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Ashes 2013: England v Australia 3rd Test – LIVE!


Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the third Test between England and Australia at Old Trafford.


AUSTRALIA CLOSE ON 303/3

Michael Clarke 125 not out, Steve Smith 70 not out

by Charles Reynolds on Aug 1, 2013 at 8:31 AM


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  • It was of course at this ground that Shane Warne bowled his infamous 'Gatting ball' - but what about some other great moments from this ground?
    Click here to read more from Joe Ponting
    8/1/2013 8:44:24 AM
  • Jack Pitt-Brooke asks why Aussie greats don't coach the current crop....
    Is greatness contagious? That is one of the last remaining hopes of the flailing Australian touring party, as they trust that the mere presence of Shane Warne, around the camp, talking to Ashton Agar, imparting secrets, will somehow get them close to the quality of former Australian teams in England.
    Click here to read the full piece
    8/1/2013 8:46:37 AM
  • England might be one game away from sealing an Ashes series win, but captain Cook is not getting carried away..
    It was all that Alastair Cook, England's captain, could do to resist the invitation to dwell on the prospect of such history in the making. But resist he did because England, tantalised though they must be by what could happen by Monday, must put such thoughts from their mind and deal with the specific job at hand.


    Click here to read the full piece by Stephen Brenkley
    8/1/2013 8:51:17 AM
  • Is Nathan Lyon (L) going to be recalled for Australia? Most probably wouldn't mind the man on the right coming back either...
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 1, 2013 at 9:10 AM


    8/1/2013 9:11:32 AM

  • Will Kevin Pietersen be fit for today's game? It's looking like he will be... 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 1, 2013 at 9:24 AM


    8/1/2013 9:24:47 AM
  • Alastair Cook walking out onto the pitch now for the toss...
    8/1/2013 9:28:21 AM
  • Michael Clarke has won the toss and Australia will BAT.
    8/1/2013 9:33:33 AM
  • England are unchanged:

    Cook, Root, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Bairstow, Prior, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Anderson
    8/1/2013 9:34:04 AM
  • Australia make three changes: 

    Watson, Rogers, Khwaja, Clarke, Smith, Warner, Haddin, Siddle, Starc, Harris, Lyon
    8/1/2013 9:34:33 AM
  • So after all the hubbub surrounding Pietersen's injury and a possible recall for James Taylor, England keep the same team that trounced Australia at Lord's.

    Australia meanwhile have brought back the pugnacious David Warner at the expense of Phil Hughes and Mitchell Starc comes in for the injured James Pattinson and Nathan Lyon replaces Ashton Agar.
    8/1/2013 9:38:37 AM

  • Michael Clarke wins the toss for Australia 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 1, 2013 at 9:55 AM


    8/1/2013 9:56:37 AM
  • Players and umpires are out on the pitch now... We are all set to go.
    8/1/2013 9:59:18 AM
  • James Anderson will start from the Pavilion End.
    8/1/2013 10:00:07 AM
  • Australia 5/0 (Watson 1, Rogers 4)
    First runs for Australia as Shane Watson gets a thick edge to one that squirts past the man at gully. Then Rogers gets off the mark angling one through the slips for four.
    8/1/2013 10:04:17 AM
  • Australia 9/0 (Watson 5, Rogers 4)
    Stuart Broad starts off from the Statham End and Watson picks up a boundary with a flashing drive that sails over backward point for four. England won't mind that, it was a risky shot.
    8/1/2013 10:09:40 AM
  • Australia 11/0 (Watson 5, Rogers 6)
    Bit of away swing for Anderson first up, but Rogers gets the middle of the bat on it and guides it away for a couple on the off side.

    8/1/2013 10:12:45 AM
  • Australia 11/0 (Watson 5, Rogers 6)
    Lovely delivery from Broad, who has Watson playing and missing at one outside his off stump. It's England's first maiden.
    8/1/2013 10:17:14 AM

  • Shane Watson picks up an early boundary 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 1, 2013 at 10:19 AM


    8/1/2013 10:19:36 AM
  • Australia 16/0 (Watson 5, Rogers 11)
    Anderson opts to come round the wicket at Rogers who just about gets some bat on one that swung into his pads, picking up a couple. He adds three more in the over and certainly seems far keener than his batting partner to try and keep the strike ticking over.
    8/1/2013 10:22:13 AM
  • Australia 24/0 (Watson 6, Rogers 18)
    Broad gets the chance to bowl at Rogers for the first time today, but he overpitches first up and is driven into the off side by the left hander although Bairstow cuts it off before the rope. He times one better later on in the over though and picks up a boundary.
    8/1/2013 10:27:03 AM
  • Australia 29/0 (Watson 7, Rogers 22)
    Signs of some away swing for Anderson but Rogers simply watches it onto his bat and guides the ball past gully for four.
    8/1/2013 10:31:41 AM
  • Australia 33/0 (Watson 11, Rogers 22)
    First big appeal of the day and unsurprisingly it's an LBW shout against Watson. He survives, the ball was going over the top, and then picks up a boundary, swivelling and pulling a short ball from Broad down to the fine leg boundary for four.
    8/1/2013 10:36:47 AM
  • Australia 37/0 (Watson 11, Rogers 26)
    That's a cracking shot from Rogers, England have left mid off open hoping to get him to drive and that's exactly what he does, but it's perfectly timed and runs away for four.
    8/1/2013 10:41:23 AM

  • Broad appeals for LBW against Shane Watson 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 1, 2013 at 10:41 AM


    8/1/2013 10:42:21 AM
  • Australia 39/0 (Watson 12, Rogers 27)
    Streaky from Watson, he flashes a drive down on one knee but edges it, fortunately for him the ball drops just short of Bairstow at backward point. Just a couple from the over.
    8/1/2013 10:44:55 AM
  • Australia 39/0 (Watson 12, Rogers 27)
    Bresnan comes into the attack to replace Anderson from the Pavilion End and it's a good start. A maiden.
    8/1/2013 10:53:53 AM
  • Australia 44/0 (Watson 13, Rogers 31)
    Rogers is playing with some real intent here and he has another four, driving Broad along the ground towards the third man boundary.
    8/1/2013 10:55:57 AM
  • Australia 47/0 (Watson 16, Rogers 31)
    Bresnan has made an excellent start here and he bowls five dot balls at Watson, drawing the odd play and miss before getting an edge but the ball flew between third slip and gully and ran away for three.

    8/1/2013 10:59:54 AM
  • DRINKS: Australia 49/0 (Watson 18, Rogers 31)
    Just a couple more to Watto and Australia go into drinks in fine fettle. This has certainly been their hour here at Old Trafford.
    8/1/2013 11:03:38 AM
  • Australia 58/0 (Watson 18, Rogers 40)
    No sign that the drinks break has had any ill effects on Rogers who drives twice from Bresnan's first two balls and picks up four both times. The second was a great shot, straight back down the ground. Australia move past 50 in style.

    8/1/2013 11:10:59 AM
  • 50 for Chris Rogers (49 balls, 10 fours) 
    8/1/2013 11:15:52 AM
  • Australia 70/0 (Watson 18, Rogers 52)
    Anderson comes back into the attack, this time replacing Broad from the Statham End and Rogers picks up four with a great shot, clipping one off his pads through midwicket. He's lucky to get away with one next ball, trying to repeat the shot and getting a thick outside edge that drops short of the slips, but he makes up for it next ball with another cracking shot, driving into the offside for four and then again next ball, bringing up his half century.
    8/1/2013 11:16:37 AM
  • WICKET! Watson c Cook b Bresnan - 18
    England needed that, Bresnan puts one in just the right place outside off stump and Watson prods forward but only manages to edge it straight to first slip. 
    8/1/2013 11:21:03 AM
  • Australia 76/1 (Rogers 57, Khawaja 0)
    Breakthrough from Bresnan, is he the most reliable first change bowler in world cricket at the moment? England now have a chance to go at Australia's troubled middle order.
    8/1/2013 11:24:47 AM
  • Big cheer goes up in one of the stands as for the first time in this series, the Barmy Army's trumpeter pipes up...
    8/1/2013 11:25:53 AM
  • Australia 76/1 (Rogers 57, Khawaja 0)
    Anderson keeps the pressure on Australia with a maiden. With two left handers at the crease perhaps it might soon be time for a bit of Graeme Swann...
    8/1/2013 11:28:22 AM
  • 8/1/2013 11:29:37 AM
  • Australia 76/1 (Rogers 57, Khawaja 0)
    This is super stuff from Bresnan, he bowls another maiden for England. The pick undoubtedly the last ball which completely squares Khawaja up, leaving him and just missing his outside edge.

    8/1/2013 11:32:17 AM
  • Tim Bresnan gets Shane Watson and is pretty happy about it...
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM




    8/1/2013 11:34:31 AM
  • Australia 77/1 (Rogers 58, Khawaja 0)
    Chris Rogers brings up his 20,000th first class run, clipping an Anderson inswinger off his pads into the leg side for a single but Australia can't add any more runs from the over.
    8/1/2013 11:36:10 AM
  • Australia 80/1 (Rogers 61, Khawaja 0)
    Swann comes into the attack for the first time today, replacing Bresnan and Australia pick up three, although Khawaja is yet to get off the mark.
    8/1/2013 11:40:48 AM
  • REVIEW! Khawaja given out caught behind but he reviews.
    8/1/2013 11:46:53 AM
  • WICKET! Khawaja c Prior b Swann - 1
    Ooooh, that's another shocker from the third umpire. It took ages and the decision was wrong. Khawaja missed that ball by about two inches. Not sure how that decision wasn't overturned.
    8/1/2013 11:49:45 AM
  • Australia 86/2 (Rogers 66, Clarke 0)
    Anderson comes back into the attack to have a quick burst at Clarke before lunch and it's a fantastic over, he has the Aussie skipper playing and missing at a couple. One over to go until lunch.
    8/1/2013 12:00:39 PM
  • LUNCH: Australia 92/2 (Rogers 67, Clarke 5)
    8/1/2013 12:05:14 PM
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