Shane Watson smashed 103 runs in 108 balls © Getty Images (File Photo)
Shane Watson smashed 103 runs in 108 balls © Getty Images (File Photo)

By Abhijit Banare

 

Dec 16, 2013

 

England are 24 for one at lunch chasing a monstrous target of 504 on Day Four of third Ashes 2013-14 Test at Perth. Shane Watson smashed a 108-ball 103 to help Australia post a mammoth target. The hosts declared on 369 for six.

 

George Bailey hit a record 28 runs in an over off James Anderson to equal the world record of most runs scored in an over in Tests. After the bowlers took a pounding, England were further demoralised as Alastair Cook went for a first-ball duck in the second innings bowled by Ryan Harris.

 

It was yet another disappointing morning for England. Australia, resuming their innings on 235 for three made their intentions clear right in the first over of the day. Watson smashed 14 runs in the first over of Graeme Swann. He gave some special treatment to Swann hitting him for 22 more after completing his half-century. It was a sparkling innings from Watson. His innings ended in a bizarre fashion run-out for 103 after Ian Bell dropped a sitter on the same delivery.

 

Australia continued to be aggressive right through the first hour of play. Even Brad Haddin and Bailey made their aggressive intentions clear. England eventually went for the new ball but it didn’t make a difference in Australia’s scoring rate. After dropping a catch, Bell floored one more when a poor communication with Anderson led to Bailey being let off. England however got Haddin caught on the next ball but giving Bailey a reprieve proved too costly.

 

He smashed record 28 runs in an over from Anderson. It involved two boundaries, three sixes and couple. That record was first created when Brian Lara had smashed Robin Peterson in 2003-04. That over convinced skipper Michael Clarke to declare the innings on 369.

 

Already under pressure of the gigantic target, England sunk further deep, when Ryan Harris got a ball to leave Cook and disturb the stumps. It will be a huge task for England to survive in this Test considering the out-of-form batsmen against a charged up Australian pace attack. The cracks have opened up on the wicket and a few balls have bounced dangerously of the crack making things more difficult for England.

 

Brief scores:

 

Australia 385 (David Warner 60, Steve Smith 111, Brad Haddin 55; Stuart Broad 3 for 100, James Anderson 2 for 60) and 369 for 6 decl. (David Warner 112, Shane Watson 103) lead England 251 (Alastair Cook 72, Michael Carberry 43; Ryan Harris 3 for 48, Peter Siddle 3 for 46) and 24 for 1 (Michael Carberry 8*) by 480 runs.

 

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(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)