Second Ashes Test: Australia v England, day one as it happened

Australia finish a demanding opening day of the second Test on 273-5 in Adelaide as England drop crucial catches.

4 December 2013 Last updated at 23:00 GMT

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  1. 0815: 

    And on that note, I think it is time for us nocturnal Ashes watchers to sign off. Go and rest up (or at least look like you're not tired at school/work).

    With honours about even on day one, day two takes on added importance. Be ready for it. We'll be back from 2330 GMT.

    Day one scorecard

    Kofi Owusu-Buabeng: 3 drop catches in one session. A very bad day for England in the field. Game still on... 273-5

  3. 0810: 

    Remember lovely Sportsday Live that I told you about? It has sparked into life. and is the best place to find all the reaction and 5 live Ashes Breakfast, plus Test Match Special highlights.

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

    "If England have a good morning, they might bowl them out for 350-370. But we still have to bat well and get a lead, get rid of all that bad batting from Brisbane. But if Australia get 450-470 then we really are up against it, as we'll have to bat fourth. If we don't bat well then, we'll be up the creek."

    Listen to Aggers and Geoffrey review the day on the TMS podcast page


    Titus, via text on 81111: Be a measure of Carberry as a Test cricketer when he comes in to bat - will his confidence be shot, or will he be inspired to make amends?

  6. 0802: 

    England spinner Graeme Swann: "Ideally we would have taken six or seven. We are disappointed but that's cricket - you do drop catches. We have fielded incredibly well on this trip and taken some belters, but not today.

    "There's no pace in the deck whatsoever but it is a bit dryer than usual at Adelaide and there is a little bit of turn, but it was slow and easy to bat on.

    "We need to try to come back tomorrow, get the ball talking early on and try to keep them to 350."

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

    "Monty? Let's be honest, we love him dearly, he's a good bowler but he can't catch for toffee. Even in the outfield, your heart's in your mouth. And the one to backward point (Michael Carberry) was a cuckoo."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra


    Peter Gowers: Although I know you can't ever change the past. I would just love Carberry to have another go at that catch.

  9. 0800: 

    As TMS departs the airwaves, I can remind you that we at the BBC Sport website will have plenty of analysis and reaction on Sportsday Live, which will be up and running any second now.

  10. 0759: 

    England bowling figures: Jimmy Anderson 21-9-56-1, Stuart Broad 19-3-63-2, Graeme Swann 19-2-55-1, Monty Panesar 24-4-68-1, Ben Stokes 8-2-26-0.

  11. 0758: 

    BBC Sport brings you all the news and analysis from the first Test throughout the day. Cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew and chief sports writer Tom Fordyce 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 two-minute review, as well as the thoughts of Aggers and Boycott.

    To catch up with the key moments of the second Test, go to the BBC Sport Facebook page photo gallery.

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

    "England's day? It will depend on what happens tomorrow. The best moment of the day was Monty getting his wicket, pitching on middle and off and hitting off stump, while Broad set up Bailey really well. Both teams haven't got great batting units, though they've both got a couple of world-class players, they can always get themselves out."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "This was a difficult selection for England. It was all about Bresnan and Ballance - this changed in the last 24 hours as they were looking at the pitch for ages. It was green on Friday but has really dried out already. I think it was England's day, but it could have been better."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  14. 0756: 

    Australia batsman Chris Rogers: "At 1-155, we thought 400 or 500 was on the cards but there were a few tricks and they took a few wickets.

    "We have a good tail and hopefully we can push up. 400 would be a good score. You can say poor shots but they are allowed to bowl well and those things happen.

    "I don't think this game is going to be a draw - I think there is going to be a result."

  15. 0755: 

    But Swann would intervene, a stunning catch to remove Bailey. Could England take another wicket to sleep the sounder? The chance came, but Michael Carberry gave Brad Haddin a life with the simplest of misses off Panesar at point. Australia close on 273-5, honours about even. Catches win matches? Only time will tell.

  16. 0753: 

    But a recovery was on in the shape of Michael Clarke and George Bailey. Another big stand, this time 83. They got some help, though. Bailey put down by Panesar, Clarke reprieved by the leaping Joe Root. Once more, England stared down the barrel.

  17. 0751: 

    Watson was loose, a sharp caught and bowled by Anderson. Rogers was lazy, caught behind off Swann. Steven Smith got a beauty from Panesar, three wickets for 19 runs. Australia 174-4, a good start in danger of being wasted.

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

    "If you look at Monty's career, in the 2006-07 Ashes he came into the side at Perth and got five wickets. A year ago, he came into the side in Mumbai, took 11 wickets and bowled England to victory, and he came back into the side and looked threatening today. But England will know it'll be all about their batting."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  19. 0749: 

    The second-wicket pair came through an England examination, chiefly by Panesar, but also Graeme Swann and Stokes. Both passed 50 and looked in for bed and breakfast. But, just as the match and even the series looked to be drifting away from England, the tide turned.

  20. 0747: 

    And it all looked so simple for the home side, bar a brainfreeze from David Warner - a "dipstick" according to Geoffrey Boycott. He cut Stuart Broad to point to leave the Aussies 34-1, signalling the start of a big stand between Chris Rogers and Shane Watson.

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

    "It was a good effort by Joe Root, I'm not saying that just because he's a Yorkshireman, when you go for a one-handed catch like that, some of them will stick, some won't."

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

    "If England had been offered 270-5 at the start, they'd have taken it, but they're going to need a lead and they'll look back at those three dropped catches. You know Monty's not a great fielder, and you'd have expected Joe Root to hold seven out of 10 of those chances, but the last one was really a stinker by Michael Carberry. But Alastair Cook was excellent, he moved his fielders around very well."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  23. 0744: 
    Aus 273-5

    Will the abiding memory of the day be England's three dropped catches? It seems a long time ago that we learned about the inclusion of Ben Stokes and Monty Panesar and that crucial coin toss coming down in favour of Australia.

  24. 0743:  

    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 via the BBC Sport app.


    Russ: Have England coated their hands in Teflon today?

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "England have fought back, but they might be walking off thinking 'what if' - that day might have been so much better."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  27. 0741: 
    CLOSE OF PLAY- Aus 273-5

    This isn't Michael Clarke's first rodeo, he's making sure that this is the last over of the day. Check the gloves, a bit of gardening, mark the guard. A lovely drive through straight mid on for four, then a straight-batted defence take us to the close. It's been a fascinating day, absorbing stuff. Australia close on 273-5, and both sides will be content.


    Laurence Nutt: Why is the Adelaide Oval so empty? Do Aussies not like cricket or do they know they've had their one good match of the Ashes?

  29. 0737: 
    Aus 268-5 (90 overs)

    One over to go, but the groundstaff wandered on thinking it was the close. Steady on fellas, Monty's got a set to deliver.

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

    "Ian Botham was a brilliant catcher, he wouldn't drop difficult ones but he'd only drop cuckoos, and he'd always make excuses like someone moved."

  31. 0736: 
    Aus 268-5

    The Michael Carberry bout of extreme butter-fingeredness stopped me from telling you that the close will be 0739 GMT, so only a couple of overs remain. At the moment, England will be content with their work, it's been an even day. But what might have been? Replays of the Carberry drop show him looking up from the turf at the reactions of his team-mates. Hole to swallow you up doesn't even come close.

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

    "That was a remarkable drop. That could have been a sixth wicket which would have been the icing on the cake, but ifs and buts don't count."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  33. 0733: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Aus 266-5

    Can you believe this? England have dropped another. And it's an absolute dolly. Michael Carberry, what have you done? Brad Haddin cuts Monty Panesar straight to Carberry at point. Chest-high, both hands to it, but it's down. Even Monty is leaping in disbelief. That's three England have put down and this was the easiest. If that chance had been taken, it would undoubtedly have been England's day.

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

    "I'd like to see this ground when it's full, I think it'll be spectacular when there's World Cup matches here in a year's time."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  35. 0727: 
    NOT OUT- Aus 265-5

    Oooohhhh, in real time, Haddin looked a goner, but the review shows it to be too high. Captain Cook mouths an expletive in disappointment, Brad Haddin unclenches in relief.

  36. 0725: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Aus 265-5

    Must be reviewed? Surely? Brad Haddin looks stone dead, but umpire Erasmus says no. Stuart Broad always likes a review, but England are taking an age. Eventually, we decide for another look. A bit high?

  37. 0723: 
    Aus 263-5 (87 overs)

    Is it time to reconsider the key moment of the day? Is it that Bailey wicket? If England get another tonight, they will be very happy with their day's work. Both of the men at the crease did damage to England in Brisbane, and Clarke remains in wonderful touch, getting the dancing slippers on to work Panesar for a couple.


    Si Lomas: Is this the future for Adelaide? Ground will look fantastic when done, but lifeless pitches like this will let it down badly.

  39. 0720: 
    Aus 259-5

    Replays of that catch further show just how brilliant it was. Swann had both feet off the ground when he took it, then he mouthed what looked like "get in" as the Barmy Army rose behind him. Actually, he didn't just say "get in", but what he said before would get me fired if I wrote it. Brad Haddin the new man.

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

    "Broad earned that, he's got a new, shiny ball and deliberately tried to get it up higher. He set him up with two men back on the boundary and he knew it's one of Bailey's pet shots, so credit to the bowler. If you're going to bounce people, it needs to be a surprise, and it needs to be head high or above so the batsman is playing a tennis shot and he'll have trouble keeping it down."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  41. 0714: 
    WICKET- Bailey c Swann b Broad 53 (Aus 257-5)
    England celebrate

    What a catch! That is an absolute screamer from Graeme Swann. George Bailey has given that hook shot all the beans, getting Stuart Broad right out of the middle. But Swann, at square leg, has dived to his right, getting both hands to the ball to hang on to the bullet. He throws the ball in the air, roaring in celebration as he is mobbed by team-mates. On such moments, Test matches turn.

    Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Warner 29), 2-155 (Watson 51), 3-155 (Rogers 72), 4-174 (Smith 6), 5-257 (Broad 53)

    Broad's figures: 17.3-3-57-2

    Bailey's innings: 110 minutes, 93 alls, four fours and three sixes

    Match scorecard

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm rather hoping that after the Perth Test, umpire Erasmus gets hold of a false beard and a suit to play Father Christmas. He'd be brilliant, he's absolutely the right shape, he's a happy chap and he's got a brilliant smile."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  43. 0712: 
    Aus 257-4 (Clarke 39, Bailey 53)

    Now this is remarkable. Geoffrey Boycott has revealed he has tickets to see a Katy Perry concert in Manchester. Imagine a meeting of those minds. "Katy, my mother would sing better into a stick of rhubarb." Anderson bowling to his mate Michael Clarke, who defends a maiden. Apparently it's quite chilly in Adelaide, but the pictures of the evening sunshine are making me wistful for the summer.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Adelaide Oval

    "This partnership for the fifth wicket is taking the day back Australia's way after those three wickets in 19 balls before tea. Bailey likes playing spin - he filled his boots in the recent one-day series in India - while his skipper Clarke is arguably the best player of the turning ball in world cricket. Should this pair see Australia through to the close, Clarke will sleep the better of the two captains."

  45. 0708: 
    Aus 257-4 (84 overs)

    Just waking? England have included Ben Stokes and Monty Panesar but made the crucial error of losing the toss. It all looked easy for the Aussies at 155-1, but three wickets for 19 runs got England back in it. George Bailey and Michael Clarke have rebuilt for Australia and, although both have been dropped, bat is dominating ball once more in the South Australia sunshine. Broad gives Bailey the hurry-up, but this new ball is behaving better than a choirboy at Christmas.

    Match scorecard


    Ben Hayes: Cricket on TMS while sleeping gave me some very vivid Boycott-based dreams. #surreal

    Robert Marks: Motion that Aggers should do his Blowers impression every morning before 7am for the rest of the tour! Getting up would be easy!

  47. 0705: 
    Aus 256-4 (Bailey 53, Clarke 38)

    There seems to be some confusion on when play might end. There's only eight overs remaining, but there's a suggestion we could go to just after 0800 GMT and bowl a few more. As stands rise into the blue evening sky on three sides, looming in the Adelaide evening, Anderson keeps Bailey honest on off stump for a maiden.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Unfortunately, with Monty, you know what you're getting from him as a bowler, but the fielding can be a lottery."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  49. 0659: 
    50 FOR GEORGE BAILEY- Aus 256-4

    A maiden Test half-century for George Bailey, who goes there by pulling the returning Stuart Broad for a maximum. Bailey has shown admirable intent in the last hour or so, but remember he was dropped by Monty Panesar on only 10. If this pair remain at the close, Australia will be nearing 300.

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

    "I thought they might hang on before taking the new ball, as Australia have got two batsmen in who are set, and could do some damage."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  51. 0655: 
    NEW BALL- Aus 249-4

    Yep, we're having the new nut. James Anderson sends down one with the old leather, then decides it's only good enough for the dog to chew and asks for the cherry. No hint of wobble, with Michael Clarke whipping a leggy half-volley through mid-wicket for four. One bounce, under an advertising board and on to the concrete. Not what you want with the new pill.

  52. 0650: 
    Aus 243-4 (Clarke 32, Bailey 46)

    Monty Panesar into the attack in place of Ben Stokes, a sign that the new ball may be delayed? Ooofff, this is lovely from George Bailey, who is growing in confidence. Again he uses his feet, lofting over long off for a maximum. He's nearing a maiden Test half-century. England need a wicket. To new ball or not to new ball?

    George Bailey
  53. 0648:  

    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 via the BBC Sport app.

  54. 0647: 
    Aus 235-4 (79 overs)

    Australia are on the charge here, literally and metaphorically, as Bailey dances to biff Swann over the top for four. Swann a little out of sorts so far today? He hasn't posed much threat to the right-handers. One over until the new ball. Will England take it?

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "England have taken Panesar away from fine leg and put Pietersen down there, so they've got someone who can catch. I know we always say it, but this is a really important session for this match, particularly if England can get another wicket."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  56. 0642: 
    Aus 229-4 (Clarke 30, Bailey 34)

    You don't often see a Test field with no slips, but that's what George Bailey has as he faces Ben Stokes. There's two men catching on the leg side - men in front of the bat will be often employed on this sluggish deck. Short from Stokes, Bailey swivels to pull into the shadows for four. The need for that new ball looks pretty urgent.


    Fergus Weir: Been awake for an hour 'cos of the weather. Oh well, at least I get to hear some Ashes coverage. Cheers Scottish weather!

    Richard Cutcher: No snow in Cape Town... Queuing for my Mozambique visa, listening to Ashes on TMS.

  58. 0638: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 225-4
    Michael Clarke guides the bal down the leg-side

    We on the live text desk have been pondering what the most important moment of the day has been. The Watson wicket that was the first of three for 19 runs? If these two batsmen remain at the close, it might be Panesar putting down Bailey on 10. Swann after drinks, around the wicket to Clarke. In-out field, three catchers, couple of sweepers. Clarke dances, Prior appeals for leg before, Swann not interested.

  59. 0636: 

    BBC Sport brings you all the news and analysis from the first Test throughout the day. Cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew and chief sports writer Tom Fordyce are in Adelaide, 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 two-minute review, as well as the thoughts of Aggers and Boycott.

  60. 0635: 
    Aus 222-4

    Alastair Cook is rallying his troops at the break, clapping his hands. There are 14 overs remaining in the day, with four more until the new ball is available. Will England take it straight away?

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

    "England will want two more wickets with the second new ball. If they have Australia 270-6 at the close, they will feel that they've had a really good day. So far they have done well, but the worry is Michael Clarke. They need to get rid of him."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  62. 0633: 

    Bowling figures: Anderson 18-7-50-1, Broad 14-3-49-1, Swann 17-2-46-1, Panesar 20-4-50-1, Stokes 7-2-22-0.


    Ian Vickery: England are losing focus - a poor session so far.

  64. 0632: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Aus 222-4

    Thanks, Mark. Wickets taken with Mitchener on commentary: four. Wickets taken with Shemilt at the helm: zero. Apologies all round from me. The shadows are just lengthening in Adelaide, Ben Stokes casts one to his left as he runs in, Kevin Pietersen stands in the dark cast by a stand as he fields at deep square leg. How costly might those pair of dropped catches be for England? They can ponder that over a drinks break.

  65. 0630: 
    Fans enjoy the match

    If your alarm has just gone off, Ashes Breakfast continues on BBC Radio 5 live - you can also listen to 5 live, or TMS on 5 live sports extra, via the new radio streaming facility of the BBC Sport App. Here's what you may have missed:

    After England named Monty Panesar and debutant Ben Stokes in their side, Australia won the toss and David Warner (29), Chris Rogers (72) and Shane Watson (51) took them to 155-1 before England snared three quick wickets in the run-up to tea. But Michael Clarke and George Bailey have built an assured stand since the interval.

    Latest match scorecard


    Gary, Market Harborough via text on 81111: I see George & Michael. But we got to have faith.

  67. 0628: 

    And on that note, here's Stephan Shemilt to talk you through the rest of the day's play.

  68. 0627: 
    Aus 218-4 (Clarke 25*, Bailey 28*)

    Bailey and Clarke add a couple of singles against Swann, we have five overs left before the second new ball is available.

  69. 0624: 
    Aus 216-4 (Clarke 24*, Bailey 27*)

    Time for Ben Stokes to have a trundle as TMS anticipated - will he find the reverse swing he's reputed to be good at? Bailey misses with an aggressive cut shot, but pokes a quick single just wide of Root in the covers.

  70. 0619: 
    Aus 215-4 (73 overs)

    This time, Bailey rides his luck as he gets an inside edge between his legs and the stumps, and scampers a slightly fortunate single. Clarke and Bailey both pat easy singles to long-on.

    A fan at the Adelaide Oval
  71. 0617: 

    It's close... is his bat down in time? Yes - Clarke's body language looked as though he may be in danger, but he's not out.

  72. 0616: 

    Swann to continue, Bailey punches the ball back hard at him, Swann gets a finger to it and England appeal for a run-out as the ball breaks the stumps at the bowler's end. It's going upstairs...


    Jamie Young, TMS inbox: Enjoying the cricket here in New Zealand and don't have to stay up all night this time. I'm thinking Monty could get some Christmas treats with an anagram of his name. Earn more pantos.

    Oh, no, he couldn't...

  74. 0615: 
    Aus 212-4 (Clarke 23*, Bailey 24*)

    Michael Carberry claps his hands at point as Broad begins a new over to Bailey, who pulls a short ball to deep mid-wicket. Clarke follows suit with a single, Bailey nicks the strike off the last ball, and Michael Vaughan on TMS wonders if England will need to turn to Stokes soon as Broad will presumably share the new ball with Anderson in eight overs' time...


    Rubyshakes: Careful Clarke, my mum once told me that a Swann could break your arm.

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

    "You can see Joe Root kicking the dirt. He got two hands to it. Although it was high and to his right, he'll feel that he could have caught that. On this wicket, those chances need to stick."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  77. 0609: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Aus 209-4

    Clarke comes down the track and swats Swann through the leg side, the leaping Joe Root gets two hands to it at mid-wicket but can't hold on and they run two. A far more difficult chance than Monty's caught-and-bowled, but still a chance. Clarke guides two more down the leg side. Both men have 22.


    Jack Blackburn: Awake to a surprise selection. Apart from the 2nd spinner, it has the look of a 90s England side. Desperately seeking balance.

    Balance? Or do you mean (Gary) Ballance?

  79. 0606: 
    Aus 205-4

    Bailey is hit on the thigh pad as he steps across his stumps and tries to pull Broad into the leg side, but the impact was outside off stump and he was playing a shot so there's no danger of lbw. Maiden over.


    Matt in Blackburn, TMS inbox: A good session for Boycott Bingo-ers with 'Boycott's mother' 'stick of rhubarb' AND 'corridor of uncertainty' all ticked off in the last quarter of an hour. Good work Sir Geoffrey.

  81. 0602: 
    Aus 205-4 (Clarke 18*, Bailey 22*)

    It's the change Geoffrey suggested - Graeme Swann returns in place of spin partner Monty Panesar. Clarke clips a single to deep square leg, and Bailey drills one to Kevin Pietersen at long-on.

  82. 0600: 

    Alert! This is your 0600 wake-up call, Ashes Breakfast is just starting on BBC Radio 5 live - you can also listen to 5 live, or TMS on 5 live sports extra, via the new radio streaming facility of the BBC Sport App. A quick guide to what you may have missed:

    Unchanged Australia won the toss, with England handing a Test debut to all-rounder Ben Stokes in place of the departed Jonathan Trott, and choosing spinner Monty Panesar ahead of seamer Chris Tremlett.

    David Warner made an assured 29 before he was caught at point, then Chris Rogers (72) and Shane Watson (51) added 121 for the second wicket. But three wickets fell in quick succession before tea as Watson was caught and bowled by Anderson, Rogers was caught behind off Swann, and Steve Smith was bowled by Panesar. But Michael Clarke and George Bailey have built an assured stand since the interval.

    Monty Panesar dismisses Steve Smith
    Geoffrey Boycott, Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Since tea England haven't quite been able to keep the pressure on. They might have to try a change, maybe Monty. This is where a captain has to talk to the bowler, assess the situation."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  84. 0558: 
    Aus 202-4

    Clarke, adjusting his gloves between deliveries, adds a single against Broad. He and Bailey have added 29 for the fifth wicket since tea.


    Hugh Price: Girlfriend not happy with me keeping her up with the mobile updates. The importance of the first day obviously lost on her.

  86. 0553: 
    Aus 202-4 (Clarke 16*, Bailey 21*)

    Bailey takes the attack to Panesar... and even with the long boundary, hoists him for a straight six just over the rope in front of the sightscreen. Certainly a shot we've seen him play in one-day cricket - and also a good way to bring up Australia's 200 in style. Two more singles, perhaps time for Monty to have a rest.


    Mike, TMS inbox: Re Monty anagram, I am preparing for another year of great Christmas presents from the kids with that famous Christmas morning chant... "ANY MORE PANTS?"

  88. 0550: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 194-4 (66 overs)

    A change of bowling as Stuart Broad - who's only bowled 10 overs so far today, possibly as he's been the most expensive of England's five-man attack - returns in place of Anderson. Bailey keeps him out, England appeal strongly for a caught behind... they think about a review but decide against it. England have more review left (having "burned" one on a Monty lbw earlier) - but under the new rules, they get topped back up to two in 14 overs' time. Bailey straight-drives, it would be four on most grounds but with the long straight boundaries at Adelaide, they run three.


    Earlier we set you a little teaser from our colleagues at A Question of Sport.

    The question was: Since 2000, 10 players have made their Test debut for Australia whose surnames end in the letter S. Name them.

    Well, they are: Pat Cummins, Ryan Harris, John Hastings, Moises Henriques, Ben Hilfenhaus, Phillip Hughes, Phil Jaques, Chris Rogers, Andrew Symonds and Brad Williams.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a genuine chance. Panesar didn't have to move. It was hit hard and low, but Monty dropped it. He didn't express any dismay, as if he was pleased to save four runs."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  91. 0545: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Aus 191-4 (Clarke 15*, Bailey 11*)

    Bailey goes down the wicket to Panesar, there's a hard, low chance of a caught-and-bowled - but Monty puts it down. I'm afraid even he should really have taken that one... It's nearly another maiden though, until Bailey takes a single off the last ball.

  92. 0543: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 190-4 (64 overs)

    As the Barmy Army - celebrating their 20th anniversary on this tour - strike up an afternoon chorus of "Everywhere we go", Anderson resumes his duel with Clarke, there's an appeal for a catch behind as the ball - nearly 64 overs old - whistles past Clarke's outside edge. Maiden over, a couple of moral victories for the bowler there.


    James McRae: Following the cricket from Canada, amid snow storms and freezing rain. Talk of drinks breaks and sunglasses seems a long way off.

  94. 0539: 
    Aus 190-4
    The view from the stands

    As more of you are waking up across the UK, it's a pleasant afternoon down under, here's another picture of one of the vast new stands at the Adelaide Oval. Panesar has bowled a little loosely since tea, Clarke adds a single and Bailey pulls another shorter delivery for four. 27 more overs to be bowled this morning.

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

    "The only thing Anderson did in that over was to bowl a half-volley on leg stump. He should be bowling outside off stump."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  96. 0536: 
    Aus 185-4

    Clarke turns Anderson off his toes for four, and if you're just waking up with your Boycott Bingo card, his mother's stick of rhubarb has just made its first appearance of the Test. A quick single takes the Aussie skipper to 14 and leaves Bailey facing Anderson for the first time... and he's lucky to be there after he plays and misses at a beaut of a delivery which just holds its line as Bailey plays for the inswinger.

  97. 0532: 
    Aus 180-4 (Clarke 9*, Bailey 6*)

    Too short again from Panesar, Bailey guides it for another four short of the wicket, but otherwise it's another tight over.


    Gigs: Pretty sure if MONTY PANESAR was asked to do his anagram right now - NAME ANY SPORT - he'd choose cricket.

    In terms of anagrams, don't forget you can listen to the TMS podcast later with Jonathan Agnew and Grotty Coffee Boy...

  99. 0530: 
    Aus 1764

    Anderson keeps it tight against Clarke, maiden over.

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

    "England have just made a little inroad, given Australia a thought or two. But, Clarke is still there and he's probably the best player of spin in the world."


    tomboast1: Sat at my school desk In Abu Dhabi, no children because of the fog and keeping up to date with TMS - Great session England!

  102. 0525: 
    Aus 176-4 (Clarke 9*, Bailey 2*)

    We have half an over left from Panesar to the new batsman George Bailey. The Tasmanian, playing only his second Test, tucks into a horrid delivery from Monty - uncharacteristically slow and too short - and they run two.

  103. 0522: 

    Looks like that was a false alarm - covers are off and the fielders are coming back on.


    Matt G: Trying to stoke(s) up some enthusiasm for the Test in San Fran. Perfect for Oz Tests. Starts at opening time, ends bedtime.

    Charlie Beeching: Have got the cricket helping me through an essay writing all-nighter. Hoping for some more Aussie wickets to improve my mood.

  105. 0519: 

    Uh-oh. There are some covers coming on...

  106. 0518: 

    BBC Sport brings you all the news and analysis from the first Test throughout the day. Cricket correspondent Jonathan Agnew and chief sports writer Tom Fordyce 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 two-minute review, as well as the thoughts of Aggers and Boycott.


    Richard, TMS inbox: I want to be positive I really do... but I have this awful feeling of deja vu from the first Test when we had the Aussies on a miserable 132-6 and all looked so simple. Everything rests on a batting line-up that, with the exception of Bell, can not be proud of 2013.

  108. 0515:  

    Want to relive all the overnight action you've missed? BBC Radio 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 via the BBC Sport app.


    Luke Bailey: England's session. Smith is about as much of a top order batsman as Chris Martin. Terrible technique.

  110. 0510: 
    James Anderson catches Shane Watson off his own bowling

    If your alarm has just gone off, here's a quick guide to what's happened:

    Unchanged Australia won the toss, with England handing a Test debut to all-rounder Ben Stokes in place of Jonathan Trott (who flew home last week with a stress-related illness), and choosing spinner Monty Panesar ahead of seamer Chris Tremlett.

    David Warner made an assured 29 before he was caught at point, then Chris Rogers (72) and Shane Watson (51) added 121 for the second wicket. But three wickets have fallen in quick succession as Watson was caught and bowled by Anderson, Rogers was caught behind off Swann, and Steve Smith was bowled by Panesar, who has figures of 1-30 from 15.3 overs.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Adelaide Oval

    "Excellent last half-hour from England to fight their way back into a day that appeared to be drifting inexorably away from them. There has been a marked increase in the amount of energy in the field from the first Test in Brisbane, with captain Alastair Cook experimenting with uncharacteristic regularity, and with those three wickets for 19 runs they have their reward."

    The scorecard

    Jonny, TMS inbox: Here in Nanjing, China all the schools are closed today because of the pollution being so bad. Looking out of my window I can't see the buildings on the next block up. Perfect excuse to stay indoors all day keeping up with the cricket! England need to start turning the screw now!

  113. 0507: 

    To confirm, tea is being taken as that wicket fell three balls before the scheduled interval. And for those of you whose rock knowledge is greater than mine (ie a fair proportion of you), keep your ears pinned back to TMS as Aggers is speaking to Muse bassist Chris Wolstenhome.


    Edward Roberts: Oh Monty you rockstar!

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "What a moment that was, sorry if we woke you up! Bowling a right-hander like that, justifies England's selection of Monty Panesar. He had a new celebration - is that the 'Sprinkler' of 2013-14, will we be out at Sydney tapping the soles of our boots?"

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

    "That's the dream ball. It's bad luck for Smith. Everything looked easy, but Monty has got one to turn. The boost to Monty's confidence will be significant. George Bailey will come out after tea with men around the bat. Suddenly, Australia, on a very benign wicket, have slipped to 174-4."

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  117. 0504: 
    WICKET- Smith b Panesar 6 (Aus 174-4)
    Monty Panesar

    Panesar tosses the ball from hand to hand before spinning it down to Smith... he's bowled him! Now, that turned, and hits the top of off stump! And Monty celebrates in true Monty fashion... that's tea, and England will walk off with a spring in their step.

    Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Warner 29), 2-155 (Watson 51), 3-155 (Rogers 72), 4-174 (Smith 6)

    Panesar's figures: 15.3-4-30-1

    Match scorecard


    Ollie Bunting: The replay of Anderson's wicket definitely shows Stokes chucking the ball to umpire (off screen) who obviously wasn't looking.

  119. 0501: 
    Aus 174-3 (Clarke 9*, Smith 6*)

    Again, Anderson strays with his line and now Smith emulates his captain with a tickle down the leg side for four, before smearing a single to square leg. There are two men in catching positions between square leg and mid-on for Clarke, we'll have at least one more over before tea.

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

    "If England could nick another one here, this would really have been a good session for them."

  121. 0457: 
    Aus 169-3

    Clarke steps back and cuts Panesar past point for four, he's renowned as an excellent player of spin. There are 33 more overs due today - thankfully, with two spinners in the side, England should whistle through their overs a shade more quickly than they normally do.


    Ashley Westwood: Having to listen to the Ashes in hotel room in Patong due it to being the king of Thailand's birthday and no bars being open.

  123. 0454: 
    Aus 165-3 (Clarke 5*, Smith 1*)

    If you've stayed with us through the night and you've lost all sense of timing, I can tell you that tea is due at 0505 GMT. Smith cuts but is denied by an athletic tumbling stop by Michael Carberry. Eventually he's off the mark with a single to mid-on - we have Anderson v Clarke, battle is joined. But Jimmy's first ball to the Aussie skipper drifts on to middle and leg, and he helps it on its way for four. Anderson then strays with a no-ball, before Clarke adds a single off the last ball.

    Meanwhile, Aggers' teatime guest will be Chris Wolstenholme, bass player from the band Muse. I'd love to tell you more but like Vic Marks, I'm rather unfamiliar with their work I'm afraid...

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

    "On this sort of surface, Panesar is a big lbw man to a new batsman. It's not going to bounce over the top, the batsman can be a little tentative. If he can get them on the front foot, he's got a chance."

  125. 0450: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 158-3

    An interesting change of bowling - with Graeme Swann having taken a wicket to bring two right-handers together, he's replaced by Monty Panesar. There's a slip (Anderson), silly point (Cook) and short leg (Bell) encircling Clarke - and there's a big appeal for a catch behind from bowler and wicketkeeper as Clarke tentatively prods forward, but Cook shakes his head at silly point, before summoning a helmet for himself. And that's tidy again from Monty, three maidens on the trot for England.


    Oliver Lindop: Finally, after 4 hours of play, we are seeing some wickets fall! It has been worth the wait!

    Lloyd Griffiths: Two new batsman! Boycott will be happy. Score not looking so imposing with Aussies potential collapsability.

    Tim Rockett: How many times does it happen? Get one and another follows. Come on England. Here's an opportunity; seize it!

  127. 0446: 
    Aus 158-3 (Anderson 13-5-33-1)

    Anderson charges in to Smith, looking for reverse swing, though Aggers on TMS is a little worried about Monty being out at deep square leg if a high catch comes in... he'd rather have Monty at mid-off or mid-on. Smith nervelessly plays out a maiden over, so the Anderson v Clarke duel we've been anticipating is delayed again.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Three of Jimmy Anderson's last five Test wickets have been caught and bowled."

  129. 0442: 
    Aus 158-3

    As Geoffrey likes to say, add two wickets to the score... suddenly it doesn't look too bad for England as the powerful Watson and the limpet-like Rogers depart within less than an over of each other. And Australia have two new batsmen in, as Steve Smith joins his skipper. Swann switches to bowling round the wicket, but his first ball to Smith is a shocker down the leg side, and to make it worse, a fumble by Prior allows them to run three byes.

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

    "It was a lazy shot, going back to a ball that was a decent length. That's two mental errors from two players that were well set. The last five minutes has shown the vulnerability of both batting line-ups. Two men were well set but have given the opposition the chance to get back in the game. England have been guilty of what Australia have just done."

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  131. 0439: 
    WICKET- Rogers c Prior b Swann 72 (Aus 155-3)
    Graeme Swann strikes

    Australia captain Michael Clarke is the new batsman, but any possible rematch with Anderson after the "broken arm" exchange in the dying stages of the Brisbane Test must be delayed, as that was the last ball of Anderson's over. But one wicket has brought two as Swann gets one to turn, finds Rogers' outside edge and Prior snaffles the catch!

    Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Warner 29), 2-155 (Watson 51), 3-155 (Rogers 72)

    Rogers' innings: 199 minutes, 167 balls and 11 fours

    Swann's figures: 12.5-1-35-1

    Match scorecard

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

    "It's a brilliant catch, but it's a mental error, a concentration lapse from Shane Watson. It's not a half-volley, it's a length ball that he tries to bunt down the ground. As he walks off, he knows."

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  133. 0435: 
    WICKET- Watson c & b Anderson 51 (Aus 155-2)
    James Anderson

    Watson helps himself to a single off his legs, Joe Root's throw hits the stumps but the ball rebounds, and the Australian pair momentarily consider a dodgy second run before thinking better of it. Perhaps Watson has memories of running out Simon Katich in the first over of the Test three years ago? Rogers keeps the scoreboard ticking with a fluent cover-driven four and a dabbed three past the slips which Captain Cook retrieves just in front of the rope. But Watson perishes when he hits the ball straight back to Anderson who takes a superb reaction catch! A lapse in concentration? Not the first time Watson has got to 50 and then got himself out tamely.

    Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Warner 29), 2-155 (Watson 51)

    Watson's innings: 160 minutes, 119 balls, six fours and one six

    Anderson's figures: 12-4-33-1

    Match scorecard

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statisticianHOW'S STAT?

    Shane Watson has now scored four half centuries in five innings at the Adelaide Oval. His other innings was 48.

  135. 0431: 
    Aus 147-1 (Rogers 65*, Watson 50*)

    Playing five bowlers at least gives England the option of attacking with different combinations - it's still Anderson/Swann at the moment, with off-spinner Swann tossing it up to the left-handed Rogers. Swann may have "had the wood" over plenty of left-handers in international cricket, but Rogers' fierce occupation of the crease carries on - and he finally unleashes a sweep shot - albeit a very controlled one - off the last ball of the over, and with no-one on the square-leg fence, that's an easy four to the short boundary.


    Jon Mason: It's a good job Warner was a dipstick otherwise he'd have three figures by now on this road.

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

    "My philosophy at Adelaide: before lunch, defend on the front foot, look to score off the back foot. By the afternoon, you can score on the back foot and the front foot."

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  138. 0428: 
    Aus 143-1 (50 overs)

    England respond by reintroducing James Anderson for the 50th over of the innings in place of Broad - hiding the ball as he runs up, is he looking for reverse swing? Watson shows him a straight bat and plays out a maiden.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "Rogers is almost the perfect batsman for the Adelaide Oval, because he's so good square of the wicket, and the square boundaries are so short here."

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  140. 0423: 
    WATSON FIFTY- Aus 143-1

    Watson pushes Swann for a gentle single to leg which brings up his fifty from 109 balls. Rogers, with three close catchers, negotiates the rest of the over.

    The scorecard

    James Lindop: Tough bowling on a pitch like this. If England can get a couple of wickets before tea they will have done a good job!

    Mark Spanjar: A lot of English fans slate Chris Rogers but in an Ashes series players under fire perform, including Johnson in the first Test.

  142. 0421: 
    Aus 142-1 (Rogers 61*, Watson 49*)

    Broad resumes proceedings with three men back on the legside boundary, bowling a cross-seamer to Watson and it finds the edge... but drops agonisingly short of wicketkeeper Matt Prior's gloves. Broad fires in a bouncer, Watson half-heartedly hooks and the ball trickles to fine leg for a single. But left-hander Rogers relieves the pressure, cutting him for four.

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

    "I just noticed Alastair Cook got everyone together and I think he asked them to up the tempo and the aggression. Let's face it, the series is on the line here, if Australia get into the position by tomorrow where they can't lose. England lost here in 2006 after scoring 550 but I can't see this Australian team doing that."

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  144. 0415: 

    Thanks, Stephan. I couldn't agree with Geoffrey more - Monty has been the very definition of "he's done the job which he's been asked to do." This is going to be a long old first day - we're only just past the halfway mark in terms of overs, 43 more to be bowled today.

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

    "13 overs for 26 - on a flat pitch offering nothing, that's well bowled by Monty."

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  146. 0413: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Aus 137-1

    Monty pulled from the attack after a decent, if unsuccessful, spell. Graeme Swann is his replacement, bowling, as ever, in shades and a long-sleeved shirt. Around the wicket to Rogers with a slip, gully and silly point. A clip for a couple, then defence on the front foot to take us to drinks. Speaking of breaks, I'm stepping aside for a while. Here comes Mark Mitchener.


    Chris, Edzell, via text on 81111: Thank you for making my first shift as night porter less scary - mopping the kitchen floor in a spooky old hotel while listening to 5 live!

  148. 0409: 
    Aus 135-1 (partnership 101)

    How are you coping? Managing to get through the night? Apologies if you're not in the UK and now waking up/enjoying an evening drink. Broad decides to test the middle of the deck, but the pitch is so slow Rogers has enough time to for tea and toast before rolling on a pull for a single. When Broad goes back full, he loses his line to allow Watson to flick fine for four and the hundred partnership.

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

    "Paul Collingwood is doing some coaching with Scotland now in Dubai. I think he'll be a terrific coach and if he does go down that pathway, I'd like to see him involved with England."

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  150. 0405: 
    Aus 128-1 (45 overs)

    Still Monty v Watson, the metronome v the big front pad. Panesar wheels away, Watson, the guardsman, is dutiful in defence. A maiden.

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

    "It's hard work trying to get a batsman on this surface to play and miss. Cricket lovers like me want to see a contest between bat and ball, but the last two Sheffield Shield matches here just produced runs."

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  152. 0401: 
    50 FOR CHRIS ROGERS- Aus 128-1
    Chris Rogers

    Chris Rogers, the limpet, moves to a 135-ball half century by cutting Broad for four. As far from elegant as an elephant doing the Charleston, Rogers has been effective. The leftie prods forward to the spinners, shuffles to the spinners, waiting for the bad ball to punish. England could well need a crowbar to shift him.


    Ollie, Sydney, TMS inbox: I'm teaching PE in Sydney with an England shirt on facing a barrage of Aussie abuse and need something to shut them up!

  154. 0358: 
    Aus 124-1

    More cries of disbelief as Panesar twice beats Rogers outside off stump, the second of which runs for a couple of byes. Rogers then nudges the single that takes him to 49. For all England's hard work in this session, they have had only that Panesar-to-Rogers failed review to show for it. There's not been another chance, not even close. Australia have soaked up the pressure, learning their lesson from the summer.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Adelaide Oval

    "An encouraging first four overs in Test cricket from Ben Stokes on his Test debut. Of his first 24 balls on a slow, flat track, runs came off just two of them. But in conceding eight runs from those, and two more fours in his fifth over, he has let all that hard-won pressure escape. Lessons to learn."

  156. 0354: 
    Aus 121-1 (Rogers 48, Watson 43)

    Yep, a change it is, Stokes replaced by Stuart Broad, who has had only six overs so far today. Long in the leg, sweat band on his left wrist, Broad has a slip and a gully for Watson. Four deliveries in, Broad has another go at getting the ball changed, but the umpires slip it through their ring and tell him to keep going. Two catchers at short mid-wicket, deep square leg, maiden over.


    Colin, Melbourne (formerly Nottingham), TMS inbox: The reason that tennis can go by the evidence of Hawk-Eye alone is that is tracking where the ball actually went. In cricket it is a calculated path projected by the data up to the point ball hit pad/bat. Therefore, there is a higher element of doubt.

  158. 0348: 
    Aus 121-1 (41 overs)

    Panesar and Watson have been fighting their own personal battle in the Adelaide sun, one that Watson is just about winning. A hurried cut for two, a punched single, Rogers then dismissive in defence. Time for a change?

    Monty Panesar
    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Adelaide Oval

    On Twitter: Chris Rogers' armguard so tatty looking it's as if he gives it to his dog to play with between Tests.

  160. 0345: 
    Aus 118-1 (Rogers 48, Watson 40)

    Kabir, I reckon there's enough material to write a dissertation on TMS. Adelaide is known as the City of Churches, with one poking above the old scoreboard. Flags flutter with gusto as a Stokes half-tracker is cut for four by the nuggety Rogers. Short balls have been punished all day, which may give Mitchell Johnson a few things to think about later in this match. Stifled appeal for caught behind when Rogers misses a pull, Stokes then penalised with a call for no-ball when he removes the non-striker's bails in his delivery stride. The Finn law, and a daft one at that.


    Kabir SB, Durham, via text on 81111: So much of my sanity is being sustained by Ashes coverage at this ungodly hour of essay writing that I feel I ought to include Test Match Special in my bibliography.

  162. 0341: 
    Aus 109-1

    So where can England find a wicket from? One good bit of cricket, one Australian mistake? Panesar metronomic in his accuracy to Watson, who dutifully plods forward to defend. Back to the maidens.


    Tom in Salford, via text on 81111: Interesting that when a call is reviewed with Hawk-Eye in tennis, the final decision is based on that evidence regardless of the margin of error involved or the umpire's call. If Hawk-Eye shows the ball being millimetres out, but the umpire called it in, it's called out. Shouldn't that be the case in cricket, it's the same technology after all?

  164. 0338: 
    Aus 109-1 (Rogers 40, Watson 40)

    The Barmy Army reminds us who they are as Rogers tucks into a leg-stump half-volley from Stokes. Just as before, when Australia got through the examination from Swann and Panesar, you feel the hosts have come through another tight passage. This stand is worth 75.

    Latest match scorecard

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

    "It's a good duel - that was a big shot for Watson as it's a huge straight boundary, Swann was a few yards in from the boundary at long-off, and he hit it for six over mid-on. But it's a risk as if the ball turned a little, he could have miscued it to long-off."

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  166. 0335: 
    Aus 105-1 (37 overs)

    Shackles broken in the grandest of fashion, Watson taking a step down the pitch to belt Panesar for an iron-straight maximum. A run of 24 dots ended.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Ben Stokes is only the second New Zealand-born England Test player after Andy Caddick."

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  168. 0331: 
    Aus 99-1 (Rogers 36, Watson 34)

    Are the Barmy Army singing the Hokey Cokey? Maybe with a cricketing twist? Answers on a postcard. More good stuff from Stokes, who has his fellow redhead Rogers shuffling across the crease in defence. A shadow sweeps across the ground, deep square leg drops back, umpire Erasmus gets the scissors out to trim some leather off the ball. Yet another maiden. The old adage is that three maidens bring a wicket. This time? We'll see.


    Jack, via text on 81111: Re: Ben (0244) - on the Prior debate, Sangakkara does not keep wicket in Tests for Sri Lanka. Prior also averages 42 to Dhoni's 39. He's proved it over time, back him.

  170. 0327: 
    Aus 99-1

    Beautiful sunshine glints off the white of the pitch and the dark of the shades on keeper Prior and slip Anderson. Oooohhhhs as Watson leaves and watches the ball go by his off stump, with the Barmy Army getting rowdy as Monty examines the Aussie all-rounder. "Go Bell, go," urges Prior when the ball creeps past short leg Ian Bell. Another maiden.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Adelaide Oval
    Ben Stokes

    "Ben Stokes' first over in Test cricket, and the dot ball that begins it is greeted with applause. Defensive field as you'd expect on this track - just one slip, a gully, point/cover/mid off, short midwicket in for the uppish drive. Despite that four off the second ball, Stokes is already bowling with more zip than Chris Tremlett at the Gabba - around 140kmph."

  172. 0324: 
    Aus 99-1 (Rogers 36, Watson 34)

    Two slips and a gully for Stokes as he angles the ball across leftie Rogers. Very nice from the strapping Durham man, line and length asking Rogers to defend. Then the bumper, Rogers ducking. A maiden.

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

    "That lbw chance is the sort of thing Monty bowls for, like when he bowled in Dubai on a skiddy pitch and got lbw after lbw. He's dragged a couple down and he's not got into a rhythm against Watson yet, but there's no real turn. If England were offered the draw, I think they might take it, but their record at Perth is atrocious."

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  174. 0321: 
    Aus 99-1 (33 overs)
    Chris Roger tries to stroke the ball through a gap

    Monty after drinks, his spell so far only spoiled by a couple of half-trackers. Panesar spins himself a catch in his huge hands, sporting a watch on his left, bowling, wrist. Is it normal for bowlers to wear watches on their bowling arms? Single to Rogers, then Monty aims a couple of sliders at the big pad of Watson, who defends with the inside edge.


    Zak Millington: Shane Watson is probably one of the worst batsmen to bowl to first up on debut. He'll punish anything slightly off.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "England have only twice come from 1-0 down to win a series in Australia - in 1911-12 and 1954-55."

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    Martin Wildsmith: Think a certain AB de Villiers might have a shout at best keeper/batsman as well.

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

    "Promising start from Ben Stokes. The half-volley got punished and there's no real movement but he's got good pace and you can tell from his wrist position that reverse swing will come into the equation."

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  179. 0316: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Aus 98-1

    A change it is, and what a moment for Ben Stokes, his first trundle in Test cricket. Right arm strapped, flame haired, gentle run-up, he sends his first ball down at 83mph. Good nut, but his second ball is driven handsomely by Watson through the covers for four. Welcome to Test cricket, Ben. Stokes, though, responds by cranking the gun up to 87mph, causing Watson to cover up. That takes us to drinks. Australia's hour.


    Jonathan, TMS inbox: My colleague has just told me he's listening to TMS from a labour ward in hospital. His name is Peter Snowden and he facebooked: 'Labour ward and Test Match Special: a surreal but calming combination! Let's hope the Aussie wickets fall at the pace of the contractions…' TMS is heard in the most unusual of places...

  181. 0311: 
    Aus 94-1 (Panesar 0-15 from 6)

    Yep, the Aussies are riding this spinning storm, Rogers rocking back to punish another Monty short ball. Time for a change, I fancy.

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

    "I wonder if the longer Ben Stokes isn't given the ball, the more nervous he may become."

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  183. 0309: 
    Aus 89-1 (Rogers 31, Watson 29)

    Australia might just be winning this battle, as now Swann overpitches to allow Rogers to drive for four. The sun is shining brightly, but both batsmen are wearing sleeveless sweaters and umpire Erasmus has his white, puffy, Marshmallow Man coat on. I wonder when we'll see Ben Stokes? He's getting loose.


    England and Middlesex batsman Eoin Morgan: Looks a good pitch at Adelaide for what should be a great Test match to watch. Shame I don't feel the same way about the developments. For what was an iconic cricket ground full of character... it looks like its been converted into an AFL stadium. Shows how lucky we are in England to play on such fine cricket grounds and not have to share with other sports!

    England and Nottinghamshire batsman James Taylor: It looks a great first day wicket in Adelaide... 25 overs gone and spin on at both ends. What's happened to pace and bounce?

  185. 0306: 
    Aus 85-1 (29 overs)

    England's fielders have backed up their bowlers in this spin-twin passage, Kevin Pietersen the latest to pull off a good stop. Watson denied. Can he keep the big shots in the locker? Go on Shane, have a go, put your hand in the cookie jar. Ah, Monty takes the lid off, offering the biscuit barrel and a brew to boot, dropping short for Watson to butcher through the covers.

    Shane Watson
    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I spoke to someone the other day who is 'in the know' on DRS, and asked him why it had changed to give them two reviews after 80 overs. He said it's the only way to get India to accept it."

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  187. 0302: 
    Aus 81-1 (Rogers 27, Watson 25)

    That lbw shout will give England further encouragement against Rogers, who is currently like an awkward teenager dancing at the school disco. Watson looks more comfortable, whose massive front pad is in less peril against the spinners. Swann tidy, Watson picking up a couple.

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

    "At least with the DRS now they go back up to two reviews at 80 overs. But unless you get an absolute howler, you're still not going to change lbws as umpire's call is huge. Promising signs for Monty Panesar, he's getting the odd ball to bounce and there's a hint of a follow-through from Stuart Broad's earlier spell to aim at."

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  189. 0258: 
    NOT OUT- Aus 78-1

    Home cheers tell us that Rogers survives. It spun towards the poking leftie, but was drifting leg side and a touch high. It was just clipping the stumps, but not enough to overturn the umpire's decision. I understand benefit of the doubt and all that, but I'm still baffled when the ball-tracker shows disturbed stumps but the batsman survives.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "Monty normally thinks everything is out, but Matt Prior made the decision to review this, and Ian Bell thought it was out from short leg. My instinct was it would be umpire's call on hitting leg stump."

  191. 0257: 
    UMPIRE REVIEW- Aus 78-1
    Monty Panesar

    Now then Monty, have you got your man? Huge appeal against Rogers. Looks a decent shout, might be high, though.

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

    "You just feel with Watson that when you bowl a few dots at him, he gets a bit of a panic on. He likes to deal in boundaries and give it a good whack, that's why he's so effective in one-day cricket."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  193. 0255: 
    Aus 76-1 (Rogers 25, Watson 22)

    Shall we dance? Watson still trying to skip towards Swann, but Swann has the ball on a string to keep the Aussie number three honest. As the Barmy Army tune up, Watson finally winds up a big shot, going aerial to get four down the ground.


    Monty Panesar's Test record in Australia before this game reads: Three Tests (all in 2006-07), 10 wickets at an average of 37.90 (compared to his overall Test average of 33.78).

    It compares favourably with Graeme Swann, who had taken 17 wickets in six Tests before this game, at an average approaching 48 (compared to his overall Test average of just over 29).

  195. 0253: 
    Aus 72-1

    Hazy heat rises from the ground as Monty gets away with a half-bunger to Watson. Just a single. Another long-hop to Rogers, well stopped by Carberry at point. Rogers, crab-like, looks like a man battling with himself. He only attacks the poor deliveries, there's little attempt to manufacture a shot.

    Andrew Samson, BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "In the last 22 Test matches played here now, the captain winning the toss has chosen to bat first."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  197. 0250: 
    Aus 71-1 (Rogers 25, Watson 17)

    Is something about to give? You feel the pressure has been cranked up by England. Spin for Swann as Cook moves himself into gully. Rogers not tempted, taking a deep breath as he lunges forward to defend. Is captain Cook having a little chirp there? Engrossing stuff.

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

    "In places like Sri Lanka and India, tosses are important, but I think this is right up there with them. England really needed to get first use of this pitch."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  199. 0248: 
    Aus 70-1

    I'm hearing that the Rolling Stones will officially open the new Adelaide Oval in March. Is Mick Jagger the most famous cricket fan (who has nothing to do with cricket) in the world? Oooohhhh, close for Rogers, dancing to Monty, taking the glove and just falling short of Ian Bell at short leg. Good cricket at the minute, interesting at both ends.


    Here's a little something to get your teeth into while England attempt to make the breakthrough, courtesy of our colleagues at a Question of Sport:

    Since 2000, 10 players have made their Test debut for Australia whose surnames end in the letter S. Who are they?

    It's pretty tough but here's a clue to get you started: two are playing in this match...

    Full answer to follow at tea time.

  201. 0244: 
    Aus 68-1 (22 overs)
    Chris Rogers

    There's no sign of those earlier showers as Swann twirls in under bright sunshine. Swann's line and length hasn't been perfect, but he finds the edge of Rogers' bat with one that turns, the Aussie opener lucky to earn a single. The hulking Watson finally stands still to defend a couple. England rattling through the overs.


    Ben, via text on 81111: Re: Jason (0145) - Prior as best wicketkeeper/batsman. Really?! I think messrs Dhoni and Sangakkara would have a thing or two to say about that.

  203. 0242: 
    Aus 67-1 (Rogers 22, Watson 16)

    Now then, indeed it is Monty, bowling in his first Test since Auckland in March in his most public appearance since his summer difficulties. Nice round of applause as he winds up to Rogers, immediately dropping on the money. Rogers may be more comfortable against Monty than Swann, with the ball spinning into him. England want Monty v Watson and Swann v Rogers.

    Joe Wilson, BBC Sport at the Adelaide Oval

    On Twitter: I think many share feeling that today's Monty tweet far more worthy of the apology than the Alice Springs announcer 'non event'.

  205. 0239: 
    Aus 66-1

    Watson still shimmying towards Swann, a continuation of the Aussie plan from the Gabba to get after the Notts man. Another single, with Swann, bowling in his shades, losing his line to Rogers. Monty is getting loose.

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

    "Get Monty on instead of Swann, see how Watson plays him. That's not good from one of the best bowlers in the world - his length is too full."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  207. 0236: 
    Aus 60-1 (Rogers 18, Watson 13)

    I've not been to the Adelaide Oval, but I'm told that it's lovely and now quite different after the renovations. Three two-tiered stands take up three sides of the ground, with the one on the leg side of leftie Rogers mainly under construction. It has only a few seats in place, some of which are occupied. Cranes stand still in reverence to the action in the middle, where the hopping Rogers plays back an Anderson maiden.

    A Cricket Australia tweet

    Cricket Australia (CA) has tweeted an apology after posting a picture on Twitter before the start of play. It featured four supporters in fancy dress with the caption "Will the real Monty Panesar please stand up?!". Less than a week ago, CA stood down the ground announcer for England's tour game at Alice Springs for mocking England spinner Panesar, though the announcer denied making a racial slur.

  209. 0232: 
    Aus 60-1

    I think Shane Watson has used his feet to every delivery he's faced from Swann. A single, with England oohing and aahing as Rogers slides a turner off the face of the bat for a couple behind square. Zinc on his lips, Rogers pokes forward, bat in front of pad in defence. About as comfortable as a man sitting on a fork.


    R London, via text on 81111: I was at the Test in Adelaide in 2002 and obviously agreed with the loveliest cricket ground in the world thing - what have they done?

  211. 0229: 
    Aus 56-1 (Rogers 15, Watson 12)

    So, is this a flat pitch or just a slow one? What's the difference? England, remember, prospered on slow pitches at Trent Bridge and Lord's in the summer, so will they be unhappy to see the pedestrian nature of this Adelaide deck? Perhaps not, but they would much prefer to be batting first. Anderson to his bunny, Watson, but the blond misery takes one to the man at deep square leg.


    Jonathan Auburn, TMS inbox: Re: 0148 what about Trevor Chappell? Don't forget Trevor. Delivered the most famous delivery in cricket history.

  213. 0225: 
    Aus 55-1 (16 overs)

    Graeme Swann, one over of offies this morning, continues into the afternoon. The dancing Watson finally gets some joy, a single to begin the Swann v Rogers duel. Swann had the leftie's number in England, but with a slip and silly point waiting, Rogers pushes to the short off-side boundary for four.

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

    "The best thing England could do to these two is bowl straight. I've not seen many shots from the Rogers, while Watson likes to play on the off side so I'd bottle him up by playing straight."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  215. 0222: 
    Aus 50-1 (Rogers 11, Watson 10)

    Two slips and a gully for the leftie Rogers, catchers in front of the wicket on either side. One of them is a helmeted silly point, a fielder you don't often see for the quicks. As spectators file through the stand to return to their seats, Rogers stands up to hammer through point for four, right out of the meat.


    Former Australia captain Ian Chappell on TMS: "In my day we would always have a drink with the other team after play. And I think if you're not mixing in the dressing-rooms when you come off the field after play, those hostilities will continue the next day."

    Listen to Test Match Special on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

  217. 0219: 

    Blue sky, some fluffy white clouds, the Adelaide Oval looking splendid. A shadow swoops across the ground as England return, led by skipper Alastair Cook, his whites shimmering in the sun. Chris Rogers to resume on seven, Shane Watson has 10. James Anderson has four balls of his eighth over to complete.

  218. 0216: 

    The sun is shining once more in Adelaide, so we will resume at 0220 GMT. Only 14.2 overs have been bowled so far, meaning 75.4 remain. Plenty to keep us going through the night and well into the morning. Bad news, though, for lovers of sleep.

  219. 0213: 

    Thanks, Mark. To get something straight before we begin, I have no idea who JW Pepper is.

  220. 0150: 

    And after that rain-interrupted spell, I can tell you that play will resume at 0220 GMT - when you'll be in the safe hands of Stephan Shemilt.

  221. 0148: 
    A general view from the new Riverbank Stand

    And on TMS this lunchtime, as ever there's plenty to listen to - after the transformation of the Adelaide Oval, we'll hear from two of South Australia's most famous players - Greg and Ian Chappell.

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

    "I don't think we're going to see too many jaffas - it's going to be attrition and restriction. Bowl full and straight - I remember Matthew Hoggard bowling here, having four men on the drive."

  223. 0145: 

    We're hearing an early lunch is being taken (even though it doesn't appear to be raining any more). No word yet as to when they'll resume.


    Jason, TMS inbox: I really can't believe that anyone is calling for Prior to be dropped. He's been easily the best wicketkeeper/batsman in the world for a number of years now. OK he is a little 'dry' on runs at the moment but surely he has earned his chance.

    Jim Maxwell, BBC Test Match Special commentator

    "The sun's shining again - it's one of those strange mornings in Adelaide. The bowlers have barely seen a ball move yet."


    Peter Dunmore: As much as I love cricket I can't help but think why did the English invent a game that can't be played in the rain?

    Daniel Barnsley: Who knew the Aussies could have an English summer?


    Wayne Bevan: Please no more rain. Just had a packet of kids' tiny tots, an oatmeal bar and a cup of coffee!

    Ben Fox: Australia has one job to do: not rain. And it can't even do that!

  228. 0140: 

    If you're just getting in after a night out, or battling insomnia, I'm afraid we're already suffering the third rain delay of the game, and we haven't even got to lunch yet... which is scheduled at 0200 GMT, by the way. Good news... the covers are being taken off (albeit pretty slowly).


    Gavin Richmond: How come you can listen in Canada? I can't get any radio in the USA?

    As Aggers mentioned earlier, if you're outside the UK you can listen to the BBC TMS commentary via the Cricket Australia website.

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

    "I think Jeff Thomson didn't say much on the pitch. He didn't need to when he was bowling that fast. If he swore, he swore at himself. But he swears a lot now."

    Listen to Test Match Special on 5 live sports extra.

  231. 0132: 

    As the sledging debate rears its ugly head on TMS again, you may not have seen Alec Stewart's column on the BBC Sport website this week, in which he draws on his experience as England's most-capped player.

    He writes: "It is not about pointlessly abusing people and using foul language. There is an art to it, and used properly can be an effective way of getting into someone's mind and affecting their performance... if you can gain an advantage over the opposition with a few well-chosen words, while still respecting the laws and spirit of the game, then go for it."


    David in Spain, TMS inbox: Is there any other pastime known to man that compels followers to sit up all night, in the middle of winter, waiting for it to stop raining on the other side of the world? Strikes me we're all dipsticks!

    Jim Maxwell, BBC Test Match Special commentator

    "It's another annoying rain squall. I can only see one umbrella up. The groundstaff are being kept busy, it's all a bit of a performance."

  234. 0129: 
    The scorecard

    After two balls of Anderson's over... they're off for rain again. The ground staff are earning their corn today. Looks like another light shower.


    Daniel Barnsley: If Matt Prior doesn't score more consistently then Jonny Bairstow may pick up the gloves.

    James Sutton: Looking at those stats, Prior hasn't passed 50 in his last 15 innings. Maybe a dipstick is needed to check his oil.

    Patrick Conway: In Prior I trust, doubted him before but every time he came through with a big innings like Trent Bridge 2010.

  236. 0127: 
    Aus 46-1

    Broad takes a rest but it's not Ben Stokes as first change - it's off-spinner Graeme Swann, bowling in his sunglasses and sporting a sleeveless slipover (the modern equivalent to sweaters England wear, eschewing the traditional cable-knit ones Australia don). With Trott back home, James Anderson is in at slip for the spinner, who also has a helmeted short leg posted. Watson defends Swann's first over, trying to use his feet but he's unable to prevent a maiden over.


    Robert, TMS inbox: Mr Boycott is clearly an Only Fools and Horses fan. Other Sheriffs with legendary vocabulary include Buford T Justice and JW Pepper.

    Ah, the great JW Pepper... "What are you? Some kinda doomsday machine, boy?"

  238. 0124: 
    Aus 46-1 (Rogers 7*, Watson 10*)

    Anderson goes round the wicket to send down a pretty hostile maiden over to the tentative Rogers. And there's a change of bowling on the horizon...

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

    "We watched Monty at Alice Springs and the impression is that he's lost a yard in the field. There was a delightful moment when a skier went towards Monty, a long, long way in the air. We thought there was drama afoot. Steven Finn, at mid-on, took the executive decision to get to mid off and take it himself. Monty was spared a tricky catch."

    Listen to Test Match Special on 5 live sports extra.

  240. 0120: 
    Aus 46-1
    Shane Watson

    At least these rain showers have given the England bowlers a bit of a rest mid-spells. It will be interesting to see when Stokes gets a go... Watson off-drives firmly at Broad, Panesar dives at mid-off but can't get anything on it and the ball's away for four. And it's four more for Watson as a cover drive bisects Monty and Carberry who's patrolling the cover point region. Watto's into double figures, he's already overtaken Rogers.

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

    "I'm happy to say Uluru, but it still says Ayers Rock on the airport departure boards."

  242. 0116: 
    Aus 38-1 (Rogers 7*, Watson 2*)

    Four balls of Anderson's over to go - after another half-hearted lbw shout, Watson doubles his score with a single.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "If you're flying into Adelaide or Sydney, try to book a left-hand window seat. You may get a view of the Adelaide Oval, or the Sydney Opera House and the bridge."

  244. 0113: 

    While Geoffrey and others are deliberating over Matt Prior, a quick look at his last few Test knocks, going back to that superb series in New Zealand in March:

    v NZ (a): 23, 23*, 82, 73, 110*. v NZ (h): 0, 0, 39, 4*. v Aus (h): 1, 31, 6, 1*, 30, 17, 0, 47, 0*. v Aus (a): 0, 4.

    His overall Test average is 41.48. But do any of you agree with Boycs that his place might be in doubt if the low scores continue?

  245. 0110: 

    If you're just joining us, the players are off for the second (very) light shower of the day - but we're expecting a restart at 0115 GMT.


    Richard Turner: Warner proved good with his mouth last Test. This Test with his bat? So far, not so much #dipstick

    Ross McDonald: No doubt about it, that was an incredibly poor and weak dismissal of David Warner. What a gimme!

    Beth Jakubowski: Geoffrey, despite his bizarre suggestion to drop Prior, confirmed himself as a rather fabulous human after that dipstick comment.

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

    "The best hope for Monty will be if this wicket behaves like the one in Dubai did, where the ball would scurry along and he kept getting people lbw."


    Stacy Phillips: Listening to TMS all the way from Newfoundland, Canada on my mobile phone. Moving into the 21st century chaps.

    While it's raining, why not download the BBC Sport App - it's free, and now offers radio streaming, so you can listen to TMS as well as reading the live text.

  249. 0106: 

    Play to restart in 10 minutes. Woo hoo.

    Joe Wilson, BBC Sport at the Adelaide Oval

    BBC Sport reporter on Twitter: "This Test match is putting the delayed in Adelaide."


    Daniel Smith: The Adelaide Oval. Half filled with OAPs and JCBs. Flat.

    Paul Roberts: These rain interruptions should help keep our bowlers fresh and test the Australian top order despite the flat pitch.

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

    "Bresnan averages 30 with the bat in Test cricket, which is good for a bowler, and they like having him in the team - but I think they're looking towards Perth, where they might want him to bowl into the Fremantle Doctor and he might not be able to play back-to-back Tests after being out for so long. Playing an extra bowler rather goes against the grain for them - mind you, they did it at The Oval and Kerrigan was a bag of nerves."


    England and Somerset batsman Nick Compton: Great to the see the monster Monty Panesar playing... Accuracy, passion, makes things happen.

  254. 0059: 

    While it's raining, I also have to add my admiration for Geoffrey's use of the word "dipstick" - an epithet often used by Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane in "The Dukes of Hazzard" to describe his bungling subordinates. But a year is a long time in cricket... is Matt Prior's place in the side really being questioned less than nine months after he pretty much single-handedly saved a Test for England in Auckland?

    Do email, text or tweet us via the usual methods to discuss Prior, Stokes and even Sheriff Rosco...

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

    "In the modern era, wicketkeepers have to make runs. It's a fact of life. Performances at the highest level in sport come with a high level of perks, but you still have to perform. Prior got away with it in England because we got out of jail and kept winning."

    Listen to Test Match Special on 5 live sports extra.


    Ollie Kemp: Poor and weak shot from Warner.

    Lee White: "Couldn't have happened to a nicer fella..." Rise, Sir Geoffrey.

    Kieran Milward: Poor shot choice by Warner. Now target Watson's lbw weakness now on a lower bouncing wicket.

  257. 0055: 
    RAIN STOPS PLAY- Aus 37-1

    There are a couple of umbrellas up, and a few fans are donning their ponchos as Rogers knocks Anderson for a single... and we're off for rain again.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "Once they decided to go with two spinners, they had to pick Stokes really, unless they went with Bresnan at seven and Prior at six."


    In the last 10 Test matches at the Adelaide Oval the team batting first have scored more than 500.

    Australia lost their first three wickets for two runs at the start of the last Ashes Test played in Adelaide (in 2010).

    England have only twice won Test series in Australia after losing the first Test: 1911-12 and 1954-55.

  260. 0053: 
    Aus 36-1

    Watson is firm in defence against Broad - there's a catcher on the square at short (wide) mid-on, plus a man at a straighter, deep mid-on, and another saving one at mid-wicket. Clearly a plan is afoot for the big Queenslander. And play is briefly held up... by a steward in a dayglo hi-vis jacket, loitering behind the bowler's arm. Unforgivable, really. Watson plays out a maiden over, Broad has 1-18 from five.


    Joe Baldwin: Yes England, well done Broad and Carberry. Danger man dismissed before he could do any real damage. Hopefully one brings a few!

    Tim Rockett: "What a dipstick". There's nothing quite like some Geoff Boycott commentary to tell it like it is. One down!

    Alex Thomas: Good to see Warner gone early, think he looked a bit scared of Broad actually.

  262. 0049: 
    Aus 36-1 (Rogers 6*, Watson 1*)

    Shane Watson is the new batsman, and it may be 34-1 rather than 2-3 as it was in 2010, but England have a breakthrough. Watson is the non-striker as Anderson begins a new over to Rogers. A single brings the new man on strike - three slips in for the right-hander, but aren't we due another "Watson lbw" in this Test? He's off the mark with a single.

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

    "What a dipstick. There's no oil in his lamp. To spoon the ball, head-high and gentle to point is a really poor shot. It couldn't happen to a nicer fella after what he said in Brisbane to one of our batsmen."

    Listen to Test Match Special on 5 live sports extra.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "What a tame way of getting out. The sort of dismissal where you want to go and stick your head in an ice bucket."

  265. 0043: 
    WICKET- Warner c Carberry b Broad 29 (Aus 34-1)
    Stuart Broad celebrates

    Warner smacks Broad for another four to leg, but then spoons the ball into the grateful grasp of Michael Carberry at cover point!

    Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Warner 29)

    Broad's figures: 4-0-18-1

    Full scorecard

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

    "They ran four there, but there's another six yards from the boundary to the advertising boards, then another three or four yards after that. We played a tour match once against South Australia, when Alan Knott came on as 12th man. He wasn't used to chasing and throwing, so when he retrieved it, he ran in with it. Mid-off and mid-wicket went for the throw, the batsmen could have run six."


    Ian Davies: Great to see Monty in the side, bold decision to play Stokes. Finn & Tremlett are too playable by the Aussies on their own turf.

  268. 0039: 
    Aus 30-0

    Anderson switches to bowling round the wicket to Warner, who's "in good nick" according to Geoff Boycott on TMS. A single brings Rogers on strike, he hammers an off-drive towards one of those long, straight boundaries, and even though Kevin Pietersen retrieves it before the rope, they run four anyway. All-run fours are usually the preserve of club cricket, but you may see one or two of them on this ground.

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

    "We shouldn't just assume that this will be a draw, because there's only one or two top-class batsmen in each side. You'd like to bowl at them, because neither side has had many good batting performances in recent times."


    Kev in Liverpool, via text on 81111: Is it me or has Adelaide lost a bit of its charm? Not a church in sight.

  271. 0034: 
    Aus (Rogers 1*, Warner 24*)

    Warner straight-drives Broad for four - lucky he didn't have to run, as his partner Rogers fell over trying to get out of the way. And will we have an early ball change? Umpire Dharmasena gets out his calipers - but decides the ball's OK. Already, there are only two slips in, Warner tries a pull shot but the ball dribbles towards debutant Ben Stokes at square leg. A single takes him to 24.

    The last England player to make his Test debut at Adelaide? James Whitaker, who played his one and only Test there in December 1986. He's now an England selector.

  272. 0029: 
    Aus 20-0
    The view from the boundary

    Anderson to continue with the giant southern stand (pictured) behind him, and Warner continues his busy start, jabbing a couple of twos before Anderson uses his hockey goalkeeper skills, sticking out a boot to stop an on-drive on the edge of the pitch. Warner guides a single down to Monty Panesar at fine leg, and he has scored 19 of Australia's first 20 runs.

    "I reckon this pitch will last a month," quips Jim Maxwell on TMS. Anyone for a timeless Test?

    Latest scorecard from the second Test


    Ben in Yeovil, via text on 81111: Penny for Nick Compton's thoughts, given Trott's return to the UK. Unfairly overlooked in my very humble opinion.

    Andy T: Wouldn't read too much into Stokes' lack of five-fors. Some guy called Onions has usually taken a hatful by the time he bowls.

  274. 0024: 
    Aus 15-0

    Rogers is off the mark with a single, then Warner slashes at Broad, the ball flies over gully and down to third man for four. Another firm punch past the non-striker brings the pugnacious New South Wales opener three more.

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

    "It's been a pretty slow start in terms of runs, because England have bowled well. They are trying to bowl full - there might not be much swing - but we might just have a bit of nibble."

  276. 0020: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Aus 7-0
    James Anderson appeals

    A little loose from Anderson and Warner takes advantage of the short square boundaries by hammering him through cover point for four. If you don't know the Adelaide Oval, it is a genuine oval with short boundaries square of the wicket, and long straight boundaries at each end. Warner is hit on the pad next ball, there's an appeal for lbw but England quickly opt against a review - replays appear to show it pitched outside leg stump. Warner has scored all of Australia's runs so far, he adds a two past mid-on.

    And we've discovered the reason for the Australian players' black armbands - it's after former Test batsman Marcus North's brother died last week.


    Phil Tibbs, TMS inbox: Re: the ball getting lodged in Rogers' jumper. Ed Joyce was caught at Hove pulling a long hop from a spinner - close fielder turned and jumped and the ball lodged in his pocket!

    Watch the video of Ed Joyce being caught in Jonathan Trott's pocket.

  278. 0016: 
    Aus 1-0

    Broad has three slips and a gully for the left-handed Warner... there's a delay after a couple of deliveries (possibly a rogue replay screen behind the bowler's arm) but Warner gets Australia off the mark with a nudge off his legs for a single, and there's an encouraging sign as Broad beats Rogers outside off stump.

    And news from Michael Vaughan on TMS - he had a chat with Monty yesterday, and apparently Mr Panesar's batting has improved... cynics who watched the first Test may wonder if his inclusion may strengthen England's batting.

  279. 0012: 

    While Aggers laments the absence of wheel-on covers from Australian grounds, Stuart Broad is marking out his run-up at the Cathedral End - that's the end with the grassy bank and the big scoreboard, and predictably Broad remains the target of the Aussie barrackers. Ready to resume.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "I've been involved in professional cricket since 1976. From that moment I accepted that I would be told that I'm going to have my head knocked off. That doesn't actually matter, the ball coming towards you is more important."

  281. 0010: 

    Warner and Rogers are waiting at the edge of the arena, while England coaches Graham Gooch (batting) and Richard Halsall (fielding) are chatting to a photographer as the fielders emerge.


    Matt in Kent, TMS inbox: Stokes is an inspired selection. As a bowler he has a golden arm and bowls in short sharp spells deceptively quickly. As a batsmen he anchored many a Durham in innings by sticking around and scoring quickly: a major reason why they won the Championship.

  283. 0008: 

    The stumps are back in and the umpires are out. Come on, let's get on with it...


    Sam Rao: Kiss the Ashes goodbye folks. Poor selection from England. Stokes weakens batting and bowling.

    Matt Foster: Do we know who is batting at three yet? I'd like experience at both 3 & 5 of course. Bell in form though, so he'd be my choice.

    Joe Root is down at three on the scoreboard, having been moved up and down the order like... well, like Shane Watson.

  285. 0007: 

    The umpires are joined by a groundsman and a smartly-dressed lady on the outfield - it looks as though they're consulting a mobile phone (presumably for a weather forecast). And lo and behold, the covers are coming off...

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

    "England will be hoping that some juice gets on the track because in the first over there was nothing, no seam, no swing. The forecast is for showers."

    Listen to TMS on 5 live sports extra.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    "The umpires are coming back on. Unless there's something horrible coming up from behind us, let's get going!"


    Jon Fisher, TMS inbox: We were bowled out twice for under 200 at the Gabba and yet we have opted to take a punt on enhancing a bowling attack that on the whole performed well. Surely Ballance and Bresnan would have brought more to the side - this England team haven't scored decent runs since last winter.

  289. 0004: 

    You're not going to believe this... one over and they're going off for rain. Aggers and Michael Vaughan on TMS can barely see the rain, but the ground staff are quickly on with the sheets to cover the pitch.

  290. 0003: 
    OUCH!- Aus 0-0
    James Anderson bowls

    Anderson, with an enormous new stand behind him, runs in to the left-handed Rogers, who pokes the first ball of the day to Michael Carberry at cover point. The fourth ball of the day hits him... or does it? The ball bounces and nestles down the back of Rogers's sleeveless sweater, and there are a few smiles exchanged. Maiden over.


    Nick Drummond-Smith, via text on 81111: Would have been nice to see Bressy given a chance considering his recent wicket-taking form and hard work to get fit again. Often gets some crucial runs as well.

  292. 2359: 

    And something I didn't mention after the anthems - Mitchell Johnson has kept his moustache post-Movember. No sign of him giving up the razor completely though for Decem-beard. It's going to be James Anderson to open up from the Southern End to Chris Rogers and David Warner.


    Louis McMahon: Selection reminds me of an ODI side, a few bits and pieces cricketers filling in gaps which seem they need filling.

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

    "You can sense around the England camp that they were desperate to win the toss. They have to come out and do what they did three years ago, take wickets and create panic in that Australia dressing room. I like what they have done with Monty, because I think he'll be a better option than Tremlett and Bresnan isn't quite ready. The only problem is that Stokes might have to bowl more overs today than they would have liked."

    Listen to TMS on 5 live sports extra.

  295. 2356: 

    A reminder of the teams:

    Australia: Rogers, Warner, Watson, Clarke (capt), Smith, Bailey, Haddin (wk), Johnson, Siddle, Harris, Lyon.

    England: Cook (capt), Carberry, Root, Pietersen, Bell, Stokes, Prior (wk), Broad, Swann, Anderson, Panesar.

    Umpires today are Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and Marais Erasmus (South Africa). Tony Hill (New Zealand) is on TV replays, with Jeff Crowe as match referee. Let's hope no-one needs to be summoned to the headmaster's office after this Test, after all that rather unnecessary sledging in Brisbane.

    Tom Fordyce, Chief sports writer at the Adelaide Oval
    Fans outside the Adelaide Oval

    On Twitter: The lion & 'roo are obvious. The other lads? They have 'Broad' on backs so I think they're meant to be cheetahs...

  297. 2355: 

    "God Save The Queen" is followed by "Advance Australia Fair". Both are sung by female singers. I think the second would get my vote in a sing-off.


    William AC Griffiths: I hope I'm proved wrong but this is the first time I can say this in years. England's batting line-up looks a bit weak.

    Will Leachman: Adelaide doesn't seem like a pitch to bounce us out; Lyon will be under a lot of pressure. England's two spinners will dominate.

    Tom Lambert: Disastrous selection in my opinion. Stokes not a match winner and Monty not good enough to waste a number six. Hope I'm proved wrong.

  299. 2353: 

    Alastair Cook leads England out for the national anthems. Australia follow - they're wearing black armbands, we're not sure why.


    England one-day all-rounder Luke Wright: Delighted for Ben Stokes. He has improved out of sight over the last few seasons. Sure it's the first of many more Tests for him.

Live Scores - Australia v England


  • Australia beat England by 218 runs
  • Australia: 570-9 & 132-3 (39.0 overs)
  • England: 172 & 312 (101.4 overs)
  • Venue: Adelaide

England 2nd Innings

All out
Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total all out 312
Cook c Harris b Johnson 1
Carberry c Lyon b Siddle 14
Root c Haddin b Lyon 87
Pietersen b Siddle 53
Bell c Johnson b Smith 6
Stokes c Clarke b Harris 28
Prior c Harris b Siddle 69
Broad c Lyon b Siddle 29
Swann c Clarke b Harris 6
Anderson not out 13
Panesar c Rogers b Harris 0
Extras 1nb 4w 1lb 6

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