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

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    He was asked to bowl, then told not to bowl, and then asked to bowl again but not required to take any wickets. (AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES).

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    England v Australia


    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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    The sight of an Ian Bell century has become nauseatingly repetitive this summer if your are an Australian fan but England would be pleased as a punch going into the fourth day of the Chester-le-Street Test match. We’ll have live scores and commentary from 8.00pm AEST.

    Bell came in to bat with the English side reeling at 3/49 and Ryan Harris breathing fire but his calm demeanour and aggressive run-scoring proved to be a heady cocktail that Australia failed to counter.

    By the time the stumps were draw, England had lost a couple more wickets but gotten their lead up to more than 200. And with Bell still at the crease, the final Australian target could get to unmanageable proportions for Australia.

    Of course, what they will hope for is for the English innings to go the same way as their own at the start of the third day’s play.

    Australia resumed at 5/222 and crashed to 270 all out, despite the presence of century-scorer Chris Rogers and Brad Haddin at the crease.

    Graeme Swann struck twice to remove both these overnight batsmen and then the new ball took care of the rest of the tail.

    From what looked like an assured lead of around 100, Australia had to be content with only 32 runs in front.

    However they fought back well through Ryan Harris, who continued his good form and sent back the English top three.

    Joe Root was bowled off a jaffa, Alastair Cook swished one outside the off stump to be caught behind while Jonathon Trott fell to the ‘leg-side trap’ – all off the bowling of Harris.

    Kevin Pietersen’s 44 and Jonny Bairstow’s 28 may not be the really big knocks they would have wanted but helped add a total of 185 runs following the early wickets.

    By stumps, England had done well to take a commanding second innings lead and unless they fall in a heap, Australia are staring at a biggish score.

    As has been on show in this Test so far, batting isn’t the easiest and there are signs that Graeme Swann could reap a lot of benefit from the pitch on the fourth and the fifth day.

    In that case, anything about 250 will be a tough target to chase for Australia.

    That said, the pitch at Trent Bridge was a more difficult one and Australia got themselves to almost 300 in the fourth innings. That should give them some confidence going into their final essay later on the fourth day.

    The game’s in favour of England at the moment but only just. Can Australia reclaim it back?

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    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:54am | ! Report

      Still waiting for the presentation. The English players having a pint or three in their balconies.

      Clarke looks quite down and dejected. Says they will work harder going into the fifth Test.

      Cook credits the crowd for supporting the side throughout. Compliments Broad for his spell of bowling. Bresnan comes in for some praise for his run-stalling and earlier, his run-scoring. So does Ian Bell, his third Ashes century this series.

      Broad’s the man-of-the-match. “Had to fight hard after tea. Once the ball got moving sideways, we executed our plans better. Hard to start off as a batsman on that pitch.”

      That’s it then from me, a week off for the players (and for me, I am off out of town and will post those pictures when I get back, on my Twitter account @suneerchowdhary, do follow me there!)

      Ciao! Hope to see you around on August 21.

    • 4:51am
      Oscar Oldskool said | 4:51am | ! Report

      Agree Jules and congratulations England and I hope you party for a week, you deserve to.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:49am | ! Report

      So that’s that then, the fifth and the final Test of the series will be of academic interest only (although 4-0 or 3-1 will look much better for either side!)

      Australia were cruising in their chase of 299, getting to 2/168 at one point. Bresnan, then, got rid of Dave Warner for 71 and the rest of the side fell away for a further addition of 56 runs. Nine wickets fell in that extended last session which is something of a procession and Stuart Broad took six of them. He bowled like a champion towards the end of the innings.

      Earlier today, Australia bagged the remaining five English wickets but not before Bresnan had thwacked 45, following an lbw decision going for him that has raised many eyebrows. Close calls against Watson and Haddin too but in the end the Hawk-Eye showed the ball was hitting some part of the stump and the umpire’s decision was in favour of the bowler before that.

      • 4:53am
        Chris said | 4:53am | ! Report

        It must be late for you Suneer? You must be shattered.

        • Roar Guru

          Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:58am | ! Report

          Late it is – but not as late as in Australia for some of the others here.

          An early day tomorrow, but a decent Test match compensates for the lack of sleep.

          Congratulations on that win!

          • 5:03am
            Chris said | 5:03am | ! Report

            God point. Chapeau to the Aussies fans who stayed up. Not fun when you lose, but worthy of respect.

            Thanks as ever for your work.

    • 4:47am
      Jules said | 4:47am | ! Report

      Well done England and congrats to all English fans. Having watched almost every ball of this series, I can’t quite believe you’ve won it 3-0, but you did, so credit to you. It must feel good.

      Aussie fans: don’t be too reactionary: we’ve lost two close ones and dominated one match each. If this team had offered you that at the start of the series, you would have taken it willingly, so don’t go calling for their heads now.

      I’m finally off to bed…. Thanks for the commentary and the banter.

      • 4:50am
        Chris said | 4:50am | ! Report

        Always thought the matches would be tight, and they mostly have been. England’s superior nous and experience has got them over the line.

        • 4:57am
          Jules said | 4:57am | ! Report

          Yes, the extra experience in the English conditions and a slice of luck has helped England over the line. I was brought up on Taylor & Waugh captaincy, so certainly wouldn’t put England’s victory down to nous. In fact, I think with a better captain than Cook, you would have exploited our batting frailties better and won the series much more easily.

          • 5:10am
            Chris said | 5:10am | ! Report

            England haven’t been at their best, or even close to it i at times. But they’ve found a way to win.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:40am | ! Report

      Gone, end of the match, game, set, match England, Siddle’s lobbed it to mid-off

      Six wickets for Broad this innings, 11 in the game and the win here gives them the series victory too. Australia were good till the time Dave Warner was at the crease. He got out and the rest of the side crumbled.

      • 4:48am
        Oscar Oldskool said | 4:48am | ! Report

        Good on you Suneer and thanks for a job very well done.
        For Australia to capitulate in such a feeble manner, there’s gotta be some serious dissension within the team.
        Gotta sort it out, Canada would beat us the way we’re travelling

        • 4:52am
          Chris said | 4:52am | ! Report

          Do you think that Oscar? i thought Australia fought really, really hard and gave themselves a shot on a tough pitch. I guess it depends how you view it, but I thought there were positive signs there.

        • 4:55am
          Jules said | 4:55am | ! Report

          C’mon mate, we’re about 100 runs, a few lucky breaks and a few less rain showers away from leading a series we’d been written off in 3-1 and you’re saying we’ve got terrible issues. You make it sound like we’ve been pasted like we were in India.

          In everything but the results, we’ve massively over-exceeded expectations. Credit should be given to this group where it’s due.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:39am | ! Report

      Broad comes back. Two slips and a backward short-leg.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:38am | ! Report

      Almost! Chipped up on to the leg-side and wide of the diving mid-on fielder!

      Bresnan was running towards the ball and was just out of his reach.

      Next one is flicked away for a single.

      9/224 in the 68th

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