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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 12, 2013 at 7:51 PM

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  • Broad became the first England batsman to pass 1000 runs while batting at number eight on Friday 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 13, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    7/13/2013 9:47:00 AM

  • Ian Bell and Stuart Broad have batted England into a dominant position going into Day 4  
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 13, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    7/13/2013 9:50:20 AM
  • 7/13/2013 9:57:07 AM
  • England 335/6 (Bell 99, Broad 47)
    Talk about setting the tone... Mitchell Starc's first ball is a wayward full toss which evades everybody and races for 5 no-balls. Bell moves to 99 off the next ball when he edges ANOTHER full toss through the slips for 4. The rest of the over is played out for four dots. 
    7/13/2013 10:04:11 AM
  • 50 for Stuart Broad (off 124 balls)

    7/13/2013 10:06:59 AM
  • England 339/6 (Bell 99, Broad 51)
    Broad has reclaimed his all-rounder status by hitting his 10th Test fifty - his first since January 2012 - with a slashing drive through the slips. The left-hander defends for the rest of the over. 
    7/13/2013 10:13:15 AM
  • 100 for Bell (off 237 balls)
    7/13/2013 10:13:43 AM
  • Bell has reached his 18th Test hundred after taking advantage of a misfield by point to run through for single. A superb innings by England's number 5 to really put his side on top over the Old Enemy. His finest hour in an England shirt? 
    7/13/2013 10:16:28 AM
  • England 344/6 (Bell 100, Broad 55)
    These two have added 18 runs to the overnight score in just four overs. Every run is vital for the hosts as they look to get up to and over the 300-mark. Broad collects three runs off the over. 
    7/13/2013 10:21:14 AM
  • England 345/6 (Bell 100, Broad 56)
    Only one off the over but Mitchell Starc continues to be erratic for Australia. The gangly left-armer clearly got out of the wrong side of bed or he could just be incredibly stiff... The first ball loops over Broad's head through to Haddin and then the final ball is a full toss which is patted by Bell to mid-off. Strange stuff. 
    7/13/2013 10:24:43 AM
  • England 348/6 (Bell 100, Broad 59)
    Broad drives down the ground for three off a swinging half-volley. England now lead by 284. 
    7/13/2013 10:28:35 AM
  • England 355/6 (Bell 100, Broad 66)
    Broad looks in a great touch this morning as he plays a back foot punch through the vacant mid-on area to move to 65. He is certainly showing no ill effects after his misdemeanours yesterday. He looks free from worry and is out scoring Bell, who has added just five runs to his overnight score. 
    7/13/2013 10:33:33 AM

  • Bell reaches his 18th Test hundred on Day 4  
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 13, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    7/13/2013 10:36:02 AM
  • WICKET! Broad has played one shot too many and has nicked to Haddin for 65. England 356/7; lead by 291 runs 
    7/13/2013 10:37:44 AM
  • Broad 65 (off 148 balls)
    Broad has made way for Graeme Swann after his vital innings of 65 came to an end. The left-hander wafted at a wide ball from James Pattinson, who now has two wickets in this innings. 
    7/13/2013 10:41:43 AM
  • England 356/7 (Swann 0, Bell 101)
    Australia follow up the wicket of Broad with consecutive maidens - one from Pattinson and one from Siddle - as they go in pursuit of the final three England wickets.
    7/13/2013 10:49:33 AM
  • England 360/7 (Bell 105, Swann 0)
    Bell hits a sumptuous cover-drive and then plays a late cut past gully for another boundary - both shots illustrate his class as a batsman. England on the cusp of a 300 run lead here and surely that will be mighty difficult for the Aussies to chase down. If they do it they will be heavily reliant on Clarke (and Agar...!) to make big runs. 
    7/13/2013 10:54:46 AM
  • England 365/7 (Bell 109, Swann 1) 
    Just one run off the over to Swann, who manages to get off the mark with the shot, much to the delight of his home crowd. The single - a push off the back foot past extra-cover - brings up the 300 run lead for England. 
    7/13/2013 10:57:59 AM
  • England 365/7 (Bell 109, Swann 7) 
    More runs through the slips to the third man boundary. Swann is the benefactor this time. The Aussies seem extremely reluctant to deploy a fielder there at all. Instead they're keeping the slips in but the ball flew right through the cordon. 
    7/13/2013 11:00:54 AM
  • WICKET! Bell's 267-ball vigil is ended when he feathers a catch to Haddin off Starc. He is out for 109. 
    7/13/2013 11:03:39 AM
  • Bell can be immensely proud of his knock. There were murmurs in some quarters that a poor Ashes could lead to him being dropped from the side. But he had hit back at his critics in wonderful fashion; hitting arguably the most important of his career so far. Great ball from Starc, who has had a bizarre morning so far bowling wide and full but managed to produce a great ball to oust Bell. 
    7/13/2013 11:07:19 AM

  • Bell milks the applause after being dismissed for 109  
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    7/13/2013 11:11:22 AM
  • England 372/8 (Finn 1, Swann 7)
    Maiden over from Peter Siddle bowling at Finn. England's lead is well over the highest successful run chases at Trent Bridge. The previous highest was 284 (England currently lead by 307). 
    7/13/2013 11:14:36 AM
  • England 374/8 (Finn 1, Swann 9)
    Looked like it was going to be a brace of maidens only for Swann to produce a shot that only a lower order batsman could muster. His leading edge flew over mid-off and away for two. 
    7/13/2013 11:18:02 AM
  • WICKET! Swann plays away from his body on the back foot and edges to Clarke at slip. 
    7/13/2013 11:18:56 AM
  • WICKET! Anderson is caught by Hughes at midwicket for a two-ball duck. 
    7/13/2013 11:21:57 AM
  • England 375/9 (Anderson 0, Finn 2) 
    Jimmy strides to the crease to join Finn. He meets his first ball on the drive but doesn't middle it and then bottom edges the next to Hughes and is promptly dismissed. England added 49 runs this morning on Day 4 with the final four wickets they had intact overnight. 
    7/13/2013 11:23:48 AM
  • Australia need 311 runs to win the first Ashes Test
    7/13/2013 11:24:36 AM
  • Australia 1/0 (Watson 1, Rogers 0)
    Anderson bowls a peach first up to Watson, who plays and misses. Watson gets Australia up and running with a single next ball though. Jimmy is getting the ball to swing from the off here. Fantastic stuff.
    7/13/2013 11:35:03 AM
  • Australia 2/0 (Watson 2, Rogers 0)
    After being absent for much of the Aussie first innings, Broad resumes his role as opening bowler for England. He is immediately on the money and induces an edge off Rogers' bat with the penultimate ball of the over. The ball, though, dies on Cook in the slips. 
    7/13/2013 11:40:14 AM
  • Australia 10/0 (Watson 10, Rogers 0) 
    Watson clips consecutive fours off Anderson but the Burnley Express responds with an out swinger that glides past the bat. 
    7/13/2013 11:44:42 AM
  • Australia 11/0 (Watson 10, Rogers 1) 
    Apart from the two boundaries from the previous over, England have started well against Watson - a key wicket for Australia. A quick single off the first ball nearly leads to Rogers being run out and Watson bats out the next five balls from Broad. 

    7/13/2013 11:48:34 AM
  • Australia 12/0 (Watson 10, Rogers 2) 
    England continue their good start. The tactic is clear: a couple of outswingers before homing in on the pads pads with a big booming in-dipper. James Anderson is main exponent of the method but Broad is doing equally well, too. One run to Rogers off the over. 
    7/13/2013 11:53:59 AM
  • Australia 20/0 (Watson 10, Rogers 10)
    Rogers hits two boundaries on both sides of the wicket off Broad. The seamer though does come close with a ball that keeps low but isn't quite straight enough and it goes through to Matt Prior.
    7/13/2013 11:58:51 AM
  • Australia 28/0 (Watson 18, Rogers 10) 
    The tourists take the sting out of a awkward little period before lunch by hitting six boundaries. The last of which flies over Swann at slip. He had no chance of laying a hand on it whatsoever. 
    7/13/2013 12:02:01 PM
  • LUNCH Australia 28/0 (Rogers 10, Watson 18) - need a further 283 runs to win 
    The Aussie openers played some shots in the six overs before the break. England, meanwhile, will be encouraged by the variable bounce; they know if they bowl straight they will have a chance of getting a wicket. Furthermore Graeme Swann is yet to have a go on a turning wicket. 
    7/13/2013 12:07:09 PM
  • Players are back out after lunch... Graeme Swann will start things off.
    7/13/2013 12:39:30 PM
  • Australia 33/0 (Watson 22, Rogers 11)
    No immediate breakthrough for Swann who drops a little too short off his last ball and is hammered through the covers by Watson for four.
    7/13/2013 12:44:41 PM
  • Australia 35/0 (Watson 22, Rogers 13)
    Couple of overs apiece from Anderson and Swann and Australia just add a couple of singles.

    7/13/2013 12:52:42 PM
  • Australia 43/0 (Watson 25, Rogers 18)
    Maiden from Jimmy Anderson as England continue to search for the first breakthrough.
    7/13/2013 1:04:29 PM

  • Shane Watson faces Graeme Swann for the first time today 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 13, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    7/13/2013 1:07:07 PM
  • Australia 51/0 (Watson 29, Rogers 22)
    This pair bring up their 50 partnership, as Rogers edges one from Anderson that drops a yard short of the slips and then runs through for four. Edges are just not carrying on this surface.
    7/13/2013 1:08:44 PM
  • Australia 53/0 (Watson 31, Rogers 22)
    Swann continues and Australia pick up a couple, Watson adopting a ploy of advancing a little down the wicket to play the ball, presumably to try and negate any turn.
    7/13/2013 1:11:22 PM
  • Australia 59/0 (Watson 31, Rogers 28)
    What a shot that is from Rogers, he drives away on the off side, steering the ball past point for four. This has been an excellent opening stand for Australia.
    7/13/2013 1:14:58 PM
  • Australia 68/0 (Watson 36, Rogers 32)
    Swann not getting much joy so far as Watson takes a huge stride down the pitch and slog sweeps him away for four. Rogers adds another boundary when the spinner drops far too short and he is hoiked away on the leg side.
    7/13/2013 1:19:10 PM
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