Bell ton revives England

Ian Bell’s 3rd century of the series helped England recover from 49-3 to finish the day on 234-5. Australia started the day at the crease, but the England attack made short work of the Aussie batsmen. Graeme Swann made an early breakthrough, trapping Haddin for lbw, and despite a wasted Australian review, Haddin went for 13. Swann then got the key wicket of Chris Rodgers, with Matt Prior showcasing a fantastic piece of wicket keeping, diving forward to dismiss Rodgers for an outstanding 110. The flurry of wickets continued after the new ball, with Jimmy Anderson finally getting in the act. Alistair Cook caught Siddle low down at slip for 5. Anderson got another wicket shortly after, with Nathan Lyon going out for 4, lbw. Ryan Harris had put on an impressive 28, before going lbw to Broad, his fifth wicket of the match. Australia finished on 270 all out, a lead of 32.

Ryan Harris destroyed England’s top order, with Joe Root the first to fall for 2 with a wonder ball from Harris, reminiscent of Anderson to Clarke at Trent Bridge. Cook was next to fall, lashing out at a ball that he really should have left, nicking it behind to Haddin for 22. Trott was next, flicking a Harris bouncer behind with his glove and caught by a diving Haddin for 23. With Pieterson and Bell at the crease, England recovered from 49-3. They were aided by some comedy fielding at the boundary, as an Australian mess up allowed them to run 4 runs. Pieterson survived a run out, after he played the ball back towards Lyon, who threw it back to Haddin, requiring Pieterson to dive back to stay in. Haddin missed a stumping of Pieterson, as he attempted to attack Lyon, but edged it narrowly passed Haddin and through for 4. This luck was short lived though, as Pieterson  fell shortly after for 44, as he tried to sweep Lyon but edged it out to Rodgers at cover. A bizarre decision came at 17:42, as the umpires led the players off due to bad light. Luckily, the players came out about 8 minutes later. Despite looking comfortable, Australia struck again with Haddin catch Bairstow for 28. Ian Bell brought up his 100 before the end of play, as England finished on 234-5, a lead of 202.

With Bell and Bresnan at the crease, England will look to build the lead up to about 300 tomorrow to put them in command of the test.

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