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The Ashes 2023: England v Australia, second Test, day three – live

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Alright. Give me a minute.

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That is some of the stupidest cricket I’ve ever seen.

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Back to the wild stuff. Facing Starc, Brook plays the shot he kept missing yesterday, backing away a metre to the leg side and hacking at a short ball that might have gone over cover if he connected. He gets a bottom edge that dribbles three metres to short leg.

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Does that tell him it’s a bad idea? No. He goes again. Trying to flat-bat a 90-mile-an-hour bowler over cover, remember. Gets about a quarter of it this time. Enough for the ball to limp to Cummins at extra. Who throws it high in the air.

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Australia keep offering the invitations. England keep sending a grateful RSVP.

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67th over: England 292-5 (Brook 50, Bairstow 8) A couple of singles, Brook brings up his Ashes fifty. Gets back on strike, hurls the bat in a wild hook shot and so nearly nicks it. I swear that I heard a noise there on the stump mic, but nothing on the sound graph. The Australians don’t review it.

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“Am I right to begin to worry about Stokes the player?” writes Myles Nester Harwood. “I don’t even know why he’s batting above Bairstow anymore. He continues having these slow and low scoring innings. As a bowler he uses himself sparingly which was felt particularly in failing to win the New Zealand series. I know his knee injury has contributed to this but it feels like England are carrying a man.”

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Reminds me of an email yesterday from David Brown. “Is Ben Stokes in danger of becoming a Mike Brearley figure? He seems a part-time bowler these days and averages 35. But boy, what a captain!”

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Reckon the leadership intangibles are worth a spot. Last made a hundred last August, nine Tests ago, so it’s a while but not terrible. Had those moments on the last day at Edgbaston: the Khawaja wicket, the Root bowling call that gets Carey, and if he’d taken the Lyon catch we would have been writing all week about how his inspiration had led England’s incredible win.

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In the first over! England’s captain falls. Not trying anything silly. He comes on strike thanks to a leg bye. Starc fires it in fast at the pads. Stokes tries to turn the ball to midwicket for a run or two. The ball gets big on him, takes an edge off the back corner of the blade really. So a leading edge that goes behind him, if that makes any sense? Flies into the gully, and Green adds to his collection of incredible snares. Reflex, to his right, shoulder height, he actually gets both hands up to it without even having time to fully look at the ball. It sticks.

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Some people are already emailing, so they don’t need this reminder, but you can send me a message on this or the bird machine. Details in the sidebar. I’ll even publish a few if England’s batting leaves us time to breathe.

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It seems that we’ve only just left the cricket ground, and then, what do you know? We’re back at the cricket ground. Mornings roll round easily at this time of year. Day three of the Lord’s Test, after we escaped the dire forecasts for Day two without losing a minute to rain. Today’s prognostication suggests that aside from a modest chance of a brief late afternoon thunderstorm, we should be fine.

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So, what’s your camp? Some people are looking at the second day and saying that England stuffed it up, others think that it’s a decent position really and would have been a lot worse had the team from a couple of years ago been playing. Both positions have some merit. England will resume 138 runs behind, with captain Ben Stokes and new gem Harry Brook at the crease, and Jonny Bairstow yet to come. Those three could storm into a lead by lunch.

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Or they could be all out.

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Key events

WICKET! Brook c Cummins b Starc 50, England 293-6

Alright. Give me a minute.

That is some of the stupidest cricket I’ve ever seen.

Back to the wild stuff. Facing Starc, Brook plays the shot he kept missing yesterday, backing away a metre to the leg side and hacking at a short ball that might have gone over cover if he connected. He gets a bottom edge that dribbles three metres to short leg.

Does that tell him it’s a bad idea? No. He goes again. Trying to flat-bat a 90-mile-an-hour bowler over cover, remember. Gets about a quarter of it this time. Enough for the ball to limp to Cummins at extra. Who throws it high in the air.

Australia keep offering the invitations. England keep sending a grateful RSVP.

Half century! Harry Brook 50 from 63 balls

67th over: England 292-5 (Brook 50, Bairstow 8) A couple of singles, Brook brings up his Ashes fifty. Gets back on strike, hurls the bat in a wild hook shot and so nearly nicks it. I swear that I heard a noise there on the stump mic, but nothing on the sound graph. The Australians don’t review it.

“Am I right to begin to worry about Stokes the player?” writes Myles Nester Harwood. “I don’t even know why he’s batting above Bairstow anymore. He continues having these slow and low scoring innings. As a bowler he uses himself sparingly which was felt particularly in failing to win the New Zealand series. I know his knee injury has contributed to this but it feels like England are carrying a man.”

Reminds me of an email yesterday from David Brown. “Is Ben Stokes in danger of becoming a Mike Brearley figure? He seems a part-time bowler these days and averages 35. But boy, what a captain!”

Reckon the leadership intangibles are worth a spot. Last made a hundred last August, nine Tests ago, so it’s a while but not terrible. Had those moments on the last day at Edgbaston: the Khawaja wicket, the Root bowling call that gets Carey, and if he’d taken the Lyon catch we would have been writing all week about how his inspiration had led England’s incredible win.

Harry Brook brings up his fifty. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Updated at 11.38 BST

66th over: England 289-5 (Brook 49, Bairstow 6) Nasty! Starc from over the wicket gets one to rear at Brook, who jumps and fends it away. Four in a row up at the sternum, and Brook eventually gets a run. Bairstow? Short ball, hook shot, top edge. Drops safely between the two outriders behind square. Yeesh.

65th over: England 287-5 (Brook 48, Bairstow 5) No run from the Cummins over aside from the umpires calling a high bouncer a wide. Miraculously. They should do more of that, Test bowlers get away with a lot of it.

Word from Cricket Australia at last: Nathan Lyon has “a significant calf strain” that will “require a period of rehabilitation”. They’re not ruling him out of the series but will make that call after the Test. Could he get back in three weeks? Steve Waugh managed it in 2001 but he wasn’t bowling 50 overs a match.

64th over: England 286-5 (Brook 48, Bairstow 5) “England fans amaze me,” writes Andrew Tomlinson. “England had lost the Ashes on day one. Almost won them back yesterday, only to throw them away again at the end. Maybe just enjoy playing the best Test cricket since… I dunno, 1924?”

You’re right, the Warwick Armstrong era was incredible. The Big Ship! Arthur Mailey giving them a twirl. Jack Gregory scaring people. Jack Hobbs would have been doing his thing then too, the man whose Ashes records Steve Smith is stalking.

Brook gets a single to cover, Bairstow one to fine leg.

Jonny Bairstow attempts to play the hook shot down to deep square leg. Photograph: Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP

Updated at 11.28 BST

63rd over: England 284-5 (Brook 47, Bairstow 4) Cummins from the Pavilion End, hoping to get some movement down the slope. Tries a short ball and Brook immediately hooks it, for one.

“There’s a bit if a false argument going in re Bazball and bouncers,” writes Mark Hooper. “The new England approach (which I love), isn’t just about mindless crash-bang-wallop – it’s just about taking a positive approach and taking the game to the opposition. By falling for their own tactics, they just messed up, plain and simple. The smart thing – and the positive, game-changing thing – would have been to work the field for ones and twos and wear the fast bowlers out, knowing that Lyon was out of the game. I think it’s reductive to call Bazball brainless, Stokes has shown very smart captaincy – and was the one to show how they ought to play after their brainless half hour.”

He was, and a big blow for England that he’s out in conventional fashion this morning.

62nd over: England 283-5 (Brook 46, Bairstow 4) There’s something about Mitchell Starc and Ben Stokes and Lord’s. That ball, during the 2019 World Cup group stage. I wrote a whole piece about that delivery, back in the day. And there was the obstructing the field dismissal in an ODI in 2015.

Bairstow drives four through cover from this third ball. England trail by 133.

WICKET! Stokes c Green b Starc 17

In the first over! England’s captain falls. Not trying anything silly. He comes on strike thanks to a leg bye. Starc fires it in fast at the pads. Stokes tries to turn the ball to midwicket for a run or two. The ball gets big on him, takes an edge off the back corner of the blade really. So a leading edge that goes behind him, if that makes any sense? Flies into the gully, and Green adds to his collection of incredible snares. Reflex, to his right, shoulder height, he actually gets both hands up to it without even having time to fully look at the ball. It sticks.

Ben Stokes is out
Out! Ben Stokes is gone in the first over of the day. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Updated at 11.11 BST

Here we go…

“I’ve mellowed overnight on this, but I’m still a bit irked by that hour,” writes Guy Hornsby. “I think I can be on board with this brand of cricket, but not to the exclusion of all else surely? How many hooks are ok to a field feeding that plan, before it gets brainless? Surely you have to read the game too, as Stokes did when he came in? If we’ve learnt from it today and can bat positively and get past Australia then it could turn the series. Surely egos aren’t so fragile as to have to assert themselves in all scenarios? This team has been outstanding and breathless and inventive, and they are still learning. We’re all here for the ride, but if they take anything into today it’s that pressure can be applied in many different ways, and plans aren’t binary.”

If there’s one thing standing out for me this series, it’s that Stokes is pinned as the one leading this all-out approach, but he’s also the only one who hasn’t batted that way. Played pretty sensibly second time round at Edgbaston and again yesterday, perhaps because the rhythms of Test cricket are baked in for him and he knows that sometimes you have to survive. See Headingley, 2019, third session, day three. The bit before day four.

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Lastly, Barney Ronay on whether Test cricket will ever see the likes of Smith again.

Jonathan Liew looked at the place of Ben Duckett, a man too cubic for the English public.

I spent my time on Lyon’s misfortune, and a bit of Smith, and the fact that jinxes make a very boring strand of humour.

And we did The Final Word, if you like your day’s wrap in podcast form.

… and the Ashes diary from yesterday.

Updated at 10.14 BST

Here’s Simon Burnton with the quotes on Nathan Lyon’s injury…

On yesterday’s round-up, here’s the match report from Ali Martin.

Preamble

Geoff Lemon

Geoff Lemon

It seems that we’ve only just left the cricket ground, and then, what do you know? We’re back at the cricket ground. Mornings roll round easily at this time of year. Day three of the Lord’s Test, after we escaped the dire forecasts for Day two without losing a minute to rain. Today’s prognostication suggests that aside from a modest chance of a brief late afternoon thunderstorm, we should be fine.

So, what’s your camp? Some people are looking at the second day and saying that England stuffed it up, others think that it’s a decent position really and would have been a lot worse had the team from a couple of years ago been playing. Both positions have some merit. England will resume 138 runs behind, with captain Ben Stokes and new gem Harry Brook at the crease, and Jonny Bairstow yet to come. Those three could storm into a lead by lunch.

Or they could be all out.

Originalmente publicado em https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2023/jun/30/the-ashes-2023-england-australia-live-updates-second-test-cricket-eng-v-aus-latest-score-day-three-lords

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