Peter Siddle’s 5 wickets was the main news from Trent Bridge on day 1. After a slow morning session, the Aussies kicked on after lunch to take 8 wickets in the afternoon.But after collapsing to just 215 from 59 overs, England battled back to peg Australia back to 75 for 4.
Both teams seemed to still be in a ODI mindset, with loose shots leading to key players throwing their wickets away for low scores. On the plus side though, this attacking mindset brought out a free-scoring Jonathan Trott, who’s nine 4s were a nice change to the slow run rate that he has become known for. England looked comfortable at 178 for 4, but lost the final 6 wickets for only 37 runs. Kevin Pietersen endured a dismal return to the team with a lowly 14 from 23 balls. Joe Root opened in his first Ashes match with a score of 30, whilst the other England débutante Jonny Bairstow scored 37.
Australia opened promisingly, with 19 from 13 balls, but two Steven Finn wickets in consecutive balls brought England back in to the game. The skipper and talisman Michael Clarke then fell for a duck to Jimmy Anderson, with Anderson’s 309th test wicket coming as Chris Rodgers was trapped lbw for 16. The Australians finished the day on 75 for 4.
The day was marred by a shoulder injury picked up by Stuart Broad which ruled him out of fielding. He is currently undergoing a scan to see if he will be able to play tomorrow.
With the Aussies now in a potentially perilous position and England’s depth in their bowling attack surely sets up a cracking next few days.