We've had 50 overs and 192 runs and 4 wickets today. Which you'd count as a good days cricket so far
England's heads are down again. They have been in the field for nearly 5 sessions and they get the right hump at that
Starc is going ballistic. And that's his 50 of just 53 balls.
That is Starc's 3rd 50 in 11 Test innings.
He has looked like a proper batsman playing some seriously good shots.
Australia moved from 450-500 in just 53 balls
Afternoon session summary
Australia resumed after lunch on 392/5 and the runs contnued to flow at around 4 an over as Clarke moved easily past 180 before Broad made the all important breakthrough. It was a ball that reared up on to Clarke's arm which he played down on to his stumps and a ball that finally got Broad his 200th Test wicket.
A couple of overs later Swann picked up his 5th wicket of the match by bowling Peter Siddle for just 1 but then Starc and Haddin flashed and wielded their bats playing with aggression and intent putting on 77 runs. Australia are 507/7 at Tea. Starc and Haddin have almost certainly secured their side at least a draw.
Cucumber sandwiches consumed are we back out on the field.
This is very interesting. England have really struggled and this is the first time they have struggled for an extended period of time in the field for quite a while.
I wonder if Australia will declare. They have to win the match, a draw is no use to them at all. They'll surely want to have a pop at England for a bit tonight
And so it continues, Haddin sweeps Swann round the leg side past Prior for 4 down to fine leg.
Cook brings Joe Root on to bowl and he strikes Starc on the pads and appeals like his life depends on it but it's turned down by Erasmus.
It's not getting any better for England. We've got double spin on but Haddin and Starc are looking unshiftable
Well well well - that came out of the blue
Australia have declared on 527/7
Haddin 65* (99 balls) and Starc 66* (71)
That was a slightly odd time to declare but they'll come out firing now against England. Their tails are up.
Here we go then, Cook and Root are out at the crease with Ryan Harris coming in from the Pavilion End.
This should be a fascinating little session.
A very good start from Ryan Harris and Mtichell Starc is bang on the money with his first ball. Absolutely on the spot to Cook - just a little bit of swing but absolutely on the right spot. And it has Cook in trouble
Cook hits the first boundary of England's innings - a full, wide ball that Cook gets forward and times through the covers.
Harris is getting some sharp bounce and pace but he strays down the leg side and Cook doesn't miss out on them - clipped through behind square for 4.
Joe Root off the mark with an easy single off Harris.
England are going to have to toil away with the bat as they did with the ball. They're scrapping for a draw
Right. We're having a look at Nathan Lyon for the first time this series.
Oops and Clarke has dropped Cook in the slips off his 3rd ball. Lyon got a bit bounce and it came off the top of Cook's bat but Clarke has a bad back and couldn't get low enough.
I just don't understand why they have been leaving Lyon out of the side. He bowls really nicely with a good bit of dip. He's no Swann but he's better than he is given credit for
Double bowling change, Watson has replaced Starc at the Statham End. Comically he runs up 3rd ball and then doesn't let go of the ball.
England have got through their first 8 overs unscathed - just about.
If you give Cook any width on the off side he will punish you with a trademark cut shot
Watson may be a reluctant bowler but he is a very effective one for the most part. He bowls a controlled line and length which even though it is of moderate pace batsmen find very difficult to get away.
Clarke is rotating his bowlers very well and this is a nightmare for Cook. He's got a left arm seamer at one end and an off spinner turning it at the other end and he's struggling.
England have been becalmed not that they were ever whatever the opposite of becalmed is
Ryan Harris back into the attack, Clarke using his bowlers in short sharp bursts which given their fragility might be sensible.
Although why hasn't Siddle bowled?
This is a proper digin from Root - 1 run from 40 balls.