England tail wags as Australia lose Watson early.

Broad Finds The Boundary

Broad and Swann's partnership of 48 runs frustrated Australia in the morning session.

Morning session summary

Ryan Harris continued where he left off yesterday, removing James Anderson and Tim Bresnan early to leave Australia on the verge of bowling out England early in the morning session. In the process taking a well deserved five wicket haul, strongly justifying his inclusion ahead of Mitchell Starc. England had already passed the 300 mark by this point, but at 313-9 Australia wanted to wrap up the innings swiftly. A brilliant partnership of 48 runs between Swann and Broad however frustrated Australia, and by the time Pattinson got Broad to nick one behind to Haddin, England had reached an imposing 361runs.

Australia's reply began predictably with an array of bustling drives from Shane Watson. The big front pad however was his undoing once more as Bresnan trapped him in front to leave Australia on 42-1 at Lunch.

Man of the Session

Ryan Harris: On an ideal batting wicket which is extremely flat and dry, bowling is a tough gig. England will be happy with 361 but it could've been a lot more had Harris not removed Bresnan made the early breakthroughs. On batting friendly wickets the efforts of the bowlers are worth their weight in gold.

Key Moment

Watson dismissal: Chris Gayle has two triple centuries to his name at Test level. His attacking tendencies and technical flaws are tolerated because of his ability to change a test match. Shane Watson's problem is he's been thus far unable to recreate the belligerent self belief he possesses in other formats. He needs to score a big hundred to get his confidence up. Tim Bresnan got the ball to jag back in with a hint of reverse swing to hit the batsman plumb in front, the umpire raised his finger, out. Watson reviewed it, perhaps in the hope it'd struck him outside the line of off stump. Rogers offered very little advice and Australia lost a review needlessly. The unnecessary loss of the review could prove crucial.

What Next?

England will be looking to build on the Watson dismissal and if an early wicket falls after lunch, they could be well on top. There was a hint of reverse swing from Bresnan for Watson's dismissal which could also come into play. Swann will also play a key part despite taking a hefty blow on his right forearm from a Harris short ball whilst batting.

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