Bell excels amid Broad drama

Saturday, 13 July 2013 - 8:34


Ian Bell and Stuart Broad helped England build a potentially decisive lead of 261 over Australia in the first Ashes Test but the day was scarred by another major controversy.


Coming together at the fall of England's sixth wicket with the advantage just 153, the duo put on 108 to take the hosts to 326-6 at the close, with Bell on 95 and Broad on 47.


But in a hugely contentious moment, Broad was given an astonishing reprieve when umpire Aleem Dar failed to spot a thick edge to Michael Clarke at slip, off the bowling of Ashton Agar.