Australia tour of England and Ireland, 1st Investec Test: England v Australia at Cardiff, Jul 8-11, 2015
The Ashes - 1st Test
England won by 169 runs
8,9,10,11 July 2015 (5-day match)
  England 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal A Lyth c Warner b Hazlewood 6 7 10 1 0 60.00
1.6 83.5 mph, early strike! Well caught in the gully. Hazlewood gets his line and length right, a full delivery at middle and offstump, Lyth aiming to work the ball through the leg side, gets squared up, and finds a thick outside edge which flies low to David Warner who snaffles it very well 7/1
View dismissal AN Cook* c †Haddin b Lyon 20 58 40 3 0 50.00
13.2 52.1 mph, got him! It wasn't short enough or wide enough to cut, and Cook has fallen two balls after the drinks break. Leans back and lashes at it, and there's some extra bounce for Lyon - he always puts a lot of overspin on the ball - and Haddin takes the top edge very well behind the stumps, soft gloves and hopping on his toes to ride the bounce 42/2
View dismissal GS Ballance lbw b Hazlewood 61 223 149 8 0 40.93
53.3 82.8 mph, plumb! It's full, angled into the stumps, and Ballance plays all around it looking to flick around the corner. I don't think that swung at all, it was just the angle, and it thudded into his pads and umpire Dharmasena was very quick to raise his finger. Ballance only briefly thinks of reviewing before trudging off. Hawkeye says it will have crashed into middle and leg stump 196/4
View dismissal IR Bell lbw b Starc 1 5 7 0 0 14.28
14.3 87.4 mph, very full, and that's bye bye, Ian Bell. Classic left-arm inswing, and it raps Bell on the bottom of his front pad, almost on the half-volley, in front of... middle and leg, maybe, as he looked to flick it. Given out immediately, and Bell walks off, after asking his partner if he should review and getting no for an answer. I'd hazard a guess that Hawkeye would say 'umpire's call', but we'll have to see. 43/3
View dismissal JE Root c Watson b Starc 134 247 166 17 0 80.72
72.1 84.7 mph, pitched up and Root drives, takes the edge and this time Watson swallows it! They've got the big wicket, Starc the man, though his celebration is muted - after all, he could have been removed for 134 runs fewer. Bit of shape away with the old ball and Watson took it low at first slip 280/5
View dismissal BA Stokes b Starc 52 98 78 6 2 66.66
76.2 86.2 mph, bowled him, swinging past the bat to hit middle and off! Superb delivery from Starc and Stokes is spiked, gets a finger to the lips as he turns to depart. Stokes has flirted with danger and here he got into a full-scale clinch, trying to whip the ball off his pads, it swung late from a leg stump line - despite the ball being 76 overs old - and rattled into the woodwork 293/6
View dismissal JC Buttler c Johnson b Hazlewood 27 63 34 3 0 79.41
85.5 86.9 mph, fullish, Buttler chips it back... straight to mid-on! Oh dear, that's a poor stroke but Hazlewood will be smiling. He started the day with a wicket and he'll end it with one, misbegotten shot from Buttler and that firmly tips the balance 343/7
View dismissal MM Ali c Watson b Starc 77 116 88 11 1 87.50
100.2 86.6 mph, goes for the big drive, and that's the end of Moeen's positive innings. Swings away from a fullish length outside off, inviting the drive, and Moeen goes hard at it. Watson takes the outside edge well at slip, holding it with two hands in front of his face while falling backwards 419/9
View dismissal SCJ Broad c †Haddin b Lyon 18 53 26 2 1 69.23
97.1 52.1 mph, and he strikes first ball! Broad goes for a slog-sweep from outside off and gets a thin bottom edge which is well held by Haddin 395/8
MA Wood not out 7 26 10 1 0 70.00
View dismissal JM Anderson b Starc 1 10 6 0 0 16.66
102.1 90.5 mph, gone, and that's a five-for for Starc. Anderson comes down the track, making himself room to slash over the covers. It's full and straight. Anderson misses, Starc hits. 430/10
Extras (b 17, lb 3, w 5, nb 1) 26
  Total (all out; 102.1 overs; 456 mins) 430 (4.20 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets MA Starc 24.1 4 114 5 4.71 104 17 0 (1nb, 1w)
14.3 to Bell, 87.4 mph, very full, and that's bye bye, Ian Bell. Classic left-arm inswing, and it raps Bell on the bottom of his front pad, almost on the half-volley, in front of... middle and leg, maybe, as he looked to flick it. Given out immediately, and Bell walks off, after asking his partner if he should review and getting no for an answer. I'd hazard a guess that Hawkeye would say 'umpire's call', but we'll have to see. 43/3
72.1 to Root, 84.7 mph, pitched up and Root drives, takes the edge and this time Watson swallows it! They've got the big wicket, Starc the man, though his celebration is muted - after all, he could have been removed for 134 runs fewer. Bit of shape away with the old ball and Watson took it low at first slip 280/5
76.2 to Stokes, 86.2 mph, bowled him, swinging past the bat to hit middle and off! Superb delivery from Starc and Stokes is spiked, gets a finger to the lips as he turns to depart. Stokes has flirted with danger and here he got into a full-scale clinch, trying to whip the ball off his pads, it swung late from a leg stump line - despite the ball being 76 overs old - and rattled into the woodwork 293/6
100.2 to Ali, 86.6 mph, goes for the big drive, and that's the end of Moeen's positive innings. Swings away from a fullish length outside off, inviting the drive, and Moeen goes hard at it. Watson takes the outside edge well at slip, holding it with two hands in front of his face while falling backwards 419/9
102.1 to Anderson, 90.5 mph, gone, and that's a five-for for Starc. Anderson comes down the track, making himself room to slash over the covers. It's full and straight. Anderson misses, Starc hits. 430/10
View wickets JR Hazlewood 23 8 83 3 3.60 108 12 1
1.6 to Lyth, 83.5 mph, early strike! Well caught in the gully. Hazlewood gets his line and length right, a full delivery at middle and offstump, Lyth aiming to work the ball through the leg side, gets squared up, and finds a thick outside edge which flies low to David Warner who snaffles it very well 7/1
53.3 to Ballance, 82.8 mph, plumb! It's full, angled into the stumps, and Ballance plays all around it looking to flick around the corner. I don't think that swung at all, it was just the angle, and it thudded into his pads and umpire Dharmasena was very quick to raise his finger. Ballance only briefly thinks of reviewing before trudging off. Hawkeye says it will have crashed into middle and leg stump 196/4
85.5 to Buttler, 86.9 mph, fullish, Buttler chips it back... straight to mid-on! Oh dear, that's a poor stroke but Hazlewood will be smiling. He started the day with a wicket and he'll end it with one, misbegotten shot from Buttler and that firmly tips the balance 343/7
  MG Johnson 25 3 111 0 4.44 106 15 1
View wickets NM Lyon 20 4 69 2 3.45 86 5 2
13.2 to Cook, 52.1 mph, got him! It wasn't short enough or wide enough to cut, and Cook has fallen two balls after the drinks break. Leans back and lashes at it, and there's some extra bounce for Lyon - he always puts a lot of overspin on the ball - and Haddin takes the top edge very well behind the stumps, soft gloves and hopping on his toes to ride the bounce 42/2
97.1 to Broad, 52.1 mph, and he strikes first ball! Broad goes for a slog-sweep from outside off and gets a thin bottom edge which is well held by Haddin 395/8
  SR Watson 8 0 24 0 3.00 38 2 0
  DA Warner 2 0 9 0 4.50 7 1 0
  Australia 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal CJL Rogers c †Buttler b Wood 95 182 133 11 1 71.42
42.4 90.0 mph, and the change of angle produces the wicket! Rogers falls five short of a hundred. It was short, angled across, maybe not enough width to cut, and the bat comes down at an angle and there's a bit of extra bounce from Wood to kiss his outside edge through to Buttler. End of an excellent innings, and it's Wood's first Ashes wicket. 180/3
View dismissal DA Warner c Cook b Anderson 17 62 42 3 0 40.47
14.3 84.4 mph, terrific catch! England have their first. Warner edges to first slip. Full outside off, but not a half volley, Warner is keen to drive and is playing on the up. He gets a healthy outside edge which flies quickly to Cook's right at first slip and he snaffled it very neatly 52/1
View dismissal SPD Smith c Cook b Ali 33 78 56 5 0 58.92
32.6 54.7 mph, Moeen's done it! Sees Smith skipping down the track and fires it down the leg side. Alert to the danger of being stumped, Smith thrust his pad and bat at the ball, just jabbed at it, and the ball popped up into the leg side, and Cook did well to dive to his right and catch it at a very short, but not silly, mid-on 129/2
View dismissal MJ Clarke* c & b Ali 38 82 52 6 0 73.07
52.1 50.6 mph, got him, and that's Moeen's second! Clarke is down the pitch and he, like Smith, left his crease too early. In this case, he gets too close to the pitch of the ball and he ends up popping it straight back to Moeen at waist height 207/4
View dismissal AC Voges c Anderson b Stokes 31 106 75 4 0 41.33
67.2 82.9 mph, fullish, tempts the drive, miscued... and straight to short extra cover! Anderson grabs it and then hurls the ball into the air, Stokes is on his haunches and roaring in celebration. Oh Vogey, what have you done? England had tightened the screw but, with 10 minutes until the close, you would have backed such an experienced player to hold his nerve. It was slightly wide, tempting the shot, maybe stopped in the pitch and plinked to the fielder 258/5
View dismissal SR Watson lbw b Broad 30 84 57 6 0 52.63
71.4 86.3 mph, full and straight, targeting the pads - was there bat involved? No, Erasmus gives it! Watson sheepishly looks to his partner before deciding, inevitably, to review. This is going to be tight, don't think it bounced as much as the first one, struck just above the knee roll... It only needs to be clipping and that's what Hawk-Eye adjudges. Gone! Watson the walking lbw has walked into another one, trapped on the crease and forever trying to play around that big front pad 265/6
View dismissal NM Lyon lbw b Wood 6 33 26 1 0 23.07
74.6 87.3 mph, pitched up and zeroing in on off stump, only Lyon's pad in the way... given, another lbw! The only question was whether he might just have got outside the line, it was very full, Lyon trying to shovel it to the leg side. They decide not to gamble on the review and Lyon slopes off, head bowed. Hawk-Eye had that pretty plumb 265/7
View dismissal BJ Haddin c †Buttler b Anderson 22 50 38 5 0 57.89
82.5 77.3 mph, got him, the perfect outswinger from Anderson! It was on a length outside off, curling seductively away and Haddin couldn't resist, slightly tentative prod where the flashing blade might have saved him, just a tickle of outside edge and Buttler plunged to take a good, low catch 304/8
View dismissal MG Johnson c Ballance b Broad 14 41 19 2 0 73.68
83.2 82.7 mph, and another goes. This one's even fuller, on middle stump, and the flick was on, but somehow Johnson not only flicks it in the air but finds the man at short midwicket with almost surgical precision 306/9
View dismissal MA Starc c Root b Anderson 0 12 6 0 0 0.00
84.5 82.6 mph, that's a gorgeous delivery to finish the innings, angling in from wide of the crease and swinging away late from a fullish length. Starc goes for the on-the-up drive without moving his feet too much, and Root takes the edge excellently, diving to his left from third slip 308/10
JR Hazlewood not out 2 6 4 0 0 50.00
Extras (b 6, lb 11, w 3) 20
  Total (all out; 84.5 overs; 368 mins) 308 (3.63 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets JM Anderson 18.5 6 43 3 2.28 94 6 0
14.3 to Warner, 84.4 mph, terrific catch! England have their first. Warner edges to first slip. Full outside off, but not a half volley, Warner is keen to drive and is playing on the up. He gets a healthy outside edge which flies quickly to Cook's right at first slip and he snaffled it very neatly 52/1
82.5 to Haddin, 77.3 mph, got him, the perfect outswinger from Anderson! It was on a length outside off, curling seductively away and Haddin couldn't resist, slightly tentative prod where the flashing blade might have saved him, just a tickle of outside edge and Buttler plunged to take a good, low catch 304/8
84.5 to Starc, 82.6 mph, that's a gorgeous delivery to finish the innings, angling in from wide of the crease and swinging away late from a fullish length. Starc goes for the on-the-up drive without moving his feet too much, and Root takes the edge excellently, diving to his left from third slip 308/10
View wickets SCJ Broad 17 4 60 2 3.52 79 7 1 (1w)
71.4 to Watson, 86.3 mph, full and straight, targeting the pads - was there bat involved? No, Erasmus gives it! Watson sheepishly looks to his partner before deciding, inevitably, to review. This is going to be tight, don't think it bounced as much as the first one, struck just above the knee roll... It only needs to be clipping and that's what Hawk-Eye adjudges. Gone! Watson the walking lbw has walked into another one, trapped on the crease and forever trying to play around that big front pad 265/6
83.2 to Johnson, 82.7 mph, and another goes. This one's even fuller, on middle stump, and the flick was on, but somehow Johnson not only flicks it in the air but finds the man at short midwicket with almost surgical precision 306/9
View wickets MA Wood 20 5 66 2 3.30 92 9 0
42.4 to Rogers, 90.0 mph, and the change of angle produces the wicket! Rogers falls five short of a hundred. It was short, angled across, maybe not enough width to cut, and the bat comes down at an angle and there's a bit of extra bounce from Wood to kiss his outside edge through to Buttler. End of an excellent innings, and it's Wood's first Ashes wicket. 180/3
74.6 to Lyon, 87.3 mph, pitched up and zeroing in on off stump, only Lyon's pad in the way... given, another lbw! The only question was whether he might just have got outside the line, it was very full, Lyon trying to shovel it to the leg side. They decide not to gamble on the review and Lyon slopes off, head bowed. Hawk-Eye had that pretty plumb 265/7
View wickets MM Ali 15 1 71 2 4.73 62 12 0
32.6 to Smith, 54.7 mph, Moeen's done it! Sees Smith skipping down the track and fires it down the leg side. Alert to the danger of being stumped, Smith thrust his pad and bat at the ball, just jabbed at it, and the ball popped up into the leg side, and Cook did well to dive to his right and catch it at a very short, but not silly, mid-on 129/2
52.1 to Clarke, 50.6 mph, got him, and that's Moeen's second! Clarke is down the pitch and he, like Smith, left his crease too early. In this case, he gets too close to the pitch of the ball and he ends up popping it straight back to Moeen at waist height 207/4
View wicket BA Stokes 14 5 51 1 3.64 66 9 0 (2w)
67.2 to Voges, 82.9 mph, fullish, tempts the drive, miscued... and straight to short extra cover! Anderson grabs it and then hurls the ball into the air, Stokes is on his haunches and roaring in celebration. Oh Vogey, what have you done? England had tightened the screw but, with 10 minutes until the close, you would have backed such an experienced player to hold his nerve. It was slightly wide, tempting the shot, maybe stopped in the pitch and plinked to the fielder 258/5
  England 2nd innings R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal A Lyth c Clarke b Lyon 37 86 62 4 1 59.67
19.4 54.4 mph, WHADDACATCH! No doubt this time, a thick outside edge looping wide of slip where Clarke throws himself full length to take the ball one-handed! Lyon has given Lyth all sorts of problems and now he's sent him back, there was grip and spin again, the ball arced up and away to Clarke's left and he went bodily after it, taking the ball in his left hand inches above the turf - reminiscent of that Strauss grab to remove Gilly in 2005 73/3
View dismissal AN Cook* c Lyon b Starc 12 30 26 1 0 46.15
6.6 84.3 mph, got him! That was a little fuller and it enticed Cook to drive away from his body. Shaped away and caused him to slice it in the air, and Lyon takes a super low catch at backward point 17/1
View dismissal GS Ballance c †Haddin b Hazlewood 0 14 7 0 0 0.00
9.6 79.1 mph, back of a length, takes the glove as Ballance tries to drop them out of the way! Hazlewood strikes in the first over after lunch, he got this to climb off a length and the batsman just got a flick through to the keeper, as he aborted an attempt to play the ball 22/2
View dismissal IR Bell b Johnson 60 129 89 11 0 67.41
39.6 87.7 mph, bowled him! That was an excellent delivery, did Bell for length, catches him on the crease. Bell's own intent played a part too. He was in an open sort of position - he has been looking to make room to hit through the off side all through this over - and he was standing slightly inside the line to defend, waiting for it to swing in. It instead seamed away off the pitch and knocked back off stump. First wicket of the match for Johnson. 170/4
View dismissal JE Root b Hazlewood 60 133 89 9 0 67.41
51.1 79.6 mph, and he strikes first ball. Bang on target, back of a length, angling into the stumps. Keeps a little low as Root jumps up to defend, and it ricochets off his back pad into middle stump 207/5
View dismissal BA Stokes b Starc 42 81 59 9 0 71.18
59.1 89.4 mph, and another! Double strike for Australia. Stokes drags on a full delivery, going for the drive, perhaps his feet didn't quite move and it disturbs the wood work 240/7
View dismissal JC Buttler c †Haddin b Lyon 7 30 19 0 0 36.84
58.2 53.1 mph, and he's gone! Going for the reverse sweep, gets a bit of bat or glove, loops in the air and it's a simple grab for Haddin...it was glove. Buttler walked straightaway 236/6
View dismissal MM Ali c †Haddin b Johnson 15 45 41 2 0 36.58
69.1 87.8 mph, that's an edge...Moeen flashing at a very wide delivery, and it's a thin nick to Haddin. They check the no-ball, and his foot is miles behind the line 288/9
View dismissal SCJ Broad c Hazlewood b Lyon 4 7 7 1 0 57.14
60.4 53.4 mph, fantastic catch! Brilliant from Hazlewood at long-off. Aggressive approach, and all, but that's a bit careless, really, from Broad especially with the fielder out there. Broad got underneath the ball, lofted it high in the air and Hazlewood made terrific ground in and took it low to the turf 245/8
MA Wood not out 32 38 18 4 1 177.77
View dismissal JM Anderson b Lyon 1 5 4 0 0 25.00
70.1 49.6 mph, and that is that...Anderson goes for a slog sweep and gets cleaned up by Lyon who finishes with four wickets 289/10
Extras (b 7, lb 6, w 6) 19
  Total (all out; 70.1 overs; 306 mins) 289 (4.11 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
View wickets MG Johnson 16 2 69 2 4.31 69 9 0 (1w)
39.6 to Bell, 87.7 mph, bowled him! That was an excellent delivery, did Bell for length, catches him on the crease. Bell's own intent played a part too. He was in an open sort of position - he has been looking to make room to hit through the off side all through this over - and he was standing slightly inside the line to defend, waiting for it to swing in. It instead seamed away off the pitch and knocked back off stump. First wicket of the match for Johnson. 170/4
69.1 to Ali, 87.8 mph, that's an edge...Moeen flashing at a very wide delivery, and it's a thin nick to Haddin. They check the no-ball, and his foot is miles behind the line 288/9
View wickets JR Hazlewood 13 2 49 2 3.76 59 8 0
9.6 to Ballance, 79.1 mph, back of a length, takes the glove as Ballance tries to drop them out of the way! Hazlewood strikes in the first over after lunch, he got this to climb off a length and the batsman just got a flick through to the keeper, as he aborted an attempt to play the ball 22/2
51.1 to Root, 79.6 mph, and he strikes first ball. Bang on target, back of a length, angling into the stumps. Keeps a little low as Root jumps up to defend, and it ricochets off his back pad into middle stump 207/5
View wickets MA Starc 16 4 60 2 3.75 77 11 0 (1w)
6.6 to Cook, 84.3 mph, got him! That was a little fuller and it enticed Cook to drive away from his body. Shaped away and caused him to slice it in the air, and Lyon takes a super low catch at backward point 17/1
59.1 to Stokes, 89.4 mph, and another! Double strike for Australia. Stokes drags on a full delivery, going for the drive, perhaps his feet didn't quite move and it disturbs the wood work 240/7
View wickets NM Lyon 20.1 4 75 4 3.71 88 8 2
19.4 to Lyth, 54.4 mph, WHADDACATCH! No doubt this time, a thick outside edge looping wide of slip where Clarke throws himself full length to take the ball one-handed! Lyon has given Lyth all sorts of problems and now he's sent him back, there was grip and spin again, the ball arced up and away to Clarke's left and he went bodily after it, taking the ball in his left hand inches above the turf - reminiscent of that Strauss grab to remove Gilly in 2005 73/3
58.2 to Buttler, 53.1 mph, and he's gone! Going for the reverse sweep, gets a bit of bat or glove, loops in the air and it's a simple grab for Haddin...it was glove. Buttler walked straightaway 236/6
60.4 to Broad, 53.4 mph, fantastic catch! Brilliant from Hazlewood at long-off. Aggressive approach, and all, but that's a bit careless, really, from Broad especially with the fielder out there. Broad got underneath the ball, lofted it high in the air and Hazlewood made terrific ground in and took it low to the turf 245/8
70.1 to Anderson, 49.6 mph, and that is that...Anderson goes for a slog sweep and gets cleaned up by Lyon who finishes with four wickets 289/10
  SR Watson 5 0 23 0 4.60 23 5 0
  Australia 2nd innings (target: 412 runs) R M B 4s 6s SR
View dismissal CJL Rogers c Bell b Broad 10 45 28 2 0 35.71
9.4 84.5 mph, rising sharply outside off, Rogers pushes at it, steers an edge to Bell at second slip... England have got him! Well, they think they have, though Rogers isn't moving. They're going to check whether it carried, Gaffaney is saying that the 'soft signal' was out on field, he views a couple of replays and is happy that the fingers were under the ball, reconfirms the decision with Dharmasena and up goes the finger that matters! He had to play the line, it was an excellent ball from Broad and this time the edge is held 19/1
View dismissal DA Warner lbw b Ali 52 118 86 6 1 60.46
26.3 52.0 mph, big appeal and that is given. Lovely length from Moeen, and Warner pays for playing from the crease. Shuffles across instead of coming forward, and the ball slides on with the angle rather than turning away, and goes past his inside edge to smack his pad in front of the stumps. Warner doesn't review, and rightly so. Hawkeye shows it smacking into leg stump. Such a crucial wicket, right on the stroke of lunch. 97/2
View dismissal SPD Smith c Bell b Broad 33 77 49 6 0 67.34
27.4 81.8 mph, length outside off and this time Smith has nicked it to slip! Easy does it, one coming back in, one holding its line and Smith steers it straight to Bell, who takes a comfortable catch and England have their man, out in the 30s again 101/3
View dismissal MJ Clarke* c Stokes b Broad 4 24 13 1 0 30.76
31.4 81.3 mph, full outside off, Clarke reaches for the drive - and picks out backward point! Lack of foot movement, maybe hanging back, maybe stuck with his knackered back, bit of an airy swish from Clarke and he's gone, falling to Broad for the 10th time in Tests 106/4
View dismissal AC Voges c †Buttler b Wood 1 21 16 0 0 6.25
32.2 85.1 mph, probing away and Voges succumbs, feathering through to the keeper! England are cock-a-hoop, Wood running around like a One Direction fan who's just spotted Harry! Nothing fancy about this, just quick and holding its line outside off, Voges playing off the back foot and he's a goner, his average plummeting into the 60s 106/5
View dismissal SR Watson lbw b Wood 19 82 58 2 0 32.75
50.5 82.5 mph, and this time he gets him. Second lbw of the match, 29th of his Test career. Watson walks over to Johnson, confers, and decides to review. That was very full, and Watson's pad was in that fatal spot, and he couldn't play around it quickly enough to make any sort of contact with bat... No bat, HotSpot and Snicko confirm. Hitting pad in front of middle, going on to clip leg stump, and Watson will have to trudge back to the dressing room. Will he play the second Test? 151/7
View dismissal BJ Haddin c Cook b Ali 7 24 20 1 0 35.00
38.1 53.0 mph, tossed up, Haddin launches the ball over... No! He's caught it, Cook taking the ball at short midwicket at the second attempt! Moeen strikes immediately, he's doing his Swanny impression again, but he has some brilliant reactions from his captain to thank. Cook sprang up to his right to palm the ball in the air, which had been hit with some force, then he managed to stay composed and hold on to it on the way down, even as he landed on his back. Brilliant from Cook and England are closing in 122/6
View dismissal MG Johnson c Lyth b Root 77 124 94 9 2 81.91
69.1 47.0 mph, edged to slip! Root and Lyth again. Johnson on the charge, this time it's more of a wild heave than a controlled shot and he gets an inside edge which is a much simpler catch this time for Lyth 242/9
View dismissal MA Starc c Lyth b Root 17 58 38 3 0 44.73
65.4 55.0 mph, what a catch! It's a parry and a take on the rebound. Touch shorter outside off, Starc went back to cut, got a thick edge straight to Cook at gully who palmed it in the air and Lyth, at slip, was brilliantly alert to hold the rebound. An all-Yorkshire wicket, too, in the end. Like Cook earlier for Haddin's wicket, some terrific reflexes on show by Lyth 223/8
View dismissal JR Hazlewood c Root b Ali 14 17 17 2 0 82.35
70.3 in the air...and it's all over! And who else would take the catch but Joe Root! Tossed up by Moeen, Hazlewood tries to go down the ground, gets underneath the ball and Root settles under it at long-off 242/10
NM Lyon not out 0 3 5 0 0 0.00
Extras (b 4, lb 3, nb 1) 8
  Total (all out; 70.3 overs; 305 mins) 242 (3.43 runs per over)
  Bowling O M R W Econ 0s 4s 6s  
  JM Anderson 12 3 33 0 2.75 59 5 0
View wickets SCJ Broad 14 3 39 3 2.78 68 6 0
9.4 to Rogers, 84.5 mph, rising sharply outside off, Rogers pushes at it, steers an edge to Bell at second slip... England have got him! Well, they think they have, though Rogers isn't moving. They're going to check whether it carried, Gaffaney is saying that the 'soft signal' was out on field, he views a couple of replays and is happy that the fingers were under the ball, reconfirms the decision with Dharmasena and up goes the finger that matters! He had to play the line, it was an excellent ball from Broad and this time the edge is held 19/1
27.4 to Smith, 81.8 mph, length outside off and this time Smith has nicked it to slip! Easy does it, one coming back in, one holding its line and Smith steers it straight to Bell, who takes a comfortable catch and England have their man, out in the 30s again 101/3
31.4 to Clarke, 81.3 mph, full outside off, Clarke reaches for the drive - and picks out backward point! Lack of foot movement, maybe hanging back, maybe stuck with his knackered back, bit of an airy swish from Clarke and he's gone, falling to Broad for the 10th time in Tests 106/4
View wickets MM Ali 16.3 4 59 3 3.57 77 7 2
26.3 to Warner, 52.0 mph, big appeal and that is given. Lovely length from Moeen, and Warner pays for playing from the crease. Shuffles across instead of coming forward, and the ball slides on with the angle rather than turning away, and goes past his inside edge to smack his pad in front of the stumps. Warner doesn't review, and rightly so. Hawkeye shows it smacking into leg stump. Such a crucial wicket, right on the stroke of lunch. 97/2
38.1 to Haddin, 53.0 mph, tossed up, Haddin launches the ball over... No! He's caught it, Cook taking the ball at short midwicket at the second attempt! Moeen strikes immediately, he's doing his Swanny impression again, but he has some brilliant reactions from his captain to thank. Cook sprang up to his right to palm the ball in the air, which had been hit with some force, then he managed to stay composed and hold on to it on the way down, even as he landed on his back. Brilliant from Cook and England are closing in 122/6
70.3 to Hazlewood, in the air...and it's all over! And who else would take the catch but Joe Root! Tossed up by Moeen, Hazlewood tries to go down the ground, gets underneath the ball and Root settles under it at long-off 242/10
  BA Stokes 8 2 23 0 2.87 36 3 0
View wickets MA Wood 14 4 53 2 3.78 66 9 0 (1nb)
32.2 to Voges, 85.1 mph, probing away and Voges succumbs, feathering through to the keeper! England are cock-a-hoop, Wood running around like a One Direction fan who's just spotted Harry! Nothing fancy about this, just quick and holding its line outside off, Voges playing off the back foot and he's a goner, his average plummeting into the 60s 106/5
50.5 to Watson, 82.5 mph, and this time he gets him. Second lbw of the match, 29th of his Test career. Watson walks over to Johnson, confers, and decides to review. That was very full, and Watson's pad was in that fatal spot, and he couldn't play around it quickly enough to make any sort of contact with bat... No bat, HotSpot and Snicko confirm. Hitting pad in front of middle, going on to clip leg stump, and Watson will have to trudge back to the dressing room. Will he play the second Test? 151/7
View wickets JE Root 6 1 28 2 4.66 22 2 1
65.4 to Starc, 55.0 mph, what a catch! It's a parry and a take on the rebound. Touch shorter outside off, Starc went back to cut, got a thick edge straight to Cook at gully who palmed it in the air and Lyth, at slip, was brilliantly alert to hold the rebound. An all-Yorkshire wicket, too, in the end. Like Cook earlier for Haddin's wicket, some terrific reflexes on show by Lyth 223/8
69.1 to Johnson, 47.0 mph, edged to slip! Root and Lyth again. Johnson on the charge, this time it's more of a wild heave than a controlled shot and he gets an inside edge which is a much simpler catch this time for Lyth 242/9

Match details


Toss - England
Series - England led the 5-match series 1-0
Player of the match - JE Root (England)
Umpires - HDPK Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) and M Erasmus (South Africa)
TV umpire - CB Gaffaney (New Zealand)
Match referee - RS Madugalle (Sri Lanka)
Reserve umpire - NGB Cook
Close of play
  • Wed, 8 Jul - day 1 - England 1st innings 343/7 (MM Ali 26*, SCJ Broad 0*, 88 ov)
  • Thu, 9 Jul - day 2 - Australia 1st innings 264/5 (SR Watson 29*, NM Lyon 6*, 70 ov)
  • Fri, 10 Jul - day 3 - England 2nd innings 289
  • Sat, 11 Jul - day 4 - Australia 2nd innings 242 (70.3 ov) - end of match

Match Notes


Day 4
Day 3
Day 2
Day 1
    • England 1st innings
    • Drinks: England - 42/1 in 13.0 overs (AN Cook 20, GS Ballance 16)
    • England: 50 runs in 16.4 overs (100 balls), Extras 0
    • Lunch: England - 88/3 in 23.0 overs (GS Ballance 28, JE Root 33)
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 60 balls (GS Ballance 14, JE Root 36, Ex 1)
    • England: 100 runs in 26.3 overs (160 balls), Extras 1
    • JE Root: 50 off 56 balls (6 x 4)
    • Over 35.2: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - JE Root (Struck down)
    • Drinks: England - 139/3 in 37.0 overs (GS Ballance 41, JE Root 68)
    • 4th Wicket: 100 runs in 144 balls (GS Ballance 25, JE Root 72, Ex 3)
    • England: 150 runs in 40.6 overs (247 balls), Extras 7
    • GS Ballance: 50 off 127 balls (7 x 4)
    • Tea: England - 190/3 in 52.0 overs (GS Ballance 59, JE Root 93)
    • 4th Wicket: 150 runs in 232 balls (GS Ballance 43, JE Root 97, Ex 11)
    • England: 200 runs in 55.1 overs (332 balls), Extras 11
    • JE Root: 100 off 118 balls (14 x 4)
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 62 balls (JE Root 24, BA Stokes 28, Ex 0)
    • England: 250 runs in 64.4 overs (389 balls), Extras 11
    • Drinks: England - 271/4 in 70.0 overs (JE Root 133, BA Stokes 34)
    • BA Stokes: 50 off 76 balls (6 x 4, 2 x 6)
    • England: 300 runs in 76.5 overs (462 balls), Extras 16
    • Over 79.6: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - MM Ali (Struck down)
    • 7th Wicket: 50 runs in 51 balls (JC Buttler 24, MM Ali 26, Ex 0)
    • End Of Day: England - 343/7 in 88.0 overs (MM Ali 26, SCJ Broad 0)
    • England: 350 runs in 89.3 overs (538 balls), Extras 16
    • MM Ali: 50 off 69 balls (7 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 66 balls (MM Ali 34, SCJ Broad 18, Ex 0)
    • England: 400 runs in 97.4 overs (587 balls), Extras 16
    • Drinks: England - 416/8 in 99.2 overs (MM Ali 74, MA Wood 3)
    • Over 100.3: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - JM Anderson (Struck down)
    • Innings Break: England - 430/10 in 102.1 overs (MA Wood 7)
    • Australia 1st innings
    • Over 1.6: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - CJL Rogers (Struck down)
    • Lunch: Australia - 26/0 in 9.0 overs (CJL Rogers 15, DA Warner 5)
    • Over 10.3: Review by Australia (Batting), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - DA Warner (Upheld)
    • Australia: 50 runs in 13.5 overs (83 balls), Extras 7
    • 1st Wicket: 50 runs in 83 balls (CJL Rogers 28, DA Warner 17, Ex 7)
    • Drinks: Australia - 77/1 in 22.0 overs (CJL Rogers 47, SPD Smith 6)
    • CJL Rogers: 50 off 74 balls (6 x 4)
    • Australia: 100 runs in 25.3 overs (153 balls), Extras 9
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 68 balls (CJL Rogers 33, SPD Smith 15, Ex 2)
    • Tea: Australia - 145/2 in 36.0 overs (CJL Rogers 74, MJ Clarke 11)
    • Australia: 150 runs in 37.3 overs (225 balls), Extras 10
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 57 balls (CJL Rogers 26, MJ Clarke 25, Ex 0)
    • Australia: 200 runs in 48.3 overs (291 balls), Extras 10
    • Drinks: Australia - 207/4 in 52.1 overs (AC Voges 14)
    • Australia 1st innings: 1x5 ball over (62nd over, bowled by BA Stokes, called by Umpire M Erasmus)
    • Australia: 250 runs in 64.3 overs (386 balls), Extras 14
    • 5th Wicket: 50 runs in 83 balls (AC Voges 16, SR Watson 29, Ex 5)
    • End Of Day: Australia - 264/5 in 70.0 overs (SR Watson 29, NM Lyon 6)
    • Over 71.4: Review by Australia (Batting), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - SR Watson (Struck down)
    • Over 79.5: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - BJ Haddin (Struck down)
    • Reviews used before 80th over: Australia 1 (1 successful, 1 unsuccessful); England 0 (0 successful, 2 unsuccessful)
    • Second new ball taken 80.1
    • Australia: 300 runs in 82.3 overs (494 balls), Extras 20
    • Drinks: Australia - 304/8 in 82.5 overs (MG Johnson 12)
    • Innings Break: Australia - 308/10 in 84.5 overs (JR Hazlewood 2)
    • England 2nd innings
    • Lunch: England - 21/1 in 9.0 overs (A Lyth 7, GS Ballance 0)
    • Over 9.1: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - A Lyth (Struck down)
    • England: 50 runs in 13.6 overs (84 balls), Extras 6
    • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 49 balls (A Lyth 28, IR Bell 18, Ex 4)
    • Drinks: England - 91/3 in 22.0 overs (IR Bell 31, JE Root 0)
    • England: 100 runs in 26.1 overs (157 balls), Extras 11
    • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 64 balls (IR Bell 21, JE Root 21, Ex 10)
    • IR Bell: 50 off 75 balls (10 x 4)
    • Tea: England - 149/3 in 36.0 overs (IR Bell 53, JE Root 31)
    • England: 150 runs in 36.3 overs (219 balls), Extras 17
    • JE Root: 50 off 66 balls (8 x 4)
    • England: 200 runs in 50.2 overs (302 balls), Extras 17
    • Drinks: England - 216/5 in 54.0 overs (BA Stokes 26, JC Buttler 3)
    • England: 250 runs in 62.5 overs (377 balls), Extras 18
    • Over 68.4: Review by Australia (Bowling), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - MM Ali (Struck down)
    • End Of Day: England - 289/10 in 70.1 overs (MA Wood 32)
    • Australia 2nd innings
    • Over 5.3: Review by England (Bowling), Umpire - HDPK Dharmasena, Batsman - DA Warner (Struck down)
    • Australia: 50 runs in 12.6 overs (78 balls), Extras 5
    • Drinks: Australia - 53/1 in 13.0 overs (DA Warner 27, SPD Smith 11)
    • 2nd Wicket: 50 runs in 40 balls (DA Warner 28, SPD Smith 18, Ex 4)
    • DA Warner: 50 off 72 balls (6 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • Lunch: Australia - 97/2 in 26.3 overs (SPD Smith 29)
    • Australia: 100 runs in 27.1 overs (163 balls), Extras 6
    • Drinks: Australia - 126/6 in 40.0 overs (SR Watson 10, MG Johnson 3)
    • Australia: 150 runs in 48.6 overs (294 balls), Extras 6
    • Over 50.5: Review by Australia (Batting), Umpire - M Erasmus, Batsman - SR Watson (Struck down)
    • Tea: Australia - 162/7 in 54.0 overs (MG Johnson 26, MA Starc 4)
    • Australia: 200 runs in 61.4 overs (371 balls), Extras 7
    • MG Johnson: 50 off 70 balls (7 x 4, 1 x 6)
    • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 66 balls (MG Johnson 33, MA Starc 17, Ex 1)
 
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Hours of play (local time) 11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00

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The 'new' England was rewarded for playing aggressive cricket with a 169-run win in the first Investec Test in Cardiff (03:52) | July 11, 2015

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The 'new' England was rewarded for playing aggressive cricket with a 169-run win in the first Investec Test in Cardiff (03:52) | July 11, 2015


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