Ashes 2013 Live Cricket Score: England vs Australia, 3rd Test Day 5, at Old Trafford

Australia would hope for good conditions so that they have a chance of bowling England out © Getty Images

Aug 5, 2013

England and Australia are heading into Day Five of the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford, Manchester with the game seemingly heading towards a draw. England need 332 runs to win the game and Australia somehow have to take ten wickets in the day for a positive result.

England camp was slyly ecstatic as they were attempting to slow the game. England’s over-rate was 12.2 which highlights the fact that they were not too eager to get on with the game. A draw in Manchester is good enough for Alastair Cook and his men to retain the urn.

The rain has come to England’s rescue. For Australia they have their work cut out. They need to dismiss England if they have to make a comeback in the series and still have the little chance of winning the urn.

Brief scores:

Australia 527 for 7 decl. (Chris Rogers 84, Michael Clarke 187, Steven Smith 89; Graeme Swann 5 for 159) and 172 for 7 (David Warner 41; Tim Bresnan 2 for 25) lead England 368 (Alastair Cook 62, Kevin Pietersen 113, Ian Bell 60; Peter Siddle 4 for 63) by 331 runs.

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