Ashes- England draws first blood

The first Ashes test is now behind us and England have drawn the first blood at Trent Bridge. It was classic test cricket with a great pitch which had something for both bowlers and batsmen. 

Highlights: 
Day1: England after winning the toss surprisingly decided to bat first under overcast conditions Siddle taking 5 wickets dismissed England for 215 Aussies end the day at 75/4. 

Day2: Australia resume the day at slump to 117/9. Agar created a record for highest score by no.11 batsman by scoring 98 on debut at age of 19. Aussies ended their first innings at 280 with a lead of 65 England ended the day at 11/2 with Pietersen and Cook at the crease 

Day3: After a good start by Cook and Pietersen, England lost quick wickets in the middle. England ended the day at 246/6 with Bell and Broad at the crease. The day also saw an umpiring controversy when Broad was given not out in spite of being out 

Day4: Bell scored a century to silence his critics and helped England to reach 375 along with Broad who scored 65 Australia chasing 311 for victory, started well with Watson and Rodgers. Aussies however gave up the good start and slumped to 174/6 at end of day with Haddin and Agar at crease and a defeat at sight. 

Day5: Haddin batted well around the tailenders and gets Aussies very close to victory. In the end the Aussies lost their nerves and lost the match by 14 runs.  

Key Performers: 
Siddle: Carrying the burden of the Aussie bowling attack, he took 5 wickets in England’s first innings and bowled them out for 215. He bowled well in second innings too. 

Ashton Agar: A surprise inclusion in the Aussie squad, he came to bat at no.11 in Aussie first innings with his team being in a difficult situation at 117/9. He played the innings of his life and broke the record for highest score by no.11 batsman by scoring 98 runs. He also bowled well in England’s second innings and picked two crucial wickets. 

Stuart Broad: Bowled well in both innings and scored crucial 65 runs in second innings to allow England set a target of 311 for Aussie. 

Ian Bell: Scored a crucial century in England’s second innings to pave the way for victory. 

James Anderson: By far the Man of the Match, he bowled beautifully in the match and took 5 wickets in both innings. He justified the tag of one of the best fast bowler today and broke the back of the Aussies. 

Analysis: 
It was a very close fought match with both teams giving their 100%. In the end as expected the more experienced home team (England) held their nerves and used their depth and balance to draw first blood. But there were a lots of positives for the Aussies like their renewed fighting spirit and emergence of young players like Agar to look forward. England team looks well settled at the moment and we do not see any changes for them. For the Aussies we expect Ed Cowan to be left out as he had a poor match. We expect such cliffhangers to continue with the second test at the “home of cricket” Lords starting from 19th July 2013. The Lords test will also see the legendary spin wizard Shane Warne being inducted in the ICC hall of fame.

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