Ryan Harris was the pick of the Aussie bowlers picking up two wickets of his seven overs for just 12 runs.
He notched England captain Alastair Cook who never settled. Harris expertly dragged Cook across his crease with three wide deliveries before throwing in the inswinger which smashed into Cook’s front leg.
It looked about as plumb as any lbw in the history of the sport, but nevertheless Cook reviewed. Hotspot and the stump mic didn’t provide any suggestion of an edge, and Hawkeye showed the ball was going on to hit middle and off halfway up.
Jonathan Trott survived an lbw appeal that Australia reviewed. Hawkeye suggested the ball was going on to hit leg stump, but the decision came back as umpire’s call.
However Trott’s luck didn’t last long. He was out shortly thereafter edging down leg from Harris.
Kevin Pietersen made up England’s hat-trick of despair after he edged one from Peter Siddle to Haddin. The Australian wicket keeper was so certain he wasn’t even looking at the umpire, but Pieterssen seemed flabbergasted and reviewed.
Whilst nothing showed up on Hotspot, there was a noise as the ball passed the bat. The third umpire didn’t find sufficient evidence to overturn the on-field decision and he looked to have made the right call, as snicko later suggested there was a nick on the ball.
Michael Clarke dropped a catch at second slip from Joe Root off the bowling off Siddle.
England will be doing a rain dance at lunch, and Australia will be nervous at the already poor light.
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