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1st Investec Test, Cardiff, July 08 - 11, 2015, Australia tour of England and Ireland
430 & 289
(T:412) 308 & 242

England won by 169 runs

Player Of The Match
134, 60 & 2/28
England 1st Innings
Australia 1st Innings
England 2nd Innings
Australia 2nd Innings
Match Flow
England 1st Innings 
c Warner b Hazlewood61071060.00
c †Haddin b Lyon2040583050.00
lbw b Hazlewood611492238040.93
lbw b Starc1750014.28
c Watson b Starc13416624717080.72
b Starc5278986266.66
c Johnson b Hazlewood2734633079.41
c Watson b Starc778811611187.50
c †Haddin b Lyon1826532169.23
not out 710261070.00
b Starc16100016.66
Extras(b 17, lb 3, nb 1, w 5)26
TOTAL102.1 Ov (RR: 4.20, 456 Mins)430
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Adam Lyth, 1.6 ov), 2-42 (Alastair Cook, 13.2 ov), 3-43 (Ian Bell, 14.3 ov), 4-196 (Gary Ballance, 53.3 ov), 5-280 (Joe Root, 72.1 ov), 6-293 (Ben Stokes, 76.2 ov), 7-343 (Jos Buttler, 85.5 ov), 8-395 (Stuart Broad, 97.1 ov), 9-419 (Moeen Ali, 100.2 ov), 10-430 (James Anderson, 102.1 ov)
14.3 to IR Bell, 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 JE Root, 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 BA Stokes, 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 MM Ali, 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 JM Anderson, 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
1.6 to A Lyth, 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 GS Ballance, 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 JC Buttler, 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
13.2 to AN Cook, 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 SCJ Broad, 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
Australia 1st Innings 
c †Buttler b Wood9513318211171.42
c Cook b Anderson1742623040.47
c Cook b Ali3356785058.92
c & b Ali3852826073.07
c Anderson b Stokes31751064041.33
lbw b Broad3057846052.63
lbw b Wood626331023.07
c †Buttler b Anderson2238505057.89
c Ballance b Broad1419412073.68
c Root b Anderson0612000.00
not out 2460050.00
Extras(b 6, lb 11, w 3)20
TOTAL84.5 Ov (RR: 3.63, 368 Mins)308
Fall of wickets: 1-52 (David Warner, 14.3 ov), 2-129 (Steven Smith, 32.6 ov), 3-180 (Chris Rogers, 42.4 ov), 4-207 (Michael Clarke, 52.1 ov), 5-258 (Adam Voges, 67.2 ov), 6-265 (Shane Watson, 71.4 ov), 7-265 (Nathan Lyon, 74.6 ov), 8-304 (Brad Haddin, 82.5 ov), 9-306 (Mitchell Johnson, 83.2 ov), 10-308 (Mitchell Starc, 84.5 ov)
14.3 to DA Warner, 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 BJ Haddin, 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 MA Starc, 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
71.4 to SR Watson, 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 MG Johnson, 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
42.4 to CJL Rogers, 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 NM Lyon, 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
32.6 to SPD Smith, 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 MJ Clarke, 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
67.2 to AC Voges, 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 
c Clarke b Lyon3762864159.67
c Lyon b Starc1226301046.15
c †Haddin b Hazlewood0714000.00
b Johnson608912911067.41
b Hazlewood60891339067.41
b Starc4259819071.18
c †Haddin b Lyon719300036.84
c †Haddin b Johnson1541452036.58
c Hazlewood b Lyon4771057.14
not out 32183841177.77
b Lyon1450025.00
Extras(b 7, lb 6, w 6)19
TOTAL70.1 Ov (RR: 4.11, 306 Mins)289
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Alastair Cook, 6.6 ov), 2-22 (Gary Ballance, 9.6 ov), 3-73 (Adam Lyth, 19.4 ov), 4-170 (Ian Bell, 39.6 ov), 5-207 (Joe Root, 51.1 ov), 6-236 (Jos Buttler, 58.2 ov), 7-240 (Ben Stokes, 59.1 ov), 8-245 (Stuart Broad, 60.4 ov), 9-288 (Moeen Ali, 69.1 ov), 10-289 (James Anderson, 70.1 ov)
39.6 to IR Bell, 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 MM Ali, 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
9.6 to GS Ballance, 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 JE Root, 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
6.6 to AN Cook, 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 BA Stokes, 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
19.4 to A Lyth, 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 JC Buttler, 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 was glove. Buttler walked straightaway. 236/6
60.4 to SCJ Broad, 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 JM Anderson, and that is that...Anderson goes for a slog sweep and gets cleaned up by Lyon who finishes with four wickets. 289/10
Australia 2nd Innings (T: 412 runs)
c Bell b Broad1028452035.71
lbw b Ali52861186160.46
c Bell b Broad3349776067.34
c Stokes b Broad413241030.76
c †Buttler b Wood11621006.25
lbw b Wood1958822032.75
c Cook b Ali720241035.00
c Lyth b Root77941249281.91
c Lyth b Root1738583044.73
c Root b Ali1417172082.35
not out 053000.00
Extras(b 4, lb 3, nb 1)8
TOTAL70.3 Ov (RR: 3.43, 305 Mins)242
Fall of wickets: 1-19 (Chris Rogers, 9.4 ov), 2-97 (David Warner, 26.3 ov), 3-101 (Steven Smith, 27.4 ov), 4-106 (Michael Clarke, 31.4 ov), 5-106 (Adam Voges, 32.2 ov), 6-122 (Brad Haddin, 38.1 ov), 7-151 (Shane Watson, 50.5 ov), 8-223 (Mitchell Starc, 65.4 ov), 9-242 (Mitchell Johnson, 69.1 ov), 10-242 (Josh Hazlewood, 70.3 ov)
9.4 to CJL Rogers, 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 SPD Smith, 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 MJ Clarke, 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
26.3 to DA Warner, 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 BJ Haddin, 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 JR 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
32.2 to AC Voges, 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 SR Watson, 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
65.4 to MA Starc, 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 MG Johnson, 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
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Wed, 08 Jul - day 1 - England 1st innings 343/7 (Moeen Ali 26*, Stuart Broad 0*, 88 ov)
Thu, 09 Jul - day 2 - Australia 1st innings 264/5 (Shane Watson 29*, Nathan 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
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
  • 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)
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
TossEngland, elected to bat first
Player Of The Match
Series resultEngland led the 5-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2170
Hours of play (local time)11am start, Lunch 13.00-13.40, Tea 15.40-16.00, Close 18.00
Match days8,9,10,11 July 2015 - day (5-day match)
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