Ashes 2013 Scorecard: Video Highlights from Day 2 at Old Trafford

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Ashes 2013 Scorecard: Video Highlights from Day 2 at Old Trafford
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Australia had their first day of domination of the series on the opening day of the third Ashes Test at Old Trafford, and they backed it up with a strong showing on day two.

Having piled on 527-7, their captain Michael Clarke, whose innings of 187 was integral, made a quick declaration and asked England to play out the evening.

Alastair Cook made sure he was there until stumps, but it was slow and torturous work for England, and the late losses of Joe Root and Tim Bresnan meant that it was a successful end to the day for Australia.

The hosts will have a lot of batting to do on day three in order to get back into the game. 

Morning session (Australia 392-5)

Australia began the day in much the same way they finished the previous evening, with Clarke and Smith playing fluently.

Clarke moved past 150, moving up to seventh on the list of top-scoring Australia batsmen in history in the process. 

It looked as if Smith would go on to reach a first Test century, but with the landmark in sight he gave his wicket away cheaply, charging down the track to Swann and holing out when on 89.

David Warner's cameo was an entertaining one: booed by the Old Trafford crowd for punching Joe Root earlier on the tour, he was on five when he edged behind off Swann. Despite the ball coming off the middle of the bat, he opted to review the decision. As the video shows, he was not given a lifeline.

 

 

Afternoon session (Australia 507-7)

There was hope for England when Michael Clarke's lengthy vigil finally ended after he chopped on to the stumps from a Broad delivery on 187. Siddle departed soon after, swiping across the line to Swann and missing the ball altogether.

Any aspirations of prompting a collapse were dashed, however, when Haddin and Starc combined to score quickly and move to unbeaten half-centuries by the tea interval. 

Broad's wicket was his 200th in Test cricket, joining a list of just 15 Englishmen to have taken that many wickets, while Swann's scalp completed a five-wicket haul. These were, however, small crumbs of comfort for the hosts as Australia piled on the runs.

  

 

Evening session (Australia 527-7 dec., England 52-2)

Clarke sprung something of a surprise by declaring early in the evening session. With two batsmen in good touch they could have added more runs while the going was good, but instead left themselves around two hours and 30 overs to make inroads into England's batting.

The opening partnership of Cook and Root was obdurate. Run-scoring was far from a priority, the duo concentrating instead on blunting the Australian attack.

Nathan Lyon, recalled for this Test, was given a chance to spin after just six overs, and he bowled with discipline and patience, as did the seamers.

The tourists finally got their reward when Siddle drew a faint edge from Root for a 57-ball eight.

With half an hour to play, England deployed nightwatchman Bresnan, and he too departed, despite the ball not hitting his bat and only clipping his trousers. Remarkably, he declined to use a review which would have saved him.

Trott did negotiate his way to the close, but he and Cook will have to go considerably further tomorrow as England look to get back into the Test.

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