2015 Investec Ashes Series | 1st Test | England v Australia | Day 4 | LIVE from SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

2015 Investec Ashes Series | 1st Test | England v Australia | Day 4 | LIVE from SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

2015 Investec Ashes Series | 1st Test
England v Australia
Day 4
LIVE from SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
England won the toss, elected to Bat first.
England 430 (102.1) & 289 (70.1)
Australia 308 (84.4) & 0/0 (0)
Australia require 412 runs to win.
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7:45pm | G’day Everybody. Welcome to the 4th day of play in this, the opening Test Match of the 2015 Investec Ashes Series, between Australia and England… we’re in Cardiff, and we’ve got glorious sunshine, as we gear up for play in 15 minutes time… at that time, David Warner and Chris Rogers will walk out to the middle, to start Australia’s quest to win the first test. The target is 412, and given that weather is expected to play a part tomorrow, all three results are still possible, but it’s expected that either England or Australia will claim victory.

Make no mistake, 412 is gettable, but it won’t be easy… it’ll require some luck, as well as some very clever and skillful play from the Australians.

Hello everyone. Zak Caban with you, and we apologise for our late start right off the top tonight. As many of you know, our coverage is coming to you out of our Bathurst office this year, and some inclement weather hit the area around 4pm this afternoon… the tt hunderstorm that came with it caused a power outage in the area in which we are coordinating our coverage at 4:42pm, and it switched back on at around 7:15pm AEST.

That said, still plenty to get through in this short period that leads up to the start of play.

England were bowled out for 289 last night… a lead of 411, on a day where 15 wickets fell… Australia’s lower order crumbled, but that lower order bowled well… Nathan Lyon took four wickets, while Johnson, Starc and Hazlewood all claimed 2 each.

At the close of play, it was Nathan Lyon who spoke to the Media, and he felt pretty confident in saying that Australia can still win this.

Let’s not forget that run chases are becoming somewhat easier in this modern era of Test Match Cricket… Pakistan recently made light work of a 378-run target in the third test against Sri Lanka, so the Aussie may take some comfort from that.

England meanwhile… terrific work from Joe Root and Ian Bell yesterday… they shared the top score of 60. Bell spoke after play about the impact that Trevor Bayliss is having on the English team, and also about his own form before that fifty yesterday!

8pm | START OF PLAY | LIVE from SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
England 430 (102.1) & 289 (70.1) | Australia 308 (84.4) & 0/0 (0)
Chris Rogers 0* (0) | David Warner 0* (0)
Australia require 412 runs to win.
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Good evening to anyone who may be just joining us… welcome to Cardiff… the umpires have called play. Chris Rogers is facing Jimmy Anderson… the target is 412, and there’s a great deal of expectation about what might lie ahead…

If Australia are any chance, these two need to fire, and the middle-order need to go on with their starts… the tail may need to wag as well.

Waiting for us in the Commentary Box are Michael Vaughan and Ian Healy!

8:35pm | England 430 (102.1) & 289 (70.1) | Australia 308 (84.4) & 0/13 (8)
Chris Rogers 10* (24) | David Warner 2* (24)
Australia require 399 runs to win.

It’s slow going for Australia at the moment, but at least they’re unscathed… yet to lose a wicket, and the longer they can go without losing one, the higher their hopes will be.

Change in commentary, as Mark Taylor joins Ian Healy!

8:43pm | England 430 (102.1) & 289 (70.1) | Australia 308 (84.4) & 1/19 (9.4)
Steven Smith 0* (0) | David Warner 8* (30)
Australia require 393 runs to win.

GONE… THICK EDGE, AND IT CARRIES TO IAN BELL IN THE SLIPS… ROGERS MUST GO, AND ENGLAND HAVE THEIR FIRST!

Rogers | c Bell, b Broad | 10 (28) | FOW 1/19 (9.4) at 11:43am.

9pm | DRINKS – England 430 (102.1) & 289 (70.1) | Australia 308 (84.4) & 1/53 (13)
Steven Smith 11* (7) | David Warner 27* (43)
Australia require 359 runs to win.

DRINKS here in Cardiff… this contest is alive, there’s no doubt about that… a terrific last over from Smith and Warner… 17 coming from it… lifting the run-rate and shifting the momentum ever so slightly!

Stokes continues, as do Ian Healy and Mark Taylor!

9:32pm | England 430 (102.1) & 289 (70.1) | Australia 308 (84.4) & 1/79 (20)
Steven Smith 22* (32) | David Warner 42* (60)
Australia require 333 runs to win.

Warner and Smith are going along nicely… they’re making this look easy. 79 down… they’re going at nearly 4 an over, and need another 333 from here, as Nicholas and Lloyd jump out, and Taylor and Healy jump in!

9:41pm | England 430 (102.1) & 289 (70.1) | Australia 308 (84.4) & 1/87 (22)
Steven Smith 22* (32) | David Warner 50* (72)
Australia require 325 runs to win.

THERE IT IS… FIFTY FOR DAVID WARNER… HE STRUGGLED EARLY, BUT ONCE HE GOT SETTLED, AND GOT HIS EYE IN, HE’S BEEN DANGEROUS, AND A NIGHTMARE FOR ENGLAND.

1/87, as Joe Root comes into the attack!

9:58pm | 2015 Investec Ashes Series | 1st Test
England v Australia
LUNCH – Day 4
LIVE from SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
England won the toss, elected to Bat first.
England 430 (102.1) & 289 (70.1)
Australia 308 (84.4) & 2/97 (26.3)
Steven Smith 29* (45) | Michael Clarke 0* (0)
Australia require 315 runs to win.
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GOT HIM… LBW!!! MOEEN ALI STRIKES ON THE STROKE OF LUNCH… AN IMPORTANT WICKET, AND AUSTRALIA GO TO LUNCH AT 2/97… THE BALL WOULD’VE SMASHED INTO LEG STUMP… WARNER SMARTLY TOLD BY STEVE SMITH NOT TO REVIEW, AND WE HEAD TO LUNCH PART WAY THOUGH A VITAL OVER FROM MOEEN ALI!

What a vital wicket that is for England… to get Warner before lunch is HUGE in the context of this chase and this match.

Michael Clarke will be with Steven Smith after lunch, but as we go there, England have their nose in front.

10:38pm | Hello again from Cardiff… it’s the 4th day, and the middle session which is about to commence could well decide the match.

The Aussies, 2 down at LUNCH, and England will be looking to use the momentum they have to the advantage… as Michael Clarke takes strike… Moeen Ali will continue his over, and Michael Vaughan has joined Mark Taylor in the commentary box!

10:44pm | England 430 (102.1) & 289 (70.1) | Australia 308 (84.4) & 3/101 (27.4)
Adam Voges 0* (0) | Michael Clarke 0* (3)
Australia require 311 runs to win.

GONE!!! THICK EDGE FROM STEVEN SMITH… BEAUTIFULLY BOWLED FROM STUART BROAD, AND THEY’VE GOT ANOTHER BIG WICKET NOT LONG AFTER WARNER WENT BACK TO THE PAVILION!

Smith | c Bell, b Broad | 33 (49) | FOW 3/101 (27.4) at 1:44pm

England don’t just have their nose in front any more… they’re in the box seat. 3/101… Australia need 311, and the pressure us on Clarke, Voges, Watson and Haddin.

11:02pm | England 430 (102.1) & 289 (70.1) | Australia 308 (84.4) & 3/101 (27.4)
Adam Voges 1* (14) | Shane Watson 0* (0)
Australia require 306 runs to win.

OUT… GONE… MICHAEL CLARKE’S BEEN CAUGHT BY BEN STOKES BEHIND POINT!

3/9 THEY’VE LOST SINCE ALI GOT WARNER, AND THE WHEELS ARE FALLING OFF THE BUS FAST! 4/106!

Clarke | c Stokes, b Broad | 4 (13) | FOW 4/106 (31.4) at 2:02pm

Shane Watson joins Adam Voges… will they handle the pressure?

11:07pm | EDGED… GONE!!! BUTTLER TAKES THE CATCH!!! VOGES MUST GO, AND WITH THAT, YOU’D RECKON AUSTRALIA’S CHANCES GO AS WELL… MAGNIFICENT BOWLING FROM MARK WOOD, BACKING UP BROAD’S WORK AT THE OTHER END, AND AUSTRALIA HAVE LOST 4/9 IN A CLASSIC ASHES MID-ORDER COLLAPSE!

Voges | c Buttler, b Wood | 1 (16) | FOW 5/106 at 2:07pm

11:34pm | England 430 (102.1) & 289 (70.1) | Australia 308 (84.4) & 6/122 (38.1)
Mitchell Johnson 0* (0) | Shane Watson 9* (17)
Australia require 290 runs to win | England need 4 wickets.

GONE!!! SECOND ATTEMPT FROM ALASTAIR COOK, AND IT IS A SCREAMER!!! BRAD HADDIN GOES… MOEEN ALI GETS HIS FOURTH BIG SCALP OF THE TEST MATCH, AND IT’S ALL GOING TO HELL FOR AUSTRALIA!

Haddin | c Cook, b Ali | 7 (20) | FOW 6/122 (38.1) at 2:34pm

Johnson joins Watson… David Lloyd and Ian Healy take up commentary!

12:27am | England 430 (102.1) & 289 (70.1) | Australia 308 (84.4) & 7/151 (50.5)
Mitchell Johnson 19* (35) | Mitchell Starc 0* (0)
Australia require 261 runs to win | England need 3 wickets.

OUT!!! LBW!!! YOU GUESSED IT… SHANE WATSON… DISMISSED LEG BEFORE WICKET FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THE MATCH, AND SURELY ENGLAND WILL WRAP THIS UP TODAY!

Watson | LBW, b Wood | 19 (58) | FOW 7/151 (50.5) at 3:27pm

The two Mitchell’s are together, and two Englishmen are in the commentary box, namely David Lloyd and Mark Nicholas!

12:40am | 2015 Investec Ashes Series | 1st Test
England v Australia
TEA – Day 4
LIVE from SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
England won the toss, elected to Bat first.
England 430 (102.1) & 289 (70.1)
Australia 308 (84.4) & 7/162 (54)
Mitchell Johnson 26* (46) | Mitchell Starc 4* (8)
Australia require 250 runs to win | England need 3 wickets.

That session belonged to England from first until last… probably their most dominant session of the 11 so far… at no point were Australia in control there… Smith, Clarke, Haddin and Voges all went cheaply, and Watson completed his usual hat-trick of getting hit on the pads, being given out LBW, and unsuccessfully reviewing the decision.

Now, England are just three wickets away from a win, that not many predicted… those that did, are the ones that remember Australia’s poor efforts against swing bowling in the past.

Final session coming up… it’ll probably be the final session of the match… how long can that Australian tail wag for?

1am | FINAL SESSION!

Hello again from Cardiff, on what’s a cold Sunday morning in Australia, the result is looking pretty cold for the Aussies here… just 3 wickets left in the shed, with 250 left to get.
Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc are at the wicket, and Ian Healy and Mark Taylor are in the Commentary Box!

1:33am | England 430 (102.1) & 289 (70.1) | Australia 308 (84.4) & 7/202 (61.4)
Mitchell Johnson 52* (70) | Mitchell Starc 17* (31)
Australia require 210 runs to win | England need 3 wickets.

FOUR… FIFTY FOR JOHNSON!!! BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE UNDER EXTREME PRESSURE, AND GIVEN THE SITUATION OF THE GAME, TO SEE IT COME IN JUST 70 BALLS MAKES IT EVEN MORE IMPRESSIVE!

They’re not giving up without one hell of a fight, Australia… as Mark Taylor and Mark Nicholas take up Commentary!

1:47am | England 430 (102.1) & 289 (70.1) | Australia 308 (84.4) & 8/223 (65.4)
Mitchell Johnson 72* (87) | Josh Hazlewood 0* (0)
Australia require 189 runs to win | England need 2 wickets.

GOT HIM… AGAIN, A JUGGLED CATCH, BUT ENGLAND HAVE MITCHELL STARC, AND ARE 2 WICKETS AWAY FROM A SURPRISE WIN!

Starc | c Lyth, b Root | 17 (38) | FOW 8/223 (65.4) at 4:47pm.

Josh Hazlewood is the new man in, and he’s going to have to pick up singles, and allow Johnson to keep pushing along… I know I’m clutching at straws, but that’s the only way that Australia could create a miracle here.

2am | England 430 (102.1) & 289 (70.1) | Australia 308 (84.4) & 9/242 (69.1)
Nathan Lyon 0* (0) | Josh Hazlewood 14* (14)
Australia require 172 runs to win | England need 1 wicket.

OUT… THAT’S THAT!!! AUSTRALIA’S LAST HOPE MUST GO… JOHNSON HAS EDGED IT TO SLIP. JOE ROOT HAS ANOTHER WICKET, AND NOW IT’S ONLY A FORMALITY FOR ENGLAND!

Johnson | c Lyth, b Root | 77 (94) | FOW 9/242 (69.1) at 5pm

2:05am | IT’S IN THE AIR… JOE ROOT IS THE MAN UNDER IT… HE MAKES NO MISTAKE… ENGLAND WIN THE FIRST TEST OF THE ASHES IN 2015… AND THEY DO SO BY 169 RUNS!!!
AUSTRALIA ARE ALL OUT FOR 242… AND THEY’VE GOT A LOT OF SOUL SEARCHING TO DO BEFORE LORD’S ON THURSDAY!

Hazlewood | c Root, b Ali | 14 (17) | FOW 10/242 (70.3) at 5:05pm

3am | 2015 Investec Ashes Series | 1st Test | England v Australia
Day 4 | LIVE from SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
England 430 (102.1) & 289 (70.1) | Australia 308 (84.4) & 242 (70.3)
England win by 169 runs | Lead the Series 1-0 | Man of the Match: Joe Root (ENG)
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So, that’s that… only four days were needed for the 1st Test Match… a marvellous performance from England… Australia were good in patches, but a few errors in the field and their batting let them down, and they’ll be the areas that we see them working hard on before Thursday!

That said, Mitchell Johnson’s performance with the bat gives us hope… 77 in quick time… when his team needed him to step up, he delivered, proving the tail can wag, but they can’t rely on that… the tail needs to be able to wag without pressure… they need the top order to lay the foundations, and make big scores that can be added too with no pressure.

Once Warner went, Australia capitulated… four recognised batsmen all making very poor scores: Clarke (4), Voges (1), Haddin (7) and Watson (19)… just not good enough when you’re chasing 412 runs, and also not good enough when a lower-order batsman makes the top score in a chase of that magnitude, and by a healthy margin too I might add.

Smith’s 33 was disappointing… he was just getting settled before slashing at one too many, and edging it to Bell. If he’d got to 50, you would’ve backed him for three figures…

So, lot’s of work to do for Australia.

That said, England will be very happy… although they still have some areas to work on… I know Alastair Cook would like to make a better contribution with the bat, as would Jos Buttler and Adam Lyth, but Bell is back in form… Root was exceptional, and Moeen Ali played a key part in the win with both bat and ball.

Broad was brilliant, so to Anderson, Ali grabbed 4 key scalps across two innings, and Mark Wood burst onto the Ashes scene with 4 wickets.

Man of the Match – Well, you could’ve picked Moeen Ali or Joe Root… they were the two all-round standouts for England, but with 134 off 166 balls in the first innings, after being dropped in single digits, in what turned out to be a match winning performance, was enough to see Joe Root take the award!

15 of the last 17 series have been won by the team that has won the first test… the only exceptions, 2005 and 1997… If Australia are to win their first Ashes on English soil since 2001, they’ll be hoping that the history of 1997 repeats itself over the next 5 weeks.

So, we look ahead… plenty to look forward to too…

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2015 Investec Ashes Series | 2nd Test
England v Australia
LIVE from Lord’s
Thursday July 16 – Monday July 20
7:30pm AEST on GEM

All 23 International Champions Cup Matches will be shown on GEM or GO across the next 3-4 weeks, as will Liverpool’s tour of Australia.

While we’re on other Sports, well done to Serena Williams, who won her 6th Wimbledon title earlier… defeating Garbine Muguruza 6-4, 6-4.
Roger Federer will face Novak Djokovic tomorrow night in the Men’s Final!

But, here in Wales, England were dominant… winning by 169. Silencing some critics along the way, and showing Australia that if they want to hold onto that Urn, they’re going to have to fight very hard, because England are going to make life difficult for them.

A great Test, in front of a terrific crowd in Cardiff… we hope you’ve enjoyed this Test Match as much as we’ve enjoyed bringing it to you, and we’re immensely appreciative of your company over the last four nights and mornings… Ashes Cricket is alive and well, and England have their first (Test) win against Australia since Durham in 2013.

Can’t wait to get to Lord’s on Thursday… look forward to your company then… in the meantime, from all of us here, have a great morning. Bye for now!

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