Ashes 2013: Stuart Broad dominates Australia in morning session on Day Two

Stuart Broad (right) took three Australian wickets in the morning session © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Aug 10, 2013

In an enthralling exhibition of seam bowling, Stuart Broad‘s spell of three for 23 has put Australia at 75 for three at lunch on Day Two of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street, Durham. England started the day at 238 for nine and their innings finished at that score after which Australia strode out to challenge that mark.  

Although Tim Bresnan and James Anderson had scored a few quick runs late on Day One, they couldn’t add to it this morning. Bresnan played out a maiden and Jackson Bird then got through Anderson’s defence to bowl England out for 238.

With the conditions helping the fast-bowlers, Broad was on song and troubled the left-handers a lot. David Warner opened the batting for Australia, but that move did not work as he was unsure while facing Broad. A tentative stroke led to him dragging one back on to his stumps to give England their first breakthrough. Usman Khawaja followed soon after as he couldn’t decide whether to play or leave it. As a result, he only managed to get an inside edge to Matt Prior. Australia were 12 for two.

Broad was in his elements as he was shaping the ball away from the left-handers. Rogers was squared up on more than an occasion and had his fair share of troubles. Then unfolded the DRS drama. A ball came into Rogers and he missed it. England went up in appeal and the umpire ruled it not out. They then went for the review and it was clear that the ball had pitched outside edge. The next ball was hit past point for a four.

However, Broad then had one leaving Rogers subtly and there was a sound as it passed him and landed in Prior’s gloves. Tony Hill gave him out and Rogers was stunned. He consulted Michael Clarke and took the review. Hot Spot showed that there was a deflection off the back-pad and nothing on the bat. The third-umpire then checked for the leg-before and although it was pitching in line, it was merely clipping the stumps. As the original appeal was for caught behind, Rogers was given a lease of life, even as England were perplexed.

While Rogers was playing and missing to Broad, he did essay a few good strokes to inspire confidence. Clarke then played one outside the off-stump without conviction and the edge flew into the safe hands of Alastair Cook at first-slip. Broad celebrated his third wicket. It was quite astonishing to see Clarke play that stroke as he merely poked at it with minimal foot movement. It came at a time when it looked like Australia were recovering well after the two early bowls.

Nevertheless, Rogers soldiered on after that and has Steven Smith for company as Australia finished on at Lunch. A long road ahead, although their bowlers have done well to restrict England.

Brief scores:

England 238 (Alastair Cook 51; Nathan Lyon 4 for 42) lead Australia 75 for 3 (Chris Rogers 41; Stuart Broad 3 for 23) by 163 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)