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Ashes Live: England vs Australia (Day Three from Chester-le-Street)
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- Australia resume on 222-5
- England's overnight lead is just 16
- Rogers looks to kick on after securing his maiden Test century on Saturday night
- Another sold-out crowd crams into Durham Emirates ICG
A hundred for Bell.
England 234-5 (Bell 105, Bresnan 4) 74ov
Bell takes a single from the first ball of the final over, and Bresnan sees out the final five to finish the day, taking a single off the last ball.
So England close an excellent day on 234-5, which is a lead of 202.
England 232-5 (Bell 104, Bresnan 3) 73ov
Bell's not happy to settle for a century, and takes three more off Lyon's next over.
Smith comes into the attack with his occasional leg spin, and Bell pushes the ball into the leg side to take England's lead to 200.
There's one more over to bowl.
Bell 100* (184 balls, 243 mins, 10 fours)
Bresnan takes a single off Bird to put Bell back on strike.
There's a huge gulp as he gets a bid of a top edge that flies narrowly over Clarke at first slip. It's stopped before the boundary and Bell moves to 99.
He brings up his century from the next ball though, punching a single to mid-on.
That is an absolutely superb knock by England's best player in the series by a distance.
Wicket - Bairstow edges to Haddin.
England 224-5 (Bell 97, Bresnan 2) 70ov
Bresnan has come in ahead of Prior, and the instructions are clearly for him to defend his wicket in the overs that remain. Hence a maiden from Bird.
Bell faces Lyon on 97, but can't get the ball away for a run.
Bairstow c.Haddin b.Lyon 28
Lyon concedes four byes as the ball pitches outside leg and races away from Haddin. Bell nudges the ball into the off side and scampers through for a single that takes him to within his third century of the series.
The partnership is broken shortly after though as Bairstow goes.
He was attempting to punch the ball through the off side, but only succeeded in glancing a catch to Haddin. It was an unnecessary risk to attempt to play against the spin, and while he scores some useful runs, it's another occasion when Bairstow has failed to kick on.
Bell is hit by a bouncer.
England 210-4 (Bell 89, Bairstow 28) 65ov
Bairstow looks much happier playing his natural game in this innings and he cracked an excellent boundary off Siddle. He took another couple at the end of the over, and that brought up his 50 partnership with Ian Bell, with the runs coming off 99 balls.
Bell gets a wide one from Bird and runs a superb boundary through the vacant third man region.
England 199-4 (Bell 84, Bairstow 22) 63ov
Bell is batting superbly now, and he produces a flourishing cover drive that races to the rope for four.
Harris' response is a fantastic short ball that rears at Bell, hits him in the helmet and knocks him to the floor.
England 194-4 (Bell 79, Bairstow 22) 61ov
The players were off for quarter of an hour or so, but they're back on now and both batsmen have resumed where they left off.
Bell angled a lovely shot down to third man to claim three runs, while Bairstow punched an excellent four down the pitch from Harris and looks in much better touch than he was in during the first innings.
England's lead is up to 162 - another hundred runs and it's hard to imagine them being pegged back.
England 186-4 (Bell 75, Bairstow 18)
Bad light stopped play
The umpires aren't the most popular people here at Chester-le-Street as they've taken the players off for bad light for the second game in a row.
England are on 186-4, which is a lead of 154.
England 186-4 (Bell 75, Bairstow 18) 59ov
The dark clouds have arrived overhead, and there is a chance of play ending early because of bad light for the second day in succession.
England won't want to come off, with Bairstow finding his range as he cracks successive fours off Harris.
The first is courtesy of a back-foot punch through the off side, and the second sees Bairstow pull a short ball behind square with something approaching disdain. Great shot.
England 176-4 (Bell 73, Bairstow 10) 57ov
Bell produces a lovely on-drive against Lyon that almost reaches the boundary, but is stopped by a fine despairing dive from Harris. It's another three on the score though.
Harris probes outside Bairstow's off stump, but the Yorkshireman is happy to let everything go.
England 172-4 (Bell 69, Bairstow 10) 55ov
Lyon's next over only goes for a couple, with Bell easing his way to 69.
Bird goes up against Bairstow at the other end and delivers his second maiden over in succession.
England 170-4 (Bell 67, Bairstow 10) 53ov
Bairstow got himself tied down in the first innings, but he's clearly come out to attack this time around.
He cracks successive fours off Lyon, coming down the ground to drill both of them back past the bowler, and is looking to be as destructive as he can against the spinner.
Bird tightens things up in the next over, but Bairstow covers his stumps and defends well.
Chris Rogers celebrates taking the catch of Pietersen.
England 161-4 (Bell 67, Bairstow 1) 51ov
Pietersen might be gone, but Bell continues to look fluent, especially against the Australian seamers.
Bairstow is also off the mark thanks to a single from Lyon, with Bell adeptly turning Bird around the corner whenever he strays onto middle or off stump.
Wicket - Kevin Pietersen plays the shot which results in him being caught.
Pietersen c.Rogers b.Lyon 44
Australia finally make a breakthrough as Pietersen departs for 44.
He falls to Lyon for the second innings in a row, attempting to turn the ball into the leg side, but only succeeding in spooning up a leading edge to Rogers at extra cover.
It was a good, disciplined knock from Pietersen, although he hasn't looked especially comfortable for the last 20 minutes or so.
His partnership with Bell was a crucial one though, and was worth 106 runs at a key stage of the game.
England 152-3 (Pietersen 44, Bell 59) 47ov
Australia are scrambling around to try to make a breakthrough, and the introduction of Lyon almost works.
Pietersen comes down the pitch and tries to whip away, but only produces an inside edge that flies past the stumps and to Haddin's left. He could have been out bowled, caught or stumped, but instead the ball races away for four.
The boundary might have been extremely fortuitous, but it brings up the hundred partnership.
Watson is unable to complete his over, as he pulls up with an injury three balls in. That's a blow for Australia, who must now survive with just the three seamers. It remains to be seen what state Watson is in when he is asked to bat.
Bird completes the over and has an lbw shout turned down against Pietersen as the batsman wanders down the pitch.
Australia call for a review, but the big screen shows the ball missing the stumps by a distance and the capacity Chester-le-Street crowd roars its approval.
England 147-3 (Pietersen 39, Bell 59) 45ov
Siddle responds with a maiden, but England's lead is up to 110 now with an hour-and-a-half still to play.
Watson returns to the attack at the Lumley End and Pietersen works him away for a single to keep the scoreboard moving.
Then, off the final ball, Bell steps on the back foot and works the ball to the extra cover boundary for four.
Ian Bell gets his fifty.
Bell 50* (100 balls, 121 mins, 5 fours)
England 142-3 (Pietersen 38, Bell 55) 43ov
Another over that goes for one, with Bell playing one of his favourite shots, the late cut that runs the ball down to third man.
Bell then produces the best two shots of the day off the next over from Harris to bring up his half-century.
They're both flowing front-foot drives that race through the covers.
Bell's 50 came off exactly 100 balls, and his strengthens his claim to be England's man of the series so far.
England 130-3 (Pietersen 37, Bell 44) 41ov
Siddle produces a tight over that only goes for one run, but England will be fairly happy at the lack of danger that has been apparent in the last hour or so.
Harris' over also costs just one run, with both Pietersen and Bell prepared to dig in and wait for the bad ball.
Kevin Pietersen in action.
Ian Bell in action.
England 128-3 (Pietersen 37, Bell 42) 39ov
Bell faces the first over after tea, and has a huge escape as a streaky inside edge evades both the stumps and the gloves of wicketkeeper Haddin to run away for four.
Harris, who has been Australia's best bowler by a distance today, produced an excellent delivery to beat Bell's inside edge in his next over.
England 123-3 (Pietersen 37, Bell 37) 36ov
Harris concedes a single to Pietersen as neither side appears particularly keen to take any chances with tea approaching.
Siddle replaces Lyon for the final over of the session, and Pietersen clips a fine shot off his legs that races to the square leg boundary.
The final ball is a wide one, and Pietersen flashes it away behind square on the off side for another four.
That's a really good response from these two batsmen, who had added 74 for the fourth wicket after coming together at a perilous position.
England's lead is 91 - with seven second-innings wickets remaining.
England 114-3 (Pietersen 28, Bell 37) 34ov
Australia turn to Harris from the Finchale End, but England's batsmen continue to look relatively untroubled.
Lyon has no more success as Bell moves on to 37 with the minimum of fuss.
England 111-3 (Pietersen 27, Bell 35) 32ov
Bell continues to score at a lively pace, and he whips Bird into the leg side with a shot that trundles its way to the rope.
Lyon produces a maiden, and had Pietersen scrambling to avoid being run out. The batsman was well down the pitch as he prodded back to the bowler, and had to dive to make up his ground as Lyon flung the ball back to Haddin behind the stumps.
England 107-3 (Pietersen 27, Bell 31) 30ov
Australia bring Bird back into the attack from the Lumley End, and Bell calmly takes four from the over.
The partnership is beyond 50 now, and this is a good piece of rebuilding from England.
Lyon finally lures Pietersen into a false shot, but the ball pops harmlessly into the off side.
England 101-3 (Pietersen 26, Bell 26) 28ov
Pietersen won't stay quiet for long though, and he pulls a short ball from Siddle backwards of square for a fine boundary. He then latches on to another short ball and drills it into the leg side for two to bring up England's 100.
Bell forces Lyon through the off side for a single, and Pietersen covers up for the final two balls.
England 94-3 (Pietersen 20, Bell 25) 26ov
Bell, who has been England's best batsman this series by a distance, plays a lovely straight drive off Siddle that is worth three runs.
Pietersen is lured into a hook off a short ball, and as he doesn't time it at all well, the ball loops dangerously close to an Aussie fielder in the deep.
Lyon enters the attack for the first time at the Finchale End, and Pietersen reins himself in to punch a couple of singles down to long on.
England 87-3 (Pietersen 17, Bell 21) 24ov
Siddle produces a tight maiden over, with Bell covering up in front of his stumps when required.
Pietersen and Bell take a single apiece off Watson as the game goes into a little bit of a lull.
Poll:The most important wicket for Australia is.... Kevin Pietersen (36%) Ian Bell (59%) Matt Prior (5%)— @chennaidubokors 11 August 2013
K.Pietersen and I.Bell are a good pair for scoring quick runs :) #RiseForEngland— @Yaz_FCB 11 August 2013
England 85-3 (Pietersen 16, Bell 20) 22ov
Siddle replaces Harris at the Finchale End for Australia, but Bell continues to impress, producing an excellent late cut to a wide delivery to claim a four.
Pietersen also finds the rope in the same over, but this is much streakier, with the batsman dropping his hands to feather an edge between the slip cordon and gully.
Bell plays a similar shot in the next over off Watson, but this is much more controlled, with the ball racing between the slips to the vacant third man boundary.
England 71-3 (Pietersen 12, Bell 10) 20ov
Pietersen pulls a short ball from Harris and it races away very fine to the boundary rope. This is a very good spell from Harris, who has claimed all three of the wickets to fall so far.
Watson has not looked as dangerous at the other end, and Bell, who is starting to find a bit of rhythm, produces an excellent shot off the back foot to punch him through the covers for three.
Wicket - Harris gets his third of the day as Trott edges to wicketkeeper Haddin.
Australia and Harris celebrate the wicket of Cook.
Wicket - Alastair Cook edges behind.
England 58-3 (Pietersen 3, Bell 6)
There's a real need for Pietersen and Bell to rebuild here as England look to stabilise after the loss of three second-innings wickets.
Australia have turned to Watson at the Finchale End, and Pietersen is being much more watchful than he would usually be.
Bell hooks a weak attempt at a bouncer into the leg side for two, and turns another shot across from the off side for two more to extend England's lead to 26.
Trott c.Haddin b.Harris 22
Trott is the key batsman now with Cook gone, and he whips Bird into the leg-side for an attractive boundary to take his score up to 23.
Disaster strikes in the next over though as he departs to Harris for 22.
He chased a bouncer and flicked a catch behind to Haddin, who takes his second catch of the session.
Trott was clearly looking to be positive, but that was a sloppy way to get out in a situation like this.
Cook c.Haddin b.Harris 22
Trott is looking in decent nick, and he takes three from Bird's next over without alarm.
He turns another single into the leg-side off Harris, with Cook also profiting as the Australian bowler strays onto the pads.
However, there's a bit of a disaster for England off the final ball of the over as Cook departs for 22.
It's an uncharacteristically sloppy exit for the skipper, who flashes at a wide one from Harris and is caught behind.
That's a major blow with one of England's leading run scorers gone.
England 36-1 (Cook 20, Trott 13) 11ov
Bird bowls the first over after lunch, and Trott picks up a couple of twos. Trott was arguably England's most fluent batsman in the first innings, and he's refusing to be drawn into too defensive a mode today.
He picks up a boundary off the next over from Harris, drilling the ball square of the wicket on the leg-side - and that score takes England into the lead.
England end the over with an advantage of four runs.
England 24-1 (Cook 17, Trott 5)
England trail by 8 runs
Bird bowls a maiden to a watchful Cook, who is clearly determined to see things through until lunch.
Harris sends down the final over of the morning session and Trott races through for a single after pushing into the covers. Cook scores two off the final delivery.
So England reach lunch trailing by eight runs, with nine second-innings wickets intact.
Ryan Harris celebrates taking the wicket of Joe Root.
Wicket - England lose Joe Root, clean bowled.
Root b.Harris 2
It's an early blow for England as Root misses out again and departs for just two.
In fairness to him, it was a cracking delivery, with Harris getting one to nip away off a length to clean bowl the batsman.
However, aside from one great innings, Root has struggled throughout this series - something that has to be a concern ahead of the winter.
England 17-0 (Cook 15, Root 2) 6ov
Cook pushes Harris into the covers for three runs, but the bowler then gives Root a torrid time in the remainder of the over.
One ball stayed especially low and skidded through outside off-stump - hardly a good sign on the morning of day three.
Bird also gets a couple of stay fairly low, but Cook keeps the scorecard ticking with a fantastic straight drive that races to the boundary for four.
England 10-0 (Cook 8, Root 2) 4ov
Cook claims his second boundary of the innings with another lovely stroke as he turns Harris down to fine leg.
There's a scare for Root in the next over though as he edges Bird, but is relieved to see the ball bounce well in front of the slip fielders.
Wicket - Stuart Broad wraps up the Australia innings with his fifth wicket of the match, Ryan Harris trapped LBW.
Wicket - Jimmy Anderson gets his second wicket of the morning, Nathan Lyon.
England 5-0 (Cook 4, Root 1) 2ov
Here we go then with England's second innings.
They're trailing by 32, and Cook is in watchful mode from the off. He avoids doing too much against Harris, and the opening over is a maiden.
Bird starts against Root at the Finchale End, and the Yorkshireman dabs a single into the off side to get off the mark.
The first scare of the innings comes against Cook, with a ball staying very low as it finds its way through to Haddin behind the stumps.
Cook gets off the mark from the next ball though, leaning forward to drive an attractive boundary through the covers.
Right England, let's avoid batting like idiots. #Ashes #Rise— @Julestri 11 August 2013
Game is on #Aussies 270 all out, Broad brings back England into the game #ashes— @SherKhan77 11 August 2013
England have to be happy with that. They've taken the final five Australian wickets this morning for the concession of just 48 runs.
Australia have a lead of 32, but would surely have been hoping for better as they resumed at the start of play.
Stuart Broad finished with figures of 5-71, with James Anderson and Graeme Swann taking two wickets apiece this morning.
Harris lbw b.Broad 28
Australia 270 All Out (Lead of 32)
Lyon survives a difficult over from Anderson without looking entirely convincing. There was a stifled lbw shout, but the ball was missing down the leg-side.
However, from the next over, Broad brings an end to the Australian innings, trapping Harris leg before.
It's another embarrassing one for the umpires, who initially gave it not out.
England review, and Hawkeye shows the ball clattering into the middle of the stumps. The players don't even wait for the umpire's verdict, but start heading for the pavilion as soon as the replay comes on the big screen.
Australia 270-9 (Harris 28, Bird 0) 88ov
Interestingly, Hawkeye showed that the ball that dismissed Lyon was actually missing leg stump. Australia still have a review in their locker, but opted not to use it.
Harris clubs Broad into the leg-side for a boundary that Bresnan just fails to cut off. Then off the very next ball, Broad strays onto leg again, and Harris clips away another boundary.
Harris then deals out further damage, punching Broad straight back down the ground for a third four in as many balls.
England don't want Australia to get away here, and will no doubt be mindful of what happened in the first innings at Trent Bridge with Ashton Agar. The tourists' lead is now 32.
Lyon lbw b.Anderson 4
Broad strays marginally too wide against Harris, and the Australian batsman profits, plundering a four and a three in the off-side to take his side beyond the 250 mark.
Anderson almost gets Lyon, but the tail-ender edges one in front of Swann at second slip and the ball pierces the fielding cordon and runs to the rope.
He strikes two balls later though, beating Lyon for pace and trapping him lbw right in front of his stumps as the tail-ender looked to turn him into the leg side.
Cook celebrates the wicket of Siddle with Anderson.
Wicket - Siddle edges behind and is caught by Alastair Cook.
Siddle c.Cook b.Anderson 5
Anderson's wait for a wicket is over now.
He tempts Siddle into a nibble outside off stump, and Cook takes a fantastic catch low down at first slip.
That was a much better line from Anderson, who beats the new man Lyon all ends up with his next ball.
Lyon then turns his back into a bouncer and takes the ball full on with his back.
Australia 244-7 (Siddle 5, Harris 7) 84ov
Anderson concedes a single from his next over, but hasn't really got the new ball to do much and is still searching for his first wicket of the game. That's a concern, given that he didn't perform at his best at Old Trafford either.
Broad was bang on the money though, beating Siddle's outside edge on three occasions and rediscovering the form that enabled him to take three wickets yesterday morning.
Australia 243-7 (Siddle 4, Harris 7) 82ov
England take the new ball, and Anderson takes over from Bresnan at the Lumley End.
Harris clubs the bowler straight back down the ground for four, and Australia overtake England's first-innings score and are now building a lead.
Broad takes over from Swann at the Finchale End, even though the spinner has taken two wickets in three overs this morning.
Harris takes a couple, and Australia's lead is up to five.
Prior takes an excellent catch.
Second wicket of the morning - Chris Rogers gets the slightest flick off of his glove.
Rogers c.Prior b.Swann 110
Siddle gets off the mark with a leg-side single off Bresnan, and Rogers also claims a run with a straight drive.
But in the next over, England take the breakthrough which could change the course of the game as Rogers departs for 110.
They owe a debt of gratitude to Hot Spot, as the umpires initially gave the batsman not out.
Rogers attempted to Swann into the leg-side, and Prior came out from behind his stumps to take a tumbling one-handed catch.
England reviewed the not out decision, and Hot Spot showed the ball had glanced Swann's glove.
It's a massive wicket for England, with Australia ending the over two runs behind.
First wicket of the day - Brad Haddin. LBW after review.
Australia 231-6 (Rogers 109, Siddle 0) 78ov
Bresnan gets the first chance to attack the new batsman, Siddle, and immediately gets a ball to rear back into the tail-ender.
Swann resumes against Rogers, and the batsman guides a low shot wide of first slip that races to the rope for four.
He claims another two runs, and Australia now just trail by seven.
Great start, Swann wicket first over #ashes http://t.co/Y6SQaNtpJe— @seekaye2 11 August 2013
Swann the first bowler in this series to reach 20 wickets...— @the_topspin 11 August 2013
Haddin lbw b.Swann 13
Bresnan finishes his over from last night with the opening two balls of the morning.
There's an early shout as Swann goes down to take a catch at second leg, but the ball had come off Rogers' back leg rather than his bat.
Swann starts from the Finchale End, and Haddin turns the opening single of the day through midwicket.
However, Swann strikes with the seventh ball of the day to make it a dream start for England.
It's a cracker of a delivery, turning sharply and trapping Haddin leg before in his crease.
The batsman calls for a review, but the technology shows the ball was clearly hitting the stumps.
I'm glad to report that the covers are off and the brief shower has passed. It's still very grey overhead, but we should get going on time and the conditions could help England's bowlers as they look to make quick inroads into the Australian tail.
The skies have darkened here and the covers are on as the players complete their warm-ups.
It's likely to only be a passing shower, but it could affect the scheduled start time of 11am.
Suspect it's going to be one of those mornings where we're on, off, then on and off again....
(2/2) The best individual Test bowling figures at Chester-le-Street are 6-33 by Richard Johnson v Zimbabwe 2003— @bbctms 11 August 2013
The individual Test bests at Chester-le-Street are under threat. The highest score is 162* by Ian Bell v Bangladesh in 2005 (1/2) #Ashes— @bbctms 11 August 2013
3 and a Half hour round trip but I'm at @DurhamCricket THE GOD DAMN ASHES http://t.co/H0fNMYdPIk— @Gower198 11 August 2013
England's players are out on the pitch completing their warm-up, with the sun now beating down.
Given the low-scoring nature of the game, and the fact that the pitch is unlikely to get any better on days four and five, England wouldn't really want to be conceding a lead of more than 40 or 50 on first-innings scores.
Any more that, and Australia will be in a strong position as they look to keep their hopes of squaring the series alive.
Chris Rogers will resume on his overnight 101, and his maiden Test century was surely the best innings of the Ashes series so far.
Stuart Broad was the pick of England's bowlers yesterday, and the pace man will no doubt be eyeing the arrival of the new ball in six overs time as a potentially crucial development.
There was a sharp shower half-an-hour ago, but the sun is back out now and we're set fair to start on time at 11am.
Welcome back to Chester-le-Street for Day Three of the fourth Ashes Test between England and Australia.
After a strong start to Saturday's play, England found themselves on the back foot yesterday evening as Australia closed on 222-5.
The tourists trail by just 16 runs, meaning England desperately need to take some early wickets this morning if they are not to leave themselves with a mountain to climb in the second innings.
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