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 5, 2013 at 9:46 AM
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    • Michael Clarke man of the match
    • England lead series 2-0 with two Tests to play

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

    AUSTRALIA - Watson, Rogers, Khawaja, Clarke, Smith, Warner, Haddin, Siddle, Starc, Harris, Lyon
    8/5/2013 9:52:07 AM
  • The rain came yesterday to frustrate Australia....

    England will attempt to secure the Ashes for the third time in succession on Monday. There are several ways in which this happy and unusual state of affairs may be reached.

    Read the full report by Stephen Brenkley by clicking here
    8/5/2013 9:50:12 AM

  • by Charles Reynolds on Aug 5, 2013 at 9:57 AM
    Matthew Hayden and Gary Neville batting together? Read more about it in the best bits of Day Four by clicking here

    8/5/2013 9:58:28 AM
  • DRS has continued to dog this Ashes series...

    Matt Prior hinted yesterday that England had started to lose faith in the use of technology in an Ashes  series that has contained plenty of umpiring controversy.

    Read the full piece by Tom Collomosse by clicking here
    8/5/2013 10:05:49 AM
  • David Warner was on flying form in his press conference yesterday...

    “I hooked another one to Rooty”

    Read the full piece by Tom Collomosse by clicking here
    8/5/2013 10:10:29 AM

  • Clarke and Haddin are all smiles before the start of play today 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 5, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    8/5/2013 10:14:14 AM
  • So amazingly despite fairly torrential rain for most of this morning, the start of play is only set to be delayed by half an hour. We should be teeing off in just over 10 minutes...
    8/5/2013 10:19:06 AM
  • Ryan Harris will start things off from the Statham End....
    8/5/2013 10:29:53 AM
  • England 0/0 (Cook 0, Root 0)
    It's a fine start from Harris, sending down six dot balls. There were encouraging signs for Australia from the last delivery which bounced quite sharply on the way through to Haddin.
    8/5/2013 10:33:43 AM
  • England 0/0 (Cook 0, Root 0)
    Mitchell Starc emulates his opening bowling compadre and also sends down a maiden. To be fair though Root didn't have to play at any of them though.
    8/5/2013 10:38:55 AM
  • REVIEW! Cook given out LBW. He reviews.
    8/5/2013 10:39:25 AM
  • WICKET! Cook LBW Harris - 0
    Pretty ordinary review that, Cook was hit half way up his pad in front of middle stump. Lo and behold Hawkeye reveals the ball would have cannoned into the middle of his middle stump. England have lost their skipper and wasted a review and they still haven't scored a run.
    8/5/2013 10:40:10 AM
  • England 1/1 (Root 0, Trott 1)
    So Australia are off to the best possible start, although England do at least manage to get on the scoreboard as Trott clips the last ball of the over off his pads for a single.
    8/5/2013 10:44:23 AM
  • England 2/1 (Root 0, Trott 1)
    Trott picks up a single to at least take England's score past the number of wickets they've lost and then there's a slightly nervous moment for Root as Starc nearly traps him LBW but fortunately he just about got a bit of bat on it.
    8/5/2013 10:50:13 AM

  • Australia celebrate the wicket of Alastair Cook 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 5, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    8/5/2013 10:52:41 AM
  • England 5/1 (Root 0, Trott 5)
    Trott still the only batsman to score for England, this time farming three runs from Harris' over. The Aussie paceman is getting some decent bounce out of this pitch and looks threatening.
    8/5/2013 10:54:36 AM
  • England 10/1 (Root 0, Trott 9)
    First boundary for England as Trott sort of squirts one square off a fairly thick inside edge as he tries to work it off his pads and the ball races away to the boundary.
    8/5/2013 10:59:56 AM
  • England 10/1 (Root 0, Trott 9)
    Ryan Harris is bowling well here, he sends down a maiden to Joe Root who appears to have taken the task of replacing Nick Compton at the top of the order a little too literally and now has yet to score from 21 balls.
    8/5/2013 11:03:00 AM
  • England 13/1 (Root 3, Trott 9)
    Starc sends down a maiden to Trott, not making him play at anything really and then Joe Root finally gets off the mark, with his 26th ball, clipping Harris off his pads for three.
    8/5/2013 11:10:40 AM
  • England 13/1 (Root 3, Trott 9)
    Shane Watson comes into the attack to replace Mitchell Starc and it's another miserly one. He bowls his millionth maiden of the series.
    8/5/2013 11:15:42 AM
  • REVIEW! Trott struck on the pads by an inswinger from Harris. Not given out but Australia review.
    8/5/2013 11:18:39 AM
  • NOT OUT! That's about as close as it gets... Hawkeye says 'Umpires Call' but it was only about three millimetres from being out I would say. Almost 50% of the ball was hitting leg stump.
    8/5/2013 11:21:06 AM
  • England 13/1 (Root 3, Trott 9)
    More threatening stuff from Harris who is fairly aggrieved no to have the wicket of Trott. England living dangerously here.

    8/5/2013 11:21:55 AM
  • England 13/1 (Root 3, Trott 9)
    It's probably just easier for me to tell you when Shane Watson doesn't bowl a maiden... He sends down another six dots to Root.
    8/5/2013 11:26:56 AM
  • WICKET! Trott c Haddin b Harris - 11
    How many times have we seen that in this series, Harris sends one that's drifting down leg side and Trott tries to glance it away but only succeeds in getting a feather on it on the way through to Haddin. His patchy form continues.
    8/5/2013 11:27:41 AM
  • England 19/2 (Root 3, Pietersen 4)
    Harris strikes again to put England under some real pressure but new man Kevin Pietersen manages to relieve some of the crowd's tension by crunching a boundary to end the over. Harris dropped short and he just pulled the ball away to the midwicket boundary.
    8/5/2013 11:33:35 AM
  • England 21/2 (Root 4, Pietersen 5)
    Nathan Lyon comes into the attack from the Pavilion End and immediately there is some serious turn for him. This could be an intriguing battle but for the time being Pietersen reins himself in, just picking up  a single. 
    8/5/2013 11:36:57 AM
  • DROPPED CATCH! Siddle draws a big edge from Joe Root and it flies to second slip but Michael Clarke makes a real pigs ear of it and the ball bounces off his wrists.
    8/5/2013 11:40:37 AM
  • England 22/2 (Root 4, Pietersen 6)
    A nervous over for England supporters, first Pietersen chops one between his own legs for a single in rather dodgy fashion and then Australia should really have their third wicket.
    8/5/2013 11:41:58 AM

  • Harris celebrates the wicket of Trott 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 5, 2013 at 11:42 AM

    8/5/2013 11:43:11 AM
  • REVIEW! Pietersen given out caught behind. He reviews...

    8/5/2013 11:45:16 AM
  • WICKET! Pietersen c Haddin b Siddle - 8
    Oh dear. England are in real trouble now. Pietersen not happy that he's been given out. Hotspot showed nothing but there was a sound and so the decision could not be overturned.
    8/5/2013 11:47:23 AM
  • England 27/3 (Root 7, Bell 0)
    Siddle could have had Root last over, but he's got KP now and Australia are really in with a sniff of winning this match. England could do with that rain showing up at some point...
    8/5/2013 11:52:14 AM
  • England 33/3 (Root 12, Bell 1)
    Just one over to go now until lunch as Bell gets off the mark from Siddle's over. Looks like we might see an over of Michael Clarke to take us into the break.

    8/5/2013 11:59:42 AM
  • England 35/3 (Root 13, Bell 2)
    It is just an over of Clarke before lunch and it goes by uneventfully, both batsmen picking up a single.
    8/5/2013 12:02:55 PM
    8/5/2013 12:03:01 PM
  • Bad news (or perhaps good news for England) it's raining and all the covers are going on....
    8/5/2013 12:37:58 PM
  • Covers now coming off...
    8/5/2013 12:45:48 PM

  • Michael Clarke drops Joe Root on 4 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 5, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    8/5/2013 12:51:47 PM
  • PLAY WILL RESTART AT 14:00 - Provided no further rain
    8/5/2013 12:52:06 PM
  • We're back underway after the extended lunch break
    8/5/2013 12:59:48 PM
  • RAIN!
    Well we only managed to get three balls in, but they were eventful nonetheless. Ian Bell got a snorter from Siddle which smacked him on the end of the thumb and flew tantalisingly over the slip cordon. He calls the physio on to have a look at his digit and then the rain comes. All the covers are going on - it's really coming down now.
    8/5/2013 1:02:47 PM
  • Simon Jones bowls Michael Clarke - Ashes 2005
    by ecbcricket on July 25 at 3:51 PM

    While we're waiting for the rain to go away, why not relive a happier Ashes memory. 'That' Simon Jones ball to Michael Clarke in 2005...
    8/5/2013 1:17:00 PM
  • What are your favourite Ashes moments?
    8/5/2013 1:18:12 PM
    8/5/2013 1:29:55 PM
  • It's raining again - just as the pitch inspection was due to take place. Don't see this one getting back underway for some time...
    8/5/2013 1:45:08 PM

  • Australia's players leave the field as rain starts to fall 
    by Charles Reynolds on Aug 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    8/5/2013 1:55:19 PM
  • Rain pouring down again now...
    8/5/2013 2:00:02 PM
  • The big news is that Tea, which had been moved to 4:10pm has now been put back to its original time of 3:40pm - time for Michael Clarke and co. to console themselves with some cake.
    8/5/2013 2:43:23 PM

    8/5/2013 3:39:32 PM
  • So that's it... The third Test ends as a draw and England retain the Ashes. 
    8/5/2013 4:06:46 PM
  • The post-match presentation is about to take place, so I will let you know who the Man of the Match is shortly...
    8/5/2013 4:07:36 PM
  • Michael Clarke man of the match for his 187 in Australia's first innings
    8/5/2013 4:09:57 PM
  • That's all from me from Old Trafford. I hope you can join me again on Thursday as the two sides travel to Chester-Le-Street.
    8/5/2013 5:59:27 PM
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