Ashes day three score: England vs Australia first Test end-of-play scoreboard

Stuart Broard's refusual to walk has got all the headlines, but what was the score on an eventful third day of the first Ashes Test?

Ian Bell hit a magnificent 95 not out to help England recover from the quick loss of skipper Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen, but the headlines went to Stuart Broad, who refused to walk when the umpire failed to spot his thick outside edge.

Following some controversial umpiring decisions on the second day, this could run and run.

England finished the day 261 ahead of the tourists, with Bell homing in on his 100 and Broad eyeing a half-century.

Saturday is likely to be another entertaining day as England will turn their attention to finishing the job, so come back then to make sure you don't miss a ball.

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Broad walk empire:

Another crazy day in this young Ashes series ends with England in the driving seat, but not in the Aussie's good books following the Stuart Broad incident.

You can read more about that here and you can also catch up on the day's play here in our match report.

That's enough from me today, so thanks for reading folks and I'll bid you good evening. Do come back tomorrow though as I'll be here to do it all over again.

England will pick things up with a very healthy lead of 261 in the morning, whilst Ian Bell and Stuart Broad go for their century and half-centuries respectively.

Will Alastair Cook's men put Broad-gate behind them and sew up the first Test? Let's hope so. See you in the morning everyone!

Here's our cricket correspondent Dean Wilson's take on that incident-packed last session including the Stuart Broad walk-gate:

Usually it takes three test matches to pack in the amount of drama we've seen in three days of this game.

Another gripping session was dominated by the Stuart Broad non-dismissal in which he refused to walk despite clearly hitting the ball and being caught be Michael Clarke.

But Ian Bell was the real star of that show. His innings of more than five hours so far for 95 not out has been an example to all and for Bell himself it is a knock that could be the start of a very special series indeed.

He gets to come back and try to get that Ashes ton tomorrow and it will be well deserved.

Broad will try and get his 50 too and that will be just as deserved. He is there to score runs and take wickets. The umpire is there to make decisions. One of them failed to do their job to their normal high standards and that happens. England are now in the box seat.


And the umpire calls time on the day after a last session that was bossed by England.

It was looking a tad dicey earlier, particularly when Pietersen and Cook both fell quickly before lunch, but Ian Bell is the one who should be taking the plaudits as he finishes the day on 95 not out.

Bell has dug in and formed a potentially match-winning partnership with Stuart Broad, but I can't help but feel people aren't going to be talking about Bell's masterful innings tonight.

That honour will belong to Stuart Broad after the Notts man refused to walk after being caught by Michael Clarke. Watch this space for more on that...

England 326-6 (Bell 95, Broad 47) - Lead of 261

Big appeal from Pattinson, and again the Aussies are ruing not having any reviews left.

Bell and Broad have got their sensible heads on here, not doing anything drastic as the end of the day gets nearer.

The Broad incident has still got everyone talking on Twitter.

Piers Morgan isn't impressed: "How can you thick edge it to 1st slip and stand there? Disgraceful. I don't want to win like this. #Ashes @StuartBroad8," he's said on there.

Shane Warne meanwhile has just tweeted this: "Morning everyone, just woke up, dying to know how day 3 is going at Trent bridge ! Update guys ? #ashes".

Shall I tell or do you want to?

England 326-6 (Bell 95, Broad 47) - Lead of 261

Afternoon session highlights!

As Ian Bell scores three more runs which takes him into the 90s, we've got some video highlights of the afternoon session here for you to have a quick watch of.

We're into the last half hour of the day now - if Australia are to have a hope of winning this they'll need to pull something out of the bag pretty sharpish.

England 322-6 (Bell 92, Broad 46) - Lead of 257


Another Broad stroke for Stu!

Stuart Broad is back in the runs as he finds the boundary from Shane Watson and brings up the 100 partnership.

It also takes the lead past 250 - and with two full days left to play and a good weather forecast there's no need to even contemplate declaring as Bell and Broad rumble on.

England 318-6 (Bell 89, Broad 45) - Lead of 253

Watson finally hit for four!

Ian Bell finally breaks Shane Watson's resistance and hits him for his first boundary of the innings.

Broad and Bell's partnership is now up to 95 runs from 204 balls and has really turned this match around - hands up those that pictured this when Alastair Cook's wicket fell before lunch.

England 313-6 (Bell 89, Broad 40) - Lead of 248

Bowling Shane!

Shane Watson's back on as Michael Clarke tries to break this partnership which is rapidly approaching 100 runs. Watto continues to do his best metronome impression, bowling every ball with pinpoint accuracy and notching up another maiden. He's still only gone for three runs this innings.

England's lead up to 244 now and Alastair Cook will be getting more pleased by the second.

England 309-6 (Bell 85, Broad 40) - Lead of 244

Stuart Broad of England bats
Stuart Broad of England bats

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Meanwhile, back to the actual cricket...

And there's four more runs from Bell who gets a boundary from Siddle's bowling following another dry patch.

As the two batsman have another quick drink we're treated to close ups of angry looking Michael Clarke and Darren Lehmann, who are still stewing about the Broad incident.

England 307-6 (Bell 85, Broad 39) - Lead of 242

Instant karma's gonna get you

I think we've got our big talking point for the day now, with Stuart Broad's decision not to walk.

We're being treated to plenty of replays of the incident and it really was blatant.

Would any of the Aussie team walked? Perhaps Gilchrist in days gone by, but after the contentious decisions yesterday went Australia's way, surely it's just karma right?

Not a lot going on on the field now, Agar and Siddle with maiden overs.

England 301-6 (Bell 81, Broad 37) - Lead of 236

Drama! The Aussies think they have Broad - but the umpire says no!

Agar's back on and he gets Broad! Or does he? The batsman nicks it, it flicks Haddin's glove and Clarke takes the catch - but the umpire doesn't call it and Broad is going nowhere.

The Aussies have no reviews left so can't challenge it - that's a shocker for the umpire though, who perhaps didn't spot the obvious nick from Broad.

Should the Notts man have walked?

Haddin then drops him two balls later! It was a tough low catch but that's not been a great couple of balls for the tourists.

England 301-6 (Bell 81, Broad 37) - Lead of 236

The third umpire is called into action!

Broad attempts a quick single, dives for the line but it's not his wicket that the tourists are aiming at - the bails are off at Bell's end, but he's comfortably in.

Bell then cuts the ball and it goes for four past the third man. Another good shot by Bell, who's putting in a great stint, just when England need it most.

That moves Bell on to 77, which is his best score against the Aussies in England.

We're scheduled to have another 16 overs today, as the players break for drinks.

England 297-6 (Bell 77, Broad 37) - Lead of 232

The balls high in the air... but Broad's safe!

There's a sudden rush of blood to the head from Stuart Broad who opens up the bat and goes for the boundary but it goes a lot higher than it should - luckily Phil Hughes on the boundary doesn't quite get to the ball before it drops and then makes a hash of his attempt to stop it going for four.

Ian Bell has a word with Broad - with this pair chugging along nicely, England really don't need to be slogging it around.

England 292-6 (Bell 73, Broad 36) - Lead of 227

Reverse sweep from Broad!

Ohh, bit risky that - Broad pulls out the reverse sweep and it nearly ends up in the hands of Cowan at short leg, but the fielder ends up palming the ball away.

Peter Siddle is back on, as Clarke is shifting his bowlers around, but to no avail.

England 287-6 (Bell 73, Broad 31) - Lead of 222

Four more for Broady! And again!

Well, bringing James Pattinson back hasn't done the trick - the lanky Notts man hits consecutive boundaries, one to cover and the other past Haddin behind him.

This is good of Broad to take advantage of the Aussies right now - they're lacking ideas at the moment and this flurry of runs could be all important at the end of their test.

Agar back on next.

England 282-6 (Bell 70, Broad 29) - Lead of 217

A boundary at last!

Bell and Broad haven't troubled the rope for what seems like hours, so Stuart Broad's cover drive for four is met with open arms.

It also brings up the 50 partnership - 53 off 114 balls.

With Broady looking more comfortable, the Aussies are looking for inspiration now and bring back James Pattinson for another spell.

England 271-6 (Bell 67, Broad 25) - Lead of 206

England lead by 200!

An Ian Bell single from Mitchell Starc sees England nudge their way into a 200-run lead.

Broad again finds that inside edge again on the next delivery - he's used up a fair few lives this afternoon.

Will 200 be enough? A while ago England would likely have settled for that, but now they'll be eyeing another 50-80 runs you'd think.

England 266-6 (Bell 66, Broad 21) - Lead of 201

More Watson, more dot balls

Another maiden from the right-armer - his third ball sees Broad hit an inside edge almost carried through to Haddin for the catch and the next ball sees another edge from the Notts man fail to carry to the first slip.

Bell moves on to 65, which is the highest England score of the match, taking him past Pietersen's 64.

England 264-6 (Bell 65, Broad 20) - Lead of 197

Not a great deal happening with the wicket since tea and the tourists bring Shane Watson back, who only gives away the one run. That's only the third run from his bowling in ten overs, not too shabby.

This partnership is worth 43 from 82 balls now.

This is a cracking day of Test cricket - we've haven't got the explosion of wickets that the first two days had, but this is an engrossing game where momentum has shifted backwards and forwards between the two old foes all day.

England 261-6 (Bell 63, Broad 19) - Lead of 196

Slow and steady wins the race...

Another Siddle over sees three singles, the last of which was from a slightly dodgy Broad connection.

The lead is edging towards 200 now as a partnership is budding between Bell and Broad - but we've seen a few false dawns today, so let's not get too excited yet.

England 255-6 (Bell 60, Broad 16) - Lead of 190

Matt Prior looks dejected after being dismissed by Peter Siddle
Matt Prior looks dejected after being dismissed by Peter Siddle

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An Agar maiden is followed by another Peter Siddle over that sees England score five, including four leg byes after Siddle's fourth delivery brushes Broad's hip.

A hint of a chance on the first ball of Agar's next one, when Broad takes to the sky but it's not close enough for Watson for hi to have any real chance of a catch.

England 249-6 (Bell 59, Broad 13) - Lead of 185


Haddin takes one in the chops when a Peter Siddle ball bounces up, but he laughs it off.

Broad gets his first boundary two balls later and is inches away from another with the last ball of the over, as Agar stops the ball just before it hits the ropes. Never mind, Broad gets his head down and runs for four anyway.

England 240-6 (Bell 57, Broad 10) - Lead of 175

...And we're back.

Agar is handed the ball first by Michael Clarke and after giving away a single to Broad he has a big old shout on the next one. Not the loudest appeal ever, but Hawkeye reckons Bell would've been out.

Good job the Aussies have used all their appeals.

England 232-6 (Bell 57, Broad 1) - Lead of 167

Here's the Mirror's cricket correspondent Dean Wilson's tea-time verdict:

England are desperately inching towards the summit of a defendable total and each time a wicket fails they are being knocked back down the slope.

Ian Bell is the man doing the leg work after the attacking instincts of Matt Prior let him down when an Adam Gilchrist-esque rearguard was in the offing.

England just can't seem to shake off this dogged and determined Australia side who keep chipping away.

After the mayhem of the first two days, this is proper Test cricket, with nothing in it. England might be stronger on paper, but the Aussies are not giving them any breathing space.

What sort of lead do they need to feel happy. Probably another 40 runs would do it, but 80 would be even better. The game is on a knife-edge and the atmosphere at Trent Bridge reflects it.

Video highlights!

Well that was another enthralling session and this test match could still go either way. England are 165 runs ahead and 200 will be the absolute minimum that Alastair Cook will be targeting.

While we get ready for another heavyweight session to end the day with, take a look at the highlights from this morning here:


Tea time! And Broad survives!

Stuart Broad survives a James Pattinson onslaught in the last over of the session, which strangely ends with a very short ball that bounces twice before the it reaches the batsman.

And England make it into the final session of the day without losing another wicket, which would have been even more of a disaster.

The lead currently stands at 165 - not enough, surly.

England 232-6 (Bell 56, Broad 1) - Lead of 165

Into the last couple of over before tea now which start with Starc going up against Broad - which is probably just what Michael Clarke is after.

The first delivery hits Broad's pads and Bell is back on strike. Two balls later Bell turns Starc for four with a glancing stroke

England 230-6 (Bell 56, Broad 1) - Lead of 165

Broad off the mark! And Bell strikes his 50!

He's been looking a tad shaky, but Broad is off the mark when he grabs a quick single from Pattinson and gets Bell back on strike.

Bell's doing a good job here as he approaches his 36th half century, which comes when he gets two runs.

That's also his 6,000th run in Test match cricket. Landmark central.

England 225-6 (Bell 52, Broad 1) - Lead of 160

How is he? Not out, that's how.

Big, big shout from Mitchell Starc and his men, but Stuart Broad definitely got an inside edge there.

The next ball asks questions of the new England batsman who gets his pads on it and Strac is smelling blood at the moment.

The former Yorkshire bowler delivers a maiden and now James Pattinson is back.

England 220-6 (Bell 48, Broad 0) - Lead of 155

This is tense now.

Every time England look like they're settling, forming a partnership and getting back on top, the Aussies reel them in.

Bell has a little nibble at the first ball of Siddle's next over but doesn't make a connection and the Australian paceman has another maiden over.

England 219-6 (Bell 48, Broad 0) - Lead of 154

Siddle gets Prior!

Just as England and Matt Prior are starting to look settled, Siddle gets his man!

Prior tries that same shot over the head of Ed Cowan, but this time he doesn't hit high enough and Cowan can pluck the ball out of the air.

Prior had got himself a start there, but  is out for 31 and Stuart Broad is in. How's that shoulder feeling Broady?

England 218-6 (Bell 47, Broad 0) - Lead of 153

Big, unsuccessful shouts from Agar! England now 150 in the lead!

The 19-year-old opens the 92nd over with two big appeals - neither of which bother the umpire too much, while the second draws plenty of sarcastic applause from the crowd.

Siddle's 19th over beings with a four for Prior who hits down the ground.

England 218-5 (Bell 47, Prior 31) - Lead of 153

Four more to Prior from the bowling of Agar - the ball was a bit short there from the youngster and Prior takes full advantage and Siddle is next on

It's four more in the next over from Siddle, but only just - his powerful drive just about clears the fingertips of Ed Cowan and goes all the way to the boundary. Siddle is not happy.

The partnership between these two edge on to 38 in 65.

England 212-5 (Bell 47, Prior 25) - Lead of 147

200-up for England!

A couple of quiet over tick by, with Peter Siddle brought back into the attack for the Aussies.

A bit of an appeal from Pattinson and Haddin when the ball gets through to the keeper but the umpire correctly says not out.

Lovely shot from Bell off the back foot for four to finish the over.

England 203-5 (Bell 47, Prior 16) - Lead of 138

Ashton Agar of Australia celebrates the wicket of Jonny Bairstow
Ashton Agar of Australia celebrates the wicket of Jonny Bairstow

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More boundaries for Prior!

A short and wide delivery from Strac sees Matt Prior find the boundary and enter double figures as the gloveman sets about making amends for his poor shot in the first innings.

Steve Smith dives to stop a boundary on the next ball and looks to have awkwardly landed on his hand. but tired to shake it off.

Another four for Prior on the last ball, which he hits to midwicket and the scoring has picked up since the new ball.

Time for drinks out there.

England 196-5 (Bell 42, Prior 15) - Lead of 131

Some runs!

England pick up three runs from the first over with the new ball, as Prior and Bell exchange singles before the wicketkeeper adds another.

The next over sees a very thick edge right at the end of the bat from Prior and it's a four. After a Prior single it's Bell's turn to find the boundary when Pattinson delivers a bouncer.

Just think, without Agar's monster first innings with the bat, how different would things look now for England? That stumping decision when the debutant was at 6 could be what this first Test rests on.

England 188-5 (Bell 42, Prior 7)

New ball please!

Prior is the new man in and he's on the board with a single from Agar which brings the lead up to 111.

Watson back on again, bowls another maiden and then Michael Clarke lies on his tummy and stretches his back.

We're now onto the 83rd over of the innings and the tourists have chosen to take the new ball. Mitchel Starc is the man entrusted with it and we're into another key phase for England.

England 176-5 (Bell 36, Prior 1)

Wicket! Jonny Be Not So Good!

After Bell gets out of jail in the last over, Ashton Agar strikes again and Jonny Bairstow's innings is done.

There's not a huge amount of turn on Agar's delivery, but Bairstow comes forward with his front foot and gets a slight nick which Haddin gobbles up.

The lead is 109 and five wickets remain.

England 174-5 (Bell 34, Prior 0)

Economical my dear Watson!

Shame Watson is back into the attack for his seventh over with the ball and the right-armer has only given away two runs. 

Not a whole lot happening at the moment, which isn't necessarily a bad thing for England as there's plenty of time so Bell and Bairstow don't need to be scoring quickly.

Bell out! Or is he? Saved by the review!

Just as I type that the umpire's finger goes up following Watson's last ball of the over. Bell immediately reviews and England have got out of jail there - Hawkeye says the ball is just missing the leg stump.


England 172-4 (Bell 34, Bairstow 14)

Bell rings in the 100-run lead!

England have a lead of 100, as Ian Bell takes advantage of a gap in the slips and pokes the ball through to the boundary off Pattinson's bowling.

Two balls later he repeats the trick, playing the exact same shot again and England's lead is up to 107.

England 172-4 (Bell 34, Bairstow 14)

Steady away

Peter Siddle is back in attack and Bell nearly finds the boundary straight away, but Agar is there to cut him off.

After a quick Pattinson maiden that passes without incident Bairstow plays and misses at a couple of straight Siddle deliveries and we're treated to another maiden as the Yorkshireman completes the over with a series of blocks and leaves.

England 164-4 (Bell 26, Bairstow 14)

And so we're back under way at Trent Bridge in a session that bigger than a woolly mammoth on steroids.

England's lead is only 92, so if we're talking a re-jigged one innings game they're currently at 92-4.

Each of the England batsman get a quick single from the first opener which is delivered by the ever-snarling James Pattinson.

England 159-4 (Bell 21, Bairstow 14)

Another big day for 19-year-old Aussie wunderkind Ashton Agar, who's only gone and taken his first test ever test wicket when he dispatched Alastair Cook.

Not a bad scalp to open your account with, especially after his heroics with the bat on day two.

Level headed, smiling and obviously a classy young man. Are wesurehe's Australian?

Here he is talking at the close of play yesterday:

More from our cricket correspondent Dean Wilson, who's been gripped by that fascinating session we've seen this morning:

It is tight tense, nervous stuff out there in the middle.

The serene progress England had hoped to make was given a sharp jolt when Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook fell in quick succession and it is all about recovery right now for Ian Bell and Jonny Bairstow.

The force is with Australia, no question. Their body language shows they are up and up for it. Bairstow in particular looks nervy and far from secure.

This passage of play is what you would call the 'big moment' of this match. You can sense that the winner between lunch and tea could well be the winner of the game.

For Bell it is such an important innings, he's not been in the greatest Test form over the past 12 months, but he is the man on which so much rests.

Everything in this game is possible, but Australia's food will be tasting sweeter right now.

Phew! England make it to lunch!

It's a maiden from Agar, who's figures in this second innings are now at 1-43 and England have made it to lunch without losing any more wickets.

The hosts have a lead of 92, with Bell and Bairstow's partnership standing at 26 from 77 balls.

Lots for Alastair Cook to ponder as he chomps on his cucumber sandwiches and cup of tea.

England 157-4 (Bell 20, Bairstow 13)

One more over until lunch...

Another appeal from Pattinson on his final over of the morning session, but it fails to impress the umpire and with no appeals left for the Aussies we won't be hearing anymore there.

The tourists have got time for one more over before lunch and it's the young man Agar with the ball.

England 156-4 (Bell 20, Bairstow 12)


Big leave from Bairstow on Pattinson's next ball as the paceman finds a whole heap of reverse swing and it almost comes back onto the batsman's leg stump.

The next ball sees yet more movement, hitting Bairstow's foot, but the Aussies for some reason use a review - it looked like it was missing at first glimpse and on the replays it looks even worse.

Bairstow's not looking too confident out there at the moment.

England 154-4 (Bell 20, Bairstow 10)

Ring my Bell!

It's a boundary for Ian Bell and then a couple of runs on the next ball and England reach the 150 mark.

We've had 25 overs this morning and the run rate has sneaked up to 2.80.

Pattinson back on and he's looking a lot more dangerous the Mitchel Starc - Bairstow wasn't too far from edged it onto his own wicket on the first ball of Pattinson's over.

England 150-4 (Bell 19, Bairstow 8)

Worth a shout!

Big shout from Watson and after a short conference between Clarke and Haddin the tourists decide not to review - replays show it might have been hitting Bell's leg stump, but it was pretty close, so probably the right call not to use a review from the Aussies.

Watson finally goes for a couple of runs on the next ball.

A quick straw poll in the office thinks England need a lead of 250 here and that seems a long way away. But in this crazy new world where number 11s can top score, you never know.

England 143-4 (Bell 12, Bairstow 8)

Is it lunchtime yet?

England really need to see out the few overs before lunch without losing anymore wickets. For young Jonny Bairstow this is perhaps the biggest innings of his fledgling career.

Not too much going on out there at the moment as Watson is on again and delivers his second maiden of the morning to go along with his three maidens yesterday. He's not giving too much away.

England 141-4 (Bell 11, Bairstow 7)

Shane Watson is on now in place of James Pattinson which is a tad odd, as 23-year-old was looking in good nick and starting to get some decent movement out of the ball.

Mitch Starc is back in the action too and Bell ends his scoring drought, notching up his first runs since he hit a couple of fours in his second over on the field.

England 141-4 (Bell 11, Bairstow 7)

A spot of tidy Aussie fielding sees Bairstow miss out on his first boundary of the innings when he hits a drive from Agar after a Pattinson maiden over.

England's lead is edging up very slowly, but we're now effectively in a one innings match with England at 71-4.

Plenty more twists and turns to come though I'd venture.

England 136-4 (Bell 8, Bairstow 5)

Kevin Pietersen looks dejected
Kevin Pietersen looks dejected

Ryan Pierse

Our chief sports writer Ollie Holt is at Trent Bridge and here's his latest dispatch following those two quick wickets:

It had seemed as though this was going to be a supremely untroubled session for England but Australia have ruined that idea with two quick wickets. It felt as though this was going to be a long day in the field for the Aussies with both Pietersen and Cook purring.

But to lose both of them in the space of ten runs is a huge blow to England's hopes.

After his heroics with the bat yesterday, Ashton Agar returned to haunt England with the ball, taking the wicket of Cook when the England skipper looked set for a big score. This brilliant Test match is still anybody's.

And now Cook is out!

No sooner than he gets his 50, the England captain is hading back to the pavilion.

It's that man Aston Agar again who does the damage when he tempts Cook down the wicket who edges to Micheal Clarke who makes a terrific one-handed catch.

Oh dear.

Agar's first ball to newby Johnny Bairstow is a full toss that the Yorkshireman gets two runs from.

England need another big partnership here now, as their lead of 68 is nowhere near enough yet.

England 133-4 (Bell 8, Bairstow 2)

Alastair Cooks up his 50! And Ian Bell chimes in with two fours!

And it's the joint slowest one he's ever scored, as a single from Pattinson's bowling sees the England skipper get his half-ton on his 164th ball.

New boy Ian Bell is off the mark quickly, with two fours either side of a half-hearted Aussie appeal for LBW.

England 131-3 (Cook 50, Bell 8)

KP gone for 64!

No sooner than the England pair survive the first hour, Australia get the breakthrough.

James Pattinson strikes on the last ball of his latest over, bowling the Surrey man who had looked in good nick so far today. There was a bit of a swing on there and Pietersen smacks it onto his own wicket with a thick inside edge.

Pietersen had started the over with a four, but departs on 64. Ian Bell is up next.

England 121-3 (Cook 49, Bell 0)

Nifty 50 lead for England!

Agar back on for Australia and after a quick single from Cook England have a lead of 50.

The run rate is still around the 2.00 mark, but more importantly this pair have survived the first hour of the day without too many incidents and can now look at carving out a decent lead.

England 116-2 (Cook 47, Pietersen 60)

Captain Cook discovers the boundary!

Some runs at last for the England skipper who moves onto 42 runs from 155 balls after he finds the boundary from Pattinson's bowling.

To be fair to Cook though, this is looking like it could well turn into one of those proverbial captain's innings, which England needed after Strac dispatched Root and Trott last night.

With Cook as the Steady Eddie and KP there to score the runs, they're carving out a decent partnership so far.

Man of the moment Ashton Agar is on to bowl next and Cook scores another four, dancing down the wicket and bringing up the 100 partnership.

England 113-2 (Cook 46, Pietersen 58)

James Pattinson on for his first over of the day and his first delivery just misses KP's striaght bat. A single run from the over and now it's Siddle on again with a change of ends. 

Cook's doing his best to dig in and not trouble the scoreboard yet today, which means Beefy and Bumble are more concerned about what they had for breakfast at the moment.

Another four runs for Pietersen meanwhile, as he hits Siddle straight down the ground.

England 104-2 (Cook 38, Pietersen 57)

KP gets his 50!

Kevin Pietersen brings up his fifty with another boundary in that same spot where he's been exploiting this morning.

He patiently waits for the ball to come to him, then springs off on his front foot.

It's KP's 31st Test match half-ton and England are edging ahead with a lead of 34.

England 99-2 (Cook 38, Pietersen 53)

Four for KP!

After being quite restrained yesterday afternoon Pietersen is really looking to kick on this morning.

He finds the middle of the bat when Mitchell Strac swings one slightly wide and it races for four more runs on this quick Trent Bridge outfield.

This causes Michael Clarke to perform a bit of musical chairs out there and change his field to block off the gap at extra cover, where Pietersen has been finding a fair bit of joy this morning.

England 94-2 (Cook 38, Pietersen 48)

First boundary of the day comes via the inside edge of Kevin Pietersen's bat after a Peter Siddle full toss.

The Surrey man looks in a positive mood today, looking to get at Starc and Siddle and find the front foot and he ends the next over with another four as he comes down the wicket to meet the delivery.

England 90-2 (Cook 38, Pietersen 44)

Our man at Trent Bridge Dean Wilson is present and ready for this third day. Here's what he's got to say:

The early morning haze has all but burnt off to reveal a clear blue sky and the heavy roller has finished flattening a pitch that should become trickier to bat on by the session.

The cracks are getting a little wider, the rough a little rougher so expect to see more turn and more uneven bounce today. I think the crucial period will be these 35 overs before the next new ball is due. That is where Pietersen and Cook can cash in and make the most of their start.

There is still so much time left in the game they don't need to go crazy, but the outfield is fast and the ball is old, and with the sun out it will be time to make hay either side of lunch.

Will it happen? Who knows in this crazy game

Michael Clarke's leading his charges out and not far behind him are Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen, so we're just about ready to roll.

The sun's out in Nottingham and - finger's crossed - it looks like a fine day for batting.

It's going to be a crucial first hour here and Pietersen sees out the first over of the day which is a Mitchell Starc maiden.

England 80-2 (Cook 37, Pietersen 35)

There was also a controversial moment in England's second innings, as Jonathan Trott was given out LBW despite appearing to hit the bat first.

You can  read more about it here.

“Of course it is frustrating,” said England bowler Jimmy Anderson after the second day's play. “Trotty has hit the ball and been given not out so it is very frustrating.

“We’re all for technology because since it came in more decisions are given out correctly than wrongly, but Trotty hit his and was given not out on the field.”

What of Agar, though?

Nobody could have predicted the impact a 19-year-old No 11 making his Test debut could have on the second day of an Ashes series his team are underdogs in.

Five wickets had fallen for eight runs before the youngster came in, with Australia 98 runs behind.

But he scored 98 himself, falling two short of being the first No 11 to score a century in Test history in one of the most incredible innings.

If you missed it, relive all the action here and see what he had to say to his parents afterwards.

Ashton Agar of Australia is congatulated by his parents John and Sonia and brothers Wesley and Williams after day two

Ryan Pierse


Hello and welcome to Mirror Sport's coverage of day three of the first Test between England and Australia.

And what a couple of days we've already had.

England's bowlers recovered remarkably on day one having been bowled out for just 215.

It started so well yesterday, too, with James Anderson finding the form that makes him one of the world's best bowlers.

Ashton Agar is now a household name after his heroics and England are beginning to recover.

Surely it can't be as entertaining once again?

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By CapitalBay Online 07/12/2013 08:02:00