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By Jaideep Vaidya
Jul 12, 2013
Australia edged ahead of England in the first Test of The Ashes 2013 in the morning session of Day Three as they reduced the hosts to 157 for four at lunch. England lead Australia by 92 runs.
England lost both their overnight batsmen, Kevin Pietersen (64) and Alastair Cook (50), after the duo brought up their 13th century stand in Test cricket.
Pietersen and Cook had provided England with a steady start and had negotiated the nervy first hour of play well. Pietersen was looking confident and struck a few glorious boundaries before bringing up his 31st Test half-century. However, at the stroke of the hour, the talismanic batsman chopped James Pattinson‘s fullish delivery wide of off-stump onto his middle stump to end a responsible knock.
Cook, meanwhile, had begun showing his first signs of aggression as he approached his half-century, which was brought up in 164 balls, equaling his slowest ever. But the England captain was to fall soon after as he nicked Ashton Agar to first slip to give the teenager his first Test wicket.
Ian Bell and Jonny Bairstow then held fort for the next 50 minutes or so as the ball began to swing around. Michael Clarke brought on his quicks who troubled the two batsmen, but they managed to reach the break unscathed.
England 215 and 157 for 4 (Alastair Cook 50, Kevin Pietersen 64; Mitchell Starc 2 for 44) lead Australia 280 (Phil Hughes 81*, Ashton Agar 98; James Anderson 5 for 85) by 92 runs.
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