3rd Ashes Test, Day 5, England vs Australia - As it happened

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After the final inspection by the filed umpires match has been called off. So, England finally retained the Ashes.


ENGLAND (2nd innings) Over 20.3 || Score 37/3

Match is still interrupted due to bad weather. Rain is playing a major role here. With every passing minute Australia’s hope of keeping the series alive by winning the 3rd match is diminishing.


ENGLAND (2nd innings) Over 20.3 || Score 37/3

After a bit of delay due to rain, players are on the ground. But the thick dark clouds are still on top of the stadium. Not a good sign for Australia. Bell and Root are in the middle. In the first over after lunch Siddle almost got the wicket of Bell, when due to an extra bounce Bell got the outside edge of the bat but it went over the third slip. BAD NEWS FOR AUSTRALIA. Rain has once again interrupted the play.


ENGLAND (2nd innings) Over 20|| Score 35/3

England have lost their second wicket. This time it was struggling batsman Trott. He tried to flick Harris towards fine-leg boundary but got a fine edge of the bat which went inside the gloves of the wicketkeeper. England is in trouble. Pietersen replaced Trott. It’s time for Pietersen to rescue England one more time. Pietersen started his innings with a boundary. Pietersen OUT. . DRS once again playing a crucial role. In the 17th over by Siddle, Pietersen tried to drive the fuller length delivery but the ball kissed the outside edge of the bat and Haddin took a simple catch behind the wickets. On field umpire raised his figure but disgruntled Pietersen went for the review. Third umpire also confirmed the field umpire’s decision. Once again a controversial decision. DRS once again under scanner. Lunch. First session of the final day belongs to Australia.

KP Pietersen c †Haddin b Siddle 8 (16b)

IJL Trott c †Haddin b Harris 11 (27b)


ENGLAND (2nd innings) Over 10 || Score 13/1

Joe Root finally opened his account after facing 23 deliveries with a triple off the penultimate delivery of ninth over bowled by Harris. Off the sixth over, thanks to an inside edge, Jonathan Trott got off the mark with a boundary off Starc. The seventh and eighth and 10th were maiden overs.

ENGLAND (2nd innings) Over 5 || Score 5/1

England are chasing 332 on the final day. They have lost the wicket of their skipper Alastair Cook and also a review too. Cook and Joe Root opened the innings for England Ryan Harris began the proceedings for Australia. The first over was a maiden. The following by Mitchell Starc was a maiden too. Off the third delivery of the next by Harris, Cook was struck on the pad. The fielders appealed and umpire raised his finger. Cook opted for the review but the decision was upheld. He went back for a duck.

AUSTRALIA (2nd innings declared) Over 36 || Score 172/7

The final day's play has been delayed due to rain. However, the good news is that the outfield is dry now. Australia have declared their innings. 98 overs will be bowled today with England needing 332 runs to win.

Australia, 2-0 down in the five-match series and needing to win this match to stand any chance of regaining the Ashes, were 172 for seven in their second innings -- a lead of 331 runs -- when umpires Marais Erasmus and Tony Hill called a halt at 4.26pm on Sunday.

Subsequent rain prevented the match resuming and play was officially abandoned at 5.38pm, with officials -- much criticised for their implementation of the Decision Review System this series -- coming under scrutiny again.

Australia captain Michael Clarke, 30 not out, was clearly furious at being told to go off for bad light in a situation where any stoppage increased England`s chances of securing the draw that would see them retain the Ashes.


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