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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 resumed on 75/4 trailing by 140
    • Australia collapse from 108/4 to 117/9
    • Agar and Hughes lead revival and take Australia to 280 ALL OUT
    • Agar makes 98 on debut - the highest score by a number 11 ever.
    • Hughes makes 81 not out
    • Forecast: Dry with variable sometimes large amounts of cloud but also some warm sunny spells
    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
    7/11/2013 12:08:00 AM
  • England 27/2 (Cook 14, Pietersen 6)
    Australia's batting hero Ashton Agar comes into the attack and starts off with a maiden.
    7/11/2013 3:24:55 PM
  • England 34/2 (Cook 15, Pietersen 12)
    The left-arm spin of Agar versus Kevin Pietersen could be an interesting contest here. First blood to KP as he sweeps the 19-year-old for four.
    7/11/2013 3:32:22 PM

  • England 38/2 (Cook 19, Pietersen 12)
    A couple of couples for Cook from Mitchell Starc's over, one worked into the off side the other pulled into the leg side. Now for KP v AA round two...
    7/11/2013 3:37:19 PM
  • England 43/2 (Cook 19, Pietersen 16)
    Lovely shot from Pietersen as he picks up another boundary from Agar, driving through cover, perfectly timed.
    7/11/2013 3:41:32 PM

  • Alastair Cook pulls the ball away 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 11, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    7/11/2013 3:42:24 PM
  • England 44/2 (Cook 20, Pietersen 16)
    First innings destroyer Peter Siddle into the attack and it's a good start, just the single from the over.
    7/11/2013 3:46:13 PM
  • England 44/2 (Cook 20, Pietersen 16)
    Double change for Australia as Agar is replaced by Shane Watson. It's a good start from nobody's favourite all rounder - a maiden.
    7/11/2013 3:51:04 PM
  • England 48/2 (Cook 20, Pietersen 20)
    Are there many better shots than Kevin Pietersen's on drive? He whips one out against Siddle, punching down the ground for four runs.
    7/11/2013 3:54:36 PM
  • England 48/2 (Cook 20, Pietersen 20)
    Watto's on fire! Well maybe that's going a bit far, but he's bowled two maidens in a row. This one slightly soured by the fact that he dropped the ball during one delivery. Still, no runs conceded.
    7/11/2013 3:59:37 PM
  • England 48/2 (Cook 20, Pietersen 20)
    Not to be outdone by Shane Watson, Siddle throws down a maiden.
    7/11/2013 4:05:10 PM
  • England 48/2 (Cook 20, Pietersen 20)
    Pattinson comes back into the attack and he goes all Shane Watson by chipping in with a maiden. This has turned into England v New Zealand at Lord's earlier this year.
    7/11/2013 4:10:24 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
  • England 79/2 (Cook 37, Pietersen 34)
    Shane Watson comes back into the attack and he bowls another maiden. That's all he's bowled in this innings!
    7/11/2013 5:30:01 PM
  • England 80/2 (Cook 37, Pietersen 35)
    Pietersen hooks in a controlled manner for a single and Cook blocks out the rest of the over and that's all for today. Another cracking day's play.
    7/11/2013 5:33:45 PM
    7/11/2013 5:33:56 PM
  • Agar leads the team off...
    7/11/2013 5:34:24 PM
    7/11/2013 5:41:39 PM
  • To see some of the best photos from today's play CLICK HERE
    7/11/2013 5:43:13 PM
  • That's all from me today, hope you can join me again tomorrow for the third day of action from Trent Bridge.
    7/11/2013 6:18:51 PM
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