England vs Australia: Ashes 2013 1st Test cricket live scores, blog

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    England's Ian Bell (right) hits a shot off the bowling of Australia's Steve Smith as Brad Haddin (left) looks on during play on day 3 in the Fifth Ashes Test between Australia and England at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. (AAP Image/Paul Miller)

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    England v Australia

    TRENT BRIDGE, JULY 10-14, 2013

    1st Test - ENG v AUS

    England 1st Inn 215 All Out
    Australia 1st Inn 280 All Out
    England 2nd Inn 375 All Out
    Australia 2nd Inn 296 All Out
    England won the toss and elected to bat
    England won by 14 runs
    Australia Over:110.5  RR:2.67
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    BJ Haddin* 71 147 9 0 48.30
    JL Pattinson 25 57 2 1 43.86
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    JM Anderson* 31.5 11 73 5 2.29
    GP Swann 44.0 10 105 2 2.39
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    Last Wicket: Haddin, 71 (c:Prior b:Anderson)
    Current Partnership: 65 runs, 99 balls, RR:65.66

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    The Ashes 2013 series is finally upon us as England host Australia in the first Test match starting on Wednesday at Trent Bridge.

    We’ll have live scores and commentary of the opener from Trent Bridge starting at 8pm AEST.

    A lot of water has passed under the bridge since Australia last played a Test. For starters, they went winless in the Champions Trophy and crashed out early as defending champions.

    Captain Michael Clarke continued to miss games because of his back-related issues – pulling out of the final Test in India, the IPL and then the Champions Trophy – before featuring in a couple of warm-up games.

    Dave Warner brought a couple of fines and a suspension upon himself which eventually also led to the ousting Mickey Arthur as the coach of the side, just a few short weeks before the start of this Test match.

    Since then, things have cooled off a little off the field while their performances on the field against Somerset and Worcestershire have given their fans something to smile about.

    Of course it’s easy to credit the new coach Darren Lehmann for this minor turnaround but his true test will come first at Trent Bridge and subsequently over the period of the series.

    Lehmann was quick to propel Shane Watson back to the top of the innings while Chris Rogers has been chosen to partner him – and although Clarke has not given up on Warner, it’s difficult to see him displace either of the two as an opener.

    The Roar understands Warner may not make the squad, with Steve Smith to bat at 6.

    On field, the focus has been on Australia’s batting given how poorly they batted in India. The conditions in England have been said to be dry, with a wicket short on much to offer the fast men. This puts the onus on the spinners: Ashton Agar for Australia, and Graeme Swann for the English.

    Agar, the 19-year-old left arm orthodox, has sensationally been chosen after just ten first class games, with 31 wickets at 29.38.

    As much as the team tries to put the onus off captain Clarke’s one-man batting displays in recent times, it could well boil down to how the skipper goes about with the bat.

    Watson’s form in the lead-up has been encouraging, as is Phil Hughes’ run-making but Australia need partnerships, and centuries, and the pressure will be on them to get going. Chris Rogers will get his chance as opener.

    England have made a couple of changes to a fairly stable side – necessitated by the return of Kevin Pietersen and the form of Joe Root. A Pietersen-Root swap would have been par for the course had it not been for Nick Compton’s poor form in the New Zealand series.

    What that has ensured is that Root will now open the innings with captain Alastair Cook while Pietersen will slot in back to the middle-order.

    It’s a solid batting line-up with batsmen who can accumulate the runs and those who can smash the ball to all parts of the ground and take the game away from the opposition. How Peter Siddle and co. adapt to these vagaries will be interesting.

    All said, England start favourites with Australia needing to dig deep into their bag of goodies to spring a surprise.

    Live coverage of the game begins from 8pm AEST on Wednesday and you can join me for this live blog on the first day of the Test match.

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    • 2:22pm
      Trent said | 2:22pm | ! Report

      It’s going to be close all the way to the end( but wont reach 5 days it will end early on day4, the batsman’s to find it difficult to score big). Aus in their first innings will get a total of 198 all out, Eng in their second innings will struggle again and they’ll end up getting 194 all out, aus to come in at day 3 trailing by 213runs with 3 days to go, time is on their side, but again aus to struggle they will end up getting 188 all out Clarke to top score but it won’t be enough England to snatch the first test of the ashes by 25runs

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      Rob na Champassak said | 3:35am | ! Report

      Thanks Suneer, your coverage again was second to none. Nice to have an alternative to cricinfo that actually gives some analysis and detail.

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      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:34am | ! Report

      It’s been an excellent day for the bowlers, some of the batting techniques were tested, some of the patience and temperament was tested too and in the end, only Jonathon Trott and, to an extent, Steven Smith have come out with their heads held high.

      Australia seemed to have done well to bowl England out for 215 but two really bad strokes, one excellent delivery and a dodgy decision put England back in the game. Clarke will want to get as close as possible to the English total on a pitch that might crack as the game progresses.

      Stuart Broad’s fitness will be crucial to their chances – he did not come out to bowl after being hit on his shoulder. Expecting three bowlers to bowl through the day will be expecting too much, and will allow the Australian middle and lower-middle order some breathing space.

      That’s it from me, will be back tomorrow for the second day’s play!

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      Rob na Champassak said | 3:31am | ! Report

      England are in the driving seat in this Test match even after being dismissed in their first dig for just over two hundred runs. Their bowling team made sizeable inroads into the Australian batting order, and they will feel confident of knocking Australia over before lunchtime tomorrow.

      Australia need something very special to come back from this position. Even if they scratch their way to a first-innings lead, they are going to have to bowl to England in what will be good batting conditions over the next couple of days.

      England have a big opportunity to really punish the tourists with a big Third Innings score of 400+. If they get anyway near a three hundred run lead, you would think it would be game over.

      For Australia, the equation is simple. It is absolutely crucial that these two at wicket bat through all three sessions tomorrow if they are to get into a winnable position.

      With fourteen wickets falling on the first day, there is now very little chance of a draw in this match. Every session that follows is therefore going to be more crucial than the last. Australia can’t afford to lose the first session tomorrow. England don’t want to either, but they have a little more breathing space.

      • 3:39am
        Bee Bee said | 3:39am | ! Report

        Great to see lots of wickets. The most interesting tests are usualy low scoring ones.

        Don’t count out Australia so quickly. I predict a healthy wag in this tail. Pattinson, Siddle, Starc (all street fighters with a bat.)

        Cmon Aussies.

        • 12:52pm
          Disco said | 12:52pm | ! Report

          Both sides have a strong tail. It’s just that Australia’s starts higher up.

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      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:31am | ! Report

      End of the over and end of the day’s play then, only two off that one.

      Australia have ended on 4/75 which is not too great, but an improvement from where they were at the loss of their third wicket – 22.

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      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:27am | ! Report

      Wow, just one over from Finn and Anderson’s back to bowling his 10th in the innings. Will probably be the last of the day too.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:25am | ! Report

      Agar had started his career off with this delivery and now Swann delivers a full-toss outside the off stump. Thumped through extra-cover for a four by Smith!

      4/73 in the 20th

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