10.09am GMT STUMPS From 143-5, 326-6 represents a magnificent comeback for Australia, for whom Smith has been the best batsman by a margin. So another disappointing day in the end for England, who desperately need to bat to their potential when they get their opportunity tomorrow. Well, I’m assuming it’ll be tomorrow… That’s all for me. Thanks for your emails and your attention, and I’ll be back a little after 4am (gulp) tomorrow morning. 10.03am GMT 87th over: Australia 326-6 (Smith 103, Johnson 39) Five Bresnan dot balls and a simple two through midwicket, and today is officially over, cricket-wise. “Despite the wicket of Haddin, this is depressing stuff,” moans Guy Hornsby. “I know the talk is of ‘well if we can get them for under 350’, but right now Smith looks about as likely to give his wicket away as Beefy is to sing Let It Snow with a Santa hat on. I can’t help feeling that Australia’s tail will wag, and we’ll be stuffed trying to chase 450. Yes, I’m a pessimist. But I’m also hung over, and tired, and nothing grinds you down like a dominant Australian cricket team. Feel my pain.” You are not alone. 9.58am… Read full this story
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