First Ashes Test, day three, The Gabba, as it happened

England finish day three on 24-2 after being set 561 to win the first Ashes Test.

22 November 2013 Last updated at 23:29 GMT

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  1. 0835: 

    And that is where we will end another horrible day for England. Can they fight on day four, maybe drag this match into a fifth day? Defeat seems inevitable, but a meek surrender may have lasting effects on the rest of the series. Join us from 2330 tonight.

  2. 0831: 

    Wowzers. According to David Warner, England have "scared eyes" at the moment. Keep on the BBC Sport website for more reaction throughout the day.


    Andy in Shropshire, via text on 81111: England's batting has been an issue for 18 months. Our bowlers have bailed us out time and again. Cook, Trott and Prior have struggled now for a long time. I'm a big Trott fan but he looks drained of confidence and his technical flaws are there for all to see. Trouble is that I'm not sure who would come in, and loyalty seems to completely outweigh form.

  4. 0823: 

    England pace bowler James Anderson: "With the runs on the board, the lead they had, they could play with a bit more freedom and attack Swanny a bit more, and that's going to put pressure on the rest of us.

    "It's one of those things where they had that lead and the way we performed with the bat in the first innings wasn't good enough so we were always going to struggle today. But I thought we fought really well."


    Ian in St Anne's, via text on 81111: Whatever happens, we've only lost one test. We could have lost by a run. England will dust themselves down just after they did after the drubbing in the first test in India and will get to grips with this Aussie side. Mitchell Johnson is still only Mitchell Johnson but with thousands of screaming Australians behind him.

  6. 0817: 

    So where do England go from here? Their only option is to bat as long as possible. Without suggesting this series will be like the 5-0 whitewash of 2006-07, I'm certainly reminded of the hopeless position England were in on this ground. Their captain that match was Andrew Flintoff and he hosts a special Ashes edition of Fighting Talk on 5 live from 1100.


    Alistair Lowe: Still firmly behind England but questions do have to be asked when you take such a pounding.

    Ralph Brooker: Problem: who replaces Trott? Bairstow at 3? Won't work. Trott was supposed to have solved England's long-term no.3 problem.

    Eddie Jones: Time to calm down? Great teams lose matches. We've even bested by an average Aussie line-up that got the wind in their sails.

  8. 0811: 

    From there, the calm Cook and the skittish Pietersen managed to ride the storm, but the damage was well and truly done. England close on 24-2, surely the only question is how long they can make this match last for?

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

    "Jonathan Trott has a problem and it was a continuation of the first innings. He showed he had a problem with a short ball and he decided to play his shots but he's not the sort of player to be positive and play the pull and hook shot. He's a player who is quiet at the crease and scores his runs. Taking on the fast bowler doesn't work for him."

  10. 0808: 

    And then the misery of Jonathan Trott, a man who looked in total disarray when faced with the fire of Johnson. A couple of loose wafts, it seemed inevitable that he would fall...and then he did. A skied pull to deep square leg. A horrible end to a horrible innings.

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

    "Michael Carberry was unlucky. He played the ball with soft hands and it just bounced down and hit the stumps. Alastair Cook has the right ideas on how to bat in these situations. If there's a bad ball he will hit it. I don't think you should just sit back and defend."

  12. 0806: 

    Could they start by seeing out the day? Could they withstand the fire of Ryan Harris and Mitchell Johnson? Not a chance.

    Michael Carberry the first man to go, unlucky to play the ball on to his stumps.

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

    "England had their chance to seize the initiative when Australia were 132-6 in the first innings. They weren't good enough to take it."

  14. 0805: 

    Swann eventually had Clarke, while the reliable Stuart Broad accounted for Warner. But England's misery did not stop there. Fifty for Brad Haddin, contributions from George Bailey and Mitchell Johnson, the ball being battered all round Brisbane. Eventually, Clarke called time, England left the small matter of 561 to win.

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

    "It's a worry for England about Graeme Swann because he is 30% of the bowling attack. If he doesn't have a big effect, England are seriously depleted. I thought he might get some turn at Adelaide but I've since heard it's going to be flat. It will turn at Sydney too, but we might be out of the series by then."

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  17. 0801: 

    Clarke was majestic for his 113, David Warner brutal in crashing 124. Graeme Swann came in for some harsh treatment, going for 135 in his 27 overs.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "England farmed the strike to try and set up Michael Clarke with a short ball but it just served to play him in."

  19. 0759: 

    It was strange to see England gift the strike to Michael Clarke in the hope that Stuart Broad could ruffle the Aussie skipper. But, from the moment that Clarke pulled a Broad bouncer for four, it was one-way traffic.

  20. 0758: 

    But to concentrate on England's frailties would be to do a disservice to Australia, who have had a wonderful day. There were in a strong position on the resumption, leading by 224 runs, and, after the early losses of Chris Rogers and Shane Watson, they rammed home that advantage.


    James Keeling: In all these years how has nobody else spotted that Trott can't play a short ball? Brilliant disciplined cricket from Aussies.

    Ric Beeching: Not enjoying the fickleness here. A humbling two days for England but don't turn your back on them after half a test.

    Richard Powell: Watching Pietersen walk off smiling and shaking hands sums up England's attitude.

  22. 0754: 

    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.

  23. 0753: 

    There are also two ways at looking at a performance as poor as this. Is it the culmination of a steady decline over the past 18 months or so, or merely the bad game that comes around for all teams once in a while?

    Let's not forget that England were unbeaten in 13 matches before this. Remember the awful hammering they took from all quarters following the first Test defeat in India last year? The recovery there was remarkable.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been a fatal day for England. They look dazed and are well and truly in the mire."

    Listen to a review of the day's play with Geoffrey Boycott on BBC Test Match Special.

  25. 0751: 

    One thing England can take from today is that their bowlers stuck top the task well. Yes, Graeme Swann was expensive and Chris Tremlett was ineffective at times, but they still ended with five wickets between them.

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

    "The crowd have helped Australia - they have been hostile and England just haven't had any answers. The cracks that we thought were in the England team, but which were hidden because they won 3-0 in the summer, are wide open now."

  27. 0749: 

    I'm with Michael Vaughan - since that 5-0 whitewash of 2006-07, have England had a worse Ashes Test than this? Headingley in 2009? Perth in 2010-11? Australia seem to have the wood on most of their batsmen and could finally be getting their own house in order.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "David Warner set up Australia's declaration and Michael Clarke just followed in his slipstream. England have been steamrollered. Their door is off its hinges."

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

    "I can't remember two days as bad as this from this England team - they have been nowhere near the standard we expect. But the Australians have played a great brand of aggressive cricket."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  30. 0747: 
    CLOSE OF PLAY- Eng 24-2
    Kevin Pietersen shakes hands with David Warner

    Right then, last over of the day, Lyon to Cook. Four men around the bat - slip, leg slip, silly point and short leg. Cook, though, is immovable. He plods forward to end another horrible for his side. He strides off with England 24-2, just 537 short of victory. Hopeless? You'd think so.

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

    "Everybody laughs at Shivnarine Chanderpaul's stance at the crease, but all he is doing is getting his eyes in the right place to see the ball. Jonathan Trott is doing the opposite at the moment."

  32. 0743: 
    Eng 24-2

    Probably two overs left. Siddle to his bunny Pietersen in front of a bafflingly half-empty Gabba. Surely the Aussies want to witness every moment of English misery? Siddle's great strength against Pietersen is his ability to frustrate the Surrey man, but KP, tattoos on his right upper-arm, plays for the close.

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

    "Unless he changes his technique, the struggles are going to continue for Jonathan Trott. His stats against quality seam bowling - look at Australia, South Africa and Pakistan - he struggles. Against spin and medium-pace he gets thousands of runs and books himself in for bed and breakfast."

  34. 0739: 
    Eng 24-2

    There's a banana skin lying just over the boundary rope. Must be one of Siddle's. The spindly Lyon skips in around the wicket to the frantic Pietersen, who eventually works one round the corner. Cook, who seems to be ignoring the enormity of the situation, has a forward defence as wide as a door.


    Ben, in sunny but frosty Cumbria, TMS inbox: Two words to sum this up: Graeme Hick. England are flat track bullies that can't cope with real pressure. Remember UAE with Pakistan's half-decent spin?

  36. 0736: 
    Eng 23-2 (561 to win)

    Peter Siddle, the banana-fuelled tree-chopper, bustles in with his backside jutting out behind him. The floodlights have taken such effect that they are glinting off the grille of Alastair Cook's helmet. Amid the carnage, Cook has kept his cool, and is watchful in defence.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "You feel like that initial surge has gone now and, with the light drawing in, England just have another 10 minutes to hang on."


    Batmanu Eboue: England's batting line-up is truly overrated. Most of the batsmen are living off past reputations.

    Alistair Lowe: Can anyone be surprised at this after first innings debacle? Genuine pace is rare at any level and currently we can't deal with it.

  39. 0731: 
    Eng 21-2 (561 to win)

    If you're just waking up, the story of the day is very simple. Australia have racked up sheadloads of runs, setting England 561 to win. Now, they have the tourists well and truly on the rack, Carberry and Trott already gone. The more I think of it, the more Trott's struggles perplex me. How can a Test number three be so fallible to short bowling? Nathan Lyon on to bowl some off-breaks in the gathering gloom, testing Cook with a little turn.


    Ben P: What a shocking shot from Trott. Better to let the ball hit you than do something as brainless as that.

    Michael Bairstow: Trott. Trott. Trott. What on earth are you playing at? Do the England players want 2 days off?

    Ned: What is going on? Come on! Dig deep, be stubborn & own that crease! We are a much better team than Oz so let's show them!!!!

  41. 0728: 
    Eng 19-2 (561 to win)

    Those seven overs might not be completed, we can only go on until 0745 GMT. Peter Siddle - the man who has dismissed Kevin Pietersen more times than any other bowler - replaces Johnson, but it's Cook on strike, leaving alone. Chris Tremlett sits in the England dressing room, pads on, the nightwatchman. He's biting his nails. If I was him I'd be chewing through my helmet. Nice from Cook, straight drive for four.

  42. 0724: 
    Eng 15-2 (561 to win)

    This is the sort of scene that was so common in the 1990s and 2000s. A sun-kissed Australian evening, England in a hopeless position, baggy green caps buzzing all over the place. The floodlights are on to supplement the dropping sun - imagine facing Harris and Johnson in fading light. Cook at least does well to push down the ground for three. There are seven overs remaining in the day.


    Brian Vickers: What's Steven Finn not being selected got to do with it? England needed a first innings score of around 400, end of debate.

  44. 0720: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 12-2
    Alastair Cook dives to make his ground

    What on earth is happening out there? England are in total disarray. Kevin Pietersen, from his very first ball, sets off for the most suicidal single, leaving Alastair Cook to dive for his ground. Experience? Composure? Where art thou? Back on the subject of Trott - if he continues to struggle against Johnson like that, will he even last the series?

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

    "I'm afraid Jonathan Trott has got to ask himself many questions. Soul-searching for Jonathan Trott. Mitchell Johnson has got the wool over his eyes. That is as bad an innings as I have seen from an England number three. He is all over the oche. For the first time in his career there is a big question mark over Jonathan Trott."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  46. 0714: 
    WICKET- Trott c Lyon b Johnson 9 (Eng 10-2)
    Jonathan Trott

    It just had to happen, it was clear to everyone watching that Jonathan Trott was unable to survive the barrage from Mitchell Johnson. Another short ball, Trott can only shovel straight to Nathan Lyon at deep square leg. A huge problem for Trott in the context of this series, but, in terms of this match, England are being humiliated.

    Fall of wickets: 1-1 (Carberry 0), 2-10 (Trott 9)

    Johnson's figures: 3.1-2-5-1

    Match scorecard - England target: 561

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

    "If I was Mitchell Johnson, I would just be aiming for Trott's leg stump. He's walking over to cover point."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "If I was James Anderson and somebody told me to go and get my pads on, I'd tell them where to go."

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

    "These are the worst nine runs I've ever seen an England number three make."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  50. 0710: 
    Eng 10-1 (561 to win)

    Jonathan Trott is all at sea to Mitchell Johnson here. Granted, it can't be very nice having the prowling Johnson bowling 90+mph head-seeking missiles at you, but Trott is always over the place. An uncontrolled pull for four, a waft, a duck. The sun retreating, shadows lengthening, the worst possible time to face fast bowling. Now what? Pull shot...high in the air...landing between two fielders. I'd be stunned if Trott makes it to the close if he keeps playing like this.


    Nicholas Kirwan: Sailing around Cape Horn, listening to TMS. Explaining to the Polish 3rd Engineer that "Wicket" is not an Ali G catchphrase.

  52. 0706: 
    Eng 4-1

    Thanks, Sam. So Australia set England 561 to win. Ten short? Perhaps Australia could give England two innings and they'd still fall short?

  53. 0705: 
    Eng 4-1

    Trott whips his first ball through midwicket for three. Trott and Cook, second innings, Brisbane. Can they do it again? Can they survive tonight more to the point. Stephan Shemilt will keep you informed.

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

    "It's the worst start possible for England. Carberry thought he had it covered, he was in behind it. But, it's gone between his legs and on to the stumps."

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "There are some ways of getting out that, as a batsman, you feel completely burgled."

  56. 0701: 
    WICKET- Carberry b Harris 0 (Eng 1-1)
    Michael Carberry is out for a duck

    Hammer blow. Carbs is finally made to play at one. He defends on the back foot with soft hands and the ball bounces down between his legs and rebounds onto the stumps.

  57. 0659: 
    Eng 1-0

    Cook middles a cut and it's athletically stopped by Nathan Lyon at point. Johnson is yet to hit the 90mph mark - he's still going through the gears.


    Steve, TMS inbox: Last Ashes series in Australia I was at the Gabba, The MCG and the SCG. This year I'm on nightshifts in Cardiff. Quite happy with how that's panned out thus far.

  59. 0655: 
    Eng 1-0 (target 561)

    The first run of the England innings is a leg bye, via the outside of Cook's pad. Then Carberry is almost snared by a rip-snorter of a delivery from Harris that moves away late past the bat. I was wrong about the mood of the England fans. Just seen a group of them dancing and chanting in the crowd. Most of them did have beers in their hands though.


    Australian journalist Malcolm Conn: Rain saved England at Old Trafford and The Oval. Surely it can't save them in Brisbane over the next two days.

    Well, Malcolm, there could be some rain around in Brisbane tomorrow...

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

    "There will be a little bit of outswing when Johnson gets it right. Bowling at his pace and getting swing makes it that much more difficult for the batsmen."

  62. 0650: 
    Eng 0-0

    Carberry looks as focussed as a brain surgeon as he awaits Johnson. Two leaves, a block, then a straight bouncer that Carbs ducks underneath. It can't be long before Johnson goes round the wicket to try to reprise his first innings dismissal of the Hampshire leftie.


    Ben Pathe: Regarding this nasty 16 over barrage at the end of day 3, anyone else having flashbacks to Trinidad and 46 all out?

  64. 0643: 
    Eng 0-0 (trail by 560)

    Harris to Cook and - ooh - what a horrible waft of the bat at a ball angled across him. No nick but far too close for comfort. What are the odds on England having a nightwatchman at the crease by the close of play? And will it be Jimmy or Tremlett? That would be a very short straw to pull with Johnson and Harris bowling.

    A Question of Sport

    Earlier, we set you a Question of Sport brain-teaser to keep you going through the night. The question was this: Stuart Broad became the sixth Englishman since 1980 to take five wickets in an innings at the Gabba. Who are the others?

    The famous five are: Bob Willis, Graham Dilley, John Emburey, Alan Mullally and Steven Finn.

    Yes, Steven Finn... how England could have done with his pace this match...


    Ken in Nottingham, TMS inbox: Not quite sure why everyone is going so OTT about Mitch. He's always won 1 Test an Ashes for the Aussies (Headingley 2009 + Perth 2010)- he will fade away after this Test. I'm still confident that we will retain.

  67. 0637: 
    Fans in fancy dress

    I think this picture probably aptly conveys the mood among the Aussie faithful in the Gabba crowd. I can't see any England fans but I doubt they are quite as chipper. Cook and Carbs, what have you got?

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

    "England are going to have 16 overs to face. Australia have scored quickly, Warner and Clarke really seemed to target Swann. It has been a tough day for England, Australia will be looking to make inroads tonight."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  69. 0633: 

    Siddle cracks a Tremlett half-volley for four. Two leg-byes take Australia past the 400 mark and that is the signal for Michael Clarke to call his men in. England need 561 for the most unlikely of wins.

    England's bowling figures tell a sorry story. Anderson 19-2-73-0, Broad 16-4-55-2, Tremlett 17-2-69-3, Swann 27-2-135-2, Root 15-2-57-0.

    Match scorecard

  70. 0630: 

    To recap the day, England took two early wickets and had a glimmer of a chance, but Michael Clarke (113) and David Warner (124) reasserted the Aussie supremacy with a 158 stand. We await an Aussie declaration and an England battle to save the game.

    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.

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

    "There's no great celebration from England. Tremlett shrugs his shoulders, he's actually got three wickets. It's not a bad time to bowl if you fancy taking some."

  72. 0626: 
    WICKET- Haddin c Anderson b Tremlett 53 (Aus 395-7)

    Haddin slaps to Anderson at point and Tremlett, somehow, has 3-65. Not really sure those figures tell the whole story.

    Fall of wickets: 1-67 (Rogers 16), 2-75 (Watson 6), 3-233 (Warner 124), 4-242 (Smith 0), 5-294 (Clarke 113), 6-305 (Bailey 34), 7-395 (Haddin 53)

    Tremlett's figures: 16.1-2-65-3

    Australia's lead: 554

    Match scorecard


    Sami Dabbagh: Mitchell Johnson has become the strongest man in the world. I've just seen that 6 land in front of me in Singapore.

  74. 0624: 
    Aus 395-6

    Johnson hammers Swann again. There should be a man under this. There isn't because Carberry has strolled in from his position on the long-on fence. And Swann is livid. Spitting feathers. Let's give Carberry the benefit of the doubt. He's got a very important innings to think about.

  75. 0621: 
    HADDIN FIFTY- Aus 387-6 (Haddin 50, Johnson 34)

    Johnson launches into Tremlett against but doesn't time it. The ball is in the air for some time but lands between two fielders. Another fifty for Haddin - his second of the match - off just 49 balls. He's never had it so easy.

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

    "England can only hope that Johnson is trying to hit the ball so far, he pulls a muscle. That was an almighty hit."


    Akhil Sharma: There must be a part of Mitchell Johnson which is jumping up and down at the moment. He is living every child's dream in this Test.

  78. 0614: 
    Aus 381-6 (lead by 540)

    I'm seeing a lot of teeth on the Aussie balcony - they are a very cheery bunch. And they are even cheerier now as Johnson absolutely catapults Tremlett over long-on for six. Brutal with the ball, brutal with the bat, oh Mitchell Johnson he really is back!

  79. 0609: 
    Aus 369-6

    Johnson is not all about power. Here he is scooping Swann over his shoulder for four. Swann's going at five an over here. Very worrying for England going forward.


    Alex, TMS inbox: Re 0537 - Three backpacker lads from England currently sitting in a bar watching The Ashes in China, Beijing! We'd be there if we had tickets *cough* Simon *cough*

  81. 0606: 
    Aus 356-6

    Our 6am sub-editor has just walked in and delivered a withering assessment of Chris Tremlett's bowling. "He looks like he is inventing bowling" every time he runs up apparently. Good chat. Might get him on the keyboard.

    Johnson clearly doesn't rate him too highly - here he is belting one down the ground for four as he takes 12 from the over.

    Fans enjoy the match on day three

    Fans are making the most of the day.

    Joe Wilson, BBC Sport at the Gabba

    On Twitter: No chance for England now? Remember Queensland made 900 for 6 on this ground 7 years ago as ABC just reminding us.

  84. 0600: 
    Aus 346-6

    You have to admire the blind optimism of the Barmies. I guess they've had years of practice. They are now singing Swann will tear you apart while Billy toots out the Joy Division tune. He does, at least, put the brakes on the scoring a bit.

  85. 0556: 
    Aus 345-6 (Haddin 42, Johnson 4)

    Having said that, the Barmy Army are still in good voice as they sing along to 'Ring of Fire' while Billy the Trumpeter parps out the tune. Broad continues to slug away to Johnson but his pace his down and there's little threat. I've a feeling this declaration can't be long away.

  86. 0552: 
    AUSTRALIA'S LEAD PASSES 500- Aus 343-6

    Haddin gloves a Jimmy bumper over Prior's head for four. There are a remarkable number of empty seats out there given Australia's ascendancy, or maybe they are al expats like Simon, who just can't handle it today.


    Mike Bell: Somewhat concerned that we haven't got Monty to bat out the last day with Jimmy.

  88. 0548: 
    Aus 340-6

    Johnson pulls at a leg side bouncer from Broad. Prior claims a catch. Review? Non merci. Nohing on Snicko. Good decision. More short stuff follows but nothing to really ruffle Johnson's feathers as yet.

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  90. 0542: 
    Aus 335-6 (lead by 494

    So Simon, let me get this right. You have flown from Japan to Brisbane with a ticket for the Ashes and you are not even there. Extraordinary. What's the furthest you've ever travelled to not watch cricket?

    Anderson's wicketless day continues with a fairly innocuous over with the new ball. Haven't seen any movement today for the England quickies.


    Simon, TMS inbox: Been in Brisbane for first three days down from Japan. Can't face the ground today so sorting it out in central Brisso with a few pints and some Aussie banter!

  92. 0537: 

    Just waking up? Here's what you've missed. England took two early wickets on day three but were flattened by a 158 partnership between David Warner and Michael Clarke. Warner made 124 and Clarke 113 as they pushed Australia's lead beyond 400. With Australia heading for declaration, wickets have started to fall, but this match is only heading in one direction.

    Match scorecard

  93. 0536: 
    Aus 332-6 (Haddin 32, Johnson 1)

    Time-wasting from England as Broad spends an age tinkering with his field and chatting to Cook. Will he try to bounce Johnson? No, it's a yorker that Mitchell digs out for a single. The next ball is short and Haddin pulls it away for a one-bounce four.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Gabba

    "When to declare? Former Aussie skipper Allan Border tells us he'd bat on. And on. And on. 'Come back tomorrow'. With the lead already close to 480, might Clarke fancy tipping his baggy green cap to history and set England 518 to win?"

  95. 0530: 
    NEW BALL- Aus 325-6 (lead by 484)

    What do they say about the new ball? It goes more quickly off the bat? Haddin tests the theory with an uppercut at Anderson that flies wide of the slips for four. Prior has a word with Jimmy, who nods knowingly. It's a shorter ball, but the result is the same, a top-edge over the slip for four is followed by a pull in front of square for four more.

  96. 0525: 
    Aus 310-6 (Haddin 11, Johnson 0)

    This was the partnership that turned the tide on day one after England had flattened Australia's top order. Haddin hoiks Root away for three, then Johnson blocks the last three balls. Biding his time. It won't be long before take-off.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Mitchell Johnson in with a new ball due. I'd be throwing it to the big men and telling them to beat him up. Get loose, Broady, get loose, Tremmers."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

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

    "Bailey played down Piccadilly and it went down Bakerloo. He was more concerned about getting his bat and pad together than actually hitting the ball. England have done all they can with the ball."

  99. 0521: 

    That was Graeme Swann's 250th Test wicket - he's the seventh Englishman to reach the mark and the fifth quickest.

  100. 0520: 
    WICKET- Bailey b Swann 34 (Aus 305-6)
    George Bailey misses

    Bailey plays inside the line of a ball from Swann, the ball beats the bat and flattens his off stump. Wow, those mockers worked fast.

    Fall of wickets: 1-67 (Rogers 16), 2-75 (Watson 6), 3-233 (Warner 124), 4-242 (Smith 0), 5-294 (Clarke 113), 6-305 (Bailey 34)

    Australia's lead: 464

    Match scorecard

  101. 0518: 
    Aus 304-5

    Here we go then, Root is bowling his 14th (14th!) over of the innings, with a short leg and a slip in place. A run apiece to Haddin and Bailey, who will have a cheeky eye on fifty on dayboo.

  102. 0516: 

    Morning all. Sam Sheringham here to steer you through the next couple of hours. How long ago does day one feel now? Weren't England all over Australia at the start of this match?

  103. 0512: 

    Former Australia captain Allan Border on TMS: "I really enjoyed my time at Essex, I played under Keith Fletcher and I learned a lot about man-management and enjoying cricket. The Australia team wasn't playing that well and I was a reluctant captain. I enjoyed the way he operated behind the scenes."

  104. 0508: 

    Former Australia captain Allan Border on TMS: "I copped a bit of flak after the 1985 and 1986-87 series. As a captain, there was a lot said about my friendliness with the England boys. I took it to heart. 1989 was a watershed for me as captain. I just thought I had to have a harder edge to the way I did things. I didn't put an edict out to the other boys, but I just wanted to be more hard-nosed."

  105. 0506: 
    Allan Border

    Former Australia captain Allan Border on TMS: "There's nothing like an Ashes series to get the adrenaline pumping. The crowd sense that Australia are on a rise and can compete with a very good England team. We were on a downer at 132-6 and it's been an incredible turnaround."

  106. 0504: 

    Former Australia captain Allan Border on TMS: "I think Mitchell Johnson brings something more to the table, his slingy action is more difficult to pick up. All the guys around the first-class scene want to avoid Johnson at all costs."

  107. 0502: 

    A tough day for England, reminiscent of the days of Allan Border's Aussie leadership. He's on TMS during tea, after which Sam Sheringham will be here for a little while.


    Chris in Croydon, via text on 81111: Listening to tms with my newborn twins, Danny and Jacob. Danny only sleeps if the cricket is on the radio. Looks like I've got some depressing nights ahead of me.

  109. 0500: 

    How much more pain might England have to endure? They are simply waiting for Australia to ask them to bat again. If Australia bat for another hour after tea, they will be ahead by about 530.

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

    "Australia have played the brand of cricket they did for so long in the 1990s and 2000s. They have taken on the same positivity of the Langers, Haydens and Pontings. It's a good tactic."

  111. 0457: 
    TEA- Aus 299-5

    Swann to the gum-chewing Haddin, Ian Bell applauded by keeper Matt Prior as he dives around at short leg. Haddin plays for tea, marching off with a single on the leg side. The end of another Australia-dominated session. The home side have added 154 runs in 32 overs and lead by 458.

  112. 0454: 
    Aus 298-5 (lead by 457)

    Brad Haddin emerges with his Baggy Green cap, rather than a helmet, on his head. That slog from Clarke was a further sign of Australia's intent. Perhaps they'll push on to a 500+ lead after tea before declaring. England do have the new ball due soon, though. Joe Root still, is this the final over before tea? Bailey pulls for four. I think we'll get another in.

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

    "That delivery was a bit slower and it was a real hack to the leg side from Michael Clarke. He played right across it, but it was a tremendous innings. He came out with a positivity and has put his team in a positive position."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  114. 0449: 
    WICKET- Clarke b Swann 113 (Aus 294-5)
    Graeme Swann celebrates

    Finally Michael Clarke goes, finally Graeme Swann has a wicket in this match. It's a pretty ugly end for such a classy player, a run and swipe across the line to be bowled middle stump. Swann raises his arms and looks to the sky in relief, while the Gabba rises to salute the Australia skipper. The end of a wonderful innings.

    Fall of wickets: 1-67 (Rogers 16), 2-75 (Watson 6), 3-233 (Warner 124), 4-242 (Smith 0), 5-294 (Clarke 113)

    Clarke's innings: 197 minutes, 130 balls, 9 fours and one six

    Swann's figures: 20.5-2-112-1

    Australia's lead: 453

    Match scorecard

  115. 0447: 
    Aus 290-4 (74 overs)

    If you're wondering why we're not taking tea, this afternoon session has been extended by 15 minutes because of the earlier rain break. Joe Root continues - his off-breaks have been tidy - and Bailey struggles to get the ball away. Australia are 449 ahead - will they declare tonight?


    Dave in Cheltenham via text to 81111: Reasons to be cheerful - 1. the Aussies are always one argument away from a complete meltdown 2. KP will fire at some stage 3. England haven't become a bad team overnight 4. Aussie middle order only thing saving them as the openers aren't performing.

  117. 0443: 
    Aus 288-4 (lead by 447)

    That Bailey review stopped me from reflecting of Michael Clarke's wonderful ton. It was strange to see England so obviously gifting him the strike so early on, but he gave them a thumb in the eye by so confidently playing Stuart Broad's short balls. Since that moment, he has exuded class and control, making a huge statement. For those of you who like this sort of info, it came from 115 balls with nine fours and a six.


    From Jo in Cheshire via text to 81111: Thought I had great timing: having a newborn to feed through the night so I get to watch the Ashes..... Not so sure now.

  119. 0437: 
    NOT OUT- Aus 279-4

    Ooohhh. I wouldn't make much of an umpire. Pitching in line, turning, no bat, straight enough. Is it hitting? Well yes, and no. The graphic shows that it would have taken out the top of leg stump, but not enough to make it any more than 'umpire's call'. Not out, but it would have taken leg stump out of the ground. England's reviews are gone, but they will be topped up in nine overs.

  120. 0435: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Aus 279-4

    Swann around the wicket, Bailey prodding forward. Shout, not out. The mothers' meeting decides we should have another look. Optimistic, I reckon.

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

    "He's milking this and rightfully so. It has been a magnificent innings, full of positive intent and strokeplay. He celebrated to the dressing-room there and he was about three yards away from Alastair Cook. I think this is when Clarke is at his best, out in the middle, making a statement."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  122. 0429: 
    100 FOR MICHAEL CLARKE- Aus 278-4
    Michael Clarke

    Well played Michael Clarke, he nudges Joe Root through square leg to move to a 25th Test hundred. The helmet comes off, he raises his bat to the dressing room with a smile as wide as the Brisbane River. It's a remarkable innings when you think of the tame way he fell to Stuart Broad in the first innings. England even had the temerity to gift him the strike when he arrived at the crease this morning. Now, the Gabba stands to applaud the captain who is engineering an Australia win in this first Ashes Test.

  123. 0429: 
    Aus 271-4 (Clarke 99, Bailey 20)

    Clarke made to wait a little longer, Bailey cutting a couple then watchfully defending Swann. Clarke will have the strike to Root, the Gabba tingles in anticipation.


    Anonymous via text: "Day 3 of the first Test in a 5 Test series and already the knives are out. Where is the faith? We know this England team are notoriously slow starters. If it was day 3 of the 3rd test then I could sympathise. Keep the faith in the lads and get off their backs."

  125. 0425: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Aus 269-4
    Ian Bell is unable to hold on

    Oooh, chance for England. Very sharp to Ian Bell, George Bailey bat-pads Joe Root to short leg, but it's in and out in a flash. Before that, Michael Clarke had cut for three to move to 99. "Clarkey, Clarkey," screams the Gabba. They wait to acclaim the skipper.


    Stuart Mitchell: England have to believe they can get themselves out of this mess, 180+ overs and weather, set the tone for the remainder of series.

  127. 0422: 
    Aus 265-4 (lead by 424)

    Lots of tea being drank on the live text desk, plenty of biscuits being eaten. I've come a cropper with too much dunking, lost half a Bourbon. What's the optimum dunking time? You get a nice chocolaty treat at the bottom of the mug, though. Graeme Swann, never the most understanding bowler, loses his rag when a Matt Prior shy at the sumps gives away an overthrow. "Nooooo," from Swann, followed by an expletive. His mood darkens further when Bailey plants a straight six. Might be best to stay out of his way for a while.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Everything Australia have wanted to do in this match they have done. The only thing is for George Bailey to get runs. They've undermined the third seamer, Graeme Swann looks down, which is not the Swann we are used to, and Australia are rubbing England's noses in the dirt."

  129. 0418: 
    Aus 255-4 (lead by 414)

    Erm, fetch. Joe Root makes it spin from both ends, but his low full toss is met by Bailey's dance and biff over cow corner for six. Massive celebrations in that section of the crowd as young chap takes the catch. It looks like the greatest moment of his life.


    Reasons to be positive from Scott in West Sussex via text: 1) Australia are deeply scarred from failing to win here last time despite a massive lead 2) Clouds 3) Rogers and Watson out early again 4) Swann has given em a false sense of security by pretending he can't get wickets 5) it's the weekend 6) nearly Xmas!!

  131. 0415: 
    Aus 248-4 (Clarke 93, Bailey 3)

    Graeme Swann - expensive to go for 82 in 15 overs - returns. You know it's warm when Swann is operating in a short-sleeved shirt, he's usually a long-sleeve man. Michael Clarke, nearing a wonderful hundred, exchanges singles with Bailey. The skip is seven away. Swann, not finding much turn, shakes his head in frustration.


    Jack Turner: We're going to need Carberry to pull off an even more realistic Viv Richards impression to get us out of this one.

  133. 0410: 
    Aus 244-4 (64 overs)

    I don't think I've seen a batsman as comfortable at the crease as Michael Clarke. It's almost as if he was born with pads on and a bat in his hand. George Bailey, on the other hand, looks like an awkward Paul Collingwood. That shuffle across means you can see leg stump when he plays the ball. The improving Tremlett sends down a tidy one, his figures of 2-40 are not bad.

  134. 0405: 
    Aus 243-4 (lead by 402)

    Debutant George Bailey is the new man, arriving in brilliant sunshine under a beautiful blue sky. Remember that rain we spoke of earlier? There's no sign of it. James Anderson recalled to the attack, Bailey getting right across his stumps to defend. When Anderson drops short, Bailey hooks to mid on. "Big shot that, mate," says Anderson. Grumpy Jimmy is still fighting.

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

    "That was a very good delivery. He got the ball in the right area which goes to show that this wicket is not the batting paradise that we have been trying to make out."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  136. 0358: 
    WICKET- Smith c Prior b Tremlett 0 (Aus 242-4)
    Chris Tremlett

    I arrive with a wicket! Steve Smith goes for a duck, edging behind off Chris Tremlett. We've been critical of Tremlett, but that was a beauty, pitching on off stump and holding its line. There's a little in this pitch, which probably isn't good news for England. They are chipping away, but are already too far behind.

    Fall of wickets: 1-67 (Rogers 16), 2-75 (Watson 6), 3-233 (Warner 124), 4-242 (Smith 0)

    Tremlett's figures: 11.4-2-38-2

    Australia's lead: 401

    Match scorecard


    Andrew, via text on 81111: The sooner this England team gets picked on form and not reputation the better. Too many passengers.

  138. 0355: 
    AUSTRALIA LEAD PASSES 400- Aus 242-3

    More beachball antics in the crowd, but they are standing to attention now as Clarke lashes Broad past mid-on for four. That's his 1,000th run at the Gabba. Broad goes back to plan A and tries out a short ball to Clarke, but the Aussie skipper ducks underneath with ease. Another short one down the leg side is pulled away for four. And with the Aussie lead now past 400, I give you ... Stephan Shemilt.


    Andy Mardell: It's my fault. My first time in Oz to see Ashes and the boys are struggling. Sorry everyone.

  140. 0348: 
    Aus 234-3 (Clarke 82, Smith 0)

    An improved, but largely unthreatening over from Tremlett. They do say that you become a better player when you are out of the side. Out of a losing side anyway. Indeed, Tim Bresnan's stature is growing by the minute.

  141. 0347: 
    Aus 233-3 (lead by 392)

    The partnership between Warner and skipper Clarke was 158. That was Broad's 50th Ashes wicket. Smith survives the last two balls of the over.


    Dane October: I switched the telly on and Warner was out next ball. That was all me.

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

    "That's a great innings. Australia needed that after losing two early wickets. That shot I think he was in two minds because Stuart Broad got the ball in the right area. England haven't had enough of those and Australia have been scoring at will. Take Broad out of the game and England would be even further behind."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  144. 0342: 
    WICKET- Warner c Prior b Broad 124 (Aus 233-3)
    David Warner

    Warner smashes Broad over his head for a majestic six but gets himself in two minds to a much better delivery angled across him and feathers a catch through to Prior. Warner is furious with himself as he walks back to the pavilion but it's been a blistering knock.

    Fall of wickets: 1-67 (Rogers 16), 2-75 (Watson 6), 3-233 (Warner 124)

    Warner's 124: 288 minutes, 154 balls, 13 fours and one six (stand of 158 with Clarke)

    Broad's figures: 11.4-4-37-2

    Australia's lead: 392

    Match scorecard

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Gabba

    "With Warner and Clarke cutting loose with merry abandon, thoughts are already turning to when the skipper will declare. At the start of play the wise Aussie owls were predicting a nasty 15 overs for England before tea; with the current run-rate at a run a ball, it could easily come at tea."

  146. 0337: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Aus 227-2 (lead by 385)

    Swann is pulled from the England attack and into the firing line comes Chris Tremlett. Trott throws himself to the ground at extra cover to save four from another elegant Clarke drive.

    TMS are scraping around for reasons to be cheerful is you are an England fan? Any throughts? Personally I'm stumped.

    A timely drinks break all round.


    Rob in Pelsall, via text on 81111: Don't know how much more of this I can take. Making a Friday night shift even more miserable.

  148. 0333: 
    Aus 224-2

    Now then, can Broad get the breakthrough? Clarke leans back and cuts him late a la Ian Bell for four. Then a stroke of luck for skipper Pup as an inside edge bounces over his stumps. Clarke has 80 off 86 balls. Would anyone bet against a 25th Test century?

  149. 0326: 
    Aus 220-2

    The Swann-bashing continues. Not sure I've seen England's premier spinner look so impotent. A boundary apiece for Clarke and Warner. Swann's figures at present are 15-2-82-0. Ouch.


    Richard, TMS inbox: I have some long 12-hour nights shifts to negotiate Saturday and Sunday, I had been hopeful of listening to TMS as the hours ticked by, but I fear we will be three down by the close in a lost hope of a chase. What is the England average in first innings of first match of a series since late 2012? It can't be much above 150.

  151. 0323: 
    Aus 213-2

    Does watching this as an England fan qualify as a form of self-harm? Clarke calls for a risky single and Warner has to get his shirt dirty to beat Root's throw. There's a beachball on the pitch, they think it's all over ... to be honest, it probably is. Just the five runs from the over.

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

    "If Swann struggles, England struggle. He's such a vital part of their team. That's a big shot from Clarke, but he knew he could avoid the man at long-on. Swann is really being put under the pump, Australia are trying to make a statement."


    Matt in Aberystwyth, via text on 81111: I for one am still up. But as a student sleeping on a Friday night isn't really allowed.

  154. 0317: 
    Aus 203-2 (lead by 362)
    Graeme Swann is hit for six

    Misery upon misery for England. Clarke greets the returning Swann with a lusty club over long-on for six. Warner smacks him through the covers for four. 16 runs off the over in total. What can Cookie do? I'm not really sure there is anything he can do until he gets a bat between his mitts.


    Andrew Hiscoke: You beauty Davey Warner! Congrats on a great ton!


    Ian, TMS inbox: Give Tymal Mills a game. Raw I know, but alternative as fast left-arm. Can do know worse than 'timid' Tremlett or 'frail' Finn.

  157. 0312: 
    Aus 187-2 (Warner 104, Clarke 55)

    Warner's ton was greeted with unbridled joy in the Aussie dressing-room, with lots of shouting and furious clapping, while Clarke gave his buddy a full-on man hug. The fielders are mostly back on the boundary for Jimmy as he cedes five singles off the over. England just seem to be lying down and taking it at the moment.


    BBCTMS: Only two teams have scored over 200 to win a Test at the Gabba. Highest 236 in 1951 Australia v West Indies.

  159. 0307: 
    WARNER 100- Aus 182-2 (lead by 341)

    One hundred runs for David Warner as he punches Joe Root through the off side for three. Warner punching Root? Sound familiar? The left-handed opener celebrates with a big leap into the air with arms aloft. It's his fourth Test century and first against England. It came from 135 balls and featured 11 fours.

    David Warner

    Match scorecard.

    Listen to the moment described on BBC Test Match Special.

  160. 0303: 
    Aus 177-2 (Warner 99, Clarke 50)

    A bit of extra bounce from Jimmy induces a thick edge from Warner, which races away wide of second slip for four. Warner is on 99 now and licking his lips. Ooh, he's a lucky man as Jimmy snakes one past the outside of his bat. One more ball in the over - but Warner is happy to defend and bide his time.

    Are there any England fans out there staying up to follow this? Not that I would ever urge anyone to turn in, but surely if there was a time for an early night...

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

    "All England can do is try to bowl is tight as possible and keep everyone on their toes. If they do get any sort of chance, they have to grab it."

  162. 0258: 
    CLARKE FIFTY- Aus 173-2

    Clarke works Root away for a single to reach fifty off 64 balls. It's his 28th in Tests and he will be eyeing a big one now. Australia's lead is now 332 and counting.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "For Alastair Cook, this is the biggest challenge of his brief time as captain."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  164. 0255: 
    Aus 171-1

    Swann off, Jimmy on. Still 32 overs until the new ball, but can Anderson get some reverse wiggle? Clarke glances off his toes to move within one of a demi-ton then Warner shows utter disdain for England's finest bowler as he launches him back over his head for four.


    Rob, TMS inbox: Processing sequencing reactions in the lab. At 3:42 am. In Vienna. With an Australian lab head. Very much an Englishman abroad and disappointed in the national team.

  166. 0250: 
    Aus 166-2

    Root to Clarke - four more over the top. Broad is off the field at the moment talking to bowling coach David Saker. Good luck hatching a plan fellas...

  167. 0246: 
    Aus 161-2 (Warner 57, Clarke 43)

    Runs galore off Swann's first over after lunch. A slow low full toss is driven for four by Warner then a shorter ball is cut away for three. Then three more as Clarke flicks one off his leg. Australia have scored 16 runs in the first two overs after lunch.

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

    "As a batsman if I'd have known Joe Root would be bowling after lunch I'd have asked to have stayed out there. They want to try to tie him up but Michael Clarke is a wonderful player of spinners, one of the best in the world."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  169. 0243: 
    Aus 151-2

    Punchy start from the Aussies after lunch. Root drops one short and Clarke dismisses the ball as if he were swatting a pesky fly to pick up four runs past square leg. Then he drives for two to reach 3,000 runs as captain in Test cricket. - the fifth fastest to do so (the others being Bradman, Jayawardene, Gooch and Lara).

  170. 0240: 

    The sun is out at the Gabba, the home fans are in good voice and Joe Root will resume England's offensive...

    Australian fans pose for the camera
  171. 0237:  
    Glenn McGrath, Ex-Australia fast bowler on BBC Test Match Special

    "As a bowler, when you felt your batsmen had let you down, did you say something?

    "There was always plenty of banter. We had the FBC - we called ourselves the Fast Bowlers Cartel. The batsmen were the Platinum Club - they would swan around and have lattes.

    "But the team comes first. If we had a bad day I would stop and think 'what could I have done better to help the team today?'

    You are all good mates at the end of the day and we came together to perform as well as we could in the middle.

    BBC Radio Test Match SpecialASK GLENN McGRATH

    Has the Australian media gone over the top with this Stuart Broad stuff?

    "The English tabloids have been around for years and given everyone a hard time. I remember when they were waiting for us at the castle in Durham in 2005 and when we arrived, they sent out a topless lady and immediately took a load of photos of her with us before we knew what was going on.

    "Hopefully what the Courier-Mail has been doing has been a bit of fun. Once they had started it, they couldn't stop. They would have looked soft. Broad should take it as a sign of respect that they are trying to intimidate him and put him off his game. I think he enjoys it."

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

    Your Australian team or the West indies team of the 1970s and 1980s - which was better?

    "It's tough to compare teams from different eras, but that West Indies team was awesome. They had four fast bowlers and there was no respite for the batsmen at all - they were putting their life on the line going out there.

    "The one thing they lacked was a spinner and that is where Shane Warne would stand out in any team."


    What's your record for consecutive ducks?

    "I think in my Test career I got 35 of them. I hold the Australian record - one more than Shane Warne. I got golden ducks on my Test and one-day batting debuts, but someone told me that I have dismissed over 100 batsmen for ducks so these things even each other out."

    Have you ever asked for a cricketer's autograph?

    "The first game of cricket I ever saw Australia play was only a year before I played for them myself. I swapped shirts with Sachin and Lara, and in 2005 when we trained at Manchester United, I even swapped shirts with Ryan Giggs."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

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

    Who was harder to bowl at - Lara or Tendulkar?

    "They are two of the standout players of this era and I enjoyed bowling to both of them because it was a challenge. I always felt Brian was more destructive. He didn't want to be tied down and you could use his ego against him. Sachin was a bit more reserved. I felt I could be a little bit more effective in cutting out his scoring opportunities. I got Brian out a lot more times."


    Do you ever wonder what might have happened if you hadn't trodden on that ball at Edgbaston?

    "Well I certainly wouldn't have got my first big cheer in England!

    "I don't deal in what-ifs. England played some great cricket in that series and deserved to win, but it was restored back in Australia when we got another opportunity. Ricky probably has nightmares about his decision to bowl first after I got injured but everyone was telling us to do that and we probably fell for it."

    BBC Radio Test Match SpecialASK GLENN McGRATH

    How many ice-creams do you eat every day?

    "I probably need to cut down. I have an Italian wife who is an incredible cook. I like to finish off my lunch with something sweet - chocolate is my favourite thing. It's not as easy to burn off when you are not bowling 25 overs a day."

    ASK GLENN McGRATH- #asktms

    Why can't all Test match bowlers manage control?

    "If you had five or six Glenn McGrath type bowlers it would be pretty boring. That was my thing. I wasn't that quick but I had control and bounce. If you are as quick as Mitchell Johnson you inevitably lose a bit of control. Jimmy Anderson gets it to swing - you want bowlers to be different."

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

    Did you feel intimidated if a batsmen tried to hit you for boundaries?

    "Never. The two times I was ever nervous - one was bowling to Lance Klusener in the semi-final of the 1999 world cup. The other one was batting with Shane Warne when he was in the nineties [and got out for 99].

    "The good thing with being a bowler is that it doesn't matter how far you get hit, you've always got another ball. If a batsman hit me for four I always blamed myself."

  180. 0208:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special, BBC Test Match Special
    Glenn McGrath

    During the interval, Glenn McGrath will be taking your questions on TMS. Email or send a tweet to #asktms if you want to put something to the great man.

    After that, Sam Sheringham will talk you through the afternoon.

  181. 0206: 

    A little luck gave England those early scalps of Rogers and Watson, the long hops of Broad and Tremlett loosely hit to fielders. Since then, though, the stand of 70 between Warner and Clarke has been serene, England have barely threatened. Tremlett, in particular, has been poor. He has 1-34, Broad 1-27, while Anderson, Swann and Root are wicketless.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Gabba
    England labour in the field

    "England's morning rather summed up by that review in the final over before lunch: slight optimism quickly replaced by glum sighs. This has the feeling of one of those long, hot, frustrating days when the opposition batsman slowly grind bowlers and fielders into the hard turf. England needed four or five wickets in the first session; with the lead already past 300, their hopes in this match are growing increasingly thin."

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

    "Clarke is playing beautifully, Warner looks very dangerous, tormenting Swann, and England have got a long, long afternoon ahead. The Aussies are sitting pretty."

  184. 0201: 
    LUNCH- Aus 145-2

    So a morning that started with so much promise for England ends with Australia in a totally dominant position. The tourists may have felt the door was ajar after those early wickets of Rogers and Watson, but Warner and Clarke have reinforced the Aussie control. The home side lead by 304 runs.

  185. 0159: 
    NOT OUT- Aus 145-2

    England thought that the ball clipped Warner's front pad before the bat came down, but there was no pad at all. A review frittered away, but it means this will be the last over before lunch.

  186. 0158: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Aus 145-2

    Now, England have toiled for some time, but think that Swann may have pinned Warner leg before. Let's have another look.


    Sam Biss: Is it just me it does Cook's expression and body language look very uncertain right now? What's plan B?

  188. 0156: 
    Aus 144-2

    Tremlett, posing all the threat of Winnie the Pooh, is yanked from the attack, replaced by Joe Root, who gets the chance to bowl to the man who biffed him in a Birmingham bar. Warner punches through the covers for four, before Root gets one to spit past the outside edge.

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

    "England have only made one mistake this morning - getting Watson out. Since then they have tried to be 'too funky'. They would have been much better off being boring and continuing to starve them of runs. Clarke responded positively to the short ball and now he is absolutely brimming with confidence."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  190. 0152: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 140-2
    England appeal

    Oooohhhh...close. Swann around the wicket, pinning Clarke on the back foot. Not out. A conflab. No review, but England had taken too long in deciding anyway. The umpires really are strict on that 15-second limit. Would have been too high. Then Clarke sweeps, edging into his boot with the ball looping away. It would have been a chance to Ian Bell at short leg, but he was ducking out of the way.

  191. 0149:  
    A Question of Sport Teaser

    It's about that time of night for a brain-teaser from our colleagues at A Question of Sport. Have a go at this.

    In the first innings Stuart Broad became the sixth Englishman since 1980 to take five wickets in an innings at the Gabba. Who are the others?

  192. 0148: 
    Aus 140-2 (42 overs)

    Tremlett, shirt tight to his hulking frame, is hardly running in, placing his feet like a man trying to descend some icy steps. Remember the hostility of three years ago? There's none of that. He's floating half-volleys down. Warner belts one down the ground to take Australia's lead to 299.


    Dave in Shrewsbury via text: Dingbats - 2 pieces of meat - Both-am..... Is the prince a dad? will-is.

  194. 0143: 
    Aus 136-2 (lead by 295)

    Better over from Swann, who is bowling around the wicket to right-hander Clarke with a packed leg-side field. England think Ian Bell might be business at short leg, but that's dropped short.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Gabba

    "With Broad and Anderson replaced by Tremlett and Swann, the pressure on Warner and Clarke is dissipating. Tremlett might be coming in from the Vulture St End but his bowling is lacking the claws of three years ago - only occasionally is he getting up to 84/85mph, and this Australian pair are quite happy against the steady stuff. Warner is using his feet nicely against Swann, and the scoreboard is ticking over with increasing rapidity."

  196. 0140: 
    Aus 131-2 (lead by 290)

    Alastair Cook directs traffic, putting a man on the drive for Clarke. Man on the drive? No need for that if Tremlett continues to serve up this dross. Long-hop, wide half-volley, both hit to the fence. Chris Tremlett is serving up the buffet and Michael Clarke is tucking in. It's beautiful in Brisbane and the Barmy Army are singing in the sunshine, but the England body language isn't great. There's a high hands-on-hips count.

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

    "England have to play Finn. They need to take wickets. There are lots of people in the set-up justifying their existence by tinkering with his action. I'm not a big believer in all that."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  198. 0135: 
    Aus 122-2 (Warner 70*, Clarke 24*)
    Michael Clarke

    Both of these batsmen are looking to get after Swann, both on quick on their feet and keen to have a dance. Warner skips to hit through mid-on for four, prompting the field to retreat a little further. If England can't rely on Swann to block an end, where do they turn?


    Chris in Leeds via text: My Hungarian wife has just commented - it's weird that England invented a sport that can't be played in the rain!

  200. 0133: 
    Aus 115-2 (lead by 274)

    Could England be looking at a long day in the field? It's starting to look very easy for the Aussie batsmen. Nothing doing for Tremlett, no spin for Swann. Both wickets this morning have come from batting errors, the ball has barely beaten the bat. Tremlett serves up the juiciest half-volley, which Warner gobbles up down the ground.


    Josh in Manchester via text to 81111: Serious live text kudos to the first person with a dingbat for Warnakulasuriya Patabendige Ushantha Joseph Chaminda Vaas.

  202. 0128: 
    Aus 110-2 (lead by 269)

    Lovely sunshine in Brisbane now, Graeme Swann bowling in his shades. There's singles everywhere for this busy Aussie pair, Michael Clarke light on his feet like a man batting in slippers. The Aussie skipper has moved to 23 in no time, Graeme Swann has bowled 34 wicketless overs in this Test.


    Gerry in Morecambe via text to 81111: "Re cricket dingbats. Say that again my boy - Wat-son."

  204. 0124: 
    Aus 105-2 (lead by 264)

    England entirely abandon the let's-bowl-bumpers-at-Clarke plan, recalling Chris Tremlett to the attack. A more orthodox field, two slips, gully, no short leg. Granted, it's only the first over of his spell and he did remove Watson earlier, but Tremlett looks a shadow of the bowler he was three years ago. Only just over 80mph, no nip. Clarke drives down the ground for a couple.

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

    "The wickets have fallen to poor shots. The England bowling has been steady but not penetrating. If Swann isn't a factor, it's going to be a long, difficult day for England."

  206. 0119: 
    Aus 103-2 (Warner 57, Clarke 18)

    A different ploy from England at the other end, the introduction of Graeme Swann's off-spin. Whereas it was Clarke v Broad, now it's Warner v Swann. The leftie will look to attack. Warner, dancing in the sunshine, drives fro three. Clarke, a handy player of spin, whips a single.

    Joe Wilson, BBC Sport at the Gabba

    "Broad bowling short at Clarke, England's leg-side fielders all in front of square leg... will this become known as 'pup'py line??"


    Tom in Nairobi, TMS inbox: If this was Pakistan setting these fields there would be comments about spot fixing!! Great tactic when you are 260 plus runs behind to give away free singles!!

  209. 0115: 
    Aus 99-2 (lead by 258)

    This is remarkable. Stuart Broad could have easily prevented Warner from taking one, but he ignored the ball to get Clarke on strike. Trap re-set, Clarke dabs one. Field drops for Warner, another single. Bumper to Clarke, hook shot taken on, single taken. Once more Warner accepts the single on offer - "up we come, fellas" shouts Matt Prior behind the stumps. Clarke again, swaying inside a bumper. I'm not sure how long this plan can last for. Clarke looks comfortable and it's almost as if they've abandoned trying to remove Warner.

  210. 0110: 

    The sun is out as the players return, in fact, there's some hazy heat rising from the turf. Stuart Broad has the ball once again, but David Warner is on strike. England are again giving away a single. Aggressive stuff. "We want to bowl at you Pup."


    Dave in Shrewsbury, via text on 81111: Tell the queen of a threat - Warn-er.

  212. 0107: 

    We'll be back on at 0110 GMT. Barely any time lost. I remain cautious about the rest of the day, though.

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

    "It's quite clear that England haven't got the ammunition. We did well on the first day but we don't look as threatening with the ball. Michael Clarke has decided he won't let them pepper him and is going to pull the short ball. He is ready for it - there is no surprise element to it. I would have pitched it up a bit and tried to bluff him."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  214. 0103: 

    Ah, it was only a passing shower. The covers are coming off and a rope is being dragged around the outfield. Won't be long before we're back under way.

  215. 0101:  
    BBC Radio Test Match SpecialASK GLENN McGRATH

    Just a reminder that at lunch Glenn McGrath is taking your questions live on Test Match Special. Send in your questions for the former Australia fast bowler via e-mail and Twitter using #asktms.

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

    "Australia came in to the series with a settled-looking order but nobody is guaranteed a place. Chris Rogers has had two low scores and a very soft dismissal in the second innings. Adelaide will be more to his liking but if you keep making below-par scores you are going to lose your spot. Ed Cowan is a similar player, a grinder, and Alex Doolan is another option."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  217. 0103: 

    I like what Zac has done with Michael Carberry's name there, sort of cricket Dingbats. The best I can do is "the end of your arm, the Queen and a male heir". Anderson. Geddit?


    Zac, via text on 81111: Can we get the Aussies to start slating the rest of our players? Broady is the one shining light in our team at the minute. With a hat tip to "mode of transport and a small piece of fruit" Car berry, Car berry (been going round in my head all day!).

  219. 0100: 

    Despite my pessimistic outlook, it seems that this shower isn't too heavy. The groundstaff have only covered the wicket, a grey sheet sitting on top of the strip.


    Neil Robinson in Chester via text to 81111: I wonder what the plan is for at what point does Swann bowl today. On a so-called batting wicket, the spin bowling worked for the Aussies yesterday. I say take the risk on the run rate and mix up the pace attack with Swann having a stint early on.

  221. 0055: 
    RAIN STOPS PLAY- Aus 94-2

    And that rain is pretty heavy, heavy enough to force the players off. As the men in white depart, groundstaff in red shirts apply a sheet to the pitch. My experience of Australian rain is that it doesn't mess about, when it rains, it rains big. I hear that lightning is forecast for later in the day. Brisbane in November, eh? Can't trust the weather.

  222. 0054: 
    50 FOR DAVID WARNER- Aus 94-2

    Did I say mizzle in the air? Those clouds dirty clouds overhead look full of the wet stuff. Michael Clarke has arrived with attacking intent, but that's not to forget David Warner, who moves to an impressive half-century by pushing Anderson down the ground for three. The umpires look around, rain has now started to fall.

    Tom Fordyce on Broad v Clarke, Chief sports writer at the Gabba

    "Fascinating duel between Stuart Broad and Michael Clarke. Cook allowed Clarke a single off Anderson to get him on strike, and stuck in a short leg, widish leg slip, deep square leg and long leg. The message was clear: get ready for some short stuff. When it came, however, it was served up without quite the necessary pace, and Clarke was able to swat away those two fours. But don't expect the tactic to go away."

  224. 0049: 
    Aus 88-2 (lead by 247)

    It's Broad right away, short leg and leg gully in place. Clarke, like a man waiting for the executioner, knows that at some point he will be smelling the leather. Here it comes...Clarke hooking...hooking for four. Challenge thrown down, challenge accepted. One catcher drops back to the fence, Broad tries again. Another pull for four. Round one to Clarke as more mizzle hangs in the air.


    Barney in Portsmouth, TMS inbox: Re Mitchell Johnson song. It grows to the left, it grows to the right, get that horrible 'tache, away from my sight.

  226. 0045: 
    Aus 79-2 (31 overs)
    James Anderson and Michael Clarke

    Now then, this is interesting. How often do you see Australia's captain, their number four, gifted a single at the end of the over as soon as he gets to the crease? That's exactly what England do at the end of Anderson's set, with Clarke happy to take it. England want to unleash Stuart Broad on Clarke. More verbals between Anderson and Clarke. "I say old chap, Broady is going to knock you block off."

    Joe Wilson, BBC Sport at the Gabba

    BBC Sport reporter: "Watching Warner defend is like holding a bottle of lemonade and shaking it. Lid must come off at some point.."

  228. 0040: 
    Aus 77-2 (lead by 236)

    Michael Clarke the new man, unusually batting in a long-sleeved shirt. Remember how he was bounced out in the first innings? Short leg immediately in place. Replays show that Watson was given a send-off by the England fielders, he responded with a four-letter word. More verbals from Jimmy Anderson. Tasty stuff.

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

    "That's not a very good shot. He will go back and watch that and be really disappointed. It's not what Australia wanted to get off to a start like this. We've mentioned what a great batting wicket this is, but we've had 22 wickets and it's only the start of day three."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  230. 0034: 
    WICKET- Watson c Broad b Tremlett 6 (Aus 75-2)
    Chris Tremlett strikes

    England can bowl as accurately as they like, but everyone knows that filth gets wickets. Chris Tremlett into the attack, first serving up a long hop that Watson pulls for four. Another rank half-tracker, but this time Watson can only sky it into the hands of Stuart Broad at mid on. Another gifted wicket to England, two or three more and they will be back in the hunt.

    Fall of wickets: 1-67 (Rogers 16), 2-75 (Watson 6)

    Tremlett's figures: 4.3-2-12-1

    Australia's lead: 234 runs

    Match scorecard


    Si Lomas on Twitter suggests new lyrics for the Mitchell Johnson song: He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right, his bowling was good, but our batting wasn't bright!

  232. 0033: 
    Aus 71-1

    England have had early success, which is more than I had on arriving home yesterday. Left a message by the other half that there was a mouse in the house, I set a humane trap using a bucket, some cheese, and the autobiographies of Graham Thorpe and Marcus Trescothick. However, when I left tonight, there was no sign of Mitch the mouse. Can't help but feel I am being outsmarted. Anderson continues his accurate work, Watson and Warner take a single apiece. The threat of rain seems to have passed, the sun is peeking through once more.


    Seb, TMS inbox: Perhaps celebrated our first wicket too hard, on last train home from Waterloo and had to take a step back on to Vauxhall platform, whilst amorous couple laughed quite vigorously!

  234. 0027: 
    Aus 69-1 (lead by 228)

    Since yesterday, I've been pondering why England dealt so poorly with Australia's pace barrage. Granted, conditions are much different to England, but surely international batsmen have learned to deal with a few bouncers in the past? England even have pacy Essex left-armer Tymal Mills to bowl at them in the nets, so they knew what was coming. Broad to Warner, good length, a maiden. Very good start by England bowlers.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Gabba

    "Excellent early control from England's bowlers - in the first 20 balls after Chris Rogers' early dismissal, Australia were allowed just one single. As we saw in England's first innings, when just 27 runs were scored in the hour before that dramatic collapse, pressure brings wickets."

  236. 0023: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 69-1
    James Anderson appeals

    Now then, a couple of lbw appeals from Anderson against Watson. The first is too high - the bouncier pitches in Australia will come to Watson's aid more often than in England. The second is fuller, flicking the boot before hitting the bat. England discuss, hurried by umpire Dharmasena, no review. Replays show Watson was outside the line. Meanwhile, Billy the Barmy Army trumpeter plays Singing In The Rain. Is there a touch of drizzle about?


    Joe in Bath: Stuart Broad has now taken the first wicket on day 1, day 2 and day 3. Apart from the obvious fact that it shows how much of this match we've spent in the field, what a performance from the 27 year old medium pace bowler from England.

  238. 0018: 
    Aus 68-1 (Warner 46, Watson 0)

    Getting Rogers was all well and good for England, but Warner is the man that could take the game away in a hurry if he hangs around. Broad, leaping to the crease, keeps him quiet with a decent line on and around off stump. Australia are apparently excited about the way this pitch might deteriorate, TV pictures show coach Darren Lehmann inspecting before play. He was wearing the most horrendous trainers - entirely luminous yellow. Bad wheels from Boof.

    BBC Radio Test Match Special, BBC Test Match SpecialGET INVOLVED

    On the TMS Facebook page we are asking for re-workings of the Mitchell Johnson song - inspired by the "He bowls to the left. He bowls to the right. That Mitchell Johnson. He's ruined my night" song that one TMS listener came up with during England's dramatic batting collapse.

    Can you do better? Get involved via the TMS Facebook page.

    And at lunch Glenn McGrath is taking questions via e-mail and twitter using #asktms.

  240. 0013: 
    Aus 68-1 (lead by 227)

    Is Friday night the perfect time to follow an Ashes Test in Australia? Get home from the pub and stick the cricket on. That early wicket might persuade you to stay up late. Anderson to Watson, his bunny. Watson, the largest front pad in world cricket, is itching to get forward. Huge stride, swing negated.


    Tim Williams: You normally only get one magic Broad spell per Ashes but we could really use one more now.

  242. 0010: 
    Aus 67-1

    Shane Watson the new man, Broad immediately full to look for those big pads. A wicket maiden completed, applause from the England fans in Brisbane. Are we in for a mad morning?

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

    "What a game Stuart Broad is having. This is the kind of thing that happens when things are going your way. On another day that would have flown to the boundary, but Rogers got his timing all wrong and it flew straight to point."

  244. 0004: 
    WICKET- Rogers c Carberry b Broad 16 (Aus 67-1)
    Stuart Broad dismisses Chris Rogers

    Could this be the start of something remarkable? It had to be Stuart Broad, booed as he marked his run, but giving England hope with his first ball of the day. And what a first ball it was. It was, well, awful. Short and wide, Rogers looks for a cut but splices it straight to Michael Carberry at point. Drowning in honey. A bonus for England. Maybe, just maybe.

    Fall of wickets: 1-67 (Rogers 16)

    Broad's figures: 5.1-1-13-1

    Match scorecard

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

    "It's the perfect situation for a player like David Warner, because he is as aggressive. So England must try to frustrate him and stop the singles. But what England really need is wickets - three or four of them in this first session."

  246. 0003: 
    Aus 67-0 (lead by 226)

    The Barmy Army fulfil their contractual obligation by belting out Jerusalem as the sun pokes through for the briefest moment. Swing for Anderson, who comes back over the wicket for Warner's fellow leftie Rogers. A couple of singles to start. Sorry to bang on about this, but I'm stunned by the number of empty seats.

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

    "England's bowlers have to come hard here this morning, try to pick up some early wickets and get themselves back in the match. Stuart Broad could hold the key."

  248. 2359: 

    The players are out under the clouds, David Warner, on 45, taking strike to James Anderson. Chris Rogers is at the other end on 15. Two slips, a gully, Jimmy around the wicket.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Gabba
    England gather for a pep-talk before play

    "Every one of England's various coaches out in the middle with the players before the start of play. You get the sense that some strong words have been spoken in the visitors' dressing-room this morning - England need wickets early on in this session or they will have to switch to Plan B: frustrate, slow down, filibuster."


    Adam, TMS inbox: Yesterday is history. Take it on the chin, step up and move on. This is a new day. Game starts now.

  251. 2356: 

    England's pace bowlers are on the outfield limbering up in front of A LOT of empty seats at the Gabba. Neither of the first two days have seen the ground full. Where are all the Aussie fans? Aren't we told that Test cricket is in good health down under? You'd think that the home fans would want to soak up the chance to lord it over the poms.

  252. 2353: 

    A tiny straw for England to clutch too? There's some storms about. The brilliant blue and blinding sunlight that have greeted us on the first two days have been replaced by muggy clouds.


    Louis Parry: Tonight a lot of coffee and a dream that England will make Australia collapse for 150 and us to knock it off. Too much to ask for?

    Sally Smith: Similar to Lords 2000, Eng vs Windies... huge 1st innings deficit, then we hit them hard, and won the match, can happen again!

  254. 2347:  
    BBC Radio Test Match Special, BBC Test Match SpecialLISTEN LIVE

    Brisbane Courier-Mail cricket writer Ben Dorries was a guest on TMS yesterday, even confessing that he thought Broad "had a bit of Aussie in him".

    TMS is back on the air now and, if you're in the UK, you can listen on digital radio, online and via the BBC Sport app.

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  255. 2345: 
    Courier Mail

    Meanwhile, the Brisbane-based Courier Mail, who pledged on Wednesday not to mention Stuart Broad's name in match reports and blanked out the England player's face in pictures, went one step further following the second day's play when England were bowled out for 136. They have blanked out the entire England team on Saturday's front page - describing the tourists as a "team of nobodies".

  256. 2344: 

    While Mitchell Johnson was taking all the plaudits, Nathan Lyon was being singled out as the man who turned the Test in Australia's favour.

    "Lyon's sublime performance proves he does not deserve to be looking over his shoulder any more," wrote Sydney Morning Herald sports writer Chris Barrett. "He coaxed Bell and Prior into dishing up catches for Steve Smith at short leg but it was what Lyon had managed to do even before he claimed the pair of wickets, that was so pivotal in causing the England free fall.

    "Tying down Bell and England's top-scorer Michael Carberry (40) with three maidens after being called upon by Michael Clarke, he boasted figures of 2-2 after his first five overs."

    Read more Ashes gossip in our dedicated column

  257. 2342: 

    So what did you make of England's day two horror show? Is there any way back? How will you be following on this Friday afternoon/Saturday night/Saturday morning (delete as appropriate for where you are in the world). In the pub? Counting down to the weekend? Already enjoying a day off? Tell us, we won't be too jealous. Text 81111, tweet using the hashtag #bbccricket or email

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

    "Australia are in a great position. They will be looking to build a lead get it up around 450-500 then bowl for an hour. England looked really flat in the field yesterday and understandably so. The bowlers would have been looking forward to a day or day and a half or rest. To only get half an hour was really demoralising."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

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

    "Don't get misled by the scores - This is a terrific pitch. Has anything scuttled along the floor? No. Has anything moved left or right? No. England got out of it spectacularly three years ago when they had a first innings deficit of 200, so anything is possible. Plan A for England is to bowl Australia out for 200 and knock off 360. Plan B is to make them score slowly so they don't declare too early."

    Listen to live commentary on BBC Test Match Special.

  260. 2334: 

    Yep, day two in Brisbane well and truly belonged to Australia. Bowled out for 295, they tore into England with a sustained assault of hostile pace bowling.

    Wilting to 136 all out, the tourists gave up a first-innings lead of 159, a deficit that was extended to 224 by the time the Aussies flayed a flat England attack for 65-0 at the close.

    In truth, the game may already be won, but any tiny hope that England have hangs on early success on this third morning in Brisbane.

  261. 2333: 

    As you wake, the full horror reveals itself. England really were reduced to rubble by Mitchell Johnson and co and now, on the night after the night before, the reality of going 1-0 down in the Ashes looms on the horizon.

  262. 2332: 

    And, in that way, the cricket can cause nightmares. Did that moustachioed menace really stalk through my sleep?

    Mitchell Johnson
  263. 2331: 

    Ashes series down under can add to that confusion.

    Maybe you leave TMS on as you sleep and dream about Geoffrey Boycott beating you over the head with a stick of rhubarb. Perhaps you wake in the middle of the night and take a bleary-eyed look at your phone.

  264. 2330: 

    There are times when it is hard to tell if you've been asleep or not. Was that a dream? Or did it really happen?

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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