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England, 1st innings:
Over 89 || Score 289/7
STUMPS: Steven Smith has changed the complexion of the match by picking three quick wickets that were a major blow to England’s resurrection on Day 1. Tim Bresnan and James Anderson are at the crease and with no experienced batsman at the crease, it wouldn’t be a happy England dressing room out there. End of another thrilling day of Test cricket. Ashes at its best!
James Anderson 4* (16b) Tim Bresnan 7* (28b)
Over 85 || Score 283/7
Steven Smith is bowling an incredible spell here. He first dismissed Ian Bell who edged a ball to Michael Clarke at first slip. That was a big big blow for England as Bell had just reached his century and was looking good at the crease. That wicket gave a lot of confidence to Smith who in his next over dismissed Bairstow, who hit a full-toss straight back to the bowler. That was not the end as Smith picked his third wicket of the day when Prior was offered some room outside the off-stump, he went for the cut but nicked it to Haddin. Australia would be very happy with this effort as Smith has brought them back into the game.
MJ Prior c Haddin b Smith 6 (18b)
JM Bairstow c & b Smith 67 (146b)
MJ Prior c Haddin b Smith 6 (18b)
Over 75 || Score 267/4
Ian Bell slammed his consecutive Ashes ton as he worked a delivery from Shane Watson towards backward point for two runs. It has been yet another tremendous effort from the right-hander and now the partnership has reached 136 runs.
Ian Bell 105* (205b) Johnny Bairstow 66* (130b)
Over 65 || Score 232/4
Ian Bell is once again playing a gem of an innings here and Bairstow too reached his fourth Test ton. Michael Clarke would be a worried man as these two have added an unbeaten 105 runs for the fifth wicket. Bell is heading towards his consecutive Ashes ton, an effort the entire home crowd will be extremely proud of.
Ian Bell 85* (171b) Johnny Bairstow 52* (104b)
Over 55 || Score 189/4
Johnny Bairstow was lucky on one occasion where he was bowled by Peter Siddle off a no-ball. It was a length ball that nipped in and knocked off the stumps. Bairstow was on his way before he was called back by Dharamsena after he saw the replay. These two have added unbeaten 62 runs for the fifth wicket now. Australia desperately need a wicket here.
Ian Bell 63* (135b) Johnny Bairstow 33* (78b)
Over 45 || Score 161/4
Bairstow and Ian Bell are in the process of stitching another crucial partnership. These both have added 41 runs for the fifth wicket so far. Bell has played some good strokes and is looking to score another big one here. He’s well supported by Bairstow who has three half-centuries to his name in Test cricket.
Ian Bell 50* (113b) Johnny Bairstow 19* (39b)
Over 35 || Score 132/4
Australia got their fourth breakthrough when set batsman Jonathan Trott top edged a short ball to deep square leg where Khwaja took an easy catch. The dismissal ended the 99-run partnership between Trott and Bell. Harris has looked the best Aussie bowler today, and he should now be looking to claim a 5-wicket haul. Meanwhile Ian Bell is playing well at the moment and England would want him to score another big knock from here onwards.
IJL Trott c Khawaja b Harris 58 (87b)
Over 26 || Score 80/3
LUNCH: After losing three quick wickets, Trott and Bell have steadied the ship by adding unbeaten 52 runs for the fourth wicket. Australia would be very happy with the kind of effort their pacers have put in, especially Ryan Harris who replaced Mitchell Starc for the second Test. The English dressing room would be a bit relaxed after this crucial partnership and they would want both these batsmen to continue their good play.
Jonathan Trott 34* (62b) Ian Bell 23* (62b)
ENGLAND Over 20 || Score 56/3
Trott and Bell are doing some repair work after England was rocked by early blows from the Australian pacers. Watson was reintroduced in the 11th over after his one over spell in which he had snared Alastair Cook. 23 runs have been added to the total by the current pair in the last 10 overs. Off the 12th and 13th over Bell and Trott scored a boundary apiece. The following two were maiden overs. A boundary came in each of the next three while the 19th and 20th were again maiden
ENGLAND Over 10|| Score 33/3
England have lost two more wickets in Joe Root and Kevin Pietersen. Both of them fell to Harris in the same over. Root was trapped in front while Pietersen was out caught behind. The lbw decision against Root was reviewed but the decision was upheld. He scored 6 (14b, 4X1). Four deliveries and two runs later, KP was seen walking back to the pavilion after nicking Harris’s final delivery to Brad Haddin. He scored 2 (4b). England are in a bit of a trouble. Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott are in the middle. The next two after the double blow were maiden overs. Off the ninth came a boundary while just one came from the 10th.
ENGLAND Over 5 || Score 26/1
The first bowling change for Australia worked in their favour as Shane Watson snared English captain Alastair Cook by trapping him in front of the wickets in his opening over. Cook scored 12 (14b, 4X2). He didn’t go for the review as it looked pretty straightforward decision even though umpire took his time for raising the finger. New batsman Jonathan Trott began his innings with consecutive boundaries off his first two deliveries.
Earlier, Alastair Cook and Joe Root began the England innings. James Pattinson opened the bowling for the visitors and he found movement off his first delivery striking Cook on the thigh. Cook scored a boundary off the next. The second over was by Ryan Harris (included in the side in place of Mitchell Starc) and was a maiden. The next by Pattinson saw Cook hitting his second boundary while Root scored his first in the next off.
TOSS: England have won the toss and will bat first.
Australia will be greeted by blazing sunshine and a venue where they lost only once last century when they arrive at Lord`s on Thursday for the second Ashes Test against England determined to level the five-match series.
Britain is engulfed in a heatwave which is forecast to last throughout the match and conditions for the first test at Trent Bridge were reminiscent of the Indian sub-continent.
After heroic last-wicket stands in each innings, Australia eventually lost by 14 runs on Sunday. But they will be buoyed by the resilience and resource they showed at the midpoint of a horrible year in which they have been beaten 4-0 in India and failed to advance past the first round of the Champions Trophy.
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Australia: Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Usman Khawaja, Phillip Hughes, Michael Clarke(c), Steven Smith, Brad Haddin(w), Ashton Agar, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Ryan Harris
England: Alastair Cook(c), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonathan Bairstow, Matt Prior(w), Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, James Anderson