Pedestrian England fail to impress

England made slow and tedious progress on the 3rd day at the Oval. It was clear from the off that England were playing for the draw, with a run rate of just above 2 an over. Alistair Cook survived an lbw appeal, as the ball pitched outside leg stump. Some good Australian bowling baited Cook in to lashing out at a wide ball, nicking it behind to the diving Haddin. Not long after reaching a leisurely 50 partnership with Trott, Joe Root appeared to lose his head, sweeping a ball from Nathan Lyon up in the air, giving Watson a simple catch, with Root falling for 68. Jonathon Trott was next to fall, going lbw to Starc for 40 after a review, as he was initially given not out. Pieterson survived an lbw review on the way to his 2nd slowest test 50 in his career. Pieterson didn’t make any more runs, as he swung out and nicked it back to Watson. Ian Bell and Chris Woakes batted out the rest of the day, with England finishing on a pedestrian 247-4.

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