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August 10, 2013
Day two in Durham begins with an Alastair Cook spotting.
@brydoncoverdale Looks like it was moving very slowly ... which is entirely fitting given yesterday's batting!— Ken Borland (@KenBorland) August 10, 2013
On the field, it didn't take Australia long to claim the final England wicket. James Anderson was out in the second over of the day, and England were cleaned up for 238.
That was a ridiculously irresponsible shot from Anderson. He has undone all the hard work by the top order.— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) August 10, 2013
The conditions were conducive for bowling as England took the field.
Stuart Broad was in business early on, as David Warner - back in the openers' slot - was bowled while making up his mind whether to play the ball or not.
All Warner had to do was hit it. Something, to be fair, he struggles with on and off the field #Ashes— Richie Benaud (@RichieBenaud_) August 10, 2013
Watson would have reviewed that. Guess that's why they've switched him for Warner. Same runs, but saves the reviews.— King Cricket (@TheKingsTweets) August 10, 2013
Despite Watson's batting issues, he and Rogers averaged 49 per partnership this series. Best av of any post-Katich Aust opening pair #Ashes— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) August 10, 2013
More indecision, another wicket for Broad, who was bowling at his best. Usman Khawaja was out for a duck.
Not sure it's possible to be caught behind more elegantly than that when you're trying to leave the ball. Australia 12-2.— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) August 10, 2013
If there wasn't DRS drama, it wouldn't be the Ashes 2013, would it? In the same Broad over, England waste a referral on one that pitches outside leg to Chris Rogers. Rogers is then given out caught behind by Tony Hill, only for DRS to find that he had not nicked it but would have been out via the umpire's call on lbw. A few minutes of confusion ensue.
Not out caught behind, not out leg before, why not check not out handling the ball and not out run out too. #Ashes— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) August 10, 2013
It was out, but it wasn't out, but it really was out, and it wasn't out once again. Can't wait to explain DRS to my American friends— Ed Smith (@edsmithwriter) August 10, 2013
Further proof that the Schroedinger's Umpires Call is crazy.— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) August 10, 2013
Those are the best umpire's calls. The umpire's calls when the umpire has not even made a call.— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) August 10, 2013
For all that drama, the cricketing law was indeed upheld.
Same thing happened to Kallis against Pak this year. Not caught behind but 3rd umpire gave him out LBW. ICC said protocol was wrong. #Ashes— Heinz Schenk (@sportmal) August 10, 2013
It's very simple. Ump gave caught behind, proven wrong, so overturned. Ump's LBW call was not out, hence that stays with ump's call #Ashes— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) August 10, 2013
Broad wasn't done causing havoc yet. He kept threatening with pace and movement, but had his third courtesy Michael Clarke's wild swing to Cook at first slip.
Typical egotism from Broad, distracting attention away from DRS with his excellent bowling. #ashes— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) August 10, 2013
Irresponsible of Clarke to walk after smashing it to 1st slip, especially given Broad was involved #Ashes— Richie Benaud (@RichieBenaud_) August 10, 2013
Australia went to lunch on 75 for 3, and England didn't have to wait long after the interval for their next success. Steven Smith was caught behind lunging at one from Tim Bresnan. And that meant …
Rogers and Watson: The Reunion #ashes— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) August 10, 2013
There followed a testing period for Watson and Rogers. Bresnan dropped a return chance from Watson, Rogers survived an edge to the cordon and got to fifty.
Shane Watson is doing a good job of personifying nerves. #Ashes— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) August 10, 2013
Rogers 2 runs away from going past Cook for the most ugly runs in this game.— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) August 10, 2013
Rogers' wasn't the prettiest of innings, but he stuck around. As did Watson. Australia went to tea without losing another wicket.
This innings from Chris Rogers is so dirty it would struggle to find a way through David Cameron's internet filters. #Ashes— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) August 10, 2013
I'm only listening and not seeing, but has Rogers scored a run off anything other than the edge?— Gary Naylor (@garynaylor999) August 10, 2013
@MitchellGlenn Waited all series to have Watson and Rogers batting in the 35th over together. Shame it's when watto comes in at six..— George Thiveos (@georgethiveos) August 10, 2013
The hundred partnership came up. The England attack flagged.
Bresnan's bouncers are so innocuous they seem to say "sorry about the inconvenience of making you duck old chap" as they sail by #ashes— The Full Toss (@thefulltoss) August 10, 2013
The camera panned the crowds for some colour. It was fancy-dress day at Chester le Street.
"Did you manage to get those tickets for the Test match?" "Yes, I did." "Oh good, I must dig out my four giant crayon costumes."— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) August 10, 2013
Watson got that elusive fifty.
Watson reaches his first 50 in 7 Tests in 2013. He has 5 50s (& no 100s) in his last 19 Tests. In his previous 18 Tests: 2 100s and 14 50s.— Andy Zaltzman (@ZaltzCricket) August 10, 2013
But the hundred eluded him still. He was caught down the leg side on 68.
Watto remains on the same number of Test centuries as Nick Compton and as Harbhajan Singh. #Ashes And as Barry Richards to be fair.— 51allout (@51allout) August 10, 2013
Rogers' scrappy innings got even scrappier in 90s. He was on 96 for 19 balls.
Chris Rogers right up there with the most tortured instances of the nervous 90s. Has waited 35 years and 344 days for this moment...— Ali Martin (@Cricket_Ali) August 10, 2013
Rogers mindset can't be helped by his captain holding his head in his hands every time he plays a false shot. Tense.— Nick Hoult (@NHoultCricket) August 10, 2013
Eventually he got there ...
Chris Rogers and the strokeless century. In the circumstances, a masterpiece. #ashes— Greg Baum (@GregBaum) August 10, 2013
Magnificent ton from Chris Rogers. 20,000 first class runs in the making. Takes a long time to be an overnight success. #Ashes— Andrew Jones (@acxjones) August 10, 2013
Three overs later, the players went off for bad light with Australia on 222 for 5. And that was stumps.
The crowd should be allowed to review the decision to go off for bad light. #Ashes— 51allout (@51allout) August 10, 2013