23:00 (IST): STUMPS! That's the end of second day's play and it belonged to Australia. Australian bowlers complemented their batsmen's effort. Peter Siddle bagged both the wickets as England ended day on 52 for 2 in 30 overs in reply to Australia's 527/7 decl. (Read Day 2 report)
22:50 (IST): WICKET! Tim Bresnan out. Peter Siddle gets his second. It was a short ball and Bresnan goes for a pull finds an under egde to keeper. He asks Alastair Cook to whether go for a review or not, but skipper denies. Replay shows ball hit his thigh pad and not his bat. England 49 for 2 after 27.3 overs in reply to Australia's 527/7 decl.
22:30 (IST): WICKET! Joe Root's battling innings comes to an end. Peter Siddle gets his man as Root finds a faint outside edge to keeper Brad Haddin. England 47 for 1 after 23.4 overs in reply to Australia's 527/7 decl.
22:22 (IST): Captain Alastair Cook is looking in a good touch. Peter Siddle comes into the attack. He has picked up 11 wickets in this series so far. England 47 for no loss after 22 overs in reply to Australia's 527/7 decl.
21:53 (IST): Nathan Lyon, who was left out of first two Tests, is getting turn and bounce and is looking very dangerous. Shane Watson is going great guns too, has bowled three overs without conceding a run. England 24 for no loss after 15 overs in reply to Australia's 527/7 decl.
21:35 (IST): STAT! Australia skipper Michael Clarke has become the tenth player to hit 187 in the history of Test cricket.
21:24 (IST): Dropped! Alastair Cook dropped on 15 by Brad Haddin. Nathan Lyon's third ball spins away from Cook, who finds an edge, it hits keeper's pads but Michael Clarke at first slip was not prepared for it. England 17 for no loss after 7 overs in reply to Australia's 527 for 7 decl. Remember Haddin was dropped on 10 by keeper Matt Prior before he struck an unbeaten 65.
21:15 (IST): England have started cautiously. Joe Root gets off the mark in the 5th over, bowled by Ryan Harris. Captain Alastair Cook playing with ease. England 16 for no loss after 5 overs in reply to Australia's 527 for 7 decl.
And Australia have declared! After Joe Root's fourth over, Aussies declare on 527/7 as Mitchell Starc 66 off 71 and Brad Haddin 65 off 99 remained not-out at the crease. Haddin and Starc added 97 runs for the 8th wickets. (In pic: Brad Haddin)
20:37 (IST): Aussie juggernaut continues after tea as Haddin hits Swann for a boundary in the very first over after return. Joe Root meanwhile given a chance to roll his arm over. He has been lucky in terms of getting a breakthrough for England. 514/7 in 143 overs.
Tea at Manchester, Australia 507/7. They scored 115 runs in 26 overs in the second session. Will they declare after tea? Starc batting on 54 off 54 while Haddin on 57 off 92.
20:09 (IST): Mitchell Starc takes Australia past 500 with a crispy boundary on the on-side off Bresnan. And then reaches his third Test fifty. Tea round the corner. Australia 507/7.
20:05 (IST): Mitchell Starc now approaching his fifty, his third in Tests. Aussies, coach Darren Lehmann and Nathan Lyon, looking calm on the balcony. Looks like there will be a declaration soon. 497/7 in 141 overs.
19:53 (IST): Going great for Australia. Haddin now on 52 and Starc 39 off 44. 486/7 in 138 overs.
19:44 (IST): Brad Haddin completes his 12th Test fifty along with 3 hundreds. Australia 479/7 in 136 overs. Mitchell Starc batting on 35 off 36.
19:22(IST): Brad Haddin (42) approaching his fifty now. Mitchell Starc (11) too looking supremely confident. Australia 447/7 in 132 overs, looking for at least 500 here. Only the third time in last 22 innings that England have conceded over 400.
19:05 (IST): Clarke now has recorded ten hundreds as captain in twenty seven Tests. Aussie captain still is the only Australian to make three figures this series as the visitors, in a must-win match, are in a commanding position. This 187 was also his highest score outside of Australia. His first 4 double tons - 2 against India (329* in Sydney, January 2012 and 210 in Adelaide, January 2012) and 2 against South Africa (259* at Brisbane, November 2012 and 230 in Adelaide, November 2012), all came in Australia.
Another one goes! After Clarke, Peter Siddle departs trying to hoick Graeme Swann out of the park only to see his stumps shattered. Australia 430/7 as Swann completes his 17th Test five-wicket haul.
18:52 (IST): Michael Clarke dismissed! Goes for a cut but cramped for room and drags it on. Clarke misses out on a remarkable double but Stuart Broad reaches his double - 200 wickets in Test. Clarke scored 187. Australia 427/6.
18:30 (IST): All going well for Australia in Manchester. Clarke on 177, Haddin on 30. 413/5 in 121 overs.
18:21 (IST): 400 is up for Australia! Haddin took a three off Swann to bring that up. Great going. 403/5 now in 119 overs.
18:18 (IST): Play has resumed after lunch and 4 runs have been scored in 2 overs. Australia 396/5 in 118 overs. Meanwhile, Stuart Broad is stuck on 199 Test wickets and has bowled 50 overs now since getting his 199th.
17:55(IST): A few stats: Michael Clarke now second highest scorer at Old Trafford among Australian players. Highest - 311 by Bobby Simpson in 1964. Also, This is Clarke's 9th time past 150.
Only once in Tests before this game, James Anderson had conceded over 100 runs without a wicket - against South Africa at Johannesburg in January 2010
Graeme Swann has taken 17 wickets in the series - the most by an England spinner in an Ashes series since John Emburey's 18 in 1986-87.
17:33 (IST): Lunch! Australia on 392/5, after starting the day on 303/3. Clarke bats on 168, Haddin on 18. Steve Smith, David Warner were the batsmen dismissed. Graeme Swann was the pick of the bowlers for England.
17:26 (IST): Brad Haddin was given a chance off Anderson as Prior dropped it. He was on 10. Clarke (168) meanwhile bats steadily as ever. Australia 392/5 in 115 overs.
17:10 (IST): Australia might have lost a couple in quick succession but still are very much in the driver's seat with Clarke looking good and Brad Haddin coming out in attacking mode, hitting two fours early on. 378/5 in 111 overs.
17:09 (IST): Dave Tickner @tickerscricket from Twitter
Warner: I've not hit that.
Clarke: You have. You've hit that.
Warner. I'll hit you.
Clarke: OK, review it.
David Warner given out! And he goes for a review straight away. Just can't understand why though. Clear edge off Graeme Swann, ricocheted off Prior to Trott at slip. Australia, 365/5, lose back to back wickets.
Clarke reaches 150! And opens up. Back-to-back boundaries - one backfoot punch past point, one beautiful straight one and one slashed hard through covers. Bresnan rattled, bowls a wide bouncer. Australia 361/4 in 108 overs.
16:48 (IST): David Warner looks in some trouble against the spin of Swann. Meanwhile, a trivia - this is Warner's first Ashes Test and he has not played at number six in Test before. Australia 348/4 in 107 overs.
Steve Smith misses a ton! The right-hander dismissed by Graeme Swann trying to slog sweep one and reach a century in quick fashion. David Warner comes in to boos by the Old Trafford crowd. Australia 343/4 after 105 overs. He scored 89.
After an hour on Day 2, 16:30 (IST): No controversies, no sign of wickets on Day 2 till now. Pitch looks great to bat on. Smith (88) nearing first Test ton while Clarke (142) nearing 150. Australia 341/3 in 104 overs. Clarke though did hit another streaky boundary off Bresnan, just clearing mid-off and then a play and a miss on the last ball.
16:12 (IST): Things beginning to go awry for England now. Michael Clarke dropped by Graeme Swann off Bresnan. He was standing at short extra cover. Was hit hard but may be he could have left it for the cover fielder. Clarke meanwhile reaches his best ever score against England in Tests - now on 137, Smith on 85. Australia 331/3 in 100 overs.
16:09 (IST): After Tim Bresnan bowls a tight one, some comedy in James Anderson's over. Anderson appeals for a lbw against Smith. Turns around and sees umpire Tony Hill giving a no-ball for knocking the bails off, aka the dropped Steven Finn. Clarke (134), Smith (83), meanwhile, bat on to frustrate England. 326/3 in 99 overs.
15:58 (IST): Clarke breaks the shackles with a couple of backfoot punches - one streaky, one straight of the middle - off Anderson to the boundary fence. Australia move on, 320/3 in 97 overs.
15:55 (IST): Two maidens in a row - one by Anderson and one by Broad. Australia remain 312/3 but in cruise control.
15:43 (IST): Apart from a Steve Smith boundary - a cover drive off James Anderson - largely a quiet morning as Michael Clarke and Smith look to build on after a great Day 1. Australia 312/3 in 93 overs. Clarke on 125, Smith on 79.
13:41 (IST): Meanwhile, Australia is demanding an explanation from the International Cricket Council about how umpires arrived at a decision to give Usman Khawaja caught behind on the opening day of the third Ashes test at Old Trafford. (Read story)
13:38 (IST): On a lighter note - Australia's Chris Rogers refused to blame a restless friend for missing out on what would have been a maiden Test hundred at Old Trafford on Thursday.
Day's play was repeatedly held up by movement behind the bowler's arm at the Pavilion End.
However, it was not one of the locals who made the fateful movement behind Swann's arm when Rogers was 16 shy of a century but Daniel Salpietro, a team-mate of the left-hander at Melbourne grade club Prahran. (Full story)
13:28 (IST): In news not connected to Ashes but to Australian cricket, dumped coach Mickey Arthur said on Thursday he is in talks about his next career move, but wants to stay in Perth.
Arthur reached a settlement on Wednesday with Cricket Australia over his sacking after he "significantly reduced" his claim for damages. (Read full report here)
13:05 (IST): Clarke's 125 not out off 169 balls is his third hundred in Tests in England - his first two were 136 at Lord's and 103 not out at Birmingham - both in 2009. (More stats on Clarke and other Day 1 highlights)
13:04 (IST): Amidst all the madness, Aussie skipper Michael Clarke dragged Australia back into the Ashes series by hitting his 24th Test century against a lackluster England on Thursday, taking the spotlight away from more umpiring controversy on the opening day of the third Test. (Read full Day 1 report here)
12:56 (IST): Day 1 was not as exciting as would have been expected but Usman Khawaja's controversial dismissal created more than enough talking points for everyone, quite literally.
Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has taken to Twitter to complain about a controversial decision to give one of his country's batsmen out during the third Ashes test against England on Thursday.
Rudd tweeted "I've just sat down to watch the test. That was one of the worst cricket umpiring decisions I have ever seen." (Read more here)
The Australian's cricket columnist Gideon Haigh said the DRS "had another of those days when it looks like your grandma trying to make a call on a smartphone and accidentally downloading a snuff movie."
Haigh went on: "Khawaja, a young man fighting for his career, was a victim; Steve Smith, ditto, was a beneficiary. Australia came out ahead, but the game overall was the loser, for cricket's continuing officiation crisis overshadowed a stoic, battling hundred from Michael Clarke."
Story first published on: Friday, 02 August 2013 12:44 IST