24th over: Australia 82-2 (Khawaja 14, Smith 18) Another maiden from Moeen, who is not just pinning Khawaja down, but getting drift too.
A good spot from Simon Wilde of The Sunday Times, on Twitter. “Overton is first England bowler to win an lbw decision in a Perth Test since 2010 when Tremlett and Finn both had Shane Watson lbw. Don’t you miss Shane Watson?”
23rd over: Australia 82-2 (Khawaja 14, Smith 18) Overton keeps it tight until a misfield from Anderson at mid-off gives Khawaja a couple.
A tweet from Sarah Jane Bacon. “Greetings from snowy Leamington Spa. JUST when the weekend’s blanket was melting, more floats down 3.30 this morning. This Perth sun is making me jealous (and if I had pretzels, yes, I’d be thirsty). Cricket-wise, never thought Broady would get Davy out. Damn.” Hard to tell which side she’s on – sign of a good commentator.
22nd over: Australia 78-2 (Khawaja 11, Smith 17) A maiden from Moeen to Khawaja, which is what Moeen’s confidence needs.
22nd over: Australia 78-2 (Khawaja 11, Smith 17) Smith eases Overton for four past mid-off, then punches for two into the covers. But Overton squares him up a couple of times too. This is a great little duel.
“So,” wonders Zaph Mann, “what’s Overton doing that’s so different from the duo? During the lunch break I asked should England avoid the short attack due to lack of pace. When does bounce replace shortness?” That’s such a good question, it’s almost philosophical. Overton’s wickets have come through pitching it up, the thing England didn’t manage on the first day at Adelaide.
21st over: Australia 72-2 (Khawaja 11, Smith 11) In a situation that cries out for Jimmy Anderson, Root turns to Moeen Ali. There’s method in his madness, as Usman Khawaja struggles against…