July 31, 2015England win within 3 days of the 3rd Test of the Investec Ashes series at Edgbaston. Jimmy Anderson and Steve Finn both picked up a 5 wicket haul in a thrilling Test match.
Australia’s Michael Clarke won the toss and choose to bat on a overcast morning in Birmingham. Australia could only muster a small total of 136 in only 36.4 overs. The only real resistant came from Chris Rogers who scored 52 before he was lbw to Broad. The star performer for England with the ball was James Anderson who gave everyone a master-class in swing bowling with figures of 6-47.
England in reply were 281 all out. Ian Bell’s move to 3 was a successful one, he got his first half century of the series, putting 53 to his name. Root also passed his half century on his way to a score of 63. Moeen Ali was the only other batsman to do so with his score of 59. On the bowling front the wickets were shared, With the pacemen being very hostile and Nathan Lyon started to cause havoc as the ball started to turn and bounce sharply.
Australia’s 2nd Innings got off to a good start with David Warner finding the fence on more than one occasion on his way to 77. He lacked support from the Australian batsmen again because of Steven Finn’s fine spell of bowling. Steven Finn got rid off the deadly Steve Smith for the second time in the match before going on a hot streak removing Clarke, Voges, Marsh, Nevill and Johnson on the way to his best Test match figures 6-79. Nevill got 59 and Starc 58 as the tail held on for awhile but the damage was done. Australia posted 265 all out, Leaving England needing 121 runs for victory.
England lost Cook for 7 and Lyth for 12 early on, Hazelwood and Starc claiming those wickets. This brought together the crowd’s favorite Ian Bell on his home turf and England’s darling Joe Root. They both flourished under the joyous crowd at Edgbaston. Root making 38 not out and Bell 65 not out. England take a 2-1 lead in the series.
James Anderson pulled up while bowling in Australia’s second innings. He could not continue and was taken from the field. The reports that came from the English dress room today were that he picked up a side strain. He will be missing the 4th Test and re-assessed at a later date to see if he can pull up good in time for the 5th Test at the Oval.