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Ashes PHOTOS: Ian Bell's hundred rallies England after Harris strikes

Last updated on: August 12, 2013 00:41 IST

Ashes PHOTOS: Ian Bell's ton rallies England after Harris strikes

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Ian Bell (105) led England’s fightback with a fine century as the hosts reached 234 for 5 at close of play on Day 3 of the fourth Test at Chester-le-Street, Durham County, on Sunday.

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Bell was accompanied by Tim Bresnan at the crease as England ended the day with a 202 runs lead.

 


Image: England batsman Ian Bell celebrates his century on Day 3 of the 4th Ashes Test in Chester-le-Street, on Sunday
Photographs: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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Bell and Kevin Pietersen had earlier led an England recovery after Ryan Harris made early breakthroughs for Australia.

Pietersen scored 44 impressive runs with four sixes to his credit.


Image: England batsman Ian Bell bats on Day 3 of 4th Ashes Test in Chester-le-Street, Durham County, on Sunday
Photographs: Stu Forster/Getty Images

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Harris creates havoc

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Australia's Harris accounted for Joe Root, Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott.

Root was the first man to go, clean bowled for two. Cook (22) followed with the total on 42, playing a poor shot to a wide ball and feathering a catch behind to Brad Haddin.

Harris claimed his third victim seven runs later when Trott (23) gloved a short ball down the leg side and Haddin swooped for an athletic catch.


Image: Ryan Harris of Australia celebrates after bowling Joe Root of England on Day 3 of 4th Ashes Test in Chester-le-Street, on Sunday
Photographs: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

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Pietersen, Bell steady England's rocking boat

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England were wobbling at that stage but Pietersen and Bell weathered the storm to share an unbroken partnership of 74 for the fourth wicket.

Pietersen went to tea in typically flamboyant style with two successive fours, a neat clip through mid-wicket followed by a crunching stroke through the covers.


Image: Kevin Pietersen of England dives back into his crease to avert a run-out on Day 3 of the 4th Ashes Test in Chester-le-Street, on Sunday
Photographs: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

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Swann, Broad take down Australia early

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Earlier, Stuart Broad recorded a five-wicket haul (5 for 71) as Australia took a 32-run 1st innings lead after being all out for 270 in reply to England’s 238.

Overnight on 222 for 5, it took only an hour and ten minutes before Australia were dismissed.

Once again the DRS was widely used. It first came into play when Swann had overnight batsman Brad Haddin leg before. Haddin asked for a review but the replays showed he was hit flush on the back pad and plumb in front.

Haddin was sent back for 14 runs and with that the floodgates opened.


Image: Graeme Swann celebrates after taking the wicket of Brad Haddin on Day 3 of 4th Ashes Test in Chester-le-Street on
Photographs: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

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DRS was used extensively

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Centurion Chris Rogers was the next to go -- another review and umpire Tony Hill's decision overruled. The tiniest of edges and Matt Prior’s lunging catch was caught by Hot Spot, ending Rogers’ stay at the crease.

He was followed back into the pavillion by Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon. 


Image: Matt Prior lunges to take a catch to dismiss Chris Rogers of Australia, off the bowling of Graeme Swann, on Day 3 of 4th Ashes Test in Chester-le-Street on Sunday
Photographs: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

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Broad finished with a five-wicket haul

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Ryan Harris played a quick-fire knock of 28 off 33, smashing five boundaries. His effort helped Australia take a small but important 32-run lead.

He was finally trapped by Broad, leg before wicket, who completed a superb five-wicket haul.


Image: Stuart Broad appeals for the wicket of Ryan Harris in Chester-le-Street, on Sunday
Photographs: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

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