Aus 75/4 | Overs 21 | Smith 38*, Hughes 7*(STUMPS -Day 1)
The umpires have called stumps at the scheduled close of play time of 6pm GMT, but after just 80 overs of cricket. Both sides have used their quicks for extended periods and this was bound to happen. Anyway, Steven Smith has played an extremely confident knock of 38 and remains unbeaten. He has shown his more experienced teammates how it’s done. Honours are even, you can say at the end of Day One. Exciting times lie ahead! Join us again, tomorrow for Day Two of the first Test.
Aus 54/4 | Overs 15 | Smith 23*, Hughes 1* OUT! Rogers lbw b Anderson 16
Jimmy Anderson gets his second wicket, that of Chris Rogers, after eight overs of resistance from the Australians. Bowling around the wicket to the left-hander, Anderson’s delivery pitched on off and angled in before hitting Rogers on the pad on a line bordering leg-stump. Umpire Kumar Dharmasena thought it was good enough; Rogers didn’t. The batsman immediately reviewed, but Hawk-Eye left it to the umpire’s call and Rogers was out.
Rogers a touch unlucky there. Many umpires would have given that not out, and technology would not have overturned it…
Stuart Broad is off the field receiving some treatment for an “external injury”, according to the commentators. However, he is expected to be back soon and fit enough to bowl. England could use him now, as these conditions are perfect for swing bowling.
‘Can we play you every week’ is the chant from the crowd….. #Ashes
Aus 23/3 | Overs 7 | Rogers 9*, Smith 1*OUT! Clarke b Anserson 0
And there it is! The huge wicket! Michael Clarke has been bowled by James Anderson for a duck! Jeez, I’m going dizzy, here! What in the world is going on at Trent Bridge?! An absolute monster of a delivery from Anderson that zipped in, before swinging out just enough to clip the off-stump. What next?!
Aus 19/2 | Overs 4 | Rogers 6*, Clarke 0*OUT! Watson c Root b Finn 13, Cowan c Swann b Finn 0
Steven Finn takes two in two, and almost has a hat-trick with the third ball. After gettind smacked for two boundaries in his first over by Shane Watson, Finn responds by getting Watson and Ed Cowan caught in the slips on successive bowls. Australia’s skipper Michael Clarke just about survives the hat-trick ball as Finn’s delivery zips past his edge. What a match!
Eng 215 | Overs 59 | Anderson 1* OUT! Swann c Hughes b Pattinson 1
And that’s that! England have been bowled out for 215. Their pace bowlers have given their batsmen a huge advantage in this Test match. That being said, we’ve got almost 30 overs left in the day. If England can dig into the Australian batting, we might be in for a very interesting Test match. Sir Ian Botham is optimistic:
Don’t get to carried away you guys out there on twitter…..this game has a long way to go yet.. !!!!
Eng 213/8 | Overs 57 | Swann 0*, Finn 0*OUT! Broad c&b Pattinson 24
James Pattinson strikes in the post-tea session and picks up the wicket of Stuart Broad. It was a poor shot, going for the hook off a short-pitched delivery bowled from around the wicket, only to find the top edge that was caught by the bowler.
Eng 185/6 | Overs 52 | Bairstow 32*, Broad 1*(TEA – Day 1)
So, that’s tea then. England are reeling, to say the least. Debutant Jonny Bairstow has been left in the middle of the treacherous ocean with just the tailenders to help him. Peter Siddle has been fantastic, perhaps not deserving all five of his wickets but he won’t mind that one bit. Australia are in total control as things stand. Good money is on England being bowled out before stumps on Day One. Wow!
Eng 181/6 | Overs 50 | Bairstow 32*, Broad 1*OUT! Prior c Hughes b Siddle 1(7)
Oh, my word! Would you believe it?! Siddle has taken five here! Matt Prior tries to smack a short and wide ball over cover, but finds the leaping Phil Hughes. Right, Australia are now firmly on top. Just as everyone had predicted…oh wait!
Eng 178/5 | Overs 48 | Bairstow 32*, Prior 0*OUT! Bell c Watson b Siddle 25
Siddle gets his fourth! Ian Bell is the victim this time around as he pokes at another away-swinging delivery from the Australian quick and finds the safe hands of Shane Watson at first slip. England are in trouble now; they’re top five are back in the pavilion.
Eng 147/4 | Overs 41 | Bell 12*, Bairstow 13*
Jonny Bairstow and Ian Bell are carving out a gritty partnership here for the fifth wicket. Bairstow, in particular, is driving with grace and ease. Bell looks a little cautious and seems to be wanting to preserve his wicket. Meanwhile, Australia have gone back to their opening bowling pair of Pattinson and Starc. Australia need to be patient and improve on their consistency. Dean Jones agrees:
Bowlers must be patient.. Keep hitting defensive lengths.. Just be patient as opportunities will come!
Eng 124/4 | Overs 36 | Bell 4*, Bairstow 0*OUT! Trott b Siddle 48
And Australia continue to get a wicket in the middle of bad deliveries. Siddle bowls very wide of off-stump and Trott chases it, looking to whack it through the covers. But Trott can find only the inside edge as he chops it back onto his stumps. Three for Siddle; he’s fired up!
Eng 118/3 | Overs 33 | Trott 43*, Bell 4*
Australia are bowling with Shane Watson and Siddle from either end. The duo are bowling well, but just struggling a tad in maintaining the consistency in line and length. Australia need a sustained pressure spell of accurate bowling to dislodge these two.
Australia using the time-worn tactic of bowling the odd good ball. Working quite well.
Eng 102/3 | Overs 28 | Trott 37*, Bell 0*OUT! Pietersen c Clarke b Siddle 14
And Australia strike straight away after the break! The dangerous Kevin Pietersen has to make the painful walk back to the pavilion after edging Peter Siddle’s delivery to the slips, where Michael Clarke takes the catch. What a change of ends this has been for Siddle! His four overs from one end cost him 27 runs; two overs from the other have resulted in a brace!
Eng 98/2 | Overs 26 | Trott 37*, Pietersen 10*(LUNCH – Day 1)
Trott and new batsman Pietersen survive till lunch unbeaten. Australia would probably be the more pleased of the two teams going into the break, especially after Root’s wicket. But these two at the crease are the danger men for the visitors. Tune back in for the second session in about 40 minutes (13.40 GMT).
Eng 79/2 | Overs 22 | Trott 28*, Pietersen 1*OUT! Root b Siddle 30
Peter Siddle scalps Joe Root with a peach of a delivery — an out-swinging yorker that totally bamboozled the 22-year-old. Kevin Pietersen is the next batsman in, on his England Test return after injury.
Eng 78/1 | Overs 21 | Root 30*, Trott 28*
Root and Trott continue with their steady building of England’s innings. Both are sneaking in a few classy shots every now and then, and have all but wrested the initiative from the Australians. Peter Siddle has been dished out extreme treatment, the Aussie quick going for 27 runs in his first four overs. The partnership has now crossed the 50-mark.
Ashton Agar looks like he gets plenty of revs on the ball,good flight and a bit of bounce …. #Ashes
Ashton Agar comes in for a bowl in his first Test match and gets driven through the covers for four by Trott first ball. Not the start he would have expected, but the 19-year-old responds well by bowling five dot balls. England have done well to steady the wobbles after the first wicket.
Eng 31/1 | Overs 12 | Root 4*, Trott 0*
Jonathan Trott is off the mark with a glorious cover drive for four. However, Pattinson and Starc are keeping up the pressure on the Englishmen with some probing bowling. And Peter Siddle is yet to come in! It’s going to be an interesting first session, here.
If only Beer was playing..we’d have a Cook, a Root and a Beer. Bloody good night. #Ashes
Here’s some stats for you: Alastair Cook averages a miserly 18.90 at Trent Bridge, where his highest Test score is just 43 not out.
Eng 27/1 | Overs 9 | Root 12*, Trott 0*OUT! Cook c Haddin b Pattinson 13
Just as you thought England have done well to manoeuvre the Aussie quicks and the seam movement in the first few overs, Pattinson invites Cook into a drive off a ball angling away and wide of off-stump and the England skipper obliges, only to be caught by the ‘keeper Brad Haddin. This is just the start Australia would have wanted. Cook is gone for just 13.
Eng 18/0 | Overs 6 | Cook 8*, Root 8*
James Pattinson gets a couple of beauties past the edge of Joe Root’s blade on either side of a pull down fine leg for four, before the 22-year-old slyly guided the ball past the slips to the third man fence. Meanwhile, Starc seems to have gotten his line right and is troubling Cook with the seam movement off the pitch.
Eng 6/0 | Overs 3 | Cook 4*, Root 0*
James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc open the bowling for Australia. While Clark has been wayward, Pattinson has maintained good line and length and applied the pressure on the England openers. The ball is nipping around off the surface, which looks very dry. Alastair Cook was off and running with a nice flick off the pads to the midwicket fence for four.
England skipper Alastair Cook has won the toss and elected to bat against Australia in the first Test of the Ashes 2013 at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.
According to @Benedict_B, England have won the first Ashes Test after winning the toss only once since the war: Old Trafford 1972…
Australia have made a bold selection by leaving out Nathan Lyon and have handed a debut to 19-year-old Ashton Agar. Former pacer Glenn McGrath handed the youngster his baggy green. England have also popped up a tiny surprise themselves by picking Steven Finn over Tim Bresnan.
England: Alastair Cook (c), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonathan Bairstow, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, James Anderson.
Australia: Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Ed Cowan, Michael Clarke (c), Phillip Hughes, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin (wk), Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Agar.
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