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As it happened: Aus vs Eng, 1st Ashes Test, Day 3


Cricketnext Staff
Nov 23, 2013 at 01:39pm IST

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Day 2 Round-up: Pacemen Mitchell Johnson and Ryan Harris combined to skittle England for 136 on Friday, and openers David Warner and Chris Rogers compounded the misery for the tourists on day two of the Ashes series with an unbroken stand to increase Australia's lead to 224 runs.

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Australia were 65 without loss at stumps in their second innings with Warner on 45 and Rogers on 15 after being untroubled for the last 90 minutes.

As it happened: Aus vs Eng, 1st Ashes Test, Day 3

David Warner celebrating after he reached his century. (AP)

A dozen wickets fell after Australia resumed their first innings on the second morning at 273 for 8. Australia were dismissed for 295 within eight overs, with Brad Haddin last man out for 94 and Stuart Broad finishing with six wickets for England.

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Commentary (England 2nd Innings)

The second Test match is a few days away from now, on 5th December in Adelaide. From what we have seen so far, we can expect it to be another great Test match and England as they have in the past, will come back fighting. Thank you for joining us for the coverage, hope for your company once again. Till then, cheers and goodbye!

The Man of the Match award goes to Mitchell Johnson, there was very little doubt about that. His performances went a long way in giving Australia this much-deserved win. One can't leave out the contributions of Warner, Clarke and Haddin either who took care of Australia's major concern over the last few months, their batting.

Test cricket is alive and kicking in Australia for sure, it has been an enthralling four days of cricket and thankfully, rain kept away for most parts of the game. England have their task cut out now and have a few worries to nurse in their batting.

The hero of this Test for Australia is undoubtedly Mitchell Johnson who started off with a gutsy half century when Australia were struggling in the first innings and then bowled with his tail up, ending up with 9 wickets in the game. England were completely outplayed in all formats of the game and the hosts played with a lot of vigour, not being shy of even dishing out some rough words to the Poms along the way.

Australia have finally won a Test after 10 months. They lost 4-0 to India and then the Ashes in England, 3-0. They have had a torrid time with controversies taking over for most parts of the year. Michael Clarke led from the front, inspired his team to an incredible win that very few would have predicted.

81.1 Johnson to Anderson, OUT! Australia have won the first Ashes Test by 381 runs and go 1-0 UP with four more Tests to go! Banged in short on middle, Anderson fails to fend this to safety and gets a leading edge that lobs back to Johnson who takes it with all the ease in the world. 179/10

The verbal barrage continues to Anderson and now he has to contend with the new ball from Johnson who continues around the wicket.

80.6 R Harris to Root, Bouncer on middle, Root ducks under the ball. Anderson kept on strike. 179/9

80.5 R Harris to Root, FOUR! Nicely timed! Fullish on the pads, Root bends across and flicks the ball away through mid-wicket and picks up a boundary. 179/9

80.4 R Harris to Root, Back of a length on off, dabbed away to point. 175/9

80.3 R Harris to Joe Root, Back of a length and just outside off, Root pushes at the ball and edges the ball past the slips, no run though. 175/9

80.2 R Harris to Root, Length on middle, defended off the back foot. 175/9

80.1 R Harris to Root, Harris takes the second new ball. Tight length delivery on middle, Root stays behind the line of the ball and defends. 175/9

79.6 M Johnson to J Anderson, Anderson does well! Full on middle, he was probably expecting this and gets his bat down and punches it towards mid on for a couple. 175/9

79.5 M Johnson to Anderson, Short delivery outside off, Anderson goes back and looks to take the leather off the ball by attempting a cut but misses. 173/9

79.4 M Johnson to Anderson, Short and into Anderson's body, he hops and turns the ball safely past short leg to backward square leg. 173/9

79.3 M Johnson to Anderson, Short delivery on middle, Anderson is caught leaping again as the ball sears past his bat and his head, through to Haddin. 173/9

79.2 M Johnson to Anderson, A dangerous short delivery at 142.7 kph. Anderson had no clue how to get out of the way of this scorcher as he jumps up and looks to fend but is lucky not to get anything on the ball. 173/9

79.1 M Johnson to Anderson, Short of a good length on Anderson's hips, he turns the ball away along the ground to leg gully. 173/9

With Anderson on strike, Johnson comes back to bowl. The latter decides to go around the stumps. Anderson is at the receiving end of a few words from some of the Australians, including skipper Michal Clarke.

78.6 R Harris to Root, Fullish and just outside off, Root has no problem in offering the strike to Anderson for the next over as he leaves the ball alone. 173/9

78.5 R Harris to Root, Pushed wide outside off on a length and Root has no reason to play a shot at that. 173/9

78.4 R Harris to Root, Outside off stump, left alone once again. 173/9

78.3 R Harris to Root, Good length delivery just outside off, Root allows the ball through to the keeper. 173/9

78.2 R Harris to Root, Back of a length and outside off stump, Root shoulders arms to bring some calmness into the game. 173/9

78.1 R Harris to Root, Good length delivery just outside off, shapes away just a bit and Root pushes at the ball and gets beaten. Even his concentration seems to have got affected by the events of the previous ball. 173/9

77.6 Lyon to Root, NOT OUT! Root tucks a flat delivery on middle, to short fine leg and there is a huge confusion in the running. Anderson was charging down the track while Root wasn't all that keen. The throw from Warner, a good one, goes to Lyon at the bowler's end and he, like Bailey in the first innings seems to have broken the bails before the ball arrived into his palms. Replays are called for and Lyon has committed a blunder of a mistake. Root was miles away from the crease and Clarke has a look of disbelief. Lyon was perhaps too eager to whip the bails off. It's embarrassing for Lyon while Root retains strike. 173/9

Lyon might just have spilled a run out chance.

77.5 N Lyon to Root, Floated up on off, driven away to mid off. 172/9

77.4 N Lyon to Root, Slightly short and angled outside off, Root goes back to cut but misses. 172/9

77.3 N Lyon to Root, Flighted on middle and leg, Root once again goes back and defends the low ball. 172/9

77.2 N Lyon to Root, Tossed up on middle and leg, Root goes back and the ball keeps low but he defends it nicely. 172/9

77.1 N Lyon to Root, Flighted up just outside off, Root lunges out and pushes the ball to the covers. 172/9

Lyon back on!

76.6 R Harris to Anderson, Back of a length on middle, Anderson gets behind the ball nicely and drops it right back on to the pitch, slightly towards the leg side. 172/9

James Anderson is the last cog in England's wheel and he comes out to bat.

76.5 R Harris to Tremlett, OUT! Smart catch by Bailey at short leg! Dug in short into Tremlett's body but this time he is caught hopping and fending. He tries his best to drop the ball down to the on side but Bailey who is quite close in at short leg, moves forward with his right hand and takes the ball before it drops. Australia need just one wicket to win. Lets forget how many England need though. 172/9

76.4 R Harris to C Tremlett, JUST SHORT OF HADDIN! Back of a length and just outside off, Tremlett looks to fend the ball but it takes the spice of the bat and goes to the right of Haddin who dives but the ball falls short of him. 172/8

76.3 R Harris to Tremlett, FOUR! Nicely guided! Short delivery angled outside the off stump, Tremlett leans back and plays an upper cut over gully for a boundary. 172/8

76.2 R Harris to Tremlett, Fullish on the pads, Tremlett's hit on the pads but no chance of lbw as the ball pitched outside the leg stump. 168/8

76.1 R Harris to Tremlett, Harris comes from around the stumps and bangs the ball short into Tremlett's body which wasn't around the ball as he ducked in time. 168/8

75.6 M Johnson to Root, Tight length delivery on middle, Root goes back in the crease and defends to end the over. Johnson not looking as threatening as he did before the rain stoppage. 168/8

75.5 M Johnson to Root, Full and a touch outside off, Root shoulders arms confidently. 168/8

75.4 M Johnson to Root, Full delivery around off, Root gets his bat behind the ball and pushes it away to extra cover. 168/8

75.3 M Johnson to Root, Back of a length and angled across the off stump, Root shoulders arms. 168/8

75.2 M Johnson to Root, Good short delivery around off stump, Root allows the ball through to Haddin. 168/8

75.1 M Johnson to Root, Back of a length on Root's hops, tucked away to fine leg but a single is not taken. 168/8

74.6 R Harris to Tremlett, Short of a good length around off stump, Tremlett stays away from the rising ball. 168/8

74.5 R Harris to Tremlett, Short delivery on middle and off, Tremlett is fazed a bit and he sways out at the last moment. 168/8

74.4 R Harris to Tremlett, Good length delivery on middle, defended off the back foot. 168/8

74.3 R Harris to Tremlett, Banged in short on middle, Tremlett ducks under the ball. 168/8

74.2 R Harris to Tremlett, Back of a length on middle and leg, tucked down to square leg for a couple. 168/8

74.1 R Harris to Tremlett, Banged in short, Tremlett ducks under it and evades. 166/8

Ryan Harris back on.

73.6 M Johnson to Root, Fullish on middle, Root goes back and across and turns the ball away to mid-wicket. It's a maiden. 166/8

73.5 M Johnson to Root, Short delivery but not well directed, goes down the leg side and Root ducks. The same story continues, Johnson's stares and Root's smiles. 166/8

73.4 M Johnson to Root, Banged in short and just outside off, Root sways away comfortably and Johnson stares. Root responds with a wide smile yet again. 166/8

73.3 M Johnson to Root, Johnson goes full this time on off and Root comes half forward and defends to the covers. 166/8

73.2 M Johnson to Root, Tight length delivery on off stump, Root goes back once again and defends the ball solidly back on to the pitch. 166/8

73.1 M Johnson to Root, Back of a length on off, Root gets back and across, behind the line of the ball and defends solidly. 166/8

Johnson has been brought back to replace Harris. This could be a steamy spell.

72.6 N Lyon to Tremlett, Flighted up on off, Tremlett gets forward and defends the ball back to Lyon. 166/8

72.5 N Lyon to Tremlett, Short delivery on off, turns a lot and goes past Tremlett's pads, down the leg side to Haddin. 166/8

72.4 N Lyon to Tremlett, Quick and flat on off stump, Tremlett hangs back and drops the ball away to the off side. 166/8

72.3 N Lyon to Tremlett, Tossed up around off stump, Tremlett leans well forward and defends. 166/8

72.2 N Lyon to Tremlett, Flighted outside off, Tremlett goes back in the crease and defends. 166/8

72.1 N Lyon to Root, Flat on middle, Root goes back and works the ball away through mid-wicket for a single. 166/8

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