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Live: Day one, first Ashes Test, England v Australia, Trent Bridge

The Ashes, welcome back. You've been missed. What a day it was, with Peter Siddle and Jimmy Anderson the stand-outs.

Cheers to all who read and commented throughout. It was my first day, hopefully I'll have worked out how to produce a few more bells and whistles tomorrow.

For those not about to go straight to bed keep an eye on the websites, as reports, news and columns from Chloe Saltau, Greg Baum and Malcolm Knox will be posted ASAP.

Across the day at Trent Bridge 14 wickets fell for 290 runs. Root, Trott and Smith the only batsmen to look really settled throughout, particularly Trott. Smith again showing his fighting abilities - not Walkabout Pub-style - are severely underrated. Anderson and Finn, particularly the former, were close to unplayable for a while and he played the key role in the damage not being worse. Australia was helped by Stuart Broad being unable to take the field due to a shoulder injury, as it prevented England from launching an all-pace barrage (although Anderson, with 2-25, and Finn, with 2-37, did bowl all but three of the 21 overs).

STUMPS: Australia 4-75, trailing by 140. Steve Smith 38* off 51b (5 fours, 1 six) and Phillip Hughes 7* off 17b survived the last six and a half overs of day one.

Anderson coming back on, for a final over from him today. Is bowling to Phillip Hughes.

Steve Smith crunches his sixth boundary of the day, off Graeme Swann, to move to 37* off 47 balls. Australia 4-73 in the 20th over.

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When I played at a (very) level I used to think of the percentage of maidens from a bowler a good indicator of how they bowled. Jimmy Anderson's experience today - 2-23 off 9 overs, 0 maidens - rubbishes that. Finn back into the attack in his place. Just over 10 minutes to go to finish the day.

Re some of the comments about the inconsistency about DRS. I know I'm in the minority here but I don't mind it. I don't think we should lose sight of the fact the idea of DRS was to reduce/eradicate the howlers, not to micro-manage every decision. For that reason I'm happy for the umpires' instinct to carry the most weight, unless conclusively proved otherwise. That's why I think it's fair to ball hitting the same place on the stumps is out for one player but not out for another.

Those who disagree, fair enough. Please just remember I HAVE acknowledged I'm in the minority, and most think the opposite.

And after four deliveries Steve Smith bludgeons him over long-on for six to move to 29. He's got ticker, that boy. Australia 4-61.

With Broad unavailable Alastair Cook brings up the new-ball pace partnership after 15 overs, with Graeme Swann replacing Steve Finn.

Former Test batsmen unite to lament Chris Rogers' dismissal. First Dean Jones...

 

 

Then Michael Vaughan...

 

 

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WICKET STANDS!! Rogers gone for 16. That tactic of going around the wicket came close a few times, finally gets him as Rogers fails to smother a ball angled into him. The review showed the ball was hitting outside of leg-stump. One of the quirks of the Decision Review System is that when that happened with Mitch Starc earlier it was called not-out, because that was the umpire's original decision. Here the ball hitting the same part of the stumps is out, because umpire Kumar Dharmasena had already given him out and there needed to be conclusive evidence to overturn.

Australia 4-54. Phillip Hughes in now to join Smith.

WICKET!! Rogers given lbw to Anderson. But reviewing...

Yep, think we'll grant you bragging rights for that one, Jimmy.

 

 

Steve Smith employing some off his pull-like paddles off Finn. Ugly, but effective. Consecutive boundaries lifts him to 23* off 29 balls, also brings up the fifty for Australia. 3-51 after 14 overs, with Rogers 14* off 34 balls.

Anderson and Finn about to come up to six overs each. Had Broad been available I reckon one of them, probably Finn, would have been rested an over or two ago, so they could keep up a three-way pace barrage. Still no word if Broad likely to come out today, which has 40 minutes remaining.

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Eeeeeek. Smith tries to defend Finn but plays well away from his body. Too far. Ball angled into him comes off his inside edge, but safely past his leg-stump.

Almost another scalp for Anderson, further justifying his decision to go around the wicket to the leftie Rogers. Shaped a full delivery in and seamed away, Rogers overbalanced and ball came off the leading edge, but landed before third slip.

Despite the dire situation Steve Smith seizes on an inviting short ball from Finn, aggressively hooking him behind square-leg to the boundary. Wasn't reckless mind; had hit the ground by time it reached the square-leg umpire. He's moved on to 9 - as is Rogers - with Australia 3-31

As our man Greg Baum explains from Trent Bridge, Australia's captain has a clear vulnerability...

 

 

Just before the Clarke wicket Nasser Hussain said on the Sky TV commentary that Stuart Broad has not been sent for scans on his right shoulder, which was struck by a James Pattinson bouncer. Instead he is receiving treatment in the dressing rooms. While he has not been out on the field yet the fact it was an impact injury, rather than a muscle injury, means if he comes out he will be eligible to bowl straight away.

With England currently only having Anderson and Finn available as seam options, and the ball hooping around, Rogers and Smith can do their job simply by bunkering down.

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