Player of the Match
Player of the Match
  • BATSMEN
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    58.42
    31.2 the finger goes up instantly, Rogers lbw this time on the back foot, and he reviews. From round the wicket the ball angled in from back of length, Rogers stuck on his crease to work the ball to leg, he misses and is trapped right in front of middle stump. No inside edge, what does Hawkeye say? Hitting and Rogers walks back 110/8
    2.2 early strike! Anderson pins Warner lbw, but he reviews after a long discussion. Did it pitch in line? Was reasonably short. Certainly no edge. Pitches on middle and leg, nips back off the seam, and that's hitting middle! 7/1
    7.6 he's done it! Finn strikes in his first over...and what a wicket it is. In the channel outside off, Smith feeling for it outside off and the edge carries low to Cook at first slip. Lovely delivery, in fact 18/2
    10
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    16
    2
    0
    100.00
    11.2 and another! Finn has two...and it's a bit like Clarke's dismissal in 2005 to Harmison! Not a slower ball this time, but it's very full and finds its way under Clarke's bat. Clarke seemed a little late on trying to get his bat down, but pinpoint bowling from Finn. What a comeback story developing. 34/3
    20.6 trying to leave and he edges to Buttler! Back-of-a-length delivery, a very half-hearted attempt to try and withdraw the bat and the ball glances off the toe end through to Buttler. 77/4
    22.3 he doesn't respond well! A flat-footed drive and another edge. Drawn into driving at the full ball, playing well away from his body, healthy edge which zips through to Buttler. Anderson on song after lunch 82/5
    24.4 left and bowled off stump! Four for Anderson. Wonderful bowling, but that always a tight leave. Wasn't the booming inswinger, just nipped back off the seam and clipped the top of off stump 86/6
    26.6 five for Anderson! The change of angled worked straight away. Full outside off, just straightens a little on Johnson who is pushing forward and the edge flies to fourth slip/fine gully 94/7
    33.3 another late leave and that's number nine, and second for Broad! It was touch back of length outside off, Starc wanted to leave that ball but withdrew his bat too late and he toe-edged it to the keeper 119/9
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    16
    23
    3
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    87.50
    11
    11
    14
    2
    0
    100.00
    36.4 chops it on, that's the sixth for Anderson and Australia are all out. It was a length delivery outside off, Lyon swished at it and managed only an inside edge onto his stumps 136/10
    Extras
    8 (lb 7, nb 1)
    TOTAL
    136 all out (36.4 Overs, RR: 3.7, 173 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-7 (DA Warner, 2.2 ov), 2-18 (SPD Smith, 7.6 ov), 3-34 (MJ Clarke, 11.2 ov), 4-77 (AC Voges, 20.6 ov), 5-82 (MR Marsh, 22.3 ov), 6-86 (PM Nevill, 24.4 ov), 7-94 (MG Johnson, 26.6 ov), 8-110 (CJL Rogers, 31.2 ov), 9-119 (MA Starc, 33.3 ov), 10-136 (NM Lyon, 36.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JM Anderson14.424763.2000
    SCJ Broad1224423.6600
    ST Finn1013823.8001
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    7.3 edged! Held on with a juggle! Lyth is held in the slips...just. Push across full outside off, Lyth chases it with a drive - expansive given the conditions - and the edge goes at stomach height to Voges who can't cling on cleanly but grabs it into his body and keeps it above the ground 19/1
    17.2 what has happened here?! On my goodness. Cook has pulled this short ball off the middle and it has gone straight into Voges at short leg who, somehow, clings on while trying to take evasive action. Extraordinary. Reminds me of Slater catch Butcher off MacGill at Melbourne in 1998 76/2
    27.4 Lyon's done it again, gets Bell this time! What has done Bell here, he came down the track to whack that down the ground, but Lyon pitched it shorter with some flight and Bell got a leading edge high in the air. Warner had just enough time to get under it running backwards from short midwicket 132/3
    40.6 well, would you believe it! Starc has been all over the place but he's got the HUGE wicket. Very full outside off, Rot jabs at it and gets a regulation edge to first slip. Voges used his hands this time. A waste from Root, and a massive bonus for Australia 182/6
    30.3 what a delivery! That's a ripper from Johnson - 300 wickets! Blimey, that was fierce. A short ball targeted at the body and Bairstow could only fend it off the top glove, no getting out of the way of that. Pace and direction from Johnson. Well,well. 142/4
    30.5 and another! What a start for Australia and Johnson! It's the short one again, and another glove through to Nevill. This. Game. Is. On. Very similar to the Bairstow ball, perhaps not quite as short, climbed at Stokes who could not get his gloves out of the way as the ball followed him. This is one of the great overs. 142/5
    45.3 gets him lbw this time, the finger goes up instantly! Buttler has a short chat with Moeen and then walks, no review. Buttler went a bit too far across as Lyon flighted this one nicely on middle stump, it turned a bit and struck him right in front of middle and didn't bounce as much as the previous ball. Aleem Dar is convinced 190/7
    66.3 finds third man! Moeen throwing his hands through a wide delivery, it skews off a healthy top edge down to Warner who is placed near the boundary and barely has to move 278/9
    64.6 he's gone this time, Broad going for the pull against a short delivery outside off and takes the bottom of the bat then it lands in the hands of mid-on. Tight for a no-ball, but a fraction behind the line 277/8
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    67.1 and that's that! Took him just one ball. On a length outside off and a regulation edge is pouched, although in the webbing by Nevill! 281/10
    Extras
    14 (b 6, lb 4, w 4)
    TOTAL
    281 all out (67.1 Overs, RR: 4.18, 297 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-19 (A Lyth, 7.3 ov), 2-76 (AN Cook, 17.2 ov), 3-132 (IR Bell, 27.4 ov), 4-142 (JM Bairstow, 30.3 ov), 5-142 (BA Stokes, 30.5 ov), 6-182 (JE Root, 40.6 ov), 7-190 (JC Buttler, 45.3 ov), 8-277 (SCJ Broad, 64.6 ov), 9-278 (MM Ali, 66.3 ov), 10-281 (JM Anderson, 67.1 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    MA Starc16.117124.3930
    JR Hazlewood1507434.9300
    MG Johnson1626624.1210
    MR Marsh722403.4200
    NM Lyon1323632.7600
  • BATSMEN
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    3.2 gets rewarded straightaway, umpire raises his finger for lbw! Angling in from outside off, Rogers was stuck on his crease to tuck the ball to the leg side but played the wrong line and was struck in front of off, though a bit high. That's what he might have discussed with Warner before walking off. Rogers did review it, but was too late and the umpire turned it down 17/1
    28.3 now he's gone! Anderson strikes in his comeback over. A back-of-a-length delivery which Warner tries to flick into the leg side as he has done so often, this time it balloons off a leading edge high into the off side and Lyth steadies under the catch at cover 111/6
    12.2 the change of ends works, but Smith has given this away, honestly! Poor shot selection after he shuffled a bit and pulled that short of length delivery only to get a top edge that went high and Buttler didn't have to move much to get under it. He called, he caught 62/2
    16.3 fantastic catch! Clarke fails. Finn has the double double in the match (Smith and Clarke). Short of a length at off stump, Clarke is squared up and the outside carries low to Lyth at fourth slip who takes diving low to his left 76/3
    16.4 he's on a hat-trick! Voges edges to second slip. Back of a length outside off, a touch wider than the Clarke ball, Voges fiddles for it away from his body and the nick carries at a good catching height to Bell, who takes it reverse cup with his knees bent. What. An. Over (after the earlier What. An. Over from Johnson this morning) 76/4
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    22.1 that's through him! Four for Finn. Extraordinary stuff. Much like the delivery from the lbw appeal. Marsh basically drives all around a full ball, although it did just tail in a fraction. Their middle order is having a shocker. 92/5
    64.2 down the leg side, Buttler takes another terrific catch high to his left - and Dar's finger goes up this time! Nevill immediately reviews, as I suppose he had to, but Hot Spot quickly reveals a clear inside edge! He's finally been taken down the leg side and England have the breakthrough, ending a 64-run stand. Not quite Harmison-Kasprowicz-Jones but still fairly important 217/8
    46.1 he knows he's gone as soon as he's hit it, caught at backward point, seven down! The short ball was angled in and MJ looked to swat it to leg but got a top edge and that went high enough for Stokes to take a few steps back and take it with both hands. Umpires check if Finn's back foot landed near the side crease. Yes, it has and it's a five-for for Finn 153/7
    79.1 they don't need the new ball, Starc chips it to extra cover! There was some turn for the length delivery outside off, Starc drove and the thick outside edge flew into the covers for an easy catch 265/10
    72.2 couldn't do much with the ball, but takes a very sharp catch at slip, Joe Root! Stokes pitched it short outside off, had the angle and Hazlewood went hard at it to get an upper edge. It was travelling fast and Root took a spectacular catch to his right at third slip 245/9
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    12
    16
    27
    2
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    75.00
    Extras
    11 (b 2, lb 9)
    TOTAL
    265 all out (79.1 Overs, RR: 3.34, 348 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-17 (CJL Rogers, 3.2 ov), 2-62 (SPD Smith, 12.2 ov), 3-76 (MJ Clarke, 16.3 ov), 4-76 (AC Voges, 16.4 ov), 5-92 (MR Marsh, 22.1 ov), 6-111 (DA Warner, 28.3 ov), 7-153 (MG Johnson, 46.1 ov), 8-217 (PM Nevill, 64.2 ov), 9-245 (JR Hazlewood, 72.2 ov), 10-265 (MA Starc, 79.1 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    JM Anderson8.351511.7600
    SCJ Broad2046113.0500
    ST Finn2137963.7600
    MM Ali16.136413.9500
    BA Stokes1132812.5400
    JE Root2.30702.8000
  • BATSMEN
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    11.1 length on leg stump, struck on the pad playing back, Australia go up - and Gaffaney gives it! Lyth decides to review, perhaps thinking it pitched outside leg or was maybe doing too much... but Hawk-Eye quickly confirms what an excellent decision it was from the umpire, the ball landed on middle and leg, seamed back and would have knocked over leg stump three-quarters of the way up. Plumb 51/2
    4.1 bowled him, straight through! Beauty of a delivery from Starc and it is greeted with an eerie silence around Edgbaston... Starc's radar was bang on here, swinging in and then curving out past Cook's defensive prod to hit off stump. England have lost their captain, Australia have the first of the ten they need. Nervous? 11/1
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    120
    10
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    72.22
    not out
    38
    63
    89
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    60.31
    Extras
    2 (w 2)
    TOTAL
    124/2 (32.1 Overs, RR: 3.85, 138 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-11 (AN Cook, 4.1 ov), 2-51 (A Lyth, 11.1 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    MA Starc613315.5020
    JR Hazlewood702113.0000
    NM Lyon1115204.7200
    MG Johnson731001.4200
    MR Marsh1.10806.8500

Close of Play

  • Wed, 29 Jul - day 1 - England 1st innings 133/3 (JE Root 30*, JM Bairstow 1*, 29 ov)
  • Thu, 30 Jul - day 2 - Australia 2nd innings 168/7 (PM Nevill 37*, MA Starc 7*, 55 ov)
  • Fri, 31 Jul - day 3 - England 2nd innings 124/2 (32.1 ov) - end of match

Match Notes

History provides Hope

3

Instances of ENG losing a Test after being set a target of less than 125 - all 3 times against AUS (in 1882, 1888 & 1902)

Middle order muddle

20

Number of times that all 4 AUS middle order batsmen (Nos. 3 to 6) have made single digit scores - 16 times in the Ashes

Lower order success

1

Number of previous instance of 2 AUS batsmen at No. 7 or below making 50+ in the 2nd inns of an Ashes Test in England

Trouble both innings

43

Years since Australia have lost 5 wickets for 100 runs or less in both innings of an Ashes Test (Leeds, 1972)

Losing inside 2 days

1890

The year Australia last lost a Test match inside 2 days - at The Oval

Rare Twin Failures

22

Number of Tests since Steven Smith last made two single-digit scores in the same Test. He scored 7 & 8 in this game.

Two-faced David

21.3

David Warner's batting average against England in the first innings. He averages 68.8 in the second innings

lower order stability

2

ENG batsmen in the last 34 yrs who have made two 50+ scores when batting at No. 8 in an Ashes series - Broad (2009) and Ali (this series)

Recovering from the hit

31

Stuart Broad's score this innings, his second-highest from 13 innings in 2015. His highest score is 46 (v NZ, Leeds)

All or nothing

5

Number of ducks scored by Ben Stokes in his last 10 Tests. He also has five 50+ scores in this period

A two-man Club

2

Number Australian players who have scored 2000 runs and taken 300 wickets - Shane Warne and now Mitchell Johnson