England vs Australia, ENG vs AUS 1st Test Day 3 Highlights: On the third day of the first Test, England will take to the pitch with Rory Burns and Ben Stokes on the crease, who were not out at stumps on the second day, when England were 267/4.
After Steve Smith propelled Australia from a faltering 122/8 to 284 all-out on the first day, England opener Rory Burns’ took responsibility of replying to the Australian bowlers with his first-ever Test century. He remained unbeaten on 125 as he along with Ben Stokes (38) put England in the driver’s seat against a Mitchell Starc-less Australia. Earlier on the second day, captain Joe Root also completed his half-century and added 132 runs for the second wicket with Burns.
Australia need a flurry of wickets to turn the tide in the first Test as the hosts are trailing by just 17 runs with six wickets in hand. Australian fast bowlers Peter Siddle, Pat Cummins, and James Pattinson will be looking to get wickets in the first session and restrict the lead to a minimum, whereas Nathan Lyon will look to up his gear on the third day.
The Ashes, 2019Edgbaston, Birmingham 17 August 2019
England 374 (135.5) & 146 (52.3)
Australia 284 (80.4) & 487/7 dec
Match Ended ( Day 5 - 1st Test ) Australia beat England by 251 runs
England vs Australia 1st Test, Day Three Highlights:
End of Day 3
With the skies darkening rapidly, the umpires are adamant that England cannot bowl their seamers now. Stuart Broad was ready to bowl. In fact, the light meter is out and we could be off the field. Yes! The players are indeed heading off. 13 more overs are scheduled for today, but that could be that for Day 3. And that is indeed that. Stumps have been called. So, Australia end Day 3 with a lead of 34 runs but having lost three wickets.
Captain with the ball
Joe Root comes back into the attack, having already bowled an over with his off-spin. With just one slip, Root keeps Head at bay, but he would be disappointed to not get more wickets before the end of the day. Just the two runs from the over. AUS are 111/3 after 28 overs.
Hundred's up for Australia
With a two from the last ball of a Stokes over, hundred come sup for Australia led by Steve Smith who is on 34 (40)*. Still 19 overs to go for the stumps of day three. AUS are 101/3 after 25 overs.
Australia takes the lead
Smith and Head are slowly getting in the jam, getting fifteen runs from the last three overs. Stokes looks frustrated with his over, as Australia keep getting runs, with brilliant running between the two batsmen. Four runs from the over. Four runs in the lead. AUS are 94/3 after 23 overs.
Khawaja is made to walk to the pavilion by the incoming Ben Stokes! With just the second ball of his second innings, the in-form Khawaja was caught behind by Bairstow. On comes Travis Head. AUS are 75/3 after 18.2 overs.
Khawaja coming up with a blitz
After Cameron Bancroft was dismissed by Moeen Ali for 7, Usman Khawaja sets the pace alongwith Steve Smith, smacking four boundaries. Two to Broad, two to Ali. 25 from the last three overs. Khawaja's on 27, and Smith's on 9, with him having hit a boundary against Ali. AUS are 52/2 after 12 overs.
FOUR! FOUR! WICKET!
After Bancroft punishes Woakes in the previous over for a four, Warner does the same by hitting two boundaries to Stuart Broad in consecutive balls. But England exact their revenge soon after by dismissing Warner to a caught behind. AUS are 13/1 after 3 overs.
Australia begin their second innings
After the tea break, Australia begin their second innings with Cameron Bancroft and David Warner taking to the crease. Stuart Broad opens the bowling for England after his brilliant 29-run knock. Bancroft is troubled twice by the 33-year-old quick, before settling for just conceding a single run. AUS are 1/0 after the first over.
End of the innings
James Anderson is the last to go as he lifted a Nathan Lyon delivery up in the air with a slog sweep. He is caught out by Cummins, and ENG are bundled for 374. They have a lead of 90 runs after the first innings.
Stuart Broad is dismissed by Pat Cummins for 29! After a lofted shot, the pacer was caught by Pattinson. The end of a valiant 65-run ninth wicket partnership. ENG are 365/9 after 130 overs.
Smith comes in for his second over, and Broad hits him for a boundary. Just flighted outside off, Broad's sweep manages to get through Paine's legs. Seven runs from that over. ENG are 364/8 after 127 overs.
Steve Smith comes into attack
After Lyon and Cummins failed to get either of Woakes or Broad dismissed, first-innings hero Steve Smith comes into the attack with his spin. The English tailenders have been simply brilliant to extend the lead, which is now upto 72 runs, which almost seemed impossible at one point after quick dismissals of Burns, Stokes, Ali and Bairstow. ENG are 356/8 after 125 overs.
Fifty run partnership
Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad's fifty-run partnership from 100 balls, have guided England to over 350. A decent four runs from Nathan Lyon's over. Woakes is at 25, and Broad is at 22. ENG are 352/8 after 123 overs.
Broad, Woakes stitch partnership
Another crucial partnership is being built as Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes add 42 for the ninth wicket. Both the batsman are batting on 19, while England have taken a lead of 58 runs.
Chris Woakes and Stuart Broad help England recover from a lower order batting collapse. The pressure will be on Australia with each run added by English batsmen in the first innings lead. Australian fans would hope that they bowl out England as soon as possible. 61 runs scored and four wickets lost in the first session. ENG - 328/8 in 115 overs
And Peter Siddle joins the party. Jonny Bairstow edges the ball to slip fielder David Warner. England batting has been derailed all of a sudden. The hosts lead by just 16 runs. Australia will look to mop up the tail quickly. ENG - 300/8 in 106 overs
Lyon's double blow
Nathan Lyon brings Australia back into the game with two wickets in one over. First, he manages to force an edge off Rory Burns' bat ending his marathon innings. He follows it up with an arm ball to stun Moeen Ali and uproot his offstump. ENG - 300/7 in 105 overs
Rory Burns hits his first boundary of the day. Burns has been patient, not taking unnecessary risks. Jonny Bairstow is trying to play himself in as well. Despite a wicket in the first session, England are in full control as they are now in lead in the first innings. ENG - 293/5 in 102 overs
Pat Cummins gets the first breakthrough of the day, a much-needed one for Australia. Ben Stokes edges the ball to Tim Paine behind the stumps. He falls for 50 runs from 96 deliveries. Cummins breaks the 88-run partnership. ENG - 282/5 in 97.1 overs
Ben Stokes brings up his 18th Test half-century in 95 deliveries. Stokes is stitching a crucial partnership with Rory Burns for the fifth wicket. England trail by just two runs. ENG - 282/4 in 97 overs
First boundary of the day becomes from Ben Stokes' bat. Stokes punched that one past the mid-on fielder. England off to a cautious start in the first session. ENG - 275/4 in 95 overs
Oh boy! That one swung a mile. James Pattinson's outswinger goes past the first slip fielder David Warner. Stokes beaten a couple of times by the swing in the over. Just one run off the first over of the day. ENG - 268/4 in 91 overs
Day Three of Ashes opener
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