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Sunday, November 26, 2006

First test goes into fifth day

Stumps Day 4

Australia 602/9d & 202/1d v England 157 & 293/5 (80.0 ov)

England need another 355 runs with 5 wickets remaining: hardly in with a chance winning, and not much more of a draw unless the weather comes to their aid as the forecast suggests it might just do.

This morning Australia batted on and captain Ponting (61*) declared when Justin Langer reached his century. In their reply, England wobbled at first but
Paul Collingwood (96), Kevin Pietersen (92*) and, to a lesser degree, Alistair Cook (43) have provided some much needed stiffening to the batting. While the Australian attack has hardly been blunted it's of some significance that neither Glenn McGrath nor Brett Lee has so far taken a wicket in England's second innings.

If Collingwood hadn't been stumped for 96 charging Shane Warne... but Australia are clearly the better side, even if the gulf between them and England narrowed today.

Full scorecard here
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