The scoring has dropped even further, as if it was possible. But both the batsmen are just looking to play out the remaining overs. Woakes prevents Australia bowling five maidens in-a-row with a single through the covers. Stumps were finally called and England finished the day at 247 for four. They trail Australia by 245 runs. Well that is it from us today, join us tomorrow for all the action from Day Four.
Eng 245/4 | Overs 109 | Bell 29*, Woakes 13*
Harris comes from round the wicket to Woakes and bowls short. Woakes punches one of the back-foot straight past mid-off for his third four. Harris then bowls a similar line to Bell. A few overs later, Bell drives a Faulkner delivery for a four through the covers. The deficit is below 250 now.
Woakes hits another four as Starc bowls a full delivery on leg-stump. The ball races away towards the fine-leg boundary. The light is dropping at The Oval but the umpires are trying to stay on as long as possible. Bell looks like he is happy to play for stumps.
Eng 221/4 | Overs 101 | Bell 15*, Woakes 4* OUT! Pietersen 50
Pietersen then under-edges a short ball from Faulkner while trying to pull. The ball misses the stumps and goes to the fine-leg fence for four. That is Pietersen’s 32nd Test half-century. Bell then pulls a short ball from Siddle towards square-leg to get his first four of the session. Pietersen then edged a full and wide delivery from Starc and Watson took the catch at first slip. There was a doubt whether the ball bounced after getting the edge, but replays showed that the ball pitched first and then took edge.
Chris Woakes then reaches out to a full and wide delivery first up and gets a four through the covers.
Kevin Pietersen’s 50 off 127 balls is his slowest #Ashes 50 and 3rd slowest overall.
Every single run that has been taken is greeted with loud cheers from the crowd. It has been that slow. Siddle then bowls and good length delivery and Pietersen comes forward and across. The ball hits the pads and the Australians appeal. The umpire says not but Clarke asks for the review. Replays show that the ball had struck Pietersen’s pads just outside the line of off-stump. Australia lose both their reviews. The light also is getting darker around the ground.
Eng 203/3 | Overs 94 | Pietersen 42*, Bell 9*
England have crossed the 200-run mark and their deficit is below 300. The scoring is still very slow. Bell, who has been the best batsman of the series, is also finding it difficult to get the score moving quickly. Lyon is bowling from round the wicket to Pietersen and the field is set accordingly by Clarke. He is restricting Pietersen from scoring in front of the wicket on the leg side.
Eng 197/3 | Overs 89 | Pietersen 38*, Bell 7*
Welcome back for the final session on Day Three. Harris bowls a bouncer at Pietersen, but the batsman rocks back onto his back-foot and pulls brilliantly to get a four at fine-leg. Starc is bowling some testing deliveries and also some wayward ones. There is some drizzle around the ground.
The lights are on and the new ball is bending. Plenty of issues with people obstructing the sight screens. England 3-188 #Ashes
Eng 181/3 | Overs 82 | Pietersen 29*, Bell 4* OUT! Trott 40
Starc has provided the breakthrough and ended this highly slow partnership. Trott is struck on the pads and the Australians go up. The umpire gives him out, but Trott asks for a review. Replays show that the ball pitched in line with the leg-stump, swung in slightly and hit the pads in line as well. A review wasted by England. That partnership was worth 58 runs. Ian Bell is the new batsman and he gets off the mark with a four towards behind square on the off side. Tea has been taken.
Eng 169/2 | Overs 78 | Trott 35*, Pietersen 26*
Pietersen says enough is enough and takes a low full-toss from Smith on the full and slices it over the bowler’s head for a four. Smith then draws Trott forward with a flighted delivery. The ball pitches on a good length and turns slightly, but enough to miss the outside edge. Lyon then bowls a beautiful delivery that goes in between Trott’s bat and pad. However the ball bounced a bit more and missed the stumps and the Haddin behind as it went for four byes. The duo cross the 50-run partnership.
Eng 150/2 | Overs 72 | Trott 30*, Pietersen 16*
Pietersen should be out here. He pushes a Lyon delivery towards mid-on and goes for another quick single. This time he is well short of the crease as Warner throws at the non-striker’s end. But the throw is well over the stumps and Pietersen is safe. Then Trott is hit on the helmet by a Harris bouncer, which surprised him. The 150-run mark is reached by England, but it is still very slow going by the batsmen. Steven Smith has been brought into the attack.
Eng 142/2 | Overs 67 | Trott 29*, Pietersen 9*
Pietersen is just not reading Lyon at all. First there is an inside edge and the ball bounces off the pads and goes just away from Steven Smith at forward short-leg. Then next ball Pietersen, almost wanting to hit out, goes hard at a Lyon delivery and misses. The ball hits the pads, but Pietersen was slightly outside his crease and the ball might be going down the leg side.
Eng 132/2 | Overs 62 | Trott 22*, Pietersen 6*
Trott flicks a short of a length delivery from Starc to the leg side. The ball just lands in front of Siddle at long-leg. Pietersen then pushes a full delivery from Starc to short extra-cover and sets off for a single. David Warner picks the ball up, turns while jumping and in mid-air throws at the non-striker’s end and hits the stumps. Aleem Dar goes to the third umpire, but Pietersen has grounded his bat properly and is in. Drinks have been taken.
Eng 126/2 | Overs 60 | Trott 18*, Pietersen 4*
Lyon is bowling at the batsmen with a slip and a forward short-leg. Pietersen then plays a gorgeous straight drive through mid-off of Starc to get his first four of the innings. Clarke has kept three slips and two gullies for Pietersen when the quicker bowlers are bowling. Starc has to be careful here. He slips awkwardly while fielding in the deep. With Australia’s injury worries, they do not need another freak injury. Lyon is getting the ball to turn a little more now.
Kevin Pietersen has made 4 Test centuries at The Oval, as have Len Hutton, Wally Hammond & David Gower. Only Herbert Sutcliffe (5) has more
Root and Trott add 50 runs for the second wicket. Nathan Lyon immediately strikes and dismisses the increasingly confident Root. The batsman top-edges a sweep and Watson takes a simple catch at short fine-leg. The ball just bounced a little more than usual. Kevin Pietersen is the new batsman.
Eng 108/1 | Overs 49 | Root 60*, Trott 12*
Welcome back. James Faulkner has been brought into the attack. He bowls a wide delivery and Root slashes the ball past the gully region to get a four. Then a few balls later, Faulkner bowls full outside off-stump and Root drives to get another four in the mid-off region. And with those boundaries, England cross the 100-run mark.
Eng 97/1 | Overs 44 | Root 52*, Trott 9*
The scoring has become even slower. There does not seem to be a lot of help for the bowlers, although they are bowling some tight lines. But the batsmen do not look like they are very confident. But that might change for Root as he pulls a short delivery from Siddle towards square-leg to get to his third half-century. Finally a good innings from him after that 180 at Lord’s, but still a long way to go in this innings. Lunch has been taken.
Eng 78/1 | Overs 37 | Root 41*, Trott 3*
It has been a little slow in the last few overs after Cook’s dismissal. The Australian bowlers are trying to target Trott’s pads as he has a tendency to fall over while trying to play the ball through the leg side. Mitchell Starc is generating some serious pace. He bowls a delivery which shows 91.5 mph on the speed gun.
As soon as drinks were over, Cook edges a wide delivery from Harris to Brad Haddin behind the stumps. Haddin takes a good low catch to his left. Another poor score for Cook in the Ashes 2013. Jonathan Trott is the new batsman. He too has had a poor series by his standards.
Haddin needs just three more dismissals to break Rodney Marsh’s world record of 28 dismissals for a Test series as a wicketkeeper.
Eng 68/0 | Overs 31 | Cook 25*, Root 35*
Big appeal for LBW as Cook plays across and misses Harris’ straight delivery. The umpire says not out and Clarke has asked for the review. Replays showed that the ball pitched just outside leg-stump. The ball would have hit the stumps, but it doesn’t matter. So far Australia have had six successful reviews only in the series. Anyway drinks have been taken.
Root has begun crisply this morning, important for him to leave Aussies a memento before he invades their space this winter
The first 50-run partnership between Cook and Root comes in the first innings of the fifth Test. Peter Siddle then bowls a wide on the off side to Cook and the slips are unable to stop the ball. Shane Watson runs all the way to the third-man boundary and flicks the ball inside the ground before it can touch the ropes. Michael Clarke has kept a very attacking field and is looking to get the breakthrough.
Eng 49/0 | Overs 23 | Cook 23*, Root 22*
Alastair Cook and Joe Root continue from Day Two. Root first clips a straight delivery from Ryan Harris through mid-wicket to get the first four of Day Three. Cook then square drives a full and wide delivery from Harris to get his first four of the day.
Cook & Root are yet to put on a fifty partnership for the 1st wicket in Tests. They have opened 8 times together before this innings #Ashes
Welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of Day Three of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval. Riding high on centuries by Shane Watson and Steven Smith, Australia posted 492 for nine declared. In reply, England are 32 for no loss. A lot of time was lost yesterday due to rain and a lof of fans would hope that it stays away.
I am Shrikant Shankar and would take you through the day’s proceedings. Alastair Cook and Joe Root would walk out to bat in some time. Let us hope for an intriguing day of Test cricket.