August 4, 2013
England were still in danger of following on when the play started on day 4 and they did manage to cross the mark easily. Stuart Broad scored a useful 32 before he decided to walk after edging a Nathan Lyon delivery.
I've just got in. England are walking? But don't they know their failure to do so feeds our impotent, hypocritical fury? #Ashes— Dan Liebke (@LiebCricket) August 4, 2013
Two turn-ups for the books there: Lyon takes a wicket and Broad walks.— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) August 4, 2013
But if Australia thought Broad's wicket was the end of England's resistance, there were frustrated by an eight-over long last-wicket stand between Matt Prior and James Anderson.
Are we there yet? #ashes— Ian Jamieson (@iansjamieson) August 4, 2013
This is the test cricket equivalent of Chinese water torture. Or would be... If I actually knew what Chinese water torture felt like. #ashes— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) August 4, 2013
England were finally bowled out for 368 and David Warner's dash towards the pavilion dropped a hint that Australia were ready to take England, and probably DRS, head-on.
Warner and Watson to open? Stay tuned for a lesson in DRS 101 #Ashes— Richie Benaud (@RichieBenaud_) August 4, 2013
Warner and Rogers are opening. Watson probably had a hair appointment or something #Ashes— 51allout (@51allout) August 4, 2013
With only a few minutes to go for lunch, Warner was welcomed to the middle by light boos from the crowd subdued only by the appropriately timed theme music that left the twitterati yearning for a boxing match.
Nice. Billy the Trumpet dusts off the theme from Rocky as David Warner faces up to Anderson. #Ashes— Lee Harvey (@msnsportlee) August 4, 2013
15 mins till lunch. The time, surely is now - for Joe Root, to bowl at Dave Warner, in a fake beard. #Ashes— legsidefilth (@legsidefilth) August 4, 2013
Back in the 70's, if you didn't punch a pom in a pub you got dropped. Times have changed. Go Warner. You should be skipper. #Ashes— DK Lillee (@BigDKLillee) August 4, 2013
While Australia approached lunch with a cautious approach, the broadcaster used the combination of an engrossing contest at Old Trafford and the new football season as the perfect opportunity to introduce Manchester United legend Gary Neville as a cricket commentator.
Once again, Sky have their signal mixed up somewhere and we're getting football commentary. #ashes— Gemma Wright (@onewickedmaiden) August 4, 2013
Cricket. A game so dull they bring in footballers to discuss a game where often noone scores in 90 mins of play. #ashes— Sherry (@s2p0) August 4, 2013
While Neville was charming some and irking others with his commentary, England had the first breakthrough when Chris Rogers was caught behind.
Broad has a wicket. We were almost too busy worshipping at the altar of Gary Neville to notice #Ashes— 51allout (@51allout) August 4, 2013
Pup reaches into the baggy green and pulls out the name of…. Usman Khawaja. Out you go then. Have a hit. #Ashes— Dan Liebke (@LiebCricket) August 4, 2013
Australia needed quick runs, but Michael Clarke chose to send Usman Khawaja, who had a bad encounter with DRS in the first innings, ahead of Shane Watson.
Khawaja v Swann. Dharmasena flexes his button-pressing finger. #ashes— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) August 4, 2013
And the DRS was called into service soon after. But it was Warner who's fate was in the hands of the third umpire this time when England asked for a review of a caught behind appeal, off Broad.
What will the new TV umpire Harvey Dent give here? #Ashes— M (@headless_sky) August 4, 2013
Warner should survive that, but with this mob, who knows. #Ashes— Mindy Pawsey (@MKPS001) August 4, 2013
Warner did survive, but the inconclusive Hot-Spot incited another wave of DRS criticism.
Unless there is a hot spot camera on the roof, they won't be able to find a nick there #ashes— A.C.K Thomson (@thommo81) August 4, 2013
DRS to now be decided by paper scissors rock. Best of 3 #ashes— Elmore (@Knobtw) August 4, 2013
If you own shares in Hotspot, SELL. #ashes— Shayan Siddiqui (@Shayan6688) August 4, 2013
Meanwhile, Warner, who has been featuring in an advertisement for all-day socks, helped Australia slowly take the lead past 200.
banging them in short to warner - good tactics for mine, as I hear he has excellent socks and you want to keep away from them #ashes— daniel (@drowner1979) August 4, 2013
Warner spends a lot of time messing around with his gloves. Lucky his socks last all day or we'd never get any cricket played! #Ashes— Rachel (@broken_melodies) August 4, 2013
The event of the summer soon arrived, when Warner pulled a short ball towards deep square leg where, to the delight of the crowd, Joe Root caught it.
When Warner took his pot-shot/At Root in a Brummie night-spot/Had he called a review/As he knows how to do/It mightn't've shown on Hot Spot!— Scyld Berry (@scyldberry) August 4, 2013
Root finally gets in his blow to Warner, presumably he was provoked by his comedy moustache.— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) August 4, 2013
Khawaja followed Warner when he was bowled by a ripper from Graeme Swann that pitched outside leg and spun to hit the stumps, bringing in Shane Watson and Michael Clarke together in the middle. But Australia suffered another quick blow as Watson played an upper cut into the hands of Kevin Pietersen at third man.
Usman Khawaja is the new Mike Gatting. #ashes— Max Powers (@PublicSavant) August 4, 2013
Watson really can't stand Clarke's company.— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) August 4, 2013
Let's take a moment to acknowledge Watto got through a whole test without being lbw OR wasting a review. #ashes— Aegnor (@aegnor79) August 4, 2013
Steven Smith joined Clarke and injected some urgency into Australia's innings with a few big hits, but he outran his captain and ran himself out to push the thoughts of declaration further away.
Steve Smith ran three there, but only gets a single and a 'run out' to his name!— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) August 4, 2013
@Corpse_in_Pads Clarke to emulate Geoff Boycott by running his team out in order to instil a sense of 'ard bloody luck sunshine' into them.— Jonathan Bell (@raoulduke80) August 4, 2013
What followed was a period of play where England slowed down Australia's effort to increase the scoring, while keeping an eye on the clouds.
England's 12th man has been on the field so much, that the ECB is thinking about naming a stand at old trafford after him #Ashes— Corp (@officialbencorp) August 4, 2013
"It's a good thing if we play as much cricket as possible, regardless of the match situation." - Andy Flower on wasted time, 26th May— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) August 4, 2013
Lord's 1926. Aus 383 all out in 154.5 overs, in 6 hrs 38 mins. 23.2 overs per hour. Three seamers in the attack.— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) August 4, 2013
In times super advanced techno cricket, they still send a man with gloves to deliver a message. Some things never change.Thankfully! #Ashes— cricBC (@cricBC) August 4, 2013
And Anderson stretched it as far as he could, taking four minutes to deliver three deliveries.
Jimmy Anderson just walked to his mark via Nebraska.— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) August 4, 2013
Jimmy might as well crawl to the end of his mark. If you're gonna take the piss, do it properly #Ashes— Amy Lofthouse (@amy_cricket) August 4, 2013
While Anderson, and England, did their best to cut the day short, it was the umpires who took the centrestage when they called off play due to bad light, in the glaze of the floodlights, much to the chagrin of Clarke.
To be fair to the umpires, they have been finding it difficult to see in this light for, oh, several Tests now. #Ashes— Dan Liebke (@LiebCricket) August 4, 2013
Cricket certainly the winner in this session so far. #ashes— 51allout (@51allout) August 4, 2013
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