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Aug 3, 2013

Cricket-Pietersen so glad he opted against surgery

MANCHESTER, England, Aug 3 (Reuters) – England batsman Kevin Pietersen almost never played in this Ashes series because of a knee problem which will always require treatment, making his 113 in the third test on Saturday all the sweeter for the 33-year-old.

He was out for three months and missed June’s Champions Trophy, with knee surgery discussed despite a nine-month recovery period.

Aug 3, 2013

England in deep trouble despite Pietersen ton

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Kevin Pietersen defiantly struck a mature century but England were staring down the barrel at 294 for seven at stumps on the third day of the third Ashes test on Saturday, still 233 adrift on first innings.

Pietersen became England’s all-time highest runscorer in all formats of the game on his way to a perfectly balanced 113 at Old Trafford, combining aggression against hapless off-spinner Nathan Lyon with watchful caution against the quicks.

Aug 3, 2013

Cricket-Pietersen and Bell hit 50s to steady England

MANCHESTER, England, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell gave England a lifeline by batting through the middle session to reach tea on 211 for four in their first innings, 316 behind Australia on the third day of the third Ashes test on Saturday.

Jonathan Trott was out early for five and captain Alastair Cook (62) fell shortly before lunch in what seemed a hammer blow to the hosts’ hopes of salvaging the match after Australia amassed 527 for seven declared.

Aug 3, 2013

Cook and Trott fall for trailing England

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Captain Alastair Cook fell shortly before lunch on day three in a hammer blow to England’s hopes of salvaging the third Ashes test with the hosts still trailing Australia by 408 in the first innings on Saturday.

Cook went for 62 when he nicked left-arm quick Mitchell Starc down the leg side and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin took a smart diving catch.

Aug 3, 2013

Cricket-Cook and Trott fall for trailing England

MANCHESTER, England, Aug 3 (Reuters) – Captain Alastair Cook fell shortly before lunch on day three in a hammer blow to England’s hopes of salvaging the third Ashes test with the hosts still trailing Australia by 408 in the first innings on Saturday.

Cook went for 62 when he nicked left-arm quick Mitchell Starc down the leg side and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin took a smart diving catch.

Aug 2, 2013

Australia’s Clarke rejects praise to eye bigger picture

MANCHESTER (Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke has suffered too much already on this Ashes tour to bask in the glory of his masterful 187, opting instead to hail his team mates after two days of the third test.

England were 52 for two at the close on Friday after the tourists won the toss and amassed 527 for seven declared in their first innings, a huge turnaround from their woeful performances with the bat in the second test defeat at Lord’s.

Aug 2, 2013

Cricket-Australia’s Clarke rejects praise to eye bigger picture

MANCHESTER, England, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Australia captain Michael Clarke has suffered too much already on this Ashes tour to bask in the glory of his masterful 187, opting instead to hail his team mates after two days of the third test.

England were 52 for two at the close on Friday after the tourists won the toss and amassed 527 for seven declared in their first innings, a huge turnaround from their woeful performances with the bat in the second test defeat at Lord’s.

Aug 2, 2013

Cricket-Clarke falls for 187 as Australia prosper

MANCHESTER, England, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Michael Clarke carried the weight of Australian cricket on his shoulders with immense tenacity as he plundered 187 in their mammoth 507 for seven at tea on the second day of the third Ashes test on Friday.

The captain led from the front with his under-pressure side 2-0 down in the five-match series and he racked up his highest test score against England before tiredness finally got to him and he was bowled, awkwardly playing on to Stuart Broad.

Aug 2, 2013

Ashes – Heckled Warner departs but Clarke powers on

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Australia continued to build a big score by reaching 392 for five at lunch on the second day of the third Ashes test on Friday with Michael Clarke bringing up his 150 but pantomime villain David Warner going cheaply.

Captain Clarke is leading from the front with his under pressure side 2-0 down in the five-match series and he moved on to his highest test score against England of 168 not out, smashing Tim Bresnan for three straight fours as he topped 150.

Aug 2, 2013

Heckled Warner departs but Clarke powers on

MANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – Australia continued to build a big score by reaching 392 for five at lunch on the second day of the third Ashes test on Friday with Michael Clarke bringing up his 150 but pantomime villain David Warner going cheaply.

Captain Clarke is leading from the front with his under pressure side 2-0 down in the five-match series and he moved on to his highest test score against England of 168 not out, smashing Tim Bresnan for three straight fours as he topped 150.