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
Congrats @MClarke23 on a tremendous & very courageous innings. Well played my friend,must have been our net session yesterday !!!! #ashes
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.
Broad walks off with a (slight) limp, Swann’s been been taking pain-killers, Aus 220-3 and Eng have no reviews left. The series has turned.
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.
Huge appeal. Big drive from Smith. England go up, they can’t believe it’s given not out. Review. #Ashes#ReturnTheUrn
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.
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.
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
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.
English bowlers lbw plans don’t work to Wato… he instead gets out knicking Bresnan to slip #NoDRS Aus 1/76 #ashes
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.
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.
Lbw shout against Watto. But as suggested, too high. Would have been out at Lord’s or Trent Bridge.
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.
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the most-awaited blockbuster series of the season, the Ashes 2013. After an huge 347-run loss at Lord’s, Michael Clarke & Co. will look to get the better of England and come back into the five-match series in the third Test at Old Trafford. For that, however, they have to play out of their skins. Can England carry the momentum forward and go 3-0 up? Or will Australia manage to pull one back? We will only know over the course of the next five days starting today.
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