July 20, 2013
It's mid-July, and everyone who's anyone is on Royal Baby Watch. Tempting as the Ashes Test at Lord's might be, though, royalty does not rush.
The Royal baby was to be introduced to the Australian cricket team, but after watching them drop catches plans have changed— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) July 20, 2013
In certain cases, worrying is just not justified, as Australia were to conclusively prove over the course of the day.
If it was Australia 260+ ahead, England fans would have already given up. As it is, we slept nervously thinking "they can't, can they?"— Martin Williamson (@mogodonman) July 20, 2013
David Warner might be on to something here. Socks maketh the sportsman.
Nightwatchman Tim Bresnan annoyed the opposition as only nightwatchmen can.
@fwildecricket It must be a real small knife to fit inside those hopes— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) July 20, 2013
The great Australian struggle continued.
I have brought binoculars. Dad: "You'll need those to spot Australia's talent." LOL. #Ashes— Raf Nicholson (@RafNicholson) July 20, 2013
Will this do, Raf?
Jeff Thomson is in the house. And then the camera captures Merv Hughes. Nostalgia on a dull saturday. #Ashes— HoldingWilley (@holdingwilley) July 20, 2013
Things were starting to get a little beyond Australia, as Bresnan and Root added 99 in partnership.
Australia now need their highest score of this series to win this game— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) July 20, 2013
It is six Test match innings since Australia scored a total large enough to surpass the one they will be set here. #Ashes— fwildecricket (@fwildecricket) July 20, 2013
Day three put the Test into Test cricket for Ashton Agar. Short, wide … let's just say he kept the England batsmen satisfied.
Is Ashton Agar experiencing the Abul Hasan comedown? #Ashes— Alan R Gardner (@alanroderick) July 20, 2013
Will there be as much excitement when Ashton Agar's bowling average is 98?— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) July 20, 2013
At lunch, the fat lady wasn't quite singing yet, but we did get some musical action.
As the overs went on, we began to wonder if the only wicket to fall on the day would be that of the nightwatchman. But Steven Smith knew, when nothing else works, bring out the filthy full toss.
Steven Smith to Graeme Swann and vice versa - "my crap ball that took a wicket was crappier than yours #ashes— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) July 20, 2013
You could almost hear those Englishmen smirk.
Enjoying the way England are grinding Australia into the ground...Send them back out again in the morning for another hour as well.. #Ashes— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 20, 2013
Steve Waugh would have called this mental disintegration - and would have been applauded...— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) July 20, 2013
Englishmen might win the Tour de France, British Open and Lord's Ashes Test all on the same day. Who do they think they are? Australia?— Greg Baum (@GregBaum) July 20, 2013
Joe Root marched on.
Joe Root gets his hundred. No word yet from CA on whether this constitutes an unprovoked physical attack on Australia. #ashes— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) July 20, 2013
Root has the same amount of test centuries as fellow opener Watson. The one that is currently trying to sledge him #Ashes— Amy Lofthouse (@amy_cricket) July 20, 2013
When Joe Root reaches 150 he will take a "YEA DAVE WARNER PUNCH NAH" note out of his pocket.— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) July 20, 2013
Cricket Australia committed a virtual faux pas. Did we hear Warner giggle over in Harare?
The lead expanded and bloated and turned indecently obese. But where was the declaration?
When England bowl Australia out before stumps tonight, they will feel really stupid for setting them 450.— Rob Moody (@robelinda2) July 20, 2013
England are so far in front in this game they have already won the toss at Old Trafford.— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) July 20, 2013
Sky's declaration discussion has now gone on longer than the Australian first innings. #ashes— 51allout (@51allout) July 20, 2013
It's obvious now why they used Bresnan as nightwatchman last night. Saving Anderson for tonight.— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) July 20, 2013
Where does this day rate among Australia's horror days?
Stumps. Easily the most humiliating day for Australian cricket since yesterday. #ashes— 51allout (@51allout) July 20, 2013
England should take the extra half hour and finish this game off tonight.— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) July 20, 2013
Trailing by 566. Possibly two days to bat out to save the Test. A floundering batting line up. Is there anything else we could say to make Australia's day worse? Of course there is.
Look away now Australia... - England lead the series 1-0 & by 487 runs - Cook, Trott & Pietersen's combined series average: 18.83 #Ashes— fwildecricket (@fwildecricket) July 20, 2013
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