England hold slight advantage on day 2

A fine batting display from Chris Rogers threatened to put Australia in control of the first test, but a lack of support from his fellow batsmen has potentially left visitors chasing the game. Moeen Ali stood out, scoring a strong 77 to banish memories of yesterday morning’s abysmal early collapse, before taking two wickets.

Moeen Ali scored 77 with the bat before taking two wickets

Moeen Ali scored 77 with the bat before taking two wickets

England resumed on 343-7, with Broad and Ali at the crease. Stuart Broad survived an early scare, with Johnson’s short ball ricochetting off of the batsman, and appeared to be caught by Adam Voges. Broad was given out, but an umpire review revealed the ball did hit the ground. Moeen Ali brought up his 50 with a fortuitous four, getting an inside edge which darted across the face of his stumps before reaching the boundary. Broad lost his wicket cheaply for 18, as he swung loosely at a Nathan Lyon delivery, nicking behind to Haddin.

Ali was the next to fall, as his impressive 77 from 88 balls was ended when he edged Starc’s delivery to Shane Watson at slip. Jimmy Anderson’s was the final wicket, with England finishing on 430, and Mitchell Starc ending up with a five-for. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Mitchell Johnson finished with the worst bowling figures for an Australian in England since 1985, with 0-111 from his 25 overs.

Broad could have had an early wicket, as Chris Rodgers was given out lbw. However, an Australian review revealed a nick from the bat. Anderson eventually made the breakthrough though, as David Warner edged his delivery to a diving Alastair Cook at slip, putting Australia on 52-1. Steve Smith looked to be carrying on his good form, until he chipped straight to Cook at mid-wicket for 33. Chris Rogers had really dug in and was looking good for a century, pushing Australia forward to 180 with Michael Clarke. But he fell agonisingly short of his ton as he became Mark Wood’s first Ashes victim, nicking behind to Jos Buttler for 95.

Alastair Cook dives to take

Alastair Cook dives to dismiss David Warner

Michael Clarke was the fourth to fall, as he drove straight back to Moeen Ali, who reacted quickly to take a smart catch, leaving the Aussies 207-4. Ben Stokes took a late wicket to put England in the driving seat, as Adam Voges played a loose shot to Anderson at cover for 31. Australia finished the day on 264-5, trailing by 166, with Shane Watson and night watchman Nathan Lyon at the crease. James Anderson’s economic bowling stood out, as he was rewarded with a wicket and six maidens from his 16 overs. Moeen Ali was also dangerous with the ball, taking 2-67.

England will feel that they hold a slender advantage after two days play, and taking the wickets of Watson and Haddin early on tomorrow will put the hosts firmly in control. With the exception of Chris Rogers, the Australian openers got in, but were unable to capitalise before getting out.


England win first ashes test

England wrapped up the first ashes test in a less comprehensive style than they would have liked at Trent Bridge today. Australia needed 137 to win, whilst England only needed to take 4 Aussie wickets. In a tense finish, England dismissed Australia for 296, winning by 14 runs.

Having starred in the first innings, Ashton Agar was bumped up the order to bat at 8, but he couldn’t muster the form of Day 2. Alistair Cook caught the youngster for 14 from Jimmy Anderson. Australia went from 207-7 to 211-8, as Starc came in, only to be dismissed for 1 by the same partnership. Cook and Anderson teamed up for their 3rd dismissal soon after, with Siddle being caught for 11.

Australia managed to survive through until lunch, with Haddin still at the crease. A final partnership of 65 with Pattinson got some England fans’ nerves jangling, but man of the match Anderson got the breakthrough, with Prior catching Haddin behind for 71. He was originally given not out, but Cook’s expert use of his reviews proved fruitful again, with the hotspot camera showing a slight nick from Haddin. Winning on a review was a fairly anti-climactic ending to a wonderful 5 days of cricket, cumulating in England going up 1-0 in the series. Jimmy Anderson’s 10 wickets, including all four this morning, saw him take the man of the match award.