Match Over - England won by 1 wicket + Match Details

Match Details

  • Toss: England, who chose to bat
  • Venue: Headingley, Leeds
  • Referee: J Srinath
  • When: 22 Aug 2019, 12:00 SAST
  • Winner: England
  • Man of the Match: BA Stokes

Umpires

  • Umpire1: CB Gaffaney
  • Umpire2: JS Wilson
  • Third Umpire: HDPK Dharmasena

67/10

 

Overs: 27.5 / 0.0

England

179/10

 

Overs: 52.1 / 0.0

Australia

4.50pm: Test is best, Test is best, Test is best. We never wavered, we promise... Still two to come in this Ashes series, too, which is on course to become a classic, locked at 1-1 after England's resurrection. It was Botham-esque, it was Butcher-esque, it was Kusal Perera-esque from Ben Stokes, who continues to work off the most extraordinary scripts. The finish was part World Cup final, part Durban 2019, but mostly it was Stokes doing the things mere mortals can only dream of (before we even consider his bowling on days two and three). I said earlier that Headingley was a ground of strange juju, and you'd better believe that's been borne out once again. Time for me to wrap up, however, and leave you with a more considered recap of the day, from Valkerie; there'll be plenty more to come from our team at the ground. Thanks for coming with us on another magical mystery tour, your comments helped keep the engines running. From myself, Matt and Thilak, it's cheerio for now. It's been another glorious day in cricket. Bye!

4.35pm: Australia's Tim Paine: "Yeah, it's hard to take, losing from that position, got to tip your hat sometimes. Played an unbelievable innings and took it away from us. Probably the best Test innings I've seen, so well played to Ben. It was, we thought we had enough, bowlers had got us in a position, we'd create enough chances to win the game, but Ben played unbelievable. Joe and Denly kept them in the hunt, overall it was a terrific Test match. You're always a bit worried with Ben, he bats with the tail very well, things you can do differently, cricket is a game of inches and we had a few opportunities. Not the end of the world, one game of cricket and we've still got some opportunity to come back in the series. [Defeat affect team?] If you let it, it can, but you've got to play with skill, no emotion. We've created enough chances to win two Test matches. We think we'll be right in the mix for the next two."

Joe Root: "Said we have to believe while there are two people alive and breathing out there. Witnessed some freakish things out there this summer, didn't think it would be quite same again... Incredible atmosphere, just pleased to be standing here and enjoying the moment. [Stokes?] That was just incredible, trying to sum it up in words is impossible. Outrageous. He's got history and all that in the bank, but to stay as calm and composed in the moment as he did showed a great amount of courage and belief in his ability. Shows you should never give up. [Leach?] He was calm enough to take off his glasses and clean them between balls, he was a big part of that partnership. You've both got to be in it. He did a fantastic job, still trying to get my head around it, to be honest. [Momentum] Like to think so, when you're on the right side of these results it carries a huge amount of weight, it can make a big difference. Hard work to do and things to improve on but for us to win in that manner is fantastic. Ben deserves all the plaudits he is given."

Funnily enough, Ben Stokes is Man of the Match: "I just twanged my glute, was all right, just heavy legged. Adrenaline keeps you going, never until it's over, that's what I kept on thinking. The challenges you face at the highest level, there's nothing better than being there at the end. Today has been incredible, still hasn't quite sunk in yet. If it was going to take all day to get the runs, I was prepared to do that. When Leachy came in, I knew we had to go. They might be the most crucial balls he faces in his career, and for him to stand there and do that was amazing. [Celebration at the end] It was the best kiss I've ever had!"

4.30pm: Nope, still not sure what that was. Here's Stokes: "Dunno. Never give up, not over till it's over. When Leachy came in it was clear what had to be done, just saying five and one. Leachy's done it before, he's got 92 as nightwatchman, so I backed him. I couldn't watch at the end. When it got down to 20s, I started thinking I could rein in a bit. I had to try and go when it was 70s, 60s, 50. I was so in the zone... Eh. We had to win to stay in the Ashes, we've got to move into the next game, we've got some momentum. Got to recharge and hit the ground running in the next Test. Just have to try and take it all in, not sure that will ever happen again. [In the] top two feelings I've had in my career."

"Finding it pretty hard to forget about the dodgy LBW decision," says Mal. "After all, it changed the result. At least the missed run-out was down to the players." Yes, it was a poor call

"LOL. It's easy for you to 'forget' about the injustices that won England the game in your partial orgasming over England's win. Pipe down and get back to objective commentating." The DRS is there for such moments, Frank Vieri. If Australia hadn't wasted their last one, barely five minutes before on a complete punt, the case would be different

"I said this when root got out that match is not over until you get Ben Stokes out.you didn't publish my comment then." Apologies Faisal. You knew

Corniel Seddon : "This has been an enthralling match and an incredible reminder of how why Test match cricket is the best format of the game!"

4.20pm: How do you follow up the World Cup final? Well, by finishing 135 not out to complete England's highest-ever successful fourth-innings run chase, with only the last man for company, that's how! Headingley is a cauldron, the Australians are queuing up to shake Stokes hand, and we have seen something extraordinary! The second-highest tenth-wicket stand to win a Test, and Stokes did it almost single-handedly - scoring 74 of 76, to Leach's one! And all this after being bowled out for 67 in the first innings; making this the fourth-lowest total from which a team has gone on to win (all the others came in the 19th century). Forget about the missed run-out, forget about the dodgy lbw decision and the burned review, and let's just be thankful we were alive on this day to witness a finish like that. Stokes is embraced by Joe Root in the middle, and the captain looks like he can't believe what he has seen. The crowd are still on their feet and the Ashes, by the way, remain alive.

125.4PJ Cummins to BA Stokes, BOUNDARY, 4 runs, there it is! Flayed through the covers, Stokes has completed the Miracle of Headingley Part II! Holy hand grenades, Stokes is a monster! He throws his arms wide and roars! England win by one wicket and the series is level in the most heart-stopping fashion imaginable!.
125.3PJ Cummins to MJ Leach, 1 run, round the wicket, banged into the ribs and Leach jabs it past short leg, they scamper through and SCORES ARE LEVEL! Leach's first run, too.
125.2PJ Cummins to MJ Leach, No run, short and at the body, 85mph/137kph and Leach shovels it away, leg gully cleans up.
125.1PJ Cummins to MJ Leach, No run, slams down a bouncer, high over the batsman's head.
End of over 125. 6 runs this over. 357/9 after 750 balls.
BA Stokes 131 (218b 10x4 8x6 ) NM Lyon 39-5-114-2
MJ Leach 0 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Would have been overturned on DRS! Hitting middle and leg stump according to Hawk-Eye. Poor decision, you have to say, but Australia had wasted their last review in the previous over

End of over 124. 9 runs this over. 351/9 after 744 balls.
MJ Leach 0 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 24-5-75-1
BA Stokes 125 (212b 10x4 7x6 ) more

Anyone nervous?

End of over 123. 1 runs this over. 342/9 after 738 balls.
MJ Leach 0 (12b 0x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 38-5-108-2
BA Stokes 116 (208b 8x4 7x6 ) more

"Is there a super day if this test ties?" cackles HG

End of over 122. 19 runs this over. 341/9 after 732 balls.
MJ Leach 0 (11b 0x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 31-11-85-4
BA Stokes 115 (203b 8x4 7x6 ) more
End of over 121. 11 runs this over. 322/9 after 726 balls.
MJ Leach 0 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 23-5-66-1
BA Stokes 96 (198b 7x4 5x6 ) more

"What's the go with tea? As an Aussie with the time approaching 1am, a 20-minute break right now wouldn't be ideal." It's officially in 20 mins' time, James. But I think it can be pushed back

End of over 120. 1 runs this over. 311/9 after 720 balls.
MJ Leach 0 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) JL Pattinson 25-9-47-1
BA Stokes 85 (193b 7x4 4x6 ) more

For those wondering... the highest last-wicket stands to win a Test are here

"Shot of the summer!" yelps Prabhan, of that reverse-hit six. "From the man of the summer!!"

He's going to get some treatment, maybe cramping a touch out there. Gobbles a gel and gulps some water... On we go!

Morvin Williams: "Irrespective of the outcome I will remember the name Ben Stokes." How could you forget it, after the summer he's had?

End of over 119. 13 runs this over. 310/9 after 714 balls.
BA Stokes 84 (191b 7x4 4x6 ) NM Lyon 37-5-107-2
MJ Leach 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) more

The requirement is below 50, and the crowd are on their feet again. Surely not, surely...?!!

End of over 118. 4 runs this over. 297/9 after 707 balls.
BA Stokes 71 (185b 7x4 2x6 ) JL Pattinson 24-9-46-1
MJ Leach 0 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"They need runs to win, why is Stokes turning them down?" demands William Tucker. "Leach has to face at some point." But not necessarily five balls of Pattinson bombing him, if avoidable

End of over 117. 7 runs this over. 293/9 after 702 balls.
BA Stokes 68 (180b 7x4 2x6 ) NM Lyon 36-5-94-2
MJ Leach 0 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"Give a shout out to NZ fans watching at 230am." Stick with us, Mathew Whelan. Might not be long now...

End of over 116.  A maiden over! 286/9 after 696 balls.
MJ Leach 0 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) JL Pattinson 23-9-42-1
BA Stokes 61 (174b 7x4 1x6 ) more

Here's Sooryanarayanan: "Down to Stokes to do a Kusal Perera then." Oh lummy, if it gets that close...

End of over 115. 9 runs this over. 286/8 after 690 balls.
JC Archer 15 (33b 3x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 35-5-87-2
BA Stokes 61 (174b 7x4 1x6 ) more

"History is changing, forget the World Cup," barks Ghumman. "Australia favourites"

End of over 114.  A maiden over! 277/7 after 684 balls.
JC Archer 7 (28b 1x4 0x6 ) JL Pattinson 22-8-42-0
BA Stokes 60 (173b 7x4 1x6 ) more

Vinoth is going all in: "Stokes n Jofra were the heroes in the World Cup final, pulling it up for Eng at the end... My guess is they're gonna do it again today..."

End of over 113. 6 runs this over. 277/7 after 678 balls.
BA Stokes 60 (173b 7x4 1x6 ) NM Lyon 34-5-78-1
JC Archer 7 (22b 1x4 0x6 ) more

And that will be drinks. Australia's session so far, but as long as Stokes stays there, England have half a prayer... here's Alan for a spell.

End of over 112.  A maiden over! 271/7 after 672 balls.
JC Archer 6 (21b 1x4 0x6 ) JL Pattinson 21-7-42-0
BA Stokes 55 (168b 6x4 1x6 ) more

"Starc would've been handy huh?" Pattinson, Cummins, and Hazlewood have been pretty useful too, Prajwal...

End of over 111. 5 runs this over. 271/7 after 666 balls.
BA Stokes 55 (168b 6x4 1x6 ) PJ Cummins 22-5-55-1
JC Archer 6 (15b 1x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 110. 4 runs this over. 266/7 after 660 balls.
BA Stokes 55 (167b 6x4 1x6 ) JL Pattinson 20-6-42-0
JC Archer 1 (10b 0x4 0x6 ) more

WhyWake: ""Archer is, unusually, wearing a watch while batting" -- he obviously is batting time..."

End of over 109.  A maiden over! 262/7 after 654 balls.
JC Archer 0 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 33-5-72-1
BA Stokes 52 (163b 6x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 108.  A maiden over! 262/7 after 648 balls.
BA Stokes 52 (163b 6x4 1x6 ) JR Hazlewood 30-11-66-4
JC Archer 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Jofra Archer's maiden first-class innings lasted 115 balls and nearly two-and-a-half hours, Alan tells me. Can he hang around here?

End of over 107. 1 runs this over. 262/7 after 642 balls.
JC Archer 0 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 32-4-72-1
BA Stokes 52 (157b 6x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 106.  A maiden over! 261/7 after 636 balls.
CR Woakes 1 (8b 0x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 29-10-66-4
BA Stokes 51 (153b 6x4 1x6 ) more

"Anything in the pitch for Lyon?" The odd one has turned, turtle, but he's pitched it right up to Stokes, not given it much of a chance to spin

End of over 105. 2 runs this over. 261/6 after 630 balls.
BA Stokes 51 (153b 6x4 1x6 ) NM Lyon 31-4-71-1
CR Woakes 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 104. 2 runs this over. 259/6 after 624 balls.
BA Stokes 49 (147b 6x4 1x6 ) JR Hazlewood 28-9-66-3
CR Woakes 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 103. 4 runs this over. 257/6 after 618 balls.
BA Stokes 48 (143b 6x4 1x6 ) NM Lyon 30-4-69-1
CR Woakes 0 (0b 0x4 0x6 ) more

"It was shoes off if you love Ben Stokes" says Tom Dixon. I doubt Buttler will be joining in...

End of over 102. 5 runs this over. 253/5 after 612 balls.
JC Buttler 1 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 27-9-64-3
BA Stokes 44 (137b 5x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 101. 3 runs this over. 248/5 after 606 balls.
BA Stokes 39 (133b 4x4 1x6 ) NM Lyon 29-4-65-1
JC Buttler 1 (7b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 100.  A maiden over! 245/5 after 600 balls.
JC Buttler 0 (5b 0x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 26-9-59-3
BA Stokes 37 (129b 4x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 99. 4 runs this over. 245/4 after 594 balls.
BA Stokes 37 (129b 4x4 1x6 ) NM Lyon 28-4-62-1
JM Bairstow 36 (67b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 98. 2 runs this over. 241/4 after 588 balls.
JM Bairstow 36 (67b 4x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 25-8-59-2
BA Stokes 33 (123b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 97. 1 runs this over. 239/4 after 582 balls.
BA Stokes 32 (120b 3x4 1x6 ) NM Lyon 27-4-58-1
JM Bairstow 35 (64b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 96. 3 runs this over. 238/4 after 576 balls.
JM Bairstow 34 (59b 4x4 0x6 ) M Labuschagne 6-0-16-0
BA Stokes 32 (119b 3x4 1x6 ) more

1.05pm: Test cricket, you scoundrel! What have you got planned here...? A huge session and England have shifted the psychology of this run chase. Let's be clear: two quick wickets and Australia will be all over them again. But somehow, despite getting rid of Joe Root inside a first hour during which England barely moved anywhere, it is the tourists who have looked edgier. Bairstow, in particular, has energised the crowd and if - IF - this partnership keeps going long after lunch, then we could be in for a finish for the ages. Anyway, let's all just keep it together for now. Go get some tucker and Matt will be back in a bit

Here's Thomas: "Somehow, as a die-hard England fan who has followed them throughout this summer, you just know that this will end up with England 9 wickets down and Ben Stokes called upon to be the hero yet again... "

"If England repeat this session - 80 runs and a wicket taking them to 320 for 5 - by tea this nation will be at meltdown," reckons VJ

"That short first innings of England's has left them with plenty of time to win this Test," chuckles Grant Dexter

End of over 95.  A maiden over! 235/4 after 570 balls.
BA Stokes 31 (116b 3x4 1x6 ) NM Lyon 26-4-57-1
JM Bairstow 32 (56b 4x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 94.  A maiden over! 235/4 after 564 balls.
JM Bairstow 32 (56b 4x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 21-5-50-1
BA Stokes 31 (110b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 93. 6 runs this over. 235/4 after 558 balls.
JM Bairstow 32 (50b 4x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 25-3-57-1
BA Stokes 31 (110b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 92.  A maiden over! 229/4 after 552 balls.
JM Bairstow 27 (48b 3x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 20-4-50-1
BA Stokes 30 (106b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 91. 1 runs this over. 229/4 after 546 balls.
BA Stokes 30 (106b 3x4 1x6 ) NM Lyon 24-3-51-1
JM Bairstow 27 (42b 3x4 0x6 ) more

Nothing to see here, reckons Addsey: "It only takes a few wicket balls, and it will be done, no worries, sit back and watch the professionalism of these bowlers!"

End of over 90. 8 runs this over. 228/4 after 540 balls.
JM Bairstow 26 (40b 3x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 19-3-50-1
BA Stokes 30 (102b 3x4 1x6 ) more
End of over 89. 5 runs this over. 220/4 after 534 balls.
JM Bairstow 26 (37b 3x4 0x6 ) JL Pattinson 19-6-38-0
BA Stokes 23 (99b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 88. 3 runs this over. 215/4 after 528 balls.
JM Bairstow 26 (36b 3x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 24-8-57-2
BA Stokes 18 (94b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 87. 11 runs this over. 210/4 after 521 balls.
JM Bairstow 22 (33b 3x4 0x6 ) JL Pattinson 18-6-31-0
BA Stokes 17 (90b 2x4 0x6 ) more

Meanwhile, He has spoken about Test cricket in general and Smith v Archer in particular. (The old Him, not the new one, if you get me)

End of over 86. 7 runs this over. 199/4 after 516 balls.
BA Stokes 17 (90b 2x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 23-8-54-2
JM Bairstow 20 (28b 3x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 85. 6 runs this over. 192/4 after 510 balls.
BA Stokes 15 (87b 2x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 18-3-43-1
JM Bairstow 15 (25b 2x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 84. 10 runs this over. 186/4 after 504 balls.
JM Bairstow 15 (25b 2x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 22-8-47-2
BA Stokes 9 (81b 1x4 0x6 ) more

And that will be drinks. Root's wicket thanks to Warner's brilliant diving catch means Australia are the happier side after the first hour, but these two have just started to motor... meaning this is finely poised for Alan to see things through to lunch.

End of over 83. 3 runs this over. 176/4 after 498 balls.
BA Stokes 9 (81b 1x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 17-3-37-1
JM Bairstow 7 (19b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 82. 6 runs this over. 173/4 after 491 balls.
JM Bairstow 6 (14b 0x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 21-8-39-2
BA Stokes 7 (79b 1x4 0x6 ) more

"Matt why wasnt Anderson cancussed like Smith?" You've answered your own question, Shoaib Memon. It's because he wasn't concussed.

End of over 81. 1 runs this over. 167/4 after 486 balls.
BA Stokes 7 (79b 1x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 16-3-34-1
JM Bairstow 3 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 80. 5 runs this over. 166/4 after 480 balls.
BA Stokes 7 (76b 1x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 23-3-50-1
JM Bairstow 2 (6b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 79. 1 runs this over. 161/4 after 474 balls.
BA Stokes 3 (72b 0x4 0x6 ) JL Pattinson 17-6-24-0
JM Bairstow 1 (4b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 78. 3 runs this over. 160/4 after 468 balls.
BA Stokes 3 (68b 0x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 22-3-45-1
JM Bairstow 1 (2b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 77. 1 runs this over. 157/3 after 462 balls.
BA Stokes 2 (66b 0x4 0x6 ) JL Pattinson 16-5-24-0
JE Root 76 (203b 7x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 76.  A maiden over! 156/3 after 456 balls.
BA Stokes 2 (62b 0x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 20-8-35-2
JE Root 75 (201b 7x4 0x6 ) more

Stokes looks a touch shaken, but he should be fine to continue after a quick check from the doctor

End of over 75.  A maiden over! 156/3 after 450 balls.
JE Root 75 (201b 7x4 0x6 ) JL Pattinson 15-5-23-0
BA Stokes 2 (56b 0x4 0x6 ) more

Still no runs just yet this morning

End of over 74.  A maiden over! 156/3 after 444 balls.
BA Stokes 2 (56b 0x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 19-7-35-2
JE Root 75 (195b 7x4 0x6 ) more

Shah Safeer: "Gotta give credit to England's captain Joe Root. After a backlash in the media as well as in world of cricket, he is shutting every hater up with his bat. A Champ player" He batted brilliantly last night but... he's still not a great captain, is he?

End of over 73.  A maiden over! 156/3 after 438 balls.
JE Root 75 (195b 7x4 0x6 ) JL Pattinson 14-4-23-0
BA Stokes 2 (50b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 72. 1 runs this over. 156/3 after 432 balls.
BA Stokes 2 (50b 0x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 21-3-42-0
JE Root 75 (189b 7x4 0x6 ) more

7.00pm And that will be stumps on a gripping day of old-school Test cricket. If yesterday was a Friday-night pub crawl, full of excitement and bad decisions that left everyone feeling worse for wear, today was a Sunday roast, slower-paced, and a chance to enjoy the finer pleasures. England looked in all sorts of bother at 15 for 2, but a stand of 126 between the two Joes - Root and Denly - helped them recover, before Ben Stokes saw them through to stumps with a stoic effort. Australia are still clear favourites in this game, but there's more than a glimmer of hope for England that seemed impossible at 2pm this afternoon. Stick around for all the reaction and analysis from George, Dan, and Mel, plus Valkerie's report, and we'll be back with you tomorrow morning.

End of over 71. 1 runs this over. 155/3 after 425 balls.
BA Stokes 2 (45b 0x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 15-3-33-1
JE Root 74 (187b 7x4 0x6 ) more

Stephen: "Stokes innings reminds me of AB De Villiers at Adelaide"

End of over 70. 3 runs this over. 154/3 after 420 balls.
BA Stokes 2 (40b 0x4 0x6 ) M Labuschagne 5-0-13-0
JE Root 74 (187b 7x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 69.  A maiden over! 151/3 after 414 balls.
JE Root 73 (186b 7x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 20-3-41-0
BA Stokes 1 (35b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 68. 1 runs this over. 151/3 after 408 balls.
BA Stokes 1 (35b 0x4 0x6 ) JL Pattinson 13-3-23-0
JE Root 73 (180b 7x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 67. 1 runs this over. 150/3 after 402 balls.
BA Stokes 1 (33b 0x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 19-2-41-0
JE Root 72 (176b 7x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 66. 1 runs this over. 149/3 after 396 balls.
BA Stokes 1 (28b 0x4 0x6 ) JL Pattinson 12-3-22-0
JE Root 71 (175b 7x4 0x6 ) more

"When is the new ball due?? Never worried about that in this series!" 80 overs, Dan.

End of over 65. 1 runs this over. 148/3 after 390 balls.
BA Stokes 1 (25b 0x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 18-2-40-0
JE Root 70 (172b 7x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 64. 1 runs this over. 147/3 after 384 balls.
BA Stokes 1 (20b 0x4 0x6 ) JL Pattinson 11-3-21-0
JE Root 69 (171b 7x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 63.  A maiden over! 146/3 after 378 balls.
BA Stokes 1 (15b 0x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 17-2-39-0
JE Root 68 (170b 7x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 62. 1 runs this over. 146/3 after 372 balls.
BA Stokes 1 (9b 0x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 18-6-35-2
JE Root 68 (170b 7x4 0x6 ) more

Paul Muchmore continues the Wombats theme: "If England somehow pull this off I'm 'Moving To New York'. Though the way they batted in the first innings, it was like they brought a 'Lemon to a Knife Fight'"

End of over 61. 4 runs this over. 145/3 after 366 balls.
JE Root 68 (170b 7x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 16-1-39-0
BA Stokes 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 60. 1 runs this over. 141/3 after 360 balls.
BA Stokes 0 (3b 0x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 17-6-34-2
JE Root 64 (164b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 59.  A maiden over! 140/2 after 354 balls.
JL Denly 50 (153b 8x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 15-1-35-0
JE Root 64 (163b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 58.  A maiden over! 140/2 after 348 balls.
JE Root 64 (163b 6x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 16-5-34-1
JL Denly 50 (147b 8x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 57. 1 runs this over. 140/2 after 342 balls.
JL Denly 50 (147b 8x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 14-0-35-0
JE Root 64 (157b 6x4 0x6 ) more

"I am watching Liverpool vs Arsenal on one tab and following Ashes on the other. What a day!!!" Here's the latest from Anfield for those of a similar tendency to Akshat.

End of over 56. 1 runs this over. 139/2 after 336 balls.
JL Denly 50 (144b 8x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 15-4-34-1
JE Root 63 (154b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 55. 1 runs this over. 138/2 after 330 balls.
JE Root 62 (152b 6x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 13-0-34-0
JL Denly 50 (140b 8x4 0x6 ) more

That'll be drinks, the tension rising just a touch out in the middle. Matt's back to see this through to stumps

"Is... Is this on? I logged off at 20-2 resigned to humiliation and things have not continued how i expected. When do we start thinking of Vegas and the mirage?" Maybe not just yet, Helena Jackson. But if these two get to the close...

End of over 54.  A maiden over! 137/2 after 324 balls.
JL Denly 50 (140b 8x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 14-4-33-1
JE Root 61 (146b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 53. 2 runs this over. 137/2 after 318 balls.
JE Root 61 (146b 6x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 12-0-33-0
JL Denly 50 (134b 8x4 0x6 ) more

"There's only one Joe Denly!" sings the crowd, getting into their work. The famous 12th man present and correct

End of over 52. 1 runs this over. 135/2 after 312 balls.
JL Denly 49 (132b 8x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 13-3-33-1
JE Root 60 (142b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 51. 9 runs this over. 134/2 after 305 balls.
JL Denly 49 (129b 8x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 14-3-32-1
JE Root 59 (138b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 50.  A maiden over! 125/2 after 300 balls.
JE Root 59 (138b 6x4 0x6 ) JR Hazlewood 12-3-32-1
JL Denly 41 (123b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 49. 4 runs this over. 125/2 after 294 balls.
JE Root 59 (132b 6x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 13-3-23-1
JL Denly 41 (123b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 48. 1 runs this over. 121/2 after 288 balls.
JL Denly 40 (119b 6x4 0x6 ) JL Pattinson 10-3-20-0
JE Root 57 (130b 6x4 0x6 ) more

For those getting excited, here's JRod with his bucket of cold water

End of over 47. 1 runs this over. 120/2 after 282 balls.
JE Root 57 (130b 6x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 12-3-20-1
JL Denly 40 (113b 6x4 0x6 ) more

"Blimey!" blurts Dan. "Just checked the score, and wondering if Cricinfo has a software error? England appear to have a three-figure score, and Denly has more than 30?!?"

End of over 46. 1 runs this over. 119/2 after 276 balls.
JE Root 57 (129b 6x4 0x6 ) JL Pattinson 9-2-20-0
JL Denly 39 (108b 6x4 0x6 ) more

"Playing 100 balls is a Cowan. It's that simple! How did you get this job again?" The usual route, Anurag - it was a raffle prize. But 90 off 100, for instance, is definitely not Cowan-esque

End of over 45. 1 runs this over. 118/2 after 270 balls.
JE Root 57 (126b 6x4 0x6 ) PJ Cummins 11-3-19-1
JL Denly 38 (105b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 44. 7 runs this over. 117/2 after 264 balls.
JL Denly 37 (101b 6x4 0x6 ) JL Pattinson 8-2-19-0
JE Root 57 (124b 6x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 43. 8 runs this over. 110/2 after 258 balls.
JE Root 56 (121b 6x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 11-0-31-0
JL Denly 31 (98b 5x4 0x6 ) more

"If England get to 200/2 Australia are still in the box seat," muses Phil. Yes... but they might be getting a bit nervous

End of over 42. 1 runs this over. 102/2 after 252 balls.
JE Root 48 (115b 4x4 0x6 ) JL Pattinson 7-2-12-0
JL Denly 31 (98b 5x4 0x6 ) more
End of over 41. 6 runs this over. 101/2 after 246 balls.
JE Root 47 (109b 4x4 0x6 ) NM Lyon 10-0-23-0
JL Denly 31 (98b 5x4 0x6 )