Stuart Broad is Man of the Match. Due credit for Ian Bell as well for setting up a stiff target with his third century in this series. The runs from Bresnan and Swann down the order have been vital as well. It’s been a complete performance and as every winning team shows, there is one member who can stand up to the occasion and the others stick together as a team. Here’s the match report and photo gallery.
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Darren Lehmann is gutted at his team’s batting performance. Ryan Harris and Chris Rogers put up a remarkable performance amidst enormous pressure.
At 109/0 Australia had fought hard and were truly on course for a deserving victory. As they say one session can change the fortunes, Australia will have to blame themselves for this loss. However, let’s not forget Stuart Broad; he’s been in the news all through the Ashes.AUS 224 | Overs 6.2 | Bird 1*OUT! Siddle 23(48)
There it is; a 3-0 lead and an Ashes win for England. The light improves and Stuart Broad comes back to dismiss Peter Siddle. Broad’s match-figures read 11 for 121, a truly commendable job as England win by 74 runs.
AUS 211/9 | Overs 61 | Siddle 11* OUT! Lyon 8(10)
England right on the verge of victory here as Stuart Broad completes a 10-for. Lyon bowled for 8. The umpires have extended the play as the match can produce a result this evening.
England might actually end day four with a 2-1 lead as a victory is just two wickets away. Stuart Broad in his usual way nips the ball back in and Harris is clueless. The ball hits him in front of the wicket and the umpire has no hesitation in raising his finger.
AUS 181/7 | Overs 53 | Siddle 0* OUT! Haddin 4(6)
Australia in deep trouble now. Brad Haddin tried to work one on the legside from Stuart Broad, the ball hits on the knee-roll. The umpire raises his finger and Haddin opts for the one remaining review. The replays show ball clipping the stumps and the decision is upheld. Australia will surely look at the day’s play and kick themselves for the situation they have placed themselves into.
Tim Bresnan dismisses Shane Watson leg-before. Watson’s encounter with leg-before decisions continue and similar to previous occasions he opts for a review. The replays show the ball brushing past his pads and edging the leg stump and the umpire’s decision stays. England are slowly taking control of the game now.
AUS 175/5 | Overs 51 | Watson 1* OUT! Smith 2(19)
Stuart Broad angles it into Smith and the batsman tries to hook it. Unfortunately for Smith the ball takes the bottom-edge and disturbs the stumps.
AUS 175/4 | Overs 49 | Smith 2*, Watson 1* OUT! Clarke 21(27)
Big big breakthrough for England! Michael Clarke is gone. Who got him? Of course Stuart Broad! He shatteres Clarke’s stumps and now Shane Watson has come out to take Australia forward.
AUS 173/3 | Overs 47 | Clarke 20*, Smith 2*
Australia were looking on course, but not England would feel that they are in the game. Smith tries to pull a shortish delivery and it goes off the hips to the wicket-keeper. The umpire turned down the vociferous appeal, fo Cook decided to review it. But, Smith is safe and the Hot Spot confirms it. England have lost all their reviews.
AUS 168/3 | Overs 44 | Clarke 16*, Smith 0* OUT! Warner 71(113)
Michael Clarke is also moving well. He punches an over-pitched delivery from Anderson back past him for a four. He edges the next ball, but it falls way short of first slip. Bresnan gets the big man. It bounces near the off-stump and has Warner prodding at it. Steven Smith is the new man.
AUS 151/2 | Overs 40 | David Warner 68*, Clarke 4* OUT! Usman Khawaja 21(35)
Swann gets his second. Khawaja does not ove his feet and is trapped in front. Aleem Dar’s finger goes up right away and Khawaja has to go back. Michael Clarke is the new man in and he has to play another captain’s knock to help Australia. At the same time, they need Warner to continue. Clarke gets off the mark by pulling a short ball through mid-wicket for four.
AUS 138/1 | Overs 38 | David Warner 68*, Usman Khawaja 12*
Play has resumed after Tea and all eyes are on David Warner. Swann comes in and he smashes him through the off-side for four. He is moving along very well and Australia would be feeling a lot more confident with each passing over.
Even Khawaja gets into his stride with a classy shot through point for four.
AUS 120/1 | Overs 33 | David Warner 57*, Usman Khawaja 6*
This session belongs to Australia although Chris Rogers fell in the final few minutes before tea. David Warner is leading a strong fightback. Australia are in driver’s seat, needing 179 runs for a win in the fourth Test match. Do join us in ten minutes.
Tea. Top session. 1-120. Warner (57*) and Rogers (49) put on 109 for the first wicket. Australia need 179 runs to win. #Ashes
AUS 101/0 | Overs 28 | Chris Rogers 45*, David Warner 48*
Australian openers have put up 100. Both Rogers and Warner are looking very comfortable. No problems there as they keep playing good strokes.
AUS 74/0 | Overs 18 | Chris Rogers 30*, David Warner 37*
Warner is batting beautifully. Anything short on the off-stump, he is punching it through the off-side and it is speeding away for four. With Swann in the attack, he dances down the ground and smashes him over cover for a six. Rogers also drives one through the off-side to get a four off Swann.
AUS 50/0 | Overs 13 | Chris Rogers 19*, David Warner 24*
Bresnan is getting the ball to move away from Rogers. On one occasion, he gets the edge and it was going towards Alastair Cook at firs-slip. However, it wasn’t carrying so Graeme Swann dived across from second slip, but only got a hand to it. Something similar happened in the first innings.
There is a big appeal for leg-before as Anderson hits Warner on the pads. However, the appeal is turned down as it pitched outside leg. The ball was pitched a little fuller and moced a touch. Anderson then over-pitches on Warner’s pads and he is flicked through mid-wicket quite easily for four. Warner also latches on to one wide outside the off-stump to fetch another boundary.
Bresnan continues to shape it away from Rogers. He gets an edge on an occasion, but it goes through to third-man for four. These two have now put up fifty and it is a good start to the chase for Australia.
AUS 35/0 | Overs 9 | Chris Rogers 14*, David Warner 14*
Boy! Hasn’t DRS been good to Australia! broad comes around the wicket and squares up Rogers. It takes a deflection and Prior takes it. England go up in appeal and the umpire sends Rogers on his way. Rogers reviews it instantly and the replays show that the deflection came off the back leg and not the bat. Hot Spot also confirmed it.
The openers are looking very confident. Warner also punishes one that is wide and send it to the boundary on the off-side.
AUS 12/0 | Overs 6 | Chris Rogers 6*, David Warner 2*
The match has started after the rain delay and Rogers has an early scare. The ball went into the air as he couldn’t keep a short one down. Broad made a desperate dive forward after stopping in his follow through, but could not get there.
The rain has stopped and the news coming in is that play will resume at 02:50 PM local time i.e. about 07:20 PM Indian Standard Time. Hopefully, the rain stays away and we get to watch the whole day without further interruptions.
Play to restart at 2.50pm provided there is no further rain #Ashes
AUS 11/0 | Overs 5 | Chris Rogers 5*, David Warner 2*
It’s lunch on day four as Australia avoid any casualties in the chase of 299. It’s still a long way to go but this Test is heading for an exciting finish. Australia see out the five overs before the break. The target isn’t seems achievable for the visitors, but the wicket isn’t going to be any easy for batting. Join us on the other side of the break. In the meanwhile you can read the lunch report here.
ENG 330 | Overs 95.1 | Swann 30*OUT! Anderson 0 (5)
Nathan Lyon picks up James Anderson. He has three wickets. England added 96 runs in the morning session. What a bowling performance from Ryan Harris, who picked up seven wickets. Australia need 299 to win the fourth Test match.
Wonderful effort by Ryan Harris, career-best 7-117. In six Tests v ENG, has taken 31 wickets at 21.5. Outstanding! #Ashes
Bresnan is wielding his willow to entertain the crowd at Chester-le-Street. He smashes three boundaries in an over from Brid. A shot that stood out was one that was absolutely carted over mid-on for four. It was played on the rise and he went at it with everything. Swann joins Bresnan in the centre and they continue making merry. Swann capitalises on an over-pitched delivery by stroking it through the covers. Bresnan is in attacking mood, making room and smashing it.
The lead is already past 270. It should be a very good total.
The English tail loves to wag! They love to play their strokes and live by the sword and die by it. That is what happened here. Broad tries to attack one from Harris but only spoons a catch to gully. His 13 runs came off only seven deliveries. Six wickets for Harris. It has been a splendid show!
ENG 255/7 | Overs 83 | Bresnan 12*, Broad 4* OUT! Bell 113(210) Prior 0(1)
Harris gets five! Prior comes and goes as he his bowled first ball. Is this game turning on its head? As has been the pattern in this game, the momentum keeps swinging to and fro. Before that Ian Bell was also bowled. The new ball is doing a lot here. Broad defends the hat-trick ball.
Australia take a review as Jackson Bird brings the new ball back to Tim Bresnan who offers no shot. Australia go up but Aleem Dar says not-out. The ball was just clipping the top of the stumps so the on-field call stays.
Umpire’s call! Just nipping the top of leg. No reviews left. The new ball is doing plenty. #Ashes
Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the most-awaited blockbuster series of the season, the Ashes 2013. I, Nishad Pai Vaidya, will bring you momentary updates of the action from Day Four of the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street.
Ian Bell‘s third ton in the ongoing series put England in control at the end of the third day. Australia will have their backs against the wall when they take the field today. With a bowler short due to Shane Watson‘s injury, they could be in for a long day with Bell looking well settled. If they can wrap up the England innings quickly, they could stand a chance to open their account in the series. A big day for the visitors.