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Australia draw third Ashes Test

Published: Tuesday, August 4, 2009, 11:08 [IST]
 
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Australia draw third Ashes Test

Birmingham: Michael Clarke's fighting century guided Australia to a draw against England in the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston here on Monday.

The result kept Australian Ashes hope alive, although it also meant England remained 1-0 up in the five-match series ahead of the fourth Test at Headingley, which starts on Friday.

England Vs Australia: 3rd Test - Scorecard

The Australian vice-captain was 103 not out in a second innings total of 375 for five, a lead of 262, when a draw was agreed in the fifth day's final session without England needing to bat again in this rain-marred match.

England captain Andrew Strauss felt a little flat at not having made it 2-0 in the series.

"Yes, I am pretty disappointed," said Strauss.

"However, the wicket slowed down, literally died, so I can't really fault the bowlers.

"But give credit where its due both (Marcus) North and Clarke batted reall well and got them out of a hole.

"I didn't want to overbowl (Freddie) Flintoff when there isn't much happening. Now its time for some rest, as back to back tests are tough (Headingley test begins on Friday)."

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