot by Kevin Pietersen, to a ball that was really wide and really full. But Bell has three back-to-back hundreds against Australia and he's really holding that middle order together.

    "Joe Root does still have a bit to prove, but what a perfect stage on which to do it - at Lord's, another glorious day, and hopefully he'll get a few runs. He needs a few, just to cement his place as opener."

    Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is the most special of cricket grounds in the world...then there are the lifts. They are the worst in the world! I was taking Jack Whitehall, the comedian, to meet Jonathan Agnew and, as we pressed the ground button, it just dropped! We fell two or three metres, I pressed the alarm button that didn't work.

    "Two minutes later we heard someone shouting 'are you ok?' Damien Martyn, the former Australian cricketer, prised the door open, we had to rotate everyone trying to breathe. It was a bit sweaty but we knew we would get out. I was more worried about missing my commentary slot!"

  261. 1017: 
    HOW'S STAT?!

    The highest fourth-innings total in a Test at Lord's is 406 by Australia in 2009, when they lost by 115 runs. The highest winning fourth-innings total at the ground is 344-1 by West Indies verus England in 1984. Australia's highest winning fourth-innings total at Lord's is 131-2 in 1921.

  262. 1013: 

    Meanwhile, BBC Sport's chief sports writer Tom Fordyce suggested Australia have been "folding like napkins" far too often in recent contests.

    "For England supporters in the 29,000-strong crowd, there were curiously mixed emotions," wrote Fordyce. "After years of watching their side fall apart in hapless fashion to a demonstrably superior side, they are now watching the roles being reversed. Australia have become England. England have become Australia.

    "Raised on gallows humour, accustomed to playing the underdog, there was a tangible disappointment that it was not quite as tight as an Ashes contest should be, the sense that beating this Australian team of current vintage does not trigger the same unfettered joy that came with the toppling of Ricky Ponting, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne eight years ago."

  263. 1009: 

    Part of Australia's downfall on the second day can also be attributed to their poor use of the Decision Review System (DRS). Both Shane Watson and Phil Hughes wasted referrals while Chris Rogers decided not to use one when replays showed his dismissal to Graeme Swann's rank full toss would have been overturned.

    "Australia were hampered by some ridiculous referrals that made you wonder if they learned anything from their 14-run defeat at Trent Bridge," Jonathan Agnew wrote in his BBC Sport column. "It all makes you wonder what is going through the players' minds and whether in the desire to preserve their own wickets, they are allowing a touch of selfishness to cloud their thinking."

  264. 1003: 

    If you want to follow the Ashes on social media then we have some suggestions for the key BBC accounts to follow during the summer. On Twitter, @bbcsport will provide you with all the breaking news and action on the field as it happens; @bbctms will provide you with all the match facts and statistics to impress your friends, and @bbc5live will alert you to all the best audio to listen to on a match day and a non-match day.

  265. 1002: 

    So what are you up to today? Whether you are out in the garden, being dragged around the supermarket or cleaning the barbecue, you can still follow every moment of this year's Ashes with the BBC iPlayer Radio app and the BBC Sport app. On the radio app, you can listen live to Test Match Special and download the Aggers and Boycott close-of-play podcasts. The BBC's ever-popular live text commentary, with analysis and insight from our reporters at the ground, is available on the BBC Sport app.

    Download the BBC Sport website app and Download the BBC iPlayer Radio app.

    Phil Tufnell, BBC Test Match Special

    "Friday was another topsy-turvy day. A Good Lord's pitch, 16 wickets in a day, it just doesn't happen on a sunny day. Australia will be very disappointed with how they played. They had an opportunity."

  267. 1000: 
    Ian Bell

    Ian Bell signs autographs after a spell in the nursery ground outdoor nets at Lord's this morning. He could become just the fourth England batsman to score two centuries in an Ashes Test after Herbert Sutcliffe (176&127) in 1925, Wally Hammond (119*&177) in 1929 and Denis Compton (147&103) in 1947.

    Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "England have made the right call opting not to force the follow on. They can control the game from here but I would like to see batsmen do better. It's a perfect opportunity for someone like Joe Root. There's no better way than to start with a big score here.

    "England would love to bat all day try to get 500 or so ahead. The lead they have may already be enough judging by the way Australia batted yesterday but they're not going to declare just yet."

    Michael Vaughan was talking on BBC Radio 5 live's Not Just Cricket which is on air now.

  269. 0955: 

    I reckon Andrew [see tweet below] speaks for a generation of English cricket supporters there. Are you, by any chance, wondering what perennial English tormentor Glenn McGrath thinks about the Australians putting up such a poor showing? Well wonder no more...

    "It was a very poor, very disappointing scorecard," McGrath told BBC Sport. "I'm not sure where Australia can go from here.

    "It was more the disappointing way it unfolded on a very good batting wicket. Sure, there was a bit of spin, but not to this extent. They have to come out and show a bit of pride and bowl their hearts out."


    Andrew Priestley: My childhood was spent watching the Aussies battering England. Now that the tables are turned I intend on savouring EVERY moment.

    Dave Price: On a train to Leeds. Have even paid for WiFi so I can follow the pre-amble and first half hour of play.

    No pressure then, Dave?

    Alec Stewart, BBC Test Match Special

    "The pitch is still good. Australia batted like a village green team yesterday. They are only stood 50 metres from me so hopefully they've heard me! Am I sorry for them? Absolutely not. Because when I used to play against them we got absolutely hammered!"

    Alec Stewart was talking on BBC Radio 5 live's Not Just Cricket which is on air now.

  272. 0947: 

    It was the manner in which Australia gifted their wickets which will concern their supporters most - only Steve Smith being undone by a great ball by Graeme Swann.

    "There are no excuses for playing some of those bad shots," added Hogg on BBC Radio 5 live. "The likes of Phil Hughes are getting a second opportunity but he flashed outside his off stump so early in his innings. Usman Khawaja as well, playing that shot to Swann when he was on 14 and Australia were in dire straits, tried to hit his way out of trouble.

    "It's not the way to go, and that's one thing Darren Lehmann will have to teach these young Australian players: how to construct an innings."

  273. 0943: 

    In Australia A's match against a Zimbabwe Select XI in Harare, which Brad Hogg refers to, David Warner made scores of six and 11 batting at number four. However, 26-year-old all-rounder Moises Henriques, who has played three Tests, impressed in making a first-innings 71 while IPL star Glenn Maxwell chipped in with 61. However, just like the senior side, scores of 226 and 156 in the match just aren't good enough.

  274. 0937: 

    So how can Australia turn the series around? Their former leg-spinner Brad Hogg, who has two World Cup medals in his back pocket, is certain the tourists will bounce back one way or the other.

    "Australia aren't that bad - that was just one innings," Hogg told BBC Radio 5 live this morning. "As Darren Lehmann said after the first Test, the top order have really got to stand up and start making some runs.

    "They boys will come back. It has been a bit of concern over the last year that they have relied heavily on Michael Clarke. The batting has revolved around him and no-one else has really stood up. We're expecting Shane Watson to stand up - he's making 30s and 40s as an opener but we want him to get hundreds.

    "They have sent David Warner over to Zimbabwe. If some of the batsmen out there are making runs, my question is whether they could bring someone over from there who's in form? Are they going to restructure that top order?"

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham at Lord's

    "There is a mood of resignation in our Aussie-dominated hotel this morning. Among the snippets of conversation overheard in the lift were "we will remember this for all the wrong reasons" and "lets get on the booze early to ease the pain".

    One woman struck a tone of defiance, however, with the assertion that "I think we'll win the next one and turn it all around.""

  276. 0932: 

    Australian cricket columnist Greg Baum was angered by his country's capitulation with the bat. Writing in The Age, he said: "Of Australia's many collapses in recent times - including its 47 in Cape Town two years ago - this was the most slapstick. Flash followed upon swipe, upon prod, upon bungled referral, upon panicky run-out. England scarcely had to do more than introduce the ball to play,"

  277. 0929: 
    Brad Haddin

    Writing in the Daily Mail, former England captain Nasser Hussain says Australia need to pick players on character rather than talent as he labelled the tourists as "awful".

    "I don't care if you're not Ricky Ponting or Matthew Hayden or Mike Hussey," said Hussain. "Any Test player should be able to knuckle down and show responsibility.

    "When the camera focused on Darren Lehmann on the Aussie balcony, he was smiling grimly. I don't blame him. In situations like that, you don't know whether to laugh or cry."

  278. 0927: 

    We've talked about some of today's headlines, but what have the papers been writing? Well, in the Guardian, Australia coach Darren Lehmann has blamed batsman Chris Rogers for the side's latest problems with the Decision Review System (DRS). Rogers was wrong to tell fellow opener Shane Watson to refer his leg-before decision before failing to review his own dismissal off Graeme Swann, which was shown to be not out.


    David Haw in Devon, TMS inbox: Strange though it may be, the Trent Bridge Test and this one at Lord's have been marked by, generally, appalling batting from both sides (with notable exceptions of course), yet, thus far, the result has been gripping sessions capable of attracting even those who are not normally interested in the game. I suppose if by some miraculous chance the teams start batting properly, the matches will decline into mediocrity and bore the pants off everyone!

    Michael Vaughan, BBC Test Match Special

    "Friday was brilliant for England. The way they played, I don't think England would say they played brilliantly. The most surprising thing from an Australian perspective is this is a good batting pitch. You can only describe their batting as shambolic - their processes, decision making, when to review and not to review.

    "I thought after Trent Bridge they'd arrive here with more confidence than they started the series, but they clearly haven't. I want to see England hammer Australia but you want to see a sporting contest that will be talked about for a long time. The public would like a 5-0 whitewash but they would like five Trent Bridges."

    Michael Vaughan was talking on BBC Radio 5 live's Not Just Cricket which is on air now.

  281. 0919: 

    After bowling out Australia for 128, England decided not to enforce the follow-on and Peter Siddle managed to rip out Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen before the close of play. However, Joe Root and nightwatchman Tim Bresnan will resume this morning knowing England are 264 runs in front.

  282. 0916: 

    Yep, with a bat in their hands, the Aussies are about as intimidating as Dame Edna Everage. After the tourists reached 42-0 without too many problems, Tim Bresnan managed to pin Shane Watson in front and induce the sort of collapse which the Baggy Greens so often inflicted on England during the nineties.

    Watson used up a review when he was plumber than plumb and Chris Rogers was out leg-before after making a complete hash of a Graeme Swann full toss - the England spinner later claiming it was the worst delivery of this career. The last nine Australian wickets fell for 86 runs as we witnessed calamity after calamity. And then more calamities.

  283. 0911: 

    Look away now, Australia. I'm just about to remind England supporters how the match has unfolded.

    After Alastair Cook won the toss and batted first, Ian Bell made his third consecutive Ashes century to bail out England from 28-3 and help them towards their eventual total of 361 all out. Jonny Bairstow, after being given a reprieve when being bowled by a Peter Siddle no ball, and Jonathan Trott both made half-centuries before some lusty late blows from Stuart Broad (33) and Graeme Swann (28 not out) boosted the England total. That's when the madness began...


    Whether you are beginning your weekend with a lie-in or an early morning dash to the garden centre, you can still stay involved via the usual channels today. I'm keen to hear from supporters of both sides - are you English fans happy with the fact Alastair Cook's men are so dominant in this Test? For Australian supporters, I'm keen to know what your side can do to regain some respectability? Send us a tweet to #bbccricket, ping a text to 81111 or email (putting 'For Marc Higginson' in the subject line). Lovely stuff.

  285. 0907: 

    BBC Sport's Gary Rose at Lord's: With little more than aeroplane vapour trails having occupied the blue skies above Lord's for the first two days, clouds have appeared on the morning of day three. That is of some relief for the thousands of MCC members who have once again formed long queues along St John's Wood Road outside the ground, with the clouds providing welcome respite from the heat of the sun. The clouds are set to stay for the rest of the morning, before giving way to clear skies once again by late afternoon.

  286. 0903: 

    Good morning everyone, and welcome to BBC Sport's coverage of day three of the second Ashes Test match at Lord's.

    And what a tremendous two days it has been for England, who find themselves 264 runs ahead with seven second-innings wickets in hand and three days left in the game. Alastair Cook's men are odds-on favourites to go 2-0 up in the series and, while Australia's odds are not quite in the Headingley 81 region of 500-1 just yet, they will need a miracle along the lines of what Ian Botham once served up to get themselves out of this hole.

  287. 0900: 
    England, Lord's

    "No Contest", "Awful Aussies ripped apart" and "Lording it" are just three of the headlines screaming out from the back pages of the English newspapers on this beautiful Saturday morning. The Aussies are no less blunt - The Age writing "Mayhem and mediocrity: Australian batsmen wreck a perfectly good Test match".

    The tourists are only wrecking it for themselves - England will not mind seeing their long-time tormenters continually pressing the self-destruct button. Between 1989 and 2007, Australia won 34 Ashes Tests to England's nine.

    Since 2007, England have won six and Australia just two. This is England's time. Let's enjoy it.

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Live Scores - England v Australia


  • England beat Australia by 347 runs
  • England: 361 & 349-7 (114.1 overs)
  • Australia: 128 & 235 (90.3 overs)
  • Venue: Lord's

Australia 2nd Innings

All out
Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total all out 235
Watson lbw b Anderson 20
Rogers b Swann 6
Khawaja c Anderson b Root 54
Hughes lbw b Swann 1
Clarke c Cook b Root 51
Smith c Prior b Bresnan 1
Haddin lbw b Swann 7
Agar c Prior b Bresnan 16
Siddle b Anderson 18
Pattinson lbw b Swann 35
Harris not out 16
Extras 1w 4b 5lb 10

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England captain Alastair Cook and James Anderson with the Ashes urn

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