Bell and Broad put England on top amidst high drama

An unbroken 7th wicket partnership of 108 between Ian Bell and Stuart Broad saw England to a 261 lead at the close of the 3rd day at Trent Bridge.

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England mustered up 326/6 at stumps, with Bell just short of his century, and Broad, amidst drama, just short of his half-century.

With Stuart Broad on 37, he edged a delivery to keeper Haddin who while trying to take the catch, deflected it off his gloves into the hands of Michael Clarke at slip, but to the disbelief of the Australians, it was given not-out by Aleem Dar which left the tourists fuming for the remainder of the days play.

Before all this happened though, the game was anyone’s for the taking, as Cook and Pietersen battled away against a ball that was swinging both ways, and a pitch that was producing low and slow bounce. The pair dealt with the pressure well though, and put on a 110-run stand to just put England on top.

The match became an even affair again though come tea, with Australia picking up 4 wickets, leaving England 6 down with a lead of 165.

The hosts did finally take control of the test in the final session thanks to the unbeaten century stand by Broad and Bell, leaving the Australians with it all to do come the start of day 4.

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