August 11, 2013
The third day started with Australia looking to take control - they had five wickets in hand - but Graeme Swann caught Brad Haddin plumb in front in his first over of the day. Haddin decided to review it, and the DRS quickly sent him on his way back.
Shane Watson would be proud of that review.— Haider (@HaiderKA) August 11, 2013
Swann then added the bonus wicket of the centurion Chris Rogers with a little help from the DRS. Hot Spot, this time, spotted a tiny mark on Rogers' glove.
HotSpot worked really well in that instance... It's very good on Pads and Gloves ... #Ashes— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) August 11, 2013
Australia were not having a good morning, but they still took the lead when Ryan Harris slapped a James Anderson delivery to the straight boundary.
For all the talk about Australia's weak batting, they have taken the first innings lead in 3 of the 4 #ashes tests— Chirag Panjikar (@panjikar) August 11, 2013
Anderson, who has been having a quiet series, finally made his presence felt, making Peter Siddle edge the new ball to first slip.
Oh, well done Jimmy! Another tail ender claimed by England's best ever. 3 innings, 3 wickets, 3 batsman just swinging the bat. #ashes— Sean Peter-Budge (@SeanPeterBudge) August 11, 2013
An hour into the session, the match had its first stop as Stuart Broad asked for a change of footwear. It didn't help him much though as he was hit for three consecutive boundaries by Ryan Harris.
Stuart Broad's changing his boots? England must be playing for the draw. #Ashes— James McGrath (@james_r_mcgrath) August 11, 2013
Broad changes his left foot good- length boot for a half-volley one.— mike selvey (@selvecricket) August 11, 2013
Anderson, meanwhile, snared Nathan Lyon, improving his statistics a touch again. Jackson Bird came in at No. 11 and he missed most of the deliveries he faced by a mile.
Well, people do say Jackson Bird is Glenn McGrath-like. The resemblance is growing with every ball. #Ashes— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) August 11, 2013
As a batsman Bird most resembles a Dodo. #Ashes— Windy Hill Windsock (@WHWindsock) August 11, 2013
The England bowlers had done well to limit the damage by getting rid of the remaining Australia batsmen, but as has often been the case in the series, the umpires stole the show at the fall of the last wicket. Alastair Cook asked for a review of Hill's not-out decision after Broad hit Harris in front of the stumps and Hill's poor game got worse when Harris decided to walk off without waiting for the DRS decision.
Pretty much sums up Tony Hill's Test that he just raised his finger to an empty 22 yard strip in front of him. #Ashes— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) August 11, 2013
Something appropriate about Hill giving out a ghostly batsman in the shadow of Lumley Castle...— Lawrence Booth (@the_topspin) August 11, 2013
For the record, Tony Hill is due to be the TV umpire in the final Test at The Oval. Dharmasena & Dar on field #Ashes— Brydon Coverdale (@brydoncoverdale) August 11, 2013
England, 32 runs behind, started poorly again, as Joe Root was bowled by a jaffa from Harris.
Joe Root has a weakness against the perfect-length delivery that pitches middle-and-off and jags away to hit the top off. Worrying.— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) August 11, 2013
Ryan Harris can, at times, be X-rated bowling delights. That ball to Root...phwoawr. I want to take that ball home to meet my mum.— Antoinette Muller (@mspr1nt) August 11, 2013
Nick Compton would've hit that for six.— Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) August 11, 2013
Surprised England didn't send out a lunchwatchman with a tray of canapés and an aperitif #Ashes— MIKE WALTERS (@MikeWaltersMGM) August 11, 2013
England's situation got worse as Harris picked up two more wickets soon after they had taken a lead.
Here comes the match. What have you got Keven Pietersen? (Besides your initials on your shoes.) #Ashes— Richard Hinds (@rdhinds) August 11, 2013
Harris now a big* chance to be the next Laker/Kumble. #Ashes * infinitesimal— Dan Liebke (@LiebCricket) August 11, 2013
England collapsing like a row of cheap deck chairs. On the Titanic. Post iceberg. What the hell. #Ashes— legsidefilth (@legsidefilth) August 11, 2013
Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen had other ideas. The two set about resurrecting the innings and took England's towards a position of advantage with a century stand. Bell played an effortless innings, bringing up yet another fifty-plus score in this series.
Aussies have precise field plans for Cook, Trott n others but no third man for Bell. dabs for fun #Ashes— John Townsend (@johnt237) August 11, 2013
Bell puts on the red cape again and looks to save england again #50 #ashes— dave lee (@_davelee) August 11, 2013
Australia were not only hurt by England's batsmen, their chances were hit by the inevitable breakdown of Shane Watson.
As things grew desperate for Australia, they tried their luck reviewing an lbw call that umpire Hill had deemed not out. It was a poor review to say the least, but Australia's hopes were boosted with the dismissal of Pietersen soon after.
I assume that's a review based on the fact Tony Hill gave it not out, therefore it must have been out #Ashes— martin runeckles (@martinruneckles) August 11, 2013
The awfulness of that review effected Pietersen's concentration there. Brilliant tactics from the brilliant Michael Clarke. #Genius— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) August 11, 2013
Bell and Jonny Bairstow then constructed another important partnership that pushed the thoughts of a win further away from Australia, but the umpires grabbed the attention back from the batsmen with a questionable call for bad light that stopped play for five minutes.
Dear Umpires. If it seems dark to you, try taking off your wide-brimmed hats, which are casting a discernible shadow over your eyes. #Ashes— Thomas Mansell (@trm234567) August 11, 2013
The players are coming back on, not sure how they can see the steps without artificial lighting.— Jarrod Kimber (@ajarrodkimber) August 11, 2013
There were no further delays and the match followed the expected script: Bairstow fell for 28 and Bell got to his third century of the series.
Once play has finished for the day, Ian Bell will be taking on Usain Bolt in the 100m final. He's that good. #Ashes— 51allout (@51allout) August 11, 2013
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