Lunch on Day 3 has the Test evenly poised with both teams in a position to stamp their authority on this match.
As I mentioned yesterday nerves have certainly come and gone and now the real show is taking place. The skill of each player is on display, most notably this morning by Pietersen who notched up a well played 64. He played most deliveries with a straight bat and seemed in good touch until Pattison was able to get a massive inside edge onto the stumps.
I can’t not review the morning session without mentioning the man of the moment Agar who backed up his fairy tail batting display yesterday by picking up the rock of the England team, Captain Cook. What an amazing feeling to get your first Test wicket and the way the boys celebrated the wicket was great to see, despite it being Clarke who took a screamer to give Agar his 1st Test wicket. It was all about Agar at the moment and why wouldn’t it be.
As the session progressed the Aussie bowlers have tightened up their lines and lengths making it extremely difficult for the batters to keep the scoreboard ticking. With the wicket getting slower and the ball reversing, the next two sessions are going to be a battle of attrition.
If our young bowlers can pick up another 2 wickets they will be in the English tail, but I see Bell and Prior putting up a decent fight to keep building on the lead they already have.
It will be important that the Australia’s aren’t chasing more than 200 for victory as our batting still a little vulnerable.
Stay tuned folks.