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Persistent rain robbed Australia a great opportunity to keep the Ashes alive at Old Trafford. Only three balls were bowled post lunch on the final day before rain settled down to force abandonment.

Australia’s chances of bouncing back in the Ashes Series with a win at Old Trafford look minimal because of bad weather. The Third Test is all set to end in a stalemate as just about 56 overs were bowled on the penultimate day. The weather forecast for the final day isn’t too great for the Aussies to force a win.

England is very much in the driver’s seat in the Lord’s Test after just two days of cricket. The hosts may be three down for 31 in their second innings but they are already ahead by 264 runs on a pitch that is extremely dry because of the hot weather.

As many as 15 wickets went down on the opening day’s play of Ashes 2013 as the ball wobbled all around under cloudy conditions at Nottingham. Hosts England hold the edge after reducing Australia to 75 for 4 by Stumps on Day 1.

Australia are in the danger of losing the Third Test at Mohali after losing three top order wickets in 21 overs before stumps on Day 4. The visitors were jolted by Bhuvneshwar Kumar who used both conventional and reverse swing to take all the three wickets to fall to give India hopes of a victory.

It has been a few days since Australia were battered and bruised by the Indians at Hyderabad. And, a few more days are left before the two teams lock horns again, at Mohali on March 14.

The first batch of Australian players have left for India to get accustomed to the conditions even as the others battle it out at home in the one-dayers against the West Indians. Normally, the spinners are expected to play a big part in the sub-continental conditions.

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