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Third Ashes Test

Third Ashes Test - Old Trafford

  • Benedict has been in touch with his morning stats pack. It's a beauty:
    [benedictbermange]
    • Australia were 2-0 up after two matches in the 1989, 1990/91, 1993, 1994/95, 2001, 2002/03 and 2006/07 series.  The last time England were 2-0 up after two matches was in the 1978/79 series, when Australia were missing their World Series Cricket players.
    • Old Trafford receives an average of 810mm of rain a year – making it England’s wettest home ground from its inception in 1884 until Cardiff hosted its first match in 2009.
    • England have won their last four Tests at the ground, and are unbeaten in their last seven – their longest current unbeaten run at a home venue.  Their last defeat in Manchester was to Pakistan in 2001 – when four England batsmen were out to missed no-balls.
    • Australia have lost their last six Tests.  Only once (1885-88) have they lost more in a row
    • The last time England won as many as four in a row against Australia was their five-in-a-row run from 1926 to 1929
    • James Anderson needs six wickets to move past Bob Willis’s total of 325 and into second place among England wicket-takers.
    • Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen are closing in on Colin Cowdrey’s total of 7624 Test runs for England.  Cook needs 18 runs and Pietersen 41 runs to move past Cowdrey into sixth place.
    • In three Tests at Old Trafford, Monty Panesar has taken 25 wickets at 16.72.  In each of those three Tests, he has taken five-fors in the second innings
    • Stuart Broad needs one wicket to become the 15th England bowler to take 200 Test wickets.  He would also be just the third Englishman with 1,500 Test runs and 200 Test wickets, after Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff.
    •  Ian Bell will try to become just the second batsman to score centuries in at least four Ashes Tests in a row.  Don Bradman did it twice, so Bell would be the first Englishman. 
    8/1/2013 8:01:22 AM
  • Bumble is in his element on his return to Old Trafford:
    [davidlloyd] It's a beautiful day today, beautiful and cloudy. If you can't bat here you can't bat anywhere. It's a cracking pitch and probably the quickest pitch we'll see. It'll spin later and we should get a really good game here.

    8/1/2013 8:16:36 AM
  • Our insider on the Australia camp, Shane Warne, is predicting three changes for Australia:
    [shanewarne] I think Warner will come in for Hughes, Lyon will replace Agar and Starc comes in for the injured Pattinson.

    8/1/2013 8:19:53 AM
  • National selector Geoff Miller refuses to shed any light on Pietersen's injury

    8/1/2013 8:22:36 AM
  • Nasser praises the ever-reliable Bresnan after his breakthrough wicket:
    [nasserhussain] Bresnan is a very under-rated bowler and he once again gets the breakthrough for England. Watson just played down the wrong line and that was a very comfortable catching height.

    8/1/2013 11:25:04 AM
  • Over 17 - Australia 76/1 (Khawaja 0, Rogers 57)
    Everything going right for Rogers now, as he flashes at a wide one and his thick edges flies through the emptying slip cordon and races away down for yet another four. Rogers is trying a shot a ball now and Pietersen has to stretch, scramble and dive at mid-off to save another boundary. But then Bresnan strikes as Watson wafts at a good ball and Cook holds on at slip as England finally get a breakthrough.
    8/1/2013 11:25:49 AM
  • Over 18 - Australia 76/1 (Khawaja 0, Rogers 57)
    Rogers more watchful after the Watson wicket, and he just solidly sees off an Anderson maiden to allow new batsman Usman Khawaja to have a look around at the other end to settle in.
    8/1/2013 11:28:47 AM
  • Chris Rogers acknowledges the crowd's applause after rattling his way to fifty

    8/1/2013 11:31:10 AM
  • But Bresnan hit back with the wicket of Watson

    8/1/2013 11:32:08 AM
  • Over 19 - Australia 76/1 (Khawaja 0, Rogers 57)
    Khawaja’s turn to have a look now, and he’s untroubled by Bresnan until the last ball of the over which really took off from the pitch and whistled past the outside edge with the batsman beaten.
    8/1/2013 11:32:49 AM
  • A single takes Rogers to 58 and along to a notable milestone:
    [benedictbermange] Rogers has now reached 20,000 first-class runs

    8/1/2013 11:36:06 AM
  • Over 20 - Australia 77/1 (Khawaja 0, Rogers 58)
    Just the single to Rogers from the latest Anderson over, with the batsman really taking his foot off the gas following Watson’s dismissal.
    8/1/2013 11:36:38 AM
  • Over 21 - Australia 80/1 (Khawaja 0, Rogers 61)
    Graeme Swann is brought into the attack with two left handers at the crease – an early look at whether this Old Trafford pitch will spin. Rogers picks up three runs from it to add to his tally.
    8/1/2013 11:40:16 AM
  • Over 22 - Australia 82/1 (Khawaja 1, Rogers 61)
    Rogers gets a single off Anderson, who then has a go at Khawaja – who blocks a couple before pushing and running for a quick single off the very last ball to get off the mark.
    8/1/2013 11:44:25 AM
  • WICKET! Controversy as Khawaja is given out, caught behind off Swann. Aus 82-2 #ashes
  • [wicket] WICKET! Khawaja c Prior b Swann 1
    More controversy with the umpire review system as Khawaja is given out caught behind. The batsman instantly calls for the review but, despite nothing showing on hot spot and it looking like he got nowhere near it the decision stands!
    8/1/2013 11:51:31 AM
  • Shane says what we are all thinking:
    [shanewarne]That's an absolutely shocking decision! There is daylight between bat and pad, nothing on Hot Spot and the noise is bat hitting pad. An absolutely shocker. I don't understand how the third umpire cannot overturn that. Ridiculous decision.

    8/1/2013 11:52:20 AM
  • Over 23 - Australia 82/2 (Clarke 0, Rogers 62)
    Khawaja has to go, despite there being little evidence that he got any bat on that Swann delivery. It will raise more questions about the DRS system, and there was nothing on reply that suggested he nicked it but as the umpire on the field gave it the decision remained in place. Won’t be the last we hear about that wicket
    8/1/2013 11:54:14 AM
  • Over 24 - Australia 86/2 (Clarke 0, Rogers 66)
    Skipper Michael Clarke comes out to the crease, he’ll be fuming after that decision. Rogers is on strike though and he responds with adding another boundary as we try and get back to focusing on the cricket. Plenty to talk about at lunch!
    8/1/2013 11:56:41 AM
  • Here's how Snicko (not part of the DRS process) viewed that Khawaja dismissal, as seen on the Ashes Events Centre.

    8/1/2013 12:00:25 PM
  • Over 25 - Australia 86/2 (Clarke 0, Rogers 66)
    Clarke is given a tough examination of his defences by Anderson as he faces his first action of the Test. The batsmen have a chat to make sure it’ll be the last one before lunch but it doesn’t work and we’ll have one more before the break.
    8/1/2013 12:00:40 PM
  • Lunch: Australia 92-2. Rogers (67*) & Clarke (5*). Khawaja's dismissal the lunchtime talking point #ashes
    by Sky Sports Cricket via twitter edited by Joe Drabble 8/1/2013 12:04:57 PM
  • Over 26 - Australia 92/2 (Clarke 5, Rogers 67)
    Stuart Broad takes the last over before lunch and can have a go at Clarke after a Rogers single. The Aussie skipper swats a high ball away for two before clipping a shot away on the on side for three more.
    8/1/2013 12:05:07 PM
  • [lunch] Lunch
    Australia will have been happy to get to 92-2 at lunch at the start of the day, but they'll be hugely unhappy with the Khawaja dismissal. Rogers looks in great touch while Watson remains in his slump. Plenty to talk about in the break.
    8/1/2013 12:06:44 PM
  • Shane gives his lunchtime verdict

    8/1/2013 12:15:12 PM
  • [300] Over 88 - Australia 300/3 (Clarke 124, Smith 68)
    Two more from Smith brings up the 300 for Australia – by far their best day of the series so far after a superb batting performance at Old Trafford. Bresnan replaces a weary looking and limping Stuart Broad.
    8/1/2013 5:25:33 PM
  • Bumble believes Australia will want to bat much bigger after passing 300:
    [davidlloyd]They will be looking for far more than 450 batting first at Old Trafford in these conditions. It's a darn good pitch

    8/1/2013 5:25:44 PM
  • Over 89 - Australia 302/3 (Clarke 125, Smith 69)
    Two from the last Swann over of the day, just one more to go now on the first day of this third Test – and a much better one already for the Australians.
    8/1/2013 5:30:03 PM
  • Over 90 - Australia 303/3 (Clarke 125, Smith 70)
    Bresnan finishes off the day with just a single from it, but no doubt at all it’s been Australia’s day today.
    8/1/2013 5:33:25 PM
  • [close] CLOSE
    That's the end of the first day's play at Old Trafford and it's been all Australia, apart from that Khawaja dismissal, and Michael Clarke will be delighted with his own innings and the current score.
    8/1/2013 5:34:55 PM
  • Missed any of day one? Catch our highlights show on Sky Sports Ashes HD from 8pm and join The Verdict from 9pm on the same channel #ashes
  • Get all your #Ashes comments & questions in now. Bob and Tom will answer the best on the Verdict at 9pm. Make sure you use #AshesVerdict.
  • RT @SkySports: Mickey Arthur close to making an announcement about his future and says he hopes it will 'come to fruition soon.' t.co
  • That is the end of our interactive coverage of day one from Old Trafford. England's bowlers will sleep well tonight and return for another crack at Clarke and co tomorrow. Thanks for your company, join me for more of the same from 9am on Friday
    8/1/2013 5:45:25 PM
  • Also, let us know what you think of the newly renovated Emirates Old Trafford. Are you a fan? #AshesVerdict
  • Tough day. Depending on how you view some decisions the Aussies could have been 300-1 or 300-6! That's how cricket goes
  • Michael Clarke 'tamed' England's bowlers as Australia racked up the runs at Old Trafford, says Mike Atherton. http://www1.skysports.com/cricket/news/article/8850523/athers-star-turn-from-clarke
  • "You don't see heels like that much these days..." ..... "You can still get em." @christremlett33 t.co
  • Come on the rhinos and Congratulations to Kevin Sinfield on his 500th game! What an achievement! #leader #rolemodel
  • Over 16 - England 28/0 (Cook 22, Root 1)
    Four leg byes end the 16th over - Cook can't claim the runs as it clearly came straight off his thigh pad. Time for some evening DRINKS in Manchester, England edging their way towards the close but still time for Australia to take a couple down. We should have 16 more overs to go today, but can't play beyond 6.30pm.
    8/2/2013 4:28:35 PM
  • And down! Michel Clarke can't get to an edge from Alastair Cook's bat

    8/2/2013 4:29:36 PM
  • Over 17 - England 28/0 (Cook 22, Root 1)
    And still Root is stuck with one to his name. Lyon gets excited on more than one occasion as again the opener is pushing hard at the ball, bat well in front of his pad. Change at the other end now, Ryan Harris returning. Still no sign of Peter Siddle getting a go, though.
    8/2/2013 4:34:26 PM
  • Over 18 - England 30/0 (Cook 24, Root 1)
    Cook tucks away Harris' first delivery in his second spell for a couple of runs, then pushes too far forward next up and plays inside the ball. Siddle now loosening up at mid-off - just how long can Clarke keep everyone's favourite vegetarian seamer out of the attack?
    8/2/2013 4:37:40 PM
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