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England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

July 20, 2013

Yea Dave Warner, Punch Nah

ESPNcricinfo staff

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.

In certain cases, worrying is just not justified, as Australia were to conclusively prove over the course of the day.

David Warner might be on to something here. Socks maketh the sportsman.

Nightwatchman Tim Bresnan annoyed the opposition as only nightwatchmen can.

The great Australian struggle continued.

Will this do, Raf?

Things were starting to get a little beyond Australia, as Bresnan and Root added 99 in partnership.

Day three put the Test into Test cricket for Ashton Agar. Short, wide … let's just say he kept the England batsmen satisfied.

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.

You could almost hear those Englishmen smirk.

Joe Root marched on.

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?

Where does this day rate among Australia's horror days?

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.

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Posted by HPD 702 on (July 22, 2013, 2:12 GMT)

wat a player joe root

Posted by jmcilhinney on (July 21, 2013, 2:46 GMT)

"Easily the most humiliating day for Australian cricket since yesterday". Classic! I genuinely LOLled at that.

Posted by   on (July 21, 2013, 0:46 GMT)

aussies play positive whatever the target is ..... facing 100 balls nd jst scoring 1 or 2 run ang throwing the wicket is not a good technique... agar playd a suprb knock in debut as 11...after promotion he just started to defend the ball nd there is no runs for him ... play aggressive nd build pressure on england bowling....

Posted by   on (July 20, 2013, 22:14 GMT)

The Aussies have been known for long as being "never-say-die" and for their ability to fight to the end - a great opportunity to find out just how really tough they are now....

Posted by   on (July 20, 2013, 20:05 GMT)

Ominous signs for Australia.This match is all but lost. With three more matches remaining, and so many 'obvious' to happen, they will probably go on to lose 0-4 or 0-5. We are yet to witness Cook's customary dogged, monumental effort, Pietersion's customary attacking century single handedly changing the match scenario, a couple of solid knocks from Trott, Prior's trademark masterclass century from a tough situation and Broad's customary 6 for nothing in a series.I think this is going to be an embarrassing series for Australia!!

Posted by   on (July 20, 2013, 18:47 GMT)

competition between the kids, Agar vs Root and Root emerged as clear winner grinding Aussies single handed #Ashes

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