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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



  • Australia 187/9 (Hughes 41, Agar 47)
    Agar just one blow away from a half-century on debut and he has three balls from Graeme Swann to try and do it but he sensibly bides his time and just bats them off.
    7/11/2013 12:04:59 PM

  • Ashton Agar takes the game to England 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 11, 2013 at 12:08 PM


    7/11/2013 12:08:52 PM
  • 50 for Ashton Agar - what a knock from the debutant. He's batted Australia right back into this match. Not bad for a 19-year-old number 11. 
    7/11/2013 12:09:54 PM
  • Australia 201/9 (Hughes 46, Agar 58)
    200 comes up for Australia as Agar clubs another six down the ground, this time on the on side. He's been Australia's best batsman with perhaps the exception of Steve Smith.
    7/11/2013 12:13:53 PM
  • Australia 206/9 (Hughes 50, Agar 59)
    50 for Hughes now and Australia are almost at England's total. This has been some partnership from these two.
    7/11/2013 12:18:38 PM
  • Australia 215/9 (Hughes 51, Agar 67)
    Agar can certainly bat, he now has the highest score by any Australian number 11 - must have been that cap that Glenn MCGrath gave him. Scores are now level.
    7/11/2013 12:22:25 PM
  • Australia 227/9 (Hughes 63, Agar 67)
    This is getting embarrassing now, Australia are picking up boundaries at will. Stuart Broad comes into the attack but can't make any difference.
    7/11/2013 12:27:15 PM
  • I blame James D (see earlier) for this, he asked for England to slow down. I hope you're happy James!
    7/11/2013 12:28:23 PM

  • Agar makes a debut 50 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM


    7/11/2013 12:32:40 PM
  • LUNCH: Australia 229/9 (Hughes 63, Agar 69)
    Australia go into the break ahead which is incredible given where they were an hour ago. What a morning!
    7/11/2013 12:33:32 PM
  • Players are back out after lunch. Can Agar make a debut hundred?
    7/11/2013 1:13:38 PM
  • Australia 238/9 (Hughes 66, Agar 71)
    Anderson opens up after lunch but he can't finish off this pair. Looks like Stuart Broad will bowl from the other end.
    7/11/2013 1:18:03 PM
  • Australia 247/9 (Hughes 66, Agar 80)
    It is Broad who starts from the other end and he's just worked away by Agar who takes this pair to the highest 10th wicket stand by an Australian pair against any opposition.
    7/11/2013 1:21:46 PM
  • Australia 253/9 (Hughes 66, Agar 86)
    Phwoar! What a shot that is from Agar, he takes a couple of paces down the track and whips Anderson away for four, one leg raised like Kevin Pietersen's flamingo shot. He's only 14 away from a quite remarkable hundred.
    7/11/2013 1:26:23 PM
  • Australia 262/9 (Hughes 72, Agar 87)
    In all of this Agar love-in, it's easy to forget that Phil Hughes is still here and batting well. He plays a great straight drive for four down the ground and Australia bat on...
    7/11/2013 1:31:04 PM

  • If Agar makes a century batting at 11 on his test debut after a fairly forgettable bowl, it'll be one of the great stories in Ashes history. Here's to tempting fate again...!James DJul 11, 2013 at 2:31 PM
    It's too late now James, the damage has been done...
    7/11/2013 1:31:35 PM
  • Australia 264/9 (Hughes 76, Agar 87)
    Perhaps the only positive in this is that it looks a good pitch to bat on, but that will be scant consolation for England who seem to have no idea how to worm out this last pair. 
    7/11/2013 1:34:37 PM
  • Australia 271/9 (Hughes 79, Agar 91)
    Agar moves into the nervous 90s as Australia's lead moves past 50. Swann looks like he's warming up.
    7/11/2013 1:39:24 PM
  • The Independent's Stephen Brenkley at Trent Bridge:


    7/11/2013 1:40:25 PM
  • Australia 273/9 (Hughes 80, Agar 92)
    Swann does come on and gets one to turn sharply out of the rough, but Agar survives, picks up a single and Australia bat on.

    7/11/2013 1:42:08 PM
  • Australia 278/9 (Hughes 81, Agar 96)
    Agar picks up three from the first ball of the over to move just one lusty blow away from a maiden hundred. His family are looking on from the ground nervously.
    7/11/2013 1:50:46 PM
  • WICKET! Agar c Swann b Broad - 98
    Oh no Agar! Just two short of a fantastic 100 he picks out the fielder at midwicket. Remarkable innings from the 19-year-old. 
    7/11/2013 1:54:16 PM
  • AUSTRALIA ALL OUT FOR 280 (LEAD BY 65)
    7/11/2013 1:56:08 PM
  • England batsmen are out and ready to begin their second innings...
    7/11/2013 2:06:25 PM
  • England 3/0 (Cook 1, Root 1)
    Pattinson starts with a no ball but there's not much swing for him. England pick up three from the over.
    7/11/2013 2:10:03 PM
  • REVIEW! LBW shout against Root - umpire said not out.

    7/11/2013 2:10:57 PM
  • NOT OUT - Ball was just clipping leg stump so remain umpires call.
    7/11/2013 2:11:51 PM
  • England 3/0 (Cook 1, Root 1)
    Mitchell Starc, who looks a bit like Ashton Agar's evil older brother, starts from the opposite end and he bowls a maiden including the strong LBW shout against Root. Good start from Australia.
    7/11/2013 2:15:05 PM
  • England 3/0 (Cook 1, Root 1)
    Maiden this time from Pattinson. Australia aren't getting much swing, but England are being watchful. 
    7/11/2013 2:18:50 PM


  • Agar hits out... 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 11, 2013 at 2:19 PM
    ...before being dismissed for 98 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 11, 2013 at 2:20 PM


    7/11/2013 2:22:30 PM
  • England 3/0 (Cook 1, Root 1)
    Third maiden on the trot and things have calmed down a little. Given the way this game has gone, I wouldn't bet on that lasting.
    7/11/2013 2:23:22 PM
  • England 4/0 (Cook 2, Root 1)
    A run! Cook works one through midwicket for England's first runs in three overs.
    7/11/2013 2:29:17 PM
  • England 6/0 (Cook 3, Root 1)
    Mitchell Starc beats the bat of Joe Root with one that keeps a little low and gives his former Yorkshire teammate a big earful. Root doesn't appear to be that bothered by it thought to be honest. 
    7/11/2013 2:31:20 PM
  • England 10/0 (Cook 3, Root 5)
    First boundary of the England innings, Root just playing with soft hands and angling it wide of the slip cordon for four.
    7/11/2013 2:35:21 PM
  • WICKET! Root c Haddin b Starc - 5
    Starc gets Root with an innocuous delivery down leg side which the opener just tickles through to the keeper. 
    7/11/2013 2:37:09 PM
  • REVIEW! Trott LBW first ball - umpire said not out originally
    7/11/2013 2:39:54 PM
  • WICKET! Trott LBW Starc - 0
    Trott has to go. He thinks he's hit it but nothing on the replays confirm he has so he goes first ball.
    7/11/2013 2:42:15 PM
  • TEA
    7/11/2013 2:54:28 PM

  • Agar acknowledges the crowd 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 11, 2013 at 2:56 PM


    7/11/2013 2:57:28 PM
  • England 11/2 (Cook 4, Pietersen 0)
    Pietersen survives Starc's hat-trick ball and sees out the rest of the over.
    7/11/2013 3:03:59 PM
  • England 19/2 (Cook 12, Pietersen 0)
    Couple of boundaries for Cook, not totally convincingly is an understatement, but he manages not to chop the ball onto his stumps and survives.
    7/11/2013 3:08:17 PM
  • England 22/2 (Cook 13, Pietersen 2)
    England move to Richie Benaud's favourite score with three from Starc's over. This is such a crucial session for England who don't look like they've recovered from the shock of conceding 98 to a number 11 batsman on debut.
    7/11/2013 3:12:36 PM
  • England 26/2 (Cook 13, Pietersen 6)
    Pattinson slightly overpitches and that's a great shot from Pietersen, driving straight back down the ground past the bowler for four.
    7/11/2013 3:17:28 PM

  • The controversial end of Jonathan Trott 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 11, 2013 at 3:17 PM


    7/11/2013 3:18:20 PM
  • England 27/2 (Cook 14, Pietersen 6)
    Just a single from the over, England just need to calm things down a bit.
    7/11/2013 3:20:41 PM
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