England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Old Trafford, 2nd day August 2, 2013

Booed on, laughed off

Plays of the day from the second day between England and Australia at Old Trafford

Reception of the day
When Steven Smith walked out to bat on Thursday he was booed by the entire crowd - by accident, it turned out, as they thought he was David Warner. When Smith was out on the second day, yet again the boos came. This time it was because Warner was actually walking out on to the ground. It was one of the most spontaneous and full throated of any in recent Ashes series. And quite surprising, as in Manchester, trying to hit someone from Yorkshire wouldn't always end in boos.

Review of the day
There were probably no people watching this Test that didn't want Joe Root to bowl to Warner. Alastair Cook showed a shocking lack of humour when he kept Graeme Swann on instead. Luckily, Warner provides enough comedy value of his own these days. Warner felt he hadn't nicked the ball to slip, via Matt Prior's thigh, perhaps because he hit his pad at the same time. So he somehow convinced his captain to allow him to review it. It turned out that after one review, the boos turned into cacophonous laughter. Warner left the ground and Australia fans were left wondering why on earth Michael Clarke had allowed Warner to review it.

No-ball of the day
Tony Hill has been under the spotlight during this Test and again he was the centre of attention when he made a very late no-ball call as James Anderson was appealing loudly for an lbw shout against Smith. But the reason for the delay in Hill's call quickly became apparent: Anderson had not over-stepped, but flicked the stumps with his hand on his way to the crease, knocking the bails off. Under a new ICC playing condition introduced on April 30 this year, that constitutes a no-ball, and while Steven Finn was considered the bowler most likely to suffer from the change, Anderson was the man who erred on this occasion. He would have been pleased to know that replays confirmed the ball would have sailed down the leg side.

Milestone of the day
It had taken Stuart Broad 326 balls (that's 54.2 overs) to move from 199 Test wickets to 200. But when Michael Clarke's fine innings came to an end, playing on as he attempted to guide a decent short ball to third man, Broad became the 15th England bowler to the milestone. In terms of Tests, Broad was the second slowest England bowler to reach the mark - this is his 60th Test; Andrew Flintoff took until his 69th - but it meant it was the first time since February 1982, when Sir Ian Botham, Bob Willis and Derek Underwood, playing his final Test, all played together against Sri Lanka that England have had an attack containing three men with 200 wickets each to their name. It had never happened before that trio played together.

Edge of the day
England made Clarke work hard before he was able to add to his overnight score on the second day. It took 26 minutes and until the seventh over of the day for Clarke to score a run and then it was an edge off the bowling of Anderson that flew to the third man boundary between second slip and gully that helped him get under way. It could easily have gone to hand. But Clarke quickly reminded England how important it was to capitalise on such moments by driving the next delivery quite beautifully off the back foot through cover for another boundary.

Drop of the day
There was a moment, with Australia on 430-7, when it seemed England may limit them to nothing more than a par score of around 450 on a fine batting surface. But, even by then, England had squandered an opportunity to wrap up the Australian innings long before it reached 500. When Brad Haddin was on 10 and Australia were 380-5, Prior put down a relatively straightforward chance offered off the bowling of Anderson. Haddin, attempting to pull, offered a thin under edge that did require Prior to change direction a little and move down the leg side but, although he made the ground quite easily, the ball to hit him on the left wrist and Haddin survived. It underlined the impression that Prior is enduring his least secure series with the gloves since his recall to the side in December 2008.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Simon on August 4, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Fair assumption, Paul Barnett. It had to be fresh in Warners' mind that Broad hit one to slip and was given not out and Khawaja didn't hit one and was given out. The whole thing is a three ring circus, with the actual cricket taking a trundle seat to CGI DRS and incompetent umpiring. In 12 months time - with the overload of cricket - this series won't be remebered for some excellent individual cricketing efforts, but for the shambolic state of umpiring and the snails pace the cricketing bureaucracy works in addressing glaring problems which adversely affect their 'product'. Or is it a case of any publicity is good publicity?

  • Stuart on August 3, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    It would not only be ironic, but also poetic justice, if Warner was dismissed by Root..!

  • ian on August 3, 2013, 7:37 GMT

    I think that Bres was pretty sure he didn't hit it, but if he used up a review because of the confusion/incompetence of the off-field ump, he'd be on his way anyway! It just wasn't worth the risk in the strange light of recent umpiring howlers. Besides, he was knackered after bowling 32 overs - so what was he doing being out there in the first instance, with 6 overs to come, anyway? England needs to think carefully about using a nightwatchman. There are times when it is appropriate, when the conditions are favouring the bowlers, when there are only 2 or 3 overs to go. This was decidedly not one of those occasions. Bad, defensive - nay timid - decision!

  • Vedant on August 3, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    I think that Australia will win the match and England will fold under 300

  • Altaf on August 3, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Gloves should be given to specialist keeper in place for Bairstow.

  • Jeremy on August 3, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    Biggest joke of the day was the night-watchmen playing a pull shot just before close of play. I'm glad Cook didn't allow him to use a review for being so stupid. Sent in to do 1 job, prevent Trott having to come in.

  • Simon on August 3, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Every coach tells a bowler to get as close to the stumps as he can to create a stump to stump line and easier LBW interpretation for umpires. Now as when the first bowlers bowled over arm the bails have ocassionally been dislodged. Now the bureaucrats who refuse to fix the shambolic state of the DRS and the pitiful umpiring standard, which is determining the course of Test matches and series, have decided all bowlers who inadvertently knock the bails while bowling will receive a no ball call. All because some bureaucrat believed one player was 'trying to divert a batsmans' attention. How about rule makers forget the incidental and address the systemic problems? Get rid of the DRS until there is adequate technology not some CGI built algorithm, that umpires can't even interpret. Address the ludicrous situation of England bowling 13 overs an hour with a spinner bowling from one end. Threaten them with 25 runs of extras being added at the end of a session. Far more important.

  • Kenso on August 3, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    You have to give Australia credit... They always look to move the game forward. Most teams would have batted the other team out of the game which would have resulted in a tame draw. Instead they have effectively said to england if you are good enough take it making for an exciting contest. Its this attitude that makes australia always tough to beat even with an average side

  • David on August 3, 2013, 1:38 GMT

    Alistair Hempstead, you point out that Prior's drop was described as both relatively straightforward and exceptionally difficult. Well, let me clear that up for you - it was neither. Being a bottom/inside edge, Prior had to change direction quickly back to his left. But once he did that successfully, he should have caught it. If the English crowds want to get on Warner, I hope Root's got a thick skin when he gets to Australia.

  • Dummy4 on August 3, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    Why not review is what Warner thought. If Usman Khawaja can be given out when he missed the ball by a couple of inches then Warner had every right to believe that he could be given not out after whacking it to first slip. Given the state of the umpiring I am surprised that Clark did not review after being bowled.