When Australia picked up the first two wickets of the day rather easily, it appeared the final rites were been pronounced by lunch on day three of the fourth Test of the Ashes at Headingley.
England appeared to have woken up directly from their nightmare when they lost the wicket of James Anderson to Ben Hilfenhaus first thing in the morning.
Matt Prior became Hilfenhaus’ next victim after a brief resistance and at seven down for 120, England appeared to be waiting for the final song to finish.
However, Stuart Broad was conducting an opera of his own. There was no fat lady involved but Broad certainly enjoyed throwing caution to the wind and smacking the otherwise deadly Australian bowlers for a frustrating few boundaries.
Broad’s sixty-one run stay was entertaining to the crowds that did come out to support England despite the sorrowful situation the team finds itself in.
However, Australia did manage to quiet the opera as Peter Siddle picked his first wicket of the second innings. But Graeme Swann is on song with fifty-eight to his name. But how much can England do to prevent the seeming inevitable?