On a day badly affected by the British climate, England managed to ascertain a primary innings lead on day three of the primary Ashes Take a look at.
Regardless of the delays, there was loads of motion at Edgbaston, with wacky fields, an incredible catch and a 20-minute horror spell between storms for England.
This is the 5 belongings you missed in a single day.
1. Bairstow bottles one other one
Cameron Inexperienced, Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey had been all gifted lives on day two, and Jonny Bairstow performed the position of Santa Claus but once more on day three.
Simply 4 balls into the day, Jimmy Anderson discovered the within fringe of Alex Carey, and Bairstow made a meal of his effort to reel it in, giving the Australian keeper a life when he was on 52.
He dove again to the suitable and caught a glove down, however wore the ball on the meaty a part of his mitt, nearly the wrist.
Contemplating England coach Brendon McCullum made the selection to hold up the gloves to concentrate on his batting throughout his enjoying days, it may be time for a chat with Bairstow.
Whatever the feeling contained in the camp, the talk about choosing a specialist keeper like Ben Foakes is certain to ramp up between now and the subsequent Take a look at.
2. Moeen’s magic spray prices him
After nearly two years away from the Take a look at and first-class scenes, Moeen Ali’s as soon as callused and tough fingers have turned delicate and silky.
So, after lower than a day’s value of off-spin bowling, his proper index finger has been lower up by the pronounced seam on the Dukes ball.
He was noticed on the boundary spraying one thing on his busted digit and the match referee took be aware.
The Worldwide Cricket Council was glad Ali wasn’t attempting to have an effect on the situation of the ball in any method however that the spray was merely a drying agent, so he copped a lesser superb of 25 per cent of his match price.
The recalled offie has bowled numerous overs already on this match — 33 in England’s first innings — and Ben Stokes shall be hoping to have him at his disposal within the fourth innings when this driest of Birmingham pitches ought to supply heaps of flip.
3. England’s mad subject bamboozles Ussie
A signature characteristic of Bazball has been the revolutionary, or generally downright wacky, fields which can be set for the bowlers.
With Khawaja set on 141, having confronted 320 balls on a placid pitch, there wasn’t a lot that might shock him — other than the sector Ben Stokes set for his 321st.
Stokes deployed three catching fielders in a hoop on the off facet and three extra on the on facet.
“It’s as if Stokes is attempting to make the fields as weird as potential to confuse the batsman,” BBC commentator Jonathan Agnew mentioned on ABC Sport.
Properly, it labored.
Khawaja determined to cost Robinson and was bowled on off stump.
“Good techniques. Nearly as good because it will get,” former England captain Michael Vaughan mentioned on ABC Sport.
4. England’s climate arrives
After two days of lovely climate, the forecast rain lastly arrived within the afternoon session on day three.
The English openers had mixed for 0-26 off 6.5 overs — assisted by some ultra-defensive fields from Pat Cummins — when the umpires’ eyes had been forged skyward.
Zak Crawley refused to resist Pat Cummins within the mild sprinkle, which grew to become a correct downpour and despatched each groups working for canopy.
The rain solely precipitated a delay of 75 minutes, however the heavy cloud cowl throughout the Midlands appeared to vow lots extra, which duly arrived 20 minutes after the resumption.
That 20 minutes was a god-send for Australia, who had England 2-2 and on the ropes.
5. Inexperienced takes one other sensible gully catch within the post-lunch darkish
After the resumption, with the cloud cowl heavy and lights on, Pat Cummins made the breakthrough thanks to a different beautiful catch within the gully by Cameron Inexperienced.
The ball was nibbling about and moved away simply sufficient to catch the sting of Ben Duckett.
Inexperienced dived, scooped the ball out of the air and took one other spectacular catch so as to add to his assortment.
The umpires had a glance, however the catch was clear and Australia, profiting from very darkish situations, had their man.
It proved to be a worthwhile 20-minute session earlier than the rain returned for Australia, when Scott Boland had Zak Crawley feathering one behind to Alex Carey to depart England 2-28.
For a extra detailed take a look at every thing that occurred on day three in Birmingham, try our full Ashes match wrap and ball-by-ball protection.