|Strauss knocks his maiden Ashes ton in Australia|
Apologies for the lack of report on Day 3 of this Test, I was too depressed by the score line to get my thinking cap on and simply couldn’t do it. Basically, England got hammered by Hussey and Haddin who got hundreds apiece and spoiled my evening. However, after the events of last night, I could get back to my normal ways.
England resumed the day on 20-0, over 200 runs in arrears with two days to play. Captain Strauss and fellow opener Cook had survived a barrage of 15 overs the previous evening and resumed the day spritely. After a nervy edge through the gully region Cook started to find his feet and played nicely. Strauss was positive in attack, punishing the bad ball whenever possible. His driving especially was an example of superb elegance, which most left handers struggle to achieve.
Strauss reached his fifty in 110 balls just after the first drinks break, much to the delight of the Barmy Army. Cook soon followed suit, his fifty coming in 122 deliveries. They finished off a clinical morning’s work for England, with a score of 135-0 at the luncheon interval.
|Cook on his way to 132*|
The afternoon started as exactly as it finished, with England dominating the Australian attack. Strauss became entered the history books as one of the few people to score a duck and a hundred in the same match; his ton setting the tone for the rest of this series. England continued to plod along at a canter before a crazy Andrew Strauss moment occurred, where the skipper danced down the wicket to part-time spinner Marcus North and missed the ball only to find himself stumped by keeper Haddin. Still, with very little alarm, England finished the session 238-1 after 78 overs. Shortly after the break, Cook reached his century in nice fashion as he cut the ball to the boundary.
Quite simply, England dominated all three sessions and the day overall, bringing themselves right back into this game from the jaws of defeat. They finished the day on 309-1 after 109 overs with Trott also reaching the half century landmark. It was good to see such a fight back as so many people had written England off in this game. A good morning session full of quick flowing runs tomorrow will give England perhaps two and a bit sessions to bowl out the Australians and take the Test.