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

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    Ashes - Day 1

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    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.

    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...

     

     

    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.

    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.

    Anderson, frustrated that left-hander Rogers the only Australian not to struggle against him so far, decides to go around the wicket. First ball angles in and shapes away - at pace. Left by Rogers. Glorious to watch from Anderson.

    Oh, and since I didn't mention it earlier Steve Smith is the new man in. His willingness to battle in the middle is badly underrated. He is, despite his sometimes cavalier approach, a real fighter.

    If you're not going to believe me about the quality of that last delivery then believe Twenty20 specialist, Dirk Nannes.

     

     

    WICKET!! Michael Clarke gone for a duck, to an absolute peach from Jimmy Anderson. Angles into the Australian captain, who gets his angles slightly wrong and allows the ball to shave the outside of off-stump. Brilliant, brilliant bowling. Australia 3-22.

    Chris Rogers just doing what he does best: shuffling around, nurdling, clipping a boundary here our there. Completely unobtrusive; it masks how effective he is. While it's not ideal for the left-hander to be resuming his Test career in such circumstances - Australia 2-21 - realistically I think it's one of the reasons he was recalled, because selectors know he's as capable of handling it as anyone.

    SO CLOSE!! Finn produces a jaffa of a good length that shapes away slightly, Clarke plays and - fortunately for him - missed as it passes outside his off-stump.

    Captain Michael Clarke arrives, to a cauldron of intimidating cheers - but not for him - at Trent Bridge. Will face Finn's hat-trick ball.

    WICKET!! Golden duck for Cowan, reached at ball angled across him and edged to Swann at second slip. Australia 2-19, Finn on a hat-trick!

    WICKET!! Watson gone. Tried to drive a full delivery from Finn that seamed away slightly, caught by Root in the slips cordon. Gone for 13 (14b, 3 fours). Australia 1-19; new No.3 Ed Cowan in now.

    Watson's faced seven balls from Finn, already three boundaries. First two brutal cuts, the last a deft drive between mid-on and mid-wicket. Raced away, as so many of his shots do.

    Rogers gets his first boundary of his second stint in Test cricket, pushing Anderson through the covers. Australia 0-15 after 3 overs.

    Stuart Broad not a candidate to share the new ball with Anderson because he's off the ground with a shoulder injury, believed to be when he copped a brutal bouncer from Pattinson to his right (bowling) shoulder.

    Two boundaries in a row from Watto from Finn's first two deliveries. Welcome back Watto!

    First ball from Finn, short and wide outside off-stump, smashed in front of point by Shane Watson. It's the 2010-11 Ashes all over again - albeit just on evidence of ball one!

    First over down: Australia unscathed, 0-1. Not going to be easy though, Anderson moving it both ways. The fourth ball was particularly nervy, with Watson flashing at a ball outside off-stump and only pulling out at the very last second.

    Steve Finn to share the new ball.

    Anderson starts for England, bowling to Australia's new opening partnership of Shane Watson and Chris Rogers.

    Once from our senior columnist Greg Baum at Trent Bridge, in reference to Siddle and Pattinson taking eight wickets between them: "This is Dandenong versus England."

    England's 215 is its lowest score batting first at home since 2009, when it made 102 versus Australia at Headingley in the last Ashes series it hosted. Before today had batted first 13 times since then, including against the might of South Africa.

    So England lost 9-137 in the end. All 10 wickets shared between the three specialist seamers: Peter Siddle (5-50 off 14 overs, 4 maidens), James Pattinson (3-69 off 17o, 2m), Mitch Starc (2-54 off 17o, 5m). Not one England batsman reached 50, the best being Jonathan Trott's 48. I certainly didn't see that bit coming.

    All over, in the words of David Gower in the Sky commentary: "A very tame end to a very tame performance".

    Graeme Swann meekly slices James Pattinson to point, for 1, to end England's innings on 215. What a turn-up!

    Beefy Botham has not been shy in denigrating Australia of late. To his credit, however, he is not underplaying its day-one performance, nor excusing that of England.

     

     

    Review!! Starc has an LBW appeal against Anderson turned down, implores Clarke to refer, which he does. Review shows.... clipping outside of leg-stump, so dismissed. Was much closer than I thought. I assumed there was an inside edge, which there was not. England remains 9-213.

    Since coasting to 1-78 England has since lost 8-135.

    No more than five minutes how I lamented Starc's performance today he is on a hat-trick. Reminds me how he cleaned up the tail against Sri Lanka in Hobart last summer, can be lethal against them.

    WICKET CONFIRMED!! Steve Finn out for a golden duck, edging Mitch Starc behind to Brad Haddin. England 9-213.

    WICKET!! Or is it? Seems like Finn has nicked off first ball to Starc, but immediately reviews it.

    WICKET!! And that is why Mitch Starc is persisted with. Bairstow tried to drive a full yorker, is comprehensively bowled by the delivery that angled across him and held its line. There goes the sets batsman, who made 37 off 51 balls (7 fours). England 8-213. Big wicket, now definite tailenders alongside the capable Swann. Steve Finn in at 10. England 8-213.

    Pattinson's celebrations earned the hoots of the Trent Bridge crowd. Knowing James a bit I can guarantee you that will not bother him one skerrick. Happy to play the villain on this tour.

    WICKET!! The short ball works. Broad tries to pull Pattinson, miscues badly and lobs to near short mid-on, where Pattinson takes a return catch, for 24 off 30b. Yep, was destined to never be a grinding-type partnership with those two (he and Bairstow). England 7-213; Graeme Swann in now.

    Broad up to 24* off 28 balls. While he looks uncomfortable with pace when it's short he relishes it when it's pitched up, often driven back - with interest. England 6-213.

    When I was theorising Ashes bowling attacks over the past few weeks Starc was the paceman I worried about. When he gets it right he's near unplayable, but far more often he provides loose deliveries. That's not to say be rid of him - far from it! - but I think we need to recognise he's a long way from being the finished product, or close enough to it to warrant a place. The reason I backed his inclusion here was the wickets he got at Somerset, bowling in tandem with Pattinson.

    This is not to say Pattinson has been perfect today. It's just to recognise that Pattinson has provided more of a few glimpses of his threat to complement his bad balls. Starc, despoite starting slightly better with the new ball, has not.

    Starc, resuming with Pattinson to start the last session, still not showing much. All the raw ingredients to be a very good seamer are there, just rarely put together at Test level. Pattinson having an interesting duel with Pattinson in the 55th over. Broad superbly cover drove him to the boundary, in between Pattinson striking him with a bouncer (which he took his eyes off, letting it hit his front shoulder) and wildly playing and missing to another outside off-stump. Also did it again later in over. Broad did not look comfortable evading - sure to remember when he gets a bowl at Pattinson!

    That boundary brought up the 200 for England. Neither batsman look the type who will dig in. Seems their best defence is attack.

    And we're back for the final session. James Pattinson starting.

    TEA. What a session for Australia. Took 4-87 to leave England struggling at 6-185, with Jonny Bairstow 32* (41b, 6 fours) and Stuart Broad 1* (10b). Siddle the destroyer, 5-50 off 14 overs with 4 maidens.

    Teams can overcome a bad first day of the series, but it's much harder to do that when you're the underdog. For that reason, Australia's second-session fightback has been vital.

    More from Chloe Saltau at Trent Bridge, on Australia's newest Test player: Agar comes from clouds to make debut.

    This is Peter Siddle's eighth five-wicket haul, and second in England (after 5-59 at Headingley in 2009). What a way to reinforce the coach's and selectors' faith.

    WICKET!! Five for Peter Siddle! Terrible shot from Matt Prior, cuts with leaden feet and caught high at point by Phillip Hughes for 1. England 6-180. What a comeback by the visitor. Australia has taken 4-82 so far in the session.

    WICKET!! Need I say by who? Peter Siddle, his fourth. Another great bowling change by Clarke. Angles a delivery across Bell, edges to Shane Watson at first slip for 25. England 5-175. Now here comes Matt Prior, a fine batsman.

    Half-century partnership up for Bell and Bairstow. Scoring controlled by Bairstow (31* off 33b), despite him being newer to the crease than Bell (21* off 58).

    Starc flicked, unsurprisingly. Siddle back on.

    Starc not creating the pressure he needs. Dropping too short, twice cut to the boundary by Bairstow. Now onto 31*, definitely approaching "set" territory now. England 4-173 after 46 overs.

    One from earlier from Chloe Saltau at Trent Bridge re Siddle's post-lunch spell that removed Pietersen and Trott: 2-17 off 6 overs, with 3 maidens.

    Four of the five boundaries Agar has conceded in his five overs have been cuts near point. It seems at the moment the England batsmen are content to sit on him, in the confidence he will periodically drop short and give them a four ball.

    Ian Bell hasn't had a great time of late but in my book he remains, technique-wise, one of the best batsmen in the world to watch.

    Pattinson finishes his spell, with Ashton Agar taking over. With Pattinson gone Mitch Starc must continue the pressure on Jonny Bairstow. But a few boundaries has allowed him to already move to 18*, so close to getting a start. His last boundary - off Agar - brought up the 150 for England, 4-152 in the 43rd. Ian Bell on 12.

    Where are all the spin bowlers who were kids inspired by Shane Warne? While we typically lament they never existed as we expected them to, former Victorian gloveman and now SA coach Darren Berry reckons his effect may belatedly be why so many Victorian-born players - and newly naturalised Fawad Ahmed - are dominating Australian spin ranks at the moment, just not all for the Bushrangers.

     

     

    Bairstow comprehensively beaten by Pattinson outside off-stump, attempting a drive. While Root earlier laughed off any attempt to intimidate him Bairstow made no eye contact whatsoever and wandered away to square-leg. If I was a body-language expert I'd make a big deal of this. Shame I'm not.

    Yep, Starc on. Siddle given a well-deserved rest.

    Drinks in the second session, the official half-way mark of day one. England 4-134 after 39 overs, with Bell 8* (34b, 2 fours) and Jonny Bairstow 4* (9b, 1 four). Pattinson got the first wicket of the day, the big one of Cook, but since then Siddle has - despite a poor first spell - been invaluable, with 3-45 off 11o (3m).

    No chance for Agar to add to his initial three-over spell in the first hour, nor a chance for Starc. He may have to wait, however, as I reckon Clarke will want to test Bairstow with pace and will prioritise Starc in terms of replacement bowlers.

    A word of encouragement for Australia for one of the most unlikely hardcore cricket fans I could have imagined: former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann, a German.

     

     

    May be reading too much into this but reckon I saw a flinch by Bairstow to that bouncer outside off-stump from Pattinson. Aussies have done their homework - progress given the Indian tour kerfuffle! Lid called for, Ed Cowan goes into short leg.

    Verdict on the spot at Trent Bridge from our correspondent, Chloe Saltau: "This is exactly what Haddin said Siddle would do, lift at the right time. Indifferent lead-up to the series and bad start but this spell has been full and dangerous."

    This is what she wrote about Haddin's view on the bustling Victorian before the match: Siddle no rank outsider, says Haddin.

    Great replay footage of the Trott dismissal. After he (uncharacteristically) played well outside his body and edged onto his leg-stump he turned around and shaped to smash the remaining two out of the ground in anger. Fortunately for him the red mist dissipated, as it would have cost him a fair chunk of his match fee.

    In comes Jonny Bairstow. In the only other time I've seen him at length, versus the West Indies, he was made to look silly by Kemar Roach, particularly with the short stuff. But that was just one Test, and he wouldn't have survived in such a good team had that performance not been an aberration.

    WICKET!! The Wall has been broken! And it's that man Siddle again doing the damage. Approached from wide on the crease, bowled a full delivery that the right-hander attempted to drive but inside-edged onto his stumps. Gone for a typically steady 48. England 4-124.

    A great session for far by Australia, 2-26 - and those two Pietersen and Trott.

    Well said from one of the UK cricketing press stalwarts, Mike Selvey. Reckon Brad Haddin will be needing a Radox bath at the end of today given how much he's had to throw himself around. At least the turf looks pretty lush - it would want to be for Hadds' sake.

     

     

    A legitimate question from NSW wicketkeeper Daniel Smith. Trott consistently superb when bowlers stray onto his legs.

     

     

    Watson indeed rested after his four-over spell - 0-7 with 2 maidens - but replaced with Pattinson rather than Starc. The bristling paceman starts badly; first ball a wide, second worked by Trott off his knee through forward square-leg to the boundary to move to 47.

    Encouraging sign from Siddle, just got one ball to tail back into the right-hander after it passed him on the way to Haddin. Very late swing. Next ball shaped earlier, more significantly the other way. Both will serve to put doubt in the minds of the batsmen.

    England 3-118 after 34.

    Reckon it could be time for a double change: definitely Agar for Watto (don't want him bowling too much) and maybe Starc for Siddle. I'd be willing to wait on the ladder as you know Siddle will keep the pressure on re economy rate. That's important when you have an inexperienced tweaker at the other end.,

    Watto now consistently getting the ball to shape away. Where the uncertainty comes in is if you can get the odd one to hold its line from same point on pitch or, even better, go the other way. Still waiting for either of those.

    Trott reminding me of the 2009-10 Ashes, about how hard he is to bowl to. Great eye, doesn't often nibble outside off-stump and then feasts on anything on his legs, and sometimes even on or just outside off-stump if angled into him.

    Ian Bell took 12 balls to get off the mark but did it in emphatic fashion, crunching a pull to the boundary off a rather tame Siddle bouncer that sat up perfectly for him just outside off-stump. England 3-115 in the 32nd over.

    Pietersen's wicket has really tightened things up. In the four overs since lunch the only scoring shot was his streaky boundary the ball before he nicked off. Watson and Siddle not giving Trott and Bell any width, good to see. Pressure must be sustained. England 3-102 after 30 overs.

    The most notable thing about Watson's bowling so far is how he's pushing them through, not much slower than the new ball bowlers. But hard to tell for sure as when it comes to mph rather than km/h I'm illiterate. Metric all the way, I say.

    The last man into Australia's pace attack, Peter Siddle, started badly but has fought back well. Mind you he was helped by Pietersen, who played a very meek shot to get out. Was in contrast to the confident - surprise, surprise - manner he started his innings. Has brought Ian Bell to the crease to join Trott.

    WICKET!! Siddle again! Pietersen goes reaching at a full delivery angled into him from Siddle, regulation edge into the safe hands of captain Michael Clarke at second slip. Gone for 14. England 3-102.

    That's the hundred up for England, 2-102 with a boundary second ball of second over of second session.

    Watson starts with a maiden. A bit of wobble through the air but, on early evidence, not much to worry England - certainly not someone as driven and capable as Jonathan Trott.

    Peter Siddle, who's only bowled five overs so far, so resume from the other end.

    And we're back. And that man, Shane Watson, will start the session with the ball. Will be intently watching the shape he gets. Bowling to Trott first up.

    The report on the first session from our correspondent on the spot at Trent Bridge, Chloe Saltau: England makes solid start on opening day of the Ashes.

    LUNCH: England 2-98 after 26 overs, with Jonathan Trott 37* (47b, 8 fours) and Kevin Pietersen 10* (20b, 2 fours). They've so far put on 20 for the third wicket. Alastair Cook (13 off 26b, 2 fours) and Joe Root (30 off 64b, 6 fours) the only victims, with a wicket each to Pattinson and Siddle. Only one chance missed, a tough one by Haddin off Pattinson when Pietersen was on 1.

    I'd give that session to England, albeit not by a lot. I think it could've been different, or at least lower scoring, had the bowlers been able to sustain pressure. Pattinson did that in the ninth over and got Cook's scalp, with Siddle claimed Root with a great yorker.

    Trott has looked excellent, and Pietersen has looked similarly authoritative from a shorter stint - so far - at the crease.

    Starc gets the last over before lunch. So no Watson at all. Is that a sign that Australia now thinks to get the best out of him it can only use him as an occasional bowler, as in ideally two or maybe three tiny spells per innings? Or maybe want to want longer when think ball condition more conducive to reverse swing.

    With Pietersen in Clarke gives Siddle a rest, despite his one wicket-taking over in his second spell. Mitch Starc recalled. England 2-83, with about 10 minutes until lunch.

    Eeeeek. A superb leave from Pietersen to end the over from Pattinson. Taking note of the shape away from him KP shoulders arm to a ball angled in. As KP expected it passed safely, about 5 centimetres high and wide of his off-stump.

    CHANCE: Kevin Pietersen spared on 1, off Pattinson. Glanced a ball angled down leg-side from Pattinson, Haddin dived far enough to his left to grab it but misjudged the height, passed just under his glove, ran away to the boundary. Was a tough chance, hardly a stinker from the recalled gloveman. But half-chances crucial. England 2-83.

    Replay of Root dismissal shows just how off-balance he was by the time the ball hit his stumps. Overbalanced to extent his back foot ended up about 30 or 40 centimetres outside off-stump, well outside his front foot. Was a very good ball from Siddle. Shouldn't obscure the fact Root looked assured in his first innings as a Test opener.

    First ball to Kevin Pietersen, back from a long-term knee injury, full outside off-stump, squeezed safely off outside edge to slips. Next ball full and attacked stumps too. Siddle revitalised by the scalp of Root.

    WICKET!! Change of ends a masterstroke from Clarke. Siddle fires in a full yorker at Root, plays well inside a ball that angled in and straightened, cannoned into off-stump. Gone for 30 off 64. England 2-78 in the 22nd over.

    Finally, Clarkey getting my orders and acting accordingly. Pattinson on in the 21st over for his second spill in place of Siddle, who conceded 0-26 from his 4 overs.

    England 1-70 after 19. Siddle's now bowled four overs and is conceding just over a run a ball. With half an hour until lunch I'd give Pattinson another bowl, then maybe Watto the last two from Agar's end before the break.

    He's looking more and more comfortable, Root. Great example of that then, driving a ball angled into him from Siddle into a small gap between mid-on and mid-wicket to move to 22* (46). England 1-60.

    A bit of praise first up for Agar from a former England captain, Michael Vaughan.

     

     

    That first-up boundary the only blemish in Agar's first over. The left-arm finger-spinner was pretty solid thereafter. England 1-54 after 16 overs.

    Shocking punter, I am. Agar gets his chance now, replacing Mitch Starc (0-17 off 7 overs, with 3 maidens). Good luck to the kid, though can't help but think that with the ball shaping the way it has been you want it to be almost exclusively pace in that first session.

    As Michael Holding said in commentary not a Nathan Lyon-like first ball (textbook edge to slip) from Agar: cover driven to the boundary by Trott, who's up to 23 at just above a run a ball.

    50 up for England with Jonathan Trott's effortless turn of Siddle off his hip to fine-leg for a single. Came up in 15 overs.

    First punt of the series. Reckon Starc will get one more then another spell from Pattinson, then Shane Watson to replace Siddle closer to lunch. Agar to get his first chance just before the break, replacing Pattinson.

    First hour of the 2013 Ashes series down: England 1-39, with Joe Root 12* (40) and Jonathan Trott 12* (12). Captain (Alastair) Cook the only scalp, caught behind off Pattinson for 17. Ball swinging a lot but reckon both Pattinson and Starc could've done more. Pattinson started worse but improved, Starc better to start but hasn't posed any many problems as I would have liked. Too early for defensive moves like going around the wicket. Trott looking in ominous form.

    Ouch. Siddle starts well radar-wise but his full length feasted upon by Trott, two driven boundaries in the first three deliveries.

    First bowling change. James Pattinson's six-over opening spell ends, with figures of 1-17 with 2 maidens. Replaced by Peter Siddle.

    Explanation of the Warner decision from chief selector John Inverarity: "David remains a member of the Ashes Squad and will return to the England at an appropriate time once we’re happy he has had adequate preparation in match conditions. Steve Smith will stay on with the Ashes squad for the full tour in England. As a consequence of this Aaron Finch will take over the captaincy of Australia A while Alex Doolan has been promoted to vice-captain."

    BIG day for David Warner. First misses out on an expected Test berth, now leaving the Ashes squad to instead play for Australia A in its Zimbabwe/South Africa series that begins next week.

     

     

    Well, "the Wall" (Jonathan Trott) has just got off the mark with an exceptionally timed cover-drive off Pattinson. Has got the defensive side down pat, maybe I've underestimated his attacking skills. England 1-31 after 11.

    England 1-27 after 10 overs. Starc finishes his fifth over by coming around the wicket to Joe Root. Personally, I don't like seeing left-armers doing that so early. I'd like to to concentrate on a stock ball of shaping into the right-handers and then try and trap them with the odd one that holds its line going across them.

    England 1-27. But don't get too happy, Australians. The new batsman is the heir apparent to Rahul Dravid's nickname "The Wall": Jonathan Trott.

    WICKET!! Cook's third false shot outside off-stump to Pattinson costs him his wicket, for 13. Tries to drive a half-volley and edges behind to comeback keeper Brad Haddin.

    This ninth over of the day clearly the most heartening for Australia. James Pattinson fires one past left-hander Cook's outside edge, and then has him edging through slips to the boundary (to move to 13). Any early wicket would be great for Australia, but Cook's would be the best.

    And to my point earlier about Siddle being the only bowler with Test experienced in England, here are the statistical repercussions of that.

     

     

    Both Australian bowlers, particularly Pattinson, starting to show a bit of snarl to Root, but the inexperienced Root continues to laugh it off. He of the baby face doesn't seem to be a soft touch. Just deftly drove drove behind gully after judging the swing into him well.

    Only six overs' in and Aleem Dar already has his light meter out.

    Nice Text commentary from Channel Nine describing the opening delivery of the series, from James Pattinson.

     

     

    This might explain why they did... #oops.

     

     

    Not the greatest time to make a blunder.

    Encouragement for both sides in the fifth over. First England, with Joe Root pulling Pattinson to fine-leg to the boundary, to get off the mark. Second Australia, with Pattinson seaming a fast one away from Root's outside edge, thanks to great seam position. Root finished with an unconvincing edge through slips. The host moves to 0-14.

    Hasn't been a gripping first four overs, but with Test cricket you never know when the lulls are going to me. Can change very quickly. England 0-6 so far, with its batsmen not having to play as much as Michael Clarke would've liked them to. After two overs each it's time for Pattinson and Starc to start settling into a groove.

    Starc's radar not perfect but was better that Pattinson's. Kept his nice high action and was typically shaping the ball away from the left-hander (Cook - into right-hander Root). Once strayed onto pads and was comfortably turned to leg-side by Cook. If he can get good shape Cook will be reluctant to do that, in case of a leading edge.

    Ordinary first over from James Pattinson - but so was his debut in Brisbane in November 2011, and by the middle of it he was unplayable. Starc sharing the new ball.

    James Pattinson getting first use of the Dukes ball, bowling to Alastair Cook and Joe Root.

    Ladies and gentlemen, IT'S ON!!!

    (First ball given a wide by Aleem Dar, bouncer that pitched well inside Pattinson's own half and passed way too high - sorry England, not quite a Steve Harmison.)

    Australian domestic players are, judging by their Tweets, thrilled at Ashton Agar's selection. NSW seamer Gurinder Sandhu typical of that. Had it not been for Australia's excellent fast-bowling depth he too could've "done an Agar" and got a Test call-up within a year of his first-class debut.

     

     

    This first morning should be fascinating. I genuinely think James Pattinson can be the dominant fast-bowler of the series, despite Jimmy Anderson's undoubted skill. How he is complemented will be crucial. Peter Siddle will most likely be used as the stock bowler, which he is clearly fit enough to do. Mitch Starc is the interesting one. When he's one song he's close to unplayable, but I still worry he offers too many "four" balls. I was encouraged to see he cleaned up during the first tour match; he and Pattinson were reputed to be unplayable when they skittled Somerset after the home team's very strong start,

    So apart from the moves we knew, like Watson and Rogers opening, interesting that Clarke has moved himself to four between two left-handers, Ed Cowan and three and Phillip Hughes at five. Cowan (picked ahead of Usman Khawaja) will be good at playing the swinging ball, but as a number three survival will not be enough. Will have to prove he has another gear to move into. Will also need to go on with his starts. Both in India and during his recent county cricket stint in England he got starts but never really cashed in. I like that Clarke has assumed more responsibility by taking second drop.

    Australia has an entirely different batting order, and five selection changes, since its last Test in March against India (assuming you haven't blocked that out from your memory). That Australian line-up in Delhi: Cowan, Warner, Hughes, Watson (c), Smith, Wade, Maxwell, Johnson, Siddle, Pattinson, Lyon.

    Comment from my housemate, who's not a cricket fan, on seeing England opener Joe Root for the first time: "He looks about five!"

    TEAMS
    ENGLAND: Alastair Cook (c), Joe Root, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Jonny Bairstow, Matt Prior, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steve Finn, Jimmy Anderson.
    AUSTRALIA: Shane Watson, Chris Rogers, Ed Cowan, Michael Clarke (c), Phillip Hughes, Steve Smith, Brad Haddin, Peter Siddle, James Pattinson, Mitch Starc, Ashton Agar.

    Michael Clarke confirms he would've batted had he won the toss, but hopes overcast conditions will help bowlers. Justifies selection of Agar because of his good tour-match performances. Also defends selecting both late additions to the Ashes squad, Agar and Steve Smith, in the team. Said Dave Warner, who lost his spot to Smith, harmed by his lack of match practice, from that much-publicised - and rightly so - disciplinary ban

    Toss won by Alastair Cook. England BATTING. Confirms Finn gets the last fast-bowling spot.

    Speculation that Steve Finn has snared England's last fast-bowling slot, ahead of Tim Bresnan and Graham Onions. But "good guys"? Turn it up, Aggers.

     

     

    Ashton Agar's new home, WA - he was originally from Victoria but left due to his low position in the spin pecking order - understandably rapt with his Test selection. The Warriors have released a statement commending the decision, with coach Justin Langer particularly happy.

    "His rise has been phenomenal since he was given an opportunity. What I love about Ashton is not only is he a very good cricketer, who can bowl, bat and field, but he's an excellent person, so from that point of view we're very thrilled," Langer said.

    "My advice to him is to stay loose. He's such a natural player, he's got great instincts. He's got to keep smiling. The only danger I see for him is that England target him as a young spinner. The crowd will go hard at him but as long as he keeps loose and keeps smiling he'll be fine."

    Still waiting on confirmation of Chris Barrett's oil from earlier about Steve Smith getting the middle-order nod ahead of David Warner. If/when confirmed don't underestimate the importance of Smith being both a right-hander and also a very good player of spin bowling; both could be used to negate the dangerous Graeme Swann,

    Huge news: 19-year-old Ashton Agar to make his Test debut, getting the nod ahead of Nathan Lyon. A huge move, given his addition to Ashes squad a fortnight ago began solely as a "development player". Great news for the lanky left-arm finger spinner; not so for Lyon.

     

     

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    10 Jul Australia has launched its Ashes campaign by springing a major selection surprise on England, handing a shock Test debut to 19-year-old spinner Ashton Agar.

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    Five stars: Siddle tears through England on day one

    10 Jul Fast bowling leader Peter Siddle stood up for Australia with an awesome five-wicket performance as England was bowled out cheaply on day one of the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge.

    Warner sent off to Africa to find form

    10 Jul David Warner has paid the ultimate price for punching Joe Root, surrendering his place on the Ashes tour.

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    11 Jul Peter Siddle led Australia into combat on an epic first day of the Ashes but by the end of it the batsmen were in a familiar position - on the ropes.

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    11 Jul If an Australian could freeze time, it might be at 5.05pm at Trent Bridge on Wednesday 10 July. Palmy days, or at least a palmy moment: England rolled for 215 and short an opening bowler; Shane Watson slashing the boundary ropes with a bat like a broadsword; Chris Rogers compact behind a dirty old arm-guard that spoke not of his one Test match but of the 10,000 runs he has amassed since.

    For two nervous, skittish teams, the tone is set

    11 Jul If the first day of an Ashes series sets the tone, this one was irresolute, signalling one direction, then changing its mind.

    Injury concern for Watson as Lehmann admits Siddle nearly missed out

    11 Jul Shane Watson has finished the first day of the Trent Bridge Test with what coach Darren Lehmann described as a niggle in his lower leg.

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    • What present do you buy for your Mother-in-Law? A ticket to the 5th day of a cricket Test that includes Australia.

      Commenter
      Rover
      Location
      Central Coast
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 7:22PM
    • How many times must Ed Cowan fail before he gets dropped. If you come from Victoria it is almost impossible to get selected and then keep your spot. For example David Hussey, Dean Jones - scored double century in India to save the day and was dropped...Duh? Is the most useless institution in Oz, the Australian National Cricket Team Selection Committee or the Reserve Bank of Australia...hmmmm...close call that one!

      Commenter
      Irish Cricketer
      Location
      Ballyduff
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 3:49AM
      • Boo hoo hoo, waaaaaaah, muuuuummy, waaaaaah, waaaaah, WAAAAAAAH, why doesn't anyone listen to mmmmeeeeeee, sniff!

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        Sniff
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 6:39AM
    • Cmon! Day 1 and the whining is already in at an extremely high pitch.
      We all knew the rules before we started and we did not complain. Now that one of ours (who was threatening to do well) was left-field of the law, we complain.
      Get over it. Grow up.
      ...and most importantly, enjoy the game.
      Tjak

      Commenter
      Tjak
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      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 3:39AM
    • Thanks for the call Jesse - see you all tomorrow :)

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      haydoz
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      July 11, 2013, 3:31AM
    • They have GOT to change that referral system! If the umpire initially says you're out and Hawkeye says only half the ball is hitting the stump then you're out. Had the umpire given it not out and the fielding side referred it, he'd still be there. It's like Schrödinger's cat for cricketers and inherently unfair. If you're going to review decisions to GET IT RIGHT then you HAVE to be consistent. Otherwise you may as well just let the umpires make mistakes.

      Commenter
      Tyger Tyger
      Location
      Izmir
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 3:07AM
      • I agree!
        If a ball (even a computer one) hits the wicket, its out.

        Commenter
        liklik
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        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 7:57AM
    • Dammit - those two were starting to build something there.

      Jesse, and other posters - what are your thoughts on referrals for no ball after a wicket has been taken? We saw a few in the ENG innings. To me it takes away from the excitement of a wicket. If umpire didnt call it on release - it shouldnt be called after the fact.

      Commenter
      haydoz
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      July 11, 2013, 3:05AM
      • Don't have a problem with it, if it gets the right decision. Just don't like it being done repeatedly. They should know whether it was close (and hence review justified) and when it was not (so not justified).

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        Jesse
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        July 11, 2013, 3:11AM
      • Jesse, you might know the rule better than me - if its called a no ball - and batsman is bowled. Can fielding side review? If shown not a no ball - is batsman out? Surely he can claim he adjusted his shot based on the no ball call.

        Commenter
        haydoz
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        July 11, 2013, 3:15AM
      • You've stumped me on that one. Sorry.

        Commenter
        Jesse
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        July 11, 2013, 3:17AM
      • Yeah - all my cricket tragic mates aren't sure either. It would be great to find out.

        Commenter
        haydoz
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        July 11, 2013, 3:18AM
      • The umpire should be seen to be impartial..................either they check every wicket or they check none!

        Commenter
        liklik
        Location
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 7:55AM
      • Given the technology being used in sport these days how hard would it be to embed a sensor at the back of the bowling crease and automate no-ball calls? You could have a speaker in the stump at the batsman's end which would alert them instantly, allowing them to have a swing and umpires would be able to focus exclusively on what the ball is doing.
        Any tech-heads out there know whether that's feasible? I can see one problem with it might be that the part of the foot behind the line doesn't have to touch the ground so it couldn't be a simple pressure sensor, but surely there's something that would do the job.

        Commenter
        Tyger Tyger
        Location
        Izmir
        Date and time
        July 12, 2013, 8:29AM
    • It seems a wicket will fall every 2nd ball. I can't remember the last shot off the middle of the bat. Come on guys, I'm sick of the Poms winning - it's just not natural !

      Commenter
      Unhappy in London
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      July 11, 2013, 2:55AM
    • 3 for 39.Oh yes we have them on the defensive now!

      Commenter
      SeanVegas
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      !
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 2:50AM
      • We need Khawaja at 3, Hughes up to 5 and Smith at 6, although i am impressed with how smith is fighting it out with Rogers.

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        Amith_S
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        July 11, 2013, 2:57AM
      • I am so upset with these highly paid blokes that I cannot believe that we can play 2 ASHES tours in 6 months

        Commenter
        SeanVegas
        Location
        Dhaka
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 2:58AM
      • What has "highly paid" got to do with it? They get a share of what the market is worth - which is billions. And very few of them are getting anywhere near what those in the previous great side got because most are not yet established players. What, should the money they get go to the media barons who already make a fortune out of them? If you're so jealous of their renumeration, get out there and have a crack yourself.

        Commenter
        Tyger Tyger
        Location
        Izmir
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 3:15AM
      • SeanVegas - highly paid in comparison to who? If you compare most Australian high profile sport stars - their salary doesn't even match a middle tier baseball player in USA. Why because USA market is bigger - hence more money - the player gets a larger slice of the pie.

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        haydoz
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        July 11, 2013, 3:25AM
    • WTF are you highly paid blokes doing? I have consultants laughing at us Ozzies, Geez Dazza get it right, plz.

      Commenter
      SeanVegas
      Location
      Dhaka
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 2:47AM
    • Time to dig in - put away the flashy drives for a session.

      Mark Waugh is my answer to best off pads. He made batting look so easy sometimes.

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      haydoz
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      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 2:44AM
      • Yet his record pales in comparison to his brother's. Never made the most of that extraordinary talent, although he was the best all-round fielder I've ever seen in my nearly 50 years watching the game.

        Commenter
        Tyger Tyger
        Location
        Izmir
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 2:50AM
      • But he ain't playing tonight, is he?

        Commenter
        SeanVegas
        Location
        Dhaka
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 2:52AM
      • Yu got that right Tyger Tyger - what a pair of hands. Steve had the mongrel in him - mongrel always wins I guess :)

        I had the pleasure of going to a cricket camp as a kid where Mark came and taught us on a couple of days just as he was breaking into the Aussie team. Great memories.

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        haydoz
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        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 2:53AM
    • I think we will see Khawaja come in for the next test at 3. Clarke got a peach of a delivery, unplayable, but Cowan played at one he shouldn't have and that wicket for me has got England back on top. Its cruical now that Rogers and Smith see it through today.

      Commenter
      Sanjay_F
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      July 11, 2013, 2:37AM
      • Well said Sanjay. Cowan's dismissal shows that we need Khawaja in, there are not many better batsman of swing bowling(just watch his innings against Tasmania where he outscored them by himself), surely its time to get him in at 3, that way Clarke won't be exposed so early to the new ball. Good to see Rogers fighting it out.

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        Amith_S
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        July 11, 2013, 2:43AM
      • Agreed. Khawaja at 3 and Warner in for Watson once he's done his penance.

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        Tyger Tyger
        Location
        Izmir
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 2:53AM
    • BTW, big up to Jimmy Anderson. Sounds like Watson and Cowan threw it away but Clarke was out to a jaffa. Credit where it's due, J.A. turns it on when it matters most - a jet.

      Commenter
      Tyger Tyger
      Location
      Izmir
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 2:37AM
    • Hey guys, you cost us so much plz give us some return on your ego's. Geez you guys are letting us down

      Commenter
      SeanVegas
      Location
      Dhaka
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 2:35AM
    • Here we go... unleash the bowlers!

      Commenter
      Father McLunacy
      Location
      North Vancouver
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 2:33AM
    • Oh my god. What are we paying these geniuses? Have these guys ever played cricket before?

      Commenter
      SeanVegas
      Location
      Dhaka
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 2:30AM
    • Well, it's down to two old men, two kids and the tail. Not looking good but also a big chance for Smith and Hughes to make a name for themselves. Come on! It's not over yet.

      Commenter
      Tyger Tyger
      Location
      Izmir
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 2:30AM
    • "Almost every batsman in world cricket would miss that!" - if only he wasn't so good to get a touch.

      Commenter
      haydoz
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      July 11, 2013, 2:30AM
    • What a bunch of pea hearts. Thankfully they've avoided the follow on.

      Commenter
      Unhappy in London
      Location
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 2:27AM
    • Nothing like having the first day of the ashes piped ball by ball into on my work desk top. but sitting here in a room full of yanks they just don't get the significance of hammering the poms all out for shade over 200. Hoping we dont have a loins finish in the 22nd innings.
      Thank you Jesse Thank you SMH

      Commenter
      Tim
      Location
      New York
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 2:25AM
      • Happy to help. Cheers for reading. Hoping this start hasn't given you heart palpitations.

        Commenter
        Jesse
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        July 11, 2013, 2:38AM
    • At least we avoided the follow on.

      Commenter
      josephina
      Location
      sydney
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 2:25AM
    • What do you say when the captain falls so cheaply?

      Commenter
      haydoz
      Location
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 2:23AM
      • Just shake your head, in the face of such brilliance.

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        Jesse
        Location
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 2:37AM
      • Give the bowler some credit, please. And Clarke has been outstanding since becoming captain. What does he have to do to please some people? All top order batsmen fall cheaply to great balls now and again.

        Commenter
        Tyger Tyger
        Location
        Izmir
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 2:40AM
      • Tyger Tyger - I wasn't taking away from JA's delivery - more commenting on the fact our captain and best batsman has fallen early - where do we turn now.

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        haydoz
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        July 11, 2013, 2:49AM
      • Fair enough, mate. Misreading on my part there. Apologies to you.

        Commenter
        Tyger Tyger
        Location
        Izmir
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 2:55AM
      • Out?

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        liklik
        Location
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 7:59AM
    • "Watson was looking dangerous at the crease but he played a shot too many." Nice summary of the most over-rated Test player in Australian cricket's career there Jesse. Can't believe he even made the tour given his self-obsessed petulance.

      Commenter
      Tyger Tyger
      Location
      Izmir
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 2:17AM
    • Oh for f**** sake guys, CONCENTRATE. lz

      Commenter
      SeanVegas
      Location
      Dhaka
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 2:14AM
    • Oh God. My worst fears. I hope we survive the day.

      Commenter
      josephina
      Location
      sydney
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 2:12AM
    • Cowan - what a shocker. Its a Test Match remember boys. Don't let the bowlers down by throwing away your wickets.

      Commenter
      haydoz
      Location
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 2:10AM
    • I hope you are getting OT for this Jesse and some other perks... tough gig with the time difference.

      Commenter
      Growler
      Location
      The Couch
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 1:57AM
      • This is my job for the duration of the series - think most would think I've got it pretty good.

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        Jesse
        Location
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 2:00AM
      • Sure... but you need to keep your wits about you when the rest of us can relax.

        Anyway mate... keep it up. Only another 21 days of play....

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        Growler
        Location
        The Couch
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 2:05AM
      • bye bye good start :)

        Commenter
        haydoz
        Location
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 2:08AM
    • Couldn't ask for a better start. Bit of help from some ordinary batting by the sounds but that's what happens when you get cocky. I'm old enough to remember the last "worst side ever" that went to England - 1989. Let's hope this one proves just as "bad". Go Aussie!

      Commenter
      Tyger Tyger
      Location
      Izmir
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 1:47AM
    • Oh man, plz just keep it all together for 4 more days. Ozzie, Ozzie e.

      Commenter
      SeanVegas
      Location
      Dhaka
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 1:31AM
    • Great start by the Aussies. Would like to take this tea break chance to ask Jesse a few questions:
      What's your thoughts on the Agar selection? How do you reckon he's gone so far? And what of Lyon? The poor guy must be seriously considering emigrating about now. Are we still trying to find a match-winner to replace Warne given we've played HOW MANY spinners now since his retirement? Twelve? Fifteen? If I were a kid thinking of bowling for Australia right now I'd be marking out a 20 metre run up and working out in the gym every day. Is there a danger that Warne's legacy will be that no spinner will ever be considered good enough in his wake?

      Commenter
      Tyger Tyger
      Location
      Izmir
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 12:55AM
      • Agar been pretty good. I guess you have to take account of it being day one. Apart from dropping short outside off about five times he did little wrong. Didn't trouble them a helluva lot but at least control was there. Lyon would be feeling very low now, no doubt. Has been dumped on successive tours, this one without even a Test. The spin conundrum too great for me to solve.

        Commenter
        Jesse
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        July 11, 2013, 1:11AM
    • Where are Roy & HG when you need them?

      Commenter
      s
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      Dhaka
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 12:44AM
      • Dapto dogs probably.

        Commenter
        Tyger Tyger
        Location
        Izmir
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 1:00AM
      • Dapto dogs 'dont watch cricket, or do they?

        Commenter
        SeanVegas
        Location
        Dhaka
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 1:19AM
      • They do - ball by ball.

        Commenter
        Tyger Tyger
        Location
        Izmir
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 1:32AM
    • Nice work Aussies. They have taken all their chances. Hopefully we can clean up the tail and our batting holds up.

      Commenter
      josephina
      Location
      sydney
      Date and time
      July 11, 2013, 12:32AM
    • Damn houseboy lost the TV remote... geez I dunno, I guess I'll have to drink beer in front of my laptop!

      Commenter
      SeanVegas
      Location
      Dhaka
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 11:37PM
      • Is that Roger the House Boy?

        Commenter
        Growler
        Location
        The Couch - BKK
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 1:01AM
    • I'm sorry, did we have some commenters bemoaning the selection of Siddle?

      He's the only consistently effective bowler we have. Works hard. Takes wickets at a fair average. Actually produces, doesn't just have "potential". He's not Glenn McGrath, but that's an impossibly high standard. He's at least, say, Craig McDermott. They say batting averages are about 5 runs higher these days, when comparing modern players with guys from the 80s, 70s and earlier. The same allowance ought to be made for bowlers.

      Commenter
      Arky
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      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 11:35PM
    • The number three's right now for both teams are Trott and Cowan. This is going to be such a boring, slow, mediocre series. Yawn.

      Commenter
      Sandeep
      Location
      Goa
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 11:28PM
      • As opposed to when that flashy Dravid played?

        You are welcome to switch off. Seems T20 may be more to your liking.

        Commenter
        Growler
        Location
        The Couch - BKK
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 1:48AM
    • Is Warner being forced to wear that moustache as some form of Boof punishment for being tool?

      Commenter
      Chris
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 11:02PM
      • Let's hope it isn't kept there voluntarily mate.

        Commenter
        Jimi
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        July 10, 2013, 11:34PM
    • C'mon Watto.

      Commenter
      Jorbren
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      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 10:44PM
    • For goodness sake, is the ball doing much?

      Commenter
      Matt Hartley.
      Location
      Koh Samui
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 10:05PM
      • Was hooping early, but movement less defined after the first 10 overs or so, despite the overcast conditions. Keen to see whether Watson can bend it when he gets a ball (assuming it's "when", not "if").

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        Jesse
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        July 10, 2013, 10:09PM
      • Ah Jesse. that will be decided if the Princess decides he wishes to bowl.

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        Jorbren
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        Date and time
        July 10, 2013, 10:11PM
      • The BBC commentators were just saying the ball hasn't been swinging much in Blighty this (Northern) Summer.
        Climate change?

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        Tyger Tyger
        Location
        Izmir
        Date and time
        July 10, 2013, 11:47PM
    • it was good toss to lose overcast the ball starting to swing the pitch is dry the ball roughing up game on trots the key

      Commenter
      ozzy
      Location
      england
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 10:03PM
    • Hold on a minute. KP has been batting for 30 mins or so and there's been no mention hes South African!

      Commenter
      Rod
      Location
      Syd
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 9:58PM
    • Is it just me or does Agar look like another great Aussie sportsmen in Adam Scott?

      Commenter
      Thetruthteller
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 9:56PM
      • I'm with you on a young Adam Scott. Not sure Agar and Root would get served alcohol in Aus without ID

        Commenter
        MApB
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        July 10, 2013, 10:51PM
    • I trust boof's judgement and if Cowan or Hughes don't perform then Khawaja will come in for the next game. Also i just read that Warner is heading back to join the Aus A squad and will need to perform there before being considered, i think having a hit there will be good for him. We would love to have Bird in there right now

      Commenter
      Amith_S
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      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 9:49PM
      • In place of who? How do you know he would go any better?

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        Jorbren
        Location
        Date and time
        July 10, 2013, 10:28PM
    • Patto and Sids! Go the Dandy boys!

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      Tyger Tyger
      Location
      Izmir
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 9:44PM
    • Bird, Harris or Faulkner would have been more aggressive forward leaning choices. Siddle has served up his standard high effort but straight medium pace this morning with its standard innocuous effect. He never stops trying though.

      Commenter
      Andy
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      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 9:39PM
    • Cummins is the one they really need but unfortunately injured. He is the only one with pace to worry top batsmen.

      Commenter
      plugger
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      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 9:15PM
      • Cummins needs to play a season or two of 1st class cricket before he gets near a test team.

        Commenter
        MJ
        Location
        Date and time
        July 10, 2013, 9:23PM
      • Agree MJ, he has the sort of mixed side/front on action that means he wont last too long without serious back injury. he needs to prove himself first.

        Commenter
        JJ
        Location
        Date and time
        July 10, 2013, 9:27PM
      • Batting averages fadded together for the first 7 batters:
        England total 311.49
        Aust total 230.82
        If Rogers 9.5 increased to 30 it increases to 251.37.
        We are stuffed.

        Commenter
        Frank
        Location
        Date and time
        July 10, 2013, 9:42PM
      • Bit simplistic to just add career averages up and extrapolate from there, Frank. Trott for instance averaged 60-odd early in his career but that's dropped to 50 in the last two or three years. Averages fluctuate - as do cricket teams' fortunes.

        Commenter
        Tyger Tyger
        Location
        Izmir
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 12:06AM
    • Root looks solid. Probably wont score much in front of the wicket though. Lots of late shots and no footwork.

      Commenter
      Mj
      Location
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 8:37PM
      • Shouldn't a bloke like Root never score at this level? Our bowlers should never,ever bowl anything other than a full length to him.I'm worried about Trott,he is a stubborn bastard and he'll bat all day.

        Commenter
        Matt
        Location
        Mitcham
        Date and time
        July 10, 2013, 8:57PM
      • Spot on Matt. Siddle just proved the point

        Commenter
        MJ
        Location
        Date and time
        July 10, 2013, 9:41PM
    • How about a bit of context, Hoges. Is the ball doing much? Do the batsmen look comfortable? The state of the pitch? C'mon, fill us in.

      Commenter
      Tyger Tyger
      Location
      Izmir
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 8:37PM
      • They've generally looked comfortable because Pattinson nor Starc have been able to sustain pressure, but when they've got it on the spot that's changed. Pattinson to Cook in the 9th over perfect example of that. Got it in the right spot three times, got him with the third of those.

        Commenter
        Jesse
        Location
        Date and time
        July 10, 2013, 8:45PM
      • Good comment by Jesse. Yes, losing Cook was a major bummer but there's 10 other of us eager to take runs off the Aussie bowlers. May the best team win. GAME ON!!!

        Commenter
        Monty
        Location
        sydney
        Date and time
        July 10, 2013, 8:55PM
    • Hi guys, this TV commentary's a bit boring, so thought I'd throw in a "boy oh boy" and "wowee" to liven things up a bit

      Commenter
      BT
      Location
      HSV 7
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 8:25PM
      • Brian Taylor is far and away the worst commentator in sports history and almost makes watching my favourite sport unbearable. He is way over the top and uses ridiculous words as you have pointed out, plus he constantly gets players mixed up. Soooooo annoying.

        Commenter
        KJ
        Location
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 6:36AM
    • And England's second innings when the pitch is cracked? Who will be our major experienced spinner? I am flabbergasted.

      Commenter
      Rick Blain
      Location
      melbourne
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 8:00PM
    • Agar?! Didn't see that coming, but OK! I feel more comfortable with random changes now that Boof is back in the setup.

      Commenter
      GT
      Location
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 7:59PM
    • Anyone else still unblocking their ears after those national anthems? Jeez, thought it was Sybil Fawlty for second!

      Commenter
      RC
      Location
      Bay 13
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 7:58PM
      • First Aussie whinge of the series?

        Commenter
        Neilt
        Date and time
        July 10, 2013, 8:39PM
      • Won't be the last

        Commenter
        Monty
        Location
        sydney
        Date and time
        July 10, 2013, 8:57PM
    • How good is it to see Australia picking a side on form? Smith absolutely should be in ON FORM.And Agar ? Left field for us,but he turns it away from the right handlers.Me,I've always admired the Paks and Indians for picking teenagers,lets not bag our selectors (Boof) for having a crack.Go Rogers,Smith & Agar,if it comes off we win.

      Commenter
      Matt
      Location
      Mitcham
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 7:51PM
      • Good luck with form? What form?

        Commenter
        Stevo16
        Date and time
        July 10, 2013, 8:05PM
    • Can't believe M*A*S*H has been bumped on GEM for the Ashes.... Bahahaha! C'mon the Aussies!!

      Commenter
      Harlan
      Location
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 7:51PM
    • I hope Ed proves me wrong ... But Cowan at #3 .... Really? traditionally the spot for the best bat in Australia. i don't think he is the best bat from those siting on my couch.

      Good luck to him though.

      Commenter
      s
      Location
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 7:48PM
    • Do us proud Australia. And do The Age proud, J. Hogan, important job, don't bugger it up!

      Commenter
      RC
      Location
      Bay 13
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 7:48PM
    • Somehow Siddle continues to get a start. That Test average of 30 really puts fear into opposition batsmen.Averages 1.5 wickets per innings last 10 innings. Got to be the token Victorian

      Commenter
      vitas
      Location
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 7:42PM
      • I think he's living proof of the benefit of getting your body 100% right. The selectors know they can rely on him in any conditions, no matter how oppressive. How often does he bowl badly? There you go. No doubt understudies Harris and Bird both Test-quality though. Don't underestimate fact Siddle is the only bowler to have Test experience in England with the Dukes ball.

        Commenter
        Jesse
        Location
        Date and time
        July 10, 2013, 7:52PM
      • You're wrong. Siddle averages 28.8 - better than James Anderson's 30 plus.Should the Poms not play him? He's clearly been picked to add steel and experience to an otherwise very green attack.
        As for token Victorian, heard of James Pattinson have you? Enough said as to your "expertise" in these matters.

        Commenter
        Tyger Tyger
        Location
        Izmir
        Date and time
        July 10, 2013, 8:27PM
      • At an average of 30, a bowler on average bowls an entire side out for 300 runs. Any captain worth his salt would take that every single innings.

        Commenter
        Jiminy
        Location
        Date and time
        July 10, 2013, 9:10PM
      • Please, please bag a few more of the Aussies, Vitas. You could be our lucky charm.
        Go the (two) token Vic(s)!

        Commenter
        Tyger Tyger
        Location
        Izmir
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 12:25AM
      • well he's taken the last 4 wickets, so he's proven you wrong !

        Commenter
        C
        Location
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 12:30AM
      • Now five!

        Commenter
        Jesse
        Location
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 12:33AM
      • At 5 for 49 I think you have your answer.

        At this stage (6/180) it's go England vs Siddle, Dandenong, or at worst Victoria (with the assistance of the rest of the country). I don't actually go for that kind of analysis, you're the one who cracked that door.

        Commenter
        Merm
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 12:35AM
      • Stacks on Vitas!

        Commenter
        Lunchbox
        Location
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 1:00AM
      • Vitas? You still there?

        Commenter
        Jiminy
        Location
        Date and time
        July 11, 2013, 1:02AM
      • Can't believe I forgot Chris Rogers yesterday when I snarled at Vitas for his "token Victorian" remark. That makes THREE Vics including - gasp! - a batsman. Maybe it's because he's so unassuming and technically a Sandgroper. Still, hoist with my own petard - so much for MY "expertise" on these matters. haha

        Commenter
        Tyger Tyger
        Location
        Izmir
        Date and time
        July 12, 2013, 8:05AM
    • Good luck guy and hope you score heavily....but....is this our weakest batting line up ever?
      Could get rolled for well under 200?

      Commenter
      Frank
      Location
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 7:12PM
    • Can't wait. This is probably the best team we have put out in a long time. Would have liked to seen Harris, but in saying that they were always going to play Pattinson and Starc and I don't suppose you can take the risk that Harris might break down during the game. If that happened you have two young guys with limited experience in test cricket and no back up. Can understand why they went with Siddle, at least you know he is going to give it everything he has. Come on boys.

      Commenter
      Jorbren
      Location
      Date and time
      July 10, 2013, 6:26PM
      • Best team in a long time? Too true it is , at least it's something to build on but that's about it! No hope .

        Commenter
        Stevo16
        Date and time
        July 10, 2013, 8:03PM

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