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England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

July 21, 2013

Leg Before Watson

Nitin Sundar

It's not been a good time for Australian cricket on and off the field, or on twitter. Today's dose of hashtag intrigue emerged from the account of Steven Warner, brother of the exiled David Warner. The tweets - that were later disowned, and the account deleted - made some unflattering observations about Shane Watson, but the most interesting tweet suggested that Mickey Arthur had been made an 'escape goat' for all that had gone wrong with Australian cricket.

After Steve Waugh and Rodney Marsh on earlier days, it was now Glenn McGrath's turn to ring the bell to signal start of play at Lord's.

England chose to continue batting, evidently to give Joe Root enough time to get to 200. Jonny Bairstow couldn't stay in for long, and was out edging Ryan Harris behind.

Root's anxiety to not hold up the game got the better of him, and he perished for 180 playing an uncharacteristic scoop shot.

Root's innings was apt testament to the factory line of batting riches England have benefitted from recently.

Out came Australia, needing a monumental 583 runs to level the series. Shane Watson played a real-time replay of his first innings effort - drives, boundaries, blocks, and the inevitable plumb lbw. Except, this time he didn't review the decision.

Chris Rogers was next out. Few dismissals can top the ignominy of missing a filthy full toss, and then not using DRS to overturn an obviously wrong lbw decision. Shouldering arms and getting bowled comes close.

Would Phil Hughes find a way past his problems against spin?

Maybe not then. Out for 1 off 21 balls, and another failed review on his way out.

Meanwhile ...

With Australia's top order putting on such a sorry show, perhaps this match wasn't the perfect weekend fix.

But things spiced up soon. One of Australia's challenges in this series was to find a way to tackle Graeme Swann. One of their players perhaps took it too literally.

To be fair to Khawaja, it was clearly unintentional though it put Swann out of commission for a while. Khawaja and Michael Clarke began to resist with a defiant partnership. Both batsmen made 50s, before Australia's afternoon was ruined by the part-timer.

Australia had dominated the second session right up to the last 15 minutes, when they lost both set batsmen, and then Steven Smith. They rumbled along towards defeat after tea, with a close call accounting for Ashton Agar, and lack of reviews for Brad Haddin. Meanwhile, David Warner issued a statement through Cricket Australia stating that he didn't endorse his brother's thoughts on Shane Watson.

England ran into stubborn resistance from the last-wicket pair of James Pattinson and Ryan Harris.

By the end of it, almost everyone was allowed to have a dig at the poor Australians.

Swann finished it off in the last possible over of play after the extra half an hour had been taken. England 2-0 up after two Ashes Tests for the first time in 35 years.

Nitin Sundar is social media manager at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by heartbreakerz on (July 23, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

@venkata....ind vs eng for a competitive test series...did u forget d 4-0 n d loss at home last yr ??

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

@Venkata That's a great suggestion, there are some Zim bowlers who would be most grateful for the opportunity to improve their test averages.

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

Is there anyway the australian team can play zimbabwe and the Indian team can play england to see some competitive cricket.

Posted by izzidole on (July 22, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

I think Watson must be the most potential LBW candidate in the history of test cricket. The name LBW Watson suits him very well.

Posted by crick_sucks on (July 22, 2013, 3:47 GMT)

seriously...which part of SA is root from?

Posted by   on (July 22, 2013, 0:28 GMT)

the tweets are more entertaining than the day's play 2 be honest LOL

Posted by   on (July 21, 2013, 22:35 GMT)

Some of the funniest Cricket tweets for recent times. Courtesy #Ashes

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