More of the same on day three, once again listening to the radio perched on the balcony at work. Cook and the KPego began well but just as my nerves began to settle both fell having passed fifty. Bell settled in, soon followed by Bairstow, a few runs were added but the latter fell, nerves well and truly on top, the game is in the balance. Prior whacks a few and England are pushing ahead before the keeper picks out a fielder, bringing Broad to the crease. Bell reaches fifty and on then after a few false strokes Broad starts to hit the ball, England now have the momentum. Then comes the flashpoint, Broad edges the ball and is caught at slip but stands his ground and isn’t given out! The reviews had been wasted and the Aussies are going mad. Terrible decision but it still doesn’t even out the two from the second day. From here on in its England’s day and we push away to the close. For the first time in this match England have the advantage at the end of the day. This England fan is relaxed.
Day four and there is far less tension, at home with the luxury of TV and radio coverage. The landmarks are reached, Broad passes fifty and Bell completes one of his best test centuries. After these two fall England are bowled out quickly but have a handy lead of 310.
As I sit here just after lunch, the score is 69-0 and the Aussie openers are digging in. They shouldn’t win from here but this is Ashes cricket, anything can happen…butterflies are beginning to emerge in my stomach….