England vs Australia at Trent Bridge – Day One

1913 – SF Barnes is the last English bowler to take 5 wickets before lunch in a test match
2015 – SCJ Broad takes just 40 minutes and 19 deliveries to take 5 wickets in the Ashes at Trent Bridge

With JM Anderson missing the test match due to injury there was pressure on Broad to step-up and become the leader of this attack. Playing at his home ground, although Nottinghamshire see very little of him these days due to his international commitments, he really made the difference taking 8 wickets for just 15 runs as Australia were bowled out for a paltry 60.

There was a little greenery on the pitch and a little cloud cover overhead so there really wasn’t much surprise when England elected to field after winning the toss. No-one could have predicted what would happen next though. Broad struck with just the third ball of the match, claiming his 300th test scalp as Rogers edged to first slip. Three balls later and Australia were 2 down as Smith went in similar fashion, also edging to the slips.

When Wood struck in the second over to remove Warner, Australia were 10-3 and they never really recovered. Marsh fell for a duck in Broad’s second over and he got Voges for just 1 run in his third.

At that point Australia were 21-5 and in danger of not getting past their lowest ever test score of 53, which they posted in 1896. Australian captain Clarke, under a lot of pressure to deliver a big score after a poor run of form in the series, hit two fours before he was out for 10, becoming Broad’s 5th victim.

Finn got in on the act, bowling Nevill before Broad wrapped things up. In the 13th over, he had both Starc and top score Johnson (13) caught in the slips by Root before having Lyon caught by Stokes to end the innings. That wicket, his 8th, drew him level with FS Trueman in the list of all-time top England test wicket takers.

However, as G Boycott will tell you on Test Match Special, you should never judge a wicket before both teams have had a bat. That left England a tricky little three over spell to navigate before lunch which they managed easily enough.

After filling up on cucumber sandwiches, England’s openers showed Australia how to play test cricket – being watchful when necessary and waiting for the opposition bowlers to serve them up bad balls. There is still a concern over Lyth who was out for another nothing score of 14. Bell, after returning for form in the last match at Edgbaston, fell cheaply to Starc.

That brought together England’s two in-form batsmen. Putting on a 50-partnership, Captain Cook was looking well set until Starc trapped him LBW. Root, who has averaged 80 from 16 tests since being dropped during the last Ashes tour to Australia in 2013-14, easily took his own score past that of the entire Australia team.

As he and Bairstow put together a 100-partnership, taking the lead over 150 in the process. Root notched up his 100, finishing the day on 124 not out while Bairstow fell just before the close of play for 74. So, England finished the day with a lead of 214 runs and 6 wickets still in hand. Australia are left praying for rain that won’t come.

Author’s notes

Originally published on the On Nottingham website.

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