KP can and has played far better century knocks than this one but it was absolutely crucial given the situation. That's where KP thrives
Bairstow has looked shaky but has hit his first boundary with a sweep off Lyon. Down on one knee and swept through behind square
Geoffrey Boycott on TMS when asked by Aggers if it was true he couldn't swim "so what, fish can't bat".
Nathan Lyon has had a terribly difficult day. He's looked toothless and broken which is a real shame after he looked so good yesterday.
Jonny Bairstow's less than convincing innings comes to an end with an edge to the slips off Starc
This will be interesting - Prior is averaging just 14 in this series so far.
And he's just played a horrible defensive shot against Starc.
He looks in no nick at all
England are 248 behind, heading comfortably towards avoiding the follow on and you'd think to saving this Test at least.
oooh blimey. Pietersen given out by Tony Hill. He's referring it but he doesn't look convinced.
Well gosh. The Test had dripped away from Australia but that is a massive wicket. WIth an out of form Prior at the crease and Bresnan already back in the hutch, Australia are right back in this, England are still 44 runs from the follow on score
So it turns out KP may well have hit it.
Umpiring in this series has been really awful
Still need 33 to avoid the follow-on and they won't come in the next 7 minutes before stumps.
Lyon is bowling from the Pavilion End and Broad has plenty of company with him. 5 men round the bat. I wonder if the conversation is good
Thanks for your company today folks
Summary of the day's play
A century from Kevin Pietersen and a beautiful 60 from Ian Bell put England back into this Test match. They lost Jonathan Trott early on in the day for 5 and Cook just 10 minutes before lunch to leave England struggling on 110/4. Pietersen and Bell dominated the afternoon session putting on 115 runs which included a range of textbook drives from Ian Bell and a mixture of streaky edges and powerful hitting from Pietersen. Out of the blue Bell was bowled by Harris for 60. Jonny Bairstow’s unconvincing innings was ended when he edged to the slips and then Pietersen was given out LBW to Starc for 113. Matt Prior and Stuart Broad battled away and England finished the day 7 wickets down, trailing by 233 and still needing another 34 runs to avoid the follow on.
Good morning from Old Trafford.
England need 34 to avoid the follow on and it's dry at the moment.
I'll be here from 11 to bring you all the action, talking points and umpiring incompetence
And did those feet..........................
okey dokey..........we're off with Nathan Lyon from the Pavilion End.
Ryan Harris from the Statham End and the first boundary of the day is a drive by Prior.
Lucy the Weather girl says it will rain this afternoon
Prior drives through the covers to bring up England's 300.
26 more needed to avoid the follow on
This match Draw McDraw written all over it
Blimey - that's woken everyone up. Lyon pitches one that rears right up off a crack and goes over Broad and through Haddin's gloves
Streaky edge past 2nd slip for 4 by Broad. The Old Trafford crowd is rather quiet and polite today.
There we go
That's the follow on avoided. And now Clarke has a problem. He's going to have to have a plan B on how to win this game
Broad walked much to the amusement of everyone in the press box
A wicket maiden by Nathan Lyon and England 338/8
That was a cracking pull shot for 4 by Swann. England have decided not to mess around today.
Haddin takes his 5th catch of the match and Swann is out for 11. There may be life in this match yet
Anderson has got plenty of company round him.
The clouds are gathering, I think we might get some precipitation
Prior is turning down singles - not showing much faith in the Burnley Lara