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Bowled Over – Australia Complete Ashes Whitewash – By Luqman Liaqat

Australia eased to a 281-run victory inside three day at Sydney to complete a 5-0 Ashes whitewash against England.

The third day was a subject of surrender from the tourists, as they were bowled out for 166 in 31.4 overs after being set a target of 448 with Michael Carberry’s top score of 43.

Ryan Harris (5-25) applied the polishing touches, taking the final two wickets of Stuart Broad and Boyd Rankin while Mitchell Johnson claimed three victims to finish with a total of 37 wickets for the series.

The opening day of the fifth and final test begun with a different look for England as Alaistair Cook won the toss for the first time in the series and put the hosts into bat first.

David Warner fell early for 16 when he was bowled by a Broad inswinger and then Ben Stokes saw Chris Rodgers play onto his own stumps when attempting a pull on 11.

Stokes was the beneficiary for the Australian skipper Michael Clarke’s downfall when he edged straight to Ian Bell at second slip. The fourth wicket of Shane Watson was England’s first lbw of the series as the hosts were left teetering on 94-4 at lunch.

After the break, George Bailey became the fifth Aussie batsman to fall cheaply, however as in Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Melbourne that was a green light for another fightback from Brad Haddin.

Rankin went off with an injury and debutant Scott Borthwick was under an assault having his first three overs go for 21. Haddin raced to his fourth half-century of the Ashes series off 70 balls, with strong support from Steve Smith.

Seeing the end of Haddin’s innings was a huge surprise when he edged to Cook for 75 and the partnership with Smith was worth 128 moving the score onto 225-6.

Smith profited from England’s many short balls and full tosses, the Australian right hander crashed a six and four from consecutive balls to move to his third test ton.

After Johnson’s dismissal, Harris smashed James Anderson for two boundaries before driving Stokes to short extra-cover for 22. Stokes then had Peter Siddle and Smith (115) in next three balls for admirable figures of 6-99 as the Austrian innings closed on 326.

Before the close, more misery was to hit England, this time with the bat as Carberry fended Johnson to a diving Nathan Lyon before Cook and night watchman Anderson survived at stumps on 8-1.

The horror show began from the off on day two for England as soon as the skipper himself left an inswinger from Harris for a plumb leg before. After Bell was dropped by Watson, nightwatchman Anderson followed shortly edging Johnson to a diving Clarke at second slip.

From 14-3 it became 17-4 when Kevin Pietersen pushed Harris (3-36) with hard hands leaving Watson with a simple catch. Bell was still struggling and only got off the mark after 40 minutes at the crease before Siddle produced a beautiful delivery to take his outside edge.

With a target of 127 to avoid the follow-on, there was a chance for the match being finished in two days. After debutant batsman Gary Ballance fell, Stokes provided a dogged effort to add 49 on the eighth wicket with Jonny Bairstow (18).

Stokes was out for 47 when he shouldered arms to have his off stumps hammered back by Siddle (3-23). Borthwick edged to third slip as England collapsed to an abysmal 155-all out.

The hosts started their second innings with a lead of 171, Anderson struck straight away for a leg before of Warner and had Watson caught behind for nine as the English seamers toiled in the warm evening.

Broad had Clarke for six and Stokes saw Smith edge to Cook at slip but Rodgers scored another careful fifty with Bailey who was on a handy 20 not out as Australia were on 140-4 at stumps (311 runs ahead).

Rodgers transformed his overnight 73 into another ton as he cut Pietersen away for his 14th boundary from 143 deliveries and extended the stand with Bailey to 109.

Bailey scored 46, before pulling Broad into Borthwick’s palms in the deep and it was the first of six wickets going down at either side of lunch. Haddin (28) was aggressive before dragging Borthwick onto his stumps and Johnson was bowled by Stokes (2-62), giving him eight victims for the match.

Rodgers 119 run stay at the crease came to an end when Borthwick claimed a diving catch from his own bowling and then had Harris caught in the deep for 13.

Rankin picked the final wicket of Siddle for his maiden test scalp, caught behind, as the hosts second innings closed on 276 and set the tourists a target of 448.

Cook (7) fenced a short ball from Johnson and then edged behind before Bell after a making a promising start guided a cut off Harris straight to gully.

When Pietersen was on his way for six to Harris, a familiar England batting disarray was under way.

Carberry showed some resistance, but was sent packing to the second ball of the evening session by Johnson. Three deliveries later, Balance (7) was hit on the pads from one that kept low from the tourists’ nemesis Johnson.

Lyon then had his say taking two wickets in an over, Bairstow fell for duck to an excellent catch by Bailey at short-leg and Clarke pulled off an absolutely magnificent low catch to see off Borthwick.

Stokes (32) reacted by going on an all-out attack, dominating a stand of 44 with Broad before being bowled out when attempting a slog of Harris.

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Pit Stop – Webber bows out- By Lewis Brearley

Mark Webber’s gesture of taking off his helmet after the Brazilian grand prix was a perfect summary of his reputation in his sport.

He stated the intention of the gesture was to show to human side to his sport. And of all the Formula One drivers of recent times, Webber has always seemed one of the most human; honest, direct and charming. Always putting the individual over the corporate, while also remaining popular and likeable.

Ever since his debut at his home grand prix in 2002, Webber has stuck to these values and the respect for his talent from his peers has only increased as his career has progressed.

His career began with a three race contract for perennial strugglers Minardi. With minimal backing and without a sparkling junior career, Webber’s prospects for a future in Formula One weren’t strong. So it’s arguable that his extraordinary fifth place finish in his debut race, helped by a heap of good fortune with at least eight faster cars retiring early, was the sole reason Webber lasted more than a season in the sport.

Yet, however fortuitous Webber got in that debut race, for the rest of his career he had to work for every single thing he achieved. From qualifying third at the 2003 Hungarian grand prix for the poor Jaguar team, getting his first win after a drive through penalty at the Nurburgring in 2009; to finishing third in the drivers’ championship three times – 2010, 2011 and 2013.

For his first seven seasons, Webber toiled in the midfield for Minardi, Jaguar, Williams and Red Bull. Occasionally, his unique blend of hard graft and raw talent allowed him to shine. Times such as the 2006 Monaco grand prix where a probable podium finish was snatched away by a mechanical failure. Or the 2007 Japanese grand prix at the sodden Fuji racetrack, when another likely podium slipped away when a young rookie in another midfield car smashed into him.

It was unknown to everyone at the time, but this rookie would end up becoming an integral part of the Webber story, for it was Sebastian Vettel.

From 2009-2013 Webber had five seasons in a car capable of regularly winning races. And for those five seasons he was partnered in the Red Bull team by Vettel.

In 2009 and 2010 Webber and Vettel were quite even over the course of the seasons with Vettel taking eight wins to Webber’s six. Vettel seemed faster but was prone to crashes and rookie mistakes.

The record from 2011 onwards is less kind to Webber, as Vettel began to dominate the whole sport by utilising the unique aerodynamics of the Red Bull much more effectively, with the win ratio for 2011-2013 ending up as 28 for Vettel and only three for Webber.

This makes the first conclusion of Webber’s career as a good but not great driver. Yet, if Vettel really is as good as some claim, then Webber must go down as one of the best “B-level” drivers along with Rubens Barrichello, Gerhard Berger and Riccardo Patrese. And that’s something that a poor kid from the middle of New South Wales should be very, very proud of.

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Bowled Over – First Ashes Test Review – By Luqman Liaqat

Australia inflicted a humiliating 381-run defeat on England in the First Ashes test at Brisbane as Mitchell Johnson blew their rather fragile batting-line up away.

Having to face an uphill task of needing 561 runs to win, or realistically forcing the test match into the final day England detached from 142-4 to 179-all out.

Only captain Alistair Cook showed some resistance with 65 as his team lost four wickets for nine runs in a disastrous afternoon session at the Gabba.

Poor shot selection cost Kevin Pietersen and Matt Prior but Johnson was deadly as he closed the match with figures 9-103.

After winning the toss and choosing to bat first Australia struggled in the opening moments of the 2013/14 Ashes. It was Stuart Broad, set up as a villain by the local media, who created the first talking point as he quietened the boisterous Gabba crowd when Chris Rodgers was caught at gully from a delivery that climbed off the pitch.

Opener Warner and Shane Watson settled the Aussies nerves for the next hour before Broad struck again capturing Watson (22) with a neat catch at second clip from Graeme Swann.

Lunch provide some respite for the hosts, but once the cricket commenced it was the same story for them as captain Michael Clarke (1) found Ian Bell at short leg and Warner (49) slapped a short one straight to Pietersen reducing the score to 83-4.

Broad was at his very best as he sent George Bailey packing on his Test debut and Steven Smith (31) who flourished for a short time then became Chris Tremlett’s first scalp leaving the Australian falling apart at 132-6.

It wasn’t all doom and gloom for the hosts because Brad Haddin and Mitchell Johnson put together a 114-run stand. Haddin reached his half-century off 100 balls and Johnson jointed him by lofting two sixes off Swann.

Run came quickly before Broad fought back clean bowling Johnson (64) to the relief of England and James Anderson picked up another one before the end as Australia closed on 273-8.

Calamity struck early on day two as Haddin was run out six short from a deserved Ashes ton and Broad picked up his fifth victim of Ryan Harris who played behind to the wicketkeeper. The media villain then polished off the Australian innings with the final wicket as he walked off with figures of 6-81.

A total of 295 appeared below par on a batting pitch, but it all changed when Cook (13) fell to Harris and Johnson had Trott (10) caught down the leg-side.

Pietersen on his 100th Test survived a dropped caught and bowled chance but after only 27 runs were scored after lunch his luck ran out when he thumped the ball straight to Bailey.

Michael Carberry (40) fought with admirable poise on his return in the Test arena but Nathan Lyon tied him down before Johnson roughed him up by coming around the wickets.

Bell fended one to Smith and then Prior went the very next ball falling to the combination of Lyon (2-17) and Smith leaving England teetering on 87-6.

Broad survived Lyon hat-trick ball before Swann fell for duck to a nasty delivery from Johnson (4-61) as he claimed a fourth scalp. Although Broad (32) and Tremlett (10) put a brief halt to the carnage, England were bundled out 136.

Before the close of the second day, Australia ensured their lead was expanded from the 159 after the England first innings to a strong 224 as Warner (45) and Rodgers (13) settled in at 65-0.

The three lions restored some hope on day three as Broad and Tremlett (3-69) struck early to remove Rodgers and Watson leaving the score 75-2.

Despite the early strikes the English bowling department couldn’t match the aggression and pace of Harris and Johnson.  Warner and Clarke put on 158 for the third wicket, Clarke assaulted the bowlers with brutal force including a six over long-on.

In the middle session, Swann’s three overs went for 38 bringing their 150 run stand before Warner welcomed Broad back into the attack with another mighty six and he fell soon after for 124.

Clarke used his feet brilliantly to Swann and reached his 100 with a controlled drive as the Gabba rose in delight. Swann (2-135) finally had some success when Clarke (113) was bowled coming down the track as Australia reached tea 299-5 (lead of 458).

Haddin (53) and Johnson (39 not out) continued from where they left off in the first innings, smashing the new ball all around the park as Clarke called for the declaration at 401-7 giving England a mammoth target of 561.

The tourists could not even last an hour before the close as first Carberry (0), then Trott (9) followed him off Johnson leaving the score reading a miserable 24-2 at the close of day three.

In the morning, Pietersen put on 52 with Cook before hooking Johnson straight to the substitute fielder at fine leg.

Bell came out and ensured England went to lunch only three down at 98-3, however his support for Cook ended on 32 when he was dismissed by Siddle.

From that moment it went all wrong for the batting line-up, Cook (65) edged behind to Haddin off Lyon. Prior only made four before Johnson sent Broad and Swann back in space of three balls as the tourist slumped to 151-8.

Tremlett hung around for 40 odd deliveries before popping Harris to short leg and Johnson (5-42) finished  things off by taking a simple caught and bowled from Anderson.

Joe Root stayed high and dry on 26, a brief cameo which gave some comfort to the visiting supporters.

However, this match was completely dominated by Australia and now the tour continues for England with a warm-up fixture against Chairman’s XI before coming face to face with Johnson and co again on 4 December in Adelaide for the Second Ashes test.

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Bowled Over – England pull level – By Luqman Liaqat

Jos Buttler added to his late hitting reputation by scoring 65 off 48 balls as England levelled the NatWest series 1-1 against Australia with one game remaining after a three-wicket win in the fourth one-day international at Cardiff’s SWALEC stadium.

George Bailey earlier scored a fighting 87 as Australia posted 227 which seemed a modest total before Clint McKay claimed a hat-trick to put England on the back foot until Eoin Morgan and Michael Carberry saved the chase which Buttler sealed with victory in the end.

Morgan put the tourists into bat first and reaped the rewards straight away as Steven Finn trapped Aaron Finch (0) leg before. Shane Watson (6) nicked Boyd Rankin behind in the fourth over and as Australia struggled to 31-2 in the first powerplay.

Shaun Marsh and Michael Clarke found it difficult to find any impetus into the innings by putting on a steady 40 run partnership before Ben Stokes bounced him out which wicket-keeper Buttler held with ease.

Marsh’s dismissal for 25 lead the way for Clarke’s downfall as Finn (2-43) bowled a full delivery nipping back which hit the Aussies skipper flush on the pads, a decision the on-field umpire gave out despite a review Clarke was on his way leaving the score 57-4.

But Bailey and Adam Voges steading the ship, Bailey hammered James Tredwell for a maximum over long-on and a four to reach his 57-ball half century.

Voges (30) was eventually bowled out by Ravi Bopara in the 30th over, leaving Bailey and Mathew Wade to get the tourists a respectable total, the pair picked up quick singles which was the feature of their batting.

At the end of the batting powerplay (40 overs) Australia reached 195-5, the wickets was always a worry for them and it only got worse. The sixth-wicket stand worth 85 was over when Wade (36) edged Tredwell behind, James Faulkner was run out after Tredwell (3-53) deceived Johnson.
Rankin (2-31) dismissed Bailey for 87 in the 46th over and Australia could only muster six more runs to reach 227-all out in 48.2 overs.

In reply, despite a low score a brilliant spell from McKay turned the game around as he claimed a sensational hat-trick. Kevin Pietersen (5) was lbw playing across the line, the short of runs Jonathan Trott pushed at a full and wide delivery and Joe Root edged behind to Wade leaving England in huge trouble at 8-3.

Morgan and Carberry put in a solid fourth wicket stand to repair the damage and take England closer to victory. The century-stand included correct shots at the right time as Morgan scored 53 and Carberry 63.

Just when the match looked easy for England, three wickets fell for 32 runs in eight overs, firstly Watson bowled out Morgan and debutant Nathan Coulter-Nile snuck one past Carberry behind his pads before Faulkner had Bopara (7) leg before leaving the game in the balance at 144-6.

Buttler and Stokes (25) expansive stand of 75 moved the hosts to the brink of victory until McKay (4-39) returned to bowl out Stokes, however, the brilliant Buttler in a 65-run innings smashed Johnson for a massive six and a four in the final over to take England across the finishing line.
This dramatic last over victory for England now gives us a winner-takes-all finale for the NatWest series fifth one-day international at the Ageas Bowl on Monday.

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Bowled Over – 1st and 2nd ODI Reviews – By Luqman Liaqat

England Vs Australia 1st ODI International Match Review

The first NatWest one-day international between England and Australia was abandoned without a ball bowled due to heavy rain at Headingley.

The pitch was left covered before the scheduled start time of 10.15am with the rain forming a very wet outfield and at 1.35pm umpires Aleem Darr and Richard Illingworth called off play.

England Vs Australia 2nd ODI International Match Review

Michael Clarke scored a century as Australia beat England by 88 runs in the second one-day international to draw first blood in the five-match NatWest series.

Australia put on a mammoth 315-7 on the scoreboard before England were bowled out for 227 in 44.2 overs with only Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler giving the chase some respectability.

England skipper Morgan’s decision to ball first proved to be wrong but it all started well as Steven Finn (2-69) had Shaun Marsh (0) caught behind by wicket-keeper Buttler off only the fourth ball of the match.

There was plenty of controversy in the very next delivery which we haven’t lacked during this summer’s Ashes either. Shane Watson was judged out lbw by the on field umpire but after a review third umpire Aleem Darr revealed that the Aussies number three had edged it.

After an early life, Watson then put on 60 with opener Aaron Finch for the third wicket and just when Watson (38) was picking up pace in his scoring Ravi Bopara had him caught behind which the umpire gave not out but the third umpire ruled that there had been an edge off the bat.

Finch (45 off 45) added a further 56 with skipper Clarke before one big hit too many as he holed out to Joe Root in the deep off James Tredwell with the score 116-3 inside 22 overs.

Clarke and the Aussie T20 captain George Bailey batted superbly sharing a 155-run stand, the skipper smashed some beautiful shots to the leg-side boundary and more elegantly down the ground.

Bailey hit four sixes and helped take 43 runs from the batting powerplay as he rapidly reached 82 in 67 balls. He looked to be reaching his hundred with ease before hitting a leg-side delivery straight to Tredwell giving Bopara (2-57) his second wicket with Australia pushing towards 300 at 271-4 after 43.3 overs.

Once reaching his eighth ODI ton and his second versus England Clarke (105 off 102) was eventually caught behind off Boyd Rankin (2-49) who then bowled out Mathew Wade giving him two wickets in two balls.

A late flurry of boundaries from James Falkner (18 off 11) and Mitchell Johnson moved the tourists to 315-7.

In reply England would have to make history for victory because their previous best ODI chase is 305-5 against Pakistan in 2000.

Debutant opener Michael Carberry struggled before hitting Johnson (2-36) straight to backward point and in the next ball Jonathon Trott gloved a sharp bouncer straight to Wade behind the stumps for duck, as England were now in deep trouble at 9-2 (4 overs).

Skipper Morgan came to the crease at 38-3 when Faulkner managed to swing a ball back into Root which hit the top of off-stump.

Pietersen and Morgan scored 59 together for the fourth wicket, Pietersen smashed two sixes in his innings off Clint McKay and Fawad Ahmed.

But once opener Pietersen fell for 60 off 66 balls driving Watson to point it was game over and when Bopara was caught and bowled by Adam Voges for 1 leaving England stuttering on 103-5.

Morgan (54) put in a good fight with Buttler as the pair put on 51 before becoming McKay’s second victim in the batting powerplay caught in the deep by Clarke and Ben Stokes was dismissed by the same bowler for just 5.

However, Buttler still refused to give in hammering three sixes and five fours to register his highest score of 75 from 65 balls, until perishing to off-spinner Ahmed and McKay (3-47) came back to dismiss Finn as England were all out for 227 giving Australia an 88-run victory with still 34 balls to spare.

The Aussies lead the series 1-0 with still 3 games to go, the next meeting between the two sides now takes place at Edgbaston on Wednesday.

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Bowled Over – England Level Series – By Luqman Liaqat

England levelled the two-match NatWest Twenty20 series with a 27-run win over Australia at Durham.

Alex Hales smashed 94 off 61 balls as the three lions put 195-5 on the board and in reply, the Aussies fell short reaching 168-9 in their allocated 20 overs.

Hales had previously reached a top score of 99 against the West Indies in a T20 match and he fell short of a century once again leaving England without a ton-maker in the shortest format of the game.

Skipper Stuart Broad lost the toss but opening pair Michael Lumb and Hales gave the hosts a fast start to the innings as they brought up the hundred after only 11 overs giving England a record first wicket stand.

Leg-spinner Fawad Ahmed turned the game slightly in Australia’s favour as he picked up Lumb (43) who edged behind to wicket-keeper Mathew Wade.

Luke Wright came and went straight after Glenn Maxwell hitting him for a huge six following up with a pair of fours. Wright scored 30 in just 18 balls before Mitchell Johnson took an athletic catch at mid-off leaving England in a strong position at 157-2 as they pushed towards the 200 mark.

Hales hit 11 fours and 2 sixes including one empty sledge that flew over the ropes, his innings closed on 94 when he was looking for glory with a big shot but he picked out David Warner at the long-off boundary giving James Faulkner (2-37) a second wicket.

Surprisingly, Ahmed (3-25) bowled the final over but he fooled Jos Buttler with a straight one first ball and Eoin Morgan (20) after launching a six slapped the ball straight to a fielder giving the Pakistan-born leg-spinner impressive figures from his four overs.

In reply, Australia had a terrible start, the hero from two days ago Aaron Finch pulled a short ball straight to Wright in only the second over giving Broad the wicket.

Shane Watson was next to go back to the pavilion after misjudging a run with Warner he was run out and the tourists were now 15-2 as early as the third over.

The third wicket partnership of 58 was all about Warner as he raced to 47, hitting Danny Briggs and Joe Root for two mighty blows. Shaun Marsh was dismissed for only 13 as Root nicked one through his defence.

Warner struck 53 off 42 balls before slicing Jade Dernbach (3-23) to Hales at the boundary, leaving Australia 111-4 and falling behind the required run-rate.

The wickets kept falling after that point, Maxwell scored 19 from one Ravi Bopara over including two maximums before dispatching Dernbach to Lumb for 27.

Morgan held a stunning diving catch to capture Faulkner’s wicket to all-but seal victory, debutant Nathan-Coulter Nile smashed Steve Finn for two sixes in the penultimate over before spinner Briggs (2-25) dismissed him in the 20th over as Australia finished well short of the set target at 168-9.

After a drawn T20 series, England now play Ireland in a one-off ODI on Tuesday as Australia face Scotland on the same day before the two rivals begin the 5-match ODI series on Friday at Headingley.

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Bowled Over – Fifth test falls to bad light – By Luqman Liaqat

England missed out on a chance to record a 4-0 Ashes victory over Australia for the first time as they fell agonisingly short of chasing down 227 on the final day in the fifth test at the Kia Oval.

Still requiring 21 with four overs and five wickets in hand, umpires Aleem Darr and Kumar Dharmasena decided the light was too poor to continue with play, leading to the players walking off to a chorus of boos from the capacity crowd.

After the Australian skipper Michael Clarke won the toss and chose to bat first, David Warner fell early driving at James Anderson which wicket-keeper Matt Prior held behind.

But Shane Watson had other ideas as he hit himself back in form taking the assault onto the England new boys Chris Woakes and off-spinner Simon Kerrigan. Watson scored 28 runs from Kerrigan’s first two overs to move onto 80 as Australia reached lunch at 112-1.

England fought back in the middle session as Graeme Swann removed Rogers (21) and then Anderson nipped a full delivery past Clarke’s defence for just seven.

At the other end, Watson kept his composure to reach his first 100 in 48 innings with a drive through the covers off Anderson. Only 71 runs came from the second session with two wickets going down as Australia moved to 183-3 at tea.

Watson found a good partner in Steve Smith in the final session, who hit eight hours and a six. Woakes had Watson given out for lbw on 166 but the review showed the ball completely missing the stumps.

England finally had him for a devastating 176 when hit a short ball from Stuart Broad straight to Kevin Pietersen on the square leg boundary. With Peter Siddle joining Smith on 66 the pair saw out the remaining overs as Australia closed day one on 307-4.

The second day didn’t get underway until 14:30 to the annoyance of the capacity crowd waiting to see some action at the Kia Oval.

Broad and Anderson found movement under the clouds, as Siddle (23) was bowled out by Anderson with a beauty. Smith drove Anderson through the covers to move into the nineties and a mighty six off Swann took him from 94 onto a century before he raised his arms in delight.

Brad Haddin’s partnership of 65 with Smith was over when he chopped a full delivery from the unlikely wicket-taker Jonathon Trott back onto his stumps as the Aussies reached 397-6 at tea on day two.

Woakes had his first Test wicket when debutant James Faulkner (23 from 21 balls) miscued a pull shot to Trott.

Swann bowled out Mitchell Starc for 13 before Ryan Harris then smashed him over the top for a maximum twice.
Harris fired 33 off 27 balls before being caught and bowled by Anderson and Smith was still unbeaten on 138 before Clarke called it time on the innings at 492-9.

The hosts survived the remaining 17 overs in the day before bad light stopped play on 32-0.

Cook fell early on day three for 25 when Harris had him caught behind to Haddin. Root’s half-century included 11 boundaries and Trott supported him well as the pair moved England onto 97-1 at lunch.

After lunch, Nathan Lyon removed Root for 68 as the young Yorkshireman fell to Clarke’s plan as Watson held a sharp catch at short fine leg.

Trott only scored two fours as he grounded to 40 off 134 balls before Starc trapped him lbw in front of leg stump. Pietersen’s 133-ball century was his slowest in tests and surprisingly he hit only four boundaries.
Starc finally removed Pietersen (50) when a thick edge off a full delivery flew low to Watson at slip leaving England 217-4.

Ian Bell and debutant Woakes blocked out the final few overs to keep six wickets in hand in a session where only 66 runs were scored in 34 overs as England closed on 247-4.

Due to heavy overnight rain there was no play possible on day four, persistent rain continued through the morning and afternoon and play was eventually abandoned at 16:00 BST while England still needed 46 to avoid the follow-on.
Woakes was on his way for 25 when he attempted a drive off Harris which Clarke caught at second slip.

Broad only managed nine before Starc ripped his middle stump, allowing Swann to come and entertain the full house, the pair put on 48 for the eighth wicket taking the score on 350-7.
Prior (47) made his top score of series before attempting a third four in the over only for Starc to hold onto a stunning catch. Faulkner removed Anderson to claim figures of 4-51 on debut.

Swann hit two sixes off Lyon before hitting straight to the fielder in the deep as England were bowled out for 377.
Australia needed to score quick runs for any hope of a morale-boosting victory, which led to a clatter of wickets falling down in a thrilling contest.

Warner was superbly caught and bowled by Anderson for 12 and Watson holed out to Swann for 26. Broad (4-43) claimed the next four wickets to keep the tourists in check, Clarke scored an unbeaten 28 as Australia declared on 111-6.

In chase to the 227 set by Australia in 45 overs, Root departed for 11 nicking Harris behind to Haddin who claimed his 29th catch of the summer, a new Test series record.

Trott put on 64 with skipper Cook (34) before Pietersen arrived to gives the chase serious momentum. He registered the fastest Ashes fifty by an England batsman beating Prior’s record off 37 balls as the equation fell down to 62 runs still required from 64.

However Pietersen and Trott (59) fell in quick succession, leaving it down to Bell and Woakes. The pair put on 36 in 4.3 overs but the run out of Bell by Starc turned out to be the final action.

After a day which recorded 447, bad light stopped England from scoring another 21 runs to create history.
The draw gives England victory in a third consecutive Ashes series and the two rivals will face each again in the Ashes later this year down under. This tour continues to the T20 series starting on Thursday at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

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Bowled Over- England Vs Australia Review ICC Champions Trophy 2013 – By Luqman Liaqat

James Anderson overtook Darren Gough to be his country’s leading wicket taker in one-day cricket as England beat Australia by 48-runs in their opening Champions Trophy match.

After opting to bat first England put 270 on the board with Ian Bell reaching his highest score of 91 at Edgbaston and in reply the Aussies could only score 221-9.

Bell played an anchoring throughout his innings and put on 57 with his opening partner Alistair Cook before Shane Watson removed the England skipper for 30 caught behind by Mathew Wade.

Jonathon Trott gave good support to Bell by sharing a stand of 111 in 22 overs taking England to a strong position at 168-1 (33.4 overs). In the next few overs the hosts lost Trott (43) and Joe Root followed him back to pavilion for 12 off Clint McKay (2-38).

Bell contributed well with some neat strokes and occasionally played cracking drives but after Root’s dismissal he soon fell for 91 off 115 balls when James Faulkner bowled him out with a straight delivery.

From 168-1 England were now in some bother after a poor display in the batting powerplay, Eoin Morgan lost his leg-stump and Jos Buttler fell to Faulkner leaving England on 213-6.

An unbeaten partnership of 56 from Ravi Bopara and Tim Bresnan pushed the final score to 269 as Bopara hit three fours and one maximum in his 36-ball 46 not out.

Australia’s bowling options lacked a specialist spinner on a gripping surface, and among the pacers Mitchell Starc (1-75) was a huge disappointment.

In reply, the openers started with a slow run rate which put plenty of pressure on the middle order batsmen and they never looked like recovering. David Warner was first to fall for nine when he carved at an angled delivery from Stuart Broad presenting a catch to Buttler.

By the 15th over the run rate had barely touched three and more bad news struck the Aussies, Watson (24) was dismissed by Bresnan leaving score on 47-2.

Skipper George Bailey and Phil Hughes could only provide a mini recovery with a 37 run partnership before Root had his first one-day wicket when he had Hughes leg before.

The only batsmen to show any glimpses of quality was Bailey as he reached his 6th ODI fifty, the next three wickets all went down in quick succession. First, Adam Voges lost his middle and off-stump, Anderson (3-30) had Mitchell Marsh caught behind to top the England wicket taking list and after Wade’s wicket Australia were left stumbling on 136-6.

Bailey lost his patience on 55 in an attempt to play a big shot off James Tredwell he could only manage to loop the ball straight to Root in the deep leaving the Aussies seven down.

Faulkner’s 38-ball half-century at least ensured Australia played out the 50 overs which limited the damage on their net run-rate and they left Edgbaston with some pride intact as the innings concluded on 221-9.

Alongside Anderson’s fine spell, Bresnan (2-45) and Broad (1-35) chipped in to give England a comfortable victory in Group A. 

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Classic Moments – F1 Opening Weekends

Next weekend sees the start of the 2013 F1 season, so here at The Sporting Week, we have taken a look at some classic opening round drama.

With Sebastian Vettel going for his fourth title this season, we look back at two drivers who were going for their first.

Back in 1996, Damon Hill took the title, but it was his younger teammate Jacques Villeneuve that stole all the headlines on the opening weekend after he qualified his car on pole in his debut race.

Both he and Hill had a titanic battle, which the Brit won but it was fair to say the Canadian had arrived with a bang.

You can watch that classic battle here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZemTZAiuaOk

Elsewhere on the opening weekend, Mika Hakkinen was allowed to win by teammate David Coulthard in 1998, after they had a gentleman’s agreement.

The Mclaren pair had destroyed the rest of the field and were over a minute ahead, whenLCoulthard slowed down with a few laps remaining to let the Finnish driver through.

You can watch this classic moment right here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHd8n1D4wkM

This was a planned move, and under the no team orders rule of now would not be penalised because it was the drivers who decided.

You will be able to catch regular updates and reviews from the 2013 season in our Pit Stop feature by Lewis Brearley throughout the season

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Bowled Over – Australia beat WI – By Luqman Liaqat

Emerging star Ellyse Perry ripped through the West Indies top order to help Australia beat West Indies by 114 runs in the ICC women’s World Cup final at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium.

After batting first Jess Cameron (75) and Rachael Haynes (52) guided the newly crowned champions to a strong score of 259-7 and then bowled out West Indies for just 145.

Merissa Aguilleira top scored with 23 and in reality the Windies were never on their way in chasing down the daunting target the Aussies put on the scoreboard.

Meg Lanning (31) and Haynes put on an opening stand of 52 in ten overs; Lanning was on her way when she was caught at mid-off trying to hit Stafanie Taylor for successive fours.

Haynes swept on frequent occasions and used the reverse-sweep very effectively and at the other end Cameron smacked Tremayne Smartt for two sixes in an over. The pair put on strong partnership of 64 in process raising the scoring run-rate to 4.25 and moved the score onto 116 at the half way stage.

Haynes was on her way top-edging a pull to midwicket off Shaquana Quintyne (3-27), Cameron’s innings came to an end when she was on 75 off 76 balls blasting Shanel Daley’s full toss to deep midwicket in the 36th over.

Cameron struck two sixes and eight fours to leave the Aussies in a strong position for a large score. The bowler finally fought back dismissing Lisa Sthalekar, Sarah Coyte and Erin Osbourne in quick succession.

However from 209-7 skipper Jodie Fields (36 off 38) and Perry (25 from 22 balls) combined adding 50 runs, Perry hit a maximum over long on and Fields improvised with strong pulling and sweeping.

In chase, Natasha Mclean and Kycia Knight were comfortable taking the Windies to a steady 32 in 10 overs. Perry’s introduction came to their downfall as she trapped Knight and Mclean plumb in front on both occasions.

Perry continued her fantastic bowling effort having Taylor caught and bowled in stunning fashion finishing with outstanding figures of 3-19.

From this point West Indies never recovered, the dangerous Deandra Dottin came out to bat in the 21nd over with the score on 57-3. The asking rate was now touching seven due to Sthalekar’s spell stopping the run flow (7 overs, 2 maidens and only 12 runs).

Dottin swept Osbourne into the stands and one hit a six off Coyte over the leg-side, but it didn’t harm the Aussies at all.

Sthalekar bowled both Dottin and Aguilleira when she found turn with her slow off breaks and the contest was virtually over with the dismissal off Dottin leaving the West Indies reeling on 109-5.

Anisa Mohammed (14) and Shermaine Campbell (11) showed some resistance taking the final score to 145; the off breaker Sthalekar sealed the victory with a sensational one-handed catch at short wicket off the bowling of Julie Hunter.

Megan Schutt finished the tournament with the most wickets elapsing England’s Anya Shrubsole’s 15, a fantastic team effort saw the Australian women claim their sixth World Title.

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