England vs Australia Live Cricket Score, Ashes 2013 2nd Test Day 3

Joe Root is at the crease for England currently on Day Three © Getty Images

Jul 20, 2013

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Eng 333/5 | Overs 110 | Root 178*, Bairstow 11* (STUMPS – Day 3)

And that’s stumps, then. Joe Root has batted through the day and reaches 178 not out at stumps as England reach 333 for five, a whopping 566 runs ahead of Australia. Still no signs of declaration from the hosts. But with two whole days of cricket help, the result seems a foregone conclusion.

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Eng 282/5 | Overs 99 | Root 145*, Bairstow 0* OUT! Bell 74

Steven Smith gets the breakthrough again. Ian Bell creams the part-timer straight to midwicket. England still refuse to declare.

Eng 270/4 | Overs 97 | Root 143*, Bell 64*

England’s lead is now over 500. How long will they carry on batting? I suspect they might have a bowl for 8-10 overs today at least.


Eng 232/4 | Overs 90 | Root 119*, Bell 50*

England are pushing on now. The last eight overs have yielded 54 runs and the two batsmen have finally begun to go for their shots. Bell has also reached his half-century. Will we be seeing a declaration today?

Eng 178/4 | Overs 82 | Root 103*, Bell 17*

There it is! Root pushes one through the off-side and it goes through to the boundary. The bat goes up in the air as he celebrates his first Test ton at Lord’s. It is indeed a special moment for the youngest. And, he has done it in an Ashes Test match.

Eng 141/4 | Overs 78 | Root 97*, Bell 16* (TEA – Day 3)

England crawl along to tea on Day Three at 141 for four, now 404 runs ahead of Australia. The game seems well out of the visitors’ reach. England will be considering the declaration sometime today, or maybe not. There are still two more days left in the match after today.

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Eng 141/4 | Overs 70 | Root 81*, Bell 3*

Ian Bell gets a reprieve after the umpires decide to consult their compatriot in the telly room over a low catch taken at gully by Steven Smith. Young Smith is sure he has taken it cleanly, but the umpires want to check. Replays appear to show that Smith’s fingers are under the ball, and looks a clean catch. But the third umpire does not seem convinced and gives it not out!

Eng 129/4 | Overs 62 | Root 72*, Bell 0* OUT! Bresnan 38

Australia have finally got the breakthrough as James Pattinson picks his first wicket. It was a short ball, one of many bowled by Australia to Bresnan, which the batsman counters by playing a so-so pull which goes straight to midwicket. The Root-Bresnan partnership breaks on 99 runs.

Eng 126/3 | Overs 60 | Root 72*, Bresnan 35*

More resistance from Root and Bresnan, who are batting stubborn as ever.


Eng 114/3 | Overs 51 | Root 63*, Bresnan 32*
(LUNCH – Day 3)

England have taken lunch at 114 for three, with their lead now a whopping 347 runs. Root and Bresnan have done extremely well this session to save their wickets. Australia are well out of their way of a possible comeback.

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Eng 98/3 | Overs 43 | Root 55*, Bresnan 24*

Joe Root brings up his half-century. It’s been a gritty innings under pressure, after losing experienced batting partners such as Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott. He’s played well with Tim Bresnan.

Eng 70/3 | Overs 35 | Root 36*, Bresnan 17*

England’s lead is now above 300. Bresnan has done really well to stick with Root in the middle. Australia would have hoped to get some quick wickets early in the day, but that wasn’t to be.

Eng 50/3 | Overs 27 | Root 28*, Bresnan 9*

Australia are attacking the English batsmen right from the start. It’s been a sustained spell of pressure so far but Joe Root and Tim Bresnan have done well to play it off so far.

Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the most-awaited blockbuster series of the season, the Ashes 2013.

On Day Two England scored 361 and then dismissed Australia for 128. Graeme Swann picked up his first five-wicket haul at Lord’s.

The talking point about Day Two was Shane Watson‘s use of the Decision Review System and Chris Roger‘s non-use of it. Rogers was hard done by a shocking decision where a full-toss from Swann was surely going down the leg-side.

Towards the end Peter Siddle picked up three quick wickets but Australia are still a long way behind in this Test match.

Read the live blog of Day Two here and Day One here.

I am Jaideep Vaidya and I will be bringing you momentary updates of the match.