It really is a battle for England out there. The run rate in the last 10 overs is only a little over one and a half
But the important thing is they are still at the crease. This is going to be a long old haul for England.
So Peter Siddle is alive then on he comes from the Statham End and he obliges Root with his first boundary off the 48th ball he faced.
Worryingly Ryan Harris has gingerly left the field. He is a bit breakable at the best of times
Shane Watson is coming back on again. He's changing his bowlers more often than ....[insert own joke here]
Watson still hasn't conceded a run. Effective Mr Maiden
Root's laboured innings comes to end as he nicks behind off Siddle. Which brings Bresnan in as nightwatchman
It's Watson to continue and, you guessed it, he's on the spot full outside Cook's off stump. That's a maiden, Watson's fifth in a row. And Ryan Harris trundles back on to the field.
No problems for nightwatchman Bresnan who forces Siddle into the off side to get off the mark. ENG 48-1.
Shane Watson's shift of maidens is over. Back comes Nathan Lyon who turns one into Bresnan's pads to excite the close catchers.
Oh Bresilad! The nightwatchman aims to pull a short one from Siddle. There's a noise and Haddin takes a tumbling legside catch. Bresnan considered a review and decided against it. Bad move. Replays showed Bresnan didn't hit it. The ball clipped his trouserleg.
No second nightwatchman for England. Jonathan Trott is scratching away at the crease.
The Aussies are cranking up the pressure. Plenty of men around the bat as Lyon continues. Cook nurdles a single to get off strike and take England to 50.
Trott's off the mark but he could have run out his captain. Great fielding from Warner who shies at the batsman's end. He misses. Cook was way short of his ground.
Close! Siddle starts the last over of the day and Trott edges just short of the slips. England really under the cosh here.
Cook's happy to leave the day's last deliveries well alone. Siddle comes round the wicket for the last ball of the day but the England skipper watches it sail by. That it stumps. Another good day for the Aussies.
Stumps day two: summary
Another good day for Australia in which they were able to put England's batsmen under sustained pressure for the first time in the series.
Michael Clarke declared shortly after tea with Australia 527 for seven. His 187 was the innings that got them there. Brad Haddin and Mitchell Starc blasted quickfire 50s to hasten the declaration after Stuart Broad finally dismissed Clarke to claim his 200th Test victim.
Faced with scoreboard pressure for the first time this series, Alastair Cook and Joe Root's battled through the new ball but it was slow going. Root was stranded on 1 for 40 minutes. His painstaking vigil was ended by Peter Siddle 30 minutes before the close.
England sent in Tim Bresnan as nightwatchman but the plan backfired. The Yorkshireman was given out caught behind off Siddle. Bresnan questioned the decision but did not ask for the review. He should have. The ball clipped his hip, not his bat.
With fielders surrounding Cook and Jonathan Trott, England survived the final three overs to reach the close 52 for two, a deficit of 475.
Join Lizzy tomorrow from 10:30am for live coverage of day three from Old Trafford.
Good Morning from Old Trafford.
England are in a spot of bother at 52/2. There's a little bit of weather about but it's dry at the moment.
Grab yourself a cuppa and I'll be with you from 11 for all the action and talking points
Jerusalem blaring out. Kids waving their flags and we're good to go
It's Ryan Harris starting from the pavilion end,
Tidy over from Harris to start with, and it's Siddle from the Statham End. Colloquially known as the Bell End because the media centre is sponsored by A J Bell.
We've had 2 overs and already the 12th man is on the pitch.
After 2 overs we've had 1 leg bye. My suspicion is that this morning is going to be attritional
That's the first boundary of the day. A clip off the legs through midwicket.
Cook looked shaky in patches this morning. His body language is a bit more resilient this morning
Actually I've made that up - he looks the same as he always does
This is tight stuff from SIddle and Harris. 12th man is on again
Slow going so far. That was a maiden from Harris.
Mikey Holding is just wondering whether any of the Manchester Crowd own mirrors. Which made me snigger.
Trott's first boundary comes from a delivery that's wide of off stump driven
Siddle's attempt at the slower ball was reminiscent of my normal bowling. Slow filth
Australia are doing what England normally do - building the pressure by not allowing them to score.