The Ashes 2015 Highlights: Australia vs England 3rd Test Day 3 Highlights played on 31 July 2015. Aus vs Eng Day 3 Highlights at Birmingham. Watch Eng vs Aus Cricket Highlights on Friday.
Cricket Series: Australia vs England The Ashes 2015
Australia Squad: CJL Rogers, DA Warner, SPD Smith, MJ Clarke*, AC Voges, MR Marsh, PM Nevill†, MG Johnson, MA Starc, JR Hazlewood, NM Lyon
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After the humiliation suffered in the 2nd Ashes test match, England made a magnificent comeback to take a 2-1 lead in the five match series, securing a massive 8 wickets win at Birmingham on Friday, wrapping up the test in just under three days.
Australia started the day on 168/7, hoping for some rearguard action to get them back into the contest. Peter Nevill reached 59 before becoming the first victim of the morning when he was strangled down the leg side off the bowling of Finn. Mitchell Starc took it upon himself to play some strokes, doing a good job batting with the tail. He started running out of partners when Hazlewood was dismissed, leaving Starc with no other option then looking to score quick runs. He reached 58 before being caught in the outfield off the bowling of Ali in the 79th over, seeing Australia all out for 265, setting England a target of 121 runs to win.
Cook and Lyth were given a very difficult period prior to lunch, facing just two overs, but managed to keep their wickets intact. The post lunch session saw Starc strike an early blow when bowling Alistair Cook for 7. Lyth was the next man back in the pavilion, trapped lbw by Hazlewood for 12. Ian Bell took the responsibility at the crease, batting with some good positive intent to 65 not out off 90 balls. He was well supported by Joe Root who made 38 not out to take England past the target in the 33rd over.
Australia will have some serious question about their top order, with the bowlers doing their job. England on the other hand will be forced into a chance with the injury to Anderson, but one will expect the rest of the team to remain unchanged for the 4th test match.