Cricket: Early wickets give England renewed hope

England 270 Australia 163-5 Lunch today

IT WAS a morning for scrapping and England traded body blows with Australia without ever managing to land the crucial punch. Three wickets were taken, including that of Mark Waugh, still a prize scalp despite what the wowsers say.

Before his innings began, Mark Waugh needed 45 runs to complete a thousand Test runs for 1998, a feat alreday completed by Alec Stewart (1,170), Mark Taylor (1,093) and Hansie Cronje (1,040).

He looked likely to join them, too, as he punctuated his silky strokes with powerful thumps and one, a scorching cover drive off Darren Gough, was breathtaking. The Speedster machine measured that particular ball at 139 kph (86.8 mph), though Waugh's batspeed was such that it covered the hundred yards or so to the boundary in about two seconds flat.

Gough huffed and puffed but despite bowling several snorting deliveries in his first spell, could not make the early breakthrough. He still looks by some distance to be England's best bowler, yet occasionally, danger can come from the most unlikely sources and just as Waugh looked set for a big one, he was out to Angus Fraser, albeit to a dubious lbw decision from umpire Daryl Harper.

Fraser, given a barely deserved reprieve for this Test, was looking so innocuous he was probably about to be taken off when Waugh's pad was struck by a delivery that would have missed leg stump.

Gough returned and promptly removed Langer. The ball, full and wide of off stump was not one of his best but Nasser Hussain took a great catch in the gully as the left-hander slashed.

Gough proceeded to have a ding dong battle with his Yorkshire team-mate Darren Lehmann. After ducking a couple of bouncers, Lehmann thrashed another short one high over cover point for four. A repeat of the shot a few overs later did not have the same effect and a thin top edge gave Warren Hegg his first Test victim and Gough his second wicket of the session.

Lunch third day; Australia won toss

ENGLAND - First innings: 270 (A J Stewart 107; M R Ramprakash 63)

AUSTRALIA - First innings

Overnight: 59 for 2

J L Langer c Hussain b Gough 44

M E Waugh lbw b Fraser 36

S R Waugh not out 37

D S Lehmann c Hegg b Gough 13

I A Healy not out 5

Extras (b4 lb6 nb 10) 20

Total (for 5, 50 overs) 163

Fall: 1-13 (Slater) 2-26 (Taylor) 3-98 (M Waugh) 4-127 (Langer) 5-151 (Lehmann).

To bat: D W Fleming, M J Nicholson, S C G MacGill, G D McGrath.

Bowling: Gough 17-5-52-4; Headley 13-2-31-0; Mullally 9-2-30-0; Ramprakash 1-0-5-0; Fraser 10-0-35-1.

Umpires: S A Bucknor (WI) and D J Harper (Aus).

Life and Style
Steve Shaw shows Kate how to get wet behind the ears and how to align her neck
healthSteven Shaw - the 'Buddha of Breaststroke' - applies Alexander Technique to the watery sport
News
A poster by Durham Constabulary
news
Sport
Cameron Jerome
footballCanaries beat Boro to gain promotion to the Premier League
Arts and Entertainment
Performers drink tea at the Glastonbury festival in 2010
music
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Guru Careers: Software Developer / C# Developer

£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...

Guru Careers: Software Developer

£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant / Resourcer

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...

Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS)

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, JavaScript, HTML...

Day In a Page

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine