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Stephan Shemilt and Marc Higginson

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  1. Post update

    Ralph, I'm not sure there's much we can do now, but maybe someone will be able to help you overnight.

    Join us tomorrow for England's battle and Ralph's quest to #getsammendesautograph.

    See you then.

  2. Email

    Ralph Whittaker: I love listening to your Test Match Special. I was particularly interested today as I am a huge Bond fan. Can I ask would you be able to ask Sam Mendes for his autograph for me? Thank you so much in advance. I can send an SAE for posting to me.

  3. Post update

    Excellent email just arrived in the TMS inbox, concerning TMS lunch-time guest Sam Mendes...

  4. Post update

    So, are you ready for what the final two days might bring us? I can take a good guess that we'll see some Aussie willow-wielding in the morning, followed by the start of England's backs-to-the-wall effort around lunch time.

  5. Player reaction

    England all-rounder Ben Stokes on Sky Sports: "We didn't get off to the best of starts yesterday but me and Cooky tried to carry on our partnership. I try to stay as positive as I can but at the same time treat every ball on its merits.

    "I wouldn't say there are any demons in the pitch - if anything it's a bit up and down. We're under the pump and tomorrow's a big day for us. We've got to get our heads round the fact that we're going to have to bat 150 overs to save this match."

  6. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Don't forget that 6-Duck-6 has just begun on BBC Radio 5 live with Michael Vaughan, who reckons England have "shot themselves in the foot" with this docile wicket.

  7. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Michael Blakey: The key for Lyth and Cook tomorrow is to go out there convinced the score is 30-3.

  8. When will Australia declare?

    Seamer Josh Hazlewood on when Australia will declare: "We'll want a few more runs. We're getting them pretty quickly, so hopefully that will continue. We'll need a little while to get those wickets."

  9. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Jim Chapman: England will lose this match. The Aussies can 'buy' wkts with a lead of 500, forget a docile pitch.

  10. 'Smooth sailing' for Australia

    Australia's Josh Hazlewood, who took 3-68, on Sky Sports: "It has been pretty smooth sailing. Batting first was key and we did the job with the ball yesterday and today. So we're in a pretty good position.

    "It was quite hard work today and we had to work for the rest of the wickets. It didn't reverse swing for us but it may do later in the game. The fuller the better on this wicket."

  11. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "The pitch is sapping a lot of pace out of the ball but the Australia bowlers are quick through the air. I've got a lot of time for Mitchell Johnson, he just kept running in. Mitchell Starc has got such a loose-limbed action, he's always going to bowl some bad balls and some very good balls."

  12. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Niall McShary: I like England's tactics. Don't take any wickets, convince Aussies it's a batting pitch. Reduce their bowlers morale. Draw.

  13. Player reaction

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh on TMS: "It was really nice to contribute to the team today. The boys bowled really well and were able to put England under pressure. We've talked about being patient and setting the right fields and making England make the mistake, so hopefully we can do that again in the second innings. I'm sure we'll bat for a while tomorrow and then give ourselves enough time to take the final 10 wickets."

  14. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I thought Cook played splendidly. Last night he gutsed it out, this morning he played much more fluently. Cook's natural way is to stay in and wear the bowlers down and he's very, very good at it."

  15. Post update

    All out for 312, a first-innings deficit of 254. No follow-on from Australia, just Warner and Rogers grinding England into the dirt. 108-0 by the close, 362 ahead. Blast that lead to 500, then pull out?

  16. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Evan Samuel: Good day, Australia. Good day.

  17. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Stokes looks to be getting better and better, he played with real positivity. He played the situation, nothing silly, it was a splendid common-sense innings. Jos Buttler is a wonderful stroke-player and he got stuck playing too defensively. He should have played a bit more like Moeen Ali, who played conservatively to the good balls and put the bad balls away. Buttler didn't look right."

  18. Post update

    Alastair Cook loses his wicket

    The hosts must look to the efforts of Ben Stokes and Alastair Cook, who shared a fifth-wicket stand of 145. Stokes was the only wicket to fall in the morning session, playing on to Mitchell Marsh for 87. When the same man denied Cook a hundred in similar fashion in the afternoon, England's slide began.

  19. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Gavin Grewcock: Can we put Paul Collingwood in a disguise for the second innings? #brigadierblock.

  20. Post update

    Is there hope for England? Yes. The pitch continues to be docile, only the slightest hint of uneven bounce and turn. Today it took Australia 61 overs to take six wickets. What England must avoid at all costs is another collapse like that of the first innings, where they were four wickets down inside 11 overs.

  21. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "I think it will be tough for England, but I don't think you could get a better pitch than this to try and save a match on. The pitch isn't doing anything, it's straight and true with no great pace or spin. But history shows that it's not easy to do. Can all the batsmen put it together and play like Cook did?"

  22. Close-of-play scorecard

  23. Close of play

    Aus 108-0

    Alastair Cook and Jos Buttler

    That is it, the end of another very good day for Australia and the beginning of two very difficult final days for England. The tourists have reached 108-0 in their second innings, a lead of 362. Some crash, bang and wallop in the morning, then probably five sessions for England to bat.

  24. Aus 104-0

    Spectators at Lord's

    Brilliant. The cameras pick up a lady walking back to her seat, pictures shown on the big screen too. Thing is, the lady goes for her seat, misses, and ends up on the floor. Cheers from the fans, even Root and Warner have had to stop because they are laughing so hard. She's OK, back up to bow to the crowd.

  25. Post update

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    David Warner and Chris Rogers

    "This is the seventh hundred partnership for the first wicket between Chris Rogers and David Warner - five of them have been in the second innings."

  26. Aus 103-0

    Wood for the penultimate over of the day, faintly roared to the crease. Could well be by the travelling fans. As the lights take effect, Warner plays a lovely straight drive for four, so good he gets a pat on the back from his frenemy Chris Rogers. Though it's emptying quickly inside HQ, the Aussie fans remain in big numbers. They're having a great time. One over to go.

  27. 6-Duck-6

    BBC Radio 5 live

    When will Australia declare? Can England save this game? Or do you just want to get something off your chest?

    Have your say on 6-Duck-6 at 18:45 BST on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, with Michael Vaughan in the chair.

    Here's the number to call: 0500 909 693.

    Michael Vaughan and Jonathan Agnew
  28. Aus 99-0 (lead by 353)

    Joe Root on to send down his Ronnie Roundarm off-spin for last couple of dog overs. Leg-side to Warner, kicked for three leg-byes. Wide to Rogers, flayed to the point boundary. England begging to get off.

  29. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Alastair Cook

    Benjamin Taylor: The mental damage of this Test will be far worse than the one on the scoreboard. England being broken here.

    Terry Mahoney: England will lose this Test. They simply won't have the necessary application to bat out the one and a bit days needed to save it.

  30. 50 for David Warner

    Aus 92-0

    David Warner

    How often do we see David Warner clean up in the second innings? A horrible shot in the first, Warner is now taking this game on for Australia, just as he has so many times before. A 16th Test half-century comes up, the left-hander well set for an assault tomorrow morning. Warner averages 51 in the second innings, compared to 43 in the first. He was dropped on nought, mind.

  31. Post update

    Phil Tufnell

    Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

    "If they lose this Test, I don't think England will make any changes. There are a few batsmen knocking about, but the main XI are here. It's one of those where you just pack your bags, move on, and say Australia have played very well."

  32. Aus 88-0 (Rogers 38, Warner 49)

    Alastair Cook

    Yep, plenty of empty seats at HQ now, lots of white plastic visible. Stokes, 87 with the bat earlier today, skids in under the gathering gloom, twice glided for four to third man by Warner. With how easy this pitch seems for batting, how will that effect the Australia declaration? England were bowled out in almost exactly a day in the first innings.

  33. Aus 76-0 (lead by 330)

    Moeen continues to skip in as the floodlights flicker into life. Australia continue to play the England off-spinner with respect, ticking the score along while keeping maximum resources for the charge tomorrow morning. Lord's is just beginning to empty. I'll be honest, there's little more to see here tonight.

  34. Aus 74-0 (Rogers 37, Warner 36)

    England can take heart from the fact that this pitch has looked pretty flat for most of the day. There's been a hint of low bounce, but that's about it. Not a great deal for the seamers, little turn. Six wickets have fallen today, three on Thursday and, before that mad hour before tea last night, five on day two. We hammer the point that is the four-wicket slump that has left England in this mess. Six overs left today.

  35. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Paul Walmsley: All of a sudden this pitch looks like a bowling green again.

    Ian Swindlehurst: Oh hang on, is it a lifeless pitch again?

  36. Aus 72-0 (lead by 326)

    The umpires have asked for the lightmeter to be brought out as the sun disappears for what is likely to be the final time today. The floodlights are being readied, extending from their resting position to a spot that looms over HQ. Warner, who fell foul of Moeen in the first innings, is watchful, dabbing a late cut for three.

  37. Aus 69-0 (Rogers 37, Warner 31)

    Ben Stokes

    Ben Stokes the fifth England bowler summoned to this pretty helpless cause, his first ball pulled for four by Rogers. You sense that Australia are setting themselves for the big push tomorrow morning, but are still ticking along at four an over. Stokes looks to be struggling, favoring his side, but still produces one that beats Rogers' inside edge.

  38. Oh Geoffrey!


    Geoffrey Boycott is having none of it... but there's a definite commentator's curse imparted on Alastair Cook here.

  39. Aus 63-0 (lead by 317)

    The mystery of the cuddly rabbit in the England dressing room remains unsolved. The big, white rabbit (I say rabbit, it could be something else) has been in the dressing-room window since day one. Now it peers over the shoulders of Paul Farbrace and Trevor Bayliss, as if eavesdropping on the coaching team. Moeen to Warner, six dots.

  40. Post update

    Glenn McGrath

    BBC Test Match Special

    David Warner

    "Warner's playing a more watchful innings this time. He's not taking the aerial route too often. He's got his first innings in the back of his mind, when he missed out on a big score."

  41. Aus 62-0 (lead by 316)

    Sunless once more at Lord's, England shuffling about to put a short leg in place for Chris Rogers. If Mark Wood is trying to bluff him in thinking it's going to be short, Rogers isn't falling for it. Too full, a full toss even, sliced down to third man for four. I wonder if there's any delivery that Rogers can't get to third man. England could probably do with a fourth, fifth and sixth man.

  42. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Paul Bernal: Normal service has resumed.

    Ian Dean: Rain dances at the ready.

  43. Aus 56-0 (11 overs left today)

    Oh, Shane, what are you doing here? Even when he's not in the team, Watson provides us with some comedy gold. Not one to smile much when at the crease or with ball in hand, I honestly think I've seen more enjoyment from Watson in this match than when he was asked to play in Cardiff. Captions please.

  44. Tickets to the gun show

  45. Aus 53-0 (lead by 307)

    Wood, military issue haircut, short run-up, round the wicket to the immovable Rogers. Straight line, the man at short mid-wicket in play, if only to field when Rogers does a touch of bottom-hand shovelling. Hard yakka for England, but a sensational picture coming up...

  46. Text 81111

    Dan: Six quick wickets and we are back in the Test.

  47. Aus 53-0 (Rogers 25, Warner 27)

    There's little in this contest at the moment. It's a question of how many and how long for Australia, with England's only hope to take wickets in order to slow their progress. Moeen Ali, a man likely to do a lot of work in this second innings, continues after drinks. Three from it.

  48. Scorecard update

    Australia 50-0 (12 overs) - lead by 304 runs

    Batsmen: Warner 27*, Rogers 22*

    Bowling figures: Anderson 4-0-21-0, Broad 4-2-10-0, Moeen 2-0-9-0, Wood 2-1-9-0

    First innings

    Australia 566-8 dec: Smith 215, Rogers 173; Broad 4-83

    England 312: Cook 96, Stokes 87; Johnson 3-53

    Full scorecard

  49. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Charlie Rhodes: Difference between the sides at the moment? The way Australia ease to a solid platform when batting.

    John M Butt: Absolute slaughter here by the Aussies. England have lost 4-1 no coming back from this. Ashes staying down under.

  50. Aus 50-0 (lead by 304)

    On the Nursery Ground, plenty sit on the grass and watch the action on a big screen, near to food stalls and the champagne bar. I can see what they're thinking. Wood to Warner, who persists with the fuzz on his top lip. Four through the covers, then a tickle to the fine leg boundary. Australia stepping on it. Drinks. 14 overs remain.

  51. Aus 41-0 (Rogers 21, Warner 19)

    Despite the pain being suffered by England on the field, Lord's does not change. Blue overhead bathes the grand old terracotta pavilion, which sits directly opposite the space-age media centre. In the stands, those who come he regularly and those on a once-in-a-lifetime day out go through similar rituals. Chatter, snack, sip the bubbles, watch the cricket.

  52. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook and Adam Lyth

    Ian Bradley: England very likely to lose this Test now but vital they continue to fight and treat every ball as an event.

  53. Aus 37-0

    Another change for England, with Mark Wood coming on from the Nursery End. Wood round the wicket in the beautiful evening, targeting the stumps as England strengthen the leg side. This situation must be pretty demoralising for a bowler. You've been flogged for 500 and plenty, your batsmen have not done the business and now you're back out a day later with the oppo effectively 291-0

  54. Celebrity spotting

  55. Aus 37-0 (lead by 291)

    Moeen Ali with his off-breaks, bowling with benefit of the slope. Slip and short mid-off in place. Moeen has got Warner twice in this series already, but Warner fires a response with a dance and drive for four. After only one over, Moeen is off the pitch, through the Long Room and into the dressing room. Where's he going?

  56. Aus 32-0

    Wonder no longer. Moeen is on.

  57. Frosty sporting partnerships

    Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost

    Liam Humphrey: I think Senna and Prost was a bit of a frosty partnership.

    Andy Campbell: Eyal Berkovic and John Hartson at West Ham.

    Mark Stevens: Sporting partnerships that didn't get on? Geoffrey Boycott and everyone he ever batted with.

  58. Aus 32-0 (lead by 286)

    Even if they aren't best mates, Rogers has the courtesy to shout "your end" to Warner as a throw comes in. Broad the bowler, Anderson the fielder, sliding to do good work. I've heard a lot of references to "fieldsmen" in this series. What's the difference between a fielder and a fieldsman? I wonder how long it will be before England turn to spin?

  59. Post update

    Ed Smith

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    David Warner

    "What people don't realise about Warner is that when he's clicked in he's got very good natural technique. He's well organised and makes the game look very simple."

  60. Aus 27-0 (lead by 281)

    Apparently Ed Miliband is at Lord's. John Major has definitely been there. There's even a rumour about Nigel Farage. That's three steps towards a Political XI. Warner watchful as Anderson is round the wicket, leaning into a flowing cover drive. Anderson back over, producing a rozzer that has Warner groping. I'd say Anderson looks at Warner with disdain, but it wasn't that pleasant.

  61. Post update

    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport at Lord's

    "Is this what Adam Lyth was trying to do?"

    Dwayne Bravo catch
  62. Aus 22-0 (lead by 276)

    Stuart Broad

    Broad strains up the hill, resuming the decent length and seam movement that he showed both in the first innings and in Cardiff. Warner, new wand in hand, can't get the ball away. A maiden. I'll be honest, this is a more sedate start than I imagined.

  63. Aus 22-0

    Brad Haddin brings David Warner a new bat

    We've got a delay because David Warner has broken his bat. He picks up the offending stick and looks at the toe end. He's stunned to discover that it's got 'Blackpool Rock' written all the way through it.

  64. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Glenn McGrath

    BBC Test Match Special

    Not surprising that Australia didn't enforce the follow-on. There's a long time left in this Test.

  65. Aus 22-0 (lead by 276)

    Anderson grimaces as he pushes in down the slope, a grimace that turns into a gurn when Moeen mis-fields at long leg to allow Rogers back for two. Just thinking about the supposed frostiness between Rogers and Warner, which other sporting partnerships didn't get on? Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole is one that springs to mind.

  66. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    James Anderson

    Michael Blakey: Jimmy would be on 500 wickets now if his fielders could catch.

  67. Aus 16-0 (Rogers 9, Warner 6)

    MCC members

    Broad gallops in with a shadow cast behind him, a short mid-wicket for nuggety shuffler Rogers. When the leftie shovels through the leg side for three, Moeen Ali is given an almighty cheer for the chase to deep mid-wicket, one of the loudest in the match. A well-oiled Saturday crowd?

  68. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a hard chance but it was catchable. I think Lyth should have gone the other way, with his fingers pointing to the sky. But you have a fraction of a second to make that decision."

  69. Warner dropped on 0

    Aus 11-0

    Adam Lyth

    These catches really have to be held. England missed a couple of costly ones in the first innings and now Adam Lyth has given a life to David Warner. Very good ball from Anderson, leaving Warner, who fences at the ball. Lyth, gully, moves to his right to one that isn't too far away from him. He gets in a complete tangle, parrying the ball around the post for four.

  70. Post update

  71. Aus 2-0 (lead by 256)

    Stuart Broad to David Warner, who threw it away in the first innings and then had to watch Rogers and Smith pile on the runs. Uppish from Warner, almost finding the man at square leg. Only 76mph from Broad, the ball sticking in the pitch. You know how I said Warner and Rogers don't get on...

  72. How's stat?!

    Andrew Samson

    BBC Test Match Special statistician

    "Australia last enforced the follow-on in an Ashes Test at Melbourne in 2002, when they won by five wickets.

    "The last visiting team to enforce the follow-on at Lord's was Sri Lanka in 2002. That match was drawn."

  73. Aus 2-0 (lead by 256)

    Swing for Anderson, bowling for the third successive day in this match and facing the prospect of doing it on a fourth too. Saturday evening sunshine at Lord's, perfect conditions for playing and watching cricket. An excellent pre-amble to a weekend night. Rogers away with a couple off his hips.

  74. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    Chris Rogers

    "From Australia's point of view, they've just got to come out and bat. They don't want to come out and do anything silly, just bat sensibly and lay a platform. It's tomorrow morning that the fireworks will start."

  75. Aus 0-0 (lead by 254)

    Big thanks to the London Fire Brigade. Do let me know your guides to doing non-cricket related activities during the Ashes. Anderson to Rogers, three slips in place.

  76. Post update

  77. Post update

    David Warner

    It feels like a David Warner situation, doesn't it? Score quickly in the third innings, take the game away from the oppo. Sky TV have just run a package describing Warner and opening partner Chris Rogers as the best of enemies", with the likes of Michael Clarke, Steve Smith and Ryan Harris freely admitting that these guys do not get on.

  78. End-of-innings scorecard

    England 312 (90.1 overs) - first-innings deficit of 254

    Cook 96, Stokes 87

    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Lyth 0), 28-2 (Ballance 23), 29-3 (Bell 1), 30-4 (Root 1), 5-175 (Stokes 87), 6-210 (Buttler 13), 266-7 (Cook 96), 294-8 (Moeen 39), 306-9 (Wood 4), 312-10 (Broad 21). Not out: Anderson 6*

    Bowling figures: Starc 22-1-86-1, Hazlewood 22-2-68-3, Johnson 20.1-8-53-3, Lyon 16-1-53-1, Marsh 8-3-23-2, Smith 2-0-9-0

    Australia 566-8 dec

    Full scorecard

  79. Post update

    Just looking at pictures of David Warner sprinting through the Long Room. Running in your spikes on that wooden floor is a recipe for disaster, liking messing about by a swimming pool.

  80. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    JoElle: 312 is unacceptable on this flat track at Lord's.

    Rachel T: That's how much a mad 20 minutes can cost you in Test cricket.

    Will Hinch: Is it just me who thinks the Aussies should bowl again? Enforce the follow-on, and they could have this game won by tonight.

  81. Post update

    Australia players leave the field

    There are 26 overs left today, plus maybe 30 tomorrow morning. If Australia score at 4.5 an over, they could declare at lunch with England needing 507 to win.

  82. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "To bowl England out for 312 is a decent effort by Australia, because there's nothing in the pitch. I think Michael Clarke will bat again and probably bat until lunch tomorrow. That would give them five sessions - I know it's a flat pitch, but that's a long time for England to bat."

  83. WICKET

    Broad c sub (S Marsh) b Johnson 21 (Eng 312 all out)

    Mitchell Johnson and Stuart Broad

    All over. Full from Mitchell Johnson, flashing Stuart Broad, edge well held by sub fielder Shaun Marsh at first slip. England are 312 all out and the sight of David Warner and Chris Rogers running off shows that Australia are not enforcing the follow-on.

  84. Email

    Tom, NJ: I wish people would stop talking about Ballance's innings as if he got 0. He got 23 in a huge pressure situation against some quality new ball bowling. It's not phenomenal but he's been doing far better than Bell, Lyth and even Buttler recently.

  85. Eng 312-9

    Lots of company for James Anderson. Three slips, short leg short mid-wicket. More popular than a man handing out free fivers. Anderson, the first England Test player to do the double of 400 wickets and 1,000 runs, isn't fussed by the catchers, pouncing on a full ball to drive through mid-on for four.

  86. Email

    Joe McLusky: So far, this is still very much Flower/Farbrace's team. I expect Bayliss and Strauss will want to make a mark soon, which means a new name, surely a batsman or two, with a firm eye on the future.

  87. Eng 306-9 (trail by 260)

    Brian Moore! The Brian Moore! He's got a blue tick and everything. I've always wondered how many celebs/famous sportspeople follow the live text and now we know there's at least one. Would love to see how many blue-tickers would could get tweets from this evening. Johnson to Broad, lots of willow wielding, not a lot of bat on leather.

  88. Post update

    Former England rugby international Brian Moore is feeling the pain in the cricket. Glad to have you with us, Brian.

  89. Eng 306-9 (Hazlewood 21-2-62-3)

    Another good ball from Hazlewood, threatening to swing down the hill, only to nip back off the seam. The Aussie pacer has three wickets and is hunting a fourth as number 11 James Anderson comes to the crease.

  90. WICKET

    Wood b Hazlewood 4 (Eng 306-9)

    Mark Wood

    Bowled him! Full and straight from Josh Hazlewood, beating the drive of Mark Wood and pushing off stump back. England are nine down and, in all likelihood, one away from an evening chasing leather.

  91. Middle of middle

  92. Eng 301-8 (trail by 265)

    Mark Wood

    Sun back out at HQ, casting shadows that point in the direction of the media centre. Starc to Wood, who has a Test average in excess of 43, the ball swinging into the left-hander. It's swinging off the bat, too, Wood pulling for four to take England past 300.

  93. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Evan Samuel: That was a bit of a Leg Before Watson review, to be honest. Well bowled Josh.

  94. Eng 294-8 (Hazlewood 20-2-57-2)

    With that wicket, England have lost as many today as they did in the mad hour after tea last night. It was that carnage that leaves them in this mess. Their last four wickets have added 264 runs. If the first four had done that they would be on the way to parity. Mark Wood the new man.

  95. Post update

    Jonathan Agnew

    BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a nice delivery from Hazlewood, it just did enough. That is the way to get a left-hander out with the new ball: pitch it on the stumps and swing it back in."

  96. WICKET

    Moeen lbw Hazlewood 39 (Eng 294-8)

    Australia players celebrate

    It looked out to the naked eye and the review confirms it was hitting the middle of middle. Without the context of what is to come, it looks like a pretty silly review, but Moeen Ali knew he was the last recognised batsman. It was a good delivery from Josh Hazlewood, moving off the seam to trap Moeen on the crease. Michael Clarke is two wickets away from a decision.

  97. Umpire review

    Eng 294-7

    Josh Hazlewood appeals for the wicket of Moeen Ali

    Moeen Ali is almost obliged to review this, but he looks gone. Josh Hazlewood the bowler, nipping down the slope, no feet, in front...

  98. Eng 291-7 (Moeen 39, Broad 10)

    Stuart Broad is here for a good time, not a long time. Blade flashing outside the off stump, Broad almost comes a cropper to the leaping man at point. Just out of reach. Mitchell Starc, the bowler, responds with a shin-high full toss that Broad somehow misses. In the posh seats, Adam Hollioake is on the phone, arranging his next cage fight. Is that the most bizarre career for an ex-cricketer? Help me out.

  99. Text 81111

    Kevin Pietersen

    Dave in Teignmouth: So have we reached the sort of scenario talked about before the series where 3 & 4 look well short of form and we're wondering who on earth with a proven Test pedigree might replace one of them if their failures continue..?

  100. Eng 288-7 (trail by 278)

    Three slips and a short leg for Broad, Hazlewood with the new ball in hand, moving it down the slope and in to left-hander Broad. The sun has disappeared, there's men in dark suits just emerging from the pavilion post-tea and this England pair help themselves to three singles.

  101. Post update

    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport at Lord's

    Lord's view

    "I didn't expect there to be restricted view seats at Lord's but I'm struggling to keep up from this spot in the lower tier of the Warner Stand. Have England followed on yet?"

  102. Eng 285-7

    Here come the Aussies, Michael Clarke still with a mouthful of food. Was there not enough time to finish his cake? Stuart Broad takes guard at the beginning of the evening session, Josh Hazlewood has the ball. There are 36 overs left in the day.

  103. Email

    Stuart Broad

    Alex C Meissner: So, Broady now just 95 runs shy of another Test century at Lord's. Cough.

  104. Post update

    In other news, when I went to get my lunch from the BBC canteen, I was supposed to get a pound coin in change. When I inspected later, I spotted it was actually a two euro coin. Have I been cheated, or am I winning? I think it's the latter.

  105. Text 81111

    Adam Lyth

    Rob Co. Clare: Re Andy in France (15:49), the people who should have "manned up" are Lyth and Bell. Broad was our most effective bowler yesterday. He can't do it all.

  106. Post update

    Thanks, Marc. Lots of chat about England and the follow-on, with 82 needed to ensure that Australia have to bat again. In reality, it probably doesn't matter whether England get those runs or not. Australia are likely to bat for a maximum of about two sessions, leaving England at least four to save the game.

  107. Post update

    Can England's tail drag this innings into tomorrow? Stephan Shemilt is your man to find out.

  108. Post update

    Sam Sheringham

    BBC Sport at Lord's


    "This sparrow was killed by a cricket ball in a 1936 match between Cambridge University and the MCC. Now it's one of the most popular artefacts in the Lord's museum. Morbid bunch, cricket fans."

  109. Ask Tuffers

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    Tim Burrows: Who would win in a fight between Bruce Lee and the Fonz, and why?

    Tuffers: Obviously Bruce Lee, unless the Fonz got a bit lairy with the comb.

    The Fonz
  110. Post update

    Hopefully you've enjoyed the Tuffers Q&A this afternoon. Now for the answer to the big question of the day...

  111. Text 81111

    Andy in Auzon, France: If Broad is going to talk the talk he needs to walk the walk and man up.

  112. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "England had a very good afternoon session. Alastair Cook went on playing well, his innings was splendid, he played to the situation. Moeen has played very well, he hasn't over-defended. The only real disappointment was Buttler: he's such a naturally gifted strokemaker, I think he could have been a bit more expressive."

  113. Tea scorecard

  114. TMS at tea

    BBC Radio Test Match Special

    On Test Match Special at tea, we hear from Australia best-selling author Kathy Lette, who wrote Mad Cows, Dead Sexy and How to Kill Your Husband (and Other Handy Household Hints). She has also (almost) kissed Prince William.

    Listen to Test Match Special by clicking on the 'Live Coverage' tab or the audio icon at the top of the page.

  115. Unlucky seven

    Alastair Cook
  116. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Stuart Broad

    Will Gwynn: Broad is all over the shop here.

    Jay Mullings: Broad looks like he couldn't even edge one if he tried right now. Who would bet against him getting a 50?

  117. Tea

    Eng 285-7

    The Lord's crowd are getting behind Stuart Broad here, who ducks under a Mitchell Starc bumper and is happy to see the ball run away for four byes. Surely they only need to get it straight? Time for tea.

  118. Eng 278-7 (trail by 288)

    Moeen Ali

    Moeen Ali's no friend of Stuart Broad. After singles put the big man on strike in the last two overs, this time he takes three through the off side. Over to you, Stuart.

  119. Eng 275-7

    Stuart Broad survives... and gets a bonus two runs via a mis-field at backward point.

  120. Eng 273-7

    Ironic cheers from the England fans as Stuart Broad manages to hit one. But only because the ball hit the bat, not vice-versa.

  121. Eng 273-7

    Mitchell Johnson

    The first ball sent down by MJ is so quick, Peter Nevill almost needs step ladders to catch it behind the stumps.

  122. Eng 273-7

    A Moeen Ali single. And now it's Mitchell Johnson versus Stuart Broad.

  123. Post update

    Geoffrey Boycott

    Ex-England batsman on BBC Test Match Special

    "Stuart Broad is still fighting demons in his head. He's not inspiring a lot of confidence. I don't think Moeen wants to be over-defensive, but at the same time he can't just be gung-ho."

  124. Eng 272-7 (Starc 19-1-70-1)

    Stuart Broad once scored 169 at Lord's, against Pakistan in 2010, but he averages just 11 with the bat in this calendar year. Two more plays and misses to Mitchell Starc.

  125. Eng 272-7

    Never has it been so obvious that a batsman is scared of the ball. Waiting for the short stuff, he squares himself up and backs away, groping helplessly as Mitchell Starc bowls a good length. Double bluff.

  126. Eng 272-7 (Moeen 34, Broad 0)

    Moeen Ali pushes a single to mid-off, putting Stuart Broad on strike. This new ball is going to be whistling round the big man's chops in a moment.

  127. Join the debate at #bbccricket

    Alastair Cook

    Ben Stephenson: Absolutely gutted for Cook there; such bad luck. Poor ball begging to be driven into the covers.

    Matt Peck: Cook should keep his pads on, he'll be back out again in an hour.

  128. New ball

    Eng 271-7 (trail by 295)

    The third umpire brings out the new ball, takes it out of its wrapper and gives it to umpire Erasmus. Australia take it immediately. Mitchell Starc to get first use of it.

  129. Email

    My Ashes Saturday

    Will in Romford: Trying to keep updated in the middle of my daughters fifth birthday party. Subtlety my main concern...

  130. Eng 271-7

    Mr Motivator

    Mitchell Johnson is getting loose in Stuart Broad's eye-line. Some exaggerated warming up. Mr Motivator-style.