Ashes 2013: England v Australia 1st Test – LIVE! - Live coverage - The Independent

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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    • Australia chasing 311 runs for victory
    • England bowled out for 375 - Bell 109, Broad 65, Pietersen 64 and Cook 50 

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    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
    7/13/2013 9:29:32 AM

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

    7/13/2013 4:11:41 PM
  • Australia 149/3 (Clarke 18, Smith 10)
    First over after the drinks break and it's another maiden from Finn. His second spell has been really good and is building pressure on Australia.
    7/13/2013 4:20:12 PM
  • Australia 151/3 (Clarke 19, Smith 11)
    These two men are both good players of spin and Swann can't get the breakthrough for England as Australia add a couple more singles.
    7/13/2013 4:23:35 PM
  • Australia 155/3 (Clarke 23, Smith 11)
    First Australian boundary for 45 minutes as Clarke gets a thick edge on one from Finn that skids along the floor to the third man boundary. Unlucky for the England bowler.
    7/13/2013 4:27:50 PM
  • REVIEW! Clarke given out caught behind. He disagrees.
    7/13/2013 4:36:40 PM
  • WICKET! Clarke c Prior b Broad - 23
    Huge breakthrough for England! Australia's skipper gets the lightest feathered edge on a delivery outside his off stump from Broad and he has to go.
    7/13/2013 4:37:59 PM
  • WICKET! Smith LBW Swann - 17
    What a spell for England, two wickets in two balls! Smith playing back gets struck on the pad and is given out LBW (and quite rightly)
    7/13/2013 4:41:10 PM
  • Australia 162/5 (Hughes 0, Haddin 1)
    So that's where Graeme Swann's been hiding. The England spinner strikes a ball after Broad removed Clarke and Australia in a bit more trouble now.
    7/13/2013 4:44:58 PM

  • Steve Smith in happier times... 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 13, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    7/13/2013 4:49:55 PM
  • Australia 163/5 (Hughes 0, Haddin 1)
    More good stuff from Broad, he keeps the pressure on with a maiden although Australia scamper a leg bye to add one to their total.
    7/13/2013 4:50:52 PM
  • REVIEW! Hughes hit dead in front, given not out because the umpire thinks it pitched outside leg stump. It goes to Hawkeye...
    7/13/2013 4:53:41 PM
  • WICKET! Hughes LBW Swann - 0
    Hurrah for Hawkeye! The replay reveals the ball did pitch in line and Hughes was plumb in front. What a ball from Swann.
    7/13/2013 4:54:07 PM
  • Ashton Agar promoted up the order. No pressure...
    7/13/2013 4:56:21 PM

  • After a poor review, Michael Clarke has to g - perhaps with a word from Kevin Pietersen in his ear as well. 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 13, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    7/13/2013 4:59:58 PM
  • Australia 165/6 (Haddin 3, Agar 0)
    Broad gets new man Agar to play and miss at a beauty outside his off stump and Australia just add a single to their total.
    7/13/2013 5:02:22 PM
  • Australia 166/6 (Haddin 4, Agar 0)
    England pile on the pressure by bringing another catcher in round the bat for Graeme Swann and it's another good over from the spinner. He seems to have found his mojo.
    7/13/2013 5:06:58 PM
  • Australia 166/6 (Haddin 4, Agar 0)
    Broad has arguably been England's best bowler in the second innings and he's on the spot again here with a maiden.
    7/13/2013 5:10:17 PM
  • Australia 171/6 (Haddin 8, Agar 1)
    Swann draws an edge from Agar but it flies just wide of a diving slip fielder and they run a single before Haddin drives well through the covers. A good but slightly risky shot against Swann.
    7/13/2013 5:13:34 PM

  • Swann celebrates the wicket of Steve Smith 
    by Charles Reynolds on Jul 13, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    7/13/2013 5:15:27 PM
  • Australia 171/6 (Haddin 8, Agar 1)
    Anderson back into the attack for a final burst and he sends down a maiden to Agar.
    7/13/2013 5:19:07 PM
  • Australia 172/6 (Haddin 9, Agar 1)
    Not many overs left in the day now and Australia are just looking to survive without losing any more wickets as they pick up a single from Swann's over.
    7/13/2013 5:21:55 PM
  • Australia 174/6 (Haddin 11, Agar 1)
    Looks like there will be one more over after this one, a maiden from Graeme Swann.
    7/13/2013 5:28:43 PM
  • Matt Prior is keeping up to the wickets from Jimmy Anderson's bowling!
    7/13/2013 5:30:50 PM
  • Australia 174/6 (Haddin 11, Agar 1)
    Haddin bats out the final over of the day for a maiden and that's that for Day Four.
    7/13/2013 5:31:40 PM
    7/13/2013 5:32:03 PM
  • Well what a cracking final session that was, just as Australia looked like they might be edging towards an unlikely victory, England picked up three quick wickets and got themselves right back into the match. 

    Still Australia still have four wickets in hand and if Headingley 2005 has taught us anything, you can never right them off... 

    I can't wait for tomorrow.
    7/13/2013 5:37:20 PM
  • That's all from us today, hope you can join me again tomorrow for the decisive final day of this thrilling Trent Bridge Test match.
    7/13/2013 5:40:23 PM
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