England vs Australia: 2013 Ashes 3rd Test cricket live scores, blog – Day 1

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    England v Australia

    OLD TRAFFORD, AUGUST 1-5, 2013

    3rd Test - ENG v AUS

    Australia 1st Inn 7/527
    England 1st Inn 368 All Out
    Australia 2nd Inn 7/172
    England 2nd Inn 3/37
    Australia won the toss and elected to bat
    Match Drawn
    England Over:20.3  RR:1.80
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    IR Bell* 4 14 0 0 28.57
    JE Root 13 57 1 0 22.81
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    PM Siddle* 3.3 0 8 1 2.29
    MJ Clarke 1.0 0 2 0 2.00
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    Last Wicket: Pietersen, 8 (c:Haddin b:Siddle)
    Current Partnership: 10 runs, 25 balls, RR:40.00

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    England will be gunning for a third successive Ashes Test win when they take on Australia in the third game of the series from Thursday at Old Trafford. We’ll have live scores and commentary from 8.00pm AEST.

    A 10-day break between the two Tests would have done little to alleviate Australia’s worries. Not only have they lost both the first two Tests, they have also looked second-best through most parts of the series.

    The batting has refused to kick into its optimum gear. It’s stuttered and spluttered and conked out on more than one occasion and the worry-lines would have increased with the back injury to Steven Smith.

    Smith was the sole century-scorer for Australia in their warm-up game against Sussex and would have all but cemented his place in the side had he been fit.

    Instead, now that Smith’s not 100 percent, the chances of Dave Warner making a comeback into the side for this one will be bolstered.

    The big question for Australia is whether they want to get in Warner if Smith improves enough to start for the game. And if so, who does he replace?

    By the looks of things, Phil Hughes looked like he was going out but none of the others have lit the stadium on fire either.

    To give you a statistical view of things, Australia’s best batsman in terms of runs scores is Ashton Agar with 130.

    Shane Watson and Michael Clarke are the only other Australians with more more than 100 to their tally across the four innings, but their averages are less than 30.

    Unfortunately for Hughes, his only innings of substance – an unbeaten 81 at Trent Bridge – accounts for most of his runs. In the other three knocks, he’s got 0, 1 and 1. Do they give him another chance?

    One thing’s for certain. James Pattinson won’t play this Test – ruled out of the series because of another back injury – and Jackson Bird looks favourite to replace him.

    Bird’s nagging lines and lengths and his consistency at maintaining them has been spoken up liberally but it will be interesting to see how he goes against the charged-up English batting.

    With Shane Warne brought in to hasten Agar’s progress as a spinner, his inclusion looks almost certain.

    England are a confident bunch. They came close to losing the first Test but held their nerve and teed off from there.

    What will instil more fear into the Australian bowling is that two of England’s best batsmen, Alastair Cook and Jonathon Trott, are yet to get going.

    Cook has scored one 50 but all his other three scores have been less than 15. Trott’s got a 58 and a 48 to his name but his two second innings scores are 0 and 0.

    Given their appetite for big scores, this will hurt them and there’s good chance they will look to make amends here.

    There’s hope that Kevin Pietersen will be fit for this game even if he does not, they have a worthy replacement in James Taylor, who comes in on the back of a 100 against the Australian attack.

    While the selectors have brought in Monty Panesar and Chris Tremlett for Graham Onions and Steven Finn, they should go in with an unchanged bowling attack. That’s despite talks of the Old Trafford track helping slow bowlers.

    Weather will remain a key, with rains predicted on at least one of the days of the Test match.

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

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    • 3:41am
      WherethebloodyhellRya said | 3:41am | ! Report

      Cheers Suneer, you’re the Richie Beneaud of online cricket commentary.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:39am | ! Report

      By getting to such a score, Australia have batted themselves into a situation from where they need a further couple of good sessions to get into a position from where they cannot lose. And given they are coming off a six-match losing streak, it will be a great one to be in.

      For now though, hats off to Clarke, who had some form issues going for him recently but that half-century in the Lord’s Test seems to have done his confidence good. Smith gave him good company too, building on that century in the first-class game before this Test.

      Watson got to his customary start before edging it to the first slip, while Usman Khawaja’s dismissal got the tongues wagging. He was quite simply not-out and for a third umpire to give him out despite having all those replays was a surprise at the very least. Rogers came out attacking and deserved a century. Still, his 84 was instrumental in giving them the platform, before he lost his focus.

      Swann got a few to turn hard, some others to go straight on. The others were, at best, mediocre, a rare off-day in the office. Will be interesting to see how they come back from this tomorrow. Hope you had a good day, I will be back tomorrow with the coverage of the second day’s play, till then, ciao!

      • 4:16am
        Finny92 said | 4:16am | ! Report

        You mention Khawaja shouldn’t have been given out but fail to mention Smith was lucky getting given not out to Broad’s delivery which was plumb

    • 3:39am
      WherethebloodyhellRya said | 3:39am | ! Report

      Let’s not get cocky nor complacent ….tomorrow is a big day. Australia to make or declare with lead of 450 and have the Poms 3 for 37 at stumps.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:34am | ! Report

      Nudged to the leg side off the last ball of the day, Steven Smith, gets a single and that’s the end of that. That has been an amazing partnership, coming at a very crucial time in the game and on a pitch that is seemingly a good one to bat on.

      Australia end on 3/303 in 90, with Clarke not-out on 125 and Smith on 70.

    • 3:33am
      Tom from Perth said | 3:33am | ! Report

      Excellent day of cricket boys

    • 3:31am
      Jules said | 3:31am | ! Report

      Clarke’s 10th hundred as captain and 1st batting above number 5. Are we finally working out a part of our batting order?

    • 3:31am
      Silver_Sovereign said | 3:31am | ! Report

      gotta love the Pommy commentators praising the pitch and the bowling. But not giving credit where credit is due to the improved Aussie batting

      • 3:33am
        Jules said | 3:33am | ! Report

        I was thinking the exact same thing…

        You still need to bat well on a good pitch and they have finally done so!

      • 3:42am
        JimmyB said | 3:42am | ! Report

        Oh come on, they’ve been complimenting the Aussies quite rightly all day, they just happened to mention that the pitch is good and Straussy was just saying he didn’t think England bowled badly at al, are you guys watching in the UK then or online?

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:29am | ! Report

      89 overs bowled, Australia have made this their day.

      3/302 with Bresnan to bowl the last six balls.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:23am | ! Report

      On his pads and nudged away to the leg side for a couple of runs. Brings up the 300 for Australia.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:22am | ! Report

      Double change in bowling. Bresnan replaces Broad.

      3/298 with three to go.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:19am | ! Report

      Right, so the quick bowlers weren’t doing the job for Cook. It’s going to be Swann for the last throw of the dice.

      3/297 in 86

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