England vs Australia: Ashes 2013 1st Test cricket live scores, blog – Day 2

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    Are players like Ed Cowan a thing of the past? (AAP Image/Julian Smith).

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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
    Recent Overs:
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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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    Australia will be ruing the loss of four wickets before close after having restricted England to a modest 215 in their first innings. We’ll have live scores and commentary of the first Ashes Test from Trent Bridge starting at 8.00pm AEST.

    Shane Watson began the Australian innings quite rapidly but it was hardly the sort of pitch where batting was going to be easy.

    Even in the absence of Stuart Broad, the conditions and the quality of the opposition needed respect and that was the one thing Watson did not show.

    Nor did Ed Cowan, who flashed at a delivery outside the off stump and was caught in the slips.

    It was a surprising shot on two counts – one, it was wide enough to be left alone by a batsman facing his first delivery and secondly, it came from a batsman who is usually more of a accumulator of runs.

    In fact, knowing Broad was off the field, it would have augured well for the openers to see off the first few overs before going for their hits but that’s probably where they lack in – technique to survive patiently without playing flashy cricket.

    But it was an exceptional day which saw the other accumulator, Jonathon Trott start off quickly too.

    He slowed down later before getting bowled when he tried to go after the bowling when on 48.

    Then, there was Siddle who went for aplenty in his first four overs but a change in ends is all what he needed to grab five wickets including that of Trott.

    Back to the Australian innings, and Michael Clarke received what can easily be defined as the ball of the match while Chris Rogers tried his best to grind the opposition but fell to a dubious lbw decision.

    Steven Smith, as is usually his want, has taken the attack to the opposition but he needs to bat deep into the second day, as do the likes of Phil Hughes, Brad Haddin and the tail.

    Because getting the opposition out for 215 is one thing but to build a substantial lead will be the need of the hour if they want to remain in the game.

    Expecting England to capitulate for the second time in as many innings without the pressure of a big lead is difficult to see.

    Australia will take heart from a couple of facts. One, Stuart Broad’s injury could reduce the potency of the English bowling as it did towards the end of the day.

    Secondly, the weather forecast is for more sunshine and less of clouds, which could take the swing out of equation on the second day.

    Having said that, the ball is already 21 overs old and the abrasive nature of the pitch could bring reverse swing into picture.

    Already the experts reckon the track will crumble a little quicker than most other English pitches and if that’s the case, Swann could come into his own too on the second day.

    Live coverage of the game begins from 8.00pm AEST tonight and you can join me for this live blog on the second day of the Test match.

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    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:37am | ! Report

      England lead by 15 runs at the end of the second day but have lost two wickets in doing so. Cook and Pietersen, especially the latter, has batted out of his skin, almost 100 balls for his 35.

      Cook, his usual patient self, has scored 37 off 130. Slow going but much better than when they were 2/11 at one stage.

      Still the day belongs to Ashton Agar – and to an extent Phil Hughes – without whom, we were probably looking at one-sided game in favour of England. Agar deserved a 100 but he will be satisfied with his 98, which incidentally broke the record for the highest score at number 11 position.

      That’s it from me, will be back for tomorrow’s play starting at the usual time! Ciao!

      • 4:05am
        Tom from Perth said | 4:05am | ! Report

        Excellent coverage Suneer.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:32am | ! Report

      That’s that then, a single to KP off the last over to end the day on 2/80. That’s off 43 overs.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:29am | ! Report

      Another over, another maiden, this time from Watson. His three overs this innings have all been maidens.

      2/79 in 42.

      Siddle with the last over.

    • 3:28am
      Johnno said | 3:28am | ! Report

      England are 2/15 in reality. I’d still say Australia is in the box seat. But only just. Guys like Ian Bell, and Matt Prior,Stuart Broad, to come. 1 more wicket tonight, then it’s well and truly Australia’s game.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:24am | ! Report

      Shane Watson to bowl one now.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:24am | ! Report

      Another set of three successive maiden overs here from Australia. Three off the last five.

      Content in tapping it away to the fielders and seeing off to the end of play.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:19am | ! Report

      And another maiden, this time by Agar. Cook’s shuffling across a lot to outside the off stump here.

      2/79 in 40

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:16am | ! Report

      Siddle’s first over of spells in the first innings were getting him wickets. Here, he has to make to do with a maiden.

      2/79 in 39

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:12am | ! Report

      Peter Siddle comes in now. Last 18 minutes of the day remaining.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:09am | ! Report

      Agar’s gotten into a nice rhythm here. Good lines just outside the off stump and getting it to turn back into the left-hander.

      For KP, he’s bowling from round the stumps here.

      2/78 in the 38th

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 3:03am | ! Report

      First Pietersen hits it across to mid-wicket off Agar and it’s in the air for some time. Then, Cook gets one short and he goes back and cuts it through fine third-man for a four, against the turn. Single off the next and that makes it eight off the over.

      But off the fifth ball, Pietersen almost lets one sneak through his defences, inside edge on to his pads.

      2/76 in 36

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