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Live: Day one, 3rd Ashes Test, Perth

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Coming of age ... Steve Smith rescued Australia's innings with a century on day one.

Coming of age ... Steve Smith rescued Australia's innings with a century on day one. Photo: Getty Images

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Day One Recap ... Of risks and revivals

 

Upper hand: Fortunes twisted and turned, but another solid performance from the lower men on the batting list gave Australia the edge at stumps with 6/326. Three wickets in the first session including the skipper Clarke was a good effort early by England in trying conditions, and when Warner and Bailey gave their wickets away in the afternoon, Australia looked precarious at 5/143. But for the fourth time in as many knocks, Brad Haddin helped wrest control back, and his example inspired plenty of confidence in Steve Smith, who looked more comfortable with each ball. Their partnership of 124 evened things up, and some nice clean hitting from Mitch Johnson in the final session put the home side in the ascendancy again.

The key man: Smith was under plenty of pressure coming into this match with 31 his highest score to date this series. But after a tentative start, he blossomed, and consistently picked the right balls to hit, showing plenty of patience later on when bogged down in the 80s for a while. The result was his second Test ton, from 173 balls with 13 fours and two sixes, and an Australian total which is already competitive and could grow by plenty yet.

Big moment: Smith reached his century in grand style, with two boundaries in three balls off Stokes, the first a drive, the second a pull, and was pumped up indeed when the latter shot sailed over the boundary rope. It was a ton well received, and rightly so, coming to the crease with not only his team's but perhaps his own fortunes on the line, and responding brilliantly and with a very cool head.

It could have all changed when ... With Australia on 5/259, a short ball from Tim Bresnan saw Haddin get a big top edge to deep cover. It hung in the air for ever, but Carberry, on the boundary, didn't pick it up early enough, and the ball fell in between he and Joe Root. With the half-chance went England's hopes of restricting Australia to less than 300.

Things went swimmingly for ... Brad Haddin. The Aussie keeper is having a tremendous series with both bat and gloves, and whilst he has ridden his luck a little, his enterprise has deserved rewards. Again, he took plenty of chances early, a few lofted shots falling just short or wide of fieldsman, but the risk taking paid off with another half-century, his lowest score from four knock to date 53.

Not so swimmingly for .... Stuart Broad. The man Australians love to hate had an ordinary day, expensive early, and despite picking up two wickets, conceding more than 4.5 per over. By stumps he looked like a bloke who didn't want to bowl, adjusting his field three times in three balls as Johnson threw the bat at him, and Cook, having had enough, removed his front line bowler.

What does it all mean?: It remains to be seen just how good batting track this WACA pitch is, but given England's recent batting history, Australia already appears to have at worst an adequate total, and should it push past 400, a pretty imposing one. Needless to say, England requires several early breakthroughs on Saturday. The home side, meanwhile, can go a long way to leaving the visitors not only exhausted in the Perth heat, but demoralised if its tail can continue to wag.

And that's all for day one here at blog central. Rohan Connolly saying a good evening to you all, and we'll join you back here at about 1pm (EST) on Saturday.

 

 

STUMPS: Australia 6/326 (Smith 103 not out, Johnson 39 not out)

Johnson takes a two off the last ball, and that's the end of day one, folks. Very entertaining, quick runs early and regular wickets, but terrific recovery from the Aussies! Stand by for our summary of play.

Last over of the day coming up. Bresnan to bowl it after Broad seemed to lose his head a bit. Aussies should shut up shop now, been a tremendous fightback. Aus. 6/324, Smith 103, Johnson 37.

And again! Whack, and Johnson clouts Broad over mid-off, gave himself plenty of room! And Broad makes a third fielding change in three balls!

New ball hasn't done the trick yet. Broad banging it in to Johnson, who doesn't hold back, but doesn't make contact. Broad playing around with his sprigs, another fielding change, England just don't look interested in moving it along. And Mitch goes BANG, lovely pull shot through mid-wicket for four. Moves on to 31, looking good.

Fifteen minutes to go, England's going to finish the day several overs short of the minimum required of 90. Hot day, but gee they've dawdled at times. Johnson and Smith looking cruisy now, closing in on their 50 partnership.

Anderson on again, Cook swinging the bowling changes in a desperate attempt for another breakthrough before stumps. This pair have added nearly 40, Johnson looking quite comfortable.

Joe Root's come on for a trundle, and straight away Johnson's eyes light up. He belts him down the ground for four, a lovely shot which brings up the Australian 300. Very good recovery from the Aussies after they were 5/143.

Johnson joins in the fun now, lovely square cut off Swann for a boundary, he's into double figures, and this pair has already added 30.

And on a day when England has moved at a snail's pace, Fairfax columnist Dean Jones has penned an interesting column about his pet hates in Test cricket. Check it out.

Steve Smith of Australia celebrates his second Test century.

Steve Smith of Australia celebrates his second Test century. Photo: Getty Images

And there it is!! Great ton by Smith, brought up with another lovely pull shot for four. Goes to 100 from 173 balls, 13 fours and two sixes, and a strike rate of 57.80. Tremendous hand coming at a critical time!

Great response by Smith, though. On-drives Stokes for a love boundary, takes him to 96. Come on son, been a great knock, convert it to three figures!

Boy, was that close! First ball after the drinks break sees Smith edge Stokes, but bounces JUST in front of skipper Cook at slip. Few deep breaths taken by the batsman there!

Swan back on, this will test Johnson's patience. Offie has been the pick of the bowlers today. Straight away Johnson edges him along the ground down to third man, Smith on strike on 91.

Smith clips Stokes through the leg side for two, takes him into the 90s. Closing in on his second highest Test score of 92 in Mohali earlier this year.

Anderson coming back on to replace Bresnan. Has 0/38 from his 13 overs to date. 17 overs to go, no way England will be able to bowl that in an hour.

Have to say England's complete disregard for the over rate is becoming a little irritating, mid-pitch conference several times an over. And Johnson is away, crashes Bresnan through cover for a boundary. Aus. 6/272.

Boy, Stokes came very close indeed to having that wicket ball ruled a no-ball! Back of his front foot was only JUST behind the crease. Reckon a repeat of what happened in Adelaide may just about have broken him!

WICKET! And Haddin finally cracks! Stokes wide and short outside off, batsman miscues it to Anderson at mid-wicket. Ends the 124-run partnership, and brings Johnson to the wicket. England still in the game, but need a few quickly. Johnson vulnerable early, bowlers will sniff a chance.

Ben Stokes is congratulated after taking the wicket of Brad Haddin.

Ben Stokes is congratulated after taking the wicket of Brad Haddin. Photo: Getty Images

English attack at least curtailing the run flow now. Consistent line outside off stump to both Haddin and Smith but batsmen are resisting temptation well now they're set. Partnership up to 124 from 216 deliveries.

Good use of the AFL-type cliche from Dave Warner there ... "taking each ball as it comes". Should be a coach! Aus. 5/266, Smith 85, Haddin 54.

Another boundary for Smith! Rocked back to Broad and smashed it through point. That's his 11th boundary, two big sixes to go with them, on to 84 now. Deserves a ton. Haddin is 53, his average this series currently at 106!

That's drinks. Another good hour for the Aussies, added another 40 without loss, and a couple of demoralising lapses in the field for England. Aus. 5/260 from 65 overs.

CLOSE! Haddin slashes at Bresnan, in the air, but falls in between Carberry and Root deep in the outfield! That was poor judgement, could have been out!

Steve Smith crashes another boundary.

Steve Smith crashes another boundary. Photo: Getty Images

Smith again! Wide from Broad, batsman just spanks it through covers for four. Moves into the 80s.

Broad coming back on for Anderson, still 18 overs to go before new ball. England aren't going to bowl all their overs today, still 28 to go. Poor over rate.

Skies the next one, too! Didn't quite time it, but enough to get him his 50, his fourth from four knocks this series. It came off 76 balls. Shaky start for Brad today, but boy he's looking in good touch now!

Haddin goes BANG! Belts Bresnan right back over his head and well back into canvas awnings behind the sightscreen. On 49!

Bresnan coming back on for Swann. Has gone for four an over so far today, and hasn't look particularly threatening. Can he turn things around now? Aus. 5/246.

Good over from Anderson after he appeared to have some injury problems in his previous over. But Smith's taken to Swann, spanks him through covers for another boundary, and that's the 100 partnership for these two from 149 deliveries. Great rescue mission, keep it going boys!

Smith's game is a bit funky, says James Brayshaw. Still trying to work out exactly what that means! Maybe like THIS.

Another lovely shot from Smith. Great footwork and timing, gets down the track to Swann and belts him through covers for four.

First boundary of the last session. Haddin punches Anderson through the covers, superbly-timed shot! He moves into the 40s, partnership up to 82.

Age cricket guru Jesse Hogan knows what it takes to get through a long, hot day in the press box! ...

 

All set for the final session. Can Australian continue that momentum of the last hour? It's going to be Haddin on strike, Swann to open proceedings.

Not a bad all-rounder that Karl Langdon! ...

 

TEA: Australia 5/220 (Smith 58 not out, Haddin 35 not out)

And that's the afternoon session done, Australia have added another 113 for the loss of two wickets, Smith and Haddin really settling things down in the last hour when it was starting to look very precarious for Australia, the pair adding 77. We'll see you back here in about 15 minutes.

 

This is turning into a valuable partnership. Smith and Haddin have added 71 in only 16 overs. Can afford to shut up shop temporarily now with only five minutes until tea.

Haddin and Smith taking the long handle to the bowlers here! The keeper swept Swann for six, then pulled Bresnan for two fours. Score is ticking over freely again, Australia now up to 5/211.

And 50 for Smith! Pulls Stokes through mid-wicket for four to bring it up. Has batted well, milestone comes up from 76 balls, with five fours and two sixes. Keep going, young man!

Haddin lives dangerously again! Lofts Swann, doesn't time it and sails out to deep long-off, just far enough over the head of the fieldsman. He's had a few near-misses, Haddin.

Six! Smith growing in confidence, comes down the pitch to Swann and puts him over deep mid-on and over the rope. He's 43 now, make that 44 after glancing a single. Keep your head, son!

Another boundary for Smith. Stokes drops short, and pulls it well, rolls the wrists to keep it down, and no one home on the mid-wicket fence. Gee, got a bit of adventurous next ball, though, leant back and tried to steer him over slips, wasn't far from an edge.

Great shot from Smith, flicks Stokes away from off stump to leg side, and it races through mid-wicket to the fence. That takes him into the 30s, simply has to go on with it for his, and Australia's sake.

Swann coming on again, has switched ends, replacing Bresnan. Bowled really well in his first spell, 2/18 from five.

Haddin steers Stokes through slips along the ground for four. Smith playing little more cautiously now, this is a huge partnership in the context of the game. Bresnan still plugging away, into his 11th over.

Boy, Haddin looking particularly vulnerable to the short one, but he's still there. The score's moved on to 5/159, and Stokes is back into the attack now to replace Broad. Was the most economical of the bowlers early with 0/11 from five. What can he do this time?

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And Haddin nearly dies by the sword. Very "iffy" hook from Bresnan floats to fine-leg, but Broad can't make the ground. Come on Brad, they need a bit more responsibility out there right now than that!

Smith still aggressive, now Haddin follows suit, beautiful cover drive off Bresnan for a boundary, brings up the 150. Lot of work to do to repair this innings yet, though.

Aussies have really got to put away the aggression for a while now. Worked early in run terms, but has cost them dearly, last of the specialist batsmen now out there and not even at the halfway point on day one.

WICKET! Bailey's gone, and another ordinary shot gets a wicket. Short from Broad, couldn't resist the hook, loses control with one hand falling off the bat and sails straight to Pietersen at deep backward square leg. Poor stuff, George, and poor batting by the Aussies in general. Real trouble now at 5/143.

Kevin Pietersen takes a successful catch to dismiss Australia's George Bailey.

Kevin Pietersen takes a successful catch to dismiss Australia's George Bailey. Photo: Reuters

Nice four to Bailey, spanked Broad through covers. Bouncer to finish the over, but nine off it, Aus. 4/141.

Broad back into the attack, been very expensive to date with 1/39 from seven. Should improve that economy in this spell, surely Australia just has to play cautiously for a while. Can't afford to lose another one cheaply.

Bailey's off the mark straight away with a single. Swann bowling much better right now than he has to date in the series, line and length's been good, and the extra bounce is really helping as well, certainly did with that wicket. Swann has 2/18 off five overs.

WICKET! Warner's gone. Swann good length, Warner rocks back and cuts it gently to Carberry at backward point. Might have had a quick flashback from dropping Haddin in Adelaide, but got the job done this time, Warner out for 60 and Australia at 4/129, is in trouble.

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Lovely shot from Smith, clips Anderson off his pads through mid-wicket and it beats two fieldsmen to the fence. Pretty good value for your shots here, that's the 19th boundary and we've had two sixes.

Warner dances down to Swann and hits him straight, just the four this time, but both batsmen using their feet well to the offie. Then lofts him far more dangerously to deep mid-wicket, didn't time it but it's safe. Aus. 3/125 from 29 overs.

And Smith gets off the mark with a huge six! Steps down the pitch to Swann and lofts him over the top on to the canvas next to the sight screen. That should help the nerves a bit!

It's going to be Anderson from the other end. Has bowled a lot better today I think without getting a wicket. Going to be a very hard-fought session, this one, either Australia consolidates or England breaks the back of the batting line-up.

And that's 50 for Warner. Third half-century or better from five hands this series. Milestone comes from 57 balls, with seven boundaries and a six. Having a great summer!

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And we're back. Delicately poised situation. Swann to bowl his second over with 1/1. Warner on strike on 49. Play ball!

LUNCH: Australia 3/107 (Warner 49 not out, Smith 0 not out)

And that's lunch. England probably taking the honours with three wickets in the session, and again one right on the cusp of the break, and the most valuable one in skipper Clarke. Run rate is more than handy, but I'm sure Australia would trade in 20-30 of them to still be only two down. And intriguing second session awaits. We'll see you back here at blog central in 30 minutes or so.

 

WICKET! Huge blow for Australia and massive strike for England. Swann comes on for his first spell, and from his second ball gets Clarke on the drive, inside edge flies to skipper Cook at short mid-wicket. Aussie skipper is gone for 24, and Australia still with five minutes to survive until lunch.

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SIX! Warner just leans back on Bresnan and goes BANG! Hammers it over mid-on and it clears the rope by a couple of metres! And there's the 100 up for Australia, from just 126 balls!

Dropped! Warner smashes Bresnan straight but in the air. Bowler throws out his right hand but it doesn't stick! Really tough chance, was off balance, but they're the ones that get you over the line if they stick.

Bloody umpire Erasmus! Warner scampered through for a single, Pietersen's throw to bowler's end hit the stumps and would have rebounded for overthrows, but the ump's considerable girth got in the way. They've got 12 on the field!

Clarke again, brilliant pull shot from Bresnan over square leg, fine leg fieldsmen was never going to get there, Aus. 2/94 from 19 at just under five per over. England has at least put the clamps on a tiny bit.

Clarke again. Flashes outside off and sails between gully and point. Result? Four, of course. No fewer than 15 boundaries already today!

And again! Superb shot, just leaned into Broad, who found a good length, but Warner middled it through the covers, and of course, it went to the rope again.

Warner leans back to Broad and helps it on its way to third man boundary. He's never going to be shackled for too long! He's up tp 32 now from 40 deliveries, Aus. 2/82.

Stokes into the attack now, replacing Bresnan, whose four overs cost 19. Second ball's a full toss, and Clarke dispatches it through covers for another four! Rest of the over's tighter, though. Aus. 2/77 off 16.

Beautiful shot Clarke! Just leans forward to Bresnan and spanks him down the ground for four. Aus 2/73 after 14 overs, critical period looming, if England went to lunch with another wicket under their belts they'd be pretty happy.

Clarke certainly not looking to play sheet anchor role, either. Gets on the attack straight away, and punches Broad down the ground for four. 12 from the over, Aus. up to 2/69 from 13.

And here's the first drinks break after an action packed first hour. Australia scoring at a tremendous clip, but wickets of Rogers and Watson hurt. Score 2/57 from 12 overs.

 

Well, no escaping it. Really poor shot from Watson. Shocking shot selection, didn't need to even play at it. Can see the campaign for his head gathering momentum rather rapidly now. Senior player has to lead better than that.

WICKET! Watson's gone, and the change of ends works for Broad! Fuller pitch, Watson drives and thick edge flies high to Swann at second slip, who takes it comfortably. Loose shot, again unnecessary, and Australia looking shaky again at 2/52.

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Little mid-pitch conference between Cook and his bowlers. It's going to be Broad to switch ends now, replacing Anderson. Will be hoping his second spell is a bit more effective than his first, when he went for 22 from three!

There's the fifty up for Australia, in the 10th over! Warner on 22, Watson 18. What are the odds on 100 by lunch?

David Warner in action during day one of the Third Test in Perth.

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Wide one from Bresnan outside off, Watson flashes and it flies safely over slips for .. you guessed it .. another boundary!

Well, there's a first, a maiden! Anderson's fifth over concedes no runs, and the rate is down to a "pedestrian" six per over!

Vaughan makes a good point in the commentary box. Without a lot of movement for the English bowlers, the pace difference between them and Johnson is telling. Have hardly bowled a ball at more than 140 clicks this entire series.

And another four! Bresnan's first delivery is spanked to the cover fence by Watson! If Australia keeps this up they'll be 500 by stumps!

Boy is Warner looking dangerous. Superb cover drive for four off Anderson, has 22 from 17 balls, Australia 1/41 after just seven overs. Six per over in the first hour of a Test match?! Unthinkable a few decades ago! And Broad's had to be replaced, it's Bresnan coming on for his first spell of the series.

Action replay from Warner, only this time the bowler is Anderson. Another superb straight drive for four, didn't even bother running was so well-timed. Gets a couple off the next, and Australia is 1/37 in the seventh over!

Lovely shot by Warner! Full pitch from Broad, and Warner punches a straight drive past the bowler for a boundary. Now he follows up by whipping Broad off his hip for another four. Good stuff Davey boy! Aus. 1/30, racing along!

There's another boundary, this time to Watson. Good ball from Anderson, Watson gets outside edge, and races along the ground past Joe Root at third slip for the boundary. Great follow-up, too, really tempted the right-hander outside off. Aus. 1/22.

 

Ohhhh ... so close to a second wicket! Warner gets inside edge to Anderson, on to top of his pad and just lobs over the bails. Been an underperformer so far this series, has Jimmy, but he's certainly started well today!

Boy Anderson's on fire in the field! Pulled off a great run out then throws himself to the left at mid-off to stop what would have been a certain boundary to Watson. Has to bowl after all that, too! Aus. 1/17 after four overs.

Australia 1/13, and Shane Watson comes to the wicket. What was Rogers thinking? His call, but after a brief hesitation, is beaten to the bowler's end. Great work by Anderson had to gather and turn in the one motion. So a run out in the second over, England spirits suitably bouyed!

WICKET! And Rogers is run out! Disaster for Australia. Pushed it on the leg side and set off for what was always a dangerous single. Anderson hits the stumps brilliantly, and Rogers is well short of his ground. Boy, that wasn't necessary, but great breakthrough for England.

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Another four! Rogers glances Broad off his hip down the fine leg fence for a boundary, and score races to 0/13, Rogers on 11. Won't see him outscoring Warner too often you'd think!

First ball to Warner is short, tucks him up but he manages to keep it away from the rib cage! Going to see plenty of that early, I think. Warner pushes a single behind square, Rogers on strike. Full length, and Rogers plays it on the leg side for one. Good rotation of the strike already. And the first boundary! Rogers clips Broad off his toes to the mid-wicket fence! 0/9.

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Rogers let's the first one go outside off stump. Second ball's a bouncer, which he ducks under safely. Lets the third go, and a single off the fourth, just pushes it to short mid-wicket. Dave Warner now on strike. Now Warner gets a single, last ball is played safely for no run, and it's 0/2 from the first over, Stuart Broad to come from the other end. As you'd expect, plenty of bounce in this WACA wicket.

All set to start! It's going to be Chris Rogers on strike, with Jimmy Anderson to open the bowling. And he's going to come around the wicket to the left-hander straight away. Let's play ball, gentlemen!

England's anthem sung by Penny Shaw ... Hmmm ... had the warbles going a bit! Think I preferred the more conventional Fiona Smyth's "Advance Australia Fair". Each to their own, I guess! Close to a start now, players will be back on the field very shortly!

Former English skipper Michael Vaughan in no doubt this was a good toss for Australia to win ...

Doing the ceremonial stuff now, with captain Clarke, also playing his 100th Test, coming out past an Australian guard of honour ... which just so happens to also be almost the entire Channel 9 commentary team! There's another piece of memorabilia coming up! About to play the national anthems.

And Michael Clarke makes it three out of three, winning it again. Not surprisingly, he's elected to bat. Australia has named an unchaged team. England skipper Alastair Cook, playing his 100th Test, announces only one change for the visitors, and it's the right-arm fast-mediums of Tim Bresnan to come in for spinner Monty Panesar.Conditions are hot, currently 30 degrees, with an expected top of 37, and even hotter days to come. We'll be underway in about 25 minutes.

Hello everyone, and welcome to Fairfax blog central for all our live action on day one of the Third Test in Perth, Australia on the verge of winning an Ashes series for the first time since 2006-07. Couldn't pick a better venue to do so, either, with a fast, bouncy track the perfect conditions for the raw pace of Mitch Johnson. The conditions are hot, with an expected top of 38 degrees and we're about to toss.

 

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  • To recover from being 5-140 odd to this position at stumps the momentum has just swung again. England had their foot on the throat but again failed to make the last vital kill required.

    Excellent batting Smith, Haddin, and M Johnson.

    All England fans can have a swan beer and reflect on what might have been. Look at it this way at least you've got nice weather, nice food. Life goes on.

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    December 13, 2013, 9:08PM
  • 313 for six on day one of a five test Ashes series where you lead 2 nil in any Australian Test captain's log would be considered fair weather sailing. Good on you Aussies you have expunged the corporate culture imposed by Cricket Australia that nearly strangled you, now take the high ground and break that bloody awful corporate culture for good. I am sure the players are feeling the benefit of its absence and the money directed to the corporation might just be directed back to where it benefits the game and not the beaucrats.

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    December 13, 2013, 8:49PM
  • How many failure does Shane Watson have to had before the selector realises that he has passed his prime?

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    Johnny
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    December 13, 2013, 8:46PM
  • Steven Smith looks regal. What a mature and graceful young player he is.

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    moggoid
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    December 13, 2013, 8:43PM
  • Poms have been as slow as a wet wick in a hurricane.

    A flash in the pan before going down he toilet.

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    PommieLover
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    December 13, 2013, 8:32PM
  • I saw Stokes bowling a no ball earlier that wasn't called by Billy Bowden and hit for four. It seems to me they are no longer watching the front foot for no balls and just relying on replays.

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    Sledger
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    December 13, 2013, 7:55PM
  • Is it me or is the Barmy Army beginning to sound like Kalahari Bushmen? No...Watusi maybe?

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    PommieLover
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    December 13, 2013, 7:52PM
  • What happened? 5-143 and the Barmy Army in full song. I haven't heard them sing a note for quite some time. Oh well, at least they have great weather, nice beaches, great seafood, flies, mosquitoes, spiders, sharks, and Swan beer. Be hopeful that the Fremantle doctor will turn up soon. It can't be all that bad.

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    Sledger
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    December 13, 2013, 7:34PM
  • Awesome sledging from S Warne and entirely correct about over rates.

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    Sledger
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    December 13, 2013, 7:27PM
  • Did we enjoy Michael Slater's Jon Bon Jovi impersonation? Think I'd rather see Bon Jovi do Slater.

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    Rohan Connolly
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    December 13, 2013, 7:21PM
  • Mine, mine, i'll get it, no you get it, no i'll get it wait a minute.

    England need to employ a fielding coach that understands baseball & cricket then they will learn that when the ball goes in the air you own it and take responsibility for it. Thank goodness Australia had the intelligence to get Mike Young back in the fold.

    Commenter
    Right field
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 7:19PM
  • Na that was England's indecision moment. Haddin says thanks

    Commenter
    PommieLover
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 7:16PM
  • Congratulations Brad Haddin. Still the best wicketkeeper batsmen in Australia.

    Commenter
    Andy
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 7:06PM
  • Really happy for Steve Smith. No crap player - just plays cricket. He and Ryan Harris just turn up and play and don't carry on with the other silliness.

    Commenter
    Dave
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 7:02PM
  • Heals sounds very excited about "Fat Tony and Co."! Can't say I am.

    Commenter
    Rohan Connolly
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 6:43PM
  • 200 in the first innings is too much for the Poms. We should declare and make a game of it.

    Commenter
    Andy
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 6:04PM
  • Fine knock by Steve Smith mark II. The original Steve Smith would be proud of that knock, played in Steve Smith mark I style and when Australia needed a knock of backbone and intestinal fortitude. 50's in this position must be converted into hundred's.

    Commenter
    McCool
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 5:58PM
  • Shane Watson is not very good at batting is he? he plays like a protected species

    Commenter
    atombomb
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 5:49PM
  • You can tell when a crap movie is on the way to the cinemas. The actors are rolled out and they push and push and ramp up the hype.

    That's how I feel about the Aussie XI. They know they are really no better than the the Poms so let's ramp up the hype. Actors really.

    Commenter
    Slammer
    Location
    Forster
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 5:32PM
    • 2 nil

      Commenter
      Andy
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 5:48PM
    • You know I was thinking of the tragedy that England team are and those Englander wankers being egged on by an even bigger wanker in the big hat singing us on to 200; and you bring up acting. ESP..

      Commenter
      PommieLover
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 5:55PM
    • I refer you to the scoreboard.

      Commenter
      Bell end
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 6:03PM
  • warner - big deal that he scored 60 of 70 balls. he is out. hardly the calibre of a test opener that is supposed ot build the foundation for an innings.

    Commenter
    ed
    Location
    sydney
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 5:21PM
    • I think you will find that Warner has scored more runs than anyone else in this series, the highest SR of the top 10 batsmen and the 2nd highest Average (assuming Haddin does not get out, shortly)

      Commenter
      Mohin
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 5:42PM
  • One of the worst pieces of journalism I have ever seen in this newspaper was the picture of the gravestone with England's name on it inserted into the turf of the WACA with' RIP English cricket' on it. Australia have played well so far but were fortunate to win the 2nd test (Carberry's dropped catch probably cost them the match) yet you have people writing them off and acting so smugly. Please leave the ridiculous type of reporting & that sort of behaviour to the English Fleet St press, they're better at it.

    Commenter
    Ropeable
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 5:05PM
    • I think if you checked your facts, this picture actually came from an English tabloid....

      Commenter
      albo
      Location
      sydney
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 5:23PM
    • It originally came from the Poms back in 1882. So back at you. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sporting_Times#Origin_of_the_Ashes

      Commenter
      malcolm.lambe
      Location
      paris
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 7:40PM
  • I KNEW the Poms would hit back hard today, we were too cocky by half, too over confident, as evidenced on these blogs, too arrogant. Back to earth with a thud, and it aint over yet, this Test series !

    Commenter
    Piesnchess
    Location
    Mt Evelyn
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 4:59PM
    • I wouldn't be so quick to judge until we see what the Poms do on this pitch.

      Commenter
      bw
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 5:03PM
    • BW true, but the Poms look nasty and out for revenge, a dish best served cold too. !

      Commenter
      Piesnchess
      Location
      Mt Evelyn
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 5:08PM
  • At this rate, we should be done with the first innings by stumps tonight.

    Commenter
    bw
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 4:58PM
  • Appalling shot by George Bailey who falls for the 3 card trick yet again. He played the same shot in Adelaide. If you're going to pull or hook you pull or hook, or you don't play the shot at all & duck. Totally irresponsible for a guy that is a 'captain'. George, as far as I'm concerned you just asked to be dropped from the test team.

    Commenter
    Ropeable
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 4:57PM
    • Different email address, but happy to give it out to everyone if he keeps it up! :)

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 4:52PM
  • Steve and George's opportunity. These are the moments you dream of.
    150 partnership

    Commenter
    welcometojamaicahaveaniceday
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 4:49PM
    • Well, that went well.!

      Commenter
      Piesnchess
      Location
      Mt Evelyn
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 5:01PM
    • Steve and Brad?

      Commenter
      welcometojamaicahaveaniceday
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 5:06PM
  • Just curious, why do superannuation ads all have a voiceover guy who wants to talk like he's smarter than you?

    Commenter
    Rohan Connolly
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 4:49PM
    • B'Cos he is. Takes your money, Charges you excessive fees, gives you poor returns. And he then makes sure the Govt. taxes the monies not once but twice.

      Commenter
      Mohin
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 5:01PM
    • Well Rohan, I guess they can hardly have a bogan flogging the Super, an upper class clip soothes the soul of the wary, the ad guys reason ! LOL

      Commenter
      Piesnchess
      Location
      Mt Evelyn
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 5:06PM
  • I meant to click on a boring sport like darts or chess, but accidentally clicked on cricket, which is even more boring than boring.
    Yawn !
    Looking forward to Tennis, Triathlon, and Downhill Skiing !

    Commenter
    Real Sports fan
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 4:47PM
    • Is that you Scott/James

      Commenter
      Jarrod
      Location
      Brisvegas
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 4:50PM
    • Different email address, but happy to give it out to everyone if he keeps it up! :)

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 4:52PM
    • Triathlon? There is no one, and I mean no one, more boring than a triathlete.

      Commenter
      Citizen N
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 4:54PM
    • Well Lance Armstrong is pretty interesting, although maybe that is because of the huge amount of PEDs he took and not the fact he was/is a triathalete.

      Commenter
      Jarrod
      Location
      Brisvegas
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 5:02PM
    • Hey "real" sports fan you are really mentioning some top sports or should I say pastimes there. Nice try but you must have a "really"sad existence having to come on here to get your kicks.

      Commenter
      Hodster
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 5:09PM
    • Real sports fan, I play tennis and golf, but you are wrong about Chess, which I play comepetitively too . In tournament conditions, with the clock timing your moves, it is the most mentally draining game of all. It also keeps the brain very active, and wards off alzehimers and dementia, it has been proven.

      Commenter
      Piesnchess
      Location
      Mt Evelyn
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 5:14PM
  • Ahhh thats the Australia we all know. The one that relies heavily on the lower order for the runs.

    Commenter
    tomtom
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 4:36PM
  • Best Batsman in the Worl (tm), out to a spinner in the 1st session at the WACA.

    Does not compute

    Commenter
    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 4:27PM
    • Hi Monty, you're back. I've missed you. Bradman made a second ball duck in his last innings. Go figure. I'd say a hundred in each of the last 2 Tests is pretty good especially against the greatest team of all time (cough).

      Commenter
      Andy
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 4:42PM
  • Has it escaped anyone's attention- friday 13th today!! Let's hope that means Aussies get skittled for 150 , Johnson accidentally trips over his mow and breaks a leg and England manage to bat for a session or two without losing 8 wickets! Then again maybe that's just a step too far!

    Commenter
    Hodster
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 4:03PM
  • If Smith fails in this test he has to be dropped - never played a major contribution to any test apart from the 5th test last year when the series was over.
    Move Bailey to 5, Watson to 6.
    Doolan to 3.

    Commenter
    Mark
    Location
    Bondi
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 4:00PM
    • silly comment bailey to 5! bailey has got to go< steve smith more talent in his left pinky than in baileys whole body, with the runs, avg in both sheffield shield and test matches compared to Bailey to show for it.
      Bondi, must be a transient pom!

      Commenter
      Rich
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 6:31PM
  • If Broad had been given out correctly in England I believe it would have been 1-1 and a whole different series. If Carberry had taken a catch he should have swallowed in Adelaide it could be 1-1 in Perth. Anyone that has written off England hasn't watched much cricket nor is very astute.

    Winning the toss here is a massive advantage as the side that has won the toss has won the last 7 tests.

    Commenter
    Joe the cameraman
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 3:55PM
  • Hey, "Scott", just a little warning mate. If you're going to write a message supporting "James" and his hatred for cricket, you'll probably want to think about doing it from a different email address! LOL.

    Commenter
    Rohan Connolly
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 3:41PM
    • ha ha. Busted Scott/James. Seriously though scott/james, thanks for giving me an insight as to what lonely, gormless people do for kicks these days.

      Commenter
      Jak
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 3:53PM
    • Rohan's on the ball fellas. Obvious trolls are obvious.

      Commenter
      bw
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 4:15PM
    • LOL....very astute Rohan and nice to see you do actually look at posts before putting htem up

      Commenter
      Chris
      Location
      Manly
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 4:16PM
    • Get a life Cricket lovers!!! From James and Scott!!!

      Commenter
      Scott
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 4:29PM
  • Once again the daft 20x20 big bash mentality proves costly with Captain Clarke falling on his sword!

    The boys hoping to play golf on Monday?

    Wakey, wakey!

    Commenter
    Tom
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 3:29PM
  • This is Steve Smith's Moment. Time for him to make his stand.

    Commenter
    Nick
    Location
    Outback
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 3:27PM
  • For Australia to post a commanding lead (400+), Warner and Pup need to both post serious totals. Hard to rely on smith, bailey or haddin.

    Commenter
    Nick
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 3:25PM
  • We could be in for a 3 day test match boys (and girls).

    Commenter
    bw
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 3:25PM
  • England so negative in there field placings

    Commenter
    Seano
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 3:13PM
  • AGREE with you 100% James, World Cup Cricket how many countries?

    Commenter
    Scott
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 3:10PM
    • The next ODI World Cup will have 22 countries represented while the next T20 will have 24 countries. That's taking into account the fact that the West Indies is made up of 9 sovereign nations. If you want to argue that the 9 island countries are tiny and shouldn't be counted like that then using that logic the subcontinent with its 1.7 billion population (bigger than Europe and South America combined) should be counted more than 4/5 times.

      Okay, that's enough feeding of the trolls for one day.

      Commenter
      Gizza
      Location
      St. Ives
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 4:09PM
  • If Australia Wins this test, maybe Rogers and Watson should be dropped for P.Hughes and A. Doolan

    Commenter
    Rick
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 2:59PM
    • Bucky must be a great bloke to have a beer with. Why else would he be in the team?

      Commenter
      bw
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 3:20PM
  • Maybe the plan for the Aussies is to get 200 before tea, and let Mitchell Johnson loose after.

    Commenter
    moggoid
    Location
    here
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 2:46PM
  • Watto not the vice captain anymore Rohan

    Commenter
    Matt
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 2:44PM
    • Quite right, brain freeze!

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 3:00PM
  • mmm a little bit of over confidence from the top order. Need a bit of sensible batting - this is a test we need to bat until lunch tomorrow so that the poms are tired. Hope Pups back stands up to the pressure

    Commenter
    Mr C
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 2:40PM
  • Who cares, Cricket is boring, a dying sport in this country!!!!

    Commenter
    James Glen Iris
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 2:37PM
    • Which makes you taking the time to contribute to our coverage even more amusing, James!

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 2:40PM
    • Why comment then you derek #getoff

      Commenter
      #hastag
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 2:42PM
    • Those who watch a cricket match for how many days??? Must not have a life!!!

      Commenter
      James
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 3:02PM
    • Probably a happier one than someone who bothers to post twice about something they're not interested in, though, hey?

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 3:05PM
    • haha james get back under your bridge and don't come out for the next five days or maybe less at this rate.

      Commenter
      markymark
      Location
      sydney
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 3:06PM
    • AGREE 100% James, I checked myself to see who would be interested and it's the same blokes lol

      Commenter
      Scott
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 3:22PM
  • Surely the game's up for Watson.

    Commenter
    Jasper Beardly
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 2:35PM
  • Shane Watson for useless cricketer of the year award.

    Worst player of either team; including the reserves.

    Commenter
    Thriller
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 2:34PM
  • Does anyone know Watto's first innings average? barring a large score in the 5th test in England has he done anything?

    Commenter
    ccra
    Location
    sydney
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 2:33PM
  • Agree with RGY.... not beach cricket here.... no excuse for getting YOUSRELF run out.... also what was with that attempted "shot" from Watson... awful.... Cmon Clarkey!

    Commenter
    hank
    Location
    singapore
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 2:32PM
  • Fellas, it's the five day game.....five days.

    Commenter
    moggoid
    Location
    here
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 2:31PM
  • Can we PLEASE discontinue the "Shane Watson as first drop" experiment and either drop him, or drop him to 6, where he belongs...

    Commenter
    David
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 2:31PM
  • how many times in the last couple of years have australia lost a wicket just before a drinks/tea/lunch break? it seems to be S. Watson more often then not as well #howmanymorechances

    Commenter
    #hashtag
    Location
    sydney
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 2:31PM
  • Really ordinary shot from Watson. I hear the bells a tolling.

    Commenter
    Rohan Connolly
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 2:28PM
    • So this series he has made 51, 0, 22, 6 and 18 at number 3.

      Commenter
      Jarrod
      Location
      Brisvegas
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 2:35PM
    • Looks like the Poms have done their homework on Watson and worked out that batting is his weakness.

      Commenter
      mutt
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 2:39PM
    • Sadly unlikely.

      Watson appears to be untouchable. He has been a liability for years now, but they keep selecting him.

      Commenter
      Badge
      Location
      Utopia
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 2:41PM
    • A look at his stats on cric info shoe that he actually performed best as an opener and then at number 6 or 7. He performance at other positions in the order have been decidedly lacklustre

      Commenter
      jarrod
      Location
      Brisvegas
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 3:07PM
  • 2 down... Aussies playing 20/20 cricket! Keep slashing , ha ha!

    Commenter
    Stevo16the English dilf
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 2:27PM
  • Any thoughts on watson makes to many bad shots for a no 3 for mine

    Commenter
    Seano
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 2:26PM
    • Clarke like Bell should be at 3.

      Commenter
      Emil
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 2:36PM
  • Still no back pad very strange

    Commenter
    Seano
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 2:17PM
  • Wow! Look at the run rate. Is this test or ODI?

    Commenter
    Lewis
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 2:15PM
  • Oh nooo, Rohan has just put the mokkas on Warner. Everytime you say something like that they are out shortly thereafter. Lets see if it happens this time!

    Commenter
    Jarrod
    Location
    Brisvegas
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 2:10PM
    • Feel confident today, Jarrod!

      Commenter
      Rohan Connolly
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 2:16PM
    • How long can watson last at number 3, he certainly doesn't bat like one

      Commenter
      Jarrod
      Location
      Brisvegas
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 2:27PM
  • warner already looks dangerous plus cooks field is terrible

    Commenter
    seano
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 2:04PM
  • Hard to believe that Rogers run out, second over of a bloody Test match and never a run in it! Takes me back to the days of Graeme Wood and Rick Darling, and that's not a place any Aussie cricket fan really wants to go!

    Commenter
    Rohan Connolly
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 1:48PM
    • Absolutely agree. Are the short-form games of so-called cricket to blame? There seems to be a lack of a test-match mindset, i.e., taking the shine off the ball, tiring out the fast bowlers, etc. -- in other words, a lack of patience, and a consequent inability to build an innings.

      Commenter
      Lewis Winders
      Location
      Tasmania
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 2:39PM
  • Getting run out in the second over of a test match? You better believe that's a paddlin'...

    Commenter
    Jasper Beardly
    Location
    Springfield
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 1:46PM
    • That's piss funny

      Commenter
      Knackers
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 2:24PM
  • Disaster might be overstating the case. But it is a pretty dumb decision

    Commenter
    Jarrod
    Location
    Brisvegas
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 1:44PM
  • Did someone forget to tell Rogers that he is supposed to be the conservative player?

    Commenter
    Chris
    Location
    Manly
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 1:40PM
    • Any opener who gets himself run out, especially in the first few overs, deserves to be dropped.

      Commenter
      RGY
      Location
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 2:01PM
  • Is that all you got Jimmy?

    Commenter
    Black
    Location
    Dog
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 1:34PM
  • Those anthems were both diabolical, I hope the crickets better quality.

    Commenter
    moggoid
    Location
    here
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 1:30PM
    • Glad I'm not the only ones who noticed how bad the anthems were!

      Commenter
      Julie
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 4:00PM
  • Can the Aussie openers make a hundred partnership, can they get fifty? All will be revealed soon.

    Commenter
    moggoid
    Location
    here
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 1:18PM
    • No...

      Commenter
      David
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 1:43PM
    • I'll opt for 13.

      I reckon the opening partnership will be good for no more than 13.

      Commenter
      Joe the POM
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 1:43PM
    • And so it has been - nope and nope!

      Commenter
      NelsoninQLD
      Location
      Brisbane
      Date and time
      December 13, 2013, 1:47PM
  • 20 minutes or so from a start here and expectation is building. And the heat! Not sure England will be too rapt with what's tipped to be a scorching few days. Come on folks, get in here and leave your comments, insults etc.! We need a good start as much as both teams!

    Commenter
    Rohan Connolly
    Location
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 1:08PM
  • Any noise on the lineups yet?

    Commenter
    Lobo
    Location
    SEQ
    Date and time
    December 13, 2013, 12:58PM
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