Firstly, apologies for no commentary on the first couple of days of the Cardiff test. My old laptop died a death so I’ve had to buy a new one. That done, I can get online again.

Sooooo, the Canary Yellows are well placed after the third day. The pitch is slow, but is hasn’t done any of the tricks that many expected, and the Aussie batsmen have batted very well indeed. England have tried hard, but without a cutting edge have been thus far outdone by Katich, Ponting, Clarke and North.

England need to battle hard over the next couple of days. Barring some heroics, an England win is no longer on the cards. If they play poorly they could lose it though. Tomorrow is going to be a big day.

One thing to note (maximum statto points here), the Aussies did today bring up there first double century partnership in England since the Headingley test of 2001. In that match Ricky Ponting and Mark Waugh put on 219 for the third wicket of the first innings and England conceded a sizable first dig lead. Here are some highlights from that one! Come on Butch!

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