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Peter Siddle picked up four for 65 against England at Old Trafford © Getty Images

By Sarang Bhalerao

Aug 4, 2013
 
Australia lead England by 183 runs at lunch after the hosts were bowled out for 368 on Day Four of the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford. Peter Siddle (four for 63) was Australia’s best bowler. England picked up Chris Rogers for 12. David Warner (12 not out) and Usman Khawaja (0 not out) were unbeaten at lunch.

It was a frustrating morning for Australia as England kept scoring runs. Matt Prior began the proceeding by driving Ryan Harris through the covers for a boundary to get England going. In Harris’s next over he tried to bounce out Prior. The pull shot has been Prior’s undoing in this season as he was out pulling against New Zealand and England at Lord’s. But Prior was ready for the task as he pulled Harris towards mid-wicket for another boundary.

Stuart Broad quietly played out the first couple of overs of Nathan Lyon. Broad opened his account on Day Four with a firm cover drive against Lyon. His next couple of boundaries were genuine edges which flew past gully towards vacant third-man boundary. England saved the follow-on after Broad hit an exquisite shot through the off-side. He followed it up with a thumping drive past mid-off and extra-cover.

Soon after England averted the follow-on, Broad was dismissed. He edged Lyon’s turning delivery and walked off. How would Australia have wanted him to do the same at Trent Bridge a couple of Tests ago.

Graeme Swann came in at No 10 and announced his intentions straight away. He pulled Harris contemptuously through mid-wicket for four. He then lofted Lyon over long-off for a six. Swann’s enterprising innings of 11 was cut short by an inswinger from Siddle. Swann got an inside-edge which was held by Haddin.

Prior then controlled the innings by farming strike and scoring runs. The last-wicket partnership consumed eight overs. Prior was the last man dismissed trying to mistiming a pull. The ball took the edge and looped towards off-side.  

England got Rogers in the morning session as the Australian opener tried to run down the ball to third-man. The edge went fine and it was caught by ‘keeper Matt Prior.

The only way England can make a comeback in the game is by picking up wickets. So far they have got one wicket. Australia will be looking to extend the lead and make England bat again tonight for a few overs.
 
Brief scores:

Australia 527 for 7 decl. (Chris Rogers 84, Michael Clarke 187, Steven Smith 89; Graeme Swann 5 for 159) and 24 for 1 (David Warner 12*; Stuart Broad 1 for 10) lead England 368 (Alastair Cook 62, Kevin Pietersen 113, Ian Bell 60; Peter Siddle 4 for 63) by 183 runs. 

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(Sarang Bhalerao hails from a family of doctors, but did his engineering. He then dumped a career in IT with Infosys to follow his heart and passion and became a writer with CricketCountry. A voracious reader, Sarang aspires to beat Google with his knowledge of the game! You can follow him on Twitter here)