Thanks to everyone for joining us today. Please come back soon to our website to read Chloe Saltau with the match report and all the news, as well as the day-three observations of Greg Baum and Malcolm Knox. Hopefully we will see you tomorrow night, when Michael Chammas will be in the commentary chair for us.
Of course it's impossible to wrap up the day without additional reference to Aleem Dar's decision not to give out Stuart Broad for what was a regulation edge to first slip off the bowling of Ashton Agar when he was on 37, and England 6-297.
Make no mistake, the Australians' primary source of ire was - or should have been - Dar's decision, rather than Broad's nonchalance immediately afterwards. Broad's actions just compounded it. I rate Dar as a very good umpire but he will be gutted when he sees the replay of that delivery. Furthermore, the Australians MUST realise they are partly culpable for not being able to challenge the decision, because it lost its second review when Clarke foolishly challenged a leg-before appeal from Pattinson that was clearly veering beyond Jonny Bairstow's leg-stump.
History is against Australia winning from here, with only three teams chasing 200-plus to win at Trent Bridge. It will, however, be encouraged by the lack of overt degradation of the pitch.
STUMPS: England 6-326 from 133 overs, leading by 261. Unbeaten 108-run partnership, from 240 balls, between Ian Bell (95* off 228 balls, 12 fours) and Stuart Broad (47* off 122 balls, 5 fours).
Ian Bell (centre, 95 not out) and Stuart Broad (47 not out) leave Trent Bridge at the end of day three after their unbeaten 108-run partnership against Australia. Photo: Getty Images
Amid all of this Broad-Dar kerfuffle legitimate point raised by Michael Vaughan.
Just a reminder that Ian Bell has played a incredible innings today........ #Ashes— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) July 12, 2013
James Pattinson warned by Kumar Dharmasena for making a renewed appeal for lbw against Ian Bell after Dharmasena, legitimately, rejected his first appeal because the ball struck Bell's pad off his inside edge.
England's march continuing apace: Bell now onto 94* and the partnership between he and Stuart Broad (47*) past a century. 6-325.
I think the Broad/Dar non-decision justified a few more tweets, so here goes. Warney first...
Sounds like another exciting day at Trent Bridge & still a pretty even contest.. No surprise re Aleem Dar. He's always had no idea.. #ashes— Shane Warne (@warne888) July 12, 2013
horrific failure of the purpose for DRS - shocking piece of umpiring cannot be corrected even by a quick word from 3rd ump Broad a disgace— Henry Lawson (@Henrylawson180) July 12, 2013
And a defence of Broad from former England batsman Neil Fairbrother
The Aussies invented not walking!!! Take the rough with the smooth lads!!#standyourground— Neil Fairbrother (@Harv366) July 12, 2013
Well, back to the action. England is 6-314, Bell is on the cusp of the 90s and home team's lead is just about to reach 250. While it's a credit to Australia's player that they haven't dropped their bundle over the non-decision they badly need to get a breakthrough.
This picture tells the story. From relieved, to dumbfounded, to furious.
Australian players are apoplectic at umpire Aleem Dar's refusal to give England's Stuart Broad out caught at first slip by Michael Clarke. Photo: Getty Images
"I thought it was incredible courage of Broad to stay there." - NASSER HUSSAIN, former England captain, on Sky Sports TV commentary about Stuart Broad standing his ground after nicking Ashton Agar and surviving the appeal.
I understand the don't-walk argument but he evidently has a different understanding of courage to what I have.
And, two balls after that, Bell survives a chance on 77, with Brad Haddin dropping his third catch of the match (albeit one of those two was very tough). Haddin had to dive to his right but the ball was within his reach.
Universal condemnation of the non-decision. Firstly, South African champion Dale Steyn...
Clear as broad daylight... #Shocker— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) July 12, 2013
And a salutory lesson from former NZ seamer Iain O'Brien.
Don't waste reviews on gambles. Especially LBW's! Idiots.— Iain O'Brien (@iainobrien) July 12, 2013
Australia's wasted reviews costs them, courtesy of a shocking decision to not give Stuart Broad out caught in slips for 37. Edged Agar behind, taken by Clarke via a ricochet off Haddin. Looked completely regulation, but not given out by Aleem Dar. What made it more galling for Australia was the way Broad nonchalantly walked up the pitch after the non-decision. England 6-297.
But safe. Bell was running to the striker's end, after Broad punched the ball down the ground, and almost beaten by the accurate throw. While he survived the call Broad, and possibly him too, received an official warning from Kumar Dharmasena for running on the pitch.
After 116 overs, and no wicket for 23 overs, David "Bumble" Lloyd ponders on the Sky Sports TV coverage whether it's time to turn to the part-time leg-spin of Steve Smith. Gets some backing for his theory from Andrew Strauss.
Fortune favours the Broad - the left-hander heaves Agar to deep mid-wicket, but just out of the reach of Phillip Hughes. The resulting boundary lifts him to 35*, and England to 6-291.
Technically a drop from Cowan, of Broad when he was on 29, but in reality it's hard to criticise him. As Broad shaped to sweep Agar short-leg fielder Cowan moved to his left, only for Broad's shot to go to his right hands as his momentum was going the other way. The ball ricocheted off his hand. Would've been a dazzling catch if he'd taken it.
Pattinson given only that one over. Peter Siddle on now. Clarke typically restless with his bowling changes but especially so at the moment, given this partnership is now in excess of an hour and a half.
After Watson is rested after his miserly three-over spell the first over from his replacement, James Pattinson, costs 11 runs (albeit including four leg-byes). Agar on at the other end.
50 partnership up between Bell (67*) and Broad (25*) , courtesy of a cover-driven boundary by left-handed Broad off Mitch Starc. England 5-271, leading by 206.
Finally, a pic which shows what I was talking about re Stuart Broad's shoulder pads!
Michael Clarke (left) and Brad Haddin look on as England's Stuart Broad attempts a sweep shot. Photo: Getty Images
Hearty applause from the Trent Bridge stands as England reaches 6-265, meaning Australia will have to chase at least 200 to win.
Again, Starc begins a spell from around the wicket. I just can't shake the feeling it's a defensive move to do that, and sends that message to the batsmen.
Mitch Starc gets his first bowl in the last session, replacing Agar.
A probing over from Watson ends with leg-handed Broad edging him just in front of Michael Clarke at first slip. I know Watson's pace isn't anywhere near where it used to be, but since he pulled back years ago his control has been excellent.
While only three teams have successfully chased over 200 to win a Test a Trent Birdge - 240 was the highest - former Australia seamer and Pakistan coach Geoff Lawson isn't too perturbed by that.
this pitch isn't falling apart as predicted. Aus can chase 300 ... but 250 would be better. Need a part time leggie to shift Broad— Henry Lawson (@Henrylawson180) July 12, 2013
While Watto hasn't got a wicket he's been accurate. But I didn't realise just how accurate until I read this...
Shane Watson (9-8-2-0) is the first bowler since 2001 to have 8 maidens in the first 9 overs of their bowling spell in a Test Match #Ashes— BBC TMS (@bbctms) July 12, 2013
Another milestone for England. Now 6-252, with a lead of 186. This pair, Bell (59*) and Broad (14*), has put 34 runs so far on for the seventh wicket.
Tea report from Chloe Saltau at Trent Bridge: England building its lead at Trent Bridge.
Gotta give a tick to Brad Haddin there. Low-bouncing ball from Siddle passes under Broad's bat and virtually runs along ground, Haddin gets body behind the ball and it ricochets off his leg into his chin. Didn't even flinch.
TEA: England 6-230 from 99 overs, leading by 165. Ian Bell 56* (134 balls, 8 fours) and Stuart Broad 1* (12 balls). Slow going in that middle session: 2-73 from 27 overs. But we're only just past the half-way mark so no need to hurry. The longer England survives the more deterioration the pitch is likely to suffer.
Pattinson bowling what is likely to be the last over of the session. Stuart Broad on strike.
Ian Bell brings up his 36th half-century and, in the process, also reaches 6000 runs in his 89th Test. This milestone came from 127 deliveries, with seven boundaries. Nowhere near as eye-catching as many innings I've seen from him but very important. England can afford to bat for time.
England 6-225 after 97 overs.
Siddle elated. Prior seething (at himself).
Peter Siddle celebrates the wicket of England's fast-scoring Matt Prior. Photo: Getty Images
Clarke giving Starc another go, in place of Agar. Fair enough too, given he only bowled two overs when he took the second new ball. England 6-220 in the 96th over.
Peter Siddle probably more of a fan of Matt Prior than Prior is of him based on this record.
7 - Matt Prior has been dismissed by Peter Siddle for the seventh time in Tests, three more than any other bowler. Nemesis.— OptaJim (@OptaJim) July 12, 2013
England seamer Stuart Broad arrives at the crease wearing shoulder pads, seemingly as a result of the blow to his right shoulder he received from a James Pattinson bouncer in the first innings.
Seems to be the subject of much mirth back here in Australia.
Broad for England is wearing shoulder pads!! Is he going to an 80's themed party straight after the days play??? #theashes— PETER HELLIAR (@pjhelliar) July 12, 2013
"You talk about living by the sword; he died by the sword there." - Andrew Strauss, recently retired England captain, on Matt Prior in his Sky Sports TV commentary.
WICKET!! Prior's swashbuckling innings ends on 31, turning Siddle off his pads to Ed Cowan at mid-wicket for 31. Tried to pull but late on the shot, this time just within reach of Cowan's grasp overhead. Filthy at himself as he walked off the ground. England 6-218.
Lovely off-driven boundary off Siddle from Matt Prior. Didn't rely on power, just timing. The mid-off fielder had no chance.
It seems Germany's number-one cricket fan, former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann, not as excusing of Cowan's inability to snare that high chance off Prior as I was.
That was a pathetic effort by Cowan.Should have been taken.England going along nicely.— Didi Hamann (@DietmarHamann) July 12, 2013
Close! Prior almost falls the way he did in the first, spooning a high catch to the off-side. Learned back at cut Siddle hard behind point, straight to Cowan but just too high for him, despite a stretch. Prior on to 25*, showing why he's the most reliable wicketkeeper-batsman in Test cricket.
(Note: Kumar Sangakkara no longer keeps for Sri Lanka in Tests.)
Not a vote of confidence from Clarke in his seamers, nor his own decision to take 2nd new ball: Agar given a bowl after just six overs.
Michael Clarke again using the very short mid-on he used for Kevin Pietersen, this time to Ian Bell for the bowling of Pattinson.
Starc replaced after conceding two boundaries in his last over. Peter Siddle given a chance with the new ball, which is four overs' old.
Matt Prior relishing the value he is getting for his shots courtesy of the second new ball. Is already up to 15* off 18 deliveries, with three boundaries.
England 5-196 after 86 overs. Australia's three overs with the second new ball have cost 20 runs.
Former Australia all-rounder and Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody has reservations about Australia taking it so soon.
With apologies to Soundgarden, here's Brad Haddin doing his best Jesus Christ pose after claiming the scalp of Jonny Bairstow.
Brad Haddin celebrates snaring a catch off Jonny Bairstow from the bowling of Ashton Agar. Photo: Getty Images
Wow, severe tennis-ball bounce with this pitch at the moment, even with a new ball. A Pattinson bouncer hung invitingly in the air for Prior, who duly swatted it to the fine-leg boundary. Pattinson did better with the following ball, pitching it up and shaping the ball away from his outside edge.
From Chloe Saltau at the ground: "Trent Bridge not a comfortable venue to bat last at. England wobbled making 129 to beat Australia at there in 2005, got there but seven wickets' down."
With England 5-179 its lead is already 114.
Michael Clarke elects to take the second new ball. Mitch Starc to get first use of it.
"Get around him" is a common refrain from many modern sportsmen. While I don't really understand the popularity of the saying the Aussies do exactly that to Agar after he had Jonny Bairstow edging behind to Brad Haddin.
Ashton Agar is congratulated on his dismissal of England's Jonny Bairstow. Photo: Getty Images
Agarbomb, Agarmeister... already a few alcohol-related nicknames for Ashton Agar. At least he's old enough to drink, albeit not by a long way.
'Agarmeister' hate the drink.......love the player! #boss— Daniel Smith (@13DSmith) July 12, 2013
Quality dismissal from Agar. Got the ball to grip and turn away from right-handed Bairstow.
Clarke, unsurprisingly, elects to continue with the old ball as Matt Prior arrives to join Bell.
WICKET!! Classic spinner's wicket for Agar. Bairstow lunges forward trying to defend but beaten by the sharp spin, outside edge behind to Brad Haddin. Out for 15. England 5-175.
OVERRULED - Bell survives! Hawk-Eye indicated the ball from Watson was just passing high and wide of leg-stump, so Bell continues on 34*. England 4-172.
WICKET!! That pressure is rewarded, with Watson trapping Bell lbw. Bell challenges Kumar Dharmasena's call. Looked good live.
Siddle building pressure well, allowing Watson to attack from the other end.
Shane Watson into the attack, replacing Pattinson. Clarke evidently wants to make a final attempt to profit from the swing available with the old ball before taking the second new ball, which is available after the next over.
Ian Bell gives the scoring rate a nudge by twice guiding Pattinson through a gap in the slips cordon in the one over. Moves to 34* himself, with the partnership with Bairstow up to 41*. England 4-172, lead now 107.
Yet to convince me, Bairstow. This time he plays a shot more suited to club cricket, wafts at Siddle outside off-stump with zero foot movement. Fortunately for him he made no contact as the ball went through to Haddin.
And then again two balls later!
Close! Ian Bell comes perilously close to playing on to his stumps off Pattinson for 26. Played back to a ball angled into him and chopped down on it. Ball went off inside-edge and bounced just wide of his off-stump. England 4-164.
Here's the first-session report from our correspondent at Trent Bridge, Chloe Saltau: Ashton Agar strikes again - this time with ball.
Bairstow comfortably playing Pattinson off front foot, even when playing across his body. I take that as a sign of how slow the pitch is, not that the Victorian has eased off in any way.
And we're back. Pattinson starting, unsurprisingly given his strong finish to the first session.
While we're waiting here's a pic of David Warner that, to be honest, I've only posted as a means of documenting his proudly worn moustache.
Axed batsman David Warner watches on at Trent Bridge. Photo: Getty Images
LUNCH: England 4-157 in 72 overs, leading by 92, with Bell 20* (43 balls, 2 fours) and Bairstow 13* (42 balls) at the crease. These two Englishmen did well to steady the innings after the exits of Pietersen and Cook in close proximity. With Australia's seamers getting the old ball to shape it won't be an easy decision for Michael Clarke about whether to take the second new ball, which will be available in eight overs.
Big fan of David "Bumble" Lloyd but his call on the Sky Sports TV commentary that only wicketkeepers should be allowed helmet, no close-in fielders, is brainless.
Pattinson snarling at Bell's time-wasting attempts to ensure his over was the last before lunch, earning the Australian seamer a warning from Kumar Dharmasena. Bell's tactic doesn't work though. One more over, Agar bowling it.
No pace in the pitch, definitely holding up. On this occasion it saved Ian Bell as he sought to play Pattinson uppishly off the back foot, fell short of Phillip Hughes at cover due to that lack of pace.
England 4-155. If lunch taken when it should be possibly only one more over until the break, from Pattinson.
Not out. Full delivery from Pattinson was heading well past leg-stump. Poor referral from Australia, now again out of reviews. Only 1 of 6 correct so far in the match.
REVIEW. Australia challenging the rejection of an lbw appeal by Pattinson against Bairstow.
I was going to say there's just under 20 minutes until lunch, but I did the same yesterday and they played on for an extra half-hour for some reason. Steady start to the Bell-Bairstow partnership, has already last eight overs. In the context of the match it'd be ideal if they went to break unscathed. England 4-148, with Bell 17* and Bairstow 8*.
"Both of those dismissals really came out of nowhere." - former England captain Andrew Strauss, in the Sky Sports TV commentary, on Pietersen and Cook falling in the space of 14 deliveries after a century partnership.
Yep, I think my description of Clarke's catch as "athletic" was a fair one.
Great action shot of Clarke's catch, with Cook watching. pic.twitter.com/sMFAz0hHZI— Cricket365 (@Cricket365) July 12, 2013
Double change, with Starc replacing Agar. First ball from the left-armer shapes away from the right-hander, even more than the natural angle. So does the second.
England 4-136, with Bell and Bairstow still settling.
Clarke's bowling change looking a canny one, with Watson shaping it both ways. The key is, as per usual, how long Australia believes it can safely bowl him for without risking injury.
Shane Watson given a bowl, replacing Pattinson. Clarke maybe swayed by seeing the shape Pattinson was getting in that last over, believing Watson could get it moving even more - and maybe both ways.
Ahhhh, nothing quite like that first-Test-wicket celebration from Ashton Agar, thanks to a superb catch from Michael Clarke. A first Test century would've been close...
Alastair Cook trudges off the ground, having become Ashton Agar's first Test victim. Photo: Getty Images
Some very encouraging late swing into the right-handers being achieved by Pattinson.
The tide has turned in the underdog's favour, or so says former England captain Michael Vaughan.
Hugh fillip for Australia. Any negative effect from conceding a century partnership between Pietersen and Cook was more than offset by snaring both of them within 14 deliveries.
WICKET!! Cook gone, and a maiden Test wicket for Ashton Agar, thanks to a superb athletic catch by Michael Clarke at first slip, showing no sign of his recent back problems. Cook tried to turn into the leg-side but got a leading edge to a ball from left-armer Agar that went on rather than turning into him. Clarke, showing great anticipation, successfully reached high and wide with his left hand. Pretty good first Test wicket, that. Cook made 50 off 165 balls. England now 4-134, with Jonny Bairstow joining Bell.
The moment Kevin Pietersen's assured innings came to an end, courtesy of an inside-edge off James Pattinson.
James Pattinson makes a much-needed breakthrough for Australia, removing Kevin Pietersen for 64. Photo: Getty Images
Half-century up for Captain Cook, off 164 deliveries. His concentration is to be admired. Almost always plays within his limitations, and flourishes because of that.
Good reward for Pattinson. Was passed over - deservedly - for first shot at England's batsmen today, but has been much more accurate in this spell. Complemented the wicket with a fast-bowler's roar.
Ian Bell in now to join Alastair Cook.
WICKET!! Pietersen tries to drive Pattinson off the back foot through cover but misjudges line, bowled off his inside-edge for 64. Crucial breakthrough on the verge of the drinks break. England 3-121.
Pietersen renowned for his brutal strokeplay, but has just proved he can be deft as well. Played with a dead bat to guide Pattinson through a gap in the slips cordon, bouncing safely well before them, to the boundary to move to 64*. England 2-121.
A rare - but warranted - sign of aggression from Alastair Cook, advancing to Agar and lofting him to deep mid-wicket for four to move to 46*. Also brings up the century partnership between he and Pietersen. Milestone came off 279 deliveries, with Pietersen contributing 58 of the runs.
Sir Ashton Agar gets his first crack on day three, replacing Peter Siddle.
(He did get that knighthood, yeah?)
One for all cricket fans: Ricky Ponting walks off bat in hand for the last time in first-class cricket. Fittingly, it was after scoring an unbeaten century, for Surrey.
Kevin Pietersen acknowledges applause for his second-innings half-century against Australia. Photo: Getty Images
Australian fans won't be wanting to see this pose too often in the Ashes, certainly not again in this innings. But given the way Pietersen is playing I wouldn't bet on it.
Just a change of ends for Siddle, with Mitch Starc given a break. Didn't bowl badly - simply didn't look threatening. Siddle pursuing a very full length against Pietersen.
And that's the century up for England, 2-100 after 50.3 overs. lead over Australia is 35 runs.
James Pattinson replaces Peter Siddle, and beats Pietersen's outside edge with his first delivery. Encouraging, especially since his accuracy has been slightly awry early in his spells thus far in the Test.
A cover-driven boundary from Pietersen brings up his 31st Test half-century. Moves to 52* (120 balls, 10 fours). Looks excellent. Early signs are that Australia's tactic of trying to get Starc to cramp him by coming around the wicket is not working. England 2-98.
Typical start from Alastair Cook. The most notable thing about it has not been the shots he's played - he's only scored a single thus far on day three - but how solid in defence he has looked.
Magic driven boundary from Kevin Pietersen. Crouched to full ball angled into him from Starc and swatted through cover point. Exquisite technique.
First sign of arrogance (but not in a bad way) from Pietersen. Skips up the pitch to Starc in an attempt to make a good length delivery a half-volley, clips through the covers off his leading edge to the boundary. He moves on to 44*, with England 2-90.
Starc is attacking the right-handed Pietersen from around the wicket. For left-arm seamers I need a lot of convincing to employ that strategy, especially so early in the day. Maybe it's been triggered by Clarke's idea of trapping Pietersen using those two close leg-side fielders.
Clarke again staying with his unorthodox strategy of having a fielder at short mid-on, just in front of the non-striker's crease only a step off the pitch. Also a shortish mid-wicket. Evidently think he's susceptible to falling across his stumps and lofting his drives to deliveries angled into him.
Peter Siddle to start from the other end. I like that Clarke hasn't gone straight to Pattinson. I'm a massive fan of the young Victorian but wasn't rapt with way he ended day two, think it's good Clarke has preferred the other two specialist seamers.
Ashton Agar starts day three with something he'll have to get used to: significant public attention and adulation.
Ashton Agar signs autographs before day three the first Ashes Test match at Trent Bridge. Photo: Getty Images
And we're on. Mitch Starc starts for Australia, bowling to Pietersen first up. Conditions bright, but not sa sunny as yesterday from the look of it.
I feel like I owe Darren Berry a stipend given how much I'm featuring his tweets in this blog. Here's another great insight from the South Australia coach re the general reaction to day two.
All of us have been caught up & rightly so in the Agar heroics and somewhat glossed over man at other end Hughes is a tough nut with purpose— Darren Berry (@Chucksaca) July 12, 2013
And from back here in Australia, a stinging appraisal of England's Sky Sports TV commentary - which is being carried on the GEM and Fox Sports TV coverage in Australia - from sports-coverage aficionado Leaping Larry: Smug, gloating English commentators - what did we do to deserve this?
Here's a wrap of the stories from our team at Trent Bridge since the end of play yesterday.
Chloe Saltau on Agar's reaction to his momentous innings: Agar will have perfect recall of famous day.
Chloe Saltau on the repercussions of Jonathan Trott's contentious dismissal: ICC sorry over Trott Hot Spot issue.
Chloe Saltau's complete day-two match report: Debutant saves Australia with record innings.
Greg Baum on Agar: An innings beyond imagination by a player who is down to earth.
Malcolm Knox on England's strong position: The Hughes-Agar happy hour hides England's predictable progression towards winning position.
For anyone who's watched the video below, apologies for anyone offended by my attire (trackie dacks). But I was also genuine in my praise of much of the feedback I've been getting. Very learned.
Hello everyone. Back on deck now - hopefully with the comments section behaving, unlike last night.
A night in the life of an Ashes live blogger
Sports writer Jesse Hogan, currently covering the Ashes live blog until 4am, gives us a tour of his "office-space" for the next five weeks.PT3M35S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2putc 620 349 July 12, 2013
Ashton's Big Day Out!
Australia's Ashton Agar leaves the field after being dismissed for 98 runs during the first Ashes cricket test match against England at Trent Bridge cricket ground in Nottingham. Photo: Reuters
Day two summary: What a day. While the last session was very sedate compared to what preceded it the efforts of Cook and Pietersen to steady England should not be underestimated. Cook undoubtedly has the concentration to bat for long periods, and if Pietersen stays with his the scoring rate will no doubt be handsome.
Day two was initially all about Anderson and his richly deserved five-wicket haul, but it finished as a mere footnote in Australia's stunning comeback from 9-117 to all out for 280. It was a privilege to witness - yes, even on TV - debutant Ashton Agar's record-breaking innings. That he fell two runs' short of a century must not taint what was an incredible innings. Credit must also go to Phillip Hughes for a stoic unbeaten 81. He was mature enough to assume a supporting role in his 163-run partnership for the last wicket once he saw the form Agar was in.
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