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England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 4th day

July 13, 2013

Can you review Hawk-Eye?

Nikita Bastian

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.

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.

Broad and Dar will learn what Watson and Clarke probably know by now: cricket fans never forget.

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?

Ian Bell brings up his 18th Test century before falling, but there's just no pleasing these cricket fans.

Eventually Australia need 311 to win. Five sessions to go. Some are optimistic about their fortunes. Some aren't.

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.

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.

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.

Then Rogers is given out caught behind for, umm, missing the ball? Issue there. DRS to the rescue this time.

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.

Cowan goes on to forget that Nelson is supposed to bring bad luck to England.

Ian Botham makes a faux pas on commentary. Oh, the rage!

Rogers falls, and we don't quite know which way the game's headed. So we fall back on that scientifically proven +2 method.

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.

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.

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.

And that sets it up for …

A little advice then.

That's all we have for you today. But stay tuned folks, or you might regret it.

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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