When I was thinking about what I’d do if I were Ricky Ponting last night, I thought I’d aim to declare when scores were about level, in order to have as long as possible to have a bowl at England. But then I thought that Ponting’s shown himself to be a pretty unimaginative captain this Ashes, and he’s unlikely to want to do that. Now I see that, with the light improving, England are going into bat with the scores about level and a lot of time left in the game. Have England’s bowlers – with Flintoff leading the way – been doing Ponting’s work for him?

UPDATE [2.20PM] OK, so the light wasn’t improving.

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