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.
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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.Back to top
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.Back to top
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.Back to top
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*).Back to top