Michael Clarke is unbeaten at 125 on Day One of third Test at Old Trafford © Getty Images
Aug 1, 2013
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Aus 303/3 | Overs 90 | Clarke 125*, Smith 70*
Australia finish the first day at 303 for three thanks to the unbeaten fourth wicket stand of 174 between Michael Clarke and Steven Smith. England will want to take early wickets on Day Two else Australia are in for a big first innings score on a placid track at Old Trafford
Aus 273/3 | Overs 81 | Clarke 111*, Smith 54*
England take the new ball. The first ball has been pulled through mid-wicket by Smith. Australia are cashing in on a flat track.
Australian fans have more than one reason to cheer. Steven Smith brings up his half-century. Here’s are some numbers about Test captains.
Michael Clarke scores his 24th century in Test cricket. What a time to score one. Captain leading from the front.
Aus 243/3 | Overs 72 | Clarke 95*, Smith 41*
Australia are piling on the runs at Old Trafford. Clarke looks set to score a century. Smith too is looking confident. He is handling Swann well. A straight hit over top of his head for a boundary and then a cut past point for a four makes him the winner of Smith vs Swann battle. England need quick wickets.
Aus 203/3 | Overs 59 | Clarke 73*, Smith 25*
Australia bring up their 200. Clarke is looking composed and well-set. He hits an excellent pull shot off Broad in this over and then opens the face of the bat and gets three. We have a delay. Broad is not too happy with the landing area. There is a stoppage of play.
Aus 168/3 | Overs 47 | Clarke 52*, Smith 11*
A 39-run partnership between Clarke and Smith. The partnership is blossoming. Smith who survived a close leg-before call against Swann settled well. He flicked Bresnan off his pads for a boundary and from then onwards he is just oozing with confidence.
Michael Clarke gets to a half-century. Well played captain. Australia would want him to continue scoring runs.
Aus 151/3 | Overs 43 | Clarke 45*, Smith 1*
Australia bring up their 150. This has been a very impressive batting display. Clarke has looked composed and looks set for a big score.
We have yet another DRS: Graeme Swann raps Steven Smith on the pads and there is an appeal. Tony Hill says ‘Not Out’. England ask for the review. And a millimeter comes to Australia’s rescue. As per the law at least 50 per cent of the ball should hit the stumps. It was almost out but not quite.
Aus 129/3 | Overs 37 | Clarke 25*, Smith 0* OUT! Rogers 84 (114)
Rogers plays across the line and Swann traps him in front. Rogers thinks about the review but after consultation with his skipper decides against it. A big breakthrough for England. Australia losing wicket at the wrong time. A 47-run partnership is broken.
Aus 104/2 | Overs 30 | Rogers 72*, Clarke 12*
Australia have started well after lunch. Clarke played an exquisite cover drive past mid-off and extra-cover for a boundary. He gets into his groove. Australia seek a big first innings total.
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Aus 92/2 | Overs 26 | Rogers 67*, Clarke 5* LUNCH
Australia finish the first session at 92 for two. Rogers has batted well. He has looked comfortable scoring 67 runs. Australia will be irked by the decision of Khawaja. DRS is in focus again. Will Khawaja’s dismissal have any bearing on the final outcome? Anyway don’t be surprised to see and read a lot about Khawaja’s dismissal soon.
Look what Michael Vaughan has to say about Khawaja’s dismissal
Aus 82/2 | Overs 23 | Rogers 57*, Clarke 0* OUT! Khawaja 1 (19)
Graeme Swann dismisses Usman Khawaja. Umpire Tony Hill declares Khawaja out. But Khawaja is challenging the call. DRS supports Hill’s decision but there was not enough evidence to conclude that Khawaja was out. “A shocker,” says Shane Warne on air.
Aus 76/1 | Overs 17 | Rogers 57*, Khawaja 0* OUT! Watson 19 (49)
Tim Bresnan finds the edge of the bat and Australia lose their first wicket. England have pegged back Australian momentum. A big breakthrough for England.
Aus 70/0 | Overs 16 | Watson 18*, Rogers 52*
James Anderson’s comeback over sees Rogers hitting him for two shots. First it was the clip of the pads and then two hits that peppered the off-side field. High quality shots those.
Australia bring up 50-run partnership and what a start it has been for them at Old Trafford. Chris Rogers in particular has lookes positive. His staright drives against James Anderson and TIm Bresnan were top quality shots. He looks set for a big one.
Will these men seal the series at Old Trafford? Australia have got off to a good start on a placid Old Trafford track.
Aus 39/0 | Overs 10 | Watson 12*, Rogers 27*
The openers have got Australia off to a good start. Watson is looking comfortable as he pulled Stuart Broad with consummate ease in the eighth over. Rogers is also looking confident. The batting strip looks like it has a lot of runs on it.
Aus 29/0 | Overs 7 | Watson 7*, Rogers 22*
Australian openers are off to an assertive start. Rogers is unbeaten on run-a-ball 22. Rogers hits Anderson for a boundary behind point — his second in that fashion against Anderson.
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Aus 16/0 | Overs 5 | Watson 5*, Rogers 11*
Australia off to a confident start. There is positive intent from the openers. Watson is looking to play his shots while Rogers is looking busy.
Aus 5/0 | Overs 1 | Watson 1*, Rogers 4*
Rogers gets off the mark with a boundary past the third slip and gully. The outfield is fast and one thing is for sure at Old Trafford — the batsman always get value for their shots.
Australia captain Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bat first in the third Test of the Ashes 2013 at Old Trafford.
Australia have gone in for three changes in their side, bringing in David Warner, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc for Phil Hughes, Ashton Agar and James Pattinson respectively.
Clarke also confirms that Warner will bat at No 6.
England, on the other hand, have gone in unchanged. Kevin Pietersen is fit.
Australia: Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Usman Khawaja, Michael Clarke (c), Steven Smith, David Warner, Brad Haddin (wk), Peter Siddle, Ryan Harris, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon.
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.
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