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122dThe Bulletin by Alex Brown at Edgbaston

Clarke and North put Australia safe

After a rain-affected draw at Edgbaston, in which England's push for victory fell flat, the question now stands: who takes the momentum into Headingley?

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MJ Clarke
103(192) 14x4 - 0x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 33 runs
  • 6x4 - 0x6
4 0 11 18 28 9 11 22
MJ North
96(159) 15x4 - 0x6
Control %88%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 29 runs
  • 6x4 - 0x6
0 12 9 14 16 11 12 22

Best performances - Bowlers

JM Anderson
O24
M7
R80
W5
Eco3.33
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
G Onions
O16.4
M2
R58
W4
Eco3.48
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

That's it from Edgbaston, where the draw leaves England with their 1-0 lead heading to Leeds for the fourth Test beginning on Friday. For now from myself Brydon Coverdale, and Will Luke, it's goodbye.

Here's the presentations. Andrew Strauss: "We're pretty disappointed. We came to the ground this morning with pretty high hopes. All credit to Marcus North and Michael Clarke, they batted exceptionally well." Strauss is optimistic that Flintoff will be fit for Friday's third Test at Headingley.

Ricky Ponting: "The North and Clarke partnership today was something pretty special. It was good for us to get through the way we have."

The Man of the Match is Michael Clarke, for his unbeaten match-saving century. Well played that man. "The wicket played much better than I expected it to today. There was a bit of spin but it was consistent spin."

Clarke raises his bat and takes the applause, and the captains have agreed that is the end of the game. What a super innings from Michael Clarke, he and Marcus North came together with Australia far from safe in this match and they killed off England's hopes of victory. The rain, of course, was the deciding factor earlier in the match. Handshakes all round.

112.2
4
Bopara to Clarke, FOUR runs, there it is, Clarke swivels a pull behind fine leg to the boundary and that's his 12th Test century
112.1
0
Bopara to Clarke, no run, yes? No? Pushes it towards mid-on and thinks of a run, but sends Manou back

END OF OVER:
112 | 4 Runs | AUS: 371/5

  • MJ Clarke99 (190b)
  • GA Manou13 (28b)
  • PD Collingwood2-0-8-0
  • RS Bopara8-1-40-0

Right. That's it from me. Here's Brydon for the last rites. See you on Friday. T'ta

111.6
3
Collingwood to Clarke, 3 runs, flicked to leg and he'll take three

This is almost a stalemate. Don't really understand what Clarke's tactics are here, whether he's just trying to inflict some pain on England and make them wait and wait

111.5
0
Collingwood to Clarke, no run, Clarke comes forward and defends on the front foot
111.4
0
Collingwood to Clarke, no run, and again, Clarke defends on the front foot
111.3
0
Collingwood to Clarke, no run, forward defensive......

Australia 3rd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st47SM KatichSR Watson
2nd5RT PontingSR Watson
3rd85MEK HusseySR Watson
4th24MEK HusseyMJ Clarke
5th185MJ NorthMJ Clarke
6th29GA ManouMJ Clarke
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