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Join Jesse Hogan for ball-by-ball coverage of the fourth day at Chester-le-Street with England poised to set Australia a challenging fourth innings target.

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That mighty bowling partnership of Bresnan and Broad now broken up, with Jimmy Anderson replacing the former.

England closing in on a stirring victory here, as well as a series win. Australia is 8-203.

The first 10 overs of this Bresnan-Broad bowling partnership produced 4 wickets and 12 runs, with Australia going from 2-167 after 43 overs to 6-179 after 53.

It's now 7-182 in the 54th over, with Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris at the crease.

WICKET UPHELD!! Hawk-Eye predicts the ball would, like with Watson, have grazed the outside of leg-stump, but also only just got the top of it too. Haddin gone for 4 off 6 deliveries - and Australia loses its last review. DRS no longer a factor in this match. Australia 7-181.

WICKET!! Haddin given out leg-before to Broad, getting across his stumps. Given out by Aleem Dar. Immediately challenges, perhaps due to tactics as much as height.

Refer to comments section on the right for up-to-date commentary.

Stuart Broad reinforces his status as England's dominant bowler at Chester-le-Street, to the delight of the crowd.

England's Stuart Broad celebrates his wicket of Australia captain Michael Clarke on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street.

England's Stuart Broad celebrates his wicket of Australia captain Michael Clarke on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street. Photo: AP

Clarke, asked to play his second unplayable ball of the series. Like with Jimmy Anderson it was the same result with Stuart Broad.

Australia captain Michael Clarke looks at his knocked-back off-stump as England's Stuart broad celebrates the superb delivery that dismissed him late on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street.

Australia captain Michael Clarke looks at his knocked-back off-stump as England's Stuart broad celebrates the superb delivery that dismissed him late on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street. Photo: Getty Images

Peter Siddle in to join Brad Haddin.

WICKET UPHELD!! Aleem Dar's decision endorsed - just! Watson had shuffled across his crease to Bresnan aiming to turn him down leg-side, with the ball beating his inside-edge. Hawk-Eye predicted the ball would have grazed the outside of leg-stump. so decision stand and Australia loses a review. Watson goes for 2 off 11 deliveries. Australia 6-179. England with all the momentum.

WICKET!! Watson adjudged leg-before to Tim Bresnan, from Aleem Dar!! Reviews it.

Brad Haddin in now. Australia has lost 4-28 in 11.2 overs - definitely qualifies as a wobble.

WICKET!! Stuart Broad has done it again! Smith tried to pull a short delivery but misjudged line, ball came off his gloves down onto his stumps. Gone for 2. Australia 5-175. Definitely "game on" now!

Cook again employing a short mid-on for Watson, stationed just next to the non-striker.

Shane Watson in to join Steve Smith. Australia needs 125 to win, with six wickets in hand.

WICKET!! Michael Clarke bowled first ball after drinks by a cracking delivery from Stuart Broad!! Angled into him from outside off-stump, tried to defend, but clipped top of off-stump. Hugh wicket! Clarke gone for 21 off 27 deliveries. Australia 4-174.

Bres. Yep, I'm a fan.

England's Tim Bresnan celebrates after umpire Aleem Dar upholds his caught-behind appeal against Australia's David Warner in the final session of day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street.

England's Tim Bresnan celebrates after umpire Aleem Dar upholds his caught-behind appeal against Australia's David Warner in the final session of day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street. Photo: AFP

Referral dismissed - England out of reviews! No evidence whatsoever of a nick as Smith tried to pull Broad, instead just of the ball flicking his hip. England, so good earlier in the series, is now reckless as Australia was. Smith survives on 2*, Australia 3-173.

England challenging a failed caught-behind appeal by Stuart Board against Steve Smith, from Tony Hill.

Meanwhile, at Wormsley England is fighting back well against the Southern Stars. It is 6-161, with Heather Knight (78*) and Laura Marsh (12*) having put on 48 runs for the second wicket.

Not great news - not just for the potential for rain but also for light, given Tony Hill's and Aleem Dar's attitude to what they consider acceptable conditions.

Dark clouds hover above Chester-le-Street during the last session of day four of the fourth Ashes Test between England and Australia.

Dark clouds hover above Chester-le-Street during the last session of day four of the fourth Ashes Test between England and Australia. Photo: Getty Images

England rapt - as its players should have been given the impact Warner was having on the match.

 

 

Double change for England, with Stuart Broad replacing the docile - at the moment, at least - Jimmy Anderson.

Australia's momentum was interrupted by Swann's removal of Usman Khawaja, who had looked busy until another half-hearted defensive shot saw him trapped leg-before.

England's Graeme Swann celebrates umpire Aleem Dar upholding his leg-before appeal against Australia's Usman Khawaja on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street.

England's Graeme Swann celebrates umpire Aleem Dar upholding his leg-before appeal against Australia's Usman Khawaja on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street. Photo: Getty Images

Warner's impressive innings ends. That's two impressive second-innings performances in a row from Warner. Now it's two right-handers at the crease, with Steve Smith joining Clarke.

WICKET!! The bowling change works, with Tim Bresnan removing David Warner with a fine full delivery that seamed away just enough to catch the left-hander's outside-edge. Gone for 71, from 113 deliveries (10 fours, 1 six). Australia 3-168.

Swann off; Tim Bresnan on.

Two fine boundaries from Clarke in this Anderson over, this driving a full ball on off-stump straight back past him to go to 13*.

Anderson's figures are up to 0-50 after Clarke crunches wide half-volley through cover to go to 9*. Australia 2-160.

Clarke gets off the mark to pull short ball from Swann through forward square-leg and lift his team to 2-151.

WICKET!! So much for my praise. Khawaja leans forward to defend Swann but misjudges the line, with ball floating towards leg-stump then straightening, beating his inside-edge. Deservedly adjudged leg-before by Aleem Dar for 21 off 35 deliveries. Australia 2-147.

Anderson drops short to Khawaja and is crunched through the vacant square-leg to go to 18*. Australia 1-144.

Khawaja opens the face of his bat and drives Jimmy Anderson between gully and point to go to 12*. Australia 1-136.

Another example of Warner's effectiveness when given any width outside off-stump, cutting Swann through point to move to 67*. Australia 1-130.

Jimmy Anderson starting the final session for England with the ball, alongside Swann.

Due to be 31 overs in the last session to complete the day.

And we're back. Graeme Swann bowling.

There's still a long way to go, but it would be remiss not to mention how well David Warner has batted so far. Has hardly had any nervous moments and has been on top of all of the England bowlers.

Australia's David Warner acknowledges applause for his half-century on day four of the fourth Ashes Test against England at Chester-le-Street.

Australia's David Warner acknowledges applause for his half-century on day four of the fourth Ashes Test against England at Chester-le-Street. Photo: AFP

This is purely in response to a request, it's not me getting ahead of myself. If Australia chases down 299 it would:
- Rank 27th for highest successful 4th-innings chases in Test history.
- Rank 10th for Australia in Tests.
- The 4th time it's been achieved in matches between England and Australia.

TEA: Australia 1-120 after 33 overs, needing 179 more to win, with David Warner 57* off 83 deliveries (9 fours, 1 six) and Usman Khawaja 6* off 15 deliveries )1 four). In that session it made 1-109 off 28 overs, at 3.89 runs per over.

Khawaja drives a low full-toss from Swann straight back past him along the ground to move to 6*. Australia 1-119.

Warner nonchalantly dabs Bresnan through gap in slips to vacant slip-man region to move to 56*, and Australia to 1-115.

Positive start for Usman Khawaja, with two runs from his first delivery from Swann and handling him well for the rest of his first over in the middle.

A half-century to Heather Knight the only good news of late for England's women against the Southern Stars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WICKET!! Rogers squared up by Swann, tries to defend but squeezes off outside edge to Jonathan Trott at first-slip. Gone for 49. Australia 1-109.

Swann drops short badly to Rogers, who feats on it to drag powerfully through forward-square-leg to move to 49. Australia 0-109.

Warner drives Bresnan through cover point, again strongly off the back foot, to reach a very impressive half-century. He's on 52* from 74 deliveries with 8 fours and 1 six. Australia is 0-105.

Rogers pulls Bresnan to deep square-leg for three to bring up the century for Australia and the century partnership between he and David Warner. It's Australia's third century opening stand in the past year, after Warner and Ed Cowan's 139 versus India at Mohali and 132 between them versus Sri Lanka at Bellerive. It's also the first century opening stand in the Ashes since the 2005 Ashes, between Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer.

Tim Bresnan recalled, replacing Broad. Australia 0-98.

Another wicket at Wormsley, just after England passes 100. The host definitely on the back foot now.

 

 

Warner uses the angle from Broad, attacking him around the wicket, by leaning back and lifting him high the vacant deep third-man region, just short of the boundary, to move to 47*. Australia 0-97.

Warner takes a small step forward and drives Swann powerfully along the deck just wide of a close cover fielder to move to 43*. Australia 0-92, needing another 207 for victory.

While David Warner has largely been busy without being extravagant he made a Kevin Pietersen-like statement by swatting the third ball from Graeme Swann in the second innings over the boundary.

Australia's David Warner blasts England's Graeme Swann over wide long-off for six on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street.

Australia's David Warner blasts England's Graeme Swann over wide long-off for six on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street. Photo: Getty Images

Chris Rogers drives Swann square again through a gap in the field with just enough power to each the boundary, to lift him to 40* and Australia to 0-87.

One of the few nervous moments so far for Chris Rogers, when Graeme Swann - for the second time in the match - spilled a very tough chance off him diving across from second slip.

Australia's Chris Rogers looks on as England's Graeme Swann dives in vain to snare a catching opportunity off his teammate Tim Bresnan on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street.

Australia's Chris Rogers looks on as England's Graeme Swann dives in vain to snare a catching opportunity off his teammate Tim Bresnan on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street. Photo: Getty Images

DRINKS: Australia 0-80, needing another 219 for victory, with Chris Rogers 36* off 71 deliveries (6 fours) and David Warner 37* off 49 deliveries (5 fours, 1 six).

Meanwhile, here are the highlights from the first session at Chester-le-Street.

 

 

Some frustration in the England ranks? Former NSW, and occasionally Australia, off-spinner Gavin Robertson suspects so.

 

 

Broad, who too is attacking Rogers from around the wicket, is driven through cover-point to move to 34*. Australia 0-78 from 18.3 overs, currently a healthy 4.22 runs per over.

Another boundary for Australia - the 10th of the innings - with Rogers driving Swann square to move to 27*. Australia 0-71, chasing 299.

England captain Charlotte Edwards looks aghast after she is adjudged leg-before to Australia 17-year-old debutant Holly Ferling in the women's Ashes Test at Wormsley.

England captain Charlotte Edwards looks aghast after she is adjudged leg-before to Australia 17-year-old debutant Holly Ferling in the women's Ashes Test at Wormsley. Photo: Getty Images

The lanky and ever-enthusiastic Holly Ferling, who struck two significant blows against England in her first four overs of Test cricket.

Ball three of Swann's spell: swatted over wide long-off for six by Warner to move to 36*. Australia 0-66.

Graeme Swann on for the first time of the innings, in the 16th over with Australia 0-60.

At Wormsley the home team has lost 3-17, with Lydia Greenway the latest to depart. Crucial pre-tea blows by the Southern Stars.

 

 

Anderson attacks Rogers from around the wicket but Rogers responds by driving fullish delivery through cover to go to 23*. Australia 0-60.

Another excellent punched drive off the back foot by Warner, dispatching Bresnan through cover. Takes a lot of power to strike a ball that sweetly. He moves to 28*, and Australia to 0-54.

Australia reaches its half-century without loss. Its batsmen have had their share of fortune so far, but at least both Rogers (19*) and Warner (24*) are complementing that with a driven, rather than cavalier, approach.

Huge achievement from Holly Ferling, the 17-year-old Southern Stars debutant. In her first four overs she has removed two of the undoubted batting superstars of women's cricket: Sarah Taylor and Charlotte Edwards.

 

 

 

 

Of the 23 DRS challenges by Australian and English batsmen during this series only four have been successful. Remarkably, three of those belong to Chris Rogers; Ian Bell the only other one. Plus, it's been pointed out to be on Twitter he would have been 4 from 4 had he challenged the leg-before when he was hit by that pie from Graeme Swann.

DROPPED!! Graeme Swann drops another very, very tough one-handed chance from second slip diving across Cook at first-slip (would've have carried). Rogers survives on 14.

NOT OUT!! Rogers challenges successfully. Replay shows ball from Anderson beat the outside-edge and it's clipped his back thigh. Tony Hill's decision overruled, the Rogers survives on 14*. Australia remains at 0-30.

WICKET!! Rogers given out caught-behind off Anderson, but immediately reviews.

Big wicket at Wormsley. Sarah Taylor gone, a victim of 17-year-old Holly Ferling in her second over. The team's other gun bat, Charlotte Edwards, in now.

 

 

Warner moves to 6* after getting on the back foot to Broad and punching hard through cover. Good shot. Australia 0-22.

Chris Rogers fends Jimmy Anderson unconvincingly between third-slip and gully to move to 10*. Australia 0-16.

The much-admired Ellyse Perry strikes for the Southern Stars, but England is recovering well, currently at 1-70.

Australia's Ellyse Perry (centre) is congratulated on the scalp of England's Arran Brindle on day two of the women's Ashes Test at Wormsley.

Australia's Ellyse Perry (centre) is congratulated on the scalp of England's Arran Brindle on day two of the women's Ashes Test at Wormsley. Photo: Getty Images

Close call for Rogers on 5*. Squared up by Broad, ball pops straight up in the air off the shoulder of his bat. Broad strives to reach it but the ball hits the ground before he dives to reach it.

Stuart Broad starting.

Players not back on the arena at Chester-le-Street in sunshine. Second session about to commence, about 70 minutes' late.

The revised session schedule for today.

 

 

Yep, definitely more promising at Chester-le-Street.

 

 

Half-century up for England at Wormsley against the Southern Stars: 1-54 in the 16th over, with Heather Knight 21* and Sarah Taylor 15*.

Update: play hopefully will restart in 20 minutes, at 2.50pm local (11.50pm AEST).

 

 

Latest update is a positive one.

 

 

Australia's newest century-maker, Sarah Elliott, who became only the third mother - and first Australian - to reach the milestone in a Test.

Australia's Sarah Elliott is congratulated by teammate Alex Blackwell after reaching her maiden international century on day two of the women's Ashes Test against England at Wormsley.

Australia's Sarah Elliott is congratulated by teammate Alex Blackwell after reaching her maiden international century on day two of the women's Ashes Test against England at Wormsley. Photo: Getty Images

The ABC's Jim Maxwell is even more pessimistic...

 

 

A successful inspection at 2.10pm local time looking unlikely...

 

 

First wicket to Australia - courtesy of gun seamer Ellyse Perry.

 

 

Umpires are going to inspect the ground at 2.10pm local time (11.10pm AEST) regarding suitability to return.

 

 

Positive news from county Durham.

 

 

Historically, Sarah Elliott's century was a significant one.

 

 

Meanwhile, nice to see Mitch Starc, having been left out of the line-up for this Test, has been given permission to go and visit his girlfriend, Alyssa Healy, one of the Southern Stars players who wasn't able to squeeze into the line-up for the one-off Test against England at Wormsley.

 

 

Here's the first-session update from our man at Chester-le-Street, Chris Barrett: Harris excels, but England tail wags.

Not good news from Chester-le-Street...

 

 

DRS update from this Ashes series: England has regained the lead. The home team has 6 of 22 successful referrals (27.3%), while Australia has 5 of 22 (22.7%).

Combined, you seem to be better off challenging with ball than with bat. Batting: 3 of 22 successful (13.6%); Bowling: 8 of 20 (40%).

LUNCH: Australia 0-11 after five overs chasing 299, with Chris Rogers 5* off 21 deliveries and David Warner 2* off 9 deliveries.

The morning session was about two men: Tim Bresnan and Ryan Harris. The former, with help from Graeme Swann, pushed England to the cusp of a 300-run lead. But Harris was clearly the stand-out player. It really has been a superb performance from him in the series, snaring 20 wickets in three Tests.

Meanwhile, the England women have successfully navigated their pre-lunch stint at the crease. The home team is 0-16 chasing Australia's 6-331 (dec).

Australia's Ryan Harris holds the ball aloft to acknowledge the Chester-le-Street crowd's appreciation for his seven-wicket haul against England in the second innings of the fourth Ashes Test.

Australia's Ryan Harris holds the ball aloft to acknowledge the Chester-le-Street crowd's appreciation for his seven-wicket haul against England in the second innings of the fourth Ashes Test. Photo: Getty Images

Re my post at 9.34pm, it Harris' seven-wicket haul the best figures by an Australia SEAMER since Mitch Johnson almost five years ago. Nathan Lyon got 7-94 in India.

Stuart Broad now into his second over with the new ball, with Australia 0-9 chasing 299.

NOT OUT! Challenge rejected as ball pitched well outside leg-stump; Tony Hill's decision stands and England loses one of its two reviews. Warner tried to play a straight delivery from Anderson into the leg-side but played around the ball, with it beating his inside-edge, but that was irrelevant once Hawk-Eye showed where the ball pitched.

CHALLENGE!! England referring a failed leg-before appeal by Jimmy Anderson against David Warner.

Australia's Steve Smith spills an outfield catch from England's Graeme Swann early on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street.

Australia's Steve Smith spills an outfield catch from England's Graeme Swann early on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street. Photo: Getty Images

While Steve Smith seems to be a lightning rod for derision I maintain this is a very, very rare sight. He is a fine fielder.

Four byes for Australia after Matt Prior unable to stop another of Stuart Broad's deliveries that swing viciously after passing the batsman. Probably should have been called a wide by Aleem Dar.

Australia's chase begins, with Chris Rogers getting an early single off Jimmy Anderson to expose David Warner to the strike.

Ryan Harris now has a career record of 67 wickets at 22.13. In the past 30 years only Stuart Clark (68 wickets at 21.88) has a superior record for Australia in his first 15 Tests.

Meanwhile, there's also a change of innings at Wormsley in the one-off women's Ashes Test.

 

 

With Nathan Lyon also claiming seven wickets across the two innings our now-returned cricket expert Chloe Saltau has made this sage observation.

 

 

The 7-117 by Harris is the best Test figures by an Australian since Mitch Johnson's 8-61 at the WACA Ground vs South Africa in 2008-09.

WICKET!! Australia to chase 299 for victory. Anderson tries to defend Lyon but outside-edge behind to Brad Haddin. Gone for a five-ball duck, leaving Swann 30* off 24 deliveries, with 6 fours.

Ryan Harris finishes with a career-best 7-117 off 28 overs (2 maidens).

Consecutive boundaries from Graeme Swann to start this Harris over, both crunched through the off-side. Moves to 26*. England 9-326.

Such a dropped catch wouldn't gone down well in days of yore, says Dean Jones.

 

 

DROPPED!! Graeme Swann heaves Nathan Lyon to long-on but dropped on 17* by arguably the team's best fielder, Steve Smith. Swann gets a single out of out. England 9-318, leading by 286.

WICKET!! A seventh scalp for Ryan Harris, after Tim Bresnan gets a slight leading edge to a full delivery angled into him and lobs a return catch to Harris. Gone for 45. England 9-317.

Following Sarah Elliott's century the events at Wormsley have all favoured the English: Elliott (104), captain Jodie Fields (6) and vice-captain Alex Blackwell (54) have all departed. The Southern Stars are now 6-304, with Erin Osborne 7* and Ellyse Perry 12*.

Peter Siddle benched after conceding 11 runs from his two-overs spell; Nathan Lyon replaces him.

Ryan Harris' only rival as the stand-out player early on day four has been England's Tim Bresnan, who has proved that even though he arrived as a nightwatchman he is far from a hindrance for his team the day after at the crease. Currently on 45*.

England's Tim Bresnan hits out early on day four of the fourth Ashes Test against Australia at Chester-le-Street.

England's Tim Bresnan hits out early on day four of the fourth Ashes Test against Australia at Chester-le-Street. Photo: Getty Images

Even Harris is not immune to England's hitting now - Swann tees off and lifts him over extra-cover to move to 14* from 11 deliveries. England 8-314, with lead up to 282.

England's Stuart Broad is caught in the slips cordon after struggling to handle a bouncer from Australia's Ryan Harris early on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street.

England's Stuart Broad is caught in the slips cordon after struggling to handle a bouncer from Australia's Ryan Harris early on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street. Photo: Getty Images

A Harris bouncer, typically hostile and well-directed, got rid of Stuart Broad for the Australian's sixth scalp of the innings.

DRINKS: England 8-306 after 88 overs, having added 72 runs from 14 overs at a run-rate of 5.14 per over.

Siddle's first over ends with Swann slashing him through slips to the boundary to move to 9*, and England to 8-306. Amid the damage inflicted by Harris the English have launched a valuable counter-attack.

Swann edges a slight outswinger from Siddle, but played with soft enough hands that ball bounced before it reached Brad Haddin.

Lusty hitter Bresnan now within reach of a half-century, 43*.

Siddle starts with a gentle half-volley outside off-stump, which is deservedly driven to the cover boundary by Swann to take England to 8-300, and its laed to 268.

The damage inflicted on Bird - his last over cost 14 runs - triggers a change, with Peter Siddle replacing him.

Australia has been indebted to Harris' skill and commitment since his recall for the second Test, and his teammates show his appreciation for it.

Australia's Ryan Harris (second from left) is feted by teammates after bowling England's Ian Bell and Matt Prior with successful deliveries early on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street.

Australia's Ryan Harris (second from left) is feted by teammates after bowling England's Ian Bell and Matt Prior with successful deliveries early on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street. Photo: AFP

Second to go: the still out-of-sorts Prior, for a golden duck.

England's Matt Prior is bowled, by Australia's Ryan Harris, early on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street to put Harris on a hat-trick.

England's Matt Prior is bowled, by Australia's Ryan Harris, early on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street to put Harris on a hat-trick. Photo: Getty Images

First to go: the previously imperious Bell.

England's Ian Bell is bowled, by Australia's Ryan Harris, early on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street.

England's Ian Bell is bowled, by Australia's Ryan Harris, early on day four of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street. Photo: Getty Images

Harris began the day by steaming in, as is expected of him...

Australia's Ryan Harris bowls early on day four of the fourth Ashes Test against England at Chester-le-Street.

Australia's Ryan Harris bowls early on day four of the fourth Ashes Test against England at Chester-le-Street. Photo: Reuters

Bird under attack, again. Bresnan hits him for three successive boundaries, the best in the middle when he heaved him to long-on. Moves to 36*, and England 8-289, leading by 257.

WICKET!! A sixth scalp for Harris. He attacks Broad from around the wicket with a bouncer, holds back in front of his face to protect himself and ball goes off his handle to gully, where he is caught. Gone for 13. England 8-275.

England attacking Jackson Bird, with Tim Bresnan driving him through wide mid-on to move to 20*. England 7-263, leading by 231.

Could've have summed up current events at Chester-le-Street better myself, US Cricket Guy...

 

 

Broad gets off the mark by guiding Harris through slips. England 7-255.

Meanwhile, at Wormsley the stoic innings of Sarah Elliott is over. It brings captain Jodie Fields to the crease.

 

 

No hat-trick, with Broad defending into the off-side.

Stuart Broad to face the hat-trick delivery from Ryan Harris.

WICKET!! Harris is on a hat-trick, bowling Prior for a golden duck!! Tried to defend off back foot, inside-edge off his body and crashes into the stumps. England 7-251.

Another fine innings from Bell. His 119 came from 210 deliveries and included 11 fours. Also a fourth wicket for Ryan Harris.

Matt Prior in now to join Tim Bresnan.

WICKET!! That masterful Ian Bell gone for 113, beaten by swing into him from the mighty Ryan Harris and comprehensively bowled off his inside-edge.

At least there's some good news for Australia - Sarah Elliott has just reached her maiden international century!!

 

 

Bresnan survives, ball would've only clipped the top of the stumps. Australia out of reviews.

Very big leg-before appeal against Bresnan by Bird. The bowler wants a review, Clarke belatedly agrees. Looked good to me.

Jackson Bird sharing the new ball. Must recover from his poor day yesterday.

Second new ball taken immediately, with first use for Ryan Harris.

Bresnan pushes a single to mid-on to lift England to 2-250, leading by 218.

England 5-249 - new ball available at the end of this over.

Meanwhile, at Wormsley the Southern Stars' Sarah Elliott has moved to 99*.

Bell starting day four in exactly the same fashion as his brilliant work of day three, driving Siddle through cover to move to 110*. England 5-245.

England easily rotating the strike early on day four, even with nightwatchman Tim Bresnan at the crease.

Yep, Lyon from the other end.

An update on Watto...

 

 

Peter Siddle starting on day four, probably a sign Australia will take the second new ball as soon as it's available (only six more overs, likely to be Ryan Harris and Jackson Bird). I expect Nathan Lyon to be on at the other end until then.

Players now on the field - including Shane Watson, according to our man Chris Barrett at Chester-le-Street.

 

 

Some unfortunate - but probably not unexpected - news emerged later in the day, that highly rated but callow paceman Pat Cummins has again succumbed to injury, this time to either his back or his ribs: Cummins' injury sees him leave Australia A tour.

We'll also be covering day two of the four-day one-off women's Test between England and Australia at Wormsley, particularly whether not-out batter Sarah Elliott can get the five runs she requires to reach a maiden international century. Here's the day-one report: Australia's women in strong Ashes position.

Here's the day-three view of our chief cricket columnist Malcolm Knox, with a tribute to the hostile bowling, hard hitting and committed fielding of Ryan Harris: In the age of group think, Harris is one of a kind.

If you missed the dispatches from our team at Chester-le-Street from early this morning, here's the contributions of our reporter Chris Barrett.

Match report: Watson injured as England edges day three.

Reaction to all-rounder's injury blow: Watson's frame feels the strain.

Reaction to Ian Bell's continued dominance: Bell Durham: Blame John Inverarity for Englishman's trio of Ashes tons.

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