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Live: Day four, first Ashes Test, England v Australia, Trent Bridge

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    And that's stumps on day four. Incredible turn of events in the final session has put England in a dominant position. But while Agar is around, anything is possible. Australia will resume play tomorrow on 6-174, requiring another 137 runs to win with Haddin unbeaten on 11 and Agar on 1. Thanks for all the comments tonight, we didn't quite crack the double century but it was a fair knock nonetheless. Join Jesse Hogan tomorrow as Australia search for an unlikely victory. Goodnight.

    You can't help but be impressed by this kid. Agar looks as solid in defence as any of our batsmen.

    It's just 22 minutes of survival now. If Australia don't lose another wicket, you'd think this one will go into day five. But if they lose a wicket there's no doubt the extra half hour will be added on and we could have a result tonight. Haddin and Agar just need to survive and come back tomorrow to pull off a miracle.

    Australia barely hanging on. Haddin inside edges one but Prior puts it down. Agar to the rescue again?

    Phil Hughes is gone! Umpire says not out then England review and Hughes has to go after being caught in front for 0. Dear oh dear. Things are falling apart for Australia. Enter Ashton Agar. Australia have lost 3-3.

    WICKET! Swann gets rid of Smith the next ball. Australia in massive trouble now with a team hat-trick for England. Australia 5-161.

    This is a huge call. A tiny mark on the bat and Clarke is out. WOW. Broad gets rid of the Aussie skipper and leaves them without a review for the rest of the innings. Australia now 4-161 with Hughes on his way to the middle. Clarke was dismissed for 23 off 70 balls. Steve Smith is unbeaten on 17.

    Clarke is given out caught behind. He's going to review it. Big moment.

    Australia are now almost half way to victory. 3-155 with another 156 needed for victory. A wicket now could change the entire match. If they get through to stumps without losing a wicket, you'd almost say Australia will go on and win it tomorrow.

    Steve Smith survives another big shout. He comes down the wicket and the ball flies off his pad to short leg. It was very close to the gloves but England decided against reviewing it. Again, they make the right decision.

    Huge shout from England for a LBW on Steve Smith. The umpire gives it not out, and they decided against challenging it. Good decision from Cook because hawk-eye shows the ball hitting him outside of the line. Smith survives. He moves to 8 from 32 balls.

    Not good signs for England. They can't afford for Clarke to get in. He's just starting to look comfortable, and we all know what happens when he gets comfortable ... he scores centuries. He's got 16 from 43 balls.

    Exquisite cover drive from Smith to get off the mark. He's come a long way over the last 12 months. He was one of Australia's best in India and is setting himself up for a smiliar series in England. A much improved player who will never look pretty but is becoming a consistent run-getter.

    WICKET! Extremely soft dismissal for Rogers. He's been exceptionally gritty this innings but he's chipped a ball off his pad to mid-wicket for catching practice. James Anderson picks up his first wicket of the innings. Rogers is gone for 52 off 121 balls and Australia are now in trouble at 3-124. Is it time to send in Agar? Nope, Steven Smith comes in.

    The ball is starting to reverse nicely for England. This is a tough time for Michael Clarke to come into bat. Anderson has it moving both ways while Broad has it coming in at him.

    Big shout from England for LBW on Rogers from a ball that stayed very low. They decide against reviewing it, and wisely so, because Cowan got a big inside edge on that one. He's 50 from 106 balls, Clarke is two from three.

    And Clarke is off the mark and avoids a pair. This is a big moment for Michael Clarke. He's had an incredible 18 months but nothing will mean more than leading his side to a 1-0 lead in an Ashes series.

    Has Cowan just cost himself a position in the team for the second Test? Brain explosion just moments from tea.

    COWAN'S GONE! Joe Root gets his man with a ball that picks up the outside edge from a drive from Cowan. That wil be Tea as well. Unbelievable turn of events. That brings England well and truly into the contest. Captain Clarke will face the music when play resumes after tea. Australia 2-111 and need a further 200 runs for victory. Cowan 14 runs from 43 balls.

    Well played Chris Rogers. His first Test fifty at the age of 36. Incredible story. He gets Australia home over the next day and he'll get a few more opportunities to add to that, especially with nine more Ashes games over the next six months.

    Congratulations to all the readers out there. We've cracked the century mark for comments. We're unbeaten on 102. Keep 'em coming, We could reach a double century before the night's end.

    Joe Root into the attack for the Poms. Wish Warner was playing so we could see him punch him back over his head for six.

    Cowan brings up the 100 for Australia for the loss of just one wicket. Cowan punches a short ball from Swann to the point boundary. 1-104. 207 doesn't sound like a lot now, does it?

    Poll: Who is Australia's biggest threat in their bid for victory?

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    James Anderson

    24%

    Steven Finn

    1%

    Stuart Broad

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    Graeme Swann

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    Aleem Dar

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    That's terrible bowling from Finn. He lefts Cowan off the mark in the series with a short and wide delivery which the new Aussie No.3 slaps to the point boundary.

    He survives. Replay shows ball missing the bat and flicking the pad on the way to Matt Prior. No LBW either. Great example of when the DRS should be used.

    Rogers possibly gone. REVIEW

    Cowan coming off a first ball duck. Avoids a king pair and survives the first ball from Broad.

    The ball is just clipping leg stump. Watson has to go. He's dismissed for 46 off 74 balls with Australia now 1-84. Uh oh. Ed Cowan, this is your chance to shine.

    WICKET! Watson gone. LBW. Stuart Broad is the man. REVIEW

    Chris Rogers needs a new armguard or some washing detergent.

    England are officialy starting to panic. I think there's a part of them that thought this would come easy. Australiave had made a habit of making poor starts, while England have made a habit of picking up early wickets against Australia. The only problem with the way Australia are batting at the moment is the fact we won't get to see the great Ashton Agar bat again. Drinks are on the field with Australia at 0-84.

    Things moving along nicely. Watson moves into the 40s while Rogers is on 32. Australia 0-72, still requiring a further 239 for victory. Anyone prepared to jinx it and declare this in the bag for the Aussies?

    Rogers is really starting to look comfortable at the crease. A lovely timed cover drive off the bowling of Anderson rockets to the boundary. And as we said earlier, a few runs has angered Anderson. The English quick is starting to look very frustrated. I can't remember the last time he didn't take a wicket against Australia in his opening spell.

    Watson comes down the pitch to Swann and hits him down to log on. One bounce into the fence, luckily a metre away from Kevin Pietersen in the deep. Good, aggressive cricket from Watson. He needs to keep using his feet to Swann. If he gets stuck on the crease one is likely to stay low and trap him in front.

    This has been a great start to the innings for the Aussies. They've really weathered the storm from Finn and Anderson, now they have to hold out Swann. Balls are turning at right angles and some are staying low. He's going to get harder and harder to play as the match goes on. Wickets in hand is the key for Australia. If Watson and Rogers can put on a century opening stand, the Aussies will be in a commanding position.

    Swann's really starting to get the ball to rip off the wicket. Trouble for the Aussies

    Poll: If you could bring back one Australian legend from the past decade at their peak, who would be the most beneficial for Australia in this Ashes series?

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    Matthew Hayden

    11%

    Shane Warne

    33%

    Adam Gilchrist

    17%

    Glenn McGrath

    12%

    Justin Langer

    1%

    Ricky Ponting

    14%

    Michael Hussey

    7%

    Bryce McGain

    5%

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    Is it too soon to start talking about the team for game two? Ah well, too bad. I'm not a Cowan fan, so I'd bring in Khawaja to bat at No.3. If Cowan fails in this second innings, it's a big possibility.

    And for those who've been waiting for me to get back to find out how the Wanderers performed against Melbourne Victory in FIFA, 3-0, baby. Chammas scored a brilliant goal. Youssuf Hersi scored the other two.

    And we're back. Swann into the attack already. Interesting move by Alistair Cook, but given the pitch, it's the right one.

    And that's lunch on day four. Last ball of the session is edged by Watson through the slips for four. Australia have got off to the perfect start, 0-28 after seven overs. Australia require another 273 for victory. Watson is 18 off 22 balls, while Rogers is 10 from 20. I'll take this opportunity to play some tetris and possibly even a game of FIFA on PS3 before I come back for the second session of the day. Wanderers v Melbourne Victory in career mode for Michael Chammas. He's a few games into his first season and is performing well for Tony Popovich. I'll fill you in on his performance against Archie and the boys.

    For something different, I've phoned a friend to give us his insight into the match. For the sake of this blog, let's call him Colin Miller. Here's his 50 words of fame.

    "There's a very long way to go but Rogers and Watson could hold the perfect attributes to unsettle James Anderson. The blend of power from Watson and temperament from Rogers could frustrate the English quick. The game is on the line in the opening overs and if Australia can get off to a good start and uspet England like Agar did, they are capable of falling apart in this final innings."

    I don't think I've ever heard him string a sentence together. Someone wants a job.

    So if Rogers fails here, does Warner come straight into the side?

    Brilliant shot. Watson has to stand up today and he's started with a beautiful on drive to bring up the first boundary of the Australian innings. He's the key in my mind. He has the game to frustrate the Poms. The very next ball he flicks Anderson off his pads to the square leg boundary. I'm trying not to get too carried away because he started like this in the first innings.

    Rogers survives. Picks up an edge off the bowling of Broad but it falls well short of Alistair Cook in the slips. This pitch has very little carry left in it. Mind you, it was a peach of a delivery from Broad.

    Watson and Rogers make their way out to the middle with Jimmy Anderson armed with the deadly Duke he loves. There's 30 minutes left in the session until lunch. Anderson's first ball pitches just outside of the off stump and swings past the edge of Watson's bat WOW. Watson picks up a single the next ball.

    I need some marital advice during the change of innings. How do I get my wife to want to watch cricket with me? Interrupting her while she's vacuuming to tell her to come witness history with me when Agar was on 98 didn't work. Any suggestions to help out a man in his first year of marriage find an Ashes partner?

    WICKET! And that is it. Siddle finishes with 3-85. Australia need 311 for victory. They conceded 50 runs that session for four wickets. Probably in between what Australia would've wanted and what England would've been eyeing out. If Australia are going to pull of an unlikely victory, two batsmen have to get big scores. I'm tipping Watson and Clarke to be the men for the Aussies.

    WICKET! Siddle strikes for the second time this innings to get rid of Swann. He picks up the edge and Clarke does the rest. Okay, Australia can't get too excited just yet. Agar showed the importance of bowling to the death. Swann scored a handy nine.

    Starc is thumping into the pads of Swann with no luck. Swann's really struggling with Starc. They now lead by 309 runs.

    WICKET! Bell's gone. Starc picks up the wicket with one that just holds its line. He gets a well deserved standing ovation. That's one of the more gritty innings you are likely to see this series. Rescued his team when they were on the brink of defeat. He's dismissed for 109 off 267 balls.

    Michael Clarke's doing a great job trying to find a balance between defending runs and taking wickets. They've had no luck today and the majority of runs have come behind the wicket. Hard to set a field to that

    Not again. Another edge goes flying through the vacant area between third slip and gully. Peter Siddle isn't impressed as Swann survived. Lead now 304.

    And Swann gets off the mark to bring up a 300 lead for England. Uh oh.

    Poll: Can Australia bat Ashton Agar at No.7 in the second Test and play four quicks?

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    Graeme Swann can be a pest with the bat. Australia have to learn from the mistakes they made bowling to Broad early inhis innings. They can't bowl to him like a tailender. They have to bowl in good areas and work hard for the wicket. England lead by 291 runs. Australia have another 30 runs to play with before it's game over.

    WICKET! Pattinson strikes. He picks up the edge of Broad's bat and Haddin takes a good catch. A controversial innings comes to an end after 65 runs from 148 balls.

    Peter Siddle into the attack with no luck. Stuart Broad punches him down the ground for a boundary. He moves to 65 from 145 balls. Ian Bell is at the other end with 100 from 248 balls

    Interesting statistic: Before this Test match Pattinson had never conceded more than 151 runs in a match. He's conceded 165 in this Test.

    The Aussie quicks had to get it right straight away but they've been off to start the day. Ian Bell has put the English in a dominant position but that can change very quickly. Two quick wickets here and it's game on.

    The Australian batsman need to take note of the way Bell has been batting. He's been gritty and played at the balls he's been required to. If Australia are to pull off a successful chase they can't afford to be fishing at wide deliveries like Watson and Cowan did in the first innings.

    Ian Bell brings up his century off a misfield from Ashton Agar in the covers. Very important innings for England. They had their backs to the wall when he came in to bat, but he's produced a knock that he won't forget in a hurry.

    Ian Bell brings up his century off a misfield from Ashton Agar in the covers. Very important innings for England. They had their backs to the wall when he came in to bat, but he's produced a knock that he won't forget in a hurry.

    Compared to Starc, Pattinson's first ball was a gem. However, it was still a full toss. His second ball caught the edge of Broad's bat but flew between Watson and Clarke in the slip cordon. They both just looked at one another and no one made an effort to grasp it. Shocking cricket. And worst of all, Broad brings up the most undeserved 50 of his career.

    Mitchell Starc set to begin things for Australia. He needs to get this ball moving from the get-go if Australia are any hope today. And as I say that Starc bowls a wide full toss that flies between Haddin and Clarke for five extras. Incredible start. That could well be the worst ball in Ashes history. Yes, worse than Harmison.

    Poll: How many runs are Australia capable of chasing in the fourth innings?

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    It's already too many

    61%

    280-320 runs

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    320-360 runs

    10%

    360-400 runs

    4%

    400-440 runs

    5%

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    Play set to start in 22 minutes with Broad and Bell at the crease. Broad is 47 from 122 balls, while Bell is moving closer to the first century of the Ashes series with 95 from 228 balls. England lead by 261.

    I've traded the studs for the spikes for a night talking cricket. Australia need something special to get back into this contest. They need to move on from the debarcle surrounding Broad's "non-edge". Stay with us for the remainder of the night to get all the latest from the action in Trent Bridge as it happens.

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    • They have announced if England win Broad will be Man of the Match, due to his courage not walking.

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      Yahn
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      July 14, 2013, 9:37PM
    • Can someone explain to me why Australia keeps trying to make an opener out of Shane Watson?? He hasn't scored a test century for 2 to 3 years so should not be anywhere near the opening positions. He rarely gets a bowl nowadays so why is he still in the side? I think he is very overrated as a player and should've been dropped some time ago. Ed Cowan's position must also be under grave doubt.

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      thebill970
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      July 14, 2013, 11:01AM
    • What a cracking game! Not sure my heart will last 10 of these back to back tests. It is going to be close, money on Agar to get the last runs off broad after not being given out to an umpire's howler.
      No clear favourite tomorrow.

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      Mrqueenie
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      July 14, 2013, 4:24AM
    • Barring weather interruptions, Australia is well on the way to the fifth of 17 consecutive losses (4 v India, 10 v England, 3 v South Africa).

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      AWF
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      July 14, 2013, 3:37AM
    • Nice to see that comment about the 2005 Ashes test. Reading about that and later watching video of it is what turned me into a cricket fan. On to Day 5!

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      yankwatchingcricket
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      July 14, 2013, 3:34AM
    • Australia has one chance to win this match --> let Agar play his natural game.

      but judging from the run of dot balls, the old guard have got into his head.

      we're screwed.

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      thewillo
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      July 14, 2013, 3:21AM
      • or it could be that it's about 2 minutes until stumps....

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        Mouse
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        July 14, 2013, 3:29AM
      • It's rather sad though, isn't it, that we are down to relying on a 19 year-old playing his first test. About time those picked as our "batsmen" made some runs.

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        Liv
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        July 14, 2013, 3:32AM
    • Clarke knew he got a nick, but surprise surprise, decided NOT to walk - that moral high ground not quite so high now is it Michael? Then, to compound his hypocrisy, he wastes his team's last review to try and save face Pathetic by Clarke.

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      Royals Steve
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      July 14, 2013, 3:04AM
      • Good to see new people watching cricket mate, keep up with the comments!

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        L
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        July 14, 2013, 3:12AM
    • Thanks, mates. Good to see helpful comments from those who are knowledgeable about the game. Australia's run rate has really slowed over the last several overs. Those two lbw have really hurt. Aussie badly needs a good partnership.

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      yankwatchingcricket
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      July 14, 2013, 3:01AM
    • and that is how you use a review, learn australia

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      nathan
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      July 14, 2013, 2:55AM
      • Watson should be shot for using the first one but he's too stupid to know so I blame Rogers for letting him do it.

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        L
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        July 14, 2013, 3:22AM
    • That was ridiculous. There was no way on this planet that ball pitched in line with the stumps. Hughes can feel aggrieved here.

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      Aegeri
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      July 14, 2013, 2:54AM
      • But Hawkeye has over-ruled the Umpires hasn't it? Holding just said if it was a millimetre outside it would have been the Umpire's call - what rubbish.

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        Emil
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        July 14, 2013, 3:01AM
      • Hawk eye proved otherwise. Out!

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        Swansea Jack
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        July 14, 2013, 3:03AM
      • That's exactly my problem. It should have been umpires call at minimum. It was a very harsh decision.

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        Aegeri
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        July 14, 2013, 3:07AM
      • Mine too Aegeri - batsman used to get the benefit of the doubt - that was the.umpires call. The onus is now on the batsman to prove he is not out rather than the fielding team's onus to prove himself out. Absurd. One more thing is that the technology is not questioned.

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        Emil
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        July 14, 2013, 3:15AM
    • Haddin better not get out slashing at a wide one...

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      mark
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      July 14, 2013, 2:48AM
    • I wish Clarke could get a few more runs when it really matters!! It doesn't get any bigger than this!! Oh we'll... down to the tail again...

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      Stumped
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      July 14, 2013, 2:44AM
    • How quickly the game can change. I guess we will see just how much fight is in this Australian team now.

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      Mouse
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      July 14, 2013, 2:44AM
    • And then look at that, Steve Smith is gone the very next delivery just to emphasise the point. But that was dead LBW, but I do wonder if he would have reviewed it?

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      Aegeri
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      July 14, 2013, 2:41AM
    • Joffrey strikes again.

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      Arya
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      July 14, 2013, 2:40AM
    • Aleem Dar wet himself with excitement then, he's been chomping at the bit to give Australia out

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      Hornberger
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      July 14, 2013, 2:39AM
    • 1.59am on the Live commentary everyone. Also Clarke just wasted Australia's last review on a ball he knew he had hit. This could be the moment of the test right now.

      What on earth was Clarke thinking?

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      Aegeri
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      July 14, 2013, 2:38AM
      • Not sure he did. DAr definitely wasn't sure he hit it and only checked if it carried ( blatantly obvious it did) to get help from the 3rd umpire. No way he would have heard that nick. Terrible umpiring by someone who has had a shocker of a game. Love also Simon jones tweet! He had a great 3 test match series, career!!!! We've definitely not had the rub of the green with decisions much like 2005

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        Gee up
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        July 14, 2013, 2:51AM
      • I thought it was a good decision, because it was the correct one and that's sharp umpiring. Since when did the umpires giving the correct decision make them terrible? Seriously.

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        Aegeri
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        July 14, 2013, 2:56AM
      • Not had the rub of the decisions! :-)

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        Swansea Jack
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        July 14, 2013, 3:06AM
      • Since he didn't do the same thing yesterday when broad smashed it to Clarke. And you're right if DRS was used like that consistently it would be much better. He used it then because he had no idea, which is wrong. Had he given the decision first and then checked fine, but to pretend to check that it carried was a joke.

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        Gee up
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        July 14, 2013, 3:21AM
    • so...what's the best batting position for Agar in this situation?

      let the kid swing before the pressure starts to mount too much?

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      thewillo
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      July 14, 2013, 2:33AM
    • Will a new ball be put into play at any time during the remaining session? With the Trent Bridge surface playing like it is, batting with a new ball might improve the Aussie's chances.

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      yankwatchingcricket
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      July 14, 2013, 2:02AM
      • New ball becomes available after 80 overs. For this innings, that's probably about 45 minutes into tomorrow's play, although Cook may choose to delay taking it for the reasons you gave.

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        Mouse
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        July 14, 2013, 2:27AM
      • Hi yank,
        Poms will keep the old ball going i think. They like the reverse swing it brings plus the turn for G swann. Theyll only opt for the new ball if this partnership doesnt look like falling after a lot more runs.

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        Jim
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        July 14, 2013, 2:29AM
      • Is Dal awake?

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        Emil
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        July 14, 2013, 2:35AM
    • Was feeling a lot better about the Aussie chances until that last wicket fell. I hope this does not signal an impending collapse. If the Aussies can continue to bat as they did in the morning, a victory or at least a draw is quite reachable.

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      yankwatchingcricket
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      July 14, 2013, 1:35AM
      • I think a draw is least likely.

        179 from here is doable if they apply themselves. Plenty of time and a decent tail if they bat up to ability.

        Recent history suggests they might fold just as easily though....

        So I suggest there will be a result for one team or the other.

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        Ben
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        July 14, 2013, 1:39AM
      • Won't be a draw unless it pours down tomorrow, and the forecast is clear. England still slight favourites, but the next hour and a bit will be very interesting...Test cricket is the best.

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        Mouse
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        July 14, 2013, 1:50AM
      • losing cowan is like losing a nightwatchman. we're still only 2fer.

        but clarkey...cometh the hour...you gotta deliver mate.

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        thewillo
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        July 14, 2013, 2:03AM
      • I am a huge fan of Clarke but I thought it was bizarre and even selfish that Clarke used that review after they’d checked the video. What on earth did he expect was going to happen? Now what are we going to do when Broad gets someone out for nicking a ball off his thighpad? Also there is no doubt that Cowan has to be dropped and i am sure boof will get this right, Khawaja to slot straight in to 3 and that should have happened in this game given he top scored in his last innings. Also Not sure I approve of the umpires going to the video before making their decision, though. What is the point of the DRS if they’re going to do that

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        Amith_S
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        July 14, 2013, 3:01AM
    • House of cards about to fall.

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      Jeremy
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      July 14, 2013, 1:26AM
    • Cowan scratches around the wicket with more intent than the average chicken. I can handle ugly but effective but this is ugly and hopeless.

      I'm afraid this guy just doesn't cut it either with the bat or as a player. Sorry Ed but that's the truth.

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      Gout Flanagan
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      July 14, 2013, 1:23AM
      • His time is over, its time for Khawaja to come in. Cowan has had 20 games in a row, how about giving a third of those to Khawaja and Smith. Khawaja will excel for us if given 5 games in a row. I hope Hughes is ready for a big innins, so far Smith and Clarke are doing well but they will need support.

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        Sanjay_F
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        July 14, 2013, 2:24AM
    • Remember we only need to get to 9/150 or so then AA saves the day!

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      Davo
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      July 14, 2013, 1:05AM
    • Nah.... Ed's gotta go. He's had he's chances.
      Problem is, who do you bring in?

      I would think Warner, for now. But there has to be a #3 out there somewhere in Australia,

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      ryan2000
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      July 14, 2013, 1:02AM
      • Warner? Let him get his money in 20/20 and 50 over game. He ain't a Test cricketer, unless he wants to work on his bowling lol. 3's are very thin on the ground. Be nice if fragile Clarke manned up and moved to 3.

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        G-Man
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        July 14, 2013, 1:20AM
      • The way Agar batted he could fit the bill!!

        Commenter
        Moods
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 1:24AM
      • Cowan has had 19 tests in a row averaging 30, surely its time for Khawaja to come in, great number 3 for the Bulls and previously the Blues, he is ready to play at Lords. He plays swing bowling well too which will be a premium in England. Impressed with the way Rogers batted today and hopefully Smith and Clarke can fight it out till the end of play.

        Commenter
        Sanjay_F
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 1:56AM
      • Sanjay well said bud. Cowan was dismissed in exactly the same manner in the first innings, except that it was against a pace bowler. I think his time is up. No doubt that Khawaja is due to come in, he is one of the best options we have at 3 and i am sure boof will get this right. Meanwhile people should be fired for not having Rogers a couple of years ago after Katich was dumped. Imagine the runs he would have gotten if he had played the tests Cowan had played in recent times.

        Commenter
        Amith_S
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 2:13AM
    • Still haven't learned to love Clarke, a ton here would help the cause somewhat.

      Commenter
      Matt
      Location
      Mitcham
      Date and time
      July 14, 2013, 1:00AM
    • Ed, will be ok, one big score from getting on a run!

      Commenter
      Waz
      Date and time
      July 14, 2013, 12:58AM
    • Selecting Ed for the next test would be cruel to him and to Australian suporters.

      Commenter
      Ben
      Location
      Date and time
      July 14, 2013, 12:48AM
    • Cowan, that's was pure stupidity. You'd think he didn't want to play for Australia

      Commenter
      G-Man
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 14, 2013, 12:44AM
      • You said he was built for it!

        Time for Alex Doolan or Nic Maddinson I reckon.

        Poor Khawaja has been crucified on the bench for too long. he needs to play solid cricket for any team for a while.

        Commenter
        Mark
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 1:02AM
      • In Shield cricket Maddinson averages 35and Doolan 36,hardly what you'd call banging the door down.

        Commenter
        Matt
        Location
        Mitcham
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 1:13AM
      • I did say that, and I still think that. But that was pure dumb play just before tea.

        Commenter
        G-Man
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 1:17AM
      • @matt. Enough to knock Ed's in completely. Cant be worse. Besides they are young, fresh and on the up and have scored big 100's when given Aust A opportunities.

        Commenter
        Ben
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 1:18AM
      • Simon Katich?

        Commenter
        Mouse
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 1:18AM
      • Simon Katich?

        Commenter
        Emil
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 1:24AM
      • Agree Mark, Khawaja has been 12th man since the boxing day test, he is ready and i think he can fire for us in this ashes. Do you guys think Agar will be promoted to bat at 7.

        Commenter
        Sanjay_F
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 1:58AM
      • Sanjay and Mark spot on, Khawaja must come in. and what about Bird in for Starc, Khawaja is one of the best number 3 batsman inthe country. Bird will have the nagging accuracy which Mitch cant provide.

        Commenter
        Amith_S
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 2:15AM
    • How dumb can Ed Cowan be? That dumb! What is this guy doing?

      Commenter
      Emil
      Location
      Date and time
      July 14, 2013, 12:42AM
    • See ya later Cowan. Second poor shot of the day gives England their second wicket.

      Commenter
      Matt
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 14, 2013, 12:41AM
    • Did the commentator really just say "Time for a Root"?

      Commenter
      Davo
      Location
      Date and time
      July 14, 2013, 12:31AM
      • Yes he did. Asked the Mrs and got a negative response.

        Commenter
        Bucket
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:44AM
      • Mine's still vacuuming

        Commenter
        Davo
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:57AM
      • Touche

        Commenter
        Michael Chammas
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 1:00AM
    • Just wondering about Watson's dismissal in that according to me the ball pitched outside the line of the stumps. Have I missed something?

      Commenter
      Tassie
      Location
      Date and time
      July 14, 2013, 12:24AM
      • Ball can pitch outside the line of off stump.

        Commenter
        Mouse
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:27AM
      • The ball can pitch outside off stump as long as it hits him in line with the stumps (unless the batsman offers no shot, it can hit him outside the line of the tumps). Ball can't pitch outside leg though.

        Commenter
        Bucket
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:28AM
    • Great captaincy by Cook.Cowan under the pump and he puts a sweeper at backward point.A good captain would be piling on the pressure.More of that thanks Mr Cook and you just may be our secret weapon.

      Commenter
      Matt
      Location
      Mitcham
      Date and time
      July 14, 2013, 12:13AM
      • And he brought Finn on.

        Commenter
        Bucket
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:21AM
      • Agree. Doesn't make sense to me. Cowan has looked in all sorts of trouble. They needed men around the bat, not on the boundary.

        Commenter
        Michael Chammas
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:22AM
      • What sets really great captains apart is that they never let the game drift in the field. Cook did it during the Agar-Hughes partnership and he's doing it again now. Cowan should be under all sorts of pressure, but Cook doesn't seem to realise this.

        Commenter
        Mouse
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:24AM
      • Beefy was into Cook about him dropping the field back for Hughes and Agar on Day 2, after a few balls. The sort of captaincy that played into the hands of the Mike Hussey's of the world... maybe the Chris Rogerses too?

        Commenter
        Peter Warrington
        Location
        marrickville
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:28AM
      • I reckon Rogers would be quite happy to make 140 in singles if Cook wants to set defensive fields for him.Poms need a couple of wickets tonight,maybe someone should tell Cook that.

        Commenter
        Matt
        Location
        Mitcham
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:33AM
      • Think we are spoiled with MC as a tactical skipper - Cook in the 1st dig was very average.

        Commenter
        Moods
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 1:22AM
    • If this was footy Dharmasena and Dar would be up the bush next week, but these blokes will get another test.Ridiculous.

      Commenter
      Matt
      Location
      Mitcham
      Date and time
      July 14, 2013, 12:00AM
    • Say bye bye to Dal.

      Commenter
      Emil
      Location
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 11:59PM
    • I wish the umpires would be consistent. two identical versions of that for the Poms I have seen, the ump has given not out. The review has seen the ball clip more of the stump than that but the not out stands.

      I wont mention all the other debacles

      Commenter
      The Not-So-Magic Roundabout
      Location
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 11:52PM
    • Watson, such a bum. Play straight first ball after drinks and that doesn't happen. Reviewed it too. How selfish, even for a front runner.

      Commenter
      Matt
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 11:50PM
      • Yep real selfish. Clipping leg by a millimetre or two. Why don't you grab a bat and have a go pal?

        Commenter
        Bucket
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 11:55PM
      • Mate the ball was hitting leg by a bees.He had to review it.A decent umpire wouldn't have given that and Watson would still be there.

        Commenter
        Matt
        Location
        Mitcham
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 11:55PM
      • Can't help feel a little cheated with that just clipping leg and bowled by the broad cheat

        Commenter
        Hornberger
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 11:57PM
      • Sure, continue to use referrals on poor shots and 50/50 guesses. He was falling over his front leg playing a silly shot after a break. As an umpire, the bowler gets the advantage.

        Watson is selfish. His attitude and history point to that.

        Commenter
        Matt
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:02AM
      • Correct, he had to review it. If that was clipping leg, then Bells review yesterday was knocking out middle. We've been extremely unlucky with the decisions. No mention of how bad that last decision was, rogers missed it by 10cms, the umpires are feeling the pressure more than anyone else.

        Commenter
        Gee up
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:06AM
      • A silly shot? 50/50 guess? I must have been watching a different dismissal. Stick to umpiring mate and let the players play.

        Commenter
        Bucket
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:10AM
      • you can't tell me that one was hitting yet Watson, the best stump to stump bowler in the world, made one boomerang yesterday when he hit Bell in front of middle but was missing leg completely. it stinks. it really stinks. just get rid of referrals - umps will never give LBWs ever gain, but so it goes.

        Commenter
        Peter Warrington
        Location
        marrickville
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:15AM
      • by the way Sydney Matt, are you really suggesting the quality of shot played should be a consideration in whether you review? or just point scoring, because you have drunk too much coffee?

        Commenter
        Peter Warrington
        Location
        marrickville
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:26AM
    • This is TEST cricket...Cowan is built for it. If you want, check out the number of balls faced by the English batsmen for their runs. Australia's problem is too much thinking flash = substance and short form cricket = TEST cricket from media, fans and selectors. Different fishponds people.

      Commenter
      G-Man
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 11:39PM
      • Er, no. Eddy is a little fish. His numbers in test cricket are rubbish.

        Commenter
        Andy
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 11:43PM
      • I really can't think of a less talented # 3 for Australia in 40 years of watching cricket.

        Commenter
        Expat
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 11:47PM
      • He averages 31 in test cricket in an era where 50 + averages are common.

        The 'substance' is not solid.

        Commenter
        Mark
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 11:54PM
      • Era where 50+ is common...hmmm, only 9 active cricketers have averages over 50. How many of these are openers or first drop. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cricket_batting_averages
        Next!!

        Commenter
        G-Man
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:13AM
      • Give it up G-Man, your mate Ed is probably a nice bloke. He writes about cricket well. But he is patently a very sub-standard batsman when facing test bowlers.

        Given the recent retirements of 50+ batsmen ... It is certainly true that the modern era great players are averaging more than the greats of yesteryear. Pitches and bats have improved ... And players are hanging on runs to earn $ as a career rather than a pastime.

        Commenter
        Mark
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:27AM
      • Mate, only 40 batsmen in history (active and inactive) have an average over 50. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/282910.html We have been spoiled by Ponting, Hayden, Hussey and Hayden and Clarke...4 of them in one team shows just how good that team was, but shouldn't be a yardstick for the future. My main point was that calling for Khawaja was ridiculous.

        Commenter
        G-Man
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:34AM
      • Thats the point G-man. Most of em have been in the modern era. Plenty are in the 49's avs too.

        31 doesnt come close. Ed is just not 'built for tests.'

        But i hope he can suceed in this one!

        Commenter
        Mark
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:45AM
      • Mark no doubt you have a point on including Khawaja for the next test. Cowan had more runs up in the
        pavilion than out on the pitch and i can't see how he can possibly hold the 3 spot over Khawaja or Hughes prefably Khawaja. .Watson I have stood up for in the past He showed in 4 overs that his bowling is much more accurate than our specialist bowlers. But what he is picked for is batting and i hope he comes through for us in the second game and kicks on to a big score. .Starc has to pitch the bowl up and he is dangerous if he does that..

        Commenter
        Sanjay_F
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 2:51AM
    • Why on earth you calling for Khawaja? The guy is not Test match material. Bad enough Steve Smith somehow dances between the raindrops but two duds with a higher media profile than cricket ability would be to much!

      Commenter
      G-Man
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 11:29PM
      • Smith did a fair bit of dancing in India in tough conditions and a half century in the first dig here.Im with you on Khawaja,potential needs to transfer to runs sooner or later,but credit where it's due to Smith,he is having a good crack.

        Commenter
        Matt
        Location
        Mitcham
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 11:43PM
      • Fair enough, I'll give Smith some credit for India...I was raging when he was called up there thou lol

        Commenter
        G-Man
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:07AM
      • I reckon we all were,but he's going ok at the moment, he may get his biggest test yet later in this game.

        Commenter
        Matt
        Location
        Mitcham
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:18AM
      • Surely this has to be Cowan's last chance. Surely Khawaja's chance has to be close, the kid has been 12th
        man since the boxing day test. I agree that some of UTK's fans are passionate but you can't blame them. And if you look at it cowan has had 20 games in a row now, how many more chances does he get. If his numbers were signifantly better then Khawaja then it would matter but the fact remains they are not. In his
        last innings Khawaja top scored with 72 and didn't get a game in the second warm up game, even you can't
        deny that the kid is being treated unfairly, Cowan failed so common sense revails and we finally give Khawaja a few games in this series, with boof in
        charge i hope we do because this kid is not getting treated fairly.

        Commenter
        Sanjay_F
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 2:19AM
    • The Aussies have 6 left hand batsmen, the Poms have 3
      How will this affect our 2nd innings?

      Commenter
      wolcollins
      Location
      Bali
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 11:17PM
      • It's not good when Swann is bowling. He'll be turning the ball away from the lefty. The slips will come more and more into play as the innings goes on.

        Commenter
        Michael Chammas
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 11:23PM
      • It'll help Swann,he likes bowling at the lefties,though Agar seemed to enjoy facing him.

        Commenter
        Matt
        Location
        Mitcham
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 11:24PM
    • Any idea how accurate that rpm measure is for the spinners?
      Quoting the answer to 4 significant figures does seem to be gilding the lily a bit...

      Commenter
      Davo
      Location
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 10:54PM
    • Agree with you Michael. Cowan could get 250 in this innings and i'd still not pick him for the 2nd test. He'd still av 20something for the tour.

      Congrats on the goals.

      Commenter
      Mark
      Location
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 10:52PM
      • Haha thanks mate. Really appreciate the support. Khawaja is the most technically correct batsman in the squad. He has to be in the side.

        Commenter
        Michael Chammas
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 10:55PM
      • Rogers is just perfect for this situation.As AB said before the coverage started today,what's wrong with grinding out an innings and wearing the bowlers down.Does anyone know If Bairstow or Root can bowl ? They may need some back up,particularly if Finn bowls as he did late in the first dig.

        Commenter
        Matt
        Location
        Mitcham
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 11:05PM
      • Khawaja is a dud. Average of 39 when he played county cricket in England. Let's see his tour thus far. 0 vs the might of Ireland. 29 & 6 vs Gloucestershire, 27 & 73 v Somerset. Most technically correct??? LOL thanks, needed a laugh.

        Commenter
        G-Man
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 11:35PM
      • Hang on, Cowan should be picked automatically for every test this summer, no matter what he scores. He is the greatest player ever to have worn a baggy green, just ask him.

        Commenter
        Yahn Wilderbeast
        Location
        Tundra
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 11:36PM
      • Khawaja averages more than Cowan g-man.

        Just sayin'

        Commenter
        Ben
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 12:08AM
      • G Man you are wrong on Khawjaa, he is one of our best batsman, has been 12th man since boxing day test while Cowan has had 19 tests in a row. Selectors got the Cowan selection wrong. I like Ed Cowan. I like his attitude. But he isn’t good enough to be a Test cricketer. I can only think that he is a selection panel favourite. Khawaja may not be the second coming of Ricky Ponting but it’s a disgrace that a guy like him is getting piles from the amount of time he
        spends sitting in the dressing room while an inferior player like Cowan keeps going through the motions.Throw Khawaja in. He is our best number 3 and bats there for his state side and handles swing
        bowling well, shouldn't his selection be common sense. Can't be said enough time,Khawaja deserves a go, give him this series to show his stuff at 3, i think he will come through and if he doesn't we move on.

        Commenter
        Amith_S
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 2:17AM
      • Amith completely agree with you on Khawaja, he is a real talent for us and i can't wait to see him make this series his own given Arthur is gone and that he might actually get a chance. Top scorer in the first warm up game he is ready to go at 3. If he can only get half the ances given to Cowan i will be happy. . Hughes is best served at 5 away from the moving ball or that will be the endd of his career, Khawaja is best served at 5 as he is the best number 3 in terms of young batsman in the country, either way i am not as fussed as long we get both guys on the paddock

        Commenter
        Sanjay_F
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 2:22AM
    • 0-118, all out for 204.

      Commenter
      freddy forecast
      Location
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 10:22PM
      • You've seen knifey spooney played before!

        Commenter
        Editor
        Location
        Over your shoulder
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 10:41PM
    • I haven't followed this game for years but aren't your batsmen supposed to have better batting averages than your bowlers?

      Commenter
      Tony Abbott's stats expert
      Location
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 10:21PM
    • Colin Miller's last 10 words are undeniably true. Just publish the last bit.

      Commenter
      Editor
      Location
      Over your shoulder
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 10:03PM
    • Please Michael, can we all finally agree that Warner is a 20 over player and that's it,he wouldn't ever get to 10against Anderson. Rogers needs a few games,you can't possibly drop him after one,especially since he was dudded in the first dig. Lets leave the team alone and let them settle.Take Inveraritys passport and phone off him.

      Commenter
      Matt
      Location
      Mitcham
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 9:59PM
    • Did i just see watson try to run rogers out!?
      Madness.

      Commenter
      Mark
      Location
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 9:45PM
      • Watson has been involved in several run outs and in fact, one of which was responsible for a terrible Australian collapse in an ashes test iirc.

        Commenter
        Aegeri
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 9:58PM
    • Mate I'm not sure you need any advice. It sounds like the perfect marriage, don't complain about it. She sounds like a real catch... Ok, I have to go and finish the laundry so I can hopefully get permission to watch some cricket tonight....

      Commenter
      Robertj
      Location
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 9:44PM
    • This run-chase has got to be Ed Cowan's last chance to prove he should be in the side. He's nowhere near reliable enough.

      Commenter
      Sinbad Gordon
      Location
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 9:44PM
    • You have a wife who doesn't want to watch the cricket? Let her vacuum and then find some more menial tasks to occupy her. Enjoy what sounds like a perfect arrangement.

      Commenter
      Matt
      Location
      Mitcham
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 9:31PM
    • Um, you could do the vacuuming - and all the housework - so she has nothing else to do except watch the cricket with you

      Commenter
      KW
      Location
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 9:30PM
      • It's sacrilege to do housework during the Ashes. Mind you I'm no stranger to the vacuum cleaner.

        Commenter
        Michael Chammas
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 9:34PM
      • What was she doing vacuuming that late at night?

        Commenter
        Sinbad Gordon
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 9:46PM
      • That's a great question. Probably doing anything possible to sit down watching cricket with me.

        Commenter
        Michael Chammas
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 9:48PM
      • To be honest, I hope midnight vacuuming doesn't become a habit for your neighbours' sake!

        Commenter
        Simon
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 11:30PM
    • The one thing we must remember from financial planners' advice!
      Past performance is no indication of a future score.
      It is quite possible Australia can win this if they shut out the statistics of the "experts" with regards to what has happened in years gone by at Trent Bride.

      Commenter
      vorheta
      Location
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 9:21PM
      • Ooh i wouldnt be listening to financial planners advice about cricket if i were you.. Or finance.

        Commenter
        Ben
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 9:39PM
    • Either going to be a england win or draw, cannot see the brittle and week aussie batsmen chasing down 300+, the first innings batting display is but one reason why we wouldn't be suprised by anything other than a batting collapse.

      Commenter
      secretagent
      Location
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 9:18PM
    • Is there a summary?

      Commenter
      vjzn
      Location
      may seem further out than appears
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 9:08PM
    • Thought it was Poms who whined..Stuart Broad? It was a bad umpiring decision.Get over it!

      Commenter
      yorkshireman2
      Location
      London
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 8:57PM
      • Nah. He's a cheat..... and hes cheated before.

        Commenter
        ryan2000
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 9:02PM
      • Its not the mistake of The ump that gives the irits. That happens. Its the poor sportsmanship of Broad (celebrated by folks like Stevo ) that grates the true cricket aficionados. He hit it to the slip.

        He may get runs and wickets - but he's lost any respect for his character.

        And poms whining about whining. Post ironic indeed.

        Commenter
        Paul
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 9:07PM
      • The fact that 8 batsmen failed to score over 20 with Extras being the 5th highest score have any thing to do with it.

        Commenter
        Johno
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 9:09PM
      • Aussies, eh. They can dish it out but they can't take it. Music to my ears :)

        Commenter
        Bannatyne84
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 9:12PM
      • Like father like son

        Commenter
        Kate
        Location
        Darwin
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 9:24PM
      • ... He reminds me of grown up prince Joffrey. Just evil.

        Commenter
        MB
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 9:53PM
      • jesus christ people, we're talking about cricket here. pol pot was evil. hitler was evil. stuart broad is a cricketer who didn't walk. a little perspective, please.

        Commenter
        Bannatyne84
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 10:34PM
      • Too late Bannatyne84. England picked Joffrey in their team. They've earned the opprobrium. Cant take it back. Hell be regarded poorly for the rest of his career.

        Commenter
        Arya
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 10:46PM
      • That and England had thrown an almighty *complain to the ICC* tanty over umpiring the day before. Face facts, if an Australian batsman had done that, England would be frothing at the mouth.

        Commenter
        Simon
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 11:24PM
    • This pitch is capable of a chase down by the Aussies (provided our batters play their average, which isn't asking much!)

      I actually wouldn't be surprised if it was a draw. Wickets aren't easy on this pitch.

      Commenter
      ryan2000
      Location
      London (formerly Brunswick)
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 8:56PM
      • 300 in 5 sessions? Only rain can stop a result.

        Commenter
        Simon
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 11:26PM
    • i can see why you like him Stevo16. It doesn't make either of you come across well.

      Commenter
      Expat Londoner
      Location
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 8:52PM
      • Cocky cockney has his say, could fit in with the Aussie team, loud and proud to show my colours , but I'm an Aussie bloke when it suits! Love the ashes...

        Commenter
        Stevo16
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 9:09PM
    • Thanks for coming Australia , theirs no other country on earth we like to see lose at cricket, trouble is, Australia no longer have the fear factor, hearts sank when Warnie, McGrath and Lee were bowling, this current mob are just slightly above average.

      Commenter
      Stevo16
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 8:51PM
      • Stevo16. I suspect you copped a lot of beam balls in your day?

        Commenter
        Ecky Thump
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 9:07PM
    • What were you waving your bat to the crowd for, Broad? You have nothing to be proud of. There have been some poor and contentious (very close to inconclusive) decisions in this Test but Broad's beggars belief. My only possible explanation for it is that Agar did not turn and appeal to Ump Dar. if so, a schoolboy error but harsh nonetheless.

      Commenter
      diamond duck
      Location
      mars
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 8:50PM
      • Anybody can appeal. Dar just made a major, major screw-up.

        Commenter
        Simon
        Location
        Sydney
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 11:25PM
    • Finally Broad walks I thought for a second there that he might ask uncle Aleem to let him stay a little longer. Aleem obviously heartbroken that broad cheat is gone

      Commenter
      Hornberger
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 8:49PM
      • I can see why the Aussies have taken over the Poms as whingers. Must be listening to Abbott a lot.

        Commenter
        Johno
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 8:58PM
    • Can we get Paul Gallen to jump the fence and crash tackle Bell? He's out of Origin and needs to use up some energy.

      Commenter
      Ecky Thump
      Location
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 8:48PM
    • If the ump had got it right on Broad's edge, it could have been cancelled out by Trott's out LBW when the third ump missed bat in it. Also Agar could easily have been out stumped 0n 6. Truth is, England have been dominant here as expected nd Australia has not been good enough.

      Commenter
      rudy
      Location
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 8:42PM
      • Big call on 'dominant'. One day even, one to aust, next to england.

        Commenter
        Paul
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 8:55PM
      • Two wrongs dont make a right it just makes Broad a massive twat

        Commenter
        Hornberger
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 9:03PM
    • Shameless Broad raises his bat for the 50 and as he finally left caught behind for the 2nd time. All class that man.

      Commenter
      mark
      Location
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 8:37PM
      • Not only class but a hero to boot, it's all about winning!! Ahh cricket, a game played by men with small balls and long bats. E N G ERRRRR L AAAA N D !

        Commenter
        Stevo16
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 8:44PM
    • Looks like they've given up already

      Commenter
      micko
      Location
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 8:30PM
    • No surprise there then: "As an American following this, I have no dog in the hunt," writes Shaun Stine of the Broad snafu. "But, I'm surprised there's outrage amongst Aussie fans. When I lived in Oz (2000-06) during their reign of ass-kicking, there was always a large segment of the fan base irritated with Adam Gilchrist BECAUSE he walked! Now they're unhappy with Broad because he didn't??!? I assume 'hypocrites', unlike 'biscuit', is used the same way in all flavours of English?"

      Commenter
      Rain101
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 8:18PM
      • Different segment of the base. Cricket is a broad church. Plus I dont think there were 'a large segment' irritated.

        Commenter
        ben
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 8:32PM
      • Fair call

        Commenter
        Rain101
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 8:59PM
    • My positive (unlikely) predictions for the next two days: England score another 50 runs with Agar taking 4 wickets for the innings. Australia then chase down the target with cowan making 150* and clarke making 100.

      Whatever happens will be an exciting finish.

      Commenter
      Deesman
      Location
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 7:53PM
      • Go to bed, it won't happen!

        Commenter
        Stevo16
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 8:15PM
      • I think we will win this test very easily,

        Commenter
        Stevo16
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 8:18PM
      • Sadly, i suspect Cowan would need another 7-8 innings to get that 150. Even more sadly, he'll probably be given the gig.

        Commenter
        ben
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 8:26PM
    • When watching today's play, remember that Clarke referred a LBW decision where all three stumps were visible and the ball going down the leg side. If he had not, he could have had Broad easily LBW on 1 and certainly would have had the howler yesterday overturned. Poor captaincy is as much to blame as the inconsistent way that the DRS is applied.

      Commenter
      Aegeri
      Location
      Sydney
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 7:41PM
      • Put the Pup (py) to bed and get a real dog to captain Australia .

        Commenter
        Stevo16
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 8:14PM
      • 100% correct, DRS is there for the howler not the speculative/marginal decision.

        Commenter
        stump mike
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 8:33PM
    • Wish Clarke would give Agar a more attacking field. Dhoni or Misbah would have done it on a pitch of uneven bounce like this. It would also make him bowl better.

      Commenter
      Rugs
      Location
      Date and time
      July 13, 2013, 1:14AM
      • Ditto

        Commenter
        Jim
        Location
        Date and time
        July 13, 2013, 8:12PM
    • Day 4? What happened on the third day? Day 2 oz rose from the dead but.....?

      Commenter
      PSH
      Date and time
      July 12, 2013, 8:10PM
      • You've just woken form a coma. Remember? Of course you don't but the cricket ball that hit you did!

        Commenter
        Gout Flanagan
        Location
        Date and time
        July 14, 2013, 1:24AM

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