England well in command now © Getty Images
England well in command now © Getty Images

England go into tea on Day One of the fourth  Ashes 2015 in a comfortable position as they finish at 99 for 3, leading their opponents by 39 runs after bowling Australia out for just 60 in the their first innings. England captain Alastair Cook fell just short of his half-century as he was trapped in front by Mitchell Starc for 43. Joe Root, who was giving him good company at the other end is still unbeaten and is joined by Jonny Bairstow. England resumed at 13 for no loss, which they had reached at lunch. Needing just 47 more to wipe the deficit, the openers Adam Lyth and Cook went about things quite well. Lyth seemed to be playing some good shots and Cook at the other end was at his calm best. Unfortunately for Lyth, he was caught behind for just 14 off the bowling of Mitchell Starc. Live Blog: England vs Australia, The Ashes 2015, 4th Test Day 1

Starc once again struck after he dismissed Ian Bell for just a single after he was trapped right in front. Bell took the review but the on field umpire’s decision stood and Bell had to walk back. Cook and Root then built an excellent stand for the third wicket and made life difficult for Australia. England would have wanted their partnership to flourish but they were unable to do so.  Live Scorecard: England vs Australia, The Ashes 2015, 4th Test Day 1

Broad went on to become the first player to pick up five wickets and in total picked up eight wickets for just 15, his career best figures. It is also the best bowling figures at Trent Bridge.  before lunch on Day One of a Test match. Steven Smith was the next to go after he fished outside off to give Borad his second wicket. It was then Wood’s turn to make his mark in the match. He got rid of David Warner for a duck, caught behind.

Other wicket takers for England happen to be Steven Finn, who starred for the hosts in the previous Test. Mark Wood too picked up a wicket. He replaced James Anderson in this match as the former suffered a side strain in the previous match. Wood, who was part of the first two tests, suffered an injury, which kept him out of the third Test at Edgbaston.

Earlier, England skipper Alastair Cook had won the toss and elected to bowl first. Both teams went into the match with one change each. England went in with Wood in place of the injured James Anderson. Australia, on the other hand, wanted to improve their batting order and as a result roped in Shaun Marsh instead of Mitchell Marsh.

Brief scores:

Australia 60 (Michael Clarke 10, Mitchell Johnson 13, EXTRAS 14; Stuart Broad 8 for 15, Mark Wood 1 for 13, Steven Finn 1 for 21) trail England 99 for 3 (Alastair Cook 43, Joe Root 33*; Mitchell Starc 3 for 33) by 39 runs

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(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)