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

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


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

by Charles Reynolds on Jul 11, 2013 at 12:00 AM



  • 7/11/2013 9:09:38 AM
  • Missed yesterday's play? Bad luck...

    The Ashes began in a fever pitch of excitement and a welter of wickets. England began the campaign with a vintage display of inept batting but they were matched almost blow for errant blow by Australia.

    You can read the full report by Stephen Brenkley by clicking here
    7/11/2013 9:17:41 AM
  • Peter Siddle was Australia's star man yesterday, we look at him in more detail:

    For a little while Australia disputed so hard the vast and detailed English belief in their own superiority they carried us back to when the baggy green cap still meant a whole lot more than a forlorn symbol of cricket failure.

    Peter Siddle fuelled the time machine. The 28-year-old Victorian pace bowler of limited grace but remarkable, heart-warming endeavour could not have reminded us more dramatically that it wasn't so long ago.


    Read the full article by James Lawton by clicking here
    7/11/2013 9:22:48 AM
  • Good news for England...

    7/11/2013 9:27:13 AM

  • Kevin Pietersen looks appalled to have edged one to slip yesterday. 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 11, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    To see more great photos from Day One click here
    7/11/2013 9:34:28 AM
  • Yesterday was a huge day for 19-year-old debutant Ashton Agar, we take a closer look at him...
    Ashton Agar is getting used to meteoric change. Two days ago he was an expectant teenager preparing to travel to South Africa to further his cricket education with Australia A. Today, he is an unexpected element in Australia's attempt to reclaim the Ashes.
    To read the full piece by John Townsend click here
    7/11/2013 9:39:50 AM
  • Sky Sports have unleashed a new array of technology for this series...
    The "Ashes Zone" looked at first glance like an anonymous indoor net and then like a place to keep Ian Ward. But it was where some of the day's best analysis came, as Ward and Nasser Hussain, equipped with a bat, a set of stumps and a highlight reel, demonstrated Jonny Bairstow's great technical issue – dominant bottom hand and closed face – and why that left him particularly liable to missing straight balls and getting bowled – precisely what happened when Mitchell Starc dismissed him soon after tea.
    Read the full article by Jack Pitt-Brooke by clicking here
    7/11/2013 9:48:57 AM
  • Players and umpires are out on the pitch, the good news for England is that includes Stuart Broad. The bad news is that it is a gloriously sunny day so it is unlikely to be such fantastic bowling conditions as yesterday.
    7/11/2013 10:00:34 AM
  • Australia 78/4 (Smith 41, Hughes 7)
    Finn starts things off today and it's a bit of a loosener, a couple down leg side but scoreless until Steve Smith pulls one away off the last ball and picks up three. He didn't time that shot at all really.

    7/11/2013 10:04:28 AM
  • Australia 78/4 (Smith 41, Hughes 7)
    Anderson opens up from the other end and it's good stuff straight away, Smith bats out a maiden. 
    7/11/2013 10:09:15 AM
  • Australia 88/4 (Smith 42, Hughes 8)
    A productive over for Australia although mostly through the medium of leg byes as Finn strays a little two leg side and twice the ball runs away for four off Hughes' pads.
    7/11/2013 10:16:33 AM
  • Australia 93/4 (Smith 43, Hughes 12)
    Hughes gets Australia's first boundary off the bat this morning, pushing the ball in front of point off the back foot. You would have got fairly long odds on these two being Australia's saviours with the bat before this game I imagine.
    7/11/2013 10:19:12 AM
  • Australia 99/4 (Smith 48, Hughes 13)
    England not getting any swing this morning and as a result, Australia are looking quite assured. Mixed over from Finn, he bowls a rank ball that's short and wide and cut away for four by Smith but recovers with a good yorker and a half-hearted LBW appeal which hit outside the line and was rightly turned down.
    7/11/2013 10:23:28 AM

  • Hmmm. I'm not sure about Michael Vaughan's sunglasses... 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 11, 2013 at 10:25 AM


    7/11/2013 10:26:15 AM
  • Australia 103/4 (Smith 48, Hughes 17)
    Change of angle from Anderson, but it doesn't result in a breakthrough, Hughes forces one through the covers for a boundary to bring up the Australian hundred and the fifty partnership.
    7/11/2013 10:28:29 AM
  • Australia 108/4 (Smith 53, Hughes 17)
    Pace hasn't worked so England turn to the spin of Graeme Swann. Smith goes on the attack first ball, skipping down the track and picking up four runs to bring up his half century. He's played well so far.
    7/11/2013 10:30:50 AM
  • WICKET! Smith c Prior b Anderson - 53
    Big breakthrough for England and it's Jimmy Anderson who gets it. Smith drove a little loosely at one that just seemed to move away a little and feathered it through to the keeper.
    7/11/2013 10:33:23 AM
  • Australia 113/5 (Hughes 21, Haddin 1)
    England have their first wicket of the day and it's Australia's top scorer Smith. Just as I said he had played well so far...
    7/11/2013 10:38:01 AM
  • WICKET! Haddin b Swann - 1
    What a delivery from Swann and what a blow for Australia. England's spinner rips one in from outside off stump and completely beats the Aussie keeper, knocking his off stump back. England on top now.
    7/11/2013 10:38:18 AM

  • Steve Smith makes 50 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 11, 2013 at 10:41 AM


    7/11/2013 10:41:45 AM
  • Australia 114/6 (Hughes 21, Siddle 1)
    Fantastic over from Swann, he's getting some serious turn which is good news for England. He almost adds the wicket of Siddle as well, the ball squirting off a low edge through to Prior but it would have been an extraordinary catch if he'd taken it.
    7/11/2013 10:43:40 AM
  • WICKET! Siddle c Prior b Anderson - 1
    What a catch! Anderson gets one to just move away from Siddle and he can only edge it through to Prior who takes a superb catch diving low in front of first slip. Fantastic bowling from Anderson and England are dominating now.
    7/11/2013 10:44:28 AM
  • DROPPED CATCH! Starc edges to Swann at slip and is put down. That was fairly easy.
    7/11/2013 10:47:47 AM
  • Australia 114/7 (Hughes 21, Starc 0)
    What an over from Anderson now and he too should have had two wickets in the over. Australia are in a bit of a stick situation here. Hughes will have to battle his demons with off spin if the tourists are going to get out of this.
    7/11/2013 10:49:41 AM
  • Australia 114/7 (Hughes 21, Starc 0)
    Hughes survives a whole over of Swann but it's a maiden.
    7/11/2013 10:51:20 AM
  • WICKET! Starc c Prior b Anderson - 0
    This is turning into a bloodbath. Starc may have been reprieved last over but it hasn't proved to be a costly drop. He goes without scoring, edging one through to Prior.
    7/11/2013 10:51:34 AM
  • Australia 116/8 (Hughes 21, Pattinson 2)
    Reverse swing for Anderson and he's running amok. The paceman has five wickets and he fancies a couple more you would think. Australia are in real trouble. 
    7/11/2013 10:56:05 AM
  • WICKET! Pattinson LBW Swann - 2
    It was just a question of when not if for Pattinson, Swann had him in all sorts of trouble and on the third succesive LBW appeal he struck the bowler in line and he had to go.
    7/11/2013 11:00:52 AM

  • Anderson gets Steve Smith for 53 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 11, 2013 at 11:02 AM


    7/11/2013 11:03:00 AM
  • Australia 118/8 (Hughes 21, Agar 1)
    Superb over from Swann and Australia are one wicket away from a humiliating first innings score.
    7/11/2013 11:06:13 AM

  • 14 wickets yesterday. 5 wickets in the first hour today.What is going on!BritlibJul 11, 2013 at 12:06 PM
    I don't know Britlib but I like it...
    7/11/2013 11:07:16 AM

  • Swann bowls Haddin with a ripper 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 11, 2013 at 11:11 AM


    7/11/2013 11:11:45 AM
  • Australia 124/9 (Hughes 26, Agar 2)
    Swann and Anderson keep up the pressure on Australia who just about survive two more overs. This has been a crazy last half hour.

    7/11/2013 11:14:30 AM
  • Australia 130/9 (Hughes 27, Agar 6)
    First international boundary for Ashton Agar, he drives the ball into the ground, it bounces over Anderson's head and races away for four. Good shot.
    7/11/2013 11:18:44 AM
  • REVIEW! Appeal for a stumping from England.
    7/11/2013 11:20:05 AM
  • NOT OUT! Very borderline call but batsman just survives.  
    7/11/2013 11:22:48 AM
  • Australia 135/9 (Hughes 28, Agar 10)
    Agar looks a reasonable enough batsman to be honest, he paddle sweeps Swann for a boundary and Australia survive another over.
    7/11/2013 11:24:34 AM

  • England need to slow down...I wanted to watch some cricket over the weekend!James DJul 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM
    Haha, it's not over yet James...
    7/11/2013 11:33:37 AM
  • Australia 151/9 (Hughes 35, Agar 18)
    This is not very clever bowling from Steven Finn, and Australia bring up the 150. Agar looks handy enough with the bat but is being helped by some fairly brainless bowling from England's tallest man who keeps banging the ball in short.
    7/11/2013 11:36:31 AM
  • Australia 157/9 (Hughes 35, Agar 25)
    What a shot that is from Agar! He clubs Swann down the ground for six. This is a useful partnership for Australia.
    7/11/2013 11:39:37 AM
  • Australia 169/9 (Hughes 37, Agar 35)
    This is getting a bit ragged from England and these two now take their partnership past the 50-run mark. England have bowled poorly to Agar.
    7/11/2013 11:48:43 AM

  • Jimmy Anderson picks up five wickets 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 11, 2013 at 11:49 AM


    7/11/2013 11:49:53 AM
  • Australia 178/9 (Hughes 38, Agar 43)
    This is abysmal from Finn, he drops short to Agar again and is punished by being pulled away for four. Agar then adds another four next ball, driving through the covers. He's made 43 from just 39 balls.
    7/11/2013 11:53:17 AM

  • Swann traps Pattinson LBW 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 11, 2013 at 11:57 AM


    7/11/2013 11:57:29 AM
  • Australia 185/9 (Hughes 41, Agar 47)
    Anderson comes back into the attack after Finn's awful spell of four overs for 32 runs, but he can't take the final wicket as Australia close in on England's total. Agar now has the highest score by a number 11 on debut.

    7/11/2013 12:00:44 PM
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