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August 12, 2013
Day 4 dawned with a sense of déjà vu.
Groundhog Day. Team resuming at 5-for with a centurion at the crease. Aust lost 5-48 in same situation yesterday. Matchlosing. #Ashes— Richard Hinds (@rdhinds) August 12, 2013
News trickled in before the start of play that Shane Watson wouldn't bowl for the rest of the match.
One day we will say that we were there when Watson and Harris played two and a half tests together without being injured.— The Old Batsman (@theoldbatsman) August 12, 2013
The in-form Ian Bell held the key for England as they looked to push the lead past 250. But he was closing in on an inauspicious score.
Ian Bell's previous centuries in this series have both been 109. Wonder if he'll get the hat-trick? #ashes— Chris Stocks (@StocksC_cricket) August 12, 2013
Bell got past 109, but not much further. Tim Bresnan watched from the non-striker's end as Ryan Harris plucked Bell out with one that kept a touch low, and then Matt Prior with the very next ball. This one leapt up from a similar length.
The ball's not just talking, it's picking a fight with anyone within hearing distance. Someone hold its coat. #Ashes— legsidefilth (@legsidefilth) August 12, 2013
Bresnan playing this over well.— Fred Boycott (@FredBoycott) August 12, 2013
Elsewhere Shikhar Dhawan smashed his way to the second-highest score in List A history in an A game against South Africa.
Bell realizes his purple patch is nothing compared to Dhawan's and gets out.— gradwolf (@gradwolf) August 12, 2013
Stuart Broad was looking to play his shots, but Harris was back to bounce him out with a brute. Cue a sprightly counter-attack from Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann. Bresnan kicked it off by going after Jackson Bird.
Along the ground or aerial! Bird's flying everywhere! #Ashes— Mayukh Bhattacharya (@mayukh77) August 12, 2013
And just like that, shoulders began to slump.
250+ to chase and no Dhawan in team. Tough for Australia.— ABVan (@ABVan) August 12, 2013
Only 68 overs until the next new ball. #Ashes— Dan Liebke (@LiebCricket) August 12, 2013
After a nagging 42-run stand, Australia broke through thanks to Harris once again. He finished with 7 for 117, and Australia were set 299 to win.
If only Ryan Harris' knees weren't made of paper mâché...#Ashes— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) August 12, 2013
Gosling is fast losing his status as the world's most man-loved Ryan.— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) August 12, 2013
Chris Rogers and David Warner began the fourth innings steadily. England unsuccessfully reviewed an lbw shout against Rogers.
England reviewing purely on the basis that Tony Hill gave it not out #Ashes— 51allout (@51allout) August 12, 2013
#Ashes ...And Eng take an early lead in the race to waste the reviews— Brett Rowlands (@brettrowlands) August 12, 2013
Australia went to lunch without loss. All set then for a crackling second session. However, the rain came down to delay the start of the second session. Dampener? Think again.
Sky Sports Cricket have got it nailed. Rain delay so they are playing a Shane Warne master class with Strauss & Hussain. So interesting!— Rob Herriott (@robhezz) August 12, 2013
Post lunch, Hill ruled Rogers out caught behind off the trouser. Rogers reviewed and stayed in.
Tony Hills crossing his arms more than an on course bookie at Ascot— Ian Pont (@Ponty100mph) August 12, 2013
The ICC should force India's hand on DRS by insisting Tony Hill stand in all IPL matches.— Pavilion Opinions (@pavilionopinion) August 12, 2013
We can all learn something from George Constanza. For example, Tony Hill should do the opposite of whatever his instincts tell him. #Ashes— Aayush Sidd (@ayush_1901) August 12, 2013
RT if you've lost count of how many times Chris Rogers has used DRS to good effect in this Test. #Ashes— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 12, 2013
The chalk-and-cheese partnership put paid to England's hopes of striking with the new ball.
Warner middling everything, Rogers is finding the edge of anything! Good to watch either way. #Ashes— Daniel Brinkman (@DanielBrinkman) August 12, 2013
If Warner makes a half century here will he lose the #EscapeGoat tag— Warwick Todd (@warwicktodd_not) August 12, 2013
But despite the weighty opening stand, England were always in the game.
With these type of pitches there's at a least one ball with your name on it. which is why Alan Duke never had a long Test career— Ian Pont (@Ponty100mph) August 12, 2013
England were fast running out of options.
Cook has 3 plans. Plan A includes Jimmy, Plan B includes Swann, Plan C is pray Zeus for something to happen #Ashes— Sports Dimension (@Sport_Dimension) August 12, 2013
Time to go the walkabout way?
England tried everything to break the momentum. Broad went down down to remove his boot and put it back on.
There has been more footage of Stuart Broad's shoes than Usman Khawaja's batting in this #Ashes— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) August 12, 2013
Lots of England conferences. Trying to breakup Aust openers' rhythm by discussing dinner options. #ashes— Daniel Brettig (@danbrettig) August 12, 2013
Ps England coach now sending messages out to Cook !! Is the under 10's ? Mmmmm... #ashes— Shane Warne (@warne888) August 12, 2013
Roses are red Violets are blue Excessive appeals, antics all around England have no clue #Ashes— cricBC (@cricBC) August 12, 2013
Its times like this in previous ashes we would have chucked the ball to flintoff to do something special #ashes— Andrew Smith (@drewba76) August 12, 2013
The only chance England have of winning this is to bring on Harris to bowl #differentclass— Ian Pont (@Ponty100mph) August 12, 2013
Things were beginning to look exceedingly desperate when Swann found a way. Rogers fell for 49 soon after Warner had reached his 50.
Ok Usman. 40 runs in 150 minutes. That's your role, should you choose to accept it. #Ashes— Richard Hinds (@rdhinds) August 12, 2013
But it wasn't Mission Difficult; it was Mission Impossible for Khawaja. He departed after getting a start.
Khawaja is Australia's Bairstow - always the man for a fluent 20-odd #Ashes— Tom Davies (@tomdaviesE17) August 12, 2013
That was the opening England needed. Broad charged in and delivered a hostile spell, while Bresnan - who didn't have too many backers at the start of the day - provided good support.
Bresnan????? Cook's lost the plot here, as he has for much of the series. #Ashes— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) August 12, 2013
Twenty seconds later, Warner was out caught behind off Bresnan's bowling.
Then Broad conjured up a magic 92 mph legcutter to crash Michael Clarke's castle.
@GeorgeDobell1 It would mess up his hair.— Ed Webb (@Beardy_Ed) August 12, 2013
Suddenly Australia were shaky, with Shane Watson once again looking vulnerable to the full and straight one.
Shane Watson batting with one leg that works. Does that make him more or less likely to be out LBW?— The Cricket Geek (@TheCricketGeek) August 12, 2013
Steve Smith went next, fisting a pull shot onto his stumps.
Hand eye wicket coordination from Steven Smith #ashes— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) August 12, 2013
And then came the inevitable Watson lbw which was upheld on review.
By Watson standards, that was a good review.— King Cricket (@TheKingsTweets) August 12, 2013
DRS: Don't Review, Shane.— Alternative Cricket (@AltCricket) August 12, 2013
When Haddin exited in similar fashion. Australia had gone from 168 for 2 to 181 for 7.
Bell, Broad & Bresnan deliver. England team full of surnames beginning with B for The Oval & tour to Australia? #bbccricket— Alex Hemingway (@alex8513) August 12, 2013
Just a Rhyno, Lyon and Bird left in the ark.— King Cricket (@TheKingsTweets) August 12, 2013
Broad continued the demolition, slipping one past Harris' defences.
Like a Broad through butter... #Ashes— Alan R Gardner (@alanroderick) August 12, 2013
The Aussie's have collapsed like a pack of Shane Warne's poker cards. They couldn't #digin to a fish supper.— Fred Boycott (@FredBoycott) August 12, 2013
Broad completed his 10-for as the light began to worsen.
Haha best will be if they go off for bad light now. After all, the ICC is a farce to be reckoned with.— krtgrphr (@krtgrphr) August 12, 2013
Don't give umpire Tony Hill the light meter. He'd point it at the sun and offer the batsmen the light #cricket— Martin Williamson (@mogodonman) August 12, 2013
The sun came out eventually, and so did Broad to finish the game. England 3 - Australia 0. Series decided.