Ryan Harris

Ryan Harris (third from left) took two wickets in an over early in the England innings on Day One © Getty Images

By Jaideep Vaidya

Jul 18, 2013
After losing three early wickets, England took lunch on Day One of the second Test of The Ashes played at Lord’s at 80 for three.

It was a typical Lord’s pitch on offer to both teams Thursday morning. “This pitch is an absolute belter. It is a dry wicket,” tweeted Michael Vaughan prior to the start of play. England skipper Alastair Cook agreed and promptly elected to bat first after winning the toss, as he believed the pitch would dry up due to the heat. Michael Clarke concurred that he would have batted as well, and you would think it was advantage England before a ball was bowled.
However, the advantage was to last all of 25 deliveries for the hosts. Clarke and his former deputy, Shane Watson, aren’t considered to be the best of pals, more so after their former coach Mickey Arthur’s comments in leaked legal documents which hinted at a rift between the two. The British press had had a field day in the build up to the Test match as they looked to dig the dagger deeper into the Australian spine. However, it didn’t matter scant to Clarke as he brought Watson into the attack as the first change after just two overs of James Pattinson. Watson, back to bowling duties after a short hiatus, responded immediately as he trapped Cook in front on his second ball itself.
England’s morning was to get murkier as Ryan Harris, one of Australia’s two changes for the match, ran in and dismissed Joe Root and Kevin Pietersen in the next over to reduce the hosts to 28 for three. England had lost three wickets in the space of 11 balls. Even the Queen, who had been introduced to the two teams ahead of play, had seen enough and left the ground.

Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell then combined to steady the wobbles of the England ship and did well to negotiate the charged up Australian pace attack until lunch was taken. Clarke did not bring on his only spinner, Ashton Agar, throughout the session and preferred to attack with pace. His quicks did well and bowled a fuller line, constantly nipping it around and asking the right questions.

Brief scores:

England 80 for 3 (Jonathan Trott 34*, Ryan Harris 2 for 21) vs Australia.

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