Ashes 2013, 1st Test, Day 2: Australia vs England - As it happened...

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1st Test, Day 2:

Over 43 || Score 80/2

After the early blows, Kevin Pietersen and skipper Cook did a pretty good job by adding unbeaten 69 runs for the second wicket. But it has to be Australia’s day, or rather let’s call it Ashton Agar’s day. The debutant was lucky to survive off a stumping chance and after that he played some superb strokes to created history by surpassing the previous highest score by a No. 11 batsman. Australians were reduced to 117/9 at one stage. But Hughes and Agar added 160 runs, another record for the last wicket. England now lead by 15 runs and the first session tomorrow is going to be a crucial one.

Alastair Cook 37* (130b) Kevin Pietersen 35* (98b)

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Over 10 || Score 22/2

Mitchell Starc who was far from his best in the first innings was spot in the second as he dismissed Joe Root and Jonathan Trott off consecutive deliveries in his fourth over. Root was caught behind while Trott was given not-out after which the decision was reviewed and was overtuned. Trott was unhappy with the decision ash he thought he had hit it, however the replays suggested no such proof. Australia have dominated the day, so far.

JE Root c Haddin b Starc 5 (31b)

IJL Trott lbw b Starc 0 (1b)

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Over 64.5 || Score 280/10

That record, magnificent innings from Agar finally came to an end when he pulled a short ball from Stuart Broad straight into the hands of Swann at deep midwicket who was placed there exactly for such a shot. Agar left the ground to a rousing reception from the crowd. It has been a stupendous innings from the left-hander, an effort Australia would remember for quite a long time. Phillip Hughes and Ashton Agar have created a new record by stitching 180 runs for the last wicket!

AC Agar c Swann b Broad 98 (101b)

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Over 61 || Score 271/9

Hughes and Agar have so far added 154 runs the tenth wicket, overcoming the previous record (151) jointly held by BF Hastings, RO Collinge and Azhar Mahmood, Mushtaq Ahmed. Agar has entered his 90’s and is just nine runs short of what would be a spectacular century.

Ashton Agar 91* (88b) Phillip Hughes 79* (121b)

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Over 55 || Score 229/9

Guess what? England are still searching for their last wicket after Pattinson was dismissed as the ninth wicket with just 117 runs on the board. Debutant Agar has been phenomenal, he has played Swann aggressively but extremely well and so far these two have added 112 runs for the tenth wicket. Hughes has played a crucial role so far being the only established batsman to have survived for so long in the first innings. While everybody is talking about Agar’s maturity as a 19-year-old, the hosts would be stunned with this effort from the Aussies. Yes, Agar looked out against Swann off that stumping chance, but apart from that, he has make James Anderson and Graeme Swann look like mediocre bowlers on their home ground. Australia now lead by 14 runs.

Ashton Agar 69* (68b) Phillip Hughes 63* (105b)

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Over 49 || Score 192/9

Ashton Agar survived a stumping chance of Swann’s bowling while he was batting on six, the replays showed that his foot was slightly outside the crease when Wade dislodged the stumps, but the third umpire thought it was not-out and since then, Agar and Hughes have added 61 runs for the tenth wicket. Meanwhile, Ashton Agar has become the first number eleven batsman to score a half-century on his Test debut. After all the hard work, this last wicket partnership would hurt England.

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Over 33 || Score 116/8

Swann and Anderson got the Aussies into trouble after they got early breakthroughs on Day 2 of Ashes 2013. Anderson dismissed the set batsman Steven Smith who played some magnificent strokes before being dismissed for 53. His dismissal ended the 55-run partnership between him and Phil Hughes. Brad Haddhin was bowled by Graeme Swann, while Siddle and Starc were caught behind. Jamed Anderson who has been outstanding since Day 1 claimed his five-wicket haul as well.

MA Starc c Prior b Anderson 0 (5b)

PM Siddle c Prior b Anderson 1 (5b)

BJ Haddin b Swann 1 (2b)

SPD Smith c Prior b Anderson 53 (79b)

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Day 1 Summary

Australia were 75 for four in reply to England`s first innings 215, a deficit of 140 runs, at stumps on the first day of the first Ashes Test at Nottingham`s Trent Bridge on Wednesday.

Steven Smith was 38 not out and Phil Hughes seven not out after fast bowler Steven Finn (two for 37) took two wickets in two balls and James Anderson (two for 25) clean bowled Australia captain Michael Clarke for nought.

Earlier, Australia fast-medium bowler Peter Siddle took five wickets for 50 runs in 14 overs as England were bowled out cheaply after winning the toss.

No England batsman made a fifty, with Jonathan Trott`s 48 the top score.



First Published: Friday, July 12, 2013 - 00:43

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