Clarke silences his critics

August 2, 2013

Australia’s captain Michael Clarke can raise a glass to his critics after enjoying both personal and team success on day 1 of the third Investec test at Old Trafford. At stumps, a dominant Australia closed on 303-3 with Clarke, who has batted sublimely, unbeaten on 125. He will walk out to bat on the second day accompanied by Steve Smith, who has completed his second half-century of the series. Their partnership has so far reached 174. Earlier, opener Chris Rogers had set the tone with a quick fire 84 off 114 balls.

Australia won their first toss of the series and announced three changes from the second test at Lord’s – David Warner, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc replacing Phillip Hughes, Ashton Agar and James Pattinson. On a hot day, an unchanged England attack found it tough going with little sign of swing or seam movement and only slow turn.

As in the first two tests, controversies abounded, with the on-field umpires making mistakes and the third umpire seemingly unwilling to overturn clear errors. Both sides can legitimately feel aggrieved – Usman Khawaja can count himself unlucky while fortune smiled upon Smith. One senses that, with only four umpires from the elite panel on call for the whole series, the debates on umpire competence and the DRS will run and run.

Australia 303 for 3 (Clarke 125*, Rogers 84, Smith 70*)

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3 Comments to “Clarke silences his critics”

  1. Darcy
    August 2nd, 2013 @ 8:10 am

    Australia set to regain The Ashes at The Oval. 25 August – don’t miss it.

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  2. Brucie
    August 2nd, 2013 @ 10:50 am

    Batted Pup – go on and make it a triple.

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  3. Llamaland
    August 2nd, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    Nothing wrong with DRS – just shocking umpiring. Bring back Dickie.

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