Opening Salvo- The battle begins

If the opening day of the first Ashes test is anything to go by, then our prediction of a tightly fought Ashes this time around will become a reality.
The match started with a surprise when Cook elected to bat first after winning the toss on a swinging & seaming Nottingham pitch.
The decision seemed to have backfired when he himself got out early, but the lack of discipline by James Pattinson & Mitchell Starc wasted the new ball. Perhaps it was their inexperience that caused this and this was one of our predictions in our previous article.
But once again Peter Siddle proved to be the saviour of Aussie bowling. Fondly called as the “Woodcutter”, he cut the England batting into pieces and bowled England out for mere 215. In doing so he took a fifer and blew the bugle marking the beginning of the battle.
But as was expected, the Aussie batting looked fragile in front of the strong England bowling attack and at stumps Aussies were 75/4 with still 140 runs behind England.
Highlights of the day:
Toss won by England and they chose to bat
After early loss, Trott and Root somewhat stabilised the England innings
Siddle ripped the English middle order apart and restricted them to 215 with no England batsmen making even a fifty.
Pattinson hit Broad on his shoulders and so he could not take the field when Aussies started batting
Finn and Anderson took two wickets each and restricted Aussie at 75/4 at stumps with Anderson bowling Clarke for a duck with a beauty
At the end of play we also heard news that Warner has been sent to Zimbabwe to join the Australia A side although still being the part of the Aussie squad. 19 year old Agar of Australia also made news to make an Ashes debut without initially being in the squad. Australia will have to shut down these off field drama and focus on cricket only if they want to have any chance at regaining the “URN”
All and all the first day has set the tone for the entire series and we can expect a very close fought battle ahead.

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