Incessant rain has forced an early lunch on Day Four of the fifth Ashes 2013 Test at The Oval. The entire morning session was washed out without a ball being bowled. The morning session on Day Two was also washed out due to poor weather.
England finished Day Three at 247 for four after having begun the day at 32 for no loss. Ian Bell was batting on 29 and Chris Woakes was on 15 when stumps were called. A total of 98.3 overs were bowled on Friday to compensate for the lost time from Day Two. England trail Australia’s 492 for nine declared by 245 runs.
Only 215 runs were scored in the day as Joe Root scored 68 and Kevin Pietersen scored 50. Pietersen’s 32nd Test half-century was his third slowest as it came in 127 balls. Jonathan Trott was dismissed for 40 and captain Alastair Cook fell for 25. Mitchell Starc has taken two wickets so far.
Australia 492 for 9 decl. (Shane Watson 176, Steven Smith 138*, Ryan Harris 33; James Anderson 4 for 95, Graeme Swann 2 for 95) lead England 247 for four (Joe Root 68, Jonathan Trott 40, Kevin Pietersen 50; Mitchell Starc 2 for 60) by 245 runs.
(Shrikant Shankarpreviously worked with Mobile ESPN, where he did audio commentary for many matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20. He has also written many articles involving other sports for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)