THIRD TEST - MATCH SUMMARY (Old Trafford, Day 1, Stumps):
England 341-5 v Australia
Michael Vaughan found form with a vengeance to hit the first ton of the Ashes series as England dominated day one of the third Test at Old Trafford.
Vaughan won the toss and propelled England to 341-5 with a majestic 166, overshadowing Shane Warne's feat in taking his 600th Test wicket.
Warne had Marcus Trescothick caught for 63, ending an England record 137-run stand at the ground with Vaughan.
Ian Bell, dropped on 18, was on 59, but Brett Lee (3-58) took two late wickets.
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From Surreyexiletyke on the TMS message boards:
I would say that Bell, Flintoff, Giles and Jones should see us through to 450+ tomorrow and then there are only two realistic results.
Nick Thorowgood, UK, via email, in the Ashes log:
There's a strong smell of chickens being counted round here. The Aussies get to bat as well, you know ,and this wicket, by the sound of it, is likely to suit them.
STUMPS ENGLAND 341-5 (BELL 59)
1801: WICKET England 341-5 (Hoggard 4)
Lee strikes with the last scheduled delivery of the day, Hoggard playing inside a delivery that rips out his off stump. Australia have a couple of late wickets to celebrate after a tough day.
1757: Lee bowls the final over of the day. Hoggard gets an edge in front of slip and gets his bat down expertly on an expert yorker, grinning back at the bowler in admiration.
1753: McGrath returns at the Statham End after a lengthy break. An eight-over opening spell aside he has been used in short spells all day. Bell in unawed. pushing four through the covers. McGrath gives his injured ankle an extra stretch and is clearly feeling it.
1749: Nightwatchman Matthew Hoggard trudges out to take strike, in no particular hurry. He gets off the mark squeezing a yorker past Langer at gully for four.
1747: WICKET England 333-4 (Pietersen 21)
The Nelson, and Pietersen's impetuosity, bring a fourth wicket as the cavalier batsman hooks Lee's second delivery down the throat of the deep midwicket fielder.
1745: Umpire Bucknor shows off the new ball with four overs left in the day, and Lee takes it from the Stretford End.
1743: A suddenly-confident Bell drives a half-volley from Warne through the covers for another boundary.
1739: Bell thumps a full toss from Katich through the covers for four then flicks square to bring up his half-century to rousing applause after almost three hours at the crease.
1735: Warne carries on, and Bell breaks out a brilliant straight drive off his former tormentor, moving to 45. Pietersen at the non-striker's end has a chuckle at some macho ball-polishing from the leg-spin master, who is increasingly desperate in his search for a 601st wicket.
1730: Surprisingly, Katich comes back, with neither batsman looking secure against spin. He bowls a maiden to Pietersen.
1727: Warne gets another over, delaying the new ball further and having a final go at Bell, but without success in a maiden over.
1723: After some flirtation with the new ball they decide against it for now. Lee is getting some good reverse swing in to Pietersen but the batsman is milking runs on the leg side. Bell cuts a wide one for a welcome boundary, demonstrating that perfect balance at the crease that has been his trademark in county cricket.
1719: Pietersen survives an edge high past point off a leg side hoick at Warne then Bell gets a leading edge short of mid-on, neither batsman looking comfortable against the spinner.
1713: With the new ball two overs away, Lee rejoins the attack, Pietersen taking the single first ball to bring up the 300. Back on strike he uses a back-foot punch to take a straight four off one of the world's fastest bowlers.
1709: Pietersen is beaten looking to stretch and flick Warne through the leg side.
1706: Katich errs short and Pietersen drives into the covers, the ball slowing in the outfield before the boundary.
1701: New batsman Pietersen gets off the mark, flicking his mate Warne on the off side for a single.
1656: WICKET England 290-3 (Vaughan 166)
Vaughan gets out in absurd fashion looking to hoist Katich over long on but finding McGrath in the deep. That is his second-highest score against Australia, his fourth-highest overall and his first time past 150 in two years.
1653: Warne thinks he has got Bell caught at slip but umpire Bowden spots it touch the turf just in front of Hayden's outstretched hands.
1647: Katich returns to replace the errant Gillespie with eight overs left before the new ball is due. Vaughan uses his feet and flicks over midwicket for four.
1642: Vaughan survives a run-out chance as Katich swoops at backward point but his throw is off target as Vaughan changes his mind on a silly single.
1638: Vaughan reaches 150 with successive boundaries off Gillespie either side of the wicket in the V. Then he celebrates with a pulled, one-bounce boundary square.
1635: DROP Hayden puts a simple edge from Vaughan off Warne down at slip, allowing the England skipper his third life exactly 100 runs after his first and second.
1631: Despite his early struggles, Gillespie is unlucky not to make a breakthrough, though as Bell gets an inside edge to an in-duckerand it runs away for four to bring up the 250.
1625: A loud cheer greets Bell's first runs for 45 minutes, turning Warne on the leg side for two.
1613: Vaughan takes 10 off two balls from Gillespie, hooking the first six of the match then steering four through third man to take his score to 123.
1611: Gillespie is the first bowling change of the session, replacing McGrath after five good overs from the veteran.
1558: Bell is again shown up by McGrath's slower ball as his lofted drive falls just in front of mid off. McGrath tries a variety of slower stuff, with a couple of off-cutters around the 73mph mark in a maiden over, making the most of his experience with his physical ability a little lower than normal.
1552: DROP McGrath himself is responsible for the third drop of the day off his bowling, failing to collect as Bell, on 18, mis-times a drive at a slower ball.
1548: Vaughan shows an increased willingness to use his feet against Warne in what has been an old-fashioned innings, the England captain getting settled then bringing out the shots.
1542: VAUGHAN 100 Vaughan gets his bat to a ball that swings in to take three on the leg side and bring up his 15th Test century, his fourth against Australia in eight Tests, and the first by any batsman in this series, from 163 balls.
1532: McGrath returns after bowling just five overs in the afternoon session. Vaughan scampers a single first ball to move within a shot of three figures. Bell pushes the second into the covers for three and Vaughan takes the single to bring up the 200. McGrath looks below his best in the delivery stride, perhaps feeling his ankle.
ecky1980 on the TMS message boards:
The problem with Warne is that he can pull out a surprise wicket from anywhere. Vaughan and Bell must be careful.He could easily be up to 610 by the time the match is over.
James Fox, via email, in the Ashes log:
Once again I find myself onboard an oil rig while an Ashes test is being played. Unfortunately I now have a Canadian colleague who is baffled by the laws of cricket.
TEA - ENGLAND 195-2 (VAUGHAN 93 BELL 14)
1509: Warne comes around the wicket to Vaughan in the last over before tea. Vaughan looks to play on the off side but fails to time it well. England have upped the pace a little in this session, with 102 runs.
1453: Bell gratefully accepts a Katich full toss, driving down the ground for his first boundary.
1444: Australia bring Simon Katich's left-arm wrist spin into the attack for the first time in the series. A streaker gets on the pitch, to much hilarity.
1437: Ian Bell gets off the mark pushing Lee on the off side, returning the favour. The England skipper turns the pace bowler to fine leg for a boundary.
1429: Warne gets an ovation as he finishes his over and returns to his place in the outfield. Some Aussie fans unfurl a banner reading "Warne wicket count: 600".
1426: WICKET England 163-2 (Trescothick 63) Warne takes his 600th wicket as Trescothick plays and misses with a sweep but the ball bounces of his body, then the back of his bat and Gilchrist collects in untidy fashion.
1418: Vaughan rocks onto the back foot to drive Warne through the covers in fine style to set a new England second-wicket record at Old Trafford, passing the stand of 134 between Arthur Fagg and Wally Hammond against India in 1933.
1416: Trescothick relieves a tense period of play, pushing a wider one from Lee through the covers for four to move to 62, eight behind his skipper.
1408: Trescothick sweeps a single off Warne to bring up the England 150.
1402: Lee replaces McGrath and Vaughan's straight drive sees Trescothick having to dive to regain his ground at the non-striker's end.
1349: At long last the greatest leg-spinner of them all takes the ball from the Statham End in over number 34. Anticipation is high as his career tally is 599 Test wickets. His second ball is a full toss, whipped behind square by Vaughan.
1334: There is still no sign of Warne as McGrath continues, bowling his first maiden of the match.
1329: Vaughan glances a couple to bring up his first half-century of the season, to a sullen reception from Australia.
1327: CHANCE McGrath endures a nightmare as Vaughan, first, edges through the wicket-keeper's glove four four then is bowled next ball, only to see umpire Bucknor signal no ball.
1325 Trescothick drives Gillespie through mid-off for his seventh boundary to reach his half-century from 89 balls, acknowledging applause from around the ground.
1315: McGrath returns to the attack in place of Lee. Trescothick simply pushes him down the ground and it runs for four. The left-hander pushes forward and gets an edge but it runs safely between slip and gully for a boundary to bring up the England 100, the last 50 of which has come from 72 balls.
1310: Gillespie continues, although Warne was scheduled to have an over from the Statham End had the morning session lasted a minute longer. The only run comes from a no ball.
On the TMS message board, from citizenc78:
Let's remember Lord's second innings when we were 80-odd for 1 and ended up at 112-5! And let's remember that wickets tend to go after a break.
LUNCH - ENGLAND 93-1 (TRESCOTHICK 35, VAUGHAN 41)
1230: Trescothick plays patiently in a Lee maiden and England go to lunch after a decent session, although Australia apparently thought they could fit another over in. Warne has some heated debate with umpire Bowden as the batsmen receive an ovation from the pavilion.
1212: Vaughan goes hard at Gillespie and gains a boundary in unintentional fashion over third man. The lash through the covers that follows is more authoritative.
On the TMS message board, from Surreyexiletyke:
The boundaries are much further back though than in Birmingham so I reckon 400 will actually better than it was at Edgbaston.
1205: It's official - Vaughan is back in form as he unfurls a perfectly-balanced drive through cover for four off Gillespie.
1144: Vaughan again drives into the covers for two to bring up the England 50 in the 16th over. Both batsmen suvive inside edges past their stumps but there are more runs all around the wicket - a total of nine off the over.
1140: Vaughan drives through the covers with a classy back-foot shot that we have not seen for months. Substitute fielder Hodge saves at the boundary but the batsmen run four anyway.
1136: Gilchrist's woes continue as the first ball after the break swings late and dips to beat him and run for four byes. He gets an ironic cheer after collecting the next delivery cleanly.
1126: Vaughan continues his assured start, glancing Gillespie through third man for successive boundaries. Gillespie almost doubles the number of runs conceded from the Statham End in his first over with 10.
1124: The news on Michael Clarke is that he suffered a sharp pain in his lower back - a continual problem - while fielding.
1123: Jason Gillespie joins the attack in place of Lee, whose first five-over spell brought two maidens and figures of 1-6.
1115: New batsman Vaughan gets off the mark first ball with a nudged single off his hip.
1113 WICKET England 26-1 (Strauss 6):
Lee, who has been bowling at express pace all morning makes the breakthrough with a slower delivery, yorking Strauss to uproot his off stump.
1103: Lee clatters Strauss on the jaw, just under his helmet grille and is the first man dashing to check that the left-hander is OK. Strauss gets a visit from the physio and a drink of water but appears fine.
1051 DROP: Trescothick survives a chance on 13 as wicket-keeper Gilchrist fails to get his left hand to an edge, diving across first slip.
1042: Trescothick and McGrath continue their battle, Trescothick taking 10 runs off the over but also being beaten outside off stump again. The batsman cuts the last ball of the over between the slips and the gully fielder, which may please McGrath.
1038: Michael Clarke has come off the field, perhaps suffering from back trouble. Brad Hodge is the substitute fielder.
1035: Lee bowls from the Statham End to Strauss, bowling at up to 90mph from the off and pulling out a cracking yorker. Strauss turns him round on the leg side for two to get off the mark.
1034: McGrath completes a testing over to Trescothick, almost shaving the left-hander's bat with each delivery - save that short one - and showing no signs of the ankle injury that kept him out of the last defeat.
1031: McGrath's second ball spits up at Trescothick, comes off the glove and flies high over the slip cordon for four to get the innings underway.
1025: Two umpires emerge before the players, but it turns out they are not official men Billy Bowden and Steve Bucknor. Mancunian prankster Karl Power may be nearby.
On the Ashes log, 1004: Emma, England, via email
Hmmm... another Ashes match and my boss is out of the office. The chances of doing any work are about as slim as Blowers not mentioning a passing bus on Test Match Special.
0950: The initials McG make it clear that McGrath has made a miracle recovery from his ankle ligament injury and will play.