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


Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the second Test between England and Australia at Lord's.

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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  • England 124/3 (Root 70, Bresnan 33)
    First real shot in anger from England after lunch and it's a great one from Joe Root as he clips one expertly late off his pads and away for four past mid on. Super shot.
    7/20/2013 1:09:08 PM
  • England 126/3 (Root 72, Bresnan 35)
    Root moves past 1000 first class for the season with a squirted single off Pattinson's over and he adds another from the next one from Siddle. The match experiencing a slightly traditional post-lunch lull here at Lord's.
    7/20/2013 1:18:21 PM
  • Joe Root is averaging over 90 this season.
    7/20/2013 1:19:05 PM
  • England 126/3 (Root 72, Bresnan 35)
    Pattinson has been much better today, he bowls another maiden here. England's lead still stands at 359 though.
    7/20/2013 1:23:00 PM
  • WICKET! Bresnan c Rogers b Pattinson - 38
    That's the end of Bresilad's innings. He attempts a hook/pull shot against Pattinson but just picks out the square leg fielder.
    7/20/2013 1:27:15 PM
  • England 129/4 (Root 72, Bell 0)
    That's a fairly deserved reward for Pattinson who has been much better in this innings. The wicket that Australia needed, but England still have a fair amount of batting to come.
    7/20/2013 1:32:10 PM
  • Shame he's out, but it appears old Bresilad has a few fans...
    Ian Botham- the poor mans Tim Bresnan.Simon ShawJul 20, 2013 at 2:32 PM
    Do we know how many Shredded Wheat Bresnan can eat though Simon?
    7/20/2013 1:33:23 PM

  • Bresnan wielding his mighty blade to pick up a boundary 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM


    7/20/2013 1:36:25 PM
  • England 131/4 (Root 74, Bell 0)
    Bell yet to get off the mark as Root picks up a couple more singles. The game just pootling along here but considering it's only midway through Day Three, that's not really a concern for England.
    7/20/2013 1:39:16 PM
  • England 131/4 (Root 74, Bell 0)
    That's a maiden from Ryan Harris and eventually the umpires decide to call a drinks break.
    7/20/2013 1:43:16 PM
  • England 132/4 (Root 74, Bell 1)
    Shane Watson comes into the attack after the drinks break and Ian Bell gets off the mark with a single. 
    7/20/2013 1:53:08 PM
  • England 140/4 (Root 80, Bell 3)
    Bell adds a couple and plays a slightly dodgy chip into the leg side, that just about evades the fielder, from Harris' over before Root moves into the 80s with a great shot. Watson just drifts onto his pads and he effortlessly works him away on the leg side, piercing the field and finding the boundary.
    7/20/2013 1:59:49 PM

  • Australia celebrate the wicket of Tim Bresnan  
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM


    7/20/2013 2:02:12 PM
  • WICKET?
    Ian Bell edges one from Harris to Smith in the gully. Did it carry?
    7/20/2013 2:05:15 PM
  • NO! Not out - the third umpire says it didn't carry. Looks like a poor decision.
    7/20/2013 2:08:17 PM

  • Bell has to make this series his own a la Cook Down Under last Ashes. He has to bat Australia out of sight each time he comes to the crease. Fortunate to get away with that catch, too.Rengegade4lyfJul 20, 2013 at 3:08 PM
    Certainly a stroke of luck for Bell..
    7/20/2013 2:09:09 PM
  • Steve Smith in happier times....
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 20, 2013 at 2:09 PM


    7/20/2013 2:10:09 PM
  • England 141/4 (Root 81, Bell 3)
    Ashton Agar is back into the attack but Root wins this round of the youngsters duel, picking up a single. 
    7/20/2013 2:13:40 PM
  • England 146/4 (Root 84, Bell 5)
    You've got to feel sorry for Australia, that catch was just out. Things really not going for them at all. England are slowly adding runs but with no real urgency here.
    7/20/2013 2:19:29 PM
  • Cricket Australia just tweeted, then swiftly deleted this...
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 20, 2013 at 2:22 PM


    7/20/2013 2:24:41 PM
  • England 155/4 (Root 84, Bell 13)
    Back to back boundaries for Bell off Siddle adding insult to injury for Australia.
    7/20/2013 2:27:03 PM


  • Root piles on England's lead 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 20, 2013 at 2:27 PM






    7/20/2013 2:28:36 PM
  • England 166/4 (Root 92, Bell 16)
    Root moves into the nervous 90s with a cracking shot, off driving down the ground for four, much to the exasperation of Siddle who over pitched there. England's lead approaches 400.
    7/20/2013 2:39:35 PM
  • England 171/4 (Root 97, Bell 16)
    Steve Smith into the attack and Root cuts him away for four first ball to move within a boundary of his hundred. He tries to repeat the shot next ball but hits it straight at the fielder and has to make do with just a single to go into Tea three short of the landmark.
    7/20/2013 2:43:30 PM
  • TEA
    7/20/2013 2:43:36 PM
  • 7/20/2013 3:00:29 PM
  • Players back out after Tea. Root three away from a hundred...
    7/20/2013 3:01:29 PM
  • England 171/4 (Root 97, Bell 16)
    Maiden from Watson after Tea. Root will have to wait.

    7/20/2013 3:05:05 PM
  • England 172/4 (Root 97, Bell 17)
    A single from Bell brings Root on strike for a couple of balls but his wait goes on as he blocks them out.

    7/20/2013 3:10:48 PM

  • Ian Bell edges to Steve Smith for the controversial catch/non-catch 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 20, 2013 at 3:11 PM


    7/20/2013 3:12:42 PM
  • England 172/4 (Root 97, Bell 17)
    That's a maiden from Watson and Root will be on strike to Agar for the next over.
    7/20/2013 3:13:38 PM
  • 100 FOR JOE ROOT!
    It took him just two balls of Agar's over, not quite getting hold of a full toss first ball, but picking up two, then cutting a short ball away for four. Great knock.
    7/20/2013 3:14:08 PM
  • England 178/4 (Root 103, Bell 17)
    Three figures for Root who's looked excellent today after a slightly nervous start last night. Surely no way back for Australia now.
    7/20/2013 3:18:16 PM
  • Joe Root (22yrs, 202 days) is the youngest player to make an Ashes century for England at Lord’s.
    7/20/2013 3:19:40 PM



  • 7/20/2013 3:20:45 PM

  • 100 for Joe Root 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 20, 2013 at 3:25 PM


    7/20/2013 3:25:56 PM
  • England 196/4 (Root 108, Bell 27)
    Pattinson comes back into the attack, still with the old ball, and he goes to leg side first ball to Bell and is just finely clipped away for four. Bell picks up three more from the over and Root adds a single as England continue to extend their lead.

    7/20/2013 3:29:14 PM
  • England 200/4 (Root 110, Bell 27)
    Agar strays down leg side and is worked very fine by Root for four to bring up the 200 for England.
    7/20/2013 3:33:19 PM
  • England 216/4 (Root 116, Bell 37)
    England starting to go on the charge a bit here, first Bell hitting two boundaries from Pattinson's over and then Root punishing a bad ball from Steve Smith by driving away for four more.
    7/20/2013 3:42:33 PM
  • England 225/4 (Root 116, Bell 46)
    Bell skips down the pitch and hits Agar over the top for four and then adds another boundary sweeping fine of deep square leg.
    7/20/2013 3:45:28 PM
  • 50 for Ian Bell
    7/20/2013 3:47:26 PM
  • England 232/4 (Root 119, Bell 50)
    Ian Bell is in great form and he brings up his 50 with a flicked single past square leg. England now whistling along - will there be an evening declaration?
    7/20/2013 3:49:56 PM
  • Who wants another photo of Root celebrating his hundred then?
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 20, 2013 at 3:52 PM


    7/20/2013 3:53:22 PM
  • England 248/4 (Root 130, Bell 55)
    Joe Root is playing some fantastic cricket out there, first he paddle sweeps Agar for four, cleverly changing his grip as the ball came towards him to get it as fine as possible, then he adds another boundary, with a superb cover drive.
    7/20/2013 3:57:11 PM
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    7/20/2013 3:58:34 PM
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