England Ashes squad unchanged

England have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the second Ashes Test, which starts at Lord's on Thursday.

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Ex-England cricketers defend Broad after walk drama

Freddie Flintoff, Sir Ian Botham and David Lloyd have defended Stuart Broad for not walking after he apparently edged an Ashton Agar ball to a fielder but the umpire decided not to dismiss him.

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I can't believe what I'm reading re @stuartbroad8 seems a lot of people have become very self righteous all of a sudden ! #pathetic

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Well played England ...... And please let's not be talking about walking especially if your Australian ....! Since when ???

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Staggering stuff on here re S Broad ...just check every other International cricketer .any nation ...do they 'walk' ...thought so

Read: Who is Ashton Agar? 19-year-old breaks Test records on debut

Advantage England on day four of first Ashes test

Ian Bell and Stuart Broad will resume their respective innings today.
Ian Bell and Stuart Broad will resume their respective innings today. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

England will start day four of the first Ashes test with a healthy lead of 261 runs against Australia at Trent Bridge.

Ian Bell and Stuart Broad shared an unbroken century partnership to lift England to 326 for six on a compelling third day.

However, Friday's play was not without controversy as Broad, who is currently 47 not out, edged young spinner Ashton Agar to Michael Clarke at first slip via the gloves of wicketkeeper Brad Haddin.

Umpire Aleem Dar did not give the all-rounder out and he refused to 'walk'. That left the tourists, who had used up their two referrals, fuming.

Click here to watch highlights of day three.

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England take control of first Ashes Test

Ian Bell is five runs short of a century going into the fourth day
Ian Bell is five runs short of a century going into the fourth day Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

England ended the third day of the first Ashes Test with a commanding lead after Ian Bell and Stuart Broad shared a brilliant seventh-wicket partnership.

The hosts ended the day on 326/6 - a lead of 261 - with Ian Bell hitting 95 not out and Stuart Broad on an unbeaten 47 at Trent Bridge.

Highlights: Bell and Broad give England upper hand

Bell and Broad guide England towards strong Ashes lead

Ian Bell and Stuart Broad built a crucial 50 partnership
Ian Bell and Stuart Broad built a crucial 50 partnership Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Ian Bell and Stuart Broad put on a vital partnership as England's lead over Australia passed 200 in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

Bell and Broad are currently at the crease building a patient 66-run partnership, putting the hosts on 284-6 in their second innings - a lead of 219.

Bell is England's top scorer in the innings on 71 not out, while Broad is 30 not out.

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Ashes forecast: Risk of showers amid hot weather

by - ITV Weather Presenter

Feeling hot at Trent Bridge today and tomorrow with temperatures near the 28C mark.

It will feel a touch muggy tomorrow. The heat and slight humidity will be enough to trigger a chance of hit and miss hefty showers across the Midlands - with a risk of thunder.

Fear not - there'll still be plenty of play.

A touch more comfortable come Sunday as it will feel fresher.

Alastair Cook becomes Ashton Agar's first Test wicket

Australia's Ashton Agar took a major scalp as his first Test wicket on the third day of the Ashes, bowling out England captain Alastair Cook for 50.

England's Alastair Cook after being bowled out for 50 Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Nineteen-year-old Agar made the highest ever batting score for a number 11 on his Test debut on Thursday.

Australia's Ashton Agar celebrates Alastair Cook's dismissal. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

Read: Who is Ashton Agar? 19-year-old breaks Test records on debut

Shortly before, Kevin Pietersen was out for 64 bowled by Australia's James Pattinson.

Kevin Pietersen after being bowled Australia's James Pattinson.
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