Weblog of Nazly Ahmed
The 3rd Test Match of the Ashes series went down to the wire and is one of the thrilling Test Matches in the recent past. It had everything in it. England dominated most of it though Aussies fought well to save this Test Match.
Day one was dominated by England and they scored 444 in their first innings. England captain Micheal Vaughan got back in form scoring 166, his top score this season. Aussies in reply were 186 for 6 at one stage, though Shane Warne put a real fight with Jason Gillespie to make sure they avoided the follow one. Aussies managed to score 302 in their first innings. Simon Jones got 6 for 53.
In reply England piled on the runs as Andrew Staruss(106) and Ian Bell(65) got England to 280 for 6 when Vaughan decided to declare as England had a lead of 422.
In reply Ponting was fighting alone while his mates offered some support though none of them really sticked as England bowlers put brakes at right times. Ponting got out atlast when he was on 156 as the 9th wicket, giving England the hope of winning this Test Match. Though McGrath and Lee batted the rest of the balls cautiously to draw this Test Match as the Ashes Series is still level at 1-1.