Siddle's getting some swing now. He's attacking Root's stumps and getting the ball to in-duck just a little.
Starc's back on but his radar is still off. Way off. Not sure how Aleem Dar doesn't think that was a wide.It was Mitchell Johnson-esque. ENG 24-0.
Lovely shot from Root as he leans into a wide one from Siddle and slams it through extra cover for four. ENG 28-0.
England are crawling along at two runs an over - not for the first time in this series. Does the top order need to be more aggressive?
Starc is making this too easy for England. Not forcing the batsmen to play. ENG 29-0.
Big LBW shout from Siddle but Cook was safely outside the line of off stump. Not out.
Cook and Root fully into 'batting for the close' mode now. Safety first. ENG 30-0.
'Rhino' Harris is back into the attack. He didn't concede a run in his first spell. Doubt England will be too bothered if he sends down more maidens.
Runs. Two of them, in fact. Cook pushes Harris through mid wicket and the scoreboard ticks again. ENG 32-0.
It's getting gloomy out there as Siddle steams in again. It's still swinging for him but the watchful Root safely negotiates the over. The umpires offer the light and we are done for the day. Stumps. ENG 32-0
Evening session summary
Australia end day two on top at the Oval thanks to Steve Smith's maiden Test century. Smith smashed Jonathan Trott for six to reach three figures and led the charge after tea as Australia ramped up the aggression in a bid to score quick runs.
Michael Clarke declared on 492 for nine leaving England a tricky 21 overs to negotiate. Alastair Cook and Joe Root scored slowly but, a few plays-and-misses aside, were largely untroubled against the new ball with Mitchell Starc particularly wayward.
Peter Siddle was the pick of the Australian bowlers but even he couldn't force a breakthrough. Forced onto the defensive, England survived to reach the close at 32 for 0.
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Good morning from a very sunny Kia Oval. It's Cricket United day - everyone is wearing blue to support the cricket united charity
I reckon today's the day that Trott gets a ton. Although my predictions are notoriously garbage so don't stick any money on it.
There will be 98 overs today - hopefully at a much better over rate than England managed yesterday
First over passes without incident or indeed any runs
Cook begins the scoring with a little tap into the leg side for 1
And then young Rooty follows suit but this one goes through midwicket for 4. Lovely timing
The Oval is awash with retro England ODI shirts - which is all rather lovely
This pitch is FLAT. I am sensing a lot of runs today
oooh. Peter Siddle gets one to move away from Root's bat - nearly induces an edge. Lovely ball.
Solid first 15 minutes for England.
They've moved the score on to 43/0
Sadly the weather forecast for tomorrow is pretty grim so this match is probably pootling towards a draw but let's enjoy it anyway.
That is the first 50 partnership between Cook and Root of the series.
Oops - that's a wide that goes wide of Haddin and rushes to the 3rd man boundary. Watson gives chase and cuts it off - just
He's not the quickest across the turf isn't Watto
Change of bowling - left arm Starc from the Vauxhall End. Trying to change the angle into the batsmen
It's perhaps time for some early spin - this pitch ain't doing loads today
In other news - Chris Tremlett has taken 6 wickets for Surrey and is still on for a 10-fer. That's one of telling the England selectors they got it wrong
It's all pretty straightforward for England this morning. The pitch offering next to naff all for the seamers. Time for some spin - not that I think Lyon will spin out all 10 wickets