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Day 5

638dThe Bulletin by Alex Brown at Edgbaston

Clarke and North put Australia safe

After a rain-affected draw at Edgbaston, in which England's push for victory fell flat, the question now stands: who takes the momentum into Headingley?


Third Test, day 5

Featuring Cricinfo's deputy editor Alex Brown, UK editor Andrew Miller and Australasia editor Peter English

638dAndrew Miller at Edgbaston

A slip, a drop and a blinder

The plays of the day from the final day at Edgbaston as Australia easily secured a draw

638dPeter English at Edgbaston

Johnson comes out of his shell

Mitchell Johnson delivered on a promise to team-mates to "puff my chest out" against England on Sunday despite his series-long struggles with the ball

638dPeter English at Edgbaston

Australia's new working-class hero

Michael Clarke, the flashy millionaire who grew up playing all the shots, fine-tuned his working-class values to secure a relieving draw for Australia

Day 4

638dThe Bulletin by Alex Brown at Edgbaston

Aggressive England open up victory chance

Two wickets in the final session backed up positive half centuries from Andrew Flintoff and Stuart Broad to give England the chance to push for victory on the final day at Edgbaston


Third Test, day 4

Featuring Cricinfo's deputy editor Alex Brown, UK editor Andrew Miller and Australasia editor Peter English

Day 3

638dThe Bulletin by Alex Brown at Edgbaston

Rain washes out third day's play

Despite the valiant efforts of the head groundsman Steve Rouse and his staff, rain forced the abandonment of the third day's play at Edgbaston

638dCricinfo staff

Lee eyeing Headingley comeback

Australia's bowling stocks could receive a much-needed boost with Brett Lee eyeing a return in next week's fourth Test following a rib injury

638dPeter English at Edgbaston

Watson wants to cement opening role

Shane Watson has already started thinking about being more alert at the beginning of an innings after his promising debut as a Test opener was ended by a first-ball dismissal on the second day

638dPeter English at Edgbaston

Flower remains optimistic about win

The coach Andy Flower believes England still have a chance of taking a 2-0 Ashes lead despite the third day being washed out at Edgbaston

Day 2

638dThe Bulletin by Alex Brown at Edgbaston

Strauss guides dominant England

Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell built on the outstanding bowling of James Anderson and Graham Onions as the home built a strong position

638dAndrew Miller at Edgbaston

The perfect start

Plays of the day from the second day of the Edgbaston Test between England and Australia

638dAndrew Miller at Edgbaston

Anderson swings into eminence

By picking up his first five-wicket haul against Australia, James Anderson has the opportunity to erase his awkward past and stride forward with confidence

638dPeter English at Edgbaston

Records mean little to Ponting

Ricky Ponting has become Australia's leading Test run-scorer after passing Allan Border's mark of 11,174 during the third Test at Edgbaston


Third Test, Day 2

Featuring Cricinfo's deputy editor Alex Brown, UK editor Andrew Miller and Australasia editor Peter English

638dPeter English at Edgbaston

Australia were outswung and outplayed

Australian bowlers search for seam movement and variation in bounce instead of swerve in the air. When it comes to swinging the ball they are always behind

Day 1

638dPeter English at Edgbaston

Watson shines as make-shift opener

Australia's batsmen refused to suffer further from the team's Edgbaston curse as they raced to 126 for 1 on a first day significantly curtailed by rain

638dAlex Brown at Edgbaston

The Watson gamble pays off

Shane Watson entered the Edgbaston Test having never batted higher than No. 6, and with single-digit totals in each of his last four innings

638dAlex Brown and Peter English at Edgbaston

Haddin out with broken finger

Australia were dealt a major blow just moments before the scheduled start of play with Brad Haddin forced out of the side with a suspected broken finger and Graham Manou called in for his Test debut

638dAndrew Miller at Edgbaston

England aim to regroup overnight

A day that began with the threat of a total washout finished with England wishing the rain had continued to fall


Third Test, Day 1

Featuring Cricinfo's deputy editor Alex Brown, UK editor Andrew Miller and Australasia editor Peter English

638dAndrew Miller at Edgbaston

An 11th hour injury

Plays of the day from the first day of the Edgbaston Test between England and Australia


638dPeter English

North aims for consistency

Marcus North wants his vital 96 on the final day at Edgbaston to be the innings that kick-starts a run of consistency and eliminates all doubt over his position at No. 6

638dAndrew Miller at Edgbaston

Twittering cricketers

Phillip Hughes became the first player to "tweet" his own axing from the team

638dTim de Lisle

Are you England in disguise?

The 2009 Aussies have not just been a pale shadow of their brilliant predecessors - they're so pale, they have a distinctly Pommie tinge

638dAlex Brown at Edgbaston

Race against time for opening day

Several members of Edgbaston's groundstaff will work on the water-logged outfield through the night, but have privately conceded there is little chance of play on Thursday

638dAndrew Miller and Alex Brown

Australia have lost aura - Strauss

England are praying Andrew Flintoff's knee suffers no lingering effects from his first bowl with the side since steering them to a mood-changing victory at Lord's last week

638dPeter English at Edgbaston

Ponting looking beyond Border's record

Ricky Ponting is 25 runs from becoming Australia's leading scorer and the third most prolific in Tests, but he has greater team pursuits to achieve this week in Birmingham

638dPeter English at Edgbaston

Wayward Johnson poses dilemma

Mitchell Johnson will get a chance to re-group and toughen up away from international glare if he is dropped

638dAlex Brown

Edgbaston curator predicts bowlers' graveyard

Steve Rouse, the Edgbaston groundsman, believes England should resist the temptation to call in Steve Harmison for the third Test on a wicket he predicts will be flat and sluggish

638dCricinfo staff

Strauss confirms Bell will bat at No. 4

Andrew Strauss expects Andrew Flintoff to be fit for the third Ashes Test against Australia at Edgbaston on Thursday, and has confirmed that Ian Bell will bat at No.4 in place of the injured Kevin Pietersen

638dPeter English at Edgbaston

Strauss wary of Australia backlash

Habits of a lifetime are difficult to change for Andrew Strauss, who despite England's strong Ashes position believes it's too dangerous to glance ahead

638dAlex Brown in Birmingham

Anderson backs Johnson to shine again

James Anderson, the spearhead of the England attack, expressed supreme confidence that Mitchell Johnson would not only play in the third Test, but emerge from his extended form slump to again trouble England's batsmen

Australia 3rd innings Partnerships

1st47SM KatichSR Watson
2nd5RT PontingSR Watson
3rd85MEK HusseySR Watson
4th24MEK HusseyMJ Clarke
5th185MJ NorthMJ Clarke
6th29GA ManouMJ Clarke