England vs Australia: 2013 Ashes 2nd Test cricket live scores, blog – Day 4

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    England v Australia

    LORD'S, JULY 18-22, 2013

    2nd Test - ENG v AUS

     
    England 1st Inn 361 All Out
    Australia 1st Inn 128 All Out
    England 2nd Inn 7/349
    Australia 2nd Inn 235 All Out
    England won the toss and elected to bat
    England won by 347 runs
    Australia Over:90.3  RR:2.60
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    RJ Harris 16 40 1 0 40.00
    JL Pattinson* 35 91 3 0 38.46
    England
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    GP Swann* 30.3 5 78 4 2.56
    SCJ Broad 21.0 4 54 0 2.57
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    Last Wicket: Pattinson, 35 (LBW:Swann)
    Current Partnership: 43 runs, 86 balls, RR:50.00

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    After a forgettable third day, Australia have their backs to the wall and will need divine intervention to save them from almost certain defeat in the second Ashes Test at Lord’s against England. We’ll have live scores and commentary from 8.00pm AEST.

    Of course, what they could also do with is a combination of very good batting and some fortune as far as the weather is concerned because expecting only one of these factors may not cut the ice for the visitors.

    If it was lame batting and the off-spin of Graeme Swann that undid the good work of the Australian bowlers on the second day of the Test, Joe Root took the game away from the visitors on the third.

    Having come under criticism for promoting Root to the top of the order, the Yorkshire batsman repaid the selectors’ faith in him with a masterful and rather matured innings of 178 as England piled up 5/333 on the third day. He was still at the crease when the stumps were drawn.

    Ian Bell was lucky to be let off by the third umpire as he went on to score 74 as England lost just two wickets in the day.

    Bell missed his century after the night watchman Tim Bresnan had played his part in blunting the Australian pace attack and puncturing their already sagging morale.

    The bare facts of the situation Australia now faces are as follows.

    There are two full days of play remaining.

    England have an overall lead of 566 with five second innings wickets in hand.

    The highest total chased down successfully in the fourth innings of a Test ever is 418. That’s in 136 years of cricket.

    The last time Australia scored more than 500 runs in an innings in a Test match was 11 Tests ago when they did that against South Africa in Adelaide last year.

    None of Australia’s top six batsman except captain Michael Clarke has scored a century since September 2011 – that’s nearly two years ago when Phil Hughes hit one in Sri Lanka.

    In short, the potential target they will be set will be next to impossible to achieve.

    What can be achieved is a bit of respect, with a show of ticker that has been lacking in the side this game. Batting has been the team’s bugaboo for long enough but the team needs to persist with the current set of players and in turn, they will hope the batsmen can begin to deliver.

    What this target should do is to free up the batsmen – but what coach Darren Lehmann will also want is the tightening of some of their techniques.

    Some of the shots that were played in the first innings can be avoided while some others like Chris Rogers and Usman Khawaja can show a little more intent from the start.

    Follow the live score and blog of the second day’s play of the second Test from 8.00pm AEST. You can join me for this live blog and post your comments below.

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    • 4:47am
      Frankie Hughes said | 4:47am | ! Report

      A damn right pathetic effort by the batsmen again.

      The bowlers did a great job to keep the Poms so 360 on a flat pitch.

      Time for Hughes Watson Haddin to be axed.

      Get Tim Paine in to keep. Haddin’s two drops have cost us the series. Dropped Bell on 88 in Nottingham, Bell added a further 21, we lost by 14. Dropped Root(didn’t even bother trying to catch it) Root added another 174.

      Hughes(my favourite player) if he’s not opening he shouldn’t be playing.

      Watson is useless. Slogs 20/30 in boundaries then gets out.

      Shaun Marsh Simon Katich and Adam Voges should be included.

    • Roar Guru

      4:05am
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:05am | ! Report

      That’s it then, from me…as always has been a pleasure bringing this to you and to receive your comments. Will be back with the third Test match, which begins on August 1 at the Old Trafford.

      Have a good day ahead!

    • Roar Guru

      4:04am
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:04am | ! Report

      Joe Root has been declared the man of the match as expected. The youngest Englishman to make an Ashes century at Lord’s.

      Root:

      Dream week for me. Great win for us. This was a more special 100, to do against Australia at Ashes. Happy to help the side with the bowing too. I want to keep contributing and every time I go to bat and I am happy to bat up the other.

    • Roar Guru

      3:54am
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:54am | ! Report

      Full marks to England. Cook, Trott and Pietersen aren’t currently firing and they are still notching up some big enough totals. Ian Bells in the form of his life and he sure is making it count. Joe Root’s overcome all the controversy around his selection as an opener and smashed a 180. And the tails chipping in whenever necessary.

      The bowling is the best of the lot. James Anderson took 10 in the first Test. Swann takes nine this time. Broad’s chipping in whenever he can and Bresnan provided a lot of control in this Test. To top it all, even Root’s been effective on pitches which have afforded some turn.

      Fair to say then, so far England haven’t allowed Australia to compete, not in the Lord’s Test for sure. Second success Ashes loss for Australia at this venue by the way.

    • Roar Guru

      3:49am
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:49am | ! Report

      England have gone ahead 2-0 in the series and it does look unlikely that Australia can win the Ashes from here this time. The problems are too deep-rooted to mention them all.

      Poor batting and under-par bowling are only two of them. Issues between players, some rather surprising DRS referrals and no light at the end of the tunnel in the foreseeable future…

      Honestly, I thought Agar’s 98 was a huge tonic that they could have used to turn around their fortunes. And for some time it did look like they were doing just that, given their fighting effort with the bat in the second innings at Trent Bridge.

      Here, at Lord’s, on what seemed to be a good batting wicket, they were bowled out for 128 and 235. Back to square one then for the visitors.

    • Roar Guru

      3:42am
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:42am | ! Report

      Gone, has been given out, Pattinson’s having to walk, England have won by 347 runs!

      Spins away from round the stumps and the left-hander gets hit on his pads. Given out lbw and looks pretty adjacent too. Well done Swann, who picks up his fourth wicket and the ninth of the game.

      Pattinson scored 35.

      Australia bowled out for 235.

    • Roar Guru

      3:41am
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:41am | ! Report

      22 dots later, there are a couple of singles and a two which bring Pattinson on strike to play the last over of the day.

      Swann to bowl.

      9/235 in 90

    • Roar Guru

      3:35am
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:35am | ! Report

      Maiden from Swann, played out well by Pattinson.

      2 more overs remaining.

      Australia 9/231 in 89

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