result
1st Investec Test, Cardiff, Jul 8 - 11 2015, Australia tour of England and Ireland
430 & 289
(70.3 ov, target 412)308 & 242
England won by 169 runs
player of the match
Joe Root
England
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• The Report by David Hopps

England go 1-0 up with emphatic win

Australia surrendered five wickets between lunch and tea to hand England a 169-run win that put them 1-0 up in the Investec series

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Commentator: Andrew McGlashan
Scorecard summary
England430/10(102.1 overs)1st INNINGS
Joe Root134 (166)
Moeen Ali77 (88)
Mitchell Starc5/114(24.1)
Australia308/10(84.5 overs)1st INNINGS
James Anderson3/43(18.5)
Mark Wood2/66(20)
England289/10(70.1 overs)2nd INNINGS
Ian Bell60 (89)
Joe Root60 (89)
Nathan Lyon4/75(20.1)
Australia242/10(70.3 overs)2nd INNINGS
Stuart Broad3/39(14)
Moeen Ali3/59(16.3)

Superb all-round victory for England who win by 169 runs. Moeen and Root share five wickets in the second innings and Moeen takes five in the match, coupled with his runs, but no doubt who will be Man of the Match. What a game for Root. He leads the team off to a standing ovation.

Mark Wood the first to speak: "It's fantastic, to be 1-0 up is fantastic. The crowd have been immense. We bowled to our strengths. The atmosphere was amazing. They were singing 'if you're 1-0 up stand up' and I had to try and keep my professional face on."

I'll stay with you to bring the presentations shortly. Will be interesting to hear from Michael Clarke.

Justin: "Congratulations England. Australia, Watson has to go, pull yourselves together this is test match cricket and this series is alive, the worst thing for England is to over celebrate one victory and for Australia to be too negative about one loss, the important thing is learning from it."

England players sat on the balcony, already with a drink in hand (and don't think it's the isotonic type). I'm sure they'll have a few with the Aussies, too, later.

Don: "Guess Haddin finally learned what all the hype around England was. Well done to England though, many people, including myself, didn't give them a chance. "

sir don: "We are the champs. Will comrback strongly. Will trounce strongly. Will catapult strongly. #Aussies."

Michael Clarke "Cut a long story short, we were outplayed in all three facets of the game. England were exceptional. We have work to do. England deserve a lot of credit. We looked to play positive, but whatever we tried didn't work. When you get in, you have to cash in. I'm extremely excited that we have to play better at Lord's. We just haven't played our best cricket. [On Starc] He was able to bowl and get through, so that's a positive, hopefully he will be available for Lord's."

Alastair Cook "Brilliant performance, the crowd have been fantastic. English cricket this summer, we appreciate the support. This Test couldn't have gone any better, we'll enjoy the bat. Thought Joe Root was brilliant and the bowlers superb on a slow wicket. Everyone was talking about the past, but this is a different side. You can't change the past but you can learnt from it. We'll come back and try to put in back-to-back performances at Lord's. We worked really hard on our catching in Spain, quite a few soar hands coming back from that."

Man of the Match, no surprise, is Joe Root "Really thrilled to be part of this win, as a team we were exceptional. First up in an Ashes you want to put a marker down, hopefully we can back it up at Lord's. I managed to just get through early in my innings, but you just have to ride the wave. Thankfully it was my day. When they attack, I fell it's the best time to attack as well. I've always had someone at the other end to build partnerships, thought Gary and Ben were exceptional."

That just about wraps things up for our live coverage of this match. We'll be back on Thursday to bring you all the action from the second Test at Lord's. Can Australia bounce back or is the force with England? We'll soon find out. We'll have plenty of analysis and reaction through the evening, starting with the match report. For now, though, from Gnasher, Alan and Karthik it's goodbye and thanks for all your comments during the game.

70.3
W
Ali to Hazlewood, OUT

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

Josh Hazlewood c Root b Ali 14 (17m 17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 82.35

Morgan: "Are we sure Ashton Agar isn't able to come out and bat?"

70.2
Ali to Hazlewood, no run

a little fuller, on middle, defended

70.1
Ali to Hazlewood, no run

round the wicket, defended on the back foot

end of over 70Wicket maiden
AUS: 242/9CRR: 3.45 
Nathan Lyon0 (5)
Josh Hazlewood14 (14)
Joe Root 6-1-28-2
Moeen Ali 16-4-59-2
69.6
Root to Lyon, no run

a little wider outside off, onto the front foot and pats to silly point

69.5
Root to Lyon, no run

prods forward and blocks

69.4
Root to Lyon, no run

appeal for lbw, Lyon going for the sweep, got outside the line of off stump

Four men around the bat and a short midwicket

69.3
Root to Lyon, no run

gets forward and works this to short leg

69.2
Root to Lyon, no run

over the wicket, full at the stumps, defended to the leg side

One to go for England, for what would be one of the finest wins since, well, beating New Zealand at Lord's?

69.1
W
Root to Johnson, OUT

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

Mitchell Johnson c Lyth b Root 77 (124m 94b 9x4 2x6) SR: 81.91

pradeep: "Dont lose hope yet... Josh Hazlewood has the highest average 53.50, among Australians!"

end of over 695 runs
AUS: 242/8CRR: 3.50 
Josh Hazlewood14 (14)
Mitchell Johnson77 (93)
Moeen Ali 16-4-59-2
Joe Root 5-0-28-1
68.6
Ali to Hazlewood, no run

tries to drive again, this out squirts off a thick inside edge to the leg side

68.5
4
Ali to Hazlewood, FOUR runs

over the in-field again, effortlessly dispatched down to long-off, one bounce...lovely strike

68.4
Ali to Hazlewood, no run

inside edge, but just wide of short leg...pushing forward, but the ball actually went quite straight of the fielder

68.3
Ali to Hazlewood, no run

same again, into the off side

68.2
Ali to Hazlewood, no run

forward on off stump, blocks carefully

68.1
1
Ali to Johnson, 1 run

goes back to a short ball, pulls strongly to deep midwicket

end of over 685 runs
AUS: 237/8CRR: 3.48 
Josh Hazlewood10 (9)
Mitchell Johnson76 (92)
Joe Root 5-0-28-1
Moeen Ali 15-4-54-2
67.6
2
Root to Hazlewood, 2 runs

and now he goes in the air over the off side, a confident shot by Hazlewood but it's out of the rough so England won't mind that

67.5
Root to Hazlewood, no run

big spin! Lovely delivery, pitches outside off and spits past the outside edge, turns straight to slip

67.4
1
Root to Johnson, 1 run

down he drives straight down the ground, beats Root's dive, finds long-off

67.3
Root to Johnson, no run

down the pitch, not to the pitch so pads it away

67.2
Root to Johnson, no run

full from round the wicket, pushed to the on side

Best performances - batters
Joe Root portrait
JE Root ENG
134 runs (166)
17 fours
0 six
Control75%
Productive shot
cover drive
33 runs
6 fours
0 six
1792215461168
Chris Rogers player pic
CJL Rogers AUS
95 runs (133)
11 fours
1 six
Control86%
Productive shot
cover drive
21 runs
4 fours
0 six
16109111041223
Best performances - bowlers
Mitchell Starc
MA Starc AUS
O
24.1
M
4
R
114
W
5
ECO
4.71
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
2W
Player portrait, Nathan Lyon
NM Lyon AUS
O
20.1
M
4
R
75
W
4
ECO
3.71
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
2W
Match details
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
TossEngland, elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of England and Ireland
Season2015
Player Of The Match
Joe Root
Joe Root
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)
Umpires
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Kumar Dharmasena
South Africa Image
Marais Erasmus
TV Umpire
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Chris Gaffaney
Reserve Umpire
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Nick Cook
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle