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Third Ashes Test

Third Ashes Test - Old Trafford

  • Over 19 - England 37/0 (Cook 28, Root 4)
    Root gets his first run for 50 minutes. He actually gets three of them, courtesy of a nicely-placed drive through extra cover off the bowling of Lyon. Cook twice finds fielders with cut shots, normally an area where he scores so heavily. Third time's a charm, though, as he waits, waits and waits a little longer before back-cutting the ball right through where gully would've been
    8/2/2013 4:41:03 PM
  • Charles, Bob and Tom are back for The Verdict tonight at 9pm

    8/2/2013 4:41:29 PM
  • Over 20 - England 37/0 (Cook 28, Root 4)
    Maiden from Harris to Root. For some reason the Sky Sports cameras pick out Geoff Boycott in the media centre. Can't understand why they'd do that...
    8/2/2013 4:45:08 PM
  • Over 21 - England 43/0 (Cook 34, Root 4)
    Another fine example of a back cut from Cook, who is now managing to hit the gaps, rather than the fielders, with his shots. Meanwhile, at the end of the over Ryan Harris heads off the field. Some suggestion that he's not quite fully fit right now, and he was hardly helped by the need to chase after a Cook drive. In his absence, we're finally going to see Peter Siddle get a bowl.
    8/2/2013 4:49:27 PM
  • Over 22 - England 47/0 (Cook 34, Root 8)
    Having waited a while for his chance, Siddle starts off with...a rank short ball that allows Root to get his first boundary of the innings. Better stuff from the paceman when he gets loose, including a a pair of deliveries that beat the right-hander outside off stump. The second of them barely gets above ankle height, suggesting some uneven bounce may yet come into play in this match. England trail by 480 - another 10 overs scheduled for the day but we're unlikely to get all of those in.
    8/2/2013 4:53:15 PM
  • Over 23 - England 47/0 (Cook 34, Root 8)
    Watson replaces Lyon and, I know this may come as a surprise, sends down a maiden. That's four of them from him so far in this innings as he hasn't conceded a run. There's thoughts of a referral for an lbw shout against Cook, but someone then points out that it pitched outside leg and therefore would be a waste. Mind you, never know what happens with the DRS in this series
    8/2/2013 4:58:31 PM
  • WICKET!! Root edges Siddle through to Haddin and goes for 8 (57 balls). Big breakthrough for Australia. Eng 47-1 #ashes
  • WICKET! Root c Haddin b Siddle 8

    [wicket]Siddle strikes! Root started walking before the umpire's finger was raised - he knew there was a thin edge through to wicketkeeper Haddin.
    8/2/2013 5:01:48 PM
  • Nasser praises a subtle change from Siddle:
    [nasserhussain]Very clever bowling. Siddle went wide of the crease, Root stayed back, but the ball found his outside edge. They deserve that wicket, they have bowled brilliantly.

    8/2/2013 5:03:16 PM
  • Over 24 - England 47/1 (Cook 34, Bresnan 0)
    England have sent in a nightwatchman. Well, they've sent in Tim Bresnan, a man who averages over 30 in his Test career. He filled the same role at Lord's, but there's still 27 minutes of play to go today and it seems a little defensive. Mind you, it's always the next man's decision so clearly Trott gave Timmy the nod to get his pads on.
    8/2/2013 5:04:46 PM
  • Over 25 - England 47/1 (Cook 34, Bresnan 0)
    Five maidens in a row now from Watson. Not much more can be said. He's tighter than, err, something that's really tight. Seven overs scheduled until the close, more likely about five of those will be bowled in the remaining 20 minutes or so.
    8/2/2013 5:09:15 PM
  • Peter Siddle celebrates taking the wicket of Joe Root

    8/2/2013 5:10:00 PM
  • Over 26 - England 48/1 (Cook 34, Bresnan 1)
    Bresnan is off and chugging with a single into a gap at cover. He'll keep the strike. He won't get the chance to see out six deliveries from Watson without scoring however, as Lyon is returning to the attack. England now trail by 479.
    8/2/2013 5:14:21 PM
  • Good luck to @CharlieParry15 who's boxing tonight against some lad from a soccer am! Go on son!! #smashhim
  • For those of you who are asking the youngest to 200 was Beefy Botham
  • I'm so hungry I could eat a vegetarian sausage. If my room service doesn't get a wriggle on I'm going to start seasoning the lampshade
  • Those of you calling for some new 'swanny's diaries' could be in luck. Negotiations are looking positive for the winter down under...
  • By the way 'seasoning the lampshade' is not a euphemism. It just doesn't work. Those of you who thought so must be doing it all wrong
  • Good morning everyone and welcome to interactive commentary of day three from inside the Sky Sports commentary box. England are on the ropes for the first time in the series and will resume later this morning on 52-2 - trailing by 475 runs. Stay here for over-by-over updates and expert analysis throughout the day
    8/3/2013 7:25:24 AM
  • Manchester is bathed in sunshine this morning. Huge day coming up for both sides #ashes
  • England's secret weapon is still to bat...@Benedict_B

  • Strauss is receiving an almighty sledging for only working a half day today due to other commitments. Hussain is firing plenty of bullets but the man who matters, our executive producer, claims 100 Tests and over 7,000 runs for England warrants some leniency. Nass has gone quiet...
    8/3/2013 7:46:33 AM
  • Over 58 - England 120/4 (Pietersen 34, Bell 4)
    Siddle kicks off the afternoon session, Pietersen immediately picking up a quick single to point. Short midwicket in place for Bell, who's on the defensive as he plays out the over.
    8/3/2013 12:44:57 PM
  • Over 59 - England 123/4 (Pietersen 37, Bell 4)
    Spin straight away after lunch from Lyon, and Pietersen keen to get after him. He cuts one off about off stump but straight to point before using his feet and chipping over midwicket for two. A clip to mid-on brings a scampered single. Nothing wrong with cutting a straight ball, as long as you hit it.
    8/3/2013 12:48:35 PM
  • Over 60 - England 124/4 (Pietersen 38, Bell 4)
    Siddle goes wide on the crease to Pietersen, as he did when dismissing Root last night. This time the line's wrong, though, and KP can use the angle to get the ball to long-leg for a single.
    8/3/2013 12:53:29 PM
  • Over 61 - England 128/4 (Pietersen 42, Bell 4)
    This is going to be good fun if Pietersen bats for any length of time. Looked awful when he first came in, but it only takes a couple of shots for the old KP to come back and he looks in the mood now. Dances down the track to Lyon and smacks him back down the ground for four. Colin Cowdrey, meanwhile, has lost two places on the all-time England Test run-scoring list in this game. First Cook and now Pietersen have gone past him. Won't be long before that pair are right at the top of that particular chart.
    8/3/2013 12:57:30 PM
  • [benedictbermange]That boundary puts Kevin Pietersen past Colin Cowdrey and into seventh in England's all-time Test run list on 7,626*

    8/3/2013 12:57:47 PM
  • Over 62 - England 136/4 (Pietersen 42, Bell 12)
    Incredible piece of information dropped into the commentary by Warne. Apparently Peter Siddle's diet one day consisted solely of 18 bananas. Amazing. Too distracted now to write anything about the two boundaries Bell hits through cover and guided down to third-man. Would've been jokes had Siddle got some swing in this over, but unfortunately he doesn't.
    8/3/2013 1:01:33 PM
  • 50 for @KP24! He gets there with back-to-back sixes off Nathan Lyon. Old Trafford loving this. Eng 148-4 #ashes
  • Over 63 - England 148/4 (Pietersen 54, Bell 12)
    [50]Ways To Go To 50, No. 723: Smashing successive utterly enormous sixes down the ground. Superb stuff from Pietersen who in the space of a couple of hours has made the trip from leaden-footed swisher to his absolute buccaneering best. Glorious.
    8/3/2013 1:03:52 PM
  • Nasser is enjoying this counter-attack from KP:
    [nasserhussain]It's fantastic to see him playing like this, he's always great to watch. He might be a bit inconsistent but on his day, he puts bums on seats.

    8/3/2013 1:04:31 PM
  • Over 64 - England 148/4 (Pietersen 54, Bell 12)
    Bananaman Siddle bowling cleverly here, moving wider on the crease and then coming back closer to the umpire for the next ball and moving the ball off the pitch past Bell's outside edge.
    8/3/2013 1:07:42 PM
  • Over 65 - England 158/4 (Pietersen 55, Bell 21)
    This is excellent from this pair. They know the significance of Lyon here, and they're looking to put him out of the attack. With the field now back for Pietersen, he takes the easy single and turns the job of attacking over to Bell. He dances down the track Clarke-style and hits a clean six over long-off. Like Clarke he's fully forward then fully back to push the last ball of the over through point. The batsmen sprint hard for three as Watson makes slightly less rapid progress towards the ball before it reaches the boundary.
    8/3/2013 1:12:21 PM
  • Over 66 - England 159/4 (Pietersen 55, Bell 22)
    Bell clips Siddle down to long-leg and wants two but has to settle for a single. Forty runs in nine overs since lunch has helped send England's previously stagnant run-rate in the right direction.
    8/3/2013 1:16:43 PM
  • Get up, Ryan, it's not the time to take a rest just yet

    8/3/2013 1:23:30 PM
  • Over 68 - England 164/4 (Pietersen 58, Bell 24)
    Siddle continues steaming in, banana-fuelled loon that he is. Tries a short ball at Pietersen, and Pietersen thumps it to long-leg for a single.
    8/3/2013 1:25:43 PM
  • Warner sprints off the field. Watch this space...
  • WICKET! Prior c Warner b Siddle 30

    [wicket]And finally, Australia get the last wicket. It's not Anderson that's out, though, as Prior falls trying to work a short ball from Siddle to leg. All he does is fluff it up in the air for Warner to pouch.
    8/4/2013 11:22:16 AM
  • The cold ones taste the best. Well played @Middlesex_CCC. @tjmurtagh

    Interestingly, Warner took that catch and then sprinted straight off the field.
    Either he's set up a fight with someone for 12.30 behind the pavilion or he's going to open the innings for Australia.
    8/4/2013 11:23:22 AM
  • Here's Dave waving to one of his 'fans' in the crowd

    8/4/2013 11:24:35 AM
  • Nasser analyses an action-packed morning:
    [nasserhussain]That was a pretty good effort from England in the end. It continues the theme of the series of good tail-end runs. England are a very difficult team to get 20 wickets against. Australia will come out smacking here. Watch out for Warner, he may well open

    8/4/2013 11:24:58 AM
  • Another 68 today, then a further 90 on Monday. The weather has to be a factor in Australia's planning, but they cannot become preoccupied by what might or might not happen over the next 30 hours or so.
    8/4/2013 11:27:58 AM
  • Warner and Rogers to open...
  • Beefy heeds a warning to the Old Enemy:
    [ianbotham]Australia don't want to be too reckless here because all of a sudden they could be 30-4 and England will fancy their chances of winning

    8/4/2013 11:28:33 AM
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