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Cricket: England Retain the Ashes in Manchester Rain

Despite an Old Trafford performance from Australia which hinted at an Investec Ashes comeback, England’s cricket team have retained The Ashes after rain in Manchester meant there was barely any play on the fifth and final day.

The resulting draw meant England – who led 2-0 going into this the third Ashes 2013 test match – can not be topped and, as holders of the urn, are now certain to retain the trophy.

England had successfully retained The Ashes on Monday 5th August once the draw was announced.

Australia’s mettle, particularly the tough attitude shown by their captain Michael Clarke with the bat in both innings – which included a Man of the Match 187 in the first innings – was pleasing to see after their batting lineup had appeared to be somewhat brittle in the opening two tests. This, along with some so-so bowling from England, led to a match which, in truth, England were looking like they may not save before the rain came.

The series is not going to be the whitewash many had predicted and, following this impressive performance from Australia, it will be interesting to see what happens when battle resumes in the fourth test – in just two days time – at Durham’s Riverside home in Chester-le-Street.

The North East is likely to be a more lively pitch for the seamers, where England will likely excel, though it will be interesting to see which four bowlers the hosts take to the Riverside, with local man Graham Onions having just bagged a 7 wicket haul in a County match at the ground. Broad and Bresnan look like the men most likely to miss out, though the huge amount of cricket played by James Anderson this summer, the retention of the urn, and a lack of any first innings headway for the quick mean it is not impossible to imagine that it may be he who steps aside, should anyone need to make way for Onions.

Australia, for their part, appear to have selected their best XI at the third attempt, and will be hoping that the impressive Harris is able to play back-to-back tests – something which he has often failed to achieve throughout a career somewhat dogged by niggles.

The visitors will be targeting 2-2 now that regaining the urn is off the table, though with their first visit to a proper bowlers’ track, their rediscovered batting abilities must remain if they are to pick up a win at Chester-le-Street.

The Ashes 2013 – Third Test Scorecards

Australia won the toss and decided to bat

Australia 1st Innings 527 for 7 declared (146.0 overs)

      Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Watson c Cook b Bresnan 19 80 49 2 0
Rogers lbw b Swann 84 172 114 14 0
Khawaja c Prior b Swann 1 27 19 0 0
Clarke   b Broad 187 439 314 23 0
Smith c Bairstow b Swann 89 286 196 8 0
Warner c Trott b Swann 5 15 10 1 0
Haddin not out   65 166 99 6 0
Siddle   b Swann 1 4 6 0 0
Starc not out   66 85 71 9 0
Extras 2nb 2w 0b 6lb 10  
Total for 7 527 (146.0 ovs)

England Bowlers

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Anderson 33 6 116 0
Broad 33 6 108 1
Bresnan 32 6 114 1
Swann 43 2 159 5
Root 4 0 18 0
Trott 1 0 6 0

England 1st Innings – 368 all out (139.3 overs)

      Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Cook c Haddin b Starc 62 232 177 7 0
Root c Haddin b Siddle 8 96 57 1 0
Bresnan c Haddin b Siddle 1 16 15 0 0
Trott c Clarke b Harris 5 47 32 0 0
Pietersen lbw b Starc 113 312 206 12 2
Bell   b Harris 60 150 112 10 1
Bairstow c Watson b Starc 22 70 51 3 0
Prior c Warner b Siddle 30 138 98 4 0
Broad c Haddin b Lyon 32 64 66 7 0
Swann c Haddin b Siddle 11 12 11 1 1
Anderson not out   3 34 13 0 0
Extras 1nb 0w 3b 17lb 21  
Total all out 368 (139.3 ovs)

Australia Bowlers

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Harris 31 9 82 2
Starc 27 5 76 3
Lyon 35 12 95 1
Watson 15 7 26 0
Siddle 29.3 7 63 4
Smith 2 0 6 0

Australia 2nd Innings 172 for 7 declared (36.0 overs)

      Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Rogers c Prior b Broad 12 25 23 1 0
Warner c Root b Bresnan 41 79 57 5 0
Khawaja   b Swann 24 77 38 2 0
Watson c Pietersen b Bresnan 18 30 24 1 0
Clarke not out   30 1183 32 1 0
Smith run out (Prior)   19 25 19 0 2
Haddin c Broad b Anderson 8 11 9 1 0
Starc c Swann b Anderson 11 17 11 1 0
Harris not out   0 1119 4 0 0
Extras 0nb 3w 4b 2lb 9  
Total for 7 172 (36.0 ovs)

England Bowlers

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Anderson 8 0 37 2
Broad 7 2 30 1
Swann 15 0 74 1
Bresnan 6 0 25 2

England 2nd Innings 37 for 3 (20.3 overs)

      Runs Minutes Balls 4s 6s
Cook lbw b Harris 0 10 9 0 0
Root not out   13 93 57 1 0
Trott c Haddin b Harris 11 45 27 1 0
Pietersen c Haddin b Siddle 8 17 16 1 0
Bell not out   4 14 14 0 0
Extras 0nb 1w 0b 0lb 1  
Total for 3 37 (20.3 ovs)

Australia Bowlers

Bowler Overs Maidens Runs Wickets
Harris 7 3 13 2
Starc 4 2 6 0
Watson 2 2 0 0
Lyon 3 0 8 0
Siddle 3.3 0 8 1
Clarke 1 0 2 0

Lineups

England Australia
Alastair Cook (C) Shane Watson
Joe Root Chris Rogers
Jonathan Trott Usman Khawaja
Kevin Pietersen Michael Clarke (C)
Ian Bell Steven Smith
Jonathan Bairstow David Warner
Matt Prior (W) Brad Haddin (W)
Tim Bresnan Peter Siddle
Stuart Broad Mitchell Starc
Graeme Swann Ryan Harris
James Anderson Nathan Lyon

Umpires: M Erasmus, A L Hill, R S Madugalle, H D P K Dharmasena

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