I really hope Australia will use this as an exercise to practice their red ball game, and build a good long strong innings tonight and tomorrow. It will be good for morale, good training, and good for the Hobart crowd.
The weather looks OK, so there will be plenty of time to massacre the Poms...
Well, Australia are 301/9, and two splendid sixes from Lyon, the first one right out of the ground into someone's back yard. England will have it "all on" to bat this evening.
EDIT, Lyon bowled, so 303 all out.
Come on! Declare! Australia 388 ahead. 388 has only been done once in a 4th innings in Test history.
England may escape out through the rain tomorrow otherwise.
But a splendid two centuries from Khawaja. Very rare!
Boland's astonishing effort, from dismissing Bairstow at MCG to now:
His current numbers 4 4 0 2
And the Australian bowlers have 53 dot balls in a row, including 3 wickets.
What a mess.
Yes, I forgot that 200+ requirement for the follow-on.
In any event, Australia need to make a good score quite quickly, and skittle out some poms tomorrow and on the last day to avoid a draw because of the weather.
Strategy and tactics, but the weather will dictate a lot of things. Just like...
OK, prediction time again.
Despite the continuing interruptions for rain, Australia get to 350 at end of play today, and declare.
England start tomorrow, lose 3 or 4 key batsmen early, and struggle to 175 all out at the end of day 3.
Australia make them play on, and skittle them out again...
Thanks for putting up this thread, mate. I'm in California, so the possibilities of watching this live are zero point zero. But I'm on the cricbuzz.com (by Times Of India of all people) website, where there's ball-by-ball written commentary. Better than nuffin.
Having both UK and Oz...
Fourth Test at the Sydney CG. Miserable weather forecast, on and off rain for the whole five days. A possible reprieve for England.
Anyway, Australia won the toss, and quite correctly elected to bat, despite the slow outfield. Hopefully a start in ten minutes, half an hour late.
English first class cricket has been lured away from five day Test matches by ODI and T20 sport. The Test format requires a totally different physical and mental discipline. That's why it's called a "Test."