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England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 3rd day

July 12, 2013

Clear as Broad daylight

Nitin Sundar

The controversy surrounding Jonathan Trott's dismissal on Day 2 refused to go away in the morning, both in the TV studio and on Twitter.

England teed off in hot and muggy conditions, with Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook looking to shake off the defensive approach from Day 2.

Pietersen got to his fifty first, before chopping onto his stumps.

Cook followed suit, first going past fifty and then losing his wicket to a man who was enjoying one of the best all-round debuts of all-time.

Attritional batting on a sunny third afternoon. A lot of blocking. And then, out of no where, a pristine stroke. You could get carried away if you are on commentary debut.

Barring that one moment of confusion, Bell was dour all day. His approach was well suited to England's requirements given how fast the Test had progressed. Australia's anxiety for a wicket led them to refer an lbw appeal that was turned down.

The ball was comfortably missing leg stump.

Australia's seamers got some prodigious reverse swing going, and it seemed their best hope of breaking through. Ian Bell was given out to one that tailed in, but was reprieved through DRS.

Shane Watson plugged away from one end. At one point he had figures of 12-10-3-0.

Turn, drift, variations in pace - Agar continued to impress, and went on to dismiss Jonny Bairstow.

Matt Prior came out throwing punches as Australia took the new ball.

Australia weren't helped by Ed Cowan failing to react at point as Prior spooned one within his reach.

It soon came his way again, and this time he jumped and held at midwicket.

In case you were wondering, Cowan threw up the ball after completing the catch. Out came Stuart Broad, with an unusual accoutrement.

Bell soldiered on relentlessly, even as Broad took a while to warm up to the tiring Aussie attack.

Broad got into some touch eventually, and built a fruitful partnership with Bell.

Just when you thought we were in for a quiet, old-world day of Test cricket after the frenetic pace of the first two days ...

It was such a dramatic moment, that it brought a clever pun out of the best fast bowler in the world.

Australia were left to lick their wounds as England assumed control, the lead going past 260 by stumps.

Nitin Sundar is social media manager at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by HPD 702 on (July 13, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

a broad edge and stu broad still doesnt walk??? crazy stuff!! just unacceptable.

Posted by bobmartin on (July 12, 2013, 19:05 GMT)

Shock !!! Horror !!!! Broad ddoesn't walk and Aussie cricketers can't believe an English batsman acts like one of their own....

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