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  1. England chasing record 354 to win
  2. Root 67*, Woakes 5*
  3. Malan falls for 29 late on thrilling day
  4. Root dropped on 56, overturns lbw on 32
  5. Aus 138: Anderson 5-43, Woakes 4-36
  6. England trail 1-0 in five-Test series
  7. Play starts at 03:30 GMT on Wednesday

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By Amy Lofthouse, Matthew Henry and Saj Chowdhury

All times stated are UK

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That is that for day four.

Dip into the BBC Cricket site for:

Stephan Shemilt's report from Adelaide

TMS highlights

And later we will have the latest Pint-sized Ashes and the Jonathan Agnew column.

Until later, thanks for reading and for contributing.

We will leave you with a poem from #bbccricket contributor Jonathan Clark:

When I go to be bed tonight

Excited as can be

In the hope that when I wake up

The present under tree

Is a sad Steve Smith satsuma

No Follow on he's fuming

And a gleeful big pink grapefruit

Grin of Captain Kidd Joe Root

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Right, got your diaries handy?

  • Play re-starts at 03:30 GMT
  • The BBC live text kicks in at 03:00 GMT
  • TMS begins at 03:15 GMT

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Listen: Anderson claims first five-wicket haul in Australia
England's James Anderson takes the wicket of Mitchell Starc as the fast bowler picks up his first ever five-wicket haul in Australia on day four of the second Ashes Test.

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Shaun Byrne: Hero - Smith, followed on (pun intended) from yesterday to help get us back into the game.

Moment - Overton diving catch

Comedy - Root laughing as the Barmy Army made review signals to the Aussies

Prediction - England collapse leaving Jimmy to hit the winning runs.

Looking ahead to day five

Joe Root

OK, so Joe Root won't need to reproduce an Atherton '95 Jo'burg innings, but he'll need a sliver of the ex-skipper's guts to keep his wicket because Australia will throw everything, including the Harbour Bridge, on Wednesday.

Today, Alastair Cook (16) and Mark Stoneman (36) got England off to a steady start, before they fell in quick succession. For Cook that's now only 62 in four innings.

That should have had tourists rocking, but Jamie Vince and especially Dawid Malan were good support acts for the rock Root as the visitors steadied the good ship England.

A big moment came with the score at 108-3 when the Aussies thought they had Malan out, but the review deemed the ball would have been high. That was the last of the Australia reviews. Downer!

Malan finally went after a peach of a delivery from Pat Cummins that cut between bat and pad. In came, night-watchman Chris Woakes who somehow defended a missile from Cummins that would have take his toe off.

If both he and Root cope with the first-hour barrage then England will definitely fancy their chances of making the 10th highest run-chase in the history of Test cricket.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

England will break all of the record books if they win but they go into day five with a sniff and it comes down to the England captain.

Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

What an amazing Test. It was just an amazing day - really good for England. They've somehow manufactured a chance. It's been enthralling, every ball. I've been down walking around the ground - everyone is on the edge of their seats lapping up the tension.

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James Levy: Hero has to be Joe Root, a captain's innings which has kept us in with a sniff Moment of the day: Root overturning his dismissal on review. Could be the single most important review of the series

'We know we can fight'

England's James Anderson on BT Sport: "Very happy. We did a lot of good stuff last night. We wanted to bowl them out and all of the bowlers did fantastically well. Today it was my day.

"Three down at the close would have been amazing. Losing Dawid was tough, but absolutely we'd take this after the first innings.

"Going with Chris Woakes as nightwatchman was the sensible option. He's a proper batsmen - hopefully he can get something going with Joe tomorrow.

"There's never been that doubt in our dressing room. We know we can fight. After the first two innings, we were really frustrated - and there was a bit of anger. We've done ourselves proud."

Here's more from Jimmy...

So, you're suggesting that...


I'm going for a draw.

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James Doe: Hero of the day: James Anderson. Not even a question.

Moment of the day: Craig Overton’s brilliant catch to get Paine out.

Comedy moment of the day: Root’s world class leave from Lyon.

Prediction: Head says Australia by 100+. Heart says England by one wicket.

'England bowled particularly well'

More from David Saker on TMS: "Steve Smith obviously thought the bowlers needed some rest, and probably wanted to get some overs in the opposition. Things like that will have been going through his mind.

I thought they bowled particularly well and some of our methods weren't perfect. They put the ball in the right areas which made it difficult. This morning, another 30 or 40 runs would have made it more comfortable, but the wicket wasn't easy to score on. When you put it in the right areas, it’s tough to score. Both teams have found that."

'Cummins has been the best fast bowler in this game'

Pat Cummins

Australia bowling coach David Saker, speaking to TMS: We've got a hell of a game haven’t we? It’s turned quite quickly but we’re still in the ascendancy. Joe’s innings was special but if we go bang-bang in the morning, we’re well on top.

Malan was a huge wicket for the team. Pat Cummins really deserves it. He’s been the best fast bowler in this game. A really good reward for us, but for him in particular. Tomorrow he’ll be a really important player for us

Tomorrow will be very nervy from where I’m sitting. It’s easier to be a player in those situations. It’s set up for a fantastic game of cricket.

Cummins has taken three wickets in the match, but has arguably looked the most threatening of the Aussie quicks and was unlucky not to take the wicket of Woakes near the death

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Colin Lawton: Might have to phone in work sick to watch this tomorrow

Probably best not to tweet that Colin, nor allow for it to be published to a few million

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  • Hero of the day
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  • Comedy moment of the day - Barmy Army taunting with review signals after the Aussies had lost all their reviews? Well, I found that funny.
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James Anderson
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Anderson helped ensure that England had a sniff of chance going into the final day.

The veteran bowler took 5-43 - his first fiver in Oz - and Chris Woakes took 4-36 as Australia were skittled for 138 having started the day on 53-4. Their worst total at the ground since 1955 - before some of you lot were born!!

Only Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Starc managed to hit 20 for the home side.

England's Craig Overton, who scored a cracking 41 in the first innings, pulled off a brilliant catch in the gully to remove the final wicket of Josh Hazlewood.

'It's a case of being ruthless'

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James Anderson on his first five-wicket haul in Australia: "It is great. I might not have done it without the pink ball so I have quite a lot to thank that for. I have had some success [in Australia] on certain tours and struggled on others at times so it is nice to finally get that five-wicket haul in conditions that are not suited to my bowling.

Asked if he knew England require their highest fourth innings run chase in Tests, Anderson said: "I do now. We knew we would have to chase a big total and it would always be a big ask but we know the pitch is good to bat on. It is a case of building partnerships and being ruthless."

On the possibility of having to bat tomorrow, Anderson said: "I have tried not to think about it. If we need 10 or 15 I don't mind giving it a go. If we need anymore, I think we are struggling."

Saj, what did James Anderson have to say about the drama that unfolded in front of our very eyes at Adelaide?

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Hey all - remember when England were heading for certain defeat? Heady.

Anyway, we will have more reaction from both camps and analysts on another fascinating day's play.


You can read Stephan Shemilt's report, right now.

You will be soon able to listen back to TMS' coverage of day four if you click here.

The possible dream?

Olga Korbut

Gracias Amy.

Like Olga Korbut on the beam in 1972 - this match is delicately balanced.

A few early wickets on Wednesday and it'll be like Korbut on the beam in 2017 (I'm assuming she's less agile).

The story on day four:

  • Australia dive bomb from 53-4 to 138 all out
  • Jimmy Anderson 5-43, Chris Woakes 4-36
  • Cook and Stoneman get off to good start chasing 354 - if achieved would be a record for an England side - before falling in quick succession
  • England 176-4 at the close; need 178 to win
  • Skipper Root (67*) and Chris Woakes (5*)

We want your thoughts on the events of day four and how you think the fifth and final day will pan out - use #bbccricket and text 81111 (UK only).

So, the headlines: England are 176-4, having lost Dawid Malan in the closing overs of the day, and still trail Australia by 178 runs. It'll require a mammoth effort from England to chase it down, and it nearly all lies in the hands of Joe Root, unbeaten on 61.

I'm off for a lie down in a darkened room, but Saj Chowdhury will bring you all the reaction from a ridiculously fun day.

From the press box

Brilliant fast bowling from Cummins. Aussie version of Harmison off-cutter late on at Edgbaston 2005

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Australia bowling coach David Saker on TMS: "We could have enforced the follow-on. We lost the opportunity to bowl with the newer ball under the lights. Maybe we got that one wrong. There was a bit of conversation going back and forth, but it is up to the captain and the players.

"It's easy in hindsight. Whether we would have exploited the conditions the way they did, I’m not sure. Their bowlers are specialists in those conditions. Our bowlers probably aren’t as adept as theirs at bowling in these conditions."

For those of you looking to set alarms, play will start at 03:30 GMT tomorrow. I'd get the coffee on now, if I were you.

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Tommy Fennell: England were 5-0 down at half-time, scored two in first 20 mins of second half, and just added a third with 10 mins to go...

'I was pacing around the ground'

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More from James Anderson, asked how calm he was watching England's batting: "I would like to say cool and calm but I was pacing around the Adelaide Oval. In situations like this it is best to be out in the middle.

"Joe (Root) showed he has a cool, calm head and Dawid (Malan) did a fantastic job. Hopefully we can build some partnerships and get somewhere near."

Asked if before play he would have accepted bowling Australia out for 138, Anderson said: "Absolutely yeah - on a pitch that has not been doing a huge amount and we knew it wasn't going to swing as much as it did last night. We knew it would be difficult and they would show resistance but we stuck to our guns and bowled really well."

The England players are leaving the ground. Moeen is still a beacon of calm. He's just sauntering across the pitch, having a laugh with Jake Ball. There's someone you'd want on your side if you're a nervous watcher.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

At end of the Test match, if England win then brilliant, but why didn't England start the game like they bowled last night and why didn't they bat like this?

Joe Root and James Anderson
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James Anderson on Test Match Special: "It is pretty even. We definitely would have taken this position after the first two or three days. We have fought really hard to get back in the game.

"We followed on from last night really well as a group and fought really hard with bat. We spoke about not doing ourselves justice with the bat in the first innings but we have shown what can do.

"We are a good amount of runs short but are in a fantastic position. We have got batters in the shed to get us close."

Australia bowling coach David Saker has just said that, with hindsight, it was "probably a mistake" not to ask England to follow on yesterday. Mitch Starc said yesterday the decision was made by Steve Smith without him asking the bowler. And I imagine being without their reviews for the remainder of the innings won't thrill them. Still, that's in the past. Australia will be looking forward to the new ball that comes their way in 18 overs time.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

Australia weren't willing to do the hard yards today. It shows that both teams are vulnerable and that is why it is frustrating. They are nothing special. England have enough in the tank that they could compete in the series but they need these 178 runs.

This was all started, of course, by James Anderson, who took his first Test five-for in Australia. He was superb last night, getting the ball to swing, and he was solid this morning. Chris Woakes was excellent too. He's had an iffy start to the series but I wonder if his spell last night has got his confidence up. Adam Gilchrist said earlier that David Warner had mentioned to him over breakfast that Woakes was quicker than he'd seen him bowl before.

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In the lyrics of Bon Jovi: 'Woah, we’re halfway there. Woah, livin’ on a prayer. Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear. Woah, livin’ on a prayer.’


Phil Tufnell

Ex-England spinner on BBC Test Match Special

Our bowlers did better than theirs. Our bowlers got it hooping around. I don't think Australia bowled that well, but they got Malan.

Malan did really well. He put away the hook, he looked to leave and support his captain. He played a great knock. With the concentration you have to put yourself through facing 90mph in the gloom with a pink ball, your mind is exhausted. He'll be so disappointed to get out.

Dawid Malan
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Root looked busy from when he came in today. But it was a careful sort of busy. He was a bit edgy to start with but the singles he took were well judged, he got into the right position for the drives, and he spoke and calmed Dawid Malan down when Australia tied him down. While he is there, England have a chance. And it is just a chance. He needs to make three figures tomorrow.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

The England captain is back. Joe Root played like Joe Root has played in the last three years. His head wasn't falling over. He is the key. In his eyes you could see it.

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Could the stat-man please calculate to what extent all this lack of work is damaging the British economy?!

From Beccy in Wiltshire

I'll say one thing - if I were looking to a captain to calm me down, Steve Smith wouldn't be my first choice. All the tension and annoyance he feels is written all over his face and in his posture. Still, he's got a magnificent cricketer on his hands with Pat Cummins. Quick, accurate, late movement... England did well to keep him out in that final over, especially Chris Woakes.

Michael Vaughan

Ex-England captain on BBC Test Match Special

This is down to James Anderson and the fact Steve Smith didn't enforce the follow-on. If Australia had bowled last night the game would have been done and dusted. Steve Smith has given England this chance.