Dramatic start for Ashes
Nottingham (AFP): England roared back in the final session following a feeble batting display as wickets tumbled on a dramatic opening day of the...
Nottingham (AFP): England roared back in the final session following a feeble batting display as wickets tumbled on a dramatic opening day of the first Ashes test against Australia at Trent Bridge on Wednesday. Australia, huge underdogs in the series, enjoyed the perfect start when fiery fast bowler Peter Siddle took five wickets and England collapsed to 215 all out shortly after tea. However, Steven Finn removed Shane Watson and Ed Cowan in successive balls and James Anderson dismissed Michael Clarke and Chris Rogers before Australia lurched to the close on 75 for four. Steve Smith, on 38, and Phil Hughes, seven, were the not out batsmen. Earlier, Australia's Peter Siddle produced more first-day Ashes heroics as England struggled to 185 for six at tea on the opening day. Fast-medium bowler Siddle took five wickets for 50 runs in 14 overs, his haul including the prize scalps of Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott. Siddle, who took a hat-trick on the opening day of the first 2010/11 Ashes Test in Brisbane, then ended a fifth-wicket stand of 54 when he had Ian Bell caught at first slip by Shane Watson. And 178 for five became 180 for six when wicketkeeper Matt Prior, a noted counter-attacker with the bat, was caught at cover-point by Phil Hughes as he chased a Siddle delivery designed to have him hole out. Prior's exit gave the 28-year-old Siddle, fifth in the world rankings, his eighth haul of five or more wickets in an innings in 42 Tests. Earlier, England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat despite overcast conditions promising assistance to swing bowlers. Cook scored a mammoth 766 runs during England's 3-1 series win in Australia in 2010/11. But in his first Ashes Test as captain, Cook was caught behind off James Pattinson for just 13. Joe Root, in his first Ashes Test and first as an opener after winning six caps as a middle-order batsman, looked good in making 30 after replacing Nick Compton at the top of the order before he was bowled off-stump by Siddle's excellent outswinging yorker. Brief Scores: England first innings: 215 (J Trott 48; Peter Siddle 5/50) Australia first innings: 75/4 (Steven Smith38 not out; J Anderson 2/25).