Ashes 2013: England bowl Australia out for 270, but lose Root early in 2nd innings

Stuart Broad (right) took a five-wicket haul as Australia were bowled out for 270 © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Aug 11, 2013

The game is evenly poised at Chester-le-Street as Australia took a slender lead after being bowled out for 270 on Day Three of the fourth Ashes Test. Coming into the day, Australia were in a good position at 222 for five with Chris Rogers unbeaten on 101. However, the England bowling hit back to take the next five for only 48 runs. At lunch, England are 24 for one .

Graeme Swann may not have bowled a lot on Day Two, but Alastair Cook introduced him early today. He was effective immediately and tried to replicate Nathan Lyon’s success by coming from around the wicket. Brad Haddin was the first to go as he played one on the backfoot and was trapped in front. The umpire gave him the marching orders, but Haddin opted for the review which only confirmed the decision.

With Haddin gone, Rogers was the one who had to rally Australia. But, Swann was on song and was troubling everyone. Rogers was drawn forward and he missed the ball — which went on to hit the pad and lobbed in the air. Matt Prior came from behind and made a desperate dive to take it inches off the ground. A vociferous appeal was met with a negation by the umpire. So confident was Prior that he convinced Cook to go for the review and wasn’t he right. Hot Spot showed that Rogers had got a but of glove on it before the ball hit the pads. The 35-year-old’s remarkable vigil had finally ended and he was given a standing ovation as he left the ground.

Ryan Harris frustrated the Englishmen with a few gusty strokes. He stroked three fours in one of Broad’s overs. A shot that stood out was a straight drive through mid-on that sped away to the ropes. However, Anderson dismissed Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon at the other end. Siddle may have been unlucky to be ruled out leg-before as Haw Eye showed the ball sliding down leg-side. Later, Broad trapped Harris in front to take his fifth wicket and bowl Australia out for 270. England were back in the game big-time.

England’s innings started on a positive note as Cook looked in good touch. He was getting his foot forward positively and meeting the ball with the full face of the bat. A cover-drive off Jackson Bird showed that Cook was in his elements and was looking to be more positive.

Joe Root was cleaned up by a beauty by Harris. The ball moved away and shattered his off-stump. Thus, going into lunch, both sides can say that they have had their share of the spoils. It is Day Three and a lot would depend on the proceedings today. Both sides have the opportunity to take control and the afternoon session may be very crucial.
Brief scores:

England 238 ( Alastair Cook 51; Nathan Lyon 4 for 42) and 24 for 1 (Alastair Cook 17*; Ryan Harris 1 for 15) trail Australia 270 (Chris Rogers 110; Stuart Broad 5 for 71) by 8 runs.

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(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_44)