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Day 5

743dESPNcricinfo staff

'Need to adapt to conditions' - Clarke

Michael Clarke has admitted that Australia will have to adapt quickly if the pitches produced for the Investec Ashes series are similar in character to that in Cardiff

Day 4

743dDaniel Brettig in Cardiff

Watson's place under threat for Lord's

Australia's selectors will be compelled to consider the position of Shane Watson and are also likely to have to draft in Peter Siddle to replace Mitchell Starc for the Lord's Test

743dESPNcricinfo staff

Absorbed lessons to look to future - Cook

Alastair Cook praised his team's attacking mindset after England wrapped up a comprehensive 169-run victory in the first Investec Test at Cardiff

743dGeorge Dobell in Cardiff

Cook marshals a near faultless display

There are four matches to go and as we saw in 2005 and 1997, sides are capable of coming from behind to win Ashes series. There will be no complacency from England. But there will be confidence

743dDaniel Brettig in Cardiff

Australia's empty words exposed by England

A defeat overseas on a sluggish pitch was a familiar situation that brought familiar words from Michael Clarke, but the Australians have to do more than talk

Day 3

743dGeorge Dobell in Cardiff

Bell's counterattack keeps good vibes flowing

Even just a few months ago England, having lost two early wickets in their second innings, might have gone into their shells. It was nothing of sort in Cardiff to ensure the exemplary work of the bowlers was not wasted

743dDaniel Brettig in Cardiff

Starc's ankle clouds Lord's chances

Peter Siddle appears a likely Australian inclusion for the Lord's Test after Mitchell Starc bowled in obvious pain on a difficult day three in Cardiff, leaving Nathan Lyon to admit the heavily favoured tourists needed to "compose themselves" following num

743dDaniel Brettig in Cardiff

Watson and Haddin at the precipice

When the third day dawned in Cardiff, Shane Watson and Brad Haddin were key to Australia's chances of fighting back but neither could deliver which starts to raise questions of the future

Day 2

743dDaniel Brettig in Cardiff

Aggression lets Australia down

Australia's top order's eagerness to attack saw them gift England wickets, with Moeen Ali especially profiting from a blind spot against spin

743dGeorge Dobell in Cardiff

Moeen proves himself - again

Opponents and commentators continue to underestimate Moeen Ali, yet he continues to score runs and take wickets. Perhaps it's time he was shown the respect he deserves

Day 1

743dThe Report by David Hopps

Root century galvanises England

Joe Root made 134 from only 166 balls to help lift England from a tricky position at 43 for 3 on a grouchy Cardiff morning

743dDaniel Brettig in Cardiff

Australia confront the Harris gap

Seven wickets on the first day, having lost the toss, was far from awful for Australia but they will know their bowling attack did not work as a unit which showed the value of one missing man

743dJarrod Kimber

Root result trumps process

Joe Root wasn't always in control and he rode his luck but ultimately new-fangled coaching processes were trumped by all that really matters: the scorebook

743dDaniel Brettig

Australia caught cold by Haddin's drop

Josh Hazlewood has admitted Australia's bowlers did not respond well to the unexpected sight of Brad Haddin dropping Joe Root on the first day of the Investec Ashes series

Others

743dIan Chappell

Get Root higher up at No. 3

England should look to make the most of his potential because unlike Gary Ballance, he does not get bogged down against pace or spin

744dAakash Chopra

The Rogers method

The lack of a backlift restricts the Australian opener's range of strokes, especially the drive, but he has managed to use his limitations to his advantage

744dSimon Barnes

More than a win for England

There's almost a moral dimension to the Cardiff victory: it feels as if England have left a great pile of stinking bad things behind them

743dDaniel Brettig

Cardiff loss a minor hiccup - Lehmann

Australia's coach Darren Lehmann has described England's vast victory in the first Test as a "minor hiccup," and has effectively challenged the Lord's ground staff to produce a quicker pitch for the second match from Thursday

743dGeorge Dobell in Cardiff

England's evolution faces a litmus test

What is truth and what is fiction about this England Test side? The next few weeks will show us, but for all the talk of youthful exuberance they will need senior players to lift and a good start is vital

743dDaniel Brettig in Cardiff

Pain of '09 near-miss spurs on Australia

Five members of the current Australia squad were present when James Anderson and Monty Panesar defied them six years ago and it was an outcome that set the tone for more than just one series

Johnson on the cusp

0

Number of Australian batsmen who have scored a 4th innings century when batting at No. 8 or below

Take lead, win Ashes

15

Number of times in the last 17 Ashes that the team taking a 1-0 lead has won the series. Exceptions were in 2005 and 1997.

A persisting problem

29

Number of times Shane Watson has been dismissed LBW, the most for any Australian batsman in the last 10 years

Smith does have a weakness

29.3

Steven Smith's batting average in the 4th innings of a Test match. He averages 89.6 in the first innings

Costly? we'll find out

4

Chris Rogers' score when he was dropped by Joe Root off James Anderson's bowling in the 3rd over of the inns

Twin Successes

2

Instances in the last 22 years of an England batsman making a hundred and a fifty during a home Ashes Test - Root & Bell

An Innings of 2 halves

32

Balls faced by Ian Bell for his first 31 runs. He needed 57 balls for his next 29 runs

All or nothing

49

Runs scored by England between the 12th and 16th overs (run rate of 9.8). The 11th and 17th overs were maidens

Jimmy jumps Curtly

406

Number of Test wickets for Anderson, overtaking Ambrose (405) to go 11th on the overall list of top wicket-takers in Tests

Australia up against it

1

Instances of ENG losing an Ashes Test at home after gaining a lead of 100+ runs in the 1st innings - at Old Trafford, 1961

Brad the Bunny

7

Number of times James Anderson has dismissed Brad Haddin, more than any other bowler

not capitalising

1

Instance of Nos. 3, 4, 5 & 6 being dismissed in the 30s - happened to Smith, Clarke, Voges and Watson in the 1st innings