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Ashes 2013: England v Australia 2nd Test – Day Three as it happened


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ENGLAND CLOSE ON 333/5 - LEAD BY 566
JOE ROOT 176 NOT OUT
by Charles Reynolds on Jul 19, 2013 at 6:53 PM


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  • Missed yesterday's play?

    Sometime around the middle of the afternoon an awful hypothesis occurred. It was that no-one in Australia can bat anymore. On a perfect summer’s day, on a blameless pitch at the world’s greatest sports arena, they imploded.

    Read the full report by Stephen Brenkley by clicking here
    7/20/2013 9:31:52 AM


  • by Charles Reynolds on Jul 20, 2013 at 9:34 AM


    See more of the best photos from yesterday by
    clicking here
    7/20/2013 9:34:21 AM

  • The famous 'Old Father Time' weather vane at Lord's
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 20, 2013 at 9:54 AM


    7/20/2013 9:55:28 AM
  • Five minutes until the start of play. How do you see today panning out?
    7/20/2013 9:56:11 AM
  • England 35/3 (Root 22, Bresnan 0)
    Play seemed to get underway a bit earlier than usual, but Root didn't seem to mind, clipping the first ball from Siddle off his pads for four. 
    7/20/2013 10:04:08 AM
  • England 35/3 (Root 22, Bresnan 0)
    Pattinson starts from the Nursery End and there's a bit of swing for him. Bresnan sees out a maiden. 
    7/20/2013 10:09:17 AM
  • England 36/3 (Root 23, Bresnan 0)
    I think it's fair to say Siddle has been Australia's most consistent bowler over the two Tests, and he does well again here, just a single off the over. Bresnan still yet to get off the mark after 26 deliveries..
    7/20/2013 10:13:31 AM
  • England 37/3 (Root 24, Bresnan 0)
    It's been a fairly sedate start this morning but the first runs come off Pattinson as Root picks up a single.
    7/20/2013 10:17:02 AM
  • England 37/3 (Root 24, Bresnan 0)
    It's a maiden from Siddle as Root only has to actually play one ball in the over.
    7/20/2013 10:20:49 AM

  • Thoroughly looking forward to today's play. Not in my lifetime have an England team had the opportunity to humiliate Australia with a white wash. Bat all day and bowl them out tomorrow.....simple really!ruju19Jul 20, 2013 at 11:22 AM
    Keep your comments coming in...
    7/20/2013 10:23:09 AM
  • England 42/3 (Root 28, Bresnan 1)
    Bresnan finally gets off the mark, after 44 minutes at the crease, with a slightly dodgy looking hook shot. Then Root picks up a boundary, stylishly square driving for four. Perhaps slightly risky given the movement that Pattinson is getting, but it was sweetly timed.
    7/20/2013 10:25:06 AM
  • England 50/3 (Root 28, Bresnan 9)
    Steady, Brezzy... the Yorkshire man scores back to back boundaries, the first rather fortuitously edging through the slips, the second an excellent flick off his pads through midwicket. 50 up for England.
    7/20/2013 10:29:44 AM

  • There really is very little "zip" in the pitch for the faster bowlers, demonstrated by the Bresnan edge dropping short. Pup should introduce Smith....ruju19Jul 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    7/20/2013 10:30:26 AM
  • England 54/3 (Root 28, Bresnan 9)
    Four byes from Pattinson's over as he fires one slightly down leg side and it whistles past a helpless Haddin.
    7/20/2013 10:34:16 AM
  • England 54/3 (Root 28, Bresnan 9)
    Ryan Harris comes into the attack and he starts off with a maiden.
    7/20/2013 10:37:36 AM
  • England 56/3 (Root 29, Bresnan 10)
    The villain of Day Two, Shane Watson, comes into the attack and Root and Bresnan pick up a single each.
    7/20/2013 10:41:59 AM
  • England 62/3 (Root 29, Bresnan 16)
    Bresnan drives the first ball of Harris' over for four, he didn't really move his feet to that one but just lent into it with his hands. Slightly risky but it did the trick.
    7/20/2013 10:46:27 AM

  • Smith's already said he's itching to bowl just give him a decent 6-7 over spell. Or do we think Clarke is gonna keep him as his secret weapon throughout the series?IamarenegadetooJul 20, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    7/20/2013 10:46:56 AM
  • Lot of you calling for Steve Smith to come into the attack....
    7/20/2013 10:47:30 AM
  • England 66/3 (Root 33, Bresnan 16)
    Cracking shot from Root, shades of Michael Atherton as he waits for the ball on the back foot before opening the face and angling it past point for four. Also signs of some uneven bounce in the over as one ball keeps very low.
    7/20/2013 10:49:47 AM
  • England 67/3 (Root 33, Bresnan 17)
    Couple of plays and misses from Bresnan to Harris before he flicks one off his pads for a single to take England's lead up to 300.
    7/20/2013 10:53:54 AM
  • England 67/3 (Root 33, Bresnan 17)
    That's a maiden from Watson, just to calm things down a bit.
    7/20/2013 10:59:13 AM
  • England 70/3 (Root 36, Bresnan 17)
    Root's so strong off the back foot and he works Siddle away for three, only some good boundary fielding preventing a four. Time for drinks.
    7/20/2013 11:05:06 AM
  • England 73/3 (Root 39, Bresnan 17)
    Ashton Agar comes into the attack and Root drives well for another triple, with only a great bit of work by Khawaja preventing a boundary.
    7/20/2013 11:10:22 AM

  • Tim Bresnan finally and rather awkwardly gets off the mark 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 20, 2013 at 11:11 AM


    7/20/2013 11:12:21 AM
  • England 77/3 (Root 43, Bresnan 17)
    Phwoar... Fantastic on drive from Root straight back past Siddle for four. Lovely shot. 
    7/20/2013 11:13:52 AM
  • England 85/3 (Root 48, Bresnan 20)
    England pick up four from Agar's over as the 50-partnership comes up and then Root produces another on drive to Siddle, not quite as aesthetically pleasing as his last one, but it has the same result. 4 runs.
    7/20/2013 11:22:10 AM
  • England 85/3 (Root 48, Bresnan 20)
    Better from Agar, finding a more challenging length to Bresilad and that's a maiden.
    7/20/2013 11:24:19 AM
  • 50 FOR JOE ROOT (122 balls, 6 fours)
    7/20/2013 11:26:23 AM
  • England 91/3 (Root 54, Bresnan 20)
    Pattinson comes back into the attack but he can only serve up more back foot runs for Root who brings up his half-century with a shot for two then picks up a four with an even better shot through point. Good innings so far from the youngster.
    7/20/2013 11:28:50 AM

  • Well played Root. Needs to make Haddin/Clarke (75:25 fault ratio) pay though. Root should attempt to emulate Mr A Shale and bat for 26 hours.ruju19Jul 20, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    7/20/2013 11:30:57 AM

  • Root on his way to 50 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 20, 2013 at 11:34 AM


    7/20/2013 11:34:38 AM
  • England 98/3 (Root 55, Bresnan 24)
    Famous last words, but Australia are not looking very threatening here, England just steadily accumulating runs from Agar and Pattinson.
    7/20/2013 11:36:53 AM
  • England 98/3 (Root 55, Bresnan 24)
    That's a maiden from Agar to Root. Glad not to have immediately cursed England with my previous comment. 
    7/20/2013 11:39:58 AM
  • England 99/3 (Root 55, Bresnan 25)
    England plod on with another single from the over as Ryan 'Rhino' Harris comes back into the attack.
    7/20/2013 11:43:59 AM
  • England 104/3 (Root 56, Bresnan 29)
    England move past 100 as Bresnan plays Agar away for four and Root picks up a single from an increasingly disgruntled looking Ryan Harris.
    7/20/2013 11:51:22 AM
  • England 107/3 (Root 58, Bresnan 30)
    Steve Smith comes into the attack for the first time and it's a reasonable start, he drops way too short first ball but a boundary sweeper keeps Root's shot down to just a single. Three from the over.
    7/20/2013 11:55:01 AM
  • England 114/3 (Root 63, Bresnan 32)
    Australia's 'ferocious' dual spin assault continues and both England men are looking fairly untroubled, adding runs fairly easily.  
    7/20/2013 12:01:39 PM
  • England 114/3 (Root 63, Bresnan 32)
    A maiden from Agar takes us into lunch.
    7/20/2013 12:03:03 PM
  • LUNCH
    7/20/2013 12:03:11 PM
  • We're back after lunch...
    7/20/2013 12:42:40 PM
  • England 115/3 (Root 64, Bresnan 32)
    Pattinson starts things off for Oz after lunch and Root just picks up a single, working the ball past mid on.
    7/20/2013 12:47:03 PM
  • England 117/3 (Root 65, Bresnan 33)
    Siddle starts off at the Pavilion End and Bresnan and Root just add a single each. How far can these two Yorkies take England?
    7/20/2013 12:53:15 PM
  • England 119/3 (Root 65, Bresnan 33)
    Just a couple from Pattinson's over and then a maiden from the ever-dependable Siddle as these two batsmen continue to hold firm. England haven't quite been able to get away after lunch.
    7/20/2013 1:01:18 PM
  • England 119/3 (Root 65, Bresnan 33)
    That's a maiden from Pattinson, solid stuff from Australia's bowlers here.
    7/20/2013 1:03:59 PM
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