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England v Australia, 4th Investec Test, Durham, 3rd day

August 11, 2013

Red-caped Bell again

Devashish Fuloria

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.

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.

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.

Anderson, who has been having a quiet series, finally made his presence felt, making Peter Siddle edge the new ball to first slip.

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.

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.

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.

England, 32 runs behind, started poorly again, as Joe Root was bowled by a jaffa from Harris.

England's situation got worse as Harris picked up two more wickets soon after they had taken a lead.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Team_India_Rocx on (August 12, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

Good work by Dev again...

Posted by Mahesh4811 on (August 12, 2013, 8:59 GMT)

oh........this is a wonderful collection of tweets!!!!!

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