Cricket: Elliott keeps Australia on top
England 77 Australia 213-7
Despite the flurry of wickets Australia, with their 136-run lead, are still the only side who can win this match. If rain stays away today England will probably have over two testing sessions against Glenn McGrath and Paul Reiffel on a pitch unlikely to have eased after spending so much time under the covers.
When play did start at 5.40pm, it was clear Australia were always going to hurry things along. However, it was a gambit that spluttered as they lost four wickets for 12 runs as both Waughs, Shane Warne and Michael Bevan fell to optimistic shots. Indeed, it was only when Matthew Elliott decided to resume his normally compulsive hooking and scored at a run a ball that the visitors began to get the scoreboard rolling over at a decent rate.
Elliott, who scored his maiden Test century before falling to Caddick on the hook, will probably never again receive the good fortune he has here. On Saturday he was dropped three times in a distinctly shoddy England fielding performance. Nevertheless, his combination of obdurate defence and powerful driving served his team well and will be hailed as a gutsy, but not great innings should Australia manage to prevail today.
Of course today is something Jameson, constantly supervising the mopping up, nearly did not get to see. Talking of his shocking experience he reckoned that when lightning struck, his brolly felt like a giant sparkler. "It can't have been a big bolt though," he later mused. "If it had I'd have been tonight's fish and chips."
It has not been a good game for those who run HQ. So far 239 overs have been lost to the rain which means refunds of around pounds 1.2m. Which works out at just over pounds 5,000 an over. As a gesture of goodwill today's admission prices are pounds 5 for adults and pounds 2 for senior citizens and those under 16.
However, despite the dreary sitting around and the near sisyphean futility of the groundstaff's job, there has been a great performance by Glenn McGrath, whose peerless bowling from the Pavilion End brought England to their knees.
McGrath has taken to Lord's and its challenging slope like to the manor born. His high action and his ability to hit the seam has got more from this crazy-paved pitch than anyone else. Not only has he pitched the ball up further than he had done previously, his ability to get in close to the stumps - something Terry Alderman did so well in 1989 - has drawn batsmen (most notably Mike Atherton and John Crawley) into playing at balls they would have been happy to leave well alone on pitches with no gradient.
His 8 for 38 was the third-best return ever by an Australian and the best by one at Lord's, beating the better of Bob Massie's incredible brace of eight-wicket hauls here in 1972. But although any record gives added pleasure, McGrath will feel cheated if further rain means there is not a match for his match-winning figures to feature in.
Latest in Sport
A tight game could be in prospect here. Northampton have been keeping things very tight of late and ...
by Gareth Purnell
18 May 2013 02:01 AM
I can’t ever watch games of football or rugby without wistfully wondering what it must be like to be...
by Martin Ayres
16 May 2013 05:10 PM
Since PSG’s exit to Barcelona in the Uefa Champions League quarter-final in April, PSG have been sur...
by Matthew Riding
15 May 2013 02:37 PM
Tears and cheers as David Beckham ends glittering career after helping PSG to final win
England manager Roy Hodgson attacks Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham over tours
Video: Emotional David Beckham leaves the pitch for 'the last time'
Another nail-biting finish for unlucky Tottenham as Arsenal look to secure Champions League place on last day
Boxing: Carl Froch slams fellow Brits for sparring with Mikkel Kessler
- 1 Heading for America? Prepare for the longest US immigration queues ever
- 2 Boxing: Carl Froch slams fellow Brits for sparring with Mikkel Kessler
- 3 You thought Ryanair's attendants had it bad? Wait 'til you hear about their pilots
- 4 David Cameron goes to war with press over 'swivel-eyed loons' slur
- 5 It’s official: thanks to Stephen Hawking's Israel boycott, anti-Semitism is no more
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.
£50000 - £58000 per annum + Benefits and Bonus: Progressive Recruitment: SAP F...
£30000 - £40000 per annum + BENS: Progressive Recruitment: Drupal Developer A ...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + bens: Progressive Recruitment: C# WEB DEVELOPER Le...
£240 - £260 per day: Progressive Recruitment: WPF Developer (C#, VB.Net) North...