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Ashes 2013/14 podcast: Fourth Test, day one

Get closer to the action - and our experts - with our pundit podcast!

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After handing back the urn and losing the services of Graeme Swann before Christmas, could England make some amends in Melbourne?

Fans turned out in record numbers on day one at the MCG to find out if the tourists could thwart Australia's pursuit of a 5-0 series win and, after some deliberation, home skipper Michael Clarke decided to put England in.

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By stumps the visitors had meandered to 226-6 with Kevin Pietersen 67no.

As ever, our pundits are on hand to share their views and reflections on all the action and discuss the biggest talking points - on and off the field!

With five former England captains in the commentary box - Nasser Hussain, Andrew Strauss, Mike Atherton, Sir Ian Botham and David Gower - not to mention the enigma that is Bumble, there's plenty of chat to catch up on.

On today's podcast...

Andrew and Nasser reflect on a painstaking day for England's batsmen - and one on which several got starts, without going on. Download it here.

The pair reserve special praise Pietersen's diligent innings after the number four rode his luck to finish the day unbeaten. But with Mitchell Johnson clocking well over 90mph again, do the tourists have a realistic chance of posting a challenging first innings score?

Our two former captains also have their say on England's XI for this Test, and reflect in particular on the omission of Matt Prior from the line-up.

Plus Ian Ward catches up with Ian Bell, who scored 27 off 98 balls before feathering Ryan Harris behind. Get his thoughts on England's day two prospects...

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Watch highlights of today's play from 4pm on Sky Sports 2 and On Demand from 6.30pm. The Ashes Verdict returns at 9pm ahead of Ashes Extra, before our live coverage of day two begins at 11pm.