Ashes 2009, 3rd Test, Edgbaston

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Graham Onions & Shane Watson

Graham Onions celebrates after dismissing Shane Watson with the first delivery of day two at Edgbaston. Mike Hussey departed to the seamer's next ball as England seized control

Australia (263 and 375 for five) drew with England (376)

Having ended their Lord’s hoodoo in emphatic fashion, England headed to Edgbaston - one of their most successful Ashes venues - looking to go 2-0 ahead in the five-match series.

The hosts were forced to make do without the injured Kevin Pietersen, who was replaced by Ian Bell, while Australia brought in Shane Watson as a makeshift opener in place of the struggling Phil Hughes.

There was to be another change to the Australian line-up as wicketkeeper Brad Haddin suffered a broken finger in the warm-up. The tourists requested permission for Graham Manou to take his place and the South Australia gloveman duly made his first Test appearance.

Heavy rainfall in Birmingham ensured a delayed start to the match, but when play did get underway at 5pm it was Australia who claimed the early momentum, reaching stumps on 126 for one with Watson unbeaten on 62.

Their hard work was soon undone, however, as England fought back superbly on day two - picking up nine wickets for just 137 runs.

James Anderson claimed 5-80 with a wonderful display of swing bowling, but it was Graham Onions who sensationally swung the match in England’s favour as he removed Watson and Mike Hussey with the first two balls of the day - sparking wild celebrations among the home support.


Persistent showers meant no play was possible on day three, all but ensuring a draw in a match already hit by first-day rain

Australia were unable to recover and crumbled to 263 all out, with England reaching 116 for two by the close to move into a strong position.

Unfortunately, the rain then returned and the entire third day was washed out to leave the prospects of a positive result looking somewhat slim.

England refused to give up hope and reignited their victory hopes with an aggressive batting performance on day four. Andrew Flintoff and Stuart Broad compiled quickfire half-centuries to lift the hosts to 376 - a lead of 113 - and Australia were in peril on 88 for two heading into the final three sessions.

When Watson and Hussey departed for 53 and 64 respectively on the fifth morning, the tourists remained in danger, but Michael Clarke and Marcus North shared a partnership of 185 to leave England frustrated.

North fell narrowly short of three figures as he was dismissed by Stuart Broad for 96, while Clarke finished unbeaten on 103 as Australia closed on 375 for five.

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