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(BBC)   Australia winning and England relying on the weather to save the game? It's just like the old days in Manchester. And assuming the rain stops for a bit, it's Day 5 of the third Ashes test   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 26
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2013-08-05 07:05:00 AM
Cook wasting a review before England had even scored one run was cool  So we've got that going for us, which is nice.
 
2013-08-05 07:08:11 AM
It's gonna be a draw.  Book it, done.

We might get 70 overs today given the weather.
Cook is already out LBW - and wasted a DRS review doing it.

No matter how aggressive the Aussies set the field, the English batsmen will just grind away and take no risks.  I doubt they'll score more than 2 runs per over.
 
2013-08-05 07:14:19 AM
I can only see the weather on the TV, but at this stage it doesn't actually look too bad.

If Australia can get Trott and Pietersen out in a reasonable period I will hold out some hope.
 
2013-08-05 07:28:42 AM
So close on that review.

But then Trott is caught down the leg side. I don't particularly care for Haddin, but he does have those leg side catches down pat.

2/15
 
2013-08-05 07:48:52 AM
Oh dear. If Australia wins this, the gnashing of teeth is going to be mind-blowing.
 
2013-08-05 07:52:52 AM
Australia winning and England relying on the weather to save the game?

Now my head hurts.
 
2013-08-05 07:53:34 AM
According to the weather radar, it should be pouring down in Manchester right now. According to me looking out of the window a mile from the ground, it's a nice, if cloudy, day. Damn you BBC weather for getting my hopes up. England really in trouble now.
 
2013-08-05 07:54:47 AM
Karma strikes and the south african is off to have a cry
 
2013-08-05 08:02:55 AM
Pietersen possibly got shafted.

But then so did Khawaja earlier in the match. Basically the same thing.

England don't deserve to have the rain come down here to save them. And now it's lunch.
 
2013-08-05 08:17:53 AM

Trapper439: Pietersen possibly got shafted.

But then so did Khawaja earlier in the match. Basically the same thing.

England don't deserve to have the rain come down here to save them. And now it's lunch.


In unrelated news, a jet equipped with salt, buckets, and a full-bladdered pilot just took off from RAF Leeming . . .

/no way are we going to pull this one off
 
2013-08-05 08:40:07 AM
I still think that rain or bad light is going to save England. Last I saw there was rain coming up to Manchester from the southwest.

I hope I'm wrong.

/still pissed that Jackson Bird isn't playing in this match
 
2013-08-05 08:48:55 AM
Australian viewers of Fox Sports are getting Brendon Julian, Stuart Clark and Graeme Hick sitting around having a chat, all of whom scrub up rather well. Of course, I have it on mute to avoid whatever the fark Hick is on about, but he's actually a bit tasty.
 
2013-08-05 09:11:03 AM
A mere 3 balls after the break and the rain comes down...
 
2013-08-05 10:25:35 AM
Time and overs ticking away. I can't help but feel Clarke held on too long before declaring. 330 always looked out of reach - should have set England 250, tempted them into playing shots and had a go at them last night. If England had made it, well a loss is as useful as a draw to Australia - ie not at all.
 
2013-08-05 11:41:25 AM
The just called the match as a draw, so that means that England keeps the Ashes.

LLLLLAAAAMMMMMEEEE!
 
2013-08-05 11:47:33 AM
Done and done. Aside from anything else, the rain prevented a possibly/probably thrilling day of cricket.

Nothing but pride and momentum for the return series to play for now, but bring on the 4th test after a 3 day break.
 
2013-08-05 11:48:15 AM
They need to do something about over rates.  England used a bunch of little delaying tactics yesterday that I think were just not, er, cricket.  I'm rooting for England, but I don't like that kind of gamesmanship.
 
2013-08-05 11:59:53 AM

FrancoFile: They need to do something about over rates.  England used a bunch of little delaying tactics yesterday that I think were just not, er, cricket.  I'm rooting for England, but I don't like that kind of gamesmanship.


It is what it is. I don't like it either, but it is one of the advantages of being in the field, having more of an ability to dictate the pace of the game. And it is very hard for the umpires to do anything about it. An extra 5-10 seconds between balls and 15-20 seconds between overs doesn't provide any instances of great delay, but it adds up to a lot of time across a 20 over span. It isn't like you can have the umpires using a stop watch between balls and overs, they've got more than enough to think about as it stands. So you're left with the possibility of partial match payment fines at the end of the day, and you'd probably take that in exchange for a chance to clinch the Ashes, so it's a pretty toothless and vague punishment anyway.
 
2013-08-05 12:14:52 PM

FrancoFile: They need to do something about over rates.  England used a bunch of little delaying tactics yesterday that I think were just not, er, cricket.  I'm rooting for England, but I don't like that kind of gamesmanship.


Meh.

As an Australian supporter who thinks England have thoroughly deserved to retain the Ashes (because we've been generally shiat), they haven't applied any forms of gamesmanship or time-wasting even comparable to what they did at Cardiff in 2009 (ie have a substitute bring out a fresh set of batting gloves in the final overs of the match when every second was crucial, and then have him bring out another set because he'd "accidentally" brought out two left-handed gloves the first time).
 
2013-08-05 12:28:12 PM
It'll be funny if the Aussies win the next two tests.
 
2013-08-05 12:33:10 PM
What a disappointing ending...
 
2013-08-05 01:01:54 PM

ukexpat: What a disappointing ending...


This is true. And not all draws are disappointing, but rain-affected games tend to suck.
 
2013-08-05 02:11:52 PM
I know next to nothing about this cricket thing... but did they just play a game for five days... and in the end it was called a draw... even though the score was not tied... because weather happened?

I sincerely hope none of you cricket fans are part of the "ha ha Yankee sports are stupid" crowd.
 
2013-08-05 02:25:32 PM

neaorin: I know next to nothing about this cricket thing... but did they just play a game for five days... and in the end it was called a draw... even though the score was not tied... because weather happened?

I sincerely hope none of you cricket fans are part of the "ha ha Yankee sports are stupid" crowd.



Did you just watch 160+ baseball games over the course of an American summer? Did you find that entertaining?

And yes, some weather happened. And that was indeed important. Get back to us when you have some rudimentary understanding of why that would be the case.
 
2013-08-05 03:43:23 PM

neaorin:
I sincerely hope none of you cricket fans are part of the "ha ha Yankee sports are stupid" crowd.


I am, and I'm a white guy from New England.
 
2013-08-06 08:19:01 AM

neaorin: I know next to nothing about this cricket thing... but did they just play a game for five days... and in the end it was called a draw... even though the score was not tied... because weather happened?

I sincerely hope none of you cricket fans are part of the "ha ha Yankee sports are stupid" crowd.


A tie and a draw are distinctly different!
 
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