The Ashes, 3rd Test, Day 3, Perth: Australia vs England- As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Manushree Chaumal
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Australia 2nd innings
Over 70 || Score 235/2
Michael Clarke was Australia’s third wicket to fall in the 64th over. The Aussies have built a lead of 369 runs with 7 wickets remaining. The hosts are inching closer to their third Ashes victory, while England continue to struggle. The missed stumping and catches again have proved lethal for England. David Warner was twice lucky today and proved to be the Aussie star of the day.
Clarke b Stokes 23 (53b, 2x4)
Over 53 || Score 186/2
Australia lead by 320 runs. Going by the current scenario, England seem to be battered and the Aussies are gearing up to lift the urn they last held in 2007. Warner’s stumping was again missed by Prior in the 34th over. But, Carberry in the 44th over, made sure he did not miss the chance of Rogers’ dismissal by taking an excellent catch at point, putting an end to Rogers’ wonderful innings of 54 runs. David Warner completed a stellar century and was dismissed at 112 runs by Graeme Swann in the 49th over. Stokes caught the ball that was hit by Warner for a boundary, at mid-on. Shane Watson and ICC Player of the year Michael Clarke are handling the Aussie reigns now.
Rogers c Carberry b Bresnan 54 (135b, 8x4)
Warner c Stokes b Swann 112 (140b, 17x4, 2x6)
Over 34 || Score 123/0
Australia lead by 257 runs. England have not managed any break through yet. They have dropped catches and missed stumpings – mistakes that are already proving to be costly. David Warner was dropped by Cook, at first slip, who misjudged the ball’s direction. The opening partnership has also crossed the 100-run mark and is still going steady. England desperately need some wickets but with their star bowler Stuart Broad, out of action, they might need to work a lot harder.
Warner: 81* (94b, 13x4, 1x6)
Rogers: 42* (110b, 6x4)
Over 21 || Score 82/0
Aussie openers David Warner and Chris Rogers have put up some good batting show. Unfortunate news for England came up after Stuart Broad was injured and had to be taken to the hospital. Anderson and Bresnen shared the ball in the initial 7 overs while Ben Stokes replaced Broad in the 8th over. Warner is on a roll as by the 20th over, he had already hit ten fours and a six, hitting all over the field. Swann was also introduced early in the bowling attack, and Prior missed stumping Warner in Swann's over; a costly mistake for England. With the rate Aussie openers are proceeding, England need wickets, if at all they still yearn for the urn.
Warner: 56* (60b, 10x4, 1x6)
Rogers: 26* (60b, 4x4)
England first innings
Over 88 || Score 251
England trail by 134 runs.
With the dismissal of Graeme Swann and James Anderson, England’s first innings has wrapped up, giving the teams an early lunch. On day 2, it looked that the English team will put some fight to keep their series' hopes alive, but by the third day, the batsmen seemed out of form and definitely luck. Bresnen got caught on the back foot by Harris and the wicket-keeper did not miss the chance to take that easy catch. Anderson hit Siddle’s delivery straight to Bailey, at short leg, thus ending the first innings for England.
Bresnan c Haddin b Harris 21 (29b, 4x4)
Anderson c Bailey b Siddle 2 (9b)
Over 82 || Score 229/8
Ian Bell was Australia’s first victim right in the third over of the day. That was English wicket number 6. Harris trapped him in the front, and Bell had to go back to the pavilion. Matt Prior is the new man at the crease. The next wicket to fall was that of Ben Stokes in the 71st over. Mitchell Johnson finally ended his wicket-less drought of the third Test. Stokes inside edged the ball and Haddin took an easy catch. After two successive fall of wickets the next two were even quicker. Prior, who had hardly settled was dismissed off Siddle’s delivery in the 74th over. The ball hit the bottom edge and once again landed at the wicket keepers hands. Stuart Broad became Johnson’s second wicket for the day. Broad was caught in the front, as the ball would have gone ahead to hit the middle stump. The England team is sinking and so are their chances of retaining the urn.
Bell lbw b Harris 15 (71b, 2x4)
BA Stokes c Haddin b Johnson 18 (57b, 3X4)
Prior c Haddin b Siddle 8 (24b, 1x4)
Broad lbw b Johnson 5 (13b, 1x4)
Day two round-up
England, 1st innings
Over 68 || Score 180/4
Day two was in England’s charge at the start of play but by the time it ended; fortunes had turned in Australia’s favour. It seems England will again have to struggle to keep their hopes alive in this series, beginning Sunday. After Cook’s dismissal, England’s star batsman Kevin Pietersen, followed suit. The short length delivery by Siddle in the 52nd over was hit at mid-on where Mitchell Johnson dived in to take a brilliant catch. Mitchell Johnson went wicket-less today while, Ryan Harris, Shane Watson, Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon got one wicket each. Ben Stokes was 14 not out and Ian Bell was on nine. England trail by 205 runs with 6 wickets remaining