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Jonathan Trott fell for 49 and was looking in good touch during his stay in the middle © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Aug 9, 2013

It is a game that has already witnessed the momentum swing to and fro. England are 155 for four at Tea on Day One of the fourth Ashes Test at Chester-le-Street, Durham. When compared to the attritional morning, England were more dominating in the second session as Jonathan Trott started off beautifully and Kevin Pietersen followed it up with an attacking display. However, Australia were back in the contest by dismissing Trott, Pietersen and the gritty Alastair Cook.

The session started off positively for England with both Cook and Trott starting off with boundaries. However, Trott was the more free-stroking off the two and tried to dominate Nathan Lyon. He paddle swept one for four and then drove one elegantly through the off-side for a brace. Just when he was looking dangerous, Lyon bowled one shorter and Trott tried to work it away on the leg-side. However, the ball took the edge and lobbed off the pads for the short-leg fielder to complete the catch.

In walked the centurion from the previous game and showed is intent immediately. He danced down the track to Lyon off his very first ball and tried to loft him over mid-wicket. As the overs progressed, he tried to dominate Lyon. One four just caressed the carpet and sped away to the long-off boundary. He then charged yet again and lofted it over long-on for another four.

It was Pietersen’s attacking instinct that made the afternoon session worth watching. Even when Harris was brought on, Pietersen was undeterred and wanted to show who is boss. One ball was flicked through mid-wicket with typical authority that was proof of Pietersen’s form.

Michael Clarke had initially taken Lyon off, but then reintroduced him. That move worked wonders as the dangerous Pietersen edged one into Brad Haddin’s gloves. That was a huge wicket as Pietersen was looking very dangerous.

Earlier, Cook had won the toss and elected to bat first. England were very circumspect as Jackson Bird and Ryan Harris were moving the ball. Joe Root was snared by Shane Watson as he got a feather to the wicket-keeper. Initially, the umpire ruled it not out, but Hit Spot confirmed Australia’s appeal. England had finished the first session at 57 for one.

When compared to that start, England had been more positive in the second session until Australia fought back. This has made it even more intriguing to watch.

Brief scores:

England 155 for 4 (Alastair Cook 51; Nathan Lyon 2 for 28) vs Australia

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