3rd Ashes Test, Day 4, England vs Australia- As it happened...

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Australia 2nd innings

Over 36 || Score 172/7

Anderson comes in to attack after the break. Four singles and three for Haddin from Swann's next over. Australia look to add some quick runs. England are also warned about possible time-wasting.

Wicket. Haddin is out. Haddin pulls the short ball hard to the boundary for a four. However, in the next ball he goes for a six and it's up in the air and into the hands of Broad.

Swann is finding some turn, which troubles the new batsman Mitchell Starc. He finishes with a single. Four runs from the Swann's over.
Another Wicket. Starc is out. Ryan Harris at the crease now.

Australia are 331 runs ahead.

Bad lights stopped play. Michael Clarke is unhappy and has a long argument with the umpires.

Haddin c Broad b Anderson 8 (9b)
Starc c Swann b Anderson 11 (11b)


Over 29.3 || Score 137/5

Another Australian wicket falls and Watson is gone for 18. Captain Michael Clarke at crease now.

Smith finishes an expensive Bresnen over with a quite brilliant six. There were also four singles from that over.

Jimmy Anderson comes back into the attack, and it's good, tight bowling as he gives up just three runs.

Wicket Clarke does not want Smith to come back for the second run in the 30th over. He sends his partner back. There’s enough time for Anderson to put the bails off for wicket number five.

Australia's lead is now 296.
And rain has caused a delay in the match! Play stopped due to rain

Watson c Pietersen b Bresnan 18 (24b)
Smith run out 19 (19b)


Over 23 || Score 101/3

Tim Bresnan has been handed over the ball in the 16th over, after Broad’s last over conceded 12 runs.

Wicket David Warner is out at 41. And wait, who gets his catch? It’s Joe Root! Shane Watson is the new batsman at the crease.

Good and effective bowling change by Cook.

In the 23rd over, Swann’s lethal bowling gets another victim. Khawaja is out. Fantastic delivery from Swann. He gets the ball to pitch just outside leg stump and it spins back around Khawaja's legs to hit.

Australia are now three down.

David Warner c Root b Bresnan 41 (57b)
Usmain Khawaja b Swann 24 (38b)


Over 15 || Score 64/1

A defensive field by Alastair Cook, with only one silp and many fielders on the boundary. Five runs off the next two overs after lunch.

In the 10th over, Stuart is very sure he has got Warner out. Replays show the ball passing the top edge and not the glove. Cook goes for a review. The decision stands, Warner is not out. England are disappointed.

Swann continues in the 11th over. Warner, clearly unaffected by the previous big appeal, swiped a cut to the rope for four.

Good bowling from Broad in the 12th over. He bowled some really good line balls. Few singles at the start of Swann's next over. Not causing much trouble for the batsmen.

Runs are being made at a fast pace and boundaries are flowing in. Eight runs off the 15th over.

DA Warner 38* (46b, 5x4)
UT Khawaja 12* (21b, 1x4)


Over 7 || Score 24/1

The players are back for the second innings. England will try and take a wicket or two. David Warner will open along with Chris Rogers.

Anderson, in front of his homecrowd, will open the bowling attack for England. Three runs off the first over. Stuart Broad is the next bowler in line. He bowled a maiden one, a good start. Two runs off the next Anderson over, Watson struggles for runs.

First boundary of the innings in the third over, by Chris Rogers. Broad’s delivery is pulled to the rope for the boundary. Australia have started well.

WICKET Rogers, steers the ball fine to third man, and Prior makes the diving catch. It's a breakthrough for England before lunch. Usmain Khawaja is the next batsman at the crease.
Graeme Swann gets an over before lunch.

It's been a good session and now Australia are effectively 183-1. It’s lunch time now.

Rogers (12) c Prior b Broad


Over 139.3 || Score 368
England all out. England managed to score 368 runs in their 1st innings. Which means Australia’s lead is 159. Prior was the last wicket to fell for the hosts. Prior tried to pull a short of length delivery from Siddle towards the leg-side but only managed top edge of the bat which went up high and Warner took a simple catch. Siddle was the highest wicket take for Australia as he scalped four wickets.

MJ Prior c Warner b Siddle 30 (98b)


Over 135 || Score 356/9

First bowling change by Clarke. Peter Siddle replaced Harris. Out. First change proved lucky for Australia. In the very third ball of Siddle that pitched at a good length and nipped back in got the thick inside edge of Swann’s bat and went to the wicketkeeper. It was a wicket maiden for Siddle. Australia is looking for the last wicket to sum up the first England innings.

GP Swann c †Haddin b Siddle 11 (11b)


Over 130 || Score 353/8

Within the first ten overs of day, Australia managed to send Broad back to the pavilion. Michael Clarke handed over the ball to N Lyon, to start the proceedings. And he didn’t disappoint his skipper by taking the wicket of Broad after a few overs. Lyon forced Broad to play the delivery by pitching it up which kissed the bat of Broad and went inside the gloves of wicketkeeper. Swann came in after the fall off Broad. He collected a boundary by pulling Harris over the square leg region. In the very next Swann launched Lyon for a maximum by coming down the wicket.

SCJ Broad c †Haddin b Lyon 32 (66b)


England, 1st innings

Kevin Pietersen defiantly struck a mature century but England were staring down the barrel at 294 for seven at stumps on the third day of the third Ashes test on Saturday, still 233 adrift on first innings.

Pietersen became England`s all-time highest runscorer in all formats of the game on his way to a perfectly balanced 113 at Old Trafford, combining aggression against hapless off-spinner Nathan Lyon with watchful caution against the quicks.

He was dismissed lbw by left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc, although after a Pietersen review a small mark was visible on the Hotspot technology suggesting an inside edge.

In a test dogged by controversy over the officials` use of the decision review system (DRS), third umpire Kumar Dharmasena opted to side with his on-field colleague Tony Hill.

Matt Prior was six not out at the close with Stuart Broad on nine as England still trailed the follow-on target of 328.

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