Australia v England: First Ashes Test, day two as it happened

Australia extend their lead to 224 after bowling out England for 136 at the Gabba.

21 November 2013 Last updated at 23:31 GMT

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  1. 0802: 

    And that final word from Geoffrey is where we shall depart, ending yet another amazing day of Ashes cricket.

    Thought so many England-Australia clashes in one year would be dull? Not a bit of it. The Ashes continues to astound.

    We'll be back from 2330 GMT tonight, but before then get over to Sportsday Live for more reaction. 5 live sports extra has highlights and a full repeat of the day's play, while at 0930 BBC News has it's Ashes report. Enjoy.

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

    "England have an 82-page booklet on what to eat but one guy comes in and bowls at 90mph and they can't handle it."

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    Which brings me to tomorrow (or later today, whichever way you look at it).

    Is there a way back for England? One suspects that if they don't take early wickets, they will be toast. Depressingly for England supporters, it could be a long, hard day of Australia grinding them into the dirt.

    Before we can think about that, though, Sportsday Live will bring you all the analysis and reaction from today's drama.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It was payback time today - there was a real crackle out there and an anger about Australia. They wanted to get England back - the gloves came off today and it brought the series to life."

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

    "England just couldn't handle the situation. Any faults that England had in the summer are still there. Look at Nathan Lyon, there's nothing special about him but he bowls a different line to a normal off-spinner and he caused huge problems for our right-handers. Why have they not sat down and discussed how to play him? Ian Bell looked transfixed as though Lyon was bowling hand grenades. When Prior plays shots like he did, we're better off without him."

    England's fall of wickets: 1-28 (Cook 13), 2-55 (Trott 10), 3-82 (Pietersen 18), 4-87 (Carberry 40), 5-87 (Bell 5), 6-87 (Prior 0), 7-89 (Root 2), 8-91 (Swann 0), 9-110 (Tremlett 8), 10-136 (Broad 32)

    Match scorecard

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    BBC Sport brings you all the news and analysis from the first Test throughout the day. Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce and cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew are in Brisbane, while you can see everything you've missed at-a-glance with our Ashes catch-up.

    In addition, you can hear the Pint-Sized Ashes podcast, as well as the thoughts of Aggers and Boycott.

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

    "It was a dramatic day of cricket. You get these days in Test cricket where you don't see it coming, and you are mesmerised when it happens."

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

    "This is what Test cricket needs - you can't beat the ball flying past the batsman's nose. It's great viewing."

  9. 0747: 

    But it was the fireworks provided by the pace of Johnson that really stood out. Jonathan Trott never looked comfortable, eventually feathering down the leg side, while Michael Carberry looked good until Johnson roughed him up.

    If two of the top three can't deal with pace and bounce, what hope does the tail have?

  10. 0745: 

    Not all of England's batsmen were undone by pace - Alastair Cook loosely edged Ryan Harris to slip, Kevin Pietersen chipped the same man to mid-wicket, part of Harris's haul of 3-28.

    Nathan Lyon, meanwhile was gifted two wickets in as many balls as both Ian Bell and Matt Prior patted off-breaks to short leg.

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    Australia celebrate

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

    "When the pitch has zip in it - like at Old Trafford last summer and Perth in the last Ashes series - England show they have got issues. A bit of pace and bounce and they look like being blown away."

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

    "I'm happy at the moment. If you told me at the start of the day that Australia would be batting at the close with a lead of 221, I would have asked what you had been smoking."

    Listen to live reaction on BBC Test Match Special.

  14. 0742: 

    Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin: "There was a plan to go short, especially when the tail came in. You have to use Mitchell Johnson's pace because it is a tough ground to bat when the ball is banged in.

    "It might be the same again, why change what is working?

    "We have found a chink in Trott's armour, we should keep exposing it."

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

    "Mitchell Johnson has got better bowlers around him these days. Every time he gets the ball in his hand now, he is going to be hostile. I always felt that, bowling left-arm swing at 90mph, he had too much talent not to have a period of success against England."

  16. 0740: 

    Was it good bowling or bad batting? A bit of both.

    What is undeniable that England were hit by Aussie pace bowling that was full of aggression and hostility. The tourists were shaken.

    Remember when Mitchell Johnson was a figure of fun? It would have been downright unpleasant to be 22 yards from him today.

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

    "You can put collapses into perspective - if England had been bowled out by the 1980s West Indians, Warne and McGrath or Wasim and Waqar you have to say well done to the opposition. But in all of these collapses of the last two years, I don't think England have been done by unbelievable bowling. Ian Bell got a good one and Michael Carberry was well worked over - but that's about it really."

    Listen to live reaction on BBC Test Match Special.

  18. 0735: 

    Who could have though that Australia would have taken this game by the throat when we began this day? The Aussies were 273-8, eventually bowled out for 295.

    But what came next defied belief. England routed for 136 in a riotous afternoon, Australia ramming home their advantage in the evening.

    As it stands, they are heading for a first Test win in 10, and England are set to go 1-0 down in this series.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "Every Australian is on their feet, they really appreciate what their team have done today. You really feel that England are on their way to defeat here."

  20. 0731: 
    CLOSE OF PLAY- Aus 65-0

    Did I say two overs to come? My wish is Alastair Cook's command and he recalls Stuart Broad to the attack, meaning this will probably be the last set of the day. At square leg, umpire Kumar Dharmasena gives a yawn. Not long to go, ump. Broad and Rogers involved in an interesting battle, Rogers almost seeing how many deliveries he can duck without getting hit. Three in a row, then Rogers in behind to end the day with a couple through the leg side. Australia close on 65-0, a lead of 224.


    Owain Connors: Reliving my youth this morning, waking up to England spectacularly snatching defeat from the jaws of victory down under.

  22. 0726: 
    Aus 63-0 (lead by 222)

    Still spin, still Swann. The gathering gloom is more Bristol in May than Brisbane in November, but Warner is seeing it like a beach ball. A couple of cuts, for two then three have Swann kicking the turf in frustration. Have England been up for the fight in this last session? Have heads dropped too quickly? Probably two overs to come.

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

    "David Warner's technique has suited this pitch. He's committed to playing aggressive shots on both the front and back foot and it's worked for him."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  24. 0722: 
    Aus 57-0 (20 overs)

    Hmmm, if I was batting, I think I'd much rather face Joe Root in these final few minutes compared to a Stuart Broad. Root's offies are nice enough, but how about a bit of fire to end the day? Get it up em. A single from Root's over, there's eight minutes to go.


    Jack Byrne: Joe Root on in the 18th over on day two We have got three seamers, haven't we?

  26. 0719: 
    Aus 56-0 (lead by 215)

    Australia playing for the close? Not a bit of it. David Warner gets down on one knee to belt Swann through cow corner for four. It seems a long time ago that the Aussies were bowled out for 295 in the first hour this morning. At that point, England were boisterous. Now, they lie face down with kangaroo prints on their backs.


    Andrew Mower, TMS inbox: Regarding this as England's typical showing in the first match of an away series is to me the optimistic viewpoint. The more pessimistic (but, I fear, realistic) view is that England are in the midst of a full-blown batting crisis. I simply cannot remember having seen so many of our batsman, so badly out of form, for so long - all at the same time.

  28. 0715: 
    Aus 51-0 (Rogers 12, Warner 34)
    Chris Rogers survives

    The close can't come quickly enough for England, who ask Joe Root to roll out his off-breaks. Now then, the closest thing to a chance that England have created - Rogers comes down the track, inside edging on to his pad, but past Ian bell at silly point. Tidy maiden from Root.


    James Ash: My time machine worked! Although I'm not sure whether I'm in 2006 or 2002.

  30. 0713: 
    Aus 51-0 (lead by 210)

    Here comes Warner, skipping down the track to Swann to hit a flowing cover drive for four. Despite the situation, it's still England's fans making all the noise. The seats inside the Gabba are a mix of green, brown and yellowy-orange, giving the impression they are occupied, when they actually aren't. Plenty are empty. How bizarre.

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

    "I can never remember such a brutal, nasty day. It was 90mph all the way from Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris. It was unrelenting. I feel sorry for the England tail - they know for the next five matches that they will be bombarded with short stuff with men all around the bat."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  32. 0710: 
    Aus 47-0

    The beanpole Tremlett, white shirt hugging a muscular torso, bounds in to Rogers, who is unruffled in defence. There's nothing wrong with Tremlett's bowling - line, length, touch of shape - but you feel the batsmen would get himself out rather than be got out.

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    BBC Sport brings you all the news and analysis from the first Test throughout the day. Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce and cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew are in Brisbane, while you can see everything you've missed at-a-glance with our Ashes catch-up.

    In additions, you can hear the Pint-Sized Ashes podcast, as well as the thoughts of Aggers and Boycott.

  34. 0705: 
    Aus 47-0 (lead by 206)

    Wondering how Australia managed to skittle England for only 136? It was a combination of poor batting and some old fashioned raw pace. The Aussies battered England with a sustained assault of hostile fast bowling, the like of which will probably be repeated for the rest of this series. Swann to Warner as Andy Flower looks on with all the happiness of a man waiting for the dentist. Tidy maiden from Swann, who still shakes his head in frustration when he takes his cap.

  35. 0701: 
    Aus 47-0 (Rogers 12, Warner 30)

    Some chat on the live text desk about when it is acceptable to put up the Christmas decorations. Already two houses on my street have erected light displays that would give Blackpool illuminations a run for their money. Surely it's too early? A feature of this Aussie innings so far has been the running between the wickets, and it shows again with Warner's three through mid-wicket. He's particularly fast with the pads on, giving 36-year-old Rogers a job to keep up.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Gabba

    "This used to be the way it was for England supporters during an Ashes series down under - those in the stadium glum-faced, those waking up back home aghast and wishing they hadn't. But it's been an old-fashioned sort of day - fast bowlers aiming at batsmen's throats, tail-enders being hit on the helmet, England collapsing like an over-ambitious beer-snake."

  37. 0658: 
    Aus 44-0 (lead by 203)

    Swann, collar upturned, tongue poking out, is getting a little turn to Warner, who edges for two to take the lead to 200, then skips to play a lovely cover drive for three. England's great strength in the first innings was to build pressure, but Australia are bumping along at 3.6 per over.


    Noreen, TMS inbox: This is what happens when you let Michael Clarke pick the England side.

  39. 0654: 
    Aus 39-0 (12 overs)

    It really is getting gloomy out there, such a contrast to the brilliant sunshine of earlier in the day. Tremlett is bowling a good length, just getting some shape back in to Rogers. There's a stifled appeal when the ball goes past the edge, but the ball has flicked has Rogers' pad.

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    Want to relive all the overnight action? 5 live sports extra will replay the entire day's play from 1100 GMT, and will play highlights from the close until then. Also this morning, 5 live will bring all the best analysis and reaction on Ashes Breakfast. You can hear both 5 live and 5 live sports extra on digital radio, online and on the BBC Sport app.

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    Aus 39-0 (lead by 198)

    The Barmies are trying their best, but England look flat. Usual jester Graeme Swann is thrown the ball in only the 11th over, renewing a battle with David Warner that saw the leftie go after the off-spinner on day one. Swann around the wicket, slip, gully, Warner not biting. Yet.


    Dave Wood in Chester, TMS inbox: Yet again England's batsmen fail to deliver in the first Test of an away series. Excluding tours to Bangladesh (where I'm sure Mr Boycott's mother could actually thrive as the batsman she's reputed to be) England haven't won the first Test of an overseas series since the 2005/6 tour of South Africa. I would say I'm disappointed but nothing tempers expectation like experience.

  43. 0646: 
    Aus 37-0 (lead by 196)

    There are 16 overs remaining in the day or, more likely, we will play until 0730 GMT. Chris Tremlett on to replace Stuart Broad, he was accurate in the first innings, without ever being menacing. England's plan on day one was to be patient and they ended up drawing mistakes. Will Australia be as profligate again? Australia, on the other hand, got their wickets with some fire and brimstone. England do not have the pace in their attack.


    Thomas Blick: Waking up to a England batting collapse down under. Did I invent time travel in my sleep and wake up in 1995?

  45. 0642: 
    Aus 32-0 (Rogers 8, Warner 19)

    Anderson around the wicket as the Barmy Army tell us they are mental, mad and the loyalest (if that's a word) cricket supporters that the world has ever had. Australia is sort of the birthplace of the Army, its seen far worse times than this. Anderson back over, but the threat level is currently somewhere around 'cute puppy'.


    Gary in Market Harborough, via text to 81111: I feel like Whitney Houston must have felt in The Bodyguard when she woke up the day after Kevin Costner had left her - empty, frightened, insecure. At least she didn't have loads of texts from Aussies clogging up her phone.

  47. 0635: 
    Aus 28-0 (lead by 183)

    Just waking up? Still feeling a bit sleepy? Your eyes are not deceiving you. Australia really are batting again, England having been routed for only 136. At one point, they lost six wickets for nine runs. Now, under the floodlights in Brisbane, they need inroads with the ball, but David Warner's uppercut for four off Broad takes the game further away from them.

    The scoreboard at the Gabba
    Michael Vaughan, Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: You have to give Mitchell Johnson a huge amount of credit... He said he was going to bowl at the throat and he wasn't lying...

  49. 0632: 
    Aus 24-0 (lead by 183)

    Chris Rogers is wearing a vest under his shirt. Is that normal in top-level sport (apart from athletics)? Are there any famous vest-wearers? He stands with an arm guard pointing towards Anderson, the only runs from the over four leg byes off his thigh pad.

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

    "Anderson is a great tryer but he looks weary already. He bowled 25.1 overs in the first innings and he might be racking up 50 in three days."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  51. 0627: 
    Aus 20-0 (lead by 179)

    Stuart Broad is having a good Test match, but, frankly, he's an awful judge of a review. According to him, every failed appeal on his bowling demands a review. Fortunately for England, Matt Prior and Alastair Cook are not for turning and the shout for caught behind against Rogers remains unchallenged. It's murky, we've heard rumours of rain. Not sure we'll see any tonight, though.


    Ian Vickery: Poor bowlers - let down by the inept England batsmen! Shameful display - no way back now! England heads are down

    Andrew Morris: Reducing the Aussies to 20-3 by close would almost make it even-stevens. One can dream!

  53. 0623: 
    Aus 16-0 (Rogers 2, Warner 14)

    Warner is busy, scampering a couple of twos and a single off Anderson. England's parlous situation is highlighted by the fact they already have a sweeper on the off-side boundary for Warner. Taking his cap at the end of the over, James Anderson looks thoroughly fed up. Can't really blame him.

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

    "England's bowlers are just trying to acclimatise their heads to the fact that they are bowling again. The field reflects the state of the match with just two slips in place. There's a shell-shocked feel to it."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  55. 0619: 
    Aus 11-0
    Kevin Pietersen

    David Warner is very, very dangerous to England in this situation. His moustachioed, attacking menace could have Australia nearly out of sight by the close if he hangs around that long. Broad is cut for three as TV pictures show Kevin Pietersen blowing a kiss to a baying crowd at fine leg. Turns out a fan pretended to ask for an autograph, whipping his mini bat away when KP advances. Pietersen, in response, practises his golf swing.

  56. 0613: 
    Aus 8-0 (Rogers 2, Warner 6)

    Jack might be on to something there. Are you waking up in utter amazement at what's happened while you were asleep? Test cricket lends itself to those surges of bewilderment. How? Why? It reminds me of getting home from school and being overjoyed to see Mike Atherton still batting at Johannesburg in 1995, or stunned to see the efforts of Cook, Strauss and Trott on this ground three years ago. Anderson kicking in, no real three to these lefties.


    Jack Blackburn: My Twitter feed is turning into a parade of people waking up, bewildered, acquainting themselves with the horror of it all.

  58. 0609: 
    Aus 5-0 (lead by 164)

    Boos for Stuart Broad, who was actually off the field for the first over. I wonder what the bowlers think when they see the batsmen capitulate? They worked hard for a day and a bit to take wickets, then see their rest time cut short by inept batting. Three slips and a gully wait for the crab-like Rogers, the white of his shirt matched by the zinc on his lips. He's back and across for a maiden.

  59. 0604: 
    Aus 5-0 (lead by 164)
    David Warner

    It's just a touch cloudy overhead, a little humid, that will help Anderson swing the new cherry. Indeed it does hoop around, but Rogers is off the mark with a single. The Barmy Army remain in good voice, belting out Jerusalem, but that is drowned out by home cheers as Warner belts the final ball of the over through the covers for four.

  60. 0601: 

    Thanks Sam, I think. Where on earth do England go from here? The only way is to take wickets. James Anderson has the new ball, Chris Rogers waits for him, with David Warner at the other end.

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    BBC Sport brings you all the news and analysis from the first Test throughout the day. Chief sports writer Tom Fordyce and cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew are in Brisbane, while you can see everything you've missed at-a-glance with our Ashes catch-up.

    In additions, you can hear the Pint-Sized Ashes podcast, as well as the thoughts of Aggers and Boycott.

  62. 0558: 

    Look away now if you have just woken up and don't want to know the score. In just over two hours England have somehow contrived to slump from a relatively healthy 82-2 to a woefully substandard 136 all out. In the eye of the storm, just before the tea interval, they lost six wickets for 9 runs in 25 balls. Mitchell Johnson was the star turn, taking 4-61, while Ryan Harris claimed 3-28 and Nathan Lyon removed Ian Bell and Matt Prior in successive balls.

    Australia lead by 159 and are in total control of this match. While I take a cold shower, it's over to Stephan Shemilt to take you through the close.

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

    "It's been decent bowling by Australia, but the batting has been pathetic. They've played some poor shots. The problem is we've seen it all before. It's very sad to see them almost give away the Test match like this. It will take a dramatic performance to bowl Australia out and then produce a batting display with no mistakes. They've just about gifted the match to Australia."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  64. 0551: 
    WICKET- Broad c Rogers b Siddle 32 (Eng 136 all out)
    Chris Rogers catches Stuart Broad

    It's all over... The curtain comes down on England's horror show as Broad holes out to Rogers at deep square leg. What a chance for Australia to go 1-0 up in the series. They lead by 159 runs.

    Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Cook 13), 2-55 (Trott 10), 3-82 (Pietersen 18), 4-87 (Carberry 40), 5-87 (Bell 5), 6-87 (Prior 0), 7-89 (Root 2), 8-91 (Swann 0), 9-110 (Tremlett 8), 10-136 (Broad 32)

    Siddle's figures: 11.4-3-24-1

    Match scorecard

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

    "Every time I watch James Anderson bat I think it's more difficult for him against short-pitched bowling. He did the nightwatchman job for a while and eventually it gets to you, you get mentally shot. You can only be brave for so long."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  67. 0548: 
    Eng 132-9

    Broad takes a risky second run and would have run out Anderson if Lyon had taken it cleanly. Anderson plays and misses then cuts uppishly for two.


    Cindy near Norwich, TMS inbox: Woke up with some trepidation at 3.30am - have ever since been desperately trying to go back to sleep. What a nightmare!

  69. 0544: 
    Eng 127-9 (Broad 25, Anderson 0)

    Johnson is being given a rest so Broad opts to swing the bat, mowing Siddle away for four. Siddle proves that he can bowl a bumper too as he hurries Anderson into an ugly fend.

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

    "I don't think anyone likes playing short bowling. I was a top-order batsman and could play it a bit, but I always used to fear for the tailenders. It must be awful. The England tail know that throughout this series they are going to have to wear a few."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  71. 0540: 
    Eng 122-9 (trail by 173)

    Lyon is back and Broad sweeps him twice for two valuable runs. Anderson is on strike for the last ball, but it's too wide and he doesn't have to play.


    Richard Beveridge: Couldn't sleep and thought I'd listen to TMS. Now going to work slightly early!

    Joshua Tucker: England fans have to remember that England have come back from worse positions. Remember the tour of India in 2012?

    Matt Benton: Couldn't sleep. Checked cricket score. Can I go to sleep now please? Thanks.

  73. 0538: 
    Eng 117-9

    Just noticed that Broad is wearing one of Carberry's fancy helmets, his normal one having been damaged by a short ball. Johnson is striving desperately for his fifth wicket here but Broad stands firm, more through luck than design. One ball strikes his gloves right in front of his face.

    A Question of Sport Answer, BBC

    Earlier, we asked you to name the eight players apart from Michael Carberry whose surname begins with C who have made their England Test debut since 1990.

    Here are the answers: Andy Caddick, Rikki Clarke, Paul Collingwood, Nick Compton, Alastair Cook, Dominic Cork, John Crawley and Robert Croft.

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

    "You just don't see how England can get back in to this game. They have to do exactly the same to Australia, it's the only way they have any chance."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  76. 0531: 
    Eng 114-9 (Broad 13, Anderson 0)

    What has happened to England's batting? I repeat, what has happened to England's batting? They have only made 400 in their first innings once this year.

    Four byes after Anderson ducks the last ball of Harris's over and a diving Haddin can't quite reach it.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been a barrage of short balls since tea, fast, furious and very well directed. Sooner or later that was going to be the inevitable outcome."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  78. 0527: 
    WICKET- Tremlett c Lyon b Harris 8 (Eng 110-9)
    Ryan Harris dismisses Chris Tremlett

    Another short ball, and another wicket. Tremlett protects his body with his bat and gets a thick inside edge to Lyon, who dives forward to pouch low at leg gully.

    Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Cook 13), 2-55 (Trott 10), 3-82 (Pietersen 18), 4-87 (Carberry 40), 5-87 (Bell 5), 6-87 (Prior 0), 7-89 (Root 2), 8-91 (Swann 0), 9-110 (Tremlett 8)

    Harris' figures: 14.2-4-28-3

    Match scorecard

  79. 0525: 
    Eng 110-8 (Broad 13, Tremlett 8)

    Andrew 'Samsonite' Samson in the TMS box is coming up with statistic after statistic to underline England's misery. Apparently, this looks like being the fifth time in a row England have been bowled out for under 200 in the first Test of an away series.

  80. 0521: 
    ASHES RECAP- Eng 109-8

    In case you are just joining us, England bowled Australia out for 295 this morning and were looking in decent shape on 82-2 before the mother of all collapses. They lost six wickets for nine runs before tea - their worst sequence since 1990. And now we have the unedifying sight of Broad and Tremlett fighting for their lives with less than 110 runs on the board. Tremlett sees off another fierce assault from Harris.

  81. 0516: 
    Eng 106-8 (Trail by 187)

    More chin music for Broad. Somehow he gets the shoulder of his bat on one ball from Johnson and it flies away past leg slip for four. This is Bodyline Mark II.


    John in Derby, TMS inbox: Terrible night. England getting knocked over by Aussie village team and now tumble dryer on blink. Shows promise but then soon as effort required it stops working and blows fuse. Bit like England's batting today!

  83. 0510: 
    Eng 100-8

    This really isn't for the faint-hearted. Harris is roaring in from round the wicket to Tremlett and bowling fast, straight bouncers. Tremlett is a big, muscular man but there will definitely be places he'd rather be. Somehow he survives the over. This is only the fifth time in Test history that England have lost six wickets for less than 10 runs.

    Australia fans celebrate a wicket
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "That Root innings summed up the argument for him not opening the batting. He was facing the sort of pressure you get opening the batting and played an awful shot. It was not the innings of an opening batsman."

  85. 0505: 
    Eng 99-8 (Broad 5, Tremlett 5)

    Simon Hughes takes up the TMS microphone with an apology on behalf of the England team to anyone who has been given a sleepless night by this horror show.

    Then Johnson resumes with another brutal bouncer from round the wicket. How do you play that? Broad gets off the mark with a single then Tremlett ensures England avoid the follow-on with a gentle glance for four.

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

    "They have won many games, but England do have it in them to collapse. A top seven that has thousands of Test runs between them was blown away by brilliant Australian tactics. They frustrated Pietersen, then peppered Carberry, while Bell and Prior should be better than getting caught at short leg off Lyon. After that, Root played a terrible shot."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

    Missed the drama? You will be able to listen to the wickets tumbling later on BBC Radio 5 live's highlights programme from around 0730 until 1100 GMT.

    Mitchell Johnson signs autographs

    I've got a feeling these autograph hunters might remember the day they got Mitchell Johnson to sign their bats.


    Josh in Leeds, TMS inbox: What's really worrying about this performance is I don't think anyone can legitimately claim this a freak occurrence. Cook, Trott and Prior are woefully out of form, Carberry and Root are inexperienced, KP can be a complete and utter liability and Bell hasn't saved them. Dare I say, for all its flaws, Australia has the form batting side.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Gabba

    "It's been a slaughter at the Gabbatoir - six wickets for nine runs in 10 overs. Electrifying cricket, with Mitchell Johnson as unplayable as he was inaccurate all morning. If England are to avoid going one down in this series it will take a miracle to far surpass that conjured by Cook and Trott three years ago."

  90. 0454: 

    England have not lost six wickets this cheaply since Melbourne in 1990 when they their last six fell for just three runs.


    Richard Wilkinson: At Auckland airport departure gate on way to Brisbane. Strain palpable. Might not bother.

    Alistair Lowe: How often in the last year has England's bowling had a bad day? And the top order batting? No-one getting a big score today.

    Simon Richardson: This. Is. Horrendous. What on earth, England?

  92. 0444: 
    TEA INTERVAL- Eng 94-8

    Three singles off Lyon take England to within two runs of saving the follow-on at tea.

    In that session, which began with England on 55-2, the tourists lost six wickets for 39 runs. Utter carnage.

    Bowling figures: Harris 12-4-25-2; Johnson 13-2-46-4; Siddle 10-3-15-0; Lyon 7-4-7-2

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think England will be forced to follow on, their bowlers could be back out there after not much rest at all."

  94. 0440: 
    Eng 92-8 (Broad 3, Tremlett 0)

    Chris Tremlett survives a barrage from Johnson. We're on the brink of tea but one more wicket and we'll have an extra half hour. If you ever need to convince anyone that Test cricket is the greatest form of the game, just show them a replay of this session. Soporific to sensational in the blink of an eye.

  95. 0438: 

    In the last 27 balls, England have lost five wickets and scored four runs.

  96. 0436: 
    WICKET- Swann c Bailey b Johnson 0 (Eng 91-8)
    Graeme Swann walks off after failing to score

    Can a nightmare be exciting? I don't think I've ever felt more alive. More alive than Graeme Swann anyway. He's on his way back to the pavilion after a tame bat-pad to Bailey at short leg. Four wickets and counting for Johnson!

    Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Cook 13), 2-55 (Trott 10), 3-82 (Pietersen 18), 4-87 (Carberry 40), 5-87 (Bell 5), 6-87 (Prior 0), 7-89 (Root 2), 8-91 (Swann 0)

    Johnson's figures: 12.4-1-46-4

    Match scorecard

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Gabba

    "Calamitous 40 minutes for England - five prime wickets lost for seven runs, and even with the memory of what happened here three years ago the match may well have gone with them. The Gabba, library quiet a minute before lunch, is now a bellowing bear-pit."

  98. 0433: 
    Eng 91-7 (trail by 204)

    In case you haven't been keeping up, England have lost five wickets for seven runs. You read that right. Five for seven. There are some very glum faces outside the England dressing room. Cook, Bell, Pietersen, Trott all looking gravely serious. In contrast, the rest of the Gabba is alive, ooohing and aaahing at every Lyon delivery. Mercifully, England last an over without losing a wicket.


    Akhil Sharma: Like it or not but Stuart Broad is again the centre of attention here and had a huge job on his hands now.

    Sam Longden: This all started with Trott getting out before lunch.

    Jack Spearing: Well we're in deep trouble, the man who has no name has to score some runs now for us!

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "It wasn't a great shot from Root, on the up to a ball he could have left. There isn't much to come for England. Australia managed to recover yesterday, but even if Swann and Broad put together a decent stand, England will still concede a lead. England still haven't avoided the follow-on."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  101. 0426: 
    WICKET- Root c Smith b Johnson 2 (Eng 89-7)

    Slaughter at the Gabbatoir! Joe Root is the next to fall, slashing at an away-swinger from Johnson and deflecting to third slip for another Smith catch. The Gabba is rocking, England are sinking.

    Mitchell Johnson

    Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Cook 13), 2-55 (Trott 10), 3-82 (Pietersen 18), 4-87 (Carberry 40), 5-87 (Bell 5), 6-87 (Prior 0), 7-89 (Root 2)

    Johnson's figures: 12-1-46-3

    Match scorecard

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

    "The Australians are right on top here and loving it."


    Ed in Manchester, via text on 81111: Just woke up, checked the score and now an praying I am still asleep and having a nightmare.

  104. 0423: 
    Eng 87-6- Hat-trick chance for Lyon

    The hat-trick ball is a complete anti-climax, passing a couple of feet wide of off stump. Broad keeps out the next one, and I inhale for the first time in 10 minutes.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Stuart Broad was Peter Siddle's hat-trick victim three years ago."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The bowler didn't know, so, to be fair to the umpire, if the bowler didn't know, you can't blame him. You couldn't make this up - this is tension."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  107. 0421: 

    Out walks Stuart Broad with Lyon on a hat-trick to a cacophony of boos...

  108. 0420: 
    WICKET- Prior c Smith b Lyon 0 (Eng 87-6)
    Matt Prior is out first ball

    Oh dear - this is as out as out can be. Prior goes for a golden duck and England are living through an absolute nightmare at the moment.

    Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Cook 13), 2-55 (Trott 10), 3-82 (Pietersen 18), 4-87 (Carberry 40), 5-87 (Bell 5), 6-87 (Prior 0)

    Lyon's figures: 4.3-3-2-2

    Match scorecard

  109. 0419: 

    This. Is. Bedlam. Prior plays an almost identical shot to Bell and Smith claims a catch. Umpire Aleem Dar says not out. Lyon doesn't appeal but everyone else does. For the first time in the Test we have a DRS review...

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

    "They're on their feet at the Gabba and rightly so. Lyon has been excellent. There's just a hint of spin, but the bounce has done for him. He shouldn't get out to that delivery, he's too good a player."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "How did he pop that up there? It was an innocuous delivery. What a turnaround we're seeing here."

  112. 0415: 
    WICKET- Bell c Smith b Lyon 5 (Eng 87-5)
    Steve Smith celebrates

    Is this really happening? Bell, so secure all summer, falls to the tamest of dismissals. A bit of extra bounce from Lyon gets him flicking away from his body. The ball deflects off his thigh and loops to Smith at short leg.

    Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Cook 13), 2-55 (Trott 10), 3-82 (Pietersen 18), 4-87 (Carberry 40), 5-87 (Bell 5)

    Lyon's figures: 4.2-3-2-1

    Match scorecard

  113. 0413: 
    Eng 87-4

    Joey Root, your country needs you. His first ball is full and fast from Johnson and spears past the edge. Mitch and his moustache are on fire and the Barmy Army are very quiet.

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

    "It's brilliant execution from Johnson. Carberry won't have seen much of left-arm pace from around the wicket in his career, but he'll see more of it throughout the series."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "That is brilliant cricket by the Australians. They worked him out with some hostile stuff. It was a well-hatched plot that came off. England 87-4, go to sleep if you dare."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  116. 0411: 
    WICKET- Carberry c Watson b Johnson 40 (Eng 87-4)
    Mitchell Johnson celebrates

    Another Clarke plan pays off as Johnson accounts for Carberry. The Hampshire man is almost caught off an ugly fend to the leg side, then falls to a ball angled across him from round the wicket that catches the edge high on the bat and flies to slip. Carbs had been on 40 for 35 minutes.

    Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Cook 13), 2-55 (Trott 10), 3-82 (Pietersen 18), 4-87 (Carberry 40)

    Carberry's innings: 40 runs; 165 minutes; 113 balls; 4 fours

    Johnson's figures: 10.3-0-44-2

    Match scorecard

    Tom Fordyce analysing Ian Bell, Chief sports writer at the Gabba

    "Smart move from Bell to get Carberry off strike against Lyon. Three consecutive maidens had been building the pressure, with little sign of where Carberry could get his next run. 13 dot balls led to the dismissal of KP - England do not want the strangle to hurt them again."

  118. 0408: 
    Eng 87-3

    Bell is on strike to Lyon now, coping comfortably with the offie and picking up a couple of runs in front of point.


    Adam Holland: I'm meant to visit wedding venues in the morning, instead I've been emailing local cricket clubs and can't get away from TV.

    Luke Jones: Whoever can sort out their batting first will win the Ashes. Seems only 3 or 4 of the 22 can actually stay in and build a score.

  120. 0402: 
    Eng 85-3

    Bell dabs and runs to get off strike, leaving the nervous-looking Carberry to face Johnson. He dangles the bat and is lucky to see the ball miss the edge. England are going nowhere at the moment. Maybe the experienced Bell needs to have a quiet word with Carbs.


    Andrew French, TMS inbox: Tom Gravy

    Will in Manila: Curtly Ambrosia would make it into a West Indies foodie XI - Devon knows how they Malcolm so creamy

  122. 0356: 
    Eng 84-3 (Carberry 40, Bell 2)

    I don't think Nathan Lyon to Michael Carberry will have featured in many pundits' "key clashes" lists but it's turning into a mini-classic. Carberry, whose scoring has dried up a bit, prods and weaves his way through the over. He's in survival mode at the moment.

    Now then, Clarke recalls Johnson to test out Bell...

  123. 0354: 
    Eng 84-3

    Ian Bell - he of the 62 average this calendar year - gets off the mark with a couple of runs on the leg side off the tireless Harris.

    Tom Fordyce on Bell's Ashes form, Chief sports writer at the Gabba

    "Ian Bell to the rescue once again? Three times last summer he saved England's burning bacon in a similar situation to this - at Trent Bridge, with the hosts four down in their second innings and just 66 runs ahead; on the first morning at Lord's, with England teetering at 23-3; at Durham, when England lost their third second-innings wicket with the lead at just 17. On each occasion it was a Bell hundred that first stamped out the sparks and then set up the win. Can he continue once again where he left off in Blighty?"


    Matt in Norwich, via text on 81111: It seems the story of the summer is repeating itself; both top orders falling cheaply, relying on one or two men for the bulk of their runs, and both teams' bowlers outperforming their batsmen. If Bell doesn't get his standard century I'll start to worry.

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

    "It's been an excellent spell from Australia, they've bowled dots, maidens. The ball before Pietersen got out he moved to the off side, trying to whip. You know if you can keep him quiet he'll give you a chance. There are good signs for Nathan Lyon too, just getting the odd ball to spin."

  127. 0349: 
    Eng 82-3 (Carberry 40, Bell 0)

    Four pairs of Aussie hands are cupped in anticipation but Carberry safely negotiates a probing maiden from Lyon. Ian Bell taking guard now - can he pick up where he left off in the Ashes summer?

  128. 0347: 
    Eng 82-3

    That wicket has come about through the pressure being applied by the Australian bowlers on the England scoring rate. The tourist had only scored 27 runs in the hour since lunch before that wicket. Lyon to resumer to Carberry now with Australia sensing their chance.

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

    "Pietersen might have thought it was four when he hit it. He made good contact, but it was straight at Bailey, a real bonus wicket. It's a bit of a gift, all that perseverance has been rewarded. A huge wicket for Australia."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  130. 0344: 
    WICKET- Pietersen c Bailey b Harris 18 (Eng 82-3)
    Ryan Harris dismisses Kevin Pietersen

    Pietersen has scored almost all of his runs through midwicket but his favourite shot proves his undoing as he flicks Harris in the air to Bailey, who holds on to a sharp catch. No first-innings fairytale in his 100th Test then.

    Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Cook 13), 2-55 (Trott 10), 3-82 (Pietersen 18)

    Harris' figures: 11-4-23-2

    Match scorecard


    William Evans, TMS inbox: David Bhun-a would come in at 3 in my Foodie XI.

  132. 0339: 
    Eng 82-2 (Carberry 40, Pietersen 18)

    Time for some twirl in the form of Nathan Lyon, the groundsman turned Test match off-spinner. We've got a short leg in place from the start and after three balls Clarke ups the ante with a silly point. Lovely stuff from Lyon as the last two balls straighten and bounce sharply past Carberry's blade. Encouragement for Australia as they seek further inroads in the England order.


    Ben, TMS inbox: Before discussions on the Foodie XI begin, we should really say Grace.

  134. 0333: 
    Eng 82-2 (trail by 213)

    Hold on, run out chance here. Carberry is renowned for being quick between the wickets but he's not really on his toes here as Warner throws down the stumps. The Aussies want to send this to the TV umpire, but Aleem Dar says no, and it's the right call, although Carbs foolishly entered the crease with his bat in the air.


    Baz from Bolton via text: Can you beat-Root for a place in the Foodie XI?

  136. 0326: 
    Eng 77-2

    It doesn't matter how hard you hit this ball through midwicket, you ain't going to make it to the boundary. I think they've got reinforced grass at the Gabba. Just one to KP from Siddle's ninth over. His figures thus far are a distinctly miserly: 9-3-13-0.


    Alex in Canada, TMS inbox: Foodie XI - Jackson 3-bird-roast and Ian Bell-Pepper. Onions and Mustard must be a shoe in straight away.

  138. 0321: 
    Eng 74-2
    Kevin Pietersen

    KP moves into double figures with a flick through midwicket. Carbs, looking calmer and more confident by the second, safely rides out the rest of the Harris over.


    Matt Andrews: Did Siddle still have a banana skin left in his hand?

  140. 0316: 
    Eng 70-2

    Siddle briefly requires treatment to his injured paw, but there's no cure for his bruised pride after that horror-drop. He digs one in short but KP spots it early and gets well out of the way.

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

    "It took Siddle by surprise, but Pietersen can hit it harder than that. He had his fingers pointing to the sky and it looks like he's hurt his pinkie. It's an opportunity missed, albeit a tough chance for a fast bowler following through."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special

  142. 0313: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 70-2
    Peter Siddle

    What did I say about Siddle removing KP seven times? It should have been eight! Pietersen pushes one straight back towards the bowler, who puts down a simple chance. Siddle, fatally, took his eye off the ball, and only succeeded in parrying it with his little finger. How big will that moment prove to be?

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

    "Carberry is playing it late, right under his eyes. He's doing the right thing, not going after deliveries wide of off stump. He's doing great."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.


    Jk: The Foodie XI would obviously still be coached by Andy Flour.

  145. 0310: 
    Eng 68-2 (Carberry 38, Pietersen 6)

    Clarke is rotating his seamers, but still no sign of Shane Watson, who was often give short partnership-breaking spells in the summer Ashes in England. Harris beats Carbs outside off stump then drifts to leg and gets clobbered, but they only get two on this sluggish outfield.

    A Question of Sport Teaser

    Here's today's Question of Sport puzzler for you:

    Michael Carberry is the ninth player whose surname begins with C to make his England Test debut since 1990, can you name the other eight?

  147. 0306: 
    Eng 66-2

    Siddle has got Pietersen out seven times, more than any other bowler. Pietersen can't get him away at the moment, twice picking out men on the off side.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a good contest at the moment, one that calms when Carberry is on strike."


    Tony in Telford, via text on 81111: Foodie XI, Alan Lamb and Mark Butcher.

  150. 0301: 
    Eng 66-2 (Carberry 36, Pietersen 6)

    Here we go - a bit of chit-chat between Johnson and Pietersen at the non-striker's end, no doubt discussing the thriving Brisbane theatre scene. The Gabba looks a picture by the way - a perfect three-tiered circle of green. Four more to Carbs, deliberately steered past the slips.

  151. 0257: 
    Eng 61-2

    Siddle shoots a beaut past Carberry's outside edge then almost gets through with a yorker. Clarke is every inch the eager Pup as he runs towards the bowler to suggest a review, but Siddle politely points out that Carberry got a fair bit of bat on ball before any boot was involved. Good over from the Bananaman though.

    Tom Fordyce watching Pietersen bat, Chief sports writer at the Gabba

    "You know as surely as surf goes with turf that KP will be wanting to mark his anniversary with something of a party. In the first over he faced even the leaves were done with the ostentatious flourish of a camp matador. Something will happen here, good or bad for England, and the Gabba crowd know it - no-one is lingering over lunch out the back of the stands."


    Poynton Dad: For dads doing nightfeeds, don't you think Ryan Harris looks more like the Gruffalo than a rhino?

    Jack Lennon-French: Siddle is so could leave him in a room with your advent calendar and he wouldn't eat a single one.

  154. 0250: 
    Eng 61-2

    Single to Carberry gives Johnson another chance to bowl to KP. The last ball is short but not short enough and, quick as a flash, Pietersen whips it away to the boundary for four.

    With Cook, Carbs and KP involved in the action, there's quite a culinary theme developing today, especially if you add Peter Siddle and his 20 bananas. Can we form a foodie XI?

  155. 0248: 
    Eng 56-2 (Carberry 31, Pietersen 1)

    Peter Siddle - no doubt fuelled by one or two lunchtime bananas from his 20-a-day quota - charges in to KP and keeps him honest with a slick set of six. Maiden over.

  156. 0244: 
    Eng 56-2

    An explosive start to the post-lunch session. Johnson digs one in short and Pietersen can't resist a hook but gets nothing on the ball. Deeps breaths Kev. Now a calm dab to get off the mark. Carberry ducks under two bouncers to round off the over.

  157. 0239: 
    Kevin Pietersen walks out in his 100th Test

    Hello everyone and welcome back to our coverage of day two of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. Time for a man called Kevin Peter Pietersen from Pietermaritzburg to take centre stage on the occasion of his 100th cap...

  158. 0213:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special, BBC Test Match Special

    To keep you entertained through lunch, TMS is speaking to Sachin Tendulkar's mother-in-law. Apparently, the Little Master loves roast lamb.

    We'll be back after a break, when Sam Sheringham will talk you through the afternoon session.

  159. 0211: 

    So who did that morning belong to? I suspect it will be Australia who are enjoying their lunch a little more. Yes, their score of 295 looks below par, but the twin removals of Cook and Trott would not have been in England's script.

    Alastair Cook walks off for 13
    BBC Radio 5 liveBBC COVERAGE

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    Links to all these programmes can be found on the BBC Radio 5 live Ashes index and the cricket index on the BBC Sport website.


    Terence Craven: Big mistake Trott. Which version of KP is gonna turn up after lunch?

    Pat O'Hara: We all knew something horrible was going to happen in the last over.

    Jack of all Trades: Scrappy innings from Trott. Deserves to be out, hasn't looked comfortable.

  162. 0209: 

    Also, Shane Watson and Michael Carberry were having a right good chinwag as they left the field for the interval. They are old Hampshire team-mates, so I suspect it was friendly.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Gabba

    "Sloppy from England before lunch - that was a ropey old way for Trott to get out, and it's given Mitchell Johnson an absolute Brucie bonus of a wicket after he had gone for 32 from his first six overs. With Pietersen to charge at after the interval, Aussie danders will be in attack position."

  164. 0208: 

    As Freddie points out, Kevin Pietersen will be arriving at the crease in his 100th Test after lunch. As Australia bounded into joyous celebrations on the fall of that Trott wicket, skipper Michael Clarke did not move a muscle from his position at slip, like a football manager who does not react when his team scores. Did he sense it all along? Did he recognise the same problem he encountered himself?


    Freddie Mickshik: Poor from Trott. Right then KP, bit of lunch then the stage is set..."

  166. 0206: 
    Eng 55-2

    I'm with Vic Marks on this. Trott's whole innings had the same sense of foreboding that hung over Michael Clarke yesterday. As Clarke can expect to face plenty of short stuff from Stuart Broad for the rest of this series, so Trott should get used to his own chin being tested.

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

    "The whole feeling is like the dismissal of Clarke. To get the wicket in exactly the prescribed manner just lifts the team. Just as England were cock-a hoop when Clarke was out to a rib-tickler, likewise Australia had peppered Trott with short balls as a pre-prepared plan. Trott had countered by taking steps to the off side and playing quite aggressively but that ball was too quick and he got the inside edge and the Aussies were absolutely jubilant."

  168. 0203: 
    LUNCH- Eng 55-2

    Did England make problems for themselves there? Carberry and Cook made no attempt to slow Siddle's previous over, meaning Johnson had time for another set. Ultimately, he needed only one ball.

  169. 0200: 
    WICKET- Trott c Haddin b Johnson 10 (Eng 55-2)
    Mitchell Johnson strikes

    Mitchell Johnson has his man, Australia strike on the stroke of lunch! Jonathan Trott looked totally uncomfortable against Johnson's bumpers and it was a shortish ball that was his undoing. Shuffling across, wafting, he got a tiny feather through to Brad Haddin, sparking riotous celebrations from the Australia pacer and the rest of the Baggy Greens. With that, they take lunch. Who will enjoy their brew more?

    Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Cook 13), 2-55 (Trott 10)

    Johnson's figures: 6.1-0-32-1

    Match scorecard


    Will in Sheffield via text to 81111: About the Addams family song at 0139 - It is also directed at Mitchell Johnson, to do with his mum and wife not getting on. "His mother hates his missus, his missus hates his mother, they all hate one another, the Johnson family".

  171. 0200: 
    Eng 55-1 (Carberry 31, Trott 10)

    If you're wondering why Trott is a target for short stuff, one reason is that he takes a little walk towards the bowler, making it harder to get on the back foot to play the bumpers. Siddle winding up for what could be the final over before lunch, ooohing and aaahing as Trott walks right across his stumps to expose the leg peg. Carberry leaves the final ball, one more over? Australia rush round - Johnson will get one more at Trott before they head off for a vegemite sandwich.

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

    "It's a good contest out there. Trott has responded quite aggressively to the challenge of Johnson, which is interesting, and he is exposing his leg stump quite a bit, which is also interesting."

  173. 0155: 
    Eng 51-1 (trail by 244)

    Johnson to Trott, game on. Three slips, gully, leg gully, short leg. Do not expect many in the batsman's half. Ooofff! A ripsnorter of a bouncer has Trott in a terrible tangle, lucky not to glove a catch. He sprints three from the next ball, but a Carberry single means Trott must face the chin music once more. Plenty of chatter from the Aussie fielders, but Trott, puffing his chest out, is unruffled. For now.


    Guy Smith, TMS inbox: Re Chris Lennon (0139): Am now explaining to my Australian work colleagues here in Perth what a Toby Carvery is.

  175. 0149: 
    Eng 45-1 (trail by 250)

    Peter Siddle replaces Harris at the Vulture Street End (the best name of an end in world cricket?) and entices Carberry to aim a flashy cut. No edge, but a rare mistake from the Hampshire man. Siddle, by the way, is a vegan, who apparently eats shed loads of bananas. No meat for Pete.


    BBC TMS: England haven't had an opening partnership of over 50 in any first innings of their last 14 series. Average of 21.

    Peter Siddle took a hat-trick on his birthday three years ago at the Gabba. It's his birthday again on the 5th day of this Test.

    Australia's wicketkeeper Brad Haddin now has 199 dismissals in Test Cricket.

  177. 0144: 
    Eng 43-1 (Carberry 25, Trott 4)

    Ooof, Michael Carberry works Johnson fine, right where leg slip would have been had Australia not dispensed with the catcher. Michael Clarke shakes his head, Johnson goes back to testing out the middle of the pitch. Carberry, crouched low over his bat, backside jutting out towards point, ducks under the head-seeking missiles.


    Chris Lennon: Mr and Mrs Carberry missed a trick by not calling their son Toby.

  179. 0139: 
    Eng 38-1 (13 overs)

    Mitchell Johnson is once again being serenaded by the Barmy Army, who add the actions to the song that contains a word which I'm not allowed to write. The trumpeter follows that up with the theme from the Addams family, which I'm also certain is rude, but I'm not sure to whom it refers. Harris to Trott, England's number three solidly playing back a maiden.

    Joe Wilson, BBC Sport at the Gabba

    "The official scorer in the Gabba press box has already mistaken Carberry for Root once today, announcing that the Yorkshireman had induced the Haddin run-out. It looks like the Aussie bowlers might have done the same thing by bowling a good right-hander's line to Cook and Carberry before Ryan Harris finally got it right to dismiss Cook.

    "Mitchell Johnson was interesting speaking to media last night here. He admitted that he felt nerves on the Ashes stage again yesterday. The whole occasion with anthem and fanfare might actually be a lot for Australian players to live up to."

  181. 0136: 
    Eng 38-1 (trail by 257)

    Sure enough, Mitchell Johnson is called upon to have an early blast at Trott, his bunny during the one-dayers in England. He has to make do with bowling at Carberry, posting a leg slip, but overpitching to allow the leftie to drive for four. No more of that full nonsense, Johnson goes short to ironic cheers from the Barmy Army.

  182. 0131: 
    Eng 32-1 (Carberry 14, Trott 4)

    Looking at that dismissal again, Alastair Cook's feet barely moved. With the ball just shaping back in to him, he gave no sort of stride and was not in position to play forward properly. Jonathan Trott the new man, a player that Aussie coach Darren Lehmann thinks the home side have worked out. Two catchers are placed on the leg side, Trott can expect to get some short stuff. As Mitchell Johnson gets loose, Trott eases through mid-wicket for four.

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

    "One ball can turn it around. That was the length to bowl to Cook, who doesn't get a long way forward, and just what Australia needed because they are behind the eight-ball. Once Cook gets in he can pile up a massive score but he's on his way early today."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  184. 0126: 
    WICKET- Cook c Haddin b Harris 13 (Eng 28-1)
    Alastair Cook is out for 13

    Got him! Australia strike, Ryan Harris eventually out-waiting Alastair Cook. Just as he had so many times before, Harris probes around Cook's off stump, but this time the England skip plays and gets a thin edge through to the delighted Brad Haddin. Before that over started, Michael Clarke asked Harris if he wanted to continue, the Rhino asking for one more, and it paid off. He's removed the England captain through sheer patience.

    Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Cook 13)

    Harris' figures: 5.1-2-8-1

    Match scorecard

  185. 0126: 
    Eng 28-0

    Carberry's helmet is motorcycle-style, made of plastic. The sun glints of it, as it does from the shades that sit atop Michael Clarke's baggy green cap. The skipper bites his bottom lip, fiddles with his collar, the cogs turning as he ponders how to break this opening stand. Siddle's over is not the best, Carberry barely forced to play.


    William Lyons: "Johnson & Warner with those 'taches - an ironic Movember homage to the Village People perhaps?"

  187. 0121: 
    Eng 26-0 (Cook 12, Carberry 13)

    The crisps go round the live text desk, snacking the night away. How are you managing to get through? Harris and Cook resume their battle of wills, the result a stalemate. Can you imagine how long these two could make a game of Monopoly last for?

    Tom Fordyce on Mitchell Johnson's first spell, Chief sports writer at the Gabba

    "Cheers from the Barmy Army as Mitchell Johnson is hooked from the attack after just three overs. From Skipper Clarke's point of view, you can understand it - Johnson had been quick, as he always is, but not as flat-out fast as he was in the one-day series last summer - up to 94mph then, around 87mph today. His lack of accuracy was more of a problem - no consistency, his slingy arm getting low, the ball coming out with seam all over the place. Plus ca change..."

  189. 0117: 
    Eng 26-0 (trail by 269)

    The first change of bowling, Peter Siddle replacing Johnson. Siddle, the tree-cutter, took a hat-trick in Brisbane on the first day three years ago. Collar upturned, sweatband on his arm, Siddle is full, almost persuading Carberry to offer a return catch. Question. Why did Siddle cover his face in zinc in England, yet eschews the war paint in Australia? The Brisbane sun surely requires more protection than the Manchester rain?

  190. 0112: 
    Eng 24-0 (Cook 12, Carberry 11)
    Alastair Cook and Michael Carberry

    A shot from the stump cam gives a glimpse of the wonderful blue sky over the Gabba, not a cloud in it. Underneath that blanket of blue, Harris charges in, again going across Cook. Leave, leave, leave. Who will blink first? It's Harris, straying on to Cook's pads to be worked for a couple.


    Ben Stanfield: Wonder if "He's a mode of transport, and a little piece of fruit...Car-berry, Car-berry!" will ever catch on at the Ageas Bowl?

  192. 0109: 
    Eng 22-0 (Cook 10, Carberry 11)

    Right then, what have we learned from the early stages of Mitch-watch? His pace is good, around and over 90mph, but the line hasn't always been the best. Johnson looks more dangerous when he goes full, a point illustrated by the absolute jaffa that is too good for Carberry. Full, swinging away, the England opener's lead-footed poke beaten. Carberry's response is to slash over the slips for four, leaving Johnson to look at the wicket in dejection.

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

    "It's been a bit of a slow start. Both teams are feeling each other out. It's a very good batting wicket. We haven't seen many lbw shouts, just a few play and misses, and there has been no DRS used in the series so far."

  194. 0104: 
    Eng 18-0 (trail by 277)

    There are a lot of empty seats inside the Gabba, the humming noise of the crowd much quieter than yesterday. "Come on Rhino," is the shout of encouragement from behind the stumps, as Harris goes across Cook. Australia's plan will be to starve the skip of width, drawing him forward to look for an edge. Cook up to the task so far.


    Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker: Before Michael Carberry, who was the last England opener to bat with an earring? Doubt it was Geoffrey Boycott.

  196. 0101: 
    Eng 17-0 (4 overs)

    Johnson, jet-black hair, hurtles in towards a wicket that is showing some crazy-paving style cracks. Johnson's pace is such that any slight err in line can be costly, and Cook gets four fine when Johnson strays down the leg side. To show he's in decent touch, Cook then leans back to pull a bumper square for four. The England skip on to 10, added to his marathon of three years ago, he's now 245 not out at the Gabba.


    Andrew Pym via text to 81111: Interesting to see that Australia have chosen Freddie Mercury as their second opening bowler.

  198. 0056: 
    Eng 9-0 (Cook 2, Carberry 6)

    Ryan Harris, looking like the weight on his huge shoulders might eventually push him into the turf, winds himself up to hustle in as he did with such effect during the summer. Not a great deal of movement, ball angled across Carberry, a maiden.

    Tom Fordyce on Carberry's Ashes debut, Chief sports writer at the Gabba

    "How will Michael Carberry be feeling out on the Gabba hotplate? The home crowd at the Gabba may be saving most of their abuse for Broad and KP, but this is a step above anything the 33-year-old has experienced before. He might do an excellent dressing-room impression of Viv Richards, but it's unlikely he'll be feeling quite as swagger-confident as King Viv out there quite yet."

  200. 0053: 
    Eng 9-0

    Johnson, left-arm rapid, pumps his tattooed arms, angling the ball into the pads of this pair of England lefties. Single to Carberry, then ooohs as Cook jams down on a yorker. Johnson's ticker is up, every ball above 90mph. If he gets it right, he'll be a handful.


    Dirty Mike Hunter: The Aussies might want to consider the Atkins diet... Although I suspect they will have a Carb overload for a couple of days.

  202. 0047: 
    Eng 6-0

    Mitchell Johnson at the other end, the Barmy Army straight into THAT song...

  203. 0046: 
    Eng 6-0 (Cook 0, Carberry 5)

    A leg bye puts Carberry on the dancefloor right away, with Brad Haddin and David Warner immediately in his ear to remind him exactly what he's about to do. Carberry, the dead ringer for Wesley Snipes, has the relief of immediately taking a couple of twos, one on the leg side, another straight.


    Lawrence Bowman: All the banter and boos is what the Ashes is all about...good natured fun, it's only the media who try & make it something more.

  205. 0043: 

    Cook on strike, Ryan Harris with the ball, three slips, gully, short leg. Here we go.

  206. 0040: 
    Michael Carberry walks out to bat

    I wonder what Michael Carberry is thinking? He's got his pads on and waits with skipper Alastair Cook to open the batting in only his second Test match. The Aussies, led by Michael Clarke, are out under the brilliant blue sky. England's openers follow.

  207. 0038: 
    Australia 295 all out

    I'm not sure I agree with Jim Maxwell, in the same way I didn't see the fuss when Ricky Ponting used to get booed in England.

    Am I right in thinking it's all a bit of fun, nothing vicious? Or am I being naive?

    Jim Maxwell, BBC Test Match Special commentator

    "It's disappointing seeing Broad getting booed. Most of the Australian public are very sporting, but there are a few goons in the ground who should be showing more respect."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  209. 0036: 
    Australia 295 all out
    Brad Haddin is run out

    Haddin was so far out the third umpire wasn't required, he kept running all the way to the pavilion. England follow, led by Stuart Broad, who finished with 6-81. He removes his hat, showing the ball to all corners of the sun-kissed Gabba. There are plenty of boos, but Broad's smile is as wide as the Brisbane River.

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

    "It was never two runs. You do these things in the heat of battle, when you get caught up in the emotions.

    "I am looking forward to what is going to take place now. I think most people are interested in seeing whether Mitchell Johnson can be fast and accurate with the ball."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  211. 0032: 
    WICKET- Haddin run out 94 (Aus 295 all out)

    England have their final wicket, though perhaps not in the way they might have imagined. Brad Haddin is denied a century, run out looking for a second run that wasn't on. Dabbing Anderson into the off side, he takes on the arm of the onrushing Michael Carberry, whose throw, with the help of Matt Prior, beats the Aussie keeper. Australia are 295 all out, England's batsmen can get their mums and dads on.

    Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Rogers 1), 2-71 (Watson 22), 3-73 (Clarke 1), 4-83 (Warner 49), 5-100 (Bailey 3), 6-132 (Smith 31), 7-246 (Johnson 64), 8-265 (Siddle 7), 9-282 (Harris 9), 10-295 (Haddin 94).

    Final bowling figures: Anderson 25.1-5-67-2; Broad 24-3-81-6; Tremlett 19-3-51-1; Swann 26-4-80-0; Root 3-1-5-0

    Full scorecard

  212. 0032: 
    Aus 294-9

    Ah, Brad Haddin you old tease. Lulling us in by pushing a few singles. We all know you want to swing for the fences, leaning back to biff Broad for four at cow corner. Bar a single slip, every fielder is on the boundary, leaving Braddin (love that nickname) to take a single. When the rakish Lyon - who reminds me of a young John Cleese - gets on strike, Broad lets him smell the leather. Lyon, jack-knifing, somehow gets out of the way.

  213. 0027: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 289-9

    England think they have their man, appealing as Anderson whistles past the gloves of Lyon. Nothing doing and England aren't convinced enough to pull out the first review of the series. Haddin, incidentally, took a single from the first ball of the over.

  214. 0022: 
    Aus 288-9 (Haddin 87, Lyon 1)
    Brad Haddin

    There are almost two different games going on out there. When Haddin is on strike to Broad, the field spreads as if he's forgotten to wear deodorant. When Lyon gets at the business end, he has more company than a lottery winner. England don't mind Haddin taking singles in the early part of the over, but Haddin also looks to have a lot of trust in Lyon. Lyon, for his part, looks solid and Haddin has the strike for the next over as he looks to edge towards a century.


    Chris Caselton: With the Phantom Menace getting his 6th wicket I guess its a case of the Empire Strikes Back.

  216. 0016: 
    Aus 285-9

    Now then, we could be in for some fun and games. Haddin's only remaining company is Nathan Lyon, so the keeper could be looking for the big sticks with which to tee off. Immediately he flays Anderson through the off side, trusting Lyon enough to take three. Lyon, who has a decent enough average of 13.55, ducks and prods to survive.

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

    "Harris guided it through and it was a simple catch for Matt Prior. Harris was looking quite dangerous so that is a really big wicket for England."

  218. 0011: 
    WICKET- Harris c Prior b Broad 9 (Aus 282-9)
    Stuart Broad celebrates

    England strike in the third over of the day, Stuart Broad taking his sixth wicket. It's Ryan Harris who must depart, the Rhino looking to leave but not withdrawing the blade quickly enough. The edge goes to wicketkeeper Matt Prior, who moves to his right to take the catch in both mits. Broad, the man the whole of Australia tried to unsettle, has 6-73. England need one more before they can have a bat.

    Fall of wickets: 1-12 (Rogers 1), 2-71 (Watson 22), 3-73 (Clarke 1), 4-83 (Warner 49), 5-100 (Bailey 3), 6-132 (Smith 31), 7-246 (Johnson 64), 8-265 (Siddle 7), 9-282 (Harris 9)

    Broad's figures: 22-3-73-6

    Full scorecard


    Robbie Alexander: Advantage England, let's see these tail enders off so Cook and Carberry can have at a crack at the Gabba.

  220. 0007: 
    Aus 279-8 (92 overs)

    This ball is only 11 overs old, so James Anderson will expect to get some movement in the air. Towel tucked in the waistband of his freshly laundered whites, he goes away, away, away from Haddin before pulling out the in-ducker. Haddin, the sergeant major, is straight in defence before edging a single off the final ball.

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

    "Michael Carberry will be hoping for two quick ones this morning so he can get out there and start his Ashes debut with the bat. What he won't want is an hour out there in the heat."

  222. 0003: 
    Aus 278-8 (Haddin 79, Harris 8)

    The start of a day's Test cricket abroad isn't accompanied by Jerusalem and some would say that's a good thing. Still, the Barmy Army give us their rendition as Haddin pinches a single before Harris tidily takes a couple of twos. Some movement for Broad, but the radar isn't quite right yet.

    Barmy Army members
    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Gabba

    "Glenn McGrath might be talking of Australia declaring shortly before tea, but this second day of the Ashes is surely more about what Australia's bowlers can do with the ball rather than if they can waggle the tail with the bat. While this looks like a 375+ pitch, there are a few early cracks appearing; Michael Carberry is a greenhorn at this level, while England failed to make 400 in 10 innings last summer. Should Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris hit their straps, this game could yet be more interesting than the first day's one-sided exchanges indicated."

  224. 0000: 

    Right then, the players are out. Brad Haddin, 78 not out, on strike, Ryan Harris is at the other end on four.

    Stuart Broad (who else?) has the ball. Play.


    Joseph Trotter: If that pig could fly then Australia might win this series.

  226. 2356: 

    So how are you shaping up? Any tiredness today? Did you manage to hide the affects of an Ashes all-nighter from the boss?

    Steel yourself, we're ready to go again.


    Joe Burwell: The pig being smuggled onto the pitch was treated for dehydration? An example of DRY humour from the Aussies?


    Rob in Auckland, TMS inbox: Is there any truth in the rumour there were three other pigs due to be released? Matthew Hoggard, Steve Hamisson and Jonathon Trotter?

  229. 2350: 

    Mitchell Johnson on TMS: "The pitch is a little bit soft, there's divots out there that will come into play. It was nice to score some runs, put a partnership on when we needed it."

  230. 2348: 

    Stuart Broad on TMS: "When the Aussie fans were calling us every name under the sun, we were singing the songs and clapping along. It's not too offensive, it's actually pretty enjoyable, but I'm glad my mum didn't hear it."

    Read our chief sports writer Tom Fordyce's thoughts on Broad's day one display on the BBC Sport website.


    Peter Wood: Want to be batting by lunch so hope Cook attacks both ends. Worried about Haddin looks in good nick.

  232. 2345: 

    Do you have any messages of support for Ash the pig? Go the whole hog and share them with me. Text 81111, tweet using the hashtag #bbccricket, or email These methods of communication are not only for pig-based chat, you may even want to talk about the cricket.

  233. 2343: 

    That pig stunt is a repeat of what happened on an England tour in the 1980s, when a hog was released with the names of Ian Botham and Eddie Hemmings written on it.

    Jonathan Agnew is recounting the same tail (geddit?) on TMS, which you can hear on 5 live sports extra, online and the BBC Sport app.

  234. 2340: 
    A fan reads the Courier Mail

    So that is where we begin on another gloriously sunny day in Queensland.

    There are, though, a couple more things to wrap up from day one. Much talk was of the Brisbane Courier-Mail's attempt to unsettle Broad, their plan was to not even mention his name.

    Despite his first-day heroics, the Courier-Mail has continued their ploy, referring to Broad as the Phantom Menace and airbrushing him out of pictures.

    There was also the odd story of a man being arrested for attempting to release a pig on to the Gabba. Ash, the pig, is fine after being treated for dehydration. I suspect we'll talk much more about this as the day unfolds.

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

    "Michael Clarke will be hurting after yesterday. Maybe it was because of his back or he misjudged the tennis ball bounce but it looked really ugly the way he got out yesterday."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  236. 2336: 

    The Aussies fought back in the shape of Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson, a stand of 114 ended when Broad bowled Johnson for his fifth wicket.

    Haddin remains, though, his unbeaten 78 taking Australia to 273-8 overnight.

    Their Gabba aim will be to eke out as many runs as possible, while England will want to wrap up the tail then bat long on a pitch that is likely to get better and better to bat on.

  237. 2334: 
    Stuart Broad

    The home side were most generous to Stuart Broad, the man about as welcome in Australia as a politician on the doorstep.

    Bowling with accuracy, patience and a little hostility, Broad tore the heart out of the Aussie top order to help reduce the Baggy Greens to 132-6.

  238. 2332: 

    For much of the build-up, Australia talked as if England were left off their Christmas card list, only to then repent and offer the most generous gift imaginable.

    Indeed, so wasteful were the Aussies of the chance to bat on a flat Brisbane pitch, it was like they had given England a yacht in Darling Harbour, filled with a fridge full of Victoria Bitter and served by a butler called Bruce.

  239. 2330: 

    If the Ashes opener was cricket's equivalent of Christmas Day, then is today Boxing Day? Then again, cricket has its own version of Boxing Day, actually on Boxing Day.

    Either way, the Ashes is a gift that is potentially split into 25 separate treats. We're all set for part two.

Live Scores - Australia v England


  • Australia beat England by 381 runs
  • Australia: 295 & 401-7 (94.0 overs)
  • England: 136 & 179 (81.1 overs)
  • Venue: Brisbane

England 2nd Innings

All out
Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total all out 179
Cook c Haddin b Lyon 65
Carberry b Harris 0
Trott c Lyon b Johnson 9
Pietersen c Sub b Johnson 26
Bell c Haddin b Siddle 32
Root not out 26
Prior c Warner b Lyon 4
Broad c Haddin b Johnson 4
Swann c Smith b Johnson 0
Tremlett c Bailey b Harris 7
Anderson c and b Johnson 2
Extras 1nb 1w 2lb 4

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