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July 12, 2013
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.
Feel for Hotspot staff who forgot to put the tape on b4 Trott's "lbw" . We've all forgot to record stuff. I missed last episode of sopranos— James Corrigan (@jcorrigangolf) July 12, 2013
The inventor of Marais Erasmus should apologise to Jonathan Trott.— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) July 12, 2013
England teed off in hot and muggy conditions, with Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook looking to shake off the defensive approach from Day 2.
KP 8 runs away from having identical Test runs and average to Cook. If he blocks 3896 dot balls, they'll have identical strike-rates too.— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) July 12, 2013
Pietersen got to his fifty first, before chopping onto his stumps.
Oops. KP edges on. Overawed by the prospect of mathematical coincidence. Always his Achilles heel.— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) July 12, 2013
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.
I YELLED "YOU NEED TO GET COOK OUT NOW" AND THEN NEXT BALL THEY GOT COOK OUT, I AM A GOD. HURRY UP WITH MY DAMN CROISSANTS. #Ashes— Sam Ryan (@shesaidso) July 12, 2013
And now this Agar guy is an all rounder.— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) July 12, 2013
Ashes Update: England lose Cook before lunch. Which means they are probably going to go hungry.— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) July 12, 2013
Wow. A couple of quick wickets and we're into the English half of the English batting line-up.— Earl of Vadukut (@sidin) July 12, 2013
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.
Yep Andrew Strauss. Ian Bell looks like Don Bradman. And you look like Brad Pitt. #Ashes— Richard Hinds (@rdhinds) July 12, 2013
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.
Clarke cleverly playing the percentages there. No such thing as a wasted review with Erasmus. #Ashes— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) July 12, 2013
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.
"It's a ragged old cricket ball - you wouldn't let your dog play with it - but it's talking" Bumble. Love Bumble. #ashes— Renegade Economist (@RenegadeEcon) July 12, 2013
Shane Watson plugged away from one end. At one point he had figures of 12-10-3-0.
This tactic of letting Shane Watson bowl dot balls until he breaks down like 50 year old Ford Anglian is absolute genius.— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) July 12, 2013
Can't quite believe I just voluntarily chose 10 Watson maiden overs in favour of sleep. #ashes— Cat Jones (@Cricketbatcat) July 12, 2013
New ball available in two overs time. But both Starc and Agar are warming up. What is Clarke planning? A flashmob perhaps #DECAshes— DECAshes (@DECAshes) July 12, 2013
Turn, drift, variations in pace - Agar continued to impress, and went on to dismiss Jonny Bairstow.
AGAR!!! I've just reviewed that one and it is definitely out. Also reviewed Bairstow's hair and it's definitely red. #Ashes— Andy Lee (@andy_lee) July 12, 2013
I'm not panicking. Ashton Agar will wake up in a minute and its still Thursday 8am. #Ashes— Fourfoot (@fourfoot) July 12, 2013
Matt Prior came out throwing punches as Australia took the new ball.
England probably have enough already. Especially when you factor in the inevitable Prior-Anderson 150 run last-wicket partnership. #Ashes— Fake Nathan Hauritz (@FakeHauritz) July 12, 2013
Australia weren't helped by Ed Cowan failing to react at point as Prior spooned one within his reach.
Ed Cowan tries and fails to take a screamer. A bit like that time he tried to convince everyone he was a batsman #Ashes— 51allout (@51allout) July 12, 2013
It soon came his way again, and this time he jumped and held at midwicket.
Prior is on his way. Cowan has finally done something in this Test other than throw up all over the place #Ashes— 51allout (@51allout) July 12, 2013
In case you were wondering, Cowan threw up the ball after completing the catch. Out came Stuart Broad, with an unusual accoutrement.
Stuart Broad is wearing shoulder pads. Important to portray an image, but looking like a strong, powerful woman from the 1980s? #Ashes— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) July 12, 2013
Broad is wearing shoulder pads! Either he is worried about his crook shoulder or he's heard David Warner is still at the ground #Ashes— Scotty McArthur (@McArthurScotty) July 12, 2013
Bell soldiered on relentlessly, even as Broad took a while to warm up to the tiring Aussie attack.
England lead by 200. Meanwhile, Stuart Broad's edge is seeing Die Hard levels of action. #Ashes— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) July 12, 2013
Broad got into some touch eventually, and built a fruitful partnership with Bell.
This is the most runs @StuartBroad8 has scored in a Test since July 2011. That was against India also at Trent Bridge, 19 Tests ago.— George Dobell (@GeorgeDobell1) July 12, 2013
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 ...
Stuart Broad gets away with a blatant nick to the slip fielder. Umpire Aleem Dar misses it, and Australia are out of reviews. Lead 232.— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) July 12, 2013
Stuart Broad: most guilty man since OJ Simpson. #Ashes— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) July 12, 2013
stuart fraud— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravCNNIBN) July 12, 2013
It was such a dramatic moment, that it brought a clever pun out of the best fast bowler in the world.
Clear as broad daylight... #Shocker— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) July 12, 2013
Australia were left to lick their wounds as England assumed control, the lead going past 260 by stumps.
All I am saying is, Ramdin was banned by Chris Broad for 2 games becoz "resp of all players to act in the spirit if the game"— Shrikant Subramanian (@HomerTweets) July 12, 2013
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