Ashes 2013: England v Australia 1st Test – LIVE! - Live coverage - The Independent

Ashes 2013: England v Australia 1st Test – LIVE!

by Charles Reynolds on Jul 9, 2013 at 11:46 PM

Welcome to The Independent's coverage of the first Test between England and Australia at Trent Bridge.



    • England won the toss and bat first
    • England all out for 215 (Siddle 5/50, Pattinson 3/69, Starc 2/54)
    • Australia finish Day One 75/4
    • 19-year-old spinner Ashton Agar makes surprise debut for Australia
    • Forecast: Generally much cloudier and noticeably cooler than recent days
    England – Cook (c), Root, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Bairstow, Prior, Broad, Swann, Finn, Anderson
    Australia – Watson, Rogers, Cowan, Clarke (c), Hughes, Smith, Haddin, Siddle, Starc, Pattinson, Agar

    7/10/2013 12:04:07 AM
  • England 213/7 (Bairstow 37, Swann 0)
    Broad might have struck Pattinson for two fours in the over, but he didn't last all six balls and I think the Australian will happily trade the lost runs for England's seventh wicket down. The tourists are on top.
    7/10/2013 3:27:14 PM
  • WICKET! Bairstow b Starc - 37
    Beautiful delivery from Starc who castles Bairstow with one that is full and swinging. England in real trouble.
    7/10/2013 3:28:34 PM
  • REVIEW! Finn given out caught behind but he reviews.
    7/10/2013 3:30:57 PM
  • WICKET! Finn c Haddin b Starc - 0
    Not quite sure why Finn reviewed that except to spend a little more time at the crease. He goes first ball (eventually) and Starc is on a hat trick.
    7/10/2013 3:31:57 PM
  • Hat trick ball... well left by Anderson.
    7/10/2013 3:33:59 PM
  • REVIEW! Anderson struck on the pads, Starc reviews. Given not out.
    7/10/2013 3:37:02 PM
  • NOT OUT - Lucky escape for Anderson, ball was hitting the stumps but just remains umpires call of not out.
    7/10/2013 3:38:04 PM
  • England 213/9 (Swann 0, Anderson 0)
    What an over from Starc, he gets two in two balls and then almost finishes England's innings with a third wicket. This is carnage.
    7/10/2013 3:39:07 PM
  • WICKET! Swann c Hughes b Pattinson - 1
    Swann chips tamely to Hughes at cover and that's it for England. 
    7/10/2013 3:42:49 PM
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  • Well that's not what England had in mind when they won the toss and chose to bat... About the only positive is they will get a bowl at Australia in these swinging conditions. Time for the bowlers to rescue things for the home side.
    7/10/2013 3:45:47 PM

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  • Bairstow is cleaned up by Starc 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 10, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    7/10/2013 3:50:34 PM
  • Here come the players again... England need to rattle out a few Australians here. Crucial session for both sides.
    7/10/2013 3:51:11 PM
  • Australia 1/0 (Watson 1, Rogers 0)
    Solid start from Anderson, he gets Watson to waft at a very wide one in nervous fashion. England getting some swing as Australia did.
    7/10/2013 3:56:00 PM
  • Finn will open the bowling from the other end as Broad is off the field injured...
    7/10/2013 3:56:58 PM
  • Australia 9/0 (Watson 8, Rogers 0)
    Pretty poor first over from Finn, he bowls two rank looseners first up and Watson plunders two consecutive boundaries before seeing off the rest of the over.
    7/10/2013 4:01:35 PM
  • Australia  15/0 (Watson 8, Rogers 6)
    Rogers plays his first full over against Anderson fairly well, getting off the mark with a couple, pushed into the off side and then picking up a boundary next ball. He's struck on the pads last ball of the over, but survives the LBW shout.
    7/10/2013 4:05:51 PM
  • WICKET! Watson c Root b Finn - 13
    Full delivery from Finn and Watson attempts to drive it but just edges it Root in the slip cordon. That's woken up the Trent Bridge crowd! First breakthrough for England.
    7/10/2013 4:07:23 PM
  • WICKET! Cowan c Swann b Finn - 0
    Got him! Cowan goes first ball! He chases a wide one from Finn and edges to Swann in the slips. Finn on a hat trick.
    7/10/2013 4:09:28 PM
  • Hat trick ball... Clarke wafts and just misses it. Great ball.
    7/10/2013 4:12:15 PM
  • Australia 19/2 (Rogers 6, Clarke 0)
    What an over from Finn as he gets two in two to get England back in the game. The crowd have come alive.
    7/10/2013 4:13:26 PM
  • Australia 20/2 (Rogers 7, Clarke 0)
    Anderson with a tighter over, just one from it and Cook has quite an attacking field, which is promising. Three slips, a gully and Bairstow at short leg.
    7/10/2013 4:19:25 PM

  • Finn celebrates removing Ed Cowan 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 10, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    7/10/2013 4:21:00 PM
  • Australia 22/2 (Rogers 8, Clarke 0)
    Finn and England keep the pressure on with some tight bowling and excellent fielding. Australia do scamper a single off the last ball to spoil the maiden.
    7/10/2013 4:22:49 PM
  • WICKET! Clarke b Anderson - 0
    What a delivery from Anderson! He clean bowls the Australian skipper who has to go without scoring. Massive breakthrough for England.
    7/10/2013 4:24:20 PM
  • Australia 22/3 (Rogers 8, Smith 0)
    Anderson gets into the fun now and moves past Fred Trueman in England's all-time wicket takers list. Steve Smith is the new man in an Australia are in a bit of trouble.
    7/10/2013 4:29:08 PM
  • Australia 24/3 (Rogers 8, Smith 2)
    Good stuff from Finn as play moves into the final hour. He's really taken the responsibility well while Broad is off the field getting treatment on a shoulder injury.
    7/10/2013 4:33:42 PM
  • Australia 31/3 (Rogers 9, Smith 9)
    Smith relieves a bit of pressure building with a well played pull shot off the last ball of Finn's over after he and Rogers could only add one from Anderson's previous over. Tough going for these batsmen.
    7/10/2013 4:42:34 PM

  • Anderson celebrates bowling Clarke for 0 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 10, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    7/10/2013 4:44:23 PM
  • Australia 35/3 (Rogers 13, Smith 9)
    Jimmy Anderson is fired up here, he gets a leading edge from Rogers which evades a diving Root at third slip and he gives the Australian an ear-bashing. England on top.
    7/10/2013 4:46:53 PM
  • Australia 39/3 (Rogers 13, Smith 13)
    Now Smith gets a stroke of luck, he plays with his bat away from his body and gets a big inside edge on one that just misses his stumps and runs away for a very streaky four.

    7/10/2013 4:50:56 PM
  • Australia 41/3 (Rogers 14, Smith 13)
    Better over as far as Australia are concerned, they manage not to look as if they are going to a lose a wicket any ball and add two to the total.
    7/10/2013 4:56:10 PM
  • WICKET! Rogers LBW Anderson - 16
    Hang on Rogers reviews... But the third umpire can't save him and he has to go. He was beaten by one swinging back into him.
    7/10/2013 5:01:20 PM
  • Australia 54/4 (Smith 23, Hughes 1)
    Anderson makes the breakthrough once again for England - just as Rogers and Smith were putting some runs together as well. Australia still in trouble here. What an unbelievable day this has been.
    7/10/2013 5:07:47 PM
  • Australia 61/4 (Smith 29, Hughes 2)
    Swann comes into the attack and Smith pays him very little respect, skipping down the track and swatting him down the ground for a six. Great shot. 
    7/10/2013 5:10:51 PM
  • Australia 65/4 (Smith 30, Hughes 5)
    Australia just able to work Anderson about a bit to pick up four from the over. England could do with having Broad back and bowling - just to give Anderson a bit of a break.
    7/10/2013 5:17:34 PM

  • One more wicket and you argue it's England's day, but in general a fine start to the series!ruju19Jul 10, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    7/10/2013 5:18:05 PM
  • Australia 66/4 (Smith 31, Hughes 5)
    Both Smith and Hughes play a couple of slightly aerial shots prompting excited shouts of 'Catch it!' from England players but they survive Swann's over fairly easily otherwise.
    7/10/2013 5:21:37 PM
  • Australia 69/4 (Smith 33, Hughes 6)
    Steve Smith is batting well here, not allowing England's bowlers to get on top of him and keeping the singles ticking over. He is much improved from his last Ashes outing.
    7/10/2013 5:25:45 PM
  • Australia 75/4 (Smith 38, Hughes 7)
    Half-hearted LBW appeal against Hughes last ball but umpire quite rightly says no and Australia go in at 75/4 at the close.
    7/10/2013 5:32:41 PM
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  • Relive some of the best photos from today's play here
    7/10/2013 6:09:02 PM
  • That's all from me today. What a fascinating and surprising day of Ashes cricket. Looks like we've got quite a summer ahead of us! Hope you can join me again tomorrow.
    7/10/2013 6:13:04 PM
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