England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

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ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the third day at Lord's

George Dobell and Dan Brettig at Lord's

July 20, 2013

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Tim Bresnan helped provide early stability for England, England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day, July 20, 2013
Tim Bresnan helped blunt the Australia attack © Associated Press
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Celebration of the day

Having just become the youngest Englishman to score an Ashes century at Lord's, Joe Root was able to celebrate on the pitch with his 20-year-old brother. Billy Root, who is currently playing for MCC Young Cricketers and is acting as one of England 12th men in this game, ran on to the pitch to bring his older brother a drink and the two exchanged a hug and a few words before the Joe extended his own innings and Australia's misery.

Patient start of the day

Resuming on the third morning after coming in as Ian Bell's nightwatchman the previous night, Tim Bresnan denied his usual attacking tendencies to play an important role in wearing down Australia's bowlers when still fresh. In a pointed lesson in application for the tourists, he waited until his 30th ball to get off a duck, a mistimed pull shot at James Pattinson reaping a single. From there Bresnan continued to play patiently, soaking up plenty of Australia's best bowling of the day in the company of Root and surviving beyond lunch. By the time he was eventually dismissed, the way had been well and truly smoothed for Bell.

Reward of the day

This was not a day filled with joy for Australia. Any lingering hopes they had of clawing their way back into a match-winning position were slowly suffocated as Root and Bresnan extended their overnight partnership to 99 and the lead to 362. But Australia's seamers remained admirably disciplined and continued to make England work for every run. The post-lunch spell from Pattinson - he bowled seven overs, three of them maidens and conceded only five runs - and Peter Siddle was particularly impressive with Pattinson eventually rewarded with the wicket of Bresnan, hurried into a pull shot and caught at midwicket. It was a fine effort from a bowling unit who have spent several days in the field of late and are winning little support from their batting colleagues. Pattinson, who struggled with the slope in the first innings, was especially impressive.

Milestone of the day

If England had any concerns about their batting going into this game, they perhaps concerned Root's position at the top of the order and Jonny Bairstow's in the middle-order. While Bairstow eased those concerns with his half-century in the first innings, Root cemented his place as England opening batsman on the second. When he reached 70 he became the first man to reach 1,000 first-class runs in the 2013 English domestic season. This is just his seventh first-class match of the season.

Ominous moment of the day

England's lead was already up to 389 when, from nowhere, a good length delivery from Siddle reared to hit Bell on the top hand. With more than seven sessions to play and England's lead reaching impregnable proportions, uneven bounce from the pitch was the last thing Australia wanted to see.

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Posted by CapitalMarkets on (July 21, 2013, 8:10 GMT)

You have to admire Peter Siddle. Was he hinting that he thinks that the match is not gone for Australia? To get 600 on that pitch with these batsmen and against those bowlers? Maybe I read him wrong and he was only thinking Australia could get a draw. Well, it's a strange game but I think the pitch is beginning to go and that survival will be beyond them on the last day ... but I suppose Cook could help them by batting until lunch or tea and not giving the bowlers enough close catchers. Actually I thought he should have made them follow on when the Aussie batsmen's failures were still fresh in their minds, but with only four bowlers (and one of them is Bresnan who I only rate as a fourth seamer, since his surgery), he just couldn't do that. Maybe he thought that the pitch would be too risky to bat on on the last day, should Australia got the par score of 450 or so and left England 200+ to win. Maybe in the context of a ten match series, he felt that Australia needed mental damage.

Posted by CapitalMarkets on (July 21, 2013, 7:55 GMT)

@R_U_4_REAL_NICK. No you weren't wrong. Root should have gone for 6. If he had (and he should have) he'd have a series average barely in double figures. Haddin's keeping has actually been a major disappointment for me (and I'm not even Australian). he's let a regulation stumping chance go (almost unnoticed) and Root's chance is not the first he's not moved for. Matthew Wade is a better keeper for me. I was watching Root closely against Harris and Siddle and he really has less time than a pukka opener should.

Lyon should be in for Smith as I think Agar is at least as good a batsman as Smith is (although he may not be as fit at the moment). They should play their best spinner and Smith should be sent away to work on his bowling as educating in the match itself must be unsettling from an Australian perspective.

Aussie close catchers should stand closer to the wicket on slower English pitches. They are still standing in Aussie positions which is why the catches aren't carrying to them.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2013, 23:06 GMT)

'Tim Bresnan denied his usual attacking tendencies'

- Well this is just inaccurate. Bresnan's a good player but he's not an attacking batsman. His test strike rate is 39. 39!

Posted by   on (July 20, 2013, 21:39 GMT)

Isn't Root the second to 1000 runs, after Varun Chopra?

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (July 20, 2013, 19:33 GMT)

One of those days I am very happy to admit I was wrong, and my doubts about Root opening were very much unjust. Fantastic knock indeed! Lacklustre, downcast bowling yes, but difficult batting surface and nervous Lords vibes too. Definitely sorry and take all my moaning from yesterday and this morning back, and I'm even concerned about KP - is he O.K?

Australia really must regroup to prevent this from being a one-sided series. Bowlers need to bounce back, and Clint McKay/Bird are needed instead of Pattinson/Starc in U.K. conditions. Batsmen like Warner are not the answer; scores of 6 and 11 against Zimbabwe should highlight that. Never understood why Katich was axed, and Clarke's dancing around the batting order when he's best at 5 is not helping. Still keeping their heads up though, which is great to see.

Posted by   on (July 20, 2013, 18:17 GMT)

good job by root .though australian team looks impressive ,they have been outplayed by english batsman .good luck to aussies and well done to england

Posted by vallavarayar on (July 20, 2013, 18:02 GMT)

Okay. Now that we have seen Australia playing with only specialist bowlers and a few tourists posing as batsmen, can we have the real batting lineup please?!

Posted by   on (July 20, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

i can already see Swann licking his lips for the fourth innings wickets and probably a 10 wkt haul. I really wish Clarke, Watson and Haddin, as senior players, to get some runs even though that may not save the match for them. Its sad to see Oz team treated like this first in India and now in England. Wonder when will they taste first success in recent months

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