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Live: Day one, fifth Ashes Test

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Join Jesse Hogan for ball-by-ball coverage of the first day at The Oval with Australia desperate to salvage a win from the series.

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Another very good day's cricket in this series. First hour belonged to England with the scalp of Warner, but the meltdown in the second half of that session, triggered by the wayward bowling of debutants Chris Woakes and (particularly) Simon Kerrigan took Shane Watson three-quarters of the way to his long-awaited century by that first break. One of the biggest credits to him was that he reached the milestone after playing through the pain of a cringe-inducting blow from a Stuart Broad bouncer that struck him below his helmet near his ear. He also deserves credit for making England captain Alastair Cook pay for dropping him on 104. Yes, he did fall in the third-last over of the day - courtesy of a brilliant Kevin Pietersen outfield catch - but he undoubtedly did his job.

As well as Watson credit is also due to the player who shared a 145-run partnership with him, Steve Smith. The unorthodox right-hander will resume day two on 66* with Australia at 4-307, giving him a solid chance to get his first Test century if the likes of nightwatchman Peter Siddle, Brad Haddin, debutant James Faulkner and Mitch Starc can stay with him.

Keep an eye on our websites for all the day-one news and views from our team at The Oval, Chris Barrett and Malcolm Knox.

Thank you for joining us again. We'll be back on the same time for day two.

Australia's Shane Watson leaves The Oval arena after being dismissed for 176 late on day one of the fifth Ashes Test against England.

Australia's Shane Watson leaves The Oval arena after being dismissed for 176 late on day one of the fifth Ashes Test against England. Photo: Getty Images

STUMPS: Australia 4-307 after 90 overs, having scored 1-124 off 32 overs in that final session. Steve Smith finishes unbeaten on 66* from 133 deliveries (9 fours, 1 six) and nightwatchman Peter Siddle 18* off 15 deliveries (2 fours). Jimmy Anderson the best figures with 2-52 off 18 overs, but Stuart Broad the most threatening despite almost going wicketless (until late wicket of Watto) in getting 1-73 off 19 overs.

Three deliveries to go.

Australia 4-301. Last over now, to be bowled by Stuart Broad.

Siddle successfully leg-glances Anderson to bring up the 300 for Australia, 4-300 with nine deliveries remaining for day one.

Austrlaia 4-296, two overs remaining in the day. Siddle on strike to Anderson.

Siddle late in withdrawing his bat to ball aimed at his off-stump, fortunately guides through slips to boundary to get off mark. Australia 4-293.

Really was a superb catch from Pietersen. Was hit low and flat, had to move quickly to his right and dive, caught it horizontal to ground.

Peter Siddle in as the nightwatchman for Haddin and Faulkner.

WICKET!! In third-last over before stumps Watson hooks Broad to backward square-leg, where Kevin Pietersen makes up for his fielding blue earlier today, where he was unsighted, with his diving catch. Gone for a mighty 176. Would've been more mighty if he'd have survived until stumps, but let's not quibble. Australia 4-289.

Watson guides Anderson through the big gap between second-slip and gully to move to 175*. Australia 3-288.

Smith digs out full delivery outside off-stump from Broad, directs through slips to move to 66*. Australia 3-284.

Australia now up to 3-279, with five overs remaining. 300 a possibility.

Broad's first delivery with the new ball, fullish outside off-stump, lifted well over point by Watson off the front foot to move to 170*. Australia 3-271.

Steve Smith seizes on an Anderson short ball and pulls just wide of mid-wicket fielder Trott to boundary to move to 54*. Australia 3-267 after 83 overs.

Seven overs remaining today.

NEW BALL. Alastair Cook elects to take the second new ball, two overs after it was available.

MISSING!! Dismissal overturned and Watson survives, on 166*. Ball struck him above his pad, Hawk-Eye predicted it would have safely passed the top of the stumps. Australia remains 3-263.

WICKET!! Watson given leg-before to Woakes, trying to pull but struck on pads, given out by Dharmasena. But challenging.

Steve Smith drives Swann to long-on for a single to bring up his sixth Test half-century, off 113 deliveries with 5 fours and 1 six. Australia 4-262.

The first ball of Chris Woakes' spell is driven hard through the covers by Smith, to move him to within one stroke of a half-century (47*).

No tandem spin; Kerrigan benched. Progress from the left-arm spinner though. After opening spells of 0-28 off 2 and 0-10 off 2 I reckon his latest spell, 0-15 off 4, not too bad. But he didn't look at all threatening though.

Watto, wielding the willow like a sabre.

Australia's Shane Watson hits a boundary on day one of the fifth Ashes Test against England at The Oval.

Australia's Shane Watson hits a boundary on day one of the fifth Ashes Test against England at The Oval. Photo: AFP

Now spin in tandem with four overs until second new ball due, with Swann joining Kerrigan.

Watson crunches Kerrigan straight but only a single thanks to boundary-riders, but enough to bring up Australia's 250.

Century partnership up between Watson and Smith after the former impressively cuts Anderson behind gully to move to 159. Australia 3-245.

Smith advances to Kerrigan and rives well wide of mid-on, with just enough power to reach the rope. Moves to 38*, and Australia to 3-240. Partnership for the fourth wicket up to 96*. Also drinks.

Anderson still bowling seven overs before the second new ball is available. Perhaps a sign England won't seek to take it straight away.

A bit of support for Kerrigan from a former Ashes winner.

 

 

Not an easy first day in Tests so far for Chris Woakes, but excepting his first spell he has looked decent (when he has not dropped it short, that is).

England's Chris Woakes on his haunches on day one of the fifth Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval.

England's Chris Woakes on his haunches on day one of the fifth Ashes Test against Australia at The Oval. Photo: Getty Images

A bit late but here's the first-session highlights.

 

 

Nobbad, Watto. The strength between mid-on and square-leg is unsurprising.

 

 

Well, Cook has not taken Gower's advice. Here's Simon Kerrigan. Starts with another long-hop, fortunately well saved at mid-wicket so run from Smith's swipe.

Watson clips a delivery speared into his pads from Broad to fine-leg to move to 150*, from 194 deliveries (22 fours, 1 six). After that life on 104 he's now doing what he needs now: punishing England for it. Australia 3-228.

Broad drops short and is met with a controlled pull by Watson, who move to 146*. Australia 3-224.

"Don't mention the 'K' word."
- DAVID GOWER, former England captain, on Sky Sports TV commentary re bowling options for Alastair Cook.

After two bad spells, which have produced 0-38 from four overs, he's not in a hurry to give Simon Kerrigan another chance.

Steve Smith advances to Swann and lifts him from outside off-stump to wide long-on to move to 31*. Australia 3-220.

Stuart Broad in the second over of his third spell of the day. While Australia will not want to be too defensive it could afford to be somewhat cautious against him, given how he has clearly been more threatening than the other bowlers (yes, even Anderson who has two of the three wickets).

Smith leaves his crease to great effect.

Australia's Steve Smith (centre) blasts a six, off England's Graeme Swann, on day one of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval.

Australia's Steve Smith (centre) blasts a six, off England's Graeme Swann, on day one of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval. Photo: Getty Images

Watson crisply drives Broad straight back past him along the ground to move to 139*. Australia 3-212.

Interesting little contribution from former opening-batting great Matthew Hayden, who reckons Michael Clarke's leadership is the only thing that has not been under scrutiny in wash-up of Australia's Ashes series loss: Hayden takes shot at Clarke.

Then Swann drops short and delivers a pie that is deservedly dragged wide of deep mid-on. Moves Australia past 200 - 3-201 - and himself to a Test-best 129*.

Woakes again drops short and again is feasted upon, this time by Smith pulled through mid-wicket. The boundary moves him to 25* and brings up the half-century partnership between he and Shane Watson. Australia 3-197 after 63 overs.

Tea-time match report from our man at The Oval, Chris Barrett: Watson answers critics with timely century.

Aleem Dar again inspecting the ball. It seems this time it will be changed for a similarly worn ball.

Update on the Darren Lehmann radio interview comments; he will not face any official sanction from Cricket Australia: Lehmann won't walk the plank.

Kerrigan benched again, this time for Swann. That two-over spell went for 10 runs, meaning he currently has 0-38 from 4 overs.

Unsettling stuff re Kerrigan, as Michael Vaughan attests to.

 

 

England's Jimmy Anderson celebrates the wicket of Australia's captain Michael Clarke on day one of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval.

England's Jimmy Anderson celebrates the wicket of Australia's captain Michael Clarke on day one of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval. Photo: AFP

Jimmy Anderson again proved Michael Clarke's nemesis, but could have complemented that scalp with that of Watson had it not been for his captain's butter-fingers in slip.

TEA: Australia 3-183 after 58 overs, with the visitor scoring 2-71 off 29 overs in that session. Shane Watson is 121* from 157 deliveries, and Steve Smith 15* off 46 deliveries.

An absolute terror of a ball from Kerrigan - and not in a good way. It was a throat-high full toss to Smith that is pulled to the boundary, and called a no-ball for added insult. He is really, really, really struggling.

Darryl is back - Kerrigan returns for the first time since conceding 0-28 from his first two overs in Tests.

(Sorry, just a technical question for a second - does anyone see not see the pic of Watson from 12.15am? It's not loading for me.)

Smith edges Woakes but saved by playing with soft hands. Ball bounces short of Cook at first-slip.

It's been almost three years but Watto is back raising his bat after three figures against a red ball for Australia.

Australia's Shane Watson celebrates reaching a century on day one of the fifth Ashes Test against England at The Oval.

Australia's Shane Watson celebrates reaching a century on day one of the fifth Ashes Test against England at The Oval. Photo: Reuters

Chris Woakes back for his second spell, replacing Jimmy Anderson.

Watson drags Swann through the leg-side to bring up his 18th boundary of his innings, and move to 108*, after boundary-rider Kevin Pietersen completely fails to pick up the ball and does not move. Australia 3-162 after 50 overs.

Smith proves his comfort against spin by heaving Swann over long-off to move to 7*. Australia 3-157.

DROPPED!! Watson dropped on 104 off Anderson, regulation first-slip chance from Alastair Cook.

Now, to make England pay, Watto.

HE'S GOT IT! It's been 1054 days and 45 innings but there it is: a third Test century for Shane Watson. Yes, series is over, but a ton is a ton is a ton. Came off 114 deliveries, with 16 fours and 1 six. Australia 3-148.

First ball faced by Steve Smith: a vicious attempt to drive outside off-stump. I've seen guys doing their backs with less strenuous gestures than that.

WICKET!! Clarke plays slightly too wide to Anderson and ball slips through defences off inside-edge onto pad and then back onto stumps. Gone for 7. Australia 3-144.

Watto-watch: 98*.

Cook decides, wisely, that two over before lunch and five after it enough for Broad, on day one given the sunny conditions. Replaced after a fine spell by Anderson.

Watto goes down - but, bravely, gets up soon after.

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior looks as as Australia's Shane Watson slumps to the ground after being struck in the head (below his helmet) by a Stuart Broad bouncer on day one of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval.

England wicketkeeper Matt Prior looks as as Australia's Shane Watson slumps to the ground after being struck in the head (below his helmet) by a Stuart Broad bouncer on day one of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval. Photo: Getty Images

OW!!!!!!!!! Watson has just been struck by a brutal bouncer from Broad. Leaned back, back struck him just under his helmet, just below ear or on edge of jaw. Receiving treatment now but seems to be smiling it off now. Huge effort.

Watto now into the 90s, on 91*. No easy runs for him so far in this last session.

Stuart Broad has Clarke in all sorts here. Lost sight of bouncer, would've been a catch had there been a short-leg - then ball spun back and just past the Australia skipper's leg-stump.

Sorry, was well taken by Trott, not Cook.

WICKET!! Swann squares up Rogers, edged and well taken at ankle height by Cook at first slip. Gone for 23 off 100 deliveries (3 fours). Australia 2-118.

By reaching 84* Watto has his highest score for 17 Test innings, since the past Boxing Day Test versus Sri Lanka. If he reaches 89* it'll be his best for 39 innings, since 95 in the December 2010 Ashes Test at the WACA Ground.

Anyway, I've been sidetracked. Sorry about that. Time to re-focus.

Broad again looks the best of England's bowlers, albeit not in comparison to his menacing effort on the final day of the Chester-le-Street Test. I think it's time to give Anderson another go, although given way Woakes and Kerrigan were pummeled early it will probably have to be in place of Broad rather than Swann,

From Australia's pre-eminent psephologist (election expert): Antony Green.

 

 

No change from the other side of lunch, with Broad still partnering Swann.

And we're back. Swann starting, to Rogers.

LUNCH: Australia 1-112 after 29 overs, with Rogers 21* off 87 deliveries (3 fours) and Watson 80* off 77 deliveries (15 fours, 1 six).

Aleem Dar not happy with the ball but play will continue with it after it passes unencumbered through the circular tool the umpires hold.

A Rogers drive to deep mid-wicket for three brings up the century partnership between he and Shane Watson, off 148 deliveries: 21 to the left-hander, 80 to the right-hander. Australia 1-112 just before lunch.

Team Fairfax on fire (with your blogger the exception).

 

 

Some nice work from team Fairfax. #blackhumour

 

 

Kerrigan benched; Stuart Broad back on.

And now even uglier: Watson to 76* after pulling Kerrigan to deep mid-wicket. Australia 1-103.

Surely that's his last over in his debut spell: 0-28 off 2 overs.

And now Watson on to 72*, and crunching a long-hop wide of mid-on.

Ugly, ugly, ugly bowling.

Kerrigan only in second over of Test career and already getting blasted by Watson, who's on to 68*. Australia 1-95.

Kerrigan being treated with ease so far, with Watson hitting him for two boundaries already to move to 58*.

Shane Watson brights up his half-century with a rare single, off debutant Simon Kerrigan. Comes up off 61 deliveries, with 9 fours and 1 six. Australia 1-72.

Dissension in my household - housemate says he likes it when commentators refer to "a maximum"; I say it makes me want to throttle someone.

Watson advances to Swann and blasts him straight over the sightscreen. Now on 48*, on the cusp of a half-century.

With Woakes learning not to drop short Watson still does damage, crunching his ninth boundary straight back past him to move to 42* off 54 deliveries. Also brings up the 50 partnership with Rogers, with the latter contributing only 11 of those. Australia 1-64.

Woakes looking about as threatening as a month-old kitten when he drops short. Watson clubs him again to the square-leg boundary to move to 37*. Australia 1-59.

Watto goes whack.

Australia's Shane Watson pulls England's Chris Woakes to the boundary early on day one of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval.

Australia's Shane Watson pulls England's Chris Woakes to the boundary early on day one of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval. Photo: Getty Images

"First time in 13 overs the batsmen have changed ends."
- DAVID GOWER, former England captain, in Sky Sports TV commentary after Rogers' single against Swann.

Quality stat!

Rogers nudges Swann for a single to move to 10* and lift Australia to 1-50 in the 18th over.

Watson up to eight boundaries after three alone in that Woakes over, the last drive wide of mid-on to move to 30*. Australia 1-49.

Boundary number five for Watto, swatting Woakes in the gap between cover and mid-off to move to 22*. Australia 1-41.

DRINKS: Australia 1-37 after 14 overs, with Rogers 9* off 45 deliveries (2 fours) and Watson 18* off 28 deliveries (4 fours).

Whack! Woakes drops short, Shane Watson pivots on his back foot and crunched the stomach-high delivery behind square-leg for his fourth boundary of the day to move to 18*. Australia 1-37.

Double-change: Chris Woakes on now.

Australians might remember him from the last time England toured here, when he joined the limited-overs squad. His highlight was 6-45 in his second ODI match, at the Gabba in January 2011.

First change of the day, with Graeme Swann on after 11 overs.

Watson gets his third boundary, punching a delivery of half-volley length from Anderson through cover to move to 12*. Australia 1-31 in the 11th.

Another solid drive from Rogers. He waited on a full delivery from Broad to swing in and punched straight down the ground to move to 9*. Australia 1-27 in the 10th.

...and the dreaded (among many Australians, anyway) celebration from Jimmy Anderson.

England's Jimmy Anderson celebrates his removal of Australia's David Warner early on day one of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval.

England's Jimmy Anderson celebrates his removal of Australia's David Warner early on day one of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval. Photo: Getty Images

That dreaded look behind from David Warner...

Australia's David Warner looks behind after he edges England's Jimmy Anderson to lose his wicket early on day one of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval.

Australia's David Warner looks behind after he edges England's Jimmy Anderson to lose his wicket early on day one of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval. Photo: Getty Images

Yep, another good call from Alastair Cook. Ball would've clipped outside of leg-stump and thus would have remained umpire's call.

Big leg-before appeal against Watson from Anderson. Rejected by Aleem Dar. Looked pretty decent to me, but perhaps down leg-side - which England effectively goes with by declining to review.

Now Watto gets his first of the day, driving Anderson through extra-cover to the boundary to get off the mark. Australia 1-19.

First boundary of the day goes to Rogers, crisply driving Broad wide of mid-off along the deck to move to 5*. Australia 1-15.

A legitimate riposte to my description of the leg-before appeal, from one of the loyal readers to this blog: "Your analysis of the Rogers LB is wrong. It was hitting, but would have been rejected by an umpire's call on impact - which I thought was rubbish. It looked to hit him in line, to me at least."

In comes Australia's new/old No.3 batsman, Shane Watson.

WICKET!! Warner tries to drive delivery angled across him from Anderson, regulation edge behind to Prior. Warner gone for 6. Australia 1-11 in the 5th over.

Australia's latest baggy-green recipient, J.Faulkner.

Australia's James Faulkner (left) is congratulated by teammate Nathan Lyon on his impending debut in the series-ending fifth Ashes Test between England and Australia at The Oval.

Australia's James Faulkner (left) is congratulated by teammate Nathan Lyon on his impending debut in the series-ending fifth Ashes Test between England and Australia at The Oval. Photo: Getty Images

Very close leg-before appeal against Chris Rogers in Broad's first over. Delivery pitched on off-stump and straightened, but rejected by umpire Kumar Dharmasena. Hawk-Eye predicted the ball would have struck off-stump but not enough of it - barely - to overruled the decision, so smart decision by England not to review.

Jimmy Anderson starts with a maiden, to Chris Rogers. Now Stuart Broad to David Warner.

Players on the field. Play about to start, in sunny conditions.

And here's the report on the interesting pre-match comments from Australia coach Darren Lehmann: Boof brings back the tiff after Broad confession.

I know he was asked about it, but surely there's bigger things he should be worrying about - publicly and privately - than this.

The view of the series-ending Test from our chief cricket columnist, Malcolm Knox: There's plenty of life in a dead Ashes Test.

Don't know much of Australia's newest debutant, James Faulkner? Our man at The Oval, Chris Barrett, will help remedy that: Son rises as Faulkner set for Test debut.

Australia's team as announced yesterday: James Faulkner replaces Usman Khawaja, Mitch Starc replaces Jackson Bird.

Well summed up, I reckon.

 

 

Two changes for England: bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes for batsman Jonny Bairstow, left-arm finger-spinner Simon Kerrigan for the injured Tim Bresnan.

 

 

Toss won by Michael Clarke. Australia will BAT first.

While it was known that Australia was a debutant in this match, bowling all-rounder James Faulkner, England is blooding two: bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes and left-arm finger-spinner Simon Kerrigan (who we Aussies shall christen "Darryl"). Final teams and changes due in a few minutes.

 

 

Hello and welcome to our coverage of the fifth and series-ending Ashes Test between England and Australia from The Oval, London.

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  • Thanks Jesse - great coverage. Real sense of the game.

    Monty - iyi aksamlar.

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    August 22, 2013, 3:20AM
  • A good day of Test Cricket. Aus slightly in front but they need to be because they'll collapse in the 2nd innings.

    Nitey nite

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    August 22, 2013, 3:16AM
  • Can I ask as don't know, what is interesting about this game called cricket ?
    I can't see anything !

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    August 22, 2013, 3:07AM
  • Oz Boy - I guess we both just know cricket.

    From different perspectives, of course, but, yeah, you know your stuff.

    And, as Jesse says, he ain't gonna stop banter.

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    August 22, 2013, 3:07AM
  • Have seen nothing of KP today and now......what a f*****g catch!!!!

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    August 22, 2013, 3:01AM
  • 148 people reading - surely they're not just reading Jesse's stuff.

    I say again, if somebody posts 15+ comments then we should get a free subscription. What say you Jesse?

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    August 22, 2013, 3:00AM
    • Plebs like me have zero influence!

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      Jesse
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      August 22, 2013, 3:07AM
    • Well, you could mention it at you next meeting. Don't get me wrong, I love your stuff and WILL subscribe if totally necessary but I think that 'posters' should be given a discount.

      You, Jesse, have said yourself that this page wouldn't be the same without the regulars.

      And, I'm looking for a holiday and the JetStar to Bali looks good.

      So, they've paid for it - why should we.

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      August 22, 2013, 3:13AM
    • I am sitting here in Turkey enjoying the coverage from Jesse (and a joust or two with Monty) - but with respect it is 3.13am in Oz - which CEO is up right now. When asked if he got ulcers from running the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford replied that as he was boss he gave ulcers not got 'em. How are your ulcers Jesse? BTW - raki is drink of choice not bourbon!.

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      August 22, 2013, 3:15AM
    • Not too bad thanks, but overly tired as didn't get enough naps in during day. Will remedy tomorrow, hopefully my blogging will improve.

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      August 22, 2013, 3:16AM
  • LBW decision: clearly spoke to soon - our boys back in the thick of it. What's wrong with third umpire? Should have been supporting the mug in the middle irrespective of technology.

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    August 22, 2013, 2:40AM
    • Can't believe that I'm going to say this but that was "not out".

      Game changer for sure but right decision.

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    • What's up - I am giving away the grog and swapping to mind-altering drugs - Monty has agreed with me again. Head spin!

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  • @Jesse 2.18am - More like: Sword of Damocles

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    August 22, 2013, 2:21AM
    • Excalibur?

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    • No Jesse - Sword of Damocles is the thought you have when you have the whole weight on your shoulders. The sword is held by a loose string and can happen to snap any minute.

      And, it's dangling above your head,

      That's Watson. And he's done well.

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      August 22, 2013, 2:30AM
    • "The sword of Damocles is frequently used in allusion to this tale, epitomizing the imminent and ever-present peril faced by those in positions of power."

      Whole item: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damocles

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    • Ha. Yeah, I know mate. Was just fostering delusions of (Watto) grandeur re my countering with Excalibur.

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    • Ok Jesse - but Michael Clarke owns Excalibur and I doubt he lent Watson his bat!!

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    • OMG - Monty has discovered Wikipedia and has become erudite - look that up in dictionary.

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    • Well educated? Ermm...yeah

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      Monty
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      August 22, 2013, 2:55AM
    • and this would be from Monty 'I am going to cry a tsunmai'

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      August 22, 2013, 3:08AM
  • Hey Monty - you are complaining about $15 - lots of your comments are sponsored! Hansonism: please explain.

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    OZ Boy
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    • Look up "irony" in the dictionary.

      And lay off the bourbon and coke!

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      Monty
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      August 22, 2013, 2:31AM
  • The 100+ run drop. Possibly will define this test

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  • A series first. Just reviewed all comments and there has not been one about a stupid decision from the umpires (setting aside Broad). What has happened? Has everyone decided to ignore them and get on with the game?

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    • World News: Monty agrees with Oz Boy!!

      Don't they always say that an umpire has done his job when no-one talks about the umpire?

      Good job so far.

      And, for once, you talk sense.

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    • OMG - what have I done? I knew I had a drinking problem but time to take it in hand - Monty thinks I have made sense.

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      OZ Boy
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  • Kerrigan doing better now. Wonder what's in those cucumber sandwiches?

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  • Kind of slow so can I please have a Pommie whinge?

    This $15 per month for smh online is offensive. I, for one, will reserve my 15 free hits for the cricket and not read my favourite Australian paper online anymore.

    It's not like the site cost isn't already covered by adverts (Jetstar, Freedom furniture, VW commercial vehicles etc). These constantly moving ads sap our internet usage and so we're already paying for it.

    I assume that I'll have to move to ABC or BBC for the next Ashes. Especially because it's people like me, ryan, Andy, Peter from Marrickville, RTB, DB333 etc that make this particular page worth reading.

    Solution: if you post 15 comments during a day's cricket - your subscription is free.

    Just an idea.

    Commenter
    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    August 22, 2013, 1:26AM
    • Monty - way past your bed time and time to let the grown ups talk.

      Commenter
      Oz Boy
      Location
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 1:33AM
    • Or, I'll pay the $15 but - no adverts.

      SMH can't have it's cake and it too.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 1:33AM
    • Oz Boy - have you paid your $15?

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 1:37AM
    • Or...I could do this..

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sponsored by JetStar
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 1:38AM
    • Hahaha. It is not the comments section that makes this worth reading and it is not your comments and others which make it worthwhile. Plus this section is free, I've never been hit up for it.

      Newspapers need to find a business model and rolling ads don't pay for it and certainly the zero impact on your data usage doesn't in the same way that you turning a page in a newspaper doesn't pay for it and neither do the ads in print editions.

      I don't know if pay walls are the answer, we will know in a few years, but the days of good free information, well, they're not coming to a close but it is likely going to have to be paid for in some way and the amount is going to be becoming less and less.

      Commenter
      markfawkner
      Location
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 1:40AM
    • Monty you have read my mind. I have taken stock of the $15 a month I signed for and just realised I must now baulk on. My second month will see this Ashes contest out and then it's just not worth it. What happens when the printed letters to the editor are gone and the cyber letters are gone? Have we then reached 1984 in 2013?

      Commenter
      RTP.
      Location
      Sawtell
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 1:40AM
    • Two differing views both posted at 1.40am.

      My case has merits.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sponsored by VW Commercial Vehicles
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 1:47AM
    • FFS - do not encourage him - I thought we had a real solution for him disappearing

      Commenter
      Oz Boy
      Location
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 1:48AM
    • Also, "L'dan, L'dan e'nin stana" is now a free newspaper.

      Looks like they got their business model right. Totally financed by adverts.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sponsored by Freedom Furniure
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 1:50AM
    • Think again Oz Boy

      I'm hear all night - and for the next 4 days too :-)

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sponsored by JetStar
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 2:00AM
  • Strange pic - think he be happy ?

    Commenter
    Dragonguy
    Location
    Date and time
    August 22, 2013, 12:47AM
  • C'mon Steve Smith. We need him scoring big. He is the closest thing we have to a future captain right now.

    Would love to see Smith as Captain and Wade as Vice by 2014.

    Commenter
    ryan2000
    Location
    london (formally Brunswick)
    Date and time
    August 22, 2013, 12:44AM
  • Fair to say that Simon Kerrigan is having a shocker. Not nice to be facing 20/20 specialist, on fire, in your Test debut.

    Have a cuppa tea and a cucumber sandwich, calm down and come out in the 3rd session and bowl the inconsistent bloke out - you'll be a hero.

    Commenter
    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    August 22, 2013, 12:42AM
  • Yep, pic is there.

    Commenter
    Kit Walker
    Location
    Bangalla
    Date and time
    August 22, 2013, 12:29AM
    • Cheers

      Commenter
      Jesse
      Location
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 12:33AM
  • I guess Warne is in the Sky commentary team to make Strauss look better

    Commenter
    Kit Walker
    Location
    Date and time
    August 22, 2013, 12:28AM
  • Sorry, just a technical question for a second - does anyone see not see the pic of Watson from 12.15am? It's not loading for me. Thanks.

    Commenter
    Jesse
    Location
    Date and time
    August 22, 2013, 12:27AM
    • It's loading just fine here Jesse - Firefox running on Linux with Flash disabled...

      Commenter
      demallien
      Location
      Paris
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 12:32AM
    • Thanks for that.

      Commenter
      Jesse
      Location
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 12:33AM
    • I see it. Not looking at it too much.

      I'd be happy with 100 at the Oval.

      Watson looks like he's suffering from constipation.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 12:33AM
  • What's with these Watson apologists? He scores a century when there is no pressure on and we have lost the ashes and they laud him. No wonder Australia cricket is on the down when even the supporters think a century in a dead rubber is worth anywhere near what one is worth when the pressure is on. Watson apologists, I say again you should be ashamed of yourselves. We must demand batsmen who have ticker and not just pazzaz.

    Commenter
    RTP.
    Location
    Sawtell
    Date and time
    August 22, 2013, 12:23AM
    • Oh come on! If Watson had got 40, he'd be slammed. He gets 117 (so far) he gets slammed.

      Give the guy a break.

      Maybe he's better suited to the short forms of the game but he is undoubtedly talented.

      And, dead rubber or not, all 22 players on the field want to win this one for a whole hot of reasons.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 12:30AM
    • RTP... I suspect you're big on the hyperbole and short on facts! Watto's average for the series is just about the eclipse Captain Clarke's. Give the guy a break and try and find the silver lining!

      Commenter
      Charmer
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 12:31AM
    • Not sure what pazzaz is, but seeing as you don't think Watto has any ticker, it must've been the pazzaz that helped him get back to the crease after that massive blow to the ear. (I'm sure that didn't take any ticker at all. All you critics out there would've just laughed it off, right?)

      Commenter
      strawberrycupcake
      Location
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 12:38AM
    • Monty and Charmer I have absolutely no doubt that Watson is a talented individual when it comes to watching a ball coming towards him from twenty two yards, making the correct decision about when and how to ensure that the ball makes contact with that piece of willow he holds in his hand and then with intent, ensures it quickly moves as far away from him as it possibly can in a given amount of time, BUT in the words of all of those who have played and loved the game for centuries THAT DOES NOT MAKE A CRICKETER.

      Commenter
      RTP.
      Location
      Sawtell
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 12:40AM
    • I'm with strawberrycupcake!!

      Commenter
      Marco
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 1:00AM
    • So, RTP - what does make a 'cricketer'?

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 1:06AM
    • Monty if you don't know that then you are just exercising you fingers on this post and I dare say have only graduated from tennis balls and the backyard to the computer and the flat screen. Try fifty years of club cricket from the coast to the desert and you may just understand.

      Commenter
      RTP.
      Location
      Sawtell
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 1:25AM
    • Well, you did list out a very comprehensive list of what one 'should' do and then still remain a cricketer. I'm just asking what more he needs to do?

      He gets 40-odd, he's slammed. He's on 139 and you're slamming him.

      Sure, he's not the most consistent but he can be awesome and that's why he's in the team.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 1:30AM
    • Please Monty are you a Pommy argent provocateur? No team can have an executive appointed captain and a media appointed vice- captain who hate each other’s gut so much and disagree so much as to who should be selected and in what positions that they’d rather run each other out in a Test rather than see the other get more runs. This is Facebook or Twitter cricket and not what our national game should be all about.

      Commenter
      RTP.
      Location
      Sawtell
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 1:56AM
  • Hasn't proven anybody wrong, Just that flukes, or miracles happen from time to time.

    Sun will probably rise in the west, tomorrow --- just one of those things

    Commenter
    peter hindrup
    Location
    Date and time
    August 22, 2013, 12:05AM
    • Smile Peter... you can't deny it was a great knock!!

      Commenter
      Marco
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 12:12AM
    • Wrong in what way?

      Commenter
      BeachBoy
      Location
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 12:15AM
  • Well done Watto, need to make a double hundred after that drop from the nose picking captain at slip.

    Commenter
    DB333
    Location
    Date and time
    August 22, 2013, 12:01AM
  • thank Christ for that, you finally proved people wrong. good for you Wato, congrat's on the century

    Commenter
    tim
    Location
    NEW YORK
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 11:52PM
    • If you through a coin in the air enough times it will eventually come up heads a hundred times

      Commenter
      RTP.
      Location
      Sawtell
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 12:09AM
  • Well batted Watson. Now just do it when it counts.

    Commenter
    Matt
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 11:52PM
  • All the Watson knockers have gone quiet... must have headed off early for some beauty sleep. Missed an excellent and gutsy innings.

    Commenter
    Charmer
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 11:50PM
  • What was that from Smith. Lucky not to be a first ball duck.The best we can do at no 5?

    Commenter
    kepler 22b
    Location
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 11:47PM
  • Clarke looked terrible out there, no surprise to see him go.

    Commenter
    Mike
    Location
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 11:46PM
  • Watson out in the 90s again. Out cold.

    Commenter
    Matt
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 11:13PM
    • Glad you were wrong Matt. A very good innings by Watto.

      Commenter
      Mike
      Location
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 11:54PM
  • the sh!t-stirrer in me would love to see one of these guys "accidentally" run out the other one...

    Commenter
    Rosman
    Location
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 11:05PM
  • Ian Chappell. What a piece of work. Said "how could Brian Lara get out to a woman?". Never liked him; hated him after that. What an egomaniac. He thinks his scrotum makes males superior to women in a sporting environment. Yeah, right.

    Commenter
    auntypizza
    Location
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 10:42PM
    • Refer my comment at 7.37pm. There are dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum that are more up to date with modern society.

      Why do ch9 persist with him?

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 22, 2013, 12:44AM
  • Austrlalia to win this test. Watto to get triple century in first innings of 6 Dec 711. England to be bowled out for 210 and 347.

    Australia to win 5 nil in Australia and Wallabies to take their frustration out on England at Twickers.

    There. I said the bloody obvious. Thank me later when you win the bet on such generous odds.

    Commenter
    Rock Wallaby
    Location
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 10:13PM
  • Holding comparing the wicket at The Oval to Mumbai!! LMAO!!!

    But...he has a point. 29 overs and nothing for the seamers.

    Commenter
    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 9:57PM
  • this backfoot play will have England worried, should we have bouncier wickets out here. he's in Stackpole mode again.

    Commenter
    Peter Warrington
    Location
    marrickville
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 9:45PM
  • Hundred before lunch on 1st day in england? charlie Macartney etc etc?

    Commenter
    Peter Warrington
    Location
    marrickville
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 9:43PM
  • OK so now its completely open slather in that the home team can dictate what the pitch is prepared like. We all know that it has happened but in the past most countries denied that they actually prepared pitches to suit their bowlers. So, can we expect the pitches in Australia for the second phase of the Ashes series to be hard, fast and green? The only problem being.... will that assist us?

    Commenter
    coling
    Location
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 9:40PM
    • only if we find some decent, FAST, fit, young quicks to support Harris.

      Commenter
      Peter Warrington
      Location
      marrickville
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:46PM
    • Er...yeah. And, yes, Australia will dictate the type of wickets in the next series.

      And, no, it won't help because Anderson will bowl exceptionally well at the Gabba and the WACA. And, Swann will bowl well at the SCG and the MCG.

      You lot had 15 years of dominance - we just have a slightly better team at the moment. You can't win every series in perpetuity.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:50PM
    • Swann will always be the best spinner in the series.

      However, and call me an optimist, I think Anderson will be blunted. The Kooka doesn't swing anywhere near as much and Jimmy isn't that quick a bowler.

      Commenter
      Matt
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 11:05PM
  • Looking for Watson to make a big score! Thus ensuring his selection for the return series in the winter, and a walking wicket for the England bowlers!

    Commenter
    machiaveli
    Location
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 9:40PM
  • Dead rubber, big deal. Actually it's still better than netball, golf, basketball and tennis. Well fat people have to play netball or computer games or sit on the toilet, the others have no excuse.

    Commenter
    Watcher465
    Location
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 9:39PM
    • Dead rubber? For this series, maybe but whoever wins this will have considerable confidence in 5 months time.

      That's why both teams are going for it - full on.

      I'd expect nothing less from either team.

      That, and the chance of a 4-0 win (or a 0-4 loss) - plenty of incentive.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:52PM
  • Ha!! I bet England's secret plan is to let Watson and co. all get hundreds NOW to make sure they all keep their spots for next time round ;)

    Commenter
    The boy who cried wolf
    Location
    Planet Earth
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 9:36PM
  • urgh, it's the hope that kills you. Rogers really needs to get to Watson in the 10 minutes before lunch and stick his tongue in his ear, to ensure the brain is switched on. another stumping or LB just before a break and I think I will cry : (

    Commenter
    Peter Warrington
    Location
    marrickville
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 9:35PM
  • yes maximum is crap. and it's not even true, guys have scored an 8 before.

    Commenter
    Peter Warrington
    Location
    marrickville
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 9:33PM
  • If Woakes was an Australian he'd have been dropped by now.

    Commenter
    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 9:26PM
    • low blows are the best!

      Commenter
      Peter Warrington
      Location
      marrickville
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:37PM
  • Rogers and Watson have now scored 19, 84, 42, 24, 76, 129 and now 48* in partnership. They clearly bring out the best in each other. Something to build on, somehow...?

    Commenter
    Peter Warrington
    Location
    marrickville
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 9:25PM
    • Very quick 50 from Watson.

      I see your point though. Australia really need to secure the top order and give them a chance. Constant chopping and changing is demoralising.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:34PM
    • I noticed the same... I don't know why everyone is so down on Watson. Great 58 and still going...

      Commenter
      Positive thinking
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:36PM
  • Weird - comments section is being updated quickly but not much from Jesse. A reversal of the usual situation.

    You got an IT problem (again), Jesse?

    Commenter
    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 9:23PM
    • No IT problems I know of. Just a lack of action, excepting Watto.

      Commenter
      Jesse
      Location
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:28PM
  • Geez, with Haddin coming in at no. 6 it's a long tail. Mind you that's probably not such a bad thing this series.

    Commenter
    kev_d
    Location
    Lake Macq
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 9:03PM
  • Damn! Two spinners on after only 11 overs.

    Now I really regret my actions at that Brighton nightclub. I could have been picked for this!

    Commenter
    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 8:56PM
    • Come on Monty, you are pssing in my pocket!

      Commenter
      Wet bouncer
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:23PM
    • Nah - on your shoes.

      That's my MO

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:24PM
  • Australia ! Relocation Specialists !
    From England to Australia by Captain Cook !

    Commenter
    vic rhodes
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 8:53PM
  • t would be better for Darren Lehmann to get his side into shape, rather than inciting the Aussie crowds to hurl abuse at one English player.

    That this simple principle of sportmanship seems to elude him speaks volumes of the desperation of the Aussies- "we're losing badly, we can't play, so we'll sledge the opponents instead". Piss. Weak.

    Commenter
    Bass Guy
    Location
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 8:48PM
  • If the selectors shuffled cards as well as they shuffled the batting line-up... Poor Usman...must be gong bad if you are replaced by all reputation and no batting statistics as I get out LBW Watson

    Commenter
    Big Bird
    Location
    St Georges Basin
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 8:43PM
    • how bad must Hughes feel, then, innings of a lifetime at Trent Bridge and dropped a test later (again). don't worry, they refused Craig Serjeant, too!

      Commenter
      Peter Warrington
      Location
      marrickville
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 8:53PM
    • Khawaja has never taken the chances he's been given at test level. Hughes and Cowan pretty much likewise. I think they'll each need a lot of runs to force their way back in. The real issue here is the selection of only 5 specialist batters.

      Commenter
      rudy
      Location
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 10:09PM
  • So the thug with the big mouth still can't bat. I hope the high performance manager will follow him round tonight with a punching bag so he can display to the clubbers what a great puncher he is. Better still the high performance manager could substitute himself for the punching bag.

    Commenter
    RTP.
    Location
    Sawtell
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 8:37PM
    • At least he doesn't pee on people. Hi Monty!

      Commenter
      Andy
      Location
      Thailand
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 8:45PM
    • A thug for punching little fairy Root? Geez a 10 year girl could knock Root over. Not sure what the performance manager has done wrong either.

      Commenter
      DB333
      Location
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:00PM
    • DB - 'not sure what the performance manager has done wrong either?"

      Errrmm....3-0

      You simply haven't performed. And, place England with a chance to 4-0. Never, ever been done.

      So, yes, he's not done much good.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:06PM
    • so using him as a punching bag is an option Monty, pissing on him would be the preferred method I suppose?

      Commenter
      DB333
      Location
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:12PM
    • Well DB - you said it. And most of the Aussie press have done exactly that.

      You can't argue with the fact that this could be the worst Ashes performance in England in 133 years. It's fact.

      And if a performance manager had done is job then it would have been more competitive.

      Face it - the Aussie batsmen have not been correctly performance managed.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:21PM
    • I don't blame any managers, its the players that have to stand up. The managers aren't in the middle catching Broad at slip, oh wait that didn't happen.

      Commenter
      DB333
      Location
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:49PM
  • me old mate Shane looks a likely LB again because Anderson is seriously on song. should he do a Hayden and take guard a yard down the track?

    Commenter
    Peter Warrington
    Location
    marrickville
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 8:30PM
    • Peter - I agree.

      Well, I would but as a Pom I hope he keeps his LBW tendency (obviously). Looks like he didn't listen to Pup during that (very staged) net practice a few days ago.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 8:36PM
    • just to add some context to the inevitable hysteria. this is top notch swing and seam bowling, great length, fast enough, Broad jagging them and Anderson fizzing them. reminds me of McGrath and Gillespie in their pomp (as opposed to the skim lattes served up by Bird and Siddle last test).

      Commenter
      Peter Warrington
      Location
      marrickville
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 8:51PM
    • Double shot espresso vs a half shot soy latte.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:03PM
    • yes, I am a doppio man meself, and always an admirer of quality quicks, of any species. (was reliving some John Snow scorecards on cricinfo this arvo, what a gun! but with the more nuanced wobble of a Geoff Arnold or a Hendrick, and a nipper like Chilly Old. loved those guys as much as I hated Edrich, Luckhurst, Fletcher and their ilk.)

      Commenter
      Peter Warrington
      Location
      marrickville
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:10PM
    • I thought Cummins would put an end to this decaf nonsense. am in despair at his loss. pick 6 leggies and see what happens?

      Commenter
      Peter Warrington
      Location
      marrickville
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:12PM
    • What's a doppio? It sounds like some sort of new spin bowl like the 'flipper' or the 'wrong'un'.

      Me: Espresso in the morning, macchiato in the afternoon, flat white at supper time!

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:17PM
    • double espresso. nice little cafe on Pitt St, too

      Commenter
      Peter Warrington
      Location
      marrickville
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:27PM
    • "flat white in the evening"?
      What do you want to do have a bath in it ?

      Commenter
      When in Rome
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 9:37PM
  • Siddle has scored 1, 11, 2, 18, 1, 5 and 23. not really good enough to be #8 ahead of Starc or even Harris?

    Commenter
    Peter Warrington
    Location
    marrickville
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 8:28PM
  • Wattos batting !

    Commenter
    vic rhodes
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 8:27PM
  • Im on the tube flashin channells oh crickets in how nice. BIT OF A SWING AND miss then a close appeal before a flash around the dial then back to.cricket oh 1 Flash around a bit..then 1 for 11
    I think all bets should be on how many wicket aussies lose in the 1st hundred runs. There is really no further interest other than astranauts drowing in wayer in their helmets

    Commenter
    vic rhodes
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 8:26PM
  • How much longer are they going to persevere with Warner?

    Commenter
    ET
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 8:24PM
  • Australia should just pick Clarke and 11 bowlers. We'd provide more batting resistance that way.

    Commenter
    Not again
    Location
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 8:24PM
    • yes, playing with 12 is definitely a tactic worth considering

      Commenter
      Peter Warrington
      Location
      marrickville
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 8:37PM
  • Wow, how's the footwork of our opening batsman! Won't be up too late to see Faulkner make his debut with the bat.

    Commenter
    100% Arabica
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 8:22PM
  • England have picked the sort of team we should. the pitch will favour spin for most of the game and we have gone in with 4 quicks plus Watson. ok, Lyon might get support from Smith and Clarke, but Clarke has to actually bowl those two, and what will the 4 quicks be doing?

    Commenter
    Peter Warrington
    Location
    marrickville
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 8:21PM
    • Aus bowlers haven't been the problem. Don't worry about them - it's the batsmen

      ....there we go: Warner, GAWN!!!

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 8:28PM
    • I do worry about them. we have not picked a balanced or effective attack. England have not clicked but are getting 300+ most of the time. we can't do much with the batting we have, but we can start making the bowling a little bit better.

      Commenter
      Peter Warrington
      Location
      marrickville
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 8:41PM
  • your analysis of the Rogers LB is wrong. it was hitting, but would have been rejected by an umpire's call on impact. which I thought was rubbish, it looked to hit him in line. to me, at least.

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    Peter Warrington
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    marrickville
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    August 21, 2013, 8:20PM
    • Think I stand corrected. Cheers.

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      Jesse
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      August 21, 2013, 8:22PM
  • Brad Haddin same test batting average as Shane Watson.

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    Stunsail
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    August 21, 2013, 8:08PM
  • Darren, until you can walk the walk, be smart, don't talk!

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    tim
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    August 21, 2013, 8:03PM
    • Even Broads team mates think he's a cheat. http://www.espn.co.uk/cricket/sport/story/141816.html#BUyRxcX7jJ6lZg0X.99

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      DB333
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      August 21, 2013, 8:23PM
  • Yay, victory lap.We won the toss!

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    stevek
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    Sydney
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 7:55PM
    • Which means, given that the winner of the toss has won 3 tests and, let's face it, you would have won at OT, if the weather holds then Aus should win this.

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      Monty
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      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 8:19PM
  • One person that should have been dropped is Ian Chappell. Tubby with Heals would be better on ch9.

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    Monty
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    Sydney
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 7:37PM
  • Oh dear Darren Lehmann, you're starting to sound a bit desperate now. Your comments on Melbourne radio have made headlines in England, and I'm afraid its you that will be seen as a laughing stock. For some reason when person in charge appears to lose control, showing their cards a bit, I can't help but think of poor old Keegan, outdone by Alex Feruson in the mindgames department!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Yenzdq5g6o

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    PhilS
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    August 21, 2013, 7:29PM
    • I love that clip!!!

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      Monty
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      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 7:54PM
    • Spot on from Boof, Broad disgraced himself, his team and the game by not walking. Even his own team mates thinking not walking when you clearly knock the cover off it is cheating. Doesn't what he does for the rest of his career, we will only remember that moment. Much like the Chappel under arm incident http://www.espn.co.uk/cricket/sport/story/141816.html#BUyRxcX7jJ6lZg0X.99

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      DB333
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      August 21, 2013, 8:18PM
    • DB333 - way to hold a grudge! Fair dinkum!

      As Broad points out, many Aussies haven't walked either. I don't see the English management having a "Kevin Keegan-esq" dummy spit.

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      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 8:22PM
    • it's just madness. he is wrong on so many counts. not the least, tactically, that Broad will rise if we get his dander up. we should ignore him.

      And keepers should start flicking the ball to slip, that way batsmen who have nicked it would have to walk. wouldn't they?

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      Peter Warrington
      Location
      marrickville
      Date and time
      August 21, 2013, 8:22PM
    • Remember whatever you like DB, but this incident is so far from the Chappell underarm incident, its not even on the same planet. Haddin admitted to hitting the ball to keeper and not given out. Will you remember that as well? I've moved on from the entire Broad incident, my comment is based on the fact that Lehmann should too. Especially as he's the coach. But I can see why he'd want the crowds to get up Broad, its just that the way he expressed it is a bit clumsy. Lets move on.

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      PhilS
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      August 21, 2013, 8:34PM
    • Geez. The Chappel thing was hit and giggle cricket in the true days of the pajama game.The rules were specifically written to allow him to do that and anyone who thinks there is a 'spirit of the game' in one day is laughable.

      Nowadays, any Kiwi who goes the 'it wasn't in the spirit of the game thing' gets reminded of Murali getting run out in a test game by the Kiwis when he walked down the pitch to congratulate Sangakkara on his century. Sure, it was a run out within the rules but certainly not in the spirit of the game.

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      markfawkner
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      August 22, 2013, 1:54AM
  • Evening Jesse. Looking forward to this.

    I can't help but think that with good weather forecast the winning team will be the one that wins the toss.

    And, anything will be better than watching Rudd vs Abbott

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    Monty
    Location
    Sydney
    Date and time
    August 21, 2013, 7:28PM
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