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

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    4th Test - ENG v AUS

    England 1st Inn 238 All Out
    Australia 1st Inn 270 All Out
    England 2nd Inn 330 All Out
    Australia 2nd Inn 224 All Out
    England won the toss and elected to bat
    England won by 74 runs
    Australia Over:68.3  RR:3.27
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    PM Siddle* 23 48 2 0 47.92
    JM Bird 1 24 0 0 4.17
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    SCJ Broad* 18.3 3 50 6 2.70
    JM Anderson 16.0 1 73 0 4.56
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    Last Wicket: Siddle, 23 (c:Anderson b:Broad)
    Current Partnership: 13 runs, 47 balls, RR:27.66

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    Chris Rogers and Shane Watson combined in a fifth wicket stand to propel Australia close to England’s first innings total at the end of the second day’s play in the fourth Ashes Test. We’ll have live scores and updates from 8.00pm AEST.

    The pair was involved in a 129-run stand for the fifth wicket that has all but sealed an Australian lead going into the third day.

    Rogers was unbeaten on his first Test century, by the virtue of which he became the second-oldest maiden century-scorer for Australia while Watson’s 68 had been ended by Stuart Broad less than half hour before play was halted by bad light.

    It was a knock of great grit and one that would have made likes of Justin Langer and Steve Waugh proud. Not the prettiest to look at but effective because of the situation it came in.

    Before the duo came together, the story looked familiar for Australia.

    The bowlers had done well to restrict England to 238 but the batsmen seemed to have floundered another golden chance.

    Dave Warner’s promotion to the top of the order did not help as failed to bring his bat down in time to a Stuart Broad delivery. By the time he did, his stumps were rattled by an in-dipper.

    Usman Khawaja suffered a similar fate except that he got a bottom-edge to be caught by the keeper. And Michael Clarke played one of his worst strokes so early in the innings, a waft outside the off stump that flew down the first slip’s throat.

    Steven Smith hung around enough to see the side through to the first break but when he fell immediately after lunch, Australia were 4/76 and staring at the wrong end.

    And it wasn’t as if Rogers was playing very freely at the other end.

    He had had an lbw shout go his way after the ball pitched marginally outside the leg-stump and then another one overturned after the third umpire ruled he wasn’t hitting it through to the keeper.

    Later he was also dropped and he rode his luck to make a century.

    Watson was spilled by Tim Bresnan early in his innings but with the ball ceasing to jag around in the third session as much as it in the first couple, batting became much easier.

    Much like the first day, run-scoring wasn’t the easiest on the second either. While Australia are only 16 behind England with half their side remaining, there’s an obvious issue of the lurking new ball coupled with Broad’s bowling form that they face.

    That aside, the Australian lower-order batting strength has been considerably weakened by the absence of James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc and Ashton Agar, all of whom are missing from this match.

    What that means that if the visitors want to take and then extend their lead into the realms of triple-figures, it will be the current pair of Rogers and Haddin who will need to bat on for at least a session.

    From England’s perspective, an early wicket will be a necessity. That said, the sense is that Haddin will be a more important scalp than Rogers given the way the keeper bats.

    A quick-fire 30-40 like he has shown in a couple of innings this series, could take the game away from England, something that Rogers may not possibly be able to do. Of course, with a century behind his back, he could feel confident enough to take on the bowling.

    Later when they bat, England will look to take cue from Rogers – he played with his bat very close to his pads and with a short back-lift.

    A fascinating day’s play lies ahead on the third and this could well decide where the Test is headed.

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    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:55am | ! Report

      End of a gripping day’s play. Started with Australia crumbling quickly and then England losing three quick ones.

      At that stage, Australia looked well and truly on top but Ian Bell had different ideas. He always seemed to have different ideas in this series from most of the other 21 in any Test.

      The lead is more than 200 already with five second innings wickets still remaining. What needs to be seen is whether England can add on to them or like Australia today, they will struggle against the new ball too – which, incidentally is around the same way off as it was for England early morning today.

      Graeme Swann took a couple before the new ball came on and that’s what Australia will want from their bowlers too.

      Shane Watson’s Test could be over if the scans deem it that way – he may still bat but won’t be allowed a runner. So that will make things further tough for the Aussies.

      I will be back for the fourth day’s play too…hopefully for another good one! Have a good night.

      • 3:56am
        Chris said | 3:56am | ! Report

        Excellent. Cheers Suneer.

      • 4:00am
        Partyhat said | 4:00am | ! Report

        Well done Suneer

      • 4:37am
        Hookin' YT said | 4:37am | ! Report

        Good show Suneer

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:48am | ! Report

      That’s that then…a single off the last ball of the last over to end the day on 5/234, England.

      Lead’s gone up to 202, thanks mainly to Ian Bell who’s gotten himself a third Ashes century this series. Every game, he’s played an innings of substance, he’s been to England what Clarke was expected to be for Australia.

      • 3:50am
        Chris said | 3:50am | ! Report

        He’s been to England what we expected Cook or Trott to do!

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:44am | ! Report

      Naah, we will have one more over. That was a quickly bowled over from Smith and surprisingly, there weren’t any attempts to waste time there.

      Lyon will bowl the last.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:43am | ! Report

      Smith’s bowling the last over of the day. Getting a couple of spin past Bresnan.

      Lead’s 200.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:40am | ! Report

      And now Bell drives through wide mid-off for three. Good shot. Again.

      5/231 in the 72nd

      • 3:43am
        Chris said | 3:43am | ! Report

        Some journalists were calling for him to be dropped at the start of this series!

        • Roar Guru

          Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:50am | ! Report

          Yep, had heard that…they had said that about Alastair Cook too a few months ago before he got Graham Gooch working on his technique.

          • 3:51am
            Chris said | 3:51am | ! Report

            They’re crackers. Proven class always comes through. He’d had a quiet time, yes, but all players do.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:39am | ! Report

      Right, so two overs to go and England’s gotten themselves to 5/228. And Bell’s on 100 off 184.

      Lead’s 196

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:38am | ! Report

      Dropped is it? Whoa, a late-cut goes over Clarke at the lone slip, and for a couple of runs and no that’s not a catch.

      It was an off-break from Bird and it jumped up on him, gets the outside edge of the bat and went through to third-man.

      And a single off the next ball to bring up his century! Bell’s third 100 of the series! Solid knock!

      • 3:40am
        Chris said | 3:40am | ! Report

        He’s been fantastic this series. Mind you, the last few overs have shown serious spin and bounce.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:27am | ! Report

      Tim Bresnan is the night watchman for Prior.

      Lead’s 191 and Bell’s on 96.

      • 3:33am
        Hookin' YT said | 3:33am | ! Report

        An 8 protecting a 7…good grief

        • 3:36am
          Chris said | 3:36am | ! Report

          I know, it’s a bit weird. If it was Anderson protecting Prior and Bresnan, I could understand it.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:24am | ! Report

      Oh no, another start, another dismissal, Bairstow’s out!

      Shorter in length and he was looking to cut it away off the back foot…

      …the ball jumped on him and gets the edge through to the keeper, caught well and they have lost their fifth, this late in the day.

      5/221 in the 68th

      • 3:26am
        Chris said | 3:26am | ! Report

        Just when you think one side is getting on top….

        • Roar Guru

          Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:33am | ! Report

          5/192 effective, is still a good lead…a target of 240-250 will be a toughie.

          The one thing that works in Australia’s favour is that on a worse wicket at Trent Bridge they got close to 300 second innings. Some confidence from there.

          • 3:38am
            Chris said | 3:38am | ! Report

            Oh England are ahead, no question. Just that it was looking like they were starting to dominate.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:24am | ! Report

      Four byes because there’s one that bounced a lot after spinning from Lyon and then a single after Bell goes back and pushes it through the off side.

      4/221 in the 68th.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:16am | ! Report

      Nathan Lyon comes on and is greeted with a boundary!

      That’s a good one too…floated up outside the off stump and Bell’s taken his foot out and driven it through the mid-off region to the fence.

      4/214 with Bell getting into the 90s. 93 to him.

      Lead’s 182

    • 3:14am
      Hookin' YT said | 3:14am | ! Report

      Is Watson confirmed broken?

      • Roar Guru

        Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:17am | ! Report

        Broken for now with scans coming up at the end of the day’s play.

        • 3:20am
          Chris said | 3:20am | ! Report

          No runners either for when he bats. That’s a problem.

          • 3:28am
            Hookin' YT said | 3:28am | ! Report

            Why can’t he have a runner? He didn’t bring the injury into the match (other than heartilage).

            • 3:29am
              Chris said | 3:29am | ! Report

              Banned in Tests now.

              • Roar Guru

                Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:34am | ! Report

                Banned in all forms of the game. Batsmen not allowed runners, much to to the chagrin of many an ex-player.

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

                Only in international cricket. It’s a playing regulation rather than a law. Club cricket you’re still allowed to unless the league decides otherwise.

              • Roar Guru

                Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:45am | ! Report

                All forms – Tests, ODIs and T20Is.

              • 3:52am
                Chris said | 3:52am | ! Report

                Thus “international cricket”, no??

              • Roar Guru

                Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:56am | ! Report

                My reply was to your: “Banned in Tests now.”

              • 4:03am
                Chris said | 4:03am | ! Report

                Only because we’re in a Test match mate!

                No matter eh? Teasing you a bit, sorry.

              • Roar Guru

                Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:05am | ! Report

                😉 no issues man

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