Ashes 2013, 1st Test at Trent Bridge: Australia bowl England out for 215 on Day 1

Australia’s fast bowlers produced an inspiring effort on the field to give their batsmen a huge advantage © Getty Images

By Jaideep Vaidya
 
Jul 10, 2013
 
Australia bowled England out for 215 on Day One of the first Ashes Test played at Trent Bridge, via a superb effort from their pace bowlers.
 
From an even 98 for two at lunch, England slumped to 185 for six by the time tea was taken, thanks to Peter Siddle’s fifer. In the last session of the day, fellow pacers James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc polished off the tail to give Australia a huge advantage going ahead in the Test match.
 
Siddle was the wrecker-in-chief as he got the wickets of the talismanic Kevin Pietersen and the dependable Jonathan Trott early in the post-lunch session, to add to his dismissal of Joe Root from the first session.
 
Both wickets followed the pattern that had been set right from the beginning of play, where the Australian bowlers produced one good delivery, between many looseners, that ended up picking wickets. Siddle was a little wayward in the over he got Pietersen, before a tighter-length delivery that was shaping away from the right-hander invited a drive, but found the edge to second slip.
 
Eight overs later, Trott was to chase an even wider delivery from Siddle and chopped it back onto his off-stump. It was a poor shot, especially from Trott who is (in)famous for his tenacity. The England No 3 almost knocked the other two standing stumps off with his bat in disgust as Australia gained a stranglehold.
 
It took a gritty partnership from Ian Bell and Jonny Bairstow to temporarily stem the leak for the hosts. The duo brought up the second 50-plus partnership of the innings that included some graceful drives from the bat of Bairstow, while Bell was the cautious one. However, Siddle produced a gem of a delivery to dismiss the latter — one that angled in and then shaped away, taking the edge on the way.
 
Wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior wasn’t to last long and gave Siddle his fifth of the day with a ball that again did not deserve a wicket. It was short and wide outside off-stump; Prior’s eyes lit up as he looked to smack it over cover, but could only find the leaping Phil Hughes.
 
In the final session, Pattinson got things started by dismissing Stuart Broad caught and bowled, before Starc took two in an over to make it 213 for nine. Pattinson returned to bowl out the hosts for a paltry 215.
 
Read the first session report here.
 
Brief scores:
 
England 215 (Jonathan Trott 48; Peter Siddle 5 for 50, James Pattinson 3 for 69) vs Australia.
 
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