INTRODUCTION England mad ea bold bid for victory in the historic centenary test match against Australia at the melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday (16 March).
TV Lillee bowls to Randall who drives ball back past bowler for four runs
TV Gilmour bowls to Randall who drives through the covers for four (2 shots)
TV Randall hits Lillee ball for four (3 shots)
TV Randall hits Lillee bouncer over slips for a boundary and Lillee collects jumper at end of over (5 shots)
TV Lillee bowls and appeals loudly for lbw decision. Randall smiles when umpire gives not out
TRANSCRIPT: BLAKEY: "Randall came in at 26 for one, when England seemed to have no chance of winning."
MAY: "Good shot, straight down the ground."
BLAKEY: "Randall began the way he continued, attacking the bowling."
MAY: "Another fine shot, beautiful shot...classic cover drive, four more to Randall, he goes on to 14."
BLAKEY: "He showed no fear of the Lillee bouncer."
WEST: "Oh, it's a great shot....pulled away through mid-wicket. That surely is an indication of this slow, easy-paced wicket now. Very seldom now, I think that you see an Englishman being able to hook Lillee in front of square."
BLAKEY: "And he brought up the hundred with another fine shot off Lillee."
WEST: "It was the other way all right this time....beautifully played, square on the offside, flicked it away down to third man....and just reaching the boundary, and that four bringing up the 100
BLAKEY: "His determination gave England a chance of victory and brought him a confrontation with Lillee."
MAY: "An appeal this time ... and he's shouting an appeal."
WEST: "That's close ... he's well down ....and here we go. Here's the play-acting. Thank you very much, he says. This is nice, he says. Friendly game of cricket."
REPORTERS: MICHAEL BLAKEY, NORMAN MAY, PETER WEST
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Background: INTRODUCTION England mad ea bold bid for victory in the historic centenary test match against Australia at the melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday (16 March). Led by Derek Randall, who defied Australia's pace bowlers Dennis Lillee, Max Walker and Gary Gilmour to be 87 not out when bad light stopped play, England were well placed at 191 for the loss of two wickets in pursuit of Australia's lead of 462. Michael Blakey of the BBC and the ABC's Norman May and Peter West describe some of the highlights of the fourth day of the match.