Ashes 2013, 1st Test, Day 4: England four wickets away from 1-0 lead

Zee Media Bureau

Nottingham: England were in total command of the 1st Ashes Test on Saturday after Australia were trailing by 137 runs with just four wickets in hand on Day 4.


Chasing 311 to win, Australian openers got their team off to a great start as they added 84 runs for the opening wicket before Watson (46) was dismissed by Stuart Broad. Meanwhile Chris Rogers went on to score his maiden Test fifty.

Australia suffered a major blow when Michael Clarke and Steven Smith were dismissed off consecutive deliveries. While Clarke edged one to the keeper off Broad, Smith’s innings ended when a ball by Graeme Swann spun sharply and hit him in front of the wicket.

Clarke’s dismissal was an interesting one where he was declared out by the third umpire after Aleem Dar wasn’t convinced whether the ball carried to the keeper. But once the umpire gave his verdict, Clarke immediately reviewed the decision, and the Hot Spot showed a faint edge after which Clarke had to leave the field.

Asked about his team’s chances on Day 5, Clarke said that with Haddin and Agar at the crease, he is confident that Australia can win the first Test.

Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann both picked two wickets each on Day 4.

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