The Ashes - Third Test

Cricket

Old Trafford Cricket Ground has been hosting test matches since 1884, in fact it became the second English cricket ground to stage Test cricket after The Oval. 

Old Trafford is most famous for 'That Ball', also known as the 'Ball of the Century'. This is the name given Shane Warne's first ball against England in his first Ashes Test in 1993, when he revived leg spin bowling to bowl out England's Mike Gatting on day two of the first Test. It is hence no surprise that the pitch at Old Trafford favours spin bowling.

Up until 2009, Old Trafford was reputedly the wettest Test ground in the country. It is the only ground in England where two Test matches have been abandoned due to rain without a single ball being bowled.

Having won the first two tests England will be looking to make it 3-0 at Old Trafford, while Australia will be looking for their first test win in the 2013 Ashes Series.

Visit our YouTube Channel to watch the latest forecast for the third Ashes test match at Old Trafford.

Forecast

1-5 August - Check the weather forecast for Old Trafford Cricket Ground before heading to Manchester for the Third Test of the 2013 Ashes series.

The Ashes is one of the most celebrated rivalries in international sport. The England cricket team won both the 2009 and 2010-11 Ashes series, so will be looking to win this year to retain the Ashes for the third year running.

In total, 326 Test matches have been played between England and Australia, 91 have been drawn, England have won 102 and Australia have won the remaining 133.

Australia's Sir Don Bradman is the highest run scorer from all Ashes test matches, having scored 5028 runs in the 37 Ashes test matches he played.

For more information about Old Trafford Cricket Ground, check the Emirates Old Trafford website.

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