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July 13, 2013
Day four at Trent Bridge. Time to pick up where we left off yesterday.
Ball one of day is a beamer that whizzes past Michael Clarke at first slip for five no balls. It must come with the territory of being a Mitchell.
Mitchell Starc channelling his inner Mitchell Johnson— Alan Tyers (@alantyers) July 13, 2013
Stuart Broad begins the day needing three for a half-century. He detects distance between two particular Australians, and edges the ball between them for four to third man.
A lack of understanding between Watson and Clarke. Who'd have thought? #Ashes— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) July 13, 2013
Broad and Dar will learn what Watson and Clarke probably know by now: cricket fans never forget.
Broad smashes a ball to the boundary and Aleem Dar signals 4 Byes.— William Morris Lawry (@Corpse_in_Pads) July 13, 2013
And the partnership is broken. Broad edges behind and doesn't even wait for the umpire to signal out. Indulging in a bit of trolling, are we now?
Broad did not walk, he ran— Ed Smith (@edsmithwriter) July 13, 2013
Ian Bell brings up his 18th Test century before falling, but there's just no pleasing these cricket fans.
Marvellous effort by Bell to make 11 more runs than Australian's debutante number 11 #Ashes— Richie Benaud (@RichieBenaud_) July 13, 2013
Eventually Australia need 311 to win. Five sessions to go. Some are optimistic about their fortunes. Some aren't.
Remember less than 2 years since aus scored 310 v safrica in joburg to win by 2 wickets when debutant pat cummins hit the winning runs— jim maxwell (@jimmaxcricket) July 13, 2013
The cold hard numbers. Australia must miss the good ol' days of the noughties.
Watson gets off to a start, Australia go to lunch with all 10 intact. Australia and Watson can celebrate.
Personal milestone for Shane Watson. Two sessions without injury of any kind.— Mike Colman (@MikeColman_) July 13, 2013
A half-century stand. Good on you Watson and Rogers. Except, we all know how that last one ended.
Then that greatest wicket-taker of all strikes: the drinks break. Disruption in the batsman's concentration. He has to start again. Yada yada yada. Just ask Sunny Gavaskar.
Someone must have put something extra in Stuart Broad's carton of Um Bongo. He's nailed Watto LBW first ball after the break #Ashes— 51allout (@51allout) July 13, 2013
The umpires, and DRS, take centre stage over the next few minutes. Watson has to march as his review shows the ball is clipping the outside of leg. No issue there.
Shane Watson reviews. Wonder if he would have walked if they called him not out.— Burton DeWitt (@bsd987) July 13, 2013
Then Rogers is given out caught behind for, umm, missing the ball? Issue there. DRS to the rescue this time.
That may have been the worst decision in a test cricket match since Stuart Broad was given not out on Day 3 of 2013 Ashes at Trent Bridge.— Burton DeWitt (@bsd987) July 13, 2013
Dharamsena joining Dar on the umpire's naughty step. #Ashes— Test Match Sofa (@TestMatchSofa) July 13, 2013
Watson's fall brings Ed Cowan to the crease. After 15 deliveries of dogged discipline and near misses, Cowan goes and spoils his strike rate with a boundary.
Lucky they put out that deep point for Eddie, he was just about to cut loose and score at a run a ball.— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) July 13, 2013
Cowan goes on to forget that Nelson is supposed to bring bad luck to England.
Ed Cowan struggles, makes batting look hard, and then plays a loose shot to give Root a wicket. 111-2 at tea with 200 needed. #ashes— anand vasu (@anandvasu) July 13, 2013
Ian Botham makes a faux pas on commentary. Oh, the rage!
Ian Botham just said 70% of men are colourblind. Glad to see 30+ years on he still can't get through the 1st Ashes test w/o losing the plot.— Burton DeWitt (@bsd987) July 13, 2013
62% margin of error in Botham's stats. He should work as a consultant for DRS.— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) July 13, 2013
Rogers falls, and we don't quite know which way the game's headed. So we fall back on that scientifically proven +2 method.
Hearing from my sources that if you add two wickets to 138-3 you have 138-5.— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) July 13, 2013
It's a quiet phase, but that doesn't mean it isn't significant. How could anything involving anyone middle-named Devereux be insignificant?
A sedate period is always a good time to dig out those stats. However damning they might be.
Australian Test 100s of players in this match since Jan 2011 Rogers: 0 Watson: 0 Cowan: 1 Clarke: 9 Smith: 0 Hughes: 1 Haddin: 0 #Ashes— fwildecricket (@fwildecricket) July 13, 2013
Australian Test 100s of players NOT in this match since Jan 2011 M Hussey: 6 Warner: 3 Wade: 2 Ponting: 2 Marsh: 1 #Ashes— fwildecricket (@fwildecricket) July 13, 2013
Drama is just another DRS review away. Clarke edges, the umpires confer on whether the catch is clean, Dar signals out, Clarke reviews without a moment's thought, Hot Spot shows the faintest of edges, Broad has a quiet giggle.
Not only refusing to walk, but also reviewing the decision! What a cheat! What a disgrace! What an embarrassment! Etc! And so forth!— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) July 13, 2013
Can we have one boring, forgettable dismissal here? Please? More drama as umpire Dharmasena's call of not-out is overturned after review; the ball has pitched 50-50 on-outside leg stump; Swann hands Phillip Hughes a duck.
Surely that pitched outside... Can you review hawkeye? #schamozal— Tim Macdonald (@timmacs) July 13, 2013
And that sets it up for …
Broad vs Agar. The greatest battle between good and evil since Darth Vader had a fight with his son.— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) July 13, 2013
A little advice then.
Dear England. DO NOT BOWL SHORT AT ASHTON AGAR. Yours... everyone that watched him in the first innings. x— Jack Mendel (@JackMendel4) July 13, 2013
That's all we have for you today. But stay tuned folks, or you might regret it.
Edgbaston 2005 Day Five: 107 runs to win, 2 wickets in hand. Trent Bridge 2013 Day Five: 137 runs to win, 4 wickets in hand. #Ashes— fwildecricket (@fwildecricket) July 13, 2013