By Shrikant Shankar
Jan 5, 2014
England have lost three big wickets in their run-chase of 448 to enter tea at 87 on Day Three of the fifth Ashes 2013-14 Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on January 5, 2014. Michael Carberry was batting on 43 and Gary Ballance was on seven. Australia were bowled out for 276 in their second innings.
The post-tea session began with Australia at 248 for seven. Chris Rogers played a cover drive off Boyd Rankin to get a four. He was soon dismissed by leg-spinner Scott Borthwick caught and bowled for 119. He finished both the Ashes campaigns as the top run-scorer.
Ryan Harris displayed some lower-order pyrotechnics and hit a four and a six off Borthwick. But the bowler got his man as Harris (13) slugged a wide low full-toss to Carberry at deep mid-wicket. The innings soon ended as Rankin found a thin edge off Peter Siddle’s bat and Jonny Bairstow took the catch.
If England had to win, they would require a world-record run-chase. Alastair Cook and Carberry opened the batting for England. Cook looked in positive mood as pulled the first delivery he faced off Mitchell Johnson and got a four through mid-wicket.
His stay was short-lived as he feathered a thin edge off Johnson to Brad Haddin behind the wickets. He was out for seven. Carberry got off the mar with a cover drive for four off Harris. Siddle then offered width and Carberry punched that in front of cover for a four.
Ian Bell began to loosen up as he hit a cut for four and an upper-cut for a six. But he soon cut one off Harris to David Warner at gully and was out for 16. Kevin Pietersen (3) also joined them as he edged one from Harris onto his pads and George Bailey took a very good one-handed catch behind him.
Ballance joined Carberry and together they put together an unbeaten 30-run partnership. Carberry hit a few fours through the off side and got into his 40s. tea was soon called and England needed another 361 runs to win. More importantly, Australia needed seven more wickets for a 5-0 whitewash.
Australia 326 (Shane Watson 43, Steven Smith 115, Brad Haddin 75; Ben Stokes 6 for 99) and 276 (Chris Rogers 119, George Bailey 46; Scott Borthwick 3 for 33, James Anderson 2 for 46) lead England 155 (Ben Stokes 47, Stuart Broad 30*; Peter Siddle 3 for 23, Mitchell Johnson 3 for 33, Ryan Harris 3 for 36) and 87 for 3 (Michael Carberry 43*; Ryan Harris 2 for 13) by 360 runs.
(Shrikant Shankar is a writer/reporter at CricketCountry.com. Previously he has done audio commentary for various matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)
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