Ashes 2013: England v Australia 3rd Test – LIVE! - Live coverage - The Independent

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

Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the third Test between England and Australia live from Old Trafford.
by Charles Reynolds on Aug 4, 2013 at 8:54 AM

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    • Australia 172/7 (Lead by 331)
    • England all out for 368 (Trail by 159)
    • Australia 527/7 declared

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

    AUSTRALIA - Watson, Rogers, Khawaja, Clarke, Smith, Warner, Haddin, Siddle, Starc, Harris, Lyon
    8/4/2013 8:57:12 AM
  • Australia 27/1 (Warner 13, Khawaja 2)
    Broad starts things off after lunch and England seem content to allow Australia to just pick up ones and twos, Khawaja is off the mark with a couple after Warner's single from the first ball.
    8/4/2013 12:44:52 PM
  • Australia 29/1 (Warner 15, Khawaja 2)
    Swann then to start things from the Pavilion End, bowling at Warner who picks up a couple but then repeatedly picks out the man at cover to a couple of poor deliveries from Swann. Surprisingly not much chat around the bat from the England fielders to Warner.
    8/4/2013 12:48:20 PM
  • REVIEW! Appeal for catch behind, Warner hooking. Not given out. England review.

    8/4/2013 12:51:30 PM
  • NOT OUT!  Nothing to overturn the decision on the replays.
    8/4/2013 12:54:09 PM
  • Ah... Snicko says Warner hit it.
    8/4/2013 12:55:03 PM
  • Australia 34/1 (Warner 19, Khawaja 3)
    So an eventful over from Broad, Warner carving a four with a stylish cut through the offside but then perhaps fortunate not to be given out. DRS controversies continue.
    8/4/2013 12:56:11 PM
  • Australia 40/1 (Warner 24, Khawaja 3)
    Another great cut shot from Warner brings him four more from Swann's over and he pinches the strike with a single as well.
    8/4/2013 12:58:23 PM
  • Australia 41/1 (Warner 24, Khawaja 3)
    Just a leg bye from that over as things calm down a little. 
    8/4/2013 1:03:03 PM

  • Chris Rogers is caught behind off Stuart Broad's bowling 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 4, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    8/4/2013 1:04:56 PM
  • Australia 56/1 (Warner 37, Khawaja 5)
    Australia making this look fairly easy, first Warner pulls away for four as Broad tries to drop short, then he scampers two much to annoyance of the bowler. Warner plays an excellent back foot drive late in the over as well and England end up conceding 12 from it. 
    8/4/2013 1:12:47 PM
  • Australia 64/1 (Warner 38, Khawaja 12)
    Risky from Khawaja but he pulls it off, flicking wristily into the leg side for four. He has three more with a safer shot, carving into the off side and it's another good over for Australia - eight from it.
    8/4/2013 1:15:40 PM
  • Warner struck by a Bresnan delivery and he's getting the physio on. Smacked him on the thumb.
    8/4/2013 1:18:03 PM
  • Australia 66/1 (Warner 39, Khawaja 13)
    So Bresnan comes into the attack to replace Broad and immediately makes an impact whacking Warner with a delivery. Apart from that things are fairly quiet, just a single to each batsman.
    8/4/2013 1:22:45 PM
  • Australia 72/1 (Warner 40, Khawaja 18)
    Khawaja uses his feet to hit Swann over his head down the ground, Pietersen at long on perhaps could've done a bit better but barely moved - to the obvious annoyance of Swann. Then England have a big LBW shout against Warner but rightly decide not to review. It was missing.
    8/4/2013 1:28:05 PM

  • England appeal unsuccessfully for the wicket of Warner 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 4, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    8/4/2013 1:30:05 PM
  • WICKET! Warner c Root b Bresnan - 40
    Great catch from Joe Root, Warner hooks Bresnan but doesn't get all of it and the youngster takes a difficult chance running in from the fence.
    8/4/2013 1:30:20 PM
  • Australia 82/2 (Khawaja 21, Watson 2)
    Watson is the new man in, promoted above Clarke to have a bit of a slog I would imagine... Swann nearly gets Khawaja, beaten on the outside skipping down the track but the ball just evades Prior who can't complete the stumping.
    8/4/2013 1:38:38 PM

  • David Warner is struck by a Tim Bresnan delivery 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 4, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    8/4/2013 1:40:49 PM
  • DRINKS: Australia 86/2 (Khawaja 22, Watson 4)
    Australia picking off singles at will from Bresnan's over here. They take four from the over and that will be a drinks break.
    8/4/2013 1:43:36 PM
  • Australia 91/2 (Khawaja 22, Watson 9)
    Watson paddle sweeps well to Swann, picking up four down to the fine leg boundary and then he pinches the strike with a single to midwicket off the last ball of the over.
    8/4/2013 1:49:54 PM

  • Bresnan celebrates the wicket of David Warner 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 4, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    8/4/2013 1:51:54 PM
  • WICKET! Khawaja b Swann - 24
    Khawaja goes! Bowled round his legs. He was trying to work one on leg stump away but missed it and it spun back and took out his left peg.
    8/4/2013 1:55:01 PM
  • Australia 100/3 (Watson 15, Clarke 1)
    Swann makes another breakthrough for England and Australia's skipper comes to the crease. The hundred comes up for the tourists who lead by 259.
    8/4/2013 1:58:10 PM
  • WICKET! Watson c Pietersen b Bresnan - 18
    That's it from Watto. It appears he's no better in the middle order than he is as an opener. He tries to carve a short wide ball away but just picks out KP at third man. A pretty poor shot to be honest.
    8/4/2013 2:02:11 PM
  • Australia 103/4 (Clarke 1, Smith 0)
    Bresnan strikes again, Australia's charge slightly faltering here. Although they do have their tailenders to come who have done pretty well in this series...
    8/4/2013 2:05:30 PM

  • Swann celebrates the wicket of Khawaja 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 4, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    8/4/2013 2:12:29 PM
  • Australia 115/4 (Clarke 4, Smith 8)
    Bang! That's a great shot from Steve Smith who just launches Tim Bresnan down the ground with a perfect straight drive for six. Great way to end the over.
    8/4/2013 2:13:42 PM
  • Australia 118/4 (Clarke 5, Smith 10)
    Swann bowls one of the worst balls you're likely to see, presumably attempting some kind of variation but it comes out as a half-tracker (and down the leg side) Clarke though is so surprised he can only take a run from it. England appeal for a catch at slip as Smith tries to sweep but it came of the Australian's shoulder not gloves or bat.
    8/4/2013 2:18:22 PM
  • Australia 121/4 (Clarke 7, Smith 11)
    Anderson comes into the attack to replace Bresnan - Australia pick up three from the over and now lead by 280.
    8/4/2013 2:21:45 PM

  • Khawaja is bowled round his legs 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 4, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    8/4/2013 2:24:14 PM
  • Australia 131/4 (Clarke 10, Smith 18)
    Another great shot from Smith, using his feet to Swann and just boshing him down the ground for six. 
    8/4/2013 2:26:31 PM
  • REVIEW! Smith run out?
    8/4/2013 2:27:03 PM
  • WICKET! Smith (run out Prior) - 19
    Michael Clarke has stuffed his batting partner there. There were easily two runs there but Clarke sent him back when he was nearly all the way down. Poor from the Aussie captain.
    8/4/2013 2:27:25 PM

  • I can't help thinking that bowling aus out will only put the pressure on England... surely the only chance we have is to keep them batting until the rain saves us? The sooner we bat the more chance we'll lose?ETJAug 4, 2013 at 3:30 PM
    Good to see some of that old fashioned English pessimism lives on...
    8/4/2013 2:31:08 PM
  • Well ETJ (see below) you have your wish because RAIN STOPS PLAY
    8/4/2013 2:31:58 PM
  • TEA taken early - Australia 137/5 (296 ahead)
    8/4/2013 2:32:32 PM
  • We're back after Tea. 
    8/4/2013 2:53:56 PM
  • Australia 145/5 (Clarke 18, Haddin 4)
    Swann bowling from the Pavilion End and Haddin works him away outside his off stump for three, Australia picking up singles at will as their lead moves past 300.
    8/4/2013 3:00:31 PM
  • WICKET! Haddin c Broad b Anderson - 8
    He'd just played a fantastic pull shot for four, but Haddin goes now, trying to mow Anderson down the ground and just getting a leading edge - the ball flying high to Broad at mid off.
    8/4/2013 3:03:04 PM
  • Australia 156/6 (Clarke 22, Starc 3)
    Four from Swann's over as Starc gets off the mark. This could be entertaining now given Starc's penchant for a big hit.
    8/4/2013 3:09:08 PM

  • 8/4/2013 3:11:37 PM
  • Australia 162/6 (Clarke 24, Starc 7)
    Anderson continues and a few sections of the crowd are getting a bit frustrated with England's apparent delaying tactics. Australia though continue to score freely, picking up six from the over.
    8/4/2013 3:14:01 PM
  • REVIEW! Appeal for a catch behind off Swann, for a shot Clarke tried to flick down the leg side. Given not out.
    8/4/2013 3:17:09 PM
  • NOT OUT! No catch behind and no LBW. England have no reviews left.
    8/4/2013 3:17:55 PM
  • Australia 171/6 (Clarke 29, Starc 11)
    That's a great shot from Mitchell Starc, sweeping Swann away into the leg side and beating all the fielders in the deep to pick up four.
    8/4/2013 3:20:23 PM
  • WICKET! Starc c Swann b Anderson - 11
    That's a rather tame end to Starc's innings, it was a widish delivery from Anderson and he mistimed his drive, just lobbing it to Swann at extra cover. 
    8/4/2013 3:22:35 PM
  • Australia 172/7 (Clarke 30, Harris 0)
    Cheap wicket for Anderson, only his second of the game and Ryan Harris comes in to bat.
    8/4/2013 3:26:20 PM
    8/4/2013 3:26:28 PM

  • As a cricket journalist who is no doubt treated to the culinary delights of each ground you visit, do you feel you've learnt more about cricket or cake during your travels across the land while you follow the exploits of the England cricket team?Mrs. BeatonAug 4, 2013 at 4:33 PM
    Well I've certainly learnt a lot about cake... The Edgbaston lemon drizzle cake is currently the pick of the summer so far in case you were interested.
    8/4/2013 3:36:57 PM
  • Doesn't look like much chance of play for a bit certainly as it's pretty gloomy around here. It does suit England probably as it makes a draw more likely but it is a real shame as this is turning into an excellent Test match.
    8/4/2013 3:40:46 PM

  • Michael Clarke has to come off for bad light 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 4, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    8/4/2013 3:49:01 PM

  • don't the umpires have light meters? surely there's a standard - i.e. if the figure is below a certain point for a certain number of overs, then they head off. If it isn't then the stay on?confusedAug 4, 2013 at 4:51 PM
    The umpires do have light meters and the level is below the acceptable standard. Unfortunately until it improves play can't continue. It's got worse since the players came off as well...
    8/4/2013 3:53:52 PM
  • Now it's raining....
    8/4/2013 4:00:03 PM
  • And by raining I mean really raining... This is the sort of weather I was led to believe happened in Manchester most of the time. Not very optimistic about play today although they can go on until 7:30...
    8/4/2013 4:10:54 PM
  • I'm afraid to say that play for the day almost certainly looks to be done and dusted and with rain forecast for most of tomorrow it looks like this match is heading for a draw (and therefore England's retention of the Ashes)
    8/4/2013 4:31:56 PM
    8/4/2013 4:38:29 PM
  • That's all from me today, I hope you can join me again tomorrow for the conclusion of this Old Trafford Test.
    8/4/2013 6:29:36 PM
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