Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the first day of the fourth Ashes 2015 Test between England and Australia at Trent Bridge. This is Devarchit Varma and I will be bringing you the live cricket scores and updates of the match. England lead the series 2-1 with after defeating Australia by eight wickets in the third Test at Edgbaston. England are well aware that an all-round display will be enough for them to win the Ashes series, but they are also fully aware of the fact that opponents Australia will not easily in the fourth Test starting at Trent Bridge on Thursday. Catch live cricket scores and updates of England vs Australia 4th Ashes 2015 Test at Trent Bridge, Day 1 here

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 274/4 in Over 65, lead by 214, STUMPS: England has been on the top throughout the day. Australia were shot out for a hopelessly paltry 60 in 18.3 overs in the first session by Stuart Broad, who became the first bowler to take 7 wickets in the first session of a Test (in fact, he took 8 for 15). Broad got the most out of the pitch, and was well-supported by Mark Wood and Steven Finn. Mitchell Starc’s triple-blow reduced England to 96 for 3, but a 173-run stand between Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow ensured a 214-run lead at Stumps on Day One. They still have six wickets in hand.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 274/4 in Over 65, lead by 214, STUMPS: Australia: Rogers 0 Warner 0 Smith 6 Marsh 0 Clarke 10 Voges 1 Nevill 2 Johnson 13 Starc 1 Hazlewood 4* Lyon 9 Broad 9.3-5-15-8 Wood 3-0-13-1 Finn 6-0-21-1 England: Lyth 14 Cook 43 Bell 1 Root 124* Bairstow 74 Wood 2* Starc 17-1-73-3 Hazlewood 20-4-63-1 Johnson 16-2-71-1 Lyon 9-1-38-0 Warner 3-0-18-0

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 274/4 in Over 65, lead by 214, STUMPS: Root has decided to give it a go: Lyon tosses up, Root goes down on one knee and dispatches over mid-wicket for SIX! Bairstow’s innings comes to an end as he flicks a ‘nothing’ delivery from Hazlewood to Rogers at square-leg, Australia finally strike! Wood walks out as night-watchman and plays out time. BATTING: Joe Root 124 (158), Mark Wood 2 (10)

OUT! Jonny Bairstow c Chris Rogers b Josh Hazlewood 74 (105)!

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 261/3 in Over 60, lead by 201: After Root, Bairstow goes past Australia’s total. He unleashes a gorgeous cover-drive off Hazlewood, this is poor bowling, the lead mounts. Root pulls Hazlewood for another four, the 150-run stand comes up between the pair in a mere 180 balls. Lyon is back. Root steers him past third-man for four. Bairstow’s turn, lovely cover-drive off Hazlewood, four more, the lead stretches past 200BATTING: Joe Root 114 (145), Jonny Bairstow 73 (98)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 230/3 in Over 55, lead by 170: Bairstow leg-glances Starc for four to bring up his fifty. England also extend their lead to 150. David Warner comes on, and the first ball, an out-swinger, takes Bairstow’s edge and flies past the slips for four. Johnson gets one to jag back into Root and hits him on the pad, they do not review. Some excellent fielding, Bairstow dives to avoid getting run out at the non-striker’s end, Johnson misses the stumps despite catching the ball. They run the overthrow. Root cuts the second ball of Warner’s over, reaches a well-deserved hundred. This is Root’s 8th Test hundred and 3rd Ashes hundredBATTING: Joe Root 101 (130), Jonny Bairstow 60 (83)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 209/3 in Over 50, lead by 149: Root plays a dazzling cover-drive off Hazlewood for four. Bairstow matches him with a gorgeous straight drive, this is looking ominous for Australia. Starc has Bairstow in trouble with a lifter, but a thick edge flies above the slips. Drinks. Two beautiful cuts off consecutive deliveries from Johnson past backward point brings up the 100-run stand between Root and Bairstow. Bairstow responds with a lovely cover-drive off Starc, that is 200 for England! The next ball is flicked past mid-wicket for four more, Starc is probably tiring a bit. BATTING: Joe Root 91 (115), Jonny Bairstow 49 (68)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 175/3 in Over 45, lead by 115: The Australians look lacklustre now. The occasional ball from the seamer is still doing a bit, but Root and Bairstow seem largely untroubled. Root looks all set for yet another Ashes hundred. England would aim to bat Australia out of the Test, extending the lead to as much as possible. Bairstow, too, is looking confident after a shaky start. BATTING: Joe Root 76 (101), Jonny Bairstow 31 (52)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 155/3 in Over 39: Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow have revived England after the loss of Alastair Cook. They have batted with complete authority, not giving the Australians even a slightest of chance to make a comeback. Root is leading England’s charge at the moment. The first innings lead is of runs now. BATTING: Jonny Bairstow 20 (31), Joe Root 67 (86)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 123/3 in Over 34: Joe Root gets to his half-century as England are extending their lead over Australia in the first innings quite comfortably. On the other end, Bairstow has struggled but managed to stick around with Root. England lead by 63. Australia need wickets, that too in bunch, to bounce back. BATTING: Jonny Bairstow 7 (18), Joe Root 52 (69)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 107/3 in Over 29: Joe Root gets two fours off Starc in the first over past the tea break. England lead by 47. BATTING: Jonny Bairstow 2 (5), Joe Root 41 (58)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 99/3 in Over 29: Jonny Bairstow survives a full over from Mitchell Johnson as England take tea with a lead of 39 runs. I will be back in about 20 minutes. BATTING: Jonny Bairstow 2 (5), Joe Root 33 (52)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 96/3 in Over 28: Mitchell Starc you beauty! Another fuller delivery pitched in line of the middle stump, England captain is taken by surprise. Cook fails to get his bat down in time, and is struck in front of the middle stump. Third wicket for Australia and Starc. England lead by 36 runs. BATTING: Jonny Bairstow 0 (2), Joe Root 32 (49)

OUT! Alastair Cook lbw Mitchell Starc 43 (87)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 91/2 in Over 24: Alastair Cook and Joe Root have done well to take England ahead of Australia. They have added 52 runs so far for the third wicket, and will look to get through to the tea break, which is about 25 minutes from now. England lead by 31 runs. BATTING:  Alastair Cook 37 (77), Joe Root 28 (36)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 73/2 in Over 20: Australia’s men in charge Steve Smith and Michael Clarke spilled a tough chance in the slips off Mitchell Starc, when an edge had finally carried till them. Poor overall effort this from Australia, who have spilled a crucial catch and have bowled pathetically. England lead by 13 runs. BATTING:  Alastair Cook 37 (68), Joe Root 16 (21)


LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 56/2 in Over 18: With the top-order flopping once again, England need their batting mainstays Alastair Cook and Joe Root to score runs. They have taken England past the 50-run mark, and very soon the hosts will be taking lead against Australia. BATTING:  Alastair Cook 28 (61), Joe Root 8 (16)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 34/2 in Over 13.4: Second wicket in the innings for Mitchell Starc! A beauty from the left-arm seamer who bowls an inswinging fuller delivery to Ian Bell, who fails to put bat on it. The ball hits Bell’s backfoot, and despite Aleem Dar saying it was OUT, Bell went for review. The review showed ball had crashed into the leg stump.  BATTING:  Alastair Cook 16 (31)

OUT! Ian Bell lbw b Mitchell Starc 1 (6)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 32/1 in Over 11.2: Australia get a wicket they were always sure of getting early. Adam Lyth proves once again he is a bad choice as an opener. Mitchell Starc has him caught behind. England trail by 28. BATTING:  Alastair Cook 16 (31)

OUT! Adam Lyth c Peter Nevill b Mitchell Starc 14 (28)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 27/0 in Over 8: Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood are in operation for Australia at the moment, and neither of them look like taking a wicket anytime soon. Even Adam Lyth has managed to survive for so long. Johnson needs more spunk, but he is looking ordinary. Hazlewood changes ends, and raps Cook on the pads first ball. Good move. BATTING: Adam Lyth 10 (18), Alastair Cook 16 (31)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 15/0 in Over 4: Josh Hazlewood begins the attack for Australia post the lunch break. He bowls from over the wicket, tries to get the ball across left-handed Cook. Hazlewood does not create many chances, but after a poor start he ends the over beating the England captain twice. BATTING: Adam Lyth 8 (12), Alastair Cook 6 (13)

The second session is all set to begin. England openers had survived three overs, they have done all the hard work of taking the advantage. It is up to Australia to show some character and fight back. Or else, the Ashes 2015 belongs to England.

It is time for lunch. England will enjoy their lunch while Australians must be getting some earful from the coach. I will be back in about 40 minutes or so.

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 13/0 in Over 3: Unlike Australia, England have not lost early wickets and they take the lunch break with 47 more runs to knock off and keep on putting misery on Australia. Special mention to Adam Lyth, who has not fallen early, so far so good for him. BATTING: Adam Lyth 8 (12), Alastair Cook 4 (7)

 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE ENGLAND 4/0 in Over 1: Adam Lyth cracks one through cover for a FOUR off Mitchell Starc to begin the proceedings for England. Australia must pick themselves up, they have a good bowling attack. BATTING: Adam Lyth 4 (6), Alastair Cook 0 (0)

What a day for England, what a day for Stuart Broad! He started the day with 299 wickets, and has 307 wickets to his name now. The best bowling figures in his Test career for the right-arm pacer, who returns with the figures of 9.3-5-15-8. Australia blown away for a total not worthy even of mentioning. 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 60/10 in Overs 18.3:  Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood have done exceptionally well to add a few more runs to this Australian total. Both have shown nervousness, but have got runs as well. England have not taken Broad off the attack. And that was the right move as he bags the final wicket of Nathan Lyon. Australia, hapless as ever on seaming tracks, bowled out for 60. BATTING: Josh Hazleood 4 (2),

OUT! Nathan Lyon c Ben Stokes b Stuart Broad 9 (20)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 50/9 in Overs 14:  The only joy so far for Australia has been the fact that they have managed to put up 50 on the board. BATTING: Josh Hazleood 4 (2), Nathan Lyon 0 (5)

Here are some interesting statistics:

 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 47/9 in Overs 13: Broad has taken England very, very close to the Ashes urn here at his homeground. Johnson, Australia’s top-scorer, too edges one to the slips. Broad spoke about leading from front in absence of Anderson, and he has done exactly that. BATTING: Josh Hazleood 1 (1),

OUT! Mitchell Johnson c Joe Root b Stuart Broad 13 (25)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 46/8 in Overs 12.4: Sixth wicket for Broad as Mitchell Starc edges one to the slips. It has been a horrendous day for Australia, who, I think, have surrendered to England here at Nottingham. BATTING: Mitchell Johnson 13 (24),

OUT! Mitchell Starc c Joe Root b Stuart Broad 1 (8)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 38/7 in Overs 11: I have forced myself to make an update here, and ensure it is not about the fall of a wicket. Although it may happen anytime now. Mitchells, Johnson and Starc are in for Australia. Hope they can score some runs and ask their poor batters to do the hard work with bowling for them. They look far more convincing as of now. BATTING: Mitchell Johnson 5 (18), Mitchell Starc 1 (4)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 33/7 in Overs 9.2: Like I told you, I am yet to make an update on this blog which is not of any wicket. Peach of a delivery from Steven Finn, who knocks off Peter Nevill’s off-stump. Poor stuff from the Aussie wicketkeeper-batsman, ball nips in a little bit and there is a huge gap between his bad and pads. Will Australia make 50 in their first innings? BATTING: Mitchell Johnson 2 (12)

OUT! Peter Nevill b Steven Finn 2 (15)

Stuart Broad has bowled 24 balls and has already taken 5 wickets. He has given away only 6 runs in his 4 overs. What. A. Bowling. Performance.

 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 29/6 in Overs 6.1: I am yet to put an update which has not been about a wicket. Absolute shambles for Australia, Clarke chases one waaaaaaaay outside the off stump and is caught in the first slip. England, winning this Ashes? Five wickets already for Stuart Broad. BATTING:Peter Nevill 0 (8)

OUT! Michael Clarke c Alastair Cook b Stuart Broad 10 (15)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 21/5 in Overs 4.1: What a catch! Ben Stokes you beauty! Broad pitches it up, makes Adam Voges play. There is a thick outside edge and Stokes, standing at the fifth slip, takes a one-handed beauty to pile up more misery on Australia!  BATTING:Michael Clarke 4 (5)

OUT! Adam Voges c Ben Stokes Stuart Broad 1 (4)

 

England have ripped apart the Australians in the first 20 minutes and look to have strengthened their claim for Ashes 2015. Only a miracle can save Australia. For now, the two worst batters of the series are at the crease in Michael Clarke and Adam Voges.

 

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 15/4 in Overs 2.4: Michael Clarke gets a boundary albeit off an inside edge. England are off to a rollicking start with the ball moving sharply. This is where the Australians struggle and that is why they have lost three wickets. And there it is, another one bites the dust. Shaun Marsh gets an edge, caught in the slips. Broad gets his third wicket. BATTING:Michael Clarke 4 (5)

OUT! Shaun Marsh c Ian Bell b Stuart Broad 0 (4)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 10/3 in Overs 1.2: What is happening here! David Warne is out for a duck as well and Australia are in complete tatters here at Nottingham. Mark Wood’s ball nips in a little after pitching, takes the inside edge and Jos Buttler takes a good clean catch. Warner does not review, the replays show there was a big inside edge. Australia in deep, deep trouble . BATTING: Shaun Marsh 0 (0)

OUT! David Warner c Jos Buttler b Mark Wood 0 (2)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 10/2 in Overs 1: ANOTHER!!! Stuart Broad has given England a dream start! Steve Smith hits a four through covers but is then caught in the slips. Two massive blows to Australia, Broad has given England a great advantage early on. Wicket nos 300 and 301 for Broad. BATTING: David Warner 0 (0)

OUT! Steve Smith c Joe Root b Stuart Broad 6 (3)

LIVE CRICKET SCORE AUSTRALIA 4/1 in Overs 0.3: There it is! The first-ever duck in Test cricket for Chris Rogers as he edges a beautiful ball from Stuart Broad to Alastair Cook in the first slip. What a brilliant start for England on a green-top wicket. England have made an early breakthrough, Australia on backfoot right at the beginning. This is the 300th wicket for Stuart Broad in Test cricket. BATTING: David Warner 0 (0)

OUT! Chris Rogers c Alastair Cook b Stuart Broad 0 (3)

Players are out of the field. Australia’s frail batting to take on James Anderson-less pace attack. Here we go!

So, England have sent in Australia to bat and it will be a massive challenge for the Australian batsmen to make runs. The top order will be the key, even though the tourists have roped in Shaun Marsh in place of his brother Mitchell. Australia’s move means that they feel they need a little bit extra in batting, and the bowlers can handle the pressure. England have not surprised, Mark Wood was good in the earlier part of this series.

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TOSS: England win toss and they have elected to bowl.

Teams:

Australia: David Warner, Chris Rogers, Steven Smith, Shaun Marsh, Michael Clarke (c), Adam Voges, Peter Nevill (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon.

England: Alastair Cook (c), Adam Lyth, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Jonathan Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Mark Wood, Steven Finn.

England answered all their critics again with a brilliant performance in the third clinching the Test by 8 wickets but the batting effort from both sides was not up to the mark. Joe Root has been England’s star along with veteran Ian Bell so far in the series. They have pulled out the team almost every time the fragile top order has failed. But it is England’s bowling that has enabled them to surge ahead in the series. Pacers James Anderson, Steven Finn and Stuart Broad have all packed a punch and they have been aptly supported by slow bowler Moeen Ali. England vs Australia, The Ashes 2015 4th Test at Trent Bridge, Preview: Hosts look to seal series

But visitors Australia will fancy their chances of levelling the contest after Anderson, easily their chief tormentor, was ruled out of the match due to a side-strain. Australia will hope to get their act together and emulate the performance of the second Test, when they won by a massive margin of 405 runs at Lord’s cricket ground.

Squads:

England: Alastair Cook (c), Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Adam Lyth, Adil Rashid, Liam Plunkett, Ian Bell, Ben Stokes, Mark Wood, Jos Buttler  (wk), Moeen Ali, Stuart Broad, Steven Finn, Mark Footitt.

Australia: Michael Clarke (c), Steven Smith, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood, Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Fawad Ahmed, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Peter Siddle, Adam Voges, Pat Cummins.

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