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England vs Australia, 3rd Test, The Ashes 2013

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Michael Clarke is the Man of the Match and he says, 'I tried not to open the curtains today morning. Unfortunately, it was not looking great and we knew in the hotel that the rain was going to come down hard. 2-0 down and in the UK there is always a bit of rain and we suffered today. I think we need to concentrate on the remaining two games and not look too much forward. The boys played exceptionally well in the game. It is nice to make runs, but I have to make even more in the next two. I didn't feel, especially at the start of the innings, fantastic but as the innings progressed, I settled down. My batting position is irrelevant to me. It doesn't bother me much. The selectors have done their job in putting up the best XI and I am sure we will have a side that suits the conditions best in the next game as well. Harris bowled really well, we continue to see how good a bowler he is. Warner is a strong character, he wont mind the jibes from the crowd, it might fire him up and hopefully he will be able to score some runs.'
Cook: 'It's obviously a great feeling. It's great to retain the Ashes after just three games. We got a little bit of luck from the weather. We played well in Lord's, Trent Bridge was a close game. Credit to Australia here, they put us under real pressure. The weather has not been ideal today. The feeling in the dressing room is a very pleasant one. To win after 3 games is so special, we will enjoy tonight and come back fresh for the next Test match. The wicket here was very good Test track. KP batted really well in the first innings and it turned out to be a very crucial knock. It is a challenge to handle pressure. The 4-man attack obviously had to put a lot of effort. But, credit to Australia for their great effort.'
The presentation ceremony is being held indoors.
This is also the first time that England have won a hat-trick of Ashes contests since the 1950s. Looks like the tide is finally turning in favour of England.
England have retained the Ashes with this draw, this is the first time that they have managed this feat (of retaining the Ashes at the end of the 3rd Test) since 1928. There are still two Tests to go, and Australia will look to take some positives from this match. The only silver lining for the visitors is that they have snapped a losing streak of six games. This is the 3rd successive time that England have retained the Ashes, they have very little time to celebrate though. They will be back defending it down under in November, 2013.
Batting for a second time, Australia scraped together a handy 331 run lead before bad light and rain forced them into an overnight declaration on Day 4. With rain predicted, their bowlers once again delivered an efficient performance to leave the hosts reeling at lunch. Unfortunately, that was as good as they got as persistent downpour restricted the match to just 3 balls after lunch.
Disappointment for the Australians. After two losses, they finally regrouped and put on a show here at Old Trafford. Chris Rogers led the way with a fine 84. Michael Clarke led from the front to make 187, Steve Smith fought hard for his 89 as they declared at 527/7. England's reply was led by Kevin Pietersen, who scored his 23rd Test hundred, 1st on this ground to lead the hosts to 368 all-out.
16:39 Local Time, 15:39 GMT, 21:09 IST: Well, the inevitable has happened. Day 5 has been called off. The match is drawn and England retain the Ashes.
16:34 Local Time, 15:34 GMT, 21:04 IST: Breaking news: There will be an inspection at 17:00, ie in 30 minutes time.
16:29 Local Time, 15:29 GMT, 20:59 IST: Live visuals presents a bleak picture. It is still pelting down at the ground. There is plenty of water on the covers and an announcement is expected very soon. The umpire's are in the Australian dressing room, presumably to inform the inevitable.
16:19 Local Time, 15:19 GMT, 20:49 IST: Things continue to remain gloomy at Old Trafford. More and more people are leaving the ground. Australia's Ashes hopes at least for the time being is all but over.
15:49 Local Time, 14:49 GMT, 20:19 IST: Remember, England will retain the Ashes if this Test ends in a draw. Australia, though will have a chance to level the series at 2-2 if they win the final two Tests at Chester-le-Street and the Oval.
15:33 Local Time, 14:33 GMT, 20:03 IST: Tea will be taken at 15:40 local time. Rain is still sheeting down at Old Trafford. Reckon, a decision will be made pretty soon.
15:10 Local Time, 14:10 GMT, 19:40 IST: It is still raining. Australia's hopes of keeping the Ashes alive are hanging by a thin thread right now.

Match details

Toss : Australia won the toss and elected to bat first

Umpires : Marais Erasmus (South Africa) and Tony Hill (New Zealand)

TV umpire : Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka)

Match referee : Ranjan Madugalle (Sri Lanka)

Teams

England : Alastair Cook(c), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonathan Bairstow, Matt Prior(wk), Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, James Anderson.

Australia : Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Usman Khawaja, Michael Clarke(c), Steven Smith, David Warner, Brad Haddin(wk), Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon.

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