England are scoring at a smidgen over 2 an over. It's not really declaration batting but there's no need for that yet. It can just plod and plod and plod and plod..............
Root and Bell are knocking it around well. Root especially who is using his favoured scoring place at mid-wicket very well.
oooooooh. Chance. Bell mistimes - stops half way through his shot and the ball drops agonisingly short of mid-off
We have a new ball. The old one was deemed out of shape so we've got a new one that is the same no of overs old (ish).
CHANCE Bell has angled the ball to gully and we've gone upstairs to see if it has carried. Which apparently it hasn't. Bell gets a reprieve.
That was a silly decision by the 3rd umpire - it really did look out on all the replays. I just don't understand how they come to these decisions sometimes.
Someone just swore on Cricket Australia's official twitter feed - it's been hastily deleted! oops
It seems to be a universal opinion that the decision to give Bell not was a terrible decision.
@yorkyboy: actually it was out - there are plenty of people in the media centre with me explaining to me about how the camera lies in the circumstances.
Well well well that's caused some controversy - we can't have a day of this Ashes without a 3rd umpire controversy
We are inching slowly to tea - Root has moved into the nervous late 80's . There is a little bit in the pitch for the bowlers - they haven't completely thrown in the towel but it's a bit soul-destroying for them out there
Afternoon Session Summary
Another serene, sedate session in which England put on a steady 66 runs to take their total to 171 and extend the lead to over 400 . They lost just the one wicket that of Tim Bresnan in the 61st over - he fell for 38 to end the partnership between him and Root on 99.
Joe Root goes into the tea break just one shot short of his maiden Ashes century - he is 97* and will be having a nervous time eating his cucumber sandwich.
@AlanPollard: I tend to agree that the Aussies were cheated
Righty Ho - here we go.
Welcome back. We've got Watson bowling to Root who's 97* - the tension is palpable.
And Watson has kept Root waiting with a maiden. But what a mark of his temperament that he is on 97 and patient enough to play out a maiden
Bell steals a single off Agar so Root is back on strike................
but he's defended the last two balls of the over. The new ball is available.
Will they take it?
Nope they haven't taken it. It's a difficult decision - the old ball is keeping low sometimes
Right. Root back on strike facing Agar over the wicket bowling into the rough.............and he hits a full toss into the leg side to get 2.
NINETY-NINE - I'll have a flake in it please