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England vs. Australia: Scores and Session Recaps for Ashes 2013 Third Test

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJune 1, 2016

England vs. Australia: Scores and Session Recaps for Ashes 2013 Third Test

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    England take on Australia in the third Test of the Ashes at Old Trafford.

    The hosts have romped into a 2-0 lead after the first two clashes, and anything but an Australia win in Manchester means England will retain the urn.

    Here are the team news, toss details and the session-by-session details from the match.

    Click here for a live scorecard via ESPN Cricinfo

England vs. Australia: Stumps, Day Five, Old Trafford

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    England 368 & 37-3 (20.3 overs) drew with Australia 527-7 dec & 172-7 dec

    No further play was possible in the evening session, and 10 minutes after a 1630 inspection at Old Trafford, the two umpires confirmed that the game was off.

    With it, Australia's hopes of winning back the urn for the first time since the 2006/7 series disappeared. It was a Test match they dominated by some distance, but did not have enough time to wrap up victory.

    The umbrellas #RISE at Emirates Old Trafford. Still raining here… #Ashes pic.twitter.com/q6oChln2Y6

    — England Cricket (@ECB_cricket) August 5, 2013

    It was a muted triumph for England, but their efforts in the first and second Tests had afforded them the cushion.

    Here's the third Test scorecard, courtesy of the BBC:

    Australia 1st innings 527 for 7 declared (146.0 overs)

       RunsMinutesBalls4s6s
    Watsonc Cookb Bresnan19804920
    Rogerslbwb Swann84172114140
    Khawajac Priorb Swann1271900
    Clarke b Broad187439314230
    Smithc Bairstowb Swann8928619680
    Warnerc Trottb Swann5151010
    Haddinnot out 651669960
    Siddle b Swann14600
    Starcnot out 66857190
    Extras2nb 2w 0b 6lb10 
    Totalfor 7527(146.0 ovs)
    BowlerOversMaidensRunsWickets
    Anderson33.061160
    Broad33.061081
    Bresnan32.061141
    Swann43.021595
    Root4.00180
    Trott1.0060
    Fall of Wicket 
    76Watson
    82Khawaja
    129Rogers
    343Smith
    365Warner
    427Clarke
    430Siddle
     

    England 1st innings 368 all out (139.3 overs)

       RunsMinutesBalls4s6s
    Cookc Haddinb Starc6223217770
    Rootc Haddinb Siddle8965710
    Bresnanc Haddinb Siddle1161500
    Trottc Clarkeb Harris5473200
    Pietersenlbwb Starc113312206122
    Bell b Harris60150112101
    Bairstowc Watsonb Starc22705130
    Priorc Warnerb Siddle301389840
    Broadc Haddinb Lyon32646670
    Swannc Haddinb Siddle11121111
    Andersonnot out 3341300
    Extras1nb 0w 3b 17lb21 
    Totalall out368(139.3 ovs)
    BowlerOversMaidensRunsWickets
    Harris31.09822
    Starc27.05763
    Lyon35.012951
    Watson15.07260
    Siddle29.37634
    Smith2.0060
    Fall of Wicket 
    47Root
    49Bresnan
    64Trott
    110Cook
    225Bell
    277Bairstow
    280Pietersen
    338Broad
    353Swann
    368Prior
     

    Australia 2nd innings 172 for 7 declared (36.0 overs)

       RunsMinutesBalls4s6s
    Rogersc Priorb Broad12252310
    Warnerc Rootb Bresnan41795750
    Khawaja b Swann24773820
    Watsonc Pietersenb Bresnan18302410
    Clarkenot out 3011833210
    Smithrun out (Prior) 19251902
    Haddinc Broadb Anderson811910
    Starcc Swannb Anderson11171110
    Harrisnot out 01119400
    Extras0nb 3w 4b 2lb9 
    Totalfor 7172(36.0 ovs)
    BowlerOversMaidensRunsWickets
    Anderson8.00372
    Broad7.02301
    Swann15.00741
    Bresnan6.00252
    Fall of Wicket 
    23Rogers
    74Warner
    99Khawaja
    103Watson
    133Smith
    152Haddin
    172Starc
     

    England 2nd innings 37 for 3 (20.3 overs)

       RunsMinutesBalls4s6s
    Cooklbwb Harris010900
    Rootnot out 13935710
    Trottc Haddinb Harris11452710
    Pietersenc Haddinb Siddle8171610
    Bellnot out 4141400
    Extras0nb 1w 0b 0lb1 
    Totalfor 337(20.3 ovs)
    BowlerOversMaidensRunsWickets
    Harris7.03132
    Starc4.0260
    Watson2.0200
    Lyon3.0080
    Siddle3.3081
    Clarke1.0020
    Fall of Wicket 
    0Cook
    15Trott
    27Pietersen

     

England vs. Australia: Tea, Day Five, Old Trafford

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    England 368 & 37-3 (20.3 overs) v Australia 527-7 dec & 172-7 dec

    Just three balls were bowled in the afternoon session as the dreaded rain finally hit Manchester and put an end to an enthralling passage of play.

    Australia were playing for their Ashes survival, knowing even a draw meant England would retain the urn.

    Even in those three balls, Ian Bell had to ride his luck, gloving a brute of a ball from Peter Siddle and seeing the ball pop up, safely out of the reach of the close fielders.

    He ran two, and that concluded the action as the rain returned, and when tea was called it looked unlikely that the weather would relent long enough to allow another meaningful passage of play. 

    This afternoon's radar looks to have a big band of rain wrapping around Manchester. I won't deny that I'm pleased by that.

    — Test Match Dan (@TestMatchDan) August 5, 2013

England vs. Australia: Lunch, Day Five, Old Trafford

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    England 368 & 35-3 (20 overs) v Australia 527-7 dec & 172-7 dec

    The rain lifted at Old Trafford and England were caught in the headlights on day five as Australia made one last-ditch effort to win the Test.

    Play began half an hour later than usual, the tourists declared overnight and gave England the task of surviving however many overs were left in the day.

    Rain has stopped and covers are coming off - but it is still very wet. Latest news @bbctms 1030 #ashes pic.twitter.com/bhaNTnDmhP

    — Adam Mountford (@tmsproducer) August 5, 2013

    And having prised out the key wickets of Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen in an impressive 20 overs of attacking bowling, they have taken the first steps towards saving the series.

    The England team, it appears, were expecting the bad weather in Manchester to take care of play on day five, and only arrived to the ground around 20-30 minutes before the start of play.

    Cook certainly played, and reviewed, like a man who wasn't switched on. Leg-before wicket for a duck, he opted to challenge the decision - Ryan Harris' delivery was destined to hit two-thirds of the way up middle and off stumps.

    Trott also had survival on his mind, but perished in a leg-side strangle for another single-figure score.

    Pietersen began in similar, dominating fashion to the first innings with a meaty pull for four. But he was given out to a catch in controversial fashion. Hot Spot did not show the edge - but there was enough of a noise for Umpire Tony Hill to uphold the original call. Snicko replays suggested that Pietersen, despite being unhappy with the verdict, did in fact hit the ball.

    PIC PROOF! Pietersen given out caught behind. Hotspot says no, snicko says yes. Right decision made #ashes pic.twitter.com/PusGUSQj8P

    — Telegraph Sport (@TelegraphSport) August 5, 2013

    It left England in a hole, however, and it might have been still worse had Michael Clarke held on to a catchable chance against Joe Root at second slip.

    Root survived, and he and Ian Bell are left with the task of getting England to safety. They may yet do so, and they may yet see the rain return, but for a side who are on the brink of retaining the urn it has been an inglorious performance.

     

England vs. Australia: Stumps, Day Four, Old Trafford

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    Australia 527-7 dec & 172-7 (36 overs) v England 368

    The Manchester weather hindered Australia's bid to win the third Ashes Test against England at Old Trafford on the fourth evening.

    Australia added a further 35 runs in 7.3 overs after tea before bad light stopped play, much to the annoyance of visiting captain Michael Clarke.

    Bad light stops play at Old Trafford. Decision made exclusively by the umpires. Not offered to batsmen anymore. Clarke is fuming

    — Dean Wilson (@CricketMirror) August 4, 2013




    But within 10 minutes of the players leaving the field, heavy rain fell and play was abandoned at 5:40pm local time with water on the outfield. 

    Clarke and Ryan Harris left the field with their team on 172/7, a lead of 331.

    Jimmy Anderson picked up both wickets to fall in the truncated session with Stuart Broad taking a steepling catch at mid-off to remove Brad Haddin for 8 and Graeme Swann snaffling Mitchell Starc at extra cover for 11.

    The teams' tactics were in sharp contrast. Australia scoring at 4.78 per over in order to allow them to get in a position to set England a target.

    While the home team managed an over rate barely over 12, well short of the 15 expected.

    Both sets of supporters are getting noticeably irritated by England's slow over-rate.

    — Christopher Jones (@chjones9) August 4, 2013




    It is widely expected that Clarke will declare before the start of the fifth day, leaving his side a full day, weather permitting, to take the 10 wickets required to reduce the series deficit to 2-1.

England vs. Australia: Tea, Day Four, Old Trafford

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    Australia 527-7 dec & 137-5 (29.3 overs) v England 368

    Australia scored rapidly in the afternoon session on day four at Old Trafford as they closed in on a declaration in the third Test against England.
     
    Resuming on 23/1, the tourists scored at more than four an over to reach 137/5 at tea - a lead of 296 after dismissing England for 368 in the morning.

    After losing Chris Rogers before lunch, Australia took their total to 74 before David Warner was dismissed for 41.

    Warner, promoted to the top of the order, slapped Tim Bresnan to deep square leg where Joe Root took a fine diving catch to the delight of the crowd after the infamous altercation in a Birmingham bar where Warner punched Root.

    Usman Khawaja was bowled around his legs by Graeme Swann for 24 and Shane Watson had made 18 when he attempted an upper cut off Tim Bresnan only to pick out Kevin Pietersen at third man.

England vs. Australia: Lunch, Day Four, Old Trafford

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    Australia 527-7 dec & 24-1 (7 overs) v England 368 

    It was mission accomplished for England as they successfully avoided the follow-on on the fourth morning of the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford.

    Resuming on 294/7 and needing 34 runs to prevent the follow-on, Matt Prior and Stuart Broad took them to 328 with some fluent strokeplay.

    An eighth wicket partnership of 58 was ended when Stuart Broad edged Nathan Lyon behind to Brad Haddin after making a 32 which included seven boundaries.

    Then 338/8 became 353/9 when Peter Siddle got one to nip back and an inside edge from Graeme Swann was taken by Haddin. A fifth catch of the innings for the Australia keeper as England's number 10 departed for 11 which included a straight six off Lyon.

    Siddle finished with 4-63 to give Australia a first innings lead of 159.

    Chris Rogers departed early in their second innings as he departed trying to run Broad down to third-man and the catch was well held by Prior.

    The opener was gone for 12 but Michael Clarke had already showed his intent by promoting David Warner to bat at the top of the order as they look to take their lead to around the 320-350 mark before declaring later today.

England vs. Australia: Stumps, Day Three, Old Trafford

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    England 119 for 4 (57 overs) - Cook 62, Pietersen 33* 

    Australia 527 for 7 dec. 

    A brilliant one-handed catch down the leg side by Brad Haddin to remove England captain Alastair Cook tipped a balanced session firmly in Australia’s favour at Old Trafford.

    England recovered from the early loss of Jonathan Trott to move into three figures with no trouble at all when Cook flicked a ball down the leg side off Mitchell Starc.

    Haddin flung himself to his right, stretched out a hand and clung on to remove Cook for 62 and leave England at 119 for 4 at lunch on day three.

    Ryan Harris, who looked to be struggling with a back problem late on day two, returned fit and well for Saturday’s first session and was rewarded for his efforts with the wicket of Trott.

    Harris found a probing line which eventually drew the edge from Trott and Michael Clarke took a comfortable low catch at second slip.

    England were rocking at 64 for 3 at that point and it could have got immediately worse as Kevin Pietersen nervously chased a couple of wide balls that, given the circumstances of the match, he should have left alone.

    Pietersen came into the match under a bit of pressure, but he settled into his innings and showed his class with a couple of stunning pull shots off Starc.

    Pietersen providing the much needed urgency playing an attacking & aggressive #Cricket & England: 101/3 at Old Trafford. #Ashes #TheAshes

    — Shane Warne Cricket (@swarnecricket) August 3, 2013

    While Pietersen was happy to take the attack to Australia, Cook was content to compile and he went past 50 without any alarm.

    But 15 minutes before lunch, he flicked at a ball off his hip off Starc and the deflection was not big enough to get past Haddin who took a brilliant catch.

    The one surprise was that Nathan Lyon, who looked so threatening the previous evening, was only asked to bowl three overs in the morning session.

England vs. Australia: Tea, Day Three, Old Trafford

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    England 211 for 4 (86 overs) - Cook 62, Pietersen 78*, Bell 51* 

    Australia 527 for 7 dec. 

    Australia were once again left to rue their use of DRS as England consolidated in the afternoon session of the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford.

    The tourists have been criticised for their misuse of DRS in this series and they made a mistake once again when failing to review an lbw against Kevin Pietersen which turned out to be out.

    Australia's reluctance to review that lbw may have something to do with their series score for DRS standing at Right 2, Wrong 13

    — Simon Wilde (@swildecricket) August 3, 2013

    Pietersen took his chance in fine style as he and Ian Bell batted through the entire session to move England on to 211 for 4.

    As in the first session, Pietersen adopted an aggressive approach and two sixes off successive balls from Nathan Lyon took him past 50.

    Pietersen found a wiling foil in Bell and their positive approach in the post-lunch session saw them put on 50 in 73 balls.

    The big moment of the session came when Shane Watson struck Pietersen in front of the stumps. His huge appeal was turned down by umpire Tony Hill and after a brief discussion, Australia captain Michael Clarke elected not to go for the review.

    One ball later, Watson flung the ball away in frustration and the look on Clarke’s face was telling after being informed by the dressing room that the appeal would have been successful.

    This pitch would've been described by Sir Neville Cardus as "fit to be watered by a bowler's tears" (via Gideon Haigh in The Times) #Ashes

    — fwildecricket (@fwildecricket) August 3, 2013

    Australia took the second new ball with 20 minutes remaining in the session but Bell and Pietersen had no real alarms on a pitch that appears to be flattening out as the game progresses.

England vs. Australia: Lunch, Day Three, Old Trafford

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    England 119 for 4 (57 overs) - Cook 62, Pietersen 33* 

    Australia 527 for 7 dec. 

    A brilliant one-handed catch down the leg side by Brad Haddin to remove England captain Alastair Cook tipped a balanced session firmly in Australia’s favour at Old Trafford.

    England recovered from the early loss of Jonathan Trott to move into three figures with no trouble at all when Cook flicked a ball down the leg side off Mitchell Starc.

    Haddin flung himself to his right, stretched out a hand and clung on to remove Cook for 62 and leave England at 119 for 4 at lunch on day three.

    Ryan Harris, who looked to be struggling with a back problem late on day two, returned fit and well for Saturday’s first session and was rewarded for his efforts with the wicket of Trott.

    Harris found a probing line which eventually drew the edge from Trott and Michael Clarke took a comfortable low catch at second slip.

    England were rocking at 64 for 3 at that point and it could have got immediately worse as Kevin Pietersen nervously chased a couple of wide balls that, given the circumstances of the match, he should have left alone.

    Pietersen came into the match under a bit of pressure, but he settled into his innings and showed his class with a couple of stunning pull shots off Starc.

    Pietersen providing the much needed urgency playing an attacking & aggressive #Cricket & England: 101/3 at Old Trafford. #Ashes #TheAshes

    — Shane Warne Cricket (@swarnecricket) August 3, 2013

    While Pietersen was happy to take the attack to Australia, Cook was content to compile and he went past 50 without any alarm.

    But 15 minutes before lunch, he flicked at a ball off his hip off Starc and the deflection was not big enough to get past Haddin who took a brilliant catch.

    The one surprise was that Nathan Lyon, who looked so threatening the previous evening, was only asked to bowl three overs in the morning session.

England vs. Australia: Stumps, Day Two, Old Trafford

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    England 52-2 (30 overs) - Cook 36*, Trott 2* 

    Australia 527-7 dec. 

    England's determined response after Australia's surprising declaration was undone by a couple of late wickets in the evening session of the third Test at Old Trafford.

    Michael Clarke let Brad Haddin and Mitchell Starc add just another 20 runs before calling them in and starting to bowl.

    Alastair Cook and Joe Root batted with discipline and patience, content to make a minimal impression on the scorecard.

    Australia were inventive, rotating their bowlers and deploying spinner Nathan Lyon from as early as the seventh over.

    They got their reward when Root, having doggedly compiled eight from 57 balls, feathered a delivery from Peter Siddle to the keeper.

    England sent out Tim Bresnan as the nightwatchman, and he got out in eyebrow-raising style.

    Adjudged out caught behind, he declined to use a review, despite replays proving that he had in fact missed the ball altogether and it had merely clipped his trouser pocket on the way through to the wicketkeeper.

    It leaves England with plenty to do on day three, although Jonathan Trott, called upon to bat despite Bresnan being sent in to protect him, making it safely to the close along with Cook.

England vs. Australia: Tea, Day Two, Old Trafford

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    Australia 507-7 (142 overs) - Clarke 187, Haddin 57*, Starc 54*

    Australia's march into total control of the third Test continued despite the loss of Michael Clarke for a magnificent 187.

    Clarke chopped on to his stumps to become Stuart Broad's 200th Test wicket, but despite the quick loss of Peter Siddle to a reckless slog, a vibrant unbroken stand between Brad Haddin and Mitchell Starc, both unbeaten on half-centuries, left England well behind at the tea interval.

    In fact, barring something extraordinary, this innings looks to have put paid to any chance England had of wrapping up a 5-0 series whitewash. The hosts will likely be asked to bat later in the day, but without enough time to force a match-winning position.

    It looked as though the tourists could be shot out for as little as 450 when Clarke fell - especially with Siddle gifting his wicket away and loose strokes from the men in the middle.

    Broad gets to 200 Test wickets by stopping Clarke from getting 200 runs. #Ashes

    — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 2, 2013

    The partnership of Haddin and Starc proved that it was still possible to bat with confidence on a good track, and though England grew frustrated as the session wore on, they could take heart from the fact that there appear to be no demons in the pitch.

    Graeme Swann did not extract any more spin than he found on day one, and the seamers found minimal assistance from either the pitch or the weather.

    Tea here and the runs mounting with Aus 507 for 7,Starc 54 Haddin 57.Pitch looks v good still

    — mike selvey (@selvecricket) August 2, 2013

England vs. Australia: Lunch, Day Two, Old Trafford

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    Australia 392-5 (116 overs) - Clarke 168*, Smith 89, Haddin 18*

    Australia allowed England back into a session that they were dominating with two moments of rashness and fuzzy thinking in the third Test at Old Trafford.

    Despite some light morning rain in Manchester, the weather picked up and play got away on time in sunny conditions.

    One of those days in Manchester. Bright sunshine now on Day 2 of the 3rd Test. pic.twitter.com/agajndE9vn

    — Dan Roan (@danroan) August 2, 2013

     And Australia picked up where they left off on Thursday evening, with Michael Clarke in irresistible form and Steve Smith arrowing in on a century of his own.

    There was a notable moment for Clarke, whose ascent up the list of all-time great Australia batsmen continued:

    Clarke goes 7th in Aus all-time batting list going past Mark Taylor's 7,525 runs #Ashes

    — Times Statistics (@TimesStats) August 2, 2013

    But for Smith the chance to eclipse his previous best score in Tests of 92 went begging when he charged down the pitch on 89 and holed out to Graeme Swann. As former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott pointed out, he had given away a golden opportunity.

    "He's an absolute muppet. There's more brains in a chocolate mouse." - Boycott's definitive verdict on Smith's dismissal.

    — Dan Quarrell (@Dan_Eurosport) August 2, 2013

    Smith's exit at 343-4 brought David Warner to the crease for his first appearance of the summer since punching Joe Root in a Birmingham bar. It was a brief visit, welcomed to the crease by boos from the crowd and sent back in bizarre circumstances when he reviewed a caught-behind dismissal to Swann despite clearly making a firm contact with the ball. Cricket journalist Dave Tickner summed up the fuzzy logic of the review:

    Warner: I've not hit that. Clarke: You have. You've hit that. Warner. I'll hit you. Clarke: OK, review it.

    — Dave Tickner (@tickerscricket) August 2, 2013

    There was little further drama before lunch and it left Australia in a solid position, despite their indiscretions. Particularly noticeable was James Anderson's lack of success - he now has figures of 0-104 for the innings and his failure to make inroads into the Australian batsman has hurt the hosts.

England vs. Australia: Stumps, Day One, Old Trafford

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    Australia 303-3 (90 overs) - Clarke 125*, Smith 70*

    Australia made sure the day was unequivocally theirs as Michael Clarke and Steve Smith batted through to the close of play without losing a wicket.

    The only time they came particularly close to trouble was when Stuart Broad went up for an lbw shout against Smith.

    It was turned down on the field but the subsequent Hawk-Eye replays showed that it should have been given. By this stage, however, the hosts had used up both their challenges and had to live with the decision. Meanwhile for Australia, the landmarks began to arrive.

    It was Clarke - and Australia's - first Test ton of the summer, and one which gives them every chance of setting the agenda for the rest of the match.

    Much will depend how long Clarke and Smith go on, but for the first time in the series the Australians have a platform.

     

England vs. Australia: Tea, Day One, Old Trafford

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    Australia 180-3 (53 overs) - Rogers 84, Clarke 55*, Smith 20*

    Another strong showing for Australia took them into a solid position at tea. 

    It had threatened to unfold differently, and for once the decisions with DRS were not going exclusively England's way. They are now already out of challenges for the rest of the innings after two close calls did not go their way in the afternoon session. 

    England out of reviews before Australia! #ashes

    — Jesse Hogan (@Jesse_Hogan) August 1, 2013

     

    Chris Rogers looked on track for a first Test century, only to fall lbw to Swann on 84. Just moments earlier he had been disturbed by people in the crowd moving behind the bowler's arm, and it appeared it was still on his mind when he missed a straight ball.

    Swann was rarely straight - even on a day one pitch he was finding no shortage of turn. A ripping delivery to Steve Smith caught the batsman out, but while England decided to appeal it transpired that the umpire's call on whether the ball hit the stumps was stood up by only the narrowest of margins.

    Michael Clarke, normally such a fluent and languid player, made his way to a half-century.

    Smith also survived a caught-behind appeal from Anderson. England challenged, but despite a sound the rest of the evidence led the decision to be overturned. 

    DRS has died. The body will be cremated and the Ashes will be taken to BCCI headquarters.

    — Gaurav Sabnis (@gauravsabnis) August 1, 2013

England vs. Australia: Lunch, Day One, Old Trafford

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    Australia 92-2 (26 overs) - Rogers 67*, Clarke 5*

    England began hoping for swinging conditions, but Anderson, normally England's premier swing bowler, struggled to find much movement. Chris Rogers, meanwhile, made a bright, run-a-ball start as the tourists raced away.

    Broad most impressive bowler so far - keeping it full, around offstump, with a touch of swing. Nearly has Watson playing on. 44-0. #Ashes

    — The Cricketer (@TheCricketerMag) August 1, 2013

    Rogers brought up his half-century from just 49 balls and soon eclipsed his best score in his Test career to date. England scratched around in search of a breakthrough, and got it when Tim Bresnan drew an outside edge from Shane Watson, which captain Alastair Cook grabbed. 

    Billy the Trumpet tooting 'I should be so lucky' by Kylie following Watson departure. Aus 76-1.

    — Sam Peters (@Sam_sportsnews) August 1, 2013

    But the real drama was to follow when Graeme Swann came on. After a ponderous start, Usman Khawaja was given out caught behind on the field to make it 82-2, but having not hit the ball, he appealed. Television Umpire Kumar Dharmasena looked at it several times over, but despite Hot Spot not showing an edge, and the sound not matching up, he upheld the original decision. Even England batsman Nick Compton, not playing in this match, could not believe the decision:

    Drs what is going on. Im sorry but what has happened to batsmen getting the benefit of the doubt?! #howler

    — Nick Compton (@thecompdog) August 1, 2013

    Australia, despite the controversy, probably had the better of the session, and they will begin the afternoon with their captain, Michael Clarke, and a batsman in form in Rogers, at the middle.

Team News: Pietersen Fit, England Unchanged, Three New Faces for Australia

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    The team news for England largely revolved around whether Kevin Pietersen would be available.

    Pietersen was rested for the latter part of the second Test with a calf injury but recovered in time to keep his place.

    That meant England named the same team as the one that took to the field at Lord's, despite having James Taylor, Chris Tremlett and Monty Panesar as cover.

    Australia, looking for some new ideas, made three changes.

    James Pattinson, with an injured back, was replaced by Mitchell Starc. Ashton Agar was dropped for fellow spinner Nathan Lyon, while Dave Warner returned to the middle order, with Philip Hughes making way.

     

Australia Win the Toss and Choose to Bat

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    Australia captain Michael Clarke called correctly for the first time this series at the toss and elected to bat.

    The feeling at the toss was that, while batting was the right call given the pitch and weather conditions, there could also be some assistance for the bowlers. 

    Alastair Cook on his way out for the toss at a sunny Old Trafford. Muggy too. Probably bat first but a chance for early wickets with swing

    — Dean Wilson (@CricketMirror) August 1, 2013

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