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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 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
  • 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
  • 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
    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 49/2 (Cook 20, Pietersen 21)
    A run! And who else but Kevin Pietersen to... get a thick inside edge that runs through midwicket for a single. Not exactly exciting but still after the last three scoreless overs, it's nice to get the scoreboard moving again. 
    7/11/2013 4:12:22 PM
  • DRINKS - England 49/2 (Cook 20, Pietersen 21)
    After the run-fest of the previous over, Pattinson calms things down with a maiden and that's drinks.
    7/11/2013 4:17:46 PM
  • England 50/2 (Cook 21, Pietersen 21)
    A swashbuckling single from Cook, his first run for 28 balls, takes England to 50 exactly. They still trail by 15.

    7/11/2013 4:25:06 PM
  • England 57/2 (Cook 24, Pietersen 25)
    There it is again, the KP on drive and he picks up four more. Great shot. Cook also picks up three runs in the over and England add more runs to their total than they have in the last nine overs.
    7/11/2013 4:30:45 PM
  • I am not alone... 

    7/11/2013 4:33:15 PM
  • England 57/2 (Cook 24, Pietersen 25)
    After the excitement of seven runs in one over, it's back to maidens from Australia. Two in a row as first Siddle and then Starc bowl six dot balls. 

    Elsewhere former Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting has played his last first class innings. He ended it 169 not out...
    7/11/2013 4:39:28 PM
  • England 62/2 (Cook 25, Pietersen 29)
    Agar back into the attack and he draws the edge from KP, but it goes through low to Haddin and there was no real chance of the keeper catching it. Pietersen makes amends by flaying the young spinner through the off side for a boundary.
    7/11/2013 4:43:18 PM

  • Batting hero Agar in action with the ball 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 11, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    7/11/2013 4:46:26 PM
  • England 67/2 (Cook 30, Pietersen 29)
    Agar over pitches slightly and Cook punishes him, driving well for four. That's the England skipper's first boundary for 100 minutes! With that shot England finally overhaul Australia's first innings score. They lead by 2.
    7/11/2013 4:50:06 PM
  • England 67/2 (Cook 30, Pietersen 29)
    Maiden from Starc. Sensible batting from these two. It is still only the evening of Day Two...
    7/11/2013 4:54:11 PM

  • Trent Bridge bathed in sunlight 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 11, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    7/11/2013 4:56:53 PM
  • England 76/2 (Cook 35, Pietersen 33)
    Agar continues and England pick up a few runs, including a four from Cook, but he continues to pose a bit of a threat to Pietersen who has looked a bit dodgy on more than one occasion. 
    7/11/2013 5:04:15 PM
  • England 77/2 (Cook 36, Pietersen 33)
    Just a single to Cook from Starc's over. 
    7/11/2013 5:09:39 PM

  • Pietersen hits a four off Ashton Agar 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 11, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    7/11/2013 5:12:38 PM
  • England 79/2 (Cook 37, Pietersen 34)
    Siddle comes back into the attack for a final burst at England this evening and he starts with a maiden. 
    7/11/2013 5:16:46 PM
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