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
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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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  • SaracensBob on August 3, 2013, 0:16 GMT

    Well played Australia! Now that the Aus batsmen have decided to give their hard-working bowlers some decent support this could still be an exciting series. This will certainly be an exciting match. England are up against it. Cook and Trott have had a fairly quiet series so far - now is the time for them to do something special. Loads of scoreboard pressure, Aussie bowlers with their tails up - grit and grind should be the order of the day. Can't wait!

  • Insult_2_Injury 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_Lord on August 3, 2013, 10:27 GMT

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

  • Nutcutlet 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!

  • kidbuu00700 on August 3, 2013, 4:31 GMT

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

  • AltafPatel on August 3, 2013, 4:19 GMT

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

  • HawK89 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.

  • Insult_2_Injury 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.

  • kensohatter 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

  • Rowayton 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.

  • SaracensBob on August 3, 2013, 0:16 GMT

    Well played Australia! Now that the Aus batsmen have decided to give their hard-working bowlers some decent support this could still be an exciting series. This will certainly be an exciting match. England are up against it. Cook and Trott have had a fairly quiet series so far - now is the time for them to do something special. Loads of scoreboard pressure, Aussie bowlers with their tails up - grit and grind should be the order of the day. Can't wait!

  • Insult_2_Injury 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_Lord on August 3, 2013, 10:27 GMT

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

  • Nutcutlet 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!

  • kidbuu00700 on August 3, 2013, 4:31 GMT

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

  • AltafPatel on August 3, 2013, 4:19 GMT

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

  • HawK89 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.

  • Insult_2_Injury 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.

  • kensohatter 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

  • Rowayton 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.

  • 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.

  • dafter on August 3, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    I believe umpires are living in fear of the DRS because their judgement is in question. if we are to keep some form of review get the 3rd umpire to review all dismissals, there is a set time for when a new batsman takes the field. I remember recently umpires reviewing a possible no ball nearly everytime a wicket fell. this proved to be a positive move (ask peter siddle) . I suggest removing the request coming from the field and reviews are done as a matter of course. Obviously the howler of Khawja is the exception but may have saved Bresnan. I know some may say what are field umpires there for but if we are to continue with high tech methods as an aid, use it for all and not for a couple players.

  • Iddo555 on August 2, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    This is proving to be a bad game for the umpires. Hill missed a plumb LBW to smith from Broad and Erasmus giving Bres out when he was no where near it. That's besides Khawaja's decision when he didn't hit it and was given by on field and off field umpire.

    I'm starting to think these Elite umpires aren't that Elite.

    Anderson has just chalked up his worst figures ever in tests, 0-120 which tells me the pitch is good for batting and the batsman better start earning their money.

  • on August 2, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    The reason why Bresnan did not ask for the review of his dismissal is because he did not feel that there was any hope of having the on field umpires decision reversed after Usman Khawaja's dismissal on the first day. What hope did Bresnan have after the whole world witnessed the worst third umpiring decision in the history of the game by the so called "umpire of the year".

    I take my hat off to Bresnan. He must have thought that he hit the ball so he should be commended not condemned for doing what he did.

  • harry93 on August 2, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    If the crowd incorrectly booed when Smith came out but got it right when Warner did actually appear it's very hard for me to see how that's spontaneous.

    Given that this test could end with as large a margin of victory as the previous one but with an opposite result and Australia could easily have won the first, I'd have to agree with Clark when he says they could still win the series. English players and fans would have realised this over the last two days. They are an average team in good form playing an average team in poor form. The gap's not as big as the English would hope.

  • on August 2, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    We now know why India opposes DRS. Because it is a joke.

  • Nampally on August 2, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    Surely the real Review of the day, missed out by Cook, was Bresnan's catch which was clearly NOT Out!. A review with positive result would have left the challenges remaining for England unchanged. Why did England fail to challenge it? I would like to credit the innings of the day to Starc - 66* with a S/R of 92. This added another 100 runs to the Aussie total from the time Clarke got out. My Milestone of the day was the Aussies getting a total of 500+ & declaring their innings with supreme confidence! When did the Aussies last get this 500+ total in the Ashes series? This is especially great for a team that lost 2 Test matches & has been virtually written off by the Media.

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty on August 2, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Whatever person decided Matt Prior was England's player of the year needs to be named and shamed! Ever since that moment he has become an absolute liability with bat and gloves! Averaging just 13.67 and dropping 2 or 3 catches and 1 or 2 stumpings as well! 3 more bad games and it's time to give Bairstow the gloves and bring in James Taylor!

  • on August 2, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Prior's drop off Haddin is described in this piece as 'relatively straightforward' and in your main match report as 'exceptionally difficult'...what is anyone who is unable to see the action for themselves, and therefore relying on journalists to convey an accurate picture for them, supposed to make of this? You can't both be right.

  • s_manthan on August 2, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    I agree the umpiring has been bad. But the worst umpired series ever still has to be India in Australia 2007-08

  • TenDonebyaShooter on August 2, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    With regard to the milestone of the day, mention perhaps is also worth making that notwithstanding his uninspiring (and, on notable occasions, static) performance in this series, Broad's wicket means that he is only the third Englishman to achieve the test double of 1500 runs and 200 test wickets. As he notched his 200th a shade quicker than Flintoff, this also means that he is the second quickest Englishman to this landmark. (No prizes for guessing who was quickest.) Surely the worst umpired series ever were either the NZL vs WI series of 1979-80, the Eng vs SA series of 1998, or the SL vs Eng series of 2000-1

  • on August 2, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Pakistan v England 1987-88 was the worst umpired series ever... this is among the most incompetently umpired...

  • on August 2, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    This whole DRS thing and the umpiring is tuning out to be more interesting than the actual Ashes Series. "It's a comedy of errors" ! By the end of this series, Australia will be siding with India regarding the DRS and its' use of it.

    Why did Warner reviewed ? and why didn't Bresnan ? LMAO

  • Dashgar on August 2, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    No mention of Bresnan not reviewing when he missed it by a foot. That was nearly more ridiculous than Warner. Not quite but still very funny. He must be a fast bowler.

  • Tlotoxl on August 2, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Given the decision against Bresnan is this turning out to be the worst umpired test series ever?

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 2, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Hilarious to watch Warner's entry onto the pitch when he walked into bat. His walk off reminded me of the reaction Michael Clarke got last game when he said "We can still win the Ashes"! lol

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on August 2, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    Hilarious to watch Warner's entry onto the pitch when he walked into bat. His walk off reminded me of the reaction Michael Clarke got last game when he said "We can still win the Ashes"! lol

  • Tlotoxl on August 2, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Given the decision against Bresnan is this turning out to be the worst umpired test series ever?

  • Dashgar on August 2, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    No mention of Bresnan not reviewing when he missed it by a foot. That was nearly more ridiculous than Warner. Not quite but still very funny. He must be a fast bowler.

  • on August 2, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    This whole DRS thing and the umpiring is tuning out to be more interesting than the actual Ashes Series. "It's a comedy of errors" ! By the end of this series, Australia will be siding with India regarding the DRS and its' use of it.

    Why did Warner reviewed ? and why didn't Bresnan ? LMAO

  • on August 2, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    Pakistan v England 1987-88 was the worst umpired series ever... this is among the most incompetently umpired...

  • TenDonebyaShooter on August 2, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    With regard to the milestone of the day, mention perhaps is also worth making that notwithstanding his uninspiring (and, on notable occasions, static) performance in this series, Broad's wicket means that he is only the third Englishman to achieve the test double of 1500 runs and 200 test wickets. As he notched his 200th a shade quicker than Flintoff, this also means that he is the second quickest Englishman to this landmark. (No prizes for guessing who was quickest.) Surely the worst umpired series ever were either the NZL vs WI series of 1979-80, the Eng vs SA series of 1998, or the SL vs Eng series of 2000-1

  • s_manthan on August 2, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    I agree the umpiring has been bad. But the worst umpired series ever still has to be India in Australia 2007-08

  • on August 2, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Prior's drop off Haddin is described in this piece as 'relatively straightforward' and in your main match report as 'exceptionally difficult'...what is anyone who is unable to see the action for themselves, and therefore relying on journalists to convey an accurate picture for them, supposed to make of this? You can't both be right.

  • OhhhhhMattyMatty on August 2, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Whatever person decided Matt Prior was England's player of the year needs to be named and shamed! Ever since that moment he has become an absolute liability with bat and gloves! Averaging just 13.67 and dropping 2 or 3 catches and 1 or 2 stumpings as well! 3 more bad games and it's time to give Bairstow the gloves and bring in James Taylor!

  • Nampally on August 2, 2013, 20:59 GMT

    Surely the real Review of the day, missed out by Cook, was Bresnan's catch which was clearly NOT Out!. A review with positive result would have left the challenges remaining for England unchanged. Why did England fail to challenge it? I would like to credit the innings of the day to Starc - 66* with a S/R of 92. This added another 100 runs to the Aussie total from the time Clarke got out. My Milestone of the day was the Aussies getting a total of 500+ & declaring their innings with supreme confidence! When did the Aussies last get this 500+ total in the Ashes series? This is especially great for a team that lost 2 Test matches & has been virtually written off by the Media.