The Ashes - 1st Test

England v Australia

England won by 14 runs

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

James Pattinson with the opening over...three slips, gully and a short leg in place

Ok folks, here we go. Out come the players, Australia first led by Michael Clarke and followed by the England openers to huge applause from the crowd.

A fly past from the Red Arrows to mark the start of the series...I think we are all done with the build-up now. Let's play!

10.55am Adrian Meredith: "Disagree with Finn (prefer Bresnan), disagree with Siddle (prefer Harris), disagree with Agar (prefer Bird), disagree with Cowan (prefer Warner), strongly disagree with Hughes (prefer Faulkner). Agree with the rest. With these squads, I think England will get 300-350, Australia will get 200-250 and England will win by 200 runs around about the end of day 4." We'll keep a note of all these and see which ones come true over the next few days

stuart: "Agar - bold indeed. Last time we selected a leftie with KP in mind it didn't work out well for us. Good luck mate, at least you've got a keeper there who can read spin."

Don't forget, you can also follow the action over on our Match Companion which is being manned by Alex today.

10.50am Karan: "So Khawaja still ignored in playing XI. How many chances Cowan need ?"

Ok, last call to go and grab those drinks and snacks or take a quick comfort break. First ball in ten minutes. The Ashes has a history of interesting opening overs

Shirish: "Is there a page to view "Commentator" profiles?, if not I would suggest to put one along with the feedback and ratings, so that their bonuses will be derived based on that!!!!" Ha, I'll propose that suggestion

10.40am Plenty of pomp and ceremony at Trent Bridge as we now have the national anthems. Surprising amount of brass instruments on the ground considering the banning of a certain trumpet. Anyway, on we go. Cook and Root now disappear to prepare themselves to face the new ball.

Mick: "Bold selection of Agar. Played u19's for Oz at a very young age. I think he played a game at 16, 17 certainly. Will be seen in future years as some one who could hold a place either batting or bowling."

Tom: "Anyone know how many spinners we've tried now since Warne? Just pick one and keep him there, it's not hard"

10.35am So what about those teams? Finn was the man in possession that his inclusion no huge surprise. For Australia, neither Smith or Agar were in the squad to start with. They do quite bat deep with Siddle, Pattinson and Starc useful.

Jack: "Been in training for a week to become nocturnal - gotta love the Ashes!"

Alan M: "A last minute panic selection? Australia have already lost the mental game." Clarke's comments suggest it wasn't last minute

TC: "Have Australia picked Agar simply due to KP's perceived weakness to slow left arm? I have a horrid feeling in my stomach that Agar first wicket will be KP...."

Ayush Shah: "Given how deep Australia bat, choosing Faulkner in place of Smith wouldn't have been a bad idea."

10.30am Here we go...toss time. England have won the toss and will bat. Steven Finn confirmed in the XI. "It's been a great build-up but now it's time to play cricket."

Clarke: "I would have batted, but don't mind bowling as it's a bit overcast."...On Agar: "It may be a surprise to some, but not to use. He's bowled really well and England have a lot of right-handers."

Alan Curr, an old friend of ESPNcricinfo, says: "I have so much work to do it's ridiculous. My entire team are leaving the office for the next 5 days, so I'm covering the work of four people, yet I have spent most of this morning reading the re-cap of the 2005 series. God I'm excited."

So here at the teams:

England Cook, Root, Trott, Pietersen, Bell, Bairstow, Prior, Broad, Swann, Finn, Anderson

Australia Watson, Rogers, Cowan, Clarke, Hughes, Smith, Haddin, Siddle, Pattinson, Starc, Agar

10.25am Anyone else got slightly sweaty palms or is it just me? Just few moments to the toss. It's a slightly cloudy morning, but surely it will be bat first.

Rob: "Even as a South African, the Ashes raises excitement. Good cricket between good sides. It should be a cracker..."

GD: "I know not many are going to agree, but I am going to go with 2-1 Australia for this series. And yes... it is good to get back to some good old fashioned test cricket..." GD...is that you George Dobell?

Keith Bennett: "Speaking as an English fan, Australia to win the First Test, since England are hopeless in the first tests of series, and they don't have Monty to hang in for a draw."

10.15am Here's Dan Brettig again, this time on Agar's call-up.

James: "Well, 10 tests in 9 months. Will this begin to feel like India v Sri Lanka ODI's? Not right now, it doesn't! C'mon England! You asked for predictions: if the weather holds, we should get results. Two good bowling attacks and the batting (especially Australia's) can be flaky. I'll go 3-1 England this series (with one rain ruined test)."

Any of you the UK wondered what that song is used by Sky to promoted this series? Here it is. It's already firmly fixed in my head

GoldenCrumpet: "It's been a bad season for Australians who can't spin recently: first Julia Gillard got the push and now Nathan Lyon's discovered an unexpected new career as baggage handler and drinks carrier."

Carlos: "I was up at 5am in anticipation for the start of this series... let's hope the England players are a little more relaxed!"

10.00am Some more reaction to Agar's call-up. Brendan Rouse: "Big call but the kid can bowl... Although Lyon hasn't really done anything wrong and bowled ok in India" We are still waiting, so not entirely sure who plays and who doesn't right now

What about all these predictions? I've never been in the 5-0 England camp - Australia have it them to give England's batting a real test. Also, England have not always liked the 'favourites' tag even if Alastair Cook insists it isn't a problem.

Raghav: "Gonna call it evens, though England's wins will be by an innings. 2-2 at the end of the series I reckon, with Swanny picking up Man of the Series."

Kevin (presume it's not KP!): "Prediction for the ashes. One test match will be rained off!! Hence no chance of a 5-0(unfortunately)"

9.55am So what will we bring you over the next few weeks? Of course, they'll be the usual breath and depth with ball-by-ball, the match companion, match reports and analysis from our writers at the grounds. We'll also have columns from Mark Nicholas, plus a few guest appearances along the way, and you'll be able to read the thoughts of Adam Gilchrist and Ian Bell throughout the series. Each night of the series there will also be the Ashes Huddle.

My fellow commentators throughout this Test will be Alex Winter, Alan Gardner and, from the land down under, Brydon Coverdale. Meanwhile, here's some more reading for new, this time from Dan Brettig

9.50am The first big news of the day is the Ashton Agar, the left-arm spinner, will make his Test debut. That is a big call from Darren Lehmann. We will confirm the full XI as soon as we can. Still waiting on confirmation of what England will do...toss in 40 minutes

xdulkar: "Darren Lehmann springs a big surprise first up with Ashton Agar debuting. Age 19, 10 first-class matches. Massive call #ashes"

Amjad: "Can I throw in the first Ashes comment by predicting that Eng will win 4-1. Aus will nick one when England are drunk. Ian Bell is my player of the tournament."

Dr.Tam: "Ashes create such an environment and such an anticipation in the cricketing world that nothing else looks so special."

9.45am Hello everyone, Gnasher here. After all the talk, the hype and build-up we are just about ready for the action.

"It may not matter hugely in Bangalore or Bridgetown, but in England and Australia, in cricket at least, nothing matters more." That was the final line in George Dobell's preview. It may seem odd to many that one contest dominates above all others for these two teams, but for the next six weeks (and, in fact, the rest of this year) it is all that matters.

8am And it's here! The Ashes bonanza kicks off at Trent Bridge today, and battle lines are drawn. Just enough time left to dust off that WG Grace (or Don Bradman) replica, arrange for a few months' supply of tea and make the final tweaks to your strategy in the Ashes Fantasy. Go

While you wait for the action to kick off, here's what happened eight summers ago - a recap of the greatest Ashes of all, from our friends at All Out Cricket. Riveting read this.

0.1

Pattinson to Cook, 1 wide, it's a wide! Not quite Steve Harmison, but Pattinson starts with a very short, loopy bouncer

0.1

Pattinson to Cook, 1 bye, wild down the leg side this time, starts way outside leg stump and swings further...Haddin dives to his right and does well to get a glove to it. Nervous start from Pattinson, but that ball did move

Joe Root to face his first ball as an opener and in Ashes cricket

0.2

Pattinson to Root, no run, sprayed wide outside off this time, the radar isn't working yet, and Root can leave it alone

0.3

Pattinson to Root, no run, very full outside off, closer to the stumps, some late shape as Root leaves alone

0.4

Pattinson to Root, no run, dragged down short outside off stump, another sighter for Root, it swings away further through to the keeper

0.5

Pattinson to Root, no run, bat on ball for the first time this series, full on off stump, hint of swing, Root presses forward and defends towards gully where Steven Smith makes a good save

0.6

Pattinson to Root, no run, very full, pitching on the popping crease, wide enough to be left again...not a great first over from Pattinson but the ball is swinging

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0
JE Root    0* (5b)      JL Pattinson    1-0-1-0
AN Cook    0* (1b)     

Mitchell Starc to Alastair Cook...

1.1

Starc to Cook, no run, he also starts with a wide delivery outside off, exaggerated swing away from Cook, and it's left alone

1.2

Starc to Cook, no run, better delivery, closer to off stump and he'll like the look of the shape on that delivery as it curves away from Cook who is able to shoulder arms

1.3

Starc to Cook, no run, full outside off, Cook forces himself onto the front foot and defends to the off side

1.4

Starc to Cook, FOUR, drifting into the pads and that's a lovely piece of timing as Cook flicks it forward of square leg with a turn of the wrists

Darshil: "I'm more excited about the ashes than the Ind-Sl final, despite being an Indian fan.."

1.5

Starc to Cook, no run, wide outside off, left alone

Stuart: "There doesn't seem to be much carry from Pattinson's end or is it still too early to judge?" Bit early to judge...bowlers a little nervous at the moment

1.6

Starc to Cook, no run, good yorker, angled in towards middle and leg, Cook digs it out to the leg side

End of over 2 (4 runs) England 6/0
AN Cook    4* (7b 1x4)      MA Starc    1-0-4-0
JE Root    0* (5b)      JL Pattinson    1-0-1-0

2.1

Pattinson to Root, no run, outside off, Root is able to leave this well alone

2.2

Pattinson to Root, no run, strangled appeal for lbw...it was a full delivery, angled towards leg stump, Root aims to flick it through the leg side and gets a thick inside edge into his pad

2.3

Pattinson to Root, no run, on off stump, defended to the off side and takes his bottom hand off the bat

A penny for Nick Compton's thoughts today?

2.4

Pattinson to Root, no run, pushes his length fuller this time, trying to draw Root forward, and he doesn't really get much timing as he drives towards mid-on

2.5

Pattinson to Root, no run, fired down the leg side, Haddin getting plenty of early work as he dives to his left this time

2.6

Pattinson to Root, no run, back outside off stump, left alone to end an improved second over from Pattinson who is starting to settle

End of over 3 (maiden) England 6/0
JE Root    0* (11b)      JL Pattinson    2-1-1-0
AN Cook    4* (7b 1x4)      MA Starc    1-0-4-0

3.1

Starc to Cook, no run, gets squared up a fraction here as he defends on the back foot to a ball that straightens late

3.2

Starc to Cook, no run, beaten outside off, 83mph, and it's some late movement again which takes this past Cook's rather nervous prod...not a great amount of carry to Haddin

3.3

Starc to Cook, no run, shoved way down the leg side, Haddin has to pull out another dive

3.4

Starc to Cook, no run, down the leg side again, some extra bounce this time and it almost takes Haddin by surprise

3.5

Starc to Cook, no run, that's where he wants to be, full on off stump, Cook doesn't get much of a stride in as he defends back to the bowler

3.6

Starc to Cook, no run, pulled wider outside off, 86mph, and left alone

End of over 4 (maiden) England 6/0
AN Cook    4* (13b 1x4)      MA Starc    2-1-4-0
JE Root    0* (11b)      JL Pattinson    2-1-1-0

Short leg has been removed to square leg

Darshil: "Compton should be in.. Root should have been in Bairstow's place.. Compton was good in India and New Zealand both.."

4.1

Pattinson to Root, no run, full on middle and off, Root presses forward - he often defends 'on the move' - and plays to cover

4.2

Pattinson to Root, FOUR, short ball and Root gets his first Ashes runs as he pulls it around the corner and beats fine leg

4.3

Pattinson to Root, no run, gets back to a full length outside off, Root drives up to mid-off

4.4

Pattinson to Root, no run, beauty! That's a lovely delivery, full at off stump and shaping away late as it draws Root onto the front foot into a drive...just misses the outside edge

4.5

Pattinson to Root, no run, a fraction shorter this time, Root defends to the off side

A first-morning hush around the ground as everyone takes in these early exchanges

4.6

Pattinson to Root, FOUR, but there's some noise now as Root gets this off the outside edge, played with soft hands, and it goes wide of third slip to the third-man boundary

End of over 5 (8 runs) England 14/0
JE Root    8* (17b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    3-1-9-0
AN Cook    4* (13b 1x4)      MA Starc    2-1-4-0

5.1

Starc to Cook, 2 runs, through the leg side again, flicked from around middle stump past square leg

5.2

Starc to Cook, no run, outside off stump, this one swings away from Cook but is wide enough not to play

5.3

Starc to Cook, no run, another cracker, this time from Strac, which is back of a length and beats Cook's outside edge...moved away off the seam again

5.4

Starc to Cook, no run, he'll feel he's missed out on a boundary, it was on the leg stump but Cook's flick is stopped by a diving square leg and the batsmen decided against a run as it bobbles away

5.5

Starc to Cook, 2 runs, on off stump, 86mph, met with a straight bat by Cook which punches it straight of mid-on who is fielding quite wide

5.6

Starc to Cook, no run, goes for another yorker, it's well directed, Cook is able to flick it out to midwicket

Been some early encouragement for the quicks, but the line hasn't been consistent enough

End of over 6 (4 runs) England 18/0
AN Cook    8* (19b 1x4)      MA Starc    3-1-8-0
JE Root    8* (17b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    3-1-9-0

Blimey, Aleem Dar has just been delivered the light metre...it is a little gloomy I suppose. Floodlights can be used

6.1

Pattinson to Root, no run, back of a length, squared up a little by some late movement as he defends towards gully

6.2

Pattinson to Root, no run, full at middle and off, Pattinson has settled a bit now, Root plays this as though it didn't bounce as much as he expected

The floodlights are coming on

6.3

Pattinson to Root, no run, defended firmly back to the bowler who then shapes to throw it back towards Root (but keeps hold)

What is it about Aussies wanting to hit Root?

6.4

Pattinson to Root, no run, tight on off stump, 85mph, defended to the covers

6.5

Pattinson to Root, no run, defends this one very late, it was outside off stump, and the ball runs to backward point

6.6

Pattinson to Root, no run, very wide outside off, perhaps trying to bowl an inswinger, but it was no threat to Root

Chris in Taunton: "Thinking of Compton - he's had a poor match in Taunton this week - 0 and 7. Lost his wicket in both innings to Steve Magoffin.....an Aussie!" Perhaps the disappointment of being dropped has finally hit him?

End of over 7 (maiden) England 18/0
JE Root    8* (23b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    4-2-9-0
AN Cook    8* (19b 1x4)      MA Starc    3-1-8-0

7.1

Starc to Cook, 1 run, full on middle and off, Cook opens the face and finds a gap in the off side between cover and mid-off...important to rotate the strike with left and right handers together

Jeremy: "Watching Pattinson and Starc struggle with their line, I have a feeling Bird will have a part to play in this series before too long."

7.2

Starc to Root, no run, pushed across outside off, left alone

Already an acceptence from Clarke that there isn't much pace in the pitch...down to two slips and a gully with a man at midwicket. Starc will look to bowl straight

7.3

Starc to Root, no run, full on middle and off, punched back to Starc and this time it's his turn to threaten to hurl the ball back at the batsman

7.4

Starc to Root, FOUR, nicely played, wide outside off stump and Root opens the face to guide it between gully and backward point

7.5

Starc to Root, no run, shorter length, Root punches off the back foot to cover

Durgaprasad: "Good lord. They HAD to choose what's possibly the only cloudy place in the UK at the moment to play, didn't they? In South Wales and there's not a cloud in the sky. Feels positively tropical!"

7.6

Starc to Root, no run, finishes with a bouncer, which Root just very calmly ignores

End of over 8 (5 runs) England 23/0
JE Root    12* (28b 3x4)      MA Starc    4-1-13-0
AN Cook    9* (20b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    4-2-9-0

8.1

Pattinson to Cook, no run, full outside off, going across Cook, left alone

8.2

Pattinson to Cook, no run, a little wider outside off and Cook has no need to play

JK: "David Warner has had a word with them bowlers!"

8.3

Pattinson to Cook, no run, ooh, he's drawn into feeling for it this time...86mph and it was again wide enough to leave but Cook reaches out for it and almost gets the edge

8.4

Pattinson to Cook, FOUR, edged! Excellent delivery, on a full length, Cook prods at it and gets a thick outside edge wide of third slip

8.5

Pattinson to Cook, no run, this one finds the middle of the bat as he defends to mid-off

8.6

Pattinson to Cook, OUT, gone! Pattinson strikes. Edges a loose drive to Haddin. Full outside off stump, Cook will be angry that he was drawn into playing. Pattinson lets out a roar of delight, he's got the man who scored 766 runs the last time these sides met in the Ashes. After that wayward first over he's caused a few problems

AN Cook c †Haddin b Pattinson 13 (41m 26b 2x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 9 (4 runs) England 27/1
     JL Pattinson    5-2-13-1
JE Root    12* (28b 3x4)      MA Starc    4-1-13-0

Two slips and two gullies now for Root

9.1

Starc to Root, no run, defended to the off side

9.2

Starc to Root, no run, full on middle and off, perhaps just a hint of this shaping back into Root and it takes a thick inside edge towards square leg

9.3

Starc to Root, no run, fuller and wider outside off, left alone, barely carries to Haddin

9.4

Starc to Root, no run, more carry on this one, pitches in virtually the same place, and Haddin takes it at chest height

Starc comes around the wicket...

9.5

Starc to Root, no run, short of a length, angled into Root, defended on his toes to the off side

9.6

Starc to Root, no run, low full toss outside off, takes Root by surprise and he jabs his bat down

End of over 10 (maiden) England 27/1
JE Root    12* (34b 3x4)      MA Starc    5-2-13-0
IJL Trott    0* (0b)      JL Pattinson    5-2-13-1

Some discussions between Pattinson, Clarke and Siddle about tactics to Jonathan Trott. Two slips, gully and a midwicket

10.1

Pattinson to Trott, no run, full outside off, 86mph, left alone

C.Srihari: "Cummins would have formed a formidable pair with Pattinson. Aint he coming?" Still being very carefully managed by Cricket Australia

10.2

Pattinson to Trott, no run, short of a length on off stump, defended square to the covers and Trott thought about the single

10.3

Pattinson to Trott, no run, hint of shape away from Trott from back of a length and it's left alone

Alastair Cook managed 13 more runs than Andrew Strauss did in the first innings of the previous Ashes

10.4

Pattinson to Trott, no run, short of a length, left alone

Glen: "Its time to bowl Peter Siddle"

10.5

Pattinson to Trott, FOUR, lovely from Trott, a fraction over-pitched by Pattinson and he leans into a cover drive which scoots wide of mid-off

10.6

Pattinson to Trott, no run, straightens his line, onto middle, and Trott works slightly across the line towards mid-on

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 31/1
IJL Trott    4* (6b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    6-2-17-1
JE Root    12* (34b 3x4)      MA Starc    5-2-13-0

11.1

Starc to Root, no run, staying around the wicket, 87mph, full on off stump, driven to mid-off

11.2

Starc to Root, no run, drags the length back and goes wider outside off, left alone

Chin: "Prediction : England dismissed for less than 200"

Back over the wicket now...keeping Root thinking

11.3

Starc to Root, no run, short of a length, Root on the back foot and plays to the on side

11.4

Starc to Root, no run, angled across outside off, no shot offered...they have not quite made Root play enough this morning

11.5

Starc to Root, no run, beaten this time, a fraction closer to off stump and Root plays away from his body...could have left it alone, but wary of the one that can swing back in

11.6

Starc to Root, no run, defended back to the bowler...a solid maiden from Starc

End of over 12 (maiden) England 31/1
JE Root    12* (40b 3x4)      MA Starc    6-3-13-0
IJL Trott    4* (6b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    6-2-17-1

Change of bowling. Glen will be pleased. It's Peter Siddle.

Meanwhile, some breaking news: David Warner will leave the Ashes tour and join the Australia A side in South Africa and Zimbabwe to get some match practice

12.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, starts on a length, defended back to the bowler

Siddle a terrific workhorse of a bowler. Will run through brickwalls.

12.2

Siddle to Trott, FOUR, that's a poor ball, though, way outside leg stump and Trott actually does quite well to catch up with it and flick it perfectly between long leg and deep square

A very straight, short, silly mid-on now in place

12.3

Siddle to Trott, FOUR, more super timing from Trott, Siddle goes full at the stumps and it's drilled through mid-on with a punchy drive...was, in fact, taken from around off stump

12.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, gets outside off, Trott onto the front foot and defends

12.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, better from Siddle, on middle and off but not so full, Trott defends on the walk

12.6

Siddle to Trott, no run, the silly mid-on is in action as he drives to his left to cut off another well-struck drive from Trott

And that's drinks. A few nerves all-round this morning (me included!) but things are settling a bit now. Honours fairly even. Until lunch it's over to Brydon. Good evening in Melbourne...

End of over 13 (8 runs) England 39/1
IJL Trott    12* (12b 3x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-8-0
JE Root    12* (40b 3x4)      MA Starc    6-3-13-0

Thanks Gnasher. Starc to continue

13.1

Starc to Root, no run, lovely ball, full and swinging in to middle stump, Root keeps it out

13.2

Starc to Root, no run, no swing this time, Root defends from off stump

13.3

Starc to Root, no run, Root gets on to the back foot now and punches to cover, a big shout of 'no, no'

Starc comes around the wicket now

13.4

Starc to Root, no run, full and angling in towards off stump, almost a one-day type of delivery from Starc, and Root keeps it out

13.5

Starc to Root, FOUR, well played Joe Root, he gets some width from Starc and it's short enough for the batsman to cut hard and straight down into the ground, it runs away behind point for a boundary

13.6

Starc to Root, no run, Root comes forward to meet this delivery, which is wide of off, and he drives but can't beat the field

End of over 14 (4 runs) England 43/1
JE Root    16* (46b 4x4)      MA Starc    7-3-17-0
IJL Trott    12* (12b 3x4)      PM Siddle    1-0-8-0

14.1

Siddle to Trott, FOUR, Siddle draws an edge from Trott but it's safely down into the ground and runs away between the slips and gully for a boundary

14.2

Siddle to Trott, 2 runs, too leg-side-ish from Siddle now and Trott clips it through midwicket, Hughes is there but he fumbles and it costs Australia a couple of runs

14.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, straight again from Siddle, no real movement, and Trott works it to mid-on

Chris: "There appears to be a technical glitch. Check Trott's strike rate."

14.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, this one is left alone outside off, that will reduce Trott's strike-rate a fraction

14.5

Siddle to Trott, no run, well wide of off from Siddle and an elaborate shouldering of arms from Trott

14.6

Siddle to Trott, 1 run, banged in to the hips and Trott clips it easily behind square leg for a single, that brings up England's fifty

End of over 15 (7 runs) England 50/1
IJL Trott    19* (18b 4x4)      PM Siddle    2-0-15-0
JE Root    16* (46b 4x4)      MA Starc    7-3-17-0

Here's the moment plenty of people have been waiting for - Ashton Agar comes on for his first over in Test cricket. There'll be plenty of Australian fans who have never seen Agar bowl. He has one slip and no short-leg in place and he's coming around the wicket.

15.1

Agar to Trott, FOUR, too full from Agar, Trott makes this a low full toss and punches a boundary through cover

15.2

Agar to Trott, no run, a better length now and turns it away, Trott leaves the ball alone

15.3

Agar to Trott, no run, straighter now, just a little bit of drift but no turn, it's defended

15.4

Agar to Trott, no run, shouts of 'catch it' now as Trott gets a thick inside edge onto his pad but it heads safely into the ground

15.5

Agar to Trott, no run, pushed away to the off side but can't beat the field

15.6

Agar to Trott, no run, a yorker-length ball to finish, it's on middle stump and Trott clips it straight to midwicket

Decent enough start from Agar after a nervous first ball. And at 19, I believe he's the youngest specialist spinner to debut for Australia in a Test in 106 years.

End of over 16 (4 runs) England 54/1
IJL Trott    23* (24b 5x4)      AC Agar    1-0-4-0
JE Root    16* (46b 4x4)      PM Siddle    2-0-15-0

16.1

Siddle to Root, no run, Siddle gets some outswing now but Root is good enough to cover it and pushes it firmly to the off side

16.2

Siddle to Root, 2 runs, straight - too straight from Siddle. It's comfortably worked away to deep midwicket

Siddle has been a bit inconsistent so far, giving the batsmen too many scoring options. Has to find his line quickly

16.3

Siddle to Root, no run, that's a better ball, just outside off and it's defended

16.4

Siddle to Root, no run, ah, this time Siddle beats the bat, it's a little shorter and just outside off, not moving away from the bat at all but Root plays inside it all the same

16.5

Siddle to Root, no run, swinging away from outside off but it's too far outside - left alone

16.6

Siddle to Root, FOUR, another loose ball releases any pressure as Root clips it off his pads and through midwicket, a diving attempt in the deep from Pattinson can't prevent this from reaching the boundary

End of over 17 (6 runs) England 60/1
JE Root    22* (52b 5x4)      PM Siddle    3-0-21-0
IJL Trott    23* (24b 5x4)      AC Agar    1-0-4-0

Jake: "I remember watching Ashton Agar make his debut at Blacktown Oval in shield cricket and thought I'd be seeing him in a baggy green one day... Didn't think it'd be in the same year though."

17.1

Agar to Trott, no run, bad ball from Agar, down leg, but Trott miscues and gets a leading edge that fortunately for him drops well short of the bowler

17.2

Agar to Trott, no run, Agar has his first real appeal now, as Trott misses a clip to leg, but this one was drifting well down

17.3

Agar to Trott, 4 byes, again Agar gets the angle wrong, this beats Trott, it beats Haddin, and it's four byes

17.4

Agar to Trott, no run, better line now on off stump but it doesn't really turn and Trott meets it with a straight bat

17.5

Agar to Trott, no run, fullish and just outside off, Trott pushes it back to Agar

17.6

Agar to Trott, no run, straighter now and Trott works it to mid-on

End of over 18 (4 runs, maiden) England 64/1
IJL Trott    23* (30b 5x4)      AC Agar    2-1-4-0
JE Root    22* (52b 5x4)      PM Siddle    3-0-21-0

18.1

Siddle to Root, no run, angling in towards off stump and Root defends it easily

18.2

Siddle to Root, no run, again Siddle angles it in and Root defends

18.3

Siddle to Root, no run, outside off, no real movement, and Root defends again. Siddle's radar is improving a little now

18.4

Siddle to Root, 1 run, fuller and a hint of outswing, Root goes for the square drive but Agar shows his fielding skills with a terrific dive at point to prevent a boundary

18.5

Siddle to Trott, 1 no ball, left alone outside off

18.5

Siddle to Trott, 1 run, Siddle slips this one down leg and it's clipped away by Trott

18.6

Siddle to Root, 3 runs, beautiful shot, just looks like a defensive push but it's timed well enough past the bowler that he picks up three

Interesting to note that Simon Katich is currently 124* for Lancashire against Northamptonshire. Remember, Katich has never actually retired from international cricket....

End of over 19 (6 runs) England 70/1
JE Root    26* (57b 5x4)      PM Siddle    4-0-27-0
IJL Trott    24* (32b 5x4)      AC Agar    2-1-4-0

19.1

Agar to Root, no run, drifting down leg side and this is pushed away safely

19.2

Agar to Root, no run, just outside off, no real turn and Root drives it to cover

19.3

Agar to Root, no run, a little shorter now, gives the ball a chance to turn just a fraction, but Root handles it easily with a push to off

19.4

Agar to Root, no run, drifts onto the pads, clipped away behind square leg

19.5

Agar to Root, FOUR, Agar drops too short here and that's a golden opportunity for Root to cut it away to the boundary, he gets the placement right and makes no mistake

19.6

Agar to Root, no run, fuller and turning away, it's left alone

End of over 20 (4 runs) England 74/1
JE Root    30* (63b 6x4)      AC Agar    3-1-8-0
IJL Trott    24* (32b 5x4)      PM Siddle    4-0-27-0

Pattinson comes back on now. And for those asking, a seven-ball over does appear to have slipped through from Siddle.

20.1

Pattinson to Trott, no run, good line outside off and it's left alone

20.2

Pattinson to Trott, FOUR, on the pads, wrong line entirely and Trott's score will race along if Australia keep bowling there. He clips it through midwicket with ease

20.3

Pattinson to Trott, no run, well wide of off, Trott leaves it alone

20.4

Pattinson to Trott, no run, a little bit of tail in there from Pattinson, it's fullish and on off stump, Trott drives it back towards the bowler

There's a short-catching midwicket in place, as well as a regulation midwicket and mid-on.

20.5

Pattinson to Trott, no run, left alone outside off

20.6

Pattinson to Trott, no run, very straight from Pattinson, very straight bat from Trott

End of over 21 (4 runs) England 78/1
IJL Trott    28* (38b 6x4)      JL Pattinson    7-2-21-1
JE Root    30* (63b 6x4)      AC Agar    3-1-8-0

Agar is going to have a rest now and Siddle changes ends. He's on from the Radcliffe Road End. Two slips in for Siddle.

21.1

Siddle to Root, OUT, got him! The yorker does the job! Siddle gets his line right first ball from this end and the length is spot-on as well. Perhaps just a little hint of swing away and Root plays the wrong line, losing his off stump.

JE Root b Siddle 30 (99m 64b 6x4 0x6) SR: 46.87

Root had made a really solid start but he'll feel that's an opportunity missed. Now then, here's KP.

Two slips and two gullies in for Pietersen.

21.2

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, again Siddle gets the ball to swing away a little bit, and late, and Pietersen edges it down towards the finer of the two gullies

21.3

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, another good ball, curving away a fraction, and it's pushed to point

21.4

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, wider and shorter, and moving away off the seam now instead of in the air. Pietersen is not interested

21.5

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, edgy from Pietersen, this one angles in and he turns it towards leg, but not off the meat of the bat at all

21.6

Siddle to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen gets off the mark with a nudge through off, but again there was some late swing from Siddle

Terrific over from Siddle. He looked a different and far inferior bowler at the other end. But he's got some late away swing this over and is suddenly a threat.

End of over 22 (1 run) England 79/2
KP Pietersen    1* (5b)      PM Siddle    5-0-28-1
IJL Trott    28* (38b 6x4)      JL Pattinson    7-2-21-1

22.1

Pattinson to Pietersen, no run, Pattinson also gets the ball to move away, but it's too wide to tempt Pietersen into playing

22.2

Pattinson to Pietersen, FOUR, oooh, is that a chance for Haddin? Yes - a very tough one though! Pattinson swings it down leg, Pietersen glances fine off the face of the bat and Haddin has to dive a long way to his left. The thing is, he actually made his ground but the ball died on him and went under his gloves. Would have been a magnificent catch if he'd got it.

22.3

Pattinson to Pietersen, no run, pushed away to the off side

22.4

Pattinson to Pietersen, no run, Haddin has had some work to do this over, dives across in front of first slip to clutch a very wide ball from Pattinson

22.5

Pattinson to Pietersen, no run, left alone outside off, a bit straighter from Pattinson

22.6

Pattinson to Pietersen, no run, woah! What a brave leave from Pietersen. Must not have missed off stump by much, I wonder if he expected it to swing away - in fact it just held its line

End of over 23 (4 runs) England 83/2
KP Pietersen    5* (11b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    8-2-25-1
IJL Trott    28* (38b 6x4)      PM Siddle    5-0-28-1

Interesting change now as Starc replaces Siddle, who has just taken a wicket. Clearly Clarke wants a left-armer to have an early crack at Pietersen

23.1

Starc to Trott, no run, swings down leg side

23.2

Starc to Trott, no run, full and straight, Trott keeps it out easily

23.3

Starc to Trott, no run, some inswing from Starc, but he started this one a little too far to leg and Trott gets an inside edge onto pad

23.4

Starc to Trott, no run, wrong line from Starc, down leg side and Trott doesn't get anything on it

23.5

Starc to Trott, no run, that's an exceptionally ambitious appeal from Starc. It starts down leg and swings further down, but the Australians still ask the lbw question.

23.6

Starc to Trott, FOUR, well played Jonathan Trott, for the first time in the over he gets some width outside off and pounces, punching a lovely drive through cover for four

End of over 24 (4 runs) England 87/2
IJL Trott    32* (44b 7x4)      MA Starc    8-3-21-0
KP Pietersen    5* (11b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    8-2-25-1

24.1

Pattinson to Pietersen, 1 run, banged in short on leg and Pietersen keeps this one down, works a single behind square

24.2

Pattinson to Trott, FOUR, another beautiful cover drive from Trott. He's looking in really good form. Pattinson got some swing away but Trott played just the right line and his placement was perfect.

24.3

Pattinson to Trott, no run, straighter bat from Trott now as he defends down the pitch

24.4

Pattinson to Trott, 1 run, straighter ball from Pattinson and Trott works a quick single to midwicket, who is deep enough to allow it

24.5

Pattinson to Pietersen, no run, full and straight, it's met with a straight bat from Pietersen, who can't beat mid-off

24.6

Pattinson to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, another easy single worked away behind square leg

End of over 25 (7 runs) England 94/2
KP Pietersen    6* (14b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    9-2-31-1
IJL Trott    37* (47b 8x4)      MA Starc    8-3-21-0

So this will be the last over before lunch, and it's going to be Mitchell Starc to bowl it. Clarke still keen for his left-armer to have a go at Pietersen.

25.1

Starc to Pietersen, no run, hesitant from Pietersen! Full and swinging in, KP pushes to point and wants a single, but Trott doesn't. Pietersen definitely appeared to want to be down the other end

25.2

Starc to Pietersen, no run, straighter from Starc, no real swing though, and Pietersen defends

25.3

Starc to Pietersen, FOUR, on the pads and Pietersen has no trouble flicking this through midwicket for four, easy as you like

25.4

Starc to Pietersen, no run, defended back down the pitch

25.5

Starc to Pietersen, no run, on the pads again, no swing from Starc, and Pietersen pushes it to square leg

25.6

Starc to Pietersen, no run, again on the pads, again easily handled by Pietersen, this time with a push to midwicket

That will be lunch. Honours reasonably even in that first session, although with some cloud overhead and swing available, the Australians would have hoped for at least one more wicket. Their main concern is that Trott looks in ominous touch. Ashton Agar has had his first taste of Test bowling, he looked okay but not especially threatening. Siddle had one superb over but otherwise struggled for consistency. In fact, all the quicks lacked consistency. England have lost Cook and Root but they have 98 runs on the board and would be happy enough with their start. Join us in 40 minutes for the second session.

End of over 26 (4 runs) England 98/2
KP Pietersen    10* (20b 2x4)      MA Starc    9-3-25-0
IJL Trott    37* (47b 8x4)      JL Pattinson    9-2-31-1

Shane Watson will start straight after the break, he might find some swing in these conditions. Could also play on Pietersen's ego

Welcome back. Gnasher here for the first part of afternoon session. Will either side grab the advantage in the next two hours? How soon until Agar gets a bowl at KP? Meanwhile, here's David Hopps' lunch report and the news on David Warner.

26.1

Watson to Trott, no run, starts on off stump, 79mph, and defended towards the off side...Watson fields himself

26.2

Watson to Trott, no run, fuller, brings Trott into the drive on the front foot and finds mid-off

26.3

Watson to Trott, no run, driven again, this time with a slightly open face to try and find a gap, but can't beat mid-off

26.4

Watson to Trott, no run, on the front foot, driven to cover

26.5

Watson to Trott, no run, not quite so full this time, defended into midwicket

Two slips and a gully in place

26.6

Watson to Trott, no run, pushed up to mid-on...a tight start from Watson and quiet start to the session

End of over 27 (maiden) England 98/2
IJL Trott    37* (53b 8x4)      SR Watson    1-1-0-0
KP Pietersen    10* (20b 2x4)      MA Starc    9-3-25-0

Peter Siddle, who was taken off straight after getting Root's wicket, is back into the attack

27.1

Siddle to Pietersen, no run, full and wide, shaping away, left alone

27.2

Siddle to Pietersen, FOUR, playing away from his body, short of a length, but there was plenty of width on offer and he finds the gap square through cover...the swing left him chasing it quite a bit

27.3

Siddle to Pietersen, OUT, massive moment! Pietersen edges to second slip. Poor stroke. Playing away from his body again, it was a tighter line and shaped away, taking the edge to second slip

KP Pietersen c Clarke b Siddle 14 (26m 23b 3x4 0x6) SR: 60.86

Australia ahead of the game now. Ian Bell in next, then Jonny Bairstow

27.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, greets Bell with a full toss which is driven to cover

27.5

Siddle to Bell, no run, pitches full outside off, moving away again, Bell watches closely and leaves alone

27.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, back of a length outside off, left again...priceless over for Australia

End of over 28 (4 runs) England 102/3
IR Bell    0* (3b)      PM Siddle    6-0-32-2
IJL Trott    37* (53b 8x4)      SR Watson    1-1-0-0

28.1

Watson to Trott, no run, pushed down the leg side, Trott chases it...I was sure I heard a click but clearly not (must need my medication again)

28.2

Watson to Trott, no run, back outside off stump, for a moment Trott thought of playing but then left

Peter H: "If the Aussie bowlers can find this much swing, imagine what Anderson will be able to do!" That's true, Peter, but this cloud isn't meant to hang around so conditions may change

28.3

Watson to Trott, no run, short of a length and left alone

28.4

Watson to Trott, no run, short of a length, defended late and it bobbles towards the slips

28.5

Watson to Trott, no run, full on middle and off, whipped to mid-on

28.6

Watson to Trott, no run, back-to-back maidens for Watson as Trott drives to mid-off

End of over 29 (maiden) England 102/3
IJL Trott    37* (59b 8x4)      SR Watson    2-2-0-0
IR Bell    0* (3b)      PM Siddle    6-0-32-2

29.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, good line and length, full on off stump, giving Bell the decision of whether to come forward and he defends to mid-on

Patrick: "Great toss to lose, this... Couldn't do anything else but bat given the pitch, but the weather will be better tomorrow and Friday, by which time it looks like Australia will be batting..." Spot on, Patrick

29.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, defended into the leg side

29.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, comes across the crease and defends to the covers

Werner: "Much better start from the Aussie bowlers. They were too lose and gave away easy runs in the first session."

29.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, full, angling in towards middle from wide of the crease, Bell flicks it to mid-on

29.5

Siddle to Bell, no run, touch of extra bounce outside off, Bell takes his bottom hand off the bat as he defends towards gully

29.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, drags this very wide outside off, Haddin dives to his right in front of first slip, but another maiden to build the pressure

End of over 30 (maiden) England 102/3
IR Bell    0* (9b)      PM Siddle    7-1-32-2
IJL Trott    37* (59b 8x4)      SR Watson    2-2-0-0

30.1

Watson to Trott, 2 runs, he concedes his first runs as Trott whips this through square leg off the back foot

30.2

Watson to Trott, no run, bouncer outside off, 85mph, Trott has plenty of time to sway out of the line

30.3

Watson to Trott, no run, comes forward and drives past the short cover but mid-off cuts off any runs behind him

30.4

Watson to Trott, no run, outside off, left alone

30.5

Watson to Trott, no run, a little wider outside off, left alone

This is exactly what Australia want from Watson. Will England allow him to bowl?

30.6

Watson to Trott, 2 runs, worked away from off stump through square leg

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 106/3
IJL Trott    41* (65b 8x4)      SR Watson    3-2-4-0
IR Bell    0* (9b)      PM Siddle    7-1-32-2

31.1

Siddle to Bell, 5 wides, loses his line completely, dragged miles outside off and keeps moving further to beat Haddin and ends up bisecting first and second slip

31.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, short of a length outside off, left alone

31.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, gets back on a full length at off stump, Bell defends towards mid-off

31.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, full outside off, shaping away, left alone

31.4

Siddle to Bell, FOUR, dragged down short, Bell latches on with a pull and it speeds through square leg

31.5

Siddle to Bell, no run, flicks across the line of a straight delivery, Siddle smiles, and Bell picks out midwicket

31.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, wide outside off, not the best of overs from Siddle but his two wickets outweight the wayward stuff so far

End of over 32 (9 runs) England 115/3
IR Bell    4* (15b 1x4)      PM Siddle    8-1-41-2
IJL Trott    41* (65b 8x4)      SR Watson    3-2-4-0

32.1

Watson to Trott, no run, on off stump, defended to mid-on

32.2

Watson to Trott, no run, fuller, swinging away, left alone

32.3

Watson to Trott, no run, almost a mistake from Trott as he throws his bat at a very wide, full delivery which comes off the toe end towards point

32.4

Watson to Trott, 1 wide, now it's a wide from Watson...Haddin earning his match fee today

32.4

Watson to Trott, no run, getting it shape away, not making him play

32.5

Watson to Trott, 2 runs, now he gets too straight, that's an easy flick for Trott off his pads out towards deep square-leg

32.6

Watson to Trott, no run, gets across the crease and defends to the off side

End of over 33 (3 runs) England 118/3
IJL Trott    43* (71b 8x4)      SR Watson    4-2-7-0
IR Bell    4* (15b 1x4)      PM Siddle    8-1-41-2

33.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, on a full length outside off, Bell gets a decent stride in and defends with bat and pad together

33.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, defended quite late this time, runs off a thick outer part of the bat to backward point

33.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, beaten this time, it was pushing forward at another fairly wide delivery, Bell tried to draw the bat inside the line to try and make it look as though he didn't play

33.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, that's a more comfortable leave

33.5

Siddle to Bell, no run, probing away outside off, trying to stay off Bell's legs, and it's left alone

33.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, too wide to end the over

End of over 34 (maiden) England 118/3
IR Bell    4* (21b 1x4)      PM Siddle    9-2-41-2
IJL Trott    43* (71b 8x4)      SR Watson    4-2-7-0

Watson's tight spell is over, James Pattinson back into the fray

34.1

Pattinson to Trott, 1 wide, and he starts with a massive wide, Haddin has every right to be getting a bit cheesed off now as he sent sprawling in front of first slip

34.1

Pattinson to Trott, FOUR, over compensates by going too straight and Trott takes advantage with another flick through midwicket

34.2

Pattinson to Trott, no run, that's a better line (and length) as he gets back to off stump and finds a think outside edge towards gully

34.3

Pattinson to Trott, no run, driven into the off side

34.4

Pattinson to Trott, 1 run, whipped again, off leg stump, down to long leg

David Warner is on the field, before heading to Zimbabwe and South Africa.

34.5

Pattinson to Bell, no run, just outside off, that's where he's not been consistently enough, and left alone

34.6

Pattinson to Bell, no run, edged! But falls well short of Watson at first slip. Seemed to loop, rather than spring, off the outside edge. Has been some variable carry today

End of over 35 (6 runs) England 124/3
IR Bell    4* (23b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    10-2-37-1
IJL Trott    48* (75b 9x4)      PM Siddle    9-2-41-2

35.1

Siddle to Trott, no run, short of a length, gets into his toes and plays it down backward of point...thinks of a single but Steven Smith is sprawling to prevent it

35.2

Siddle to Trott, no run, good carry on this one, through to Haddin at waist height as Trott leaves alone

35.3

Siddle to Trott, no run, close! A full delivery, similar to the Root dismissal, and Trott plays to the leg side getting a thick outside edge as the ball swings which goes towards gully

35.4

Siddle to Trott, no run, comes forward and plays square to cover

Warner getting some 'feedback' from the crowd on the boundary...seems to be enjoying it

35.5

Siddle to Trott, OUT, Siddle again! What a day he's having. Crucial moment. Very un-Trott like as he goes for a booming drive to a wide delivery and gets an inside edge which demolishes his stumps. Another poor shot from an England batsman

IJL Trott b Siddle 48 (119m 80b 9x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

It was Siddle on the first day at the Gabba in 2010-11 and it's Siddle again today. His dodgy early-tour form now well in the past. What pressure on Jonny Bairstow...

35.6

Siddle to Bairstow, no run, full outside off, I'm sure he was tempted to drive but leaves alone

End of over 36 (wicket maiden) England 124/4
JM Bairstow    0* (1b)      PM Siddle    10-3-41-3
IR Bell    4* (23b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    10-2-37-1

36.1

Pattinson to Bell, no run, full at off stump, Bell forward and defends to cover

Aditya: "Peter Siddle Captains Delight! Whatever the conditions and circumstances are he bowls his heart out! Proved his worth again!"

36.2

Pattinson to Bell, no run, nice swing away from Bell who watches it go through

36.3

Pattinson to Bell, no run, closer to off stump but it's judged well and left alone

36.4

Pattinson to Bell, no run, much wider outside off, but Clarke will take the bad if the wickets keep coming

36.5

Pattinson to Bell, 1 bye, a fumble from Haddin, perhaps some late wobble, and another extra to the tally

36.6

Pattinson to Bairstow, 1 no ball, a little too much width, they'll want to make Bairstow play...a late no-ball call, everyone almost missed it

Pete: "KP and Trott may have got themselves out, but wonderful to see Siddle put his day together from a bad start."

36.6

Pattinson to Bairstow, no run, short and wide, poor delivery to the new batsman

End of over 37 (2 runs) England 126/4
JM Bairstow    0* (3b)      JL Pattinson    11-2-38-1
IR Bell    4* (28b 1x4)      PM Siddle    10-3-41-3

James: "England often seem to start a series badly, and this seems to be no exception. Some very poor shots." Indeed, a big problem for them

37.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, defended into the covers

37.2

Siddle to Bell, no run, drags the length back a little, Bell plays it late into the off side

37.3

Siddle to Bell, FOUR, blimey, a few hands on heads there, but it's a sweet boundary to Bell at the end of it...full and straight, heading for middle stump, and it's flicked through straight midwicket

37.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, offered some width but Bell can't dispatch it as he cuts to cover

37.5

Siddle to Bell, no run, very full at off stump, driven to mid-off

Gareth: "Peter Siddle: The only person who has given me a good reason to turn vego!"

37.6

Siddle to Bell, no run, defended into the covers

End of over 38 (4 runs) England 130/4
IR Bell    8* (34b 2x4)      PM Siddle    11-3-45-3
JM Bairstow    0* (3b)      JL Pattinson    11-2-38-1

38.1

Pattinson to Bairstow, no run, angled down the leg side, a touch of extra bounce, not a million miles from Bairstow's gloves

SpiderCam: "Poor starts in a series have worked well for England. It is time they use it as a "well-thought strategy""

38.2

Pattinson to Bairstow, no run, short ball outside off stump, Bairstow drops his hands and it was never much of a danger

There's a deep square-leg in place for Bairstow and a short leg...read this tactic

38.3

Pattinson to Bairstow, no run, pushed towards leg stump, takes the pad and Haddin does well to cut it off

38.4

Pattinson to Bairstow, no run, short of a length, Bairstow stays back and works it down in front of short leg

38.5

Pattinson to Bairstow, FOUR, not a huge amount of footwork, but this drive comes out of the middle and gets Bairstow off the mark...was full and searching for the swing, Bairstow opened the face and found the gap through cover

38.6

Pattinson to Bairstow, no run, pulls the length back, defended a little awkwardly into the off side

And that's drinks. Just 39 overs bowled so far today but plenty of action. Australia on top and I'll hand back to Brydon

End of over 39 (4 runs) England 134/4
JM Bairstow    4* (9b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    12-2-42-1
IR Bell    8* (34b 2x4)      PM Siddle    11-3-45-3

Thanks Gnasher. Mitchell Starc gets a chance now, over the wicket.

39.1

Starc to Bell, no run, good start from Starc, some inswing and a tight line just outside off, left alone

39.2

Starc to Bell, no run, full and across Bell, who miscues his drive straight down into the ground

39.3

Starc to Bell, no run, down leg this time, Bell tries to glance it but doesn't make contact

39.4

Starc to Bell, no run, good delivery, straightening down the line from over the wicket and Bell defends

39.5

Starc to Bell, FOUR, lovely stroke, Bell gets a bit of width from Starc and just helps it on its way, between point and cover, great timing

39.6

Starc to Bell, no run, left alone outside off this time

A bit of sledging from Julian: "Siddle had a great first day in 10/11 as I recall. How'd that series work out?"

End of over 40 (4 runs) England 138/4
IR Bell    12* (40b 3x4)      MA Starc    10-3-29-0
JM Bairstow    4* (9b 1x4)      JL Pattinson    12-2-42-1

40.1

Pattinson to Bairstow, 2 runs, a couple of easy runs for Bairstow as he works one off the pads down behind square leg

40.2

Pattinson to Bairstow, no run, good ball, poor shot - Pattinson gets a hint of outswing and it's full enough to tempt the drive from Bairstow, who is lucky not to edge behind

40.3

Pattinson to Bairstow, no run, shorter now and Bairstow launches for the big cut but doesn't time it

40.4

Pattinson to Bairstow, no run, left alone outside off this time

40.5

Pattinson to Bairstow, FOUR, this time Bairstow gets the full face of the bat on his drive, no outswing on this occasion for Pattinson and the drive beats mid-off

40.6

Pattinson to Bairstow, 3 runs, a little more leg-side from Pattinson and Bairstow drives this one away wide of mid-on

End of over 41 (9 runs) England 147/4
JM Bairstow    13* (15b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    13-2-51-1
IR Bell    12* (40b 3x4)      MA Starc    10-3-29-0

Cowan has gone off the field again and David Warner is back on. Warner is sporting a moustache that wouldn't have looked out of place on a WWI soldier. And according to an ad that just appeared on Australian TV, he's also sporting socks that allow him to go harder for longer. Not sure quite how that works, but anyway.

41.1

Starc to Bairstow, no run, left alone outside off

41.2

Starc to Bairstow, no run, pushed away defensively by Bairstow

41.3

Starc to Bairstow, 1 run, on the hips now and Bairstow clips it away behind square

41.4

Starc to Bell, no run, angled across Bell, who defends

41.5

Starc to Bell, no run, wider outside off this time and no swing back in, again it's left by the batsman

41.6

Starc to Bell, no run, again Bell watches this one safely through to the keeper

End of over 42 (1 run) England 148/4
IR Bell    12* (43b 3x4)      MA Starc    11-3-30-0
JM Bairstow    14* (18b 2x4)      JL Pattinson    13-2-51-1

Here's Agar again. Strange to think Agar has played more first-class games before his Test debut (10) than Nathan Lyon (5), Michael Beer (7), James Pattinson (9) or Pat Cummins (3). Says a lot about Australian cricket in the past few years.

42.1

Agar to Bairstow, no run, drifting in and pushed away to off

42.2

Agar to Bairstow, no run, on leg stump and defended again

42.3

Agar to Bairstow, no run, some turn away from Agar now, and it's left alone by Bairstow

42.4

Agar to Bairstow, FOUR, too short from Agar and Bairstow makes no mistake, cuts this hard forward of point

42.5

Agar to Bairstow, no run, straighter now from Agar, no real turn though and Bairstow defends

42.6

Agar to Bairstow, no run, a bit more flight now, but still Agar is generally going for quite a full length - Bairstow punches to cover

End of over 43 (4 runs) England 152/4
JM Bairstow    18* (24b 3x4)      AC Agar    4-1-12-0
IR Bell    12* (43b 3x4)      MA Starc    11-3-30-0

Matt: "That moustache must be part of Warner's punishment for the Walkabout incident."

43.1

Starc to Bell, no run, on the pads, until it's flicked off them to midwicket

43.2

Starc to Bell, no run, angled across just outside off stump and defended with a straight bat

43.3

Starc to Bell, FOUR, that's quite well played by Bell, it's a bouncer from Starc but it's held up on the pitch and would have been easy to mis-time, but Bell waits on it and hooks it in front of square for four

43.4

Starc to Bell, no run, left alone outside off. Starc isn't get much swing now

43.5

Starc to Bell, no run, fuller, wider of off, and driven straight to mid-off

43.6

Starc to Bell, no run, on the pads now and clipped away to midwicket

End of over 44 (4 runs) England 156/4
IR Bell    16* (49b 4x4)      MA Starc    12-3-34-0
JM Bairstow    18* (24b 3x4)      AC Agar    4-1-12-0

44.1

Agar to Bairstow, FOUR, nicely played from Bairstow, just a fraction short from Agar and the batsman waits for it, cuts square and finds the gap. He didn't have a whole lot of width to play with but did well

44.2

Agar to Bairstow, no run, this time the cut finds point. A bit too short from Agar

44.3

Agar to Bairstow, 1 run, pushed away towards cover and they get through for a single

44.4

Agar to Bell, no run, left alone outside off, no turn there

44.5

Agar to Bell, FOUR, Agar is leaking a few runs here, Bell now finds the gap through cover and again it's too short from Agar - he has to get his length right

44.6

Agar to Bell, no run, defended away to the off side

End of over 45 (9 runs) England 165/4
IR Bell    20* (52b 5x4)      AC Agar    5-1-21-0
JM Bairstow    23* (27b 4x4)      MA Starc    12-3-34-0

Starc comes around the wicket now

45.1

Starc to Bairstow, no run, left alone outside off, no swing for Starc

45.2

Starc to Bairstow, no run, again well wide of off, again left alone

45.3

Starc to Bairstow, FOUR, ah, well played Jonny Bairstow, waits for the bad ball that he suspects will come and when it does - a short and wide one - he's good enough to cut it away through the gap for four

45.4

Starc to Bairstow, no run, left alone outside off

Starc comes back over the wicket

45.5

Starc to Bairstow, no run, pushed away to cover and can't beat the field

45.6

Starc to Bairstow, FOUR, beautiful drive from Bairstow, he comes forward and sends this one crashing through cover for four more

stiaan: "If I see correctly, Bell has scored all of his runs through boundaries, in 52 balls! Where's the singles and two's?"

Quite right, but it's also an indication that Australia are simply bowling too many boundary balls. That's a problem they had in the last Ashes series - trying too often for the wicket balls and leaking runs in the meantime.

End of over 46 (8 runs) England 173/4
JM Bairstow    31* (33b 6x4)      MA Starc    13-3-42-0
IR Bell    20* (52b 5x4)      AC Agar    5-1-21-0

Agar is still around the wicket

46.1

Agar to Bell, no run, drifts onto the pads and it's clipped away to leg

46.2

Agar to Bell, no run, straighter now, and defended with ease by Bell

46.3

Agar to Bell, no run, very full and turning, Bell shoulders arms and interestingly the square-leg umpire has asked for a replay after Haddin gives half a shout for a stumping. Bell is easily in his ground - he did fractionally raise his foot but had it well down by the time the bails came off.

46.4

Agar to Bell, no run, full, straight and defended with almost a dead bat - almost rolls back onto the stumps

46.5

Agar to Bell, no run, some flight down leg and clipped away towards square leg

46.6

Agar to Bell, 1 run, again he drifts it down leg, and it's nudged away for a run that brings up the 50 partnership

Sujit: "Memo to Agar: give it flight kiddo and slow it down. Let them come down the track to you, just don't let them cut you."

End of over 47 (1 run) England 174/4
IR Bell    21* (58b 5x4)      AC Agar    6-1-22-0
JM Bairstow    31* (33b 6x4)      MA Starc    13-3-42-0

Time for some P.Siddy action.

47.1

Siddle to Bell, no run, straight ball to start with, it's driven back down the pitch

47.2

Siddle to Bell, FOUR, yet another boundary, the 32nd of the innings, it's on the pads and clipped through midwicket - there is a catching man at midwicket but that was safely wide of him and along the ground in any case

47.3

Siddle to Bell, no run, left alone outside off

47.4

Siddle to Bell, no run, driven down towards mid-on, Starc gets across to save any runs

47.5

Siddle to Bell, OUT, gone! Siddle strikes again in the first over of a spell! That's the third time this innings he's done that. Beautiful ball as well - angles in and then curves away from Bell, whose thick outside edge is taken by Watson at first slip.

IR Bell c Watson b Siddle 25 (93m 63b 6x4 0x6) SR: 39.68

Well, that makes things very interesting. Bell and Bairstow looked like building a strong partnership but Siddle has got Australia beyond England's top six before tea on day one. Mind you, Matt Prior is of course as good as a top six batsman.

47.6

Siddle to Prior, no run, safely defended first up

End of over 48 (4 runs) England 178/5
MJ Prior    0* (1b)      PM Siddle    12-3-49-4
JM Bairstow    31* (33b 6x4)      AC Agar    6-1-22-0

48.1

Agar to Bairstow, 1 run, pushed down towards mid-off for a quick single

A fielder comes in close on the off side for Prior facing Agar

48.2

Agar to Prior, no run, pushed away to the off side

48.3

Agar to Prior, no run, some nice drift and turn away, but Prior is able to leave it alone

48.4

Agar to Prior, no run, ooh, horrid ball, way down leg side and Haddin has done extremely well to stop that running away for byes

48.5

Agar to Prior, 1 run, down leg side yet again, worked away easily to square leg and Prior is off the mark

48.6

Agar to Bairstow, no run, better line now for Agar but no real threat, it's defended with ease

Meanwhile, Simon Katich has just been dismissed for 200 for Lancashire v Northamptonshire. Remember Katich is the man dropped by Australia after the last Ashes series as they looked to the future.

End of over 49 (2 runs) England 180/5
JM Bairstow    32* (35b 6x4)      AC Agar    7-1-24-0
MJ Prior    1* (5b)      PM Siddle    12-3-49-4

49.1

Siddle to Prior, no run, lovely ball, nips away just enough to beat the outside edge

49.2

Siddle to Prior, OUT, Siddle has five! That's not his best ball of the day, but Prior has authored his own downfall with a terrible shot. Short and wide outside off, Prior's eyes have lit up and he's gone the big cut but straight to the man at point. It's Phil Hughes, and he takes the catch above his head.

MJ Prior c Hughes b Siddle 1 (6m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

Peter Siddle raises the ball to the crowd and why not? He has been far and away Australia's best bowler today and they are on top in this match because of him.

49.3

Siddle to Broad, no run, yorker length, just outside off, and Broad defends it

49.4

Siddle to Broad, no run, angled across Broad, who pushes the ball away towards point

49.5

Siddle to Broad, no run, accurate stuff from Siddle, angling towards off and straightening just a touch, Broad punches it away to the leg side

49.6

Siddle to Broad, 1 run, a little straighter now and that allows Broad to work it through leg and get off the mark

End of over 50 (1 run) England 181/6
SCJ Broad    1* (4b)      PM Siddle    13-3-50-5
JM Bairstow    32* (35b 6x4)      AC Agar    7-1-24-0
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