Bowlers dominate on day one at Trent Bridge


It was a day for the fast bowlers at Trent Bridge on Wednesday, with 14 wickets falling as the first Ashes Test got under way, leaving Australia on 75 for four at stumps, trailing England by 140 runs.

It was a day for the fast bowlers at Trent Bridge on Wednesday, with 14 wickets falling as the first Ashes Test got under way, leaving Australia on 75 for four at stumps, trailing England by 140 runs.

England's batting display was equally poor, and they were all out for 215 just after tea, thanks to a five-fer by Aussie paceman Peter Siddle. Jonathan Trott top-scored with 48. James Anderson and Steve Finn bagged two each in the evening session, including the vital scalp of Michael Clarke.

Earlier in the day, England had won the toss and elected to bat first, despite the cloud cover usually suggesting bowling first. Finn was named for England, while the Aussies handed a shock debut to teen spinner Ashton Agar.

The nerves were on prominent display in the first hour, with Alastair Cook and Joe Root looking hesitant, but the Aussies also let the occasion get to them. The first ball of the day was a wide from James Pattinson.

But all parties settled down soon enough, though Cook never looked fluid and was out for 13. He edged Pattinson to Brad Haddin behind the stumps, bringing Trott to the middle, who had the best average against the Aussies of any Englishman (82).

Root and Trott put on 51 together in the next 14 overs, with the young Yorkshireman playing a number of fine strokes and easily dealing with debutant Agar. It was Siddle who was his undoing though, yorking him just before lunch.

Kevin Pietersen thus strode out, playing in his first home Test since the Headingley debacle last year. He looked solid and reached 10 at the lunch break, while Trott was on 37 off 47 balls.

Pietersen's return was not to be a triumphant one though, as he only added four more runs to his score before edging Siddle to Clarke in the slips. Trott fell 22 runs later, dragging the ball onto his stumps from wide of the crease.

The silly shots didn't stop there, as Ian Bell reached his traditional mid-20s score before giving his wicket away. He prodded at a line-and-length Siddle delivery and caught a faint edge, with Shane Watson taking the catch at first slip.

Matt Prior was Siddle's fifth wicket, making just one run before slashing at a shorter wide one, cutting it straight to Phil Hughes at point. This left Stuart Broad to bat for a few minutes with Bairstow before tea.

The final four wickets fell rapidly after the tea break, with England making just 30 runs in that time. Mitchell Starc bagged Bairstow for 37, and then with the next ball got Finn caught behind. The paceman reviewed it, but hot spot showed the blatant nick.

Pattinson got rid of Broad and Swann, with the latter the final wicket of the innings. Broad seemed to do himself an injury though, the tricky shoulder he picked up in the Champions Trophy flaring up again, and he did not come out to field.

Broad's injury issue turned out to be good news for Finn, as he took the new ball with Anderson and soon had the Aussies on the back foot. Watson and Ed Cowan were out off successive balls, both edging Finn to the slips.

This left the visitors on 19 for two, and Chris Rogers in the middle with his skipper, who was once again asked to rescue the knock. It was not to be though, as Anderson produced a superb angled delivery to rattle the top of off stump, Clarke unable to get off the mark.

Rogers, playing in his second Test since his debut five years ago, looked solid, but could only take the score to 53 before being trapped LBW by Anderson for 16. He reviewed it, but the umpire's decision stood as the ball looked to feather the leg stump.

The rest of the session was played out with utmost care by Smith and Hughes, who sat on 38 and seven respectively when play was called off eight overs early.

England: A Cook, J Root, J Trott, K Pietersen, I Bell, J Bairstow, M Prior, S Broad, G Swann, S Finn, J Anderson

Australia: S Watson, C Rogers, E Cowan, M Clarke, P Hughes, S Smith, B Haddin, P Siddle, J Pattinson, M Starc, A Agar