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The first three days of this Ashes series so far has produced some outstanding, at times unpredictable cricket and several momentum swingers. From Australia removing England for a measly 215 inside the first day, to a superb spell of bowling that saw Australia fall from 75-4 at the close of the first day’s play to 117-9 – trailing at that stage by 95 – to the incredible record breaking innings by debutant Ashton Agar who played brilliantly for his 98 batting at number 11 which helped Australia to 280 all out and a lead of 65.

England were wobbling too until Ian Bell and Stuart Broad (day three controversy aside when he should have been given out on 37 by umpire Aleem Dar) came to the crease hitting 109 and 65 respectively to guide England to 375 all out just before lunch on day four, setting Australia 311 to claim victory at Trent Bridge.

The hosts had resumed this morning on 326-6 – a lead of 261 – and it was first Stuart Broad who raised his bat aloft with a streaky four through the slip region that could of easily have been taken – that brought up his 10th fifty in Test Cricket.

It did not take Ian Bell much longer to add five to his overnight score as he became the first man in series to reach three-figures – and surely one of his best in an England shirt. Timely runs for a man who averaged only 18 against New Zealand in the spring, and someone who only made 25 in the first innings here .

Broad was removed shortly after however with a loose shot off the bowling of James Pattinson that carried through to Brad Haddin. Bell was then removed with a delivery by Mitchell Starc (3-81) that swung away at the last moment as he too was caught behind by wicket-keeper Haddin.

Graeme Swann’s eyes must have lit up at the prospect of bowling later on in the match on such a dry surface, but his time at the crease with the bat was to prove to be a brief one as he came and went for 9 having been caught by captain Michael Clarke off of the bowling of Peter Siddle.

James Anderson – who took a five wicket haul with a devastating spell of bowling on Thursday – then chipped one to mid-wicket off Peter Siddle who took 3-85 to leave England all out for 375.

The Australians undoubtedly will be aware that victory – despite the fact there is still a lot of time left in the game – will require something very very special. In fact the record scored successfully chased down at Trent Bridge was by England against New Zealand when they successfully chased down 284 to win back in 2004.

Australia have made a positive start to the run chase with both Shane Watson (18) and Chris Rogers (10) surviving before lunch as Australia reached 28-0 at the interval, requiring a further 283 to go 1-0 up in the five match series.

More to follow….

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  • Date: Wednesday, 6th February
  • Venue: Wembley Stadium
  • K/o: 19:30

Team News

England manager Roy Hodgson will be without a trio of players ahead of tonight’s international friendly against 5 time World Cup Winners Brazil.

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick (hip), Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe (ankle) and Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge (thigh) have dropped out, and Hodgson has opted not to call up any replacements.

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole will start in defence, gaining his 100th England cap in doing so, becoming only one of seven internationals to achieve such a feat for the Three Lions.

Brazil have included former Barcelona and AC Milan midfielder Ronaldinho in their 23-man squad tonight. Julio Cesar will likely start in goal following his impressive performances for Queens Park Rangers recently, while Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team boats three current Chelsea players in the form of David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar.

Luis has been announced as the club’s captain and it is hoped he will overcome a calf complaint in time to play.

Prodigious Santos striker Neymar is likely to spearhead the attack alongside Zenit St. Petersburg’s Hulk.

Match Preview

Five-time FIFA World Cup winners Brazil will kick-off The Football Association’s 150th anniversary year when they visit Wembley Stadium tonight, a warm up for Roy Hodgson’s men ahead of next month’s World Cup Qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole will definitely start tonight, according to the England manager, who has been shorn of attacking options following the late omissions of Daniel Sturridge and Jermain Defoe through injury.

Wayne Rooney is likely to get the nod up front tonight alongside fellow Manchester United teammate Danny Welbeck, though Arsenal’s Theo Walcott is also being considered as an attacking option.

This will be the 24th meeting between the pair, and it has usually been a one-sided encounter. Of the 23 meetings so far, Brazil have prevailed in 11 of them, compared to England’s 3 wins and 9 draws. Brazil have also outscored England since their first encounter in 1956, scoring 31 to England’s 19 strikes.

That, coupled with the fact that Brazil are the most successful team in World Cup history, will make this one as stern a test as any for England.

It will hardly be made any easier with the inclusion of Santos striker Neymar, who last year banged in 43 goals in 47 appearances and has already scored five in five appearances in 2013, too.

The word “prodigious” was tailor-made for players such as this.

This encounter could serve as a barometer as to where England stand in terms of facing world class opposition, and may provide us with some indication as to their chances at the 2014 World Cup, hosted by tonight’s visitors.

Likely Line-Ups

Hart, Cole, Cahill, Jagielka, Johnson, Lennon, Lampard, Gerrard, Walcott, Rooney, Welbeck

Cesar, Alves, Luiz, Miranda, Adriano, Oscar, Ramires, Ronaldinho, Moura, Neymar, Hulk

Source: Sky Sports

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