Ashes 2013, 1st Test, Day 1: As it happened...
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AUSTRALIA Overs 21 || Score 75/4
Chris Rogers became Anderson’s second victim of the day as he was trapped in front. The southpaw went for the review but the decision was upheld. He scored 16 (37b, 4X2). Phil Hughes came in as the next batsman. Graeme Swann was introduced in the 16th over and Smith danced down the ground sending his fourth delivery over long on boundary for a six. Off the third delivery of the 20th over, Smith scored his fifth boundary playing the full delivery from Swann though covers. 21st was the final over of the day and in it came two runs.
AUSTRALIA Overs 10|| Score 31/3
James Anderson took the prized wicket of Australian skipper Michael Clarke to leave the visitors in trouble. It was the second ball of the seventh over and Anderson produced an unplayable delivery as it went past his bat to disturb the bails. Steven Smith came in at no. 5. Off the eighth and ninth over came just two runs – one in each. Steven Smith broke the shackles with a pull for four off the sixth delivery of 10th over.
AUSTRALIA Overs 5|| Score 20/2
England have made a fine start picking up two crucial Australian wickets within the first five overs. Both of the wickets have fallen to Steve Finn. The first one to drop guard was Shane Watson who was caught by Joe Root at third slip after attempting a cover drive off the third delivery of the fourth over and ending up getting an outside edge. He scored 13 (14b, 4X3). Ed Cowan came in at no. 3 and was out first ball when he went after a wide delivery and ending up with an outside edge that was caught by Swann at second slip. Australian captain Michael Clarke came in at no. 4 and nearly got an outside edge denying Finn a hat-trick.
ENGLAND Overs 59 || Score 215/10
Oh well! England have been bundled out for 215 runs seven overs after tea. Australians have produced a brilliant bowling performance today as they head off for the pavilion led by Peter Siddle who claimed five wickets.
Stuart Broad hit five boundaries after the beginning of third session in his score of 24 before top edging a short one from James Pattinson and ending up being caught and bowled. The next to depart was Bairstow who was cleaned up by Starc. He scored 37 (51b, 4X7). Steve Finn, the new batsman, was caught immediately by Haddin off the next delivery of Starc. The decision was reviewed but was upheld. James Anderson came in at no. 11 and left the hat-trick ball from Starc safely for the keeper. Pattinson folded the England innings with the wicket of Swann who was caught by Hughes at covers. He scored 1 (5b).
ENGLAND Overs 52 || Score 185/6
It’s tea on day 1 with Australia on top after picking four English wickets in the second session. Ian Bell and Matt Prior are the latest wickets to fall. Bell was removed by Siddle after the former edged one from him to Shane Watson at first slip. He scored 25(63b, 4X6). The next to depart was Matt Prior, who had faced only six deliveries before going after a short one from Siddle and ending up being caught by Phil Hughes at point. He scored 1 (7b). That was Siddle’s fifth wicket of the innings. Jonathan Bairstow and Stuart Broad are the not out batsmen.
ENGLAND Overs 40 || Score 138/4
England are four wickets down after the departure of Jonathan Trott who fell to Siddle. The Australian team looks ahead at the moment. Off the 31st over came four runs. The next over, by Siddle, started with a wild delivery that went between the slips for five wides. Later in the over, Bell scored his first boundary employing a pull. Nine runs were scored in that over. Watson, in the 33rd over, gave just three runs while the following by Siddle to Bell was a maiden. Pattinson was brought back into the attack and Trott flicked his second for a boundary. OUT! The fifth delivery of the 36th, from Siddle, took an inside edge of the bat of Trott and crashed on the stumps. He scored 48 (80b, 4X9). Jonathan Bairstow is the new batsman. Off the penultimate delivery of the 39th over, Bairstow used his legs to the full effect and scored a boundary. He got the same result off the fifth of the next over driving it to sweeper cover.
ENGLAND Overs 30 || Score 102/3
The play has recommenced. Shane Watson began the proceedings after lunch. His first was a maiden. OUT! Siddle removed dangerman Kevin Pietersen off the third delivery of the 28th over. It was pitched on a good length with a hint of movement and KP went for a drive away from his body. Ended up being caught by Michael Clarke at second slip. He scored 14 (23b, 4X3). Ian Bell is the new man in the middle. The next over by Watson was again safely negotiated Trott. The 30th over was again a maiden.
ENGLAND Overs 26 || Score 98/2
It’s Lunch on Day 1 of the first Test of the Ashes 2013 with England 98/2. They have lost two wickets in the overcast conditions. Alastair Cook and Joe Root are back in the hutch. Cook fell to Pattinson while Root was castled was done in by a yorker from Siddle was bowled. Off the 21st over came four runs courtesy a boundary from Trott. Off the first delivery in the next, bowled by Siddle, Joe Root was clean bowled after failing to block a full length delivery. He scored 30 (63b, 4X6). Kevin Pietersen came in at no. 4. He got off the mark with a single off the sixth delivery later in the over. Off the next came a boundary as KP played one from Pattinson fine and Haddin almost pulled off a spectacular catch. The sixth delivery of the 24th from Starc went for a boundary as Trott played it through covers. Seven runs came in the 25th over including a boundary and three singles. In the 26th over, the last before lunch, Pietersen managed to score a boundary flicking the third from Starc through midwicket.
ENGLAND Overs 20 || Score 74/1
Jonathan Trott got off the mark in the 11th over with a boundary off Pattinson scored via a cover drive. The next was a maiden. Peter Siddle was introduced into the attack in the next over. Trott hit him for consecutive boundaries off the second and third deliveries via a flick and a punch through mid on. Root cut the penultimate delivery off the next from Starc for his fourth boundary. Siddle conceded third boundary off his bowling in his second over as Trott edged it for a boundary. Spin in Ashton Agar was introduced in the 16th and Trott greeted him with a drive through covers for a boundary. Root scored his fifth boundary in the next by Siddle flicking the sixth delivery through midwicket region. Off the next came four runs in byes. No boundary scored in the 19th over. Just two singles while off the 20th (by Pattinson) came another boundary for Trott.
ENGLAND Overs 10 || Score 27/1
England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat first. The much awaited clash of England and Australia has begun. Cook along with young Joe Root will open the innings for the host. James Pattinson opens the bowling for Australia. On strike is Cook and his first is a wide. Two runs from the first over. Left-arm Mitchell Starc will share the new ball with Pattinson. And off the fourth delivery, Cook scores the first runs off the bat with a boundary to deep midwicket region. The next two overs were maiden. Off the fifth came eight runs in two boundaries – both by Root. Off the next came four runs in two couples. The seventh was again a maiden while off the eight came a boundary and a single. Cook scored his second boundary off the second delivery of the ninth over. OUT! Cook gets the marching orders early in the innings as Pattinson has him caught by wicketkeeper Brad Haddin. Cook scored 13 (26b, 4X2). Jonathan Trott is the new man in the middle. A wicket and four runs in the over. The 10th by Starc was a maiden.
TOSS: England have won the toss and elected to bat first.
ENGLAND: Alastair Cook (c), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonathan Bairstow, Matt Prior (wk), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, James Anderson, Graham Onions, Tim Bresnan
AUSTRALIA: Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Ed Cowan, Michael Clarke (c), Phillip Hughes, Steven Smith, Brad Haddin (wk), Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Ashton Agar, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Jackson Bird, James Faulkner, Ryan Harris, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon