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Third Ashes Test

Third Ashes Test - Old Trafford

  • Over 1 - Australia 3/0 (Rogers 3, Warner 0)
    GET ON WITH IT, ROGERS! Four dot balls to start with from Anderson, then he strays on Rogers' hip and is tucked away with a couple. A single off the last to fine leg means we still have to wait for Warner to face.
    8/4/2013 11:35:17 AM
  • Over 2 - Australia 3/0 (Rogers 3, Warner 0)
    Rogers reached his half-century from just 49 deliveries in the first innings of this Test. England aren't, in these early stages, pitching anywhere near the same number of deliveries up to him. The last ball from Broad is full, but Rogers drives it straight at the stumps at the bowler's end. Maiden...but at least we now get Warner on strike!
    8/4/2013 11:39:38 AM
  • Over 3 - Australia 5/0 (Rogers 3, Warner 2)
    Warner on strike and, of course, Billy on the trumpet gives a rendition of the Rocky theme song. The left-hander - who will forever now be described as 'punchy' - gets off the mark with a pair of runs through square leg, then sees out the rest of an Anderson over that ends with a double dose of short deliveries
    8/4/2013 11:44:16 AM
  • Over 4 - Australia 11/0 (Rogers 9, Warner 2)
    Rogers gets the first boundary of Australia's second innings when he pulls away a short ball from Broad well in front of square, through mid-wicket even. Root didn't pick the ball up but it did not matter, it was nowhere near him. The same batsman gets two from the final delivery of the over when he takes on Trott's arm at third man.
    8/4/2013 11:47:46 AM
  • On commentary now: An England legend...and Nasser

  • Over 5 - Australia 19/0 (Rogers 10, Warner 9)
    Warner gets two with a convincing pull shot, then a single with one that is far from certain. Rogers keeps the scoreboard ticking with a single into the vacant mid-wicket region and then watches on as Warner smashes the final delivery of the over for four through backward square leg. England's fielders struggling to see in the deep. Meanwhile, Gary Neville now in the Sky Sports commentary box - "this is certainly a better commentary position than I get with football."
    8/4/2013 11:52:38 AM
  • WICKET!! Broad finds the edge of Rogers' bat and Prior hangs on brilliantly. Aus 23-1 #ashes
  • WICKET! Rogers c Prior b Broad 12

    [wicket]Australia lose their first wicket as Rogers gets a nick on a Broad delivery he's trying to run down to third man. Prior takes the catch diving to his left and Rogers is gone for 12 just before the lunch break on day four.
    8/4/2013 11:56:56 AM
  • RT @J0hn8ev: @GNev2 gets his first test wicket #keephimgoing @SkyCricket
  • Khawaja comes in at No 3. Swann on for the last over before lunch...
  • Over 6 - Australia 23/1 (Warner 11, Khawaja 0)
    There had been four singles during the Broad over before Rogers fell to the last delivery, Prior taking a comfortable catch low to his left as he tumbled away. Usman Khawaja in at no 3 and it's going to be Graeme Swann with the final over of the morning session
    8/4/2013 11:58:31 AM
  • Over 7 - Australia 24/1 (Warner 12, Khawaja 0)
    There's a bit of banter from the close fielders to Warner.
    "Come on, Root!' yells Prior behind the stumps. Not sure why, considering Root is out in the deep. Warner works one into the covers and then Khawaja pats back the final three balls of the over. All eyes now on the skies - rain expected this afternoon at some stage.
    8/4/2013 12:01:29 PM
    [lunch]So Australia go in at 24-1 in their second innings, meaning an overall lead of 183.
    Warner's presence in the afternoon session should make proceedings interesting, and the tourists can't hang about.
    8/4/2013 12:02:39 PM
  • Also time for you to watch the Strauss batting masterclass online: How to play pace bowling -


    8/4/2013 12:05:32 PM
  • Shane gives an insight into what Australia's tactics may be after lunch

    8/4/2013 12:25:45 PM
  • [cloudy] There are some ominous-looking dark clouds lingering around Old Trafford. The groundstaff are on standby with the covers. Everyone in the commentary box is keeping their fingers crossed we get lucky!
    8/4/2013 12:32:25 PM
  • Over 8 - Australia 27/1 (Warner 13, Khawaja 2)
    England's intentions clear. Absolute nothing positive about it - fielders spread far and wide trying to delay Australia's declaration rather than bowl the opposition out. Warner pulls Broad to deep square-leg for a single, and Khawaja picks up two for a clip off his hip to long-leg.

    8/4/2013 12:43:46 PM
  • Over 9 - Australia 29/1 (Warner 15, Khawaja 2)
    Warner uses his feet against Swann and drives past extra-cover for two but then picks out that fielder twice in succession, first off the back foot and then off the front. Just five runs in two overs since lunch. England's field settings suggest they're quite content with that kind of progress.
    8/4/2013 12:46:55 PM
  • England lose a review on Warner. Players can't believe it but no edge on Hot Spot or obvious noise. Aus 34-1
  • Over 10 - Australia 34/1 (Warner 19, Khawaja 3)
    Khawaja edges just short of Cook at slip before taking a quick single to mid-on. Warner then makes the first really attacking move of the session by crunching a short ball through the covers for four. Warner then swishes at a genuine bouncer from Broad and England are convinced he's got a touch on it. Not given, and Cook goes for review. England watch the replay and start celebrating, but there's nothing on Hot Spot and the original decision stands.
    8/4/2013 12:55:04 PM
  • Over 11 - Australia 40/1 (Warner 24, Khawaja 3)
    Snicko reckons Warner might've nicked that. Poor old Hot Spot. Warner's still there, though, and crunches Swann between point and cover for four more.
    8/4/2013 12:58:23 PM
  • Over 12 - Australia 41/1 (Warner 24, Khawaja 3)
    Just a leg-bye from Broad's over. Odd approach from Australia here. They obviously think there's going to be plenty of cricket between the showers.
    8/4/2013 1:02:14 PM
  • Athers is on the lookout for rainclouds

    8/4/2013 1:02:55 PM
  • Bumble analyses the England review on Warner:
    [davidlloyd] There is absolutely no way the third umpire could overturn that decision. There was no evidence at all

    8/4/2013 1:03:02 PM
  • Over 13 - Australia 44/1 (Warner 26, Khawaja 4)
    Three singles from Swann's over. Latest rain radar suggests the band of wet stuff that's been heading inexorably towards Manchester all day might just be breaking up. Could yet slide either side of Old Trafford.
    8/4/2013 1:05:58 PM
  • Over 14 - Australia 56/1 (Warner 37, Khawaja 5)
    Warner swats at another short ball from Broad and definitely makes contact this time, splitting the two men on the fence and collecting four. Broad really ticking here after that failed DRS review, and double-teapots again when Warner is able to get back for a second run after clipping to long-leg. Fifty up for Australia, and the lead up to 210 thanks to a single to third-man. Khawaka pulls to deep midwicket for a single, before Warner punches (sorry) off the back foot through cover for four. Much better over for Australia
    8/4/2013 1:11:15 PM
  • Did he hit it? Stuart Broad certainly thought so!

    8/4/2013 1:13:29 PM
  • Over 15 - Australia 64/1 (Warner 38, Khawaja 12)
    Lovely shot from Khawaja, whipping a full Swann delivery through midwicket for four. Fraught with risk, playing against the spin, but beautifully done. A drive behind point brings Khawaja three more as Australia begin to step on the gas. Warner cuts straight to the man at point but beats him second time and picks up a single.
    8/4/2013 1:16:09 PM
  • Nasser believes Australia may be regretting not playing Warner at the start of the series:
    [nasserhussain]It was a very odd decision to send Warner to South Africa. It left Australia one short for the opening two Tests and now he's getting into the series, the Ashes may have gone

    8/4/2013 1:17:46 PM
  • Over 16 - Australia 66/1 (Warner 39, Khawaja 13)
    A horrible delivery from Tim Bresnan rears up at Warner from just short of a good length, and flicks him on the glove before thudding into the chest. Physio out after that blow. It's not his chest that's the problem but his thumb, which was flicked backwards by the impact of the ball. Legitimate delay here for treatment, but not good for Australia to have any time taken out of proceedings. Warner carrying on in some discomfort, two singles from the over.
    8/4/2013 1:21:59 PM
  • Over 17 - Australia 72/1 (Warner 40, Khawaja 18)
    Khawaja skips down the ground and hits Swann back over his head for four. Two singles make it another good over for Australia, who now do look more in declaration mode. The lead is already 231 - another hundred runs as quickly as possible will be the order of the day.
    8/4/2013 1:27:17 PM
  • WICKET! Warner c Root b Bresnan 41

    [wicket]Of course Root. Of course it's him. Good catch to, running in from deep square-leg after Warner miscues a pull shot off Bresnan. Root punches the air...

    8/4/2013 1:31:23 PM
  • Watson the next man in. Clarke down to No 5 after his first-innings century #ashes
  • Over 18 - Australia 74/2 (Khawaja 19)
    Watson and Clarke were both padded up on the Aussie balcony, but it's Watson striding out at the fall of that wicket.
    8/4/2013 1:33:41 PM
  • [andrewstrauss] That was a very good catch by Root. Shane Watson must now start his innings against spin, which will be a very different experience

    8/4/2013 1:34:08 PM
  • Over 19 - Australia 82/2 (Khawaja 21, Watson 2)
    Four singles at the start of Swann's over before Khawaja runs past one that spins sharply to beat the edge, Prior's gloves and then almost take Jonathan Trott's head off at slip before running away for four eventful byes.
    8/4/2013 1:37:21 PM
  • Over 20 - Australia 86/2 (Khawaja 22, Watson 4)
    England have cut down the boundaries, but the runs are still coming pretty quickly and easily for Australia here. And they're supplemented by a wide as Bresnan bowls a ludicrous bouncer in an attempt to sneak in a dot at the end of the over. That will be drinks.
    8/4/2013 1:42:24 PM
  • Over 21 - Australia 91/2 (Khawaja 22, Watson 9)
    Watson gets a bonus four runs when an attempted sweep comes off his backside and runs away fine. No bat or glove, but the umpire signals runs. England's response is to move the short leg to leg slip. A single off the last delivery from Swann - who is getting the ball to turn sharply to the right-hander as well now - means 'Watto' keeps the strike.
    8/4/2013 1:48:19 PM
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  • Over 22 - Australia 96/2 (Khawaja 22, Watson 14)
    Watson heaves Bresnan into the leg side but Root opts not to make an effort for the catch running to his left from deep square leg, instead allowing the ball to bounce before firing a throw in. The same batsman picks up a couple more with a late cut that looks a little more controlled. Australia's lead now stands at 255.
    8/4/2013 1:52:13 PM
  • WICKET! Khawaja b Swann 24

    [wicket]Khawaja goes, bowled around his legs by Swann.
    He just moved too far across and once he missed his attempted flick, could only watch on as the ball turned back in. Swann goes straight to Broad to celebrate, suggesting the pair had concocted the mode of dismissal
    8/4/2013 1:57:30 PM
  • Andrew reflects on a clever piece of bowling from Swann:
    [andrewstrauss]That was clever from England. Broad just said something to Swann, who bowled it straighter, and got his reward

    8/4/2013 1:58:11 PM
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