A BOUNDARY,. Which brings up Kevin Pietersen's half century from 128 balls. The second slowest of his career
Ian Bell pulls beautifully behind square for the first boundary of the session. Yes the first one
That's woken us up a bit. We had to check if it was a bump ball but it's out and in comes the debutant Woakes
That was all very odd - it was a thick outside edge to slip and KP didn't really pick it up at all
Woakes gets off the mark creaming through extra cover for 4
Ryan Harris has his tail up - a couple of absolute peaches in that over.
It certainly is gloomy out there. 11 overs are left in the day. Harris is coming around the wicket to Woakes. They are going to test him out with the short ball.
1-0 to Woakes! He punches Harris down the ground off the back foot for four. Eng 236/4
Top shot! Faulkner comes into the attack and Bell welcomes him back with a sumptuous cover drive for four. Classic Bell, that. Eng 242/4
Now Clarke will test Woakes against Lyon's spin. No problems for the Warwickshire man. Maiden.
Another caress through the off side from Bell - just three this time though. Eng 245/4
That brings up 1,500 Test runs for Ian Bell against Australia - they must be sick of the sight of him by now.
Six overs left. Steve Smith is back and he's taking a while to find his radar. Woakes misses out on two full tosses. Not the greatest maiden you'll ever see. Eng 245/4.
Spin at both ends. Warwickshire batsmen at both ends. A symmetrical end to a fairly stodgy day of Test cricket. Another maiden.
England in survival mode now. Smith gets away with another full toss and a dragged down long hop. Those have gotta go, Woakesy.
Complete the following sequence: Maiden, maiden, maiden, ?
Correct! It's a fourth successive maiden.
Typical. I go to get some water and miss the first run in five overs. Single to Woakes. Last over of the day coming up.
Lyon wheels away and beats Woakes but the inside edge doesn't carry to short leg.
Another Woakes single brings Ian Bell back on strike for the last two balls.
Bell defends them both comfortably and a long day for the Australian bowlers (and the paying public) comes to an end. That is stumps.
Good morning from a VERY damp Kia Oval.
Absolutely no chance of starting on time.
I'll be doing my very best Michael Fish impression and keeping you posted on the weather throughout the day.
They are not expecting any play this morning. Lunch will be taken at 12.30 and then we'll reassess
It's still raining. But it is brightening up a bit - I think