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Ashes 2017, Australia vs England, 5th Test, Day 1 at Sydney, Highlights: As It Happened

Cricketnext | Updated: January 4, 2018, 2:38 PM IST

5th Test, Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney 04 - 08 January, 2018

Toss won by England (decided to bat)

Australia beat England by an innings and 123 runs

Man of the Match: Pat Cummins

Ashes 2017, Australia vs England, 5th Test, Day 1 at Sydney, Highlights: As It Happened

Australia's Josh Hazlewood, fourth left, celebrates a successful review for a LBW decision on England's Alastair Cook during their Ashes cricket test match in Sydney (Image: AP)

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PREVIEW: Leg-spinner Mason Crane's experience playing in Sydney may prove the clincher to earn him a debut as England try to salvage their Ashes series with a win over Australia in Thursday's final Test.
Trailing 3-0 and the Ashes lost, England are considering a possible team change for the fifth Sydney Test with Moeen Ali's place under threat and Crane pushing for his first cap.
Moeen has played 48 Tests and came to Australia as an accomplished all-rounder but he has under-performed, taking only three wickets and averaging 19 with the bat.
The Sydney Cricket Ground has a reputation as a turning wicket, enhancing Crane's chances of playing.
The 20-year-old Hampshire leggie also boasts a five-wicket haul playing at the famous ground for New South Wales last year.
Crane, who was impressing in Sydney club cricket, was called up by NSW and took five wickets in the Sheffield Shield victory against South Australia.
"With the series lost it gives us the opportunity to look at some different people," England's Australian coach Trevor Bayliss said this week.
Asked if Crane was ready for Test cricket, Bayliss added: "There's maybe no time like the present to find out.
"We think he's a guy that has got the goods and the more he plays at this level the better he will get. You have got to start somewhere."
England outplayed Australia for large tracts of last week's fourth Test in Melbourne only for Steve Smith to bat out the entire last day with an unbeaten century for a draw.

Commentary (England innings)

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Phew! That brings us to the end of Ashes 2017-18. A bit of mixed feelings. A bit dejected as it has ended yet feeling glad and upbeat for the way it happened. All things have to end, eventually. England will certainly look at this series as many opportunities missed. It is said that opportunity knocks the door twice. It did so more than that for England but they had bolted the door and lost the key. Give an inch to Australia and they grab a mile. The home side did just that and the end results is there for all to see.

That look on his face says it all. Ever tried giving a kid the candy that it always desired? And then had a look at its face? That's how Steven Smith looks as he goes up to collect the trophy. The entire team joins him on the podium and they all rejoice. Post all the posing and the photo shoots, they all take a lap of honour around the SCG. Lovely to see them give it back to the fans who have come out in large numbers in support. Autographs are signed as well. Always good to see success being celebrated the way it is being done now.

Australian skipper STEVEN SMITH is also the Player of the Series. Huge applause engulfs the SCG and deservingly so. He says everything went to plan. Appreciates the fact that they have managed to pick up 80 wickets in the series. Stresses on the collective efforts of his bowlers as well as his batters. Reckons that although England have had a foot in the door in all the games, his side did extremely well to seize those key moments and prevail. States how good it feels to not have an injury casualty throughout these five games. Thanks his team from the bottom of his heart for the same. About his batting he keeps it simple and says that he aims to practice a lot at the nets and does nothing different.

Since Joe Root, the English skipper is down with illness, vice-captain JAMES ANDERSON has a chat in his absence. Says that Root is fast asleep as he hasn't recovered completely from his gastro bug. Agrees that they have been in the game on many occasions but haven't been able to capitalise on the key moments. Lauds the opposition's bowling attack as well as the batters' efforts to score runs, something that they themselves failed to do. Ends being grateful to the Barmy Army who have supported his side through thick and thin.

Player of the Match, PAT CUMMINS, says he can't ask for more. Adds that it is fun to play with the bunch that he has. States that they (the bowlers) always run in and attack and think nothing else. Reckons that every kid dreams of playing in the Ashes and he is happy to realise the same.

Every Australian batter apart from Cameron Bancroft made hay while the sun shone to get scores above a fifty. Usman Khawaja and the Marsh brothers went to the extent of notching up their tons. This meant that the hosts ended up having a 303-run lead over the visitors. From then, it was all about when rather than if. The formalities were done completed and here we are on the other side. Time for the presentation now...

Picture this. England were 228/3 on the first day before losing the plot and slipping to 251/6. This is just a sample of the entire stock. All along the tour they have been in such dominant positions at various times before letting things drift away from them. A lower order surge helped them post what seemed like a decent score at that point. But the Aussie batters came out like a storm to quell all such thoughts.

This has been yet another abject surrender from the tourists. Yes, they were on the ground for a long time but they themselves were the cause for the same. After getting a chance to bat again, they somehow barely managed to bring the game to the last day but it was just about delaying the inevitable. With a sick Joe Root in the dressing room, the task on the final day grew all the more monumental.

Nathan Lyon is really delighted with the win. Feels good to do well another Smith's captaincy who has been really good with his tactics, he reckons. Adds it wouldn't have been possible to come out good with the ball without the three quicks (Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins). States is happy to be a part of the best bowling attack. Opines it has been a complete team effort on their part. Credits selectors for believing in each one of them. Ends by saying the best feeling is to get that urn back. Can't wait to celebrate he says and runs towards his team.

Mitchell Marsh is next up. He feels elated to be a part of the victorious side. Reckons that feels crazy to win 4-0 and contribute with a couple of tons. Admits it was a special feeling to be with his brother at the time of their tons. Adds further that he was more emotional for his brother's ton.

First is Usman Khawaja. Ashes win feels great he says. Reckons that all the firt three games were in the balance. Feels good that he has contributed in some way in this victory. Lauds his bowlers for their collective efforts. Says that they were consistent and hence the results show. Jokes that having Smith helps as well.

Clinical performance from the hosts! This is the 8th highest victory in the Ashes, pings my colleague. Nevertheless, even without those figures the performances speak for themselves. Let's hear the players speak on the sidelines first as Mark Nicholas and Michael Slater catch up with some of the Aussies.

88.1 J Hazlewood to Anderson, OUT! Is that it? Yes it is! Length ball angling away from Anderson. As he has been trying all along, looks to fend away from his body. This time the ball doesn't miss the outside edge and goes straight to Paine behind. They appeal and umpire Dharmasena takes his time before ruling it out. Anderson wants to take the review but he is informed that there isn't any in the bank. Birthday gift for Hazlewood who gets his first scalp of the innings. It is confirmed that Root won't come out to bat and thus, another unconverted fifty lies against his name. AN INNINGS AND 123 RUNS VICTORY FOR AUSTRALIA to take the series 4-0. 180/9

Time for some liquid intake!

87.6 N Lyon to Curran, Negotiates this one with a forward defense. 180/8

87.5 N Lyon to Curran, Five Penalty runs! This one goes straight past the outside edge as it stays low. Beats the batter as well as the keeper. Goes on to strike the helmet behind and hence the penalty. 175/8

87.4 N Lyon to Curran, Arm ball outside off, Tom lets it be. 175/8

87.3 N Lyon to Curran, FOUR! What a stroke! This is tossed up outside off, Curran charges down, gets to the pitch of the ball and drives it inside out through covers, all along the ground. Gets a boundary that takes him to 23 off 37. 175/8

87.2 N Lyon to Curran, Another one around off, blocked off the front foot. 171/8

87.1 N Lyon to Curran, Curran has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 171/8

Nathan Lyon to bowl.

86.6 J Hazlewood to Anderson, Short of length, Jimmy hops and keeps it down next to him. Was a bit early into the shot there. 171/8

86.5 J Hazlewood to Anderson, Josh comes over the wicket and angles it across. Anderson ones again tries his best to nick it but fails. 171/8

86.4 J Hazlewood to Anderson, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 171/8

The previous one might have been Cummins' last. Smith is seen having a chat with Lyon. Warne reckons the latter would be requesting his skipp to let Pat bowl another.

86.3 J Hazlewood to Anderson, This length ball is defended with an angled bat towards point. 171/8

86.2 J Hazlewood to Anderson, Bumper in line of the stumps, evaded. 171/8

86.1 J Hazlewood to Anderson, Short outside off, Anderson doesn't poke at that. 171/8

Happy Birthday Josh Hazlewood! Here's his chance to get his name in the wickets column.

85.6 Pat Cummins to Curran, Just away from short leg! Back of a length ball angling in, fended away just past Bancroft for nothing. 171/8

85.5 Pat Cummins to Curran, Oh my god! That'll ruffle his feathers. Banged short, Tom fails to crouch under that completely and takes it on his left shoulder. That's one for tomorrow, says Clarke on air. Bank on him to sledge the opposition even when he isn't playing. 171/8

85.4 Pat Cummins to Curran, Curran misses the pull shot on this one. 171/8

85.3 Pat Cummins to Curran, Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him. 171/8

85.2 Pat Cummins to Curran, FOUR! Bang! Take that! Short in length, pulled confidently through mid-wicket for another boundary. 171/8

Sixth over on the trot for Pat. Warne says that Hazlewood was seen warming up about 8 times in the last few minutes. At the same time, with a five-fer in sight, it would be hard to get the ball off Pat's hands.

85.1 Pat Cummins to Curran, FOUR! Where did that come from? Full in length and a line just around off. Curran drives it on the up through mid off for a boundary. 167/8

84.6 M Starc to Anderson, Well played Jimmy. Hops up and keeps this short ball down towards backward square leg. 163/8

84.5 M Starc to Anderson, Full on the pads, Anderson clips it away through mid-wicket for a brace. Gets off the mark after 14 balls, drawing an applause from the crowd. 163/8

84.4 M Starc to Anderson, Bouncer angling down leg, Anderson gets out of the line in time. 161/8

84.3 M Starc to Anderson, This is blocked from the crease to the off side. 161/8

84.2 M Starc to Anderson, Short ball around off, Jimmy hops up and keeps it down towards gully. Anderson took his bottom edge off the handle which saved him here. 161/8

84.1 M Starc to Curran, Short ball on the stumps, nudged through backward square leg for one. 161/8

83.6 Pat Cummins to J Anderson, Fuller around off, dug out towards backward point off the outer edge. Another maiden. 160/8

Look what extra pace can do. Looking at the track yesterday, most thought Lyon to run through the opposition and end up with a fifer. But Cummins has bent his back well and has been rewarded with wickets - 4 of them so far.

83.5 Pat Cummins to Anderson, This is outside off, Anderson looks to play at that but decides against that and lets it go. 160/8

83.4 Pat Cummins to Anderson, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 160/8

83.3 Pat Cummins to Anderson, That stayed low! It wasn't in line of the stumps though. Anderson hops up based on the length but the ball goes below his bat. 160/8

Another update about Root. He's asleep in the dressing room. So that should indicate the end. Get well soon, Joey!

83.2 Cummins to Anderson, Spears a yorker aiming at the stumps, Jimmy digs it out. 160/8

83.1 Pat Cummins to Anderson, Banged short in line of the stumps, the batter ducks. 160/8

Clarke and Warne are of the opinion that Joe Root would definitely come out to bat, being the captain of the side. But the medical staff and the team management should consider that based on their assessment as it could prove to be dangerous apart from being futile.

82.6 M Starc to Curran, The batsman picked that bouncer early and let it through to the keeper. 160/8

82.5 M Starc to Curran, Length ball outside off, defended towards point. 160/8

82.4 M Starc to Curran, Is that it? No! Fuller in line of the stumps, Curran gets hit on the pads. Big appeal turned down. Pitching outside leg, perhaps. 160/8

82.3 M Starc to Curran, FOUR! The Barmy Army cheers this boundary loudly as positives have been as hard to find as water in a desert. Curran slices this full ball and collects runs as the ball rolls through point. 160/8

82.2 M Starc to Curran, This ball is kept out from the crease. 156/8

82.1 M Starc to Curran, Short ball angling away, Curran looks to pull but misses. 156/8

81.6 Pat Cummins to Anderson, Another play and a miss. Maiden for Cummins. 156/8

81.5 Pat Cummins to Anderson, Anderson evades this bouncer by ducking under this. 156/8

Joe Root isn't seen sitting in the balcony and this could be the last pair, opines Michael Clarke on air.

81.4 Pat Cummins to Anderson, Length ball on off is blocked from the crease. 156/8

81.3 Pat Cummins to Anderson, Another one. Shane Warne says that Anderson is trying hard to give Pat a fifer. The latter fishes at a wide one yet again. 156/8

81.2 Pat Cummins to Anderson, Almost a fifer! Back of a length ball outside off, Jimmy has a wild poke at it but misses. 156/8

James Anderson walks in next. Last batter? No Joe Root? That's how things look right now.

81.1 Pat Cummins to Crane, OUT! Waste of a review which means Australia are just moments away from going up 4-0! Cummins bends his back and bangs it short outside off. Crane goes back and looks to fend it but seems to have edged it to the keeper. The umpire agrees and gives him the marching order. Mason opts for the DRS though. A first look at Hot Spot shows that it isn't a great idea as he had gloved it indeed. Wonder how can someone not realise that he has gloved a ball. Cummins gets his fourth and becomes the leading wicket-taker in the series. 156/8

DRS time! Crane has been ruled out caught behind but he feels he hasn't edged it. Takes it upstairs.

80.6 M Starc to Curran, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 156/7

80.5 M Starc to Curran, Almost played on. Starc runs in from round the wickets and bowls it full in line of the stumps. Tom looks to drive but gets an inside edge onto his pads. 156/7

Fine leg moves to leg slip.

80.4 M Starc to Curran, Short ball down the leg side, pulled away towards fine leg for two. 156/7

80.3 M Starc to Curran, FOUR! Off the mark with an edge. He does so off the 18th ball that he faces. Goes chasing this full ball outside off and gets a thick outside edge through the vacant gully region. Nobody to stop the ball from going all the way. 154/7

80.2 Starc to Curran, Yorker on the stumps, well dug out by Tom. 150/7

80.1 M Starc to Crane, Full on middle and leg, flicked away through fine leg for one. 150/7

More agony for England? Australia hope to pile up the misery as they opt for the second new ball as soon as it is available. Mitchell Starc to make first use of it.

79.6 Pat Cummins to Curran, Cummins goes round the stumps and bangs this short down the leg side. Left alone. 149/7

79.5 Pat Cummins to Curran, Another bouncer, well evaded. 149/7

Good point. The on-air commentators laud Australia's field placements. They reckon that hosts are ready with their plans and are just executing it on the field like a click of a mouse. On the contrary, England always seemed unsure of their field settings and the players were just moving about, observes Ian Chappell.

79.4 Pat Cummins to Curran, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 149/7

79.3 Pat Cummins to Curran, Just in time! This is a bumper on the stumps, Tom just manages to evade it in the nick of time. He could have got hit and then it would have been hard to explain if he would have been pained by the hit or the plight of his side. 149/7

79.2 Pat Cummins to Crane, Length ball on the pads, tucked away just past leg gully for one. 149/7

79.1 Pat Cummins to Crane, Length ball on the stumps, defended from the crease. 148/7

78.6 N Lyon to Curran, Maiden over this as Curran defends it from the crease. 148/7

78.5 N Lyon to Tom Curran, Floated around off, eased towards mid on. 148/7

78.4 N Lyon to Curran, Lunged forward and blocked. 148/7

78.3 N Lyon to Curran, Tom gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it. 148/7

78.2 N Lyon to Curran, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 148/7

78.1 N Lyon to Curran, Curran stays back to this one and blocks. 148/7

Mason Crane walks in with the bat now.

77.6 Pat Cummins to Broad, OUT! Pat Cummins has come out all guns blazing after the break. 7th wicket for him in this game. He runs in and bangs it short on the body of the batter. Broad is caught by surprise as he tries to fend it away. The ball takes the gloves and goes in the air for Paine to catch that. Short stay for him as the hosts are just three wickets away from glory, theoretically. 148/7

77.5 Pat Cummins to S Broad, FOUR! Lucky runs! Broad expects a short one and hangs back but gets a full one just around off. Plays at it and gets an outside edge through the slip cordon for a boundary. 148/6

Stuart Broad is the next man in. News from the English camp is that Root was exhausted in the Lunch break.

77.4 Cummins to Bairstow, OUT! This is the big one in the context of this scenario. Bairstow could have been THAT thorn in the flesh that would have frustrated the Aussies. How often in the sport have we seen a break get a wicket for a team? Cummins angles this full on the stumps, Bairstow fails to clip it away and gets hit on the front pad. An appeal made and Joel Wilson - as has been his habit recently - thinks over it and then raises the dreaded finger. Jonny talks to his partner about the review. Everyone of us screams to him to take it but sadly for us, he can't hear us. He walks without opting for one and that's a good call as Hawk Eye returns three reds. Jubilation on the face of the Australians. 144/6

77.3 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Length ball outside off, Jonny gets squared up and defends it towards gully. 144/5

77.2 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, On the pads, flicked away towards square leg. 144/5

77.1 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Bowled in line of the stumps, kept out from the crease. 144/5

76.6 N Lyon to Curran, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 144/5

76.5 N Lyon to Curran, Another one around off, Curran smothers it. 144/5

76.4 N Lyon to Curran, Worked away to the on side with the spin. 144/5

76.3 N Lyon to Curran, Tom prods forward and bunts it down. 144/5

76.2 N Lyon to Curran, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 144/5

76.1 N Lyon to Curran, Flatter on off and middle, flicked away. 144/5

Nathan Lyon back on.

75.6 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Fuller in length, driven back towards the bowler. Pat your back, Pat, as it is a maiden. 144/5

75.5 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, This one is kept out towards mid-wicket. 144/5

Just a reminder. Curran had a decent time with the bat in the first essay. He scored a strokeful 39 then.

75.4 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Putting a brave front even after taking a blow. Bairstow looks to evade this short ball angling down leg but is unable to do so. Hits him on the arm and rolls towards the left of the keeper. He holds the pose though, as if nothing had happened. 144/5

75.3 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Similar ball, blocked from the crease. 144/5

75.2 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, On a length in line of the stumps, defended from the crease. 144/5

75.1 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Full ball to start with, in line of the stumps, turned towards mid-wicket. 144/5

Grit and perseverance had to be on show. England stood gritty while Australia persevered. More of the same? Let's find out as we head to the action. Here's another surprise to greet us. Joe Root has retired due to illness and TOM CURRAN has come out to bat. Bairstow will face the first delivery of this session to be bowled by Pat Cummins.

... Last Day, Penultimate Session ...

Australia have been good, especially Nathan Lyon who held one end up. Bowled a marathon spell this morning but the surface hasn't worn out as one would have expected it to. Still they are in the driver's seat and all they need is to break this stand. The second new ball is just 5 overs away. Will we get to see the third session? Join us back shortly...

Next walked, Joe Root to resume his innings. Mind you, the bout of illness didn't get the better of him. In fact, he looked all the more in the zone. He didn't score a boundary yesterday and scored one on the 6th ball that he faced today - should tell you the man's mindset. He registered yet another fifty and got perfect support from his keeper-batsman, who has consumed 133 balls. Their stand is worth 48 and they are still 159 runs adrift. All that doesn't matter but it's the dodgy resistance that will.

One box ticked, two more to go for England. It came as a shocker in the morning when Root was hospitalized and it seemed like the task will be all the more easy for the Aussies to wrap things up. But, it wasn't. Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali negotiated the first hour and it was that man again who picked the only wicket to fall. Yes, Lyon dismissed Ali (his bunny) in the series for the 7th time to get the crowd going.

74.6 J Hazlewood to Root, Fuller in length at the base of the stumps, Root brings his bat down at the angle and wrists it towards short mid-wicket. LUNCH ON DAY 5! 144/5

74.5 J Hazlewood to Root, Good length delivery outside off, nipping back in just a touch, Root presses forward to defend but gets an inside edge on the pads as the ball rolls towards cover. 144/5

74.4 J Hazlewood to Root, Shortish delivery on middle, Root gets on top of the bounce and pulls it along the ground through mid-wicket for a brace. 144/5

74.3 J Hazlewood to Root, Angling in from outside off, clipped by hopping across to the leg side. 142/5

74.2 J Hazlewood to Root, Marginally ahead of a length, in the corridor outside off, a solid defense on offer from JR. 142/5

74.1 J Hazlewood to Root, Back of a length delivery outside off, Root stays back in defense. 142/5

73.6 M Marsh to Bairstow, Now this one stays low! Nearly got the better of Bairstow! Similar length but instead of rising it stays really low. Jonny manages to get some bat to it. Maiden for Marsh, a good one. 142/5

73.5 M Marsh to Bairstow, This one literally took off! A real good take from Paine as well! Shorter in length and kicking off the deck, Bairstow initially tries to fiddle with it but then withdraws the bat. 142/5

The keeper is up to the stumps now. Interesting move...

73.4 M Marsh to Bairstow, Wider outside off, nothing doing says Jonny. 142/5

73.3 M Marsh to J Bairstow, Pitches it up this time, driven off the middle but straight to mid off. 142/5

73.2 M Marsh to Bairstow, Drags his length back, it's outside off, Jonny hangs back and punches it towards cover. 142/5

73.1 M Marsh to Bairstow, Steams in from over the wicket, lands it just around off, nips back in appreciably. Bairstow gets his front foot across and makes a leave. It wasn't far from the off pole. 142/5

Mitchell Marsh is brought into the attack for the first time in this innings.

72.6 J Hazlewood to Root, Good length delivery, this one stays a touch low, Root keeps it out towards the cover fielder. 142/5

72.5 J Hazlewood to Root, Reverse happening here! Hazlewood targets the stumps, keeps it really full and gets a bit of curl inwards. Root jams it out towards the leg side. Nearly falls over in doing so. 142/5

72.4 J Hazlewood to Root, Bangs in a short one on middle and off, Joe Root sits under the bumper. 142/5

72.3 J Hazlewood to Root, Covers the line nicely and answers it with a straight blade. 142/5

72.2 J Hazlewood to Root, Shortish and outside off, JR arches back to place it towards point. 142/5

72.1 J Hazlewood to Joe Root, Some movement in the air! Fuller and curling back in a touch, Root looks to drive but gets it off the inner half back to Josh. 142/5

71.6 N Lyon to Bairstow, Hangs back, allows the ball to turn and tucks it past short leg. 142/5

71.5 N Lyon to Bairstow, On a flatter trajectory, Bairstow sees the line is outside the off stump and hence, keeps his opposite number busy. 142/5

71.4 N Lyon to Root, Goes against the turn does Joe! Flighted delivery outside off, Root takes a big stride forward and drives it through cover. Cummins gives it a chase and slides to pull the ball back in play. Three runs picked up. 142/5

71.3 N Lyon to Root, Nudges it through the leg side. Another dot. 139/5

71.2 N Lyon to Root, Presses forward and defends it towards the silly point fielder. 139/5

71.1 N Lyon to Root, Keeps it full around off, Root leans across and works it with the spin off the inner half towards short mid-wicket. 139/5

70.6 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Bangs in a short one outside off, Jonny B drops his wrists to let it be. 139/5

70.5 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Hazlewood is very straight on this occasion. Jonny walks across and flicks it neatly through square leg to collect a couple. 139/5

70.4 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Fuller in length and on the stumps, pushed towards the man at silly mid on. 137/5

70.3 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Drops it a bit short and it's outside off, stabbed off the back foot. 137/5

70.2 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Back of a length delivery on middle and off, defended by getting right behind the line. 137/5

70.1 J Hazlewood to Root, Josh comes in from over the wicket and hides the ball in his left hand. Delivers it full on middle and leg, clipped through square leg for a single. 137/5

Josh Hazlewood is back on.

69.6 N Lyon to Bairstow, A shout for an LBW! Turning in from a shorter length outside off, Bairstow misses his tuck to wear it high on the thigh pad. Lyon puts in an appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Hawk Eye shows impact is well outside the line and also missing the stumps. 136/5

69.5 N Lyon to Bairstow, Cameron Bancroft at it again. He's a busy man reckons Mark Nicholas on air. Loopy delivery around middle and off, Josh works it with the spin. It hits Bancroft low on the left boot at short leg and doesn't lob. 136/5

69.4 N Lyon to Bairstow, Goes deep in the crease and tucks it towards mid-wicket for nothing. 136/5

69.3 N Lyon to Bairstow, Flatter one but the line is wide outside the off stump line. Bairstow plants his front foot across before making a leave. 136/5

69.2 N Lyon to Bairstow, Quicker one outside off, defended with bat and pad together. 136/5

69.1 N Lyon to Bairstow, Turning in from a shorter length outside off, turned towards short leg. 136/5

68.6 M Starc to Root, This one is fired at 140.7 kph, Root is hurried onto this one as he manages to defend it back to the bowler. 136/5

68.5 M Starc to Root, Stays behind the line and stabs it out comfortably. 136/5

Cameron Bancroft has asked for a new helmet. The physio is out but the Aussie opener seems fine.

68.4 M Starc to Root, That's hit him flush on the helmet! But no reaction from Bancroft whatsoever! Goodness me! This bloke is seriously made of steel or what? Shortish ball at 124.3 kph, Root picks up the length early and swivels to pull it away. He does so but it hits Cameron's helmet grill at short leg. The ball goes off it onto the left shoulder and then dies down. Root shows concern but the Aussie opener reckons he is completely alright. 136/5

68.3 M Starc to Root, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 136/5

68.2 M Starc to Root, Short and strangled down leg, Root swivels to pull but misses it completely. The keeper takes it with a move to his left. 136/5

68.1 M Starc to Root, Starc comes in from over the wicket and hits the deck hard, Root quickly sits under it. 136/5

67.6 N Lyon to Bairstow, Goes around the wicket and serves it around middle and off. Jonny comes down the track and nearly yorks himself. Squeezes it out to mid off. 136/5

67.5 N Lyon to Bairstow, The ball turns back in slowly from outside off, tucked past short leg and comes back for a double. 136/5

67.4 N Lyon to Bairstow, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 134/5

67.3 N Lyon to Bairstow, Clips it with the turn towards short mid-wicket. 134/5

67.2 N Lyon to Bairstow, Flattish ball on middle, Bairstow hangs back in defense. 134/5

67.1 N Lyon to Bairstow, Darted on the stumps, nudged towards mid on. 134/5

66.6 M Starc to Root, Hits Bancroft again! Fuller in length and angling in, flicked straight to short leg wear Cameron gets hit on the right shin. Joe walks to him and is seen showing some concern towards him. Good to see. 134/5

66.5 M Starc to Bairstow, Hazlewood hits the stumps from fine leg. Bang on Joshyyy! Bairstow clips one down towards fine leg and gets to the other end. The Aussie pacer scores a direct hit from fine leg at the striker's end but Root was easily in. 134/5

66.4 M Starc to Bairstow, On the stumps, driven towards back to the bowler. 133/5

66.3 M Starc to Bairstow, Strangles one down the leg side, Bairstow misses the clip. 133/5

66.2 M Starc to Bairstow, Bumper on middle and leg, easily ducked under. 133/5

Okay then! We get a clarification about the English skipper's health. For all you users out there, Joe Root was down with a gastro bug. So, it has got nothing to do with the scorching heat yesterday, clarifies Mark Nicholas on air.

66.1 M Starc to Bairstow, Fuller and angling in on the stumps, blocked by getting behind the line. 133/5

65.6 N Lyon to Root, Howzzzaat? Flatter ball outside off, skidding a touch after pitching. Root tries to cut but the ball sneaks under his bat to the keeper. They appeal but then bail out immediately. 133/5

65.5 N Lyon to Bairstow, Eases this loop ball outside off against the turn through cover for one. 133/5

65.4 N Lyon to Bairstow, Dances down the track to bunt it back to Lyon. 132/5

65.3 N Lyon to Bairstow, The batsman works it down the leg side. 132/5

65.2 N Lyon to Bairstow, Spinning in from outside off, tucked with the spin past short leg. 132/5

Good plan from Lyon. The wily spinner spots that Bairstow is standing outside the off stump. So what does Lyon do? He goes wider of the crease from over the wicket and is trying to spin it through the gate...

65.1 N Lyon to Bairstow, Floated delivery outside off, blocked off the front foot. 132/5

64.6 M Starc to Root, Driven but off the inner half! Slater on air goes, Root has certainly loosened up today! Fullish in length on off, Joe leans to drive but gets it off the inner half back to Starc who mimes a throw at the striker's end. 132/5

64.5 M Starc to Root, Fuller ball on the stumps, Root gets across and tries to clip this one away. It deflects off Bancroft's right shin at short leg and rolls further away. They think about the run but then decide against it. 132/5

64.4 M Starc to Root, Fuller and angling in, worked towards the man at mid on. 132/5

64.3 M Starc to Root, Shorter in length and zipping off the surface, left alone by Joe. 132/5

64.2 M Starc to Root, Fuller in length and just outside off, nicely leans into it and drives it towards cover. 132/5

64.1 M Starc to Root, Back of a length delivery outside off, the English skipper hangs back and punches it towards Warner at mid off. 132/5

63.6 N Lyon to Bairstow, Outside off, pushed quicker through the air, left alone. 132/5

63.5 N Lyon to Root, 37th Test fifty for Joe 'Unwell' Root! The moment he stepped in, it seems like nothing had happened to him overnight. Gets a huge applause from the crowd as he raises the bat. Well played! But now the question is, will we finally see him converting this? Ball - Full on middle and leg, clipped right between short leg and leg slip. The ball goes towards the fine leg fence and by the time the fielder hunts it down they take three. 132/5

63.4 N Lyon to Root, Beaten! Flatter and quicker through the air outside off, Joe stays deep in the crease to defend but there is a bit of extra bounce which nearly kisses the outside edge of his bat. 129/5

63.3 N Lyon to Root, Swept hard! Floats it up outside off, Root gets down and nails the sweep but it hits Bancroft on the right shin at short leg. That must have stung. 129/5

63.2 N Lyon to Root, Good shot! Leans forward and across to a tossed up delivery and drives it through covers to come back for a couple. Slater on air says that he is certainly playing more shots today than he did yesterday. Moves to 49! 129/5

63.1 N Lyon to Root, Shortish ball outside off, turning back in, Root goes back and defends. 127/5

62.6 M Starc to Bairstow, Full outside off, left alone. 127/5

62.5 M Starc to Bairstow, Length ball on the stumps, defended from the crease. 127/5

62.4 M Starc to Root, Nicely flicked through mid-wicket for a single. 127/5

62.3 M Starc to Root, FOUR! First one for Root in this innings. This is sprayed wide outside off, Joe reaches out to it and gets it off the outer edge through backward point. The ball races away to the fence, although it wasn't far from the fielder there. 126/5

62.2 M Starc to Root, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 122/5

62.1 M Starc to Bairstow, On the pads, flicked away round the corner for one. 122/5

Mitchell Starc into the attack now.

61.6 N Lyon to Root, This is defended off the front foot onto the ground. A successful over for Lyon. 121/5

61.5 N Lyon to Root, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 121/5

61.4 N Lyon to Root, Root goes back and keeps it out to short leg. 121/5

61.3 N Lyon to Root, Around off, defended from the crease. 121/5

Joe Root comes out to resume his innings. He is on 42 without a boundary yet. Rightly so, he is greeted with a warm applause by the SCG crowd. Observed this many times, the Aussie crowd is one of the sportiest.

61.2 Lyon to Ali, OUT! Nathan Lyon gets Moeen Ali for the 7th time in the series! Bunny or no? We'll let you decide that. This one is pushed slower through the air in line of the stumps, Ali lunges forward to defend. He did that expecting the turn but the ball skids on with the arm, with a puff of dust. Hits him on the pads right in front of the stumps. A huge cry of success follows which is agreed to by Joel Wilson after a thought. Ali shakes his head as he knows he has been undone by the wily tweaker yet again. Doesn't waste a review even after thinking about it. Selfless? Maybe not, as he was a dead duck there. Australia 5 wickets away now. 121/5

61.1 N Lyon to Bairstow, This ball is turned through mid-wicket for one. 121/4

60.6 Pat Cummins to M Ali, FOUR! First one edged in the day and it results in a boundary. This is on a length just outside off, Ali hangs his bat at that and he gets an edge. The ball lands just short of second slip and goes to the fence for a boundary. 120/4

60.5 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, This one is tucked down to fine leg for one. 116/4

60.4 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Another one, this time in line of the stumps, JB ducks. 115/4

60.3 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Bouncer but down the leg, Jonny lets it be unhindered. 115/4

60.2 Pat Cummins to Ali, Ouch! That will sting. Ali looks to duck under this looking at the length. But the ball doesn't climb as expected and he gets it off his arms towards the right of the keeper. A leg bye taken. 115/4

60.1 Pat Cummins to Ali, This is outside off, left alone. 114/4

59.6 N Lyon to Bairstow, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 114/4

59.5 N Lyon to Bairstow, Jonny gets nicely forward to bunt this into the ground. 114/4

59.4 N Lyon to Ali, Straighter in line, worked away through mid-wicket for one. 114/4

59.3 N Lyon to Ali, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 113/4

59.2 N Lyon to Ali, This is served outside off, Ali lets it be. 113/4

59.1 N Lyon to Ali, Tossed up on off, defended off the front foot. 113/4

Absence of wind? A spectator is seen wearing a cap with a fan on it. But the fan is not seen moving. Thus, although the temperature is lower than yesterday, there's no wind blowing.

58.6 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Full outside off, Jonny times his drive through covers and gets a couple. 113/4

58.5 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, This is outside out on a fuller length, Bairstow points his bat skywards to let it go. 111/4

58.4 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 111/4

Positive news. Root is seen in his whites and is padded up. Good to bat, perhaps.

58.3 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, On a length outside off, punched towards covers. 111/4

58.2 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Slower one on a fuller length, Bairstow reads it well and pushes it to mid on. 111/4

58.1 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Bumper on the stumps, he ducks. 111/4

57.6 N Lyon to Ali, Another one outside off, left alone. 111/4

57.5 N Lyon to Ali, Flat and outside off, Ali lifts his bat to let it go. 111/4

57.4 N Lyon to Ali, Served outside off, defended towards covers. 111/4

57.3 N Lyon to Ali, Turn and beaten. Ali lunges forward to defend but the ball spins away and he gets beaten all ends up. 111/4

57.2 N Lyon to Ali, Fuller this time, allows Ali to get forward and keep it out. 111/4

57.1 N Lyon to Ali, Flatter on off, Ali gets an outside edge towards backward point. 111/4

56.6 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Length ball outside off, defended towards the cover region. 111/4

56.5 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 111/4

56.4 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Punched off the back foot towards covers and seeing Warner get to the ball, Jonny shouts NO. 111/4

56.3 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, This is short down the leg side, JonnyB crouches low to let that go. 111/4

56.2 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Banged short on the stumps, ducked under by Jonny. 111/4

56.1 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Length ball on the pads, clipped through square leg for a couple. 111/4

55.6 N Lyon to Ali, Ali lets go off another one that is outside the line of the stumps. 109/4

55.5 N Lyon to Ali, Straighter outside off, left alone. 109/4

55.4 N Lyon to Ali, Moeen gets half-forward and defends it watchfully. 109/4

55.3 N Lyon to Ali, MA has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 109/4

55.2 N Lyon to Ali, Ali defends this off the front foot. 109/4

55.1 N Lyon to Bairstow, Floated on off, turned with the spin through mid-wicket for a single. 109/4

54.6 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Jonny flicks it away with a wristy shot. One run added to the total. 108/4

Don't mind a flat pitch if it offers spin, helps the pacers as well, says Shane Warne on air. He reckons that a track like the one at MCG isn't good for the game but this one is, as there's something for everyone.

54.5 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Jonny defends this one from the crease. 107/4

54.4 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot. 107/4

54.3 Pat Cummins to Ali, Just over the fielder! This is bowled fuller outside off, Ali slices it without any foot movement and hits it aerially towards point. Mitchell Marsh gets to his left from backward point and times his jump to perfection. Yet the ball evades him, just like grapes did in that 'Fox and the grapes' tale. This allows Ali to pick up three there. Moeen was hanging on the back foot expecting a short stuff and hence played it in the air when offered full. 107/4

54.2 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Clipped away through square leg for one. 104/4

54.1 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Fuller on off, defended off the front foot. 103/4

Pat Cummins to have a bowl now.

53.6 N Lyon to Ali, Floated on the stumps, kept out with a lunge. 103/4

53.5 N Lyon to Ali, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 103/4

53.4 N Lyon to Ali, Outside off, left alone. 103/4

53.3 N Lyon to Ali, Forward defense exhibited to this one. 103/4

53.2 N Lyon to Ali, This one is clipped through mid-wicket for a brace. But hello! The throw was at the keeper's end and Ali was in the firing line. He had to duck-dive to evade the ball. Ian Healy quips that Ali is getting bouncers all over the place! 103/4

53.1 N Lyon to Ali, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through. 101/4

Pressure or something else? Before this series Ali had played 120 balls and and scored 84 runs without losing his wicket to Lyon. But in these series alone, he has lost it 6 times to the spinner and has faced 176 balls for his 89 runs.

52.6 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 101/4

52.5 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Length delivery outside off, cut straight to Lyon at point. 101/4

52.4 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Full just outside off, full face of the bat shown in defending that. 101/4

52.3 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Banged short outside off, JB says, nothing doing. 101/4

52.2 J Hazlewood to J Bairstow, FOUR! Nicely timed. This is full outside, Bairstow gets his stride out and drives it beautifully through covers. Lyon gives it a chase from point, slides yet is unable to stop that. Michael Vaughan comments that the batter did well to hold his shape there. 101/4

52.1 J Hazlewood to Ali, Length ball on the stumps, Ali taps it towards mid-wicket and rotates strike. 97/4

51.6 N Lyon to Bairstow, Comes over the wicket for the final delivery and lands it around off, the English keeper defends it to the on side. Lyon is back with another maiden. 96/4

51.5 N Lyon to Bairstow, Goes back to this one to keep it to the leg side. 96/4

51.4 N Lyon to Bairstow, This is landed just outside off, JB prods forward and buries it. 96/4

51.3 N Lyon to Bairstow, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 96/4

51.2 N Lyon to J Bairstow, Fuller on off, driven towards mid off. 96/4

51.1 N Lyon to Bairstow, Floated full on off, driven to mid-wicket. Good thing that he's playing it with the turn. 96/4

50.6 J Hazlewood to Ali, Length ball outside off, Ali plays inside the line and lets the keeper do the rest. Josh continues bowling maidens. 96/4

50.5 J Hazlewood to M Ali, Fuller this time, driven to mid on. 96/4

50.4 J Hazlewood to Ali, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 96/4

50.3 J Hazlewood to Ali, Ali shoulders arms to let this delivery outside off pass. 96/4

Danger zone! That's what Hazlewood treaded on after bowling the previous one due to which Dharmasena told him to get off that area. No warning yet.

50.2 J Hazlewood to Ali, Another bouncer, same response from Moeen. 96/4

50.1 J Hazlewood to Ali, Banged short from round the wicket, Ali ducks to let it go. 96/4

Short leg in place now. Short stuff in the radar?

49.6 N Lyon to Ali, Another one to end the over and MA turns this through mid-wicket. 96/4

49.5 N Lyon to Bairstow, Now JonnyB picks up his first run by turning this through square leg for one. 95/4

49.4 N Lyon to Bairstow, Flatter on off, defended off the back foot. 94/4

49.3 N Lyon to Ali, First run for the day, first for Ali, one on the board. This one is nudged through square leg for one. 94/4

49.2 N Lyon to Ali, Clever bowling. Darts in an arm ball next up, Ali lunges forward and gets an inside edge to short leg. 93/4

49.1 N Lyon to Ali, Beauty! Floated around off, Ali strides forward for a defense but the ball spins past the outside edge. How good it feels to see spin available outside the subcontinent. And that being used as well. 93/4

Another problem with the Kookaburra in this match. The umpire has it with him for a check. All good to play now. Meanwhile, a man comes under the helmet at short leg to go with the couple of slips.

48.6 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Fuller on off, defended with a half-stride forward. Third maiden in a row from the hosts. They are really keeping it tight here. 93/4

48.5 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Josh pulls his length back and serves this just outside off. Bairstow punches it towards covers. 93/4

Slip goes out to a straight mid-wicket.

48.4 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Again outside off, easy leave for JB. 93/4

48.3 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, This is angled on around off, defended with a straight bat. 93/4

48.2 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Banged short on the stumps, Jonny ducks to let that pass. 93/4

48.1 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Outside off, left alone. 93/4

47.6 N Lyon to Ali, Quicker around off and middle, Ali gets forward to defend but gets an inside edge onto the front pad. Maiden for Lyon as well. 93/4

47.5 N Lyon to Ali, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 93/4

47.4 N Lyon to Ali, Lyon has been a touch fuller for anybody's liking so far. Ali is happy to keep it out with a dead-bat. This length won't allow the ball to turn. 93/4

47.3 N Lyon to Ali, Fuller and straighter, bunted with a lunge forward. 93/4

47.2 N Lyon to Ali, This is around off, defended off the front foot. 93/4

47.1 N Lyon to Ali, Beautiful Gary, shouts Paine from behind. This is floated around middle, met with a straight defensive bat face. 93/4

Nathan Lyon to bowl from the other end. Facing him is Moeen Ali, who has been dismissed 6 times by the spinner in this series. A couple of slips right away.

46.6 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Maiden to begin the day. Bairstow pushes this length ball towards covers for nothing. 93/4

46.5 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Full and moving in appreciably, Jonny does well to play it to mid on. 93/4

46.4 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Another one outside off, left alone. 93/4

46.3 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Another one outside off, Bairstow covers his sticks and lets it pass. 93/4

They just showed Root appearing on the ground. His face was a bit flushed and he had the hospital band on his wrists still. Hope he gets well soon.

46.2 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, This is full outside off, Jonny B just lets it be. 93/4

46.1 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Gentle start. Fuller delivery in line of the stumps, Bairstow presents a straight bat face to keep it out. 93/4

So, it's time for the action to begin on the field. It is Moeen Ali who walks out to the middle along with Jonny Bairstow. The dehydration bout has rendered the skipper Joe Root unable to start immediately. We'll know in a while as to when he can come out. It'll be Josh Hazlewood who will begin the day with the cherry. A couple of slips in place.

This is a day about grit, perseverance and glory. While the hosts will come out all guns blazing to make this 4-0, the tourists will give their all to deny it from being the same. Jonny Bairstow has been out there for a while giving company to his skipper, who has stayed at the crease on a boundaryless 42. All the Aussie bowlers were on their marks yesterday. After the soaring temperature that we had on the fourth day, it is imperative for us to believe that the track would have dried up further, making it a haven for someone like Nathan Lyon. Will he spin them to a win? Can we expect England to hang on to this one like a mountaineer does to his life? Let's stay together for this final sojourn.

Hang on! Hold on all the applause for later. It is bad news for England. JOE ROOT HAS BEEN HOSPITALIZED due to severe dehydration and vomiting. Perhaps yesterday's heat has got to him big time. He braved a hit to his finger and saw the day off but lo! He's consumed by the heat now. This is a big blow for the tourists considering he did well to get this game to this final day. Although an update has just come saying that he is out of the hospital and is making his way to the ground, we aren't sure that he'll start the day straightaway.

The Ashes 2017-18. Final Test. Final Day. (Tears rolling down...) The series is already decided. Only the final scoreline remains to be seen. Don't know if this has some different sound to it yet, welcome to the end! Those who dig out numbers for a living, and although it doesn't have a direct bearing on the end result, have come up with this - this is the first time since 1994-95 that all the five games in this iconic series have progressed to the fifth day. Applause for England.

... Last Day, First Session ...

Steven Smith and his men will walk off with a feeling that they need one more wicket to expose the shaky lower order. The floodgates shall open or maybe not if... if England batsmen decide to dig in out there. So, Australia hold the aces and are likely to go 4-0. They were on the back foot at the MCG but salvaged a draw on the final day. Will England take a leaf out of that? What do we have in store? A meek surrender or a remarkable fight back? Join us tomorrow at 1030 Local (1130 GMT) for the final day of this Ashes series. You can catch some more action from the first Test between South Africa and India in Cape Town where the match is nicely poised. We take your leave because... Eyes shutting!!! Take care and cheers!

Joe Root walked in next with huge responsibility on his shoulders. The whole of England would be happy that he is still out there. To be honest, he looked really confident and perhaps is the only wall standing upright. James Vince and Dawid Malan both succumbed but it was Jonny Bairstow who saw off the remainder of the day and made sure there is no further hiccup. Still the job is not even half done. Three full sessions to go and the right way would be to take it over-by-over and drag the game till the end.

The Australian bowlers got good amount of rest and were raring to have a go. Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were right on the money and in fact, the former removed Mark Stoneman for a duck to further dent the visitors' hopes. Smith didn't waste anytime to bring his ace spinner, Nathan Lyon, into the attack and got the reward instantly as the offie removed Alastair Cook with a peach of a delivery.

Excellent finish to the day for Australia. Once again they dominated the proceedings and are on the cusp of a huge victory here. The day started with the Marsh brothers continuing from where they left off. Both scored their respective tons and then Tim Paine came in to have some more fun. The hosts swelled the lead to a massive 303 before the verdict came from the dressing room.

45.6 N Lyon to Root, Flighted delivery outside off, Root leans forward and drives it straight to Khawaja at silly point to end the day. STUMPS, DAY 4! 93/4

45.5 N Lyon to Root, Tossed up delivery outside off, asking him to drive against the spin but Root resists and blocks it down watchfully. 93/4

45.4 N Lyon to Root, Flighted delivery around middle and off, Root tucks it towards short leg. 93/4

45.3 N Lyon to Root, Allows the ball to come back in, blocked gently. 93/4

45.2 N Lyon to Root, Loopy delivery outside off, turns in, Joe with an angled bat dabs it wide of his opposite number at first slip. Doesn't run. 93/4

45.1 N Lyon to Root, Outside off, spinning in just a touch, Root hangs back to stab it away. 93/4

Last over of the day coming up...

44.6 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Harmless delivery to end the over. The English keeper ignores as it is well outside the line. 93/4

44.5 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Makes him play by attacking the stumps. Jonny wrists this length ball towards square leg. 93/4

44.4 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, This one skids off the surface, it's at 141.3 clicks, nothing doing again says Bairstow. 93/4

44.3 Pat Cummins to Bairstow, Teases him by bowling it in the corridor of uncertainty, Jonny B has got nothing to do with that one. 93/4

44.2 Pat Cummins to Root, Angling in on middle, Joe tucks it through square leg for a single. 93/4

44.1 Pat Cummins to Root, Back of a length delivery, closer to off, Root rises on the toes to punch it through the line but gets an inside edge back on the track. 92/4

43.6 N Lyon to Bairstow, Loopy ball around off, Bairstow lunges forward to defend it into the ground. 92/4

43.5 N Lyon to Bairstow, Sees the line outside off so decides to pad it away. 92/4

43.4 N Lyon to Bairstow, Quicker through the air, 92.6 kph, Jonny stays deep in the crease to keep it out. 92/4

43.3 N Lyon to Bairstow, Flattish ball on the stumps, Bairstow goes back in defense. 92/4

43.2 N Lyon to Bairstow, Quicker one around off, turning back in from a shorter length, clipped towards short leg on the bounce. 92/4

43.1 N Lyon to Bairstow, Bowls it wider outside off, Bairstow plants his front foot across to pad it away but fails to do so. 92/4

Nathan Lyon is called back into the attack. Can he strike again? There is a discussion going on between Lyon, Hazlewood and Starc. Khawaja is waiting for the substitute fielder to get him a helmet. Short leg, silly point and a slip in place...

42.6 Pat Cummins to Root, Stands tall and taps this length ball to point to end the over. 92/4

42.5 Pat Cummins to Root, In the probing zone outside off, Joe makes an assured leave. 92/4

42.4 Pat Cummins to Root, Bangs in a short one on middle and off, Root lets it sail over him to the keeper. 92/4

42.3 Pat Cummins to Root, Similar length just like the previous ball, Root punches it nicely through cover and comes back for a brace. 92/4

42.2 Pat Cummins to Root, Tad short on middle and off, punched towards mid off. 90/4

42.1 Pat Cummins to Root, Back of a length delivery, from over the wicket, Root covers the line and defends. 90/4

Pat Cummins comes back into the attack.

41.6 S Smith to Bairstow, FOUR! Half-tracker and it's put away! Bairstow goes back and murders the pull to deep backward square leg to end the over with a boundary. 90/4

41.5 S Smith to Bairstow, The batsman rocks onto the back foot and punches the ball. 86/4

41.4 S Smith to Bairstow, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 86/4

41.3 S Smith to Bairstow, Flighted ball on off, smothered into the ground. 86/4

41.2 S Smith to Bairstow, Flatter one around middle and off, JB hangs back in defense. 86/4

41.1 S Smith to Root, Tossed up on off, driven through cover for a single. 86/4

40.6 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 85/4

40.5 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Back of a length ball on middle, defended with a straight bat. 85/4

40.4 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Good length delivery, angling in, worked off the inner half towards mid on. 85/4

40.3 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him. 85/4

40.2 J Hazlewood to J Bairstow, FOUR! Glorious! Fuller in length and outside off, wants Bairstow to go after it. The English keeper obliges and drives it sweetly to find the gap at cover. Third boundary of the English innings. 85/4

40.1 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Good length delivery on off, defended down. 81/4

39.6 S Smith to Root, Spinning down leg, Root misses his glance and so does the keeper to collect it. They look to steal a bye but Bancroft from short leg denies them. 81/4

39.5 S Smith to Root, Floated delivery around middle, defended down into the ground. 81/4

39.4 S Smith to Root, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 81/4

39.3 S Smith to Root, Shorter in length, Root goes back and defends it towards short leg. 81/4

39.2 S Smith to Bairstow, Around middle and leg, flicked through the leg side for a single. 81/4

39.1 S Smith to Bairstow, Tossed up delivery going down leg, Bairstow looks to go back and tickle it away. Misses. 80/4

Steven Smith is here to bowl now.

38.6 J Hazlewood to Root, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 80/4

38.5 J Hazlewood to Root, Angling in on middle, Joe tries to tuck it away but misses and is hit high on the thigh pad. 80/4

38.4 J Hazlewood to Root, Beaten! Hint of reverse there! Hazlewood hits it around off, it nips back in and stays low a bit. Root is undone by the lack of bounce and gets beaten all ends up. 80/4

Steven Smith is warming up. This is because he is looking to give some rest to Lyon who has bowled 17 overs on the trot..

38.3 J Hazlewood to Root, Shortish in length and outside off, cut straight to Lyon at backward point. 80/4

38.2 J Hazlewood to Root, Another bumper, this time it's well-directed, Root takes evasive action. 80/4

38.1 J Hazlewood to Root, Shortish delivery, angling in on middle and leg, Root moves inside the line and leaves it for the keeper. 80/4

37.6 N Lyon to Bairstow, Wide down the leg side, No trouble at all for the batsman. 80/4

37.5 N Lyon to Bairstow, Spinning down leg, Jonny lets it be. 80/4

37.4 N Lyon to Bairstow, Bairstow leans ahead and kills it. 80/4

37.3 N Lyon to Bairstow, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 80/4

37.2 N Lyon to Bairstow, Flighted ball on middle and off, defended off the front foot. 80/4

37.1 N Lyon to Root, Outside off, Root reaches out to that one and dabs it wide of Smith at first slip for one. 80/4

36.6 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Outside off, JB leaves it alone. 79/4

36.5 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump. 79/4

36.4 J Hazlewood to J Bairstow, Shortish on off, cut again towards point. 79/4

36.3 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, FOUR! Edgyyy! Fuller in length and outside off, Bairstow looks to drive but gets it off the outer half past the man who is placed squarer at gully for a boundary. 79/4

36.2 J Hazlewood to Bairstow, Stands back and cuts it towards point for nothing. 75/4

36.1 J Hazlewood to Root, Flicked through the leg side for a single. 75/4

Josh Hazlewood is back into the attack.

35.6 N Lyon to Root, The batsman flicks it away with a wristy shot for a single. 74/4

35.5 N Lyon to Bairstow, Chance of a run out! Bairstow drives it uppishly past Root. He waits at first and then all of a sudden sets off. Seeing this Root without even looking back starts to run. Hazlewood the man at mid off, picks up the ball and throws it at the striker's end but the English skipper makes it in. 73/4

35.4 N Lyon to Bairstow, The batsman works it down the leg side. 72/4

35.3 N Lyon to Bairstow, Goes back and turns it past the short leg fielder for a couple. 72/4

35.2 N Lyon to Bairstow, Comes down the track and bunts it back to Lyon. 70/4

35.1 N Lyon to Bairstow, Floats it up around middle, Bairstow leans forward in defense. 70/4

34.6 M Starc to Bairstow, JB is away! Good length delivery on the pads, clipped through square leg for a single. 70/4

34.5 M Starc to Bairstow, Angling away on a fuller length outside off, Jonny chases it as he pushes it towards cover. 69/4

34.4 M Starc to Bairstow, Fuller and angling in, driven towards the cover fielder. 69/4

34.3 M Starc to Bairstow, Angles it away on a length outside off, pushed towards point off the back foot. 69/4

34.2 M Starc to Bairstow, Fuller and on the stumps, Bairstow brings his bat down in time to work it away. 69/4

34.1 M Starc to Root, Strays a bit on the pads, clipped down to fine leg for a single. 69/4

33.6 N Lyon to Bairstow, Flatter one outside off, pushed towards point off the back foot. 68/4

33.5 N Lyon to Bairstow, The batsman has flicked the ball off his pads. 68/4

Jonny Bairstow is the new man in.

33.4 N Lyon to Malan, OUT! Clipping the wickets, umpire's call! Dawid Malan has to walk back. Big thing for Australia as Starc, Hazlewood, Cummins and now Nathan Lyon have picked up 20 wickets in the series. Big, big feat this! After bowling a few balls outside off, Lyon slides one in at 93 kph. Malan goes back and quickly tries to bring his bat down to it. Is it pad first or bat? Australians appeal and umpire after taking his time, raises the dreaded finger. Malan walks towards his skipper and after a thought, takes the DRS! Replays show it's clearly pad first and then Hawk Eye shows it's pitched in line and would have clipped the top of the stumps. That's it. The hosts are 6 wickets away from 4-0! 68/4

LBW shout and after a long thought Joel Wilson gives it out. Is it pad first? Dawid Malan's reaction suggests so. Let's wait and find out...

33.3 N Lyon to Malan, Loopy ball, turning further away, Dawid makes a leave. 68/3

33.2 N Lyon to D Malan, Floated ball outside off, pushed towards mid off. 68/3

33.1 N Lyon to Malan, Tossed up delivery outside off, Malan prods forward in defense. 68/3

32.6 M Starc to Root, A cry for an LBW! Where is it pitching? Too high? Well, Starc feels it's the latter. Let's wait for the Hawk Eye. Oh dear, hate this when something like this happens on the last ball of the over and immediately an ad is shown next. Ball - Starc bowls it on a length, at 141.8 kph, Root is beaten for pace at once and wears it on the pads. Mitchell turns back to appeal but the umpire shakes his head. Smith asks about the review but Starc suggests height. And rightly so, Hawk Eye confirms the same. 68/3

32.5 M Starc to Root, Slants it on the fifth stump line, Joe shoulders his arms to leave it alone. 68/3

32.4 M Starc to Root, And as expected, Starc bangs in a short one on middle and leg. Root is quick to duck and then shares a smile. 68/3

Root seems to be in agony. He coped a blow on his right index finger and the physio is out to have a look. He is seen having a tablet and tries to shake hand with the physio but he's not too comfortable at all. Gets a bit of taping on his fingers. A bit of a delay and in the meanwhile, the players enjoy some refreshments. Good news for England, Joe Root is fine to continue. Brave lad!

32.3 M Starc to Root, Shortish delivery on middle, Root goes to pull but gets it off the gloves to square leg and rings his right hand straightaway. 68/3

32.2 M Starc to Root, Sprays a wide yorker, Joe crouches low and digs it out towards point. 68/3

32.1 M Starc to Root, Good length delivery on the stumps, JR stays deep in the crease to tap it back to Mitchell Starc. 68/3

31.6 N Lyon to Malan, Quicker one on middle and off, defended by getting behind the line. 68/3

31.5 N Lyon to Malan, Slows it through the air, lands it full outside off. Dawid with a stride forward pushes it towards point. 68/3

31.4 N Lyon to Malan, Pitches it outside off, turns miles away. Malan watches it till the last moment before making a leave. 68/3

31.3 N Lyon to Root, Hops back and tucks it past the man at short leg for one. 68/3

31.2 N Lyon to Root, From around the wicket, pitches it on middle, turning in, since it's on the shorter side, Root has time to go back and tuck it away. 67/3

31.1 N Lyon to Root, Drifting in on middle and leg, Root nudges it wide of the man at short mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 67/3

There is some issue with the ball. It doesn't pass through the 8-shaped loop and the umpires are changing it...

30.6 M Starc to Root, Lovely shot! Arches back to this short ball and places it square of the wicket on the off side and picks up three running runs. 65/3

30.5 M Starc to Root, Shortens his length and angles it in from outside off, Root with an angled bat pushes it to point. 62/3

30.4 M Starc to Root, Fuller in length and angling down leg, Root leans across and flicks it along the ground towards the square leg fielder. Remember, he got out in a similar fashion in the first innings. Only difference was he played that uppishly. 62/3

30.3 M Starc to Root, Strangles one down the leg side, Root moves inside the line to let it be. A good take from Paine behind. 62/3

30.2 M Starc to Root, Keeps it full at 124.7 kph, Root leans forward and drives it towards short cover. 62/3

30.1 M Starc to Root, Hits it around the back of a length mark, Root arches back and punches it towards point. 62/3

29.6 N Lyon to Malan, Loops it up outside off, blocked off the front foot comfortably. 62/3

29.5 N Lyon to Malan, Pushes it quicker through the air outside off, Malan makes a watchful leave. 62/3

29.4 N Lyon to Malan, Aaahhhh. Almost! Lures Malan forward, drifts in at a quicker pace and then fizzes past the outside edge to the keeper. Hands on head for Nathan. 62/3

29.3 N Lyon to Malan, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 62/3

29.2 N Lyon to Malan, Quicker one on middle and leg, worked away through mid-wicket for a brace. 62/3

29.1 N Lyon to D Malan, Turning away outside off, slapped towards the fielder at point. 60/3

28.6 M Starc to Root, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 60/3

28.5 M Starc to Root, On middle and leg, worked towards the leg side. 60/3

28.4 M Starc to Root, Back of a length on the stumps, defended from within the crease. 60/3

Pat Cummins is lauded for his efforts. He has picked up 20 wickets in the series and more often he has relied on the raw pace. Has bent his back and always has troubled the batsmen. What will amaze you will be the fact that he was in some serious discomfort at the MCG Test but still came out and delivered for his skipper. Shows his mental strength and hunger to perform...

28.3 M Starc to Malan, On a length and angling in on middle and leg, wristed through the gap at mid-wicket for an easy single. 60/3

28.2 M Starc to Malan, On a length and outside off, Malan plays inside the line to make a leave. 59/3

28.1 M Starc to Root, Fuller but a bit too straight, Root gets inside the line and flicks it through square leg for a single. 59/3

27.6 N Lyon to Root, Loopy delivery outside off and again Root eases the drive through covers. This time he picks up three. 58/3

27.5 N Lyon to Root, Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They manage to come back for the second. 55/3

27.4 N Lyon to Root, Tosses it wider outside off, Root drives it against the turn through cover for a brace. 53/3

16 off the 19 wickets that Nathan Lyon has picked up in the series have been of the left-handers. They show his heat map in which it's seen that most of the deliveries that he pitches are around the off stump so he forces the batsman to play at everything that he throws. Very rare has he slid one down the leg side. Tidy stuff, Gary!

27.3 N Lyon to Root, Flatter one on middle and off, dealt off the back foot. 51/3

27.2 N Lyon to Root, Outside off, turning in a touch, Root counters it with a stride forward. 51/3

27.1 N Lyon to Malan, Drifting in on the pads, easy for Dawid to work it past short leg for a single. 51/3

26.6 M Starc to Root, Eases this full ball down towards mid off. Starc gets a hand to it in his followthrough. 50/3

26.5 M Starc to Root, Bangs in a short one on middle and off, Root winds up for a pull but gets a bottom edge and then gets hit on the right arm as the ball further rolls towards the slip cordon. Ian Healy says, it's good to see that the English skipper is still looking to score and not getting bogged down. 50/3

26.4 M Starc to Root, Fuller and attacking the stumps, Joe walks across and clips it towards mid-wicket. 50/3

26.3 M Starc to Root, Ahead of a length and arrowing it in, a bit of bounce off the deck but Root watches it till the last minute and defends it down. 50/3

26.2 M Starc to Root, Angles it in from outside off, it's on a back of a length. Root sticks deep in the crease to keep it out with an angled blade towards point. 50/3

26.1 M Starc to Root, Comes from over the wicket and keeps it full outside off, Root leans forward and digs it out towards cover. Starc immediately turns back and has a look near the landing zone. 50/3

Mitchell Starc is back into the attack, replacing Cummins.

25.6 N Lyon to Malan, From around the wicket, Lyon lands it full around off, Malan comes nicely forward and defends it under his nose. 50/3

25.5 N Lyon to Root, Gets forward and nudges it through mid-wicket to bring the half century up for England. 50/3

25.4 N Lyon to Root, Allows the ball to turn back in and then crouches low to meet it with a straight bat. 49/3

25.3 N Lyon to Root, This stays a touch low! Goes back again does Root and works it past short leg. 49/3

25.2 N Lyon to Root, On a flatter trajectory, turning back in from outside off, Root goes back and clips it on the bounce to short leg. It hits Bancroft on the stomach. 49/3

25.1 N Lyon to Root, Tossed up outside off, driven straight to covers. 49/3

Drinks time! Probing bowling by the Aussies. Shows in the snail's pace that England are crawling at the moment. Good thing for them is that the skipper is still in the middle along with Malan who has been in good touch of late. Their task isn't any easier with Lyon going on in full flow apart from the firing pace bowlers.

24.6 Pat Cummins to Malan, This is well outside off, no need for Malan to play those. 49/3

24.5 Pat Cummins to Malan, Length ball around off, blocked from the crease. 49/3

24.4 Pat Cummins to Malan, Played to the point region by the batsman. 49/3

24.3 Pat Cummins to Malan, Appeal, turned down. Cummins runs in from round the wicket and hurls it on a length angling in. Malan hops and fails in his attempt to flick. Gets rapped high on the front pad. Pat shouts in appeal but doesn't get the umpire's nod. Height definitely the factor, as confirmed by the Ball Tracker. Everything on this looked similar to Stoneman's dismissal. Only the bowling hand differed apart from the height. 49/3

24.2 Pat Cummins to Joe Root, One of the better shots off Root's blade so far. Length ball outside off, Root strides forward and drives it through covers for three. 49/3

24.1 Pat Cummins to Root, Another play and a miss. Cummins hurls it with a cross seam outside off on a length, Root fishes out at it but just misses. 46/3

23.6 N Lyon to Malan, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 46/3

23.5 N Lyon to Malan, Flatter outside off, he slaps it towards cover-point. 46/3

Crowd around the batsman. A slip and a gully apart from bat-pad and short cover stand in attention.

23.4 N Lyon to Root, Joe gets back and punches it through covers for one. 46/3

23.3 N Lyon to Root, Nathan comes round the wicket and delivers it in line of the stumps. Root turns it towards mid-wicket. 45/3

23.2 N Lyon to Root, Root blocks this one from the crease. 45/3

23.1 N Lyon to Malan, Floated around off, Dawid gets off the mark with a clip through mid-wicket. 45/3

22.6 Pat Cummins to Root, Another bouncer to end the over, Joe evades this one with a duck. 44/3

22.5 Pat Cummins to Root, Defended off the back foot by the batsman. 44/3

22.4 Pat Cummins to Root, On the pads, clipped to mid-wicket. 44/3

22.3 Pat Cummins to Root, In the firing line! Cummins bangs this short at 144.8 kph. Root is hurried into ducking under it and manages to do so. 44/3

22.2 Pat Cummins to Root, Fuller ball on off, blocked off the front foot. 44/3

22.1 Pat Cummins to Root, Length ball, defended from the crease. 44/3

21.6 N Lyon to Malan, Gets behind this one and blocks. 44/3

21.5 N Lyon to Malan, Lovely ball. Draws Malan forward and then beats him with just a tiny amount of turn on that. 44/3

21.4 N Lyon to Malan, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 44/3

21.3 N Lyon to Root, Root picks up a run by cutting it towards point. 44/3

21.2 N Lyon to Root, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 43/3

21.1 N Lyon to Root, This one is turned away towards mid-wicket. 43/3

Dawid Malan walks to the middle now. He is coming on the back of a half century.

20.6 Pat Cummins to J Vince, OUT! Edged, almost fluffed but eventually taken! Cummins runs in and launches this on a length at 141.2 kph just outside off. James Vince has always been troubled in this series in that channel of apprehension. Looks to punch that with hard hands and that's that. The ball flies off the outside edge and goes straight to Smith at widish slip. He takes it on the second attempt and then makes an expression of a kid caught copying in an examination. End of Vince's tour with the bat and that could also be the last of him that we see for sometime now. Cummins has his first wicket in the innings, fifth in the game and 20th wicket in the series - joint second-most in this Ashes. England are still 10 runs more than 250 behind Australia, who are 7 wickets away from an innings win. 43/3

20.5 Pat Cummins to Vince, Length ball around off, James lets it come on to him before dead-batting that. 43/2

20.4 Pat Cummins to Vince, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 43/2

20.3 Pat Cummins to Vince, Banged in line of the stumps, JV ducks. 43/2

20.2 Pat Cummins to J Vince, Another edge, runs again. Length ball around off, Vince gets squared up in defense. Gets it off the outer edge on the bounce past Smith at first slip for a couple. 43/2

20.1 Pat Cummins to Vince, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 41/2

19.6 N Lyon to Vince, A run taken by playing this to the point region. 41/2

19.5 N Lyon to Vince, James gets forward confidently in defense. 40/2

19.4 N Lyon to Vince, The dim sounds at the SCG says that the final decision is NOT OUT! Lyon floats it up nicely outside off, Vince looks to drive it through covers. Seems to have nicked it to the keeper as the Aussies go up in jubilation. You wouldn't be faulted for thinking it to be gone looking at the confidence of the hosts. Wilson agrees with them. Vince was as sure as he has ever been and uses the DRS that eventually comes to his aid. The Snicko shows a spike after the ball passes the bat, meaning the sound was of the bat hitting the ground. James stays on, the players get to their positions. 40/2

Another one gone? Vince is given out caught behind but he seeks to review it immediately.

19.3 N Lyon to Root, Root drives it through covers for one. The fielder there did well to stop it with a dive. 40/2

19.2 N Lyon to Root, Root presents a forward defense to this delivery. 39/2

19.1 N Lyon to Root, Edged but safe. Lyon serves it just outside off, the ball spins in greatly. Root looks to present a straight defensive bat but gets it off the inner edge through the gap between FSL and leg gully. 39/2

18.6 Pat Cummins to Vince, This is outside off, left alone. 39/2

18.5 Pat Cummins to Vince, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 39/2

18.4 Pat Cummins to Vince, Jaffa! Not Australia but my colleague here jumps up in appeal. This is bowled on a length outside off, Vince hangs his bat out at that but just misses out on getting out caught behind. That climbed up a bit as it was delivered with a cross seam. 39/2

18.3 Pat Cummins to Vince, Slower ball on a length at 121.9 kph. Vince lets it come on and dead-bats it. Seems as if Cummins left leg stuck in the ground in one of the steps. 39/2

18.2 Pat Cummins to Root, Length ball slanting on the pads, nudged down to fine leg for one. 39/2

18.1 Pat Cummins to Root, Length ball on off, defended towards covers. 38/2

17.6 N Lyon to Vince, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 38/2

17.5 N Lyon to Vince, Flatter and spinning in, Vince pads it away. The ball goes off his pads towards fine leg. No run taken as no stroke was offered there. Lyon asks a quiet question to the umpire who stays unmoved. 38/2

17.4 N Lyon to Vince, Outside off and spinning him, blocked with a straight bat. 38/2

17.3 N Lyon to Vince, What was that? Vince gets down the track and defends it in an awkward manner towards covers. Semblance of MS Dhoni in that defense there. 38/2

17.2 N Lyon to Vince, This time stays back and defends it with a straight bat. 38/2

17.1 N Lyon to Vince, Floated outside off at 89.1 kph, James slides down the track and gets an inside edge onto the thigh. 38/2

16.6 Pat Cummins to Root, Around off, defended from the crease. 38/2

16.5 Pat Cummins to Root, Length ball outside off, tapped towards covers. Root wanted a run initially but decided against it eventually. 38/2

16.4 Pat Cummins to Vince, This ball is flicked through square leg to rotate strike. 38/2

16.3 Pat Cummins to Root, Length ball on the hips nudged away through square leg for one. 37/2

16.2 Pat Cummins to Root, Gets on top of the bounce and pushes it back towards the bowler. 36/2

16.1 Pat Cummins to Vince, Runs in from over the wicket and angles it into Vince. He clips it to fine leg for one. 36/2

Pat Cummins into the attack now. He picked up a 4-fer in the first essay and would be raring to have a go yet again.

15.6 N Lyon to Root, Another forward defense to this ball on the stumps. 35/2

15.5 N Lyon to Root, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 35/2

15.4 N Lyon to Vince, Vince eases this one to the cover region for a single. 35/2

15.3 N Lyon to Joe Root, Almost! Floated outside off, Root gets forward in defense. The ball doesn't spin much and takes the outside edge and goes on the bounce to the right of Smith. He dives and gets a hand to that but a run results. On first look, it seemed that a catch had gone down. 34/2

15.2 N Lyon to Root, Root defends this one off the front foot. 33/2

15.1 N Lyon to Vince, Floated up on off, worked away through mid-wicket to rotate strike. 33/2

14.6 J Hazlewood to Root, Root defends this one from the crease. 32/2

14.5 J Hazlewood to Root, Banged short on the stumps, ducked under by Joe. 32/2

14.4 J Hazlewood to Root, Hurled fuller outside off, Joe covers the stumps and points his bat skywards as he lets that go. 32/2

14.3 J Hazlewood to Root, JR defends it from within the crease. 32/2

14.2 J Hazlewood to J Vince, Vince plays one of the most elegant cover drives in the game. He does so this time but gets a triple as the ball didn't have legs to go all the way. 32/2

14.1 J Hazlewood to Vince, Hurled in line of the stumps, defended with a straight bat back to the bowler. Josh isn't happy with something as he looks a bit disappointed. Not sure what. 29/2

13.6 N Lyon to Root, Outside off, played towards point. 29/2

13.5 N Lyon to Root, The batsman works it down the leg side. 29/2

13.4 N Lyon to Root, Nicely played. Root goes back and just punches this through cover-point for a couple. 29/2

13.3 N Lyon to Root, Root strides forward and defends it off the inner half towards short leg. 27/2

13.2 N Lyon to Root, Streaky! Root goes back to play this one towards the point but gets the inner edge towards slip on the bounce. Perhaps it turned more than Joe expected it to. 27/2

13.1 N Lyon to Root, Good line. He bowls it in line of the off stump, Root covers the stumps and blocks it from the crease. 27/2

Nathan Lyon will continue with his spell.

12.6 J Hazlewood to Vince, A bit fuller than the previous one, James looks to turn it to the on side but gets it off the outer edge back towards the bowler. 27/2

12.5 J Hazlewood to J Vince, Angles in from outside off, Vince gets an inside edge onto his pads on the defense. 27/2

12.4 J Hazlewood to Vince, Vince keeps this one out with a back foot defense. 27/2

12.3 J Hazlewood to Vince, Variable pace on the track? Josh bowls this at 135.3kph but down the leg side. Vince just lets it be. It goes on the bounce to the keeper. 27/2

12.2 J Hazlewood to Vince, This is full around off, defended off the front foot onto the ground. 27/2

12.1 J Hazlewood to Vince, Full delivery to start off, pushed down past mid off for a couple. 27/2

Here we are. Among the things that we can measure, 40 overs are left. It would require unmeasurable amounts of patience, grit and stamina to come out unscathed on the other side of it. James Vince will face Josh Hazlewood to set things going. Joe Root stands at the other end.

... Penultimate Day, Final Session ...

It isn't easy to spend long time on the field and then come back and be on the money with the bat straightaway. To be honest, a staunch resistance wasn't something expected from the tourists, too, with the way the tour has panned out for them. The conditions aren't the easiest ones either. With the temperature being on the north side of 40s, it could get to both the sides. But the continuous fall of wickets is just the ice that would cool the Aussies. James Vince, Joe Root, Dawid Malan and Jonny Bairstow have the potential, will they use it today? Don't go anywhere as another testing session of play is just upon us.

If you had any doubts till the previous break as to who was bossing the game, this period would have put those to ease. The name of the side starts and ends with an A! Their bowlers were right on the mark from the word go and the result is there for all to see. Mark Stoneman? Gone. Alastair Cook? Let off but then sent off! The hosts aren't someone who'd give the opposition an inch. But with that dropped catch, they did. Fortunately for them, it didn't prove costly as Nathan Lyon got down with his task of weaving magic with the ball.

11.6 N Lyon to Root, Root negotiates the final ball of the session that is full in length by going back and bunting it towards short leg. That's TEA, DAY 4! 25/2

11.5 N Lyon to Root, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 25/2

11.4 N Lyon to Root, Another one around off, Root goes back and blocks. 25/2

11.3 N Lyon to Root, Darted on the stumps, Joe lines behind it and keeps it out. 25/2

Luring tactics. Australia have left the cover region open, telling the English captain, 'Go on, drive it against the spin.' All wicket-taking tactics these.

11.2 N Lyon to Root, Tossed up on off, defended solidly. 25/2

11.1 N Lyon to Vince, Floated outside off, James takes a run by playing it through the point region. 25/2

10.6 J Hazlewood to Root, This is full outside off, Root lets it go unharmed. 24/2

10.5 J Hazlewood to Root, Nice off drive for nothing as it finds the man at mid off. 24/2

10.4 J Hazlewood to Root, Length ball outside off, defended towards point. 24/2

10.3 J Hazlewood to Vince, Vince taps it towards covers and gets to the other end. 24/2

10.2 J Hazlewood to Vince, Is he a goner? No! Hazlewood delivers it on a length that is a bit short. Vince sways back to let it go but doesn't drag his body away. The ball goes off his shoulder and Paine dives in front of slip to take that. Painful for Vince? Maybe. 23/2

10.1 J Hazlewood to Vince, This is outside off, left alone. 23/2

9.6 N Lyon to Root, Flatter on the stumps, blocked from the crease. 23/2

9.5 N Lyon to Root, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat. 23/2

9.4 N Lyon to Root, This is around off, Joe plays this one towards point. 23/2

9.3 N Lyon to Root, Floated in line of the stumps, wristed to mid on. 23/2

9.2 N Lyon to Root, Root gets nicely forward to this one and presents a straight defensive bat. 23/2

9.1 N Lyon to Root, Tossed up on leg, knocked towards mid-wicket. 23/2

8.6 J Hazlewood to Vince, A touch fuller on off, Vince gets ahead and defends. 23/2

8.5 J Hazlewood to Vince, Length ball on the stumps, James keeps it out from the back foot. 23/2

8.4 J Hazlewood to Vince, This is outside off, left alone. 23/2

8.3 J Hazlewood to Vince, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 23/2

8.2 J Hazlewood to Root, Length ball on the pads, Root clips it through square leg. Lyon gets to his left and does the mopping up job, saves a run for his side. 23/2

8.1 J Hazlewood to Root, On off, defended with a straight bat from Root. 20/2

Josh Hazlewood gets a change of end.

7.6 N Lyon to Vince, Vince negotiates the last one safely with a defense. Another maiden for Lyon. 20/2

7.5 N Lyon to Vince, Vince goes back to this one and keeps it out. 20/2

7.4 N Lyon to Vince, Lyon comes over the wicket now, Vince turns this to mid-wicket with the spin. 20/2

7.3 N Lyon to Vince, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery. 20/2

7.2 N Lyon to Vince, Vince gets down the track and bunts it. 20/2

7.1 N Lyon to Vince, Floated on the stumps, blocked off the front foot. 20/2

Nice point by Shane Warne. He observes that Lyon set Cook up nicely there. First he invited him forward with a loopy ball that spun and beat him. Then he slid in an arm delivery. Again he pulled his length back. Seeing that there is turn available and the new ball can skid on, he slipped in the delivery that got him at a length that was a bit short which also spun. Cook although should have been forward to the one which proved to be his demise. Yet full marks to Lyon. As clever as a spinner can get.

6.6 M Starc to Root, This one is blocked from the crease. 20/2

6.5 M Starc to Root, The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot. 20/2

6.4 M Starc to Root, Again on the pads, clipped to fine leg for a couple. 20/2

6.3 M Starc to Root, A yorker jammed out well by Root. 18/2

6.2 M Starc to Root, Strays on the pads on this one, Root nudges it through backward square leg for a couple. 18/2

6.1 M Starc to Root, Starc continues round the wicket to the right-hander and bowls it full. Joe drives it towards mid on. 16/2

5.6 N Lyon to Root, Root gets off the mark with a flick through mid-wicket. 16/2

Joe Root walks in next with his team in trouble early. Every delivery bowled by the Aussies seems like a goblet of fire now.

5.5 Lyon to Cook, OUT! Gone! Big wicket for the tweaker, considering the aura of the batsman. Lyon strikes in his first over. He darts this one at 96 kph around middle and off. Cook goes back to negotiate this one but is beaten by the away turn as well. That spells his doom as the ball makes contact with the off stump behind. The staid look on Cook's face couldn't be more evident. He knows how important it was for him to be out there. He was given a chance earlier in the innings but has failed to make it count. To be fair to him, the crumbling track made it spin a touch more than he expected. That's not to be counted for now, as England lose two in the piece. They are still 289 runs adrift. 15/2

5.4 N Lyon to Cook, Blocked watchfully from the crease. 15/1

5.3 N Lyon to Cook, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot. 15/1

5.2 N Lyon to Cook, Cook hangs back and defends this one. 15/1

5.1 N Lyon to Cook, Ripper first up! Lyon floats it around off, Cook comes forward to defend but the ball spins away past the outer edge of the bat. A puff of dust seen on that occasion as well. 15/1

Yes, here he is! The king of the jungle. Nathan Lyon gets an opportunity to bowl. We could see the track spitting some dust when England were bowling and that could help this guy now.

4.6 M Starc to Cook, AC shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the backfoot. They pick up a single. 15/1

4.5 M Starc to Cook, Nicely punched through mid off on the up for a couple. 14/1

4.4 M Starc to Vince, Starc runs in from round the wicket and bowls it on the pads. Vince takes a leg bye as he misses the flick. 12/1

4.3 M Starc to Cook, Alastair clips it down to fine leg and gets to the other end. 11/1

4.2 M Starc to Cook, AC has played that off the front foot and into the ground. 10/1

4.1 M Starc to Cook, Length ball on off, defended from the crease. 10/1

3.6 J Hazlewood to Vince, FOUR! Bad line, punished. Hazlewood strays on the pads and pays the price. Vince just helps it away and the ball goes to the fine leg fence quickly. Gets off the mark with that. 10/1

3.5 J Hazlewood to Vince, Vince doesn't bother putting bat to this ball outside off. 6/1

3.4 J Hazlewood to Vince, Outside off, left alone. 6/1

3.3 J Hazlewood to Vince, The batsman defends it from within the crease. 6/1

3.2 J Hazlewood to Vince, This is outside off, left alone. 6/1

3.1 J Hazlewood to A Cook, DROPPED! Yes, you read that right. Australia's horrid time with the catching continues. Who's the guy to have got the reprieve? Alastair Cook! Michael Vaughan reckons it would have been game, set, match had this been taken. Hazlewood continues round the wicket and lands it on a length just outside off. Cook has a poke at it and gets a nice thick edge that flies towards first slip. Shaun Marsh there is a bit late to react and gets his right hand out but fails to catch that. Perhaps the heat is getting onto them as well as he was out in the middle for a significant while today. Nevertheless, Cook survives and gets to the other end. Interestingly, the ball wasn't far from the keeper's helmet behind. 6/1

James Vince walks in next with Australia breathing fire.

2.6 M Starc to Stoneman, OUT! England lose Stoneman and a review as well! Starc bowls it on a length in line of the stumps, Stoneman hops and looks to clip it away but fails to do so. Gets struck on the front pad and that is enough for Starc and the Australians to yell in appeal. They get the umpire's nod. Mark talks to his partner and takes it upstairs but the Hawk Eye upholds the original decision. This is how difficult life can get. Stoneman was under the lid at short leg the whole day yesterday and even this morning. He copped a few blows on his glute and his body. Now when he gets a chance to do what his primary skill is, he has to walk back early. Had a good time to show the world that he had a nature akin to his name but that opportunity is now gone. He falls to Starc for the fourth time in the series. England rocked back early, this would certainly pump the hosts up. 5/1

The SCG roars as Stoneman is ruled out LBW on-field! The batter has a chat with his partner and opts for the DRS.

2.5 M Starc to Stoneman, This is outside off, Mark lets it go. 5/0

2.4 M Starc to M Stoneman, That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads. 5/0

2.3 M Starc to Stoneman, Is it a bird or an airplane? No it's Tim Paine! Starc sprays this down leg, Mark looks to flick but misses. Paine leaps full stretch to his right and takes it cleanly. 5/0

2.2 M Starc to A Cook, 12000 Test runs for Alastair Cook! Starc angles it in on a length, Cook hops a touch and looks to flick. Ends up getting an inside edge onto his pads as the ball rolls towards square leg. He picks up a run and raises his bat after his partner tells him about the landmark. 5/0

2.1 M Starc to Cook, Full outside off, left alone. 4/0

1.6 J Hazlewood to Stoneman, The batsman has played it to the point region. 4/0

1.5 J Hazlewood to A Cook, Cook drives this through covers for a single. 4/0

1.4 J Hazlewood to Cook, Another one outside off, left alone. 3/0

1.3 J Hazlewood to A Cook, Length ball outside off, pushed through covers for a brace. 3/0

1.2 J Hazlewood to Cook, This is outside off, left alone. 1/0

Surprise for Ian Healy already! The move from Hazlewood to start from round the wicket does that to him. He reckons that when Josh comes over the wicket, he gets it to move in after angling it away. But it becomes slightly easier when the angle is from round the stumps. The first innings dismissal of Cook was from over the wicket by Hazlewood. All these points defy the bowler's logic.

1.1 J Hazlewood to Cook, Josh runs in from round the wicket and bowls it on a length outside off. Cook covers the sticks and lets it go. 1/0

Josh Hazlewood will run in from the other end with the new ball.

0.6 M Starc to Stoneman, Blocks this one from the crease to end the first over safely. Decent start for both sides. 1/0

0.5 M Starc to Stoneman, Very full outside off, Stoneman looks to dig it out but fails. 1/0

0.4 M Starc to Stoneman, Another ball outside off, Stoneman just lets it be. 1/0

0.3 M Starc to Stoneman, Nicely bowled outside off, left alone. 1/0

0.2 M Starc to Cook, Cook is underway. He just turns it towards mid-wicket and gets to the other end to open his and his side's account. 1/0

0.1 M Starc to Cook, Beaten straightaway! Trust Australia to take full advantage of the opposition's low time. Starc runs in from over the wicket and spears a 142.7 kph delivery on a length outside off. Cook gets squared up a touch as he pokes his bat at that. Thankfully for him, the edge was left alone by the new cherry. 0/0

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First Published: January 3, 2018, 11:16 PM IST

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1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
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