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Ashes Live: England vs Australia (Day Four from Chester-le-Street)
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- England set Australia 299 to win
- Australia going along well and pass 150 for loss of two wickets
- Warner closing in on a crucial century
- Close of play put back to 7pm after afternoon shower
ASHES WINNERS 2013!!!! #Ashes #Rise #England— @DavidWilman1 12 August 2013
All the gear and no idea: Team Wild celebrate a historic Ashes win at Durham! Well done @ECBcricket #Ashes #RISE http://t.co/NqMJso5g8o— @BethWild7 12 August 2013
That's why cricket is superb!! Bell and Broad magnificent #Ashes— @roys_boys 12 August 2013
Get in, roll on the tour down under @StuartBroad8 @ECB_cricket #Ashes— @Chrisbeck1989 12 August 2013
Get in there, great stuff England. @StuartBroad8 was tremendous. #Ashes #ChokingConvicts— @Mkmatty83 12 August 2013
Booooooooom! #ashes won again!!— @MattWabe 12 August 2013
Siddle c.Anderson b.Broad 23
Australia 224 ALL OUT
ENGLAND WIN BY 74 RUNS
That's it - and it's only fitting that Broad takes the final wicket to fall.
Siddle chips him to Anderson at mid off and England have completed a quite fantastic win.
Australia are all out for 224 - so England win by 74 runs.
Australia 224-9 (Siddle 23, Bird 1) 68ov
Siddle edges the first ball of Swann's over, but the ball flies wide of Cook at slip.
Anderson is allowed back on at the Finchale End, but he can't finish things off despite a chip into the on side from Bird looping agonisingly close to Bresnan.
Why put Jimmy Anderson in? Aussies are loving that decision! #Ashes— @jamespearce87 12 August 2013
On behalf of wicketkeepers everywhere, that botched run out to win #ashes was far more bairstow's fault for poor throw than prior for fumble— @rjp503 12 August 2013
I'm sorry Prior, you missed that how?! #Ashes— @HollyMEBrown 12 August 2013
Wow! Easy run out chance & Prior has made a mess of it. Would've been all over otherwise #Ashes #SSLive— @StarSportsIndia 12 August 2013
Matty Prior has had a shocker of a series #ashes— @SAFCBear 12 August 2013
Australia 213-9 (Siddle 13, Bird 0) 65ov
Siddle takes a single off Swann, and Bird sees off the final five balls of the over.
England have taken the extra half hour that's available to them, but will have to bowl spin.
They have a great chance to win it with a run out, but Bairstow and Prior contrive to make a mess of a great run out opportunity.
Lets hope this match isn't ruined because of the light and the umpires #Ashes— @Eddie_21001 12 August 2013
No! Do not go off! I DO NOT WANT TO GET UP AT 04.00 AGAIN TOMORROW! #Ashes— @Bandon_Decker 12 August 2013
Australia 211-9 (Siddle 11, Bird 0) 63ov
Swann bowls a maiden over, and Australia's batsmen are complaining about the light.
It looked like the players were going to come off, but England opt to bring spinner Joe Root into the attack for Broad.
He delivers a maiden, but doesn't really look like troubling Bird.
Broad's not just good when he's rampaging, he's utterly sensational... #Ashes— @raman_tarun 12 August 2013
Broad is unplayable tonight! What a performance! #ashes— @Greg_stroughair 12 August 2013
Broad. That was vicious. #ashes #wicket— @dellderek88 12 August 2013
You can stick a fork in the Aussies, they're done. This series is going to end 4-0. #Ashes— @TheJonOfBrien 12 August 2013
10 wickets Mr Broad. Well played son !! #Ashes— @Jot555 12 August 2013
Lyon b.Broad 8
Swann comes into the attack from the Finchale End, and produces a maiden over against Siddle.
Lyon turns Broad around the corner for four, and while victory is in reach, England can't afford to take their foot off the pedal just yet.
Maybe they can now though, as Broad clean bowls Lyon.
The tail-ender couldn't deal with Broad's pace as his leg stump was ripped out of the ground.
One more to go now....
I'm currently sharing my house with 6 Australians and one half Australian and can't help but feel sorry for them all #ashes— @tinaseskis 12 August 2013
Got to feel for Darren Lehmann. Top guy, was one of our greatest ever players at Yorkshire. #Ashes— @richardkhornsey 12 August 2013
Might sound strange but Aussies can still win this. Quite stressful this ashes series #ashes— @GeorgeySibun 12 August 2013
Graeme Swann drops his third chance of the game. #Ashes— @RentonSir49er 12 August 2013
Australia 207-8 (Siddle 11, Lyon 4) 59ov
Siddle drills Anderson into the leg side for four, but it's surely only a matter of time now.
Broad should have been celebrating his tenth wicket of the game after Lyon edged to second slip, but Swann put down the catch. That's Swann's third dropped catch of the game.
I know the Aussies are prone to collapsing like a pack of cards but this is some collapse after the 100 partnership by the openers! #ashes— @willham81 12 August 2013
These last few hours has been insane come on england lets finish it 2nite #Ashes— @nuttyneige79 12 August 2013
Stuart Broad has won this single-handedly for England! What a bowler! #Ashes— @DeepakSR 12 August 2013
Something very satisfying about hearing a cricket commentator say "absolutely plum"! #bbccricket #ashes #ripper— @AndrewJEHarding 12 August 2013
Absolutely brilliant bowling display from Broad & Bresnan today. Completely justified selection. Bashing the doubters! #ashes— @Robbo_Taylor 12 August 2013
Best hour of cricket EVER! #BOOM #Ashes #RISE— @Lian0210 12 August 2013
I love you Broady! #Ashes— @yyydelilah10 12 August 2013
Harris lbw b.Broad 11
Harris is lucky to escape as he produces an inside edge off Broad that flies within inches of leg stump, but which races away for four.
There's no escaping the next ball though, another cracker from Broad that pins Harris in front of his stumps and traps him leg before.
That's 4-42 for Broad, who took five wickets in the first innings, and England need just two more wickets for victory.
Australia 192-7 (Siddle 4, Harris 7) 56ov
Bresnan's spell was 2-16 in six overs, and while Broad was the key to Australia's collapse, the Yorkshireman deserves huge credit for his efforts at the other end.
Anderson is back in the attack from the Finchale End now as Siddle and Harris desperately try to regroup. It will not be an easy task.
Siddle runs the ball down to third man for three, and Australia need 107 more runs if they're going to pull this out of the fire.
Wicket - Tim Bresnan takes the wicket of Shane Watson after a review.
Wicket - Tim Bresnan takes the wicket of Shane Watson after a review.
Memo to Australian cricketers. Try not to let the ball hit your leg in front of the wickets #ashes— @johnpopham 12 August 2013
It was jolly decent of the Aussies to wait till people get home before capitulating!! #ashes— @m_leemo 12 August 2013
Any Aussies watching might as well get to bed now #allover #Ashes #InDRSweTrust #lovelystuff— @Helmnation 12 August 2013
And this is why I love cricket #ashes— @m_waggy 12 August 2013
RIP, Australian cricket Team!!, 5 wkts for 13 runs!! #ashes #theashes— @mageshmagi 12 August 2013
I remember when Australia were good at sport #Ashes— @CiaRon87 12 August 2013
Look on the bright side Shane Warne, you get tomorrow off!! #Ashes— @VinnywakeVinny 12 August 2013
Aussies being torn apart. Broad on absolute fire. Boom #Ashes— @clifty04 12 August 2013
Oh this has to be one of the biggest turn around ever!! #Ashes— @LJ_YH2 12 August 2013
Wicket - Steve Smith clean bowled by Stuart Broad.
Haddin lbw b.Broad 4
Another one gone. Broad strikes again, and it's another review that just goes England's way.
Haddin is trapped leg before looking to turn off leg, and is given out.
Australia review, and the ball is clipping the very top of the bail. It's an umpire's call - and therefore it's out.
What a spell this is from Broad - brilliant.
Not long to wait for England's 3rd win of the #Ashes series... :-)— @guyflintham 12 August 2013
@warwicktodd_not Aussie cricket is a choke... I mean joke at the moment. #ashes— @SteveFreer 12 August 2013
Gotta love that it's gone from a worrying stand to an Aussie collapse - 120 from here looks tough #ashes— @nogbad 12 August 2013
Watson lbw b.Bresnan 2
And this just keeps on getti g better. Watson, perhaps Australia's last chance of salvation, goes for two.
He's given out lbw looking to turn the ball into the leg side. He reviews, but the replay shows the ball clipping the outside of leg and he has to walk.
England definitely in the driving seat now.
Wicket - Aussie captain Michael Clarke bowled by Stuart Broad.
Broad bowling like a man possessed! #ashes— @TheLewis91 12 August 2013
What a test! How anyone can say that test cricket is finished baffles me! Outstanding. #Ashes— @YarmFedMan 12 August 2013
Broady get's the biggest slice of pie for his tea :o) #Ashes— @Clareyh 12 August 2013
Smith b.Broad 2
And another one goes. The floodgates start to open as Smith disappears for two.
He attempts a hook off another pacy delivery from Broad, but only succeeds in dragging the ball into his own stumps.
Australia 175-4 (Smith 2, Watson 1) 50ov
Broad completes his over bowling at speeds of over 90mph. He's got the wind in his sails now and is having his best spell of the second innings.
Bresnan tightens things up with an excellent maiden, and the complexion of this game has shifted once again.
Michael Clarke's scores in this #Ashes series: 0, 23, 28, 51, 187, 30*, 6, 21.— @_Adam9 12 August 2013
Okay. I can stay late at the office tonight so I'm not even going to pretend to work for the next hour or so. #Ashes— @CFCScience 12 August 2013
What a match this is turning out to be! #Ashes— @CinemaPaithiyam 12 August 2013
After this pair there is only Haddin to come and Aus's tail is not that good in this match No Starc No Pattinson No Agar #Ashes— @Pran_07 12 August 2013
What a ball from Broad! Clarke's got two of those now! Wish I could say I felt for him! #Ashes #ComeOnEngland— @jbanksy91 12 August 2013
My 1000th tweet is to celebrate Broad getting Clarke. #Ashes. My 2000th an Arsenal trophy #prediction— @1GoonerDan 12 August 2013
Fancy England from here... #Ashes— @CrossFraser 12 August 2013
Dad doing a wicket dance in the kitchen #Ashes— @DanFairless 12 August 2013
Clarke b.Broad 21
It's a different game now as Broad strikes to clean bowl Clarke for 21.
Clarke was beaten for pace by a ball that just did enough off the pitch, and his off stump was ripped out of the ground.
Shane Watson comes to the crease, with the Aussies needing 125 more to win.
BROADY! BOOM! JAFFA! Take that Clarke! #Ashes— @AndyCotterill2 12 August 2013
Overdue reality check for England cricket team. Too many under-performing and being picked on name not current form. Time for change. #ashes— @redfern_ian 12 August 2013
Aussie win inevitable surely. Pitch not giving anything away #ashes— @DanDanios 12 August 2013
@piersmorgan how can you slate cook? Even tongue in cheek. Yes he isnt the most dynamic but the mans won the #ashes. Lots have failed.— @Wilkescc27 12 August 2013
New plan. Hill umpiring, no reviews: everyone has to be clean bowled. #AshesDiary #Ashes— @GeoffLemonSport 12 August 2013
Prior that is awful. You were the one that chose that review now have no more #Ashes— @jones160187 12 August 2013
#Ashes Shocking waste of a review....appalling & idiotic!!!— @unchainedwcrfm 12 August 2013
Australia 173-3 (Clarke 20, Smith 2) 47ov
Steve Smith is the new batsman, and after Bresnan completes his over, Broad replaces Anderson.
He looks more sprightly than in his previous session and England's next two overs go for just four runs.
Broad's next over is equally probing, with Clarke flicking a single into the leg side.
The over ends with England challenging a not out call when Prior takes a catch behind off Smith.
It didn't look like the ball hit the bat, and the video replay shows it was nowhere near it as it glanced off Smith's hip.
That was a poor review, and England do not have any more left.
Anyone else think tomorrow's going to be tense!? #Ashes— @cpray86 12 August 2013
Wicket - David Warner is caught by Matt Prior off the bowling of Tim Bresnan.
Wicket - Usman Khawaja trapped LBW by Graeme Swann.
Just had a little bit on England At 4/1 in running #Ashes #wickets— @garysmith01 12 August 2013
“@Mancman10: Brilliant delivery from Bresnan gets Warner Aus 168/3 COME ON! #Ashes” all a bit tense isn’t it…— @CautiousMan99 12 August 2013
Warner c.Prior b.Bresnan 71
Swann comes out of the attack, and he's replaced by Bresnan at the Finchale End.
And the Yorkshireman immediately produces a huge result, removing Warner.
He delivered a ball that bounced a bit more than expected and also moved away, and Warner edged it through to Prior behind the stumps.
That's a massive breakthrough. Advantage England?
I have never seen Anderson bowl as badly had he has in this innings. Why doesn't broad have the ball #ashes— @josh7mcd 12 August 2013
Is broad injured? What is going on? Bresnan? He's been better than Anderson, but Warner just punches him through the off side all day #ashes— @josh7mcd 12 August 2013
Why on earth is Anderson still bowling? Accept you've lost this round, give the ball to Root. Cook has to try something different #Ashes— @faaezsamadi 12 August 2013
Australia 167-2 (Warner 71, Clarke 16) 43ov
Warner continues to cruise along sedately, and he flicks Swann into the leg side for three.
Anderson is surely coming towards the end of a lengthy session, and he looks tired as Clarke drills him straight down the ground for an excellent four.
Clarke then drops his hand to control an edge from the next ball, and it drops short of Cook at first slip.
Nothing for Anderson on this pitch! Get him off! #ashes— @CoopsUTT 12 August 2013
Australia 152-2 (Warner 68, Clarke 4) 41ov
Aussie skipper Michael Clarke replaces Khawaja, and Swann immediately over-pitches to give him an easy boundary to get off the mark.
Anderson continues from the Lumley End, with Australia now needing another 147 runs for victory.
@DurhamCricket @engvaus #ashes @swannyg66 "swann , swann , swann wil tear u apart again"— @skipbeds 12 August 2013
Well bowled swanny get Clarke early and got a chance #Ashes— @stevenwright26 12 August 2013
Khawaja lbw b.Swann 21
Anderson's range is all over the place, and as he drops much too short, Khawaja calmly rocks back and pulls him square of the wicket for four.
Swann is surely going to be the key, and he claimed his second wicket of the game to account for Khawaja.
The batsman was fooled by a ball that was flighted that little bit higher, and was trapped leg before in his crease.
Looks like Australia are cruising. England need a loss. We've got these #Ashes, but need to shake things up if we're to win in Australia!— @draxil 12 August 2013
Australia 138-1 (Warner 68, Khawaja 12) 38ov
Khawaja hasn't really fired in this series, but this is his big chance to make a name for himself, and he calmly found the off-side boundary off Anderson, who hasn't look particularly threatening all game.
Swann doesn't look like taking a wicket either, and Australia calmly take a couple of singles to keep the scoreboard moving.
Boycott on fine form on @bbctms . I don't think he rates the performances of England's top three during the #ashes .— @benglaze 12 August 2013
Why are #England captains since Vaughan so defensive? #mindboggles #Ashes— @Official_Ewings 12 August 2013
Australia 130-1 (Warner 67, Khawaja 6) 36ov
We're back under way after tea and Australia have taken six runs from the first two overs from Swann and Anderson.
Swann comes in again from the Finchale End and Warner is taking his time to play himself back in after the break.
However, as soon as Swann drops short, he rocks on to the back foot and cuts him away for four.
He might have taken the only wicket to fall, but Swann has not bowled well in this innings at all.
Boycott advocating a fear culture of a couple of bad matches and you are out. He's losing the plot... #cricket...... #ashes— @InnoBystander 12 August 2013
Wicket - Chris Rogers off the bowling of Graeme Swann.
So, at tea, the state of the game is that Australia need another 179 runs to win, with nine wickets remaining.
With four full sessions remaining, things are very much in the balance, although you suspect this next session is probably going to be crucial.
Australia 120-1 (Warner 57, Khawaja 6) 33ov
England needed that. Rogers' departure brings Khawaja to the crease, and he avoids a pair by dabbing Swann into the leg side for two.
Warner is still going nicely, and he produces a late cut that flies to the third man boundary.
From the next over, Swann flights up a dreadful full toss, and Khawaja gives it what it deserves, driving straight down the ground for four.
The final over before tea is delivered by Bresnan and it sees the bowler briefly threaten Khawaja outside the off stump.
For the record, if I go to bed and wake up to England 3-0 up, I won’t be happy. #Ashes— @LiebCricket 12 August 2013
@LeeSmith_AI funniest thing ive seen all day a steward trying to evict the honey monster and kermitt#theashes http://t.co/gcQWXZo9bc— @owenhumphreys1 12 August 2013
The Honey Monster returns after being thrown out #theashes https://t.co/F79kWkP41a— @DMurdoch17 12 August 2013
Bring back the honey monster! Ejected from the cricket for sneaking in 3 bottles of wine #legend #bbccricket— @SLomasSCFC1883 12 August 2013
England celebrated that wicket like they were 1-2 down and the clock had just ticked over into injury time #ashes— @wenzel87 12 August 2013
A wicket. A bloody wicket. Swanny takes Rogers for 49. Aussies are 109-1. Game on. #Ashes— @MarkCockroft 12 August 2013
Rogers c.Trott b.Swann
Finally, England make the breakthrough.
Swann gets the wicket, getting one to turn off a good length, and luring Rogers into a prodded edge that Trott snaffles at slip.
England desperately needed something to go their way, and removing Rogers one short of his half-century is a huge boost.
Warner 50* (74 balls, 8 fours, 1 six)
Warner brings up his half-century with a delightful square cut off Bresnan, and having been recalled for the last Test at Old Trafford, just how important could this innings be?
Warner's 50 came off 74 balls and contained eight fours and a six.
Magnificent half century by @davidwarner31 great display of his batting skills...keep up the hard work and soldier on #ashes #EngvAus— @JasonBertao 12 August 2013
Australia 101-0 (Rogers 45, Warner 48) 28ov
Bresnan comes into the attack, and Rogers pulls him into the leg side for three runs to bring up the 100 partnership. It came off just 160 balls and has made Australia favourites to go on and win from here.
Swann delivers a maiden and England are at least putting the brakes on Australia's scoring rate somewhat.
#ashes Warner has only scored 11 off his last 31 balls, faced a few maidens in there, but no sign of frustration. Mature innings so far.— @camtherose 12 August 2013
When going gets tough, Cook looks a pretty ordinary and boring captain. #Ashes— @BijuT 12 August 2013
Australia 98-0 (Rogers 42, Warner 48) 26ov
Broad's next over went for just a single, although there was little to suggest the pace bowler was finding his range.
Swann delivered a maiden, and had a long look at a possible lbw call against Rogers that was not given.
England opted not to review after a long deliberation, and the replay showed it would have been an umpire's call, so the not out decision would not have been overturned.
@TheCricketGeek, @ECB_cricket in trouble here: what they need is this over. The over. http://t.co/mjjh6XzXAY #ashes #oustingopeners— @williamlloyd77 12 August 2013
Give this trumpeter a knighthood for services to music and cricket, just cracked ring of fire out #musicman #Ashes— @mattcookiecooke 12 August 2013
Glad to hear the trumpet is back. Ridiculous decision to ban it at Lords or wherever it was. #ashes— @jakeabow 12 August 2013
Bring Joe Root on! #ashes— @lew_broad 12 August 2013
The Aussies are making this look easy. Are they batting on a different track to us? #Ashes— @MatthewBull07 12 August 2013
Aussies cruising this chase - if Cook was more inventive he'd bring Joe Root on to have a bowl against David Warner. #Punchgate #Ashes #RISE— @GreggArrand 12 August 2013
Australia 97-0 (Rogers 42, Warner 47) 24ov
Broad bowls far too short, and Warner rocks back to chip him to the third man boundary, where the ball bounces once before crossing the rope. Broad beats the bat for the first time in a while with the final delivery of the over, but Warner survives.
Swann tightens things up as he delivers a maiden over that didn't really give the batsman any hint of width.
Win or lose, isn't it great to see English supporters lose confidence watching one good partnership? #ashes— @Asdruebal 12 August 2013
#info: On 26 occasions teams have successfully chased 300+ in Tests: Aus 9 times WI 5times Eng 3times SL/NZ/Ind/SAf 2 Pak 1 #Ashes #EngvAus— @QuickCkt 12 August 2013
Anyone else getting anxious? #ashes— @jasesteve 12 August 2013
Aussies are really comfortable, bowling looks toothless #ashes— @Scays79 12 August 2013
Australia 92-0 (Rogers 41, Warner 43) 22ov
Broad bowls the first over after the break, and it goes for three runs. There are still some very dark clouds over Lumley Castle, but they seem to be heading away from the ground. Hopefully, it will stay dry for the rest of the day.
Swann is struggling here, and both Rogers and Warner drill him through the off-side for four.
Cook is rapidly running out of ideas here.
#Ashes The formula to find your West Indies cricketer name: US president at time of birth + last British seaside town visited >Johnson Poole— @MarcherLord1 12 August 2013
This is promising for Australia. But they haven't won for 7 Tests, England haven't lost for 11. #Ashes— @leencfc1 12 August 2013
Attempt at #ashes optimism. Reckon #Aus will be 3 down by the time they get to 100 #herehoping— @garnetto5 12 August 2013
This david warner looks very 'Australian'. Get rid of him swanny #Ashes— @barryross1978 12 August 2013
Australia 80-0 (Rogers 36, Warner 37) 20ov
Swann is starting to exert a bit more control, and he produces a maiden over without really being able to get the ball to do a great deal.
And that brings a drinks break. It's certainly been Australia's session since the rain stopped.
Australia 80-0 (Rogers 36, Warner 37) 19ov
Swann concedes seven off his next over, with Rogers easing a boundary into the off side before taking three more runs from a late cut.
Warner continues to rattle along, and he plunders four more from Broad with an excellent late cut.
Over the past I have seen that these kind of fourth innings chase fizzle out once the opening partnership is broken. #Ashes— @IamAbhi_8 12 August 2013
Where's a wicket coming from then? #ashes— @Lee_Spriggs 12 August 2013
Getting nervy in the cricket! Wickets before tea please! #Ashes— @mrstone87 12 August 2013
This is what Sehwag and Gambhir did in Chennai 2008, Looks like Warner and Rogers are on their way here #Ashes— @Shhy10 12 August 2013
Bell's innings was match winning. He might be outdone by Warner here. #Ashes— @Hamz_E 12 August 2013
Australia 67-0 (Rogers 23, Warner 37) 17ov
Having tried all three of their pace bowlers without success, England turn to Swann in the 16th over of the innings.
Australia aren't going to be defensive against him, and Warner nonchalantly lofts him over long on for the first six of the game. That was quite some shot.
Broad replaces Anderson at the Lumley End, and produces a tight maiden over. If nothing else, England could do with tying these two down for an over or two.
You bea-uty Davey Warner. Big 6 off Swann. #Ashes We're 67 into a 299 target with no loss of wicket. Awesome— @rikkilambert 12 August 2013
Swann to bowl. There is hope. #Ashes— @sheldongray 12 August 2013
I think the Barmy Army are playing a Waltzing Matilda parody in the background of the TMS coverage. I hear the tune then laughter lol #ashes— @jesskmcq 12 August 2013
PITCH IT UP!!! Why are we bowling halfway down the wicket on this pitch??!! #Ashes— @PhillyD55 12 August 2013
Australia 60-0 (Rogers 23, Warner 30) 15ov
Warner, who looks in really good nick, gets on the front foot to drill Bresnan through the covers for four.
Things can change quickly, but at what stage does all of this start to get a bit alarming for England?
Rogers gets in on the act in the next over, driving through the covers for four as Anderson bowls much too wide.
You can tell the Aussie fans are in high spirits as a rendition of Waltzing Matilda resonates around the ground #ashes #fanatix— @therealfanatix 12 August 2013
How has Rogers not edged one of these balls yet!? #Ashes— @TMacDonald_ 12 August 2013
That looks lonely against menacing skies @durhamcricket #ashes @michaelvaughan http://t.co/y8JuzcLrlP— @bavest 12 August 2013
Jimmy Anderson continues to have a disappointing match #Ashes— @iAhmer 12 August 2013
Rogers leading a charmed existence on this pitch right now. Bresnan and Jimmy turning him front-on every ball. #ashes— @Tusmeister 12 August 2013
Australia 50-0 (Rogers 19, Warner 24) 13ov
Bresnan beats Rogers' bat with his first two deliveries, and this is the first innings all over again, when the opener was regularly outfoxed by Broad but survived.
Rogers then angles his bat to guide the ball in front of the slips and it races away to the rope.
Warner deals with a short ball from Anderson, and the single brings up Australia's 50 from just 75 balls. Just the 249 to go now...
Being an umpire would be a great occupation. Lots of sunshine and fresh air. Plus getting your job right seems to be optional! #ashes— @0odles 12 August 2013
Menacing clouds about Westray HQ in Gateshead. Could be heading your way Durham... #Ashes #NEfollowers http://t.co/3w8RY1gfZS— @WestrayRecruit 12 August 2013
Bresnan looking the most likely to make the breakthrough. Some rubbish being bowled by broad and jimmy since lunch #ashes— @kj1824 12 August 2013
Bresnan looking dangerous, lets go Buck #ashes— @cricketcentral 12 August 2013
Why do umpires have a headset in one ear? Surely makes it harder to hear. Hill needs all the help @SkyCricket #ashes http://t.co/exBTqU568z— @hosko 12 August 2013
Promising start for Australia, but don't be fooled, England will lead 3-0 come the end of this test. #Ashes— @MatthewNepgen 12 August 2013
Unfortunately I can't see England doing this, 299 is just not a big enough lead #Ashes— @_TomBrookes 12 August 2013
Not enjoying this much. Lots of half-chances, near misses, and runs... #Ashes— @TestMatchDan 12 August 2013
Australia 43-0 (Rogers 14, Warner 22) 11ov
Bresnan comes into the attack for Broad, and immediately beats Rogers' outside edge.
He should have made a breakthrough with his third ball, but Swann puts down a catch at second slip.
It was a tough one, but Swann got his hand to the ball and should really have held on. Swann dropped Rogers in a very similar manner in the first innings, and the Australian went on to score 61 more runs.
Anderson stifles an lbw appeal against Warner as the ball is going down leg side.
He bowls his next ball onto the Aussie's pads as well, and this time its whipped through the on side for four. Warner looks in good nick and square cuts the final ball of the over for another boundary.
Australia are rattling along at a really good pace here.
Every ball exploding... if one wkt falls there will be a deluge. Aus needs to get to 100+ without loss for any chance. #Ashes— @gsurya 12 August 2013
Chris Rogers ..the only australian that uses his reviews well!! #Ashes— @ZaKz_7 12 August 2013
Thanks you DRS! #ashes #umpirehashadashocker— @BoltsClint 12 August 2013
Australia 35-0 (Rogers 14, Warner 14) 9ov
Warner never got himself in during the first innings, but he looks happier here, and he rocks on to the back foot to punch Broad through the covers for four. He scores three more runs, and then Rogers produces a lovely straight drive for four to round off an extremely productive over for the Australians.
Huge moment in the next over as Tony Hill gives Rogers out caught behind - but the decision is overturned on review.
Prior took the catch and there was definite deviation, but the replay proved the ball clipped the top of Rogers' pad rather than his bat.
That's a hugely important escape for the Aussie opener, who scored a century in the first innings.
Want to learn the flipper, drifter, extra spin like Shane Warne. Watch his #masterclass #ICYMI - http://t.co/i9TxSqlyGC #Ashes #Cricket— @swarnecricket 12 August 2013
Shane Warne criticising Alastair Cook's captaincy, sounds like sour grapes to me Warney! 2-0 to the England! #Ashes— @kianbwfc 12 August 2013
Mum and dad at cricket #ashes http://t.co/cKeIm4aYyC— @joelstewart57 12 August 2013
Warney is right. Alistair Cook is even conservative by English standards when it comes to captaincy #ashes— @Yes_IamSancho 12 August 2013
Bon les poulets, suspense en perspective, l'Australie qui chase 299, avec un jour et demi restant! #Ashes— @J_Deb 12 August 2013
Australia 18-0 (Rogers 10, Warner 2) 7ov
Broad bowls the first over after the rain delay, and it goes for two runs.
There was the sniff of a chance as Rogers looped the ball forward as he attempted to turn into the leg side, but it dropped harmlessly out of Broad's reach.
Anderson extracts the edge from Rogers in the next over, but the ball bounces in front of the slips and races away for four.
Stuart Broad back in his rhythm & the overcast conditions at Durham will be good for England bowlers. How will Aussie reply?#Ashes #TheAshes— @swarnecricket 12 August 2013
There's a shift in timings here, with tea now put back to 4.45pm. Close of play will be at 7pm instead of 6pm, and provided there are no further showers, there are still 59 overs scheduled for the remainder of the day.
Inspection complete, and we're due to resume again at 2.50pm here.
We've lost more than an hour, so the chances of the game finishing today have reduced dramatically.
Australia will resume on 11-0 when play gets back under way.
The umpires are due on the field for an inspection in the next few minutes, but we've just had another fairly heavy shower.
They're sweeping through pretty quickly, but more mopping up will be required and I doubt we'll be starting in the next quarter of an hour or so.
The rain has come down during the lunch interval here, so we won't be restarting on time.
It's just about dry now, but it'll take a little while to mop up the outfield and remove the covers.
Australia 11-0 (Rogers 5, Warner 2) 5ov
Anderson bowls the final over before lunch, and Australia pick up a single into the leg side.
So that's 11-0 for lunch, meaning Australia need another 288 to win.
They've survived a tricky little period there, and the ball wasn't exactly doing a great deal for the England bowlers.
Ryan Harris finishes with 7 wickets for the innings.
Jimmy Anderson is caught by Haddin to end the England second innings.
Australia 10-0 (Rogers 4, Warner 2) 4ov
Warner gets off the mark by nudging Anderson into the leg side.
England then go up for a huge appeal as Rogers is hit on the pads as he looks to work the ball into the leg side.
It's given not out, and after much deliberation, England decide to go for a review.
However, the replay shows that the ball pitched outside leg, and Rogers survives.
Broad bowls too much on the leg side, and the Aussies pick up a couple of singles without too much trouble. However, there is a late scare as Rogers almost chops the ball into his own stumps.
Graeme Swann skies a shot which is dropped on the boundary by Steve Smith.
Australia 5-0 (Rogers 1, Warner 0) 2ov
Here we go then. Australia need 299 to win, and England open up with Anderson from the Lumley End.
Rogers nudges a single into the leg side to get Australia up and running. The rest of the over sees Anderson probing away outside Warner's off stump.
Broad starts from the Finchale End, and his opening ball is a wide swinging delivery which goes wide of Prior and races away to the boundary for four byes.
299, that 1 run saved will make all the difference #ashes— @timqfadvice 12 August 2013
Anderson c.Haddin b.Lyon 0
England 330 ALL OUT
England's innings ends as Anderson edges Lyon through to Haddin behind the stumps to depart for duck.
They're all out for 330, which means they added 96 runs this morning - an impressive effort, which owed much to Bresnan's quickfire hitting, which was followed up by Swann.
England lead by 298 - so Australia will need 299 to win when they return to the field shortly.
Wicket - Ryan Harris gets another - Tim Bresnan.
299 is a good lead.. come on lads lets finish this today :) #wintheseries #ashes— @vic_coppo 12 August 2013
Nothing like the commentator's curse to put the kiss of death on that last wicket... #Ashes— @hannah_cameron 12 August 2013
England 330-9 (Swann 30, Anderson 0) 95ov
Swann is keen to pick off where Bresnan left off, and he cracks fours off successive balls from Harris.
The second was particularly impudent, with Swann wandering well away from his stumps to make room for him to loft the ball over mid on's head.
He then top edges the final ball of the over right over the heads of the slips. That's 12 off the over.
Is it too late to change my daughter's name to Ryan Harris? #Ashes— @AfterGrogBlog 12 August 2013
Brilliant stuff from Bresnan, definitely given us a great chance #Ashes— @fayecb94 12 August 2013
Bresnan c&b. Harris 45
Australia need to change something, and they bring Lyon back into the attack. To the spinner's credit, he comes up with a maiden.
Swann drives Harris straight back down the ground for three, and off the final ball of the over, the bowler finally ends Bresnan's effective resistance.
It was a tame ending, with Bresnan looking to turn the ball into the leg side, but only succeeding in the chipping a return catch back to the bowler.
He scored 45 runs though - 41 of them this morning - and in the context of the game, that's a brilliant effort.
Cricket people: there have so far been no 6s in either innings this test. Is that normal? #ashes— @AlexMurraySmith 12 August 2013
if Australia manages to chase down this total, I will name my first-born after the highest run-scorer .. girl or boy #ashes— @amyprice21 12 August 2013
Slightly worried how freely we're scoring now... I'm confident that our bowlers are better than theirs, but still! #ashes #EngvAus— @Deborah_Deborah 12 August 2013
Think Tom Moody had a few too many sherries when he said that australias bowling attack was better than englands #NoChance #Ashes— @Schmiles 12 August 2013
England 314-8 (Bresnan 45, Swann 14) 91ov
Siddle kept things reasonably tight, conceding just two runs from his over.
However, Swann was back on the attack to the next over from Harris, drilling a boundary into the off side. That means that 60 runs have been taken from the first ten overs with the new ball.
These are crucial runs for England, who now boast a lead of 282 with two wickets remaining.
Ok England, that's enough, our turn to bat now #ashes #ReturnTheUrn— @bendoyle82 12 August 2013
Tim Bresnan plays and misses.
Wicket - Stuart Broad takes on a bouncer from Ryan Harris and edges behind in the process.
Having some Yorkshire Tea in honour of Tim Bresnan. #Ashes #RISE— @ed_bart 12 August 2013
I am working...honest. #Ashes http://t.co/PSqDCnoaNs— @AdamClarke501 12 August 2013
England 308-8 (Bresnan 45, Swann 9) 89ov
Swann clearly wants to get in on the act, and he produces a flourishing off drive to club Siddle's first ball through the covers. He also takes four from the final delivery of the over, streakily edging through the slips.
Bresnan keeps up the pressure in the next over, nudging Harris into the off side to take two.
Tim Bresnan is absolutely Destroying Australia!!! #GameOfHisLife #Ashes— @ArthRobinson98 12 August 2013
Watching #Ashes cricket on @skysports app. The timeline for the last half hour is quite full! #RISE http://t.co/3LzCNusZKH— @CyclinScience 12 August 2013
Wicket - Matt Prior is bowled for a duck. Ryan Harris's second wicket in two balls.
Sidds is out of sorts. England's tail is winning them this Test, 9th wicket partnership already 31 in the blink of an eye. #ashes— @Russell_Woolf 12 August 2013
Love to see tail enders going tonk - it's the way they should always play #Ashes— @coachnoodles 12 August 2013
“@IanMearnsMP: #ashes England get 300 all is well with the world @DurhamCricket http://t.co/wEHsWiQMly” >> Only an MP could say that— @KcarlingK 12 August 2013
Bresnan smoshing it - go on lad #Ashes— @Phil_Elwell 12 August 2013
Wow! Bresnan is having a blinder!! What a shot! #ashes— @AB0nd 12 August 2013
Don't know whether to be happy or worried that Bresnan is finding the boundary so easily here #Ashes— @Nebuchanezer 12 August 2013
Hey Michael Clarke, two words. Field Placement. #Ashes #cricket— @stephmcglenchy 12 August 2013
#ashes get Tim back on strike see if he can get this lead up to 280— @bazzaparker1977 12 August 2013
England 296-8 (Bresnan 42, Swann 1) 87ov
Bresnan continues to attack and, after pulling Bird for two into the leg side, he miscues a drive that nevertheless races behind square for four.
He then stands straight to club a fantastic shot down to long on that bounces once before clearing the rope.
To complete what was a great over for England, the Yorkshireman hooks Bird behind square for four more runs. In total that was 14 off the over.
Harris tries to regain some control from the other end, but after Swann takes a single, Bresnan pulls the ball for two more runs.
Harris responds by going round the wicket, and gets on to rear at Bresnan, but the batsman fends it off.
He then stands tall and cracks Australia's leading bowler square on the off side for four.
Prior disappointing again, 2 Jaffas from Harris though! Good to see Bresnan smashing it about abit #ashes— @kennyreader 12 August 2013
Lead goes past 250. It's going to be a tough chase for Australia. #Ashes— @glennrforsyth 12 August 2013
14 runs of the last over for England....that's more like it #Ashes— @giuliogiorgio 12 August 2013
Broad c.Smith b.Harris 13
England will look to crack on now, and Bresnan drills a boundary into the off side off Bird. He then steps on to the front foot to hammer another four wide of mid on.
England enjoy a productive over off Harris, taking a couple of singles before Broad clips a four off his hips. From the next ball, he gets on the front foot to drill a boundary square of the wicket on the off side.
But it all goes wrong to the final ball as Broad departs. He tries to deal with a bouncer, but only succeeds in spooning a catch to Smith in the gully off the very top of the bat.
People say Bairstow should be dropped. How about Compton in, Prior Out and Bairstow behind the stumps?? #Ashes #bbcCricket— @JimBelly 12 August 2013
Counter attack from England 3 boundaries since 2 wickets. #ashes— @ZeeSaying 12 August 2013
Wicket - Ian Bell is bowled by Ryan Harris.
Obvious from these first few balls since Broad came in what England intend on doing now. Die, but die fighting. #Ashes— @drwinston001 12 August 2013
The last 2 wickets show why Onions should be playing! #Ashes #notoneoftheboys— @TomWilson291 12 August 2013
England 255-7 (Bresnan 12, Broad 4) 83ov
Broad keeps out the hat-trick ball, and then guides away a boundary down to third man.
That's five wickets for Harris, who has bowled superbly in this second innings.
He deserves his rewards, but England's bowlers won't be too unhappy at seeing the Chester-le-Street pitch misbehaving.
Just bash it about Broad. No good defending on this pitch #Ashes— @essexfootie 12 August 2013
Losing bell & prior in consec balls was not part of the plan..going to be hard to get lead upto 280-300ish now #ashes— @ANDREW0675 12 August 2013
The Aussie bowlers are loving this, but I'd imagine the Aussie batsmen are less enamoured by what they're seeing from the new ball... #Ashes— @DanCratchley 12 August 2013
Fair play to Harris. Top bowler. #ashes— @hellodavsk 12 August 2013
Prior b.Harris 0
And it's a double blow for England as Prior goes to the very next ball.
He was clean bowled as well, with Harris seemingly beating him for pace.
Two wickets in two balls, and Harris is on a hat-trick.
Bell b.Harris 113
Australia make their first breakthrough of the morning - and it's the big wicket of Bell.
There was nothing the England batsman could do about it though, with a ball from Harris barely bouncing six inches off the ground.
It stayed exceedingly low, and clattered into Bell's stumps.
It's the end of a fantastic innings that was eventually worth 113, and while Bell will be furious, England's bowlers won't be grumbling at that.
England 251-5 (Bell 113, Bresnan 12) 82ov
It's the 80th over, and there's no surprise to see Australia immediately taking the new ball.
Harris starts with it from the Lumley End, and immediately beats Bresnan's outside edge with successive deliveries. Harris was the pick of the Aussie bowlers yesterday, and is likely to be the key to his side's chances again today.
Bird takes over from the Finchale End and England survive a huge scare.
Bresnan is hit on the leg in front of his stumps, but the umpire gives him not out.
The Australians review, and while the television replay shows the ball clipping the top of the bail, it's an umpire's call decision so Bresnan remains at the crease.
England 250-5 (Bell 113, Bresnan 12) 80ov
Siddle tightens things up with a maiden, although Bresnan covers up and defends well, and doesn't really look in any trouble.
Bresnan clips Lyon into the leg side, and the ripple of applause around the ground signifies that's England's 250 on the board.
England 248-5 (Bell 112, Bresnan 11) 78ov
Bell picks up the first boundary of the morning, pushing Siddle off the back foot through the covers for four. The shot takes him past the score of 109 he made at Trent Bridge and Lord's, and means this is now his highest score of the series.
Lyon's next over goes for two singles, but there's the first hint of a scare off the last ball.
The ball leaps a bit at Bell and Khawaja takes a catch at short leg - but there's no hint of contact with bat or glove.
England 241-5 (Bell 106, Bresnan 10) 76ov
Siddle starts for Australia, who have Shane Watson standing at first slip despite the all-rounder suffering a groin injury yesterday.
Bresnan scores the first runs of the morning, clipping the ball into the leg side for two. He then picks up another leg-side single.
Lyon opens up at the Finchale End, and Bresnan runs another single towards third man. Bell nudges into the leg side for his first run of the day.
Jerusalem rings around Emirates Durham ICG for the fourth time, and the players are out on the field.
It's much colder and more overcast this morning - conditions which should help the Australian bowlers as they look to wrap up this England innings quickly.
The weather is the big unknown factor today. Chester-le-Street missed the showers completely during the first three days of play, but the forecasters expect some rain to fall at some stage today.
How much and how often could well decide whether things are wrapped up today, or whether we'll be heading into a final day's play tomorrow.
If England get a 300 lead I think it could be 3-0 #Ashes— @grantwhitt91 12 August 2013
Day 4 in Durham today- I think England should win this Test from where they are. Ian Bell has been magnificent again in this innings #Ashes— @mihirbose 12 August 2013
There's been a lot of talk about what kind of score Australia could really hope to chase down in their second innings.
250? They'd surely fancy their chances given that the Emirates Durham ICG has not deteriorated as quickly as many thought it would.
300? That would surely be a big ask, although they came extremely close to chasing down 310 in the first Test at Trent Bridge.
350 or more? That would surely guarantee an England win.
Welcome back to day four at Chester-le-Street as England look to close in on the victory that would enable them to win the Ashes outright.
The hosts will resume on 234-5 this morning, that's a lead of 202 runs with five second-innings wickets remaining.
Ian Bell is unbeaten on 105 after bringing up his third century of the series in the closing stages of yesterday's play.
He's joined at the crease by Tim Bresnan, who scored four before play ended yesterday.
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