After going 2-0 down in the Ashes series this year, Australia have finally seemed to hit a form on the first day of the third test as they storm to a 303-3 score at the end of Thursday’s play. This is a vast improvement on their previous test, where they only managed to get a score of 128 in their first innings. Captain Michael Clarke managed to score a wonderful century to put his international side heavily in the driving seat as he still is not out, batting alongside Steve Smith who was on 70 runs, after 90 overs from England.
Shane Watson and Chris Rogers were the first two batters for Australia to open up the third test at Old Trafford cricket ground, but it wasn’t the best of starts for Australia as Watson got caught out by England’s captain, Alastair Cook, after only 19 runs. On the other hand, Chris Rogers did fantastically well by getting an impressive 84 runs on the board before he was dismissed by a leg before wicket (lbw) by Graeme Swann. Rogers lasted 172 minutes and survived for 114 balls, most of which was shared with Captain Michael Clarke.
When Shane Watson was out for 19 runs, Usman Khawaja made his way to the crease batting with Rogers, but his batting didn’t go to plan. Khawaja only managed to score one run for his international side before he was controversially caught out by Matt Prior. The Umpire called the man out but the Hot Shot, which is a technology that can determine whether the player was actually out or not, revealed that the ball did not hit Khawaja’s bat, therefore he should not have been called out.
Nevertheless, during the action and complaints, Michael Clarke managed to keep a cool head and partner with Steve Smith until the end of the day. Together, they put Australia in the best possible position as a whitewash for England looks highly unlikely now. Furthermore, if Australia can keep this great form going for the rest of this test and into the fourth and fifth test, they have a good chance of turning around the Ashes and defeating England overall.
Australia cricketer Chris Rogers took time to praise his captain, “For him to get big runs is massive for us; if he scores runs it makes it easier. We need him scoring runs because a lot of the guys are still learning.” He continued to talk about Australia getting criticised, “As a batting side we’ve been under a lot of pressure and copped a lot of criticism. But the pressure was off us a little bit and we could go out and play with a bit more freedom and it worked out much better for us.”
Author Daniel Foster.
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