4th test, The Ashes, Day 1, England vs Australia- As it happened

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England first innings

Over 90 || Score 238 /9

Close of play: England will be disappointed with themselves today. Nathan Lyon was brilliant today.

The second new ball is available now, but Australia continue with the old one. In the 81st over, Harris returns to the attack, with Australia choosing to persist with the old ball for now. Wicket. Stuart Broad dismissed by Harris. Broad skies a poor shot into the air on the off-side. Warner takes an easy catch. Swann is the new batsman. Good over from Harris.

The following three are maiden overs by Lyon and Harris. Six overs left in the day. Australia now decide to take new ball.

Bird comes back into the attack to share the new ball with Harris. Swann sweeps the ball through the covers for four. A couple of dot balls are followed by another boundary by Swann. WicketSwann is out. Swann pulls a short ball to Lyon, another poor shot from an England batsman. James Anderson is the new batsman. Four boundaries by Anderson in next three overs.

Lyon bowls the final over of the day, concedes five runs.

Anderson 16* (10b)
Bresnan 12* (43b)

Wicket: Broad c Warner b Harris 3 (12b)
Wicket: Swann c Lyon b Harris 13 (18b)


Over 80 || Score 195 /7

Siddle's accuracy is admirable. While Watson continues his good spell. The English duo have batted well, but they must go on and score. Australia have been dominating since tea. Clarke's doing a good job.

There was a massive appeal for lbw when Prior misses one that nips back in towards his pads. Australia go for review. Wicket Prior is out. Great review from Clarke, Bresnan is next.

It’s yet another breakthrough for Australia. Wicket Bairstow must depart. Bairstow reviews the decision but Hawkeye sides with the on-field umpire.

Stuart Broad is the new batsman. England in trouble. Australia has managed to build up pressure on England. Four wickets for Nathan Lyon. A lot of work needs to be done by England lower order to take them to a respectable score.
Single coming from the 80th over.

Bresnan 2* (13b)
Broad 1* (8b)

Wicket: Prior lbw b Siddle 17 (58b)
Wicket: Bairstow lbw b Lyon 14 (77b)


Over 70 || Score 187/5

Bird gives an expensive 57th over. Eight runs off the over. Bairstow pushes Bird through the covers at the start of the over for two runs. Bairstow leaves well outside off-stump, before driving a fuller ball past mid-on for four. Good over for the batsman.

In the 58th over, a delivery from Lyon escapes Prior and Haddin on its way to the rope. Four byes to England. In the 59th, Prior picks up a couple of runs in Bird's over. In the 60th over, Lyon continues from round the wicket. Good accuracy from Lyon. Just a single off the good over.

Bird continues to force his opponents to play at almost every delivery. Bairstow is playing the Lyon very nicely at the moment.

There's a bowling change for Australia. Ryan Harris comes on for Bird. Ten runs off the Harris over.
64th is a maiden over. It seems Lyon is testing Prior's back-foot technique but the batsman is unperturbed. In the 68th over, Watson returns to the attack. Prior scores just one run with a clip to deep square-leg.

Siddle returns to attck in 69th over. It's a maiden over for Siddle. The 70th over is yet another maiden by all-rounder Shane Watson. Australia is building pressure on the hosts now.

Bairstow 12* (54b)
Prior 15* (42b 2x4)


Over 56 || Score 155/5

Clever bowling from Lyon in the 51st over. Bell guides a couple of runs through the covers. Bell opens up the off-side again to pick up two more at the end of the over. Bird strikes in the next over. Wicket Captain Cook is out. In a terrible misjudgement from Cook, he did not expect the ball to nip back. Bairstow is the new batsman. Fantastic over from Bird. Lyon's varying lengths bring Bell forward and back to defend 54th over. Bairstow is being forced to play at every ball from Bird. Bird ends the session before tea with a very impressive maiden.

After tea, Natan Lyon is brought in to attack. And he has proved lethal for England. He strikes yet again. Wicket Ian Bell is out. Matt Prior is the new batsman.

Prior 0* (2b)
JM Bairstow 0* (9b)

Wicket: Cook lbw b Bird 51 (164b)
Wicket: Bell c Harris b Lyon 6 (17b)


Over 50 || Score 149/3

One run off the 41st over, five dot balls from Siddle to Cook. The 42nd over has conceded 9 runs for England, thanks to Kevin Pieteren’s attacking form. KP goes for two quick boundaries in Lyon’s over. Pietersen is on a blast. 8 runs off the 47th over with two classic boundaries by KP. Cook goes for a boundary in the next over. Six runs off the 48th over.

Cook completes his half century with a four, though took a lot of time. This is his 32nd in 96 test matches.

Nathan Lyon is back in 50th over. He was quite expensive in his first ever, though he also gave a maiden one. He was brought in to trouble Pietersen, and he did. Lyon has got a big wicket. 50th is another maiden over for Lyon. Wicket Pietersen is out. A huge loss for England.

Ian Bell is the new batsman at the crease.

Bell 0* (1b)
Cook 51* (155b 5x4)

Wicket: KP Pietersen c Haddin b Lyon 26 (35b )


Over 40 || Score 110/2

Welcome back after lunch! It’s a slow progress for England and a steady one from Australia. Australia will look forward to take early wickets. Bird comes in to attack for the 28th over.

After a conceding a couple of fours in the last ten overs, finally Australia get their second breakthrough. In the 40th over, Lyon gets a Wicket! An inside edge that deflected off the pad in to the hands of Khawaja, who took a very good catch at short-leg. Trott was nearing half century, and was in good form. Great batting from Trott.

Kevin Pietersen is the next batsman.

Cook 35* (128b 3x4)
Pietersen 3* (3b)

Wicket: Trott c Khawaja b Lyon 49 (60b )

Over 27 || Score 57/1

The 21st over was a good one for England. They scored 9 runs off the over. Of the Siddle delivery, Trott got off the mark with a boundary. He got three more in the next ball. A no-ball by Siddle adds to score board.
The bowling has been good from Australia, with three consecutive maiden overs – 23, 24 and 25.
Six runs from last two overs before lunch.

Cook 21* (90b 1x4)
Trott 13* (23b 1x4)


England first innings

Over 20 || Score 35/1

Finally in the 18th over Watson managed to provide his side the first breakthrough of the day. A length delivery by Watson took the fine nick of Root’s bat and went inside the gloves of Haddin. But once again initial decision by the field umpire was not out and DRS came into play. Hot spot showed that it was a very thin edge and Root walked towards the dressing room. Trott replaced Root.

JE Root c †Haddin b Watson 16 (52b)


Over 10 || Score 17/0

In first ten overs Australia didn’t manage to take a wicket. So far, Clarke has used only three bowlers. But it’s time for him to do another bowling change as they have to take some early wickets to push England on the backfoot in the fourth Test.


England have won the toss and elected to bat first against Australia. Joe root and skipper Cook are opening the innings for England. Harris and Jackson Bird have started the proceedings for the visiting team.


Spirits are high in Australia`s camp after they stopped the rot in the Ashes series by dominating England in the rain-ruined third test at Manchester, captain Michael Clarke said on Thursday.

Australia lost the opening two games at Trent Bridge and Lord`s but they were disappointed to come away from Old Trafford with only a draw after having by far the better of the exchanges despite the hosts retaining the Ashes.

"The boys took a lot of confidence from that match," Clarke told reporters on the eve of the fourth and penultimate test in County Durham. "We certainly believed that but for the rain we would have won that test. We are taking a lot of positives, guys have scored a lot of runs which is really encouraging and bowlers continue to do a fantastic job for us. The boys are full of confidence now and our goal is to continue playing that brand of cricket," added Clarke.

England were bowled out for 368 at Old Trafford before slumping to 37 for three in the second innings but Clarke refused to write off the home team`s strong batting line-up. "It`s nice to be getting a few of their top order out cheaply, obviously they are very good players," he said.

Ryan Harris excelled at Lord`s and Old Trafford after missing the first test and Clarke is hoping the injury-prone fast bowler is going to be fit to play at Chester-le-Street, which is hosting an Ashes Test for the first time.

Jackson Bird will make his first appearance of the series if Harris pulls out.

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