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Live: Day two, second Ashes Test, England v Australia, Lord's

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    While the day began with a deserved five-wicket haul from Ryan Harris and ended with a stirring three-wicket salvo from Peter Siddle in between it was awful for Australia. For it to capitulate for 128 on a pitch this true (again helped by a last-wicket fightback) was embarrassing. While Usman Khawaja's shot to depart was clearly the worst - and Chris Rogers' the ugliest - he had many friends. While Shane Watson top-scored he again failed to kick on and, more significantly, compounded his dismissal with an awful decision to waste one of Australia two reviews seeking in vain to overturn that leg-before call from the umpire.

    Thanks for joining us - and sticking with us amid the carnage. We'll be back at the same time for day three. Until then keep a close eye on the website for all news and columns from our team at Lord's: Chloe Saltau, Greg Baum and Malcolm Knox.

    STUMPS: After 16 wickets the day finally ends with England 3-31 after 20 overs, leading by 264, with Joe Root 18* off 60 balls (1 four) and nightwatchman Tim Bresnan 0* off 15 balls. Peter Siddle clearly the best for Australia in England second dig, snaring all three scalps - Cook, Trott, Pietersen - to have 3-4 off 5 overs (3 maidens).

    Last ball. Smith to Bresnan....

    And the last over? Golden-arm: Steve Smith.

    Ryan Harris to bowl the second-last over.

    Three overs until stumps. England 3-30.

    Tim Bresnan in at five as the nightwatchman, with five overs to go today. Yes, the Tim Bresnan who fell to the first ball of day two.

    WICKET!! A third wicket for Peter Siddle! Kevin Pietersen arrogantly attempts to drive the right-armer square, deposits it straight into the hands of Chris Rogers at point. Shocking shot, but great reward for Siddle. Currently has 3-4. England 3-30, 16 wickets so far in the day.

    Kevin Pietersen moves on to 5* with an authoritative swipe off Pattinson forward of square-leg to the boundary. England 2-27.

    WICKET!! Siddle again! Trott tries to leave an excellent rising delivery outside off-stump but chops onto his stumps off his inside-edge, gone for a duck. Great effort here from Siddle. England 2-22.

    Life's pretty good for team England at the moment.

    Jimmy Anderson (centre) and his England teammates celebrate the run-out of Australia's Ashton Agar mid-way through day two of the second Test.

    Jimmy Anderson (centre) and his England teammates celebrate the run-out of Australia's Ashton Agar mid-way through day two of the second Test. Photo: Getty Images

    Pattinson's consistency has improved so far in this second innings. Finished that over by twice beating Root outside off-stump.

    Superb length in that delivery from Siddle. Short enough to have Cook on the back foot but full enough that the inside-edge clipped the bails, rather than passing safely over the top.

    WICKET!! Alastair Cook chops on off his inside-edge to Peter Siddle, gone for 8. England 1-22.

    Amazing to think a fortnight ago he was the chief target in the media - yes, of which I am a part - for missing out.

    Yep, double change. Pattinson on for Watson.

    Could conceivably be bowling for his place in the team here.

    First bowling change of the innings: Peter Siddle for Ryan Harris. With Shane Watson having also bowled four overs at the other end it's odds-on to be a double change. England 0-21 in the ninth over.

    Unfathomably bad cricket here from Australia. The latest example from Brad Haddin. Watson finds Root's edge, flies mid-way between Haddin and Michael Clarke at first-slip. Haddin moves to his right following the ball but then stops, Clarke belatedly tries to go for the catch but too late. As it flew to the boundary Clarke turned and glared at his deputy. Rightly so. It was his catch. Root to 12*, England 0-19.

    Excellent point raised by NSW wicketkeeper Daniel Smith about the brittle Ryan Harris being called on to bowl again.

     

     

    Watto given the new ball in partnership with Harris.

    England batting again, as expected. Harris taking the new ball.

    And now to the reactions. First, Tom Moody...

     

     

    Sports broadcaster Glenn Mitchell...

     

     

    Cricketing columnist and stats enthusiast Andy Zaltzman...

     

     

    And our own AFL expert and summer-time cricketing blogger Rohan Connolly...

     

     

    Poor effort from that last-wicket pair. Contributed 24 runs - only the 2nd-highest partnership of the innings, rather than the highest.

    (Note: Tongue may be in cheek.)

    WICKET!! Spoke too soon, all over. Harris tried to heave Swann over long-on but got underneath ball, another good outfield catch by Kevin Pietersen backpeddling. Out for 10, giving Swann 5-44.

    Australia all out 128, trailing by 233 and 34 short of avidoing the follow-on, but England almost certainly won't enforce it.

    Pattinson drives half-volley from Broad, angled into him courtesy of attacking around the wicket, between bowler and mid-off to boundary to move to 10*, and Australia 9-128.

    These pesky last-wicket partnerships....

    DROPPED! Swann drops a simple return catch off Harris. Should've been all over, it really should've. Australia 9-124.

    Another blimey-worthy delivery from Swann. Again turning sharply out of the rough, again spun too far for the wicketkeeper.

    Ryan Harris rocks back to short, wide ball from Graeme Swann and cuts powerfully through cover point to the boundary to move to 10*. Australia 9-118.

    Shane Warne is congratulated on his induction into the ICC Hall of Fame by his fiancee, actress Elizabeth Hurley, in a ceremony at lunch on day two at Lord's.

    Shane Warne is congratulated on his induction into the ICC Hall of Fame by his fiancee, actress Elizabeth Hurley, in a ceremony at lunch on day two at Lord's. Photo: Getty Images

    Need something to brighten your spirits, or at least make you less despondent? Shane Warne was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame earlier today during the lunch break at Lord's. She's got a fair grip on her by the look of this shot, Ms Hurley.

    Harris not out. Purely a tactical challenge that time. With Australia being nine-down and them having two reviews left they had bugger-all to lose. Australia 9-113.

    REFERRAL: England challenging the rejection of Jimmy Anderson's lbw appeal against Ryan Harris by umpire Kumar Dharmasena.

    Great example of relentless team-first ethic there from Jonny Bairstow, brilliant fielding effort to save a boundary. He dived head-first and swatted ball back just as it was to hit rope. Was the second time he's done that today.

    Technical problems in the Lord's media centre. Our man Greg Baum lamenting he has not been affected.

     

     

    WICKET!! Senior man Haddin gone, attempting to heave Swann over deep mid-wicket but outside-edge lobbed to Trott at first-slip, who this time made no mistake. Made 7 off 42 deliveries, with 1 four. Australia 9-104, trailing by 257. Ryan Harris in to join James Pattinson.

    Here's our correspondent Chloe Saltau's report from Lord's of the first two sessions: Australian collapse leaves innings in tatters.

    WICKET!! Siddle gone for 2, trying to defend Anderson but squeezing to Swann at second slip. Australia 8-104.

    Brad Haddin's controlled slog sweep off Swann brings up Australia's 100 - 7-103, to be exact.

    Anderson and Swann in tandem for the start of the last session. Australia 7-98, still needing 64 to remove the option of the follow-on (not that Cook likely to enforce it).

    Current split for the poll I posted at 12.14am on whether Australia would reach 162, to deny England the option of enforcing the follow-on:
    Yes - 29 per cent
    No - 71 per cent

    Darren Lehmann brought back a lot of hope regarding Australians' expectations for the Ashes, but those hopes have taken a battering today.

    Australia coach Darren Lehmann watches on as his team loses 6-54 in the middle session of day two at Lord's.

    Australia coach Darren Lehmann watches on as his team loses 6-54 in the middle session of day two at Lord's. Photo: Getty Images

    After the scare of Trent Bridge I sense the English press is itching to get back into "field day" mode about the Australian team. Hard to argue though.

     

     

    TEA: Australia 7-96 after 41 overs, trailing by 265, with Brad Haddin 2* (34 balls) and Peter Siddle 0* (6b). Australia lost 6-54 in that session.

    From our man Greg Baum at Lord's...

     

     

    Haddin would have made that easily. Agar turned around three quarters of the way to the other end and even in his hobbled state was within a metre of reaching his ground. From here looks like the teenager has been burned by the vice-captain.

    WICKET!! Ashton Agar run out for 7. Haddin played ball behind square, non-striker Agar had got most of way down but sent back, beaten by throw to Anderson at non-striker's stumps. Absolutely calamitous. Australia 7-96.

    The skipper no match for the villain.

    Stuart Broad celebrates the vital of wicket of Australia captain Michael Clarke.

    Stuart Broad celebrates the vital of wicket of Australia captain Michael Clarke. Photo: Getty Images

    Blimey. Graeme Swann has turned a ball so viciously out of the rough it was pouched at first slip by Alastair Cook. Remarkable.

    And just when Australia needed some respite: here comes Jimmy Anderson for the first time since lunch.

    And due to popular demand: a poll on whether Australia will reach 162, and therefore prevent the option of England enforcing the follow-on (irrespective of whether you think Cook will do it).

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    Full delivery from Broad beat Clarke's inside-edge, then seemed to straighten to help convince Kumar Dharmasena it was not spearing down leg-side.

    Ashton Agar in now.

    WICKET!! The BIG wicket, Clarke lbw to Broad for 28, off 41. Australia 6-91.

    CARNAGE!!

    "It's just been a real horror show. The top-order has been trying to regroup after Trent Bridge but it's been a real horror show."
    - NASSER HUSSAIN, former England captain, in his Sky Sports TV commentary.

    Separately, a lot of angst about England's decision to use its academy fielding coach, 36-year-old Chris Taylor, as a substitute fielder throughout this innings.

     

     

    WICKET!! Smith caught at short-leg by Ian Bell off Swann, gone for 2. Australia 5-85.

    Finally, an Australian highlight! Michael Clarke blasts Broad through extra-cover to the boundary to move to 18* off 24. Australia 4-78, with Steve Smith yet to score.

    Michael Vaughan has a point. A bloody good one.

     

     

    WICKET!! Usman Khawaja out for 14, aims to lift Graeme Swann straight but ends up just lobbing it high at mid-off, well take backpeddling by Kevin Pietersen. Surprisingly reckless shot, but even more surprising he didn't try and hit it harder given his decision to hit out. Australia 4-69.

    Phillip Hughes stands his ground, but to no avail. As he leaves the ground soon after Australia's last available decision referral goes with him.

    Tim Bresnan and his England teammates successfully appeal for the wicket of Phillip Hughes, caught behind on day two of the second Ashes Test.

    Tim Bresnan and his England teammates successfully appeal for the wicket of Phillip Hughes, caught behind on day two of the second Ashes Test. Photo: Getty Images

    Stuart Broad back into the attack, for wicket-taker Tim Bresnan. Australia 3-67 after 22 overs.

    Nope, Clarke just made it in time. Doesn't take away from excellent fielding from Bairstow to pick up and thrown down stumps from side-on.

    WICKET?? Possible run-out of Clarke from Bairstow direct hit.

    From earlier, here's the Rogers's dismissal, in the eyes of Hawk-Eye. I maintain Australia if had two chances up its sleeve rater than one he would've reviews. Too much of a risk to do it in that circumstance when unsure.

     

     

    Baffled that one was given out.

    WICKET!! Nope, third umpire Tony Hill upholds Kumar Dharmasena's decision. Hughes gone for 1. Australia 3-53 - and out of reviews.

    On replays so far it's looking likely Hughes will survive to swipe outside off-stump to Bresnan. No sign of snick, visually or audibly.

    WICKET!! Hughes adjudged caught-behind off Bresnan by Dharmasena. Reviewing.

    DROPPED!! Usman Khawaja dropped on 7* at first slip by Jonathan Trott off Swann. Should've been a soda! Australia 3-52.

    Hawk-Eye predicted the ball would have passed leg-stump, so Rogers would have survive had he challenged. But there comes the implications of the Watto decision. Surely would've done it if Australia have both reviews up sleeve, but with one review left considered it too much of a risk.

    WICKET!! Rogers leg-before to Swann for 15. Missed a very high full-toss and struck in groin, but dipping enough for Marais Erasmus to give him out. Doesn't review. Australia 2-50.

    The first-session report from Chloe Saltau at Lord's: Watson falls just before lunch as England tail wags.

    Bit of drama from Swann's first two deliveries. The first almost a run-out after a mix-up, the second grips sharply and spins away from Rogers' outside-edge.

    Swann continuing from the other end.

    And we're back, with Usman Khawaja batting in a Test for the first time in 19 months. Australia 1-42.

    Tim Bresnan celebrates his scalp of Shane Watson just before lunch in the second Test at Lord's.

    Tim Bresnan celebrates his scalp of Shane Watson just before lunch in the second Test at Lord's. Photo: Getty Images

    Three votes to Bres for his celebration.

    The moment the Australian team's lunch got spoiled.

    Tim Bresnan celebrates the scalp of Shane Watson just two balls before the scheduled lunch break on day two.

    Tim Bresnan celebrates the scalp of Shane Watson just two balls before the scheduled lunch break on day two. Photo: Getty Images

    Yep, so far it's universal condemnation of Watson's referral. First sometime NSW teammate Daniel Smith among those frustrated at his decision.

     

     

    And also former Australian swing bowler Damien Fleming.

     

     

    "We spoke at Trent Bridge the art of how important they are to keep them up your sleeve, these reviews. Shane Watson . . . it's harsh to call someone selfish and looking after himself but he's got to look after the team in this situation. The reviews are there to get rid of the howler. If he thought he had an inside-edge there you could understand but no inside-edge - you have to walk up as a player because those reviews are so important in the context of the match."
    - MICHAEL VAUGHAN, former England captain, to Fox Sports about Shane Watson's pre-lunch decision to challenge his leg-before dismissal.

    Well said by recently retired Southern Stars great Lisa Sthalekar. Watson might have been advised by Rogers to take it, but if he was it was uncharacteristically bad judgement from the veteran.

     

     

    Similar theme from Dean Jones.

     

     

    Not much support for Watto in the Twittersphere, even among rock stars such as Grinspoon's Phil Jamieson.

     

     

    Hitting leg-stump, Kumar Dharmasena's decision vindicated - unlike the challenge to the decision. Watson lbw for 30 two balls before the break. Great decision by Alastair Cook to plump for Bresnan in that last over. Beat Watson's inside edge with ball angled into him. Australia 1-42.

    WICKET!! Watson trapped leg-before in last over before lunch. Challenging it. Looked plumb live.

    One more over in before the break. Tim Bresnan to bowl it.

    Graeme Swann introduced just before lunch. Will bowl what's likely to be the last over before the break. Watto facing.

    Shane Watson drives elegantly early in Australia's innings on day two of the second Test against England.

    Shane Watson drives elegantly early in Australia's innings on day two of the second Test against England. Photo: Getty Images

    We've seen a lot of this so far. But, then again, we often do from Watson. I've too often got in trouble thinking and saying "surely this is the day he goes on with it", so I won't.

    I'm still hoping it though. Too good a player to have the underwhelming batting record he has.

    And now Watson extends his driving form to the bowling of Bresnan, driving the first delivery of his over through cover boundary and then another from his third cut wide of slips. Has surged to 27*, with all five boundaries on the off side. Australia 0-33.

    And another from Watson. Wasn't pitched quite as full by Anderson but timing was good enough to reach the boundary despite hitting higher on the bat.

    Finishes the over with 3* to move to 19*, and Australia 0-25 after 9 overs.

    Another half-volley, from Anderson, powerfully driven to the extra-cover boundary by Watson. Moves to 12*, with Australia 0-18 in the 9th over.

    The end of the seventh over also marks the appearance of Graeme Swann on the field for the first time in Australia's innings. Spent the first half-hour or so receiving treatment for the blow he received just below his wrist on his right arm while batting against Ryan Harris.

    Bowling change after seven overs: Tim Bresnan replaces Stuart Broad (0-5 off 3 overs, 1 maiden).

    Clarke has loved using a very short mid-off so far in the series. Alastair Cook doing similar, placing a fielder a very short extra cover to Watson.

    Bang! And there goes authoritative Watson, getting down on one knee and crunching Broad between bowler and mid-off - superb shot. He moves to 8*, Australia to 0-9 in the 6th over.

    Slow going so far for Australia - 0-5 after 5 overs - but no complaints whatsoever about that given both openers are still at the crease. Anderson started typically skilfully but slipped a bit in that last over, while Broad has been good. Not an easy time, both batsmen need to grind it out for a while. That's no problem for Rogers, but for Watto...?

    Australia gets off the mark in the third over with Watson driving Anderson off the back foot behind gully to the boundary. Very controlled short. Australia 0-4.

    Stuart Broad hits out during his late-innings cameo for England in the second Test against Australia at Lord's.

    Stuart Broad hits out during his late-innings cameo for England in the second Test against Australia at Lord's. Photo: Getty Images

    A common sight this morning: Stuart Broad going the tonk. Graeme Swann was no slouch either.

    Chris Rogers to face up to Stuart Broad from the other end. Playing at the home of his county team, Middlesex.

    Anderson's skill again on show in that first over. Outswingers all through, until an inswinger with the last. Well judged by Watson to leave alone, passing safely just wide of his off-stump. Maiden to start.

    Big appeal third ball from England for Watson caught-behind off Anderson, but rejected. Ball did too much. Cook wisely did not refer, with ball clipping Watson's pocket to create the noise.

    Australia's innings about to start. Anderson with first use of the new ball, Shane Watson to take strike ahead of Chris Rogers.

    Re the apparently unprecedented access to the Lord's dining room: well said by my colleague, Peter Hanlon.

     

     

    Faint edge confirmed, Broad caught behind off Pattinson for 33 off 29 deliveries (5 fours, 1 six). England all out for 361 from 100.1 overs, with Broad and Graeme Swann (28* off 26, 5 fours) adding 48 runs for the last wicket.

    WICKET!! Bowling change works. Stuart Broad caught behind off James Pattinson - but choosing to review.

    Graeme Swann receiving some medical treatment after being struck just below the wrist on his right (bowling) arm playing back attempting to defend to Ryan Harris.

    Harris' two wickets have been conspicuous highlights for Australia, with England slamming 68 runs off the first 10 overs of day two.

    Stuart Broad swipes Peter Siddle very, very high..... and just over the deep square-leg rope. Could've been different had Khawaja seen the ball properly and stayed on the boundary rather than running in and having to track back. Broad 33* off 28, Swann 24* off 21.

    England racing along at Lord's. 9-351. My hunch about Broad and Swann was right, both taking the long handle to the Australians.

    Three boundaries from Swann from the first four deliveries of this Harris over, two drives on either side of a pull. On to 19*.

    A rare poor ball from Harris - half-volley outside off-stump - but Graeme Swann drives through extra cover to the boundary in the manner of a specialist batsman to move to 11*. England 9-333.

    The now-accepted bowler's answer to a batsman raising his bat after a milestone: Ryan Harris saluting after his five-wicket haul.

    Ryan Harris acknowledges the crowd applause after claiming his fifth wicket in the second Test against England.

    Ryan Harris acknowledges the crowd applause after claiming his fifth wicket in the second Test against England. Photo: Getty Images

    Just one over for Shane Watson; Peter Siddle on to partner Harris in pursuit of England's final wicket.

    Pattinson replaced after another incomplete spell, this time only two overs. Replaced by Shane Watson. Graeme Swann in to partner Stuart Broad for the last wicket.

    The praise continues for Ryan Harris. First from former Australian paceman and still Twenty20 specialist Dirk Nannes...

     

     

    And also Tasmanian assistant coach and Hobart Hurricanes head coach Damien Wright.

     

     

    WICKET!! A fifth wicket for Harris, Anderson caught behind for 12. Could've had him caught behind the previous delivery - it bounced between Brad Haddin and Shane Watson at first slip - but it made no difference, with right-handed Anderson compelled to have a nibble at a ball angled across him. What a mighty comeback performance from Harris. England 9-313.

    Might have spoken too soon with Pattinson. Has already overstepped in each over, and now fires down a clear wide, then driven in front of point by Broad for four. England 8-309.

    England passes 300, reaching 8-303, with Stuart Broad's punch off Pattinson between bowler and mid-on racing to the boundary, despite an apparent lack of power and timing. Conditions look brilliant for batting.

    A better start today from Pattinson, despite being driven to the boundary by Anderson in his first over. Giving good support to Harris. The two left-handers at the crease, Anderson and Broad, both look more likely to hit out than block out.

    Warning: reports a charging rhino has been spotted on the loose in St John's Wood, London.

    Ryan Harris celebrates taking the wicket of England's Tim Bresnan with the first ball of day two of the second Test.

    Ryan Harris celebrates taking the wicket of England's Tim Bresnan with the first ball of day two of the second Test. Photo: Getty Images

    James Pattinson sharing the second new ball. Big sign of faith from captain Michael Clarke after his bad day yesterday.

    Fifth ball of Harris' first over today flies through high to Haddin off a shortish length. Great carry, noticeably more than yesterday. Right on the spot from ball one was Harris (unfortunately for Bresnan, and England).

    Bresnan gone for 7, replaced by Stuart Broad, who can no longer be protected by a nightwatchman like he was last night.

    WICKET!! Tim Bresnan caught behind first ball of the day to a well-placed rising delivery outside off-stump from that man, Ryan Harris!

    Play about to begin, with bowling to Jimmy Anderson and Ian Bell. The second new ball is only two overs old so Australia will be hoping for early breakthroughs.

    Malcolm Knox on England's surprise struggle in great conditions: Clarke pulls another rabbit out of the hat as series takes another twist.

    (Keep an eye out for his description of England's top-three batsmen.)

    Greg Baum on the unity shown by the apparently divided Australian team: Clarke, Watson and the Australians survive the stresses of Lord's.

    Chloe Saltau's match report: Smith triggers England collapse in second Test.
    Chloe Saltau on Ryan Harris' near-shift to England: How Australian strike weapon nearly called England home.
    Chloe Saltau on coach's encouragement for Smith's bowling: Lehmann encourages Smith to dust off shelved talent.

    In Harare the 3-day tour match between Zimbabwe and Australia A looking likely to end in a result. After Australia A made 226 yesterday - Henriques 71, Maxwell 61 - the home side was bowled out for 142 today. Leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed the leading wicket-taker with 4-54 off 11.5 overs, but stats-wise was arguably outbowled by miserly pacemen Pat Cummins (3-19 off 11 overs, 4 maidens) and Josh Hazlewood (3-22 off 13 overs, 4 maidens). Even without the wickets any time Cummins is fit enough to bowl for Australia is a good thing. Australia A has just started its second innings, with Nic Maddinson and captain Aaron Finch opening.

    Hello and welcome to our coverage of day two of the second Ashes Test between England and Australia at Lord's in London.

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    Smith sparks England batting collapse

    England ended day one of the second Ashes Test at Lord's on 7-289 as Steve Smith and Ryan Harris took three wickets each.

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    Summary of day one: For Australia the story of the day is what happened in the first and last hours. That Ryan Harris was the early destroyer, claiming Joe Root and Kevin Pietersen, was not a surprise. That Steve Smith was the late destroyer most certainly was, not just because he now bowls his leg-spin so infrequently but because England's Ian Bell and Jonny Bairstow had scored almost 180 runs between them - and he claimed both of them, and Matt Prior to boot.

    It was a very good day for Michael Clarke's captaincy decisions. It started with turning to Shane Watson in just the fifth over, and he responded with the prized scalp of Alastair Cook. It finished with not only calling on Smith but persisting with him after the second new ball became available, the period in which he claimed Bairstow and Prior. It transformed what was looked like a slight victory to England for the day - it was 4-271 in the last session - to a distinct victory for Australia after the host finished the day by losing 3-18. All three wickets fell to Smith, who finished with the same figures: 3-18, from six overs.

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    • Its time the Aussies show some self respect and ban Watson.Watson does not deserved to be sacked but he deserves to be banned.
      Clarke is just unable to have his way and thats affecting his batting.
      Aussie cricket is much bigger than a self serving Watson.

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      harun
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      July 20, 2013, 3:23AM
    • Can't believe Root is still there. He looks terrible, like Mike Atherton facing Malcolm Marshall reincarnated.

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      GOV
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      July 20, 2013, 3:11AM
    • The Englishmen have a golf game planned for day 4. They want this over.

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      GOV
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      July 20, 2013, 3:08AM
    • Gotts love that pic in the feed of Warney and Liz shaping up for the botoxathon. They don't actually let each other's lips touch when they kiss in case they just peel off.

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      GOV
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      July 20, 2013, 3:04AM
    • The batsmen maybe should go on Siddles vegan soup diet. The guy has some ticker.

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      GOV
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      July 20, 2013, 3:01AM
    • Good to see England being accommodating in making this slightly more of a contest.

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      Aegeri
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      July 20, 2013, 2:59AM
    • Guys, relax. This game has many more turns. From an Englishman in the US.

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      Richard0028
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      July 20, 2013, 2:57AM
    • Flip the order of the Australian batting lineup!

      The tail can go in and slash with wild abandon at the new ball without any expectations, score more than the top order would have - and let the top order eke out their usual 60 runs at the end, as a bonus.

      The bowlers will also get more of a rest that way.

      I wonder if Australian cricket now faces the same fate as Australian tennis. With the glory days fading further and further into the past with each decade.

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      El Rey
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      July 20, 2013, 2:49AM
      • Exactly! Your reasoning is far too sound for you to be one of the selectors. Or better yet, drop all of the batsmen and bring in more bowlers.

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        Matt
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        July 20, 2013, 3:13AM
    • Im living in England at the moment and will probably die of embarassment before this test is out... At least there's a rugby league world cup over here later this year

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      Matt
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      July 20, 2013, 2:42AM
    • What blackmail material does Watson have on Clarke? He gets to open the batting, open the bowling, field at 1st slip, and his own review for any decision that doesn't end with his middle stump up-rooted (actually he'd probably review that too!)

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      Whitsa73
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      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 2:26AM
      • Well, just the way it is Sunshine

        Monty

        Lovin' it

        Commenter
        Monty
        Location
        Sydney (dark outside)
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 2:40AM
      • this communal bagging of watto seems a bit unfair. or should i say his being 'singled out.' he top scored, bowled pretty well and should have got a wicket. and he wasnt the only person in this series to vainly waste a review.

        in terms of the mediocrity stakes, there are plenty of contenders. personally i thought haddin had a poor day. he didnt keep the scoreboard ticking when batting with the tail, and when the wickets did fall he ended up having to throw the bat injudiciously. on top of that he ran out agar and let a regulation catch through.

        the only comforting thing for a lot of the team is that their squad is small and they can only sack some of them. there is safety in cricket when mediocrity appears in numbers.

        Commenter
        cos1
        Location
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 2:56AM
    • Shane Watson = Patrick Swayze....Discuss

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 2:17AM
    • Arrived home from a great evening to see a review of the spineless loss of wickets from guys paid extraordinary amounts of money. As a shareholder I want my money back!

      Commenter
      hawkeye
      Location
      north melbourne
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 2:13AM
    • Could not win a game against the Sheila's side this lot.

      Commenter
      Brucy 2 beers
      Location
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 1:59AM
    • Clarke really has to bite the bullet and bat 3, it's clear that we can't afford him pussy footing around anymore. Same batting line up, just Clarke moved up too 3 - couldn't be any worse then we are now.....

      Also Watson has to be banned for using reviews - if his partner calls it on his behalf... then fine.

      Commenter
      The boy who cried wolf
      Location
      Planet Earth
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 1:58AM
      • He should have come on at 3 today after lunch. It was set up for him.

        Commenter
        GOV
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 2:27AM
    • Make the suckers bat again!! Or, Swanny will have 7 on the fourth day. Hahahahaha

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney (dark outside)
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 1:58AM
    • Sorry to see that Trent Bridge was merely a false specter of an Aussie challenge. Missed most of it but caught up with help of The Age. Hats off to Ms. Saltau for reports that even us cricket novices can understand.

      Commenter
      yankwatchingcricket
      Location
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 1:51AM
    • Without bad-mouthing our batsmen it's clear they don't have the talent, or motivation, or confidence to play to the standard of most, if not all, past Australian teams. Trying their hardest but not up to it. There aren't heaps of guys back home ready to take over and do better, so we have to wonder where our next decent batsmen are goig to come from. Some years ago the AUstralian development system was the envy of the world and copied holus-bolus. What's happened? Where to from here? Time for journalists to start asking the really hard questions of officialdom.

      Commenter
      Chris
      Location
      Kiama
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 1:46AM
    • That was not a tactical referral Jesse, that was England mocking Australia. Prior over the stump cam said "Only Jimmy thought that was out" and clearly threw away the review for fun.

      Commenter
      Aegeri
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 1:46AM
    • Australia getting absolutely punished.

      Commenter
      Monty
      Location
      Sydney (dark outside)
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 1:43AM
    • It's a funny old game, cricket. Two teams turn out, but only one actually plays!

      Commenter
      Ray Johnson
      Location
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 1:36AM
    • I really thought this Australia side would put up a fight after Trent Bridge. But this is spineless and reckless batting. England are just miles better! #SkyCricket

      Commenter
      thisJoey23
      Location
      England
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 1:35AM
    • Cool heads required. Clarke had a great day in the field yesterday and your lot have proven we're not as good as we thought we were - especially the top 3. By the same token you are not as bad as this afternoons performance. Freak use of the technology, we've bowled well and things have worked in our favour this afternoon. One afternoon in 30 odd years that is.

      Commenter
      HMR
      Location
      Yorkshire
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 1:31AM
      • We are garbage and a leaderless rabble, a mixture of young kids and aging journeymen. Just one class player who doesn't know how to lead from the front. This series will be very dull before long. The Englishmen will stop even celebrating the wickets. No wonder Mr Cricket retired.

        Commenter
        GOV
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 1:54AM
    • On the plus side, at least the top order got the majority of the runs (so far)

      Commenter
      nick
      Location
      sydney
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 1:31AM
    • I think this is the worst Australian performance I have seen in the Ashes outside of them being bowled out for sub-100 on a green top.

      That was a wicket where the ball moved feet. This is a perfect batting strip. There can be no excuse for this surely.

      Commenter
      Aegeri
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 1:24AM
    • It's all part of a grand plan so that the Aussies don't have to bat last after losing the toss.

      Commenter
      siifo
      Location
      london
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 1:23AM
    • Do you think it would be humanly possible to try out any more New South Irish batsmen? They've been picking almost exclusively NSW batsmen for years now, and it's only getting worse. Shield batting team.

      Commenter
      jcage
      Location
      Bayside suburbs
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 1:22AM
      • Never enough New South Welshmen. I hear Richard Chee Quee and Shane Lee are being brought out of retirement to steady the ship!

        Commenter
        Vic Mackey
        Location
        The Barn
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 1:41AM
    • The poms are playing well.

      Commenter
      Caligula
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 1:20AM
      • Yes they are but the Aussies ARE playing badly!

        Commenter
        Tjak
        Location
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 1:34AM
      • yes they are and its brilliant to watch the aussies crumble

        Commenter
        thisJoey23
        Location
        England
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 1:36AM
      • #Joey

        Yeah, How cool is this. FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW, FOLLOW ON

        Commenter
        Monty
        Location
        Sydney (dark outside)
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 1:47AM
    • Are Australia batting on the same pitch at I watched Swann and Broad smash 68 off 10 overs on?

      They are making this - Oh wow. Goodbye Haddin. Just about to say they are making this pitch a minefield.

      Commenter
      Aegeri
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 1:18AM
    • Bring back mickey arthur. This side is falling apart and the body language of Clarke and Lehman says it's already over.

      Commenter
      nick
      Location
      sydney
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 1:14AM
    • Utterly lamentable. Boof needs to seriously bang some heads together, starting with Watson. The bloke makes my blood boil. He plays for his spot and little else.

      Commenter
      raging
      Location
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 1:08AM
      • What about that fat batsman from SA? At least he looks like an old school player! Or maybe fill them team with wicketkeeper batsman? Add Paine and Wade? They seem more likely than the "specialists"! Who else is there?

        Commenter
        Barney
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 1:25AM
    • What a bunch of whinging, fickle supporters. How about getting behind your team when they're struggling? Or is that UNAUSTRALIAN?????

      Commenter
      Komi Punte
      Location
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 1:00AM
      • What a bunch of untalented, over-paid, poor excuses for test cricketers. No heart, no intelligence....... Embarrassing to Australia

        Commenter
        Stephen R
        Location
        Wollongong
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 2:46AM
    • Watson is useless and clarke is just not a leader. How can you respect some one who doesn't have a beer with boys? Katich for captain Cowan back in and sack watson and clarke for ever. Time to more on.

      Commenter
      Dude
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:57AM
    • for everyone complaining about Watto, might I just point out that he is the highest scoring batsman in this woeful innings.

      Commenter
      watto
      Location
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:47AM
      • It is a long standing thing. He seems to think he can lobby for whatever spot he wants (at the expense of his teammates), state how many overs he will bowl and wastes THE TEAM'S reviews when he is disappointed to be out. 2 centuries in however many innings he has had does not make an opener. He must go for good. Vain and disloyal characters are indeed cancerous

        Commenter
        raging
        Location
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 1:15AM
    • Geez, the bowlers must feel let down. At least the batsman are getting to watch a real team play test cricket. Maybe it's possible they'll learn something.

      Commenter
      GOV
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:45AM
      • Haha. Lets hope so!

        Commenter
        Dude
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 1:15AM
    • Oh dear! it looks like you lot put too much misplaced trust in Agar to bowl and bat you to victory. He's a one innings wonder. Could be that this test will end tomorrow.

      Commenter
      Ray Johnson
      Location
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:43AM
    • We should have sent the women's team to reclaim the Ashes. They can actually win games.

      Commenter
      Xiao
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:43AM
    • Bed time .. Cant hack beer guts Botham giggling in the background....

      Commenter
      The Not-So-Magic Roundabout
      Location
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:42AM
    • Howzat!
      Series all over in one session of play.
      Absolutely pathetic.

      Commenter
      Bomberdave
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:38AM
    • Hopefully Agar will get his century this time - might open the batting in the second innings!

      Commenter
      eugeneb1
      Location
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:30AM
      • The phrase "putting the mockers on someone" has never been more timely!

        Commenter
        PhilS
        Location
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 12:40AM
      • Didnt factor in Haddo subotaging the young fella

        Commenter
        eugeneb1
        Location
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 12:44AM
    • We need some proper test batsmen...who is the best #3 batsmen right now? guy by the name of punter just scored 150 or something in england? who is the best aussie opener right now? certain simon katich just got 200 in england? ricky retired because he didn't feel he could add value anymore....what do you think?
      Always a fine balance between nurturing talent and giving them opportunity...I for one feel a balance of experience and youth is needed. they could certainly teach a thing or two to some batsmen about test batting

      Commenter
      Leebo
      Location
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:26AM
      • We need some yes... But there aint none.... The cupboard is bare..

        Commenter
        The Not-So-Magic Roundabout
        Location
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 12:40AM
    • Possibly the lowest moment in the history of Australian sport, although I was living in America and didn't see a ball of the 5-0, maybe that was worse.

      Commenter
      GOV
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:25AM
    • With our top order being so brittle again, it may end up with Agar's injury that he be replaced by Dave Warner and let Steve Smith do most of the spinning duties next test. The problem in the last two tests so far has not been the bowling, it's been the batting.

      Commenter
      Spectator
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:25AM
    • This team is a national disgrace and the thing that disappoints me is that they get paid thousands of dollars per test match to be very, very bad
      Micky Arthur is right. Shane Warne is a cancer in this team. Every LBW he gets given out to he appeals. It's like he's too good to get out that way.
      Hughes gets one good innings than 20 bad, but we'll sack Cowan because Ian Chappell doesn't rate him. Khawaja gets in the team by doing nothing, Smith cant bat or bowl and our captain has failed to lead by example.There was a reason why Rogers wasn't seen as a test player. He is hopeless and a choker.
      This team is a national embarrassment. Pay them nothing for a loss.

      Commenter
      Stephen R
      Location
      Wollongong
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:24AM
      • Shane Warne playing in this team is he ??

        Commenter
        C
        Location
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 12:41AM
      • It would be nice if he was. I meant Shane Watson. Damn, Liz Hurley could bat better than these clowns.

        Commenter
        Stephen R
        Location
        Wollongong
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 2:50AM
    • The people moaning about the standard of umpiring are missing the point - the top order batting is an embarrasment, and is compounded by the team's inability to review the right decisions.

      Commenter
      PM1
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:18AM
      • Yeah, but it always seems to start with Watson. He has wasted 2 reviews when he has been batting and getting out the same way each time.

        Commenter
        Jorbren
        Location
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 12:29AM
    • If it wasn't for the comments on here I would have gone to bed by now, crying with laughter and then just flat out crying at the score card. 250 runs from the bowlers and Haddin? Here we go again....

      Commenter
      DB333
      Location
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:16AM
    • I have to admit that, despite being a Watson denier (and that he MUST MUST go), not all woes should be laid at his door. What has happened? We are clearly being deluded by our illustrious past. Not progressed, stayed stagnant. How has this occurred? Disgrace. National disgrace. Go Aussies.

      Commenter
      SGB
      Location
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:16AM
    • Backloading available from Cairns !

      Commenter
      vic rhodes
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:11AM
    • Australian cricket is pretty much dead.... Young players not allowed in for so many years, our good coaches poachd by England and others, no money or marketing in place .... Resting on the laurels of 10years back..... This can only be good for us... Embarrass us into action but it eill be years of pain.. Know i know how England felt when we smashed em for years

      Commenter
      The Not-So-Magic Roundabout
      Location
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:09AM
    • Goodnight folks. I console myself in thoughts of the spray Boof will deliver to the collective and select individuals tonight. Don't hold back big fella- you have my full backing to spray and spray hard: torpedo's of truth are required if this series is to avoid becoming a sad yawn-fest very fast. The annoying truth is - the talent is there. Just dumb, lazy or otherwise mentally ill-equipped to wear the Baggy with pride.

      Commenter
      Milo
      Location
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:09AM
    • Who are these people ?

      Commenter
      vic rhodes
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:07AM
    • Clarke so wanted to appeal.
      That Hughes is so going to get it.

      Commenter
      Joe the POM
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:07AM
    • What a pack of soft as butter losers.

      Commenter
      Aussie
      Location
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:04AM
    • In the old days we 6 or 8 players who could.make runs !

      Commenter
      vic rhodes
      Date and time
      July 20, 2013, 12:00AM
    • Its 12 pm &Smith has just gone out !
      Aust SUMMARY /Hopeless

      Commenter
      vic rhodes
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:59PM
    • Follow on definitely on the cards now - this game will be over today

      Commenter
      eugeneb1
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:58PM
    • Also, can we just pick 10 bowlers already and be done with it?

      Commenter
      Aussie
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:57PM
    • well - the personnel changes after Trent Bridge seem to have worked their magic....

      Commenter
      Homo Politicanus
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:56PM
    • So, knowing that reflective surfaces and different surface textures affect hotspot, what should the cricketer do to his bat?

      Commenter
      Aussie
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:55PM
    • England's fielding coach - a retired cricketer- is on the field (fielding). What's that about? Boof - put the pads on! Clearly different rules for the Poms!

      Commenter
      An Aussie in London
      Location
      London UK
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:54PM
    • W oeful,
      A wful,
      T eam
      S econd,
      O thers
      N owhere.

      Commenter
      RM Northern Beaches
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:53PM
    • Presume the Aussie batters are very anxious to get out early so that Agar can have a bat today!

      Commenter
      eugeneb1
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:52PM
    • Khawaja should not even be in the team. He just does not have the talent. He never has had it.

      Commenter
      Greg
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:52PM
    • Oh dear. I need to vent...
      Sunny day, flat pitch. Anderson doing nothing. Broad,Bresnan likewise. Still out top order blows it: Watson not only misses a strait one (yet again). He wastes appeal on the obvious??? Jesus wept. Rodgers unlucky and no doubt stymies his instinct to appeal due to Watto's wasting1st appeal. So Watto's cost 2 wickets. Hughes - again loose shot away from body. Soft.? yes. Unnecessary? Yes. Then we have Khawaja. WTF was that shot?!?!? Soft as warm butter. Deeply disappointing fella's. Baring miracles it is game over due to seriously B grade lame batting. Where is the GRAFT?

      Commenter
      Milo
      Location
      Melb
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:45PM
      • Could not agree more with the latest comments by Milo. What is going on. Here in Korea I have switched on to the golf!!!

        Commenter
        Ashley's Mallet
        Location
        Korea
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 12:07AM
    • Think we have this one in the bag, alls good ,

      Commenter
      Stevo16 the dilf
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:40PM
    • Nodding my head in agreement with most of the comments on here regarding Watson. What a selfish act but to be expected. Feel terrible for Rogers, the English seem to get the rub of the decisions at the moment. To get out to a rubbish delivery and to be given out by the umpire, shocking. And now Khawaja runs out of patience and gets himself out. He has been sitting on the outer of Australian cricket for years and does that! Bell can face 50+ delivery's for 10 runs to get himself in, our batsmen face half that many, lose patience and get themselves out. Hard to watch.....changes required boof.

      Commenter
      DB333
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:39PM
      • Well, we're certainly getting the rub of Clarkes and Watsons decisions. And Khawajas shot selection(!!??)
        'it's a test match son, no need to rush'

        Commenter
        nick
        Location
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 1:06AM
    • Are you all watching this on mute? Audible edge for the Hughes catch so 3rd Umpire couldn't over-rule the decision irrespective of HotSpot. Australia have no clue when it comes to DRS. Ask Watson!

      Commenter
      Whitsa73
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:31PM
      • Replays show the sound occurred when the ball was past the bat. Many things can make a noise.

        Commenter
        Aussie
        Location
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 11:37PM
      • Nonsense Aussie. And snicko has confirmed the nick. I guess you are one of the one-eyed fans who believe Haddin didn't nick it in 1st Test either and that Broad is the only non-walker!

        Commenter
        Whitsa73
        Location
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 11:42PM
      • Rubbish. Snicko was perfectly in sync. Slight mark on the bat meant the 3rd umpire could not over-rule the on field decision. As with LBW reviews, the effort is to prevent howlers by the umpire, in this instance the decision on field was not a howler even if YOU don't like it.

        Commenter
        Joe the POM
        Location
        Geelong
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 11:43PM
      • That is the reason why snicko is not considered as part of DRS decisions. It cannot (yet) distinguish between a noise of ball hitting bat or any other noise.

        I would have expected that an audio frequency analysis could be done. It shouldn't be that difficult.

        Commenter
        Greg
        Location
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 11:44PM
      • ABSOLUTE rubbish. The reverse angle shot showed about 5mm of air between the ball and the bat when the sound was produced.

        The hotspot was not on the ball other than where it hit the pitch, the hotspot on the bat was small and dull, unlike 99% of hotspots which show a vivid heat signature.

        The spot on the bat was not lasting, it was gone the next frame. Heat does not dissipate instantly.

        Prior wasn't convinced and Hughes reviewed straight away.

        An unfortunate confluence of events, but clearly not out.

        Commenter
        Aussie
        Location
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 11:52PM
      • Aussie, Hughes decision was not a howler, there was a noise and whether it truly hit the bat or not (I firmly believe it did) the umpire called it so he has to go. End of.
        The momentum in this match changed with the Watson decision to review the plumbest of plumb lwb, that is where you should be directing your frustration.

        Commenter
        Stump mike
        Location
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 12:16AM
    • The problem with the DRS is that the umpire is being given the benefit of the doubt, and not the batsman.

      So when a batsman is given out despite the absence of any evidence, he remains out even after the DRS, in order to protect the umpire's ego.

      In a televised international test match, EVERY non-obvious (where the batsman doesn't walk) dismissal should automatically be reviewed. It should not be a decision made by the batting or fielding team.

      Commenter
      Greg
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:29PM
      • Is that you mr g. baum?
        What nonsense, the system is designed to balance the authority of the on-field umpire against the frivolous appealing of the players. If every decision went upstairs we may as well lose the umps all together, if the Aussies want to appeal every decision...well that's just tough luck, learn some composure. Yes you Shane Watson/Michael Clarke!

        Commenter
        Stump mike
        Location
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 11:58PM
    • Oh dear. Foolish shot from Khawaja.

      In trouble now.

      Commenter
      Joe the POM
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:28PM
      • This bloke is the most over-rated cricketer in Australia...... and that is saying something.

        Commenter
        Stephen R
        Location
        Wollongong
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 12:28AM
    • I think all this talk about Clarke averaging 65 at 5 and 20 runs less than that in any other sport, just proves to me he isn't good enough to bat anywhere else.

      Commenter
      Tragic
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:26PM
    • Watson is a dumb selfish cricketer. The implications of him challenging that plumb LBW are far reaching. Rogers surely would have challenged had we had 2 in the bank. Still a howler of decision by Erasmus.
      Also puzzling as how Hughes was given out on the available evidence...I guess the on field ump gave him out but.....

      Commenter
      HG
      Location
      Up late
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:18PM
      • Agreed HG completely. When....oh when, are going to realise... AUSTRALIAN SUPPORTERS OUT THERE...... do we have to put up with this complete nonsense from this bewildering over-rated cricketer called Watson. I am so angry at a number of levels, but his record speaks for itself. He is a average all-rounder at best. But CERTAINLY NOT, I REPEAT NOT, an opener. He should be dropped, or at best, brought down the order to 6 or 7.. He is, undoubtedly, a major issue in this side. Drop Mickey Arthur?? Rubbish. It's Watson. Fullstop. Go Aussie. SGB

        Commenter
        SGB
        Location
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 11:50PM
      • i would agree, but he may well have made the innings top score.

        Commenter
        cos1
        Location
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 12:22AM
    • So the howlers continue. Kawaja now Hughes. Already this test and this series are a disgrace in terms of sub standard umpiring and the failure of technology.

      I will not watch another second of a game ruined by umpires who no longer display competence or confidence in themselves or their decisions.

      Cricket has officially been reduced to mediocrity and the lowest common denominator. Vale cricket.

      Commenter
      Pete1
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:13PM
      • Snicko showed an edge later on, which they can't use on the DRS but it seems with the noise and distance from the body the bat was there wasn't good evidence to overturn.

        It's hardly a howler, it is more a close decision that went against Australia this time. That's cricket.

        Commenter
        Aegeri
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 11:30PM
      • Pete, Hughes feathered it for sure, the noise was clear, there was a (very) tiny mark on hotspot and snicko backed it up - so there's no controversy with that one.
        Watto on the other hand has much to answer...

        Commenter
        stump mike
        Location
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 11:33PM
      • if you don't watch another second of this series it's because you're a typical Aussie supporter who refuses to back his team when they need you most.

        We all remember the empty seats in Oz when you started losing.

        Man up and support your team. You're a disgrace.

        Commenter
        Oli
        Location
        London
        Date and time
        July 20, 2013, 2:12AM
    • This constant referral rubbish is ruining the game.

      Commenter
      PG
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:13PM
    • Phil Hughes was NOT out. What the hell is the third ump watching. The only hot spot was on the bl##dy ball... From the pitch.
      Going to bed. What a joke!

      Commenter
      Aj
      Location
      Have a guess
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:11PM
      • Night AJ don't forget to take your ball

        Commenter
        Andy
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 11:26PM
      • Guessing you have your tv on mute then? And missed the snicko confirmation?
        Like it or not he feathered it, hardly a big controversy, unlike the ever vain Shane Watson wasting australias reviews

        Commenter
        Stump mike
        Location
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 11:41PM
      • Probably a good time to go to bed, as you were clearly watching with only 1 eye open.

        Commenter
        ScoobySnacks
        Location
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 11:54PM
    • Interesting. That basically proves that the technology is worthless. Prior knew it wasn't out, Hughes knew it wasn't out and hotspot showed it wasn't out. What's the point? Just get rid of it and leave it to the umpire. They'll still get it wrong sometimes but at least we can get on with the game.

      Commenter
      The Bagman
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:10PM
    • Prior didn't think it was out either.

      Commenter
      Matt
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:09PM
    • Well, Phil Hughes was plainly not out, the DRS is a joke and until the sort it out I'm not watching test cricket again.

      There was no bright spot on the bat, the hotspot also lingers and the front on view showed nothing on the blade.

      The sun clearly affects hotspot.

      Commenter
      Matt
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:07PM
      • If the umpire gives the batsmen out, the DRS has to show that the batsman is clearly not out for the decision to be overturned (ie the bowler is given the benefit of any doubt).

        If the umpire gives the batsmen not out, the DRS has to show that the batsman is clearly out for the decision to be overturned (ie the batsman is given the benefit of the doubt).

        Commenter
        gobsmack
        Location
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 11:53PM
    • Clarke is not going to like Hughes using up his review. 3 down and no reviews. If there's a howler now, tough luck.

      Commenter
      Joe the POM
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:07PM
    • Well Craig you've managed to insult all the cricket loving women by lumping Watson in with us. Sorry, but he's a selfish, self-absorbed bloke.

      Commenter
      Not good enough
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:07PM
    • The number of times I have seen the slip drop a ball like that from Swann has been far too much. In the last Ashes series in Australia England dropped Hussey in similar circumstances from Swanns bowling and Hussey went on to get 100+.

      Commenter
      Aegeri
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:03PM
      • dont worry, khawaja is no hussey...he will be lucky to get past 20.
        this is the worst top 6 in aust history...

        Commenter
        hillsman
        Location
        sydney
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 11:25PM
    • Comments re the referral are sooooo right. Ego = a waste. Shame on you Wato

      Commenter
      SeanVegas
      Location
      The real world
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 11:00PM
    • Put Rogers' dismissal down to Watson and his wasted DRS , which clearly caused Rogers not to ask for one. Thanks again, Watto. Can you miss your homework again and leave the tour just like in their India, but stay home this time?

      Commenter
      rudy
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:58PM
    • 10:54 comment. The last review is Captain Clarke's ... He can never be out either unless he bowled. So no chance of Rogers risking losing it.

      Commenter
      Joe the POM
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:56PM
    • Rogers us the most experience player at Lord's in the team and out of fear to not again misuse the DRS he walks when the outcome had he referred would have ensured his survival. Watson and MK are to blame for Rogers dismissal. Cluster f.

      Commenter
      GB - London
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:56PM
    • That was exactly the time to review, but Rogers must have been influenced by Watson (ie he knows the final review belongs to Clarke!). That was 'the howler' we've been talking about. Missing by a mile.

      Commenter
      PhilS
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:55PM
    • Stuart broad is not the serial reviewer as Watson is Mr Flemming.

      Broad being the last man out would have to have been some sort of an idiot not to try his hand with a review still available.

      What chance is there that Australia's last man out has that option available to him.

      Commenter
      Joe the POM
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:54PM
    • Two wickets lost by Watson.

      Commenter
      Matt
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:53PM
    • Oh my god.

      That is the single worst ball I have seen in test cricket get a wicket. But it wasn't out! Rogers didn't review thinking certainly about how Watson had wasted one already.

      Commenter
      Aegeri
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:53PM
    • Q: What does DRS stand for?

      A: Dumb Review, Shane.

      Commenter
      Gwen Plumb.
      Location
      All the way with LBW
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:52PM
    • Shane Watson sums up the Australian cricket team. Thinks he can bat but can't. Thinks he can bowl but can't. Thinks he can overturn plumb decisions using DRS but can't.

      Commenter
      Sandeep
      Location
      Goa
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:45PM
    • England are certainly so much smarter with the referral than we are.

      Commenter
      Dean
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:40PM
      • What a moment for Australian cricket and its future! Khawaja and Hughes at Lord's.

        Commenter
        GB - London
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 11:00PM
      • Very true although the umpires are driving me crazy. They are so inconsistent with pretty much everything.... They almost seem to be guessing .... And they mostly have the finger up for Aust. Which means the benefit of the doubt always goes to the Poms.Like that nick..... Just then .... No nick visible but the umpire has got him out.. I guess when you are playing poorly everything goes agaist you

        Commenter
        The Not-So-Magic Roundabout
        Location
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 11:08PM
    • What else do you expect from Alan Jones little sister ? Selfish and full of self importance just like his mentor shock jock Alan Jones, pathetic and sad!

      Commenter
      Craig
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:36PM
    • Out first ball after lunch, out two balls before lunch. Watson = mentally and technically deficient.

      Commenter
      Matt
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:30PM
    • How many times does Shane Watson need to prove he is not up to test cricket?!

      Commenter
      Matt
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:17PM
    • When is Watson going to banned from automatically asking for a review. Would love to know the stats on how many he's wasted for the greater good: self-indulgent and very unprofessional.

      Commenter
      Waiting for Gonzo
      Location
      Newcastle
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:17PM
    • Even my 10 year old daughter gave Watson out! Worst review ever. Although if I went out 2 balls before lunch, I'd try it as well. Nothing worse in cricket - he must have been thinking of those sangers.

      Commenter
      That_plumb
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:12PM
      • Or just not thinking.

        He has an OBVIOUS weakness that he refuses to address.

        Commenter
        Matt
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 10:23PM
      • Warner - Rogers? Enter Marsh and Cummins ? Pattinson needs a rest. Siddle stays because of his heart. We need passion. We need the essence of Border/ Waugh/Ponting/ Warne/Gilly et al. Can we bottle their collective grunt and feed it to our best XI???

        Commenter
        GB - London
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 10:43PM
    • That has to be it for Shane Watson. A failure on a belter of a pitch and an embarrassing and selfish review. Definitely not a team player. That was just an awful moment for Australia. Watson is a millstone around our neck. How often does he have to let us down before we see the back of him?

      Commenter
      The Bagman
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:10PM
      • Agree 100%.

        He is, indeed, a cancer.

        Commenter
        Matt
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 10:19PM
    • Hi, My name is Shane Watson and I AM NEVER OUT.

      My wicket is far more important than anyone else in my team and so I have to use throw away a review every innings.

      My guess is Clarke will consume the other one leaving the remaining 8 wickets no review. Ever the same.

      Commenter
      Joe the POM
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:09PM
      • Watto has never considered the team before, why would he start now?

        Commenter
        Jorbren
        Location
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 10:39PM
    • Watto hit plumb in front hitting across the line and wasting another DRS . Just like the first test. Good one, Watto . You're really justifying your opening spot.

      Commenter
      rudy
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:09PM
    • Just don't get the aussies and their appeals Watson so selfish!

      Commenter
      scaley
      Location
      Riddells Creek
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:07PM
    • Again a waste of a DRS review - unless it is an LBW howler then it is not worth a review. Upper order batsmen must not waste reviews on hope and their ego!!

      Commenter
      Big Bird
      Location
      Wollongong
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:06PM
    • Another failed review by Watson... he really has to stop and get control of his ego.

      Commenter
      The boy who cried wolf
      Location
      Planet Earth
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:05PM
    • What an idiot Watson is. Waste of a review, again.

      For the love of God, will someone talk to their batsmen about not reviewing plumb LBWs? What on earth did Rogers say?

      Commenter
      Aegerisydn
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 10:04PM
    • Will someone please educate David Cameron of "slip-slop-slap" ? Mr PM you need a hat Sir!!!

      Commenter
      GB - London
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 9:50PM
    • Good to see Clarke shirking responsibility again.

      Commenter
      Matt
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 9:50PM
    • Would love to see Usman Khawaja step up here. He deserves it. Hopefully not for a while, but he looks every bit the batsman we need in the top order.

      Commenter
      nebraska
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 9:41PM
    • Your friend Peter Hanlon appears to have a massive chip at the opposite end of those dragged knuckles, Jesse. No women in the Long Room, no gay marriage in Sydney. #theworldisn'taperfectplaceprecious

      Commenter
      PhilS
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 9:12PM
      • OK, will pay that one. Not a fan of maintaining the status quo for either.

        Commenter
        Jesse
        Location
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 9:15PM
    • Now all we need is the top and middle order batsmen to pull their weight.

      Commenter
      Marty
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 9:00PM
    • Get home just in time for the last wicket. What a pointless review from Broad.

      I am surprised to see England make 361 here, Australia have let England off the hook here a bit. But we have to see how Australia bats to know how good that score will be. Been looking forward to seeing Australia bat all day.

      Commenter
      Aegeri
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 8:57PM
      • Surely you must be thinking the same about Watson's review?

        Commenter
        Joe the POM
        Location
        Geelong
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 10:11PM
    • Australia has let England off the hook. It is a worry if on the morning of the second day at Lord's on this track cannot roll the tail cheaply. 50 plus for the last wicket is not good enough to win tests.

      Commenter
      GB - London
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 8:51PM
    • Looks an easy win for england with the current score - yet to see our australian tailenders post a score that high.

      Commenter
      Realistic
      Location
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 8:49PM
      • What was the Aussie tailenders' score in the first innings? Didn't Agar score 98?

        Commenter
        Knobby
        Location
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 9:06PM
      • You cannot count on a tail wagging and Agar's innings whilst fantastic is not now the recipe for success. England's run rate this morning was over 6 per over, and we need out top order to be accountable.

        Commenter
        GB - London
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 9:48PM
    • in the 1st test Australia gave away 20 runs in no balls and wides over 2 innings England gave away i no ball only and won by 14 runs so far in this innings Australia have given 6 no balls and 4 wides 1 of which would taken a wicket

      Commenter
      jim o b
      Location
      west london
      Date and time
      July 19, 2013, 8:33PM
      • Do you need us to lend you a full stop buddy?

        Commenter
        Neilt
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 9:46PM
      • no thanks mate but the loan of a bowling coach is very much appreciated

        Commenter
        jim o b
        Location
        Date and time
        July 19, 2013, 10:29PM
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