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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.

by Charles Reynolds on Aug 1, 2013 at 6:13 PM


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  • DAY IN BRIEF:


    • ENGLAND CLOSE ON 52/2 (Cook 36, Trott 2)
    • Root (8) and Bresnan (1) the men out
    • AUSTRALIA DECLARE ON 527/7
    • Haddin 65 not out, Starc 66 not out 
    • Michael Clarke out for 187
    • Australia won the toss and chose to bat
    • England lead series 2-0
    TEAMS:

    ENGLAND - Cook, Root, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Bairstow, Prior, Bresnan, Broad, Swann, Anderson

    AUSTRALIA - Watson, Rogers, Khawaja, Clarke, Smith, Warner, Haddin, Siddle, Starc, Harris, Lyon
    8/2/2013 8:25:49 AM
  • England 16/0 (Cook 14, Root 1)
    First run for Joe Root, turning one into the leg side, before Cook picks up another single as England plod on.
    8/2/2013 3:45:48 PM
  • England 17/0 (Cook 15, Root 1)
    Starc continues from the Statham End and it's a good over from the left armer, he nearly has Cook in a bit of bother with one that swings in but the England skipper gets an inside edge on it and it runs away for a single.
    8/2/2013 3:52:40 PM
  • England 17/0 (Cook 15, Root 1)
    Nathan Lyon comes on for his first bowl in this match and indeed series and it's a great start for the spinner. He gets Cook to edge one behind but Haddin can't take the catch and then neither can Clarke as it ricochets off the keeper's thigh and lobs tantalisingly in front of him at first slip.
    8/2/2013 3:54:46 PM

  • England's openers come out to bat 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 2, 2013 at 3:55 PM


    8/2/2013 3:55:39 PM
  • England 17/0 (Cook 15, Root 1)
    Double change for Australia as Shane Watson comes into the attack from the Statham End and he starts with a maiden as well.
    8/2/2013 3:59:28 PM
  • England 21/0 (Cook 19, Root 1)
    Big cheer as a David Warner misfield gives Cook a boundary. Although to be fair to Warner it wasn't exactly a misfield - Cook cut Lyon away slightly uppishly and Warner dived forward to try and take a difficult low chance, only succeeding in letting the ball bounce under him and roll away to the boundary.
    8/2/2013 4:04:08 PM
  • England 21/0 (Cook 19, Root 1)
    Watson has a knack of bowling maidens and he's done exactly that in both of his opening overs now.
    8/2/2013 4:05:44 PM
  • England 21/0 (Cook 19, Root 1)
    Five of the last six overs have been maidens now as first Lyon and then Watson send down six dots. 
    8/2/2013 4:13:44 PM
  • England 22/0 (Cook 20, Root 1)
    Lyon bowling some good stuff here, Cook gets a single to get off strike but then the spinner has Root in a bit of trouble, turning it and twice rapping him on the pads - although outside the line of off stump. Root didn't look very comfortable though.
    8/2/2013 4:17:15 PM

  • England fans in good voice 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 2, 2013 at 4:25 PM


    8/2/2013 4:25:54 PM
  • England 28/0 (Cook 22, Root 1)
    Mitchell Starc has come into the attack but England are still struggling to get the ball away, their total crawls along, although they get a bit of help when the last ball is sprayed down the leg side and runs away for four leg byes.
    8/2/2013 4:27:41 PM
  • DRINKS
    8/2/2013 4:32:45 PM
  • England 28/0 (Cook 22, Root 1)
    It's a maiden from Lyon straight after the drinks break - there have been 34 dot balls in a row now...
    8/2/2013 4:33:24 PM

  • A rare scoring shot from Alastair Cook 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM


    8/2/2013 4:35:51 PM
  • England 30/0 (Cook 24, Root 1)
    Ryan Harris into the attack again now, this time from the Pavilion End. Cook picks up a couple with an easy tuck through square leg but is then beaten by a good full ball from the fast bowler.
    8/2/2013 4:37:39 PM
  • England 37/0 (Cook 28, Root 4)
    Root gets his first runs for 34 balls, driving Lyon well into the off side for three and then Cook picks up a boundary off the last ball of the over, cutting down to third man for four. England trying to break the shackles here.

    8/2/2013 4:41:50 PM
  • England 37/0 (Cook 28, Root 4)
    Despite doing a few slightly awkward looking back stretches, Harris continues from the Statham End and sends down a maiden.
    8/2/2013 4:44:50 PM
  • England 43/0 (Cook 34, Root 4)
    Lyon and Cook resume their duel and the England skipper wins this round, back cutting sweetly for four having picked up a couple earlier in the over with a drive pushed into the off side.
    8/2/2013 4:49:10 PM
  • England 47/0 (Cook 34, Root 8)
    Harris clearly wasn't quite right and he's gone off the pitch now with Peter Siddle coming on to replace him. Siddle starts with a rank loosener which Root casually pulls away for four - his first boundary of the innings - but the rest of the over is much better and England add no more runs.
    8/2/2013 4:54:15 PM

  • View of the ground here at Old Trafford 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 2, 2013 at 4:54 PM


    8/2/2013 4:54:52 PM
  • England 47/0 (Cook 34, Root 8)
    Watson back into the attack and yes it's another maiden. He has an LBW shout against Cook but the ball pitched outside leg and the umpire is not interested.
    8/2/2013 4:58:11 PM
  • WICKET! Root c Haddin b Siddle - 8
    Good bowling from Siddle, he puts one in the cliched 'right area' outside Root's off stump and it just moves away from the right hander taking his outside edge on the way through to Haddin.

    8/2/2013 5:00:42 PM
  • Tim Bresnan comes in as nightwatchman...
    8/2/2013 5:02:11 PM
  • England 47/1 (Cook 34, Bresnan 0)
    I'd say Siddle has fairly undeniably been Australia's best bowler in this series and he's made the breakthrough here. Australia deserve the wicket after some great bowling to England in this evening session.
    8/2/2013 5:05:00 PM
  • England 47/1 (Cook 34, Bresnan 0)
    Shane Watson has bowled five overs and he's still yet to concede a run. Incredible stuff from everyone's least favourite all rounder.
    8/2/2013 5:08:26 PM

  • Peter Siddle celebrates the wicket of Joe Root 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 2, 2013 at 5:12 PM


    8/2/2013 5:13:22 PM
  • England 48/1 (Cook 34, Bresnan 1)
    Bresnan's off the mark with a well taken single from Siddle as England enter the last six overs of the day. Think we might struggle to get them all in before the cut off time of 6:30 but we'll see...
    8/2/2013 5:14:37 PM
  • England 48/1 (Cook 34, Bresnan 1)
    Nathan Lyon back into the attack now for Australia and he gets his first bowl at Bresilad. It's a maiden as the Yorkshire powerhouse keeps everything out.
    8/2/2013 5:17:14 PM
  • WICKET! Bresnan c Haddin b Siddle - 1
    Oh dear. Bresnan given out caught behind trying to pull Siddle away. He doesn't review it but it doesn't actually appear as if he hit it... Not doing his reputation as being a bit dim much good...
    8/2/2013 5:18:54 PM
  • England 49/2 (Cook 35, Trott 0)
    So England's nightwatchman experiment fails and in rather embarrassing style... Bizarre cricket all round really. Why Bresnan didn't review I don't know, he was nowhere near hitting that one. Still, good bowling from Siddle.
    8/2/2013 5:23:41 PM
  • England 51/2 (Cook 36, Trott 1)
    Nervous times for England, Cook nearly gets run out as Trott scampers a single. Warner's throw missing by the smallest of margins with the England skipper well short of his ground.
    8/2/2013 5:28:39 PM
  • England 52/2 (Cook 36, Trott 2)
    Ooof that's close for Trott who edges one but it drops inches short of Michael Clarke at second slip. He clips a single off his hip down to fine leg to get off strike and then Cook sees off Siddle's last three balls. That's it for Day Two.
    8/2/2013 5:31:07 PM
  • CLOSE OF PLAY
    8/2/2013 5:31:15 PM
  • That's all from me today, hope to see you again tomorrow when England will be hoping to fight back here at Old Trafford.
    8/2/2013 6:45:51 PM
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