England vs Australia Live Cricket Score, Ashes 2013 3rd Test Day 4: Australia lose seven as bad light stops play

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Aug 4, 2013

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Play has been abandoned due to rain. Australia are disappointed while England must be slyly joyous.


Aus 172/7 | Overs 36 |   Clarke 30*, Harris 0* OUT! Starc 11 (11)

Starc is dismissed as Australia extend their lead to 331. England are wasting time. Their over-rate is 12.2 overs. The light is fading.



Aus 152/6 | Overs 32 |   Clarke 21* OUT! Haddin 8 (9)

Australia will be hoping rain stays away as there is a forecast of shower. Haddin selflessly loses his wicket in pursuit of quick runs. They lead by 311 runs.



Aus 137/5 | Overs 29.3 |   Clarke 14*, Haddin 0*  OUT! Smith 18 (18) TEA

Smith falls on 18. He has ran himself out. As Smith was coming for the second run Clarke seemed disinterested. But Smith had run about three-fourth of the distance. Australia have lost their fifth wicket.



Aus 103/4 | Overs 24 |   Clarke 1*, Smith 0*  OUT! Watson 18 (24)

Bresnan has his second wicket. It was a short delivery which Watson uppercut straight to Kevin Pietersen at third-man. All too easy for England. They have picked up two wickets in two overs.



Aus 101/3 | Overs 23 |  Watson 16*, Clarke 1*  OUT! Khawaja 24 (38)

Usman Khawaja is bolwed round his legs. He tried to work Swann on the leg-side and shuffled just a little too much. In walks Australian captain at No 5.



Aus 75/2 | Overs 18 |  Khawaja 19* OUT! Warner 41 (57)

Joe Root has caught David Warner and the crowd jumps in joy. They are booing Warner in unison. An important wicket falls for Australia.



An interesting tweet:



Aus 44/1 | Overs 13 |  Warner 26*, Khawaja 4*

Australia’s decision to open with Warner is working well. He is looking well-set and the crowd is absolutely silent as he is playing some shos. Khawaja is looking to support Warner.



A review:

Warner goes for a hook and misses it. The Hot-spot shows nothing. The snickometer registers a sound. The luck is favouring the visitors. Hosts don’t like that decision.


Aus 23/1 | Overs 6 |  Warner 11* OUT! Rogers 12 (23)

Rogers fall early to Stuart Broad. Rogers was looking to run down the ball to third man but instead edges the ball to ‘keeper Matt Prior. England will be looking to put Austalia under pressure.

Aus 19/0 | Overs 5 |  Rogers 10*, Warner 9*

Rogers has looked positive. They are building the lead which is healthy. The only way England can get back in this game is by picking up early wickets. So far Australian openers are looking comfortable.

Eng 368/10 | Overs 139.3 |  Anderson 3* OUT! Prior 30 (98)

Matt Prior falls to Siddle. Prior goes for the pull but the ball takes the leading edge and Australia have secured a 159-run lead.

Eng 361/9 | Overs 136 |  Prior 28*, Anderson 0*

Matt Prior is farming the strike for most part of this partnership and not exposing Anderson against Lyon. Prior is doing all the scoring here.

Interesting statistic:



Eng 353/9 | Overs 132 |  Prior 20*, Anderson 0* OUT! Swann 11 (11)

Graeme Swann walks after inside-edging Siddle. Is this a change in the policy? All of a sudden they are walking after edging the ball. Australia are in sight of a big lead.

Eng 339/8 | Overs 129 |  Prior 16*, Swann 0* OUT! Broad 32 (66)

Stuart Broad walks after edging the ball to Lyon. He is out after an enterprising 32. Australia have the eighth wicket. A bit too late, is it? Australia will be looking to pick up the two remaining wickets quickly.

Eng 333/7 | Overs 128 |  Prior 16*, Broad 32*

Stuart Broad has been in superb form. He has edged the ball to third-man boundary but the shot of the morning has been the exquisite cover drive off Harris. The eighth wicket has added fifty runs. Australia are leaking runs.

England inch close to avoid the follow-on.

Eng 302/7 | Overs 124 |  Prior 14*, Broad 9*

England get 300 on the board. Matt Prior has looked positive at the start of Day Four. He drove Harris for a magnificent four through covers. In Harris’s next over a short ball was pulled in front of mid-wicket for his second boundary of the day. England now need 26 to avoid the follow-on.

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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the most-awaited blockbuster series of the season, the Ashes 2013. I, Sarang Bhalerao, will bring you momentary updates of the action from Day Four of the third Test in Old Trafford.

On a topsy-turvy day of cricket, Australia finished on top again. Despite a scratchy half-century from Alastair Cook and a typical Kevin Pietersen masterpiece, the Australian pacers did well on a flat wicket to put England in a precarious position. England will resume Day Four on 294 for seven.

If you missed the game yesterday, you can check out the live blog and the talking points from the Day Three. You can also check out the final report from the third day’s play as we wait for the action to begin on Day Four.