Australia vs. England Ashes 2013: Day 3 Scorecard and Recap from Adelaide

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistDecember 7, 2013

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 07:  Mitchell Johnson of Australia waves the English Barmy Army fans after taking 5 wickets during day three of the Second Ashes Test match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 7, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Second Ashes Test Match, Adelaide

Australia 570-9 dec & 132-3

England 172

Australia lead by 530 runs

Mitchell Johnson ripped through the England batting line-up to give Australia a wonderful chance of victory in the second Test.

Johnson helped himself to figures of 7-40 to skittle England out for 172 before David Warner hit 83 not out to give Australia a seemingly insurmountable lead of 530 runs going into Day 4.

After losing Alaistair Cook late on Day 2, Joe Root and Michael Carberry looked to dig in against some brutal Australian bowling. And for the first hour they did just that, playing defensively and watchfully against the likes of Johnson and Ryan Harris.

But the run rate was pottering along at just over one an over and Root—promoted to No. 3 after Jonathon Trott’s departure—tried to inject some impetus. He looked to slog sweep his first ball against spinner Nathan Lyon but skied it Chris Rogers at deep square leg.

Kevin Pietersen waltzed in, but he inexplicably clipped one straight to square leg—despite two fielders blocking that angle off—for just four runs.

Ian Bell and Carberry helped retain some composure, with the former eventually going on to finish unbeaten on 72.

But once again, Australia built pressure, with four maiden overs preceding the dismissal of Carberry, who was caught superbly for 60 by Warner.

That gave way to a devastating spell of bowling from left-armer Johnson. He trapped debutant Ben Stokes lbw for one and worked over Matt Prior with some hostile deliveries.

Prior is woefully out of nick and he failed to trouble the scorers once again after edging behind to Brad Haddin.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 07:  Mitchell Johnson of Australia celebrates after taking the wicket of James Anderson of England during day three of the Second Ashes Test match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 7, 2013 in Adelaid
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Stuart Broad followed the very next ball as he left his leg stump exposed: Johnson had him back in the hutch for a golden duck. Graeme Swann and James Anderson offered little resistance as they fell for seven and nought respectively.

That ended a spell of 5-16 for Johnson in just over half an hour, but he returned later to snaffle the last wicket of Monty Panesar and England were all out for 172.


England 1st Innings Batting Card:

BatsmanMethod of DismissalRunsBalls
Cookb Johnson314
Carberryb Watson c Warner60144
Rootb Lyon c Rogers1580
Pietersenb Siddle c Bailey412
Bellnot out72106
Stokeslbw b Johnson112
Priorb Johnson c Haddin04
Broadb Johnson01
Swannb Johnson c Clarke77
Andersonb Johnson01
Panesarb Johnson257
Extras 8 


Australia 1st Innings Bowling Card:



Perhaps a little surprisingly, Michael Clarke decided not to enforce the follow-on, choosing instead to run the England bowlers into the ground with the hot Adelaide sun beating down.

But with Australia looking to score quick runs and build that lead as rapidly as possible, England helped themselves to some early wickets. Rogers fell to Anderson for two after being caught behind by Prior before Shane Watson was caught by Carberry off the same bowler for a duck.

Panesar then bowled Clarke with a beautiful delivery for just 22.

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 07:  David Warner of Australia bats during day three of the Second Ashes Test match between Australia and England at Adelaide Oval on December 7, 2013 in Adelaide, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Warner, though, looked in superb touch. He loves to play aggressively and, with an enormous lead at hand, this situation is perfect for the opener. It was no surprise that he counter-attacked and continued to extend the Australia lead, hitting nine fours and one six in his 83 not out.

The Aussies closed on 132-3 with a lead of 530 runs at hand, their foot firmly placed on England throats.


Australia 2nd Innings Batting Card:

BatsmanMethod of DismissalRunsBalls
Rogersb Anderson c Prior210
Warnernot out83117
Watsonb Anderson c Carberry02
Clarkeb Panesar2251
Smithnot out2354
Extras 2 


England 2nd Innings Bowling Card:



Expect Australia to bat for an hour tomorrow before declaring and giving themselves the best part of two days to take 10 wickets and a 2-0 lead in the series.

England need to show some fight if they are going salvage anything from this match and indeed the series. But for the time being, that looks increasingly unlikely.