England vs Australia: 2013 Ashes 5th Test cricket live scores, blog – Day 2

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    Everyone talks about Shane Watson's failure to reach his potential, but was he poorly managed? (AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON)

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    England v Australia

    THE OVAL, AUGUST 21-25, 2013

    5th Test - ENG v AUS

    Australia 1st Inn 9/492
    England 1st Inn 377 All Out
    Australia 2nd Inn 6/111
    England 2nd Inn 5/206
    Australia won the toss and elected to bat
    Match Drawn
    England Over:40.0  RR:5.15
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    IR Bell* 17 17 1 0 100.00
    CR Woakes 17 13 1 0 130.77
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    MA Starc* 7.0 0 48 0 6.86
    SR Watson 5.0 0 22 0 4.40
    Recent Overs:
    2  1  2  4  1  1  | 1  .  .  1  1  .  | 1  2  2  1  4nb  1  .  |
    Last Wicket: Bell, 17 (RO )
    Current Partnership: 36 runs, 27 balls, RR:133.33

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    A Shane Watson special helped Australia through to their best day of Test cricket in this Ashes series against England at The Oval. We’ll have live scores and commentary of the fifth Test from The Oval starting at 8.00pm AEST.

    Following a rather poor series leading up to this final Test, Watson was almost playing for a spot in the side.

    The LBW travails spoke about a technical deficiency that was taking its time getting over and fair to say the issue was mentally weighing the all-rounder down too.

    Watson’s start wasn’t too dissimilar on the first day as he survived a couple of close lbw shouts earlier on.

    However the flatness of the track and the surprising English selection allowed him to get his batting back on track as he nearly raced off to a century in the first session.

    There was a dropped catch after he seemed to have lost a bit of concentration following his first Ashes Test century and also the first in this format since October 2010.

    He soldiered on, however, to bring up 176 of the best runs you would see under the kind of pressure he has been all through this year.

    Australia had earlier been rocked early by Dave Warner’s swish outside the off stump and an in-his-shell kind of an innings from Chris Rogers was ended by his nemesis Graeme Swann early in the second session.

    Michael Clarke had a torrid time at the wicket. He kept ducking into bouncers and after getting worked over by Stuart Broad, inside-edged one from James Anderson on to his stumps.

    Then Steven Smith batted with a lot of calm and doubled the Australian score in his partnership with Watson.

    The all-rounder, who has batted in every position from 1 to 6 in recent times, got out late in the day but by then Australia had gotten themselves into a position of great strength.

    There were a few signs of the track playing slightly slower than most English pitches to go with the fact that some of the deliveries also kept low.

    The second day’s play will be a vital one from Australia’s perspective as they look to get to at least 500 in their first innings. Ideally they would look to bat around 70 overs on the second day and bat England out of the encounter.

    Mind you, the batting line-up has been shortened – at least on paper – to include a bowling all-rounder in place of a batsman but given how their lower-order has done with the bat, it may not be such a bad thing.

    England will know this pitch well. They will understand the ramifications of batting last on this wicket, especially after Australia go on to score more than 500 in their first essay.

    What they need to do is repeat the dose from the third day at Chester-le-Street when they scythed through the last five wickets for the addition of only 48 runs. And while this is an easier pitch to bat on for now, England will aim to puncture a couple of early holes in the order to gain the upper hand.

    Follow the live score and blog of the second day’s play of the final Ashes 2013 Test from 8.00pm AEST. You can join me for this live blog and post your comments below.

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    • 7:52pm
      Tanveer Nandla said | 7:52pm | ! Report

      This test is going to Aussies side. We can hope Australia will avoid whitewash at least

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:31am | ! Report

      End of a decent day’s play where Australia consolidated, then blasted off before England saw off nearly 18 overs to end the day unscathed.

      England have a battle on their hands but they know all the running has to come from Australia. The pitch did not seem to have any demons on it the entire day today and while it will change its nature over the course of the game, it may still remain good to bat on tomorrow.

      The day belonged to Steven Smith though, who got to his maiden Test 100. Got there with a six too and remained unbeaten on 138 when Clarke declared. A word about Anderson, who had gone into the game with a bit of a question-mark over his form but grabbed a four-for.

      That’s it from me, let’s hope for a full day’s cricket tomorrow. Have a good day/night ahead!

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:28am | ! Report

      Wow, just two minutes before the close of the day’s play, the umpires have gotten together and decided it’s dark enough for them to go off.

      So that will be that, end of the day’s play…the Aussies aren’t happy. Clarke’s having a long chat with the umpires and he doesn’t quite agree with it.

      End of the day at 0/32 in 17.3

    • 4:26am
      JimmyB said | 4:26am | ! Report

      Sounds like Bumble’s got stuck into the night nurse.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:25am | ! Report

      Harris did not seem properly loose there and does not get his areas right in that over. A couple off the last ball of that over.

      0/32 in 17.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:22am | ! Report

      The experiment with Starc lasts only two overs and it’s Harris who comes back. Couple of overs remaining probably.

      0/30 in 16.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:17am | ! Report

      Siddle continues from his end, with only 13 minutes to do. Clarke was doing some loosening up, which could mean anything.

      0/29 in 15

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:07am | ! Report

      Poor start to his spell. One’s so far down the leg side that Haddin fumbles and they get a bye. Then it’s wide outside the off for Root and is lucky to get away without being called a wide.

      0/23 in the 13th

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:04am | ! Report

      So Faulkner’s done with his spell and Starc takes over. Interestingly, from the same end he started out from.

      0/22 in the 13th

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 4:02am | ! Report

      Ooh, Siddle rips one loose, a short one that Root wants to pull. Zipped past and misses it.

      0/22 in the 12th

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