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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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  • 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
  • That looked like a planned move from the England coaching team because Anderson immediately pointed towards bowling coach David Saker in the dressing room in jubilation.
    7/13/2013 3:29:23 PM
  • Australia 124/3 (Clarke 3, Smith 0)
    Great bowling from Anderson, he gets the breakthrough that England needed with a subtle change of pace and Australia's top scorer has to go.
    7/13/2013 3:30:21 PM
  • Graeme Swann going to come back into the attack, he needs to bowl better than he did earlier...
    7/13/2013 3:38:59 PM

  • Anderson celebrates the wicket of Rogers 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 13, 2013 at 3:40 PM


    7/13/2013 3:40:23 PM
  • Australia 135/3 (Clarke 10, Smith 4)
    Better from Swann, getting a lot of revs on the ball and bowling an improved length. Clarke though expertly paddle sweeps him down to fine leg for three runs.
    7/13/2013 3:42:41 PM
  • Australia 138/3 (Clarke 13, Smith 4)
    This pair manage to see off an Anderson over without incident as Clarke adds another three to the total.
    7/13/2013 3:47:30 PM
  • Australia 138/3 (Clarke 13, Smith 4)
    This is much better from Graeme Swann, he's pitching it up a lot more now and Michael Clarke is understandably watchful. He bats out a maiden.
    7/13/2013 3:50:09 PM
  • Australia 138/3 (Clarke 13, Smith 4)
    Finn comes back into the attack and he too has improved on his earlier spell, bowling a maiden.
    7/13/2013 3:54:03 PM
  • Australia 142/3 (Clarke 16, Smith 5)
    Four runs come from Swann's over, but it's a bit of a weird one as he bowls three full tosses in it. He's struggled with his length all day so presumably just over-cooked those in an attempt to get the ball a bit fuller.
    7/13/2013 3:58:10 PM
  • Australia 142/3 (Clarke 16, Smith 5)
    More good stuff from Finn, he's bowling with a control that has all too often been absent from his game and it's a maiden.
    7/13/2013 4:01:28 PM
  • Australia 144/3 (Clarke 17, Smith 6)
    Swann gets his length much better in this over and it's just a run apiece to Clarke and Smith.
    7/13/2013 4:06:20 PM
  • Australia 148/3 (Clarke 17, Smith 10)
    Finn continues to be much better in his second spell, hitting Smith on the pads and prompting a big appeal for LBW, turned down as the batsman just got outside the line of off stump. He also draws Smith into edging one but it drops just short of the slips.
    7/13/2013 4:10:29 PM

  • Clarke at the crease 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 13, 2013 at 4:11 PM


    7/13/2013 4:11:41 PM
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