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As it happened: England vs Australia, Ashes 4th Test, Day 3


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Aug 11, 2013 at 11:48pm IST

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End of Day's play, England 234/5 in 74 overs: The day has belonged to England. Ian Bell notched up his third century of the series to put England on top. Bell batted sublimely to register his 20th Test ton and one gets a feeling a result is definitely possible in this game.

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End of over 65, Australia 210/4: Johny Bairstow has given good support to Ian Bell who is nearing his century at the other end. Both batsmen look well set and and the five-minute bad light stoppage did not seem to hinder their concentration.

As it happened: England vs Australia, Ashes 4th Test, Day 3

Ian Bell registered his third century of the series and 20th in Tests as England stretched their lead past 200.

End of over 53, England 170/4: England lost their fourth wicket in the form of Kevin Pietersen who looked well set for 44. New batsman Johny Bairstow is providing good support to Bell at the other end who is looking extremely comfortable out in the middle.

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End of over 45, England 147/3: Both Pieteren and Bell went from strength to strength to put England in a commanding position. Bell scored a well-deserved half century as England's lead stretched past 100.

After 36 overs, Tea, England 123/3: Excellent comeback by the hosts after being rattled early on by Harris. Bell and Pietersen have added 74 for the fourth wicket and stretched England's lead to 91 going into Tea on Day 3.

After 25 overs, England 91/3: Bell and Pietersen launched a counter attack against the Australian bowlers playing strokes at ease. England's stretch their lead to 59.

After 18 overs, England 56/3: Jonathan Trott was caught down the leg side for 23 giving Harris his third success. England's batting continues to fall in disarray as Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell look to bring some stability to the innings.

After 13 overs, England 42/2: Harris strikes twice to dismiss Cook. Cook edged at a wide delivery to give Haddin an easy catch behind the stumps. England in some trouble early on.

At Lunch, England 24/1: Trott and Cook look to consolidate after the early dismissal of Root as both teams go into Lunch on Day 3.

End of over 7, England 21/1: England's second innings suffered an early blow as Ryan Harris cleaned up Joe Root for two runs in the seventh over. New batsman is Jonathan Trott who would look to stabilise the England innings with skipper Alastair Cook.

At over 89.3, Australia all out for 270: That's it for the Australian innings as Stuart Broad picks up his fifth wicket. Harris was plumb infront as Australia end with a slender lead of 32 runs.

End of over 87: James Anderson gets his second wicket after trapping Nathan Lyon leg-before for 4.

End of over 85: James Anderson gets his first wicket of the match, dismissing Peter Siddle for 5 after the batsman edged one to skipper Alastair Cook at first slip.

End of over 80: Graeme Swann picks up his second wicket and this time it's Chris Rogers for 110. The ball just brushed Rogers' gloves and an alert Matt Prior dived forward to complete a stunning catch.

End of over 76: Graeme Swann strikes early for England by removing Brad Haddin for 13. Swann got some turn and wraps Haddin on the pads and it looked right in front.

Day 2 round-up: England couldn't last long at the start of day two as Jackson Bird clean bowled James Anderson to all out the hosts for 238. Australia got off to a dodgy start with David Warner and Usman Khawaja falling at the score of 12. But the middle-order failed to consolidate and at one point were wobbling at 76 for 4 until Chris Rogers (101*) tagged along with Shane Watson (68) to put up a 159-run stand.

At the end of day two, the full quota overs were not completed as rain interrupted to leave Australia at 222 for 5 and trailing by 16 runs.

Day 1 round-up: The day one belonged to Australia as Nathan Lyon claimed four wickets to put England's first innings in a state of bother. England won the toss and opted to bat and at the end of day's play they were reeling at 238 for 9 with James Anderson and Tim Bresnan at the crease.

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