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Ashes 2013: England v Australia 4th Test – LIVE!


Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the fourth Test between England and Australia at Chester-Le-Street.

by Charles Reynolds on Aug 8, 2013 at 9:55 PM

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  • DAY IN BRIEF:


    • AUSTRALIA CLOSE DAY ON 222/5 (TRAIL BY 16)
    • 100 for Chris Rogers
    • ENGLAND ALL OUT FOR 238 (Cook 51 - Lyon 4/42)
    • England lead series 2-0 with two to play
    • England won the toss and batted first
    TEAMS:

    ENGLAND - Cook (c), Root, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Bairstow, Prior (wk), Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Anderson

    AUSTRALIA - Rogers, Watson, Khawaja, Clarke (c), Smith, Warner, Haddin (wkt), Siddle, Harris, Lyon, Bird
    8/9/2013 11:48:26 PM
  • Australia 85/4 (Rogers 45, Watson 5)
    Better from Bresnan, he bowls a maiden to Watson and really should have removed the right-hander but can't take the return catch.
    8/10/2013 1:09:33 PM
  • 50 FOR CHRIS ROGERS (87 balls, 8 fours)
    8/10/2013 1:14:18 PM
  • Australia 96/4 (Rogers 56, Watson 5)
    Australia riding their luck a little here, with edges flying around here but they survive so far. Rogers battling through to 50. This is going to be an intriguing little session.
    8/10/2013 1:18:43 PM
  • Australia 99/4 (Rogers 56, Watson 8)
    Watto gets three runs, guiding the ball into a gap on the off side. England are getting some real seam movement here.
    8/10/2013 1:22:08 PM

  • Lunch time guest on TMS was comedian Adam Hills who I think looks like David Hussey's lost brother. Thoughts? 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 10, 2013 at 1:22 PM


    8/10/2013 1:23:04 PM
  • Australia 99/4 (Rogers 56, Watson 8)
    Anderson comes back into the attack - perhaps with a bit of a point to prove after a disappointing spell this morning - and he's off to a good start, it's a maiden.
    8/10/2013 1:25:18 PM
  • Australia 103/4 (Rogers 56, Watson 8)
    100 up for Australia in not totally convincing style as Broad nips one back into Watson and it runs off his pads for three leg byes. Broad causing havoc out there. Just needs a bit of a support from his fellow bowlers to be honest.
    8/10/2013 1:31:47 PM
  • Australia 103/4 (Rogers 56, Watson 8)
    Good stuff from Anderson, it's a maiden.
    8/10/2013 1:34:51 PM

  • Bresnan celebrates the wicket of Steve Smith 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 10, 2013 at 1:37 PM


    8/10/2013 1:38:11 PM
  • Australia 110/4 (Rogers 60, Watson 12)
    Australia doing a bit better from that Broad over, Watson even playing a good shot off his pads clipping Broad away for four. Too straight from the England bowler.
    8/10/2013 1:40:11 PM
  • Australia 119/4 (Rogers 60, Watson 20)
    Another expensive over as far as England are concerned with Watson hitting successive boundaries to end the over. First Anderson drifting leg side and being clipped away, then dropping too short and Watson pulling away fiercely for four more.
    8/10/2013 1:44:37 PM
  • Australia 121/4 (Rogers 62, Watson 21)
    Broad comes out of the attack for the first time after lunch and is replaced by Bresnan who doesn't look as threatening but is fairly solid. Just two from the over.

    8/10/2013 1:52:26 PM

  • Cook and Swann ponder a dropped catch 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 10, 2013 at 1:54 PM


    8/10/2013 1:54:44 PM
  • Australia 123/4 (Rogers 63, Watson 22)
    Anderson still hasn't quite found the right line here I would say, he's just a touch too straight or even leg side, but Australia just get two from the over. This partnership starting to gather a bit of momentum now.
    8/10/2013 1:57:16 PM
  • Australia 129/4 (Rogers 66, Watson 25)
    These two becoming a bit of a nuisance for England, who look markedly less threatening without Broad bowling. Perhaps time for a bit of Swann? 
    8/10/2013 2:05:11 PM

  • Watson pulls away for four 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 10, 2013 at 2:07 PM


    8/10/2013 2:08:32 PM
  • Australia 130/4 (Rogers 67, Watson 25)
    Well there is a bowling change, but it's not Graeme Swann. Jonathan Trott comes into the attack. It's not a bad over, he beats Rogers outside edge with a great ball and Australia just add a single to the total.
    8/10/2013 2:09:44 PM
  • Australia 130/4 (Rogers 67, Watson 25)
    Anderson still searching for his first wicket here, but at least he's not allowing Australia many runs. That's a maiden from Jimmy.
    8/10/2013 2:14:36 PM
  • Australia 136/4 (Rogers 68, Watson 30)
    The difficult second over for Trott as he is spanked through the covers by Watson off a wide delivery. He raps Rogers on the pads and appeals furiously, but it pitched way outside leg (and was probably going over anyway)
    8/10/2013 2:19:24 PM
  • Australia 136/4 (Rogers 68, Watson 30)
    Another probing over from Anderson, it's a maiden. England still searching for a breakthrough.
    8/10/2013 2:22:01 PM
  • Australia 140/4 (Rogers 70, Watson 32)
    Trott and Anderson continue, Australia picking up four runs in total. Surely time for a bit of Swann??
    8/10/2013 2:30:21 PM
  • Australia 141/4 (Rogers 70, Watson 33)
    At last here is a bit of Swann. Just one from the over as Watto picks up a single. England just haven't looked that threatening apart from when Broad has bowled. 
    8/10/2013 2:33:39 PM
  • Australia 148/4 (Rogers 71, Watson 38)
    Someone in the England team should probably remind Watson that he's in the 30s and therefore should be out by now. Bresnan comes into the attack and starts with a rancid loosener that Watson puts away for four. Australia doing well here.
    8/10/2013 2:39:02 PM
  • Australia 148/4 (Rogers 71, Watson 38)
    Maiden from Swann to finish off the session that has definitely been bossed by Australia.
    8/10/2013 2:41:08 PM
  • TEA
    8/10/2013 2:41:14 PM
  • Australia 151/4 (Rogers 71, Watson 40)
    Bresnan starts things off after Tea - it's a solid start but nothing spectacular. Three from the over including a leg bye. 

    8/10/2013 3:06:06 PM
  • Australia 152/4 (Rogers 72, Watson 40)
    Unsurprisingly Broad starts at the other end for England. He's been excellent today. Just a single to Rogers from the over. 

    8/10/2013 3:10:37 PM

  • Shane Watson picks up a boundary 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 10, 2013 at 3:13 PM


    8/10/2013 3:14:03 PM
  • Australia 155/4 (Rogers 74, Watson 41)
    It's a maiden from Bresilad and then Broad drifts a little too straight and is worked away for a couple by Rogers. Just a few balls before though he beat him pushing forward with one that was unfortunate not to take the outside edge.
    8/10/2013 3:18:34 PM
  • Australia 162/4 (Rogers 78, Watson 44)
    This stand goes on for Australia. Watson picking up three and then Rogers playing an excellent pull shot off the front foot for four. 
    8/10/2013 3:23:22 PM
  • Australia 163/4 (Rogers 78, Watson 45)
    Australia pick up a single from an overthrow first ball (no prizes for guessing KP was the man at fault) and then Rogers blocks the rest of it out. 
    8/10/2013 3:28:18 PM
  • Australia 167/4 (Rogers 79, Watson 48)
    Bresnan continues but without any success - now the ball isn't moving much England could perhaps do with a good spell from Swann. 
    8/10/2013 3:32:36 PM
  • Australia 169/4 (Rogers 80, Watson 49)
    Swann comes into the attack to replace Broad and it's a solid start, just a run to each batsman. He troubled Rogers at Lord's so it's perhaps a bit of a surprise he hasn't been tried more.
    8/10/2013 3:35:53 PM
  • 50 FOR SHANE WATSON (98 balls, 5 fours)
    8/10/2013 3:37:23 PM
  • Australia 171/4 (Rogers 81, Watson 50)
    So Shane Watson has his 20th Test match 50 now. This drop down the order seems to have really done the trick for him. England really need a wicket now.
    8/10/2013 3:40:11 PM

  • Rogers picks up runs 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 10, 2013 at 3:40 PM


    8/10/2013 3:41:08 PM
  • Australia 175/4 (Rogers 85, Watson 50)
    Good over from Swann until the last ball which is flat and wide and Rogers has no qualms in guiding it away for four on the off side.
    8/10/2013 3:42:33 PM
  • Australia 177/4 (Rogers 86, Watson 51)
    Just a couple from the over as this pair bring up their 100-partnership. This has been a good recovery from Australia.
    8/10/2013 3:46:41 PM
  • REVIEW! Has Prior got a stumping?
    8/10/2013 3:49:20 PM
  • NOT OUT - Rogers got his foot back in time. Turn for Swann though.
    8/10/2013 3:50:09 PM
  • Australia 184/4 (Rogers 89, Watson 54)
    Anderson comes into the attack for Bresnan but he can't split this pair up. Watson batting to punish all those who made cruel jibes about him up to this point in the series. England need a wicket soon because you feel with no pressure on Australia's tail could run amok.
    8/10/2013 3:57:01 PM
  • Australia 193/4 (Rogers 91, Watson 61)
    Hang on... Shouldn't Shane Watson be out by now? Well apparently not. He and Rogers plough on with the left-hander moving into the 90s. England frustrated.
    8/10/2013 4:03:39 PM
  • Australia 193/4 (Rogers 91, Watson 61)
    That's a maiden from Swann, haven't seen one of those for a while. 
    8/10/2013 4:06:21 PM



  • 8/10/2013 4:07:24 PM
  • Australia 199/4 (Rogers 92, Watson 66)
    England are looking increasingly desperate and ragged, Australia trail by just 39 and will be eyeing up a big lead.
    8/10/2013 4:11:58 PM
  • Australia 203/4 (Rogers 96, Watson 66)
    Australia past 200 now as Rogers nearly gets out to Swann. He tries to work it into the leg side and gets a big leading edge that loops up but drops before reaching Broad at mid on.
    8/10/2013 4:14:37 PM

  • Praying for rain again seems to be in order.WhistlerAug 10, 2013 at 5:18 PM
    Oh dear... it's certainly going that way.
    8/10/2013 4:18:59 PM
  • Australia 205/4 (Rogers 96, Watson 68)
    Rogers tensing up as he approaches a maiden Test hundred. That's a maiden from Swann.

    8/10/2013 4:26:23 PM
  • WICKET! Watson c Prior b Broad - 68
    Gone! Another leg side strangle in this series. That's the end of Watto. Broad makes the breakthrough finally for England.
    8/10/2013 4:30:28 PM
  • Australia 205/5 (Rogers 96, Haddin 0)
    Swann bowls a maiden to Rogers who remains stuck on 96. He's looking pretty nervous at the moment as he tries to close in on a maiden Test hundred.
    8/10/2013 4:34:38 PM


  • 8/10/2013 4:35:17 PM
  • Australia 207/5 (Rogers 96, Haddin 2)
    Haddin off the mark with a couple which means that Rogers will be on strike for Swann's over, needing 4 for his 100...
    8/10/2013 4:39:43 PM
  • 100 for Chris Rogers!
    8/10/2013 4:40:43 PM
  • Australia 211/5 (Rogers 100, Haddin 2)
    Rogers finally brings up three figures with a sweep shot off Swann. Great innings from the left-hander, he's ridden his luck at times but that was a really gutsy knock. He's the second oldest Australian to make a maiden Test hundred.
    8/10/2013 4:43:22 PM
  • Australia 211/5 (Rogers 100, Haddin 2)
    Broad continues to impress today, that's a maiden to Haddin.
    8/10/2013 4:46:01 PM
  • Australia 217/5 (Rogers 101, Haddin 7)
    Good shot from Haddin who slog sweeps Swann away for four over the top. He looks set to bat positively here as Australia reduce the gap to 21.
    8/10/2013 4:50:41 PM

  • Watson goes for 68 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 10, 2013 at 4:52 PM


    8/10/2013 4:52:31 PM
  • BAD LIGHT STOPS PLAY - Well that suits Australia, with the new ball just round the corner, the umpires whip the players off. 
    8/10/2013 4:54:13 PM
  • PLAY ABANDONED FOR THE DAY
    8/10/2013 5:02:18 PM

  • 100 for Chris Rogers 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 10, 2013 at 5:07 PM


    8/10/2013 5:08:13 PM
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