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Alastair Cook and Ian Bell face different pressures in the third Test

Margin call

Bill Ricquier

Inbox: Can a cricket team "bounce back" from a defeat by a margin of 405 runs? Logic and history suggest not

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Our pictures, your words
Michael Clarke, Steven Smith and David Warner at the opening ceremony

Winning caption

'Jeez mate, they only won the toss!'(Matthew Nichols, UK)

Honourable mentions:

'Smith to Clarke - "All I said was - Davey pass the Ashes, will you."'(Adrian Kirton, Australia)

'M Clarke and D Warner were lost for words as S Smith was explaining the tactics employed by the groundsmen to remove the last bit of green from the Cardiff pitch.' (Ratheesh Sasidharan Nair, UK)

'Right Boys, that confirms it - We didn't start the Fire!' (Martin West, UK)


Take sides on the hot topics of the day

Yes Teams often didn't opt for it before the 36th over, as a result of which it became an extension to the slog overs. It became meaningless after the earlier rule change allowed only four fielders on the boundary in non-Powerplay overs, and made the game very much in favour of batsmen.

No It added a strategic element for a team's think-tank to ponder on, and it often changed the momentum in an innings. And with the new changes allowing five fielders instead of four in the final ten overs, a Powerplay available to the batting team with three fielders out before the final ten would be interesting.


First-person reports from the stands
Younis Khan cuts during his 33

The perfect day out

Fan Following: An Indian fan discovers the delights of county cricket at a dazzling ground

Younis Khan cuts during his 33

London to Colombo for Younis

Fan Following: A fan rues that his hero made only 6 in the first innings

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Separated at birth
Composite: Adam Driver and Ishant Sharma

Adam Driver and Ishant Sharma

One might be a villain in one of the biggest film franchises of all, the other will definitely not be India's villain in the biggest cricket show of all

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The story of the match in your tweets
Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne on the eve of the MCC v Rest of the World game at Lord's

The buzz around #MCCvROW

Twenty-two great cricketers; Hundreds of great tweets, selfies and Vines on social media

Crossword grid

A 200 year celebration of Lord's


The batsmen with the highest first-class scores at Lord's over 200 years are in this grid. How many can you unearth?


Who would you have picked as Australia keeper for the third Test?

  • Peter Nevill
  • Brad Haddin