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August 9, 2013
With the Ashes already decided, England were expected to indulge in some informed player management. Speculation was that Jimmy Anderson wouldn't be playing at Chester-le-Street, fuelled by his absence at the warm-up session, and Graham Onions' presence.
Given recent rumours on Anderson, there's an addition to the AUS XI - Warne walked onto the outfield so he must be playing. #Ashes— A cricketing Buddha (@aotearoaxi) August 9, 2013
However, all Anderson rumours were quelled before the toss. England were unchanged.
Australia made a change though, with Mitchell Starc making way for Jackson Bird.
The last time Australia named an unchanged side Leonardo was just putting the finishing touches to The Last Supper— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) August 9, 2013
Starc bowls in 1 innings, takes 3/76, bats once, makes 66*. Gets dropped for the 2nd time in the series. Why not drop an anvil on his head?— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) August 9, 2013
Ryan Harris plays back to back Test matches. The Ryan Harris injury countdown turns into the final straight. #ashes— 51allout (@51allout) August 9, 2013
This Test is like a trip to the zoo. Bird, Lyon, Swann.— The Middle Stump (@TheMiddleStump) August 9, 2013
Michael Clarke refused to reveal his side's batting order at the toss. Interesting gamesmanship. Almost.
Clarke not naming batting order at toss might have been a clever secretive ploy ... had CA not already named it on Twitter #Ashes— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) August 9, 2013
The hustle and bustle leading up to the start of play subsided once the first ball was bowled. The tone for a day of slow Test match grind was set early in the piece. Bird struck a good rhythm straight away.
Two edges from 3 balls for Root. Bird must have put silicon tape on the ball. #Ashes— Richie Benaud (@RichieBenaud_) August 9, 2013
Bird's opening partner was tidy with the ball, though you couldn't have said the same about his appearance.
I love the part of Harris that says the appropriate time to shave is exactly two days before a Test, every time #ashes— Brett Taylor (@behindthegoals) August 9, 2013
England 18-0 off 11. Cook batting with the fluency of a hippopotamus stuck in a sewage pipe, but he's still there.— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) August 9, 2013
The first boundary came only in the 12th over.
This outfield is so slow it makes Samit Patel look like an olympic sprinter. #ashes— 51allout (@51allout) August 9, 2013
Backing extras to be highest run scorer for England. Still, more exciting than Cook #ashes— Damon (@damonbushell) August 9, 2013
Looks like England have decided to come out all guns... dozing.— Karunakaran (@kskarun) August 9, 2013
Shane Watson came on early, and began with a couple of wild looseners.
Watson nearly needed a second pitch for that loosener! Can he bat? Can he bowl? Has he got a pic of Clarke in a comprimising pose. #Ashes— Mitchell (@ShipStirrer) August 9, 2013
Watson got rid of Root, getting an edge through to Brad Haddin. Australia needed help from DRS to get the decision, and for a change, there were no mistakes in the review process.
Watson calls a DRS right! Wait, he's bowling!— joybhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) August 9, 2013
@TheCricketGeek how can that be out! Clear edge noise and hot spot mark! That goes against everything so far in series!— Mark Hadfield (@hadders76) August 9, 2013
Jonathan Trott injected some energy into the England innings.
Trott has caught up with Cook. Which is like an asthmatic tortoise overtaking a snail with a dodgy Achilles.— George Dobell (@GeorgeDobell1) August 9, 2013
Trott went on to make 49 off just 60 balls. But even that wasn't enough for some.
I've got a freshly painted wall for anyone who'd rather watch it dry than watch Trott bat #Ashes— Lucas Sargent (@LucasSargent_) August 9, 2013
Even as Australia began to look flat, Nathan Lyon got into the game. He had Trott inside-edging onto his pad for a catch near the wicket.
The shocked look on Trott's face as he walked off was not for the shot or the catch but the fact Tony Hill actually got a decision right!— Kevin Harper (@Kevshat) August 9, 2013
Kevin Pietersen charged out to his first ball, and miscued a loft to the leg side. He kept going after Lyon in a clear attempt to hit him out of the attack.
I think Kevin's got a nosebleed from being too far north #Ashes— Andrew Miller (@miller_cricket) August 9, 2013
The ploy worked temporarily, before Lyon was brought back. Round the wicket, with his field pushed back on the leg side. Will KP charge out again? Floater, landing on a length and going through straight. Outside edge.
WHOOO! Ladies and gents, the Lyon King. Ha! #ashes— Mary (@sizedoesntmata) August 9, 2013
Even silicone on the... oh right, that story is bullshit now. Carry on. #ashes— Andrew Ison (@roofromoz) August 9, 2013
Australia visibly perked up after that. Bird produced a big in-seamer to pin Cook on the crease as he wrongly chose to leave.
Bird has just Cook'ed up a delicious delivery! #ashes— Brian Neil (@bneil33) August 9, 2013
So England are being rinsed by Lyon and Bird.. I'm thinking they need a 'team building exercise' at a zoo or something— Jack Mendel (@JackMendel4) August 9, 2013
England went to tea shaken, and things worsened soon after the break when Bell holed out to mid-off.
I really should get my Ticket money back for having to watch Bell's shot. #ASHES— LukeMatthewStacey. (@LukeStacey) August 9, 2013
Bell hit 7th ball he faced from Lyon at OT for 6. Brilliant. Today tries same and messes up. Soft dismisal. #finemargins— Kim (@countycricketkj) August 9, 2013
Jonny Bairstow reacted to Australia's pressure by going into a shell. He spent a very long time stuck on 12, while Matt Prior was equally inert at the other end.
Bairstow was on 12 when I went for a shower half an hour ago... #Ashes— Philip Cooper (@PhilipjCooper78) August 9, 2013
Moeen Ali would be jealous of the beard Ive grown since this partnership started.— Kim (@countycricketkj) August 9, 2013
This is a Dotballathon..... #Ashes— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 9, 2013
Prior was out lbw to Peter Siddle, helped by the DRS again. 189 for 6.
Never thought it was possible for an entire team to forget how to bat. This is very ugly. This is England. #Ashes— Sir Andrew Strauss (@SirStraussy) August 9, 2013
We're blissfully dancing around in a gin-induced stupor now. Auditioning for a spot in the England top six. #ashes— 51allout (@51allout) August 9, 2013
And then Bairstow was ruled lbw on the sweep. He reviewed immediately, but replays showed enough evidence for the umpire's call to stay.
If that was given not out on field, it would have been not out. But because it was out on field, it's out. Explain that to an American.— Antoinette Muller (@mspr1nt) August 9, 2013
It was a steady procession now. Broad was bounced out by Harris. The umpire asked him to wait to check for the front-foot no-ball.
even when Broad walks, umpires don't let him.— Subash (@thecricketcouch) August 9, 2013
Graeme Swann played a few shots before pulling straight to the deep field. Nine down.
Nightwatchman Jimmy coming out. Oh, hang on…. #ashes— DECAshes (@DECAshes) August 9, 2013
Anderson played some shots as England pushed towards 240, but Australia were in control though they couldn't get the tenth wicket before stumps.
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