Australia v England (3rd Test)
The third Ashes test is in Adelaide. The pitch looks fairly flat but it is overcast which could give the bowlers a bit of assistance. Alec Stewart one the toss and elected to field first.
England would have been a bit disappointed when Australia finished their innings on 358. Mark Taylor (77) and Justin Langer (65) were the leading scorers for the Aussies. Darren Gough took 4/97 and Peter Such ended with figures of 3/93.
England's batting once again collapsed but the final score of 285 all-out was respectable. Mark Butcher hit a superb century and Surrey teammate Alec Stewart got 85. The top bowlers were Damien Fleming 4/65 and Glenn McGrath 3/58. After the first innings Australia's lead was 73 runs.
Australia declared at 263/9 with Mark Waugh and Ian Healy the leading scorers. Dean Headley took 2/46 and Allan Mullally took 2/50. England were set a target of 337 runs to win which was almost impossible given the conditions.
England were all out for 220. Mark Ramprakash finished 2 runs short of a century and Alec Stewart hit 59. Stuart MacGill took 5/78 and Miller took 3/56. That meant that Australia won the game by 116 runs to clinch the Ashes once again. The man of the match was Alec Stewart who batted well in both innings.
Saturday, 16 March 2013.