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    5th Test - AUS v ENG

    Australia 1st Inn 326 All Out
    England 1st Inn 155 All Out
    Australia 2nd Inn 276 All Out
    England 2nd Inn 166 All Out
    England won the toss and elected to bowl
    Australia won by 281 runs
    England Over:31.4  RR:5.24
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    WB Rankin* 0 2 0 0 0.00
    JM Anderson 1 1 0 0 100.00
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    RJ Harris* 9.4 4 25 5 2.59
    NM Lyon 9.0 0 70 2 7.78
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    Last Wicket: Rankin, 0 (c:Clarke b:Harris)
    Current Partnership: 0 runs, 2 balls, RR:

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    After another resurrection from the Australian lower-middle-order led them to a more than decent 326, the hosts might have edged ahead of their opponents England at the end of the first day’s play in Sydney. Join us for live scores and commentary from 10.30am AEDT.

    Let’s assume this was the first match of the series and Australia had been bowled out for 326 on the first day of the game.

    Would we have still said Australia have the edge?

    I have my doubts over it, it would, at best, have been a 50-50 kind of a day for most experts.

    Four Test matches on and that score now looks like it’s already enough. In fact, there were a few who reckoned that on this Sydney Cricket Ground pitch, even 250 would have sufficed.

    And there’s truth in it. It’s definitely more than plain arrogance and a lot has to do with the way things have gone in the series and in the first couple of sessions of this Test match.

    Take for instance how Australia lost half their side for less than 100. Most of those dismissals were down to good bowling and dollops of assistance from the pitch.

    Dave Warner and Shane Watson were done in by swing, Michael Clarke and George Bailey by pace, with only Chris Rogers contributing to his own downfall by an unusual cross-batted stroke that unfortunately found its way on to the stumps.

    Even when the pair of Steven Smith and Brad Haddin was at the crease, there was enough in the pitch to suggest a wicket could fall any time. Haddin rode his aggressive shot-making and was aided by the injury to Boyd Rankin and the debutant Scott Borthwick’s nerves on his way to a fifth successive first innings fifty.

    And later, in what was so reminiscent of how Australia have bowled all series, Ben Stokes polished off the tail in a jiffy. It should give as much hope of a brilliant career ahead of Stokes as it should of the Aussie bowlers being able to do exactly that over their next two innings on this grass-laden pitch.

    In short, England’s batting will need to show a deviation from what has been their norm in this series of gargantuan proportions if they have to stay within touching distance of the Australian score.

    And they have already lost Michael Carberry to the pace of Mitchell Johnson.

    Of course, the pitch may not breathe as much fire as it did in the first session of the game which could be a bit of a factor but as one saw in both Adelaide and Melbourne, the likes of Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris have often removed the track out of equation.

    England need to look at batting the whole day tomorrow but not at the expense of not scoring for chunks of overs together.

    Choosing the best ball to score off and the alertness to the possibility of runs against a slacking bowler will remain the key to their success on the second day of this Sydney Test match.

    Join me for the second day of the fifth Ashes 2013-14 Test on Saturday and you can follow the live score of this game from 10.30am AEDT and post your comments below.

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    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:09pm | ! Report

      It’s the end of just the second day and the match has already seen 24 wickets go down. Australia are on top, as one would expect given how the series has gone with the English batting capitulating once again against some hostile bowling from the hosts.

      The day unravelled for England off just the second ball when captain Cook decided to shoulder arms to an in-dipper from Harris and was declared out lbw. The top-order was wiped off after that and England slumped to 5/23 and 6/62 before Ben Stokes rescued the English and pushed them to above the follow-on mark.

      Stokes, who had a six-wicket haul in the Aussie innings, went on to score 47 while England made 155, a lead of 171 for Australia. All three quicks for Australia picked up three wickets.

      The script of the Australian second innings remained the same. Early wickets before the pair of Rogers and Bailey stalled that in their 49-run stand. Rogers has managed to score 73, out of the 140 on board for Australia while Bailey, playing for his place, is unbeaten on 20.

      That will be all then, from me, but I will be back tomorrow for the third day of the final Ashes Test this summer. Will it also be the last (for more than an year and a half)?

    • 6:04pm
      Matt said | 6:04pm | ! Report

      England should have bowled a minimum of 36 overs.

      They bowled 30.

      At their rate instead of 450 overs in a game there would be just 370 odd. That’s almost an entire day wasted!


      • 6:05pm
        Johnno said | 6:05pm | ! Report

        Matt England are tired, theyve had enough there tired, they and the Barmy Army just wanna go home.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:02pm | ! Report

      That’s that, Anderson has bowled a maiden to Bailey to finish the proceedings on day two of the SCG Test.

      Australia have reached 4/140 in 30 overs, which gives them an overall lead of 311. Rogers and Bailey are still around and with Haddin, Johnson and the lower-order still to come, a lead of at least 400 looks par for the course.

    • 5:59pm
      Johnno said | 5:59pm | ! Report

      Heads will roll after this England tour.
      Hopeless schedule, with pathetic tour games, hopeless selections eg leaving out Onions, senior players letting the side down, bad captaincy,bad tactics, pathetic batting, dropped catches, losing so many tosses, it goes on and on.

      • Roar Guru

        Pom in Oz said | 6:01pm | ! Report

        Can’t blame them for losing tosses, but it has been woeful…

        • 6:03pm
          Johnno said | 6:03pm | ! Report

          The barmy army has been more quiet to, numbers are down, less poms staying at backpackers in Bondi Beach.

      • 6:02pm
        Jake said | 6:02pm | ! Report

        You suggest Cook should practise his tossing more?

        • 6:11pm
          TheTruth said | 6:11pm | ! Report

          Think I know of one Roarer who may be willing to help him with that

          • 6:15pm
            Matt said | 6:15pm | ! Report

            Is it still called tossing then…? Haha +1

          • 6:19pm
            Jake said | 6:19pm | ! Report

            Does his name begin with J & end in OHNNO?

          • Roar Guru

            Zee said | 6:20pm | ! Report

            I will definitely take one for the team 😛

            • 6:21pm
              Johnno said | 6:21pm | ! Report

              lol it’s Chris UK or Pom in OZ.

            • Roar Guru

              Pom in Oz said | 6:32pm | ! Report

              LMAO You are smitten…

            • 6:37pm
              TheTruth said | 6:37pm | ! Report

              Haha hope you wore a bib today to catch your drool. May have been a little uncomfortable for the people in front of you

              • Roar Guru

                Zee said | 6:51pm | ! Report

                Smitten to the absolute extreme, haha.
                He is purrfeecccttt .. I cannot help myself.

                Hahaha – The Truth ; Lets just say their were a few Aussie punters around me a tad confused by my affection for Cookey, plenty of banter went around.

      • 8:54pm
        andy ross said | 8:54pm | ! Report

        Even in India they don’t sack captains for losing tosses.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 5:57pm | ! Report

      Only a leg-bye in the Anderson over, followed by Borthwick who concedes four.

      4/140 in 29, lead of 311

    • Columnist

      Ronan O'Connell said | 5:57pm | ! Report

      Midway through this series Rogers’ place in the side was under threat.

      His last 5 innings have produced 313 runs at 78.

      • 6:03pm
        Nudge said | 6:03pm | ! Report

        Great stat Ronan. I’m loving watching him bat. Real Aussie battler. Got a feeling this isn’t his last ashes test.

    • Roar Guru

      ak said | 5:56pm | ! Report

      Enjoying George Bailey’s batting. Last chance in this test for him.

    • Roar Guru

      Rob na Champassak said | 5:54pm | ! Report

      I really am enjoying watching Chris Rogers bat. He is unflustered for a fellow who has lost four of his partners at regular intervals. Bit of experience showing there, all 20,000 runs of it. He just looks imperturbable.

      • 5:56pm
        Johnno said | 5:56pm | ! Report

        As does Jake White Rob from Brumby Country.

        • Roar Guru

          Rob na Champassak said | 6:02pm | ! Report

          I’ll throw an early tip in now, Johnno, and say that the Sharks will play the final this year. Haven’t decided if they’ll win, yet.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 5:50pm | ! Report

      James Anderson has come back on now. Will bowl a couple here probably.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 5:49pm | ! Report

      Decent first over from Scott Borthwick, just four from it.

      4/135 in 27, lead of 306

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 5:45pm | ! Report

      Change in bowling and Scott Borthwick has come on to bowl, with 15 minutes to go today.

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