Siddle slip up aids England fight back in afternoon session.

Ian Bell

Ian Bell continued his majestic form Trent Bridge, leading a valiant fightback in the afternoon session.

Yohan Blake looked on as England started positively after lunch with a cluster of boundries. As the mid afternoon temperatures soared the hint of swing present before lunch all but disappeared. Both batsmen set themselves for a long session of patient inning building. 

Trott brought up his half century soon after the lunch break. Surprisingly, it included no less than 10 boundries as the score moved to 127-3 without much alarm. Unfortunately for England fans he wouldn't last long. Ryan Harris had surprised Trott with a few short balls before lunch and another short ball induced a false shot from the No.3 batsman as he holed out to Khawaja at deep midwicket. Trott walked off the field with a disconsolate look resembling a child who's just dropped a fresh ice cream on a hot day.  It was a familiar story, as his last 8 innings have all yielded starts which he's failed to convert into big scores.

As the afternoon wore on, the pitch looked flatter and flatter as Bairstow and Bell both looked untroubled. Increasingly it looked as if the only way the Australian's would take a wicket would be through a false shot. Ian Bell nearly played one such false shot off Pattinson as he drove uppishly. Luckily for him it raced to the boundry to bring up a half century to go with his century from the last innings. Bell looked in supreme form playing some exquisite shots, a great education for young Bairstow at the other end.

When Peter Siddle exposed Bairstow's techinique by uprooting his stumps before tea, Australia appeared to have regained the initiative after that 99 partnership between Trott and Bell. Replays suggested however he'd uncharacteristically overstepped the line by inches. The young Yorkshireman was reprieved as England finished the session on 183-4.

Man of the session

Ian Bell: Trott looked his usual solid self before playing a nothing shot, top edging a heavy Harris bouncer to Khawaja deep on the legside boundry. Bell on the other hand played a virtually chanceless innings, littered with world class strokes. He's in the form of his life, which is just as well considering Cook, KP and Trott are all back in the shed. Very few would bet against him getting onto the famous honors board at Lord's with a century.

Key Moment

Siddle No ball: A wicket before tea could've provided a much needed lift on an extremely hot and dry day for the bowlers. Siddle did make the crucial break through with an arrowing straight delivery which cannoned into Bairstow's stumps. Unfortunately for the Aussies replays showed it as an illegitimate delivery with the fast bowler over stepping the mark by a few inches.

What next?

Bairstow 50: Stuart Broad dishonesty may have got all the headlines in the last Test, but it was Jonny Bairstow's honesty that caught my eye. If there is such a thing as Karma it appears to be in Bairstow's favour. I wouldn't put it past the Yorkshireman ending the day with a red inker and a half century to his name. Ian Bell also looks odds on to finish the day with a century if his form in this session is anything to go by.



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