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?
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Warne Wants Australia to Go for It Nasty Style
Ponting Breaks Door in Frustration After Edgbaston Wicket
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Ashes T 3 Day 5 Lunch and Tea: Australia nullfiy England’s Winning Chances
Ashes T 3 Day 4 Stumps: England Have the Advantage
Ashes T 3 Day 4: Day 3 Washout Sees Sedate Start to Day 4
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Warne Digs into Bell, Bell Promises to Return Fare
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Mitchell Johnson’s Time is Up according to Australia
Langer Not Making Test Comeback
Ponting Wonders about Lord’s Reaction
Flintoff Fired Up, Pietersen Flustered
Steve Harmison Joins Retirement Brigade?
Ponting: Not Being Fooled Twice
KP To Be Made an Example for Future England Players IPL Participation?
Flintoff Endorses Gilly’s View for Fewer Tests
Johnson’s Mother blamed for His Loss of Form
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Mitchell’s Mother Moans CA’s Disregard for Parents
Lee, Watson On Road to Recovery, Ponting Needs Replacements
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Australia Boil Over on Umpire Misgivings