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


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    • ENGLAND CLOSE ON 326/6 (Lead by 261) 
    • Bell 95 not out, Broad 47 not out
    • 50 for Kevin Pietersen (120 balls, 10 fours)
    • 50 for Cook (164 balls, 6 fours)
    Who is England's best batsman? Take our poll HERE

    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
    7/12/2013 12:30:42 AM
  • England 261/6 (Bell 63, Broad 19)
    Shane Watson comes back into the attack and the main surprise is that it isn't a maiden. Broad picks up a single working the ball into the leg side.
    7/12/2013 3:33:53 PM

  • Stuart Broad sweeps rather unconvincingly  
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 12, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    7/12/2013 3:38:34 PM
  • England 264/6 (Bell 65, Broad 20)
    In the end it was just another maiden from Watson, but it was a rather more eventful over than that. Broad played three excellent drives but picked out the fielder on each occasion then edged the next two, which just dropped short of the keeper and then the slips. England lead by 199.
    7/12/2013 3:42:39 PM

  • looking at that photo it's no wonder that broad keeps on being hit on the shoulder and arm.David LeeJul 12, 2013 at 4:43 PM
    An excellent point David...
    7/12/2013 3:43:36 PM
  • England 266/6 (Bell 66, Broad 21)
    Starc comes back into the attack to replace Agar and both batsmen pick up a single as England take their lead past 200, to huge cheers from the crowd.
    7/12/2013 3:46:21 PM
  • England 266/6 (Bell 66, Broad 21)
    It's another maiden from Watto... That's 10/12 for him. Better than he did on his homework...
    7/12/2013 3:51:05 PM
  • England 271/6 (Bell 67, Broad 25)
    Stuart Broad finally finds the gap on the off side and picks up a four which also brings up the 50 partnership for this pair. It's been some good batting from these two.
    7/12/2013 3:57:55 PM
  • England 282/6 (Bell 70, Broad 29)
    The economical Shane Watson is replaced by Pattinson and England cash in, adding 11 from the over. Bell picks up three before Broad again finds the gap on the off side, with an uppish square drive for four, before Pattinson strays down leg side and the ball runs away for four leg byes. England lead up to 217 now.
    7/12/2013 4:00:29 PM
  • England 286/6 (Bell 73, Broad 30)
    Cowan nearly takes a fantastic catch, anticipating Broad's paddle sweep to Agar and running across from short leg but he can only get one hand to it and can't quite cling on. England pick up four from the over.
    7/12/2013 4:04:29 PM

  • Ian Bell flicks one away into the leg side 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 12, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    7/12/2013 4:06:06 PM
  • England 287/6 (Bell 73, Broad 31)
    Just a single to Broad from Siddle's over. He's been the best of Australia's bowlers.
    7/12/2013 4:10:10 PM
  • England 292/6 (Bell 73, Broad 36)
    Bit of luck for Broad who swats Agar into the leg side and just about clears Phil Hughes running back to try and take the catch. Hughes then makes a real mess of trying to prevent the boundary, flicking the ball back onto himself and it goes for four anyway.
    7/12/2013 4:13:06 PM
  • REVIEW! Has Ian Bell been run out?
    7/12/2013 4:16:47 PM
  • NOT OUT - Ian Bell is just in his ground.
    Broad scampered a single and looked to be the man in danger running to the non-strikers end but the throw missed those stumps and went on to hit the stumps at at the other end, luckily Bell was just in.
    7/12/2013 4:17:17 PM
  • England 297/6 (Bell 77, Broad 37)
    Bell makes the most of his run out let off by angling the face of the bat and picking up a four running the ball down to third man for four. 
    7/12/2013 4:20:10 PM
    Stuart Broad has nicked one through to Clarke at slip but the umpire doesn't give it out and Broad just stays there. Australia have used up all their reviews so it won't be overturned. It was a big edge as well.
    7/12/2013 4:27:36 PM
  • England 301/6 (Bell 81, Broad 37)
    Another slice of luck for England as Bell nicks one through to the keeper and Haddin spills a difficult low chance as he dives to his right. To make matters worse it goes for four.
    7/12/2013 4:33:36 PM
  • England 302/6 (Bell 81, Broad 38)
    Debate rages on about whether Broad should have walked or not - bit rich coming from any Australians - but it was a fairly shocking decision from the umpire. England lead up to 238 now.
    7/12/2013 4:41:52 PM

  • Well, the good news, following my comment this morning, is that I'm still alive and my heart is just about in working order. My teeth, however, are significantly blunter from all the grinding.Ed TJJul 12, 2013 at 5:42 PM
    Glad to hear Ed... 
    7/12/2013 4:44:01 PM
  • What are your thoughts on the Broad incident? Send us in your comments...
    7/12/2013 4:44:31 PM

  • Ethical professional cricket is now an oxymoron!!Sad for English cricket and Broad both of which are now at an all time low and do not deserve support whatever mistakes are made by umpires!!Sad for cricket but predictable even more sadly!!latecutterJul 12, 2013 at 5:45 PM
    Strong words...
    7/12/2013 4:45:33 PM
  • England 309/6 (Bell 85, Broad 40)
    Australia just can't break this partnership (apart from when they should've got Broad out...) and England's lead moves up to 244. This has been great stuff from Broad and Bell, both of whom have been a bit out of touch with the bat (in slightly different ways) recently. 
    7/12/2013 4:51:26 PM
  • England 309/6 (Bell 85, Broad 40)
    Shane Watson comes back on and its another maiden. An incredible 11 out of 13 overs have been maidens now.
    7/12/2013 4:55:05 PM

  • Australia's players in disbelief at Stuart Broad's reprieve 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM
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    7/12/2013 4:57:54 PM
  • England 313/6 (Bell 89, Broad 40)
    Agar bowls a maiden but then amazingly it's not a maiden from Watson's over as Bell just opens the face and dabs it down to third man for four. 
    7/12/2013 5:02:00 PM

  • Brad Haddin reacts to dropping Ian Bell 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 12, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    7/12/2013 5:04:57 PM
  • England 318/6 (Bell 89, Broad 45)
    Broad slashes away on the off side for four and that brings up the hundred partnership between these two. Such a crucial knock from this pair.
    7/12/2013 5:09:16 PM
  • England 325/6 (Bell 94, Broad 47)
    Pattinson comes back on and England add more runs. He appeals furiously for LBW against Bell, who got a big inside edge on it, and is in fact warned for over-appealing. Australia slightly losing the plot here.
    7/12/2013 5:16:45 PM
  • England 325/6 (Bell 94, Broad 47)
    Just one more over to go after Agar bowls out a maiden.
    7/12/2013 5:20:27 PM
  • England 326/6 (Bell 95, Broad 47)
    Just one off the over and that's it for the day. England lead by 261. Great batting from these two.
    7/12/2013 5:23:54 PM
    7/12/2013 5:24:05 PM

  • Debate about the Broad incident rages on...
    The batsman should walk when he knows there was contact between bat and ball? In that case he should refuse to leave the crease when he knows he hasn't touched the ball! No, it's the umpire's job to give him out. That's why we have umpires.Grarp the BakerJul 12, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    7/12/2013 5:26:49 PM
  • Well this series just gets better and better... Another thrilling day of cricket. England's lead of 261 puts them in a good position in this match but some quick wickets from Australia tomorrow would get them right back in this game.

    Fantastic batting from Ian Bell and Stuart Broad, although the controversy surrounding Broad not walking will probably be what this day is most remembered for.
    7/12/2013 5:31:28 PM
  • That's all from us today, I hope you can join me again tomorrow for what looks set to be another cracking day of cricket. If the series carries on like this I'm not I can take it!
    7/12/2013 6:01:16 PM
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