England vs Australia: 2013 Ashes 3rd Test cricket live scores, blog – Day 4

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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
    Recent Overs:
    .  1  .  1  .  .  | 1  .  .  1  .  .  | .  .  2  |
    Last Wicket: Pietersen, 8 (c:Haddin b:Siddle)
    Current Partnership: 10 runs, 25 balls, RR:40.00

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    While Australia continue to dictate terms in the Old Trafford Test they will be a touch unhappy they managed to pick up only five English wickets on the third day of the game. We’ll have live scores and commentary from 8.00pm AEST.

    Kevin Pietersen’s century threatened to steal the show for England but Mitchell Starc and Ryan Harris kept England at bay on the third day.

    And while they picked up only five scalps, England is still 34 runs behind from making Australia bat again and have only three wickets standing.

    What makes the situation slightly dicey for England is that their top six batsmen are all back into the pavillion.

    Even Tim Bresnan, one of the better number eights in the world today, is out and it’s down to Matt Prior and Stuart Broad to first steer England to the safety of avoiding the follow-on and then push them closer to a draw.

    There’s a possible 180 overs still to be bowled but weather could have an impact in this game. There is rain forecast on each of the next two days and if that’s the case, Australia might well be looking at pushing for the follow-on.

    The trouble with that is the Australian bowlers have already sent down 120 overs. Expecting them to bowl at full efficiency through another day will be a difficult ask – especially given how injury-prone someone like Ryan Harris usually is.

    Assuming England do not save the follow-on, Australia could still look to bat a second time around for a period of around 50-60 overs to try and get their lead up more than 350.

    Changes in the batting order once a stable start has been provided by the top three could be in the offing as they will look for at least 110 overs to bowl England out the second time around.

    From England’s perspective, strangely enough the situation has made the equation simpler. They need to bat on and on without looking at time.

    It needs to begin with the two batsmen at the crease, Matt Prior and Stuart Broad, after which Graeme Swann and James Anderson need to try and continue with it.

    So far, Broad’s had a good series with the bat, having scored a total of 122 runs at an average of more than 40.

    The trouble has been at Prior’s end, a batsman who averages 43 in Test cricket but one who has lacked consistency in this series so far.

    Prior would have seen how his counterpart Brad Haddin has counter-attacked to produce fifties on a couple of occasions when the going has been tough – the second innings at Trent Bridge and the first essay this game – and will hope to have learned a trick or two.

    In fact, how he combines the need to survive with his positive stroke-play will make for a fascinating early battle.

    So will the Australian batting in their second dig after having regained some of their confidence from the first innings.

    Follow the live score and blog of the fourth 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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    • 3:58pm
      S Shrimp said | 3:58pm | ! Report

      It’s time that the Australian cricketers grew some balls and stopped acting like a mob of spoilt 2 year olds. They need to learn respect and stop throwing tantrums. They are supposed to be men. That’s a laugh, the Australian women’s team acts with more respect for themselves and other people. They can win a game without chucking tantrums. GROW UP AUSTRALIAN MEN’S CRICKET TEAM.

    • Roar Guru

      JGK said | 3:45am | ! Report

      I was at Old Trafford today. They should never have come off when they did for bad light.

      • 5:37am
        WherethebloodyhellRya said | 5:37am | ! Report

        Thanks for the first hand info JGK.
        See Suneer’s entry earlier today on this blog, which highlighted how the umpires can be decisive and allow the batsmen the benefit of any doubt, if they are happy to stay out there.

        Clearly the umpires are influenced by the will of the home crowd and the reduced pressure they face as a draw becomes increasingly probable.

        No matter which way you like at it, “It’s just not cricket”.

        Something must be done….to see this match end a draw due to dubious bad light calls that clearly benefited the home side, is such an insipid, unacceptable and sad end to what should have been an enthralling and close finish with an unequivocal result.

        • Roar Guru

          JGK said | 3:24pm | ! Report

          It’s now nearly 630 am in Manchester. It’s grey and raining reasonably heavily and has been for much of the night.

          No way there will be a full days play today somthe light decision is probably not going to influence anything.

          Australia’s only hope is maybe 40 or 50 overs with the ball doing plenty. And a whole stack of luck.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 2:48am | ! Report

      England batted quickly in the morning and while they lost all their three wickets within the first session they added enough to reduce the Australian lead to 159.

      Australia batted fairly quickly too, almost at five an over, but there are suggestions they could have declared earlier. Sometimes it does become difficult to declare with a lead of as less as 280. Two factors in Clarke’s decision’s favour are the fact that it’s never easy to second-guess the weather and secondly more runs on the board also allows the captain to set more attacking fields without worrying about runs. Thirdly, it can bring about a defensive mindset in the opposition batting, knowing they can never chase down that much.

      It will be interesting to see how things go tomorrow if the rain relents. My surmise, if the rain does subside and we get almost the whole day’s play, is that it will be a highly entertaining draw that will keep the audience interested till the very end. England to end six to seven wickets down.

      That’s it from me, will be back with tomorrow’s play from Manchester. Thank you for following this blog and have a good day ahead.

      • Roar Guru

        Rob na Champassak said | 2:50am | ! Report

        Thanks, Suneer.

        • 2:55am
          Chris said | 2:55am | ! Report


          Hope you guys don’t mind the odd interjection from the enemy. It’s all meant in good fun.

          • Roar Guru

            Suneer Chowdhary said | 2:56am | ! Report

            Thanks guys. I am a neutral here, so I certainly don’t mind opinions from both teams’ fans!

            • 2:59am
              Chris said | 2:59am | ! Report

              Neutral? NEUTRAL? Right that’s it, get him lads!

              • Roar Guru

                Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:04am | ! Report

                Ha ha! On second thoughts, I don’t mind supporting the underdogs 😉

          • 3:07am
            WherethebloodyhellRya said | 3:07am | ! Report

            Chris your opinions, humour and insights are much appreciated and welcome. Good work

        • 2:06pm
          SandBox said | 2:06pm | ! Report


    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 2:39am | ! Report

      Play has been abandoned for the day because of rain!

      While we finish half hour before time, it’s only because incessant rain has forced the umpires to call it off for today. It will resume tomorrow if the weather clears up – something that’s not been forecast – and rest assured England will be chasing whatever’s the current target.

      I think the play could begin early tomorrow to cover for today’s lost play but will confirm that in some time and get back.

      • 2:46am
        Chris said | 2:46am | ! Report

        They usually add it on at the end of the day in England rather than the start. But should be 98 overs scheduled.

        • 2:49am
          WherethebloodyhellRya said | 2:49am | ! Report

          Maybe that could burn the candle at both ends of the day and convert those 98 ‘6’ ball overs to 98 ‘8’ ball overs?

          • Roar Guru

            Suneer Chowdhary said | 2:51am | ! Report

            Given over-rates all around the world, they might then have to extend the match into a ‘reserve day’.

          • 2:53am
            Chris said | 2:53am | ! Report

            Ah, but according to some, that hands victory to England!

    • Roar Guru

      Rob na Champassak said | 2:38am | ! Report

      Well, the good folks over at cricinfo are reporting rain at the ground following the bad light decision. That will end play today and drive a stake through the heart of any possibility of a result in this match.

      Bloody English weather. Oh well, that’s cricket.

      • 2:43am
        Chris said | 2:43am | ! Report

        It was well forecast to be fair. Given that, there may be some reflection on when the declaration should have come, given Australia have to win. Ah well, we shall see tomorrow.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 2:36am | ! Report

      No change in the conditions, it’s still dark there and drizzling. So no play there.

      Here’s a BBC update:

      • 2:44am
        WherethebloodyhellRya said | 2:44am | ! Report

        Suneer, thank you again for the quality commentary you provided. Let’s hope that Starc gets a hatrick in his first over tomorrow and the Australians storm to victory and keep the series alive. Ta ta

        • Roar Guru

          Suneer Chowdhary said | 2:52am | ! Report

          Thanks for following mate…let’s hope for no rains for starters and a good, exciting day’s cricket one way or the other!

    • 2:28am
      mike f said | 2:28am | ! Report

      Test cricket has always been played hard, none more so than the ashes.Either side will use whatever tactics to win or avoid defeat.I would like to see us win this test on the balance of play, but, if it doesn’t happen, I won’t blame drs or the rules . Don’t forget either that the English lost by more than an innings 2 yrs ago in Perth, and came back to win the next 2 by an innings or more.Just expect more great cricket from both teams !

      • 2:35am
        WherethebloodyhellRya said | 2:35am | ! Report

        Well said Mike F. It would be nice if Australia could win tomorrow, thus making for an exciting 4th and 5th test to decide the series

    • 2:15am
      WherethebloodyhellRya said | 2:15am | ! Report

      It looks like we all might have to say, “Ta Ta” to the cricket today

    • 2:09am
      WherethebloodyhellRya said | 2:09am | ! Report

      From the Australian team perspective, given the current bad light delay, Australia should declare….however the word is that Clarke wants to make his fifty first.

      • 2:30am
        Jules said | 2:30am | ! Report

        Yeah, just like he batted on for personal records when he declared with himself on 329 not out, not!

        Your hatred of Clarke is making you delusional.

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