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England And Australia Prepare For Third Test

posted 30 Jul 2013, 11:29 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 30 Jul 2013, 11:29 ]

England and Australia prepare for the third cricket test at Old Trafford, with David Warner seeking a recall to the Australian side following his two-match ban for punching an England player.

 MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 20, 2013) (ITN) - The England and Australia cricket squads warmed up at the newly-renovated Old Trafford ground in Manchester, England on Tuesday (July 30) for the third Ashes test match which starts there on Thursday (August 1).

Old Trafford is staging its first match between the two sides since 2005 with England going into the match leading the five-match series 2-0.

The England selectors will be keen to wrap up the series with a third win, and may elect to include two spin bowlers, Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar, on a wicket which is known to take spin though they may prefer to include recalled fast bowlerChris Tremlett to bowl alongside James Anderson.

One other problem for the selectors is the fitness of batsman Kevin Pietersen who is suffering from a calf strain. He is likely to be replaced by James Taylor if he is not available.

After a narrow victory in the first test, England trounced Australia in the second test and have now won the last four test matches between the two sides. An England win in Manchester would also give them their third successive Ashes series win, so Anderson was asked if a 5-0 series win this time was possible.

"It's not something we are really focusing on, to be honest. We don't look too far ahead. Like I said, we've played really well in the first two games and our job now is to try and improve on those first two games, show some of the form that we did and tighten up on the areas that we could tighten up on. We're not going to look too further ahead than Thursday morning."

For Australia, they have recalled batsman David Warner to the squad following his two-match suspension for punching England batsman Joe Root in a bar shortly before the first test.

Warner has been playing for the Australia A side in South Africa, and scored 193 against a South Africa A team in Pretoria last week.

Although the selectors have yet to decide whether to include Warner for the match,Australia wicketkeeper Brad Haddin is in no doubt about what Warner could do.

"Yes, David brings a lot of energy to the group always. He's just one of those guys. He goes at a hundred miles an hour, so it's fantastic to see him get runs. Such a destructive player, so that if he bats for a while, he could put some real pressure on England. If he plays, then hopefully he does well, he can have one of those game outs and he'll help us win this next test," said Haddin.