The morning session on day five was another excellent one for the England batsmen. Cook and Trott put on 130 runs without loss. Cook made a double century and his highest score in Test cricket. Trott joined the gang as the third English century maker of the innings.
England batted for around another hour and a half after lunch, undefeated. Ponting had what was probably a genuine catch denied by the umpires. Neither of the on field umpires saw it clearly and the television pictures shortend the angle so it looked like it may not have carried. Just to add to his frustration, he then grounded a wide catch off of Trott. England declared on 517 for one with Trott on 135 and Cook on an amazing 235 the highest score at the Gabba. Setting Australia the unlikely target of 296.
Katich was dismissed after only 22 minutes, for 4, caught by Strauss off an edge from a wide ball from Stuart Broad. But Ponting and Watson were able to negotiate the remaining overs without further damage. Ponting made his 56th test 50 to go wth his 39 centuries, Watson finished on 41 not out.
So as expected the series remains all square. I’ll be loking forward to the second test in Adelaide starting on Friday 3rd December. I’m sure it will be another close and hard fought contest.