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Stephan Shemilt and Marc Higginson

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  1. Post update

    I like your optimism, John. If England are going to save this match, they need to bat most of the next three days, probably with a bit of rain thrown in. Summon the spirit of Brisbane 2010?

    Join us tomorrow to find out.

  2. Email

    John Vron: Happens so often at Lord's. England will fall way short in the first innings. Follow on and then bat throughout to save the draw. Add that Sunday will be lost to rain... it's got draw written all over it!

  3. Player view

    Stuart Broad on the mood in the England camp: "It's brighter after the application Cookie and Stokes showed. It's begun to look a bit slow and flat again.

    "That's given the guys a lot of hope that's there's not too many demons in this wicket. Runs can be scored. We just need to make sure we're switched on. They always say day three is the best time to bet at Lord's...

    "Whatever happens in this Test match, we can take a lot of positivity out of that fight."

  4. Player's view

    England's Stuart Broad, who took 4-83, on Sky Sports: "We mentally switched off for 20 minutes, which in Test cricket you can't afford to do.

    "Credit to our bowlers on coming back today - we fought back well.

    "They bowled really well tonight. When you've got a lot of scoreboard pressure and 30 overs to bowl, you can fly in for one spell."

  5. Could the weather help England?

    Sunday's weather forecast is looking more helpful for England than Australia. Although the hosts must get through Saturday first....

    Weather forecast
  6. Have your say

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    Text 85058, phone 0500 909 693, tweet @5livesport or go via the 5 live Sport Facebook page.

  7. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a poor shot from Ian Bell. I forecast it. People like Josh Hazlewood - he's a tall lad - they do you for length. Gary Ballance... it was brilliant bowling. He pushed Mitchell Johnson for four, got sucked into playing it again and was bowled."

  8. Player view

    Stuart Broad

    England bowler Stuart Broad, speaking to TMS: "We have to try our best to avoid the follow-on. We will hope for blue skies in the morning and then we have to apply ourselves. There are no demons in the pitch but we had a ropey 20 minutes earlier. We've still got a chance to bat big - we've got 16 wickets to play with in this Test. If people get in and play to their gameplan, they're going to be hard to get rid of."

  9. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I thought we could have done a lot better with the bat. You do have heavy legs and your mind is tired but you need better application and discipline. Adam Lyth... the one thing they wanted him to do was play away from his body. You should leave anything you don't have to play. You really want to make them bowl to you. Leave as much as you can."

  10. Player's view

    Mitchell Johnson

    Mitchell Johnson on Steve Smith, who made 215: "I've seen him since he's first started. He doesn't walk around like he's the number one or two in the world; he just works hard. I'm really proud of what he did."

    On what lies in store on Saturday: "England will be having a good night's sleep and digging in. Hopefully they'll play that aggressive brand of cricket they've been talking about and we'll see where that goes."

  11. Player's view

    Australia's Mitchell Johnson, who removed Gary Ballance and Joe Root to end the day with 2-16, on Sky Sports: "We came here, won the toss and were able to put the runs on the board and put England under pressure straightaway.

    "We knew the wicket would have a bit more bounce than Cardiff. The boys have done well. They've started this Test match really well after Cardiff.

    "The plan was to go pretty hard at Root - be more aggressive, don't let him settle.

    "In English conditions, we talk about bowling fuller than we would back home. We know Ballance is deep in the crease but it's nice when a plan comes off like that."

  12. Post update

    Ben Stokes and Alastair Cook

    Without the fight of Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes, England could have been as good as beaten tonight. Instead, the fifth-wicket pair showed England that this pitch could be just like the one Australia batted on. England dragged to 85-4 at the close. Still miles behind, but still with a glimmer of hope of saving the game. Just.

  13. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I used to work on the basis that of the six batsmen in the team, two will get out cheaply and then it's up to two of the four who get in to get a big score. That's what happened for Australia."

  14. Post update

    Joe Root loses his wicket

    Gary Ballance bowled neck and crop by Mitchell Johnson, Ian Bell suffering the same fate to Josh Hazlewood. When Joe Root loosely flashed Johnson behind, England were deep, deep in the mire at 30-4.

  15. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Michael Carke struggled and Stuart Broad again got him out - he's got a problem at the moment. He's one of the best batsmen in the world but averages more runs at number five than four. Whatever the reason is for that, I'd put him to number five in the next match and move Voges up to four."

  16. Post update

    Could England make batting seem as easy as Australia did? The answer came only two balls into their innings. Adam Lyth caught behind for a duck and, from there, Australia ran riot.

  17. Email

    Andy Bracken: I'm all for the 'aggressive new England' approach we've enjoyed recently. But there are times when you simply have to dig in and defend. Cook has done that, and fair play to him. England need to follow their leader, and a draw is still achievable... as long as there's a bit of bad weather to assist!

  18. Post update

    It always seemed like Australia would go big, the question was how big? Though England's bowlers stuck to it and got more rewards than day one, recovering the overnight score of 337-1 was always going to be unlikely. Steve Smith, with a maiden Test double hundred, rammed home the Aussie advantage to take the men in green to 566-8 declared.

  19. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It started Australia's day and finished Australia's day. Steve Smith went on in his uncomplicated way and England haven't worked out the best way to bowl at him. He's gone quietly along playing in his own style and never looked in too much trouble."

  20. Post update

    Saying it was a fantastic day for Australia might be under-selling it a touch. They have cashed in on a pitch that we thought was dead, only to extract life from the very same surface to lay waste to the England top order. Can England get out of this one with their series lead intact? It would take some effort from here.

  21. Close-of-play scorecard

  22. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "A fantastic day for Australia. They are all patting each other on the back. Smith and Rogers were outstanding but Starc got things going with that wicket to get rid of Lyth and then there was the Mitchell Johnson factor. They looked like the old Australian side of a few years ago. They had that menace about them again."

  23. Close of play

    Eng 85-4

    Alastair Cook and Steve Smith

    England get through with no further losses, just the, ahem, four that came in that mad hour after tea. Alastair Cook and Ben Stokes have shared 55, but that is the tiniest scratch on Australia's huge 566-8 declared. The tourists need 16 more wickets in three days to level this series.

  24. Eng 85-4

    Over to you, skipper. Stokes takes a single and leaves Cook five balls to play. Shadows long, dead bat. One to go.

  25. Text 81111

    Sebastian in Suffolk: England are getting their comeuppance for trying to control the result by ordering a nothing wicket. If they'd left well alone, they'd have had a decent first innings contest between bat and ball. As the wicket speeds up and takes spin they'll pay the price. They should have just got on with it in the first place.

  26. Eng 84-4

    Nathan Lyon to bowl the final over. Ben Stokes on strike. Four catchers.

  27. Email

    Jeffrey Earp: This page should be compulsory reading for every sociology student in the UK. Where else can you see the English psyche laid so utterly bare?

  28. Eng 84-4 (Cook 21, Stokes 37)

    Mitchell Marsh

    Mitchell Marsh, shirt untucked and flapping up his back, strives in for the final over from the Nursery End. This isn't bothering Alastair Cook, who has seen all four wickets fall at the other end this evening. In the crowd, a young chap sleeps on the shoulder of his dad, while two Aussie sub fielders prowl the boundary like bouncers in white. One over to go.

  29. Eng 84-4 (trail by 482)

    Eighteen balls for England to get through, probably all delivered by Mitchells. Johnson set for 12 of them, two overs from the pavilion end. He stalks in as Lord's becomes increasingly quiet, plenty of empty seats as so many head for the exit. Why would you leave early? Stokes gets in behind, but is he showing signs of an injury?

  30. Eng 81-4 (trail by 485)

    Mitchell Marsh gets his first bowl of the match, scurrying his brisk medium-fast up the slope towards the pavilion. Right-arm, haircut you can set your watch to, full length and angled across the left-handers. Sun hiding, gloomy evening, three runs from it. England, somehow, might just get to stumps four down.

  31. Eng 78-4 (trail by 488)

    Mitchell Johnson back into the attack, three overs for him to blast down before the close. It's hard to describe how different things look to an hour or so ago. Johnson is still touching 90mph, but Stokes seems to have much more time to play it. As I said, this pitch is looking much more like the one Australia batted on. Trouble is, it took them more than four sessions to lose four wickets. England's first four fell in 63 balls.

  32. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Rustique Chairs: Blimey. These fickle, negative wave England supporters crying on the text are the sort of wimps you don't want in a fight.

  33. Eng 78-4 (Cook 18, Stokes 34)

    Besides that quick blast of naughtiness from Nevill, it all feels rather sedate, far removed from the fireworks of earlier on. On the Aussie balcony, Darren Lehmann has a smile as wide as the Thames, brew in hand. Pity the man who goes pint for pint with him tonight.

  34. Third umpire

    Eng 78-4

    Peter Nevill

    Hang on... there's a little call for third umpire because Peter Nevill cheekily removed the bails while Alastair Cook wandered in his crease. A brief scare but the skip is fine.

  35. Eng 77-4 (trail by 489)

    Andy Flower sits on a balcony, looking pretty pleased that he does not have to be in the dressing room at the end of the day's play. He's got bad memories of 18 months ago. Hazlewood, who has struggled to make Cook play, comes round the wicket and keeps the England skipper honest for a maiden.

  36. Email

    Mitchell Johnson

    Tom, Strasbourg: Is it just me, or does Mitchell Johnson have ridiculously white teeth in every photo the BBC use of him? Does he use special toothpaste, or are his whites not so white?

  37. Eng 77-4

    Ben Stokes has called for the physio, having a drink of something that could be designed to alleviate cramp. At the same time, Mitchell Johnson has taken himself off through the Long Room. Readying himself for one last burst tonight?

  38. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Kumaran Ravendradas: Ben does know how to play well when the fire is Stoked. His first Test hundred at the Waca for example.

    Sakriya: Get Compton back! He is the best opener to play alongside Cook.

  39. Eng 77-4

    Ben Stokes

    Ben Stokes isn't going into his shell, opting for dance and whack at Nathan Lyon. Four over mid-on. And again... all the way for... six! Stokes is fighting fire with fire, helping England tick the balls down between now and the close. Seven overs remain.

  40. Email

    Huseyin: If we had taken our chances we may have had four wickets at the outset too.

  41. Eng 65-4

    Mitchell Johnson

    Alastair Cook continues to watchfully negate the Aussie attack, a skipper's resistance as the rest fall around him. He leaves a Hazlewood maiden as Jeff Thomson quaffs something fizzy in the posh seats. The Aussie burst earlier on was something Thommo would have been proud of, 40 years on from him and Lillee terrorising England down under.

  42. Email

    Adrian in Bahrain: I can't stand how people are praising "new" England last week and now they have had a bad start to this match it's all negativity and doom and gloom! Maybe we will start showing some fight.... there's a lot left of this Test match. Start showing some faith!

  43. Eng 63-4 (9 overs left today)

    Adam Voges and Ben Stokes

    It is spin for the first time, the shaven head of Nathan Lyon tweaking down his off-breaks round the wicket to Ben Stokes. Ouch! Take that. If England are being routed by the Aussies, they might try to take a few down with them. Stokes nails a sweep, straight into the hip bone of Adam Voges at short leg. Voges goes down, then pops back up. Tough lad.

  44. Email

    Kevin in Vancouver: The problem is in both Test matches the pitch has been different on day one from day two. Australia were 229-7 today which is nothing exceptional. Both games have been decided by the toss!

  45. Eng 63-4 (Cook 17, Stokes 20)

    Alastair Cook

    Hazlewood, angled run in the evening sunshine, dropping short for Alastair Cook to pull for four. In the last couple of overs, this pitch has started to more closely resemble the one that Australia batted on. Does that show how good the Aussie pacers were to take four early wickets, or how poor England's batting was to let them?

  46. Post update

    Glenn McGrath

    BBC Test Match Special

    "There's nothing worse than when you have spent nearly two days in the field and not taken a wicket then see your own batsmen lose theirs. So for Australia to get four quick ones really piles the pressure on. Scoreboard pressure has helped bring them - Australia have bowled well but the wicket is still good."

  47. Eng 59-4 (trail by 507)

    England might just be coming through something here. It's all relative, mind, but a stand of 29 when you were 30-4 counts for something, right? Lovely from Ben Stokes, belting a straight drive back past Mitchell Starc. Remember the hundred Stokes got on this ground against new Zealand earlier this summer?

  48. Eng 50-4 (Cook 12, Stokes 12)

    Josh Hazlewood switches ends as Nathan Lyon goes through some loosening exercises. Might soon be time for some off-spin. It's just gone slightly calmer. The bowlers' radars not as accurate, the ball not quite as venomous. Actually, forget that. Hazlewood to Stokes, extra bounce, edged for four.

  49. What's it like to face 90mph bowling?

    Mitchell Johnson

    Maybe England's top order should have read our iWonder guide to fast bowling before going out there today. If you haven't, check it out here.

  50. Eng 46-4 (trail by 520)

    There's man sitting in the members area with a hat he must have pinched from his wife. Pink (no problem there), but furry and with a bow on the side. Is he off to a wedding? It's not in keeping with the predicament England find themselves in. This is more like it from an Aussie fan. Gnarled leather, Crocodile Dundee-style. Starc drifts on to Cook's pads, with the skipper taking four. The captain standing up to the Aussies. Thirteen overs to go tonight.

  51. Email

    Francis Ward: I have to take issue with the Bell critics. Over a number of years he has shown he can pull us out of crises. His form is poor just now, an maybe a break to re-discover it is due. It doesn't help him, or Ballance that they are often operating as openers due to the frailties at the top.

    Tony Mitchell: Presumably the wicket changed between innings! What do you think?

  52. Delboy tweets...

  53. Eng 41-4 (trail by 525)

    Alastair Cook

    Alastair Cook, an eyewitness to the carnage, waits after the break as Johnson prowls in. A short ball, a hook, missing out on runs available. Dare I say that was a less threatening over from Johnson. Let's declare that England are over the hump...

  54. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "Is there any point in preparing pitches like this when Australia can bowl with this kind of menace? They didn't get it right at Cardiff but they have got it right here. They must get their heads down and steel themselves for the fight now."

  55. Latest scorecard

    England 41-4 (14 overs)

    Not out batsmen: Cook 8 (35), Stokes 8 (10)

    Fall of wickets: 0-1 (Lyth 0), 28-2 (Ballance 23), 29-3 (Bell 1), 30-4 (Root 1).

    Bowling: Starc 5-0-16-1, Hazlewood 6-1-12-1, Johnson 3-1-12-2.

    Australia 566-8 dec (149 overs)

    Smith 215, Rogers 173; Broad 4-83

    Australia won toss

    Full scorecard

  56. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Mitchell Johnson celebrates

    "This is cricket out of the top draw from Australia. Aggressive and intimidating. It's high class stuff and there's real trepidation among the England batsmen how to approach it."

  57. Drinks

    Eng 41-4

    Mitchell Starc switches ends, now swinging the ball up the slope as Alastair Cook waits with three slips in the grabbers. In the crowd, an Aussie fan who I swear could be Helen Daniels sits emotionless. Someone tell her England are four down. For the first time in the match, the Lord's hum can be heard. Even with England under the pump, it's thrilling stuff. Drinks. Vodka, please.

  58. Not again...

    This is not the first time in 2015 that England have suffered a top-order collapse:

    First Test v Australia, Cardiff: 43-3 & 73-3.

    First Test v New Zealand, Leeds: 30-4 & 25-2.

    Third Test v West Indies, Bridgetown: 38-3 & 39-5.

    First Test v West Indies, North Sound: 34-3 & 52-3.

  59. Eng 40-4 (Johnson 3-1-13-2)

    Didn't we say to judge this track when both teams have batted? For two days, we've said the deck has had as much life as flat lager, but now Mitchell Johnson's 90mph bullets have turned it into a snake pit. Ben Stokes is the man trying desperately to avoid a fatal bite, surviving an appeal for a catch behind off his thigh pad. Shot! Four through mid-wicket. Fight fire with fire?

  60. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Dan Burdett: Amazing how England can make a pitch that's looked like a road for a day and a half suddenly look like an absolute minefield.

    Mike Ball: Are England batting on the same pitch as Australia? Is this is the same England from Last week? Is this the same Australia?

    Joe Baker: Why are we completing imploding again? Clearly didn't bowl well enough and this batting is shocking.

  61. Eng 33-4

    Are you transported back to those long nights of 18 months ago? When you went to sleep with the radio on, only for a moustachioed menace to stalk your dreams. Wake up, check the score. Three more wickets down. There's no sleeping through this, it's carnage in broad daylight. Even Alastair Cook is lucky not to inside edge Hazlewood on to his stumps. How many might be gone by the close?

  62. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    Mitchell Johnson

    "This is outstanding quick bowling. It's hostile, it's quick and there's panic in the England dressing room now. This is the old Mitchell Johnson we saw in those five Test matches Down Under."

  63. Close!

    Eng 30-4

    It feels like every single ball could bring a wicket. Ben Stokes the new man, almost inside-edging his first delivery on to his stumps. Johnson is sizzling the fajitas down at 90mph, Lord's is the Colosseum and English batsmen are being fed to rampaging Aussie lions. An appeal for a catch down the leg side, followed by a yorker that almost sneaks through. There's still another 18 overs to go tonight!

  64. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Joe Root

    "Again that's a bad shot. It's chest high, he's playing away from his body. I love Joe's batting but that, like the others, were poor shots. The England batsmen need to look in the mirror and realise they gave it away."

  65. WICKET

    Root c Nevill b Johnson 1 (Eng 30-4)

    Mitchell Johnson

    You have got to be kidding. What on earth is going on out there? After seeing Australia score runs at will, England are rolling over to have their bellies tickled. Joe Root is the latest man to join the procession, playing a very ambitious back-foot drive to a Mitchell Johnson 90mph thunderbolt. Edge behind, get yourself back to the pavilion, take your pads off. England are being routed.

  66. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Who said it was going rain on Sunday?! Deep down, though, I think you should get yourself out of trouble on your ability not by praying for rain. If you are facing big scoreboard totals teams are going to come at you hard. You have to survive through character, mental strength and sensible cricket shots."

  67. Eng 30-3

    Lord's is finally alive with noise, but it's being made by the travelling fans. Hazlewood is applauded to his position at long leg, then a Johnson bumper to Root is cheered. Have we been transported to Brisbane? Or Melbourne? Maybe Sydney?

  68. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Rob Meech: With his flawed technique, Gary Ballance is NOT a number three.

    Merlyn: Ah, Ian Bell showing his backbone and how he is not the man for any sort of crisis. Ever.

    Scott Clark: Hmmm, I have a feeling that Lyth might be batting again this evening...

  69. Eng 30-3 (Hazlewood 5-1-10-1)

    Josh Hazlewood celebrates

    It's a very good ball from Hazlewood, but Bell was trying to play one that hit off stump through mid-wicket. Can you remember a time when Joe Root didn't have to come to the crease when England were three for spit? Has he just got an earfull from Michael Clarke, too? He's away, with a very angry looking Alastair Cook forced to see off the rest of the over. This very much feels like the long Ashes nights of 18 months ago.

  70. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a poor shot from Ian Bell. I always give credit to the bowler when they deserve it but that was a poor shot. Although I fancied Josh Hazlewood to do him - he's got a very high action the ball comes from a higher trajectory and it does you for length. And Bell got done."

  71. Post update

    Henry Blofeld

    BBC Test Match Special

    Ian Bell

    "England are on the rocks here. As Ian Bell goes off his future Test career must now be in doubt."

  72. WICKET

    Bell b Hazlewood 1 (Eng 29-3)

    Ian Bell is out

    And another! England are in total disarray and Australia are running rampant all over Lord's. Ian Bell is the latest man to be heading back to the pavilion, bowled by an absolute rozzer from Josh Hazlewood. Full, swinging away, Bell plays all round it and loses his off stump. Is this series as good as level?

  73. Post update

    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport at Lord's

    "Here in the spaceship-like media centre, we can't hear any natural sound, but the audio from the stump microphone is pumped in through the speakers. When that ball hit the foot of Gary Ballance's off timber it sounded for all the world like a gunshot."

  74. Eng 29-2 (Johnson 1-0-5-1)

    Earlier in the over, Ballance had driven Johnson for four, but Johnson persisted with the full length that caused the left-hander so many problems against New Zealand. I said it was yorker length, it wasn't quite that, but Ballance was basically trying to play a half-volley off the back foot. It went under his bat and splattered the base of off stump. Ian Bell the new man, England's two most experienced batsmen at the crease.

  75. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Australia celebrate the wicket of Gary Ballance

    "A perfect delivery from Mitchell Johnson. A couple of balls earlier Johnson got Ballance driving forward and then convinced he was comfortable playing the drive. That was wonderful cricket from Johnson - he sucked him with half volley and then got him with a fuller one."

  76. WICKET

    Ballance b Johnson 23 (Eng 28-2)

    Gary Ballance

    Bowled him! Mitchell Johnson is into the attack and strikes immediately, knocking back Gary Ballance's off stump with a yorker-length delivery touching 90mph. We have poked fun at Shane Watson's lbw problems, but Ballance's issue with the full ball is just as big. He keeps falling in similar fashion. England are in the mire.

  77. Text 81111

    Ben Stephens: Adam Lyth just doesn't look cut out for Test cricket. Replacement? Anyone thought about Alex Hales? We haven't had an opening batsman that plays aggressively since Marcus Trescothick! Can't hurt to give him a go!

    Tom in London: All well and good suggesting batsman in better form than Lyth but none of them can open! Moving anyone else up the order adds to the disruption, especially Joe Root. Who else have we got?

    Paul Kitson: Predictable people already getting on Lyth's back, this is his fourth Test. Hopefully the selectors show more patience.

  78. Eng 24-1 (trail by 542)

    Hazlewood loses his line, getting leggy to Gary Ballance. Brad Haddin, missing this game for personal reasons, is on the Aussie balcony, while an old chap is a boater hat and questionable jacket has a a snooze in the members' area. Hazlewood now round the wicket, a couple of catchers on the leg side, Ballance warming to his task.

  79. How's stat?!

    Alec Stewart
  80. Eng 23-1 (Cook 5, Ballance 18)

    Starc examines the ball and sets off towards Cook, who is showing some solidity on off stump. On the England balcony, Joe Root doesn't have his pads on. Confidence. Michael Clarke is having a good old laugh at second slip - with 500 and plenty on the board, you would, wouldn't you? Didn't see him laughing much in Cardiff, mind.

  81. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ben Hedley: Everyone calling for Lyth to be dropped after calling for him to play West Indies series. No pleasing some people, give the guy a chance.

    James Sutton: Knives out for Lyth, tough crowd. Scored a ton against New Zealand with Boult, etc and is now facing the worlds best attack and is deemed no good.

    Dean Czyz: Everyone is saying drop Lyth, but they're all saying the wrong name in replacement. Alex Hales should be playing Test cricket.

  82. Eng 21-1 (trail by 545)

    A new test for Ballance, the Glenn McGrath Jr seam-bowling stylings of Josh Hazlewood. The right-armer is on a good length, a crow bar needed to get Ballance on the front foot. A squirt through backward point brings four, then Ballance looks better when leaving. If fairness to the Yorkshire left-hander, even his big scores never look pretty. At his best, he still has the potential to look like he's just come in. He's feeling his way.

  83. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Adam Lyth

    "Adam Lyth could've left it. Poor. I said before the declaration, you should only play what you need to. He was two foot away from the ball and not in control of the shot. Your feet feel like lead, just leave it."

  84. Dropped catch

    Eng 17-1

    If Cook would be in the Dependable XI, then Gary Ballance might have a shout for the Looking-Nervous-And-Jumping-About XI. Starc above 90mph, Ballance leaning back to guide through the slips, getting four more by luck than judgement. Was it a dropped catch? It certainly went through in the air. There's five men waiting, Ballance offering catching practice. Mitchell Marsh didn't even get a hand on it.

  85. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jo Elle: Lyth can't perform at this level. Bring in Bairstow. We know he can score. Forget the top order, England score from the middle down.

    John M Butt: Cook has had to open with second class batsmen since Strauss left. Sort it out for goodness sake. Cook always put under pressure by this.

    Rory Morris: ‏The Cook-Lyth combination just isn't working. Bring in James Taylor.

  86. Eng 10-1

    Alastair Cook

    The Lord's crowd is hushed, spectators pushed to the edge of seats in quiet contemplation of the situation England find themselves in. Do you have the stomach to watch? If there's a man for the task, surely it's Alastair Cook? A clip off the pads for four, careful leaves outside off stump. Cook would be a contender for the Dependable XI.

  87. Email

    Phil Noble: Why does the inexperienced Lyth open the batting while the Englishman with the most number of Test runs/centuries stands at the other end?

    Gerald Hastings: Lyth should be ashamed of himself, a deplorable stroke.

  88. Eng 6-1 (Cook 0, Ballance 6)

    Gary Ballance

    The live text desk considers if Winnie the Pooh would be an aggressive drunk. I hope not, he's a hero of mine. England's task is made harder by the gathering gloom over HQ, darkness hanging over the hosts literally and metaphorically. Starc, dark-haired and loose-limbed, is swinging the ball down the slope, towards the slips and away from Ballance, who is forced into jerky defence when the ball is short. Danger.

  89. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on Test Match Special

    "Josh Hazlewood is the Glenn McGrath, the glue who holds this bowling attack together and allows the Johnsons and Starcs to steam in and do their thing."

  90. Eng 4-1 (trail by 562)

    It's almost like we're watching a different sport. For two days, this pitch has looked friendlier than Winnie the Pooh after a couple of whiskeys. Now, the Australians are making the ball sing, delivering little grenades full of danger. Josh Hazlewood to Alastair Cook, seam movement at 88mph. Once ball erroneously left and thuds into the thigh pad, another caught behind from a flick of the trousers. Hard to see how England get through without further losses.

  91. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Stuart Mitchell: Forget the 566, the real target is 367, reach that and we secure the draw.

    Charles Isere: This innings will tell us if Cook will still be leading this team in a year's time.

    Matthew Vernon: Everyone knows the England innings won't get interesting until Joe Root comes to the crease. Then the real test starts.

  92. Eng 4-1 (Starc 1-0-4-1)

    Adam Lyth

    There's no real defence for Lyth, it was a flat-footed fish at a ball well wide of the off stump. It easily could have been left. However, you have slight sympathy with an opener forced to field for the best part of two days then thrust out there with only a 10-minute turnaround. That catch, by the way, was the first time Peter Nevill got the ball into his gloves in Test cricket. Gary Ballance the new man, away with a boundary.

  93. WICKET

    Lyth c Nevill b Starc 0 (Eng 0-1)

    Australia celebrate the wicket of Adam Lyth

    It took only two balls. Australia took two days to rack up 566 and then took the first England wicket after only two balls. Adam Lyth plays a lazy waft, the shot of man ground into the dirt for 10 hours. He pokes at Mitchell Starc, giving Peter Nevill the simplest of catches behind. That's what scoreboard pressure does. England's mountain gets a little taller.

  94. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on Test Match Special

    "If England can get to stumps, that'd be perfect. They can put a little marker down and say they'll come back tomorrow and give it back to Australia a bit."

  95. Post update

    Alastair Cook

    What must it feel like to skipper a team that has 566 on the board? Michael Clarke is the richest man in cricket as he takes his troops on to the field. Out come Alastair Cook and Adam Lyth, five sessions of fielding in their legs. Lyth takes guard. There are four slips and a short leg.

  96. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Srihari: On a lifeless pitch, Broad has been the pick of the bowlers and is unlucky not to have his name on the honours board at Lord's.

    Lee Harding: Should imagine Stuey Broad is the most annoyed person at Lord's right now.

    Matthew Vernon: Ludicrous. Australia waste 10 minutes when they need 20 wickets because they didn't declare at tea. Silly not clever from Clarke.

  97. Post update

    The Australia fielders wait on the boundary edge, David Warner smiling through his 'tache. Johnson gets loose by bowling, Starc is stretching. England have 29 overs to face this evening.

  98. Email

    Tom, NJ: This is a huge test for England's new aggressive approach. The aggressors in the team really have to apply themselves this time. 30 off 25 balls from Buttler, Bell or Stokes simply won't cut it today. Bat time boys!

  99. Post update

    You sense this is where today really begins. Even this morning, we sort of knew this is how it would pan out. Australia to get 500+ by tea-time, then England charged with batting just as well as the tourists. Can they be no more than one down by the close? Can they repel the charge of Johnson and co?

  100. End-of-innings scorecard

    Australia 566-8 dec (149 overs)

    Smith 215, Rogers 173; Broad 4-83

    Fall of wickets: 78-1 (Warner 38), 362-2 (Rogers 173), 383-3 (Clarke 7), 426-4 (Voges 25), 442-5 (Marsh 12), 533-6 (Smith 215), 356-7(Nevill 45), 566-8 (Johnson 15). Not out: Starc 12

    Bowling figures: Anderson 26-4-99-0, Broad 27-5-83-4, Wood 28-7-92-1, Moeen 36-4-138-1, Stokes 19-2-77-0, Root 12-0-55-2, Lyth 1-1-0-0

    Australia won toss

    Full scorecard

  101. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    James McHale: Time wasting - we've got them running scared.

  102. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on Test Match Special

    "The only reason for that is to get the English openers flustered. They didn't want them to have 20 minutes at tea to have a brew and put their pads on."

  103. Declaration

    Aus 566-8

    The instant the catch is pouched, Michael Clarke waves them in. Was the plan to only ever have one over after tea? Give England only 10 minutes to prepare? Australia have had enough at 566-7. England have to bat a long, long time to get back in this match.

  104. WICKET

    Johnson c Anderson b Broad 15 (Aus 566-8)

    Mitchell Johnson looking to hit the ball out of Lord's but can only send it high into the air and the waiting hands of James Anderson at mid-off. And then...

  105. Post update

    Alastair Cook drags his weary men through the Long Room once more, with no real sign that Australia are planning a declaration just yet. Now, England must deal with two Mitchells that have bats in their hands. At some point this evening, the Mitchells will take the leather.

  106. Post update

    On the plus side, it's nearly the weekend. If you've been at school, you've probably already heard the final bell (which probably signalled the summer holidays?) and, if you're at work, it's nearly time to clock off until Monday. Friday evening. No better feeling, right?

  107. Edgbaston 2005 memories


    Ben in York: My Dad and I watched the Edgbaston test on holiday in Mallorca. We went down to the "full english" to settle the nerves (this did not help). I have never seen anyone have bacon and egg followed by half a bottle of brandy before but that is what my old man went for.

  108. Post update

    Thanks, Marc. I've heard not heard any news of a declaration, so England are set for a sixth session in the field. Imagine that. Almost two days. 148 overs. 10 hours. Think what you can do in 10 hours. You can fly from London to Havana in that time.

  109. Post update

    Rightio. That's my latest live text stint over and done with. With more intelligent prose, here's Stephan Shemilt.

  110. Text 81111

    Jack in Southampton: Couple of good wickets for Joe Root there! Just wondering....if he cleans up the tail, then scores 100 in England's innings, would he be the first player to get on both sides of the honours board in the same Test match?

  111. Post update

    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport at Lord's

    "It's not quite St Andrews weather, but it's blowing a bit of a hoolie here at Lord's too. In fact, a female spectator had a near miss when a full glass of beer was blown off the edge of the Compton Stand and almost landed on her head before hitting the ground with a crack as loud as a Steve Smith pull shot."

  112. Edgbaston memories - get involved

    Brett Lee and Andrew Flintoff

    After this Test, we move on to Edgbaston, the scene of that amazing Ashes Test 10 years ago - and Test Match Special wants your memories.

    Remember Ricky Ponting and the toss? Glenn McGrath standing on a ball? Steve Harmison's slower delivery to get Michael Clarke? Andrew Flintoff's magic over to Justin Langer and Ponting? And who can forget Harmison removing Michael Kasprowicz at the end?

    How did you follow the game? Were you at the ground or glued to the TV?

    Send your audio files or voice memos of your Edgbaston 2005 memories to

  113. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Richard French: Rain forecast for Sunday. Play for the draw and Steve Smith's double ton will be a distant memory.

    Andy Gould: If England were batting like this pre-declaration, commentators would be going nuts.

    Fenners: Remember England declared on 550 at Adelaide in 2006 and still lost.

  114. Tea guest

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    The TMS guest at tea is Baroness Valerie Amos, a former British High Commissioner to Australia. She is just about to become the first black women to take charge at a UK university - the School of Oriental and African studies at the University of London.

  115. Tea scorecard

  116. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Good session for Australia who scored at around of four an over. For England to get anything out this Test match they are going to have to bat for a long time. England's batsmen will start to wonder what Starc and Johnson are going to get out of this wicket now."

  117. Tea - Aus 562-7

    Alastair Cook

    Some respite for England, who head off for some quiche and quinoa with their tails well and truly between their legs. Australia added another 138 runs in that session for the loss of four wickets.

  118. Aus 561-7

    Cheap runs come Australia's way when Joe Root spears the ball down leg side and it runs away for four byes.

  119. Aus 557-7

    Moeen Ali round the wicket to Mitchell Starc who plants a six into the boundary edge at mid-wicket.

  120. Aus 551-7 (Johnson 11, Starc 5)

    Some smart fielding from Ben Stokes who stops a Mitchell Johnson mow to cow corner. The batsman wanted four. He gets one.

  121. Text 81111

    Dan in Milton Keynes: Surely there's an argument for Joe Root to be our all-rounder spinner? Could have played Steve Finn on his home ground. We need Ian Bell to step up in this game, averaging about 17 this year in Tests I think.

  122. Aus 548-7 (run-rate 3.75)

    Mitchell Johnson

    There are 35 overs left in the day - less two for the change in innings - so it's in England's benefit to persevere with Joe Root and whittle through some quick overs. Mark Wood has not got the memo though as he trudges back to his mark. The Aussies are picking their shots - Mitchell Johnson playing an elegant square drive through the off side.

  123. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The hardest thing for England's batsmen after spending so long in the field will be their feet and legs feeling heavy. You're not light on your feet. So when the come to bat they should keep it simple and tight. Get yourself in and make them bowl to you. Don't play anything you have to play at outside the off stump. They don't need to be too aggressive at the top - we have plenty of natural players who score freely down the order."

  124. Aus 542-7 (Root 10-0-51-2)

    Joe Root

    There's a skip in Joe Root's step between deliveries. He's thinking about the last three wickets and getting on that honours board. Doubtful, Joe. Two for Mitchell Starc. Another over chalked off.

  125. Aus 540-7 (Wood 27-7-87-1)

    Mitchell Johnson smeared 63 at Lord's in the second innings of the 2009 series, so he's got form here. Looking every inch the macho Aussie with his tattoos, bulging muscles and grisly stare he belts Mark Wood through the covers for four. Go fetch.

  126. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Sleeping dog waiting for Australia to declare

    George Smith: Waiting for Australia to declare......

  127. Aus 536-7

    Joe Root

    Joe Root (4) now has more wickets in this Ashes series than James Anderson (3) and Mitchell Johnson (2).

  128. Post update

    Michael Vaughan

    Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

    "Australia will probably look at 600 and leave themselves 25 overs or so at England tonight. You'd think Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc will be given the freedom to attack now and score quickly."

  129. WICKET

    Nevill c Moeen b Root 45 (Aus 536-7)

    Joe Root and Moeen Ali

    Root's ripping through the Aussies now - inducing a false shot from Peter Nevill who scoops a catch to Moeen Ali at mid-off. The ball was dying on him, but Moeen made no mistake.

  130. Post update

    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport at Lord's

    Steve Smith

    "As Steve Smith walks away with the applause of a packed Lord's ringing in his ears, a plane flies over the terracotta pavilion heading west towards Heathrow. Indulge my slight leap of mind here, but has Smith's innings taken Australia one step closer to flying home with the Ashes urn?"

  131. Post update

    Is the declaration imminent? Michael Clarke has his whites on. David Warner doesn't. Mind games.

  132. Aus 534-6

    The two fastest bowlers in the match face off: Mark Wood beating Mitchell Johnson on the outside edge twice in succession.

  133. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    James Bassett: If Australia really wanted to win and not draw this match I think they should have declared at 500.

    Marty Perkins: Australia will need 20 wickets to win this, but as Graham Gooch would say - "It only takes 20 balls!".

    Sean Ranson: Am I mad to think England should not be looking to bowl Australia out? Force them to pick when to declare, use up time. Can only hope for a draw.

  134. Aus 533-6

    Mitchell Johnson is booed to the crease. He's not going to hang about here. Go big or go back to the pavilion.

  135. WICKET

    Smith lbw b Root 215 (Aus 533-6)

    Steve Smith

    Steve Smith pays the price for a strange reverse-sweep. The ball kept low too and the umpire was right to raise his finger - although it was only just hitting the right-hander in line.

  136. Review

    Aus 533-5

    That's more like it. Joe Root deceives Steve Smith, the ball smashes into the bottom of the pads and the umpire raises his finger. But the batsman refers it upstairs.

  137. Aus 531-5 (Smith 214, Nevill 43)

    Mark Wood looks about as thrilled as Posh Spice would be in a pound shop to be bowling now - there's not much to gain as Peter Nevill cuts four down to third man.

    The Durham man then runs one back up the slope and into the batsman's pads but an inside edge means the umpire is not interested.